Gospel Herald Obituaries - May, 1927

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Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 5 - May 5, 1927 page 110, 111

Dolly.--Daniel Dolly was born Nov. 30, 1910; died April 20, 1927; aged 16 y. 4 m. 20 d. He leaves his parents (James and Melissa Dolly), seven brothers, and two sisters. His death so early in life was caused by appendicitis after illness of only a few days. Funeral services were conducted at the home near Flintstone, Md., by M. B. Miller of Grantsville, Md. Text, James 4:14.

Tyson.--Fannie Tyson (nee Hallman) was born June 5, 1844; died March 26, 1927; aged 82 y. 9 m. 21 d. Her husband preceded her in death 6 years. She is survived by one brother and sister, also nephews and nieces. She was a member of the Providence Mennonite Church, Yerkes, Pa. She was kind and loved by all who knew her. She was sick just one week with pneumonia, never murmuring, willing to submit to the Lord's will. Funeral services were held Mar. 31, at the Providence Mennonite Church by Bro. Henry Bechtel (Text, Rev. 14:13) assisted by Bros. Jesse Mack and Abram Histand. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
By a Niece.

Stehmen.--Phares B. Stehman was born July 16, 1870; died April 1, 1927; aged 56 y. 9 m. 25 d. He died of a complication of diseases after an illness of ten weeks. His home was near the Kauffman Church in Lancaster Co., Pa., and of which he was a faithful member. He is survived by his wife, (Annie M.), daughter of Pre. Ephraim Nissley, deceased. He also has four brothers (Jacob, Clayton, Milton, and John) and three sisters (Mrs. Christ Martin, Mrs. Harry Landis, and Mary Stehman). The services were conducted at the Mennonite Church in Mt. Joy by Bros. Isaac Brubaker, William L. Heisey, Martin Metzler and Henry Lutz. (Text used by Bro. Brubaker) II Cor. 5:12. The Lord answered the last requests of our brother: "Let me go where saints are going."

Shank.--Margaret, daughter of Michael and Mary Yant, was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, June 21, 1831; died at her home in Putnam Co., Ohio, April 18, 1927; aged 96 y. 10 m. 3 d. In 1875 she was married to Christian Shank who preceded her to the Spirit world 29 years ago. She united with the Mennonite Church some 40 years ago and remained faithful until her death. On April 12 she fell and broke her hip, which caused her death. She bore her sufferings patiently, and had a longing desire to leave this world and go home. Her many friends whom she always welcomed with a smile enjoyed many pleasant hours with her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her but mostly by her nephew and family, who so kindly and lovingly cared for her in her afflictions.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended
And with Jesus is at rest."
Funeral services at the Forest Grove U. B. Church, conducted by G. H. Brunk. Text, Phil. 1:21.

Yoder.--Herma Yoder was born near Archbold, Ohio, March 17, 1902; died at the Mercy Hospital at Bay City, Mich., April 17, 1927. Aged 25 y. 1 m. In her early youth she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained faithful and true to the end. She also was a regular teacher in the Sunday school. On Sept. 21, 1926, she was united in marriage to Bro. Clarence R. Yoder near Midland, Mich., at which place they resided. She was sick for five and one-half weeks. Through all her sickness and pains she bore them all patiently never complained. She leaves her deeply bereft husband, mother, 2 sisters, and a brother. Her father and one sister preceded her in death. She also leaves father and mother-in-law, 6 brothers-in-law, 4 sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, and cousins. The funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Midland, April 19 conducted by Floyd F. Bontrager and E. A. Bontrager. Texts, Rev. 7:14-17; 14:13. Buried in the Midland Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Herma is at rest.".

Grove.--Martha, wife of John H. Grove of Greencastle, Pa., and daughter of the late Jacob and Martha Shank, was born Aug. 1, 1864; died March 6, 1927; aged 63 y. 7 m. 5 d. Following an illness of two weeks, she quietly passed away. She leaves a sorrowing husband, four sons (John F., Luther, Ross, and Harvey Grove). She also leaves two step-daughters (Mrs. Aaron Shank and Mrs. Cora Eshleman), and one step-son (Jacob Grove). Mother Grove has sixteen grandchildren. She also leaves two sisters (Mrs. J. M. Eby and Mrs. Daniel Martin). She united with the Mennonite Church thirty-seven years ago and was a faithful sister in the Cedar Grove Church. She lived a quiet, peaceful, and exemplary Christian life and will be missed in the church as well as in the home. She was a mother in the community and especially when sickness came she was willing to go and lend a hand that caused Mother Grove to have many friends. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Church, March 10. Services conducted by C. R. Strite and John Mosemann. After the services the body was taken to Maryland and laid to rest in the Reiff's burial ground.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed."

Buckwalter.--Mahlon Buckwalter was born April 17, 1852; died at his home in Intercourse, Pa., March 31, 1927; aged 74 y. 11 m. 14 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Neff, Nov., 1876. To this union were born 8 children, 3 having preceded him to the glory world. His wife and the following children survive: Mrs. Laura Girvin, Mrs. Lydia Hershey, Menno, Mrs. Anna Benner, and Ada; also 18 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, also 2 brothers (Samuel and John). He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and was a faithful member until death. He was a very active worker in Sunday school, being superintendent for a number of years and deeply concerned about the church and its welfare. Just one week before his burial he was at church and took part in Sunday school. Although his step was feeble, he thought it would do him good to go. The following evening he was afflicted and soon became unconscious and remained so until the Lord called him home. He was of a kind and loving disposition and had a smile for all. Funeral services were held April 3 from the late home and at Hershey's Church. Bros. Christian Brackbill and Abram Martin conducted the services. Text, I Cor. 15:22, 23. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. A large concourse of people came to pay their last respect.

Schlosser.--Valentine H. Schlosser was born Feb. 25, 1849, in Montgomery Co., Pa., where he spent most of his life. He died April 15, 1927; aged 78 y. 1 m. 20 d. Following an illness of 2 months from heart trouble and dropsy, his death came very suddenly with a stroke. His loving companion survives him. She had a stroke of apoplexy six years ago and is very feeble. She often expressed her desire to go home, but as it was the Lord's will to take Father first, we will say, Thy will be done. He was a member of the Towamencin Mennonite Church. He leaves besides his wife, 3 sons and 4 daughters (Vincent, Irvin, Clayton; Ella, wife of Warren Hillegass; Lizzie, wife of Irwin Kulp; Clara, wife of Henry Landes; Sallie, wife of Henry Mininger), 1 brother, 2 sisters, 33 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He chose his own text (II Cor. 5:1) which he also repeated very often during his sickness. Funeral services were held at the home of his son-in-law (Henry T. Landes), with Bro. Jonas Mininger taking part in the service at the house and further service at the Towamencin Mennonite meeting house, conducted by Bros. Isaac Kulp and Warren Moyer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. "Quietly sleep, beloved one, Rest from thy toil, thy labors done; Rest till the trump from the opening skies, Bids thee from dust to Glory arise."
By the Family.

Gerber.--John P. Gerber and wife were born in Wayne Co., O. John was born June 6, 1843; died of liver trouble and other disease, April 5, 1927; aged 83 y. 10 m. 1 d. Catherine (nee Zuercher) was born July 2, 1857; died April 13, 1927, of hemorrhages; aged 75 y. 9 m. 11 d. They were married Oct. 14, 1869, sharing joys and sorrows for over 58 years. Ten children were born to this union of which 7 survive, 2 sons (Solomon and Gideon) and 5 daughters: also 22 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He also leaves one brother and one sister. She was the last one of the David Zuercher family that passed away. In their youth they joined the Swiss Mennonite Church. He had been a good and kind neighbor. Many were their trials and experiences. One time their house burned to the ground. Another time she was burning brush, when her clothing caught fire and she was badly burned, being a suffer for many weeks. A few years ago she was run over by a truck when one of her legs was so badly broken that it had to be amputated. After that she never attended church services. For many years she was troubled with epilepsy which to some extent deranged her mind. Funeral services were held at the home by ___ Flohr, minister of the Reformed Church of Mt. Eaton. He was buried April 7 and she was buried April 15 in the Swiss Mennonite Cemetery. When about 30 years of age he spent some time in the asylum which sickness left its effects upon the mind. He was not a communicant member but his family had good hopes for him. She was still a member of the church when she died.

Note: there are two obituaries in this paragraph, husband and wife. ddk

Warfel.--Eli Warfel was born Aug. 19, 1850; died April 8, 1927, at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Fred Sickman) in Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 76 y. 7 m. 19 d. His health had been failing for the last year or so, but he had been working around home the afternoon before his death, when he complained of not feeling well. The doctor was called, but before he could get there he had a stroke and had fallen asleep and was unconscious most of the time. We are glad he did not need to suffer long. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Kreider) Warfel, 5 daughters, and 2 sons; also 36 grand-children and 17 great-grandchildren; 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren having preceded him in death. He is also survived by 1 sister and 2 brothers, besides many other relatives and friends. He was one of our faithful members of the little flock at Rivercorner Mennonite Church, and took a great interest in Sunday school work, being superintendent for many years, and taught a class until a few years ago. He will be missed in the Church and also in the home as he was such a great help in taking care of his wife who has been sick for about 14 months, and is in bed most of the time. Funeral services were held at his late home April 12 by Bro. John H. Mosemann by reading Job 14 and Jno. 14 and at the church by Bros. J. H. Mosemann and J. H. Thomas. Text, II Tim. 4:6, 7, 8, and Matt. 24:42.
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more,
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend like you on earth we find."
A. Granddaughter.

Buckwalter.--Magdalena (Hershey) Buckwalter, daughter of the late Jacob and Margaret Hershey, was born Dec. 25, 1841; died at her home near Palmyra, Mo., March 27, 1927; aged 85 y. 3 m. 2 d. In 1864 she was united in marriage to John R. Buckwalter. To this union were born ten children. She leaves her husband, five sons, and three daughters, two daughters having preceded her in death (Mrs. J. M. Kreider, Mrs. J. H. Hershey, Ruth, Ira, Harry, Owen, Jacob, and Frank). She also leaves 35 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters (Ephraim Hershey, Jacob Hershey, Mrs. Christin Metzler, and Mrs. John Rohrer), to survive her, one brother having preceded her in death. Early in years she accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member for nearly 64 yrs. She fought faithfully the battles of life, with patience and a true spirit of helpfulness to all. "Twas the voice of my dear mother, Full of love and sympathy, That so often cheered my heart when sad and lone, For I felt the need of Jesus, And her constant prayer for me, Led my wandering footsteps to my Father's home." Before she died she looked up and smiled, giving us all good-bye. "O! death where is they sting? O! grave, where is thy victory? Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (II Cor. 15:55, 57). Funeral services were held at the Palmyra Mennonite Church. Brief services at the home by L. J. Johnson. Services at the church by L. J. Johnson and J. M. Yoder. Text, II Kings 4:26. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. By a Daughter.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinos


Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 6 - May 12, 1927 page 142, 143

Yoder.--Adam, son of Aaron and Sarah Yoder, was born near Farmstown, O., Feb. 22, 1887; died in the Asylum of the Blind, at Columbus, O., April 10, 1927; aged 40 y. 1 m. 18 d. He was taken with his brother to Columbus Blind Asylum; he was also deaf and couldn't walk. They gave the cause of his death as pulmonary tuberculosis. He leaves his parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. Services at Millersburg, O., in Cary Undertaking rooms, by Alvin W. Miller. Text, Hos. 13:14. Burial at Walnut Creek A. M. Cemetery.

Yoder.--Harry, son of Aaron and Sarah Yoder was born near Farmstown, O., Feb. 18, 1889; died in the Columbus Asylum for the Blind April 3, 1927; aged 38 y. 1 m. 15 d. He was there only a few weeks as the parents couldn't take care of him on account of not being well. He leaves his parents, 4 brothers (2 of them are blind), and 3 sisters. Services at Millersburg, O., in Cary Undertaking Rooms by Alvin W. Miller. Text, Job 14:14. Burial in the Walnut Creek A. M. Cemetery.

Swanenburg.--Verna Christine, daughter of Honor and Anna (Snader) Swanenburg, died March 31, 1927; aged 7 m. 28 d. Verna's life on earth was short, but we believe her mission has been fulfilled. We know she waits with a brother, who preceded her, to meet her loved ones in the eternal home. She leaves her parents, one brother (Charles), and two sisters (Jane and Betty). Funeral services were conducted in Frazer Mennonite Church April 4, 1927, by I. B. Good and David Dabback. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Hostetler.--Newton Kenneth, son of Abram and Elizabeth Hosteler, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., May 17, 1896; died at the home of her* parents near Scalp Level, Pa., April 20, 1927; aged 30 y. 11 m. 3 d. Death was due to a complication of diseases. He had been an invalid for the last two years and was bedfast for four months. He is survived by his widow (Mabel Shank Hostetler) and two sons. He also leaves his parents, one sister, and four brothers. At the age of 14 he united with the Mennonite Church. After his marriage he united with the Evangelical Church. Services in the home by J. Domer Hammer, at the church, Alex Weaver opened the services, J. Domer Hammer preached, followed by S. G. Shetler. Interment in Weaver Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: *The word they used

Brubaker.--Kathryn Mae, only child of Paris and Maria Brubaker, died April 14, 1927; aged 11 m. 9 d. Kathryn was sick only one week with pneumonia. She was a little jewel in our home always pleasant and contented. How we longed to keep her! It was hard to part with one we loved so dearly. But though we cannot understand we say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held April 16, at Erisman's Mennonite Church by Bros. Martin Metzler and John Hess. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Isaiah 40:11.
"Can it be that Kathryn left us,
She who always had a smile?
Yes she's gone, but soon we'll meet her,
'Twill only be a little while."
The Parents.

Hershberger.--Henry, son of Daniel D. and Katie Hershberger, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., May 9, 1896; died at the parental home near Davidsville, Pa., April 18, 1927; aged 30 y. 11 m. 9 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since he was a fourteen years old. He was afflicted with tuberculosis for several years and was confined to his bed since New Year. He looked and longed for death. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. He is survived by father, mother, one brother, two sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Kaufman Church by S. G. Shetler and W. C. Hershberger. A very large concourse of people was gathered together in memory of the departed. Interment in Kaufman Cemetery.

Eash.--Samuel J. Eash was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 10, 1842; died at the home of his son, Samuel, near Marshall, Mich., April 1, 1927; aged 85 y. 21 d. He was united in marriage with Barbara Bontrager who preceded him 41 years ago, also 1 son (Josiah) and 2 daughters (Fannie and Elizabeth). He leaves 4 sons (Lazora, John, Jacob, and Samuel) and 3 daughters (Mary Plank, Esther Balyeat, and Suvilla Myers), also 53 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church of Big Prairie in 1912 and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church April 3, 1927, with the J. Willard Yoder and Yost C. Miller officiating. He will be sadly missed by all. Burial was made in the Bontrager Cemetery near the Forks.
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
Here, thy loss we deeply feel;
But, 'tis God, who calls our loved ones,
He will all our sorrows heal."

Wagaman.--Mary Elizabeth (nee West) was born March 27, 1860; died April 27, 1927; aged 67 y. 28 d. She began the Christian life when 11 years old and has been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church of Pond Bank for the last 14 years. She died after a ten weeks' illness with complications, suffered much part of the time. She bore her sufferings patiently but earnestly prayed the Lord to take her home. She died happy trusting in her Savior. She will be missed by family, church, and community, as she was very helpful especially during times of sickness in the community. Our loss is her eternal gain. She is survived by her husband and these children: Thomas, Ross, Bruce, Mrs. Charles Bumbaugh, and Mrs. James Bumbaugh, also one sister, Mrs. Stull. Funeral services were conducted in the Mennonite Church at Pond Bank by Harvey E. Shank (Text, Rev. 14:13), and at the Mt. Zion Church by Irvin Lehman (Text, Psa. 34:19). Burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended by neighbors and friends. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family.

Bissey.--Salome (Hershey) Bissey was born near New Paris, Ind., Sept. 4, 1851. During her childhood her parents, Benjamin and Magdalena Hershey, with their family, moved to the vicinity of Sterling, Ill. In the fall of 1869 she was married to Abraham Bissey. The following spring they moved to Shelby Co., Mo. During her early married life she, with her husband, united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a consistent member to the end. Five Children were born to them (Benjamin, who died in infancy, Elias, George, Ida, and Anna). She died Mar. 22, 1927; aged 75 y. 6 m. 18 d. Her husband preceded her in death nearly two years. She was preceded in death also by her sister Nancy and her brothers Jacob, Benjamin, and Michael. She leaves her sister (Martha Detweiler) and brother (David Hershey), four children (Elias, George, Mrs. Ida Swartzendruber and Mrs. Anna Yoder), thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church near Cherry Box, Mo., by Bro. J. M. Kreider. Text, I Co. 15:22. Interment in the Mennonite-Brethren Cemetery.

Roth.--Polly Miller was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Jan. 18, 1851. She was married to Pre. Nick Roth Oct. 15, 1869, and peacefully fell asleep at her son's home, April 15, 1927; aged 76 y. 2 m. 15 d. In her affliction she was patient and resigned to her Lord. She leaves her husband and children to mourn her death. To this union were born 9 children: Ed, Mary, Abbie, Emma, Frank, Mont, James, Polly, and Bennie. Two children preceded her in death. She also leaves 52 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren, who with Father to-day mourn the departure of this kind, loving, and affectionate wife and mother. There also remain one half-brother and two half-sisters with many other friends and relatives. In early life she accepted Christ as her Savior. She was a faithful sister in the Chappell Mennonite congregation. Her place in worship was seldom found vacant. Funeral services were held April 19, from the Mennonite Church east of Chappell, A. E. Stoltzfus of Woodriver, Nebr., presiding, (Text, Psalm 90; Heb. 9:27, 28) and A. J. Bracken of Chappell conducting. Interment took place in the cemetery close by.
Just a little while before us,
Has our precious mother gone,
She will never be forgotten,
Deeds are numbered one by one.

Miller.--Abraham A., son of Abraham J. and Magdalena Troyer Miller, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 21, 1872; died at his home in Fairview Mich., March 5, 1927; aged 54 y. 4 m. 13 d. He was married to Harriet Yoder, December 7, 1902. In 1903, he went to Oscoda Co., Mich., where he spent the remainder of his life with the exception of nearly two years spent in Elkhart, Ind. He leaves a widow, one sister (Mrs. John Garber), and one brother (R. F. Miller). At the time of his death he was teaching his 26th term of school. During the eight years of his residence in Michigan he was employed as bank cashier. Twice during this period, he encountered bank robbers, the last time he was shot by his assailant, and very severely wounded. He has been in falling health since this time and doubtless the severe shock to his body and his nervous system is responsible for his death, the immediate cause of which was leakage of the heart. He was well and favorably known to the educators of northeastern Michigan who credited him with through and painstaking work in the school room. He had a genial disposition which drew to him many close friends and his years of teaching have left their beneficent influence on a multitude of people now living in Indiana and Michigan. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Fairview, Mich. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at Shore Church (also at Fairview, Mich.), with burial at Forest Grove.

Brenneman.--Margaret May, daughter of Earl and Viola Brenneman, died Mar. 19, 1927; aged 1 y. 4 m. 23 d. Margaret May was one of triplets, the other two being Melba Fay and Myron Jay. These with Ray Lavern, and older brother, together with a sorrowing father and mother, are left to mourn her departure. The triplets were the joy of the home, and the lively interest of hosts of relatives and friends in the community. Since the unusual occurrence of the birth of the triplets fond hopes were entertained by friends far and wide that they might be spared to grow to manhood and womanhood. Until recently they were blessed with bodily health and vigor, and it was the joy and pleasure of many to assist in caring for them, and to help minister to their bodily comforts. But God in His kind and all wise providence saw best to remove one of them, Margaret May, to the mansions above, where she is now enjoying the bliss and glory of heaven and the fellowship of the saints in light. May the earthly tie that is broken by the removal of Margaret May be changed into an even stronger bond of affection for things above, and may this heavenly affection kindle a hope and assurance among those who have been so sadly bereft, that in God's own time and order there may be a blessed and eternal reunion above where parting shall be no more. A large number of people attended the funeral at the Salem Church on Monday March 21. Services conducted at the home by G. H. Brunk and at the church by J. B. Smith and O. B. Shenk.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Ilinos


Gospel Herald -Volume XX, Number 7 - May 19, 1927, pages 158, 159

Roth. Vernon Charles, son of Jonathan and Fredericka Roth, was born near Elkton, Mich., Aug. 30, 1918; died Oct. 29, 1926; aged 8 y. 1 m. 29 d. He was only sick 4 1/2 days and was unconscious most of the time. He leaves father, mother, one brother, one sister. One brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Berne Mennonite Church, Pigeon, Mich., conducted by Bro. Sam J. Miller, and Bro. D. J. Johns.

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

Lehman. Henry Lehman was born near Lima, Ohio, Oct. 8, 1867; died near Bainbridge, Pa., April 27, 1927; aged 59 y. 6 m. 19 d. One son (Amos Henry) preceded him in death 7 years ago. He is survived by his wife (Lizzie B., daughter of Pre. John E. Landis) and 2 children (Barbara and Landis),[transcriber's note: begin page 159] also 3 brothers (Joseph, Daniel, and George), and 4 sisters (Mrs. John Barnes, Mrs. Peter Zuercher, Lydia,and Isabella). His parents preceded him in death, and also 4 sisters and 1 brother. He was of a quiet and peaceable nature. Funeral services were held from his late home April 30 and at Good's church (of which he was a faithful member), by Bros. Ira Z. Miller, Simon E. Garber and Abner Martin of the Brethren Church. Text, Rev.14:12, 13. Buried in the adjoining cemetery, awaiting the resurrection morn.
The Family

Helmuth. Menno S., son of Joseph and Barbara Helmuth, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 10, 1880; died very suddenly of heart disease while taking the cows to pasture, at his home near Kokomo, Ind., on May 2, 1927; aged 47 y. 3 m. 22 d. On Nov. 21, 1901, he was united in marriage to Savilla Nissley. To this union were born 8 children (Edna, Nettie, Leona, Sylvia, Ervin, Beulah, Fannie and Barbara), Leona and Beulah preceded him to the great beyond. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 6 children, his aged mother, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the conservative Mennonite Church until death.

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

Lefever. Erma Mae, daughter of Isaac H. and Anna (Kilheffer) Lefever fell asleep in Jesus on Good Friday, April 15, 1927; aged 2 y. 5 d. She was only sick 30 hours with diphtheria. Besides parents she is survived by 3 brothers (Lloyd, Willis, and Isaac Jr.), and one sister (Anna Ruth), who all miss her greatly as she was as a sunbeam in the home, always greeted all with such a pleasant smile. Private services were briefly held Apr. 16, at East Petersburg, Pa., Mennonite cemetery by Bro. Frank N. Kreider.

"Growing in the Upper Garden
Flowers the earth too rudely press'd
In that land shall reach perfection
By the heavenly Gardener dressed.

There the buds from earth transplanted
For our coming watch and wait
In that Upper Garden growing
Just within the golden gate."
The Parents

Kauffman. Catherine Kauffman (nee Augsburger) was born in Adams Co., Ind., May 25, 1861; died at her home in Smithville, Ohio, April 25, 1927; aged 65 y. 11 m. She was united in marriage to John Kauffman Oct. 4, 1892. One son (Menno), who with father today keenly feels the loss of a kind loving and affectionate wife and mother, remains. There also remain three grandchildren, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. (Mrs. Mary Greider, David Augsburger, Mrs. Fanny Hale, Daniel and Amos Augsburger, Mrs. Lydia Neuenswander, Moses, Jacob and John Augsburger), with a large circle of near relatives and friends. In early life she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where she remained a loyal and devoted sister until the Master called her home. In her affliction, which extended over a period of about three years, she was always patient and resigned, never complained but bore her lot with Christian fortitude. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Services were held at the Pleasant Hill Church, conducted by the brethren, I. W. Royer and Jacob. S. Gerig. Text, John 14:18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Roth. Lavina (Hostetler) Roth died at her home in New Hamburg, Ont., on Sunday, April 24, 1927; aged 53 y. 8 m. 17 d., death being due to an attack of the heart. She seemed to be in her usual good health and had spent a pleasant afternoon with some friends who had called at her home. When about to prepare the evening meal, however, she very suddenly collapsed, becoming unconscious immediately, and in a few minutes her soul was in eternity. Her death came as a great shock to the family, and mother will be greatly missed. Her cheery face and her kindly counsels we can never forget, and we hope to meet her in hearven some day, where no farewell will ever be spoken. On March 15, 1892, she was united in marriage to Bro. Rudolph Roth. She leaves her sorrowing husband, four sons (Arthur, Harry, Moses, and Wilfrid) and two daughters (Elizabeth and Lavina), also four brothers, an aged step-mother and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted on April 28, at the home by Bro. Isaiah Cressman and at the Biehn Mennonite Church (of which she had been a loyal member for over twenty years) by Brethren Jonas Snider and Moses Shantz. Texts, Phil. 3:20 and Psa. 116:15. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Hartzler. Martha May, daughter of Jonathan and Mary Hooley, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, May 3, 1871; died at her home near West Liberty, Ohio, April 26, 1927; aged 55 y. 11 m. 23 d. While she was yet a small child her father died, leaving her widowed mother and three sisters (Lydia, Emma, and Fannie, wife of J. B. Martin, who is now the only one surviving). At the age of 15 she was baptized and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where she remained a faithful member the rest of her life, always cheerfully filling her place whenever health would permit. Feb. 12, 1891, she was married to Jonathan T. Hartzler and to this union were born seven children, one son dying in infancy and another (Elmer) preceded her at the age of two years. Those surviving are Mrs. Mary Hostetler, Emmett, Boyd, Fern, and Roy. She had a mother's love, as all mothers have, for her own children, but her love reached even farther than this when a little orphan girl, Amelia Blackwood, was taken into the home to be loved and cared for as the rest, but she passed away at the age of six. Later another, Parthenia Dempsey, who survives, was also received into the home. Funeral services were conducted at the house by J. J. Wayre and at the Oak Grove Church by N. E. Troyer and S. E. Allgyer.

Kanagy.-Mrs. Nancy A. Hartzler Kanagy, wife of Bishop Eli H. Kanagy was born Aug. 31, 1863, on the old Hartzler homestead, being a daughter of Yost and Barbara Hartzler; died April 13, 1927, at her late home several miles from Allensville, Pa., from dropsy and other complications of diseases; aged 63 y. 7 m. 13 d. She is survived by her husband, 6 sons, and one daughter (Amos, John, Pius, Mrs. Mollie Peachey, Jacob, Eli, and Isaiah), also a niece (Anna Hatrzler whom she took to raise at the age of 5 weeks), ten grandchildren, two brothers, and two sisters (Jonathan and Jacob Hartzler of Belleville and Mrs. Malinda Zook and Mrs. Mollie Smucker of Allensville). One brother (Pre. J. M. Hartzler), and two sisters (Mrs. Levi B. Yoder and Mrs. Rebecca Esh) have gone before. Mother spent her entire life in this community (with the exception of a visit to the west). She united with the A. M. Church in her youth, and served her Master in a quiet prayerful way, being much opposed to the fashions of the world. The Lord has granted quite a number of her requests, one request being that she be the first of the family to leave this earthly life. She expressed herself ready to go, but had a desire to live or die, just according to God's will. Mother's love for her children was very strong, but God's love is much stronger than a mother's love. Let us thank God we can come to Him in times of grief and sorrow. Our prayer to God is that we may live the overcoming life, so we can meet her "Some Sweet Day." The funeral services were held April 15, at the Allensville A. M. Church, conducted by Bros. Jno. E. Kauffman, at the home, and J. B. Zook and J. D. Yoder at the church. Texts, Prov. 31:10-31; II Cor. 5:1-9. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.
If we could hear her singing
As we think she's singing now;
If we could see the brightness
Of the crown upon her brow
There would be no sighs to worry
And of hidden tears no more.
When we think of our dear mother
Who has gone to yonder shore.
By the Family.

Yoder. Jacob D., son of Daniel M. and Anna Yoder, was born April 21, 1846, near Meyersdale, Pa., died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph S. Yoder, in Kalona, Iowa, April 19, 1927, being two days less than 81 years of age. As a lad of six years he emigrated with his parents to Johnson Co., Iowa. Here he grew to manhood, on the old Yoder homestead near the present site of Amish. On this same place he helped to make the brick for the erection of the old brick house that still stands in good state of repair. On New Year's Day, 1871, he was united in marriage with Susan Swartzendruber, and lived happily together for over 56 years. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. The oldest child, Henry, died at the age on one and a half years, and Lizzie Viola, aged 4, died in 1889. Those surviving him are his wife and six children (Barbara E., wife of John J. Miller, Anna M., wife of the late Joseph S. Yoder, Sam W., Isaiah, Ida M., wife of Jacob J. Miller, and Ralph B.); also, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, and numbers of other relatives and friends. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church when but a young man, and reamined[sic] a faithful and consistent member until called in death, working ardently according to deep spiritual convictions which were given expression in his everyday life. He was much interested in missionary welfare work and just last winter expressed himself as much gratified in being privileged to help support a niece, Sister Ida Beare, who with her family went as a missionary to India. Early in their married life he and his wife lived near McPherson, Kansas, five years, and ten years near Vandalia, Ill. The rest of their time was spent in Iowa. In March, 1915, they retired from the farm four miles east of town and moved to Kalona, where they have resided ever since. For about ten weeks he had not been feeling as well as usual, but was not confined to his bed, except the last two weeks of his life. He was afflicted with malignant sarcoma and suffered intense pain for about a week, but bore it patiently, and very often said he was fully resigned to the will of a loving Heavenly Father, either to stay or go as the Father willed. He was a man of cheerful disposition, with a kind word to all he met. He was very fond of good spiritual singing, and just a few days before he died, sang quite heartily between spells of pain. Thus closed the earthly life of one whose purpose was to help everyone he knew. A short service was held Thursday April 21, at the home, conducted by Bro. D. J. Fisher in English. After this the body was taken to the home of Ben M. Miller where funeral services were conducted in German by Bro. C. M. Yoder (Text, Jno. 5:19-31), assisted by Bro. Wm. S. Yoder. Interment in East Union Cemetery.

Transcribed by Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania


Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 8 - May 26, 1927, pages 175

Heiser--Lyle Richard, infant son of Bro. Manuel E. and Sister Barbara Heiser, was born Jan. 21 1927; died May 5, 1927; aged 3 m. 14 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 1 brother, (Raymond), 2 sisters (Velma and Verena), 1 grandfather, and 1 grandmother. One infant brother preceded him to the better world. His days were few, but full of suffering. Funeral services were held May 8, at the East Bend Church near Fisher, Ill., by Bros. S. S. Zehr and J. A. Heiser. Text, Job 1: 21, last clause.

Weaver--Mary P. Weaver, widow of the late Abraham D. Weaver, was born Aug. 19, 1841; died April 26, 1927, at the home of her son near Scalp Level, Somerset Co., Pa.; aged 85 y. 8 m. 7 d. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. Her husband preceded her to the grave in September, 1909. Two children also passed away. The deceased is survived by four sons and a number of grandchildren. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and at the Weaver Church by S. G. Shelter, assisted by L. A. Blough and John A. Richter. Interment was mdae in Weaver cemetery.

Transcriber's note: the word mdae is not a typo, that is the way it was spelled, it should read made

Brand--Lydia A. Freed was born in Stark Co., Ohio, April 15, 1849 and her prayer of going to meet her loved ones, was granted May 13, 1927; aged 78 y. and 28 d. She was united in marriage to Geo. B. Brand Aug. 8, 1875. To this union were born 8 children. 4 of whom preceded her in death. Her husband died about 7 weeks ago. She united with the Mennonite Church and continued a member throughout her life. All through her disabled and helpless state she was hopeful, happy, and cheerful, and dark clouds to her had a silver lining. She was a faithful wife and mother, and our loss is her eternal gain. The funeral services were held May 15, at the Pleasant Valley Church in Dekalb Co., Ind., by Ben. B. King. Burial at the Fairfield Center cemetery.

Birkey--Fannie S. Birkey was born Nov. 11, 1838; died April 16, 1927. She was the daughter of John Sutter of Berlin, Germany, who with his family came to the United States in 1848. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in her youth. In 1858 she was married to Andrew Birkey, who preceded her in death in 1895. She was the mother of five sons and two daughters. She is survived by three sons, one daughter, twenty-six grandchildren, and thirty-nine great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held in the East Bend Mennonite Church near Fisher, Ill., by A. H. Lehman of Chicago, Ill.

"Our dear Mother's tasks are finished,
Labors o,er and victories won
Now she's gone to be with Jesus,
Beckons to us all to come."

Hochstetler--Elizabeth (Schlabach) Hochstetler, was born Oct. 20, 1872, in LaGrange Co., Ind.; died May 7, 1927; aged 54 y. 6 m. 17 d. She was married to Maneleus D. Hochstetler April 6, 1893 and lived in matrimony a little over 34 years. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 5 sons, 1 daughter, and 11 grandchildren. Two sons preceded her in death, the last one, Anias, having passed into the great beyond, Aug. 30, 1926. She also leaves her mother, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters, besides many friends and other relatives. She became a member of the Old Order Amish Church in her early life, remaining an active member throughout her life while here. The respect shown by the very large attendance of people at her funeral represents the sorrow caused in her death. The funeral was held at the home by David. D. Christner and Cornelius D. Christner in German, and O. S. Hostetler in English.

Ranck--Frances, daughter of the late Michael and Mary Krieder, was born Oct. 30, 1870; died April 22, 1927, at her home in Strasburg, Pa. She was united in marriage to Jacob H. Ranck in 1894, became a member of the Mennonite Church in 1897, and remained a faithful member until death. She was ill but for a few minutes, when she called her husband to her bedside, bade him goodbye, and said, "I,m going home." She had a loving disposition and maintained an interest in the many activities of life until the end, for which she will be rewarded in heaven. We will all miss her many services, but God saw fit to take her from us. She leaves her bereaved husband, one brother, three sisters, and one step-sister. Funeral services were held April 25 from the late home and at Strasburg Mennonite Church with Bro. Christian Brubaker and Bro. Frank Herr conducting it.

"Aunt Frances, again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
When no farewell tears are shed."
A Niece.

Zimmerman--May Ann, wife of Jonas M. Zimmerman of Mechanicsburg, Pa., daughter of the late Jacob and Anna Zimmerman, was born Aug. 23, 1866; died April 14, 1927; aged 60 y. 7 m. 21 d. She died very suddenly after an illness of Bright,s Disease and heart trouble. On the evening before her death she went to bed as usual. During the night her husband was awakened by a faint noise, only to find her making a few gasps for breath, after which life was soon gone. She lived a quiet, peaceful, Christian life and will be missed in the Church as well as in the home. She was a member of the Slate Hill Mennonite Church for 43 years and remained faithful and true to the end. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 3 daughters (Sarah E., Anna M., Ruth F.), and three sons and 1 daughter preceded her in death. Also surviving are 2 sisters (Sarah Hertzler, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Amanda Snader, East Earl, Pa.), 1 half sister (Barbara Zimmerman, Mechanicsburg, Pa.), and 2 half brothers (Abram Zimmerman, Ephrata, Pa., George Zimmerman, Mechanicsburg, Pa.). Funeral services were held at her late home, April 18, by Bro. John H. Mosemann and Bro. Christian Hess, with further services at the Slate Hill Church. Texts, Rev. 22:14; Mark 14: 8. Burial 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'll find."

Swartzentruber--William Harvey Swartzentruber was born Nov. 8, 1875, in Iowa Co., Iowa; died at his late home near Kalona, Iowa, Apr. 28, 1927; aged 51 y. 5 m. 10 d. Dec. 1, 1898, he was united in marriage to Sarah Freyenberger of Wayland, Iowa, who with their childbed (Grace, Roy, and Emerson, at home, and Lloyd, of Wayland, Iowa), are left to mourn the death of husband and father. The immediate relatives, besides the children are one grandson, 5 sisters, and four brothers. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. The cause of his death was a fibro sarcoma, developing from an injury received 30 years ago while at work in the timber. This caused him no special trouble until about 6 years ago, when it began to develop. The best medical skill was consulted, but it gave him on promise of help or relief, upon which he resigned himself to Him who doeth all things well. He bore his affliction patiently, and was never heard to complain, which drew the sympathy of all who met and knew him. At the age of 21 he accepted Christ, uniting with the East Union Mennonite Church, and was a consistent member until death. Several months ago when he realized that the end was not far distant, he requested communion with privilege he enjoyed. The funeral service was conducted by Bro. Simon Gingerich of Wayland, and D. J. Fisher, Kalona, Ia. Text, John 10 :10, latter clause. Interment in the East Union Cemetery.

Kenagy, Emanuel L. Kenagy was born Mar. 13, 1850, near Bellefontaine, Ohio; died at his home at Albany, Ore., Mar. 31, 1927; aged 77 y. 18 d. In 1866 he moved with his parents (Bishop Jacob C. and Elizabeth Yoder Kenagy), to Cass Co., Mo., where he united in marriage with Sister Lydia E. King, Dec. 19, 1871, to which union were born six children of whom 4 survive (Alice Hostettler, Millie Oesch, David O., and Salome Stutzman). His first wife died Mar. 6, 1883 and on Feb. 6, 1886, he was married to Martha E. Hostetler of East Lynn, Mo., to which union were born 9 children, eight of whom survive (Urie E., Levi Irwin, Wm. G., Geo. J., Sarah Birky, Amos R., Elden L., Thomas R.) He united with the Amish Mennonites in his youth and was a member of the Albany Mennonite Church at the time of his death. He leaves his wife, twelve children, two brothers, two sisters, 51 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted from Albany Mennonite Church by N. A. Lind and J. E. Whitaker. Text, Col. 2:10. Final funeral and burial at Zion Church, near Hubbard Oreg., conducted by A. P. Troyer, E. Z. Yoder, and F. J. Gingerich. Our Bro. Kenagy was concerned for the welfare of the Church, and being the eldest son in a bishop's family, seemed to have cultivated keen interest in her many problems; kind in his counsels, reserved in his deliberations, yet courageous in his convictions. He was alert in mind and active in body until the end, when the heart failure relieved him of the cares of this life "to be with Christ which is far better.."

Charles--Lizzie B. Charles, was born Oct. 6, 1851; died May 5, 1927; at her son,s home, where she resided the last one and one-half years. She was aged 75 y. 6 m. 29 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband, Christian H. Charles, died nearly six years ago. These children survive: John B., David B., Christian B. (at whose home she passed away), Mrs. Susie B. Brubaker, Mrs. Sadie B. Miller, Amos B., and Abram B. (A daughter died in infancy.) Nineteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren also survive. Her affliction was softening of the spine and brain of many years duration, yet not noticed by her family until seven years ago. She was treated by a medical doctor, who pronounced it heart trouble. One year after father,s death she had a severe pain in her head, back of her right ear, and she had sleepless nights at times because of the pain. No medicine seemed to help, so she was taken to a chiropractic doctor for treatments. The pain in her head left her and it never returned, and her rheumatic pains over her body were relieved very much, but her mind grew a little worse. Everything that could be done for her illness was done, but to no avail, it grew worse but she suffered no pain . She was an invalid fifteen months. She was very patient and we believe she offered many prayers, when quietly sitting on her chair. May we all meet her in that happy home above. Funeral services were held May 8, with services at the home, by Bro. John K. Charles (Text, John 14: 2, 3) and at the Millersville Church by Daniel Gish (text, Mark 14, part of v. 8) John Mosemann (text, II Tim. 4 7, 8), and Jacob Hess. Interment in the adjoining cemetery
"Gone but not forgotten."

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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