Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1927

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 22 - September 1, 1927, pages 495

Miller - Henry C. Miller was born March 2, 1850 ; entered into rest Aug. 9, 1927 : aged 77 y. 5m. 7d. Only one sister survives him, Sister Hartzler who had been making her home with him at Scott Bushongs. A useful, busy life has ended, and Rohrerstown has lost an .exemplar in relation to all his church duties and his relations to the community.

Keeports - Isaac B. Keeports was born March 2, 1846 ; departed this life August 12, 1927 ; aged 81 y. 4 m. 10 d. A number of brothers have scattered to all quarters, his wife also preceded him 20 years ago. Living at Millersville he was laid away from the home of Emory the eldest of four brothers with whom he lived.

Acker - William Wesley Acker, son of the late Bishop William Acker of near Millerstown, Pa.. Was born Mar. 8, 1862 ; died at his home near Newport, pa.. July 22, 1927 ; aged 65 y. 4 m. 14 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years until death. He suffered from stomach trouble and a complication of diseases of which he died. Leaving to mourn his departure. His wife, three sons and one daughter, also five sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held July 25, conducted at the home by A.. G. Brubaker and Banks Weaver and at the Presbyterian Church at Millerstown, by the above ministers assisted by the Presbyterian minister. Text, Prov. 11:32. Interment in Acker Cemetery in Pfontz's Valley. ----B.

Schrock - Elizabeth Schrock (nee Kinsinger) was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 8, 1850 : died at her home near Sharon Center. Iowa, Aug. 12, 1927. Aged 77 y. 5 m. 4 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church and she remained a faithful member until death. In March 1874, she came to Johnson Co., Iowa. On Feb. 6, 1876, she was united in marriage to Noah Schrock., living in holy matrimony 51 y. 6 m. 6 d., to which union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters, William, Carrie (wife of Amos Grout) of Kalona, Iowa. Edward, Jacob, Katie and Mattie living at home. Besides her immediate family she leaves to mourn her departure her bereft husband, one aged brother, Eli Kinsinger of Wellman, Iowa one sister Carolina Handwork of Salisbury, Pa., five grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends, who mourn, but not as those who have hope. Her sickness was of a long duration being seven years and six months when last able to attend church services. For the last 2 y. and 7 m. she was almost continually confined to her bed. For the last 8 weeks she kept growing weaker till finally she fell asleep happy in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held at the home of J. H. Christner, Aug. 14, 1927, conducted by Edwin Hershber and Samuel J. Kemp. Text. Heb. 4:1-3. Burial in the Easch cemetery.
Rest on dear mother, your labor is o'er.
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind.
No friend like you on earth we find.

Miller - Jacob P. Miller was born near Johnstown, Pa., Dec. 16, 1850: died at his home near Shipshewana, Ind., Aug. 13, 1927: aged 76 y. 7 m. 28 d. In 1856 he with his parents came to La Grange co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man. Sept. 6, 1868, he was united in marriage to Fannie Hostetler. To this union four children were born. In 1900 he was his with his companion moved to White Cloud, Mich., and settled on a farm seven miles southeast of White Cloud. On July 1, 1900, he was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Church. May 1. 1901, he was ordained bishop in the same church where he labored faithfully. Holding up God"s Word in simplicity and truth, and he had many friend in the church and in the community, May 23, 1908, his companion passed from time to eternity. In his great sorrow he kept on laboring for the Lord. His daughter keeping house for him from March, 1908 to July. 1, 1911, he was united in marriage to Sister Mary Kime of Elmdale, Mich. He moved to Elmdale, Mich., July.1911, serving the church there till March, 1916, when they moved to La Grange Co., Ind., near the shore Church where he was chosen as bishop of that congregation. He labored faithfully, earnestly pleading for all to live for Jesus. About a year ago he felt that the work was too heavy for him and asked for a helper, which was granted. He was of a kind disposition. Always tender-hearted and forgiving. He suffered with arteriosclerosis for nine weeks. Passing away Aug. 13, 1927 to be with the Lord whom he served these many years. He leaves to mourn his departure his aged companion and these children: J. Edwin Miller, McMurry Wash.: Mrs. Omer Garber. Goshen. Ind. : Mrs. Nancie Davidhizar, Elkhart, Ind., Mrs. Fannie Zook. Clarksville, Mich.; A foster son, Noah Christner, Minier, Ill.: six grandchildren. ten great-grandchildren. One sister, and many near relatives and friend. He was a kind living husband and father. Funeral services were held Aug. 15, 1917, at Shore Church where about seven hundred had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom we loved. Services were conducted by Bros. Oscar Hostetler and Amos Nusbaum. Text. 11 tim. 4 :6-8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
" A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."

Transcribed by Nancy Hartman, Nebraska


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 23 - September 8, 1927, pages 511, 512

Miller -- Henry C. Miller was born near Landisville, Pa., March 2, 1850; died Aug 9, 1927; aged 77 y. 5 m. 7 d. Nov. 29, 1874, he was united in marriage to Elenore S. Binkley, who preceded him in death 15 years ago. Since that time he has made his home with his daughter (Alice, wife of W. Scott Bushong of Rohrerstown, Pa.). He was a faithful member of the Rohrerstown congregation, his seat seldom being vacant. Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at the Rohrerstown Church, conducted by Daniel Gish and Jacob Hess. Text, I Sam. 20; 18. Interment in the Landisville Cemetery.

Moore -- William A. Moore was born in Fulton Co., Ind., Oct. 8, 1855; died Aug. 23, 1927; aged 71 y. 10 m. 15 d. He is survived by his wife (Harriet Moore) and two sons (Ralph Moore and Oliver Moore). There are 5 grandchildren. One son (Everett died June 23, 1911, aged 24 years. Bro. Moore was the last of a family of 9 children. He was in ill health for some months, and while on the bed of affliction confessed Christ and was baptized -- a saved soul, but a lost life -- what a thought! At the funeral, conducted by J. S. Hartzler, the audience was urged to accept Christ now so that this condition might not be their lot. Burial at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Elkhart, Ind.

Elberly -- Annie K., daughter of Alvin and Fannie Eberly, was born July 30, 1927; departed this life Aug. 16, 1927; aged 18 days. She was sick only 4 days with erysipelas. Her last days were of great suffering. She came as a little sunbeam in the home but remained for a very short time. She budded on earth to bloom in heaven. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 2 sisters, and 2 grandfathers. One sister, Florence, preceded her in death just four years ago. Funeral services were held at the home Aug. 18.

"All is sad within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts to-day,
For the one we loved so dearly,
Has forever passed away.

Seitzinger -- Elizabeth Seitzinger (nee Gable), was born at Lime Rock, Pa., Dec. 22, 1839; died near Lititz, Pa., Aug. 3, 1927; aged 87 y. 7 m. 12 d. She was married to Jacob Seitizinger May 28, 1871. He preceded her in death 16 years ago. Early in life she was a member of the Lutheran Church and later in 1909 she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. After a busy and useful life she spent the last years upon her bed of affliction, suffering from the infirmities of old age, and altho very patient she often expressed her desire to go home to be with the Lord. She lived with her daughter Mrs. Katie Kreiter, who so kindly cared for her especially during these last years of general debility. She is also survived by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who dearly loved "Granny as they called her, as well as a step-son and two step-daughters. May these all, as well as her many friends, be inspired to live a useful Christian life because of her worthy example. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Lititz Mennonite Church by Brethren Isaac Brubaker and Hiram Kauffman. Burial in the Longenecker cemetery a few miles from Lititz.

Yoder -- Mabel Geraldine Yoder, only child of Ralph and Rhoda (Kauffman) Yoder, was born August 9, 1925, near Garden City, Mo.; departed this life at her home August 26, 1927; aged 2 y. 17 d. All that willing hands could do was done to stay the Angel of Death but her frail body could not withstand the effects of intestinal toxication. Being sick only a few hours, her death came as a shock to her parents and the entire community. Geraldine had a sweet and loving dispostion, always cheerful and having a smile for everybody. She will be sadly missed in the home, where she was the light and joy of her parents and also in the homes of her grandparents where her coming was always a source of happiness and pleasure. She also leaves uncles, aunts, and cousins, and a host of friends.

Geraldine, 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.

Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church, conducted by Bro. I. G. Hartzler, assisted by Bros. S. S. Hershberger and W. E. Helmuth. Text, Job 5: 6, 7. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: The word dispostion is not a typo, that is the way it was written.

Stutzman -- Peter Stutzman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 5, 1858; died at his home near Wood River, Neb., July 20, 1927; aged 68 y. 11 m. 15 d. He came to Nebraska when a young man. In the year 1877 he was united in marriage to Drucilla Stutzman. To this union were born two sons and five daughters of whom all remain with two brothers (Joseph and Henry) and thirteen grandchildren and two step-granddaughters three foster grandsons, six-step-great grandchildren, one foster great-grandchild, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. His wife and one granddaughter preceded him in death. He was of a disposition that won many friends wherever he went. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth, became a member of the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held July 22, conducted at the house by Bro. A. E. Stulsfus and at the church by Bro. D. G. Lapp of Roseland, Neb. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Father's labors on earth are finished;
Now he is forever free,
From the rains and aches he had to bear.
Some sweet day we'll meet him over there.
By the Children.

Weaver -- Daniel G., son of Gideon and Susanna Weaver died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ferne Esbenshade, near New Holland, Pa., Aug. 2, 1927, after an illness of ten days; aged 75 y. 10 m. 22 d. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Miss Lizzie Martin) and the following children: Martin M., Benjamin F., Lizzie wife of Ferree Esbenshade, with whom he resided, Anna wife of David High, and Susanna wife of Jacob Gehman. Twenty-seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive, as do one brother (M. G. Weaver) and one sister (Nancy, wife of Noah Good). He was a member of the Mennonite Church for over fifty years and was much concerned about the future welfare of the church. He often admonished his children to the plain, simple life of Jesus. The last prayer that was heard from his lips was for his children, that they might live to God,s glory and honor. He will be sadly missed in the home, in the church, and in the community. Funeral services were held Aug. 5., from the home of his son in law Ferree Esbenshade and at Weaverland Church where interment was made, and all services held by Bishop John Sauder and I. B. Good. Text, Rev. 14: 13

"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright.
Since the spirit of our dear father.
Took its happy, homeward flight.

And we long to cross that river.
Long to rest upon that shore.
There to see, and know, and love them,
With the Savior evermore."

By a Daughter

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No.24 - September 15, 1927, pages 543

Schrock- Jesse Schrock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schrock, was born May 15, 1897, at Flanagan, Ill., and died August 30, 1927; aged 30 y. 3 m. 15 d. On Dec. 22, 1920, he was married to Alice Bachman. This son Allen, aged 3 years; and twin daughters, Dorothy and Doris, aged 21 months. He leaves his immediate family, parents, 1 sister, and 3 brothers, all in Flanagan, Ill., besides many relatives and friends. In his early youth he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death.
By the pastor.

Transcriber's note: The words "This son Allen, aged 3 years; and twin daughters, Dorothy and Doris, aged 21 months." form an incomplete thought in the context of this obituary, but this is the way it is printed in the magazine. ddk

Bumbaugh- Charles E. Bumbaugh was born Sept. 24, 1873; died Aug. 19, 1927, a suicide, aged 53 y. 10 m. 25 d. He was born and spent his early life in Harrisburg. He was an industrious man, seldom missing a day,s work, worked in the Waynesboro shops. He often lamented the fact of having misspent his early life by riotous living. He is survived by his wife and 10 children, also by 10 brothers and sisters. Funeral services were conducted in the Mennonite Church at Pond Bank by Irwin Lehman, text 1 Jno. 5: 12 and Harvey Shank, text Gal. 6: 7, 8. Interment in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
H. E. Shank

Petersheim- Lester Adam, infant son of Aaron K., and Annie Fisher Petersheim, died at his home from infant trouble Aug. 25, 1927; aged 8 m. 27 d. He leaves his parents, and the following brothers and sisters; Emma, Paul, Cora, Helen, Allen, Benjamin and his twin brother Chester Aaron, also two grandmothers, one grandfather, and a host of relatives and friends. Short funeral services were held Aug. 28, at the house by John S. Mast, with further services at the Conestoga Amish Mennonite Church by John S. Mast and Samuel Garber. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson, Pa.
Now the little hands are folded,
And the little clothes laid by;
And our darling,s gone to rest,
To the heavenly home on high.
S. L.

Kreider- John H. Kreider was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec 20, 1850; died at his home in Sterling, Ill., Aug. 23, 1927; aged 76 y. 8 m. 3 d. On December 24, 1872, he was married to Magdalena Ebersole. She died Jan. 28, 1892. To this union were born one daughter, (Matilda, wife of Abe Frey) and five sons, (Harry, Abe, Frank, John, and Amos) all of whom survive him. On Dec. 7, 1893, he was married to Anna Stauffer of Millersville, Pa., who with one son (Benjamin F., born to this union) survive. In addition he leaves one sister (Mrs. Sarah Rutt), 20 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Bro. Kreider united with the Mennonite Church early in life and continued to the last to take an interest in the work of the Church. During his recent illness he frequently expressed a desire to depart and be with the Lord. He passed away confident of the hope of everlasting life. Funeral services were held at his home and at the Mennonite Church on Aug. 26, in charge of his pastor, assisted by Henry Trump, when a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect.

Hartzler- Levi S., son of Jacob C. and Lydia Hartzler, was born in Mifflin, Pa., Aug. 31, 1844; died at his home in Topeka, Ind., Aug 15, 1927; aged 82 y. 11 m. 14 d. He was married to Catherine Monell, Jan. 5, 1875, who died Aug 25, 1912. To this union were born three children (one daughter dying in infancy) and two sons who grew to manhood (Harry and Leroy who preceded him two years ago, and a foster daughter (Mrs. Robert Woodward), also four grandsons and one granddaughter, a great-grandson having preceded him just one month previous. He was again married to Mrs. Mary Mast. Feb 16, 1916, who with one sister (Mrs. Fanny Kanagy) and one brother (John A. Hartzler) survive; also three step-sons besides other relatives and friends. He grew to manhood in Mifflin Co., Pa., but most of his time since had been spent in Topeka and the surrounding community. He accepted the Mennonite faith in his youth, from which he never departed. His place at church was seldom vacant. He was especially interested in the Christian welfare of the young people. He bore his last illness with patience. His words requested the reading of the Scriptures. Being fully resigned to the will of the heavenly Father, he peacefully fell asleep.
"Rest, dearest companion, father, and grandfather.
Thy work is done.
Since it is God,s holy will.
We must be parted for a while.
In sweet submission all in one
We say, our Father,s will be done.
His funeral was conducted at the Maple Grove Church conducted by I. R. Detweiler and Raymond Hartzler.

Yoder- Elizabeth Kurtz Yoder was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Nov. 27, 1844. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in her home community. Through her entire life she was a faithful and consistent member of the church with which she early affiliated herself. In 1878 she came to Champaign Co., with her parents. On March 1, 1881, she was united in marriage with Ezra J. Yoder, who preceded her in death in 1901. This union was blessed with two sons and two daughters. The eldest son Chauncey died when about two years of age. The remaining children are Rovilla Mrs. Perry Daniels, and Ernest Yoder. Six years ago she had a slight stroke of paralysis and since then she had been gradually failing, both physically and mentally. Early in the spring she slowly grew weaker, since which time she had been confined to her bed most of the time. During her last days she was very tenderly and faithfully cared for by her daughter Rovilla and son Ernest and wife, who lived with her. The flame of her life grew fainter day by day and she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, Sept. 3, 1927; aged 82 y 9 m. 6 d. Beside her three children there remain two grandchildren, and a brother (Bishop Jonathan Kurtz of Ligoneer, Ind.). While we keenly feel the loss of our self-sacrificing and loving mother, our grief is submerged in thankfulness that her long affliction is rewarded by an eternal home where sorrow never cometh. Funeral services at the house by C. H. Byler and at the Bethel Church by John Y. King and S. E. Allgyer.

Transcriber's note: Ligoneer is not a typo, that is the way it was spelled

Hallman - Clemens S. oldest son of Eli and Melinda Clemens Hallman, was born at Kitchener, Ont., June 11, 1895; died at St. Paul,s Hospital, Saskatoon, of inflammatory rheumatism and heart failure, after an illness of over five weeks; aged 32 y. 2 m. 12 d. On June 19, 1919, he was married to Cleo Shearer of Wakarusa, Ind. To this union were born 4 children: one whom died in infancy. The family who mourn this loss are his beloved wife, two daughters, one baby son, his parents, three brothers (George, William, Abram). And one sister (Anna), besides his relatives and a host of friends. During the first evangelistic meetings held in this part of the country by Bro. A. D. Wenger in the pioneer days of this district, he became the first convert to Christ, at the age of 11, and was later baptized and received into the Mennonite Church of which he was a member till death. In the year 1915 he graduated with the academy class at Goshen College. He later continued his studies at Saskatchewan University. For a few years he taught public school and in college; but the most of his secular profession was devoted to the education work for the Department of Agriculture in the Province. In the days of his sickness he sincerely regretted that he did not give more of his devotion to the cause of Christ, and trusting anew in the mercy of God realized Hid pardon, and rejoiced in hope of the glory of God. In the last days of suffering, as the end drew nearer heaven became dearer, and the things of time were fading away. Our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the Sharon Mennonite Church, conducted by I. S. Rosenberger, M. H. Schmitt (text. Psa. 90: 12), and Edwin Bartel (text, Lam. 1: 12).

Steiner- Barbara Thut Steiner was born near Winesburg, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1841; died at her late home with Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bixel, So. Main St., Bluffton, Ohio, July 21, 1927: aged 85 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was the fifth in a family of 13 children, all whom preceded her in death, excepting Mrs. John Hilty, now living near New Stark, Ohio. When she was but 7 years of age, her father (Bishop John Thut) and family moved from Holmes Co., on oxen-drawn wagons to Shannon, now Bluffton, where she grew to womanhood, early confessing conversion and uniting with the Mennonite Church now known as Zion. On April 6, 1862, she was united in marriage to Christian P. Steiner who a few years later was called to the ministry and the pastorate of Zion Church. In this capacity as well as in all others, Sister Steiner proved herself a sympathetic and actively helpful companion, cheerful sharing the many sacrifices for the best interests of the home, community, and church. The ten children born to this union are, Lena Bixel, Menno S. Bixel (deceased), Jennie Betzner, Nancy Geiger, Josiah S. Bixel, Sarah Geiger, Aaron (deceased), Albert J., Reuben S., Elvina Ebersole. Thirty-one grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren survive, two of the former. (Roy and Ellen Bixel) having been called home. Her husband, too, preceded her in death about 17 years. Sister Steiner comes from a sturdy Pennsylvania German family. She was a woman of great faith and prayer, an extensive reader, well informed in the Scriptures, and holding a vital interest in the church and community issues of the day. She retained a remarkable memory to the last and intelligently conversed with those whose good fortune it was to come in contact with her. She was ready to go, her work was done, and she was hoping and looking for the evening star to appear. She passed peacefully to her desired rest at one o,clock, Thursday morning. Funeral services were held on July 23 briefly at the home by Bro. N. O. Blosser and later at the Zion Mennonite Church in charge of brethren A. E. Kreider and S. M. Musselman. Interment in the adjoining

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 25 - September 22, 1927, pages 559, 560

Herr - Edna Mylin, wife of Herbert S. Herr, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 11, 1896: died Aug. 13, 1927; aged 30 y., 11 m., 2 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband, an only daughter (Marian, aged 2 years) a sister, and father and mother. Edna was a friend to all who knew her. An affectionate wife, a devoted mother, a loving sister, a dear daughter, and a true Christian, could be truthfully said of her. Her death came as a shock to her family and to all her friends, for she was sick but a few days. Being conscious until the end, she bade us farewell and expressed her happiness in seeing her Savior and meeting us all in that happy land. She told her little one she was going to the angels and would wait for her there. We miss her far more than words can tell, but we feel that our loss is her gain.

"For heaven is made of those we love
The beautiful and true
And God has taken her above
To build a heaven for you."
Her sister.

Oswald - Elizabeth Rupp Oswald was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Dec. 9, 1860; died at her home in Beaver Crossing. Neb., Aug. 30, 1927: aged 66 y., 8 m., 21 d. Death came by paralysis. She spent the last 4 12 years as an invalid and the last 7 weeks she lay in bed calmly and patiently awaiting the end. She was baptized when she was 15 years old, and joined the Mennonite Church in which faith she lived and died. She was married to Jacob Oswald Feb. 9, 1880. To this union were born 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom, together with her husband, remain to mourn her departure. She also leaves 2 sisters (3 sisters and 1 brother preceded her) 29 grandchildren. 4 great-grandchildren, and other near relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services were held at the West Fairview Church near Beaver Crossing, on Sept. 2, 1927, in charge of Bros. Wm. R. Eicher and J. E. Zimmerman. Interment in cemetery near by.

Steiner - Mark Kenneth, son of E. V. and Clara Steiner, was born Feb. 8, 1920; died of infantile paralysis Aug. 5, 1927; aged 7 y., 5 m., 27 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure his father, mother, 8 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandfathers, and many other relatives and friends. While yet in health he was much interested in the Bible, and often expressed a desire for the Lord's return, or that he might go to be with Jesus. The Scripture verse he chose to recite from memory on his last Sunday morning on earth was Jno. 3 :16. In sickness he expressed his love for the Lord. Let us not mourn as those who have no hope. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Owing to the contagious nature of the disease to which he succumbed a short funeral service was held at the home by Bro. C. Z. Yoder on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 7, in the presence of a few realtives and friends. Interment was made in Mennonite Crown Hill cemetery. On Sunday, Sept. 11 memorial services were conducted at the Crown Hill Church by Bros. Noah Hilty, E. F. Hartzler, and M. S. Amstutz of the Missionary Alliance Church. Texts, I Sam. 20:3; Matt. 6:21.

Transcriber's note: The word realtives is not a typo, that is the way it was spelled.

Shenk - Andrew Clayton, son of Andrew and Rhoda Shenk. was born near Eilda, Ohio, on Oct. 14, 1917: died on Sept. 1, 1927; aged 9 y., 10 m., 18 d. He leaves a sorrowing father, mother, six brothers (Wilson, Carol, Oliver, Edgar, Ronald, Louis). and two sisters (Rhoda and Margaret), to mourn his early departure. It was his ill fortune never to be strong, but there is a faith which tells us that "after life's fitful fever, he sleeps well." And even as he was, his brief earthly sojourn was not in vain, for being the first of a family to journey on, he has turned their gaze upward to heaven. As a tribute to the memory of him, his brother Oliver has voiced the affections of his family in the following lines:
A little Stranger rapped upon our door.
We opened, and invited him inside.
We did not know just what his call was for,
Nor know we yet why he did with us bide.
But this we know, that while he tarried here,
E,en tho it was but just a little while,
That he did bring with him a ray of cheer,
And we did learn to love his sunny smile.
And now that he has hastened on from view,
From that dim twilight bordering the unknown,
From high up in the arching heavens blue,
He seems to pause, and beckon gently on.
Funeral services at Salem Church Sept. 15, 3, conducted by P. E. Brunk and David Good. Burial in Salem cemetery.

Groff - Moses Groff was born Sept. 12, 1851; died near New Hamburg, Ontario, on Aug. 7, 1927; ages 75 y., 10 m., 7 d. On Nov. 11, 1880, he was married to Magdalena Eshelman who precede him five years. This union was blessed with three children (Emma, Sylvia, and Hattie), who preceded him in death 16 years). Three brothers also survive (Abram, Aaron, and Ezra). In 1893 he united with the Mennonite Church, where he served his Lord faithfully until He took him. As a member of the Biehn congregation his place indeed is vacant. When health permitted he was seldom absent from the service. We shall ever remember him as an appreciative, attentive listener who loved to do his Master's will. During the last period of illness he often expressed a union blessed with three children; one desire to worship with God's people and was always appreciative of seasons of worship in the home. He bore his recent affliction and suffering with Christian fortitude, but longed to go and be with the Lord. In his death the home shall miss him as a loving, helpful father and the Church a faithful, active member. On Aug. 9 the funeral services were held from his late home near New Hamburg to the Biehn church and adjoining cemetery for interment. Services in charge of the brethren, Osias Cressman, Curtis C. Cressman, and Manasseh Hallman.

Transcribers note: In the sentence (During the last period of illness he often expressed a union was blessed with three children: ) it seems like part of the sentence is mixed up.
The line," union was blessed with three children: one", appears to be a typesetter's error. This obituary reads ok if you skip this line, but this IS the way it is printed in the magazine. ddk

Mishler - Susanna Maurer Weaver Mishler was born Sept. 13, 1861, in Holmes Co., Ohio: died Aug. 28, 1927, of cancerous growth at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Ora Y. Miller). Goshen, Ind.: aged 66 y., 11 m., 15 d. At the age of 6 she came with her parents to Goshen, Ind. In March 1910, she moved to her home in Middlebury, where she had been living until February, when she came to stay with her daughter where she spent her remaining days. She was united in marriage to John W. Weaver Oct. 6, 1881, who preceded her in death 17 years. To this union were born 3 daughters (Mrs. O. O. Kauffman, Mrs. C. I. Schrock, Mrs. O. Y. Miller) 1 son (Roy C. Weaver) who preceded her 14 years. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 3 brothers (Jacob, Christ, and Geo. Maurer) and 1 sister (Mrs. David Schrock). On May 24, 1914, she was united in marriage to Wm. Mishler who preceded her 7 years. At the age of 18 she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. She always lent a helping hand wherever needed.

"Dear mother, we miss thee from our homes,
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss thy cheerful face."

Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Ind. , conducted by D. D. Miller and Silas Yoder. Text, Job 14: 1, 2. Burial at the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Esch - Joseph, son of Christian and Anna Esch was born July 16, 1851 in the township where he resided through life. Last winter he passed through a severe sickness from which he never fully recovered, although he was able to be about until a few days before his death on Sunday, Aug. 28, 1927; aged 76 y., 1 m., 12 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior in early life and remained faithful to his Christian vows until the end. His church membership was with the Partridge Mennonite Church, near Metamora, Ill. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Bachman on March 3, 1874. To this union six children were born; (Henry, Samuel, Christian, Martha, Joseph J., and Peter D.). On Dec. 29, 1889, his wife was called by the angel of death. He was again united in marriage Feb. 25, 1891, to Lizzie Stauffer of Tiskilwa, Ill. In October of the same year this second union was broken by the death angel. On September 26, 1893, he was married to Hattie Schertz. To this union two children were born; (Frieda and Raymond). Brother Esch was a successful farmer. He met with many discouragements and bitter experiences. All these he bore patiently, exemplifying a true Christian spirit. The ruggedness of his life journey developed in him worthy characteristics. He was always sympathetic towards others, especially toward those in need. He was a faithful husband and a devoted father. He leaves his devoted wife, four children. (Samuel, Joseph, Peter, and Mrs. Frieda Grove), one sister (Mrs. Peter Schertz), six children, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by one brother (Peter Esch). Dec. 1912, and by four of his children. Funeral services at the Calvary Mennonite Church conducted by Valentine Stubhar and Ezra B. Yordy

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 26 - September 29, 1927, pages 575, 576

Kauffman, Ida Lena, daughter of Chris and Amanda (Schlatter) Kauffman, was born Jan. 25, 1904, in McPherson Co., Kans.; died at the Mennonite Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo., Sept. 15, 1927; aged 23 y. 7 m. 20 d. At the age of 4 years her mother died. Three sisters and one brother died in infancy. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 12 years, uniting with the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church near Garden City, Mo., and remained faithful until the end. In Oct. 1926, she went to the Sanitarium for her health. She was thought to be improving, til (sic) Aug. 23 when she grew worse. Even though she was there for 10 long months, she still retained her always cheerful disposition and was very hopeful for her recovery; but on Sept. 15 death suddenly overtook her, which was a shock to all. Ida was always of a kind and loving disposition. She was never heard to complain and her cheerfulness won for her many friends. She will be greatly missed in the home, church, and community but we feel that our loss is her gain. She leaves father, step-mother, one foster brother, five uncles, three aunts, and a host of relatives and friends.
"God saw fit to call her higher
But it seems it can not be;
For the home is now so lonely
Since her form we no more see."
A service was held at La Junta, Colo., conducted by Bros. J. A. Heatwole and Simon Gingerich. Scriptures read were II Cor. 5 and Jno. 14. The body was then taken to Hutchinson, Kans; accompanied by her father, where it was viewed by relatives and friends. She was then taken to her home near Garden City. Mo., where they arrived Sept. 17. Funeral services were held on Sept. 18, at the home conducted by Bro. L. J. Miller and at the Sycamore Grove church by Bro. I. G. Hartzler assisted by Bros. J. C. Driver and L. J. Miller. The texts, that were used John 14:2 and Matt. 11:28 were found marked in Ida's Bible. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.

Roth.--Christian Roth was born in Canada Aug. 22,1848; died at Shickley, Neb., Sept. 8, 1927; aged 79 y. 17 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. March 31, 1868, he united in marriage with Magdalena Wittrig. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 9 daughters. He leaves his bereaved wife and children, 65 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. His sickness was of a long duration and much suffering. Funeral services at the Salem Mennonite Church by Bro. Abner Yoder of Parnel, Iowa, and Jacob Berkey of Kouts, Ind. May the Lord comfort the bereaved ones.
"Farewell, beloved wife, beloved children, farewell,
I am going to the Savior who maketh all things well.
He well soothe my pains with his loving Hand.
He made in his pity to my suffering and end."

Myer.--Paul L., infant child of Elias and Cora (Landis) Myer, near Strasburg, Pa., died Sept. 2, 1927. He is survived by two brothers and a sister. Interment in Stumptown Cemetery.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright,
Since the spirit of our dear baby
Took its happy, homeward flight."

Rohrer.--Benj. Lewis, son of Benj. W. and Nancy Lehman Rohrer, was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Nov. 29, 1893; died in the home he was born and reared to manhood August 29, 1927; aged 33 y., 9 m.. He was received into the Lower Mennonite Church by water baptism June 24, 1917 and later transferred his membership to the Bethel congregation, in which he remained faithful to the end. On March 27, 1920 he was united in marriage with Emma P. Smucker by Bishop J. S. Gerig, to which union was born one daughter (Nancy Evelyn) who died in infancy June 18, 1921. There remain to mourn his early death, his loving companion, father (B. W. Rohrer) 2 brothers, (S. D. and Clayton), 2 sisters (Malissa Landis and Mollie Graber). His mother and brother William preceded him in death. Bro. Rohrer had been in failing health for the past seven years, which deprived him of the privilege to attend church and other religious services so much appreciated by him and helpful to a Christian experience. But with all these privileges missing hr manifested a fine Christian spirit and bore his afflictions cheerfully and was constantly able to look on the bright side of life. Funeral services were held at the home Sept. 1, and later at the Bethel church in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner, J. S. Gerig, J. M. Kreider and Ralph Smucker. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing widow and friends.

Hartzler.--Barbara, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Hartzler, was born in Belleville, Pa., March 10,1847; died at her late home in West Liberty, O., Sept. 7, 1927; aged 80 y., 5 m., 27 d. For a number of years affliction laid heavily upon her and she became a great sufferer with the dread disease cancer, which finally caused her death. She was a kind and tender-hearted mother. Her faith in God and his word, comforted her and developed within her a patience we cannot forget, for she read and loved her Bible. Surely her children shall rise and call her blessed. She was united in marriage to Eli Hartzler, Jan. 23, 1868, who died April 18, 1893. This union was blessed with two daughters (Mrs. Salina Harshbarger, and Mrs. Fannie Lapp) who survive. On Jan. 27, 1898 she was again marred to Bro. Moses Stutzman, who died Nov. 25, 1908. Since this time she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. D. A. Lapp, who tenderly cared for her almost nineteen years. She leaves her two daughters, four grandchildren, and step children, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, also an only brother (Joseph Hartzler) besides other relatives and family who survive her. Two grandchildren and one step daughter preceded her in death. Sister Stutzman proved her loyalty to the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she had been a member since accepting Christ as her Savior.
"We loved her, yes we loved her,
But Jesus loved her more,
And He has sweetly called her,
To yonder shining shore."
Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, in charge of Bros. A. I. Yoder and S. E. Allgyer. Burial in South Union Cemetery.

Nolt.--Christian N. Nolt was born July 4, 1851; died Sept. 17, 1927; aged 76 y., 2 m., 14 d. Nov. 18, 1875, he united in marriage with Maria E. Brubaker of Millersville. To this union were born the following children; Phares B. Nolt at home, Susan B., wife of Clinton Engle of Mt. Joy; Jacob B., and John B., of Landisville; Christian B., Samuel B., and Reuben B., of Silver Spring; Maria B., wife of Henry Eshleman of Lititz; and David of Landisville. Christian and Maria Nolt united with the Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church in 1879 or 1880, and remained faithful to their baptismal vow until death. His seat was seldom vacant until several months since when his health began to fail. His desire had been that his funeral services should be held in the church where he was accustomed to worship. In his Bible he had marked his text, which was also used at his father's funeral. Short services were held from his late home in Landisville by the Chestnut Hill Church, by Seth Ebersole and Hiram Kauffman, using the selected text, Psalm 34:19 also Matt. 24:42-24. Burial in the Silver Spring cemetery. S. E. E.

Myers.--Daniel C. Myers was born in the state of Pennsylvania in the year of 1838, Sept. 8; died at his home in McPherson Co., Kans., Aug. 29, 1927; aged 88 y., 11 m., 21 d. On Sept. 18, 1861, he was united in marriage to Persis E. Linnell. To this union were born eight children (Rachel A., Emerson R., Otterbein P., Isabella R., Mary L., and Martha L., Emanuel J., Reuben T.) Feb. 21, 1905, his wife died; also three children (Rachel, Isabelle, and Reuben) have preceded him in death. After his wife's death he made his home with his son Reuben, and after his son's death he continued to make his home with the widow and his grandson. At an early age he gave his heart to God and in the year 1868 he became a licensed preacher of the United Brethren Church and remained such till retired by age. In 1876 he with his family moved to Kansas and located on a claim that became his home on which he resided at the time of his death. He was a hard working man and after laboring all week he would take his team and buggy and drive to his appointment to supply the work assigned him. His work as a minister took him into several different counties. He leaves one brother, five children, twenty two grandchildren, twenty six great-grandchildren. Besides a host of friends. Funeral services were held at his home Aug. 31, J. G. Hartzler in charge and at the West Liberty church by R. C. Russel assisted by Maurice Yoder and Jenison. The remains were laid to rest in the West Liberty Cemetery.

Nice.--Henry T., son of Bishop Henry and Lavina (Tyson) Nice, was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Dec. 12, 1850; died at the "Jane Lamb Hospital" in Clinton, Iowa, Sept. 7, 1927; aged 76 y., 8 m., 25 d. The family came to Sterling, Ill., in 1865 and later moved to Morrison, Ill. On Dec. 12, 1872, Bro. Nice was married to Sister Barbara Gsell. To this union seven children were born, three sons and four daughters. Three daughters died in infancy. He leaves his wife, four children (William, Anna wife of John J. Rutt, Henry, and Noah), fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Those of his brothers and sisters surviving him are Mrs. J. C. Kornhaus, Pre. Jonas T. Nice, Bish. John Nice, and Mrs. David Steiner. Those preceding him are Benjamin, Philip, and Hanna. Bro. Nice united with the Mennonite Church in 1870 and was interested in her activities until he time of his death. On May 29, 1892 he was called to the office of deacon in the Morrison congregation which office he held until the time of his death. During his last illness he bore his intense suffering patiently, waiting for the call of his Master, which call he heard on the morning of the 7th. "Gods finger touched him, and he slept." Funeral services were held Sept. 11, from his home and at the church, when an unusually large gathering of relatives and friends came to pay a last tribute of respect. The brethren, J. S. Shoemaker of Dakota, Ill., and A. C. Good, Sterling, Ill., were in charge of the services.

Keim.--Benj. Keim was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 9, 1830; died Sept. 12 1927; aged 97 y. 6 m. 3 d. When but a boy, he with his widowed mother moved to Holmes Co., Ohio, where he grew to manhood, and was married to Susanna Miller in 1848. She preceded him in death 50 years ago. He spent a number of years in Elkhart and Goshen, Ind., and some years near Arthur, Ill. The last 21 years he made his home with his son Joseph. Nearly sixteen years ago he came with his son and family to Michigan, where he died at their home near Pigeon. His death came rather sudden and unexpected. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church near Pigeon. He was the father of 10 children 3 (sic)of whom remain to mourn his loss (Joseph, Eliza, Julian, and John); also 26 grandchildren 50 great-grandchildren and several great-great- grandchildren. He was blessed with a good mind till to the very end. He asked to be helped out of bed on his rocking chair and there he passed away in a few minutes. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River Mennonite Church by S. J. Swartzendruber and Edwin Albrecht.

Transcribed by Robert Stauffer, Missouri

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