Gospel Herald Obituaries - April, 1928

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Gospel Herald - Volume XXI, Number 1 - April 5, 1928 - pages 14, 15

Bare. ---- Bertha Rebecca Bare, daughter of J. H. and Ida E. Bare, of Harper, Kans., was born Oct. 26, 1927; died March 19, 1928; aged 4 m. 22 d. She leaves her parents, two brothers, and two sisters, one brother having preceded her to the realms above. Funeral services were conducted by R. M. Weaver and J. J. Zimmerman.
---- Parents.

Kurtz. ---- Mary (Ramer) Kurtz, widow of the late John Kurtz, was born in Snyder Co., Pa., Feb. 15, 1842; died of infirmities of old age Feb. 27, 1928; aged 86 y. 12 d. She is survived by two sons, Christian Kurtz of Hinkletown, Pa., and Abram Kurtz of Mechanicsburg, Pa. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. The funeral was held Mar. 1, from the home of her niece, Joseph Graybill, of New Holland, Pa. Services were conducted at the house and the New Holland Church by Bros. Noah Souder and Noah Mack from Job 14:14. Burial in the Groffdale Cemetery.

Hartman. ---- Melvin Cecil, infant son of Mr. And Mrs. C. R. Hartman, was born at Newton, Kans., Nov. 26, 1927; died Mar. 1, 1928; aged 3 m. 4 d. Funeral services were held March 3 at the Zimmerdale Church. He leaves to mourn his departure his father and mother, a sister, Marjorie, a brother, Clyde, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rodgers, aunts, uncles, and many other relatives and friends.
"We had a little treasure once,
He was our joy and pride,
We loved him, ah, perhaps too well,
And soon he slept and died."

Baehler. ---- Anna Baehler (nee Stucky) was born Oct. 11, 1839; died March 24, 1928, after a brief illness; aged 88 y. 5 m. 13 d. In 1871 she was married to Christian Baehler at Langnau, Canton Bern, Switzerland. Her husband died June 2, 1909. In 1883 they came to Wayne Co., Ohio. The same year they joined the Sonnenberg Church of which they were consistent members until death. Their family was blessed with 6 sons and 1 daughter. 4 sons and 1 daughter preceded her in death. She leaves 2 sons, Godfrey at home, and Peter in Nebraska, to mourn her death. Funeral was held March 27, 1928, from the Sonnenberg Church conducted by Jacob Moser and C. N. Amstutz, from the text she had chosen, Luke 21:19.

Heidelbrecht. ---- Agnes Heidelbrecht was born in South Russia, Nov. 16, 1875; died near Tofield, Alta., Feb. 4, 1928; aged 52 y. 2 m. 19 d. Her death was very sudden. In the middle of the night she asked what time it was. Her sister with whom she had been staying, had awakened previous and noticed after the question was asked, that she was breathing weakly. Five minutes later she passed away. The evening before she had seemed very happy as evidenced by her singing. A few years ago she came over from Russia and has been staying with her brother-in-law and sister, Bro. And Sister Schrader. Interment took place in a newly made cemetery on the property of the newly established colony north of Tofield. Funeral services were conducted by N. E. Roth (text, Phil. 1:21), and by their own minister, Bro. Friesen.

Horst. ---- Lloyd S. Horst, son of Bro. Jacob G. and Sister Mary Horst, died in the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Mar. 16, 1928; aged 8 y. 11 m. 7 d. Little Lloyd was taken ill and loving hearts and hands ministered to him. After all seemed to fail it was decided to take him to the above-named institution, where it was finally discovered that he had an abscess in the center of the brain. He suffered intense pain at times, until the Good Shepherd took him to Himself, where no sickness and pain can enter. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and grandparents on both sides to mourn his early departure. Funeral was held on March 20, Bro. John M. Sauder conducting the services at the home, and Bros., I. B. Good, John W. Weaver, and B. F. F. Martin at Weaverland. Text, Psa. 30:5.

Weaver. ---- Bro. Benj. Weaver, Jr., died at his late home in Union Grove, Pa., Mar. 10, 1928 of complications after an illness of a year or more; aged 52 y. 2 d. He leaves a widow, 3 sons, 4 daughters, and one grandchild, and a large host of friends, to mourn his departure. We need not sorrow, however, as those that have no hope. Bro. Weaver was very much interested in the welfare of the Church and his family, and took a very active part in Sunday school work, being very seldom absent. He was proprietor of the General Store at Union Grove for about 19 years. Funeral services were held on Mar. 15, Bro. B. F. Martin having charge of the service at the house and two of his uncles, David W. Weaver and John W. Weaver, at the Weaverland meetinghouse. Text, John 17:24.

Nofziger. ---- Joseph D. Nofziger was born in Diesberghof, Luxemburg, Prussia, May 29, 1846. In 1850 he came with his parents to America and located in Fulton C., Ohio, on a farm near Archbold, where he lived until 8 years ago, when he moved to Pettisville, Ohio, at which place he died Mar. 13, 1928, at the age of 81 y. 9 m. 14 d. On May 19, 1896, he was united in marriage to Barbara Rychener. To this union was born one daughter. He leaves to mourn his death a sorrowing widow, one daughter, two grandchildren and many relatives and friends. In his younger years he was converted and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a member until death. Funeral services were held Mar. 15, at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Eli Rupp in German and S. D. Grieser in English. Text, Psa. 89:48. Burial in Pettisville cemetery.

Eash. ---- Herald, son of Daniel M. and Susie Eash, was born May 8, 1918; died Mar. 15, 1928; aged 9 y. 10 m. 7 d. His death was very sudden and unexpected. While helping at the chores he was trying to get some straw at the strawstack when a chunk of frozen straw slid down and is supposed to have killed him instantly. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure father, mother, one brother, Ora Kenneth, one sister, Mabel Luella, two grandmothers, one grandfather, one great-grandfather, one great-grandmother. This was a great shock to the family, but with the assurance that the child has gone to glory, they comfort themselves with the hope of meeting again. Services at the home by D. J. Johns and at the Clinton Frame Church by Ira S. Johns and D. J. Johns, from Psa. 90:12.
"We miss thee from our home,
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."

Funk. ---- Isaac, son of Martin and Elizabeth Funk (deceased), was born in East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 21, 1845; died at his home in River Corner near Safe Harbor, Pa., at the age of 83 y. 29 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He served as one of the trustees for many years at the River Corner Church and his seat was seldom vacant when health permitted him to be there. He was suddenly stricken with a paralytic stroke on Mar. 14, and remained unconscious until he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. He is survived by one daughter and one son with whom he made his home; also 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from his late hme by Bro. Aaron B. Harnish (Job 14:1-14) followed at the River Corner Church by Bros. Michael Groff and Jacob H. Thomas. Texts, Rev. 21:7; Zech. 4:7.
We shall be parted for awhile
But we'll not forget his loving smile;
And some sweet day when life is o'er
We'll greet him on the other shore.
--- By the family.

Martin. ---- Elam C. Martin, son of the late Josiah and Sarah (Clemmer) Martin was born near Floradale, Ont., Feb. 23, 1876; died near Ephrata, Pa., Mar. 5, 1928; aged 52 y. 12 d. On Jan. 27, 1901, he was united in marriage to Lovina Gingerich. To this union were born 4 sons and 9 daughters. 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him to the great beyond. He leaves his wife and the following children: Ivan, Sarah, wife of Allen Snyder, Anna, wife of Aaron Zimmerman, Rachel, wife of Emanuel Martin, Leah, Ellen, Lovina, Ezra, Irene, Elmer and Vera; also 3 grandchildren, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. In his early youth he united with the Mennonite Church. In 1903 he was ordained to the ministry. In 1921 he was ordained as bishop. Funeral services were held March 9th with short services at the house and further services at the Pike Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. John Weaver and Jesse Bauman.
"Weep not for me, my family dear,
Nor shed for me a sorrowing tear,
I am not dead, but only sleep,
My silent slumber, oh, how sweet!"
--- By the Family.

Gashaw. ---- Catherine Kauffman Gashaw, daughter of Jacob and Lizzie Kaufman, was born Aug. 29, 1848; died in Jenner Township, Somerset Co., Pa., Mar. 16, 1928; aged 79 y. 6 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Eli Gashaw over 60 years ago, and soon after their marriage she and her husband united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until death. She is survived by her husband, four daughters, and one son. One daughter preceded her in death seven years ago. She is also survived by one brother, thirty-six grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Her husband has been afflicted for several years, and it was her very anxious desire to live longer than he in order to take care of him, but God saw better otherwide. Funeral services were conducted in the home by James Saylor. In the Thomas Church, L. A. Blough conducted the opening exercises, S. G. Shetler based the sermon on "Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory" and James Saylor added some fitting remarks. A large concourse of people were assembled for the occasion. The remains were laid away in the Thomas cemetery.

Neuhauser. ---- Lottie May (Weaver) Neuhauser was born Aug. 27, 1882, near Hesston, Kans., where she grew to womanhood. On December 22, 1901, she was married to Samuel E. Neuhauser of Newton, Kans. To this union were born six children. She was converted early in life; later in life she made the complete consecration and received the experience of entire satisfaction by faith in the blood of Jesus and lived a very conscientious Christian life as a wife, mother, Sunday school teacher, and class leader. She taught an insisted on a consistent Christian life. She went to be with her Saviour on the evening of March 19, 1928, after an illness of three weeks; aged 45 y. 6 m. 22 d. She is survived by her husband and six children: Frank, Everett, Florence, Erla, Willard and Edith, all at home at present; also her parents, Bro. And Sister J. M. R. Weaver, one sister, Mrs. A. D. Neuhauser of Newton, Kansas, two brothers, Newton M. Weaver of Lancaster, Pa., and Martin M. Weaver of Goddard, Kans., and many other relatives and friends. We very keenly feel our loss; it's just good night, Mother, we will meet you in the morn over there. Funeral services held March 23, were largely attended. They were conducted at the home by Wm. Lambert and at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church at Zimmerdale, Kansas, by D. D. Zook and S. Winey. Interment in the church cemetery.

Hertzler. ---- Christian (Bender) Hertzler, son of Abram and Mary Hertzler, was born in Lancaster, Pa., July 12, 1840; died March 9, 1928. In 1862 he married Susanna Zimmerman. To this union were born 8 children, 4 of whom preceded him. In 1875 his wife departed this life, leaving 4 children, Leah Hershey, Manheim, Pa., Susan Ranck, Mechanicsburg, Pa., Nathaniel Z., Daniel Z., both of Camp Hill, Pa. In 1877 he married Catherine Weber. To this union were born 6 children; Mary at home, Barbara Lauver, Anna Zimmerman, Henry C., all of Mechanicsburg, Abram W., Camp Hill, Pa.; Alice Musser, New Holland, Pa. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, Churchtown, Cumberland Co., Pa., for over 60 years. After an illness of one week he departed this life, at the age of 87 y. 8 m. 26 d., leaving to mourn his departure 10 children, 22 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. At the age of 11 years he moved with his parents from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Cumberland Co., Pa., on a farm near William's Grove by an old covered wagon, he walking the greater part of the way. Funeral services were conducted March 13, by Bro. Paul Huddle, Churchtown, assisted by John H. Mosemann, Lancaster. Text, Job 14:14. Burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Transcribed by: James Yoder, British Columbia

Grieser ---Joseph Grieser was born near Fulda, Minn., Feb. 26, 1897; died at the home of his parents near Beemer, Nebr., on March 21, 1928; aged 31 y. 24 d. At the age of five years he with his parents moved to Nebraska where he lived until 8 years ago when he moved to Hadley, Minn, where on Mar. 10, 1925, he was united in marriage to Inez Johnson, to which union two children were born, Dona Marie (aged two years) and Joseph Richard (aged eleven months) who with his loving wife, father, mother, six brothers and six sisters survive to mourn his early departure. At the age of about 15 years he was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he died a triumphant death, Bright's disease being the cause of his death. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Joseph Schantz (text, II Cor.5:1-10), and at the church by Bro. J.W. Oswald (text, Rev.22; James 4:13,14) and Bro. P.O. Oswald (text, Isa. 55:8,9). Interment was made in the Beemer Cemetery. We mourn not for our brother as those who have no hope. He has left us a good example in patience in suffering and submission to God's will. He also expressed his readiness to depart out of this life and left a very clear testimony that he was about to enter into the joy of his Lord. These facts are source of joy and comfort to the bereaved ones.

Gearig, Gearig, --- Priscilla Seidner Gearig was born near Wooster, Ohio, Dec. 11, 1871; died at Carthage, Mo., Mar. 16, 1928; aged 56 y, 3 m, 5 d. ; She was married to Benjamin Gearig Dec. 28, 1890. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Sarah Zaerr, of Jasper, Mo., and one brother, Henry Seidner, of Venice. Calif. Benjamin Gearig was born near Pettisville, Ohio, Mar. 30, 1867; died at Carthage., Mo., Mar. 21, 1928; aged 60 y, 11 m, 21 d. He was married to Priscilla Seidner Dec. 28, 1890. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He leaves one sister, Mary Seidner, of Fairview, Michigan, and three brothers, Jonathan, Aaron, and Christian, all of near Pettisville, Ohio. So closed the earthly lives of two beloved members of the White Hall congregation, Oronogo, Missouri. Sister Gearig had been in ill health for several years; a few months ago Bro. Gearig was stricken with paralysis. They were taken to Dr. Chapman's private hospital at Carthage, where they died. Married for thirty-eight years they "were lovely and pleasant in their lives and in their death they were not divided." A double funeral was held for them on March 22 after which the bodies were sent to Pettisville, Ohio, for burial. The funeral sermon was preached by P.J. Shenk, this being their request. Bishop Andrew Shenk assisted. The text used was I Cor. 15: 55. We do not speak of our loss on this occasion, but repeat Bro. Gearig's own words: "Just as the Lord wills."

Beachy, --- Mary Magdalene Beachy was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Washington Co., Ia,; died at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Ia., Mar. 21, 1928; aged 6 y. 4 m. 11 d. On Sunday, Mar. 18, she attended Sunday school as usual and was at home in the afternoon, seemingly well and happy, playing with a little girl who was a visitor there, Mary Magdalene first complained on Monday morning, not feeling well all day, but as her condition did not seem serious no doctor was called until Tuesday morning, from which time she gradually became worse until noon when she had convulsions and from then on remained unconscious until her death, suffering intense pains almost constantly. As a last resort she was taken to the hospital in the night where after an examination was performed and it was found that peritonits had already set in, due to a ruptured appendix. A few hours later, at 8:30 Wednesday morning she passed away. She leaves to mourn her early departure, a widowed mother, 6 brothers, 3 sisters and many other relatives and friends. Her father preceded her in death, July 3, 1921.

"Just like the flower that blooms and dies,
So passed this lovely form,
And soaring sped beyond the skies,
On angels' wings up-borne."

Funeral services were conducted on Mar. 23, at the Upper Deer Creek Church, conducted by G. A. Yoder and A. C. Swartzendruber in German, and E. G. Swartzendruber in English. Texts, Luke 18:15-17; Matt. 19:13-15. Interment in the East Union Cemetery

Transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XXI, Number 2 - April 12, 1928 - page 47

Miller. ---- Jeremiah, Jr., infant son of Bro. Jeremiah and Sister Nancy (Kurtz) Miller, of near Greenwood, Del., was born Jan. 15, 1928; died March 15, 1928. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 8 sisiters and 3 brothers. Three brothers preceded him to the world beyond. The cause of his death was pneumonia. Funeral services were held on March 17, at the Greenwood A. M. Church. Text, Job 1:21. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
A. B. S.

Livingston. ---- Christina Livingston was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Dec. 31, 1851; died March 25, 1928; aged 76 y. 2 m. 25 d. Her parents moved to Michigan when she was about 13 years old. She was united in marriage to John Lenhard Jan. 3, 1875. To this union were born two sons, Moses P., and Harley L. Lenhard, both of Clarksville, Mich. She united with the Mennonite Church 46 years ago. Funeral at Bowne Mennonite Church, conducted by Aldus Brackbill and D. A. Yoder.

Bricker. ---- Aaron, son of Bro. And Sister E. W. Bricker of Calgary, Alta., was born in Ontario Jan. 26, 1879; died at High River, Alta., on Mar. 20, 1928. He made his home with W. B. Way for the last 14 years and was found dead in bed. His death was due to heart failure. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, 4 brothers and 1 sister: Harvey, Edgar, Archie of Alsask, Sask., John H. and Esther of California. Three sisters preceded him in death, Mrs. James Dewie, Mrs. John Landis and Clara. A large number of relatives and friends also survive him. Funeral, March 23. Services at the home of W. B. Way conducted by R. E. Williams, and the Baptist Church by Bro. Isaac Miller. Interment at the High River Cemetery.
I. M.

Hess. ---- Mrs. Barbara Ann Hess, widow of Aaron H. Hess, formerly of near Lititz, Pa., died March 1, 1928, at the the home of her daughter Mrs. Jacob Shenk, Sporting Hill, Pa.There she had made her home for the last four years. Her age was 75 years, and death was due to complications. She was a member of the Old Mennonite Church. She is survived by 9 children, 36 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. The funeral services were held Sunday, March 4, at the home of her daughter and the services was conducted by Bishop Isaac Brubaker. Further services were conducted at Hess's Church by Bros. Noah Landis and John S. Hess. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. The burial was made in the adjoining cemetery."Dearest grandmother, how we miss you, Now your place is vacant here,But you'll never be forgotten,By the ones who hold you dear."
By a Granddaughter.

Brubaker. ---- Annie (Buckwalter) Brubaker, wife of Levi L. Brubaker, died at her home at Millersville, Pa., March 22, 1928; aged 66 y. 8 m. 22 d. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children: Aaron N., Ada M., Jacob N., John N., and Paul N. One daughter preceded her to the spirit world, also 3 grandchildren. There are four grandchildren remaining, all of whom were a great joy to her. For over a year mother was failing in health. Her sickness was progressive paralysis. She was confined to her bed for five weeks and was fully resigned. Mother was able to talk to us until the last four days when she became unconscious. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. The funeral was held March 25, conducted by Bros. Landis Shertzer and Jacob Hess at the house and by Bro. D. N. Gish at the church."Some day, some time, our eyes shall see,The faces kept in memory;Some day their hand shall clasp our hand,Just over in the morning land."

Shriner. -- Katie Alice (Miller) Shriner, daughter of Manasses and Rebecca Miller, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Feb. 27, 1891; died near Clarksville, Mich., Mar. 17, 1928; aged 37 y. 18 d. She was married to Frank Shriner Feb. 27, 1912. To this union were born five children. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, three daughters (Irene, Alice and Lillian), one son (Lester), Hilda Fern preceding her in infancy; also her father (M. D. Miller), two sisters (Mrs. Abe Kauffman, Middlebury, Ind., Mary Miller, Elmdale, Mich.) and one brother (Ora Miller of Clarksville), and a host of relatives and friends. In 1905 she was baptized and united with Mennonite Church. She lived a faithful Christian life until death. She lived a faithful Christian life until death. She was sickly for years but her last sickness was influenza-pneumonia and lasted less than a week. Funeral services were held at the Bowne Mennonite Church, conducted by Aldus Brackbill and D. A. Yoder.

Transcribed by: James Yoder, British Columbia

Gramley.--Ellis J. Gramley was born in Clinton Co., Pa., Oct. 8, 1871; died at his home near Freeport, Ill., Mar. 18, 1928; agad 56 y. 5 m. 10 d. He was one of eight children, all of whom have preceded him in death with the exception of two sisters, Mrs. Addie Yocum, nnd Mrs. Mabel Clemond, residing in Pennsylvania; and one brother, Joseph, residing near Freeport, Ill. He came to Illinois about the year 1891. On Dec. 17, 1896, he was married to Elizabeth Pfile. To this union were born five children, two of whom died in infancy.Those left to mourn the loss of a kind husband
and a loving father, are his wife, one daughter, Pearl, still at home, two sons, Miles and Mervin, and their wives; also two grandchildren.  His death came as a shock, and reminds us that there is only a step between us and death.  He was sick only half an-hour of an internal hemorrhage. His passing will mean a great loss to the community, because of his kind
disposition and willingness to extend a helping hand wherever opportunity afforded. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church by the brethren S, E. Graybill and A.C. Good.

Miller.--Susanna Miller* was born in Indiana, Jan. 23, 1884; died at her home near Smithville, Ohio, Mar, 23, 1928; aged 44 y. 2 m. She was united in marriage to D. D. Miller Jan. 25, 1903. To this union were born three sons, Cloy, Clyde, and Jacob. Clyde preceded his mother in death. There remain to mourn her sudden departure a kind, loving husband, two sons, her foster parents. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Miller of Sugar Creek, Ohio, and a large circle of near relatives and friends. She confessed Christ as her Savior in her youth, and united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. After locating in Wayne Co., Ohio, she transferred her membership to the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation, where she took an active interest in the work of the Church, Sunday school, and young people's meeting, and in all the activities of the church in general. She was a loyal and devoted sister, quiet and unassuming, yet deeply interested in the welfare of others. "She hath done what she could." until the Lord took her home. "Not my will, but thine be done." Services were conducted by Bros. ,Jesse Smucker and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Isa. 40:5-8; Prov. 10:7. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
*[Name was Emma Miller.  Her correct maiden name was Mast.  She was raised by Jacob J. & Martha (Schrock) Miller but her biological parents were David Mast, b. in OH, and Lucinda Schultz, b. in IN, and apparently never married.  Researched and reported by D. Richard Miller, son of  Emma's husband, Daniel Miller, and his 2nd wife, Effie Elizabeth Smucker.]

Layman.--Simon, son of the late David and Rache1 (Keim) Layman, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., March 24, 1851; died at his home near Davidsville, Pa., March 30, 1928; aged 77 y. 6 d. He was married to Elizabeth Kaufman, Jan. 23, 1876, having lived in matrimony over 52 Years. To this union were born four children, Calvin, married to Catharine Lohr; Adda, wife of Wesley Yoder; Maggie, wife of Vernon Weaver, and John. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and one half-sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Blough. He was life-long member of the Mennonite Church,and in 1887 he was ordained minister at the Blauch church, the late Bishop Jonas Blauch officiating. He served in this capacity over 40 years and preached until a few years ago when his health failed. During these last years he attended services whenever he was able to do so. He was of a very mild and gentle disposition. In counsel his words were few but always well weighed. Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Blauch Church by S. G. Shetler, basing his sermon on Col. 1 :23. Bro. L. A. Blough, who had labored with the deceased in the pulpit over 37 years gave some very fitting additional thoughts. Six fellow ministers, Hiram Wingard, Alexander Weaver, James Saylor, Joseph Saylor, W. C. Hershberger, Harry C. Blough, served as pallbearers. The large Blauch Church was filled, all standing room even being utilized, and yet many cou1d not get in. The remains were laid to rest In the Blauch Cemetery.

Transcribed by Thelma Hoover Martin, Nappanee, IN


Gospel Herald - Volume XXI, Number 3 - April 19, 1928, pages 62, 63

Shetler. - Noah Shetler, of near Johnstown, Pa., son of the late Christian and Polly (Harshbarger) Shetler died April 2, 1928; aged 55 years. He is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. David A. Stull of Scottdale, P., and Mrs. John F. Harshbarger, of near Johnstown, Pa.), 6 nieces, 6 nephews, and a number of other relatives and friends. The funeral was held on April 4, at the Elton Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Hiram Wingard and Alexander Weaver.

Campbell. - William Jefferson Campbell was born at Bloomfield, Mo., Mar. 20, 1857; died at his home near Pryor, Okla., Mar. 28, 1928; aged 71 y. 8 d. He confessed His Savior and united with the Christian church in 1908. Those that remain of his family are his sorrowing widow, two sons (William Allen of Chandler, Okla., and John, at home), and one daughter (May Green Feathy). Services were held at the home by brethren Irvin J. Hartzler, of Pryor, and I. G. Hartzler of East Lynne, Mo. Texts, I Cor. 15, latter part, and Isa. 25:8, 9. Interment in the Pryor cemetery.

Nafziger. - An infant son of Bro. Jonas and Sister Ada Nafziger was born March 7, 1928; died March 8. He leaves father, mother, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, grandparents, and many other relatives. Two infant sisters and 1 brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Bro. Simon Litwiller, Delavan, Ill. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery near Hopedale, Ill.

"God needed one more angel child,
Around His shining throne,
So He stooped with loving care,
And took our darling baby home."

Bauman. - Peter S. Bauman, son of Solomon Bauman, was born in Huron Co., Ont., Nov. 24, 1858; died Mar. 4, 1928; aged 69 y. 3 m. 9 d. On Oct. 19, 1886, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Bender of Hay Twp., where they resided for 8 years, when they moved to Wilmot Twp. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters of whom 2 sons preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved widow, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 14 grandchildren, one brother, one sister, and a host of relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the Latschar Mennonite Church and was possessed of a kindly disposition. He had been in failing health for the past five years and for the past two years was confined to his home. He bore his illness with Christian fortitude. While desiring to stay a little longer with his family, he resigned to his Master's will and passed peacefully away. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Manasseh Hallman on Mar. 7, at the Latschar Church. Text, I Cor. 2:9.

Burkholder. - Phares D., son of the late Abram G. Burkholder, was born near Markham, Ont., Sept. 1, 1877; died Mar. 19, 1928. In 1901 he married Laura L. Sherk of Breslau, Ont. He is survived by his wife, three sons, an adopted daughter, Florence, whose father was the late Bishop Norman Stauffer of Alberta, Man., four brothers, one of whom is Pre. L. J. Burkholder of Markham, and three sisters. A daughter pre-deceased him. He united with the Mennonite Church as a youth. He underwent an operation in 1915, after which his health improved but the last year and nine months found him confined largely to the house and much of the time to his bed. The last time he was permitted to be present at church for fellowship meeting he expressed himself as "having many things to be thankful for" even in spite of physical infirmities. He was buried in the Wideman Cemetery, services being conducted in the church adjoining by the brethren B. B. King and L. W. Hoover. Text, Jno. 14:1-3.

Shantz. - Vietta Shantz, oldest daughter of Ivan and Irene Shantz was born Mar. 13, 1921; died Jan. 30, 1928, after suffering intensely of meningitis for two weeks; aged 6 y. 10 m. 17 d. She leaves behind to mourn her early demise father, mother, 1 sister, one brother, and 3 grandparents, besides other relatives. Vietta will be missed in her home because of her cheerfulness and helpfulness, always showing a thoughtfulness beyond her age, especially in caring for those younger than she and in doing the little duties around the house. While she keenly is missed by her parents, yet they hope to meet her again some day in that land of blissful rest.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a quite, peaceful breast;
All is over, life is ended;
Now dear, Vietta is at rest."

Funeral services were conducted by O. D. Snider, Elmira, Ont. Remains were laid to rest in the Elmira Cemetery, opposite the church.

Kauffman. - Anna, daughter of William and Anna Pletcher, was born in Wood Co., Ohio, Mar. 14, 1847; died at the home of her daughter near Goshen, Ind., April 4, 1928; aged 81 y. 20 d. On Jan. 26, 1868, she was united in marriage to Abraham Kauffman. To this union were born 10 children. Six of them surviving her, two daughters (Mrs. Inah Garber with whom she made her home, and Mrs. Salome Rogers, of Goshen, Ind.), 4 sons (Martin of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Jesse of Kalona, Ia., Clark of Olathe, Colo., and Harvey of Eastport, Mich.), 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 1 sister also survive, besides a host of relatives and friends. In her youth she confessed Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church and with this body she held her identity to the end. Services at the home of D. J. Johns and at the Clinton Brick Church by D. J. Johns and Silas Yoder. Text, Rev. 14:13.

"Our mother dear has left this world
Of sorrow, grief, and pain;
And tho, it causes tears to flow,
We know it was her gain.

Christner. - Susanna (Weirich) Christner, wife of Joseph B. Christner was born Sept. 10, 1860; died at the home of her daughter Elizabeth Miller, Dover, Del., on March 26, 1928; aged 67 y. 6 m. 16 d. She was the mother of 12 children. One child died in infancy. Surviving are her husband, and these children; Elizabeth, wife of David Miller; Mary, wife of A. M. Beachy, Somerset Co., Pa.; Rachel, wife of Joseph Schrock, Curtiss, Wis.; Samuel S., of Orrville, Ohio; Benedict J., of Beach City, Ohio; Malinda, wife of Andy Yoder, Amity, Oreg.; Susanna and Ada Christner, Lancaster Co., Pa.; Fannie, widow of Menno C. Beachy, Lancaster Co., Pa.; Ollie, wife of Rudy Miller, Bird-in-hand, Pa.; Elva, wife of Aaron Kauffman, Bird-in-hand, Pa. 1 brother, 4 sisters, 41 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren also survive, as well as many other relatives and friends. With her husband she left McMinnville, Oreg., to be with their children in the east. She was failing in health about a year, but was very patient in her sickness, which at last turned to Bright's Disease. She took her bed on Thursday afternoon and died the next Monday. The funeral sermon was preached by Will Byler and Iddo Yoder. Text, Rev. 7; Psalm 19.

Esbenshade. - Emma S., wife of Harry O. Esbenshade, was born in Strasburg Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., March 7, 1871; died March 26, 1928; aged 57 y. 19 d. She was the daughter of the late Isaac and Susan Rohrer. She leaves her husband, one son, Isaac, 3 grandchildren, 1 sister, Mrs. Lizzie Charles, and a host of friends to mourn her departure. On little son preceded her in death. During her early life she with her husband united with the Strasburg Mennonite Church and she continued a faithful member until death. Many were the afflictions she passed through in this life, but she patiently bore them all. The last four years she was deprived of her eyesight, leaving her entirely blind. When health permitted she was always present at church services which brought great joy to her life. Just the few last Sundays before she passed away she attended church services. She often made this expression, "If I am naturally blind I am so happy I am not spiritually blind." Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Frank Herr, and at the church by Bro. Christian Brubaker. Text, II Cor. 5:1-8. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Dear Aunt Emma, loved ones miss thee,
Sitting peacefully on thy chair,
But we would not wish thee back,
From the blessings over there.
A Niece.

Gamber. - Fannie D. (Herr) Gamber, widow of John L. Gamber, was born Dec. 12, 1841; departed this life Mar. 7, 1928, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Benj. S. Stauffer, near Lancaster, Pa.; at the age of 86 y. 2 m. 25 d. She had been confined to her bed for five years during which time she showed much patience. Her entire left side being paralyzed, she was unable to move her body without assistance. She was of a kind disposition, especially fond of children, and had many friends who came to her bedside during her illness. Some expressed themselves that "she seemed to us as a mother." She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband died forty years ago. One daughter (Fannie Heller) and one son (David) also preceded her. One daughter, Mrs. Benj. S. Stauffer, one son, John H. Gamber, twelve grandchildren, and twenty-three great-grandchildren survive her. Funeral services were held Mar. 10, at the Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by Bishop John H. Mosemann (Text, Psa. 127:2), Bro. Gish (text, Psa. 91:16), and Bro. Jacob Hess (text, Prov. 16:31). Burial in cemetery adjoining.

"Dear mother and grandmother, how we miss her,
Since her place is vacant here,
But she,ll never be forgotten,
By the ones who held her dear."

Yoder. - Rubye Ruth Yoder, daughter of Levi R., and Wilma Grace Yoder, died March 16, at her home from ulcerated colitis; aged 18 y. 6 m. 15 d. She is survived by her parents and one brother, Francis Franklin, aged 14 years, her grandparents, Jacob and Catharine Mishler, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She had not been well for several weeks previous to taking her bed on March 2, but continued school with the exception of a few days. She was confined to her bed just two weeks when Jesus came and called her home. She joined the Mennonite Church at the age of ten year and was a faithful member until her death. Rubye will be very much missed in the home as she has been a very obedient child, always considerate of the welfare of others and always willing to share anything she had. She was very patient in her short illness and, although suffering greatly at times, she never complained. Especially has it been more noticeable in this last year that Rubye has asked her mother's advice in so many things, trying her best to live a life pleasing to her Savior. She seldom left home without a cheery goodbye. She talked much about her little cousin, Velma Grace Yoder, who was called home to Jesus a year ago, Feb. 7. Funeral service was held at the Warren St. Mennonite Church at Middlebury, Ind., conducted by Silas Yoder and Simon S. Yoder. Burial at the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Bowman. - Deacon Noah M. Bowman was born in Berks Co., Pa., on Oct. 7, 1852; died April 3, 1928; aged 75 y. 5 m. 26 d. On May 20, 1880, he was chosen deacon to serve the charges at Bowmansville, Allegheny, and Gehman's. Bishop George Weaver officiating in this call. Had he lived until the 20th of May this year he would have served this office for 48 years. He was a warm, great-hearted brother, congenial in disposition, and faithful in the discharge of his duties as a deacon. His friendliness made him many friends. Not only in church affairs was his counsel and influence felt for the good of the cause, but in his family life it is that his "works do follow" him. March, 1873, he joined hands in holy matrimony with Susan Good (buried Feb. 8, 1917). The Lord gave to this union 15 children. 4 of whom died young. Lavina (Martin) buried July 13, 1913) also preceded her father to the spirit world. There remain Anna (Weber), Lydia (Good), Joseph, Susie (Horning), Jacob, Noah, Enos, Henry, William, and Sallie (Redcay). 67 young souls loved to greet him as grandfather; also 33 great-grandchildren are numbered with his blood relatives. Such a following with a degree of loyalty as is shown in the children and grandchildren means much for the Church. His later years he spent in the family of Phares Good (his daughter, Lydia) near Bowmansville, where tender hands ministered to all his needs in our brother's affliction. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. Jno. M. Sauder, held April 7, in the Bowmansville Church. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Bro. George Horning and Isaac Geigley served at the house. Burial was made in the Allegheny burial ground.

Cender. - Elizabeth Barbara, daughter of Bishop Peter and Sister Barbara Zehr, was born near Goodfield, Ill., Jan. 3, 1886; died at the home of her son Emery, near Dewey, Ill., on April 4, 1928; aged 42 y. 3 m. 1 d. Her death was due to sarcoma of the sinuses. She moved with her parents from Goodfield to Fossland, Ill., at the age of 3 years. Here she spent her life up to the time of her last illness. At the age of 16 years she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the East Bend Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful and consistent member until death, serving as teacher of the Primary Department of the Sunday school for the past 14 years and until her failing health made it necessary to relieve her, also serving as secretary of the sewing circle from the time it was organized. On Feb. 5, 1906, she was united in marriage to Peter Cender. To this union one son was born. 16 months after their marriage her husband passed into the spirit world leaving her with her infant son. She leaves to mourn her departure one son Emery, and wife (Mattie Statler) her mother, Mrs. Barbara Zehr, two sisters, Mrs. John Cender and Mrs. Alvin R. Birkey and one brother, Dan. P. Zehr. Her father preceded her in death 6 years ago, also one brother who died in infancy. She also leaves 12 nieces and 16 nephews and hosts of other relatives and friends. In her departure the family loses a faithful daughter, sister, and mother, the church loses one of her most faithful members, but her life and influence will live on and on, and she shall not be forgotten. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Ed Rediger and at the church by Bro. J. D. Hartzler both of Gridley, Ill., assisted at the church by J. A. Heiser, of the home congregation. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the cemetery near by.

The great Jehovah, full of love,
An angel bright did send,
And took our darling Auntie home
To joys that never end.

- By her nieces.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XXI, Number 4 - April 26, 1928, pages 94, 95

Hartman. - Kenneth Lamar, son of Wm. and Maxine Hartman, was born April 7, 1928, died April 11, 1928. He leaves his parents, both groups of grandparents, and a host of relatives. Funeral services were held April 12, at the home of Bro. Aaron Hartman, near Wakarusa, Ind., conducted by Bro. A. B. Christophel. Text, Isa. 40:11.

Newswanger. - Everett Amos, infant son of Reuben and Mary Ressler Newswanger, died March 27, 1928; aged three days. Surviving him in the family are his parents, three brothers and three sisters. The little body was laid to rest beside that of his little sister in the Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, on Mar. 28. Brief services were conducted at the home and at the grave by Bro. Ira Hershey.

Gentzler. - Sister Elizabeth Gentzler died Mar. 10, 1928; aged 98 y. 11 m. 13 d. Sister Gentzler was an inmate of the "Old People's Home" near Lancaster for a little more than two years at which place she died, leaving a son David to mourn her loss. Her other children preceded her in death. Her son Michael died but a few months ago at the age of 78. She was buried at Wolf's Lutheran Church, York Co., Pa. Bro. H. H. Loose of Menges Mills conducted the funeral service.

Cover. - Isaac Cover was born Nov. 11, 1840; died at the home of his brother-in-law, John Rhodes, near Mt. Joy, Pa., March 9, 1928; aged 87 y. 3 m. 20 d. He is survived by his wife, 1 brother, 3 sisters. His death was due to infirmities of old age. He was an applicant for baptism and church membership with the Risser congregation but died before he was baptized. Funeral services were held from his late home conducted by Bro. Samuel L. Oberholtzer and at Risser Church by Bros. Noah Risser and Solomon Brinser. Text, Deut. 3:24. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Eshelman. - Mary McCarthy Herr Eshelman, wife of Clayton Eshleman was born April 5, 1898; died March 22, 1928; aged 29 y. 11 m. 17 d. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, 5 children, father, foster mother, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of friends. She united with the Mennonite Church while she was yet single, and remained faithful to the end. Her death was caused by tuberculosis with which she was afflicted for some years. Funeral services were held at Risser's meeting house, conducted by brethren Samuel L. Oberholtzer, John S. Hess, and Noah Risser. Text, Job 17:11. Interment in the adjoining burial ground.

Hursh. - Sister Lillie Mae Hursh, wife of Bro. Henry Hursh, was born June 9, 1873; died Mar. 22, 1928, at the York Hospital following an operation. She leaves to mourn her loss her bereaved husband, 3 sons (2 sons having preceded their mother in death), father, sister, aunt, and many friends. Funeral services were held at Stony Brook on Mar. 26, conducted at the house by Bro. Joseph Forry and at the church by Bros. Noah H. Mack and Harvey Lehman.

"Dearest Lillie, thou hast left us,
Cold will be thy earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whispered,
'Come and dwell with us at home.' "

Nofziger. - Mary Nofziger (nee Frey), daughter of John and Mary Frey, was born in Fulton Co., O., Mar. 12, 1855; died near Pettisville, Ohio, April 9, 1928; aged 73 y. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Eli Nofziger April 6, 1876. To this union were born nine children, 6 sons and 3 daughters. She leaves to mourn her departure 7 children, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and many relatives and friends. Her husband, 2 sons, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister have preceded her in death. In her younger years she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death.

"Our dear mother is gone to heaven,
And her heartaches now are o'er,
Angels came and made her welcome,
Where these parting all are o'er.

Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, O., April 12, conducted by Bros. Henry Rychener and S. D. Grieser. Texts, II Tim. 1:12; 4:7, 8. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

Nice. - Barbara (Gsell) Nice, daughter of William and Mary Gsell, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Oct. 13, 1852; passed away at the Sterling Public Hospital, Sterling, Ill., Apr. 10, 1928; aged 75 y. 4 m. 26 d. On Dec. 12, 1872, she was united in marriage to Henry T. Nice, who preceded her in death last September. To this union 7 children were born. Three daughters passed away in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure four children (Mrs. John J. Rutt of Sterling, Ill.; William G. of Morrison, Ill.; Henry G. of Filer, Ida.; and Noah of Sterling, Ill.), 14 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Of her brothers and sisters there survive: Henry of Shannon, Ill.; Mrs. Samuel Longanecker of White Pigeon, Mich.; and Mrs. Sarah Leidig of Lake Charles, La. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior when 13 years of age and united with the Mennonite Church to which faith she remained true until death. Funeral services were conducted on April 13 at the Mennonite Church north of Morrison where a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. The services were in charge of Bro. A. C. Good who used for a text, "The Master is come and calleth for thee."

Martin. - David Martin, son of Abram and Elizabeth (Miller) Martin (deceased), was born near Bainbridge, Pa., Sept. 7, 1851; died at his home in Bainbridge Feb. 3, 1928; aged 76 y. 4 m. 26 d. He was married to Hetty (Gehman) Shope Jan. 14, 1875. Surviving him are his widow, and three children: Alvin S., Elizabeth wife of Irvin Heisey and Anna wife of Martin Good; also nine grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for fifty years. He died of infirmities, having been in ill health for some time but bedfast only a few weeks, bearing his sickness with much patience, which he exercised all through his Christian life. He was a man of few words, but one usually met him with a smile. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. Simon Garber, and at Good's Church by Bros. Noah Risser, Jacob Martin, and John Landis. Text, Rev. 20:6. Burial on the homestead farm graveyard, where four generations of the Martins are buried.

"Father thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

- One of the family.

Sauder. - Emanuel, son of John B. and Christina (Frey) Sauder, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 25, 1911; on Feb. 29, 1928 he accompanied a group of boys on a rabbit hunt, and accidently received a gunshot wound inflicted by his own gun of which one barrel missed fire. This was unknown to Him because of the report of the other guns. Having wounded his game, and thinking his gun empty he used the stock of his gun to bat his game in order to claim it. When in this act the gun discharged, lacerating the under side of his right arm from wrist to elbow. He was taken to Kitchener and Waterloo Hospital, where every possible attention was given. However, blood poison set in and lock-jaw developed, causing intense pain which He bore patiently to his end. He expressed his willingness to depart from this world. The end came on Mar. 11, 1928, at the age of 16 y. 3 m. 15 d. His mother preceded him three and one-half months, also twin brothers in 1915. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 1 grandmother, 2 grandfathers and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted by Urias Martin and Israel Weber, at the house and at the Conestoga River Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcriber's note: accidently typed as written, also Him and He were capitalized in the middle of sentences.

Eigsti. - Christian C. Eigsti, son of Joseph and Susan Eigsti, was born July 4, 1858 at Morton, Ill.; died 4 miles south of Shelbyville, Ill., Apr. 1, 1928, of a complication of diseases; aged 69 y. 8 m. 27 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his early youth. In this faith he remained faithful until death. On March 16, 1879 he was united in marriage to Mary Kennell of near Roanoke, Ill. To this union were born 14 children. Susie A. Reber, Mary, Katie, Lydia, and John preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his sorrowing widow, 9 children (Mrs. Lizzie Grof of Kalispell, Mont., Peter, Mrs. D. M. Ulrich, Joseph, Barbara, Christ, Mrs. Ed. Hostetter of near Shelbyville, Ill., Mrs. Reuben Egli of Low Point, Ill., and Mrs. Joe Christner of Corfu, N. Y.), 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Daniel of Flanagan, Ill.; Joseph of Manson, Ia.; Samuel of Homewood, Kans.; Mrs. Lydia Saltzman of Flanagan, Ill.; Mrs. Mary Kauffman of Manson, Ia.; Mrs. Susan Mussleman of Manson, Ia.), 36 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Four sisters preceded him in death. Funeral was held Apr. 5, at Mt. Herman A. M. Church where a host of friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Services were in charge of the home ministers and Valentine Strubhar of Washington, Ill. Interment in cemetery near by.

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

Mishler. - Jacob D. Mishler was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 8, 1846; died at the home of his son James M. Mishler, near Sheridan, Oreg., April 5, 1928; aged 81 y. 9 m. 27 d. When a young man he moved with his parents to La Grange Co., Ind. On Sept. 15, 1867 he was married to Mary A. Hostetler of Somerset Co., Pa. To this union were born 5 sons and 6 daughters. His wife, 3 sons and 6 daughters preceded him in death. On Aug. 5, 1916 he was married to Effie Hostetler of Silverton, Oreg., who died in May 1920. He leaves to mourn his departure 2 sons, James M. Mishler of Sheridan, Oreg., and Asa Mishler of Antelope, Oreg.; also 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. In Nov. 1888, he moved with his family to Hubbard, Oreg., where he was received into the Mennonite Church which then consisted of only a few members who held their services in dwelling houses near Hubbard. He at once became an active worker in the pioneer work of the Mennonite Church of the Pacific Coast. In the spring of 1893 he was ordained to the ministry and in 1894 to the office of bishop in which office he labored faithfully until death. Among the last words he left as a token of his fidelity were "Keep the church pure." It can be truthfully said of our dear Bro. Mishler that he was a staunch defender of the faith, a pillar in the church. About a month ago he had a stroke of paralysis, at which time he made his own funeral arrangements choosing for his text, Rev. 7:9. Services were held at Sheridan, Sunday morning, April 8, by the home ministers, after which the body was taken to Hopewell (near Hubbard) where it was laid to rest. Services were conducted by Brethren G. D. Shenk, D. F. Shenk, N. A. Lind, and Fred Gingerich. Texts, Rev. 7:9; Josh. 1:2.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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