Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1928

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Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 44 - February 2, 1928 - pp 959,960

Lam.-Lawrence Sidney, son of Raleigh and Lula (Andes) Lam, was born near Cootes Store, Va., July 13, 1926; died Oct. 14, 1927. For 4 months he suffered sorely with stomatitis, until death finally came as a relief. Four sisters preceded Lawrence in death, all in their infancy. Surviving are father, mother, 4 sisters, and 1 brother as follows; Mrs. Merle Scudder, Elsie, Daisy, Bessie, and Berlin. Funeral conducted at Bethel Mennonite Church, Tunis, Va., by Lewis Shank and Jos. W. Geil. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Custer.-Joshua Custer was born March 17, 1862; died Oct. 16, 1927; aged 65 y. 6 m. 29 d. Surviving are his wife, five sons, and six daughters. Six brothers and one sister also remain, while one son and two daughters preceded him to the Spirit world.
Deceased was for a number of years a member of the Mennonite Church and we trust has now obtained that better home where we long to go to meet our dear ones, for there is no pain and no night there. Bro. Custer had suffered much the last year from dropsy. Funeral conducted from Bethel Mennonite Church, Tunis, Va. Interment in cemetery near church.

Miller.-Dorothy S., daughter of Phares K. and Fanny S. Miller, died Jan. 18, 1928; aged 3 y. 3 m. 2 d. She is survived by her parents and one brother (Robert), grandparents, uncles, and aunts. One brother preceded her to the Spirit world. Funeral services were held from the home of the grandparents, Abram R. Miller's, Jan. 22, and at the Rohrerstown, Pa., Mennonite Church. Text, II Kings 4:26.
"Dearest Dorothy, it was hard to part,
It almost breaks our aching hearts
To part with one we loved so well,
Our griefs so great no tongue can tell."

Stuckey.-Treva Lorene, daughter of Elmer and Clara Stuckey, after a severe illness of only four days with bronchial pneumonia, quietly fell asleep Jan. 19, 1928; age 9 m. 25 d. Little Treva leaves her sorrowing parents, one brother (Loren), one sister (Letha), grandparents, and many relatives. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church near Stryker, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1928, conducted by Bros. E.B. Frey and S.D. Grieser. Burial in Lockport Cemetery.
"Darling Treva, how we miss thee,
Oh how sad our hearts will be,
When we to our homes return
There no more your face to see."

Bond.-Ira Joseph, son of William and Dorothy M. Bond, died at his home near Hubbard, Oreg., Dec. 29, 1927; aged 1 y. 3 m. He took lagrippe and bowel trouble, suffered much for two weeks, then God took him from this world of care and suffering to his home in glory. Short was his stay with us. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters. Brief funeral services at the home Thursday Dec. 30 conducted by N.L. Hershberger. The services at the Hopewell Mennonite Church were in charge of J.M. Kreider, assisted by H.A. Wolfer. Text, Mark 10:14. Interment in Hopwell Cemetery.
"Our darling is not dead but sleeping
Safely in our Father's care;
Some sweet day again we'll meet him,
In that blissful land so fair."

Spitnale.-Isaac W., son of David and Esther Spitnale, was born near Cascade, Putman Co., Ohio, July 29, 1852; died at his home near the same place, Jan. 18, 1928; aged 75 y 5 m. 20 d. His entire life was spent in Putman Co. He was united in marriage to Sarah Kirkendall, Feb. 28, 1883. Soon afterwards both accepted Christ as their Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the end. His wife preceded him in death about 28 years. To this union were born 6 daughters and 2 sons. Five daughters survive him (Anna, Fanny, Clara, Mrs. Laura Shirey, and Mrs. Mary Wagner), 17 grandchildren, one brother, and many other relatives and friends. About four years ago he was stricken with paralysis, afterwards never being able to walk. He was very patient during his affliction. Funeral services were held at the Cascade Church, conducted by S.G. Shenk and D.A. Good. Text, Gen. 15:1.

Brenneman.-Leah, daughter of Daniel D. and Susanna Brenneman was born in Garret Co., Ind., July 25, 1861; died Jan. 18, 1928; aged 66 y. 5 m. 23 d. Father, mother, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters preceded her in death. One brother and 2 sisters survive (Samuel, Mrs. Catharine Yoder, and Mrs. Harietta Engle) with many friends. She was a faithful sister in the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Wayne Co., Ohio, loyal to her Christ whom she loved and served. In her affliction she was patient and resigned to the will of God, looking forward with that blessed hope to enjoy the realities of that heavenly city whose builder and maker is God. Services were conducted by the brethren, C.Z. Yoder and J.S. Gerig. Texts, Acts 21:13,14 and Rev. 22:20. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Now the warfare is all ended,
And her armor is laid down;
She her course with joy has finished,
Ready now to wear the crown."

Frey.-Mary (Metzler) Frey, wife of J. Mowery Frey, was born April 16, 1902; died Dec. 27, 1927; aged 25 y. 8 m. 11 d. She is survived by her husband and one son (Robert), her parents, and 3 brothers. Mary accepted Christ as her Savior when quite young and was faithful unto death. She desired to get well to be with her husband and baby boy, but accepted God's will as best, never murmuring or complaining during her long illness. We sadly miss her yet we would not wish her back, realizing our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services held from her home with Bishop Isaac Brubaker in charge and at the Erisman, Pa., Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. John Mosemann, C.N. Hostetter, and John K. Charles. Text, Rom. 8:18. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, hands are folded
Now dear Mary is at rest."

Hunsecker.-Catherine Hunsecker, daughter of Levi and Annie Horst of Chambersburg, Pa., was born Aug. 25, 1844; died Jan. 19, 1928; aged 83 y. 4 m. 24 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 81 years and remained faithful until death. On Nov. 19, 1868, she was united in marriage to Bro. Jacob Hunsecker, who preceded her to the Spirit world by 17 years. To this union were born 3 daughters (Annie Cockley, Amanda Eshleman, and Saloma), also 1 brother and 1 sister (Jacob L. Horst and Leah Lehman), 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services on the 22nd. at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Henry Cockley) with whom she made her home, by Bro. Joseph E. Lehman, and at the Chambersburg Church by the brethren, Harvey E. Shank and John S. Burkholder. Texts, Rom. 14:7,8; Phil. 1:21. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church. May her body rest in peace till the Lord come.

Schiffler.-Albrecht Schiffler was born Feb. 12, 1846, at Neuenstein, Wurtemberg, Germany; died at his residence near Roseland, Nebr., Jan. 12, 1928; aged 81 y. 11 m. He came to America in 1866. In 1871 he was married to Mary Althouse of Taswell Co., Ill. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters (Abraham, Emanuel, Mrs. Lizzie Cross, Mrs. Sarah Burkhard, and John). His wife preceded him in death 10 years. There remains a living posterity of 5 children, 27 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. After coming to America he spent the first two years in Berks Co., Pa., and the next two in Chester Co., Pa., where he was converted, and united with the Mennonite Church in 1870. During this year he moved to Taswell Co., Ill. On March 3, 1872, he was ordained to the ministry in the congregation near Washington, Ill. In December, 1878, he with his family moved to Adams Co., Nebr. He was the first minister of the Roseland congregation and one of the charter members. In 1883 he was ordained a bishop. He was an active and regular church attendant until about two and one-half months before he died. He was always interested in the welfare of the Church and the cause of missions, and during his bishop oversight of the church he had the privilege of seeing four of the members of the Roseland congregation called and sent as missionaries to India. He lived a modest life such as becometh godliness. He will be very much missed both in the home and in the Church. During his last sickness he expressed a great desire to depart and be at rest, and said that his anchor held safe within the vale. He was conscious until the last. Funeral services were held at the Roseland Mennonite Church on Jan. 15, where a large number of friends gathered to pay a tribute of respect. The sermon was preached by Bro. D.G. Lapp assisted by Bro. J.E. Zimmerman of Milford, Neb. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8.

Spicher.-Samuel Y., son of David and Mary (Yoder) Spicher was born in Juniata Co., Pa., May 31, 1865; died at Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 13, 1928; aged 62 y. 7 m. 13 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in the summer of 1885 of which he remained a faithful member until death. He united in marriage with Mattie E. Zook, Jan. 13, 1891, just 37 years before the day of his death. To this union were born 4 sons (Joseph D., Jesse E., Aaron S., and George E.). He had a quiet disposition always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed. He with his son George went to the mountain that morning (in his usual health) to work in the timber, and all went fairly well until about 1:45, when he dropped over and almost instantly died of heart failure. He leaves his beloved wife, 3 sons, 4 grandchildren, 1 sister (Katie, wife of S.D. Peachey), 1 brother (David P.), and relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted at the Locust Grove Church Jan. l6 by John S. Mast (from Rev. 21), M.S. Zehr (from I Cor. 15), and Sam T. Yoder (from Heb. 4:3). Interment in the Allensville Cemetery.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er:
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Schrock.-Eli, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Schrock, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 6, 1842; died Jan. 17, 1928; aged 85 y. 10 m. 11 d. When but a lad his parents moved to Indiana locating in Howard Co. near the Miami Co. line. There were 12 children in his parents' family only 2 of whom survive him (Lydia Slabaugh and John Schrock). In 1863 he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary (Sproal) Schrock. To this union were born 11 children, 8 of whom survive his death* Amanda, Harvey, an infant son, and a foster daughter, Irene Larrison, preceded him in death. Those left to mourn their loss are Lovina Petty, John, Mary Lantz, Noah, Eli, Elizabeth Murphy, Emma Sammons, and Willard. Besides these he leaves 22 grandchildren and 32 great- grandchildren. In March 1923 his wife was called by death leaving him sad and lonely during his last days. In the spring of 1864 he with his wife moved to the farm in Miami Co. where he built a home, reared his children and lived the last 64 years of his life. His advantages for an education in early life were meager because of the lack of schools at that time; but by persistent effort on his part he received an education sufficient to permit him to teach 2 terms of school in the public schools of the state. He was highly respected by the people. Early in life he chose to be a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to his church and God until he received the call to a life in heaven. He was grieved when unable to go to the church for religious worship. Inoffensive in speech, courteous and kind to all whom he met, he gained many devoted friends and the confidence of his neighbors, and will be greatly missed by all who learned to know him. Funeral was held on the 19th. at the Howard-Miami Co. Mennonite Church near Amboy, Ind., by E.A. Mast (Psa. 90) and J.S. Horner (II Tim. 4:6-8).

*Transcriber's note: No punctuation here.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 45 - February 9, 1928 - pg 991

Zook.-Sallie, widow of the late Pre. Joe Zook was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1851; died Jan. 27, 1928; aged 76 y. 11 m. 13 d. She leaves 3 sons (John, Amos, and Menno) and one daughter (Hannah). They moved to Oyster Point, Va., in 1913 where she passed away. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church until death. Services Jan. 31, at the church and burial nearby conducted by the undersigned assisted by Pre. Jonas Nice.
B.F. Hartzler.

Powell.-Betty May, little daughter of Samuel J. and Laura Powell, was born Nov. 28, 1921, in Allen Co., O.; died Jan. 16, 1928. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 2 brothers (John and Samuel), 2 sisters (Mabelle and Dorothy), 1 grandmother, and many relatives and friends. Little Betty's sufferings were many and great, but she has now gone where there will be no more pain, safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church Jan. 18, by Maurice O'Connel and George Ross. Burial in Salem Cemetery.

Swartz.-John S. Swartz was born March 6, 1864, near Harrisonburg, Virginia; died January 26, 1928; aged 63 y. 10 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Sophie Ritchie to which union were born 1 daughter and 3 sons (Mrs. Roy Layman, Claude, Robert and Glenn). Three brothers and three sisters also survive. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, and will be missed in the church and community. On Sunday previous to his death he engaged in services in the morning and evening. His death came as a shock to the community. He was returning home from a salesman trip, when the train hit the automobile in which he was riding, and killed him and his coworker instantly. The sudden call of Bro. Swartz should be a warning to all, for we know not the day nor the hour when we may be called away. Funeral services were held from the Weavers Church Jan. 29, in the presence of a large congregation, conducted by J.S. Martin and S.H. Rhodes. Text, Psa. 90:5,6. May God bless the bereaved family.

Hedrick.-Evelyn, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Robert Hedrick of Elroy, Pa., died Jan. 3, 1928; aged 4 m. 7 d. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers, 1 brother, and 2 sisters and a number of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. Funeral services were held at the Plain Mennonite Church, by J.C. Clemens, Joseph Ruth, and Menno Souder. Text, Job 1:21.
Oh, our dear Evelyn, how we loved her,
And how hard to give her up,
But an angel came down for her
And called Evelyn from our flock."
By her Aunt.

Hoover.-Adin Elmer, son of Warren and Nettie Martin Hoover, was born Jan. 2, 1928, near Goshen , Ind. Baby Adin came in the world afflicted with a spinal disorder for which there is no known cure. He departed this life early in the morning of Jan. 23. He is survived by his parents, one sister (Martha May Alice), three brothers (Ernest Ray, Martin Edward, and Arthur Marion), four grandparents, one great-grandmother. Funeral services were held at the home Jan. 24, conducted by Bros. William Raymer and Noah Wenger. Text, Isa. 26:19,20,21. Interment in Yellow Creek Cemetery.
"Some sweet day when life is o'er
We shall meet above
We shall greet him gone before
In that home of love.
His mother.

Good.-Alfred Woodrow, only son of Weldon I., and Leota Good, was killed near Dayton, Va., Jan. 18, 1928; aged 9 y. 4 m. 20 d. On his way home from school, in an attempt to hop a ride on a passing coal truck, not realizing the danger, he ran happily along side of it, and swinging upon the running board, lost his grasp, and fell under the vehicle. The rear wheel passed over his chest, instantly killing him. His death came as a shock to everyone. He has gone to join his infant brother and two little sisters who preceded him. He is survived by his parents, three sisters (Ada, Alice, Bertha Lee), grandfather and two grandmothers, and other near relatives. Services were conducted by the Brethren Emanuel Heatwole, Lewis Good, and J.D. Wenger, at Pleasant View Church.
"We have lost our darling boy
But he's gone to join the Band,
May we live so we can meet him
On that happy, peaceful shore."
By Aunt Anna.

Stauffer.-Pre. Benjamin B. Stauffer was born Dec. 5, 1855; died Jan. 5, 1928, at his home in Manheim, Pa., of a complication of diseases; aged 72 y. 1 m. He was married to Mary Ann Snavely in the year of 1882. To this union were born two daughters and four sons. His wife and one daughter and three sons preceded him in death. He was again married to Annie Houser who survives; also one daughter (Nora, wife of John J. Landis, one son (Joseph), six grandchildren, and three sisters (Mrs. John Brubaker, Mrs. Ezra Hess and Mrs. Jacob Rohrer). He was ordained to the ministry in the year of 1900 at Kauffman's Church, being a faithful member of that church for many years. Funeral services Jan. 9, at the Manheim Church were conducted by Bros. Aaron Wenger, Isaac Brubaker, and Noah Risser. Text, John 17:14.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting
Here thy toils and cares are o'er
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Brunk.-Simon Brunk was born near Broadway, Va.; died near Mt. Clinton, Va., Jan. 22, 1928; aged 72 y. 10 m. 19 d. He had been in failing health for several years, but his condition was serious only a few months. He contracted pneumonia, after which complications set in, which were the immediate cause of his death. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife (Amanda Shenk), eleven children (Perry, Mrs. William Heatwole, Dewitt, Mrs. G.A. Cline, Mrs. Edgar Cline, Anna, Ira, Dr. Amos, Mrs. D.R. Heatwole, Eston, and Marie), 1 sister, 1 brother, 19 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He is the first of the immediate family to depart this life. We believe our loss is his eternal gain. We humbly submit, and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held Jan. 24, from the Weavers Church, conducted by S.H. Rhodes. Text, I Thes. 4:18. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Haldeman.-Martha D., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benj. Haldeman died at her home in Elizabethtown, Pa., Jan. 21, 1928; aged 27 y. 1 m. 1 d. She had not been well for some time and for the last half year got worse and worse till the end. Martha was of a good- natured and quiet disposition. Her absence is keenly felt. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 8 years, being present at services whenever possible. The last few days of her life, realizing her stay on earth would be short were spent in setting her house in order and admonishing the other members of the family, of whom some are unsaved, to get in readiness to meet their God. She also made the greater part of her funeral arrangements. She leaves her parents, 4 sisters (Bertha wife of Christian Oberholtzer, Stella wife of Harry Oberholtzer, Elizabeth wife of Irvin Kraybill, and Ellen at home), and 3 brothers (Irvin, Amos, and Phares). One brother (Benjamin) preceded her in death. Services were held at her late home Jan. 24, conducted by Bro. Samuel Frey and a the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren Jacob Martin, Benjamin Keener, and Noah Risser. Text, Jno. 14:27. Interment in the Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.

Kauffman.-Rachel Stoltzfus Kauffman was born Feb. 28, 1842; died at her home at Gap, Pa., Jan. 12, 1928; aged 85 y. 10 m. 12 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, of which she remained a faithful member, her seat in the services never being vacant when health permitted her being there. In February 1866, she was united in marriage with Christain* L. Kauffman who preceded her in death in May 1907. Six children were born to this union, all of whom are living (John E., Kate C., Sadie M. Neuhauser, Elam S., Deborah E. Neuhauser, and Amos J.), also a foster daughter (Ruth Summers) who was taken into the home when but seven months old. Sister Kauffman was one of fifteen children, the daughter of the late John and Catharine Stoltzfus, who moved to Concord Tenn., in 1871. One sister and three brothers survive (Mrs. Malinda Stoltzfus, Christian H., John B., and Jacob M.). Her twin sister (Leah, wife of Jonathan S. Yoder) died in Sept. 1881. She was a kind, loving mother, of a quiet unassuming disposition, and was never so happy as when she could do good for others. Seven orphans were taken into the home, three who passed to the great beyond after some years, and four who remained until they went to homes of their own. She suffered uncomplainingly for a number of years of heart trouble, was in a semi-conscious condition for a few days at the last. Almost the last intelligible words she spoke were, "I trust in Jesus," and, "Lord, take me home." She passed quietly away three days later. Services were held at the house Jan. 15, conducted by Bros. Amos B. Stoltzfus and I.W. Royer, and at Millwood Church at 2:30 by Bishop John S. Mast and Bro. I.W. Royer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

*Transcriber's note: Spelled Christain

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 46 - February 16, 1928 - pp 1006, 1007

Shrock.-Carl Wilbur, son of William and Laura Shrock, near Shelbyville, Ill., died at his home Jan. 28, 1928; aged 1 y. 1 m. 20 d. His death was caused by heart trouble following an attack of bronchitis, from which he seemed to be recovering, until the day before his death. He leaves father, mother, 6 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 grandfather and 2 grandmothers, besides other relatives and friends.

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

Troyer.-Rosa Darlene, daughter of Bro. and Sister Adam Troyer, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., May 13, 1923; died at the Elkhart, Ind., Hospital Jan. 23, 1928. She leaves her parents, 3 sisters, 5 brothers, 2 grandmothers, and other relatives and friends. She had met with an accident at her home about three years ago, when at play in the yard an automobile accidently backed over her, fracturing her skull always leaving its effect. Nevertheless for several years she could live and teach the lessons of patience, longsuffering, joy, and sunshine, being a means of gladdening the hearts of others. The funeral was held at the Shore Mennonite Church, in charge of O.S. Hostetler. Burial in the cemetery near-by.

Groff.-David L. Groff was born in East Lampeter twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 19, 1866; died Jan. 25, 1928; aged 61 y. 4 m. 6 d. He is survived by his wife, 2 children (Clayton K. and Esther K.), 2 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 5 sisters. He was a faithful member of the Mellingers Mennonite Church. Services were held at the home Jan. 28, conducted by Bro. Elmer Martin, and at the Church by Bro. David Landis. Text, Luke 2:29,30. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"Our loved ones are gathering yonder,
Our friends are fast passing away;
And soon we shall join their bright numbers
And dwell in eternity's day."
The Family.

Neuhauser.-Lydia, wife of Stephen Neuhauser (deceased), was born Nov. 22, 1843; died Dec. 2, 1927; aged 84 y. 10 d. She leaves to mourn their loss many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Joseph Miller) and one sister (Mary Snider), both of Long Green, Md. Funeral services at the home of John Kauffman, Gap, Pa., conducted by J.B. Senger, and at the Millwood Church by J.S. Mast and Isaac Mast. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"Mother is not dead, but sleeping
In our Father's care;
Some sweet day we hope to meet her
In that blissful home so fair."

Wismer.-Hettie (Garges) Wismer, wife of deacon Benjamin C. Wismer, was born May 10, 1857; died Jan. 26, 1928; aged 70 y. 8 m. 16 d. She is survived by her husband and one daughter (Amanda, married to Bro. Vincent Alderfer), also three brothers. Hettie has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and has helped to solve many difficult problems for her husband. As she has been failing in body for several years, yet has only missed one Sunday of Church service and that was just before her death. She died suddenly, went to bed in the evening as usual, about 11 o'clock. She felt as though she could rest better if she would sit up in bed. The husband helped her to do so, and by so doing she fell over apparently dead. Two daughters preceded her, one an infant and the other (Anna) at 13 years of age. Brief funeral services were conducted at their home at Creamery, Pa., by Pre. H.H. Johnson and Pre. H.M. Johnson, further services were conducted at the Upper Skippack Mennonite Church by Bro. Warren G. Bean, Jesse Mack and Irwin Landis. Text, Psa. 13. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Brubaker.-Wm. H. Brubaker was born Sept. 11, 1854; died at his home in Freeport, Ill., Jan. 22, 1928; aged 74 y. 4 m. 11 d. Bro. Brubaker was confined to his bed for two months with a complication of diseases which caused him great suffering. He was fully resigned to the will of the Lord and bore his severe affliction with Christian fortitude. Calmly waiting till the Lord called him to his "long home." He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and exercised a keen interest in the cause of the Lord. On Feb. 14, 1878, he was united in marriage to Mary B. McKibben who passed away thirteen years ago. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. All survive, also eleven grandchildren and one brother (Charles S.). In August, 1919, he was again married to Mrs. Alice Bambarger who is left to grieve his passing. Funeral services were held Jan. 24, at the home by the minister of the Presbyterian Church, and at the Mennonite Church by Brethren A.C. Good of Sterling, Ill., and S.E. Graybill. Text, Job. 30:23.

Miller.-Mary Miller (nee Yoder) was born April 11, 1839, near Meyersdale, Pa.; died of the infirmities of old age, at the home of her daughter, Lydia Bender, near Grantsville, Md., Jan. 26, 1928; aged 88 y. 9 m. 15 d. She was married to Henry Miller in September, 1856. To them were born four sons and five daughters, all of whom grew to maturity. Her husband died in 1912, and two daughters have also preceded her in death. There remain four sons and three daughters (Lafayette, Joseph, Jacob, Joel, Susan Slabaugh, Elizabeth Orendorf, and Lydia Bender), all of whom visited their mother during her last illness, and were present at the funeral. There are also 32 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of the Jacob Yoder family. She was of a kindly, cheerful disposition and took a keen interest in the welfare of the Church and community. She was from her youth a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and tried to live true to her profession. The funeral was held at the Flag Run M.H., conducted by Gideon Brenneman and Joseph Yoder. Burial in cemetery near-by.

Livingston.-Polly, daughter of Peter K. and Nancy Alwine Thomas, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 1, 1865. At the age of three she moved with her parents to Kent Co., Mich., where she spent her girlhood. Oct. 29, 1882, she was married to Hiram Livingston. They spent their married life in Freeport on a farm in Bowne, where he passed away April 1, 1915. To this union were born five children, three preceded her in death. During her early life she with her husband united with the Congregational Church, and she continued a faithful member. She was a kind and faithful wife, a devoted mother, and a loved and respected neighbor and friend. She died Jan. 30, 1928, at the home of her daughter Edyth in Elmdale, Mich., aged 62 y. 11 m. 29 d. She leaves two daughters (Trilla Keim and Edyth Sines), two brothers (Nelson and Noah), a sister (Mrs. Fanny Russel), a half-sister (Mrs. Susie Forby), and a step-sister (Mrs. Savilla Schnader), also five grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Bowne Mennonite Church near Elmdale by F.W. Williams and S. Bowser. Text, Psa. 23. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"She is gone, our blessed mother,
Like her we'll never find another;
She shared our sorrows for many years,
In childhood days wiped away our tears."

Hertzler.-Levi B., son of Isaac and Mary (Kenagy) Hertzler, was born in Baltimore Co., Md., April 13, 1850; died at his home near Elverson, Pa., Dec. 15, 1927; aged 77 y. 8 m. 2 d. He was converted in his early life and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until the Master called him home. February 1, 1877, he was united in marriage with Katherine Stoltzfus. To this union were born 2 daughters and 4 sons (Mae E., wife of T.K. Hershey of Pehuajo, Argentina, S.A.; Ida E., wife of L.J. Powell; J. Eugene, Melvin L., I. Truman, and Milford R.). He was very much interested in Sunday school work. A short time before his death he remarked that he felt as well as he did twenty years ago. On Dec. 14 he did his usual day's work, but about 5 p.m. he was stricken with paralysis. Dec. 15 he passed peacefully away, death being due to apoplexy. The family circle is broken but we would not call him back. Brief services were held from his late home near Elverson, Pa., Dec. 20, 1927 by Bro. John S. Mast and further services at the Conestoga A.M. Church conducted by Bro. John S. Mast assisted by Bro. William Jennings of Concord, Tenn., and Bro. Isaac S. Mast of Ulen, Minn. Texts, Jno. 14:23; Jas. 4:14. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson, Pa.

Baer.-John Baer was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 28, 1837; died at his home near Pettisville, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1928; aged 90 y. 8 m. 2 d. When he was four years old he came with his parents to Fulton Co., O., locating on the farm where he died, where he also spent by far the greater part of his life. On March 8, 1866, he was united in marriage with Catherine Nofziger. They shared the joys and sorrows of life together for nearly 60 years. To this union were born one son and four daughters. His companion, two daughters, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren preceded him in death. He leaves three children, 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Martin), one sister (Lydia Jensen) and a large circle of relatives and friends. Bro. Baer accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained true to the end. He was a kind husband and father, and his kindness was manifested to all he came in touch with. His quiet and meek disposition was embraced by all who learned to love him. About two months ago it was first noticed that he was beginning to fail more, and the last five weeks of his life he was in bed nearly all the time. Funeral on Feb. 1, at the Central A.M. Church, conducted by Bros. Otis Johns of Canton, Ohio, and Eli Stoltzfus of Hudson, Ohio. Texts, Matt. 5:9; Jno. 14:1-3. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.

Frey.-Anna Short, wife of Bishop Elias L. Frey, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Dec. 23, 1858; died at their home near Pettisville, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1928; aged 60 y. 1 m. 4 d. On June 9, 1881, she was united in marriage with Bro. Elias L. Frey. They shared life's joys and sorrows together for 46 years, 7 months and 18 days. To this union were born 8 sons and 4 daughters. Two children preceded mother to the great beyond. Sister Anna was from a family of 14 children, 3 of which are now living. She leaves her husband, 10 children, 44 grandchildren, one brother, two sisters and a large circle of friends. She accepted Christ by faith as her personal Savior in her young years, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained true to that faith until the end. She was a loving companion and a kind mother, and her kindness was not only manifested to her immediate family, but her home was always open to strangers. As long as health permitted, the homeless and hungry were never turned from her door, but she seemed to take delight in ministering to them. Her health began to fail about a year ago, and about 7 months ago she suffered a paralytic stroke, and that together with a valvular lesion which she had for a number of years caused a gradual decline, and finally death. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 30, at the Central A.M. Church near Archbold, Ohio, conducted by the brethren, D.J. Johns and Sanford Yoder, both of Goshen, Ind. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 47 - February 23, 1928 - pp 1023,1024

Histand.-Magdalena, daughter of Aaron Biehn, was born Aug. 13, 1841; died Feb. 4, 1928; aged 86 y. 5 m. 22 d. She was married to George Histand on July 10, 1892. She was a quiet and devoted Christian for many years. Bro. C.F. Derstine preached on the theme, "When I am old." He was assisted by Bros. Oscar Burkholder and Moses Bowman. Services at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ontario, and interment in adjoining cemetery.

Gable.-Alvin Ray, son of Christian and Elizabeth (Lehman) Gable, died near Smithville, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1928; aged 2 y. 11 m. 9 d. Little Alvin suffered for five weeks with meningitis, but was very patient until the end. He leaves his father, mother, and one brother. Services were conducted by Bro. A.B. Good at the Mennonite Church near Chester twp. High School. Text, Luke 18:16. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"He has gone to heaven before us
Yet he turns to wave his hand,
Pointing to the glory 'round him
In that fair and happy land."

Showalter.-Catherine, widow of W.A. Showalter died Jan. 17, 1928, at her home near Cross Keys, Va.; aged 78 y. She was a daughter of Joseph Berry, and grew from girlhood in the Mennonite faith. She was a woman of patient and beautiful Christian character, remaining a consistent and faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death called her to her reward. She has been an invalid almost eleven years, as a result of a fall, and three weeks ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered. She is survived by two sons (C.T. and K.D. Showalter) and also four granddaughters. Funeral services were held Jan. 19, from the Frieden's Church in presence of a large attendance. Services were conducted by C.M. Chumbley and S.H. Rhodes. Text, John 17:24.

Kreider.-Fannie H. (Shreiner) Kreider was born May 17, 1879; died near Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 8, 1928; aged 48 y. 7 m. 21 d. She is survived by her husband (Harry M. Kreider) two daughters (Lillian wife of Clayton W. Souder, and Esther at home); two brothers, and one sister. She was kind and deeply interested in the welfare of her family. Funeral services were conducted from the Mellingers Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member. Funeral sermon was preached from Prov. 3:17 by David Landis. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"I cannot say, and I will not say That she is dead.
She is just away!
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there."

Snyder.-Elizabeth Snyder, nee Bally, was born near Ashland, Ohio, Aug. 21, 1841; died at Hesston, Kans., Feb. 1, 1928; aged 86 y. 5 m. 10 d. When but a girl six years of age she made the trip from Ohio to Tazwell Co., Ill., with her family in a wagon drawn by oxen, when there was but one road across that part of Indiana and Chicago was a mere village. In early life she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining true to the end of her life. On Feb. 20, 1862, she was married to John R. Snyder. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters, all but one daughter survive her. She also leaves 3 brothers, one sister, 42 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Feb. 5, by Bro. J.K. Bixler, assisted by brethren, Milo Kauffman and D.H. Bender. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Pennsylvania Church Cemetery.

Bachman.-Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Mary Yordy, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Dec. 6, 1854; died at her home in Cazenovia, Ill., Jan. 28, 1928; aged 73 y. 1 m. 22 d. In the year 1881 she was united in marriage to Christian Bachman. To this union were born four children (Phoebe, Joel, Mrs. John Bachman, and Solomon). She is survived by her husband, two sons, two daughters, one brother, one sister, 12 grandchildren. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. The consistent Christian life that she lived at all times and her cheerful, sociable disposition were greatly admired by all who knew her. Recently she expressed herself to members of the family, and others, that she was ready to meet her Redeemer. Thus we have reasons to believe that she died rejoicing in the Lord.

Winkler.-Catharine, daughter of Joseph and Anna Schertz (deceased), was born near Metamora, Ill., April 19, 1857; died at her home Jan. 11, 1928; aged 71 y. 8 m. 23 d. In the year of 1889 she was united in marriage to Christian Winkler. To this union were born six children (An infant girl, Walter, Wallace, Christine, Elmer and Sidney). Two children (the infant girl and Walter) preceded their mother in death, which leaves four with their father to mourn the loss of a kind wife and mother - also two sisters (Mrs. Mary Stried and Mrs. Peter D. Schertz). Four brothers, and two sisters (now deceased) were Christ, Peter, Joseph, David Schertz, Magdalene and Barbara Schertz. In her youth she became a member of the Roanoke Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. She was devoted to her family, her home, and her church. She was of a kind and unassuming nature, patient in all her sufferings, and willing to lend a helping hand to all. And in her last illness she was anxious that God's will should be done.

Coss.-Anna (Eshleman) Coss was born March 1, 1907; died Feb. 9, 1928; aged 20 y. 11 m. 8 d. She died at the home of her parents, Bro. and Sister David H. Eshleman, at Cearfoss, Md., after an illness of 8 days of flu-pneumonia. She is survived by her husband, Bro. Edward Coss, parents, 3 sisters, (Mary, Esther, and Naomi), and brother, Martin. On Dec. 8, 1927, she was married to Bro. Coss. How short their happy union! She bore her suffering with patience and shortly before she passed away she sang the chorus of the hymn, "The City of Light." We do not mourn as those who have no hope. The funeral was held on Feb. 11, with short services at the house, and further services at Reiff's Church. Services were conducted by Bro. David Lesher (text I Sam. 20:18, latter clause) and Bro. Denton Martin, who had performed the marriage ceremony just 2 months before her death. Text, Luke 8:52, latter clause. Burial in cemetery adjoining.

Oh, dear Anna, how we loved you.
And oh how hard to give you up!
But an angel came down for you,
And called you home from our flock.
A sister and niece.

Nussbaum.-Sister Anna M. Nussbaum (nee Neuenschwander)was born Dec. 29, 1866, in Canton Bern, Switzerland; died Feb. 11, 1928, in Wayne County, Ohio; aged 61 y. 1 m. 14 d. At the age of 8 years she emigrated with her parents to America, choosing Sonnenberg, Wayne County, Ohio, as their home. Later moved to Berne, Ind., but for the last 26 years they resided at Sonnenberg. At the age of 15 years she was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, to which faith ,she remained a faithful member until death. On August 6, 1887, she was united in holy matrimony with Jacob J. Nussbaum with whom she lived for more than 40 years. This union was blessed with 17 children, 6 of whom went to their eternal reward before her. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 11 children, 25 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and a large host of relatives and friends. In the departure of this sister the Church loses a faithful member, the family a loving, devoted mother, and the community one who was loved and respected by all who knew her. Although her sickness was of short duration she always expressed her readiness to go to be with Jesus. All through her life and especially during her last years she was deeply concerned for the welfare of her children, constantly giving admonition to them to be prepared to meet their Lord and Savior. Her dying testimony was this (given in German):
Jesus Christus hat's vollbracht
Was mich Suender selig macht.
Services were held at the house February 14, conducted by Bros. Louis Amstutz and Jacob Moser, and at the Sonnenberg Church by Bros Louis Amstutz and C.N. Amstutz. Text, 1 Chron. 29:15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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