Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 40 - January 5, 1928 - pp 863,864
Miller - Zelah Mae, infant daughter of N.E. and Hannah Miller, Springs, Pa., died Dec. 16, 1927, having lived less than three days. A short service was held at the home conducted by Bro. G.D. Miller, after which the small form was laid to rest in the Church Cemetery at Springs.
Herr - Lester, infant son of Ira C. and Emma R. Herr,
was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 24, 1927 and died after the
short stay of 10 hours. But even if his stay was short, he is
sadly missed in our home. He is survived by the parents and 3
little brothers(Robert, Clyde, and Raymond). The little body was
laid to rest in the New Providence Cemetery.
Kendig - Annie E., wife of Bro. Milton Kendig, was born
Dec. 14,1882; died Dec. 8, 1927; aged 44 y. 11 m. 24 d. She was
a faithful member of the Masonville, Pa., Church for a number
of years, a daughter of the late Pre. Abram Witmer. She leaves
her husband, 3 small children, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Though
she suffered for a time she bore it cheerfully, and is now at
home where suffering is not known.
Charles - J. Clayton Charles born July 21, 1866; died
Dec. 15,1927; aged 61 y. 5 m. 24. He was ordained a deacon in
Habeckers congregation, Lancaster Co., Mar. 7, 1916. On the death
of the deacon who served at the Mountville congregation Feb. 8,
1918, Bro. Charles served both congregations till the time of
his death. He also served as a director of the Old Peoples Home
at Oreville, Pa. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons, 4 grandchildren,
and a host of friends. While he will be greatly missed here, we
are sure our loss is his gain.
Stoltzfus - Lizzie E., widow of Isaac K. Stoltzfus,
died Dec. 8,1927; aged 66 y. 1 m. 12 d. She was found dead in
her chicken yard about 9 o'clock in the morning by her son (Ammon)
residing on the home place. She is survived by 3 sons (Aaron,
Isaac and Ammon), 1 adopted daughter (Barbara King), and 1 brother
(Ben Beiler). Her husband died in June 1923. Funeral services
Dec.10 by Bros. Henry Lapp and Beiler. Burial in Beiler's Cemetery
"Weep not that her time is over
Weep not that her race is run
God grant that we may rest so calmly
When our work, like her's is done."
A brother in the Church.
Handwerk - Caroline Kinsinger Handwerk was born May 20, 1858; died Nov. 14, 1927; aged 69 y. 4 m. 24 d. Sister Handwerk was a daughter of the late Jacob Kinsinger. She was united in marriage to Elias Handwerk. To them were born 3 sons and 9 daughters, all of whom except one son, are living. Her husband is also living. There are 24 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Sister Handwerk had been in failing health for a year or more and for several months seriously sick, being afflicted with dropsical condition and weakness of the heart. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. The funeral was held at the home, conducted by N.E. Miller. Interment in Cemetery at Springs.
Engle - Fannie Engle (nee Ebersole) was born in Lancaster
Co.,Pa., March 3, 1840; following a stroke she departed this life
Dec. 13, 1927; aged 87 y. 9 m. 10 d. Her first marriage was to
Levi Schaeffer. To this union were born a son and two daughters.
In 1872 she was married to John Engle. To this union were born
two sons and two daughters. She was a faithful member of the Churchtown
Mennonite Church, Cumberland Co., Pa. Services were conducted
by John Niesley, Paul T. Huddle, and Samuel Hess. Text, 1 Thess.
4:14. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep
From which none ever wakes to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes."
Zehr - Anna Kemmel Zehr was born at Hamberg, Ont., June 26, 1862;died Nov. 24, 1927; aged 65 y. 4 m. 29 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early childhood. She was married to Christian Zehr June, 1879, who died July 28, 1924. To this union nine children were born. One daughter and two sons preceded her in death. She leaves the following children: John, Mattie Kiser, Lydia Stevens, Edith Oswold, Clays Baker, and Irvine; also Jakeand Allen (children by former marriage), eighteen grandchildren,and many friends. Sister Zehr has resided in Palmer since the death of her husband up until about two weeks before she died at the home of her son-in-law, A.B. McIntire, near Chapman, Nebr. Funeral services were conducted at the McIntire home by R. Dunbar and also at Kearney on Nov. 26. Interment in the Kearney cemetery.
Pontius - Cornelius, son of John and Susan Pontius was born Oct. 26, 1838; died Dec. 10, 1927, at Eureka, Ill., aged 89 y. 1 m. 14d. He was the youngest of seven sons and the last one to depart this life. He spent most of his long life in Elkhart Co., Ind.,until five years ago he went to the Mennonite Home for the Agedat Eureka, Ill. Ten years ago Bro. Pontius was received into fellowship with the Mennonite Church at Olive, Elkhart Co., Ind.,and was a faithful member until his death. A few days previous to his death a letter was received stating that he was in his usual health, and friends were thinking of what they would send him for Christmas; when word was received that he had passed away. His wife preceded him in death seven years. He leaves many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive Church by C.A. Shank and D.A. Yoder.
Schultz - Cathrine Shultz was born Feb. 2, 1866, in
Lagrange Co.,Ind., where she spent all her childhood days and
grew to womanhood. She was married to Eli Shultz Jan. 1, 1890,
and moved to Newago Co., Mich., in the spring of 1897. To this
union six children were born. Three preceded her in death. She
leaves her deeply bereft husband, two sons, one daughter; four
grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. She united with
the Mennonite Church in her early days and remained faithful until
death. She died at her home near Newago, Mich.; aged 61 y.11 m.
21 d. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near
White Cloud, Mich., by E.A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Text,
Rom. 14:8. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is over,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find."
McDowell - Annie Fretz, beloved wife of Bro. Tilman
McDowell, died suddenly at her home near Markham, Ont., Nov. 12,
1927, in her 66th year. Deceased was married in 1881 and about
three years later was converted and united with the Mennonite
Church. She was of a quiet, amiable disposition, and in a rare
degree possessed those sterling Christian qualities which find
expression in ministering to those in need. She suffered from
heart weakness for nearly a year. She passed in an attack. She
is survived by her husband (who has been afflicted for about 16
years), three sons (Edwin, Wesley, Allan), their wives, and 12*grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted at the Wideman Church near Markham,
Ont., on the 14th by L.W. Hoover and L.J.Burkholder.
"One by one our loved ones slowly
Pass beyond the bounds of time
One by one among the holy
Sing the victor's song sublime.
One by one we soon shall gather
Not as we have gathered here
Bowed and broken; but the rather
In eternal youth appear."
*Transcriber's note: First digit of two digit number didn't copy well, so original should be examined, if possible.
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Gospel Herald - Volume XX, Number 41 - January 12, 1928 - pp 894, 895, 896
Miller - Mary Kathryn Miller died at her father's home in Mountville, Pa., Oct. 11, 1927; aged 39 y. 9 m. 21 d. She leaves her father, a sister, and 3 brothers, B.F., being her twin brother. She was in poor health for several months, yet the end came unexpectedly. Funeral on the 14th at Masonville Mennonite Church. Sermon by Bro. J.K. Charles who was assisted by Pre. Dundore. Text, Heb. 2:3.
Carver - Joseph Irvin, son of Sam and Lessie Carver, Carver Mo.,died Dec. 30, 1927; aged 6 m. 18 d. He leaves 2 sisters, 3 brothers, 3 half-sisters, 1 half-brother and the parents. Funeral conducted by J.R. Shank. Text, Matt. 18:10.
White - David Austin, infant son of Bro. and Sister Harry White of Dry Fork, W. Va., died Dec. 8, 1927, aged 8 m. 2 d. David as a little jewel, has gone to be with two members of the family who had gone before him to their heavenly Father. He leaves his father, mother, a brother, and a sister. Though it seemed hard to give him up, God's way is the best. The funeral services wereconducted by Bro. Hiram Weaver at the Bethel Church, Job, W. Va. Text, 11 Sam, 12:23.
Bender - Mary Ann Elizabeth, daughter of Bro. Ezra and Sister Katie (Lebold) Bender, Waterloo Co., Ont., died Dec. 29, 1927;aged 15 d. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 1 brother and 1 sister. 3 brothers and 2 sisters preceded her to the great beyond. Funeral service conducted at the home by Jacob R. Bender in English and at the church by Brethren M. Kipfer, P.S. Zehr, and D.S. Jutzi. Interment in East Zorra A.M. Cemetery Dec. 31.
Holden - Mattie Ann Holden, daughter of Jonathan and Barbara Zook was born in Wayland, Iowa, Nov. 6, 1884; died at her father's home near Thurman, Colo., Nov. 23, 1927. In 1923 she was married to William Holden. To this union were born two daughters, who with her father, 1 brother, and three sisters remain to mourn her departure. Her husband, mother, one brother, and three sisters preceded her to the spirit world. She loved her Savior and was ready to go when He called her." Yet again we hope to meet thee, When the day of life is fled,Then in heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no farewell tear is shed."
Erb - Mary, daughter of Louis and Louise Hankey was born near Wooster, O., Oct. 12, 1858; died at the place of her birth, Dec. 27, 1927; aged 69 y. 2 m. 15 d. On Jan. 11, 1877; she was united in marriage to John Erb, of Smithville, O. To this union were born 7 sons and 6 daughters. About 23 years ago she with her husband confessed their Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she continued until death. She leaves 6 children, 6 grandchildren, and 1 sister. Her husband and 7'"h)0*0*0*'children preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Paradise Church Dec. 29, conducted by Brethren Rudy L. Stauffer, E.F. Hartzler, and C.Z. Yoder. Text, John 11:28. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Stoner - Jacob Stoner was born Nov. 15, 1851; died Dec. 20, 1927,of paralysis of the heart; aged 76 y. 1 m. 5 d. His sudden death was a shock to the community, as he had been in apparently excellent health during the day and expired, at about nine o'clock in the evening, after having complained of feeling distressed about his chest. Dec. 3, 1872, he was married to Barbara B. Snyder who died Jan. 27, 1914. To this union were born four children (Mary wife of Jacob L. Pfantz, Ada wife of Jonas N. Horst, Stella and Mattie, who preceded their father to the spirit world. On Sept. 19, 1918, he was again married to Barbara L. Metzler, who remains with two daughters and nine grandchildren who mourn the loss of a kind husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and his seat was seldom vacant when health permitted. Funeral services were held Dec. 26 in the home, conducted by Amos Horst. Further services at the Ephrata Mennonite Church,conducted by Bros. N.L. Landis and A.A. Landis. Text, Matt. 14:44, first clause. "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." By a Granddaughter.
Bickel - William H., son of Henry and Cathryn Bickel, was born in Coshocton Co., Ohio Aug. 4, 1865; died at his home in Middlebury, Ind., Dec. 26, 1927; aged 72 y. 4 m. 22 d. He came with his parents to DeKalb Co., Ind., when a child and here he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Louise Coyle in 1879. To this union was born nine children, who with his wife survive him(Mrs. Orilla Weaver, Wilson, Edith, Linna, Della, Lester, Ralph,Elta, and Arthur). He also leaves 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In 1912 he come to Middlebury, making this his home. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1884, remaining faithful till death. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 (in the forenoon) at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury, conducted by Earl Miller and Silas Yoder and in the afternoon at the Fairview Church in DeKalb Co., Ind., conducted by Silas Yoder. Burial in the nearby cemetery.
Birky - Elizabeth, daughter of John and Susan Beechy, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 28, 1896; died Dec. 12, 1927; aged 31 y. 5m. 12 d. In her early youth she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, being faithful until death. On Oct. 9,1924, she was married to Henry Birky, of Iowa Co., Iowa. During this time they made their home with his mother, Sister Lydia Eash, near Wellman, Iowa. She had been in rather delicate health for some time, especially during the last 2 years. On Thanksgiving day she went to the Watts hospital in Williamsburg, where she underwent a very serious operation, which for a time seemed to be quite successful. But on the eve of Dec. 11, about 18 days after the operation, she suffered a relapse, and the next morning she peacefully fell asleep. She leaves her husband,father and mother, a grandmother, mother-in-law, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. She bore her suffering with much patience, being fully resigned to the Master's will. She was entirely conscious until one-half hour before death. She frequently expressed her interest in the Church, for whose welfare she was much interested. She was also concerned for the welfare of others, especially for the boys of her S.S. class. She was of a quiet, cheerful, unassuming disposition, sympathetic, peace-loving, and inoffensive, always striving to exemplify the teachings of her Lord, endeavoring to be a good steward of the manifold grace of God. She will be greatly missed in the home, in the Church, and in the community. Funeral services were held at the West Union Church, in charge of Abner G. Yoder and P.P. Swartzendruber. Text, Jno. 5:28, 29. Interment in Upper Deer Creek Cemetery.
Geider - David S. Geider was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 9,1837; died at his home in Campden, Ont., Dec. 12, 1927; aged 90y. 1 m. 3 d. Bro. Geiger was born on the old Geiger homestead near the site of the present Geiger Mennonite Church. He was married to Mary Anne Winter, Nov. 8, 1857. To this union were born three daughters and two sons who, with the aged widow,survive him. Soon after attaining his majority Bro. Geiger was converted and has ever remained a faithful and earnest servant of the Lord. For many years he has been associated with the Mennonite Church, and has been faithful to her teachings. He was a man of prayer, and as such has been used of the Lord in special intercession for others. He greatly enjoyed the fellowship of God's children, and in the testimony of the Lord he delighted ina special way. For about twenty-five years he suffered lameness as a result of a fall. Much of the time he was scarcely able to be about, and thus was confined to his home. Communion services were held with him and his companion regularly, and these seasons were looked forward to with great desire, and were greatly enjoyed by all who were privileged to join in those services. It was a blessing to be with these aged children of the Lord and enjoy spiritual fellowship with them. Sister Geiger, who now resides with her daughter in Compden, has nearly reached her ninety-first year. Their companionship of sixtyeight years is ended here, but her hope is strong to see her loved one again who lives now with the Lord. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Evangelical Church nearby, and interment in the family lot in Mount View Cemetery. Services were conducted b ____ Litt and S. F. Coffman. Text, Gen. 5:24.
Swartzendruber - Elva Ellen, wife of Lloyd C. Swartzendruber and daughter of Menno and Mattie (Rhodes) Kempf, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, March 16, 1895; died at the Washington Co., hospital,Washington, Iowa, Dec. 26, 1927; aged 32 y. 9 m. 10 d. She entered matrimony Oct. 12, 1916. To this union were born two sons and one daughter (Ivan Lee, Olin Ora, and Edna Fern). She leaves the bereaved husband, the children of tender years, her parents, two brothers and three sisters. (Lee Roy, Mary, Cora,Ralph, and Dora), four uncles, two aunts, and a number of more distant relatives. One aunt preceded her in death as well as several of like relationship who died in infancy. At the age of 16 she united with the Amish Mennonite Church where she remained a faithful member until death. She had been ailing for sometime, but bore her suffering patiently, and performed her household duties until the first of November when her pains became almost unbearable at times. On Dec. 16 she was taken to the hospital, where five X-Ray pictur)es were taken, an operation for gall-stones and other complications was performed, and all that human hands could do was done to relieve her. She suffered intensely at times after the operation, but never complained because she had her trust in her loving Savior that He would spare her to help her companion care for the children if it so be the Lord's will. Her desire to be anointed according to Jas.5:14 was granted after which she said she felt greatly refreshed and quietly passed away a few hours later. "Can it be, she has left us, Mother Who always had a smile Yes, she's gone and soon we'll meet her "Twill only be a little while." Funeral services were held at the East Union Church Dec. 28,conducted in the German by Jonas B. Miller, Grantsville, Md.,from the latter part of Matt. 26:42 and in the English by Sanford C. Yoder from II Cor. 1:3,4.
Schlegel - Barbara Schlegel, daughter of Jacob and Magdalena(Brenneman)
Bender, was born near New Hamburg, Ont., on Nov. 16,1837. She
was joined in holy wedlock to Nicolas Schegel of PerthCo., Ont.,
Feb. 2, 1858, and moved on the homestead in South Easthope where
she resided till her death for nearly 70 years. This union was
blest with 5 sons and 4 daughters (Magdalena, Nicholaus, Barbara,
Jacobina, Jacob, Christian, Catherine, Joseph and Aaron - of whom
Barbara and Jacobina preceded the mother in infancy, and Christian
died in 1908. They lived in matrimony 38y. 9 m. 10 d., when her
husband died, and in widowhood she lived 31 y. 1 m. 4 d., till
Dec. 16, 1927; aged 90 y. 1 m. She was called to the heavenly
home, which was her great desire. She leaves 4 sons, 2 daughters,
16 grandchildren, and 4 greatgrandchildren. She accepted
the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior in her young years and was
a faithful sister in the East Zorra Amish Mennonite congregation
near Tavistock, Ont., of which she was a life-long member. She
was of a cheerful, kind and loving disposition, always had a kind
word for every one, and was beloved by every one. Grandma Schlegel,
as she was called by every one, is the last of above named family,
and relatives are scattered all over the United States and Canada.
Pre. John Warye of Ohio and Christ Warye of Iowa were her first
cousins. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the
East Zorra A.M. Cemetery, adjoining the church, Dec. 20, 1927,
when services wereconducted by Brethren D.S. Jutzi (I Pet. 1)
Peter Boshart (Rev. 14:13) and Jacob R. Bender (John 14:6) where
a large number of friends were gathered together to pay their
last tribute to the departed.
Jac. R. Bender
Layman - Anna Bailey Layman was born in Henry Co., Ohio, Jan. 7,1866. On Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, 1927, she was stricken with paralysis and on the evening of the same day she passed away;aged 61 y. 11 m. 20 d. In the year 1891 she was united in marriage with Henry Layman. She leaves 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 8 brothers, 4 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Her husband, 1 child, and one grandchild preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Central Church near Archbold, Ohio, conducted by Aaron Mast, Westover, Md., and Eli Rupp and S.D. Grieser of Archbold, Ohio. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
Kauffman - Elizabeth (Speicher) Kauffman was born near New Castle,Pa., April 4, 1863; died Dec. 28, 1927; aged 64 y. 8 m. 24 d. She was united in marriage to Solomon Kauffman Jan. 6, 1886. To this union were born 7 children: Charles, Mrs. Nannie Byler, Mrs. Lillie Zook, Frank, Mary, Michael, and Roy. There are three brothers and one sister (John Speicher, Joseph Speicher, George Speicher, and Mrs. Jonathan Kauffman) She was the daughter of Michael and Nancy Speicher. She resided in Lawrence Co., Pa.,all her life. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She had a kind and loving disposition and was a kind, loving mother, always ready to help in need. The funeral was held at Maple Grove Church, Dec. 30, conducted by the home ministers. Text, Mark 13:35. "Mother, thou art sweetly resting Here thy toils and cares are o'er Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, Never can distress thee more." By a Brother.
Longenecker - Pre. Henry E. Longenecker of Salunga,
Pa., was born April 9, 1853; died Jan. 1, 1928; aged 74 y. 8 m.
22 d. He is survived by his wife (Catherine Bomberger before marriage),
three brothers, and two sisters (Fannie Burkholder, Samuel, Abraham,Annie
Landis, and John). Bro. Longenecker was ordained to the ministry
at Chestnut Hill, Feb. 19, 1880. He was in the ministry 47 y.
10 m. 12 d. being the oldest in the Lancaster Conference since
the decease of Bishop Abraham Herr, and was permitted to be present
at every session, twice a year for 47 years. He delivered his
message in a mild way, and spoke only what the Spirit revealed
to him. By precept and example he was of the meek and lowly ones.
With few exceptions he had been at his appointed place of worship
since his call to the ministry, as well as at Kraybills and Landisville
and Salunga Churches. Aug. 15, 1918, the writer was called as
his helper which have been nine years of pleasant service together.
The last few years he has not taken the main part of the services
but was always in his seat, except the Sunday he died. To him
we looked up as the father of the bench. His end come very unexpectedly
- only in bed three days. His ailment was neuralgia of the heart.
Brief services from his late home, with further services at the
Salunga Church, services were conducted by Bros. Isaac H. Brubaker.
Hiram Kauffman, and Seth E. Ebersole. Text, Matt. 25:23; John17:4.
Besides the 36 ministers and bishops and 9 deacons present, the
meeting house was crowded. His remains were laid in the cemetery
adjoining. "He being dead, yet speaketh." Our loss is
his eternal gain.
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Durst.-Emery D., son of the late Emanuel and Susan Durst, who had been a sufferer for several years with cancer and tuberculosis, died Dec. 22, 1927; aged 64 y. He is survived by his wife (who has been an invalid for about 20 years), one son, and two daughters. Funeral services were held at the house for the benefit of the invalid wife. Services were conducted by G.D. Miller assisted by H.B. Keener. Interment at Springs, Pa.
Shelley.-Ezra Richard, infant son of Bro. and Sister Marshal Shelley of Richfield, Pa., died Dec. 12, 1927; aged 1 m. 2.d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers, 1 great-grandmother, 5 uncles, 4 aunts and many other relatives and friends. Funeral was held at the Lauvers Mennonite Church, by J.G. Brubaker and W.W. Graybill. Text, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21), which was selected by the family.
Gingerich.-Simon Leroy Gingerich was born July 2, 1927, near Stuttgart, Ark.; died at the Julius Gingerich home near Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 20, 1927. He leaves his mother, 5 brothers (Vernon, Clayton, Eldon, Ralph and Wayne), aged grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Stutzman and George D. Gingerich), and a host of near relatives and friends. His father preceded him in death July 9. 1927. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church near Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 21, 1927, conducted by Bros. Amos Gingerich and D.J. Fisher. Interment in the East Union Cemetery.
Bachtel.-Daniel Bachtel of near Wakarusa, Ind., was born Feb. 24, 1855 at Waterloo, Ind. He was married to Emma Shoup of Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 7, 1893. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. He had been in failing health for a number of years and died Dec. 29, 1927; aged 72 y. 10 m. 4 d. He leaves a sorrowing widow, three sons, and two daughters (Monroe F., Mrs. Geo. W. Pletcher, Marvin F., Mrs. J. Maynard Hoover, and Merrell F.). He also leaves two sisters (Mrs. Jerry Mast and Miss Harriet Bachtel), an uncle (Peter Bachtel) and 11 grandchildren. Daniel and his companion lived at their present home for 33 years. On Dec. 17 Bro. Bachtel realized his need of a Savior, confessed his Christ, and was received into fellowship with the Mennonite Church by water baptism. Funeral services conducted at the Olive Mennonite church by C.A. Shank and D.A. Yoder. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
Miller.-C.J. Miller was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Apr. 5, 1857; died near the same place Dec. 27, 1927; aged 76 y. 8 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Schrock. To this union were born five sons and four daughters. One son and one daughter died in infancy. His wife preceded him in 1910. He leaves 3 sons, 3 daughters, 27 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother. He united with the Walnut Creek A.M. Church in his younger years. His sickness lasted for a number of years. Services were held at the Walnut Creek A.M. Church and burial in the cemetery nearby. He had marked the text to be used; namely, I Thess. 4:13 to the end of the chapter. Services were in charge of D.M. Freidt, D.D. Miller, and Alvin N. Miller.
Miller.-Noah E. Miller was born Nov. 15, 1861; died Dec. 17, 1927; aged 66 y. 1 m. 2 d. Noah united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and was a faithful member until death. He was married to Susan Schrock Feb. 24, 1885. To them were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. His wife died Feb. 23, 1904. He was married a second time to Elizabeth Hostettler Dec. 21, 1910. Elizabeth died May 29, 1924. He was married a third time to Elizabeth Ann Shrock, Oct. 23, 1927. He leaves his wife, 5 sons (Eli, Jacob, Jeff, Abe, and Noah Jr.), 4 daughters (Mrs. Eli Hershberger, Mrs. Moses Mast, Mrs. Jacob M. Beachy, and Mrs. John J. Yoder) and one sister (Mrs. John Nisley). Funeral services conducted by Robert Troyer and Benjamin Troyer.
Heisey.-Edward L. Heisey was born Sept. 16, 1868; died Dec. 31, 1927; aged 59 y. 3 m. 16 d. He is survived by his companion (who was Annie M. Erb before marriage), also two children (Ella E. wife of Benjamin Miller and Chester E.), 4 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. He was preceded in death by a daughter (Minnie M.). He was a member of the Mennonite Church serving as janitor and usher for a number of years. Services were conducted at the late home by Bro. Samuel Fry and at the Elizabethtown Church by Bros. Benj. Keener and Noah Risser. Text, II Cor. 6:1. Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery.
"Like mist on the mountain,
Like waves of the sea,
So quickly the years
Of our pilgrimage flee." The Family
Biehn.-Abram Biehn was born Jan. 5, 1850, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died of heart failure at his home near Guernsey, Sask., Dec. 20, 1927; aged 77 y. 11 m. 22 d. He was confined to his bed only a few days, although he had been suffering from congestion of the lungs for some time. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. In 1879 he was married to Mary Cressman and resided on a farm near Freeport, Ont. In 1906 they moved to Guernsey, Sask., which has since been their home. He is survived by his widow, 5 sons, 2 daughters, and 1 foster granddaughter: namely, Mrs. Manassah Toman, Ervin, Milton, Mrs. Noah Weber, Alvin, Anthony, Delton, and Mrs. Addison Gingerich; also 23 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at the Sharon Mennonite Church conducted by Bros M.H. Schmitt and I.S. Rosenberger. Text, I Cor. 15:55-57. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Lapp.-Elizabeth Lapp (nee Yoder) was born in Logan Co., Ohio, May 2, 1848; died Dec. 27, 1927; aged 79 y. 7 m. 25 d. In early life she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful throughout life. On Mar. 29, 1866, she was united in marriage to Daniel Z. Lapp. Fourteen children were born to this union, four sons and ten daughters. Two daughters preceded their mother in death. Besides her children she leaves her aged companion, 29 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Sister Lapp suffered much in her last years and more and more appreciated the comfort of the Word of God and prayer. She passed away with a farewell greeting to her loved ones who had tenderly cared for her in her long illness. Funeral services Dec. 30 at South Union Church in charge of S.E. Allgyer and A.I. Yoder. Interment in Fair View Cemetery.
Layman.-Henry Layman was born near Pettisville, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1862; died (at his home north of Pettisville after an illness of two years) August 22, 1927; aged 65 y. 13 d. He was united in marriage to Anna Bailey in the year 1891, and to this union four children were born - three sons and one daughter. He leaves his devoted companion, two sons, one daughter, 7 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church near Archbold O., conducted by H. Rychener and Eli Rupp. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
King.-Grace Belle, daughter of David and Viola Stayrook, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Dec. 1, 1892; died at her home in Union Twp., Dec. 30, 1927; aged 35 y. 29 d. At the age of 29 years she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful and active in the interests of the Church till the end. She was united in marriage to Nelson L. King April 25, 1915. Seven children were born to this union, six of whom with the father are left to mourn the loss of a devoted mother and companion. She also leaves father, mother, one brother and one sister. For a year or more Sister King had been in failing health, resulting in a nervous breakdown and a period of insanity, followed after a number of days by hemorrhage of the brain, from which she suffered for a few days and then peacefully passed away. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church in charge of A.I. Yoder and Pre. Good of the Brethren Church.
Yohn.-Samuel Frederick Yohn was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Aug. 3, 1870; died at his home in West Liberty, Dec. 26, 1927; aged 57 y. 4 m. 23 d. He spent his entire life in this community. He was married to Gertrude De Coursey, and to them two children were born. The mother and one son preceded him. He was later married to Martha Streicher. To this union twelve children were born. Three of these preceded their father in death. Those who remain in the home with their mother are Theresa, Frances, Effie, Carl, Florence, Bertha, Ella, Julia and John. The brothers and sisters remaining are David, Otto, William, Henry, Joseph and Effie. Father, mother, two brothers, Charles and Oak. and one sister (Mrs. Nettie Jackson) preceded him in death. He was a kind husband and father. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church in charge of Levi Plank and A.I. Yoder. Burial in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said, Come,
And angels from the other side,
Welcomed our loved one home."
Musser.-Samuel G. Musser was born Dec. 22, 1848; died Jan. 7, 1928 at the place of his birth near Bowmansville, Pa. His illness (some kind of lung affection) was of four weeks duration. Three weeks prior to his death he filled his place in Church and Sunday school, a place never vacant when health permitted. He was one of our gray-haired Sunday school scholars, the kind whose piety means so much in shaping the character of our smaller scholars by their presence. His family hearth was cheered by 3 sons, 5 daughters, (Henry, Israel, John, Lizzie, Susanna, Sarah and Hettie - one died in infancy). He had a clear testimony to the saving power of Christ to the very last. His age was 79 y. 15 d. Bros. George Horning and Isaac Geigley had charge of the funeral services which were held in the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Texts, Psa. 37:37; I Pet. 1:4,5; Heb. 11:8-10. Bro. J.M. Sauder had the burial and benediction.
""Freudenvoll, freudenvoll walle ich fort,
Hin zu dem Lande der Seligen dort;
Land der Verheiszung, we lieblich bist du,
End meiner Pilgerschaft, selige Rub'."
Sensenich.-Amos W. Sensenich, was born July 12, 1862, and was instantly killed Dec. 16, when the truck which he was driving was struck by the 9 o'clock passenger train at the private grade crossing near Lickdale, Lebanon Co., Pa., about 40 mile away from home. He left home the day previous, spending Thursday night with his daughter (Mrs. Amos Erb) of Lebanon and left there Friday morning, taking his three grandchildren and a few others along to school; and then within a short distance to where they were dredging coal, the truck was struck by the train and overturned, throwing him out and pinning him beneath. What remains a mystery is that he stopped about 50 feet from the crossing and then proceeded. His view was obstructed by a pile of wood and box car. "In the midst of life we are in death." His sudden death leaves a warning for all to be prepared. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was the first to break the family circle. He is survived by his wife (Hettie) and these children (Abraham, Mrs. Amos R. Erb, Mrs. Jacob B. Garber, Elam, Amos, John, Ira, Fannie, Hettie, Harry, Martin and Bertha); also nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Lititz Mennonite Church, by Jacob Hershey, John Hess, and Noah Landis. Texts: "Thy will be done," and "For what is your life."
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrow heal."
Lapp.-Elizabeth Hooley Lapp, (nee Yoder) was born May 2, 1848, died Dec. 27, 1927; aged 79 y. 7 m. 25 d. In early life she became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful throughout life. On March 29, 1866, she was united in marriage to Daniel Z. Lapp, and with him made her home in West Liberty. In 1867 they moved to Wayne Co., where they spent five years and then returned to Logan Co., where they have since lived, the last 37 years of their life being spent at the present family home one mile west of West Liberty. To them, the following children were born: Emma, Malinda, Lydia, Jacob, Fannie, Sarah, John, David, Mary, Kathryn, Alvan, Nellie, Celesta, and Saloma. She was a great sufferer for many years, but through it all, she never lost faith in her heavenly Father, her suffering drawing her all the more closely to Himself. More than a year ago cancer developed in her already diseased body and many times her pain became so intense it was difficult, indeed, for her family to witnness* it while striving to render to her the best possible care. Two daughters (Mrs. W.B. Crockett, and Mrs. J.H. Musser)preceded their mother in death. 4 grandchildren, one brother (Christian Yoder) and sister (Mrs. Christian Zook), one half-sister (Mrs. Isaac Hartzler), also preceded her in passing. Funeral services were held at South Union Church, with Bros. S.E. Allgyer and A.I. Yoder in charge. Burial was made in Fair View cemetery, West Liberty.
*Transcriber's note: Spelled witnness
Yoder.-Elizabeth Brenneman was born near Accident, Md., Oct. 30, 1857; died at the home of C.W. Bender, near Salisbury, Pa., Dec. 21, 1827; aged 70 y. 1 m. 21 d. She was married to Christian Selders Dec. 4, 1880 - being his second wife. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. Her husband died Dec. 8, 1896. With heroic fortitude and resolution, she took up the family cares and duties and succeeded in providing for the needs of those left to her care. She was married to Deacon Elias Hershberger July 23, 1905, and thus came into the occupancy of the home where most of her after-life was spent. Bro. Hershberger died Aug. 12 ,1908. She was married to Solomon D. Yoder May 12, 1912. He died July 10, 1926. She was noted for her industrious, energetic, resolute characteristics and for her neighborly helpfulness. She professed her faith and allegiance to Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church early in life and died loyal to the faith. Funeral services were conducted at the Flag Run M.H. by C.W. Bender in German (text, Job 14:14-17)and by Noah Brenneman in English (text, Psa. 23). In the afternoon, funeral services were also held at the cherry Glade M.H., her earlier church home and region of her earlier life, near Bittinger, Md. Services by C.W. Bender in German from II Tim 4:6-8 and by Noah Brenneman in English from Psa. 23. Her remains were buried in the cemetery adjacent, by the side of her first husband. Two sons, two daughters, one step-son, a number of grandchildren, one brother, and as far as is at present known to the writer, three sisters survive. J.B. Miller
Hartzler.-Lydia A., eldest child of John H. and Barbara Fry Diener, was born Dec. 22, 1875, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Dec. 14, 1927; aged 51 y. 11 m. 22 d. Nov. 15, 1899 she was united in marriage to Jesse C. Hartzler. This union was blessed with five children (Olive, Grace, John, Lloyd, and Glen) all of whom reside at home. A brother (Hiram) resides in Bellefontaine. She had one sister who died in infancy. Her father and mother also preceded her in death. She was a faithful companion, a devoted mother, a good neighbor, and always ready and willing to lend a helping hand where help was needed, often going beyond her physical strength. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful to the end. As long as health permitted she was active in Sunday school and Church work. She was secretary of the Sunday school for a number of years and was teacher of the beginners' class when compelled to give up her class on account of her bodily affliction. For several years her health was failing. She finally submitted to an operation, on Nov. 1925, for cancer. For a time hopes were entertained for her recovery, but it seemed that recovery was impossible. On Jan. 24, 1926, she took to her bed because of her affliction, from which she never recovered. But through it all she showed an unusual degree of patience and cheerfulness.
"God needed one more angel mother
Among His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile
And clasped our mother's hand."
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Christophel.-David Quentin, son of Irvin I. and Anne
Mary Christophel, Greencastle, Pa., died Jan. 16, aged 11 d. He
is survived by his parents, two brothers and one sister (Irvin
Jr., Violet M., and Robert E.). Funeral at the Macedonia Church.
Burial in adjoining graveyard. Services in charge of Mr. Probst.
By his grandparents.
Reed.-Martha Ellen Reed was born Sept. 25, 1880; died Jan. 7, 1928; aged 47 y. 3 m. 12 d. She was a member of the Mummasburg, Pa., Mennonite Church. She leaves her husband, 3 children, 3 brothers, and a number of friends. The funeral was conducted at the home and at the church by Bro. A.W. Myer, and the body laid to rest in the Mummasburg Cemetery.
Miller.-Claude, infant son of Alvin J. and Sevilla Miller,
near Berlin, Ohio, died Dec. 6, 1927; aged 1 d. He leaves parents,
3 brothers, and 2 sisters. One sister preceded him to the spirit
world. Short services were conducted at the home by Calvin Mast,
taking as his text the words of Job; "The Lord hath given,
and the Lord hath taken; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Boyer.-Elizabeth C. Boyer was born Sept. 3, 1834; died Jan. 8, 1928; aged 93 y. 4 m. 5 d. She was a member of the Mummasburg, Pa., Mennonite Church. She leaves 1 daughter, 3 sons, 20 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral was conducted at the home of her daughter by Bro. A.W. Myer and at the Mummasburg Church by Bros. A.W. Myer and Noah L. Landis. The body was laid to rest in the Mummasburg Cemetery.
Wismer.-Nancy (Snyder) Wismer was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 1836; died June 30, 1927; aged 90 y. 8 m. She united with the Mennonite Church in her younger years and remained a consistent member till the Lord called her home. She lived in matrimony nearly 71 years with John C. Wismer, who with 5 sons and 2 daughters remain to mourn the loss of a devoted mother. Funeral services on July 2, conducted by U.K. Weber, Kitchener. Burial in the Blair Cemetery.
Gautsche.-Evelyn Louine, infant daughter of Bro. Homer and Sister Ilva Gautsche, was born Jan. 8, 1928 and died Jan. 9. She leaves her sorrowing parents, grandparents, and many relatives. Short funeral services were held at the home by Bros. S.S. Wyse and Eli Rupp, and at the Pettisville, Ohio, Cemetery by Bro. S.D. Grieser.
"The Lord needed one more angel child
Among His shining band;
So He stooped down and clasped
Our little darling's hand."
Layman.-Emma E., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Taylor, died at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 15, 1928; aged 64 y. 4 m. 4 d. She has been a sufferer for over two years, her last illness lasting four weeks. She suffered from rheumatism and heart trouble. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband (Albert Layman), three sons (Elmer, Charles and Leslie), 1 brother, and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted from the Weavers Church Jan. 16, by J.S. Martin and Leonard Jones. Text, Amos 4:12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Long.-Callie Long was born Nov. 30, 1871; died Dec.
31, 1927; aged 56 y. 1 m. 1 d. Sister Long was the widow of the
late Addison Long who preceded her in death 16 years ago. Two
children also preceded her to the great beyond. The following
children survive: Mrs:* Jasper Smith, Mrs. Jason Vance, Mrs. Warren
Vance, Mrs. Russell Vance, Ramon, and Elmer. She was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She will be greatly
missed in the home, in the church, and in the community. Funeral
services at the Roaring Creek Mennonite Church, near Roaring,
W. Va., Jan 4, in charge of the writer. Interment in the Arbogast
*Transcriber's note: Mrs:
Kaufman.-Esaias J Kaufman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 28, 1847; died Nov. 12 ,1927 at the home of his son in Middlebury, Ind.; aged 80 y. 2 m. 15 d. He suffered many years with asthma and heart trouble. He was united in marriage with Anna Lehman, who preceded him in death. He is survived by two sons (Andrew and Henry). Another son (Manasses) died in 1908. There are also six grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral at the Middlebury Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. D.D. Miller and Silas Yoder. Text, John 14. Burial in Miller Cemetery.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Andrew E. Kaufman
Smoker.-Elizabeth, wife of the late David B. Smoker, died of pneumonia at the home of her son (Amos R. Smoker) near Christiana, Pa., Jan. 11, 1928; aged 83 y. 6 m. 3 d. She was sick less than a week. She enjoyed remarkable health until her last sickness. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and was a faithful member until death. She leaves 1 son (Amos), 2 daughters (Mrs. Fannie Riehl and Mrs. Mattie Summers), 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. Funeral services Jan. 16 were conducted at the house by Christian Glick and Aaron Glick and at Millwood Church by John Stoltzfus and John Kennel. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, life is ended,
Now dear grandmother is at rest."
By a granddaughter.
Gehman.-Angeline (Shantz) Gehman, was born at Bridgeport, Ont., April 10, 1846. On May 3, 1864 she was united in marriage with Solomon B. Gehman, and about 9 years later, both were converted and united with the Mennonite Church. On Nov. 26, 1882, Bro. Gehman was ordained to the ministry which position he faithfully filled till Nov. 19, 1912, when he was called to his reward. He was a powerful speaker, and in most of his sermons, laid special emphasis on repentance and getting right with God, being instrumental in a great revival that took place in Waterloo Co., in 1885. This union was blessed with 6 children of whom one son (John) preceded them. Sister Gehman died at the home of her daughter in Waterloo, aged 81 y. 8 m. 23 d., leaving 2 daughters and 3 sons (Susanna - Mrs. John Wismer, Samuel, Esther - Mrs. Norman Gingerich, Willie, and Solomon).The funeral was held at the Waterloo Mennonite Church on Jan. 6, conducted by Jonas Snider and Noah Hunsberger.
Stutzman.-Mary Ellen Slabaugh Stutzman was born in West Virginia, March 17, 1863; died at her home near Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 22, 1927, death being due to dropsy. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member to the end. She was married to John J. Stutzman, April 6, 1882. To this union were born 11 children; two preceded her in death. Those living are Mrs. Henry Miller, Mrs. Abram Miller, Mrs. Harvey Gingerich, Mrs. Julius Gingerich, Mrs. Simon Gingerich, Mrs. Thomas Kauffman, William, Ervin, and Melvin. She was a kind mother and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church near Kalona, Iowa, conducted by Bros. A.C. Swartzendruber and Jonas Miller of Grantsville, Md. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near the Church.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find."
Snyder.-Susannah (Shantz) Snyder was born Aug. 14, 1847. She united in holy matrimony with Urias Snyder of Waterloo, Ont., in 1898. This union was blest with one son. In 1904 she with her husband were converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Waterloo. She was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, and was always faithful to her Lord, till He called her home. Her departure was a shock to the community, as she was in ordinary health till the evening of Jan. 6, when she complained a little but not seriously, went to sleep, and next morning was found lifeless in bed, seemingly without a struggle. She died at her home near Waterloo, Jan. 7, in her 54th year; thus proving the frailty of man and the importance to be ready. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 1 son (Lorne) her aged father (Levi Shantz), 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Waterloo Church by Bro. Jonas Snider (Text, Amos 4:12), assisted by Brethren Noah Hunsberger and Howard Stevanus. May the abiding Comforter be with the bereaved family.
Short.-Ida May Short (nee Newhauser) was born near Leo, Ind., Aug. 4, 1894; died near Pettisville, Ohio, Jan. 8, 1928; aged 33 y. 5 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage to Nelson H. Short June 20, 1916. To this union were born 3 children, one son dying in infancy. She leaves her sorrowing husband, two daughters, mother, one sister, her husband's parents (with whom they made their home during their married life), together with a large circle of relatives and friends. Ida accepted Christ as her Savior when about 17 years old and united with the Mennonite Church near Leo, Ind., afterwards transferring her membership to the Church of Fulton Co., Ohio, and lived a devoted life to the end. Funeral services were held Jan. 12, 1928, at the Central Church near Archbold, Ohio, conducted by Bros. A.S. Miller of Leo, Ind., and Ed Frey of this place. Texts, Eccl. 8:8 and 12:1. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
"We have lost our darling mother,
She has bid us all adieu;
She has gone to live in heaven,
And her form is lost to view."
Staley.-Elsie Marie., daughter of Walter and Elsie Staley, Salunga, Pa., died Jan. 7, 1928, after an illness of 5 days of peritonitis pneumonia, aged 5 y. 4 m. 28 d. She was lovely, lively and affectionate, ever displaying a thoughtfulness beyond her years. To lose such a promising child truly brings a deep and heavy shadow; but we should think of that One who careth for us all, and who loves little children, who hath not for naught said, "Suffer the children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Whatever He does is well done. He has taken the spirit of dear Marie to that beautiful home beyond the grave where she is waiting for and welcoming her parents and two sisters, Ethel and Pearl. Marie has been going to the Salunga Mennonite S.S. One small brother had preceded her to the Spirit world. Brief services from her late home Jan. 9, with further services at the Landisville Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by Bros John Mosemann and Seth Ebersole. Text, Luke 18:16. Her remains were laid in the cemetery adjoining. Marie's Aunt.
Wanner.-Elias Wanner was born Jan. 17, 1847; died Jan. 8, 1928; aged 80 y. 11 m. 21 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Sauder. To this union were born 2 daughters and 5 sons. His wife preceded him in death 22 years ago, also two grown sons. He was the last of a family of 5 children. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was sick five years, having gangrene in his foot from which he never fully recovered. The immediate cause of his death was a stroke. At times he suffered intense pain, but never murmured. He was fully resigned to the Lord's will. A few weeks before he died he realized his heart was giving way and said that it would be gain for him to leave this world. He was very much interested in Church affairs and always present when health permitted. He will be greatly missed in his home, especially by his daughter who waited on him so patiently all these years. Funeral services were held at the Old Road Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., conducted by Bros. C.M. Brackbill and Abram Martin. Text, Rom. 8:18. He was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find."
Miller.-Katherine (Yoder) Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 30, 1855; died near Kalona, Iowa, Jan. 7, 1928; aged 72 y. 4 m. 8 d. She came with her parents and family to Iowa in 1869, and was married to D.F. Miller, Jan. 25, 1877 - in the house in which she lived the remainder of her life. To this union were born six children. The husband and two children (Frankie and Emma) preceded her in death. Two sons (Moses and Alva), and two daughters (Barbara and Ida, wife of Bro. D.J. Fisher), two brothers (Geo. Yoder and Henry Z. Yoder), together with twelve grandchildren and many relatives and friends remain to mourn the loss of a devoted and loving mother and sister and kind and sympathetic Christian neighbor and friend. Sister Miller accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful and consistent member of the East Union congregation until death. Never unnecessarily absent from public worship, her life brought cheer to many by her cheerful and friendly disposition, and willing helpfulness and patience even in the darkest times of sickness and death. Funeral Jan. 9, at the East Union Church by W.S. Guengerich, and Amos Gingerich in the English language and P.P. Swartzendruber in German. Interment in the family cemetery.
Lugbill.-Magdalena Lugbill (nee Stuckey) was born near Archbold, Ohio, Apr. 25, 1855; died at her home in Henry Co., Ohio, Jan. 7, 1928; aged 72 y. 8 m. 12 d. Feb. 6, 1879, she was united in marriage to Christian Lugbill. They shared together the joys and sorrows of life until June 1, 1924, when he was called to his reward. To this union were born 9 children. She leaves 7 children, 23 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and many relatives and friends. Two children and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. Sister Lugbill was a kind and devoted mother, having the welfare of her children at heart. For several years she had been failing in health, but all through her ailment she believed and trusted God, and often said, "All things work together for good to them that love God; to them that are called according to his purpose." In her younger years she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, to which she remained true to the end. Funeral services were held Jan. 11 at the Central Church near Archbold, Ohio, conducted by Bros. E.L. Frey and S.D. Grieser. Text, Rom. 8:18. Burial in Lockport Cemetery.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
For that home beyond the skies,
But we long again to meet thee
In the realms of Paradise."
Strite.-Pre. C.R. Strite was born Feb. 23, 1864, near
Maugansville, Md., where he spent all his life. He was a son of
the late John and Magdaline Strite. On Dec. 18, 1884, he married
Ellen Binkley, to which union were born one son and one daughter.
On June 7, 1897, he was called as a minister to the Mennonite
Church at Reiffs, which he served with much interest, "watching
thereunto with all perseverance" for 30 years, when but a
short while before his death He* and his companion moved to the
home of their son where he passed to his eternal reward on Jan.
5, 1928, from cancer of the liver; aged 63 y. 10 m. 13 d. He also
served as chairman of the Washington Co., Md., and Franklin Co.,
Pa., Mission Board from the beginning of its organization until
a few months ago when owing to physical disability he resigned.
Notwithstanding his failing health his very last strength was
used in preaching the Gospel. The Church in this Conference has
lost one of its staunch leaders which will be felt for years to
come. The touch of his support was felt by all defenders of the
old-fashioned Faith who knew him in other conferences also. Besides
his wife he is survived by his son (Edgar) and daughter (Mrs.
Jacob Grove), one brother, and seven grandchildren. The large
assembly at his funeral was a silent testimony of the extent of
his influence. Services were conducted by the following brethren:
M.K. Horst, J.F. Grove, John D. Risser and Denton Martin. Texts,
Phil. 1:21; Psa. 132:14; II Tim. 4:7. Interment in the Reiffs
*Transcriber's note: He is capitalized
Shank.-Emma Elizabeth, wife of Pre. Joseph Shank, was born Nov. 5, 1863; died at her home near Broadway, Va., Dec. 25, 1927, aged 64 y. 1 m. 2 d. She was a daughter of the late Daniel and Mary Showalter. She was stricken with paralysis on Dec. 2 and never regained consciousness. Her sudden illness and death was a severe shock to her family and the community in which she lived, as she was apparently in perfect health when the stroke came. Besides her husband she is survived by her aged mother and eight children (Mary Catherine,-Mrs. Wilmer Geil; Sallie,-Mrs. Irvin Showalter; Samuel, Frances,-Mrs. Abner Weaver; Mae,-Mrs. Peter Blosser; Ezra, Sarah, and Ruth). One son (Daniel) and an infant daughter preceded her in death. Other surviving relatives are two brothers, (Albert and Howard), two sisters (Minnie and Oldie,-Mrs. David Eiman), and 21 grandchildren. Sister Shank was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church from girlhood. Her unpretentious manner and life, her kindly interest in all with whom she came in contact, and her ever ready helpfulness won her many friends. She is sorely missed in the home, in the Church, and in the community. The funeral was held on the 27th at Zion Church conducted by Brethren J.L. Stauffer, J.W. Geil, and S.H. Rhodes. Text, Rom. 5:19. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Though cast down, we're not forsaken;
Though afflicted, not alone;
Thou didst give, and Thou hast taken;
Blessed Lord, "Thy will be done.'"
Hough.-Arthur Monroe, son of William Elmer (deceased) and Susie A. Hough, was born near Garden City, Mo., March 29, 1891; died Jan. 12, 1928; aged 36 y. 9 m. 13 d. He spent the greater part of his early life near the place of his birth, being the only son of his widowed mother and the oldest of four children. At an early age he helped to support the family and at the age of nineteen he went to Illinois where he spent several years. While at this place he confessed Christ as his Savior and united wit the Mennonite Church. During the World War he was drafted and sent to Camp Lewis Washington, and later to Camp Kerney California. After being discharged he remained in San Diego, California where he worked until October of last year when he underwent a serious operation from which he never recovered. His family learned of his condition and on Dec. 17 his sister (Mrs. Emery Z. Hartzler) went to California and brought him to the home of his mother in Colorado Springs, Colo., where all that skilled physicians and loving hands could do for him was done. He expressed a desire to get well in order that he might continue to help support his mother. However, God saw fit to call him home and on the morning of Jan. 12 he passed away. He leaves his mother, three sisters, a host of relatives and many friends, his father and a brother having preceded him in death more than thirty years ago. Funeral services were held from the home of his mother, conducted by J. Kore Zook who spoke from Psa. 90:12. He was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery near Colorado Springs.
Bontrager.-Sarah A., daughter of J.J. and Martha Bontrager, was born Sept. 2, 1867, near Lancaster, Ohio; died at her home in West Liberty, Ohio, Dec. 28, 1927. Her early life, to the age of 15 years, was spent in Fairfield county, when, with her parents, she moved to Logan county and during the remainder of her life lived in the vicinity of West Liberty. She was united in marriage to John T. Yoder, and to this home were given four children (Mrs. Cletus Michael, Ralph Yoder, Paul Yoder, and Ruth Yoder) who survive with the father and husband, to mourn the going of a loving wife and mother. She found great pleasure in her family and was never happier than when doing something for them. Her grandchildren (Wanda Yoder, Grace and John Michael) were also a source of pleasure to her and gave her many a happy day. She had been in failing health over a period of three years, but was not confined to her home until recent weeks. She was patient through her suffering, and was always grateful for all that was done for her. She suffered a stroke of apoplexy as she sat talking with the family and friends and passed away very quietly and peacefully. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, was a member of the Mennonite faith and was affiliated with the Bethel congregation. Besides her husband and children she is survived by six brothers and sisters (A.C. Bontrager, Mrs. S.H. King, Mrs. J.B. Kauffman, Mrs. S.G. Huber, Dr. C.F. Bontrager, and Bishop J.P. Bontrager. She will be greatly missed by her family, her relatives, her neighbors and friends.
Dear Jesus, we are sorry and grieved to say,
That our Mother, dear Mother, has been taken away,
But we know that her sufferings and trials are o'er,
And we all hope to meet her on that grand celestial shore."
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah