Gospel Herald - Volume XXI, Number
5 - May 3, 1928, page 111
Sommer.-Eldon Leslie, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah
Sommer, was born April 13, 1928; passed away April 22, 1928, at
the aged of 9 days. Eldon Leslie leaves to mourn his early departure
father, mother, 1 brother, and 1 sister (Ray and Mabel), also
one half-brother (Ford), 3 half-sisters (Lillie, Maud, and Rosella),
Davidson.-Alice May Davidson, daughter of Homer and
Mary (Mast) Davidson, Dover, Ohio, was born Jan. 25, 1928; died
Mar. 26, 1928; aged 2 m. 1 d. The cause of her death was acute
enteritis. She leaves to mourn her early departure her parents,
grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. Services were
held at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church by Alvin W. Miller and D.
M. Friedt. Text, II Sam. 12:16-20. Burial in the cemetery near
by. "She is not dead but sleepeth."
Miller.-John Miller was born in Stark Co., Ohio, April 28, 1868; died Mar. 31, 1928, at his home near Louisville, Ohio; aged 59 y. 11 m. 3 d. On Jan. 11, 1900, he was married to Kate Krabill. To this union were born four children. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, four children, (Irvin, of Leetonia, Ohio; Mrs. John Richard, of Creston, Ohio; Sevilla and Marvin, at home), three sisters (Mary, and Mrs. Samuel Linder, of Harrisburg, Ohio; Mrs. Anna Krabill, of Maximo, Ohio), six brothers (Samuel (his twin brother), of Harrisburg, Ohio; Christian, David, Eli, Joseph and Amos, all of Louisville, Ohio), one uncle (Peter Graber, of Canton, Ohio) and many relatives and friends. He united with the Beech Mennonite Church in 1885 and remained faithful to the end. His sickness, Pleuro-pneumonia, was of short duration but claimed his life. Funeral services were conducted from the Beech Mennonite Church by Brethren O. N. Johns, J. S. Gerig, and Alvin Hostetler. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Pleuro typed as written in the original.
Jones.-Repps Edward Jones, son of B. F. and Minerva
Jones, deceased, was born Sept. 15, 1891; died April 14, 1928;
aged 36 y. 6 m. 29 d. He was stricken with double pneumonia and
suffered three weeks. He was united in marriage to Minnie Jane
Bentch, Nov. 29, 1914. To this union were born two children, namely:
Bennie and Mildred, who with their mother still survive to mourn
his departure. He also leaves three sisters and two brothers,
namely: Ella Shockley, Theodore Jones, Calvin Jones, Lucy Roark,
Ethel Jones. On April 2 he accepted Christ as his Savior and clung
to the promises, trusting in Him to the end. Only two weeks from
that time he was laid to rest in the Cable Ridge Cemetery. He
will be missed by his many friends and relatives. We recommend
to them the Savior. Let each one early prepare to meet God by
calling upon Him in a time of grace. Services were conducted by
J. R. Shank assisted by J. C. Driver. Sermon text, Isa. 55:6,
Neff.-Jacob M. Neff was born Sept. 26, 1862. He peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on Mar. 1, 1928, at the home of his son, Witmer Neff, neat Letort, Pa., of pneumonia after an illness of only two weeks. Aged 65 y. 5 m. and 5 d. He was a member of the Masonville Mennonite Church for many years. His place at church and Sunday school was seldom vacant. He was one of the superintendents and taught one of the Bible classes for a number of years. He also taught public school for 25 years. He was very fond of his little grandchildren. One of his last requests on his bed of sickness was to see them. In 1890 he was united in marriage to Frances Witmer, who died Feb. 14, 1921. One grandson also preceded him. He leaves to mourn his departure 2 sons and one daughter (Witmer C., with whom he resided, Mrs. John Heisey, and D. Lloyd Neff), also 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were held Mar. 4, by Bro. Christian Lehman at the home, and by Bros. John Charles and Jacob Habecker at the Millersville Mennonite Church. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
Our father dear has left this world
Of sorrow, grief, and pain;
And tho, it causes tears to flow,
We know it was his gain.
Dettwiler.-Barbara Dettwiler, daughter of Jonas and
Amanda Dettwiler, was born Oct. 4, 1879, near Versailles, Mo.,
died April 14, 1928; aged 48 y. 6 m. 10 d. Sister Dettwiler grew
to womanhood in her native home. She united with the Mennonite
Church at the age of 19 and endeavored by the grace of God to
do her part as a faithful child of God. At the age of 19 she was
united in marriage to William H. Dettwiler of Cherry Box, Mo.
To this union were born four sons and two daughters: Paul of Washington,
Ill.; Ruth Kreider of Palmyra, Mo.; Freda, Jonas, Earl, and John
at home. Sister Dettwiler had been afflicted for a number of years,
but during the last two years her affliction became more serious.
During all these afflictions she manifested cheerfulness, patience,
and submission to the will of God, frequently singing favorite
hymns, and finding comfort in prayer and meditation on God's Word.
She was a faithful companion and mother in the home and a helpful
and consistent sister in the Church. She leaves to mourn their
loss, her companion, six children, one grandchild, four sisters,
three brothers, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral
service was conducted at the Mennonite Church April 17 by Bishop
John M. Kreider of Palmyra, Mo. Text, John 19:27. Burial was made
in the Mennonite and Brethren Cemetery south of Cherry Box.
Knier.-Lester Knier was born Mar. 27, 1910; died Apr.
15, 1928; aged 18 y. 18 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure
his parents, brothers and sisters, foster parents, Bro. and Sister
D. G. Kennel of Gap, Pa., a foster sister, and many friends. When
nearly two years of age Lester was admitted to the Millersville
Mennonite Orphanage. A few weeks later Bro. and Sister Kennel
took him into their home where he resided ever since. About two
and one-half years ago he united with the Mennonite Church at
Harrisonburg, Va., but later lost out spiritually. Last December
he renewed his covenant with God and the Church and proved by
his life that he was living anew for Christ. On April 4, he had
his hand injured and on April 12 tetanus developed. He was taken
to the Lancaster General Hospital where it seemed everything possible
was done but on Sunday morning, April 15, he answered the summons
from on high. Funeral was held Apr. 18, at the home of his foster
parents by A. B. Stoltzfus and at the Millwood A. M. Church by
John A. Kennel and John S. Mast. A large concourse of friends
assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Texts, Psa. 89:45-47;
Eccl. 9:11, 12; I Pet. 4:7. He was laid to rest in the adjoining
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We,ll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, some time, we,ll understand."
Leaman.-Christian B. Leaman, son of the late Daniel and Ann Breckbill Leaman, was born in Providence Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., May 24, 1857; departed this life Apr. 13, 1928; aged 70 y. 10 m. 19 d. His death was caused by tetanus which resulted after an auto accident about one week before his death. All efforts to save his life failed, and he passed away to the Great Beyond at the Lancaster General Hospital. He united with the Strasburg Mennonite Church at an early age and remained a faithful member until his death. He was twice married, his first wife being Anna Mary Denlinger. This union was blest with 3 sons and 3 daughters. His wife and two children preceded him to the Spirit world. The surviving children to this union are Samuel C., Ada M., wife of C. L. Wenger, Willis D., and Bertha R. He is also survived by his second wife, who before marriage was M. Emma Herr, and one daughter Esther. He was also a foster father. There are also 8 grandchildren surviving, besides a host of friends and relatives. In his departure the family losses a faithful husband, father and brother. He will be missed in the home, church and community. He was always willing to help anyone when opportunity afforded. For eighteen years he served as sexton at the Strasburg Mennonite Church and was always on duty whenever health permitted. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Frank Herr and at the church by Bro. C. M. Brackbill assisted by Bro. C. M. Brubaker. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
Hostetler.-Drusilla Hostetler, nee Yoder, was born in
Wayne Co., O., Feb. 18, 1846; died at Hesston, Kans., April 16,
1928; aged 82 years, 1 month, 28 days. When still a young girl
she moved with her parents, John and Mary Yoder, to Elkhart, Ind.,
where she grew to womanhood. She gave herself to Christ in her
youth and united with the Mennonite Church. While she suffered
many trials, yet she remained faithful until death. On Nov. 14,
1869, she was united in marriage to Abraham Hostetler by the late
bishop Isaac Smoker in Clinton Township, Elkhart Co., Indiana.
To this union were born four sons and one daughter. In 1884, she
came with her husband to Kansas and located in McPherson County
where she was the head of the family in the home until Jan. 31,
1905, when her husband passed away. After this she made her home
with her only daughter until the time of her death, Feb. 20, 1912.
Since then she remained in the home of her oldest son, Chancy,
where she passed peacefully away. Her death was caused by the
infirmities of old age, hastened by a stroke of paralysis. She
leaves to mourn her departure her four sons, C. M., of Hesston,
Kans., Harmon H., and Franklin H., of Nampa, Ida., and Alvin E.,
of Hutchinson, Kans. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs.
D. J. Johns, of Goshen, Ind., Mrs. William Shrock, of Comins,
Mich., and Mrs. N. N. Blough, of Windom, Kans., one brother John
Yoder, of South Bend, Ind.; ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren,
and many other friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted
on April 19, at the home by Maurice A. Yoder, at Hesston College
by Milo Kauffman and T. M. Erb, at the West Liberty Church by
J. F. Hartzler and D. H. Bender, texts, Rev. 21:4, and II Tim.
4:6-8. Interment in the West Liberty cemetery by the side of her
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Bollinger. - Daniel E., Son of Edward and Sadie Bollinger, Pond Bank, Pa., was born March 29, 1928; died April 17, 1928. He leaves his parents, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. Short services were conducted at the home by Bro. Harvey E. Shank.
Zimmerman. - Clara A. Zimmerman, widow of the late Henry W. Zimmerman, died at the home of her son, Howard, Eberly's Mills, Pa., March 30, 1928. She is survived by 4 sons, 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until the end. Funeral services were held at the Slate Hill Church, March 23, by Bro. John Mosemann.
Good. - Wilmer, son of Joseph and Ivy Good, was born near Terre Hill, Pa., March 26, 1914; died April 24, 1928; aged 14 y. 28 d. His illness of about four weeks, duration resulted in a weakened condition of his heart. He complained of no pain and sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his parents, grandparents, 5 brothers (Lester, Lewis, Howard, Marvin, and Warren), and 3 sisters (Grace, Jennie, and Anna). Services were held at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Geigley and George Horning. Texts, Eccl. 12:1; Mark 7:37. Interment in the Bowmansville Cemetery.
Hershey. - William Hershey, son of H. Clay and Edna Hershey, was born Sept. 20, 1925; died April 10, 1928; aged 2 y. 5 m. 20 d. He is survived by his parents, three sisters Hazel, Mildred, Gladys, and one brother, Glenn. Two sisters preceded him to the better land. He was taken ill with pneumonia, and all was done for him that human hands could do, but after two weeks of patient suffering he quietly fell asleep. Funeral services were held April 13, at Hershey's church near Kinzers, Pa., conducted by Jacob Mellinger and Ira Hirschy.
"God needed one more angel child,
Around His shining throne,
So He stooped down with loving care,
And took our darling home."
Hauter. - Walter John, son of Alfred and Lina Hauter, was born March 25, 1922; died April 12, 1928; aged 6 y. 17 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure his parents, three brothers, and seven sisters, Lester, Mildred, Ellen, Mary, Martha, Edna, Marvin, George, Margaret and Miriam, with uncles, aunts, cousins and other friends. Walter's stay on earth was brief, but long enough to know the pleasure and comforts of the home, the joy of play and also the suffering of pain. For a year or more his little body was afflicted and much of the time he was hindered from entering into normal activities of child life. During his last and fatal illness he often called for his favorite songs and asked his mother to tell him Bible stories, frequently saying, "Tell me another one." Funeral services were held April 14, at the home and at the Orrville Mennonite Church, I. W. Royer officiating. Burial at Martin's Cemetery.
Mier. - Allie E. Mier, daughter of Samuel and Mary Murphy, was born Oct. 24, 1864 in Howard Co., Ind.; died April 28, 1928 in Midland Co., Mich.; aged 63 y. 6 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage to Henry L. Mier, Aug. 28, 1898. They moved to Midland Co., Mich., in the spring of 1903 where they have lived ever since. Her parents preceded her to the spirit world about 8 years ago. She is survived by her bereaved husband, 1 daughter, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were conducted in the home by E. A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Text, Rev. 21:4. Interment in the cemetery near by.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'Tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Buckwalter. - E. Annie, wife of Milton Buckwalter, was born Aug. 8, 1855; died at her home at 1207 East King St., Lancaster, Pa.; aged 72 y. 7 m. 23 d. Two sons preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, and one daughter (Katie), and two brothers (John Mowrer and Amos Mowrer). She was a member of the Mellinger's Mennonite Church and Sunday school and lived an exemplary Christian life to the end. And we have reasons to console our hearts with the thought that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held April 4, conducted at the home, by Bro. Elmer Martin, and at Mellinger's Church by Bros. David Landis and John Mosemann.
"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,ll find."
Shellenberger, Hershey. - Martha Mellinger
Shellenberger, daughter of Christian and Susan Mellinger,
was born in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 14, 1837; died
April 16, 1928; aged 91 y. 2 m. 2 d. In 1867 she was married to
Andrew Shellenberger. She is survived by 2 sons (Jacob and Edward)
and 2 grandchildren (Mary Jane and Edward Jr.). Her peaceful end
came very suddenly while sitting in her rocking chair at the Oreville
Mennonite Home, where she had been an inmate for about 7 years.
Anna Mellinger Hershey, who occupied the room with her sister, Martha, took a stroke when she saw her sister pass away so suddenly, and died four days later. She was the widow of John D. Hershey. She is survived by 6 children (Abram, John, Benjamin, Elam, Abner, and Anna Lewis), 11 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. 4 daughters and 1 son preceded her in death.
It was a shock to all to see the two sisters pass from time to eternity so suddenly, but we need not mourn as those who have no hope. They often said that they were only waiting for the summons to go up higher to meet their Savior and those gone before. Short services were held at the Home, and further services at Habecker's Church and Landisville where they were buried.
"Oh, how sweet it will be in that beautiful land,
So free from all sorrow and pain;
With songs on our lips and with harps in our hands
To meet one another again."
- A niece.
Transcriber's note: There are two obituaries listed, Shellenberger and Hershey.
Yoder. - Mary (Kauffman) Yoder, daughter of Jeremiah and Barbara Kauffman, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., June 23, 1882; died at Julesburg, Colo., April 22, 1928; aged 45 y. 9 m. 29 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, living a faithful and devoted Christian life until death. On Oct. 9, 1902, she was united in marriage to J. P. Yoder and to this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters (Homer, Lydia, and Dorothy) who with their father are left to mourn the loss of a loving companion and mother, while Fanny and Ernest have preceded her in death. She also leaves two grandchildren, one half-brother (Benedict Kauffman) of Goshen, Ind., and two half-sisters (Mrs. John Hostetler and Mrs. B. J. Brenneman of Kalona, Ia.) and a host of relatives and friends. On Nov. 21, 1927 they moved to Julesburg, Colo., on account of the health of their daughter, Dorothy, where the family seemed to be in good health until about the first of April when Sister Yoder was taken ill with hemorrhages of fibroid tumors and after it was decided that an operation was necessary she was taken to the hospital at Julesburg, Colo., on April 11, where she was operated upon the next day. She was seemingly getting better until peritonitis set in and she peacefully fell asleep on Sunday morning.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over pains are ended,
Now dear mother is at rest."
Short services were conducted at their home in Julesburg, Colo.,
conducted by Bro. John Roth, their home minister, after which
the body was taken to Johnson Co., Ia., to the home of Joseph
D. Yoder. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 25, at the
Lower Deer Creek Church, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber and
J. L. Hershberger in English and David D. Miller in German. Text,
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Ingold. - Catherine Berndetta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ingold, was born near Fisher, Ill., on Dec. 30, 1927; passed away April 28, 1928; aged 3 m. 29 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, 1 brother (Paul Richard), grandparents, and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted on April 29 at the home by Bro. Samuel S. Zehr and at the East Bend Church by Bro. A. J. Heiser. Text, II Kings 4:26.
Wingard. - Polly Mishler Wingard, Cambria Co., Pa., was born June 1, 1845; died May 4, 1928; aged 82 y. 11 m. 3 d. She was married to Levi Wingard, and to this union were born 5 sons. Her husband and two sons preceded her to the grave. She was a faithful member of the Weaver Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Mennonite Church on May 6, by Hiram Wingard and Alex Weaver assisted by Wm. C. Hershberger and S. G. Shetler. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Lauver. - Solomon A. Lauver was born Sept. 30, 1851; died March 3, 1928; aged 76 y. 5 m. 2 d. He was married to Carrisa Ellen Stimling. To this union were born seven sons and two daughters. His wife and one daughter, Anna, preceded him to the spirit world. Those surviving him are William, Henry, Alfred, and Elson of Penbrook, Pa., Emanuel of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Louisa with whom he resided, also eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years.
Mowery. - Christian C. Mowery was born August 13, 1843; died at his home in Paradise, Pa., of the infirmities of age March 18, 1928; aged 84 y. 7 m. 5 d. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Sister Hettie Denlinger, daughter of the late deacon Jacob Denlinger of Strasburg), three sons and three daughters. Some years ago he united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member until his death. Funeral services were conducted March 22 at the Paradise Church by Bro. Jacob H. Mellinger. Text, II Cor. 4:17 to 5:1. He was laid to rest in the Paradise Episcopal burying ground.
Herr. - Mary N. Herr, wife of Bro. Abram B. Herr, was born Jan. 31, 1877; entered into rest May 1, 1928; aged 51 y. 3 m. 1 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her bereaved husband, 2 daughters, and a host of friends. She was a faithful wife and a kind and loving mother. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior while in her teens and united with the Mennonite Church to which faith she remained true until death. While her sufferings were very great, yet she bore them with much patience. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin and at Mellinger's Mennonite Church by Bros. David Landis and Abram Martin. Text, James 4:14.
"Thy great Jehovah full of love,
An angel bright did send,
And took our loving mother home
To joys that never end."
Rohrer. - Mary Eby Rohrer, daughter of the late Abram and Elizabeth Rohrer, was born Oct. 31, 1861; died April 21, 1928; aged 66 y. 5 m. 21 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years and her trade (making coverings and bonnets) won for her a large circle of friends and acquaintances. These brothers and sisters mourn her departure: Amos, Lizzie, Daniel, and Noah of East Petersburg, Pa., Mrs. F. B. Keller and Ira of Lititz, Pa.; and Mrs. D. D. Huber of Elverson, Pa. The funeral services were conducted at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, April 24, 1928, by Bros. Frank Kreider, Jno. Gochnauer, and Rev. C. E. Rice, a neighboring pastor and friend.
"We shall miss her guiding counsel,
For we always knew she cared;
And we often solved our problems,
As her thoughts with us she shared."
- Her Niece.
Hostetler. - David Hostetler, son of Christian and Elizabeth Hostetler, was born three miles northeast of Wooster, Ohio, March 10, 1839; died at the home of his daughter near Wooster, Ohio, May 4, 1928; aged 89 y. 1 m. 24 d. In the year 1863 he was united in marriage to Barbara Yoder, daughter of Samuel and Catherine Yoder. To this union were born four sons and four daughters. Two sons and two daughters, Samuel, Elizabeth, Amanda and David preceded him in death. Malinda Horst of Burton City, Ohio; Levi of Filer, Idaho; John of Weilersville, Ohio; and Minnie Mumaw of Wooster, Ohio survive him. His bosom companion, was taken from his side by death on July 16, 1912. In the year 1915 he was united in marriage to Susan Good of Wolf Trap, Va., who died in 1919. Early in life he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. September 30, 1877, he was ordained deacon and on Oct. 10, 1880 he was ordained to the ministry in which capacity he labored faithfully and earnestly until death. He leaves to mourn his departure one brother, C. Y. Hostetler, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, four children, ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a large host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Oak Grove Church, March 7, by Bros. E. F. Hartzler, Rudy L. Stauffer, C. Z. Yoder, and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Rom. 10:15; Psa. 116:15. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: The original stated that the death was May 4 and burial March 7. According to the age, the death occurred in March.
Beckler. - Rachel Beckler (nee Jantze) was born near Wellesley, Ont., Sept. 18, 1872; died at her home near Milford, Seward Co., Nebr., April 28, 1928; aged 55 y. 8 m. 10 d. In 1893 she was united in marriage to Wm. Beckler. They were blessed with a family of 4 children (Katie, wife of Allen Hershberger; Tillie, wife of Nick Earnst; Ed. and Will Beckler) who with her husband and 21 grandchildren survive. Sister Beckler was blessed to see all her children accept their Savior and unite with the church. She was always cheerful and had a good counsel for those with whom she came in contact. Besides her husband and family she leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Jonas of Wood River, Nebr., John of Upland, Calif., Amos of Milford, Katie Hershberger of Seward, Sarah Hershberger of Milford, Nebr.). Her parents died when the children were quite young. She being the oldest of the family had the whole responsibility which she keenly felt. Funeral services by Wm. R. Eicher and Geo. S. Miller. Texts, Eccl. 9:10 and II Cor. 5.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But tis God that hast bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Wenger. - Jacob Wenger, son of Christian and Elizabeth
Goldsmith Wenger, was born in Washington Co., Ia., Aug. 18, 1863;
passed away at his home in Wayland, Ia., March 23, 1928; aged
64 y. 7 m. 5 d. Bro. Wenger was in failing health for five years,
but was always at his place of business, until two weeks previous
to his death, when he was taken suddenly ill with hardening of
the arteries and heart trouble, from which he never recovered.
He realized the end was near, and talked much about his departure,
and was fully resigned to the will of God. In his early years
he gave his heart to Jesus, and united with the Mennonite Church
in which faith he died. On Oct. 25, 1888 he was united in marriage
to Mattie Roth. This union was blessed with two children. A son
passing away in infancy, and one daughter (Mayme) at the age of
eleven months. The parental affection and kind heartedness however
found expression in adopting and providing a home for several
homeless children. On May 1, 1916 this union was severed through
the death of his wife. On May 19, 1917 he again was united in
marriage with Mrs. Emma Roth. He leaves to mourn his departure
his deeply bereft widow and stepson (Omar Roth), his foster children
(Mrs. Della Christner, of Wayland, Luther Heller of Mountain Iron,
Minn., and Mildred Hertig at home), one foster granddaughter (Ruth
Christner), Andrew McNobb Wenger and Ernest Heller deceased),
six brothers and two sisters (Christian, Samuel, Mrs. Elizabeth
Koebel, John and Henry of Wayland, Daniel of Winfield, Mrs. Ella
Koebel of Mt. Pleasant and Levi of California), and many other
relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents
and one brother (Joseph). Funeral services were held at the Wayland
Mennonite Church on March 26, in charge of Bro. Elmer Basinger,
assisted by Bro. H. J. Schrag. Texts, Jno. 11:28; Matt. 25:35,
36. Interment in the Horth Hill Cemetery.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Johnson. - Catherine Johnson of Altonna, Pa., was born Dec. 1, 1870; died May 10, 1928; aged 57 y. 5 m. 9 d. She was converted and baptized on her sick bed Feb. 19, 1928. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Altonna, Saturday 2:30 P. M. Services in charge of Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Phil. 1:23. Interment in the Carson Valley Cemetery.
Horst. - Lizzie, wife of David Horst, died at the home of her daughter (Mattie, wife of Noah N. Burkholder) in Ephrata Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., April 12, 1928; aged 68 y. 4 m. 25 d. She was a daughter of the late Samuel Good, who served the churches of Bowmansville and Weaverland districts as one of their preachers from 1838 to 1886. Besides her husband and daughter, she leaves four sons, and one sister (Mattie Horning). Interment and funeral services at Martindale Mennonite meeting house, April 16, by Frank W. Horst and Joseph Hostetler.
Hoover. - Elizabeth, widow of the late David B. Hoover, died at the home of her daughter (Emma, wife of Ammon Weaver) near Goodville, Pa., April 1, 1928, aged 77 y. She was a daughter of the late Peter Zimmerman, of East Earl; one son (Harry Z.) and her husband having preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 2 children, 88 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Lydia Wenger). One of her sons (Benj. Z. Hoover) is a deacon in the Mennonite Church at Groffsdale. Funeral services at Weaverland, Thursday morning, April 5, by Frank W. Horst, Joseph O. Wenger.
Weaver. - George Weaver died at his home north of New Holland, Pa., after an illness of several months on Monday, April 16, 1928; aged 78 y. 8 m. 7 d. He was the last surviving son of the late Bishop George Weaver, who served the churches at Weaverland and Groffsdale for a period of thirty-seven years. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years; leaving to survive him, a widow (who was Esther Martin before her marriage), two sons, and three daughters. Funeral services and interment at the frame Groffsdale Mennonite Meeting house, by Joseph O. Wenger, and Menno S. Zimmerman.
Miller. - Alice Arnetta Mary, only child of Alvin M. and Emma (Roth) Miller, was born at Clarence, N. Y., Dec. 28, 1927; died April 16, 1928. Her sudden death came as a shock to all, as she was not sick very long with double pneumonia. She leaves a sorrowing father and mother, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother besides many uncles, aunts and cousins. Her life was as a flower budded on earth to bloom in heaven. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. John Bontrager and Bro. Daniel Kauffman at the home of her grandparents (Roth). Burial in the Fillmore Cemetery.
Kauffman. - Joseph J. Kauffman was born Sept. 25, 1842, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died near Hubbard, Oreg., April 30, 1928; aged 85 y. 7 m. 5 d. His first wife, 1 son, and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves his second wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services conducted at the Zion Mennonite Church, near Hubbard, conducted by F. J. Gingerich at the home, and the church by C. I. Kropf and D. B. Kauffman. Text, Rev. 14:13. Remains laid to rest in cemetery nearby.
Eby. - Arlene Fern, daughter of Walter and Ellen Eby, was born March 21, 1927. After a few days illness from an abscess on the brain she peacefully passed away on the morning of April 19, 1928. She leaves father and mother, three sisters (Mrs. Warren Risser, Mrs. Lowell Holmes, and Gladys Eby), two brothers (Earl, and Glen), the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John Drake and Peter Pletcher, who makes his home with Eby's). Many other relatives survive.
"If thou shalt be in heart a child -
Forgiving, forgiving, tender, meek, and mild -
Though with light stains of earth defiled,
O soul, it shall be well!"
Funeral services at the Olive Church, by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank.
Kaufman. - Mary Ann Stutzman was born near Goshen, Ind., Dec. 20, 1846; died at her home in Shelbyville, Ill., May 5, 1928; aged 81 y. 4 m. 15 d. She confessed her Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful and consistent member until death. She was united in marriage with Moses R. Kaufman. This union was blessed with seven children; four sons and 3 daughters. Her husband preceded her in death 10 years ago, also three sons and one daughter. She leaves one son (David) and 2 daughters (Mrs. Elsie Cender and Alice), one grandson (Melvin who made his home with his grandmother), three brothers (Samuel, Jonathan, and Uriah), 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the house by David Ulrich and Jos. Heiser and at the church by Joseph Reber in German and Jos. Heiser in English. Text, Psa. 14:15.
Diffenbaugh. - Benjamin H. Diffenbaugh died at his home in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., after a lingering illness lasting several years (which he endured with great Christian patience) on April 28, 1928; aged 78 y. 6 m. 29 d. He lived in this vicinity during his long and useful lifetime, being a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Mellingers for many years. He is survived by his wife (who was Hettie Leaman, before marriage) three sons, five grandchildren, two sisters, and three brothers. Funeral services at the Mellinger meeting house May 1, conducted by Brethren David L. Landis, and Elmer G. Martin.
Some sweet day when life is o,er,
We shall meet above;
We shall greet those gone before,
In that home of love.
Troyer. - Sanford S., son of S. S. and Mary Troyer, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, May 18, 1915; died at the home of his parents in Holmes Co., Ohio, May 6, 1928; aged 12 y. 11 m. 19 d. He leaves his parents, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Two sisters (Fanny and Barbara) preceded him in death in 1904. Sanford was an obedient son in the home, very much interested in Sunday school, committed Bible verses and often referred to the same. His death was the result of Bright's disease. The doctor said his last appearance showed a stroke of paralysis. Funeral was held at the Berlin Church May 8, conducted by Bro. Calvin Mast at the home and W. S. Guengerich and Joe C. Brenneman at the church.
"We miss you when the morning dawns,
We miss you when the night returns,
We miss you here, we miss you there,
Dear Sanford, we miss you everywhere."
Christophel. - Naomi, daughter of Samuel and the late Amanda Christophel, was born near Middletown, Pa., May 23, 1909; died at her home at Lansdale, Pa., April 24, 1928; aged 18 y. 11 m. 1 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior when 12 years old and united with the Mennonite Church, living a faithful and devoted life until death. Her brothers and sisters (David, Reuben, Mable, and Ruth) with their father and step-mother, feel deeply the loss sustained by her departure. Her mother died Dec. 15, 1924. Naomi suffered much in her short stay here, and was always patient in her severest afflictions. She was under medical care for over nine years. She was laid to rest in the cemetery at the Plain Mennonite Church. Funeral services conducted at the house by Bro. Jonas Mininger, at the church by Bro. J. C. Clemens, assisted by Bro. Amos Kolb. Text, Rev. 2:10.
"We loved her, yes we loved her,
But Jesus loved her more;
And He has sweetly called her
To yonder shining shore."
By the Family.
Lehman. - Joseph J. Lehman was born April 5, 1859; died at his home near Davidsville, Pa., May 1, 1928; aged 69 y. 26 d. He was married to Lydia Berkey, June 22, 1879. To this union were born three children, two of whom died in infancy. He was married the second time to Susan Thomas on Sept. 23, 1894. To this union were born five children. One son died in 1910. He is survived by his wife, four children, thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother, and one sister. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was afflicted during the past winter and spent much time in reading God's Word. His suffering was very great, yet he endured without murmuring. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Stahl Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by W. C. Hershberger. A large concourse of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to a kind neighbor and friend. The remains were laid to away in the Stahl Cemetery.
Martin. - Katharine Birky Martin was born Jan. 5, 1863; died April 10, 1928; aged 65 y. 3 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph Martin Feb. 15, 1881, who preceded her in death March 20, 1924. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter (John, Daniel, Joseph, and Katie Cripe who passed away Feb. 19, 1915). She leaves 3 sons, 13 grandchildren, 1 brother (Chris J. Birky) and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted April 13 at the Hopedale, Ill., Mennonite Church, by Bro. Samuel Gerber, assisted by the home ministers. Text, Isa. 38:1, latter clause. The following verses were selected by the children:
"How many were the silent prayers
My mother offered up for me;
How many were the bitter cares
She felt when none but God could see.
Oh let me think of what she said
And of the kind advice she gave.
Oh let me do it as she's dead,
And sleeping in her lovely grave."
Mishler. - Samuel Mishler was born July 8, 1847; died at the home of his son near Johnstown, Pa., April 26, 1928; aged 80 y. 9 m. 18 d. He had visitors during the day, therefore he did not take his usual sleep after the noon meal. The next morning the family concluded to let him rest. When they looked they found him in the embrace of death. He had said during the day that he wished he could fall asleep when his end came. His wife, Sara Yoder Mishler, and two children preceded him in death. He is survived by six daughters, two sons, fourteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two brothers. One sister died eight days after his death. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Stahl Mennonite Church of which he was a member for many years by S. G., who used the text, "I will both lay me down and sleep." Very appropriate additional remarks were made by W. C. Hershberger. Though many roads were drifted so badly that some people could not come, yet not all could get into the church. The remains were laid to away in the Stahl Cemetery.
Hershberger. - Margaret Viola, only daughter of Harry J. and Sadie Kaufman, was born near Davidsville, Pa., April 6, 1898; died at the parental home May 2, 1928; aged 30 y. 26 d. She was married to Harley Harshberger in 1919. She was the mother of two children, both of whom died in infancy. Not being able to keep their own children, they adopted a little daughter, who is now about three years old. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for about twenty years. A few years ago she was afflicted with diabetes. The disease gained on her rapidly, and she fell asleep without pain. She is survived by her husband, father, mother, one brother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Kaufman Church by S. G. Shetler and W. C. Hershberger where so many gathered that not all could enter the church. Her body was laid to rest in the Kaufman Cemetery.
"Rest, our daughter, your labor is o,er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful daughter, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we,ll find."
- Selected by her mother.
Transcriber's note: Hershberger also was spelled as Harshberger in the original.
Risser. - Mary, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Pletcher, was born in Wood Co., Ohio, Feb. 12, 1852. She was married to Bartholomew Risser of Wood Co., Ohio, June 4, 1868. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. 1 son (John) 1 daughter (Mrs. S. J. Fink) preceded her in death. About 40 year ago they moved from Wood Co. to Elkhart Co., Ind., on the farm where they resided since. In her early life she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a member of the Olive congregation and as long as health permitted she was a faithful attendant at the services. A number of months ago she became afflicted and on the morning of April 28, she peacefully passed away; aged 76 y. 2 m. 16 d. She leaves her aged husband, 1 son (William), 3 daughters (Mrs. Christian Pletcher with whom they lived, Mrs. Joe Nusbaum, and Mrs. Abe Martin). The children all live near the old home. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, 1 brother (Samuel Pletcher), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church, conducted by the home ministers, C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Lapp. - Benjamin B., son of the late John and Kathryn Lapp, was born near Soudersburg, Pa., Nov. 27, 1843; died April 29, 1928; aged 84 y. 5 m. 2 d. He was a member of the Millwood Mennonite Church for many years. On Nov. 23, 1869, he was united in marriage to Christieann Summers. To this union six sons and six daughters were born. His wife and 2 daughters preceded him to the spirit world. The surviving children are John P., Peter J., Elias B., Aaron S., Benj. F., Annie M. wife of David Lapp, Katie C. widow of Aaron P. Beiler, Gordonville, Abner M., Ella M. wife of Jacob C. Patterson, Christieann wife of Samuel Boshnaugle. Thirty-five grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one brother (Isaac Lapp), and one sister (Mrs. Daniel M. Stoltzfus), also survive. Father took sick on Sunday evening suffering great pain but bore it patiently until his end came. He will be missed in the home and church. His chair is vacant. He has gone to live with Jesus and his loved ones, which was often his desire. Funeral services were conducted by Amos B. Stlotzfus and John A. Kennel. Text, Heb. 11:10. Laid to rest in the Gordonville Cemetery.
A precious one from us had gone
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in the home
Which never can be filled.
Horning. - Anna Mae (nee Ackerman) wife of Bro. Alvin Horning, who was the adopted daughter of Bishop Noah H. Mack's of New Holland, Pa., was born Feb. 27, 1905; died May 11, 1928 near Bowmansville, Pa.; aged 23 y. 2 m. 11 d. The Lord so overruled that she was brought into the home of Bro. and Sister Mack through the instrumentality of the Millersville, Pa., Children's Home when she was about eight years old. She proved an obedient daughter. Readily yielding to Gospel teaching in her home and in school of which she took short Bible terms in the E. M. S. resulting in a deep conception as to right and wrong. In her early "teens" she gave her heart to God. On Feb. 21, 1925 she cast her lot with Bro. Alvin B. Horning, of the Bowmansville, Pa., congregation as life companion. In this congregation she proved a "shining light" till the Lord took her. Realizing the end drawing near she desired those present to sing "The Open Gate" and "Happy Spirits." She said, "I would like to stay with my husband and our little children, but I am ready to go." There remain her husband, three children (Mildred Irene, Melvin Earl, and Margaret Jane), her foster parents, also her parents (Charles and Emily Ackerman), two brothers (Charles and Henry), two sisters (Emily Simons and Ruth). Funeral services were held May 11, in the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Bros. M. G. Gehman and I. W. Geigly preached. Texts: Rev. 7:13, 14 and Amos 4:12. May God comfort our bereaved brother, his family, and other relatives is our prayer.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Horning. - Margaret Jane, infant daughter of Bro. Alvin
B. Horning and Sister Anna Mae was laid to rest May 15, 1928.
The little daughter, who followed her mother to glory three days
after, was born May 1, 1928, died May 17, 1928. There remain with
her earthly father, 1 sister (Mildred Irene) and 1 brother (Melvin
Earl). Burial services were held May 19, in the Bowmansville,
Pa., Mennonite Church, with the home ministry drawing words of
comfort and instruction from II Sam. 12:22, 23 and job 1:21 (latter
"Thee we bear, a lily blossom,
To a sunnier clime above;
There to lay there in a bosom
Warm with more than mother's love."
Amstutz. - Fanny C. Amstutz (nee Gerber) was born Feb. 14, 1862, near Mt. Eaton, Ohio; died May 14, 1928, near Dalton, Ohio; aged 66 y. 3 m. April 11, 1879, she accepted Jesus as her Savior and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at Sonnenberg, Ohio, to which she remained faithful and true until death. Dec. 1, 1883, she was married to Jacob A. Amstutz with whom she shared joy and sorrow for more than 44 years. This union was blessed with 9 children, 3 of them (Simon, Rhoda, and Enos) preceded her in death. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 6 children 20 grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 brother, and a large host of relatives and friends. Services held at the Sonnenberg Church May 16, C. N. Amstutz, Enos Hartzler, J. S. Gerig officiating. Text, Jno. 16:22 and Jno. 14:18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
McClintic. - Eston, son of Mitchel and Margaret McClintic,
was born in Kosiosko Co., Ind., Nov. 2, 1840;
Died at his home in Elkhart, Ind., May 7, 1928, aged 87 y. 6 m. 5 d. He was a farmer nearly all his adult life, having lived on a farm two miles north of Wakarusa, Ind., for more than 44 years. Seven years ago he retired and moved to Pleasant Plain Ave., near Elkhart, and a few years later to Minnie St., in the city where he died of dropsy and the infirmities of old age, after an illness of eight weeks. He leaves a widow (Barbara), four sons (H. E., Charles W., Oliver O., and George C.), also a daughter (Mrs. Henry Neely). He also leaves 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services at the home May 9, conducted by J. S. Hartzler. Text, John 5:28, 29. Burial at the Olive Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Kosiosko typed as written in the original.
Miller. - John M., son of Absalom and Barbara Miller, was born Aug. 20, 1853, in Howard County, Ind. During February of this year his health began to fail, gradually getting weaker and weaker from a complication of diseases until death claimed him on May 17; aged 74 y. 8 m. 27 d. He was a life-long resident of the same community. In 1877 he was married to Mary Zook. To this union were born 4 sons and six daughters. In early youth he became a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to death. He was very regular in attending all church services. It was a source of joy to him that all his children belong to the same church. He is survived by his wife, two sons (Lou and Albert), five daughters (Della Troyer, Lizzie Lantz, Pearl King, Sadie Mishler, and Susie Harner), and 1 brother (B. F. Miller), one sister (Mrs. N. W. King), thirty grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Funeral was held at the Mennonite Church near Amboy, Ind., by Bros. D. D. Miller, Niles Slabaugh, and J. S. Horner. Text, John, 14.
Blosser. - David, son of Enos and Nancy (Newcomer) Blosser, was born in Mahoning Co., O., Aug 28, 1858; died near Wakarusa, Ind., May 14, 1928; aged 69 y. 8 m. 16 d. In 1860 he came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he had resided ever since. In 1882, he was married to Elizabeth Mishler. He is survived by his wife, 8 children (Warren, Morris, Manford, Lawrence, Carl, Ora, Mrs. Elmer Wise and Blanche), 19 grandchildren, and 1 brother (Elias). Two children, 2 brothers (Jacob and Arsenus), and 1 sister (Mary Ann Bleile) preceded him in death. He had been in failing health for some time, but seemed no worse in the morning of the day of his death, when he went to work in the field. A neighbor noticed his team stand at one place for several hours, and on investigation found him dead, lying face downward on the harrow. He was a good and kind neighbor but never professed Christianity. This is a loud warning to young and old. Funeral services were held at Union Center Church, May 16, conducted by Wm. Ramer and David Miller.
Conrad. - Harvey, son of Peter and Catherine Conrad, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 3, 1873; peacefully passed away at his home in Smithville, Ohio, May 5, 1928; aged 55 y. 3 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage to Catherine Richard of Sterling, Ohio, June 16, 1910. Two daughters were born to this union (Irene and Hazel). There remain to mourn his departure his dear mother, 5 brothers and 1 sister (Mrs. Emma Krabill, Samuel, Orie, David, Isaiah, and Frederick), with many other relatives and friends. In early life he confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the U. B. Church, but later transferred his membership to the Oak Grove Mennonite Church where he worshiped and served his Master until the call came. During his affliction he was patient and resigned to the will of his heavenly Father "who doeth all things well." Services were conducted by Brethren Jonathan Hartzler and J. S. Gerig. Text, Jno. 10:10. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But it was God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Gingerich. - Bertha, daughter of George and Alta Gingerich, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Dec. 17, 1905; died at the home of her parents near Kalona, Iowa, May 20, 1928; aged 22 y. 5 m. 3 d. At the age of 14 she accepted Christ as her Savior, uniting with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member until death. Her early death is mourned by her parents, 2 sisters (Geneva and Vearda), one brother (Freeman), her grandparents (Bro. and Sister C. C. Gingerich), her grandmother (Sister Swartzendruber) and a large number of near relatives and friends. She will be especially missed by the young people of the Church, as she always took an active interest in activities of the Church, and because of her cheerful and loving disposition won for her many, many warm and true friends. From childhood she was afflicted with leakage of the heart, but was in her usual health until a week ago, when she began to complain. Other complications set in and all that loving hands and the best of medical skill could do was of no avail. Funeral services were held May 22 from the East Union Church, and burial in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by - Pennington, D. J. Fisher, and Joe C. Brenneman.
Nafziger. - Mary (Birky) Nafziger was born in Germany, Feb. 16, 1839; passed away at her home in Hopedale, Ill., May 18, 1928; aged 89 y 3 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to John Nafziger, Sept. 17, 1857. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. Daniel, Valentine, of Hopedale, Christian of Minier, Barbara Kauffman and Mary Nafziger of Hopedale. Her companion preceded her in death May 23, 1885, also an infant daughter and one son, John preceded her Aug. 12, 1917. She leaves to mourn her departure, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 28 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters (John and Christian of Milford, Neb., Henry of Uykon, Okla., Valentine and Barbara Niemeyer of Washington, Ill., Elizabeth Klophenstein of Gibson City, Ill., and Fannie Blume of Chana, Ill.) and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful to the end.
The Golden Gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said, Come;
And angels from the other side
Welcomed our loved one home.
Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, May 20 conducted by Bros. Ben Springer, Simon Litwiller and Jonas Litwiller. Text, Num. 23:10, latter clause.
Landis. - George B. Landis was born near Goshen, Ind., Sept. 3, 1863; died of tuberculosis at LaJunta, Colo., May 13, 1928; aged 64 y. 6 m. 10 d. He came with his parents to Kansas in April, 1880, and located on a farm near Canton, McPherson Co. In 1885 he was married to Sophia Elizabeth Evers. To this union were born seven sons and one daughter, five of these preceded him to the spirit world, all being afflicted with the same disease, tuberculosis. Of this marriage three sons remain: Melvin, Hesston, Kans; Noah, Jackson, Minn.; and Raymond, of Colo. His wife died at Hesperia, Calif., Oct. 20, 1905. On June 17, 1906, he was married again, to Fannie Landes of Canton, Kans. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. He is survived by his wife, 7 children, 11 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and two sisters. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1886. Four years later he was ordained a deacon in the Springvalley congregation, near Canton, Kans., and in 1902 he was ordained a minister in the Milan Valley congregation at Jet, Okla. He was faithful to his Master and loyal to his church to the end. A month before his death he made full arrangements for his funeral, selecting text, hymns, etc. These services were held in his home congregation near Canton, Kans., on May 16, conducted by Paul Erb and D. H. Bender. Text, Job 19:25-27.
Hochstetler. - Ann, oldest daughter of John and Katheren (Miller) Mishler, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio. Feb. 2, 1844; died April 5, 1928; aged 84 y. 2 m. 3 d. At the age of 15 she came with her parents to Iowa locating in Johnson Co. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, later she transferred her membership to the East Union Congergation, in which she remained until death. Dec. 7, 1862, she was united in marriage to John H. Hochstetler living in matrimony a little more than 65 years. To this union were born 11 children. One daughter died in infancy. One son (Frank) and two daughters (Nancy and Ida) preceded her from this life. She leaves her aged husband, two daughters (Mrs. Geo. Yoder and Mrs. Kate Doolittle), five sons (John, Harvey, Nicholas, and Walter), 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one brother, (John Mishler), and one sister (Barbara Kemp). About 1867 she moved to Polk Co., locating near Maxwell where she spent the greater part of her life, being one of the pioneer mothers of that community. In October, 1924 due to failing health, she came to the home of her daughter (Mrs. Geo. Yoder) where she remained until the close of her life. Funeral services were held from the Christian Church in Kalona, conducted by Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher. Burial in the Sharon Hill Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: The obituary stated that there were five sons, but only named four.
Lehman. - Harvey, son of Simeon and Magdalena Lehman, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept 15, 1893; was suddenly taken away through an automobile accident, May 16, 1928; aged 34 y. 8 m. 1 d. He was united in marriage to Grace Burkholder, Dec. 8, 1917. To this union were born 7 children (Opal, Delmar, Roland, Verla, Bessie, Beulah, and Doyle). His mother, one brother (Ezra), and one half-brother (Monroe) preceded him in death. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 7 children, father, step-mother, 2 brothers (Wilbur and Menno), 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Sommer and Mrs. Fred Kratzer), with many other relatives and friends. In 1912 he accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized, and received into the Sonnenburg Mennonite Church. After his marriage he transferred his membership to the Oak Grove Mennonite Church where he served and worshiped his Lord and Master till the call came, and his spirit was ushered into the great eternity of God. He will be greatly missed as a loving husband and father, as well as a kind neighbor and dear brother in the Church. Services were conducted by Brethren Jesse Smucker, Cleophas Amstutz, and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Job. 12:10; I Sam. 20:3. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Not now but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll know the meaning of our tears,
And then sometime we'll understand."
Gingerich. - Joseph C. Gingerich was born Sept. 4, 1849, in Fairfield Co., Ohio, died at his late home in Kalona, Iowa, April 3, 1928; aged 78 y 6 m. 29 d. In 1851 the family moved to Iowa, where he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the public schools, and lived his entire life, excepting 16 years spent in Wright Co. March 5, 1871, he was married to Katherine Swartzendruber. To this union 16 children were born. Ten children with their mother are left to mourn the death of husband and father. The children living are; Mrs. Vina Keiser, Daniel, Edward, Fred, Walter, Amos, Simon, Joseph, Emma, and Ezra. Also there are 43 grandchildren, four brothers (E. C., John C., Jacob C., Chris, and Eli), also a half-brother (Cornelius) and a half-sister (Mrs. Enos J. Miller), with a large number of near relatives and friends. Brother Gingerich accepted Christ as his Savior, when a young man, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, and later transferred his membership to the East Union congregation, where he was a member at the time of his death. But on account of his affliction, he has not been able to attend services for quite a number of years. During the past four years he has been confined to his home, and during that time has requested that religious services be held in his home. This request has been granted him, and he has expressed himself as appreciating it very much. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church conducted by Joe C. Brenneman, J. L. Hershberger, and D. J. Fisher. Interment in the East Union Cemetery.
Hochstetler. - Maria Stevanus Hochstetler died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Kinsinger, April 13, 1928. She was born on the old Stevanus homestead, now owned by W. E. Haning, May 18, 1838, hence was aged 89 y. 10 m. 26 d. Her husband, Eli Hochstetler, died in February, 1900. Mrs. Hochstetler is survived by one sister, Mrs. Tillie Summy, two brothers, G. J. and J. S. Stevanus, and four half-sisters, Mrs. Lydia Keim, Mrs. Ben Tressler, of Elk Lick; Mrs. Eliza Haus, Boynton, and Mrs. Lizzie Dennison, Somerset; also six daughters, Susan, Mrs. W. J. Bender, Grantsville, Md.; Mrs. Lydia Wengerd and Mrs. Magdalena Yoder, Elk Lick; Barbara, (Mrs. Henry King) Lancaster County, Pa., Annie, (Mrs. Moses Miller,) Holmes County, Ohio, and Katie, (Mrs. John Kinsinger) Meyersdale. Two sons preceded her in death. She always lived in Elk Lick Township near where she was born and was a life long member of the Old Order Amish Church, and lived faithful to her convictions. Funeral services were held at the Flag Run Church, Niverton, Pa., by G. J. Brenneman and Joe Yoder from II Cor. 5. She was one of a family of 23 children, of whom eight survive. If one can say they had no enemies it was surely "Aunt Maria," as she was familiarly known. As long as she could travel alone she was always ready to help a sick friend or neighbor whenever occasion was presented.
Then fare thee well, dear heart, we'll miss thee sore,
We're loath to see you leave us here below,
We're sad because we loved you, loved you true,
We're glad because we know God loved you, too.
Hageman. - Maria Gable Hageman, daughter of Henry and Lydia Bear Gable was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 6, 1842; died May 7, 1928, at the home of her foster daughter, near Fulton, Mich., where she had made her home for the past three years when failing health made it necessary to give up her own home duties. Death was caused by heart trouble and hardening of the arteries. She was aged 85 y. 9 m. She was united in marriage with Wm. C. Hageman Oct. 9, 1870 at Congress, Ohio. She leaves her husband, an adopted daughter, Mrs. Minnie McDonald, two grandchildren. (Mrs. Tresa Shook and Homer S. McDonald) and four great-grandchildren. Other surviving relatives are two sisters (Mrs. Saloma Shirk and Mrs. Amanda Days), besides many nieces, nephews, and friends. Sister Hageman united with the Holdeman Mennonite Church near Wakarusa, Ind., her former home a number of year ago and lived faithful and loyal to the principles of her church. She was of a quite and retiring disposition. In her last sickness she expressed her readiness and anxiety to go and be at rest from her suffering and be with the loved ones gone before. She chose for her text a part of Jno. 20:17: "But go the my brethren and say to them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." She also selected two hymns: "I,m going home to die no more," and "When they ring the golden bells for you and me." Funeral services were conducted at the Reformed Church in Fulton, May 10, Bro. Silas Weldy of Wakarusa, Ind., officiating. Interment in the South Cemetery at Fulton.
"Farewell, dear mother, sweet thy rest,
Weary with years and worn with pain:
Farewell till in some happy place,
We shall behold thy face again."
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana