Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1928

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XXI, Number 23 - September 6, 1928

Cressman.-Veronica Snyder Cressman, wife of Abram Cressman, passed away on July 9, in her eighty-first year, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. B. Little, Strathmore, Alta. Her husband predeceased her fourteen years ago. Her former home was in Kitchener. Shortly after the death of her husband she went to Alberta to spend the evening of her life with her children, all of whom survive her: Samuel, Edgar, Mrs. Frank Shantz, and Mrs. A. B. Little. Sister Cressman united with eh Mennonite Church in her younger years and remained a faithful member until death. She loved the house of God and enjoyed listening to the preaching of the Word. Funeral services were conducted at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, on Sunday, July 15, by Bro. C. F. Derstine. Text, John 12: 27; I Pet. 1: 3-5. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

McDorman.-Miss Ida B. McDorman, daughter of John and Catherine Denning McDorman, was born Sept. 25, 1869, near Tonica, La Salle Co., Ill., and fell asleep in Jesus at her late home in East Lynne, Mo., Aug. 19, 1928; aged 58 y. 10 m. 24 d. In her young girlhood she professed faith in Christ and united with the M. E. Church and recently requested baptism and united with the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church. She leaves one sister, Sadie C., who cared for her over two years through all her severe suffering, her father, mother, one sister, and an only brother all having gone on before, and now Jesus has called Sister Ida to that happy home where there is no more sickness, pain, or sorrow, where there is one bright, happy, eternal day. In 1881 she moved with her parents, brother, and sisters from Illinois to Clinton, Mo. In 1906 the family moved to Cass Co., Mo., and later to East Lynne, where she passed to her reward. Funeral services at the home by S. S. Hershberger, reading II Cor. 5, and at the Sycamore Grove Church by L. J. Miller and I. G. Hartzler. Tests, Rev. 7; Jno. 14: 1-3.

Smeltzer.-Edna Frances Smeltzer, daughter of Jacob Y. and Elizabeth Smeltzer, was born in Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 10, 1894; died at her home in Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 16, 1928; aged 34 y. 7 m. 6 d. She had not been well for some time before but 12 years ago she took her bed and spent the time thereafter either in bed or on a chair. For some time she would seem to be getting better, only to be taken by a very hard attack in which she would suffer intense pain. Her case puzzled the local physicians as well as several specialists. For some time it was very hard for her to be reconciled to her lot, but for several years seemed to be fully given up to the will of the Lord. She was very much interested in the welfare of the Mennonite Church, and especially of the Prairie Street congregation of which she was a devoted member. Although she had not been able to attend the services for a number of years, she will be greatly missed by the brotherhood. She is survived by three brothers, Warren H., and Carlton of Chicago, and George of Elkhart; and one sister, Mrs. Robert Black also of Elkhart. Funeral services were conducted by J. K. Bixler and J. S. Hartzler Aug. 19, at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church and burial was made at the Prairie Street Cemetery. Text, John 16: 33.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


Gospel Herald - Volume XXI, Number 24 - September 13, 1928, page 511

Shenk. - Robert Norris, infant son of Bro. and Sister J. B. Shenk, passed away August 23, at the age of thirteen days. Funeral services were held August 24, at the East Holbrook (Colo.) Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren David Garber and Earl E. Showalter. The little body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining.

Cender. - Joseph J. Cender was born near Roanoke, Ill., July 20, 1874; died at the Brokaw hospital in Bloomington, Ill., Aug. 8, 1928; aged 54 y. 19 d. On March 18, 1906, he was married to Elsie Kauffman formerly of Goshen, Ind. To this union two sons (Raymond and Homer), and one daughter (Marie) were born. A home was given to an adopted son (Elvin Cender) now in the Panama Canal Zone. Bro. Cender was confined to his bed only 10 days but had been ailing for some time from complications developing from kidney trouble. On Aug. 6 he was taken to the Brokaw hospital for further examination. All the help that human hands could give was given but to no avail. He peacefully passes away on the morning of Aug. 8, almost unnoticed. He was a kind and loving father and is sadly missed by the family. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing wife, 3 children, 2 brothers (Chris and John of Foosland, Ill.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Lena Birkey and Mrs. Heiser also of Foosland), besides a host of other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bros. A. H. Leaman of Chicago, and at the East Bend Mennonite Church by Bros. J. A. Heiser and A. H. Leaman. Text, John 14:6. Interment in the cemetery near by.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o,er,
But again we hope to meet thee,
On that bright and peaceful shore."
The Family.

Miller. - William M. Miller was born at White Cloud, Mich., Dec. 29, 1903; died at Midland, Mich., Aug. 26, 1928; aged 24 y. 7 m. 27 d. His lingering death was due to dropsy. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, four brothers, five sisters, one grandfather, one grandmother, and a host of relatives and friends. Those preceding him in death are mother, step-mother and one brother. He united with the Mennonite Church on Feb. 23, 1923, by water baptism and remained in the faith until death. Funeral was held at the Mennonite Church near Midland, Mich.,
Aug. 29, 1928, by E. A. and F. F. Bontrager. Text, Rev. 21:4. Burial in the Mills Township Cemetery.
"Brother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are over,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Martin. - Shelley M., son of Elmer J. and Verna E. (Musser) Martin, was born near New Holland, Pa., Aug. 28, 1919; died Aug. 11, 1928; aged 8 y. 11 m. 14 d. He is survived by his parents and these brothers and sisters: Florence, Virginia, Chester, Fred, Stanley and Vera; also his grandparents, Jacob B. and Peoria Musser of near New Holland. Shelley was a bright, active child, who made many friends. He always enjoyed unusually good health until early April of this year, when he contracted whooping cough, and a few days later (April 13), he took his bed with rheumatic fever. The combination of these two diseases, of which he later recovered, left his heart in a bad condition. However, we had hopes of his recovering his usual health again, and he had made progress to the extent that he was able to walk about again, although the heat of early August made him miserable. Death came suddenly and unexpectedly. On the night of Aug. 11, he awakened and called his mother. He had a hard attack of coughing and suddenly he threw himself back over the bed. She quickly called his father who carried him to the porch, where he died a few minutes later. We miss him much but we would not wish him back, as we have the blessed hope and assurance that he is "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." Short services were held at the home Aug. 14, and continued at the New Holland Mennonite Church, by Bros. John Souder and Noah Souder. Text, II Sam. 12:23, latter clause. Burial was made in New Holland Mennonite Cemetery, the first to be laid to rest in the new cemetery there.
"God wanted one more little child
Among his shining band,
And so he lovingly reached down,
And took our darling Shelley's hand."

Transcriber's note: In the poem his and he should be capitalized because it is referring to God.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XXI, Number 25 - September 20, 1928, pages 527, 528

Frey. - Elizabeth Frey was born near Leitersburg, Washington Co., Md., March 1844; died Aug. 16, 1928; aged 83 y. She was a lifelong member of the Zion Reformed Church. She entered the Maugansville Mennonite Home April 7, 1927 and remained there until death. Burial in Leitersburg Cemetery.

Blough. - Jacob D. Blough of Davidsville, Pa., died Aug. 30, 1928; aged 82 y. 10 m. 18 d. Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 2, at the Lutheran Church at Davidsville (of which he was a member), by Maurice Gortner, pastor of the Lutheran Church, assisted by L. A. Blough. Burial in the Blough Mennonite Cemetery.

Martin. - Levi Martin was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Oct. 20, 1844; died Aug. 22, 1928; aged 83 y. 9 m. 2 d. He entered the Maugansville, Md., Home January 9, 1928. He was a member of the Slatehill Mennonite Church in Cumberland Co., Pa., where funeral services were conducted. He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Hoover. - Susan Hoover was born in Washington Co., Md., Feb. 28, 1842; died Sept. 5, 1928; aged 86 y. 6 m. 7 d. She was a faithful member of the Stauffers congregation, near Smithburg, Md. She entered the Maugansville Home October 16, 1926, and remained there until death. Funeral services were conducted by Moses K. Horst and Denton Martin at the Miller Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Thomas. - Ruth Alberta, daughter of Bro. Edgar and Sister Bertha Thomas, was born Aug. 1, 1928; died at the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., Sept. 9; aged 1 m. 8 d. She was preceded in death by two sisters, one of which was her twin sister. She is survived by her parents and three brothers. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. The little form was laid away in the cemetery adjoining the church yard.

Detweiler. - Lydia Detweiler was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Aug. 19, 1844; died Aug. 15, 1928; aged 83 y. 11 m. 26 d. She was a faithful member of the Chambersburg Mennonite church for many years. The only surviving relatives are nephews and nieces. She made her home at the Maugansville, Md., Home at the time of her death. Funeral was held on Aug. 17, at the Chambersburg Church. Services were conducted by Bros. Moses K. Horst and Daniel Kuhns. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Hershbeger. - Elsie Yoder Hershberger was born Jan. 30, 1894; died Sept. 8, 1928; aged 34 y. 7 m. 8 d. She was married to Noah Hershberger Feb. 13, 1915. To this union were born 3 children, 2 dying in infancy and the other, Mary Elizabeth, surviving her. She is also survived by her husband, one brother, Milton C. Yoder, of Windber, and her mother, Louise Lohr. Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 11, at the Kaufman Church of which congregation she was a member for a number of years. Funeral services were in charge of L. A. Blough and S. G. Shetler. Interment in the Kaufman cemetery.

Fassnacht. - Samuel H. Fassnacht was born Sept. 15, 1848; died of a complication of diseases at his home in New Holland, Pa., Aug. 18, 1928; aged 79 y. 11 m. 3 d. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons (Daniel, Cornelius, and Charles), 2 daughters (Maggie at home, and Laura, wife of Martin G. Sauder). 1 daughter, Annie, preceded him in death 42 years ago. He was a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at Groffsdale Church by Bros. N. N. Sauder and J. W. Weaver, using for a text, Psa. 90:10, 12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Why do we mourn departing friends
Or shake at death's alarms?
'Tis but the voice that Jesus sends
To call them to his arms."
- A daughter.

Cummings. - Carl Edward Cummings, son of Clarence and Inez Cummings, was born Apr. 27, 1928; died at the home of his parents early on the morning of Aug. 30, 1928, being 4 months and 3 days old. He leaves father, mother, two grandfathers, two grandmothers, and many other relatives and friends. We feel the loss of little Carl, but do not mourn as those who have no hope. Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Funeral services were held Aug. 31, at the Turkey Run Mennonite Church, Bremen, Ohio, conducted by Bro. Jacob Good. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Stutzman. - Abraham Stutzman was born March 13, 1874, near Kalona, Ia.; died in Miama Co., Ind., Aug. 31, 1928; aged 54 y. 5 m. 18 d. He was united in marriage to Emma Slabaugh, in Washington Co., Iowa. In the spring of 1903 they moved to Howard Co., Ind., in which vicinity he lived until death. In the years of his early life he united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he remained until death. He was a kind neighbor and friend, always ready and willing to assist in giving aid and in extending a helping hand wherever it was needed. Besides his companion he is survived by their adopted daughter, Fay and son, Kermit, 3 brothers (Emanuel, Joseph, and Eli), one sister (Mary Ann Hostetler), all of them living in Kalona, Ia., and a host of relatives and friends. His father and mother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral was held on September 2, at the Mennonite Church attended by a large crowd of people. Burial in the Mast Cemetery. Services by J. S. Horner from 11 Kings 20:1.

Transcriber's note: Miama typed as written.

Deiter. - Junior Deiter, son of Clair and Anna Herr Deiter, died Aug. 31, 1928; aged 2 y. 9 m. 5 d. Surviving him are his parents, one brother (Stanley), grandparents, and two great-grandparents. Little Junior was sick for three weeks with anaemia. At first the doctors seemed puzzled with his disease; and he was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, where he was examined by a specialist. He stayed in the hospital for 9 days, and while there they preformed two blood transfusions. These seemed to relieve him for a short while. It was finally thought best to take him home, where he quietly passed away. He was a cherry and pleasant little boy, and will be sadly missed by the family. Funeral services were conducted at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Herr and Ira Landis. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"We have lost our darling Junior
He has bid us all adieu,
He has gone to live in heaven,
And his form is lost to view."

Transcriber's note: anaemia typed as written.

Weaver. - Bishop Benjamin Weaver, of Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., one of the oldest and most widely known ministers of the Mennonite Church died on Monday morning, Sept. 3, 1928, in the Lancaster General Hospital, of uremic poisoning after an illness of two weeks; aged 74 y. 9 m. 6 d. He was born Nov. 27, 1853, in the community in which he always lived. He is survived by the following children: Emma Horst, who was his constant and loving companion since the death of his wife, twelve years ago, William H., Jacob S., and Isaac. His wife, daughter Catharine Martin, and sons, Samuel and Benjamin Junior, preceded him to the spirit world. He is also survived by one sister, Susanna Geigley, who is the mother of Preachers, Isaac Geigley, of the Bowmansville congregation, and Amos Geigley of Mummasburg; his brothers are John W. Weaver, the district evangelist of the Lancaster Conference; David W. Weaver, evangelist of the Brethren Church; Martin, and Isaac, of Lancaster Co., and Dr. Daniel W. Weaver, of Greensburg, Ind. He was a nephew of Bishop George Weaver, who held that office from 1854 to 1883, in the Weaverland-Groffsdale district. He was also a great-grandson of Daniel Witwer, who was preacher in the same district from 1800 to 1818. His parents were Isaac and Catharine Weaver. Bishop Weaver was the first superintendent of Churchtown Sunday school in 1894, was ordained to the ministry at Weaverland, January 3, 1899, and bishop at the same place January 23, 1902; the district comprises the Weaverland, Groffsdale, Goodville, Lichty's, Churchtown, Martindale, Metzler's, Bowmansville, Adamstown, Allegheny, New Holland, Red Run, Frazer, and Ephrata congregations. Bishop Noah H. Mack was his assistant, for seven years, from 1919, to 1926. From the time Bishop Mack was called to the York-Adams County field Bishop John M. Sauder assisted Bishop Weaver in the arduous duties of the large district, but Bishop Weaver remained in active service to the time of his last illness, his last service having been to assist in receiving a large class into church membership at Ephrata, several days before his fatal illness. When Bishop Weaver was first ordained to the ministerial offices the church was trying to recover from the effects of the unfortunate schism of 1893; at the Lancaster Conference he met with such men as Bishops Jacob N. Brubaker, Isaac Eby, Abram B. Herr, Martin Rutt, and others, whose lofty aspirations and loyalty to the Church he readily imbibed, and his soul was wrapped in the spirit of love for his people, which was felt far beyond the borders of his district of labor and official oversight. He preached equally fluently in the English and the German languages, but the most of his services were conducted in the English tongue. All of the congregations increased their membership greatly during hid ministry; and several hundred of those who had left the church were again received into the fold by his ministration, all of which caused him to rejoice greatly, yet he often pled with tears in prayers and sermons for a more united people with finer concentration for humility and for the salvation of the masses, and particularly for the children of the congregations so that the Church might grow, prosper, and finally triumph in all her divine purposes and holy calling. He was often called to officiate at funerals and marriages for people who were not members of his church, and his voice was frequently heard in other communities besides his own, during the time of his ministry. Services were conducted at the home by Bishop C. M. Brackbill, and at the church by Bishops John. H. Mosemann, and Noah L. Landis, from 11 Tim. 4:6-8. Addresses were also made by Bishops Noah H. Mack, John M. Sauder, Noah W. Risser, and Abram L. Martin. The large house did not hold all the people and an overflow meeting was addressed by Bishops A. O. Hiestand, of Doylestown, Pa., and Denton Martin of Smithburg, Md., in the basement of the church. The service was attended by seventeen bishops of the church and by forty-nine ministers of his own denomination, and by ten ministers of neighboring congregations, making a total of seventy-six ministerial servants of the Lord in attendance. By far the largest number of people passed the remains of their beloved bishop, neighbor and friend, that ever passed the bier of any person in Eastern Lancaster county. Besides his children he also leaves 32 grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
- M. G. Weaver.

Transcriber's note: uremic typed as written.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XXI, Number 26 - September 27, 1928, pages 542, 543

Cober. - Caroline John was born Sept. 24, 1869; died Sept. 1, 1928; aged 58 y. 11 m. 8 d. On Apr. 5, 1887, she was united in marriage to Isaac Cober, who, with one son, remains to mourn her sudden departure. Sister Cober united with the Mennonite Church in 1889, and remained in this fellowship the remainder of her life. The funeral was held on Sept. 4, with services at the Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, Ont., and burial in adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by A. B. Snyder and Oscar Burkholder. Text, 1 Thess. 5:9-11.

McLaughlin. - Mary Elizabeth McLaughlin, daughter of Thomas and Martha McLaughlin, both deceased, died Sept. 9, 1928, after a lingering illness from tuberculosis, and a complications of diseases. She was aged 40 y. 3 d. The funeral was held on Sept. 11, with services at the Mennonite Church near Chambersburg, Pa., in charge of her pastor, E. E. Spatz of the United Brethren Church, assisted by J. S. Burkholder of the Mennonite Church. Text, Psa. 73:25, 26. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the meeting house.

Ward. - Sister Amanda Ward died Aug. 28, 1928, of the infirmities of old age; aged 83 y. 1 d. About 14 months prior to her death, realizing that her time on earth was short, she became concerned about the welfare of her soul. She told her heart,s concern to her nephew, Ramsey M. Ward, who spoke to Bro. J. S. Burkholder of Chambersburg, Pa., about it. She was unable to attend services and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at her home, where she and her brother John lived together. She seemed to enjoy her Christian life the few remaining days of her life. The funeral was held on Aug. 31, 1928, in charge of Geo. W. Ernst, J. S. Burkholder, and R. R. Richard, pastor of the Lutheran Church. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in the Cashtown Cemetery.

Steffen. - Lee Olsen, son of Simon and Ella Steffen, was born Feb. 16, 1923; died Sept. 15, 1928; aged 5 y. 6 m. 29 d. Lee was serious ill last spring, but by God,s grace and mercy was restored to normal health for a short period of time, but was again seriously stricken by his former sickness a few days before his death. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister (George, 10, Omer 8, Grace, 2), grandparents, a great-grandfather and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. Lee came as a little jewel, to spread joy and sunshine in the home. He was always of a loving, cheerful disposition, willing to help whenever he could. He was a lover of flowers and songs. He often sang, "The Old Rugged Cross," and "When the Roll is Called up Yonder," which were his favorites. As a flower he came here to bud, but to bloom in heaven.
- The bereft Family.

Stalter. - Elmer Joseph Stalter was born near Gridley, Ill., Oct. 2, 1902; died near Framer City, Ill., Aug. 2, 1928; aged 25 y. 10 m. He grew to manhood in this vicinity. About two and one half years ago he came to the vicinity of Fisher, Ill., working as a farm hand until about a month ago, when he went to Farmer City, Ill., when he met with a fatal accident that caused his death. He confessed Christ in his youth and united with the Waldo Mennonite Church. He later became wayward and indifferent and forsook Christ and the Church until about a month ago at a revival campaign at the East Bend Mennonite church near Fisher, Ill., when he again acknowledged Christ as his personal Savior but had not identified himself with any church. He leaves to mourn his untimely departure a father and step-mother, one brother (Aaron at home), 2 sisters (Mrs. Roy Ingold and Mrs. Emery Cender both of Fisher, Ill.) and a host of other relatives and friends. His mother preceded him to the spirit world, having died Sept. 16, 1907. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. D. W. Slagel, at the Waldo Mennonite Church by Bros. J. D. Hartzler and J. A. Heiser. Bro. Heiser preached a sermon from 1 Sam. 20:3. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.

Nissley. - Barbara H. Nissley was born Feb. 6, 1854; died Sept. 3, 1928; aged 74 y. 6 m. 27 d. She was afflicted 17 months ago with a stroke which left her helpless, although her mind was bright, and memory good, until the last three months of her life. She testified and sang praises to God as long as her voice was strong enough. Her desire was to go home to glory. She united with the Mennonite Church some 50 years ago and remained faithful to the end, always at church when health permitted her to go. Her husband preceded her in death several years ago. The following children survive: Christ, Elmira, wife of Phares Nissley, Mrs. Barbara Miller, Amos, John and Annie at home; also 32 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one sister, Catherine Longenecker, and two brothers, Amos H. and Henry H. Bomberger of Lititz. Funeral services at the home by Bro. Hiram Kauffman and at the Salunga Mennonite Church by Bros. Seth Ebersole, and Martin Metzler. Text, Phil 1:21. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Gone to heaven is our mother,
Gone to that bright home above,
She has left us here so lonely;
Oh, now we miss her whom we loved!
- By the Family.

White. - Elizabeth Horst, daughter of Joseph and Fanny Horst, was born at Maugansville, Md., Aug. 15, 1859; died at Axtell Hospital, Newton, Kans., Sept. 3, 1928; aged 69 y. 18 d. She was married to Jacob A. White on November 4, 1879. To this union were born seven children - Elmer, Ella, (Mrs. Al. McFarlane) Mary (Mrs. Rob. McFarlane), Jacob, Ada, (Mrs. Reuben Royer), Ida (Mrs. Abner Zook), and Esther (Mrs. Jay Crumpacker). Besides the children there also remain 37 grandchildren an one great-grandchild; also four sisters and two brothers, all living in the east except Mrs. Jacob Zimmerman at Protection, Kans. Mrs. White was the oldest of her family of 10 children. Bro. White preceded her to the spirit world nearly sixteen years ago. After their marriage they moved to Wayne County, Ohio, where they lived until the spring of 1886 when they came to Harvey Co., Kans., settling on the farm now occupied by her daughter, Mrs. A. McFarlane. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of sixteen and has always been a consistent and active member. She was a member of the Pennsylvania congregation. The funeral was held at the Pennsylvania Church on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, conducted by T. M. Erb and J. M. R. Weaver. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in then adjoining cemetery.

Detwiler. - David B. Detwiler, son of Joel and Sallie Detwiler, was born Feb. 2, 1877, in Champaign, Ohio, and died at the home of his sister on Sept. 4, 1928; aged 51 y. 7 m. 2 d. On August 14, 1904, he was united in marriage to Ella Manahan, and to this union two children were born, Fern and Harold, who survive him. He moved with his family to Marion, Ohio, several years ago, where on August 23, 1927, he became afflicted with a tumor on the brain, from which he was a great sufferer. On Jan. 19, 1928, he was moved to the home of his sister, Mrs. Amanda Hartzler, where he was tenderly cared for by willing hands, until death relieved his great suffering. Brother David was kind, patient, and self-sacrificing, which won for him many friends. The cares of life rested heavily upon him for several years and in his declining days he often spoke of life being a burden to him, and gave expression of a desire to depart and be with his Christ. He gave his heart to God in his youth and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his family, four sisters, Mrs. Geo. Kanagy, Mrs. David Hartzler, Mrs. Lester King, and Mrs. Amanda Hartzler, and one brother, Marion Detwiler, all of Champaign county, Ohio. Father, mother, and one brother preceded him to the eternal world. Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Church, West Liberty, Ohio, on Sept. 6, in charge of S. E. Allgyer, and N. E. Troyer. Burial was made at the Hooley cemetery on the Ludlow Road.

North. - Susanna Mast North, daughter of Moses and Elizabeth Mast, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, on Dec. 17, 1852; departed this life at her late home two miles west or Plevna, Ind., on Aug. 24, 1928; aged 75 y. 8 m. 7 d. When one year old she, with her parents, came to Howard Co., Ind., where she spent the remainder of her life, with the exception of two years which were spent in Nappanee, Ind. On April 28, 1874, she was united in marriage to Garry W. North, who remains to mourn her departure. To this union were born 12 children, 5 sons and 7 daughters. 1 son and 5 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. In 1872 the deceased united with the Mennonite church in which faith she remained steadfast to the end. She was the last survivor of a family of 10 children. For many years she was not permitted to enjoy good health, yet she bore her afflictions and sufferings patiently. She was very much concerned during her last days for the welfare and salvation of her children. Besides her companion, 4 sons and 2 daughters mourn her departure, namely: Harry E. of Boston, Mass.; Fanny Kingsley of South Bend, William V. of South Bend, Jeanette, of Kokomo, Ind.; Homer F. of Nappanee, Ind.; Ansel R. of South Bend, Ind.; besides 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a large number of other relatives and friends. By her passing the family lost a loving and devoted companion and mother, the community lost a good neighbor, and the Church lost a faithful member. The funeral was held at the Mennonite Church on Aug. 27. It was witnessed by a large concourse of people. Services were conducted by J. S. Horner of the home church, and Silas Yoder of Middlebury, Ind. Text, Rev. 22:14. Burial in the Mast Cemetery. Peace to her ashes.

Yoder. - Josephine daughter of David and Magdalena Kropf, was born in Ontario, Canada, Feb. 19, 1859, died Sept. 7, 1928, at the home of her son, Silas A. Yoder near, Hubbard, Oreg.; aged 69 y. 6 m. 19 d. During the last three weeks she suffered much from digestive complications, followed by heart trouble, which was all borne very patiently until she quietly fell asleep in Jesus. On Oct. 26, 1880, she was united in marriage to Israel M. Yoder. To this union were born three children. For 34 years she was a widow, and for the last 7 years she faithfully cared for four motherless grandchildren. She was a loving mother, and a faithful consistent Christian. She was a member of the Zion Mennonite Church of near Hubbard, Oreg., having been one of the charter members when the congregation was organized over 35 years ago. One son, Oliver, preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure, one son, Silas A., of near Hubbard, Oreg., and one daughter, Mrs. Frank J. Hostetler of Woodburn, Oreg., 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers, David and Christ Kropf, and 3 sisters, Rachel Schrock, Nancy Hostetler, and Mary Hershberger, all of Garden City, Mo.
"Sleep on, beloved, sleep, and take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon the Savior,s breast,
We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best.
Good-night, good-night, good-night."
Funeral services were conducted at the Zion Church on Sept. 10, by Fred J. Gingerich and D. B. Kauffman. Text. Jno. 19:27. Remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Hartzler. - Mary M. C. King Hartzler, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth King, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 16, 1838; died at the home of her daughter, Sadie Detweiler Sausman, Aug. 25, 1928; aged 90 y. 7 m. 9 d. When 18 years of age she moved with her parents to Mifflin Co., Pa., and on Feb. 2, 1860, she was married to Menno S. Hartzler of Belleville, Pa. Eleven children were born to this union. One infant and twin girls died in infancy. Levi W. died at Goshen, Ind., on Jan. 23, 1914, and her husband died Mar. 4, of the same year. The children who are left to mourn the loss of a sainted mother are: Bishop Isaac G. Hartzler, East Lynne, Mo.: Annie, wife of L. M. Yoder, Elizabeth, wife of C. H. Hooley, Joseph K., Sadie, wife of W. H. Sausman; John Y., all of Belleville; and Martha, wife of E. S. Kauffman, of Gap, Pa., also 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. One brother, Isaac B. King, of West Liberty, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Kate Zook, of Allensville, Pa., are all that are left of a large family of children. Mother Hartzler united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her young years, and remained faithful until the end. She could not attend services in her last years, but greatly enjoyed having communion and song services in the home. Mother was a comfort to all her children and is greatly missed in our homes. She often prayed to the Lord to take her home. While it was hard to give her up it is a comfort to know that she is at rest, and is with the dear ones who have gone before, and which she saw before she passed away. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the house by J. B. Zook, and at the Belleville Church by J. D. Yoder and E. H. Kanagy. Text, Psalms 39:7. Burial in the Allensville Cemetery beside her husband and children.

Steiner. - Martha Witmer Steiner was born near North Lima, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1878; died Sept. 12, 1928; aged 49 y. 10 m. 2 d. She was the third in a family of four children, Paul E. Witmer, residing at Bluffton, Ohio, being the only remaining member. She was converted in the spring of 1899, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. On March 19, 1903, she was united in marriage to A. J. Steiner who a few years later was called to the ministry and pastorate of a church near Ottawa, Ohio. They served that church several years and then moved back to Mahoning County where the duties of bishop fell upon her husband. In this capacity, as well as all others, Sister Steiner proved herself a sympathetic and actively helpful companion, cheerfully sharing the many sacrifices for the best interest of the home, community, and church. She took a prominent part in the Woman,s Missionary Society serving as president of the Ohio Branch of a number of years, and secretary of the society at large. The three children born to this union are David, living near North Lima, and James and John at home. One grandchild, Martha Sue Steiner, also survives her. Sister Steiner was a woman of great faith and prayer, an extensive reader, well informed in the Scripture and holding a vital interest in the church and community issues of the day. She retained her remarkable memory to the last and during her sickness was able to intelligently converse with those whose good fortune it was to come in contact with her. The illness was a lingering one but she met it cheerfully, giving expressions to her feelings by speaking of the kindly leadings and providences of a loving heavenly Father. Many assurances that all was well fell from her lips in her dying moments. She was ready to go, her work was done, she was hoping and looking for the evening star to appear. On Wednesday evening, 6:30 o,clock, as the busy day had come to a close and the crimson of the sun was fading in the western horizon she peacefully passed to her desired rest. The funeral services were conducted in the home followed by a service at the Midway Church. Seven ministers participated in the service: Brethren Paul Yoder, E. M. Detwiler, I. W. Royer, E. B. Stoltzfus, O. N. Johns, C. Z. Yoder, and I. B. Witmer. The text used, "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world," had been selected by Sister Steiner before her departure. A large host of friends and acquaintances (estimated from seven to eight hundred) gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one they had known and loved.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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