Gerber.-John B. Gerber was born near Milverton, Ont., Nov. 1, 1863; died Feb. 26, 1929, at Mornington, Ont.; aged 65 y. 3 m. 25 d. On Jan. 26, 1886, he was married to Annie Jantzi. Two daughters were born to this union. He leaves his widow, 2 daughters, and 2 grandchildren. On June 13, 1909, he was ordained to the ministry in which capacity he served faithfully till the end. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob Lichty and N. Nafziger.
Groff.-Alma Elizabeth, infant daughter of Christian
B. and Esther (Rohrer) Groff, Lancaster, Pa., died May
31, 1929; aged 24 d. Her stay on earth was very short. But Jesus
said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid
them not; for of such is the kingdom of God." She leaves
parents, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, grandfather, grandmother, and
a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held
at the home, conducted by Bro. David L. Landis. Interment in Mellinger's
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand."
Darkwood.-Hannah J., daughter of Jacob K. and Martha Fisher, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 6, 1871; died near New Paris, Ind., June 17,, 1929; aged 57 y. 7 m. 11 d. In her youth she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she lived and died. On Jan. 29, 1891, she was united in marriage to Lewis Darkwood. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. Two sons and her husband preceded her in death. She leaves 2 sons and 4 daughters (Benjamin F., Lloyd, Mrs. Mabel Wagner, Mrs. Viola Rigby, Mrs. Lucy Hoover, Mrs. Arvilla Warner). She also leaves 9 grandchildren, 2 sisters, a step-mother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Maple Grove church, in charge of Bros. D. A. Yoder and J. H. Bare. Text, Isa. 61:2.
Miller.-Ruth May, daughter of Andrew and Emma Miller,
was born in Allen Co., Ind., May 23, 1907; died June 2, 1929;
aged 22 y. 10 d. She was afflicted with sarcoma. During her sickness
of fifteen months, she suffered much severe pain. In seeking relief,
she submitted to two operations. In all her suffering she was
very patient. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of
fourteen and became a member of the Leo Mennonite Church, to which
she remained faithful until death. She leaves her parents, 1 brother,
1 foster brother, besides a number of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were in charge of Joe Newhouser and O. S. Hostetler.
"Ruth, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Sunthimer.-Elisabeth, wife of Adam Sunthimer (deceased) and daughter of Isaac and Sarah Smucker (deceased), was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 12, 1842; died at the home of her nephew, Lewis Troyer, Middlebury, Ind.; May 7, 1929; aged 86 y. 4 m. 25 d. In October, 1893, she was married to Adam Sunthimer. She was the last member of a family of twelve children. She is survived by 8 step-children (Mrs. Amos Nusbaum and Mrs. Silas Yoder, William, Albert, Oliver, Mrs. Gilbert Miller, Mrs. Alonzo Kauffman, and Charles; also 6 nephews and 3 nieces. She was a member of the Mennonite Church here from her early life. Her life was such that we have full confidence that she has but passed on to that better home. She often longed to depart this life and be with Christ. Funeral services were held at Middlebury, Ind., in charge of Earl Miller and D. D. Miller.
Bawel.-Kate (Gascho) Bawel, daughter of Pre. Joseph
and Mary Gascho, was born near Milford, Nebr., Aug. 15,
1882; died at the St. Francis Hospital, Grand Inland, Nebr., following
an operation for appendicitis, Feb. 26, 1929; aged 46 y. 6 m.
11 d. In youth she united with the A. M. Church, remaining faithful
till the end. On Feb. 27, 1902, she was united in marriage to
John E. Bawel. To this union were born eight children. Two daughters
preceded her in death. She leaves her husband and the following
children: Emma G., Nellie G., Velma F. Beckler, Henry J., Viola
D., and Bessie B. She also leaves her aged mother, 4 sisters,
and 5 brothers (Ben, Christ, Mrs. Lydia Hershberger, Mrs. Lena
Roth, Joe, Arthur, Mrs. Barbara Stutzman, William, Mrs. Mary Stutzman).
She left a testimony that she was ready to depart. Funeral services
were held at the home of a brother, near Cairo, Nebr., by Bro.
A. E. Stoltzfus and at the Wood River church by Bro. D. G. Lapp
of Roseland, Nebr. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, toils are ended,
Now dear mother is at rest."
Transcriber's note: In the Bawel obit, it states she "died at the St. Francis Hospital, Grand Inland, Nebr., . . ." I think this should be Grand Island. I have left it as printed in the obit, since I can't be positive, although I found no Grand Inland in the atlas.
Eby.-Tobias S. Eby died April 27, 1929, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. H. Leaman, 4216 Greenview Ave., Chicago, Ill., aged 87 y. 5 m. 29 d. He was ill four days. The immediate cause of his death was erysipelas. The remains were taken to his former home near Bluffton, Ohio. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 29, at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church near Bluffton. Burial was in the cemetery of the Zion Mennonite Church, three and one-half miles west of Bluffton. Short funeral services were conducted on Sunday evening in Chicago. Final services were conducted by Preacher Paul E. Whitmer and E. J. Neuenschwander. Bro. Eby was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 30, 1841. In 1849, at the age of eight, he moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, with his father's family. Here he grew to manhood and engaged in farming and teaching school for four years. May 1, 1870, he was married to Susanna Leatherman of Medina Co., Ohio. Seven children were born to this union. He lived with his family in Wayne Co., Ohio, until 1887. In the spring of that year he removed with his family to Allen Co., Ohio, near Bluffton. He lived on his farm until 1917 when his wife died. From that date until the fall of 1927 he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. M. S. Steiner, widow of the late M. S. Steiner. In the fall of 1927 he went to live with his second daughter, Mrs. A. H. Leaman. In 1889 he and his wife became members of the Zion Mennonite Church while the late J. S. Coffman was conducting evangelistic services at that place. He remained a faithful member of his church until he passed to his reward. His love and loyalty for his church became stronger and deeper as the years passed. He died with abiding faith in the saving grace of his Master. He was the last survivor of a family of ten children. He in turn is survived by all his children. There are three sons, Dr. H. W. Eby, Goshen, Ind.; Dr. H. L. Eby of the University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Dr. S. L. Eby, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. The daughters are: Mrs. M. S. Steiner, Bluffton, Ohio; Mrs. A. H. Leaman, Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. (Dr.) C. O. Hershey, Chicago, Ill.; and Dr. Ida L. Eby, Goshen, Ind. There are living besides, twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ressler.-Mary Eileen, daughter of Bro. and Sister Joe Ressler, Dalton, Ohio, died June 19, 1929; aged 3 y. 5 m. 10 d. She is survived by her parents, nine brothers and sisters (Mabel, Paul, Retha, Inez, Dorcas, Edna, Earl, Evylin, and Ellis). Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View church by I. J. Buckwalter and Aaron Eberly.
Kauffman.-Jacob N., son of Jonas and Rachel Kauffman, was born July 10, 1872; died June 15, 1929; aged 56 y. 15 d. On Jan. 20, 1896, he was married to Nora Rich. To this union were born three daughters, one of whom passed away in infancy. He is survived by two daughters (Mrs. Clarence Johnson and Mrs. Charles Ainsworth), 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Daniel, Jonas Y., Samuel J., Mrs. Delilah Miller, Mrs. Rebecca Deetz, and Mrs. Tena Bell). His father, mother, and 5 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Zion church in charge of Bros. A. P. Troyer and E. Z. Yoder. Text, Rom. 11:22. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Eicher.-Zelma Irene Eicher (nee Augspurger) was born in Trenton, Ohio, Oct. 10, 1903; died in the Wauseon, Ohio, hospital, June 22, 1929; aged 25 y. 8 m. 12 d. She was united in marriage to Wilmer Eicher, June 9, 1925. She was a kind wife and interested in the welfare of the home. She confessed her faith in Christ and with a smile on her face she said, "All is well; I am ready to go." When but an infant her mother and two brothers preceded her to the home above. She leaves her sorrowing husband, father, step-mother, and 1 sister, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church in charge of Bro. S. S. Wyse and E. M. Slagel of the Defenseless Mennonite Church. Interment in Pettisville cemetery.
Harnish.-Kate S., wife of John B. Harnish, was born July 4, 1860; died from a stroke, June 17, 1929; aged 68 y. 11 m. 13 d. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 1 son (John Jr.), 1 sister (Lizzie Hottenstein), and 1 brother (Amos Hottenstein). She was preceded in death by a son, who died at the age of two years as a result of his clothing catching on fire from the kitchen stove. An only daughter (Mabel) preceded her in death at the age of twenty-two. She and husband united with the Mennonite Church in 1885 and remained faithful till death. Short services were held from her late home by S. E. Ebersole and at the East Petersburg, Pa., church by Bros. Isaac Brubaker, Hiram Kauffman, and Frank Kreider. Text, Psa. 132:14, selected by the sister. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Reitz.-Susie, daughter of David and Catherine Stuckey, was born at Elkhart, Ind., Nov. 6, 1858; died June 26, 1929; aged 70 y. 7 m. 20 d. She came to Missouri at the age of sixteen. Several years later she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. She was united in marriage to Samuel S. Reitz, Jan. 27, 1884. Besides her husband she is survived by one sister (Mrs. Mary Snodgrass) and six brothers (Christian, Daniel, Ira, Samuel, John, and Alvin). The husband has lost a devoted and faithful wife, the sisters and brothers, a loving sister, and the community, a true friend. While being afflicted for the past three years, she bore her suffering patiently. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Henry Hubbard at the home southwest of Eldorado Springs, with interment in the Virgil City cemetery.
Grieser.-Margaret Marie, daughter of Ira and Anna Grieser,
Archbold, Ohio, died June 20, 1929; aged 1 y. 7 m. 25 d. Her death
was due to a fractured skull received in an automobile accident
four hours before her death. Little Margaret was of a gentle and
loving disposition, always carrying a smile on her face. She leaves
her sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Lowell), 2 sisters (Helen and
Emma Jean), 3 grandparents, besides many other relatives. Funeral
services were held at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Henry
Rychener and Ed. Frey. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in Pettisville
"Only a little blossom,
Plucked for heaven's shore,
Planted by the Master
To bloom forevermore."
Grieser.-Emma Jean, daughter of Ira and Anna Grieser,
died June 23, 1929; aged 2 m. 14 d. Death was caused by an automobile
accident which also caused the death of her sister Margaret, who
preceded her in death by three days. She suffered much, although
all was done that loving hands could do. God saw fit to take her
home to be with Jesus where she need suffer no more pain. She
leaves her parents, 1 brother (Lowell), 1 sister (Helen), 3 grandparents,
besides many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the
Central A. M. Church, conducted by Ed. Frey and Henry Rychener.
Text, II Sam. 12:23. Interment in Pettisville cemetery.
"A sweet little flower too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away,
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the Lord above."
Mishler.-Harley, son of Josiah B. and Lena Mishler, was born Oct. 15, 1898, in LaGrange Co., Ind.; died June 12, 1929, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, Oreg.; aged 30 y. 7 m. 27 d. His death was due to cancer from which he suffered for one year. In April, 1902, he moved with his parents to near Hubbard, Oregon. On Dec. 9, 1924, he was married to Maude Ruby McPhail. His mother preceded him in death three months ago. He leaves his companion, father, and 8 sisters. He accepted Christ when quite young and later drifted away from the Church. During his illness he realized that he was not ready to meet his God. He made confession and was reinstated in the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Hopewell church by E. Z. Yoder and Wm. Bond. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Detweiler.-Marietta Hunsberger Detweiler was born Oct. 9, 1866, at Souderton, Pa.; died at the Twin Falls County Hospital, Twin Falls, Ida., June 18, 1929, of complications resulting from erysipelas; aged 62 y. 8 m. 9 d. On March 3, 1883, she was married to D. F. Detweiler. To this union were born sixteen children, three of whom died in infancy. She leaves her husband, 7 sons, 6 daughters, 12 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. She united with the Mennonite Church when she was about nineteen years of age. She was a charter member of the Filer congregation and was always interested in the activities of the Church. A member of the community makes the following statement, which well expresses the sentiment of us all: "She was a good friend. In fact, she deserves to be remembered as a modern Dorcas." Funeral services were held in the Filer Mennonite Church by Bros. E. S. Garber and S. Honderich. Text, II Cor. 5:1-10; Jno. 14:2.
Pletcher.-Christian B., son of John and Christina Pletcher,
was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 30, 1858, where he grew to
manhood. He married Anna Risser Aug. 23, 1884. To this union were
born two sons and six daughters: Mrs. Floyd Canon, Mrs. Josh Fetters,
Samuel, Mrs. Chas. Schrock, Mrs. Ralph Able, Frieda (deceased),
Mrs. Winifred Anglemeyer, and Albert. All of those living reside
near the home place. He was converted in their home and united
with the Mennonite Church and the Olive congregation in 1912,
which faith he held until death. He was a man who had an implicit
faith in the Word of God. About three years ago his health began
to fail and on Sunday, June 23, he was stricken and peacefully
passed away on June 27; aged 70 y. 7 m. 27 d. He leaves to mourn
his departure his stricken companion, 7 children, 7 grandchildren,
2 brothers, 4 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral
services held at the Olive church, conducted by C. A. Shank and
D. A. Yoder. Text, Job 19:25.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."
Hartzler.-Fannie Stutzman was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Feb. 11, 1857; died at Elkhart, Ind., June 27, 1929, of paralysis, with which she had been afflicted for four years. She was a daughter of Michael and Barbara Stutzman, and with her parents moved to what is now known as Topeka, Ind., at the age of five. She was married J. S. Hartzler Feb. 5, 1880, who survives her. Their only son, Vernon, died in 1907 at the age of 24. In addition to her husband she leaves two brothers and one sister (Joseph M. Stutzman, David F. Stutzman, and Mrs. George Spangler). She confessed Christ as her Savior at the age of seventeen. She united with the Mennonite Church at that time and remained faithful and loyal all her life. Her husband was ordained to the ministry in the spring of 1881. Her husband was engaged in evangelistic work and held other positions in the Church that called him away from home at many times and left many duties upon her, which she successfully performed. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church of Elkhart, Ind., July 1, 1929. The services were in charge of Bro. D. A. Yoder, assisted by Bro. J. K. Bixler and Bro. Christian Reiff. Text, Psa. 17:15: "I shall be satisfied when I shall awake in his likeness." The parting was "not goodbye, but goodnight." Burial was made by the side of her son in the Alwine cemetery, two miles southeast of Goshen, Ind.
Kanagy.-Darius C., only son of Jacob S. and Anna Kanagy, was born Aug. 31, 1886, in Champaign Co., near Kennard, Ohio. On May 15, he was stricken with influenza, which later developed into pneumonia and spinal meningitis. During this time he was a great sufferer, and peacefully passed away on the morning of June 17, 1929; aged 42 y. 9 m. 16 d. He was united in marriage to Ola Mae Yoder, Feb. 11, 1911. This union was blessed with two children, Wilfred and Loyd. In early life he accepted Christ, united with the Mennonite Church and was always a faithful and willing worker. His neighbors will miss the self-sacrificing and unreserved life of one who never considered the cost or inconvenience to himself of helping his neighbor in need. His aged father, too, will miss his untiring services and loving attentions, no sacrifice being too great for his comfort. Bro. Darius was a great lover of his home, and what was said of him can be said of few men, "He never willfully disobeyed his father or mother." During the last few days of his life he was given a glimpse of heaven, and said he was going to his real Home. He tried to tell those about him of its wonderful beauty. He leaves his beloved companion, two sons, one son (Wilfred) being in the hospital at present; his father, step-mother, and two sisters (Mrs. P. A. Troyer and Mrs. Fred Humphrey), besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Oak Grove church, conducted by Bro. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Yoder.-Carl Howard, eldest son of Alfred F. and Katie E. Yoder, was born in West Liberty, Ohio, Jan. 28, 1906; died at the Lutheran Church Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Ind., June 17, 1929; aged 23 y. 4 m. 20 d. At the age of 13 he gave his heart to Jesus, and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. Carl lived a true life, an example of the believers, always witnessing for his Christ, in church and school. He graduated from West Liberty High School at the age of 18. On April 18, 1926, he went to Ft. Wayne, Ind., to study chiropractic, working in the daytime at the General Electric, and attending Ross College at night, and graduated in November, 1928. While in Ft. Wayne, he lent a helping hand in the Mennonite Mission, always anxious to see souls get where God could use them in His service. Jan. 29, 1927, he was united in marriage to Florence Arnett of Ft. Wayne. This union was blessed with one son (David Alfred), who, with his mother, is left to mourn the loss of a kind, devoted husband and father. Surviving, besides the widow and son, are his parents, three brothers (Elbert, Emery and Herbert), two sisters (Frances and Zella), and numerous sorrowing relatives and friends who realize that their loss is Carl's eternal gain. His sickness was born patiently, and he was heard to say, "Yes, Lord"; waving his hand to unseen things, to those around him, but visible to Carl. As we lay him to rest, his works remain with us. Funeral services at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, June 20, conducted by S. E. Allgyer, assisted by N. E. Troyer. Burial in Fairview cemetery.
Landes.-Wellington, infant son of Melvin and Annie (Gest) Landes, died June 19, 1929; aged 2 y. 3 m. and 25 d. His illness was due to a complication of diseases. He is survived by 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. Jonas Mininger and at the Plain Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Moyer and Elmer Moyer. Text, Matt. 19:14.
Detweiler.-Viola R., infant daughter of Wilmer and Mabel
(Rice) Detweiler, Souderton, Pa., died of pneumonia, June 23,
1929; aged 5 m. 19 d. She leaves parents, 2 grandparents, 2 great-grandmothers,
1 great-grandfather, 1 great-great-grandfather, and many relatives
and friends. Funeral services were held at the Rockhill Church
in charge of Bros. Alfred Detweiler, Wilson Overholt, and Edwin
Souder. Text, Isa. 40:6-8, 11. The body was laid to rest in the
"Viola, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Bricker.-John William Bricker was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Sept. 27, 1861; died May 26, 1929, at the home of Tobias Kolb, near Trail, Ohio; aged 67 y. 7 m. 29 d. He leaves 4 brothers and 5 sisters (Jessie, Ben., Elmer, David, Mrs. Sarah Lauver, Mrs. Elizabeth Ditto, Mrs. Nancy Shear, Mrs. Susan Lauver, and Mrs. Phoebe Horrisberger). He was for many years a member of the Mennonite Church. He always enjoyed good health until a short time before his death, when he was stricken with paralysis and died about two hours later. He attended Sunday school and church services in the morning and ate heartily during the day. Funeral services were held at the Kolb Church, conducted by D. M. Friedt. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kropf.-Catherine Pearl, only daughter of Noah D. and
Martha Kropf, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 19, 1916; died
of infantile paralysis, June 30, 1929; aged 12 y. 6 m. 11 d. She
leaves father, mother, 1 brother (Emery), 1 grandmother, uncles,
aunts, cousins, and a host of friends. Two brothers preceded her
in death. She was a picture of health, but in a moment's time
was ready for the death-bed. She will be greatly missed in the
home and Sunday school. Funeral services were held at the home
(on account of the disease) conducted by Bro. D. D. Miller. Text,
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Peachey.-John S., son of Pre. John and Sarah Peachey, was born Oct. 6, 1873; died of heart trouble June 28, 1929; aged 55 y. 8 m. 22 d. He died very suddenly at his home. The day previous he was to town, seemingly in good health. Earlier in the year, however, his health had become impaired. He will be missed not only in the home but also in the church and community. He was active in trying to help his fellowmen. He is survived by his wife and twelve children. Two children died in infancy. The remaining are: Aaron, John, Emanuel, Mrs. Samuel (Lena) Zook, Mrs. Jacob P. (Salome) Yoder, Mrs. John (Sallie) Zook, Amelia, Mary, Annie, Linnie, Elam, and Uriel. One brother (Pre. Christ D. Peachey) also survives. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Samuel K. Yoder and John Y. Peachey.
Augspurger.-Joel C., son of Christian and Anna Augspurger,
was born at Goodfield, Ill., Dec. 31, 1867; died at his home in
Normal, Ill., March 19, 1929, of a complication of diseases; aged
61 y. 2 m. 18 d. On Feb. 25, 1902, he was united in marriage to
Etta Oathout. He was a painter and followed this trade until last
October, when he became ill. He is survived by 1 son and 1 daughter
(Harry F. and Edith W.). He also leaves 3 sisters and 1 brother.
In his youth he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite
Church, remaining faithful until God called him home. He was a
kind and loving husband and father and leaves many friends to
mourn his departure.
"Dearest brother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Saltzman.-Alice Edna, only child of Benjamin and Lydia (Eigsti) Saltzman, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Jan. 21, 1900; died at her home in Flanagan, Ill., June 28, 1929; aged 29 y. 5 m. 7 d. She confessed Christ and united with the Waldo Mennonite Church in her early youth and remained faithful until death. She was afflicted for about fourteen years, being unable to attend services for the past several years. This, however, did not cause her to lose faith in God. Even during her last hours, when the pain was not too severe, she enjoyed singing and worship. She left a testimony that she was going to be with her Lord. God saw best to take her to that upper and better kingdom where she can praise Him without end. She leaves father, mother, and a large number of uncles, aunts, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Waldo Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. D. W. Slagel and J. D. Hartzler.
Custer.-Sister Eve Custer, daughter of Jacob and Sarah Stevens, was born June 15, 1856; died June 19, 1929; aged 73 y. 4 d. She was married to Lewis Custer Oct. 3, 1876, who preceded her in death about fourteen years ago. To this union were born four sons. Henry died in infancy and Peter died twenty-one years ago. She is survived by her two sons, Samuel and David (with whom she made her home near Jerome, Pa.). She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The following brothers are living: Christ, Jacob, and Adam. She united with the Mennonite Church more than forty years ago, and was faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Harry C. Blough. In the Thomas Church James Saylor opened the services, S. G. Shetler preached the funeral sermon followed by some very appropriate remarks by Harry C. Blough. The services were largely attended. Remains laid away in the cemetery by the church.
Kohl.-Martha Jane Kohl, daughter of John and Sophia Crimmel, the last of her family, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Jan. 30, 1851; died July 4, 1929; aged 78 y. 5 m. 4 d. While yet a young girl the family moved to Ohio, near Canton, and later to Marshall, Ill., where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Frank Kohl, Oct. 15, 1874. To this union were born five children, Alice Elizabeth (dying in infancy) and a son, Aaron W., passing away April 26, 1928. The surviving children are John A., Martin F., and Ella; also a step-son, Wllis Kohl. The deceased was a widow for 18 years. Sister Kohl united with what is commonly known as the River Brethren Church while yet in her teens and was a consistent member until death. There being no congregation of her people in Elkhart, she worshipped regularly with the Prairie Street Mennonite congregation. She will be greatly missed in the prayer meeting, the regular services, and in the home. Funeral services on Saturday following at the Mennonite Church, Elkhart, conducted by J. K. Bixler and J. S. Hartzler. Text, John 16:33.
Fager.-Elizabeth S. Fager was born Feb. 4, 1849; died
of a paralytic stroke, June 13, 1929; aged 80 y. 4 m. 9 d. She
united with the Mennonite Church at the age of twenty-two and
was a faithful member until death. In her younger years she took
an active part in Sunday school and when health would permit was
always present at church services. Her husband, David Fager, preceded
her in death four years ago. Four children were born to this union
(Mary C. Wiker, Lillie M. Finkbiner, Lizzie, and Christian). Lizzie
died at the age of four months. Lillie died four years ago. She
is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1
sister, 2 half-brothers, and 1 half-sister. Funeral services were
held at the home of her son-in-law, Samuel Finkbiner, Mountville,
Pa., and at the New Providence Mennonite Church, conducted by
Jacob Habecker and Abraham Metzler. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
"One by one the links are severed
From the golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above."
Bontrager.-Rudy M. Bontrager was born in Elkhart Co.,
Ind., Sept. 30, 1873; died at his home near Yoder, Kans., June
16, 1929; aged 55 y. 8 m. 16 d. At the age of ten he came with
his parents to Reno Co., Kans., where he spent the rest of his
life with the exception of about two years which were spent in
Indiana and Michigan. In his community he was known as an industrious
farmer and helpful neighbor. On Dec. 14, 1893, he was married
to Elizabeth Yoder. This union was blessed with six children (Mary,
wife of D. K. Bontrager; Clara, wife of J. P. Schrock; Susie,
wife of David M. Beachy; Jerry R., William, and Larvy. He leaves
his wife, 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 4 sisters,
and many other relatives and friends. As a young man he accepted
Christ as his Savior. In Oct. 1923, he was chosen deacon for the
Yoder Mennonite Church, in which office he faithfully served the
Lord and the church until he peacefully passed away after a sickness
of about eight weeks. He will be greatly missed in the church,
community, and home. Funeral services were conducted at the home
by Bro. L. O. King and at the Yoder Mennonite Church by Bros.
D. H. Bender and Harry A. Diener. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"Dearest father thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Shetter.-Elizabeth (Burkhart), wife of John H. Shetter,
was born near Chambersburg, Pa., Nov. 1, 1869; died June 21, 1929;
aged 59 y. 7 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage to John H. Shetter
on Dec. 4, 1894. To this union were born seven children. She is
survived by her husband, 2 sons and 5 daughters (Ruth N., wife
of Geo. L. Brubaker; Ada M., wife of Roy C. Yeager; Emma J., wife
of Harry S. Wadel; Eber H., Cora B., Anna B., and Paul E.). She
is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 1 brother, and a host of
other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church
in early life and remained faithful until death. She was a kind
and loving wife and mother, always willing to help others. She
will be sadly missed in the home. The past year mother suffered
much pain, but she bore it all patiently. She expressed a readiness
to go to meet her Savior. She left a bright testimony for us that
she has just gone on before. We keenly feel our loss, but we know
that our Father doeth all things well. It is the desire of those
who knew her best to follow her example as she followed her Lord
and Savior. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Geo.
Ernst and at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Walter
Lehman and J. Irvin Lehman. Text, II Cor. 5:1-10. Interment in
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
--By the family.
Weigant.-Geo. E., son of Bro. and Sister Irvin Weigant, Schellsburg, Pa., was born June11, 1908; died July 5, 1929; aged 21 y. 24 d. He has been a member of the Mennonite Church for about four years and lived an exemplary life. He is survived by his parents and four brothers, all belonging to the Mennonite Church. We hope this passing away so young in years may accomplish much good in the community where he lived. Funeral services were conducted July 7 at the Schellsburg Mennonite church by Bro. Hiram Wingard of Johnstown, Pa., a large number of people gathering to pay the last tribute of respect. Interment in the Schellsburg cemetery.
Kilmer.-Francis (Good) Kilmer was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Dec. 4, 1854, died July 15, 1929, at the home of her son Thomas R. Kilmer of Oronogo, Mo. She was united in marriage to Daniel Warren Kilmer, Oct. 19, 1876, who preceded her in death, by about 12 years. To this union were born seven children of whom four still survive, Thomas Reuben, Amos Henry, Levi Christopher, and Samuel Odessa. She is also survived by a sister (Mrs. Susie Shenk) and a brother (Joseph Good), also 25 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and several other relatives. She united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and remained a faithful member until God took her home. Funeral services were conducted at White Hall Church north of Oronogo, July 16, by Bro. E. J. Berkey assisted by Bro. E. Horst.
"Mother dear some day we'll meet you
That's what Jesus suffered for
That we some day be reunited
When our sufferings are o'er."
Hartzler.-Solomon Z. Hartzler of Belleville, Pa., was born Aug. 28, 1848; died May 22, 1929; aged 80 y. 8 m. 24 d. He leaves 5 sisters, one brother, and a host of friends and relatives. The cause of his death was cancer. For several years he suffered from this dread disease, and the last six months of his suffering was intense; but through it all he was very patient and submitted to his fate with a true Christian spirit. He was a life-long farmer and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He united with the A. M. Church at Belleville in his early manhood and was a faithful member and wise counsellor till death, and a worthy example to all. Funeral services were held in Belleville A. M. Church, and was laid to rest in the cemetery not far away, there to await the resurrection of the just. May God comfort the bereaved ones in this sad hour of trial.
Lantz.-William Wendall, son of William H. and Sarah Steinman Lantz was born Aug. 12, 1901 in Miami Co., Ind. He was accidentally killed in a lumber camp near Couer De Alene, Idaho, on Saturday July 6, 1929, aged 27 y. 10 m. 24 d. He united with the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church at the age of 13. Six years ago last October he left home for the West and has been there since. He is survived by his father, step-mother, two full brothers (Henry and Fred), one half brother (Paul) and a half sister Beulah. One half-brother preceded him in death nearly nineteen years ago. He was of a quiet unassuming disposition, and while with us he led a faithful, consistent Christian life. The body was brought back to Indiana for burial, arriving in Goshen on the 11th, funeral on the 12th at the Clinton Frame church in charge of the home ministers. Text, 1 Sam. 20: 3. Interment in Forest Grove cemetery.
Frey.-Abraham L. Frey was born Nov. 28, 1853; died July 6, 1929; aged 75 y. 7 m. 8 d. He is survived b y his widow and the following children: Joseph, David, Christian, Reuben, Norman, Mrs. Alice Lehman, Mrs. Israel Wingert, Mrs. Lizzie Crider, Mrs. Rhoda Lehman, Annie, and Sadie. One son (Abram) preceded him in death. He also leaves 35 grandchildren and 2 brothers (Samuel and Christian). He was in failing health for several months and was bedfast the last two weeks. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Christian Martin and at the Chambersburg Mennonite church by Bros. Christian Martin and Harvey Shank. Text, II Tim. 4: 7. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Father has gone where joys begin,
Why wish him back in a world of sin?
So let us bear with patience whate'er the trial my be,
And we shall have joy throughout eternity." -By the family.
Grove.-Emma E., wife of Jacob A. Grove, was born July 31, 1856; died at her home in Waynesboro, Va., April 29, 1929; aged 72 y. 8 m. 29 d. She had been in declining health for some time but was still able to attend to her household duties until stricken with influenza in December, from which she never recovered. She spent the most of the time during the last four months of her life in bed. Besides her bereaved husband she is survived by the following children: Mrs. J. H. Weaver, Mrs. Howard Showalter, and William I. She also leaves 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is sadly missed in the home, where we as children enjoyed so much to visit, but we need not mourn without hope. Funeral services were held at the Hildebrand Mennonite church of which she had been a faithful member for many years, on Wednesday afternoon, May 1. Interment in cemetery near by.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear mother is at rest." By a daughter.
Oyer.-Milton J., infant son of John and Mary Oyer, Foosland, Ill., was born June 24 1929. He leaves his sorrowing parents and 1 brother (Wilmer). He has gone to be with his little sister (Darlene Mae) and little brother (Richard Ray), who preceded him in death in their infancy. It is hard to understand why we must part with these little ones whom we love so dearly, but God's will be done. Short services were held at the home by Bro. J. A. Heiser.
"More and more we miss them,
Friends may think the wound has healed,
But little do they know the sorrow
That lies within our hearts concealed."
Burkholder.-Samuel M., son of Bishop Martin and Rebecca Shank Burkholder, was born near Harrisonburg, Va.; died July 5, 1929, following a paralytic stroke. He was over eighty-one years old. On April 11, 1892, he was married to Mary E. Rhodes, who survives. He also leaves five children (Aldine, Walter, Ellis, Mrs. Ada Glick, and Mrs. Lillie Brenneman). Many other relatives and friends also survive. He served as a teacher in the public schools for a number of years. He was from early youth a devoted member and Sunday school teacher in the Weaver's Mennonite church. He was also deacon in this congregation for many years. He was secretary-treasurer for the Mennonite Aid Plan in Virginia, and with his death the chairmanship of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities in Virginia becomes vacant. Funeral services were held at the Weaver's church, in charge of S. H. Rhodes, J. S. Martin, and L. J. Heatwole. Text, Micah 6:8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Spanabel.-Jacob N. Spanabel was born in Wood Co., Va., Jan. 7, 1864; died June 8, 1929, at the home of his son, Elmer E. Spanabel, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; aged 65 y. 5 m. 1 d. He moved to Mahoning Co., O., in 1884. On July 28, 1887, he was united in marriage to Lydia A. Culp. To this union were born 4 sons, who with his wife survive him. He also leaves a number of grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives. Funeral services were held at his late home, near Columbiana, Ohio, and at the Midway Mennonite church, in charge of Bro. E. M. Detweiler, assisted by Bro. J. C. Strubel. Text, Josh. 3: 17.
Weaver.-Christian S. Weaver was born in Holmes Co., O., Nov. 3, 1854; died near N. Lima, Ohio, July 4, 1929; aged 74 y. 7 m. 1 d. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. He was united in marriage to Lucinda Schrock, Nov. 4, 1887. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. His wife preceded him in death ten years ago. He leaves 5 sons, 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Midway church in charge of Bros. E. M. Detweiler and David Lehman. Text, Gen. 50: 24.
Nissley.-Mary H., wife of Pre. Ephraim Nissley (deceased), died July 1, 1929; aged 77 y. 11 m. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Annie Stehman, Emma Nissley, Joseph M., Mrs. Christ Brubaker. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Her greatest concern was the welfare of the church of which she was a member for sixty years. May we so live that some day we may meet her on the other shore, never to part again. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Mt. Joy church in charge of Bros. Amos Hess, John Mosemann, and Henry Lutz. Text, Heb. 13: 14; Psa. 127: 2. Interment in Kraybill's cemetery.
Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah