Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1929

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Gospel Herald - Volume XXII, Number 27 - October 3, 1929 ­ pages 559-60

Brenneman. ­ Alice Brenneman, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Ernest Brenneman of the Glade congregation, Garrett County, Md., was one of triplets born Aug. 30, 1929; died Sept. 7. Funeral in the home, conducted by N. E. Miller.

Landis. ­ Rebecca Ness, wife of Edward M. Landis died at her home, at York, Pa., July 18, 1929; aged 60 y. 6 m. 13 d. Besides her husband she leaves five children (Mrs. John F. Grove, Mrs. Preston M. Shank, John C., Violet and Lowell), also seven grandchildren. Two children preceded her in death.
"Toward that fair and holy city
Oft' her longing eyes she cast,
Till Jesus sweetly whispered,
'Heaven is yours and earth is past.'"

Pierce. ­ John W. Pierce was born March 3, 1857; died at the Old People's Home, Maugansville, Md., Sept. 10, 1929; aged 72 y. 5 m. 24 d. He became associated with the brotherhood in Warwick Co., Va., in the capacity of a laborer and in later years, when infirmities weakened his body, they ministered to his temporal needs and provided for his care at the Home. Also while associated with them he united with them in faith and united with the Mennonite Church and remained in this faith until death. Little is known concerning his ancestry or relationship. Funeral services were held at the Home by Bros. David R. Lesher and Moses K. Horst. His body was laid to rest in the burying ground adjoining the Reiff church.

Newcomer. ­ Ester R., wife of Walter S. Newcomer, was born Oct. 1, 1894; died Sept. 21, 1929; aged 34 y 11 m. 20 d. She leaves her aged father (Benj. F. Hersh), husband, and the following children: J. Norman, Benjamin F., Ethel May, Ester Ruth; also a brother (Willis Hersh), and a sister (Catherine Mary Longenecker). She united with the Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church in 1921 and was a faithful sister until death. She was seldom absent from services when able to attend. For eight or nine months she was not able to be present because of her complicated condition. Funeral services were held from the home and at the Landisville Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Brubaker, Hiram Kauffman, and Seth Ebersole. Text, II Cor. 1:3, 4.
"Heaven now has one more treasure,
Earth can but the casket keep,
For her job is beyond measure
With a blessed peaceful sleep."

Hershberger. ­ Jeremiah D., son of Daniel and Susan Hershberger, was born in Somerset Co., Pa. He was first married to Katie Anne Blough, who died twenty years ago. He was later married to Mrs. Adaline Parker, who survives him. He leaves the following children: J. E. Hershberger, Pre. Wm. C. Hershberger, Mrs. Minnie L. Fye, Mrs. Mary Etta Hoffman, Winebert C. Hershberger, Mrs. Suie Alice Miller, Mrs. Mattie Pearl Hoffman, Mrs. Verna May Lehman. The following step-children also survive: Alonzo, Ray, and Charles Parker, Lillian Horner, Mrs. Rosie Smith, Mrs. Sara Snavely, Mrs. Cora Wright, John, Mary, and Beatrice Parker. He was a brother of Levi, Henry, Isaiah Hershberger and Polly Eash. He was an active member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He with one of his neighbors (Isaac Miller) organized the first Sunday school in the Weaver congregation, Cambria Co., Pa., acting as its first superintendent. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Hiram Wingard and L. A. Blough. Interment in the Richland cemetery adjoining the church plot.

Hostetler. ­ Katharine Hostetler, daughter of Christian and Susanna Hershberger, was born Nov. 9, 1852; died at the home of her daughter near Middlebury, Ind., Aug. 30, 1929; aged 76 y. 9 m. 21 d. She was married March 31, 1872 to Samuel Troyer, who died Aug. 15, 1886. To this union were born seven children (John W., Susana, Emma, Sarah, Cassie, Fannie and Ada), four of whom preceded her in death. She ws again married in 1886 to Jacob Hostetler and to this union was born one son (Rollin). She had been a resident of Middlebury and vicinity for the past 50 years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. Surviving her are one brother (Moses Hershberger), four children (John W. Troyer, Rollin Hostetler, Mrs. Silvanus Yoder, and Mrs. Simon Yoder), one step-son Edward Hostetler), 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury in charge of Bro. D. D. Miller. The text was of her own choosing: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21). Bro. Miller made a strong appeal for the life in Christ and the gain in death. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Yoder. ­ Sarah J. Stutzman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 13, 1874; died at her home, Sept. 1, 1929; aged 55 y. 1 m. 18 d. She was married to Samuel E. Miller Dec. 31, 1895, who died Nov. 23, 1924. To this union were born 11 sons and 2 daughters. Four sons and 2 daughters preceded her in death. On Dec. 6, 1927, she was again married to Bishop Abraham S. Yoder of Mt. Hope, O., who together with 7 sons survive. Funeral was held from her home on Sept. 4, and interment in the A. M. church cemetery. The sermon was delivered by the ministering brethren, R. M. Troyer, J. M. Coblentz, and S. Y. Slabach. A number of relatives from a distance, and many other friends assembled to pay their last love and respects to the departed. It behooves us to pray with the Psalmist, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." For God's Word tells us, "Blessed in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." But let us note the contrast. Job says, "The triumph of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment." They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. D. J. S.

Landis. ­ Martha (Blosser) Landis was born Oct. 3, 1843; died of complications at the home of her daughter Mrs. E. O. Keener, Sept. 19, 1929; aged 85 y. 11 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Pre. John F. Landis. She was a faithful member of Good's Mennonite Church for many years. The union was blessed with seven children: Ezra B., Mrs. Lizzie Lehman, Simon B., Mrs. Albert Smith, Mrs. William Marshall, Mrs. Edw. O. Keener, and Mrs. Thomas Johnston. She also leaves, besides her husband and children, 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. All her brothers and sisters preceded her in death. She was in failing health for some time, her mind not being sound at times. She was not able to attend church regularly for several years. She was confined to her bed for only one week, during which time she endured much pain. Funeral services were held at Good's Church in charge of Bros. Simon Garber, Ira Miller, Noah Risser, and Jacob Martin. Text, Rev. 21:7, first clause. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.
"Grandmother, thou art gone to rest,
and this shall be our prayer,
That when we've reached our journey's end,
They glory we may share."
­A Granddaughter.

Miller. ­ Moses J. Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 23, 1849; died at the home of his sister (Mrs. Peter J. Brenneman) near Kalona, Iowa, Sept. 14, 1929; aged 79 y. 10 m. 21 d. In the spring of 1857 the family emigrated to Iowa, locating on farm northeast of Kalona, which has since been known as the Jacob Miller homestead and is still owned and occupied by Mrs. Peter J. Brenneman, the only daughter of the family, with whom Bro. Miller made his home for the last two years. When a young man he accepted Christ, uniting with the Evangelical Church, and was faithful to the church of his choice until death. He was married to Amanda Whitmore. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters, 1 daughter (Stella) and 1 son (Theodore) survive. The family moved to Polk Co., Iowa. Here Mrs. Miller died. Later Bro. Miller was married again and, his second wife died in 1920. He was married again to his present wife, who, on account of advanced age and being practically helpless, is being cared for in the home of her daughter near Springfield, Mo. Of the immediate family that remain are his wife, one daughter, one son, one sister (Mrs. Peter J. Brenneman), three brothers (Daniel, Jacob, and Joel), besides a host of near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, in charge of R. E. Kerney and D. J. Fisher, after which the body was taken to Maxwell, Iowa, for burial.

Merillat. ­ Peter, son of David and Mary Merillat, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 25, 1841; died on the Merillat homestead near Elmira, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1929; aged 23 days less than 88 years. His parents moved to Fulton Co., Ohio, in 1842, when Peter was but 7 months old. They entered a farm in Franklin Twp. when Fulton Co. was a wilderness, and there were no schools. So the subject of this obituary had not the privilege of an education. But he was endued with a very remarkable memory, and thus successfully passed through all the hardships of pioneer life. He survived all of his brothers and sisters, and was the last one to pass away, of a family of 10 children. He was married to Elisabeth Kibler, Dec. 7, 1869. They lived together in happy wedlock, sharing the joys and sorrows of life with each other for nearly 60 years. 14 children, 54 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren sprang from this union. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 9 children, 47 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives, friends, and neighbors to mourn their loss. In his old age Bro. Peter saw the need of a Savior, and made the good confession in the presence of a number of the family and others, and was baptized Aug. 18, 1929. Thereafter he seemed perfectly at peace and with surprising patience waited for the time of his departure.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services at the Central A. M. Church, Sept. 5, in charge of E. L. Frey assisted by E. B. Frey. Interment in Smith Cemetery.

Transcribed by Betty Ann Tyson, Massachusetts.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXII, Number 28 - October 10, 1929 ­ pages 575-76

Witmer. ­ Susan (Brenneman), wife of the late Deacon D. S. Witmer, was born July 21, 1854; died Sept. 14, 1929; aged 75 y. 1 m. 23 d. She is survived by one daughter (Mrs. Annie Fry, with whom she resided), 3 sons (Benjamin, Uriah, and Amos), 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Jacob and Amos Brenneman). Her sickness was of long duration, sometimes confining her to her bed because of heart weakness. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Masonville, Lancaster Co., Pa., for many years. Funeral services were conducted at her late home and at the church by J. C. Habecker and John K. Charles. Texts, Ps. 16 and John 17:24. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Carper. ­ Anna (Reist), widow of the late Henry K. Carper, was born Jan. 9, 1862; died Sept. 1, 1929, at her home at Lititz, Pa.; aged 67 y. 7 m. 22 d. She was in failing health for the last few years, and was bedfast for the last seven weeks. She born her affliction patiently and longed to go home and be at rest. Her husband preceded her in death 12 years ago. She is survived by two daughters and three sons (Lizzie R., Ellen R., Jacob R., Henry R., and Reuben R.), also by 12 grandchildren and two sisters (Mrs. Clayton Adair and Mrs., John Troutwine). She was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite church for many years. Funeral services were held at the East Petersburg church by Bros. Frank Kreider and John Gochnauer. Text, John 16:33 By the children.

Maust. ­ Lydia, daughter of the late Jonas and Barbara (Miller) Maust, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 10, 1857; died of muscular atrophy at the home of her brother, Joel Mast, in the same community, July 5, 1929; aged 69 y. 9 m. 26 d. She had not been well since her girlhood days. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, and has been a steadfast member ever since. She was the first of a family of thirteen brothers and sisters to depart this life. The family had the unusual experience in this that both parents and thirteen children lived until the youngest of the children was past forty. The surviving members of the family are: Eve, widow of Daniel Gnagey, Joseph, Catherine Gnagey, MaggieYoder, Joel, Noah, Lewis, Annie Yoder, Jonas, Amanda Otto, Simon, and Mary, the latter of whom was the attendant of the departed sister, the two occupying part of the house. Services were held at Oakdale Church near Salisbury, Pa., July 7. Services were conducted in German at the house,at the church by Bro. C. W. Bender in English, and at the grave in German by Bro. J. B. Miller.

Yoder. ­ Ephraim B., son of Joseph and Maggie (Shearer) Yoder, ws born near Mattawana, Pa., Oct. 30, 1852; died Sept. 3, 1929; aged 76 y. 10 m. 3 d. He was the youngest of a family of seven children, two of whom survive (Mrs. Miriam Peachey and Mrs. Lydia Yoder). On March 1, 1876, he was married to Malinda Peachey. To this union were born three sons and two daughters, all of whom survive. His companion preceded him in death May 30, 1917. Since then he made his home with his daughters, Mrs. G. S. Glick and Mrs., E. S. King, dying at the home of the latter. He was of an unassuming disposition. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until death. During the last two years his health failed, declining more rapidly the last year. He was confined to his bed since February, 1929, with heart failure. The last two weeks he was hardly able to speak above a whisper. He was conscious to the end and peacefully fell asleep without a struggle. Funeral services were held at the Locust Grove church, conducted by Eli Kanagy in English and S. T. Yoder in German. Interment in the cemetery near by.

Amstutz. ­ Irvin J., son of Joel S. and Mary Amstutz, was born June 25, 1894, near Mt. Eaton, Ohio; died at the Massilon City Hospital Sept. 24, 1929; aged 35 y. 2 m. 29 d. His death followed injuries received while cranking a tractor which he was operating in connection with his threshing outfit. He was a young man of quiet disposition and industrious habits. In his early youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Martin's Mennonite church in which fellowship he continued faithful unto death. The committee of the Y.P.B. meeting in arranging the programs for the last quarter of this year selected Bro. Irvin to lead the Christmas program; but the heavenly Father planned otherwise and another one must take his place. He was preceded in death by his mother, one brother, and one sister. He is survived by his father, three brothers (Gideon, Elmer, and Adam), and three sisters (Alice, Caroline-Mrs. William Eschliman, Lina-Mrs. Daniel Eberly), with many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the home of William Eschliman and the Martin's church, conducted by J. A. Leichty at the home and at the church by I. W. Royer, assisted by Aaron Eberly, I. J. Buchwalter, and C. N. Amstutz. Burial in Martin's cemetery.

Swartzendruber. ­ Christena (Gunden) Swartzendruber was born in Lee Co., Iowa, Jan. 8, 1856. It was along about this time that the Amish Mennonite settlement in Lee Co., was broken up and she came with her parents to Henry Co., Iowa. Here she grew to womanhood. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite church and remained a faithful Christian until death, at which time she held her membership with the West Union congregation in Iowa Co., Iowa. On Feb. 10, 1884, she was united in marriage to Abraham Swartzendruber of Wellman, Iowa. This union was blessed with three daughters. On April 20, 1919, while living at Tuleta, Tex., her husband passed away. After this she made her home with her daughters. Of late years, her health has been failing but she was confined to her bed but a few days. She passed away at the home of her daughter Katie near Noble, Iowa, Sept. 24, 1929; aged 73 y. 8 m. 16 d. She leaves her three deeply bereaved daughters (Mrs. George Gingerich, Mrs. John Schrock, and Mrs. William Reschley), three brothers (John, Joseph, and Jacob Gunden), twelve grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and friends. A short service was held at the home of Wm. Reschley, Noble, Iowa, Sept. 25, conducted by Daniel Graber, after which relatives and friends accompanied the body to the East Union Mennonite church near Kalona, Iowa, where the funeral was held, conducted by D. J. Fisher and Simon Gingerich. Text, Heb. 11:13-16. The body was laid to rest beside those of her parents in the Timber cemetery.

Stauffer. ­ Mary Rinkenberger was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Sept. 19, 1844; died at the home of her son (C. R. King) at Manson, Iowa, where she was visiting at the time; aged 85 y. 3 d. At the age of 10 she with her parents moved to Tazewell Co., Ill. July 15, 1863, she was married to John R. King of Tazewell Co., where they lived on a farm, later moving to Livingston Co. To this union were born 9 children, one dying in infancy. Those who survive their mother are Mrs. Phoebe Shafer, John R., D. E., N. E., Mrs. Anna Bachman, Chris, and Will, and Mrs. Maud Graber. Her husband preceded her in death April 26, 1895. She also leaves one brother and one sister, thirteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, also many relatives and friends. Nov. 12, 1901, she was married to John Stauffer of Milford, Nebr. After the death of her husband she resided there until the marriage of her youngest daughter, when they came to Nobel Ia., where she has since made her home. Sister Stauffer accepted Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a consistent member. At the time of her death she had her church home with the Sugar Creek church near Wayland, Iowa. In her passing the children lose an affectionate mother. Her pleasant personality won her many friends. She rests from her labors, and "her works do follow her." Her remains were brought to the home of her daughter in Flanagan where, on Sept. 26, services were held and at the Waldo church by the brethren J. D. Hartzler and D. W. Slagel. Internment in the Waldo cemetery by the side of her husband.

Rutt. ­ Mabel T., wife of Jacob W. Rutt, was born at Gordonville, Pa., July 3, 1904; died near Strasburg, Pa., Sept. 3, 1929; aged 25 y. 2 m. She was the daughter of Isaac and Frances Rohrer, and is survived by her husband, one daughter (Mildred), her parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. She with her sister and brother-in-law contracted typhoid fever and after two weeks of suffering she passed peacefully away. She united with the Mennonite Church when quite young and lived a faithful Christian life, always much interested in the study of the Word, having been a member of the Bible study class taught by Bro. John B. Senger. She will be greatly missed in the home and will be long remembered by her many friends whom she always greeted with kind words and pleasant smile. Owing to the serious illness of her sister and brother-in-law, at whose home she died, strictly private funeral services were conducted Sept. 6, by Bro. C. M. Brackbill, followed by public services in the Paradise Mennonite church, conducted by Brethren Benjamin Wender and John B. Senger.
"As, after death, our Lost Ones grow our dearest,
So, after death, our Lost Ones come the nearest.
They are not lost in distant worlds above;
They are our nearest link in God's own love-
The human hand-clasps of the Infinite
That life to life, spirit to spirit knit.
They fill the rift they made, like veins of gold
In fire-rent fissures torture-torn of old.
With sweetness store the empty place they left,
As of wild honey in the rock's bare cleft."

Transcribed by Betty Ann Tyson, Massachusetts.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXII, Number 29 - October 17, 1929, p. 591-92

YoderJoseph J. Yoder was born in Allen Co., Ind., May 5, 1855; died at his home in Leo, Ind., Sept. 28, 1929; aged 74 y. 4 m. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Katherine Schlatter Feb. 5, 1880. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 and daughters. He leaves his companion, six children (Simon, Jonas, David, Leah Conrad, Lillie, and Ida Nafziger, 15 grandchildren and 2 brothers (Eli and Christ). His parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1879, leading a quiet, consistent Christian life to the end. He will be greatly missed in the home, in the Church and in the community. Buried in the Leo Cemetery.

"Oh, dear father how we loved you,
And oh! how hard to give thee up,
But an angel came down for you,
And called you from our flock."

Deiner. ­ Harold Glenn, youngest son of Harry A. and Amanda Deiner, was born near Hutchinson, Kans., Jan. 13, 1928, and met death with a sad automobile accident Sept. 28, 1929, which proved fatal in a few hours; aged 1 y. 8 m. 15 d. He leaves his parents, seven brothers, two grandparents (on his father's side, Harold Glenn being the first in both his father's and grandfather Deiner's family to be called to his heavenly home. Beside the above he also leaves many other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

"Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed."

Funeral services were conducted at the Yoder Mennonite Church, Sept. 30. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. The following brethren had charge of funeral services. Clarence Bontrager, I. O. King, Paul Erb, D. H. Bender, and J. G. Hartzler.

Nussbaum. ­ Katie Lehman Nussbaum was born near Kidron, Wayne Co., O., Apr. 24, 1897; died of a complication of diseases Sept. 25, 1929; aged 32 y. 5 m. 1 d. Sept. 16, 1916, she was married to Sam I. Nussbaum. In her youth she was received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church; from which church she also was buried Saturday, Sept. 28. A large concourse of relatives and sympathetic friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. She was a loving mother and of a kind disposition, and will be greatly missed in the home and neighborhood. She leaves her husband and 6 children ranging in age from 11 yrs. down to 15 mo. She also leaves her father (Wm. H. Lehman), one sister (Mrs. Eli Nussbaum) and 4 brothers. Her mother, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Bro. S. W. Sommer of Berlin and Bro. Louis Amstutz had charge of the funeral services. The former spoke in German and the latter in English. Text, Eccl. 12:13.

Grove. ­ William, second son of Isaac and Elizabeth Grove, was born near Weyers Cave, Va., Aug. 25, 1876; died Sept. 11, 1929; aged 53 y. 17 d. In early manhood he united with the Mennonite Church near Weyers Cave and remained a faithful member until death. On Oct. 30, 1907 he was united in marriage to Amelia G. Hirstein of Cullom, Ill. To this union two daughters were born (Magdaline Elizabeth and Mary Amelia). In 1917 they moved from Cullom, Ill., to Garden City, Mo., where they remained until his death. Besides the immediate family he leaves an aged father, six brothers, four sisters, and many other relatives and friends. His mother, one sister, and a brother preceded him in death. He was a kind and loving husband and father, loved and esteemed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at the home by Bro. L. J. Miller and in the Bethel Church by Bros. J. C. Driver and W. E. Helmuth. The body was laid to rest in the Clearfork cemetery.

King. ­ Harry L. King was born near Topeka, Ind., June 16, 1881; died at the state Sanitarium at San Haven, N.D., July 23, 1929; aged 48 y. 1 m. 7 d. On Feb. 10, 1929, he underwent an operation for appendicitis and gall bladder at the Kenmare Deaconess Hospital. After the operation he appeared to be getting along nicely, so returned to his home; but not gaining in strength he returned to the hospital and in an examination it was found he had contracted tuberculosis of the lungs. On May 30 he was removed to the Sanitarium where he passed away very suddenly with a hemorrhage. He leaves his loving wife, one daughter (Mrs. Albert Yoder), and five sons (Samuel, Amos, Franklin, Lloyd, and Emery); also one grandson, a stepmother, a half-sister, two half-brothers, and many other relatives and friends. His father, mother, two sons, and one grandson preceded him in death.
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more,
A faithful friend so true and kind,
No one on earth like you we'll find."
Services at the house by Bro. L. A. Kauffman and at the church by brethren Archie Kauffman and E. G. Hochstetler. Texts, Job 14 and Jno. 11:25, 26.

Smead. ­ Charles Louis, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Smead was born near Ft. Wayne, Ind., July 16, 1878; died of complications at his home near Grabill, Ind., Sept. 21, 1929; aged 51 y. 2 m. 5 d. In 1902 he was married to Leah Neuhauser. To this union were born 6 boys and 4 girls. He leaves his wife, and the following children: Louis, Arthur, Charles, Oscar, William, Robert, Bessie, Mary, Florence and Leah Reigsecker, also his mother, one brother (Walter) three sisters (Leah, Grace and Margurite), one grandchild (Ira) and a host of relatives and friends. His father, one brother, and two sisters preceded him in death. He grew to manhood a member of the Catholic Church, and in later years united with the Mennonite Church. He experienced peace with his God during his sickness. He had been sick for nearly a year. He was very patient and never complained. It was God's will to take him. Services were conducted by S. H. Beck and A. S. Miller. Text, Prov. 27:1. Buried in the Yaggey Cemetery.
"All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts to-day,
For the one we loved so dearly,
Has forever passed away.

"God saw fit to take him from us,
Up in heaven there so high.
Angels took him. Oh, so sudden,
With no time to say good bye."

Oesch. ­Anna, daughter of John and Catherine Rich, was born Dec. 25, 1855, in Alsace Lorraine, France. When she was six months old she came to the United States with her parents, settling in Henry Co., Iowa. Several years later she with the family moved to Hickory Co., Mo. On Oct. 27, 1884, she was married to Joseph Oesch. To this union were born one son and three daughters. About 1885 they moved to Arkansas, where her husband passed away on May 16, 1890. The following year she with her children moved back to Missouri. Since 1900 she has made her home in Cass Co., Mo. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. She passed away at the home of her daughter (Mrs. A. D. Hartzler) on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6, 1929; aged 73 y. 9 m. 11 d. She had been in failing health for some time and was confined to her bed the last five weeks. During her sickness she was patient, never uttering a complaint She leaves two daughters (Mrs. B. J. Yoder and Mrs. A. D. Hartzler) also two step-sons and four step-daughters (W. J. Oesch, S. J. Oesch, Mrs. S. E. Lehman, Mrs. J. P. Smith, Mrs. C. J. Kauffman, and Mrs. D. Lehman). One daughter (Mrs. E. T. Yoder) and one son (Daniel) preceding her in death. Three brothers and three sisters also survive (Daniel Rich, Joseph Rich, Jacob Rich, Mrs. Mary Nafziger, Mrs. Barbara Nafziger and Mrs. Rose Miller), also thirty-three grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church Oct. 8 by I. G. Hartzler and L. J. Miller. Texts Rev. 7: 9-17; 21:5.

Lehman. ­ Nancy Culp Lehman, daughter of Anthony and Susan Culp, was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, March 28, 1844; died at her home in Nappannee, Ind., Sept. 13, 1929; aged 85 y. 5 m. 15 d. In her girlhood days she came with her parents to Indiana and lived in and around the vicinity of Nappanee until her death. On Dec. 18, 1866, she was united in marriage to Daniel A. Lehman and for over 60 years they traveled together sharing the sorrows and joys of life. This union was blessed with 8 children (Henry, Mrs. Joseph Hamsher, Albert A., Mrs. Saloma Heestand, David, Joseph, Mrs. Frank Weber, Mrs. Oscar Herr). Besides her husband and children, she leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Levi Pletcher); 4 brothers (Simon, David, Joel, and Anthony); 29 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends. Although ripe in age, she enjoyed fairly good health and was going about her usual home duties. On Tuesday eve, Sept. 10, she enjoyed the presence of some company that had come into their home, but that night she was stricken with a paralytic stroke and suffered the second stroke on Thursday night, which caused her death Friday noon. While yet young in years she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she lived and died. Although of a rather quiet and unassuming nature, her presence will be missed as she with Br. Lehman always filled their places in church whenever possible. In her leaving us the family has lost a long and gentle mother, the community a kind neighbor, and the Church a faithful and devoted member. Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church, Nappanee, and conducted by D. A. Yoder and H. F. North. Interment in the Union Center cemetery.

Transcribed by Betty Ann Tyson, MA


--Gospel Herald - Volume XXII, Number 30 - October 24, 1929 ­ pages 622-23

Wendling. ­ Amos Wendling was born April 17, 1856; died Oct. 3, 1929; aged 73 y. 5 m. 16 d. He leaves his widow (Lizzie Weidner), 2 sons (Daniel and John), and 4 grandchildren. He was a faithful member of Herr's Mennonite Church, where funeral services were conducted by Bros. Noah Hurst, John S. Hess, and John Hershey. Text, Rom. 14:8.

Nolt. ­ Benjamin B. Nolt died Sept. 2, 1929; aged 51 y. 4 m. 19 d. His death was a shock to all, as he was called so suddenly. It teaches us that in such an hour as we think not the Son of Man cometh. He leaves his sorrowing widow (Ellen Stauffer), 1 son (Paul), 2 sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at Hess' Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Jacob Hershey and John S. Hess.

Kindy. ­ Nora Elizabeth, infant daughter of Leonard and Mabel Kindy, was born near Midland, Mich., Oct. 8, 1929. She leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother, and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. Short services were held at the house by Albert Wyse. Text, Job 1:21.
"This lovely bud so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In paradise would bloom."

Wenger. ­ Eli W., son of the late Joseph and Susan Weaver Wenger, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 22, 1876; died as a result of a fractured skull caused from a fall, Sept. 18, 1929; aged 53 y. 3 m. 28 d. He was married to Susan B. Snavely, Oct. 1, 1896. He leaves his wife, one son, and three grandchildren. In 1897 he and his companion accepted Christ as their Savior. He was a faithful member of Hernley's Mennonite Church for thirty-two years. He was a kind husband and a dear loving father. He is greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the home and at Hernley's Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Joseph Boll Jr., and Isaac H. Brubaker. Text, Isa 55:8, 9. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Schrock. ­ Joseph A. Schrock was born in Miami Co., Ind., July 18, 1850; died at the home of his son near Goshen, Ind., Sept. 23, 1929; aged 79 y. 2 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Mary A. Hoerner* of Miami Co., Ind., Nov. 12, 1874. To this union were born four children. His wife and two children preceded him in death. Remaining are one son (Altine) and one daughter (Nancy), eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one sister. He united with the Mennonite Church about forty years ago and kept his faith till death. He looked forward with fond anticipation to meet those gone before. He often expressed a desire to depart this life and be at home with his Savior. Funeral services were held at the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church conducted by Ira S. Johns assisted by E. A. Mast. Text, Rev. 14:13.
*[Researching note: Name is Horner in other sources - tlm]

Shirey. ­ Ethel, wife of William Shirey, was born June 9, 1902; died Oct. 8, 1929; aged 27 y. 3 m. 29 d. One daughter (Gladys Marie) and her sorrowing husband survive; also her parents (Harry and Elizabeth Hesslet), 2 sisters (Marie Stoner and Anna). Her sickness was a lingering one of two years or more duration, due to an attack of influenza. On. Jan. 3, 1929, she was received into the Church by baptism and often expressed a desire to go to the house of worship, but she was not permitted to leave her home. She was patient and never complained during her sickness. She would often say, "The Lord knows best." The last week of her life on earth when she felt her end was near, she talked of going home and said that she was ready to go. Funeral services were held from the home of her husband's parents and at the Silver Springs U. B. Church, conducted by the brethren, Seth Ebersole and Hiram Kauffman. Text, Heb. 4:9, 11. Interment in Silver Spring Cemetery.

Whitaker. ­ Joseph E. Whitaker passed away at Albany General Hospital, Albany, Oreg., Aug. 16, 1929, following operation for ulcers of the stomach; aged 62 y. 8 d. He was born in Alsace Lorraine, France, and came to America with his parents when quite young. Feb. 24, - he was married to Sister Barbara Steckley near Hartford, Kans. To this union were born four sons and three daughters. One son preceded him in death. His companion, six children (John H., William, Elmer, Mrs. J. B. Roth, Mrs. Milo Yoder, Mrs. C. H. Sinclair), two brothers, and one sister are left to mourn his departure. Bro. Whitaker was ordained to the ministry in 1907 at West Union Church in Iowa, and for the last 10 years was identified with the Albany Mennonite Church. Funeral service was conducted at Albany Mennonite Church with the home ministers, M. E. Brenneman and N. A. Lind, in charge assisted by Crook of Eugene. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.

Kauffman. ­ Minnie (Zimmerman) Kauffman, wife of Fred R. Kauffman, was born Apr. 28, 1870; died Sept. 17, 1929; aged 59 y. 4 m. 19 d. She leaves her husband, one sister (Mary wife of deacon Albert Kauffman), two brothers (David and William), one half-brother (Harry Burket), also one foster son (Levi Kauffman). Her death came very suddenly. Although she had been suffering from neuralgia of the heart for a few months, she was able to be about the duties of the home up to the time of her death, becoming ill only a few minutes before the end came. Death ws due to acute indigestion. Sister Minnie was of a cheerful disposition and her sudden departure is being felt keenly in the home, Church, and community. Funeral services conducted at the Pleasant Grove Church in charge of I. K. Metzler. Text, I Sam. 20:3 (latter clause); Psa 90:12. Interment in Kauffman Cemetery.
"Heaven now has one more treasure,
Earth can but the casket keep,
For her joy is beyond measure.
With a blessed peaceful sleep."

Newcomer. ­ Mary Ann (Rutt) Newcomer, widow of Abram K. Newcomer, was born April 11, 1845; died Oct. 5, 1929, at the home of her son-in-law, Franklin H. Hershey; aged 84 y. 5 m. 24 d. Death was due to a complication of diseases. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for over fifty years. She was associated with her husband in the office of deacon for twenty-three years. She was a kind and loving mother. She leaves 3 sons and 5 daughters (Alice Hershey, Amos A., Martha Millhouse, Abram R., Ellen Millhouse, Lizzie Kreider, David R., and Anna R.). One daughter (Mrs. Mary Ann Lefever) preceded her in death. She also leaves 29 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Habecker's Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., in charge of Bros. Jacob Habecker, John Charles, and John Mosemann. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and pain;
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into heaven's mansion she entered,
Never to sigh or to weep,
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
--- The Family.

Berkey. ­ Mabel Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Martha Berkey was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, July 15, 1914. Just as she was growing into womanhood the hand of affliction was laid upon her and for almost five weeks she battled with a siege of typhoid fever and other complications. In the early morning hours, Oct. 3, her final summons came and her spirit was wafted into the great eternity of God. Aged, 15 y. 1 m. 18 d. She is survived by her father and mother, 3 sisters and 6 brothers. Her youngest brother preceded her in death. Sister Mabel was the first to confess and accept Christ out of a class of 26 which confessed Christ during a series of meetings held recently by Bro. E. E. Miller at the Oak Grove Church. It was a great joy and peace came to her soul. Because of her sickness she could not be present in the meetings, but her request was to make it known to the congregation, her anxious desire of coming into the family of God. It pleased our heavenly Father to call her home, where the sorrows of earth are unknown. And where she will be permitted to worship Him in a more perfect way. Service at the home by Bro. P. R. Lantz; at the Oak Grove Church by C. Z. Yoder and J. S. Gerig. Text, Luke 8:49-54.
"Sleep on beloved, sleep, and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast.
We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best,
And thine is a perfect rest."

Lehman. ­ Magdelena (Schrag) Lehman died Sept 3, 1929. She was born in Baden, Canada, Mar. 11, 1867, a daughter of Jacob and Catherine Zehr Schrag. On Oct. 23, 1890 , she was united in marriage to Simon F. Lehman who survives her, also two sons (Benjamin and Jacob), five daughters (Mrs. Chris Yousey, Mrs. Daniel Zehr, Mrs. Ernest Zehr, Mrs. Sam Yantzi, and Helen Lehman), also three brothers and one sister and a host of friends. Two daughters preceded her in death. She united with the Amish Church in early youth and was a faithful member until death. She was a patient sufferer for many years, with diabetes and gall stones. Although her health was poor, her death came as a shock, as she had been feeling better and did her work as usual and ate a hearty dinner-when suddenly she was stricken with cerebral hemorrhage which caused a state of coma from which she did not rally but died the next day. She was prepared to go and expressed her willingness to go and dwell with her Savior. Her funeral was largely attended at Croghan Church and burial in the church cemetery. Services were conducted by Joseph Lehman and Joseph Zehr. She will be greatly missed in the community and Church.
"Oh mother, thy gentle voice is hushed,
Thy warm, true heart is still,
And on thy pale and peaceful face
Is resting death's cold chill;
Thy hands are clasped upon thy breast,
We have kissed thy marble brow,
And in our aching hearts we know
We have no mother now."

Shank. ­ Crissie Yoder Shank, daughter of John A. and Sadie Yoder, was born near Holden, Mo., Jan. 7, 1888. She was united in marriage to Bro. Charles L. Shank July 4, 1914. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters (Ruth, Paul, Mary, Earnest, David, Esther, Lois, and John who preceded his mother in death). Sister Shank was a devoted Christian mother. She confessed Christ at the early age of 13, united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, and remained loyal in the faith and service of her Lord. She with her husband volunteered for foreign mission work and on June 3, 1915, they left home and friends, and journeyed to the India mission field where they labored nearly 4 years, bringing them the grand message of Christ and His power to save. On account of ill health it became necessary for them to return. Sister Shank continued her interest in mission work in the homeland, serving as chairman of the Ohio sewing circles and secretary of literature for the "General Woman's Missionary Society." She gave her best to the Master, and deemed it a great privilege to serve her generation. She was a kind, loving, devoted mother. No sacrifice was too great for her. She was called by the messenger of death, Oct. 12, 1929; aged 41 y. 9 m. 5 d. She is survived by her husband, 7 children, father and mother, one brother (Roy Yoder), one sister (Mrs. Nellie Hartzler), with a large circle of near relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the home in North Canton, Ohio, by Bro. E. A. Shank and at the Oak Grove church by the brethren, C. Z. Yoder, S. D. Rohrer, and J. S. Gerig. Text, Prov. 10:9.
"Heaven now retains our treasure,
Earth her lovely casket keeps;
And the angels love to linger
Where our darling mother sleeps."

Transcribed by Betty Ann Tyson, Massachusetts.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXII, Number 31 - October 31, 1929 ­ pages 639

Yantzi. ­ Junior, son of John and Katie B. Yantzi, was born Oct. 15, 1929, and died the same day. He leaves father, mother, a brother, and two sisters. An infant sister preceded him in death. Short services were held at the home, in charge of H. Kuhns. Text, Job 1:21, latter clause. Interment in the cemetery near Thurman, Colo. May God comfort the bereaved family.

Jantzi. ­ Clarence Alvin, son of Aaron and Barbara Jantzi, was born in Huron Co., Mich., Jan. 4, 1928; died Oct. 10, 1929. He leaves father, mother, one brother, one sister, and a host of friends. Funeral was held at the Pigeon River church, conducted by Bros. Sol. Swartzendruber and Edwin Albrecht. Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Interment in cemetery near by.

Gingerich. ­ Julius, son of Daniel D. and Katie Miller Gingerich, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 30, 1883; died at his late home near Kalona, Oct. 18, 1929; aged 45 y. 9 m. 18 d. In his youth he accepted Christ, uniting with the Amish Church, and was a faithful and consistent member until death, always taking an active part in the Church and Sunday school. Dec. 7, 1911, he was united in marriage to Anna Stutzman. He was preceded in death by one infant brother. Those of the immediate family that are left to mourn his departure are his deeply bereaved wife, one adopted son (Melvin Ray), his aged parents (Bro. and Sister Daniel D. Gingerich), two brothers (Benedict and John), one sister (Mrs. Henry Miller), besides a host of near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20, at the home, conducted by Brethren John Swantz and Chris M. Yoder in German and D. J. Fisher in English.

Schrock. ­ Maggie Christner, wife of Harry C. Schrock, was born at Trenton, Iowa, Oct. 25, 1865; died at her home near Goshen, Ind., Oct. 15, 1929; aged 63 y. 11 m. 20 d. In 1865 she was married to Harry Schrock, to which union were born 2 sons (John and Cornelius), and 3 daughters (Lizzie, Edna, and Lena), all of whom with her husband, survive. Besides these she leaves 20 grandchildren, 5 brothers, (Joseph, John, Samuel, Peter, and Edward), and one sister (Sadie), who, together with a host of friends, mourn her death. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained devoted to her faith until death. During the seven years of her suffering from the ailment which caused her death, she was always patient, hopeful, and ready to do the will of God. Funeral services were conducted at the home near Goshen, Ind., by Bros. A. L. Buzzard and S. C. Yoder, and at the Shore church near Shipshewana, Ind., by Bros. S. C. Yoder and Oscar Hostetler, after which the remains were laid away in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Hershey. ­ Anna, daughter of the late Joseph and Fannie Hartman Hershey, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 14, 1841; died from the infirmities of age at the home of her brother, Amos H. Hershey, New Holland, Pa., Aug. 28, 1929; aged 88 y. 3 m. 14 d. She spent a number of years with her two sisters in Augusta Co., Va. She had been there the last year, and came home only three weeks before her death. In her early years she was unfortunate in becoming a cripple, and it was hard for her to walk. Of late years she could hardly get around without assistance. For many years she was a member of the Mennonite Church, and in her younger years she took an active part in Sunday school work. She spent much of her time in writing letters to her friends, and always enjoyed singing. A number of times her nieces, nephews, and brothers would meet together and sing for her, in which she always took part. To the end she had an unwavering faith. Funeral services Aug. 31 at the home by Bro. Jacob Mellinger, and at Hershey's Church by Bros. C. M. Brackbill and A. L. Martin. Texts, Jno. 14:5, 6; Job 5:26. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Tschantz. ­ Sister Fannie, daughter of Peter and Anna Tschantz, ws born Oct. 13, 1864, near Kidron, Ohio, in the Swiss Mennonite settlement. In her young years she learned to know the Lord, whom she endeavored to serve with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. About the year 1909 she and her mother moved to Canton where she continued in her Christian activities at Mennonite Mission Church. Many who are scattered over the city can testify that when they were children she gathered them into Sunday school. She also labored with the Interdenominational Prayer Meeting for Shut-ins. Her greatest concern in her declining years was to visit the sick, care for the poor and so fulfill the law of Christ. She would even divide the last she had to bring someone a bit of sunshine. In the last few weeks of her life she became severely afflicted, but in her affliction she exhibited such patience that her friends were made to marvel. Such a sweet peace and confidence settled over her soul that she just fell asleep to wake again in the morning of joy. She went to be with the Lord Oct. 14, 1929. Her age was 65 y. 1 d. Surviving are two brothers (William, David), three nephews, and three nieces; also many other relatives and Christian friends.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,---
So teach us to number our days,
That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

Shetler. ­ Emma (Schlabaugh) Shetler, wife of Henry J. Shetler, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Dec. 12, 1897; died at the Unionville Hospital Oct. 15, 1929, 9 days after having undergone an operation; aged 31 y. 10 m. 3 d. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, and 2 daughters (Elizabeth, Leslie, Stanley, and Edna), her mother, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters. One son, Clayton, her father, and one brother preceded her in death. She also leaves a host of near relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. Emma accepted the Lord in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. On Feb. 17, 1918, she was united in marriage to Bro. Henry J. Shetler of Bayport, Mich. They made their home in Iowa until November, 1921, when they moved to Huron Co., Mich., where they lived together on the same place until her death. Sister Shetler was much devoted to the welfare of her family, lived a prayerful life, and in her last hours expressed her desire to go to be with her Lord. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River Church on Oct. 18, conducted by Bros. S. J. Miller and M. S. Zehr. Texts, Jno. 14; Rev. 2:10.

"Soon and forever---
Surely such promise our trust,
Through ashes to ashes,
And dust unto dust.
"Soon and forever,
Our union shall be
Made perfect, our glorious
Redeemer in Thee."

Musselman. ­ Susan D. Eigsti Musselman was born near Morton, Ill., Nov. 13, 1864. After a lingering illness of nine weeks she passed to her reward, Saturday morning, Oct. 19, 1929; aged 64 y. 11 m. 5 d. She grew to womanhood in the vicinity of Tiskilwa, Ill., and later moved to Milford, Nebr. On January 4, 1902, she was married to Joseph J. Musselman. To this union one son was born. After her marriage she lived for several years in Kansas and then moved near Garden City, Mo., later moving near Manson, Iowa, where she lived until her death. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and led a quiet consistent Christian life to the end. Her kind and loving disposition, her quiet and sincere friendliness won esteem and high regard from all who knew her. She loved her family and her home, and one of her greatest delights was to extend hospitality to visitors. For several years she had been subject to heart trouble and dropsy, and nine weeks ago she became suddenly worse, never regaining her former health. She bore her sickness patiently, never uttering a word of complaint. Although she knew the end was near, she had blessed assurance, often saying, "My heavenly home is bright and fair, No pain nor death can enter there." She is survived by her husband and one son (Walter), 7 stepchildren (Harvey, Elmer, Ralph, Mrs. E. R. Egli, Mrs. Elmer Eichelberger, Mrs. R. A. Byler, and Omar). Two sisters and three brothers also survive (Sam Eigsti, Dan Eigsti, Mrs. Ben Salzman, J. C. Eigsti, and Mrs. Mary Kauffman), also 27 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite church with the home ministers, Nicholas Stoltzfus and A. R. Egli, in charge. Text, Mark 14:8. Interment at Rose Hill cemetery near Manson.
"How peacefully lay our mother,
Sleeping calmly upon our Saviour's breast.
And we shall strive to cease our weeping
For we know our mother is at rest."

Transcribed by Betty Ann Tyson, Massachusetts.

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