LAUVER. Magdalene, wife of John Lauver, was born Sept. 30, 1863; died of pneumonia, March 3, 1930; aged 66 y. 5 m. 3 d. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter, 4 step-children, 1 sister, 2 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. She was a faithful sister in the faith for many years. Funeral services were held in the Lauver's Church. Text, "She hath done what she could." Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
EASTERDAY. Arnold Rae, son of Henry and Bessie Easterday, died of complications at the Hope Methodist Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Ind., March 20, 1930; aged 3 y. 1 m. 10 d. He was sick only a week. He leaves father, mother, grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home of the grandparents (W. H. Thomas), Ft. Wayne, Ind., March 22, conducted by Bro. B. B. King. Laid to rest in Eal River Cemetery.
LANDIS. Fannie, wife of Samuel E. Landis, fell asleep in Jesus, Mar. 12, 1930; aged 76 y. 15 d. Her death came very unexpectedly, as she was ill only a few days, having been in the House of the Lord the Sunday preceding her death. She is survived by her sorrowing husband and a number of grandchildren. Their home had been blessed with one daughter who preceded her in death a few years ago. She was a faithful member of Goods Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held from Millers Funeral Parlors and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, Mar. 16, conducted by Bros. Noah Risser, Ira Miller, and Ben Kenner. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
KAUFFMAN. Jonathan K. Kauffman died at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 15, 1930; aged 57 y. 7 m. 7 d. He had not been well for thirteen years, and had undergone four serious operations. He was patient in all his sufferings. He was a kind, loving husband and father, and is greatly missed in the home. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, and a foster son. Funeral services were held Feb. 18, at the late home by Bro. C. M. Brackbill, and at the Millwood Church by Bros. Jacob Mellinger and Aaron Mast. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps;
And the sunbeams of love linger
Where our sainted father sleeps."
KULP. Henry B. Kulp was born April 27, 1860; died March 5, 1930, at his home in Souderton, Pa.; aged 69 y. 10 m. 8 d. Death was due to pleuro-pneumonia, and he peacefully passed away after an illness of five days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his grief-stricken widow (who was unable to attend his funeral) and the following children: Mrs. William Clymer, Mrs. Allen Walter, Jacob (who died one week later), Mrs. Hiram Cressman, Harry, Mrs. Jacob Wenger, Elmer, and Mrs. Theodore Detweiler; also 1 brother, 2 half-sisters, and 1 step-sister. Funeral services were held Mar. 10 at the Souderton Church by Bros. Elmer Moyer, Jonas Mininger, Jacob Moyer, and Alfred Rahn. Text II Tim. 4: 6 8.
"We have lost our dear father,
He has bid us all adieu;
He has gone to live in heaven,
On the bright, eternal shore." Family
KULP. Jacob N. Kulp was born Jan. 28, 1889; died Mar. 12, 1930, at his home in Mainland, Pa.; aged 41 y. 1 m. 10 d. Death was due to pleuro-pneumonia. He followed his father in death 7 days. He was stricken with pleurisy Mar. 6, and his condition soon became critical. He was married to Sara Detweiler July 29, 1922. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Besides his grief-stricken widow he is survived by his mother, who was ill in bed at the time of his death and burial, and the following brothers and sister; Mrs. William Clymer, Mrs. Allen Walter, Mrs. Hiram Cressman, Harry, Mrs. Jacob Wenger, Elmer, and Mrs. Theodore Detweiler. A daughter preceded him in death about a year ago. He was buried at the Towamencin Church. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Warren Moyer, Isaac Kulp, and Menno Souder. Text, Rev. 21: 4.
"Brother, thou hast left us lonely,
Lonely are our hearts to-day;
Thou hast gone to join our father,
On the bright and happy shore." The Family
KRAYBILL. Annie Garber Kraybill, widow of the late Levi S. Kraybill, was born April 11, 1857; died at the home of her son-in-law, Phares Miller, near Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 72 y. 10 m. 18 d. Her husband died Oct. 30, 1917. 2 daughters also preceded her to the glory world. She is survived by 2 daughters (Emma wife of Phares Miller, and Ruth wife of Pre. Edwin O. Souder), 1 son (Irvin), 24 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She will be greatly missed, for "mother" is a wonderful name; and she was true to the name. Funeral services were held Mar. 12 at the late home at Bossler's Church conducted by Bros. Simon E. Garber, John Landis, and Noah Risser. Text, Rev. 22: 14. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"She has entered into well earned rest,
She is now among the free, the blest;
But I often feel her near
In her sympathy and cheer,--
The dear mother who prayed for me." By the Son.
HARNISH. Henry B. Harnish was born June 8, 1862; died March 16, 1930; aged 67 y. 9 m. 8 d. His wife (who was Magdalene L. Herr) preceded him in death six years ago. After an illness of almost two months he passed peacefully away. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He leaves the following children: Rudolph, Catharine H., John H., Christian H.; Elizabeth, wife of Levi H. Nissley; Anna H., Mary, wife of Clyde K. Root; and Martha. He also leaves 8 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Isaac B. and John B.), besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his son Christian, in charge of Bro. Jacob H. Thomas, and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank N. Kreider and John H. Mosemann. Texts, Jno. 14: 6; Matt. 7: 21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Farewell, dear father, sweet thy rest,
Weary with years and worn with pain;
Farewell till in that happy place,
We shall behold thy face again." The Family.
ESHLEMAN. Ida, daughter of the late Elam and Barbara Brackbill, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 15, 1876; died Mar. 2, 1930, at her home in Kinzer, Pa.; aged 53 y. 4 m. 17 d. Her death was due to a complication of diseases from which she suffered for several years. She lived in the same neighborhood all her life. She became a member of Hershey's Mennonite Church in early years, remaining faithful till death. She will be greatly missed in her home and among her friends and neighbors. On Nov. 28, 1900, she was married to John Eshleman, and was a faithful and loving wife and mother. She is survived by her husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 grandson, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. Before the end (which came very peacefully) she said, "Weep not for me, but for yourselves and your children." We feel that she is now sleeping the sweet sleep that she so often spoke of during her illness. Funeral services were held March 5 at the home by Bro. C. E. Hershey, and at Kinzer Church by Bro. A. L. Martin. Texts, Heb. 4: 9; Psa. 116: 10. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Our mother's place is empty now,
Her voice so dearly loved is stilled,
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it was God's will."
BAIR. Malinda Sheirich Bair was born in Lancaster Co., Oct. 25, 1857; died Feb. 8, 1930; aged 72 y. 3 m. 13 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her early years and remained faithful to the end. Death was due to heart trouble. She had been an invalid for a number of years, and was blind for 5 years. On Nov. 8, 1881, she was united in marriage to Pre. Reuben S. Bair, who preceded her in death July 11, 1929. Also 3 daughters preceded her in death. She is survived by 1 daughter, 3 sons, 18 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister. The family has lost a kind and loving mother, but we comfort our broken hearts with God's promise; for if we live as she taught us we will meet again where death cannot separate us. Funeral services were conducted at the Bair Codorus Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Mack and Harry Loose. Text, Jno. 14: 19. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh, dear mother, we will hearken
To your prayerful, loving call;
How to Jesus we should listen
Then to come and follow thee.
But we all are left so lonely,
Just to think that mother's gone.
Yet we would not, could not call her
From her peaceful heavenly home." By the family.
KEUPFER. Jacob Keupfer was born Nov. 26, 1861, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died March 9, 1930; aged 68 y. 3 m. 13 d. He came with his mother to Reed City, Mich., at the age of 9 years (his father having been accidentally killed). Later they located near St. Johns, Mich. He was joined in marriage to Sister Tina Peters Oct. 27, 1883. They moved to Gratoit Co., near Pompeii, where they resided in different localities. In 1913 they moved near Harrison, Mich., where the brother took ill, complicated with liver disease, which caused his death. He was converted during his youth and was united with the Church through baptism, remaining a faithful member until death. He felt prepared to meet his Father, and very earnestly pled with his unconverted sons to give their hearts to God. To them were born 8 children. An infant son and his parents preceded him in death. He leaves his companion, 4 sons, 3 daughters, step-father, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 17 grandchildren, with many other near relatives. The funeral was conducted by F. C. Fricke March 11. Texts, Rev. 14: 13, Rom. 6: 23. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
"Fare thee well, the ties must sever,
That on earth we formed with thee,
Fare thee well, but not forever,
Thy loved face we yet shall see."
YODER. Nancy, daughter of John and Leah Zook Hartzler, was born near Belleville, Pa., Oct. 21, 1843; died at her home near West Liberty, Ohio, March 15, 1930; aged 86 y. 4 m. 22 d. On Sept. 17, 1872, she was united in marriage to Daniel C. Yoder, who passed away 21 years ago. Four years ago her older daughter, Rebecca, also passed away. The children, who survive, are Dan H., Lee H., and Fannie Whitmer, and one step-son, David B. Yoder. Among the other surviving relatives are eight grandchildren, 24 step-grandchildren, and 55 step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters and one brother, Yost Hartzler, Mrs. Lee K. Yoder, and Leah and Rebecca Hartzler. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a faithful and consistent member all her life. Mother Yoder was blest with unusual health and vigor, both of mind and body, until within a week of her death. She was in her usual place in the church on the last Sunday of her earthly life. She became ill early Monday morning, and failed rapidly until Saturday, when she peacefully passed away. She loved the Church and the companionship of both old and young and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held at South Union Church, in charge of Bro. A. I. Yoder, assisted by Bro. S. E. Allgyer. Burial in Yoder Cemetery.
JOHNSON. Lovina Johnson, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Smeltzer, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 11, 1860, on a farm one mile north of Wakarusa, the farm now owned by her brother David Smeltzer. In this community she grew to womanhood. In 1884 she was married to Tobias Johnson. Soon after their marriage they purchased a farm in Harrison Township upon which place she remained until her family was grown. During these years there were many problems and trials; but through all these she showed a spirit of love and Christian forbearance. Many were her prayers for her children and her husband. After her family was grown she sold her farm and spent the remainder of her life with her children, staying most of the time with her daughter, Anna Housour, just south of Elkhart, at which home she peacefully passed away during the night of Feb. 12, 1930; aged 69 y. 9 m. 1 d., after a week's illness of heart trouble and la grippe. She leaves 6 children (Daniel, Warren, Samuel, Mrs. Ella Duker, Mrs. Anna Housour, and Mrs. Salome Green), her husband, three brothers (Samuel, David, and Aaron), also 3 sisters (Mrs. Anna Leatherman, Mrs. Salome Gegax, and Mrs. Ella Parcel), besides many relatives and friends. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Mennonite Church, Feb. 16, in charge of Bros. D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text, Isa. 38: 1. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
LUSK. Harry R., son of Sebastian and Ida Speece Lusk, was born at Lima, Ohio, Sept. 30, 1889; died March 9, 1930; aged 40 y. 5 m. 9 d. He is survived by his wife (Maud Golden Lusk), one son (Harry, Jr.), one brother (Anthony), and a host of relatives and friends. With the exception of a short time spent at Carver, Mo., his entire life was spent in the vicinity of Lima. While living in Missouri he confessed his Savior and was baptized into the Mennonite Church. He returned to this locality and after many years he renewed his covenant with God and the Church. He contracted Bright's disease and in his affliction he sought the Lord. He not only received salvation for his soul, but was also greatly improved in his physical condition. He was taken into church fellowship at the Lima Mission and remained true to the end. He never tired of telling about the wonderful blessings the Lord had bestowed on him. He served as Sunday school superintendent a little more than a year. He was a regular attendant at church services until about two months ago, when his health no longer permitted him to leave his home. The last few days of his life his suffering was intense, but he still praised the Lord for His great salvation. Harry will be greatly missed by all who knew him because of his kind and loving disposition. The family has lost a faithful husband and father, and the Church a loving brother and friend. Funeral services were held at the Lima Mennonite Mission, conducted by Maurice O'Connell assisted by J. M. Shenk. Text (chosen by the deceased), II Sam. 12: 23. Burial in Salem Cemetery.
"'Tis only a little while, and then
A sweet reunion in heaven again
With the loved ones gone to that happy shore
Where pain and sorrow can come no more."
MILLER. Noah E. Miller was born at Springs, Pa., Jan. 13, 1880; died at his home March 18, 1930; aged 50 y. 2 m. 5 d. He lived on part of the old homestead where he was born. He spent the greater part of his life in this community. At the age of 16 he united with the Mennonite Church. He was married to Hannah, daughter of Bishop J. N. Durr, on June 6, 1907. To this union were born three sons and three daughters (Chester, Orden, Elam, Kathryn, Alvina, and an infant daughter, Zela May, who preceded him to the grave). There remains to mourn his departure the bereaved family, one brother (Ira), three sisters (Mrs. Chas. Warfel, Mrs. Ed Yoder, and Mrs. Allen Good), many relatives, and a host of friends. In his earlier life he did much for the cause of Christ through the Sunday school, having been a faithful superintendent and worker for a number of years. From this work he was called to the ministry, being ordained May 11, 1912, and to the office of bishop Oct. 5, 1912. His life seemed to be an untiring effort for the cause of Christ, many times going beyond consideration for his own bodily welfare. As a minister, evangelist, and Bible teacher he was know far and wide. His life was of a quiet, unassuming nature, rather suffering rebuff than defending his own self-during his illness never murmuring or complaining. He was silent and not demonstrative in his labors. For about ten years, almost every year he served as special instructor during the six-weeks Bible term of the Eastern Mennonite School. It was while here that he contracted the illness that finally removed him from our midst. We mourn the loss of one we thought was needed, by his family, by the community, and by the Church which he so faithfully served. He served the Church, prior to his death in the following capacities: Secretary of General Conference, Moderator of District Conference, member of the faculty of the Eastern Mennonite School, member of the Executive Board of General Conference, member of the Executive Board of Southwestern Pennsylvania Conference, Young People's Problems Committee, Young People's Meeting Program Committee, and other positions of less note yet important. Many were they who sought his advice on the problems of life. The funeral services were conducted in the Springs Mennonite Church, which was far too small to accommodate those who desired to attend. His funeral was attended by at least 42 members of the ministry. The funeral sermon was preached by S. G. Shetler, of Johnstown, his theme being, "The Unanswered Why." Following the sermon talks were given by Noah Mack, A. D. Wenger, John Mosemann, and J. L. Stauffer. Interment in the church cemetery at Springs.
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KRALLMAN. Margaret Ann, daughter of Mrs. And Mrs. M. M. Krallman, died of pneumonia Sunday, March 16, 1930; aged 4 m. 5 d. She was the youngest of four children, and will be greatly missed in the home. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Prairie Street Road, near Elkhart, Ind., on the following Tuesday by J. S. Hartzler. Text, Isa. 11: 6, latter part of the verse. Burial in Prairie Street Cemetery.
HERSHEY. Tobias H. Hershey was born May 3, 1852; died Mar. 24, 1930; aged 77 y. 10 m. 28 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (who was Annie Weidman), 1 daughter, 1 grandson, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held at the home and at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Kreider, John Gochanuer, and Walter Pugh. Text, Revelation 13: 14 and Matt. 24: 44. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
MAGINIS. Harold Evan, son of Elliot and Rosella Maginis of Gravois Mills, Mo., was born April 22, 1925; died March 28, 1930. His father preceded him in death about two months and a half. He leaves a mother and one brother to mourn his death, also a number of other relatives and friends. He died from a lingering illness of 35 days in which a number of diseases contributed to take away his vitality-measles, intestinal "flu," whooping cough, and diphtheria. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by the writer in the presence of relatives and neighbors. Text, I Thes. 4: 18. Harold has gone before beckoning to his loved ones to follow. God knows best. May we be resigned to His will. Buried in the Holst graveyard. J. R. Shank.
JANTZI. Betty Fern, little daughter of Royden and Anna Jantzi, was born Dec. 23, 1928; died Mar. 22, 1930, at the St. Francis Hospital at Grand Iland, Neb. She died 36 hours after an operation for a tumerous growth. Betty was of a sweet, quiet disposition. She leaves her bereaved parents, 1 sister, 2 brothers, 4 grandparents, 1 great-grandmother, 4 uncles, 6 aunts and many relatives and friends who had learned to love Betty Fern during her short stay with us. Funeral services were held March 24 at the Wood River, Neb., Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. D. G. Lapp. Text, II Kings 4: 26. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Precious darling, you have left us.
Left us, yes, forevermore,
But we hope to meet you, dear,
On that bright and happy shore."
NISSLEY. Matilda H., daughter of the late Christian and Anna Hiestand Long, was born Jan. 18, 1850; died Mar. 23, 1930, of a complication of diseases; aged 80 y. 2 m. 5 d. She was the wife of the late Christian S. Nissley who preceded her in death nearly eleven years. She is survived by the following children: Emma, Lillian, Anna L., Christian L.; also 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were conducted from her late home and from the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Henry Lutz and Seth Ebersole. Texts, Rev. 22: 14 and Zech. 14: 7, latter clause. Burial in Kraybill's Cemetery.
"Rest on, dear mother, thy labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like thee we'll find."
MURRAY. Adam D. Murray was born April 2, 1850; died very suddenly at his home near Millersville, Pa., Mar. 18, 1930; aged 79 y. 11 m. 16 d. He was a faithful member of the New Danville Mennonite Church, and will be greatly missed, especially in the home. But may we submit and say, "Lord, Thy will be done." He leaves his wife, 1 son, 4 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and a host of friends. Funeral services were held from his late home, and from the Masonville Mennonite Church Mar. 22, conducted by Bros. Maris Hess, John Charles, and John Mosemann. Text, Luke 12: 40.
"We shall meet, but we shall miss him-
There will be a vacant chair.
We shall linger to caress him
While we breathe our evening prayer." The Family
HOOLEY. Richard Lee, oldest son of John B. and Fanny Hooley, West Liberty, Ohio, died March 28, 1930; aged 8 y. 11 m. 22 d. On Feb. 22, he was operated on for appendicitis which was successful; but on March 26, he was again stricken and on the 27th was operated on, for obstruction of the bowels. The surgical shock proved to be too great for his weakened condition, and he passed away on the 28th, at the Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He leaves father, mother, two brothers, and two sisters (Marjory Irene, John David, Paul Gales and Mary Frances), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Yoder and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hooley), besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bros. N. E. Troyer, Marion King, and S. E. Allgyer. Burial in Fair View Cemetery.
BRUBAKER. Solomon Brubaker was born Dec. 15, 1835; died of the infirmities of old age Mar. 16, 1930; aged 94 y. 3 m. 1 d. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Although his advancing age prohibited his church attendance, his place was seldom vacant when he was able to attend. He was able to be about until a short time before his death. His companion (who was Catherine Acker) and 1 son preceded him in death. He is survived by 1 son, (William with whom he had made his home for some time), 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the home of his son and at the Lost Creek Church near Mifflintown, Pa., conducted by Bros. Ammon Brubaker and Samuel Leiter. Text, Psa. 91: 16. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
BRUBAKER. Barbara Brubaker (nee Brubaker), widow of Martin Brubaker, was born Sept. 12, 1849; died Mar. 23, 1930; aged 80 y. 6 m. 11 d. She was only ill a short time, from lagrippe, having attended services at Lost Creek just a week before she died. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church from her youth, and in nonconformity to the world and obedience to the faith she was a pattern worthy to be imitated. She is survived by 1 son, 3 daughters, 24 grandchildren, and 1 step-grandson, and 2 brothers. Her sister (Magdalena, wife of John Lauver) preceded her in death twenty days. Funeral services were conducted from the home of her daughter (Mrs. John Heckman with whom she had made her home for several years) and at the Delaware Church by Bros. Samuel Leiter, and W. W. Graybill. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
HOUCK. C. Landis, oldest son of Christian and Anna Metzler Houck, was born near Leaman Place, Pa., June 9, 1908; died at the same place Feb. 7, 1930. He was a member of the Paradise Mennonite Church. He had been in ill health for the last six months and suffered much the last few weeks. He often wished that the Lord would come for him. He was the first of the family to go to the heavenly home, and he is missed greatly. He leaves father, mother, and these brothers and sisters: Myrtle, Mary, Omar, Melvin, Anna, Ursula, Esther and Willis; also many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Feb. 10 at the home and at Hershey's Mennonite Church by Bro. Abram Martin.
"Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps,
And the sunbeams love to linger
Where our sainted brother sleeps."
MOOSE. Hannah, daughter of David and Nancy Zook, was born Sept. 17, 1889; died at her home near Neshannock Falls, Pa., Mar. 23, 1930; aged 40 y. 6 m. 5 d. She had been in failing health for about a year. She was very patient in her afflictions. She was a member of the Maple Grove Church and was faithful to her vows. She was united in marriage to David J. Moose, who remains to mourn her departure. She is also survived by 2 step-children, her mother, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. Her father and 1 sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held March 25 at her late home conducted by Bros. J. H. Lantz and E. J. Zook. Texts, Psa. 90 and II Cor. 5: 1. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled."
STONER. Lizzie L., wife of John J. Stoner of Ortanna, Pa., was born Sept. 17, 1868; died Mar. 11, 1930; aged 61 y. 5 m. 24 d. While talking on the telephone with her daughter-in-law she suffered an apoplectic stroke and died before the arrival of a physician. She told her daughter-in-law that she felt ill, and when the daughter asked for details of her illness there was no reply. She quickly sent her husband to his mother's home. The stricken woman, who was alone in the house, was found unconscious beside the telephone. She died before her husband arrived, about ten o'clock in the morning. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter, 1 son, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Ortanna Church conducted by Bro. A. W. Geigley, with further services Saturday morning at the Strasburg Church conducted by Bros. Frank Herr, Jacob Harnish, and Amos Myers. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on, dear mother, thy labors are o'er,
Those loving hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother, true and kind
No friend on earth like her we'll find." The Family
KEISER. John Wesley Keiser was born near Peru, Ind., April 27, 1868. He was the third child of Alpha and Melissa (Fuller) Keiser. (This was his father's second marriage.) His mother died when he was a lad of eight or ten years of age. His father being unable to properly care for the four boys, they were placed in homes in the community. Later John found his way into the home of Stephen Miller near Goshen, Ind., where he grew to manhood. After this he made many friends in different Mennonite communities of Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church near Kalona, Iowa, in which faith he died. On Oct. 22, 1902, he was united in marriage to Elvina Gingerich of Eagle Grove, Iowa. This union was blest with five children (Orie M., Harley F., Emmert L., Mrs. E. W. McClure, and Ruth). For some time it was known that he had a weak heart, but his death came very unexpectedly as he dropped dead while at work at his home near Wayland, Iowa, March 11, 1930 at the age of 61 y. 10 m. 14 d. He leaves his wife, five children, three brothers, three grandchildren, and many acquaintances and friends. Funeral services were held March 13 from the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, conducted by Ellis R. Zook, Daniel Graber, and J. L. Hershberger. Text, Rev. 11: 18; Mark 13: 33.
SIEBER. Mary E., daughter of the late Pre. Wm. G. and Mary E. Sieber, was born near East Salem, Pa., June 10, 1893, died at the home of her sister near Ono, Pa., Feb. 14, 1930; aged 36 y. 8 m. 4 d. Mary was nearly 2 years old when mother died, and stayed with father nearly all the time till he died, keeping house for him. She was converted at the age of 13, became a member of the Mennonite Church, always living a devoted Christian life. She was ever ready to help in time of need. No sacrifice seemed too great for her. She spent nearly four years at the Mennonite O. P. Home, near Lancaster, Pa. She enjoyed the work of service there and longed to be able to go again this summer. But how soon our plans are changed. The last year she spent near Freeport, Ill., in the home of her brother Boyd, and came back to Juniata Co., in November, broken down in health. In December we brought her to our home where she passed away less than two months later. She was not able to attend services, but she enjoyed our family devotions with us as long as she was able to be up, being bedfast nearly two weeks, but did not suffer much pain. May her going draw us all closer to Him who died to save us. Three brothers, one sister, and a number of nephews and nieces survive. Funeral services at our home Feb. 17, in charge of Brethren Ebersole, Westenberger, and J. H. Mosemann. Feb. 18 services were held at Lost Creek Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren Banks Weaver and Ammon Brubaker. Text, Psalm 23: 4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Her sister, Mrs. J. D. Wert.
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THOMAS. Naomi, infant daughter of Bro. And Sister Jacob Earl Thomas of Davidsville, Pa., was born and died Mar. 29, 1930. She is survived by mother and father, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers, 1 grandfather and 2 grandmothers. Short services were conducted in the home by Bro. L. A. Blough. Burial in the Thomas Cemetery.
HOOKS. Eleanor Marie, infant daughter of Claude and Goldie Hooks, died March 13, 1930; aged 1 m. 13 d. Death was caused by whooping cough and pneumonia. She leaves her parents, 1 brother (Edward), both grandparents and great grandparents, also other relatives and friends. Funeral services held at Holly Grove Church near Westover, Md., by Bro. Aaron Mast. Text, Matt. 19: 14. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"A little flower of love,
That blossomed but to die.
Transplanted now above
To bloom with God on high."
BRUBAKER. Sister Barbara Brubaker was born Sept. 12, 1849; died March 23, 1930, at the home of her son-in-law, Bro. John Heckman, where she was staying at the time of her last sickness and death. Age, 80 y. 6 m. 11 d. She was preceded in death by her husband (who died about 39 years ago), one daughter, and one-step daughter. She is survived by one son (Pre. Menno Brubaker), three daughters, twenty-four grandchildren, and one step-grandson. She died just 20 days after her sister, Mrs. John Lauver. The funeral was held in the Delaware Church near Thompsontown, Pa. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
FESTER. Barbara, daughter of John H. and Salome Moyer, was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., Aug. 15, 1868; died at her late home in Beamsville, Ont., April 1, 1930. She was married to Jacob Fester Jan. 3, 1897. The bereft husband, 5 sons (John, Jesse, Merle, Allen, and Paul), and two daughters (Nellie and Lilly), survive. One son died in infancy, at which time the parents united with the M. B. C. Church. Funeral services were held at the home in Beamsville, thence to the Moyer Church at Vineland, Ont., April 4. Services conducted by Bro. S. F. Coffman. Text, Matt. 25: 13. Interment in Vineland Cemetery.
WERT. Mary Esther, daughter of Henry and Katie Wert, was born near McAllisterville, Pa., March 7, 1915, died Mar. 18, 1930; aged 15 y. 11 d. She was afflicted with chorea which rapidly developed into a complication of diseases and death. She leaves father, mother, one grandmother, 6 brothers, and two sisters to mourn her early departure. At the age of 13 she united with the Church and remained faithful until called home. Funeral services were held March 18 at the home of Bro. Samuel Leiter, and at the Lost Creek Church by Bros. Banks Weaver and Ammon Brubaker. Interment in the Lost Creek Mennonite Cemetery.
SHANK. Martin Burkholder Shank was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Sept. 7, 1854; died at Denbigh, Va., March 6, 1930; aged 75 y. 4 m. 29 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Dec. 3, 1876, he was married to Sister Catherine Shenk, who preceded him in death. To this union were born six children who survive: John M., Perry E., Lewis, Mrs. Clara Grove, Mrs. Cora King, and Elva. In late years he was again married-to sister Elizabeth Freeman, who survives. Sister Anna Brunk of Elida, Ohio, is the only sister remaining. Funeral services were conducted at the Warwick River Church by Bro. Geo. R. Brunk. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
SHANK. Martha Jane Shank died April 7, 1930; aged 5 y. 8 m. 19 d. Martha was a bright child and a willing helper of her mother, young as she was. She became ill April 5 and the doctor said she had pneumonia. The next day it was found that she had scarlet fever too. And soon Martha left us to join her little brother Irvin who left us seven years ago. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Services were conducted by Bro. J. C. Habecker and the home ministers. Interment in the Millersville, Pa., Mennonite Cemetery.
"A little flower of love
That blossomed but to die,
Transplanted now above,
To bloom with God on high."
SENSENIG. Hettie, widow of Joseph Sensenig, was born May 6, 1856; died March 27, 1930; aged 73 y. 10 m. 21 d. She suffered with a paralytic stroke since last Aug. 15, being in bed nearly 5 months. She often expressed her weariness and longing to be at rest. She was a member of the Weaverland, Pa., Mennonite Church. She is survived by 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 2 step-sons, 2 sisters, 1 brother, 6 half brothers and sisters. Funeral services were conducted from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nathan Zimmerman with whom she had made her home, by Bro. Frank Martin at the Weaverland Church by Bros. John Sauder and I. B. Good. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
AMSTUTZ. Rosa Amstutz (nee Snyder) was born July 10, 1841, in Bern, Switzerland; died April 1, 1930, at the Home of the Aged, Eureka, Ill. She emigrated to America in 1871, locating in Ohio. She was united in marriage to John Amstutz in 1889, who preceded her in death in 1919. After his death she made her home at Marshallville, O., in the Home For the Aged. After the Home was destroyed by fire, she stayed at different homes in that state, then she came to Illinois and entered the Home Jan. 29, 1927. She united with the Mennonite Church when 32 years old and was loyal till death. Her faith in God was never shaken although her mind in the closing years of her life was not normal. She has distant relatives in Nebraska but no near relatives in America to our knowledge.
REDIGER. Jacob, son of Christian and Elizabeth Rediger was born Nov. 10, 1881, at Roanoke, Ill.; died April 2, 1930, at his home near Milford, Nebr.; aged 48 y. 4 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage to Lavine Hershberger, June 6, 1907. This union was blest with 3 daughters and 5 sons. He leaves wife and children, his father, 5 sisters, 5 brothers and many relatives and friends. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. When but a youth he came to Milford and spent nearly his entire life in this community. He had been failing in health the last few years and was very patient and gentle during his illness. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Wm. Eicher and Geo. S. Miller. Texts, Psa. 23 and Ecc. 11: 3.
"Rest on dear father, thy labors are o'er,
Those loving hands will toil no more.
A faithful father, true and kind
No friend on earth, like him we'll find."
DERSTINE. Paul H., son of Clarence and Mamie Derstine, died at the home of his parents near Doylestown, Pa., March 24, 1930; aged 3 y. 5 m. 19 d. The child was taken sick the beginning of March with acute articular rheumatism which affected his heart, having previously suffered with a leaky heart. He suffered considerably but remained conscious to the end, peacefully passing away. Besides the parents (who until about a month ago resided in Souderton, Pa.), 3 sisters, and 3 brothers survive; also the four grandparents (Mr. And Mrs. Mahlon Derstine and Bishop and Mrs. A. O Histand). Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite Church by Bros. Elmer and Jacob Moyer and Wilson Overholt. Text, Job 1: 21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"God wanted him here where the little ones meet,
Said the children up in heaven.
He has grown too fair, he has grown too sweet
For the earth we used to live in."
GERBER. Fanny Gerber, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Gingerich, was born Mar. 15, 1866, near Strasburg, O.; died March 31, 1930; aged 64 y. 16 d. She was married Feb. 6, 1887, to Noah C. Gerber, who preceded her in death June, 1901. She united with the Mennonite Church in youth and was a faithful and active member throughout life. She was a patient sufferer in her last illness. She is survived by 2 foster children (Arthur Duncan and Mrs. A. W. Yoder, with whom she had made her home for the past twenty years), 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and 11 grandchildren. Services were held at the home and at the Walnut Creek, Ohio, Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Alvin Miller and D. M. Friedt, with burial in the church cemetery. Sister Gerber was a woman whose friendly and cheerful manner was an outstanding characteristic. She had a smile and a friendly word for all. She will not only be missed in the home but in the church and community.
"Farewell, oh, thou darling mother.
Free from struggle thou wilt sleep.
God's own will, not ours be done.
And we know we should not weep."
ROHRER. John D., son of Daniel and Lydia Gindlespurger Rohrer, was born in Holmes Co., O., April 27, 1842; died April 4, 1930; aged 87 y. 11 m. 7 d. At the age of 12 he with his 2 brothers and 4 sisters were left orphans. At the age of 21 he came to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he lived ever since, except about a year spent in Kansas. In 1866 he was married to Mary Dausman, who died in 1868. To this union was born 1 son, William. In 1872 he was married to Elizabeth Strycker. To this union were born 6 daughters and 2 sons, and all except 1 son survive. They are: William, Alvin, Lovina Bare, Viola Fisher, Ella Yoder, Eva Kohli, Mattrona Conrad, and Beulah Culp. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He lived on the farm on which he died near Nappanee, Ind., for the past 58 years. He was a firm believer in order and discipline in the home, and his children cherish these memories with fond memories. Funeral services were held at the Union Center Church April 7, conducted by Bros. J. W. Christophel and J. K. Bixler. Text, Job. 19: 24. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
HERSHBERGER. William H., son of David and Anna Hershberger, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Jan. 14, 1852, died March 31, 1930; aged 78 y. 2 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage with Catherine Weaver Feb. 25, 1877, who with 2 daughters (Jamima and Esther) preceded him in death. He leaves 2 sons (Harvey W., and Wm. M.), 2 daughters (anna, wife of Nathen Miller, deceased, and Masa, wife of Nathan Schrock), 24 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother, (D. W. Hershberger), one sister (Mrs. Lizzie Ann Miller), besides many other relatives and friends. He united with the A. M. Church at Walnut Creek, Ohio, in his early youth and remained a faithful member until his death. He bore his afflictions patiently, and thought that he would get well; but as time went on he became fully resigned to the will of his heavenly Father and had a longing desire to meet his Lord and Savior.
"How peacefully lay our father sleeping,
Calmly upon our Savior's breast;
And we shall strive to cease our weeping,
For we know he is at rest."
Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in charge of Bros. A. W. Miller and Edward Shepfer.
SCHERTZ. Henry G. Schertz was born June 10, 1871, and died Mar. 21, 1930; aged 58 y. 9 m. 11 d. He was a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Schertz, and was the oldest of a family of 6 children, only 3 of whom survive. He was married Jan. 18, 1894, to Louisa Steider. To this union were born 3 children (Lester L.; Alvin J.; and Laura M.). These with 3 grandchildren survive to mourn the loss of a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather. Bro Schertz was born on a farm near Eureka, Ill., and lived in this vicinity all his life. He lived on a farm until 5 years ago, when he moved into a new home he had built in Eureka. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained a faithful and consistent member, ever taking a deep interest in the affairs of the Church. He was out at his home farm looking after the farm interests, and that evening, March 17, he was taken ill. He was ill only four days and his death was caused by an attack of apoplexy. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. H. R. Schertz, and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church by Bros. Ezra Yordy and John L. Harnish. A very large number of friends and relatives attended the service.
YODER. Lydia J. Yoder was born in Juniata Co., Pa., April 15, 1851. She peacefully and calmly fell asleep in the evening of life at the ripe age of 78 y. 11 m. 18 d. She came to Wayne Co., O., and was united in marriage to Jacob N. Yoder Nov. 22, 1874. To this union 5 children were born. Her husband preceded her in death in 1919, also a daughter in 1911. She is survived by 2 daughters, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 brother, and a host of other relatives and friends. Sister Yoder confessed Christ as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member of the Oak Grove congregation. She was active in the service of the Lord, deeply interested in the activities of the Church. Her place in worship was seldom vacant when health permitted. In her trials and sorrows of life she kept her trust and a living faith in the promises of God. Services were conducted by Bros. P. R. Lantz, C. Z. Yoder, and J. S. Gerig. Text, Jas. 1: 12.
"Sleep on, dear mother, and take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast.
We loved thee well but Jesus loved thee best.
Calm is thy slumber as an infant sleeps,
But thou shalt wake no more to toil and weep.
Thine is a perfect rest, secure and deep."
STALTER. Daniel, son of John and Elizabeth Stalter, was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, July 14, 1843; died at the home of his son Simon, near Flanagan, Ill., April 2, 1930; aged 86 y. 8 m. 18 d. At the age of eleven years he came to America with his parents and located near Hamilton, Ohio, after two years they moved to Pekin, Ill. In 1865 they came to this vicinity where he spent the greater part of his life. On March 2, 1873, he was married to Katie Stalter. To this union ten children were born, four of whom died in infancy. His companion preceded him in death; also one son (John D.) and two daughters (Mary and Lydia, wife of Debolt Risser). He leaves two sons (Daniel D. and Simon D.) one daughter (Mrs. Sarah Roth), one sister (Mrs. Jacob Rocke), 30 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, besides many relatives and friends. He confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and was a faithful member at the time of his death. His health had been failing for several years, but he was only confined to his bed for three days previous to his death. He was blessed with a clear mind up to the time when he peacefully passed away. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. J. D. Hartzler and at the Waldo Mennonite Church by Bro. D. W. Slagel. Text, Deut. 32: 29. Interment in Waldo Cemetery.
RODGERS. Eleanor, daughter of Samuel and Magdalen Ferguson, was born at Carinda, Iowa, Dec. 16, 1871; died at Caremore, Okla., March 30, 1930; aged 58 y. 3 m. 14 d. She came to Kansas with her parents in 1877, and was united in marriage to John R. Rodgers March 31, 1890. To this union were born sixteen children: Emerson, Arthur, Esther (Mrs. Herman Swartzendruber), Ralph, Grace (Mrs. Clarence Zook), Sarepta, Glenn, Myrtle (Mrs. Martin Widowsky), Nina (Mrs. O. W. Miller), Samuel, Walter, Bertha (Mrs. Truman Zook), Tillman, Edgar, Harold (deceased), and Wilson. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, five sisters, and four brothers. For many years Sister Rodgers was a faithful member of the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church. In Oct. 1929, she became afflicted with an extreme case of skin disease, from which she suffered intensely for five months. Medical attention and the kindest of care by her children could not stop the ravages of the disease, and finally she was taken to Claremore, Okla., in the hope that the mineral baths would help her. But on the day of her arrival there she passed suddenly away. Her last days were joyful and victorious in her hope of the future. Funeral services were conducted at the Pennsylvania Church on April 3 by Paul Erb, Earl Buckwalter, and D. D. Zook. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
MYER. Sister Annie K., wife of Bro. Elias Myer, was born Aug. 4, 1862; died March 11, 1930; aged 67 y. 7 m. 7 d. She was married Nov. 5, 1882, to Elias Myer. To this union were born 7 daughters and 4 sons. The oldest of the children, Nanie preceded her in death 7 years ago. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Amos; Emma, wife of Harry Landis; Ira; Nora, wife of Noah Landis; Adam; Anna; Elias; Ruth, wife of Landis Buckwalter; Frances, wife of Willis Groff; and Martha, wife of Amos Thomas; also by 50 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 sisters, 3 brothers. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She had been in failing health for sometime, but her death came as a shock as she was sick just 4 days with heart trouble. She was conscious to the last and spoke words of comfort to those who were at her bedside. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and is greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services were held March 14 at the home by Bros. Frank Herr and Elmer Martin, and at the Stumptown, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bros. David Landis and Abram Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother, true and kind
No friend on earth like you we find." The Family
TROYER. Mary Ann, eldest child of Levi and Leah (Zook) Troyer, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, June 25, 1857; died at her home on March 29, 1930; aged 72 y. 9 m. 4 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of sixteen, united with the Oak Grove congregation in Wayne Co., Ohio. She remained a loyal, consecrated Christian in this faith until death. Mary Ann and her sister, Emma, remained with and cared for their parents until they were called home. In 1908 the sisters, together, moved to McPherson Co., Kans., near their brother Menno's home, where they have since resided. For several years Mary Ann's health has been failing. About a month ago she was stricken with paralysis. In a short time, however, she regained the power of speech until deprived of it once more by another attack on March 19, from which she did not recover. On Saturday morning, March 29, she became unconscious and at 10: 20 A. M. she passed away. One sister, (Emma), three brothers (Menno Z., Joel L., Jacob C.), and many other relatives and friends are saddened by their loss. But the recollection of her quiet and unassuming disposition, her sincere, loving service to those whom she had the opportunity of serving, and her unfailing trustfulness in Christ as her Redeemer and Guide, cannot but cause us to rejoice in the confidence that she has triumphantly entered her heavenly home. Funeral services were held March 31, with short services at the house conducted by J. M. Kreider, followed by a service at the West Liberty Mennonite Church near Windom, Kans., in charge of D. H. Bender, M. A. Yoder, and J. G. Hartzler. The text was taken from 1 Cor. 15: 54-58. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah
MAUST. David Maust was born March 11, 1847; died at the home of his son (Howard Maust) near St. Paul, Elk Lick Twp., of dropsy; aged 83 y. 15 d. He is survived by his wife (Alice Lindeman), 2 sons (Howard, and Perry of De Clair, N. J.), 3 daughters (Mrs. N. D. Shoemaker and Mrs. E. D. Shoemaker, both of Springs, Pa., and Mrs. Ray Shoemaker of Lambert, Pa.), and 19 grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite Church, Springs, Pa., In charge of Bros. G. D. Miller and Milton B. Miller. Interment in the Springs cemetery.
LAPE. Freddie, son of Bro. John and Sister Mary Lape, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Apr. 8, 1886; died Apr. 6, 1930; aged 2 days less than 44 y. He was born a normal child, but in early childhood he was very sick, which affected his physical body and left him mentally affected. He is survived by one brother, and other relatives and friends. His parents, who took care of him for these many years, are grateful that they could be spared to care for him to the end. Funeral services in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Stahl Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by L. A. Blough and J. P. Brontrager. The body was laid away in the Stahl Cemetery.
Keim. Jonas S. Keim was born March 5, 1845; died March 30, 1930, at the home of his granddaughter (Mrs. Alexander Gilbert, Portsmouth, Va.); aged 85 y. 25 d. His wife (Hester McVicker) preceded him in death twenty-two years ago. To this union were born 9 children, 7 of whom survive, namely: Frank, Chambersburg, Pa.; Charles, Rock Lake, N. D.; Mary, Grantsville, Md.; Lucinda, Somerfield, Pa.; Carrie, Summit Mills, Pa.; Maggie, Springs, Pa.; and Robert, Summit Mills, Pa. He also leaves 34 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Springs Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. G. D. Miller and Milton B. Miller.
DOMER. Lizzie S. Domer died April 6, 1930, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after 2 weeks illness of pneumonia; aged 70 y. 3 m. 26 d. She was a great sufferer during her lifetime, but through it all she kept a clear vision of the crown that awaits all who remain faithful to the end. She is survived by 2 sisters, 1 brother, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Lancaster Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. David Mosemann. Text, Heb. 11: 16.
"Some sweet day when life is o'er
We shall meet again,
With the loved ones gone before
In that Home above." A Sister.
TROYER. Dorothy Arlene, daughter of Perry and Elsie Troyer, was born near Milford, Nebr., April 12, 1925; died April 4, 1930; aged 4 y. 11 m. 23 d. Dorothy had a kind and loving disposition and bore her sickness very patiently. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers (Glen and John), 3 sisters (Vera, Thelma, and Shirley), 4 grandparents, 9 aunts, 11 uncles, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held April 6 at the West Fairview Church, in charge of Wm. R. Eicher, assisted by Geo. Miller and J. E. Zimmerman. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
ROHRER. Blanche Hollinger, daughter of Daniel H. and Ada Mae (Hollinger) Rohrer, was born Dec. 15, 1929; died April 10, 1930 of pneumonia, at the home of her parents, near East Petersburg, Pa.; aged 3 m. 25 d. She leaves her bereaved parents, 2 sisters (Vera E. and Miriam H.), 2 brothers (Lloyd H. and Daniel Jr.), grandparents (Jacob Hollinger and Mr. And Mrs. Amos Rohrer). Funeral services were held at the home and at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Frank Kreider and John Gochnauer. Text, II Sam. 12: 23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Shall love with weak embrace
Thy upward wing detain?
No, gentle angel, seek thy place
Amid the cherub train."
CULP. Isaac G. Culp was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., Nov. 23, 1846; died April 8, 1930; aged 83 y. 4 m. 16 d. He always resided on the homestead on which he was born. On Mar. 19, 1872, he was married to Matilda Wismer, and to them were born five sons and four daughters-Clara (deceased), Alda, married to Alfred High; Clayton W.; Sarah, married to Norman Fretz; Hervey (deceased); John; Alvin; Alberta, married to Harry __ufford; and Curtis. Of a family of five brothers and five sisters, three sisters survive him. His wife passed away May 20, 1919. For about forty years he has been a faithful member of the Moyer Mennonite Church, having made a confession of faith in Christ in the first evangelistic services held here. Funeral services were held April 11, at the Moyer Church, conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, Ps. 91: 16. Burial in the Vineland Cemetery.
*Could not read the first letter of surname, Harry __ufford. On the original copy, it is indistinguishable also. It possibly could be a "D".
KNAVEL. Sister Christina, widow of the late Bro. Levi Knavel, was born July 27, 1860; died of influenza at her home near Salix, Pa., April 7, 1930; aged 69 y. 8 m. 10 d. She was the daughter of the late Bro. John and Sister Susana (Weaver) Wingard. Her husband and four children preceded her to the grave. She is survived by four sons, two daughters, thirty grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, besides many other relatives and friends. Sister Knavel was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church for the last 49 years, and had been janitor of the church for last five years, taking her husband's place after his death. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Hiram Wingard and S. G. Shetler and in the church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Hiram Wingard and J. P. Bontrager. The funeral was very largely attended. The remains were laid away in the Dunmeyer Cemetery.
MARTIN. Margaret M. Martin, daughter of the late Geo. And Laura Werntz, was born Jan. 22, 1860; died at her home near Martindale, Pa., Mar. 8, 1930; aged 70 y. 1 m. 6 d. She was married to Reuben S. Martin Nov. 16, 1880. This union was blessed with 4 children, 3 of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter Ella, wife of Allen Martin) and 6 grandchildren. She is the last of her family. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 45 years. Her illness was of a shock to many as few knew of her illness,, it not being considered serious, until the last few days. She is greatly missed in the home. Funeral services were conducted Mar. 11 at the home by Bro. Amos Martin and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bros. Moses Horning and Frank Horst. Texts, Prov. 31: 3 and John 17: 4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
SLABAUGH. Samuel Slabaugh was born Feb. 21, 1849, in Holmes Co., O.; died at his home near Green town, Ind. April 2, 1930; aged 81 y. 1 m. 11 d. His death was due to cancerous tumor. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early manhood and remained faithful until death. He was married to Lydia Schrock Mar. 11, 1869, with whom he lived 61 years. He is survived by his devoted wife and the following children: Emma Stutzman, John F., Jancy S., Niles M., Mrs. Clara Martin, Albert J. and Lida E. Birkey; also by 19 grandchildren, 3 adopted grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. 2 children preceded him in death. During his illness he was very patient and fully resigned to his heavenly Father's will. Funeral was held at the Mennonite Church near Amboy, Ind., April 5, 1930, conducted by Bro. D. A. Yoder. Text, Psa. 17: 15.
WEAVER. Sister Anna Weaver, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Bontrager, was born Jan. 23, 1848, in LaGrange Co., Ind.; died Feb. 24, 1930; aged 82 y. 1 m. 1 d. She died at the home of her son (Orie Miller), where she had spent the winter. Death was caused by heart trouble which became aggravated by a cold. She was married to Emmanuel Miller. To this union 5 children were born: Samuel, Sadie, Charles, Orie, and Morris. Sadie, Samuel, and Morris preceded her in death; also her husband, in 1887. From the time of her husband's death she struggled along with the utmost devotion to her family, performing the duties that fall upon the head of a home as well as those falling to a mother. She leaves 1 sister and 1 brother. She was a faithful member of the Shore Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Shore Church by Bros. Y. C. Miller and Josiah J. Miller. The remains were laid in the Miller Cemetery.
MUMAW. Fannie, daughter of George and Catherine Mumaw, was born near Winesburg, O., Feb. 19, 1859; died April 10, 1930; aged 71 y. 1 m. 20 d. She is survived by 2 sisters and 1 brother; Rachel Mumaw, Susanna Weldy, and John Mumaw. She was preceded in death by 1 sister and 2 brothers. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until the end. In the year 1917 she with her sister Rachel came to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she has resided ever since. For several years she had been in declining health, but it was not until Feb. 1929 that more serious symptoms of the disease began to develop. All that medical skill and kind and loving hands could do was done for her, but it seems that God in His infinite wisdom saw best to call her from this stage of action to her eternal reward. She bore her affliction with great patience and resignation and at various times expressed her desire to go home. She will be greatly missed by all of us, but God knows best and we bow to His divine decree. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Apr. 13, 1930, conducted by Bros. J. W. Christophel and O. S. Hostetler. Text, Mark 14: 8 (F. C.). Burial in cemetery adjoining church.
YODER. John K. Yoder was born Sept. 20, 1853, near West Liberty, Ohio, where his parents, John B. and Barbara Yoder, moved to in 1844. His father died when he was nineteen years old, and upon him was thrown the responsibility of managing the farm. Here he spent almost his entire life; a faithful, hard worker, a close companion to his mother until her death in 1899, after which he lived mostly alone, not so much because of necessity, as by choice. Four years ago he moved to West Liberty to provide a home for his sister, who, with her husband, were both in failing health. Sunday, March 9, he was at his usual place at church service, and in the evening was quite cheerful in conversation with his sister. Early in the following morning he was found seemingly asleep, but it was soon discovered he had just peacefully passed over into the long sleep which knows no ending. He was an honest, industrious citizen, a devout Christian, a faithful member in the Mennonite Church, had a remarkable memory, and very interesting in recalling incidents in the earlier happenings of the community. At the age of 76 y. 5 m. 18 d. he leaves his remaining family circle of one sister (Mrs. John M. Yoder); one sister (Nancy, Mrs. John Fett), and one brother (Amos), having passed on a few years ago. Funeral services were held at South Union Church, March 12, at 2 p.m. in charge of Bro. N. E. Troyer. Burial in Alexander Cemetery.
LEAMAN. Sister Mary A., daughter of the late Geo. H. and Anna Herr Leaman, was born Dec. 14, 1870; died Mar. 22, 1930; aged 59 y. 3 m. 8 d. She united with the Mennonite Church Dec. 15, 1896. She took sick Apr. 5, 1897, and was confined to bed and chair till Nov. 1897, since which time she has been confined to her bed, it being nearly 34 years. Unable to sit or stand, she suffered intense pain almost constantly. She was of a cheerful nature, greeting those who waited upon her and those who came to visit her in her affliction. She was earnest in her Christian life, reading and studying God's Word when her eyesight allowed, and thus enabled her to meditate on the Word when she was no longer able to read. She was always concerned about the welfare of her friends. In November, 1929, she grew weaker. She had a slight stroke Mar. 19, and later took pneumonia, from which she peacefully fell asleep on the eve of March 22. She has left us lonely, but we rejoice to know that she is at rest. She leaves 3 sisters, 1 brother, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held March 26 at the home by Bros. John H. Mosemann and John W. Weaver, and at Mellingers Church by Bros. Noah and Ira Landis. Texts, Psa. 34: 19 and 116: 15. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Why should I murmur? For the sorrow
Thus only longer lived would be;
Then end may come, and will tomorrow,
When God has done His work in me;
So I say trusting, "As God will!"
And trusting to the end hold still."
BURKHOLDER. Henry S. Burkholder was born April 29, 1872; died Mar. 17, 1930; aged 57 y. 10 m. 17 d. He was a son of Joseph and Barbara Burkholder and was the youngest of a family of 9 children. (2 sisters and 1 brother preceded him in death.) He was united in marriage to Mary G. Horst, Dec. 7, 1897; to this union were born 3 sons: Edgar, Norman, and Eber; 4 daughters: Ada (Mrs. Earl Strite), Anna (preceded him in death), Edith, and Bertha, and 6 grandchildren, besides many relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church before he was married and was ordained deacon of the Miller Church on Sept. 4, 1915, and remained faithful until death. He is greatly missed in the home and the church, but we need not mourn as those who have no hope. He was born and reared near Strausburg, Pa., and lived on the farm where he was born, 38 years. From there he moved to a farm near Hagerstown, Md., where he lived the remainder of his days. He was in good health until 3 weeks before his death, when he had an attack of pleurisy, which turned into pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. David Lesher, and at the Miller Mennonite Church by Bros. John D. Risser and Denton Martin. Text, II Tim. 6: 6-8. A large number of friends and relatives attended the funeral.
How peacefully lay our father sleeping
Calmly upon our Savior's breast;
And we shall strive to cease our weeping,
For we know he is at rest. The Family
STEINER. Clara Eby Steiner was born near Creston, Ohio, May 9, 1873, the daughter of Tobias and Susanna Eby. Her death occurred in Chicago Dec. 10, 1929; aged 56 y. 7 m. 1 d. Although she had been suffering for some years from high blood pressure and heart trouble, she was in recent months apparently enjoying better health and her death came unexpectedly. On April 8, 1894, she was united in marriage to Bro. M. S. Steiner who was at that time beginning the first Mennonite mission work in Chicago. In the fall of the same year, they moved to Canton, Ohio, where similar work was begun in that city. During her entire career she retained an active interest in the work of missions, having been active in organizing the Ohio Mennonite Women's Missionary Society, and served as the first secretary of the organization. The great part of her life after marriage was spent near Columbus Grove, Ohio, where she with her husband and children moved to establish a home. Her husband was one of the ministers of the Zion Mennonite Church. He also traveled extensively as an evangelist and organizer of the mission work of the Mennonite Church. On March 12, 1911, Bro. Steiner passed away, leaving to her the responsibility for the rearing of five children. To this task she devoted herself heroically and unselfishly. She sacrificed her own health and strength in order that the needs of her family might be supplied. She leaves five children: Charity Steiner Hostetler, Esther Steiner Meyer, Dr. Luke Steiner, Paul Steiner, and Grace Steiner Hostetler. Three brothers and three sisters also survive her. They are Dr. Henry Eby, Dr. Harvey L. Eby, Mrs. A. H. Leaman, Mrs. Co. O. Hershey, Dr. Samuel L. Eby, and Dr. Ida Eby. A few months ago Sister Steiner had gone to Chicago to make her home for the winter with her sister, Mrs. A. H. Leaman and family. She was taken ill suddenly while doing Christmas shopping. Her relatives were immediately called, who removed her to a hospital where she died within a few hours. She will be remembered as a devoted Christian wife and mother who bore heavy burdens with true Christian grace and courage. Funeral services were held at Bluffton, Ohio, Friday, Dec. 13, and interment was made in the Zion Cemetery where she was laid to rest by the side of her husband who preceded her in death eighteen years ago. The funeral services were in charge of Paul E. Whitmer and Sm. M. Musselman, the pastor of the local Mennonite Church.
HERSHBERGER. Katherine Cementha, daughter of Seth and Christena Hershberger, was born Oct. 13, 1890, in Miami Co., Ind., died March 30, 1930, while a patient in the Central State Hospital, Indianapolis; aged 39 y. 5 m. 17 d. Death came after a long period of ill health. She leaves her father (Seth Hershberger), four brothers (Elmer, Lester, Orvin, Ralph) and one sister (Orpha). Her mother (Christena) and sister (Anne Ursula) preceded her in death. She also leaves besides the immediate family, 2 aunts, 1 uncle, and many other relatives and friends. Early in her life she united with the Mennonite Church of Howard-Miami Co., and was a faithful and consistent member until death claimed her. Although of a very quiet nature, she was very particular and conscientious in her Christian life. It was an established habit of hers to spend long hours reading her Bible and reverent prayer. She seemed to enjoy this very much. She spent the best part of her life unselfishly and cheerfully taking the place of her mother as housekeeper, who preceded her in death 14 years ago. Cementha never complained, but was always glad and willing to look over and care for those she loved, as long as she was physically able. With her kind disposition she was always willing to lend a helping hand, outside the family circle, to anyone in need. In her desire to do mission work she accepted a position in the Mennonite Orphan's Home at West Liberty, Ohio, in 1920, and for three years, until 1923, she labored patiently in that institution. Ill health caused her to resign her position, and she again assumed an active interest in taking care of her home. Several days before her death, while having the last long talk with her sister and a brother, Cementha repeated again and again that she could rest so easily while they were there and she was sure that now she could sleep well. She also expressed the desire that she could be at home and see familiar faces once again. But it was not to be so. Growing steadily weaker, her last moments were touching, more so since she bore all her pains so patiently without complaint. Dimly conscious and only recognizing those about her at fleeting intervals, too weak to talk, she attempted to sing old and family hymns and to repeat scriptures. Among other expressions, "Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess his name," was oft repeated. With the assurance from her lips, "I die in peace," a short but useful life was ended.
"Sister thou art sweetly resting,
Now thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more."
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah