Boyer.-Arlene and Irene, infant daughters of Bro. and Sister Clifford Boyer of near Middlebury, Ind., were born June 18, 1930, and only lived a few hours. They are survived by their parents and grandparents and 2 great-grandmothers and other relatives. Short services were held by Bro. Silas Yoder. Interment in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
Miller.-Cora Lucille, infant daughter of Calvin and Emma Miller, was born June 10, 1930; died June 11. She leaves father, mother, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, and other relatives. Short services were held at the home by Bro. S.W. Sommers. Burial in Martins Creek Cemetery near Millersburg, Ohio.
Herr.-Millicent Elizabeth, infant daughter of Victor and Ruth Herr, was born June 21, 1930, in Sterling Public Hospital. The story of her life is brief. On the evening of the same day the Master claimed her as His own. May the Lord comfort the bereaved parents while they bow to His will. On Sunday afternoon the body was laid away. Services in charge of Geo. L. McClonathan, pastor of the U.B. Church.
Landis.-Mary Ann Landis of Witmer died June 5, 1930; aged 70 y. 6 m. 28 d. She was a number of the Mennonite church for many years. She is survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held at the home and at Mellingers Mennonite Church June 8, conducted by Bros. David Landis and Elmer Martin.
"'Tis lonesome here without her,
And sad the weary way,
For life is not the same to us
Since Mary's called away."
Shantz.-Nelson Shantz was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., on June 11, 1865; died June 8, 1930; aged 64 y. 11 m. 28 d. In 1886 he was married to Barbara Snyder. To this union were born 5 children. He is survived by his bereaved wife and family, and 3 sisters. Two brothers predeceased him. He was a kind and loving husband and father, many times sacrificing his own pleasures to make others happy. During his recent illness of 4 weeks he suffered very much and often expressed his desire to go to his heavenly home. In early life he became a member of the Mennonite Church and died in that faith. Funeral services were held at the Waterloo Church, Wed. June 11, by Bros. Manasseh Hallman and J. B. Martin. Interment in David Eby Cemetery.
Rhodes.-Reuben H., son of the late John and Sarah Swecker Rhodes, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Feb. 3, 1848; died at the home of his son, Miller D. Rhodes, near Broadway, VA., June 1, 1930; aged 82 y. 3 m. 28 d. Fifty-five years ago he met with an accident that caused complete blindness. Despite his affliction he always manifested a cheerful disposition and a wholesome outlook on life, which together with his generous nature endeared him to all who knew him. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over fifty years. His wife, Nancy Shank Rhodes, died 11 years ago. Surviving him are his son, 4 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, 1 half-brother, and 2 half-sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Zion Church June 3 by Bros. P. E. Shank and Daniel Kauffman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller.-Joseph S. of near Walnut Creek, O. was born March 19, 1850; died June 16, 1930; aged 80 y. 2 m 28 d. The cause of his death was chronic valvular heart. He was married to Katherine Schlabach in 1871. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters (Dan J., Mrs. M. M. Shetler, Mrs. John E. Weaver, Mrs. Eli B. Weaver, and Mrs. E. E. Yoder). He leaves his wife, 1 son, 4 daughters, 33 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends and relatives. He was a member of the Amish Church since his youth. Services were held June 18, conducted by Bishops Em. J. Schrock and G. E. Troyer. Burial was made in the Miller Cemetery. Thos (sic) who attended from a distance were E. E. Yoder and wife and son from Luberton, Miss., Joe J. Helmuth and wife, and Mrs. Harvey M. Yoder of Kokomo, Ind.
Hollinger.-Ruth B., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Hollinger, was born Oct. 16, 1915; died May 3, 1930, in the Lancaster General Hospital after an illness of 5 months. Her death was caused by Bright's disease. Throughout her illness she was cheerful and uncomplaining, hoping for the time when she might enjoy the out-of-doors again. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since early youth. She is survived by her parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. One brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the East Petersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Kreider and Isaac Brubaker. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Why should shadows shroud our spirits,
When her Lord in matchless love
Beckoned Ruth to leave life's sufferings
For a gladsome Home above?"
Marian W. Musser
Kauffman.-Esther, widow of Reuben M. Kauffman, died at her home in Millersville, Pa., June 6 , 1930; aged 85 y. 10 m. 12 d. She is survived by 1 son, 1 daughter, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Those hands which wrought so much for her family and others are folded now, and she is enjoying the rest for which she longed. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband preceded her in death 3 years ago. We have had the privilege of seeing grandmother, father, and mother grow more patient and loving in old age. Now they have all moved to the heavenly home, leaving this home lonely indeed. But we trust in the same God and have the hope of meeting them where there are no partings. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Jacob Hess, Landis Shertzer, and John K. Charles. Text, I Thes. 4:14, 15. Daughter.
Snider.-Elias, son of Isaac and Nancy Snider, was born at German Mills, Ont., Sept. 26, 1882; died at his home near West Montrose, Ont., June 16, 1930; aged 47 y. 8 m. 21 d. In 1904 he was married to Bella Pfohl, who predeceased him in 1908. In 1911 he was married to Almina Randall, who predeceased him in 1915. In 1916 he was married to Sarah Bechtel, who, with the following children: Edna, Rheta, Elva, Olive, Alice, Naomi and Bretton, and six brothers (Allen, Leander, Nathaniel, Isaac, Elam, Alvin), and two sisters (Villina and Melissa) are left to mourn the departure of a kind husband and loving brother. Brother Snider united with the Mennonite Church at Waterloo, Ont., in 1908, in which communion he spent his Christian life. Before he passed away he often expressed his desire to go home to be with his Savior. The funeral services were held on Thursday, June 19, from his late home and the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. The brethren in charge of the services were S. G. Shetler and Oscar Burkholder. Text, Acts 2:12.
Bontrager.-Estella Mae, only daughter of Henry and Hannah Nusbaum Snyder, was born at Cullom, Ill., Dec. 31, 1887. When 12 years old the family moved to Jackson, Minn. At the age of fifteen she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Alpha, and she always tried to be true to her baptismal vow. On Jan. 22, 1911, she was united in marriage to Wm. M. Bontrager of Middlebury, Ind., with whom she shared the joys and cares of a busy life till she passed to the life eternal on June 19, 1930; aged 42 y. 5 m. 19 d. She leaves her husband, 6 sons, 3 daughters, her parents, 3 brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends. She was of a kind and affectionate disposition, always patient in trials and always willing to bear her share of the burdens and cares of life. Funeral services were held on June 22 at the Clinton Brick Church, with Bros. D. J. Johns, John Garber, and Silas Yoder in charge. Burial in the church cemetery.
"Oh, the peace and rest in heaven;
Oh the bliss of loved ones there;
Love divine now bears us upward
All their blessedness to share."
Steiner.-Bro. David, son of Daniel and Magdalena Steiner was born near Orrville, O., Feb. 27, 1857; died March 12, 1930; aged 73 y. 15 d. During his entire life he resided on the home farm. On Nov. 25, 1909, he was united in marriage to Sister Clara Baumgartner. To this union was born 1 daughter, Alice, who with her mother survives. During his long life Bro. Steiner was engaged in farming. Although he had not been pursuing his activities with usual vigor for some time, his final illness lasted but a week and his passing was unexpected. He stated to members of his family several days before his death that he was at peace with God and man and was ready to answer the final summons. He accepted his Savior early in life and united with the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member at death. His splendid Christian character and kind loving disposition won for him a host of friends. Besides his wife and daughter he is survived by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held in the Crown Hill Mennonite Church March 15 by Bros. I. J. Buckwalter, Enos Hartzler and Jacob Gerig. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Brenneman.-Samuel B., son of Bishop George and Anna Brenneman, was born in Putman Co., O., July 26, 1857; died June 4, 1930; aged 72 y. 10 m. 9 d. The latter part of his life was spent at his home north of Middle Point in Van Wert Co. On Oct. 6, 1881, he was united in marriage to Catharine Steiner. To this union were born 6 children, 5 of whom survive. He had the influence of a Christian home and about 50 years ago he accepted the Lord as his Savior. This Christ he loved to the end of his days, and according to his own testimony all was well with his soul and he feared not to go out into the mystery of death for Jesus was his guide. Surely this is the greatest heritage that can be left to the mourning family. There remain to cherish his memory, his wife, 4 daughters, 1 son, 2 sisters, 1 brother, 3 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Services were conducted by Bro. J. M. Shenk and ____Randolph, June 7. Text, I Cor. 15:22. The body was laid to rest in the Salem Cemetery.
"The stars shall shine for a thousand years
A thousand years and a day,
But God and I will live and live
When the stars and I are passed away."
Glick.-Ruth Berthina, daughter of Henry and Minnie (Miller) Glick, was born near Minot, N. Dak., May 9, 1916; died near Parkersburg, Pa., June 18, 1930, of complications; aged 14 y. 1 m. 9 d. Ruth took suddenly ill June 13 but was not considered serious until the third day, from which time they gave us no hope. And with all that loving hands and medical skill could do she grew rapidly worse until the sixth day when the spirit took its flight. On the third day of her illness she told her mother that she would not get well, and was not afraid to die. After this she composed and sang the following:
"'Tis so sweet to rest on the Father's breast,
Oh! So sweet to rest,
So sweet to rest
Oh! So sweet to rest
On the Father's breast."
Ruth confessed her Savior and was baptized and received into the Church on April 12, 1930, and remained faithful. She was an obedient child and will be missed not alone by the family but by her companions. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, also aunts and uncles. Her grandparents have gone on before. Funeral services were conducted at the home and Kinzer Mennonite Church by Bros. John A. Kennel, A. B. Stoltzfus, and A. I. Martin. Two of her favorite scripture verses were Luke 12:40 and I Cor. 15:58, and were used as texts. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Miller.-Joseph A., son of Mr. And Mrs. Aaron Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 26, 1858; died at Goshen, Indiana, June 20, 1930; aged 71 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was overcome by a paralytic stroke while driving his car, and this together with injuries received from the collision which followed when he lost control of his machine, resulted in his immediate death. He was married to Magdalina Bontrager April 21, 1878. This union was blessed with seven children, one of whom preceded her father in death four years ago. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in 1878, united with the Yoder congregation near La Grange, Ind. Later he transferred his membership to the Shore congregation and still later to the Emma congregation near Topeka. Since moving to Goshen, he united with the College Mennonite Church, where he was a member at the time of his death. He suffered a paralytic stroke two years ago and although he never fully recovered, he was seldom absent from any church service and never complained, often remarking that there were many who are more inconvenienced than he, and so he should not complain. He leaves his sorrowing wife, six children (Reuben, Enos, Mrs. Charles Eattinger, Daniel, Mrs. Joe F. Yoder, and Cornelius J.), ten grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: John, Samuel, Aaron, Lou, Mrs. Katie Rowen, Mrs. Barbara Garrison, Mrs. Mary Schlatter, Mrs. Clara Miller, and Mrs. Israel Ringler. Funeral services were held at the Goshen College chapel, Goshen, Ind., on June 23, conducted by Bros. C. L. Graber and S. E. Allgyer. Interment in the Violett Cemetery near Goshen.
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Slabaugh.-Martha Elizabeth, infant daughter of Joseph and Mary Tice Slabaugh, was born near Grantsville, Md., Mar. 3, 1930; died June 7, 1930. She was sick two weeks with erysipelas, suffering very much at times. Darling Martha "budded on earth to bloom in heaven." She leaves her parents, 2 grandparents, and many distant relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by J. B. Miller at the Maple Glen Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Sleep on, dear Martha, your suffering is o'er
Your little lips to us will smile no more.
A sweet little flower, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took you away."
Sensnich.-John M. Sensenich was born Dec. 7, 1890; died June 1, 1930, in the Lancaster General Hospital from internal injuries sustained when he was kicked by a mule Friday evening. He is the third member of the family to meet accidental death within the last three years-first father, then mother, and now John. It is hard to understand why another one so soon and suddenly was taken from our family circle. But we humbly submit to Him who doeth all things well. Some of his last words were: "This is the last. I am going. I'll soon be there." He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by 6 brothers, 5 sisters and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Jacob Hershey and at the Lititz Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Landis and John S. Hess.
"Not now but in the coming years,
It may be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears
And there, sometime, we'll understand."
Welty.-Bessie May Welty, daughter of Eli and Catherine Hess, was born near Elkhart, Ind., Feb 25, 1884; died suddenly of heart disease at her home in Nappanee, Ind., June 11, 1930; aged 46 y. 3 m. 16 d. At the age of nineteen she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. On Jan. 28, 1905, she was united in marriage to William H. Welty. To this union were born 3 children. She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters, also her parents and many relatives and friends. One brother preceded here (sic) in death. She will be greatly missed in the home, in the church, and in the sewing circle of which she was secretary at the time of her death. She was a loving companion and mother, never tiring of giving her service for the family and others. Funeral services were held June 14 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church, Nappanee, in charge of Bros. D. A. Yoder and H. F. North. Burial in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.
"Gone to heaven is our mother,
Gone to her bright home above.
She has left us here so lonely
How we miss her whom we loved."
Stoltzfus.-Aaron K. Stoltzfus was born in Leacock Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 11, 1854; died June 18, 1930; aged 76 y. 8 m. 7 d. He was married to Kathryn Mast, who died 18 years ago. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church of Conestoga. Many will miss him in our neighborhood and church. He always gave a kind word and a pleasant smile to all. There survive these children: H. H. Stoltzfus, J. K. Stoltzfus, Elam Stoltzfus, Rebecca (at home) Morgantown, Pa.; Eli Stoltzfus, Levi Stoltzfus, David Stoltzfus, one brother (Abraham Stoltzfus), one sister (Mrs. Christ Rhiel), and 21 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. David Yoder, at Conestoga Church by Bro. John Kennel, and Bro. Amos Stoltzfus. The hymns which were sung were: "Haven of Rest" and "Will the Circle be Unbroken." Interment in the Pine grove (sic) Cemetery. The hymn which was sung was, "We shall sleep, but not forever."
"Weep not that father's toils are over,
Weep not that father's race is run;
God grant that we may rest as calmly
When our work like his is done."
Hollinger.-Aaron H. Hollinger was born Aug. 7, 1865; died May 19, 1930, after a long and painful illness. He bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude and when his suffering was at its greatest he prayed, "Father, not my will but Thine be done." He was an earnest and faithful Christian worker in the Church and Sunday school-a teacher for many years at Goodville and Weaverland, Pa. He was one of those who started the Sunday school at Churchtown many years ago. He was always concerned about the Lord's work and for the young people and his little grandchildren. He is greatly missed everywhere but we know he is at rest and we hope to meet him in glory. Several hours before he passed away he made his funeral arrangements, and passed away early in the morning of May 10; aged 64 y. 9 m. 12 d. He is survived by his wife who was Lizzie Martin before her marriage, 2 sons, 7 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Services were held at the home and at the Weaverland Church by Bros. John Souder and John W. Weaver. Text, Phil. 1:21.
"We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss thee from they place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
--By the Family.
Geiser.-Dale William, son of David E. and Ida May Geiser, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Nov. 22, 1910, and met death in an auto accident while accompanying his father on a business errand Tuesday evening, June 24, 1930; aged 19 y. 7 m. 2 d. He leaves father, mother, one sister (Ruth), three brothers (Lester, Elmer, and Warren), his grandparents (Bro. and Sister George Forrer and Sister Katherine Geiser), with many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. His little sister (Esther) preceded him in death in 1919. At the age of sixteen he accepted Christ as his personal Savior. On July 31, 1927, he received water baptism and united in fellowship with the Orrville Mennonite Church. He continued faithful in his worship and in the keeping of the sacraments until death. Brother Dale was of a quiet disposition and of industrious habits. He took an active interest in the work of the home. He found pleasure in helping to plan the work and was ever ready to do his share of the labor. He will be missed in so many ways-when it is time to do the chores, to gather around the table, to go to Sunday school, and in the evening when he would open the Bible and read a portion there. We are comforted because he accepted Jesus as his Savior and loved the Word of God and showed a loyal devotion to his church and home. Although we do not understand the full meaning of his tragic death we bow in humble submission to our heavenly Father and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Martins Church. Burial in the nearby cemetery. About seven hundred people were in attendance. Ministers: I. W. Royer, Aaron Eberly, and I. J. Buckwalter. Text, Jno. 11:21.
Brenneman.-Elizabeth M., daughter of Henry and Sarah Mosier, was born in Van Wert Co., Ohio, Aug. 4, 1875; died at her late home near Elida, Ohio, June 17, 1930; aged 54 y. 10 m. 13 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel S. Brenneman, Sept. 22, 1901. To this union were born four boys and one girl: Ancel (deceased), Velma M. McCullough, Clarence H., Ray P., and Orvin C. She accepted the Lord as her personal Savior at the age of sixteen years, and united with the Mennonite Church near Elida. She remained a faithful, active member until her crowning on the morning of June 17, 1930, having until two years ago been a teacher in the Primary Department of the Sunday school in the church she loved. Her life was a loud testimony to the riches of His grace, not only to her family but to those who knew her. She loved the Word of God, and communion with Him was sweet to her. Just before her departure she quoted from the apostle Paul, "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." She was a devoted wife and mother and in their home was sweet fellowship because they recognized the guiding hand of the Savior in all their ways. She lived the life of a faithful steward while on earth and now is enjoying the life abundant to which she looked forward. Beside her husband and children, she leaves her father (Henry Mosier), two sisters (Mrs. Ella Tucker and Mrs. Gabriel Brunk), and one brother, (John), also two grandchildren. Her mother, one sister (Ida) and one brother (Cless) preceded her in death.
"There is no name to me so dear,
No name on earth so sweet to hear.
No name that fills my life with cheer,
Like that dear name of Mother."
Funeral services were held at Salem Church near Elida, Ohio, conducted by E. L. Frey. Text, Psa. 90:12. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Smucker.-John H. Smucker, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., March 11, 1862; died June 24, 1930; aged 68 y. 3 m. 13 d. He was a son of Bishop Jonathan Smucker of Nappanee, Ind., and a grandson of Bishop Isaac Smucker of Topeka, Ind. He was the fourth of a family of eleven children, two brothers and two sisters having preceded him to the spirit world. He gave his heart to Jesus when a young man and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a loyal Christian. He was united in marriage to Caroline Schertz of Tiskilwa, Ill., Nov. 27, 1890. They made their home in Hamilton Co., Neb. for eleven years, after which they lived on their farm near Tiskilwa until 1915, when failing health compelled them to leave their farm home, after which they lived in California and in Indiana for several years, later taking up residence in Tiskilwa, where they had since resided. They were blest with three sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Ralph, is at present one of the missionaries to India. A cablegram was sent to India apprising them of father's death and they returned a message as follows: "Our loss is father's gain, heartfelt sympathy to mother, God's will be done." He leaves a loving, faithful wife, five children, eleven grandchildren, four brothers, two sisters, and many friends. John Smucker was ever interested in the spiritual welfare of his family, the church of which he was a member, as well as of many other folks with whom he came in contact, and also in missionary work of the Church in home and foreign lands. To have known him was to love him. A beautiful life ends not in death, and we who are left behind feel that his life was not lived in vain. During the years of sickness he was a patient sufferer and did not complain, but was fully resigned to the Lord's will, and while unable to do much work he spent many pleasant hours with the birds and flowers of which he was very fond. On Monday evening he was out of doors till ten o'clock and after a few hours on his couch began to cough and became short of breath, from which he did not rally, and just as the clock struck six, on Tuesday evening, he peacefully passed over on the other side, ever to be with his Lord. Funeral services were held on the 24th at the Willow Springs Church conducted by Bro. C. A. Hartzler from Jno. 14:1-3. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church. F.I.S.
Funk.-Martha Funk was born Nov. 3, 1864, in Chicago, Ill., the oldest child of the late Bishop John F. and Salome Kratz Funk. Two years later the family moved to Elkhart, Ind., where the remainder of her life was spent. With her sister Phoebe (the late Mrs. Abram B. Kolb), the only other of six children who survived infancy, she received her education in the public schools of that city. Her life was a quiet one, she being of an extremely modest and unassuming disposition, although in her younger years she took an active part in the work of the Sunday school. She had a great interest in family history, and remarkable ability in work of that nature, having spent several years in collecting and preparing for publication the material for the Funk Family History, a book which has had considerable circulation. Although her sphere of action was not a large one, she had many friends who will long and lovingly remember her for her unfailing sympathy and kindness. The last fifteen years of her life were practically devoted to caring for members of her family through long periods of illness-first her mother, then her sister, later her brother-in-law, (all now deceased), and finally her aged father, who preceded her in death by only six months. Her devotion to her father was unusual, she having been his constant companion and assistant during the last three years of his life. Her naturally vigorous constitution was undoubtedly somewhat impaired by these long years of faithful and unselfish service, beset by constant cares and anxieties. But she never complained, and was always cheerful and anxious to do what she could to bring happiness to others. Up to within six weeks of her death she had been carrying on the business of her father's estate. At that time her health began to fail slightly, although apparently not enough to cause alarm. In fact, it was not until within twenty-four hours of her death that it became evident that her condition was serious. She was taken to the Elkhart General Hospital Monday evening, June 23, at which time, although she was very weak, she showed her usual cheerfulness and optimism. But she sank shortly into a state of coma, from which she never rallied, and passed away at four o'clock in the afternoon of June 24, 1930, aged 65 y. 7 m. 21 d. The surviving relatives are: two nieces (Mrs. Donald E. Gates and Mrs. William A. Sykes), two nephews (J. Clemens Kolb and John Funk Kolb), and one great-niece (Barbara Jane Sykes). Her sudden and quite unexpected death has naturally been a severe shock to her friends and relatives, who, in their bereavement have sought solace in the feeling that, with her tasks of long years completed, she has now been called to rejoin those to whom she had so carefully and cheerfully ministered. Funderal services were conducted by Bro. J. K. Bixler at the Mennonite Church in Elkhart, June 27, at two o'clock, preceded by a short service at the home of Mrs. Sykes. Bro. Bixler read that part of the Sermon on the Mount, commonly call (sic) the Beatitudes (Matt.5:1-16), for the Scripture lesson, and selected verses 3-5 as the text of his sermon. Before the sermon he read, at the request of the family, the following hymn:
"Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our fev'rish ways.
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess,
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm. Amen."
--By a Niece.
Transcribed by Donna Schrock Birkey, Illinois
Bebes.-Nancy Hershberger Bebes died June 24, 1930, at Hollsopple, Pa.; aged 77 y 8 m. 22 d. She is survived by her husband (Valentine Bebes), also 1 daughter and 1 son. She died suddenly, being found dead in bed. She was a member of the Reformed Church. Funeral services were conducted at the home in Hollsopple on June 26, with Bro. L. A. Blough in charge. Interment in the Blough Mennonite Cemetery.
Weaver.-Anna Pauline, infant daughter of Luke S. and Anna S. Weaver, died June 13, 1930; aged 2 d. she leaves her sorrowing parents, 2 brothers and a sister (Raymond W., Pearl E., and Irvin M.) her grandparents, and great-grandfather, two great-grandmothers, and a number of uncles and aunts. Her stay was short, but long enough to endear herself to those round about her. Burial in Weaverland, Pa., Cemetery.
"A sweet little flower too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
--By Her Aunts.
Beiler.-Rebecca, daughter of Christian and Rebecca
Beiler, was born near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 18, 1840;
died of infirmities of age May 20, 1930; aged 89 y. 6 m. 2 d.
Aunt Becky united with the Amish Church (Old Order) when in her
teens and remained faithful until called home. She was of a family
of twelve children, many of them reaching an advanced age-a brother
was ninety when he died. She is survived by 3 brothers, 1 sister,
and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted
at the home of her brother Benjamin S. Beiler, by Benjamin Beiler
and Christian B. Glick. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in Beiler's
Cemetery near Ronks, Pa.
Barkley.-George Barkley was born in Fayette Co., Pa., Aug. 2, 1851; died at his home in Scottdale, Pa., June 23, 1930; aged 78 y. 10 m. 21 d. As a young man he went to Navarre, Ohio, where on Aug. 26, 1877, he was married to Martha Stucky, who survives him. To this union was born one son (Edward) who passed away a few months ago. In early life Bro. and Sister Barkley united with the U. B. Church and later transferred their membership to the Mennonite Church. Coming back to Pennsylvania many years ago, they lived in a number of places but retained their membership with the Scottdale Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 25, at their home church, conducted by the home ministers. Text, Matt. 25:13. Burial in Alverton Cemetery.
Nissley.-Benjamin L. Nissley was born Oct. 25, 1853; died at his home in Landisville, Pa., June 1, 1930; aged 76 y. 7 m. 6 d. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and also of the Sunday school, for twenty-five years, and at one time was treasurer of the Landisville Mennonite Cemetery Association. His wife preceded him in death, just one year ago. The following children survive: Elizabeth H., wife of John E. Forry; Samuel H.; Anna H., wife of Henry Erb; Frances H., wife of Geo. W. Cutrell; Ellen H. and Benjamin H. Ten grandchildren and two brothers (Frank L. and Lincoln Nissley) also survive. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 4, at Landisville Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren Hiram Kauffman, Isaac Brubaker and Christian Hostetter. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dear father, thou art quietly resting,
Here thy trials and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Shall never molest thee more."
Miller.-Bro. Ananias, son of Christian and Magdalena Miller, died June 27, 1930, at the age of 62 years. He was a grandson of the late Bish. B. Miller of the Amish Mennonite Church. He was never married and is survived by 1 brother and 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted June 29, at the Weaver Mennonite Church by Bros. Hiram Wingard and Alex. Weaver. Text, I Cor. 15:55.
Brubaker.-Menno H., son of the late Jacob E. and Elizabeth Hershey Brubaker, was born near Brickerville, Pa., Feb. 26, 1857; entered into rest at the Lancaster General Hospital July 7, 1930, following the effects of a paralytic stroke; aged 73 y. 4 m. 11 d. His wife, who was Catharine Burkholder, preceded him in death in 1922. He is survived by one daughter (Bertha, wife of Ira E. Rohrer), one brother (Ezra), two grandchildren (Menno and Catharine Rohrer), and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. By occupation he was a farmer, but for the last twenty years or more he lived retired in Lititz, Pa. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 9, in the Lititz Mennonite Church, Bro. Noah L. Landis and Bro. Jacob H. Hershey officiating. Interment in Hammer Creek Cemetery.
Brenneman.-Samuel B., son of Bishop George and Anna Brenneman, was born in Putnam Co., Ohio, July 26, 1857; died June 4, 1930; aged 72 y. 10 m. 9 d. The latter part of his life was spent at his home north of Middle Point in Van Wert Co., Ohio. On Oct. 6, 1881, he was united in marriage to Catharine Steman. To this union were born 6 children, 5 of whom survive. He had the influence of a Christian home and about 50 years ago he accepted the Lord as his Savior. This Christ he loved to the end of his days and according to his own testimony all was well with his soul and he feared not to go out into the mystery of death for Jesus was his Guide. Surely this is the greatest heritage that can be left to the mourning family. There remain to cherish his memory his wife, 4 daughters (Amanda, Myrtle, Goldie, and Mrs. John Good), 1 son (Frank), 2 sisters (Mrs. Sara Brenneman and Mrs. Nancy Hartman), 1 brother (George), 3 grandchildren (Kenneth, Mildred and Allen Good), and a host of other relatives and friends. Services were conducted June 7 by Bro. J. M. Shenk and ____Randolph. Text, I Cor. 15:22. The body was laid to rest in the Salem Church Cemetery.
"The stars shall shine for a thousand years,
A thousand years and a day;
But God and I will live and live,
When the stars are passed away."
Warye.-Jonathan J., son of John and Rebecca Lantz Warye, was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Nov. 9, 1858. He peacefully passed out of this life at his late home in West Liberty, Ohio; aged 71 y. 7 m. 16 d. He lived in this community all his life excepting two and one-half years when he lived with his family near Hartford, Kans. On January 20, 1881, he was united in marriage with Sarah E. Yoder of Topeka, Ind. Together they shared the responsibilities, the joys and the sorrows of life for more than 49 years. This union was blessed with four children (John Elton, Mrs. W. Wilbur Miller, Mrs. John J. Fisher, and Orrville Byron). He was confined to his bed nearly eight weeks with a very painful carbuncle and heart trouble. The carbuncle was healing nicely, but dilation of the heart was the immediate cause of his death. At the age of 17 he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, of which his father was pastor. He was always an active worker in the Church. He served the Sunday school as chorister for nine years, was assistant superintendent and for many years a loyal Sunday school teacher. On May 15, 1898, Bro. Warye was ordained as minister in the Oak Grove Church, in which capacity he served faithfully for more than 32 years. He was of a progressive nature, and was always interested in movements for the betterment of his community. He had an artistic temperament and was a lover of nature and all that was beautiful. Consequently in recent years he found much pleasure in what had become his chief occupation-the culture of flowers. He was the friend of young people and was deeply interested in the spiritual welfare of the young people of the Church. During his last illness he often referred to them as the "future Church." Though he had reached the age of three score years and ten, he remained young in spirit and saw many of the problems of the Church as the problems of the young people. He was always sympathetic with them and their problems, and firmly believed they should be dealt with sympathetically and understandingly. He believed there should be less criticism, and more constructive teaching and greater avenues of service. He was always a strong defender of the Bible and spent much time in its study and in the reading of other good literature found in his library. During his last illness he suffered great pain but bore it patiently. He was willing to have God's will done in his life-remain with his family or pass to that larger and fuller life with his Savior. The family did all they could for his comfort and restoration to health, but the loving Father had destined otherwise. In our sorrow we humbly submit to His will. Besides his grief-stricken companion, his two sons and his two daughters, he leaves eight grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. C. L. Kauffman), and three brothers (Samuel, Joseph, and Solomon), and a host of friends who will miss him. He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant brothers. Realizing that death was near, he made plans for his burial. His death marks the passing of one who had a firm faith in God and who saw the good in men. He was faithful and loyal in his devotion to the Church and often endeavored to serve her beyond the best interests of his health. His memory will remain with us as a benediction and a blessing. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, June 28, in chare of Bros. N. E. Troyer and S. E. Allgyer. Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
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Stere.-Sister Vida Saddler, wife of Bro. Joe Stere, was born in Michigan, Nov. 8, 1905; died April 9, 1930; aged 24 y. 5 m. 1 d. In her sixteenth year she confessed Christ as her Savior and was received into the A. M. Church near Tavistock, Ont., by water baptism, and remained faithful to the end of her life. On July 11, 1923, she was married to Joseph Stere. This union was blessed with 2 children. She leaves her beloved husband, 2 children, 1 sister, 1 brother, her aged grandmothers, and many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the East Zorra A. M. Church by Bros. Jac. R. Bender and Dan. Lebold. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Yoder.-Daniel S., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Yoder, was born Aug. 9, 1857; died June 22, 1930; aged 72 y. 10 m. 12 d. He was united in marriage with Mary Culp Sept. 26, 1880. To this union were born 7 children of whom the following, together with his companion, survive: Frank, Warren, Mrs. J. Oliver Sherman, Mrs. E. F. Martin, and Mrs. Roy Sloat. Fifteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters also survive him. He with his companion united with the Mennonite Church about 33 years ago and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted at Olive Church near Elkhart, Ind., by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank.
Bender.-Samuel M. Bender was born June 3, 1859, in Waterloo county (sic), Ont.; died May 10, 1930; aged 70 y. 11 m. 7 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his seventeenth year and was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church to the end. He was married to Magdalena Lebold on Jan. 9, 1883. She preceded him in death Jan. 8, 1929. One son and 3 daughters were born to them. He is survived by 1 son, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 1 brother. One daughter preceded him in death. Services were held at the home and at the Steinman A. M. Church by Bros. Chr. Gascho, Osiah Cressman, and D. H. Steinman. Texts, Phil. 1:20, 21 and Heb. 3:1-6. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Harnish.-Jacob G. Harnish was born Dec. 19, 1886; died July 2, 1930, after an illness of 8 years spastic paralysis; aged 43 y. 6 m 13 d. He was a son of the late Abram and Barbara Harnish of Willow Street. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (who was Emma E. Shenk before her marriage), 2 daughters, 2 sons, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the New Danville Church by Bros. Jacob Thomas, Frank Herr, John Mosemann, and Aaron Harnish. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of they face."
By the Family.
Wenger.-Marie Wenger was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 22, 1849; died May 23, 1930; aged 80 y. 6 m. 2 d. Her husband, Joseph G. Wenger, preceded her in death 10 years. She leaves 4 sons and 3 daughter, 1 son and 1 daughter having preceded her in death. She was always admonishing her children in the fear of the Lord, was a good Christian mother and faithfully did her part. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted from the Herman Rafeld home and the Martins Mennonite Church. The services were in charge of Jacob Burkhart and Daniel Martin. Burial in cemetery near by.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Zook.-Salina, daughter of Simon and Rebecca Hartzler Zook, was born near Belleville, Pa., Dec. 4, 1860; died at her home in East Lynne, Mo., July 3, 1930; aged 69 y. 6 m. 29 d. She moved with her parents from Belleville to Cass Co., Mo., about the year 1881. In March, 1912, she moved with her brother (Shem) and sister (Nancy) to New Mexico and lived there until November, 1925. She then returned to East Lynne, where she spent the remainder of her earthly pilgrimage. She united with the Belleville Mennonite congregation at the age of 14 and ever remained loyal and faithful. During her last sickness she requested the communion and anointing. She leaves one sister (Barbara Zook), one sister-in-law (Carrie Zook, now in the hospital at Kansas City), some nephews and nieces and a few cousins. "Thou shalt call and I will answer thee." Funeral services were held July 5, at the Sycamore Grove Church, conducted by Bros. I. G. Hartzler and Levi Miller. Text, I Thess. 4:13, 14. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Eichelberger.-Mattie, oldest daughter of John and Annie Stutzman, was born in Seward Co., near Milford, Nebr., July 14, 1887; died at her home near Broken Bow, Nebr., July 3, 1930; aged 42 y. 11 m. 19 d. On Nov. 17, 1912, she was united in marriage to Ed. Eichelberger. To this union 8 children were born, 4 having died in infancy. She leaves her husband, 4 daughters, mother, 5 brothers, 6 aunts, 5 uncles and many other relatives and friends. Her father preceded her in death nearly 2 years ago. We feel that our loss is her eternal gain, for her short stay here was full of much suffering which she bore patiently. She had been in ill health for years and on Feb. 11, 1930, she underwent an operation for cancer. About 4 weeks later she was anointed by Bro. D. G. Lapp and had a second operation. She suffered intense pain the last few months. Everything was done that willing hands could do, but God in His wisdom and mercy saw fit to take her unto Himself where troubles are over forever. She often expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. Funeral services were held at the home and at the church with Bros. A. E. Stoltzfus, L. C. Schrock, and Kore Zook in charge. Text, Psalms 116:15.
"Tired hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
Trials and pains are o'er, dear mother,
Now, at last you are at rest."
Kurtz.-Jonathan Kurtz was born near Lancaster, Fairfield Co., Ohio, July 8, 1848; died July 10, 1930; aged 82 y. 2 d. After he had grown to manhood he came to what was then called"Hawpatch," near Topeka, Ind. Here he became acquainted with Lizzie Byler, and later they were married. This was on March 19, 1878. Sister Kurtz and 5 children (Mrs. W. B. Christophel, Orvin, Earl, Lester, and Alice) survive him; also 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in 1868, was ordained to the ministry in June, 1882, and to the office of bishop in April, 1888. His principal places of service along these lines were in the Maple Grove and Leo congregations, both in Indiana. But Bro. K. was known in Mennonite circles almost from coast to coast. For the last two years he and Sister Kurtz lived with their daughter in Mishawaka, Ind. Bro. Kurtz will be greatly missed in Conference, in the congregation, and in the home; but it is a great consolation to think of his faithful service to the Lord and the Church, and that he has landed safely in the haven of rest. The cause of his death was infirmities of old age accompanied by creeping paralysis. Funeral services Sunday afternoon at the home by C. G Yeoman, and at the Maple Grove Church by Edwin Yoder, O. S. Hostetler, J. S. Hartzler, and D. J. Johns. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Howe.-D. Landis, son of Bro. Harry and Sarah Haymaker Howe, was born Nov. 22, 1906; died June 19, 1930; aged 23 y. 6 m. 28 d. His end came very suddenly and unexpectedly as the result of an automobile accident. On the morning of his death he left his home in good health and spirits and took his invalid mother to an uncle's home where he had dinner with her. Then he left to haul a truck load of milk to New York City, which he did every other day. When near Philadelphia he had trouble with his truck and while under it another truck bumped against his truck with such force as to knock it some distance. It ran over his body crushing him badly. After being removed to the hospital he passed away. The news of the accident and death was a great shock to his family and the community. He was of a kind and helpful disposition and he had many friends. A very large congregation gathered to show him the last tribute of respect and to show their love and sympathy for the bereaved family. We do not sorrow as those who have no hope, but look forward to the time when we shall meet again. May this loud call not be in vain, but may we heed the warning and the admonition to be ready. He was one of a family of 19 children, and was the fifth to pass over. Funeral services were conducted at the White Horse Church of which he was a member, by Bro. Abram L. Martin. Text, Matt. 24:44.
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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIII, No. 18 - July 31, 1930, Page 382-383
Knepper.-Howard Knepper Jr. died suddenly from appedicitis July 11, 1930, at Ledy, Pa.; aged 9 years. Funeral services were conducted at the home at Ledy by ___ __Stover, assisted by Harvey E. Shank. Burial in Brice's Cemetery near Waynesboro.
Mack.-Mary D., daughter of Jesse M. and Sarah Mack died July 11, 1930; aged 2 y. 15 d. Darling Mary budded on earth to bloom in heaven. She leaves parents, grandparents, 1 sister and 1 brother to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the Providence Mennonite Church near Yerkes, Pa., by Bros. Wilson R. Moyer and Warren Bean.
"We miss thee from thy home, dear Mary,
We miss thee from thy place.
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss thy smiling face."
By the Family.
Miller.-John Donald, thirteen-day-old son of Henry and Edna Rohrer Miller, died Sunday, June 15, in the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., of infant trouble. He leaves his sorrowing parents, one brother (Clay Ralph), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Miller and Mr. And Mrs. John S. Rohrer). Funeral services were held June 17, 1930, at the parents' home, conducted by Bros. Marin Metzler and Isaac Brubaker. Burial in Erisman's Cemetery. Text, Isa. 11:6.
"A sweet little flower too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love.
But to dwell with the angels above."
Lichty.-Bertha Irene, wife of Harry Lichty, died June 3, 1930; aged 31 y. 6 m. 15 d. She is survived by her husband and her parents (John H. and Emma G. Martin), and 2 brothers. She was a devoted member of the Weaverland, Pa., Church since she was 14 years of age, and was much interested in the work of the Church and the Sunday school. She was of a quiet and modest disposition.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
"'Tis lonesome here without her
And sad the weary way,
For life is not the same to us
Since Bertha's taken away."
Long.-Mattie A., daughter of Leonard and Chloe (Cole) Dinehart, was born on the homestead and near the present home at 2206 Prairie St., Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 14, 1859; died July 15, 1930, at the General Hospital following an operation performed a week previous; aged 70 y. 11 m. 1 d. Her parents (natives of the state of New York) came to this community in the fall of 1847 and were one of the most prominent pioneer families of the community. She was united in marriage to William S. Long on Feb. 4, 1892, who survives her. Other survivors are, two brothers (Charles L. and Harvey E. Dinehart), and one sister (Mrs. Charles E. DeCamp), besides other near relatives and many friends who cherish her memory. Funeral services were conducted at the home on July 17 by D. A. Yoder and Jacob K. Bixler. Interment in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Myers.-Elsie W., daughter of the late Enos D. and Maria Benner, was born at Telford, Pa., Jan. 1, 1893; died of pneumonia at her late home in Souderton, Pa., June 28, 1930; aged 37 y. 5 m. 12 d. This illness was of only 9 days' duration, which caused a shock to the whole community. Just fifteen years and two days (June 26, 1915) before her death she was united in marriage to Titus R. Myers. To this union were born two sons (Nevin and Merrill) and one daughter (Marian), who greatly miss a mother's love in their early life. She with her companion accepted Christ in early life and were faithful members of the Souderton Mennonite Church. Besides the husband and children, she is also survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Funeral services on July 2 were conducted by Brethren Jacob and Elmer Moyer, assisted by Bro. J. D. Mininger of Kansas City, Kans., at the Souderton meeting house, with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Mummau.-Abram W., son of Levi and Annie Wolgemuth Mummau, was born April 25, 1873; died July 2, 1930; aged 57 y. 2 m. 7 d. He died very suddenly and unexpectedly at his home. Six years ago he had been very ill and suffered almost beyond human endurance, which we can say was to God's glory. From this illness God raised him up again after he had been anointed. He loved his Bible and it became very precious to him through his affliction. He had been helping with the morning chores, when he was seized with a heart attack. He went to the house and in about a half-hour passed away to be with Jesus and those gone before. He is survived by his wife (who before her marriage was Mary P. Reist), 4 daughters, 6 sons, 12 grandchildren, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. One son, 1 granddaughter, 6 brothers and sisters, and father and mother preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Pleasant Church by Bros. Henry Hoffer, Christ Moyer, and Noah Risser. Text, Prov. 27:1 and II Tim. 4:7,8.
"Weep not for me, my family dear,
Nor shed for me a sorrowing tear,
I am not dead but only sleep.
My silent slumber, Oh, how sweet!"
Hershey.-Moses Hershey was born near Intercourse, Pa., Nov. 29, 1843; died July 14, 1930; aged 86 y. 7 mo. 15 d. In 1871 he was married to Margaret A. Wanner, who preceded him in death 3 years ago. A daughter preceded him 55 hours, also 2 sons. He is survived by 3 daughters, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 1 brother. He died of paralysis, was sick 18 days. He bore his suffering with Christian fortitude. Before his last sickness he was often not well but he never murmured. He was happy in the Lord and made all his funeral arrangements. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 57 years, and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. He was always interested in singing, and although his voice was affected he sang almost till the last. He peacefully slept away. Funeral services were held at the home and at Hershey's Church in charge of Bros. John B. Senger, Jacob Mellinger, C. M. Brackbill, and Abram M. Martin. Text, I Thess. 4:13-18. He was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining.
"Softly and peacefully father passed away
From earth to heaven to make his stay.
Long and patiently he waited for the call
Now in heaven he is waiting for us all."
By a Daughter.
Steinmann.-Sarah, daughter of Bishop Daniel and Barbara Steinmann, was born June 7, 1907, near Baden, Ont.; died at the home of her parents July 16, 1930; aged 23 y. 1 m. 9 d. She leaves her parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and many relatives and friends. About 8 years ago she was operated on for appendicitis, the operation proving successful. A little over a year ago she was again operated upon, when a large tumor was removed. But the growth developed again, which was the cause of her death. She suffered much but bore it all patiently and was resigned to the will of God, expressing a desire to be with Jesus in a better land. Her favorite hymn was, "On Jordan's stormy banks I stand, And cast a wishful eye," etc. She accepted Jesus as her Savior in her youth and united with the Wilmot A. M. congregation of which her father is bishop, and was faithful until the end. Funeral services were held July 19 at the home and at the church in charge of Bros. Peter Boshart, M. S. Zehr, and Christian Schultz. Texts, Psa. 90; Psa. 116; Matt. 24:42. Amos Swartzentruber, a missionary on furlough, gave a short talk in English. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sickness and sorrow, death nor pain
Are felt and feared no more,
For I have reached that happy plain
And am blest forevermore."
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