Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1931

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December 3, 1931 - Vol. XXIV, No.36 - page 783, 784

Newcomer. - Susan H. Newcomber, wife of Jacob Newcomer, Mountville, Pa., was born May 5, 1857; died Nov. 20, 1931; aged 74 y. 6 m. 15 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, holding membership with the Mountville congregation. She will be missed, for she was a Christian in every sense of the word. Surviving in the immediate family are her husband, 1 daughter, and 2 sons. Funeral services were held at the home conducted by Bros. Habecker and Charles of the Mennonite Church and DundoUnited Bethren Church.

Shoup. - Sister Myrtle M. Shoup, wife of John Shoup, was born near Millersburg, Ohio, Mar. 31, 1881; died at her home near Dalton, Wayne county, O., Nov. 16, 1931; aged 50 y. 7 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to John Shoup at Mt. Eaton, O., Jan. 19, 1901. To them were born 3 sons and 3 daugthers; Wilmer, Floyd, Edith, Nelson, Mabel and Lois. At the early age of 15, she united with the Longnecker Mennonite Church near Winesberg and later transferred her membership to the Martin Church in Wayne Co., O., with which church she retained her membership until death. Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at the Martin Church by I. J. Buckwalter and I. W. Royer, assisted by R. G. Pinkerton and Aaron Eberly.

Rhodes. - Hannah R. Rhodes, wife of Miller D. Rhodes, was born May 7, 1868; died at her home near Broadway, Va., Sept. 26, 1931; aged 63 y. 4 m. 19 d. She had been in failing health for several years. Due to complications her condition became serious about two months before her death. In their early married life, she with her husband united with the Mennonite church to which faith she remained loyal. Sister Rhodes was a loving wife and mother and a kind neighbor. Besides her husband she leavers her aged mother, Mrs. Selilah Neff, 2 sons, Robert and Joseph, 2 daughters, Nellie and Julia. She is also survived by 3 brothers and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Zion Church conducted by A. D. Wenger, Lewis Shank, and P. E. Shank. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Burkholder. - Lydia Burkholder, nee Freyenberger, wife of David W. Burkholder, was born near Pettisville, Ohio, Aug. 19, 1869; died suddenly of heart failure, Nov. 13, 1931; in her home at the age of 62 y. 6 m. 24 d. She was united in marriage to David W. Burkholder Aug. 16, 1894 and shared the joys and sorrows of life for over 37 years. This union was blessed with seven children of whom 2 sons and 1 daughter preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure her sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 6 sisters and many relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Nov. 15 at the Central Church near Archbold, Ohio, in charge of E. B. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Text, Matt. 24:44. Burial was made in Eckley cemetery.

Stutzman. - Laura, daughter of John and Mary Stutzman, was born on the Stutzman homestead, Johnson Co., Iowa, May 31, 1884; died at the Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, Oct. 2, 1931; aged 47 y. 4 m. 2 d.. She was married July 20, 1908, to Harvey Gingerich. To this union 6 children were born - 1 daughter (Mrs. Myrtle Lintz) and 5 sons (Advin, Ora, Archie and Raymond. One son died in infancy. Sister Gingerich accepted Christ in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. Her death is mourned by her husband, children and 3 grandchildren, her aged father (John J. Stutzman), 5 sisters (Mrs. Abe Miller, Mrs. Julius Gingerich, Mrs. Simon Gingerich, Mrs. Thomas Kauffman and Mrs. Henry Miller), 3 brothers (William, Melvin and Erwin), and a host of near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, Oct. 4 and burial in the East Union Cemetery, conducted by Bros. Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher.

Musselman. - George I. Musselman was born July 12, 1873; died Nov. 12, 1931; aged 58 y. 4 m. On Jan. 5, 1896 he was married to Hannah Good who died March 25, 1919. This union was blessed with 6 children - 4 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons preceded him in death. He was later married to Malinda Bauman, who with 4 children, 4 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 2 sisters, remain to mourn the departure of one who will be greatly missed in the home, the neighborhood and the church. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained true to the end. For many years he was one of the trustees. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 15, 1931, conducted by Oliver Snider, at the home and at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church by Jonas Snider and Moses M. Brubacher. Texts, Matt. 24:44; Ecel. 12:5.
"Weep not for me, my family dear,
Nor shed for me the sorrowing tear,
I am not dead, but only sleep,
My silent slumber, O how sweet!"

Sensenig. - Joseph M. Sensenig was born Feb. 14, 1870 in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at his home in the same county, Oct. 26, 1931; aged 61 y. 8 m. 12 d. He was married to Mary W. Oberholtzer of Juniata Co., on Jan. 13, 1898. They had no children, but adopted and raised Nettie Oberholtzer, a niece, who married and died in young womanhood, leaving 7 children whom they always regarded as their own grandchildren. Nettie was a grandchild of the late Bishop William Auker of Perry Co. He is survived by 1 brother, Martin Sensenig, and 2 step-sisters, Mrs. John Good and Mrs. Nathan Zimmerman. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. He died after a lingering illness of over 5 months of that dreaded disease, internal cancer. He was a very patient sufferer and often regretted that he needed so much attention. The funeral was well attended and visiting ministers, John Martin of Indiana and Daniel Brubaker of Michigan, preached, assisted by Aaron Burkholder and Joseph Wenger. Text. Rom. 8:18.
"Remember friends, as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I;
As I now am so shall you be,
Prepare for Christ and follow me."

Stauffer. - Aaron B. Stauffer was born Mar. 14, 1882 in Snyder Co.; died Oct. 6, 1931, on the old homestead where he was born. He was married to Maria Brubaker. Eleven children were born to this union. He was ordained a minister in the Stauffer Mennonite Church. He died after six weeks of serious illness - a tumor on the brain. He was taken to the Danville Hospital for two weeks, and after coming home was removed to the University of Pa., at Philadelphia as a last resort. Here he died after an operation. He suffered intense pain until death brought welcome relief. He bore his sufferings very patiently, having a smile for everyone who stayed with him. The funeral was held at Stauffer's Church and Jacob Stauffer of Lancaster Co., preached the funeral sermon. Text, II Tim. 4:1-5. He was the only child of Jacob and Susan Stauffer and is survived by his widow and 10 children; Mrs. Paul Zimmerman of Lancaster Co., Mrs. Enos Martin of Kantz; Nathan of near Sellinsgrove, and Anna, William, Joseph, Jacob, Daniel, Ida and Aaron at home.
"Father, you have left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today,
But a better time is coming
If we watch and wait and pray."

Eash. - Lydia Ann Miller Eash, daughter of Christian and Fannie Miller was born in La Grange Co., Ind. March 27, 1876; died at her home near Goshen, Ind., Nov. 21, 1931; aged 55 y. 7 m. 24 d. On Dec. 5, 1894, she was married to John Eash, to which union were born 10 children, 5 of whom preceded her in death. Those living are Orvin N., of Kansas City, Perry of Wichita, Kans., Louella, wife of LeRoy Hostettler, of Elkhart, Ind., and Bertha and Lester, both of whom are at home. She also leaves to mourn her death one brother, Menno Miller, and one sister Mrs. Fannie Frey, both of Middlebury, Ind., and one half-brother, Jake Kauffman, of Hesston, Kansas. Early in her life she united with the Mennonite Church and was a devoted member who will be greatly missed in church and in her Sunday school class, as well as in the home and community. Her death was caused by an apoplectic stroke. Soon after their marriage she moved with her husband to Oklahoma, where they lived almost twenty years. Seven years ago they returned to Indiana where they have since resided. Funeral services were held at the house conducted by C. L. Graber, and the Forks Church by D. D. Miller and S. C. Yoder. Interment was made in the Kauffman cemetery near the church.

Lefever. - Lizzie Groff LeFever, wife of Amos L. Lefever, died at her home Nov. 4 1931 of complications; aged 67 y. 11 m. She was a member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband, and the following children; Frank of East Lampeter; Mrs. John Finger of Lancaster; Abram of Lititz; Mrs. Paul Burkhart of Greensburg; Clayton of Strasburg; Harry of Rothville; Mrs. Merritt Robinson of Gardenville; Mrs. Rohrer Meck of Ronks; and Mrs. Harry Doutrick of Bird-in-hand; also 25 grandchildren all of whom mourn the loss of a dear mother and grandmother. These sisters and brothers also survive; Mrs. Isaac Rohrer, Mrs. Elmer Bauchman, Benjamin Groff, Mrs. Martin Good, Mrs. Aaron Denlinger. Five children preceded her in death. She has gone to meet her loved ones. Mother was of a quiet and loving nature, endeavoring to be a friend of all. It will be sad to go home and not find her, and it brings sadness to our hearts and tears to our eyes. But why should we mourn? God's way is not our way. Short services were held at the home by Bro. David Landis, Nov. 7, followed by services at Mellinger's Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Elmer Martin. Text, I John 3:1-3. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dear Mother, thou art not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more,
Still in memory thou art with us
As you always were before."

Widmer.--Benjamin G. Widmer was born in Switzerland, Sept. 11, 1874. He came to America with other members of the family in 1893, making their home near Wayland, Ia. He was converted in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church in Switzerland, and was a faithful member of the Sugar Creek congregation near Wayland, Ia., at the time of his death. On Jan. 19, 1905, he was united in marriage to Barbara Kauffman. One daughter was born to this union. On Nov. 10, 1931, while out at work, accompanied by his wife, he suddenly dropped over and passed away. His age at the time of his death, was 57 y. 1 m. 29 d. Bro. Widmer's health had not been good for several years but seemed some better this summer. His unexpected and sudden death came as a shock to the members of his family and also to the community. Again we are very forcibly reminded of the words of Solomon when he said, "Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." Bro. Widmer leaves his deeply bereaved wife and daughter Ruth (Mrs. J. C. Wenger, Wayland, Ia.); 3 brothers (John in Switzerland; Chriss, Wayland, Ia; Peter, Washington, Ia.); 2 sisters, Anna (Mrs. P. J. Alvine, Long Beach, Calif.) and Mary (Mrs. Omer Seabergh near Wayland, Ia.); and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held from the Sugar Creek Church Nov. 12 conducted by Bros. Simon Gingerich and Ellis Zook. Text, Psalm 23. Interment in the cemetery near by.

Steiner. - Menno, son of Ulrich and Barbara (Schumaker) Steiner, was born near Morrison, Ill., Feb. 16, 1872; died at his home near Comins, Mich., Nov. 12, 1931; aged 59 y. 8 m. 26 d. In the year 1897 he united in marriage with Margaret E. Gsell. To this union were born 11 children. In the spring of the same year he gave his heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church. Jan. 19, 1908, he was ordained as a deacon of the Fairview church and performed his duties in a God-fearing way, ever ready to help in time of need, being much concerned about the welfare of the church. Details of his sudden death were given in last week's Herald. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 10 children; Clarence G., Harvey G., Earl G., Margaret Alta, Barbara Cevilla, wife of Chester Detweiler, Vada Verle, wife of Henry Smith, Roy G., Velma Ruth, Edna Viola and Lloyd G. One daughter, Mary Ellen, preceded him to the spirit world 21 years. He also leaves 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 4 brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father. To know him was to love him. In the spring of 1907 he with his family moved from Morrison, Ill., to Fairview, Mich., where he lived with his brother Moses for one year, while he was building a home on his farm near Comins, where he has since resided. Short services were held at the house, and at the Fairview church by Bro. E. A. Bontrager (Text, II Tim. 4:6-8) and Bro. Menno Esch (Rev. 14:13). Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery. By the Family.

Hostetler.--Joseph C. Hostetler was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Oct. 20, 1858; died at the home of his daughter near Harrisburg, Oreg., Oct. 23, 1931; aged 73 y. 3 d. He leaves his companion, one daughter (Annie, wife of Frank Kropf), 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; also 1 foster daughter (Myra, wife of John Kropf), 6 foster grandchildren, 7 brothers, 1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. One daughter, 1 granddaughter, and 3 brothers preceded him in death. Bro. Hostetler, when 8 years old, moved with his parents to Hickory Co., Mo., and from there to Cass Co., Mo. When 18 years old he gave his heart to God and his hand to the Church, and was baptized by Bishop Jacob Kenagy. In 1893 he was married to Mary Werner of Fulton Co., Ohio, at which place her resided 1 1/2 years, after which he moved again to Cass Co., Mo. In 1892 Bro. Hostetler's moved to Oregon, and lived in this state ever since, except 2 years which were spent in his former home in Missouri. In all he lived about 17 years near Hubbard, Oreg., and 20 years at Harrisburg, Oreg. Bro. Hostetler always was active in Church and Sunday school work, serving as superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. In 1922 he was ordained to the office of deacon, and served the Harrisburg, Amish Mennonite Church, until he was ordained to the office of bishop in 1927, in which he served as long as health permitted. In his last illness he was confined to his bed for about 8 months, never complaining that his lot was too hard. He will be missed much in the home and in the Church. The funeral was held Oct. 25. Services at the house were conducted by Brethren J. Joe Schrock and John Yoder. Services at the Church were opened by the home minister, Bro. Levi Kropf (Reading; Eccl. 12:1-7, Jno. 14:1-7) Opening prayer by Bro. Henry Yoder of Portland, Oreg., followed by Brethren A. P. Troyer of the Zion congregation and N. A. Lind of the Albany congregation. Text, Num. 23:10.

Kauffman. - Martha Ellen, daughter of Jonathan and Ann Yoder, was born in Logan county, Ohio, Jan. 3, 1861; died at her home near West Liberty, Nov. 13, 1931; aged 70 y. 10 m. 10 d. She was the last surviving member of the family, 4 sisters and 3 brothers having preceded her in death. On Feb. 21, 1884, she was united in marriage to Abner Kauffman. To this union were born 9 children. Those remaining, with the father, are, Blaine, of Pemberton; Mrs. Marian King, of West Liberty; Mrs. Ralph Yoder, of Harrisonville, Mo.; Sherman, of Bellefontaine; Mabel and Harry at home. Clarence and Mary and an infant son preceded her in death. There also remain 9 grandchildren. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. She enjoyed attending services as long as health permitted her to do so. She had been in failing health for almost three years. Heart trouble and hardening of the arteries was the cause of her death. During her last six weeks' illness she often expressed her desire to depart this life and go to her heavenly home. She bore her suffering patiently and was always appreciative of what was done for her by loved ones and friends. As a mother, she was greatly attached to her family who will keenly feel the loss of a devoted and loving mother. By her cheerful disposition she had won many friends, who will sadly miss her, but our loss is her gain, and her testimony in her days of affliction is a great comfort to her sorrowing friends. Since it was God's will to take her and she had a desire to go, we humbly submit. Funeral services were in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and A. I. Yoder, conducted at South Union Church. Burial was made in cemetery near the church.
"As a cloud of sunset, slow melting in heaven,
As a star that is lost when the daylight is given,
As a glad dream of slumber which wakens in bliss,
She has passed to the world of the hold from this."

Transcribed by Marie Fogelsinger, Michigan


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIV, No. 37- December 10, 1931 - p. 814, 815

Schlegel.-Rex, son of Homer and Kate Schlegel of Albany, Oreg., died of diphtheria Nov. 1, 1931; aged 6 y. 1 m. 13 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers (Everett, Leo, George), 4 sisters (Olivene, Irene, Doris, Louise), and 3 grandparents ( J. M. Schlegel, C. C. and Mary Steckly), 1 great-grandmother (Katie Kipher), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the grave conducted by M. E. Brenneman and N. A. Lind. Text, II Sam. 12:23.

Reid.-Bro. John Robert Reid died at his home in Mt. Sidney, Va., after an illness of some duration, of liver and heart trouble. He was born Aug. 14, 1857; died Nov. 13, 1931; aged 74 y. 3 m. He united with the Mennonite Church about 45 years ago. The widow, 4 daughters, 2 sons, and grandchildren survive. Services were held at the Valley Brethren Church, conducted by the brethren Garber, J. R. Driver, and J. H. Weaver. A large crowd was present to pay its last respect to one they loved. Interment in the Union Chapel Cemetery.

Korte.-Lizzie Korte was born Aug. 1, 1853; died at the Oreville, Pa., Mennonite Home Nov. 18, 1931, following a stroke two days prior to her death. She was a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church for many years. For the last four years she had no sense of hearing. But God called her home to Himself where she will sing with the redeemed, the song of Moses and the Lamb. Age, 78 y. 3 m. 20 d. Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at the Oreville Home and the Landis Valley Church in charge of Brethren N. L. Landis and Ira D. Landis. Text, Isa. 59:1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Schlegel.-Lenard N., son of Bro. Harry and Sister Mable Schlegel of Albany, Oreg., died of diphtheria at his home Oct. 15, 1931; aged 6 y. 2 d. Lenard was called very suddenly. Monday he was in school; Thursday he was a corpse. He was always cheerful and happy, with a smile on his face at all times. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers (Bobby Lee and Richard Dale), 2 sisters (Barbara Ann, and Mary Elizabeth), 3 grandparents ( J. M. Schlegel, L. H. and Barbara Neuschwander), 2 great-grandparents (Peter Neuschwander and Mary Roth) and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the River Cemetery, conducted by Bro. N. A. Lind. Text, II Sam. 12:16-24.

Kauffman.-Harold Jay, infant son of Alvin and Elmina Kauffman, Middlebury, Ind., died Nov. 15, 1931; aged 16 days. He leaves father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, and a number of other relatives and friends. Our dear little child whom we cherished so much has been called home to his rest by our heavenly Father. We cannot understand just why, but we know that He knoweth what is best and have committed all into His care. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Earl Miller and Silas Yoder. Burial in the Miller Cemetery.
"Oh sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God in His mercy took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."

Witmer.-Amanda Hess, wife of Isaac B. Witmer, died at her home north of Lititz, Pa., Nov. 11, 1931, after a brief illness of heart attack; aged 57 y. 2 m. 8 d. She is survived by her husband and these children: Mrs. Ben Snavely, Brickerville; Mrs. Elmer Hertzler, Rohrerstown; Mrs. Martin Peifer, near East Petersburg; Wayne, at home; Isaac, Lititz; Mrs. Paul Miller, Rothsville; Irene and Aaron at home; also twelve grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held Nov. 15, conducted by Bros. Noah Landis, John S. Hess, and Joseph Boll. Text, Isa. 51:11.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand."

Brubaker.-Mary A. (Detweiler) Brubaker, wife of Amos Brubaker, was born in Caledonia, Mich., Aug. 13, 1861; died at Sheridan, Oreg., Nov. 23, 1931; aged 70 y. 3 m. 10 d. She was married to Amos Brubaker Mar. 5, 1882. She was united with the Mennonite Church in Brutus, Mich., in 1884 and remained true to her Lord and the Church until the Lord took her home. To this union 9 children were born; 3 preceded their mother in death. A loving husband, 6 children, 54 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 3 sisters, and a host of friends remain to mourn the departure of one that was loved by many. Funeral services held at Sheridan, Oreg., Nov. 26. Service in charge of Bro. J. P. Bontrager of Winton, Calif. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in the Baptist Cemetery near by. J. P. B.

Landis.-Isaac S., son of Isaac L. and Mary Shirk Landis, was born June 21, 1843, at Landis Valley on a farm adjoining the cemetery where his remains now lie; died Nov. 8, 1931, at his home in Neffsville, Pa., after a brief illness; aged 88 y. 4 m. 17 d. He was married to Harriet Fry of Ephrata, Pa. Bro. Landis was for many years a faithful member of the Landis Valley Church. He served as trustee for twenty years; taught a S. S. class in his younger years. He also served as chorister. Surviving him are his wife and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at his late home and at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren N. L. Landis, Ira Landis, assisted by C. E. Rice, pastor of the Lutheran church of which Bro. Landis' wife was a member. Text, Isa. 46:4. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Danner.-Ruth Ida, only child of Pre. Richard and Sister Anna (Ness) Danner, Hanover, Pa., died Nov. 19, 1931; aged 1 y. 9 m. 17 d. Little Ruth, being of a bright disposition, won for her many friends who mourn her departure together with her sorrowing parents, grandparents, and others. She took sick suddenly, which lasted but a few days, suffering from meningitis. The Lord saw fit to take her home. Knowing that He doeth all things well we submissively say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held Nov. 22. Short services at the home, and further services and interment at Bairs meetinghouse, conducted by J. Irvin Lehman, Peter Shank, and Harvey Grove. Text, Rom. 8:38, 39, selected by the parents.
"Oh sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God in His mercy took our Ruth away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."

Beaman.-Samuel Ellis Beaman was born in Morgan Co., Mo., July 27, 1848; died in the home of his son near Creighton, Mo., Nov. 19, 1931; aged 83 y. 3 m. 24 d. At the age of 19 years, he gave himself to God and united with the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. In 1866 he was united in marriage to Coatney Ann Hamby. To this union 9 children were born, 3 of whom survive (James J. Beaman, C. H. Beaman, and Mrs. W. E. Williams). His wife died Dec. 15, 1895. He married Lousina Roberts in 1901 and she died Sept. 19, 1930. He has since made his home with his children. To his many friends in Cass Co., he was always known as "Uncle Sam." He is survived by his 3 children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Lynne Baptist Church, conducted by I. G. Hartzler, assisted by ---- Woods. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.

Lefever.-Suetta (Kauffman) Lefever, wife of Reuben H. Lefever, was born July 11, 1863; died at her home in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 30, 1931; aged 68 y. 19 d. She is survived by her husband and 3 daughters (Mrs. Benjamin Neff, Mrs. Charles Roberts, and Miss Emma at home), 1 son (Levi), 10 grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Kilheffer). Sister Lefever was a faithful member of the Masonville congregation for many years and attended all services while health permitted. She was confined to her home and bed for more than 10 years, but was a patient sufferer. The many brethren and friends who visited her could gather Christian testimony, patience, and resignation to the Lord's will. Funeral services were held Nov. 2, conducted at the home by Bro. J. C. Habecker and at the church by Bros. John H. Mosemann (Text, Rom. 8:18) and John K. Charles (Text, Luke 8:54). Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Swope.-Emma F., wife of Ira B. Swope and eldest daughter of Joseph and Ida Pullen, was born in Rappahannock Co., Va., March 21, 1896; died at her home near Sterling, Ill., Nov. 23, 1931; aged 35 y. 8 m. 2 d. On Dec. 7, 1911, she was united in marriage to Ira B. Swope of Dayton, Va. In the spring of 1913 they came to Illinois, locating near Sterling, where they have since made their home. To this union were born 3 children: Ward, Esther and Earl. She was preceded in death by her father who died May 10, 1927. Sister Swope is survived by her husband, children, her mother (Mrs. Ida Pullen), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Fred Smith, Mrs. Emil Johnson and Mrs. Victor Ciesieseki). Sister Swope united with the Mennonite Church early in life and remained in this faith until death. Funeral services were held on Thanksgiving Day, in charge of A. C. Good. A large number of friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one who so suddenly was called from their midst.

Miller.-Seth J., son of John L. and Anna Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb.28, 1853; died in Lagrange Co., Ind., Nov. 18, 1931; aged 78 y. 8 m. 21 d. He was married to Mary E. Miller in May, 1874, who preceded him in death 30 years ago. This union was blessed with 7 children: Rudolph, Andrew, Chancey, Mrs. John F. Keim, Mrs. Thomas Williamson, and 2 daughters who died in infancy. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; also 5 brothers and 2 sisters: John J. L., David, Daniel, Noah, Jacob, Mrs. Joseph Chupp, and Mrs. Samuel Eash. Four years ago he had a fall which resulted in a broken hip from which he never recovered. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Middlebury Church, conducted by Yost Miller and Silas Yoder.
"Pain and sorrow all are o'er
On that happy, peaceful shore;
And so may we our lives prepare
That we will some day meet him there."

Lapp.-Emanuel, son of Benjamin and Marion Lapp, was born in Stevenson Co., Ill., Jan. 15, 1857; died at his home near Creston, Mont., Sept. 30, 1931; aged 74 y. 8 m. 15 d. In February, 1880, he was married to Nancy A. Snyder. To this union were born 10 children. One son, 2 daughters, and 1 granddaughter preceded him in death. He leaves his sorrowing wife, 7 children, 31 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 1 sister. The remaining children are: Mrs. Catharine Schiffler, and Mrs. Esther Shank of Filer, Idaho; Frank B. of Creston, Mont.; Mrs. Sadie Shank, Mrs. Ruth Shank, and Mrs. Frances Kauffman of Filer, Idaho; and Daniel I. of Creston, Mont. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Ruth Shank. The immediate cause of his death was heart trouble, which was of only a few weeks' duration. On the evening before he passed away he wished to be anointed. The home minister and deacon were called and his wish fulfilled. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and retained his faith to the end. The funeral was held at the Funeral Home in Kalispel, conducted by the home minister, Bro. John Hochstetler. Remains were laid to rest in the Conrad Cemetery near Kalispel.
"How sweetly dawned the morn,
Our father fell asleep,
As if it seemed to say,
Dear children, do not weep."

Wideman.-Abraham B. Wideman was born in Ontario, Nov. 15, 1851; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Boettger near Kingman, Alta., Nov. 15, 1931. He died on his 81st birthday. On Feb. 6, 1876, he was married to Anna Hembling of Ontario, who preceded him in death 6 years. To this union were born 7 sons and 6 daughters: Edwin, William, Ivy, Abram, Noah, Menno, Elias, Susannah, Martha, Anna, Franey, Lydia and Mary Ann. Elias, Noah, Anna, and Franey died in childhood. All the remaining children reside in the Kingman district except Edwin of Sheridan, Oreg., and Abram of Petoskey, Mich. He leaves 5 sons, 4 daughters, 57 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 half-sister and many relatives and friends. In the year 1885 he with his family moved to Osceola Co., Iowa, residing on a farm until 1901, when they migrated to Western Canada, taking a homestead near Olds, Alberta, residing there until his death. He was in good health until about a year ago, when he suffered a light stroke of paralysis, after which he gradually became weaker until his end. When a young man, he was received into the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. His seat in church was seldom vacant. In the last days of his life he often expressed a desire to go home; however, he manifested a full resignation to the will of his heavenly Father. Funeral services were held at the Salem Mennonite Church, near Tofield, Alta., conducted by N. E. Roth and M. D. Stutzman. Text, I Cor. 15:57; I Cor. 15:6. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Yoder.-Yost D., son of David S. and Ella Yoder, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Jan. 30, 1880; died at Goshen, Ind., Nov. 29, 1931; aged 51 y. 10 m. 29 d. Yost had been well as usual till Sunday morning, when death came very suddenly as a result of a stroke of apoplexy. In his boyhood he united with the Amish Mennonite Church near Kalona, Iowa, and later transferred his membership to the Zion Mennonite Church near Hubbard, Oreg. He was united in marriage to Violet Troyer of Kalona in 1921, to which union there was born a son who died in infancy. In February, 1929, his wife preceded him in death. He is survived by his aged father and four brothers (Steven, Lewis, Joseph D., and Frank) and two sisters (Mrs. Manassas Miller and Mrs. John Yoder) all of Kalona, Iowa. Yost was a man that made many friends and was widely known as the result of building operations which brought him in contact with many people in different parts of the country. His death comes as a distinct shock to all who knew him. The past two years he was closely tied up with the interests of the College during his work in building Coffman Hall and rebuilding both East Hall and Kulp Hall. During this time he made friends with and employed many students in his building operations who will be grieved to learn of his untimely death. Funeral services were held at Goshen College conducted by Milo Kauffman of Chicago and Edwin Yoder of Topeka, Ind. His body was taken to his former home in Iowa, where after appropriate services it was laid to rest beside that of his wife and little son.

Horning.-Joseph G., son of Moses and Lavina (Gehman) Horning, was born Sept. 28, 1855, near Gourglersville, Pa.; died Nov. 25, 1931, in his late home near Bowmansville, Pa.; aged 76 y. 1 m. 27 d. On Dec. 8, 1874, he was married to Lizzie Good of Bowmansville. This union the Lord blessed with 10 children. On April 25, 1895, he was ordained as deacon of the Bowmansville congregation, Allegheny and Gehmans also being under this charge. He was a brother of deep conviction and had an earnest concern for the welfare of the Church. He often pleaded with tears to the brotherhood to help to keep worldliness out of the Church and maintain a Gospel simplicity. He was a tireless visitor to the sick, a gifted admonisher. Even after the infirmities in his physical body were telling on him his zeal to be faithful in his charge had not abated. For 36 years he served faithfully as a deacon. The last 32 years of his life and service to the Church he lived on his farm 1 mile north of Bowmansville. His demise was sudden, though not unlooked for by immediate members of his family. He was doing some work outside, was seized with pain in the breast, went to bed and passed away in less than an hour. There remain to mourn this honored father in Israel, his wife (Lizzie) and these sons and daughters: Clara (Good); Harry, Hettie, Lavina (Musser), Barton, George, Annie (Weber), and John. Two children preceded him to the Spirit world. Thirty-nine knew him as grandfather, and great-grandchildren there are 23. In his conservative zeal he left a blessed heritage to the Church. In this progeny is a preacher, a Sunday school leader, and a number of others taking active part in Church work. He also leaves these brothers and sisters: Moses Horning (Bishop), Frank, Benjamin, Noah, Elizabeth (Good), and Lydia (Musser). On the afternoon of Nov. 29 his body was laid to rest at the Bowmansville burial ground. Bishop John Sauder preached the funeral sermon to a full house from II Tim. 4:6-8, the home ministers taking their allotted places.
"Ach allerliebste Kinder mein,
Gott voll auch eich begleiten!
Er selbst voll euer vater sein,
Veil ich von euch thu scheiden
Laszt. Jesus und sein Vort allein
Doch eures Lebens Richtschnur sain,
So vird der Herr euch segnen."



December 17, 1931 - Vol. XXIV, No. 38 - page 831, 832

Yoder. - Viola Mae, infant daughter of Albert and Edna Yoder, died Oct. 29, 1931; aged 20 d. She lived to blossom only a short time and has gone to bloom forever in heaven. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers, and many relatives and friends. One brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at the home and at the Lake View Church near Wolford, N. Dak., by the home ministers.

Derstein. - Mary Ellen Derstein (nee Kratz) was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Aug. 4, 1895; died near Hatfield, Pa., Nov. 19, 1931; aged 36 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was received into church fellowship April 18, 1915, and was united in holy matrimony to Wallace H. Derstein, May 6, 1916. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 4 children, also her mother, 2 half-brothers and 2 half-sisters. The funeral services which were very largely attended were held at the Plain Mennonite Church, Nov. 24. The brethren, Jonas Mininger, Arthur Ruth, and J. C. Clemens, conducted the services. Text, Rom. 8:18.

Fisher. - Barbara (Lapp) Fisher was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on Nov. 28, 1842; died Dec. 3, 1931; aged 89 y. 5 d. In 1862 she was united in marriage to Samuel B. Fisher, who preceded her in death many years. They were blessed with a family of 11 children, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Ten of these survive, as do 93 grandchildren and 217 great-grandchildren. She attended the wedding and witnessed the marriage of 47 of her grandchildren. The surviving children are Isaac, Elizabeth, Christian, Jacob, Katie, Fannie, Mary, Aaron, Rebecca, and Samuel. Sarah died a number of years ago. Sister Fisher united with the Amish Church in her youth and lived an exemplary Christian life. Funeral services were held at the home of her son, Christian, on Dec. 7, conducted by Bros. Henry L. Lapp and Benj. Beiler. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Ranck. - Esther Mae, only daughter of David H. and Susan Hostetter Ranck, was born May 2, 1925; fell asleep Sept. 29, 1931; aged 6 y. 4 m. 27 d. She leaves her sorrowing mother, father, 2 brothers (Robert H. and Melvin H.), 4 grandparents, aunts, uncles and many friends. She had a sweet, loving disposition and a ready smile for all. Darling Mae suffered much during the last year but was cheerful with it all. She loved to go to Sunday school and did not want to miss if health permitted. Mae will be sadly missed in the home, Sunday school and everywhere. Short services were held at the home conducted by Bro. Eli Gish, and at the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church by Bros. Landis Shertzer and Jacob Hess. Text, Mark 10:14.
"Oh! There at least, life's trials past,
We'll meet our loved once more,
Whose feet have trod the path to God -
Not lost, but gone before."

Burkhart. - Abram Burkhart was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., July 30, 1857; died at his home in Sterling, Ill., Nov. 29, 1931; aged 74 y. 3 m. 29 d. On Oct. 15, 1891, he was married to Mrs. Hettie Byers, who passed away March 8, 1926. Bro. Burkhart united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church in June, 1891. He was one of the promoters of the Sunday school, and served as superintendent for a number of years. In February, 1895, he was called to the office of deacon, which office he held until February, 1923. He is survived by one step-son (Noah E. Byers of Bluffton, Ohio), and twelve nephews and nieces. Three brothers (Isaac, Christian, and John) and three sisters (Mary , Mrs. Samuel R. Burkholder, and Mrs. Christian R. Zimmerman, all of Newville, Pa., ) preceded him, in death. Funeral services were held on Dec. 2 at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church in charge of A. C. Good.

Rutt. - Sister Susanna Rutt, sixty-seven, widow of George B. Rutt, formerly of Leola, Pa., died Nov. 28, 1931, at her home, West Main St., New Holland, Pa., after a lingering illness. She was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church and a daughter of the late bishop Jonas H. and Sarah Witwer Martin. The following children survive: Eli, Sally, and Henry all at home; Jonas of Newark, New Jersey, Amos of New Holland, Mrs. Lloyd Hershey of Intercourse, and Edwin of Lancaster. We find comfort in the bright testimony left by her of the realities of the glory world and the all sufficiency of Christ in the dying hour. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bros. John Sauder and Amos Martin. Text, Jno. 14:1-4. Burial in the Weaverland cemetery.
Free from care and from sorrow,
Free from the stain of sin;
Free from all pain and anguish,
Resting in peace with Him.
A Nephew.

Wismer. - Magdalena, widow of the late Moses E. Wismer was born Dec. 6, 1847 in Waterloo Co., Ont.; passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Nathaniel Snider, near Strausburg, Ont., on Nov. 19, 1931; aged 83 y. 11 m. 17 d. Her husband preceded her 10 years ago. She is survived by 3 daughters, 4 sons, 29 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a kind and loving mother and grandmother. A few days before her death she had a vision of heaven where she saw her husband and many children. Mother and father are now in the glory land. Will the family circle be unbroken? Funeral services were held Nov. 23, at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener by the Bros. Simon Martin and Jesse B. Martin. Text. Psa. 90:9. Blest 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'll find.

Nase. - Lizzie C., daughertof deacon Abram and Eliza Kulp, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Sept 20, 1871; died at her home near Hatfield, Pa., Nov. 12, 1931; aged 60 y. 1 m. 22 d. In her young years she was married to William M. Nase, to which union were born twelve children. Her husband and eleven children survive (Edna, wife of Nevin Kriebel; Lizzie, wife of Earl Kriebel; William Marvin; Erwin; Katie, wife of Paul Lewis; Mamie, wife of Harry Hunsicker; Raymond, Alice, Anna, Alma, and Willard living at home). Twelve grandchildren survive, also the following brothers and sisters: Pre. Isaac Kulp, Harry, Francis, Abram, Sallie, Dea. Irwin Kulp, and Anna, wife of John Fuss. She was a faithful member of the Plain Mennonite church, Lansdale, Pa., where funeral services were held Nov. 17 and her body laid to rest. Services were conducted by the brethren, Jonas Mininger and J. C. Clemens. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. She patiently suffered for a number of years. May our loss be her eternal gain.

Longenecker. - J. G. Longenecker was born Aug. 16, 1848 in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 21, 1871, he was married to Barbara Brubaker. To this union were born 13 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. Those remaining are Irwin and Anna Decker of Birmingham, Kans; Emma Hamilton of Newton, Kans.; Riley Beyer of McPherson, Kans.; Elizabeth and Levi, of Mason, Mich.; John of Abilene, Kans.; Katie Larson of Tabor, Iowa; Mary King of Hesston, Kans.; Fanny Dayhoff of South Africa. In 1880 the family moved to Jackson Co., on a farm near Birmingham, Kans., where they resided for twenty-six years. During this time he built up a well improved farm besides engaging in the livestock business of buying, selling, and shipping in which he won the integrity and respect, in square dealing rarely excelled by those of the business world. In February, 1906, they moved to Harvey Co., on a farm. This union was broken Oct. 3, 1927, by the death of his wife. He continued to make his home on the farm until his death. He was converted when a young man and united with the Mennonite Church. He was always ready to attend religious meetings. The night before he passed away, while in revival meeting, he gave a touching testimony and has left us with the full assurance that he had obtained abundant entrance into the joys of the Lord. In his passing the family has lost a true father, the Church a faithful member, and the community a citizen of unquestioned integrity. He died at his home Nov. 24, 1931; aged 83 y. 3 m. 8 d. He was the oldest of a family of seven and the last to pass away. Besides his eleven children he is survived by 46 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Transcribed by Marie Fogelsinger, Michigan


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXIV, No. 39 - December 24, 1931, Page 846, 847

Carpenter - Samuel Carpenter was born near Lititz, Pa., Mar. 11, 1851; died at the Mennonite Old Folks' Home, Maugansville, Md., Dec. 9, 1931; aged 80 y. 8 m. 28 d. He was in good health until Friday, Dec. 4, when he took his bed and one week later he was laid beneath the clods of the valley. He leaves 3 sons (Samuel W., Henry W., and Amos), 3 daughters (Mary, wife of Joseph Martin; Fannie, wife of Christian Shank; Mattie, wife of Clarence Shank), 37 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Catherine Ressler), and 1 brother (Oliver Carpenter). Funeral services were held at the Reiff Church by Bros. David Lesher and John Grove. Text, Psa. 104:23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Good - Anna (Longenecker) Good, daughter of John and Nancy Longenecker was born Jan. 23, 1857, near Union Grove, Pa.; died in her home at Ephrata, Pa., Dec. 9, 1931; aged 74 y. 10 m. 16 d. She lived and died in her Savior, a faithful sister in the Church. Her husband (Samuel Good, a brother to preacher Henry Good, of Bowmansville, Pa.) was buried Feb. 27, 1930. There remain these 10 children: Harry, Wayne, Ella (Herneisen), John, Emma, Amos, Samuel, Annie (Hoover), George, and Susie (Youndt). John and Emma, being unmarried, lived with their mother in their Ephrata home. In the morning hour, sitting in a chair, conversing with her son, she was taken with heart failure and departed to be with the Lord. There survive 27 grandchildren. She was privileged to look upon 14 great-grandchildren. The departed leaves 1 sister (Marie Wenger). Burial at Bowmansville, Pa., Dec. 13, 1931. Texts, Matt. 24:42; Phil. 1:21, were read by the brethren John M. Sauder and A.A. Landis.

Horsh - Magdalena (Brubacher) Horsh, wife of Samuel M. Horsh, was born April 12, 1850; died Nov. 30, 1931 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. David Karemer; aged 81 y. 7 m. 22 d. This union was blessed with 7 children, one of whom preceded her some years ago. The surviving children are David, Daniel, Leah (Mrs. David Karemer), Susanna (Mrs. Christian R. Martin), Menno; also 46 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. She united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. She suffered a stroke in her early years and remained a cripple to the end. She went through many trials and sufferings but passed peacefully away. Funeral services were held at the Conestoga Church, conducted by Ezra Martin and Corial Weber. Text, Gal. 1:3, 4; St. John 6:37-40.
"Dearest Mother, thou art not forgotten, though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory thou art with us, as you always were before."
The Family.

Hoffer - Arthur W., son of Jacob and Lydia Gable Hoffer, of Nappanee, Ind., was born near Wakarusa, Ind., April 19, 1886; died of angina pectoria at his home northwest of Nappanee, Dec. 3, 1931; aged 45 y. 7 m. 24 d. He was only a sick a few days, but not bedfast. On Nov. 2, 1905, he was united in marriage to Maude M. Freed, to which union were born six children. He leaves his wife, six children (Cloyce, of Etna Green, Carl, Gerald, Maxine, Miriam and Buell at home), one grandchild, seven sisters (Mrs. Noah Culp, Mrs. William Stouder, Mrs. Charles Frederick, Mrs. Harvey Ganger, Mrs. Warren Blosser, Mrs. William Wagner and Mrs. Tom Bowen) and a host of relatives, neighbors and friends. He had one brother who died in infancy. About 8 years ago he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the North Main St. Mennonite Church where he held his membership until death. Funeral services were held at the North Main St. Mennonite Church, Nappanee, on Dec. 5, conducted by H.F. North, assisted by Silas Weldy. Burial in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.

King - Tillman R., son of Irvin and Cora King, was born near Denbigh, Va., July 14, 1917; died at his home near Royersford, Pa., Oct. 12, 1931; aged 14 y. 2 m. 28 d. His illness was not long. His death was caused by diphtheria. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers and 5 sisters; also many relatives and friends. His oldest sister preceded him in death. A short service was held at the grave. Interment in East Vincent Cemetery. On Nov. 15 a memorial services was held at the Conestoga A.M. Church near Morgantown, Pa. The service was in charge of Bro. John S. Mast, assisted by Bro. Christian Kurtz. Text, Psa. 116:15. He united with the Church about one year before his death. Although his Christian life was short, it brought great joy to him. His last whisper was a prayer for the Lord to take him home, after which he soon peacefully passed away.
"A son has passed, a brother has gone;
He's missed by all in our home."
The Family.

Bute - Christina Grabill was born in Shenandoah, Va., April 17, 1853. Later, with her family, they moved to Illinois, locating at Cullom. In 1873 she was united in marriage to C.L. Bute of the same town. Here they resided for a number of years and then came to Jackson, Co., Minn., in 1896, where they settled on a farm. To this union were born 9 children (Charles, Frank, Daisy Lehman, Ida Whissemore (deceased), Cleveland, Drew, Belle Hughs, Tom, and Ruth Peterson, all of whom survive her except one; also her husband, three sisters (Ida Snyder, Elizabeth Shearer, and Mary Blosser) and one brother (Ben). Early in life she accepted pardon from sin by her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith she remained to the last. In her life she manifested an even-tempered character, looking much on the bright side of life, having a firm faith in the Redeemer. Her call came to depart at the age of 78 y. 7 m. 15 d. Services at the house and at the church by C.J. Garber. Texts, Rev. 14:13; Heb. 9:27. She lies in the Riverside Cemetery, awaiting the sound of the trump of God.

Schrock - Mary (Lantz) Schrock, wife of Otis Schrock, was born in Howard Co., Ind., March 5, 1896; died Dec. 7, 1931; aged 35 y. 9 m. 2 d. On Jan. 13, 1917, she was united in marriage with Otis Schrock. The sorrowing husband, a foster daughter (Joan), father, mother, two brothers, one sister, and a host of other relatives and friends remain to mourn her sudden departure. On Sunday morning, she with the family went to church, where she has been a faithful member since girlhood. But before she entered the church she fell unconscious. During the day she partly regained consciousness and spoke the name, "Jesus, Oh Jesus," a number of times thus giving evidences of her readiness to meet Him. Her sincerity, patience and earnestness in caring for home and friends is equaled by few people.
"Oh, dear Mary, how we miss thee, how we miss your loving smiles;
But we are glad 'tis not forever, we're only parted for a while."
Funeral was held on Dec. 9 at the Mennonite Church near Amboy, Ind., by N.M. Slabaugh and J.S. Horner. Text, Matt. 25:13.

Loucks - Amelia, daughter of Jacob L. and Nancy (Aspey) Medsgar, was born near Smithton, Pa., Dec. 2, 1861; died at her home in Scottdale, Pa., early Thursday morning, Dec. 10, 1931; aged 70 y. 8 d. On Oct. 28, 1886, she was married to Aaron Loucks, and later it fell to her lot to be the help meet for a minister and bishop in the Church. To this union were born two sons (Walter M. and William J.) and one daughter (Anna). Sister Loucks was converted in 1887 and united with the United Brethren church in Scottdale. In January, 1895, she transferred her membership to the Scottdale Mennonite Church. She took an active interest in Church work, especially along philanthropic lines. She extended a generous hospitality to laity and ministry, friend, and stranger. During her later years she was a patient sufferer from several ailments, which interfered with her church activities. For some time past she had expressed her desire to lay aside her mantle of pain and weakness and to depart and be with her Lord. She is survived by her husband (who is the General Manager of the Mennonite Publishing House), two sons, a daughter, four brothers, and three sisters. Funeral services were held Dec. 13 at the home and at the Scottdale Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. J.S. Shoemaker and the home ministers. Text, Rev. 2:7. Burial in Alverton Cemetery. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed we the name of the Lord."

Plank - Fannie R. (Hartzler) Plank, daughter of Bro. and Sister John C. Hartzler, was born in Cass Co., Mo., Jan. 16, 1879; died Nov. 8, 1931; aged 52 y. 9 m. 22 d. She spent her early life on a farm, attending the schools of that county and took an active part in the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member. She was united in marriage to Robert Plank of Lyons, Kans., Jan. 16, 1899, and immediately came with him to a farm five miles north of Lyons. In this home were born 2 children (Gladys and Minta) and in the year 1905 she with her husband and 2 little girls, moved to Lane Co., Kans., and established another home in what was then a new county. In this home was born 1 son (Marvin) and another daughter (Lila). Her greatest interest was in her home and family and she spared no time or effort to make them happy and comfortable. She there became an active member of the M.E. Church. In the year 1914 they returned to Rice County, living on the farm three miles north of Lyons until the time of her death. In every new home they established, she faithfully helped her husband to arrange things to maintain a comfortable and congenial home for the family On returning here they became members of the M.E. Church of Lyons, later transferring to the Ebenezer M.E. Church in the county near their home. She continued a faithful worker in her church while she lived. She leaves her husband, 2 daughters (Mrs. David Goodfellow and Mrs. Jesse Dresser) and a son (Marvin David Plank). One daughter preceded her March 20, 1930. Four brothers, three sisters and a host of relatives and friends also survive.

Hanft - Carl Frederick Hanft (better known as Charlie) was born May 21, 1887, in Garrett Co., Md.; died at the home of his father-in-law, Mr. Daniels, at Short Gap, W. Va., about three miles from Pinto, Md., Dec. 10, 1931; aged 44 y. 6 m. 19 d. He was bodily afflicted and spent 1140 days in bed, but was a patient invalid. There were many friends who visited him often, which he appreciated. having much time for meditation, he "set his affection on things above." He was a member of the Methodist Church, but desired to become one of our number at Pinto, believing the various ordinances and principles that his former church did not uphold. Bro. Hanft was received into church fellowship on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1930, by water baptism. He was also anointed with oil. This service was in charge of Bro. M.B. Miller, accompanied by Bro. Oscar Burkholder and Bro. Howard Stevanus of Ontario and the home ministers. On Nov. 13 he was served with communion for the last time. He realized the change coming, speaking of it and expressing his readiness to go when the Lord called, He had made some of his funeral arrangements about two weeks prior to his departure. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. Robert Dayton, Pinto, Md., and Bro. M.B. Miller of Grantsville, Md. Text, Rev. 21:14. Interment in the Frankfort Cemetery. He is survived by his faithful wife (who so tenderly cared for him in his helpless condition) and one daughter. There are also 2 brothers and 3 sisters living near Grantsville, Md., and 2 sisters in Pennsylvania. May God comfort the bereaved ones, and may his God be their God.

Barr - Ida Louisa, wife of Ellis G. Barr, died at her home, East Lampeter, Pa., Dec. 9, 1931; aged 54 years. She was the daughter of Elias and Sara Daily Andrews of Willow Street, Pa. Her mother preceded her in death 16 years ago. She is survived by the following children: Martin, Grace (wife of George Dinsleberger), Wayne, Jay, and Blanche; also 5 grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Martha, Samuel, Roy, Lizzie, David, Clayton and Annie (wife of Oscar Herman). Her father also survives. Ida affiliated with the Mennonite church in which her faith and the welfare of her soul she was deeply concerned. Her desire was to unite with the body of believers but through the most sacred vow of earlier days she was not received. But she kept the faith and believed in His Word and all was done for her that helping hands could do. We leave it to God of all who judges all. He doeth all things well. She was in failing health for a number of years. The last few years of her life were spent on a chair, helpless. All through her affliction she never complained. Through the absence of mind and regardless of speech, she could not hold a conversation with the exception of a few words but greeted you with a smile, which ofttimes means more than words. Members of the Brick Congregation would visit her and sing for her. We praise the Lord for their kindness towards her. On Dec. 9 very unexpectedly, the death angel ministered unto her and released her from her suffering and called her hence.
"The cares and toils of this life had come, and burdens on me roll;
But the Lord lifted me to a higher life, where naught can harm my soul."
Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. Frank Herr and at Longeneckers Church by Bro. Jacob Kreider. Body laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


December 31, 1931 - Vol. XXIV, No. 40 - page 863

Erb. - Barbara Erb (nee Lichty) was born in Waterloo Co., Dec. 30, 1843; died Nov. 30, 1931; aged 87 y. 11 m. She lived in matrimony 60 y. 9 m. 5 d. and in widowhood 9 y. 3 m. 5 d. She leaves 4 sons, 5 daughters, 62 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Her husband and three children preceded her. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Peter Nafziger. Text, Rev. 3:20. The services were conducted at the church by Bro. C. Schultz and Daniel H. Steinmann. Text, Tit. 2:11-15

Beard. - Harry A. Beard, Jr. died Dec. 8, 1931; aged 4 y. 1 m. 3 d. Junior was a dear little boy with a pleasant disposition. He was sick only a day with membranous croup. We believe the Lord meant it for the good of our community. He is survived by parents and 7 brothers and sisters. May the Lord comfort them. The father was the only one who was able to attend the funeral which was conducted at the home and at the Pond Bank, Pa., Mennonite Church by Harvey E. Shank. Text. Psa. 55:22 - Our Burden Bearer. Interment at the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mont Alto.

Roth. - Moses M. Roth was born at Crosshill, Waterloo Co., Ont., Sept 3, 1883, died at his home on Dec. 1, 1931; aged 48 y. 2 m. 22 d. He was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Sister Kate Bast. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter died in infancy. They lived in matrimony 25 y. 8 m. 22 d. He leaves his loving wife, 7 children, his aged parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Bro. Roth accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth and was obedient to the end. Serfices were conducted by Bro. C. Gascho at the house, and at the church by Bros. Daniel Jutzi and Peter Natziger. Texts, Luke 12:30-40; Rev. 21:1-5
All is ended; hands are folder
On a calm and peaceful breast.
All is over, suffering ended.
Now dear Father is at rest.

Gsell. - Henry, youngest son of William and Mary Gsell, was born in Chambersburg, Pa., May 11, 1857; died from a stroke at his home in Shannon, Ill., Dec. 18, 1931; aged 74 y. 7 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage with Anna Snaveley at Shannon Dec. 16, 1878, who survives him. To this union were born four children: Nelson, Mrs. Laura Flynn, Chrissie (at home) and one son (Frank) who preceded him in death 36 years ago. He leaves two sisters (Mrs. Minnie Longenecker and Mrs. Sarah Durr, wife of Bishop J. N. Durr). He was a member of the Mennonite Church near Freeport, Ill, for many years. He was a kind husband and father, with consideration for his family his first thought. Funeral serves were held at the Brethren Church on Sunday, Dec. 20, with Brethren A. C. Good and Simon Graybill in charge.

Wagler. - Helen Einige Wagler was born in Germany March 28, 1856. She grew to womanhood in her native country and accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Lutheran Church. She was united in marriage to George Stoll. They came to America, making their home in New York City. One son was born to this union. Both her first husband and her son preceded her in death. She came to Iowa in the spring of 1912 and in June of the same year she united in marriage with David Wagler. Here she united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church near Wayland. On Dec. 17 she passed away at the age of 75 y. 8 m. 19 d. She leaves her husband and 3 sisters in Germany, 1 niece, Martha Piro of New York City and other friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, Dec. 18, 1931, conducted by Bros. Simon Gingerich and Ellis Zook. Text, Heb. 5:11. She was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.

Leichty. - Lydia, daughter of Christian and Mary (Wenger) Klopfenstein, was born in Washington Co., Iowa, Nov. 11, 1865. She was converted when about fourteen years of age and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was a consistent and faithful member of the Sugar Creek congregation near Wayland, Iowa, where she held her membership continuously from her baptism unto her death. On Feb. 3, 1910, she was united in marriage with Benjamin Leichty and thus became the foster mother to her husband's five sons. This gave her an opportunity to exercise the true Christian mother's spirit of sacrifice and devotion which seemed to dominate her life. Two of her foster sons preceded her in death.. Her last sickness was of short duration, having suffered a paralytic stroke. She fell peacefully asleep at 8:30 in the evening of Dec. 10, 1931; aged 66 y. 29 d. She leaves her husband, 3 foster sons, 6 foster grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Joseph Nebel, Wayland, Ia.), 2 brothers (Eli Klopfenstein and Fred Klopfenstein) and other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral was held at the Surgar Creek Church near Wayland, conducted by the home ministers, Ellis Zook and Simon Gingerich. Texts, Mark 14:8 and Mark 8:35. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Transcribed by Marie Fogelsinger, Michigan

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