Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1931

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIV, No. 14 - July 2, 1931

Reynolds.- Amanda J. Reynolds, aged 68 y., died at the home of her son, Kemp Reynolds near Hagerstown, Md., May 26, 1931, after an illness of a little over a year from paralysis. Besides her son she is survived by 8 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, 1 sister and 1 brother. She was a member of Stouffer Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the church by Bros. Denton Martin and Daniel M. Strite. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

By the Family

Chupp.- Jonas E., son of Eli and Barbara Chupp, was born in Elkhart, Ind., Oct. 15, 1856. He was united in marriage to Sarah C., daughter of Cyrus Court. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters (Moses, Clarence, Ira, Eli, Ed, Mrs. Eli Koontz, Mrs. Andrew Koontz, Annie and May who preceded him in death). He became a member of the Amish Church at the age of nineteen. He died June 16, 1931; aged 74 y. 8m. 1d. Funeral services were held at the home June 19, conducted by T.U. Nelson. Interment in the Amish cemetery.

Hess.- Henry Hess was born Sept. 19, 1858; died May 15, 1931; aged 72y. 7m. 26d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church where he attended services when possible. The last few weeks of his life here were spent in bed, as he was afflicted with a week heart and pleuropneumonia. Uncle Henry expressed many times that he was ready to go Home. He is survived by two brothers, Jonas and George (Jonas being his twin brother) and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services were held at the New Danville, Pa., Mennonite Church May18, conducted by Bros. Aaron Harnish and John K. Charles. Remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

"Uncle dear from us has fled,
To seek a better home;
To sing sweet songs with the angels there,
Around the Fatherís throne."

A Niece

Heatwole.-Shirley Nell, seven-year-old daughter of Daniel R. and Nelly (Brunk) Heatwole, was born in Lebanon, Pa., Oct. 1, 1923, died in the Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, May 21, 1931. She was a patient little sufferer for several months. The cause of her death was lymphatic leukemia. She was in the hospital six weeks during which time she had eleven blood transfusions. All was done that loving hands could do, but God saw best to take her unto himself where all suffering is over. Although her life was short, the few years that she was permitted to live brought joy and happiness to her parents and those around her. She is sadly missed in the home by her parents, 1 brother (Daniel Jr.) and an infant sister (Nancy Ann). Funeral services were held at the home in Palmyra, Pa., in the charge of _____ Carper of the Brethren Church. Interment in the Hanoverdale Church cemetery.

Crossgrove.- Edna B., daughter of Mrs. Mary Wyse, was born near Elmira, O., Oct. 11,1894; died June 9, 1931 ; aged 36y 7m. 29d. On Monday evening, June 8, she became seriously ill with congestion of the lungs and after a short illness of only thirty-six hours she quietly passed away. Nov. 17, 1914, she was united in marriage to Jacob Crossgrove with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly seventeen years. To this union were born 3 sons (John, Orvel, and Olen) and 5 daughters ( Florence, Mabel, Doris, Lueen, and Mary Louise). Besides her husband and children, she leave to mourn her unexpected death her mother, an aged grandmother, 1 sister, 1 aunt, 3 uncles, and many other relatives and friends. Her father and 2 brothers preceded her in death. She was a faithful wife and a loving mother, having a deep concern for her children. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish-Mennonite Church and remained true to the end. Funeral services were held at the Central A.M. Church June 13 in charge of Bros. S.S. Wyse and S.D. Grieser. Text, Psa. 18:11. Burial in Eckley cemetery.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended-
And dear mother is at rest."

Warfel.- Naomi Ellen, daughter of Bro. Ch. and Sister Ella Warfel, was born Feb. 17, 1929; died May 29, 1931; aged 2y. 3m. 12d. During her short life our hearts were torn by many conflicting emotions. At the age of 7 months when a specialist told us with deep feeling "Your baby will never grow up" our hearts were saddened beyond measure. Calling in our bishop we held a season of special prayer, asked for willing hearts to bear what ever the Lord had in store for us. Improvement both mentally and physically was noticeable and we felt that God had heard our supplication. Many times she was sick but each time she recovered so rapidly our hopes seemed to increase. She was sick one week with a seemingly light case of measles, after the affects of which, complicated with teething, finally turning into pneumonia and in two hours after the doctor first discovered the pneumonia, she peacefully fell asleep very unexpectedly. Her dependence on us for care, and her loving, sunny disposition makes us especially miss her, as everywhere we look in and about the home we see reminders of her presence. Our loss is her gain and we bow in humble submission to Godís will. Funeral services were conducted at the Mt. Pleasant Church near Fentress, Va., by Bro. S.H. Brunk. Text, Matt. 19:14 Her parents. 3 sisters and 2 brothers survive. We feel thankful to the Lord even in our sorrow for having lent her to us for this brief time. She has gone to join her little brother who was called up home Feb. 25, and we hope to meet our darlings without the physical infirmities which bound them while here on earth.

Transcribed by Sam Detwiler, Columbiana, Ohio


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIV, No. 15 - July 9, 1931 - pp. 351, 352

Landis.-Katie M., wife of Henry M. Landis of Lower Salford Twp., Pa., was born Dec. 29, 1907; died May 26, 1931; aged 23 y. 4 m. 27 d. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons (Henry, Linford, Ellis, and Paul), her parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held May 30 at the home and at the Towamencin Mennonite Church by Bros. Rhine Alderfer, Isaac Kulp, and Warren Moyer. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Remember, friends, as you pass by,
As you now are so once was I;
As I now am so shall you be,
Prepare for Christ and follow me."

Miller.-Mary Cromas Miller, widow of Abraham Miller, died at the home of Henry E. Miller June 20, 1931; aged 63 y. 5 m. 27 d. She lived with us for 26 years and is greatly missed in the family. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by 1 sister and 6 brothers. Services were held at the home and at Bosslers Church near Elizabethtown, Pa., by Bros. Noah Risser and Simon Garber. Text, Psa. 64:10. Interment in Good Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear Mary is at rest."
By a friend.

Clymer.-Alice Magdalene, daughter of Martin D. and Mabel Winey Clymer of Lancaster died very suddenly due to an accident June 5, 1931; aged 1 y. 7 m. 28 d. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters, 5 brothers, grandparents (Bro. and Sister Ammon Winey); 2 sisters and 1 brother preceded her to the spirit world. Services were held at the home and at Mellingers Church by Bros. David Landis and Elmer T. Martin. Text, Isa. 43:2; Jer. 22:10. Burial in Hersheys cemetery. Little Alice was our pleasure and delight but God wanted our sweet flower to transplant in His garden above. "The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken; blessed be the name of the Lord."

Her parents.

Dale.-Henry Dale died in Hannibal, Mo., June 28, 1931. Funeral at his late residence conducted by J. M. Kreider assisted by Harry R. Buckwalter. Brother Dale was just baptized and received into the Church Thursday evening, the 25th, so his Christian life was rather of short duration. We talked to him several times about his soul's salvation, but he never was ready until he realized his stay here on earth was short, then he called for us to visit him. The first visit he still was not willing to give up for God, but later he sent for us again and wished to be baptized and received into the Church, and lived only three days longer. Brother Dale left a bright testimony. He was 80 years old.

Burkett.-Jennie R. Ball Burkett was born at Leipsic, Ohio, June 25, 1864; died June 9, 1931; aged 66 y. 11 m. 13 d. She was married to Fremont Burkett at Olathe, Kans, April 23, 1884, and moved to Argentine, Kans., in January, 1877, where she since resided. Her husband preceded her in death in 1916. To this union were born 6 children, 3 having preceded her in death. The three remaining children are: Frank A. Burkett, Mrs. Gladys Espy, and Leo Burkett. Oct. 15, 1915, she was admitted into the Mennonite Church by water baptism at Kansas City. She was a loyal Christian and faithful member of the Church of her choice. The funeral sermon was preached by J. D. Mininger. Text, Rev. 14:13. Brethren R. P. Horst and W. M. Smith had charge of the services at the house and at the grave. Interment in Argentine Cemetery.

Stoltz.-Magdalena, daughter of Jacob and Katherine Ross, was born near Worms, Germany, Dec. 6, 1843; died at the home of her nephew, George Bahre, June 27, 1931; aged 87 y. 6 m. 11 d. She was a lifelong member of the German Lutheran Church. At the age of seven she accompanied her parents to America. She was of a family of eleven children, and the last one to go. Coming to America, they settled near De Quoin, Ill. In November, 1865, she was married to George Stoltz. There were no children born to this union. In the spring of 1869 they moved to Pleasant Hill, Mo., and in 1872 they moved to Gunn City, Mo., where her husband died in 1898. For the last few years she lived with her nephew, George Bahre and family. Funeral services were conducted by I. G. Hartzler of East Lynne, Mo. Text, Isa. 25:8, 9. The remains were shipped to De Quoin, Ill., for burial.

Gsell.-Susan Gsell was born June 15, 1843; died at her home near Greencastle, Pa., Mar. 24, 1931; aged 87 y. 9 m. 9 d. She was the last of a family of eight children, and the youngest daughter of David and Fannie Gsell. She was born and reared near Clay Hill, Pa. She was a cripple from infancy but lived alone and did her housework until a few weeks before her death. She was stricken with paralysis and was speechless the last ten days. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Marion. She is survived by 6 nieces and 6 nephews. Aunt Susie will be missed, for it was always a pleasure to visit her. Funeral services were at the home and at the Marion Mennonite Church, March 27, by Bros. Daniel Kuhns and J. Irvin Lehman. Burial in the Hege Cemetery near Marion.
"Aunt Susie is gone but not forgotten,
Never will her memory fade;
Loving thoughts will always linger
Round the grave where she is laid."

Mummau.-Jay Abraham Mummau died June 12, 1931; aged 1 y. 10 m. 5 d. In His great mercy God came down and plucked a little rose out of His great garden which bloomed here on earth just a short time. Jay was a kind and loving child, loved by all who knew him. He had a smile for everybody. He leaves his bereaved parents, a brother (Cassel), a sister (Lorraine), 2 grandmothers and his great-grandparents. "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." The Lord gave, and He has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Kauffman Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., by Bros. William Heisey, Noah Risser, and Henry Lutz. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"O sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God in His mercy took our darling away,
Not from our memory, and not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
His parents.

Yoder.-Samuel Y., son of Levi B. and Elizabeth Hartzler Yoder, was born near Belleville, Pa., Oct. 3, 1882; died June 18, 1931, of heart trouble and influenza; aged 48 y. 8 m. 15 d. In his early manhood he confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died, leaving a testimony that all is well with his soul. On June 29, 1913, he was married to Dora Troyer of Garden City, Mo. He is survived by his wife, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. After their marriage they lived in the following states: North Dakota, Louisiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and New York. Services were conducted at the home by J. W. Birky. Text, Rev. 21:4, and at the church by John Hostetler (of Brethren in Christ) and S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Ont. Text, Rom. 8:10. Interment in cemetery near the old Stone Mennonite Church on Greiner Rd. This being the first burial of any of our members at this place since the organization of the present congregation in western New York.

Horst.-Ezra H. Horst was born Dec. 8, 1864, at the home where he lived and died. He died March 19, 1931, after an illness of six weeks; aged 66 y. 3 m. 11 d. Dec. 5, 1889, he was married to Emma Martin. To this union were born 7 sons and 4 daughters. He is survived by his widow and these children: John, Mrs. Ezra Knopp, Ivan, Mrs. William Gable, Reuben, Albert, Homer, David, Ray, and Carrie; also 28 grandchildren. A daughter and 2 grandchildren preceded him in death. He united with the Church in his early years. He was ordained to the office of a deacon which he filled 23 years last September. He will be greatly missed in the home, Church, and community. Funeral services were conducted Mar. 23 at the County Line Mennonite Church by Bros. Moses Horst, Benj. Good, David Wenger, and Abram Good. Interment in church cemetery.
"Father, you have left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today,
But a better time is coming
If we watch and wait and pray."

Ringenberg.-Phoebe, youngest daughter of Dan and Mary Sutter, was born in Ingolstate, Bavaria, Germany, Sept. 21, 1856. She was the last of 6 brothers and 2 sisters to pass to her reward. On May 14, 1881, she with her sister and 2 brothers came to America. She spent some time at Hopedale, Ill., later coming to Tiskilwa where she spent the remainder of her life. In February, 1882, she was married to Jacob Ringenberg who preceded her in death Sept. 28, 1917. To this union 6 daughters and 6 sons were born. A daughter, Alma, died in 1907. In early years she united with the Mennonite Church and ever remained faithful to its teachings. She was a kind and loving mother. No sacrifice was too great for her family and friends. She was always ready to help others. While she was not blessed with the best of health for several years her illness did not become serious until May 25, 1931. She peacefully fell asleep at the age of 74 y. 9 m. 4 d. She leaves 6 sons, 5 daughters, 1 step-daughter, 25 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
"Somewhere back of the sunset,
Where loveliness never dies,
Mother lives in the land of glory,
'Mid the blue and the gold of the skies."

Kauffman.-Leon, son of Samuel and Nannie Zook Kauffman, was born near Atglen, Pa., April 30, 1922; died at the Coatesville Hospital May 6, 1931. On May 1 Leon was riding horseback on an errand and was either thrown or fell from the horse. His feet caught in the harness and he was dragged quite a distance to the barn. He was badly bruised and some bones were broken. He was taken to the hospital at once and all that medical skill could do was done but he never regained full consciousness. His departure is mourned by his parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers (Martha, Lena, Anna Mary, Elmer, Samuel, Amanda) and a grandmother 91 years old. His pleasant face is missed in the home and a place will be vacant in the school and many other places. We don't know why Leon was called so young, but the Lord's ways are not our ways, and some time we will understand. Funeral services were conducted May 9, at the home and at the Millwood Church, by Bros. J. M. Stoltzfus, Amos B. Stoltzfus, and Jonas Yoder. Text, Isa. 11:6, "A little child shall lead them." Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
When God recalls His own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?"
By A. L. K.

Householter.-Laura, daughter of Henry and Anna Sauder, was born on a farm southeast of Eureka, Ill., June 24, 1889. She resided there until her marriage to Peter Householter, Oct. 7, 1909. She died June 10, 1931; aged 41 y. 11 m. 16 d. Death came very suddenly to Sister Householter. She went about usual home duties on the last day of her life, attending church services in the evening. After arriving at home after church she was suddenly stricken and soon passed away. She united with the Kinsinger Mennonite Church near Washington in her youth. Later she transferred her membership to the Roanoke Mennonite Church, remaining loyal to her God and her church. Her quiet, unassuming life and kind disposition toward every one gave expression in real Christian service in many directions. She was a devoted mother, a regular attendant at church services. She took much interest in all Christian activities, especially the sewing circle, of which she was an officer at the time of her death. She leaves her sorrowing husband and the following children: Raymond D., Elsie A., Earl R., Arthur Lee, Mildred May, Robert Henry; also her parents, 1 sister, 5 brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends. The family, church, and community keenly feel their loss in the sudden passing of Sister Householter. Funeral services were held from the home and the Roanoke Mennonite Church by Bros. Ezra B. Yordy, John Harnish, and C. F. Derstine. Text, I Cor. 4:17, 18. Interment in cemetery nearby.
"Mother dear from us has fled
To seek a better home,
And sing with the angels there
Around the Father's throne."

Brubaker.-Joseph D. Brubaker was born in Emmet Co., Mich., Aug. 19, 1883; died from injuries received in a sawmill in Sheridan, Oreg., May 19, 1931; aged 47 y. 9 m. On Jan. 28, 1916, he was married to Catherine Ringler of Alberta, Canada. To this union were born 6 children, all of whom survive. His wife preceded him in death a year ago. He leaves his aged father and mother, 1 brother, 5 sisters, 6 children, and many other relatives and friends. He accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 19 and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he passed to his eternal reward. The children left behind will be under the supervision of their grandfather (Amos Brubaker), this having been the request of the father even before he was hurt. They expect to rent a small place in the country this fall where their aunt (Barbara Brubaker) will assist in the housekeeping and care of the children. In the meantime they will stay with relatives and friends. While we keenly feel our loss in the family circle, in the Church and community, yet we "sorrow not as those who have no hope." Though it is hard to understand why God has thus dealt, leaving six children ranging in age from five to fourteen without a father or mother, we bow to His holy will, accepting the challenge and responsibility that these six orphans thrust upon us. May God comfort the bereaved and grant His sustaining grace in this sore trial. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite Church in Sheridan, Oreg., conducted by G. D. Shenk. Text, Luke 7:13, 14. Interment in the Alford Cemetery near Harrisburg, Oreg., where Bro. N. A. Lind also assisted in the service.

Miller.-Anna Mary, daughter of David and Anna (Musser) Weaver, was born near New Holland, Pa., Aug. 20, 1876; died at the hospital in Newton, Kans., June 21, 1931; aged 54 y. 10 m. 1 d. She was married to Benj. E. Miller Feb. 4, 1897, near Newton, Kans. To this union were born 1 daughter and 3 sons: Roy W., Oliver W., Edna (Mrs. J. N.) Byler, and Paul. She leaves her husband, 4 children, 4 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. George Byrd), and 4 brothers (David, Titus, Menno, and Reuben M.). One sister and 4 brothers preceded her in death. At the age of three she came to Harvey Co., Kans., with her parents and has lived in the same community since. She confessed Christ as her Savior at the age of 15 and united with the Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful to the end. Throughout her entire Christian life she as held her church membership with the Pennsylvania congregation. Until about a year ago Sister Miller enjoyed what seemed perfect health. Last fall she submitted to an operation in Wichita. For a short time she seemed to improve. Soon, however, she gradually became weaker and her suffering became more intense, all of which she endured with Christian patience and submission to His will. The last seven weeks of her life were spent at the hospital, much of it in an unconscious condition, with cancer of the bone. On Sunday morning about 2:30, without a struggle, she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Her husband and children were present when the end came. While it is hard to give her up, the family humbly bows to His will knowing that He does all things well. Funeral services were held June 24, conducted at the home by Bro. I. E. Burkhart of Hesston, Kans., and at the Pa. Mennonite Church by Bro. J. G. Hartzler of Windom, Kans., assisted by Bro. Earl Buckwalter. Text, Heb. 11:10. Interment in cemetery near by.

Transcribed by Sam Detwiler - Columbiana, Ohio


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIV, No. 16 - July 16, 1931 - pp. 367, 368

Grob.-Rufus, son of Lewis and Lizzie Grob, was born in Kalispell, Montana, Oct. 20, 1908; died near Creston, Montana, June 29, 1931; aged 22 y. 8 m. 9 d. Besides his father and mother, he is survived by four brothers, one sister, one nephew, one niece, and many other relatives and friends. One sister (Mary Montana) preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted in the Wagener and Campbell Funeral Home, Kalispell, by S. G. Shetler. The discourse was based on, "For what is your life?" The services were very largely attended. The remains were laid away in the Conrad Cemetery.

Weber.-Elizabeth, daughter of Sidney and Caroline Weber, was born near Elmira, Ont., in 1893; died June 6, 1931; aged 38 years. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and many friends who keenly feel the loss of the departed sister. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, always taking a keen and active part in the church and S. S. work. Funeral services were held at Elmira Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Abraham Gingerich and Oliver Snider. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon the Savior's breast;
We loved thee well, but Jesus loves thee best,
And thine is now a perfect rest."

Moyer.-Jacob Moyer was born in France April 1, 1839; died June 11, 1931; aged 92 y. 2 m. 10 d. He came to Canada in 1856 and was married to Barbara Brenneman in 1858. She preceded him in death 11 years ago. He is survived by 3 sons, 4 daughters, 23 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren. Many friends also mourn his departure. Though he was old he was not hard to please. His son-in-law, Menno Gasho, and wife did not hear a bitter word from his lips in all the time they took care of him. When in one's right mind, followers of Christ should be thus. Services were conducted t the house. Osias Cressman spoke from Jno. 14:1-6. There were also services at the Steinman Church.

Dester.-Christian Dester, Halstead, Kansas, was born Oct. 6, 1850, in Germany. When 6 years old he came to America with his parents and made his home in Iowa and later in Indiana. As a young man he was baptized and joined the Mennonite Church whose faithful member he remained till his death. He united with the Hesston, Kans., Mennonite Church a few years ago. In 1883 he was married to Anna Hostettler, who preceded him in death in 1913. The following year, 1914, he came to Kansas and made his home with his sister, Mrs. Christine Krehbiel, and her daughter Mary. His life was a life of activity and pioneering. In his last years he was more or less sickly and at times confined to hospital care. June 11 he again entered the hospital where he passed away June 25; aged 80 y. 8 m. 19 d. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. David Funk, and one brother, Henry Dester.

Baecher.-Joseph Baecher was born in Alsace-Lorraine, March 31, 1853; died at his home near Fisher, Ill., June 30, 1931; aged 78 y. 3 m. He came to America at the age of twenty and settled near Eureka, Ill. About 42 years ago he moved to his late home where he resided until the time of his death. In 1880 he was united in marriage to Susie Mincascovitz. To this union 3 children were born: Emma, Lena, and John. His wife died in 1886. The following year he was married to Mary Zehr. To this union 2 children were born: Peter and Lizzie. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. About 38 years ago he was ordained to the ministry, at the East Bend Menonite Church, serving as assistant pastor as long as his health permitted. He was faithful and true to his charge, a true witness, a liberal giver, and a defender of the faith. He leaves his wife, 1 son (Peter), and 3 daughters (Mrs. Emma Grieser, Mrs. George Grieser, and Mrs. Manuel Oyer); also 15 grandchildren and a large host of other relatives and friends. One son preceded him in death 12 years ago. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church with Bro. J. A. Heiser in charge. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in East Bend Cemetery.

Oberholtzer.-Pre. Samuel L. Oberholtzer was born July 12, 1859. God in His infinite wisdom has seen fit to call him from us in an unexpected moment while eating his noon meal on June 26, 1931, at the age of 71 y. 11 m. 14 d. Bro. Oberholtzer was called to the office of deacon Dec. 25, 1900, in which office he served a brief time, being called to preach the Gospel on May 21, 1903, at the Risser Mennonite Church. He was a staunch defender of the faith, teaching by precept and example. One of his many remarks was, "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord." His untiring labors and many willing sacrifices won for him many friends, who mourn his departure. Our loss is his gain. He is survived by his sorrowing companion, a son (Walter, who was called to the ministry in February of this year as an assistant to his father), one daughter (Katie, wife of Jacob Gall), 3 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Lizzie Oberholtzer and Amanda Brubaker). Funeral services were held from his late home June 29, and at Risser's Mennonite Church by the Bishops Jno. Ebersole, Noah Risser, and Isaac Brubaker. Text, Matt. 25:13. Burial in Mt. Tunnel Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Pa.
"No one heard the footstep
Of the Angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."

Eicher.-Leander, eldest son of Daniel R. and Mattie Eicher, was born near Milford, Neb., Aug. 28, 1883; died in the hospital at Seward, Neb., June 25, 1931; aged 47 y. 9 m. 28 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. He was afflicted with congestion of the spleen for the last three years, during which time he suffered intensely at times. As his condition grew worse he gradually grew weaker, but was conscious and able to speak to his loved ones till the last, when he quietly and submissively passed into that peaceful rest. On March 10, 1904, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Yeackley, of Milford. To this union were born one son and six daughters (Flony, wife of Ezra Roth; Esther, wife of Earl Stutzman; Stella, wife of Elbert Roth; Mattie, wife of Ezra Roth; Roy, Jessie, and Doris). He leaves his loving wife, one son, six daughters, five grandchildren, father, mother, four brothers, three sisters, and many other relatives and a host of friends. One brother (Henry) preceded him in death.
"Softly and peacefully Father passed away,
From earth to heaven to make his stay.
Long and patiently he awaited the call,
Now in heaven he is waiting for us all."
Funeral services were held June 28 at the West Fairview Church, in charge of Wm. R. Eicher, assisted by Geo. Miller and Ammon Miller. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Mast.-Benuel Mast was born May 1, 1847, in Berks Co., Pa.; died Mar. 27, 1931, at the home of his son Emanuel, near Parkesburg, Pa. Grandfather was afflicted with dropsy for the past year, but was able to be about until January. He was living with his daughter when the house caught fire, burning the part in which grandfather lived. It destroyed all that was dear to him in this world, including his Bible and a book which he was writing and had almost completed. He never recovered from the shock. He always met us with a smile although conversing with him was difficult as he was deaf. He told his granddaughters a few days before he died that he and his Savior were walking hand in hand and he was only waiting for the call. He was conscious until about 10 minutes before he died, bidding his son and wife goodbye when he passed away with a smile. He was married Feb. 15, 1870, to Sarah Stoltzfus. To this union were born 3 children (Salome Hooley, Emanuel Mast, and Bishop I. S. Mast). The mother of these children passed away April 20, 1874. In 1893 he was again married to Rachel Spotts. To this union was born 1 daughter (Mary Dice). He also leaves 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted March 30 at the house by J. A. Kennel and at the Millwood Church by J. S. Mast and Amos B. Stoltzfus. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson, Pa.
"Dear grandfather, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before."



Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIV, No. 17 - July 23, 1931 - p. 399

Bast.--Doris, infant daughter of Solomon and Emma Bast, of Waterloo Co., Ont., died May 6, 1931; aged 29 d. She was sick only a few days with double pneumonia. She is survived by her sorrowing parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters. A sister preceded her in infancy 13 years ago. Funeral services were held on May 8 by Bro. David Lichti at the home and Bro. Dan Jutzi and Bro. Christ Zehr at the church. We miss dear Doris, but we know our darling is safe in the arms of Jesus. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."

Hedrick.-Mahala Hedrick was born Oct. 9, 1843; died May 11, 1931; aged 87 y. 8 m. 2 d. She united with the Mennonite Church last August. While Bro. L. H. Jones was conducting a series of meetings at Brushy Run last summer he met with this old grandma while visiting in the home of her son. The message of salvation was spoken to her and at once she gladly accepted Christ as her personal Savior. With the testimony of her children we believe she lived the last ten months of her life a true Christian. The funeral services were conducted at the home of her daughter at Timber Ridge, W. Va., where she made her home. Bro. Paul Good of Roaring, W. Va., Mission officiated. The body was laid away in the near-by cemetery.

Kolb.-James, son of Aaron L. and Esther Hershey Kolb, Lancaster, Pa., died July 12, 1931; aged 1 m. 8 d. In addition to his parents, he is survived by 1 brother and 1 sister, Melvin and Mildred. Services were held at the home and at Hersheys Church conducted by the brethren Abram L. Martin and David Landis. Texts, Isa. 11:1-6; II Sam. 12:18-23.
"When we see a precious blossom
That we tended with such care,
Gently taken from our bosom,
How our aching hearts despair!
Round its little grave we linger,
Till the setting sun is low,
Feeling all our hopes have perished
With the flower we cherished so.
We shall sleep but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part no, never,
On the resurrection morn."

Ebersole.-Lizzie Ebersole was born near Elizabethtown, Pa., April 18, 1856; died peacefully at her home in Sterling, Ill., on the evening of July 3, 1931; aged 75 y. 2 m. 21 d. She came to Illinois with her parents when but a young girl. First they resided on a farm north of Sterling, and afterwards they moved to Sterling where she since resided. She is survived by two brothers and one sister (Jacob R., Dr. Joseph R., and Anna). She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until the time of her death. Funeral services were held July 5 at the home conducted by E. C. Harris of the Lutheran Church and at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, conducted by her pastor. A large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they had learned to love, because of her beautiful Christian life she had lived. She could say with Paul, "For to me to live is Christ."

Souders.-Emma C. Souders was born Oct. 6, 1870; died July 13, 1931; aged 60 y. 9 m. 7 d. She was a daughter of Amos and Susan Charles Souders. She united with the Mennonite Church at Masonville, Pa., many years ago. She was of a quiet disposition, yet much loved. She went through an operation nearly a year ago, recovering sufficiently to be about. She was conscious till an hour before death. Patient in suffering, she said shortly before she died that she heard angels sing. We laid her body to rest with the hope of a resurrection unto life. In less than two years' time 3 of this family were called away-David Souders, Lizzie Souders (who died Aug. 31, 1930) and Emma, who today we remember as one who had sojourned with us but has gone home. Funeral services were conducted by John H. Mosemann and John K. Charles. Text, Rom. 8:18. Surviving are 1 sister (Mary C., wife of Bro. John M. Herr) and Aaron, the brother in whose home she spent her last days on earth, one uncle and many cousins, who comprise the family circle.

Gingerich.-Daniel D., son of Daniel J. and Elizabeth (Brenneman) Gingerich, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 14, 1847; died at his late home near Kalona on May 20,1931; aged 84 y. 3 m. 6 d. In his youth he united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful and true until death. The cause of his death was leakage of the heart with infirmities of age. On Dec. 22, 1881, he was married to Catherine Miller and lived in matrimony almost 50 years. Their union was blessed with 4 sons and 1 daughter. Two sons preceded the father in death. Those of his immediate family left to mourn his departure are his beloved wife and companion and 3 children, 2 sons (Benedict D. and John D.) and 1 daughter (Mrs. Henry H. Miller), all of Kalona, and 10 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Amelia Miller and Mrs. Barbara Slabach), also other distant relatives and a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held at his late home on May 23, 1931, at 9:30 A. M. Services were conducted by John Swanty and Chorus M. Yoder. Interment in the Gingerich Cemetery.
"Rest, our dear Father, your labor is o'er;
Your willing hands will serve no more,
Nor your footsteps fall by the old home door,
But may we all meet on that happy shore."

Ranck.-Jason G. Ranck was born in Paradise Tp., Oct. 14, 1870; died at the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital June 20, 1931; aged 60 y. 8 m. 6 d. Although his health had been failing for a year and a half, his last illness only lasted four weeks during which time he was bedfast and unable to eat any food. All that medical aid could do was done, but uremic poisoning had seemed foremost during this illness and with other complications he peacefully breathed his last. It had always been his desire to build a barn, and he had begun to accomplish this when God saw fit to call him. The old barn had been torn down and the foundation for the new one was completed. He was united in marriage to Salinda G. Denlinger on May 2, 1895. To this union were born seven children, two of whom preceded him to the Great Beyond in infancy. The following survive him: his widow and five children (Ralph D., Edwin G., Eva M., wife of Jacob B. Habacker, Elvin D. and Reba E.); also seven grandchildren and one brother (S. Clayton). He had the privilege of seeing his children all unite with the Mennonite Church of which he was a member. Funeral services were held from his late home in E. Lampeter Twp. on June 24 and further services at the Paradise Mennonite Church with Bros. Abram Martin and John Senger officiating. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
The family.

Zimmerman.-Peter Zimmerman was born in Ohio, Dec. 15, 1842; died at the home of his son Edward in Garden City, Mo., May 5, 1931; aged 88 y. 4 m. 20 d. On Feb. 26, 1865, he was married to Magdelena Slagle of Tazewell Co., Ill., who preceded him in death July 3, 1921. They spent over 56 years in wedded companionship. This union was blessed with six children, two of whom died in infancy. Those surviving him are William and wife Leah, who have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson; Edward and wife Martha, who have 5 children and 2 grandchildren; Lydia and husband with 6 children and 2 grandchildren; Jonathan and wife Elizabeth have 3 children and 1 grandchild. These with a host of relatives and friends are left to mourn their loss. He was laid to rest beside his helpmate in the Harmony Cemetery. Services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph D. Helmuth, and at the Roanoke, Ill., Church Thursday afternoon, May 27, 1931. He united with the A. M. Church in his young manhood and was a member of the same at the time of his death. He was ordained to the ministry in 1878 at the Roanoke Church, in which capacity he served for over fifty-one years--including the congregations at Larned, Kans.; Garden City, Mo.; Delaplaine, Ark.; and later returning to Roanoke, Ill., where he remained until the last six years which were spent with his children in their different homes.

Hildebrand.-Fannie R., wife of John R. Hildebrand, was born Feb. 9, 1875; died May 25, 1931, at her home near Dayton, Va., where she was born and spent her entire life. Although she had been in failing health for several years, her death came as a distinct shock to her family and community; as she seemed well as usual and was spending her last Sabbath at home with part of the family when God called her shortly after the break of another day. Death was due to paralysis. Her absence is keenly felt in the home and especially by those who are away from home, as she always looked forward to their homecoming with great anticipation. She never grew tired of entertaining her grandchildren, but we know that God doeth all things well and say, "Thy will be done." She united with the Mennonite Church in her girlhood days and remained faithful to the end. She is survived by her husband, five daughters (Mrs. Glenn Shank, Mrs. Jesse Rhodes, Elda, Wilda, and Mildred), and two sons (Fred and Oliver). An infant son preceded her in death. She leaves eight grandchildren, also one brother (Abram Heatwole). Funeral services were held May 27, at the Bank Church conducted by Bros. H. B. Keener and J. S. Martin. Text, Matt. 13:43.

"We cannot always know and understand
The Master's rule;
We cannot always do the tasks He gives

In life's hard school;
But we are learning, with His help to solve
Them one by one,
And when we cannot understand, to say-
'Thy will be done.'"

Nice.-Bishop John Nice, youngest son of Bishop Henry and Lavina Nice, was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Nov. 13, 1858; died at the Morrison, Ill., Hospital, July 10, 1931; aged 72 y. 7 m. 27 d. Death was caused by complications following a major operation at the hospital. In the year 1865, he with his parents and other members of the family moved from Medina Co., Ohio, to Whiteside Co., Ill., residing near Sterling for several years, after which they moved to a point about five miles northwest of Morrison, Ill., where he grew to manhood, and continued to reside until called hence by the death messenger. On Feb. 5, 1884, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Dutcher, of the same vicinity. To this union were born 4 children (Abner A., Cora Agnes, Jonas F., and Paul A.). Their daughter (Cora, wife of J. B. Christophel, who resided near Goshen, Ind.), preceded her father in death. He leaves his faithful wife and three sons, all of the same vicinity; also 17 grandchildren. One brother and two sisters survive him; Viz., Pre. J. T. Nice, Mrs. Lavina Kornhaus and Mrs. Ella Steiner. He united with the Mennonite Church near Morrison, Ill., when 17 years old. In 1887 he was ordained a minister of the Gospel, and in June, 1894, he was ordained bishop to serve as overseer of the Mennonite congregations in northern Illinois. He served the Church faithfully as a servant of the Lord, in the preaching of the Word and laboring for the best welfare of the Church in the capacity of a bishop. May the Lord graciously comfort the many who are mourning his departure. Funeral services were held July 13. The brethren, A. C. Good and S. E. Graybill, had charge of a brief service in the home, after which the principal service was conducted in the Mennonite Church nearby, with A. C. Good and J. S. Shoemaker in charge. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXIV, No. 18 - July 30, 1931 - pp. 415, 416

Nofzinger.-Mary Ellen, infant daughter of Wm. H. and Lena (Roth) Nofzinger, Wayland, Ia., died July 5, 1931; aged 10 d. She leaves her parents, 3 grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Short funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Bro. Simon Gingerich. Interment in the Sugar Creek Cemetery. Though our hearts are broken, we have the blessed assurance she is in the arms of Jesus.
"God needed one more angel
Around His shining throne;
And so He stooped with loving care,
And took our darling home."

Cressman.-Magdalene, daughter of Jacob and Maria Betzner, was born July 5, 1852; died July 8, 1931; aged 79 y. 3 d. She was married to Aaron Cressman in 1877 who predeceased her in 1913. To them were born 6 daughters and 2 sons: Mrs. J. Geo. Nagus (who died in 1918), Mrs. F. F. Honsberger, Mrs. J. B. Weber, Mrs. O. D. Wills, Lenora, Alvina, Wilfred, and Clifford. Besides her 7 children she is survived by 10 grandchildren, 1 sister, 3 brothers. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., by Bros. C. F. Derstine and Jonas Snider. Interment in Strasburg Cemetery.

Wenger.-Burton Ray, son of Samuel W. and Clara Martin Wenger, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Nov. 8, 1922; died at the Elkhart Hospital following an operation for appendicitis, June 18, 1931; aged 8 y. 7 m. 10 d. We earnestly prayed that the health of our dear son be restored for it seemed exceeding hard to part with him. But we wish to humbly submit to the will of our all-wise heavenly Father who doeth all things well. He leaves his parents, 2 sisters (Valeta Mae and Mary Lucille), a grandfather, 2 grandmothers, a great-grandmother and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held July 20 at the home and at the Yellow Creek (Frame) Church by Bros. Paul Hoover, A. B. Christophel, and Wm. Ramer. Texts, I Pet. 1:24, 25; Rev. 21:1. Burial in the church cemetery.

Hoover.-Norman Richard, infant son of Maynard and Mandella Hoover, was born near Goshen, Ind., May 6, 1931; died July 12, following a three-weeks' illness of whooping cough, terminating with pneumonia; aged 2 m. 6 d. He is survived by his parents, one brother (Lowell), three sisters (Edith, Miriam and Arlene), his grandparents, Bro. and Sister William Hoover, and Sister Emma Bachtel. Although our darling babe has been with us but a short time, the fondest memories of his pure, innocent life will always attend us and be an incentive to become more like him, and lead us to a more consecrated spiritual life, that we may some day meet him again in the spirit world. Funeral service was held at the home, July 14, conducted by Bros. Jonas Loucks and A. B. Christophel. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Burial at Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Detweiler.-Emma Jane, daughter of Jacob and Sara Zook, was born May 25, 1863; died at her home near New Wilmington, Pa., June 27, 1931; aged 68 y. 1 m. 2 d. She was married to John C. Detweiler who preceded her in death about fifteen years ago. To this union were born 3 daughters and 3 sons (Martha, Sara, Amanda, Joe, Elmer, Isaiah). Martha and Amanda preceded their mother in death, as did also a grandchild. She leaves 1 daughter, 3 sons, 10 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 4 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Her illness was of long duration, but she tried to be patient in her sufferings and expressed the desire to go to the Lord. She peacefully fell asleep June 27. She was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church for a number of years and remained faithful till death. It was always her desire to attend church whenever possible. Funeral services were held at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. J. H. Lantz and A. J. Steiner. Text, I Sam. 20:3, last clause. Interment in the old cemetery near New Wilmington, Pa.

Brackbill.-Susanna, daughter of the late Benjamin and Susanna Howry, was born Feb. 4, 1844; died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Daniel Eshleman, July 13, 1931; aged 87 y. 5 m. 9 d. Gallstones were the cause of her death. She had enjoyed good health all her life until the last three months, when her health began to fail. She was bedfast only 4 weeks. Her sufferings were borne with Christian patience and submission to His will. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with Hersheys Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. She was the last of a family of 8 children. She is survived by 11 nieces and 7 nephews. Aunt Sue will be greatly missed in the home and in the community. She was always ready in her kind and quiet way to help those in need. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at Hersheys Mennonite Church by Bros. John Senger, C. M. Brackbill, and A. L. Martin. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Aunt Sue is gone but not forgotten,
Never will her memory fade;
Loving thoughts will always linger
Round the grave where she is laid."

Witmer.-Mamie Ziegler Witmer was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, April 21, 1868; died at her home near Columbiana, Ohio, July 17, 1931; aged 63 y. 2 m. 26 d. On Dec. 22, 1888, she was united in marriage to I. B. Witmer. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. One son and one daughter preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, one son (Paul D. Witmer) and one daughter (Mrs. Paul Ziegler), six grandchildren, two brothers (E. H. Ziegler and J. B. Ziegler), and other relatives and friends. Early in life she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, in which she remained faithful until death. She was always a hard worker and knew some of the hardships and joys of a minister's wife. She was deeply interested in the welfare of the Church, as well as her family, and lived a simple, consistent life. Her place at church was seldom vacant as long as health permitted. She was also an active member in the sewing circle. Though it seems as if she was much needed here and her absence will be keenly felt in the church and in the home, yet we believe that the Son of God will be glorified by her departure. I Pet. 2:12. Funeral services were held at the Midway Church on Sunday afternoon and were in charge of the brethren D. S. Lehman and O. N. Johns. Text, II Cor. 5:1. All the ministers present-A. J. Steiner, Allen Rickert, E. M. Detweiler, Paul Yoder, E. F. Hartzler, John D. Miller, J. A. Liechty and M. C. Lehman-had a part in the services. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Troyer.-Joseph J. Troyer was born near Trail, O., Aug. 11, 1865; died July 11, 1931; aged 66 y. 1 m. When still young in years he with his parents moved to Seward Co., Neb., where on March 4, 1890, he was united in marriage to Ann Sweitzer. Eleven children were born to this union all of whom, together with his bereaved wife, remain to mourn the sudden departure of father and husband. Uncle Joe, as he was known by all his many friends and neighbors, was of a kindly disposition, a pleasing personality and a man who made friends wherever he went. He united with the Mennonite Church at Milford, Neb., in his youth and proved true and faithful to the vows he made. He was always found in his particular seat during the Sunday services whenever possible. He was intensely interested in the activities of the Church and took a prominent part in the discussion of the Sunday school lessons. His sudden death, due to heart trouble, was a great shock to all. He will be greatly missed among his wide circle of friends, and his seat by the window in the church will be vacant; but he will be missed in the home most of all as a kind and provident husband and father. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the church by Bros. Earl Miller, E. B. Stoltzfus, and H. N. Troyer. Text, Job 14:14. The body was laid to rest in the Plainview cemetery near Aurora, O., where he with his family had made their home for a number of years.

Miller.-Rachel, daughter of Jonathan and Catherine Byler, was born Feb. 25, 1855, in Mifflin Co., Pa. At the age of six weeks she with her parents moved to Topeka, Ind., on what is now known as the D. K. Miller farm where she lived until her marriage to Jacob T. Miller on March 4, 1883. To this union was born one son who died in infancy. Out of the goodness of their hearts they opened their home to two orphan children whom they raised as their own. In her early life she gave her heart to Christ, uniting with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, which faith she held steadfastly until she was called to her heavenly home, July 14, 1931; aged 76 y. 4 m. 19 d. On Mar. 14, 1915 her husband was called to the Great Beyond, since which time she has lived alone the greater part of the time. She leaves a step-daughter (Mrs. Alvin E. Yoder), one foster daughter (Mrs. M. J. Sweet), a foster son (Dr. Harvey Hostettler), one step-granddaughter, two foster grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Kurtz), a brother (John K. Byler), and a number of other relatives and friends. She was a loving wife, a kind mother, and a good neighbor. She will be greatly missed in the Church, her home, and the community. Funeral services were held July 17 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in charge of O. S. Hostetler and E. J. Yoder. Text, Matt. 13:43. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.


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