Della.- Minnie, wife of Joseph Della, was born in northern Italy April 26, 1887; died in a hospital in Johnstown, Pa., May 24, 1931; aged 44y. 28d. She was a member of the Catholic church. She had a stroke and was rushed to the hospital, but died a few minutes after arrival there. Besides her husband she is survived by one brother and one sister, both of whom live in Italy. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Stahl Mennonite Church by S.G. Shelter. The body was laid away in the Stahl Cemetery.
Esch.-Annie, infant daughter of Aaron and Rebecca (King) Esch, was born Oct. 6, 1930; died May 7, 1931. She was sick several weeks with pneumonia. She was in the St. Joseph's Hospital a short while. She is sadly missed in the home, as she was an only child. Funeral services were held at the home in Intercourse, Pa., May 9. She was buried in Beiler's Cemetery.
"We miss you when the morning comes,
We miss you when the night returns,
We miss you here, we miss you there,
Dear Annie, we miss you everywhere."
Wenger.- Leah E., daughter of Abraham W. and Barbara R. Lehman, died May 1, 1931, with her brother ( Aaron E. Lehman, Chambersburg, Pa.), after an illness of six weeks from a nervous breakdown; aged 69y. 1m. 16d. She was a member of the Old Order River Brethren Church. She is survived by one sister (Martha E.) , three brothers (John E., Benjamin E., and Aaron E.), and two step daughters (Mrs. Jacob Brechbill and Mrs. Amos Myers). Her husband (Martin W. Wenger) preceded her in death five years ago. Funeral services were held at her brother (Aaron E. Lehman's) May 3. Services were conducted by Bros. John Wenger and John S. Burkholder. Text Psa. 39:4. Burial in Brechbill Cemetery.
Garber.-Henry E., son of the late John and Susan Garber,
was born near Elizabethtown, Pa., Jan. 19,1855; died May 12, 1931,
of complications; aged 76y. 3m. 23d. He is survived by his wife,
who was Fannie E. Eby before marriage; also 2 sons(Tillman E.
and Elias E.), 2 daughters (Ellen E., wife of Ira R. Longenecker
and Ada E. ), 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers
(John E. and Simon E. ) , 2 sisters (Kate E. and Harriet, widow
of the late Bishop Peter R. Nissley). One son (Jonas) preceded
him in death. Funeral services were conducted May 16 from his
home in Elizabethtown by Bro. Samuel Fry and at the Elizabethtown
Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Risser, Samuel Fry, and Benjamin
Keener. Text: II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the Bossler Cemetery.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Here, thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Detwiler.-Henry N., son of Samuel and Barbara (Nold) Detwiler, was born at his late home in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Sept. 29,1897; died Sunday afternoon, May 17, 1931; aged 63y. 7m. 18d. Feb. 18, 1877, he was united in marriage with Clara Myers to which union were born 6 children (Lester, Markus, Marice, Mrs. Noah Nussbaum, and Mrs. Thomas Yoder), Albert died in infancy about 25 years ago. March 8, 1903, he united with the Mennonite Church, remaining fathful to the end. During this time he ably served the Church often as superintendent and teacher in the Sunday school and in the capacity of trustee for the Church for many years. He leaves his companion, 5 children, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters, 2 sisters having preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Midway Church May 20 with an overflowing house of people who met to sympathize with sorrowing hearts. Text, Heb. 11:16. Services in the charge of Brethren A.J. Steiner, I.B. Witmer, Paul Yoder, and O.N. Johns. Burial at adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: (Sam Detwiler, grandson): Henry's date of birth should be Sept. 29, 1867, date of marriage Feb. 18, 1897. The names of sons Marcus and Maurice and the word faithful were misspelled.
Brown.-Catherine E., daughter of Carl and Christina Miller, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 26, 1854; died at her home near Smithville, Ohio, May 21, 1931; aged 76 y. 8m. 25d. On Dec.9, 1875 she was united in marriage to William D. Brown. To this union 12 children were born, 10 of whom are living, 2 having died in infancy. As a mother she was kind and loving, willing to sacrifice anything for her children; as a companion, true and faithful, and devoted; as a Christian, her life is her testimony. Her prayer was especially that she might be spared to provide a home and care for her unfortunate son Lester. She was not only a mother in the home but also in the community wherever she could assist in helping the sick or comfort the sorrowing. Her kindly deeds will long be remembered in the home as well as the community in which she lived. At the age of 13 she confessed Christ and united with the Amish-Mennonite Church, in which faith she continued faithful until death. Although in the closing days of her life were filled with much suffering, she found great joy in the Savior and in her hope beyond this life. she leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 8 daughters, 24 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and a large circle of friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church May 24, conducted by E.F. Hartzler and C.Z. Yoder. Text, Psa. 91:1. Interment in cemetery near by.
"Mother dear from us has fled,
To seek a better home;
To sing sweet songs with angels there,
Around the Father's throne."
Christophel.- Jonas, second son of John and Elizabeth Christophel, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 18, 1853, and lived near his place of birth nearly all his life. He died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. C.E. Lehman) Sunday morning, May 10, 1931; aged 78y. 2m. 22d. On Oct. 10, 1878, he was united in marriage with Soloma Buzzard. To this union were born eight children, four of whom (Ella, Cora, Noble, and Elsie), preceded him in death. After an illness of about twelve years his life companion also passed on before. During the remaining eleven years of his life, Bro. Christophel lived with his daughter, Bertha, and her husband on the old homestead. He is survived by his four children (Dr. W.B. Christophel, John, living on part of the old homestead, Mrs. E.S. Mullet, and Mrs. C.E. Lehman) three sisters (Mrs. Hannah Smith, Mrs. Harriet Blosser, and Miss Sarah Christophel), two brothers(Bish. J.W. and Noah), fourteen grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. At the age of nineteen years he united with the Mennonite Church at Yellow Creek, where he was a faithful member until death. He was a regular attendant when health permitted and erected a family alter in the home which he kept burning throughout life. This home service was held each morning regardless of who was there or what secular labor was ahead. No doubt it was this service that inspired him to always try to have his whole family attend services at the house of God. Funeral services May13 at the Yellow Creek Church, conducted by J.S. Hartzler. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin.- Jacob W. Martin was born Sept.16, 1870; died May 1, 1931; aged 60y. 7m.15d. In his early years he was a harnessmaker by trade. Many pleasant hours, we as children spent with him in his shop, having sweet recollections of Bible stories told to us. He also farmed for a few years. In the last 8 years of his life he was engaged as a florist. He spent many delightful hours amongst the flowers, and cherished them as a special gift of God to mankind. He not only applied his talents in behalf of temporal interests, but was especially concerned with the spiritual welfare of all with whom he came in contact. He was superintendent of the Old Road Mennonite S.S. for many years. His devoted life for services won him a large circle of friends. Father's health was amazing until 4 years ago when God saw fit to call our youngest sister from our midst. This grief seemed to wreck his physical condition and later he had a slight stroke, from which condition complications developed. He was up and around until 3 days prior to his death. During this time he suffered much. He was kept praising the Lord. He allowed not his will to interfere with God's way of manifesting His great love for us as a family, who were continually by his side. He realized his end was nigh and bade farewell to his surrounding family. He admonished us to keep on praising the Lord. He quoted this text: "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men." It is hard to part with father, yet we know full well he has finished his mission here and is now waiting to enjoy the pleasures God has intended for him. "Don,t weep," he stated. I trust as his prayers have always been, that his family might meet as an unbroken circle in those heavenly mansions above. He leaves his sorrowing wife (Anna Hollinger Martin), 3 sons (John, Walter, and Jacob), 5 daughters (Esther, wife of Isaac Eshelman; Anna, wife of Elmer Rutt; Mary, wife of Walter Hershey; Alice and Sue). Paul and Mabel preceded him to the glory world. There are also 17 surviving grandchildren; also a host of relatives and friends. Services were conducted at his late home in Vintage, Pa., by Bro. John Senger, with further services at Hershey's Mennonite Church by Bros. Christ Brackbill and Abram Martin. Text, Psa. 107:8. The favorite hymns of father , "Abide in Me" and "As Thou Wilt," were sung. Remains laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh teach us, Lord, that we may speak
The precious things Thou dost impart,
And wing his words that they may reach
The hidden depth of all our hearts."
-By a daughter.
Transcribed by Sam Detwiler, Ohio
June 11, 1931 - Vol. XXIV, No. 11 - page 255
Wert.- Henry William Wert was born Sept. 8, 1872; died May 8, 1931; aged 58y. 8m. On Nov. 15, 1927, he was chosen by lot and ordained a deacon at the Delaware Church, Junita Co., Pa., for the Delaware and Lost Creek congregations; which office he filled faithfully until death. He is survived by his wife, 6 sons, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, his aged mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. A son and a daughter preceded him in death. May God bless the bereaved family and raise up other faithful ones in the Church.
Stauffer,- Isaac Robert Stauffer was born Nov. 28,1878; died May 28, 1931; aged 52y. 6m. On April 13,1914 he was married to Goldie Kopensparger of Zanesville, O. This union was blessed with one son who preceded his father in death. Bro. Stauffer is survived by his wife, an adopted son, 6 brothers, and 3 sisters. He accepted Christ during his last sickness. When he realized that the end was drawing near he sent for the minister, was baptized and was recevied into the church fellowship. He rejoiced in his salvation.
Nolt.-Cora, youngest daughter of Michael and Elizabeth
(Horst) Nolt, was born near Terra Hill, Pa., April 15, 1911; died
at the same place May 31,1931; aged 20y. 1m. 16d. She leaves parents,
5 sisters, 2 brothers and many neighbors and friends to mourn
their loss. She was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite
Church. Funeral services were held June 3, at the Weaverland Church
in charge of Bros. Moses Horning and Franklin Horst. Text, Jas
4:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Cora dear from us has fled,
To seek a better home,
To sing sweet songs with angels there
Around the Father's throne."
By a friend
Oyer.- Solomon S. Oyer was born Dec.23, 1839, about one mile north of Chambersburg, Pa., and lived all his life in Franklin Co.; died May 16, 1931; aged 91y. 4m. 23d. He was married to Susan Hoover who preceded him to the Spirit world eleven years ago. He is survived by two daughters: Mary, wife of William C. Slichter (with whom he made his home), and Annie, wife of William H. Jones. Bro. Oyer and his wife united with the Mennonite Church in 1896 and were faithful to the end. Bro. Oyer was a regular attendant at church services whenever his health permitted. He had been afflicted for about six months by the infirmities of age, but he bore them patiently. He was the last of the family. He always expressed a bright hope for the future.
Mishler.- Sister Polly Mishler, daughter of the late Emanuel and Fannie Miller Eash, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., June 14, 1858; died in her home, Johnstown, Pa., May 26, 1931; aged 72y. 11m. 12d. She was married to Tobias Mishler, who with six children, 19 grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren survives. She is also survived by three sisters and many relatives and friends. the cause of her death was a stroke on the Friday preceding her death. She was a faithful member of the Stahl Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S.G. Shetler and P.W. Baer. In the Evangelical Church near her home in the city, S.G. Shetler spoke on the subject "Mother's Part," using Jno. 2:1 as a basis for the discourse. P.W. Baer assisted in the services, which were largely attended. The body was laid away in the Grandview Cemetery.
Shank.- Ida C., wife of Pre. E.C. Shank, departed this
life May 6, 1931, at their home near Waynesboro, Va. ; aged 69y.
3m. 12d. She was troubled with heart failure for some years. Last
August she was paralyzed and became perfectly helpless in her
left arm. This was very hard, for she had spent an active life;
but she bore up patiently under this affliction. She leaves her
husband,2 daughters, 3 sons, 1 sister, grandchildren, and many
friends to mourn their loss. Five children preceded her in death
, the oldest daughter by only 2 months. She was a faithful member
of the Springdale congregation where her funeral was held May
9. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. S.H. Rhodes, E.F.
Heatwole, J.R. Driver, and A.P. Heatwole.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely
In this world of sin and woe,
But we hope ere long to great you
Where all saints prepare to go."
Heatwole.-Grace Barbara, daughter of William E. and
Dora Heatwole, was born near Elida, O., Aug. 26, 1915; died May
22, 1931; aged 15y. 8m. 27d. She leaves her bereaved parents,
4 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of other relatives and friends,
On May12 her clothing accidentally caught fire, burning her seriously
about the body which caused intense suffering until May 22 she
peacefully passed away. Funeral services were held at Salem Church
May 24 conducted by Bros. Maurice O'Connell and J.M. Shenk. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"I can not say, and I will not say
That she is dead--she is just away.
She has gone through the gate to another land,
Led by the Master's hand.
Where everything is kind and good,
Where everything is understood.
So we try to believe that the One above
Has taken her home as an act of love."
Troyer, Boyd Peter, son of Jesse S. and Mary Troyer,
was born near Hubbard, Oreg., Nov. 29, 1915; died May 8, 1931;
aged 15 y. 5 m. 9 d. While playing at school he met instant death,
caused by heart failure. He leaves father, mother, two sisters
and two brothers (Amy, James, Lloyd and Gladys), also his grandfather
and grandmother Troyer, grand- mother Esch, and numerous aunts,
uncles, cousins, and friends. He accepted Christ as his Savior
and united with the Zion Mennonite church at the age of 14 years.
He was a kind, faithful boy who will be greatly missed in his
home, by his grandfather Troyer whom he often assisted in his
work, and by all who knew him. "The Lord hath given and the
Lord hath taken, Blessed be the name of the Lord."
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the Angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Zion Mennonite Church by Bro. N. A. Lind of Albany and Bro. C. I. Kropf of the home congregation. Text, Jas. 4:14. His body was laid to rest in the church cemetery.
Brenneman.- Elizabeth Ann Shank was born Jan. 15, 1847,
near Glandorf, O.; died May 19, 1931; aged 84y. 4m. 4d. On Dec.4,
1870, she was united in marriage to Henry Brenneman. To this union
were born 5 daughters, and 4 sons. Her husband 2 daughters and
1 son preceded her in death. Surviving are the following children:
Genetta Clevenger, Adam, Margaret Williams, Harry, Della Elkins,
and Aden; also 32 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 1 sister,
and a host of relatives and friends. She has been a member of
the Mennonite Church for about 59 years. April 3 she fell and
broke her leg and has been bedfast since then. Death came suddenly
and unexpectedly called her from the Great Beyond. Funeral services
were held at the Salem Church near Elida, O., in charge of Bros.
G.H. Brunk and S.G. Shenk. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"If we could hear her singing
As we think she is singing now;
If we could see the brightness
Of the crown upon her brow;
There would be no sighs to worry,
And of bitter tears no more;
When we think of our dear mother
Who has gone to yonder shore."
Gunden.- John Gunden was born in Butler Co. Ohio, Feb.1,
1854; died May 24, 1931; aged 77y. 3m. 23d. He was married to
Mary Swartzendruber in Johnson Co., Iowa, March 16, 1879, living
in matrimony 52 years. To this union were born 14 children. A
son and a daughter preceded him in death. He leaves his loving
companion , 4 sons (Chris, Joseph, William, and John), 8 daughters
( Mrs. Amelius Bender, Mrs. Tom Yoder, Mrs. Mose Albrecht, Mrs.
Katie Kauffman, Mrs. Joe Steckly, Mrs. Sol Mayer, Mrs. Jesse Byler
and Laura), 41 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 step-grandchild,
sever foster grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Jacob and Joseph).
He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained
in the same faith to the end. He was much concerned in the welfare
of his children and the work of the Church, often admonishing
his children to be obedient to the teaching of God's Word. His
favorite memory verse was Eph. 1:3. He, with his family, moved
from Iowa to Bay Port, Mich., in 1904. In 1912 he moved to Pigeon,
where he spent the remainder of his life. He was blest with good
nearly all his life, until a few years ago he began to fail which
finally developed into hardening of the arteries of the brain
and could not make his longings known most of the time since February,
but was only bedfast a week. Funeral services were held at Pigeon
River Church May 26, by Bros. M.S. Zehr and S.D. Greiser of Archbold,
Ohio. Text, Phil. 1:21; Jno. 17:3. Interment in the cemetery near
"Weep not for me family dear,
Nor shed for me a sorrowing tear;
I am not dead, but only sleep
My silent numbers, O so sweet."
By the family.
Swartzendruber.-George J. Swartzendruber was born in
Johnson Co., Iowa, April 22,1858; died at Mercy Hospital, Iowa
City, Iowa, May 29, 1931; aged 73y. 1m. 7d. He became a member
of the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth in which fellowship
he stood until death. On Dec. 24, 1882, he was united in marriage
to Nancy Hershberger. To this union were born 5 children- twins,
a son and daughter, born and died May 5, 1885; Lydia, wife of
Arthur Yoder died Feb.21, 1914; Elmer, who lives on the home place
and his twin sister, Elva, who died when almost 2 years old. Nancy,
the mother in this home, died Nov. 4, 1922. Those left to mourn
his sudden departure are one son (Elmer), 8 grandchildren, two
nephews (Emanuel and Charles Swartzendruber), two nieces (Lydia
wife of P.M. Swartzendruber, and Mary, wife of Walter Beachey).
These last four were since the death of their father Noah J. Swartzendruber
in 1904 taken into the home and considered part of the family.
Three brothers, 3 sisters and many relatives and friends survive.
the brothers and sisters are (Mrs. Mary Raber, Mrs. Elizabeth
Schlabaugh, Mrs. Anna Swartzendruber, Gideon B., Joel J., and
Solomon J. Just 16 days before his death he and his brother Gideon
went to Michigan to visit their brother who was thought to be
on his death-bed but whom God again saw fit to spare and the third
day after coming home a week later he was taken ill with what
was thought to be indigestion, from which he relieve relief for
almost a day, when on Sunday afternoon the severe pain recurred
suddenly and he and he was rushed to the hospital where a very
serious operation revealed the cause to be an obstruction of the
bowels. He at different times expressed himself as being resigned
to God's will, together with the spirit of forgiveness toward
all men and the prayer to others for the same toward him, and
thus after suffering untold misery for a little more then four
days he was relieved of it all. Funeral was held Sunday at upper
Deer Creek Church. Services conducted in the main room of the
church by Harvey Yoder and John Y. Swartzendruber in German; and
in the basement by M.S. Miller in German and P.P. Swartzendruber
in English. Text, I Sam. 20:18; Mark 12:40
"Father, now they place is empty,
And you now we see no more;
But we hope some day to meet you,
Over on the other shore.
Transcribed by Sam Detwiler, Ohio
Shantz.-Magdalena Snyder Shantz, beloved wife of Joseph S. Shantz, was born Feb. 21, 1851; died Wednesday, June 3, 1931. She was in her 81st year. On April 9, 1884, she was married to Alfred Simpson, who preceded her in death June 1, 1886. On March 9, 1887, she was married to Joseph Shantz. She united with the Mennonite Church in her teen age and remained a faithful member until death. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The funeral was held on Saturday, June 6, and was conducted by Bro. Oscar Burkholder. Text, Psa. 91:1 and 16.
Weaver.-Andrew T. Weaver was born near Trail, O., April 18, 1896; died May 23, 1931; aged 35 y. 1 m. 5 d. He was married to Katie Miller, March 1921. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. One daughter preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters, his father, 5 brothers and 5 sisters. He united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church and about 1 years ago with the Walnut Creek A. M.Church. Funeral services were held May 26. A large crowd of people attended. His sickness lasted only a few days. Services were conducted by Calvin Mast (John 14), Abner Slabach (I Cor. 15), and A. W. Miller (Phil. 1:21).
Byler.-Bro. Jacob Byler died at his home at Mattawana, Pa., on Saturday morning, May 24, 1931, after a two weeks' illness of pneumonia and complications. He was aged 75. Brother Byler was a loyal member of the Mennonite Church since his boyhood, and was a zealous worker, active and interested in the work of the Lord. His death has caused a gloom over the church, where he will be greatly missed in all the services. He will also be missed in the community and by all who knew him. He was the correspondent from this place to the Gospel Herald and was widely known. Four years ago last November, Bro. Byler's wife died. He is survived by two half-brothers, John Byler of McVeytown, Pa., and Joseph Byler of Ohio. The funeral was held on May 26, with services in the Mennonite Church, conducted by the Brethren John E. Kauffman, Eli Kanagy, and Joshua Zook, with interment in the Hertzler cemetery. The funeral was largely attended.
McDowell.-Faye McDowell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver McDowell, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 14, 1908; died on the farm where she was born, May 26, 1931, a victim of bronchial pneumonia following measles; aged 22 y. 10 m. 12 d. She had been an invalid since suffering a spinal injury in a fall when three years of age. Despite this handicap she attended school until thirteen years of age, when her condition grew worse. For the last few years she was unable to walk. Through all her suffering she manifested a spirit of patience, laboring with her hands as long as possible and when no longer able her only joy was reading, in which she was very proficient. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Grace, and two brothers, Albert and Charles all at home, and her grandfather, Charles D. Fields of Goshen. Funeral services were held May 28, 1931, at the home and at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in charge of C. A. Shank and J. K. Bixler. Text, John 10:10. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Zimmerman.-Susan Zimmerman, daughter of the late Bishop
Nathaniel and Martha Shope, was born Sept. 9, 1856, near
Middletown, Dauphin Co., Pa.; died May 13, 1931; aged 75 y. On
Nov. 22, 1877, she was married to Bro. Jonas Zimmerman of Cumberland
Co., Pa. After spending 15 years in Cumberland Co., her husband
died leaving her with 5 children: Mary Ann, Eleanora Wild of Enola,
Mrs. Harry L. Longenecker, Mrs. W. G. Lauver of Middletown, and
Adam G. Zimmerman of Juniata Co. After the death of her husband
she spent 23 years with her sister, or until the death of her
sister, Mary A. Kohr, in 1915, and the remaining 16 years with
her daughter, Mrs. Harry L. Longenecker, at whose place she died
of heart disease. Funeral services were held from the home on
May 16 and at the Slate Hill Mennonite Church by Bros. David Z.
Miller and Samuel Hess. Text, Jno. 17:21. Burial in adjoining
She's safe within the Father's house,
Where many mansions be;
Oh pray that there such rest may come
Dear heart to thee and me.
Yoder.-Sister Annie L. Yoder died in a hospital in Harrisburg,
Pa., on Friday evening, June 5, 1931; aged 66 y. 3 m. 25 d. The
body was brought to her late home at Matawana on Saturday. Sister
Yoder had been in poor health for several years, and had been
in the hospital since last fall. She was a member of the Mennonite
Church since her girlhood. She was a daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth
Harshbarger. Her husband, John Y. Yoder, died several years
ago. She leaves one daughter, Mary, who was ever faithful and
kind to her in her afflictions, and who can be comforted in her
grief to know that mother is now at rest. One brother and five
sisters also survive. They are Hallie Harshbarger, Mrs. Joseph
Stayrook, Mrs. Mattie Moist, Mrs. Arthur Grassmyer and France
Harshbarger of Mattawana. Mrs. John Byler of McVeytown also survives.
The funeral was held on Monday morning, June 8, with services
conducted in the Mennonite Church by Bishops John E. Kauffman
and Eli Kanagy. Interment in the Hertzler cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear mother is at rest."
Bergey.-Randall M. Bergey, son of Jacob Willard and
Martha Bergey, was born May 9, 1923; died May 13, 1931; aged 8
y. 4 d. He suffered about 4 weeks with influenzal encephalitis,
always saying he did not have any pain until the last week of
his sickness at which time he had very much pain. Randall is the
third to leave this neighborhood since the New Year to join in
that happy home above. His great-grandmother died 2 months ago.
He will be sadly missed by his parents, 1 sister Violet, 1 brother
Jacob Clyde, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, and a number of uncles,
aunts, and cousins. He was always a healthy child, never wanting
to stay away from school as long as he was able to go. All was
done that loving hands can do, but it seemed to no avail, and
he very peacefully passed away. Funeral services were held May
17, 1931, at the home conducted by Bro. Abram G. Clemmer, and
at the Franconia Mennonite Church, Montgomery Co., Pa., by Bros.
Abram Z. Derstine and Menno B. Souder. Interment in adjoining
cemetery. Text, John 14:4.
Little hands are folded,
Randall is at rest,
And we know that he is happy
With the others of the blest.
Kauffman.-Samuel R. Kauffman, the oldest of nine children,
was born to Jacob and Leah Kauffman April 30, 1871, near Garden
City, Mo.; died after a short illness following a stroke of paralysis
near Creston, Mont., May 22, 1931; aged 60 y. 22 d. In his boyhood
he moved to Ohio with his parents. There he united with the Amish
Mennonite Church. At the age of 21 he returned to Cass County,
Mo. He was united in marriage March 10, 1895, to Rachel Swich.
They remained in Cass County until 1915, when they moved to the
Northwest. To this union were born seven children, five sons and
two daughters: Daniel S., of Creston, Mont.; John A., of Garden
City, Mo.; Lesley J., of Kalispell, Mont.; Nettie Mae (who died
at the age of 16); Florence Viola Donaldson, of Pasadena, Calif.;
Amandus Emanuel (who died an infant), and Oscar Floyd at home.
He also leaves 2 brothers, 4 sisters, 12 grandchildren. One grandchild
died in 1925. Services were held May 26, by Bro. John Hostetler
at Mountain View Church, near Creston, Mont. Interment in Fairview
"Oh that dear one, how we loved him,
Oh, how hard to give him up!
But an angel came down for him,
And removed him from our flock."
Grieser.-Marjorie Helen, daughter of Chris L. and Carrie
(Schertz) Grieser, was born Nov. 2, 1920, near Flanagan, Illinois;
died May 24, 1931, in the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington, Ill.;
aged 10 y. 6 m. 22 d. Her death was caused by hemorrhage of the
blood vessels. She was apparently in good health until about ten
days before her death. All that loving hands could do was of no
avail and God saw fit to take her unto Himself, and we humbly
submit to His will. Although her life on earth was short, the
few short years that she was permitted to live were a joy and
blessing to her parents and to those around her. Her pleasant
smile and kind ways won for her many friends. She leaves father,
mother, 1 brother, Wayne, 2 sisters, Mary Elizabeth and Lorabel
Rose, 1 grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Schertz, and many other relatives
and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev.
D. W. Slagel and at the Waldo Mennonite Church by Bro. Milo Kauffman,
Chicago. Interment in the Waldo cemetery. "The Lord gave
and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
A precious girl, a blossom fair
Was given for our keeping,
But now her soul so free from care
In quiet rest is sleeping.
Sommers.-Katherine Miller Sommers was born Nov. 25,
1855, at Farmerstown, Ohio, and died June 3, 1931, at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Immel, near Sugar Creek, O., where
she made her home since the death of her husband 2 years ago.
She died at the age of 75 y. 6 m. 8 d. On Nov. 27, 1878, she was
married to Christian Sommers. To this union were born 9 children,
3 of whom preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite
Church in her youth, remaining faithful and consistent until death.
She is survived by 6 children, Mrs. Adrian Hershberger, Mrs. Clarence
L. Hostetler, Manassas, Mrs. Alvin Immel, William Arletus, and
Mrs. Clement Mutchelknaus. Four sisters, 30 grandchildren, and
1 great-grandchild also survive. God has seen best to call to
His eternal resting place a faithful wife and loving mother. She
will be greatly missed by her family and a host of relatives and
friends. We bow in humble submission to the sovereign will of
God, knowing that "all things work together for good to them
that love God." Funeral services were held in the Walnut
Creek Mennonite Church in charge of Alvin Miller and Corson Mast.
Text, Isaiah 35:10. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Though others have forgotten,
And oft' they see us smile;
Yet they little know the heartaches
That are hidden all the while."
Wenger.-Pricilla Wenger, beloved wife of Jacob Wenger deceased, daughter of the late Bishop John and Mary (Driver) Geil, was born Jan. 15, 1837; died April 1, 1931; aged 94 y. 2 m. 17 d. She died of cancer at the home of her son, Bishop John D. Wenger near Dayton, Va. She was ill for 4 months. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for nearly 80 years. Her seat was seldom vacant. She was born and reared in the Timberville community. Her long and useful life was spent in Rockingham County. She often expressed a desire to depart to be with the Lord. Her sickness was not without suffering, but was borne with Christian patience and submission to His will. Her long life proved her strong vitality as well as her remarkable mind and memory which she retained to the last. She was the last survivor of the Geil family of 13 children, who have now all passed over the chilly waters of death to be reunited again in the family of God. She is survived by her only son, Bishop John D. Wenger. Her only daughter, Rebecca S. (Wenger) Koegler, preceded her in death 4 years ago. Fifteen grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held from the Pleasant View Mennonite Church on Good Friday, in charge of Louis Good, Emmanuel Heatwole, and Harvey Horst. Text, Job 5:26. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Hostetler.-Adam E. Hostetler, son of Elias and Lydia
(Schrock) Hostetler, was born at Emma, LaGrange Co., Ind., Feb.
2, 1868; died May 22, 1931, near Taylor, New Mex.; aged 63 y.
3 m. 20 d. He was married to Emma Cripe Sept. 26, 1891, who preceded
him in death May 26, 1905. To this union were born 6 children,
3 of whom preceded him in death. March 12, 1907, he was married
to Ada Aures. Those left to mourn his departure are his wife,
1 son Clem of Elko, Nevada; 2 daughters, Mrs. Eldon Yoder, Ligonier,
Ind., and Mrs. Paul Hooley of Limon, Colo.; 1 step-son, Robert
Aures Taylor; 3 step-daughters, Mrs. Harold Corbet, Mrs. Victor
Wilson, and Mrs. Geo. Westphal, all of New Mexico. Twenty-one
grandchildren, his aged father and step-mother, Mrs. and Mrs.
Elias Hostetler of Topeka, Ind., 1 brother, and 3 sisters also
survive; also a host of other relatives and friends. He was converted
and united with the Mennonite Church in 1892, and remained a faithful
member until death. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition
which made for him many friends. A large crowd gathered at the
funeral which was held at Gladstone, New Mexico, conducted by
Bro. Allen Erb of La Junta, Colo., using as a text Rev. 22:3-5.
The body was laid to rest in the Gladstone cemetery.
"Dearest father thou hast left us
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal."
Kempf.-Menno J. Kempf was born near Kalona, Johnson
Co., Ia., Jan. 17, 1874; died at his late home near Kalona, May
25, 1931; aged 57 y. 4 m. 8 d. At the age of 21, he accepted Jesus
as his Savior and Redeemer and united with the Old Order Mennonite
Church. He remained faithful until death. He was afflicted with
asthma from the age of 18. His condition became serious 2 weeks
before his death. He suffered severe heart attacks the last few
days. He was a patient sufferer, never complaining and having
hope in the higher power. He lived his entire life on a farm often
working beyond his strength. On Nov. 29, 1894, he was united in
marriage to Magdelene Rhodes and lived in matrimony nearly 37
years. To this union were born 6 children, 2 sons and 4 daughters.
One daughter preceded him in death; also 2 brothers and 1 sister
of the immediate family. Left to mourn him are his beloved wife
and 5 children, Mary, Dora, Ralph at home, Mrs. Geo. Gingerich
and Lee R. Kempf of Kalona. Seven grandchildren, 3 brothers, and
1 sister also survive. Many other relatives and friends attended
the funeral. Services were held at his home May 27, 1931, conducted
by Edwin Hershberger, Enos Swartzendruber in German and Dan J.
Fisher in English. Interment in the East Union Cemetery.
"One precious to our hearts has gone;
The voice we loved is stilled.
The place made vacant in our home
Can never more be filled."
Gehman.-Mary B., widow of Jonathan Gehman, died very suddenly of apoplexy at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. Elias Gregory, near Brutus, Mich. She was born near Scales Mound, Ill., Jan. 20, 1858; died near Brutus, Mich., May 18, 1931; aged 73 y. 3 m. 28 d. She was the daughter of Henry Bahr and Fannie (Mosemann) Bahr. Her mother died when she was only a few weeks old and soon afterward she was taken to Lancaster County, Pa., where she was brought up in the home of her grandfather, Preacher Jacob Mosemann near Bowmansville. She was married to Jonathan Gehman in 1879. Shortly afterward they moved to Indiana where they lived a few years and then moved to Emmet County, Mich. To Jonathan and Mary Gehman were born the following children: Jacob, Henry, Lydia, Lovina, Menno (who has been an invalid all his life), John, and Susie. The husband and father died from blood poisoning at the age of 37. He had been ordained to the ministry in the Wissler Branch of the Mennonite Church about five years before his death. Henry and Lovina also preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her departure, five children, twenty-nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a loyal member till death severed her from her earthly relations and activities. Funeral services were conducted by Daniel Brubaker and Henry Brenneman. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Loucks.-Mary (Holdeman) Loucks was born in Wayne Co.,
Ohio, Sept. 3, 1850; died at her home near Moundridge, Kans.,
of cancer of the stomach, May 29, 1931; aged 80 y. 8 m. 26 d.
Early in life she, with her parents, moved to near Elkhart, Ind.,
where she grew to womanhood. Sept. 20, 1968, she was married to
Peter B. Loucks. To this union were born 11 children. In the year
1873 they moved to Kansas as pioneers, making their home near
Moundridge. They lived on the same farm for 51 years. In her 28th
year she became convicted of her lost condition, and was converted,
taking her refuge to the Lord Jesus, of whom she received forgiveness
of sins and peace, and later joining the Church of God in Christ,
of which she was a faithful member to the end. Aunt Mary, as most
everyone knew her, was a loving wife and mother, and her deep
longing was that her loved ones should serve and believe in the
Lord that saved her, so as to meet again in her eternal home.
In her Christian life she was an earnest worker and witnessed
for the Master wherever she went, although she felt her efforts
were often made in great weakness, with many mistakes, but she
went on with the candid faith that the Lord will reward the faithful,
not because of results, but of faithfulness. She leaves to mourn
her loss, her bereaved husband, Peter B. Loucks, 4 daughters and
2 sons: Mrs. Anna Bowen of Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Lora Trimble of
Moundridge; Mrs. Abr. Jantz of Oronogo, Mo.; Mrs. Samantha Johnson
of Halstead; Jessie of Copeland; and Jonas of Moundridge. Forty-three
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, 6 brothers and 3 sisters
also survive, as well as a host of relatives and friends. Funeral
was held at the Holdeman Church near Hesston, Kans., May 31, 1931.
Services were conducted by Frank Wenger. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial
in 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.
Hochstetler.- Cora Raber Hochstetler was born in Middlebury, Ind., Nov. 10, 1877; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Moore of Kalona Ia., June 5,1931 aged 53y. 6m. 26d. She came to Iowa in young womanhood and was united in marriage to John Shelter, Oct. 20, 1895. He preceded her in death eight years ago. They resided on a farm in Iowa with the exception of four years spent in Michigan. Eight children were born to this union : Charles, George, Kathryn, Ora (who preceded her in death), Richard, Arthur, Marie and Willard. Feb. 7, 1926 she was united in marriage to Levi E. Hochstetler who survives her. The deceased gave her heart to Christ in youth and was active member of the Mennonite Church. Her life was one of untiring service to her Heavenly Father and her loved ones. Her active, prayerful, sacrificing life portrayed her beautiful Christian character far more clearly than words can express. Early in the year due to cancer her health began to fail, but took a serious turn after several months. All that medical aid and loving care could do was to know avail, and death came as a relief to her worn and pain-stricken body. She realized her condition and was prepared to depart this life at her Master's bidding. If her life be measured in terms of deeds rather then years it can truly be said it was not short but rather rich and full of noble deeds and kindness for others. She leaves her husband, 7 children, 13 grandchildren, 1 brother(Marion Erb of Mishawaka, Ind.), 2 half-sisters(Mrs. Henry Cripe and Mrs. Chas. Conrad of Goshen, Ind.), besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, June 7, at the Lower Deer Creek Church, in charge of Bros. A.G. Yoder and D.J. Fisher. Interment in Deer Creek Cemetery.
"I can not say, and I will not say
That she is dead; she is just away;
She has gone through the gate to another land,
Led by the Master's hand;
Where everything is kind and good,
Where everything is understood.
So we try to believe that the One above
Has taken her home as an act of love."
Transcribed by Sam Detwiler, Ohio