Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1932

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Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 18 - August 4, 1932 ­ page 383, 384

Shoemaker. ­ Nathan, infant son of Bro. and Sister Shoemaker of Pond Bank, Pa., was born June 21, 1932; and died the same evening. Short services were held in the home by Bro. H. E. Shank. Burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Yoder. ­ An infant son of David and Emma Yoder was born near Akron, N.Y., July 24 and died the same day. He leaves father, mother, two brothers, and five sisters. Short services were conducted in the home and at the cemetery by Bro. J. W. Birky. The body was laid away in the old Mennonite cemetery near Clarence Center, N.Y.

Gish. ­ George Mervin, son of Martin and Anna Gish, was born Aug. 11, 1928; died July 15, 1932. He leaves his parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters (Eugene, Samuel, Jay, Roy, Lois and Mildred). He was an invalid child, lying upon his back and helpless all his life. He was a constant care to his parents, but seemed well satisfied with his lot. All efforts in trying to strengthen the child's health through life failed, and even in his weak condition his death came unexpected, having died of pneumonia. Mervin's life here was deprived of so much of the joys of childhood; but we know that over there he will be so happy, safe in the arms of Jesus, so we just bow and say "God's will be done." Private funeral services were held at the home conducted by Bro. Benjamin Keener. Text, Isa. 40: 11. "He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom." Interment in Bossler's Cemetery near Elizabethtown, Pa.

Rohrer. ­ Benjamin S., son of the late John L. and Lizzie (Seigrist) Rohrer, was born July 10, 1860; died at his home at Leacock, Pa., July 17, 1932, of a cerebral hemorrhage; aged 72 y. 7 d. His sudden death was a shock to the family and the whole community. On Dec. 16, 1890, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Landis. This union was blessed with four sons. He leaves his bereaved companion and 4 children (Harry L., of Witmer, Pa., John L. and Peter L., of Smoketown, Pa., and Landis of California); 14 grandchildren also survive. He was a faithful member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church for about 45 years. Brief funeral services July 20 at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin and at the Stumptown Mennonite Church by Bro. Elmer Martin and Bro. David Landis. Texts, I Jno. 3:1; I Pet. 1: 3, 4; Psa. 73: 23-25. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"The family circle is broken now,
Since father is gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say, 'God though it best.'"

Transcriber's note: Jno. is the abbreviation used in the original obituary.

Mast. - Katie B. Mast, daughter of the late Enos and Lydia Hooley was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., May 24,1886; died in the city hospital at Lockport, N. Y., July 18, 1932; aged 46 y. 1 m. 24 d. On Dec. 25, 1906 she was united in marriage to Ammon J. Mast. To this union were born 2 daughters and 5 sons of whom 1 daughter and 2 sons preceded her in death. Surviving her are her husband and 4 children: Charles Steward, Verda Rozella, John Paul and Ammon Junior. There remain also 1 sister, 2 brothers, 1 half sister and 2 step brothers and a host of relatives and friends. Previous to her death she had made all funeral arrangements and had chosen as a text II Tim. 4: 6-8. She united with the Forks Mennonite Church near Middlebury, Ind., at the age of 14 years. About 12 years ago she with her husband and family moved near Gasport, N.Y. She was a faithful active Christian worker in the Sand Hill congregation near Akron, N.Y., and will be remembered especially as a teacher in the primary department in the Sunday school and will be greatly missed by all. During her illness she asked to be anointed. Following this she expressed her willingness to go to meet her Lord if that was His will. She passed away with full assurance of the hope promised to those who trust Jesus Christ their Savior. Services were held at the home conducted by Bro. S.F. Coffman, Vineland, Ont., followed by further services at the Brethren in Christ church in Clarence Center by Bros. J.W. Birky and S. F. Coffman. A large concourse of people gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. Interment in the old Mennonite Cemetery near Clarence Center.

Nissley. - Susan B. Nissley, daughter of the late Pre. Jacob and Susan (Brubaker) Snavely, was born July 19, 1875, in Lancaster Co.; died near the same place July 17, 1932, after a long illness; aged 56 y. 11 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage with Israel G. Nissley in the year 1895. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters. An infant daughter and 1 granddaughter preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, 1 son (Rufus S. of Warwick) and Ada S. and Mary S., at home; also 2 grandsons (Earl and Stanley Nissley), 3 brothers (Pre. Jacob B., Amos B., and Jacob B. Snavely). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held July 20 at Erismans Mennonite Church by Brethren Martin Metzler, Joseph Boll, Jr., Isaac Brubaker, and Henry Lutz. Text, Rev. 21: 4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and pain;
She has left us sad and lonely.
May we all live to meet her again.
Into heaven's mansions she entered
Never to sign or to weep
After long years of life's struggles
Mother has peacefully fallen asleep."
The Family.

Petersheim. ­ Susie, youngest daughter of Christian and Susan Petersheim, was born March 3, 1864, at Ronks, Pa.; died July 12, 1932, at the Faith Hospital in Springfield, Ohio; aged 68 y. 4 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage to Amos Headings of near DeGraff, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1885. To this union were born eight children, three of whom have gone on before (Amos Samuel, Esther, and Anna). She was also preceded in death by her husband (Amos), her father and mother, four sisters and one brother. She is survived by five children (Paul, of Winton, Calif., Mrs. Ruth Miller and Aquila of Canton, Ohio; Mrs. Ada Groh of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Kathryn Orrendorf of North Canton, Ohio), and twelve grandchildren; also three brothers and one sister (Rufus Petersheim of Bellefontaine, Christian, Gideon, and Katie Petersheim, of Lancaster Co., Pa.). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, a most loyal Christian, and a wonderful mother. Being left early in life a widow, with her family of eight children she fought life's battles in the bravest and most efficient way. She bore her illness with patience and cheerfulness, but was ready and anxious for the end. Her death has brought great sorrow, not only to her immediate family, but to all her relatives and host of friends.

"Yes we know, dear mother, at last you've entered
Into your well deserved eternal rest.
Nor can we wish you back
Into this world of continual care,
Unto God's will we are resigned,
Some day we'll meet you over there."

Funeral services were held at Bethel Church, West Liberty, O., in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. J. Y. King. Burial in Alexander Cemetery on the DeGraff road.

Hertzler. ­ Samuel H., son of Samuel and Sarah (Yoder) Hertzler, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 6, 1868; came to Mifflin Co., in 1898; died July 14, 1932, in Allensville, Pa.; aged 64 y. 6 m. 8 d. He was married to Rebecca E. Byler Feb. 5, 1901. In his youth he united with the Conservative Mennonite Church, always being very active and faithful until the silent messenger called him to his eternal reward. On Ascension day, May 5, his desire was to be at the all-day meeting held at Locust Grove Church but was only able to be there in the afternoon, which was the last service he attended. He took his bed the following Saturday. The first 3 weeks he was able to sit on a chair for awhile. The last 5 _ weeks he was in bed all the time from tumor cancer. Through all his suffering he was very patient, never complaining, having a desire to depart. He made all his funeral arrangements. He leaves his loving companion, 5 daughters (Sadie of White Hall, Mrs. Harvey Yoder (Mattie) of Belleville, Mrs. Alpha Smucker (Amanda), Mrs. Jess Hatzler (Bertha), Mrs. Raymond S. Peachey (Eldora), all of Allensville, Pa.), 1 sister (Mrs. Lydia Esh of Coatesville), 5 brothers (John of Lancaster City, Joe of Elverson, Pa.; Dan of Morgantown, Crist of Hesston, Kans., Isaiah of West Liberty, Ohio). Funeral services were held July 16 at Locust Grove Church near Belleville, Pa. Services were conducted by J. B. Zook at the house and by John S. Mast of Morgantown, and J. D. Yoder of Belleville, at the church. Texts, II Cor. 4; Job 14: 14. Burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery near the church.

"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."
--By the Family.

King. ­ Aaron S., of Smokestown, Pa., was born Aug. 10, 1872; fell asleep in Jesus May 31, 1932, after about a ten days illness from pneumonia; aged 59 y. 9 m. 21 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, was very much interested in the work of the Church and seldom absent from services. He will be greatly missed in the home, church, neighborhood, and also by many in sickness, sorrow, or bereavement owing to the unusual activity he manifested in visiting and ministering to such for many years. On Jan. 3, 1895, he was united in marriage with Lydia, daughter of Joel and Lizzie Fisher, who died Nov. 5, 1900 at the age of 27 y. 1 m. 19 d., leaving 1 daughter (Emma) surviving (now residing at Los Angeles, Calif.-Mrs. Harry Erisman). Several years later (Jan. 4, 1903) he was married to Susie Beiler (widow of Jos. Beiler and a daughter of Henry and Rebecca Zook), who also died Mar. 14, 1903-aged 37 y. 6 m. 3 d. Six children blessed this union (Elmer, Naomi, and 2 infant sons died in early years), two sons survive (Earl and Aaron Z.-both at home). On Dec. 21, 1915, he was united in marriage with Anna M., daughter of John C. and Mary Beiler, who survives him. The following brothers also survive: Christian, Amos, Moses and John King-Lancaster Co., Pa. Services were held June 3, conducted by John A. Stoltzfus, and at the Weavertown Amish Meeting House by Amos Stoltzfus in English (Text, Heb. 11: 10), Samuel W. Peachey, Geo. W. Beiler (Text, Matt. 25: 31-41), and Chr. King in German. Interment in adjoining cemetery where further services were conducted by John Stoltzfus and John S. Mast. Over 900 people attended his funeral, which was the largest ever held at this place. He was well known, had many friends, and will long be missed; but we look forward to the time :when God again unites the parted."

"What we begin in weakness here,
Shall rise to full perfection there,--
Perfect! Eternal!-ONE the word,
The earthly germ of purest love
Can only bloom in heaven above;
For there is bliss, and there our Lord."

Christophel. ­ Allen B., son of Jacob and Anna Christophel, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., July 31, 1892; died July 20, 1932; aged 39 y. 11 m. 19 d. For a number of years he suffered with neuritis, but the last few months apparently had shown some improvement. On the morning of his death he performed some of the routine work about the home and afterward took water to the field for the harvest hands. While waiting for one of the men who had not yet arrived, Allen decided to help shock oats until he came. He had set up only a few shocks of grain when he was stricken with heart failure and death followed almost immediately. Bro. Christophel was converted during a series of meetings held by Bro. S. G. Shetler in the early part of 1912 and in the spring of the same year he united with the Mennonite Church and the Yellow Creek congregation. He took his place in the work of the Church wherever called, and in the year 1916 he went to work in the publishing House at Scottdale, Pa., which position he held until he was called to camp during the World War. While there he was one of those who stood for the principle of nonresistance and suffered imprisonment for his faith. After the war he returned to Scottsdale and served there several more years. In March, 1924, the Yellow Creek congregation called him to the work of the ministry, which position he faithfully filled until his death. He preached his last sermon at the Emma Church bear Topeka on Sunday evening, July 17. Text, Jno. 5: 39. At the age of 19 he began teaching in the public schools of his home community, which profession he followed, with the exception of 5 years, until his death. His summers were spent either on the farm or in school in preparation for his chosen profession. All his teaching was in the township of his birth. He leaves his parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, 1 nephew, 2 nieces, and a host of friends. The Church has lost a loving minister who had her welfare at heart; the community, one who was interested in them; the schools, a teacher of sterling worth and character; the young people, one who was vitally interested in their welfare socially, morally, and spiritually. About 1300 people gathered at the Yellow Creek Church on July 22 where the funeral services were conducted by Jonas Loucks, S. C. Yoder, and D. A. Yoder. Text, I Cor. 15: 54-58. An overflow meeting was held in the church near by in charge of C. A. Shank and Oscar Hostetler. May God comfort the bereft friends and raise up one to preach the Gospel in his stead.

Transcriber's note: Jno. was the abbreviation used in the original obituary.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 19 - August 11, 1932 ­ page 415.

Kirk. ­ Alice May Kirk, was born May 14, 1893; died at her home in Rockton, Pa., June 7, 1932; aged 39 y. 23 d. She is survived by her mother, two sisters, and seven brothers. Her father, the late David W. Kirk, passed away Jan. 25, 1932. Sister Alice was converted at the age of about twenty, and united with the Mennonite Church, and remained active in the service as long as health permitted. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. James Saylor, assisted by Bro. J. A. Brilhart and the local minister of the Church of the Brethren. Text, Rev. 14: 13.

Scalf. ­ James Madison was born to William and Matilda Scalf on Dec. 22, 1852, in Hancock Co., Ill.; died July 8, 1932, at his home in Wellman, Iowa; aged 79 y. 6 m. 18 d.
On Nov. 9, 1882, he was married to Katherine Farley. This union was blessed with 4 daughters and 1 son. Two daughters preceded him in death. Surviving are the widow, 1 sister, 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. His last illness began about last Christmas and gradually grew worse till the end. In February, 1932, he united with the Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful. His testimony of peace with God and his willingness to submit to His plan assures us that our loss is his eternal gain. The funeral was conducted by Abner G. Yoder and Edward Diener. Interment in the Wassonville Cemetery.

Littleton. ­ Frankie J. Littleton, beloved little son of Fred and Lydia (Johnson) Littleton, was born July 24, 1926; died July 25, 1932. There remain to mourn his departure his parents, 2 brothers (Elden and Duain), 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 1 great-grandmother, 9 aunts, 5 uncles and many other relatives and friends. Two sisters (Alma Grace and Anna Lee) preceded him in death. Frankie J. was a loving, tenderhearted little child, peaceable among his playmates and always wanting to help. When doing a little errand he ran a splinter into his foot. It was not known that the splinter was in his foot until a week later when his jaws began hurting. Upon examination the doctor found and removed the splinter but lock-jaw had already developed. All that human hands could do could not keep the little jewel with us for the Lord was calling him to a more glorious habitation. Funeral services were held July 27, at the Mt. Pisgah Church, near Cheery Box, Mo., with Bro. J. M. Yoder in charge.

"Dear little hands, I miss them so,
All through the day wherever I go;
All through the night how lonely it seems
For no little hands wake me out of my dreams."

Young. ­ Harry Lee, son of Daniel and Sarah Young, was born July 5, 1892, near Canton, Kans.; died July 2, 1932, at the McPherson County Hospital, McPherson, Kans.; aged 39 y. 11 m. 27 d. After an illness of several months, during which time he continually grew worse, he submitted to an operation which proved that he had cancer of the liver. All was done for him that kind human hands could do, but God saw fit to call him home. To His will we bow. Harry's boyhood days were spent on the farm and in the community in which he resided at the time of his death. At the age of 13 he confessed his faith in God and united with the Mennonite Church near Canton. On Dec. 28, 1927, he was united in marriage to Anna Reimer, also of Canton. To this union were born 4 children (Wilbur Allen, Arlene May, Alene Matilda, and Stella Ann). Besides his sorrowing companion and 4 small children he leaves his mother (Mrs. Sarah Young of Hesston, Kans.) 3 sisters (Mrs. Ora Sommerfeld, and Mrs. Mattie Sommerfeld of Canton, and Blanche Young of Hesston), and many other relatives and friends. His father (Daniel Young) and 2 sisters (Minnie and Alice Gard) preceded him in death. He was a kind father and husband whose interests were in his family and community. Funeral services were held July 5 at the Spring Valley Church with Harry Diener in charge assisted by Charles Diener. Text, James 4: 14 second clause.

"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day,
But we hope ere long to meet thee,
Where all tears are wiped away."

Short. ­ Joseph B., eldest son of Peter and Barbara (Lauber) Short, was born Dec. 20, 1852; died at his home near Archbold, Ohio, July 22, 1932; aged 79 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage with Barbara Short Feb. 25, 1873, and moved on the farm on which he passed away. On Mar. 5, 1884, his life companion passed to the great beyond. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 4 daughters. Two sons and 2 daughters survive. On July 26, 1884, he was again united in marriage to Christena King, with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of his life for 5 days less than 48 years. This union was blessed with 7 sons and 3 daughters, all surviving but 1 daughter. He leaves to mourn his sudden and unexpected departure his loving companion, 9 sons, 4 daughters, 54 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. Two sons, 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren preceded him in death. He gave his heart to God in young manhood, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful until death. He was very much interested in Christian service and especially fond of singing. By his death the home has lost a loving father, one that was especially concerned about his children, the community a kind and helpful neighbor, and the Church a faithful brother. His place was seldom vacant when health permitted. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them" (Rev. 14: 13). Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church, July 25, conducted by S. D. Griesser assisted by H. Rychener. Text, Psa. 90: 12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Mast. ­ Bishop Emanuel A. Mast, son of Adam and Sarah Mast, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 16, 1856; died at his home near Kokomo, Ind., July 26, 1932; aged 75 y. 10 m. 10 d. His death was attributed to cancer of the stomach. When a young man, he came to Howard Co., Ind., and resided here since. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Mast on Oct. 14, 1877, and they lived happily together for ten years, when death called her home. During their married life, they cared for a foster son (Ollie Carr), and a foster daughter (Delilah Nancy Moore). They preceded him in death. On Dec. 17, 1891, he was united in marriage to Clara (Troyer) Schrock. To this union were born 5 children. Two daughters preceded him in death, one in infancy, and the other (Mrs. Nettie Miller) a few years ago. Those surviving are, 1 son (Elijah of Howard Co., Ind.) and 2 daughters (Mrs. Mabel Baker near Ligonier, Ind., and Pearl who resides at home). In the home also were reared one step-son (Allen B. Schrock), one foster daughter (Saloma Blosser), and one foster son (Orville Snyder). There are also 3 brothers (Samuel Mast living adjoining the home Abe near Topeka, Ind., and Adam of Shipshewana, Ind.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Eve Troyer of La Grange, Ind.). There are also 11 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. At the age of 20 years, he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. Three years later he was ordained to the ministry and later to the office of bishop in which capacity he served faithfully for 43 years. In his decease, the home has lost a loving husband and father, the community a kind, helpful, and respected neighbor, and the Church a faithful servant; but our loss is his gain. Funeral services were conducted at the home and church on Aug. 30, 1932, by Bishops D. A. Yoder and Jacob K. Bixler. Texts, II Cor. 5: 9-11; Acts 20: 24. Burial in the Mast Cemetery near his home.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 20 - August 18, 1932 ­ page 431, 432.

Fultz. ­ Matilda (Brown) Fultz was born Oct. 23, 1848; died near Broadway, Va., July 9, 1932; aged 84 y. 8 m. 17 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband preceded her in death about eight or ten years ago. Being conscious of the fact that this world is not our final home, she made all her funeral arrangements. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. Surviving are a few nephews and nieces. Funeral services conducted from Weavers Church by the brothers, S.H. Rhodes and M.J. Heatwole. Interment in the cemetery near by.

Shank. ­ Anna Belle, infant daughter of Emanuel and May Shank, was born March 18, 1932; died on pneumonia July 21, 1932; aged 4 m. 3 d. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers, and 6 sisters. Anna Belle has escaped the cares and sorrows of earth. Her pure, innocent life has been saved from the blight of sin. "She was but a tender bud on earth, but will be a fragrant flower in heaven." Funeral services were conducted at Weavers Church on July 23 by the brethren, John Mumaw and S. H. Rhodes. Texts, Gen. 37: 30, II Kings 4: 26, II Sam. 12: 23. Her little body was laid away in the cemetery near by.

Sutter. -- Christian N., son of Christian and Magdalena Nafziger Sutter, was born near Morton, Ill., Aug. 3, 1853; died July 22, 1932, at his home in Hopedale, Ill.; aged 78 y. 11 m. 19 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until God called him home. On Feb. 28, 1876, he was married to Fanny Stalter. This union was blessed with 9 sons and 4 daughters. He is survived by his wife, 13 children (Chris, Barbara Zehr, Sophia Dietz, Louisa Zehr, Julius, Amos. Levi, Elmer, Cyrenius, Matilda, Aaron, Harvey and Edward), one sister (Magdalena Heiser), 47 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. One sister and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held July 25 at the home by Bro. Benjamin Springer and at the church Bro. Daniel Nafziger read Psa. 90 in German and Bro. Simon Litwiller preached the sermon. Text, Isa. 38:1. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery west of Hopedale.

Hooley. ­ Christian H., son of David H. and Fannie (Hartzler) Hooley, was born Sept. 13, 1857; died Aug. 3, 1932, at his home in Belleville, Pa., after a lingering illness of heart ailments for several years; aged 74 y. 9m. 20 d. He lived in the Big Valley his entire life. His wife who was Elizabeth Hertzler, and the following children survive him: Myra, wife of Clarence R. Weaver, New Holland; Catharine at home; John H., of Camas, Mont.; also these brothers and sisters: David and Mrs. Samuel Zook, of West Liberty, Ohio; John B. of Ivyland, Pa.; Mrs. John Zook of Kansas; Mrs. John M. Yoder, of Goshen, Ind.; and Mrs. Joseph Zook, Morgantown, Pa. He was well and favorably known to a large circle of relatives and acquaintances, a faithful member of the Church of his choice since his youth, and was laid to rest in the valley of his ancestors in the Locust Grove church cemetery on Friday, Aug. 5, where brethren J. D. Yoder and J. B. Zook spoke words of consolation to a gathering of mourning friends.

Swartzendruber. ­ Walter Stanley Swartzendruber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Oct. 22, 1903; died Aug. 3, 1932; aged 28 y. 9 m. 11 d. On Sept 16, 1925 he was united in marriage to Mabel Hershberger. To this union three sons were born (Marvin, Donald, and Paul), who with their heart-broken mother mourn the death of a devoted and loving father. He accepted Christ in his youth and united with the East Union congregation where he held his membership at the time of his death. Beside the immediate family his death is mourned by his parents (Bro. and Sister C. C. Swartzendruber), two brothers (Floyd and Eldon), two sisters (Fern and Velma), and a large circle of near relatives and friends . He was instantly killed on the morning of Aug. 3 by coming in contact with a live wire while at work on the electric line five miles north of Kalona. Funeral services were held Aug. 5 from the East Union Mennonite Church. Burial in the East Union Cemetery. Services were conducted by Bro. M. C. Lehman and the home ministers.

Sensenig. ­ Elam W., son of the late Tobias and Magdalena (Witmer) Sensenig, was born Oct. 1, 1870; died very suddenly of a heart attack while working on a farm near his home at Neffsville, Pa., on July 11, 1932. On Nov. 8, 1892, he was married to Emma S. Frey, who preceded him in death nearly ten years ago. He and his companion gave their hearts to God in the early part of their married life and united with the Groffsdale Mennonite Church. Fifteen years ago, through change of residence, he and his family became members of the Landis Valley Church district near Lancaster, Pa. He is survived by 9 children (Elva, wife of Menno G. Sauder, Mabel, Susan, Clayton, Lena, Elam, James, Ralph, and Ruth), 10 grandchildren, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bros. Ira Landis and C.E. Rice (pastor of the Neffsville Lutheran Church and neighbor of the deceased). Further services were held at the Metzler Mennonite Church near Akron, Pa., with Bros. Benjamin Wenger and Noah Landis in charge. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Texts, Luke 12: 40 and Jas. 4: 14.
--The family.

Cressman. ­ Leander S., eldest son of Ezra and Louisa Cressman, was born near New Hamburg, Ont., Dec. 28, 1857. He met instant death on a railway crossing in Kitchener, Ont., July 4, 1932; aged 44 y. 6 m. 9 d. On Jan. 21, 1913, he was united in holy wedlock to Jessie R. Oliver. The union was blessed with six children: Margaret, Isabelle, James, Allen, Robert, and Marie. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, father mother, and one brother, Curtis. His brother Howard predeceased him about 5 years ago. At the age of seventeen he confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith he remained faithful till death. On Monday morning, July 4, he in company with his daughter Isabelle, left home to go to his work, and while entering the city of Kitchener the trolley car hurled him into eternity. Funeral services were held July 6, with services at the home by the pastor, M. H. Shantz, thence to Blenheim Mennonite Church where services were continued by M. H. Shantz, assisted by Moses Roth. Text II Cor. 5: 1. Interment in adjoining cemetery. A very large concourse of people had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect.

Gerber. ­Benjamin A., son of Abraham and Magdalene (Hofstetter) Gerber, was born near Dalton, Ohio, May 31, 1862; died at his home at Harper, Kans., July 14, 1932; after an illness of two weeks, of pneumonia; aged 70 y. 1 m. 14 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and joined the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. On Nov. 12, 1885, he was united in marriage to Mary Swartz of Dalton, Ohio. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. He was preceded in death by his faithful wife on June 15, 1907, also an infant son. His daughter Sarah preceded him March 13, 1930. He leaves two sons (Joe and Edd), three daughters (Mrs. R.M. Weaver, Amanda, and Lena), ten grandchildren, three sisters. Three sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. In 1866 Bro. and Sister Gerber came to Kansas and located four miles east and one mile south of Harper. They were among the pioneer members of the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, which they helped to organize. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Church, conducted by S. A. Yoder and H. J. King. Interment in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.

"Father, the light has vanished from thine eyes,
No smiles on thy sweet face;
But, in that happy home on high,
Thou sittest in that heavenly place."

Miller. ­ Moses P., son of Peter and Fanny (Kenegy) Miller, was born near Sugar Creek, Ohio, Aug. 31, 1851; died of dropsy at the home of Henry and Amelia (Miller, his daughter) Nofziger, near Molalla, Oregon, July 29, 1932. He accepted the grace of God and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and later ordained to the ministry and served in this capacity for a number of years. During his ministry he committed to memory entire chapters of the Bible, some of which are quite difficult to remember correctly. He also fellowshipped in other communions but a few months before his departure he desired to be received back into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church. This was done, and he was given communion and anointed and he bore testimony of a great peace in the Lord Jesus and the Church. Nov. 16, 1874, he united in marriage with Susanna Keim. She passed away in death in April, 1876. Feb. 20, 1877, he was married to Fanny Christner. To this union were born 10 children, of whom 4 preceded him in death. The six living are: Fanny (Miller) Nofziger, of Molalla, Oreg.; Levi, Hood River, Oreg.; Ezra, Millersburg, Ohio; Amelia (Miller) Nofziger, Molalla, Oreg.; Katie Miller, Molalla, Oreg.; Peter, Sugar Creek, Ohio. These with 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends remain to mourn his departure. He is the last of a family of 10 children, in occupation mostly a day laborer. He was born in Ohio, also lived in Indiana, Arkansas, and Oregon. He came to Oregon the last time Nov. 9, 1925, and peaceably passed away as related above in the land of the setting of the sun. May we always profit by the experiences of those gone before. Funeral services were conducted in the Hopewell church. Text, I Sam. 20: 18. The remains were laid away in the cemetery near by.

Hess. ­ Bro. Simon P. Hess of Akron, Pa., was born Nov. 30, 1856; died July 19, 1932; aged 75 y. 7 m. 19 d. He was bedfast for twelve weeks, but spent much of his time in prayer and heavenly meditation, and giving a bright testimony for his Savior to his visitors whenever his strength would permit. He is survived by the following children: Amos W., married to Sallie Longenecker of near Lincoln, Pa.; Emma, wife of John J. Messner of Strasburg, Pa.; Ada, wife of Jacob Keener of Lititz, Pa.; John W., married to Lizzie Burkholder of Akron, Pa.; Clarence W., married to Gertrude Hicks of Akron, Pa.; Eva, wife of Roy Hess of Ephrata, Pa.; Harry W., married to Elizabeth Good of Mastersonville, Pa.; Edwin A., married to Alice Habacker of Akron, Pa.; Irene, wife of Jason Mellinger of Strasburg, Pa.; Helen, at home; also three sisters (Anna, wife of A. N. Wolf, of Akron, Pa.; Lizzie, widow of Tillman Erb, of Hesston, Kans.; Maria, widow of Mose Weaver, of Hesston, Kans.). He is the last of six brothers-John, Amos, Abram, Daniel, and Benjamin preceding him in death. He was married to Sara Wolf of Akron, Pa., Sept. 19, 1876, who was called to her eternal reward nearly seven years ago. They united with the Mennonite Church at Hammer Creek, soon after their marriage and remained faithful to the end. He served the Ephrata congregation as Sunday school superintendent for many years, also as trustee of the church since the church was built, which offer he held at his death. He was a faithful member, and regular in attendance, for nearly 56 years. The funeral was held on Friday, July 22, at the home, and at the Ephrata Mennonite Church. Burial in the Wolf Cemetery near Akron, Pa. Brethren Noah Landis and Amos Horst had charge of the services. The church was full to its capacity.

"Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartache
That lies behind the smile."

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 21 - August 25, 1932 ­ page 447. 448.

Bender. ­ Lovina Swartzendruber Bender was born April 8, 1865; died at her home near Hydro, Okla., Aug.8, 1932; aged 67 y. 4 m. She was married to S.W. Bender Dec. 12, 1886. To this union 7 children were born. One daughter (Mary) died in infancy, leaving the bereaved husband, 6 children (all present), 15 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, besides a host of friends and relatives to mourn her departure. She united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church and remained steadfast to her end. Funeral April 9, conducted by John A. Yoder, ---Yoder, Ira Nissley. Text, Jno. 5: 20-30. II Cor. 1.

Transcriber's notes: The funeral listed in the original obituary was listed as April 9, this is not an error on my part. "Jno." is the abbreviation used in the original obituary.

Hostetler. ­ David C., son of Christian P. and Fanny Hostetler, was born in Somerset Co. Pa., Oct. 2, 1840; died July 22, 1932; aged 91 y. 9 m. 21 d. On Aug.24, 1865, he was married to Effie Mills. To this union 1 son (Charles Elmer) was born, who died at the age of 5. His wife died in July, 1921. He leaves 1 nephew (J. Edwin Miller of Seattle, Wash.), and 4 nieces (Effie Garber, Goshen, Ind.; Nancy Davidheiser, Elkhart, Ind.; Fannie Zook, Clarksville, Mich.; and Mrs. Barbara Snyder, Dallas Center, Ia.), and many friends. He was a charter member of the first Lutheran church organized at Middlebury, Ind. Funeral services July 24 at the home of Omer Garber, Goshen, Ind., conducted by D. D. Miller. Interment at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Marshall. ­ Jane Marshall, wife of Charles Marshall (deceased), passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leo Edwards of Nobby, Mo.; aged 86 y. 6 m. 13 d. In early life she came to Missouri from West Virginia, where she spent the remainder of her life. She was married first to James Bright, to which union was born 1 son (Elmer). Besides Mrs. Edwards another daughter (Mrs. E. B. Howard) was born to her in her later marriage. She was a member of the Dunkard Church and held faithfully to the teachings of her early life. Having been separated from those of her faith for many years she requested the writer (J. P. Brubaker of Sagrada, Mo.), to conduct the funeral services. Her life was a silent testimony to the power of a strong conviction.

Reist. ­ Eli G. Reist was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 9, 1855; died at his home in Mt. Joy, Pa., July 28, 1932; aged 77 y. 4 m. 10 d. Less than a year ago he became ill and slowly grew worse until complications set in and he was called home to his reward. He was united in marriage to Fianna E. Nissley and they were blessed with 7 children (Clarence, Mrs. C. L. Nissley, Mrs. H. M. Weaver, Mrs. W. B. Greider, Henry, Eugene, and Alvin), and 14 grandchildren. He was an active member of the Mennonite Church, a good counselor, and his place during church service was seldom vacant. He was one of the builders and trustee of the Mt. Joy Church since 1908, and treasurer of the Eastern Board of Missions and Charities since its organization. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the home church on Saturday, July 30. Bros. Henry Lutz, Amos Hess, and Henry F. Garber officiating. A very large concourse of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Interment in Kraybill Cemetery.

Ebersole. ­ David, son of Abraham and Fannie Ebersole, was born near Hagerstown, Md., April 26, 1864; died at his home near Smithville, Ohio, Aug. 10, 1932; aged 68 y. 3 m 15 d. On Dec. 11, 1888, he was united in marriage to Mary Alice Martin. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. About the age of 36 he confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he continued loyal until death. Father's seat in the church was seldom empty if he was able to attend. His smile and kindly greeting will long be remembered. He was never known as an idler, but labored faithfully with his hands whenever and wherever he could. He leaves his companion, 5 sons (John A., Clearspring, Md.; J. Harry, Orrville, Ohio; Christian I., East Aurora, N. Y.; Ira D., Marshallville, Ohio; Walter A., Sterling, Ohio) and 2 daughters (Fannie E. May, Weilersville, Ohio, and Ella at home); also 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and 15 grandchildren. Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death. Funeral was conducted by the brethren, Noah Hilty and E. F. Hartzler. Texts, Eccl. 8: 8 and Matt. 25: 6. Interment in the Crown Hill Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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