ENGLE--HENRY H. ENGLE was born Jan 9, 1861; died Dec. 7, 1931, aged 70 y. 10 m. 28 d. He was a member of the Mt. Joy, Pa., Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (Fannie Kraybill Engle) and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. David Engle, Mrs. Jacob Shelley, Naomi, Sadie, and Abram. Funeral services were held from his late home, conducted by Bros. Amos Hess and Henry Lutz, and by John W. Hess at the Mt. Joy Church. Text, Psa. 37:37. Interment at Kraybill's Cemetery.
RICH --ROGERS RUSSELL, infant son of Joseph and Mary Rich, Louisville, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 1932; aged 10 d. He is survived by his father and mother, 5 brothers (Peter, John, Joseph, Paul, and Harold, all at home); and 6 sisters (Mrs. Dewey Dickey, Mrs. Raymond Greger, Ruth, Ulga, Christina, and Dolores). Other relatives and friends survive. One infant sister preceded him in death five years ago. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of the brethren O. N. Johns, Alvin Hostetler, and John D. Miller. Texts, Matt. 19:14 and Psa. 23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
DAGER--JOHN MARK, infant son of Bro. Clarence and Sister
Anna (Sangrey) Dager, of Baumgartner's, died Jan. 23, 1932; aged
4 m. 13 d., of infant trouble at the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital.
He is survived by his parents, 1 sister (Ethel), and 1 brother
(Clarence Jr.). Private services were held at the home Jan. 25,
with further services at Byerland Mennonite Church. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Mark 10:14-16, Psalm 103.
"Oh, sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God, in His mercy, took our John away:
Not from our memory, and not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
ZOOK--SARA MARIE, daughter of David and Mabel Zook,
Allensville, Pa., died Dec. 25, 1931, at the home of her grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Zook in West Liberty, Ohio; aged 4 y. 4 m.
4 d. She was a loveable child and congenial companion to her brothers
and sister. Funeral services were held in the South Union Church
on Sunday afternoon, in charge of H. Z. Smith. Text, "And
a little child shall lead them." Burial in the South Union
"We'll be brave and meet the test,
For the Master knoweth best;
And how happy we will be,
When our loved ones we shall see,
Awaiting up in Heaven with a smile."
SCHULTZ--VERONICA, beloved wife of Joseph Shultz (who preceded her in death nearly nineteen years) fell asleep in Jesus on Jan. 8, 1932, at Harbor Beach, Mich., at the age of 92 y. 11 m. 7 d. Four brothers and six sisters preceded her in death, also one son and three daughters. She leaves four sons and three daughters (Mattie Schlabach, Mary Gascho, Leah Eisinger, Menno, Christian, Daniel, and Samuel); also many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 11, with short services at the home in Harbor Beach, Mich., and the Conservative ( A. M.) Church near Pigeon, Mich., by Bros. S. J. Miller, assisted by Edward Albrecht and Elder Gibson. Text, Rev. 3:11. Burial in Pigeon River Cemetery.
WARREN--ELIZABETH C., widow of the late James Warren, died at her home in Cayuga, Ont., Nov. 7, 1931; aged 71 years. Early in life she joined the Mennonite Church, in which faith she remained until death. The last five years of her life were spent in a wheel chair. She was preceded in death by 3 children and her husband. She is survived by 1 brother (Christian Rittenhouse) and 1 son (Isaac Warren). Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Cayuga Mennonite Church by Bros. John Sherk, and Lewis Fretz. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
WESTCOTT--SYLVESTER JOSEPH WESTCOTT was born in Tioga Co., Pa., Dec. 8, 1861, and came to Michigan with his parents when two years old. He was married to Mrs. Sarah E. Ipe, nee Graves, on Dec. 25, 1881. To them was born one son, Edmond R. Westcott. His first wife died June 12, 1919. May 29, 1924, he was married to Mrs. Myrtle Albright who survives him. He is also survived by his son, 3 grandchildren (George, Evelyn, and Grace Westcott), 2 brothers (Wm. W. and John I.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Mary Earl, Mrs. May Alexander, Mrs. Parizade Lavance, and Mrs. Pearl Peters), 6 step-children and many other relatives and friends. He died Jan. 21, 1932; aged 70 y. 1 m. 13 d. Funeral services were held at Croton, Mich., conducted by T. U. Nelson. Burial in Croton Cemetery.
LITWILLER--HATTIE LITWILLER, daughter of Oscar and Sylvia
Bates, was born near Ithaca, Mich., June 15, 1872; died Jan. 9,
1932; aged 59 y. 6 m. 24 d. Early in life she was converted and
became a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to
her vows. In the year 1895 she was united in marriage to Peter
B. Litwiller who preceded her in death in 1906. Funeral services
were held at the Newark Mennonite Church near Ithaca, Mich., conducted
by F. C. Fricke. Text, Rev. 14:13. Three brothers and 3 sisters
and many other relatives and friends are left to mourn their loss,
which we believe is her eternal gain. She was laid to rest beside
her husband in Greenwood Cemetery.
"Passing out of the shadow,
Into eternal day;
Why do we call this dying,
When it's only going home."
ZOOK--ROBERT ELWOOD, son of David and Mabel Phillips Zook, Allensville, Pa., died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Zook in West Liberty, Ohio, Dec. 14, 1931; aged 1 y. 9 m. The first week in October the mother, with her little family of five, came to visit her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Zook in West Liberty, Ohio. While here the children contracted whooping cough. Robert was sick only a few weeks with whooping cough. The day previous to his death, bronchial pneumonia set in, followed by convulsions with which he very unexpectedly but quietly passed away. He leaves Father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, grandfather, 2 grandmothers, and uncles, aunts, and cousins. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church in charge of H. Z. Smith of Stony Creek Brethren Church. Burial in South Union Cemetery.
"Oh, sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God, in His mercy, took our Robert away:
Not from our memory, and not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
WERTZ--LENA L., wife of Samuel E. Wertz, deceased, was
born Oct. 25, 1890, near Kalona, Ia,; died at her home Jan. 20,
1932; aged 41 y. 2 m. 25 d. She united with the Mennonite Church
in her youth and was a faithful member until death. She was united
in marriage to Samuel E. Wertz, Feb. 11, 1915. To this union were
born 2 sons and 2 daughters: Robert Lynn, Simon Joseph, Helen
Virginia, and Verna Ruth. She leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, father
and mother (Simon C. And Mary Swartzendruber), 2 brothers
( Lewis S., Harold M. ), 5 sisters (Mrs. Elam Christner, Mrs.
Herbert Hartzler, Mrs. David Marner, Mrs. Maude Bender and Agnes
Swartzendruber) besides other relatives and friends. Her husband
preceded her in death nearly one and one half years, also 1 sister
Naomi, wife of Geo. D. Swartzendruber and 1 brother, Roy Swartzendruber.
Her death was caused by cancer. She bore her suffering patiently
to the end. Funeral services were held Jan. 23, 1932, at the Lower
Deer Creek Church by David D. Miller and John Y. Swartzendruber.
Text, I Jno. 5:4.
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.
ROHRER--JOHN S. ROHRER was born Jan. 11, 1868; died
Dec. 5, 1931; aged 63 y. 10 m. 25 d. He is survived by his wife,
Elizabeth (Nissley) Rohrer, and the following children: Edna (wife
of Henry S. Miller); J. Norman; Alvin N.; Ruth (wife of Emory
Herr); and Mary, at home. One brother (Jacob) and one sister (Mrs.
Benjamin Peters) also survive. In 1895 he united with the Mennonite
Church and remained faithful until his death. He was in failing
health for several years. The last year he was unable to work
outside, so he helped mother with the housework in which he took
a great interest. He suffered much, but bore it all patiently.
He was bedfast 3 days. One week before he died he wrote his funeral
arrangements. The funeral was held at the home and at Manheim,
Pa., Mennonite Church Dec. 8, in charge of Samuel Lehman, Isaac
Brubaker, and Henry Lutz. Text, Gal. 6:7, 8, 9. Burial in the
"Friends may think we gave forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache,
That is hidden all the while."
BEANER--MAGDALENA, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Keim) Blough, was born in Cambria, Co., Pa., March 19, 1852. On Sept. 25, 1873, she was united in marriage to William Beaner of Johnstown, Pa. In 1876 they moved to Kent Co., Mich. After the death of her husband, in March, 1930 she made her home with her niece Mrs. M. P. Hoffman of Goshen, Ind., where she very suddenly passed away from neuralgia of the heart, Jan. 16, 1932; aged 79 y. 9 m. 27 d. In the morning she was up and about as usual, however stating that she was not feeling well. At noon she ate dinner, then took suddenly very sick and the spirit soon took its flight. She leaves 4 sisters (Mrs. Adaline Hershberger, Mrs. Alexander Weaver, Mrs. Charles Shaffer and Mrs. William Hershberger, all of Johnstown, Pa.); 1 step-brother (Josiah Blough of Elmdale, Mich.) a number of nephews and nieces, and many relatives and friends. Many years ago she united with the Mennonite Church at Bowne, Mich., and lived a consistent Christian life to the end. Short services were held at the home of M. P. Hoffman, Goshen, Ind., conducted by D. J. Johns and D.D. Troyer. Services at the church near Elmdale, Mich., were in charge of T. E. Schrock and Ira S. Johns. Text, Isa. 38:1.
LEHMAN--ELIZABETH, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Christophel,
was born Oct 17, 1833, in Allegheny Co, Pa.; died at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob H. Bechtel, near Nappanee, Ind. (where
she had made her home since Sept., 1923), Jan. 14, 1932; aged
98 y. 2 m. 27 d. When she was eighteen months old her parents
moved to Mahoning Co., Ohio, and at the age of fifteen they brought
her to Elkhart Co., Ind. On March 28, 1858, she was married to
Abraham Lehman of Williams Co., Ohio where they then moved. To
this union were born ten children. Two preceded her in death,
Enos A. Lehman died Oct. 23, 1887, and Jacob C. Lehman died Nov.
14, 1931. Her husband preceded her in death Jan. 5, 1900. In 1902
she again came to Indiana to live with her children. She is survived
by the following children: Mrs. Leah Bechtel, Nancy Lehman, Joel
B. Lehman, Simeon Lehman, Jesse W. Lehman, Mrs. Fannie Pocock,
Sarah Lehman, and Daniel C. Lehman; also 21 grandchildren, 25
great-grandchildren and 1 sister-in-law (Mrs. Anna Christophel).
In 1861 she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a devoted
member till death. She was blind the last ten years and obliged
to occupy an invalid chair two years but was fully resigned to
God's will. Short services were held at the home Jan. 17, with
further services at the Yellow Creek Church conducted by Wm. Ramer,
Ben Good of Orrville, Ohio, and Paul Hoover. Texts, Matt. 11:28;
Deut. 33:27. Burial in adjoining cemetery
By the family.
YODER--ANNA LOUISA WERTZ, daughter of William and Helena
Wertz, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Nov. 19, 1858; and quietly
passed away at her home near the same place, Jan. 23, 1932; at
the age of 73 y. 2 m. 4 d. She united with the Mennonite
Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death.
On Jan. 6, 1876, she was united in marriage to Eli Yoder. Together
they trod life's pathway a little over 56 years. To this union
were born 10 children, 8 sons and 2 daughters, namely, Mahlon,
Elmer, Daniel, Lena, wife of Elmer Bontrager, Charlie, Elisa,
wife of Abner Miller, Lewis Melvin, Urie, and Willard, all of
whom are living in this community. She had been in failing health
for the past few years, enduring much pain at times, yet always
patient, often expressing a desire to leave this world and be
with the Lord. She is the first one to break the family circle,
and in this group she will be missed most of all. Her godly influence
and her unselfishness will long be remembered even though her
place is vacant. She always put herself in the background, and
derived great pleasure in doing something for others. In her passing,
the home has lost a real mother, the church a faithful member,
and the community an unselfish friend. She leaves to mourn her
departure a sorrowing husband, 10 children, 29 grandchildren 14
great-grandchildren, 1 aged brother, Dan Wertz of Kalona, and
a host of relatives and friends.
The family circle's broken now,
Since Mother's gone to rest,
But we our head do humbly bow
And say, God thought it best.
Funeral services were held Jan. 25, 1932, at the Lower Deer Creek Church in charge of John Y. Swartzendruber, assisted by David D. Miller in English and J. L. Hershberger in German. Text, Jno. 14:2, 3.
HERSHEY--MARY ELIZABETH (MARTIN) HERSHEY, wife of Walter
L. Hershey of Paradise, Pa., died Jan 4, 1932; aged 28 y. 1 m.
12 d. She had an attack of typhoid influenza 8 years ago, from
which condition a lingering illness developed. Her health apparently
had improved until the last three years, when we began to realize
her recovery was hopeless. Mary had been a faithful member of
the Paradise Mennonite Church, having given her life to Christ
in her early teens. She was of a congenial disposition, ever ready
to discharge her duties as a resignated steward of the Lord. She
spent many of her lonely hours in meditation, which is proved
by some of her writings. This is strong evidence of her prayerful
attitude toward God. One of her favorite hymns was "Jesus,
Savior, pilot me." Truly we have reason to believe she recognized
the Lord as her Pilot, who gave her the smiling disposition she
manifested during her affliction. She never murmured nor complained;
but cultivated contentment. We, with her husband, feel keenly
the loss of our departed sister, but we rather shed tears of joy
in behalf of her going away, for we sorrow not as those who have
no hope. May we as a family cherish the thought that we have the
blessed privilege of meeting the loved ones gone before, who are
now four in number. She leaves her sorrowing husband, her mother
(Mrs. Jacob Martin) and the following brothers and sisters: John,
Walter, Jacob, Esther (wife of Isaac Eshleman), Anna (wife of
Elmer Rutt), and Alice and Sue at home. Funeral services were
conducted at the home of her mother at Vintage, Pa., Jan. 7, by
Bro. Jacob Mellinger. Further services were held at Paradise Mennonite
Church by Bro. Abram Martin. Text, Luke 9:28-37. Interment in
the adjoining cemetery.
"Now since it is God's holy will,
We must be parted for a while;
In sweet submission all as one,
We'll say, 'Our Father's will be done.'"
By a sister
REDIGER--CHRISTIAN REDIGER was born in Baden, Germany,
Nov. 27, 1840; died at the home of Perry Stutzman, Jan. 21, 1932;
aged 91 y. 1 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Eigsti
June 25, 1878. To this union were born 13 children, 7 sons and
6 daughters. He came with his parents from Germany to Woodford
Co., Ill., in the year 1868. In 1883 he with his family came to
Milford, Nebr., where they lived until the year 1889. They later
located at Thurman, Colo. From there they moved to Hartford, Kans.,
and because of the death of his life companion, he moved again
to Milford, Nebr., in the year 1899. In this community he remained
the rest of his life. During the last 20 years he lived with one
of his children. His wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, and
3 sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by 10 children:
Edward, Phoebe, Joseph, Susie, Lena, Benjamin, Emma, Christian,
William, Lydia. He is also survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters,
65 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He accepted Christ
as his personal Savior in his youth and united with the Mennonite
Church of which he was a member when he died. He was apparently
in good health until the last few days of his life when pneumonia
set in, which caused his death. Funeral services were held at
the East Fairview Church, conducted by J. E. Zimmerman and Ben
Schlegel. Text, Rom. 8:18. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"He sleeps, he sleeps, and never more
Will his footsteps fall by the old home door;
Nor his voice be heard with his loving tone,
By the loved ones left, round his own hearthstone.
He has gone, he has gone to his home afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are."
GARBER--BENJAMIN J. GARBER of Mt. Joy, Pa., died Jan. 18, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry N. Nissly. He was sick for over 5 months of complications. He was the last of the original trustees of Kraybill's Mennonite Church. He is survived by a son (Dr. E. W. Garber) and his daughter (Mrs. Harry N. Nissly) and the following grandchildren: Esther, Garber, Raymond G. Nissly, and Mrs. Caroline Nissly Stayer. He was in his eighty-second year. Funeral services were held from the home of his daughter and at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church with burial at Kraybill's Cemetery.
KIRK--DAVID W. KIRK was born Aug. 6, 1858; died Jan. 25, 1932; aged 73 y. 5 m. 19 d. He was married to Carrie S. Hummell in 1887. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom, together with the mother in the home, survive. He spent his entire life in the vicinity of Rockton, Pa. In 1897 he and his wife united with the Mennonite Church. From the beginning to the end of his Christian life he remained a faithful and active worker in the Church. He was a kind neighbor and loving husband and father, and will be much missed by all. Services were held Jan. 27 at the home, conducted by Bro. James Saylor of Hollsopple, Pa., assisted by Bro. J. A. Brilhart of Scottdale, Pa. Interment in Rockton Cemetery.
HINTZ--JUDITH HOFFMAN was born April 6, 1896; died Jan.
26, 1932; aged 35 y. 9 m. 20 d. On March 20,1921, she united in
marriage with David Hintz. To this union were born 8 children,
who with the husband, parents, 10 sisters and 1 brother remain
to mourn the departure of a kind mother and loving sister. Sister
Hintz seemed to be in her usual health up to the day of her death,
when she began to suffer from what proved to be internal hemorrhages
and she died the same day. She united with the Mennonite Church
in her early youth, and remained true to the end. Her passing
is mourned by many besides the family and neighbors, for she always
seemed to be possessed by a spirit of patience, contentment, cheerfulness,
and humility to a degree not often found. Funeral services at
South Peel Mennonite Church, Ontario, Jan. 29, conducted by Bishops
Abram B. Gingrich and Moses M. Brubacher.
"The family circle's broken now,
Since mother's gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say, God thought it best."
TROYER.--SARAH (BONTRAGER) TROYER was born near Haven,
Kans., Jan. 3, 1897; died in Grace Hospital, Hutchinson, Kans.,
Nov. 2, 1932, after a 5-weeks illness from typhoid fever; aged
34 y. 9 m. 29 d. On June 5, 1921, she was married to Ammon E.
Troyer who survives her. Besides her husband, she is survived
by her parents (Christian and Mary Bontrager), 5 small children
(Mary Edith, Richard Lee, Robert Ora, Clara Irene, and Lloyd Eugene),
3 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Four
brothers and one sister preceded her in death. As a young woman
she gave her heart to the Lord and was earnest in her Christian
life, being a member of the Yoder Mennonite Church at the time
of her death. She was a devoted Christian, a loving wife, and
a tender mother. Funeral services were held Nov. 4 at the Yoder
Mennonite Church, conducted by Harry Diener and B. B. King of
"Some sweet day we hope to meet her
In that land so far away,
Where there is no hour of parting,
Where all tears are wiped away.."
MILLER--MINNIE AMELIA, daughter of Samuel Y. and the late Amelia M. Zook, was born near Wolford, N. Dak., Oct. 24, 1909; died at Denbigh, Va., Nov. 13, 1931; aged 22 y. 20 d. She moved with her parents to Greenwood, Del., in October, 1914, where she united with the Conservative A. M. Church and was married to Elmer S. Miller, March 23, 1929, and moved with him to Denbigh, Va., in December, 1930. She lived a consistent Christian life and was very fond of sacred song. She was the mother of two children (Grace May and Elmer Truman--the later born and died Oct. 22, 1931). Her mother and 3 sisters and 2 infant brothers preceded her in death. She leaves her bereaved husband, 1 daughter (Grace May), father, step-mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, 2 foster brothers, 1 foster sister, 1 stepbrother, 4 step-sisters, and many other relatives and friends. She was taken sick with influenza in February, 1931, from which she never fully recovered, and later developed tuberculosis which was the cause of her death. Services were conducted at the house by Daniel Shenk and at the Warwick River church by Geo. R. Brunk. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
SLOAT--CHARLES NEWTON, son of Addison and Sarah Sloat, was born on a farm near Elkhart, Ind., Jan. 1, 1897. In that community he grew to manhood, graduating from the Jamestown High School in 1915. He entered the service of the government during the World War and was honorably discharged from that service, but in a few months found himself overtaken by the dreaded disease tuberculosis; but with a strong physique and all the aid the government could give, he waged a losing battle. His struggle to regain health took him away from home and loved ones for months and years at a time, the last time a little over a year, when he passed away at the Edward Hines Veterans' Hospital near Chicago, Jan. 15, 1932; aged 35 y. 15 d. He is survived by his parents, a brother (Roy M. Sloat), and many relatives and friends. He felt the need of a loving Savior and a few months ago gave his life to the Lord and later expressed a desire to get well that he might live for Him. But God saw otherwise. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at the home of his parents and at the Prairie St. Mennonite Church, conducted by C. A. Shank, assisted by Frank Kreider of Brethren Church. Interment in the Prairie St. Cemetery.
KENAGY--ANNA MAY (SCHROCK) KENAGY was born Feb. 18,
1887; died Dec. 19, 1931; aged 44 y. 10 m. 1 d. She was united
in marriage Feb. 19, 1908, to Alvin C. Kenagy at the bride's home
in Garden City, Mo. This union was blessed with 3 children (Anna
Bell, William Harold, and Alberta Elizabeth). These children,
and the father and companion remain to mourn the loss of the mother
and the wife in the home. She gave her heart to the Lord, and
united with the Mennonite Church at the age of about 12 or 13.
In the fall of 1929 the family moved to Santa Monica, Calif.,
where they have since resided. One reason for leaving the old
home, and moving to California was the hope that the mild climate
would be conducive to the improvement of the health of the mother
in the home. Her parents survive her and live at Garden City,
Mo. She had 4 brothers and 4 sisters, 1 brother preceding her
in death. Since it has pleased the heavenly Father to call her
from our midst we can not do otherwise than simply bow in humble
sumission to His will.
"No more days of sickness and tears,
No more weary nights of waiting or fears,
You have entered the haven of rest,
The Father hath called thee; and He knoweth best."
FERGUSON--ANNIE E., daughter of Jacob and Anna Horning, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, April 25, 1860. In her early youth she emigrated to Page Co., Iowa, with her parents who were among a group of Mennonites who settled in that part of the country. On Dec. 24, 1881, she was united in marriage to Benjamin Ferguson. To this union were born 2 children, Martin H. and Frances J., wife of D. A. Yoder, both living near Wakarusa, Ind. In 1892 Bro. and Sister Ferguson moved to Cullom, Ill., and in 1899 to Wakarusa, Ind. Soon after their marriage they united with the Mennonite Church and have lived in the faith ever since. She has been in failing health a number of years. On the night of Jan. 15 she was stricken with paralysis. She peacefully passed away on the morning of Jan. 16, 1932. Age, 71 y. 8 m. 21 d. She leaves her beloved companion, her children, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 4 brothers and 1 sister. The last family gathering was held at their home on Dec. 24, 1931, when the entire family had gathered to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Thirty-four years before, her mother was buried. Funeral services were conducted by the home minister--Henry Weldy at the house, and both Henry and Silas Weldy at the Olive Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Silas Weldy.
HOOLEY--KATHARINE, wife of Joseph A. Hooley, and daughter
of David K. and Fannie Hartzler Hooley, died Jan. 27, 1932, of
cerebral hemorrhage, after an illness of four weeks. She was born
May 20, 1855, near Reedsville, Pa., and was aged 76 y. 8 m. 7
d. She was the oldest of a family of 10 children, all of whom
are living except a younger sister who died in infancy. Mother's
death occurred exactly thirty years, to the day, after the death
of her mother. She was married Feb. 23, 1882, to Joseph A. Hooley,
a union which continued through fifty years, less twenty-seven
days. Her husband remains, with 4 sons and 5 daughters (Uriel,
Chris, Minnie, Mrs Milton King, John, Sadie, Mary, Mrs. Irvin
Gresser, and Andrew). Timothy, the youngest of the family, died
in November, 1918. There are also 13 grandchildren. She had been
a resident of Ohio since 1904 and had lived in West Liberty during
the past eleven years. She became a member of the Mennonite Church
at an early age, and at the time of her death was a member of
the Oak Grove congregation.
"They are not lost who find
The sunset gate, the goal
Of all their faithful years.
Not lost are they who reach
The summit of their climb
The peak above the clouds
And storms. They are not lost
Who find the light of sun
And stars and God."
Funeral services were held in Bethel Church, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial in Fair View Cemetery.
HERSHBERGER--MARTHA FARMWALD HERSHBERGER was born June 10, 1847, in Holmes Co., Ohio, and was united in marriage to Daniel P. Hershberger, March 4, 1866. Practically all their married life was spent on the farm near Shipshewana, Ind. The husband died March 7, 1919. To this union were born 10 children, two of whom (Hiram and Mary Ellen Aeby) preceded her in death. She leaves 5 sons and 3 daughters (Ephraim, Chauncey, Uriah, Daniel, Leo, Julia Bell, Amanda Deutsche, and Fanna Stimes). She also leaves 31 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. J. E. Yoder of Orrville, Ohio), besides other relatives and friends. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a member at the time of her death. Most of the time since December, 1925, Grandma Hershberger has made her home with her son, Ephraim, near Kalona, Iowa, and her daughter Mrs. Jacob Bell at Elkhart, Ind. Her health had been failing for some time. On Jan. 14 she contracted influenza and passed away on the morning of Jan. 20, 1932; aged 84 y. A short service was held Jan. 21 at the home of Ephraim Hershberger, conducted by D. J. Fisher (text, Rev. 14:13), after which the body was taken to the home of Mrs. Jacob Bell of Elkhart, Ind. Another service was held at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church, conducted by J. S. Hartzler (text, II Tim. 4:6-8). She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Keightly Cemetery near Shipshewana, Ind. A long and useful life has passed on to the great beyond.
WENGER--MILTON M. WENGER was born Feb. 8, 1867; died
Jan. 21, 1932; aged 64 y. 11 m. 15 d. He joined hands in wedlock
with Lizzie N. Wenger Oct. 9, 1887, and together, one year later,
they sealed their vow with water baptism in the Old Mennonite
meeting house at Groffdale, Pa. He was a faithful member all his
life, and had a keen interest in the present activities of the
Church and her future welfare. He was appointed teacher in the
S. S. 36 years ago when the S. S. was first organized at that
place. He taught persistently and charitably at that place and
at Metzler's, until a few years ago when ill health prevented.
He expressed it as being quite a cross to be denied the privilege
of assembling in the house of worship, but he bore it all patiently.
He fell asleep peaceable and suddenly, a few moments after looking
over the Scripture text calendar. He leaves his widow, 3 sons,
and 5 daughters (Mrs. Mahlon Nolt, Isaac, Frank, Mrs. Elam Witmer,
Mrs. Alders Hershey, Noah, Mrs. John Burkholder, and Mrs. Roy
Stauffer); also 33 grandchildren and the following brothers and
sisters: Mrs. John W. Burkholder, Lizzie, Samuel, Michael M.,
David M., Annie, Elam M., and Mrs. Benj. B. Leaman. All the children
accepted Christ as their Savior, and father had the privilege
of witnessing grandchildren being received into church fellowship,
which brought much joy to his soul. "For I know him, that
he will command his children and his household after him, and
they shall keep the way of the Lord" (Gen. 18:19). The solemn
funeral services were conducted by Bro. Eli Sauder at his late
home, with further services at the Groffdale Mennonite Church
by Bro. John W. Weaver and Bishop John M. Sauder. Text, John 14:27.
We know 'tis said of thee, "Well done,"
For thou the race of life hast run;
And on the other shore dost stand
With Him, who beckons every land
To come and be ye "Saved by grace,"
No other way reveals My face.
MATEER--HANNAH, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Allgyer, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., April 20, 1853. On Jan. 8 she in company with her brother, S. E. Allgyer, went to Mattawana, Pa., for the purpose of spending the remainder of the winter with her older sister, Mrs. Nancy J. Harshbarger. She was there only two days until she contracted a cold. At first it did not seem so serious, but finally developed into catarrhal pneumonia, and all that loving hands could do was done for her, but God knew best, and she peacefully fell aleep on the afternoon of Jan. 22, 1932; aged 78 y. 9 m. 2 d. In 1874, she with her parents moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, and one year later they moved to Champaign Co., near West Liberty, and in this community the remainder of her life was spent. Dec. 7, 1886, she was married to Jacob Mateer, who preceded her in death just 17 years ago. Aunt Hannah, as she was familiarly known, was a very industrious, hard working woman. Many a family in and around West Liberty, can testify to the fact that her labors of love for them were many. Her cheerful disposition won for her many friends, and especially was she a lover of children. She was the mother of 3 daughters (Nettie M., Blanche B. And Leona B.). Leona was taken from their little circle in the year 1908, thus leaving but two daughters to mourn the loss of a loving mother. At different times she had several other children in her home and mothered them. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained loyal to her faith, unto the end. She found much joy and comfort in attending church services, and when health permitted, her place was seldom vacant. Besides her 2 daughters (Mrs., James Heffner and Blanche Mateer), she leaves 2 older sisters (Mrs. Nancy J. Harshbarger and Mrs. Lizzie Zook), and 1 brother (Bishop S. E. Allgyer), and many other relatives and friends. Her remains were accompanied to West Liberty by her brother and funeral services were held Jan. 22 at the Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bro. A. I. Yoder, assisted by Bro. N. E. Troyer. Burial in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
LICHTY--BERTHA IRENE MARTIN, wife of Harry R. Lichty,
was born Nov. 18, 1898; quietly passed away June 30, 1930; aged
31 y. 6 m. 15 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at Weaverland,
Pa., in her youth, and remained a faithful member until death.
"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache,
That is hidden all the while."
STAUFFER--WILLIS K. STAUFFER was born Aug. 15, 1895;
died Jan. 30, 1932, at the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital, from
pneumonia. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from
early manhood. His place in the church was never vacant when health
permitted. He was the son of Bro. and Sister Jacob N. Stauffer,
deacon of the Masonville Church. Nov. 6, 1917, he was united in
marriage to Sister Cora E. Warfel. To this union were born 2 sons
and 6 daughters. One daughter preceded him in death. His loving
companion remains to mourn his departure, with the following children:
Mary W., Dorothy W., Anna W., Ethel W., H. Welmer, J. Marvin,
and Erma Mae. The family keenly feels the loss of a faithful companion
and kind and loving father; the Church, a faithful member and
teacher of the Bible Class. Funeral services were conducted Feb.
2 at the home, and at the River Corner, Pa., Mennonite Church,
by Bros. Maris Hess, John H. Mosemann, and John K. Charles.
"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache,
That is hidden all the while."
YODER--JOHN ADAMS YODER was born Oct. 7, 1897; died Feb. 8, 1932; aged 34 y. 4 m. 1 d. He left home early in the morning to gather the milk on his milk route, and was found dead in his truck. The cause of his death was heart failure. Bro. Yoder united with the Church in his youth and had always been a consistent and faithful member. He was married to Cora B. Yoder in Feb., 1926. To this union were born 2 daughters, Zelda and Iris. The wife and daughters are left to mourn his early departure, but bow in submission to the Lord's will. A very large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral, held at the Belleville, Pa., Mennonite church. Services were conducted by E. D. Hess, assisted by Jonas Yoder. Text, Psa. 56:8.
SIMMONS--REBECCA SIMMONS departed this life Jan. 13, 1932; aged 86 y. 4 m. 21 d. She suffered from the infirmity of old age for two years, having been in bed for fourteen months. She was a member of the Slate Hill, Pa., Mennonite church from early years. As long as health and circumstances permitted, she attended church and S. S. She was very much interested in church and S. S. work, and during her illness she often expressed her faith and confidence in God. She was a woman of an even disposition, and received comfort and consolation from II Cor. 5:1, which was used for the text at her funeral. Bros. J. B. Seitz and C. B. Hess were in charge of the services at the Slate Hill Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery. She was the last member of her family, her husband and daughter having preceded her in death.
KANAGY--FERN DARLINE, only child of Eli E. and Florence
S. Kanagy, was born in the Massillon City Hospital, Massillon,
Ohio, Feb. 11, 1932, and sweetly fell asleep in Jesus 4 days later.
God had sent her as a little jewel to brighten the home of her
parents. But yet, how soon He has taken her unto Himself. He hath
said He will gather the lambs in His bosom. May we be submissive,
and humbly say, Thy will be done. She leaves her heart-broken
father and mother, also grandparents and a host of relatives and
"God has gently plucked our flower
For to bloom in heaven above;
While our hearts are crushed with sorrow
For our babe we dearly loved."
Burial at the Crown Hill Cemetery where short services were held.
HOCHSTETLER--EUGENE L., son of William and Mary Hochstetler
of near Nappanee, Ind., died at the St. Joseph hospital at Mishawaka,
Ind., on Feb. 4, 1932; aged 6 y. 2 m. 28 d. Eugene was ill with
appendix trouble for only five or six days. He submitted to an
operation for removal of the appendix, but all that skill and
loving care could do was futile. Besides the parents, the immediate
survivors are a brother (Dean LaMar, aged 3), grandparents (Nelson
Maust's and Martin Hoschstetler), also a large number of cousins
and friends are left. A life just begun, a bud just ready to open,
to give its joy and sunshine to others, but God saw fit to take
him to Himself, to transplant him yonder to bloom for all eternity.
We resignedly bow to His will. Funeral services were held Feb.
7, at the North Main Street Mennonite Church, by Bro. H. F. North.
Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
SHULTZ--JOHN, son of Eli and Catherine Shultz, was born Dec. 8, 1893; died Feb. 4, 1932; aged 39 y. 1 m. 26 d. At the age of four he moved with his parents to White Cloud, Mich., were he grew to manhood. He was married to Rose Weirich of Shipshewana Ind., on March 18, 1924. To this union were born 2 sons (Richard Franklin and John Jr.) and 1 daughter (Rozella Frances). Immediately after his marriage he became converted, accepting Christ as his Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church at White Cloud, continuing this membership unto death (even though at this time having lived near Topeka, Ind., and taking part in the services there when health would permit). He leaves, besides the immediate family, his father, a sister (Miriam Shutts), a brother (Frank Shultz), and a number of relatives and friends. In his passing away the home deeply feels the loss of a loving husband and father. Funeral services were conducted at the Shore Mennonite Church, Feb. 6, conducted by Y. C. Miller and O. S. Hostetler.
POYNTER--RAY DELBERT, son of Clarence and Alma Poynter, was born Oct. 19, 1908, at the home of his grandparents, S. P. Bowman, at Woodruff, Ind.; died at the Elkhart, Ind., Hospital Jan. 27, 1932; aged 23 y. 3 m. 8 d. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother (Ralph), 1 sister (Wanita), his betrothed, also other relatives, besides many friends. One brother (Lloyd) preceded him in death. From childhood days Ray was a loving and obedient boy, respected by all who knew him. He has been an example to many a son of other homes in the way he has honored and served his parents, ever ready to lend a helping hand in the home, Church, and community. He accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and became a member of the Evangelical Church at Woodruff, later transferred his membership, with his parents, and became a member of the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind., in which faith he faithfully labored until death. Funeral services were held at the Emma Mennonite Church Jan. 30, conducted by the home ministers M. J. Yoder and O. S. Hostetler.
KREIDER--WILLIS WENGER, son of Benjamin H. and Catherine
Wenger Kreider, was born near Intercourse, Pa., Oct. 29, 1914;
died Jan. 5, 1932; aged 18 y. 2 m. 14 d. He is survived by his
parents, 4 brothers (Earl D., Charles L., Lloyd B., and Jay C.,
all at home). He had a lingering illness for three years. He had
two minor operations, and on June 3, 1929, he underwent another
operation. He got along nicely and thought he was cured. He accepted
Christ and united with the Mennonite Church the following winter,
and remained faithful until the end. He bore his illness patiently.
He was filled with a spirit of patience, contentment, cheerfulness,
and humility which is seldom found. The doctors said the first
week in September that it was impossible for him to live a week,
but still he lingered for four months. So we see that nothing
is impossible with God. He felt certain that he was going to heaven,
and spent much time reading his Bible. He also enjoyed singing.
Funeral services were held at the home of his parents, Jan. 8.
Bro. Jacob H. Mellinger read the 23rd Psalm. At the Hershey Mennonite
church services were also conducted by Bro. John W. Hess (texts,
Job 7:1; Heb. 9:27; Rev 14:13) and Bro. Abram Martin (text, Isa.
"We are glad if God thought best,
To end his troubles and give him rest;
In heaven to sing with angels fair,
May our names be written there.
That we may again our loved ones meet,
And walk with them through the golden street."
By an Aunt.
YORDY--LEWIS J., son of Joseph (deceased) and Elizabeth Yordy, was born Sept. 17, 1905 in Champaign Co., Ill., where he spent the first five years of his life. He then moved with his parents to Woodford Co., where he spent his boyhood days. He passed away, Feb. 10,1932, at the Peoria State Hospital at the age of 26 y. 4 m. 24 d. Though his life was short and handicapped by ill health, he led a useful and active one, spending two years in the teaching profession and three years in business. He recently finished his college work, receiving both the A. B. and B. S. degree. Last December he contracted a severe cold, and his general condition became weakened. About two weeks ago he suffered a complete nervous collapse, and later developed bronchial pneumonia which caused his death. He was a young man of high ideals and sterling Christian character, serving the Church whenever the opportunity presented itself, having united with the Mennonite Church in early youth. The last two years he was elected superintendent of the Y. P. M. of the Roanoke Church. He leaves his mother (Mrs. Elizabeth Yordy) and the following brothers and sisters (Alvin, Anna, Mrs. Josephine Schrock, Ezra, Walter, Jonas and Aaron); also 7 nieces, 4 nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home Feb. 13. By Bro. Warren Long of Peoria, and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church by Bro. S. M. Kanagy of Chicago, and Bro. John L. Harnish of Eureka. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in the church cemetery.
MARTIN--SISTER ALICE (HERSH) MARTIN, was born Jan. 13,
1878, near Strasburg, Pa., died Jan 23, 1932, in the Lancaster
General Hospital; aged 54 y. 10 d. She was united in marriage
to Abram L. Martin in 1902. Together they shared life's joys and
sorrows and she was a faithful wife and the mother of 9 children.
One little daughter preceded her to the glory world in infancy.
Left to mourn her departure are her husband, Edna (wife of Martin
Groff), Ruth (wife of Eby Hostetter), Mabel (wife of Clarence
Groff), Amy, Jay, Landis, Paul, and Charles; also 6 grandchildren,
her mother (Letitia Hersh), 2 brothers, and 1 sisters; 1 orphan
boy (Casper Hagelgans) was also raised in our home. Mother was
a patient sufferer for several years, but seemed to be in better
health the last year, until after New Years, she took the grippe,
which later developed into complications. One day after having
an operation, she passed peacefully to her eternal home (as we
stood helplessly by her bedside). Everything had been done that
human hands could do, but mother's work was finished. She will
be greatly missed in the home, in the community, and in the Church,
in which work she was a great help to her husband, who served
8 years in the ministry and 11 years as bishop. Her great concern
was that we all remain faithful. Her kind, loving, unselfish way
won her many friends. She took delight in making others comfortable
and happy. She was a mother to the motherless. We find comfort
in this, that if we are faithful to Him whom she taught us to
love and serve, we can meet her over there, where there will be
no partings. Funeral services were held Jan. 26, from her home,
services conducted by Bro. Jacob Mellinger, and at Mellingers
Church, where a very large crowd gathered to pay their last tribute
of respect, services conducted by Bro. C. M. Brackbill, Bro. Noah
Mack, and Bro. Noah Landis. Text, Isa. 4:2. Burial in Hershey's
"Beautiful rest for the weary
Well deserved rest for the true
When our life's journey is ended
We shall again be with you.
She does not rest 'neath the grasses
Tho o'er her dear grave they creep
She has gone into the Kingdom
Mother has fallen asleep."
I ask no dream of prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies:
But take the dimness of my soul away.
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame,
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.