Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1932

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Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 14 - July 7, 1932 ­ page 286, 287

Thompson. ­ Trivas W. Thompson died near Rawley Springs, Va., May 21, 1932; aged 74 years. He was received into the Mennonite Church, May 28, 1931. About a year ago he became seriously ill, but had improved, and died rather suddenly. Surviving are his widow, 6 sons, and 4 daughters. He is also survived by 1 brother. Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, conducted by the brethren, S. H. Rhodes, and J. S. Martin. Burial in the cemetery nearby.

Baker. ­ Rita Arleen, daughter of Frank and Bertha (Phillips) Baker, was born in Chamois Mo., April 17, 1930; died at her home at Chamois, Mo., June 15, 1932. She leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, besides other relatives and friends. Funeral services June 16 and burial at the Lane church and cemetery, conducted by E. C. Bowman. Text: "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God."

Harshbarger. ­ Elizabeth Harshbarger, daughter of Jonathan B. and Nancy Shaver (deceased), was born Oct. 17,1850; died at her home in Dayton, Va., May 11, 1932; aged 81 y. 6 m. 24 d. Death was due to infirmities of old age and paralysis. On Feb. 15, 1915, she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. She was a member of the Dunkard Church before uniting with the Mennonite Church. She was preceded in death by her companion more than 11 years. Sister Harshbarger selected Psa. 23: 4 for a text to be used at her funeral, and she also selected Bro. S. H. Rhodes to preach her funeral, which he did; Bro. H. B. Keener assisted in the service. Funeral services were conducted in Dayton, after which the body was interred in the Pike cemetery.

Lapp. ­ Elam, little son of Aaron and Fannie Lapp of near Intercourse, Pa., was born April 21, 1931; died May 18, 1932 after a day's illness of pneumonia. He is survived by his loving parents and 2 little brothers-Isaac and Lloyd; also many friends. Little Elam has gone to be with his grandmother who left us a short time ago, and for whom our hearts still bleed. He was a bright and happy child. Funeral services were held May 20 at the Weavertown Amish Church, conducted by Moses P. Rheil, John A. Stoltzfus and George Beiler. Interment in Gordonville cemetery. The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away.

"A precious bud, a baby fair
Was given for our keeping;
But now his soul so free from care,
In quiet rest is sleeping."

Byler. ­ John J., son of Jonathan Byler, passed away at the Home for the Aged, June 16, 1932. He had entered the Home Mar. 12, 1930. He was born July 26, 1847. Age, 84 y. 10 m. 20 d. His death was due to old age and hardening of the arteries. He had been ailing for more than a year. The last few months he became very helpless, and had to be fed and taken care of like a child. He leaves 1 sister, 2 sons, 2 daughters (V.S. and Orie Byler, Mrs. Mary Miller, and Carrie). Funeral services were held at the Home, in charge of Bro. Ezra B. Yoder. Burial in the Home Cemetery. Bro. Byler's life has been one filled with problems but in the last year he became much concerned about his soul's salvation, and was submissive and very faithful and loyal to the principles of the Gospel and to his Lord and Savior.

Landes. ­ Priscilla C. Landes, daughter of the late Solomon Berry, was born in 1858; died at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., June 18, 1932; aged 74 years. In 1884 she was united in marriage to John A. Landes, who preceded her in death about 5 years. She was confined to her bed for about two years because of a weak heart. She took a sudden turn for worse and died in several days. She bore her affliction patiently, and was kind and considerate toward every one. She is survived by 1 son, 2 daughters, and 4 grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 brothers. Funeral services were held from the Pleasant View Mennonite Church (Old Order) of which she was a member. Services were conducted by Brethren J. D. Wenger and Emmanuel Heatwole. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Garber. ­ Alwilda (Shoup) Garber was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 23, 1869; died June 8, 1932; aged 62 y. 7 m. 15 d. On Aug. 19, 1888, she was united in marriage to Samuel Garber. To this union were born 2 daughters (Vinetta, now Mrs. Victor Coffman, Shipshewana; Goldie, now Mrs. Wm. Oesch of Topeka). She also leave 9 grandchildren, 1 brother (A. F. Shoup, Elkhart), 1 sister (Mrs. J. A. Snapp, Goshen), 6 nieces, 1 nephew, and a host of friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1890 and has remained faithful until death. Funeral services at the home by Amos Nusbaum and Silas Yoder and at the Clinton Brick Church by Silas Yoder and Oscar Hostetler. Burial in the nearby cemetery.

"The room is empty now,
Since Mother's gone to rest.
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say, God thought it best."

Suter. ­ Bettie (Swank) Suter, wife of Isaac C. Suter, was born Oct. 18, 1876; died of complications at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., May 31, 1932; aged 55 y. 7 m. 13 d.
More than two years ago she was taken seriously ill and was taken to the Rockingham Memorial Hospital at Harrisonburg. She took treatment and was improved to the extent that she was again able to go to church and assist in some of the home duties. About three weeks previous to her death, she again became seriously ill, and gradually grew worse. She was of a kind, cheerful disposition. To know her was to love her. She was a devout member of the United Brethren Church. Surviving her are her husband, 2 sons, and 2 grandchildren. She is also survived by 7 brothers. Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, conducted by W. L. Childress, assisted by C. A. Lacey and S. H. Rhodes. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.

Charles. ­ Susan H. (Kreider), wife of John F. Charles, was born Oct. 5, 1854; died June 4, 1932; aged 77 y. 7 m. 29 d. She is survived by her husband, a sister (Mrs. John Phenninger, Lancaster, Pa.), 2 sons (Walter K., Bird-in-Hand, Pa., and Pre. John K., Manor View, where she died), 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, all of Lancaster Co., Pa. Sister Charles accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church in her early married life, was a consistent member and attended all church services regularly until she was deprived of this privilege caused by a paralytic stroke. She had taken an active part in the sewing circle of our district for many years. Most of her life was spent on a farm, but she later moved to live with her son (Pre. John K. Charles) at Manor View, and while there sustained a second stroke that deprived her of her power of speech and was confined to her room and bed for several years. During this period her husband waited faithfully upon her, sacrificing his heretofore activities in the Church. She sustained a third stroke a few days previous to her death. Funeral services were held June 7 at the home and at Habecker's Church, conducted by Christian K. Lehman (text, Rev. 13: 14) and J.C. Habecker (text, II Cor. 4: 17, 18) Interment in adjoining cemetery.

King. ­ Rufus H., son of Peter Y. And Catharine (Hooley) King, was born near Allensvile, Pa., Feb. 17, 1866; died in Lewistown Hospital, June 7, 1932; aged 66 y. 3 m. 21 d. In his youth he united with the Allensville A. M. Church to which remained faithful until the silent messenger called him to his eternal reward. For 10 weeks he suffered intensely, having had a siege of pneumonia, followed by several abscesses on his lungs which necessitated several critical operations. Through all his suffering he was very patient, never complaining. Having had a desire to depart this life, he made all his funeral arrangements, requesting that Rev. 22 be read as a scripture reading. He leaves his beloved companion (Annie Detweiler King), 4 sons (Paul, Mark, Irvin, and John), 3 daughters (Bertha, Mary, and Ruth), 1 brother (Joseph), and 1 sister (Lizzie). Services were conducted at the house by Bro. E. H. Kanagy, and at the church by Brethren Joshua B. Zook and Enos F. Hartzler of Marshallville, Ohio. Text, I Pet. 1: 3-5, in connection with Rev. 22.

Sensenig. ­ Helen Arlene, daughter of Clayton E.and Barbara Martin Sensenig, was born Sept. 18, 1923, at Blue Ball, Pa.; died in Lancaster General Hospital, of peritonitis, May 23, 1932. Little Helen was quiet and thoughtful, fearing that she would do something that Jesus would not like, of whom she never tired of talking about. She seemed to be in the best of health, but on May 14 she did not feel so well. The doctor was called, but did not think it of a serious nature. She got no better, and on the 7th day she was taken to the hospital. She was operated upon, and 4 days later quietly passed away to meet her blessed Savior. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Carl), both grandmothers, and a host of relatives and friends. One brother (Mervin) preceded her to that heavenly home. May 27, she was laid to rest in Weaverland Cemetery. Services by Bro. John Souder at home, and by Bros. I. B. Good and John W. Weaver at the church.

"Loved one, thou hast left us lonely,
In our earthly home below,
But in heaven we wish to greet thee
When the Master bids us go."

Martin. ­ Michael W. Martin died very unexpectedly at the Washington Co., Hospital, Hagerstown, Md., June 15, 1932; aged 63 y. 8 m. 1 d. He suffered a broken hip, through a fall from a step ladder on June 9, and was immediately removed to the hospital where he seemed to be making satisfactory progress toward recovery; but suddenly he took a sinking spell and passed away in about thirty minutes. He was married to Frances K. Horst who survives her husband. Three sons (Andrew, Laban, and Abraham, all married) and 2 daughters (Lydia Martin, a widow, and Catharine, wife of Noah Eby) also survive, together with 3 brothers (Samuel, Joseph, and Isaac) and 2 single sisters (Mary and Annie). He was a faithful member of Reiffs Menonite Church, always exercising an active interest in the work and care of the Church, frequently expressing a deep concern for the spiritual well-being of his posterity and the future Church. His counsel will be missed by many individually and by the Church in her labors for the cause of Christ. May others be prompted to faithful interest in the care and work of the Church we pray. Funeral services were held June 18, conducted at the home by Bro. Moses K. Horst and at Reiffs Church by Bros. Denton T. Martin and David R. Lesher.

"No mortal tongue can tell,
How happy they are that dwell
There. There among the blest,
Where the weary are at rest,
With the loved ones gone before,
We long to dwell forever more."

Oswald. ­ Fanny Yoder Oswald was born near Smithville, Ohio, Oct. 16, 1847; died June 12, 1932; aged 84 y. 7 m. 26 d. Death was due to complications. In her early youth she united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church of Wayne Co. In 1868 she came to Holmes Co., after which she affiliated with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. She was faithful to God and the Church until death. She was united in marriage to Peter Oswald Nov. 19, 1872. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. Her husband, 1 son, and 2 grandchildren preceded her in death. She leaves 3 sons, 3 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 1 brother (John Yoder of Wooster, Ohio) and many other relatives and friends. After having lived together on a farm near Becks Mills forth-eight years her husband passed on to his reward. The last four years of her life she and her granddaughter (Esther Oswald) lived with Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Beechy. She often expressed her desire to go home to live with her Savior, but patiently submitted to the will of her heavenly Father. Her mind was always good. She made all arrangement for the funeral.

"Mother, dear, your wish is granted;
Sorrow, pain, and grief are o'er.
By the grace of God we'll meet you
Over on the peaceful shore."

There was a short service at the home, with further services at the Berlin Church, conducted by Bros. I. W. Royer and Alvin W. Miller. Text, Psa. 90: 10. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Crum. ­ John M. Crum was born June 7, 1852, in Greenup Co., Ky.; died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law Robert L. Gibbons, near Judge, Mo., June 22, 1932; aged 80 y. 15 d. He was married in Kentucky to Mary Picket, Feb. 16, 1882, and came to Missouri within a year after their marriage. He leaves 1 brother (Saul) and 1 sister (Sophie), 4 sons (Abner Robert, William Henderson, David Hezekiah, and James Henry) 5 daughters (Tamsie Jane-Mrs. R. L. Gibbons; Spicie Lee-Mrs. Ant. Bowns; Florence-Mrs. Joe Sanders; Rosa Belle-Mrs. Frank Maness; and Viola-Mrs. Wm. Salsbury); a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends. His wife and 2 daughters (Polly Amanda-wife of Allison Phillips, and Mary Frances) had preceded him in death. He was converted at about the age of 53, uniting with the Methodist Church. A few years ago he was received as a member of the Mennonite Church becoming one of our little flock in Osage Co., Mo. During our acquaintance with Bro. Crum he was always interested and active in the work of the Lord, never missing a church service when able to be present, ever ready to give an answer for the hope that was within him; always having a glowing testimony to the abundant grace of God within the heart. During our evangelistic meetings last spring he was very active in getting people together for prayer meetings. This, we feel, had its effect upon results of the meetings. The last Sunday of his life in this world he did not get to our place of worship because he was considered too weak for a 25 mile ride. But as we arrived for a visit with him on our way home, he was prompt in requesting a service with him and was ready with a bright testimony. Later in the evening he embraced the opportunity of attending service at a church within about a mile of his home. Wednesday morning following he passed away in peace. On June 23, 1932, his remains were laid to rest at Lane, Mo. Funeral services conducted at the house and at the church at Lane by E. C. Bowman. Texts, Heb. 4: 9 and Psa. 90: 12.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 15 - July 14, 1932 ­ page 319, 320

Horning. ­ Maggie Horning, widow of the late Samuel Horning, was born in Hatfield Twp., Pa., June 3, 1855; died in Souderton, Pa., July 28, 1931. She was twice married. Her first husband was Samuel Delp. An aged sister, Mrs. Lizzie Kelly, and the following children survive: Abram K., Deacon Henry, Samuel K., and Howard Delp, Mrs. Milton Keller, and Mrs. Irwin Lapp. Seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, a devoted mother, and loving grandmother. Funeral services were held Aug. 1, 1931, at the Towamencin Mennonite Church. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. Grandma is gone, but she will ever live in our memory.

Harnish. ­ Martin G. Harnish was born Nov. 1, 1853; died June 22, 1932; aged 78 y. 7 m. 21 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Kendig. To this union were born 4 daughters and 2 sons: Barbara, Mrs. Noah Byers, George, Mary, Mrs. Sabina Stoner, and Martin. Also 10 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters survive. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for over 50 years, and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held from the home June 25, by Bros. Abraham Metzler and John Myers, and from the New Providence Mennonite Church by Bro. Abraham Martin. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.

"We need not weep for grandfather,
For he is happier than we.
May we all live a Christian life,
That we some day may grandfather see."

Swartley. ­ Christian H. Swartley was born Mar. 11, 1857; died June 30, 1932; aged 75 y. 3 m. 19 d. He was a member of the Reformed Mennonite Church for some twenty years. There remain to mourn his departure, 1 brother (Albert Swartley of the Reformed Mennonite Home), his companion Lizzie Dellinger, who had formerly been married to Bro. Andrew Hershey who departed this life in 1899. In 1900 Mrs. Hershey was married to the above named Christian Swartley. Lizzie (Hershey) had two daughters, who with her are members of the Old Mennonite church of Landisville. Thirteen nephews and nieces also survive. Services were held from his late home on Sunday afternoon at one o'clock by S.E. Ebersole and further services at the Reformed Mennonite Church at Landisville, by Christian Nolt and Jacob Kreider of the Reformed Mennonite Church.
Text, Matt. 7: 21-29.

Werner. ­ Ordania Werner, beloved daughter of the late George and Catharine Werner, was born near Fisherville, Ont., Sept. 2, 1880; died at the home of her brother Milton on March 20, 1932; aged 51 y. 6 m. 18 d. Although the deceased had never enjoyed good health, she was always about and happy, doing many deeds of kindness for those she loved. Her spirit of helpfulness and consideration will be long remembered by young and old in this and other communities where she lent a helping hand. She was a faithful member of the Rainham Mennonite Church, having confessed faith in Christ as her Savior in early youth. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 brothers and 2 sisters-Myron and Milton, Selkirk, Ont., Maynard of London, Ont., Mrs. W. F. Schisler of Kitchener, Ont., and Mrs. Alvin Culp of Vineland, Ont. Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Rainham Mennonite Church by Bro. A. L. Fretz and Bro. B.B. Shantz. Interment in Lakeside cemetery. Text, Job 14: 14.

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

Knechtel. ­ Solomon Knechtel was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Aug. 9, 1856; died at his home in Waldon, June 20, 1932; aged 75 y. 10 m. 12 d. He was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Lydia Bechtel of New Hamburg, Jan. 8, 1895. This union was blessed with three children: Harry, Edward, and William (predeceased) him in infancy).
He leaves to mourn his deeply bereaved companion, 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, and a host of friends and relatives. About six months ago he underwent a serious operation at the St. Mary's Hospital at Kitchener. Just previous to the operation he was baptized and received into church fellowship by Bishop C. F. Derstine. On the evening of June 20, while getting ready to retire, he was seized with a severe heart attack, and dropped over and expired. His sudden death was a shock to his family and the whole community. Funeral services were conducted at the Shatz Church, June 23, by Orphen Wismer and Manassah Hallman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Walter. ­John Walter, son of John and Margaret Walter, was born Feb. 28, 1930; died May 30, 1932; aged 2 y. 3 m. 2 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, and 1 sister (Fern Arlene), grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. Junior met a very sudden death. He was instantly killed in an automobile accident near Willow Street on Memorial Day, while he, with his parents and sister, were going to visit his grandparents. Junior was a kind, loving little boy, and was loved by all who knew him. He loved music, and we think of him now, singing with that great band of children over there. As this little bud has broken the family circle, may it be again reunited, and then sometime we'll understand. There is another family started in heaven. The mother was injured in the accident, was taken to the hospital for treatment, and then moved to the home of Junior's uncle, Wayne Walter, where she was bedfast. Under these conditions, private funeral services were held at this home by John S. Hess. Burial in Erb's Cemetery near Lititz.

"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."
--By a friend.

Reinhardt. ­ Katherine (Egli) Reinhardt, daughter of Pre. John Egli and Magdalene (Gasho) Egli, was born Nov. 19, 1850, at Zurich, Ont. Departed this life June 17, 1932, at her home in Minier, Ill.; aged 81 y. 6 m. 29 d. When a young girl she came with her parents to Tremont, Ill. Dec. 12, 1868, she was united in marriage to John Reinhardt who departed this life five years ago. They shared life's joys and sorrows together for 59 years. Fourteen children were born to her, four having preceded her in death. The following survive: Mrs. Herman Peplow, Mrs. John Baughman, Mrs. Leo Lowe, Jake, Ben, Mrs. C. T. Middleton, Mrs. Wm. Fenton, William, John, and Mrs. Louis Lampe. She is also survived by 5 brothers and 3 sisters. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, but later transferred her membership to the Methodist Church at Minier, Ill., that being their home for the last thirty years. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Minier, conducted by their minister on June 19, 1932. Text, Psalm 23. Forty-two grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren also survive.

"Her years numbered fourscore and one,
When the messenger whispered low-
'The Master has come and calleth thee Home,'
She answered, 'I'm ready to go.'"

Kauffman. ­ Samuel J. Kauffman, son of Jonas and Rachel Kauffman, was born Sept. 24, 1860, at Arthur, Ill.; died May 24, 1932, at his home near Hubbard, Oreg.; aged 62 y. 8 m. He came to Oregon with his parents in 1880. His parents bought a farm about 4 miles east of Hubbard, and on this place he lived continuously while in Oregon. On Sept. 24, 1896, he was married to Emma Roth, and to this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. In connection with his farm he operated a public garage for the last ten years. About 18 months ago he became afflicted with heart block, from which he suffered more or less until his departure. Samuel accepted his Savior in his youth and was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, never complaining of his lot, although during the last two months he at time suffered severely. His last few hours were very quiet and he passed away as quietly and peacefully as he had lived. During the last few weeks he often expressed his desire to go and be with his Savior, and his parents who preceded him. Besides his parents, five sisters and two brothers preceded him. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife (Emma), and 4 children (Mrs. Loney Yoder, Raymond S., LesterW., and Agnes Irene). He also leaves 8 grandchildren, 1 brother (Jonas), 3 sisters (Delilah Miller, Rebecca, and Iona), as well as a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 27, conducted at the home by E. Z. Yoder and at the Zion Church by A.P. Troyer and Paul Roth. Interment in the Zion Cemetery.

"Rest on dear Father, your labor is o'er;
Your willing hands will serve no more,
Nor your footsteps fall by the old home door.
But may we all meet on that happy shore."
--By the Family.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 16 - July 21, 1932 --- page 335, 336.

Gish. ­ Bro. Henry E. Gish was born on a farm in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 28, 1863; died on June 20, 1932, at his home in the same county; aged 69 y. 1 m. 22 d. One son (Phares M. Gish) preceded him in death a little over a year. His wife (Sister Amanda (Martin) Gish ) and 2 daughters (Grace and Ruth) survive; also 12 grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters (Jno. Gish, Mrs. Jno. Bradley, and Mrs. Ezra Landis). Bro. Gish was of a quiet disposition. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 23, at Good's Mennonite Church in charge of the following ministers: Brethren Ira J. Miller, Simon Garber, Noah W. Rissser, and Jno. Landis. Text, Job 14: 14 (by Bro. Risser). Burial in adjoining cemetery.

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

Amstutz. ­ Alice, daughter of Joel S. and Mary Amstutz, was born near Mt. Eaton, O., Jan. 2, 1896; died of convulsions, July 8, 1932; aged 36 y. 6 m. 6 d. She was received into the Martin's Mennonite Church May 4, 1921, at which place she attended as long as health permitted. She was active in service, and a kind-hearted daughter and sister. She is preceded in death by her mother, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Surviving her are her father, 3 brothers (Gideon H., Elmer J., and Adam J.), and 2 sisters (Caroline-Mrs. Wm. E. Eschilman, and Lina-Mrs. D. J. Eberly). The funeral services were conducted by J. A. Liechty, assisted by I. J. Buckwalter, Aaron Eberly, and Stanford Mumaw. Scripture lessons read, I Thes. 4: 13-18, and Psa. 8. Funeral text, Psa. 8: 4. Burial in the Martin's Cemetery.

Leitner. ­ Amyzillia, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Kinsey, was born near Bucyrus, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1848; died near Sterling, Ohio, May 25, 1932; aged 83 y. 4 m. 26 d.
For some time her health had been failing, and since Dec. 19, 1931 she had been entirely helpless. She often expressed herself as being ready to depart this life. She was the last one of a family of eleven children. On Sept. 12, 1880 she was united in marriage with George Leitner who preceded her in death seven years. To this union were born 2 sons (G.P. Leitner of Canton, Ohio and S. N. Leitner of near Sterling, Ohio). She is survived by 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In her youth she united with the Reformed Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her son by Bro. E. F. Hartzler. Text, Heb. 9: 27. Interment in the Lower cemetery.

Lehman. ­ Elizabeth (Myers) Lehman was born Dec. 13, 1861, near Elizabethtown, Pa.; died July 2, 1932, at her home near Caompbelltown, Pa.; aged 71 y. 6 m. 19 d. She is survived by her husband (Aaron G. Lehman), 1 daughter (Katie, wife of Aaron R. Kreider), 3 grandchildren (Adah, Mildred, and Janette Kreider), and 1 brother (Jacob L. Myers). One daughter preceded her 6 years ago. Sister Lehman was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for 39 years and was always present at services when health permitted. She was in failing health for a number of years and was confined in bed nine weeks, due to a leaking hear. She often expressed her desire to go home to live with her Savior, but patiently submitted to the will of her heavenly Father. Funeral services were held at Stauffers church by Bro. Noah Risser, assisted by Bro. John G. Ebersole. Text, John 14: 1-4. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Lebold. ­ Mary Lebold daughter of the late John and Anna (Sommer) Schwartzentruber, was born in East Zorra, Oxford Co., Ont., Dec. 28, 1870. In the year 1887 she accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized by the late Bishop Jacob M. Bender, and was a faithful member of the East Zorra A.M. congregation until death. On Jan. 26, 1890 she was united in matrimony with Jacob Lebold of Wilmot, Ont. They lived in matrimony for 42 y. 4 m. 29 d. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died June 25, 1932; aged 61 y. 5 m. 26 d. She leaves her bereaved husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Services at East Zorra A. M. Church, by Menno Knepfer, Peter Nafzinger, Dan Steinman, and Chr. Schultz. Texts, John 14; II Tim. 4: 6-8; Tit. 2: 11-14; and Rom. 8: 1.

"Death has robbed us of our mother,
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, yes dear mother,
Who can help but shed a tear?"

Sommers. ­ Sarah, daughter of John and Anna Immel, was born near Shanesville, Ohio, April 23, 1885; died at the same place July 6, 1932; aged 47 y. 2 m. 13 d. In 1901 she united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until death. She was united in marriage with Bro. Emery Mishler on June 6, 1912. To this union were born 2 sons (Howard Wilson and Lloyd Emery). Bro. Mishler preceded in death five years ago. On Jan. 9, 1929, she was united in marriage with Manasses C. Sommers. She was of a very kind and loving disposition, and always seeking and ministering to the needs and comforts of her family and needy ones. She will be greatly missed in the home and community and Church. Death was caused from sleeping sickness brought on by an infection from the measles and later pneumonia set in. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 4 step-sons, her step-mother (Mrs. Amanda Immel), 10 sisters, 6 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by O. N. Johns and A. W. Miller. Text, Psa. 91: 14.

Yoder. ­ Mary C. Yoder (nee Nofzinger) was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, March 22, 1869; died at the home of her son near Midland, Mich., July 6, 1932; aged 63 y. 3 m. 14 d. She was married to Abraham A. Yoder Feb. 5, 1891. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters. She leaves 1 son (Henry at whose home she died) and 2 daughters (Mattie, wife of J. B. Miller of Shipshewana, Ind., and Minnie, wife of Nobel Kaufman of Midland, Mich.). Her companion and 2 daughters (Ida and Herma) preceded her to the spirit world, also 1 granddaughter. She leaves also 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Jonathan, Aaron, Mrs. Jno. Stalter, Mrs. H. H. Rupp, and Mrs. Geo. Short); also 17 grandchildren and a host of friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her younger years, remaining true to the end. She was in ill health for about 3 months, suffering from a complication of diseases. About 2 weeks before she passed away she wanted to be anointed. After this was done she then expressed her willingness to die if it was the Lord's will. Then the death angel came and called her home. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Floyd F. Bontrager, and at the Mennonite Church by Albert Wyse and E. A. Bontrager. Text, I Thes. 4: 14, 15.

"Remember, friends as you pass by,
As you now are so once was I;
As I now am so you shall be,
Prepare for death and follow me."

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

Amstutz. ­ Benjamin, eldest son of Daniel H. and Verena Schwartz Amstutz, was born near Kidron, O., Aug. 5, 1879; died June 24, 1932. On Nov. 22, 1902, he was married to Susan Hofstetter to whom 14 children were born, all of whom are living with the exception of one daughter (Elverda) who died several years ago. The deceased and his family lived in this vicinity until a year ago when they moved to Canton. Bro. Amstutz endured many hardships, and much physical suffering. More than once he submitted to an operation. The last few years he suffered with heart disease. On June 24, he and his wife and one son came to Sonnenburg to pick cherries. While he looked on, his wife saw him fall to the ground dead. The body was received at the funeral parlor in Orrville, and on Saturday taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Simon Gerber (his birthplace), from which place the funeral was held Sunday by A.R. Kaiser and J. S. Moser, and at the Swiss Mennonite Church (where he had been a member from his youth). Services by J. S. Gerig. He is survived by his wife, 6 sons, and 7 daughters (Alta, Russel, Wilson, Pearl, Ida, Verna, Daniel, Robert, Samuel, James, Marie, Margaret, and Harold); 1 grandchild, 4 sisters and 1 brother (Mrs. Dan J. Hofstetter, Mrs. Andy Hofstetter, Mrs. Noah Stauffer, Mrs. Simon Gerber, and Adam), an uncle (Jacob Amstutz), step-mother (Mrs. Melinda Amstutz), besides a host of relatives and friends also survive.

Sommer. ­ Fannie (Springer) Sommer was born near Hopedale, Ill., Mar. 16, 1872; died at her home near Fisher, Ill., July 5, 1932; aged 60 y. 3 m. 19 d. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Hopedale Mennonite Church in her youth. On Jan. 7, 1900, she was united in marriage with Joseph C. Sommer of Saybrook, Ill. To this union 3 children were born. In January, 1929 the family moved from their home near Saybrook to their new home near Fisher, Ill., where they have since resided. She leaves her husband, 3 sons (Nelson, Raymond, and Chester); 3 grandchildren, 1 brother (David Springer); 5 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Birky, Mrs. Lydia Zehr, Mrs. John Nafziger, Mrs. Chris Sears, and Mrs. John Eigsti), also many other relatives and friends. Two brothers preceded her in death. Her health began to fail about 7 months ago, and she was taken to the Mennonite Hospital at Bloomington, Ill., where she submitted to an operation last January, which only gave her temporary relief. She since has gradually grown weaker and passed peacefully away. She bore her suffering very patiently and was fully resigned to her Master's will. She was a loving wife and mother, a devoted Christian, and a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church with Bros. J.A. Heiser and Harold Zehr in charge. Text, I Thes. 5: 9-11. Interment in the East Bend Cemetery.

Martin. ­ Moses M., son of the late Benjamin and Anna Martin, was born June 11, 1870; died at his home near Goodville, Pa., June 9, 1932; aged 62 y. 11 m. 28 d. On Nov. 23, 1893, he was united in marriage to Emma Hollinger. To this union were born 10 children, 2 of whom have gone to yonder shore. He leaves to mourn his departure, a sorrowing widow, 5 sons, and 3 daughters. He was afflicted with cancer for 7 years, but was able to follow his daily duties until 6 months ago when he began to fail in health. The last 2 weeks he was sinking fast. W often looked on his dying hands and face, thinking his suffering must be great. He said he had no pain, but just weakened as his physical body became weaker and his spiritual body became stronger. He was fully resigned to his Maker. He desired to depart from this world to be with Him. He remarked to his family, "Weep not for me but for yourselves and your children." That which God does is well done. He bore his suffering patiently. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, in which faith he died. He made his own funeral arrangements, choosing for his text, Rom. 8: 1, 2. He was laid to rest June 13. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. I. B. Good, followed by further services at Lichty's Mennonite Church, by Bros. John M. Souder and John W. Weaver. Interment in the adjoining 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."

Maust. ­ Franklin B. Maust was born at Meyersdale, Pa., Jan. 11, 1861; died at his home north of Nappanee, Ind., June 23, 1932; aged 71 y. 5 m. 14 d. He came to Elkhart Co., Ind., at the age of 21, and was engaged in working on the farm. He was united in marriage to Catharine Mishler of Howard Co., Ind., where he lived for a few years, then he moved to Arkansas, where he stayed several years, until he moved back to Elkhart, where he lived in the vicinity of Nappanee until his death. His wife died Dec. 21, 1912, and on Feb. 19, 1914, he was united in marriage to Minnie Dennison who survives him. He also is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters of his first wife (Douglas and Edward Maust of Goshen, Ind.; Fred of Nappanee; Mrs. Bessie Cliff of Elkhart, and Mrs. Pearl Newcomer of Goshen), 2 brothers (Bernard and Nelson of Nappanee), 2 sisters (Mrs. John Weber of Dunlap, Ind., and Mrs. Chris Bender of Nappanee), 3 step-children (Levi Dennison, Mrs. Milton Stump, and Geo. Dennison), and 12 grandchildren also survive. He gave his heart to God when in young manhood and united with the Mennonite Church where he served faithfully until death. He was much interested in Christian service, and was active as a teacher and Sunday school sup't. for a number of years. On April 12, 1905, he was ordained deacon in the North Main St. Congregation, and served in this office until death. In his decease the home has lost a loving father, one that was especially concerned about his family; the community, a kind and helpful neighbor; and the Church, a faithful servant. May our loss be his gain. Funeral services were held at the North Main St. Church, Nappanee, on Sunday afternoon, June 26, in charge of D.D. Troyer and H. F. North. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.

Lehman. ­ Daniel A., son of Benjamin and Uphema Lehman, was born in Williams Co., Ohio, June 4, 1843; died at his home in Nappanee, Ind., June 18, 1932; aged 89 y. 14 d. When but a boy he came with his parents from Ohio and settled in Olive Twp., near Wakarusa. He was united in marriage to Nancy Culp, Dec. 18, 1866, and for 63 years they traveled together through life until the death of Sister Lehman in 1929. To this union were born 8 children, 7 surviving, namely, H.B. Lehman, Susan Hamsher, Saloma Heestand, D. F. Lehman, Joe M. Lehman, Lydia Wiker, and Martha Herr. One son Albert preceded him in death. There are also 31 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (Geo. Lehman) who survive. About 53 years ago he moved to Nappanee where he established his medical business, which he conducted for a number of years, and by the products he made many have learned to know and remember him. He loved to help others, showing a kind and hospitable spirit. The doors of his home were ever open to strangers. He was always active and engaged in some work which seemed to contribute largely to his good health and vigor despite his advanced age. Bro. Lehman accepted Christ as his Savior in young manhood and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he lived and died. He was one of the early members of the North Main St. Congregation, when services were still held in the little old frame school building, serving as superintendent of the Sunday school for a number of terms, being a member of the Building Committee when the present brick building was built in 1893. He was a staunch defender of the faith, ever desirous that the Church might be kept pure and free from the sinful things of the world. His last desires were that he might do all that he could for his Lord until He would call him home. In his leaving us, the family misses a loving father, the community a respected neighbor, and the Church a faithful and obedient member, but our loss is his gain. Funeral services were held at the North Main St. Church, Nappanee, June 20, by D. A. Yoder and H. F. North. Burial in Union Center Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 17 - July 28, 1932 -- page 367, 368

Horst. ­ Joseph, son of David and Anna Horst, was born Jan. 11, 1860; died near Bowdil, Ohio, July 16, 1932; aged 72 y. 6 m. 5 d. His death was due to chronic Bright's disease. He was united in marriage with Lydia C. Martin in December 1885. This union was blessed with five children; namely, Allen, Ada, Lizzie (deceased), Nora, and Emma. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. His wife died four years ago. Funeral services were held July 18 at the Pleasant View Church near Bowdil, with Bro. Aaron Eberly in charge at the home and Bro. Otis Johns, and I. J. Buchwalter in charge at the church. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Strite. ­ John Frederick, son of John and Mary (Shank) Strite, was born Nov. 11, 1868; died June 12, 1932; aged 63 y. 7 m. 1 d. He was for many years a member of Millers Mennonite Church. His father and younger brother died when he was only two years old. He had taken care of his mother in early manhood and in her declining years until August 1916, when she died, leaving him all alone. Jan. 8, 1918, he was united to Rebecca Shank in holy matrimony. To this union was born 1 son who died in infancy. He leaves his heart-broken widow, who wishes to bow in humble subjection to the will of Him who gave. Funeral services July 14 at Millers Church by the ministers Martin, Strite, and Risser. Burial in cemetery adjoining.

Bontrager. ­ Eleanore Ruth, daughter of Erie E. And Dorothea (Liechty) Bontrager, was born in Midland, Mich., July 6, 1927; quietly passed away near Vestaburg, Mich., June 18, 1932, after a lingering illness caused by a cancer in the lung. She leaves her parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother, 4 grandparents, 10 uncles, 7 aunts, and a host of other relatives and friends. Though her stay on earth was short and her suffering great, her life was not in vain. One more soul is praising the Lord for His saving grace. Services at the home by D. D. Troyer and at the church by D. J. Johns assisted by T. E. Schrock.

"Asleep in Jesus, peaceful sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes."

Zook. ­ Lydia (Plank) Zook was born Feb. 17, 1853; died June 17, 1932; aged 79 y.and 4 m. Her illness, of short duration, was caused by a stroke of apoplexy. She seemed to be conscious to the last but had lost the power of speech. She was a life-long member of the Belleville Mennonite Church and was intensely interested in the welfare of the Church. Her husband, Enoch Zook, who preceded her in death, was for many years a deacon, in which office she was his faithful helper and advisor. She is survive by 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 step-son, 2 sisters, 4 brothers, and 6 grandchildren. "Aunt Lydia," as she was called, had made all arrangements for her funeral, having selected II Cor. 5: 1 for the funeral text. Services were conducted by the brethren, E. D. Hess, Elmer Yoder, and S. E. Allgyer. Interment in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Horst. ­ Jacob L., son of the late Levi and Annie Lehman Horst, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., Aug. 1, 1854; died at the Old People's Home, Maugansville, Md., July 12, 1932; aged 77 y. 11 m. 11 d. On Nov. 21, 1876, he was married to Elizabeth W. Martin, who preceded him in death 14 years. To this union were born fifteen children, twelve of whom survive, as follows: Martin L., Abram G., Amanda (wife of Amos Hege) and Fannie of near Hagerstown, Md.; Mary (wife of Henry Shelly), and Katie (wife of John C. Layman) of Denbigh, Va.; Reuben F., of Plainfield, N. J., Levi S., of Huntington Park, Cal., Leah (wife of Henry Stover) of Annville, Pa., Lizzie (wife of Elijah Mellinger), Lydia (wife of Arthur Spangler), and Maria (wife of Jonas Martin) of Lancaster Co., Pa; also one sister (Leah, wife of Jacob Lehman) of Chambersburg, Pa. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 55 years. Funeral services were held July 14, from the home of his son Martin, conducted at the home by Bro. David R. Lesher and at Reiffs Church by Bros. Denton T. Martin and Moses K. Horst.

Brubacher. ­ Leah, daughter of the late Abraham and Susannah (Allgier) Martin, was born in Chicopee, Ont., Dec. 7, 1872; died at her home near St. Jacobs, Ont., June 23, 1932; aged 59 y. 6 m. 16 d. On Dec. 24, 1905, she was united in marriage to Noah B. Brubacher. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 3 daughters. She united with the Mennonite Church early in life and remained a faithful member until she was called to a higher service. She attended Sunday school and Church services regularly as long as health permitted. The last time she attended public worship was at communion services on April 10. She will be sadly missed as mother in the home, neighbor in the community, and worker in the Church. She was sick for 5 months, but only bedfast the last 3 weeks. She bore her afflictions without complaint. When she had sorrows and sufferings she bore them in silence in order that others might be happy. She was of a cheerful disposition, always had a ready hand to render help to the sick and needy. She leaves her husband and 5 children (Susanna (Mrs. R. Jantzie) of Jordon Station, Ont., Abram, Norm, Elma and Roy at home). Her step-mother, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters also survive, and many other relatives and friends. Her parents, 2 brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held June 25, conducted at the home by Bro. Jesse B. Martin, followed by services at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Jonas Snider and Moses Brubacher. Her body was laid to rest in the Hawksville Road Cemetery, there to await the return of the Lord.

"Mother, dear, your wish is granted;
Sorrow, toil, and pain are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you
Over on the peaceful shore."
--By the family.

Gingerich. ­ Jacob, son of Peter and Catherine (Switzer) Gingerich, was born Sept. 28, 1859; died at his home near Metamora, Ill., June 26, 1932; aged 72 y. 8 m. 28 d. When he was but 10 years old the family was left fatherless which made it necessary for them to bear definite responsibilities at an early age. A little later the mother with the family moved to the home where he spent the remainder of his life. In his youth he joined the Mennonite Church. Mar 6, 1887, he was united in marriage to Phoebe Bachman. To this union were born 9 children (Mary, Joseph, Edward, Arthur, Laura and Lloyd at home, Solomon of Roanoke, Amelia of Peoria, and Peter, having preceded him in death). He was a great lover of nature, being happy in his work which kept him in constant touch with growing things and helped him to overcome his handicap of partial deafness. Being a man of warm heart and quiet disposition, he spent much time with his family whom he loved and by whom he was loved. He bore his illness with much patience and not a word of complaint. He leaves his devoted companion and family, 1 grandchild (Laverne Gingerich), and 1 brother (C. W. Gingerich of Aurora, Nebr.). One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

"Though now we mourn who stay behind,
How sad 'twould be; to leave and find
That on that distant other shore
No loved one who had gone before
The gates of heaven to enter through
With no one there to welcome you."

Funeral services were held June 28 from Metamora Church, conducted by H. R. Schertz assisted by E. H. Oyer. Burial in Partridge Cemetery.

Plank. ­ Emma Belle, daughter of Eli and Lydia Yoder was born near West Liberty, O., Nov. 23, 1863; died at her home near Garden City, Mo., July 12, 1932; aged 68 y. 7 m. 18 d. The early years of her life were spent in Logan Co., Ohio. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of eighteen and was always a regular attendant of church services. She taught a Sunday school class for the last thirty-five years. She especially enjoyed teaching the children, and regretted very much when her physical condition made it impossible for her to continue. At the time of her marriage to M. H. Plank, Feb. 15, 1887, she came with him to Cass Co., Mo., and made this her home until the time of her death. To this union were born one daughter who died in infancy and one son (Roy David) whose death occurred in 1909 at the age of 20 years. Her love for children and beautiful Christian home were not a blessing to Roy only but were shared by other young people. Goldie Neuenschwander was taken into the home at the age of five and remains to mourn the loss of one who showed a real mother's love. A number of young people's lives were enriched through the influence of this home. Her death came as a result of cancer. After apparent recovery from an operation about three years ago she was able to be about the duties of the home until last Easter, at which time she went to the Bethesda Sanitarium of Kansas City for treatment. The last few weeks which were spent at home, she became weaker and suffered intense pain. Yet through it all she bore it patiently and was often heard singing when the pain was greatest. At these times she requested the singing of sacred hymns, which seemed to relieve her suffering. She leaves a kind husband, a foster daughter (Goldie), five brothers (Archie, Eli, Bradley, and Vern Yoder of West Liberty, Ohio and Harvey Yoder of Kansas City, Mo.). Two sisters preceded her in death. Emma was cheerful and pleasant, always ready to help others who were in need. She was active and ambitious and at times no doubt overtaxed her strength in doing things for others. The funeral was on Thursday, July 14, 1932. Bro. John L. Harnish of Eureka, Ill., conducted a short service at the home, his thoughts centering around the beloved twenty-third Psalm. The funeral service was then held in the Sycamore Grove Church. Bros. L. J. Miller and I. G. Hartzler opened the service and in accordance with the request of Sister Plank, Bro. J. D. Mininger of the Kansas City Mission preached the sermon. His message was based on the Scripture, "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). Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. "We cannot understand death when He puts His hand upon one whom we love, but each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the other world. He who takes note of even a sparrow's fall will not forsake those in their grief and loneliness."

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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