Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1932

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Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 27 - October 6, 1932 ­ page 575, 576.

Graybill. ­ Esther Marie, daughter of Pre. Clayton A. and Bertha S. Graybill of Martinsburg, Pa., was born Dec. 23, 1924; died Sept.7, 1932; aged 7 y. 8 m. 10 d. Although an invalid from infancy, she had endeared herself to the hearts of the family who remain to mourn her departure. She is survived by her parents, 4 brothers, and 5 sisters. One sister (Pauline) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Martinsburg Mennonite Church Sept. 9, by D. I. Stonerook and J. N. Durr. Burial in Martinsburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Hershey. ­ Mary, wife of John H. Hershey of Kinzers, Pa., and daughter of the late John R. and Magdalena Buckwalter of Palmyra, Mo., aged 60 y. 7 m. 18 d. She is survived by 7 children (Paul, J. Mark, Phoebe Ann, Jacob, Naomi, Martha, and Esther); also 7 brothers and sisters (Jacob, Frank, Harry, Ira and Owen Buckwalter, Mrs. Hettie Kreider, and Ruth E. Buckwalter). Funeral services were conducted by Bros. C. M. Brackbill and J. W. Hess, at the home and at the Kinzers Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Hershey. ­ John H. Hershey was born Oct. 9, 1858, near East Petersburg, Pa.; died at his home Sept. 4, 1932; aged 73 y. 10 m. 5d. He is survived by his wife (who was Annie B. Eshbach), a son (Clayton E.), 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He was a member of the East Petersbug Mennonite congregation, where funeral services were held Sept. 7, in charge of Bros. Frank N. Kreider and John H. Gochnauer. Texts, II Tim. 4: 6-8 and Phil. 3: 21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Yet again we hope to meet him,
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet him,
Where no farewell tear is shed."

Gortner. ­ Delphia, wife of Bro. P. P. Gortner, of Gorner, Md., died Sept. 22, 1932; after suffering a paralytic stroke, gangrene set in; aged 72 years. She was in failing health for a number of years. She was bedfast for five weeks, suffering intensely at times. She is survived by her husband, 4 children (Harvey of Grantsville, Md., Anna, Ernest, and Forrest at home), 4 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. One daughter (Della) preceded her in death. The funeral was conducted at her home Sept. 24 by ministers Chas. Shieke of the Lutheran Church, Oakland, and G. D. Miller, Springs, Pa. Interment in the Union Cemetery at Gortner.

Culp. ­ Bro. Alpha B., son of John and Sarah Culp, was born May 31, 1855; died Sept. 11, 1932; aged 77 y. 7 m. 11 d. He had been in failing health for some time, and death was due to a complication of diseases. He was born on the farm adjoining his own home and which is now occupied by his son-in-law, Albert H. Mast. He was only one of a family of 14 children, of whom only one (Mrs. Aaron Miller of Nappanee, Ind.), now survives. Fifty-two years ago last Aug. 14, he was united in marriage to Mary Rule. Survivors are his wife, 2 sons, 4 daughters (Mrs. Martin Loucks, Mrs. Ira Gibson, Mrs. Albert Mast and Mrs. Ephraim Loucks, all living near the parental home), 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He began carpenter work at the age of 16, and since that he was engaged in the contracting business. Because of the illness of his wife, funeral services were held in the home. Bro. Culp before his death had made all funeral arrangements. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Clarence Shenk, ----Rassi, and D. D. Troyer. Text, II Tim. 4: 6.

Forney. ­ Emanuel E., son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Forney, was born near Columbiana, O., March 5, 1868; died Sept. 16, 1932; aged 64 y. 6 m. 11 d. He was appointed a rural mail carrier out of the Calla postoffice 27 years ago. Later he was transferred to the Canfield office as carrier, serving until last spring when he suffered a stroke of paralysis. His health became so impaired that he was retired in June because of physical disability. He was converted last March, and united with the Midway Mennonite Church. The short time spent in the service of the Master was evidence of a changed life, and he enjoyed fellowship and worship with his Savior. He is survived by his widow (Viola Lesher Forney), 4 sons, 1 daughter, 3 sisters, 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, at the Midway Church, in charge of E. M. Detwiler, assisted by S. J. Steiner. Text, II Cor.5:1. Interment in the Midway Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: "postoffice" was written as one word in the original obituary.

Ressler. ­ Martha Ellen, twin daughter of C. L. and Anna Ressler, was born Dec. 12, 1914, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died at their home on Friday, Sept. 23, 1932, at Packertown, Ind.; aged 17 y. 9 m. 9 d. She was sick with typhoid fever 23 days. During her consciousness of her illness her thoughts were much devoted to prayer and songs of praise. She passed away with a peaceful smile without a struggle, which affords the family much comfort. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 9 years. She often expressed a desire to meet her twin sister (Mary Alice) who preceded her in death at the age of 3 months. She leaves her parents, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters (Levi A., of Lancaster, N. Y.; Menno D. and C. L. John, at home; Mrs. Aaron L. Jantzi and Mrs. Mahlon D. Jantzi of Lowville, N. Y.; Mrs. John H. Schrock, Claypool, Ind.; and Anna Naomi, at home), 1 nephew, 2 nieces and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church conducted by J. W. Christophel and D. D. Troyer. Text (selected by family), II Cor. 5: 8; Phil.3: 9.

Hostetler. ­ Miriam, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Cripe) Hostetler, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., on Dec. 2, 1910; died Sept. 20, 1932---after an illness of about a year; aged 21 y. 9 m. 18 d. She leaves her parents, 6 sisters, and 3 brothers. After graduating from the Elkhart High School she was employed for some time at the office of The Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities and later entered Goshen College for a year of study. It was during this time that her last ailment became apparent. All that loving hands and medical skill could do was done for her, but to no avail. It was the will of her heavenly Father that she should be with Him. She was a member of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church for a number of years, and her place in Sunday school and church was seldom vacant when health permitted. Her cheerful disposition and loving, helpful ways won for her a large place in the life of her friends and family. She will be greatly missed but we rest in the assurance that our loss is her eternal gain.

"When drooping pleasure turns to grief,
And trembling faith is turned to fear,
The murmuring wind, the quivering leaf,
Shall softly tell us, Thou art near.
On Thee we fling our burdening woe,
O Love Divine, forever dear,
Content to suffer while we know,
Living and dying, Thou art near."

Funeral services were held at the Prairie St. Church conducted by J. S. Hartzler and D. A. Yoder. Burial in Prairie St. Cemetery. Text, Matt. 25: 13.

Bowman. ­ Israel, son of the late Benjamin and Lavina (nee Musser) Bowman, was born Sept. 6, 1850; died Sept. 23, 1932; aged 82 y. 17. He was born and lived the greater part of his life near Allegheny, Berks Co., Pa., but the last several years he lived in Goodville, Pa., his daughter Lizzie keeping house for him. His wife (Annie, nee Burkhardt) was buried Oct. 20, 1919. This home was blessed with 8 children. Preacher Noah B. Bowman, the first born, passed away July 5, 1926. These children remain: Benjamin, Lydia, Ann (Duke) Lizzie, Katie (Martin), Susie, Israel, and Martin. He was one of those pillars in the Church that we love to have among us; a worthy example of Gospel simplicity and trust in his Savior. He made his vow in 1869, was baptized by Bishop George Weaver, the meeting house then being situated in the village of Bowmansville. There are 27 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. There survive also 2 sisters of the departed: Leah, first married to Pre. Henry Good, now the wife of Bro. Mathias Hurst; and Lydia, widow of Israel Zimmerman. Services were held in the Bowmanville Church in charge of Bishop John Sauder assisted by the home ministers. Texts, Job 5: 26; Prov. 16: 31. Interment in Allegheny graveyard.

Beckler. ­ Lovina, daughter of David and Sarah Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., O., Oct. 28, 1870; died Sept. 4, 1932, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ora Hochstettler at Wood River, Nebr.; aged 61 y. 10 m. 6 d. She came with her parents to Milford, Nebr., and located on a farm two miles northwest of Milford in the year 1877. She grew to womanhood in that vicinity and united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, in which faith she died. She was united in marriage to Peter Beckler in the year 1887, on Christmas Day. This union was blessed with 7 sons, 5 daughters, and 1 adopted son (David Lehman). She leaves her beloved husband, 5 sons and 3 daughters (Aaron, Sidney, Perry, Mrs. John Stoltzfus, Mrs. Ora Hochstettler, and David Lehman of Wood River, Nebr.; Enos and Ira of Flagler, Colo; Mrs. Ben Hochstettler of Kalona, Iowa); also 29 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Aaron and David D. Stutzman), 1 sister (Mrs. W. W. Miller), and a host of relatives and friends. She was always of a sunny disposition and was loved by all who knew her. She greatly enjoyed singing and was a lover of sacred songs. She was a patient sufferer during her illness. A short service was conducted at the home by A. C. Stoltzfus, using as a basis John 11. Funeral services were held at the Wood River Church in charge of J. Kore Zook, assisted by Emanuel Shiffler, both of Roseland, Nebr. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Mother was tired and weary;
Weary with toil and pain.
She was left us sad and lonely,
May we all live to see her again."

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 28 - October 13, 1932 ­ page 607

Charles. ­ Roy H., son of Milton and Sabrina Harnish Charles, Millersville, Pa., fell asleep in Jesus Sept. 25, 1932; aged 3 y. 1 m. 16 d. After an operation he injured his brain from a fall from his express wagon, from which he lay unconscious for a number of days.

"Quietly sleep, beloved one;
Rest from they toil thy labor's done;
Rest till the trump from the opening skies
Bids thee from dust to glory arise."

Dombach. ­ Bro. Amos H. Dombach was born near Columbia, Pa.; died at the home of his son, Earl W. Dombach in Columbia, Pa.; Sept. 30, 1932; aged 79 y. 4 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Annie L. Witmer. To this union were born nine children, three having preceded him to the spirit world. His companion passed away ten years ago, leaving 2 sons and 4 daughters (Albert W., Earl W., Laura-wife of Elmer Jackson, Ella-wife of Frank Yorty, Mable-wife of Jacob Augustine, Annie-wife of Jacob Ebersole); also 1 brother (Henry Dombach), and 1 sister (Lizzie H. Martin). He was a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the end. Funeral services were held at the home of his son, Earl, on Sunday, Oct. 2, and at Habecker's Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"One by one the links are severed,
From the golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above."

Heatwole. ­ Virginia Frances (Myers) Heatwole was born at Mt. Clinton, Va., Aug. 7, 1859; died at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., Sept. 13, 1932; aged 73 y. 1 m. 6 d. She had been in failing health about 5 or 6 years and the last 6 months of her life she was seldom able to walk without some one assisting her. On Saturday, Sept. 10 she was paralyzed and never gained consciousness. On Sunday morning she had another stroke. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 18 of this year. In early girlhood she united with the United Brethren Church, continuing in this faith to the end. She is survived by 1 son, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Emma Rhodes of Pleasant Valley and Mrs. Charles Cline of Mt. Clinton). Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, conducted by her pastor D. G. Brimlow assisted by J. Early Suter. Text, Psa. 127: 2. Her body was laid to rest by the side of her companion in the cemetery near by.

Brenneman. ­ Jacob C. Brenneman was born near Kalona, Iowa, May 4, 1866; died Oct. 1, 1932; aged 66 y. 4 m. 27 d. He was united in marriage to Anna Miller Nov. 8, 1894. To this union were born 2 sons (Lloyd and Ora of Parnell, Iowa) and 1 daughter (Lydia), who died in infancy. His wife died in 1898. On Sept. 17, 1899, he was married to Lydia Zimmerman. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters (Noah and Homer living on the farm; Delmar, Ola, Hilda and Freda at home with their mother; and Orpha who died at the age of 3 years). He leaves his companion, 5 sons, 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of near relatives and friends. His father and mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church when a young man, to which faith he held unto the end. He began to fail in health about 4 years ago and gradually grew weaker until about 2 years ago he became almost helpless and also lost his speech. The disease with which he was afflicted is called multiple sclerosis of the spinal cord.

"How beautiful to be with God,
When earth is fading like a dream;
And from this mist encircled shore,
We launch upon the unknown stream."

Funeral service was held Oct. 4 at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, in charge of the home ministers. Sermon by C. C. Culp of Chief, Mich. Text, Phil. 1: 21.

Shenk. ­ Leah G., widow of the late Benjamin M. Shenk, fell asleep in Jesus on Aug. 25, 1932, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Hess in Lititz, Pa.; aged 82 y. 5 m. 9 d. For 57 years she lived on a farm near Lancaster along the Marietta pike. Her husband passed into the great beyond July 4, 1924, since which time she had her home with her daughter. She is survived by 1 daughter (Anna, Mrs. Hess), 1 son (John C. Shenk, East Petersburg), 3 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Amos R. Funk and Mrs. Mary G. Stehman). Although mother was growing more feeble she was around in the home until five weeks before God called her home. She was a faithful member of the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church for some sixty years, and her seat was never vacant when health permitted her to be present at services. She was a loving, kind disposition, concerned about the welfare and comfort of others, possessing "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price." Funeral was held from the home of her daughter on Aug. 20, conducted by John S. Hess, with further services at the Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by Noah L. Landis. Text, Psa.116: 15. He was assisted by Bros. Jacob G. Hess and Landis Shertzer. Interment in the Millersville Cemetery. We know mother has gone to rest, and our loss is her gain; yet we miss her loving presence here, but are looking forward to the time when we shall all meet again where there is no sadness of farewell.

"Dear parents, you are not forgotten.
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before."
--Their loving children.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 29 - October 20, 1932 ­ page 623

Springer. ­ Quinton Howard, son of Jacob and Susie Springer, died Oct. 7, 1932; aged 3 days. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church near Shickley, Nebr., conducted by Ben Schlegel and Peter Kennel. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Bender. ­ Omar Gene, infant son of Elmer E. and Erma Bender, was born and died near Round Hill, Alberta, Sept. 19, 1932. He leaves to mourn his budded life on earth, his parents, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, 1 great-grandfather, and 4 great-grandmothers. A short service was conducted at the home be Bro. N. E. Roth. Interment in the Salem cemetery.

"Little Omar, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'twas God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Greider. ­ Alida M., widow of the late Benjamin H. Greider, died at her home at Rheems, Pa., July 23, 1932, in her 63rd year. She suffered much with a heart condition for about six months, but passed away very suddenly while sitting in a chair talking with a friend. She is survived by 3 daughters: Elizabeth (Mrs. J. Lloyd Harnish), Martha (Mrs. Maurice Herr), and Alida (Mrs. J. Melvin Horning); also 4 grandchildren. Her husband, an infant son, and 1 grandchild preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the late home. Henry Lutz, Henry Garber, and S. S. Shearer officiated. Interment in the Mt. Tunnel Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Pa.

Hufford. ­ Ruth Marie Hufford, infant daughter of David and Bertha Hufford, of near Peoria, Ill., died Oct. 9, 1932; aged 8 m. 28 d. She leaves her parents, 1 sister (Eva Gertrude), and 2 brothers (Burtis and Millard); also 3 grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. She was sick only a week, developing pneumonia. Though she was with us less than a year, she endeared herself to all who came in contact with her. God saw fit to take this little one from us for He had need of her over there. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Ezra Yordy. The text was Matt. 18: 3.

"Dear little hands, we miss them so.
All through the day, wherever we go
All through the nights, how long it seems.
For no little hands wake us out of our dreams."

Plank. ­ Christian C., son of Michael and Nancy Plank, was born in Union Co. Pa., Jan. 20, 1848; died at his home in Garden City, Mo., Oct. 12, 1932; aged 84 y. 8 m. 22 d. He accepted Christ in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. On Dec. 18, 1877, he was married to Lydia Yoder, to which union were born 12 children. Those preceding him are his wife, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Surviving are the following children: Oliver, Leslie, Fred, Mrs. H. D. Hostetler, Orlie, Marian, Christy, and Emery. There are also 22 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters-S.B. Plank, D. C. Plank, Moses Plank, M. H. Plank, Mrs. Lizzy Whitman, and Mary Malinda Plank. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Mennonite Church, conducted by I. G. Hartzler and W. E. Helmuth.

Schrock. ­ Merriem Kathelene Schrock, was born Aug. 23, 1932; died Aug. 25, 1932. Merriem came into the home of Bro. and Sister Andrew Schrock, Jr. of Metamora, Ill., and brought a ray of cheer and sunshine for a period of three days; after which she left this early home. Her parents, 1 brother (Eugene), 1 sister (Dorthy), and a host of other relatives survive. One infant brother preceded her in death a little over a year ago. May we acknowledge God's hand and the working of His will among us. A short service was held at the home with Bro. C. Warren Long of Peoria, Ill., in charge. Interment was made in the Harmony Cemetery.

"A little flower of love
That blossomed but to die;
Transplanted now above,
To bloom with God on high."

Gingerich. ­ Eli Gingerich was born in Garret Co., Md., Dec. 1, 1859; died Aug. 26, 1932, near Greenwood, Del., aged 72 y. 8 m. 25 d. He accepted Christ early in life, uniting with the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained steadfast to the end. On Oct. 25, 1896, he was married to Mary Kemp, who died Mar. 14, 1898. On June 8, 1899, he was married to Lydia Petersheim, who preceded him to the great beyond a little more than a year. Much of his life was spent near the place of his birth, later moving to near Greenwood, Del., where he died. Funeral services were conducted in the Greenwood A.M. Church by Eli Swartzentruber and Nevin Bender. Texts, Rev. 14: 3; Psa. 39: 7 Interment in the adjoining cemetery. One more life, though having passed the threescore years and ten, yet how short. Truly life is but a vapor.

Hondrich. ­ Dorothy Eash Hondrich was born in Adams Co., Ind., April 5, 1846; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Salina Yoder of Oregon, Sept. 10, 1932; aged 86 y. 5m 5 d. She was united in marriage to Moses Hondrich April 27, 1865. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters-Dena Aishe, Christian J., Samuel, and Selina Yoder. The family lived in Tee Co., Iowa, then in Nebraska for 21 years. They moved to Oregon, where she has lived for the past 28 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, 8 half-sisters, and 3 half-brothers. Her husband also preceded her 16 years ago. She leaves to mourn her departure, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends. Sister Hondrich was converted at the age of 18 years, and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she has been a faithful member for the past 68 years. Although the sister had not taken as active a part in public meetings as some, she always manifested a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Many of our mothers to-day would do well to follow her example along these lines. Funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon, Sept. 12, and at the Hopewell Mennonite Church, in charge of the home ministry, H. A. Wolfer, N. L. Hershberger, and Wm. Bond. Interment in the Hopewell cemetery.

Mast. ­ Isaac K. Mast was born Dec. 23, 1855; died of complications at the home of his son, David C., near Cochranville, Pa., Sept. 2, 1932; aged 76 y. 8 m. 10 d. He is survived by 3 sons (David C., with whom he resided, Amos K., Isaac C.), 1 daughter (Annie, wife of Joseph G. Kennel), 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, also an aged brother and sister (Stephen K. Mast, Elverson, Pa., and Emma Stoltzfus Kauffman, Monterey, Pa.). His wife preceded him in death thirty-one years ago, and also a daughter Katie. He united with the Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. His quiet, unassuming way won him many friends in the home, Church, and community where he lived for forty-six years. He had been failing in health for the last few years, but was only in bed about ten days. His testimony was "I am ready to go." Funeral held Monday, Sept. 5. Services at the home by Amos B. Stoltzfus, at Millwood Church by Aaron Mast, Isaac Kennel, and John A. Kennel, and at the grave by John M. Stoltzfus. Texts, Jno. 5: 24; II Cor. 5: 8; Jno. 11: 23-25.

"Why should our tears in sorrow flow, when God recalls His own.
And bids them leave a world of woe for an immortal crown?
Then let our sorrows cease to flow, God has recalled His own;
And let our hearts to every woe, still say, 'Thy will be done!'"
--The Family.

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

Yoder. ­ Mary C., daughter of Cornelius and Barbara (Hochstetler ) Yoder, was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, Sept. 2, 1865; died at her home in Johnson Co., Iowa, Sept. 17, 1932; aged 67 y. 15 d. During her last illness of a year's duration she was confined to her bed most of the time. Medical authorities were unable to determine with certainty the cause of her illness until within the past several months, when they pronounced it primary anemia. A post-mortem examination further revealed a small cancerous tumor of the stomach. Mother bore her suffering very patiently and was ready for the end. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth to which faith se remained true until death. One Nov. 13, 1890, she was united in marriage to Mahlon T. Yoder of Johnson Co., Iowa, and they together shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 42 years. Mother was preceded in death by her three brothers (Hiram, Samuel, and Daniel Yoder). One sister (Anna M ---Mrs. Henry F. Gingerich) remains to mourn her departure, together with her bereaved husband. 3 sons (Edward M. of Hesston, Kans., Daniel M. and Herman M. of Kalona), 2 daughters (Barbara-Mrs. Howard D. Gnagey and Ida of Kalona), 7 grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Mother is the first of the family to pass to the Great Beyond, and our hearts are saddened in parting; yet we wish to submit to Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church Sept. 19, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber. Interment in the nearby cemetery.

Weber. ­ Andrew Weber, son of Geroge and Barbara Weber, was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, April 26, 1863. On the morning of Sept. 29, 1932, he died very suddenly while on his way home from Elmira, Ohio; aged 69 y. 5 m. 3 d. When three years old he came with his parents to this country and located on a farm near Archbold. He was left an orphan when but five years old, from which time on he spent his life among strangers,until Jan. 26, 1888. He was then united in marriage with Emma Schmucker. They were blessed that they could share the joys and sorrows of life together for nearly 45 years. This union was blessed with two children-Charlie, or Orlando, Fla.; and Mrs. Henry King, of this place. He leaves to mourn his unexpected departure, his deeply bereaved companion, 2 children, 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. Bro. Weber was of a kind and loving disposition, an especially kind husband and father. Early in his married life, he with his wife, accepted Christ as his Savior, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful until death.

"Dear Father so suddenly passed to yonder shore;
Here on earth we shall greet him no more,
Though our hearts do ache,
Till they nearly break,
For one whom Jesus saw fit to take;
We humbly to God's promises cling.
Which to our lonely hearts do comfort bring."

Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church Oct. 2, in charge of S. D. Grieser, assisted by S.S. Wyse. Interment in the Pettisville Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 30 - October 27, 1932 -- page 655, 656

Hurst. --James Richard, son of Levi and Mary (Witmer) Hurst. Died Oct. 9, 1932' aged 3 days. He leaves his parents, 1 sister (Eleanor), and 1 brother (David). One sister preceded him in death in infancy. Short services were held at the home in charge of Bro. I. B. Witmer. Burial at the Midway Cemetery near Columbiana, Ohio.

Mayer. -- Peter L. Mayer was born in Wilmot Township, Waterloo Co., Ont., on Jan. 23, 1859; died at Baden, Ont., Sept. 7, 1932; aged 73 y 7m. 9 d. He was married Mar. 1, 1885, to Mary Anna Reeve. To this union was born 1 son (Edward), who died 30 years ago. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home by Peter Nafziger; at the Church by the brethren Daniel Jutzi, Oscar Burkholder, and Daniel Schultz. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

Crozier. -- Fred Crozier was born in Yuton, Ill., July 19,1875; died at his home in Fisher, Ill., Oct. 6, 1932; aged 57 y. 2 m. 17 d. He came to this community about 16 years ago. He was married to Emma Roth on July 3, 1916. To this union were born 2 daughters--Lucille and June. He leaves his widow and 2 daughters; 2 brothers and 2 sisters--Mrs. Lillian Ennis, Orleans, Nebr.; Mrs. Winnie Hastings, Bloomington, Ill.; W. H. Crozier, Sullivan, Ill.; and Chas. Crozier, Seymour, Ind.; also a host of relatives and friends. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Christian Church in his youth and recently renewed his covenant with the Lord and united with the East Bend Mennonite Church. He expressed peace with the Lord and a desire to see Him. Short services were held at the home and also at East Bend Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. J. A> Heiser and Harold Zehr. Text, Jno. 14: 2-4. Interment in the East Bend Cemetery.

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

Greiser. -- Clarice Ann Grieser died Oct. 5, 1932; aged 2 y. 4 m. 11 d. Her illness was of short duration beginning on Monday evening, Oct. 3, and the end came at 8:40 Wednesday morning. Clarice Ann is survived by her parents (J.O. Grieser and wife), 2 brothers (Joseph and Allan Jay),
4 sisters (Mattie, Lois, Rose Ellen, and Bessie Mae), her paternal grandmother and step-grandfather (Mr.and Mrs. Jacob Erb, O'Neill, Nebr.), and a large number of relatives and friends who mourn her early departure. But we bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well for we realize that our loss is her eternal gain. She was of a gentle and pleasant disposition, a little flower which began to unfold on earth to bloom eternally in heaven.

"God needed one more angel child
In His shining band,
And so He stooped to clasp
Our Clarice Ann's hand."

Funeral services were held at the house by J. W. Oswald and at the Plum Creek Church by Dan Birky and P. G. Oswald. Interment in the cemetery at Beemer, Nebr. We extend our heartfelt sympathy in the bereaved ones.

Bachman. -- Joseph A., oldest son of Jacob and Jacobena Bachman, was born Sept. 19, 1855; died Oct. 5, 1932; aged 77 y. 16 d. On Feb. 19, 1880, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Birky who passed away May 21, 1900. To this union were born 1 son and 1 daughter. On Aug. 10, 1902, he was united in marriage to Lena Schertz who is left to mourn his departure; also 1 daughter (Mrs. Peter Neuhauser of Pompeii, Mich.), 1 son (Aaron Bachman of Pomroy, Ia.), 14 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. His parents and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Early in life he united with the Mennonite Church and continued a faithful member until death. He was a devoted husband and father. He had been in poor health for some time, although he was up and around until he passed into final sleep at the home in Cazenovia, Ill.
Funeral services were held at the Metamora Church conducted by Simon Litwiler of Delavan, Ill., and Ezra Yordy of Eureka, Ill. Text, Isa. 38: 1. Burial in Harmony Cemetery.

"Dear Father, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory thou art with us
As you always were before."
--The Family.

Miller. -- Max E., son of Samuel B. and Lucinda Beachy Miller, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Sept. 24, 1884; died at his late home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Oct. 3, 1932; aged 48 y. 9 d. He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, and 1 brother. Sept. 7, 1918, he was married to Ada Kennard, who with his 7 sisters and 6 brothers mourn his death. The brothers and sisters living are: Anson, George, and Alma of Iowa City; Mrs. Herbert Beachey and Mrs. Paul Snyder of Kalona, Iowa; Mrs. Ray Marner of Riverside; Mrs. B. J. Kauffman of Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Wm. Kitsmiller of Alphena, S. Dak.; Mrs. Alvin Slagel, Wellman; Chris of Albany, Oreg.; Arthur of Portland, Oreg.; Weldon of Roscoe, Calif.; Lloyd of Waterloo, Ia. Max accept Christ in his youth, uniting with the East Union Mennonite Church, transferring his membership to the First Christian Church at Cedar Rapids, where he lived the last 11 years, taking an active part in the work of Church and Sunday school, as long as his health permitted. About 7 years ago his health began to fail, and later developed into Bright's disease. He was bedfast since last December. He was a patient sufferer, and found much comfort in reading his Bible. Funeral services were held in Cedar Rapids Oct. 6, in charge of his pastor, and in the afternoon at the First Christian Church in Iowa City in charge of D. J. Fisher. Burial in the Oakland Cemetery.

Beiler. -- Barbara Beiler, daughter of the late Peter and Anna Mary Showerer Keener, was born in Germany, Jan. 7, 1848; died of the infirmities of age at her home near Intercourse, Pa., Sept. 30, 1932; aged 84 y. 8 m. 23 d. She was in bed about two weeks before her death, and grew gradually weaker until she fell asleep. She was very patient in her last illness, but her desire was to be at home with Jesus. She came to this country with her parents, and family when fourteen years of age. She was united in marriage to Christian J. Beiler Dec. 8, 1874. To this union were born 8 children, 5 of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her aged companion and three children: George Beiler (a minister, residing on the home farm); Barbara S., wife of Samuel Z. Smoker, of near Millwood; and Maggie S., at home. Fifteen grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren also survive, with 2 sisters (Katie Keener and Maggie Keener). She was a member of the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church. Brief funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Norman Beachey, with further services at Weavertown Church, by Bishops John A. Stoltzfus, John S. Mast, and Moses Beachey. Text, Rev. 14: 15. Interment in Beiler's Cemetery, near Ronks.

"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."

Detweiler. -- Catharine, widow of the late Henry Detweiler, fell asleep on Sept. 18, 1932, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Mr. And Mrs. George L. Hockman, Perkasie, Pa.; aged 70 y. 8 m. 22d. She is survived by 4 sons and 2 daughters (Mrs. Joseph Frederick, Souderton, Pa.; Elmer, Perkasie, Pa.; Warren, Elizabeth, N. J.; Herbert, Ambridge, Pa.; Ivan, Perkasie, Pa.; and Mrs. George Hockman); also 1 brother (Clayton D. Bergey, Fentress, Va.). She passed away without a struggle, which affords the family much comfort. In the 6 weeks during which she was bedfast she never murmured of complained, suffering no pain until a few hours before death came. She was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church for nearly 50 years. She was of a kind, loving disposition, concerned about the welfare and comfort of others. Funeral services were held from the home of her daughter on Sept. 22, conducted by Bros. Frank Swartz and Wilson Moyer, with further services at the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Melvin Bishop and Abram Histand. Text, Rev. 21: 4. We know mother has gone to rest and our loss is her gain, yet we miss her loving presence very much. She is greatly missed by a host of relatives and friends.

"Dear mother, you are not forgotten,
Tho' on earth you are no more.
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before."
--A daughter.

Sauder. ---The large congregation of Weaverland was shocked on Sunday morning, Oct. 9, to hear of the rather sudden departure of Sister Mary C., wife of Deacon Harry E. Sauder, Terre Hill, Pa. She was born July 19, 1875; peacefully fell asleep early on the morning of Oct. 9, 1932; aged 57 y. 2 m 29 d. She was sick less than one week of pneumonia. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 6 sons (Samuel, Harry, Earl, Erbie, Charles, and Paul), and 6 daughters (Lizzie, Annie, Mary, Dora, Mabel, and Edith); 29 grandchildren and a large host of friends. The writer was for a number of years associated with the family in the work of the Church and can truly say that she was one of the most devoted, godly, meek, and humble persons we have ever met. Her devotion to her family, her great interest in the cause of Christ, her interest in her class of girls in Lichty's Sunday school, her many "silent prayers," her beautiful life, her example of modesty and other desirable traits of character, should be kept green in the memory of all, not only of her family but also of all in the congregation in which she has been a "real mother in Israel." We pray that her children and grandchildren and generations following may ever be mindful of the legacy this mother and grandmother left back. Such influences can not be compared to silver and gold. The Church has held her in very high esteem, as did many others who proved by the very large number who attended her funeral at Weaverland Oct. 12, services by the home ministers.
--J.W. W.

Overholt. -- Sallie (Leatherman) Overholt died on Oct. 13, 1932; aged 72 y. 2 m. 7 d. She was born near Plumsteadville, Pa. In 1883 she was married to Joseph B. Overholt of Deep Run. After her marriage she lived on the Overholt homestead where they operated the farm, also a mill and apple butter factory. They joined the Deep Run Mennonite Church in their young years. In 1905, Bro. Overholt was called to the office of deacon in the church. He served faithfully until his death in 1927. His wife was always willing and faithful in discharging her duties to the Church and family. About 7 years ago she suffered a stroke which left her almost helpless for some time and impaired her speech. She recovered again so she could attend services in the Church and visit among her children, but she retained her home on the old homestead with her son and family. She had been in her usual health, but on the morning of Oct. 13 she did not get up as her usual time and her lifeless body was found in bed. She had 8 children, 3 died in infancy. She is survived by 1 son (Henry), 4 daughters (Hannah, wife of Samuel Myers; Lizzie, wife of Elmer Landis; Esther, wife of Hiram Kulp; and Sarah), also 7 grandchildren. She was the last one of a number of brothers and sisters. All her children live in the home community and are members of the home church. Services were conducted Oct. 17 at the house by Enos Wismer and Wilson Overholt and at the Deep Run Church by Jacob Clemens, Abram Histand and Jonas Miniger. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Stauffer. -- Elizabeth B., wife of Martin B. Stauffer and daughter of the late Samuel and Rebecca Oberholtzer, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., June 22, 1872; died in the St. Joseph's hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 10, 1932; aged 60 y. 3 m. 18 d. Sister Stauffer, with her husband, united with the Pike Mennonite Church almost 40 years ago. About 5 years ago they moved to Manheim, Lancaster Co., and had their membership transferred to the Manheim Mennonite Church where she remained a loyal and consistent member to the end. She was a faithful supporter of all the various activities of the Church, her sear was seldom vacant unless duty called her elsewhere. She became ill Sept. 8, suffering intense pain, and was removed the hospital Sept. 10 where an operation for gall stones was performed on Sept. 12. She seemed to be getting along very nicely until the 9th day, when she had a sudden relapse. She however rallied again after this and was looking forward to coming home in a few days, when very suddenly the Lord called her home. Sister Stauffer was fully resigned to the Lord's will, always saying that if the Lord had any more work for her she was willing to do it, but if not, she was ready to go. Before going to the hospital she wished to be anointed in the presence of all her children. This request was granted and she gave each many kind admonitions to prepare to meet her. We believe to-day she is enjoying the bliss prepared by Him on whom she had learned to cast all her burdens. Sister Stauffer is survived by her husband, 3 sons and 4 daughters (1 daughter died in infancy), 27 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 step-sisters also survive. Funeral services were conducted privately from her late home in Manheim at 9:30 A.M. on the 13th , followed by public services at 10 o'clock at the Manheim Mennonite Church and at 2:00 P.M. at the Pike Mennonite Church near Hinkletown, where burial also was made. The services were conducted by the brethren, Samuel Lehman, Isaac Brubaker, and Henry Lutz, Prov. 4: 18 and Rev. 21:4 as their texts.

"And let me choose the path she chose,
And her I soon again, may see,
Beyond this world of sin and woes
With Jesus in eternity."

Burkholder. -- Joseph C. Burkholder was born Jan. 28, 1862, in Lancaster, Pa.; died Oct. 5, 1932 at his home in Harrisburg, Pa.; aged 70 y. 8 m. 17 d. He was the son of the late Abram R. and Elizabeth Charles Burkholder and the grandson of Bishop Joseph Burkholder, who served for many years at Mennonite Bishop in the Lancaster Conference. He is survived by his widow (who before her marriage was Esther A. Groff), and the following children: Mary E., Esther, Adeline B. Tair, Abram R. Daniel G., and Josephine; also 3 grandchildren. These brothers and sisters survive: Abram R., and Amos C., of California; Mrs. Annie Hess, Run Valley, Pa,; Mrs. Emma Groff and Mrs. Ada Stauffer, Millersville, Pa.; and Mrs. Miriam Dombach, Lyndon, Pa. A brother, C.C, Burkholder of Upland, Calif., bishop in the Brethren in Christ Church, preceded him just one year ago. Our dear brother's life was filled with energy and good will for others. He was unusually active and seemingly in the best of health. He took a walk in the afternoon, as was customary for him to do. After returning he sat on the porch. About five o'clock the newsboy came with the evening papers. He greeted him in his usual manner. At five-thirty his wife called him for supper, but there was no response. So she went out and found him, as she thought, sleeping. But instead, he had peacefully fallen asleep in Jesus with apparently no struggle. Thus we are once again reminded of the uncertainty of life, and the necessity of being ready when the summons of death comes, lest we be found with our lamp untrimmed. He was especially interested in compiling the Burkholder History, and had it only partly completed at the time of his death. He was a faithful and active member of the Reformed Church, having served as an elder and also a member of the Executive Board. Funeral services were held from his late home on Oct. 7, with further services Saturday, Oct. 8 at Groff's Undertaking Parlors, Lancaster, Pa. The text, Job 5: 26, was so appropriate both for the season of the year and to the life of our brother.

"Not a moment's note of warning,
Not one struggle gripped his frame;
His was all so calm and peaceful,
As he fell asleep in Him."
--His sisters.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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