Pletcher. Lowell Franklin, son of Bro. and Sister Frank Pletcher, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., on Sept. 17, 1911; died Aug. 7, 1932; aged 20 y. 11 m. 20 d. He had been ill with a very severe cold, followed by pneumonia and complications. Several weeks before his death he confessed Jesus as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers, and 6 sisters. Funeral services were conducted by ----Rossi and D. A. Yoder at the Olive Church. Text, Eccl. 12: 1.
Shelly. Frank L. Shelly of Curley Hill, Pa., died after an illness of several years, Aug. 13, 1932; aged 62 y. 4 m. 2 d. He was born in the same house and lived there the greater part of his life. He is survived by his wife (Mary, nee Detweiler), 2 sons (Arthur and Samuel), 2 daughters (Mrs. Isaac Rush and Florence Shelly), 2 sisters (Mrs. Wilson Lear and Mrs. Uriah Schmell). Services were held at the house by Jacob Rush, and at the Deep Run Mennonite Church by Enos Wismer, Abram Histand, and Wilson Overholt. He was buried in the adjoining cemetery. He was a faithful member of the Church for many years. His brother, Edwin Shelly, died last February.
Kipfer. Lena Kipfer (nee Albrecht) was born in Mornington, Perth Co., Ont., on Aug. 28, 1871; died Aug. 6, 1932; aged 61 y. 11 m. 22 d. On Jan. 11, 1893, she was united in marriage to Bro. Nicholas Kipfer who had preceded her 23 years. To this union were born 9 children, 1 son and 1 daughter having preceded her. She leaves 2 sons, 5 daughters, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers (1 sister having preceded her to the great beyond), and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Mose O. Jantzi (Text, Matt. 24: 42), and at Steinmans Church by Bro. O.H. Steinman (Text, Jno. 5: 24-29) and Bro. Peter Nafzinger (Matt. 7: 13, 14).
Transcriber's note: "Jno." is the abbreviation used in the original obituary.
Shank. Peter, son of the late Fred and Susan (Eshleman) Shank, was born Nov. 10, 1851; died at his home near Greencastle, Pa., Aug. 2, 1932, of complications; aged 80 y. 8 m. 23 d. He was a member of Reiffs Mennonite Church for many years. On Nov. 4, 1880, he was united in marriage with Martha Grove, who preceded him in death May 13, 1918-also 2 children (Maggie Shank and Lizzie (Shank) Baer). Surviving are 4 children (Katie Showalter, David G. Shank, Rhoda Showalter, Abram G. Shank), 17 grandchildren, 1 sister (Elizabeth Lesher, Shippensburg, Pa.), 1 half-brother (John Shank, Marion, Pa.), and 2 half-sisters (Annie Lehman of Chambersburg, Pa., and Susie Myers of Maugansville, Md.). Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at Reiffs Church by Brethren David R. Lesher and Moses K. Horst. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Brenneman. Frederick Page, infant son of Bro. and Sister Fred S. Brenneman, was born Aug. 2, 1932, and died there on Aug. 9. The cause of death was pneumonia, with acute dilation of the heart. He leaves his parents, 4 grandparents, 4 great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, and a host of sympathetic Christian friends of the parents. An impressive service was conducted at the Mennonite Mission, Kansas City, Kans., Aug. 11, by Brethren J. D. Minninger and Wm. M. Smith. Text, Matt. 18: 2. Interment at the Hesston, Kans. Cemetery, where Bro. Milo Kauffman conducted an appropriate service. God in His wisdom gave a son but has chosen to take unto Himself this one to swell that celestial throng of children. He will ever draw our heart-strings to that better land where we shall see him again. The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken; the name of the Lord be praised.
Kauffman. Alma Showalter Kauffman was born Feb. 15, 1899; died Aug. 14, 1932; aged 33 y. 6 m. Her death was due to heart trouble and came as a shock to all who knew her, for she seemed to be enjoying perfect health. Early in life she cast her lot with the people of God and when she died she was still clinging to this faith which she had accepted. She is survived by her husband, Alvin Kauffman, who she married Aug. 6, 1919, and by 5 children (Jennie, Lea, Maxine, Dana, and Gladys), her parents (Mr. and Mrs. Edson Showalter of Middlebury, Ind.), 4 brothers (Leo of Middleburry, Noble, Ralph, and Silas of Goshen), 3 sisters (Mrs. Mina Thomas of Goshen, Mrs. Ocie King of Marshall, Mich., and Mrs. Ethel Stahly of Constantine, Mich.), and many other friends and relatives. As a mother, Alma was faithful to the sacred charge which was committed to her. She faithfully and diligently gave herself to the making of a Christian home. She was very interested in the welfare of the Church and especially loved sacred music. Few of us know of the earnestness and zeal in which she lived and labored in order that others might enjoy life in this world as well as in the world to come. The funeral services were held at the Clinton Brick Church and were conducted by Oscar Hostetler, Amos Nusbaum and John Garber.
"I have a home above,
From sin and sorrow free;
A mansion which eternal love
Designed and formed for me."
Blosser. Kate L. Blosser, daughter of the late Michael Shank, was born Dec. 2, 1855; died at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., after a lingering illness of eighteen months; aged 76 y. 7 m. 15 d. She bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude, was cheerful and content. In early life she united with the Mennonite Church, continuing in this faith to the end. Her life was simple and exemplary. She was a lover of sacred music, and was especially fond of the good old hymns in the Harmonia Sacra. The history of her life was a remarkable one. At birth she was so small that she could be placed in a quart cup and covered with the hand. She weighed only one and a half pounds and was carried about on a pillow until six months old. At the age of nine years she weighed only 37 _ pounds. She had a frail beginning, but she developed into healthy womanhood and became the mother of 15 children. She was twice married. On Oct. 20, 1874, she was united in marriage to Martin A. Lahman, who died Oct. 7, 1904. To this union were born 8 sons and 7 daughters (Mrs. J. H. Shank of Mt. Crawford, Mrs. P. J. Blosser of South English, Ia., Charlie L. (deceased) Michael A., of Harrisonburg, Va., John C. of Denbigh, Va., Joseph M. (deceased), Mrs. Dan Shank (deceased), Emory A. (deceased), Mrs. Jos. A. Brunk, Mrs. L. A. Bowman, Byard E., Mrs. Walter Hartman, all of Harrisonburg, Va., Roy J., of Bridgewater; Mrs. E. B. Coakley, of Petersburg and C. Weaver Lahman of Harrisonburg). She also cared for two orphan grandchildren (Velma and Abbie Shank). Her second husband was deacon Henry Blosser, who with three sons survive. She is also survived by 80 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Twelve of her grandchildren preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted from Pike Church by the brethren, S. H. Rhodes and David Garber. Texts, Phil. 1: 21; Psa. 39: 4. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Holst. Verna Lillian, infant daughter of Eli and Elsie Holst, near New Hamburg, Ont., died Aug. 20, 1932; aged 1 y. 3 m. 27 d., after being ailing for several months. Her life on this earth was short, but we know she has gone where sin and sorrow are unknown. God saw fit to take this dear little one from us for He had need of her over there.
"Ere sin could blight, or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care,
This little bud to heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there."
Before passing away she smilingly stretched out her little arms as if to go to someone. She leaves her parents and three little sisters. Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 22 at the home by Bro. Osias Cressman and at the Geiger Church by Bro. Moses H. Roth assisted by Bro. Cressman. Text, Job 1: 21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder. Donald Ray, youngest son of Alva D. and Lydia (Hochstetler) Yoder, near Kalona, Iowas, died at the Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, Aug. 21, 1932; aged 3 m. 15 d. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Edward Duane and Clayton Joseph), also 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, 3 uncles, 5 aunts, 3 cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends. One grandfather preceded him in death. Little Donald was a weak child from birth, but was seemingly doing well until the day before his death he was taken suddenly ill and taken to the hospital at once where medical aid was put forth but on Sunday evening he peacefully fell asleep.
"Dear little hands, I miss them so,
All through the day wherever I go
All through the night how long it seems,
For no little hands wake me out of my dreams."
Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church, Aug. 24, 1932, in charge of John Y. Swartzendruber, assisted by Abner G. Yoder and J. L. Hershberger. Text, Job 1:21.
Yoder. Katie, eldest daughter of John and Fanny
Yoder, was born in Allen County, Ind., Mar. 7, 1856; died
Aug. 23, 1932, in Daviess Co.,Ind., at the home of her sister,
Mrs. Amon Graber; aged 76 y. 5 m. 16 d. She is survived by 4 sisters
(Mrs. Mary Liechty, Mrs. John Greiser, Mrs. Barbara Stoll, Mrs.
Amos Graber), and 1 brother (Peter). Two brothers (Jacob and John)
and 2 sisters (Annie and Susan) preceded her in death. She was
bedfast since early spring with heart trouble and tuberculosis.
Aunt Katie was never married. For several years she had her home
with her brother Peter but the last 4 years were spent with her
sister Fanny. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained
faithful until death. Services were conducted by Bros. Abe Knepp
and Joe Graber. Texts, Jno. 5: 19-21; II Cor. 5. Burial in the
--By her niece.
Transcriber's note: "Jno." is the abbreviation given in the original obituary.
Lantz. Samuel P., son of John and Sarah Lantz, was born Nov. 6, 1868; died Aug. 28, 1932; aged 63 y. 9 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage to Vashti Fulwider, March 11, 1891. To this union were born 3 daughters (Eva Williams, Elizabeth Halay, and Eula Kirkpatrick, all of Springfield, Ohio). More than 28 years ago, while the children were all small, the wife and mother was taken away. On Aug. 31, 1921, he was again united in marriage to Lucetta Belle Finefrock, of Springfield, Ohio. To this union was born one son (Judd Pearce). All these remain to mourn the loss of a companion, father, and friend. For the last three years he was entirely blind. Early in life he united with a branch of the Mennonite Church. Later in his life he transferred his membership to the Mount Carmel "Quaker" Church, and since he lived in Springfield, he attended the Central M. E. Church. Funeral services were held at his daughter's home in Springfield and at the Mount Tabor M. E. Church, by S. E. Allgyer. Interment in cemetery near the church.
Brubaker. J. Clayton, eldest son of Deacon Clayton and Maria Brubaker, was born near Erismans Church, Manheim, Pa., Sept. 27, 1910. He was instantly killed while crushing stone Aug. 1, 1932; aged 21 y. 10 m. 4 d. He was united in hold wedlock to Minerva E. Hauenstein Feb. 12, 1931. He leaves a sorrowing widow, his parents, 1 sister (Mrs. John K. Wolgemuth, Mt. Joy, R.3) and 1 brother (Arthur, at home). He united with the Mennonite Church April 18, 1931. On Monday morning, Aug.1, he left his happy home of 4 months, bidding his wife good-bye, and again looking back with a wave of his hand he said, "Be good to yourself till I see you again." He was instantly killed while crushing stone on Deacon Norman Newcomer's farm. No one was present when the accident occurred. A piece of heavy chain lay near his strong body. Funeral services were held Aug. 4, from Erisman's Church, with Bros. Martin Metzler, Simon Garber, Henry Lutz, and Isaac Brubaker in charge. Text, Matt. 24: 44. A large concourse of people were present.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land;
We'll know the meaning of our tears,
And there sometime we'll understand."
--By the family.
Hirstein. Magdalena, daughter of Peter and Barbara (Burkholder) Beutler, was born bear Oskaloosa, Iowa, June 3, 1852; passed away at the home of her son, Aaron B., near Cullom, Ill., April 9, 1932; aged 70 y. 10 m. 6 d. On Dec. 12, 1871, she was married to Peter Hirstein of Tazewell Co., Ill. The wedding took place in a log cabin in Mahaska Co., Iowa. In the spring of 1872 she and her husband moved in a farm in Livingston Co., Ill., near the place where Cullom now is, being one of the early settlers of that vicinity. In early life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. In 1904 she and her husband moved from their farm to the town of Cullom where she lived until two years ago when she went to live with her son, Aaron near Cullom, where she passed peacefully away. Five years ago her husband died. A son and daughter (who died in infancy) also preceded her. Of her eight brothers and sisters, one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Howerly (aged 82, of Creston, Iowa) remains. Besides this sister she leaved 1 daughter (Mrs. Amelia Grove of Garden City, Mo.), 1 son (Aaron B., of Cullom, Ill), 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Her patient Christian life will long be remembered in the memory of her family and friends.
Diller. Lydia F., daughter of John L. and Elizabeth Brenneman, was born Aug. 16, 1863; died Aug. 24, 1932; aged 60 y. 8 d. She was united in marriage to George Diller Nov. 21, 1885. To this union was born 1 daughter (Mrs. Amandus Brubaker, Lima, O.), 3 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Caroline Diller of Elida, Mrs. Y. C. Miller of Shipshewana, Ind., Mrs. Andrew Diller of Elida), 2 brothers (George Brenneman of Elida and Abraham Brenneman of Mansfield, O.) also many other relatives and friends. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church in their early married life. She lived a faithful, devoted Christian life to the end. Her death was the result of asthma, from which she suffered much for many years. Her suffering was very intense at times, but she manifested much patience in enduring same. Ten days previous to her death she requested anointing with oil and at that time expressed herself as ready to go or ready to stay.
"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."
Funeral was held at Salem Church near Elida, Ohio, Aug. 28, by home ministers. Text, Jas. 4: 14.
Heiser. Joseph S. Heiser of Tremont, Ill., was born Jan. 4, 1854; died Aug. 8 1932, after being bed-fast for five weeks; aged 78 y. 7 m. 4 d. Through all his suffering he was very patient never complaining, having a desire to depart. He united with the Amish Church in his youth, always interested and active in the work of the Lord, never missing a church service when able to attend, ever ready to give an answer for the hope that was within him. On Jan. 28, 1877, he was united in marriage to Fannie, daughter of Pre. Daniel and Kate Roth. Five children blessed this union. One daughter (Bena), 2 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 sisters, and 1 brother preceded him in death. He leaves his bereaved companion and the following children: Ella M. Litwiller of Tremont, Albert E. Heiser of Pekin, Louisa Heiser at home, Edward R. Heiser of Pekin, 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother (Christian Heiser of Minier, Ill.) 2 sisters (Mrs. Jacob Nafziger and Mary Heiser of Tremont), and many relatives and friends mourn his departure.
"Father, 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."
Funeral services on Aug. 10, conducted by Bro. Jonas Litwiler at the home and by Bros. Simon Litwiler of Hosedale and Joe Hartzler of Gridley at the Pleasant Grove Church near Tremont. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Wenger. Susanna Virginia, daughter of the late Emanuel and Elizabeth Swope Suter, was born near New Erection, Va., Nov. 26, 1859; died at her home near Edom, Va., July 18, 1932; aged 72 y. 7 m. 22 d. On Dec. 21, 1879, she was married to Jacob C. Wenger, who preceded her in death five years. To this union were born 5 sons (Oscar E., I. Luther, Homer D., Perry G., and John R), and 10 daughters (Mary, Florence, Maggie and Katie, at home, and Mrs. Lewis Burkholder, Mrs. Perry S. Martin, Mrs. Henry D. Weaver, Mrs. Moffet Faught, Mrs. Ray Shenk, and Mrs. Jacob A. Shenk), all of whom survive; also 40 grandchildren, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church, and was always deeply interested in Church work and was a faithful attendant whenever health permitted. The last few years her health failed and she spent much time in bed, being tenderly cared for by her daughters. On June 4 she underwent a serious operation at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., where she was a patient for four weeks. She stood the operation remarkably well for a woman of her age, however she failed to regain her strength, and gradually grew weaker until the end. She expressed her desire to get well, but was fully resigned to the Lord's will. Her dying expression was, "All is well," after which she became unconscious and soon fell asleep in Jesus. In rearing her large family and in the many duties that come to a mother especially in caring for her invalid daughter, she was always patient and loving, and her beautiful Christian character endeared her not only to her own family, but to a large circle of friends who mourn their loss. Funeral services were held from Lindale Mennonite Church, near the Wenger home, July 20, by Bros. Lewis Shank, Perry Shank, and John R. Mumaw. Text, Psa. 17: 15. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Rastetter. Anna, only daughter of Jacob and Phoebe Kinsinger, was born near Eureka, Ill., on April 10, 1883; died at the Smith Hospital in Eureka Aug. 16, 1932; aged 49 y. 4 m. 6 d. Death was the result of burns which she received when the gasoline ignited accidentally, while she was washing. She lived twenty-four hours after the explosion. In her early youth, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with the Union Mennonite Church. About three years ago, when the Union Mennonite Church discontinued, she became an active member of the Calvary Mennonite Church, Washington, Ill., which membership she held until the time of her departure. On Dec. 19,1907, she was united in marriage to August Rastetter, living two and one-half miles west of Eureka, until in 1911, when they moved one-fourth mile farther east and resided there until the time of her death. This union not having children, bestowed their love and care upon Mrs. Marie (Wright) Gebein, who lived with them from nine years of age until her marriage, and John Gebein, aged 15, who has made his home with them for the past two years. She was a loving mother and protector for both of them. Her mother has made her home with Mrs. Rastetter and husband since 1920. She lived her entire life in this community. She was always interested in the nobler and worthwhile things of life. Her disposition towards others was kind and considerate, regardless of the perplexities of life. These trials did not keep her from being helpful to her church, her community, and her home, in which everyone found a general welcome for hospitality. She was preceded in death by her father, and 3 brothers (Samuel, Daniel, and Harvey). She leaves her husband, her mother, and 2 brothers (Emile Kinsinger, of Washington, Ill., and David Kinsinger, of Eureka); also Mrs. Marie Gebein and John Gebein, who have made their home with her. Funeral services Aug. 18, were conducted at the home by Ezra Yordy of Eureka and at the Calvary Mennonite Church by A. L. Buzzard of Goshen, Ind., assisted by Valentin Strubhar and Ben Eash of Washington, Ill. Interment in the Union Cemetery. Our sister has left a Christian testimony that we feel assured that our loss is her eternal gain.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Ramer. Daniel, eldest son of the late Bro. Jonas Ramer and beloved husband of Adeline Ressor, was born near Markahm, Ont., on May 3, 1852; died July 22, 1932. He united with the Mennonite Church as a young man. Besides the widow there are surviving 3 brothers and 6 grandchildren. His three children, born of a former marriage, all preceded him. The services at the home were in charge of Bros. Abram Smith and Thos. Ressor. At the Wideman Mennonite Church Bro. Ressor spoke in German and Bro. L. W. Hoover in English, using the words, "I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness" (Psa. 17: 15). Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Brownsberger. John Brownsberger was born on Dec. 14, 1853; died at his home at Stouffville, Ont., Aug. 17, 1932, in his 79th year. In 1886 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Hoover. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter. His companion, the 5 children and 3 grandchildren remain to mourn his departure. Shortly after their marriage Bro. and Sister Brownsberger united with the Mennonite Church, being connected with the Wideman congregation. The departed was of a quiet disposition but faithful in His service. The funeral was conducted by Bro. L. J. Burkholder, assisted by Bro. L. W. Hoover and Bro. A. D. Grove. Interment in Wideman Cemetery.
Frey. Sarah B., wife of Samuel Frey, was born April 8, 1864; died Aug. 31, 1932; aged 68 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was a faithful member of the Chambersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church for many years. She died of a lingering illness. For 8 years she was an invalid, but bore her affliction patiently, looking forward to the glory to be revealed. She is survived by her husband and 2 children-Emma and Maria wife of Samuel Burkholder. Six grandchildren, who keenly feel the loss of their grandmother, also survive with a brother (David B. Lehman) and sister (Susan Lehman). Funeral services were conducted by Harvey E. Shank, assisted by D. S. March, at the Chambersburg Church. Texts, Jas. 5:8; Rom. 8: 18. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Weaver. Cora (Heller) Weaver was born April 28, 1890; died at her home after a brief illness of diphtheria July 2, 1932; aged 42 y. 2 m. 5 d. She is survived by her husband (David H. Weaver), her parents, 6 children (Victor, Raymond, Ruth, Etta, Susie, and Martin), 5 brothers and 3 sisters. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and had the pleasure of seeing her children unite with the Church, all but the two youngest ones. She has gone to meet her children who have gone before her. Funeral services were held at her home July 3, Bros. John W. Weaver, I. B. Good, and John Sauder officiating. Her body was laid to rest in the Weaverland, Pa., Cemetery. May God bless the bereaved ones.
"Dear sister, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory thou art with us
As you always were before."
Burkholder. Lovina, daughter of David and Susannah Lechlitner, the fifth child in a family of fifteen, was born Dec. 31, 1856, near Wakarusa, Ind., where she grew to womanhood. She was married to William Burkholder on Feb. 24, 1887, by Bishop Henry Shaum. To this union six children were born: Mary, Susannah, Barbry, David, Laura, and Elizabeth. Her husband preceded her in death May 20, 1917. David died in 1918, Elizabeth and Laura in infancy. When a young woman she realized her need of salvation, accepting Christ as her Savior and uniting with the Mennonite Church. She worshipped with the Holdeman congregation, where for many years she was a faithful member, remaining true to Christ until death. For several years she had been in failing health and on Sunday morning, Aug. 14, she peacefully passed on to her reward; aged 75 y. 7 m. 13 d. For the past 32 years she lived at the place where she died. She leaves 3 children (Mrs. Mary Allen, Mrs. Barbry Hartman, and Susannah, at home); also 4 brothers, and 1 sister. The funeral which was largely attended, was held at the Olive Church near Wakarusa, conducted by the Brethren David A. Yoder and Silas Weldy. Text, Jno. 17:4.
Transcriber's note: "Jno." is the abbreviation used in the original obituary.
Snyder. Byron Christian, son of Elvin V. and Mary Fretz Snyder, was born in Trenque Lauquen, Argentina, died July 29, 1932; aged 2 m. 7 d. He leaves father, mother, one little brother (Marion Ozias), many relatives in the homeland, as well as many sympathetic Argentine friends. Byron was a dear little boy and we loved him; but our heavenly Father, who doeth all things well, knows why he was taken and why our hearts are left lonely and our arms empty. Trenque Lauquen had an epidemic of whooping cough this winter, Sister Snyder and Marion both taking it and later Byron took it also. Although he seemed a strong child, his little body could not resist the disease and it developed complications. Bro. and Sister Snyder were getting ready to move to America F.C.O. since Bro. Rutt's are going on furlough. Byron seemed a little better for a few days, but just the day before they were to move he took a turn for the worse. Special prayer was requested in the near by churches, but it pleased the One who gave his spirit to take it again soon after dawn the second day following. Funeral services were conducted in the Trenque Lauquen church (this being the first funeral in the new church), by T. K. Hershey assisted by N. J. Litwiler. Four of the Children's Home girls were pallbearers. Interment in Trenque Lauquen Cemetery.
Snavely. Annie Snavely was born Nov. 25, 1852; and died Aug. 27, 1932; aged 79y. 9 m. 2 d. She was born near Chestnut Hill, Pa., the daughter of the late Christian and Fanny (Stauffer) Gingerich. On Nov. 11, 1869, she was united in marriage to David H. Snavely. To this union were born two children, namely Jacob, who survives her, and a daughter, Ella, who died in childhood. Her husband preceded her in death nine years ago. She is further survived by one brother, Christian Gingerich, of Mt. Joy, and a number of nieces and nephews. Early in life she became a Christian and united with the Mennonite Church at Hammer Creek where she continued her membership until they came to Lititz some 25 years ago after which she was a member here. For many years she shared part of her house with the Lititz Mennonite Sewing Circle, furnishing comfortable quarters in which to do their work, hold their meetings, set up their quilting frames and store their finished and unfinished garments and materials. Here the sisters gathered from time to time to ply the needle for the needy at home and at the various mission stations. She was in poor health during the last six months and finally developed dropsy which resulted in death. The funeral was held Aug. 30 with a short service at the home and preaching at the Lititz Mennonite Church. Noah L. Landis and John S. Hess officiated. Interment at Hammer Creek Cemetery.
Roth. Henry Roth was born in Wilmendingen, Germany, Mar. 17, 1869; died at his home near Goehner, Nebr., Aug. 27, 1932; aged 63 y. 5 m. 10 d. In his early youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized into the Amish Mennonite Church in Germany, in which faith he remained until death. At the time of his death he was a member of the West Fairview congregation of near Beaver Crossing, Nebr. At the age of 17 he left Germany and came to America to make his future home. On Dec. 14, 1893, he was united in marriage to Mary Guth of near Washington Tazewell Co., Ill. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters (Alvin H., Benj., Ezra, Clarence, Mrs. Perry Troyer, Mrs. Noah Graber, Mrs. Wm. Beckler, Ida, Mary, and Clara). He leaves his loving companion, 10 children, 19 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Mike and Ben), 1 sister (Mrs. Joe Gascho), and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, 9 brothers, 3 sisters, and 1 grandchild. He was much concerned about the welfare of his church, and was not ashamed to stand for the principles of his faith. He was a kind and loving husband and father, many times sacrificing his own pleasure for the sake and welfare of others. Death came by heart failure. He passed away at 4:15 Saturday afternoon, Aug. 27, quickly and peacefully falling asleep. During his recent illness he often expressed his desire to go to his heavenly home. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, Aug. 29, at the West Fairview Church in charge of Wm. R. Eicher, J. E. Zimmerman, and Geo. S. Miller. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"God saw fit to take him from us, up in heaven there so
Angels took him, oh so sudden, with no time to say good-bye,
Rest on, dear father, your labors are o'er,
Your loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful friend, so true and kind,
No more on early like you we'll find.
Yoder. Mollie Mae, daughter of E. B. and Ella Stoltzfus, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, June 7, 1888; fell asleep in Jesus at her late home in Topeka, Ind., Aug. 25, 1932; aged 44 y. 2 m. 18 d. At the age of twelve, during a series of meetings, she publicly confessed and accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, living a faithful, consistent Christian life until the end. On Jan. 22, 1913, she was united in marriage to Edwin Yoder and during the nearly 20 years of married life there were born to them five children: Genevieve, Gerald, Gladys, Grace, and Galen, all at home. She was actively interested in the work of the Church. She has been primary superintendent and at present was a teacher in the Sunday school. She was a member of the district sewing circle Executive Committee and was always ready to do what she could to advance the cause of Christ. She was blessed with good health until three weeks ago, when she took influenza which developed into complications that, in spite of all that loving hands and medical skill could do, caused her death. In the departure of our dear one there remains an aching void in the home, the Church loses a faithful worker, and the community a kind, congenial neighbor. In times of distress and sorrow she manifested a spirit of helpfulness and sympathy which was one of her many Christian characteristics. She leaves, besides the immediate family, father, mother, two sisters (Mrs. Clara Hooley of Ligonier, Indiana, and Mrs. Gladys Hostetler of Middlefield, Ohio), one brother (Elmer Stoltzfus of Hudson, Ohio), and a host of relatives and friends. How fitting are the words of the poet:
"The lights have gone out in the mansion of clay,
The curtain is drawn, the dweller's away;
She slipped o'er the threshold of time in the night
To take her abode in the city of light."
Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, where a large concourse of friends gathered to pay a tribute of respect. Services were in charge of Brethren J. S. Hartzler, Sanford C. Yoder, and Oscar Hostetler. Text, Phil. 1: 23. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Herr. Sabina K. Herr, was born Feb. 17, 1852; died Sept. 8, 1932; aged 80 y. 6m. 21 d. Services were conducted at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben Harnish (where she resided) by Landis Shertzer, and at the Millersville, Pa., Mennonite Church by the home ministers. Thus she finished a faithful, consistent Christian life. One brother (George Kendig) and two widowed sisters (Mrs. Harnish and Mrs. Meck) survive. Her husband (Christian Herr) died April 25, 1925.
Thomas. Vinton Ernest, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Thomasof West Overton near Scottdale, Pa., was born July 4, 1931; died Aug. 22, 1932; aged 1 y. 1 m. 18 d. Little Vinton, although never very strong, had endeared himself to the hearts of those in the family who remain to mourn his loss. He is survived by the parents, two brothers, and four sisters. The funeral was held at the home on Aug. 24, conducted by John L. Horst and Daniel Kauffman. Text, II Sam. 12: 23. Interment in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Sensenig. Mervin Ray, son of Harry L. and Annie M. Sensenig, died Sept. 1, 1932; aged 20 days. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Chester Earl and Roy Melvin), his grandparents, and a large number of relatives and friends. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Frank Martin, and at the Weaverland, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bro. John Sauder and Bro. Israel Good. Text, Job 14: 2. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Another little lamb has gone
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling babe
Is sheltered in the grave."
--By the parents.
Hernley. Deacon Ephraim E., son of the
late Benjamin and Elizabeth Hernley, was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Aug. 25, 1855; died Aug. 1, 1932; aged 76 y. 11 m. 7
d. He was united in marriage with Mary G. Herr, to which
union was born 5 children. His wife, 1 daughter, and 2 sons preceded
him, also 1 grandchild. Surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Longenecker
and Mrs. Susan Hoffman), 1 daughter (Mrs. Irvin Smith) and 1 son
(Paul Hernley). Sept. 8, 1921, he was ordained a deacon, in which
office he continued loyal until death. Father's seat in the church
was seldom empty, if he was at all able to attend. Funeral services
were held Aug. 3 at the home by Bro. Benj. Keener and at the church
by Bros. Noah Risser, Samuel Fry, and Benj. Keener. Text, II Tim.
Interment in Kraybill Cemetery.
--By one of the family.
Miller. Emil, son of Theodore and Louisa Miller was born in Germany Jan. 30, 1866; died Sept. 6, 1932; aged 66 y. 8 m. 3 d. At the age of 1 year his parents came to America., making their home in Illinois. At the age of 25 he was united in marriage to Sarah Steiner, to which union 8 children were born. Six preceded him to the spirit world. Those left to mourn their loss are his wife (Sarah Miller), 1 daughter (Barbara), and 1 son (Amos Miller), 3 brothers (Otto of Ill., Henry of Alberta, and Fred of Kansas), 2 sisters (Mary and Anna of Clinton, Ia.) , 1 step-brother (Jacob of Thomason, Ill.), and other relatives and friends. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior, casting his lot with the Mennonite Church, to which faith he held to the end. He was a patient sufferer for several years. Funeral was held Sept. 9, at the Mennonite Church near Fairview, Mich., with Bro. Menno Esch officiating. Text, I Cor. 15: 53-58. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Long. Lemma Ann Anderson Long, youngest daughter of Joseph and Sarah Baker Anderson, was born Mar. 23, 1854; died Sept. 2, 1932; aged 78 y. 5 m. 10 d. In September, 1877, she was united in marriage to Jonas Faust. To this union were born two children (Estella and Emery) who preceded her in death. Her husband died in September, 1886. In September, 1887, she was united in marriage to Daniel Long. To this union were born 3 children (Fanny, Mabel, and Bert). Mabel preceded her in death. Her husband, Daniel Long, died in September, 1914. She united with the Mennonite church a number of years ago, and continued in her love and fellowship for her Master until death. Her 2 children, 3 step-children, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends mourn her departure. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 5 at the Guilford Church by I. J. Buchwalter, Samuel Rohrer, and Carl Henderson. Text, Matt. 5: 8.
Myer. Elias, son of the late Adam and Fanny Burkholder Myer, was born near Bird-in-Hand, Pa., Oct. 6, 1859; died at his home in Willow Street, Pa., Aug. 16, 1932; aged 72 y. 10 m. 10 d. On Nov. 5, 1882, he was married to Annie K. Witmer who preceded him in death Mar. 11, 1930. To this union were born 11 children, 10 of whom survive, as follows: Amos, Emma (wife of Harry M. Landis), Ira, Nora (wife of Noah Landis), Adam, Anna, Elias, Ruth (wife of Landis Buchwalter), Frances (wife of Willis Groff), Martha, (wife of Amos Thomas), and 1 daughter (Manie) who preceded him in death Nov. 29, 1922. He is also survived by 53 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; also 1 brother and 5 sisters. He was an active member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church for many years. His place during church services was seldom vacant, when he was well enough to attend. He had been in failing health the last year. He bore his sufferings patiently, and never complained.
"Now the old home is vacant,
Father and Mother have gone to rest;
And we our heads do humbly bow
And say: God thought it best."
Funeral services were held Aug. 20, conducted at the home and at Stumptown Mennonite Chruch by Bros. David Landis, Elmer Martin, and Abram Martin. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Zuercher. Anna Elizabeth, daughter of Ephraim and
Anna Howard, was born Aug. 23, 1884, in Adams Co., Ind.;
died Sept. 5, 1932, at the Mercy Hospital, Nampa, Idaho; Aged
48 y. 13 d. Death came as the result of an operation of a serious
nature. All was done that human hands could do, but to no avail.
She was married to E. E. Zuercher March 10, 1906, near
Elida, Ohio. To this union were born 7 children, 3 having died
in infancy. Those remaining are: Elliott, Harold, and Robert,
of Nampa, Idaho, and Mrs. Charles Troyer of Kalona, Iowa. She
leaves her husband, 4 children, 3 grandchildren, 6 brothers 1
sister, and a large circle of relatives and friends. For the past
few years her ailment had been gradually increasing, but she was
seldom absent from her place in church until she became bedfast.
She was a faithful and devoted wife and mother. She took a special
delight in singing and was always ready to help. She would many
time start a song after others would fail. Within the past several
months she read much in "Streams in the Desert," where
she found much comfort. Every morning she would read the daily
portion and when she would find on e that gave her special help
she would show it to her husband, saying: "Read that; isn't
that grand?" or "It just fits." She also saved
many clipping that she prized very much. Whenever she would find
a clipping she would bring it to her husband saying: That's just
wonderful." She also made a special study of the Bible within
the past year. Her husband, on coming from his daily labors to
the house, would often find her with his large Young's Analytical
Concordance, a sheet of paper, and her Bible, tracing the many
references she had taken. She would say to her husband, "I've
found things in here I never saw before;" or "This doesn't
mean what lots of people think it does;" "This gives
the original Greek and Hebrew and people get the wrong meaning."
On one occasion she made the remark, "It takes careful study
to give the right interpretation of the Scriptures." She
was always a great help to her husband in his trials and difficulties
which arose from various sources within recent years, and shared
with him in them all. We feel the loss of a faithful loving wife
and a devoted mother. She was loved by nearly all who knew her.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 24
years, remaining true to the end. She bore her afflictions patiently.
Our loss is her gain, and peace be to her ashes. We feel sure
it was God's will.
The funeral services were held Sept. 9 at the Mennonite Church, Nampa, Idaho, in charge of Z. Honderich of Filer, Idaho. Many friends were present to pay the last tribute of respect. Texts, I Cor. 2-11. Interment in Kolerlawn Cemetery, near Nampa.
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Gospel Herald - Volume XXV, Number 26 - September 29, 1932 page 559, 560.
Kennel. Darel Richard, son of Oran and Barbara (Springer) Kennel, died September 15, 1932; aged 1 y. 4 m. 8 d. He is survived by his parents, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 1 great-grandfather, 2 great-grandmothers, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Salem Church near Shickley, Nebr., conducted by Ben Schlegel and Red Reeb. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dear little hands, we miss them so,
All though the day, wherever we go.
All though the night, how long it seems!
For no little hands wake us out of our dreams."
Snider. Lucinda Viola Snider was born Sept. 3, 1932. She blossomed on earth to bloom in heaven. She leaves her parents (David and Lizzie Snider), 1 sister (Ruth), 4 brothers (Edwin, Wilson Vernon, and Ernest). One sister preceded her in death.
"How happy are these little ones whom Jesus Christ has
Come let us praise Him with our songs for taking them to rest.
Yes, happy are these little lambs-of such the kingdom is,
The Lord our praise and thanks demands, who made them His."
Strickler. Lena (Hershey) Strickler was born Aug. 24, 1870; died at her home in Hanover, Pa., Sept. 14, 1932; aged 62 y. 21 d. Death was due to chronic myocarditis and nephritis of which she died suddenly. Her husband (David Strickler) preceded her to the great beyond about eleven years ago. She leaves her bereaved son (Lawrence T. Strickler), 1 sister (Lizzie Hershey) and 1 brother (Levi Hershey); also many other relatives and friends. She was a real mother and a faithful member of the church of which the family was sexton for 27 years. Brief services were held Sept. 18 at the home with further services at the Hanover Mennonite Church. Burial at York Road Cemetery. Bros. E. W. Kulp, Harvey Grove, and Richard Danner officiated. Text, Rev. 14: 13.
Bender. Mary, youngest daughter of Joel Swartzentrubuer and Elizabeth Brenneman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., March 12, 1896. In her 17th year she confessed Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized and received into the East Zorra A. M. Church by the late J. M. Bender. Feb. 12, 1921, she was married to Simon S. Bender with whom she shared the trials of life for eleven years and fell peacefully asleep Aug. 10, 1932, after a lingering illness. She is missed by her husband, 1 daughter (Inez E.), father and an invalid mother, 3 brothers (John , Joseph, and Peter), 3 sisters (Mrs. J. R. Bender, Mrs. N. L. Roth, and Kate). Funeral services were held at East Zorra A. M. Church Aug. 12, conducted by D. S. Iutzi, P. Nafziger, and C. Schultz.
"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."
--By the Family.
Groh. Lovina Bechtel, beloved wife of Anson Groh, was born Dec. 1, 1860; died Aug. 15, 1932; aged 71 y. 8 m. 14 d. At the age of 21 she was married to Anson Groh, in the neighborhood of Preston, Ont., where she resided until her death. To this union were born 6 boys and 5 girls. One of the girls, Elsie, died at the age of 18 years, 18 years ago. The others are Herbert, Mabel, Melvin, Norman, Mrs. Mennon Snyder, Esther, Mrs. David Lehman, Oscar, Ivan, and Harold, lately ordained minister and Sup't. Of the Mennonite Mission, Toronto, Ont. There are also 26 grandchildren. Sister Groh has one brother living (Noah Bechtel of Blackie, Alta.), 1 sister and 3 brothers having preceded her in death. She became a Christian during the series of meetings conducted by Bro. J. S. Coffman of Elkhart, Ind., about 45 years ago. Of her 44 descendants, only one preceded her. All her children, we trust, are serving the Lord whom she loved. She expressed faith that it was well with her soul, and that the Lord would accompany her "through the valley of the shadow of death." She is survived by the families of seven Christian homes, besides the one in which she lived. On March 4, the family celebrated the 50th or golden wedding anniversary. Funeral services were held at the Warner Church, near Hespeler, Ont., conducted by S. F. Coffman and S . M. Kanagy. Text, II Cor. 5:11. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Culp. Catharine, daughter of Jacob and Catharine Weber, was born near Strasburg, O., Nov. 19, 1853. When a child she moved with her parents to the vicinity of Nappanee, Ind., where she grew to womanhood, and spent the greater part of her life. She passed away very suddenly, Saturday morning, Sept. 3, 1932, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jonas Loucks of Wakarusa, Ind., where she has made her home since 1924; aged 78 y. 9 m. 4 d. She was married to Henry Culp Aug, 7, 1873. To this union were born 7 children (Irene B. Loucks of Wakarusa, Charles W. Culp of Sterling, Henry A., who died Feb. 28, 1907, Rufus E., of Elkhart, Norman O., who died in La Junta, Colo., Dec. 21, 1930,. Emanuel I., of Tiskilwa, and Vernon S., of Akron, Ohio). Father Henry Culp died July2, 1910. She united with the Mennonite church many years ago. She leaves 1 daughter, 4 sons, 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 sisters (Mrs. A. N. Michael of Nappanee and MRs. George Searer of Wakarusa), and a brother (John H. Weber of Dunlap, Ind.). Funeral services was held at the West Market St. Mennonite Church of Nappanee on Tuesday, Sept. 6, conducted by E. S. Mullet.
Wenger. Rebecca, daughter of John and Mary Weaver, was born Nov. 11, 1856. At the age of eleven years, she with her parents moved from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Elkhart Co., Ind., in which locality she has lived the remainder of her life. On Sept. 5, 1880, she was united in marriage to Samuel S. Wenger. To this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters. Death claimed one son (John) in 1890, at the age of 2 years. In January, 1930, her life companion was called to the Great Beyond. Another son (Noah) preceded her in death in March, 1931. In the spring of 1881, she with her companion, accepted her Savior and united with the Old Mennonite Church, remaining true to her profession, in which faith she died. About two years ago she became a victim of the dreadful disease, cancer, and suffered intensely during this time, but endured all her afflictions with much patience and Christian fortitude. In the forenoon of Aug. 17, 1932, she was relieved of her suffering, and passed to her eternal reward at the age of 75 y. 9 m. 6 d. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Eli Zimmerman, David W., Mrs. Joseph Ressler, Enos W., Mrs. Emma Ressler, Samuel W., and Phares W.; also 29 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Four brothers survive (Christian Weaver, Henry Weaver, John Weaver, Noah Weaver), also many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Aug. 20 at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Bro. Moses Horst of Wadsworth, O., preaching from Psa. 73: 23, 24.
Blosser. Elias, son of Enos and Nancy (Newcomer)
Blosser, was born May 26, 1860, in Mahoning Co., Ohio; died
Aug. 25, 1932, in his home on West Market Street, Nappanee, Ind.;
aged 72 y. 2 m. 29 d. At the age of 6 months he came with his
parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he was reared on a farm. At
the age of 19 he went to Nappanee, five miles from his parental
home, where he became an employee in a retail shoe store.
He worked two years as apprentice in shoemaking, and learned the art of shoemaking by hand. Within a radius of many miles people came to him to order handmade shoes. He was known to possess great proficiency in his chosen trade. He lived with his employer for nine years. He became known as one of the family of his employer. In 1887 he was married to Amanda Culp. In 1904 he began a career in the shoe business for himself and followed that profession until his late illness compelled him to retire. On Thanksgiving day, 1931, his health began to fail. There was an obstruction of his bile duct and soon it was known that it was that dreaded disease, cancer. He worked until a few months before his departure. He was confined to his bed for five weeks. He said he was ready to go. In his last hours he remarked about his extreme weakness. His devoted wife said to him then, "Maybe the angels will soon come to get you." He answered, "In time." He was a member of the Church of the Brethren for forty-two years. He named the minister who should serve at his funeral. In the early dawn the spirit took its flight. At his bedside were only four of his family-his wife, daughter Hazel and husband, and his son Lowell. A daughter, Blanche and her husband, Harry Frick, had left the homestead but a few hours before. A son, who lives in Los Angeles, could not be present. Elias, the beloved father, was very well known. In his sickness and death there were many visitors. The funeral was largely attended. Burial in Union Center Cemetery.
Livengood. Barbara, daughter of the late Jacob
and Ann Bender Otto, was born on the Otto homestead,
now owned by Wilson Folk, in Garrett Co., Md., May 8, 1864; aged
68 y. 3 m. 29 d. Her early life was spent in the community of
her birth. She united with the Mennonite Church in youth and was
faithful thereto until death. On Jan. 25, 1893, she was married
to Wilbert E. Livengood. The Lord blessed this union with
4 children. Beulah, an only daughter preceded her in death. God's
taking this little jewel seemed to have mellowed mother's heart
never to be forgotten; not only by herself, but a tenderness toward
all who came in contact with her. Sister Livengood was not well
of a number of years. Five years ago she thought to be seriously
ill, the doctors having given up. She heeded the Scriptural admonition
found in James 5. The elders came. She desired her entire family
present. All came and all prayed. God saw the tears and heard
their prayers. Her life was extended five years. Though not well,
yet she was permitted to care for her home and to do her part
for her husband's well being. "She was a good wife."
She meekly filled her place until she became ill just after attending her last family reunion, Aug. 20, though not feeling well that day yet had a pleasant greeting for all she met. In the early days of her illness she spoke of it being for her departure. She desired greatly to see all her children before going, which wish was granted. She spoke to each one and spoke to all. She told them she loved them all but loved Jesus more; and though she would like to be with her children, yet she was ready when Jesus would call her home. Her departure after all was rather sudden and unexpected; as she seemed better, was resting better, and thus to her we can apply the scripture, "At eveningtime it shall be light," for at evening time of her life it was light even though the darkness of the night hovered o'er. Her life was a light that simply shone on. Trials and sickness made their mark, but in her quiet, unassuming way the light of a better day ever shone forth. There remain to mourn her departure, her husband, 3 sons (Harry, Orville, and Myron-deacon of Pinto congregation) and 5 sisters (Mrs. G. D. Miller and Mrs. H. M. Gelnett of Springs, Pa.; Mrs. Wilson Livengood and Mrs. Wilson Folk of near Grantsville, Md.; and Mrs. Daniel Ziegler of Somerset, Pa.); also 1 brother (J. J. Otto of Springs), 12 grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors. The funeral services were in charge of Bro. S. G. Shetler of Johnstown, Pa., assisted by Brethren Chester Helmick of Pinto, Md., and Roy Otto of Springs, Pa. Interment in the Springs Cemetery.
Though her family is scattered now,
May each remember that sacred mound,
On the hillside, yes, in Springs,
Where mother lies beneath the ground.
But hark! A more blessed memory,
Angelic wings, her to heaven bore;
For us, yet a few short years,
And we shall meet on that peaceful shore."
Transcribers note: "Eveningtime" was written as one word in the original obituary.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.