Runnels - Burnham Charles, youngest son of Charles and Annie (Miller) Runnels, was born May 29, 1920, in Big Prairie near White Cloud, Mich.; died of drowning in the newly constructed swimming pool in Oxbow Park, near Hardy Dam on the Muskegon River, July 2, 1922; aged 13 y. 1 m. 12 d. He is survived by his parents and 2 brothers (Frank and Paul) and was preceded in death by 1 brother and 2 sisters. Funeral was conducted July 5 from the Union Church on Big Prairie, conducted by T.U. Nelson, pastor of the Mennonite Church where he attended Sunday School. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Weber - Lydia M., daughter of Abram Weber and Judith Martin Weber was born at Freeport, Ont., in 1866; died on Friday, July 14, 1933; aged 67 y. 6 m. 3 d. She is survived by 1 brother and 3 sisters (Elizabeth Horst, St. Jacobs; Mrs. Peter Shirk, Bridgeport; Mary and Tillman at home). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a consistent Christian since her youth. Her passing was a release from suffering and our loss was her gain. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., in charge of C.F. Derstine (Text, Psa. 27:4, 3), assisted by ___ Zimmerman and ___ Janzen.
De Gorden - William, son of Charles and Marie De Gorden, was born in Gilly, Pa., Mar. 6, 1895. He came to Ohio in 1917. He was married to Bessie Hill April 30, 1917. To this union were born 4 children (Chas., Edward, Ira, and Francis). He took sick about a month ago with typhoid and was taken to the Massilon City Hospital were he died July 13 at the age of 38 y. 4 m. 7 d. He gave his heart to Jesus and was baptized and received into the Pleasant View Church near Bowdil, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1931. He enjoyed his new relation to his Master in Church, Sunday school, and other religious activities. Funeral services were conducted by I.J. Buchwalter assisted by Aaron Eberly at the Pleasant View Church July 16. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.
Martin - Daniel L. Martin was born Sept. 2, 1864; died
May 17, 1933, at St. Jacobs, Ont.; aged 68 y. 8 m. 15 d. On April
13, 1890, he was married to Annie Brubacher, and after her decease
he was married to Magdalene Weber in 1921. Besides the wife there
remain 4 brothers (Ezra, Jonathan, Levi, and Noah), 4 sisters
(Mrs. Henry Horst, Mrs. Seth Bowman, Mrs. Eli Martin, and Mrs.
Enos Bowman), and many other relatives and friends. For about
one year he suffered from liver trouble and other complications.
In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church and attended
services as long as health permitted. Funeral services on May
20 at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, conducted by bishops Jonas
Snider and Moses M. Brubacher. Burial in Martin's Cemetery.
"So far with me no farther now, our journey all so brief is done;
Thou goest on thine unseen way, and I must tread my path alone."
Chupp - Moses J., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Chupp, was born Feb. 24, 1881, near Nappanee, Ind.; died of apoplexy July 19, 1933, near White Cloud, Mich.; aged 52 y. 4 m. 25 d. In December, 1904, he was married to Ella, daughter of Jacob A. Kaufman, who preceded him in death in January, 1930. In April of 1932 his youngest daughter, Alma, followed the mother, and in June of the same year his father was called. He leaves to mourn his departure the following children: Mrs. Beulah McCloud of Nappanee, Ind.; Ms. Millie Hausserman of Lake Odessa, Mich.; Mable, and Roy at home; also 4 brothers and 3 sisters. In his early life he became a member of the Amish Church, in which faith he continued until several years before his wife died they united with the Mennonite Church at Big Prairie. Funeral services were held July 22 at the Fulkerson schoolhouse Saturday afternoon conducted by T.U. Nelson. Burial in the Amish cemetery near by.
Lauver - Jacob C. Lauver was born near Richfield, Pa., Nov. 19, 1853; died at his home near Mifflintown, Pa., Feb. 24, 1933; aged 79 y. 3 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of the late Bishop William Auker of near Millerstown, Pa. There remain to mourn his departure, his widow, 1 son, 3 daughters, and a number of grandchildren besides many other relatives and friends. During their early married life they confessed Christ as their Savior, and united with the Lutheran Church, but owing to their parental training, they later became dissatisfied, and united with the Mennonite Church, as members of the Lost Creek congregation, near Oakland Mills, on April 21, 1928. They found great joy in their Christian experiences, until he fell asleep in Jesus, while his bereft companion, though lonely, hopefully continues her homeward journey of faith. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 27 at the home and at the Lost Creek Church, by A.G. Brubacher, assisted by Banks Weaver (Text, Matt. 25:34), after which the body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Burkhardt - Nellie Mardell Burkhardt, aged 9 y. 3 m.
3 d., was of a pleasant nature and had a ready smile for those
she knew. She leaves her sorrowing parents, one brother Donald,
and one sister Joan, a great-grandfather, grandparents, uncles,
aunts, and a host of friends. Our Father has let us have Nellie
for nine happy years. The sunshine of her smile will always stay
with us and give us courage to go on. He was called her home but
has promised that we shall see her in that better land. Hers is
a larger life and He knows best. The Lord was her shepherd, and
she did "not want;" and even with her limited powers
she had here task and did it. Since we have so much more, can
we, like Nellie, live up to His expectations?
"There is a word of grief, the sounding token,
There is a word bejewelled with bright tears;
The saddest words fond lips have ever spoken
A little word that breaks the chain of years."
The funeral services were held at the home of the parents in Bridgeport, Ont., Bro. C.F. Derstine spoke on the "Ministry of the Handicapped." Texts, Jno. 9:3 and II Cor. 12:1-10. Interment at the Mennonite Church Cemetery, Kitchener, Ont.
King - Benjamin, second son of Absalom and Susannah
King, was born in Tuscarawus Co., Ohio, March 3, 1861; died July
18, 1933, at the hospital in the epileptic village of Newcastle,
Ind.; aged 72 y. 4 m. 15 d. At the age of 15 he moved with his
parents to Miami Co., Ind., and grew to manhood in this vicinity.
He chose the carpenter trade and became quite proficient in his
work. He was united in marriage in 1889 to Tina McClain and they
moved to Arkansas to make their home. To this union was born one
son, William. Soon after the birth of the son, the wife and mother
passed to her eternal reward. He returned to Indiana about 1898
and has since resided here. Early in youth he was converted and
joined the Mennonite Church, and during the long years of his
affliction remained true to the faith as much as was possible
under the circumstances. He often expressed a willingness and
a desire to leave this world, although he commented frequently
on the kindnesses and courtesies shown him by the hospital officials.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters (Emma
Miller, and one who died in infancy). He leaves, besides the son
already mentioned, 4 grandchildren (Paul, Mildred, Milford, and
Rozella King), 3 sisters and 4 brothers (Mrs. Elizabeth Hughes,
Mrs. Amanda Mishler, Noah, Levi, and Seth, all of this vicinity;
Mrs. Rebecca Emmert of Fairview, Mich.; Isaac of Lafayette, Ind.),
a step-mother (Mrs. Polly King of Topeka, Ind.), besides a host
of other relatives and friends. The family feels as the poet who
"We shall shortly know that lengthened breath
Is not the sweetest gift God sends to men.
Sometimes the sable pall of death
Conceals the fairest gift His love can send,
And trust that their loss is his eternal gain."
Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church conducted by Niles Slabaugh and Joe Horner. Interment in Hershberger's Cemetery.
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Longacre - Susan K. Longacre (nee Schantz), widow of Isaac W. Longacre, was born Feb. 14, 1850; died July 25, 1933; aged 83 y. 5 m. 11 d. She was a faithful member of the Swamp Mennonite Church near Shelley, Pa., proving an example of meekness and of a quiet, loving Christian for many years. Five sons and two daughters survive her together with 23 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. Services were conducted by Bros. John Gehman at the house, and Bros. Jonas Mininger and Elias Kulp at the church. A staunch pillar called home. Text, Rev. 13:14.
Yoder - Melvin S., son of John H. and Anna (Stoltzfus) Yoder, died at the Reading Hospital, Reading, Pa., July 5, 1933; aged 4 y. 10 m. 19 d. He is survived by his parents, 4 brothers (Thomas, Jesse, Maynard and Lester), 2 sisters (Mary and Rosanna). His death was due to peritonitis. Although reviving from an operation performed the preceding day, he was taken to the eternal haven of rest where he has no more suffering. May we all meet him again in Heaven is our prayer. Funeral services conducted by Christian Z. Kurtz and John S. Mast, both of Elverson, Pa. The Parents.
Geissinger - Eva Geissinger (nee Alderfer), wife of Henry H. Geissinger, aged 30 y. 10 m. 7 d., a faithful member of the Swamp Mennonite Church, near Shelley, Pa., was called home on July 1, 1933. She is survived by her husband and 4 children (Darwin, Frances, Anna, and Willard). She was a worker in Sunday school. She could hardly be spared in her home as well as everywhere else in her callings. A large funeral proves her sad departure. She requested family prayer before leaving for the hospital from which she never returned home alive. Services were conducted by Bros. John Gehman at the house, and by Bros. Jonas Mininger and Jacob Moyer at the church. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Text, Matt. 24:44.
Eshlemann - Susan Royer, wife of P.L. Eshleman, who
preceded her 14 months ago, was born April 11, 1846; died at her
home in Greencastle, Pa., May 26, 1933; aged 87 y. 1 m. 15 d.
She was ill only a short time. Surviving her are 1 son, 5 daughters,
14 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was a member
of the Mennonite Church. She will be greatly missed, but we do
not mourn as those who have no hope, as she lived a very quiet
life for the good of others. Services were held a the home by
Bro. Lehman. Text, Phil. 1:21.
"Farewell, dear mother, sweet thy rest, weary with years and worn with pain;
Farewell till in some happy place, we shall behold thy face again."
By the Family.
Schmitt - Casper Schmitt passed away at the home of his son Harvey in German Mills, Ont., on Sunday evening, July 23, 1933; aged 76 y. 5 m. 15 d. He was born near Waterloo, Ont., on Feb. 8, 1857, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schmitt. Although he had been failing in health for some time, he became seriously ill only three weeks ago. Deceased was joined in holy matrimony to Matilda Weber in 1877, who predeceased him in death March 10, 1923. This union was blessed by four sons and two daughters. One son and two daughters predeceased him. He is survived by three sons (Harvey, of German Mills, Isaiah of Hespeler, Leander of Preston), three brothers (John of Elmira, George and Cyrus of Waterloo), and one sister (Mrs. Joseph Hauch of Waterloo). There also survive him 16 grandchildren and 8 grand-children.
Helmuth - Ruth, daughter of G.B. and Fanny Helmuth,
was born at Millersburg, O., Aug. 27, 1917; died July 23, 1933;
aged 15 y. 10 m. 26 d. Her health had been failing since 1931.
However, it was not serious until about May 15, 1933, when she
had an attack of heart trouble, and was compelled to sit up for
weeks, day and night, in order to breathe. While she had a desire
to get well, she also expressed herself willing to go to Jesus,
as she was fully resigned to the Lord. Her great comfort and delight
was in her parents and friends reading to her and praying with
her. She was deeply concerned for the spiritual and natural welfare
of her parents and brothers and sisters. On Sunday morning, July
23, while the family were kneeling around her beside in prayer,
the Lord took her home. Her influence lives on. She leaves father,
mother, 4 sisters (Wilma, Mary, Naomi, and Orpha), 3 brothers
in Ohio, (Gilbert, Alvin and Atlee), and 2 foster-brothers (Earl
and Charles). Funeral services were held July 25 at the Weaver
Church near Harrisonburg, Va., conducted by Leonard Jones, S.H.
Rhodes and J.L. Stauffer.
"Dearer to us than words can tell,
Are the thoughts of Ruth whom we loved so well;
'Tis only those who have loved and lost, who can realize the bitter cost."
Yoder - Rebecca, daughter of John and Susanna
Bontrager, was born in Elkhart Co., Nov. 23, 1871; died
at her home in Pigeon, Mich., July 12, 1933; aged 61 y. 7 m. 19
d. Her death was due to a weak heart and other ailments from which
she suffered for the last 5 weeks, very patiently, never complaining,
but ever appreciating the kindness that was ministered unto her
by those about her. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church
in her youth and remained faithful until death, devoted to the
welfare of her family and the Church. On Feb. 27, 1897 she was
united in marriage to Jacob S. Yoder with whom she lived in matrimony
27 years. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters (Monroe
of Flint, Mich.; Eva, Walter, Maynard, Joseph and Andrew at home;
and Minerva, who preceded her in 1918). She leaves 1 daughter,
5 sons, 1 step-daughter (Mrs. John Y. Swartzendruber of Kalona,
Iowa), 1 adopted daughter (Sadie Wilburn), 4 grandchildren, 8
sisters, 4 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral
services were held July 15 at the Pigeon River Mennonite Church,
conducted by Edwin Albrecht and Earl Maust. Texts, II King 4:26;
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil nor more;
A faithful mother true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
Reed - Noah Weaver, son of Abraham and Mary Weaver Reed, was born Oct. 7, 1847, in Mahoning Co., Ohio; died at his home near Nappanee, Ind., July 5, 1933; aged 85 y. 8 m. 28 d. At the age of 14 years he came with his parents to Indiana and settled in Union Tp. In 1882 he was united in marriage to Catharine Pepple. To this union were born 5 children (Jesse, who lives on the Reed homestead; Charles, of Helena, Mo.; Mrs. David Kilmer of Seville, Ohio). A daughter (Elnora, wife of Samuel B. Metzler) died in 1907, and William A. Reed died in 1918. His wife died in 1892. In 1894 he was married to Barbara Metzler, who preceded him in death in 1915. Surviving are the children, 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Aaron of Wakarusa, and Abram of Nappanee), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Ramer of Nappanee, and Mrs. Mary Musser of Goshen). He united with the Mennonite Church in 1894 and has been a faithful member since that time, attending church services when health permitted. He has been in failing health for sometime, although sick only two weeks. He was well known as a thresher for a period of 14 years in Elkhart, St. Joseph, and Marshall counties. He also operated a saw mill for many years on the Reed homestead. Funeral services were held at the Union Center church on July 7, conducted by Ray F. Yoder, assisted by John Frederick. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
Boller - Mary, daughter of Joseph J. and Lydia (Kauffman)
Swartzendruber, was born in Iowa Co., Ia., Oct. 10, 1865;
died at her late home near Kalona, Ia., July 22, 1933; aged 67
y. 9 m. 12 d. On Oct. 14, 1888 she was united in marriage to Jacob
J. Boller, with whom she lived in matrimony nearly 45 years. To
this union 3 children were born (Jason, Willard, and Mrs. Alva
Miller, all of near Kalona, Ia.). Her death is mourned by her
husband, three children and six grandchildren, also 4 sisters
(Mrs. J.K. Yoder, Mrs. Daniel Miller, Mrs. John Y. Yoder, of near
Wellman, Ia., and Mrs. William Eicher of Wayland, Iowa), and 2
brothers (Christian J. and John, of Wellman), and a large number
of near relatives and friends. She was a sufferer with diabetes
for 10 years, which later developed other complications, and for
the last 9 months she was confined to her home, during which time
she suffered a great deal, until relieved by death. At the age
of 16 years she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the
Mennonite Church, and was a faithful and consistent member until
death. Sister Boller always took an active interest in all the
activities of the Church, was a teacher in the Sunday school for
many years, and her place was seldom vacant when health permitted.
She will not only be missed in the home and church but in the
community as well, where because of her loving disposition she
made many friends. Sister Boller bore her affliction with Christian
fortitude, never complaining, fully resigned to the Lord's will,
often expressing herself ready to go when the Lord called. We
humbly submit to His will. Funeral services were held July 25
from the East Union church, and interment in the East Union Cemetery,
conducted by Bros. Ed. Shetler and D.J. Fisher.
"Rest on, death mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
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Nafzinger - Vern Emanuel, son of Ira and Edna Nafzinger,
was born Dec. 17, 1928; died as a result of being run over by
an automobile July 21, 1933; aged 4 y. 7 m. 21 d. He leaves to
mourn their loss, parents, 1 sister, 2 brothers and many relatives
and friends. Funeral services were held at the Central A.M. church
in charge of S.D. Grieser. Text, II Kings 4:26. Interment in Pettisville
His little hands are folded upon his little breast,
In love he is holden; God's will is best.
Doutrich - Infant son of Harry and Lydia (LeFever)
Doutrich, was born and died July 26, 1933 at his home near Bird-in-Hand,
Pa. He is survived by his parents, 1 grandfather (Amos LeFever
of Lancaster), 1 grandmother (Annie Doutrich of Paradise) and
the following brothers and sisters: Cletus, Paul, Alma, and Elizabeth.
His little body was laid to rest in the Paradise cemetery. May
we ever acknowledge God's hand and the working of His will among
Our darling boy who left his home, to go and join his Savior,
Has won his crown and bids us come to live with him forever.
By his Aunt Lizzie Myer.
Steiner - Rosina Gerber Steiner was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 9, 1860; died of heart trouble July 25, 1933; aged 73 y. 2 m. 16 d. In her youth she was baptized and united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, remaining a loyal member until death. She was a kind, humble and loving mother, living an exemplary Christian life. On Nov. 3, 1881, she was married to John H. Steiner, who preceded her in death July 6, 1918. 8 children were born to this union: Aaron, Amos, Simon, John, Menno, Enos, Lydia (Mrs. J.I. Nussbaum), and Lizzie, at home. There are also 42 grandchildren, 6 brothers and 1 sister. Her parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. Funeral was held July 27. Services conducted at the home by J. Neuenschwander and at the church by J.S. Moser and Louis Amstutz.
Thomas - Lucinda Lape Thomas was born Oct. 12, 1843; died in the home of her daughter near Thomas Mills, Somerset Co., Pa., July 23, 1933; aged 89 y. 9 m. 11 d. She was the widow of the late Daniel Thomas and is survived by 1 daughter, Mary Jane, wife of John Rhodes with whom she had her home; 1 step-daughter, wife of Joseph Lehman, deceased; 2 half-brothers, John Lape of Kelso and Levi Lape of Somerset, Pa.; 1 brother, Samuel Lape, near Jerome, Pa.; 4 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was the oldest member of the Thomas congregation of the Mennonite Church and had served her Lord for many years. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S.G. Shetler and in the Thomas Mennonite church by S.G. Shetler, assisted by R.T., Shilling. The services were very largely attended by relatives, neighbors, and friends. The body was laid away in the family plot of the cemetery adjoining the church.
Ebersole - Henry Ebersole was born in Washington Co.,
Md., Jan. 18, 1859; died July 19, 1933; aged 74 y. 6 m. On Dec.
23, 1879, he was united in marriage to Mary A. Strite. With the
following children she is left to mourn the loss of a husband
and father: Mrs. Christian Eby, Maugansville, Md.; Mrs. Mary Frey,
Paramount, Md., with whom he had his home; Amos S., Tifflin, Ohio;
Irvin H., Chicago, Ill. 6 children preceded him in death. 12 grandchildren,
5 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and 2 brothers also survive.
He was in failing health for more than a year and was confined
to his bed 5 weeks. Funeral services were held at the home and
at the Miller Mennonite church near Leitersburg, Md., on July
21, 1933, conducted by the brethren Denton T. Martin and John
D. Risser. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest father, thou has left us, here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
Brenneman - John P., son of Melchiah and Elizabeth (Shenk) Brenneman, was born Sept. 7, 1876 in Morton Co., Mo.; died July 9, 1933; aged 56 y. 10 m. 2 d. As a small child he as taken by his parents to Ohio which was his home during the rest of his childhood and early manhood. On Dec. 21, 1904, he was married to Fannie A. Good of Peabody, Kans. They spent several years near Peabody, and for the next 5 years made their home at La Junta, Colo. Following a return of more than a year to his home state, Ohio, their residence has been near or in Hesston, Kans. The last 15 years have been spent directly in Hesston. As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a consistent member till death. He is survived by his wife, 2 brothers, and 1 sister: Charles and Frances Brenneman, who were present at the funeral, and George of California. His parents and 1 sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Hesston Mennonite Church in charge of I.E. Burkhart, Paul Erb, and Earl Buckwalter. Interment in Pennsylvania church cemetery.
Zaerr - Magdalena Zaerr (nee Baer) was born June 10,
1867; died at her home in Archbold, Ohio, July 19, 1933; aged
66 y. 1 m. 9 d. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and
united with the A.M. Church in her youth and remained faithful
to the end. She was married to Pre. Dan. J. Wyse Aug. 3,
1917. This union was broken by death May 17, 1925. Sept. 16, 1930,
she was united in marriage to Isaiah Zaerr. They lived together
nearly 3 years. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure her husband,
1 step-son, 4 step-daughters, 11 step-grandchildren, 1 sister
(Lydia, wife of Jacob Grieser), 1 brother (Joseph), both of Archbold,
8 nephews and 10 nieces. Father, mother, 2 sisters, 1 nephew,
2 nieces preceded her to the spirit world.
So - one by one
"We are nearing the journey's end,
Where time and eternity meet and blend.
We are faring down life's weary way,
That leads to the gate of a better day."
Funeral services were held at Central A.M. church in charge of Henry Rychener, assisted by E.B. Frey. Text, Rev. 22:7. Interment in Pettisville cemetery.
Kohr - Daniel Stormfeltz Kohr, son of the late Michael and Harriet Stormfeltz Kohr, was born Aug. 8, 1857, in Warwick Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; died June 9, 1933 in Lower Swatara Twp., Dauphin Co., Pa.; aged 75 y. 10 m. 1 d. He was united in marriage Dec. 16, 1880, to Sarah, daughter of the late Bishop Nathaniel Shope. In January, 1883, he, with his companion united with the Shopes and Stricklers Mennonite Church and remained true to the faith. He was always found in his place at services whenever health permitted. To this union were born 10 children. Surviving him are his sorrowing widow, 1 son and 5 daughters (Martha, twin, wife of David E. Ebersole, David G., Hettie, wife of Curtis W. May; and Sarah, Mary and Susan at home). 4 preceded him in death: Carrie, twin; Adam who died in infancy; Ira S. who died Feb. 6, 1915; Daniel S. who died Jan. 28, 1919. There remain also 20 grandchildren, 2 of whom died in infancy, 2 great-granddaughters, 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Shan, Lancaster Pa.), 1 half-sister (Mrs. Oliver P Seitz), 1 half-brother (Christ H. Kohr), and a host of relatives and friends. He was janitor of Shopes church for the past 50 years, also trustee for over 30 years. He held his office as treasurer in the cemetery board for the past several years. Short funeral services were held at the home; further services at Hopes Mennonite Church by Bishop Noah Risser (text, II Cor. 4:17, 18) and David Z. Miller (text, II Tim. 4:6-8). Interment in Shopes cemetery.
Widmer - Daniel J. and David A., twin sons of Herbert
E. and Nancy (Evers) Widmer were born at Chicago, Ill., April
16, 1931; died July 29, 1933, near their home at Albany, Oreg.,
at the age of 2 y. 3 m. 13 d. The brief period of life was one
which brought great joy to the hearts of those nearest to them.
They were just beginning to manifest a great interest in their
surroundings. They were normal little boys in that they were very
active, appreciative of that which loving hands sought to do for
them. Death came suddenly when they, as though answering a call,
left the side of the father, walking together down the country
road and into the path of an oncoming train. They leave to mourn
father and mother, one sister, Grace Evelyn, one brother, Nathan
Wayne, grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral
services were held at the Grace Mennonite Church of Albany on
July 31. Brethren N.A. Lind, J.M. Franz, and W. Harley King took
part in the service. Texts, Job 1:21; Rom. 8 :28.
The Lord hath graciously given and the Lord He hath taken away,
So for His grace we are asking, for His will, not ours, we shall pray.
So shine on, dear little Sunbeams, where nothing on earth can annoy,
We'll pray for our Savior's guidance and meet "in the Morning of Joy."
Bishop - Irene Rittenhouse, wife of Robert B. Bishop,
was born near Lansdale, Pa., Oct. 2, 1898; died at the Riverview
hospital, Norristown, Pa., June 25, 1933; aged 34 y. 8 m. 23 d.
She accepted Christ in early life and united with the Church De.
27, 1914. She was married Dec. 15, 1920, to Robert H. Bishop to
which union were born four children, three sons and one daughter;
Robert, Jr., Walter, Gladys, and an infant son, Jacob Merril,
all surviving. The death was a severe blow to the immediate family,
the community and the church. She was active in Sunday school
work and taught the infant class. The Lord had blessed her with
the gift of song and she was willing to be used in that sphere.
She was the daughter of Jacob and Alice Rittenhouse and was the
first the leave that family for the world beyond. Besides her
parents two brothers and three sisters also survive, namely Jacob,
John, Warren, Elizabeth Clemmer, Ada Clemens, and Mary. The last
day she lived she sang two songs, "Lord, I'm Coming Home,"
and "Lead Kindly Light." She spoke hopefully to the
family before her departure. We would not wish her back but miss
her smiling face. Funeral services were conducted June 29, at
her late home at Lansdale, Pa., by Bro. Jonas Mininger and further
services at the Plain Mennonite church by Bros. Aaron Freed and
John E. Lapp, where her remains were interred. Text, Mark 9:23.
Here the circle forever is broken, you were the first to leave us here;
But we look beyond the river, to the circle you have started there.
By the Family.
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Reiff - Kenneth Eugene, son of Nathan E. and Frieda (Imhoff) Reiff, Elkhart, Ind., was born April 23, 1933; died the following day. A flower has budded on earth to bloom in heaven. Burial was at the Prairie Street Cemetery on the 25th. Services conducted by J.S. Hartzler.
Pennington - Mary Jane, oldest daughter of Mrs. Dayton Helnick was born Feb. 17, 1912; died July 22, 1911; aged 21 y. 5 m. 5 d. She is survived by her mother, step-father, 1 brothers and 6 half brothers and sisters. Her father and 1 brother preceded her in death. Mary had been in failing health for a number of years yet she was always cheerful. One of her greatest regrets was that she was not always able to attend Sunday school. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since girlhood. Her funeral was held at the home by Bro. Early Suter of Harrisonburg, Va.
Layman - Infant son of Bro. Earl and Sister Frances Layman, was born July 23, 1933 and died the same day. This little jewel needed only to pass through this troublesome world to enter that mansion in the Father's house. The bereft parents and grandparents have the comfort and consolation that this little bud is now a fragrant flower in the Paradise of God, for Jesus said "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the Kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14). A short service was held at Weaver's Church Cemetery, by Bros. S.H. Rhodes, where the little body was laid to rest.
Judy - Sara Elizabeth Bonner was born Dec. 4, 1863, near Dry Fork, W. Va.; died May 23, 1933, at her home near Harmon, W.Va.; aged 79 y. 5 m. 19 d. She was married in 1887 to Fletcher Judy of Harman. Eleven children were born to this union, seven of whom survive: Lawrence, Harley, Earl, Mrs. Eston Kisamore, Mrs. Claude Wyeth, and Mrs. Lena Summerfield at home; also 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and will be missed much in her home and community. Her funeral was preached at her home by Bro. Amos Heatwole from the text, Psa. 116:15.
Early - Fannie Elizabeth, daughter of the late Jacob and Susan (Wright) Early, was born near Winton, Va., Oct. 16, 1856; died July 8, 1933; aged 76 y. 6 m. 26 d. She was never married. After an illness of about six months, she died in the home where she was born and reared. On Oct. 19, 1913, she united with the Bank Mennonite Church, continuing faithful to the end. She was kind and gentle and highly esteemed by all who knew her. Surviving are 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held from the Bank Church, July 11, conducted by J.S. Martin, assisted by O.D. Lambert of the Methodist Church. Text, Psa. 116:15. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Rice - Gilbert Rice was born March 25, 1892; died of tuberculosis near Winton, Va., July 29, 1933; aged 41 y. 4 m. 4 d. He had been afflicted four or more years, but was only confined to his bed a short time prior to his death. His condition was such that he had been up and down this summer. On Jan. 9, 1912 he united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. He was anointed in the early spring of this year. In regard to the anointing, he said: "If it does not heal my body, it will benefit my soul." He was resigned to the Lord's will. Surviving are his companion and 4 small children. Funeral services were held from the Mt. Clinton Church, conducted by Bros. S.H. Rhodes, assisted by Bro. M.J. Heatwole. Text, Job 14:12-14. Burial in cemetery nearby.
Ebersole - Bertha R. Ebersole died July 22, 1933; aged 52 y. 10 m. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter and 6 sons; Anna, Clarence, Melvin, Charles, Paul, Robert, Richard. She was a member of Risser's Mennonite Church near Elizabethtown, and a Sunday school worker. She could hardly be spared in her home as well as elsewhere in her callings. She retired for the night in usual health but passed away during the night. Death was due to heart trouble. She will be greatly missed but we do not mourn as those who have no hope. Services were conducted by Bro. Walter Oberholtzer and Bro. Yoder, at the home, with further services at the Landis Valley Church, conducted by Bishop Noah Risser and Bro. Noah Landis. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Transcriber's note: see also the last obituary on this issue.
Westenberger - Bishop David Westenberger was born Jan.
30, 1857; quietly fell asleep July 7, 1933; aged 76 y. 5 m. 7
d. Death was caused by a complication of diseases, after mourning
the loss of his companion about three months ago he never recovered.
He was a son of Deacon David and Sister Sarah Westenberger, and
the last of his family. He resided in Lebanon Co., all his life,
and was bishop in the churches of said county for a period of
45 years. He was active in the ministry almost to the time of
his death. Funeral services were conducted July 11, at the home
by Bros. John Flinchbauch and Martin Weaver and at Gingrichs Mennonite
Church by Bros. Noah Landis, Noah Mack, and Jacob Ebersole. Texts,
Rev. 14:13; Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Peace
to his ashes.
By a Niece.
Heatwole - Roy Winford, son of Bro. and Sister Ralph
Heatwole, was born near Dayton, Va., Nov. 22, 1931; died of strychnine
poisoning July 178, 1933; aged 1 y. 7 m. 25 d. Bro. Heatwole is
afflicted with heart disease and uses strychnine for relief. The
tablets were kept in a press in the wall, and little Roy pushed
a chair to the table and climbed up on the table and got the tables
from the press. He died while on the way to Rockingham Memorial
Hospital. He leaves parents, 3 brothers, 4 grandparents, and 3
great-grandparents to mourn his early departure. Funeral services
were held from the Bank Church, conducted by Bro. S.H. Rhodes,
assisted by Bro. H.B. Keener. Texts, Job 1:21; Pro. 27:1; II Sam.
12:23. The body peacefully sleeps in the nearby cemetery.
"Grieve not for Roy, oh parents dear;
Nor shed for him a bitter tear;
He has escaped this world of care
And now he waits for you over there."
Grassmyer - Iva Marie, daughter of Elam C. and
Arie (Hertzler) Grassmyer, was born February 6, 1928; died Aug.
4, 1933, at her home in Belleville, Pa.; aged 5 y. 5 m. 27 d.
Besides her parents she is survived by her grandparents Mr. and
Mrs. I.Z. Hertzler and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Grassmyer of Belleville,
Pa. Iva was ill only a few days with infantile paralysis when
the Master called her to be with Him. Her last verse in Sunday
school is a message of promise and assurance to all of us. "And
this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life"
(I Jno. 2:25). Her friendliness and cheer will be missed by the
host of friends who knew her, but the all wise Father who planned
our course has chosen to take her to that better land, to be with
From His earthly garden here below
The Master Gardener picks the fairest flowers that grow;
He takees the lovely little bloom so rare,
And transplants it to His garden over there.
Reesor - Colin Drummond Reesor died at Cedar Grove, Markham, Ont., July 23, 1933, in his 90th year. He was born on the farm where he died, Nov. 9, 1843. He was a son of the late Samuel Ressor and Fannie Brownsberger. In 1870 he was united in marriage with Elisabeth Raymer who died in 1925. Four children survive - Adeline (Mrs. Wade R. Brown), Arthur J. and Ira S., all of Markham and Mary (Mrs. Robson Johnson) of Blackwater, Ont. Oscar and Martin died in childhood. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 60 years, having renewed his profession three years ago. He was quiet and unassuming, yet by his integrity and kindly Christian character earned a good reputation as far as he was known. His remains were laid to rest July 26 in the family plot at the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church in the presence of a very large gathering. The service was conducted by ___Peacock and L.J. Burkholder.
Weldy - Jacob, son of Abraham and Nancy Weldy, was born Jan. 14, 1857, near Wakarusa, Ind.; died July 25, 1933; aged 76 y. 6 m. 11 d. At an early age he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Holderman congregation, where he remained a faithful member until death. On Jan. 8, 1878, he was married to Hannah D. Null, who predeceased him on Sept. 27, 1930. To this union 8 children were born, of whom 4 preceded him. They were: Irvin, Martha, Elma, and Aaron. One grandchild also preceded him. Surviving are 4 children (Mrs. Frank Hartman of Ludlow, Ky., Leander of Goshen, Timothy of Milford, and Sylvester of Wakarusa); also 20 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers (John, Joseph, Henry, and Levi of Wakarusa, Amos of Montgomery, In.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Samuel Madlem of Wakarusa), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services in charge of David A. Yoder and J.W. Christophel, were held at the M.B.C. Church in Wakarusa with burial in the North Union Cemetery
Geiser - Daniel C., son of David and Catherine Geiser, was born near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 18, 1881; fell asleep in Jesus Aug. 9, 1933; aged 51 y. 10 m. 21 d. His early days were spent on the home farm, now occupied by his brother Christ. On April 6, 1914, he was united in marriage to Caroline Moser. To them was born 1 child, Evelyn. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1913, and found much pleasure in the study of his Bible, and in the service of his Master. He suffered for about four years with asthma. He will be greatly missed in the home, the neighborhood, and in the Pleasant View Church and Sunday school. He leaves his wife, daughter Evelyn, and the following brothers and sisters: John of Waynesboro, Ohio; Christ and David of Orrville, Ohio; Mrs. Noah Steiner, Mrs. Jacob Zimmerly, and Mrs. John Schmidt of Orrville, Ohio; also many other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the Martin Church Aug. 11, by I.J. Buchwalter, John Leichty, Aaron Eberly, and Jonathan Hartzler. The funeral was largely attended. Interment in Martin's Cemetery.
Herr - Rudolph G., son of the late Daniel S. and Catherine
L. Herr (nee Bamber), was born Aug. 6, 1864; died at his home
in Lititz, Pa., July 1, 1933; of complications after five week's
illness; aged 68 y. 10 m. 25 d. He had been in failing health
for some time but not seriously ill until 5 weeks before his death
when he had a severe heart attack which confined him to his bed.
He bore his afflictions patiently and trusted in the Lord to the
end. He often expressed his desire to go Home. He is greatly missed,
but we rest in the assurance that our loss is his eternal gain.
He was twice married. His first wife was Annie W. Hess of Manheim
Twp. His is survived by his second wife Anna L. Landis, and three
children: Laura (wife of John H. Peters), Manheim Twp.; Howard
H. Herr, Lancaster City; and Landis Herr, Lititz. Seven grandchildren
also survive. He was a member of the Mennonite congregation of
E. Petersburg. On July 4 brief funeral services were conducted
at the home of Bro. John H. Gochnauer, with further services at
the E. Petersburg Mennonite Church, by Bros. Frank Kreider and
Bishop Henry E. Lutz. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8. Interment in adjoining
"The room is empty now, since Father's gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow, and say, 'God thought it best.'"
Nafzinger - Moses W. Nafzinger was born near
Baltimore, Md., Sept. 19, 1859; died at the home of his daughter,
near Pigeon, Mich., Aug. 11, 1933; aged 73 y. 10 m. 22 d. He was
united in marriage Oct. 1, 1893, to Elizabeth Detweiler, nee Swartzendruber,
who preceded him Feb. 25, 1933. To this union was born 1 daughter,
Mary, wife of Frank Shetler. He leaves to mourn his departure,
1 daughter, 1 step-son (Levi Detweiler of Lancaster, N.Y.), 2
grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren.
He was the last one of a family of 9 children, of the late Daniel
S. and Magdalena Shertz Nafzinger. He accepted Christ as his Savior
at the age of 19, and became a member of the Mennonite Church,
remaining faithful unto death,; being a kind husband and father,
and leaving a bright testimony, that he was ready to leave and
be with the Savior. His health has been impaired, having a stroke
in 1926, from which he never fully recovered, and another one
on the morning of his death.
Lonely the house and sad the hour, since our dear one is gone;
But oh, the brighter home than ours, in heaven is now his own.
Funeral held at the Pigeon River Church Aug. 14, and laid to rest at the same place. Services at the house by Bro. Edwin Albrecht and at the church by Bros. Earl Maust and M.S. Zehr. Texts, Job 14:14; Jno. 14:2.
Bender - Selena Shetler was born in Washington Co.,
Ia., April 8, 1880; died at her late home in Johnson Co., Ia.;
July 29, 1933; aged 53 y. 3 m. 21 d. In her youth she confessed
Christ and was baptized and received into church fellowship by
Bishop Christian Warye of Kalona, Ia. She was a member in full
fellowship in the West Union congregation at the time of her death.
About 35 years ago, on Sept. 29, 1898, she was married to Joseph
Bender of Johnson Co. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters.
They are Gertrude (wife of Jonas Gnagey), Myrtle (wife of Lewis
Slabaugh), Maxine (wife of Richard Walters), Gerald and Evelyn,
all living in this part of the state. She is also survived by
5 brothers and 4 sisters: Jacob of Pigeon, Mich.; Daniel and Aaron
of Wellman; Edward of Kalona; Lewis of Pasadena, Calif.; Cora
Starr and Magdalena Nicole of Wellman; Dora Skinner of West Chester;
and Marie Van Dom of Boulder, Colo. These, with her husband and
children, 6 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends
mourn her departure. Sister Bender had been in failing health
for about 10 years, having gone through a number of serious operations
from which she never fully recovered. Her last illness was only
of about a week's duration, death being due to leakage of the
heart. She bore her great suffering patiently, being prepared
for the final summons. Funeral services were conducted by Abner
G. Yoder and Milo Kauffman. Scripture lesson, Rom. 12, text, Jno.
"Beautiful rest for you, mother, well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended, we shall again be with you."
Hershberger - Martha Ann, widow of Jacob C. Hershberger, and daughter of John and Elizabeth (Freed) Nusbaum, was born April 15, 1858 in Richland Co., Ohio; died July 21, 1933; aged 75 y. 3 m. 6 d. When nearly 3 years old, she with her parents, moved to LaGrange Co., Ind., where she lived until her mother's death, when she was 15 years old. The family then moved to Elkhart Co., on a farm south of Middlebury. On Aug. 15, 1880 she was married to Jacob Hershberger. About 22 years ago they left the farm and moved to Middlebury, Ind., at which place she died. She with her husband was received into the Mennonite Church in 1892. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. One son and one daughter preceded her in death. Her husband died Dec. 23, 1920. She had been in failing health for a number of years, but went to church and Sunday school as long as health permitted. She was bedfast for nineteen months. Those surviving are four children: Lloyd L. of Wakarusa, Mrs. Amasa Pletcher of Goshen, Freed, of Middlebury, and Mrs. Vernon Kurtz of the parental home. Twelve grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild also survive. One grandchild preceded her in death. The following brothers and sister survive: Dr. D.H. Nusbaum of Jackson, Minn.; Mrs. Hannah Snyder of Goshen; Mrs. Mary Gardner of Middlebury; two half-brothers - Dana and Frank Nusbaum of near Middlebury; one half-sister; and one stepbrother. Rev. Amos Nusbaum of near Middlebury, conducted by Silas Yoder, assisted by Lee Lantz. Burial at the Forest Grove cemetery.
Schrock - Ida Viola, daughter of Jacob and Anna Yoder,
was born in Johnston Co., Iowa, Aug. 31, 1892; died at her home
near Wellman, Ia., July 14, 1933; aged 40 y. 10 m. 13 d. When
quite a young girl she confessed Christ, and united with the Mennonite
Church, being baptized and received into the West Union congregation,
and remaining a faithful member until death. She was married to
Norman Schrock of Grantsville, Md., Dec. 24, 1911. To them were
born 3 children (Cleland, Vina, and Howard) all living at home.
During the influenza epidemic in 1918, she became very sick, being
not expected to recover, but in answer to prayer, for her children's
sake, she was restored, her life being spared these 15 years.
A few years ago her health again began to fail, a complication
of heart trouble, Bright's disease, and other ailments rapidly
developing. A few weeks ago her condition became very serious.
Every possible effort was put forth to relieve her suffering and
restore her to health, but all proved of no avail. About a week
before her death she asked to be anointed, according to James
5:13, 14. In accordance with her request a special service for
this purpose was held. She bore her suffering patiently, being
fully resigned to the Lord's will. When the end came early Friday
morning she peacefully fell asleep. She leaves 3 sisters (Mamie,
wife of Roy Rengsberger; Barbara, wife of Edward Martin, and Vina,
wife of A.C. Gingerich, all of Wellman), who, with her grief stricken
husband and children and many other relatives and friends, mourn
her early departure.
"All the years we've spent together, all the happy golden hours,
Shall be cherished in remembrance, fragrant sweets from Memory's Flowers."
Funeral services were conducted by Abner G. Yoder and Joseph Brenneman. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Yoder - Barbara Ellen Allgyer Yoder was born Aug. 4, 1885, near West Liberty, Ohio, the second daughter of Bro. and Sister S.E. Allgyer; died at her home near West Liberty, July 31, 1933, just three days prior to her forty-eight birthday. She graduated from the township high school at Kings Creek in 1903. After spending a year at Goshen College she taught school for four years. Later she spent two years in the city mission work at the Twenty-sixth Street Mennonite Mission in Chicago. On Jan. 2, 1912, she was united in marriage to Earl M. Yoder. To this union 5 children were born: Olive Grace, Roy Ellsworth, David Byron, Ruth Ellen, and Stanley Emerson. Little Byron preceded his mother in 1920. On Aug. 2, 1929, just four years ago to-day, Sister Maude passed to her reward. Barbara and Maude had been constant companions, sharing much of life together; they were married at the same time and lived closely as neighbors, their families growing almost as one. She united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church early in life; was a most active, loyal and devoted Christian worker, holding high her ideals. Young people always held an important place in her interest; her influence will be long felt among them. Throughout the long illness which wasted her body for more than two years, her mind was always clear. She was cheerful and patient, never offering a word of complaint. In the midst of intense suffering she never lost faith and courageously fought to be restored to her family and her parents. Besides her husband and 4 children she leaves her father and mother, 3 sisters (Mrs. N.E. Toyer, of West Liberty; Mrs. A.R. Eschliman, of Freeman, S.D.; Mrs. J.G. Baumgartner, of Princeton, N.J.), and 3 brothers (Roy, Maurice, and John Allgyer, all of Columbus). The funeral was held Aug. 3 at the Oak Grove Church near West Liberty, in charge of N.E. Troyer, assisted by John Y. King, C.F. Derstine, and I.W. Royer. The service at the home was conducted by L.L. Plank. The funeral seemed to be the largest ever held at the Oak Grove Church. Interment in Fair View Cemetery.
Ebersole - Bertha R. Heller, daughter of Henry L. and
the late Fannie (Rohrer) Heller, was born Aug. 26, 1880, at Eden,
Lancaster Co., Pa.; died July 22, 1933, at her home near Elizabethtown,
Pa. She was aged 52 y. 10 m. 26 d. In her youth she accepted Christ
and united with the Mennonite Church in which she remained a faithful
member until death, having always a deep concern for the church.
About 1902 she became to wife of Harry W. Weaver, who a
few years later died, leaving her with two children, Clarence
H., and Anna H., now of Altoona, Pa. In 1911 she married Harry
M. Boose. In this home were born eight children, three
dying in infancy. Those surviving are: H. Melvin, Mt. Joy; Charles
H., Lancaster; Paul L., Richard E., and Robert E., Hershey. Her
second husband passed away in 1925. In 1929 she was again married,
to Samuel M. Ebersole, who survives her. Her sudden departure
was a shock to her family and the community in which she lived,
and, where she served patiently and quietly as a kind, helpful
neighbor and friend. For a number of years she had been suffering
with a weak heart, but the past few months she seemed unusually
well. Her dear ones knew of no immediate danger of death, since
she seemed so much better. On Friday night, July 21, she retired
in her usual way after a busy day, with perhaps no thought of
so soon entering eternity. The next morning when her husband awakened,
he found her peacefully sleeping her last sleep. Her earnest Christian
life and her joyous testimony for Christ constrain us to muse
with the poet:
"I know thou art gone to the land of thy rest;
Then why should my soul be sad?
I know thou art gone where the weary are blessed,
And the mourner looks up and is glad;
Where love has put off in the land of its birth
The stain it had gathered in this,
And hope the sweet singer that gladdened the earth,
Lies asleep in the bosom of bliss."
Her neighbors have lost a wise friend; the Church, a loyal supporter; her husband, an active helpmeet; and her children, a tender counsellor and an earnest intercessor for their salvation and well-being. Funeral services were conducted at her late home, July 25, by Bros. Walter Oberholtzer and Orrie D. Yoder, and at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church by Bros. Oberholtzer, Noah Risser, and Noah Landis. Texts, II Tim. 4:6, 7, 8. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
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Schmell - Rebecca, wife of Edward Schmell of Curley Hill, Bucks Co., Pa., died Aug. 15, 1933; aged 69 y. She had been sick a number of months with complications. She is survived by her husband, 5 step-children, 1 brother (Oliver Landis), 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph S. Myers and Mrs. Joseph D. Landis). She was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church for many years. She was buried Sunday afternoon, Aug. 20. Services were conducted by Jacob Rush, Enos Wismer, and Wilson Overholt.
Miller - Joseph D. Miller, of Dublin, Pa., died July 19, 1933; aged 65 y. 1 m. 11 d. He was ill three weeks with low blood pressure and a heart ailment. He is survived by his widow (Lydia Charles Miller), 1 son (Warren), and 1 daughter (Gertie Long). Also several grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He followed the trade of carpenter for many years. Twelve years ago when the Dublin Milling Co. was organized he became the manager of the mill, which position he held until his death. He was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church for many years. Services were conducted by Jacob Rush, Enos Wismer, Wilson Overholt, and A.O. Histand.
Moyer - Mary Anna Reeve, wife of Peter L. Moyer, was
born in Nithburg, Perth Co., Ont., Dec. 25, 1865; died July 6,
1933; aged 67 y. 6 m. 11 d. On March 1, 1885 she was united in
marriage to Peter L. Moyer who predeceased her Sept. 1, 1932.
They had lived in matrimony 47 years. One son, Edward, was born
to this union. He died in infancy. Mary Anna's mother died when
she was nine weeks old. She was then adopted and reared in the
home of Michael Jantzi of Brunner, Ont. She has one sister living
in British Columbia. Funeral services were conducted at the home
by Bro. Peter Nafziger and at the Steinman Church by Bros. Daniel
Jantzi, Oscar Burkholder, Chris. Schultz. Burial was made in the
"Some sweet day when life is o'er, we shall meet above.
We shall greet those gone before in that home of love."
Leaman - Benjamin D., son of Tobias and Elizabeth
Leaman, was born Feb. 15, 1855 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died July
29, 1933 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law Harry L. Landis;
aged 78 y. 5 m. 14 d. In 1876 he was married to Catherine S. Rohrer,
who with the following children, remain to mourn the loss of husband
and father: Lizzie (wife of David K. Rutt), Ada (wife of John
B. Kreider), Mary (wife of Harry L. Landis), Daniel R., M. Rohrer,
and Katie (wife of Mahlon S. Hollinger), all of Lancaster Co.,
Pa. Also 25 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was the
last of his immediate family. He was of a kind disposition. He
united with the Mennonite church early in life, and attended services
as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held Aug. 1
at Mellinger's Mennonite Church, conducted by Elmer Martin (Text,
Psalm 16:11), after which the body was laid to rest in the adjoining
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er;
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No better friend on earth we'll find."
Egli - Amon Rufus, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Egli,
was born July 20, 1896 in Tazewell County near Minier, Ill.; died
Aug. 13, 1933 in the Lutheran Hospital at Fort Dodge, Pa., from
the result of an operation for adhesions of the intestines; aged
37 y. 24 d. He had been troubled a number of times since he had
been operated on for appendicitis eleven years ago, by these adhesions,
but always recovered a short time without an operation. On Tuesday
last week after eating his noon-day meal he mentioned that he
was not feeling well but said he would go out and finish cutting
weeds along the outside fence of his farm. He returned to the
house about four o'clock in the afternoon and went to bed. Later
in the evening his pain grew so intense that he asked his wife
to call a doctor. The doctor made several calls on Wednesday and
Thursday but could not ease the pain. On Thursday evening it was
decided to call a specialist from Fort Dodge. The specialist at
once advised him to go to the hospital for a complete examination
which he did late Thursday night. After the examination it was
decided an operation was necessary. The operation was performed
at 1:00 A.M. Friday. This condition was considered serious from
the beginning and he suffered terrible pain almost continually.
On Saturday his condition seemed to be somewhat better but on
Sunday he steadily grew worse until 9:10 o'clock P.M. when he
answered the call of his Creator. He was conscious until about
the last hour of his life. Before he passed into a delirious state
he expressed his peace with God and his willingness to leave this
life, if God so willed. His parting admonition to those present
was, "Be sure that your sins are forgiven." At the age
of 14 years he moved with his parents to Manson, Ia.; in which
community he lived until his death. At the age of 15 he accepted
Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized as a member of
the Mason Mennonite Church, to which faith he remained true until
death. At the age of 17 he met with a serious accident while cutting
oats which injured a leg so badly that it never became normal
and was a decided handicap in his manual labors, causing him much
physical discomfort. On Dec. 4, 1917 he was united in the holy
bonds of matrimony to Edith Schertz of this place To this union
3 children were born: 2 sons (Donald and Calvin) and 1 daughter
(Evelyn). He was an active worker in the church being Sunday school
superintendent for several years until Sept. 12, 1926 when he
was ordained to the ministry. Bro. D.G. Lapp of Roseland, Nebr.,
officiated at the ordination services. On Oct. 3 he preached his
first sermon, using as his text the words of the apostle Paul,
"For I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus
Christ and Him crucified" (I Cor. 2:2). During his short
period in the ministry he brought many spiritually inspirational
messages from God's Word to both his home church and other churches
in the Conference District, boldly declaring the Gospel as taught
by Christ in His Word and remaining true to the words of his first
text. He labored continually under the handicap of a hoarse voice
and weak throat that he used what talents he had to the best of
his ability and to the honor and glory of God.
For the last several years he has served as committee member and secretary of the Iowa-Nebraska District Mission Board, and had planned, with his family, to attend this year's session at Shickley, Nebraska next week.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Rosette Florence, and one brother, John Paul. Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his death, his parents and seven brothers: Joe, Louie, Emery, Samuel, Theodore, Jesse, and Stanley, all of Manson; and three sisters: Elsie and Ida of Manson, and Mrs. Maude Swartzendruber of La Junta, Colo.; also a host of other relatives and friends. Amon was a faithful minister and Sunday school teacher, a loving son and brother, a devoted husband and father, and a kind neighbor. He will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church Wednesday afternoon Aug. 16, at Manson, Ia., conducted by Simon Gingerich of Wayland, Ia., and Nick Stoltzfus of Manson, Ia., assisted by visiting ministers. Text, I Sam. 20:18. Interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Amon's chair is empty now, since he has gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow, and say, God thought it best.
Amon, you are not forgotten, though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us, as you always were before.
Let us be patient, these severe afflictions not from the ground arise;
But ofttimes celestial benediction assumes this dark disguise.
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