Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1933

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 36 - December 7, 1933, p. 767

Clingston. ­ David B. Clingston died Nov. 15, 1933, at the home of his son, Roy Clingston, near Chambersburg, Pa.; aged 85 y. 6 m. 25 d. Besides Roy he is survived by a son (Arlington Clingston) and a daughter (Mrs. Erma Prague) both of Chambersburg. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at Kraiss Brothers funeral home in Chambersburg. Burial in Mennonite cemetery north of Chambersburg. Services conducted by Bros. D. E. Kuhns and Jos. E. Lehman.

Sitler. ­ Hannah Buschert, wife of Jeremiah Sitler, was born at Winterbourne, Ont., Jan. 7, 1884; died at the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., hospital on Nov. 24, 1933; aged 49 y. 10 m. 17 d. She suffered a stroke on Wednesday morning, Nov. 22 and never regained consciousness. She accepted Christ at 19 years of age and retained her faith to the journey's end. On Aug. 6, 1916, she was married to Jeremiah Sitler at Youngstown, Alta. Those who mourn are her husband, 1 son (Paul), 1 daughter (Arlene), 7 brothers (Norman, Carstairs, Alta.; Ephraim, Dogpound, Alta.; Ivan, Cereal, Alta.; Joseph, Kitchener, Ont.; Chester, Preston, Ont.; Ammon, Waterloo, Ont.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Alex. Sheriff, Carstairs, Alta.). The funeral was held Nov. 26. Minister, Oscar Burkholder. Text Psa. 116: 15.

Myers. ­ Oliver Myers of Bucks Co., Pa., died Oct. 31, 1933. He had a bad fall in one of his buildings several weeks before his death. Complications set in and he could not recover. He was a farmer practically all his life. He attended the Philadelphia markets for a period of 63 years. He was a member of the Deep Run Church many years, he being the oldest member of the Church, aged 88 years. His wife died a number of years ago. Two sons (Harry and Willis) also preceded him. One son (Newberry), 1 daughter (Mrs. Jesse Moyer), and a number of grandchildren survive; also 1 brother (Leidy), 2 sisters (Mrs. John K. Landis and Mrs. Abram Myers). Funeral services were held in the Deep Run church, conducted by Jacob Rush, Wilson Overholt, and Allen M. Fretz. Burial in nearby cemetery.

Landis. ­ Lester Landis was born near Amboy, Ill., Oct. 20, 1915; died at his home near Nachusa, Ill., Nov. 18, 1933; aged 18 y. 28 d. He grew to manhood in the home of his grandparents, Bro. and Sister Ezra Landis. He was an obedient boy in the home, where he will be missed greatly. On Friday evening, after singing a number of Gospel songs, he retired in his usual health; but on Saturday morning his body was found in his room and his spirit had departed to be with the Lord. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage. Lester confessed Christ as his personal Savior and was received into church fellowship at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church July 26, 1931. He was a faithful Christian boy. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon in charge of S. E. Graybill of Freeport, Ill., where a large congregation gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. Text, Job 16: 22.

Kratz. ­ Elizabeth Kratz was born Feb. 23, 1857; died Oct. 24, 1933; aged 76 y. 8 m. 1 d. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 daughters and 1 son (Mrs. Harvey Yothers, Mrs. Leidy Smith, Mrs. Solomon Gehman, Jacob Kratz). Her husband (Wm. M. Kratz) and 2 sons preceded her in death. She was a member of the Blooming Glen, Pa., Mennonite Church since early youth. She was sick only 4 days with pleurisy. She suffered much but bore it very patiently. Funeral services were conducted at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church by Bros. Melvin Bishop, Wilson Moyer, Elias Kulp, and John Kreible. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. Interment at Blooming Glen cemetery.

"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and pain;
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into heaven's mansion she entered
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."

Bomberger. ­ Tobias Bomberger was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., May 1, 1855; died Nov. 13, 1933; aged 78 y. 6 m. 13 d. He was almost instantly killed, near his home at Annville, Pa., when he was struck by an automobile while crossing the street. He was a member of Gingerich's Mennonite Church 35 years. He was deeply interested and particularly active in all the work of the Church. He was ordained to the office of deacon six years ago and was also a trustee of the Millersville Orphanage. He was always ready to help in all our church work and will be missed very much in all our churches in Lebanon county. He was looking forward with fond anticipation to our Bible meeting Nov. 25, 26, but "God moves in a mysterious way" and we humbly say, "Thy will be done." He is survived by 3 children (Mattie, wife of Walter Brubaker, Lebanon, Pa., Anna, wife of Cameron Barr, Baltimore, Md., and David, Annville, Pa.). His wife preceded him six years ago. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at Gingerichs Church in charge of Bros. Noah Mack and Noah Risser. Texts, I Sam 20:3; Matt. 11:28. Burial in adjoining cemetery. May his sudden departure be a warning for all to "Be Ready."

Hostetler. ­ Verba Weaver Hostetler was born June 27, 1906, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at her late home near Trail, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1933; aged 27 y. 4 m. 6 d. On Aug. 20, 1927, she was married to Moses Hostetler. To this union were born 1 son and 1 daughter. She leaves a bereaved husband, 2 children (John Lowell and June), her parents (Mr. And Mrs. John H. Weaver of Walnut Creek, Ohio), 2 sisters, and 1 brother who mourn the loss of a loving and obedient child, a kind and devoted wife, a faithful and unselfish sister, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. One sister (Beulah) preceded her in death. In her early teens she accepted Christ as her Savior, was received into the Walnut Creek A. M. Church, and remained faithful to the time of her departure. After graduating from high school she taught in the public school for 3 years. She always seemed to be devoted to her duties of life, whatever capacity she was serving.

"Now my life work is ended
Now I cross the swelling tide
Now the bright and glorious morning I shall see;
I shall know my Redeemer
When I reach the other side,
And His smile shall be the first to welcome me."

Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek A. M. Chur
ch on Nov. 6, conducted by Bros. O. N. Johns and D. M. Freidt. Text, Num. 23: 10.

Greider. ­ Mary Catharine, daughter of Otis and Fanny Wilkins, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Dec. 22, 1893. She with her parents, moved to near Elida, Ohio, in her youth and where she departed this life Nov. 24, 1933; aged 39 y. 11 m. 2 d. On Feb. 21, 1917, she was united in marriage to Oscar W. Greider. To this union were born 3 daughters (Beulah, Ella and Clara) who with their father are left to mourn the loss of a loving companion and mother. The family can now fully realize the motto, "What is Home without a Mother." She also leaves father, mother, 3 sisters (Mrs. Irvin Good, Mrs. Isaac Miller, and Mrs. Carl Phillips), all of this community and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful to the end. Although a sufferer for a number of years, her death, caused by complications, was rather unexpected. Early in the morning she became seriously ill, losing consciousness and remaining thus until she passed away a few hours later. Although suffering severely at times, she bore it all patiently, never murmuring or complaining.

"Mother has gone to that beautiful land,
To be forever with the angel band.
Methinks I can see her on the golden strand
Calling us to her with a beckoning hand."

Funeral services were held Nov. 27, with short services in the home by Bro. O. B. Shenk, and at Salem Church by Bro. B. B. King, assisted by Bro. O. B. Shenk. Text, I Jno. 3: 2. Interment in Salem Cemetery.

Kauffman. ­ James Arthur, son of Daniel and Ota (Bowlin) Kauffman, was born June 3, 1888, near Versailles, Mo.; died at Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., Nov. 22, 1933; aged 45 y. 5 m. 19 d. When he was 21 months old, his mother died. He grew to manhood at Versailles. He attended school a part of two years at Goshen College and completed his academy course at Hesston Academy and Bible School, graduating there in 1912. Before his graduation, however, he had taught one term of rural school in McPherson Co., Kans. On July 23, 1912, he was united in marriage with Mabel Erb, with whom he established a happy home-first six miles northeast of Hesston, and later at two different places a mile south of Hesston. To them were born five children: an infant daughter, Lois Irene, Melva Grace, Daniel Erb, and Robert Allen. The four children, as well as their mother, survive the early death of a loving father. The deceased is also survived by his father, who is the editor of the Gospel Herald at Scottdale, Pa.; also by his step-mother, two half-sisters (Alice and Fannie) and a half-brother (Homer M.). At the age of sixteen James was converted and joined the Mennonite Church, in which he was a faithful member to the day of his death. For more than twenty years he was active in many affairs of his community. For twelve years he was a member of his district school board. His activities as a farmer and stockman secured for him a wide circle of acquaintances, among whom his friendly contacts will be greatly missed. He was especially devoted to the happiness and welfare of his family, to whom his sudden departure is a very great shock. The cause of his death is known to physicians as agranulocytic angina, a rare and baffling disease. It is a form of blood-poisoning which quicly runs its fatal course because of the lack of infection-destroying cells in the blood. The deceased was ill only a few days, and was not known to be seriously sick until only twelve hours before his death. Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at the home near Hesston and in the Chapel of Hesston College and Bible School. Milo Kauffman and I. E. Burkhart were in charge. Interment in the Pennsylvania Cemetery near Zimmerdale.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 37 - December 14, 1933, p. 798, 799

Snyder. ­ Harry M. Snyder was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., May 28, 1871; died at the Oreville Mennonite Home near Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 29, 1933; aged 62 y. 6 m. 1 d. Bro. Snyder was a consistent member of Gingerich's Church and was always present at services when health permitted. He is survived by one daughter (Carrie, wife of Christian Zimmerman) and one grandson (Early Zimmerman); also one brother and one sister survive. Funeral services were held Dec. 2, at Gingerich's Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Noah Risser and John Seitz. Text, Rev. 7: 14. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Miller. ­ Rachel Fern, daughter of Truman and Alice Miller, was born Nov. 17, 1931, near Wauseon, Ohio; died Nov. 13, 1933. Rachel Fern took sick Nov. 12 with acute pneumonia and passed away the next morning. She leaves father, mother, one sister and two brothers. Funeral services were held Nov. 14 at the house conducted by S. S. Wyse and at the Clinton A. M. Church by E. B. Frey assisted by J. C. Frey. Text, Jno. 13: 7.

"A loving bud had opened,
A precious one to greet;
The angel came at morning
To claim our darling sweet."

Shrock. ­ Henry J., son of the late John and Elizabeth Shrock; was born July 24, 1864; died Nov. 28, 1933; aged 69 y. 4 m. 4 d. He was born and always lived on the home place near Walnutcreek, Ohio, where he died after a long illness. He was married to Eliza Ann Zaugg, Nov. 29, 1891. He leaves his widow and 8 children (Grover, May, Lister, Rya, Walter, Mrs. Clara Mast, Van Buren, and John). There are ten grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at the Walnutcreek Church, conducted by A. W. Miller and D. M. Friedt. Burial in cemetery near by.

Miller. ­ William L., son of John and Elizabeth (Boulwace) Miller, was born in Howard Co., Mo., Apr. 25, 1847; died at the home of his son, Hial, near East Lynne, Mo., Nov. 23, 1933; aged 86 y. 7 m. 2 d. In his youth he confessed his Savior and united with the Baptist Church. He was first married to Miss B. C. Cordry of Cooper Co., Mo., Feb. 13, 1872. She died June 6, 1875. He married his second wife (Sallie Aldridge of Cass Co., Mo.) March 10, 1885. She died Jan. 30, 1928. To this union one son was born (Hial Miller, living at East Lynne, Mo.). He leaves his son, Hial and wife, one grandson, two granddaughters, one brother (Henry T. Miller), and numerous nieces and nephews; also many friends and acquaintances. Funeral at the home 2:30 Nov. 24 in charge of I. G. Hartzler, assisted by ___ Woods.

Hershberger. ­ Glen Edward Hershberger was born at Mattawana, Pa., May 19, 1929 and died Dec. 2, 1933. Death was caused by his drawing a small object into his lung which developed pneumonia. He leaves 1 sister, 2 brothers, his parents, 3 grandparents, and 3 great-grandparents, together with a number of other relatives and friends. Services were held at the home and at the Mattawana Mennonite church by the home ministry. Text, Isa. 40: 11. May the kind Heavenly Father sustain and comfort the bereft and sorrowing family and help us all to trust in Him more.

"Beyond the blue in that bright land,
So free from all sorrow and care,
Your dear one has gone to the 'Home of the Soul';
To await your coming there."
"And God shall wipe away all tears."

Beachy. ­ Elmer J. Beachy was born Sept. 16, 1879, near Grantsville, Md.; died at his home on "Mt. Nebo" Nov. 18, 1933; aged 54 y. 2 m. 2 d. He is survived by his wife, Althea Otto Beachy, and 5 children: Ellsworth, at home; Hazel (Mrs. Claude Yoder) near Grantsville; Morris, Gladys, Maxine, at home; also 3 grandchildren; and 3 sisters, 1 brother: Mrs. Peter Unzicker, Goshen, Ind., Mrs. Simon Orendorf, Miss Kate, and Edward Beachy, of Grantsville, Md. He was preceded in death by 3 small children, father, mother, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. He was a member of the Casselman Mennonite Church near Grantsville. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 21 at the Reformed Church at New Germany where the deceased children are at rest. Services at the house were conducted by Bros. G. D. and M. B. Miller; at the church by Bro. S. G. Shetler, Johnstown, Pa., assisted by G. D. Miller and A. M. Wright, pastor of the local church.

Clemmer. ­ Deacon Hiram D. Clemmer was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Nov. 19, 1857; died Nov. 29 at the Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., where he underwent an operation for appendicitis eight days previous. He seemingly was on a fair way to recovery until congestion of the lungs developed a few days before he passed away. Age 75 y. 11 m. 10 d. He was a son of Deacon Abraham D. Clemmer. He faithfully served as deacon of the Franconia congregation for nineteen years. His wife preceded him in death four years ago. He is survived by 2 sons (Landen and Hiram) and 3 daughters (Emma at home; Lizzie, wife of Ambrose Wambold; and Esther, wife of Menno B. Souder). Funeral services were held Nov. 4 at his late home, conducted by Bros. Arthur Ruth and Jonas M. Mininger, with further services at Franconia Mennonite Church by Bros. Warren Bean, Abraham Z. Derstine, and A. O. Histand. Text, Luke 2: 29.

Smith. ­ Fannie Smith, daughter of the late Jacob and Annie (Beery) Driver, was born May 31, 1854; died at the home of her daughter at Winchester, Va., Oct. 8, 1933; aged 79 y. 4 m. 8 d. In 1885 she was united in marriage to Noah Smith. To this union was born one daughter. On July 21, 1872, she united with the Mennonite Church. Since the death of her companion 15 years ago, she had made her home with her daughter, since which time she was deprived of all her church privileges, but the daughter remarked, "Mother was a Mennonite at heart." Surviving are an only daughter, Mrs. Fred Jackson, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Ida Miller, Lima, Ohio; Mrs. Bettie Beery, Cassie, and J. W. Driver, all of Mt. Clinton, Va.; and A. D. and J. L. Driver of La Junta, Colo. Funeral services were held from the Mt. Clinton Church, conducted by Bro. J. S. Martin, assisted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes. Text, "If a man die shall he live again?" (Job 14: 14). Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Yoder. ­ Eva, widow of Henry Yoder, was born near East Lewistown, Ohio, Feb. 24, 1859; died at her late home in Leetonia, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1933; aged 74 y. 26 d. She was sick for about 9 months, but she bore her afflictions patiently and was ready to go to her eternal home. She was united in marriage with Henry Yoder Jan. 31, 1884. One daughter (Ione, who has been sick for more than eight years) and three sons (Noah and William of East Lewistown, Ohio, and Noble of Goshen, Ind.) were born to this union. She also leaves two sisters (Mrs. David Lehman and Susan Blosser), one brother (Warren Blosser), and six grandchildren. One brother (Homer Blosser) and sister (Sarah-Mrs. John Lehman), also preceded her in death. Sister Yoder, with her husband, united with the Mennonite Church soon after their marriage and remained faithful till death. Bro. Yoder preceded her in death 17 years ago. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Midway Church Thursday afternoon, Nov. 23, 1933, in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner, with Brethren N. A. Lind, E. M. Detwiler, and I. B. Witmer taking part. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Buckwalter. ­ Ephraim, son of Christian and Anna Stoner Buckwalter, was born March 6, 1846, near East Petersburg, Pa., died at his home Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 22, 1933, aged 87 y. 8 m. 16 d. On Feb. 3, 1870, he was united in marriage to Lydia Kiel, who died July 8, 1928. To this union were born four sons and four daughters. Three sons and one daughter died in infancy, two of them dying in one week of diphtheria. A daughter (Ada) died in 1891 of tuberculosis and Lydia in 1908 of typhoid fever. Both were members of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. A son (Clayton K.) and a daughter (Clara K., wife of Amos H. Siergrist) survive, both living in Lancaster, Pa.; also 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. In his early life he was a farmer. In 1881 he had typhoid fever, later turning into blood poisoning, which left him a cripple. He was never able to stoop after that; which meant his wife, who was very faithful, had to assist him in many ways. After her death his daughter took care of him until the end. He united with the Mennonite Church at East Petersburg during his illness and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted at the home Nov. 26 and at East Petersburg Lutheran Church (Mennonite church being remodeled) Bros. Frank Kreider and John Gochanauer officiating at both places. Burial in the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Roeschley. ­ Ivan Daniel, son of John and Elizabeth Roeschley, born June 15, 1909, near Flanagan, Ill.; died at the family home Nov. 18, 1933; aged 24 y. 5 m. 3 d. He was preceded in death by one brother (Alfred) and two sisters (Amelia and Esther). He is survived by his father and mother, 2 sisters (Mrs. Roy Slagell, Chenoa, Ill.; and Freda, at home) and 7 brothers (Eli and Leo, Graymont, Ill.; Noah, Lombard, Ill.; Melvin, Roy, Orie, and Harold, at home). He confessed his Savior in his early youth and united with the Waldo Mennonite Church where he worshiped and labored in his Master's service. He had a great desire for music. Not long ago he sang with his 7 brothers in a male octette. They sang their favorite song, "I have heard of a land on that far away strand, No storms with their blasts ever frown; The streets I am told, Are paved with pure gold, And the sun shall never go down." His voice is hushed, never to sing again on this earth, but some day we shall Meet again, and there sing with our blessed Master, not about that beautiful land but in that beautiful land. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Methodist Church of Flanagan, Nov. 20, conducted by Bro. J. W. Davis and Bro. J. D. Hartzler. Burial in the Waldo Cemetery.

"Hushed is his voice in our chorus,
Ne'er to be filled here below;
God called him out from among us,
His will, not ours, we know."

Yoder. ­ Jeremiah D., son of David C. and Susannah Yoder, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 10, 1852; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Daniel J. Headings), near Yoder, Kans., Nov. 29, 1933; aged 81 y. 8 m. 19 d. He was blessed with reasonably good health until one month before his death, when he contracted double pneumonia and a few weeks later he suffered a light paralytic stroke. These ailments, together with old age, were too great for his constitution to overcome. When he was 17 years of age, his father with his family moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where at the age of 19 he united with the Amish Mennonite Church. Later, in Reno Co., Kans., he transferred his membership to the Yoder Mennonite Church. He was consistent and conscientious in his Christian walk and had the courage to stand true to his convictions which were based on sound Scriptural teachings. Jan. 26, 1875, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Christner. To this union were born seven children, three of whom preceded him in death. His life companion passed away Nov. 3, 1917. In the Spring of 1892, he with his family moved to Reno Co., Kans., where he had since resided. He is survived by two sons (Jacob and David), two daughters (Fanny, wife of J. M. Bontrager, and Susie, wife of D. J. Headings), 21 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren, nearly all of whom reside in the Yoder, Kans., community. He also leaves one brother (Jacob of McPherson, Kans.), and two sisters (Anna Petersheim, Haven, Kans., and Katie Stutzman, Thomas, Okla.). Funeral services were conducted Dec. 1 at the home by Leander Keim and J. F. Brunk and the Yoder Mennonite Church by H. A. Diener and L. O. King. The services were based on the following portions of Scripture which are the same as those selected by the deceased for the services at his wife's funeral: Jno. 5: 20-30; I Thes. 4: 13-18. Remains were laid to rest in the Yoder Amish Mennonite Cemetery.

Ramseyer. ­ John S. Ramseyer was born Mar. 5, 1875, on the farm near Smithville, Ohio, where he resided all his life; died Nov. 28, 1933; aged 58 y. 8 m. 23 d. He was preceded in death by one brother (William) who died in childhood, and one sister (Clara, former wife of Howard Miller), and by his parents. His father passed away just 7 years before, on the same day and within thirty minutes of the same hour. On Feb. 18, 1909, he was united in marriage to Ida Krabill. Their home has been blessed with three children, all living-Zelta Arlene, Arzula Mae, and Warren Elton. He is survived by his wife, three children, one sister (Mary of Orrville, Ohio), and one brother (Homer of Filler, Idaho), besides many other relatives and a host of friends, far and hear. For more than forty years he has been an active and interested member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, which he joined in young manhood. He always took a deep interest in the welfare of the church of his choice, as well as in the welfare of the community and the schools. He had been a member of the Wayne Co. Board of Education until very recently, when he resigned because of his illness. He bore his affliction with great patience and deeply appreciated the loving care of his family as well as the interest and kindness of his many friends. He was a loving husband, a kind and affectionate father who greatly appreciated his children, and an honored and respected citizen. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, near Smithville, Ohio, Nov. 30, by J. S. Gerig and J. N. Smucker. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

When the breath of life is flown,
When the grave must claim its own,
Lord of life, be ours Thy crown, --
Life for evermore.

Ebersole. ­ Ruth Nice Ebersole, daughter of the late Philip and Sarah Reitzel Nice, was born in Sterline, Ill., April 13, 1895; died at her home north of Sterling, Nov. 24, 1933; aged 38 y. 7 m. 11 d. The end came very suddenly following a heart attack. On Nov. 26, 1914, she was united in marriage to Roy H. Ebersole. Had she lived until Sunday, the 26th, it would have been the 19th anniversary of their marriage. To this union 13 children were born; Catherine, Everett, Miriam, Gertrude, Charles, Beulah, Anita, Pauline, Betty, Russell, Eugene, Willard, and Robert Lewis. Sister Ebersole was the last surviving member of her family. Her father passed away May 10, 1914, followed by her sister, Susanna, Oct. 6, 1918, and later a brother, George, March 4, 1926. On Jan. 4, 1917, her mother was called in death. She is survived by her husband and children, who are mourning the loss of a faithful wife and devoted mother. Four half-sisters and two half-brothers also survive (Mrs. Amelia Showalter of Wellman, Ia.; Mrs. William Ferry, Lanark, Ill.; Mrs. Daniel Frey, Milledgeville, Ill.; Mrs. Ray Witmore, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Joseph Nice, Roseland, Neb.; and Tobias Nice of Chicago, Ill.) as well as a large number of more distant relatives and friends. Sister Ebersole confessed Christ as her personal Savior early in life, and united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. She remained a faithful member until the time of her passing away, to join the host of redeemed souls in that better land, where pain, sickness, and death are not known. The funeral services were held on Monday, the 27th, with brief services at the home, and main services at the church, where a very large number of friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. Text, Ezek. 38: 11. A. C. Good had charge of the services.

"Good-bye-rest on,
We'll miss thy reassuring smile;
But you seem to beckon from afar,
And we are waiting all the while."

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 38 - December 21, 1933, p. 814, 815

Painter. ­ Susanna Catherine, daughter of the late George and Ellen Clouser, was born at Rockton, Pa., Oct. 15, 1848; died Dec. 8, 1933, at Clearfield, Pa.; aged 85 y. 1 m. 22 d. She is survived by 6 children, her husband and 2 children having passed on. In her younger years she was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and it was by the request of her family that the funeral be held in the Rockton Mennonite Church with a Mennonite minister in charge. Bro. Elmer E. Yoder of Allensville, who filled the regular appointment, had charge of the service, Sunday, Dec. 10. Burial in cemetery near the church.

Erb. ­ Emma, daughter of the late Henry R. Bender and wife of Harry Z. Erb, was born Dec. 17, 1873, near Mt. Joy, Pa.; died Nov. 30, 1933, at her home at Lititz, Pa.; aged 59 y. 11 m. 13 d. She leaves a bereaved husband, 1 daughter (Rhoda) an aged mother (Anna Bender) and 1 sister (Lizzie Musser). She was a member of Erb's Mennonite Church for many years and a teacher of the primary class at Sunday school for 30 years. She was sick about 12 days of complications and passed out of this life very peacefully. We all miss her, but our loss is her gain. Funeral services were held Dec. 2 at the home. Jacob Hershey, Henry Lutz, and Joseph Boll were in charge.

Prowant. ­ Ephream, son of Christian and Catherine Prowant, was born Oct. 2, 1842, in Putnam Co., O.; died at his home in Putnam Co., Nov. 30, 1933; aged 91 y. 1 m. 28 d. His wife preceded him 27 years. He was united in marriage Feb. 2, 1863 to Mary Myers. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter, who survive, also 17 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren living. He united with the Mennonite Church in March, 1907, always expressing a desire to follow his Savior. Funeral conducted by G. H. Brunk and S. G. Shenk. Text, Acts 13: 36.

"Follow the path of Jesus,
Walk where Hs footsteps lead,
Keep in His beaming presence,
Every counsel heed."

Lichti. ­ Christian J. Lichti was born near Wellesley, Ont., on Sept. 10, 1859; died Oct. 19, 1933; aged 74 y. 1 m. 9 d. Heart trouble and dropsy were the cause of his death. On Oct. 3, 1882, he was united in matrimony to Katie Leis who died March 24, 1932. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters, of whom Katie (Mrs. Joel Wagler), and Fanny survive; 3 brothers and 4 sisters also survive him (Menno, David, and Moses, and Fanny (Mrs. Nic Jantzi), Nancy (Mrs. Dan Schmidt), Barbara (Mrs. J. S. Erb), and Mary (Mrs. Sol R. Leis). Services were conducted at the home by C. S. Zehr and at the Maple View A. M. Church by Christian Schultz, D. S. Jutzi, and Daniel Lebold. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Witmer. ­ Selina Knechtel, beloved wife of Bro. J. W. Witmer, passed away at her home in Wilmot Township, Ont., on Friday evening, Nov. 10, 1933, in her 57th year. She leaves her husband and family, namely; Vernon, Luella (Mrs. Vernon Shott) of Kitchener, Grace (Mrs. Lloyd Sider) of Wainfleet, Ont., Edward, William, J. Eldon, and Melvin, all at home; also 4 sisters and 1 brother: Mrs. Alvin Bowman of Guernsey, Sask., Mrs. Henry Koch of Hanover, Ont., Mrs. Moses Bechtel; Mrs. Owen Bechtel, and Ephraim of Mannheim. The funeral took place Nov. 15, from the family residence and thence to Latschars Mennonite Church for services. Services in charge of Bro. Moses M. Brubacher assisted by Bro. Oscar Burkholder. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Kauffman. ­ The funeral of Sister Mary A. Kauffman took place on Dec. 11, 1933, at the Stonybrook M. H., York Co., Pa., where services were conducted by Bro. Noah H. Mack, assisted by Brethren Jos. Forrey and Harvey Lehman. Sister Kauffman had never been married. Only nephews and nieces survive. She was born Nov. 9, 1840 and died Dec. 8, 1933. She was the last of a large family, and attained to a greater age than any of the rest of her brothers and sisters. She became a member of the Stonybrook Mennonite Church in her younger years and remained faithful to the ripe old age of ninety years. She was always much interested in the Church and was a regular attendant there until a few months ago. She had a stroke of apoplexy, after which she lived only a few days.

Stoltzfus. ­ John E., son of D. Ira and Melinda Stoltzfus, near Millwood, Pa., died Dec. 4, 1933; aged 17 days. Death was due to pneumonia. One brother (Daniel) preceded him in death. Besides his parents, he is survived by these brothers and sisters: Stephen, Sara, Lydia, Katie, Salome, Tobias, Bennie, Amos, and Josie, all at home; also by his grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Daniel M. Stoltzfus of Millwood and Mrs. Saloma Stoltzfus of Bird-in-hand. Funeral services Dec. 6, conducted by Bros. David B. Zook of New Holland and Aaron H. Glick of Millwood. Burial in Millwood Cemetery.

"The golden gates were open wide,
A gentle voice said, 'Come;'
And angels from the other side
Welcomed our loved one home."

Yoder. ­ Mabel Catherine, daughter of Fred and Emma Yoder, was born in Holmes Co., O., Jan. 1, 1911; died near Harrisburg, Stark Co., O., Dec. 8, 1933; aged 22 y. 11 m. 7 d. She leaves father, mother, 4 brothers (Oris, Ray, Paul and Orvell), and 2 sisters (Esther and Ruth) all of the home, 5 uncles, 121 aunts, and a large number of relatives and friends. Mabel accepted Christ as her Savior in 1922, and was baptized and received into the Beech Mennonite Church in which she continued faithful until the end. She loved music and brought cheer to the home with the musical gift God had given her. She was a patient daughter in the home, always ready to minister to the needs of others. She was seemingly of good health until the last few months, when she was afflicted with inflammation of the heart which, with paralysis, was the cause of her death. Funeral services were held in the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of O. N. Johns assisted by A. J. Steiner and John D. Miller. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Martin. ­ Elizabeth H. Martin was born July 3, 1849; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Eaby Sauder), Nov. 5, 1933; aged 84 y. 4 m. 2 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and her place in the service was seldome vacant when health permitted. She was married to Amos W. Martin, who preceded her 26 years ago; also 2 children preceded her in death. She was the last member of her family. She is survived by 4 sons, 6 daughters, 42 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 8, at the home by Bro. I. B. Good, and at Weaverland, Pa., by Bros. John M. Sauder, John W. Weaver, and George Good. Text, Matt. 25: 13. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"The room is quiet, all is still,
The place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best." ­A grandson.

Shenk. ­ Melvin L., infant son of Bro. Daniel M. and Sister Esther (Leaman) Shenk, of near Millersville, Pa., was born Aug. 26, 1933, died of infant trouble Nov. 21, 1933. He is survived by his parents, a sister (Arlene), grandparents (Bro. and Sister Tobias G. Leaman and Bro. and Sister Daniel H. Shenk), also a great-grandmother (Sister Susan Leaman), a great-grandfather (Bro. Daniel K. Denlinger), and many other relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. David Landis and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Brethren Maris Hess, Aaron Harnish, and David Landis. Texts, Eccl. 3 and John 14: 16. Interment in the Masonville Mennonite Cemetery. Though we miss him, we know that our darling is safe in the arms of Jesus.

"Lonely the house, and sad the hour,
Since our darling is gone.
But, oh, a brighter home than ours
In heaven is now his own." ­By the parents.

Mast. ­ Barbara, daughter of Samuel and Salinda Glick, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 1, 1906; died Nov. 19, 1933, on a farm near Suplee, Chester Co.; aged 27 y. 6 m. 18 d. She was married to Raymond Mast Dec. 26, 1932. She leaves her husband, parents, 6 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. One brother and sister preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ and remained faithful until death. She took up a course in nurses' training and came in contact with many people. She had many friends because of her loving disposition. She was much concerned about the lost and often mentioned them in her prayers. During her illness of thirteen days she suffered much, but was very patient. She will be sadly missed in the home, in the Church, and in the community. She was a loving wife, and a kind-hearted sister. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by John S. Mast, and at the Morgantown Church by Bros. John S. Mast and Amos B. Stoltzfus. Text, Phil. 1: 24. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"We loved her, yes we loved her,
But Jesus loved her more,
And He has sweetly called her
To yonder shining shore."

Badertscher. ­ Leah (Amstutz) Badertscher was born in Wayne Co., O., Oct. 23, 1864; died Nov. 30, 1933; aged 69 y. 1 m. 7 d. Several weeks ago she fell in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Nussbaum in Kidron, O., fracturing a leg. Later she took sick with pleurisy and an infection of the throat, which caused her death. In her youth she was baptized by S. F. Sprunger of Berne, Ind., and received into the Salem Mennonite Church near Dalton, O., where she remained until in 1919 she became a member of the Gospel Tabernacle in Kidron, and remained a loyal member until the end. She was a devoted Christian mother. She was united in marriage to Christian Badertscher who preceded her thirteen years ago. One son (Harvey of Orrville) was born in them, and three daughters (Olive, wife of Albert Nussbaum, and twin girls, Pearl, wife of George Villard of Stanwood, and Cary, wife of George Sprunger of Ft. Wayne). Fifteen grandchildren and one brother (Peter C. Amstutz of Orrville), also survive, besides many cousins, nephews, and nieces. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church, Dec. 3, in charge of John Nussbaum of Berne, Ind., and A. W. Sommer and A. R. Kaiser, where a large concourse of people had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect.

Yoder. ­ Oscar Daniel, son of the late Pre. Daniel S. and Polly (Hershberger) Yoder, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Apr. 19, 1898; died at his home near Geistown, Pa.; aged 35 y. 7 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage with Alice Hershberger, who with three children (Alma Fern, Ruth Emily, and Loretta Ann) survive him; also these brothers and sisters: Florence A. Yoder and Mrs. Walter Mishler, Davidsville, and S. Newton and J. Norman Yoder, Windber. The deceased taught school in his native township for twelve years and served as principal of the Paint Borough schools for six years. He was in the school-room to within a few weeks of his death, which was caused by heart trouble. He was baptized and received into the Weaver congregation of the Mennonite Church, Jan. 26, 1913, at the age of 14. He was active in church and Sunday school work, having served as superintendent of the Sunday school, secretary of the District Mission Board, member of the Richland Cemetery Association, and in other offices of the Church. Realizing that death was nigh, he made arrangements for his funeral. Services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler assisted by Alex. Weaver and Hiram Wingard. A very large concourse of relatives, friends, and neighbors was assembled, and a large number had to remain on the outside during the services. The body was laid to rest in the Weaver Cemetery.

Moyer. ­ Tobias Moyer was born May 10, 1863; died Nov. 10, 1933. Funeral services were held at the O. P. Home, Oreville, Lancaster Co., Pa., on Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, where Brethren John Mosemann, Frank Kreider, and Landis Shertzer took part. On Wednesday morning services were held at the Mellinger M. H., where Brethren John Mosemann, Noah H. Mack, and Daniel Gish took part. In the afternoon of the same day Brethren Henry Bechtel and Amos Kolb conducted services in the Coventry cemetery chapel. Interment in adjoining cemetery, aside of his former wife (nee Amanda Gabel) who died on June 19, 1928. Bro. Moyer was the last of his family to depart this life. Four children besides the mother had preceded him to the eternal world. Four grandchildren however survived to follow their grandfather to the grave. Arthur Moyer, the first missionary martyr to the home mission cause, was a son of the departed Tobias Moyer. Arthur was shot by a thief at the Welsh Mt. Mission in the evening of Jan. 25, 1924. Bro. Moyer was married the second time Sept. 16, 1931, to Sister Rebecca Burkhart. She remains to mourn his sudden and unexpected departure. The stewardship of Bro. Moyer's at the O. P. Home for twenty-two years was much appreciated. The inmates of the home keenly feel their loss. On the day of his death Bro. Moyer delivered some vegetables to the Vine St. Mission, Lancaster. On returning for the last time from the mission cellar, where he had carried the vegetables, he fell over, dead. Bro. Jacob Mellinger eased his fall by catching hold of him while sinking to the floor.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 39 - December 28, 1933, p. 831

Miller. ­ Willard Forrest, infant son of Forrest and Blanche Miller, Louisville, O., died Dec. 16, 1933; aged 6 m. 15 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his parents, four grandparents (Pre. And Mrs. John D. Miller and Mr. And Mrs. Samuel Miller, all of Louisville, O.), two great-grandparents (Mrs. Catherine Schmucker, Louisville, O. and John Goldsmith, Bellefontaine, O.) five uncles, five aunts and many other relatives. Willard's stay was short, but his smiling face had won the affections of those who were associated with him. His death came quite unexpectedly and was caused by diphtheria.

"Oh! Sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God in His mercy took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."

A private funeral service was conducted in the home by Bishop O. N. Johns. Text, II Sam. 12: 23. Interment in the Beech Mennonite Cemetery.

Yoder. ­ Yost P., son of Israel and Fannie Yoder, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., March 23, 1849; died July 29, 1933; at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Aaron Hartman, near Wakarusa, Ind. His wife, Martha Stahley, whom he married in 1873, died in 1931. He had been in poor health for several years. He is survived by 4 daughters and 5 sons: Mrs. Aaron Hartman, with whom he had his home; Mrs. Amos Hershberger and Mrs. Aaron Gerig of Woodburn, Ind.; Mrs. Minnie McNaughton of South Bend, Ind.; Christian Yoder of Goshen, Ind.; Moses and Rudy Yoder of Nappanee, Ind.; Jonas M. Yoder of Elkhart, Ind.; L.S. Yoder of Lyman, Miss. He is also survived by 39 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Rachael Kurtz and Leah and Tena Yoder of Smithville, Ohio), and 1 brother (R. I. Yoder of Wooster, Ohio). Funeral services were held at the home and at North Main St., Nappanee, Ind., in charge of Bro. Homer North. Burial in Union Center Cemetery.

"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."

Hollinger. ­ Jacob H., son of the late deacon John and Esther Horst Hollinger, was born Feb. 24, 1857, in Caernarvon Township, died of pneumonia Nov. 21, 1933, at his home near Brownstown, Pa., after one week's illness; aged 76 y. 8 m. 27 d. He was twice married. May 16, 1880, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Witmer who died Nov. 4, 1890. To this union were born 5 boys and 3 girls. On Dec. 27, 1891, he was married to Lydia Sensenig who died Feb. 4, 1917. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 50 years; of these, 41 years at Landi sValley. He was seldom absent if health permitted. He was conscious till the last, and he advised his children to be faithful to the Church. The day before he passed away he asked for prayer, and had the children to sing and pray with him. Brief services were held at the home on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 25, conducted by Bro. Ira Landis and at Landis Valley Church by Bros. Noah Landis and John W. Hess. He had chosen his own text (Psa. 30:5). The grandchildren sang at the home and at the grave as he always enjoyed to hear them sing. He is survived by 12 children, 56 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. There will be a vacant seat at the church, but he will be missed more in the home. Will say, "Thy will be done."

Hooley. ­ Joseph A. Hooley died Dec. 11, 1933, at his home in West Liberty, Ohio, after an illness of only one week. He was born Sept. 2, 1854, near Reedsville, Pa., the youngest son of John C. and Elizabeth (Hertzler) Hooley. Age, 79 y. 3 m. 9 d. He was the last of a family of eleven children. On Feb. 23, 1882, he was married to Catherine Hooley of Belleville, Pa., who preceded him in death nearly two years ago. Four sons and five daughters survive, Timothy, the youngest of the family, having died in November, 1918. The children are as follows: Uriel, of Canyonville, Oreg.; Chris, Minnie, Mrs. Milton King, John and Sadi, of West Liberty; Mary of Newton, Kans.; Mrs. Irvin Gresser of Smithville, and Andrew, of Van Buren, Ohio. There are also thirteen grandchildren. In 1904 he moved with his family, from Mifflin Co., Pa., to the vicinity of West Liberty, and since 1921 he has resided in West Liberty. He became a member of the Mennonite Church at an early age, and at the time of his death was a member of the Oak Grove Church. We shall miss our father everywhere. We know better the breadth and stature of the rugged sheltering oak, when it has fallen and left a lonesome place against the sky. Funeral services were held in Bethel Church, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and Edwin Yoder. Interment was made in Fair View cemetery.

Yoder. ­ Ella R., daughter of David and Lizzie Stoltzfus, was born near Hartford, Lyon Co., Kans., Nov. 21, 1885. In her childhood her parents moved to Logan Co., Ohio. She accepted her Savior in youth and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Champaign Co., Ohio. On Jan. 7, 1912, she was united in marriage to Emmett W. Yoder. She was a faithful companion and loving mother, always intensely interested in the success and activities of her family. Her loyalty and faithfulness to her church was an inspiration to those about her. She is not dead; sweet memories and her influence will live on in the lives of all who knew her. On the evening of Dec. 8, 1933, she peacefully passed away at her home near West Liberty, Ohio; aged 48 y. 17 d., leaving her companion and 4 children (Leona, Howard, Herald and Emmett Junior), 4 sisters (Mrs. Harry Smucker and Mrs. Frank Zook, Belleville, Pa.; Mrs. Welty Renkert and Belle Stoltzfus, West Liberty, Ohio), and numerous relatives and friends.

"Dear Mother!-ne'er shall I forget
Thy brow, thine eye, thy pleasant smile;
Though in the sea of death hath set
Thy star of life, my guide awhile,
Oh, never shall thy form depart
From the bright pictures in my heart."

Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. Edwin Yoder, of Topeka, Ind. Burial in Fair View Cemetery.

Rickert. ­ Pre. Allen Rickert was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Dec. 21, 1848; died Dec. 13, 1933, at his home in North Lima, Ohio. His parents moved to Medina Co., Ohio, in a wagon when he was five weeks old. There he grew to manhood. He was the oldest of a family of eleven children, only two of whom survive him (Mrs. Abe Rohrer of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Mrs. Rome Kindig of Cleveland, Ohio). He was united in marriage to Sarah Lehman of Columbiana Co., Ohio, on Jan. 4, 1873. To this union were born three sons and three daughters (Edwin of Connersville, Ind.; Elizabeth, wife of Ira S. Johns of Goshen, Ind.; Edith, wife of Harvey Metzler of Columbiana, Ohio; Harvey of New Waterford, Ohio; Margaret, wife of Otis N. Johns of Canton, Ohio; and Isaiah of Youngstown, Ohio). He is survived by his wife, the six children (all of whom were present at the funeral) also twenty-three grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

He and his wife united with the Midway Mennonite Church, near Columbiana, Ohio, in 1885 and in 1892 he was called to the ministry in the same church. In this capacity he served until death. He was a man that always worked for peace and unity in the Church. He did much visiting among the brotherhood. He had a large acquaintance, and being friendly to all he had very many friends. He was sick only one week, seemingly not suffering very much pain, but gradually getting weaker and passed away very peacefully. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church, the same church in which he was ordained to the ministry, on Dec. 16, conducted by Bishop Albert J. Steiner, assisted by the home ministers, David Lehman, Enos Detweiler, Isaac Witmer and Paul Yoder. Text, Luke 2: 29, 30. Burial in Midway Cemetery.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.

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