Gospel Herald Obituaries - January, 1933

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XXV, Number 40 - January 5, 1933 ­ page 846, 847

. ­ SAMUEL R. Burkholder was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 5, 1850; died at his home in Salina, Kans., Dec.15, 1932; aged 82 y. 3 m. 10 d. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Jenny Burkholder, by a second marriage, and numerous sons and daughters. Four brothers and five sisters also survive. Bro. Burkholder was baptized quite recently and became a member of the Mennonite Church at Hesston, Kans. Bro. I. E. Burkhart of Hesston had charge of the funeral. Burial in Salina Cemetery.

HARTLINE. ­ CAROLINE KOCHER Hartline was born in Belmont Co., Ohio, Sept. 27, 1860; died in Wooster Hospital, Dec. 11, 1932; aged 72 y. 3 m. 14 d. She was married to Christian Hartline on July 2, 1894. To this union were born 2 daughters (Mrs. Wesley Baughman of Smithville, Ohio, and Mrs. Charles Keevert of Burdon, Kans., who preceded her mother in death). Her husband also preceded her in death Mar. 21, 1925. She is survived by 1 daughter and 1 brother (Clem Kocher of Clarrington, Ohio); also 8 grandchildren. She was a member of the Christian faith until her Master called her to her final reward. Services were conducted at the Buckwalter funeral home. Interment in Smithville cemetery. Text, Psa. 90:14, by J. S. Gerig.

"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me;
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea."

SHENK. ­ CATHERINE F., wife of Abram Shenk, was born Aug. 26, 1868; died Dec. 4, 1932; aged 64 y. 3 m. 8 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Masonville, Pa., serving faithfully as an example to mothers and grandmothers in the home sphere, as well as a wife who holds the marriage vows sacred till separated by death, coupled with her faithful obedience to church ruling. We feel that in memory we can retain thoughts of her as one of the wise man's virtuous women. Surviving are her husband, 1 son (Clayton), 1 daughter (Elizabeth, wife of John D. Martin of Central Manor), 11 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Hers was a useful life but since we have a hope for her future happiness, we may well say with the Apostle, To die is gain. Services were held at Masonville meeting house, attended by neighbors and friends. Texts, Num. 23:10 (latter clause); Isa. 3:10,11. Ministers officiating were Jacob Heisey of the Brethren in Christ Church, John H. Mosemann, and John K. Charles.

MECK. ­ AARON J. son of Philip and Esther Meck of Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Apr. 13, 1867; died Dec. 23, 1932; aged 65 y. 8 m. 10 d. His death was caused by complication of diseases. Forty-seven years ago he came west and located near Freeport, Ill., making his home for seven years with his sister Martha and her husband, Benj. Brubaker. On Dec. 22, 1892, he was married to Emma, daughter of Benjamin and Veronica Shoemaker. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. One daughter died in infancy. Those who survive are his widow, and the following children: Clarence and Titus, who reside in the same community, and Esther at home. Six grandchildren also survive. He is also survived by 6 sisters and 1 brother (Mrs. Martha Brubaker, Freeport Ill.; Mrs. Susan Tout; Mrs. C. L. Herr; Mrs. E. H. Kaufman; Mrs. Newton Rohrer, Miss Emma Meck, and Amos Meck, all of Lancaster Co., Pa.). Bro. Meck will be greatly missed in the home, also in the Church, of which he was a loyal, devoted member, and an earnest, faithful worker both in the Church and Sunday school. May the Lord give us all grace to say with Job: "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were conducted Dec. 26 at the home, and the Freeport Mennonite Church, by S. E. Graybill, assisted by A. C. Good.

BAWEL. ­ FANNIE, daughter of John and Gertrude BIELER*, and wife of Joseph M. Bawel, passed beyond the veil on Monday, Dec. 5, 1932, at the Milford, Del., Hospital, after three weeks of illness, caused by a stroke; aged 70 y. 3 m. 23 d. She was a faithful member of the Amish Church, and a Christian mother of 8 children, of whom 3 preceded her in glory (Rosa Anna, Daniel, and Elizabeth). She is survived by her husband, 5 children, and 3 grandchildren (Henry Bawel of Belleville, Pa.; Fannie Bawel of Kutztown, Pa.; Orrie and Ura Bawel at home; Rebecca Zook and Arrie Swartzentruber of Milford, Del.). Two sisters (Malinda and Anna Bieler), reside at Soudersburg, Pa.; Mrs. Lizzie Smoker at Atglen, Pa.; Levi R. Bieler at Parksburg, Pa.; and Abe R. Bieler at Schullkill Haven, Pa. The funeral was held Dec. 8 at the Mennonite Church at Greenwood, Del., conducted by Bro. John A. Stoltzfus, of whose church she was a member, assisted by Amos Stoltzfus, Eli Swartzentruber, and Nevin Bender. Interment at Mennonite cemetery. All her children, brothers, and sisters were present at the funeral.

"Yet a better home thou hast gained,
And He gently whispers, 'Never fear';
And so I trust Him o'er and o'er,
Although the way I may not see,
And when I reach the golden shore
I'll sing, It was the best for me."
A daughter.

*Note: knowledgable family researcher says, "GH - Jan 1933 - Fannie Bawel, dau of John & Gertrude Bieler (Beiler is usually spelled "ei" and my records show the family spelled that way.)

KULP. ­ NANCY (TINSMAN) Kulp (aged 93 y. 3 m. 17 d.) died of the infirmities of extreme age, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, J. B. and Anna C. Moyer, Elkhart, Ind., Dec. 22, 1932. She had been in failing health since last July, and became bedfast about a week prior to her death. She was the daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Tinsman and was born in Butler Co., Pa. Sept. 5, 1839. When 16 years old she moved with her parents to Grundy Co., Ill. Her marriage to Lewis Kulp, which took place there Nov. 19, 1863, was the first marriage notice to appear in the Herald of Truth. Of the seven children born to them, three died in infancy, and the four that survive her are, Mrs. C. A. (Mary E.) Shantz, south of Elkhart, Mrs. J. B. (Anna C.) Moyer at the home residence, Mrs. William S. (Ella) Gehman, Rush Lake, Sask., and Mrs. Arthur L. (Nancy B.) Gilliom, Indianapolis, Ind. There are also eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and some nephews and nieces. In 1892 the Kulp family moved to Elkhart. Her husband died March 7, 1904. During the many years of her residence in Elkhart she was known to a wide circle of friends as "Grandma Kulp," and will be missed by all. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 70 years. She was of an unassuming disposition, and her deeds of charity and helpfulness were many, but unheralded. Services were conducted Dec. 24 at the home and Prairie St. Church by the home ministers. C. Reiff, J. S. Hartzler, and Jacob K. Bixler. Interment in the Prairie St. Cemetery (founded by her husband).

AMSTUTZ. ­ ALICE Amstutz was born at Riggenbach, Canton Bern, Switzerland, Sept. 13, 1854; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vernon Amstutz, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 5, 1932; aged 78 y. 3 m. 22 d. In 1873 she was united in marriage to Peter GILLMAN, and to this union four children were born: Paul, John, Alice, and Pauline Gillman. Her husband died June 24, 1885; Pauline died July 3, 1904. She with her children came to America Oct. 5, 1885, and located in Wayne Co., Ohio. She was again united in marriage to Joseph ROTH of Smithville, Ohio, July 6, 1886. To this union were born two children: Mrs. Vernon Amstutz and Reuben who preceded his mother in death Oct. 3, 1905*. On Aug. 5, 1909 she was married to John Amstutz of Applecreek, Ohio, who died Jan. 30, 1926. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and many other near relatives and friends. In her youth she was received into the German Reformed Church, and later united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation, where she remained faithful and devoted to the end, interested in the work of her Lord and Master, and in the activities of the Church. She bore her trials and afflictions with Christian fortitude. She was a worthy example of Gospel simplicity and trust in her Savior, and leaves to her family and friends the memory of a beautiful Christian life. Services were conducted by the Brethren Jesse Smucker, C. Z. Yoder, and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Psa.103; II Cor. 5:1-10.

"Though in the dust of earth
Your mortal body is laid away;
This is not forever. We meet again
On resurrection day."

*[Note: Oct. 3, 1905 is the date of death of Joseph Roth - See The Gospel Witness, 11/1/1905 and Herald of Truth, 11/2/1905 - Thelma Hoover Martin]

HYGEMA. ­ LYDIA ANN (YODER) Hygema, 73, died at the home of a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Joe Hygema, of Wakarusa, Ind. Cancer of the stomach caused the death of our dear sister; who had been in failing health for five years; being bedfast for the past 18 weeks. As the daughter of Jacob and Anna Yoder, she was born Feb. 7, 1859, on a farm 7 miles northeast of Wakarusa, known as the Charles Nusbaum farm. Following her marriage to John Hygema on Nov. 1, 1885, they began house-keeping on a farm 5 miles west of Wakarusa and spent their entire married life there. Bro. Hygema, who was a minister in the Mennonite Church, serving the Holdeman congregation, died June 21, 1908. In 1927 Sister Hygema moved to Wakarusa and for the past had lived in the house where she died. But prior to this for a few years she with a sister (Susie) did house-keeping until the death of Susie on Oct. 31, 1931. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since girlhood, most of the time attending services at the Holdeman congregation. Of the five children born to Bro. and Sister Hygema three survive (Joe and Elmer of Wakarusa and Walter of Sebring, Fla.). She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 1 brother. A daughter (Goldie) died on Feb. 9, 1927, and a son (Samuel) died June 3, 1892. In the passing away of Sister Hygema the family loses an affectionate mother, the Church a very loyal and consistent member, and the community one who could always be expected to be at its service in time of need. Long may her kindly deeds and admonitions linger with us. Services were conducted by Brethren Clarence Shank, Frank Kreider, and Silas Weldy. Burial in Olive Cemetery.

SCHERTZ. ­ SOLOMON D., son of John and Elizabeth Schertz, was born Dec. 29, 1871, in Roanoke Tp., where he lived until his marriage, when he moved to his present home near Low Point, Ill.; died Dec 15, 1932; aged 60 y. 11 m. 16 d. On Jan. 22, 1895, he was united in marriage with Anna M. Garber. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 1 daughter. He leaves his wife, his children (Peter H. of Low Point, Walter A. of La Junta, Colo., and Miriam I. at home). 3 grandchildren. 3 brothers and two sisters (Mrs. J. A. Garber of Eureka, Ill., Peter B. of Cazenovia, Ill., Mrs. J. J. Camp and John W. of Roanoke, Ill., and Emanuel J. of Low Point) and a large circle of friends. In youth he united with the Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful and devoted member until death. He was actively engaged in performing the duties assigned to him by the Church. At the time of his death he was treasurer of the Illinois Mennonite District Mission Board, a member of the local board of the Home for the Aged in Eureka, and served faithfully in the Church in various capacities. His friendly and generous life made a large circle of friends and acquaintances to whom his life was a life of helpfulness and his sudden death a shock. He was a devoted companion, a kind and loving father and will greatly be missed by all.

"We cannot say, and we will not say
That he is dead ­ he is just away;
He is gone through the gate of another land,
Led by the Master's hand,
Where everything is kind and good,
Where everything is understood,
So may we live that we may go to the one above
Who has taken him home as an act of love."
Funeral services in charge of H. R. Schertz and E. H. Oyer.

BIRKEY. ­ JOHN G. Birkey was born Jan. 14, 1853, in Tazewell Co., Ill.; died of hardening of the arteries Dec. 17, 1932; aged 79 y. 9 m. 3 d. He grew to manhood on his father's farm near Morton, Ill. On Feb. 22, 1873, he was married to Catherine Schrock of Roanoke, Ill. They lived on a farm near there for 23 years. In 1893, with their family, they moved to Champaign Co., Ill., where they resided on their own farm until 1913. In the spring of that year they moved to Manson, Iowa, and have since that time resided in their home in East Manson (except for a few years when they lived with their daughter Katie, Mrs. Ben Zehr). In his early youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he continued until the end. During his lifetime he made many friends wherever he went by his kind disposition and friendliness. He was a man who enjoyed comparatively good health until about 8 weeks ago, when he began to fail. About 2 weeks ago his condition became more serious. During his illness he endured much pain and suffering, but he bore it patiently, waiting for the time that God should call him home. He leaves his life-long companion of nearly 57 years, 5 sons, 3 daughters, 40 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. The surviving children are: Lena (Mrs. Dave Springer), of Foosland, Ill.; Joe D. and Levi of Clarksville, Mich.; Andrew, John E., and Will, of Manson, Ia.; Lizzie (Mrs.Alpha Naffziger), of Rockwell City, Ia.; and Katie (Mrs. Ben Zehr), of Manson. Three children preceded him in death, 2 in infancy and 1 in early childhood. Although he will be greatly missed by his loved ones, yet we bow to Him who doeth all things well, and with trust and confidence say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held at his home in Manson, followed by services at the Manson Mennonite Church on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 20, conducted by J. D. Graber, Nick Stoltzfus, and A. R. Egli. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

HEATWOLE. ­ LEWIS JAMES, son of David A. and Catherine (Driver) Heatwole, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., Dec. 4, 1852; died Dec. 26, 1932; aged 80 y. 22 d. With the exception of about three years, when he lived in Cass Co., Mo., and the many times he was called to the other fields to labor in the vineyard of the Lord, he spent his entire life in the community in which he was born. In early life he gave his heart to the Lord, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member till the Lord called him home.
Nov. 11, 1875, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Coffman. She was a daughter of Bishop Samuel Coffman, a twin sister of Joseph W., and also a sister of J. S. Coffman, pioneer Mennonite evangelist. Bro. and Sister Heatwole lived together nearly fifty years, when the wife and mother was called home. To them were born six children (Katie, married to C. M. Grove; Nellie, married to E. C. Suter; Bessie, married to O. E. Wenger; Elizabeth, married to Earl Grove; Justus and Anna, at home), who survive. That this faithful couple ordered well the affairs of home is evident from the fact that all their children and grandchildren have accepted Christ as their personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. He also leaves three brothers and one sister (Aldine J., Timothy O., Cornelius J., and Mrs. J. W. Deputy), ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.
May 2, 1887, he was ordained to the ministry at Weavers Church near Harrisonburg, Va., and two years later he with his family moved to near Garden City, Mo. It was at this latter place that he was ordained a bishop, in May 1892. But because of ill health they moved back to Virginia in 1895. From the beginning he was active in the ministry, and as a bishop he was noted both for his loyalty to his church and kindness in his dealings with others. Though not without faults or without critics, he was the possessor of qualities that drew the masses of the people to him; and the fact of his consecrated loyalty and interest in the welfare of others made him a man who was generally beloved by his people and gave him a large place in the work of the Church.
He received his education in the common schools and in Valley Normal at Bridgewater, Va. For many years he was a school teacher, but in later years his many other activities compelled him to drop this line of work. He was whole-hearted in his support of Church schools, and the Eastern Mennonite School owes its beginning largely to his untiring efforts. He was a prolific writer, contributing numerous articles for religious and secular papers, and his contributions on scientific subjects were always read with interest. He is author of a number of books, among them "Moral Training in the Public Schools," "Key to the Almanac and the Sidereal Heavens," "Mennonite Handbook of Information." He is also the compiler and writer of a series of Moral Standard Readers, which are still in manuscript form. As a pioneer weather observer, in which he had a record of about 64 years, and also as an almanac calculator, he had a field all his own, supplying calendars for as many as 60 almanacs in the United States and Canada. He was both a pioneer and an authority on such matters, and a number of years ago published a perpetual calendar that attracted wide attention.
While he was well and favorably known in his own community, he was scarcely less known throughout the entire brotherhood. For years he was a member of the Mennonite Publication Board and of the Publishing Committee. While he was physically able he was a regular attendant at the meetings of the Mennonite General Conference, serving at times in an official capacity, and his voice was always listened to with interest and respect. Through his preaching, his books, and his numerous contributions to the Gospel Herald and other Church periodicals he was well known far and wide. His name was a household word in thousands of homes. And the same qualities that won him a place in the affections of his own church people also made friends outside of Church circles. Now that he has been called home, his influence is still with us and cherished by those who remain.
He had never been robust in body, yet was sufficiently strong to attend to his duties, in pulpit and elsewhere. But in his declining years his health became impaired, so that during the past six years he has been unable to carry on his work as he had in former years. But it was only within the past few months that he was considered very ill, suffering several slight paralytic strokes. He retained his consciousness until near the close of his life, left a bright testimony, and his going on was but a leading of the way for others to follow as the Lord calls them home. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 28 at Weavers Church by his associate bishop, Bro. S. H. Rhodes, assisted by H. B. Keener and Daniel Kauffman. Text,
I Thes. 4:18. Buried in adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Debra Walker, Florida


GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XXV, Number 41 - January 12, 1933 ­ page 878, 879

WEAVER. ­ LEAH (BERKEY IMHOFF) Weaver, a faithful member of the Wisler Mennonite Church, daughter of Stephen and Annie Berkey, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 6, 1852; died Dec. 26, 1932; aged 80 y. 1 m. 20 d. She was married to Pre. Christian Weaver of Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 1, 1922. They lived together in the town of Wakarusa nearly 11 years. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Church by John Martin, Henry Schrock, and Henry Martin. Text, Rev. 14:12,13.

JANTZI. ­ CLEO BERNICE Jantzi was born near Lowville, N.Y., Nov. 27, 1932; died three weeks later on Dec. 18. She leaves her parents (Mahlon and Ruth (Ressler) Jantzi), 4 grandparents, 9 uncles, and 9 aunts. A short funeral service was held at the house by Bro. Jacob Gingerich. Text, Job 1:21. Burial in the Croghan A. M. cemetery.

"O, Cleo dear, 'twas hard to part,
It almost broke one's aching heart,
To part with one we loved so well;
Our grief is more than we can tell."
By her parents.

THOMAS. ­ WARREN NEAL, son of Menno and Florence (Boyer) Thomas, died Dec. 4, 1932, at the parental home in Thomas' Mills, near Hollsopple, Pa.; aged 2 m. 5 d. Death was due to hemorrhage of the lungs. Besides the parents, the child is survived by 2 brothers (Wayne and Wade). The funeral was held Dec. 6, with services at the Thomas' Mennonite Church, conducted by J. S. Shannon, pastor of the Jennerstown Lutheran Church, and Sanford Shetler of the Stahl Church. Interment in Thomas' Mills Cemetery.

"His little bed is empty now;
The voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it is God's will."

HORST. ­ MAYNARD LEROY, infant son of Homer and Zenna (Beery) Horst, died Dec, 7, 1932; aged 13 d. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister (Harold, Edith, and Byard), 2 grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. When only a few days old he took a cold which later developed into pneumonia and caused his death. Although his stay on earth was short, it was long enough to bring much sunshine into the home. Funeral services were held at the County Line Church near Orrville, Ohio, Dec. 8, conducted by Bro. Benjamin Good. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"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."

LANTZ. ­ NAOMI Lantz, daughter of Stephen B. and Annie Riehl KING, was born July 11, 1908; died in the Lancaster Hospital after an operation, Oct. 28, 1932; aged 24 y. 4 m. 17 d. On Nov. 23, 1928, she was married to Isaac Lantz. Those who remain are husband, father, mother, grandmother, two small children, and 3 sisters: Mary of Dover, Del., Katy and Annie at home. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. Her funeral was very largely attended, held at her late home near Scalp Level, Pa., conducted by Brethren Benj. Stoltzfus and Christ B. King. Interment in Meyers Cemetery.

"Naomi's journey here is ended;
She is now among the blest.
Within the golden gates of heaven,
With her Savior she's at rest."
A Friend.

BEILER. ­ LIZZIE Beiler, daughter of Stephen B. and Annie Riehl KING, was born April 17, 1912; died at her home near Ronks, Pa., Dec. 10, 1932, from complication of diseases; aged 20 y. 7 m. 23 d. On Nov. 11, 1930, she was married to Moses Beiler. She is survived by her husband, father, mother, grandmother, one small child, and 3 sisters: Mary, Annie, and Katy. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. Her funeral was largely attended, held at the home of her father near Ronks, Pa., conducted by Christian B. King and Benj. F. Beiler. Interment in Beiler's cemetery at Ronks.

"Servant of God, well done;
Rest from thy loved employ.
The battle fought, the victory won;
Enter thy Master's joy."
A Friend.

MARTIN. ­ LYDIA KAUFMAN, wife of Bro. Amos M. Martin, died at her home in Chambersburg, Pa., Dec. 21, 1932, after about two hours' illness of a heart attack; aged 71 y. 1 d. She is survived by 1 son and 3 daughters. Her husband preceded her about three years ago. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church and a regular attendant at services when health permitted. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Church conducted by D. E. Kuhns and J. S. Burkholder. Burial in cemetery adjoining.

SMITH. ­ ALSON C. Smith was born near Hartford, Kans., Aug. 22, 1873; died Sept. 6, 1932; aged 59 y. 14 d. He was united in marriage to Anna Slagell, Aug. 10, 1903, in Lyon Co., Kans., where hey made their home until 1908, when they moved to Hydro, Okla., residing here since that time with the exception of one year at Hartford, Kans., and one year at Kremlin, Okla. He was received into the Mennonite Church by baptism in the year 1910, where he retained his membership until the end. He leaves his companion, 2 sons, and 2 daughters (Sidney ­ Mrs. Joe Eichelberger, Harvey, Marion, and Mary), 4 brothers and 1 sister (Jesse E., Frank O., Emma ­ wife of Charles Bigler, Emery A. and George G.). He is preceded in death by an infant daughter, also 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Burial in Pleasant View Cemetery near Hydro, Okla.

PEACHEY. ­ DAVID S., son of Solomon and Catherine (Hostetler) Peachey, was born near Belleville, Pa., April 21, 1870; died in the Lewistown Hospital Dec. 25, 1932; aged 62 y. 8 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Sarah R. Glick Dec. 15, 1891. To this union were born 6 sons and 1 daughter. One son died in infancy. Surviving are Orrie G., Aaron E., Homer D., Oliver B., Leroy S., Mrs. Aaron Peachey (Katie); also 1 brother (Solomon D.) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Mose Zook and Rebecca Glick), and 8 grandchildren. He was a member of the Conservative A. M. Church. He was widely known. Funeral held at the Locust Grove Church near Belleville, Dec. 28, conducted by S. T. Yoder and Jonas D. Yoder.

"Peaceful be thy silent slumber;
Peaceful in thy grave so low.
Thou no more wilt join our number;
Thou no more our sorrows know."

RENNO. ­ SALLY RENNO (widow), daughter of Jacob and Fanny (Fisher) Renno, died at the home of her daughter near Bareville, Pa., from infirmities of old age; aged 75 y. 4 m. 14 d. On Dec. 6, 1883, she was married to Eli Riehl of Greenland, Pa. Two daughters survive her; Mrs. Michael Stoltzfus and Ida of near Bareville, Pa.; also one aged brother, Eli. On Dec. 16, 1916, she was married the second time to David Renno of Mifflin Co., Pa. She is survived by 2 step-sons and 3 step-daughters. Her funeral was largely attended, held at the home of her daughter near Bareville, conducted Benj. F. and John Beiler. Burial in Beiler's Cemetery. She was a member of the O. O. A. M. Church.

"She sleeps, she sleeps and never more
Will her footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor her voice be heard with her loving tone
By the loved ones left round her own hearth stone.
She has gone, she has gone to her home afar;
To the beautiful land where the angels are."
A Friend.

STOLTZFUS. ­ LYDIA ESCH Stoltzfus was born Sept. 24, 1849, near Lewisburg, Pa.; died of heart failure Dec. 24, 1932, near Woodriver, Nebr.; aged 83 y. 3 m. In her youth she was converted and received into the A. M. faith, in which she remained faithful, ever admonishing by precept and example to walk humbly with the Savior. In the closing years of her life she manifested a very great desire to be always present when possible in church services. On June 13, 1867, she was joined in marriage to Jonathan L. Stoltzfus near Lewisburg, Pa., to which union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters; 3 sons and 2 daughters and husband preceded her in death. Two sons and 1 daughter remain (Ammon of Woodriver, Nebr., Christian of Manson, Iowa, and Sarah of Chappell, Nebr.), with 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and many relatives and friends. Services were held Dec. 26 in the Mennonite Church north of Woodriver by J. E. Zimmerman and B. B. King. Texts, II Cor. 5 and I Jno. 3:2. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

METZLER. ­ ELIAS S., son of the late John and Esther (Shelly) Metzler, was born Aug. 27, 1855 in Lancaster Co., Pa. He was married to Rebecca Gingerich Nov. 17, 1881. This union was blessed with 3 children (Dora, wife of Jacob W. Snyder; Bessie, wife of Albert Erb; and Martin, all residing near Manheim, Pa.). He united with the Mennonite Church (Erisman's congregation) in 1908, to which faith he remained faithful to the end. On the evening of Dec. 15, 1932, the Lord saw fit to call him home; aged 77 y. 3 m. 18 d. We humbly say, "Thy will be done." Besides his bosom companion and 3 children, he is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Hernley), 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He was a brother to Dea. Daniel S. Metzler, who died Sept. 10, 1931. Funeral services were held Dec. 18, at Erisman's conducted by Bros. Henry Lutz and Abram Risser. Text, Eccl. 1:4. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

"Rest on dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
The family.

SCHERTZ. ­ DAVID M. Schertz was born Oct. 6, 1850, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Dec. 15, 1932, at Newton, Kans.; aged 82 y. 2 m. 9 d. In 1875 he was married to Mary Y. Zook, of Mifflin Co., Pa., who preceded him in death April 29, 1913. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters, all of whom are living. They are David Z., of Turlock, Calif.; Malinda M. Ade, of Pana, Ill.; Lydia Ellen, of Los Angeles, Calif.; John P., of Arnold, Kans.; Daniel D., of Newton, Kans.; Joseph Walter, of Marcus, Ia.; Alta M. Wenger, of Canton, Kans.; Anna M. Umholtz and Jesse Elmer, of Newton, Kans.; George R., of Eldorado, Kans. There are 24 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. All of Bro. Schertz's 3 sisters and 4 brothers preceded him in death. He was an early settler in the Zimmerdale neighborhood, having moved here in 1885. Most of his time since then was spent in this community. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and lived a faithful and consistent life until his death. His death was caused by heart failure, brought on by the fracture of a hip two weeks before. During his last illness he was particularly patient and cheerful, and expressed a strong faith in his God. Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania Church near Hesston, Kans., on Dec. 18, 1932, in charge of J. G. Hartzler and Earl Buckwalter. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

HEYERLY. ­ JESSE, son of John and Katie Heyerly, was born near Albany, Oreg., June 12, 1904; died at the Albany General Hospital Dec. 4, 1932; aged 28 y. 5 m. 22 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. While coming home from taking the cattle to pasture he stopped to speak to his neighbor and while there he was struck by a falling tree. He was taken to the hospital at once where he peacefully fell asleep just before the setting of the sun. On Nov. 17, 1928, he was married to Gladys Berkey of Woodburn, Oreg. They were blessed with two children, Shirley Jeanette and Keith Eugene. He was very much attached to his family and was never quite so happy as when they were together. His great concern was for the welfare of his companion and children. His smiling face will be missed in the community, but most of all in the home. One brother preceded him in death. He leaves his loving companion, 2 children, father, mother, 7 brothers, 3 sisters, grandfather and grandmother (Pre. Daniel Erb and wife), and many relatives and friends. "His sun hath gone down while it was yet day."
"No one heard the footsteps,
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Funeral services at the home of his parents and at the Fairview Church conducted by Brethren C. R. Gerig, Fred J. Gingerich, and N. A. Lind. Texts, Psa. 39, Psa. 19, and Eccl. 11:3. Burial in Knox Butte Cemetery.

BRENNEMAN. ­ DANIEL Brenneman was born near Kitchener, Ont., Oct. 11, 1851; died Dec. 14, 1932; aged 81 y. 2 m. 3 d. He spent his early life near his birthplace, where he was united in marriage to Mary Boshart, Feb. 8, 1876. They resided near Kitchener until 1900, when they moved to Seward Co., Neb., where they lived until 1915, at which date they moved Oregon where they lived near Albany, and in the same community, where he was living at the time of his death. He accepted Christ in his youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church in which faith he was actively identified until his death. His Christian experience meant more to him than just Church membership, and his word of testimony was often heard expressing his joy in the service of the Lord. There remain his widow, 3 sons, and 5 daughters (Jacob, of Tofield, Alta.; M. E. and D. H. Brenneman, Mrs. Eph. Martin, Mrs. Irwin Kenagy, Mrs. Emma Widmer, Mrs. S.E. Eicher, and Mrs. Milton Martin, all of Albany); also 30 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Two sons (Christian K. and Emanuel) preceded him in death. The immediate cause of his death was heart failure, from which he was confined to his bed about ten days. He will be remembered in the home and in the community for his kindly, cheerful disposition, and in his passing the Albany Mennonite Church has lost its oldest member. Funeral Dec. 18 conducted by N. A. Lind, assisted by Allan Good and G. D. Shenk. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.

KAUFFMAN. ­ AMOS G., son of the late Benjamin and Anna (Kreider) Kauffman, was born near East Petersburg, Pa., Dec. 29, 1864; died Dec. 4, 1932; aged 67 y. 11 m. 5 d. He was preceded in death by 2 children. He is survived by his wife, Lillie M. Bowers Kauffman, also these brothers and sisters (Aaron of Kreadyville, Benjamin and Reuben of East Petersburg, Pre. Hiram of Landisville, Lizzie Ann, wife of Frank N. Kreider, and Barbara Kauffman of East Petersburg). He united with the Mennonite Church at East Petersburg many years ago, was ordained as deacon of the same place at the age of 34 years, and served in that office faithfully until the Lord called him to his reward. He was one of the founders of the Mennonite Home at Oreville, near Lancaster. Shortly after its organization he became president of the board of directors and served faithfully in that office until death. He had a gift of song and was a lover of vocal music. He is much missed in all these activities, as well as everywhere. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at their home by Bro. Isaac Brubaker and at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Henry Lutz and John Gochnauer. Text, I Sam. 20:18 (latter clause) and Rev. 14:13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"If we could hear him singing
As we think he's singing now;
If we could see the brightness
Of the crown upon his brow,
There would be no sighs to worry
And of bitter no more,
When we think of our loved one
Who has gone to yonder shore."

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XXV, Number 42 - January 19, 1933 - page 894,895

YODER. ­ VICTOR HERBERT, son of Alvin and Thelma Yoder of Middlebury, Ind., was born Jan. 6, 1933, lived a few hours then took his flight to be with Jesus. He leaves parents, 1 little brother (Alvin, Jr.), 4 grandparents and 4 great-grandparents. A prayer service was held at the home conducted by Silas Yoder, Jan 7, after which he was laid to rest in the Grace Lawn Cemetery at Middlebury, Ind.

SHIREY. ­ BARBARA LORRAINE Shirey was born Nov. 27, 1932; died Dec. 23, 1932. Barbara came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Shirey of Pinckney, Mich., and brought cheer and sunshine for a period of 27 days, after which she left this earthly home. Her parents, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of other relatives survive. May we acknowledge God's hand and the working of His will among us. A short service was held at the home at Pinckney and then the body was brought to Cascade for burial.

A little flower of Love,
That blossomed but to die;
Transplanted now above,
To bloom with God on high.
-The Family

UNZICKER. ­ BARBARA (GUINGERICH) Unzicker was born in Neuberg, Germany, May 8, 1843; died at the home of her son, William, in Fisher, Ill., Dec. 25, 1932; aged 89 y. 7 m. 17 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 15, and remained a faithful member until death. She was married to William Unzicker in October, 1872. To this union were born 9 children, of whom 3 boys and 4 girls preceded her in death, having died in infancy. Her husband also preceded her in death, having died March 22, 1932. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sons (William and Joseph, both of Fisher, Ill.), 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren; also a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church, Bros. J. A. Heiser and Harold Zehr in charge. Text, Psa. 16:6. Interment in East Bend Cemetery.

NEFF. ­ ABRAM J. Neff of Broadway, Va., son of the late Joseph Neff, was born Nov. 1, 1870; died at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Dec. 28, 1932; aged 62 y. 1 m. 27 d. His wife, Elizabeth Harpine Neff, passed away about two months ago. His health not being good, the shock of her sudden departure weighed heavily upon him and his condition soon after became serious. He has been a member of the Mennonite Church for thirty years, he and his wife having come to the Church together in their early married life. He is survived by his aged mother (Sister Delilah Neff), 1 daughter (Mary, at home), 2 brothers (Robert and William), and many relatives and friends. Our hearts go out in deepest sympathy to this family in their sore bereavement. Funeral services were conducted at Zion Church by Bros. A. D. Wenger, P. E. Shank, and O. B. Shannon. Text, Matt. 5:3. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

KLINGELSMITH. ­ BENJAMIN Klingelsmith was born April 3, 1859, in Miami Co., Ind.; died Dec. 26, 1932; aged 73 y. 8 m. 23 d. He was united in marriage Aug. 8, 1883, to Sarah Feller. Five sons and four daughters were born to this union. One son and one daughter preceded him in death. He leaves his widow and the following children: Bessie Jansie of Seward, Nebr.; Harry, Grover, and Oakie McCurdy of Brethren, Mich.; Leona Robertson of Akron, Ohio; Clyde and Dewey of Barberton, Ohio; also 24 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (Andrew of Catawissa, Mo.). He has been a member of the Mennonite Church since 1889. He leaves a host of relatives and friends. Bro. and Sister Klingelsmith have resided in Michigan since 1914. Funeral services were held in the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Chief, Mich., Dec. 29, 1932, in charge of C. C. Culp. Text Job 14:14,15.

MAUST. ­ JOSEPHINE RUTH SHETLER Maust was born at Centralia, Mo., Dec. 8, 1912; died Dec. 18, 1932 at her home near Bay Port, Mich.; aged 20 y. 10 d. She united with the church of her faith at the age of 12 years. She was loyal to her calling, always filling her place as long as health permitted. She united in marriage with Joseph Maust on Jan. 29, 1931. She had been in failing health for several months, but was confined to her bed for only five weeks. She had embolism of the heart, but was very patient in her suffering. She leaves her sorrowing husband, parents, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. God called and said, "Come up higher." The funeral sermon was preached by M. S. Zehr of Pigeon and Eli Frey of Wauseon, Ohio. Texts, Rev. 21:4 and James 4:13,14.

"Josephine has gone and left us,
And our hearts are sad and lone,
But we hope again to join her,
Singing praises round God's throne."
By the friends.

SHANTZ. ­ CATHARINE GOETZ was born in France on April 20, 1846; died in Kitchener, Ont., Jan 1, 1933, after a lingering illness; aged 86 y. 8 m. 12 d. She came to Canada with her parents in 1851. On Feb. 26, 1866, she was united in marriage with Abram C. Shantz, who predeceased her 11 years. To this union were born 11 children, 2 sons (Ephraim and Isaac) having died in childhood. In early life she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined the Mennonite Church in which fellowship she remained until death. She leaves 4 sons (Joseph of Breslau, Irvin and Nelson of Kitchener, and Abram of Breslau Road), 5 daughters (Mrs. J. W. Schiedel of Breslau, Mrs. John Shiry of Kitchener, Mrs. Dan Brox of Spruce Grove, Alta., Mrs. Joel Gole, Dunrankin, Ont., Mrs. Peter Martin, Breslau Road), 1 brother (Frank Goetz, Brown City, Mich.), 35 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Jan. 5 from the home of her son, Irvin, to the Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, for services and burial in adjoining cemetery. Funeral service conducted by Bro. Oscar Burkholder. Text, Jno. 14:1-3.

MOOSE. ­ DORRIS ALBERT, son of Benjamin F. and Margaret Moose, was born Oct. 28, 1911; died Jan. 5, 1933; aged 21 y. 2 m. 8 d. Dorris, his brother and father were felling trees on their farm near New Wilmington, Pa., and as one of the trees fell Dorris was caught and his leg fractured in two places. He was immediately taken to the hospital where everything possible was done for him but he failed to recover. He is survived by his parents, a sister (Mrs. Roy Kauffman), a brother (Paul, at home), 1 niece, 1 nephew, 1 aged grandmother, besides a host of relatives and friends. He was a faithful and obedient boy in the home. At the age of 13 he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Maple Grove Church near New Wilmington, of which he was a faithful member and worker until death. He will be greatly missed in the home, in the Church, and community. We cannot understand why he was called away so young in life, but God's way is the best way. The funeral was largely attended, with services at the home and church. Services were conducted by the home ministers. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

REESER. ­ MARY (NOFZIGER) Reeser, wife of Jacob Reeser, was born at Archbold, Ohio, March 20, 1869; died at her home at Albany, Oreg., Dec. 5, 1932; aged 63 y. 8 m. 16 d. She was married to Jacob Reeser in August 1889. To this union were born 8 sons and 3 daughters. She leaves her husband and all her children as follows: Simon and Dewey of Van Nuys, Calif.; William, Jessie, Edwin, Cecil, Ray, Walter, Mrs. Lena Erb, Mrs. Jennie Erb, and Mrs. Marie Widmer, all of Albany; also 33 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. She was in failing health for several months. She bore her suffering patiently and cheerfully, which was characteristic of her life. She accepted Christ when a young woman, united with the Mennonite Church, to which she has remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at her late home and at the Grace Mennonite church, by W. Harley King, assisted by N. A. Lind.

"Rest on, dear 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."
The Family.

LINDER. ­ SAMUEL, son of Peter and Barbara Linder, was born near Harrisburg, Ohio, May 5, 1867. On Nov. 21, 1895 he was united in marriage to Leah Miller. He united with the Mennonite Church when he was 19 years old and continued faithful until the end, always willing to lend a helping hand in time of need. On Dec. 28, he left home with his team and wagon, and when only a short distance away his wagon was hit by an automobile and he was seriously injured. He was rushed to the Mercy Hospital, Canton, O. He never regained consciousness and at about 8 o'clock in the evening he passed away; aged 65 y. 7 m. 23 d. He is survived by his wife, 1 foster daughter (Mabel Hilty Linder), 5 brothers (Joseph, David, Daniel, Amos and Eli, all of the vicinity of Harrisburg), and a large number of relatives and friends. His parents, 1 infant brother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters (Christian, Peter, John, Jacob, Katie, Magdalene and Mary) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. O. N. Johns and assisted by Brethren Alvin Hostetler, John D. Miller, and J. A. Liechty. Text, I Sam. 20:18. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

AUKER. ­ RAYMOND BENNER, youngest son of Lucian and Frances (Benner) Auker, was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Oct. 23, 1903; died at Wilcox, Ariz., Dec. 13, 1932; aged 29 y. 1 m. 20 d. Oct. 15, 1927, he was united in marriage to Cora Geneva Carpenter. This union was blessed with 3 children (Claribelle, Raymond Jr., and Joyce Lee). About 4 years ago he contracted tuberculosis and in October, 1929, he with his wife and child migrated to Arizona in the hope of regaining his health. His hope, however, was not realized and he gradually grew worse till death claimed him. He renewed his relationship with his Lord just prior to his death and gave testimony that he was saved and happy. The body was returned to the home of the parents, who, with his companion and 3 children, survive. The following brothers and sisters also remain: Mrs. Blair Smith of Rittman, Ohio, Mrs. Ed Steigerwalt near Wadsworth, O., Roy of Chippewa Lake, Stanley of Wadsworth, O., Mrs. Ralph Simpson of Seville, O., and Mrs. Elam Brubaker of near Wadsworth, O. Funeral services were held Dec. 19, at Bethel Church, conducted by the brethren, J. M. Kreider, S. D. Rohrer, and I. J. Buchwalter. Burial in the Lower Mennonite Cemetery.

EASH. ­ FANNIE, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth YODER, was born Dec. 6, 1873, near Goshen, Ind.; died Jan. 2, 1933, in her home in Middlebury, Ind. On Sept. 9, 1894, she was united in marriage to Orien Kerlin, who preceded her in death Oct. 24, 1912. A foster daughter (Florence) came into their home at the age of 3 years old and was reared in their home. On Dec. 27, 1928, she was again united in marriage to Samuel C. Eash. She leaves her husband, her daughter (Mrs. Ernest Messner), 2 grandchildren of Constantine, Mich., 2 brothers (David and Harvey Yoder of Middlebury). Her parents, 1 brother and 1 sister preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, became a member of the Clinton Frame Church, later transferred her membership to the Middlebury Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. On Dec. 11, she became afflicted with heart trouble and influenza and suffered intensely, but bore her suffering patiently. She was of a cheerful disposition and her place was seldom vacant in the church when health permitted. She will be missed in the home, neighborhood, and in the Church. Funeral services were held at the Middlebury Mennonite Church with Bros. Silas Yoder and Earl Miller officiating. Burial in Forest Grove Cemetery.

SOMMERS. ­ DANIEL J., son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Slabaugh) Sommers, was born Oct. 12, 1863, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died Jan. 1, 1933; aged 69 y. 2 m. 20 d. In 1883 he was united in marriage to Mary Weaver who died in 1887. To this union were born 2 daughters (Janie of Kokomo, Ind., and Lizzie Ann who died at the age of 16). Forty-three years ago on New Years Day, at exactly of the hour of his death, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Zook. To this union were born the following children: Edwin, Katie, Monroe, Fannie, Noah, Willard, Raymond, Albert, Elmer, Clayton and Esther. All are living around home, excepting Katie who is a missionary in the Central Province of far-off India. Besides the wife and children, he leaves 2 brothers (Joe and Christ), 2 sisters (Lizzie Boley and Mattie Blosser), and 30 grandchildren; 2 grandchildren preceded him to the spirit world. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church to which he remained faithful. Recently he expressed a gladness and joy in the fact that he lived to see his children grown and all active members of the church of his choice. Though in failing health for the last 12 or 15 years he bore it all patiently and without murmuring. In the last 4 or 5 months he failed much more rapidly to the end.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

LICHTY. ­ BARBARA (ERB) Lichty was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., July 6, 1861; died on Dec. 13, 1932; aged 71 y. 5 m. 7 d. Death occurred rather suddenly. She was on a visit to her daughter (Mrs. Cyranius Kipfer at Waterloo) and while there but a few hours was stricken with paralysis. After an illness of three days, she fell asleep in Jesus to awake in the great resurrection morning. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member till God saw fit to call her home. On March 30, 1879, she was united in holy marriage to Bro. Joseph F. Lichty. She was always concerned about her children, and tried to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 sons (Joseph E. and John E.), 6 daughters (Mrs. J. S. Wagler, Mrs. N. S. Roth, Mrs. Amos Kipfer, Mrs. J. S. Roth, Mrs. Cyranius Kipfer, and Mrs. Ezra Kropf), 1 brother (John Sterie), 1 sister (Mrs. Charles Alexandra), 59 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral was held Dec. 16 from her late home near Wellesley, Ont., with services at the St. Agatha A. M. Church and cemetery, conducted by the brethren, Christian Gascho and Peter Boshart, of the same church.

"The call was short, the shock severe,
To part with her we loved so dear;
Our hope's in heaven that we may meet,
And then our joy will be complete."

YODER. ­ FANNIE Z., daughter of John and Leah (Zook) HARTZLER, was born in Belleville, Pa., July 14, 1853. In her youth she became a member of the Mennonite Church there. Later, she came to Logan Co., O. and transferred her membership to the South Union Mennonite Church. She was married to Levi K. Yoder, Dec. 21, 1876. To this union were born 1 son (John I. Yoder) and 3 daughters (Mrs. Elba King, Mrs. Joe L. Plank and Anna Yoder, at home). They established their home nearly 56 years ago in Union Township. In 1910 they moved to their present home one-half mile west of West Liberty. Mother was interested in making a real home for her family and in giving her children every possible advantage. But her chief interest was their religious training. She was a regular attendant at church and took an active interest in its service and in the work of the women's missionary sewing circle. When health no longer permitted her to attend the meetings of this circle she contributed many quilt and comfort tops she had pieced at home. She had been in failing health for several years. Nov. 28 she became much worse and was confined to her bed in a semi-conscious condition until her death Dec. 6, 1932, aged 79 y. 4 m. 22 d. She is survived by her husband, son, 3 daughters, 17 grandchildren, a brother (Yost Hartzler of West Liberty), and 2 sisters (Leah and Rebecca Hartzler of Belleville, Pa.). Funeral services were held at South Union Church in charge of John Y. King, assisted by Levi Plank. Burial in cemetery near the church.

BRUBAKER. ­ JONAS A. Brubaker was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Nov. 4, 1850. In October, 1872 as a young man he came to Elkhart Co., Ind. and worked on a farm just across the road from the present home. On Nov. 6, 1873, he was united in marriage to Sarah, daughter of John and Mary Yoder. To this union were born 2 daughters and 2 sons. A daughter (Mary Ann) died in infancy. Sister Brubaker passed to her reward Nov. 11, 1927. Bro. Brubaker was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1879. In the spring of 1886 the Church needed a deacon and on April 24, Bro. Jonas was called to this important position which he faithfully filled until his last illness. On Nov. 13, 1932, he attended his last service, which was communion Sunday. After taking his part in this service he admonished the congregation to faithfulness and in closing remarked that this would possibly be his last, as he was longing to go home. The day following he took sick and did not again return to the house of the Lord. He was much concerned for the welfare of the Church and a scripture which he often repeated to the congregation is, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." On Nov. 14 he took down with bronchial pneumonia followed by complications. He suffered much but bore it with much patience and with Christian fortitude. He peacefully fell asleep Monday morning, Dec. 26; aged 82 y. 1 m. 22 d. He leaves 2 sons and 1 daughter (William of Wakarusa, John of Elkhart, and Mrs. Harvey Cook (Bertha) at the home place), 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Olive church, conducted by the home ministers, C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder.

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

ZOOK. ­ MARY MALINDA UMBERGER was born May 31, 1871, in Salsbury, Boon Co., Mo.; died at the family home in Larned, Kans., Jan. 6, 1933; aged 61 y. 7 m. 6 d. She was the daughter of James and Matilda Umberger and with her parents came to Pawnee Co., in 1887 and settled in the Valley View neighborhood. On March 11, 1891 she was married to Daniel B. Zook and to this union 5 children were born: Walter A., Mamie Ellen, who died in infancy, Abner J., Mrs.Walter Schertz and Miss Lela, all of Larned, Kans., except Mrs. Walter Schertz, who resides in La Junta, Colo. Early in life she became a member of the Baptist Church, but after her marriage she transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church. She leaves besides her immediate family, 2 sisters (Mrs. John W. Fertig of Larned and Mrs. Laura Warren of Winfield, Kans.), and 1 brother (John S. Umberger, a Baptist minister of Okanoga, Wash.), 6 grandchildren, and 55 nieces and nephews. Mrs. Zook lived a consecrated Christian life to the end. Her mother love, and devotion to her family and friends was such as only a pure, sweet Christian character is able to give. No toil was too exacting, no task too great for her to perform, if in her meek and humble spirit she was helping those she loved. In the rural church, for a quarter of a century, she taught a primary Sunday school class, and it was a joy to her in her declining years to know that the most of her pupils were professed Christians, and to the very last of her prayers and influence were devoted to those she contacted in her Sunday school work. She was a great believer in the power of example. Her home was the seat of her love and devotion, and she lived and sacrificed for those she loved. All her children and grandchildren were brought to her Savior. Her last illness, of long duration, was marked by her complete surrender to her Savior. One of her favorite scripture passages is found in Micah 6:8. Funeral services were held on Jan. 9 at Larned, Kans., where a large concourse of relatives and friends met to pay their last tribute of respect to her whom they loved. Services were in charge of Bro. Allen H. Erb of La Junta, Colo., assisted by Bro. J. J. Zimmerman of Harper, Kans., and Mr. Shook, pastor of the Methodist Church of the Larned community. Burial was in the cemetery near Zook.

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XXV, Number 44 - January 26, 1933 ­ page 926,927

KEIM. ­ EUGENE FRANCIS, son of Jonas and Neada Keim, Shanesville, Ohio, died Jan. 8, 1933; aged 4 d. His sickness was hemorrhage. He leaves his parents and 2 brothers. Services, at the home and at the grave, by A. W. Miller. Burial at the Walnut Creek A. M. cemetery.

MILLER. ­ HARRIET WEBB Miller died at her home near Arbutus Park, Cambria Co., Pa., Jan. 5, 1933, aged 77 y. She was married to Moses Miller in 1882. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter who survive her. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Evangelical Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Weaver Mennonite Church by R. R. Doverspike and S. G. Shetler. The body was laid away in the Weaver Cemetery.

EASH. ­ ANNIE (McDONALD), wife of Bro. Jacob M. Eash, was born near Lovely, Pa.; died in her home near Salix, Cambria Co., Pa., aged 63 y. She was first married to Joseph A. Mock, to which union were born 8 children, 4 of whom survive. Besides 4 children, she was also preceded in death by 4 brothers and 1 sister. One brother and 1 sister survive. She was married to Jacob Eash, Jan. 14, 1925, who also survives her. Following a brief service in the home the body was taken to the Mt. Union Evangelical Church in Lovely, of which she was a lifelong member. Services in charge of the Evangelical pastor assisted by S. G. Shetler. Interment in the Mt. Union Cemetery.

WHITMER. ­ SARAH E., wife of Frank Whitmer and daughter of the late Robert and Rebecca WEBSTER, was born Nov. 16, 1862, near Broadway, Va.; died Dec. 1, 1932; aged 70 y. 15 d. She had been in failing health for several years, but the immediate cause of her death was paralysis. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, attending services at the Zion church near her home. She was a faithful, loving wife and mother and is sorely missed in her home. Besides her husband she is survived by 3 children: Cornelius R. of Harrisonburg, Vernon of Washington, and Martha (Mrs. Luther Wilt); 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. Two sons (Simon and Lewis) preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at Linville Creek Church of the Brethren by Bros. A. G. Heishman and Jos. Geil. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

HICKSON. ­ ROBERT Hickson was born in Warren, Ky., May 8, 1911; died in Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 16, 1932; aged 21 y. 7 m. 8 d. He underwent a very serious operation at the Knoxville General Hospital about four months prior to his death and gradually grew weaker until the end. He accepted Christ while in the hospital, and on Oct. 10, in his home, he was received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism. During his affliction he would often speak of Jesus, and when he was encouraged to continue putting his trust in Him he would say, "Jesus is the only friend I have." His father who was also a member of the Mennonite Church, preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, stepfather, 6 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were conducted Dec.18 in the home by Bros. Wm. Jennings and Hiram Weaver. The body was laid to rest in the family cemetery near Clinton, Tenn.

WEAVER. ­ HIRAM T. Weaver was born Nov. 20, 1845; died in the home of his son-in-law near Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa.; aged 87 y. 1 m. 10 d. He was married to Louisa Weaver, who preceded him in death. To this union were born 3 children (Levi H., deacon in the Weaver congregation, near Geistown; David of Davidsville; Emma, wife of Stephen Hostetler, with whom he made his home for a number of years). He is survived by his children, 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Alexander, a minister in the Weaver congregation), and 1 sister (Mrs. John H. Blough). He was a very faithful member of the Mennonite Church for more than 60 years. His place was very seldom vacant in church services. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler, L. A. Blough. And Hiram Wingard. The body was laid away in the family plot of the Weaver Cemetery.

SNIDER. ­ SUSANNAH, daughter of the late Simon SHANTZ, and widow of the late Solomon Snider, was born Apr. 6, 1846; died in Waterloo Co., Ont., at the home of Oliver D. Snider, Dec. 30, 1932; aged 86 y. 8 m. 22 d. She was married to Solomon Snider in October, 1897, who predeceased her 3 years ago, 1 daughter Angeline (Mrs. Jacob Musselman) also predeceased her. She leaves 4 children (Mrs. Alvin Shantz, Addison and Oliver of Elmira, and Irvin of Guernsey, Sask.), 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren by her foster family relation. The funeral took place from the home of Oliver D. Snider to Elmira Mennonite Church for services where she was a faithful member. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bishops Jonas Snider and Moses Brubacher. Texts, Job 14:14 and Prov. 4:18.

"The room is empty now
Since grandmother is at rest,
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say, God thought it best."

CLARK. ­ WIDEUS K. Clark, born Jan. 20, 1878, a resident at the Harvey County Home, died suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1933; aged 54 y. 11 m. 20 d. He had been a resident at the Home since 1922, and died of a heart attack while at his work about the farm. The officials at the Home spoke highly of his dependability and usefulness as a resident of the Home. He was for several years a member of the Hesston, Kans., Mennonite Church, having been led to Christ through extension work done by Hesston College students. The funeral was held at the Hesston church. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Luella Clark, Chillicothe, Mo.; Mrs. Zona Eck, Starkport, Ia.; Lee Clark, Chicago; Everett and Luther Clark, Dodge City, Kans.; Mrs. H. G. Nerrett and Mrs. Charles Nerrett, Newton, Kans. His first wife died, and the addresses of the two children by this marriage are unknown. The ministers, I. E. Burkhart and M. A. Yoder, officiated at the service. Interment in cemetery adjoining the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church.

STAUFFER. ­ MARY, daughter of David H. and Anna BYERS, was born in Woodbury, Pa., Jan. 11, 1879; died Jan. 11, 1933; aged 54 y. She accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church 32 years ago, and lived a devoted and consistent Christian life. Her husband, Bro. Milton B. Stauffer, preceded her in death over 20 years. She appeared in excellent health when she started to visit a sick neighbor. On the way she fell unconscious and died a few minutes later, aged exactly 54 years, having died on the date of her birth. She leaves two sons (Mark and Harry), 4 brothers (Abraham, Daniel, Irwin and Jacob Byers, all of Woodbury), and one sister (Mrs. Musser Kreider of Martinsburg, Pa.). Funeral services were held Jan.13 in the Woodbury Lutheran Church, conducted by D. I. Stonerook, I. K. Metzler, J. E. Rowland, and Daniel Kauffman. On the following day the remains were taken to Lancaster Co., Pa., where services were held at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Benj. Wenger and D. I. Stonerook. Interment in adjoining cemetery, by the side of her husband.

RISSER. ­ ANNA (HORST) Risser was born near Cearfoss, Md., Oct. 5, 1879; died Jan. 7, 1933; aged 53 y. 3 m. 2 d. On Dec. 16, 1902, she was united in marriage to Jacob H. Risser, to which union were born 9 children, 3 of whom preceded her to the glory world. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Amos Diller, Mason & Dixon, Pa.; Mrs. Mark Petre and Mrs. Adin Hege, Maugansville, Md.; Anna, Mary, and Amos, at home; also the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Abram Shank, Mrs. D. H. Eshelman, Mrs. R. R. Eby, and Martin M. Horst, Cearfoss, Md.; C. M. and A. M. Horst, Hagerstown, Md.; Pre. M. K. and Amos M. Horst, Maugansville, Md. To her fond memories are left (1) her loyalty to the Reiffs Mennonite congregation; (2) her consistent example as a mother in Israel; (3) her faithful companionship; (4) her untiring devotion to her children; (5) her tender and peaceable attitude toward everybody. Funeral services from her late home were conducted by D. M. Strite, D. R. Lesher and D. T. Martin. Interment in the Reiffs Mennonite Cemetery.

GEISER. ­ KATHARINE Geiser, daughter of John and Katharine SWARTZ, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Mar. 20, 1848; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. N. C. Steiner, near Orrville, Ohio, Jan. 14, 1933; aged 84 y. 9 m. 25 d. On May 18, 1869, she was united in marriage to David Geiser. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. In 1888 her husband died, leaving her with a large family of small children, the oldest being but seventeen years old. The task of caring for her children and keeping them together seemed to some an impossibility, but her mother love set to the task and by the help of God (as she said) she kept them together until they grew to manhood and womanhood. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she continued until death. Since the death of her husband 2 daughters and 1 son have also departed this life. She leaves to mourn her departure 4 sons, 3 daughters, 40 grandchildren living, 21 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 17 at the Crown Hill Church. Those having part in the services were Brethren I. W. Royer, Noah Hilty, I. J. Buchwalter and E. F. Hartzler. Text, Jno. 19:27. Interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

ZOOK. ­ SAMUEL MILTON Zook was born near Belleville, Pa., Oct. 18, 1867; died near Greenwood, Del., Dec. 21, 1932; aged 65 y. 2 m. 3 d. He is survived by his companion, several adopted children, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. He was in failing health for several years. About three weeks before his death he was overtaken with a more severe illness which finally resulted in pneumonia, which lasted only a few days. He was a faithful member of the Greenwood A. M. Church, always taking a sympathetic attitude toward the Church, supporting the work in a conscientious yet considerate way. The help which he gave standing under the arms of the ministry will be greatly missed. Those who witnessed his departure were made to feel the presence of angels as a deep smile covered his face while those present softly sang the chorus:

"Soon with angels I'll be marching,
With bright glory on my brow;
Who will share my blissful portion,
Who will love my Savior now."

His presence in the church and in the community and especially in the home will be missed but we could not desire to withhold from him the joys which are now his. May the Lord help us all to press onward and upward. Funeral services were conducted in the A. M. Church by Eli Swartzendruber, George Hostetler, Amos Ogburn, and Nevin Bender. Texts, I Pet. 1:3; I Thess. 4:13; II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

GONGWER. ­ SALOME MARGARET, daughter of John and Mary YODER, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 6, 1864. She was united in marriage to Albert Gongwer of Ashland Co., Ohio, Mar. 9, 1889. To this union seven children were born. Bro. Gongwer and an infant daughter preceded her in death. When Bro. Gongwer passed on in 1904 he left his companion with six small children to make the struggle in life. The oldest was twelve years and the youngest was twenty-one months. She went through this struggle with an implicit faith in God. One expression which she often made was, "I do not know what I would have done if it had not been that my relatives, the Church, neighbors, and merchants of Wakarusa had helped me through these struggles." Her one desire in life was to bring up her children in the fear of the Lord. About 1902 she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church at Olive and as long as health permitted she was a faithful attendant at all services. Her interests in life were centered about God, the Church, and her home. Sister Gongwer never was blessed with robust health, but in all her afflictions she never murmured. She always desired to be a helper rather than a burden. About the middle of December she was stricken with heart trouble and on the morning of Dec. 26 she fell asleep. Age 68 y. 6 m. 20 d. She leaves 4 sons and 2 daughters (Maurice, Vernon, Florence, Walter, Grace and Willis), 16 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. A tribute of the children: "We are glad that we always had a Christian mother."

"Night after night she watched a little bed,
Night after night she cooled a fevered head,
Day after day she guarded little feet,
Taught little minds the dangers of the street,
Taught little lips to utter simple prayers,
Whispered of strength that some day would be theirs,
And trained them all to use them as they should.
She gave her babies to the nation's good."

Funeral services were conducted by the home ministers, C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder at the Olive church.

SUTTON. ­ EDNA, daughter of Samuel and Katherine McGEE, was born near Louisville, Ky., Jan. 28, 1886; died at the Mennonite Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo., Dec. 29, 1932; after 16 years of patient suffering from tuberculosis and complications: aged 46 y. 11 m. 1 d. At the age of one year, death entered the home and claimed the wife and mother. Edna was reared to young womanhood in the home of her paternal grandmother in Louisville. At about the age of 20 she was united in marriage to John Sutton, and lived in matrimony about 13 years. No children were born to this union. After her marriage she cared for her aged father-in-law and mother-in-law devotedly, giving her time and strength as long as her health permitted. In 1917, broken in health, she entered the Waverly Hill Sanitarium at Waverly, Ky. After spending 2 years there, she came to Colorado in search of health in 1919, and on Aug. 26 of that year she was admitted to the Mennonite Sanitarium as a patient. Since that time, with the exception of 6 months spent at Canon City in 1920, she has been confined to that institution. In her early life she was converted and became a member of the Christian Church. After spending some time at the Sanitarium she desired to unite with the Mennonite Church, and in accordance with her wish she was received by baptism into the Mennonite faith, remaining faithful until death. Her life of devotion and her loyalty to the doctrines of the Church has been an inspiration to all who were intimately associated with her. She spent much time in Bible study, in reading other valuable literature, and in prayer. She possessed an unwavering faith in God and during the past year she many times expressed her desire to exchange this life for her Home in heaven. She leaves 2 brothers, 2 sisters (Mrs. James Gibles and Mrs. Ottis Tucker), several uncles, aunts, nephews, and nieces; also many friends. Funeral held Dec. 31 from the Mennonite Church at La Junta, Colo., conducted by E. E. Showalter, J. A. Heatwole, and Allen H. Erb. Text, Phil. 1:21. Body laid to rest in the Mennonite cemetery west of La Junta.

Transcribed by Debra Walker, Florida

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