Gospel Herald Obituaries - May, 1933

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVI, No. 5 - May 4, 1933, Page 110, 111

Johnson - Alice E. Johnson was born at Masontown, Pa., Jan. 6, 1862; died April 14, 1933; aged 71 y. 3 m. 8 d. She was never married, and made her home in the latter years, with her sister and nephew. Her closing testimony was concerning her peace with her Lord and her preparation to meet Him. A paralytic stroke ten days before her death caused unconsciousness in her last few days upon earth. The funeral was conducted on Easter Sunday afternoon, which gave occasion for a resurrection message on that occasion.

Honsaker - Susanna (Christophel) Honsaker was born near Masontown, Pa., Aug. 3, 1854; died Jan. 27, 1933; aged 78 y. 5 m. 24 d. She had been in failing health for the past couple years, but the more immediate cause leading to her death was a stroke on July 4, last. She was bedfast for the nearly seven months, until her death. She was a very patient sufferer. As a young girl she was a member of the Presbyterian Church. But upon her marriage to Josiah Honsaker she united with the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the house in charge of her paster, A.J. Metzler, assisted by ____ Shields of the Presbyterian Church.

Yoder - Wilma Jane, daughter of Aden and Nettie Yoder, was born Feb. 26, 1927, near Peru, Ind.; died April 16, 1933, at the home near Bennetts Switch, Ind., after an illness of six weeks with heart ailment, during which she suffered immensely, although she bore it patiently even to the end. Wilma was a lovable child and always had a desire to attend her Sunday school. She leaves parents, a brother (Paul), two sisters (Doris and Julia Anna), a grandmother, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted April 18 from the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church by Sherman Kendall and Jacob K. Bixler. Interment in the Christner Cemetery.

Wood - June Elizabeth, infant daughter of Arthur and Effie (Kraus) Wood of Denbigh, Va., died April 12, 1933; aged 10 m. 10 d. Little Jane had been ill for the last five months of her short life, and suffered so much that we can, even through our tears, understand the loving Providence that removed her from this vale to the happy land above where "there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain." Surviving are her parents, grandmother Kraus, grandfather Wood, and other relatives. Private funeral services were held in the home and at the grave, conducted by Bro. Daniel Shenk. Burial in Warwick River Cemetery.

Ligo - Malinda, daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth (Kurtz) Zook, was born near New Wilmington, Pa., Sept. 14, 1862; died at her home April 4, 1933, of cancer; aged 70 y. 6 m. 20 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church. She was married to Shepherd C. Ligo, who preceded her in death 15 years ago. To this union were born 4 children (Ida L., John E., Mrs. Roy Moose, and Alice E.), all of whom survive. She also leaves 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Sam Miller and Mrs. Emma Kanagy). Funeral services were conducted April 7 by E.J. Zook, J.R. Neale, and J.N. Smucker. Interment at the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Mast - Ella (King) Mast, aged 52 years, was born in Logan Co., Ohio on July 11, 1880, to Christ and Mary King. She was the second daughter in a family of eight children. Four of these and her husband, father, and mother preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves her 1 son (Verl), 3 sisters (Nanie, Arie, and Della), a number of nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. She had been in failing health for more than a year, but died suddenly Thursday evening, April 13. Funeral services were held April 15 at the Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Joe Horner and Niles Slabaugh. Burial in the Mast Cemetery.
"Ella's place is vacant now, since she has gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow, and say, 'God thought it best.'"

Eash - Russel Dean, son of Wallace and Laura Eash, died April 17, 1933; aged 2 months, lacking one day. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Donald Eugene), a grandfather and grandmother, and a number of relatives and friends.
"A bud the gardener gave us, a pure and lovely child;
He gave it to our keeping to cherish undefiled.
But just as it was opening to the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly Father, and took our bud away."

Diffenbaugh - Hettie A. Leaman, widow of the late Benjamin H. Diffenbaugh, died at the home of her son, Harry L. Diffenbaugh, in East Lampeter Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., April 11, 1933; aged 80 y. 10 m. 26 d. Her husband died five years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mellinger congregation of the Mennonite Church many years, and by her gentle, kind disposition endeared herself to her relatives and large circle of friends who often visited her during her last illness of seven weeks. Her patience, contentment, and smiles, when she spoke of her parting hour, gave more than ordinary visions of the beauty of the closing of a Christian life. She leaves 3 sons (Benjamin of DeKalb, Ill., Abraham L. of Lancaster, and Harry L., at whose home she died). Funeral on Good Friday afternoon at Mellinger's, where Bro. Elmer G. Martin preached from Psa. 27:4.

Schrock - Noah, son of Christian and Leah (Lehman) Schrock, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 10, 1848; died April 16, 1933, at his late home near Sharon Center, Ia.; aged 84 y. 4 m. 6 d. In 1866 he came with his parents to Iowa, locating near Sharon Center. He died on the same farm. In his early youth he united with the Amish Mennonite church, to which he remained true and faithful to the end. On Feb. 6, 1876 he united in marriage with Elizabeth Kinsinger. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters (Jacob and Edward at home, William of Kalona, Ia., Carrie of Kalona, Ia., and Katie and Nettie at home). Old age and complications of disease caused his death. His wife preceded him to the great beyond Aug. 12, 1927. He also leaves 3 brothers (Harry, Michael, and Ben), and 6 grandchildren to mourn his departure. Funeral was held at the home of Simon Slaubach, conducted by Jonas Otto and S.J. Kemp. Burial in the Easch Cemetery.

Metzler - Leah Metzler was born near New Springfield, Ohio, Mar, 17, 1844; died at Denbigh, Va., Feb. 10, 1933. She was a daughter of John and Elizabeth Metzler. She was the last of a family of 13 children. Among her brothers was A. Metzler long Supt. of the Orphans' Home, West Liberty, Ohio. She was never married. For many years she had her home with her sister, Mrs. S.P. Yoder. After Sister Yoder's death she made her home with her niece Mrs. L.J. Shenk. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. Although she lived to an advanced age, she retained her faculties in a marked degree to the end. Since she was spared beyond most of those of her time and generation, she often wondered why it should be so, and looked forward to reunion with those who preceded her. The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted at the Warwick River Church by Daniel Shenk, assisted by J.F. Mast.

Hunsberger - Curtis, son of Preacher Daniel and Magdalena Hunsberger, deceased, was born in Louth Township, Lincoln Co., Ont., July 10, 1883; died at the home of his brother Melvin on the old home farm near Jordan Station, Ont., April 10, 1933; at the age of 49 y. 9 m. For more than thirty years he was an invalid, and used a wheel chair. Early in these years he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. He enjoyed Christian fellowship, and communion services were held regularly with him in the home. He was always cheerful and patent, and in many ways made his life useful, and he was endeared to all who knew him. His brother and three sisters survive him. Two sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held on April 12, conducted at the home by Mr. Albright, and at the Vineland Mennonite Church by S.F. Coffman, whose sermon was based on John 11:23. The body was laid by the side of those of his parents in the Vineland cemetery, in hope of the glorious resurrection.

Westenberger - Martha (Ebersole), wife of Bishop David Westenberger, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 6, 1856; died at her home in South Annville, Pa., March 30, 1933, after a six day illness caused by apoplexy; aged 76 y. 10 m. 24 d. On Oct. 14, 1880, she was married to David Westenberger, who survives. One sister (Mary), one brother (John), an adopted niece who has been in the home 38 years, and a number of other relatives also survive. Funeral services were held April 3 from her home by the home ministers, and at Gingrich's Church by Bishops Noah Landis (who spoke in the English language, text Rev. 14:13) and Noah Mack (who spoke in German, text Phil. 1:21). She united with the Mennonite Church on her 20th birthday, and was faithful to the end, having a deep concern for the Church. She was an ardent worker, and her seat was seldom vacant. The influence of her Spirit-filled life lives on. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her, for to know her was to love her.
"Quietly sleep, beloved one, rest from thy toil, thy labor's done;
Rest till the trump from the opening skies bids thee from dust to glory rise."
By a niece.

Miller - Emma Rebecca Miller was born in Washington Co., Iowa, April 10, 1904; died at her late home near Kalona, Iowa, April 11, 1933; aged 29 y. 1 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 15 years, was a faithful member of the East Union Mennonite Church, taking a deep interest in the activities of the Church where she will be greatly missed. Dec. 3, 1922, she was united in marriage to Sherman Miller To this union 4 daughters were born (Ellen Louisa, Ruby Anna, Nita Maye, and Barbara), who with their father mourn the death of a devoted and loving mother and companion. She is also survived by her parents (Bro. and Sister John J. Miller of Kalona), 1 sister (Susan), 2 brothers (Thomas of Kalona, and Leroy of Stuttgart, Ark.), besides a large number of near relatives and friends. She will not only be missed in the home but in the church and community as well. Her death was the result of being badly burned while engaged in the duties of the home, March 6. During the 5 weeks she suffered a great deal but never complained. From the first she was fully resigned to the Lord's will, often expressing herself as having a desire to get well if He so willed, and ready to go if He called. Her comfort and delight was in her friends reading for her and praying with her. We humbly submit to His will, "who doeth all things well." Funeral services were held April 13 from the East Union Mennonite Church, with interment in the East Union Cemetery. Services conducted by E.G. Swartzendruber and D.J. Fisher.

Kauffman - Elizabeth Sproal Kauffman, widow of the late Abraham Kauffman, was born in Miami Co., Ind., June 24, 1854; died April 13, 1933, at her home near Plevna, Ind.; aged 78 y. 9 m. 20 d. She was the oldest of six children born to Pre. Nobertus and Catherine Sproal, and the last of the family to pass away. Her entire life was spent in the same community. After her marriage on June 21, 1874, she entered upon the duties of a pioneer's wife and helped her husband who cleared the land and built their home in Howard Co., where she lived for almost sixty years. Death called the father in 1919. To this union were born seven children, two sons preceding her in death. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the end. She gave many examples of practical Christian living. She was faithful in attending church services and was especially interested in the cause of missions. Since 1917 she had contributed to the support of a native Bible woman in India. She was always ready to share her home with others, and took into her home a niece, Kathryn Hershberger Horner, when she was bereft of a mother at the age of three. Again at the death of a daughter-in-law, she opened her home to a baby granddaughter, Dorothy Kauffman, and cared for her. Death was due to old age and cancer. Those who remain to mourn the loss of mother and grandfather are four sons and a daughter (Clarence S., Priscilla C., and Elmer J. of Greentown; Norbertus of Mt. Etna, Ind.; Alvie M. of New London), 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and many friends and other relatives. Funeral services were conducted April 16 at the Howard-Miami Church by J.S. Horner and Jacob K. Bixler. Interment in the Schrock Cemetery.

Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVI, No. 6 - May 11, 1933, Page 143

Gassert - Ammon J. Gassert was born in August, 1888; died at his home, Rocherty, Pa., after a short illness of pieuro-pneumonia; aged 45 years. He followed his mother-in-law to the spirit world after a short period of three weeks. He united with the Rocherty U.B. church 20 years ago, and was faithful until death. He is survived by his wife, Hannah H. Gassert, his aged parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Rocherty U.B. church by Oscar Buch. Interment in the Iona Cemetery.

Petersheim - Barbara S., wife of Samuel M. Petersheim and daughter of Abraham and Barbara Kurtz of near Morgantown, Pa., was born May 14, 1864; died April 1, 1933, at her home in Morgantown; aged 68 y. 10 m. 17 d. One infant son preceded her to the glory world. She leaves her sorrowing husband, one foster son (Anthony M. Petersheim of Elverson, Pa.), one foster daughter (Mrs. Evan Hoffman, at home), also one sister (Mrs. Annie Zook of Narvon, Pa.). She was a member of the Conestoga A.M. Church. She died of blood poisoning after an illness of 4 days, during which she suffered great pain. We miss her very much; but we would not wish her back. Our loss is her gain.

Bricker - John A., son of Tobias and Maria (Eberly) Bricker, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and emigrated when but a boy, with his parents and one brother and two sisters, to Franklin Co., Pa., to a farm where he lived until about 12 years ago. Bro. Bricker was a carpenter by trade. He never married. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago, and was a faithful member until death. He died April 5, 1933; aged 82 y. 10 m. 13 d. Funeral services were held at the Strasburg meetinghouse, in charge of the Brethren John S. Burkholder and J. Irvin Lehman. Texts, Psa. 17:15 and Eccl. 12:5 (latter clause). The funeral was largely attended. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church. May his soul rest in peace.

Bachman - E. Elmer Bachman of Lampeter, Pa., was born April 7, 1867; died April 25, 1933; aged 66 y. 19 d. He was a member of the Brick Mennonite Church. His death was caused by a stroke of paralysis from which he suffered since August 22, 1932. But the last week of his suffering was comforting to us all for he had a song on his lips most of the time. One of his favorite hymns was "Home Over There." Funeral services were conducted at the home in Lampeter by Brethren Christian Brubaker and Jacob Harnish. His body was laid to rest in the Strasburg Cemetery. He leaves an invalid wife, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 3 granddaughters, 2 sisters, and a host of friends.
"Father, thou has left us lonely, but with one bright ray of light,
Causing us to feel with safety what the Savior does is right."
His son and wife.

Hitz - Fannie K. Hitz (nee Hoke) was born Aug. 27, 1866; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ammon Gassert, Rocherty, Pa., Mar. 17, 1933; aged 66 y. 6 m. 20 d. Death was due to a complication of diseases. She united with Gingerich's Mennonite Church 12 years ago, and was a faithful member until death. Her husband preceded her in death 3 years. She is survived by 4 daughters and 1 son (Mrs. Ammon Gassert, Mrs. Oscar Myers, Mrs. John Reist, Mrs. Marvin Mose, and Landis Hitz); also 14 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Ammon Gassert by Bro. Jacob Ebersole, and at Gingerich's Mennonite Church by Bros. Martin Weaver, Noah Risser, and David Westenberger. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Annville, Pa.

Yoder - Edith, daughter of Martin and Barbara Burkholder, was born near Orrville, Ohio, May 15, 1908; died April 15, 1933, at the Lewistown (Pa.) Hospital; aged 24 y. 11 m. On Feb. 6, 1930, she was united in marriage to Bro. Elmer E. Yoder of Belleville, Pa. To this union were born 1 daughter and 2 sons, her daughter having preceded her in death. At the age of 11 years she confessed Christ as her Lord and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she continued until death. Edith was a kind and faithful daughter, companion,and mother not seeking so much to please herself as to please others. She leaves her husband, 2 small boys, her mother, 2 sisters and a large number of relatives and friends. Her father and 1 daughter preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Locust Grove Church conducted by Brethren Elmer Yoder, E.D. Hess, and E.F. Hartzler. Text, Gal. 6:2. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Souder - Christian D. Souder was born Sept. 15, 1855; died April 3, 1933, at his home near Morwood, Pa. He suffered from uremic poisoning. He was bedfast for less than a week. We feel the loss of a kind and loving father, but we know our loss is his gain. He was a faithful member of the Franconia Mennonite Church for many years. He is survived by his widow (who before her marriage was Lizzie G. Bergey), 3 sons (Elvin, Menno, and Wilmer), 6 daughters (Alice - wife of late Sylvanus G. Gehman, Mary - wife of Abram N. Landis, Lizzie - wife of Elias N. Erb, Sallie - wife of Wilson F. Moyer, Barbara - wife of Jonas F. Mininger, and Esther - wife of Horace L. Bergey), 37 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held from his late home April 8, conducted by Bros. A.Z. Derstine and Jacob M. Moyer. Further services at the Franconia Mennonite church, conducted by Bishops A.G. Clemmer, Arthur Ruth, and A.O. Histand. Text, Jno. 16:33.

Kitzmiller - Nancy Maude, daughter of Samuel B. and Lucinda (Beachy) Miller, was born Jan. 22, 1886, near Kalona, Ia.; died at her home near Alpena, S. Dak., April 18, 1933; aged 47 y. 2 m. 21 d. Her early life was spent near Kalona, Ia. On Dec. 15, 1904, she was united in marriage to Will J. Kitzmiller. Eleven children were born to this union: Cordelle Lucele, Erlis Eugene, Lawrence Lester, Beulah Bernice, Helen Marie (who died in infancy), Marjory Ione, Edna Leona (who died in infancy), Donald Delos, Marvel Maxine, Robert Eldon, and Marilyn Glee. Mr. and Mrs. Kitzmiller lived in or near Kalona until the fall of 1913, when they moved to a farm near Lane, S. Dak. She was baptized when a young girl and united with the Mennonite Church. She later transferred her membership to the M.E. church at Lane, where she has since been a member. Mrs. Kitzmiller's unselfish devotion to her family and friends endeared her to all who knew her. Beside her husband, 5 daughters and 4 sons, she also leaves 6 sisters and 6 brothers: Mrs. Barbara Kauffman, Goshen, Ind.; Anson and Alma of Iowa City, Ia.; Marie Beachy and Kathryn Snyder of Kalona, Ia.; Lydia Marner, Helene Slagel, George and Weldon Miller of Riverside, Ia.; Lloyd Miller of Waterloo, Ia.; Chris Miller of Albany, Ore.; Arthur of Portland, Ore. One sister (Adda) and 2 brothers (Maxe and Ray) preceded her in death. Her mother died when she was 18 months old Her father died in 1929. Her step-mother passed away in 1914. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church in Wessington Springs, S. Dak., on Friday afternoon, April 21, with burial at the Lane Cemetery.
"Mother's chair is empty now, since she has gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow, and say, 'God thought it best.'"

Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVI, No. 7 - May 18, 1933, Page 158, 159

Augsburger - an infant daughter of Elmer and Mabel Augsburger was born near Flanagan, Ill., March 26, 1933, and died the following day. One sister preceded her in death. She is survived by her parents, 4 sisters, 5 brothers, and 2 grandparents (Bro. and Sister D.J. Augsburger). A prayer service was held at the grave conducted by Bro. D.W. Slagel, after which her little body was laid in Waldo Cemetery beside that of her little sister.
"A little flower of love, that blossomed but to die,
Transplanted now above, to bloom with God on high."

Brackbill - Elizabeth D., widow of Amaziah Brackbill, formerly of Kinzer, Pa., died of heart trouble at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Margie Doutrich, 433 East End Ave., Lancaster, Pa., April 22, 1933, aged 81. She was a member of Kinzer Mennonite Church. These children survive: Mrs. Lettie Arment of Willow Street, Mrs. Doutrich, with whom she resided, Daniel and Abel of Kinzer, Henry of Paradise and Enos of Atglen; also a sister Mrs. Hettie Eshleman, of Kinzer. Funeral services were held April 26 at the home of her son, Daniel, and at Kinzer Mennonite Church. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Ministers: Abraham Martin and Jacob Mellinger.

Herr - Lydia A., wife of Solomon R. Herr, was born May 10, 1856; died April 4, 1933 at her home, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; aged 76 y. 10 m. 24 d. Her death came suddenly after only a few days illness of paralysis of the throat. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years being a regular attendant when health permitted. About 10 years ago she suffered a paralytic stroke and never quite regained her strength. She is survived by her husband and a number of nephews and nieces who will never forget the deep concern she manifested in their welfare. Her cheerful smile will be missed by many, but we know the Lord doeth all things well. Funeral services were held April 7 at her home conducted by Bro. Elmer G. Martin and at the Stumptown Mennonite Church by Bros. Abram L. Martin and David Landis. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Smucker - Elam H, son of John and Anna Smucker, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 23, 1897; died at his home near Smithville, Ohio, April 26, 1933; aged 35 y. 4 m. 3 d. By his sudden departure (caused by asphyxiation of monoxide gas) he leaves his father and mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister (Saloma, at home; Jeptha of Dalton, Ohio; Melvin of Smithville; Marion of Orrville), also 6 nephews and nieces and a large circle of relatives and friends. Bro. Smucker accepted Christ as his Saviour April 26, 1914, and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation where he always in a quiet, peaceful way served and worshipped his Christ and Lord. Services were conducted by Brethren C.Z. Yoder, J.S. Gerig, and Jesse Smucker. Texts, Psa. 90:6, Psa. 121.
"There is a day of sunny rest for every dark and troubled night,
And grief may hide an evening guest but joy shall come with early light."

Stoltzfus - Fanny, youngest child of Aaron and Fanny (Fisher) Stoltzfus, died March 21, 1933; aged 1 y. 11 m. 23 d. Little Fanny's sickness was of short duration, lasting only several days. She was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., but with all that human aid and loving hands could do, she was not able to survive and peacefully passed away in less than a day after being admitted. She was a bright little girl and will be greatly missed in her home. She is survived by her parents, 7 brothers, and 5 sisters, also 2 aged grandfathers (Bish. Gideon K. Stoltzfus and Isaac Fisher of Soudersburg, Pa.). Funeral was held in the home March 23, services conducted by Benuel Stoltzfus and Christian L. Fisher. Interment in Millwood, Pa., Cemetery.
"Dear little hands, we miss them so,
All through the day, wherever we go.
All through the night how lonely it seems,
No little hands to wake us out of our dreams."

Eash - Amanda, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Hostetler) Smith, was born Oct. 31, 1869; died March 3, 1933; aged 63 y. 4 m. 2 d. She had a paralytic stroke on Thursday morning and died the following morning. She was one of 10 children. Her parents, 6 brothers, and 1 sister preceded her in death. Four of the children died in infancy. She lived near Shipshewana, Ind., all her life. On March 29, 1891, she was married to Levi T. Eash and 6 daughters were born to them. She leaves her husband and 4 daughters (Floss, wife of Claude B. Sprever of Shipshewana; Elizabeth, wife of Harold Hagerty, of Scott; Almeda, wife of Charles Pfleiderer of Indianapolis; Molly, wife of Derwood Smith, of Kalamazoo, Mich.), and 7 grandchildren. She also leaves 2 sisters (Mrs. Will Yoder and Mrs. Menno Yoder of the home community) and a brother (David W. Smith of Grand Rapids, Mich.). The funeral was held March 3 at the Shore Mennonite Church, conducted by Thurman Mott and Josiah J. Miller. Burial in the Miller Cemetery.

Stapels - Florence Isabelle, daughter of Amos and Maria Keyes, was born Nov. 29, 1895, in Cincinnati, Ohio; died April 9, 1933; aged 37 y. 10 m. 10 d. In the past year she had suffered much in physical pain. She was confined to the Methodist Hospital of this city for several weeks before her death. To this union were born 4 children: Leroy, Mary, Charles and Florence. She is survived by her husband, 4 children, and 2 step-children, John Staples and Mrs. Charles Summers, all of Peoria; 1 grandson (Robert Summers), 3 brothers (George, Walter, and William Keyes of Peoria), 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary Herring of Peoria, Mrs. Nellie Lightmasters, Hamilton, Ohio, and Mrs. Alice Kennedy of Chicago), and her father. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and served Him as her Lord. She was received as a member of the Mennonite Church on April 8, 1928, of which church she has been a member up to her death.
"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 find."
Transcriber's Notes: There is no mention of her marriage or husband's name. Her surname is written as Stapels, then the step-son's surname is written as Staples.

Blough - Katie, daughter of Joseph and Anna Blough, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct, 21, 1856; died at her home in Smithville May 5, 1933; aged 76 y. 7 m. 24 d. She is preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers (Emanuel and Joseph Blough). She is survived by 2 sisters, 1 brother (M. Amos Blough of Orrville; Mrs. John Sloneger, of Louisville, Ohio; Lizzie Blough of Smithville, Ohio), also 15 nephews and nieces besides a large circle of relatives and friends. Sister Blough confessed and accepted Christ in early life and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church where she remained a faithful and loyal sister. In her suffering she was very patient. She was an invalid for over 14 years and for a period of 7 years was unable to walk, yet she never complained. By her quiet, patient, unassuming life she was an example to us all. Her great comfort and delight was in her friends reading for her and praying with her. Services were conducted by Bros. C.Z. Yoder, J.S. Gerig, and ____ Delanter. Texts, Rom. 8:18; Rev. 14:13. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
"Sweetly sleep, beloved one, rest from thy toil, thy labor's done.
Rest till the trump from the opening skies bids thee from dust to glory rise."

Stutzman - Lee Stutzman was born Aug. 6, 1893, at Chappell, Nebr.; died Apr. 30, 1933, at the Twin Falls Co. Hospital as a result of lung infection; aged 39 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was married to Sadie Yoder Nov. 5, 1919, and came with her to Filer, Idaho, in 1922, where he has since resided. He leaves his wife, 4 children (Betty, Warren, Wayne, and Billy); also surviving are 4 brothers and 4 sisters (Cyrus, Elmer, Verne, George, Mrs. James Prince, Clara and Belva of Filer; and Mrs. Will Roth of Milford, Nebr.). All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Roth. His father, mother, 1 sister, and 1 brother preceded him in death. Funeral was held in the East Mennonite Church, Filer. Bro. W.S. Garber had charge of the services, assisted by Bro. S. Hondrich. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in Filer Cemetery. Just why God called one so young and so much needed we cannot understand, but we know that God's ways are not our ways and that in His infinite wisdom and love, "He doeth all things well."
"E'en for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief; death cannot divide,
For is it not as though the rose that climbed by garden wall,
Has blossomed on the other side?"

Bowman - Moses C., son of Bro. and Sister Moses S. Bowman, was born at Mannheim, Ont., Jan. 1, 1855; died April 28, 1933, at his late residence in Kitchener, Ont., in his 79th year. Bro. Bowman has for a long period of years served the Mennonite Church as a faithful minister of the Gospel, being a forceful preacher and staunch Christian. The greater part of his ministry was given as pastor of the Latschar Mennonite Church at Mannheim. Besides his pastoral duties in his home congregation, he occasionally preached at Zurich, South Cayuga, Sherkston, Rainham and Bothwell. He had many years' experience both as pastor and also as an executive, and his services and advice were widely sought. He married Lydia Shantz, Feb. 5, 1878, who died in 1899. A year later he was married to Susannah E. Shantz, who survives with 5 children, namely: Alvah S. and Edwin S., of Guernsey, Sask.; Henry S., of Waterloo, Melinda S., of Kitchener, and Moses S., of Mannheim, also 4 sisters and 3 brothers (Mrs. Henry Baer, Mannheim; Mrs. David Shuh, Mrs. Menno Shantz, Kitchener; Aaron, Mannheim; Noah, Guernsey, Sask.; Mrs. John Berry, Langey, B.C.; and Ezra of Freedom, Mo.), 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at his late home and at First Mennonite Church, Kitchener. The service was in charge of Bishop C.F. Derstine, assisted by the bishops of the district: Bros. Manasseh Hallman, Jonas Synder, and Moses Brubacher. Interment in Latschar Cemetery at Mannheim.

Beechy - Amanda, daughter of Peter and Fannie Oswald, was born April 28, 1880, near Beck Mills, Ohio, died April 30, 1933; aged 53 y. 2 d. She united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in 1898. After making her home near Martins Creek she became an active and faithful member until death. She was united in marriage with Moses J., son of Jonas and Elizabeth Beechy, Nov. 27, 1905. To this union were born 2 daughters. She leaves her beloved husband, the 2 daughters (Freda and Edna), and Alice Oswald, a niece, who had her home there since she was five months old, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 uncles (John Yoder of Wooster, Ohio), and a host of relatives and friends. During her short and happy pilgrimage here on earth she was kind, affectionate, loving and true. She would go about her work daily with a keen, quiet reverence and concern for the welfare of others, glorifying her Maker in her work. She was quiet, reserved, and a loving friend to all whom she came in contact with. To meet her was to meet one whose actions expressed her whole life, willing to sacrifice and sympathize. She will be greatly missed by the Church and all who knew her, especially in her home where her kind admonitions and untiring efforts for the welfare of others, will no longer be available. Services were conducted by Bros. Calvin Mast, S.W. Sommers, Alvin Miller, and I.W. Royer. Text, Job. 1:21: "The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." Interment in the Martins Creek Cemetery.
"The tender care of mother lives on,
Since she to eternal rest has gone;
Where sorrow and grief and distress are no more,
Dear mother, we'll clasp hands again on the beautiful shore."
The Family.

Coffman - Joseph W., son of the late Samuel and Frances (Weaver) Coffman, was born near Springcreek, Va., Feb. 19, 1857; died at his home near Dayton, Va., April 25, 1933, of heart failure, caused by acute indigestion; aged 76 y. 2 m. 6 d. His health had not been good for a number of years. About five years ago he was stricken with paralysis, but recovered to the extent that he was again able to go about, faithfully filling his appointments when health and strength permitted. In his passing we have again been reminded of the great importance of being prepared to meet God at any moment. On Sunday morning, April 23, he preached his last sermon at the Bank Church (using for a text, II Tim. 2:19). On Sunday night of the same day he had an attack of acute indigestion. He was fairly good on Monday, but had another attack during the night, passing away early on Tuesday morning. "Be ye therefore also ready." He united with the Mennonite Church July 20, 1879, and was ordained to the ministry Aug. 11, 1907. He was persevering, of a kind disposition, an example of simplicity, a good counselor, and a faithful minister. He frequently made long tiresome trips across the mountains to carry the "good tidings" to various places of worship in West Virginia. A number of years ago, he, with his companion spent three months in the mission home at Job, W. Va., in the Master's service. Different times since then they were in the field at the same place for a shorter period of time. He helped to build the church at the above named place. They were also at Roaring, W. Va., several times just for a few weeks or a month at a time. On March 6, 1879, he was united in marriage to Sarah Heatwole. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. Their first child, an infant son, preceded the father in death. Surviving is his companion, and the following children: Homer W., Mollie (married to Melvin J. Heatwole) and Nellie. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held from the Bank Church, April 27, conducted by Bro. S.H. Rhodes, assisted by the Brethren Lewis Shank, and J.S. Martin. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Peacefully sleeping in the cemetery near by.

Swartzendruber - Joseph L. Swartzendruber was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, April 19, 1870; died at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, on his birthday, April 19, 1933; aged 63 years. He was the son of Joseph and Lydia (Kauffman) Swartzendruber, who were of the pioneer families of this part of Iowa, being the first Amish family that settled in Iowa county. He was one of a family of 16 children (8 boys and 8 girls), two of whom died in infancy, 7 boys and 7 girls growing up and having homes of their own. At present there are eight of them living and eight dead. Three of those living were too ill to be at the funeral. He united with the Mennonite church in his youth, being baptized and received into church fellowship by Bishop Christian Werye. He was one of the charter members of the West Union congregation, in which he was in full fellowship at the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Eliza Ann Wertz Nov. 19, 1896. To this union were born three daughters (Bertha, wife of Marion Yoder; Carrie at home, and Ollie, wife of Dwight Blossser) who with their mother mourn his unexpected departure. He also leaves 5 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. The remaining brothers and sisters are: Chris, Eli, and John, of Wellman, Iowa; Mrs. J.K. Yoder, Mrs. D.J. Miller and Mrs. John Y. Yoder of the home community; Mrs. J.A. Boller of Kalona, and Mrs. Wm. Eicher of Wayland, Iowa. He had been in failing health the last six weeks, having suffered from a complication of ailments which required that he be taken to the hospital where he had been for the last 18 days. He seemed to be improving, and the doctors and the family were quite hopeful for his recovery, when suddenly there developed a blood clot in his heart which caused instant death. He was a regular attendant at public worship, his place at church and Sunday school rarely being vacant when health permitted. He took an active interest in the various activities of the Church, being deeply concerned for its welfare. He was a loving and devoted husband and father, being much interested in the welfare of his children and grandchildren. He took much interest in reading his Bible, and especially during his last illness he found much consolation in meditating upon its promise.
"Father's chair is empty now, since he has gone to rest,
But we our heads so humbly bow, and say, God's way is best."

Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVI, No. 8 - May 25, 1933, Page 175

Kauffman - Glen Edward, the infant son of Bro. and Sister Milo Kauffman, of Hesston, Kans., was born at Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., on May 4, 1933, and passed away the same day. Brief funeral services were held in the hospital room of the mother on May 5 by Bro. Paul Erb, and Bro. I.E. Burkhart officiated at the burial services in the Pennsylvania Cemetery. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing parents.

Yoder - Simon A., son of Andy and Sarah Yoder, was born July 24, 1909; died May 5, 1933; aged 23 y. 9 m. 13 d. He left father, mother, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his sudden death which was caused by an automobile accident near Middlefield, Ohio, his home. Funeral services were conducted by E.G. Stoltzfus of Hudson, Ohio, and Jonas Helmuth of Hartville. Text, I. Sam. 20:3. He was buried in the cemetery east of Middlefield.

Osborn - Howard Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Osborn, was born at Cheraw, Colo., Aug. 2, 1913; died at La Junta, Colo., May 2, 1933; aged 19 y. 9 m. He is survived by his parents, 1 brother (Floyd), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Mildred Forgler of Arlington, Colo.; Mary, Juanita, and Joyce at home). The deceased spent all of his life in this community and attended high school at Cheraw. Several weeks before his severe illness he was not so well. He spent his time at home and was cared for by his own loved ones. He was especially kind and cheerful during this time. The associations of these last few weeks will long be remembered by the family. Funeral services were held at the East Holbrook Mennonite Church, Cheraw, Colo., in charge of Bros. Heatwole, Leatherman, Showalter, and Erb. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Wyss - Maria Lehman Wyss was born near Dalton, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1863; died of a lingering illness May 3, 1933; aged 69 y. 6 m. 21 d. In her youth she was admitted into the Sonnenberg Church by baptism, later transferring her membership into the Salem Church, becoming a charter member. At the time of her death she was a member of the Kidron Gospel Tabernacle. Sept. 4, 1890, she was married to John Wyss. Nine children were born to them. One daughter (Lizzie) died in infancy. She leaves her husband, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 15 grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. Sister Wyss was a firm believer in the Word of God and longingly yet patiently waited for her Savior to call her home. Funeral services were held May 5 by Adam W. Sommer in English and John Esau of Bluffton in German. Text, Eph. 2:98, which she had chosen herself.

Kling - Martha Denlinger, wife of Isaiah M. Kling of Intercourse, Pa., passed away at her home April 14, 1933; aged 84 y. 3 m. 22 d. She was in failing health for a number of years, but the last eight weeks she was bedfast. She suffered severe pain at times, but always bore it with patience and praying to go to her rest. She was a faithful member of Hershey's Mennonite Church for many years. Her kind and gentle disposition endeared her to her relatives and a large circle of friends who often visited her. Beside her husband she leaves 1 son, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Hershey's Mennonite Church conducted by Bishops C.M. Brackbill and Abram Martin. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still, her place is vacant, it was God's will;
So long she waited for her rest, our blessed Lord knew what was best."

Gerber - A.L. Gerber was born June 12, 1849, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died May 6, 1933, of old age and indigestion; aged 83 y. 10 m. 24 d. On Oct. 9, 1879, he was married to Barbara Moser. To this union 9 children were born, 7 of whom are living (Simon, Menno, Adam, Andrew, Martha - Mrs. Joel Zuercher, Ida - Mrs. Adam Hofstetter, and Alice, who has been blind for many years). Verena died March 16, 1897, and Martin died in infancy Oct. 15, 1888. Besides his sons and daughters he leaves his wife, 30 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and many other relatives. He was a loyal member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church from his youth. He lived a consistent Christian life and will long be remembered as a loving husband and sincere friend. Funeral services were held May 9, in charge of J.S. Moser and S.W. Sommer at the church (Text, II Tim. 2:1-6), and at the home where he had been a life long resident, by A.R. Kaiser.

Becker - Alvin E., son of Bro. and Sister R.D. Becker, Lancaster, Pa., died April 11; aged 5 y. 11 m. 24 d. He took sick with a serious heart disease and pneumonia but the vital organ, the heart, refused to turn to normal. The lining of the heart being inflamed, this condition forced him to sit up for over five weeks to sleep and rest because of extreme shortness of breath. The Lord at last answered little Alvin's wish, that was that the Lord should come and take him home to heaven ever to be with Him. Little Alvin was ever interested in the Lord's coming and had memorized twenty-five verses of His Word. Among his favorite verses were Titus 2:13 and I Jno. 3:3. A week or so before Alvin passed away he remarked, "If Jesus would have come last night I would have felt so much better." He left a bright example and testimony of patience, and a seemingly perfect trust in his Lord that His will was being done.

Myers - Abraham Myers, whose home for the last 17 years was at 820 Hubbard Ave., Elkhart, Ind., was the son of Samuel and Barbara Kilmer Myers. He was born several miles east of Wakarusa, Oct. 31, 1867. He was taken to Logansport, Ind., for treatment nine years ago where he passed away May 9, 1933; aged 65 y. 6 m. 8 d. At the age of two years he lost his father by death. Five years later his mother was again united in marriage to Peter Hunsberger, On Feb. 21, 1895, Mr. Myers was united in marriage to Esther Brenneman. To this union were born 3 sons, Eddie passing away at the age of five weeks. Four of his brothers and a sister also preceded him in death. The survivors of the deceased are his widow, 2 sons (Joseph of Osceola, Ind., and Lewis at home), 7 grandchildren, a brother (Daniel Myers near Wakarusa), 4 step-brothers and sisters (Mrs. Mary Seese, Culver, Ind., John Hunsberger, Mrs. Margaret Shank and William Hunsberger all of the vicinity of Wakarusa), and many cousins and other relatives. Funeral services were conducted May 11 at the Olive Church by Jacob K. Bixler. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Cockley - Samuel Edwin, son of Noah and Sarah (Baumgartner) Cockley, was born Nov. 27, 1859, in Cumberland Co., Pa.; died at his home in Elkhart, Ind., May 6, 1933; aged 73 y. 5 m. 9 d. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while at work and about three hours later he fell peacefully asleep. As a young man he left Pennsylvania in the spring of 1881 and lived at Sterling, Ill., during the summer. In the fall of 1881 he went to Peabody, Kans., and lived in or near Peabody, Kans., until Feb. 1929, when he moved to Elkhart, Ind. He was married Nov. 6, 1888, to Mary L. Winey at Peabody. She died April 15, 1901. On Jan. 18, 1905, he was united in marriage with Mary V. (Weaver) Brenneman at Oronogo, Mo. He is survived by his wife, 7 daughters, 2 sons, 2 step-daughters, 1 sister (Mrs. Peter Lehman, Chambersburg, Pa.), and 1 brother (Henry C. Cockley, Chambersburg, Pa.). The daughters are Mrs. W.M. Synder, Peabody, Kans.; Mrs. V.C. Detweiler, Washington, Mo.; Mrs. E.E. Myman, Ossawatomie, Kans.; Mrs. E.S. Brown, Peabody, Kans.; Mrs. L.F. Bauslin, Columbia, Mo.; Mrs. W.S. Beavers, Hesston, Kans.; and Mrs. J.O. Miller, Elkhart, Ind. The sons are Chas. Cockley, Peabody, Kans.; and Samuel W. Cockley, St. Louis, Mo. The step-daughters are Mrs. R.A. Ebersole and Mrs. V.E. Reiff, both of Elkhart. There are 23 grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded Bro. Cockley in death. Bro. Cockely united with the Mennonite Church near Peabody, Kans., soon after his first marriage. He was one of the charter members of the Catlin Mennonite Church near Peabody, Kans. When he came to Elkhart he transferred his membership and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at the time of his death. He was a regular attendant at the services when health permitted. His presence will be greatly missed in the community, in the Church and especially in the home. Funeral services were held May 10 at the Prairie St. Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. D.A. Yoder assisted by Brethren J.S. Shoemaker and J.S. Hartzler. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. Burial in the Prairie Street Cemetery.

Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia

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