Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1933

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 31 - November 2, 1933 - p. 671

Shenk. ­ John F. Shenk was born Dec. 6, 1868; died Oct. 6, 1933, at his home in Marticville, Pa.; aged 64 y. 10 m. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Annie Miller), 1 son (Paul M. of Marticville), 1 brother (Amos G. of Conestoga) and 1 sister (Mrs. Henry T. Harnish of Byerland). He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at the age of 24, being with the Church 40 years. The strongest point about him was doing a favor for another. Services conducted at the house by Aaron B. Harnish and Maris W. Hess, also at the New Danville Church by Maris W. Hess (text, Prov. 27: 1) and Aaron B. Harnish (text, II Kings 20: 1). Interment in the New Danville Cemetery.

Yoder. ­ Sister Mary Yoder was born Jan. 24, 1848; died at her home near Johnstown, Pa., Oct. 15, 1933; aged 85 y. 8 m. 21 d. She was a daughter of Bishop Moses B. Miller of the Amish Mennonite Church, who resided near Johnstown, Pa. Her second husband, Bro. D. H. Yoder, also preceded her in death. She is survived by 3 children (Sister Robert M. Luther of Johnstown, Sister Susan Veil, and Bro. Norman H. Weaver both of Scalp Level, Pa.), also by 25 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Weaver Mennonite Church for about 61 years. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Mennonite Church by Brethren Hiram Wingard, Alex Weaver, and L. A. Blough. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Weber. ­ Menno S. Weber was born March 20, 1851; died at his home near Waterloo, Ont., Oct. 10, 1933; aged 82 y. 6 m. 20 d. On Jan. 11, 1874, he married Hannah Bingeman, who survives. To them were born 2 children (Ida of Kent, Ohio, and Irvin near Waterloo). There are 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. In 1885 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church. He always attended church services regularly and was interested in all the activities of the Church. Within the last few years he gradually failed in health but never suffered any pain. The funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Jonas Snider (Text, Psa. 23) and at the church by Bros. M. M. Brubacher and J. B. Martin. Texts, Rev. 14: 13, Psa. 27: 4, and Acts 13: 36. Burial in the nearby cemetery.

Beyeler. ­ John Alfred, son of Noah and Viola Beyeler, was born near Millersburg, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1930; died at the place of his birth Oct. 1, 1933. Though his days on earth were few he was very active and full of life, desiring to help his parents in the labors of this life in all and even more than he could do. His sickness was but for one day and the Lord took him in the early morning of life to serve Him. Truly, "the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." He leaves his grief-stricken parents, 1 sister, 1 brother, 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother and a large circle of relatives and friends.

"The angel of death descending,
Carried John Alfred to that far away shore;
And the lips that lisped papa and mamma
Will now lisp their names no more."

Roggie. ­ Joseph, son of Bishop Jacob and Catherine (Zehr) Roggie, was born near Croghan, N. Y., May 16, 1858; died Oct. 6, 1933; aged 75 y. 4 m. 19 d. He was married to Catherine Nafziger who, with 1 daughter, 3 sons, 19 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, survive. He had been in failing health for almost two years, but was able to be about and attend church services until about two months before his death, which was caused from heart trouble and complications which later set in. He was a loving Christian man to his family and a kind neighbor and friend to every one whom he met. He will be missed by his family and neighborhood and in the church, where his place was seldom vacant when health permitted. Funeral services were held Oct. 9 at the home by Bro. Jos. J. Zehr, and at the Amish Mennonite Church at Croghan (of which he was a life-long member), by Bros. Joseph Lehman and C. M. Nafziger. Burial in the adjoining church cemetery.

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

Nafziger. ­ Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Ezra and the late Leah Stoltzfus, was born March 27, 1897; died Aug. 19, 1933, at Intercourse, Pa.; aged 36 y. 4 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Ezra A. Nafziger of Ontario, Canada, Nov. 24, 1926. She leaves her husband, step-son (Harold), 2 sons (David S. and J. Eugene), her father (of Gap, Pa.), 2 brothers (Harry and Christian), 1 foster-sister (Mrs. Earl Howe). Her mother, 1 sister, and 2 brothers preceded her in death. She accepted Christ in her youth and remained a devout and faithful member of the Millwood A. M. Church until death. Her vacancy in the home, Church, and large community is keenly felt by all who came in contact with her. Funeral Aug. 22 conducted by Amos B. Stoltzfus in the home, and John S. Mast and Amos B. Stoltzfus at the church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"'Tis the Master speaking gently,
Lean thou on My breast;
I will soothe the broken-hearted,
I will give thee peaceful rest.
'Tis true I plucked a loved one
To perfect a plan,
And when at last the veil is lifted
Then you will understand."

Schrock. ­ John, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Schrock, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 27, 1848; passed away at his home, 1122 S. 37th St., Kansas City, Kans., Oct. 13, 1933; aged 85 y. 6 m. 16 d. He was married to Lizzie Lantz in 1876. She died in 1887, leaving no children. Sept. 1, 1887, he was married to Barbara Troyer. To this union were born five children, all living: Elizabeth Pearl (Mrs. Noah) Zimmerman, Protection, Kans.; Noah J., Ligonier, Ind; Ollie Stephen, Protection, Kans.; Fannie Eva (Mrs. Ervin) Gerber, Argonia, Kans., Edwin Freedley, 1120 S. 37th St., Kansas City, Kans. Twenty-four grandchildren also survive; eight having preceded him. He was the youngest of a family of twelve. His brothers and sister all preceded him in death except on sister (Lydia (Mrs. Samuel) Slabaugh, Greentown, Ind.). He united with the Mennonite Church in youth and for many years served the church as deacon. He had a kind and loving disposition and will be missed by all. Funeral service was conducted at the home of his son Freedley, 1120 S. 37th St., K. C., Kans., by R. P. Horst. Text, latter part of Num. 23: 10. Interment in Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

Wenger. ­ Susannah, daughter of Anna and Jonas Loucks, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 27, 1878, where she resided all her lifetime. She had been in failing health for the past year and a half, but was seriously ill only the last day, and on the evening of Oct. 4, 1933, she peacefully fell asleep; aged 54 y. 10 m. 7 d. In the year 1900 she was united in marriage to Noah Wenger. To this union were born 8 children (Warren Wenger, Mrs. Merle Hoover, Mrs. Simon Hochstettler, Anna and Martha Wenger, all residing at home or nearby, the three other children having died in infancy). She also is survived by her husband, a foster daughter (Mrs. Nelson Weaver), her aged father, 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Ira Christophel and Mrs. Aaron Mumaw-one sister, Mrs. Esther Culp, having died Feb. 19, 1928), 2 brothers (Martin R. and Ephraim Loucks), all living in this same community and a large host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Her life had been an active one and her home was opened to those who needed a mother's care. In her youth she accepted Christ and remained a faithful member of the Yellow Creek congregation until death. Funeral services were held Oct. 8, with a short service at the home and further services at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, in charge of C. A. Shank, assisted by D. A. Yoder. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Hershberger. ­ Hettie, daughter of Ulrich and Anna Welty, was born near Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 10, 1870; died at her home near Hubbard, Oreg., Oct. 15, 1933; aged 63 y. 2 m. 5 d. She came to Oregon in 1898 and was united in marriage to Noah L. Hershberger Nov. 23, 1899. To this union was born 1 daughter (Minerva-Mrs. S. M. Hochstetler of Portland, Oreg.). She is survived by her husband and daughter, grandson (Marion Hochstetler), 6 brothers (Levi Welty of Hubbard, Oreg., Ephraim, Emanuel, Noah, William, David of Indiana), 3 sisters (Mrs. Christena Landes, Mrs. M. L. Weldy, and Mrs. Ira Weldy of Indiana). She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and has remained a faithful member until death. She possessed a very quiet and patient disposition and was a woman of few words. She was rarely absent from church services. For the past 29 years she has mothered and cared for a number of less fortunate children. The past 2 years she had suffered more or less with leakage of the heart, the past 2 months several other complications set in and in the last 2 weeks she failed very rapidly. At different times she expressed her desire that the Master would call her from this world of suffering and pain. She will be greatly missed in her home, in the Church, and by her many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 18 with short services at the Hopewell Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Henry A. Wolfer (Text, John 14: 1-3) and Fred J. Gingrich. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"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."
--Her daughter.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVI, No. 32 - November 9, 1933 - pages 702, 703

Reesor. - On Oct. 28,1933, Martha, oldest daughter of Thomas and Adeline Reesor passed away. Her age was 41 y. 7 m. 12 d. The funeral, which took place on Oct. 31, from the home of her parents, was largely attended by many friends and relatives, some from quite a distance. The deceased had been afflicted with heart trouble for the last twenty-two years and was denied many of the blessings enjoyed by others. The last five years she spent in bed. She bore her trials with patience and Christian fortitude and is now at rest. "Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast."

Brenneman. - Naomi Brenneman was born July 26, 1932 near Washington, D. C., and died of pneumonia Oct. 28, 1933, at Harrisonburg, Va. She leaves a father and mother (Benj. and Salome), a sister (Esther) and brother (Francis). Bros. J. L. Stauffer of Harrisonburg and Ray Shenk of Washington had charge of the services, which were held at the Lyndale church near Edom, Va. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. "We wonder, oh we wonder Where the little faces go, That come and smile and stay awhile And pass like flakes of snow."

Mast. - Polly Ann (Miller) Mast, daughter of John and Susanna Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 19, 1857; died at her home in Fairview, Mich., Oct. 11, 1933; aged 75 y. 11 m. 22 d. On Jan. 3, 1875 she was united in marriage to Jacob Mast who preceded her in death Oct. 10, 1922. To this union were born 9 children, 7 of whom survive. They are: Susie of Barrs Mills, Ohio; Monroe and Grover of Dover, Edith of Comins, Mich.; Alta, Harry, and Noah of Fairview. Ida and Dora preceded her to the great beyond. She also leaves 1 sister, 4 brothers, 41 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. She spent many days of suffering and trials, but her last few hours were spent in singing and talking of heavenly joys. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since early youth. Dear Grandma has from us departed, Her chair stands empty here; But she has hope to us imparted, We'll meet her over there.

Beiler. - Paul Lester, youngest son of Bro. John Z. and Sister Mabel Beiler, died Oct. 28, 1933; aged 1 y. 4 m. 25 d. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers (Samuel and Sylvanus), his maternal grandmother (Anna G. Sweigart), paternal grandparents (Menno S. and Nancy Beiler), 24 uncles and aunts, and 43 cousins. Little Paul seemingly was a healthy baby until November, when he suffered epileptic spells and convulsions by times. On June 10 he took sick and had been ill since that time, making 20 weeks of suffering. The funeral was held Oct. 30 from his parents' home in charge of Bro. David Yoder. Further services at the Conestoga, Pa., A. M. Church in charge of Brethren David Yoder and Christian Kurtz. Texts, Jer. 31:15-17 and Job 14:1,2. His little body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. "He has left us for a while For a better home worthwhile Tho we were sad, but not forsaken We could give him with a smile For we have this promise given In the Bible, book divine, We can meet in yonder heaven If we live a life worthwhile."
--The family.

Steinman. - Noah G., son of Daniel and Lizzie (Gardner) Steinman, was born near Baden, Ont., Apr. 13, 1860; died Oct. 23, 1933. He was a faithful worshipper of the Amish Mennonite Church, and his seat was seldom vacant when health permitted. He was united in marriage to Leah Schwartzentruber Dec. 11, 1883. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters, 1 son and 1 daughter died in infancy. His beloved wife died May 11, 1920. On Nov. 13, 1923, he united in matrimony with Lizzie Jutzi (widow of the late Benjamin Jutzi). He leaves to mourn his departure his loving wife, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 adopted daughter, 1 stepdaughter and 12 grandchildren; 6 brothers and 1 sister also survive. One brother died 14 years ago and 1 sister died 5 years ago. He was troubled with diabetes for more than 3 years. Six months ago he became worse and was confined to his chair with heart dropsy. As he was not able to lie down but the last few weeks he spent most of his time in bed as he grew weaker from time to time with different ailments. He bore his suffering patiently during all this time and often expressed a willingness and desire to leave this world. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. We greatly feel the loss of a loving husband and a kind father. Funeral services at the home were conducted by Christ Gascho (text, Psa. 39) and Peter Nafziger (text, II Tim. 4:7). Continued services were held at Steinmans church near Baden in charge of Dan S. Jutzi (text from Eph. 6) and Oscar Burkholder (Phil. 1:21). Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery. Now he waits in yonder mansion, Waits to welcome each one home, May we all go there to meet him When our call to heaven shall come.

Lehman. - John J. Lehman was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, Sept. 8, 1865; died Oct. 19, 1933; aged 68 y. 1 m. 11 d. In his youth he was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in Canton Bern, Switzerland. Later he emigrated to this country with his mother, at which time he had his letter transferred to the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Wayne Co., Ohio, of which he remained a faithful member until death. On Nov. 20, 1890, he was united in marriage to Sarah Steiner, with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 43 years. The last few years of his life he was not able to do any work, but gradually became weaker and was confined to his bed for nearly 8 months. During his long lingering illness he bore affliction patiently to the end, when the Savior called him home to his reward. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 sons (Amos and Melvin), 4 daughters (Elda, Mrs. Louis Amstutz; Ida, Mrs. Christ Sommers; Emma, Mrs. Isaac Zuercher; Lina, Mrs. Elmer Gerber), 25 grandchildren, and 1 brother Jacob. Also 1 sister Barbara, Mrs. John A. Burkholder. 2 daughters preceded him in death, Lizzie, Mrs. Christ Nussbaum, and Glenda, who died in infancy. His father, 1 sister, and 3 brothers died in Switzerland. His mother died 3 months after the family emigrated to America; 1 brother, Christian, died in 1918. We miss thee, loving father, We think of thee still at home, But because we saw thee suffering, We're glad Christ called thee home. Funeral services were held Oct. 22, 1933, at the Sonnenberg church in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner, assisted by Bros. Jacob Moser and Jacob Neuenschwander. Text, Isa. 64:6, "We all do fade as a leaf." Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Kreider. - Pre. Jonas M., son of Jacob and Anna Kreider, was born in Medina Co., Ohio, June 8, 1857; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ira Newcomer near Rittman, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1933; aged 76 y. 4 m. 14 d. His illness extended over a period of about a year and though confined to his home for about 8 months, yet he was able to care for himself until about two weeks before his death. On Nov. 29, 1883, he was united in marriage to Catherine Stine, who preceded him in death Oct. 3, 1925. To this union were born 6 children, 3 having preceded him in death, 1 in infancy, 1 son (Milo) died in Canon City, Colo., Oct. 22, 1910, and 1 daughter (Bertha Snyder) died in Blake, O., June 25, 1922. Those surviving are: Floyd S. of Wadsworth, Ohio, Lura Newcomer of Rittman, Ohio, and Ida Hartzler of Orrville, Ohio. Also 3 brothers (Drs. Martin K. and Wm. B. of Goshen, Ind., and J. H. of Portersville, Calif.), 1 sister (Mrs. Anna Hoover of Goshen, Ind.), and 20 grandchildren. His entire life was spent in the vicinity of Wadsworth, Ohio, with the exception of 10 years spent in Texas. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1892 and was ordained to the ministry May 26, 1894. He was faithful in performing his duty as long as health permitted, having preached his last sermon on Feb. 19, 1933. Funeral services were held Oct. 25 in charge of his co-laborer, Samuel Rohrer. Bro. A. J. Steiner, and Bro. M .C. Lehman assisted in the home. The sermon was preached in the Bethel church by Bro. N. A. Lind, Albany, Oreg., a former colaborer, assisted by E. F. Hartzler, D. M. Friedt, I. J. Buchwalter, O. N. Johns, J. A. Liechty, and P. R. Lantz. The funeral was largely attended. About 18 ministers and deacons were present. His life on earth is ended but his sermons will end only as they are effectually carried out in the hearts of his people. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Baumgardner. - Bernice B., daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Baumgardner, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 1, 1917; departed this life Oct. 21, 1933; aged 16 y. 7 m. 20 d. The cause of her death was typhoid fever. One sister (Esther Marie) preceded her in death May 20, 1926. She is survived by her father, mother, 2 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Lehman of West Liberty, Ohio, and Mrs. Lloyd Miller of Orrville, Ohio), 2 nieces, 1 nephew, 6 uncles, 5 aunts and many other near relatives and friends. She had just begun her second year of high-school work and was much interested in preparing herself for her life's vocation. She always appreciated her teachers who were instructing and guiding her in her studies. She was a lover of music and her delight was in singing sacred songs. Among her favorite selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "I Will Be True to Thee." The last named hymn she sang nearly every day. Bernice was not only interested in her secular work, but early in life at the age of 12 years she gave heed to the Master's call and yielded her life in service for her Christ by confessing and accepting Him as her Savior and Lord. She was baptized and received into the Oak Grove Mennonite Church Oct. 13, 1929, and was a faithful sister, always interested in the S. S., Y. P. B. M. and other services of the Church. She was loved by her associates and made many friends, who will miss her in their circle. We are thus reminded again of the uncertainty of life, but may we all humbly bow to the will of God who doeth all things well. Services were conducted at the Oak Grove church by the brethren J. N. Smucker, I. J. Buchwalter and J. S. Gerig. Text, Jas. 4:11. Interment in Martins cemetery. God calls our loved ones, but we lose not wholly What He has given; They live on earth in thought and deed, as truly As in His heaven.

Transcribed by: Debbie Flanagan, Florida


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 33 - November 16, 1933, p. 719

Helmuth. ­ Paul Lavern Helmuth, infant son of Alvin and Elsie (Sommers) Helmuth, Louisville, Ohio, was born Oct. 15, 1933; died five days later, Oct. 20. Funeral services conducted at the home by Bro. O. N. Johns. Interment in the Beech Mennonite cemetery.

Diller. ­ Ursel Richard, son of Samuel O. and Elsie Diller, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Sept. 1, 1924; departed this life Oct. 10, 1933; aged 9 y. 1 m. 10 d. He leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Mrs. Cleo Gales), and 2 brothers (Chester and Melvin). 1 sister and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Ursel was called from this life in an untimely way. When nearing the schoolhouse he stepped from behind a wagon and was struck by a passing auto and was instantly killed. This reminds us of the uncertainty of this life. Funeral services were conducted at the Salem church by Ben B. King and Gabriel Brunk. Interment in cemetery near by.

Martin. ­ Fannie Elizabeth (Miller) Martin, wife of Jonas Martin, was born Apr. 9, 1886; died Sept. 20, 1933; aged 47 y. 5 m. 11 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. She was failing in health for several years but her interest did not fail in heavenly things. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 6 children (Paul, Lloyd, Melvin, Gladys, Miriam and Carl), 5 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Joseph, Wesley, and Benjamin) and 1 sister (Mrs. Ray Bumbardener). Services at the home were conducted by Samuel Eby and at Cedar Grove church near Greencastle, Pa., by J. Irvin Lehman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to her ashes.

"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears shall all be wiped away."

Burkhart. ­ Catherine, wife of J. N. Burkhart of Newville, Pa., died Oct. 26, 1933; aged 63 y. 1 m. 21 d. She was a member of the Diller Mennonite Church for 43 years. The Church mourns the passing of a zealous, faithful sister. Of her it can truly be said, "her price was far above rubies; strength and honour were her clothing, and she is rejoicing in the time which has come. She opened her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue was the law of kindness." She looked well to the ways of her household, eating not the bread of idleness. Her children arose and called her blessed and her husband praised her for her faithfulness. She was loyal and devoted to her S. S. class, teaching the Word of God in its purity, calling attention to the wonderful love of God through Jesus Christ for a lost world. Her pupils learned in simple language the Gospel message with its gracious invitation. Most all her scholars have come into the fellowship of Church membership-a memorial to her fidelity. Surviving are her husband and 2 sons (J. Paul of Lemasters, Pa., and Mark N. at home). Funeral services were held at her home Oct. 29. Text, Rev. 2: 10, by W. F. Charlton. Burial at Mount Zion cemetery near Churchtown, Pa.

"At home-with God, farewell just now,
A little while death crowns thy brow.
But when we meet on yonder shore
O praise the Lord, farewells no more."

Hoover. ­ Daniel S., son of Daniel and Rebecca (Shank) Hoover was born near Goshen, Ind., Aug. 12, 1864; died within one-half mile of his birthplace on Oct. 26, 1933; aged 69 y. 2 m. 14 d. Except for about 4 years spent in eastern Ohio and the first 16 years of his married life in Medina Co., Ohio, he was a resident of Elkhart Co., Ind. On Dec. 15, 1898, he was united in marriage to Anna A. Kreider of Wadsworth, Ohio, who, with two sons, Paul K. and Ira, are left with cherished memories of a provident husband and father. The surviving two sisters and four brothers are: Mrs. B. L. Weaver Washingtonville, O.; Mrs. J. W. Christophel, Goshen, Ind.; M. S. Hoover, Nappanee; David M. Elkhart; John M. Goshen; and Ezra M. Hoover of New Paris, Ind. When a young man he united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and throughout his life held uppermost a creed of right living. His several months' illness, due to cancer of the stomach, confined him to his bed the last two weeks. During these days and nights of distress and suffering he was always considerate of those who cared for him, and appreciative of visitors, though in his physical weakness he often failed in expression. He was fully resigned to the course that lay before him, and frequently expressed a desire of leaving these afflictions soon. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church, conducted by D. A. Yoder, assisted by C. A. Shank. Text, Rev. 21: 4.

Kropf. ­ Mary (Becher) Kropf was born near Maximo, Stark Co., Ohio, Jan. 14, 1864; died near Canton, Ohio, Nov. 1, 1933; aged 69 y. 9 m. 17 d. At the age of sixteen she accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized and became a member of the Beech Mennonite Church, in which she continued faithfully until the end. On Jan. 4, 1883, she was united in marriage to Henry Kropf, who preceded her in death twenty-six years ago. Her parents, 1 brother and 1 sister also preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. John J. Krabill, Louisville, O., and Mrs. C. M. Graber, Canton, O.), and 1 brother (Amos Becher, Canton, O.) and many other relatives and friends. For the past twenty-eight years she made her home with her youngest sister, Mrs. C. M. Graber. She was of a meek and quiet disposition, always seeking the welfare of others in preference to her own. Because of these characteristics and the congenial relationships in the home for so many years, they became very much attached one to the other, and she seemed as one of the family. For many years she did not enjoy the best of health and especially did her health fail in the last few years. Sunday night (Oct. 29) she contracted pneumonia and Wednesday evening she quietly passed away to her eternal home. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church on Nov. 4, conducted by the home bishop, Bro. O. N. Johns, and Bro. M. C. Lehman, of Goshen, Ind., who was laboring in a district near by at the time. Text, I Cor. 10: 33. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Hostetler. ­ Mildred Pearl, daughter of D. C. and Elizabeth Hostetler, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 7, 1912; died Oct. 29, 1933; aged 21 y. 22 d. She was preceded in death by 1 brother (Carl Darma) Aug. 10, 1916. She is survived by her father, mother, 2 sisters (Mrs. Elton R. Yoder of Orrville, and Mrs. H. M. Hostetler of Burton City, Ohio), 3 brothers (Mahlon of Canton, Ellis of Lousiville, Ohio and Marvin of Goshen, Ind.), 1 nephew, 3 nieces, a step-grandmother, 12 uncles, 5 aunts, with a large circle of near relatives and friends. Mildred, at the age of 13, confessed and accepted Christ as her Savior and Lord. She united with the Martins Mennonite congregation where she worshipped and labored in the Master's work. She was very conscientious and as long as her health permitted she was faithful in the service. In the last 18 months she began to fail from a nervous disorder, which affected and preyed on her mind which resulted in despondency. Specialists were consulted and medical aid was given in hope that she might regain her health, with only meager results. This should remind us that we have human limitations, and when our earnest and best efforts fail we should still be resigned and look unto our God for comfort and strength.

Broken hearts and contrite spirits,
These the Lord will not despise;
Trust in Christ's atoning merits,
In His precious sacrifice.

Services were conducted at the home by Bros. I. J. Buchwalter and J. A. Leichty, at Martins church by Bros. Stanford Mumaw and J. S. Gerig. Text Psa. 139: 14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 34 - November 23, 1933, p. 735

Hahn. ­ Susanna, daughter of Henry and Margaret Wenger, was born Dec. 5, 1858, in Seneca Co., Ohio; died Sept. 6 1933, at her home in St. Joseph Co., Ind.; aged 74 y. 9 m. 11 d. At the age of 6 years she with her parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. On Feb. 17, 1876, she was united in marriage to Joseph Hahn and together they spent their entire married life in St. Joseph Co. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter. One son (Henry) died May 3, 1899 at the age of 22 years. She leaves her husband, 4 sons (Charlie, Frank, Calvin and Melvin Hahn, all of Wakarusa), 1 daughter (Ida May Null of Wakarusa), 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Daniel Wenger of Elkhart and David and Henry Wenger of Wakarusa), 2 sisters (Mrs. Margaret Blocher of Wakarusa and Mrs. James Boyer of Elkhart) besides many relatives and friends. About 30 years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and was a member of the Holdeman congregation, to which she remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church, conducted by D. A. Yoder and S. L. Weldy.

Hostetler. ­ Noah J. Hostetler, near Middlebury, Ind., died very suddenly Nov. 2, 1933, after 36 hours of suffering from burns received the morning before. He arose early on Wednesday morning to make some repairs on his corn shredder preparatory to shredding corn for his neighbor. While attempting to bend a hot casting, which he had heated in the forge and fastened in the vise, it slipped loose as he pulled on it so that he lost his balance and fell over backwards upsetting a small can of dirty gasoline often used in cleaning off grease. This ignited on the hot iron and set all his clothes on fire, after which he rushed out and attempted to extinguish it with a rug; but failing he lay under a hydrant in a pool on the ground where the fire was extinguished by the aid of his wife, although most of his clothes were burned off his body. The shock was very severe, and while he remained conscious without complaint to almost the last, he suffered very intense pains. He was born April 16, 1872, near Topeka, Ind., the son of John M. and Susan (Hostetler) Hostetler, and died at the age of 61 y. 6 m. 17 d. He is survived by his wife (Lizzie Eash, with whom he had united in marriage in September, 1893), 5 children (Goldie May Swartzendruber of Los Angeles, Calif; Silvan Jay, a missionary in Dhamtari, India; Jonathan John of Elkhart, Ind.; Wilbur of Flandreau, S. Dak; Lloyd N., at home); 8 grandchildren (2 infant children having died at birth), 2 brothers (Ira J. and Abraham L.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Joe Hershberger and Mrs. Menno S. Yoder), 2 half-brothers (Allen J. and Fred M.), 3 half-sisters (Mrs. Phineas Weaver, Mrs. Todd Bontrager, and Mrs. Ezra Slabaugh), 1 step-brother (Uriah E. Mast); 1 half-sister (Mrs. George Miller) preceded him in death. He lived nearly all of his life in La Grange and Elkhart counties, where he gained many friends and was known to always lend a helping hand at every opportunity. In 1894 he united with the Mennonite Church at the Forks, where he retained his membership until death. He died peaceably, and had given a testimony that indicated his readiness to depart to be forever with his Savior. The family wishes to testify to the kind and fatherly care of their departed loved one. Funeral services were conducted at the home Nov. 6 by Bro. C. L. Graber of Goshen College, and at the Forks Mennonite Church at 10:00 A. M. by Brethren D. D. Miller and Early Bontrager. Burial in Miller Cemetery near Shore Church.

Stoltzfus. ­ Lizzie B., daughter of Christian and Lydia (Beiler) Stoltzfus, was born near Lewisburg, Pa., Oct. 5, 1858; died Nov. 10, 1933, near West Liberty, Ohio; aged 75 y. 1 m. 5 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until God called her home. On Dec. 11, 1879, she was united in marriage to David S. Stoltzfus, who, a few years later, was ordained to the ministry in the home congregation. He who doeth all things well, removed her companion from her, after an unusually happy married life of only 18 years. That same night, which was so very dark to our dearly beloved, her mother, who was at home with her, also died. On Thanksgiving Day, 1896, a double funeral was held in the Oak Grove Church. With this aching void in her home, she through her tears, continually looked to the Lord, and, in her motherly way, heroically faced the future with her family, consisting of five children. Her only son preceded her in death at an early age. The children left to mourn their loss are, Emma (Mrs. Harry Smucker) and Anna (Mrs. Frank Zook) both of Belleville, Pa., Rachel (Mrs. W. S. Renkert), and Ella (Mrs. Emmet Yoder) both of West Liberty, and Belle at home. After their marriage, they started housekeeping in Lancaster Co., Pa., but after an interval of a few years, they moved to the home church near Lewisburg, Pa. After some years, a large number of the members of the congregation moved to Hartford, Kans. They with others, returned to Ohio, where she finally fell asleep in Jesus. She was next to the last surviving member of a family of eighteen children. In addition to her children, she leaves to mourn her loss, her brother (Bishop Eli B. Stoltzfus, of Hudson, Ohio), 5 grandchildren, and a large number of relatives and friends. In her passing the Church and Sunday school lose a loyal and faithful member and an active worker. She was a Sunday School teacher for 30 years and was greatly devoted to her girls-as she called them. The neighborhood loses an unselfish friend, ever ready to lend sympathetic assistance in times of need or sorrow. She was especially faithful in visiting the sick and the distressed.

"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."

Funeral services at Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 35 - November 30, 1933, p. 751, 752

Falb. ­ Mary Amstutz Falb was born near Apple Creek, Ohio, May 18, 1880; died suddenly Nov. 8, 1933; aged 53 y. 5 m. 21 d. At the age of 16 she was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Church on April 16, 1897. Sept. 19, 1908, she was united in marriage to John Falb, sharing joys and sorrows over 25 years. To this union was born one son (Albert) who with his wife is left to mourn with his deep sorrowing father, the departure of a loving mother. Two brothers and one sister have preceded her in death. She is also survived by two brothers, Eli and Aaron; four sisters, Katie, Mrs. Anna Steffen, Sara (Mrs. Aaron Steiner), Martha (Mrs. Simon Steiner), and many other relatives and friends. She was of a quiet and peaceful disposition, always diligent in attending church services when health permitted. And we believe, although her death came suddenly, that she was ready to fall asleep in Jesus. Services were conducted by the home ministers, J. S. Moser, Louis Amstutz, and J. Neuenschwander on Nov. 10.

Grieser. ­ Veronica, daughter of Jacob F. and Veronica Nofziger, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, April 12, 1854; died Nov. 6, 1933, on the same farm on which she was born and grew up; aged 79 y. 6 m. 24 d. She was married to Christian Grieser July 28, 1873. Her husband preceded her in death, a little over 12 years. 5 sons and 3 daughters came to this home. 1 daughter preceded mother in death. 49 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren came from this home. 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren preceded her in death. Sister Fanny (as she was usually called) was one of a family of 9 children, of whom only one remains to follow her. She accepted and confessed Jesus as her personal Savior in her youth and remained faithful and true to Him until death.

"Mother's gone beyond this world of sorrow pain and care,
Gone to be with Jesus; oh will we meet her there."

Funeral services were held Nov. 8 at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by E. L. Frey, assisted by E. B. Frey. Text, Psa. 90: 12. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

Stauffer. ­ Benjamin S. Stauffer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 11, 1859; departed this life Nov. 5, 1933, at his home near Lancaster, Pa. His sudden death from heart disease came as a shock to the family and community, where he will be missed. He went to lie on the couch and very soon passed away, which reminds us again of the uncertainty of life. May we humbly boy to the will of God who doeth all things well. He was of a kind disposition and a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and allowed himself to be used in various ways. He attended the General Conference held in Kansas in August. On Nov. 8, 1881, he was united in marriage to Alice H. Gamber, who preceded him three years ago; also three children preceded him in death. He is survived by 6 children, 15 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held Nov. 8, at the home by Bros. Landis Shertzer and Jacob Hess, and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Daniel Gish and John H. Mosemann. Text, Isa. 38: 1, latter clause. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Yoder. ­ Gerald Nelson; aged 6 y. 5 m. 14 d.; son of Samuel R. and Jemima E. Yoder, died at the parental home, Belleville, Pa., Nov. 15, 1933. The cause of death was diphtheria. He leaves his parents, three brothers, and three sisters (Jonas J. Yoder, Jr., Urie P. Yoder, Jesse R. Yoder, Katie B., Naomi L., and Julia Yoder). Gerald loved to attend Church and Sunday school. He was very fond of singing, and spent many of his idle moments in singing the songs he learned at Sunday school. In public schools he was kind, interested and helpful to others. In the home he was obedient, cheerful, and greeted his many friends with a sincere, sweet smile. He will be much missed by all who knew him. We can be assured the Lord has answered the request of the last two lines of Gerald's evening prayer:

"If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take."

Brief funeral services were held Nov. 16, at the home of Mrs. Amelia Peachey. Burial in the Amish Cemetery near Belleville, with Bro. Jonas D. Yoder, an uncle of the deceased boy, serving as the officiating minister.

"Go to thy rest fair child!
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."

Geil. ­ Jacob S., son of the late Abraham and Elizabeth Geil, was born May 11, 1859, near Waynesboro, Va.; died at the home of his daughter Lula in Harrisonburg, Va., July 18, 1933; aged 74 y. 2 m. 7 d. On Dec. 20, 1882, he was united in marriage to Minnie C. Wenger. To this union were born 13 children, all of whom survive: Isaac A., Manitoba, Ivarose (Mrs. Geo. Bovingdon), Missoula, Mont., Clinton and Orrien, Anaconda, Mont., Clark, Hinsdale, Mont., Gertie (Mrs. W. E. Rhodes) and Lydia (Mrs. J. W. Stern), Linville, Va., Sada (Mrs. E. C. Rhodes), Ethel (Mrs. H. B. McCauley), Lula, Newton, Stuart and Edna, Harrisonburg, Va. He also leaves 1 brother, David S., of Lyman, Miss., and 1 sister, Mrs. Sarah Fulk, of Harrisburg, Pa.; and his faithful companion with whom he lived in wedlock for more than fifty years. For many years he was a farmer and stock dealer, later he engaged in the mercantile business in the firm of Geil and Wenger, and as a fruitgrower. In the winter of 1918 he went to Montana where he had employment with Anaconda Copper Co., until disease had wrecked his physical body. He returned to Virginia in the spring quite helpless. Cancer was the cause of his death. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church since early manhood. Funeral services were held at the Lyndale Mennonite Church July 22 by J. L. Stauffer, assisted by A. W. Andes. Texts: Rom. 8:18 and Rev. 21:4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Farewell, dear father, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
Peace by thy slumber, thy rest be sweet,
Our circle is now broken, our home incomplete.

Lehman. ­ John Kilmer Lehman was born near Wakarusa, Ind., July 23, 1874; died of heart disease near Tofield, Alta., Nov. 5, 1933; aged 59 y. 3 m. 13 d. While still a small boy his mother died, so he was taken to St. Jacobs, Ont., and adopted by Joseph S. Martin in June, 1880. There he grew to manhood and was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in July, 1894. In 1897 he went to Iowa, where he met and shortly after married Susanna Wideman. To this union were born five sons (Joseph, Alvin, Oliver, David, and Melvin John) and three daughters (Irene-Mrs. Ezra Stauffer, Chrstena,--who died in infancy, and Mary-Mrs. Roy Roth). All live near Tofield, Alta. A little over a year ago his wife passed to her reward, also from heart disease. In 1901, Bro. Lehman with his family moved to Mayton, Alta. They were among the pioneers in that district. On Oct. 21, 1906, he was ordained by lot a minister of the Mennonite Church at Mayton, Alta., by Bishops Israel Shantz and Norman B. Stauffer. This office he filled faithfully throughout his life in the different congregations in which he resided. In the spring of 1915, he with his family moved to Hubbard, Oreg., but returned to Mayton in the fall of 1917. The following spring they came to Tofield, where he made his home until he died. This spring, because of failing health, he moved to his daughter, Mary. The latter part of June he became seriously ill and then moved to his other daughter, Irene, where he made his home until God called him to his heavenly home. Bro. Lehman suffered much misfortune throughout his life, but through it all he showed commendable patience, his chief desire being to follow his Savior to the best of his ability. He was a devout Christian, especially so in his devotional life. The Lord, through His infinite wisdom allowed severe trials to be placed upon him during his serious illness, but His grace always proved sufficient. During the last two weeks Bro. Lehman suffered extreme pain up till the very last. He leaves to mourn his departure, besides the children already mentioned, six grandchildren, one granddaughter having preceded him; two brothers (Peter K. and Jacob), two sisters (Katie-Mrs. John Brubaker and Lizzie, both of Michigan); also a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home were conducted by Br. N. E. Roth and at the church by Bros. N. E. Roth and Milo Stutzman. Text "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Interment in the Salem Cemetery.

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

Lehman. ­ John R., oldest son of Joseph and Catharine (Ream) Lehman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 14, 1847; died Nov. 11, 1933, at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Floyd Wilbur), near White Cloud, Mich.; aged 86 y. 1 m. 27 d. In his youth he went with friends to Indiana. On Feb. 18, 1866, he was united in marriage to Lydia Hochstetler who preceded him in death on Mar. 5, 1886. To this union 8 children were born, 5 having preceded him in death. On Nov. 17, 1887, he was married to Barbara Weaver Speicher. To this union 3 daughters were born, one passing over in infancy. In April, 1905, they moved from Elkhart, Ind., to White Cloud, Mich., where they resided for a number of years.  Then they moved to Kent Co., Mich., where they lived until Oct. 29, 1932. Then they made their home with their daughter near White Cloud, Mich. Bro. Lehman was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over 60 years. He was of a quiet disposition and bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude. Among his last words he said "Those who remain faithful to the end shall be saved." He leaves his loving wife, 3 sons (Esais of Watertown, S. Dak., Wm. H., of Elkhart, Ind., and Bert. E. (address not known), 2 daughters (Mrs. Floyd Wilbur and Mrs. Glen Dunham of White Cloud, Mich.), 3 step-children (Mrs. E. J. Blough of Blooming Glen, Pa., Mrs. B. I. Smith of Long Beach, Calif., and Hiram Speicher of Los Angeles, Calif.), 22 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 half-sisters (Mrs. Effie Hoover and Mrs. Catherine Siffler), and 2 half-brothers (Milton and Noah Thomas) all living in Pennsylvania.

"Dear grandpa is from us departed,
His place is empty here;
But he has hope to us imparted,
Of great joy over there."

Funeral services at the home of T. U. Nelson and at the Bowne Mennonite Church by T. E. Schrock and D. J. Johns. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.

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