Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1933

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 27 - October 5, 1933, p. 574, 575

Hess. ­ Jacob L. Hess, aged 78 y. died Sept. 26, 1933, at the home of his son, David Hess. He was born in Manor Twp., and was a member of the Millersville, Pa., Mennonite Church. His wife, Rebecca, preceded him 16 years. Services and interment at the Millersville Church.

Charles. ­ Edna Jane Charles, aged 6 y. died Sept. 20, 1933, at the home of her parents (Bro. and Sister Amos H. Charles) after an operation, having been brought home sick from school. She will be missed in the Millersville Sunday school, of which she was a member.

"'Tis Jesus makes them angels too
His name for aye to sing."

Yantzi. ­ Robert Dean, son of Menno and Annie Yantzi of Milford, Nebr., died Sept. 24, 1933; aged 1 y. 1 m. 6 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 4 grandparents, 6 uncles and 7 aunts to mourn his early departure; 2 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Milford A. M. Church, Sept. 26, 1933. Services in charge of Warren A. Eicher and L. O. Schlegel. Text, II Kings 4: 26. Interment in the Milford A. M. Church Cemetery.

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

Hartman. ­ Carl W. Hartman died June 30, 1933, at his home near Waynesboro, Va.; aged 36 y. He was born and grew to manhood in Rockingham Co., Va. Was married to Lizzie F. Showalter after which time he lived near Waynesboro. His wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, father, mother, 2 brothers, an aged grandfather, with many other relatives are left to mourn his early and sudden departure. Funeral services were largely attended on July 2 at the Springdale church. Services conducted by the brethren, J. L. Stauffer of Harrisonburg and J. R. Driver. Text, "Prepare to Meet Thy God."

Mauck. ­ Lydia Rhodes Mauck died suddenly July 24, 1933, at the home of her son near Washington, D. C. She was born in Dayton, Va., March 8, 1870; aged 63 y. 4 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage with Newton Mauck in Fanquier Co., Va. The husband, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 sisters, and 4 brothers survive. She was a member of the Mennonite Church from youth. Her body was sent to Waynesboro, Va., and funeral services were held from Springdale Church on the 26th by Bro. J. R. Driver. Text, Psa. 23: 1. Interment in cemetery nearby, where her aged parents and sister also lie awaiting the resurrection morn.

Allebach. ­ Lizzie C. Allebach (nee Alderfer), wife of Romanus Allebach of Harleysville, Pa., was called home on June 22, 1933; aged 59 y. 11 m. 28 d. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 1 brother, and 4 grandchildren. She is sadly missed by the family, but we wish to submit to the One who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held on June 26 at her late residence and at the Lower Salford Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren Rhine Alderfer and Elias Landes. Text, II Cor. 5: 1, 2.

"Dearer to us than words can tell,
Are the thoughts of Mother whom we loved so well;
'Tis only those who have loved and lost,
That can count the bitter cost."
--By the Family.

Hunsberger. ­ J. Martin Hunsberger was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Oct. 3, 1863; died Sept. 3, 1933. He was deacon at the Providence Mennonite Church since May, 1912. He had not been well during the past summer, suffering with a heart affliction, though being able to attend services sometimes, and took a sudden change three days before he passed away. He leaves his widow (Emma J.), 4 sons (George J., Joseph J., Abram J., and William J.) and 4 daughters (Ada J., Mary Emma, Susanna and Elizabeth J.). One son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in Providence Church, Sept. 7, by Warren G. Bean and Jesse H. Mack. Text, Psa. 23-the comforting words by the Father as they were in his mind the past few days. He felt his time was at hand. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Miller. ­ Katie Wenger Miller died at her home near Fentress, Va., Aug. 6, 1933, in her 31st year. Death came very unexpectedly, after an illness of only a few hours. She was the daughter of T. J. Wenger and the late Mary Powell Wenger and was born at Stuarts Draft, Va., but had lived in Norfolk Co. since early childhood. She answered the call of her Savior in early life and became a member of the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, which profession she faithfully sought to live up to until the call of death came. In the morning of her death she was in her usual place at S. S. and Church, but as the congregation was gathered in the evening service the news came that she had passed away. She was married to Bro. Marvin E. Miller on Oct. 12, 1928, who with two children (Merlin Robert and Mildred Elizabeth) is left to mourn the loss of a faithful wife and mother. Surviving besides the above are her father, 6 sisters (Anna-Mrs. Moses Hertzler, Lessie-Mrs. A. W. Hershberger, Etta-Mrs. Ernest Miller, Mollie-Mrs. S. H. Brunk, Lulu, and Ida-Mrs. Abram Shadinger) and 2 brothers (Roy and Powell). Funeral services were held at the Mt. Pleasant Church on Aug. 8 in charge of the brethren Aaron Mast of Westover, Md., and Daniel Shenk of Denbigh, Va. Interment in the church cemetery.

Detweiler. ­ Mary Ellen, daughter of the late Isaac H. and Mary M. Moyer, also widow of the late Charles B. Detweiler, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., June 22, 1871; died Sept. 7, 1933, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter Mr. And Mrs. Earl H. Hunsberger, Souderton, Pa.; aged 62 y. 2 m. 15 d. She had been in failing health for nearly 8 years but was able to be about and work some until the last 2 years, when she failed more rapidly due to complications of liver and intestinal trouble. She was bedfast about 6 weeks, steadily growing weaker. She did not suffer much pain, though many times longing for her heavenly home. On Jan. 28, 1893, she was united in marriage to Charles B. Detweiler who preceded her to the great beyond June 29, 1920. To this union were born 4 children, all of whom are left to mourn her departure. They are: Estella-wife of Earl H. Hunsberger, Ephraim and Charles of Blooming Glen, and Elam of Souderton. One brother (Samuel M. Moyer of Perkasie) and 9 grandchildren also survive. She was for many years a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, where services were held and interment made on Sept. 11. Services were conducted by Bros. Elmer Moyer, Melvin Bishop, A. O. Histand, and Aaron Freed. Text, Heb. 4: 9.

"Mother, your cares and toils are o'er,
You have sought and won sweet peace and rest;
May we humbly strive to share your joys forevermore
For God alone can give the best."

Burkholder. ­ Emma, daughter of D. Z. and Mary Smiley Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 1, 1872; died very suddenly in the evening of Aug. 26, 1933; aged 60 y. 8 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Amos J. Burkholder on Feb. 12, 1899, who preceded her in death May 2, 1925; 2 sons also preceded her: Orie Jonathan and an infant son. She is survived by 4 children (David, Glen, Elizabeth and Kenneth), 3 grandchildren (Marilyn, Thomas, and William Burkholder), 3 brothers (D. S. Yoder of Wooster, Ohio, Milton of Barberton, and Floyd of Akron), 3 sisters (Mrs. A. E. Yoder of Canton, Mrs. S. P. Zook and Mrs. R. S. Krabill of Sterling, Ohio), 4 uncles, 2 aunts and many other near relatives. One brother (John) and 2 sisters (Beulah and Amanda) preceded her in death. Sister Burkholder confessed and accepted her Christ in early life and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. She always took an active interest in the work of her Lord and Master in supporting the mission work by her prayers and means and by giving a helping hand in the sisters sewing circle and other Christian work of the community. She possessed a spirit of kindness, cheerfulness, and helpfulness toward all that only radiates from the life of a true devoted Christian. She was of a quiet, gentle disposition and sacrificed much for her family. She remained a faithful, loyal, and devoted sister. Her exemplary life and influence will long be remembered by all who came in contact with her beautiful life. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church by Brethren C. Z. Yoder, Jesse Smucker, and J. S. Gerig. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Dearer to us than words can tell,
Are the thoughts of Mother whom we loved so well;
'Tis only those who have loved and lost,
Who can realize and know the bitter cost."

Lichty. ­ Oliver Lichty was born near Conestoga, Ont., Aug. 30, 1888; died Sept. 17, 1933; aged 45 y. 17 d. At the age of 16 he chose Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. In March, 1909, he married Luella Eby and to this union was born 1 son. The mother was called home in July, 1911. Nov., 1912, he married Joanna Eby. She with the following children (Cranson, Arthur, Helen, Norma, Bernice, Glennis, and Mervin) feel deeply the loss of the one who has left them so suddenly. Besides these his parents, 7 sisters and 2 brothers remain. Two sisters already preceded him. The news of the sudden passing of Bro. Lichty was a great shock to this community, as he was known by all to be in perfect health. His death was occasioned by a fall from a silo. As he was alone at the time the detailed facts are not known, but it is believed that death was almost instantaneous. The early years of his married life were lived near Floradale, Ont. About fifteen years ago they moved to Mannheim, Ont., and several years later to Nine Pines, where he met his sad death. Ever since moving to this community he has been a member of the Latschar Mennonite Church, where all his family, who are of accountable age, are also members. He always took an active part in the work of the Church when called upon. He will be missed by all who knew him, but especially by the family and his beloved wife who looked to him as the mainstay of the home. Funeral service at the home was private, conducted by Bro. J. W. Witmer. A service was also held at First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, with Brethren Oliver D. Snider and M. S. Hallman in charge. Texts, Rev. 21: 4; Amos 3: 6. Interment was made in the Waterloo Mennonite Cemetery. The family express their resigned attitude and love in the verse:

"Had He asked us, well He'd know,
We would say, Oh! Spare the blow.
Yes with streaming tears we'd say,
Lord we loved him, let him stay."

Stutzman. ­ Barbara, daughter of Jacob and Betzy Troyer, was born near La Grange, Ind., Oct. 16, 1891; died at her late home near Elverson, Pa., Aug. 25, 1933; aged 40 y. 10 m. 9 d. On Jan. 25, 1910, she was united in marriage to Harry W. Stutzman at Mio, Mich. Following their wedding they moved to Kalona, Iowa, and made their home there. To this union were born 3 children: Ernest, Ohio, Beulah (Mrs. Henry K. Umble) of near Atglen, Pa., Dorman at home, and Anna Mae adopted daughter. In 1922 this family with her parents (J. D. Troyer's) moved to Pennsylvania where she died. She leaves her husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, father, step-mother and these brothers and sisters: Mary (Mrs. Lee Niffenegger), Kalona, Ia.; Lydia (Mrs. Leroy V. Miller), Stuttgart, Ark.; Lizzie (Mrs. Ralph Stutzman), Broken Bow, Nebr.; Oliver, Hutchinson, Kans.; Jerry, Atglen, Pa.; Levi, Ky.; Mada (Mrs. J. R. Stoltzfus), Pa.; Velma (Mrs. Walter Dussinger), Lancaster, Pa. Mother took sick while preparing to go to the house of the Lord, Aug. 15, the doctor pronouncing the illness high blood pressure. The following Saturday evening she fell asleep, the doctor now pronouncing sleeping sickness. She slept 108 hours. On Thursday, Aug. 25, she quietly passed away. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and remained faithful to the end. She was a member of the Conestoga A. M. Church. She worked a great mission in caring for homeless children the last 12 years of her life. At the time of her death she was caring for a little boy from the time he was 3 weeks old until 2-1/2 years old when he was put back to the Aid Society-which makes a big emptiness as Mother and Buddie are both leaving on the same day. On account of the disease, sleeping sickness, we had to have a private funeral and burial the next day. The following Sunday we had a memorial service at the Conestoga Church, conducted by J. S. Mast. Text, I Sam. 20: 18. Interment in Conestoga A. M. Cemetery. She will be missed by her family, relatives, and a host of friends.

"Mother, dear, how we miss thee,
And thy face no more we see;
But our mournings will be o'er,
When we meet you on the shining shore."
--The family.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 28 - October 12, 1933, p. 607

Buzzard. ­ Annie L., wife of John D. Buzzard, died at her home in New Holland, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1933, of complications after an illness of 17 weeks. During this time she suffered greatly. She was a faithful member of the Goodville Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves her husband, 7 sons, 2 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at the Goodville Mennonite Church, in charge of John M. Sauder and Frank Martin. Text, Amos 4: 12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Well, she is gone, and now in heaven
She sings His praise, who died for her,
And in her hand a harp is given,
And she's a heavenly worshiper.
And let me choose the path she chose,
And her I soon again may see,
Beyond this world of sin and woes,
With Jesus in eternity." --Her daughter.

Risser. ­ Kate B. Risser, daughter of Pre. Abram and Anna Brubaker Horst, was born April 23, 1859, near Manheim, Pa.; died at her home near Elizabethtown, Pa., Aug. 15, 1933; aged 74 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was married to Jacob O. Risser of Elizabethtown, Pa., who survives her. She is also survived by 1 son (Amos H.), 1 daughter (Ada H., wife of John E. Metzler of near Manheim), 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. She was an invalid for many years and often suffered much pain which was borne very patiently and she always had a smile for every one. Funeral services were held Aug. 18 with short services at the home and further services at Risser's Mennonite Church. Sermon by Bro. Noah Risser. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

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

Van Horn. ­ Ethel Georgia Van Horn was born Feb. 29, 1896; died Sept. 20, 1933; aged 37 y. 6 m. 20 d. She leaves her husband (Joseph Frank Van Horn), 3 sons (Ernest Ray, Lester, Kenneth), 1 daughter (Alice May)-all at home; 3 brothers (Lee Owens, Adrian, Mich.; Oscar Owens of Defiance, O.; Ferdinand Owens of Lima), 2 sisters (Mrs. Nancy Brener of Lansing, Mich., and Goldie Owens of Toledo, O.), besides a host of relatives and friends. On Jan. 1, 1933, she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. Only a few hours before death she called for the elders of the Church for prayer and to be anointed, and shortly after she peacefully went to sleep in Jesus. Always of a quiet homeloving disposition, she was a faithful wife and mother, kind friend and neighbor, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her best.

"The one we loved is now at rest;
Mother's fond, true heart is still;
In our heart she'll always linger.
While we climb the lifelong hill."

The funeral was held at the Mennonite mission, Lima, Ohio, with a very large attendance in charge of S. E. Allgyer, West Liberty, O., assisted by Henry Mueller.

Broome. ­ Ida Isadore, daughter of the late Samuel and Sarah E. Crimel Brubaker, was born Oct. 10, 1867, in Juniata Co., Pa.; died Sept. 4, 1933, after a two weeks illness at her home at 323 Logan St. in Lewistown, Pa.; aged 65 y. 10 m. 24 d. Death was caused by intestinal influenza which affected her heart. She was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church. She studied diligently God's holy Book and was faithful in attending the services, even if at times her health hardly permitted, until stricken in her late illness. Her interests in home and family life were keenly felt as a kind and loving mother and faithful wife. She possessed great trust, faith and hope in her Christian life. She also took great pleasure in the mid-week service in the church by regularly attending it. Funeral services were held at her home Sept. 6 by Frederick Rupley. Text, Mark 14: 18. Burial in Mt. Rock Cemtery. Besides her husband, Andrew Broome, a daughter (Mrs. Margaret Bergstresser), remains to mourn her departure; also a brother (Jerome T. Brubaker, Ephrata) and a sister (Mrs. Michael Alice Winger) survive.

"Mid toil and care and sorrow
The humble flesh is all in vain;
But spirits meet in that great morrow,
Where God stays grief and pain."

Horst. ­ Katie, daughter of Seth and Mary Hackman, was born in Stark Co., O., Jan. 18, 1858; died at her home near Dalton, O., Sept. 18, 1933; aged 75 y. 8 m. She was married to Henry Horst Dec. 27, 1883. To this union were born 4 children: Amandus R. of Canton, O., Dema G. of Dalton, O., Mary D. (Mrs. Harry Sommers), of Orrville, O., and Wilmer S. of Dalton, O. There remain to mourn her departure, her husband, 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers (John and Henry Hackman of Orrville), 2 sisters (Mary Stauffer of Goshen, Ind., and Lydia Elser of Penbrook, Pa.). She united with the Mennonite Church nearly 50 years ago, and was interested in the various activities of the Church and a faithful attendant at Church services. She was an active member of the sewing circle, and when her health did permit her to attend, she found much pleasure in completing unfinished garments at home. Her unassuming and unselfish life won for her many friends. As a wife she was true; as a mother she was devoted; as a member of the Church she was faithful. For many years she did not enjoy good health, but bore it without complaining. During her last illness of nearly 10 months she was patient, fully resigned to the will of God, and peacefully departed this life leaving bright evidences of Christian fortitude. Her body was laid to rest in Pleasant View Cemetery, near Bowdil, O., on which occasion a large concourse of people met to pay a last tribute of respect to one they learned to love. I. J. Buchwalter preached the funeral sermon from II Cor. 5: 1 and was assisted by ministers of the local churches.

Zook. ­ Emma, youngest daughter of Andrew and Magdalena Zehr, was born May 10, 1885, near Flanagan, Ill.; died in Manson, Iowa, Sept. 24, 1933; aged 48 y. 4 m. 14 d. On Nov. 18, 1914, she was united in marriage to Amos Zook of Manson. To this union two sons were born (Harold J. and Wayne Z.). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. On July 2, 1928, she suffered a sun-stroke which affected her heart. The following April she was stricken with Tuberculosis. This, together with complications, caused her death. She suffered much, but bore it patiently. She was much concerned for and devoted to her family, and spent much time in prayer to God to guide and direct her in rearing her family. The family loses a devoted mother and wife, the community a sympathetic, loyal friend. She was much interested in religious activities, but was very much denied the privileges of attending church services owing to ill health. She is survived by her husband, two sons, two brothers (Chris and Simon), three sisters (Mrs. Peter Ulrich, Mrs. C. F. Summer, and Mrs. F. E. Eicher), and a host of friends and relatives who were near and dear to her.

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis Jesus who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heel."

Funeral services were held Sept. 27 in Manson Mennonite Church by Bros. C. J. Garber and Nick Stoltzfus. Text, "She hath done what she could," which was her own choice. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery. ­ The husband.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 29 - October 19, 1933, p. 623

Redcay. ­ Blossomed on earth to bloom in heaven. Donald, son of Christian and Ruth Redcay was born and died July 19, 1933.

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

Metz. ­ Phoebe Metz was born Jan. 20, 1848; died Sept. 30, 1933, at her home in Pond Bank, Pa.; aged 85 y. 8 m. 10 d. She is survived by Harvey at home, Samuel of Chambersburg, Mrs. Stickle of Chambersburg, Mrs. Hutchinson and Mrs. Fleece of Baltimore. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church the last week of her long life and gave evidence of having received peace in her soul. We had often spoken to her about her soul and we feared she would do as many old people do, never come; but she acknowledged that the Lord had not left her but that she was often convicted during the night. We praise the Lord for His marvelous grace to save even in the last hours of life, for after all it is not of works but of faith in His atoning blood. Services at the house by Harvey E. Shank. Text, Zech. 14: 7. Buried in the Mont Alton Cemetery.

Lehman. ­ Anna, widow of Daniel S. Lehman, died at her home in Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 1, 1933; aged 77 y. 3 m. 14 d. Her husband preceded her in death thirty-seven years. She is survived by the following children: Abram L., Peter L., Henry S., Amos S., Anna, Lydia, Mrs. Samuel Ebersole, and Mrs. Henry Horst; also by one brother (John L. Shank), one sister (Susan L. Myers), 28 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Sister Lehman was for many years a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church; and though death came suddenly, we believe she was ready to fall asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held at the home and the Chambersburg Church on Oct. 4. Services conducted by John S. Burkholder, D. E. Kuhns, and J. Irvin Lehman. Text, Psa. 17: 15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Our God shall come according to His promise,
To dry the tears, and bind each bleeding heart;
To bring about the saints' eternal meeting,
Where sin and death shall never, never part."

Kenagy. ­ David Oliver, son of Emanuel L. and Lydia E. (King) Kenagy, was born in Cass Co., Mo., Aug. 4, 1878; died at his home near Hubbard, Oreg., July 27, 1933; aged 54 y. 11 m. 23 d. He came to this community with his parents in August, 1892, and resided there ever since. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since his youth. He was married to Alice Smucker Feb. 5, 1905, who with his sons (Lester, Roy, and Willis), 1 daughter (Juanita), and 2 grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of a good husband and father. One daughter (Amy) preceded him in death. Other surviving relatives are: 3 sisters (Alice Hostetler of Shelbyville, Ill.; Mellie Oesch of Creston, Mont.; Saloma Stutzman of Garden City, Mo.), his step-mother (Martha Kenagy), half brothers (Urie, Irvin, and George of Albany, Oreg; William of Hubbard, Elden of Tangent, Thomas of Salem, Amos of Calif.), and 1 half-sister (Sarah Birky of Columbia Falls, Mont.), besides a host of other friends. As he bade them good-by he said, "Jesus is waiting for me and I must go. It is so nice over there; I can't stay here any longer. L Don't cry for me, but you must all come to meet me over there."

Good. ­ Elizabeth W., daughter of the late Isaiah and Melinda Merkey, was born in Bethel, Berks Co., Pa., Aug. 5, 1865; died at the Eastern Mennonite Home Souderton, Pa., Sept. 18, 1933; aged 68 y. 1 m. 13 d. In early life she moved to near Spring City, Pa. She was united in marriage to Israel Good on Sept. 20, 1890. They were members of the Vincent Mennonite Church, her husband serving as deacon from Oct., 1905, till his death on June 24, 1912. Although she never had any children of her own, she faithfully cared for a niece, Mary Dunkleberger, who was orphaned in childhood. Surviving in addition to her niece are 4 brothers (Michael, Edward and Isaiah Merkey of Spring City and Adam Merkey of Reading). Her death was attributed to a complication of diseases. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Home on Friday evening, Sept. 22, conducted by A. O. Histand. Continued services were held at the Vincent Church Sept. 23 by Warren G. Bean and E. W. Kulp. Text, Phil. 1: 21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"All the years we've spent together,
All the happy golden hours,
Shall be cherished in remembrance,
Fragrant sweets from Memory's Flowers."

Zook. ­ Mrs. David R. Zook (nee Plank) died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. D. Nafziger, Belleville, Pa., following an illness of three weeks. Her death came as a result of a heart attack and the infirmities of old age. For the past eight years she was unable to perform any household duties and during the last two years was almost helpless. Yet she reached an age 9f 87 y. 10 m. 18 d. She was born near Union Mills, Pa., Nov. 17, 1845, a daughter of Isaac and Barbara Plank. She had 3 brothers and 7 sisters, all of whom have been deceased for many years. On Jan. 17, 1870, she was united in marriage with David R. Zook who preceded her in death. To this union 9 children were born, 3 of whom survive. During her entire life she was a faithful member of the Belleville Mennonite Church and taught a children's class in its Sunday school for a number of years. Surviving are 1 son (Isaac B. Zook), who resides on the home farm, 2 daughters (Nannie ­ Mrs. John R. Kurtz of West Liberty, Ohio, and Ida Belle ­ Mrs. J. D. Nafzinger of Belleville, Pa.) and 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at the residence of Mrs. J. D. Nafzinger where she had her home. Services in charge of Joshua B. Zook and eli Kanagy. Text, Jno. 14: 1-3. Interment in Allensville A. M. Cemetery, beside the body of her husband.

Diffenbach. ­ Abram, son of the late Henry and Mary Schultz Diffenbach, was born in E. Lampeter, Pa., Nov. 9, 1861; died Sept. 5, 1933, at his home in Witmer, Pa.; aged 71 y. 9 m. 26 d. He had been in failing health for the past six months, but not seriously ill, as he was able to be around and in his usual good spirits until the last day, when he remained in his reclining chair on which he peacefully passed away. Death was caused by heart attack. He was married in 1885 to Rebecca Zimmerman, who with the following children mourn the loss of husband and father: Fannie, wife of Christian Rohrer; Martin; Lizzie, wife of Weaver W. Martin; Alice, wife of Martin Denlinger; and Henry, together with 25 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, all of Lancaster Co., Pa. Two daughters (Mary and Mabel) preceded him in death. He was a kind and loving husband and father, always ready to lend a helping hand to others in time of need. He leaves with his many friends innumerable admonitions and good counsel. With the kind and loving words spoken while here on earth, they will unquestionably keep ringing in the ears of those whom he contacted and should have fruitful manifestations in years to come. He will be missed not only in his home and homes of his children, but within his immediate social circle of friends as well. The scene has changed. Surrounding the table with his children and counseling them in the home with his godly advices has been silenced, but his life will tell for Jesus. Mother is now the head of the home and is seen taking the place of both. What a privilege for the children to comfort and caress her during her remaining days on earth. May God bless and guide her. It is God's way-not ours. He united with the Mennonite Church early in life and was seldom absent at the regular Sunday services. Funeral services were held at Mellingers Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Abram Martin and David L. Landis, Bro. Martin taking his text from Job 5: 25, 26. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Lonely the house and sad the hour,
Since our dear one is gone;
But oh, the brighter home than ours,
In heaven is now his own."

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVI, No. 30 - October 26, 1933, p. 655

Lehman. ­ Sister Anna Lehman, widow of Bro. Daniel S. Lehman, died at her home, Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 1, 1933; aged 77 y. 3 m. 13 d. Her husband died 37 years ago. Her maiden name was Shank. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church, and a regular attendant at services. She is survived by 4 sons and 4 daughters (Dea. Peter L. Lehman is the oldest son) and 19 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Church conducted by Brethren D. E. Kuhns, J. I. Lehman, and J. S. Bukholder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Hollinger. ­ Mahlon S., Jr. son of Mahlon S. and Katie R. Leaman Hollinger, was born near Lampeter, Lancaster Co., Pa., and died Sept. 27, 1933, after several days' illness; aged 14 d. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters (Elma L., Melvon L., Lloyd L., Mary L., Grace L., and J. Clair). One little sister and 1 brother (Verna L. and B. Allan) preceded him in death. It was hard to give baby up, but we humbly submit to Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held in the home Sept. 29 by Bro. David Landis after which his little body was laid to rest in Mellingers Mennonite cemetery.

"God has gently plucked our flower
For to bloom in heaven above;
While our hearts are crushed with sorrow
For our darling baby whom we loved."

Cressman. ­ Lydia, infant daughter of Curtis and Amanda (Byler) Cressman, was born near Plattsville, Ont., Sept. 17, 1933, and passed on to be with Jesus. She leaves her Grandpa and Grandma Byler, Clarence Center, N. Y., Grandpa and Grandma Cressman at home, besides parents, adopted sister and brother (Lillian and Joe), 2 sisters (Ruth and Elise), and 1 brother (Howard). One brother (Paul) preceded her. We have had no baby in our home for almost 9 years and when we think of how happy this little one would have made our home here we begin to realize how beautiful our heavenly home will be.

Two little hands lay o'er her breast,
Two little feet laid down to rest;
Two little eyes in slumber closed
How our heart's bleeding, none but God knows."

Buckwalter. ­ Bressler Buckwalter was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 15, 1853; died at his home near Leola, Pa., Oct. 8, 1933; aged 80 y. 7 m. 23 d. Death was caused by heart trouble. His wife (Anna E. Wenger Buckwalter) died 35 years ago. There remain to mourn his departure 3 sons, 2 daughters (Abram of Pottstown, Pa.; Lydia of Leola, Pa., Joel of Bareville, Pa.; Martha at home; Paul of Leola, Pa.), also two brothers (Franklin of Lancaster, Pa., and John of Berwyn, Pa.). He was a lifelong member of Stumptown Mennonite Church, where his seat was never vacant when health permitted him to be there. He was much concerned for the welfare of the Church and gave much good advice which we will do good to follow. Funeral services were held Oct. 10 at Stumptown church by Bro. David L. Landis and Bro. Elmer Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Text, I Cor. 13: 14 (his own choosing).

Mast. ­ Polly Ann, daughter of John and Susanna Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 19, 1857; died at her home at Fairview, Mich., Oct. 11, 1933; aged 75 y. 11 m. 22 d. On Jan. 3, 1875, she was united in marriage with Jacob N. Mast who preceded her in death Oct. 10, 1922. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom are left to mourn her departure (Susie of Barrs Mills, Ohio; Monroe and Grover of Dover, Ohio; Edith of Comins, Mich.; Alta, Harry, and Noah of Fairview, Mich.). 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 hardships and trials, but her last days were spent in singing and talking of heavenly joys.

"Dear Grandmother has from us departed,
Her chair stands empty here;
But she has hope to us imparted,
We'll meet her over there."

Funeral services were held Oct. 13 with short services at the house and further services at the Fairview Mennonite Church, in charge of F. F. and E. A. Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8.

Martin. ­ Harry H., son of Elisha and the late Mary Heller Martin, was born in Upper Leacock, Pa., Feb. 8, 1898; died at his home near Bridgeport, Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 6, 1933; aged 35 y. 5 m. 28 d. He was a member of the E. Chestnut St. Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa.; and was united in marriage to Pearl Rudy. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 5 children (Pauline, Norman, Helen, Harry Jr., and Robert), his aged father, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Aaron, Amos, Enos, Mary-wife of Clyde Goldfus, and Lizzie-wife of Ross Goldfus). He was in a suffering condition for a long time, which we shall never forget. He was very patient in his suffering (Bright's disease and heart trouble, and other complications). We often heard him pray for grace and strength to endure his afflictions. He had told us many times he would not be with us long and prayed for his family, that the heavenly Father would be with them and protect them. In his last hours he asked those at his bedside to pray for him. Father was the first to break the family circle. We feel that he was much needed in the home. But the Savior had a better home for him. He left a bright testimony, so that we have the blessed hope that it is well with his soul. We must comfort ourselves by the Word of the Lord and say, "Not my will but thine be done." Funeral services were held in the home by Jacob Brubaker, and at Mellinger's church by Bishop John Msemann. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Father and husband, thou art gone to rest,
And it shall be my prayer,
That when we reach our journey's end,
Thy glory we may share."

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.

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