Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1934

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVII, No. 36 - December 6, 1934 - pages 770 to 772

Leeper. - William Leeper was born Dec. 20, 1858; died Oct. 31, 1934; aged 75 y. 8 m. 11 d. He was received into Church fellowship by water baptism Oct. 23, 1932, at the First Mennonite Church, Altoona, Pa. Funeral services were conducted by Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Psa. 90:10-12.

Herr. - Elizabeth R., infant daughter of Emory and Ruth (Rohrer) Herr, was born July 21, 1934, near Strasburg, Pa.; died Sept. 29, 1934. Besides parents, paternal grandparents (Newton Herr's), she leaves a number of other relatives and friends. Her death came quite unexpectedly. Though we miss her, we know our darling is safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held from the home Oct. 1, 1934. Bro. C. M. Brubaker officiated. Text, II Sam. 12:23.

Martin. - Susanna, daughter of John and Veronica Martin, was born Jan. 14, 1845; died Oct. 25, 1934; aged 89 y. 9 m. 11 d. She united with the Mennonite Church when young and lived a consistent life. She was deprived of hearing for a number of years, which made life lonely; but the hymns which she sang, both German and English, were many in those years. Surviving is 1 brother (Pre. Joseph H. Martin). Services conducted at the Rowe Church by John Burkholder and Harry Witmer. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Sent by a niece.

Miller. - Edith, daughter of Bro. Lawrence Speigle and wife of Ray Miller of Davidsville, Pa., died of Tuberculosis Nov. 19, 1934; aged 28 years. She was preceded in death by her mother 16 years ago; also by one brother and one sister. She is survived by her husband and two children; also by father and step-mother, two brothers, two sisters, and one half-sister and two half-brothers. Funeral services were conducted on the 21st at the Davidsville Lutheran Church (of which she was a member for a number of years), conducted by Russel Shilling, pastor of the Lutheran church assisted by L. A. Blough. Buried in the Blough Mennonite Cemetery.

Brenneman. - Abraham J., son of John L. and Elizabeth Brenneman, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, July 21, 1870; died Nov. __, 1934, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Roy Furry, near Elida, Ohio. Cancer of the stomach caused his death. He was first married to Nancy C. Showalter of Virginia, who died in October, 1929. His second wife was Mrs. Fannie Narvis of Forest, Ohio, who died June 28, 1934. He resided in the vicinity of Elida until seventeen years ago, when he moved to Mansfield, Ohio. Surviving are 5 children (Mrs. Bessie Furry of Elida, Mrs. Viola Moorman of Spencerville, Earl of Shelby, Ohio, and Menno and Arthur of Mansfield). Two children (Beulah and Leona) preceded him in death. There are 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. One brother (George) and one sister (Mrs. Nancy Diller) also survive. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church by Ben B. King assisted by Bro. Gabriel Brunk.

Blosser. - Homer Lee, son of Earnest and Bertie Blosser, was born near Dayton, Va., March 10, 1912; passed away Nov. 9, 1934; after an illness of chronic Bright's disease from which he was a sufferer for the past 5 years; aged 22 y. 8 m. He with his parents moved to Fulton Co., Ohio, Oct. 12, 1923. At the age of 14 he was converted and received into the Church fellowship Jan. 17, 1927, remaining a faithful member until death. He leaves his parents, 4 brothers (Paul of Youngstown, Ohio; Owen and Noah and Charles at home), 3 sisters (Hallie Burge of near Wauseon, Ohio; Rebecca and Emma, at home), 1 grandfather, 5 nieces, 2 nephews and a host of relatives and friends. He heartily expressed himself the day previous to his death that he was soon entering into his beautiful home in heaven. Five brothers, 1 grandfather and 2 grandmothers preceded him in death. Services were held at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, Ohio, by E. L. Frey, Harvey Fricke, and Fred Fricke. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. Burial at Pettisville A. M. Cemetery.

Wade. - Clark, eldest son of Bro. Ezrom and Sister Amelia Wade, was born near Sterling, Ill., Sept. 28, 1891; passed away at the Home Hospital in Sterling Nov. 10, 1934, after a lingering illness of almost eleven weeks resulting from a fall that occurred on the afternoon of August 28; aged 43 y. 1 m. 12 d. Early in life he confessed Christ as his personal Savior and was received into the fellowship of the Science Ridge Mennonite Church where be made his contribution to the cause of Christ. On Jan. 18, 1916, he was united in marriage to Sister Mary Conrad of Noble, Iowa. To this union 4 children were born (Doris, Helen, Harold, and Ralph). Bro. Wade was greatly devoted to his family, sparing nothing for their comfort and happiness. He served the Church for a number of years as trustee, and here he gave willingly of his time required to perform his duties faithfully. He gave liberally of his means for the support of the Church. He leaves his wife and children, his father and mother, 2 brothers (Glenn and Loren), 3 uncles and 4 aunts, and a host of more distant relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the home and at the Science Ridge Church Nov. 13, when a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they held in high esteem. Bro. A. C. Good was in charge of the services.

Gerber. - Erma Irene, daughter of Otto J. and Fannie (Staker) Gerber, was born July 19, 1919; died Nov. 19, 1934, at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Ill.; aged 15 y. 4 m. Death came as a relief to burns she received in the fire which destroyed their home eleven days before, in which her father and infant sister perished. Three years ago she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church near Tremont, Ill. She served her Lord with joy, always taking an active interest in Sunday school and other Church activities. Her pleasing and happy disposition won her many friends, especially among the children. She was a faithful member of a Sunday school class of eight girls who will deeply feel their loss, but willingly recognize God's infinite wisdom. She is survived by her mother and the following brothers and sisters : Helen, Lena, Samuel, Betty, Wayne, Alice Mae, and Lila Marie; also an aged grandfather, Nicholas Staker. Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at the home of her uncle, Menno S. Gerber, in charge of the home ministers, Jonas Litwiller and Leland A. Bachman and at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church in charge of H. R. Schertz assisted by Simon Litwiller. Text, I Cor. 13:12. Burial in the cemetery adjoining, beside her father and infant sister.

"Thy youth was lovely, like a flower
Of fairest bloom, which soonest dies
The gardener came at an early hour
And took thee to the upper skies."

Zehr. - Barbara, daughter of Jacob and Katherine Heiser, and wife of Bishop Peter Zehr, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Nov. 1, 1857; died Nov. 16, 1934, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Alvin R. Birkey of Foosland, Ill.); aged 77 y. 15 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. She was united in marriage with Peter Zehr, June 8, 1876. To this union were born 5 children, 3 of whom are now living -- Mrs. Katie Cender, Daniel P. Zehr, and Mrs. Amelia Birkey, all of Foosland, Ill. Two children preceded her in death -- Mrs. Elizabeth Cender, who died April 4, 1928, and Joseph who died in infancy. Her husband also preceded her in death, having died March 14, 1922. She leaves 19 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren have gone on before her. She also leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Fanny King of Fisher, Ill.) and 5 brothers (Christian of Goodfield, Ill.; Peter of Foosland, Ill.; Isaac of Fisher, Ill.; Samuel and Daniel of Morton, Ill.). Four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death. She leaves a large host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church with Bro. Harold Zehr of Fisher, Ill., and Bro. Ezra Yordy of Eureka, Ill., in charge. Text, Job 5:26. Interment in East Bend Cemetery.

"The great Jehovah, full of love,
An angel bright did send,
And took our darling Mother home,
To joys that never end."

Rohrer. - Gabriel B., son of Isaac and Martha (Binkley) Rohrer, was born near Lancaster, Pa., March 26, 1846; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. David J. Hostetler, near Orrville, O., Nov. 2, 1934; aged 88 y. 7 m. 6 d. At the age of twenty-two he came to Wayne Co., O.; and on Dec. 10, 1872, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Rudy who preceded him in death. To this union were born 5 children (Lula, wife of Melvin Kornhaus; May (deceased), wife of Benjamin Good; Emma, wife of Amos Mumaw; David; and Ada, wife of David J. Hostetler). The 4 children with 20 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (David and Wayne of Lancaster, Pa., and Lemuel of Fairbanks, Tex.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Maria Groff of Bareville, Pa.) are left to mourn his departure. Four sisters also preceded him in death. In the early years of his married life he, with his wife, united with the Martins Mennonite Church, in which he remained faithful until death. He was a man of a quiet disposition and a few words, but always ready to help along in the work of the Church. Although for many years his eyesight was failing, he was always regular in his attendance at church services. His seat was seldom vacant until his last sickness and he rejoiced to know that all his children had accepted the same faith he held dear. Funeral services were held at the Martins Church, conducted by the brethren, 0. N. Johns, I. W. Royer, and Aaron Eberly. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Greer. - James Murry, son of John J. and Sarah (Hoover) Greer, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., May 13, 1864; passed away at his home near West Liberty, Ohio, Nov. 24, l934, following a short illness of heart trouble; aged 70 y. 6 m. 11 d. Bro. Greer was twice married. His first marriage occurred at Garden City, Mo., to Emma Zook of that place, where they resided until 1911, when they moved to Champaign Co., Ohio, where she preceded him in death May 19, 1914. This union was blessed with 3 children -- Mabel (Mrs. S. O. Burkholder) of Chambersburg, Pa.; Ernest, of West Liberty, Ohio; and Flossie, who died in infancy. On Feb. 4, 1919, he was again married to Elizabeth Landis of Chambersburg, Pa., who survives him. He is the last one of a family of 14 children. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man, and remained in that faith until death. He found much joy and pleasure in attending religious services and was seldom absent when health permitted. He was of a cheerful disposition, always looking on the bright side of life, which won for him many friends. His smiling face will be missed in the community, in the church, but most of all in the home where he was a kind companion to one who is now left alone. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

One by one the bonds are severed,
Binding hearts together here;
One by one new ties are added,
To that land that knows no tear."

Funeral services Nov. 27 at the Oak Grove Church near West Liberty, Ohio, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer assisted by Bro. N. E. Troyer.

Hossler. - Lydia (Maurer) Hossler was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Oct. 10, 1850, and died at her home in Harrisburg (in the same Co.) Nov. 3, 1934; aged 84 y. 24 d. She leaves one daughter (Mrs. Jeanie Hossler) and one son (Harvey Hoover), both of the home, and one stepson (Andrew Hoover of Uniontown, 0.), one grandson (Lloyd Hoover of Columbus, 0.), ten nephews and nieces with other relatives and many friends. Her two husbands (Christian Hoover and Franklin Hossler), preceded her in death. One son (Alvin Hoover) and one daughter (Phoeba Hoover) and all her brothers and sisters also preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Beech Mennonite Church. During the time of her illness, which lasted nearly two years, she was very patient, enjoyed the visits and fellowship of many friends, and bore testimony of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior, and of her readiness, to
depart and be with Him. She was very much interested in the spiritual welfare of her children and others.

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

Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of the bishop 0. N. Johns, assisted by the brethren Alvin Hostetler, John D. Miller and J. A. Liechty. Interment was made in the East Niminshilen Church Cemetery.

Gerber. - Otto J., son of the late Bishop Samuel and Magdalene (Sears) Gerber, was born near Groveland, Ill., July 19, 1894; and died at his home in Tremont Tp., Nov. 8, 1934; aged 40 y. 3 m. 20 d. Death came in an unfruitful attempt to rescue his five-months-old daughter, Fern Esther, from their burning home. When a youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, being baptized at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church of which his father was bishop. He was a faithful and dependable member. He will be missed in the Sunday school and Church, as his seat was seldom vacant. On Thanksgiving Day, 1910, he was united in matrimony with Sister Fannie Staker, to which union the following children were born (who with the mother all survive him except the baby daughter): Fern Esther, who perished in his arms; Helen, Erma, Lena, Samuel, Betty, Wayne, Alice May, and Lila Marie. One brother (Menno, Groveland) and 3 sisters (Miss Rosa, Groveland; Mrs. Carl (Martha) Wubben, Danvers; and Mrs. Roy (Ruth) King of Eureka) survive him. He was a kind, faithful, and loving father, always interested in both the spiritual and physical welfare of his family. As a true father his absence will be keenly felt by his wife and children, but it is a comfort to know that "all things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8 :28).
Fern Esther, daughter of Otto and Fannie (Staker) Gerber, was born May 22, 1934, and perished with her father in their burning home on Nov. 8, 1934, at the age of five months and seventeen days. She was the youngest of nine children. Even though her stay here was short, she had endeared herself to her family by her bright, winning ways, always (it seemed) showing an exceptional love for her father who gave his life in an attempt to rescue her.
Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at the home of Menno S. Gerber (a brother) in charge of the home ministers, Jonas Litwiller and Leland A. Bachman, and at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church in charge of H. R. Schertz assisted by Simon Litwiller. Burial in the cemetery adjoining. It was the largest gathering of friends and relatives ever to attend a funeral at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church.

"They saw a hand we could not see,
Which beckoned them away;
They heard a voice we could not hear,
Which would not let them stay."

Transcriber's note: The above is the combined obituaries of two persons.

Durr. - Bishop John N. Durr, son of Jacob J. and Annie (Johnson) Durr, was born near Masontown, Pa., Sept. 3, 1853; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hannah Miller, at Springs, Pa., Nov. 17, 1934; aged 81 y. 2 m. 14 d. There remain to mourn his departure, 6 children, 37 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
In his early childhood his parents moved to Greene Co., Pa., near Carmichaels, where he spent the greater part of his early life. He was educated in the common schools of Greene Co., the academy in Carmichaels, and Monongahela College at Jefferson, Pa. Because of ill health he was not permitted to continue his educational activities as desired.
He united with the Mennonite Church at Masontown, Nov. 18, 1871, being baptized by Daniel Brenneman of Elkhart, Ind., at the request of the aged bishop, Nicolas Johnson, Bro. Durr being one of a class of fourteen converts received that day, which was also dedication day of the church.
About the middle of Jan., 1872, a series of meetings were started in the Mennonite Church in Masontown by Daniel Brenneman and John F. Funk. The meetings continued about three weeks. There were between 45 and 50 converts. These were received Feb. 3, 1872. At the close of this service the council of the Church was taken and it was decided to ordain two ministers and a deacon. As a result, Bro. Durr and Bro. Christian Diefenbaugh were ordained to the ministry and Bro. Nicolas D. Johnson was ordained deacon, by Bro. J. F. Funk at the request of the aged bishop, Nicolas Johnson. After the death of Nicolas Johnson, the lot was cast and on Nov. 26, 1873, Bro. Durr was ordained to the office of bishop, by Bishops Jacob N. Brubaker, Nathaniel Shope, and John D. Overholdt.
In Feb., 1877, Bro. Durr began his first series of meetings in his home congregation, with the result of eleven confessions. The first evangelistic meetings ever held in the Johnstown district were held by Bro. Durr.
He attended Lancaster Conference for the first time the first Friday of Oct., 1874, as Masontown congregation was then under Lancaster Conference. He was one of those instrumental in the organization of Southwestern Pennsylvania Conference, being its first moderator.
He was married to Malissa Jane Steele on Feb. 17, 1876, by Pre. David Johnson. To this union were born six children: Annie Frances, wife of Ed Miller, Inwood, W. Va.; Sarah Elizabeth, wife of Andrew Brenneman, Elida, Ohio; Mary Magdalena, wife of H. B. Ramer, Duchess, Alta.; Hannah Malissa, widow of the late Bishop N. E. Miller, Springs, Pa.; Katie May, wife of Uriel Zook, Allensville, Pa.; and Laura Jane, wife of Isaac Metzler, Martinsburg, Pa.
On Nov. 18, 1889 his wife died.
Bro. Durr served the Masontown congregation until Aug. 31, 1898, when he moved to Martinsburg, where he served as minister and bishop until failing health caused others to bear the burden of this work.
On Sept. 22, 1898, he was married to Mary S. Cauffman of near Chambersburg, Pa., by Bro. Aaron Loucks. To this union was born one son who died in infancy.
On March 9, 1929*, his second wife died.
     *[Corr.:  Death date was Jan. 21, 1929 - her obituary, Mary S. Caufman Durr - GH Jan. 31, 1929 - tlm 8/9/2006]

On Dec. 30, 1931**, he was married to Sarah B. Leidig, at Lake Charles, La., by Bishop E. S. Hallman. Sister Durr, after a brief illness, died Mar. 8, 1932.
     **[Corr.: Marriage date was Dec. 30, 1930. - her obituary, Sarah B. Leidig Durr - GH March 24, 1932, which also says they were married fourteen months - tlm 8/9/2006]

   After a rather extended visit among his friends and relatives, on Nov. 1, 1932, he came to Springs, Pa., to his daughter where he made his home until his death.
He was very active in church work. He began young, continuing quite active until called home. The following bishops were either ordained by him or he assisted in their ordination: David Keim (1875), Herman Snyder (1883), Jonas Blauch (1886), J. A. Ressler (1899), Aaron Loucks (1897), James Saylor (1900), Abram Metzler (1906), Isaac Metzler (1924), and A. J. Metzler (1928). Ministers: L. A. Blaugh (1890), Abram Snyder (1883), Aaron Loucks (1892), Alexander Weaver (1893), Abram Metzler (1897), James Saylor (1900), W. C. Hershberger (1900), Steven D. Yoder (1900), A. D. Martin (1901), J, N. Kaufman (1902), D. S. Yoder (1907), J. L. Stauffer (1911), Clayton A. Graybill (1914), Clayton Derstine (1914), D. I. Stonerook (1924). A. J. Metzler (1924). Deacons: William Livengood (1874), George Kauffman (1894), Joseph Loucks (1892), Daniel S. Yoder (1900), Henry B. Ramer (1901), John Zook (1903), Charles Weyant (1930), and Elmer Hershberger (1931), and others whose names we do not have. His later years were not as active as be would have liked owing to infirmity of age. The last Wednesday night of his earth life he was leader of Prayer Meeting, a meeting long to be remembered by those who attended. As Evangelist, Teacher, Pastor and Bishop his words of council and admonition were sought. A friendly greeting and kind remarks would always accompany him when you met him. Very active in mission work. As Bishop and member of the board, he served the Altoona Mennonite Mission, Altoona, Pa. In connection with the Mission work of the Maryland Mountains, very active; during this year preaching more often than any other minister. Reasons for his interest, one we mention, he too started his Christian life in a schoolhouse years ago under similar circumstances. A brother whose true worth remained undiscovered by many. A brother whose vision manifested that of heavenly wisdom, not undervaluing as some do but seeing realities in their true worth. Had he lived a few hours longer he would have been in the church 63 years; a few months more and he would have been a minister 63 years; eight days more and he would have served as bishop 61 years.
His death came suddenly. Retiring Friday night as usual, awakened about four o'clock with a chill, similar attacks he had had before. Efforts were put forth to relieve. He soon was better seemingly, but not long thereafter he became unconscious from which he did not awake, passing away about ten-twenty that evening.
Funeral services were held at the Springs Church, Monday evening, Nov. 19, in charge of G. D. Miller, M. B. Miller and Roy Otto, and J. A. Ressler, and on Tuesday morning at Martinsburg, Pa., in charge of A. J. Metzler, Masontown, Pa., assisted by D. I. Stonerook, James Saylor, and J. A. Ressler. Interment in the Martinsburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Accept this tribute to our brother,
Dear Father as is given;
'Tis for the care you've shown us here,
In brightening hopes for heaven.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVII, No. 37 - December 13, 1934 - pages 802, 803

Helmuth. - Daniel David, only son of David and Ruth Helmuth, died Dec. 1, 1934; aged 8 days. He leaves his parents, 3 grandparents, 4 aunts, 4 uncles, and many other relatives.

"Our darling boy has left his home
To go and join his Savior;
He bids us now to come to him,
And live with him forever."

Knicley. - Mabel G. Knicley was born Feb. 2, 1905; died Nov. 5, 1934 in Rockingham Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness; aged 29 y. 3 m. 5 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for several years but later went to the Pentecostal Church. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Jennie), her father (D. A. Simmons), 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. The funeral service was conducted at the Brethren church of Briery Branch, by __ Kite. Interment in cemetery near by.

"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache
That the smile hides all the while." -A Sister.

Mast. - Stephen K. Mast was born April 21, 1849; died of old age and complications at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. H. Stoltzfus, near Elverson, Pa., Sept. 15, 1934; aged 85 y. 4 m. 24 d. On Dee. 4, 1878, he was married to Catherine Esch who preceded him 6 years ago. To this union were born 8 children; 2 children preceded him. He is survived by 6 children (Joseph of Calkins, Mont.; Priscilla, wife of John H. Stoltzfus, of Joanna, Pa.; Lydia Grubb, Aaron, and Elam of Elverson, Pa.); also 37 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral on Nov. 18 at Conestoga A. M. Church by John S. Mast and Amos Stoltzfus. Text, Psa. 92:14. We can pay him no better tribute than to follow his advice and example.

Weiss. - Christian Weiss was born in Bern, Switzerland, Sept. 26, 1861. He came to this country when a young man and was united in marriage with Lydia Kolb Jan. 1, 1888. To this union were born 2 sons (Henry W. of Columbus, Ohio, and Frank F. of Medford, Wis.). His wife died seventeen years ago. He peacefully passed away Nov. 29, 1934; aged 73 y. 2 m. 2 d. He leaves his 2 sons, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. In his youth he united with the German Lutheran Church. His well-worn Bible bears mute testimony to his devotions. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 3 from his late home near Winesburg, Ohio, and at the Longenecker Church by I. J. Buchwalter assisted by D. M. Friedt. Interment in cemetery near by.

Shantz. - Jemima (Snyder), beloved wife of Bro. Amos Shantz, was born Feb. 23, 1864; died Nov. 27, 1934; aged 69 y. 9 m. 4 d. Surviving are her husband, 1 son (Alfred), 1 daughter (Elva -- Mrs. Oscar Martin), and an adopted daughter (Lizzie). Lena predeceased her 29 years ago. There remain 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Sister Shantz accepted Christ in her early years. She loved her Lord and was ready to testify for Him. She united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful worshiper at the Waterloo congregation. During the sickness she was patient and ready to depart and be with Christ. Bro. Moses Brubacher conducted service at the home. Text, Rom. 8. Bro. J. B. Martin had charge at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener. Texts, I Cor. 2:9,10; Psa. 17:15. Interment in the ad joining cemetery.

Evers. - Samuel M., son of the late George and Magdalene (Suter) Evers, was born Sept. 10, 1858; died at his home near Singers Glen, Va., Nov. 6, 1934; aged 76 y. 1 m. 26 d. He had been in failing health for some years. Several months prior to his death he had a fall and broke his arm, after which he became almost helpless, and his health failed rapidly from that time on until the end came. He was of a kind, quiet disposition. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, having died in this faith. Surviving are 2 brothers (Moses of Elmira, Oreg., and David of Lima, Ohio). He is also survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Sarah Ritchie) at home. Funeral services were conducted from the St. John Lutheran Church, by Bro. S. H. Rhodes, assisted by Bro. J. S. Martin. Text, "Let not your heart be troubled." The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Yoder. - Laura, daughter of Benjamin and Polly (Hostetler) Kauffman, was born Sept. 12, 1872, at Goshen, Ind.; died Nov. 11, 1934, at the home of Mrs. Mary Hostetler, near Harrisburg, Oreg., after an illness of nearly a year; aged 62 y. 2 m. After the death of her parents when she was 7 years old, her uncle and aunt (Mr. and Mrs. Sam Stutzman) took her into their home. On Dec. 14, 1913, she was married to Andrew Yoder at Goshen, Ind. She is survived by her husband and 1 son (Clyde), 2 brothers (Henry of Watsonville, Calif., and Menno), and 3 sisters (Amanda Kauffman of Goshen, Ind.; Barbara Mick of Millersburg, Ind.; Katherine O'Keefe of Chicago, Ill.). She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and remained faithful to the end. Her seat in church was seldom vacant when health permitted her to come. Funeral services were conducted in German by Joseph Schrock (text, Psa. 23) and in English by John Yoder (text, Heb. 4:9) and Levi Kropf (text, Rev. 14:13). By a friend.

Klopfenstein. - Martha Klopfenstein, daughter of Peter and Mary Magdalene Klopfenstein, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, June 2, 1905; died at the Home for Feeble-minded in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1934; aged 29 y. 5 m. 25 d. As a child Martha was normal; she attended district school two years, when she became ill and was cared for in the home of her parents as long as they lived; but she could not be thus cared for after their death, so she was placed in the institution where she died. Her father, mother, and one sister preceded her in death. She leaves 2 brothers (Joseph and Herman), 2 sisters (Mary Rich and Anna), and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted Dec. 1 by J. A. Liechty, assisted by John D. Miller and Alvin Hostetler from the Beech Church. Text, John 9:4. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved family.

Hallman. - George S., oldest son of Abraham and Mary Hallman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 9, 1856; died at his home near New Dundee, Ont., Nov. 7, 1934; aged 78 y. 5 m. 28 d. On March 21, 1882, he was united in matrimony to Veronica Heckendorn. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. One daughter (Mary Edna) predeceased him. After his marriage he, with his companion, located on a farm near Roseville, Ont., where they resided for 16 years. In 1891, they gave themselves to the Lord, and united with the Mennonite Church. They became members of the Detwiler congregation. In 1895 he was ordained a deacon for this congregation, and as long as his health permitted he fulfilled his office in an exemplary and conscientious manner. He always had a deep concern for the cause of the Lord. He had been in failing health for nearly a year. He leaves his wife and 3 sons (Arthur of New Dundee, Anson of Preston, and Edgar on the home farm); also 4 daughters (Vera at home, former missionary in Argentina, Maylinda -- Mrs. Omar Snider of New Dundee, Ellen -- Mrs. Ivan Schiedel of Preston, and Salome -- Mrs. Clarence Schantz of Preston); 16 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 5 sisters. Funeral services were held Nov. 10, in charge of M. H. Shantz, with services at the home and also at the Blenheim Mennonite Church. Bro. Manasseh Hallman preached, text, Heb. 11:13,14. Burial in the Detwiler Cemetery near Roseville.

Smucker. - Mollie C., daughter of Yost and Barbara (King) Hartzler, was born near Allensville, Pa., June 3, 1868; died at her home in Allensville Nov. 19, 1934; aged 66 y. 5 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to John M. Smucker of Belleville, Pa. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. One son and daughter died in infancy. Surviving are her husband and son (Alphie) and 1 grandchild, all of Allensville. Besides these she leaves 1 sister (Melinda -- wife of the late Levi J. Zook of Allensville) and two brothers (Jonathan Hartzler of Allensville, Jacob A. Hartzler of Belleville). She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, to which she was faithful till the Lord called her home. Funeral services were held Nov. 22 at the home by Bro. J. B. Zook, with further services at the Allensville A. M. Church conducted by Eli K. Zook and Elmer E. Yoder. Interment in cemetery near by.

"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartache
That lies within us all the while,"

Wenger. - Milo E., son of S. B. and Belle (Gruey) Wenger, was born at South English, Iowa, Aug. 16, 1900; died at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 30, 1934; aged 34 y. 3 m. 14 d. Accident of falling door caused fracture of skull, and death in 8 hours. He never regained consciousness. In Nov., 1925, he was married to Margaret Noffsinger at So. English. One daughter (Elizabeth) was born to them. To mourn his departure are wife and daughter, 1 sister (Mrs. Edith Morgan, Richland, Iowa), 2 brothers (Clark and Arthur), father and stepmother at So. English. His mother passed away in August, 1916; also 1 brother (Emery) who died in 1908. At the age of 14 Milo was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. Since living in Cedar Rapids he has worked with the Baptist Church of which his wife was a member. Milo was a dutiful son. No bad habits ever were known to stain his life and character. His many friends testify his exemplary life, and as we look back over 34 years we thank God for the life we were permitted to have in our family which is being broken up, and we hope soon to meet as an unbroken family in "heaven above, where all is love, there'll be no more sorrow there." Father.

Herr. - Pauline, daughter of Abram R. and Mabel H. Herr, of Lancaster, Pa., was born Sept. 7, 1908, and went to be with the Lord Nov. 10, 1934. She was a member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. She was graduated from West Lampeter Township High School in 1926 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., class of 1930. For the past several years she has been a patient at the Rossmere Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Lancaster, Pa. Pauline was an earnest Christian, as is evidenced by a statement on "My Consecration," which was found after her death, written in her own hand on the last page of her Bible (This statement appears elsewhere in this issue.-Ed.) Her testimony to God's faithfulness to her was given to Bro. Stoner Krady a few hours before her death, when she asked him to mark in her Bible this Part of I Kings 17:16 -- "And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail." Although frail in body, all through the years of her suffering she manifested a keen interest in the Lord's work and was active in it in so far as her limited strength would permit. Through the aid of faithful friends her missionary interests were greatly enlarged and stimulated during this period. She is survived by her parents, 1 sister (Marion, wife of Oliver Shenk, Jr., of Willow St.), and a brother (Frank Musser Herr, at home); also her grandparents, Pre. and Mrs. Frank M. Herr, of Willow Street. Funeral services were held at the home Nov. 13, followed by public services at New Danville Mennonite Church. Bro. John Mosemann spoke from Rom. 8:18-23 and Bro. Stoner Krady from Rom. 8:18. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Mast. - Jacob H. Mast was born near Morgantown, Pa., Sept. 19, 1870; died Nov. 13, 1934; aged 64 y. 1 m. 24 d. He is survived by his widow and the following children: John K., Elsie L., Mrs. Aaron J. Zook of Honey Brook; Levi W., Mary L., Jacob D., David F., Amanda S., all at home. An infant daughter and an infant son preceded him to the glory world; also his parents. He is survived by 1 brother (John L. Mast of Belleville, Pa.) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara E. Summers of Belleville, Mrs. Salinda Glick of Narvon, Pa.). He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was faithful until death. He was a kind and loving companion and father. He was very patient during his illness, which lasted for 6 days and expressed himself as being ready to go if it was the Lord's will. These were some of his last words. Funeral services were held Nov. 16 at the home by David Yoder, and at the Conestoga Church by John S. Mast and John W. Weaver. Text, John 14:1-3. Services were continued at the adjoining cemetery by Christian Kurtz and John W. Weaver.

"He sleeps, he sleeps, and never more
Will his footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor his voice be heard with its loving tone,
By the lone ones left by his old hearth stone --
He has gone, he has gone, to his home afar,
To the beautiful land where the angels are."

Jantze. - Joe Jantze was born near Wood River, Neb., Nov. 19, 1906; died at his home in Milford, Neb., Nov. 28, 1934; aged 28 y. 9 d. On April 32, 1931, be was united in marriage to Verda, daughter of Peter and Mary Schlegel. To this union was born 1 daughter. At about the age of 15 years, he confessed Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. He was sick only eleven days with influenza pneumonia, suffering intensely, patiently enduring it, having a desire to remain here with his loved ones; but realizing in the last day of his life that his end was near, he asked Jesus to take him. He is survived by his sorrowing widow and his 2 1/2-year-old daughter (Dona Lee), his parents (Amos and Katie Jantze), 3 brothers (Ralph, Vernon, and Lee), and 1 sister (Edith); also a grandmother (Rosa Stutzman), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at the home by Ben Schlegel, and at the Milford A. M. Church by Warren A. Eicher. Text, Psa. 102:24. Burial in the Milford A. M. cemetery.

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

Yoder. - Jonas V., son of Valentine and Elizabeth Yoder, was born Sept. 24, 1850, in LaGrange Co., Ind.; died Nov. 26, 1934; aged 84 y, 2 m. 2 d. He was a member of a family of nine children. Four sisters (Sarah Lambright, Maryanne Nisley, Leah Mast, and Elisabeth Yoder) preceded him in death. Two brothers (Eli Yoder and Valentine Yoder) and two sisters (Mrs. Fanny Miller at Thomas, Okla., and Mrs. Mattie Helmuth at Kokomo, Ind.) survive. He was married to Dena Swartzentruber March 16, 1873. She passed away at the early age of 36 years on Jan. 5, 1892. Ten children were born to this union: Menno J. Yoder, Mrs. Dan V. Yoder, Mrs. John Kempp, Mrs. Levi Oesch all of the home community; Mrs. Willis Hostetler, Goshen, Ind.; Harvey Yoder, Nampa, Idaho; Mrs. Elmer Greenawalt, Edna Yoder, Perry Yoder, and Jonas Yoder of the home community. On March 12, 1894, he was married to Anna Eash. Two children were born to this union: Anna Adaline who died in childhood, and Clyde Yoder of Topeka. He also had 4 step-sons and 1 step-daughter: Andrew and Lena Eash (who preceded him in death), Amos Eash, Chicago, Ill.; Cornelius Eash, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Samuel Eash, Rush City, Minn. He leaves 28 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Brother Yoder had the pleasure of being surrounded, during his last illness and death, by his wife and children, with the exception of Harvey, who lives in Idaho. He lived his entire life in the community where he died, and was a highly honored and respected citizen. He was a faithful member of the Emma Mennonite Church, of which he was a charter member. He was never absent from his pew when his health permitted him to be there, and was strong in his support of the faith in which he believed. His death was hastened by a severe attack of pneumonia about a year ago, which left him in a much weakened condition. He suffered intensely and often expressed a desire to pass on to a better world. The funeral was held from the Emma Church on Thanksgiving morning. The service was in charge of Bro. 0. S. Hostetler and Bro. D. J. Johns.

Badertscher. - John, son of Frederick and Maria Steffen Badertscher, was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, March 29, 1867; died Nov. 21, 1934; aged 67 y. 7 m. 23 d. He emigrated to this country at the age of 14 years with his parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. The major portion of his life was spent in Wayne County, Ohio, where the family settled upon their arrival in this country. He was admitted to membership in the Sonnenberg church by baptism April 7, 1882. He transferred his membership to the Salem Church soon after its organization. John had very little opportunity to acquire further education in this country. He spent much of his early period as a day laborer doing farm work. In 1892 he moved to Putnam Co., where he engaged in farm work for the next nine years. On Dec. 28, 1893, he was married to Barbara Amstutz, living a happy married life until death dissolved this union. Two children were born to them (Irene and Albert). On Jan. 1, 1902, he was married to Sarah Tschantz. To this union 1 son (Milton) was born. Death again entered the home and bereft him of his loving companion. His desire to serve his Master led him to take an active part in church work at Salem Mennonite Church. He served in the capacity of Sunday school teacher and elder for many years. Aug. 13, 1905, he was married to Ida Sprunger, to which union were born 3 children (Ivan, Florence, and Llewellyn). After four years of happy married life, this union was also terminated by death. The sorrows which came to his life only seemed to strengthen his faith in his Lord. His desire to keep the family together led him to marry the fourth time. This marriage took place March 16, 1912, to Fanny M. Sommer. To this union were born the following children: Hulda, Milo, Ida, John, Martha, Mary, and Thomas Lee. He later transferred his church membership to the Gospel Tabernacle at Kidron. He suffered a slight stroke Nov. 15, from which he temporarily recovered. The following Tuesday evening illness set in which caused his death 24 hours later. During these hours be suffered intense pain, but prayed almost continually that God might be merciful and give him patience to endure the almost unbearable pain. Another stroke following an operation in the Alliance Hospital ended his earthly life. He is survived by his widow, 5 sons (Albert of Kidron, Milton of Sebring, Ivan of Dalton, Llewellyn of Berne, Ind., and Thomas Lee at home); 5 daughters (Irene -- Mrs. Dan Morand of Berne, Ind.; Florence -- Mrs. H. Clair Amstutz of Goshen, Ind.; Hulda of Cleveland, Martha and Mary at home), 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Fred and Rudy), 1 sister (Elizabeth -- Mrs. S. S. King), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at the Salem Church, in charge of A. W. Sommer at the home, and A. R. Keiser and J. Imhoff of Cleveland.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVII, No. 38 - December 20, 1934 - pages 818, 819

Wideman. - Marvin Glen, son of Menno and Barbara Wideman, was born and died near Tofield, Alta., Dec. 3, 1934. He leaves his parents and 1 sister (Velda Eileen). Short services were conducted at the cemetery by Bro. N. E. Roth.

"A sweet little flower too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."

Eicher. - Peter J. Eicher was born near Berne, Ind., Jan. 19, 1863; died near Sturgis, Mich., Nov. 19, 1934; aged 70 y. 10 m. In 1891 he was married to Lovina Schwartz, who preceded him in death four years ago. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, having lived in this faith for many years. Funeral services were held at the home, in charge of William Miller and assisted by 0. S. Hostetler.

Stark. - Emily Stark was born Aug. 6, 1857; died Nov. 24, 1934, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Helen Myers) in Coatesville, Pa.; aged 77 y. 3 m. 18 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Mission for almost a year and remained faithful until death. One daughter and 1 son survive, also 6 grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death a little more than a year ago. Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at the Mennonite Mission, conducted by Isaac Kennel and John A. Kennel assisted by M. S. Stoltzfus. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Cressman. - Beatrice Faith, beloved little daughter of Eden and Laura (Dettwiler) Cressman died Nov. 30, 1934; aged 4 m. 2 d. Beatrice was never very robust, but was sick only two days with pneumonia. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 3 sisters (Naomi Loretta, Mary Elinor, and Violet Arletta), 3 grandparents, and many other friends. The funeral was held Dec. 2 from her home to the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church for services, Bro. Moses Brubacher and Bro. Curtis Cressman having charge. Interment in the Conestoga Cemetery.

"Sweet little flower -- too pure to stay
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."

Kennel. - Elizabeth, daughter of the late Christian and Barbara Mayer, was born in Perth Co., Ont., Jan. 1, 1885; died March 12, 1934, at Albany, Oreg.; aged 49 y. 2 m. 11 d. She was married May 9, ____ to Eli S. Kennel at Baden, Out. She was afflicted with cancer and suffered much, but was always cheerful and tried to hide her sufferings from her family, which she loved dearly. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, 6 children (Milford, Eilsen, Velma, Lloyd, Alta Mae, and Alma ___ all at home), and the following sisters: Sarah (Mrs. Jacob Gerig of Salem, Oreg.) and Mattie (Mrs. Mose Bast of New Hamburg, Ont.). Funeral services were held by Bros. King and Lind of Albany, Oreg. Interment in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

"Dear mother, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before."

Stutzman. - Mattie, daughter of George and Eliza Stutzman, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, May 24, 1881; died near Milford, Neb., Dec. 6, 1934; aged 53 y. 6 m. 12 d. Her health had been failing for a number of years, her limbs being paralyzed, she became helpless the last few years. She endured her affliction very patiently until the end. In 1882 her father preceded her in death, being killed by the explosion of a steam engine. Her step father, 1 stepbrother, and 1 step-sister also preceded her in death. She leaves her mother, 2 half-sisters, 2 half-brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. In 1886 she moved with her mother to Milford, Neb., where she grew up. At the age of 18 she became a member of the Mennonite Church, to which faith she remained faithful until death. Funeral services by J. E. Zimmerman. Text, Phil. 1:21-23.

"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our work here is ended
We shall again be with you." The Family.

Nafziger. - Daniel, son of John and Mary (Birkey) Nafziger, was born in Little Mackinaw Tp., March 16, 1860; died at his home in Hopedale, Ill., Nov. 16, 1934; aged 74 y. 8 m. He was married to Katherine Schertz March 16, 1884. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter (John, and Asa of Minier, Chris. D., Silas and Lena Litwiller of Hopedale) who with his wife, survive. He also leaves 18 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters and a host of friends who mourn his departure. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and was ordained to the ministry March 17, 1892. He was a devoted father, and through all his afflictions bore them very patiently. His last and great concern was the welfare of the Church.

"Ever from all bondage free,
Free from every pain;
Blessed what a happy state
For our feeble frame."

Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, Nov. 18, conducted by Bro. Simon Litwiller, assisted by Bro. Ben Springer. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Conrad. - Homer Edward, son of Christian and Anna Conrad, was born near Louisville, Ohio, Dec. 20, 1888; died Nov. 25, 1934; aged 46 y. 11 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Martha Graber of Sterling, Ohio, June 11, 1922, and is survived by his dear life companion, his mother, 6 sisters (Mrs. Jacob Clapper, Mrs. Noah Smucker of Louisville, O.; Mrs. Laura Linder of Maximo, 0.; Miss Lydia Conrad and Mts. Joseph Graber of Creston, O., and Mrs. Homer Graber of Canton, 0.), 1 brother (Aaron Conrad of Middlebranch, 0.), with many nephews and nieces and a large circle of near relatives and friends. His father, 1 brother, and 1 sister preceded him in death. Bro. Conrad confessed Christ as his Savior and Lord, received Christian baptism June 3, 1917, and was received as a member of the Beech Mennonite congregation of Stark Co., 0. He later transferred his membership to the Pleasant Hill congregation of Wayne Co., O., where he worshiped and remained a faithful and loyal brother, interested in the work of his Lord and Master, until his call came. In his affliction and suffering he was patient and bore his trials with Christian fortitude. He will be remembered by his many kindnesses and helpful ministries. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Services were conducted by Brethren A. H. Lehman and J. S. Gerig. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Hartzler. - Mary Ann, daughter of D. P. and Barbara (Zook) Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 29, 1859; died at her home Nov. 28, 1934; aged 75 y. 5 m. 29 d. She was married to Christian K. Hartzler, Feb. 6, 1879. Two sisters and 1 brother preceded her in death. She was the last of a formerly well known family to make the earthly sacrifice. Nov. 21, 1934, she was stricken with paralysis and after six days
passed out of life's cares into the beautiful "Haven of Rest," leaving a heritage of remembrances to those who now have the added responsibilities of this doubly afflicted home. She leaves an invalid companion (aged eighty-two years), 3 daughters (Fannie -- Mrs. Andrew King, Iva and Venora at home); also 3 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the South Union Mennonite Church near West Liberty, which has been the family home for many years.

"Into Heaven's mansion she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."

Funeral at the South Union Church, Dec. 1, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial was in adjoining cemetery.

Smucker. - David Hertzler Smucker was born April 5, 1850, near Belleville, Pa.; died at his late home in Belleville, Nov. 25, 1934; aged 84 y. 6 m. 25 d. He had been ailing for three months. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. During his sickness he was a very patient sufferer, looking forward with glad anticipation to the time when the Lord would come and take him home to rest. He was the son of John and Mary (Byler) Smucker, both deceased. He was married to Barbara G. Byler Jan. 25, 1877, near Vicksburg, Pa., who survives him. To this union were born 5 children. Two daughters and a son died in infancy. One daughter (Emma B. Zook) and 1 son (Harry Smucker) survive their father. He is also survived by 3 sisters and 1 brother (Sarah A. Glick, Acampo, Calif.; Salina Mast and Lizzie Yoder of Belleville; and John Smucker of Allensville), and 2 grandchildren (Grace Smucker and Harry Zook). One brother (Solomon) and 1 sister (Nancy Yoder) preceded him in death. Bro. Smucker was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at his late home Nov. 28, with Bishop Aaron 'Mast officiating. Interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

"Father, now your place is empty,
And you now we see no more;
But we hope some day to meet you
Over on the other shore."

Oesch. - Maryan, only child of the late Bishop Jonathan and Caroline Troyer, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., near the Forks Church, Dec. 27, 1865, and at the age of two years moved with her parents to the old homestead where she lived the rest of her life. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church in which faith and practice she remained unto the end. On Dec. 18, 1884 she was united in marriage to John Oesch. To them were born 9 sons and 5 daughters. Two sons and a daughter preceded her in death. The following survive: a sorrowing husband; Levi, Daniel, William, John and Truman, all of Topeka, Chancey of Middlebury, and Freemon of Oklahoma City; Mrs. Perry Yoder, Mrs. Floyd Frey, and Mrs. Rollin Hostetler of Topeka and Mrs. Frank Blough of Napoleon, Ohio; also 22 grandchildren, 1 foster sister (Mrs. Jeff Troyer), 1 foster brother (U. E. Maust of Goshen, Ind.). Nearly five years ago mother became afflicted and never fully recovered. She bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude, never complaining of
her lot. She was a devoted companion, a kind and loving mother, making any possible sacrifice for the welfare of her household. Mother's final wish was that she might fall asleep, to awaken in glory, which we feel was granted her on Dec. 7, 1934; aged 68 y. 11 m. 10 d. Her funeral was held at the Emma Mennonite Church of which she was a member, where a large number of neighbors and friends met to pay their last tribute of respect. Services were in charge of 0. S. Hostetler assisted by D. D. Miller.

Showalter. - Anna, daughter of Tobias and Katharine (Strite) Shank, widow of Moab E. Showalter, was born near Smithsburg, Md., May 27, 1862; died at her home near Maugansville, Md., Nov. 7, 1934; aged 72 y. 5 m. 10 d. Four years ago she suffered paralysis due to toxema poison from diabetes, which made her partly helpless for about 5 months; but through God's loving care and mercy and much nursing, she was again permitted to go about visiting her children and crocheting rugs, which was a privilege that she so much enjoyed in her lonely hours. She was never without suffering pain from the time she had the stroke. Each winter following, she suffered gall bladder attacks, suffering much with each attack. Last winter she had her second stroke, from which she again partly recovered, and was going about in her usual health until the evening of her death. At four o'clock she suffered her third stroke, from which she never regained consciousness. At 7 :45 P. M. she passed on to that home of rest. She would often remark that she was ready to go and be at rest. Her days of suffering were many, but she bore them with contentment until God saw fit to call her home. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves 8 children -- Alvah M., Amos T., Martin W., I. Franklin, Emma (wife of Pre. Samuel Eby), Minnie (wife of Henry Hostetter), Amanda (wife of Abram Baer), and Bertie Showalter, at home; also 38 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held
Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, with short services at the house and at Reiff's Mennonite Church, in charge of David R. Lesher and Moses K. Horst. Burial in cemetery adjoining.

Mother, your room is empty and all is still;
Your place is vacant but it was God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best." --By her children.

Warye. - Samuel Lantz Warye, son of Bishop John and Rebecca Warye, was born in Champaign Co., O., Jan. 9, 1854; died at West Liberty, O., Dec. 1, 1934; aged 80 y. 10 m. 22 d. He spent his active life as a farmer within the vicinity of his birthplace, and the last ten years be lived a retired life in West Liberty. On Nov. 16 he was stricken with a heart attack which proved too much for his aged body, and two weeks later he quietly fell asleep. Jan. 20, 1880, he was united in marriage to Emma Kauffman, and to this union were born 1 daughter and 2 sons. They are Maude (Mrs. H. G. Good) of Columbus, Ohio; Edwin and John, both of Urbana. These, with the mother, hold in loving memory the life of a faithful companion and father, and a wise counsellor of the home. At an early age he became a Christian and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where his father was the minister in charge for over 50 years. Nov. 18, 1889, he was ordained to the office of deacon, and in this he performed his share in the making and carrying out of the policies of the Church. In these early days he was a pioneer leader in the organizing and promoting of various church activities. These were the Sunday school, young people's meeting, Bible classes, prayer meeting, and Sunday school unions. Later in life, although partially inactive, he maintained to his last day his interest in young people and in Christian work. He also leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Christian L. Kauffman), 2 brothers (Joseph and Solomon), all of West Liberty, 8 grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at the Oak Grove Church in charge of S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

"Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in the spotless robe He gives His own;
Until we know even as we are known,
Good night, dear father, good night."

Gingrich. - Moses M., son of Elias and Annie (Martin) Gingrich, was born in Iowa, Dec. 30, 1889; died near Elmira, Ont., Oct. 29, 1934; aged 44 y. 9.m. 29 d. When 22 years of age, he left Iowa and came to Ontario, where he joined the Mennonite Church. June 30, 1914, he was married to Lovina, daughter of Samuel K. and Magdalena Brubaker. To this union were born six children. Two died in infancy. There remain, his beloved companion, 4 daughters (Elvina, Magdalena, Salena, and Edna), his aged parents who live in Pennsylvania, 4 brothers and 2 sisters -- Sidney, Leah (Mrs. Jacob Brubaker), Lovina (Mrs. Elam Martin), Elias, and John of Pennsylvania; and Menno of Alberta, also an uncle, 2 aunts, and many cousins and other relatives. He was a kind husband and father, well liked in the community. He was ailing for over a year, so that he could not do much work. He consulted several doctors, but it seemed they could not do much for him. Later they took X-ray pictures and found he had enlargement of the heart, Bright's disease, and cancer of the stomach. He grew weaker as time passed. About the first of October he took his bed, and the last four weeks failed rapidly. He bore his affliction patiently, never complaining. His desire was to go to Jesus. It was hard to part, but God's ways are not our ways. The funeral was held Nov. 1 -- brief services at the house conducted by Jesse Bauman, with further services at the Mennonite Church near Elmira by Jesse Bauman and Urias Martin. Texts, Phil. 1 and I Cor. 1:18. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"Weep not for me, my family dear,
Nor shed for me the sorrowing tear;
I am not dead but only sleep,
My silent slumber, oh how sweet."

Shank. - Susan Shank was born near Leitersburg, Md., March 27, 1861; died Nov. 23, 1934; aged 73 y. 7 m. 27 d. She lived near Chambersburg, Pa., for some time, later moving to Maugansville, Md., at which place she died, after 10 days' illness from pneumonia. She was preceded in death by 2 daughters. Surviving are her husband and 1 son (Harvey of Maugansville, Md.), 1 grandchild, also 1 brother (John L. Shank of Marion, Pa.). She was a member of Reiff's Mennonite Church, but stayed back from communion for a number of years. Those who cared for her during her illness spoke to her regarding the matter, but she hoped to get well and then attend to the matter. Funeral services at the home were conducted by Bro. David Lesher and at the Marion Mennonite Church by Bros. Denton Martin and J. Irvin Lehman. Text, I Tim. 6:19. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.

Shank. - Elizabeth (Eshleman) Shank was born near Leitersburg, Md., Sept. 2, 1854; died at her home near Chambersburg, Pa.. Nov. 23. 1934; aged 80 y. 2 m. 21 d. In the spring of 1877 she was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church by Bishop Michael Horst, with a class of six others, the place being Miller's Church in Washington Co., Md. On Nov. 20, 1884, she was married to John L. Shank of Marion, Pa., to which union 5 children were born; 2 having preceded her in infancy. Surviving are her husband and 3 sons (Pre. Harvey of Pond Bank, Dea. Charlie and Clarence of Marion); also 17 grandchildren and 2 half-sisters (Mrs. John Bohn of Waynesboro, Pa., and Mrs. Dan Miller of Maugansville, Md.). Last March her children were all called home, when she had a heart attack and was not expected to live over night, but she recovered sufficiently to go about some of her household duties; but was gradually weakening away, being confined to her home about two weeks and in bed about four days. She did not seem to be sick or suffering, but just wore out. Her husband and children spent most of the time at her bedside the last day. As the sun was nearing the western horizon her last breath came without a struggle, and she was gone. Her children and 7 grandchildren (all that are old enough) have united with the church of her choice. She together with her companion performed the duties of a sexton for about 40 years at the Marion Church.
Father and mother lived together just a few days over 50 years. Her children were planning a little homecoming for their 50th wedding anniversary, but mother's condition did not permit. They all came a few days later, but mother was absent. Mother was ever ready to render assistance when the call came for help. She had made some of her funeral arrangements.

"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and care,
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."

Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at the home by Bro. J. S. Burkholder, and at the Marion Church (where she was a regular attendant for 50 years) by Bros. Geo. Ernst and J. Irvin Lehman. Text, Dan. 12:13. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Weaver. - Elizabeth (Martin), widow of Daniel G. Weaver, was born March 28, 1856; died at the home of her daughter near New Holland, Pa., Nov. 27, 1934; aged 78 y. 7 m. 29 d. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna Martin and Oct. 20, 1878, she was united in marriage to Daniel G. Weaver. To this union were born 10 children of whom 5 remain. Martin M. Weaver of Ephrata; Anna, wife of David High of Lancaster; Susanna, wife of Jacob Gehman of Denver; Lizzie, wife of F. Esbenshade, with whom she resided at time of death; Benjamin F. Weaver of New Holland; and 1 brother (Elisha Martin of Lincoln) survive. She united with the Mennonite Church in her young years, unto which she remained faithful unto death. She died of complications after an illness of a few weeks, although her physical body had been weakened for a number of years of the many hardships, heartaches, and disappointments she had to endure. Hoping that her words and prayers may yet be answered before that great and notable day of the Lord come, we thank our Creator that we have not to mourn as those that have no hope. Her place in the church was never vacant if health permitted. By her death the family has lost a loving mother, especially in the home where she was so kindly and patiently waited on in time
of health and sickness by the whole family. May they be rewarded in due season. The good Lord has given us a dear mother, the Lord has taken her where pain and trouble has ceased. "Blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were held Nov. 30 by Bro. Frank Martin at the house; further services at Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bros. John Sauder and John W. Weaver. Text, Phil. 1:21-23. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"Now the home is vacant,
Father and mother have gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say, God thought it best." M. M. Weaver.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVII, No. 39 - December 27, 1934 - page 835

Witmer. - Eldina, daughter of David and Lizzie Witmer, was born near Leo, Ind., May 3, 1922; died after a week of illness from measles and diphtheria, at the home of her parents, Dec. 3, 1934; aged 12 y. 7 m. Eldina was of a loving disposition and very patient during her affliction. She leaves father, mother, 1 brother, and 4 sisters; also 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, a number of uncles and aunts, and a host of relatives and friends. The family being quarantined for diphtheria, a short private service was held on the outside of the house by Brethren J. S. Neuhouser and A. S. Miller. Interment in the Leo Cemetery.

"A sweet young rose, too tender to stay,
God in His wisdom hath taken away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus and the angels above."

Schultz. - Barbara Schultz was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Jan. 25, 1846; died Oct. 30, 1934; aged 88 y. 9 m. 5 d. About 67 years ago she was married to John S. Schultz who died in 1926. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. One son (Solomon) died in 1895 and Mattie (Mrs. Michael Wagler) died in 1934. There survive her 2 sons (John and Noah) and 4 daughters (Katie -- Mrs. C. S. Kennel, Barbara --Mrs. David Lichti, Mary -- Mrs. Sam Bast, and Lizzie -- Mrs. Sam E. Leis, with whom she had made her home the last 10 years); also 22 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She united with the A. M. Church in Wilmot Twp. in her youth, later moving to Wellesley Twp., where she was buried. Services were conducted at the home by Peter Boshart and at the Maple View A. M. Church by Peter Nafziger, J. R. Bender and Dan Lebold. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Strong. - Rebecca Jane, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Morgan) Weyandt, was born July 9, 1854; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Minnie Wagner of Altoona); aged 79 y. 11 m. 24 d. Surviving are 2 daughters, 3 sons, 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 half-sisters. She was received into Church fellowship by water baptism at the First Mennonite Church at Altoona on Dec. 10, 1927, and gave seven years of faithful service to her Lord. Her desire was to be true and to influence others to that effect. When able, she was at her place. We could depend on her at the services and in obedience to her God she was an ensample. The funeral was held at the Church Dec. 7 and interment was made in the Carson Valley Cemetery. Text, Ecel. 12:5. Bro. Joseph M. Nissley conducted the services. Her desire was to go home, and she plead for others to meet her in heaven. Alice H. Nissley.

King. - Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Catherine Rich, was born near Washington, Ill., May 1, 1856; died at the home of her son, Edward Lehman, near Eureka, Ill., Dec. 9, 1934; aged 78 y. 7 m. 8 d. In February, 1883, she was married to Peter R. Lehman of Flanagan, Ill. To this union were born 2 children (Emma Lydia, wife of Jacob King, and Edward Peter). Five years after the death of her husband (Peter R. Lehman) she was united in marriage to Christian King (a minister in the Goodfield Mennonite Church, who died Nov. 23, 1924. In February, 1931, she became an invalid, being bedfast till her death. She leaves one son and one daughter (Edward Lehman and Mrs. Jacob King) both of whom reside near Eureka; also 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers (Daniel Rich of Deer Creek and Christian Rich of Meadows, Ill.). She was a faithful member and a helper of the Mennonite Church from youth; in which faith she died, being a member of the Goodfield Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the home of her son, Edward Lehman, conducted by Harold Oyer of Goodfield and at the Washington Lutheran Church conducted by Ezra Yordy, assisted by Ira Powell.

Landis. - Vincent N. Landis was born Feb. 16, 1882, near Franconia, Pa.; died Sept. 23, 1934, in the Riverview Hospital, Norristown, Pa.; aged 52 y. 7 m. 7 d. He died from the effects of blood poisoning. He lived all his life time on the homestead where he was born. He leaves his companion (Emma Funk Landis), his aged mother (Mrs. Hannah Landis), an adopted son (Ralph M. Landis, at home), and a foster daughter (Mrs. Titus Landis of Mainland); also 6 sisters and 1 brother (Mrs. Sallie Detwiler and Mrs. Hannah Freed of Telford, Mrs. Wilson Kratz of Morwood, Mrs. Jonas Kratz of Souderton, R. D., Mrs. John Mininger of Hatfield, Mrs. Rhine Landis of Franconia Tp., and Abram Landis of Telford). Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at the home, and also at the Franconia Mennonite meeting house, of which congregation she was a member. The home brethren -- Abram Clemmer, Abram Derstine, and Menno Souder -- conducted the services. Text, Rev. 21:1-4.

"'Tis hard to part with one so dear,
No more to see him here,
No more to hear his footsteps come,
After one by one each day's work was done;
But yet we're glad if God thought best
To end his pain and give him rest,
In heaven to dwell with angels fair,
May our names too be written there
That we again may each other meet,
And walk with him on the golden street." -By the Family.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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