Bishop.-Marvin L. Bishop, eldest son of Leon and Lizzie (Loux) Bishop, was born Sept. 15, 1920; died Jan. 25, 1934; aged 13 y. 4 m. 10 d. Marvin was an exceptionally bright boy. Bronchial pneumonia attacked him very severely, and lasted only one week. He is survived by his bereaved parents, 2 brothers (Lloyd and Paul), 1 sister (Irene), and an aged grandfather (Enos B. Loux).
Cantwell.-Warren Gail, infant son of Sanford and Nettie Cantwell, died Feb. 15, 1934; aged 1 y. 4 m. 10 d. He leaves 1 brother, 3 sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunts, relations and friends. Services were conducted at the grave in the Purvis, Mo., Cemetery by J. R. Shank. Text, Job 1:21-latter clause. The Lord would take His own to Himself and calls for loved ones to prepare to meet him over There.
Landis.-Harriet B. (Frey), widow of the late Isaac S. Landis, was born Dec. 20, 1848, near Reamstown, Pa.; died Jan. 19, 1934; aged 85 y. 29 d. She was a faithful member of the Neffsville Lutheran Church for many years. Sept. 16, 1882, she was united in marriage to Isaac S. Landis who preceded her in death two years ago. She is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Annie Lichty who resided with her), nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Brief services were conducted at the home, with funeral services at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church by E. Clay Rice, assisted by Noah Landis. Text, 11 Cor. 5:8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Wismer.-John S. Wismer was born in Woolwich Twp., Ont., April 29, 1859; died Feb. 11, 1934; aged 74 y. 10 m. 12 d. He was married on May 12, 1885, to Susanna Gehman who survives, along with 1 son (Samuel of Waterloo), 3 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Menno Shantz of Ayr, Nancy-Mrs. Onar Geis of Brighton, Mich., Adah-Mrs. Edward Bristol of Waterloo), 23 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers (David and Henry), 2 sisters (Leah-Mrs. John Naismith and Nancy-Mrs. Noah Shiry). Bro. Wismer accepted the Lord in his early years and was a faithful worshiper of God in the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at funeral chapel by Noah Hunsberger. Text, Psa. 91. At the church the services were conducted by J. B. Martin (Text, Jno. 3:16) and Jonas Snider (Jno. 14:1-3).
Miller.-Sarah, wife of Raymond Miller, was born July 13, 1903; died Feb. 6, 1934; aged 30 y. 6 m. 21 d. She is survived by a sorrowing husband and the following children: Anna Ruth, Elmer, and an infant son; also by her mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and foster parents (Bro. and Sister C. H. Hiestand) and their family. Sarah was a sincere and faithful member of the Mennonite Church of the Bosslers congregation having given her heart to the Lord early in life. She was of a kind, loving disposition, and because of her strong Christian character had acquired many friends who mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Simon Garber and at the Bosslers Church near Elizabethtown, Pa., by Bros. Noah Risser and Martin Kraybill. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand."
Provins.-Lloyd, son of L. L. and Pleasy (deceased) Provins, was born at Martinsburg, Pa., Aug. 13, 1907; died of cancer Feb. 13, 1934; at the home of his brother-in-law and sister, Oren and Ruth (Provins) Whetstone, where he made his home since the death of his mother in 1928; aged 26 y. 6 m. He was the youngest of a family of 5 children and is survived by his father (L. L. Provins of Martinsburg), 3 sisters (Rella-wife of Howard Ake of Williamsport, Pa., Carrie-wife of William Hinton, Ruth-wife of Oren Whetstone), 1 brother (Curtis), all of Martinsburg. He was a member of the Martinsburg Mennonite Church since he was 13 years old. He was a graduate of Juniata College and was teaching his fourth term in the Cove High School. When he realized that he had only a short time to live he made complete funeral arrangements. Funeral services were conducted at the Memorial Church of the Brethren Feb. 15 by Dr. C. C. Ellis and D. I. Stonerook. Burial beside his mother in Spring Hope Cemetery.
Liechty.-Joseph Liechty was born Oct. 14, 1857, in Fulton Co., Ohio; died in Tedrow, Ohio, Feb. 8, 1934; aged 76 y. 3 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Fanny Roth Oct. 26, 1882. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 7 children, 37 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a large number of relatives and friends. One son, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren preceded him in death. In his younger years he accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Feb. 11 at the Central A. M. church conducted by Henry Rychener, assisted by E. L. Frey. Text I Cor. 15:51. Interment in Eckley cemetery.
"I've a picture in my memory,
Which was stamped some time ago:
Father in his armchair sitting,
Gently rocking to and fro.
By the stove the fire kept burning
To keep his feeble body warm,
Singing with the happy throng."
Good.-Eli Good was born at Nithburg, Ont., Jan. 21, 1861; died at the K. W. Hospital on Feb. 11, 1934, after suffering for six weeks from injuries and shock received from being kicked by a horse while engaged in helping with the evening chores; aged 73 y. 21 d. In 1883 he was united in marriage to Nancy Cressman, which union was blessed with 13 children, 5 of whom died in infancy. The oldest daughter (Malinda-Mrs. Simon Brubacher) died last July. Surviving him are his loving wife, 4 sons, (Amos, Jonas, Moses and Joseph), 3 daughters (Annie, Lizzie, and Almeta), 23 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 1 sister besides a host of relatives and friends. In 1904 he was ordained to the office of deacon, in which office he faithfully served until death. Funeral services were held Feb.14 at the home by Moses Roth and at the Geiger Mennonite Church by the brethren Moses Shantz and Manasseh Hallman. His body was laid to await the resurrection in the adjoining cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with father, dear,
No more to see him here.
But yet we're glad, if God thought best
To end his troubles and give him rest.
In heaven to reign 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."
Gardner.-Jacob, son of Daniel and Katie Gardner, was born in Seward Co., Neb., July 28, 1880; died at his home near Beaver Crossing, Neb., Feb. 10, 1934; aged 53 y. 6 m. 13 d. Death was caused by heart trouble and complications from which he patiently suffered more or less for about 2 years. He was married to Lucinda Hostetler on March 4, 1908. They lived on the farm on which he grew up until his death. To this union were born 4 children (Lucy, Albert, Arlene, and an infant daughter who preceded him in death). In youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he lived and died. He was a loving husband and father. His sympathetic disposition won him many friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, as he was an earnest supporter of his Church and community, ever ready to lend a helping hand. He leaves his loving companion, 3 children, 2 grandsons, 1 brother (Chris of the Old People's Home at Eureka), 1 sister (Mary, who made her home with him) and many other relatives and friends. His father, mother, 3 brothers (Michael, Daniel and Samuel) and 1 sister (Mrs. Ben Albrecht) preceded him in death.
"Father's place is vacant now,
Since he's gone to rest;
But our heads we humbly bow
And say "God thought it best."
Funeral services were held Feb. 13 at the West Fairview Church, Ezra Roth and Joe E. Zimmerman in charge. Text, Eccl. 8:8. He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Sauder.-Ida, daughter of Emanuel and Magdalena Weaver, was born in Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 3, 1882. On June 20, 1907, she was united in marriage to Albert Sauder of Archbold, Ohio. To this union were born 3 sons (Floyd H., Roy E. and Harley D.). In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Forks Mennonite Church near Middlebury, Ind., later changing her membership to the Central A. M. Church at Archbold, Ohio. Her loyalty and faithfulness to her church and family was an inspiration to all who knew her. On Monday night, Jan. 22, she took sick with pleurisy which later developed into pneumonia, and on the evening of Jan. 29, 1934, she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus at the age of 51 y. 5 m. 26 d. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 3 sons, daughter-in-law, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters (Mrs. C. P. Shidler, Samuel E., and John of Goshen, Ind., Mrs. Earl Salzman and Mrs. Chester Dumithan of Topeka, Ind., and William B. of Danvers, Ill.); also a host of relatives and friends. Mother, father, and 4 brothers preceded her in death. She will be greatly missed in the home, church, and community. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church Feb. 1, 1934, in charge of S. D. Grieser assisted by A. S. Miller of Spencerville, Ind. Text, Jer. 10:23. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Her willing hands will toil for us no more,
Her voice is still.
Fond hopes are shattered, hearts are sore,
Yet, 'tis His will.
God called dear mother home to rest,
Away from pain and care,
Some day, oh happy time, 'twill not be long
We'll meet her there."
Nunemaker.-Samuel Nunemaker was born near Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept. 17, 1853; died at his home north of Sterling, Ill., Feb. 14, 1934; aged 80 y. 4 m. 27 d. He came to Sterling as a young man of twenty-one, and resided here continuously. On Sept. 2, 1879, he was united in marriage to Francis Ebersole. To this union 8 children were born. One son (Amos) passed away in infancy. Sister Nunemaker passed away on Nov. 3, 1928. Since then he had his home with his eldest daughter and family. He came to his death in an unusual manner. In the evening he went out to burn some grass around the fields. Soon a high wind came up, and the fire spread rapidly. In an effort to check the fire, he over-exerted himself, which caused a heart attack. He lay down by the fence, and was seen by a neighbor, who went over to him and found that he had passed away. He had often said he hoped that he would not need to be sick long, and often expressed a desire to depart and be with the Lord. He is survived by his 2 daughters and 5 sons (Mrs. Leroy Good, Sterling; Mrs. Milton R. Hess, Lanark; Enos, Dixon; John, Sterling; Samuel, Ithaca, Mich.; Harvey, Tiskilwa; and Charles, Ashley, Mich.), also by 23 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister (Pre. John Nunemaker, La Junta, Colo.; Levi of Wakarusa, Ind.; and Mrs. Anna Cramer of Roseland, Nebr.). He united with the Mennonite church early in life, and was a faithful member till the time of his passing away. He was one of the oldest members of the Science Ridge congregation. His place in regular service of worship was seldom vacant. He held a keen interest in the work of the Church, and gave her his loyal support. It was the joy of his soul to see the young people unite with the Church, and there find a place of service for their Master and Lord. One of his sons came to the Church at the age of nine, and on that occasion he remarked, "Now he can give his whole life to the Church." God said to Abraham, "I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him." May this be said of many fathers to-day. He was one of the promoters of the J. S. Coffman revivals that were held in the early history of the Church, and which proved to be such a great spiritual awakening in the Church. He was a great inspiration to his pastor, and gave him every word of encouragement. Funeral services were held Feb. 17, at the Science Ridge Church, where a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they had learned to love. A. C. Good had charge of the services. Text, Psa. 104:23; 4:8. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Miller.-Samuel L. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec. 13, 1847; died Feb. 24, 1934; aged 86 y. 2 m. 11 d. Having never married, he lived alone for the last 36 years near White Cloud, Mich. Realizing that his last days were approaching, he went to Edward Hostetler's, having been there a week before he died. He leaves one brother (Simon, of Molalla, Oreg.), a number of nephews and nieces, and many friends. Two brothers and four sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services by Bro. Moses Miller of Shipshewana, Ind.
Yoder.-Anna, daughter of Jerry and Lydia Miller, was born near Berlin, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1856; died in her home in Berlin Feb. 1, 1934; aged 77 y. 4 m. 26 d. In her youth she united with the O. O. Mennonite Amish Church to which she remained loyal through life. In 1884 she united with Daniel Yoder in marriage. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters (Martin Yoder of Orrville, Stephen and Lincoln of Millersburg, Mrs. Fred Yoder of Millersburg, Jacob and Gertrude of Berlin; 1 son died in infancy). Her husband died March 10, 1917. She was a kind and faithful mother, highly respected by those who knew her. Funeral services were held at her late home Feb. 3 by Allen Schlabach, John Frey, Calvin Mast, and S. W. Sommer. Text, Phil 3:20, 21.
Solberg.-Iris Joan, daughter of Eli and Barbara
Solberg near Ryley, Alta., was born Sept. 12, 1933; died Feb.
15, 1934. Her death was caused by influenza and after affects
of whooping cough. She leaves mother, father, 5 sisters, and grandparents
on both sides to mourn her departure. She has gone to join 2 sisters
and 1 brother. In these few short months she greatly endeared
herself to all who knew her. We wonder why, but God knew best;
so He took her ere sin could mar her beautiful life. Services
conducted at the Salem Church near Tofield, Alta., by Bros. N.
E. Roth and M. D. Stutzman. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"In our hearts her memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake her
From her peaceful quiet sleep."
Henderson.-Sarah Henderson, daughter of Joseph
and Amy Schmucker, was born Nov. 29, 1907; died in the
hospital at Ann Arbor, Mich., after a long illness, Feb. 17, 1934;
aged 26 y. 2 m. 16 d. She is survived by her husband and three
little daughters (Wilma Jane, Darlene Louise, and Barbara Jean).
An infant son preceded her in death, as also a little sister.
A young mother has been snatched away out of the garden of her
life where she has planted three little blossoms that are left
for some one to watch over and cherish. Funeral services were
held at the home of her parents Feb. 20 by Floyd F. Bontrager.
Text, Jas. 4:14.
"Sleep, oh sleep, the shepherd guardeth his sheep,
Fast speedeth the night away.
Soon cometh the glorious day,
Sleep, weary ones, while ye may,
Sleep, oh sleep."
Musser.-John B., son of the late Michael S. and Catharine (Brubaker) Musser, was born near Thompsontown, Pa., Oct. 13, 1867; died at his home near New Holland, Pa., Feb. 18, 1934; aged 66 y. 4 m. 5 d. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Peoria Shelly) 1 son (Shelly of New Holland), 1 daughter (Verena E., wife of Elmer J. Martin near New Holland) and 11 grandchildren. While not being in best health for some time, he went about his work till Thursday when the doctor told him to take a rest. He died quite suddenly the following Sunday morning of a heart attack of only twenty minutes duration. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for more than forty years. The funeral was held Feb. 21 with brief services at the home by Bro. Eli Sauder, and further services in the New Holland Mennonite church by Bros. John M. Sauder and Benjamin Wenger. Text, II Tim: 4:6-8. Burial in the New Holland Cemetery.
Holtzwarth.-Lydia, wife of John Holtzwarth, died at
the residence of 26 Shoemaker Ave., Kitchener, Ont. She was in
her 68th year; a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ringler.
She resided in the city of Kitchener for the past 10 years, coming
from Mannheim, and was a member of the Latschar Mennonite Church.
Surviving are the husband, 2 sons, and 3 daughters (Albert and
Norman of Petersburg, Mrs. Jacob Holst of Pine Hill, Mrs. Edgar
Asmussen of Kitchener, and Mrs. Edward Rueffer of Petersburg).
Three sons and two daughters preceded her. Eighteen grandchildren
and one brother (Jacob Ringler), also survive. Funeral on Monday,
March 5, from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Asmussen, to the
Latschar Mennonite Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Conducted
by Bro. Manasseh Hallman, Mannheim, text, Psa. 23.
"We loved her, yes we loved her,
But Jesus loved her more;
And He has sweetly called her
To yonder shining shore."
By husband and family.
Lehman.-Esther Arlene, daughter of Arthur and Nora (Weaver) Lehman, died Feb. 19, 1934, at the home of parents near Goshen, Ind.; aged 9 y. 10 m. 4 d. Esther was ill seven weeks of influenza and complications, during which time she suffered much but bore it patiently and maintained a cheerful determination to recover, but finally answered the summons, "ComeI will give you rest." She is survived by father, mother, 2 brothers (Leonard and Earnest), parental grandparents, and many sympathizing relatives and friends.
"Dearest Esther, we will miss thee,
Miss thy sweet and cheerful smiles,
But we know you're gone before us,
To that bright and shining shore,
Gone to meet our blessed Savior,
With Him to dwell for ever more."
Funeral services were held at the home and at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, on Feb. 21, conducted by Bros. Jonas Loucks and C. A. Shank. Text, Luke 8:52. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Brenneman.-Anna Wenger, widow of the late Benjamin Brenneman, was born near Greenmount, Va., Oct. 8, 1858; died Jan. 5, 1934 at Fentress, Va., at the home of her brother, T. J. Wenger; aged 75 y 2 m. 29 d. She was in failing health for a number of years with hardening of the arteries, but her last illness of about two weeks' duration, and which caused her death was due to a heart condition. She leaves 5 sons ( Amos, John, Aldine, Alfred and Benjamin), 1 daughter (Hannah), 10 grandchildren, 4 brothers (S. B. Wenger, South English, Ia.; T. J. Wenger, Fentress, Va.; Adam Wenger, Columbiana, Ohio; A. D. Wenger, Harrisonburg, Va.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Andes and Mrs. Maggie Brunk of Harrisonburg, Va., Mrs. C. B. Showalter of Conway, Kans., Mrs. George R. Brunk of Denbigh, Va.). Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at the Warwick Mennonite Church, of which she had been a member for many years, in charge of Bro. Daniel Shenk of Denbigh, Va., and Bro. C. D. Bergey of Fentress, Va., Burial in the Warwick River Cemetery.
Miller.-Amanda (Stutzman) Miller, wife of Daniel D. Miller, was born near Yoder, Kans., April 18, 1903; died at her home Feb. 20, 1934; aged 30 y. 10 m. 2 d. At the age of 18 she gave her heart to God and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. She had ever since lived a faithful Christian life and was a loyal member of the Yoder Mennonite church at the time of her death. On April 8, 1926, she was united in marriage to Daniel D. Miller. To this union were born 2 sons (Elmer and Lloyd). She leaves husband, 2 sons, 2 grandparents, her parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Although our sister suffered much in life, she always patiently endured and submitted herself to the will of God. May her life and testimony teach us all to live nearer to the Lord, and her death draw us to heaven our blessed home. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 23 at the home by Bro. Noah Mast and at the Yoder Mennonite Church by Bros. L. O. King and H. A. Diener. Text, Luke 22:42. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Her room is empty, all is still;
Her place is vacant, it was God's will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Collins.-Sarah Catherine, daughter of Wm. Harvey
and Elizabeth (Frank) Van Pelt, was born at Otterbein,
Va., July 30, 1858; died at her home in Augusta Co., Va., Feb.
1934; aged 75 y. 6 m. 20 d. June 3, 1880, she was united in marriage to John N. C. Collins, who preceded her seventeen years at Christmas. Eight children were born to this union, her oldest son dying when one year old. There remain 4 sons (Clyde, Roy, Ray, and Clarence) and 3 daughters (Zada and Beulah, who lived with their mother, and Mrs. Lloyd (Effie) Shue of Hagerstown, Md.). Also 13 grandchildren, 1 brother (William H.
Van Pelt, of Lima, O.), and many nieces and nephews who loved her very much. When sixteen years old she united with the Mennonite Church. She was baptized by Bishop Samuel Coffman at the Bank Church. Although quite a distance from her home church (the Bank), she remained true to her faith through all these years. Death was due to complications. Funeral services were held at the Elkton Church, conducted by Melvin J. Heatwole, assisted by --Zeigler. Text, II Cor. 4:16 (selected by the family). Remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
Benner.-Louisa, daughter of John and Elizabeth Auker, was born in Perry Co., Pa., May 3, 1857; died at the home of her daughter Elizabeth, Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 20, 1934; aged 76 y. 9 m. 17 d. On Oct. 5, 1880, she was married to Abraham Benner at Harrisburg, Pa. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained a consistent member until death. Her place at church was seldom vacant when health permitted. Her husband preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1901, at Mifflin, Pa. A year later she moved with her family to Elkhart, Ind., where she spent the remainder of her life. She leaves to mourn her departure Mrs. Arden W. (Anna) Mertz of Thompsontown, Pa., Mrs. Edna Culp, Wilson E. Benner, Mrs. Harry R. (Elizabeth) Carpenter, and John Benner, all of Elkhart, 1 brother of Wadsworth, Ohio, 7 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She suffered a stroke of apoplexy and lived but three days longer. Ten days before her death she attended preaching services and, who thought that this would be the last time she would enter the Church until she would be carried there? This shows the absolute need of being always ready. Funeral services were held at he Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, conducted by J. K. Bixler and J. S. Hartzler. Text, chosen by the family, John 14:1-6. Burial in Rice Cemetery.
Yoder.-Aaron D., son of Daniel and Barbara Yoder, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 26, 1862, died at his home near Shipshewana, Ind., Feb. 16, 1934, of heart trouble and complications; aged 71 y. 2 m. 21 d. He was married to Amanda Hostetler March 29, 1887. Their home was never blessed with children of their own, but was opened to two motherless children. A little girl died at the age of 5 years. Ira Rheinheimer grew to manhood and died Dec. 11, 1933. He leaves his companion, 3 foster grandchildren, 1 step-grandson, 4 great-step-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Levi of Hollsopple, Samuel of Johnstown and Stephen of Roaring Springs, Pa.), 1 half-brother (Christian Yoder of Mount Hope, Ohio). He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and remained faithful throughout life. Within the last two years he suffered much, but bore it all patiently. He often expressed himself as being ready to go or stay, just as God saw best. His wife loses a loving companion, the Church a faithful worker, the community a kind neighbor, but our loss is his eternal gain.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over, hands are folded,
And our husband is at rest,"
Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church by Oscar S. Hostetler, Y. C. Miller and Josiah J. Miller. Text, Psa. 23:4.
Eby.-Daniel D. Eby was born at New Milltown, Pa., Oct. 28, 1866; died in the Lancaster General Hospital of complications on Oct. 28, 1866; died in the Lancaster General Hospital of complications on Feb. 3, 1934; aged 67 y. 3 m. 6 d. He lived in the Gap the past 14 years. He was united in marriage to Ida Lehman Oct. 27, 1887. This home was blessed with 5 children. There remain to mourn his departure, his companion, 5 children (Cora-wife of Jacob Denlinger, Elmer, Elsie-wife of Allen Rutt, and the twins Wilmer and Willis), 10 grandchildren, his aged father, 1 sister, 5 brothers, and many friends. He was a loving husband, a kind and loving father and grandfather which will be greatly missed much in the home. He and his companion united with the Mennonite Church in the early years of their married life. In the late years he could not always be at church services because health would not permit. Father was taken to the hospital Jan. 5. He had improved some and came home in 8 days, but was home only 2 weeks when his affliction became worse and he was again taken to the hospital. He bore it all patiently. He lost his eyesight and was unconscious to the end. Funeral services were held Feb. 6, conducted by--Braden in the home, (text, Acts 7:60) and at Paradise Mennonite Church by Ira Hershey (text, Job 5:26) and Abraham Martin (I Thess. 4:13). Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest father, how we miss you,
Since you left our earthly home;
But we hope we will meet you,
When we gather round the throne."
By the family.
Yoder.-Katherine Ann, wife of William Yoder and daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Zehr) Heiser, was born in Morton Tp., near Allentown, on May 14, 1885, and died at her home in Goodfield, Ill., Jan. 23, 1934; aged 48 y. 8 m. 9 d. She leaves her loving husband, her aged father, and four brothers (Peter S. of Washington, Edward J. of Metamora, Simon A. of Eureka, and Benjamin A. of Goodfield). She was preceded to her eternal rest by her mother and one brother (Christian D.). She was united in marriage with William Yoder on Oct. 20, 1926, starting their happy home life in Goodfield where they have since resided. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church which faith she continued until death. She was a devoted wife and true friend to all who knew her, always of a happy disposition scattering smiles and sunshine wherever she went. It was truly a privilege to be counted her friend and be associated with her, because she devoted her life for the betterment and happiness of those with whom she came in contact.
"Some bright day again, we'll meet her,
In that glory world so fair.
Where all sorrow will be ended.
No more sadness, no more care,
Rest in peace."
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 26, from the home and
at the Baptist church on Goodfield. George L. Gundy of Meadows
officiated, assisted by H. D. Walters of Deer Creek. Interment
in Mt. Zion Cemetery north of Deer Creek.
By a niece.
Myer.-Lizzie R., daughter of Jacob and Amanda (Rohrer) Burkhart, was born Dec. 20, 1880; died Feb. 12, 1934; aged 53 y. 1 m. 20 d. Death resulted from illness of one week following a stroke, during which time she was unconscious. On Feb. 19, 1910, she was united in marriage to Pre. John B. Myer. To this union were born 3 sons, who are left to mourn her departure. She is also survived by 4 step-children, 2 sisters (Mrs. Emma R. Denlinger and Mrs. Henry Sechrist) and 1 brother (J. Rohrer Burkhart). We believe she realized her end was near, so not long before her departure she expressed her desire as "being homesick for heaven." And also requested the hymn, "I shall See Him Face to Face," to be sung at her funeral. It was hard to have mother pass away without being able to speak to her during her illness, but we know what God doeth is well done. Her trials and cares are ended, while her soul is peacefully resting with God.
"Beautiful rest for you, dear Mother,
Well deserved rest for the true,
When our life's journey is ended,
We shall again be with you.
And let us choose the path she chose
Beyond this world of sin and woes
With Jesus in eternity."
Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. A. D. Metzler
and at the New Providence Mennonite Church by Bros. Abram Martin
and Jacob T. Harnish. Laid to rest in Stumptown Mennonite Cemetery.
-By Her Children.
Martin.-Emma R., wife of Ezra W. Martin, Lancaster, Pa., was born Aug. 10, 1874; died Feb. 15, 1934; aged 59 y. 6 m. 5 d. She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Esther Rutt Good, and a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Beside her husband she is survived by these children: Weaver W., William G., Elmer G., Paul G., and Elizabeth Mae, wife of John H. Herr; also eighteen grandchildren, and these brothers: Martin R. Good, East Lampeter; Jacob R., East Earl; William R., Hinkletown; Frank R., Mohnton; Harry R., Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Joseph Good, Easton, Pa. Mother Martin was affected with an affliction of the heart, first noticed about a year ago; but was not serious and only noticeable at times, until about 8 weeks before her death, when she was confined to her home, finally eczema developed on her limbs which caused great suffering. This she endured patiently until called to her reward. These words were found written in her Bible after her death; "Read, Pray, and Obey;" an admonition by which our heavenly Father's blessing may attend us until we are reunited in the Celestial inheritance which fadeth not away. Funeral services were held at the Mellinger Church conducted by Bro. David L. Landis and Abram L. Martin. Text, selected by father, Rev. 22:14, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Interment in Mellinger's Cemetery.
"Dear Mother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Dear faithful Mother, thou hast been;
Both morning and evening star in life,
And as we older grow, we know,
To our dear Mother, 'tis much we owe."
Weldy.-Henry Weldy was born April 23, 1862, near
Wakarusa, Ind. He was the seventh of a family of eleven children
born to Abram and Nancy Weldy. He grew to manhood in this community,
and on July 15, 1883, he was united in marriage to Alma Dolman.
To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons, all of whom are
living, except Albert Otis, the youngest son, who preceded his
father on Dec. 5, 1904. Bro. Weldy passed to his eternal reward
Feb. 24, 1934; aged 71 y. 10 m. 1 d. He leaves his beloved wife,
6 children (Sarah-Mrs. George Horein, and Emma-Mrs. John Mullet
of Wakarusa; Clara-Mrs. Aaron Myers, Goshen; Noah, Cornelius,
and Anna-Mrs. Oliver Loucks, of Wakarusa; also Della Loucks, wife
of Mahlon Weaver, a niece who was received into the home when
left motherless at the age of five weeks and cared for as a daughter.
Other survivors are, 34 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren,
4 brothers (John, Joseph, and Levi of Wakarusa and Amos of Montgomery,
Ind.), besides many cousins, nephews, and nieces, and other relatives
and a host of friends.
After their marriage, Bro. and Sister Weldy remained with his parents for about 18 months and then moved on their farm about one and one-half mile south of the homestead, on the farm now occupied by the son Cornelius. They occupied the farm just across the road from 1889 to 1893 when they returned to their farm and resided there until 1915 when they moved to the present home just north of the Weldy homestead.
He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church at Holdeman congregation, west of Wakarusa, in the spring of 1885, and continued membership there until death, nearly 49 years. On Feb. 3, 1889, he was ordained to the ministry by Bishop Henry Shaum and in that capacity served the congregation for over 45 years of its 83 years of history. He has the distinction of serving this congregation as minister longer than any other minister. From 1891 to 1911 he also made frequent trips to minister to the members in the community of Teegarden, Ind. When Madison Union Chapel was erected, he also preached there for several years. He was greatly interested in the publishing interests of the Church and secured many subscriptions for its publications and book department. He was a tireless worker, as is evidenced that during fifteen years he missed but one Sunday's service and at that time visited with a sick relative at the hospital. He often expressed himself as not being able to speak and to work as some others, but he was faithful to his trust. In his teachings, church management, and Conference relations, he stood for conservatism in doctrine and discipline, and for aggression in forwarding the good news of salvation. When he realized that his earthly career was closing, he calmly faced the future, made his funeral arrangements, admonished his family, and committed himself into the hands of his God and Savior. Truly, in our brother's triumphant passing, death has lost its sting and the grave its victory.
Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Holdeman Church on Feb. 27, in charge of Bishops D. D. Troyer, D. A. Yoder and Jacob Bixler. Texts, Luke 23:28; Acts 20:27, 28. A large concourse of people met to pay a tribute of respect to a friend, relative, and minister of the community. Interment at the North Union Cemetery about one-half mile west of his home. He had charge of this cemetery for a number of years. Thus another gap had been made in the already depleted ranks of ordained workers in this Conference district.
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Murtiff.-John Murtiff was born Feb. 2, 1863; died Jan. 25, 1934; aged 70 y. 11 m. 23 d. He resided at 9th Ave. and 29th St., Altonna, Pa. He was taken ill in the morning, was taken to the hospital that evening, and died on the operating table. Funeral conducted by Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Psa. 90:12.
Dickenson.-Lula, wife of William Dickenson, Altonna, Pa., was born Dec. 27, 1905; died at the Mercy Hospital Feb. 28, 1934; aged 28 y. 2 m. 1 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior while at the hospital. She leaves a family of six small children. Funeral conducted by Joseph M. Nissley on March 3. Text, Jas. 4:14.
Miller.-Alma, daughter of Henry O. and Edna (Trauger) Miller, died in Quakertown Hospital of pleurisy and complications, aged 1 y. 6 m. Surviving are the parents and 1 brother, Samuel, also the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Trauger. Buried at Deep Run on Feb. 28, 1934. Services were conducted by the home ministers.
Funk.-Amos R. Funk was born July 11, 1857; entered into rest Feb. 13, 1934; aged 76 y. 7 m. 2 d. He is survived by his wife Kate (Charles) Funk, one son Abram, and one daughter, Mrs. David Herr. He was a member of the Millersville Mennonite Church, and had taught the Men's Bible class for a number of years. Funeral services were conducted on Feb.16 by the Brethren D. N. Gish and Jacob G. Hess. Text, Eccl. 1:4.
Frantz.-John R. Frantz was born May 24, 1865; entered into rest Feb. 16, 1934; aged 68 y. 8 m. 22 d. He is survived by his wife Anna (Eby) Frantz, and the following children: Ira, Roy, Eva, Marie, Lillian, Willis, Walter, David, Clair, and Edna. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at Millersville Mennonite Church on Feb. 19. -- Earhart of the U. B. church made the opening remarks. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28, by Jacob G. Hess.
Landis.-Susanna Myers, widow of John K. Landis,
died after a long illness at the home of her son Leidy of Wismer,
Pa., Feb. 17, 1934; aged 85 y. 28 d. Her husband died 25 years
ago. Surviving are 1 son (Leidy Landis), 5 grandchildren, 1 brother
(Leidy Myers), and 1 sister (Mrs. Abram Myers). She was a life
long member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. Services were conducted
by the home ministers. Interment in the Deep Run, Pa., Cemetery.
Myers.-Abram L. Myers of Plumsteadville, Pa.; died Feb. 23, 1934, after a lengthy illness of complications; aged 77 y. He was a carpenter by trade. Nearly 60 years ago he went west and worked in many states, but principally in Ohio and Kansas, where he had relatives. About 35 years ago he returned to his native county (Bucks). He then married Mary Ann High, who survives him, besides 1 brother (Christian), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Jacob High and Mrs. Jacob Angeny). He was a member of the Deep Run Church, where he was buried.
Breuninger.-Mary, widow of the late J. G. Breuninger of Sunny Side, south of Oakland, Md., died March 7, 1934, following a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered a few days ago; aged 77 y. Her funeral was held Friday afternoon with services in the Red House Lutheran church, A. K. Jones officiating, assisted by C. A. Shilke, of Oakland, with interment in the church yard. Surviving are two daughters (Mrs. Daisy Lohr, at home; Mrs. N. E. Miller, Iowa City, Iowa); four sons (Peter, George, Alvin, all at home; and Joshua, Detroit, Mich.), and one brother (P. P. Gortner, of Gortner, Md.
Leatherman.-Hannah Gahman, widow of Henry Y. Leatherman, died in Abington Hospital after suffering many weeks with cancer, on Feb. 13, 1934; aged 69 y. 6 m. 8 d. She is survived by 1 son (Abram), 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother (Samuel Gahman), 3 sisters (Annie and Catharine Leatherman, and Sarah Bowers). Her husband and 1 daughter (Mrs. Willis Heacock), preceded her in death. She was a member of the Deep Run (Pa.), church for many years. Services were conducted by the Deep Run ministers, assisted by Bishop A. O. Histand. Interment in Deep Run Cemetery.
Christophel.-Irvin Daniel was born Feb. 1, 1898 to the happy parents, Daniel L. and Sarah (Shultz) Christophel, in Elkhart Co., Ind., and died Feb. 28, 1934; aged 36 y. 28 d. He was not married. He accepted the Lord as his personal Savior in 1912 and was baptized in the Tiskilwa Mennonite Church. He leaves his parents, 1 brother (William Edward of Tiskilwa), and 6 sisters (Jennie Lindner and Mary Edna of Tiskilwa, Clara Agnes Landis of Bradford, Ill., Grace Buer of Galesburg, Ill., Francis Pauline Thicksten and Wilma Lorine of Tiskilwa). One little sister preceded him in death. Five nephews and 12 nieces survive him. Funeral services were held on March 2 at the Tiskilwa Mennonite Church, H. E. Nunemaker and C. A. Hartzler officiating. Text, John 14:18. Burial in Mt. Bloom Cemetery.
Diener.-Daniel A. Diener was born Jan. 26, 1856, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died of heart trouble at his home near Canton, Kans., Feb. 25, 1934; aged 78 y. 29 d. He came to the community near Canton, Kans., in 1884. In March, 1886, he was united in marriage to Lydia Landis. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter (Arthur D. of Canton, Harry A. of Hutchinson, Charles of Canton, Edward of Wellman, Ia., Ruth who was living with father at the time of his death). In 1889 he united with the Spring Valley Mennonite Church. About one year later he was ordained to the ministry, and has faithfully served this congregation these 43 years; preaching his last sermon just one week before his death. On Nov. 5, 1931, after years of suffering, his faithful companion whom he constantly cared for preceded him in death. He is survived by his 4 sons (3 of whom are ministers), 1 daughter, 20 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. His 50 years of life in the community and 43 years of service in the church leave an impression that make words needless. Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at the home in charge of Bro. Paul Erb, and at the Spring Valley church in charge of Bro. J. G. Hartzler. Text, 11 Tim. 4:6-8. Remains laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Sangrey.-Sister Mary F., daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. B. Frank Sangrey, of Manheim, Pa., was born Oct. 1, 1913;
died Jan. 31, 1934, at the Lancaster Rossmere Sanitarium; aged
20 y. 4 m. Death was caused by tuberculosis and mastoid, from
which she lost her hearing about three months before she died.
It was very difficult to speak to her. She suffered patiently
for about 1 1/2 years. She united with the Mennonite church in
her early teens. She leaves her parents and these brothers and
sisters: Mrs. Harry Oberholtzer, Manheim; Benjamin, Lancaster;
Mrs. Clarence L. Dagen, West Willow; Mrs. Aaron Lyson, Manheim;
Earl of Lancaster; Frank at home; Marie and Daniel at the Rossmere
Sanitarium; and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services
were held Feb. 3 at the home, with further services at Manheim
Mennonite Church. She was laid to rest in Kauffmans Cemetery.
Services were in charge of Bro. Henry Lutz and Bro. Willis Heisy.
Text, Job 1:21.
"Tis hard to part with Mary dear,
No more to see her here,
But yet we're glad, if God thought best
To end her troubles and give her rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair.
May our names be written there,
That we again may each other meet,
And walk with Him on the golden street."
Brubacher.-Noah B., son of the late David and Catherine Brubacher, was born near St. Jacobs, Ont., Jan. 17, 1877; died at his home (where he has been staying the last 50 years) Feb. 17, 1934, after only a few days of sickness; aged 57 y. 1 m. He was married to Susanna Brubacher Jan. 15, 1901. She preceded him in death in 1903. On Dec. 24, 1905, he was married to Leah Martin who died June 23, 1932. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 3 daughters. He leaves his 5 children (Mrs. R. Jantzie, Jordan Station, Ont.; Abram, Nora, Elma, and Roy at home), 1 grandchild, and 3 brothers (Aaron, Isaiah, and David), 2 sisters (Mrs. N. H. Cressman and Mrs. Israel Brubacher), and a large circle of other relatives and friends. One sister and two brothers preceded him. He accepted Christ as his Savior early in life and joined the Mennonite Church of which he was a devoted member and earnest worker. He enjoyed his Christian experience and his work for the Master. He will be greatly missed in the home, where he was a loving father; in the neighborhood, always ready to lend a helping hand; and in the Church his place was seldom vacant and was a faithful S. S. teacher for many years. Funeral services were held Feb. 20 at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren S. F. Coffman and Jesse B. Martin.
"Tho' cast down, we're not forsaken;
Tho' afflicted, not alone:
Thou didst give, and Thou hast taken:
Blessed Lord, 'Thy will be done.'"
Egli.-John, son of John and Magdalene (Gascho) Egli, was born in Zurich, Ont., on April 20, 1859. In the fall of 1867 he, with his parents moved to Tazewell Co., Ill., where he grew to manhood. On Jan. 23, 1890, he was united in marriage to Anna Riggenbach of Allentown, Ill. To this union were born seven sons and three daughters. In 1913 he moved his family to Iowa where he has since resided, except for three years which were spent in Oklahoma. He passed away at his home in Manson, Iowa, on Feb. 26, 1934, aged 75 y. 10 m. 6 d. He enjoyed unusually good health until Dec. 21, 1932, when he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis, after which he never regained his usual health; suffering much distress and discomfort he never complained, and always said: "Lord, Thy will be done." He was a devoted father, deeply interested in his family and was always happy to have them all gather around him, especially in the most trying times. He always looked forward with great eagerness to the different times when services were held in the home for him. His favorite hymn, and one always requested by him, was "Sometime we'll Understand." As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and remained an earnest and loyal Christian until his death. His kindly attitude toward the work of the church was always an inspiration to Christian workers. He leaves his wife, 10 children (Mrs. Art Martin of Hebron, Ind.; Mrs. Amos Martin of Manson, Edward of Gilmore City, Ia.; Harry of Rockwell City, Ia.; William, Elmer, John, of Manson; Mabel, Reuben, and Oscar at home), 47 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Henry Eichelberger of Pekin, Ill., and Mrs. Sam Nafziger of Breckenridge, Mich.), 3 brothers (Ben of Manson, Chris of Kouts, Ind., and Jake of Hopedale, Ill.). Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite Church on March 1 by Nick Stoltzfus. Text, 11 Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Shank.-Mattie (Martin) was born Aug. 31, 1856, near Hagerstown, Md.; died at Sebring, Fla., Feb. 28, 1934, aged 77 y. 5 m. 27 d. She was the last of 12 children to pass away, and leaves many relatives, especially in the community of her childhood. In 1883 she was married to Lewis Shank of Broadway, Va., where she lived with her husband for 51 years. They went to Florida a few months ago in an effort to improve her failing health. She sought a better climate and the Lord took her to a perfect one. The same year of their marriage her husband was ordained to the ministry, and some years later to the office of bishop. She was a faithful helpmeet to her husband in his labors, not only in the home and in the home congregations, but in the mountain districts as well. She was a real missionary for half a century. For years before we began our city and foreign mission work she with her husband was making frequent trips by horse and carriage to points in the mountains more than fifty miles distant. Few rivers were then bridged and the roads were rough. Though dangerous waters and over high mountains she traveled many thousands of miles in all the years with no object in view but to assist her husband in saving souls. The Lord blessed her labors abundantly. Not only did she minister to the spiritual needs of many a home but her hands were ever busy providing for the physical needs as well. The Lord only knows how many souls her life has blessed for time and eternity. Many welcomed visitors to the home were also warmed and filled. Her kind and motherly disposition made her seem like a mother, not only to two nephews, David and John Shank, whom she raised, but to all. She will be sadly missed in the home and in the Church. She leaves a beloved husband, Bishop Lewis Shank, and a host of friends and relatives. The funeral was very largely attended. Funeral services were held at the Zion Church, March 3, by A. D. Wenger assisted by J. Hop Turner. Text used Num. 23:10. "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."
"Let me go where saints are going,
To the mansions of the blest;
Let me go where my Redeemer
Has prepared His people rest."
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Hunt.-Mrs. Hunt died Jan. 5, 1934, at the Mennonite Home at Maugansville, Md. She had been bedfast for two weeks after coming to the Home, having been ailing before. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Miller.-Infant son of Bro. James and Sister Mamie Miller was born March 7, 1934. Short funeral services were conducted March 9 at the home by L. A. Blough. Buried in the Blough Mennonite Cemetery near Hollsopple, Pa.
Landis.-Joseph C., son of Peter Y. Landis was born at Lattisburg, O., July 14, 1871. On March 19, 1903 he was united in marriage to Laura Dulabahn, and to this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter, the daughter dying in infancy. He lived most of his life in Rittman, O., and vicinity, and died at his home in Rittman, Dec. 26, 1933; aged 62 y. 5 m. 12 d. He leaves 2 sons (Willard of Cuyahoga Falls, O., and Owen at home). Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the Lower Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. S. D. Rohrer, assisted by Bro. Benjamin Good. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Weaver.-Emanuel, son of Ivan and Amanda Martin Weaver, died Feb. 26, 1934, at the home of his parents and grandfather, Samuel Martin of Groffdale, Pa.; aged 1 y. 4 m. 8 d. Surviving are his great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Menno Weaver, Stevens, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel H. Martin, Brownstown, Pa.) Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Hershey Sensenig at the home, and at the Groffdale Church by Bro. Abraham Hoover and Bro. Moses B. Horning. Text, Job 14:1, 2. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"We love him, yes, we loved him,
But Jesus loved him more;
And He has quickly called him
To yonder shining shore."
Miller.-Mervin Jacob, son of Ray and Elizabeth Miller, died at the home of his parents near La Grange, Ind., Jan. 29, 1934; aged 8 m. 4 d. Surviving him are his parents, 4 grandparents, 1 great-grandmother, and a host of other relatives and friends. One brother and a half-brother preceded him in death, having died in infancy. Little Mervin's health had been failing for nearly 4 weeks, but was not thought to be critical until the last week. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. He was a cheery and pleasant little boy, and will be sadly missed by the family. Funeral services were conducted at the Emma Mennonite Church, in charge of O. S. Hostetler, assisted by M. J. Yoder. Burial in the Miller cemetery.
Shaffer.-Valentine Shaffer was born Nov. 2, 1855; died at the home of Bro. Menno Eash near Jerome, Pa., March 7, 1934, where he had his home for about 10 or 11 years; aged 78 y. 4 m. 5 d. He was never married. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Thomas Mennonite Church March 10 by ---Shilling and L. A. Blough. Buried in the Thomas Cemetery. He was survived by one brother (John Shaffer, aged 75), who was coming from a distance to attend the funeral of his brother Valentine and dropped dead of heart failure one day before the funeral of his brother and was buried on the 12th. Funeral services at the Thomas Church; buried in the cemetery nearby.
Transcriber's note: The obituary lists the deaths of Valentine Shaffer and also his brother John Shaffer.
Metzler.-Marian Arlene, daughter of Homer B. and Grace (Hershey) Metzler, died Jan. 23, 1934 at the General Hospital, of a complication of diseases; aged 7 y. 4 m. 5 d. In the short time she was with us she endeared herself to all who came in contact with her. Besides her bereaved parents she is survived by 2 sisters (Jean and Ruth) and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at Erb's Mennonite Church, Bros. John S. Hess and Henry Lutz officiating. Interment in the East Petersburg Mennonite cemetery. Text, Sol. 6:2.
"Sleep on, dear Marian,
And take thy rest;
We love you, but
God loved thee best."
Denlinger.-Simon Denlinger was born near Leaman Place, Pa., Oct. 23, 1845; died Feb. 5, 1934, in Lancaster General Hospital after an illness of 5 days of complications; aged 88 y. 3 m. 13 d. On Nov. 24, 1870, he was united in marriage to Anna Mary Leaman. To this union were born 4 sons. He was preceded in death by his companion on Aug. 10, 1897; also 2 sons. Surviving are 2 sons (Noah, with whom he resided, and Harry, both of near Leaman Place), and 2 aged brothers (Jacob and Esaias of Paradise, Pa.). He was a member of Hershey's Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the home in charge of Jacob Mellinger, and at Hershey's Church by Abraham Martin. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Taylor.-Elder Samuel Taylor, son of the late John and Sophia (Weaver) Taylor, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 21, 1850; died at the home of his son Amos, Ephrata, Pa., Feb. 8, 1934; aged 83 y. 2 m. 17 d. He is survived by his two sons (Amos, with who he resided, and Barton of Union Grove) and 4 grandchildren. In his early life he accepted Christ as his Savior and remained faithful until the end. Funeral was held Feb. 13 with private services in the home by Elder A. P. Wenger, and further services in the Ephrata Brethren Church by Elder David Kilhefner. Interment in the Blue Ball Cemetery.
"His room is empty, all is still;
His place is vacant, it was God's will;
So long he waited for his rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
By a grandchild.
Lapp.-Rachel, wife of John Lapp of near Gap, Pa., died Feb. 22, 1934, after an illness of a few days; aged 76 y. 6 d. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Surviving are the following children: David, (of near Kinzers), Moses (on the home farm), and Mrs. David Fisher (of near New Holland); also 20 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Daniel and David L. Stoltzfus, both of near Gap). The funeral was held at the home conducted by Samuel Peight and Noah Yoder, of Mifflin Co., Pa. Text, 1 Cor. 15:12-27. Burial at Kurtz's Cemetery near Spring Garden.
"Oh, we miss her, how we miss her,
When we see her vacant chair;
She is gone but not forgotten,
May we meet her over there."
Rohrer.-Adam W., son of the late John D. and Judith Rohrer, was born Oct. 1, 1867; died March 1, 1934, at the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital, following an operation for prostate trouble. He was united in marriage to Mary L. Good. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His companion and these children survive: Clayton G., near Mount Joy; Anna G.; John G.; and Reba B. (a foster daughter), all at home; also 1 brother (George W.), 1 grandson, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at Mellinger's Mennonite Church near Lancaster, Pa., by Brethren Elmer G. Martin and David L. Landis. Text, Rom. 8:1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions he has entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After years with life's struggled,
Father has fallen asleep."
Miller.-Alma, infant daughter of Henry O. and Edith (Trauger) Miller of Perkasie, Pa., died Feb. 24, 1934; aged 1 y. 4 m. 8 d. She died in the Quakertown Hospital where she had undergone an operation for a mastoid, first having suffered with pleurisy and pneumonia. In the short time she was with us she brought her smiles which were dear to all. Surviving are her bereaved parents, 1 brother (Samuel), 4 grandparents, uncles, and aunts. Funeral services were conducted on Feb. 28 at her home and at Deep Run Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Rush and Wilson Overholt. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Her little bed is empty now,
The voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it was God's will."
Sadly missed by parents and brother.
Wiese.-Minnie Wiese was born Oct. 29, 1862, in Culbert, Germany, and came to the United States and to Johnson Co., Iowa, in the spring of 1883. She was united in marriage, Sept. 29, 1883, to August Wiese who survives. This union was blessed with 1 son, 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. As a young girl she united with the Lutheran Church. On May 18, 1933, she with her husband was baptized and received into the Mennonite Mission Congregation at Iowa City, Ia., where she was a faithful member until death. Our sister, though of few words, left this testimony: she pleased God, and there is a reality in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She will be greatly missed as she never failed, as long as strength permitted, to be in her place at services. She died March 2, 1934; aged 72 y. 4 m. 2 d. Funeral services were held by Bro. D. J. Fisher and the pastor in charge. Text, Matt. 24:42-44. Remains were laid to in Oakdale Cemetery.
Groff.-Ivy Virginia, wife of Joseph H. Groff, was born July 7, 1876; died Feb. 17, 1934, at her home near Gap., Pa., of complications; aged 57 y. 7 m. 10 d. She is survived by her husband and mother (Martha Lutz), 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and the following children: Clair, Clyde, Maurice, Reuben, Joseph Jr., Elizabeth (wife of Willis Weaver), Mary, Anna (wife of Winfield Coble), Paul, Esaias, Frank, Lloyd, Frances, and Chester; also 23 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. One daughter (Esther) preceded her in infancy. She was a member of the Paradise Mennonite Church, at which place funeral services were held Feb. 20 by Bro. George Graham. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Her willing hands will toil for us no more;
Her voice is still.
Fond hopes are shattered, hearts are sore,
Yet 'tis His will.
God called dear Mother home to rest,
Away from pain and care.
Some day, oh happy time, 'twill not be long,
We'll meet her there."
Wenger.-Emma, daughter of Martin D. and Nancy (Stayrook) Wenger, was born in Elkhart, Ind., June 22, 1877; died at the Wenger home, Elkhart, March 10, 1934. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and was a faithful member until death. She took a correspondence course in nursing, and her devotion to the suffering, her self-sacrificing disposition and her ability to help brought her into many homes, and made for her a large circle of friends. The mother died Aug. 14, 1897, and the father, Sept. 22, 1901. Since that time Emma and her twin sister, Ella, lived together in the parental home until death again entered the home. Emma had been in failing health for the last year, and was confined to the home for the last six months. She was a patient sufferer, hiding her pains as much as possible from those who came to see her. She leaves her sister (Ella) and brother (John S.) both of Elkhart. While the relationship was not large, she had a great many friends to whom she was as dear as a sister. Funeral services were held on the following Tuesday afternoon at the home and at the Prairie Street Church, conducted by J. E. Gingerich and J. S. Hartzler. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Umble.-Henry M., son of the late Henry and Susan Umble, was born Aug. 17, 1858; died of complications, Dec. 31, 1933; aged 75 y. 4 m. 14 d. He was born and reared in the vicinity of Buyerstown, Pa. On Dec. 15, 1881, he was united in marriage to Malinda Glick of Union Co. Later he moved to Chester Co., as a retired farmer, with his son John who preceded him over a year ago. He had been in poor health and was helpless for some time. He served as one of the first superintendents in the Millwood Sunday school for several years. He was very much interested in the Church and Sunday school work and was a regular attendant when health permitted. He was a kind and loving father and a daily Bible reader, always ready to lend a helping hand; but God saw fit to take him home, which is far better. He leaves his sorrowing companion, 2 children (Samuel of Parkersburg, and Mary at home), 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (Christ Umble of Gap). Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at the home by John A. Kennel, and at the Millwood Church by Amos B. Stoltzfus of Gap, John S. Mast of Elverson and John A. Kennel of Parkersburg. Texts, Job 17:16; 1 Kings 17:6. The funeral was largely attended. Burial in Millwood Cemetery.
"His room is empty, all is still;
His place is vacant; it was God's will.
So long he waited for his rest;
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Stork.-Anna Marie Stork was born in Chicago, Ill., March 1, 1872; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Ella Hartman, Washington, Ill.) March 4, 1934; aged 62 y. 3 d. In December, 1892, she was united in marriage to David A. Stork. To this union were born ten children. Two daughters died in infancy. One daughter (Mrs. Lillian Weeks) died in 1918. Her husband preceded her in death in 1930. The surviving children are Mrs. Ella Hartman, Washington, Ill.; David, Arthur, Harry, Ezra, Fanny, Ester, all of Chicago; also six grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Mary Frasemer). Sister Stork became a follower of Christ with her family, and in 1906 she united with the Home Mission in Chicago, under the ministry of Bro. A. H. Leaman. She was a kind Christian mother, patient in tribulation, thoughtful of others. During the last two years she made her home with her daughter (Mrs. Ella Hartman) where everything was done to make her life pleasant. She was bedfast two months before her death, during which time she often expressed her desire to depart and be with her Lord. Her favorite portion of Scripture was the 23rd Psalm. This she repeated a number of times just prior to her passing away.
"He was her Shepherd, kind and true,
By His love He led her through."
Funeral services were held from the Evangelical Church, Washington, Ill., with H. B. Schafer in charge. Burial in Union Cemetery.
Ropp.-Ray Edward, son of Emanuel and Anna Roop, was born in Detroit, Mich., May 17, 1929; died near Lum, Mich., aged 5 y. 8 m. 20 d. Ray was sick only a few days with pneumonia. His sudden death was a shock to all. All was done that loving hands could do, but it seemed to no avail, and he very peacefully passed away. He is sadly missed at home, as Ray and Junior were always together and enjoyed life so much; they were always taken for twins wherever they happened to be. He is missed very much in school, as he was so interested in his school work, and liked his school mates so much. He had just learned this song: "When we all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing it will be; When we all see Jesus, We'll sing and shout the victory." He would sing this song time and time again. Although his stay on earth was only a few years, God saw fit to transplant him into His garden above where he will bloom throughout eternity. He leaves his sorrowing mother, father, 1 sister (Ardis), 1 brother (Emanuel Junior), 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 22 at the home by Bro. Frank B. Raber of Detroit, Mich., and at the church by Ray's grandfather, Bro. Peter Ropp; also a short talk by W. Smith. Burial in the Mennonite Cemetery.
"The family circle's broken now,
Since Ray has gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say: God thought it best."
Swartzendruber.-Elizabeth, daughter of Christian and Helena (Guengerich) Bender, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 28, 1847; died at her home with her daughter Delila Litwiller, Kalona, Iowa, March 9, 1934; aged 87 y. 1 m. 11 d. She came to Iowa in about 1870 and was united in marriage to Jacob F. Swartzendruber, by Bishop Joseph Swartzendruber, Dec. 31, 1872. They lived together in holy matrimony nearly 52 years when her companion passed away Jan. 17, 1924. Except for two years spent in Lyon Co., Kans., and four years in Clackamas Co., Oreg., they spent their life together in the community northwest of Kalona, where her companion served the Amish Mennonite Church as bishop until his departure. This union was blessed with 9 children of whom 2 died in infancy; also Henry died in Oregon at age nine years, Christian died on home place, also at age nine years, Anna died at the age of 30 years in 1907, Solomon at age of 26 years in 1905, Valentine at age of 18 in 1906. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, in which faith she lived until her death. She leaves 1 son (Daniel B.) and 1 daughter (Mrs. Delila Litwiller), both of Kalona, 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren; also 4 half-brothers (William C. Bender of Yoder, Kans., Moses C., Gideon C., and John C. of Kalona). Mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother enjoyed usual good health the past winter, until a few days before her death she was attacked by influenza, which settled on her heart and kidneys and she passed peacefully away, as she wished, having often expressed her desire to go home. Funeral services were conducted March 11 at the home by William Yoder and John Swantz in German and John Y. Swartzendruber in English. Text, Phil. 1:23. She was buried beside her companion and children in Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
Hershberger.-Lydia E. Hershberger, daughter of Solomon and Barbara Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 13, 1865; died Feb. 20, 1934; aged 68 y. 8 m. 7 d. She was married to Nathaniel Hershberger Jan. 1, 1891. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter. Her husband and 1 infant son preceded her in death. Surviving are 4 sons, 1 daughter, and 3 step-daughters (Mrs. Oliver Bontrager of Middlebury, Ind., who moved home about a year ago to take care of her; Daniel and Leonard of Walnut Creek, Ohio; Lloyd of Canton, Ohio; Ray of Ashland, Ohio; Mrs. Wm. A. Shutt and Mrs. Lawrence Gerber of Sugar Creek, Ohio, and Mrs. Gilbert Jabery of New Philadelphia, Ohio), 25 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; also 3 sisters (Mrs. Benjamin D. Miller, Mrs. Alex Stutzman, and Mrs. Geo. Flinner of Walnut Creek, Ohio). There also preceded her 3 sisters and 1 brother, 1 half-brother and 1 half-sister. She was a lifelong member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church; a faithful member and attended regularly until her affliction (cancer) confined her to bed for the past nine months. During this time she endures much suffering, which she bore very patiently and without complaint. She was grateful for the many friends who visited her during her affliction, and greatly appreciated the flowers and the messages that were brought to her in song. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church Feb. 23, by Bros. D. M. Freidt and Alvin Miller. Text, Rev. 14: 13.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Can never distress thee more.
For the Golden Gates were opened,
And a gentle voice said, 'Come,'
And angels from the other side
Welcomed mother home."
Ebersole.-Bishop John G. Ebersole was born at
what is now Hershey, Pa., on Jan. 28, 1849. From his youth he
was religiously inclined; carrying his Testament, and was seen
searching the Scriptures while at his natural work as opportunities
would present themselves.
On Dec. 26, 1872 he was united in marriage to Sylvania Hatton of Derry Church. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 5 daughters. One son (Daniel) and one daughter (Mary) preceded their parents to the spirit world. In October, 1919, his wife departed this life.
He was chosen by lot and ordained minister of the Gospel in June, 1887, to serve the Stauffer and Risser congregation, in which office he was faithful. On Aug 22, 1907, he was chosen by lot and ordained to the office of Bishop to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bishop Martin Rutt. In 1920, at his request, Bro. Noah W. Risser was ordained as his assistant. He was active in the labors of the church until the last year of his life, when on account of infirmities of age he was confined to his home. He was loved by his people, and they who knew him best loved him most.
His desire was that the church should be kept pure and spotless. He was a firm defender of the faith, and a man of prayer. He never outlived his usefulness. His counsels were sought and honored. We trust the many admonitions given will still live on in the hearts of his people.
His desire was to be with Christ, which is far better. On Feb. 19, 1934 at the age of 85 y. 21 d. God called him into his eternal rest. Our loss is his gain.
The following sons and daughters survive to mourn his departure: Moses, John and Jacob; Susan, wife of Jacob Shenk, Lizzie Greiner, Annie, and Phoebe Fachnast; also 19 grandchildren and some great-grandchildren and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held from the home of his brother, Samuel Ebersole, on Feb. 22, by Bro. Walter Oberholtzer, and at the Risser Mennonite Church by Noah W. Risser and Henry Lutz. Text, 11 Tim. 4:6-8 (selected by the family). Six bishops of the Lancaster Conference carried him to his burial, in the Stauffer Cemetery, awaiting the resurrection morning.
Yoder.-Gideon A. Yoder, one of a family of 12 children, a son of Bishop Abner Yoder and Fronica Schrock, was born Oct. 2, 1855, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died at his home near Wellman, Ia., Jan. 1, 1934; aged 78 y. 2 m. 29 d. In 1866 he came with his parents to Iowa where he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was baptized in a class of 22 Oct. 14, 1877, by his father, Abner Yoder. On Dec. 22, 1878, he was united in marriage with Mattie D. Miller. They lived in matrimony 55 years. To this union were born 5 sons, one dying in infancy. The four who survive are Abner, Arthur, David , and Willis, all residing in the immediate neighborhood. Surviving him are his wife, 4 sons, 11 grandchildren, 2 brother (John A., of Iowa City, and Abner, of Wellman), two sisters (Elizabeth, widow of the late Bishop Peter Kinsinger and Salome, widow of Samuel Bender), and many other relatives and friends. In the spring of 1896 they moved to the arm on which he died. In the same year, Nov. 29, 1896, he was ordained to the ministry in the Upper Deer Creek congregation. On June 15, 1919, he was called to the responsible office of bishop in this same congregation in which callings he labored faithfully so long as his health and strength permitted, having taken an active part in the services for his last time on May 4, 1930, when he broke the bread of communion, after which the condition of his voice and health became such as that he no longer took an active part. He was a man whose earnest desire was to live the simple, humble, Christian life, and he met the trials and difficulties of life as a servant of our Master without complaint, and often unknown to those about him, only consulting over the problems as they confronted him in life with those as he thought the necessity of the cases demanded. Even though he had been failing more or less in health for some time, it was not until March, 1933, that his first paralytic stroke came upon him, followed with several others which in his weakened condition he patiently bore until the good Lord carried his across the threshold of the New Year, and then called him home.
"God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in heaven."
Funeral services were held at the Upper Creek Church, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber and Amos Swartzendruber in the basement of the church, and by Albert Miller, E. G. Swartzendruber, and Simon Gingerich in the main rooms. Text, which he had chosen for his own funeral text, having written it on a piece of paper found in his bible after his death, was Gal. 6:14. Burial in the cemetery near by.
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Wolf.-William Henry Wolf born in Williamsburg, Pa., April 2, 1848, fell asleep at his residence, Mill Run, near Altonna, Pa., March 10, 1934; aged 85 y. 11 m. 8 d. He is survived by 3 sons, 4 daughters, 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was converted March 2 and received into fellowship by water baptism into the Mennonite congregation. Funeral was held March 13, at the house in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Psalm 23, selected by the family.
Bair.-John Mellinger, son of H. Landis and Elizabeth (Mellinger) Bair, of the Metzler congregation, Lancaster Co., Pa., died of scarlet fever Jan. 19, 1934; aged 1 y. 9 m. 3 d. He is survived by his parents and 2 sisters (Anna Ruth and Miriam). He was sick only three days, when the Lord called him home. On account of the nature of the disease, there was no public service held, but a private service at the home, where a few of the relatives gathered on the porch. Bro. Eli Souder conducted the services. Burial in Stumptown Mennonite Cemetery. He is greatly missed in the home, but we can rest assured that it is well with him.
Schertz.-Carolyn Elizabeth, infant daughter of Ralph and Mary Schertz, near Fisher, Ill.; died Mar. 2, 1934; aged 2 m. 24 d. She leaves father, mother and one sister (Evelyn Rose). One sister preceded her to the spirit world, having died in infancy.
"'Tis hard to part with Carolyn dear,
No more to see, no more to hear
But yet we're glad, if God thot best
To end her trouble and give her rest."
Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. J. A. Heiser assisted by Bro. Ray Unzicker. Text, Matt. 18:10. Interment in Gibson City Cemetery.
Transcriber's note "thot" as in the original.
Moshier.-Rachel, daughter of Jacob L. and Anna Zehr and wife of John Moshier, died at her home near Beaverfall, N. Y., on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 21, 1934, following an illness of pneumonia. She was born in Ontario Jan. 1, 1890. Surviving, besides her husband, is one son (Harold), her mother, 3 sisters (Mrs. Christian Schwartzentruber, and Mrs. Mose Erb, both of Zurich, Ont., and Mrs. Claude Stiles of Beaverfall, N. Y.), and 2 brothers (Daniel Zehr of Harrisville, N. Y., and David of Lowville, N. Y.). Funeral services were held at the Croghan Amish Church.
"Some sweet day, when life is o'er,
We shall meet above;
We shall greet those gone before,
In that home of love."
Warfel.-Franklin B. Warfel was born Sept. 18, 1850, at Mountville, Pa.; died at his home in Conestoga Twp., Pa., Feb. 23, 1934; aged 83 y. 5 m. 5 d. He was married to Mary G. Warfel Dec. 25, 1874, who preceded him 21 years. He is survived by 9 children, 41 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers, and 1 sister. He was a member of the River Corner Mennonite Church for many years, also a trustee in the church for quite a number of years. His seat at church was seldom empty if he was able to go. We will miss grandfather very much. Funeral services were held at his home at River Corner Church, conducted by Bros. John Mosemann and Aaron Harnish. Text, "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith." Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Bryson.-Emma Bryson (aged 74 y. 7 d.) died at the Mennonite Home for the aged at Maugansville, Md., March 3, 1934, after an illness of 6 weeks. Her last days were indeed her better days. She was a convert of the Pinesburg Mission and united with the Mennonite Church at Williamson, Pa., two years ago. She came to the Home in October. Grandma was almost blind, but was so appreciative of all the kindness shown her. Even though she appreciated the Home, she was anxiously waiting the time when she could go to her long home where she would be free from sorrow, pain, and heartaches of this life. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ned Schafer of Mercersburg, Pa., conducted by Bro. J. Irvin Lehman. Burial in Mercersburg Cemetery.
Weaver.-June Rosalie, only child of Bro. Isaac B. and Sister Anna (Zoll) Weaver, of Martindale, Pa., died in the Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., March 14, 1934 aged 2 y. 10 m. 2 d. She was taken to the hospital Feb. 23, where she underwent several operations. She is survived by her parents and many relatives and friends. Little June suffered much. Due to her cheerful and pleasing disposition she was deeply loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Although it was hard to part with her, we know she is safe in the arms of Jesus and her sufferings are over. Funeral services were held March 18 by Bro. I. B. Good at the house and Bros. B. F. Martin and I. B. Good at the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Text (selected by the parents), 11 Kings 4:26: "Is it well with the child?. . . It is well." Burial in the new cemetery adjoining the church.
'Tis hard to part with June so dear,
No more to see, no more to hear.
God's will be done, He saw it best
To end her trouble, and give her rest.
A neighbor, Mrs. I. B. W.
Forry.-Joseph S., son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Strickler) Forry, was born in York Co., Pa., Oct. 5, 1853; died of Pneumonia at his home in York Co., Dec. 28, 1933; aged 80 y. 2 m. 23 d. He was married to Mary E. Kreidler Dec. 24, 1882. To thus union were born 4 children. He leaves his companion, 1 son, 2 daughters, and 5 grandchildren. A daughter and 2 grandsons preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1889, and was ordained to the ministry June 1, 1903, in which he served till death. About 5 years ago his health failed, and he asked for help; when Walter Gable of York, Pa., was ordained to help him. He gained strength and attended church services regularly. Funeral services conducted at the home by Bro. Harvey Lehman, and at Stony Brook Church by Bro. Noah Mack. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But we hope ere long to meet thee
Where all tears are wiped away."
Eiben.-Mable, daughter of Peter and Mary Schlegel, was born near Milford, Nebr., Sept. 6, 1906; died at the John McDonald Hospital in Monticello, Iowa, March 4, 1934; aged 27 y. 5 m. 28 d. She became afflicted with heart trouble in November, 1933, and on March 4, she suffered a very severe attack, which caused her death. On March 15, 1931, she was married to Garret Eiben of Monticello, Iowa. On Sept. 13, 1931, she was baptized and united with the Milford A. M. Church in Milford, Nebr., remaining a faithful member until death. She leaves her husband, father, mother, 2 sisters, 1 brother, 1 grandmother, 1 niece, many other relatives, and a host of friends. One brother preceded her. Funeral services were held March 7 at the home of his parents (E. L. Eiben) and at the St. Peter and Paul's Lutheran Church, near Monticello. Interment in Prairie Hill Cemetery. All the services were in charge of G. Wolf, pastor of the church.
"Dear Mabel, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Sweitzer.-Samuel Sweitzer was born in Ontario, Aug. 26, 1876; died at his home near Ong., Nebr., March 13, 1934; aged 57 y. 6 m. 17 d. He confessed Christ in his youth and became a member of the Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful to the end. On March 12, 1898, he was united in marriage to Fanny Troyer. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves his beloved companion, Arthur, Earl, Alma, and Harold of Shickley, Nebr., and Mattie of Woodriver, 9 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. One brother and 2 sisters preceded him in death. His last three and one half years' of illness was due to diabetes, which confined him to his bed most of the time. Our brother patiently endured his affliction to the end, longing to meet his Master and Lord.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
The place is vacant, "tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Funeral services were held March 16, conducted at the home by Peter Kennel and at the Salem church by Abe Stutzman and Fred Reeb (Text, Rom. 8:18) and at the grave by Ben Schegel. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Troyer.-Lucinda, daughter of Christian and Mattie Stutzman, was born at Walnut Creek, Ohio, Dec. 13, 1869; died at her home in Milford, Nebr., March 8, 1934; aged 64 y. 2 m. 25 d. She was failing in health for the last few years and was bedfast for the last six weeks. The cause of her death was a paralytic stroke. She came with her parents to Nebraska in 1881. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the East Fairview Church at Milford, of which she was a faithful member until her death. On Oct. 21, 1888, she was united in marriage to John Troyer. To this union was born 8 sons and 5 daughters (Melvin, Perry, John Jr., Dan, Mrs. Joe Burkey, Mrs. Aden Klopfenstein, and Mrs. Alton Miller, all living near Milford; Lloyd of Shickley, Abner of Orrville, Ohio, and Clayton, Vernon, and Velma at home). One daughter (Mrs. J. C. Burkey) preceded her in death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 12 children, 45 grandchildren, one brother (Sanford Stutzman) and one sister (Mrs. N. N. Hostetler) both of near Beaver Crossing. Six brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. She was a kind, loving and faithful mother, every ready with kind words and a helping hand. She was much concerned about the spiritual welfare of her children, and had the joy of seeing all of them accept their Savior and unite with the church of her choice.
"Her room is empty, all is still,
Her place is vacant, it was God's will:
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Funeral services by Geo. S. Miller and P. R. Kennel. Text, Job 14:15.
Miller.-Elias Riehl, son of the late John and Barbara (Riehl) Miller, was born at Long Green, Md., Oct. 13, 1855; died near Fentress, Va., Feb. 24, 1934; aged 78 y. 4 m. 11 d. At an early age his parents moved to Union Co., Pa., where he was converted and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. It was the lot of Bro. Miller to live in a number of communities during his lifetime, and wherever he lived his life counted for the Master, especially in the Sunday school. He was among the few who saw the need of Sunday school literature in the Church, and he encouraged this work when it was first started. He moved to Norfolk Co., Va., about 35 years ago, the second Mennonite family near Fentress, desiring a church of his faith started. He at once started work looking to this end and helped to organize the Mt. Pleasant congregation in 1910. Jan. 23, 1887, he was married to Sister Elizabeth Hartzler in Cass Co., Mo. She, with four sons (Dwight L., Earnest H., J. Clarence and Marvin E., all of Fentress) and one daughter (Mrs. Maude Bergey, also of Fentress) still survive. He is also survived by one brother (Jonas of Hartford, Kans.) and three sisters (Mrs. Kate Hough of Hartford, Kans., Mrs. Emma Kahle of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Fannie Warfel of Fentress). Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at the Mt. Pleasant church. At the request of Bro. Miller two of his old friends, Bro. Jonas Yoder of Belleville, Pa., and Bro. Daniel Shenk of Denbigh, Va., had charge of the services. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in the church cemetery.
Myer.-Sister Lizzie, daughter of the late Jacob and Amanda S. Burkhart and wife of John B. Myer of near New Providence, Pa., died Feb. 12, 1934, at her home. Left to mourn her departure are her husband, 3 sons (Paul B., of Quarryville, Enos, and Amos, at home), 4 step-children, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. A week before her death she was found by her son, stricken with paralysis. She grew weaker, and passed away peacefully to her eternal home. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until the end. She had great pleasure in seeing her sons walk in the path of the Lord. She attended church services with her family and took an active part in the Oak Shade Mission whenever health permitted. When in her natural health within 2 weeks before she was stricken, she made the statement that she was homesick for heaven. She had many severe trials, but through faith and the grace of God she endured them. We find comfort in this that if we are faithful to Him whom she taught to love and serve, we can meet her over there, where there will be no partings. Funeral services were held Feb. 16, at the home conducted by Bro. Abraham D. Metzler, and at New Providence Mennonite Church by Bros. Abram L. Martin and Jacob Harnish. Burial in the Stumptown Mennonite Cemetery, in her parents' burial plot.
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well-deserved rest for the true,
When our life's journey is ended
We shall again be with you.
She has gone into the kingdom.
Mother has fallen asleep."
By her Sister.
Zook.-Catharine Zook was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Jan. 6, 1844; died at her home in Allensville, Pa., Feb.
28, 1934; aged 90 y. 1 m. 26 d. She was the daughter of Jacob
and Sarah (Lapp) King, and moved with her parents to the
Kishacoquillas Valley when just a young girl. She was married
to John G. Zook in 1864. To this union were born 14 children.
One infant son died about 60 years ago. Father died 26 years ago,
the last death in the immediate family until mother died at mid-day
on Feb. 28. Mother had been quite well until 10 days before her
death, when she had a severe heart attack, followed the next day
by a stroke of paralysis, after which she lost her speech and
was never able to speak again, but seemed to be conscious practically
all the time until a few hours before her death. Her death came
very peacefully. She is survived by 8 sons and 5 daughters (Amos,
Lizzie, Joshua B., Roland, and Carrie of Allensville; Ellie of
Shelbyville, Ill.; Jacob A. of West Liberty, Ohio; Nettie of Punxsutawney,
Pa.; Milton of Westover, Md., Oliver H., of Hershey, Pa.; Perry
of Milton, Pa.; Anna of Williamsport, Pa., Blaine C. of Altoona,
Pa.). She is also survived by 37 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren,
one great-great-grandchild, and one brother (Isaac King of West
Liberty, Ohio). Mother lived practically all her life in Big Valley.
She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained
loyal until her death. She had made her funeral arrangements more
than 10 years ago. It was her desire that John 14 be used and
that Bro. Eli H. Kanagy and Bro. John L. Mast have charge. She
also selected two hymns to be sung. She will be sadly missed by
her family and her many friends, but we have the assurance that
it is well with her soul and therefore bow to the will of Him
who doeth all things well.
By a Son.
Freyenberger.-Albert, son of Joseph and Mary
Freyenberger, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Sept. 24, 1888; died
at the home of his sister (Mrs. Edward Wyse) near Wayland, Iowa,
March 10, 1934; aged 45 y. 5 m. 16 d. He accepted Christ as his
Savior when 15 years of age, uniting with the Sugar Creek Mennonite
Church of which he remained a faithful member until death. Albert
was a single man and spent all of his life in this community except
for two and one half years he was at Camp Dodge during the World
War. Since that time he suffered several attacks of rheumatism.
The past summer it was noticed that these attacks left him in
a more weakened condition. However, he continued to live by himself
on his farm until in December, when he was persuaded to make his
home with his sister in the hope of regaining his health; but
with all that loving hands could do for him he became weaker and
on Saturday, Feb. 21, he suffered a stroke of paralysis which
left him practically helpless and speechless, growing weaker till
the end came on Saturday morning at 6:35 o'clock. His father and
two brothers (Joseph and John) preceded him in death. He leaves
his aged mother, four brothers (Menno, Christian, Samuel, and
his twin brother Elmer), four sisters ((Mrs. J. E. Oswalt, Aurora,
Nebr.; Mrs. Henry Wenger, Wayland, Iowa; and Mrs. Sarah Swartzendruber,
Kalona, Iowa; and Mrs. Edward Wyse, Noble, Iowa), and a large
number of other relatives and friend to mourn their loss.
"Brother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here they toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, March 12, by Bro. Simon Gingerich and Allen Miller. Text, Heb. 13:14. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
Kauffman.-Jacob, son of Eli and Magdalena (Troyer)
Kauffman, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1866. At the
age of 15 years he came with his parents to Logan Co., Ohio, where
he since lived. He was united in marriage with Anna Fett Dec.
26, 1894. To this union were born five sons and four daughters.
Eight of the family are living: Dr. John M., Goshen, Ind.; Fred
P. of West Liberty; Emma Katherine (nurse), Bellefontaine; Mrs.
Clarabel Weimer, Ashland, Ohio; J. Howard of Bellefontaine; Edna
and Ina (nurses) at City Hospital, Springfield, Ohio; and Wayne,
at home. Earnest died at the age of 14 months. With his faithful
companion and children he also leaves one brother, L. H. Kauffman,
three sisters (Anna) Mrs. A. Z. Detweiler, Fannie and Sallie Kauffman,
of West Liberty, and Mrs. Malinda Detweiler of Fairview, Mich.,
one half-sister (Mrs. Mary Yoder) and one half-brother (Abner
Kauffman) and one sister (Lydia-Mrs. J. O. Yoder) preceded him.
He had been afflicted with rheumatism for several years. Three
weeks ago he went to Goshen, Ind., for treatment. He seemed to
improve for a time, but other conditions developed, beyond the
aid of medical skill, and Monday morning, March 5, 1934, his earthly
life ended; aged 68 y. 1 m. 5 d. A leading characteristic in his
life was his social attitude in conversation and his interest
in others. In his youth he accepted the Gospel of Christ as his
guide, became a member of the Mennonite Church, being a supporting
member of the South Union congregation.
"For tho from time to place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot-face to face,
When I have crossed the bar."
Funeral services were held March 8, at South Union Church, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allyger and John Y. King. Burial in cemetery near the church.
Weaver.-Emanuel M., son of Ivan M. and Amanda (Martin) Weaver, was born Oct. 8, 1932, at the home of his great-grandfather near New Holland, Pa.; died at the same place Feb. 26, 1934. Besides the sorrowing parents he leaves his grandparents (Bro. and Sister Emanuel H. and Lizzie L. Martin and Bro. and Sister Menno Weaver) also his aged great-grandfather with whom he lived his short life here on earth, and a number of uncles and aunts. Funeral services were held March 1 at the home by Bro. Hershey Sensing and at Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Abram Hoover, Moses Horning, and Frank Hurst. The little body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining. Text, Job 14:1, 2.
Raber.-Daniel Blaine, son of the late Ernest
and Trasie Raber, was born on a farm near Sugarcreek, Ohio, on
April 3, 1923. He was stricken with double pneumonia, and within
a few days the disease developed into an acute stage, which resulted
in his death at Union hospital, Dover, O., March 11. He was called
home at the tender age of 10 y. 11 m. 8 d. Blaine was an obedient,
affectionate son, a loving brother, a regular attendant at the
Sunday school and church services, and was loved by all his associates
and friends. Surviving are his heart-broken mother, his affectionate
sister (Gladys), his two brothers (Eugene, a student at Goshen
College, and Junior at home). His father preceded him in death
five years ago. He is also survived by his parental grandfather,
Daniel B. Raber. Funeral services were held at the Sugar creek
Mennonite Church, March 14, conducted by Edward Shepfer and J.
N. Smucker. Interment in Walnut Creek Mennonite Cemetery.
"No, not cold beneath the grasses,
Not close walled within the tomb;
Rather, in our Father's mansion,
Living, in another room."
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