Yoder - Louis S., son of John H. and Anna (Stoltzfus) Yoder, was born Oct. 14, 1934; died Dec. 17, 1934. He leaves father and mother, 4 brothers (Thomas, Jesse, Maynard and Lester), and 2 sisters (Mary and Rosanna); 3 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted by Jno. S. Mast and Christian Kurtz at Conestoga church near Morgantown, Pa.
Charlton - Floyd William Charlton was born July 12, 1905; died Dec. 17, 1934; aged 29 y. 5 m. 5 d. He accepted the Lord in November, 1919, and was received into church membership in May, 1920, at the Diller Mennonite Church, Newville, Pa. The Bilbe was his constant companion, memorizing many scriptures. His delight was in the law of the Lord, meditating therein day and night. He was partially paralyzed for 15 years and suffered entire helplessness for eight weeks, during which time he longed for the reading of the Word, for prayer, and singing of hymns.
Luke - Jackson B. Luke was born near Bedford, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1860; died in Millersburg, Ohio, Feb. 21, 1935; aged 74 y. 4 m. 16 d. On April 22, 1888, he was married to Lucinda Orr. For nearly 47 years they lived together, sharing life's joys and sorrows. to this union 2 sons were born. One died in infancy. He leaves his life-companion, 1 son (Wm. J. Luke), 1 sister, and 1 brother. The funeral services were held at the Elliott Funeral Home, conducted by the ministers of the Martins Creek Church. Texts, Gal. 6:7 and Matt. 16:26. Burial in Bloomfield Cemetery.
Figart - Emma Charlotte Figart of Altoona, Pa., was born April 11, 1861; died Feb. 23, 1935; aged 67 y. 5 m. 12 d. She was sick only a few hours previous to her death. She died about 10 minutes after entering the hospital. On Jan. 1, 1935, Bro. and Sister Figart celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Her time with us was short, being in the church only 67 days. Ever since she started serving the Lord, one could see the earnestness manifested in her eagerness to learn more and more of His precious Word. Now, beloved husband and five children, she is looking and waiting for your coming. The services were conducted Feb. 25 by Bro. J. M. Nissley at the home of the daughter (Mrs. Mary Lafferty) and at the First Mennonite Church. Text, I Thess. 4:14-16.
Eldredge - Wanda Yvonne Eldredge, Sunday school scholar of the Hutchison, Kans., Mission, died Dec. 11, 1934; aged 4 y. 9 m. 4 d. Wanda was a bright little girl and loved the Bible stories and songs of Jesus and His love. She leaves her parents, a little sister (Helen), and a host of friends and relatives. Her mission on earth was short, a rose that budded on earth to blossom in heaven.
"Once we had a rosebud, a rosebud sweet and rare,
Now she's blooming in heaven, and we hope to meet her there.
Tho' we miss our precious rosebud, we're sure she's happier there,
Where the Savior smiles His blessing and her heart is free from care."
By her Mother.
Stoltzfus - Noah Z., only son of Isaac and Rebecca Stoltzfus, was born Mar. 7, 1875, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at Allensville, Pa., Feb. 28, 1935; aged 59 y. 11 m. 21 d. Dec. 22, 1898, he was married to Lydia Rhiel, who survives him; also the following sisters: Katie (wife of Christian Stoltzfus), Sarah (wife of Levi Beiler), Fannie (wife of Rufus Allgyer), Mary (wife of John Petersheim), all of Lancaster Co., Pa.; Rebecca (wife of Simeon Yder of Belleville, Pa.). He also leaves 2 uncles, 4 aunts, 27 nephews and nieces, and was great-uncle of 56. He was a member of the Locust Grove Church of Belleville, Pa., and was always present as long as health permitted. Services were held at Locust Grove Church By Bros. Elmer Yoder, jonas D. Yoder, and Samuel T. Yoder. Text, Heb. 9:27. Hymn read, "Let me go where saints are going."
Kolb - Gertrude, daughter of the late Henry and Susannah Kolb, was born near Trail, Ohio, June 20, 1854; died Feb. 3, 1935, on the same farm on which she was born; aged 80 y. 7 m. 13 d. She was the next to the youngest of a family of 16 children. Of this family 2 died in infancy 5 in youth, 1 at the age of 40; the remaining 8 lived to be quite old. she is survived by 1 brother (Tobias), also by 5 nephews and 6 nieces. In the early years of her life she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, of which body she was a faithful member until death. Her seat in church was seldom vacant as long as health permitted. She often walked to church, a distance of one mile or more, even within the last year of her life. Funeral services were held Feb. 5, at the Kolb Church conducted by Rudy Stauffer and D. M. Friedt. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Brubaker - Joseph Schofield, son of John A. and Margaret (Schofield) Brubaker, was born in Clearfield Co., Pa., Jan. 19, 1875; died very suddenly March 12, 1935; aged 59 y. 8 m. 23 d. On Oct. 14, 1903, he was united in marriage to May Speicher. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters (Arthur, Miriam, Carl, Elva, Velmaa, John, Mary, and Dorcas). He is survived by his wife, 1 sister (Elva Luce of Lansing, Mich.), and the children named above. He was breceded in death by his father and mother and 1 brother (Earl). Funeral services were held in the home by E. J. Blough, assisted by John Brilhart of Scottdale; and J. B. Hollopeter of Rockton. Interment in the rockton Cemetery. Text, "There is but a step between me and death." The family has sustained the loss of a considerate father. May our gracious Lord give much grace to the family in their bereavement.
Waybright - Charles Waybright was born May 13, 1918; died March 13, 1935. Ever since he was seven years old he made his home with Bro. Ken Vance's, Onego, W. Va. On March 13 Bro. Vance and Charles went up on the mountain to work. Charles asked to spend the night there, as he was anxious to hunt for rabbits that evening. He was permitted to stay. He often stayed before, and seemingly enjoyed it very much. The next morning when Bro. Vance returned to the shack he found him lying on the bed dead. Immediately he returned for help. Investigation was made and it was found he had accidentally shot himself under the right rib. The shotgun was later found 200 yards from the shack. The doctor said he might have lived fifteen minutes after he was shot. He is survived by his father, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends. The funeral was preached at the Roaring Mennonite Church by Bro. James F. Shank. Interment in the Vance Cemetery.
Snyder - Joseph W. Snyder was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Aug. 26, 1889; died March 18, 1935; aged 45 y. 6 m. 20 d. On Jan. 23, 1915 he was united in marriage to Leah Martin. This union was blessed with 4 children (Oscar, Lucinda, Eden, and Milford). Besides his wife and children there remain his aged father, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. As a young man he united with the Mennonite church and remained true to the end, which came quite suddenly. He was working in the barn when a bull succeeded in crushing him against a trough, causing internal injuries from the effects of which he died several hours afterward. Though quiet and unassuming, he was cheerful and loving towards all, and it seemed to be one of the rules of his life not to speak evil of any one. He enjoyed the services of God's house to which he brought his family regularly, and he had the joy of seeing his children accept Christ as soon as they came to accountability. Funeral services March 21, at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, conducted by Moses M. Brubacher (in English), and Urias Martin and Jonas Snider (in German).
"God hath His mysteries of grace,
Ways that we cannot tell,
He hides them deep like the hidden sleep,
Of him He loved so well."
Yoder - Elizabeth (Troyer) Yoder was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 9, 1872; died at her home near Bremen, Ind., March 18, 1935; aged 62 y. 3 m. 9 d. She was married to John J. Yoder April 9, 1893. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughter. One son and 1 daughter preceded her in death. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters (Cephas of Milford, Ind.; Sarah, wife of Levi Schrock; Mary, wife of Eli M. Schmucker; and Mahlon, all of Bremen, Ind.), 15 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jephtha of Lagrange, Ind., and David who had his home with her), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Samuel Hochstetler of Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Noah S. Miller of Kalona, Iowa; and Mrs. Enos Glick of Shipshewanaa, Ind.), and many relatives and freinds. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. Death came as a result of an inward cancer and a stroke of parlysis the last ten days which made her speechless. Funeral on March 20, 1935, conducted by Abraham Yoder and Monroe Hochstetler in German and Homer North in English. Text, Jno 5:24-29.
"Mother, dear, is gone;
We miss your presence here;
Your counsel and advice
Your welcome voice and cheer."
Kempf - Eliza Ann, daughter of Jacob and Mary Swartzendruber, was born near Parnell, Iowa, June 27, 1875; died at her home in Shickley, Neb., March 18, 1935, after an illness of one week which developed into pneumonia; aged 59 y. 8 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to John W. Kempf Dec. 30, 1894, in Johnson Co., Iowa. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. On son (Jacob) passed away at the age of seven months. Surviving her are her sorrowing life companion, 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 daughter, and 1 son-in-law (Roy and Barbara Kempf, Jay and Fauna Kempf of Shickley; and Monroe and Mary Hochstetler of Kalona, Iowa), and 8 grandchildren. She also leaves 1 brother (Lewis of Shickley), 4 sisters (Mrs. Maud Kauffman and Naomi Swartzendruber of Shickley; Mrs. Barbara Swartzendruber and Mrs. Tillie Gingrich of Parnell, Iowa); besides other relatives and friends. She has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since 1891. She was of a quiet, patient and loving disposition. She never enjoyed the best of health, but exercised great patience and never complained of her lot in life. Due to her failing heath they moved to Goehner, Seward Co., Neb., in Dec., 1906, where they resied till the spring of 1913, when they moved to Shickley, living in this vicinity till the time of her departure. Services at the Salem Church were conducted by D. G. Lapp of Roseland, assisted by the home ministers. Text, Fev. 14:13. Burial in the Cemetery near the church.
*Transcriber's Note: Cemetery capitalized as in the original.
Landis - Annie B., daughter of Abraham L. and Anna (Ranck) Kreider and wife of Bishop N. L. Landis of Neffsville, Pa., was born Jan. 1, 1862, near Bird-in-Hand, Pa. Her childhood was spent near Monterey and her teen age in West Lampeter. In 1880 the family moved to Manheim Tp., where her father died within a year. On Mar. 22, 1888, she was married to her surviving husband by Bishop Jacob N. Brubacher. Fifty years ago she affiliated herself with the Landis Valley Mennonite Church, the creed of which she accepted as hers and remained true thereto until death. She spent her early married life near Oregon. In 1902 she moved to the home in Neffsville, where she spent the remainder of her days. She peacefully fell asleep on the morning of Mar. 16, 1935, after a lingering illness, but was only bedfast three weeks. In her active life she had the work of the Church and her family always at heart. She is survived beside her husband, by 2 children (Ira D. of Oregon, Pa., and Anna L., wife of Homer Kauffman of Scottdale), 3 grandchildren (J. Dale, Lois, and Rachel Landis), 1 brother (Tobias R. Kreider of Lancaster), and a sister (Amanda K. Nolt of Bareville). Funeral services were held from her late home on March 19 and at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church with Brethren Noah Risser, Amos Horst and Henry Lutz in charge. Text Heb. 4:9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery along the side of two infants who preceded her to glory.
Anchored firmly in her God,
The faith of our dear mother stood;
She trod the path that Jesus trod,
She ever loved the true and good.
Now she has joined the saints who slept
Her spirit to her God has gone;
The faith that our dear mother kept,
She leaves with us to carry on.
Esbenshade - Mary Alice (Foster) Esbenshade was born March 5, 1868, at Paradise, Pa.; died of pneumonia after 9 days illness at her home near New Holland, Pa., where they lived for about 25 years; aged 67 y. 8 d. She accepted Christ in her young years and was faithful to the end. On Nov. 27, 1890, on Thanksgiving day whe was united in marriage to Adam Esbenshade. To this union were born 6 children, who with her husband mourn her departure (Minnie, wife of Roland Smith of New Holland; Anna, wife of Eli M. Martin of East Earl; Ferrll, Jacob, Margaret, wife of Harvey H. Martin, and Ross Esbenshade, all of New Holland); also 21 grandchildren. On grandchild and one daughter-in-law preceded her in death. Six brothers and sisters survive: William Foster of New Holland; Anna, wife of Alfred Ray of West Chester; Mrs. Hettie Landis of Penns Grove, N. J.; Lizzie, wife of George Binz of Paradise; Harry Foster of Reading; Emma, wife of Horace Miller of Coatesville; also many other relatives and friends. She was of a kind disposition and loved by all who knew her. She had a willing hand in helping her children whenever she could. Two years ago she was stricken with pneumonia. She recovered, but seemingly could not regain her full strength. This year, while attending a funeral of a relative on March 3, she took a cold and all efforts to avoid pneumonia failed. After 9 days illness she passed to her reward. A few hours before she died she told her family she is resting more comfortably, when unexpectedly her heart weakened and she passed away without much suffering. Funeral services were held March 16 at the house, where short services were conducted by Bro. Noah Souder, and at the New Holland Mennonite Church, of which she was a member, by Bros. John Sauder and Mahlon Witmer. Texts, Psa. 23 and Psa. 16:11. Interment in the Goodville Mennonite Cemetery, where short services were held by Bro. John W. Weaver.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel.
Farewell, our loved one, trials are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
Oh faithful mother, true and kind,
No one on earth like you we'll find,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He will all our sorrows heal."
By the family.
*Transcriber's Note - Ferrll as spelled in the original.
Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio
Glick - Emma Mae, daughter of Edward and Tillie Neff, born in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 11, 1912; met instant death in auto accident, Fresno Co., Calif., Feb 11, 1935. Her earliest Christian training was received in Mennonite Home Mission, Chicago. In 1918 she with her parents moved to San Bernardino, Calif., on account of her mother's poor health. Being deprived of worship in the Church of their original choice, they worshiped with the Church of the Brethren. Dec 31, 1933 she was united in marriage to Royal D. Glick, a young minister of the Church, and immediately moved to Raisin City, Fresno, Co., where they were in charge of the church until this recent tragic end. Her love and devotion to her work knew no bounds. A vacancy made that only Emma Mae could fill. Funeral services were held in Raisin City church and San Bernardino. Burial in the latter place. She leaves her devoted husband, father, mother and young brother (Kenneth).
Wideman - Maria Wideman (nee Bowman) was
born Dec 1, 1906; died Feb. 8, 1935; aged 28 y. 2 m. 8 d. On Oct
8, 1930, she was married to Aaron Wideman. This union was blessed
with 2 children, 1 child having predeceased her. She leaves a
sorrowing husband, 1 child, her mother, 2 sisters, 4 brothers,
and a host of relatives and friends. Sister Wideman had been suffering
from her recent illness for about 10 months, during which time
she was always cheerful, hopeful, trustful, and always bore her
sufferings with Christian patience. She was a member of the Mennonite
Church at Elmira, Ont. Funeral services were conducted at the
Elmira Mennonite Church by Moses Brubacher and Oliver D Snider.
Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"A loving mother so gentle and kind,
What a wonderful memory she left behind;
Long days, long nights she bore in pain
To wait for relief but all in vain,
Till God Himself knew what was best
He took her home and gave her rest."
Boyer - Mary (Garber) Boyer was born April
3, 1878, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died March 24, 1935; aged 56 y.
11 m. 21 d. On Dec. 25, 1902 she was united in marriage to John
D. Boyer. They spent 8 years of married life on the farm on which
she was born, helping to care for an invalid aunt (now deceased).
In 1910 they moved to Middlebury, Ind., where she lived until
her death. She united in church fellowship in her youth at the
Clinton Brick Church, of which she remained a faithful member.
In her sickness she was patient and cheerful, although she suffered
intensely at times. She expressed herself as being ready and willing
to submit herself to God's will. She leaves her loving husband,
2 sisters, and 1 brother (Mrs. Levi D. Miller of Middlebury, Mrs.
A.A.Mast of Emmatown, and Samuel Garber of Topeka), nieces and
nephews and many more relatives.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Funeral services in charge of Silas Yoder and O.S. Hostetler.
Smucker - Magdalena, daughter of Samuel and Katherine Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 15, 1853; died Feb. 11, 1935; aged 81 y. 9 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Amos Smucker on Jan. 23, 1873. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters - Amandus, Katherine, and Mrs. David Rohrer of Orrville; William of Smithville. Father and 1 son (Merle) preceded her in death. She is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 1 brother (John A. Yoder) of Smithville, and many other near relatives and friends. Sister Smucker in her youth accepted Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where she worshiped and served her Lord for many years. She was a faithful and devoted sister, active in the Master's work. In her quiet and gentle way she gave a helping hand to advance the cause of Christ and the Church. When the years came that through the infirmities of age she could no longer attend public worship, she still found much comfort in the precious promises of God. She was a kind, loving and sympathetic mother, and leaves to her children and grandchildren, and also to the community and Church, the memory of a beautiful Christian life. In the twilight of evening, as the day was drawing to a close, she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. May the eternal God upon whom she continually depended, comfort the hearts of the bereaved children and grandchildren she left behind for a little while. Services were conducted by the Brethren Jesse Smucker and C.Z. Yoder. Sermon by J.S. Gerig. Psa. 23. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Beiler - Nancy Z., daughter of the late Josiah
L. and Lydia (Zook) Beiler, was born near Vicksburg, Pa.,
Aug. 26, 1860; died very suddenly while alone in her home near
Intercourse, Pa., of a heart attack, on March 2, 1935; aged 74
y. 6 m. 4 d. She was found lying on the couch by her husband who
was preparing to take her to the home of their daughter, Mrs.
Jacob K. Lapp, a short distance away. She was united in marriage
to Menno S. Beiler, Jan. 4, 1882, with whom she shared the joys
and sorrows of life a little more than 53 years. She is survived,
besides her husband, by these children: Susie (wife of Morris
Zook), Lydia (wife of Dan F. Beiler), Mary (wife of Dan. S. Beiler),
Simeon B., Malinda (wife of Jacob K. Lapp), Josiah M., and John
Z. One brother, Jacob Y Beiler, and a sister, Lydia Z. Lapp, 33
grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren also survive. She was
faithful member of the O.O. Amish Church, and attended services
whenever her health permitted. Funeral services were held from
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob K. Lapp, near Intercourse,
on Mar. 5, with interment in the Myers Cemetery near Bareville.
"We all did part with Mother dear,
No more to see her here;
But yet we're glad if God thought best,
Her troubles to end and give her rest."
Christophel - Samuel L. Christophel was born Oct. 5,
1872; died March 22, 1935; aged 62 y. 5 m. 17 da. His early life
was spent at Elkhart, Ind., where he was born and united with
the Mennonite Church at the age of 22. He united in marriage to
Amanda Landis Dec. 28, 1905. To this union were born 5 children
(David of Florin, Pa.; Naomi, who died seven years ago; Reuben,
Mabel, and Ruth at his late home near Lansdale, Pa.). His wife
died ten years ago. Seven years ago he again married. His second
companion who remains to mourn his death was Mrs. Cora Herr, Florin,
Pa. Besides his immediate family - there remain the following
brothers and siters: Daniel of Tiskilwa, Ill.; Ely, Elkhart, Ind.;
Mrs. Sarah Weldy, Nappanee, Ind.; Mrs. Susie Rudy, Mrs. Mary Koerner,
Cullom, Ill.; Mrs. Salome Wenger, Perkasie, Pa.; besides a host
of freinds. He was ill ten weeks with cancer of the stomach, but
was not bedfast until the last day. The family was by his side
at the time of death. He took his sickness patiently and was willing
to do the Lord's will. Funeral services were held March 26, conducted
at the house by Jonas Mininger and at the Plain Mennonite Church,
near Lansdale, Pa., by John Lapp and J.C. Clemens. Text, Rom.
8:1, 2. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Father, now your place in empty,
And your face we see no more,
But we hope again to meet you
Over on the other shore."
Benner - Eliza (Mininger) Benner was born Jan. 25, 1855,
in Montgomery Co., Pa.; died Jan. 21, 1935, at the home of her
daughter (Annie, wife of Wilson H. Weber), Harleysville, Pa.;
aged 79 y. 11 m. 26 d. She suffered from a complication of diseases,
being ill for three weeks, bearing it all with Christian fortitude.
Often she expressed a desire to depart. She accepted Christ as
her Savior at the age of 18 and united with the Plain Mennonite
Church. On Jan. 4, 1879, she was married to Jacob H. Benner. To
this union were born 10 children. She was a kind and loving mother
and was always willing and ready to do her part and share her
duties of life. She leaves 3 daughters and 3 sons, David Benner,
Sallie, wife of Elmer Weller, Abram Benner, Annie, wife of Wilson
Weber, Lizzie, wife of Harrison Metz and Alfred Benner. Also 27
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren remain. Her husband,
parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 3 sons, and 1 daughter preceded
her in death. Funeral services were held at Salford Mennonite
Church, conducted by Bro. Elias Landis, and assisted by Bro. Ervin
Landes, and other brethren. Text, I Jno. 4:7. The remains were
laid to rest at the Upper Skippack Cemetery beside her husband.
"A mother dear, a mother kind,
Has gone and left us all behind;
He watched her suffering, heard her sighs,
With trembling hearts and weeping eyes.
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."
Harris - Israel S. Harris was born in Tuscarawas Co.,
Ohio, July 17, 1858; died at his home near Clarksville, Mich.,
March 29, 1935; aged 76 y. 8 m. 12 d. He came to Howard Co., Ind.,
with his parents when a young man. He was married to Amanda Troyer.
To this union were born 2 boys (Monroe and John - deceased) and
1 daughter (Mrs. Elmer Kauffman, Galveston, Ind.). After her death,
he was married to Martha Mast of Kokomo, Ind., on Dec. 15, 1888.
To this union were born 7 children (Oliver - deceased, Mrs. Elmer
Weir, Grand Ledge, Mich.; Mrs. Vernon Potter, Alto, Mich.; Mrs
Arthur Frost, Saginaw, Mich.; Mrs Elmer Archer, Flint, Mich.;
Early Benjamin - deceased, Mrs. Albert Johnson, Flint, Mich.).
He leaves his wife, 5 children, 1 brother (Peter Harris of Troy,
Iowa), 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a host of
relatives and friends. In 1904 he moved with his family to Manistee
Co., Mich., and in 1914 he moved to his late home near Clarksville.
He united with the Mennonite Church at Kokomo, Ind., and lived
a faithful, consistent, Christian life till death; being a member
of the Bowne Cong., Kent Co., Mich., at the time of his departure.
He was much concerned for the welfare of the Church, and he will
be missed very much, both in the home and the Church.
"We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow over our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
Funeral services were held at the home and at the Church by the Brethren T.E.Schrock and Joseph Horner of Kokomo, Ind. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribers note: The name, Early Benjamin is typed as written.
Byers - With sorrow and grief we chronicle the outgoing
life of our beloved wife and sister, Minnie Myra, wife
of Abram N Byers of Woodbury, Pa., who answered the final summons
and passed to her reward March 25, 1935. Her death was the result
of blood-poisoning, which originated from an injury to her left
thumb a week ago. During this brief illness, kind hearts and loving
hands were untiring in administering to her, but owing to a
of ailments, with which she was afflicted for some time, very
little could be done to relieve her intense suffering. She was
born at Woodbury Nov. 29, 1870, a daughter of Jeremiah and Leah
Hoffman Hollinger, and was united in marriage with Abram
N. Byers Mar. 23, 1893. This union was blessed with 1 son (Elvy
Byers) who passed to the great beyond Sept. 7, 1921. Surviving
are the husband, and the following brothers and sisters: David
Hollinger, Mrs. Annie Keagy, Mrs. Susan Bossler and Mrs. Jennie
Dilling of Woodbury; Mrs. Nancy Keith of Roaring Springs; and
Mrs. Tressa Buyer of Hollidaysburg; also a number of nieces and
nephews. She was a woman of fine Christian character and a loyal
member of the Mennonite Church. She was held in affectionate regard
by a large circle of relatives, friends, and neighbors among whom
she was familiarly known as "Aunt Minnie." She will
long be remembered for her kindly ministrations of love and
The little children learned to love "Aunt Minnie and Uncle
Abe." She will be missed in the Church, in the community,
but most of all in the home by her devoted companion. Brother
and sisters too will miss a happy home, a loving sister. Funeral
services, conducted by Bro. S.G. Shetler of Johnstown, Pa., and
Bro. D.I. Stonerook of Martinsburg, were held in the Methodist
church at Woodbury. Text, Matt. 14:23.
"Dearest loved one, you have left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Husband, Brother, and Sisters.
Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio and Betty Hartzler, PA
Snider - Cathrine Mae, infant daughter of David and
Lizzie Snider of Brutus, Mich., was born Jan. 22, 1935; died the
same day. Surviving are parents, 1 sister, 4 brothers, her
Mr. and Mrs. John Brubacher of Midland, Mich. Two sisters and
two brothers preceded her in death.
"The Great Jehovah, full of love,
An angel bright did send,
And took our little darling home
To joys that never end."
Huddle, Emma Ulmer Huddle was born May 15, 1866, in
Lehigh Co., Pa.; died Mar, 30, 1935, in Bucks Co., Pa. The following
children survive: John, Clara, Miriam, Mabel, Katie, Nora, and
Sara, all living in Bucks Co.; and Paul of Cumberland Co., Pa.
Three children (Mary, Noah, and Lulu) preceded her in death, and
her husband (Samuel) died in 1928. Funeral services were held
at Deep Run Mennonite Church on April 3, 1935, conducted by Brethren
Wilson Overholt, A.O. Histand, Jacob Rush, Abram Yothers, and
Enos Wismer. Texts, Matt. 25:13 and Mark 14:8. Interment in cemetery
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
- The Family.
Kaufman - Allen Webster, son of the late Levi and Matilda Kaufman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 27, 1888; died of pneumonia in the hospital in Johnstown, Pa., March 25, 1935; aged 46 y. 5 m. 28 d. He was married to Annie Spory, who with four children (Edith, Leon, Richard, and Minnie) survive him. One (Lester Ray) preceded him to the grave twelve years ago. Among other survivors are a half-sister (Mrs. Hulda Kaufman of Somerset Co., Pa.), and a half-brother (Elmer Blough, of Riverside, Pa.), and a nephew (Ernest Kaufman). For a number of years the deceased was a communicant member of the Mennonite Church in the Thomas congregation but it is to be regretted that this was later neglected. On account of sickness of the oldest daughter, the funeral services were conducted in the home of S.G. Shetler, assisted by James Saylor. Interment in Thomas Cemetery.
Jackson - Amanda Jane Jackson was born Oct. 21, 1919;
died Mar. 26, 1935; aged 15 y. 5 m. 5 d. Surviving are her parents
(Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jackson), 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and 1
She confessed Christ as her Savior in 1933. She was a Sunday school
scholar at the Pinesburg, Md., Mission, and a member of the Clear
Spring Mennonite Church. She was a short term student at E.M.S.,
Harrisonburg, Va. She became ill soon after her return home, and
died at the Washington Co., Hospital. Funeral services were held
at the Clear Spring Mennonite Church by Bros. Samuel Eby and Jno.
D. Risser. Text, Amos 4:12. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Our loved ones are leaving us, one by one;
We don't know why God saw fit for her to die;
But God knows best: He makes no mistake;
He knows just when and whom to take."
By a friend.
Ruby - Joshua, son of Christian and Magdalene (Iutzi) Ruby, was born on April 23, 1902, in Oxford Co., Ont.; fell asleep in Jesus on Feb. 18, 1935; aged 32 y. 9 m. 26 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior and upon confession faith was received by water baptism into the Amish Mennonite congregation at East Zorra on Oct. 13, 1918. He remained true to this faith till the end. On Dec. 11, 1929, he was joined in matrimony to Sister Magdalene Zehr of Perth Co. This union was blessed with two children one of whom passed into eternity before its father. He was stricken with pneumonia for 9 days, when he peacefully fell asleep. He leaves his bereaved companion, 1 daughter, his mother, 4 brothers, and 7 sisters. Burial at East Zorra A.M. Church Feb. 21. Services at the home by D.S. Iutzi, and at the church by Dan Lebold, Jacob R. Bender, and D.S. Iutzi.
Moyer - David, son of Dwight and Elizabeth (Yothers)
Moyer was born near Silverdale, Pa., Nov. 20, 1932; died Mar.
22, 1935. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters (Ruth and Mary
Elizabeth), 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers, 1 great-grandfather,
and many other relatives and friends. Death was due to bronchial
pneumonia. He had endeared himself to us and all who knew him,
but we know if we remain faithful to God we shall some day meet
him again. Funeral services were held March 25, conducted at the
home by Bro. Wilson Moyer and at the Blooming Glen, Pa., Mennonite
Church by Bro. Melvin Bishop assisted by Bro. Wilson Moyer. Text,
II Sam. 12:23. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"God needed one more angel
Around His shining Throne;
And so He stooped with loving care
And took our darling home."
Detweiler - Jacob K., son of Adam and Salome Detweiler, was born Nov. 26, 1862, near New Castle, Pa.; died April 3, 1935; aged 72 y. 5 m. 7 d. His parents moved from Pennsylvania when he was a small child, and located in Wayne Co., Ohio. In November, 1886, he was united in marriage to Fannie Yoder of Logan Co., Ohio. To this union eleven children was born - seven sons and four daughters. He is survived by Mrs. Useba Obney, Wadsworth, O.; Winaus Detweiler, Waterloo, Ia.; Ernest Detweiler, Bellefontaine, O.; Mrs. Nellie Gillespie and Mrs. Salome Heller of Barberton, O.; also eight grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Fanny King of West Liberty) and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was an active member in the Church of Christ where he worshiped and served his Lord and Master. In 1908 his beloved companion passed to her eternal reward. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Services were conducted at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church by Brethren C.A. Yoder, J.S. Gerig, and ______Cohen. Text, Jno. 10:10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Eby - Amanda B., daughter of John and Mary Reiff,
was born, reared, and died near Hagerstown, Md. She was born July
22, 1860; died March 30, 1935, after an illness of one week of
bronchial pneumonia; aged 74 y. 8 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage
to Reuben H. Eby on Nov. 3, 1881. Surviving are her husband, 4
sons, and 4 daughters (Deacon Reuben R., Theodore R., Jonas R.,
Noah R., Fannie, wife of Phares Martin; Florence, wife of Michel
Horst; Susanna, wife of Christian Horst; Elizabeth, wife of Adin
Martin); also 46 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She
was of a quiet, patient, and loving disposition, which won for
her many friends. As a young woman she united with the Reiff Mennonite
Church, and remained true to the end. Funeral services were held
from her home April 2, and at Reiff's Mennonite Church, with Brethren
Denton Martin and Moses Horst in charge. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26.
Interment in adjoining cemetery. "The Lord hath given, the
Lord hath taken; blessed by the name of the Lord."
By a Granddaughter.
Koger - Mildred Arneda Koger was born March 22, 1921; died March 22, 1935; aged 13 y. 11 m. 28 d. She was sick only a few days in which time her suffering was severe. Death was caused by erysipelas. At the age of eleven she confessed Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and united with Ebenezer Mennonite Church at South Boston, Va., where she resided. Though young in years, she ever gave a ringing testimony for her Lord. the Church and its doctrines in school, Church, and Sunday school. On her death-bed she spoke of being ready and having no fear of death. This was also evidenced by her singing of hymns, the quotation of Scripture, and admonitions. She will be missed much in the Church, community and home. She was the fourth daughter of Bro. Henry and Sister Hattie Koger. In addition to her parents she is survived by four sisters and one brother (Vivian, Margaret, Sybl, Lee and Naomi). One brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at Ebenezer Mennonite Church by her pastor, Bro. John F. Garber. Text, I Thes. 4:13, 14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Hochstedler - Amanda, wife of Victor Hochstedler, was
born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 21, 1908, to Joseph and Fannie
Slabaugh of near Middlebury. She was the first daughter
and third child in a family of 8 boys and 2 girls. At the age
of 26 y. 10 m. 26 d. she was the first of the family to be called
to the great beyond. When she was eighteen years old she united
with the Amish Mennonite Church. About four months ago she transferred
her church membership to the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church. On
March 22, 1932, she was united in marriage to Victor Hochstedler.
They have lived in Howard County since then. Her departure leaves
a mourning husband, a son (Joseph Emanuel), father, mother, and
the following brothers and sisters: Roman, Dan, Abner, William,
Albert, Joseph Jr., Mary Ann, Ervin, Freddie; besides 1 grandmother
and many other relatives and friends. Services were in charge
of J.S. Horner and Niles M. Slabaugh.
"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."
[Note: Family records have marriage date of March 23, 1932 - Thelma Hoover Martin]
Steinman - Daniel H Steinman was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 26, 1857; died Feb. 22, 1935; aged 77 y. 9 m. 27 d. He had been ailing, more or less, over a period of two years. He was received into the Wilmot A.M. Church by water baptism on June 21, 1874, in which faith he remained to the end. On Nov. 6, 1883, he was united in holy matrimony to Barbara Gascho. Eleven children were born to them - 5 sons and 6 daughters, of whom 4 sons and 2 daughters predeceased him. On Dec. 10, 1893, he was ordained to the office of deacon, and on Nov. 3, 1894, to the ministry. On July 4, 1898, he was ordained to the office of bishop, in which office he served the Wilmot A.M. congregation as long as health permitted, and also in the neighboring congregations when necessary. In his ministry as bishop, he baptized 361 persons and performed 151 marriage ceremonies. He leaves his beloved companion, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 21 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 3 sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Steinman Church near Baden on Feb. 26, by Bro. D. Lebold at the home, and by Bro. Nevin Bender of Delaware, Bro. Chris Schultz, and Bro. D. Iutzi. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Weber - Lydia Ann, widow of David S. Weber, of Neffsville,
Pa., died of pneumonia March 15, 1935, after a week's illness
at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Raymond B. Herr of Lancaster,
Pa. She had gone to visit her granddaughter and became ill while
there. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and a daughter
of the late Levi and Maria (Stillwell) Sensenig. These children
survive: Mrs. Eli Wentzel, Witmer; Mrs. Elizabeth Hershey, Lancaster;
David S., Neffsville (with whom she resided), and Mrs. Jacob Mowery,
Paradise; also 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2
sisters (Annie Sensenig of Leola and Mrs Noah H. Mack of New Holland,
Pa.). Brief services were held at the home of her son David at
Neffsville, followed by public services at the Groffdale (frame)
mennonite Church. Moses Horning, Frank Hurst, and Joseph Hostettler
took part in the Preaching services. Text, Jno. 14:1-4. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"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."
By her younger sister.
Sutter - Jacob Elton Sutter was born near Pryor, Okla.,
Jan. 11, 1925; died in Goshen, Ind., Feb 23, 1935. He is survived
by his father (Jacob Sutter) and brother Paul of near Pryor, besides
a large number of other relatives. One brother preceded him in
death, and his mother who died at the time of his birth. He had
made his home for his entire life with his aunt (Luella Kropf)
and Grandmother Kropf. The latter died about two years ago. At
the time of his death, which resulted from an injury, he and his
aunt were living with relatives near Goshen, Ind. After services
at the home, where the 90th Psalm was used as a Scripture text,
further services were held at the West Side Church of the Brethren
in Goshen. Text, Prov. 27:1; Psa. 44:8; II Sam. 12:16-24; Mark
10:13-24. His body was shipped to Pryor, Okla. At the home of
an aunt and uncle there, services were held. Text, Mark 10:13-16.
Further services at the Mennonite Church of Zion. Bro. Ben Hartzler
conducted the services. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining
cemetery beside his mother and infant brother.
"Thou are gone, our dear one,
From this world of sin and care,
To a home of joy and pleasure;
For we know that he's up there."
Martin, Susan Zeigler Martin was born on what is known as the old Zeigler homestead, near North Lima, Ohio, April 20, 1856; died on March 27, 1935, at their home in East Lewistown; aged 78 y. 11 m. 7 d. On Dec. 28, 1882, she was united in marriage with Jacob Martin. There were born to this union 7 children - Ezra, who died at the age of 10 months; Elmer of East Lewistown; Mrs. Alvin (Ada) Yoder who died May 17, 1915; Harvey, Columbiana, O.; Mrs James (Edna) Barkley, who died Dec. 14, 1923; Alpheus of Petersburg, O.; and Daniel of Columbiana, O. Soon after her marriage she with her companion united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. She was of a quiet disposition, deeply devoted to her interests in the family, home, and Church. She was in failing health for several years, but she bore her afflictions patiently and quietly and peacefully as she had lived. She was permitted, apparently without a struggle, to answer the summons and pass into her eternal reward. Besides the members of the family, she leaves 16 granchildren, 7 brothers, and 1 sister; 2 brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted in the home where the husband, Jacob Martin, was sick in bed, and at the North Lima Mennonite Church, on March 30, in charge of Brethren A.J. Steiner, E.M. Detweiler, and Paul Yoder. Text, Psa. 31:10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Miller - John Franklin, son of Jeff and Kathryn Miller,
was born in Howard Co., Ind., Mar. 6, 1898; died at his home near
Fairview, Mich., April 1, 1935; aged 37 y. 25 d. He was united
in marriage to Ella May Handrich Oct, 28, 1922, to which union
were born 3 children (Irene, Esther, and Ethel). Besides wife
and children, he leaves his mother, 5 brothers (Oliver, Chancey,
Roy, and Willis of Fairview and William of Indiana), 3 sisters
(Della of Misissippi, Fanny and Nettie of Fairview), nieces, nephews,
and many friends. His illness was very brief and his death a severe
shock to the family and friends. He was a faithful member of the
Mennonite Church since in early youth. His wish was to stay with
his family, but he said that if it was God's will he was ready
to go. He will be greatly missed by the family and in the Church
and community, but we humbly submit to the Lord's will, who doeth
all things well. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Church
conducted by Mose Steiner, Floyd Bontrager and Menno Esch. Text,
II Tim. 4:7. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Dear John, we wonder why our Lord asked you to die,
And leave us so alone this old and dreary world to roam,
When life was yet so young. It was for me, we will agree
Whose sins our Savior thought to make us see,
So now, dear Lord, help us to find
Those powers that helped John to always be so good and kind."
Sommers - Harvey Henry, son of John and Leah Ramseyer,
was born near Paris, O., Dec. 7, 1885; died at his home near
O., Mar. 27, 1935; aged 49 y. 3 m. 20 d. In 1905 he was united
in marriage to Mary A. Miller. To this union were born 5 sons
and 6 daughters. He leaves his wife, 5 daughters - Mrs. Lawrence
Schmucker of Canton, O.; Mrs. Chester Hostetler and Mrs. Alvin
G Helmuth of Louisville, O.; and Goldie and Ruby at home; also
5 sons - Ira of Louisville, O.; Ford, Willis, Kenneth, and Dean
at home; 3 grandchildren, 1 brother - J.E. Sommers of Louisville,
O.; 2 sisters - Mrs. Emma Becher and Mrs. Amos Miller of Louisville,
O., with many other relatives and friends. His parents, 3 sisters
(Amanda, Mary Ellen, and Ada), 1 daughter - Iva, and 1 grandchild
preceded him in death. At the age of 15 years he accepted Christ
as his Savior, was baptized, and united with the Beech Mennonite
Church, in which he continued faithfully, and was in active service
both as chorister and teacher. He was very much interested in
the various activities of the Church and was a regular attendant
at the services. he was always well and healthy until about a
week before his death, when he took sick with influenza. Complications
followed, which caused his death. Funeral services were held at
the Beech Mennonite Church and were in charge of the home bishop,
Bro. O.N. Johns. Text, Psa. 106:12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"The lights are out in the mansion of clay;
The curtains are drawn, for the dweller's away.
He silently slipped o'er the threshold of night,
To make his abode in the city of light."
Conrad - Daniel Conrad, son of Joseph and Catherine Kreibill Conrad, was born in Stark Co., O., Jan. 1, 1873; died at his home near Louisville, O., Mar 22, 1935; aged 62 y. 2 m. 21 d. In January, 1897, he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Sommers, who died in December of the same year. To this union was born 1 daughter - Mrs. M.O. Krabill. In 1907 he was united in marriage to Anna Knopp. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. He is survived by his wife, 4 daughters (Mrs. M.O. Krabill of Louisville, O.; Mrs. Alvin S. Helmuth of Hartville, O.; Pauline and Wilma at home), 3 sons (Arthur, Lloyd, and Richard, all at home); 3 grandchildren; 7 sisters (Mrs. Mary Meyers, Wooster, O.; Mrs. Christian Liechty, Orrville, O.; Mrs. Katherine Schmucker, Mrs. Lydia Schmucker, and Mrs. Leah Schmucker of Canton, O.; and Mrs. David Krabill and Mrs. Daniel Linder of Louisville, O.); 2 brothers (Joseph of Louisville, O., and Christian of Orrville, O.), with many other relatives and friends. Besides his first wife, his parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 son preceded him in death. At the age of 18 years he united with the Beech Mennonite Church, and continued faithfully until the end. He served as Sunday school superintendent and teacher for nearly forty years, and was a regular attendant at church, when possible. His health had been failing for the past two years (heart trouble), which caused his death. Death came very suddenly while he was at work. He was a loving husband and father. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren J.S. Gerig, Alvin Hostetler, John D. Miller, A. H. Miller, and O.N. Johns. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Harshbarger - Joseph G Harshbarger was born on Nov.
21, 1839; died in his home near Mattawana, Pa., Mar. 28, 1935;
aged 95 y. 4 m. 7 d. He was confined to his bed less than one
week, with the infirmities of old age. All his life was spent
in this place, excepting a little less than two years spent in
Kansas. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth,
to which he remained faithful. He attended services as long as
he was able to do so. In the last few years, his eyesight failed
until he was almost entirely blind. He often wished and longed
to join his loved ones gone before to that better home. He is
greatly missed as a kind and loving father and grandfather, one
who dearly loved and always was a friend of children. As long
as he was able, he was ever ready to help anyone in need during
sickness or death. He was twice married. His first wife was Barbara
Algyre who died, leaving 1 son (Christian) who grew to manhood
and died in 1888. His second wife was Jennie Watts, who preceded
him in death over 4 years ago. He leaves 10 children - Nannie,
Mattie (Mrs. John Kauffman), Ida (Mrs. Harry Miller), Caleb, Israel,
Milton, and Edith of Mattawana; Elmer of near Thompsontown, Pa.;
Beckie (Mrs. John Yoder) of Akron, N.Y.; and Howard of Ryde. All
were present at his funeral. He also leaves 51 grandchildren and
50 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon
in the Mennonite Church, conducted by Jonas Yoder of Belleville,
John Mast of Lancaster Co., and Charles Heister. The funeral was
largely attended. Interment in the Hartzler Cemetery.
"Farewell, dear father, sweet thy rest;
Weary with years, and worn with care;
Farewell, till in some happy place,
We shall behold thy face again."
Wenger - Martha Elizabeth, daughter of Amos D. and Nettie
(Rhodes) Wenger, was born Sept. 20, 1920, near Dayton, Va.; died
March 28, 1935, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital at Harrisonburg,
Va.; aged 14 y. 6 m. 8 d. Martha was sick less than two weeks.
She was taken to the hospital on March 24 and died at 3:00 A.M.
on March 28. She suffered much pain, but despite this she bore
her suffering very patiently and always had something to say for
her comrades. The doctors were puzzled as to the cause of her
death, it being caused by a number of ailments which could not
be specifically determined. She was in seemingly good health.
Her death came as a great shock to her relatives and friends.
After the doctors gave up hope of her recovery she expressed her
desire to "go home to her brother, Ruel" who preceded
her in death about 12 years ago. She was always a very obedient
child and honored her parents and elders. Hers was a cheeful,
sunshiny disposition. She often had a song upon her lips, and
her classmates at school will long remember her clear ringing
voice in song and in plasant words. She will be greatly missed
at home and at church, and among her fiends. She is survived by
her parents, 2 brothers (Paul and Fred), 3 sisters (Frances, Anna,
and Esther), her grandparents (Bishop and Sister J.D. Wenger,
and Deacon R.S. Rodes), 1 step-grandmother (Sister Margaret Heatwole
Weller Rhodes). Besides these she is survived by a number of uncles
and aunts, many cousins, and a host of friends who mourn the loss
of a loved one. Funeral services were held at Pleasant View Old
Order Mennonite church, by Harvey Horst and Emanuel Heatwole.
Interment in near-by cememtery. There she lies peaefully sleeping
by the side of her little brother who died in infancy.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a pure and snow-white breast.
All her suffering and cares are ended,
Only God know what is best."
- By a Cousin.
Greer - Lizzie, daughter of John L. and Cathrine Landis,
was born June 1, 1870, near Chambersburg, Pa. That vicinity was
her home until she was united in marriage to James Greer sixteen
years ago, when she came with him to his home at West Liberty,
Ohio. Together they each shared the other's joys and disappointments,
until Nov. 24, 1934, her life was suddenly made sad and lonely
by the death of her faithful companion. She then decided to go
to Elkhart, Ind., for a visit to her two brothers, living there,
Dr. Harvey L. Landis and Jacob C. Landis. While there she suffered
a heart collapse, and on March 27 she was stricken with apoplexy,
remaining in a semi-conscious condition until the early morning
of April 3, 1935, her life peacefully winged its way to the "Land
where there is no death," while at the home of her brother,
Dr. Harvey Landis, where she had been tenderly cared for during
her three weeks' illness. Age 64 y. 10 m. 3 d. In early life she
confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church
at Chambersburg, Pa., later transferring her membership to the
Oak Grove Congregation near West Liberty, being a faithful member
and a regular attendant. She manifested great interest in the
work of the Church. She leaves no children of her own parentage,
but a step-son, Ernest Greer, of West Liberty, O., and a step-daughter,
Mabel (Mrs. S.O. Burkholder), of Chambersburg, Pa., who will miss
her in the keeping of their parental home and the love and devotion
extended to them and their children. Besides the two brothers
of Elkhart, Ind., with whom she spent her last days, she is also
survived by one brother (Daniel Landis), of Chambersburg, Pa.,
and two sisters (Mrs. Amanda Hipple, of Ridley Park, Pa., and
Catherine Landis, of Chambersburg, Pa.).
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And then, sometime, we'll understand."
Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bros. S.E. Algyer and N.E. Troyer. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Weaver - Martin G. Weaver was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Nov. 10, 1859; died March 25, 1935, of a heart attack following
a severe illness of pleurisy and pneumonia, from which he had
apparently been recovering; aged 76 years. He was ill twelve weeks.
He was a son of the late Gideon and Susan Good Weaver, the last member of the family of five brothers and one sister. He learned his father's trade of wheelright and wagon-maker. He received his education in the public schools of East Earl Twp., and later taught school for 20 years, studying surveying and scrivering at the same time. About twenty years ago he moved to New Holland and later admitted his son into partnership with him. He was a great historian and delighted in nothing better than to be able to study genealogies and church history. He was a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church and had served as superintendent of that Sunday school for many years. Prior to his time in New Holland he was superintendent at Lichty's Sunday school for a number of years. Regarding his church he devoted himself to the collection of data which he compiled and had published in book form in 1931. The title of this volume is "The Mennonites of Lancaster Conference". He was a member of the Lancaster Co. Historical Society and of the Pennsylvania German Society. He was twice married. His first wife, Angeline Renninger, died in 1894. Later he married Elizabeth Martin, who survives, as do three children (F. Viola, wife of Harry L. Diffenbaugh; Clarence R., and Lydia G., wife of Jonathan Z. Martin), 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. During his severe illness he was often heard to say, "Which ever way the Lord sees best, is all right." After recovering so nicely and going out a little again, he remarked, "I don't know why the Lord spared me, when so many others were taken." He was always happy and had a cheery greeting for all at all times. To us his children he never seemed to grow old, but was just one with us. But the Lord saw fit to take him from us, and may we ever pray, as we promised Father two nights before his departure, that we may all meet again on the Golden Shore, where no partings are known. Just a few minutes before he passed away, and as he realized his condition, he said, "Well, the Lord is my Rock, my fortress and strength, in Him do I trust." The funeral services were conducted March 28, at the home in New Holland by Bro. Noah N. Sauder and at Weaverland to a full house of relatives and friends by Bros. John W. Weaver (Text, Psa. 91:2), I.B. Good, and John Sauder.
- A Daughter.
Transcribed by: Betty Hartzler, PA
Christophel - Paul Richard, son of Irvin I. and Anna
Mary Christopheo, near Greencastle, Pa., died at his parents'
home Jan. 27, 1935; aged 2 y. 7 m. 2 d. Funeral services were
held on Wednesday at the Macedonia Church. Burial in the adjoining
cemetery. Services in charge of Ira Weidener.
Gruber - George P. Gruber, a well known farmer, died at his home near Mt. Joy, Pa., March 26, 1935, after a year's illness; aged 57 years. He was a member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (formerly Melinda Baker), 2 sons (Phares and Clarence, at home), and the following brothers and sisters: Frank, Mrs John Brinser, Mrs. Joseph Bankus, and Claude of Elizabethtown, and Calvin of Table Grove, Ill. Funeral services were held March 30 at the home and in Mt. Joy Mennonite Church on Saturday, March 30. Burial in Henry Eberle Cemetery.
Good - Elizabeth, wife of Aaron M. Good, was born March 11, 1854; died April 12, 1935; aged 81 y. 1 m. 1 d. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 5 daughters. One daughter died in infancy. She was laid to rest in the Horning Graveyard near Bowmansville. A large concourse of people gathered to pay their last tribute of respect.
"A loving mother, so gentle and kind,
What a wonderful memory she left behind;
Long days, long nights, she bore in pain,
To wait for relief but all in vain,
Till God Himself knew what was best,
He took her home and gave her rest."
By the Children.
Snyder - Agnes Lowery, wife of David Snyder, Marietta, Pa., died in the Lancaster General Hospital March 20, 1935; aged 66 y. She was a faithful member of the Marietta Mennonite Mission, attending services whenever possible. She was much interested in the welfare of her family, possessed a cheerful disposition, and was a devoted Christian. She is greatly missed in her home, in the neighborhood, and at the Mission. We submissively bow to His will, knowing that what He does is well done. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 4 daughters, her aged father, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. Funeral services were held at the Mission March 22, in chare of Bro. Simon Garber. Interment in Bossler's Cemetery.
Shellenberger - Thelma Irene, daughter of Vernon and Grace Shellenberger, Wichita, Kans., passed away at Bethel Hosp., Newton, Kans., April 7, 1935; aged 2 y. 1 m. 6 d. Death was caused by pneumonia and complications, following measles. Our darling was a great joy in our home, but we bow in submission to an all-wise Father. She is survived by parents, 2 sisters (Elfriede and Belle Marie), 2 brothers (Elmer and Robert) and many other relatives. She joined Almon Myron (twin of Elmer Byron) who went to the glory world 9 years ago. Funeral services were held at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. King, near Hesston, Kans., April 9, by Earl Buckwalter, and at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church nearby by Milo Kauffman and A. L. Thayer. Text, Psa. 112:4. Her mother.
Steiner - Walter Winfred, only child of John P. and Sarah Lichty Steiner, was born near Drake, Sask., Aug. 22, 1908; died of myocarditis at the Regina General Hospital March 19, 1935; aged 26 y. 6 m. 26 d. On June 30, 1933, he was united in marriage to Nelda Snider of Guernsey, Sask. To them was born one daughter, Grace Lucille. At the age of 12 he united with the Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey, Sask., and was a consistent member until death. He bore his sufferings withour a murmur. He leaves his father (John P. Steiner), his wife (Nelda), and one daughter (Grace Lucille). His mother preceded him nearly three years ago. Funeral services were held at the North Star German Mennonite Church, by Edwin Bartel and Jacob Gerbrandt; and at the Sharon Mennonite Church, by Clarence Ramer and I. S. Rosenberger. Text, Jno. 11:25. Interment in Sharon Cemetery.
*Transcriber's note: No punctuation between "Hospital" and "March" in the original.
Springer - Anna, daughter of Chris H. and Barbara (Wittrig) Birky, was born near Hopedale, Ill., Aug. 13, 1880; passed away at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Ill., March 22, 1935, after an illness of several months' duration; aged 54 y. 7 m. 9 d. On Jan. 25, 1903, she was united in marriage to John A. Springer. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. Her husband, father, 2 sisters, and 1 brother preceded her in death. She is survived by five children (Raymond, Erwin, Lawrence, Ada, of Hopedale, Mrs. Edna Horsch of Fisher, Ill.), 2 grandchildren, her mother (Mrs. C. J. Birky), and the following brothers and sister: William Birky, Stanford, Ill.; Chris and John Birky, Foosland, Ill.; Louis Birky, Kouts, Ind.; Alvin Birky and Elizabeth Hieser, Fisher, Ill.; also many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite church in her youth and remained a faithful member to the end. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren, Simon Litwiller and Ben Springer. Interment in Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
*Transcriber's note: The mother is listed as Mrs. C. J. Birky in the original. Earlier in the obit her husband is listed as Chris H. Birky.
Nafziger - Sarah A. (Gautsche) Nafziger, wife of Samuel R. Nafziger (deceased), was born in Burler Co., Ohio, May 11, 1868; died at her home near Archbold, Ohio, April 1, 1935; aged 66 y. 10 m. 20 d. Her death was caused by a paralytic stroke which she suffered on March 28. Sister Nafziger accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining true to the end. She was united in marriage with Samuel R. Nafziger on Nov. 29. 1892, sharing the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 26 years. This union was blessed with two children: Minnie and Harry. She leaves her only son, 4 grandchildren, 1 brother, 4 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Her husband preceded her in death Nov. 23, 1918; her daughter, 1 grandchild, parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers also preceded her. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. chruch, conducted by E. B. Frey, assisted by S. D. Grieser. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
"Remember, friend, as you pass by,
As you now are, so once was I;
As now I am, so you shall be,
Prepare for death and follow me."
Beck - Elisabeth Freyenberger was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Jan. 11, 1863; died Jan. 19, 1935; aged 72 y. 8 d. She was married to John P. Beck Aug. 19, 1880. Five children were born to them, of whom one died in infancy. She leaves 2 sons and 2 daughters (Menno Beck of Lockport, Joseph Beck of Archbold, Christena Seiler and Fannie Miller of Wauseon, O.); also 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren (of whom one died in infancy), 5 sisters, and an aged aunt (Mary Freyenberger of Wayland, Iowa). Her husband preceded her in death Jan. 2, 1903. Sister Beck was an invalid the greater part of her life, passing through many trials and tribulations, often expressing a desire to depart and be with Christ. The final cause of death was a stroke which paralyzed her left side, causing a gradual decline for a little more than two days, when the spirit took its flight to God who gave it. Sister Beck accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a fithful member unto the end.
"My chair will now be empty,
The clothes I wore laid by;
My prayers I offered for you
May you meet me in the sky."
Bumbaugh - Anna Mary Bumbaugh was born in Pond Bank, Franklin Co., Pa., May 13, 1923; died April 7, 1935; aged 11 y. 10 m. 25 d. She had scarlet fever and pneumonia. She was in school on Wednesday, and died on Sunday while Sunday school was in session. She is survived by her parents (James G. and Viola Bumbaugh), her grandfather (Bro. Wagaman), and the following brothers and sisters: James, Paul and Minnie at home; also Mrs. Roy Rock and Mrs. David Bumbaugh of Pond Bank. There seemed to be something supernatural about her sickness and death. She sent twice for the minister to come to sing and pray for her. She gave her heart to the Lord and wished to unite with the Church. She sang and prayed so beautifully; prayed that God would forgive her sins and not let any one else get scarlet fever. It seems almost like a dream to many of us. She was always so lively and enjoyed singing so much. She is sorely missed in her home, school, and Sunday school; also in the community and in church service. There was a private funeral service at the home, and in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mont Alto, conducted by Harvey E. Shank.
"As the spring leaves were budding
That Sabbath April day,
An angel came from heaven
And took Anna Mary away."
- The Family.
Reed - Anna, daughter of Wilson and Susannah Reed, was born March 8, 1924, died April 9, 1935; aged 11 y. 1 m. 1 d. Her serious illness was of a short duration, but she started ailing in August, 1933. At times she was quite well, then again she suffered much. At first the doctors called it a light form of epilepsy, but shortly before her death they seemed to think that her seizures were caused by pressure on her brain; either by an adhesion or a tumor. she failed rapidly the last 10 days, and the 2 last nights she had 34 convulsions and the last day of her life she gained consciousness about 1 1/2 hours in the morning; then she went into convulsions again and never regained consciousness. She has left us lonely. But we bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well, for we realize that our loss is her eternal gain. She leaves father, mother, 5 brothers (George, Martin, Daniel, Aaron and Irvin), 2 sisters (Emma and Magdalena), a sister (Susie) preceded her in death 7 years ago. In addition to the family she also leaves her grandparents (Daniel G. and Annie Brubacher). Brief funeral services were held at the home, with further services at the Maple River church, in charge of Bro. Clyde X. Kauffman. Text, Luke 8:52. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Reeser - Dora (Householder) Reeser was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Feb. 6, 1861; died at her home, Eureka, Ill., April 10, 1935, after an illness of one day which developed into bronchial pneumonia; aged 74 y. 2 m. 4 d. She was married to Christian Reeser Jan. 24, 1884. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters. One daughter preceded her in death in infancy. Surviving her are her sorrowing life companion, 4 sons and 6 daughters (Debolt of Benson, Clara Heiser of Peoria, Barbara Heiser of Eureka, Katy Ackerman of Washington, Florence Kinsinger of Carlock, William of Peoria, Chris of Benson, Emma Rastetter of Eureka, Henry of Jacksonville, Anna Buck of Washington). At the death of her eldest son's wife she mothered their 4 children, 3 of whom survive. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Anna Kamp of Eureka), 2 brothers (Debolt of Eureka and Joseph of Fairburg), and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth at Washington, and remained faithful to the end. She was of a quiet, patient, and loving disposition. She never enjoyed the best of health but exercised great patience and never complained her lot in life. The funeral services were held April 13 at the home conducted by ____ Buns and ____ Esch, and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church by Ezra Yordy and Val. Strubhar.
"Dearest Mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel.
Farewell, our loved one, trials are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more."
Stutzman - Eliza, widow of Jeremiah Stutzman, and daughter of Daniel and Martha Miller, was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Sept. 16, 1857; died near Wood River, Neb., April 5, 1935; aged 77 y. 6 m. 20 d. In 1878 she was united in marriage to George Stutzman. This union was blessed with 1 daughter. In 1882 her companion was called by death in an explosion of a steam engine. In 1887 she came to Nebraska and on April 2 of the same year was again married to Jeremiah Stutzman. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. Her husband and 2 daughters (Sarah and Mattie) preceded her in death. Those who survive are Mrs. Dan Stutzman of Wood River, Neb.; Altine, Marvin and Mrs. Art Burkey of Milford; also 1 brother (Gideon Miller of Clema, Sask.). These with 15 grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives mourn her departure. She accepted Christ in her youth and became a member of the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. She with her son (Altine) had been living at their home near Milford, until only a few days ago, when she moved to the home of her daughter near Wood River. She enjoyed good health and, considering her age, was yet quite active. The last day she complained of feeling dizzy and weak. She started to go into the basement and fell. The fall was heard by her daughter Rena, who rushed to her side, only to find her breathing her last at the end of the stairs. Her death was a shock to the entire community. Funeral services by J. E. Zimmerman assisted by Ezra Roth.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Kauffman - Sara E. (Beshore) Kauffman was born Sept. 11, 1870; died at her home near Hallam, Pa., March 25, 1935; aged 64 y. 6 m. 14 d. Sister was born and lived in York Co., Pa., all her life. She united with the Stony Brook Mennonite Church, where she worshiped and served her Lord for many years. Her husband preceded her in death ten years ago. To this union were born ten children. Two sons died in infancy. The following children remain to mourn the loss of a loving mother: Chauncey, John and Charles of Hallam, Pa.; Mrs. Philip Bowman and Mrs. Harry Asper of York, Pa.; Martha, Elizabeth and Esther at home. She was a kind, loving sympathetic mother. She leaves to her children, neighbors, friends, and the church, a beautiful Christian life. A vacancy was made that only mother could fill. She passed away very suddenly. She attended the farewell meeting at Lancaster on March 23, and on Sunday she had invited Bro. Gable's to her home. While seated around the supper table we talked of the second coming of Jesus. She then quoted Luke 12:40, which was used for her text. Later in the evening she was speaking of the empty seats in church. Little did we think that mother's would be the next one vacant. She seemed in good health on Monday, and while doing some sewing for the family, she was stricken, and in a short time passed to her eternal rest. We cannot understand why mother was called away so soon, but we want to let everything in the hands of Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held March 29, conducted by Bro. Harvey Lehman at the house, and at the Stony Brook Church, by Bros Walter Galve and Harvey Lehman.
" Death has robbed us of our mother,
Whom we loved and cherished dear:
It was mother, yes, dear mother ---
Can we help but shed a tear?"
- The Family.
Ross - John S., son of David and Julia Ann Whitsel Ross, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., April 26, 1870; died of heart trouble Feb. 21, 1935; aged 64 y. 9 m. 25 d. He was sick only a few days. His death was a severe shock to his family and many friends. On Jan. 25, 1894, he was married to Anna Belle Stemen. This happy union was blessed with 12 children, all living. His companion, children, grandchildren, and many friends mourn his departure. The children are Mrs. Edith Wenger, Mrs. Lydia Vercoe, Mrs. Geneva Sheehan, Justice I., J. Sherman, all of Gulfport, Miss.; Virgil F. of Banning, Ga.; Vernon S. of Kalona, Ia.; Myron E. of Bogalousa, La.; George Willis of Toledo, O.; Ernest A. and Howard S. of Anchorage, Alaska; and Mrs Beulah Speakman of Shamokin, Pa. He is also survived by 4 brothers: George and Walter of Elida, O.; Jacob and Calvin of Lima, O.; alo a number of nieces and nephews. At the age of 15 he with his widowed mother, brothers and sisters, moved from Virginia to Allen Co., Ohio, in which community he lived for nearly 23 years. In the year 1911, he with his family, moved to La Junta, Colo., where they lived 10 years. In the spring of 1921, he with a number of brethren from Colorado and Kansas, went to Mississippi, where they founded a colony. He was a charter member of the Gulfhaven Mennonite Church. At the age of 18 years he was converted and united with the Salem Mennonite Church near Elida, O. He had a living faith in a living Christ, was a consecrated, humble follower of the lowly Nazarene. He was a devoted companion, a kind and loving father, and a good neighbor, much concerned about the welfare of others, especially those of his own household. He was much concerned about the welfare and condition of the church which he loved. The last eight years of his life he lived quite a distance from the church of his choice, so he was a regular attendant at the Baptist church, seldom being absent from Sunday school and preaching services, when it was possible to be present. His many friends testify to his exemplary Christian life, and we can truly say this world has been made better by him having lived in it. The funeral services were held on Feb. 24, from the Baptist church. Services were conducted by L. S. Yoder (text, II Cor. 4:17) and P. S. Dodge (text, I Cor. 15:19). Interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport.
"I cannot say and I will not say
That he is dead; he is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
He had wandered into an unknown land."
- By his companion.
Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio