Horning Magdalena B., daughter of the late Pre. Samuel and Rachel Good, was born at Smoketown, Pa., Feb. 25, 1870; died May 14, 1935, at the home of her daughter after six months' illness of cancer; aged 65 y. 2 m. 19 d. She was the last survivor of a family of 14 children. On Nov. 30, 1890, she was united in marriage to Benjamin G. Horning. To this union were born 7 children; 2 daughters (Lavina and Lena) preceded her in infancy. Due to ill health they gave up housekeeping and made their home with their oldest daughter and family on Mar. 12, 1935. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. She bore her suffering very patiently. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Lizzie (wife of Harry M. Fox of New Holland); Maria (wife of John E. Brubaker of Hinkletown); Paul of Voganville; Samuel of New Holland; and Anna (wife of Mahlon M. Zimmerman of Terre Hill). Also 18 grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 17 by Franklin Hurst at the home, with further services at the Weaverland Mennonite Church, conducted by John B. Weaver and Joseph Hostetter. Text, II Cor. 4:16-18; 5:1, 2. Burial in Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery.
McCann Mamie, daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth
Zimmerman, was born July 24, 1865; died at her home at
Blue Ball,, Pa., April 23, 1935; aged 697 y. 8 m. 29 d. She was
faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. She was
married to Elam Martin in 1889. She is survived by her
husband and 7 children: Rufus, Lititz, Pa.; Elizabeth (wife of
Jonathan Shirk) and Jacob, Lancaster, Pa.; Anna at home; Frances
(wife of Weaver Martin, Gap, Pa.); Elam, Leacock, Pa.; and Stella
(wife of John Nolt, Ephrata, Pa.); also 1 sister (Mrs. Amos Sauder,
Ephrata, Pa.) and 13 grandchildren. On the last day of March she
had a stroke, after which she was in a semi-conscious condition
until her death. Funeral services were held April 26, at the home
and at Weaverland Mennonite church, in charge of Bros. J.W. Weaver,
John Sauder, and I.B. Good.
"'Tis hard to part with mother, dear,
No more to see her here,
But yet we're glad if God saw best
To end her trouble and give her rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair;
May our names too be written there;
Then we again may each other meet,
And walk with her on the golden street."
Beck Samuel Beck was born near Archbold, Ohio,
Nov. 3, 1859; died at his home near Ridgeville, Ohio, May 9, 1935;
aged 75 y. 6 m. 6 d. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth
King, Mar. 30, 1882. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters.
Bro. Beck was bedfast for nearly twelve weeks, but in all this
time he bore his affliction patiently. He was a kind, loving father
a good neighbor, and was friendly to all he met. He leaves his
children (Simon and Emanuel of Grabill, Ind.; Edward of Archbold,
O.; Mrs. Sarah Schrock of Pettisville, O.; Irvwin, Mrs. D.J. Grieser
and Mrs. Wm. B. Nofziger of Wauseon, O.); 39 grandchildren, 7
great-grandchilren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives
and friends. His companion, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild
preceded him in death. Bro. Beck confessed Christ as his Savior
and united with the A.M. Church, remaining true to this faith
until death. Funeral services were held May 11 at the Central
A.M. Church near Archbold conducted by S.D. Grieser, assisted
by E.B. Frey. Text, Psa. 14:3, 4. Burial in Pettisville cemetery.
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
For that home beyond the skies;
But we long again to meet thee
In the realms of Paradise."
Detweiler Ruth Ethel, daughter of John and Bessie
Detweiler, died at the parental home in Elkhart, Ind., May 20,
1935; aged 7 y. 11 m. 26 d. Ruth was a strong and healthy child
until about six weeks before her death, when she was afflicted
with measles and then complications followed which meant weeks
of intense suffering. During all her suffering she did not complain
but bore it with unusual patience for one so young in years. A
few days before her departure she sat up in bed and talked to
those who cared for her about her birthday which would be soon,
and said how she expected to be out and playing then. But the
Lord saw different and called her home where there is continual
joy and happiness and no death, sickness, or suffering. She leaves
her parents, 3 sisters (Priscilla, Ruby, and Vivian), 1 brother
(George), her grandparents (Rudolph and Grace Detweiler and Irvin
and Priscilla Long), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral
services were held at the home and at the Prairie St. Mennonite
Church, in charge of C.A. Shank, John Gingerich, and Irvin Weaver.
Interment in Olive Cemetery.
"Jesus has taken a beautiful bud,
Out of our garden of love;
Borne it away to the city of God,
Home of the angels above."
Shisler William Frank, son of Michael and Catharine Honsberger Shisler, was born in South Cayuga, Ont., May 26, 1868; died at his home, 14 Sterling Ave., Kitchener, Ont., May 12, 1935; aged 66 y. 11 m. 14 d. He was married to Selena Werner Oct. 23, 1893. One daughter (Rheta Delena) died Oct. 23, 1922. He is survived by his wife, 3 daughters Rhea and Dora (Mrs. John Cressman), and Mildred (Mrs. Moses Bowman); 1 sister Emily of Buffalo, N.Y.; and 7 grandchildren. At the age of 16 Bro. Shisler accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Evangelical Church, South Cayuga, where he was a member until moving to Vineland, where he united with the Mennonite Church, whose fellowship he enjoyed to the close of his life. His greatest joys, as far as Christian activity is concerned, were his work in the Sunday school and his gift in song. The first funeral service was held in the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, with Brethren H. W. Stevanus and Oscar Burkholder in charge,. Text, II Tim. 4:7. The relatives and friends then accompanied the body to the Moyer Church, Vineland, Ont., where a second service was held in charge of S.F. Coffman and Oscar Burkholder. Text, Eph. 1:10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Burkholder Lydia, wife of Moses W. Burkholder
of Ephrata, Pa., was born July 7, 1873; died of complications,
March 25, 1935, at the Lancaster General Hospital; aged 61 y.9
m. 21 d. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Magdalena
Zimmerman of Weaverland, Pa. She was united in marriage
to Henry Rutt, Nov. 13, 1890. They lived together on a farm near
Weaverland Church until Feb. 10, 1894, when he died. On Jan. 27,
1898, she was married to Moses W. Burkholder. She united with
the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was faithful to the end.
She left a good example for all who knew her. There remain to
mourn her departure, her husband, 1 son (Henry Z. Rutt of Ephrata,
Pa.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Clement Martin, Goodville; Mrs. Aaron
Zimmerman, and Mrs. Jacob Horst, Blue Ball). Funeral services
were held March 29, at her home near Ephrata, Pa., and at the
Weaverland Mennonite Church. Bro. Menno Zimmerman preached at
the home, and Bro. Henry Hurst and Bro. Joseph Wenger at the church.
Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest Mother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Geil David S., son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Wenger)
Geil, was born near Dayton, Va., Nov. 25, 1862; died May 4, 1935,
at his home near Lyman, Miss.; aged 72 y. 5 m. 10 d. For years
he has been in failing health, but was confined to his bed only
the last three and one-half weeks; bearing it all very patiently,
often expressing a desire to depart and be with Christ. On Oct.
8, 1890, he was united in marriage to Clara A. Wenger. To this
union were born 7 children (Joseph Earl, Abraham Ward, David Paul,
Jacob Clarence, Annie Elizabeth, Maida Pearl, and Lewis Wenger).
Abraham Ward preceded him in death. In April, 1921, he with his
family moved to their present home near Lyman, Miss. At the age
of 32 he with his wife united with the Mennonite Church at Lindale
near Linvlle, Va. In 1904 he was ordained a deacon, in which office
he served faithfully until death. He was a kind, loving father
and husband, and was much concerned for his family. Funeral services
were held on May 5 at the Gulfhaven Mennonite Church, conducted
by Bro. L.S. Yoder assisted by Bro. Paul Hershey. He was buried
by the side of his son Ward in the church cemetery.
"Father has gone to that land of love,
Beyond the blue skies to heaven above;
Where sickness and death and trials are o'er,
Peacefully resting on yonder shore."
By the family.
Zaerr Isaish F., son of Anthony and Mary Zaerr,
was born Mar. 25, 1867, near Archfbold, O.; died at his home in
Archbold May 17, 1935; aged 68 y. 1 m. 22 d. On May 1 he became
seriously ill and gradually grew weaker until death. On Mar. 9,
1890, he was united in marriage to Sarah A. Wyse. To this union
were born 2 sons (John A. and Raymond) and 4 daughters (Pearl,
Jess, Mary, and Frieda). He leaves 1 son, 4 daughters, 13 grandchildren,
7 brothers (Joel of Mich., Hnry of Okla., Joe, Clarence, Silas,
Aaron, and Uriah of Mo.), 3 sisters (Lizzie Kinney, Tena Smallwood
of Iowa, and Amanda Lesley of Mo.), and many other relatives and
friends. His companion preceded him in death Jan. 2, 1928; also
1 son and 1 grandchild. He was married again to Magdalene Baer,
who also preceded him in death. He confessed Christ as his Savior
in his younger years, and united with the Mennonite Church in
Fulton Co., O., remaining faithful until death. During his sickness
he expressed his faith and trust in God, his willingness to depart,
and admonished his children to prepare to meet him in the heavenly
home. Funeral services were held May 21 at Central Church, near
Archbold in charge of E.B. Frey, assisted by S.D. Grieser. Text,
II Cor. 5:1. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"We have lost our loving Father,
He has bid us all adieu;
He has gone to live in heaven,
And his form is lost to view."
Boshart Peter S., eldest son of Christian and Catharine (Swartzendruber) Boshart, was born in Jefferson Co., Iowa, Aug. 22, 1863. When fourteen years of age he came to Henry County with his parents. At the age of 21 he went to Johnson County and was employed as a farm hand, working three years for the same man. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, uniting with the Sugar Creek Mennonite congregation. As he grew older his interest in spiritual things seemed to increase and he was a regular attendant at Sunday school and church services when his health permitted. He remained a faithful member of the Church until called by death. On Jan. 12, ____, he was united in marriage with Sarah Eicher. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. The first three years of his married life he lived in the Finley neighborhood, then they moved to the old Martin Eicher homestead where they lived 30 years, after which they made their home in East Wayland, where he passed away May 20, 1935; aged 71 y. 8 m. 28 d. He was an affectionate and devoted husband and father, a good neighbor, and purposed to live a consistent Christian life. He leaves his wife and all of his children, 21 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 1 sister, besides many friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church May 23, 1935, in charge of Bro. Simon Gingerich, assited by Bro. J.L. Hershberger. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Birkey Valentine A. was born near Morton, Ill.,
Aug. 12, 1957; died May 14, 1935; aged 78 y. 9 m. 2 d. On Dec.
30, 1883, he was united in marriage with Phoebe Zimmerman. They
lived on a farm near Hopedale for five years. In 1892 they moved
with their family to Champaign Co., where he resided on a farm
north of Dewey most of the time until death. In his early youth
he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the
Mennonite Church, in which faith he continued until the end. He
was bedfast for four weeks, in which time he bore his suffering
very patiently. He leaves his loving companion, 2 sons and 1 daughter.
One son, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. The
surviving children are: Andrew F. of Fisher, Ill.; John C. of
Dewey, Ill.; and Lena of Pigeon, Mich. Also Joe Springer, a nephew,
who had lived with him for a number of years; 7 grandchildren
(Elaine, Pearl, Harold, Alene, Bernice, Helen, and Lyle) with
a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted
at the East Bend Mennonite church, with Bro. J.S. Heiser of Fisher
and Bro. E.B. Yordy of Eureka in charge. Interment in East Bend
"'Tis hard to part with Father dear,
No more to see him here;
But yet we're glad if God saw best
To end his trouble and give him rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair,
May our names too be written there;
Then we again may each other meet
And walk with him the golden street."
Roth Jacob, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Christner)
Roth, was born in Henry Co., Ia., Oct. 18, 1867; died at his home
near Trenton, April 25, 1935; aged 67 y. 6 m. 7 d. On Mar. 1,
1899, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Egli and to this union
were born three children (Leola Mary, Raymond Jacob, and Barbara
Elizabeth, the latter having preceded her father in death 13 years).
He is survived by his wife (Lizzie), daughter (Leola), and son
(Raymond). He leaves 2 brothers (Joseph and Daniel of near Trenton),
4 sisters (Mrs. Susan Schlarbaum of Wayland, Mrs. Fanny Ensminger,
Mrs. Barbara Graber and Mrs. Lizzie Buck, all of Rome, Ia.), and
19 nephews and 20 nieces. In 1897 he accepted Christ as his Savior
and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church of near Wayland,
and was a faithful member until death. He lived in our midst all
his life, and was loved and respected by all with home he had
associations. He was a great lover of children and showed his
Christian character by his devoted life to the welfare of others.
In his affliction he bore his suffering very patiently, trusting
in his Savior, knowing that He doeth all things well. He will
be sadly missed in his home, Church, and community, and his life
was a living testimony of a Christian man. Funeral services were
held at the Greenmound Church, April 27, and were in charge of
Bro. Simon Gingerich, assisted by ____ Shuey and _____ Hillard.
Interment in Greenmound Cemetery.
"God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in Heaven."
Teuscher John S. Teuscher was born near Eureka,
Ill., Dec. 4, 1875; died April 30, 1935; aged 59 y. 4 m. 27 d.
His death was due to pneumonia and complications, following an
accident in which he sustained a broken back about 10 weeks ago.
He was taken to the Mercy Hospital in Champaign, Ill., where every
effort failed to save his life. He suffered a great deal during
this time, but bore it all patiently. He was fully resigned to
the will of the Lord, often expressing his desire to go to his
eternal home. On Mar. 9, 1897, he was united in marriage with
Mary Roth of Morton, Ill. To this union were born 7 children 2
of whom preceded him in death. He leaves his loving companion
and the following children: Mrs. S.M. Zehr and Daniel of Fisher,
Ill.; Freda, Clara, and Melvin at home; 2 grandchildren, 3 brothers
Jacob of Upland, Calif.; William of Pigeon, Mich.; and Henry
of Milford, Neb.; also a host of other relatives and friends.
One sister (Mrs. John Stalter of Gridley, Ill.) preceded him in
death. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior
and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful
until death. As a Christian he was much interested in the work
of the Church and Sunday school, seldom being absent. He filled
the office of church trustee for 25 years, up to the time of his
death. He will be greatly missed in the home, Church, and community.
Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church,
with Bros. A.H. Leaman of Chicago, Ill., and J.A. Heiser of Fisher,
Ill., in charge. Interment in East Bend Cemetery.
"Some morning bright we'll meet again
On heaven's happy shore;
Yes, in that land where comes no night
We'll meet to part no more."
Gehman Israel B., son of Abraham and Nancy Gehman,
was born June 22, 1873; died March 11, 1935; aged 61 y. 8 m. 19
d. His sickness, though of great severity, was of short duration.
For a number of years he had been troubled by seasonal attacks
of stomach cramp. On the evening of March 3 he thought the same
ailment was overtaking him. As the usual remedies brought no relief
a physician was called in. Ere long it was decided that an operation
would be the only means of regaining health, and he was rushed
to St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa. Our hearts were filled
with gladness over the apparent success of the operation, when
suddenly, as the passing of a shadow, the tide of recovery turned
and in a few hours his spirit took its flight. As we stood about
his cot, in helplessness beholding the work of natural death,
we were reminded of a time not quite two years ago. Then we were
grouped in another room of this same hospital to witness the passing
of mother. With hearts full of sorrow we yet rejoice to see the
spirits' glad release from these pain stricken bodies of our loved
ones. Father left behind him 5 sons and 3 daughters; Barton, Elizabeth,
Homer, Esther, Cora, Israel, Lewis, and Abel. He is also survived
by his step-mother, 1 sister, and 4 brothers. His conduct in life
was governed by the firm conviction that example is better than
precept. He was not a great talker, but a remarkable companion
to his boys and girls whom he loved so well. Funeral services
were held March 14. Brief services at the home were conducted
by Bro. Henry Lutz and at Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Bros.
Moses Gehman and Jno. M. Sauder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Some day the veil shall be lifted,
Some day the mystery plain;
Why from us these loved ones have drifted,
Why we must bear parting's pain."
Scheffel Katie (Nafziger) Scheffel, daughter of
John B. and Magdalene (Kind) Nafziger, was born in Fulton Co.,
Ohio, Oct. 13, 1859; died at her home near Pryor, Okla., May 17,
1935; aged 75 y. 7 m. 4 d. Her parents moved to Hickory Co., Mo.,
in 1869, where her mother died when Katie was 20 years of age.
She then took the responsibility of a mother, taking care of 4
brothers and 4 sisters. After her father married again, she went
to Arkansas with her sister and family, where she was married
to Anton Scheffel on Oct. 24, 1884. To this union were born 4
sons and 3 daughters: Mattie Miller of Millersburg, O.; Jacob
of Pryor, Okla.; John of Kent, O.; Lee of Meyersdale, Pa.; Chris
of Halsey, Oreg. Two daughters (Mary and Lizzie) preceded her
in death. In Dec., 1914, the family moved to Pryor, Okla., after
which they made their home with their son, Jake and family. She
united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her teens, and lived
a true and devoted Christian life to the end. It can be truly
said she did more for others than for herself. Her death was caused
by cancer, from which she suffered more than two years. She bore
her affliction and suffering patiently, never complaining. Three
days before her death she was asked about her condition, and said,
"I have nothing to complain about." Seemingly the only
worry she had was the welfare of the family and being a "care"
to the loving hands who cared for her, as her spirit was to minister
rather than to be ministered to. She leaves her bereaved husband,
4 sons, 1 daughter, 16 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers,
1 sister, and 5 half-sisters, besides a host of other relatives
and friends. One brother and 3 sisters preceded her in death.
The text at the home was Job 14, with further services held at
the Zion Church, May 21, in charge of I.J. Hartzler, B.F. Hartzler,
and I.G. Hartzler. Texts, Psa. 91; II Tim. 4:7,8; Zech. 1:5. Burial
at Fairview Cemetery, Pryor, Okla.
"We thank God for such a mother,
And the prayers for us you've prayed;
Great and blessed we shall call you-
May your precepts be obeyed."
-By the Family.
Family researcher note: A slight correction in: Obituary: Gospel
Herald, 6/6/1935. According to Fulton Co., Ohio records, Katie
Nafziger Scheffel's mother was Magdalena "King"...instead
Brenneman Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of the late
Bishop J.N. and Melissa Jane (Steele) Durr, was born April
9, 1879; died May 21, 1935, at her home near Elida, Ohio; aged
56 y. 1 m. 12 d. On Monday evening, May 20, about 7:00 o'clock,
while starting a fire in a stove, her clothing accidentally caught
fire, and she was so badly burned that she lived only eight hours.
Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained
a faithful member until death. On Dec. 24, 1899, she was united
in marriage to Andrew Brenneman who survives her. To this union
were born 6 children: John D. of Detroit, Mich.; Paul E. of Plainview,
Texas; Timothy H. of Elida, O.; Mary Esther of La Junta, Colo.;
Ruth Elizabeth and Moses S. at home; also 3 dear grandchildren
(Patricia Ann, Richard, and Donald Brenneman) and 5 sisters: Mrs.
Ed Miller, Inwood, W.Va.; Mrs. L. Henry Ramer, Duchess, Alta.;
Mrs. N.E. Miller, Springs, Pa.; Mrs. Uriel Zook, Allensville,
Pa.; Mrs. Isaac Metzler, Accident, Md. She was a great help to
her husband in his ministerial duties, passing away on the 30th
anniversary of his ordination. She was a very affectionate wife
and mother, much concerned and interested in her family, many
times making real sacrifices in order to give to them and others.
As a neighbor she was always kind and ready to help those in need.
She was intensely interest in the Summer Bible School which is
to be held in the near future, and did her part to help solicit
pupils for it. The day preceding the accident she attended the
communion service when Bro. S.E. Allgyer brought an impressive
message from the text, "It is finished." On Sunday evening
she attended her last service when Bro. M.C. Lehman brought a
touching message from Gen. 5:24. "Enoch walked with God and
he was not, for God took him." After the service she remarked,
"That surely was a good sermon." Such was the beautiful
close of a useful life. Funeral services were held at the Central
Church in Elida, and also in the Methodist church across the street.
The two churches were connected by use of a megaphone, and both
were filled. Services were in charge of S.E. Allgyer of West Liberty,
assisted by M. L. Troyer and M.C. 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?"
Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Penna.
Ober Ida Ober, wife of Bro. Jacob Ober, died March 23, 1935, at the age of 61 y. 11 m. 3 d. She leaves husband and ten children and a number of grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, worshiping at Krall's Church, near Cornwall, Pa. Funeral services were conducted from her late home of Bro. Martin Weaver, and at Hernley's Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Risser and Joseph Boll Jr. on March 27, 1935. Text, II Tim. L4:6-8. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Zook John G. Zook, son of Jacob and Sarah Zook, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Aug. 22, 1968; died May 14, 1935; aged 66 y. 9 m. 2 d. He is survived by 4 sons and 4 daughters: Edward F., John Lewis, Albert W., and Jonathan E.; Fannie Zook, Mrs. Florence Campbell, Mrs. Mannie Black, and Gladys Zook; 15 grandchildren; 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Criss, Enoch, Wallace Zook, and Mrs. Martha Kurtz and Mrs. Fannie Byler of Thomas, Okla.). He was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, and for the last year he had been making his home with his son, John Lewis. Funeral services were held in the home of his son by E. F. Hartzler of Marshallville, Ohio, and in the Maple Grove Church, of which he was a member, by E. F. Hartzler, assisted by J. H. Lantz. Interment in the Amish Cemetery.
Detweiler Virgil Wayne, youngest son of Oren and
Nettie Detweiler, died May 19, 1935; aged 10 m. 20 d. He leaves
father, mother, two brothers (Mervin and John Mark), two sisters
(Mary and Lucille), two grandmothers, and a large number of other
relatives and friends. One sister preceded him in infancy. Virgil,
though being a little more frail than some children, was a friendly
and lovable baby and had endeared himself to the hearts of many.
It is hard to part with him, but we humbly box to God's well,
knowing He doeth all things well. Funeral services were held at
the Fairview, Mich., Mennonite Church on May 21, in charge of
the home ministers, Bro. Menno Esch and Bro. M. S. Steiner. Text,
Job 1:21, latter clause.
"Only a blossom, too frail to stay,
God in His wisdom hath taken away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to bloom with the angels in heaven above."
Miller Robert George, son of George W. and Elsie
Diffenbaugh Miller, was born June 10, 1933, at Ronks; died in
the Lancaster General Hospital, May 22, 1935. He was sick 11 days.
Death was caused by a mastoid. His stay on earth was short, but
long enough to endear him to those who cared for him. He was the
only child. He leaves his paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs.
Ezra Miller), maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Diffenbaugh),
maternal great-grandmother (Mrs. Elizabeth Weaver), five aunts,
six uncles, many relatives and friends. His great-grandfather
preceded him in death two months ago. Funeral services were conducted
May 25 at the Reformed Mennonite Church at Longnecker's, in charge
of Henry Fisher. Text, Luke 16:18. Interment in the adjoining
"The little crib in empty now,
His clothes are all laid by;
He is not dead but sleeping,
And dear Bobby is at rest."
Barkley Martha, daughter of Christian dn Elizabeth Stuckey, was born in Ohio May 17, 1855; died at the Samaritan Home near New Holland, Pa., May 16, 1935; aged 79 y. 11 m. 29 d. Aug. 26, 1877, she was married to George Barkley, who preceded her in death June 23, 1930. They had one son (Edward), who died in Scottdale some years ago. Sister Barkley united with the Scottdale Mennonite Church in March, 1899, when she and her husband moved here from Ohio. Later they returned to Ohio, and from there they moved to South Boston, Va. In 1912 they returned to the region of Scottdale where Bro. Barkley died. Soon after his death Sister Barkley went to the Samaritan Home near New Holland, Pa.,, where she spent the remainder of her life. She is survived by one sister and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held May 17 by Bro. Martin Hershey (Text, Rev. 7:9-14), after which the body was shipped to Scottdale for burial, where further services were conducted by the home ministers. Burial in Alverton Cemetery.
Rhodenizer Alice V. Rhodenizer was born Feb. 23, 1853; died at the Mennonite Old People's Home, Maugansville, Md., May 18, 1935; aged 82 y. 2 m. 25 d. She was a native of Williamsport, Md. After spending a year at the hospital in Hagerstown, suffering with a broken hip, from which she never recovered, she was removed to the Home Feb. 10, 1932, to be cared for as an invalid. In addition to the helpless condition of her body, due to the broken member, she was also blind, but she bore her double affliction patiently. She had been a member of the Methodist Church, but after having spent three years at the Home she expressed her desire to become a member of the Mennonite Church and on Jan. 23 of this year she was received as a member of the Reiff congregation. She was the last member of her family but is survived by one daughter (Nellie). The funeral was held at the Leaf Funeral Home in Williamsport on May 20, conducted by Brethren Denton T. Martin and Moses K. Horst. The body was laid to rest in River View Cemetery at Williamsport.
Metz Thelma Catherine Metz, Vida Lorraine Metz, and Mary Esther Metz, three sisters, were drowned Saturday, May 11, 1935, at 1:30 P.M. They were daughters of Bro. and Sister George Dewey Metz of 113 West Bigger St., Hutchinson, Kans. Thelma Catherine was born Aug. 19, 1927, at Nickerson, Kans.; aged 7 y. 8 m. 22 d. Vida Lorraine was born May 25, 1929, at Nickerson, Kans.; aged 5 y. 11 m. 17 d. Mary Esther was born July 8, 1831, at Hutchinson, Kans.; aged 3 y. 10 m. 3 d. They are survived by their parents, a baby brother (Gerald D.), their grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Black of Partridge, Kans., and Mrs. Mrs. S.L. Metz of Woodard, Okla.), and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. The funeral was conducted at the Johnson Funeral Parlor by Bro. J. G. Hartzler, and at the Yoder Mennonite Church by Bros. L.O. King and H.A. Diener. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Gone But Not Forgotten"
"Dear babies, they have left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
- By loving parents.
Bachman Mary, beloved wife of John Bachman, died
at the Eureka Hospital Monday, April 22, 1935; aged 45 y. 7 d.
On Wednesday, April 17, she underwent an operation which seemed
successful until on the following Monday when she rapidly changed
for the great transition. She was the daughter of Christian and
Elizabeth Bachman, who preceded her to the glory world.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth and remained
faithful to the end. She was united in marriage to John Bachman
Sept. 12, 1915. To this union were born one daughter (Eileen)
and four sons (Richard, Allan, John Jr., and Paul). She leaves
her immediate family; one sister (Phoebe), two brothers (Joel
and Solomon), and a host of relatives and friends who will sadly
miss her loyal devotion to all with whom she came in contact.
Funeral services in charge of H.R. Schertz and Ezra Yordy.
"Our Mother's a beautiful spirit and her home is the holy Evangel's,
There she has neither sorrow nor trials, and treads not the path of the weary,
And over the sea of eternity, bridged by the hands of angels,
She passed with the torch of prayer, to the opposite shore in safety,
When crowned with garlands of love, she mounted the steps of the city."
Martin Jacob Martin was born April 25, 1858, near Millersburg, Ohio; died May 17, 1935, at the home of his son, Harvey, following a twelve weeks' illness; aged 77 y. 23 d. On Dec. 28, 1882, he was united in marriage to Susan Zeigler, near Poland, Ohio. There were born to this union five sons and two daughters; namely Elmer, of North Lima, Ohio; Harvey, of Columbiana, Ohio; Alpheus, of New Middletown, Ohio; Daniel, of Columbiana, Ohio; Mrs. Ada Yoder (who died May 17, 1935); Mrs. Edna Barkley (who died Dec. 14, 1923); and Ezra (who died at the age of 10 months). Two sisters (Mrs. Mary Metzler of Orrville, Ohio, and Mrs. Howard Clark of Columbiana, Ohio), and a brother (John Martin of Columbiana, Ohio), also survive. Four sisters and one brother preceded him in death. A few years after his marriage, he with his companion united with the Mennonite Church and remained an active and faithful member until death. He ably served his church for many years as trustee, taught various classes in Sunday school, led the singing, and in a general way lived a useful life for the cause of Christ and the community. Funeral services were held May 20 at the home of his son, Harvey, and at the North Lima Mennonite Church by A.J. Steiner, E.M. Detweiler and Paul Yoder. Text, Psa. 90:12.
Byler Nannie May, daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth Spiker Kaufman, was born Sept. 29, 1889; died in the Jameson Memorial Hospital, New Castle, Pa., after a long illness; aged 45 y. 7 m. 18 d. On Jan. 4, 1911, she was united in marriage with Harry Byler, who survives her, with the following children: Arthur of New Castle, Ruth and Katherine at home; also one granddaughter (Dolores June Byler), her father (Solomon Kaufman), and the following brothers and sisters: Charles of Wooster, Ohio; Frank of New Wilmington, Mike and Roy of Neshannock Twp., Mary of Neshannock Twp., and Mrs. Harvey Zook of New Wilmington; also many other relatives and friends. She united with the Maple Grove Church in her youth, remaining faithful to her Lord and Master to the end. She was of a quiet and patient disposition, which won her many friends. Throughout her many weary trials and long illness, she was never heard to complain, always having a smile and a kind word for everyone. She was much concerned for the welfare of her children. During her long illness she was always glad to see anyone come to visit her, many times desiring the Word of the Lord read and prayer to be made for her. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, . . . their works do follow them." The funeral services were conducted at the Maple Grove church, near New Wilmington, Pa., in charge of Brethren E.F. Hartzler, E.J. Zook. Text, Amos 4:12.
Miller Clarence Paul, son of Emanuel and Mary
(Bender) Miller, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 23, 1909;
died in the Goshen Hospital Feb. 5, 1935; aged 25 y. 2 m. 12 d.
Death was due to the effects of a diseased tooth, which however
had been drawn about four days before. Following the removal of
the tooth, a swelling at once developed which affected his breathing,
and it was to relieve this condition that an operation was attempted
about an hour after he was admitted to the hospital. He died under
the administration of ether. He had been able to walk about and
converse with two of his brothers, who accompanied him to the
hospital. About 5 years ago he united with the Conservative A.M.
Church of which he remained a faithful member until death. He
is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Naomi (wife
of John Riegsecker); Ida May (wife of Levi Schrock); Lydia Ann
(wife of Joseph Slabaugh); Elmer, Daniel, Melvin (with whom he
had his home), and Alvin; his stepmother (Mrs. Tobias L. Miller),
all of Elkhart, Ind. Father, mother, one brother and one sister
preceded him in death. He was the youngest of the family and unmarried.
He will be missed by the family circle and by his many friends.
This departure, because of the suddenness and unexpectedness of
the brother's death, is a loud call to all. Funeral services were
held Feb. 8 at the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, conducted by
Manasses R. Miller, S.T. Eash, and D.J. Johns. Texts, Job 14:1,
2 and Ecel. 12:1, 2.
"Call not back the dear departed,
Anchored safe where storms are o'er;
On the border land we left him,
Soon to meet and part no more."
Landis Anna (Rosenberger) Landis was born in Bucks
Co., Pa., Sept. 19, 1882; died at her home near New Galena, Pa.,
May 2, 1935; aged 52 y. 7 m. 13 d. Death was due to a ten days'
illness of pneumonia. At the early age of 16 she accepted Christ
as her personal Savior, and was baptized as a member of the Blooming
Glen Mennonite Church. On Jan. 6, 1906, she was united in marriage
to Samuel O. Landis. Soon after this she transferred her membership
to the Doylestown Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death.
To this union were born 3 sons and a daughter. Those remaining
to mourn her departure are her bereaved husband and the following
children: Paul of New Galena, Pa.; Norman R. and Mary R., both
at home; and 2 grandchildren. One son (Raymond) preceded her in
death about 5 years ago. She was a devoted mother and wife and
will be sadly missed in the home. She will also be missed in the
Church as her seat was seldom vacant when health permitted her
to be there. During the past winter she was a member of the Bible
study at her home church, in which she was very much interested,
and received much enjoyment from the same. Funeral services were
held on May 7 by the home pastors, Bro. A.O. Histand conducted
services at the home, followed by services at the Doylestown Mennonite
Church conducted by Bro. John Leatherman. Text, Psa. 39:4-7
some of her favorite verses which we found underscored in her
Bible. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The lights are out in this mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
She silently slipped o'er the threshold at night,
To make her abode in the city of light."
Meyer Mary, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine
(Krabill) Conrad, was born Aug. 26, 1857, in Stark Co.,
Ohio; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Lerch, on May
21, 1935; aged 77 y. 8 m. 25 d. On March 2, 1883, she was united
in marriage to Jacob G. Meyer. This union was severed by the death
of her husband five years ago, after forty-seven years of companionship.
This home was blessed with five daughters and four sons: Mrs.
Emmet Yoder, B.C. Meyer, Mrs. N.W. Schrock, J.C. Meyer, Mary Jane
Meyer, Elmer J. Meyer, E.A. Meyer, Mrs. J.W. Lerch, Mrs. U.M.
Wenger. Besides these there are three step-children who could
truly call her mother: D.F. Meyer, Mrs. D.S. Schrock, and Mrs.
C.B. Fetzer. Considering this large family and the age in which
she lived, her patience and Christian fortitude were outstanding
traits of character worthy of imitation. She leaves six sisters,
two brothers, thirty-nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren
and a host of relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were
her husband, four grandchildren, four brothers, and one sister.
She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained
a faithful and devoted member throughout life. She participated
in the communion service at the Oak Grove Church, May 12, 1935.
Funeral services were held May 24, at the Oak Grove Church conducted
by J.S. Gerig and J.N. Smucker. All the children and all the remaining
brothers and sisters were present at the service. Burial in the
Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
"Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare's past;
The battle's fought, the race is won,
And thou are crowned at last."
Yoder Elmer Lester, second son of David B. and Sarah Yoder, was born April 4, 1885, near West Liberty, Ohio; died at home May 9, 1935; aged 50 y. 1 m. 5 d. On Dec. 26, 1909, he was united in marriage to Maude E. Allgyer. To this happy union was born a son, who with the mother preceded him in death. He was again made happy when on Dec. 3, 1915, he was united in marriage to Bertha Yoder. To this union were born two sons and two daughters: Willis, Winfred, Kathryn and Pauline. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the South Union Mennonite Church, in which faith he departed. He, with his family, was a regular church attendant whenever health permitted. More than eleven years ago, just at a time when father was most needed, he suffered a complete break-down in health and was forced to leave the farm, the occupation which he so much loved. During all these years he never was heard to complain, not even to his own family. His patient suffering and his quiet disposition won for him a large circle of friends. He was an obedient son, a faithful brother, and a good father, intensely interested in the welfare of his family. Even though unable to work, his presence and wise counsel meant so much. Besides his immediate family he leaves his father, mother, two brothers (Earl M. and B. Leonard), six sisters (Mrs. C.S. Smucker, Mrs. Elmer Smucker, Mrs. S.C. Plank, Mrs. E.J. lNeer, Mrs. John D Hooley, and Mrs. U.K. Hostetler), all of West Liberty. In his passing two family circles are broken, but we would not call him back; rather, we bow in humble submission to our kind heavenly Father who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held at South Union Church in charge of Bro. N.E. Troyer and Marion Y. King. Burial in South Union Cemetery.
Stutzman Sanford, son of Christian and Mattie
Stutzman, was born May 26, 1867, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died in
his home near Beaver Crossing, Neb., May 14, 1935; aged 67 y.
11 m. 18 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and
joined the Mennonite Church, where he lent his efforts in advancing
the cause of the Kingdom. For the last 24 years he was a member
of the West Fairview congregation. His greatest concern was for
the spiritual welfare of his children and their families. A little
more than a year ago he was afflicted with arterial sclerosis.
From that time on had been ailing more and more. On Tuesday afternoon
while talking with his son Lester and daughter Ida, he peacefully
fell asleep, sitting in his chair. On Feb 14, 1892, he was united
in marriage with Elizabeth Kuhns. They lived together until separated
by his death. To this union were born 8 children, 2 preceding
him in death (Amanda and Mattie). There remains his loving wife,
who at the present time and also at the time of his death was
ill in a hospital in Lincoln, Neb., recovering from an operation
for gall stones. There also remain, 4 daughters (Mrs. Wm. Burkey
of Milford; Mrs. Cassie Schweitzer, Mrs. Art Roth, and Mrs. Homer
Miller of Beaver Crossing); 2 sons (Bert and Lester of Beaver
Crossing). He also leaves 1 sister, the last of a family of 12
remaining; 24 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and many other
relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the West
Fairview Church and at the home. Ezra Roth, J.E. Zimmerman, and
Wm. R. Eicher were in charge. Texts, Jno. 14:1-11; Psa. 17:15;
Rev. 7:15. Interment in cemetery adjoing church.
"Softy and peacefully father passed away
From earth to heaven, to make his stay;
Long and patiently he awaited his call,
Now in heaven he is waiting for us all."
Frey Menno L., son of Levi L. and Barbara (Mishler) Frey, was born Mar. 20, 1871, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died Feb. 4 1935, at his home in Miami Co., Ind.; aged 63 y. 10 m. 4 d. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, two daughters (Pearl Osborne and Katie Troyer), two sons (Owen and Lewis), three brothers (Ben L. of Miami Co., Alvin and Ammon of La Grange Co.), eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friend. Those who preceded him into the spirit world are his father and mother, his first wife (Fannie Stineman Frey), one son (Millard), three sisters (Amanda Mast, Katie Hershberger and Susie Schrock), five brothers (Peter, John, William Noah and Levi). When he was six years of age, his family moved from Ohio to La Grange Co., Ind. Several years later they moved to Kansas. It was there that his mother died. When he was about eleven years of age, he returned to Indiana, along with other members of his family. His father returned to Ohio soon after to live with Amanda Mast, his daughter. From that time on until young manhood he made his home at various places. He was united in marriage to Fannie Stineman Dec. 20, 1890. At that time they moved on the farm that has been his home up to the date of his death. His wife died on Jan. 21, 1922. It was soon after this marriage that he became a member of the Mennonite Church, which he attended regularly till his death. He took an especial interest in Church activities in his later years and never missed a service when it was at all possible to attend. On Nov. 22, 1924, he was united in marriage to Lizzie (Yoder) Hostetler. He lived an active life until April of 1934, when he had his first stroke of apoplexy. At times he seemed to be conquering the effects of the first stroke, when he suddenly had another stroke on Friday night, Feb. 1. Bronchial pneumonia set in, which proved to be the immediate cause of his death. He put up a gallant fight until the very last. In his later years, he took great interest in his home. Visitors were always welcome in his home. The family have lost a good father and husband, and they will cherish many fond memories of him to the end of their days.
Huber Jacob G. Huber was born June 20, 1881; died
May 13, 1935, at his home near Bareville, Pa.; aged 53 y. 10 m.
23 d. He was the son of the late Jacob and Amanda (Groff) Huber.
His first marriage was to Alice Kurtz. To this union was born
one daughter. Wife and daughter preceded him in death. His second
marriage was to Bertha Good. To this union were born nine children;
three died in infancy. He leaves his companion, 3 daughters, and
3 sons: Myrtle, Stella, Milton, and Bertha, at home; Lloyd, of
Lancaster, Pa., and Henry, of Intercourse, Pa. Also three grandchildren,
one brother Milton Huber of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; two sisters, Emma
(wife of Henry Bechtel), Spring City, Pa., and Mrs. Fannie Elliot,
Lancaster, Pa.; and his father-in-law and step-mother. He was
a member of the Mennonite Church, and attended services regularly
when health permitted. He was present at Sunday school the day
before his departure. He had the pleasure of seeing all his children
unite with the Church in their youth, and his admonition was to
remain true and faithful. He was afflicted with heart trouble
for more than a year. Although he felt his weakness, he went about
his duties, and on Monday morning, while seated in the team, ready
to leave home, the messenger came very suddenly. We miss his presence
everywhere, and his cheerful tone as he went about his duties.
Among his last songs were the ones selected for the funeral. He
had planned his burial, and selected his ministers. God's ways
are not our ways, but we submit to His will, for God knows what
is best. Services were held at the home on May 16, by Bro. Elmer
Martin and at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bro. David
Landis and Bro. Frank Kreider. Text, Luke 12:40. Interment in
"The lights have gone out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
He silently passed o'er the threshold at dawn,
To await the resurrection morn."
Mumaw Levi, son of Amos and Catherine (Shaum) Mumaw, was born near Winesburg, Ohio, Nov. 16, 1879; died of acute Bright's disease at Scottdale, Pa., June 4, 1935; aged 55 y. 6 m. 18 d. When but a child he moved with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., and after sixteen years' residence there the family returned to Ohio, settling in Wayne County. He settled down in business in Orrville, where he remained until 1909, when he with his wife and son moved to Freeport, Ill. He was converted at the age of sixteen, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained an active member until his death. June 9, 1903, he was united in marriage with Fannie E., daughter of Bishop J.S. Shoemaker. To this union were born two children, one having died in infancy, and a son (Russell) preceded his father in 1927. His wife died in 1921. Two years later he was married to Alice Hershey of Manheim, Pa., who survives him. He is also survived by his mother, six brothers (George, Amos, Harry, Adam, Daniel, and John), two sisters (Martha and Anna), and many other relatives and friends. In 1910 he was called to Scottdale, Pa., to take the position of Treasurer of the Mennonite Publishing House, to which duties later were added the duties of Secretary, he having been Secretary-Treasurer of the House for many years. He also had a similar position in his home congregation. For the past eight years he has been Vice President of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, and has for many years served as Secretary of the Mennonite Relief Committee, as well as on a number of other important committees. In all these positions he performed his duties faithfully and efficiently, and his passing is regarded as a distinct loss. But we are looking to Him who knows all things and orders all things for the best, and praying that all these places left vacant may be filled by capable, loyal workers. May the God of all grace comfort the members of the bereaved family. Funeral services were held June 5 at the Scottdale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. A.D. Wenger, O.N. Johns, and several of the home ministers. On Thursday, June 6, the remains were taken to Orrville, Ohio, the home of most of the family, where further services were held on Friday forenoon, June 7. Bro. I.W. Royer, assisted by Brethren C.A. Yoder and S.M. Kanagy, conducted the services in the family home, while at Martins Church services were conducted by I.W. Royer assisted by D.D. Miller, J.A. Ressler, M.C. Cressman, C.L. Graber, and I.J. Buchwalter. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Penna.
Musser. - Laura Peoria, wife of the late Jacob B. Musser, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Feb. 9 1866; died of complication of diseases at Saint Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., May 17, 1935; aged 69 y. 3 m. 5 d. She is survived by the following children: Shelley Musser of New Holland, Pa., and Verna E. Martin of Ephrata, Pa., also 1 brother (Eraspes P. Shelley of Thompsontown, Pa.), 1 sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Heckman of Oakland Mills, Pa.), and 12 grandchildren. She was a member of the Groffdale, Pa., Mennonite Church. Brief services were held at the home of her son conducted by Bro. N. N. Sauder, with further services at the New Holland Mennonite Church by Bros. Eli Sauder, Benjamin Wenger, and Mahlon Witmer. Burial in New Holland Mennonite Cemetery.
Braspot. - Frank Braspot was born in Holland, Oct. 31, 1879; died at the home of his friend, Mr. Brent, near East Lynne, Mo., June 1, 1935; aged 55 y. 7 m. 1 d. He came from Holland in his youth. For some years he resided in Montana and later moved with Mr. Brent to Cass Co., Mo., about twenty years ago. He was never married. He was baptized on the confession of his faith and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church of East Lynne, Mo. His mother and father died in 1905. He leaves to mourn his departure his only sister, Mrs. T. E. G. Timmerman Braspot, Weltevraden, Java, East India. He had no other living relatives known to him and none were present at the funeral. Funeral services were conducted by the M. E. Church, East Lynne, Mo., by G. Hartzler, assisted by Pastor Bay. Text I Thess. 4:13-18.
Kauffman. - Arthur Lyle Kauffman was born near Kalona, Ia., March 8, 1903, the son of Ben J. and Barbara (Miller) Kauffman; died Sunday evening, June 2, 1935, at his home, 807 Emerson St., Goshen, Ind. He had been ill for seven months with a heart ailment and dropsy. He was married on Oct. 8, 1928, to Zoe Baker Gotham. Surviving are his wife, a son - Arthur Lyle, Jr., a foster daughter - Mary Kathryn Gotham, his father, mother, and two brothers - Rollin and Paul of Goshen, and two sisters - Emily (Mrs. Dana Christner) of Lagrange, Ind., and Dorothy (a student nurse at Iowa City, Ia.). He was baptized when a young man at the East Union Mennonite church, near Kalona, Ia. Later he transferred his membership to the Goshen College Mennonite Church. Arthur was of a sweet, quiet disposition, never uttering a word of compliant during his long and painful illness. He was loved by all who knew him. Funeral services were held in Goshen, Ind., Tuesday, June 4, with burial in the Violette Cemetery.
Habig. - Philip Habig was born Jan. 13, 1886; died May 26, 1935; aged 49 y. 3 m. 26 d. On Dec. 22, 1909, he was married to Helen Pawlisch. To this union were born 2 boys and 2 girls: Raymond Oscar, Bernard James, Hazel Leona, and Dorothy Mae. His father predeceased him ten years ago. Surviving are his beloved companion, 4 children, his mother (Pauline Habig), 1 brother (Hubert), 2 sisters (Emma Culp and Clara Green), and 1 grandchild (Marylin Patricia). He was a faithful and active member of the Mennonite Mission congregation at Fort Wayne, Ind., where his seat was seldom vacant as long as health permitted. He was of a kind and quiet disposition, always having a kind word for every one. Funeral services were conducted on May 29 by Bro. Newton S. Weber, assisted by Bro. Frank Martin. Text, Isa. 43:7, second clause. The large attendance at the funeral was an evidence of the esteem in which he was held. "Now in heaven he is rejoicing With the ones who've gone before, And some day we hope to meet them On the peaceful, golden shore."--- By his family.
Spenler. - Peter Spenler was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 22, 1857; died at his home near Poole, Ont., June 8, 1935; aged 78 y. 1 m. 16 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth. He was married to Elisabeth Steinman, Mar. 18, 1879, who preceded him in death 5 years ago. He leaves to mourn his departure 2 sons and 8 daughters (Christian, Woodriver, Nebr.; Katie, widow of Jacob Bast, Wellesley, Ont.; Mary, wife of Geo. Poole, Poole, Ont.; Lizzie, wife of Norman Beachy, Meyersdale, Pa.; Fannie, wife of Daniel Yutzi, Milverton, Ont.; Peter, of Poole, Ont.; Barbara, wife of Samuel Beachy, Salisbury, Pa.; Leah, wife of Rudolph Beller, Grabill, Ind.; Lydia and Bena at home). Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death. 37 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Christ Bender, survive. He was ordained to the ministry nearly 44 years ago. He has been failing in health for nearly a year with complication of diseases and old age, which he bore patiently. He was confined to his bed less than 4 weeks. Funeral was held June 11, 1935, in the Mornington A. M. church by John Albright and Jacob Lichty. Texts, II Cor. 5:1-10 and Jno. 5:20-29. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder. - Jonas D., son of David and Mary (Summy) Yoder, was born near Meyersdale, Pa., Nov. 25, 1868; died at his home at Springs, Pa., April 22; aged 67 y. 4 m. 22 d. He was one of a family of 13 children who grew to maturity, of whom the following brothers and sisters survive: Mrs. Barbara Bender; Annie (Mrs. R. J. Engle), and Jacob, all of near Meyersdale, Pa., and a half brother (John D.) of near Springs, Pa. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church since his youth. On Dec. 10, 1893, he was married to Sarah Hershberger, who passed away twelve years ago. To this union were born 3 children: George E. of Springs; Elizabeth (Mrs. Ira J. Stevanus) of Los Angeles, Calif.; and 1 son who died in infancy. He is survived also by 4 grandsons, another grandson having passed away two years ago. Funeral services were held April 25, at 10:00 A. M. in the Springs Mennonite meeting house, conducted by Pre. Jonas B. Miller of the Amish Mennonite Church, assisted by Pre. Guy Wampler of the Church of the Brethern. A brief service was held at the late home, in charge of Bro. Shem Peachey, also of the Amish Mennonite Church. Burial in the church cemetery near by. "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept." "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." (Col. 3:1).
Jantzi. - Sister Christina (Miller) Jantzi was born in Petersburg, Ont., June 8, 1858; died May 9, 1935 of a lingering heart disease, at the home of her daughter in Baden; aged 76 y. 11 m. 1 d. In October, 1877, she was united in marriage to Rudy B. Jantzi. To this union were born 5 children. She leaves her beloved aged companion, 1 daughter (Mrs. Noah G. Steinman), 4 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, and 9 great-grandchildren. Two sons (Michael and Rudy), 2 daughters (Mrs. Peter Nafziger, and one who died in infancy), 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren preceded her in death. Also surviving are 4 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of other relatives and friends. In her youth she joined the Wilmot Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. She was a kind, loving, and faithful companion, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was very much devoted to her grandchildren for whom her willing hands were always busy as long as health permitted. Funeral services were conducted at the Upper Street Amish Mennonite Church by Bros. Dan S. Jutzi and Christ Schultz. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. "As we loved her so we miss her; in our memory she is dear; Loved, remembered, thought of always, bring many a silent tear. Your loving smile and kindly ways are pleasant to recall; You always has a cheerful word, and were dearly loved by all." --- By her granddaughter.
Kauffman. - Mary Thelma (Nickerson) Kauffman was born
in Portland, Oreg., on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1911; died in
the hospital in Woodburn, Oreg., April 26, 1935; aged 24 y. 10
d. On May 18, 1934, she was united in marriage to Vernon L. Kauffman.
They made their home near Hubbard, Oreg., where they lived at
the time of her death. In the spring of 1925 she was received
by baptism into church fellowship at the Mennonite Gospel Mission
in Portland where she was a faithful member until her death, although
she with her husband since her marriage has worshiped and served
with the Hopewell congregation near Hubbard. Following her conversion
she served faithfully as a teacher in the Sunday school and was
active in children's Church work. She endeared herself to those
who knew her by her quiet, unassuming nature and rewarded those
who gained her confidence by a deep and lasting friendship untainted
by sham or pretence. She leaves a sorrowing husband, an infant
son (Vernon Livingstone), father, mother, 3 sisters (Ethel - Mrs.
Albert E. Snyder, Winona, and Sarah Nickerson), 2 step-sisters
and a step-brother (Leetha, Buell, and Arthur Martin), her grandparents
(Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Busbee), 1 niece (Phyllis Snyder), and a host
of friends who mourn her sudden departure. Funeral services were
held April 30, at the Hopewell Mennonite Church in charge of Bro.
H. A. Wolfer assisted by Bro. N. A. Lind and Bro. F. J. Gingerich.
Bro. Lind preached from Rev. 2:10, last clause.
"It is little matter at what hour of the day
The righteous fall asleep.
Death can not Come to him untimely who has learned to die.
The less of this brief life, the more of heaven;
The shorter time, the longer immortality."
Lehman. - Miriam Gladys, daughter of Bro. Henry and Sister Ada Lehman, was born at Middlebury, Ind., Elkhart Co.; died at Molalla, Oreg., April 13, 1935; aged 19 y. 4 m. 22 d. She leaves her father and mother, 3 brothers and 2 sisters - Rolena (Mrs. Ivan Emmert) of Hubbard, Oreg.; Ernest of Goshen College, Ind.; Harold of Middlebury, Ind.; Elwood of Monotor, Oreg.; Ruth of La Junta, Colo.; 3 nieces, 3 nephews, 9 uncles and aunts, and a host of other relatives and friends. In the beginning of her illness she said she never wanted to get well. When her mother talked to her of the heavenly home where no more sickness or pain were, she was thrilled so joyously and was so delighted that she wanted to go. She was always very patient and content with her lot, and thanked her mother for the least little thing. She was very cheerful and was a great lover of song and music. She could sing most any song after hearing it once. She asked the Church to sing for her, "Rescue The Pershing." Her mother sang for her, "Now I'm Resting, Sweetly Resting." She was ill almost a year, and when her time came to depart, she called her mother, saying "Oh Mother, Mother come quick," and thus she went home to Jesus. She was laid to rest in the Hopewell Cemetery, Bro. Henry Wolfer officiating. Scripture lesson, I Cor. 15 and Jno. 11:25. Soon we shall meet her again. "A bud the Gardener gave us, A fair and lovely child; He gave it for our keeping, To cherish undefiled; It lay upon my bosom, It was our joy and pride - Perhaps it was an idol Which we must be denied." --- By the Mother.
Mumaw. - Malinda Blosser, wife of the late Dr. Henry A. Mumaw of Elkhart, Ind., daughter of the late Andrew and Salome (Mericle) Blosser, was born as the 9th of 10 children, Dec. 27, 1852, in a farm home near Logan, Ohio; died at the home of her daughter Phoebe (wife of Aaron C. Kolb), Kitchener, Ont., the only surviving member of the family, May 11, 1935; aged 82 y. 4 m. 14 d. At the age of 12 she was left motherless, and made her home with her sister Lydia (Mrs. Jacob Huber) near Logan, Ohio. When she was 17 years old, she united with the Turkey Run Mennonite Church in Fairfield Co., O. She has been an exemplary member of the Mennonite Church for over 65 years. In October, 1871, she went to Elkhart, Ind., to visit her sister Matilda, wife of the late Henry B. Brenneman, where she remained until April, 1872, being employed in the book bindery of John F. Funk & Bro., later known as Mennonite Publishing Company. She was a charter member of the Elkhart congregation.
Transcribed by: Debbie Flanagan, Florida
Smeltzer - Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Wansettler)
Culp, was born June 8, 1858, near Nappanee, Ind.; died June 14,
1935; aged 77 y. 6 d. She was married to Jacob Y. Smeltzer March
11, 1877. To this union were born 6 children; Carrie E., who died
in 1893; Edna F., who died in 1928; Dr. Warren H. and Carlton
C Smeltzer of Chicago; Mrs. Elva C. Black of Elkhart, Ind.; and
George L. Smeltzer of Goshen, Ind. She also leaves 1 sister (Malinda
Culp of Nappanee, Ind. ), and 10 grandchildren. Her husband preceded
her in death 14 years. She is also survived by a host of relatives
and friends. She has always been a devoted member of the Mennonite
Church. Funeral services were held in the Prairie St. Mennonite
Church, Elkhart, Ind., conducted by Christian Reiff and John Gingerich.
"You have taken your long journey,
Gone to Him who died to save;
And our hearts are sad and lonely
When we see that new-made grave."
Short - Jennie, daughter of Seth and Lydia Nofziger,
was born near Howe, Ind., Oct. 19, 1871; died very unexpectedly
at her home near Archbold, O., May 28, 1935; aged 63 y. 7 m. 9
d. She was united in marriage to Joseph S. Short Feb. 4, 1892.
To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. Bro. Short and
wife and son-in-law and wife lived together in the same home.
Sister Short was of a kind and loving disposition and was friendly
to everyone. During her lifetime she was seriously ill a number
of times, but through all her illness and suffering she never
murmured or complained, but always could put her trust in her
God who doeth all things well. In her passing she leaves her sorrowing
companion, 2 sons (Seth and Alfred), 1 daughter (Mrs. Ben Bowers),
8 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, a step-mother, and many
relatives and friends. Her parents and 1 brother proceded her
in death. In her younger years she confessed Christ as her Savior
and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining true to the faith
until death. Funeral services were held at Lockport Mennonite
Church, conducted by S.D. Grieser, assisted by E.B. Frey. Text,
Rom. 8:18. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Metzler- Rebecca Sloat Metzler died at her home near
Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., on May 14, 1935; aged 73 y. She was
born in Manheim Twp., Sept. 24, 1861, and was a daughter of the
late Samuel and Rebecca Gingerich. She was a faithful member
of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her death was due to complication
of about three years lingering illness. Her husband, Elias Metzler,
preceded her in death December, 1932. She is survived by 3 children;
Dora, wife of Jacob W. Snyder near Petersburg; Bessie, wife of
Albert B. Erb residing at home, Martin G., residing on a farm
near the home. There survive also 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren,
and the following sisters; Annie Martzall of E. Petersburg; Mary
Hess and Mrs. Rudolph Herr, of Millersville; Mrs. Andrew Hertzler,
of near Rohrerstown. Funeral services were held at Erisman's Church,
Saturday, May 18, conducted by Bros. Henry Lutz and Abram Risser.
Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining
"Into Heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sign or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Mummaw - Mary, wife of Abram W Mumaw, was born Oct.
16, 1872, near Manheim, Pa.; died of complications June 1, 1935,
at her home near Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged 62 y. 5 m. 15 d. This union
was blessed with 11 children of whom 10 survive; Reist, Paul,
Martin, Elizabeth (wife of Samuel Longenecker) all of Mt. Joy;
Verna (wife of Norman Grove), Levi and wife, both of Elizabethtown;
Mary (wife of Norman Rohrer), Anna (wife of John Drescher), Jacob
and wife, Abram and wife, all of Hanheim; also 19 grandchildren,
5 sisters (Mrs. Ameliz Buchwalter, Mrs. Hiram Witmer, Mrs. John
Hershey, Mrs. Monroe Metzler, Mrs. Daniel Stoner), who mourn their
loss. Father left us 5 years ago; also 2 grandchildren. Mother's
hands will toil no more. She was always so concerned about her
family and the welfare of their souls. She was bedfast almost
6 weeks, going through an operation, bearing it all so patiently.
The last week she was in great distress, often saying,
"O, come, angel band,
Come and around me stand;
O bear me away on your snowy wings,
To my immortal home."
Mother had chosen her text and ministers. Services were held at the home June 4 by Bro. Samuel Fry and at Mt. Pleasant Church by Bro. Noah Risser and Bro. Graybill Wolgamuth. Text, Psa. 17:15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"We miss you here,
We miss you there,
Our mother, dear,
We miss you everywhere."
By the children.
Blosser - Jonas H., son of the late Jonas and Margaret
(Burkholder) Blosser, was born July 16, 1851, near Harrisonburg,
Va.; died on the farm where he was born, reared, and spent his
entire life; aged 83 y. 10 m. 23 d. He was twice married. On Dec.
18, 1873, he was united in marriage to Anna Wenger who preceded
him in death on April 21, 1907. There were no children born to
this union. His second marriage was to Byrthe Showalter who survives
him. Four children were born to this union, two having died in
infancy. Two daughters survive (Ruth and Mrs. H. Amos Coffman,
both at home), and two small grandchildren (Ella and Irvin Coffman).
He was the youngest of a family of 11 children, and is survived
by one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Metzler of North Lima, Ohio. He
suffered a stroke of paralysis on July 19, 1933, and was bedfast
for nearly 2 years, gradually growing weaker until the end. He
was very patient through it all. He united with the Mennonite
Church at the age of 19 years, and remained a faithful member
until death. He lived a quiet and consistent life, being a good
friend and neighbor, and was loved by all who knew him. He took
an interest in the work and welfare of the Church, contributing
to many worthy causes. The funeral was held at the Weaver's Mennonite
Church, conducted by Bros. S.H. Rhodes and Henry Keener. Text,
Psa. 91:15, 16. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Silently and peacefully father passed away;
So long you waited for your rest.
His place is vacant 'tis God's way;
Grant us again to meet in that land of rest."
Martin - Amos Z., son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Martin,
was born in Weaverland, Pa., May 2, 1885; died May 19, 1935; aged
50 y. 17 d. He was married to Mary Harnish. To this union were
born 2 sons: Monroe H., of Hartford, Conn., and Galen at home.
The following brothers and sisters also survive: Leah (wife of
Geo. E. Lehman), Emma (wife of J. Clair Witmer), Mamie (wife of
Lester Ebersole), and Mabel, all of Sterling, Ill.; Martha (wife
of Clair Ressler), Elizabeth, of Lancaster, Pa.; Christian Z.
Martin, Mountville, Pa. In his early life he attended Goshen College.
He lived in Annville, Pa., for a number of years. The last three
years he lived in Lancaster, Pa. Early in life he was a member
of the Mennonite Church, and when he moved to Annville he became
a member of the United Brethren Church. He was of a cheerful disposition
and had many friends. For the last several years, his health was
failing. He was very sick for a short time and death relieved
him of his suffering. Funeral services were conducted at Mellinger's
Church. 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 at night,
To make his abode in the city of light."
Swartzendruber - Mary (Schlabaugh) Gingerich Swartzendruber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Aug. 6, 1858; died June 11, 1935; aged 76 y. 10 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Gingerich Feb. 15, 1881, who preceded her in death 39 years ago. Together they established their home on the Schlabaugh homestead in Johnson County, which remained her home until 14 years ago. To this union were born 3 children: Emery of Wellman, Ia.; Noah of Nappanee, Ind.; and Charles of Kalona, Ia. On Sept. 25, 1921, she was united in marriage to Joel Swartzendruber. They established their home in Kalona, and lived together a little more than 13 years. From early childhood she showed a deep love and interest in Christian service, and at an early age took a step closer to her Savior by uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until her death. No task was too small or too tiring for her to do for her friends and neighbors, and whenever sickness entered a home, she was one of the first to extend help and encouragement to those in need. It can be truly said that she was an earnest Christian, a devoted mother, and a sympathetic and charitable neighbor. Although he health had been failing during the past five years, it took a serious turn for the worse several weeks ago. She probably realized her condition for she arranged for her burial, and was prepared to go. Besides her faithful husband and the afore mentioned children, she leaves 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. There is a vacant place in the home which no one can fill as she did, but we know that now she is at rest. Funeral services were held on June 13 at the Lower Deer Creek Church, near Kalona, Ia., in charge of David Miller and John Y. Swartzendruber in English, and J. L. Hershberger in German. Text, Mark 14:8.
Hertzler - Susie, daughter of Pre. Daniel and Matilda (Hilty) Shenk, was born near Elida, Ohio, Oct. 16, 1898. When yet a small child she moved her parents to Denbigh, Va., where she grew to womanhood. She accepted Christ as her Savior and became a member of the Warwick River Mennonite Church at Denbigh. After her marriage (Dec. 10, 1924) to Melvin L. Hertzler of Elverson, Pa., her membership was transferred to the Conestoga Amish Mennonite Church near Morgantown, Pa. Before her marriage, Susie did nursing, which was practical in caring for her family. Her health was not as strong as she would have liked, thus she requested the ordinance of anointing with oil. She was much interested in Church work as a S. S. teacher and served her Lord with gladness. We were told after her death that she gave the first money ($1.00) toward starting a mission in Newport News, Va. The mission was started and has now been doing good work for a good many years. The last Sunday she attended church was at the communion service, where she partook of the sacred emblems. Susie was in her usual health until May 2, 1935, when she took sick with pneumonia and quietly passed away in the early morning hours of May 6, 1935; aged 36 y. 7 m. 20 d. She leaves her husband and four children: Daniel Levi, Katherine Ann, Truman Ray, and Martha Carol. Little Paul Melvin preceded her in August 1934, and an infant daughter passed away a hour later than the mother. Both mother and baby were laid away together. There also remain her parents and the following brothers and sisters: three full sisters - Elizabeth and Mary V. of Denbigh, Va.; Alice, wife of J. Paul Sauder, now of the Tampa, Florida mission; 5 full brothers - William, Daniel, Amos and John, Denbigh, Va., and Raymond of Cottage City, Md.; also 2 half sisters - Emma, wife of Jno. T. Stemen, Elida, Ohio, and Anna, wife of H.P. Hertzler, Denbigh, Va.; and 2 half brothers - Menno and Andrew Shenk of Elida, Ohio. She was a faithful wife and a tender loving mother. Her greatest pleasure was to be able to do something for her family, especially teaching the Bible to her children. An impressive incident was on Good Friday when she had her children gathered around her, reading to them the Bible account appropriate for the day. Of her it may well be said that "she hath done what she could," and "She hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her." She was gifted with a beautiful voice and delighted in singing hymns of praise to her heavenly Father. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. Christ. Kurtz and in the Conestoga Church near Morgantown, Pa., by Bro. David Yoder and Bro. John S. Mast. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by: Betty Hartzler, PA.