Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1935

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVIII, No. 27 - October 3, 1935, p. 575.

Good ­ Nannie, daughter of Pre. Abram Burkholder, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 24, 1883; died at her home near Sterling, Ill., Sept. 12, 1935; aged 51 y. 10 m. 18 d. On June 1, 1905, she was married to Daniel W., youngest son of Bishop Christian Good of Harrisonburg, Va. In the spring of 1907 they came to Sterling where they have since resided. Their present home is the product of their own hands, under the blessings of God. What was once a bare field, by their frugality, became the dearest spot on earth, for to them and their family it was HOME. Not only was it their home, but it was shared with others, in the spirit of generous hospitality. To this union 3 children were born: Esther (now Sister Mahlon Lapp), Lloyd, and Edna. As a companion she was devoted to her husband. No undertaking of any account was begun without seeking her counsel and advice. Not only did she advise, but when a decision was made she gave herself to performing of that task. As a mother in the home she had few equals. It was here as a home-builder that she made the largest contribution to life. It was while she was busy in the home, with home duties, that seemingly the Lord came and said, "You have labored long enough; come home and rest." And in the busy hours of the morning, while assisting her daughter-in-law with some canning, she fell to the floor and was gone. Well can we say with the wise man, "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed: her husband also and he praiseth her." As a Christian she loved the Lord. Early in life she gave her heart to her Lord and her service to the Church. In the Sunday school she served in teaching little hearts to love Jesus, and guiding little feet to walk in the paths of truth and righteousness. She possessed and unassuming disposition. The fruit of the Spirit found an expression in her heart and life. She would suffer wrong gladly rather than to retaliate. Her words were words of helpfulness rather than those that would harm or hurt. These noble qualities made of her not only a great Christian, but also a great neighbor. She was a member of the Science Ridge congregation for the past 27 years, and all can say, we know Jesus better because we have known her. She leaves her grief-stricken husband and children, 1 grandchild, her aged father, now in his 86th year, 6 brothers (Dr. John D., Reuben, Pre. Perry, Joseph, Emanuel, and Amos), all of Harrisonburg, Va., except Joseph of North Lima, Ohio. One sister survives (Mrs. Leon Davis of Salem, Ohio). Her mother and 2 sisters preceded her in death. We pay a last tribute of respect, but not as those who have no hope. "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." Funeral services were held Sept. 15 from the home and later from the church. Bro. A. J. Steiner of North Lima, Ohio, was in charge of the services. A large number of people gathered to pay tribute and to sympathize with sorrowing family, but above all was the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit. Interment in the cemetery near by.

Sites ­ Joseph, son of John and Mary Drummond Sites, was born near Keeylatown, Va., Mar. 6, 1865; died after a lingering illness of several years' duration, Sept. 17, 1935; aged 70 y. 6 m. 11 d. Bro. Sites was married to Dora Dunavin in 1897, who with their five children survives: Mrs. Ollie Kline and Mrs. Willie Emswiler of Broadway, Va.; Russel of Pennsylvania; Lee of Cleveland, Ohio; and Kermit at home. Eight grandchildren also survive. Bro. Sites was for many years a road foreman and was well and widely known in this community. He was a man who was loved and respected by all. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since last November. His funeral, which was largely attended, was held from the Trissel Church near his late home. Services were conducted by Bros. P. E. Shank, P. W. Fisher, and Timothy Showalter. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by to await the resurrection of the just.

Summer ­ Barbara (Zehr) Summer was born near Flanagan, Ill., April 14, 1881; died at her home at Manson, Ia., Sept. 10, 1935; aged 54 y. 4 m. 26 d. At the age of 14 she with her parents moved to Manson, where she lived the rest of her life. She was among the number in the organizing of the Mennonite Church in this community. She united with this body of believers while young in years and remained faithful until her death, attending services whenever health permitted. For several years her health had been failing and her death was caused by a complication of diseases. On Dec. 15, 1907 she was united in marriage to Chris F. Summer. Into this home were born 6 children. She is survived by the following children: Luella, Milton, Daniel, Ethel, and Chris F. Jr., all at home; also two brothers (C. S. and Simon Zehr) and 2 sisters (Lena­Mrs. Peter Ulrich; Mary­Mrs. F. E. Eicher, all of Manson), 68 nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends. One son, (Milo), her parents, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded her in death. She was a faithful and devoted mother and companion, always ready to lend a helping hand. She will be sadly missed in the home and in the church, and we submit to the will of our heavenly Father who doeth all things well, trusting that some day we shall meet again on that other shore where partings are unknown. Funeral services were conducted from the Mennonite Church, Sept. 12, with Abner Yoder, Parnell, Ia., and Nick Stoltzfus, Manson, Ia., officiating. Text, Rev. 7:9-17. Interment in Rose Hill 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."

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVIII, No. 28 - October 10, 1935, p. 607, 608

Simmers. ­ Abbie Simmers was born Nov. 30, 1876; died Aug. 30, 1935; aged 58 y. 9 m. She was a member of the Coatesville Mennonite Mission and was always faithful in attending services when health would permit. Funeral services were conducted by Brethren Amos B . Stoltzfus, John A. Kennel, and Isaac Kennel. Burial in Kelton Cemetery.

Orner. ­ Jesse Orner was born Aug. 8, 1865; died Aug. 10, 1935; aged 70 y. 2 d. He was a member of the Coatesville Mennonite Mission for about 3 months and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held from the home of his daughter near Royersford, Pa., by Brethren John A. Kennel and SD. G. Shetler. Burial in Valley Forge Cemetery.

Marsh. ­ B. Frank Marsh was born Sept. 9, 1861; died Aug 19, 1935; aged 73 y. 9 m. 10 d. He was a faithful member of the Coatesville Mennonite Mission, and was always present at the services when health would permit. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 22 by Brethren John A. Kennel, S. G. Shetler and M. S. Stoltzfus. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

Ogburn. ­ Charles W. Ogburn was born on Christmas day in 1852; died Sept 11, 1935, at the home of Chancy Hostetler near Westover, Md.; aged 82 y. 8 m. 16 d. He had long been a sufferer of a weak heart, but the infirmities of old age gradually weakened him until he could no longer go about by himself. Then he and his conpanion were both taken to the Hostetler home where they were tenderly cared for till his death. He is survived by the following: his aged companion (who before her marriage was Annie Shipman), Lulu Tragilus of Washington, Otis of Montana, Amos and Clara Hooks of Westover. One daughter, Nona, preceded him.

High. ­ Elmer N., son of Elmer and Mary Nolt High, of Farmersville, Pa., was born April 3, 1929; died Sept. 15, 1935 of scarlet fever. After an illness of four days, he passed away very unexpectedly, though he was very sick and was unconscious most of the time. The smiling face no more we see, but it will never be forgotten. The following brothers and sisters survive: Mary, Melvin, Aaron, Emma, Edwin, Lydia, Ada, John, and Esther. Short funeral services were held Sept. 16, by Frank Hurst, at Groffdale, with interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Dearest Elmer, we will miss thee,
Miss thy sweet and cheerful smile,
Miss thy songs of joy and gladness,
Miss thy presence all the while;
But we know you've gone before us
To that bright and shining shore,
Gone to meet our blessed Savior,
With Him to dwell for ever more."

Musselman. ­ Cora Yoder, wife of Ivan Z. Musselman, died Sept. 20, 1935, at the Gettysburg hospital from coronary thrombosis; aged 51 y. 5 m. 12 d. She was born in Concord, Tenn., the daughter of Mrs. Mary (Waltz) Yoder, who resides at the Musselman home in Orrtanna, Pa., and the late Pre. Noah Yoder. Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are three children ­ Howard Musselman and Mrs. Arthur W. Roth (Mary), Orrtanna, and Lois Musselman, at home, two grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: W. F. Yoder, Orrtranna; Dr. J. A. Yoder, Xena, O.; and Mrs Sarah Stultzfees of Elverson, Pa. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth and was a shining example of the unassuming, kind, loving Christian wife, mother and friend. Her sudden and un expected death was a shock to all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the home Sept. 24 and at the Fairfield Mennonite Church conducted by her pastor, A. W. Geigley, and assisted by Dwight F. Putman, Gettysburg. Interment in the Mummasburg Cemetery.

Litwiller. ­ Eli, son of Joseph and Barbara Litwiller, was born near Beemer, Neb., Sept. 18, 1897. He met death in an accident one-half mile north of the Bethel Mennonite Church near Pekin, Ill., on the morning of Sept. 5, 1935; aged 37 y. 11 m. 13 d. On Jan. 12, 1921, he was married to Fannie Sutter of Minier, Ill. To this union were born 9 children; namely, Dorene, Velora, Leo, Eileen, Lyle, Donald, Lola, and Velma. An infant son (Clarence) preceded him in death; also his father, who died Jan. 16, 1921. Besides his wife and 8 children, he leaves his mother and step -father, 4 brothers (Joseph of Armington; William of Kouts, Ind.; Roy and Emery of Hopedale), also his sister (Alma) of Hopedale. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and has remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church Sept. 8, conducted by Bro. Simon Litwiller, assisted by Bro. Ben Springer. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery. A very large assembly attended these services.

"Life's race will run,
Life's work well done,
Life's crown well won,
Now comes rest."

Bemensderfer. ­ Ellen S. Bemensderfer of East Petersburg, Pa., was born March 3, 1866; died as a result of a fall, Aug. 25, 1935; aged 69 y. 5 m. 22 d. She had been living alone for many years. On the morning of her death she had attended church services, and in the evening had gone to visit a friend. On her return home, evidently while preparing to retire for the night, she fell down the stairs of her home and died instantly of a broken neck. Unfortunately, she was not found for several days. She is survived by 3 brothers (Geo. S., Phares S., Harry S.), and 3 sisters (Mrs Jacob Harnish, Mrs. David Gamber, and Mrs. Edgar Funk). Because of some physical defects she was not blessed as many are, but we believe that "she hath done what she could." She was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church for more than 40 years, from which place services were held by the home ministers, Bros. Frank Kreider and John Gochnauer. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Sweet be thy rest, dear sister,
Safe on thy Savior's breast;
Although we cannot understand,
He knows just what is best."
- By the Sisters.

Chupp. ­ Eli, son of David E. and Fanny (Miller) Chupp, was born Dec. 27, 1867, in Marshall Co., Ind.; died Sept. 12, 1935; aged 67 y. 8 m. 16 d. With his parents he moved to Goshen, where he grew to manhood. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, but later he with his companion transferred their membership to the Mennonite Church at Bloomfield, Mont., in which remained faithful to the end. In 1892 he was united in marriage to Katie Mullet of Marshall Co., Ind. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters. One daughter (Sarah Ann) preceded him in death. In 1895 the family moved to Mylo, N. Dak., and in 1904 to Bloomfield, Mont., where he resided until the Lord called him home. Less than a week before his death he was in his usual health, but on Saturday morning, he took suddenly ill and was taken to the doctor. There seemed to be no symptoms, but he gradually fell away, until the final summons came very unexpectedly. He bore his intense suffering uncomplainingly, always hoping to recover, but God saw fit to take him. He is survived by his wife, 4 sons, 5 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. Services were conducted Sept. 15 in the home, and at the Red Top schoolhouse, in charge of George M. Kauffman. Text 1 Cor. 15:55. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Cressman. ­ Enos M., son of Bishop Amos and Ann (Martin) Cressman, was born Sept. 17, 1864; died Aug. 27, 1935; aged 70 y. 11 m. 10 d. On Feb. 1, 1887, he was united in marriage to Lovina Hallman who predeceased him Feb. 1, 1931. The Lord blessed their union with 9 children. One daughter (Clara) died in infancy. There remain 4 sons (Jacob of Petersburg, Manasseh of Strasburg, Edmund and Abner of the home community) and 4 daughters (Mrs Manasseh Shantz and Mrs. Eldon Hunsberger of Baden, Mrs. Aaron Bowman of New Hamburg and Mrs. Orphan Weber of Vineland), besides 41 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Moses and Noah) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Eli Good and Mrs. Chris Fretz). Bro Cressman had been a lifelong resident of the community around New Hamburg, Ont., and his passing removes from among us one who was widely known and respected. In his early twenties he accepted his Lord and united with the Mennonite Church, in which fellowship he lived until the Lord called him. Until about a year ago he enjoyed good health, having a strong constitution. During the last year of his life he endured periods of intense suffering through a complication of disorders and often expressed a desire to go to his reward. Although our brother keenly felt his own shortcomings, he assuringly [sic] pillowed his head in God's promises of a full and free salvation. Funeral services were held Aug. 30 at the home and at the Beihn Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Brethren Moses Roth and Curtis C. Cressman had charge of the services.

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

Beutler. ­ Mary, daughter of Martin and Magdalene Ressler, was born July 2, 1843, in Lancaster Co., Pa., where she grew to womanhood. She united with the Mennonite Church at Strasburg in 1860. In the spring of 1873 she came to Elkhart Co., Ind., to keep house for her brother, Levi Ressler, after the death of his first wife. She was united in marriage to Bishop Jacob A. Beutler, April 16, 1876, since which time she has been a member of the Holdeman Church. To this union were born 3 children: Levi of Bloomington, Ill.; Magdalene Hartzler of Wakarusa; and John, who died Jan. 2, 1903. There are also 3 step-daughters: Rebecca Horst of White Cloud, Mich.; Mrs Sarah Herner of La Junta, Colo.; Mrs Martha Davidhizer of Wakarusa; also a step-daughter-in-law (Mrs Mary M. Beutler of Wakarusa). There are 7 grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, an d 14 step-great-grandchildren. She was the second of a family of twelve, of whom now only three remain: Anna Aument of Lancaster, Pa.; Amos Ressler of Ronks, Pa.; Jacob A. Ressler of Scottdale, Pa. During her life she was usually of vigorous health, and only within the last year the usual vitality broke. Until April 11 of this year she made the trip daily to and from her room upstairs. On this date an attack of influenza with other complications confined her to her bed until Sept. 9, when her spirit left for her long wished for heavenly home; aged 92 y. 2 m. 7 d. It would be hard to summarize this life. Memories of her will live with those who as children listened to her telling Bible stories; with those who for years sat in her Sunday school classes; with those who have never known home without grandmother; with those of us to whom she has been a mother and sister and kind neighbor and a consistent Christian example. Her highest thought in life was to walk with the Lord and to be found in Him. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. J. B. Hartzler of Smithville, Ohio, and at the Olive Church by Brethren E. F. Hartzler of Marshallville, Ohio, and Silas Weldy, her pastor. Text, Job 16:22; Luke 24:29. The thought presented was "Fellowship with the Lord." Thus were laid to rest the remains of one much used of the Lord, and one whom the church can ill afford to do without.

Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVIII, No. 29 - October 17, 1935, pp. 639, 640

MURTIFF­ Bro. Wilmer David, son of Jessie and Mamie (McGeary) Murtiff, was born in Altoona, Pa., Aug. 20, 1920; fell asleep Sept. 6, 1935; aged 15 y. 2 m. 16 d. He accepted Christ at the hospital and was received into church fellowship with the First Mennonite Church, Altoona, Pa. Funeral held at the church Sept. 9, in charge of Joseph M. Nissley, James Bucher, and _____ Norris. Text (selected by the parents) Jno. 14:1-3.

GISEL­ Lloyd, son of Albert and Amanda Gisel, was born near Wauseon, O., Aug. 30, 1906; died Sept. 3, 1935, after undergoing a serious operation for a ruptured appendix at the Wauseon Memorial Hospital; aged 29 y. 8 d. Bro Gisel was united in marriage to Mabel Klopfenstein on Mar. 3, 1931. Their married life was of but a few short years, spent together in joy and happiness. To this union were born 3 daughters: Lois, Ruth, and Laverne. He leaves his deeply bereaved companion, 3 daughters, his parents, 5 brothers, sisters, aged grandparents, and many near relatives and friends. In his teen age he confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he was loyal and true until death.

[Family Researcher: The third daughter's name is Lavonne instead of Laverne.]

STEINMAN­ Barbara, daughter of Pre. John Gascho of Zurich, Ont., was born in Huron Co., Ont., July 15, 1865; died at her home in Tavistock, Ont., Sept. 5, 1935; aged 70 y. 1 m. 20 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, and was a faithful member of the East Zorra A. M. congregation since her marriage on Feb. 21, 1888, to Peter E. Steinman of Tavistock. This union was blessed with 5 sons and 4 daughters: John, Joseph, Alfred, and Clarence of Tavistock, Ont.; Emerson of Pitman, Sask.; Clara (Mrs. Wm. Schaefer) of Tavistock; Annie at home; Mary (Mrs. Redon) of Chicago; and Malinda, also of Chicago. She leaves her bereaved companion, 5 sons, 4 daughters, a number of grandchildren, 7 brothers, and 8 sisters. Services were held at the home by Jacob R. Bender in English, and at the East Zorra A. M. Church by Brethren Deter Ropp of Almonte, Mich., in English, and D. S. Jutzi of Tavistock. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

YODER­ Eli Yoder was born in Allen Co., Ind., June 8, 1857; died Sept. 3, 1935; aged 78 y. 2 m. 25 d. On Dec. 23, 1880, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Schlatter. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. He is survived by the following children: Solomon of Huntertown; Levi, Albert, Noah, and Ervin of Auburn; Eli, Caroline, Emma, and Fannie of Grabill. One son died in infancy. His companion preceded him in death on May 3, 1920. He united with the Mennonite Church when about twenty-two years of age. In 1881 he was ordained to the ministry and several years later was ordained bishop, in which capacity he served the Church for twenty-six years. He leaves 9 children, 27 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Christ) of Grabill, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by S. D. Grieser of Archbold, Ohio. Text, Num. 23:10. Interment in Leo Cemetery.

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

NEFF­ Fannie, daughter of the late Adam and Fannie (Burkholder) Myer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 4, 1868; died Sept. 30, 1935; 67 y. 8 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Harry E. Neff on Nov. 21, 1889. Left to mourn her departure are her sorrowing husband and the following children: Amos, Los Angeles; Elsie, wife of George A. Witmer, Lampeter; Harry, near Lancaster; Leta, Virgie, and Emma, at home; also 3 grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She had been in failing health for some time. The last week she became seriously ill and was taken to the hospital where she peacefully fell asleep. She was a kind and devoted mother, and much concerned about the spiritual welfare of her children. Her deeds and consideration of others won her many friends. She will be missed by all, and especially at home. But our heavenly Father in His infinite wisdom saw best to take her home, and we humbly submit to His will. Brief funeral services were held in the home Oct. 2, with further services at the Mellingers Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Elmer G. Martin and Bro. David L. Landis. Text, Rev. 7:14. Interment in the Strasburg Cemetery.

ERB­ Joel, son of Jacob and Catherine (Steinman) Erb, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 20, 1861; died at home of his son-in-law, Joseph Albrecht, East Zorra, Ont., on Sept. 13, 1935; aged 74 y. 4 m. 24 d. In his younger years he came with his parents to East Zorra, where he resided the remainder of his life. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized by Bishop Joseph Ruby of Tavistock, and remained a member of East Zorra A. M. congregation since. One Dec. 18, 1883 he was joined in holy wedlock to Sister Catherine Gingerich of Wilmot congregation by Bishop John Gascho. This union was blessed with 1 son and 5 daughters: Jacob on the homestead; Lydia (wife of Joseph Albrecht); Katie (wife of Aaron Brenneman); Fannie (wife of Christian Bender); Emma, deceased (wife of A. Zehr); Clara (wife of Nick Zehr). He leaves his beloved companion, 1 son, 4 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. A daughter, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild predeceased him. Also surviving are 3 brothers (Pre. Daniel Erb of Albany, Oreg.; Moses of Oregon; and Jacob of O'Neill, Nebr.) And 1 sister (Barbara). Funeral services were held at the home by J. R. Bender, and at the East Zorra A. M. meetinghouse by Brethren D. Leobold, D. S. Jutzi, and M. Kipfer.

STAUFFER­ David Clyde, son of Rudy L. and Sylvia (Steiner) Stauffer, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Mar. 23, 1924; died near Orrville, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1935; 11 y. 5 m. 25 d. Streptococcic infection caused his death. He scratched his foot with barbed wire but the wound was slight and appeared to be healing nicely. Chaffing of the shoe against the wound caused infection which spread rapidly. He was seriously ill only five days. At the age of 10 he confessed his Lord and on July 1, 1934, he was baptized and united with the Salem Mennonite Church. He lived in the simple faith of the Gospel and manifested a sincere desire for service of the Lord and the Church. One of his outstanding joys was to attend the weekly prayer meetings for which he often sacrificed and worked hard that he might not miss a service. He was also much interested in his father's ministry, often inquiring if he could not do something for his papa so he could go and prepare his sermon. His interest and behavior at church and Sunday school was noticed by many. He was an affectionate, obedient boy in the home, having great concern for his younger brothers' welfare as well as for the welfare of the entire home. He leaves his grief-stricken parents, 3 younger brothers, 3 grandparents, a number of uncles, aunts, relatives and friends. Thus ends in this world a short but beautiful and useful life. Funeral services were conducted in the home on Sept. 21, by Noah Hilty and Bro. C. Z. Yoder, and at the Crown Hill Church by Bros. Wm. Detwiler, E. F. Hartzler, and C. F. Derstine.

METZLER­ Catharine (Kreider) Metzler, widow of the late Bishop Abram Metzler, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 16, death resulting from a paralytic stroke suffered a week previous. [sic] She made her home with the family of her son, D. Elmer Metzler, since the death of her husband about 11 years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her girlhood, being affiliated with the Pleasant Grove church since coming to Morrisons Cove in 1897. She was a good Christian mother who will be sadly missed by her eight sons and daughters, all of whom survive. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 2, 1863, the daughter of Isaac and Anna Kreider, and was united in marriage with Abram Metzler Nov. 7, 1882. Bro. and Sister Metzler took up their residence in Morrisons Cove, Blair Co., Pa., when he was called by the Morrisons Cove District of the Mennonite Church to be pastor of the congregations here. This position he filled till his death. They were the parents of eight children, all of whom survive as follows: Bertha, wife of S. A. Martin of Greencastle; Nora, wife of Ray Honsaker of near Martinsburg; Isaac K. Metzler of Accident, Md.; Clarence B. Metzler of near Martinsburg; Daniel L., of Cumberland, Md.; Edith, wife of F. C. Kauffman of near Martinsburg; Abram J. Metzler of Masontown, and D. Elmer Metzler of near Martinsburg. She is also survived by 40 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church in charge of Irvin Stonerook. Interment was made in the Kauffman Cemetery near the church.

MILLER­ Maggie, daughter of George and Fannie Keener, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 13, 1860; died at her daughter's home (Elmer Herr's) at Hanover, Pa., Aug. 5, 1935; aged 74 y. 11 m. 21 d. On March 8, 1877, she moved with her parents to Wayne Co., Ind., where she lived three years. Here she married J. C., son of John Miller, who was ordained to the ministry at Miller's congregation. In later years they moved to York Co., Pa., where they bought a farm along York road, two miles from Hanover, where her husband died about twenty-one years ago. She leaves 3 brothers, (Henry, of Lititz, Pa.; George of Paramount; Amos of Hagerstown, Md.), 1 sister (Christina Martin), and the following children: Aden of York, Pa.; Fannie Herr of Hanover; Christie Fry of York; Anna Diller and Amos on the farm along the York road; Clarence of York road station; and Ira of Hanover. Her 3 present generations are 19 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and a host of near relatives and friends and neighbors. She was a mother in Israel, a home builder, a lover of good wherever she was. I know from my experience that her children and grandchildren would say that they can never repay what their mother and grandmother did for them on earth. Now the Lord giveth her rest. The life she lived in Christ and her work still go on. She was buried on Sunday, with services at Baer's Church, where a large gathering assembled. Bro. Richard Danner had charge of services at home, and Bros. Harvey Grove and Peter Shank at the church. Her body was laid to rest on cemetery hill beside her husband, from where they will be called forth on the resurrection morn. Peace to her ashes.
-By her brother George.

GINGERICH­ Catherine (Eicher) Gingerich was born in Allen Co., Ind., Feb. 21, 1875; died Aug. 31, 1935, at the Good Samaritan Hospital at Rugby, N. Dak.; aged 60 y. 6 m. 10 d. She was the daughter of Christian and Adell (Ruby) Eicher. She was married to Abraham R. Gingerich Jan. 2, 1896, in Daviess Co., Ind. To this union were born 3 children. One son preceded her in death, also her companion who died Aug. 29, 1930. He was bishop of the Amish Church of this place. Two daughters (Mrs. Mahlon Yoder and Mrs. Jerry P. Yoder, both of Wolford, N. Dak.), 17 grandchildren, a foster son (Nathaniel Graber), and also other children that she has given a home for a while, beside 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Lydia, wife of Amos Graber; Mary, wife of John K. Wagler; Samuel of Loogootee, Ind., and Jacob of New Haven), a half-brother, 2 Half-sister, and Joseph Miller of Ohio, also many other relatives and friends are left to mourn her departure. Mother had not been in very good health all summer, but then she took sick and had to remain in bed; she had pleur0-pneumonia and was sick at home for two weeks, then was taken to the hospital where the doctor found she had cancer of the liver. She was sick there three weeks and 3 days. Double pneumonia set in towards the last. God saw that it was best to take her out of this world where there is so much sin and sickness and pain, and gave her a home where death cannot enter. She bore her sickness with patience, saying she was ready to go when the Lord called her. She united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church when quite young and remained true. Funeral services were held at her home near Wolford, N. Dak., conducted by Brethren Daniel Coblentz and M. M. Yoder in German and Bro. E. G. Hochstetler in English. Text, Job 14:14. -By a daughter.

Transcribed by: Mona M. Mann, Arizona


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVIII, No. 30 - October 24, 1935, pages 655, 656

Mast. ­ Albert Mast was born in Holmes Co., O., Mar. 1, 1885; died in Shanesville, Oct 12, 1935; aged 50 y. 7 m. 12 d. He was married to Katie Troyer Feb. 6, 1917. To this union was born 1 son (Richard, at home). He leaves his wife, son, aged parents (Bro. And Sister B. A. Mast of near Walnut Creek, O.), 5 brothers (Monroe of Millersburg, O.; Aaron, Venus, and Ura of Walnut Creek; Clifford of Sterling, O.) And 3 sisters (Mrs. B. O. Birkey of Baltic, O.; Mrs John S. Miller of Sugar Creek, O.; and Mrs. B. F. Walter of Beech City, O.). One sister and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends. Bro. Mast became affiliated with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church through baptism in his youth, and continued in the same until death. On numerous occasions, during sickness, he expressed his interest in the Church. A few days before his death he stated that he was ready to die and he welcomed it at any time. Funeral services were held in the Walnut Creek Church on Monday, Oct 14, in charge of the brethren O. N. Johns and A. W. Miller. Text, Matt 7:13, 14. Interment in near-by cemetery.

Yoder. ­ Elmer C., fifth son of Isaac and Martha Yoder (the first of twelve children to be claimed by death), was born near Bellfountaine, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1889. In his youth he became a member of the South Union Church and later transferred his membership; to the local Methodist Church. He was a graduate of the West Liberty High School and of the Kansas City Auctioneering School. He followed his vocation successfully, and through his work, made hosts of friends in this and other communities. He was married Nov. 11, 1918, to Kate Yoder, who died in August, 1928. They leave 1 daughter (Mary Ellen), who since her mother's death has lived with her grandmother, Mrs. K. K. Yoder. He left West Liberty in August, 1934, for Nampa, Idaho, where he worked with his brother Lewis until the time of his death. A cold developed into pneumonia. He was given the best of care in the Nampa Hospital, but after two days illness, passed away Oct. 7, 1935. The remains were accompanied to West Liberty by Mrs. Lewis Yoder, and funeral services were held at the home of his mother, Mrs. Martha Yoder, on West Baird St., in charge of A. E. Grant of Harpster assisted by S. E. Allgyer. Interment in Fair View Cemetery.

Yoder. ­ Levi K., son of Christian and Catharine (Plank) Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., March 20, 1851; died near West Liberty, O., Oct 2, 1935; aged 84 y. 6 m. 12 d. In his childhood, his family moved from Pennsylvania to Wayne Co., O. It was here that he grew to manhood. Later, with his parents, he emigrated to Logan Co., Ohio, where he spent the rest of his life. Dec. 21, 1876, he was married to Fannie T. Hartzler. One son and 3 daughters were born to them: John I. Yoder, Mrs. Elbe King, Mrs. Joe L. Plank of Union Tp., and Anna, at home. Surviving him are the 4 children, 17 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (S. P. Yoder and Menno Yoder of West Liberty) and 3 sisters (Mrs. Amos Hartzler, Mrs. John Zook, of West Liberty, and Mrs. Rudy Yoder, of Kent, O.). In young manhood he united with the Amish Mennonite Church to which faith he was loyal to the time of his death. His was a long life. He fulfilled each obligation to the best of his ability and then quietly awaited God's call. "Thou shalt come to thy grave in the full age, like as a shock of corn cometh, in his season." Funeral services were held at South Union Church, Saturday at 2 p.m., conducted by Bro S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro Wallace Kauffman. Burial in cemetery near the church.

Kreider. ­ Philip O., son of John M. and Hettie Kreider, was born near Palmyra, Mo., Sept. 12 1905; died Oct 8, 1935; aged 30 y. 26 d. At about ten years of age he accepted Christ, whom he served until death. He lived a consecrated Christian life in his home, Church, and community where he was loved and respected. Because of his convictions that the Lord had a work for him to do, he went to Hesston College and Bible School at Hesston, Kans., where in 8 years he completed his high school and college work. While attending this school he was much in demand in student activities, especially those of a missionary nature. He felt the Lord calling him to give his life as a worker in India, so to better prepare himself he became a member of the Volunteer and Foreign Mission Bands of the College. In the last two years of college work he specialized in Bible in preparation for what her felt to be his life work. After completing his college work in 1931, he spent a few months on his father's farm, after which he went to Oregon to work. Early in 1933 he was called to Kansas City to become principal of the weekday Bible school in the Mennonite Gospel Mission there. He was very efficient in this capacity and won the admiration of all with whom he came in contact.
In October, 1934, he was attacked by heart trouble and suffered a severe nervous collapse from which he never recovered. He was brought to his home several weeks after his collapse and was kept in bed until early spring, when he seemed to be regaining his health. During the month of June he taught a class of young girls in the summer Bible school at the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Hannibal. During his sickness, he was a perfect example of submission, and never uttered a complaining word. He greatly appreciated those who visited him and always thanked those who would read the Scripture and prayed for him. He felt almost to the last that he would recover. The doctors finally pronounced his disease tumor of the brain, for which there was no remedy. On Oct. 8 the Lord received him into glory. He is survived by his father and mother, 3 sisters and 3 brothers (M. Lena at home; Mrs Anna N. Bender, Albany, Oreg.; Jessie B. and John F. of Palmyra; Daniel K. of Hannibal; and Mrs Amy S. Glick of Minot, N. Dak.). There also mourn his passing a large number of relatives and friends. He will be missed by all, but his life will continue to be an inspiration and a challenge to all to serve the Lord Jesus Christ as he did. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Palmyra, in charge of Bro. Nelson E. Kauffman. Bro. Paul Erb of Hesston, Kans., preached the sermon. Others who had part in the services were Bro. Wm. Smith of Kansas City, Bro. J. S. Newhouser of Leo, Ind., Bro J. M. Yoder of Cherry Box, Mo., and Bro. Abner Yoder of Parnell, Ia. Interment in the Greenwood Cemetery near Palmyra.

Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVIII, No. 31 - October 31, 1935, pp. 670-672.

LANDIS ­ Phares M. Landis was born March 26, 1869; died June 24, 1935, from the effects of a fall; aged 66 y. 2 m. 28 d. Bro. Landis was a member of the Church for many years. In his death his wife loses a faithful companion, and the community a helpful friend. Funeral services were held from the East Petersburg Mennonite Church June 27, conducted by Brethren Frank Kreider, John Gochnauer, and Henry Lutz. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

"Rest on, dear husband, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful husband, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you I'll find."

WENGER ­ Simon Peter, son of the late Benjamin B., and Julia Ann (Estep) Wenger, was born Jan. 5, 1866; died July 26, 1935; aged 69 y. 6 m. 21 d. He was reared in the neighborhood of Dayton, Va., where he himself lived after his marriage, but the greater part of his married life was spent in the Briery Branch vicinity where he died. He was janitor at the Bethany Church for many years, which office he performed faithfully. He was also faithful in church attendance, his place being vacant. Surviving him are his companion, 1 son, 5 daughters, and several grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 5 brothers. Three children preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the Bethany Church by Brethren L. H. Jones and J. L. Stauffer. His body was laid to rest at Sangersville.

JOHNSON ­ Mattie Elzoe Johnson, daughter of Bro. and Sister Christian Deffenbaugh of Masontown, Pa., was born Dec. 17, 1866; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. F. McPherson of Scottsville, Va. (Where she had lived the last few years because of health conditions), Oct. 21, 1935; aged 68 y. 10 m. 4 d. She was married to Lowry Johnson (who preceded her in death) April 24, 1886. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. H. F. McPherson, Dr. S. L. Johnson, Mrs. Pierce Micky; also by 7 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Cassius Provins, Mrs. Thomas Schofe, Mrs. J. W. Debold), 2 brothers (Chancy G. and Homer F.), and many relatives and friends. Sister Johnson has been a faithful exemplar and defender of the faith for many years and leaves many friends who mourn her departure. Funeral services at the Masontown, Pa., Mennonite on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 24, in charge of Bro. A. J. Metzler assisted by others. Text, Job 5:26. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

BACHMAN ­ Ethel Stoker Bachman was born at Tremont, Ill., Dec. 4, 1906; departed this life at the home of her parents, Oct. 12, 1935; aged 28 y. 10 m. 8 d. Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church at Tremont. On Aug. 26, 1934, she was united in marriage to Edward E. Bachman of Metamora, who passed away five months later, making their union here on earth of short duration. Surviving are her grief-stricken parents (Mr. And Mrs. Daniel W. Stoker of Tremont, Ill.), 1 sister (Mrs. Arthur J. Gingrich of Metamora), and a brother (Allen at home). Funeral services were held at the Metamora Mennonite Church. Henry R. Schertz, Metamora, was in charge of the service, assisted by Jonas Litwiller of Morton, Ill.

"Not dead -- oh no, but borne beyond the shadows
Into the full, clear light;
Forever done with mist and cloud and tempest,
Where all is calm and bright."

BAUMAN­ Jonas, son of the late Wendel and Annie (Burkhardt) Bauman, was born near Elmira, Ont., April 3, 1892; died Sept. 7, 1935; aged 43 y. 5 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage with Hettie Horst. The Lord blessed their union with five children. One son (Alton) preceded him to the home beyond. There remain his wife, 2 daughters (Lydia Ann and Minerva), 2 sons (Leonard and Aden), at home; also 1 brother (Ezra) and a host of relatives and friends. In his boyhood days he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he remained true to the end. He gave a bright evidence before passing away that he would be ready when Jesus came. Funeral services were held at the home, and at the Elmira Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Urias Martin and Bro. Jesse Bauman. He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

"Not now but in the coming years;
It may be in a better land,
We'll know the meaning of our tears,
And there sometime we'll understand."

BAUMAN ­ Ira S. Bauman was born July 14, 1865; died Oct. 14, 1935; aged 70 y. 3 m. he accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his twentieth year and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until his death. On Feb. 9, 1890, he was united in marriage to Matilda Groff who survives him, with 7 children: Martha (Mrs. Albert Habermehl) of Conestoga; Emma of West Liberty, Ohio; Leander of Kitchener, Ont.; Melvin of Windsor, Ont.; Fannie, Ilde, and Roy at home. One infant son predeceased him. A life of true devotion to God and self-denying service to his fellowmen has been brought to a close, but we are comforted in that we know, that which was sown in corruption shall be raised in incorruption, and that which was sown in weakness shall be raised in power. "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, on such the second death hath no power but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him forever." The funeral services were in charge of Bro. J. B. Martin, assisted by Noah Hunsberger, C. F. Derstine, and Jonas Snider. Texts, Rev. 22:4 and John 13:36. The body was laid to rest in Waterloo Mennonite Cemetery.

SHORT ­ Simeon, eldest son of Peter D. and Barbara (Souder) Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Nov. 16, 1865; died very suddenly Sept. 30, 1935; aged 69 y. 10 m. 14 d. On Jan. 24, 1889, he was married to Barbara Beck. To this union 2 sons and 2 daughters were born: Arminda, Jesse, Raymond, and Dora. His companion died Aug. 22, 1905. On Jan. 22, 1907, he was married to Loueza Nofziger. Tp this union was born 1 daughter (Cora). He leaves a sorrowing companion, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 17 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 7 brothers, and 4 sisters. Two grandchildren, 3 brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Bro. Short was afflicted with heart disease for several years, but was able to be about most of the time. In the morning before his death he left home and went to his farm about 4 miles away to do some work, and suddenly his spirit took flight. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 21, remaining faithful to the end. He was regular in church attendance, interested in the welfare of the church that she might remain true to the simple faith of the Gospel. On Oct. 3, short services were held at the home by Bro. Henry Wyse, and at the Central A. M. Church by S. S. Wyse and E. B. Frey. Texts, Mark 13:35, 36 and Gen. 5:24. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

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

BECKLER ­ Minnie, daughter of Joseph and Jacobina (Roth) Gascho, was born near Milford, Neb., June 20, 1902; died Oct. 8, 1935 (death being caused of heart failure following an operation at a hospital at Grand Island, Neb.); aged 33 y. 3 m. 18 d. In 1908 she with her parents moved from Milford to Wood River vicinity where she resided ever since. She accepted her Savior in her early youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. She was united in marriage with Sidney Bechler Dec. 25, 1919. To this union were born 1 daughter and 5 sons (La Verne, Orval, Maynerd, Raymond, Sidney Jr., and Homer). Besides her husband and children she leaves her father, mother, 2 brothers (Alvin and Harry), 2 sisters (Ida and Katie), an aged grandmother, and numerous relatives and friends to mourn her untimely departure. Two sisters, (Mary Roth and Anna Jantzi) preceded her in death. Mary passed away in 1930 and Anna in 1935, each leaving a family of 6 small children. Funeral services were held at the home of her parents and at the Wood River Mennonite Church Oct. 11, 1935, with a large number of relatives and friends attending. Services were conducted by A. E. Stoltzfus at the home and Wm. Eicher, Joe Zimmerman and D. G. Lapp at the Church. Text, Rom. 8:18.

"God saw fit to pluck
One of the fairest lilies of the garden but-
'Tis God's sweet will, so let it be,
He sees what we cannot see.
There is a 'need-be' for each pain.
And sometime He will make it plain
That earthly loss is heavenly gain."

RUFENACHT­ Leah Rufenacht (nee Short), wife of Joel Rufenacht (deceased), was born near Archbold, O., Apr. 18, 1866; passed away at her home in Archbold, O., Oct. 12, 1935, several hours after taking a paralytic stroke; aged 69 y. 5 m. 24 d. Her companion preceded her in death 5 months and 13 days. Mar. 8, 1887, she was united in marriage with Joel Rufenacht. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. In passing she leaves her children (Aaron, Dale, Mrs. Charlie Nafziger, Mrs. M. A. Farber of Archbold, Ohio; Alpheus of Waldron, Mich.; Floyd and Mrs. E. A. Randolph of Toledo, Ohio), 15 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 7 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Her husband, parents, 1 brother and 1 sister preceded her in death. About seven years ago she had her first stroke, from which she never fully recovered, leaving her partly an invalid the remaining years of her life. But through all her afflictions and grief she bore it patiently, ever trying to be resigned to the will of her God. Since the death of father she often expressed her desire to leave this world and be with her companion in glory. In her younger years she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining true to her faith until death. On Oct. 15, at the Lockport Church her funeral was held, in charge of S. D. Grieser, assisted by Ed B. Frey. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"A loving mother so gentle and kind,
What a wonderful memory she left behind;
Long days she patiently 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."

HERSHEY ­ Mary, wife of John K. Hershey, was born near Paradise, Pa., May 13, 1873; died Oct. 13, 1935, following an accident which occurred near Bristol, Va., when she, with her husband, were on their way to Tennessee to visit a son. While driving along she noticed the door on her side of the car in which they were riding was not properly latched. In an attempt to close it the wind caught the door and drew her out. The full extent of her injuries could not be determined on account of her intense suffering, but the forty-three hours of life granted her following the accident were fragrant with her trust in the Lord and her readiness to go to be with Him. Her home-going leaves a tremendous vacancy in the home, Church, and community; but her testimony to the grace and faithfulness of Him whom she loved and served will live on in the minds and hearts of those to whom she ministered so bountifully. There will be a great reward for her many "Cups of cold water" given in His name. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Ruth, wife of Willis Hershey, of near Paradise; John, of near Knoxville, Tenn.; Lloyd, of Honeybrook, Pa.; Paul, of Paradise, and Mary and George at home. She was a member of the Paradise Mennonite Church, from which funeral services were held on Oct. 16.

"With Christ! immune from sadness, sin and sorrow;
To share no more earth's anguish, pain and tears;
Nor yet to have on thought about a morrow,
Since morrows come not where there are no years.
With Christ! What bliss! Glad, unalloyed communion!
What hallowed joys with loved ones gathered there!
With choice celestial spirits! Oh, what union!
With Christ! Blest place! Blest home beyond compare!"

WENGER ­ Amos Daniel Wenger was born Nov. 25, 1867, near Edom, Va.; died Oct. 5, 1935, near Harrisonburg, Va. (a few miles from his birthplace); aged 67 y. 10 m. 10 d. His busy life of service for his Master began almost immediately after accepting Christ at the age of twenty-two and uniting with the Mennonite Church in Ohio. Going farther west, he attended various schools, taught school, and was ordained to the ministry in Cass Co., Mo., Nov. 11, 1894, by Bishop David D. Kauffman. Then followed years of evangelistic work and Bible teaching. July 1, 1897, he married Mary Hostetter of Millersville, Pa., who passed away with chronic Bright's disease after one year of life together. January, 1899, to February, 1900, he took his trip around the world, visiting Bible lands especially. Sept. 27, 1900, he married Anna May Lehman of Millersville, Pa., who survives him. While writing his book of travel the same year he suffered a nervous breakdown which left him somewhat crippled. In 1901 his church work again resumed. In 1908 he moved with his family to a farm near Fentress, Va. From here he was called to principalship of the Eastern Mennonite School in 1922, where he served until death which occurred suddenly while sitting on a chair in front of the kitchen stove soon after breakfast. He leaves a faithful wife and 7 children: Mrs. Warren Kratz, Whitmer, W. Va.; Mrs. John Garber, South Boston, Va.; Amos D. and Paul L. of Fentress, Va.; Ruth, Rhoda, and Chester of Harrisonburg, Va. An infant son (Ralph) preceded him in death. HE IS ALSO SURVIVED by 5 grandchildren. Services at the Harrisonburg home in charge of Bro. S. H. Rhodes and at the Eastern Mennonite School in charge of Bro. J. L. Stauffer. Sermon by John H. Mosemann assisted by Bro. Daniel Kauffman and others. Next day services were conducted at the Fentress home and church in charge of Bro. Clayton Bergey, assisted by the brethren, John R. Mumaw, J. L. Stauffer, and Daniel Shenk. The text used at both places was one chosen by Bro. Wenger during his severe spell of sickness in 1900: Psa. 17:15­ "I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness."

Transcribed by: Mona M. Mann, Arizona

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