Byers.-Lydia (Blough) Byers was born Feb. 20, 1882; died March 10, 1936; aged 54 y. 20 d. She was a life-long member of the Blough Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband (Wm. H. Byers) and the following children: Harry of Davidsville, Pa., Robert of Los Angeles, Calif., Vera of Carpenters Park, Pa., Irene of Hollsopple, Pa., Mary of Windber, Pa., and William Jr., at home. One son (Irvin Sterling) died March 6, 1924. Funeral services at the home and at the church were in charge of Bros. Sanford G. Shetler and Irvin Holsopple.
Livingstone.-Lena, daughter of John and Katherine Kaufman, was born Sept. 23, 1854; died March 13, 1936; aged 81 y. 5 m. 20 d. She was the widow of Moses Livingstone who died a number of years ago. She had been a member of the Stahl Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa., for many years; and although not conveniently situated to attend church services, she always showed a readiness to attend when the opportunity was granted. Her sickness of the past few months kept her bedfast, but in spite of her sickness she showed a congenial spirit up to the last. Funeral services were held at the Stahl Church in charge of Bros. Sanford G. Shetler and Harry C. Blough. Text, Jas. 1:27.
Blough.-Harvey K., son of Bro. and Sister Henry Blough, was born Oct. 1, 1859; died Feb. 6, 1936; aged 76 y. 4 m. 6 d. He is survived by one son (Charles) of near Salix, five grandchildren (Cloyd, Beatrice, Earl, Roy and Charles Jr.), and 1 great-grandchild (Devon Kay). He is also survived by 3 brothers and 1 sister (Jacob Blough of Hollsopple, Elias Blough of Ohio, Ephraim Blough of West Virginia, and Mrs. Caroline Kaufman of near Davidsville). Bro. Blough was preceded to the grave by his wife, Mrs. Anna (Pfeil) Blough ten years ago. He had been a member of the Stahl Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Stahl Church near Johnstown, Pa., in charge of Bros. Sanford O. Shetler and George Hostetler.
Hoylman.-Reuben Lester, son of William and Hettie Hoylman, was born near Roseland, Neb., Jan. 12, 1921; died at University Hospital, Iowa City, Ia., March 1, 1936; aged 15 y. 1 m. 19 d. At the age of 5 he came with his parents to Iowa, where they have since made their home. At the age of 13 years he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. He had been in his usual health until last Monday, when he became ill very suddenly with pneumonia. On Wednesday he was taken to the hospital, but he continued to grow worse and on Sunday he peacefully fell asleep. He leaves his father, mother, 2 brothers (Wayne and Elroy), 2 sisters (Hilda and Shirley). Funeral services March 3 in charge of Abner G. Yoder and Norman Hobbs were held at the West Union Church. Burial in West Union Cemetery. Text, I Sam. 20:18.
Kauffman.-Jacob Kauffman was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Dec. 1, 1862; died at his home near Hartville, Ohio, March 7, 1936; aged 73 y. 3 m. 6 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Lantz in Lawrence Co. His wife preceded him 14 years ago. To this union were born twin sons, one having died in early infancy. The other son (Andrew) lived with his father and survives him. He is also survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Nancy Zook, Sharpeville, Pa.; Mrs. Fannie Lehman, Lawrence Co.). Bro. Kauffman and son Andrew moved to Stark Co., Ohio, ten years ago. Funeral services were held March 9 at the King meeting house by Jonas Helmuth and Henry Sommers. Interment in church cemetery. Bro. Kauffman was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. His many friends will sadly miss him with his hospitality and generosity. Death was due to pneumonia and complications and he was bedfast four weeks.
Lehman.-Charles, son of Isaac and Matilda (Snyder) Lehman, was born Aug. 27, 1881; died at his late home near Wakarusa, Ind., March 6, 1936; aged 54 y. 6 m. 9 d. His entire life was spent in the community in which he died, with the exception of a few years when he labored in Illinois and Iowa. On Dec. 20, 1911, he was united in marriage to Bertha Holdeman. Their home was blessed with a daughter (Mildred) and a son (Russel). He with his companion united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church about 21 years ago, of which he was a member at the time of his death. He leaves his grief-stricken companion, 2 children, an aged mother (Mrs. Matilda Lehman), 3 brothers (Abraham, Wakarusa, Ind.; Walter, New York; Oscar, Cleveland, O.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Leinbach, Mrs. Tobias Ramer, Mrs. Frank Martin, Mrs. Joel Weaver). Funeral services were held March 8 at the Yellow Creek Church in charge of Bro. H. F. Yoder, assisted by J. W. Christophel. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Eby.-Laura Jane, daughter of the late Carpenter and
Elizabeth Weaver, was born Nov. 7, 1865 in Lancaster Co., Pa.;
died March 12, 1936, at her home near Blue Ball, Pa., having been
confined to her bed only about 2 weeks, although she had been
failing for some time before; aged 70 y. 4 m. 5 d. She was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church. On May 4, 1890, she was united
in marriage to Samuel M. Eby who with the following children remain
to mourn her departure: Anna, wife of Harvey Zimmerman; Edna,
wife of Harvey Usner; Esther, wife of Lester Witman; and Samuel
W. One son (Robert), a brother (Samuel), and a sister (Annie)
preceded her in death. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren
and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Mary Hoover, Manheim;
Emma, wife of Harry Brubaker, Levi Weaver, William Weaver, Frances,
wife of David Martin-all of New Holland; and Ida, wife of Walter
Kutz of Blue Ball. Funeral services were conducted March 16 by
Bro. John Souder at the home, and Bro. Frank Martin and Bro. John
Weaver at the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Text, I Cor. 2:9, 10.
interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother's chair is empty now,
Amid the voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it is God's will."
Veach.-William Edward Veach was born in Thomasville, N. C., April 12, 1862; died at his home near Strausburg, Mo., March 11, 1936; aged 73 y. 10 m. 29 d. He had been ailing for several years and died very suddenly of dropsy and heart trouble. He came from North Carolina to Missouri when a young man. On Oct. 18, 1889, he was united in marriage to Laura Belle Scott. To this union 5 children were born (Elmer of Holden, Mo.; Clarence at home; Mrs. Ella Gilkeson who died four years ago; also 2 children who died in infancy). Those left are his sorrowing widow, 2 sons, 1 brother, 1 sister, 5 nephews, 4 nieces, 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. After 44 years absence from his native state, he returned for a visit accompanied by his wife and son Clarence. He united with the M. E. Church of Magnolia, Mo., where be had his membership at the time of his death. He was a man of wide acquaintance and had many friends. Funeral services were held Mar. 13, at the Strausburg Union Church conducted by I. G. Hartzler of East Lynne, Mo. Text, Jno. 14:2. Interment in the Warensburg Cemetery.
Bachman-Elizabeth Annie, daughter of Jacob and Magdalena
Dellenbach, was born April 2, 1871; died at her home in Metamora,
Ill., March 8, 1936; aged 64 y. 11 m. 6 d. She accepted Christ
as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in her youth.
She was always interested in her church and Sunday school work.
Her place was seldom vacant when her health permitted. On December
19, 1889, she was united in marriage to Peter Bachman of near
Cazenovia, Ill. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters.
She was afflicted five years ago with an ailment that confined
her to her home most of the time. She was a faithful wife and
mother, always willing to help anyone in need, and will be missed
in the home, the Church, and the community. She leaves her sorrowing
husband, 3 sons (Jacob H., Arthur H., Rudolph J., all of Low Point,
Ill.), 3 daughters (Ella M. Nafziger of Hopedale, Ill., Lena E.
Fenton of Topeka, Kans., Pearl M. Jackson of Metamora, Ill.),
1 brother (Jacob Dellenbach of Flanagan, Ill.), 20 grandchildren,
and a host of relatives and friends. Her parents, 3 sisters, 4
brothers, 1 son (Elmer L.) and 1 grandchild (La Veta Jackson)
preceded her in death. Funeral services in charge of H. R. Schertz,
interment at Harmony Cemetery.
"Mother's chair is empty now,
And a voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it is God's will."
Egli-Mary, daughter of Christian and Catherine Birky,
was born Aug. 13, 1860, near Morton, Ill. She was baptized and
received into the Amish Mennonite Church near Hopedale, Ill.,
by Bishop Christian Nafziger on April 14, 1878. In this faith
she remained faithful until death. On Jan. 3, 1886, she was united
in marriage to Joseph Egli who preceded her in death Oct. 10,
1915. She leaves 7 children (Mrs. N. D. Kauffman, Abner, and Joel
of Manson, Ia.; Dan of Hopedale, Ill.; Mrs. Simon Grieser of Wisner,
Neb.; Mollie and Barbara at home). She also leaves 4 step-children
(C. B. Egli and Mrs. D. H. Miller of Manson, Ia.; Mrs. Edwin Miller
of Middlebury, Ind.; Mrs. V. H. Fleener of Hebron, Ind.), 1 brother
(A. D. Birky of Milford, Neb.), and 1 sister (Lizzie Birky of
Manson), 4 grandchildren, and 48 step-grandchildren. She suffered
a paralytic stroke on July 7, 1931, and was an invalid from that
time on. She was very patient during her affliction, never a word
of complaint, but she often expressed a longing to be at rest
and her wish has been granted. She passed away quite suddenly
at her home in Manson, on the evening of March 2, 1936; aged 75
y. 6 m. 19 d. Funeral services were held March 5, at the Manson
Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Nick Stoltzfus. Text, Jan.
"Passing out of the shadow into a purer light,
Stepping behind the curtain, getting a clearer sight.
Laying aside a burden, this weary mortal coil,
Done with the world's vexations, done with its tears and toil."
Roth.-Magdalena. daughter of Joseph and Anna (Schlatter) Roth, was born in Lee Co., Iowa, June 2, 1868. When Lena was quite small her parents moved to Lyon Co., Kans., but later came back into the community near Wayland, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood. While in her teens she accepted Christ as her Savior, uniting with the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. When in her usual health she seldom was absent from services, and when the time came during her last sickness that she was unable to go to church she would weep as she heard the near-by church-bells go. Her affectionate spirit and the personal interest she took in the lives of others won for her many friends. Since the death of her blind brother (Ben), some years ago, she lived alone. Early in the winter, however, she became ill and was cared for at the home of her niece (Mrs. Wm. Nafziger). After regaining sufficient strength to be up again, she went to the home of Homer Roth, her nephew, where she took sick again, gradually grew weaker and weaker, and in spite of all that kind friends and loving hands could do she passed away Mar. 14, 1936; aged 67 y. 9 m. 12 d. She leaves 3 brothers (Henry of Fontana, Calif.; Isaac of Wayland, Ia.; and Joseph of Rock Island, Ill.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Schlatter of Wayland, Ia., Mrs. Katie Stucky of Agra, Kans., Mrs. Elizabeth Donley of Alpena, Mich., and Mrs. Lovina Meyer of Kent, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral was held March 16 at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, conducted by the home ministers. Texts, Psa. 23 and John 14.
Stealy.-Lovina, daughter of Eli and Mary Rarick, was born near Goshen, Ind., April 12, 1852; died of- old age at time home of her daughter-in-law, Martha Stealy, Feb. 21, 1936; aged 83 y. 10 m. 9 d. In 1870 she was married to Henry Stealy, who died Oct. 30, 1917. For the first six years of their married life they lived six miles west of Goshen and for twenty years they lived seven miles southwest of Elkhart, at which time they moved to Elkhart, where they lived until death. Two sons were born to this union (Reuben deceased, and Rufus, who survives). Two sisters also survive (Mrs. S. J. Smith of Elkhart, and Mrs. S. J. Hunsberger of Foraker, Ind.); also 3 granddaughters (Mrs. Merl Yoder of Wakarusa, Ind.; Mrs. Ralph Hostetler of South Bend, Ind.; and Mrs. Irvin Boyer of Elkhart) ; 1 grandson (Louis D. Stealy of Elkhart), and 5 great-grandchildren. She accepted her Savior in 1873, uniting with the German Reformed Church. About the year 1891 she changed her membership to the Mennonite Church where she remained a faithful member until death. She attended church services regularly as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held Feb. 24 at the home and at the Prairie St. Church with interment at the Prairie St. Cemetery. Services in charge of Brethren J. E. Gingrich, J. S. Hartzler, Christian Reiff, and J. K. Bixler. She had been bedfast nearly two years, but though her illness was of long duration she bore her suffering bravely, knowing that the blessed Savior was watching over her. She often spoke of her departure with fond anticipation, and one of the last remarks was, "The Shepherd is coming." She will be greatly missed by the family and the many friends.
Roth.-William S., son of Joseph and Anna (Schlatter) Roth, was born in Lee Co., Iowa, May 28, 1869. Some time later his parents moved to Lyon Co., Kans. After a few years they came back to Iowa, making their home near Wayland where William grew to manhood and lived until called by death. He accepted Christ in his youth and was received into church fellowship in the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite Church near Wayland, Iowa, of which he was a member at time time of his death. Nov. 9, 1921, he was united in marriage with Mary Kauffman. He was an industrious man, being a plumber by trade. Those who worked with him were impressed with his cheerful disposition as he undertook the tasks before him. Those closely associated with him knew for some time that he was not well. He suffered from what is commonly called "gravel." In the hope of getting relief he went to the University Hospital at Iowa City and submitted to an operation. His condition, it was felt, was serious from the beginning. The prevailing snow storm that was raging at the time word came that he was failing fast had blockaded the roads of the whole country-side which added to the anxiety and sorrow of friends and relatives who could not get to his bedside. In spite of all that surgical skill and medical aid could do for him he passed away Monday morning, Feb. 10, 1936; aged 66 y. 8 m. 12 d. He leaves his wife, 3 brothers (Henry of Fontana, Calif.; Isaac of Wayland; Joseph of Rock Island, Ill.), 5 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Schlatter and Lena Roth, Wayland, Ia.; Mrs. Katie Stuckey, Agra, Kans.; Mrs. Elizabeth Donley, Alpena, Mich.; Lovina Meyer, Kent, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held Feb. 13, conducted by the home ministers, Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty. Text, Eccl. 12 :7.
Eichelberger.-Christian, son of George and Fanny (Stalter)
Eichelberger, was born Feb. 14, 1852, near Washington, Ill.; died
at his home near Shickley, Neb., March 7, 1936; aged 84 y. 22
d. Death was caused by cancer. Although he suffered much, he bore
his suffering patiently. He was baptized in his youth and united
with the Mennonite Church near Hopedale, Ill. On June 18, 1882,
he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Birky. To this union were
born 5 sons and 3 daughters. In the fall of 1886 he with his companion
and 2 children moved to Decator Co., Kans., where they together
endured many hardship of pioneer days. On Oct. 20, 1903, he with
his family moved to a farm near Shickley, Neb., where he made
his home the remainder of his life. He was a loving husband and
father who was much concerned about the Church of which he was
a faithful member until death. His chief concern was the spiritual
welfare of his children and grandchildren. His companion was called
to her reward March 22, 1907. One daughter (Mary Gascho) preceded
him on Sept. 12, 1930. Seven grandchildren, 1 brother, and 3 sisters
also preceded him. He leaves 5 sons (Aaron and Menno of Shickley;
Joel of Strang; Edwin and Alvin of Broken Bow, Neb.); 2 daughters
(Lydia Lauber, with whom he made his home, and Emma Troyer of
Shickley), 40 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers (Joe
and George of Hopedale, Ill.), 3 sisters (Mary Gut of Hopedale;
Katie Jensen and Phoebe Marshall of Pekin, Ill.), and many other
relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew
him. Funeral sermon by Bro. P. H. Kennel of the home congregation.
Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in the Salem Mennonite Cemetery.
"Now the time is over,
Suffering days are past;
Father has gone to glory
With Jesus there to rest."
Eichelberger. - Anna Grieser Eichelberger, daughter
of Peter and Anna Oswald, was born April 7, 1868, at Regensburg,
Germany; died at her home in Beemer, Neb., March 8, 1936; aged
67 y. 11 m. 1 d. When she was 4 years old she came to America
with her parents. They settled at New Orleans for a few years,
then moved to Illinois, and then to Fulda, Minn., where she was
united in marriage to Benjamin Grieser in 1889. To this union
13 children were born. One son (Joseph) preceded her in death
about 8 years ago. Her husband also preceded her in death Feb.
2, 1930. On April 26, 1931, she was united in marriage to Chris
Eichelberger at Beemer, Neb. At an early age she accepted Christ
as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, to which she
remained faithful until death. She leaves her husband, 6 sons
and 6 daughters; namely, Lizzie (Mrs. Julius Miller), Rose (Mrs.
John Waters) both of Hydro, Okla.; Anna (Mrs. David Erb) of O'Neill,
Neb.; Lena (Mrs. Simon), Mary (Mrs. Menno Erb), Kathryn (Mrs.
Julius Kerler), all of Beemer, Neb.; Jake, Pete, Simon, Chris
and Bennie of Beemer, Neb.; also 7 step-children (Albert Eichelberger
of Emden, Ill.; Joe Eichelberger of Bloomington, Ill.; C. A. Eichelberger
of Elpaso, Ill.; Amos Eichelberger of Emden, Ill.; Alma Birky
of Delavan, Ill.; Katie Nafziger of Hopedale, Ill.; Esther Miller
of Minonk, Ill.), 49 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 24
step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 24 step-grandchildren,
1 sister (Mrs. Barbara Nitzsche of Wisner, Neb.), and a host of
relatives and friends. She was a good friend and neighbor and
was always willing to lend a hand. We feel the loss of a wonderful
Christian mother. Funeral services were conducted at the house
by Bro. P. O. Oswald and at the church by Bro. Dan Birky and Bro.
J. E. Zimmerman of Milford, Neb. Interment in the Beemer Cemetery.
"We have lost our dear, sweet mother;
She no more on earth shall roam;
And there'll never be another
Who can take her place at home."
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Eby.-Sister Laura Jane, wife of Bro. Samuel Eby, died at her late home near Blue Ball, Pa., March 12, 1936, after a season of suffering. Though loving hands did all that they could for her, yet about midnight of above date she passed away to be with the Lord .She is survived by her husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, and many friends. Funeral was held March 16, by Bro. John M. Sander at the house and Bros. Frank Martin and John W. Weaver at the Weaverland Church, where interment was made. Text, 1 Cor. 2:9,10. Sister Eby will be missed as she was always, if possible, at her place in the services. She was seventy years of age.
Hurst.-Sister Lydia, wife of Pre. Frank W. Hurst, died at her late home near Martindale, Pa., March 6, 1936, after a brief illness. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and devoted wife and mother. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 2 step-sons, 31 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. Sister Hurst was very much interested in the welfare of the Church and her own family. Funeral services were held on the 10th, Bro. Amos H. Martin having charge of the service at the home, Bro. John B. Weaver at the grave, and Bros. Moses Horning and Jos. Hostetter at the church. Text, 11 Cor. 5:1. Sister Hurst was 73 years of age.
Baxter.-Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Jason Baxter, died at her home near Churchtown, Pa., on March 19, 1936, after several months of suffering. She is survived by her husband and 3 sons and many friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and will be missed in the little flock at Churchtown, where they worshipped regularly. Funeral was held March 22, by Bro. B. Frank Martin at the house and Bros. John W. Weaver and B. Frank Martin at the Weaverland Church, where a large concourse of people had met to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was only a few months less than fifty years old, and who has been a faithful and devoted wife and mother.
Schrag.-Daniel Samuel Schrag was born in Ontario; died at the home of his son March 25, 1936; aged 77 years. He came to Nebraska in 1881 with his mother and brother. He was united in marriage to Mary Dettweiler May 26, 1895. To this union one son was born. In his early youth he united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member when the Lord took him home. He leaves his son and wife (Mr. and Mrs. Christian Schrag), 1 granddaughter (Frances Schrag), and a host of relatives and friends. His wife, father, mother, 3 sisters, and 6 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held March 27 at the Milford, Neb., A. M. Church in charge of Bro. L. 0. Schlegel. Bro. Warren Eicher preached the funeral sermon. Text, 1 Cor. 15:44. Interment in the Milford A. M. Cemetery.
Weaver.-Sister Mary (Martin) Weaver died in the Lancaster General Hospital Feb. 27, 1936, after a lingering illness; aged 72 y. 8 m. 5 d. She is survived by her husband (Aaron B. Weaver), 1 son, 2 daughters, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held March 2 at Goodville, Pa., by Bro. John M. Sander at the house and Bro. John W. Weaver at the Church. Text, Jno. 17:24. Sister Weaver and her husband have been faithful members of the Mennonite Church, and resided in Goodville for many years. They had just shortly before celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. She was very much interested in the Sunday school, and was for many years a teacher of the small children. Many of them are now parents and are bringing the children to the place where they themselves were taught. She was an active member of the Goodville Sewing Circle from the time it was started. There has been laid away the remains of one who has endeared herself to many in her labors of love and works of faith.
Langston.--Bonnie Miller was born near Jefferson, N. C., Jan. 18, 1869; died at her home near Pleasant Hill, Mo., Mar. 20, 1936; aged 67 y. 2 m. 2 d. Her mother died when she was 6 years old and she was raised by her aunt. She went to Iowa in 1890 and thence to Missouri. She was married to A. W. Langston Feb. 27, 1901. There were no children born to this union but they opened their home to four orphan children and helped some others to good homes. She and her husband confessed Christ and were baptized near Dayton, Mo., and united with the Christian Church at that place. She leaves her husband, 1 foster daughter (Mrs. May Sexton, Dayton, Mo.); John Enloe of the Home; 1 sister (Addie Waske, North Mo.); 1 sister-in-law (Mrs. Alice Thompson, Windsor Mo.); also some other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held March 22 at the East Lynne, Mo., Christian Church conducted by I. G. Hartzler. Burial in Garden City cemetery.
Hastings.-Henry Richard, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Hastings, was born Sept. 1, 1865, near Albia, Iowa; died near Hydro, Okla., March 29, 1936; aged 70 y. 6 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Hattie May Balcom on March 29, 1891. This union was blessed with 3 daughters and 1 son. The son (George Lee) preceded him in death. He is survived by his companion and 3 daughters (Mrs. George Porter, Van Buren, Ark.; Mrs. Clarence Weese, and Mrs. Glen Payne of Weatherford, Okla.). Five sisters also survive (Mrs. Belle Wicks and Mrs. Rosa Scott of Weatherford, Okla.; Mrs. Sadie Nelson of Colo.; Mrs. Emma McCarty and Mrs. Myrtle Steck of Iowa). He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. He moved to Oklahoma in 1900 and has lived here since. He became a Christian 36 years ago. He united with the Mennonite Church about 17 years ago, in which faith he died. Funeral services were held on March 23 at Weatherford, in the Methodist Church, conducted by Bro. Alva Swartzendruber assisted by The Methodist home minister. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Falb.-Daniel J., son of John and Katie (Steiner) Falb,
was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 20, 1881; died March 18, 1936;
aged 54 y. 3 m. 28 d. In his youth he was baptized and taken into
the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church of which he was a member until
death. On Nov. 17, 1906, he was united in marriage to Caroline
Nussbaum to which union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters. Besides
his wife, he is survived by the 9 children as follows: Levi, Clyde,
and Raymond of the home ; Elda and Viola of Columbiana; Aldine,
Ida, Lydia, and Bertha of the home; also 2 brothers (Joel of Orrville
and Noah of Berne, Ind.), 2 sisters (Elizabeth-Mrs; Joel Mazelin,
and Verena, wife of Albert Zuercher, both of Berne, Ind.) and
a host of other relatives and friends. He was a man who commanded
the respect of his neighbors, was a good citizen, and in his departure
the wife will lose a loving companion, the children a tender and
affectionate father, and the community a good citizen.
I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead, he is just away;
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into the better land."
Yoder.-Leah R., wife of Jonas D. Yoder, was laid to rest March 24, 1936, after enduring a lingering illness very patiently for a few years as a result of a paralytic stroke. She was not confined to her home all this time, and attended church services whenever health permitted. She also enjoyed visiting the sick and giving a word of encouragement wherever needed. She was confined to bed two weeks with influenza and heart trouble. She will be sadly missed not only in the Church and home but also by her many friends. She was the last of the family of Jacob and Leah Yoder, deceased. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her to the great beyond. They were John H., Pre. Samuel T., David, Katie (Mrs. Jacob B. Zook), and Sadie (Mrs. Amos Yoder). She was well taken care of by her immediate family and faithful physician who did what he could to relieve her severe pain. She leaves her husband, 2 daughters (Mrs. .John Hostetler, Mrs. Christ Smoker), 1 son (Harvey P.), all of Belleville. Pa. She was a faithful member of Locust Grove Church and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Age, 72 y. 3 m. 23 d. Funeral services were held at her late home in charge of John Zook, and at the Locust Grove Church by Jonas Miller, Aaron Mast, and John L. Mast.
Black-Martha W., daughter of Solomon and the late Ellen
(Whisler) Good, was born near Spring City, Pa., Nov. 26, 1898;
died in the Pottstown hospital of toxemia, Feb. 10, 1936; aged
37 y. 2 m.14 d. She accepted her Savior in her youth and united
with the Vincent Mennonite Church Oct. 22, 1910. On July 2, 1924,
she was united in marriage to Bro. Clinton E. Black. To this union
were born 4 children (Clinton E. Jr., who died in infancy, Betty,
Dilman and a stillborn three days before her death). She is survived
by her husband, son, daughter, aged father, 1 sister (Minnie,
wife of Paul W. Brunk), 2 half-sisters (Anna, wife of John W.
Kolb, and Bertha Huber). In the passing of Martha, the church
has lost a consistent member, the home a loving mother and faithful
wife and daughter. Her quiet, unassuming life was an inspiration
to those who knew her best. Funeral services were conducted at
the home by Bro. Henry G. Bechtel and at the Vincent Church by
Brethern Warren G. Bean and E. W. Kulp. Texts, Prov. 31:26-28;
Mark 14:5, first clause. Interment in adjoining cemetery. The
following stanza was selected by the husband:
"She's through with all her suffering,
To her there is no pain;
She left her earthly troubles
For the heavenly crown to gain.
Good.-Joseph H., eldest son of the late Bishop Christian
and Anna (Heatwole) Good, was born May 22, 1865; died in Rockingham
Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., March 18, 1936; aged 70
y. 9 m. 26 d. His illness was of short duration, having been seriously
sick only five days with hemorrhages from an ulcerated stomach.
He apparently suffered very little and was conscious to the last.
He was resigned to the will of the Lord, and thus calmly and peacefully
passed away. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church
from early manhood. He was especially fond of singing and gave
some attention to the study of music in his younger years. He
was appointed church chorister and served the Bank and Weaver
congregations for thirty years, serving in this capacity at the
Weaver Church up to the time of his death. His quiet, simple,
Christian life placed him in high esteem by all who knew him.
He will be missed in the Church and in the home and community.
Surviving him are his faithful and devoted companion, 2 sons (Leonard
of Richmond, Va., Lewis of Branchville, Md.), 5 daughters (Mrs.
Chas. Layman, Mrs. Herman Burkholder, Mrs. M. 0. Blosser, Mrs.
Delbert Thackes, all of Harrisonburg; Mrs. Herman Heatwole of
La Junta, Colo.), 4 brothers (J. M. and C. H. of Harrisonburg;
A. C. and D. W. of Sterling, Ill.), 1 sister (Mrs. J. D. Wenger),
and 19 grandchildren. Funeral services at Weaver's Church in charge
of Brethren S. H. Rhodes and J. L. Stauffer. Text, Heb. 13:14.
Following is a verse of the last hymn that he led in public services:
"Eternal source of joy divine,
To Thee may soul aspires;
Oh precious thot, the Lord is mine,
'Tis all my soul desires."
Beard-Sophia, wife of John Beard, passed away March
22, 1936, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clyde Fletcher. She
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shenk, born Feb. 14, 1840,
in Putnam Co., Ohio, where she resided during her entire life,
and her friendship won the love and respect of all who knew her.
She was a citizen of outstanding character and her life was one
of beauty and usefulness, always ready to help in sickness or
need, always showing kindness to every one with whom she came
in contact. On Sept. 22, 1867 she was united in marriage to John
Beard who preceded her in death 20 years ago. They were the parents
of 6 children (Christian C. of Auburn, Ind., Lucy A. Bibler and
John F. who preceded her in death, Maggie who died in infancy,
Mrs. Clyde Fletcher with whom she made her home, and Samuel S.
of Toledo, O.). Besides the above named, she leaves 1 step-son
(Charles Beard, Ottawa, O.), 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren,
1 great-great-grandchild, and a host of sorrowing relatives and
friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1870. She was
a faithful and devoted Christian, was seldom absent from the Lord's
house on the Sabbath when strength permitted her to attend, and
was a constant reader of God's Word. She was a kind and loving
wife, a devoted mother and grandmother, always greatly interested
in their spiritual and physical welfare. Funeral services were
held March 25 at the Forest Grove Church by Gabriel Brunk and
Ben B. King, where an exceptionally large number of people had
gathered for the service. She was then laid to rest in the Varner
"Our family circle again is broken,
Since you have gone to rest
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say, 'God thought it best.'"
Eshleman-Susan, daughter of Henry and Sophia (Shank) Myers, was born near Oakwood, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1847; died at her hone in Waynesboro, Pa., Feb. 18, 1936; aged 88 y. 11 m. 18 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. After having come East a number of years ago, she was united in marriage to Daniel Eshleman on Sept. 6, 1903. Her husband preceded her in death nearly 16 years ago. The following step-children survive : D. F. Eshleman, Shillington, Pa.; Martin H. Eshleman, Bowdil, Ohio; D. H. Eshleman, Smithsburg, Md.; Mrs. Penrose Benner, Smithsburg, Md.; and Florence at home; also 17 step-grandchildren. There were eight in her family-all of whom preceded her in death except two brothers: Daniel Myers, Defiance, Ohio; and Henry Myers, near Oakwood, Ohio. She and her brother Dillion passed away within a little more than a week's time. Fairly good health was hers until last August. Suddenly overcome by the heat, she fell, breaking her hip. She was taken to the hospital where she received treatment for about 5 weeks. Later she was brought to her home again. We do not feel that she suffered severe pain from this point on, but there was a gradually wearing away of strength which she in her old age was no longer able to regain. She lingered for about six months, but took it all very patiently. She expressed her desire to depart from this life and go home where all pain and sorrow ceaseth. She endeared herself to many who with helping hands allowed themselves to be used. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 21, at the house in charge of Bro. Denton T. Martin. Further services were held in the Stauffer Mennonite Church near Edgemont, Md., in charge of Brethren Denton Martin and Amos Martin. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Reschly.-Joseph Reschly was born in Ontario March 8, 1860. When seventeen years of age he came to Henry Co., Iowa, where he lived ever since. He accepted Christ as his Savior while yet in Canada, but when he came to Iowa he transferred his membership to the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite Church of which congregation he was a member when he passed away. On March 18, 1883, he was united in marriage with Anna Roth. This union was blest with 4 daughters and 3 sons. The younger children were quite small when the mother was taken away by death Jan. 22, 1896. On March 11, 1898, he was married again to Barbara Nebel. Five sons and one daughter were born to this union. The daughter died in infancy. Bro. Reschly being a carpenter by trade, he became well known in this community. His workmanship won for him many friends. For a number of years his health had been failing, but by careful dieting he seemed to get along quite well. Gradually, however, the infirmities of the human body fastened themselves more firmly upon him. Eventually he was taken to the hospital in Iowa City where he submitted to treatment. His condition did not seem to improve, so in accordance with his wishes he was brought home where he was tenderly cared for about a week, when he peacefully passed away Monday afternoon, March 23, 1936; aged 76 y. 15 d. Bro. Reschly's Christian experience seemed to grow as he grew older and he often deplored the errors of his younger days. During his last sickness he expressed himself as being ready to go. He leaves his wife, 3 daughter's (Katie, Mrs. Amsa Miller; Emma, Mrs. C. B. Roth; and Eva, Mrs. Harris Boese), 8 sons (William, Elmer, Harry, Joseph, Henry, Irvin, John, and Glenn) all residing in this community, 1 sister (Mrs. Katie Erb), 47 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, March 26, conducted by Willard Leichty and Simon Gingerich. Text, Phil. 1:2.
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Gish.-Mary E., wife of Peter H. Gish, was born near Elizabethtown, Pa., March 20, 1851; died at Millersville, Pa., (where she had attended church regularly), Feb. 26, 1936; aged 84 y. 11 m. 6 d. She was buried at Mt. Joy, Pa., where she had been a member for ten years. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. N. W. Risser.
Yoder.-Catherine Laverne, infant daughter of Russel and Edna (Saylor) Yoder, died March 29, 1936. She lived for a short period of one day and the Lord saw fit to call her unto Himself. We submit to His will for He knows best. She is survived by 1 sister (Esther May) and many relatives. Short services were held at the home by I. M. Holsopple. Interment in Kaufman Cemetery near Davidsville, Pa.
Hauder.--Donna Mae, little daughter of Harvey E. and
Henrietta Hauder, was born March 22, 1936, and has gone to be
with Jesus. She leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters
to mourn her departure. One sister preceded her in death. A short
service was conducted at the home by Bro. J. C. Gingerich and
at the grave by Bro. E. D. Hershberger.
"A precious bud, a baby fair,
Was given for our keeping;
But now her soul so free from care,
In quiet rest is sleeping."
Dettwiler.-Willis Glen, infant son of Harry and Marie
(Stutzman) Dettwiler, near Garden City, Mo., died March 29, 1936;
aged 16 days. His death was due to acute nephritis. He is survived
by his parents and 1 brother (Edwin Eugene). "The Lord gave,
and the Lord hath taken away: Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. L. J. Miller
and Bro. I. G. Hartzler, after which the little body was laid
to rest in the Clearfork Cemetery.
"A sweet little flower, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom has taken away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
By the parents.
Dickey.-J. Vernon Dickey was born in Walker Co., Ga., Jan. 27, 1855. With his parents he moved to Illinois in 1864. He was the son of a Missionary Baptist minister, and while still a boy was converted and baptized into the fellowship of the church under his father's pastorate. He was a member of the Dickeyville Baptist Church. In 1920 he moved with his family to Oregon, residing near Woodburn. He leaves his wife (Mrs. N. P. Dickey of Portland) and a daughter (Mrs. Opal Berkey) of Hubbard. By a former marriage he leaves 2 sons and a daughter. Father went to his reward March 3, 1936. Services at Zion Church, conducted by E. Z. Yoder. Text, Rev. 1:7. Laid to rest in Zion Cemetery.
Darr.-Isaac, son of Henry and Hannah Darr, was born near Stratford, Ont., April 24, 1851. About 1857 he moved with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind. He was next oldest of 8 children in this family. He spent most of his life near the old homestead, and since the death of his mother he with his sister Sarah resided on the home farm. For several years he has been in failing health and died March 2, 1936; aged 84 y. 10 m. 8 d. He leaves 2 sisters (Sarah at home, Mrs. Andrew Brenneman of Wakarusa, Ind.), Christian of McCracken, Kans., and a number of nephews and nieces, neighbors and friends. Funeral services held at Olive Church conducted by Bishops Joseph Martin and D. A. Yoder.
Shrock.-Lester Shrock was born at Huntsburg, Geauga Co., Ohio, Dec. 27, 1914. Later he moved with his father and mother to Defiance Co., Ohio. After which he came to New York State in 1923 with his parents. He united with the Conservative Mennonite Church at Alden, N. Y., in 1934. After a five-month illness he died of cancer of the stomach, March 19, 1936; aged 21 y. 2 m. 22 d. He leaves, to mourn his early departure, his mother and step-father (Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Yoder), 2 brothers and 1 sister (Samuel, Melvin and Alta), 4 step-sisters (Malinda, Martha, Sarah, Viola-all married), 2 step-brothers (David and Eli) and 1 half-sister (Esther). Father, 1 brother (Enos), and 2 half-brothers (Albert and Arthur), preceded him in death.
Culp.-Rosanna, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Hoover) Burkholder, was born near Cherrywood, Ont., Dec. 5, 1859; died at her late home near Markham, Ont., Feb. 14, 1936; aged 76 y. 2 m. 6 d. Two sisters (Elizabeth Hoover and Jane Boyer) preceded her. On Nov. 26, 1889, she was married to Tillman Gayman Culp. To this union was born an only daughter Elizabeth, who survives. She is also survived by an only brother (Noah Burkholder of Cherrywood, Ont.). Her husband died Aug. 26, 1901. In their early married life they united with the Mennonite Church to which she was a faithful member until the Lord called her home. Funeral services at the home and grave by Bro. A. D. Grove, and at Wideman Church by Bro. L. W. Hoover. Text, I Jno. 5:11. Burial in Wideman Cemetery.
Pfeil.-Fannie, daughter of the late David and Sallie (Eash) Yoder, was born July 20, 1854; died March 26, 1936; aged 81 y. 8 m. 6 d. She was united in marriage to John Pfeil, March 15, 1885. He preceded her to the grave Aug. 16, 1897. One (daughter (Mary) died Aug. 16, 1926. Out of a family of 8 children she is survived by only 1 brother (Solomon Yoder of Cambria Co., Pa.). She is also survived by 1 stepson, 5 grandchildren, amid 13 great-grandchildren. For the last fourteen years she had her home with her grandson( (Ralph Kissell, Davidsville, Pa.), in whose home she died after an illness of less than a week. Sue was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held in the home and in the Blough Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler and Irvin M. Holsopple. The body was laid away in the adjoining cemetery. The funeral was very largely attended by relatives, neighbors, and friends.
Born-Magdalene, wife of Fred Born, passed away March 16, 1936, at her home near Valparaiso from heart ailment of several years; aged 61 y. 1 m. 19 d. She was the youngest daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Ann Berkey and was born northwest of Wakarusa, Jan. 27, 1875. Surviving are husband, 6 children (Dorothy and Ester Born of Plymouth, Catherine Born of South Bend, and Paul, Mary Eloise and Marion at home). A son (Henry Edwin) preceded her in death. One sister (Mrs. Susan Wenger of Goshen) and 5 brothers (Aaron and Henry Berkey of Wakarusa, Daniel Berkey of Mishawaka, Eli Berkey of Saskatchewan, and Jacob Berkey of Miles City, Mont.) also survive. One brother (William Berkey) and two sisters (Mrs. Barbara Nunemaker, and Mrs. Sarah Shirk) preceded her in death. She united with the Osceola Methodist Church in early 1900. Funeral services conducted by D. A.Yoder at the Olive Mennonite Church near Elkhart, Ind.
Blosser-Lois Augusta, daughter of Warren and Catharine (Lind) Blosser, was born Dec. 7, 1913; died March 22, 1936, at the home of her parents near North Lima, Ohio; aged 22 y. 3 m. 15 d. On July 31, 1935, she united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. In her infancy she was deprived of the sense of hearing. Her parents made it possible for her to attend a school at Columbus where she was taught to read, write, and even talk some. This was a means of giving great pleasure to the daughter, who really enjoyed life amidst these handicaps. While she was making her plans for the summer, she took sick with pneumonia and died within a week's illness. She is survived by her parents and 3 brothers (Eben L. and Homer W. of Los Angeles, Calif., and Paul M. of Oakland, Calif.), 1 brother preceding her in death 16 months ago. Funeral services were held March 24 at the home and at Midway Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner and E. M. Detwiler. Text Rev. 7 :17.
Plank.--Fred Benjamin, son of Christian and Lydia Plank, was born near Garden City, Mo., April 2, 1895; died March 29, 1936; aged 40 y. 11 m. 28 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. On June 5, 1918, he was united in marriage to Rose E. Stoll. To this union were born 5 children-- Fred B. Jr., Faye Bernice, Howard Lewis (who preceded his father in infancy), Dewey Maurice, and Roger Emery. His death was very unexpected as he was sick only a short time. He was stricken with influenza, but complications developed which speedily resulted in death. He leaves his wife, 4 children, 6 brothers (Oliver J., Leslie R., of Garden City, Mo.; Orlie A. and Marion E. of Industry, Ill., Emery M. of Kansas City, Mo., Christy T. of Boulder Colo.), 1 sister (Sylvia I. Hostetler of Garden City, Mo.), 4 uncles, 4 aunts, 13 nephews, 6 nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends. Those preceding him are his infant son, his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The funeral services were held at the Sycamore Church, in charge of W. E. Helmuth and I. G. Hartzler. Interment in Clear Fork Cemetery.
Harshbarger.-Nancy, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Allgyer, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., March 9, 1851; peacefully passed away at her home near Mattawana, Pa.; aged 85 y. 26 d. In 1874 she, with her parents moved from Pennsylvania to Wayne Co., Ohio. In 1875, one year later, she was married to John B. Harshbarger of Mattawana, Pa., where they lived the remainder of their lives. They were the parents of three children (Alice at home, Ed and Mrs. Jeff Hostetler of Mattawana). Her husband preceded her in death in September, 1922. Besides her children, she leaves 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (S. E. Allgyer), and 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Zook) both of West Liberty, Ohio. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a very faithful member and was always a regular attendant as long as her health permitted. It can be truthfully said of her, "She hath done what she could." Funeral services were held April 7, at the home and at the Mattawana Mennonite Church by the home ministers. The church and community as well as the home very keenly feel their loss, and share in sorrow the departing of Sister Harshbarger.
Culp.-Simon P., son of Anthony and Susannah (Bixler) Culp, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., June 14, 1861; died March 18, 1936; aged 74 y. 9 m. 4 d. On May 10, 1891, he was married to Marelda Parsel. To this union 4 children were born (Claude C. of Brethren, Mich.; Chloe - Mrs. Wm. Nussbaum, Apple Creek, Ohio; Pearl-Mrs. Floyd Lehman, Wakarusa, and Lucille of Los Angeles, Calif.). His wife preceded in death March 8, 1924. Dec. 10, 1934, he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Tyson. In early manhood he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, having his membership in the Yellow Creek congregation at the the of his death. He was not a public church worker, but he was always willing to help others both in a material way and in giving helpful counsel. He is survived by his widow, the 4 children mentioned above, 2 brothers (David S. of Wakarusa and Anthony N. of Nappanee, Ind.); also the following step-children: Levi Tyson of Elkhart, Elmer Tyson of Goshen, and Mrs. Levi Hochstetler of Goshen, and Mrs. Will Getz of Goshen. Funeral services were conducted Mar. 21 at the home by Bro. J. W. Christophel and at the church by Bros. D. A. Yoder and J. W. Christophel. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 5. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Dintaman.-Samuel, son of George and Louisa (Coleman)
Dintaman, was born March 4, 1844, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died March
21, 1936, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. Noah Weldy, near Wakarusa, Ind.; aged 81 y. 17 d. He had
made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Weldy most of the time since the
death of his wife, Nov. 1, 1928. Bro. Dintaman was married to
Effie J. Houser Mar. 27, 1879, at Congress, Ohio, and lived in
Ohio for two years, moving then to Ithaca, Mich., in 1881. They
lived in Ithaca and Elmdale, Mich., for the next 29 years, moving
to Wakarusa in 1910, where they lived until Sister Dintaman's
death. Surviving are four sons (Irvin and Elmer of Alto, Mich.;
Jay of Detroit, and George of La Grange, Ind.), 1 daughter (Mrs.
Noah Weldy, Wakarusa, Ind.), 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren,
and 1 brother (Abel Dintaman of Alto, Mich.). He united with the
Mennonite Church in 1899, while living at Ithaca, Mich., and attended
the Holdeman Mennonite Church near Wakarusa, at which church he
remained a faithful member until his death. Funeral services conducted
at the home by S. L. Weldy and at the Olive Mennonite Church by
D. A. Yoder assisted by Bro. Weldy.
"We have lost our darling father,
He has bid us all adieu,
He has gone to live in heaven,
And his form is lost to view.
Gingrich.-Nancy, daughter of the late John M. and Rachel
(Bricker) Martin, was born Jan. 19, 1855; died Mar. 14, 1936;
aged 81 y. 1 m. 25 d. On Jan. 18, 1876, she was united in marriage
to Chas. Gingrich. To this union 9 children were born. She was
preceded in death by 3 sons (Amos in 1888, Moses in 1934, Menno
in 1936) and 1 daughter (Rachel). She leaves her aged husband,
3 sons (Sidney, Elias, and John, all of near Myerstown, Pa.),
2 daughters (Leah, wife of Jacob M. Brubaker, with whom she resided;
Lovina, wife of Elam Martin, deceased, both of near Lincoln, Pa.),
46 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, also many other relatives
and friends. She was the last of a family of five to pass away.
She was a devoted wife and mother and was beloved by all who knew
her. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 62 years, and
tried to follow the meek and lowly Jesus to the best of her knowledge
and ability. She was true and faithful to the end. She was confined
to her bed only nine days before her death. Several days before
her death she had a clear vision of the glory world and spoke
about what she saw. Funeral services were conducted at the house
by Bro. Frank Hurst and at the Pike Mennonite Church by Bro. Amos
Martin in English and Bro. Joseph Hostetter in German. Text, Rev.
14:12, 13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"We have lost our dear, sweet mother,
She no more on earth shall roam;
And there'll never be another
Who can take her place at home."
Raber.-Peter, son of Daniel and Susanna (Nafziger) Raber, was born in Lee Co., Iowa, Oct. 24, 1851. In 1858 he moved with his parents to Hickory Co., Mo., where he spent his boyhood days. It was there as a small boy he witnessed some of the terrible evils and scenes of the Civil War. At the age of twenty he accepted Christ as his Savior and became a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful throughout the remainder of his life. On Nov. 12, 1874, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Gilliom. They started life together on a farm near Elkton, Mo., where they remained until 1908, when they moved to their present home near Versailles. This union continued for 61 y. 4 m. 14 d., until a kind providence called the husband home. He departed this life March 26, 1936; aged 84 y. 5 m. 2 d. His death was due to pneumonia and heart trouble. To this union were born 5 daughters and 3 sons. One son who died in infancy, Clara (Mrs. Oliver Driver) and Abraham preceded him in death. The widow with the following children survive him: Susie (Mrs. Chris Rushley) of Garden City, Mo.; Sarah (Mrs. Mose Diener), Lydia (Mrs. Jonas Dettwiler), Cora (Mrs. Jake Ramer) and Daniel, all of Versailles, Mo. Besides these he leaves 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; also 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Pre. Dan Raber, Hudson, Ohio; Joe and Sam Raber, Holden, Mo.; Mrs. Henry Rychener, Pettisville, Ohio, and Mrs. Lee Nafziger, Goshen, Ind.).. As a husband and father he was always loving and considerate, and as a neighbor he was always helpful and kind. His presence will be greatly missed by everyone in the community of which he was a member. Funeral services at the home were conducted by Bro. P. P. Hilty and at the church by Bro. L. J. Miller of Garden City, Mo., assisted by Bros. J. H. Shank and C. B. Driver. Text, Mutt. 13:43. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
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Joseph.-Lucartha, daughter of Albert and Octa Trout, was born near Scottdale, Pa., on Aug. 15, 1914; died in the same community April 13, 1936; aged 21 y. 7 m. 28 d. On July 3, 1931, she was married to Beason Joseph, who with one son, Charles Lewis, survives her. She is also survived by her parents, 2 brothers (Reed and Henry), and 2 sisters (Virginia and Leona). An infant child preceded her in death several years ago. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and passed away trusting in her Lord. Funeral services at the home of her parents and at Pennsville Baptist Church conducted by J. L. Horst and Daniel Kauffman. Text, II Cor. 5:1, 3. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Beyer.-John W., son of Russell and Mary (Wissler) Beyer
of near Lititz, Pa., died March 26, 1936; aged 1 y. 7 d. He took
sick with pneumonia on his birthday and died one week later. Besides
his parents he is survived by 2 brothers (Paul and Mark), by his
grandparents (John and Sue Wissler) of the Oreville Mennonite
Home near Lancaster, Pa. Mrs. Allen Godschall of Telford, and
his foster grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Benner of Lititz.
Funeral services were held at the Hammer Creek Church. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"Dear little hands, I miss them so !
All through the day, wherever I go-
All through the night, how lonely it seems,
For no little hands wake me out of my dreams.
I miss them all through the weary hours,
I miss them as others miss sunshine and flowers,
Daytime or nighttime, wherever I go,
Dear little hands, I miss them so."
Erb.-Albert H., son of the late Daniel B. and Katherine
(Hernley) Erb, was born near Lititz, Pa., Oct. 20, 1852; died
Feb. 17, 1936; aged 83 y. 3 m. 27 d. He was married to Esther
Brubaker Nov. 6, 1877. In the spring of 1878 he accepted Christ
as his Savior, uniting with the Erisman's Mennonite Church. He
remained a faithful member until death. He served as trustee and
janitor of the congregation for many years. Besides his wife he
is survived by the following children: Daniel B., Clayton B.,
Isaac B., Albert B., Henry B., and Mrs. Annie Hess, all of Lancaster
Co., Pa. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren,
and 1 brother (Harry of Gardner's Station, Pa.). Funeral services
were held in Erisman's Mennonite Church Feb. 20, conducted by
the home ministers. Burial in the cemetery near by.
"Our family circle now is broken,
Since you have gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say 'God thought it best.'"
Witmer.-Joseph, son of Christian and Mary Witmer, was
born on a ship enroute to the United States from Alsace Lorraine,
Oct. 18, 1850; died at his farm home near Leo, Ind., Feb. 28,
1936; aged 85 y. 4 m. 10 d. He spent nearly his entire life in
this community. Early in life he accepted Christ as his Savior,
united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful and
obedient member at the time of his death. He was united in marriage
to Sarah Richard, Sept. 20, 1899. One daughter was born in this
home, who has so faithfully ministered to the needs of the departed
brother until the Lord called him hence. His companion preceded
him in death Feb. 25, 1905. He leaves his daughter (Sylvia, at
home), 1 brother (John Witmer of Brinsmade, N. Dak.), 1 sister
(Mary Liechty of Wauseon, Ohio), and a number of relatives and
friends. Sermon by D. A. Yoder, assisted by A. S. Miller and J.
S. Neuhouser. Text, Psa. 107 :30.
"He is through with all his sufferings
To him there is no pain:
He's left his earthly troubles,
For the heavenly crown he's gained."
Eicher.-Anna C. Eicher (nee Frey) was born near Pettisville,
Ohio, March 19, 1868; died at her home near Archbold, Ohio, March
1, 1936; aged 67 y. 11 m. 12 d. She was united in marriage with
Christian S. Eicher March 20, 1890. To this union were born 9
children, viz.; Eva (wife of Samuel Grieser Jr.) of Archbold,
Ohio; Samuel E. of Albany, Oreg.; Ruth (wife of Alfred Nofzinger)
of Archbold, Ohio; Reuben of Wauseon, Ohio; Andrew of Bryan, Ohio;
Verna (wife of Carl Zimmer) of Napoleon, Ohio; Ellen (wife of
Lawrence Mull) of Toledo, Ohio; and Ervin and Olen, at home. Anna
was the first to break the family circle. She was somewhat feeble
for a number of years, yet her end came rather unexpected to the
family; but not to her, as she frequently spoke of it as being
near at hand. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 9 children, 16 grandchildren.
3 brothers (E. L. Frey of Wauseon, Ohio, Amos Frey of Long Beach,
Calif., and J. C. Frey of Archbold, Ohio), together with a large
circle of other relatives and friends. Anna accepted Christ as
her personal Savior in her youth, united with the Amish Mennonite
Church, and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were
held March 5 at the Central Mennonite Church in charge of S. C.
Yoder of Goshen, Ind., assisted by Henry Rychener. Text, Phil.
1:21. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"To that far distant land
She has taken her way,
Past the shadows of night,
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Lauber.--Benjamin, son of Jacob and Katie (Roth) Lauber,
was born April 5, 1871, near Flanagan, Ill.; died March 30, 1936;
aged 64 y. 11 m. 25 d. When eleven years of age he moved with
his father to Seward Co., Neb. On May 21, 1895, he was united
in marriage to Phebe Stauffer. To this union were born 8 sons
and 7 daughters. Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death.
In 1910 he moved, with his family to Dodds, Alta., where he has
resided since. He was suddenly stricken with paralysis while at
a sale. For four days he suffered much. Being only semi-conscious,
his words were few during his brief illness. He left with us the
testimony that he was ready to go. He leaves his loving companion,
6 sons (Dan, Joe, Louis, Ervin, Harold and Clarence), 6 daughters
(Mrs. Joe Burkholder, Mrs. John Zook, Mrs. Dan Swartzendruber,
Barbara, Ada, and Katie), 3 sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law,
17 grandchildren, and 1 brother and sister who reside in Shickley,
Neb., and a host of relatives and friends. He united with the
Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death.
"A true companion and father from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Graber.-Anna Graber was born in Montbiliard, France,
Sept. 18, 1870. She emigrated to America in 1886 and located near
Sterling, Ohio. She was united in marriage to Jacob Graber March
10, 1882. To this union were born 5 sons (Christian, Edward, Jacob,
Alvin, Eli) and 4 daughters (Anna, Mary, Catherine, Sarah). She
is survived by 2 brothers, 1 sister, 21 grandchildren, and many
other near relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by
her husband May 19, 1909, and also by 2 grandchildren. Sister
Graber confessed Christ as her personal Savior in her youth, and
when she came to America united with the Pleasant Hill Mennonite
congregation. Here she faithfully served her Lord and Master as
a true and devoted sister, in meekness and humility following
Christ at all times, even when clouds overshadowed her pathway.
With a living faith she kept trusting in the promises of God.
Her deep concern as a dear and loving mother was in behalf of
her children and grandchildren, that they too might serve Christ
in whom she always found comfort in every trial and hour of need.
In the evening hour of April 4, 1936, she fell asleep in Jesus;
aged 65 y. 6 in. 16 d. "Blessed are the dead which die in
the Lord." Services were conducted at the home by Bro. P.
R. Lantz and at the Pleasant Hill Church by Bros. C. Z. Yoder
and J. S. Gerig. Text, II Tim. 4:6 8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Good night, dear mother, not farewell,
Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in spotless robes He gives His own.
Good night, dear mother, good night."
Snyder.-Absalom B., son of Absalom and Mary (Bricker)
Snyder, passed away at his home near Hespeler, Ont., March 11,
1936; aged 75 y. 4 d. Of a family of fifteen, he is survived by
1 sister (Mrs. Titus Bingeman of New Dundee) and 1 brother (Abram
of Waterloo, Ont.). On May 17, 1892, he was married to Mary Groff,
of Waterloo. To this union were born 6 children : Martha (Mrs.
Nelson Bechtel), Hespeler; Oliver A., Edna (Mrs. Chester Buschert),
Ida (Mrs. Howard Cressman), Emma and Edward, all of the home neighborhood.
There remain to mourn his departure, his wife, family, and 13 grandchildren. Bro. Snyder and wife were converted under the evangelizing efforts of the late Bro. J. S. Coffman, who preached the Gospel in Ontario about 40 years ago. About a month after his marriage he was ordained to the ministry, and served as pastor of the Wanner Mennonite Church ever since, with the exception of the last few years, being somewhat disabled physically. During this period he also served at times, on the Ontario Mission Board, and the Ontario Mennonite Bible School Board.
He expressed a desire to depart and be with the Lord, being assured of a triumphant entrance into the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. His prayer was that the Church, where he spent his life of service, might continue in peace and unity.
Bros. Oscar Burkholder and B. B. Shantz had charge of the service at the house and Bros. S. M. Kanagy and S. F Coffman at the church and cemetery. Bros. Manasseh Hallman and C. F. Derstine gave brief responses to the message given by Bro. Coffman, based on Psa. 90.
Egli.- Benjamin, son of John and Magdalene (Gascho)
Egli, was born in Zurich, Ont., June 6, 1861; died March 16, 1936,
; aged 74 y. 9 m. 10 d. In the fall of 1867 he with his parents
moved to Tazewell Co., Ill., where he grew to manhood. On Feb.
6, 1887, he was married to Adelia Reinhardt. To this union 10
children were born: 2 sons (Albert and Allen) preceded her in
death. He settled on a farm near Minier, Ill., where he lived
for 6 years. He then moved to Champaign Co., ill., where he lived
for 14 years. On Jan. 24, 1907, he moved to Iowa and settled on
a farm near Pomeroy. In 1927 he retired and moved to Manson, where
he lived until his death. He was a well known and respected citizen
wherever he lived and his passing away will be regretted by many.
He had always been well and active until about a year and a half
ago, when he became ill with a sickness from which he never fully
recovered. But he was up and around until about 6 weeks ago, when
he became bedfast. In his youth he joined the Mennonite Church,
to which he was faithful until death. He was a kind and loving
father and will be greatly missed by his family. He had always
enjoyed living but was willing to meet his Master face to face.
He is survived by his wife, 4 sons (Joseph, Reuben, Benjamin and
Wilbur), 4 daughters (Mrs. Anna Bohn, Mrs. Lena Weideman, Mrs.
Emma Bachman, and Mrs. Della Miller), 39 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren,
2 brothers and 2 sisters. Three brothers and 3 sisters preceded
him in death.
"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."
Funeral services were held March 11, conducted by Nick Stoltzfus. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Witmer.--Fannie, daughter of the late John and Mary
(Good) Martin, was born Jan. 8, 1870, near Orrville, Ohio; died
at her home near Columbiana, Ohio, March 28, 1936; aged 66 y.
2 m. 20 d. Dec. 22, 1893, she was united in marriage to John J.
Witmer who with the following children remain to mourn her departure:
Emma and Nettie at home; Iva, wife of Charles Van Pelt of Columbiana;
Phares and Merle of Dayton, Va. One daughter (Mary) preceded her
in death. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 5 sisters
and 2 brothers (a twin, Mrs. Daniel C. Witmer, Columbiana; Mrs.
Emma Horst, Bowdil, O.; Jonas Martin, Six Mile Run, Pa.; Mrs.
D. J. Martin, Dayton, Va.; Mrs. Samuel Rohrer, North Lima, Ohio;
Mrs. Ira Eberly and Jacob Martin, Orrville, Ohio). She with her
husband united with the Mennonite Church soon after their marriage.
In 1916 her companion was ordained to the office of deacon. She
was faithful in her duties in the Church and home as long as health
and strength permitted. She was a devoted and loving companion
and mother. She had been in failing health many years, and then
in 1921 she was stricken with a very serious and incurable disease
which cast many shadows over the home. At last the Lord saw fit
to relieve her of all earthly troubles and vexations and she peacefully
fell asleep at daybreak. Funeral services were held at the White
Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Abram Good of Wadsworth, O.;
David Wenger of Dalton, O.; I. B. Snyder of Columbiana, O. Interment
in the church cemetery.
"Yes, well, if God thought best
To end her troubles and give her rest,
In heaven to sing with angels fair;
May our names be written there,
That we may again our loved ones meet
And walk with her through the golden street."
Sauder.--John Sauder, father of Levi Sauder, Supt. Of
the Children's Home at Millersville, Pa., as the result of an
accident, died at the Lancaster General Hospital on April 4, 1936;
aged 82 y. 13 d. Seven sons and three daughters survive, the mother
and two sons having preceded him to their eternal home. Three
brothers and three sisters also survive. He was on his way to
the Mennonite Conference held at Rohrerstown, Pa., April 3, driving
his car. When about crossing the trolley track near Neffsville,
a boy being in his way, he gave attention to the boy and failed
to notice the approach of a fast moving car and drove on the track
in front of the car. His car was completely wrecked and himself
fatally hurt. He was rushed to the Lancaster Hospital, where it
was found that he had sustained a compound fracture of the skull
and a number of sever bruises and hurts. He was conscious for
some time and spoke to his children who came to see him. He seemed
to understand his condition. The last he said to his youngest
son was "My breath is getting shorter. I think it will not
last long any more." About twenty-three hours after the accident
he fell asleep. Funeral services were conducted April 7 at the
house by Bro. Eli Sauder and at the Metzler Church by Brethren
John Sauder and Benj. Wenger. Bro. Sauder spoke on Isa. 45:7,
latter clause. Bro. Wenger spoke on Heb. 3:14. The departed brother
attended church services at the Metzler Church for fifty-five
years or more, was always much interested in the work of the Church.
During these years he served as trustee, janitor, Supt. of S.
S. And Asst. Supt. He served the last two offices up to his death
which came to him so suddenly.
"Father thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."
Plank.--Michael Henry, son of Michael and Nancy (Byler)
Plank, was born near Ligonier, Ind., Feb. 2, 1857; died at his
home near Garden City, Mo., April 6, 1936; aged 79 y. 2 m. 4 d.
At the age of 5 he moved with his parents to St. Joe Co., Mich.
In his early manhood he united with the Mennonite Church where
he remained faithful until death. He came to Cass Co., Mo., at
the age of 22. On Feb. 15, 1887, he was united in marriage to
Emma Belle Yoder of West Liberty, Ohio, who preceded him in death
4 years. This happy couple spent the first twelve years of their
married life on a farm in Cass Co., Mo. To them were born 1 daughter
who died in infancy and 1 son (Roy David) who died in 1909 at
the age of 20. In 1899 Bro. and Sister Plank moved to Garden City
where he was engaged in the shoe business. He moved to his present
home in 1917. Here his time was given to farming, carpentering,
and painting. After he was unable to continue these, he spent
leisure hours in his shop, making gifts and toys that are found
in the homes of many relatives and friends. One could feel the
spirit of love, beauty, and helpfulness in this Christian home.
Goldie Neuenschwander was privileged to enjoy this home since
the age of five and remains with her family to mourn the loss
of one who showed a father's love. He felt quite lonely after
the departure of his companion but was able to stay in his own
home because of the kindness of Elsie King, who cared for him
during the declining years of his life. For the last two years
his health had been failing. On March 21, he was stricken with
influenza and complications which resulted in his death. He leaves
2 brothers (Moses of East Lynne, Mo., and Sam B. Of West Liberty,
Ohio), a foster daughter (Goldie), 16 nephews, 9 nieces, and many
other relatives and friends. His companion, 2 children, father,
mother, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, several nephews and nieces preceded
him in death. He lived a quiet Christian life. He was a regular
attendant of church services and enjoyed the singing of hymns,
Scripture reading, and prayer. Funeral services were held at the
late home on April 8, in charge of Bro. John Harnish of Eureka,
Ill., and at the Sycamore Grove church conducted by Brethren I.
G. Hartzler, J. D. Mininger, and L. J. Miller. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Burial at Clearfork Cemetery.
"Passing out of the shadow into a purer light,
Stepping behind the curtain getting a clearer sight,
Laying aside a burden, this weary mortal coil,
Done with the world's vexations, done with its tears and toils."
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Gospel Herald, April 30, 1936 - Vol. XXIX, No.5 - page 110, 111
Weber.-Sister Hannah (Beihn) Weber, wife of Bro. Josiah Weber, was born near Doon, Ont., Aug. 2, 1852. She was the last surviving member of the Deacon Aaron Beihn family of the Strasburg congregation. She was aged 83 y. 7 m. 1 d. In 1900 she was married to Josiah Weber who survives. Sister Weber was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was known for her quiet and modest demeanor. Her life constantly bore testimony to the Lord. The funeral and burial was at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. Ministers in charge, Bros. C. F. Derstine, Simon Martin, and Oscar Burkholder.
Troyer.-Anna Hooley Troyer was born in Lawrence Co.,
Pa., Aug. 7, 1859; died April 4, 1936; aged 76 y. 7 m. 27 d. At
the age of twelve she became a member of the local church and
continued an active member and interested worker so long as health
permitted. She transferred her membership to the Brethren in Christ
Church in Weilersville in 1886. She was united in marriage to
Joseph Troyer Dec. 14, 1884 at Weilersville. To this union 6 children
were born, 5 of whom survive (Ida Kauffman, Mrs. Nettie Willener,
Mrs. Emma Gochnauer, Madaline Heiks, and Mrs. Mary Oyster). Mrs.
Jennie McCullough preceded her mother in death by three years.
Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, 1 half-brother,
and 1 half-sister.
"Somewhere back of the sunset,
Where loveliness never dies-
She dwells in a land of glory,
With dreams in her lifted eyes."
Wideman.-Esther, daughter of the late Samuel and Fanny (Brownsberger) Reesor, was born at Cedar Grove, Ont., Feb. 13, 1846; died March 12, 1936; aged 90 y. 28 d. On Oct. 22, 1882, she was married to Isaac Wideman, when they moved on a farm near Markham, Ont. Here they lived together until Jan. 22, 1922, when Bro. Wideman was called to the spirit world. She is survived by 1 son (Albert R.) with whom she resided, and 1 daughter (Mary, Mrs. A. S. Hunsberger) of Waterloo, Ont. One daughter (Fanny) preceded her June 13, 1915. Also 1 brother (George of Toronto), 5 grandsons, 4 granddaughters survive. She united with the Mennonite Church early in life and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. A. D. Grove and at Wideman's Mennonite Church by Bro. L. W. Hoover. Text, Luke 2 :29. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Brubaker.-Mary, wife of Amos H. Brubaker, was born Feb.
15, 1879; died Feb. 13, 1936; aged 56 y. 11 m. 29 d. She had been
in failing health more than a year. She was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years, a faithful member until death. She was
a daughter of Benjamin and the late Katie (Herr) Eshbach. Besides
her husband and her aged father, she is survived by 1 son (Benjamin)
and a foster daughter (Esther Rhoads). These brothers and sisters
also survive: Fannie, Harry, Benjamin, Enos, and Katie, all of
Millersville, Pa. Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Landis
Valley Church in charge of Bros. Noah Landis and Ira Landis. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"Dear Sister, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before."
By her sisters.
Brackbill.-Mazie Esbenshade, wife of Bro. Milton J.
Brackbill, died April 1, 1936, at her home in Lancaster, Pa.;
aged 69 y. 4 m. 16 d. She with her husband united with the Mennonite
Church in early years and were faithful to the end. Sister Brackbill
had been in failing health for several years and gangrene was
the cause of her death. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband and
3 sons (Ray and Frank of Lancaster City and Ralph of Columbus,
Ohio). She also leaves 6 brothers, 2 sisters, and many friends
and relatives to mourn her departure. Funeral services were conducted
at the Strasburg Mennonite church by Bro. David Mosemann and Bro.
C. M. Brubaker. Text, Jno. 14:19. Her remains were laid to rest
in the adjoining cemetery.
"We have lost our dear mother,
She no more on earth shall roam,
And there'll never be another
Who can take her place at home."
Martin.-Caroline, daughter of David B. and Elizabeth (Eyman) Martin, was born Dec. 7, 1871, near Elkhart, Ind., where she grew to womanhood. About 30 years ago, after the death of the father and mother, the children having grown to manhood and womanhood, they moved to Elkhart, Ind., and about 13 years later moved to a farm ten miles north of Elkhart, in Michigan. For the last 20 years Caroline had been suffering from lung trouble, which finally caused her death. On Sunday evening, April 5, she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, having accepted Christ as her personal Savior many years ago. She was a member of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church at Elkhart, Ind. She leaves to mourn her departure, 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Aaron of Elkhart Co., Ind., and Elmer, Mary, Salome, and Ella of Cass Co., Mich. Funeral on Wednesday afternoon at the home conducted by 0. E. Spafford and at the Yellow Creek Church by J. K. Bixler and J. S. Hartzler. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Tout-Mary Benedict, wife of Bro. John Tout, passed away
at her home in Lancaster, Pa.; aged 70 yrs., having died on her
birthday. She had heart trouble of long duration. She leaves a
deeply bereaved husband and 2 brothers (Grant and Benjamin Benedict),
both of Lancaster City. She with her husband united with the Mennonite
Church at Strasburg many years ago and was ever faithful to the
end. Sister Tout never had children of her own, but was always
interested in the welfare of her nieces and nephews of whom she
raised some of them. At the time of her death she had a little
girl in whom she was deeply interested. Funeral was held at the
Strasburg Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Frank M. Herr and
Bro. C. M. Brubaker. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26. She was laid to rest
in the adjoining cemetery.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in the home
Which never can be filled."
Burkhart.-John Z. Burkhart was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Aug. 10, 1847; died at the home of his son Aaron in Bareville,
Pa., March 23, 1936; aged 88 y. 7 m. 13 d. He was united in marriage
to Barbara M. Horst Nov. 17, 1870. She preceded him in death June
17, 1924. To this union were born 4 children, one of whom died
in infancy. Surviving are 2 sons (Aaron H., Bareville, Pa.; Noah
H., Berlin, Pa.), 1 daughter (Annie Musselman, New Holland, Pa.),
19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister,
and many other relatives and friends. He was a member of the Groffdale
Mennonite Church for many years. He was a trustee for many years
and was also a member of the building committee of the new church
house. Funeral services were held March 25 in charge of the Brethren
Benj. Wenger at the house and N. H. Mack at the Groffdale Church.
Burial in adjoining cemetery. Text, Job 5:26.
"Fathers chair is empty now,
And the voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it is God's will."
Shenk-Albert B., son of the late John and Susan (Buckwalter)
Shenk, was born Sept. 30, 1868; died April 10, 1936; aged 67 y.
6 m. 10 d. He had been in failing health for some time, suffering
from heart trouble. Thursday evening about five o'clock he was
stricken with a stroke, after which he never regained consciousness.
He lay in this unconscious condition for eighteen hours and then
passed away. He was a member of the Erb Mennonite Church for the
past 25 years. He is survived by his wife (Mary Fry), 4 children
(Ella, wife of Edwin Sensenig, New Holland, Pa.; Amos of near
Lititz, Pa.; Edna, wife of Aaron Martin of Ephrata, Pa.; Irene
at home), 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers (John B. of East Petersburg,
Pa., and Harry B. of Elverson), 1 sister (Mrs. Benj. E. Stauffer,
Maugansville, Md.). Mother, father, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 sisters,
and 1 brother preceded him. Funeral services were held April 14
conducted at the home by Bro. Harry Shreiner and at the Erb Mennonite
Church by the Brethren Henry Lutz, Joe Boll, and Harry Shreiner.
Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
"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."
Kirk-Hannah, eldest daughter of Reuben H. and Mary (Emrick) Kirk, was born near Luthersburg, Pa., May 25, 1851; died April 13, 1936; aged 84 y. 10 m. 28 d. She moved to Rockton, Pa., after her father's death in 1914. The last three and a half years she spent with her sister-in-law Carrie S. Kirk. "Aunt Hannah," as she had been known to many by that name, had been a long and patient sufferer, confined to the home for many years, but bore it without complaint. She seemed to be in her usual health till three weeks ago, but her condition was not thought serious until a week before her death, when dropsy set in and she fell peacefully asleep on Monday evening. While yet on the old Kirk homestead she cared for her aged parents and one nephew and niece which were left motherless, namely, Dallas B. Kirk, Rockton, Pa., and Mrs. (Lillian) T. W. Perry of Chicago, Ill., who survive with one brother (Mahlon S. Kirk of Rockton) and one sister (Mrs. C. F. Hays of Curwensville, Pa.). Those preceding her in death are one sister (Elizabeth), three brothers (Dr. Joseph, David W., and Jason E. Kirk). She was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the house by her pastor, David E. Straesser. Burial in Luthersburg Cemetery.
Hostetler-Mary Ann, daughter of Christian and Magdelina
Stutzman, was born Oct. 20, 1861, at Walnut Creek, Ohio; died
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucinda Gardner, near Goehner,
Neb., Mar. 28, 1936; aged 74 y. 5 m. 8 d. She was failing in health
the last year and about six weeks ago she had a stroke, but was
able to be up and around again. On the evening of March 19 she
very suddenly had a severe heart attack, after which she gradually
grew weaker till she died. Mother expressed a desire to leave
this world, and was ready to meet her Redeemer. In her youth she
accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church
of which she was a faithful member until her death. Her seat in
church was seldom vacant when health permitted. On Sept. 26, 1886,
she was united in marriage to Nathaniel N. Hostetler. Her companion
preceded her July 10, 1935. To this union were born 7 children.
Lucinda Gardner, Elbert, Mattie Roth, and Ivan remain to mourn
her death. Barbara, LeRoy, and Floyd passed on before. She also
leaves 21 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nephews
and nieces. She was the last of a family of 12 children to pass
on. She was a kind, loving mother, ever ready with kind words
and a helping hand. Funeral services were held March 31 at the
West Fairview Church in charge of Bros. Ezra Roth, Wm. R. Eicher,
J. E. Zimmerman, and Geo. Miller. Interment in West Fairview Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over, toils are ended,
And dear mother is at rest."
By the Children.
Headings.-Dorothy, daughter of Daniel M. and Polly (deceased) Bontrager, was born Jan. 15, 1914, near Yoder, Kans.; died at the Grace Hospital, Hutchinson, Kans., April 14, 1936; aged 22 y. 3 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage to Noah Headings April 28, 1935. To this union a daughter was born 9 days preceding her death, which was caused by blood infection. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter (Shirley Joan), father, foster mother, 4 sisters (Mrs. Orville Zuik, Mrs. Tobias Kauffman, Ida, and Melinda), 2 brothers (Fred and Samuel), and many other relatives and friends. Her mother preceded her in death July 29, 1921. Dorothy possessed a kind, loving disposition, always smiling and friendly, ever ready to make a friend. She sought to please those about her. Her short wedded life was marked with happiness for herself and companion. She confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Yoder Mennonite Church at the age of 12. Since her marriage she especially interested herself in the Bible, being a ready Sunday school pupil. When it became apparent that she could not recover, she became fully resigned to go. Nor did she any longer fear death, for she learned how to fully overcome the last enemy. With prayer and song on her lips, exhortations to those at her bedside, she departed this life, giving every evidence to those she leaves behind that she had ended this life victoriously. Funeral services were held April 17 at her late home and at the Yoder Mennonite Church, Brethren H. A. Diener, Noah Mast, Menno M. Troyer, and L. O. King taking part in the services. The large concourse of friends and relatives amid the beautiful day aided in making this last act of respect for the deceased a very impressive one. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
Grove-Levi Grove, bishop of the Wisler Mennonite congregations in York and Ontario counties, died at his home east of Stouffville, Ont., on Monday, March 30, 1936. The funeral was held on Thursday morning from the home where a short service was conducted by Bro. Abram Smith, to the Mennonite church at Altona, one mile distant. Here the services were conducted by Bro. Amos H. Martin, of Ephrata, Pa., assisted by Bro. McGuire, M. B. C., pastor, and Bro. Leonard Hoover, of Wideman Mennonite congregation. The little church was filled to capacity, and an overflow congregation assembled in the Union Church near by, with services conducted by Bro. Isaac Brubacher of Stouffville M. B. C. Church and others. Brother Grove had reached his 68th year, born July 19, 1868, at Ringwood, Markham Township. He was the son of the late Jacob B. Grove, who had a family of two sons and two daughters, the only surviving member being Jacob L. of the homestead, Ringwood. In 1894 he was united in marriage to Susan Meyer of Altona, Ont. This union was blessed with three children (Mrs. Sam Fretz and Mrs. Willis Davis of Pickering Township, and Mrs. Frank Sellers of Scarborough Twp.) He was converted in 1894. In 1896 he moved from his farm near Almira, Markham Township, to his late home. In August of the same year he was called to the ministry where he served faithfully. He preached both in the English and German languages as circumstances required. In June, 1927, the church advanced him to the office of bishop. In this calling he was most devoted, seeking to relieve himself of secular responsibilities in recent years. He was held in high esteem by his flock and was a friend of the young people. The Wisler Mennonite Church at Markham has had careful shepherding in these years and substantial growth has been made. He is survived by his widow, three daughters, and sixteen grandchildren.
Bontrager.-Katie, daughter of John and Catherine (Yoder)
Johns, was born Feb. 13, 1868, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died April
12, 1936, at her home near Midland, Mich.; aged 68 y. 1 m. 29
d. She was ill just one week with influenza, which developed into
pneumonia. She united with the Mennonite Church at an early age,
and taught Sunday school classes as early as the age of 13. She
has been connected with Sunday school work ever since. She taught
a class of adult girls the Sunday before she died, and was engaged
to teach the same class the day of her death. She was also active
in singing. The work of the Church was one of her deepest interests
all her life; and while on her death bed, she expressed concern
for improvement in various Church activities. She was married
to Eli A. Bontrager May 3, 1885, and was the mother of thirteen
children. Four of these (Roy, Ora, Laura, and Luella) died in
infancy. In 1903 the family moved to Fairview, Mich., and in 1916
to Midland. She leaves her husband and the following children:
Ray, Floyd, Charles, and Ernest, all of Midland; Mabel (wife of
Frank Pletcher) and Otis, both of Fairview; Erie of Vestaburg;
Ottis of Ithaca; and Truman of Ashley; also 24 grandchildren,
1 brother (Bishop D. J. Johns) and 2 sisters (Rosa, wife of the
late John C. Hershberger, and Amanda, wife of John B. Miller),
all living near Goshen, Ind.; and many other relatives and friends.
During her lifetime she witnessed the ordinations of : her husband,
minister; Floyd, minister and later bishop; Erie, minister; and
Otis, deacon. All of her living children are active members of
the Mennonite Church. Her services to the Church and community
cannot be measured; and as a companion and mother in the home
her wise counsel and faithful ministry will continue to be an
inspiration to her family. Funeral services were conducted at
the house and the home church by S. J. Miller and Albert Wyse,
and further services at Fairview by Menno Esch and M. S. Steiner.
Interment in Fairview Cemetery. Mother composed the following
stanza several years ago for the obituary of a daughter-in-law:
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright
Since the spirit of our loved one
Took its upward, homeward flight."
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta