Snider.-Mary Carol, infant daughter of Bro. Stanley
and Sister Erma Shantz Snider, was born Dec. 23, 1934; died Nov.
5, 1935; aged 10 m. 13 d. She is, survived by her parents, 1 brother
(Paul), and 2 sisters (Miriam and Audrey). The Lord saw fit to
take this little lamb to be with Him. At the request of the parents,
the following poem is submitted:
"A sweet little flower, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took her away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Hurst.-Wyman Hurst was born in Ohio 82 years ago, and passed into eternity Nov. 23, 1935. He came to Illinois and lived in or near Peoria for the last 35 years. About three years ago he united with the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church, which he attended when health permitted. In 1918 his wife preceded him to the spirit world. Surviving are 1 daughter, 4 sons, and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church by Bro. Ezra Yordy. The body was laid to rest in the Springdale Cemetery near Peoria.
May.-Mollie Hannon, wife of Ed. May, was born May 18, 1870, at Carrollton, Mo.; died at her home in Hutchinson, Kans., Dec. 15, 1935. She spent her childhood days in Missouri, where she married. Twenty-five years ago her husband preceded her in death. Coming to Hutchinson in 1909, she came in touch with the Mission, was received into fellowship in the Mennonite Church in 1932, and continued faithful through weeks of suffering until death. She is survived by her only son (Eugene May), and several nieces and nephews. She was the last of the colored members at the Mission. The funeral service was held in the mission hall, which was the first to be held there, with Bros. Joe Brunk and Harry Diener in charge.
Yoder.-Ione, daughter of Bro. and Sister Henry Yoder,
deceased, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, July 13, 1892; died
at her home in Columbiana, O., Dec. 4, 1935; aged 43 y. 4 m. 21
d. She suffered much with a lingering illness covering a period
of many years, being bedfast for the last ten years. During her
life time she submitted to six major operations, but all of little
avail apparently. She united with the Mennonite Church when a
young woman and remained faithful until death. She leaves 3 brothers:
Noah of East Lewistown; William R. of North Lima, and Noble E.
of Goshen, Ind. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at the Midway
Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner. Text, Cant.
2:1, 2, chosen by Sister Yoder. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Cant" is the abbreviation for "Canticle" - another name for "Song of Solomon"
Gehman.-John M., son of Benjamin Gehman, was born Dec. 15, 1854, near Bowmansville, Pa.; died Dec. 14, 1935; aged 81 y. 11 m. 29 d. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior and served his Lord as a member of the Pine Grove Mennonite Church (General Conference). On Oct. 18, 1879, he was married to Anna, daughter of Moses Bowman. The Lord granted them 56 years of conjugal happiness; blessed them with 5 children. Two of them (Jacob and Emma Renninger) preceded the parents in death. The mother with these children remain: Mamie (Groff) ; Salome (Musser) Frank, who lives on the old homestead by Bowmansville; 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also miss their grandfather. Burial services were held on Dec. 18, in the Pine Grove Church with interment in the grounds belonging thereto. Funeral sermon by H. V. Stubbs (Text, II Tim. 4:6-8), followed by I. B. Good.
Litwiller.-Robert Elwood, son of Lester E. and Alta
(Hartzler) Litwiller, was born June 25, 1934; died at his home
near Hopedale, Ill., Nov. 23, 1935, on the day he was 17 months
old. His short life was seemingly one of affliction which all
the more endeared him to his parents. He leaves his parents, paternal
and maternal grandparents (Bro. and Sister Simon Litwiller of
Minier, Ill., and Bro. and Sister J. D. Hartzler of Gridley, Ill.),
an aged great-grandfather (Bishop J. J. Hartzler of Garden City,
Mo.), 4 aunts, and 5 uncles. Little Bobby will be greatly missed
in the home, but we bow in submission to His will. "The Lord
gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the
Lord" (Job 1:21). Funeral services were conducted at the
Hopedale Mennonite Church with Bro. Milo Kauffman in charge, assisted
by Bro. Ben Springer.
"A little blossom too frail 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.'
Cender.-John, son of Joseph and Mary Cender, was born near Roanoke, Ill., Aug. 26, 1877; died at his home near Foosland, Ill., Nov. 21, 1935; aged 58 y. 2 m. 26 d. At the age of 10 years he moved with his parents to Champaign Co., Ill., where he has lived ever since. When 14 years of age he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church near Fisher, Ill., of which he was a faithful member until death. He bore his suffering patiently, and expressed his desire to go home to his Lord. He was united in marriage with Katie F. Zehr Dec. 15, 1904. Four children were born to this union. One daughter (Sadie Elizabeth) passed away 22 years ago. He leaves his sorrowing companion, 3 children (Roy of near Fisher, Lelia and Alva at home), 2 little grandchildren (Kenneth and Joyce Cender), 1 brother (Chris) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Lena Birky and Mrs. Mary Heiser, all of Foosland, Ill.). Two brothers and 1 sister preceded him in death. He also leaves a large host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. J. A. Heiser and Harold Zehr. Text, Isa. 38:1. Interment in East Bend Cemetery.
Leichty.-Amanda (Byler) Leichty was born near Weilersville,
O., Jan. 30, 1884; died at the Massillon State Hospital Dec. 18,
1935. She was united in marriage to Joseph D. Leichty, Sept. 20,
1910. To this union was born a son who died in infancy. She is
survived by 1 brother (Alvin Byler of Orrville, O.), 1 sister
(Mrs. One Dalie of Canton, O.), and a large circle of near relatives
and friends. Sister Leichty accepted Christ as her personal Savior
in early life and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation,
where she remained a faithful sister. She attended services regularly
as long as health permitted, being interested in the cause of
Christ and the promotion of His kingdom. She was an invalid for
about 25 years, during which period of her life she was confined
to the hospital and was unable to attend public worship. "Blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord." Services were conducted
by Brethren C. Z. Yoder and J. S. Gerig. Interment in Oak Grove
"There is a day of sunny rest
For every dark and troubled night,
And grief may bide our evening guest,
But joy shall come with early light.
For God hath marked each sorrowing day,
And numbered every secret tear,
And heaven's long age of bliss shall pay
For all that His children suffer here."
Christophel.-Anna, daughter of John and Esther (Newswanger) Wenger, was born Feb. 27, 1847, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Metzler, on Dec. 12, 1935, after having been bedfast for ten days with heart trouble; aged 88 y. 9 m. 15 d. At the age of 11 she with her parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she resided the rest of her life. On New Year's day, 1874, she was united in marriage to Daniel Christophel. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. Those who preceded her in death were her companion, who passed away May 9, 1928; a son and daughter (John and Emma), who died a day apart at the ages of 3 and 2 years respectively. Another son and daughter died in infancy. A grandchild (Wendell Christophel) also preceded her in death at the age of 3 years. Remaining are 3 sons and 1 daughter (Wesley of Elkhart, Ind.; Enos and Jesse of New Paris, Ind.; Mrs. Samuel Metzler of Nappanee, Ind.), also 11 grandchildren, 1 brother (Eli Wenger of Wakarusa, Ind.), besides many other relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at the Yellow Creek Church, in charge of Jonas Loucks and Ray F. Yoder. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Beck.-Samuel G., son of John G. and Regina Beck, was
born in Henry Co., near Ridgeville, O., Aug. 18, 1891; died near
the place of his birth, Dec. 8, 1935; aged 44 y. 3 m. 20 d. On
Feb. 3, 1921, he was united in marriage to Fannie Grieser. This
union was blessed with 5 sons and 2 daughters-Harold, Orval, Paul,
Chauncey, Martha, Marvin, Ruthann. Bro. Beck took sick with pleurisy
about two weeks before his death, which a few days later developed
into pneumonia, causing his death. He accepted Christ as his Savior,
united with the Mennonite Church in his younger years, remaining
faithful until death. He was much concerned about the spiritual
welfare of his family, as well as the Church, and his desire was
to be obedient to all of God's Word. In his last days he expressed
his faith and trust in his Savior, and was resigned to the will
of God. He leaves his deeply bereaved companion, 7 children, his
aged mother, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and many close relatives and
friends. His father preceded him in death about 6 years ago.
"He's through with all his suffering;
To him there is no pain;
He's left his earthly troubles
For the heavenly crown he's gained."
Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at the Central Church near Archbold, Ohio, in charge of E. B. Frey, assisted by Henry Rychener. Text, Psa. 23 :4. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
Lehman.-Barbara Elizabeth, daughter of Jesse and Catherine (Davidhizar) Lehman, was born Jan. 13, 1904, near Wakarusa, Ind.; died Dec. 14, 1935; aged 31 y. 11 m. 1 d. Her mother having died Feb. 5, 1910, when she was but 6 years old, she was deprived of the much-cherished mother's love and care. Notwithstanding these privations, Barbara grew to womanhood and built for herself a noble Christian character. She was of a cheerful disposition and filled a real place in the home. In the winter of 1915 she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Salem Mennonite Church, remaining faithful unto the end. She took an active part in the activities of the Church, and for a number of years served faithfully as a Sunday school teacher in the primary department and as superintendent of the junior sewing circle. She will he greatly missed in the home and by the Sunday school class and church. Her place in the home will be vacant which none other can fill. On Dec. 11 Sister Lehman called for the elders of the Church and was anointed. She expressed a firm faith that she would get well, but was willing to commit her "all" to the Lord, and on Saturday at noon she peacefully fell asleep. The Lord but took His own and we bow our hearts and wills to Him who doeth all things well. She leaves a heart-broken father and a host of relatives and friends. Her last request was, "Let us pray together." Funeral services were held Dee. 17 at the Yellow Creek Church, in charge of C. A. Shenk and Ray F. Yoder. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Stutzman.-Aaron, son of David and Sarah Stutzman, was
born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 18, 1862; died Sept. 13, 1935,
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. P. Yoder, at Julesburg, Colo.;
aged 72 y. 11 m. 25 d. In his early life he came with his parents
to Milford, Neb. Here he was married to Barbara Becker, who preceded
him in death Nov. 23, 1904. To this union were born 9 daughters
and 5 sons; 2 daughters died in infancy. He was again married
in 1906 to Mattie Kuhns, who also preceded him in death June 26,
1929. He leaves 4 sons, 7 daughters, 1 step-son, 66 grandchildren,
13 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (David Stutzman) of Wood River,
Neb., and 1 sister (Mrs. V. M. Miller) of Milford, Neb.; also
a host of friends. In the spring of 1910 they moved to Wood River,
where they labored with the Wood River congregation for 20 years.
In his youth he chose Jesus to be his Lord, and was a patient,
faithful member of the Mennonite faith until he was called to
his reward. Though his trials and sorrows were many, he was always
kind and looked forward to a brighter place than here on earth.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at the Yoder home,
John Roth having charge. The remains were then taken to Wood River,
Neb., where the final service was conducted in the Mennonite Church,
in charge of J. E. Zimmerman of Milford, Neb., assisted by the
home ministers. Text, Dan. 12:2. He was laid to rest in the adjoining
"We miss him, oh we miss him,
We miss him everywhere;
Can we help but shed a tear
To see father's vacant chair?"
Miller.-Delila, daughter of Jonas and Rachel Kauffman,
was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Aug. 9, 1861; died Nov. 12, 1935,
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph G. Gingerich, near Kalona,
Ia.; aged 74 y. 3 m. 3 d. In her youth she was baptized by her
father, and received into the Amish Mennonite Church, in which
faith she lived and died. On Dec. 22, 1878, she was married to
John A. Miller. To this union were born 13 children, of whom 9
survive. Jonas and Ida died in childhood. Abram and Elizabeth
(wife of Dan G. Gingerich) died after growing to manhood and womanhood.
Those remaining who suffer the loss with the bereaved husband,
are 9 children, 52 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Also
1 brother (Jonas) of Berwyn, Md., and 2 sisters (Mrs. Rebecca
Mishler of Hubbard, Oreg, and Mrs. Tena Bell of Canby, Oreg.),
besides a great many relatives and friends. The children are:
Jacob, Savilla (wife of Joseph C. Gingerich) of Kalona, Ia.; Mattie
(wife of Jacob J. Yoder) of Picayune, Miss.; Rebecca (wife of
John J. S. Yoder) of Middlebury, Ind.; Daniel and Solomon of Wellman,
Ia.; Annie (wife of Ben H. Detweiler) of Keota, Ia.; Frederich
of Thomas, Okla.; and Chriss of Weatherford, Okla. She was of
a kind and loving disposition, and by her busy and devoted life
of helpfulness she won many friends outside of her family circle,
who will feel the loss of one whom they loved. Her immediate death
was heart trouble. Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph G. Gingerich (where she had her home
the last few years), conducted by Isaac Helmuth and Edwin Hershberger
(Text, II Tim. 4 :6-8) ; also a short sermon in English by A.
"Oh, how hard to part with mother,
She who loved us all so well,
And there is on earth no other
That can sympathize so well;
Mother's chair is empty now,
And the voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it is God's will.
Miller.-Sophronia Elizabeth Hummel was born Oct. 2, 1861, near Millersburg, Ohio, to William and Martha (Gonser) Hummel; died Dec. 16, 1935; aged 74 y. 2 m. 14 d. On Jan. 12, 1882, she was married to Noah E., son of Eli D. and Mary (Mast) Miller, also of near Millersburg, Ohio, who preceded her in death May 21, 1910. To them were born 14 children all of whom survive her: Ursula (Mrs. S. Enos Miller), Protection, Kans.; Elias A., La Junta, Colo.; Alfred B., Hutchinson, Kans.; Lewis C., Manitou, Colo.; David D., Protection, Kans.; Howard E. Miller, Protection, Kans.; Baldwin F., Adair, Okla.; Noah Tucson, Protection, Kans.; Mary Martha, Hutchinson, Kans.; Nora Mae, La Junta, Colo.; Billie Dennis, Canton, Kans.; Levi A., Arriba, Colo.; Christina (Mrs. Frank Garber), Hutchinson, Kans.; Harold H., Protection, Kans. Besides her children she leaves 58 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Since her marriage she has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, to which all her children belong. In 1907 the family moved to Protection where they lived until 1921 when she moved to Hesston, Kans., to send the younger children to school. The last 2 winters she has lived at the old home place in the home of her son Howard, where she died. The immediate cause of her death was double pneumonia, As the result of a weak heart condition her health has been failing for some years. During these years much of her time was spent in reading, especially her Bible. Each year she read her Bible through 3 or 4 times, and she loved to talk about its message. On Monday, Dec. 9, she contracted pneumonia. After suffering almost a week her soul passed on quietly and peacefully. All her children but two were at her bedside when the end came. We miss her sadly, yet we are glad her pain and suffering have ceased, and in confidence submit her soul to her heavenly Father whom she served so faithfully. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 16 at the Mennonite church in charge of Bro. Allen Erb of La Junta, Colo., assisted by Bro. Chas. Schweitzer. Bro. Erb's father, the late T. M. Erb, conducted her husband's funeral over 25 years ago. As nearly as possible the same text, part of Rev. 21 :7 and part of I Cor. 15, and the same songs were used at both funerals. She was laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery by the side of her companion. "He that overcometh shall inherit all things."
Shenk-Bishop J. M. Shenk, son of Henry and Susanna Shenk,
was born in Hoching* Co., O., Jan. 19, 1848; died Dec. 19, 1935;
aged 87 y. 11 m. At the age of 6 years his parents moved to Allen
Co., O., where he died. On Dec. 24, 1868, he was married to Sister
Fanny Good of Virginia, and to this union were born 10 sons and
1 daughter. Those of his family who preceded him in death are
his companion, who died Oct. 11, 1917; Henry, who died in infancy;
Pre. Simon, who was accidentally killed at a railroad crossing
near Dupont, O.; and Abraham of Harrisonburg, Va. At the age of
26 years he was called of the Lord to preach the everlasting Gospel
of Jesus Christ, and was accordingly ordained at the Salem congregation
near Elida, O., by Bishop Geo. Brenneman. He served the Lord faithfully
in this capacity and ten years later, at the age of 36 years,
he was chosen of the Lord again, and ordained to the office of
bishop for the Pike and Salem congregation, by Bishop Abraham
Shank of Broadway, Va. In these capacities he served these and
other congregations as minister for 61 years, and bishop for 51
years. His vision of the work of the Lord reached beyond the
he served, and he was interested in the establishment of missions
and charitable institutions of the church. As long as health permitted
he was a regular attendant at General Conference and state conferences.
He was greatly interested in the spiritual welfare of his children,
and his heart was made to rejoice that three of his sons were
ordained to the ministry. He leaves 7 sons: Pre. Amos of Hammet,
Ida.; Mose of Hesston, Kans.; Reuben of Elida, O.; John of
Pa.; Levi of Denbigh, Va.; Pre. Daniel of Sheridan, Oreg.; Jacob
of La Junta, Colo.; and 1 daughter: Sister Rebecca Hertzler of
Portsmouth, Va.; also 56 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
He leaves 3 brothers-Bishop Andrew Shenk of Oronogo, Mo.; Pre.
Daniel and Deacon Abraham of Denbigh, Va.; also 1 sister (Lydia
Powell of Knoxville, Tenn.). He leaves many sons and daughters
begotten in the Lord. He also leaves many friends and neighbors
to whom he has endeared himself. He leaves a church with which
he has labored long and hard to preserve it from liberalism and
worldliness, and his works do follow him. Thus closes the life
of one who contended for the faith and was faithful unto death,
and has gone on to receive his crown of life. Funeral services
were held Dec. 21 at the Pike Church by the home ministers: Ben
B. King, Otho Shenk, Gabriel Brunk, and George Ross. The remains
were laid to rest in the Pike Cemetery, beside his companion,
to await the resurrection morning.
*Research note: Name of the county is Hocking.
Hartman.-John Henry, son of the late Samuel and Frances
(Burkholder) Hartman, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., April 18,
1865; died at the home of his daughter (Sallie) Nov. 25, 1935;
aged 70 y. 7 m. 7 d. He lived near Harrisonburg the greater part
of his life, having moved to Elida, Ohio seven years ago, where
he made his home until he returned to Harrisonburg to live with
his daughter and son-in-law three months ago. He was converted
in youth and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he remained
faithful to the end. He took an interest in the work of the Church
and Sunday school. One of the outstanding things which he lived
and taught was the principle of nonconformity to the world. He
was married three times. Dec. 24, 1885, he was united in marriage
to Mary Catherine Burkholder, who preceded him in death 27 years.
To this union 10 children were born, 7 of whom survive: Viola,
wife of Charles Good, Columbiana, Ohio; Mattie, wife of William
Shore, Woosung, Ill.; Anna, wife of Lewis Shank; Lena, wife of
Harry Landis, Sterling, Ill.; Henry, Scottdale, Pa.; Alfred, Roanoke,
Va.; and Sallie, wife of Aldine Brenneman, Harrisonburg, Va. In
September, 1912, he was married to Bettie J. Evers, who died June
10, 1927. In September, 1928, he was married to Mrs. Alice Howard
of Elida, Ohio, who survives him. He is also survived by 1 brother
(Perry D. Hartman) of Harrisonburg, Va., 2 step-children (Mrs.
Noah Good of Elide, Ohio, and Raymon Howard of Woodstock, Va.),
16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Those preceding him in
death are his parents, 2 companions, 2 daughters, 1 son, 1 half-brother
and 1 half-sister. He had suffered with arthritis for about 20
years and grew weaker and more helpless as complications developed.
Two weeks before his death he took his bed with an acute cold,
and on Saturday, Nov. 23, hypostatic pneumonia developed. He suffered
much but patiently, and his prayers and smiles made a lasting
impression on the one who cared for him the last three months
of his life. He felt that his life was near the close and often
said, "The time can't come too soon." Although his stay
in our home was short, he is greatly missed. His chair is vacant,
his smiles are no longer seen, and his prayers no longer heard.
God in His wisdom saw fit to remove him from us. We cannot wish
him back in this world of sorrow, pain, and suffering and deprive
him of the bliss we feel sure he now enjoys. Funeral services
were conducted Nov. 27 at Weavers Church near Harrisonburg, Va.,
by Bros. Henry Keener and S. H. Rhodes. Text, Rev. 22:3 (first
clause). The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.
"Into heaven's mansions he's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Father has fallen asleep."
By his daughter Sallie.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Beck.-Sister Hannah, wife of John Beck of Altoona, Pa., was born April 24, 1865; died Dec. 1, 1935, at the home of her daughter, Elsie Haines Colburn. She united with the First Mennonite Church by water baptism on March 17, 1932. Surviving are her husband, 1 daughter, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at the First Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Eccl. 12 :5.
Harshberger.-Sister Catherine, wife of Harry Harshberger and daughter of Holly B. and Frances Baker, was born Dec. 6, 1898; died at her home in Altoona, Pa., Dec. 18, 1935; aged 37 y. 12 d. She united with the First Mennonite Church in Altoona by water baptism. Surviving are her husband, mother, 3 sisters, and 1 brother. Funeral services were held at the home of her mother (Mrs. Frances Baker), at Hollidaysburg on Saturday, Dec. 21, in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Rev. 21 :4.
Zehr.-Joseph W. Zehr was born at Peoria, Ill., Jan. 1, 1851; died Dec. 20, 1935; aged 84 y. 11 m. 20 d. He was married in 1876 to Louise Agley, at Bloomington, Ill. Three children reside in California (Mrs. Mary Thomas, Paul, and Geo. Zehr). There are 3 grandchildren. Bro. Zehr had resided in California about 30 years. Funeral services, Dec. 23, in charge of Bra. P. A. Heller.
Hunsecker.-Henry Hunsecker was born Aug. 6, 1868 in Franklin Co.; died Dec. 21, 1935; aged 67 y. 4 m. 15 d. He was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. He is survived by his widow (Louisa F. Hunsecker), a son (Charles N.), and a daughter (Mrs. Bertha Martin), a sister (Mrs. Lydia Besore), and a. brother (Amos Hunsecker of Harrisburg). Bro. Hunsecker had been ill for a number of years, but could be about his work as a merchant. He died very suddenly. We believe he was prepared to go, so it was unnecessary to leave any last message. Funeral services were held Dec. 24 at the home and in the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Harry Witmer and Harvey E. Shenk. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
Giagnocavo-Dominic Giagnocavo was born Sept. 25, 1920, near Barto, Berks Co., Pa.; died in the Berks Co., Sanatorium, Bernville, Pa., Dec. 20, 1935; aged 15 y. 2 m. 25 d. He was a helpless invalid from his eighth year, and hopeless according to the medical profession. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at his request while in the Allentown Hospital, and as far as he had the light and the ability to understand the Word, we believe he trusted in his Savior. His invalid days were spent at his home, Reading Hospital, Good Shepherd Home, Allentown, and the Berks Co. Sanatorium. Surviving are his parents, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted by Brethren John S. Kreibel and E. W. Kulp at the Bally, Pa., Mennonite Church.
Davis-Charles F. Davis was born Nov. 9, 1859, in Harrison Co., Ind.; died at his home near Hydro, Okla., Dec. 13, 1935; aged 76 y. 1 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Amanda Ellis, March 6, 1881, in Macon Co., Mo. To this union were born 5 children: Mrs. Gertie Loepp, Wichita, Kans.; Mrs. Luella Ruth Smith, Hydro, Okla.; and Leota (Mrs. Fred Dye), also of Wichita. Twin babies died in infancy. He also leaves his companion, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 3 half-brothers, and other relatives and friends. He became a Christian in early life, being a member of the U. B. Church, in which faith he died. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church by Joe C. Gingerich of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Joe Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber of the home congregation.
Shaddinger.-Rachel (Lapp) Shaddinger, widow of the late Elias Shaddinger, died Dec. 17, 1935, at her home at Curley Hill, Bucks Co., Pa.; aged 95 y. She was a daughter of the late Samuel Lapp. After her marriage to Elias Shaddinger, she moved to Curley Hill, where she has since resided. She was an expert at piecing quilts. She taught many of the younger generation, and her quilts found ready sale in this and other states. Three days before her death she was working at her quilts when she was stricken and was in bed for three days. One of her brothers died several years ago at the same age. She was the oldest member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church, and the last member of a large family. Only two of her six children survive her-Samuel, who bought the old homestead after the father's death 22 years ago; and Mrs. Harvey Baum of Hilltown, Pa.; also a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She attended church services as often as she could, having attended on Thanksgiving day. Services were conducted at her home, and at the Deep Run Mennonite Church, by the following brethren: A. 0. Histand, Jacob Rush, Wilson Overholt, and Abram Yothers. Burial in near-by cemetery.
Moyer.-Jacob, son of the late John and Mary (Hackman)
Moyer, was born June 6, 1882; died of cerebral hemorrhage near
Vernfield, Oct. 16, 1935; aged 53 y. 4 m. 10 d. Little did we
think when we all went to bed that such things would happen. He
became ill Oct. 13, and suffered at times until Oct. 16, when
he peacefully went to sleep. He was a member of the Lower Salford
Mennonite Church. He was a farmer and was loved by every one.
He is survived by his widow (whose maiden name was Sallie Weber)
and the following children: Mary, Ella, John, Howard, Sara, Eva,
Anna, all at home. One infant son preceded him in death. Funeral
services were held Oct. 21 at Lower Salford Mennonite meetinghouse.
His brothers are Abram H., John H., Aaron H., Mrs. John Baker
of Souderton, and Menno H. of Quakertown.
"Father's work on earth is ended,
Faithfully the cross he bore;
Now his loving soul's ascended
Over to fair Canaan's shore."
Schertz.-Emily H., only child of Willis and Kathrine Tripplet was born in Peoria, Ill., April 5, 1854; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emanuel Wagner, Eureka Ill., Dec. 18, 1935; aged 81 y. 8 m. 13 d. When she was seven years old, her father was accidentally killed. Five years later she lost the loving care which only a mother can give, and was left an orphan. She was taken into the home of her aunt, Mrs. Annie Esch, where she made her home until she was united in marriage to Joseph D. Schertz on March 2, 1873. They lived on his mother's farm near Metamora for two years after which they moved to a farm north of Eureka where they lived until after the death of her husband. Following this she made her home among the children. This union was blessed with 1 son (Henry R. Schertz) and 2 daughters (Katie E. Steider and Laura R. Wagner), who with 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. Her husband and 2 granddaughters preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 15 and remained a faithful member until she was called home. Funeral services were in charge of H. R. Schertz assisted by A. A. Schrock and Ezra Yordy. Interment in the Roanoke Cemetery. -
Frey.-Abram Frey was born Feb. 12, 1905; died Dec. 24,
1935; aged 30 y. 10 m. 12 d. He was a member of the Chambersburg
Mennonite Church. He is survived by his widow and 3 small children
(Marlin, Ralph, and Marie), his father (Christian Frey), and the
following brothers and sisters: Henry, Catherine, John., and Fannie,
all of Chambersburg, and Christian of Hagerstown, Md. About three
weeks ago, while cutting wood, he cut himself in the leg. They
immediately called a doctor who attended him. He was taken to
the Chambersburg Hospital where he died of blood poisoning. God
saw fit to call him home at this time. The home has lost a much
needed husband and father, the family a faithful son and brother,
the Church a beloved and faithful member. We believe he was prepared
for death, and expected it. He spoke about it, saying it would
not he long. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 27 at the home and in the
Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Daniel Kuhns and Harvey E. Shank.
Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
"It is not death to die; -
To leave thin weary road,
And 'midst the brotherhood on high
To be at home with God."
Burkholder.-Weidler Bender, son of the late Jacob B.
and Mary (nee Bender) Burkholder, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Aug. 12, 1857; died at his home in Ephrata Nov. 20, 1935; aged
78 y. 3 m. 8 d. The illness that preceded his death was only a
period of a few days. The deceased lived in the vicinity of
and was a member of the Groffdale congregation for many years.
His first wife, Amanda (nee Eshleman), died Sept. 12, 1913, whose
body was placed to rest in the Groffdale Cemetery. The family
moved to Ephrata in 1918 where he was a member of the Ephrata
congregation, being diligent in his Christian life, makes his
absence more noticeable. Left to mourn are his second wife, Hettie
(nee Martin), and these children of the first marriage: Nettie,
wife of Landis Brubaker of East Petersburg; Laura, wife of Ivan
Mentzer, and Weidler E., both of Ephrata. Fourteen grandchildren
and one great-grandchild also survive. The funeral was held Nov.
23 in Ephrata Mennonite Church with a large attendance. Interment
in the Groffdale Cemetery. Brethren A. A. Landis and Amos S. Horst
had charge of the service.
"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."
Zook.-Sarah E., daughter of Jacob J. and Leah (Keupp)
Marner, was born Feb. 26, 1884, near Kalona, Ia.; died Dec. 12,
1935, at her home in Noble, Ia.; aged 51 y. 9 m. 16 d. She accepted
Christ as her Savior in her youth, and united with the Mennonite
Church, remaining faithful to the end. On Sept. 6, 1916, she was
united in marriage with Joseph D. Zook, who survives. She also
leaves 1 sister-Nancy (Mrs. Shem Swartzendruber); and 3 brothers-Lee
L. of Pueblo, Colo.; Ed of El Paso, Tex.; and Sam of Tucson, Ariz.
Her parents, 6 brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. On
Dec. 1 she suffered a paralytic stroke, in which she lost the
use of her right side and also her speech. After 12 days of slight
improvement, she suffered another stroke and peacefully passed
away, remaining conscious to the end. Sister Zook bore her affliction
patiently. She had a kind and loving disposition, which won her
many friends, who will sadly miss her. One of her favorite songs
was that sung at her father's funeral
"Let me go where saints are going,
To the mansions of the blest;
Let me go where my Redeemer
Has prepared His people rest."
The funeral was held at the East Union Church near Kalona, Ia., conducted by Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty. Text, Psa. 90: 12. Interment by the side of her parents in the cemetery near by.
Roth.-Alva J., son of Joseph and Mary Roth (deceased),
was born Aug. 25, 1890, in Fulton Co., Ohio; died Dec. 17, 1935;
aged 45 y. 3 m. 12 d. On Feb. 1, 1912, he was united in marriage
with Martha Seidner of Fairview, Mich. To this union 4 children
were born. He leaves to mourn his sudden and unexpected death
his sorrowing companion, 2 sons (Kenneth and Elden), 2 sisters
(Dinah-wife of William Wyse, and Ella-wife of Clarence Wyse),
and 1 brother (Marion), all of Archbold, Ohio; also many other
relatives and friends. Their only daughter and 1 son preceded
him in death. At noon of Dec. 6, while cranking the tractor, he
became seriously ill, suffering intense pain internally. He was
taken to the Wauseon Memorial Hospital Dec. 7 to be operated upon.
While at the hospital he realized his need of salvation, and accepted
Christ as his Savior, saying, "All is well !" He passed
away before being operated upon. On examination it was found that
an ulcerated ruptured intestine was the cause of his death. He
was of a friendly disposition, a kind father, and a helpful neighbor,
often leaving his work to help those in need. Funeral services
were held Dec. 11, at Central A. M. Church, S. S. Wyse officiating,
assisted by E. B. Frey. Text, I Pet. 1:24, 25. Interment in Pettisville
"Remember, friend, as you pass by,
As now you are, so once was I;
As now I am, so shall you be,
Prepare for death and follow me."
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Croy-Clifford Croy, son of Zelda and Lue Croy, was born May 16, 1922; died Jan. 3, 1936; aged 14 y. 8 m. 18 d. His mother preceded him in death a little over 4 years ago. All was done for him that loving hands could do. He leaves to mourn his departure a father, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by J. R. Shank. Text, Isa. 38 :1. Burial in the Wilson Cemetery.
Marks-Joan Edith, daughter of Edward and Edith Marks, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Oct. 19, 1935; died of pneumonia Dec. 30, 1935. Surviving are her parents, 5 sisters (Mrs. Willis Hahn, Ruth, Grace, Lois, Leona), 2 brothers (Clyde and Lowell), the maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hunsberger), and many relatives. Two brothers (Donald Devon and Willis Roy) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text, Cant. 6 :2. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Keener-Katie M., daughter of the late John B. and Lizzie
Martin Keener, died at her home at Strasburg Dec. 5, 1935; aged
54 y. 11 m. 28 d. She was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite
Church. She is survived by the following sisters and brothers:
Mrs. Annie Brubaker, Mrs. John Neff, Mrs. Elizabeth Ranck, Mrs.
Elam Burkhart, Harry M., Mrs. Tobias Kreider, John M., Mrs. Geo.
K. Harnish, Amos M. and Martin M. Funeral services were held at
the home Dec. 9 by C. M. Brubaker and at the Church by Jacob T.
Harnish. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
However painful it may be
To know that she is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may meet
Her in that Heavenly home.
By a sister.
Cressman.-Lenora Cressman, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Claron Cressman, who was born near New Dundee, Ont., and lived at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mahlon Clemens, Kitchener; died on Thursday Dec. 26, 1935; aged 49 y. 11 m. 17 d. She is survived by 2 brothers (Wilfred S. and Clifford I., both of Kitchener) and 4 sisters (Mrs. Franklin Honsberger of Beamsville, Mrs. Jerry B. Weber of Guernsey, Sask., Mrs. Oray I. Wills of Jordon, Ont., and Mrs. Mahlon Clemens of Kitchener). She was a faithful member of the First Mennonite Church. While she was of a retiring nature, nevertheless she sought to fill her place in life. Funeral services were held at the Church in charge of C. F. Derstine. Theme, "A Tearless Heaven." Interment at the Weber Cemetery, Strasburg.
Brubacher.-Christian Brubacher, the last surviving member of the Jacob Brubacher family, was born May 20, 1850, at the same home, two miles west of Kitchener, Ont., where he passed away Dec. 18, 1935; aged 85 y. 6 m. 20 d. His wife, Emma Shantz, survives, with 1 son, Jacob G., of Bro. Brubacher's former wife, Lydia Good, who predeceased him 25 years ago. Four grandchildren also survive. Bro. Brubacher was a member of the First Mennonite Church and was known for a deep interest in the welfare of the Church. The life he lived and his conduct in the community at large gave its own effective testimony. He lived and died with the respect and love of the Church and community and his generosity was greatly appreciated as well. Funeral and burial services at the First Mennonite Church at Kitchener in charge of the Brethren C. F. Derstine and J. B. Martin. Theme, "The Vacant Chair."
Nissley.-Mary Emma (Rohrer) Nissley, widow of Samuel B. Nissley, of Landisville, Pa., was born Oct. 1, 1853; died Dec. 23, 1935; aged 82 y. 2 m. 14 d. At the time of her death she lived with her daughter, Anna May Longenecker, in Mt. Joy, Pa. After being confined in bed for seven months, her death came very peacefully. She was of a kind and loving nature, and by her busy life had many friends who, as well as her family, feel the loss. She was a member of the Chestnut Hill Church, always present when she was able. She leaves 5 children: Phares R., Landisville; Samuel R., East Petersburg; Anna May (wife of Howard Longenecker), Mt. Joy; Norman R., Salunga; and Emma (wife of Willis Baer), DeLand, Fla.; also 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the home by Hiram Kauffman and at the Landisville Church by Jacob Charles and Henry Lutz. Text, Heb. 4:9. Burial in the Landisville Cemetery.
Bender.-Edith Mae, daughter of John and Barbara Bender, was born at Goshen, Ind., Sept. 16, 1931; died at the home of her grandparents, Noah and Elizabeth Stutzman, at Hartville, Ohio, Dec. 27, 1935; aged 4 y. 3 m. 11 d. She with her parents moved to Hartville after having spent the last year in Texas for her mother's health. About a week after moving she took sick with pneumonia and was sick only 6 days. She suffered much but was very patient and never complained. She loved to go to Sunday school and could hardly wait from one Sunday to the next to go. We cannot understand God's ways, but we can only humbly bow to Him and say "Thy will not ours be done." She leaves to mourn her early departure her father, mother, 2 sisters (Dorothy and Irene), 1 brother (Wilbur). Funeral services were conducted by Simon Coblentz and Sam T. Eash and a short message in English by 0. N. Johns of Canton, Ohio. The body was laid to rest in the Walnut Grove cemetery.
Spicher.-William Gardner Spicher was born in Indiana Co., Pa., Nov. 12, 1856; died at his home at Rockton, Pa., Dec. 30, 1935. He is survived by his wife (Lorana Hummel Spicher), 3 sons (Chester of Indiana, Pa., Murray of Pittsburgh, Lester of Rockton), 5 daughters (Mrs. May Brubaker and Mrs. Alda Passmore of Rockton, Mrs. Jennie Hollopeter of Big Run, Mrs. Goldie Reese of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Velma Hollopeter of Median, Ohio), 47 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Brother Spicher united with the Mennonite Church about 35 years ago. He was ordained as deacon in 1902 in which office he served faithfully until the time of his departure. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him, and greatly beloved by young and old in the Church. His life was a living monument as a witness for Christ. He carried the burdens and responsibilities of the congregation at Rockton alone for many years because there was no resident minister. In the Church and home he will be greatly missed. Services were held in the home and interment in the Rockton cemetery. Text, Joshua 3 :4.
Hertel.-Mary Moss Hertel, widow of the late Frank Hertel passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Henry Hammer of Centerville, Ont., Tuesday evening Dec. 24, 1935; aged 77 y. 4 m. 14 d. She was born in Germany Aug. 10, 1858, coming to this country with her parents, Charles and Mary Moss when a young girl. On March 12, 1876 she was united in marriage to Frank Hertel, who predeceased her in death 4 years ago. This union was blessed by 4 sons and 2 daughters, 2 sons having predeceased her in death in infancy. She leaves 2 sons (Edward of Blair and Herbert of Kitchener), 2 daughters (Mrs. Adam DeBrusk of Blair and Mrs. Henry Hammer of Centerville), 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild to mourn her loss. One brother, John Moss of Kitchener also survives. Sister Hertel made her contribution to the Church and community by her substantial and consistent life, and passed her sojourn here with honor and respect. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church of which she was a member. Bro. C. F. Derstine had charge of the services. Theme, "The Living Hope."
Zimmerman. - Emma Lesher Zimmerman, daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Hollar Lesher, was born July 4, 1875; died Dec. 16, 1935; aged 60 y. 5 m. 12 d. Her husband, Harry S. Zimmerman, passed away last April, and for the past 3 months she had her home with her sister, Mrs. E. C. Stattler of Cash-town, Franklin Co., Pa., where she fell peacefully asleep after a long period of illness. She bore her afflictions patiently though her sufferings were intense. She was a faithful member of the Williamson Mennonite Church and a beloved Christian in her community. She is survived by one daughter, Emma May Zimmerman, of Cashtown, and these brothers and sisters: Mrs. Newton Miller, Mrs. E. C. Stattler, Cashtown; Mrs. C. H. Fields, Chambersburg; David Lesher, Greencastle; Abram Lesher, Chambersburg, and Mrs. J. H. Picking, Williamson. Funeral services in charge of Bro. Walter H. Lehman, assisted by J. W. Yohe of the U. B. Church were held in the St. Johns U. B. Church at Cashtown where many friends and relatives were assembled. Text, Rev. 7:13,14. Interment was made at the Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg, Pa.
Keener.-John B., son of Henry and Barbara Bally Keener,
was born in East Lampeter Twp., Oct. 18, 1845; died Nov. 28, 1935,
at Strasburg; aged 90 y. 1 m. 10 d. In early life his parents
moved to Strasburg Twp., where he lived until his death. He was
a farmer by occupation but in later years had lived retired. He
was long an active member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church, and
was a deacon in the Church for 50 years. His wife preceded him
in death 14 years ago, also 2 children in infancy. One daughter,
Katie, died just one week after his death. The following children
survive: Mrs. Annie Brubaker, Mrs. John Neff, Mrs. Elizabeth Ranck,
Mrs. Elam Burkhart, Harry M., Mrs. Tobias Kreider, John M., Mrs.
George K. Harnish, Amos M., and Martin M.; 39 grandchildren and
25 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held
at the home Dec. 1 by C. M. Brubaker and at Strasburg Mennonite
Church by Bishop Noah Mack assisted by Jacob T. Harnish and Frank
Herr. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the Church.
"He sleeps, he sleeps, and never more
Will his footsteps fall by the old home door;
Nor his gentle voice with its tender tone,
Be heard again by his own hearthstone;
He has gone to that beautiful land afar,
Where all the saints and angels are."
Unzicker.-John Unzicker was born in Hamilton, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1852; died Dec. 17, 1935, at his home at Tuleta, Texas; aged 83 y. 1 m. 25 d. His recent sickness started last April, when he had a slight stroke and gradually became worse until the end came. On Dec. 2, 1880, he was married to Sara Elizabeth Her-wig, of Cullom, Ill., where they had lived for a while, then moved to McCook, Neb., then later to Tuleta, Texas, where they lived over 28 years. He is survived by his widow, 6 sons and 3 daughters (Melvin Clarence of Elsa, Texas; Reuben Raymond of Houston, Texas; Mrs. Elva Murphy of Tuleta, Texas; John Alfred of Galesburg, Ill.; Edgar Lewis of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Loretta Young of Falfurrias, Texas; Ezra Willard of Washington, D. C.; Amos Conrad at home, and Mrs. Viola Athinson of Bloomington, Texas). One son (Chester Arthur) preceded him on Feb. 10, 1935. He also leaves 1 brother (Pre. Peter Unzicker of Elkhart, Ind.), besides 18 grandchildren and a host of friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early manhood. He trusted in his Pilot who could bring him safely home. The funeral services were held at Beeville, Texas, in charge of Bro. E. S. Hallman and Bro. H. F. Reist. Text, Psa. 116:15. Buried in the Beeville Cemetery.
Gerber-Lawrence Gerber, son of the late Amos and Sarah
Gerber, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, July 5, 1881; died at
his home in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Jan. 3, 1936; aged 54 y. 5 m. 28
d. He was united in marriage to Lovina Hershberger in 1903. This
union was blessed with 5 sons and 2 daughters (Harold, of near
Sugarcreek, Ross, Edward, Ralph, and Mary of the home); also 1
adopted daughter (Mrs. Moses G. Miller, of Dundee, Ohio). One
son (Lawrence Jr.), and 1 daughter (Hallie) preceded him in death.
A granddaughter Lois, 1 brother (George of near Sugarcreek), and
a sister (Mrs. E. A. Mast of Walnut Creek) also survive. He united
with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in youth and remained a
faithful member until the angel of death called him home. He had
always enjoyed good health until his heart began to weaken in
the past year. During his affliction, he was always patient, never
complaining, and always enjoyed the fellowship of those who visited
and comforted him. Funeral services were held Jan. 5, 1936, at
the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church by A. W. Miller, D. M. Friedt
and Venus Hershberger. Text, Rev. 13 :14; Num. 23: 10. Burial
in nearby cemetery.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more."
Cressman.-Josiah S. Cressman passed away at the home of his sisters, 778 King St. East, Kitchener, Ont., on Sunday evening Dec. 29, 1935, following a brief illness, at the age of 74 y. 2 m. The deceased was a son of the late Isaac and Elizabeth Cressman. He was born on the Cressman homestead at Strasburg Oct. 29, 1861, and farmed on what is now the well known Cressman Woods Farm for a period of 18 years, retiring from that place 22 years ago and residing at Sunnyside since 1915, until making his home with his sisters a little more than a year ago. On Jan. 23, 1895, he was united in holy marriage to Mary Brubacher who predeceased him April 25, 1898. On Sept. 15, 1916, he was again united in marriage to Charlotte Moyer who predeceased him June 26, 1934. He is survived by 1 brother (Isaiah of Strasburg) and 5 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Culp, Sarah, Minerva and Malissa of Kitchener, Mrs. Uzziah Shantz of Strasburg). He was predeceased by 5 brothers (Ephraim, Jacob, Nelson, Allen and Adam) and 2 sisters (Mrs. A. Biehn of Guernsey, Sask., and Mrs. Samuel Schweitzer of Kitchener). Brother Cressman was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and he had a vital interest in all the activities of the Church. His practical participation in the activities of the Church was commendable and appreciated. This all was the result of a personal experience with God which he manifested in his life constantly. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church in charge of the Brethren C. F. Derstine and S. F. Coffman. Message, "A Christian Churchman." Burial at Strasburg Cemetery.
Miller.-Gideon J., son of the late John Y. and Katherine
Miller,. was born Feb. 28, 1872, near Middlebury, Ind.; died Dec.
22, 1935, at his home near Shipshewana, Ind.; aged 63 y. 9 m.
24 d. On Dec. 22, 1895, he was married to Lydia Ann Kenagy with
whom he shared life for just 40 years, as he passed away on their
fortieth wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife, 5 children
(Mrs. Gladys Rutt of Gulfport, Miss., Mrs. Nona Kauffman of Goshen,
Ind., Mrs. Ida Hostetler of Dhamtari, C. P., India, John G. of
Shipshewana and Perry G. of Middlebury), 8 grandchildren, 3 sisters
(Mrs. Anna Kauffman, Mrs. Savilla Troyer, Mrs. Fannie Christner),
1 brother (Levi 3.), and 3 aunts (Mrs. Mary Schrock of Modesta,
Calif., Mrs. Susan Miller of Wayland, Ia., and Mrs. Catherine
Miller of Middlebury, Ind.). One sister and an infant son preceded
him in death. He was a faithful and loving husband and father
and will be missed by his family more than words can express.
Although he suffered much, having been confined to a wheel chair
for almost four years, he never complained, but was patient and
always concerned for the welfare and happiness of others. He many
times expressed a desire to go home to rest. He was a faithful
and loyal member of the Mennonite Church from his youth. Funeral
at the Forks Church conducted by M. C. Lehman, Early Bontrager,
and D. D. Miller, on Dec. 24.
"Beautiful toiler, thy work all done,
Beautiful soul, into glory gone;
Beautiful life, with its crown now won,
God giveth thee rest.
Beautiful spirit, free from all stain
Ours is the heartache, the sorrow and pain;
Thine is the glory, the infinite gain,
Thy slumber is sweet."
Heatwole.-Bishop Anthony P. Heatwole, son of Joseph
and Lydia (Rhodes) Heatwole, was born near Dayton, Va., April
23, 1855; departed this life Dec. 20, 1935, near Waynesboro, Va.;
aged 8O y. 7 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage to Bettie Etter
of Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 14, 1877. To this union were born 10 children,
5 of whom preceded him in death. His aged, faithful companion,
2 sons (one a minister), 3 daughters, 18 grandchildren, 9
1 brother, 2 sisters, with a number of other relatives and friends
are left to mourn his passing. He with his family moved from Rockingham
Co., to Augusta Co., Va., in the fall of 1880, where he lived
an active and useful life for the churches in the upper district
of Virginia. He was ordained deacon at the Hildebrand Church Dec.
27, 1885, and a minister June 26, 1887, at Springdale Church,
and a bishop at the same place Dec. 3, 1891. He labored in these
special offices for 50 years. Only the last year he asked not
to be on the calendar of appointments and preached only a few
times. He was, however, a regular attendant at services, and frequently
opened or closed the meetings. He failed fast in the last year.
Just two weeks before his death he met with the council for some
important Church work for the last time. The conference has lost
a stalwart defender of the faith, for when it was at all possible
he was at his post and gave voice to what he thought was best
for the Church. He was faithful in visiting the sick and fulfilling
all other duties of an obedient shepherd. Funeral services in
the afternoon of Dec. 22 in charge of Bishop J. R. Driver. Service
at the house by A. H. Showalter. Those assisting in the services
were E. C. Shank, A. B. Burkholder, S. H. Rhodes (who preached
the sermon), Lewis Shank, Jacob Heatwole, and J. L. Stauffer.
Our loss is his gain.
"His languishing head is at rest,
Its thinking and aching are o'er;
His quiet immovable breast
Is heaved by affliction no more;
His heart is no longer the seat
Of trouble and torturing pain;
It ceases to flutter and beat-
It never shall flutter again."
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Nebal.-Joseph Diener, son of David and Pearl (Diener) Nebal, died Jan. 6, 1936; aged 6 y. 5 m. 22 d. He is the second son and child of his parents. He leaves parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters, besides grandparents, great-grandfather and great-grandmother Raber, a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. Known as a sunny child, he will be missed, yet has gone to a happy place where loved ones may join him. Funeral service at the home and at the Mt. Zion Church, conducted by the brethren, C. B. Driver and J. H. Shank. Text, Matt. 18:10. Burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Miller.-Mary Margaret (Hartzler) Miller died Sept. 22, 1935; aged 46 y. 5 m. 3 d. She was born near Bellefontaine, Ohio, April 19, 1889. She was married to Eli Miller nearly 9 years. She leaves a sorrowing husband, parents (J. B. and Esther Hartzler), 5 brothers, and 2 sisters (Ida of Millersburg, Ohio; Irvin and Noah near Goshen, Ind.; David of West Liberty, Ohio; Enos and Harvey near Marshallville, Ohio). Mary was always a willing worker at home, in Church and Sunday school. We feel that the Lord knows best and that our loss is her gain, so we want to submit to Him.
Mishler.-Tobias Mishler was born at Krings, Pa., Sept.
19, 1852; and died at the age of 83 y. 3 m. 10 d. He was married
to Pollie Eash, who passed away May 28, 1931. He is survived by
the following children: Edward of Kelso, John T., James, Curtis,
and Fred, all of Johnstown, Pa. An only daughter, wife of Mahlon
Miller, preceded him to the grave. He is survived by an only brother
(Moses Mishler) out of a large family. Nineteen grandchildren
and 18 great-grandchildren remain, besides many other relatives
and friends. Services were conducted in the home of his son with
whom he lived by S. G. Shetler and in the Evangelical church by
S. G. Shetler, assisted by Pastor Miller. The remains were laid
to rest in the Grandview Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All his toils and trials ended,
And dear Father is at rest."
Strait.-Andrew Preston Strait was born in Kentucky April 27, 1847; died in the Grace Hospital, Hutchinson, Kans., Jan. 10, 1936; aged 88 y. 8 m. 14 d. On Feb. 14, 1875, he was united in marriage to Nancy Ann Cogzill, who preceded him in death April 6, 1934. Although they had no children of their own, they raised 2 girls. For the past 6 years he made his home with Mrs. LaVern Sullivan, Hutchinson, Kans., who faithfully cared for him. On April 30, 1933, he was received as a member at the Hutchinson Mennonite Mission. Though he was blind, yet in his mind and in song he would sing of seeing things beautiful. He remained a faithful member of the Church until God summoned him home. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia. Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at the Yoder Mennonite Church, conducted by H. A. Diener, assisted by L. O King. Burial in the nearby cemetery.
Mininger.-Jonas F. Mininger, farmer, residing near Morwood,
Pa., died from complications after being in ill health since February
of this year; aged 48 y. 9 m. 2 d. He is survived by his parents
(Bro. and Sister Jonas Mininger of near Harleysville, Pa.), his
wife (Barbara Souder) and these children: Wilmer, Raymond, Lizzie
(wife of Russell Miller), Paul, Christian, and Ruth, all at home;
also the following brothers and sisters: Henry H. Mininger of
Souderton; John Mininger and Katie, wife of Robert Hedrick of
near Hatfield; Isaiah and Raymond Mininger of Hatfield. Funeral
services were held Monday afternoon from his late residence, with
further services and interment at the Plain Mennonite Church at
"Oh, dear father, we will hearken
To your prayerful loving call.
Now to Jesus we would listen
Then to come and follow thee.
But we all are left so lonely
Just to think that father's gone
To his peaceful heavenly home."
Boll.-Pre. Joseph Boll Sr., passed to the great beyond
in his home with his son on Saturday morning, Dec. 21; aged 92
y. 7 m. 29 d. Forty years ago he was ordained to the ministry
at Erbs Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., and he was able to go to church
until almost 3 years ago when he got gas from the stove. Since
then he has been in bed most of the time, but took it very patiently.
His wife died 18 years ago. They had 3 sons and 3 daughters (John
H.- died 2 years ago; Jonas-died 41 years ago; Lizzie-died 2 years
ago; Mary-married to Rholandis Keath of Penryn; Joseph A. Jr.,
where he had his late home, of Lititz, Pa.; and Mrs. Ella Nora
Moyer, who lived with him since the death of her husband). There
also survive 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral
services were held Dec. 24 at his late home, and at Erb's Church,
conducted by Henry Lutz and Elmer Martin. Text, II Tim. 4:6-5.
interment at Hernley's Cemetery.
"Father's work on earth is ended,
Faithfully the cross he bore;
Now his loving soul's ascended,
Over to fair Canaan's shore."
King.-Magdalena (Lantz) King was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Jan. 11, 1857; died Dec. 21, 1935, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. John K. Lapp) near Hartville, O. She united with the church (Amish) of her parents and remained faithful through life and her place in church was seldom vacant. She never was sick much until early in the fall she had contracted a severe cold and pneumonia, but recovered to such an extent that she was up and about in the house again; until a week before her death she took sick, the immediate cause of her death being acute indigestion. Age, 78 y. 11 m. 10 d. She was married to John Z. King in 1879, who preceded in death 14 years ago. To this union were born 3 sons and 7 daughters; 2 sons and 5 daughters survive: Ella (married to Enoch Byler of Crawford Co., Pa.) ; Lydia (wife of John K. Lapp); Sadie (wife of S. H. Byler); Amanda (wife of Wallace Zook); Rebecca (wife of Valentine Schlabach), Jonathan and John King, all of Hartville, Ohio. Also 49 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Jonathan Lantz of Lawrence Co., Pa.), 1 sister (Anna, wife of Joshua King, of Hartville). She also leaves many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 23 at the King Church by Bros. Henry Sommers and Joe D. Coblentz. Burial in the cemetery near by.
Slabaugh.-Lydia, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Hostettler Shrock, was born Oct. 25, 1845, in Holmes Co., O.; died at the home of her daughter, Clara Martin, near Greentown, Ind., Dec. 31, 1935; aged 90 y. 2 m. 6 d. On March 11, 1869, she was married to Samuel Slabaugh, who preceded her in death nearly 6 years. To this union were born 9 children, 2 of whom (Mary H. and William H.) preceded her in death. The following survive her: Mrs. Emma Hostettler, Kokomo, Ind.; John F. Goshen, Ind. (at present at Sarasota, Fla.) Dr. Jancy S., Nappanee, Ind.; Niles M., Kokomo, Ind.; Mrs. Clara Martin, Greentown, Ind.; Albert J. and Mrs. Lida E. Birkey of Minier, Ill.; also 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was the last of 12 children. In 1848, the first year of Mennonite settlers in this community, her parents moved to Howard Co., Ind., in which community she lived practically all the rest of her life. She united with the Mennonite Church when she was 18 and was a faithful member for 72 years. Although she could not hear well enough for some years to hear preaching, yet she was always anxious to attend services when health would permit. Funeral services conducted by D. A. Yoder and J. S. Homer.
Miller-John C., son of the late Christ and Mary (Graber) Miller, was born near Canton, Ohio, June 5, 1857. He was a life-long resident of the vicinity of Canton, having made his home with his older brother, Joseph D. Miller, for the past fifty years or more. His health failed for some time, but the sickness which caused death was of very short duration and on Wednesday noon, Jan. 5, at the home of his brother, he quietly passed out; aged 78 y. 7 m. 3 d. In 1870 he confessed Christ, was baptized, and united with the Beech Mennonite Church. He always took a great interest in the Church, and as long as he was physically able he was a regular attendant and usually on time. He is survived by 1 brother (Jos. D. Miller) and 1 sister (Mrs. Susan Conrad), both of Canton, O.; 17 nephews, 14 nieces, and many other friends and relatives. His twin brother (Peter C.) preceded him in death. Another brother (Daniel) and 3 sisters (Mrs. Cathrine Klopfenstein, Mrs. Lydia Krabill, and Mrs. Mary Krabill), also preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church and interment was at the West Lawn Cemetery, Canton, O. The brethren that took part in the services were J. A. Liechty, Alvin Hostetler, J. S. Gerig, and O. N. Johns.
Martin-Paul N., son of Phares and Lizzie (Nolt) Martin,
was born Aug. 31, 1910, near Groffdale, Pa.; died Dec. 26, 1935,
at his home near New Holland, Pa.; aged 25 y. 3 m. 25 d. He was
married to Anna Mary Eberly Oct. 25, 1934. Early in life he accepted
Christ as his Savior and united with the Groffdale Mennonite Church
of which he was a faithful member until death. He also assisted
in the work at the Welsh Mountain Mission, for over two years,
bringing in the children, and was present the last Sunday he lived.
He suffered much the last few weeks with a tumor in his head,
but never complained, only wishing he might have rest. His father
died in 1921 and his mother on Easter, 1934. He leaves his companion,
1 daughter (Lois) and the following brothers and sisters: Irwin
of Oregon; Alta, Anna, Lester, and Brita, near New Holland; 2
grandmothers (Mrs. Anna Martin of Lancaster, Pa., and Mrs. Mary
Ann Nolt of New Holland), and many close relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 29, at the Groffdale Mennonite
Church in charge of Bros. John Sauder and John Weaver. Texts,
Psa. 116 :15; Rev. 21 :4.
"He's through with all his suffering,
To him there is no pain;
He's left his earthly troubles,
For the heavenly crown he's gained."
Wenger.-Lizzie Wenger of Dayton, Va., passed away on Dec. 22, 1935. She was a daughter of the late Pre. Abraham B. and Sarah (Hartman) Wenger and was born July 10, 1869. She lived and died in the house in which she was born and reared. She united with the Mennonite Church in her girlhood and remained steadfast in that faith until death. Natively kind and true, quickened by the Spirit, and refined in the crucible of suffering and sorrow and longsuffering, she radiated an atmosphere of cheer and good will that was indeed remarkable. Despising sham and show and "a proud look" (a word frequently on her lips), she espoused the simple life with a religious fervor and lived it so completely in every relation that her life was an inspiration and a reproof to many that she contacted, her unfailing patience through long and severe sickness and pain was not only a marvel in endurance but also an impressive manifestation of great grace in the eyes of those who witnessed it. Funeral services were held from Weavers Church conducted by J. S. Martin and S. H. Rhodes. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby, by the grave of her father in compliance with a request of many years ago. Noble Spirit! though passed on, she still speaks.
Short.-Peter H., eldest son of Christ P. and Jacobena
Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Sept. 3, 1862; died at his
home near Pettisville, Ohio, Nov. 21, 1935; aged 73 y. 2 m. 18
d. On Oct. 8, 1885, he was united in marriage to Anna Roth and
shared the joys and sorrows of life for a little more than 50
years. A little more than 4 years ago he suffered a stroke of
paralysis, from which he partly recovered so he was able to be
about, but for the last year he was confined to his home. As a
young man he accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the Mennonite
Church, and remained faithful to the end. During his affliction
all that was humanly possible was done to minister to his needs.
He frequently expressed his willingness to depart this life and
be where sickness and suffering shall be no more. There remain
to mourn his departure his beloved companion, his only son Nelson,
2 grandchildren (Dorothy and Leanna), 3 brothers, 1 sister, and
many relatives and friends. Funeral services at Clinton Mennonite
Church in charge of E. B. Frey (Text, Psa. 90:12) and S. D. Greiser.
Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Anchored firmly in his God,
The faith of our dear father stood.
He trod the path that Jesus trod,
He ever loved the true and good.
Now he has joined the saints who slept
He leaves with us to carry on."
By the family.
Zook.-Jacob M., son of the late Jacob K. and Lydia (Mast)
Zook, was born Sept. 6, 1860; died of cerebral hemorrhage at Zook's
Corner, Pa., Jan. 11, 1936; aged 75 y. 4 m. 5 d. He was married
to Sarah King who died in 1901. To this union were born 7 children,
4 preceding them in death. Those left to mourn his departure are:
Mrs. Frank Peachy at Zook's Corner, with whom he had his home;
Mrs. Andrew Houck of Lancaster, and Jacob of Beuna Vista. His
brothers and sisters (Mrs. Mary Beiler, Ronks; Mrs. Lydia Zook,
Talmage; Christian, Sterling, Ill.; and Mrs. Isaac Smoker, Intercourse)
and many other relatives and friends. About three years ago he
had a stroke, and has been in failing health since. For the last
year he was more or less in bed. Friday evening he ate a hearty
supper. The next morning Mrs. Peachy thought he was sleeping but
soon noticed there was something wrong. He had fallen asleep,
never to awake again on earth. He was a member of the Weavertown
Amish Church, where the funeral services were conducted by Bro.
George Beiler in German, and Bro. Amos Stoltzfus in English (Text,
II Tim. 4:6-8), and by Bro. John A. Stoltzfus in German. He will
be missed by many kind neighbors and friends.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest."
By a niece.
Bare.-Evelyn B. Bare was born March 15, 1908, near New
Holland, Pa.; died at her home near Bird-in-hand, Pa., Jan. 1,
1936, of lobar pneumonia; aged 27 y. 9 m. 16 d. She took sick
Sunday, Dec. 29, and was sick just a few days when God called
her. Evelyn was very kind and loving. Her willing hands and loving
deeds which she accomplished during the almost 5 years she was
with us we can never forget. She was united in marriage on May
5, 1928, to Bro. Elvin K. Bare. To this union were born 3 children
(Elvin Robert, John Jacob, and Arlene H.). She also leaves a sorrowing
husband, parents (Bro. and Sister Jacob Hoober of near New Holland),
3 sisters, 5 brothers, 2 aged grandmothers, uncles, aunts, cousins,
and many kind friends. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken
away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." She accepted Christ
as her Savior in her young years and remained faithful until death.
She and her three children were present at Stumptown S. S. and
Church the day she took sick. She was always present at S. S.
and Church when her health permitted. She is greatly missed in
her home. Brief services were held at the home on Jan. 4 by Bro.
David Landis and at Stumptown Mennonite Church by Bro. Elmer Martin
and Bro. Abram Martin. Texts, Jas. 4:14 and Rev. 21 :1-4. The
body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the Church. May God
comfort the bereaved family.
"The lights have gone out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
She silently slipped o'er the threshold at dawn
To make her abode in the city of God."
Kirk.-Catherine (Schertz) Kirk was born near Spring
Bay, Ill., on Feb. 15, 1848; died at the Home for the Aged in
Eureka, Ill., Dec. 3, 1935; aged 87 y. 9 m. 18 d. She was the
last surviving member of the late Peter Schertz family of Metamora,
Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters
and 1 step-sister. On March 5, 1881, she was united in marriage
to Samuel Kirk of Minonk, Ill. They resided in Woodford Co. several
years, later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where they lived until
the death of her husband in Oct., 1915, when she returned to Illinois.
She accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite
Church at Shelbyville, Ill., and lived a consistent Christian
life to the end. She enjoyed a wide acquaintance of friends, and
wherever she went she was known as "Aunt Kate." In her
daily life, which was ever guided by prayer, she was able to exercise
patience and was an inspiration to those about her. The gentle
spirit that she possessed will live long in the memory of those
who knew and loved her. Her last hours were peaceful and serene.
Seemingly she suffered no agony, simply the coming of the sleep
of death in the most natural manner. Funeral services were held
at the Home for the Aged by Bro. Hochstetler and at the Roanoke
Mennonite Church by Bro. Ezra Yordy, assisted by Bro. Joe Kennel.
Burial in Roanoke Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended
And dear Aunty is at rest."
Mast.-Christiana, daughter of Christian and Susanna
Zook, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 14, 1864; died Jan.
3, 1936 at her farm residence 2 miles south of Morgantown, Pa.;
aged 71 y. 6 m. 19 d. In 1880 she moved with her parents from
the old Zook homestead near Binkley's Bridge to a farm located
about 2 miles southwest of Elverson. She was married Jan. 8, 1885;
to John S. Mast, who was later called to the Master's service
as a pastor and bishop. Many Christian folks from near and distant
lands have enjoyed the beautiful virtue of her Christian hospitality.
A "prophet's room" was always in her private abode,
as was found by Elisha the man of God. She had thus faithfully
performed the duties of a minister's wife for 42 years. To this
union were born 3 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. The eldest,
Christian Z., and his 3 sons (John Henry, David Kurtz and Melvin
Sander Mast), are the only surviving descendants. She is also
survived by her husband and 1 sister (Mrs. Amos Hertzler of Honey
Brook), her only brother (Henry S. Zook of Elverson) preceded
her in death 7 months ago. In the summer of 1880 she gave her
heart to the Lord and united with the Conestoga A. M. Church near
Morgantown. Here at this sanctuary she plighted hands with her
life companion on the same day that the funeral was held, Jan.
8. Their fiftieth wedding anniversary was celebrated just one
year ago, when 125 guests crossed their threshold to give her
a warm handshake. She will be greatly missed in the home, the
church, and community. Sister Mast had been under the care of
a physician during recent years, having been afflicted with a
weak heart. She was daily assisted in the home for a period of
34 years, and also waited upon in her last illness of 5 weeks
by a devoted sister, Mae Neuhauser, formerly of Long Green, Md.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. John A. Kennel of Parkesburg,
Pa. (Text, Gen. 23:1, 2), assisted by the brethren, David Yoder,
E. B. Stoltzfus of Aurora, O. (an uncle of the deceased), Aaron
Mast of Belleville, Pa., and Christian Kurtz. Interment in Pine
"The lights are all out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn, for the dweller's away;
She silently slipped o'er the threshold of night,
To make her abode in the city of light."
Wolfe-George E., son of Joseph and Elizabeth Wolfe, was born Nov. 8, 1878, at Dayton, Ohio; died Jan. 2, 1936, at La Junta, Colo., in the Mennonite Hospital and Sanitarium; aged 57 y. 1 m. 24 d. He is is survived by 2 sisters and 1 brother. When quite young he moved to Delphi, Ind. He was never married, and moved from place to place where he could get work. His health first gave way in 1912 in Racine, Wis., and he spent some time in St. Mary's Hospital. About 1918 he came to the vicinity of La Junta, he was employed on a farm, but came to the Mennonite Sanitarium as a patient soon after this. About 1921 he left for Arizona, where he lived on a lonely ranch. May 25, 1933, he returned to the Mennonite Sanitarium and was there till death. When he left the Sanitarium he was given a New Testament by Albert Sherman, a fellow patient, now deceased. This he said he nibbled at like a fish nibbling at bait and carried it in his pocket. Finally he began to read earnestly. Before coming to the Sanitarium he had not been in a church but once for 22 years. Now he began to be interested in his soul's salvation. Since he could not hear, his only means of instruction was reading. He was led by the Scriptures to request baptism. In June, 1933, be was baptized and received as a member in the Mennonite Church at La Junta. His growth in spiritual understanding through the Word was indeed remarkable. He chose for his funeral text, II Thess. 2 :13-17. Truly he is now called to "the obtaining of our Lord Jesus Christ." Funeral services conducted by E. E. Showalter and Allen H. Erb. Interment in, Mennonite Cemetery at La Junta.
Swartzendruber.-Elias, son of Frederick and Sarah (Yoder) Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa. Ha was received into church fellowship in the Amish Mennonite Church by Bishop Abner Yoder in a class of 22 applicants on Oct. 14, 1877. On Jan. 28, 1883, ha was united in marriage to Sarah Knapp. This union was blessed with 9 children, 3 of whom preceded their father in death: John, Martha (Mrs. Chris Stoltzfus), and Willis, who died in infancy. In the spring of 1884 he was ordained to the office of deacon in which capacity he faithfully served the Church until death. In the year 1894 he with his family moved to Wright Co., Iowa, where he lived until 1911, when he moved to Versailles, Mo. He remained in Missouri with his family until 1923, when he moved to Manson, Iowa, where he spent his remaining years. On Sept. 30, 1928, he was involved in an automobile accident which left him in a crippled condition from which he could not recover. He bore this affliction patiently, waiting for the day when the Lord would call him home and relieve him of this suffering body. He longed to go home and he shall be missed by his family and his congregation. He leaves his devoted wife, 3 sons (Henry of Main-than, Ia., Edwin of Manson, and Earnest of Palmer) ; 3 daughters-Doris (Mrs. Ed Pletcher) of Manson; Mary (Mrs. Orva Wenger) of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Minnie (Mrs. J. D. Graber) of Dhamtari, India; also 1 brother (Shem Swartzendruber of Noble, Ia.) and a sister, Anna (Mrs. C. S. Yoder) of Chappell, Nebr., besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by C. L. Graber of Goshen, Ind., and Nicholas Stoltzfus. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
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Kauffman.--Leo Royce, infant son of Jacob J. and Allie
(Miller) Kauffman, died Jan. 16, 1936; aged 5 d. His stay on earth
was short, but the Lord's ways are the best. We submit to His
will. Short services at the home by I. G. Hartzler. Interment
in Clearfork Cemetery.
"A little blossom too frail 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."
Hofstetter. - Daniel J. Hofstetter was born near Dalton, O., Oct. 22, 1863; died at his home in Dalton Jan. 13, 1936; aged 72 y. 2 m. 21 d. He is survived by 4 brothers (Noah of Indiana, Peter J. of California, John J. of Montana, and Aaron of Dalton), 3 sisters (Mrs. Fannie Sommer of Oregon, Mrs. Barbara Amstutz of Orrville, O., and Judith of Dalton), with many more distant relatives. Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at the Sonnenburg Church, conducted by Lewis Amstutz, Jacob Neuenschwander, and I. J. Buchwalter.
Gorden.-Annie Jane, daughter of Joseph and Almina Long, was born in Brown Co., Ill., Sept. 18, 1857; died at the home of her daughter in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 16, 1936; aged 78 y. 3 m. 28 d. In 1875 she was married to John Gorden. She is survived by her 3 daughters (Mrs. Della Call, Mrs. Maud Shanks, and Mrs. Jessie Allridge), 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the Sycamore Grove Church on Jan. 18, by I. G. Hartzler assisted by S. S. Hershberger. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Stearn -Clyde Eugene, son of H. M. and Emma (Ogline) Stearn , died Nov. 1, 1935; aged 12 y. 6 m. 15 d. Clyde's mother passed away on May 30, 1926. He was also preceded in death by 3 sisters and 2 brothers. He is survived by his father and the following brothers and sisters : John, at home; James of Somerset, Clay, Florence (wife of Joseph Hemminger), and Bessie (wife of Charles Manges), all of Stoyestown, Pa.; Ida (wife of Glenn Yoder), Olive (wife of Jacob Manges), Virginia (wife of John Cole), all of Hollsopple, Pa. Funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bro. Sanford G. Shetler. Burial in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
McCabe-Philip Henry McCabe was born in Connellsville, Pa., Feb. 10, 1871; died of heart trouble at his home in Kingview, a suburb of Scottdale, Pa., Jan. 18, 1936; aged 64 y. 11 m. 8 d. In early life he united with the Methodist Church in Connellsville. He had been a resident of East Scottdale for about 32 years. The past few years he was actively interested in the work of the Mennonite Sunday school in East Scottdale, being a regular attendant, He leaves a family and many friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 21 at the home by J. A. Ressler and Daniel Kauffman. Text, Job 14:14. Buried in Scottdale Cemetery.
Bahre.-George A. Bahre, son of Charles and Mary Bahre, was born in Perry Co., Ill., Dec. 30, 1882; died at his home near East Lynne, Mo., Jan. 16, 1936; aged 53 y. 17 d. Oct. 31, 1915, he was united in wedlock to Pansy Brown of Gunn City, Mo. There were taken into this home a niece (now Mrs. Opel Delmont) and a nephew (Leonard Davis). He was a kind and faithful father and husband. He united with the M. E. Church about 4 years ago, to which he was a faithful member until death. He leaves his faithful wife, one niece, one nephew, five sisters, and three brothers, all living in Ill., and a host of friends and other relatives. Funeral services at the Pitts Chappel M. E. Church, conducted by I. G. Hartzler. Text, Eccl. 12 :12, 13. Interment in cemetery near-by.
Miller.-- Annie N., daughter of David L. and Leah K. Miller (deceased), was born June 14, 1863; died of a heart attack Nov. 28, 1935, at her home in Florin, Pa. Her death came very suddenly on Thanksgiving evening, after having visitors in the afternoon. She peacefully fell asleep on a couch upon which she was resting. She was a faithful member of the Mt. Joy and Kraybill congregations. She is survived by her brother (John G. Miller) with whom she resided, also by a sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffer). A brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Henry F. Garber, with further services at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church with Amos Hess and Henry Lutz in charge. Text, Mark 14:8--"She hath done what she could."
Bricker.--Susannah, widow of the late Noah Bricker died at the home of her daughter in Kitchener, Ont., after a lengthy illness, Jan. 5, 1936; aged 75 y. 9 m. 9 d. She was born on March 27, 1860, a daughter of the late David and Catherine Bock, and was united in holy wedlock to Noah Bricker about 46 years ago, who passed to his eternal reward on March 24, 1926. She leaves 1 daughter (Mrs. Eldon Hertzberger), who so tenderly cared for her mother during her last long illness; also 2 grandchildren and 3 brothers (Addison J. Bock of Kitchener and David and Simeon Bock, both of Windsor, Ont.). One sister and two brothers predeceased her. Sister Bricker was a faithful member of the First Mennonite Church. She will be missed among the circle of her home, community and church. Funeral services were conducted by C. F. Derstine, G. F. Barthel, and E. Becker. Theme, The Broken Circle.
Huebert. - Detrich, son of Detrich and Agatha Huebert, was born Dec. 10, 1894, near Henderson, Neb.; died of cancer in the Hines veterans' hospital in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 12, 1936; aged 41 y. 23 d. He lived with his parents in Henderson, Neb., some time in South Dakota, and last in Holt Co., Neb. On May 29, 1924, he was united in marriage to Edna Harding. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 2 daughters. He leaves his wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters, his aged father, 2 brothers (Dave and John) of O'Neill, Neb., 4 sisters (Mrs. Pete Gade of Texas, Mrs. Albert Erb, Mrs. Sam Oswald of Beemer, Neb., and Mrs. Chris Grieser of O'Neill, Neb.), and many other relatives and friends. His mother preceded him in death about 13 years. Funeral services were held at his home north of O'Neill on Jan. 16, in charge of J. W. Oswald. He was buried in the Cemetery near the Mennonite Church northwest of O'Neill.
Bontrager.-Alvin Luke, son of Wm. A. and Martha (Yoder) Bontrager, near Yoder, Kans., died Jan. 13, 1936; aged 6 y. 9 m. 17 d. His brief illness was marked by intense pain and suffering. Alvin possessed a quiet, cheerful, loving disposition. Although not as strong in body as the average child, he seldom complained. He was easily satisfied and seemed content with whatever may have been his lot or portion. Besides his parents, he is survived by 4 brothers (Morris, Howard, Linford and William Jr.), 1 sister (Laura), 3 grandparents, 9 uncles, 17 aunts, and many cousins. While he will be greatly missed in the home, yet the fact that he is in a better world, safely resting in the everlasting arms of Jesus, affords comfort and consolation to the bereaved family. Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at the Yoder Mennonite Church, conducted by H. A. Diener and L. O. Kiting. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
King.-Anna D. Roth, widow of Eli Z. King, a former resident
of Ronks, Pa., was born in Ontario, Can., Feb. 3, 1869; died Jan.
13, 1936, at the home of Michael Stoltzfus near Bareville, Pa.,
of pneumonia; aged 66 y. 11 m. 10 d. She was a faithful member
of the Old Order Amish Church. She was a daughter of Nicholas
and Anna Diener Roth of Canada (now deceased). She is survived
by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. John Gascho of Michigan,
Mrs. Lizzie Kropf, Mrs. Daniel Ross, Mrs. Daniel Yutzi, Nicholas,
Christian, and Jacob Roth all of Canada. Services were held Jan.
17, at the home of Deacon Jonas M. Belier near Ronks, Pa., by
Bros. Benj. F. Beiler and John Beiler, interment in the Bailer
Cemetery near Ronks.
"Anna's work on earth is ended,
Faithfully the Cross she bore;
Now her loving soul's ascended,
Over to fair Canaan's shore."
Eichholtz.-Ray Elyard Eichholtz, third child in a family of eight children, was born to Emanuel and Effie Eichholtz Nov. 17, 1882, at Three Rivers, Mich. He came with his parents to Missouri when he was 6 months old. He spent the rest of his life in Cass County, Mo. He with his family moved to the Peculiar community in the Spring of 1933, at which place he passed away very suddenly on Friday, Jan. 3, 1936; aged 53 y. 2 m. 16 d. He was united in marriage with Elsie B. Mahair, Dec. 27, 1916. Three sons were born to them (Roy, Billie, and Jack). He confessed Christ when a young man and united with the Christian Church, of which he was still a member at the the of his death. He was a devoted husband and father. Two sisters (Nora and Pearl) preceded him in death; also his father, two years ago. He leaves his wife, 3 sons, his mother, four brothers, and one sister. His funeral was conducted Jan. 5, at the Garden City Christian Church by I. G. Hartzler, assisted by J. C. Driver. Burial in Garden City Cemetery.
Horst.-Ellen, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth
(Longenecker) Horst, was born June 17, 1845, near Harrisburg,
Pa.; died near the same place Dec. 30, 1935; aged 90 y. 6 m. 13
d. She was a faithful member of the Shopes and Stricklers Mennonite
congregation near Middletown, Pa., for a number of years and always
attended services as long as she was able, and especially the
harvest meeting and was present for the last time 2 years ago,
but was interested about the meeting, often asking about them,
and was very glad when the brethren and sisters of the church
visited with her. She was living alone for more than thirty years,
with the exception of some one to assist her occasionally, as
her eyesight was failing. She was the last of her family to go.
She has a number of nephews and nieces surviving.
"The lights have gone out in this mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn, the dweller's away;
She slipped o'er the threshold in the night,
To make her abode in the mansion of light."
-One who cared for her.
McDaniels-Alma Louisa McDaniels died Oct. 11, 1935;
aged 11 y. 11 m. 26 d. She is survived by her father (Roy McDaniels),
her step-mother, and 3 half-brothers (William, Robert, and Paul).
Her mother (Katie Kaltenbaugh), preceded her to the grave nine
years ago. A half-brother (Ray Conrad) also preceded her to the
grave. She is also survived by all of her grandparents. Alma was
a quiet, unassuming girl and in spite of her sickness of the past
few years she always showed a cheerful attitude. Her passing away
leaves a memory that will not soon be erased. Funeral services
at the house and at the Stahl Church near Johnstown, Pa., were
in charge of Bros. Sanford G. Shetler and Irvin Holsopple.
"Round its little grave we linger,
Till the setting sun is low,
Feeling all our hopes have perished
With the flower we cherished so.
We shall sleep but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part no, never,
On the resurrection mom."
Blauch.-Neil Blauch, 41, wife of Earl H. Blanch of Short Gap, W. Va., near Pinto, Md., died at the Allegheny Hospital, Cumberland, Md., Nov. 27, 1935, following a 3-week illness of tonsillitis. She bore her afflictions patiently though her suffering was intense. The Sunday before her death Alma was anointed by her pastor, Bro. C. M. Helmick, resigning all to God's will. She had a cheerful disposition, and was loved by all who knew her. The life Alma lived and the conduct in her community gave its own testimony. She is survived by the following children, all at home: Ralph, Gladys, Glen, Mildred, James, Irene, and Dale. Eight brothers (Edgar, Edmond, Henry, George, Orville, Richard, Raymond and Bruce Ward), also 3 sisters (Mrs. Sue Runner of Cleveland, 0.; Mrs. Ora Bebe of Waldon, 0.; and Mrs. Grace Duggar of Marshall, Va.), survive. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church, Fort Ashby. Her body was laid to rest (by the side of two children, who preceded her in infancy) in the M. E. Church Cemetery. Services in charge of C. F. Derstine of Kitchener, Ont., M. B. Miller, and C. M. Helmick.
Baumgardner.-Lewis Baumgardner was born March 16, 1860; died Dec. 9, 1935; aged 75 y. 8 m. 23 d. He is survived by his wife (Mary Baumgardner), a daughter (Laura), and a granddaughter (Mary Orcina). His son (Oliver) died five years ago. He is also survived by 3 sisters (Mrs. Amanda Perkins, Mrs. B. E. Noon, and Lizzie Baumgardner) and a brother (Henry Baumgardner). Two brothers (Cyrus and George) preceded him to the grave. He united with the Mennonite Church at Pleasant Grove Church near Salix, Pa., about ten years ago and since that time has been a faithful and active laborer. As superintendent of the Sunday school and church worker he was always interested in the welfare of the Church, seemingly feeling the burden of the Lord's work in a definite way. His going marks a large vacancy in the small congregation where he has been laboring. His illness of the past year culminated in serious complications in the past few weeks, and as death became apparent he was completely resigned, expressing confidence that whatever the Lord would do would be right. Funeral services were held at the home by Sanford G. Shetler and L. A. Blough, and at the Weaver Church by Sanford G. Shetler, A. J. Metzler, and L. A. Blough. Text, Rom. 14 :8.
Blauch.-Savilla, daughter of the late John Yoder of Springs, Pa., was born at Springs, Pa., Oct., 1875; died at the Allegheny Hospital, Cumberland, Md., Jan. 13, 1936; aged 61 yrs. She was united in marriage to Ephraim K. Blanch, also of Springs. This union was blessed with 5 sons (Earl, Floyd, Bruce, Lester (deceased) and Robert), also 4 daughters (Anna, Emma, Edna, and Edith). At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church at Springs, Pa., and remained a faithful member until the death angel called her home. Although failing in health for the past six years, she was patient and always concerned for the welfare and happiness of others. She was widely known for her kindness and hospitality in her home; where many were sheltered and fed. About eighteen years ago, at the death of her eldest daughter (Anna), she took into her home the 4 motherless children, and loved, cherished, and cared for them, as only a Christian grandmother could. At the time of her death, two of the grandchildren were still at home. She was a faithful arid loving wife and mother, and will be missed greatly by her family, church and community. Funeral services were conducted at the Pinto Mennonite Church by Bro. S. G. Shetler of Johnstown, Pa., assisted by Bros. J. A. Ressler arid M. B. Miller. Burial in the church cemetery.
Miller-Alvin Elwood Miller was born May 5, 1897, in
Kent Co., Mich.; died at his home near Lake Odessa, Mich., Jan.
5, 1936; aged 38 y. 7 m. 25 d. He united with the Mennonite Church
in 1927, of which he was a member at the time of his death. On
Feb. 20, 1927, he was married to Mary Miller. To this union were
born 5 children (Katherine, Crystal, Carl, Eilene, and Lloyd).
He leaves his wife and 5 children, his parents (William H. and
Mary S. Miller); 4 brothers (Harley of Grand Ledge; Cletus of
Battle Creek; Earl of Grand Rapids; Ammon of Lake Odessa), 2 sisters
(Mrs. Ben A. Sweet of Grand Ledge; Mrs. Sydney Campbell of lonia),
and a host of relatives and friends. He became ill with influenza,
which later developed into pneumonia and proved fatal in spite
of all that loving hands could do. He was a hard worker, a faithful
husband and father, and will be greatly missed. Sister Miller
was unable to attend the funeral because of the after effects
of influenza, being in the hospital at the time. Funeral services
were conducted at the Bowne Mennonite Church by T. E. Schrock.
Text, I Thes. 4 :13-18. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Beautiful toiler, thy work all done;
Beautiful soul, unto glory gone;
Beautiful life, with its crown now won,
God giveth thee rest.
Beautiful spirit, free from all stain,
Ours is the heartache, the sorrow, the pain,
Thine is the glory, the infinite gain,
Thy slumber is sweet."
Hossler.-Emma, daughter of Jacob E. Witmer, was born
July 5, 1866, near Drytown, Pa.; died of pneumonia Jan. 6, 1936;
at her home in East Donegal, having been confined to her bed for
nearly a week; aged 69 y. 5 m. 28 d. Mother was very patient and
never complained, when she passed away suddenly to be forever
with the Lord. She expressed her desire to go home. She will be
missed, as she always had a welcome for all and was loved by many.
She had a deep concern for her family. Her chair is vacant and
our hearts are lonely. She was a member of Kraybill Mennonite
Church. She united with the Mennonite Church at Kraybills in her
early married life. She is survived by her husband (Harvey B.
Hossler), two daughters (Lizzie, wife of Henry Keener, Manheim;
Mary, wife of Ezra G. Frey, Elizabethtown, Pa.), two sons (Jacob
W. Hossler, Elizabethtown, Pa., and Amos W. Hossler, Marietta),
three grandchildren (Lloyd, Gerald, Merle), one brother (John
K. Witmer), and four sisters (Mrs. Annie Landis, Mrs. Harry Hossler,
and Lizzie and Susan K. Witmer). The heavenly comforter will never
leave us nor forsake us if we put our trust in Him. Mother frequently
sang, "We'll never say goodby in heaven." Services were
held at the home by Amos L. Hess, and at Kraybills Mennonite Church
by C. C. Hollingsworth. (Text Rev. 14 :13) and Amos L. Hess (Job
14:14; 19:25-27). Burial in the adjoining Cemetery.
"Rest on, dear Mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing bands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend.on earth like you we'll find."
Shank.-Ralph, son of William and Mary Shank, was born
near Markham, Ont., June 23, 1899; died Dec. 28, 1935; aged 36
y. 6 m. 5 d. He was married to Eleanor Snowball Dec. 6, 1922.
This union was blessed with 5 daughters and 2 sons (Marian, William,
Nancy, Eleanor, Helen, Gordon and Marjorie). Marian preceded her
father to glory July 28, 1925. He was a member of the Mennonite
Church at Sand Hill, N. Y. The last few years he was very active
in the work of the Lord. He also had a ringing testimony for the
Lord and lived faithful until death, which came very unexpected.
Saturday evening Bro. Shank with his wife and children had been
to Buffalo visiting some friends, and when returning to their
home near Sanborn, their car was struck by a high-speed train,
on a crossing where the signal lights were not in working order.
Bro. Shank evidently didn't see it coming in time to avoid being
hit. The car was struck on the left side, tearing away that side
of the car, and he was instantly killed. His wife was slightly
cut and bruised and suffered terribly from the shock. He is sadly
missed in the home, where he was a loving husband and a kind father.
As a good friend and neighbor to all, his one concern was the
salvation of souls. Only a few moments before he was struck he
was singing a favorite hymn: 'There's no disappointment in heaven,"
after which be remarked, "Won't that be wonderful!"-and
in a few short moments realized that joy. God surely "moves
in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform." We know not
why, but some day we'll understand and hope and trust for grace
to say, "Thy will be done." He leaves his sorrowing
wife, 6 children, parents, 4 brothers (David, Eli, Jacob and Oliver),
and 2 sisters (Mabel and Nancy). Funeral services, which were
largely attended, were held on New Year's day at the Sand Hill
church, conducted by Bros. J. Birky and Earl Boshert. Buried in
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Yoder-Martha Elizabeth, daughter of Nicolas and Elizabeth Smith, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Nov. 17, 1876; died at her home near Topeka, Ind.; aged 59 y. 1 m. 26 d. On Oct. 20, 1900, she was united in marriage with Menno J. Yoder of near Topeka, Ind. To this union were born 8 children. In her departure she leaves her husband, 1 son and 5 daughters (Raphael, Ramah, Rozella, at home; Retha- Mrs. Vernon Miller of Goshen, lad.; Ruby- Mrs. Eli Yoder and Rachel-Mrs. Freeman Miller, of Topeka, Ind.), Ralph and Ruth having preceded her in death. Of ten children born to Nicolas and Elizabeth Smith all but two have gone to their reward. She leaves 1 brother (David Smith of Grand Rapids, Mich.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Will Yoder of LaGrange, Ind.), besides many other relatives and friends. She grew to womanhood in the vicinity near Shipshewana, Ind. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, a member of the Shore congregation. After her marriage in 1901 she transferred her membership, with her husband and others, and became a charter member of the congregation now known as, The Emma Mennonite Church. On Oct. 15, 1902, her husband was ordained to the office of deacon for the congregation and in 1923 was ordained to the ministry. During these years of service she faithfully labored for the welfare of the congregation and the Church at large. Her labors as a teacher in Sunday school were much appreciated. Her attendance at all services was always noticeable when health permitted. For more than a year she was afflicted with goiter trouble, which seriously affected her heart. Last May she submitted to an operation for the removal of the thyroid glands. We were encouraged by a marked improvement the first six weeks, but she began to get worse and our hopes were blighted in disappointment. All medical aid was of no avail. Martha was of rather a quiet disposition, respected and loved most by those who knew her best, a devoted wife, a loving mother, always willing to make any sacrifice for the comfort and welfare of her family and those about her. She was very patient during her illness until death permitted her to enter that glorious abode where sufferings, sorrow, and disappointment are unknown. Funeral was held at the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind., in charge of O. S. Hostetler assisted by Ira S. Johns.
Amstutz.-Fannie, daughter of Daniel and Magdalena Steiner, and widow of the late Bishop D. C. Amstutz, was born April 9, 1854, near Orrville, Ohio; died at her home adjoining the former site of the Mennonite Old People's Home, near Rittman, Ohio, on Jan. 10, 1936; aged 81 y. 9 m. 1 d. On July 1, 1906, she united in marriage to Bishop David C. Amstutz, founder of the Old People's Home, who preceded her in death on April 28, 1924. Being the oldest of a family of ten children, she is survived by four brothers (Daniel W. of Denver, Colo.; Peter H., John S., and Noah C., all of Orrville, Ohio), one sister (Mary, wife of Philip Hilty, Rittman, Ohio), besides a large circle of relatives and friends. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. In early life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member at the the of her decease. "Aunt Fanny," as she was commonly called, endeared herself to many by her kind and loving disposition, making many sacrifices for the good of others. It was her delight to remember her friends with greetings during the Christmas season, which went to many states. After the death of her brother Peter's wife, she became as a mother to the children and tenderly cared for them when they most needed the love and care of a mother. After her marriage to Bishop David C. Amstutz she extended much help and encouragement to many of the inmates of the Old People's Home, as they often came to her with their problems and troubles. In the Sunday school and Church services her place was seldom vacant except when ill health prevented. For several years she was afflicted with heart trouble. Her last illness was of short duration, she being bedfast for just three weeks, during which the she gradually became weaker until she quietly passed away, remaining conscious to the end. During the last few days of her life she was often heard repeating scripture verses and the Lord's Prayer in German. Thus has gone from us a noble Christian woman who shall be missed by a large group of relatives and friends. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." Funeral services were held at the Crown Hill Church, conducted by E. F. Hartzler and I. J. Buchwalter. Text, I Cor. 15:6. Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta