Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1936

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Gospel Herald, July 2, 1936 - Vol. XXIX, No.14 - page 302, 303, 304

Overholt.-Mrs. John Overholt died at the Souderton Home after a long illness; aged 75 years. Her first husband J. W. Myers died 18 years ago at Dublin. Afterwards she became the fourth wife of John Overholt of Perkasie, Pa. About a year ago they went to the Home. She is survived by her husband, 1 son (Frank Myers), 2 daughters (Mrs. Elmer Stear and Miss Lizzie Myers), a number of grandchildren, several brothers and sisters. She was a member at Deep Run, where services and burial took place.

Gehman.-Enos B. Gehman, of Springfield Twp., died by his own hand 3 weeks ago. For many years he was a prosperous farmer at Dublin, Pa. About 15 years ago his wife died after which he lived with his children at Bethlehem and later at Springfield. He was 75 years old and a member of Deep Run. He is survived by 2 sons (Asher and Linford), 2 daughters (Mrs. Romanus Lonx, Mrs. Art Gross), several grandchildren, 1 brother (Abram), and 1 sister (Mary). He was buried at Deep Run.

Shaddinger.-Susie, wife of Henry G. Shaddinger, died at her home at Plumsteadville, Pa., after a week's illness on April 16, 1936; aged 70 years. She was the daughter of the late Abram S. Overholt. She was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons (Elmer O. Fillman and Edward O. Shaddinger), 2 step-sons (Levi and David Shaddinger), 3 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Charles Brunner, Mrs. Harvey Brunner, and Mrs. George Riniker). Services were held at the Deep Run church, conducted by Enos Wismer, Abram Histand, Jacob Rush and Abram Yothers. She was buried in a near-by cemetery.

Snyder.-Harriet R. Snyder, daughter of Andrew and Fannie Kauffman, widow of Jacob S. Snyder, was born near Martinsburg, Pa., Jan. 2, 1861; died June 13, 1936, after being confined to her bed for 14 weeks. She was united in marriage to Jacob S. Snyder Jan. 26, 1888. Her husband passed away Aug. 14, 1931. She is survived by an only daughter, Fannie, wife of D. I. Stonerook, with whom she made her home, also a sister and 3 brothers: Sadie, Levi, Fred and Albert. She united with the Mennonite Church at Martinsburg 47 years ago, and continued faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant Grove Church by Bro. I. K. Metzler, assisted by J. M. Nissley. Burial in Kauffman Cemetery.

Kulp.-Mary, widow of the late Aaron M., and daughter of the late Abraham Kulp, died at the Souderton Mennonite Home on May 3, 1936; aged 85 y. 9 m. 2 d. She was a lifelong member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church and a regular attendant at the services as long as she was able. Her husband died 10 years ago. She always lived in the Deep Run section till two months before her death when she reluctantly left her own home to be a guest at the Souderton Home. She is survived by 1 brother, John L. Kulp, who lived with her, and also by a number of nephews and nieces. Services were conducted at the home by Enos Wismer, A. O. Histand and Jacob Moyer, at the Deep Run church by Jacob Rush and Wilson Overholt.

Kulp.-William W. Kulp, aged seventy-eight, died May 11, 1936, of a complication of diseases, at the home of his daughter, Emma, wife of Samuel Brubaker, Lancaster, Pa. He was a member of the East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church and resided in the city for time past 43 years. He was the son of the late Samuel and Mary Wanner Kulp. Besides his wife, Lydia Martin Kulp, and the daughter with whom he resided he is survived by an adopted daughter, Edna, wife of David Kemerly, and 2 grandchildren, all of Lancaster, and a brother, Pre. Samuel Kulp, of Ephrata. Private services were held at the house, May 14 and public service at the East Chestnut St. Church with Bros. David Mosemann and Stoner Krady officiating. Interment was made in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

Byler-Amanda D., wife of Urine D. Byler, Middlefield, Ohio, died June 14, 1036. She was born Dec. 15, 1889, at Middlefield, Ohio. She was ill with "flu" and pneumonia. In her youth she accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior and remained faithful until death. On Dec. 8, 1910, she was united in marriage to Urie D. Byler. She leaves to mourn, her husband, children (Elsie, Savannah, Lydia, Bertha, Nevin, Miriam, Catherine), 4 sisters, 3 brothers and an aged father and mother. One brother, one sister, and one son preceded her in death. Funeral services were held from her late home on June 16, by the ministering brethren, Daniel A. and Rudy Byler.
Then at last well meet in Glory,
Gather around time great white throne.
Be with Christ our blessed Savior
With our loved ones and our own.

Baum-Joseph H. Baum died at his home at Dublin, Pa., on April 20, 1936; aged 58 years. He was born at Deep Run and always lived in that section till six years ago. He was suffering for several years with an incurable disease. About 6 months ago one leg was amputated to save his life, he seemed to improve until 3 weeks before his death when he suffered a stroke. His first wife was Lizzie Detweiler, who died about 10 years ago. Some time later he was married to Ida Althouse. He is survived by his second wife, 2 sons (William D. and Raymond D.), 3 step-children (Harold Althouse, Mrs. H. A. Moyer, and Mrs. Harold Fretz), 1 brother (Harvey H. Baum), and 1 sister (Mrs. Artemus Stover). He was a lifelong member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by the home ministers assisted by _____ Kern, a Lutheran preacher. Buried at Deep Run.

Mowrer-Ada Rineer, wife of Isaac A. Mowrer of East Lampeter Twp., Pa., died Friday, April 17, 1936, at her home of heart trouble following a brief illness; aged 58 years. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Rineer of East Lampeter Twp., and was an active member of the Bird-in-Hand M. E. Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Blanch Fritz of Philadelphia and Mrs. Elizabeth George of Lancaster, Pa.), and 1 brother (Rev. Frank Rineer of Wiconsco, Pa.). Private services were held April 21, 1936, at the home, followed by public services in the Bird-in-hand M. E. Church, conducted by Francis P. Davis and Elmer Martin, portions of the Scripture being used from Rom. 5, Rev. 21, Psa. 23, and John 14:1-6. Interment was made in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery.
We have lost our dear friend and neighbor,
She has bid us all adieu.
She has gone to live in heaven,
And her form is lost to view.
Written by a Friend and Neighbor.

Leatherman-Claude, son of John G. and Mary Leatherman, died at the Abington Hospital May 19, 1936. Ills death resulted from serious burns caused by an explosion of gasoline which was spilled on the hot manifold of a tractor. A strong wind threw the fames over him while standing twenty feet from the tractor. His clothes, except shoes and belt were burned. He was immediately taken to the Abington Hospital where he died the next morning after suffering intense pain. He was 15 years old, a member of the Deep Run congregation, Pa. He attended the communion services just a few days prior to his death. He was a faithful boy, helping his neighbors when not needed at home. This was the second fatal accident in the family. Four years ago his brother, John Walton, died from the injuries received at a feed cutter. He is survived by his parents, 10 brothers and sisters, 2 grandmothers, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Deep Run Church, being one of the largest funerals ever held at this place.

Lapp.-Barbara E., daughter of the late Daniel and Leah (Smoker) Lapp, of Smoketown, Lancaster Co., Pa., born April 4, 1904, was instantly killed in an automobile accident early Friday morning, April 17, 1936; aged 32 y. 13 d. Her tragic death was a shock to all who knew her. Barbara suffered a fractured skull in an automobile accident about 12 years earlier, from which however she recovered, and was very diligent in providing for her mother, who lived with her. and survives her. Also 3 brothers (Amos, Jacob and Daniel) survive. She was a member of the Weavertown Amish Mennonite congregation. Funeral services were conducted at the late home, and at the Weavertown Church Sunday, April 19, 1936, by Amos B. Stoltzfus (in English), and George Beiler, John A. Stoltzfus, Aaron B. Stoltzfus and Isaac G. Kennel (in German). Text, II Cor. 4 :10-5:10. Interment in Gordonville Cemetery.
"It's lonesome here without you,
And sad the weary way,
For life is not the same to me
Since you were called away."

Witmer.-Annie B., widow of the late Pre. Samuel B. Witmer of Weaverland, Pa., was born March 4, 1859; died May 26, 1936, at the home of her son Mahlon Witmer near New Holland, Pa., after an illness of 6 weeks; aged 77 y. 2 m. 22 d. She was a faithful member of the New Holland Mennonite Church, and much concerned about the work of the church and Sunday school. Father preceded her in death 27 years ago, also 1 son and 1 daughter. During her illness she was very patient and was ready to depart and be with her Lord. She is survived by 1 son with whom she resided, and the following brothers and sisters: Martin B. Sauder, Samuel B. Sauder, Amos B. Sauder, Mrs. Martin Leichty, and Miss Lizzie Sauder. Funeral services were held at the home on May 29, conducted by Bro. Noah Sauder and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bros. John M. Sauder and Noah Sauder. Texts, I Pet. 1 :3; II Tim. 4 :6-5. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely.
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."

Hershey.-Leah (Hertzler) Hershey of Manheim, Pa., daughter of Christian B. and Susan Anna (Zimmerman) Hertzler was born Sept. 28, 1868, in Cumberland Co., Pa.; died of lobar pneumonia in, May 2, 1936, in the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 67 y. 4 m. 26 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband, Samuel B. Hershey, preceded her in death 13 years. She is survived by time following children: Elmer H., Susan H., and Ruth (Hershey) Stoner all of Manheim, Pa.; 4 grandchildren; 1 sister, Susan Ranck; 2 brothers, Nathaniel Z. Hertzler of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Daniel Z. Hertzler, Camp Hill, Pa.; 4 half-sisters, Mary Hertzler, Barbara Lauver, Anna Zimmerman of Mechanicsburg, Pa. and Alice Musser of New Holland, Pa.; 2 half-brothers, Abram Hertzler, Camp Hill, Pa., and Henry Hertzler, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Funeral services were held on May 5 with short services at home and further services at Kauffmans Church by Bro. Henry Lutz, assisted by Bro. Heisey and Bro. Samuel Lehman. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 5.
Silent thoughts bring many a tear
Of one we loved and cherished here;
God took her home : it was His will,
But in our hearts she liveth still.

Freed.-David B., son of the late William and Elizabeth Benner Freed was born in Franconia Twp., May 31, 1876; died May 17, 1936; aged 59 y. 11 m. 16 d. He was in failing health for some time, but was able to be around. His death came suddenly, soon after retiring, due to heart attack. On Nov. 19, 1899, he was united in marriage to Estella M. Detwiler of Souderton. This union was blest with 2 daughters. Those surviving are his wife (Estella), 2 daughters (Pearl, wife of Benjamin Halterman of Souderton, and Miriam, wife of Amos Kratz of Souderton), 2 brothers (Levi of Telford and Edwin of Souderton), and 3 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by 4 brothers, 1 sister and 2 grandsons. He was a member of the Souderton congregation. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from his late residence with further services and interment at the Souderton Mennonite Church. Services at the house were conducted by Bro. Elmer Moyer and at the church by Bro. Jacob Moyer using for a text James 4:14.
Father's toils are past, his work is done,
And he is fully blest.
He fought the fight, the victory won,
And entered into rest.

Peachey.-Solomon D. Peachey, son of Solomon D. and Kathryn (Hostetler) Peachey, was born May 31, 1866, in Menno Twp., near White Hall, Pa.; died May 29, 1936, in a doctor's office, Lewistown, Pa.; buried on his seventieth birthday, May 31, 1936. Although he had been in failing health for the past few years, his death was due to a heart attack while on a trip to Delaware. In January, 1889, he was married to Kathryn Spicher who preceded him in death Jan. 24, 1932. Thirteen children blessed the home of this marriage. One daughter, Mary (Mrs. Rudy J. Yoder), preceded him several years. The surviving children all of whom live in Kishacoquillas Valley except Urie are as follows: Urie K., Chester Co., Pa.; Emma (wife of Amos Yoder), Jefferson U., Katie (wife of Sam K. Yoder), Solomon, Rachel (wife of Sam. M. Yoder), Ada (wife of Joe A. Byler), David, Harvey, Eva (wife of Ezra T. Kauffman), Raymond, Louis. In February, 1933, be was married to Mrs. Mary Zook Kauffman who survives. Two sisters (Mrs. Moses J. Zook and Mrs. Rebecca Glick) and 51 grandchildren also survive. He was a faithful member of the Locust Grove Mennonite Church in which be took an active interest and for many years taught a Sunday school class. Besides his children and companion many other relatives and friends mourn his departure. Funeral services were held on May 31, 1936, at the home with Bro. John L. Mast in charge and at the Locust Grove Church with Bros. Samuel W. Peachey and Jonas D. Yoder in charge. Interment was in the Locust Grove Cemetery near Belleville, Pa.

Clemens-Matilda Miller Clemens, daughter of Jacob Y. and Anna Miller, was born in Boune Twp., Kent Co., Mich., Jan. 27, 1881; departed this life May 19, 1936; aged 55 y. 3 m. 22 d. She had been in poor health for a number of years but her death was very sudden and unexpected. On May 19 she was called to the bedside of her son Rollo, who was injured in an automobile accident near Hastings. Soon after entering his room in the hospital she suffered a heart attack and passed away almost instantly. She was united in marriage to Jacob O. Clemens on March 27, 1903, at Freeport, Mich., and her husband preceded her in death in 1925. Those who are left to mourn their loss are 6 sons: Albert J. of Waterloo, Iowa; Floyd B. of Ionia; L. D. of Battle Creek; Chair, Rollo and Alvin of Saranac, and 1 daughter, Mrs. Celia Courser, of Breckenridge, Mich.; 2 step-sons, Orval B. of Waterloo, Iowa, and Clayton M. of Prescott, Mich.; also 20 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Venus and Jonnie Miller, Mrs. John Winton, Mrs. Otis Bontrager of Fairview, Milo, Harry and Charlie of Ionia, Ransom of Flint, Lester of Grand Rapids, and Mrs. Harve Stutzman of Goshen, Ind., and many other relatives and friends. The last five years of her life had been spent in Saranac where she endeared herself to many friends who loved her because of her meek and quiet disposition. Funeral services were held at the Free Methodist church Friday afternoom, May 22, conducted by _____ Parsons of Sparta. The remains were laid to rest him a cemetery close by.

Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta


Gospel Herald, July 9, 1936 - Vol. XXIX, No.15 - page 334, 335

Lichty.-Ralph Harvey, infant son of Bro. and Sister Ezra Lichty, Kitchener, Ont., died June 26, 1936. The funeral was held at the home of the parents, J. B. Martin officiating. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Burial at the First Mennonite Cemetery.

Raber.-Richard LaVern and Robert Lee, twin sons of Bro. and Sister Edward Raber of Goshen, Ind., were born on the morning of June 19, 1936, and died on the afternoon of the same day. Besides their parents they are survived by 1 sister, Evelyn Joan. The burial in charge of Bro. J. E. Gingrich took place in the Prairie St. Cemetery, Elkhart.
Our darlings, they have left us,
Gone to that home above;
Gone to be with Jesus,
Forever enfolded in His love.

Baechler.-Menno, eldest son of the late Christian and Barbara (Oesch) Baechler, passed away on May 5, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sam Ropp of near Hensall, Oat., in his 83rd year. Fifty-nine years ago he was united in marriage to Magdalena Kropf of Wilmot Township. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church as a young boy and remained faithful till the end. Surviving are his widow, 1 son (Solomon), 3 daughters (Mrs. Henry Eichler, Mrs. Chris Gingerich, Mrs. Sam Ropp), 17 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 8 at Bronson Line Amish Mennonite Church. Interment in cemetery near-by.

Miller.-Sarah A., daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth (Kurtz) Zook, was born near New Wilmington, Pa., May 19, 1859; died June 4, 1936; aged 77 y. 16 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. On Feb. 1, 1883, she was united in marriage to Samuel S. Miller who preceded her in death May 2, 1936. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 sons, 3 daughters, 22 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Emma Kanagy). Funeral services were conducted June 6 by E. F. Hartzler, E. J. Zook, and E. F. Zook.

Dace.-Grandison Selkirk Dace was born near Pontoca, Mo., Jan. 31, 1850; died at his home in East Lynne, Mo., June 21, 1936; aged 85 y. 4 m. 21 d. He confessed Christ at the age of fifteen years, was baptized on confession of his faith and united with the Baptist Church. He remained faithful to the end. He was an honest and upright man and a good citizen. He married his present wife (Mrs. Lilla Bell Knapp) in Kansas City, Mo., on Mar. 25, 1930. He is survived by his wife, 1 son (Lawrence E. Dace of Los Angeles, Calif.), 2 brothers, 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, some nephews and nieces, and many friends who mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at his late home conducted by I. G. Hartzler. Burial in the Clearfork Cemetery.

Byler.-Amanda D., beloved wife of Urie D. Byler, was born Dec. 18, 1889, near New Wilmington, Pa.; passed away at her late home north of Middlefield, Ohio, June 14, 1936; aged 46 y. 5 m. 27 d. She was sick with double pneumonia for seven days, and all that could be done was of no avail. In her youth she united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church, living a devoted Christian life until death. On Dec. 8, 1910, she was united in marriage to Urie D. Byler. She is survived by her deeply bereft husband, 1 son and 7 daughters. One son preceded her in death. She is also survived by her aged parents (Mr. and Mrs. David Z. Byler), 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held at her late home June 16, 1936, conducted by Bros. Rudy K. and Daniel A. Byler.
"Deep in our heart lies a picture
Of a loved one laid to rest;
In memory's frame we will keep It,
Because she was one of the best."

Martin.-G. Caroll, son of the late Jonas M. and Fannie Martin, was born Feb. 22, 1920; died Mar. 27, 1936; aged 16 y. 1 m. 5 d. Father, mother and an infant brother preceded him in death, his father having died a few hours less than a week before. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters-Paul M.; Loyd K.; Melvin; Gladys, wife of Kenneth Reichard; and Miriam. He accepted Christ as his Savior about a year before he died. His sudden death should be a solemn warning to the young. Funeral services were held at the home of his brother, Loyd, and at the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, conducted by John D. Risser, Denton T. Martin and John F. Grove. Text, II Sam. 1 :23. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
"Farewell, my brothers and sisters, farewell,
I am leaving you now with my Savior to dwell;
My Savior has called, His voice I must obey,
Prepare, oh! prepare to meet me in that great day."

Musselman.-Anna S., widow of the late Phares Musselman, was born Dec. 11, 1857; died June 5, 1936 at her home in Salunga, Pa., of complications after being bedfast seven weeks; aged 78 y. 5 m. 27 d. She was a daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Hiestand and was a member of the Salunga Mennonite Church for nearly thirty years. Her husband passed away about, thirty-one years ago, Jan. 22, 1905. Her cheerful disposition will long be a pleasant memory. She leaves a foster daughter (Elizabeth, wife of J. Melvin Newcomer, at home), a sister (Mrs. Barbara S. Harnish of Centerville), and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held June 11, 1936, at her home, conducted by Bro. Hiram Kauffman and Bro. Elmer Martin. Text, II Tim. 4:6-S. Interment in the Salunga Mennonite Cemetery.
"Dear loved one we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished
'Til we see thy heavenly face."
A niece.

Martin .Jonas M., son of the late Solomon and Annie Martin, was born near Hagerstown, Md., Sept. 9, 1880; died Mar. 21, 1936; aged 55 y. 6 m. 12 d. He was united in marriage to Fannie Miller who preceded him in death in September, 1933. To this union were born 7 children, one of whom (an infant) preceded him to the eternal world. Surviving him are the following children: Paul M., Waynesboro, Pa.; Loyd K., Paramount, Md.; Melvin, Maugansville, Md.; Gladys, wife of Kenneth Reichard, Rockville, Md.; Miriam, Philadelphia, Pa.; G. Caroll at home. He is also survived by 4 brothers (Daniel, John, Solomon, Eli), and 1 sister (Lizzie). In his youth he. confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. His passing after a week's illness is felt by many. Funeral services were held at the home of his son Loyd and at the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, conducted by Denton T. Martin, John D. Risser and John F. Grove. Text, I Thes. 4 :13. Burial in cemetery adjoining.
"The lights are out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
He silently slipped o'er the threshold by night,
To make his abode in the city of light."

Detwiler.-Paul, son of David Detwiler, Wrightsville, Pa., passed from time to his eternal home Dec. 1, 1935; aged 83 y. 1 m. 1 d. He was married to Elizabeth Shenk of Lancaster Co., Pa., went to housekeeping in Wrightsville and lived there all his life. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Stony Brook, Pa. He could not hear so well, but when Sunday morning came he filled his place in the church. In 1910 he was chosen as one of the five building committee members, to have charge of building a new church along the Lincoln Highway at Stony Brook, and in 1917 as one of the members of the first group of the Mennonite Cemetery Association at Stony Brook. He also served as a faithful trustee in the church for many years. He took sick and was taken to the York Hospital, but only lived several days. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow and 4 children (D. H. Detwiler, Red Lion; Mrs. Sarah Mason, Asbury Park; George and Paul at home), also many friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held in his home in charge of Bro. Noah H. Mack of New Holland and Walter H. Gable of York, Pa. Text, Job 5 :26. The body was laid to rest in the Wrightsville Cemetery.

Nice.-Joseph, eldest son of the late Philip and Anna Nice, was born in Sterling, Ill., April 1, 1875; passed away at the home of his sister and family, Mrs. Daniel Frey of East Lincolnway, May 23, 1936; aged 61 y. 1 m. 22 d. He grew to manhood in his home community, but spent the greater part of his life in the western states. While residing in Lyons, Kans., he met Emma Smith to whom he was married Feb. 22, 1905. He is survived by his wife, 1 brother (Tobias Nice of Chicago), 3 sisters (Mrs. William Ferry of Milledgeville, Mrs. Daniel Frey of East Lincolnway, and Mrs. R. A. Witmore of Oklahoma City, Okla.). Those preceding him in death were his father, mother, 1 sister (Mrs. Amelia Showalter of Roseland, Nebr.), 1 half brother (Geo. Nice), and 2 half sisters (Susanna Nice and Mrs. Roy Ebersole). He confessed Christ as his personal Savior early in life and found real joy in the service of his Lord. Then came a lapse of years until the renewal of his covenant a short time ago. He possessed a kindly disposition and had many qualities of life that bid for success and usefulness. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Science Ridge Mennonite Church with Bro. A. C. Good officiating. Interment was made in the Science Ridge Cemetery.

Stutzman. -- Barbara King Stutzman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas King, was born on June 21, 1848, and passed to the great beyond on June 7, 1936, at the home of Bro. and Sister Albert Nafzinger of Archbold, Ohio. She spent twenty-five years of her life in Topeka, Ind. The balance of her time was lived in and near Archbold, Ohio. Her husband, John Stutzman, a daughter, and an infant son, preceded her in death. Her health failed gradually the past two years, but in spite of weariness and suffering she uttered no complaint. She was courageous and full of Christian faith which she daily demonstrated. Many years ago she gave her heart to the Lord and was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. She was a most loving mother to 10 children, 37 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. She gave nearly eighty-eight years of work and of wielding a beneficial influence, eighty-eight years of extending kindness, friendliness and good cheer to every one she met. This all leaves a memory of goodly heritage. She was full of almsdeeds and always willing to lend a helping hand. No higher tribute can be bestowed. Services were conducted at the home in Archbold, Ohio, by Bro. Edward B. Frey. Funeral service June 9, from the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, Ind. in charge of Bros. Silas Yoder and Edwin J. Yoder. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Landis.-Elizabeth, daughter of Christian and Anna Gish, was born near Elizabethtown, Pa., Jan. 28, 1870; passed away at her home in Sterling, Ill., June 12, 1936; aged 66 y. 4 m. 14 d. She grew to womanhood in her home community. On Oct. 4, 1892 she was married to Ezra B. Landis, also of Elizabethtown, Pa. To this union 3 children were born-Stella, Emma and Gabriel. In 1902 they with their family moved to Sterling, Ill., where they have since resided. She is survived by her husband and children, 2 grandchildren, 1 brother (John Gish), and 1 sister (Mrs. Amanda Bradly). Those preceding her in death are 1 grandchild, 2 brothers (Henry and Amos), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Joe Kelchner and Mrs. Abram Ebersole). She accepted Christ as her Savior early in life and was received into the Mennonite Church. Her desire was to follow her Lord and to live consistently, ever striving to follow her convictions regardless of sacrifice or self-denial. Her chief concern was for her own salvation and for the salvation of her family. Her last days were days of patient waiting for deliverance from the body of pain and suffering, and on Thursday morning the Lord granted her this release. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, June 14, in the Science Ridge Mennonite Church with A. C. Good in charge of the services. Interment in the cemetery near the church.

Miller-William T. Miller was born near Charm, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1900; died at his home May 27, 1936; aged 35 y. 8 m. 26 d. His death was due to complications. He was ill for eight years, being bedfast for the last two years. Those who mourn his departure are his mother (Martha Miller), 5 brothers (Melvin of the home, Lee of Charm, Harvey of Walnut Creek, Ura of Smithville, Alton of Milford, Nebr.), 1 sister (Mrs. Wilber Yoder of Berlin, Ohio), also a host of relatives and friends. His father preceded him in death just four years and eight days ago. He was baptized and received into the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in his youth. Later being employed at Sugarcreek he transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church at that place. Although he was unable to attend church for the past eight years, his heart always longed for scriptural messages and sacred music. Suffering intensely at times, he bore it all very patiently to the end. He tried to regain his health in those eight years, and finally when he saw it was all in vain he expressed his desire of death. Funeral services were held May 30, conducted at the home by William Stauffer, with further services at the Walnut Creek. Mennonite Church by William Stauffer and Alvin Miller. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still;
His place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."

Eshbach.-Henry F. Eshbach, son of Christian and Anna Forry Eshbach, was born September 29, 1854; died June 5, 1936; aged 81 y. 7 m. 6 d. On Sept. 26, 1876, he was married to Barbara Denlinger, who died Dec. 26, 1899. On Feb. 13, 1902, he was married to Emma Harnish Wissler who preceded him in death on March 22, 1925. On March 27, 1927, he was married to Ellen Hertzler who survives. Bro. Eshbach was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and spent his entire life in the vicinity of Millersville. In their early married life, he and his first companion united with the Mennonite Church and he was a faithful member during his entire life. His occupation was farming, but retired many years ago, and resided in Millersville, close by the Mennonite Church, where he served as trustee for a number of years. He was also a trustee of the Children's Home located within sight of his home. He always showed a. deep interest in the work of caring for the unfortunate. Since he was blessed with this world's goods, he did much good for the needy, which brought much joy and comfort to him. After six weeks of impaired health he suddenly dropped to the floor, while walking to the table for the noon meal, and was gone. Funeral services were held at his late home in Millersville on June 8, 1936, by Bro. D. N. Gish, who read and commented on Psa. 46. Further services at the Millersville Church by the Brethren Landis Shertzer and Jacob G. Hess, who spoke from Matt. 24:42-44 and Psa. 39:4, 5. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"The light is gone out in this temple of clay,
The curtain is drawn, the dweller's away;
He slipped from the threshold of earth's dark night,
And made his abode in the city of light."

Weaver.-Malissa Fair Weaver, daughter of Samuel and Mary Fair, was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Aug. 10, 1859; died at her late home June 17, 1936, at the age of 76 y. 10 m. 7 d., after lingering illness of diabetes and complications extending over a period of four years, being bedfast for the last nine weeks. She was married June 1, 1879, to Cornelius Weaver who preceded her in death nearly eight months ago. After their marriage they resided in Ohio about one and one half years and then came to Kansas, locating first in Miami County where they resided for a few years and later came to their present home where they have lived for 50 years. This home was blessed with 12 children: Samuel C., McPherson; Ella (Mrs. James Demoret), Lyons; William A., Hesston; Clara (Mrs. Charles Weaver), McPherson; George C., Hillsdale; Oliver O., Canton; Lottie (Mrs. Monroe Selzer), Canton; Bertha (Mrs. Lewis Oldfield), Canton; and Ada and Nettie, at home. One son and one daughter preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing the above-named children, 23 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, also 1 sister, Mrs. Frank Baker, Dundee, Ohio, 5 nieces, and 2 nephews. In 1891 she was converted and became a member of the Spring Valley Mennonite Church in which faith she died. Mother realized that the time for her homegoing was drawing near and chose for her text Luke 23 :28, latter clause: "Weep not for me, but for yourselves, and for your children." She also selected some of the songs. She expressed herself as ready to go, and our feelings are expressed in the following lines:
"The room is quiet, all is still,
Her place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long she waited for her rest;
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Services were held at the home by Bro. Edward Selzer, and at the church by Bro. Harry Diener, assisted by Bro. Charles Diener. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Musselman-George, son of the late Christian and Catharine High Musselman, was born Sept. 5, 1865; departed this life after a lingering illness of paralysis May 14, 1936; aged 70 y. 8 m. 6 d. While his departure was sudden to us it was not unexpected. He had several relapses previously but recovered before and we expected him to do so again. But this time the Lord called him and he quietly and peacefully answered the summons. Although afflicted bodily for about eight years, his mind was always clear and we can hold as an inspiration to our own lives the patience he has shown and the fatherly Christian advice given to his children. He was always glad to listen to our joys and sorrows, never complaining about his physical condition. He was a faithful member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church for many years and served as superintendent of the Sunday school there for twenty-nine years, resigning when compelled to by ill health. When he realized that his illness was incurable he asked to be anointed and seemed strengthened for a period. Although very active physically and mentally he was resigned when his strength for physical labor was taken and rejoiced that be could serve the Lord by witnessing to those about him. He is the first of our immediate family and the last of his family to leave this world, his father, mother, 3 brothers (Samuel, John and Christian), and a little sister (Emma) having gone on before. While we are mournlag our loss here we cannot but think of the reunion taking place in the great beyond and look forward to joining with them when our work on earth is finished. Those waiting to rejoin him are his sorrowing wife (Anna Mary, nee Nolt) and the following children:-G. Paul Musselman, Downingtown; Charity, wife of Ivan Bair, New Holland; Grace, wife of Samuel Shenk, Kittanning; Guy Musselman, New Holland, with whom he was associated in the coal, lumber and feed business since be retired from farming. Nine grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held Monday, May 18, 1936, conducted by Bro. David Landis at the home and Bros. Elmer Martin and Abraham Martin at Groffdale Church. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Texts, Psa. 23 :4 and Job 19 :25.
"We long for household voices gone,
For vanished smiles we long,
But God bath led our dear one on
And He can do no wrong."
The Family.

Heatwole-Ruth Showalter Heatwole, daughter of Bishop J. A. Heatwole, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., June 22, 1901; and fell asleep in Jesus, June 20, 1936, at the Mennonite Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo. Since a girl of six La Junta has been her home. Her school days were spent in Fairmount and La Junta, Colo., Hesston, Kans., and Goshen, Ind. For five years she taught the primary grades of the Fairmount School. While making further preparation for her chosen profession her health gave way and she had to give up the schoolroom. Two years ago her mother went before her to the spirit world. Her father, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters (E. Herman, Mrs. Mark Snyder, Lenna, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Jacob Aaron, Jr.) remain to mourn her departure, also 2 nephews and 5 nieces and a host of relatives and friends. As a child she early began to develop an aptitude for music, art and poetry. She loved the good, the true, the beautiful, especially nature, children, her friends, her family, her church, and her Bible. Early in life she had a real experience of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus as her personal Savior. She was baptized at the age of fourteen and has since then been a member of the Mennonite church. Her funeral was largely attended at the La Junta Mennonite church. Allen H. Erb preached from a favorite text of hers, "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety" (Psa. 4:8). He was assisted by Jessie Kauffman and Aaron Leatherman. As a family we desire to thank all the dear good people who have so kindly ministered to her during her long sickness and remembered us with so many loving and appropriate tokens of love and sympathy. The following is her last poem, composed April 26, 1932.

Until I've found a rose that God
Neglected to perfume,
Or one imperfect snowflake warped
From out the Weaver's loom;
Or just one drab and listless drop
Of dew, upon the lawn,
Which fails to glisten in the light
And beck of early dawn-
Until I've found one of these three,
How can I doubt God's plan for me?
-The Family.

Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta


Gospel Herald, July 16, 1936 - Vol. XXIX, No.15 - page 350, 351

Knott.-Peggy Luetta, infant daughter of Hazel N. Knott, was born on Aug. 14, 1933, near Stockeville, Augusta Co., Va.; died June 13, 1936. She is survived by her mother, 1 sister (Roselen), 1 brother (Cloy Everett), grandparents, great-grandparents, 6 aunts, and 7 uncles. Services were held at the U. B. Church conducted by pastor Cello. Interment in the cemetery beside her great-grandparents.
"Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."

Witmer.-Clair Eugene, infant son of Aaron and Elizabeth Witmer, of near Shippensburg, Pa., was born June 5, 1936; died June 27, 1936; aged 23 d. He leaves his parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters (Irvin E., Mary E., Norman H., Elsie K., Arthur, and Raymond S.). Funeral services were held June 29, at the Rowe Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Christian Martin. Text, Matt. 19:14. Burial in the Howe Cemetery.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band,
So with His loving arm He reached,
And clasped our darling's hand."

Brydge.-Emma M., wife of Oscar H. Brydge, died March 10, 1936. She had been in failing health for a couple years, but was only confined to her room for a short period; aged 39 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was a member of the Mt. View Mennonite Church near Lyndhurst, Va., and had been for a number of years. In her passing she leaves 3 children (Emory, David, and Elwood), her mother (Mrs. Alice Coffey, Stuarts Draft, Va.), her husband, and 1 brother (A. P. Coffey, Staunton, Va.). Funeral services were held March 12 at Mt. View Church, in charge of Bro. J. H. Driver, assisted by Bro. Irvin Lehman. Text, II Thes. 3:5. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Ruth.-Marilyn K., daughter of Abram and Clara Mae (Kulp) Ruth, died June 25, 1936, at the home of her parents at Harleysville, Pa.; aged 4 m. 4 d. She leaves her parents, 1 brother (J. Donald) ; her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Kulp, and Mr. and Mrs. John Ruth); and a number of uncles and aunts. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Towamencin Church in charge of Bros. Warren Moyer, Jacob Landis, and Isaac Kulp. Text, Job 1:21. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"There was an angel band in heaven,
That was not quite complete;
So God called our precious darling,
To fill a vacant seat."

Zehr.-William, son of John and Catherine (Schultz) Zehr, was born at Wellesley, Ont., on Feb. 9, 1905; died April 24, 1936, near Wilmot Center; aged 31 y. 2 m. 15 d. He accepted Christ in youth and remained loyal to death. On April 8, 1930, he married Druscilla Bender of East Zorra. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters, 1 son preceding in death. He leaves his wife, 3 children, mother, 2 brothers (Christ of Baden, Menno of Milverton), 1 sister (Mrs. Allen Lantzi). One brother, 1 sister, and father preceded him in death. Funeral services at home conducted by P. Nafziger and at East Zorra A. M. church by Manasseh Hallman and D. S. Iutzi. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Lough.-Noah W. Lough was born at Franklin, W. Va., Nov. 3, 1862; died at his home in Crabtree, Oreg., June 6, 1936; aged 75 y. 7 m. 3 d. March 9, 1885, he was married to Mary Jane Eye, who preceded him in death about five weeks. As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church in Rockingham Co., Va. Later the. family moved to the state of Washington, where they lived until sixteen years ago, when they moved to Oregon. At the time of his death he was a member of the Fairview Mennonite church near Albany, Oreg. He is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite church in Albany, with Bro. N. A. Lind and others in charge.

Steinman-Christian G. Steinman was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Jan. 21, 1862; died suddenly May 9, 1936; aged 74 y. 3 m. 18 d. He accepted Christ in youth and remained a member of the Wilmot congregation faithfully until death. On Jan. 24, 1886, he was married to Veronica Gingerich of Wilmot township. A number of years later they moved to Perth Co., near Tavistock, where he has resided since. This union was blest with 5 sons and 1 daughter. Two sons preceded him in death. Surviving are his companion, 3 sons (Allan at home; Daniel of Sainia, Ont., Harvey of South Easthope) ; Emma, wife of Ezra Roth, Tavistock, 14 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 1 sister. Services at the home by Bro. M. Kipfer, and at East Zorra meeting house by Brethren M. S. Hallman, D. S. Iutzi, Joe R. Bender. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Baker-Gust Baker was born in New York Jan. 3, 1863; died June 24, 1936, at the county infirmary; aged 77 y. 5 m. 21 d. Of Brother Baker's young life we know little. He often spoke of his mother, but little of any other member of the family. He was a graduate of a university of one of the western states, and had acquired a number of different languages. It was interesting to hear him relate his travels. Among other things he spoke of sign painting and newspaper work. About 1919, he suffered a paralytic stroke and was then received into the county infirmary. For 7 years he could neither walk or talk; he recovered however, to the degree that he could talk quite well and walk with difficulty. He was received into church fellowship by baptism April 26, 1931, by Bishop D. D. Troyer. He often expressed joy in being at church services. Funeral services June 26, at the Berea Church in charge of Edd P. Schrock.

Kauffman.-Lula Alfraetta, wife of Harry E. Kauffman of Mattawana, Pa., died in the Lewistown Hospital June 29, 1936, where she had been for several weeks; aged 48 y. 3 m. She was the daughter of John and Tillie Youtzy, both deceased. She was born and always lived in Bratton Township. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and an active worker in Sunday school. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons (Charles and Elam), 1 daughter (Annie), 1 daughter-in-law, 1 grandchild, 4 brothers and 2 sisters (Herbert and Forest Youtzy, Mrs. Ezra Kauffman of Mattawana, Lester and Kenneth Youtzy of Ohio, and Mrs. Mira Courtney of Tenn.). The funeral held July 1. There was a prayer service in the home by Bro. Elmer Yoder of Allensville, Pa. Services in the Mennonite Church were in charge of Bro. Yoder and Bro. Aaron Mast of Belleville. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.
"Dear Lula Alfraetta, thou hast left us,
And our loss we keenly feel;
But 'tis God who bath bereft us,
He can all our sorrow heal."

Erb. -- Sarah S., wife of Samuel K. Erb of near Harleysville, Pa., was born July 17, 1876; died April 8, 1936; aged 59 y. 8 m. 21 d. Although she had been in failing health for a number of years she had assisted with the house work. Her death came suddenly, soon after retiring, due to a heart attack. She is survived by her husband, 3 children (Katie, wife of Cyrus Bechtel of Telford, Lizzie at home, and William of Bergey), 6 children, 1 twin sister (Mrs. Mary Kriebel of Philadelphia), 3 half brothers (Gideon Moyer of Pipersville, Pa.; Wilson Moyer of Buffalo, N. Y.; Nelson Moyer of Harleysville), 1 half sister (Mrs. Ida Litka of Oaks). She was a member of the Franconia congregation. Funeral services were held April 13, at the home with Bro. Abram Derstine in charge, and at the church with Bros. Menno Souder, and Abram Clemmer in charge. Text, I Thes. 4 :14.
"In silence she suffered,
With a smile her pain she bore;
Until God's angel whispered,
Come home and suffer no more."

Umble.-Christian M., son of Henry and Susie Umble, was born July 22, 1861; died very suddenly at the home of his son Edgar with whom he resided at Gap, Pa., March 28, 1936; aged 75 y. 8 m. 7 d. Just as he had finished his supper he was stricken with a heart attack and peacefully passed away a few minutes later. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death. On Jan. 1, 1885, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Fisher who preceded him in death on April 11, 1924. He is survived by his 3 sons (Elam H. of Christiana, Pa., Edgar C. and Ira J. of Gap, Pa.), a foster daughter (Mrs. Jonathan Lantz) of Bareville, Pa., and 11 grandchildren. One great-grandchild preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted March 31, at the home by Bro. John A. Kennel and at Maple Grove Church by Bros. Amos B. Stoltzfus, John S. Mast, and Aaron Mast. Text, used by Bro. Stoltzfus, was found in Father's Bible, Psa. 34:7, 8. Interment in Millwood Cemetery.
"He was toiling yet at sunset,
But his race was almost o'er.
God grant that we may meet him,
On that bright celestial shore."

Hess-Catherine, daughter of Jacob and Mary Ann Shank, was born near Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 24, 1866; died at her home in Nappanee, Ind., June 26, 1936; aged 69 y. 11 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to Eli H. Hess in September, 1883. To this union were born 2 children who preceded her in death-Homer and Bessie (Mrs. William Welty). She accepted Christ in her youth and was a faithful member of the North Main St. Mennonite Church for the past 45 years. Due to failing health, she has been unable to attend church services for the past eight years. Her condition became serious following a heart attack four weeks ago and she quietly fell asleep last Friday morning. Although frail in body, she was always busy doing the smaller tasks for those about her. She leaves her husband, 3 children* (Mrs. Howard Sigrist, Mrs. Roy Bollman, and Thelma Welty), 5 great-grandchildren (David, Doris and Dale Sigrist and Kenneth and Charlene Bollman), 1 sister (Mrs. Henry Wright of Halls, Tenn.), 1 brother (Rufus Shank of Nappanee) and many other relatives and friends.
"We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care.
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee everywhere."
Services were held June 28 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church in Nappanee conducted by Homer F. North. Burial in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.
*Note: 3 Grandchildren.

Kipfer.-Chris Kipfer, prominent truck driver and farmer died of a complication of diseases at his home north of Hopedale, Ill., after two weeks' illness. He was born at Waterloo, Ont., on March 20, 1879. He came to Illinois in 1901 and worked for several years for farmers south of Hopedale. He joined the Hopedale Mennonite Church in 1902. He was widely known and loved by all who knew him. In recent years he was actively engaged in the stock trucking business. His passing, besides to his family, was a shock to a large circle of relatives and friends. He was united in marriage to Susie Miller on Dec. 21, 1904. To this union were born 4 children, who with their mother mourn the loss of husband and father. The children: Ralph of Hopedale, Mrs. Leola Zehr of Flanagan, Mrs. Iona Kumpf of Pekin, and Mrs. Dorothy Unzicker of Hopedale. He also leaves his mother (Mrs. Leah Kipfer of Zurich, Ont.) and the following brothers and sisters: Jake Kipfer, Zurich, Ont.; Ezra of Hensall, Ont.; David of Konoke, Iowa; Simon of Gilmore City, Iowa; Noah of Rolfe, Iowa; John of Pigeon, Mich.; Mrs. Pearl Gingerich, Miss Eda Kipfer, both of Zurich, Ont.; Mrs. Nancy Kyle, Hensall, Ont.; Miss Sallie Kipfer of Gilmore City, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Meyer of Kitchener, Ont.; Mrs. Ella Disjardine, Grand Band, Canada. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, being very devoted to his family. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Boynton Mennonite Church, attended by a large concourse of relatives, neighbors, and friends. The services were in charge of Ernest Hostetler assisted by A. H. Miller. Text, John 14. Burial at the Lakeside Cemetery.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Mrs. Chris Kipfer and family.

Troyer.--Florence Marie, daughter of David H. and Leah (Yoder) Kauffman of Canby, Oreg., was born Feb. 24, 1904, near Nampa, Ida. Aug. 11, 1929 she was married to Menno M. Troyer of Conway, Kans. To this union were born 2 daughters (Leabell Susan and Marilyn Jewell). She was preceded in death by her mother and 1 brother (David Mark). Other than her sorrowing husband and daughters, she leaves her father, 3 brothers (Fred S., Jacob M., Vernon L.), 2 sisters (Julia S., and Margaret V., at home near Hubbard, Oreg.), and a host of other relatives and friends. The past few weeks she has suffered some pain which grew more intense until the morning of June 18 she suffered very severely which was caused by an internal rupture that gave way to an internal hemorrhage. At 4:30 P. M., while enroute to the hospital in an ambulance, she was released from the body to be forever with her Savior whom she dearly loved and served. Age: 32 y. 3 m. 25 d. Very early in youth she opened her heart to the Lord. She has since then been a loyal worker for Him in the Mennonite Church. Especially in recent years has she experienced griefs, disappointments, and physical sufferings which all tended to sift and refine toward perfection. Her very nature, as result of Christ within, kept her constantly awake and alert in seeing opportunities to spend herself for others, whether at home, some one in the community, or perhaps someone in far distant lands. She found daily pleasure, strength, and courage in sincere study and meditation of the Word of God and private intercessory prayer. She had great concern for the future of the Church, praying much for the various church institutions and leaders as well as for the many dear young people. It was in love the Father called her, leaving a home motherless and a great number of relatives and friends filled with sorrow and grief. It is not ours to reason why. We humbly submit to the Father's holy will and in the depth of our hearts rejoice that she has won the goal of life; eternal and glorious victory through Jesus Christ her Lord. And He tells us who remain, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." Funeral services were held at the West Liberty Mennonite Church June 22, 1936, conducted by J. G. Hartzler assisted by H. A. Diener. the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church. Text, Isa. 28:28.

Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta


Gospel Herald, July 23, 1936 - Vol. XXIX, No.17 - page 367

Croyle. -- John Henry, son of Moses and Elizabeth Croyle, was born Dec. 5, 1869, near Thomas Mills, died June 29, 1936; aged 66 y. 6 in. 21 d. He united with the Mennonite Church forty years ago and was an active and faithful member of the Thomas congregation until death. His death was due to a complication of diseases. He was united in marriage to Emma Jane Thomas on Nov. 15, 1896. He leaves his beloved wife, 2 sons (Lloyd S. of Thomas Mills, Pa.; Ray G., Boswell, Pa.), 1 daughter (Florence K., wife of Kermit Yoder of Thomas Mills), 5 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and a sister. Funeral services were held July 1 by Roy Otto and Harry C. Blough at he Thomas Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Shantz. -- Magdalena Cressman, Bridgeport, Ont., widow of the late Jacob W. Shantz, Breslau, Ont., passed away at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, Thursday morning, July 9, in her 89th year. Her late husband predeceased her six years. She is survived by 4 daughters (Mrs. R. J. Lyness, Fessenden, N. Dak. Mrs. Emma Schroeder, Earlsville, N. Y.; Mrs. Fanny Palms, Edgeley, N. Dak.; Mrs. Salina Nolan, Superior, Wis.), 3 sons (E. C. Shantz, Bridgeport, Ont.; A. C. Shantz, Mio, Mich. ; and Addison Shantz, Peace River, Alta.). One son (Nathan) predeceased her a number of years. There are also 27 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held July 12 at the Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, Ont. Ministers: J. W. Zimmerman, Kitchener, Ont., and Oscar Burkholder. Text, I Pet. 1:24, 25.

Nissley -- Christian B., son of the late Andrew and Barbara Nissley, died June 1, 1936; aged 60 years. He was afflicted for over a year, but bore it with much patience. He loved the Word, which was his greatest comfort; especially the book of Job which was full of markings in his Bible. His place in services was never empty when he was able to attend. He leaves his wife (Elizabeth Landis Nissley), 3 sons (Landis, Andrew, Eugene), 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Services were conducted by Bros. Frank Kreider, Henry Lutz, and Noah Landis at the East Petersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church. Text, Job 17:11. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Then at last we'll meet in glory,
Gather around the great white throne,
Be with Christ our blessed Savior,
With our loved ones and our own."
By a Sister.

Habermehl -- William Habermehl died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Jacob Sauder, Breslau. Ont., in his 88th year. He had been ill about four weeks and succumbed to infirmities of old age. He was born in Germany April 5, 1848, and came to Canada when 8 years of age. He farmed near Baden for many years and was a member of the Shantz Mennonite Church. He was predeceased by his wife 15 years and is survived by 5 sons and 4 daughters (Albert, Conestogo, Ont.; Abraham, Hespeler, Ont.; John, Nine Pines, Ont.; William, Breslau, Ont.; Levi, Guernsey, Sask.; Mrs. Jonathan Martin, Kitchener, Ont.; Mrs. Allan Brubacher, Breslau, Ont.; Mrs. Chris. Kropf, Centreville, Ont.; and Mrs. Jacob Sander, Breslau, Ont.). There are 49 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held June 14, 1936, from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jacob Sauder, Breslau, to the Shantz Mennonite Church, Baden, Ont. Ministers, Manasseh Hallman and Noah Hunsberger.

Denlinger. -- Elizabeth B., widow of Benjamin B. Denlinger, died May 19, 1936, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter. Dr. and Mrs. Gardner A. Sayres, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 83 y. 3 m. 14 d. Her husband died 46 years ago. She was a daughter of the late Abram L. and Frances (Hess) Diffenbaugh, and was a member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. For thirteen years she was an invalid, having been stricken with paralysis, but her beautiful Christian spirit and cheerful resignation to her affliction endeared her to all with whom she came in contact. She often remarked that she had learned to say with the apostle Paul "in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content." She is survived by 4 daughters (Eleanora, wife of Charles W. Balm, Easton; Anna, wife of Dr. Wm. F. Curtis, Allentown; Elsie, wife of Harry M. Hauer, Pittsburgh; and Lillian, wife of Dr Gardner A. Sayres). One daughter (Aletta, wife of Jacob Keplinger) preceded her in death eleven years ago. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Abram L. and Milton H. Diffenbaugh, Lancaster). Brief services were held at the home, followed by public services at Mellinger's Mennonite Church, with Bro. Jacob Brubaker officiating. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Hilty. -- Mary, daughter of Bishop John and Jennie (Bechtol) Thut, was born Sept. 24, 1844, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at her home near New Stark, Ohio, June 30, 1936; aged 91 y. 9 m. 6 d. She was the eighth member of a family of thirteen children. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and throughout her life remained a faithful and consistent member. She also holds the distinction of being one of the charter members of the Chapel congregation near New Stark. On Jan. 10, 1871, she was united in marriage to John H. Hilty at Bluffton, Ohio. For three years they lived on the old Thut farm north of Bluffton, after which they moved to the present home near New Stark. To this union were born 12 children, 6 of whom are still living: C. H. of Ada, Rhoda at home, Reuben of Toledo, Elmer of Columbus, Clara Honsaker, and Nora Brenneman of Lima, Ohio. The father passed to his reward on Sept. 12, 1923. The home, community, and Church sustain a great loss in the passing of a great soul. Her long, consistent Christian life has spoken well for itself. We can only thank our heavenly Father for having given to us for so many years a good mother, a kindly neighbor, and a loving friend. Funeral services were conducted July 3 by Bro J. E. Hartzler, assisted by Bros. Andrew Brenneman and Jesse Anglemyer, at the New Stark Church.

Kraybill. -- Daniel. son of Peter and Fanny Krabill, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Feb. 10, 1856; died of cerebral hemorrhage at the home of his son, J. Oliver, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, July 2, 1936: aged 80 y. 4 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage to Rachel Yoder, on Feb. 14. 1878. To this union were born 5 children, 3 of whom, 1 son and 2 daughters, died in infancy. Just 26 years ago he lost his faithful companion, and in 1930 a son, Roy, whose accidental and untimely death was the cause of much grief in his life. His long and active life was spent, first, as a farmer and later as a merchant in West Liberty. Although retired in later years, he was ever active and enjoyed keeping his own home in which he took great pride. His jovial disposition and upright character won for him many friends who will greatly miss him. Besides the son, Oliver, he is survived by 4 brothers (Christopher of West Liberty, Eli of near Bellefontaine, William of Winfield, Ia., and Peter of Wayland, Ia.). Three of the seven brothers (Jacob, David, and Michael), also the one sister (Mrs. Mary Slonecker) preceded him in death. There are 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, also a number of other relatives, surviving. Funeral services were held July 6 in the Wilkins Funeral Home in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, of West Liberty. Interment in South Union Cemetery.
"Father, now your room is empty,
And you now we see no more;
But we hope some day to meet you,
Over on the other shore."

Hutchison. -- Lena, wife of William Hutchison, peacefully passed away at her home in Smithville, Ohio, May 26, 1936, after an illness of five months. Death was due to a complication of diseases. She was born near Smithville, April 14, 1883, and the messenger of death called her home at the age of 53 y. 1 m. 12 d. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Schwary who have long since gone to their reward. Lena faithfully cared for her parents until the time of their death. Later she worked at the Wooster College where she made many and true friendships. She accepted Christ as her Savior early in life and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville, of which she was a member until death. In September, 1929, she was united in marriage to William Hutchison who survives her. She leaves her husband. his two sons (Virgil of Smithville, Honor of Cleveland), and one daughter (Mrs. Guy Hitchcock of Barberton), also 4 brothers (John of Orrville, Charles of Sterling, David of Canton, and Edwin of Smithville, O.), 2 nieces, and 2 nephews. During her illness she was very patient and found her Savior a very present help in need. Funeral services were held at the house and the Oak Grove Church in charge of Bros. J. Gerig, C. Z. Yoder, and ____ De Lauter. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow
When God recalls His own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?"

Sangrey. -- Benjamin K. Sangrey was born June 29, 1874; died of heart trouble June 13, 1936, near Central Manor, Pa., aged 61 y. 11 m. 14 d. Father had been in failing health over a year. The last 6 weeks of his life he suffered much, but bore it all patiently. He was a kind father, always ready to lend a helping hand when he could. He was a member of the Masonville Mennonite Church, always attended church when health permitted. In passing on he leaves his companion (Susan Hess Sangrey), 4 daughters, 3 sons (Landis H., Central Manor; Cora, wife of Aaron Brenneman, Masonville; Mary, wife of Rudolph Breighner, Central Manor ; Willis, Central Manor; Davis and Edna at home; and Verna, wife of Benjamin Sander, Washington Boro), 10 grandchildren, 4 brothers (William K. Sangrey, Conestoga; Jacob K. Sangrey, Herrville; George K. Sangrey, Willow Street; Oscar Sangrey, Conestoga), 2 sisters (Mrs. Martin Mylin, West Willow; Mrs. Abram Hess, Media Heights). His father and mother, 2 brothers, and 2 daughters, preceded him. Funeral services were held at the home May 16 by Bro. Christian Hostetter and at the River Corner Mennonite Church by the brethren Christian Hostetter, Aaron Harnish and John K. Charles. His remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"We will meet with you, our father,
In that home so bright and fair,
And join you in the happy praise
Of our Savior over there."
-- The family.

Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta


Gospel Herald, July 30, 1936 - Vol. XXIX, No.18 - page 399

Shertzer.-Susan H., wife of Jonas F. Shertzer, was born near Conestoga Center, Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 6, 1851; departed this life July 10, 1936; aged 4 y. 9 m. 4 d. She was a faithful member of the Millersville Mennonite Church, where services were held and where she was buried.

Newcomer.-Anna G., widow of the late Christian N. Newcomer, of Mt. Joy, Pa., departed this life .June 25, 1936; aged 90 y. 23 d. She was a member of the Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church. She is survived by 1 daughter, 4 sons, 18 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Services were held June 28 conducted by Bro. Hiram Kauffman at the home, with further services at the Landisville, Pa., Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Jacob L. Charles and Henry E. Lutz. Text, Rom. 8:25.

Peachey.-Jonas E. Peachey died July 9 at his home near Belleville, Pa.; aged 33 y. 8 m. 8 d. Also his son Alvin died July 11; aged 13 y. 5 m. 29 d. The father and son were seriously hurt from a runaway with their team, as they were hauling a load of wheat to town. The boy lived for several days. The funerals were held on Saturday and Monday respectively. Bros. John B. Peachey and Enos Kurtz officiated at both funerals which were largely attended. Surviving them are the mother, 2 daughters, and 1 son. Burials in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Brubaker.-Harold H. Brubaker died June 15, 1936; aged 7 w. He is survived by his parents, a twin brother (Gerald), 2 sisters (Sara, Jane and Dolores), and grandparents (Bro. and Sister Ira L. Hershey, Gap, Pa., and Bro. and Sister A. M. Brubaker, Lancaster, Pa.). Services were held June 17 at the home, conducted by Bros. Jacob Harnish and Frank Herr. Text, II Sam. 12:23.
"Oh how we loved to care for him
And hold him in our arms.
But Jesus said, "Tis long enough
He's safer in My arms.''

Kropp.-Gertrude Baer, wife of John Kropp, was born Nov. 30, 1884; died at her home in Kingview near Scottdale, Pa., July 9, 1936; aged 51 y. 8 m. 9 d. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Margaret Ansell, Emory, Irvin, Mrs. Alverta Saner, Mrs. Mabel Collins, Mary, Robert, and Lee. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and by 7 brothers and sisters. She had been ailing from heart trouble for several months. In early life she united with the Church of the Brethren, but was a member of the Scottdale Mennonite Church at the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at El Bethel Church near White, Pa., conducted by J. L. Horst and Daniel Kauffman. Text, I Cor. 15:15-58. Peace to her ashes.

Byers.-Caroline, wife of John Byers, died at her home at Three Rivers, Mich., May 26, 1936. She was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 5, 1876, the daughter of Wm. and Matilda Hunsberger. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. Mary Noell of New Buffalo, Mich.), 2 grandsons, her mother of Bloomingdale, Mich.; 4 sisters (Mrs. Anna Simper of Osceola, Ind., Mrs. Mary Will of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Alta Owen of South Bend, Ind., and Mrs. Edna Babbit of Gobles, Mich.), 3 brothers (Charles of New Buffalo, Irvin of Bloomingdale, and Lucien of Mishawaka, Ind.). Funeral services were held May 28, at the home by _____ Hawkins and at the Olive Mennonite Church near Wakarusa by C. A. Shank. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Schumm.-Fannie, daughter of Peter and Anna Ropp was born in Perth Co., Ont., Nov. 4, 1869; was killed in an automobile accident May 17, 1936, near Shakespeare; aged 66 y. 6 m. 13 d. She was received into church fellowship in youth at the Mornington congregation and was faithful unto death. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure her husband 2 sons (Henry and William of East Zorra), 9 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Joseph of Berne, Mich., Peter of Imlay City, Mich., John of Poole, Ont., Menno of Tavistock, Ont.), 3 sisters (Mattie, widow of David Steckley; Katie, widow of Andrew Zehr; Mary Weidman of Pigeon, Mich.). Funeral services at the home, conducted by Bros. Menno Kuepfer, D. S. Iutzi, and Jacob R. Bender. Laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.

Wenger.-Susannah, daughter of Jacob and Mary Berkey, was born Feb. 20, 1863 in St. Joseph Co., Ind., and died at her home near Goshen, June 25, 1936; aged 73 y. 4 m. 5 d. She was married to Henry Wenger in 1882, who died in October, 1926. To this union were born 12 children, 7 of whom preceded her in death (Emma, Vernon, Bertha, Joseph, Walter, and Elmer). She is survived by Edna and Noah at home, Clarence of Shelbyville, Ind.; Jacob and John of Goshen; also the following brothers: Aaron and Henry of Wakarusa, Daniel of Mishawaka, Eli of Canada, and Jacob of Montana; and also 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted June 28 at the home by J. W. Christophel and at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, by C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder. Text, Matt. 11:28. Burial in Olive Cemetery.

Willard.-John B., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Willard, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Aug. 9, 1927; died May 13, 1936. He was not as large and strong as most children for his age, but had never been sick before his last illness, which was but of a few days. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister (Mrs. Chester Cane of South) and the following brothers and sisters at the parental home: Russell, Florence, Ivan, Bernice, Robert, Ralph, Dolores, Bertha, and Leona; also his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lechlitner of near Wakarusa, and Mrs. John Willard of Elkhart). Funeral services were held at the home and at the Olive Mennonite Church, conducted by C. A. Shank. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Jesus has taken a beautiful bud,
Out of the garden of love,
Borne it away to the city of God,
Home of the angels above."

Martin.-Amelia Birky was born March 25 1892; passed away June 27, 1936; aged 44 y. 3 m. 2d. She was united in marriage to William Martin in 1910. At the age of 13 she united with the Mennonite Church to which she was a faithful member until death. After her marriage she moved to Kouts, Ind. She was a charter member of the Mennonite church at Kouts. Besides her bereaved husband she leaves 5 daughters (Mary, Eva, Lela, Verna, Wilma), 2 sons (Lester, Amos), her mother (Emma Birky), 3 grandchildren, 7 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral was held at the Hopewell Church at Kouts, Ind., conducted by Bro. Floyd Weaver of Rensselaer, Ind., and Bro. Silas Weldy of Wakarusa, Ind. Text, Jan. 17 :4. Burial in the church cemetery.
"She sleeps, she sleeps and never more,
Will her footsteps fall by the old home door.
Nor her gentle voice with its tender tone
Be heard again by her own hearth stone.
She has gone to that beautiful land afar,
Where all the saints and angels are."

Nunemaker. -- Levi Nunemaker was born Apr. 6, 1857, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died July 6, 1936; aged 79 y. 4 m. He was married to Barbara Ellen Berkey Dec. 27, 1885, who preceded him in death Oct. 23, 1931. Surviving are 7 children (Ida Newcomer, Mae Jacobs, and Carl Nunemaker of Wakarusa; Sadie Pletcher of Goshen, Ind., Grace Nunemaker of Lancaster, Pa.; and Earl and Leander of Nappanee, Ind.), 17 grandchildren, 1 brother (John Nunemaker of La Junta, Colo.), 1 sister (Mrs. Anna Kraeme of Roseland, Neb.). Four infant children preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1892 and was a faithful member of the Holdeman congregation unto death. Funeral was held at the Olive Church, conducted by Brethren Warren Shaum at the home and David Yoder and Silas Weldy at the church.
"The lights are gone out in this mansion of clay,
The curtain has drawn the dweller away.
He slipped from the threshold of earth's dark night,
And made his abode in the city of light."

Ritter.-Rhoda, wife of Judson Ritter, died at her home in Wakarusa, Ind., June 13, 1936; aged 50 y. 1 m. 23 d. She was born April 21, 1886, at Mount Ridge, Kans., the daughter of Samuel and Susannah Pletcher. She was married to Judson Ritter in Kansas on Feb. 5, 1905. They lived at Newton, Kans., several years, and for the remainder of her life their home was in Indiana. She is survived by her husband, mother, one granddaughter, Beverly Ritter of Elkhart, Ind. A son, their only child, died March 23, 1933. She also leaves the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. H. H. Corbin of Newton, Kans., Mrs. C. W. Allumbaugh of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. I. L. Byler of Wellington, Kans., Mrs. G. H. Buss of Bedmont, Kans., Mrs. John Miller of San Antonio, Texas, and Miss Nellie Pletcher, Roy and Paul Pletcher, Mrs. Lorena McDaniel and Mrs. E. E. Smith all of Newton. Funeral services were conducted on June 17 at the home by John Gingerich, and at the Wakarusa Christian Church, where she was a member, in charge of C. A. Shank, assisted by the pastor, John Hartman. Interment in the Olive Cemetery.

Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta

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