Steffy.-Susanna (Wenger) Steffy was born June 30, 1852; died March 10, 1936; aged 83 y. 8 m. 10 d. She died at the home of her son-in-law and her daughter, Bro. Isaac Wenger and wife of Martindale, Pa., with whom she lived for nearly two years. She is survived by 4 daughters (Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Jacobs of New Holland, Pa.; Emma, wife of Isaac Wenger, Martindale, Pa.; Mary, wife of Isaac Bauman, Martindale, Pa.; Leah, wife of Sam Bauman, Bowmansville, Pa.; also 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Moose.-Herbert Edwin, son of Menno and Saloma Moose
was born Feb. 16, 1935; died of bronchial pneumonia in the Jameson
Memorial Hospital April 19, 1936; aged 1 y. 2 m. 3 d. He leaves
to mourn his departure father, mother, 2 sisters (Laura and Gladys),
3 brothers (Duane, Irvin, and Dale), 1 grandfather, and 1 step-grandmother.
One brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held
April 21 at the Maple Grove Church in charge of B. J. Zook. Text,
James 4:14. Interment in 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."
Hershberger.-Leander, son of Jacob and Mary (Hostetler) Hershberger, was born Dec. 8, 1881, near Walnutcreek, Ohio; died March 27, 1936; aged 54 y. 3 m. 19 d. His parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death. He leaves 4 sisters (Mary and Caroline at home, Mrs. Noah Mutchelknaus of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. J. M. Gardner of Dundee, Ohio). In youth he gave his heart to God and united with the Walnutcreek Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful member until death. He suffered from a cancer all winter and on March 27, he quietly passed away. During his sickness he had a smile. for everyone in his presence. Funeral services held March 29 at the Walnutcreek Church by Bros. O. N. Johns and A. W. Miller. Burial in nearby cemetery.
Nolt.-Fianna, widow of Bro. Amos Nolt, was born at Groffdale, Pa., on Oct. 19, 1863; died April 16, 1936; aged 72 y. 5 m. 28 d. She lived and died with her son (Amos Noah) near Bowmansville, Pa. Being an invalid for years, she spent most of her time in the rocking chair. Kind hands guided her trembling limbs to bed and back to her chair. She was a consistent member of the Bowmansville congregation. She leaves 1 son (Amos N.), 1 daughter (Anna Rettew), 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. A half-brother at Elgin, Ill., also remains. Funeral services were held April 19, Sunday afternoon. The funeral sermon was preached in the Groffdale Mennonite Church by J. S. Hess and I. W. Geigley on the selected text, Jno. 13 :7. Interment in adjoining cemetery. A church well filled paid a last tribute of respect to the departed mother in the faith.
Barton.-Mrs. Elwich (Whitefoot) Barton was born March 3, 1863, at London, Ont., died March 31, 1936, in her home in Detroit, Mich.; aged 73 y. 28 d. Nov. 5, 1933, she was baptized and became a member of the Detroit Mennonite Church. She was a quiet, loyal, and appreciative follower of Jesus. She was not known to complain or be bitter concerning her lot in life, though her pathway was often unpleasant. Her longing to be with her Lord makes her simple faith in Him a cherished treasure. Death came suddenly, but not unexpectedly, as she had often expressed her hopes of going soon. Grandma was married to Geo. Barton in Port Huron, Michigan. To them was given 1 daughter (Mrs. Mary Perry of Inkster, Mich.), who remains to mourn her departure; also 4 grandchildren and many friends to whom she endeared herself by her calm devotion to her Lord in whom she found complete satisfaction.
Cable.-Magdalena, daughter of the late Jacob and Fannie (Gindlesperger) Speicher, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 29, 1844; died near Hollsopple, Pa., April 24, 1936; aged 91 y. 3 m. 25 d. She was married to George Cable about 65 years ago and he preceded her to the grave about 26 years ago. She was the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom survive (William Peden, George Cable, and Edward Cable). She was the last one of 9 children to pass on to the eternal world. Besides the children, she is survived by 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. One daughter (wife of Lawrence Saylor) died 32 years ago. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and was seldom absent from church when health permitted. The last years she was confined much in the home of her niece (Mrs. John J. Blough) where she died after having lived with them for eight years. The services were very largely attended at the Blough Church. Services were conducted by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Harry C. Blough. Her remains were laid to rest in the Thomas Cemetery.
Zook.-Samuel J., son of Solomon and Nancy (Kauffman)
Zook, was born near Allensville, Pa., June 16, 1872; died April
18, 1936, at his home in West Liberty, Ohio; aged 63 y. 10 m.
2 d. Dec. 12, 1895, he was united in marriage to Leah Hooley.
To this union were born 6 children (Orie and Frances, of Goshen,
Ind.; Marian, Samuel, Sara, and Mabel all of West Liberty). Besides
his devoted wife, children, and 3 grandchildren, he leaves 3 brothers
(Thomas of Glendo, Wyo.; Isaac of Belleville, Pa.; and Solomon
of West Liberty, O.), and 1 sister (Mrs. H. K. Yoder of Belleville,
Pa.). On Monday morning, April 13, after returning from the farm,
he took suddenly ill from a cerebral hemorrhage. All that willing
hands could do was of no avail. The Master said, "Come unto
me and I will give you rest," and he quietly answered his
call. Long may the memories of his patient and kind disposition,
his principles of honest and upright living, live on through us.
May the words and melody of his favorite song, "Rock of Ages,"
as he sang us to sleep in our childhood ever ring in our ears,
and may we rightfully use the heritage of Christian training he
leaves us. Funeral services were held at Bethel Church, in charge
of Bros. S. B. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial in Fair View Cemetery.
"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."
Nahrgang.-Amelia Bergey, beloved wife of Menno Nahrgang, passed away at her home near New Hamburg, Ont., on Sunday morning, April 19, 1936, after an illness of only a few months. Death was due to a heart attack. She was born in Wilmot Tp., Sept. 20, 1873, the daughter of the late David and Louisa (Bowman) Bergey. At the age of 18 she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained an active and faithful member to the end. As a young woman Sister Nahrgang followed the teaching profession for a period of ten years. She was a former student of Elkhart Institute and Goshen College. In 1909 she was married to Menno Nahrgang, and since her marriage has resided on the farm near New Hamburg. In the Sunday school she served as a teacher for many years. With the beginning of the women's missionary organization in Ontario she was appointed president, which office she held until her death, besides being the president of the local organization during that entire period. Surviving are her husband, 1 daughter (Alice), and 2 adopted sons (Fred and Philip Richardson) ; also 1 sister (Mrs. Fred B. Miller of Kitchener) and 3 brothers (Gilbert of New Dundee, Milton of Toronto, and Herbert of New Hamburg). A sister (Eva) and a brother (Ezra) predeceased her. In her passing, her home will miss her as a kind and loving mother and companion, the church has lost one who sought to carry forward her program at the cost of sacrifice, and in the community she will be missed as one who was always ready to lend a helping hand. Funeral services were held April 22 from her late home, followed by public services at the Biehn Church and burial in the adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by the brethren, M. Hallman, S. F. Coffman, and C. C. Cressman.
Lefever-Benjamin H., son of the late Daniel and Elizabeth
Lefever, was born Oct. 1, 1866; died March 21, 1936; aged 69 y.
5 m. 21 d. He was married to Esther Kimmel. In the spring of 1929
he accepted Christ as his Savior, uniting with the Columbia Mennonite
Mission. He remained a faithful member until death. Besides his
wife he is survived by the following children: Ida, wife of Harry
Wile, Mountville; Susan wife of Rosier Patterson, Rohrerstown;
Dora, wife of Maria Eicherly, Salunga; Benjamin H. Jr., Neffsville;
Belva, Lancaster; Galen, Landisville; Florence, wife of Henry
B. Stehman, Salunga; Barbara, wife of Robert Detz, Columbia; Betty
Jane, Salunga; and Rosaline, Miriam, Frances, and Ella Mae at
home. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 1 brother (Reuben
Lefever, Millersville), and the following sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth
Sauders, Mount Joy; Mrs. Anna Lefever, Willow Street; Mrs. Alice
Hauk, Lancaster; Mrs. Henry Aument, Landisville; Mrs. Amanda Frey,
Millersville; Mrs. Christian Frey, Highville; and Mrs. Jerry Strawbridge,
Md. Funeral services were held at the Colombia Mennonite Mission,
Mar. 24, conducted by the home minister, Bro. C. Z. Martin, and
Bro. Norman Musser of Mountville. Burial in the Mountville Cemetery.
"Father, now your place is empty,
And your face we see no more;
But we hope again to meet you
Over on the other shore."
Brenneman.-Fannie, daughter of Joel and Susannah Good, was born June 15, 1881, near Versailles, Mo. At the age of 4 years she with her parents moved to Peabody, Kans., where she grew to womanhood and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 18. Dec. 22, 1904, she was married to John P. Brenneman of Elida, Ohio. Her husband passed away July 9, 1933. No children were born to this union. For many years her health was poor and she suffered much. Her desire was to depart and be at rest. A few days before her death she told of the vision she had and of the glimpse into the heavenly world, and told how beautiful it was. Her prayer to be taken to glory was answered three days later. The past 2 1/2 years were spent at the Mennonite Sanitarium at La Junta, Colo. All that kind Christian hands could do was done for her, but she gradually fell asleep April 19, 1936; aged 54 y. 10 m. 4 d., her illness being pulmonary tuberculosis. Four brothers and 1 sister survive her (I. B. Good, Peabody, Kans.; C. A. Good, Burrton, Kans.; J. H. Good, La Junta, Colo.; E. E. Good, Sheridan, Oreg.; Mrs. S. G. Winey, Colorado Springs, Colo.); also nieces, nephews, and many relatives remain. Her parents and 2 brothers preceded her. A service was held at the undertaking chapel at La Junta, Colo., in charge of Allen H. Erb assisted by Earl Showalter, after which the body was taken to Hesston, Kans. Funeral services were held in the Hesston College chapel in charge of Maurice A. Yoder, assisted by Milo Kauffman. The body was laid to rest beside that of her husband in the cemetery near the Pennsylvania Church.
Landis-John E. Landis was born near Bainbridge, Pa., July 1, 1843; died April 17, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Ellen Smith; aged 89 y. 10 m. 16 d. He was married to Martha S. Bossler, who preceded him in death Sept. 19, 1930. To this union were born 5 daughters and 2 sons. Two daughters deceased (Mrs. Lizzie Lehman, and Mrs. Malinda Johnson). Surviving him are Ezra B. Landis, Sterling, Ill.; Simon B. Landis, and Mrs. Albert Smith, Elizabethtown, Pa., and Mrs. William Marshall and Mrs. Edward Keener, Bainbridge, Pa.; also 26 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother, David Landis. He was ordained to the ministry in 1899, and was an active minister at Good Mennonite Church till about 4 months ago. He was in bed most of that time on account of not being able to walk, but seemed well otherwise till about 9 days before his death, he was stricken with a heart attack. From then on he became weaker till he passed away. He was conscious till the end, which was sudden and peaceful. He had an active mind in memorizing Scripture and poetry. The day previous to his death he said he will soon be in eternity, out of this dark world, and it is well. He told us to bring our trials and troubles to Jesus who never fails. On the day of his death he said, "Yet another day, then I will go home." We shall never forget the kind admonitions, good advice, and encouragement, that Grandfather has given us. Some day we can go to meet him over there. Text, Num. 23:10, latter part (chosen by him). Funeral services were conducted April 21 at Elizabethtown, Pa., church by Noah Risser, Simon Garber, and Jacob Martin, and at the Smith home by Ira Miller. Burial in Good's Cemetery.
Guengerich.-Lewis J., third child and second son of
Jacob and Lydia Guengerich, was born Feb. 28, 1872, in Johnson
Co., Iowa; died April 17, 1936, at his home in Wellman, Iowa;
aged 64 y. 1 m. 17 d. He spent almost his entire life at the place
of his birth until ten years ago when he with his companion and
youngest daughter, moved to Wellman. On Nov. 4, 1897, he was united
in marriage with Mary Hochstettler. To this union were born 3
children (Erlis Lloyd, Bertha Ellen, wife of Ora Hershberger,
and Alta Ferne, wife of Lloyd Rensberger), all of whom are living
in this community. Besides his sorrowing companion and 3 children,
he leaves 7 granddaughters, 1 grandson, 6 brothers and 5 sisters,
namely: Elmer, Daniel, and Aaron of Kalona, Mrs. Ruhama Beachy
of Wellman, Mrs. Henry A. Yoder and Mrs. John M. Yoder of Parnell,
Samuel of Hot Springs, Ark., George of Gashland, Mo., Ezra of
Milford, Neb., Mrs. D. C. Esch of Bay Port, Mich., and Mrs. Jacob
Shettler of Pasadena, Calif. He also leaves 3 aged aunts (Mrs.
Elizabeth Gingerich and Mrs. Barbara Schlabaugh of Kalona and
Mrs. Barbara Guengerich of Wellman), a number of nephews, nieces,
and many cousins. He was preceded in death by father, mother,
and 1 sister (Susanna). About six years ago he underwent a critical
surgical operation. His life was then spared and he enjoyed fairly
good health until recently, when he had an attack of influenza.
Pneumonia developed, which soon brought his earthly life to a
close. He bore his affliction with patience. When a young man,
he united with the Lower Deer Creek Amish Mennonite Church and
has always tried to live a consistent Christian life. Later he
and his wife transferred their church membership to the West Union
Mennonite Church, where all the children also became members.
During the last ten years he worshiped at Daytonville where he
enjoyed fellowship with the brethren and his pastors. He will
be greatly missed in the home, church and community. Funeral services
conducted by Silas Horst (Jno. 14) and W. S. Guengerich (II Cor.
5:1,2), at Lower Deer Creek Church. Interment at nearby cemetery.
"For tho' from out our bourne of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."
Horst.-Henry, eldest son of Jonas and Mary Horst, was born near Bowdil, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1862. He grew to manhood on his father's farm and received a common school education. Dec. 27, 1883, he was united in marriage to Catharine Hackman of East Greenville, O. To them were born 4 children (Amandus of Canton, O.; Dema G. of Dalton, O.; Mrs. Mary Sommers, Orrville, O.; and Wilmer who resides on the home farm near Dalton, O.). About seven months ago, when Bro. Horst found that disease was preying upon his body, he underwent an operation in the Massillon City Hospital which seemed to prolong his life but did not effect a cure. During the past few weeks his condition became more serious, until the evening of April 23, as the sun was approaching the western hills of time, he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Age, 74 y. 2 in. 11 d. His beloved wife crossed the divide about three years ago. He leaves his children, 5 brothers (Abram, Spencer, O.; Daniel, White Cloud, Mich.; Martin, Orrville, O.; Harvey, Harrisonburg, Va.; Jonas, Columbiana, O.), 1 sister (Mrs. Anna Nolt, New Philadelphia, O.), 11 grandchildren, and a large circle of more distant relatives and friends. In early years he gave his heart to Jesus and his hand to the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Bowdil, and remained faithful until death. He was deeply interested in the various activities of the Church. As sexton of the Pleasant View Cemetery for about 40 years, he lovingly cared for departed loved ones entrusted in his care. He served the church and Sunday school as trustee, treasurer, S. S. Supt., teacher, etc. He found great pleasure in worshiping his Master and was very regular in his attendance at the church. Funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant View Church April 27 in the presence of a large concourse of people by I. J. Buchwalter (Text, Psa. 72:17 first clause), P. R. Lantz, Lewis Berg, Wm. Myers, and Alva Wengerd. While we bow in humble submission to the will of our heavenly Father, we commend him, both soul and body, into the hands of the Almighty God in hopeful anticipation of a joyful reunion on the great resurrection morning.
Hollinger-Nancy M., wife of Israel Hollinger and eldest
daughter of the late George and Judith Sauder, was born Oct. 27,
1853; died April 9, 1936, at her late home in Goodville, Pa.,
aged 82 y. 5 in. 12 d. We little realized that death was so nigh,
for on that day she seemed somewhat better, rested easier, was
clear in her mind, though rather feeble for some time, and so
suddenly as by the turning of the hand the spirit took its flight
and she had entered the "pearly gates." Her sudden departure
came as a shock to the family and all who knew her. She apparently
passed away without a struggle, which affords her family much
comfort. She was bedfast only 3 days during her last illness,
prior to which she was bedfast at several intervals during the
2 years of her failing physical strength (due to heart failure)
which she did not fully regain. But she was able to visit and
attend her home church services and small duties in her home,
until the last month she passed most of her time sitting in her
easy chair. Her last spoken words were so sweet and calm, as they
always were, for mother was one of those meek and quiet ones.
While we miss her (she being the first one to break the circle
in her immediate family excepting 3 grandchildren who died in
infancy), we know she has gone to rest and our loss is her gain.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, who with her
companion united with the Church soon after marriage, and with
each other shared life's joys and sorrows over 58 years. Her children
were brought up in the same faith, and all but one accepted the
same. She was a regular attendant at church services and communion
as long as health and strength permitted. Her last attendance
at worship was last October in her home congregation in Goodville
at which, time she partook of the sacred emblems. She attended
the church sewing circle as long as she was able. She leaves her
sorrowing and aged companion, 6 children (Lydia A., wife of Mahlon
Good, Union Grove; Alice, wife of David Good near Goodville; George,
Honeybrook; Samuel, Manheim; Mary, wife of Ivan Zimmerman, Goodville;
Amanda, at home), also 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren,
1 brother and 2 sisters (Bishop John M. Sander and Rebecca Sander
near Goodville, Mrs. Susanna Good near Mechanicsburg). Funeral
services were held April 13, at her late home by Bro. Geo. Good.
Further services in Goodville Church by Bro. I. B. Good and Bro.
Jno. W. Weaver. Text, Psa. 121 (which was her favorite Scripture).
Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"You're not dead to us, dear mother,
Tho' in this world no more we meet;
We know you're waiting for us, mother,
At the blessed Savior's feet."
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Rich.-Benjamin, son of Joseph and Mary (Wenger) Rich, was born Nov. 21, 1869 at Wayland, Iowa; died suddenly at his home in Weeping Water, Neb., on Mar. 27, 1936; aged 66 y. 4 m. 6 d. On Jan. 13, 1898 he was united in marriage to Salome Slagell in Lyon Co., Kans. To this union were born 6 children. One son died in infancy and Mary died at the age of 13. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons (Melvin, Harvey of Weeping Water, Neb.; Elmer of Beaver City, Neb.), 1 daughter (Barbara Bobbette of Weeping Water, Neb.), 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Thirty-one years ago he united with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church and for many years was superintendent of the Sunday school. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Weeping Water March 30, 1936, in charge of LeRoy Zook of Tabor, Iowa, assisted by the home minister, Joseph Persell.
Steckley.-Daniel Steckley was born in Ontario Dec. 28,
1856; died at his home near Attica, Mich., Apr. 7, 1936; aged
a few months short of 80 years. He was united in marriage to Susan
Belier in 1890. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters.
One daughter preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife,
3 sons, 3 daughters, 25 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren,
2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends. He was a member
of the Bethany Mennonite Church near Imlay City, Mich. He suffered
from a stroke and later from a broken hip and another light stroke.
But with all his pain and suffering he said he was ready to go.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Peter Ropp at the house
and church. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery.
"Some sweet day when life is o'er,
We shall meet above;
We shall greet those gone before,
In that land of love."
Blough.-Josiah S., son of the late Samuel W. and Anna Blough, was born May 13, 1854; died April 27, 1936; aged 81 y. 11 m. 8 d. He spent most of his life in Riverside, near Johnstown, Pa, but the last years were spent in the city. He was married to Nancy Livingston, Aug. 29, 1875. She died May 21, 1913, and he was married to Mrs. Mary J. Adams, in April, 1915. Besides his wife, he is survived by 1 brother and 1 sister, both of Riverside. Three sisters and a brother preceded him in death. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church in 1877, and was a consistent member of the Stahl congregation at the time of his death. He was afflicted with a complication of diseases of which the chief one was cancer. Funeral services were in charge of S. G. Shetler and James Saylor, assisted in the home by Roy J. Meyer and R. Starr in the church. Services were held in the Stahl Church and the body was laid away in the adjoining cemetery.
Bechtel-Melissa Knechtel, beloved wife of Owen Bechtel,
passed away at her home near Mannheim, Ont., on Sunday, April
12, 1936; aged 46 y. 9 m. 29 d. She was a daughter of the late
Alfred and Mrs. Knechtel; born near Mannheim, in Wilmot Twp.,
on June 14, 1889. She confessed Christ as her Savior and united
with the Latschar Mennonite Church in 1904, to which she remained
a faithful member until her death. On Nov. 27, 1912, she was united
in marriage to Owen Bechtel. This union was blessed with 2 daughters
and 5 sons, who along with her husband all remain to mourn her
departure. They are: Ruby, Leonard, Elsie, Clinton, Delfred, Eldon,
and Lloyd, all at home. She is also survived by 1 brother (Ephraim
of Mannheim) and 3 sisters (Mrs. Alva Bowman of Guernsey, Sask.;
Mrs. H. R. Koch of Durham, Ont.; and Mrs. Moses Bechtel of Mannheim,
Ont.). The funeral was held at the Latschar Mennonite Church and
was in charge of Bro. Manasseh Hallman. Interment was made in
the adjoining cemetery.
She has gone to be with Jesus,
She has crossed the chilly tide;
Now she's waiting for our coming,
There forever to abide.
Stoltzfus.-Matilda, daughter of the late Joseph and
Caroline (Hertzler) Blank, was born March 7, 1870; died of complications
at her home near Atglen, Pa., March 13, 1938; aged 66 y. 6 d.
She had been in failing health for over a year, enduring much
pain and suffering very patiently. She was united in marriage
to Rufus Stoltzfus Nov. 28, 1890, who preceded her in death 19
years ago. To this union were born 10 children of whom 4 preceded
her in death. She leaves 6 children (Mrs. Edward Shirk, Bareville;
Mrs. Amos K. Stoltzfus, Atglen; Paul B., Parkesburg; Mrs. Abner
G. Stoltzfus, Lancaster, R. D.; Elsie M. and Aquila E. at home),
16 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Emanuel Mast, Parkesburg), 1
brother (Joseph Blank, Gap). In her youth she accepted Christ
as her Savior and united with the Millwood A. M. Church of which
she was a faithful member until death. She often quoted these
scripture verses: "Fear God and keep his commandments, for
this is the whole duty of man." "Oh that men would praise
the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children
of men." Funeral services were conducted at the house by
Bro. John M. Stoltzfus and at the church by Brethren John A. Kennel
and John S. Mast.
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended,
We shall again be with you"
Note from a family researcher: The obituary has the
wrong year of death, it should read 1936.
"66 years and 6 days from March 7, 1870 would place death in 1936. March 13, 1936 is correct date. I discovered this reading my Mother's 1938 diary ... . I called my Mother, 94 years old, and she was not sure. She advised that I check the Blank family history book, "Bishop John Blank and Family 1963". This confirmed that date of death was March 13, 1936."
Boshart.-Nancy, daughter of the late Menno and Elisabeth
(Litwiller) Schultz, was born on April 26, 1867, in Perth Co.,
Ont.; died April 26, 1936; aged 69 years. After a lingering illness
for over four years off and on of cancer, about a year and a half
ago she was operated on which at first seemed to be a success
but the dreadful malady developed again. Three weeks previous
to her death she had inflammation of the veins and a paralytic
stroke, all caused by the disease. She fell peacefully asleep
in Jesus and went to her long desired home early in the morning
of her birthday. She was married to Pre. Peter Boshart, Oct. 4,
1892. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. She leaves
to mourn her departure, her sorrowing husband, her children (Emanuel,
Ezra, Salome (Mrs. Menno O. Erb), and Samuel, all of this community)
and 9 grandchildren. She was the first to break the family circle.
She also leaves 4 brothers, 1 sister, many friends and relatives.
After marriage they moved on the farm where they lived until 9
years ago when he retired from farming and lived at Baden 5 years
till sickness made it necessary to move back to the farm to live
with their son Ezra till the time of departure. Funeral was held
April 29. Services at the home were conducted by Christian R.
Brunk and at the Poole Amish Mennonite Church by Daniel S. Jutzi,
Oscar Burkholder, and Christian Gascho. Interment in the adjoining
Our family circle now is broken,
Since you have gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say, "God thought it best."
Weldy.-Susanna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Mumaw and widow of the late John K. Weldy, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, March 15, 1847. She was married to John K. Weldy of St. Joseph Co., Ind., in February, 1869, and the same spring she came with her husband to the home of his parents in Indiana. In the fall of the same year she with her husband moved to a farm in Elkhart Co., Ind., where they resided until the death of her husband Feb. 4, 1912. This union was blessed with a family of 10 sons and 1 daughter: George, Silas, Jacob, Ira, and Elmer of Wakarusa; Daniel and Martin of Elkhart; Amos, Homer, and Ruth, wife of Alvin Yoder, of Nappanee; and Walter, deceased. Sister Weldy accepted Christ in the year 1870 and united with the Mennonite Church and the Holdeman congregation of which she was a charter member. She lived a consistent Christian life, and was a regular attendant at the House of God as long as her health would permit. She always had a word of encouragement for the younger Christian and especially for the ministers of the Gospel. She had an earnest desire that the Church of her choice might be kept pure. During the latter years of her life she made her home with her children. She was at the home of her only daughter (Mrs. Alvin Yoder) when she took her bed about five weeks before her death. On the morning of April 10 she peacefully fell asleep; aged 89 y. 25 d. She leaves 10 children, 27 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (John) and 1 sister (Rachel), and many other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services held at the Olive Church conducted by D. A. Yoder and Homer North. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Dahlgren-Hans Dahlgren was born in Sweden, June 5, 1864; died at the Mennonite Rome for the Aged at Eureka, Ill., April 23, 1936; aged 71 y. 10 m. 18 d. He was brought to the Home from a hospital in Chicago on April 23, 1934. He had a paralytic stroke from which he never recovered, being bedfast the two years he was at the Home. In his young years he was a sailor. At the age of 23, while on his way to America from Sweden, he stopped on Jersey Island and was married. Arriving in America, he brought his wife to Chicago, where he followed the carpenter trade. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. Those surviving him are his third wife (Hilja Johnson) whom he married July 26, 1933, 3 sons living in Chicago, 1 daughter living in Wyoming, and brothers and sisters in Sweden. Some 28 years ago, when the Mennonite Home Mission was located at 639 W. 15 St., Bro. Dahlgren became a member of the same. He has been a very faithful and loyal believer in the faith of Jesus Christ. His suffering and agony was borne very patiently, for he was ever looking forward to that eternal rest which he eventually gained. He has proved himself a very commendable character at the Home. He was conscientious, ever fearing that he was making too much trouble, and was easily satisfied. While it is true that the work of taking care of him was quite strenuous, yet he was so appreciative of what was done for him that it was a pleasure for the workers to care for him. We are reminded of Heb. 6 :10, "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love which ye have showed toward His name in that ye have ministered to the saints and do minister." May his soul rest in peace.
Smith.-Peter J., son of Peter and Barbara (Newhauser)
Smith, was born May 26, 1870, near Gridley, Ill., and peacefully
passed away at his home near West Unity, O., Apr. 23, 1936; aged
65 y. 10 m. 28 d., after a long illness with cancer, during which
time he patiently endured his suffering with resignation to God's
will, finding comfort and consolation in his Bible and in prayer.
In youth he accepted Christ as his Savior uniting with the Mennonite
Church and remained true to his Christian profession unto the
end. His kind and affectionate disposition endeared him to his
family and friends. While yet enjoying their fellowship, he longed
more and more to depart and be with the Lord. On Feb. 2, 1897,
he was united in marriage with Fannie Gantsche, daughter of Henry
and Barbara Gantsche of Metamora, Ill. This union was blest with
4 daughters and 2 sons. One son (Lester Raymond) preceded him
in death. While yet very young his parents passed from this life
into eternal rest. Also 1 sister and 1 brother (John J., of Ashley,
Mich.) preceded him in death. Surviving him are his sorrowing
companion and 5 children (Mrs. C. C. King, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs.
V. S. Snyder, Ashley, Mich.; Cecil C. Smith, Whiting, Ind.; Mrs.
Noah Roeschly, Lombard, Ill.; and Mrs. Harry Short, West Unity,
Ohio), 16 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. J. P. Oyer, St. Johns,
Mich.; Mrs. L. B. King, Hesston, Kans.; Mrs. E. J. King, Hutchinson,
Kans.), and 1 brother (Christian H. Smith, Eureka, Ill.) ; and
many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon, April 26, 1936, at the Lockport Church near Stryker,
Ohio, in charge of S. D. Grieser, assisted by E. B. Frey. The
remains were laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
One we loved has gone forever,
From this world of pain and tears;
How we'll miss his tender counsels,
Which we treasurer through the years.
Kurtz.-Anna (Eby) Kurtz, wife of Bro. Daniel W. Kurtz,
was born March 5, 1869; died April 30, 1936, in Spring Garden,
Pa.; aged 67 y. 1 m. 25 d. She was not strong in health for a
number of years. The last two days of her life she suffered much
from her liver. She took sick Monday night, kept getting weaker
till she fell asleep and passed away Thursday morning. She was
a member of the Hersheys Mennonite Church over 40 years. She is
survived by her husband and 6 children (Susie L., wife of Luke
B. Myer, Ronks; Jacob H., Jasom M., Frank E., and Daniel D. Kurtz,
all of Spring Garden; Edith A., wife of Landis H. Sangrey, Washington
Boro) ; also by 12 grandchildren, 2 brothers (John R. Eby, Gap;
Jacob Eby, Paradise), 4 sisters (Sue, wife of Ben Clark, Kinzers;
Hannah, wife of Noah Denlinger, Leamon Place; Mary, wife of George
Hassel, near Strasburg; Maggie, wife of Walter Charles, Lancaster).
Her mother and father, Jacob and Susanna Ronk Eby, 2 brothers,
2 daughters, 3 sons, 2 grandchildren, preceded her. Mother had
a good-natured disposition, always had a smile. She was ready
to go to be with Jesus. She was superintendent of the Hersheys
sewing circle a number of years. Her seat in the church was seldom
vacant when health permitted. She was Sunday school teacher a
number of years. The day before she took sick she went to church
and had taught her Sunday school class. She will be missed in
the home, in the church, and in the Sunday school. Not our ways,
but the good Lord's ways. Funeral services were held May 2 at
the home by Bro. Martin Hershey and at the church by Brethren
Martin Hershey and Ira Hershey. Her remains were laid to rest
in the adjoining cemetery.
"We have lost our dear mother,
She no more on earth shall roam;
And there'll never be another
Who can take her place at home."
By her daughter.
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Shank.-Mary Grace, daughter of Christian J. and Fannie Shank, was born at Bridgeport, Ind., July 20, 1916; died May 3, 1936, after an illness of 11 days from bronchial pneumonia; aged 19 y. 9 m. 13 d. She was an invalid all her life and suffered much, not being able to make her wants known many times. She leaves her parents, brothers (Leonard near Leitersburg, Ind.; Arthur, Maugansville, Ind.; Lewis at home), sisters (Mae and Carrie at home). Her sister Alice preceded her just 9 months to the day of her burial. Funeral services were held at Reiff's church by Bros. Daniel M. Strite and John D. Risser. Text, Jas. 4 :14. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Walters.-Jane, wife of Harry Walters, was born Jan. 5, 1878; died at her home in Pond Bank, Pa., April 29, 1936; aged 58 y. 3 m. 4 d. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Mrs. Burns Shoemaker, Shippensburg, Pa.; Mrs. Harry Warner, Duncannon, Pa.), and the following brothers and sisters-Elmer, Lewis, Harrison, Mrs. Strang, Mrs. Yeager, and Mrs. Naugle. Sister Walters united with the Mennonite Church in Pond Bank a good many years ago. We believe she served the Lord and is now at rest. She suffered much the last six months. She was faithful in church attendance when health permitted and was an attentive listener. Funeral services were held at the home and at the church in Pond Bank by Bros. Harvey Shank and J. Irvin Lehman. Text, Rev. 10:6. Burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Miller.-Samuel S., son of John and Anna (Sharp) Miller, was born near Neshannock Falls, Lawrence Co., Pa., March 3, 1857; died May 2, 1936; aged 79 y. 1 m. 28 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until death. On Feb. 1, 1883, he was united in marriage to Sarah A. Zook. To this union were born 7 children (Mrs. S. K. Lapp, Mrs. H. B. Kaufman, Mrs. E. J. Detweiler, John H., Harvey R., and Alvie E., one son preceded him in death. He is survived by his invalid wife, 6 children, 22 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Nancy S. Miller), 1 brother (D. S. Miller). Funeral services were conducted May 5 by E. F. Hartzler, assisted by E. J. Zook and E. F. Zook. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Long.-Louisa Catherine Long was born July 18, 1856; died near Whitmer, W. Va., April 13, 1936; aged nearly 80 years. Grandma Long was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about fifty years. She was one of the fruits of the labors of the faithful brethren of earlier times who used to make trips out here to the mountains by horseback or buggy. Her health was not so good these last years and she was confined to her home much of the time. She enjoyed Christian fellowship, and it was a joy to visit her. She was tired of the hardships and trials of this life and so anxious to go to her Savior. The day she died she gave us good-bye and told us to meet her in heaven. She is survived by her aged companion (James Long), 4 children (William Long, Wesley Long, Mrs. Minnie Day, Mrs. Stella Roby), 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren. Bro. H. B. Keener, assisted by Bro. Hiram Weaver, had charge of the services at the home and at the Horton Mennonite Church. Text, Phil. 1:21-23, chosen by Grandma herself.
Kuhns.-Abraham Kuhns was born in Clay County, Ind., July 15, 1851. When a small boy he moved to Peoria, Ill. He united with the Mennonite Church at 20 years of age. He was united in marriage on Aug. 8, 1876, to Amanda Nice at Metamora, Ill. He was ordained deacon in 1878. He moved with his family to Cherokee Co., Kans., in 1882. He was ordained to the ministry in 1890, filling faithfully this office until the time of his death, serving the congregation of the Mennonite Church in Cherokee County for many years. He departed this life at Topeka, Kans., on April 26 at Starmont Hospital following a stroke of apoplexy, at the age of 84 y. 9 m. 11 d. He leaves to mourn his passing 4 sons, 2 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, many relatives, and a host of friends. His wife and 4 children had preceded him in death. The children whom he left are Elijah F., Chekota, Okla.; Idabell, Topeka, Kans.; Allen W., Wichita, Kans.; Arthur H., Kansas City, Mo.; Eva B., Emporia, Kans.; Edgar B., Kansas City, Kans. Funeral services were held April 29 at Columbus, Kans. Interment in Beasly Cemetery at Neutral, Kans.
Lefever.-Amanda C., daughter of John and Martha Mylin,
was born June 14, 1854, near Willow St., Pa., died April 15, 1936;
aged 81 y. 8 m. 1 d. Nov. 3, 1880, she was united in marriage
to Martin Lefever who survives her. To this union were born 10
children all of whom are living. She was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years, seldom missing service if possible to attend.
As in Solomon's virtuous woman hers was the mouth of wisdom and
in her tongue was the law of kindness. During the last four months
of her life she was nearly helpless which gave her dear children
an opportunity to return some of the many favors mother had always
been glad to do for them. One week before her death she had a
severe stroke which left her paralyzed and unconscious till the
end, which was as her life, quiet and peaceful. Funeral services
April 18 by Bro. Frank M. Herr at the house and Bro. Jacob Harnish
at the Brick Church near Willow St., who spoke from that outstanding
text: "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give you a
crown of life."
Though we're sad at Mother's parting,
With assurance we can feel,
That for her it is the starting,
Of a Happiness that's real.
Weaver.-David B., youngest son of David B. and Margaret (Eby) Weaver, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 8, 1864; died at his home in Waynesboro, Va., Feb. 4, 1936; aged 71 y. 3 m. 27 d. He was sick only four days of heart trouble, and pneumonia. His death was a shock to many. He was united in marriage to Amanda Hershey of Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1885. He with his wife united with the Mennonite Church in their early married life, and continued faithful to the end; always ready to fill his place in church work whenever called upon. At the time of his death he was superintendent of Valley View Sunday school. Many were the advices given to his children. His noble Christian life which he lived will be remembered by all who knew him. He and his wife enjoyed the companionship of each other over fifty years. Besides his wife, he is survived by 7 children: Amos H., Kinross, Iowa; Mrs. Lena B. Davis, Waynesboro; Mrs. Anna M. Good, Harrisonburg; Martin B., Annville, Pa.; Jason H., Stuarts Draft; Aaron L., Roanoke; and David B., Lynchburg; 34 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild also feel the loss of a loving grandfather. Funeral services were held on the 7th by Brethren E. C. Shank, at the home, A. H. Showalter, J. R. Driver and E. F. Heatwole at Springdale Church. Text, Matt. 25:21.
Shantz.-Noah S., youngest son of Joseph Y. and Elizabeth (Stauffer) Shantz, was born in Wilmot Twp., on May 16, 1859; died at his home in Baden, Ont., May 7, 1936. He was in his 77th year. He had been in failing health for some time, and while he was able to be around, his death came suddenly, due to a heart attack. On March 6, 1883, he was united in marriage to Susannah B. Cassel, also of Wilmot Twp. After their marriage they moved to their homestead farm where they resided until thirteen years ago when they took up their residence in the village of Baden, Ont. This union was blessed with 11 children, 6 of whom have predeceased him. Those surviving are his wife, 3 sons and 2 daughters (Laura, wife of Tobias Shantz of Waterloo; Marian, wife of Reuben Steiner of Lima, Ohio; Lincoln C. of Kitchener; Walter C. on the old homestead; Dr. Stauffer C., also of Kitchener), 10 grandchildren, 1 brother, 4 sisters, and a host of friends. In the winter of 1886 he with his companion confessed Christ as their personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church to which faith he remained true to the end. He was a member of the Blenheim congregation and served as an officer of the Sunday school for a number of years and was at the time of his death a member of the board of trustees. The funeral was held May 10, with services at his home and also at the Blenheim Mennonite Church, conducted by M. H. Shantz, assisted by M. Hallman. Text, I Pet. 1:3-5. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Miller.-Milo, son of Andrew S. and Saloma (Stauffer)
Miller, was born Nov. 20, 1903 near Milford, Nebr.; died April
28, 1936; aged 32 y. 5 m. 8 d. He was united in marriage to Mabel
Beckler Jan. 15, 1924. To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters
(Clyde, Lois, Dora, and Joyce). He was preceded in death by 1
brother (John). There remain his wife, 4 children, father, mother,
2 brothers (Orval and Harry of Milford), 1 sister (Mrs. Sylvan
Yoder of Wolford, N. Dak.), his wife's mother and step-father,
besides many other relatives and friends. In 1913 he moved with
his parents to Shickley, Neb., and again returned to Milford in
1919. He accepted Christ in his youth and united with the Salem
Mennonite Church at Shickley and later worshiped with the West
and East Fairview congregations. He was in apparent good health
until recently, when he had an attack of influenza which developed
into acute Bright's disease, also affecting his heart. He was
a kind father and always concerned about the family. He will be
missed much by his wife, children, and relatives. While we cannot
understand the ways of God in calling away one who was in the
prime of life and much needed in the home, yet we believe that
God has a purpose and that some day we shall understand. Funeral
services by P. R. Kennel and Wm. H. Eicher. Text, I Sam. 20:3.
"Let hope's bright beams dispel the gloom,
That fills your throbbing breast;
'Twas Jesus kindly bade him come,
And called him to his rest."
Lehman.-Elizabeth (Landis) Lehman was born near Bainbridge,
Pa., April 30, 1873; died March 23, 1936, at her home in Elizabethtown,
Pa.; aged 62 y. 10 m. 23 d. March 21, 1912, she was united in
marriage to Henry Lehman, who preceded her in death April 27,
1927. Surviving her are Barbara and Landis, both of Elizabethtown,
Pa. One son preceded her in death 16 years ago. She is also survived
by the following brothers and sisters: Ezra B. Landis of Sterling,
Ill.; Simon B. Landis and Mrs. Albert Smith of Elizabethtown,
Pa.; Mrs. William Marshall and Mrs. Edward Keener of Bainbridge,
Pa. One sister (Mrs. Malinda Johnson) preceded her in death March
27, 1932. In youth she gave her heart to God and united with the
Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until
death. She suffered very much during her illness, but bore it
all patiently till she quietly and peacefully fell asleep. Mother
is gone, but not forgotten. We know that our loss is her gain.
She was always kind and ready to lend a helping hand, as only
a faithful mother would. Funeral services were held March 27 at
her late home by Bro. Samuel Fry, with further services in Elizabethtown
Mennonite Church by Bro. Noah Risser and Bro. Ira Miller. Text,
Isa. 26:3. The body was laid to rest beside that of father in
You're not dead to us, dear mother,
Tho' in this world no more we meet,
We know you're waiting for us, mother,
At the blessed Savior's feet."
Miller-Cora Helen, daughter of J. M. and Annie (Yoder)
Parsons, was born near Windom, Kans., Nov. 23, 1902; died in Bethany
Hospital, Kansas City, Kans., April 25, 1936; aged 33 y. 4 m.
2 d. Early in youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, united
with the Mennonite Church, and throughout life lived a faithful,
consistent Christian life; always active in the Master's service
as a Sunday school teacher or in whatever other way she could
promote His cause. April 9, 1924, she was united in marriage with
V. David Miller. To this union were born 4 children (a daughter,
Marjorie, deceased, Doyle, Curtis, and an infant son, Vernon).
Early Saturday morning April 25, after the birth of a son, she
was rushed to the hospital where every effort was put forth by
skilled physicians and friends to save her life, but all to no
avail and within a few hours she peacefully passed away. Besides
her husband and 3 sons, she is survived by her parents of Hutchinson,
Kans., 2 sisters (Nora Ellen Parsons, Hutchinson, Kans.; Mrs.
Frances Wenger, Canton, Kans.), and 1 brother (Onie Parsons, Hutchinson,
Kans.), 2 nieces, 6 aunts, 10 uncles and a host of other relatives
and friends to mourn her unexpected departure. Funeral services
were conducted at the home by R. P. Horst and at the Mennonite
Church, 3701 Metropolitan Ave., K. C., Kans., by J. D. Mininger
and M. M. Troyer. Interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, K. C., Kans.
Bishop Joe Hartzler, of West Liberty congregation, McPherson Co.,
Kans., (Cora's home community) conducted services at the grave.
"Though her voice is stilled, 'tis calling,
Sweetly calling us to come:
Memory hears the accent falling,
Meet me in this heavenly home."
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Kauffman.-Angeline Kauffman was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 26, 1855; died May 4, 1936; aged 81 y. 3 m. 8 d. She was the youngest daughter of Mose and Sally Kauffman. She was the last of her immediate family. Her nearest surviving relatives are a niece, (Mrs. Daniel Weaver), with whom she has lived for the last 24 years; also a nephew, (Moses Stahl). She has been a member of the Mennonite Church for about 50 years. She was ill but a few days and peacefully passed to the great beyond to be with her Maker. Funeral services were conducted by T. E. Schrock on May 6. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Lederich.-Lula G. Lederich was born in Mechanic Twp., Holmes Co., Ohio, June 17, 1917; died at Shanesville, Ohio, May 12, 1936; aged 18 y. 10 m. 25 d. Her mother and one brother preceded her. She leaves to mourn her departure her father, step-mother, and 2 sisters. She was sick with pneumonia and died at the place where she was working. The last request she made was to have read Psa. 91 and Psa. 23. She united with the Walnut Creek Church five years ago and was a faithful member to the end of her life here on earth. Services were opened by E. J. Varns reading Psa. 23 and 91. The sermon was preached by A. W. Miller. Text Eph. 5:16, 17.
Wideman.-Susannah (Snider) Wideman was born near Elmira, Ont., Sept. 26, 1853; died at her home in Elmira on March 20, 1936; aged 82 y. 5 m. 18 d. She was married to Truman Wideman who predeceased her. To this union were born 10 children, 2 having predeceased her. Those that survive are Lydian (Mrs. Norman Snider), Leah, Nathaniel, Clara (Mrs. Byron Trussler), Angus, Emma (Mrs. Onias Bowman), Hilda (Mrs. Fred Schmidt), and Edmund. There also survive 20 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was a member of Elmira Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held in the Elmira Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren Oliver D. Snider and Jonas Snider. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Le Tellier.-Amanda Le Tellier was born June 13, 1852. in Rockbridge Co., Va.; died May 13, 1936; aged 83 y. 11 m. She came in touch with the Mennonite Mission when the work was opened in Knoxville, Tenn., by Bro. C. B. Byer. She united with the church on Feb. 10, 1929. The last years of her life she was afflicted and was seldom able to be at the services. But would often say, "I wish I was able to go to church." Her home was across the street from the church building, and when the weather would permit she would sometimes sit on her porch and listen to the singing, and get of the message what she could. She leaves to mourn her departure, two daughters, Mrs. Geneva Greer of this place, and Mrs. C. Evans, of Washington, D. C. Funeral services were held at the Elm St. Baptist Church in charge of Bro. William Jennings, assisted by E. W. Knight, pastor of that church. Text, I Thess. 4:18. Interment at the Lynhurst Lawn beside her husband.
Rohrer.-Amos E. Rohrer was born Aug. 12, 1864, near
East Petersburg, Pa.; died Apr. 21, 1936 at his home in East Petersburg,
Pa. His wife, Lizzie A. (Huber) preceded him in death 1 year and
1 week; a daughter, Anna Mae, was laid to rest Dec. 25, 1922.
Two sons Enos H. and Daniel H., Manheim, R. 1; one daughter E.
Esther, East Petersburg; and 9 grandchildren survive. Funeral
services were held Apr. 25 at 1:30 from his late home and at 2:00
o'clock at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, where he had
served as trustee for about 20 years. Services were conducted
by brethren Frank N. Kreider, Jno. H. Gochnaur, and Henry Lutz.
Text, Heb. 11:16.
"Father, thou are sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Stauffer.-Celia H., daughter of Margaret and the late
John R. Stauffer, died in the Lancaster General Hospital, May
6, 1936; aged 45 y. 11 m. 8 d. She was sick for quite a long time
and was bedfast almost 4 months. Her suffering was intense but
we feel that she has gone where suffering is no more. We want
to submit to His will knowing He doeth all things well. She is
survived by her aged mother, a son Norman, and the following brothers
and sisters: Clayton, Mrs. Anna Pickell, Mrs. Ora Peffley, John,
Adda, and Mrs. Emma Herr. Funeral services were held May 9, 1936,
conducted by Bro. George Graham at the home and at the Stumptown
Mennonite Church by Martin Hershey and George Graham.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land;
We'll know the meaning of our tears,
And then, sometime we'll understand."
Hartzler.-Leah, daughter of Pre. John and Leah (Zook) Hartzler, was born near Belleville, Pa., Dec. 26, 1850; died April 21, 1936, from infirmities of old age and from injuries received from a fall several months ago; aged 85 y. 3 m. 26 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was much interested in the work of the Church. For many years she was an active member of the Missionary Sewing Circle until no longer able to attend because of failing eyesight. In her quiet and unassuming way she enjoyed helping others and never seemed happier than when little children gathered around her. Four sisters and two brothers preceded her to the grave. One brother (Yost Hartzler of West Liberty, Ohio), a sister (Rebecca at home), and a number of nephews and nieces survive. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Aaron Mast and the Maple Grove Church by Bro. Jonas D. Yoder.
Shelly.-Elias H., son of the late David and Susanna
(Herr) Shelly, was born Aug. 30, 1865; died Feb. 29, 1936; aged
70 y. 5 m. 29 d. Death was very sudden due to a heart attack.
He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death.
He had a mild and quiet disposition, was very seldom known to
complain, and always lived in the belief that the Lord was directing
his pathway in life. He leaves his sorrowing widow and the following
children: Stella, wife of Walter Herr, Lancaster, Pa.; Earl, Lampeter,
Pa.; David at home. Services were conducted at the home and at
the Mount Joy Church by the Brethren Amos Hess, Henry Lutz, and
Henry Garber. Text, Psa. 116:15. Burial at Kraybill's cemetery.
"Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartache
That the smile hides all the while."
Moyer.-Kate, daughter of Joseph and Magdalena Freed
and widow of David K. Moyer was born Aug. 1, 1857, in Franconia
Twp., Pa.; died May 6, 1936; aged 78 y. 9 m. 5 d. She was married
to David K. Moyer of Lower Salford Oct. 7, 1876. The husband preceded
her in death Oct. 26, 1921. One son, Vincent F. Moyer, preceded
her in death on Sept. 10, 1931. Surviving are John F., Elroy,
Alvin F., Morwood, Mrs. Henry Mininger, Mrs. Harvey Derstine,
Mrs. Henry Goshow, and Mrs. Michael Moyer of Souderton, 24 grandchildren
and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday
afternoon, May 9, at the house and at Franconia Mennonite Meetinghouse
conducted by Abram Clemmer, Abram Derstine, Menno Souder, and
Claud Meyers. Text, John 16:33. Interment was made in adjoining
She has gone to be with Jesus,
She has crossed the chilly tide;
Now she's waiting for our coming
There forever to abide.
Speigle.-John, son of the late Samuel and Annie (Blough)
Speigle was born Aug. 11, 1864; died April 27, 1936; aged 71 y.
8 m. 17 d. On April 3, 1887, he was united in marriage to Laura
Gashow who with the following children survive him: Catherine
(widow of Dr. Homer Blough), Annie (wife of Samuel Hemminger of
near Boswell) and Ruth (wife of John A. Lehman at home). One son,
Charles Earl, preceded him in death about 37 years ago. He is
also survived by 9 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and many
other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church
many years ago and was always at his place when health permitted.
Funeral services were held at the home and at the Thomas Mennonite
Church on April 29, by Brethren Hiram Wingard and Irvin Holsopple.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still!
A place is vacant in the home,
Which never can be filled.
Zimmerman-Paul Allen Zimmerman was born on a farm 3 miles southeast of Protection, Kans., Feb. 10, 1911; died April 29, 1936; aged 25 y. 2 m. 19 d. Three weeks before his death Paul was taken ill with double pneumonia which caused his death. Paul was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Zimmerman and had lived his entire life at their farm home near Protection. Besides his parents he is survived by his 5 sisters (Susie, Orpha, Mildred, Stella at home, and Orva Jones of Mullinsville). One brother preceded him in death a year ago. He is also survived by his grandmothers (Mrs. Jacob Zimmerman of Protection and Mrs. John Schrock of Kansas City), besides numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, and a host of friends who mourn his death. Paul became a member of the Mennonite Church in 1922, and was a faithful member until his death. He had a kind happy disposition and was universally liked by everyone who knew him. Services were conducted by Bro. D. D. Miller of the same place. Psa. 90:10 and Heb. 9:27 were the texts used as a basis for the message given to the large audience present. May the Lord bless the bereaved family, and may the call of death to those about us draw each one of us closer to our Savior.
Ginter-Annie, daughter of the late John G. and Rebecca
(Waller) Sellers, was born at Wabank, Lanc. Co., Pa., Feb. 24,
1871; entered into rest at her home at Ridgeway, May 7, 1936;
aged 65 y. 2 m. 13 d. On Jan. 6, 1890, she was married to Jerome
H. Ginter. She is survived by her husband, 3 children (Blanche,
wife of Abram W. Frey of Willow Street; John of Silver Springs;
Paul of Kreadyville), 10 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Sarah Sellers,
Oreville Mennonite Home; Emma, wife of Henry B. Ament), 1 brother
(Davis Sellers of Manor Twp.). She was preceded by twin sons (Oscar
and Edgar), an infant daughter, 2 grandchildren, her parents,
3 brothers, and 2 sisters. She was afflicted for a number of years
and suffered much pain at times. The last year was spent on a
wheel chair. All that could be done was done for her comfort,
but she had many lonely hours and how she longed to depart this
life and be at rest. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church for many years. When she could not go to the house of worship
any more the brethren and sisters would meet in her home, sing
for her and hold services. The last service was held Mar. 22.
Funeral services were held May 10 by the home ministers-Landis
Shertzer at the house, Jacob Hess and D. N. Gish at the Millersville
Mennonite Church. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
"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."
Yoder.-Mabel May, daughter of Thomas and Emma (Wittmer)
Yoder, was born Aug. 26, 1920; died May 5, 1936, in the Mercy
Hospital at Valley City, N. Dak.; aged 15 y. 8 m. 12 d. Mabel
lived with her parents near Wolford, N. Dak., until in September,
1934, when they moved near Valley City, N. Dak., where she lived
until she passed away. On Aug. 13, 1933, she was baptized and
united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member.
She leaves her deeply bereaved parents, two brothers, one sister,
two grandmothers, nine uncles, seven aunts and many other relatives
and friends to mourn her early departure. She showed evidence
of ailing health from last December on and it finally developed
into acute lymphatic leukemia. All that loving hands, kind friends,
and medical aid could do failed to bring recovery. She responded
to the call of death and is now gone to her reward. We believe
that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held
on May 12 at 1:00 at the home of her Grandmother Yoder and at
the church at 2:00, conducted by John Stoll. Text, Heb. 11:10.
Sister now your place is empty,
And your face we see no more;
But we hope again to meet you
Over on the other shore.
Smucker.-Magdalena, daughter of Jacob and Anna Yoder,
was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, July 28, 1857; was called to her
eternal home on May 1, 1936; aged 78 y. 9 m. 3 d. She was the
last member of a family of 13 children. She was united in marriage
to Jonas Smucker Jan. 6, 1891. To this union 5 children were born.
Father was called to his eternal home Feb. 24, 1923; also 2 daughters
preceded her in death. She is survived by 3 daughters (Mrs. D.
D. Miller and Mrs. Emma Rohrer of Smithville; Mrs. David Steiner
of North Lima), 8 stepchildren (John and Peter Smucker of Smithville;
Simon, Orrville; Daniel, Fentress, Va.; Mrs. D. S. Yoder and Miss
Adeline Smucker of Oyster Point, Va.; Mrs. J. S. Mash*, Portsmouth,
Va.; Miss Ella Smucker of Canton, Ohio), 40 grandchildren, and
35 great-grandchildren, with many other relatives and friends.
Sister Smucker gave her heart to Christ and accepted Him as her
personal Savior in her early life, and remained a loyal and devoted
sister in the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation. She always had
a deep interest in all the activities of the church and gave it
her earnest and faithful support by her presence, prayers, and
financial aid, both in the home field and missionary endeavors
in general. She was one of those quiet, consecrated Christian
mothers. Never a sacrifice was too great for her to make for the
happiness and welfare of the family and loved ones. Her work is
finished and labors here are ended, but her good influence and
Christian virtues will long be remembered by those who came in
touch with her life. Services were conducted by the Brethren C.
Z. Yoder, A. J. Steiner, and J. S. Gerig. Text, Prov. 31:28. Interment
in the Oak Grove cemetery.
*Correction "Mash" should be Mast - note from D. Richard Miller, Goshen, IN Nov. 19, 2015 - tlm
Kendig-Abram S., son of the late Christian V. and Anne
(Shank) Kendig was born Dec. 31, 1859, at Strasburg, Pa., and
died April 29, 1936, at his late home at Millersville, Pa.; aged
76 y. 3 m. 28 d. On November 29, 1888, he was united in marriage
to Hettie W. Stehman of Millersville, Pa. He is survived by his
widow and the following daughters: Annie, wife of Ira K. Mann
of Manor, Pa.; Cora, wife of Walter H. Hershey of Conestoga, Pa.;
and Myra, wife of Chester K. Lehman of Harrisonburg, Va. He is
also survived by eleven grandchildren and the following brothers
and sisters: Martin S.; Harry S.; Lizzie S., wife of Henry M.
Herr; and Mrs Mary Neff, all of Millersville, Pa. He was a member
of the Millersville Mennonite Church for more than twenty-five
years. He was always intensely interested in life, and his aim
and desire was to leave the world a better place for his having
lived in it. He was always ready to help wherever he saw a need.
His passing is deeply felt in the home, the community, and the
church. He spent a very active life, and always enjoyed and was
grateful for good health. Last October he suffered a slight stroke,
from which time he was in much distress at times from nervousness
and heart trouble. This condition became more and more acute until
the night of April 29 when he peacefully "crossed the bar"
and met his "Pilot, face to face." Funeral services
were conducted at the house by Bro. Landis Shertzer and at the
Millersville Church by the Brethren D. N. Gish, Jacob Hess, and
Christian K. Lehman. Texts: Psa. 107:30 (latter clause) and Psa.
"There is a house not made with hands,
Beyond its golden door
Awaits the one who's now away,
Not lost . . . just gone before."
Yoder.-Susan Troyer Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 7, 1874; died in her home at Middlebury, Ind., May 12, 1936; aged 61 y. 8 m. 5 d. On Dec. 24, 1896, she was married to Silvanus Yoder. To this union were born the following children: Rhea Berniece at home; Catherine Ruth Kortemeier, Freeport, Ill.; Dr. Jonathan Glenn, North Lima, Ohio; Samuel Alvin and Paton Wesley of Bloomington, Ind. In her early youth she united with the Mennonite Church and exemplified her sacred vow by living a devoted life loyal to the cause of the church which she so dearly loved. Her family was her main concern. Her untiring labors for the welfare of those entrusted to her charge can only be understood and realized by those who, in similar circumstances, have labored for the Christian welfare of their sons and daughters and for their temporal and physical needs. She was much devoted to her home and her economical and industrious character has made its impression upon all who have lived in close contact with her. She is survived by her husband and children, 2 brothers (John W. Troyer and Rollin Hostetler of Elkhart), 1 sister (Sarah Yoder of Middlebury), 1 step-brother (Edward Hostetler of Goshen), 1 granddaughter (Phyllis Ellen Yoder), and a number of other relatives and friends. Her parents and 4 sisters preceded her in death. Yes, mother, your accustomed place in the home is vacant, your hands that have ministered to our needs are cold and lifeless and your voice is heard no more, but the cherished memory of your benign face and deeds of kindness shall linger with us as long as memory shall last. God bless your labors of devotion and though your lifeless form be lowered into the cruel grave, we thank our heavenly Father for the life He lent to us. Funeral services were conducted at the house by D. J. Johns and at the Clinton Frame Church by S. C. Yoder and D. D. Troyer. Text, Zech. 14 :7.
Schrock.-Susana, daughter of George and Mary Ann Diener,
was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, July 24, 1867; died at her home
near Garden City, Mo., May 3, 1936; aged 68 y. 9 m. 9 d. When
two years old she moved with her parents to Hickory Co., Mo.,
where she grew to mature age, later coming to Cass Co., Mo., where
she worked in several private homes in this community. In 1889
she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the
Mennonite Church at this place, where she remained a consistent
faithful member until death. On Feb. 12, 1893, she was united
in marriage to David M. Schrock. To this union were born 3 sons
and 5 daughters, one son (Earl) having preceded her in death 15
years at the age of 21. Those who survive are: Mrs. Clara Yoder,
Mrs. Florence Yoder, Lawrance A. and Albert R. of the home community;
Mrs. Ada Hartzler of Hesston, Kans.; Alice and Mary of the home.
In her passing she leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, 5 daughters,
10 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 1 sister (M. M. Diener of Versailles,
Mo.; Eli and Dave Diener of Enid, Okla.; Aaron Diener of Redlands,
Calif.; and Mrs. Anna Oesch of Hickory Co., Mo.), and a large
number of friends to mourn her departure. Her kind and helpful
disposition won for her a large circle of friends in the home,
in the church and in the community. She was a faithful wife, a
loving mother, a true Christian, and a worthy friend and helper.
She loved her home, her church, and her friends. During her last
illness she bore her intense suffering with Christian fortitude
and expressed a desire to depart and be with Jesus, which is far
better. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth : Yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their
labors; and their works do follow them." Funeral services
were held at the home on May 5, in charge of Bro. W. E. Helmuth,
and at the Sycamore Grove Church by Bro. I. G. Hartzler assisted
by Bro. Alva Swartzentruber of Hydra, Okla. Texts, Rom. 8:18;
II Tim. 4:6,7. Burial at Clearfork Cemetery.
"Good night, dear mother, not farewell,
Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in spotless robes He gives His own.
Good night, dear mother, good night."
Yoder.-David S. Yoder, son of Jonathan and Anna (Swartz)
Yoder (deceased) was born near Orrville, Ohio, March 29, 1864;
died at his home at Oyster Point, Va., April 29, 1936; aged 72
y. 1 m. He died suddenly from a heart attack. He was united in
marriage to Melinda Smucker on Dec. 24, 1889. This home was blessed
with four sons and two daughters : Harvey E., Melvin J., Clement
P., John David, Ella Marie, and Mrs. Effie Smucker adopted. Ella
Marie and John David preceded him in death. He leaves his sorrowing
wife, four children, eight grandchildren, one half-brother (William
Longacher of Oyster Point, Va.), two half-sisters (Mrs. Catherine
Witmer and Lydia Stoll of Montgomery, Ind.), and a host of friends
in the community in which he lived. In his early youth he united
with the Oak Grove Amish Mennonite Church at Smithville, Ohio,
and remained faithful and loyal to the end. In the year 1899 he
with his family came to Virginia to make their future home. In
health his place was never vacant at the little church in which
he was a pioneer member and made many sacrifices in its early
existence. Three days before his departure he expressed peace
with God and man and partook of the sacred emblems of our Lord
in commemoration of His suffering and death. He lived a consistent
Christian life. His kind, affectionate disposition endeared him
to his friends and family. The church has lost one who sought
to carry forward the work at the sacrifice of time and money,
and lent a helping hand to the needy in the community. The home
has lost a loving father and counsellor, whose advice and judgment
were always sought before difficult problems were undertaken.
Funeral services were held Sunday. May 3, at the Providence Amish
Mennonite Church. conducted by the Brethren Amos Stoltzfus of
Gap. Pa., and Geo. Hostetler of Westover, Md. His body lies at
rest in a nearby cemetery.
Dearest father, thou hast left us;
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta