Myers-Fanny. daughter of John and Elizabeth Myers, was born at Rohrerstown, Pa., May 5, 1858 died Aug. 15, 1936; aged 78 y. 3 m. 10 d. She had made her home at the Oreville Mennonite Home since its opening in 1905. She is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Susan Homsher of Havre, Mont., and Mrs. H. A. Seaber of East Smithfield, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Home on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Burial in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
Weaver-Lester Herman, son of Clarence Weaver, Columbiana, O., died Aug. 10, 1936 aged 8 y. 4 m. 20 d, Death followed about 20 minutes after falling from the hay mow. He leaves, besides his father and mother, 2 brothers (Arthur and Paul), 2 sisters (Miriam and Helen), 1 grandmother (Sarah Blosser), 9 uncles and aunts. Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at the Midway Church, in charge Bros. A. J. Steiner and Paul Yoder. Tex Psa. 46 :4. Interment at Midway Cemetery.
Oesch.-Clare, infant son of Albert and Emma Oesch of
Milverton, Ont., died Aug. 7, 1936, aged 4 days. He leaves parents
and grandparents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and many relatives.
Funeral services were held at the Poole A. M. Church by Bro. Chr.
Schultz. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"How happy are these little ones,
Which Jesus Christ has blest;
Come, let us praise Him with our song,
For taking them to rest."
By a brother.
Reed.-Mrs. Gabriel Reed died at her home Aug. 1, 1936 near Carr School House, W. Va., aged 29 y. 23 d. She spent most of her life around Witmer, W. Va. She united with the Mennonite Church Sept. 23, 1933, and has been a faithful member since; although she has been unable to attend church services for sometime due to ill health. Her husband, father and one sister survive. Funeral services were held Aug. 2, at Onego, W. Va., in charge of Bro. Paul Good. Text, Psa. 9:6; 39:4. Interment in a nearby cemetery.
Wolford.-Solomon David Wolford was born April 13, 1858, near Petersburg, W. Va., died August 2, 1936; aged 77 y. 3 m. 20 d. He has been crippled by rheumatism for a number of years. He was received into church fellowship 6 weeks before his death, in his home while afflicted. His wife preceded him in death, May 29, 1922. He is survived by two children (Mrs. Nora Raines and Bradson Wolford), fifteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Hiram Weaver of Job, W. Va., and Bro. Paul Good of Roaring, W. Va. Text Job 16 :22.
King.--Ronald Lynn, infant son of Elbert G., and Goldie
(Grove) King of Los Angeles, Calif., was born May 21, 1936; died
May 23, 1936. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Leo E., and Donald
Glenn), 2 sisters (Helen M., and Hazel A.), grandparents (Mr.
and Mrs. M. Y. King of Garden City, Mo.), and a host of aunts,
uncles, and cousins. Short services on May 25, and burial in Englewood
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band;
So with His loving arm He reached,
And clasped our darling's hand."
Fansler-Emeritis Jane Bacus was born Feb. 22, 1856; died at the home of her son in Harrisonville, Mo., Aug. 23, 1936; aged 80 y. 6 m. 1 d. She was married to John Henry Fansler Sept. 14, 1875. There were 9 children born to this union. Her husband died April 5, 1920; also one child preceded her. There remain 8 children, 14 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many friends. She united with the Brethren Church in her youth and in her last years worshiped with the Sycamore Grove congregation and remained faithful to the end. Short services at the cemetery by I. G. Hartzler. Interment in the Orient Cemetery.
Lais-Susanah (Plank) Lais was born in Middlebury, Ind., Jan. 12, 1860; died at her home in Hubbard, Oreg., Aug. 5, 1936; aged 76 y. 6 m. 22 d. In the fall of 1879 she was married to John Lais, and shortly after they moved to Hubbard, Oreg. Her husband died Feb. 2, 1894. One son (Franklin) and one daughter (Rosa) preceded her in death. Surviving are 4 children (Amos J. of Molalla, Daniel J. of Hubbard, Lydia Shand of Twin Rocks, and Laura Steinbach of Hubbard), 24 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (S. A. Plank), and 2 half sisters (Barbara Schrock, Goshen, Ind., and Mary Myers of Kokomo, Ind.). She accepted Christ early in her youth, and was faithful unto death. Services were conducted at the Zion Church by Bro. C. I. Kropf. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Lefever-Enos K., son of Isaac D. and Elizabeth (Kreider)
Lefever, was born April 20, 1872; died July 29, 1936; aged 64
y. 3 m. 9 d. His death came after an illness of only five weeks
of anaemia. Surviving him are his wife (Annie K. Stauffer), 3
children (Harry S., Mary S., wife of John H. Buckwalter, and Ella
S.. wife of Harvey H. Weaver all of Lancaster) also 13 grandchildren,
3 brothers (Abram K., Harry K., Edwin K., and Elias K.), and 1
sister (Emma K., wife of Enos B. Landis). He was a member of Mellingers
Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral services
were held Aug. 2, with short services at the home, Bro. Elmer
G. Martin and David L. Landis officiating. Text, Psa. 37:37.
"Father was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain;
Put by his glasses and rocker,
He will not need them again."
Martin-Barbara. widow of Isaac N. Martin, was born Sept.
11, 1855*; died at her home in Blue Ball, Pa., May 3, 1936 of cerebral
hemorrhage; aged 81 y. 7 m. 22 d. She was in failing health from
heart trouble for some time, but seemed better the last week.
She attended morning church services at Weaverland Church of which
she was a member for many years. She spent the afternoon with
her two daughters and their companions and seemed in usual health.
About 6:00 the same evening she was found lying on the
floor, by a granddaughter who called and her son-in-law Ralph
picked her up. She never regained consciousness and died about
15 minutes later. She is survived by these children : Horace N.,
East Earl ; Lizzie N., wife of Ralph Arment, Isaac N.,
Barbara, wife of C. E. Sensenig, and Martin W., all of Blue Ball;
also 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral services
were held May 7 at Weaverland Church. *[Research note: Birth date
seen in other places as Sept. 11, 1854. This would be correct if
her age is as stated - tlm]
Yoder-Fannie, wife of Stephen I. Yoder, was born Aug.
11, 1900; died June 12, 1936; aged 35 y. 10 m. 1 d. She suffered
with a cancer for more than a year. She was the second daughter
of Joseph K. and Annie (Kauffman) Hartzler, both of whom survive
her. She also leaves her husband, 2 daughters (Marie 6, and Susan
2), 1 brother (Joseph), 5 sisters (Mrs. Sam Glick, Mrs. Alden
Kauffman, Mrs. Irvin King, Esther and Annabelle Hartzler, all
of Belleville, Pa.). She was a faithful member of tile Mennonite
Church from her youth. She made all the funeral arrangements several
weeks before passing on. She selected Phil. 1:21 for the text.
Services held on Aug. 17, at the Allensville Mennonite Church
conducted by Aaron Mast. Interment in cemetery near the church.
"In silence she suffered,
With a smile her pain she bore;
Until God's angel whispered,
Come home and suffer no more."
Bucher-Cora, eldest daughter of Bro. and Sister Henry R. Ebersole, was born near Sterling, Ill., Aug. 18, 1878; died at her home in Sterling, Aug. 14, 1936. Had she lived until the 18th of the present month she would have been 58 years of age. In January, 1911, she was married to Joseph Bucher of Lititz, Pa. This happy union was soon severed in the passing away of her husband in the early years of their married life. For her, life lost much of its joys ; but the grace of God was sufficient. In this sad bereavement she learned to trust her Lord in a new way, and it was this experience that added to the deepening of her spiritual life, and made it rich and beautiful. Early in life she confessed Christ as her personal Savior, was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church by water baptism, and was a faithful member of the Science Ridge congregation. Her life was that of a consistent Christian and those who knew her best loved her most. She possessed a quiet, unassuming disposition; not caring for publicity, but just to live her life in the quiet with God. She leaves her aged father (now in his 86th year), 2 brothers (E. E. Ebersole of Sterling and Harry Ebersole of Marquette, Mich.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. J. B. Groff of Upland, Calif., and Amanda Ebersole of Philadelphia, Pa.). Six nephews and five nieces also survive, as well as a host of more distant relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 16 from the home and at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. A. C. Good had charge of the service. Text, Mal. 2:6 and Psa. 4:8.
Nofzinger.-Ralph Nofzinger was born Feb. 11, 1911, at
Archbold, Ohio; died of tubercular perignitis at the Irene Byron
Sanatorium, near Ft. Wayne, Ind., July 25, 1936; aged 25 y. 5
m. 10 d. He united with the Leo Mennonite Church at the age of
15. On April 2, 1932, he was united in marriage to Iva Eash of
tile Shore congregation. To this union was born 1 son (Lonnie
Duane). His health has been failing for 18 months, being bedfast
for almost six months. His pain was almost unbearable, but during
this he was very patient. He was always of a loving and cheerful
disposition, being very devoted to his family, his parents, and
brothers and sisters. He was taken to the home of his parents
April 22 and April 26 he was anointed. At this time he expressed
himself willing to submit to the Lord's will, either to heal his
body or take his soul. We have the full assurance that he is peacefully
resting in the Arms of Jesus. He leaves to mourn his early departure
a sorrowing companion and son, father, mother, 1 sister (Mrs.
Cletus Hostetler of Sturgis, Mich.), 3 sisters (Effie, Ruby, Arlene),
and 4 brothers (Walter, Elmer, Ray, and Le Roy at home), besides
many relatives and friends. One sister and one brother preceded
him in death.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is over,
And our dear one is at rest."
Bachman.-Andrew, son of John and Barbara (Sutter) Bachman,
was born Aug. 18, 1870, near Fisher, Ill.; died at his home near
Hubbard, Oreg., Aug. 16, 1936; aged 65 y. 11 m. 28 d. He was preceded
in death by his father, mother, 3 sisters, and 1 brother, and
is survived by his foster father. He was united in marriage with
Mary Muser of Hopedale, Ill., on Sept. 2, 1894. To this union
were born 7 children. A son and a daughter died in infancy and
Joseph died at the age of 11 y. Surviving him are 4 children (John
M. of Creston, Mont.; Fannie, wife of Edward Roth, Hubbard, Ore.;
Amos and William at home), 2 grandchildren (Carl M. Bachman and
Edna M. Roth), and many relatives. They made their home near Shickley,
Neb., until 1908, when they moved to Creston, Mont. In 1916, they
again changed location. coming to Oreg. This family met with mainly
misfortunes, losing their home by cyclone in Nebraska and by fire
in Montana. He had been in failing health for nearly two years,
but had been able to do light work until 3 hours before he died.
Death was caused by a paralytic stroke. Services were conducted
at the Zion Church by Bro. C. I. Kropf, text, Eccl. 12:5; assisted
by Bro. C. G. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely;
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this -vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Ross-George Henry Deuges, son of David and Julia Ann
(Whitset) Ross, was born Feb. 29, 1860 in Rockingham Co., Va.;
died near Elida, Ohio, Aug. 23, 1936; aged 76 y. 5 m. 24 d. He
was the eldest of a family of 9 children. To his brothers and
sisters he became a counselor and a father. His mother found in
her son, one upon whom she could trust and counsel during her
He was united in marriage to Mary Brenneman Sept. 15, 1883, at Harpers Ferry, Va. Together they have walked life's way for 53 years. To this union were born three sons and five daughters. Two daughters and one son passed away in infancy. Those who remain are Mrs. Fennie Jackson, Glendale, Calif.; Mrs. Onie Nelson, Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Nora Webb, Lima, Ohio; Robert, Elida, Ohio; and Mark of Kalona, Iowa; also eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Three sisters and two brothers have preceded him to the world beyond. The brothers surviving are Jacob and Walter, Elida, Ohio; Calvin, Lima, Ohio. In the family circle and among his relatives he was loved and respected as a man of deep piety and devotion, always possessing a cheerful spirit of friendliness.
He united with the Mennonite Church when twenty-four years of age. He was ordained to the ministry, Dec. 30, 1894. He served in the Pike and Salem Churches during his ministerial life, except fourteen years as a minister at La Junta, Colo. He preached the full Gospel, marked by earnest contending for faith, gentle but firm in all things relative to the Church and spirituality. He was unassuming in his manner, his preaching and life were one, making godliness a thing of charm and beauty to all with whom me came in contact. Among his brethren he was esteemed in his ability as a counsellor. To know him was to love him. All were compelled to respect him for his sincerity and devotion.
In peace let me resign may breath,
And Thy salvation see,
My sins deserve eternal death,
But Jesus died for me.
Funeral services were held Aug. 26 at the Salem Church by Ben. B. King, assisted by Otho Shenk, Gabriel Brunk, and James Bucher. He was buried in a near-by cemetery.
Hartzler.--John J., son of Abraham and Magdalena (Zook) Hartzler, was born May 3, 1845, in Mifflin Co., Pa. At the age of nine years he moved with his parents to northern Indiana and later to Michigan. He was the last of a family of nine to depart this life. He was married to Magdalena Mast Feb. 25, 1872, in Elkhart Co., Ind. Eight years later he with his wife and four small children moved to Cass Co., Mo., where he resided the remaining fifty six years of his life. He was converted when a young man and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. At the age of 29 he was ordained to the ministry in St. Joseph Co., Mich. After the death of Bishop Jacob Kenagy he was rdained to the bishopric in Cass Co., Mo., 42 years ago. Beside his home congregation he had oversight of churches in Johnson Co., Hickory Co., Vernon Co., Oklahoma, Arkansas, and North Dakota, and also had part in organizing different churches. While he was of quiet, unassuming disposition, yet his work took him into many homes; officiating in 82 marriages and baptismal services of over 300 converts in his home community and quite a number at other churches where he was called, also officiating at a number of ordination services. He has been blessed during his entire life with remarkable health and strength being confined to his bed only the last few weeks. During his declining years he was tenderly cared for in his home by his daughter, Sarah. The time father had been so patiently waiting and longing for came at 12:30 P. M., Aug. 11, at the age of 91 y. 3 m. 8 d. His companion and eldest son(Samuel) preceded him in death. He is survived by 4 sons (Chancy of Tiskilwa, Ill.; Joseph of Gridley, Ill.; Levi and Ira of Harrisonville, Mo.), and 3 daughters (Mrs. Anna Eigsti of Buda, Ill.; Mrs. Mary King and Sarah at home), 15 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Father was always ready to sacrifice his time and give his service for the cause of Christ and the Church which held first place in his life, and he could say with Paul: "I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. William Helmuth and at the Sycamore Grove church by S. S. Hershberger and I. G. Hartzler. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
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Devitt.--Susannah Cressman was born in Ontario July 25, 1857; died at Didsbury, Alta., Aug. 27, 1936; aged 79 y. 1 m. 2 d. She was married to J. K. Devitt on March 2, 1875. To this union were born 1 son (J. Royden of Winsor, Ont.) and 4 daughters (Mrs. Elsie Yantz of Kitchener, Ont.; Mrs. Alice Grimm, High River, Alta.; Mrs. Bernice Harder, Didsbury, Alta.; Mrs. Lena Dreyfus, Detroit, Mich.). She is survived by her 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 50 years. Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 29. 1936, at Didsbury by F. Vinett and then at the West Zion church near Carstairs, Alta., by Isaac Miller and Abram Reist. Burial in the adjoining cemetery beside her husband.
Christophel. -- Noah E., son of John N. and Elizabeth (Reed) Christophel, aged 81, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jacob Good. He had been confined to his bed 14 months, following an injury received in a fall. He was born July 22, 1854, in Elkhart Co., Ind. His first wife, Elizabeth (Weaver) Christophel, whom he married Sept. 7, 1879, died Sept. 2, 1884. To this union two children were born - George, who died in infancy, and Ira, who lives eight miles south of Elkhart. On Jan. 18, 1900, he was married to Mary E. Smoker of Lancaster Co., Pa., who died Feb. 19, 1921. To them were born 2 sons (Wayne and John Noah) and a daughter (Mrs. Ada Good) There were 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild; a brother (Jacob Christophel), and 3 sisters (Sarah Christophel, Mrs. Hannah Smith and Mrs. Harriet Blosser, all of near Wakarusa). Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church, where the deceased was a member, in charge of Bro. D. A. Yoder.
Martin.-Christian F., son of the late Jacob Martin,
was born Oct. 7, 1867; died Aug. 9, 1936; aged 68 y. 10 m. 2 d.
He was married to Susannah Martin March 13, 1892. To this union
were born 5 children. One died in her infancy. There survive his
loving wife, 4 children (Mrs. Arthur Esch, Pilkington; Emerson,
Elmira; Allan at home; and Ion on the adjoining farm); 9 grandchildren;
4 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held Aug. 12
at the home and at the Elmira, Ont., Mennonite Church and were
in charge of Bros. Oliver D. Snider and Reuben Detweiler.
"'Tis lonesome here without him,
And sad the weary way;
For life is not the same to us,
Since he is called away."
Martin.-Samuel Clayton, 17, son of Allen W. and Ella
W. Martin of New Holland, Pa., died at the home of his parents,
Aug. 11, 1936, of typhoid fever, after an illness of a week. He
was a a member of the Weaverland Mennonite church. He is survived
by his parents, a brother (Ivan of New Holland), 5 sisters (Margaret,
Vera, Mary Ella, Alma, Orpha, all at home), his grandfather (Reuben
S. Martin), 1 nephew, and many friends. Strictly private services
were held at his home Aug. 16 followed by public services in the
Weaverland Mennonite Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"In silence Samuel suffered,
With a smile He bore his awful pain;
Till God's holy angels whispered,
Come home and suffer no more."
By a friend.
Springer.-Wilma Joan, only child of Homer and Ada (Stalter)
Springer, was born near Gridley, Ill., June 20, 1935; died
at the Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Ill., July 23, 1936; Wilma
suddenly took sick with convulsions Wednesday evening and was
ill just 24 hours when she answered the call of Jesus who said,
"Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them
not." She is survived by her parents, grandparents (Mr. and
Mrs. Valentine Springer, Hopedale and Mr. Henry Stalter, Flanagan),
and many other relatives and friends. Her loving smile will be
remembered by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at
the Waldo Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. J. D. Hartzler, assisted
by Bro. D. W. Slagel. Text, Matt. 19 :14.
"Dear little Wilma, too pure to stay,
Our loving Father has called you away,
Out of this world of sorrow and care,
To wait till we join you over there."
Mishler.-Asa Roy Mishler was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 24, 1875; died at the Deacon's Hospital, Salem, Oreg., July 31, 1936; aged 61 y. 7 d. He moved with his parents to Oregon in October, 1888. On Oct. 14, 1903, he was married to Lennie Cain of Crook Co., Oreg. His wife, father, mother, 3 brothers, and 6 sisters preceded him in death, He leaves 5 sons (Louis and William of Grant's Pass, Oreg.; Archie of Hood River, Oreg.; Harley of Salem, Oreg.; Harry of Sheridan, Oreg.), 1 daughter (Mrs. Tillie Hamilton of Sheridan, Oreg.), 8 grandchildren, 1 brother (J. M. Mishler of Sheridan, Oreg.). He accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church in July, 1894. A few years later he drifted away from the Church and left it entirely. But we are glad to say that in the last few years and especially the last month He openly expressed great sorrow for the way he lived. Funeral services were held Aug. 2, 1936, at the Hopewell Church conducted by G. D. Shenk and D. F. Shenk. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Miller.-David K., son of Joseph and Christiana (Kauffman) Miller was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Feb. 23, 1862; died very suddenly of heart failure at the home of his sister, Mrs. I. G. Hartzler near East Lynne, Mo., Aug. 12, 1936; aged 74 y. 5 m. 19 d. He moved with his parents from Indiana to Missouri in 1872 and grew to manhood in Missouri. He confessed his Savior at the age of 19 and united with the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church and in his last years transferred his membership to the Bethel congregation and was a member there when he died. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 infant brothers, 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie King, wife of Aaron King of Alberta). He is survived by 2 brothers (J. K. Miller and L. J. Miller of Garden City, Mo.) and 3 sisters (Mary, wife of I. G. Hartzler of East Lynne, Mo.; Anna, widow of Joe Yoder of Garden City, and Cassie, wife of A. E. Hostetler of Middlebury, Ind.), and 29 nephews and nieces. He was never married and lived and spent much of his life alone. Funeral services were held at Sycamore Grove Church Aug. 18, conducted by Bro. J. C. Driver. Burial in Clearfork Cemetery.
Hostetler.-Orval Herbert, son of Bro. and Sister F. H. Hostetler, was born near McPherson, Kans., June 5, 1903; died Aug. 10, 1936, at Nampa, Idaho; aged 33 y. 2 m. 5 d. He moved to Idaho with his parents in 1905 and spent most of his life there. He took up veterinary work as his profession, but in his last year of study he had somehow acquired tuberculosis and was forced to spend the next few years in a sanitarium. He finally recovered and was again ready to take up his chosen profession when his last illness came. On June 6 he was operated on for gall stones but numerous complications prevented his recovery. Besides his parents he leaves 2 sisters (Mrs. Harold Bailey and Mrs. C. S. Roth, both of Nampa), 1 brother (Leo Hostetler of Emmett), and his fiancee (Lillian Kessler of Boise, Idaho). One sister (Velma Anna) preceded him in death Sept. 10, 1925. During his illness at the hospital he expressed faith in God and accepted Jesus as his Savior and was baptized. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. E. S. Garber of Filer, Idaho, and Bro. D. A. Good of Nampa. Burial in Kohlerlawn Cemetery.
Madlem.-Isaac Madlem was born in Canton, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1858; died Aug. 13, 1936; aged 78 y. 11 m. 18 d. He was one of twelve children. Two brothers (D. W. Madlem of El Paso, Texas, and Henry of Mishawaka, Ind.), and one nephew (Isaac Shoemaker of Portland) survive him. During the last winter the mission workers came to know Mr. Madlem. They continued to visit him, and in every way possible sought to point him to Christ. Bro. Mills, a close friend of his who preceded him in death just three weeks, faithfully looked after the needs of his friend as long as he was able. He often made two trips to his home each day to cut wood for him and do other duties which needed to be looked after. Soon after the mission workers met Mr. Madlem he expressed an interest in spiritual things and was won for the Lord. He united with the Church March 29, 1936, and faithfully served his Master to the end of his days. The last words we heard him speak were, "If it were not for the Lord ". Funeral services were conducted by Bro. F. J. Gingerich at the Portland Mission church Aug. 16 and the body was laid to rest in the Hopewell Cemetery near Hubbard.
Royer.-Susan, daughter of John and Rosanna Diley, was
born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, May 14, 1853; died at her home near
Newton, Kans., Aug. 13, 1936; aged 83 y. 3 m. On Jan. 9, 1883,
she was married to George Royer at Winneconne, Wis., who preceded
her in death in 1899. To this union were born two children Howard
L. of Newton, Kans., and Jennie M. Faulkner of Conrad. Mont.,
who survive her. She is also survived by 1 brother (J. F. Diley
of Rush Lake, Wis.) and 1 sister (Mrs. Eliza Zehner of Dale, Wis.).
Four sisters and one brother preceded her to the spirit world.
In 1896, when J. S. Coffman was conducting evangelistic meetings
at the Pennsylvania Church near Zimmerdale, Kans., she surrendered
her life to God, uniting with the Mennonite Church, to which faith
she remained true. She spent the last 45 years of her life in
this community, 33 years of which she lived in her late home.
Her life has exemplified the teaching of I Pet. 3:4 having "the
ornament of a meek and quiet spirit." Her place in the house
of God was always filled if health permitted. She endured her
last illness with patience, expressed her faith in God, and had
a desire to depart this life and be with Him. Funeral services
were conducted Aug. 16 at the home and at the Pennsylvania Church
in charge of Earl Buckwalter, Paul Erb, and D. D. Zook. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"Friends and memories come and go
Upon life's troubled sea.
But one I know will changeless be
My Mother-God's gift to me."
Zook.-Rebecca Jane Schrock was born in Somerset Co.,
Pa., Jan. 20, 1863; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Howard
Dillman) of old age and complications, Aug. 18, 1936; aged 73
y. 6 m. 28 d. On Sept. 12, 1886, she was married to Jonas S. Zook
and the following year they moved to Harvey Co., Kans., which
has since been their home. To this union were born 7 children
all of whom are living in the home community: Vern, Ira, Clarence,
Harvey, Sadie (Mrs. Howard Dillman), Ella (Mrs. Elmer Blosser),
and Orpha (Mrs. Watt Oliver), who with 17 grandchildren survive.
She had been in failing health for a number of years, but only
bedfast a few days before her death. Last Sunday she told different
members of her family she would not be here long, realizing the
end surely must be near. She longed to go and often expressed
her wish that the Lord would take her home. She was a faithful
member of the East Emmet Church and happy to attend services when
health permitted. It could be said of her as in Prov. 31:27, 28,
"She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth
not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up and call her
blessed." She lived a quiet Christian life and seldom if
ever complained. Father and Mother have gone before and may we
so live that the circle be unbroken over there. Funeral services
Aug. 21 at the home and at the Pennsylvania church conducted by
Allen H. Erb and D. D. Zook. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and pain,
Put by her glasses and rocker
She will not need them again."
Wenger.-Anna, daughter of John Henry (deceased) and Susan Loucks, was born April 22, 1888, near Canton, Kans.; died in the Bethesda Hospital in Goessel, Kans., Aug. 25, 1936; aged 48 y. 4 m. 3 d. The morning of Aug. 10 she accidentally used gasoline instead of kerosene to start fire, causing her to be seriously burned. She was then taken to the hospital and seemed to be getting along nicely until a few minutes before her death, when suddenly she felt pain and was soon gone. Her death was caused by a blood clot and heart failure. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of thirteen and lived a consistent Christian life until death. She was loved by all who knew her, and her hospitality was enjoyed by many. She was interested first in her own family and was a friend to all. On April 25, 1909, she was married to Jonas Wenger. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters-Russel (living close by), Norman, John, Thelma, Marvin, Grace and Bertha, all at home. She leaves her husband, 7 children, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 granddaughter, her mother, 1 brother (Joseph of Canton), 2 sisters (Nora Selzer, Protection, and Martha Bitikofer, Canton), and many other relatives and friends. To all of us her sudden passing is a warning and call. She will be greatly missed in the home and community where there is a vacancy that can never be filled. but our loss is her gain. Funeral services were held Aug. 27, 1936, conducted at the home by Charles Deiner and at the Spring Valley Church by J. G. Hartzler. Text, Mark 14:8.
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Lear.-Arthur, son of Clarence and Hettie Lear, died July 11, 1936; aged 2 years. He was ill several weeks. He is survived by his parents, 10 brothers and sisters, and also his grandmother. Burial at Deep Run.
Livingston.-Amelia, daughter of the late Joseph T. and Kathryn Wingard Yoder, was horn in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 24, 1877; died Sept. 2, 1936; aged 59 y. 10 d. She was married to Josiah J. Livingston,. Aug. 28, 1900. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Mary Sala), 1 grandchild, 1 sister (Mrs. J. T. Eash), and other relatives and friends. She was a consistent member of the Kaufman Mennonite Church and attended the Church Conference held there the last week of August. For some years she was ailing, but of late was much stronger. The last illness was of just one day's duration. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Kaufman Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa., by S. G. Shetler and Irvin Holsopple. The body was laid to rest in the Kaufman Cemetery.
Mill.-Isaac M. Mill of Pipersville, Bucks Co., Pa., died July 23, 1936; aged 69 years. On July 4 he suffered a stroke while eating breakfast. He seemed to be recovering. On July 23 he had another stroke and died in a few minutes. In his young years he learned the carpenter trade, but after his marriage he farmed until about 15 years ago when he went into the building and contracting business. His first wife, Annie Myers, died about 40 years ago. His second wife, Minerva Myers, survives him. Three sons (Jonas and Horace of Bedminster and Francis of Gardenville), 1 daughter (Mrs. Harvey Swartley of Doylestown), 1 sister (Mrs. Lydia Derstine), also survive. He was a member of the Deep Run Church for many years. Funeral was held at Deep Run, services conducted by the home minister. Interment in nearby cemetery.
Linder.-David, son of the late Peter and Barbara Linder, was born near Harrisburg, Stark Co., O, Sept. 12, 1868; died at his home in Harrisburg, O, Aug. 31, 1936; aged 67 y. 11 m. 19 d. He was married to Elvina Lamielle, Nov. 9, 1916. He was a member of the Beech Mennonite Church since his youth. He suffered from cancer for nearly 2 years and during the past while he suffered extremely but he bore it patiently. He is survived by his companion, 2 stepdaughters (Mrs. Homer Haidet, Fairhope, O, and Mrs Harvey Howenstine, Louisville, O,), 1 stepson (Lawrence Lamielle, Louisville, O,), 4 brothers (Joseph, Daniel, Eli and Amos, all of Louisville, O,), and many other relatives and friends. Two stepsons, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church and were in charge of the bishop, O, N. Johns, the home ministers assisting. Text, II Cor. 4 :17. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Mill.-Harvey M. Mill died at his home near Dublin, Pa., on July 30, 1936; aged 63 y. He survived his only brother Isaac Mill by 8 days. He was suffering with inward cancer for a long time. Last spring he was removed to the Abingdon Hospital where he stayed for several months. An operation was performed but he did not improve much. Neither of the brothers could visit him during the last sickness and after the death of his brother Isaac, Harvey sank rapidly. He suffered intense pain. He was a farmer all his life and always lived in the Deep Run Valley. He was married to Ella High who survives him. Seven sons, 5 daughters, a number of grandchildren, and 1 sister (Lydia Derstine) also survive. He was a lifelong member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Deep Run. The following brethren took part: A. O, Histand, Enos Wismer, Allen Fret; Wilson Overholt, and Abram Yothers. Burial in nearby cemetery.
Schmucker.-Gordon Lee, son of Harmon and Alta (Shank)
Schmucker, was born near Harrisburg, O, Aug. 29, 1932; died near
Louisville, O, Sept. 1, 1936; aged 4 y. 3 d. Gordon was sitting
at the breakfast table when his father left the house to leave
home but somehow before the father was out of the yard he had
run out and seemingly fell and the truck wheel passed over him
and killed him instantly. His accidental death was a shock to
the home, the church and the community and should be a warning
to everyone. He leaves to mourn his early departure his parents,
2 brothers (Cleo and Arden), 2 grandparents (Mrs. Cathrine Schmucker,
Canton, O, and Mr. David Shank, North Lima, O,), 5 uncles, 7 aunts,
and many other relatives and friends. One brother, Harold, preceded
him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite
Church, O, N. Johns officiating, and the home ministers assisting.
Text, Psa. 90 :3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dear little Gordon, too pure to stay,
Our loving Father has called you away,
Out of this world of sorrow and care,
To wait till we join you over there."
Schmucker.-Lawrence C., son of Christian and Lydia (Conrad) Schmucker, was born near Harrisburg, Stark Co., Ohio, April 29, 1897; died of pneumonia at his home near Canton, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1936; aged 39 y. 3 m. 17 d. At the age of 14 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Beech Mennonite Church to which he continued faithful. On May 19, 1928, he was united in marriage to Burdella Sommers who preceded him in death Apr. 13, 1935. To this union were born 2 children, 1 daughter and 1 son. On Feb. 10, 1936, he was united in marriage to Cathrine Becher. Bro. Schmucker was a loving and kind husband and very devoted to his family and home. He also took an interest in the work of the church; and at the time of his death he was serving in the capacity of a cemetery trustee. He is survived by his companion, 2 children (Esther Ruth and Norwood Dean), his mother (Mrs. Lydia Schmucker), 7 brothers (Amos, Limaville, O,; Harvey and Byron, Louisville, O,; Homer, Glen, Raymond and Henry of Canton, O,), 2 sisters (Mrs. Raymond Immel, Louisville, O,; Mildred of Canton, O,), 2 uncles, 5 aunts, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church and were in charge of the bishop, O, N. Johns. C. L. Wartzler, minister in the Lutheran Church, assisted. Text, II Cor. 5:1-4. Interment was in adjoining cemetery.
Plank.-Anna, daughter of the late Bishop David and Mary Plank, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, July 19, 1868. She was one of a family of ten children. Two infants and Elsie, Katie, Samuel H., and Levi, have passed on. Mrs. Sam B. Plank, Mrs. Eli Krabil, and David, remain. Most of her life was spent near the place of her birth, although at different intervals she spent weeks or months in Bellefontaine and in Goshen, Ind. During the declining years of her parents, she and her brother David lived with and cared for them. Since their deaths she and her brother had been making a home together until she became too frail. She had been in failing health for a number of years, but no one knew until very recently how serious her illness had become. She was then taken to the home of her sister, Mrs. S. B. Plank, in West Liberty, and there kind hearts and willing hands of near relatives did all they could for her, but, on Saturday at noon, July 18, 1936, death came to her. In her early years she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. She had a pleasing sense of humor, and appreciated little kindnesses and favors. She was a woman of few words but in her quiet, unassuming, conscientious manner, her whole life was spent in helping others, and those whom she served learned to love her most. Funeral services were held at the S. B. Plank home July 20, conducted by Bro. Noah Troyer, assisted by Wallace Kauffman. Burial in Alexander Cemetery.
Christophel.-Anna, wife of Bishop J. W. Christophel,
was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 15, 1859; died Aug. 25, 1936;
aged 76 y. 10 m. 10 d. On Jan. 18, 1885 she was united in marriage
to Jacob W. Christophel. To this union were born 3 children: Elizabeth
(Mrs. Leander Weldy of Goshen, Ind.), Elmer, living at home; and
Allen B., who preceded her in death four years ago. She also leaves
3 grandchildren (Mrs. Frances Christophel Stauffer and Warren
Christophel, at the home, and Verna Mae Weldy of Goshen). One
granddaughter (Mildred Weldy) preceded her in death. She leaves
1 sister (Mrs. B. L. Weaver of Salem, Ohio) and 3 brothers (Michael
S. Hoover of Nappanee, Ind.; David M. Hoover of Elkhart, Ind.;
and Ezra M. Hoover of New Paris, Ind.). She lived all her life
in the vicinity of her birth and for 45 years lived in the home
where she died. She united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church
about 55 years ago and for 43 years shared with her husband the
duties of a minister and the last 18 years the additional duties
which fall to the bishop's wife. She had been ill for about eight
weeks but was bedfast only ten days. During these days of distress
she was patient in her suffering, very considerate of those who
cared for her, and was fully resigned to the course that lay before
her. She was a loving wife, a kind mother, and will be missed
by her many friends and acquaintances. To those who knew her best
she was an unselfish friend who was more interested in the welfare
of others than of her own, truly exemplifying the truth expressed
in the motto "Others." Funeral services were conducted
at the home by Jonas Loucks and at the Church by A. L. Buzzard,
S. C. Yoder, and D. A. Yoder. Burial in the cemetery near by.
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended,
We shall again be with you.
This helps to quiet our weeping,
Hark! Angel music so sweet,
He giveth to His beloved
Beautiful, beautiful sleep."
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Hess.-Mary S., widow of Henry M. Hess, died Sept. 5,
1936, of heart trouble at the home of her son, Rudy G. Hess of
Millersville, Pa.; aged 73 y. She was a member of the Mennonite
Church. Those surviving are 7 children (Jacob G., Mabel, Harry,
Elias, Oliver, Rudy, and John G.), 23 grandchildren, 2
3 sisters. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. D. N.
Gish and at the Millersville Church by Bro. Landis Shertzer and
Bro. Henry Lutz. Text, I Sam. 20:18, selected by her. Burial in
East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead; she is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
She has wandered into an unknown land."
Guntz.-Henry 0., son of John and Barbara (Oswine) Guntz, was born July 29, 1856 at Sumneytown, Pa.; died at his home near Royersford, Pa., Aug. 30, 1936; aged 80 y. 1 m. 1 d. When but a youth he moved to Chester Co., Pa., where he was united in marriage to Barbara Buckwalter on Dec. 24, 1887. He was a member of the Lutheran Church till the year 1896, when he and his wife united with the Vincent Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful and consistent member to the end. In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, 2 sons (John and Allen), 1 daughter (Mary-Mrs. Joseph Hunsberger). Funeral services were held at the Vincent Church Sept. 3, conducted by Brethren Warren G. Bean and Henry G. Bechtel. Text, Psa. 90:9, 10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Hackman.-Elsie, wife of Nathan W. Hackman, was born
May 14, 1888; died Aug. 7, 1936; aged 48 y. 2 m. 23 d. She suffered
of complications for more than two years. She was the oldest daughter
of Daniel and Susan (Kurtz) Noll, both of whom survive her. She
also leaves her husband, 2 daughters (Beulah, wife of Samuel Erb,
and Florence, at home), and 4 sons (Ralph of near Cocalico, Harry,
Daniel, and Walter at home), and 1 sister (Edna). She was a faithful
member of the Church of the Brethren. She made all the funeral
arrangements several weeks before passing on. Services were held
on Aug. 11 at the Trinity U. B. Church, Denver, Pa., conducted
by Jacob T. Harnish and J. Bitzer Johns. Interment in cemetery
near the church.
"In silence she suffered,
With a smile her pain she bore;
Until God's angel whispered,
Come home and suffer no more."
Landis.-Elizabeth H., daughter of the late Christian
and Mary Becker of Millersville, Pa., and widow of Milton L. Landis,
was born in Millersville, Pa., March 26, 1855; died Aug. 12, 1936,
at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., of a complication
of diseases after less than a week's illness; aged 51 y. 4 in.
16 d. She was the last of her family to pass away. Her husband
passed away more than 26 years ago. She was a faithful member
of the East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church, which she attended
as long as health permitted. She was formerly a member of the
Stumptown congregation. She is survived by 2 daughters (Mrs. Clara
B. Landis, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Cora B., wife of Baker Rathfon,
with whom she had her home), 1 stepson (Milton B. Landis of
Pa.), 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. We have the
confidence that she has gone to the mansions prepared for God's
children and to meet with all the loved ones who have gone on
before. Funeral services were held Aug. 15, at the home by Bro.
David Mosemann and at the Stumptown Church by Bro. David L. Landis.
Texts, Psa. 116:15; Matt. 24 :42, 44. Burial in cemetery adjoining.
"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."
Mishler.-Lizzie, daughter of the late Elijah and Anna
(Mumaw) Stahl, was born Feb. 5, 1877; died Aug. 12, 1936; aged
59 y. 6 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Edward E. Mishler
on Jan. 13, 1898. She united with the Mennonite Church at the
age of seventeen and remained faithful until death. Besides her
husband she is survived by the following children: Carrie, wife
of Harry Thomas of Hollsopple; Clyde of Kelso; George of Hollsopple;
Anna, wife of Harry Hershberger of Davidsville; Slater of Jerome.
Thirteen grandchildren also survive her. Three preceded her in
death. She is also survived by 1 sister (wife of William J. Sala
of Kelso) and 1 brother (George Stahl of Clarksville, Mich.).
Her sudden death was a shock to the entire community. Her last
words were to her husband when she told him she felt better and
that he should lie down and rest. In a few moments she quietly
passed out of this life. "Let me die the death of the righteous,
and let my last end be like his." Funeral services at the
home were in charge of Sanford G. Shetler and at the Stahl Church
in charge of Sanford G. Shetler, A. J. Metzler, and W. C. Hershberger.
"Near other loved ones we laid her,
Low in the church yard to lie,
And though our hearts are near broken,
Yet we would not question, Why."
Greiser.-Verdon M., son of Samuel and Emma Greiser,
was born near Archbold, Ohio, June 2, 1895; suddenly passed away
at his home Sept. 3, 1936; aged 41 y. 3 in. 1 d. On Dee. 14, 1916,
he was united in marriage with Nellie Short. To this union were
born 3 sons and 1 daughter (Lloyd, Pauline, Orval, and Gerald).
In passing from these earthly scenes he leaves a sorrowing wife,
4 children, his father, 2 brothers (Ira and Lawrence of Archbold,
Ohio), 3 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Gunden, and Bertha Greiser of Archbold,
Ohio, and Mrs. William Gunden of Bay Port, Mich.), and a host
of near relatives and friends. His mother and a sister preceded
him in death. On Thursday, while he and his son Lloyd were busily
at work on the farm, he told his son that he was suffering a severe
pain in his head and in about five minutes he passed away. He
was a kind and loving husband, father, and neighbor, and will
be missed as such. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior
and united with the Mennonite Church and his aim was to live a
Christian life. He was deeply concerned in the welfare of his
family and of the Church. Funeral services conducted by S. S.
Wyse and D. A. Yoder at the Lockport Church. Burial in adjoining
"God saw fit to take him from us,
Up in heaven there so high;
Angels took him, oh so sudden,
With no time to say Good-bye."
Bender.-Emma Horst, wife of Benjamin R. Bender, was
born near East Petersburg, Pa., April 1, 1861; died at her home
near East Petersburg July 9, 1936; aged 75 y. 3 in. 9 d. She was
united in marriage Nov. 13, 1884, which would make almost 52 years
of wedded life. To this union were born 3 children (Lillie, wife
of Aaron Hess; Roy and Charles). Ten grandchildren also remain
to miss a faithful grandmother, besides many relatives and friends.
Several grandchildren have gone on before to welcome their dear
grandmother over yonder. Her death came very suddenly and unexpectedly.
She was a member of the Landisville-Salunga Mennonite Church.
She possessed a quiet disposition, not caring for honor, merely
to live a life that would be pleasing to her Master. She was a
faithful worker in the Sunday school and her seat was seldom vacant
in the church. She had a wide-awake interest in the lost of the
community. Meditation in the Book of books seemed her favorite
delight. In this sad bereavement we have learned to place a deeper
interest in our Master. Funeral services were held July 11 at
the home in charge of Bro. Hiram Kauffman, and at the Salunga
Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Henry E. Lutz and Bro. Christian
Frank. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the Salunga Cemetery.
"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."
Histand-Abram L., son of Samuel and Susie (Landis) Histand, was born Oct. 15, 1899; died at his home near Doylestown, Pa., Sept. 2, 1936; aged 36 y. 10 in. 17 d. He was preceded in death by his daughter (Hannah), 1 brother (Isaac), and 1 sister (Florence). He was united in marriage to Fannie Good of East Petersburg, Pa., Aug. 21, 1924. To this union were born 3 children. Surviving him are his widow, 1 son (Ernest), 1 daughter (Rhoda), his father and mother, 7 sisters, and 6 brothers. In his infancy he with his parents moved to the farm on which he lived practically all his life. In May his health began to fail. Doctors were at a loss to know the reason for it, and finally found his liver was enlarged; the rarest type of its kind. He never suffered pain but got weaker until Sept. 2, at 3 P. M., he peacefully passed away. He left us with the assurance that he was saved and was anxiously awaiting the Lord to come and take him home. Being so young, he was much needed yet; but we resign to God's will. He was a kind and loving husband and father, of a devoted and peaceful disposition. He will be missed in the home, Church, community and business. A large concourse of friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to one who was much loved. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 5 at the home by Bro. A. 0. Histand and at the Doylestown Mennonite Meeting House by Bro. J. A. Heatwole of Colorado and Bro. Joseph Gross. Texts, Jno. 14; II Thess. 4:13-18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Bender-Irvin, son of John and Huldah Bender, was born
in Somerset Co., Pa., on Aug. 25, 1884; died suddenly as a result
of a paralytic stroke Aug. 9, 1936; aged 51 y. 11 in. 14 d. He
was never married but travelled from place to place, making his
home at times with his brothers and sisters. The greater part
of his life was spent near Listanburg, Pa., where he worked in
coal mines. His four last years were spent with two sisters, one
of Norfolk, Va., and the other of Greenwood, Del. His death was
a shock to all the family which is widely scattered, only two
sisters being able to be present at his funeral. He accepted Christ
in his earlier years and united with the Mennonite Church at Springs,
Pa., but drifted away from that faith. Three years ago he united
with the Amish Mennonite Church near Greenwood, Del. He was preceded
in death by his parents. He leaves 4 sisters (Lydia, wife of Dan
Gingerich of Hazlan, Iowa; Ellen, wife of Joe Ash of Accident,
Md.; Annie, wife of Val Miller of Norfolk, Va.; Huldah, wife of
Ammon Troyer of Greenwood, Del.), 3 brothers (Edd of Middlefield,
Ohio; Sam of Midway, B. C.; Conrad of Twining, Mich.), 2 uncles,
1 aunt, a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral
services were conducted by Bro. Gid Miller and Bro. Shem Peachy,
both of Springs, Pa.
"One day at a time, with its failures and fears,
With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears,
With its portion of pain, and its burden of care;
One day at a time, we must meet and must bear."
Herr.-Henry B., son of John B. and Fanny (Hess) Herr,
was born July 21, 1859, near Lampeter, Pa.; passed away Aug. 19,
1936; aged 77 y. 29 d. When a young man he was converted and united
with the Mennonite Church at the Brick, near Willow Street, Pa.,
where he worshiped until death. He took an active interest in
religious and educational affairs, and it was one of his greatest
joys to listen to the singing of sacred songs. He enjoyed the
work of chorister in the Church for many years, and in early life
took much pleasure in teaching music. He was a director of the
Mennonite Fire Insurance Company and enjoyed the contacts he made
with the brethren and sisters. Throughout his life he had not
been blessed with extraordinary good health and about six months
ago became seriously ill. During his sickness he was tenderly
cared for in his home by his daughter Bessie. During this time
he appreciated so much the frequent visits of his ministers and
friends. His companion (Barbara Harnish Herr) preceded him in
death four years ago. He is survived by 2 sons (John H. of Lampeter,
Pa., and Victor E. of Sterling, Ill.), 4 daughters (Mrs. Anna
H. Neff and Bessie F. of Lampeter, Pa.; Mrs. Mary Rohrer, Strasburg,
Pa.; Mrs. Cora Musselman, Downingtown, Pa.), 12 grandchildren,
5 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Samuel Ranck, Lancaster,
Pa., and Mrs. B. B. Groff, Lampeter, Pa.). Funeral services were
conducted at the home by Bro. Frank M. Herr and at the Strasburg
Church by Bros. Jacob Harnish and Christian Brubaker. Burial in
the Brick Cemetery.
"We will meet with you, dear father,
In that home so bright and fair;
And join you in the happy praise
Of our Savior over there."
Zehr.-Elizabeth Ann, daughter of Jacob and Magdalene
Wolber, was born near Danvers, Ill., Aug. 4, 1876; died at her
home in Deer Creek Tp., Sept. 7, 1936; aged 60 y. 1 m. 3 d. She
had been in ill health for more than a year. In April she was
operated on for cancer, and seemed to improve in health for about
two months. About seven weeks ago she became quite ill and has
been bedfast until death. During her illness she suffered much,
but bore it patiently. Many relatives and friends visited her
during this time, and although many times she was too ill to see
them, she expressed her appreciation of their interest in her.
On Jan. 25, 1900, she was united in marriage to Jacob Zehr, who
served as a minister for seventeen years. He preceded her in death
May 21, 1929. Those who remain are the following children: Esther,
Martha, Edna, Howard, and Mildred at home, Mrs. Florence Pyles
of Deer Creek, Arthur of Gibson City, and Robert of Danvers. She
also leaves 3 grandchildren, her stepmother (Phoebe Wolber), and
the following sisters and brother: Mrs. Susan Heiser of Morton;
Mrs. Emma Guengerich, Lena and Esther of Deer Creek, and John
of Peoria. She also leaves a host of relatives and friends. Her
mother and father, her brother (Alvin), and an infant sister preceded
her in death. In early youth she accepted Christ as her personal
Savior, and united with the Goodfield Mennonite Church to which
she remained a faithful member until death. During her illness
she was very much interested in reading and talking about the
coming of our Savior. She expressed her desire and hope that He
would come very soon. While ill in bed she requested that we give
of her means to the Lord's work. She was a very devoted mother
and will be greatly missed in the home. As her children, our desire
is to live for our Savior, so that the family circle will never
"Though cherished hopes may blasted be,
And failures crush our dearest aims,
God knoweth whet is best, and
He would oft remind us of His claims.
Should sickness come or sorrows pierce
The heart o'ercome by want or woe,
God's purpose is the same in all,
We'll trust Him now, sometime we'll know."
Funeral services were held Wednesday forenoon in the Methodist Church in Deer Creek, with Bro. J. D. Hartzler officiating, assisted by Bro. Ezra Yordy. Interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
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