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Grove.-Minna Grove died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1936, of complications; aged 64 y. She is survived by 1 son, 2 brothers, (Pharas Grove of Pittsburgh and Albert Grove of Harrisonburg) and 2 sisters, (Mrs. Harvey Nissley, Middletown and Mrs. John P. Risser). Samuel Fry and Simon Garber preached the funeral sermon. Text, Job 14 :14. Laid to rest in Shaffer's Cemetery.
Greybill-Annie Greybill was born in Indiana on Aug. 7, 1841; died at her home in Metamora, Ill, Dec. 21, 1936; aged 85 y. 4 m. 14 d. Her two sons (Edward and John) preceded her in death. She leaves one daughter (Lettie Mitchel), two grandsons, and five great-grandchildren to mourn her departure. Services at the Metamora church in charge of Bro. H. H. Schertz.
Fultz.-Tressie Dove Fultz, the mother of four children, was born Sept. 19, 1909, and died Jan. 21, 1937. She accepted Christ as her Savior in February of 1932 and was later received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism in the Buckborn schoolhouse near Matthias, Hardy Co., W. Va. The funeral services were conducted by John R. Mumaw, Samuel Shank, and G. Paul Showalter.
Haldeman.-Mary Haldeman died Jan. 14, 1937, aged 70 y. 9 m. She had a stroke and lingered 8 days and then the Lord took her home. To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons. One brother and 2 sisters and her husband remain to mourn her departure. Noah Risser and Samuel Fry preached the funeral sermon. Text, I Thes. 4:13. Laid to rest in Mt. Tonnel Cemetery.
Stauffer.-Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew and Nancy (Lasher) Stauffer, was born April 25, 1868; died at her home near Ningerton, Pa., Oct. 24, 1936; aged 68 y. 6 m. Surviving are 3 sisters (Amanda and Mattie at home, and Mrs. P. E. Hartman of Waynesboro, Pa.). Funeral services were held Oct. 27 in charge of Denton Martin and John Risser at Millers Mennonite Church. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Stauffer.-Amanda, daughter of Andrew and Nancy (Lesher) Stauffer, was born April 11, 1864; died at her home near Ningerton, Pa., Nov. 22, 1936; aged 72 y. 7 m. 11 d. Surviving are 2 sisters (Mettle at home and Mrs. P. E. Hartman, Waynesboro, Pa.). She was a member of the Miller Mennonite Church for many years. She was always ready to lend a helping hand to those around her as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held on Nov. 26, in charge of Denton Martin and John Risser at Millers Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Bodkin.-William Anderson Bodkin was born Aug. 18, 1855; died Jan. 23, 1937; aged 81 y. 5 m. 5 d. Death followed a ten-day illness of complications. He was united in marriage to Lydia F. Simmons on Oct. 10, 1878. To this union were born 9 children, 6 of them having preceded their parents in death. His wife also preceded him to the grave. One son and two daughters survive: Filbert Bodkin, Onego, W. Va.; Mrs. Gordon Raines, Kibbs, Pa.; and Mrs. Wilbert Kisamore, Onego, W. Va. There are also 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren who survive. About 6 months ago he united with the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held from the home in charge of Paul Good. The body was laid to rest in the family cemetery near by.
Fretz.-Norman, son of Jacob and Magdalena Fretz, was born March 19, 1875, in Lincoln Co., Ont. He was married on June 7, 1899 to Sarah, daughter of Isaac and Matilda Culp, who survives him, with an. adopted son (Edward) residing at the home. His illness was of short duration, passing away at the hospital in St. Catharines, following an operation for gall bladder trouble, Dec.30, 1936. His surviving brothers are Benjamin, Christian, Edward and Manasseh; and his sisters, Clara (widow of M. Martin) and Arminta (wife of Courtland Overhold, Vineland, Ont.). Funeral services were held in the Moyer Mennonite Church on Jan. 3, 1937, in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends. Text, I Thes. 4:13. Services conducted by S. F. Coffman assisted by local ministers.
Hostetter.-David Felker, son of David M. and Minnie
F. Hostetter, was born near Kinzers, Pa., Sept. 13, 1934; died
Jan. 11, 1937, at the same place. He was sick only 3 days with
pneumonia. He brought much sunshine into the home and will be
missed by his family. But we feel that God's way is the best,
and He has done all for our good. He is survived by his parents,
1 brother (Robert), 1 sister (Jeanette), and his grandparents
(Mr. and Mrs. David B. Hostetter; Mr. and Mrs. Abram Felker).
Services were held at the home by Bro. Parke Book and at Hersheys
Mennonite Church by Bro. Ira Hershey. Text, II Kings 4 :26. Burial
in the adjoining cemetery.
"A precious flower to us was given,
To bud on earth and bloom in heaven."
Kratz.-Sarah (nee Wismer), widow of John H. Kratz, was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., Dec. 30, 1851, on the old Wismer homestead near Jordan, Ont. She died Jan. 23, 1937, at her late home in Vineland, Ont., aged 85 y. 24 d., after an illness of a few months. Her husband died in 1921. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since 1891. She manifested a keen interest in the affairs of life, keeping in touch through extensive reading as long as she was able to do so. Her interest was always maintained in the work of the Church and she worshipped with the congregation as long as physically able. Her expressions of faith and her hope in Christ give assurance and comfort to the many relatives and friends who are left. Funeral services at the Moyer Church were held on Jan. 25, 1937. Text, Rom. 8 :24.
Martin.-John H., son of Joseph and Eliza Martin, was born near Goshen, Ind., June 15, 1882. He came to Stark Co., Ohio, in his boyhood days and in later years moved on a farm near Orrville, Ohio. On the morning of Jan. 10, he was taken ill with a severe attack of pneumonia which ended his life on the morning of Jan. 19; aged 54 y. 7 m. 4 d. On Nov. 14, 1907, he was united in marriage to Mary Wenger. Not having been blessed with children, they opened the doors of their home as foster parents to Eugene and Marie Studer. He is survived by his wife, 2 children (Eugene and Marie), 2 brothers (Jacob of Wooster, O., Reuben of Goshen, Ind.), 1 sister (Sarah Jane Weaver of Goshen, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. He and his wife accepted their Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in 1915. He was much interested and actively engaged in the work of the Church and Sunday school and young people's meeting. His seat in the house of the Lord was seldom vacant. Funeral services Jan. 21 in the Martin Church, of which he was a member. Services were conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by Stanford Mumaw. Text, Eccl. 7 :2. Interment in cemetery near by.
Lehman.-- Simeon, son of Abram and Elizabeth (Christophel),
was born near Bryan, Ohio, on Nov. 10, 1867. His health began
to fail about 18 years ago, and for the last 14 years was a
During all this time he bore his lot with courage and uncomplaining
patience. seldom, referring to his handicap but always looking
on the bright side of things. Since New Year's day he failed very
rapidly, until the morning of Jan. 15, 1937, he quietly passed
away at his home near Goshen, Ind.; aged 69 y. 2 m. 5 d. On Nov.
20, 1892, he was united in marriage with Salome Buzzard and together
they shared the joys and sorrows of life for 44 years. He was
converted at the age of 25, and on June 4, 1892, he with 28 other
young people was baptized and united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite
Church. He is survived by his wife and 6 children (Arthur, Goshen,
Ind.; Ruth Mumaw, Elkhart, Ind.; Hazel Weaver, Rensselaer, Ind.;
Joseph, of Archbold, Ohio; Edna Kauffman, Wauseon, Ohio; Wilbur,
Nappanee, Ind.), 15 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Joel of Edwards,
Miss.; Jesse of Nappanee, Ind.; Daniel of West Unity, Ohio), 4
sisters (Leah Bechtel and Nancy Lehman, Nappanee, Ind.; Fannie
Pocock and Sarah Lehman Angola, Ind.). He was preceded in death
by an infant son (Howard) and a granddaughter (Esther Lehman).
Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at the Yellow Creek Church,
with Brethren Clarence A. Shank and Jonas Loucks in charge. Text,
II Cor. 5:1. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Our family circle again is broken
Since you have gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say--God thought it best."
Kauffman, -- Aaron J., eldest son of Levi Z. and Emma M. (Glick) Kauffman, was born near Belleville, Pa., Jan. 26, 1911; died at the Ft. Sanders Hospital, Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 28, 1936; aged 25 y. 11 m. 2 d. Aaron grew to manhood and always had his home on the farm with his parents. In his travels he had visited Iowa, the Gulf states, and Oklahoma. Here, upon receiving unfavorable news from home, he at once turned homeward, and remained there most of the time. On Dec. 13, 1936, he was joined in marriage with Hannah L. Yoder, of Reedsville, Pa., and on Dec. 18 started for a trip south, stopping over at Harrisonburg, Va., arriving at Knoxville, Tenn., late on the 19th. Being interested in the Lord's work, they offered to help at the Mission with the work and exercises over Christmas, which offer was gladly accepted. But on the 23rd Aaron suddenly developed pneumonia, which proved fatal. While all was done that human hands could do for the body and the soul, the spirit took its flight after 5 days of suffering. Necessary arrangements were at once made, and on Dec. 28, short services were held at the Rose Funeral Home, (in the absence of Bro. Jennings) by L. S. Glick, from Eccl. 8:8, after which the body was shipped by rail to Lewistown, Pa. The young bride of 15 days was now riding by herself (as it were) in the coach, while her recent lover was in the cold embrace of death "in the casket in the baggage car just ahead." The young bride was met by her father at the station also sister (and her husband) of the departed. His remains were taken to Belleville, and his former home. The services were conducted Dec. 31 by Emanuel Peachey. Texts, Matt. 6:33 (one of the deceased's favorite verses) and I Pet. 4:18. The services were further conducted from the Locus Grove Mennonite church by Bro. Peachey and Bro. John Zook. Text, I Pet. 4:18. A large crowd of friends and relatives had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to a friend. He leaves his sorrowing companion, his father and mother, a brother (Roy), two sisters (Ada--Mrs. Joseph Peachy, and Edna), all of Belleville, Pa.; also uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends. Interment in the Locust Grove Cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved. By an uncle.
Schrock.--Jacob B., son of John D. And Mary (Sproal)
Schrock, was born near Middlebury, Ind., April 30, 1844; died
in his home near Garden City, Mo., Jan. 11, 1937; aged 92 y. 8
m. 11 d. He was one of a family of 9 children, all except 3 of
whom have preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ
as his Savior, and throughout life he was a consistent, faithful
Christian. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth S. Peachey,
of Belleville, Pa., Nov. 19, 1865. To them were born a son and
3 daughters. The son and 1 daughter preceded him in infancy; 1
daughter (Ida Teresa Plank) five years ago, the mother eight years
ago. He is survived by 1 daughter (Mrs. J. A. Miller), 12
4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (D. J. Schrock, Garden City,
Mo.), 2 sisters (Mrs. F. H. Allison, Garden City, Mo., and Mrs.
Emma Klopfenstein, Maywood, Calif.). In 1866 they moved from
to Elkart, Ind. In 1868 they moved to near Pleasant Hill, Mo.,
and in 1869 they came to the present home, where he lived for
68 years. For the past eight years he had been in declining health.
He was afflicted with arthritis and was bedfast for the last five
years. Loving hearts and willing hands were in constant attendance
and made a feeble effort to brighten the "last mile of the
way" for him. He had many a midnight visit from those who
braved the elements in order that he might enjoy a few short hours.
Funeral services were conducted at the home by S. S. Hershberger,
and at Sycamore Grove church by I. G. Hartzler, assisted by L.
J. Miller. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. "The days were
hard, for he was feeble and old
And longed to rest in the shepherd's fold.
So God in His mercy extended His hand.
To welcome this traveler to a better land."
Yoder.--Willard Leroy, second son of Ervin and Elsie
Yoder, was born near Garden City, Mo., July 10, 1921; died Jan.
9, 1937; aged 15 y. 5 m. 29 d. He leaves his parents and 2 brothers
(Arthur Glen, and David Lincoln), besides many other relatives
and friends. His grandparents have all preceded him in death.
He received his education in the schools near Garden City, being
in his second year of high school at the time of his death. His
presence will be missed among his many schoolmates. He had been
in ill health the past while and on Dec. 29 developed diphtheria.
Other complications followed, caused by tubercular glands which
caused his death. Though his suffering was severe, the end came
quietly as his immortal spirit passed on to God who gave it. At
the early age of 13 he confessed faith in Christ, was baptized,
and united with the Sycamore Grove Mennonite congregation and
passed away in this faith. Just before passing into a state of
unconsciousness early Saturday morning, he expressed himself as
being resigned--whatever was God's will, confident that he was
forgiven of any transgression he might have made in his young
live. In this sad hour when our hearts are heavy with grief, we
can only say, "Thy will be done." It is hard to understand
why Willard, just blooming into young manhood, should so suddenly
be taken from us. But he has left us many bright flowers in memory's
garden and the admirable characteristics of his young life and
his pleasant smile, we will ever cherish. Because of the nature
of the disease, private services were held at the home on Jan.
11 in charge of S. S. Hershberger, and at the Clearfork Cemetery
by I. G. Hartzler.
"Good morning up there, where Christ is the Light.
Good morning up there, where cometh no night;
When we step from this earth to God's heaven so fair,
We'll say, goodnight here, but good morning up there."
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Shaver.-John C. Shaver was born Nov. 16, 1865; died Dec. 5, 1936. On April 10, 1905, he was married to a Miss Hartman from near Ft. Seybert, W. Va. To this union were born 4 children (Anna, Audrey, Ray, and Allan), all of whom survive. His funeral was held at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church near his home. Services were in charge of Bro. Bennett of Franklin, W. Va., his wife's pastor.
Witmer.-Nelson Maurice, son of Owen and Iola Witmer,
was born July 16, 1936 and after only a short stay, which was
full of pain and suffering, answered the call of his heavenly
Father on Jan. 27, 1937. He leaves father and mother and 1 sister
(Mabel Marie), also paternal and maternal grandparents, with a
large number of uncles, aunts, and cousins.
"Here your life was full of suffering,
We had often wondered why,
God of love and full of mercy
Now has called for you, 'Come home'."
Wilt.--Weldon Wash., youngest child of Luther and Martha (Whitmer) Wilt, was born Nov. 16, 1936; died Jan. 26, 1937. His short life was brought to an early close by an attack of pneumonia, being sick only a few days. He leaves his parents, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. The funeral was held at the Zion Church near Daphna, Va., Jan. 28; services conducted by Perry E. Shank and Timothy Showalter.
McDorman.--Lois Rebecca, infant daughter of Austin and
Sadie (Heatwole) McDorman, died of pneumonia at Park View, near
Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 8, 1937; aged 6 mo. 13 d. She has gone
to be with Jesus and her little sister (Luella Rose) who preceded
her in death some years ago. Surviving are her parents, 3 brothers,
5 sisters, and 2 grandfathers. Funeral services were held from
the Mt. Clinton Church, conducted by Brethren S. H. Rhodes and
Leonard Jones. Text, "Suffer the little children to come
unto me." Interment in the nearby cemetery.
"O mourning parents, do not weep,
Your children are at rest;
The little lambs now gently sleep--
Their souls are truly blest."
Hershey.--Clyde B., son of Clayton and Ella (Buckwalter)
Hershey, was born Aug. 1, 1900; died at his home near Paradise,
Pa., Dec. 31, 1936, after 8 days illness of pneumonia; aged 36
y. 5 m. He is survived by his wife, Lila (Good) Hershey, 5 children
(Janet M., Edwin G., Melvin B., C. Kenneth, and Betty J.); also
5 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Grace Hershey, Mrs. Ruth Denlinger,
Mrs. Amy Groff, Mrs. Marian Witmer, Mrs. Rhoda Metzler, Paul and
Clair Hershey). He united with the Mennonite Church in youth and
remained faithful until death. Funeral services Jan. 4 at the
home by Abram Martin and at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Ira
L. Hershey. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"There is a link death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance last forever."
Rupp.--James Edgar, infant son of Walter and Amanda
(Lederman) Rupp, was born near Wauseon, O., April 30, 1936; died
of pneumonia at the new residence of his parents near Spencerville,
Ind., Jan. 20, 1937. Besides the parents he leaves to mourn his
early departure 3 brothers, namely Robert, Eugene and Walter Jr.
Three grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lederman of near Grabill,
Ind., and Daniel Rupp of Delta, O.), and a large circle of relatives.
Though his stay here was but for a brief time his departure leaves
a vacancy in the hearts of those near him which can never be filled
otherwise. Funeral services were conducted by Jerry Sauder assisted
by Jos. S. Neuhouser of the Leo Mennonite Church.
"The Gard'ner ever knoweth best;
Our times are in His hand;
We know dear James is with the blest,
At home in Beulah land."
Lehman.- Philip, son of Peter and Lizzie (Weaver) Lehman, was born March 18, 1905, in Osceola Co., Iowa; died in General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after much suffering for 4 days of complications; aged 31 y. 9 m. 18 d. At the age of 10 he moved with his parents from Iowa to Lebanon Co., Pa., when his mother died in April, 1916. On March 14, 1931, he was married to Edna Good of Ephrata, Pa., at which time he also joined the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. Surviving are his wife, 3 small sons (David, Paul, and Melvin), his father and step-mother, and the following brothers and sisters: Fannie, wife of John Gingerich; Milo; Ruth, wife of Amos Brubacher; Jesse; Paul; Mary, wife of Clyde Sadler; and Martha Lehman. Funeral services were held at the home of Mahlon Good conducted by John B. Weaver at the house and further services at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Frank Horst and Joseph Hostetter. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Graybill.- Anna M., widow of George Graybill, died at her home in Wrightsville, Pa., on Tuesday evening at 8:15 o'clock, Nov. 17, 1936, from a complication of diseases, after being confined to her bed for about 6 months; aged 82 y. 6 m. 27 d. She was a daughter of the late David and Sarah Detwiler, and sister of Paul Detwiler of Wrightsville, who passed away Dec. 1, 1935 -- less than a year ago. She was born on a farm adjoining Wrightsville and spent all her life in this town. She is survived by a sister (Mrs. Ella Rebman) and a brother (David Detwiler), both of Wrightsville. She was a faithful member of the Stony Brook Mennonite Church. She was a good supporter of the Church, did much for the poor, and did much writing and reading in earlier years. She always had the church at heart and did those things she was able to do. Funeral services were held in her home, in charge of Bros. Noah Mack of New Holland, and Walter H. Gable, of York. Pa. The body was laid to rest in the Wrightsville Cemetery.
Eschliman.--Henry A., son of Samuel and Anna Eschliman, was born near North Lawrence, Ohio, Aug. 8, 1867; died in the home of his birth Jan. 25, 1937; aged 69 y. 5 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage to Anna M. Ober, Feb. 25,----. This union was blessed with 1 son and 3 daughters (George, Eunice, Gladys, and Blanche) who with their mother survive him. Two sisters (Mrs. Fannie Zimmerman of North Lawrence, Ohio, and Mrs. Ida Skelton of Canton, Ohio) and 1 brother (Samuel of Akron, Ohio) also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 sisters, and 2 brothers. He was a faithful and affectionate husband and father; a generous and amiable neighbor, a public-spirited citizen, and a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. During his long period of sickness he manifested much patience. Funeral services were held in the home and the Pleasant View Church by his pastors, I. J. Buchwalter and Alva Wengerd, assisted by P. R. Lantz, Aaron Eberly, and Wm. G. Myers. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Birky.--Magdalene M., daughter of Joseph and Amanda Birky, was born at Calkins, Mont., On March 17, 1919; died at the home of her parents near Creston, Mont., Jan. 2, 1937; aged 17 y. 9 m. 15 d. She, with her older sister and mother took sick about the same time (just before Christmas) with typhoid fever. This disease had already been in this home for 4 months. The father and one brother at this time were better, but very helpless. Two older brothers were just able to be up and help a little with the sick. Magdalene, with the others yet able, labored tediously and patiently, with the added responsibility of such circumstances until she too gave way to the disease which she was able to endure a little less than two weeks. She leaves father, mother (who at this time was not capable of knowing that her daughter was gone), 8 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 grandmother and a host of relatives and friends. In the fall of 1930 she united with the Mennonite Church to which she held until death. Funeral services at the Wagganer and Campbell Funeral Home, conducted by Bro. L. A. Kauffman of Minot, N. Dak. Text, Eccl. 9:10.
Baecher.--Mary, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Zehr,
was born near Deer Creek, Ill., Aug. 16, 1861; died at her home
near Foosland, Ill., Jan. 18, 1937; aged 75 y. 5 m. 2 d. In her
youth she united with the Mennonite Church living a devoted Christian
until death. Nov. 21, 1886 she united in marriage to Joseph Baecher
who preceded her in death June 30, 1931. To this union were born
1 son and 1 daughter. She is survived by 1 son (Peter of Foosland)
and 1 daughter (Mrs. Manuel Oyer of Foosland), 2 stepdaughters
(Mrs. Emma B. Greiser of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. George Greiser
of Dewey, Ill.), 15 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Christ Zehr
of Manson, Ia.), 2 brothers (Daniel Zehr of Mackinaw, Ill., and
Samuel Zehr of Foosland), and a host of relatives .and friends.
She was preceded in death by 1 stepson, 2 sisters, and 7 brothers.
Funeral services were held at the East Bend Church, in charge
of J. A. Heiser assisted by Harold Zehr. Text, I Cor. 15:49. Burial
in the East Bend Cemetery.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
Zimmerly.--Jacob, son of John and Elizabeth (Basinger)
Zimmerly, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 13, 1870; died Jan.
6, 1937, at his home near Orrville, Ohio; aged 66 y. 1 m. 23 d.
In his youth he gave his heart to the Lord, united with the Crown
Hill Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. On Jan.
1, 1900, he was united in marriage to Anna Geiser. To this union
were born 6 children. He is survived by his companion, 3 sons
(Dennis and Noah of Sterling and Aldine of Orrville), 1 daughter
(Elma at home), 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and a
host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 2 sons
(Glen and Daniel), his parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters. His death
was caused by complications of disease, lasting over a period
of 2 years. He was patient in all his sufferings. He often expressed
how nice it would be to go home and meet with loved ones gone
"Not among the dead we seek him,
For he dwells beyond the skies,
And if we but follow Jesus,
We shall sweetly with him rise."
The funeral was held at the East Chippewa Church, Jan. 8, by the Brethren E. F. Hartzler and Noah Hilty, Text, II Tim. 4:6. Interment in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Birky.--Amanda, daughter of Chris and Magdalene (Wittrig) Roth, was born at Thurman, Colo., Jan. 14, 1891; died at her home near Creston, Mont., Jan. 21, 1937; aged 46 y. 7 d. In her youth her parents lived in Kansas and Missouri and finally located at Shickley, Neb., where she united with the Mennonite Church. To this faith she held till death removed her. While she perhaps was never known to do anything in a public way in service to her Lord, yet, by those who knew her, it too can be said that she never manifested any other than a quiet and submissive spirit. She was married to Joseph N. Birky in December, 1908. To this union were born 8 sons and 4 daughters; all of whom remain to call for mother except 1 daughter, Magdalene, who preceded her just 19 days. She being too sick with typhoid at the time of her daughter's passing to realize what had taken place, we wondered how severe it will be for her when she will be able to be told. But the Lord new fit to relieve her of that pain by calling her hence ere here heart was filled with sorrow over a departed one. The anxiety, care, and concern of mother, which has always been so apparent, and especially during this siege of sickness, will be missed so much. As a companion, she was a real "help" meet," to one who with 4 of the children was not able to attend the funeral because of the disease which claimed her. In 1915 they moved to Calkins, Mont., and 13 years later they came to Creston, Mont., where they have lived since. Besides the children she leaves her sorrowing husband, 3 brothers, 7 sisters; father, mother, 1 brother and 1 sister preceded her. Funeral services were held at the Wagganer and Campbell Funeral Home at Kalispell, by Bro. Eli G. Hochstetler of Wolford, N. Dak. Text, Rev. 1:18.
Richard, Peter Richard was born in Blamont, France,
March 26, 1858. When seventeen years of age he came to America,
making Wayne Co., Ohio, his home for some time, later he came
to the community of Noble, Iowa. On Nov. 5, 1891, he was united
in marriage with Elizabeth Schantz. No children were born to this
union. They lived on a small farm in this community until 1910,
when they moved to Salem, Oreg. Bro. Richard not being very strong
physically, he benefitted some from the western climate. However,
in the Spring of 1930 they came back to Iowa residing in the village
of Noble. He was converted while still in his native country and
united with the Amish Mennonite Church. When he came to America
he transferred his membership to congregations of his faith in
the several communities where he lived. At his marriage he transferred
his membership to the Eicher Mennonite Church of which he was
a faithful member when he passed away. For a number of years his
health seemed to be on the wane. During this time he fell several
times, causing painful injuries from which he recovered slowly.
For the last few years those closely associated with him saw him
gradually weakening. He, too, was not unmindful of the fact and
frequently expressed himself as being ready to go. The teachings
of the Bible were precious and comforting to him. On Thursday
evening, Jan. 28, 1937, he fell peacefully asleep; aged 78 y.
10 m. 2 d. He was the last surviving member of a family of four.
He leaves his wife, 5 nieces, 7 nephews, and many friends and
neighbors to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held Jan.
31 from his late home in Noble by Simon Gingerich and at the Eicher
Mennonite Church by Delbert Welty and Simon Gingerich. Texts,
Phil. 4 & John 14. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
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Mullenax.-Eva Susan Mullenax was born Feb. 19, 1858; died at her home in Whitmer, W. Va., Dec.16, 1938; aged 78 y. 9 m. 27 d. Her husband preceded her in death a good many years ago. She leaves 9 children, 47 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. She was a a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at the Horton Mennonite Church, in charge of Hiram Weaver. The body was laid to rest in the Whitmer Cemetery.
Thompson.-John Adam Thompson was born of June 4,1853; died Dec. 24, 1936,at the home of his daughter and son-in-law near Whitmer, W. Va.; aged 83 y. 6 m. 20 d. He leaves his wife, 2 sisters, 10 children, 54 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism just a little over three months before his death. Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at the Horton Mennonite Church in charge of Hiram Weaver. Interment in the Whitmer cemetery.
White.-Levi White was born in Randolph Co., W. Va., Nov. 3, 1873; died in the Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, W. Va., Dec. 11, 1936; aged 63 y. 1 m. 8 d. His death was due to an injury he received while operating a road machine several months previous. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves his wife, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 step-son, 3 brothers, and 1 sister; 1 son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at the Bethel Church, in charge of Hiram Weaver. Interment in the Bethel Cemetery.
Shank.-William, son of Bro. and Sister Jacob Shank, was born near Clark's Hollow, Ontario, Jan. 21, 1863; died at his home near Markham, Ont., Feb. 2, 1937; aged 74 y. 12 d. He is survived by his wife (Mary, daughter of the Bro. and Sister David Byer); four sons (David of. Buffalo, Eli, Jacob, and Oliver of Markham); two daughters. (Mabel and. Nancy); 19 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son (Ralph) of near Buffalo; three daughters (Elizabeth, Ida, and Elsie). Bro. Shank was baptized and received in the Brethren in Christ Church July 29, 1888; later he renewed his faith, was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church. He was widely known and appreciated by his many friends. Funeral services and interment at the Weidaman Church, Markham. The brethren A. D. Grove, M. Hallman, C. F. Derstine, J. W. Birky, and .L. J. Burkholder.
Kulp.-Lydia, widow of William Kulp, died Feb. 1, 1937, at the home of her daughter (Emma Kulp Brubaker) in Lancaster, Pa.; aged 74 years. She had been in failing health for the past. several years. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Catherine (Weaver) Martin and was the last of.the family, She was a member of the East Chestnut St. Church. Sister Kulp, with the late Mary Parmer, was the organizer of the first sewing circle in Lancaster Co. and a worker to further the cause of Christ. She is survived by 2 daughters (Emma Kulp Brubaker and Edna, wife of David Kemerly), both of Lancaster City and 2 grandchildren (Samuel W. Brubaker and Pearl Kemerly). Brief services were held Feb. 3 at the house with further service at the East Chestnut St. Church, with Bros. David Mosemann and Stoner Krady in charge. Interment in the Millersville Mennonite cemetery.
Leichty.-Daniel, son of John and Katherine Leichty,
was born Aug. 24, 1875; died Jan. 8, 1937; aged 61 y. 4 m. 14
d. He lived and passed away in the house where he was born, near
Grabill, Ind. In 1904 he united with the Leo Mennonite Church,
of which he was a faithful member until death. Nov. 19, 1921,
he was married to Elma Yoder of Archbold, Ohio. To this union
were born two sons and two daughters. He leaves his companion,
two sons (Leonard and Merle), two daughters (Catherine and Evelyn),
one step-daughter (Samilda), and two brothers (John and Peter
Leichty) of this place. He was afflicted for a number of years,
and the last twelve weeks of his life were spent in a rocking
chair. But through it all he was very patient expressing himself
as being ready and longing to go home and be with the Lord. Funeral
services were in charge of Jos. S. Neuhouser, assisted by D. J.
Johns. Text, Psa. 17:15.
"There's a home in the skies,
Where the weary will rest,
A glorious home in the 'Land of the Blest'.
There tears will be wiped
From the sorrowful eye,
And the broken in heart will forget to sigh."
Andrews.--Elias Andrews was born Nov. 5, 1851; died Jan. 9, 1937, at the home of his son (Clayton Andrews) near Willow Street, Pa.; aged 85 y. 2 m. 4 d. He was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church. He is survived by these children: Mrs. Martha Martin, Roy and Samuel, Lancaster; David A., Willow St.; Lizzie, wife of Edmund Fry, Bumgardners; Clayton A. (with whom he resided), Annie, wife of Oscar Herman, Hollingers; also 31 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Henry Andrews, Hinsdale; Frank Andrews, Lititz; Mrs. Emma Witmer, Strasburg; Mrs. Mary Barr, Lancaster. His wife and 1 daughter preceded him to the great beyond. He failed rapidly the last year, took his bed New Year's eve, and the following Wednesday night took 3 hemorrhages within one-half hour. The doctor was called and he soon had the hemorrhages stopped, but after that he was very weak. The funeral was held at the home of his son Clayton Jan. 12, conducted at the home by Bro. Aaron Harnish and at New Danville Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Harnish. Text Phil. 3:20, 21. The body was laid to rest in the Willow St. Mennonite cemetery. "Gone, but not forgotten." -A daughter-in-law.
Yoder -Thomas I. Yoder was born near Belleville, Pa., March 23, 1891; died Jan. 28, 1937, at his home in Pigeon, Mich.; aged 45 y. 10 m. 5 d. He has been ailing for several years of a complication of diseases, but was confined to his bed only the last six weeks. Patiently suffering till he peacefully fell asleep in his Savior, whom he accepted in his youth. He was a faithful worker in the Church and Sunday school, in which he held several responsible positions. He was especially adapted for work among the children, assisting in teaching summer Bible school several terms and superintending the one at the Flint Mission the past summer. He was married Dec. 17, 1914, to Fannie Gunden. He leaves his bereaved companion, two foster children (Willie Kauffman of Kalona, Iowa, and Daisy Miller at home), also his aged mother, three brothers and three sisters: (Jessie, Mrs. J. j. Hartzler, Mrs. Thomas Speicher and Mrs. E. J. Hartzler of Belleville, Pa.; Sam of Surrey, N. Dak., and Chris of Hubbard, Ore.) with many other relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted Feb. 1 at the home by Bro. Earl Maust and at the Pigeon River Mennonite Church by Bros. Edwin Albrecht of Flint, Mich., and M. S. Zehr. Texts, Matt. 13:43; Phil. 1:21.
Nofziger.-Jacob R., son of Christian and Magdalene (Yoder)
Nofziger, was born near Archbold, Ohio, April 2, 1873; died at
the Memorial Hospital in Wauseon, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1937; aged 63
y. 9 m. 28 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and
united with the A. M. Church. He remained a faithful member until
his death which came after a prolonged illness-the last four months
of which were spent in bed. On Feb. 10, 1898, he was united in
marriage to Caroline Burkholder who preceded him in death by 12
years. This union was blessed with 7 children-Mrs. John Beck,
Clarence, Willis, Jesse, Elmer, Lloyd, and Roy-all of the home
community. He was one of a family of 12 children. 4 of these,
together with his wife and one grandchild preceded him in death.
He leaves 7 children, 22 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 4 brothers,
and a large number of other relatives and friends in whose memories
he will linger long as a loving father, a Christian brother, and
a faithful friend.
"'Tis ours to miss thee all our years,
And tender memories of thee keep;
Thine, in the Lord, to rest, for so
He giveth His beloved sleep."
Funeral services were held at Central Church on Feb. 3, in charge of P. F. Frey and E. B. Frey.
Miller.-Lydia, daughter of Christian and Rachel (Zook)
Detweiler, was born at Belleville, Pa., Nov. 12, 1851; died Jan.
31, 1937 at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Earl Erb; aged
85 y. 2 m. 18 d. In her girlhood she accepted Christ as her Savior
and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was a faithful
member to the end. She was married to Jacob A. Miller Feb. 1,
1877, at Belleville, and in the same year moved to Iowa. To this
union were born ten children (Menno, who died in infancy; Lillian,
wife of Henry Swartzendruber, Julius Miller, both of Wellman,
Ia.; E. J. Miller of Garvin, Ia.; Abner of Lincoln, Neb.; Jesse
of Shickley, Neb.; Lewis of Chicago; Anna Mae of Elizabethtown,
Pa.; Alpheus of Kalona, Ia., and Lizzie Moyer of Elkhart, Ind.)
She also leaves twenty-seven grandchildren and nine
She possessed a pearl of great price before God, being of a meek
and quiet spirit. She lived in widowhood a little over six and
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us
And our loss we deeply feel;
It was God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services were held Feb. 2, 1937 at the Upper Deer Creek Church near Wellman, Ia., conducted by A. C. Swartzendruber in German and John Y. Swartzendruber in English. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in Lower Deer Creek cemetery.
Yoder.-Glenn Reed, son of Andrew and Carrie (Brown) Yoder, was born in Orrville, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1917, and met death by electrocution while working at the Orrville Body Company, Jan. 23, 1937; aged 20 y. 14 d. His early and unexpected death has touched the hearts of the entire community and awakened a deep feeling of sympathy in behalf of our sorrowing friends, who have been so suddenly bereft of their loving son and devoted brother. His departure is mourned by his parents; one sister (Virginia), one grandmother (Mrs. Gertrude Yoder of West Liberty, Ohio); one grandfather (William Brown of Marshallville, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. He graduated from Orrville High School with the class of 1934, and since that time has been employed by The Orrville Body Company, where he was held in high esteem. Glenn was a regular attendant of the Sunday school from childhood, and was known for his excellent behaviour and courtesy. AT the age of fourteen he confessed Christ as his personal Savior and was received into the fellowship of the Orrville Mennonite Church by water baptism, on Feb. 7, 1932, where he faithfully attended the services and observed the sacraments of the house of the Lord. Recently he was serving on the Young People's Bible Meeting Committee for 1937. He took an active interest in all the services of the Church. He was a young man of clean habits, trustworthy, industrious, devoted, and loyal to his home-a young man of true Christian worth. Services were conducted at the home and church by I. W. Royer and Levi Hartzler. Burial in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Sprunger.-Rosa Amstutz Sprunger was born near Kidron, O., Oct. 24, 1877 died Jan. 26, 1937, after a lingering illness with complication of ailments; aged 59 y. 3 m. 2 d. In 1891. she was received into the Salem Mennonite Church by baptism, and was interested in all its organizations. When they moved to Wadsworth, O., she became a member of the Wadsworth Mennonite Church and remained faithful until called to the. home of glory. On Dec. 22, 1897 she was united in marriage with Noah L. Sprunger, with whom she shared joys and sorrows for 39 year. This union was blessed with 2 daughters and five sons. One daughter (Dessie Mae) preceded her in infancy. She is survived by her sorrowing husband; one daughter (Mrs. Cora Morrison of Wadsworth), one foster daughter (Celesta Gerber of Ft. Wayne, Ind.), five sons (Glen of. North Jackson; Vernon, missionary on furlough from Africa; Milo, of Nelson; Arlo of Kent; and Preston at home). There are also 7 grandchildren and 3 sisters (Mrs. Andrew Welty of Apple Creek, Mrs. Lydia Moser of Orrville, and Mrs. Leah Studer of Kidron). The sisters preceding her were Berena and Mrs. Emma Badertscher. Funeral services were held on Jan. 29, from the Wadsworth Mennonite Church and the Salem Church near Apple Creek. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by W. S. Shelly of Wadsworth, and A. R. Kaiser, pastor of the Salem Church. Text (which she had chosen), Rev. 22:17. She was a devoted mother and will be missed by the family, and her many friends and relatives who had gathered at the churches to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed sister.
Eash.-Elnora, daughter of Samuel T. and Katie Eash, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., July 23, 1917; died in Middlebury, Ind., Jan. 16, 1937; aged 19 y. 5 m. 23 d. Four years ago she became afflicted with Hodgkin's disease, which gradually weakened her body, but it was not until March, 1936, that she became practically bedfast, and only at intervals was she able to be up and about since then. Since July 15 she was in bed almost continuously. Considering the length of the time of her sickness, the Lord spared her from suffering much, though there were times when she suffered greatly, which she patiently endured. In the many times she was asked how she was, with few exceptions she would say, "Oh, quite well." While she gladly would have desired health, for the last weeks she realized that this was hopeless, and she daily expressed her desire to leave this world, often weeping and saying, "When can I go?"' Saturday forenoon (the day of her death), with possibly greater calmness than we often announce an overnight's journey, she said, "Now today I am going", and she particularly stated this to each member of the family as they came to her bedside. In the afternoon she quietly and peacefully passed away. She united with the Conservative Amish Mennonite church at the age of fifteen years. She leaves her deeply bereaved parents, two sisters (Amy and Anna Leota), three brothers (Calvin, Leon, and Joseph), all of Middlebury, and many more distant relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Griner meeting house by Manasses Miller, John, J. S., and Silas Yoder; also in the near-by schoolhouse by Eli J. Bontrager and Noah Zehr. Texts, Psa. 23; Rev. 14:13; Jno. 5:20-30.
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Whisler.-Annie Whisler died at the Chambersburg Hospital Jan. 26, 1937, after a short illness; aged 74 years. She was a member of the Mennonite Church many years and died in the faith. She is survived by 1 step-sister (Mrs. Amon Eby). Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by H. H. Witmer and D. E. Kuhns. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Bumbaugh.-James Gilbert, son of Mrs. Gertie Bumbaugh, was born July 3, 1920; died from epileptic convulsions Jan. 8, 1937; aged 16 y. 5 m. 5 d. He could not attend school for a number of years on account of these convulsions. He is survived by his mother and the following brothers and sisters: Harry, Dorman, Oscar, Ralph, Charles, Donald, Rheba, Ruth, and Mrs. Joseph Shafer, all of Pond Bank; Pa.; and Beulah of. Philadelphia; also by a grandfather, Bro. Alexander Wagaman. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church in Pond Bank, Pa., by Harvey B. Shank. Text, II Sam. 18:29. Burial in Mount Zion Cemetery near Mont Alto.
Speigle.-Wilma Thomas was born May 29, 1918; died at the. Johnstown Memorial Hospital, Jan. 28, 1937; aged 18 y. 8 m. She is survived by her husband (Paul Speigle), to whom she was united in marriage on Dec. 19, 1936. She is also survived by her father and mother (Newton and Mary Thomas) and 3 brothers (Willard, Boyd, and Sanford) and 1 sister (Rheda). One brother (Millard) died in infancy. This sudden departure of one who was in the prime of life caused much sorrow, but we know that God doeth all things well. Funeral services at the home and at the church were In charge. of Bro. Sanford G. Shetler, assisted by Bro. James Saylor. Interment in adjoining cemetery,
Shenk.-Annie D., daughter of David and Ann Denlinger
Weaver and widow of the late Christian L. Shenk, passed away at
the home of her son Clarence Jan. 9, 1937; following failing health
of several years duration; aged 78 years. She was a faithful member
of Mellingers Mennonite church, and was always glad to be present
at services when her health would permit. She is survived by 3
children David W. of the Millersville congregation, Mable, wife
of Clayton L. Rowe, and Clarence of Mellingers congregation);
also 12 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. A son and daughter
preceded her in the Spirit world in infancy. Brief funeral services
were conducted Jan 12 at the home of her son by David Landis,
and at Mellingers Church. near Lancaster, Pa.,. by the Brethren
Elmer Martin, David.Landis, and Jacob Hess. Text, Phil. 1:23.
Interment in the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.
"Although I never can return,
Let not this grieve your heart
For you will shortly come to me,
Then we shall never part."
King.-Bishop Joshua King was born May 12, 1858, in .Lawrence
Co., Pa,; died during the night and his lifeless body was found
in bed on the morning of Feb. 6, 1937, at his home near Uniontown,
O. He was united in marriage to Anna Lantz Nov. 25, 1880, who
preceded him in death Feb. 16, 1936. One son was born to this
union. He died In infancy. Bro. King was ordained as a deacon
in 1883 and as a bishop in 1909. Two foster daughters survive
(Mary, wife of Rudy H. Byler with whom he had his home; and Viola,
wife of Dan H.Hostetlerr), besides many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the Walnut Grove Church by
John B. Peachey of Belleville, Pa., and Henry Sommers in German
and O. N. Johns of Canton, O., in English. His body was laid to
rest beside his companion in the cemetery adjoining.
F. L. S.
Long.-Bro. David D. Long died at his late home in Chambersburg, Pa., on the evening of Feb. 2, 1937; aged 81 y. 1 m. 27 d. He enjoyed good health for one of his years until about six weeks before his death, and enjoyed walking the distance of nearly a mile from his home to the Chambersburg Mennonite Church where he was a member and a regular attendant for many years. He is survived by his widow (Anna L. Horst Long) and the following children: C. Norman, Ezra C., Menno A., Ruel N., and Mrs. Rhoda C. Ebersole, all of Sterling, Ill.; Ira F. of Detroit, Mich.; Cora N., at home; Mrs. Viola Lehman and Mrs. Alma Lehman of Chambersburg. Also 34 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren survive. A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the Chambersburg Church for the funeral which was held on Feb. 6. Body laid to rest in adjoining cemetery. Services by D. E. Kuhns and J. Irvin Lehman.
Fisher.-Hannah, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth
(Mast) Kurtz and wife of E. E. Fisher, was born Aug. 2, 1855;
died at her home at Cambridge Feb. 1, 1937; aged 81 y. 6 m. She
was a member of the Conestoga Amish Mennonite Church. She is survived
by her husband and the following children: Aaron of Morgantown;
Daniel ofGap; Fannie, widow of Amos Smoker; Christiana; John of
Cambridge; Gideon of Honey Brook; Annie, wife of Aaron Petersheim
of West Grove; Ezra of Honey Brook; Christian of Coatesville;
Hannah, wife of Thomas King, Honey Brook; Jacob of New Holland;
Enos and Elias, at home; also 44 grandchildren and 13
Funeral was held on Feb. 4 at the A. M. Church near Morgantown,
Pa. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find.".
Byler-Solomon H., son of David and Salome (Hertzler) Byler, (both deceased) was born near Belleville, Pa., Dec. 24, 1856; died Jan. 25, 1937; aged 80 y. 1 m. 1 d. On Dec. 31, ____ he was united in marriage to Nellie Mae Zook, who together shared each others' joys and sorrows. He had been ailing with heart trouble since August, 1936, but he was able to he around and walk to town occasionally. The evening that he died he had gone to his bedroom and in the presence of his wife he fell backwards on the floor and all was over. He had not complained of not feeling well. He united with the Belleville Mennonite Church in his youth and was a faithful member till death. Funeral services were held on Jan. 28, 1937, conducted by Aaron Mast at the house and Joshua Zook and Aaron Mast at the church. Texts, John 14, and Zech. 14:7. They having no children, opened their home to 2 foster children-one boy and a girl. The boy was adopted into the home and has been a good help to his foster parents and now will be such a good help to his foster mother. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife and adopted son (Elam), 3 nephews, and 4 nieces.
Martin-Perry Cecil Martin, oldest son of Daniel and
Anna (Keener) Martin, was born June 25, 1918, near Shippensburg,
Pa.; died near Sheldon, Wis., Feb. 9, 1937; aged 18 y. 7 m. 15
d. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 15 years
and was a consistent member until death. He took sick with the
flu which later developed into pleurisy. He was sick only a short
time. Just shortly before he died he called his parents, brothers,
and sisters to his bedside and gave them good-by and said he was
going to a better home and would be with Jesus. So knowing he
is well taken care of, we humbly submit to God's will and say
Thy will be done. He is survived by his parents, 4 brothers and
4 sisters (Aletha, Edwin, Mildred, George, Jacob, Ella, Lewis,
and Rhoda), 2 grandparents (Geo. S. Keener, Hagerstown, Md., and
Mrs. Joseph H. Martin, Shippensburg, Pa.), and many other relatives
and friends in the east. Funeral services were held Feb. 13 in
the home and at the Christian Church in Sheldon by Bro. I. S.
Mast of Casselton, N. Dak. Text, Rev. 20 :11-15. Interment in
the Sheldon Cemetery.
By the Family.
Shantz.-Sarah Ann, beloved wife of Herman Shantz and
eldest daughter of the late Jacob B. Schmitt, was born in Waterloo
Co., Ont., Jan. 12, 1870; was married to Herman Shantz Jan. 1,
1891. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 6 daughters. She
was the first of her family to answer the death summons from on
high. Disease gripped her body and for 18 months her health gradually
failed and she fell peacefully asleep on the morning of Feb. 1,1937;
aged 67 y. 20 d. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, 3 sons,
6 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 3 sisters,. and many
relatives and friends. May God comfort the bereaved family. As
a mother in the home, she tried to lead her family into the fold
of Christ. May God reward her labors. "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 conducted Feb. 1 by Bros. Orphen
Wismer and Manassah Hallman at the Shantz Church near Baden. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"We miss her, oh how sadly,
None but aching hearts can tell;.
We have lost her, heaven has found her,
Our Father doeth all things well."
Dettwiler.-Matilda Snyder was born Nov. 27, 1839 in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died at -the home of her daughter (Mrs. B. F. Switzer) near Vestaburg, Mich., Jan. 30, 1937; aged 97 y. 2 m. 3 d. She was married Dec. 8, 1858, to Henry B. Dettwiler. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (Israel of Caro, Mich.; Rudolph of Crestview, Fla.; Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder and Mrs. Susanna Switzer of Vestaburg, Mich.). Besides her 4 children she leaves 21 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren. At the age of 17 she was baptized, became a member of the Mennonite Church, and lived her profession to the end. Her husband preceded her nearly 40 years. He was a minister of the Mennonite Church and died in Midland, Va., Dec. 5, 1897. She went through many sorrows and trials in her younger days, being deprived of her mother at the age of ten years. She was the oldest in the family of 5 children and the last one of them to leave this world. Her greatest concern was that her children, grandchildren, and all of her descendants would live such lives to meet her in the glory world. Many were the prayers she sent to the Throne of God for them. For the past thirteen years. she was confined to her home and she always appreciated the services held in the home in her behalf. During her eighty years of fellowship in the Church she acquired a large circle of friends. Her mind was clear and active until about twelve hours before her death. Services were conducted at the home by Erie E. Bontrager and at the Ferris Christian Church by Royal A. Buskirk (Text, II Tim. 4:6-8), assisted by Erie E. Bontrager and .Joseph Sherrick. Burial in Ferris Cemetery.
Gnagey.-Eva J., daughter of the late Jonas and Barbara
(Miller) Maust, was born Dec. 26, 1857 near Meyersdale, Pa.; died
Feb. 5, 1937, at her home in Pigeon, Mich.; aged 79 y. 1 m. 9
d. On Nov. 25, 1883, she was united in marriage with Daniel E.
Gnagey who preceded her in death 11 years. To this union were
born 7 boys and 3 girls of whom 3 preceded her in death (Nannie,
Lloyd, and Melvin), 22 grandchildren (and 2 by adoption) of whom
6 preceded her in death, and 1 great-granddaughter. Those left
to mourn her departure are Ada and Amelia at home, Simon of Pigeon,
Elias of Bay Port, Mich., Joseph of Wellman, Jonas of Parnell
and Howard of Kalona, Iowa. She was the oldest of a family of
13 children of whom 2 preceded her in death. Five brothers and
5 sisters remain (Joseph of Pigeon, Mich.; Joel, Lewis, and Mary
of Meyersdale; Simon and Mrs. D. D. Otto of Salisbury, Pa.; Mrs.
Jacob Gnagey of Stryker, Ohio; Mrs. Daniel Yoder of Iowa City,
and Mrs. Henry Yoder of Kalona, Iowa; and Jonas of Leesburgh,
Ind.). She had a lingering infirmity for many years which she
bore very patiently. She contracted a cold about a week before
she died. This weakened her already weak condition. She never
caused any trouble any place, to our recollection. She accepted
her Savior in her youth and remained faithful till death. She
had a desire to go to her long home. Funeral services were conducted
in the Pigeon River Church by Mike S. Zehr (Text, Dan. 12 :1,
2) assisted by Noah Zehr of Newhaven, Ind. (Text, Heb. 9:27).
Burial in church cemetery.
"Dear mother, thou art no more here,
But for thee we have no reason to fear;
If thy loving admonitions we live out
We'll meet thee in heaven without a doubt."
Zimmerman.-Entered into rest, Feb. 7, 1937, at her home
near Harper, Kans., Lizzie, wife of Jacob J. Zimmerman; aged 66
y. 2 m. 5 d. She was the oldest daughter of the late Andrew D.
and Dorothy (Yoder) Troyer. She was born near Kalona, Iowa, Dec.
2, 1870. When 9 years of age she moved to McPherson Co., Kans.,
where she grew to womanhood. In her youth she united with the
Mennonite Church and continued a faithful Christian to the time
of her death. On Dec. 22, 1891, she was married to Jacob J. Zimmerman.
To this union were born: Dorothy, wife of Dana C. Hartzler, Topeka,
Ind.; Milo, Akron, Pa., married to Beulah Miller; Milton, Harper,
married to Matilda Yoder; Bertha, wife of Roy R. Miller, LaGrange,
Ind.; Myrtle, at home; Alta, wife of Chancy H. Hostetler, Harper;
Fern, wife of Glenn W. Whitaker, Portland, Oreg.; Orpha, at home.
With the exception of Bertha, whose duty as the mother of a newborn
baby prevented her coming, all were at her bedside. Beside her
sorrowing husband and children, she leaves 13 grandchildren, 4
brothers (Jacob, Manasseh, Abe, and Fred) and 3 sisters (Mrs.
Fanny Stutzman and Mrs. Kate Ramer, all of whom reside in Harper
County, and Mrs. Mary Shettler, Kalona, Ia.); also many other
relatives and friends. In 1904 she moved with her husband and
family to the farm near Harper, where she lived until the. time
of her death. She was a devoted wife, a kind and patient mother,
and a sympathetic friend to all. Funeral services were conducted
at the Crystal Springs Church by Bro. Harry A. Diener of Hutchinson,
Kans., assisted by H. J. King and D. Y. Hooley. Interment in cemetery
'Rest on, dear-mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,.
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
Brewster.-Mary, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Stutzman,
was born near Milford, Neb., July 5, 1883; died Feb. 8, 1937;
aged 53 y. 7 m. 3 d. On Aug. 5, 1906, she was united in marriage
to Jay Brewster of Aurora, Ohio, To this union were born 1 son
and 1 daughter. The daughter preceded the mother to the great
beyond in her childhood. The son and the husband remain to mourn
the death of a companion and mother. She was one of a family of
7 brothers and 3 sisters and the first to sever the earthly ties
of this family of children; although her father and mother have
both been laid to rest some years ago. In her youthful days she
united with the Mennonite Church and with the family moved to
Dual Co., Neb., and later to Aurora, Ohio. Here she reconsecrated
her life and was a faithful attendant in Sunday school and church
services as long as health permitted. Her death was caused by
a complication of ailments which resulted in much bodily pain
over a period of many months, yet we all remember the smile and
the extended hand to those that visited her in her affliction.
She bore her long siege of pain and suffering with marvelous patience
and fortitude and her will was continually in subordination to
the will of Him who doeth all things well. As she neared the border
land she asked to be anointed with oil. When asked if she was
ready to depart if this was the Lord's will, her answer was, "I
am ready," and if on the other hand the Lord saw fit to again
lay His healing hand upon her and restore her to her accustomed
health the answer was, "His will be done." We shall
miss her in the community, the Church, and in the home. May she
rest in peace. Funeral services were conducted at the home and
church by the home ministers. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in the
"The lights have gone out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn, the dweller has gone.
She slipped o'er the threshold of time in the night
To make her abode in the city of light."
Herner.-Edwin B., son of Benjamin and Sarah Herner,
was born at Cullom, Ill., July 14, 1906; died at the Mennonite
Sanitarium at La Junta, Colo., Feb. 6, 1937; aged 30 y. 6 in.
22 d. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior and united
with the Mennonite Church at Cullom. Later, when he moved to Wakarusa
Ind., he transferred his membership to the Holdeman congregation.
In 1920 he moved with his family to Goshen, Ind., and united with
the Goshen College congregation, where he held his membership
at the time of his death. Since his affliction with tuberculosis
two years ago he has been confined to his bed. As soon as this
disease was discovered his wife and mother took him to La Junta
to the Sanitarium, where he received every care that loving hands
and medical service could give him. During these trying days he
bore his affliction patiently, trusting God fully. He gave bright
testimony of his peace with God and of his full submission to
His will. This was a great help to his family and a source of
inspiration to the many friends who constantly. visited him. He
education in the public schools of Cullom. He completed the High School course at the Wakerusa Community School. After that he attended Goshen College and was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in June, 1928. Later he took additional work in the Department of Education and was granted the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education in June, 1932. He also took graduate work in the Department of History at the State University of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa. On Aug. 28, 1925, he was united in marriage to Marie Miller of Kalona, Iowa. This union was blessed with two children (Edwin Jr. and Charlene Ann). This was a very happy union and the bond became exceptionally dear during the last two years while Edwin was afflicted. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, two children, and his mother; also other near relatives and a host of friends. His father preceded him in death on Mar. 3, 1915. A brief service was held at La Junta, in charge of Bros. J. A. Heatwole and Allen H. Erb. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church near Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 9, in charge of C. L. Graber of Goshen, Ind., assisted by D. J. Fisher and Joseph C. Brenneman of Kalona. Interment in the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta