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Berkey.- William, son of Levi and Mary Muhler Berkey was born near Thomas Mills, Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 5, 1875; died on the old homestead May 11, 1937; aged 61 y. 8 m. 5 d. He had 5 brothers and 3 sisters; all deceased except one. Services were conducted at the Thomas Mennonite Church, near Thomas Mills, (where he had been a member) by ____ Reiley and James Saylor. Burial in the Old Mishler Family Cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
Brumbach.- Morris C. Brumbach was born Jan. 8, 1862;
died May 18, 1937; aged 75 y. 4 m. 10 d. His wife (Susan Stauffer)
preceded him in death fourteen years. He is survived by 9 children,
29 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Funeral services were
conducted at the Hammer Creek Church (Lancaster Co. Pa.), which
is near his home and of which he was a member for many years,
by John S. Hess and Amos Horst. His passing leaves a vacant place
in the home, church, and community from which he will be sadly
"Dearer to us than words can tell,
Are the thoughts of father whom we loved so well.
'Tis only those who have loved and lost,
Who can realize the bitter cost."
Smeltzer.- Ralph J., son of Bro. Clarence and Sister Mary Smeltzer of Wakarusa, Ind., died of a heart attack following an illness of four days; aged 3 y. 9 m. 2 d. He had been a sufferer since birth, with heart disease and asthma. He leaves his parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and his maternal grandfather (Peter Yoder). Five brother's preceded him in death; four in infancy and 1 (Roy, about 2 1/2 years ago) was killed in a railway crossing accident at Van Wert, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the house and at Olive Church, conducted by Brethren Clarence Shank and Silas Weldy. Burial in adjoining cemetery. "Man's days are few and full of trouble." The Lord bless the bereaved.
Hoover.- Harry K., son of the late Elias and Elizabeth
(Krieder) Hoover, was born in West Lampeter township, Pa., Sept.
4, 1863; died April 12, 1937; aged 73 y. 7 m. 8 d. For over a
year he was in failing health. He was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years. In December, 1887, he was united in marriage
to Annie Krieder. To this union one son was born. He is survived
by his wife and son, one brother, and three grandchildren. Funeral
services were conducted by Bro. Elmer G. Martin and David Landis.
Text, Rev. 3 :5. Interment in the Mel-lingers cemetery near Lancaster,
"'Tis hard to part with father dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But yet we're glad if God thought best
To end his troubles and give him rest."
Crilow.- Mary Magdalena (Schnell) Crilow was born May
15, 1884; died after a long illness, April 11, 1937; aged 52 y.
10 m. 26 d. In her teen-age she united with the Martins Creek
Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. Dec. 30,
1906 she was united in marriage to William D. Crilow. Nine children
were born to this union. As a kind and loving wife, mother, and
grandmother, she leaves her sorrowing husband, nine children,
three grandchildren, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, two
brothers and one half-brother, and a host of other relatives and
friends. Her parents, one half-brother and two half-sisters preceded
her in death.
"'Tis hard to part with mother, dear,
No more to see, no more to hear.
But we are glad that God saw best
To end her troubles and give her rest."
Burkholder.- Ada, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth
Kauffman; was born March 5, 1875, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died
at Woodburn, Oreg., May 10, 1937; aged 62 y. 2 m. 5 d. Death was
due to pneumonia. In April, 1896, she was united in marriage to
Ezra Burkholder who preceded her in death Sept. 3, 1933. Surviving
are three sons and six daughters: Lester, Fred, Earl, and Grace
Emmert of Molalla; Vera Wickwire, Ida Wickwire, and Ruth Carless
of Oregon City; Nettle Lepinsky of Canby; and Gladys of Portland-also
sixteen grandchildren and three brothers: Harvey Kauffman (a twin
to the departed) of Los Altos, Calif.; E. H. Kauffman, Hartford,
Conn.; A. H. Kauffman, Chicago Ill., once a missionary to Palestine.
She embraced Christianity in her youth and united with the Bethel
congregation March 13, 1921, and remained faithful until death.
She passed in an early hour just after Mother's Day.
"Tell mother I'll be there, in answer to her prayer,
This message blessed Saviour to her bear,
Tell mother I'll be there,
Heav'n's joys with her to share,
Oh, tell my darling mother I'll be there."
Funeral services at the Hopewell church, conducted by F. J. Gingerich and H. A. Wolfer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Baer.- Jacob E., son of Adam and Bertie Baer was born
at Hagerstown, Md., Oct. 1, 1906; died at the Riverside Hospital,
Newport News, Va., April 23, 1937: aged 30 y. 6 m. 23 d. April
8, 1928, he was united in marriage to Esther Mable, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Hahn of Denbigh, Va. He united with the
Warwick River Church in February, 1928, where he was a faithful
member until death. He took sick with pneumonia April 13 and remained
in a serious condition for eleven days remaining conscious until
he was called home. He leaves his sorrowing wife and four children
(Dorothy May, Esther Mable, Jacob Elton Jr. and Nelson David),
his loving parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Martin
S., John K., Amos C., of Hagerstown, Md.; Adam Jr., Frostburg,
Md.; Hannah E., Mennonite Hospital of La Junta, Colo.; Bertie
Lee, of Goshen, Ind., and a large host of friends.
"Jesus, Thou Prince of Life,
Thy chosen cannot die;
Like Thee, they conquer in the strife,
To reign with Thee on high."
Mininger.-. Jonas J., son of the late John and Susan (Johnson) Mininger, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Sept. 1, 1852; died April 19, 1937; aged 84 y. 7 m. 18 d. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Annie, daughter of Deacon Henry Hackman of the Franconia congregation. This union was blessed with three children. Sister Mininger died July 21, 1882. His second marriage was to Amanda Funk, which union was blessed with nine children. Surviving are the widow, five children, twenty-three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Seven children preceded him in death; four in infancy, one married son, and two married daughters. Bro. Mininger was ordained minister of the Plain congregation near Lansdale, Pa., in 1895, and in 1905 to the office of bishop, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bishop Josiah Clemmer. During forty-two years of his pastorate a new congregation sprung up under his charge. At the time of his death he shared the responsibilities of the bishop oversight with Bro. A. G. Clemmer and Bro. Arthur Ruth. Their field covered seven congregations, together with a few mission stations. Bro. Mininger was very active in his pastoral duties, and one day before his death he personally baptized eight applicants at his home congregation. An outstanding talent which he possessed was personal acquaintances with all classes of people in his community, large and small. His funeral was held April 24 and was attended by a large concourse of people. Burial took place at the Plain Church, Lansdale, Pa. Services at his late residence near Harleysville, Pa., were conducted by Bishops A. G. Clemmer and Arthur Ruth and at the church by the home ministers, together with Bishop John Sauder of the Lancaster Conference and Bro. Chester Lehman of the Virginia Conference. Text, I Peter 5 :4.
Kauffman.- At Belleville, Pa., seventy-eight years ago, Lee H. Kauffman was born to Eli and Elizabeth (Hooley) Kauffman, on Jan. 11, 1859. From youth he had always deplored the fact that he was not privileged to know his mother, except from information gathered from others, and from expressions gotten from a letter she had written and was preserved by relatives, for she died before he was a year old. Later, he, with his father and brother, Abner, resided at Smithville, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. Here, on Feb. 17, 1884, he was united in marriage to Amanda Plank, and after a short time, established a home in West Liberty. To this union were born four children: Mrs. Odes Krabill, of West Liberty, Ohio; Mrs. J. H. Yoder of Orlando, Florida; Mrs. L. J. Troyer, Bellefontaine, and Homer Kauffman, of Detroit, Mich. To them he was a real father. He also had three grandsons, and two granddaughters. They too were a source of much joy and pleasure. Fond memories within this little family circle will always be cherished. One of the things which he greatly deplored in these last months of ill health was the fact that he was unable to assemble with others on the Sabbath, at the church of his choice. He had long been a faithful member of tile Bethel Mennonite Church. He died May 16, 1937. Besides his devoted wife and family, he leaves four sisters (Mrs. Amos Detweiler, Misses Fannie and Sallie Kauffman, of West Liberty, Ohio, and Mrs. Malinda Detweiler, of Fairview, Mich.) Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Regardless of the deep sorrow felt by the family, their desires are in accordance with his own words, caught from his tired and feeble lips, on a recent night, which seemed so long; they were: "We would not murmur; the Lord has been good to us." Funeral services were held at Bethel Church, Tuesday at 2 P. M., in charge of S. E. Allgyer, assisted by J. Y. King. Burial in Fair View cemetery.
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Summers.- Elnora Jane, daughter of Homer and Millie
(Helmuth) Sommers, died May 10, 1937; aged 1 y. 3 in. 7 d. She
leaves father, mother, 8 sisters, 2 brothers, 1 grandmother, 7
uncles, 6 aunts, and 46 cousins, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother
and 6 cousins preceded her in death. Funeral conducted by the
local ministry on May 12.
"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache,
That the smile hides all the while."
Yoder- Menno H. Yoder was born near Allensville, Pa. Feb. 9, 1861; died on the same farm April 26, 1937, following an illness of more than 3 1/2 years of which he suffered very patiently. Early in life he united with the Mennonite church remaining faithful till death. He was married to Fannie R. Hostetler Jan. 27, 1887, who preceded him in death Feb. 5, 1930. To this union was born 1 daughter Maude, who with her husband (Levi L. Hartzler) and 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister survive. Funeral services were conducted by J. B. Zook and Elmer Yoder. Interment in the Allensville Cemetery.
Weaver.- William H., husband of Martha (Kolb) Weaver, died April 27, 1937, at his home near Silverdale, Pa., after an illness of 10 years; aged 57 years. He was a native of Juniata Co., the son of Mary (Auker) and the late David Weaver. Before sickness overtook him he was active in Sunday school and Church work, always ready and willing to serve in any capacity in which he was called on to serve. Beside his widow he is survived by his mother, 5 daughters, and 2 sons; also 6 sisters and 3 brothers. Funeral services at the house were conducted by Bro. Wilson Moyer and the services at the church were conducted by Bros. Melvin Bishop, Wilson Moyer, and Henry Bechtel. Interment in East Vincent Cemetery, Spring City, Pa. Services at the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church of which he was a member.
Gingrich.- Mildred Arline, third child of Bro. and Sister Lorne Gingrich, was born near Hespeler, Ont., Dec. 27, 1935 and died in Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., May 15, 1937, after a brief illness. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 2 brothers (Willis and Virgil), 1 sister (Miriam), her grandparents, and many relatives and friends. Though her stay with us was short, she will be greatly missed by all who learned to love her. But God knows what is best, and has prepared a better home for her over yonder. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were conducted May 17 to the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. Ministers in charge, Brethren S. M. Kanagy and Oscar Burkholder. Text, Mark 10 :13-16.
Gehman.- Abram B. Gehman of near Silverdale, Pa., passed away very suddenly early Friday morning April 23, 1937, following a heart attack; aged 58 years. He was the son of the late Samuel and Hannah (Bechtel) Gehman. His mother preceded him in death in 1934, at the age of 94 years. Deceased was a member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church and was very active in Sunday school work. He was a member of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities for 20 years; a superintendent of the Sunday school for 5 years, an organizer of the weekly teachers' meetings held in connection with Sunday school work, and a regular teacher of the women's Bible class. Beside his widow (Della Moyer Gehman) he is survived by a daughter, a brother, and a sister. Bishop A. 0. Histand conducted a brief service at the house and Bro. Wilson Moyer and Bro. Melvin Bishop officiated at the church.
Blocher.- Daniel A., son of John and Mary (Harbold) Blocher, was born June 3, 1850; died of the infirmities of age, May 13, 1937; aged 56 y. 11 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Susanna Miller Kehr Sept. 24, 1872, who preceded him in death two years ago. To this union was born 1 daughter (Elizabeth) who preceded him in death eleven years ago. Bro. and Sister Blocher made their home with Bro. and Sister Cleason J. Forry of Hanover, Pa., for the past three and a half years. He was a member of the Mennonite Faith for many years. Services were held at the home of Bro. and Sister Cleason J. Forry on May 17, 1937. Bros. Danner, Grove, and Shank had charge of the services.
His room is empty, all is still;
His place is vacant, it was God's will;
So long he waited for his rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Dombach.- Ralph B., son of Adam H. and Miriam (Brenneman)
Dombach, was born July 21, 1890; died May 25, 1937; aged 46 y.
8 m. 4 d. He had been ailing for six years. He is survived by
his wife (Lillie Frantz Dombach) and the following children: Caroline
F., Curtis F., Miriam F., Carl F., Hilda M., and Ralph B., Jr.,
all at home; also the following brothers and sisters: Emma S.,
Lyndon; Lloyd B. Hollingers; Mrs. Samuel Harnish, West Willow;
Chester, New Danville; and Mrs. Harry H. Sensenig, Millersville;
also nephews and nieces and 1 aunt (Mrs. Lizzie Martin of
Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Maris Hess
(text, Job 14) and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bro.
Jacob Hess (text, Isa. 38:1). Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"One by one the links are severed
From the golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded
in the Father's home above."
Landis.- Daniel H., son of the late Daniel and Elizabeth
Landis was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 20, 1848; died May
12, 1937, after an eight-weeks' illness caused by a fall at his
home; aged 88 y. 8 m. 23 d. He is survived by his dear companion
(Leah Landis), 2 sons (Elmer of Lancaster, Pa., Harnish of East
Hempfield twp.). Two daughters (Sadie and Annie) preceded him
in death. 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren remain. He
was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. During his illness
he expressed his desire to go home to his God. So we that yet
remain can only say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services
were conducted May 16 at the home by Bro. Jacob Hershey and at
the Lititz, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Hershey and Bro.
Amos Horst. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in East Petersburg Cemetery.
"God saw fit to call him higher,
But it seems it cannot be;
For the home is now so lonely,
Since his form we no more see."
By a grandson, L. L. M.
Stull.- Howard Elmer, son of Ira J. and Mary Thomas
Stull was born in Cambria Co., Pa., June 1, 1922; died near his
home at Scottdale, Pa., May 25, 1937; aged 14 y. 11 m. 24 d. Death
came instantaneously to Howard and two boy companions when a powder
house along a by-road near Scottdale exploded, rocking the whole
town and community. Hundreds of window panes were broken in the
homes nearby and in many sections of the town. The three boys
were near the scene of the explosion, which it is thought was
due to a bullet piercing the building while the boys were shooting
at a target. The bodies of the victims of the explosion were badly
mutilated. Howard was a member of the Mennonite Church at Scottdale.
He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and many
other relatives and friends. The funeral was held May 28 from
the home of his grandparents, Bro. and Sister D. A. Stull of Scott-
dale, and at the Scottdale Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Daniel Kauffman, A. J. Metzler, and J. L. Horst. Text, Prov. 27 :1. Interment in the cemetery at the Weaver Mennonite Church, near Johnstown, Pa.
Bontrager.- Dora, youngest daughter of E. F. and Fannie
(Yoder) Bontrager was born near Thomas, Okla., Feb. 23, 1920;
died at Grace Hospital May 3, 1937; aged 17 y. 2 m. 11 d. She
leaves her parents, 2 brothers, 8 sisters (all living at or near
her home), a grandmother, and many other relatives and friends.
Dora is the first to break the family circle on earth and start
it in heaven. She never enjoyed the good health that many children
do. In recent years she suffered much from her heart, which took
a more serious turn about four weeks ago and finally resulted
in her death. Her kind, unassuming, patient disposition won for
her many friends wherever she went. A hopeful spirit was manifested
in her sickness, also a testimony of peace and submission to the
will of God. In her youth she gave her heart to the Lord and united
with the Yoder, Kans., Mennonite Church, always living a faithful
consistent Christian life. Funeral services were held May 6 at
the Yoder Mennonite Church, conducted by the Brethren H. A. Deiner
and L. 0. King. Interment in the nearby 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 heart, she liveth still."
Knechtel.- Sister Lydia, beloved wife of the late Solomon Knechtel and daughter of Noah Bechtel, was born May 1, 1861, and married to Solomon Knechtel Jan. 5, 1896. This union was blessed with 3 sons (Willie B., Harry B. and Edward B.). Willie died in infancy. Her husband died June 20, 1932. As a widow she lived with her son Edward and family for 5 years. She died May 20, 1937, and leaves 2 sons and 5 grandchildren; 2 brothers (Moses of Winnipeg, Noah of Waterloo); 2 sisters (Mrs. John Geiger, Pandora, Ohio; Mrs. Christian Snyder near Petersburg), and many friends and relatives. The funeral was held at the home of her son, Edward, Petersburg, Ont., and then to the Shantz Church for services conducted by Bro. Manassah Hallman and Orphen Wismer. She was a faithful member of the Shantz Church for many years and will be greatly missed in her home and in the Church. The last few months of her life she was a patient sufferer of complicated disease, but slipped peacefully away May 20 to her eternal rest. May God comfort the bereaved family, interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with Mother dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But yet we're glad if God thought best
To end her troubles and give her rest."
Smith- Earnest L. Smith was born in Alabama Jan. 27, 1874; died at his home in Knoxville, Tenn., May 20, 1937; aged 63 y. 3 m. 23 d. He was married to _______ Lockridge, of the same place, a member of the Baptist Church. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. One daughter preceded him in death. They moved from Alabama to Knoxville, Tenn., 23 years ago, where they have resided since. There remain his faithful companion, 3 sons, 2 daughters, grandchildren, and friends, all in the vicinity of Knoxville. Bro. Smith was received into the Baptist Church at an early date, but Satan through his wily tricks led him into paths of sin for most of his life. But God in His mercy laid on him afflictions to cause him to think on his past life, and through the kindness of friends (among them Bro. E. J. Berkey of Missouri) he was pointed, to the atoning merits of our Savior, but not until May 14, 1936, was he made willing to fully yield and become a member of the Mennonite Church by water baptism. After a year of trials, defeats, and victories, with afflictions, the end came to him in this life on May 20. Funeral was held from his late home and at the Elem St. Baptist church on May 22, conducted by _____ Knight and Wm. Jennings of Concord. Text, Isa. 38 :1. Interment in the New Gray Lawn Cemetery.
Hostetler.- Ephraim J., son of Christian Y. and Lydia (Troyer) Hostetler, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Aug. 17, 1873; died in his home, May 20, 1937; aged 63 y. 9 m. 3 d. During the past several weeks he had been going about his work, but on Thursday noon he complained of not feeling well, and suddenly passed away of heart trouble. His father and mother, 2 brothers (Joseph and John), and 3 sisters (Barbara, Amanda, and Mary), preceded him in death. The remaining brothers surviving him are David S., of West Liberty, Christopher B., Samuel E., Amos and Ammon, of Bellefontaine. He was a life-long resident of the community in which he died. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the South Union Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. For the past two years he was in falling health and often was not able to attend services, although he often expressed his desire to meet with the congregation in worship, and nearly every Sunday inquired about the work of the church. He was of a kind disposition and in the family home was a faithful and devoted brother, was always interested in the welfare of others, always ready to help in time of need. Funeral services were held in the South Union Church, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer, Marion King, and Wallace Kauffman. Burial in Alexander Cemetery.
Clark.- Esther Mae, wife of Granville Clark and daughter of Noah and Hannah (Eby) Denlinger, was born near Paradise, Pa., April 18, 1905; died April 29, 1937; aged 32 y. 11 d. She leaves her husband and 3 sons (Lloyd Eugene, Donald G., and Glenn D.), her parents, 2 brothers (Earl and Noah Jr.), and 1 sister (Anna, wife of Willis Esbenshade, Lancaster); also a host of other relatives and friends. In early girlhood she became a member of the Mennonite Church and was faithful to the end. For the last 6 months her health gradually gave way, but she bore her illness without complaint, faithfully continuing her work of helping wherever she found opportunity until the morning of April 19 when she went to Lancaster General Hospital where she submitted to an operation on April 23 and passed away one week later. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, deeply concerned about the welfare of her family. Funeral services were held in Hershey Mennonite Church May 3, in charge of Bros. Abram Martin and Ira Hershey. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Many friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one who will be missed because her chair will be empty.
'Dear Esther, your time on earth was so brief,
You left us so quickly in sorrow and grief.
We know we shall miss your endearing sweet smile
But when we can meet you is but a short while."
Short.- Menno, son of Chris P. and Jacobena Short, was
born near Archbold, Ohio, Sept. 7, 1869; suddenly passed away
at his home near Stryker, Ohio, May 15, 1937; aged 67 y. 8 m.
8 d. Early in life he accepted Christ as his personal Savior,
united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a member until
death. On April 5, 1894, he was united in marriage with Delila
Graber. To them were born 1 son (Leland of Stryker) and 7 daughters
(Elsie and Bernice, still at home; Mrs. Milton Short, Mrs. Earl
Roth of Archbold; Mrs. C. J. Short and Mrs. Herald Stuckey,. of
Stryker; and Mrs. Eddie Short, who preceded him in death on Feb.
22, 1925). He leaves to mourn his unexpected passing, a sorrowing
wife, 1 son, 6 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister,
and a large number of relatives and friends. One daughter, 3
and 8 brothers preceded him in death. He was always very much
interested in the welfare of his family, the Church, and the community,
and has lived at his present home for 42 years.
"'Tis hard to part with Father, dear,
No more to see, no more to hear,
A nobler father could not be;
But yet we're glad if God thought best,
To end his troubles and give him rest,
In Heaven to sing with angels fair."
Funeral services were held May 18 at the Lockport Church, in charge of E. B. Frey and P. L. Frey.
Oswald.- Albert William, son of Emanuel and Lydia Oswald, was born March 24, 1880, near Charm, Ohio; died near Aurora, 0., May 22, 1937; aged 56 y. 4 m. 28 d. In early years he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, united with the Walnut Creek Church, and remained a loyal and faithful member until he with his loved ones moved away. On Aug. 29, 1909, he was united in marriage to Sister Ida Miller, also of the Walnut Creek Cong. To this union were born 5 children (Myron, Vera, Orie, Orien, and Marcus) all at home. Twenty years ago they moved to Aurora, 0., where in his final summons he calmly fell asleep. In the departure of Bro. Albert we lose a kind friend, a helpful neighbor, a real pillar in the Church. He leaves his life companion, children, step-mother, 9 brothers, 2 sisters. He was the oldest and by his death the first to break the family circle. For 5 consecutive years he superintended the Sunday school without being absent any one time. He also served as teacher, church treasurer or trustee continually. As long as health permitted, his seat in the church was seldom empty. He is gone, but his memory remains. Services were conducted. at the home by E. B Stoltzfus and at the Plainview Church by E. B Stoltzfus, George Miller, and H. N. Troyer. Text, Heb. 13 :5. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"He has gone, he's gone, we see him no more,
But methinks on the still midnight air
There is wafted to us a whisper that says
We shall see him again over there."
Iutzi- Christian G., son of Daniel and Mary Iutzi, was
born Dec. 12, 1868, near Woodstock, Ont.; died May 19, 1937. At
the age of 15 he moved with his parents to Gratiot Co., Mich.
On Aug. 22, 1894, he was married to Clara C. Cross, who died Feb.
2, 1930. To them were born 3 sons (Rolla, Homer, and Arlie), and
1 daughter (Elsie Mae). On May 8, 1932, he was married to Ida
Leatherman of Medina, Ohio. When a young man he was converted
and united with the Church of God Mennonite, in which faith he
lived and died. Later on he was ordained to the office of deacon,
where he served faithfully. His sudden death from heart failure.
while he was following the plow came as a great shock. As the
minister said, it seemed that the Lord just reached down and took
him home, leaving his deeply bereaved companion, 3 sons, 1 daughter,
5 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives
and friends. On the last Sunday before his passing away he spoke
earnestly to the congregation and chose the hymn, "My Jesus
as Thou Wilt," which they also sang at the funeral. His life
was an example of patience, and as a wise counsellor and friend
he will be greatly missed in the home and community. But by faith
through Christ we look forward to a happy reunion in the home
of glory. Funeral services were conducted by Herman B. Mininger
and F. F. Haynes. Burial in the nearby cemetery.
"We shall meet and we shall greet him
In that land of peace and love;
Where there shall be no more parting,
In that glorious home above."
Kolb.--Aaron Clemens Kolb was born near Kitchener, Ont., Dec 7, 1871; died suddenly of a heart attack at his residence in Kitchener, on Saturday morning, May 15, 1937; aged 65 y. 5 m. 8 d. He was a son of Deacon Jacob Z. and Maria (Bowman) Kolb, and from these godly parents he received the teaching that manifested itself in his character in his many activities. When 17 years of age he went to Elkhart, Ind., and took a position with the Mennonite Publishing House, as German correspondent and Manager of the Mail Order Department, where his brother Abram was already employed. While here he became interested in a new venture in the Mennonite Church known as the Elkhart Institute, now Goshen College of which institution he became its first secretary. He was active in the Prairie Street Church and Sunday school, serving as chorister and superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. Also, during these years, he was vitally interested in Sunday school work outside of the regular sessions. At two "outside" points he was assistant superintendent of Sunday school, and at two he was superintendent. This in addition to frequently being leader of the young people's meetings and practically always serving on some committee or committees. It was while superintendent of a Sunday school in northeast Elkhart, where the late Jacob Burkhard was assistant superintendent that the latter yielded to the urge to enter the mission field, and subsequently went to India.
According to a note in the fly leaf of his Bible he accepted Christ as a young man. The note reads as follows:
"Born near Kitchener (formerly Berlin) Ont., Dec. 7, 1871.
Re-born Jan. 9, 1891, at Elkhart, Ind.
Baptized at Elkhart June 21, 1891, by Bishop Henry Shaum.
Only other person baptized at the same time was Phoebe Mumaw, who on Jan. 1, 1899 became my wife."
Brother Kolb leaves to mourn his sudden departure his wife, 1 daughter (Elmeda), and 2 brothers (Elias B. and Titus L.), all of Kitchener. His parents, 1 brother (Abram), and 1 sister (Leah--Mrs. Moses Betzner) predeceased him.
In 1907 he left for Saskatchewan, where he farmed and taught school. In 1911 he took over the duties of Postmaster in Herbert, Sask., in which capacity he acted until 1931. While in Herbert, he continued to take an active interest in Church, Sunday school, and music. He was a man of varied characteristics and attainments. He was greatly interested in spiritual things, and much concerned about the future prosperity of the Church. He had a definite Christian experience. He believed firmly that the Mennonite Church has a distinctive and important message for all men. He felt that music was one of God's best methods of presenting this message. Perhaps he received most inspiration along spiritual lines from his efforts to help others to sing. He was a man of vision. and often left the impression that he was a step or two ahead of the times in which he lived. When given some task by the Church he was tireless in its performance, even to the impairment of his health. His passing at the age of 65, for one who had been so physically rugged, attests to this fact. He was favored with many friendships and associations that enriched and broadened his life. He was converted under the influence of J. S. Coffman, one of the pioneer Mennonite evangelists, and associated with Bishop J. F. Funk and Dr. H. A. Mumaw who did so much for the work of the Church in Indiana in her early educational struggles.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Oscar Burkholder, assisted by Bros. S. F. Coffman and S. M. Kanagy. Text, Col. 1:18,19. Burial in adjoining cemetery near the church.
"There is a safe and secret place,
Beneath the wings divine,
Reserved for all the heirs of grace;
O be that refuge mine.
A hand almighty to defend,
An ear for every call,
An honored life, a peaceful end,
And heaven to crown it all."
Summer.--George H., eldest son of Peter and Bena (Smith)
Summer, was born near Washington, Ill., July 11, 1871; died at
his home near Ashley, Mich, May 12, 1937; aged 65 y. 9 m. 11 d.
On Jan. 11, 1900, he was united in marriage to Minnie A. Schertz
of Metamora, Ill., to which union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters
(Mrs. A. V. Beck and Raymond of Lansing, Mich.; Mabel, Dennis,
Milo, Mildred, and Ruth at home). He also leaves 3 granddaughters
and 1 grandson. In March, 1920, he with his family moved near
Ashley, Mich. For some time church services were held near Ashley
in a schoolhouse. Later a church house was erected and Bro. Summer
served in the capacity of minister for this congregation until
the time of his death. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his
youth, and united with the Metamora Mennonite Church. In 1906
he was ordained to the ministry at the Waldo Mennonite Church
near Flanagan, Ill. Two years later was made bishop at that place.
His chief concern was the furtherance of the cause of Christ,
and his quiet, Christlike life in the home and the Church was
an example to all those with whom he came in contact. He was a
devoted husband and loving father and the influence of his life
and his wise counsel will always be held in esteem by his children.
He had been in failing health for the past six years due to Cardiac
disease. During his last illness of about eight weeks, he bore
his suffering patiently, always appreciative of those who cared
for him and remembered him in many ways. For many years he had
realized that with his disease life was very uncertain, and even
though he felt that there was still work for him to do his expression
was always, "Whatever the Lord wills." Beside his companion
and children, he leaves 7 brothers and 1 sister (J. J. and E.
A. of Washington, Ill.; Chris of Manson, Iowa; Joe W. and Peter
D. of Mobile, Ala.; Benj. of South Bend, Ind.; Jacob of Oakland,
Calif.; and Mrs. N. D. Hartzler of Goshen, Ind.). One of the quotations
found in his Bible we believe was ever uppermost in his mind:
"Watch therefore, for ye know not the day, nor the hour when
the Son of man cometh."
Funeral services were conducted May 17 at the Bethel Mennonite Church near Ashley by Bro. S. J. Miller of Pigeon, Mich. Text, Jno. 14:1. He was assisted by Bro. J. D. Hartzler of Flanagan, Ill.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
Reed.- Martha (Dolly) Reed, daughter of S. S. and Rebecca Dolly, was born in Pendleton Co., W. Va., April 10, 1917; died May 28, 1937; aged 20 y. 4 m. 28 d. On May 10 she was removed to the Allegheny Hospital, Cumberland, Md., where she underwent an operation from which she never recovered. She is survived by her husband, 1 child, her parents, 2 sisters, and 9 brothers. One brother preceded her in death last October. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted from the home of her parents in charge of Paul Good. The body was laid to rest in the family burying ground.
Yoder, Barbara Belle, daughter of Chris G. and Mamie
(Hostetler) Yoder, was born at the Woodburn Hospital May 28, 1937,
and died two days later. She leaves father, mother, 4 sisters
(Mildred, Donella, Fern, Carol), and 1 brother (I. T.); also many
uncles, aunts, and cousins. We can say, "Not our will, but
thine be done." Services were conducted at the home by the
home ministry; Bros. C. I. Kropf, Paul N. Roth, and E. Z. Yoder.
Burial in the Zion Cemetery near Hubbard, Oreg.
"She has gone to be with Jesus,
Too sweet to stay on earth;
One more rose to bloom in heaven,
To help fulfill the Savior's mirth."
Prough.- Paul LeRoy, son of Glen and Gertrude Brandeberry Prough, was born at Shipshewana, Ind., on Jan. 23, 1936; departed this life on May 23, 1937, at the age of 16 months. Little Paul was a very lovable child and suffered much sickness in the early part of his life. However his health seemed to be restored, and he seemed a perfectly healthy child, until about one week ago, when he was again taken sick. He endured intense pain and suffering until he passed away at the Goshen Hospital. Little Paul will be greatly missed by all. It seems so hard that God should call so small a child, one that was so near and dear to us all, but God's will be done. Paul leaves to mourn his early departure, a loving father and mother, a little sister, Betty Lou, 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Tilden Prough of Millersburg, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Brandeberry of Middlebury), 3 great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John Brandeberry of West Liberty, Ohio and Mrs. Polly Mishler' of LaGrange, Ind.), 7 uncles, and 3 aunts, besides many cousins and dear friends. A short service was held at the home in charge of 0. S. Hostetler, and another at the Shore Cemetery by Percy Miller, where the body was laid to rest.
Wyse.- Helen Delores, daughter of Ray D. and Velma Wyse, was born March 2, 1934, near Wayland, Iowa, and died May 21, 1937; aged 3 y. 2 m. 19 d. Although she never enjoyed the blessings of good health during her short stay here she seemed content and bore her affliction patiently. The last few weeks she suffered from dropsy and on Friday evening God saw fit to end her suffering and transplant the tender little bud into His heavenly garden to bloom forever there. In passing she leaves her sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Samuel), 4 grandparents, and many other relatives. An infant sister, Donna Belle, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church, May 23, 1937.
Dearest Helen thou hast left us,
Gone to dwell with angels fair;
But 'tis God who has bereft us
By His grace we'll meet you there.
Schloneger- Lydia, daughter of Bishop Michael and Barbara Schloneger, was born in Washington Twp., Stark Co., Ohio, Dec. 3, 1849; died near Louisville, Ohio, April 30, 1937; aged 87 y. 4 m. 27 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized by her father and received into the Mennonite Church which she served faithfully until the end. On Jan. 29, 1874, she was united in marriage to Jacob Krabill. To this union was born 1 son, Amos. Her husband and son both preceded her in death. On Dec. 7, 1905, she was united in marriage to Jacob Schloneger. She is survived by 2 stepdaughters (Mrs. Alvin Hostetler and Mrs. David Miller, both of Louisville. 0.), 11 step-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Cathrine Schmucker of Louisville, 0.), and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers, 1 sister, and 1 step-grandchild also preceded her in death. She was a lifelong resident of Stark County with the exception of a few years when she with her first husband lived in Logan Co., 0. Her health had been failing for some years due to old age, but the direct cause of her death was a paralytic stroke. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren J. S. Gerig and 0. N. Johns. Interment was made in the old church cemetery.
Hess- Mary Susan Hess of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was born March 8, 1882; died at the Harrisburg, Pa., Hospital (where she was taken for treatment) May 5, 1937; aged 55 y. 1 m. 27 d. Death came after several years of illness. It was not until the last two weeks that her condition became serious. Before leaving her home for the hospital she expressed a willingness to depart this life if there was no relief for her. She was a faithful member of the Slate Hill Church and always had a desire to be present at the service. Mary was handy with the needle, was a ready helper of the Churchtown and Slate Hill sewing circle. She had a friendly disposition and had many timely words of advice. In her early life she did many acts of kindness for the aged and sick. She will be greatly missed in the home and community in which she lived, and those who knew her best loved her most. Surviving are 1 brother (Christian B. Hess, minister of the Slate Hill Church), 1 sister (Anna B. Hess at home), 2 nieces, and a nephew. Funeral services were held May 8 in charge of Bro. Noah H. Mack and Bro. Harry Longnecker. Text, Rev. 21 :4. Burial in Slate Hill Cemetery.
"Her toils are past,
Her work is done;
And entered into rest,
And she is fully blest."
Guth.- Clarrabell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Hewitt,
was born in Gridley, Ill, April 22, 1910; died May 10, 1937, at
her home near Flanagan, Ill. She was married to William Guth of
Flanagan May 15, 1928, whom she leaves to mourn her departure.
This union was blessed with four children (Herbert, Richard, Marilyn,
and Doris). Her parents, two brothers (Melvin of Eureka, Ill.,
and Ralph of Gridley), three sisters (lona Helbling of Gridley,
Edna Mae Schoch and Helen Thomas of Peoria, Ill.) survive. One
sister Mildred and one brother preceded her in death. Besides
the immediate family, she leaves a large host of relatives and
friends. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was baptized
and received as a member of the Waldo Mennonite Church on Dec.
6, 1930. She lived a consistent Christian life and was sincere
in and firm to her convictions. She had an unfaltering trust in
her Savior, who gave her victory over all her sorrows, and temptations.
She was unusually happy the last day of her life. In her passing
her husband loses a loving companion and her children a devoted
mother, but their loss is her gain. Funeral was held at Waldo
Mennonite Church with Bros. J. D. Hartzler and D. W. Slagle
"In silence she suffered
With a smile her pain she bore;
Until God's angel, whispered,
Come home and suffer no more."
Gehman.- Abram B., son of the late Samuel and Hannah Gehman, was born Jan. 25, 1879, near Dublin, Pa.; died April 23, 1937, near Silverdale, Pa.; aged 58 y. 2 m. 28 d. On June 18, 1898, he was united in marriage to Della Moyer. Shortly after their marriage they occupied their present home near Silverdale. He was a faithful member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church and an ardent worker in both the church and Sunday school; having taught the women's Bible Class. He was also a member of the Mennonite Mission Board of the Franconia Conference District for a period of twenty years. His death came as a shock to the family and community; having attended the weekly teacher's meeting on Wednesday evening and having worked at his place of employment on Thursday, he died about midnight Thursday of a heart attack. He was a quiet man, of cheerful disposition, and made many friends. He was a kind, loving father and husband. Surviving is his sorrowing companion, and 1 daughter (Ruth). A son preceded him in death. A brother and a sister also survive (Benjamin Gellman and Ella Gehman both of Souderton). Brief funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Bro. A. 0. Histand and at the Blooming Glen church by Brethren Wilson Moyer. and Melvin Bishop. Texts, I Sam. 20 :3; Isa. 38 :1. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"When loved ones fade and pass away,
And left alone on earth we stay,
To cheer our hearts this hope is given,
We'll meet in you sweet home in heaven.
Wife and daughter.
Drayer.- Wm. Henry, son of the late Wm. and Catherine Drayer, was born in Crawford Co., Pa., July 11, 1854; died at the home of Joseph Smith, Meadville, Pa., on May 28, 1937; aged 82 y. 10 m. 17 d. He was married to Lucretia Smith. She preceded him in death about six years ago. He is survived by two children: Homer of Buffalo, N. Y. and Elnora of Grand Valley, Pa., and by three sisters and one brother. He was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church on Dec. 28, 1935, at Meadville, Pa., and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Hunter Funeral Home, Saegertown, Pa., in charge of Win. G. Detweiler of Canton, Ohio, assisted by Bro. Eli D. Kramer of Meadville.
Graybill.- Emma Jane, wife of Eli W. Graybill and daughter of David and Elizabeth (Shelley) Musser, was born Oct. 19, 1864, died at her home at East Salem, Juniata Co., Pa., May 4, 1937, after ailing of heart trouble and complications for almost 6 years. She was married to Eli W. Graybill, Jan. 8, 1895. To this union were born 1 daughter (Elizabeth) and 5 sons (Ira, Everett, Win. D. John M. and Eli S.), all of Juniata Co. She united with the Mennonite church 48 years ago and was a faithful member until death; always found at the house of worship when health permitted her to attend services. She is survived by her husband, 6 children, 14 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services were held from the home and the Delaware Mennonite Church May 8, in charge of Bro. W. Banks Weaver, Jacob Brubaker and Donald Lauver.
Shelley.- William H. Shelley was born Sept. 21, 1858; died May 23, 1937; aged 78 y. S m. 2 d. He was a son of John and Mary (Graybill) Shelley, and the last member of this family to depart. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man. On Jan. 8, 1885, he was united in marriage to Kate Cassel, who preceded him in death ten years ago. The nearest surviving relatives are the nephews and nieces. His health was not so good for some time, but he had again improved so that he was able to attend public worship at his home church ten days before his death. He lived a quiet, unassuming life, interested in Sunday school, Church, and mission work, had a natural gift of song and would often lead in congregational singing. Since the death of his wife he spent most of his time with his nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held in the Lost Creek Mennonite Church, with Jacob G. Brubaker, W. W. Graybill, and Stewart Lengle in charge. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Stauffer.- John S. Stauffer was born April 2, 1861,
near Lancaster, Pa.; entered into rest Easter morning.g, March
28, 1937; aged 75 y. 11 m. 26 d. He was a member of the East Petersburg
Mennonite Church for many years and his seat was always occupied
when he was able to be present. We miss him but we are so glad
for the hope that he has gone to be with the Savior. He is survived
by his wife (Annie B. Erb) and 2 sons (Elmer B., Oregon City,
Oreg.; and Norman B., Lancaster, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted
at the home by Bro. Frank Kreider and at the East Petersburg Mennonite
Church by Bro. John Gochnauer and Bro. Henry Lutz. (Text, John
11:25). Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Life's work well done,
Life's race well run,
Life's crown well won,
Now comes rest."
Kennell- Emma Bash Kennell was born Sept. 12, 1891, in McPherson Co., Kans.; died April 29, 1937, in St. Anne's Hospital, Chicago; aged 45 y. 7 in. 17 d. She was the daughter of John Bash and Lydia Schrock. Mother accepted Christ as her Savior in early youth, and was a faithful sister in the Church all her life. In Kansas she met Samuel H. Kennell of Lancaster Co., Pa., and after a happy courtship, they were united in bonds of holy matrimony at her parents' home at Shelbyville, Ill. She leaves her husband and 4 children (Melvin of New York City, Mrs. Lydia Christie, Olen, and Grace, all of Chicago). She also leaves her father and 1 daughter (Lydia). Mother was stricken in 1925 and has been unable to walk since then, during which time she bore very patiently (often with a smile) the torture of great pain day and night until death brought her relief. Funeral services were conducted at the Roanoke Funeral Home by J. D. Hartzler and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church by J. L. Harnish and Ezra B. Yordy.
Pfile.- Ruth Elizabeth, daughter of William and Olive
Pfile, was born May 6, 1910; died June 6, 1937; aged 27 y. 1 m.
At the early age of 5 she was taken ill with measles, at which
time she had a stroke of paralysis. After about three years epilepsy
developed, of which she was a constant sufferer until death. She
bore her affliction very patiently and had a cheery smile for
all who came to see her when not in too much distress. On account
of her pleasing disposition and spirit of gratitude she will be
greatly missed in the home and the Church. But her suffering is
over and she has gone to be with the Lord which is far better.
She leaves her parents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters (Orvis, Harry,
Ezra, Edna, Esther, Mabel, Lois, and Marvin); also 2 grandparents
(Bro. and Sister J. V. Fortner) and many relatives and friends.
Ruth accepted Christ as her Savior in youth and was a member of
the Freeport, Ill. Mennonite Church. One of her marked Christian
qualities was a keen desire to go to public worship at the church,
even when physically she was unable. Funeral services were held
June 8 from the home and the Mennonite church by A. C. Good and
S. E. Graybill. Text, Rom. 8:18.
S. E. Graybill.
Becker.- Sister Fannie M., daughter of the late John H. and Fannie Miller Becker, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 8, 1888; died at her home in Millersville, Pa., April 10, 1937; aged 49 y. 2 d. She had just gone to visit a neighbor when she was stricken suddenly with a stroke which developed into cerebral hemorrhage. Death followed shortly after. She united with the Mennonite Church early in life, continuing faithful to the end. She attended Sunday school and church services whenever health would permit. Her seat was seldom vacant. She is survived by 2 brothers and 1 sister (Amos M., Christian M., and Anna M., with whom she lived, all of Millersville) and 9 nieces and nephews, many relatives and friends. Preceding her in death are her mother, father, step-mother, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted April 13 at the home by Bro. Daniel Gish and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bro. Landis Shertzer and Bro. Jacob Hess. Text, Job 17 :11. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
By a niece, M. H. B.
Stehman.- Hiram W. Stehman was born March 19, 1856; died at his home in Landisville, Pa., May 13, 1937; aged 81 y. 1 m. 23 d. Nov. 24, 1881, he was united in marriage to Annie M. Brenneman. During his last days he gave expression of his willingness to bear his affliction with patience because of the suffering Christ endured for us. He also left a bright testimony of his confidence in his heavenly home. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Daniel B., Mrs. H. B. Hiestand, Mrs. H. L. Mumma, Anna B., Harry B. and Phares B.; also by ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded him forty-seven years ago. Funeral services were held May 16 at the home by H. G. Kauffman, and at the Landisviile Mennonite Church by C. W. Frank and H. E. Lutz. Text, Acts 2 :25. Interment in thee adjoining cemetery.
"God wills it so, and so it is; the pilgrims on their
Though weak and worn, more cheerful are than all the rest who stay.
And when at last he is subdued, lies down to death resigned,
May he not still be happier far than those he leaves behind?"
Cox.- Edward Miller, son of Archie and Lucy Cox, died
at the family home in Oak Grove, Mo., May 20, 1937, following
a long period of ill health. He was born in Boyle Co., Ky., Sept.
13, 1860. Of the seven sons in this family only one (Bud Cox of
Harrisonville, Mo.), survives. He moved to Norborne, Mo., in 1886
and lived there ten years, when he moved to East Lynne, Mo. He
was united in marriage with Ruby Stokes in 1898 and they resided
in the East Lynne community twenty years. The past few years have
been spent in Oak Grove where they could he near their children.
In young manhood he united with the Christian Church at Gunn City
and later he and his wife moved their membership to the East Lynne
Christian Church. He was honest and upright in all dealings with
his fellowmen and exemplified his Christian life in his daily
living. He had been in failing health for several years and for
the last year had been an invalid and for months his suffering
had been almost unbearable. He is survived by his wife, 3 daughters
(Mrs. Lucy Stewart and Marietta Cox of Kansas City, and Gladys
Cox of the home), 3 sons (L. R. Cox and A. L. Cox of Independence,
and A. M. Cox of Kansas City), 2 grandsons, and his brother (Bud
Cox, of Harrisonville,). A short service was held at the home
in Oak Grove and the funeral service was conducted by Bishop I.
G. Hartzler at the Christian Church in East Lynne.
"Weep not that his life is ended,
Weep not that his race is run;
God grant we may rest as sweetly
When our work, like his, is done."
Good- Jacob, son of Christian and Pheobe (Ehrisman) Good, was born near Minier, Ill., March 28, 1870; died May 25, 1937, aged 67 y. 1 mo. 25 d. At the age of 20 he accepted Jesus as his Savior and united with the Mennonite church near Hopedale, Ill. Aug. 13, 1891, he was united in marriage to Emma Garber of Garden City, Mo. To this union were born eleven children. Besides his sorrowing companion he leaves four daughters and five sons: Emery of Hopedale, Ill.; Mrs. Ella Mast of Kokomo, Raymon of Connersville, Jacob of Elkhart, Mrs. Lizzie Miller of Ligonier, Amos of Kokomo, Mrs. Anna Swartz of Turner, Mich., Irvin of Goshen, and Mrs. Bertha Swartz of Turner, Mich. Two sons preceded him in death (William and Christian). He also leaves 27 grandchildren, two brothers (Joe Good of Washington, Ill.; Peter Good of Rantoul, Ill.), two sisters, (Mrs. Susan Reeser, Eureka, Ill., and Mrs. Lena Augsburger of Flanagan, Ill.), besides many other relatives and friends. He moved .with his family to Indiana in 1912, where he resided until his death. As father and grandfather of a large family he keenly felt his responsibility as head of the home and earnestly admonished us to keep on the strait and narrow way and obey the words of Jeremiah where he says "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the.way and see; and ask: where is the good way and walk therein; and ye shall find rest for your souls." His health had been failing for several months but he was bed fast only four weeks. He bore his affliction and suffering patiently and expressed a desire to depart and be with the Lord. We feel that we still needed him here but we humbly submit to God's will. Funeral services were held at Howard-Miami Church conducted by N. M. Slabaugh, B. B. King and D. A. Yoder. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8.
"The lights are all out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
He silently slipped over the threshold of night,
To make his abode in the city of light."
Yoder, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Christian and Phoebe
Martin, was born near Garden City, Mo., April 11, 1875; died at
her home in Harrisonville Mo., May 28, 1937; aged 62 y. 1 m. 18
d. She spent all of her life in the Garden City and Harrisonville
communities. On April 13, 1893, she was united in marriage with
Sem K. Yoder, the union being blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter--Amos
Yoder of Aberdeen, S. D.; Levi Yoder of Salina, Kans.; Omer Yoder
of Garden City, Mo., and Elda Yoder, of the home. Besides her
husband and the children, she leaves 2 brothers (Amos Martin of
Manson, Ia.; Ben Martin of Minot, N. D.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Nellie
Kenagy, of Garden City, Mo.). Six grandchildren also will miss
her loving care. Her parents and 3 sisters (Ida, Phoebe and Otilla)
preceded her in death. In early life she accepted Christ as her
Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she
died. She had not been in the best of health for some time, her
condition becoming serious Feb. 2 of the tear. The past three
months she was bedfast and suffered intensely, but she bore her
suffering with great fortitude and patience, feeling hopeful she
might regain her health. Though she desired much to recover and
be with her loved ones, she was resigned to her Lord's will. When
affliction was laid upon her, she felt the need of a deeper
in her Christian experiences. She felt there had been inconsistencies
in her life and she made every preparation for her passing through
the valley of the shadow of death, trusting God to take her safely
through it. She appreciated the devotional services conducted
and the prayers by those who met with her during her illness.
She also appreciated the efforts of a faithful physician and all
that other loving hands did for her. Bishop I. G. Hartzler conducted
a service in the home Sunday morning before the cortege left for
Sycamore Church, where he conducted the funeral service. Burial
in Clearfork Cemetery.
"Tis so hard to part with Mother,
Whom we loved so dear;
It was Mother, yes, dear Mother--
Can we help but shed a tear."