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Epler.-Annie E. Epler died at the home of her sister,
Mary Acker, near Elizabethtown, Pa., April 13, 1937, of complications;
aged 70 y. 1 m. 29 d. She is survived by 1 sister, with whom she
resided. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for
many years. She was of a quiet disposition, but was always ready
to lend a helping hand. Funeral services were held at the Elizabethtown
Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Noah Risser, Walter Oberholtzer,
Simon Garber, and Samuel Fry. Text, Psa. 4:8. Burial in Good's
"Servant of God, Well done!
Thy glorious warfare's past;
The battle's fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last."
Swope.-Dwight Jacob, infant son of Ralph and Mary Swope
of Onego, W. Va., was born and died April 12, 1937. An infant
sister preceded him about fourteen months ago. He leaves mother,
father, grandparents, and many other relatives.
"Dear little Dwight, thou hast left us;
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Mast.-Barbara Lentz Mast was born in Greentown, Ind., July 31, 1868: died at her home in Hopedale, Ill., April 17, 1937, following an illness of two weeks duration. On July 17, 1887, she was united in marriage to Abraham Mast, at Kokomo, Ind. To this union were born 15 children, 11 of whom are still living. Surviving are the husband and the following children: William, Oscar, Roy, and Mrs. James Dugan of Bloomington, Ill.; Fred of Peoria, Ill.; Mrs. Frank Rodenbush and Mrs. Clarence Hicks of Delavan, Ill.; Mrs. Velma Williams of Columbus, Ga.; Delbert, Omar, and Verle of Hopedale, Ill. Also 12 grandchildren survive. She was a member of the Hopedale Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at that place April 19, conducted by Bros. Simon Litwiller and Ben Springer. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
Shankland.-Anna E., daughter of John Dye and Mary Harken, was born Aug. 29, 1855, in Monroe Co., Ohio; died near Wooster, March 22, 1937, aged 81 y. 6 m. 23 d. In 1872 she was united in marriage to Vachel Shankland who preceded her in death. To this union were born 5 children (Charlie of Creston; John and James, Wooster; Molly of Creston, and Edward-deceased). She was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church at the time of her death. Though not able to attend church services the last few years of her life, she always appreciated the prayer service as well as the communion service held in her home. She leaves 1 daughter, 3 sons, 1 sister (Jane Bohlen of Orrville, 0.), 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the McIntyre Funeral Home by E. F. Hartzler and R. L. Stauffer. Text: "Prepare to meet thy God."
Brunk.-Christian, son of the late Peter and Catherine (Ernst) Brunk, born May 29, 1845 in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died at the home of his son Amos, near Gadshill, Ont., April 13, 1937; aged 91 y. 10 m. 14 d. He entered in holy matrimony with Magdalena Risser, Feb. 27, 1872, who preceded him in death about seven years ago. They lived in matrimony over 57 years. This union was blessed with 7 sons and 4 daughters; 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him in death in childhood. Those left to mourn his departure are 6 sons (David, Menno, Christian, Peter, John, and Amos), 3 daughters (Catherine-Mrs. Rudy B. Jantzi, Sarah-Mrs. Peter Bast, and Laura-Mrs. Joseph R. Leis), all of this community; 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, many relatives and friends. He accepted the Savior in his youth and was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church until death. Funeral services were conducted April 15 at the home by Bro. Peter Boshart, and at the Poole Amish Mennonite Church by Bro. Christian Schultz and Bro. Jacob H. Bender. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Schaaf.-Wilhelminia Stockfisch, wife of Andrew Schaaf, was born Sept. 19, 1860, in Waterloo, Out.; died at her home near Imlay City, Mich., April 16, 1937; aged 76 y. 6 m. 27 d. At the age of 20 she became a member of the Mennonite Church and continued a faithful member throughout her long and peaceful life. On March 21, 1880, she was united in marriage to Andrew Schaaf, with whom she shared .the joys and sorrows of life for 57 years and who remains to mourn his loss. To this union were born 10 children. Three died in infancy, those surviving are: Mrs. Oliver Wilson of Snover, Mrs. Clarence Walton, Mrs. M. G. Ropp and Ephraim of Imlay City, Allen and Edward of Flint, and Norman of Pigeon. Besides these, 36 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Simon, George and John of Ontario), and a host of relatives and friends mourn her departure. She spent her days actively engaged in her home duties and retired on the evening of April 15 in apparently good health. A stroke caused her sudden death. Funeral services were held April 18 at the funeral home at Imlay City, conducted by Bro. Peter Ropp. Text (her favorite choice), Psa. 18:6.
Kauffman.-Lydia (Boese) Kauffman was born near Smithville, Ohio, Jan. 4, 1883. When a small child her parents moved to Wayland, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and united with the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite Church of which she was a member at the time of her death. On March 11, 1908 she was united in marriage with Joseph J. Kauffman. Two children were born to this union. She took much interest in her family life and always seemed to be robust and healthy until nearly a year ago, when she gradually began to fail, due to a disease of the spinal cord. When informed that likely she could not be with her family very long any more she expressed herself as being ready to go. On April 9, 1937, she passed away; aged 54 y. 3 m. 5 d. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, a daughter and son (Leona and Clarence both at home), her mother (Mrs. Mary Boese), 3 sisters (Mrs. John Imhoff, Mrs. Chris Hertig, and Mrs. Louie Kauffman), 2 brothers (Samuel and Albert), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa April 11, 1937, with the home ministers in charge. Interment in cemetery near by.
Erb.-Jacob Erb was born at Tavistock, Ont., July 20,
1858; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. L. A. Ott) near O'Neill,
Neb., April 9, 1937; aged 78 y. 8 m. 19 d. He was ailing for several
years due to heart trouble, gradually growing weaker until April
9, when he had a stroke and passed away very suddenly. Early in
his life he united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful
till death, always being deeply concerned for the welfare of the
Church. In March, 1881, he was united in marriage to Fannie Kennel.
To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. One son died in
infancy. His wife died April 6, 1915. In 1916 he was married to
Mrs. Mattie Erb of O'Neill, Neb., who died July 25, 1930. Since
that time he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Ott. He was
a kind and devoted husband and father, ready to lend a helping
hand to those in need. During his illness he suffered very patiently
and did not want to be a burden to any one. He leaves 5 children
(Mrs. J. W. Oswald, West Point, Neb.; Mrs. Wm. Oswald, and Albert
of Beemer, Neb.; Mrs. L. A. Ott of O'Neill; and John of Redwood
Falls, Minn.), 1 sister (Barbara Erb of Tavistock, Ont.), 28 grandchildren,
6 great-grandchildren, and 7 stepchildren. Funeral services were
in charge of Bro. Geo. S. Miller of Milford, Neb. Text, Job 14
:15. Interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery by the side of his
"'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."
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Lichti-Samuel S., son of the late David and Barbara
(Schultz) Lichti, was born near Wellesley, Ont., May 13, 1895;
died April 1, 1937; aged 41 y. 10 m. 18 d. He lived all his life
on the farm where he was born. At the age of 16 he accepted Christ
as his personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church,
remaining faithful until death. He was afflicted with a rheumatic
heart, his end coming suddenly while sitting in a chair. His father
also passed away very unexpectedly last November. On Jan. 17,
1923, he was united in holy matrimony with Sister Lucinda Jantzi
of Twining, Mich. To this union were born 5 children, 2 having
preceded him in infancy. Surviving are his aged mother, his sorrowing
companion, 1 son (Orval), 2 daughters (Elsie and Esther), 2 sisters
(Mrs. Mahlon Schultz and Mrs. Irvin Zehr, both of Milverton, Ont.).
Funeral services were held April 4 at Maple View Church, in charge
of Peter Nafziger, Daniel Lebold and Moses 0. Jantzi. Burial in
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Glick.-Reuben B. Glick was born Nov. 2, 1879; died March
20, 1937, at the home of Elmer Stoltzfus near Morgantown, Pa.;
aged 57 y. 8 m. 12 d. Early in youth he accepted Christ as his
Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, where he was
a faithful member until death. Dec. 19, 1907, he was married to
Mary Engel. To them were born 3 sons. He is survived by 2 sons
(Mahlon and Herman), while his wife and 1 son preceded him in
death. He took sick with pneumonia on March 16 and was sick only
4 days when he was called home. He also leaves 5 brothers and
1 sister: Mrs. Amos B. Stoltzfus of Gap, Pa.; Menno, Oyster Point,
Va.; Jacob, Lancaster, Pa.; Samuel, Morgantown, Pa.; Amos, Belleville,
Pa.; Christian, Sugar Creek, Ohio; also many other relatives and
friends. Funeral services were held at the home of Samuel E. Miller
south of Atglen, Pa., by Bro. Isaac G. Kennel, with further service
at the Maple Grove Church by Bro. John A. Kennel. Burial in adjoining
"Dear Father, 'tis hard to part with thee,
And thy dear face no more to see;
But God has called thee to come home
And on this earth no more to roam."
Cober.-Mary M., daughter of Simeon and Nancy (Byer)
Stover, was born t North Markham, Ont., on Oct. 6, 1877; died
at her late home near Markham on March 1, 1937; aged 59 y. 4 m.
23 d. On Nov. 16, 1918, she was married to Bro. David P. Cober
of Markham. The presence of her radiant Christian life is sadly
missed by her sorrowing husband, an only sister (Almeda, Mrs.
Chas. Lewis, of Toronto, Ont.), and a large circle of friends,
both of her own Brethren in Christ Church and also of the Mennonite
Church where she with her husband was a regular attendant. Early
in life she united with the Brethren in Christ Church of which
she was a devoted member until the Lord called her to come up
higher. After several months of suffering she passed on to glory
to meet her Savior. Her dying testimony was, "I am almost
across the river. Jesus is waiting for me on the shore."
The funeral service was held March 4 at the late home by Bishop
Alvin Wenger, at the Wideman Mennonite Church by Bro. Wenger and
Bro. Jesse B. Steckley. Burial at the Byer Cemetery near Wideman
Church, services there conducted by Bro. Aaron D. Grove.
"Some sweet day when life is o'er,
We shall meet above;
We shall greet those gone before
In that home of love."
Wertz.-Daniel W., son of William and Helena (Gueingerich) Wertz, was born Jan. 21, 1847, near Amish, Iowa; died at his late home in Kalona, Ia., April 26, 1937; aged 89 y. 3 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara Miller Feb. 3, 1871, who preceded him in death Oct. 28, 1926. To this union 6 children were horn (Joseph D. of Jewelsburg, Colo.; Charles A. of Wellman, Ia.; Edward M. of Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. J. L. Swartzendruber of Wellman, Ia.; Mrs. E. D. Benell of Minot, N. Dak., and Mrs. C. C. Miller of Kalona, Ia.). He accepted Christ in his youth, united with the Mennonite Church, always took an active interest in the work of the Church, and was a faithful member of the East Union congregation at the time of his death. His parents emigrated to this community with the first Amish settlers in the spring of 1846, where he was born two years later, the first child born here from Amish parents that grew to manhood. He lived in this community his entire life and experienced the hardships of pioneer life. He saw and had his part in transforming this community-which was a barren wilderness without roads, railroads, churches, schools, cities, and villages-into a rich and prosperous community. He was the last person living who was present at the first religious service held by our people in this community, also the last one present when the first Church was organized. His death is mourned by 6 children, 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and a large number of near relatives and friends. In the passing of Brother Wertz, the children lose a loving and devoted father, the Church a faithful member, and the neighbors and community a true friend. Funeral services were held April 29 from the East Union Mennonite Church, with interment in the family lot in the Sharon Hill Cemetery. Services were conducted by S. C. Yoder, assisted by the home ministers.
Gehr.-Harry E., son of the late Edwin B. and Susanna
(Wanner) Gehr, was born Jan. 20, 1886, near Martindale, died at
the St. Joseph's Hospital; aged 51 y. 1 m. 11 d. Death was due
to complications. On June 2, 1906, he was united in marriage to
Ada B. Frees, who died three years later. This union was blessed
with 1 son. On Dec. 14, 1911, he was united in marriage to Mary
J. Dennis. To this union were born 12 children; 1 son preceded
him In death. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 8 sons, 4 daughters,
2 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 half-brother. He was a member
of the Indiantown Mennonite Church for a number of years, and
was very seldom absent as long as health permitted him to attend.
He had been ailing since last May, but was not seriously ill until
one week before his death. He passed away without regaining consciousness.
In this sad bereavement we have learned to place a deeper interest
in our Master. Funeral services were held March 7 at the home
in charge of Bro. John Bucher, and at the Weaverland Mennonite
Church in charge of Bros. Amos Horst and Noah Horst. Text, II
Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the Weaverland Cemetery.
'We will meet him soon in heaven
When our voyage of life is o'er,
And in yonder streets of heaven
We will meet to part no more."
Plank.-William H., son of Jonathan J. and Katharine
Plank, was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, April 14, 1883; died at his
late home in Kalona, Iowa, March 20, 1937; aged 53 y. 11 m. 6
d. Aug. 24, 1907, he was united in marriage to Ella Stutzman.
To this union two children were born (Marie, who preceded him
in death 2 years ago, and Stanley at home). He accepted Christ
as his Savior in his youth, united with the East Union Mennonite
Church, where he was a faithful member until death; always taking
an active part in the work of the Church and Sunday school. The
cause of his death was an internal cancer, with which he was afflicted
about a year. He was confined to his home and bed for 6 months.
He leaves his companion, son (Stanley), his step mother (living
at Arthur, Ill.), 3 grandchildren, 11 sisters (Emma of Cummings,
Mich., Lydia of Kalona, Ia., Ida of Iowa City, Ia., Lena, Mark
Center, Ohio, Mary, Minnie, Sadie, Lizzie, Fannie, Susan, and
Katie, of Arthur, Ill.), 4 brothers (Eli of Kalona, Jacob, John,
and Stephen, of Arthur, Ill.), and a large number of near relatives
and friends. His death removes from the home a loving and devoted
husband and father, from the ranks of the Church a faithful laborer,
and from the community a true friend. The work in which he was
engaged brought him in contact with most of the people of this
community, and his honorable and upright principles for which
he always stood, naturally gained for him his many friends. He
was resigned to the Lord's will. Funeral services were conducted
March 22 from the East Union Mennonite Church with interment in
the East Union Cemetery, conducted by the home ministers.
"'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;
May our names too, be written there,
That we again may Father meet,
And walk with him through the golden street."
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Strubel.-Mary J. Strubel was born Aug. 30,1855; died
April 18, 1937, at the Oreville Mennonite Home, near Lancaster,
Pa., after several weeks of illness. She was a guest at the Home
for three years and was a member of the Mennonite Church. She
is survived by 1 son (Frank) of Lancaster. Funeral services were
conducted at the Home April 21, by Bro. Elmer Martin and Bro.
David Landis. Text, Rev. 21 and Psa 71 :9. Burial in Mellingers
"She's through with her suffering,
To her there is no pain;
She left her earthly troubles,
For the heavenly crown to gain."
-By someone who cared.
Kreider.-Ella N., wife of Christian H. Kreider and daughter
of the late Benj. and Mary Eckman Lefever, was born April 2, 1868;
died April 5, 1937; aged 69 y. 3 d. In 1891 she was united to
Christian H. Kreider who with 4 children survives. One little
girl (Anna Mary) died when quite small. Three boys (Willis, Benjamin,
and Aldus, all of West Willow) survive. Her health had been failing
for several years, but she was a patient sufferer till the end.
She was of a cheerful disposition and made many friends. She was
so kind-hearted; always willing to share what she had with others.
In her early life she and her husband united with the Mennonite
Church of which she was a faithful member till death. Her seat
was seldom vacant when health permitted. Services were held at
the home April 8 by Bro. Aaron Harnish at the house and Bro. James
Hess and Bro. Maris Hess. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Her room is quiet, all is still;
Her place is vacant, it is God's will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Denlinger.-Bro. Esaias Denlinger of Paradise, Pa., was
born Jan. 1, 1852; died of a leaking heart April 9, 1937; aged
85 y. 3 m. 8 d.He was the last of a family of 14 children. On
which Dec. 19, 1876 he was married to Mary Hershey of Intercourse,
Pa., who walked together with him through life a little over sixty
years. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters who with
9 grand children and 1 great-grandchild survive him. He was a
member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He is gone, his
chair is vacant, never more to be filled by him. But we hope to
meet him in Glory, and feel that our loss is his eternal gain.
Funeral services were conducted at the house by Martin R. Hershey
and at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Park Book, Ira L. Hershey,
and Abram L. Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Fallen asleep in Jesus!
How precious is that word!
Enjoying now forever more,
The presence of the Lord
This is not Death. 'Tis only sleep,
The Lord doth thy loved ones keep.
Sauder.-Amanda N., wife of Rev. Eli G. Sauder, was born
Sept. 28, 1886; died April 11, 1937, at her home in Bareville,
Pa.; aged 50 y. 6 m. 13 d. She was a daughter of the late Henry
and Elizabeth (Nolt) Burkhart. During a few months of illness
she was fully resigned unto the will of the Lord, patiently waiting
for the time when she could depart and be with Christ and enjoy
her heavenly home. She united with the Mennonite Church in her
early life, and has always been a faithful member. She was of
a loving disposition and always enjoyed her Christian life very
much. Mother took a great interest in her family which consisted
of: Naomi, wife of John K. Denlinger, and J. Morris, both at home.
There are also 4 sisters surviving. The funeral was held April
14 at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Benjamin
Wenger and Noah Mack. Text, Phil. 1 :23, 24. Interment in the
"Dearest Mother, thou hast left us,
Gone to dwell, with angels fair;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
By His grace we'll meet her there."
Musselman, Ralph, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Musselman, was born July 2, 1891, near Tiskilwa, Ill. When he was a small child the family moved near Hartford, Kans., where he grew to manhood. On Jan. 18, 1920, he married Ida M. Troyer of Garden City, Mo. Shortly after that they came to Manson and have lived in this community ever since. Three sons and three daughters were born to them, one daughter (Ruth Pearl) preceding her father in death. As a child he joined the Christian Church at Hartford, Kans., later transferring his membership to the Bethel Mennonite Church near Garden City, Mo., remaining in the Mennonite faith until his death. During his final illness he suffered much pain, but bore it patiently. After a siege in the hospital last winter he was home for a short time. Then he became so ill that he had to go back to the hospital, where he was cared for until his death. Less than two months before his death his father died. Even then he was so ill that he could not attend the funeral. He is survived by his wife and 5 children (Retha, Eldon, Iona, Glen and Harold), 4 brothers and 3 sisters (Harry of Garden City, Mo.; Elmer of Hartford, Kansas.; Mrs. E. R. Egli of Gilmore City; Mrs. E. L. Eichelberger of Palmer; Mrs. R. A. Byler of Hesston, Kansas; Omer and Walter of Manson). Funeral services were held April 26, with Bro. Nick Stoltzfus in charge. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Lehman.-Katherine, daughter of Abraham and Anna (Hofstetter)
Zuercher was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, April 30, 1875.
In 1881 her parents with their one son and three daughters came
to America and settled on the farm now owned by John Geiser. On
March 31, 1893 she was baptized and united with the Sonnenberg
Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member. On Dec.
10, 1896, she was united in marriage to Daniel J. Lehman. In her
home she was a faithful and devoted wife and mother Her efforts
for the comfort and well being of her family were untiring. For
several months she was ill with complications which terminated
in her passing on May 4, 1937; aged 62 y. 4 d. She bore her suffering
patiently. She was preceded in death by 2 daughters (Bertha
and Anna). She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters
(Martha and Sylvia of the home), 4 sons (Amos and Ezra living
north of Kidron, Noah and Elmer of the home), 2 brothers (Christian
and Joel Zuercher), 2 sisters (Anna-Mrs. Aaron Amstutz and Mary-Mrs.
John P. Lehman of Sonnenberg) and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services
were conducted May 7, 1937, at the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church
by Brethren Louis Amstutz and Jacob Neuenschwander. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"A mother's love! oh, soft and low
As the tremulous notes of the love dove's call,
Or the murmur of waters that gently flow,
.On the weary heart those accents fall"
Lite.-Elizabeth (Hershberger) Lite was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 17, 1844; died near Clarksville, Mich., March 18, 1937; aged 92 y. 3 m. 1 d. On March 13, 1873, she was united in marriage to Lewis Lite, near Caledonia, Mich. To this union were born 6 children (John, William, Noah, Emeline Hefflebower, Abraham, Ella Overholt and Mary Weaver). The husband preceded her in death by 23 years. She leaves 2 daughters (Ella Overholt, Clarksville, and Mary Weaver, Prescott), 20 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 1 niece (Lydia Karcher, Alto), 2 nephews (Preacher Simon Hershberger, Goltry, Okla., and Will Hershberger, Orlando, Fla.), and many relatives and friends. She came to Michigan 71 years ago where she has lived ever since; living with her daughter (Ella) for the last 26 years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She had exceptionally good health, having almost a perfect attendance at church services up to the time of her death being present the last Sunday morning and attended a funeral in the afternoon. Death was caused by a blood clot in the heart, after which she lived only about 36 hours. She spoke often of her going home to be with the Lord and the last day prayed often for the Lord to come for her, being conscious to the very end. Grandmother was of that kindly, patient nature which endeared her to all. She will be greatly missed in the home, in the church and in the community. Funeral services were conducted at the home March 21 by Bro. Scholten of the Brethren church, and at the Bowne Mennonite church by Bro. T. E. Schrock, assisted by Bro. D. J. Johns of Indiana. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Stoltzfus.-Elizabeth Neuhouser was born Feb. 3, 1866; died April 13, 1937; aged 71 y. 2 m. 10 d. Dec. 27, 1887, she was united in marriage to John M. Stoltzfus. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. Two daughters preceded her in death. She is survived by husband, 7 sons (Joseph, Samuel, Aaron, John, Elam, Henry and Frank), 1 daughter (wife of Isaac Mast), also 32 grandchildren; all present at funeral. Mother was in good health until 3 years ago, having some heart trouble. She died suddenly but very peacefully. These brothers and sisters also survive: Mrs. Anna Wagner of Adamstown; Mrs. Sarah Hanna of Christiana; Mrs. John Kauffman, John, Samuel, Elam, Aaron, David, Miller, all of Gap; Levi of Lancaster, Pa. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church from early youth and remained faithful. Mother was one who believed in taking children to Church. She carried all her babies in her arms in the church door. When they were able to walk, she would take them by the hand and lead them in church. She was given the joy to see all her children baptized and received into the church of her early choice. She was also given the joy to see all the children take to themselves life companions of like faith. She would often say, "If we as church members would be true to the promise we made before God and the Church we would not find so much fault with bishops and deacons." She encouraged mission work; also that colored race of people that is so much neglected, she had been helping to support. She was kind to the poor who came hungry. Words cannot express how we miss her. We believe her loss is our gain. Brief services at the home by M. S. Stoltzfus and at Millwood Church by John Kennel (Text, Gen. 23:1-11) and John S. Mast (Text, "Behold thy mother.") Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Grandmother's spirit has slipped away,
And gone to a better land;
Her kind words and deeds will long be remembered,
For to many she was a true friend."
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Shoemaker.-Elizabeth Shoemaker was born Sept. 29, 1847; died at her home April 27, 1937; aged 89 y. 6 m. 28 d. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church and remained loyal until death. The funeral services were held April 29 at the Springs, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by Roy Otto, assisted by M. B. Miller.
King-Joseph P. King was born Jan. 22, 1870; died at his home May 9, 1937; aged 67 y. 3 m. 17 d. On March 19, 1893, he was united in marriage to Lucy. Newman. On June 17, 1888, he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a member until death. The funeral services were held May 12 at the Springs, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by Roy Otto, assisted by M. B. Miller.
Campbell.-Charlie P., son of Reuben and Mary Jane (Brydge) Campbell, was born Mar. 24, 1857; died May 1, 1937; aged 80 y. 1 m. 7 d. He took sick April 23 with pneumonia, which caused his death. He was married to Mattie Louise Henderson and to this union were born 7 children. Three children and his wife preceded him years ago. Surviving are 2 sons and 2 daughters (Mae of Oakhill, W. Va.; Rufus of Roseland, Va.; Lottie, wife of Frank Hatter; and Minnie, wife of Frank Fitzgerald, Waynesboro, Va.); also 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He united with the Mennonite Church at Mt. View in April, 1934. Funeral services were held May 3 at the home of the deceased, conducted by E. C. Shank, assisted by Ulysses Campbell. Burial in the family cemetery.
Myers.-John H., son of Jacob and Lydia (Shenk) Myers, was born in Putnam Co., Ohio, May 23, 1849; died May 13, 1937; aged 87 y. 11 m. 20 d. On Dec. 25, 1879, he married Sarah Jennings, who preceded him in death 12 years ago. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters: Jacob D. and Mary Myers of Continental; Ella Thiebant, Portage, 0.; Fannie Purdue, Leipsic; John W. Myers, Toledo; and Blanche Fortman, Vaughnsville. He has been a member of the Mennonite Church for more than 40 years and remained true to this faith until his death. Besides his children he leaves 1 brother (Joe of Comins, Mich.), 1 sister (Maria L. of Toledo), 33 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home by E. E. Zuercher, and at the Forest Grove Church by E. E. Zuercher assisted by E. B. Frey.
Kurtz.-Sarah Blosser, daughter of Bro. and Sister Abraham Blosser, was born near North Lima, 0., May 19, 1865; died May 17, 1937; aged 71 y. 11 m. 29 d. On Feb. 7, 1895, she was united in marriage with Amos R. Kurtz, to which union were born 1 daughter (Mrs. Harvey Rohrer, Columbiana, 0.), and 2 sons (Elmer A., Columbiana, 0., and Earl R., Salem, 0.). She leaves, besides her immediate family, 9 grandchildren and 1 sister (Mrs. Katie Blosser, North Lima, 0.). Three sisters and 4 brothers preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church about fifty years ago, remaining faithful to the end. Her death came as a shock to the family and community, having attended services the Sunday before and going about with her work as usual, suddenly took sick with heart failure and died about thirty minutes after being stricken. Funeral services were held May 9 at the home and at the Midway Church in charge of Bros. A. J. Steiner, I. B. Witmer, Paul Yoder, and David Lehman.
Short.-Lydia, daughter of John C. and Lydia Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1892; died at the Defiance City Hospital April 27, 1937; aged 44 y. 7 m. 16 d. During the past five years she suffered much pain but always bore it patiently and cheerfully and made friends wherever she went. Last Monday evening she went to the hospital for an operation which was performed on Tuesday and that evening she passed away. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a member until death. On Feb. 18, 1912 she united in marriage with Oliver D. Short of Stryker, Ohio. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 3 brothers (Adam J. and Clinton J. Short of Stryker, 0., and Eddie A. Short of Union City, Pa.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Eli King, West Unity, 0.; Mrs. Clarence Leu, Mrs. J. C. Wyse and Mrs. Verden Grieser of Archbold, 0., and a great number of relatives and friends. Her father and mother, 2 sisters and 1 brother preceded her in death. The funeral services were conducted May 1 at the Lockport Church in charge of Bro. E. B Frey.
Shrock.-Catherine Ida Weaver was born in Richland Co.,
Ohio, Jan. 15, 1857; died of heat stroke at her home near Shelbyville,
Ill., July 13 1936; aged 79 y. 5 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage
to Adam Shrock May 17, 1877, who with 2 sons and 3 daughters survive
her (Aquilla, William, and Bessie-wife of Ora Hostetler of Shelbyville,
Ill.; Emma-wife of Wesley Mishler of Roanoke, Ill.; and Saloma-wife
of Julius Unzicker of Morocco, Ind.). One son (Daniel) and 2 daughters
(Alma and Madie) preceded her in death. She is also survived by
34 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Daniel Weaver
of Elkhart, Ind.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Heed of Middlebury,
Ind., and Mrs. Adelia Trimm of Adrian, Mich.). She accepted her
Lord in her youth and remained faithful to the end. She was a
devoted wife and mother and will be missed at every turn. But
we mourn not as those who have no hope.
'Oh, mother's hands, dear mother's hands,
How well they met life's many demands;
For others each day, oh, how busy were they,
Those labor-worn beautiful hands."
Shrock-Adam Shrock was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April
14, 1856; died of influenza and complications at his home near
Shelbyville, Ill., May 12, 1937; aged 81 y. 28 d. He was united
in marriage to Catherine Ida Weaver on May 17, 1877, who preceded
him in death July 13, 1936. One son (Daniel) and 2 daughters (Alma
and Madie) also preceded him. He is survived by 2 sons and 3 daughters
(Aquila, William, and Bessie-wife of Ora Hostetler of Shelbyville,
Ill.; Emma-wife of Wesley Mishler of Roanoke, Ill.; and Saloma-wife
of Julius Unzicker of Morocco, Ind.) ; also 34 grandchildren,
26 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Boor of Fremont,
Ind.). He accepted his Lord in his youth and remained faithful
to the end. Since the death of his companion his greatest desire
was to be called home, although he was always patient and cheerful.
His kindly "good morning" to each of us each morning
is so sadly missed but we mourn not as those who have no hope.
"His chair, long used, is empty,
His glasses are laid away;
His Bible has been left to others,
He has gone with Jesus to stay."
Brydge.-Bettie Elizabeth, daughter of Robert H. and
Margaret (Shaw) Treavey, was born May 8, 1848; died May 4, 1937;
aged 88 y. 11 m. 26 d. She was married to Jesse R. Brydge in December,
1867. He died Oct. 26, 1889. To this union were born 8 children.
Fulton, Rena, and Ethel preceded her in death. She leaves 5 children:
Osa (wife of G. W. Henderson) of Lyndhurst, Va.; Lizzie (wife
of Sidney Broughman) of Buchanan, Va.; Edward and Junius of Lyndhurst,
Va.; Dellie of Waynesboro, Va.- also 32 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for thirty-seven
years; being deeply concerned for the welfare of the Church. As
children and grandchildren we can rise up and call her "blessed,"
for the warnings and admonitions she gave us as long as health
permitted. Funeral services were held from Mt. View Church (where
she attended) May 6, conducted by Bros. Jos. H. Driver, assisted
by Bro. E. C. Shank. Text, Psa. 4:8 and the first clause of Prov.
31 :28. Psalm 90 was read for the opening. Interment in the adjoining
"God saw fit to call her higher,
But it seems it cannot be;
For the home is now so lonely,
Since her form we no more see."
Krause.-Bertha Frosen was born in Germany March 21,
1856, and was united in marriage to John Krause Nov. 11, 1881.
In 1888 they emigrated to America and made their home for 36 years
at Aurora, 0., where she died March 31, 1937. She accepted Christ
as her personal Savior early in life and identified herself with
the German Lutheran Church. There were born to this union 3 sons
and 5 daughters (August, Fred, and Wilhelm; Anna Johnston of Aurora;
Charles Knapp of Lagrange, 0.; Elizabeth Kline of Pittsburgh,
Pa.; Bertha McWilliams (who preceded mother in death), and Ira
Wens of Johnstown, 0.). There also remain 25 grandchildren and
12 great-grandchildren together with many neighbors and friends
to mourn the death of a companion, mother, and sympathetic friend
on the day of her 81st birthday. She had a paralytic stroke and
lingered on for 10 days in a state of coma or semi-conscious condition
and then calmly fell asleep. May she rest in peace. Services were
conducted at the home by
_____ Pearson and at the Plainview Church by
E. B. Stoltzfus assisted by H. N. Troyer. Text, I Chron. 29 :15. Interment in the Aurora Cemetery.
"Mother, mother, dearest mother,
Rest thou in thy sweet repose;
Where the waters lowly murmur,
Where the zephyr gently blows."
Miller.-Lucy Mast was born in Meyersdale, Somerset Co.,
Pa., Aug. 17, 1853; died at her home near Topeka, Ind., May 12,
1937; aged 83 y. 8 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Eli
Y. Miller Aug. 4, 1878. To this union were born 8 children (Lizzie
Kauffman of LaGrange Co., Ind.; Nancy E. Kauffman and Elmer Miller
of Clarksville, Mich.; Millie Kauffman of La Grange Co.; (Katie
and Nettle preceded her in death); Frank Miller of Coldwater,
Mich., and Eli E. Miller of Comstock, Mich.). She leaves her husband,
6 children, 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters,
4 brothers, (one brother laying in the embrace of death at this
time), and many relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite
Church in her youth and was a faithful member till the Lord called
her home. During the last few years she often expressed her desire
to go home to her God and dear children. So we her children can
only say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were
held May 14 at the Shore Church conducted by John J. S. Yoder
and Percy Miller, in the forenoon, and in the afternoon at the
Bowne Church near Clarksville, Mich., by T. E. Schrock. Burial
in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Schaaf.-Wilhelminia Stockfisch, wife of Andrew Schaaf, was born Sept. 19, 1860, in Waterloo, Ont.; died at her home near Imlay City, Mich., April 16, 1937; aged 76 y. 6 m. 27 d. At the age of 20 she became a member of the Mennonite Church and continued a faithful member throughout her long and peaceful life. On March 21, 1880, she was united in marriage to Andrew Schaaf, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for 57 years and who remains to mourn her loss. To this union were born 10 children. Three died in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs. Oliver Wilson of Snover, Mich.; Mrs. Clarence Walton, Mrs. M. G. Ropp, and Ephraim of Imlay City, Mich.; Allen and Edward of Flint, Mich., and Norman of Pigeon, Mich. Besides these, 36 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Simon, George and John of Qntario), and a host of relatives and friends mourn her departure. She spent her days actively engaged in her home duties and retired on the evening of April 15 in apparently good health. A stroke caused her sudden death. Funeral services were held on April 18 from the Fancher & Smith funeral home in Imlay City in charge of Bro. Peter Ropp. Her body was laid to rest in the Imlay City Cemetery.
"Mother's spirit has slipped away,
And gone to a better land;
Her kind words and deeds will long he remembered,
For to many she was a true friend."
Weaver.-Susan Weaver, aged 68 y. 8 m. 6 d., died at the home of her son Perry, in Salem, Oreg., April 21, 1937. She was born in Michigan Aug. 15, 1868, and lived most of her early life in Kansas and Missouri and lived the last 30 years in the West. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and endeavored faithfully to serve her Lord until death. Her marriage to Menno B. Weaver occurred at Harper, Kans., Nov. 27, 1890. Her husband was ordained to the office of deacon, Oct. 17, 1920, in which capacity she faithfully served the Church with her husband until his death Apr. 26, 1923. To this union were born 9 children (William Earl, Valsetz, Oreg.; Fanny Jane, who died in infancy; Mrs. H. C. Nendel, John S., Summit, Oreg.; Luke E., Atwater, Calif.; Paul V., Lorane, Oreg.; Mrs. Earl Stewart, Albany, Oreg.; Perry L., Salem, Oreg.; Clarence Dan, Blodgett, Oreg.). She also leaves 34 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. One grandchild preceded her in death. Two brothers (W. E. Detwiler of Harper, Kans., and Jonas Detwiler of Versailles, Mo.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Adeline Fenton, Cherry Box, Mo.; Mrs. Leah Horst, Terra Bella, Calif.; Amanda Detwiler, Harper, Kans.) survive her. One brother (John S. Dettwiler) and 1 sister (Barbara Detwiler) preceded her. She was always a loving, kind mother, and a friend to all. Her greatest happiness was in doing some service for others. Funeral service at Albany Mennonite Church, Daniel Shenk and N. A. Lind, officiating, and burial at Oak Lawn Memorial Park, Corvallis, Oreg.
Troyer.-Fannie, daughter of Jonathan and Katie (Miller)
Eash, was born June 15, 1860, in Somerset Co., Pa. She came to
Indiana with her parents when 5 years old. She was united in marriage
to Samuel Troyer April 19, 1878, with whom she shared the joys
and sorrows of life for nearly 56 years. She died May 7, 1937,
at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey
Yoder; where she had been tenderly cared for since the sudden
death of her husband, which took place the evening of April 18,
1934. All the children were at her bedside when she passed away.
She leaves to mourn her departure 6 children: Urvan of LaGrange,
Mrs. Harvey Yoder (Emma), Mrs. Earl Miller (Matie), Mrs. David
Yoder (Lizzie), and Mrs. La Mar Cripe (Edith) of Middlebury, and
Mrs. C. J. Miller (Martha) of Elkhart; besides these she leaves
20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. George
Mishler, Mrs. Ed. Mishler of LaGrange .Co., and Mrs. Lizzie Hostetler
of Goshen), 1 brother (Levi Eash of La Grange Co.), and many relatives
and friends. Her companion and 1 daughter (Bertha) preceded her
in death. She suffered several light strokes before the death
of her companion which was such a shock to her that brought on
several more from which she gradually grew more feeble until she
was unable to walk and was bedfast eleven weeks, suffering severe
pain at times. She bore her suffering patiently and had a longing
to go home. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church
for a number of years, and never was absent when health permitted
and often expressed a desire to go during her recent illness.
She always appreciated to have prayer and the services held for
her. She will be missed so much because of her affection, love,
and kindness. She was patient during her sickness, never complaining.
She had a friendly disposition, a friend to every one with whom
she came in contact. Funeral services were held in the afternoon
of May 9 at the home by Bro. Wilbur Yoder of Middlebury, Ind.,
and at the Forks Mennonite Church by E. C. Bontrager and D. D.
Miller. Text, Luke 23 :28. Burial at the Miller Cemetery.
"The lights have gone out in the mansion of clay,
The curtain is drawn, the dweller's away.
She slipped o'er the threshold of time into the night
To take her abode in the city of light."
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta