Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1937

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Gospel Herald, October 7, 1937 - Vol. XXX, No.28 - page 591, 592

Zook. - Enos Melvin, son of the late Abraham and Sarah (Ream) Zook, was born in Nabel Co., Ind., May 4 1869; died near Comins, Mich., Aug. 25, 1937; aged 68 y. 3 m. 21 d. He ;eaves his two sisters (Mrs. Mary S. King of West Liberty, Ohio, and Mrs. Albert M. Hochstetler of Sugarcreek, Ohio), two nephews (Howard and Melvin) and two nieces (Eldora and Mabel Hochstetler) all of Sugarcreek. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. M. S. Steiner. Scripture lesson, Jno. 11:1-27; text Heb. 9:27. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

Lambert. - Virgie Lambert, wife of Lindsey Lambert of Wymer, W. Va.; was born Mar. 12, 1916, in Randolph Co., W. Va.; died July 17, 1937 in the Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, W. Va.; aged 21 y. 4 in. 5 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for several years. Surviving are her husband, a small child, her father, a brother and a number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her father-in-law near Wymer, W. Va., July 19, 1937, by Hiram Weaver. Interment in the family cemetery near-by.

Ranck.- Esther H., daughter of the late Benj. and Lydia Ranck, was born June 28, 1886; died of a paralytic stroke at the Oreville Mennonite Home near Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 18, 1937; aged 51 y. 1 m. 10 d. While she was not enjoying the best of health, yet her death came unexpectedly. Life is uncertain. "Watch therefore." She had a pleasant disposition and was very patient. She united with the Church in her youth. Surviving are 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Funeral services were held from Strasburg Church, conducted by C. M. Brubaker, and Jacob Harnish. Text, Mal. 4:2. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead; she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into a better land."

Chupp.- Vernon William, son of Emanuel and Susan (Hershberger) Chupp was born Sept. 1, 1937; died Sept. 26, 1937; aged 26 days. He leaves to mourn his early departure his father, mother, 2 brothers (Paul Edward and Melvin Ray), his twin sister (Vera Jane), grandfather and 2 grandmothers. It is hard to give up our child but we have a family started in heaven. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were held Sept. 28, at the home in Yoder, Kans., also at the Yoder Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren H. A. Diener and L. 0. King. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"A little one from us has gone,
A voice we loved has stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."

Summerfield.- Ella Summerfield, a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, was born Nov. 20, 1856; died Sept. 4, 1937, at the home of. her son Christopher White where she had her home for a number of years near Wymer, W. Va.; aged 80 y. 9 m. 14 d. She was a daughter, of the late Daniel and Sarah Nelson of Pendleton Co., W. Va. She was first married to James White. To this union were born 10 children; 4 of these preceded her in death. Surviving are the following: George of Evenwood, Christopher of Wymer and Grover of Alpena, W. Va.; Caleb and Harper of Cumberland, Md., and Floy of Emoryville. After her first husband's death she was married to Thomas Summerfield, he died in January, 1920, leaving her a widow since. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 6, by Paul Good at the Bethel Church near Job, W. Va. Interment in cemetery near-by.

Buckwalter.- Anna D., widow of the late Edwin L. Buckwalter, died very suddenly of a heart attack at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Charles Micken, Strasburg, Pa.), July 31, 1937; aged 66 y. 9 m. 5 d. Her death came as a shock to the family and community. She was a member of Mellingers Mennonite Church and teacher in Mellingers and Strasburg Sunday Schools. She is survived by these children: Della, wife of Charles Micken, Strasburg, Pa.; Gertrude, wife of Clayton Lefever, Witmer, Pa.; and John H. of Lampeter, Pa. She was preceded in death by her husband and 1 son (Hartman). These brothers and sisters survive: Henry, of Pewaukee, Wis.; Christian, Peoria, Ill.; Wayne, Brownstown, Pa.; John, Winona, N. J.; Cathrine, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Mary, wife of Christian Bucher, Manheim, Pa. Funeral services were held Aug. 3, at the home of her daughter and at Mellingers Church, conducted by Brethren Elmer G. Martin and David L. Landis. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Kolb.- Lucinda, daughter of Moses and Veronica (Brubacher) Betzner, was born Sept. 5, 1865, at the Betzner homestead, the Memorial Tower farm; died Sept. 18, 1937, at the K. W. Hospital from bronchial congestion and heart failure; aged 72 y. 13 d. She was married to Elias B. Kolb, Oct. 1, 1891. Her early married life was spent on the Kolb farm, one mile east of Kitchener, on the Guelph Highway. In 1902 they built their new home across the highway, now known as the George Hahn farm. In 1908 they moved to Herbert, Sask., and lived in that section for eighteen years. They returned to Kitchener In 1925. The last five years were spent with their daughter, Mrs. C. F. Derstine. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Mary Elizabeth, wife of Bishop C. F. Derstine), and 7 grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters and 1 brother (Mrs. Maggie Quickfall, Kitchener; Allan Betzner, Berkeley, Calif., and Elizabeth, wife of B. B. Shuh, Guernsey, Sask.). One brother (John Betzner) predeceased her. She accepted Christ in her youth, and died in the fellowship of the Mennonite Church as a faithful member. She was deeply interested in her work and welfare of the Church, and in her younger years was an active Sunday school teacher. The funeral and interment at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. The services were conducted by Bishops S. F. Coffman and Jonas Snider. The son-in-law and pastor, Bro. C. F. Derstine, gave an address on "My Personal Tribute to My Mother-in-law."


Gospel Herald, October 14, 1937 - Vol. XXX, No.29 - page 622,623

Rhodes.- Kathrine Rhodes was born in Snyder Co., Pa., May 3, 1859; died Aug. 29, 1937; aged 78 y. 3 m. 17 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Hopewell Mennonite Church, near Hubbard, Oreg, in 1908. She was a faithful member until death. She was always present at church services unless prevented by sickness. She bore her sickness, very patiently, considering the severe pain she suffered. She leaves 1 son (Dan Tony), 1 brother (Sam Shelby of Portland, Oreg.). Funeral services were in charge of the brethren, S. C. Yoder, Paul N. Roth, and Wm. Bond. Burial at Hopewell Cemetery.

Stoltzfus.- Dwayne Elwood, infant son of Alvin and Magdalene (Yoder) Stoltzfus, was born Sept. 16, 1937, near Wood River, Neb.; died Sept. 22. He is survived by his parents who mourn the departing of an only child, but humbly bow to the providence of God whose ways are higher than our ways, as the heavens are higher than the earth. He is also survived by 2 grandfathers and 2 grandmothers, 4 uncles and 7 aunts and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at the Mennonite church, conducted by A. D. Stutzman. Burial in the nearby cemetery.
"A precious one to us was given,
To bud on earth and bloom in heaven.
Dear little voice, we miss it so,
All through the day, where'er we go;
All through the night, how lonely it seems,
For no little voice wakes us out of our dreams."

Burkholder.- Oliver Atlee, son of the late Caleb and Mary Etta (Heatwole) Burkholder, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., June 16, 1884; died of a paralytic stroke at his home near Dayton, July 24, 1937; aged 53 y. 1 m. 8 d. While he had not enjoyed good health for some years, yet his death came very unexpectedly. He united with the Mennonite Church (Old Order) in early manhood. On Feb. 20, 1907, he was united in marriage to Annie Grace Showalter. To this union 5 sons and 4 daughters were born. Surviving are his companion and the following children: Roy, John, Esther (wife of Rhodes Landis), Daniel, Paul (Ephrata, Pa.), Mary, Nellie, Henry and Frances. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 1 sister, (Effie Cline) and a brother (Andrew T. Burkholder) of East Earl, Pa. Funeral services were held from the Pleasant View Church, conducted by John Dan Wenger and Harvey Horst. Text, Mark 13:32-36. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Death, like an overflowing stream,
Sweeps us away; our life's a dream;
An empty tale; a morning flower,
Cut down and withered in an hour."

Long.- Irvin A., son of Jacob and Catharine (Acker) Long, was born March 10, 1868, in Elkhart Co, Ind., in which county he has lived his entire life; died Sept. 9, 1937, after six years of ill health; aged 69 y. 5 m. 30 d. He endured his sufferings with much patience. He was married Aug. 14, 1892, to Priscilla Holdeman. To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons. There remain to mourn his departure his wife, 1 daughter (Mrs. Elgie Husband of Wakarusa), a son (George Vernon Long of Elkhart) and a foster son (Forest E. Holdeman of Elkhart), 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Noah M. and J. Monroe, both of Nappanee), and a host of other relatives and friends. A daughter (Bessie Detweiler) died Oct. 27, 1936 at the age of 37 years. He was baptised April 25, 1903 in Olive Mennonite Church, and always enjoyed meeting at the house of worship. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Olive Church by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright,
Since the spirit of dear Father
Took its happy homeward flight."

Mast.- Jemima, daughter of David K. and Lydia Hooley was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 12, 1860; died at the home of her daughter (Mr. and Mrs. Noah Beyeler of Sterling, Ohio) on Sunday evening, Sept. 12, 1937; aged 77 y. 1 m. On July 14, 1896 she was united in marriage to John Mast of Millersburg, Ohio. To this union 4 children were born (Lydia, wife of Joe B. Kandel of Millersburg, 0.; Samuel, who died at the age of 5; Leo of Millersburg, Ohio; Viola, wife of Noah Beyeler, Sterling, Ohio). Lester Alberts of Cleveland, Ohio, also was provided with a home from the age of 9 and was reared as one of the family. In her youth she confessed her Lord and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. Alter her marriage she transferred her membership to the Martins Creek Church, Holmes Co., 0., in which faith she died. She leaves her 2 daughters, 1 son, 2 brothers (John F. Hooley of Long Beech, Calif., and George A. Hooley of Gap, Pa.), also 14 grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends. Her husband, 1 son, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held on Sept. 15 at the Martins Creek Church, conducted by Brethren Simon Sommers, Calvin Mast, and E. F. Hartzler. Text, I Cor. 15:56-58.

Snider.- Lucinda Gingrich was born Nov. 25, 1879, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died Aug. 18, 1937 at her home in Elmira, Ont.; aged 57 y. 8 m. 24 d. She was married to Addison M. Snider Sept. 2, 1903. She is survived by her bereaved husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. John M. Horst), 8 grandchildren, an aged father, 2 sisters and 6 brothers (Mrs. Abram C. Snider, Cyrus, Ira, Addison and Irvin, all of Guernsey, Sask.; Abram of Bridgeport, Mrs. Hy Knoll of Elmira, and Angus of New Hamburg). Sister Snider might he better known as a daughter of our aged Bishop Abraham Gingrich. Through her illness, which lasted for nine months, she bore her sickness with Christian patience and was fully resigned to the will of God. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful member until her death, Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Reuben Dettwiler and assisted at the church by Bros. Jonas Snider and Roy Koch. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Her last message to the dying world:
"Dear friends, as you pass me by,
As you are now so once was I;
But now I am as you must be,
Prepared to meet eternity."

Wenger- Orie Samuel, second son of David and Katie (Roth) Wenger, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Oct. 2, 1915; died at the parental home Sept. 25, 1937; aged 21 y. 11 m. 23 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and was received into church fellowship of the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church on Feb. 10, 1929, of which he was a member at the time of his death. On Aug. 8 he was united in marriage with Anna Mae Miller of Kalona, Iowa. It was along about the latter part of February of this year that his health was impaired and a physician was consulted. His heart was affected and it seemed failed to respond to treatment. However there were times when those nearest him hoped he might recover but with every relapse that hope was blasted more and more. During the last few days of his life he spoke freely of his passing over and found much consolation in the singing of spiritual songs and in the Word of God. As the members of his family were at his bedside he bade them all goodbye, expressed himself as being so extremely happy and soon passed away. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, father, mother, 2 brothers (Emery and Glenn), 3 sisters (Mary, Martha and Elizabeth), his aged grandparents on his mother's side (John C. Roth and wife of Noble, Iowa) and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, by Bro. Simon Gingerich assisted by Bros. John Y. Swartzendruber, Kalona, Iowa, and J. S. Gerig, Smithville, Ohio. Text. Eccl. 12:1.
"Brother thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angel sweetly whispered
'Come and live with us at home.'"

Brilhart.- John A., son of Jacob A. and Mary (Braughler) Brilhart, was born in Georgeville, Indiana Co., Pa., April 22, 1857; died at his home at Scottdale, Pa., Oct. 2, 1937; aged 80 y. 5 m. 10 d. Having been bereft of his father at the age of ten, he spent his early days in Indiana Co., helping his mother. In 1878 he moved to Clearfield Co., Pa., where he was married to Mary A. Hummel on May 29, 1879. To this union were born 7 children, 5 of whom survive: Charles A., Minerva May (Mrs. Elmer Johnson), Emma Jane, J. Frank, and David B., all of Scottdale. Sell died In infancy, and Clarence H., passed to the great beyond in 1926. Bro. Brilhart accepted Christ as his Saviour in 1879, and soon became an earnest worker for the Master. He was ordained a minister in the Church of the Brethren in 1892. Later he transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church and was installed as minister at the Rockton Church in 1892. In 1900 he moved to Scottdale where he lived for two years, leaving in 1902 for Snyder Co., Pa., where he served as pastor of the Susquehanna Church. In 1904 he moved to Fayette Co., Pa., where he served as minister of the Mennonite Church near Masontown. In 1907 he moved to Scottdale the second time, where he lived until the time of his death, serving in the ministry there for thirty years. He was an earnest speaker and was much concerned for the welfare of the Church, Bro. Brilhart preached his last sermon at Rockton, on Easter Day, 1937. After this he became ill and was able to attend services only once. He died very peacefully, after having spent nine weeks in bed due to a lingering illness. Bro. Bro. Brilhart was an active, industrious man and loved to keep in touch with the Church in various communities in Pennsylvania and had many friends at home and wherever he was known.
Besides his 5 children who survive him there remain to mourn his loss his widow, 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Services were conducted at his late home on Monday evening, Oct. 4, by the home ministers. On the following day the body was taken to Rockton, Pa., where services were held at the Mennonite Church at 2 P. M., with Bro. James Saylor, Hollsopple, Pa., preaching the sermon. Text, II Kings 2:9. Others who took part is this service were J. M. Nissley, Joseph Saylor, and John L. Horst.


Gospel Herald, October 21, 1937 - Vol. XXX, No.30 - page 639, 640

Ernst.-Henry B. Ernst was born at Bamberg, Ont., March 11, 1873; died at his residence in Waterloo, Ont., Oct. 1, 1937; aged 64 y. 7 m. 19 d. He was married to Eleanor Randall who predeceased him 27 years ago. He leaves his beloved wife and 2 sons (Eldon of Embro, Stanley at home), 3 daughters (Mrs. Henry Scheerer and Mrs. John Scheerer of St. Jacobs, and Elma at home). Brother Ernst accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church in which communion he fellowshipped until the Lord called him away. Services were in charge of Bro. J. B. Martin, assisted by Bros. N.. Hunsberger and Jonas Snider. Text, I Cor. 15:20.

Helmuth.-Sylvan, son of Elmer and Amanda Helmuth, was born near Mylo, N. Dak., Jan. 1, 1916; died at Canton, Ohio, Oct. 3, 1937; aged 21 y. 10 m. 2 d. He united with the Mennonite Church on Aug. 10, 1930. His father and youngest brother preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his untimely departure, his mother, brother and sister (Ervin and Mary), and many other relatives and friends.

"The call was sudden, the shuck severe,
We little thought his death was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell."

Thus closes the life scene of one more of God's creatures to spend eternity according to his labors. Service at the Lakeview Church near Wolford, N. Dak., by E. G. Hochstetler and John H. Stoll.

Ebersole.-Mary A. Ebersole was born in Washington Co., Md., Oct. 10, 1856; died Sept. 25, 1937; aged 50 y. 11 m. 15 d. All her adult years she was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, exemplifying the Master's teaching in Church, home, and community. In 1879 she was united In marriage to Henry Ebersole of Clearspring, Md., who preceded her in death by a little more than four years. To them were born 10 children, 4 of whom survive. The funeral services were conducted at the Miller Mennonite Church by the brethren, Denton Martin and John Risser. Text, Matt. 25:23. Burial in cemetery adjoining.

"I've a picture in my memory
Which was stamped some time ago;
Mother in her armchair sitting,
Gently rocking to and fro.
By the stove the fire kept burning
To keep the feeble body warm;
Now methinks she's with the angels,
Singing with that happy throng."

Zehr.-Nancy, daughter of Christian Y. and Barbara (Lichti) Zehr was born Feb. 2, 1900, near Longmont, Colo.; died Oct. 3, 1937, at her home in Shickley, Neb., after an illness of 7 weeks; aged 37 y. 8 m. 1 d. She leaves a bereaved father, 2 brothers (Christian and Aaron), 2 sisters-in-law (Lydia and Linnie), 2 nieces (Bernetta and Eunice), 10 uncles, 12 aunts, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Her mother preceded her in death 10 years; also her nephew (Dellas Zehr) 7 years ago. She united with the Mennonite Church. in 1914, to which she was a faithful member and was always willing to be of service to her Master. Her winning smile and pleasing personality won her many friends. Funeral services conducted at the home by L. 0. Schlegel of Milford, Neb., and at the church by I. S. Mast of Casselton, N. Dak., assisted by the home ministers. Interment in cemetery near, by.
"Remember, friends, as you pass by,
As you now are so once was I;
As I now am so shall you be.
Prepare for death and follow me."

Helmuth.-Lydia, only daughter of Peter and Magdalene Zimmerman, was born near Chenoa, Ill., Sept. 17, 1869. At the age of sixteen she moved to Larned,.Kans., with the family. Three years later they moved to Garden City, Mo. There she was married to Joseph D. Helmuth, Feb. 25, 1892. Seven children were born to this union. One daughter (Mrs. Stella Feeback) passed away ten years ago. The sorrowing husband, 4 daughters, and 2 sons survive. They are: Mrs. Mabel Fischer, Hollywood, Calif.; Addie and Katharine, at home; Harold, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Hilda Zimmerman, Metamora, Ill.; and Robert, at home. She also leaves 4 grandchildren (Mary Frances Helmuth, William Streed, Doris Helen Zimmerman, and William Russel Helmuth) and the following brothers: William, Carthage, Ill.; Edward, Garden City, Mo.; and Jonathan, Colome, S. Dak. She united with the Mennonite Church in youth and remained faithful to the end. The family came to Roanoke, Ill., nineteen years ago to make their home. Here, after a few days' illness she passed away, Thursday, Sept. 30; aged 68 y. 13 d. Services by John L Harnish, W. E. Helmuth, and Ezra B. Yordy. Burial in the Roanoke Cemetery.

Petersheim.-Elizabeth, daughter of the late Rudy and Mary Hershberger, was born near Nappanee, Ind., Sept. 12, 1886; died Aug. 13, 1937, in the Pomerene Memorial Hospital Millersburg, Ohio; aged 50 y. 11 m. 1 d. Oct. 12, 1912, she was united in holy matrimony to Eli J. Petersheim. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (Rudy, Andy, Salome, and Barbara). She is preceded in death by her father and mother, and her 2 sons (Rudy and Andy). She is survived by her sorrowing husband, her 2 daughters, 3 sisters (Mrs. Simon I. Yoder of Apple Creek, Ohio; Mrs. D. F. Chupp of Akron, N. Y.; and Mrs. Dan Yoder of Millersburg, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. While yet young in years she accepted Christ as. her Savior, and united with the Amish Church in Somerset Co., Pa. In 1934 she transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church, uniting with the Kolb congregation. She maintained her former standard of modest attire, which was very much appreciated, and is very commendable; remaining faithful to the end of life's journey. Funeral services were held Aug. 15 at the Conservative Amish Church near Berlin. Ohio, conducted by D. M. Friedt in the English language, and W. Sommer in German. Burial, in a family cemetery near by.

Herr.-Christian H., son of Christian E. and Mary (Hostetter) Herr, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 18, 1854; died at his home near Mt. Joy, Pa., Sept. 22, 1937; aged 82 y. 9 m. 4 d. He had been ailing about 5 months. On Oct. 11, 1874, he was married to Sarah B. Hertzler, and soon after their marriage they both united with the Mennonite Church and have been faithful all these years. To this union were born 3 sons: Clayton H., Mt. Joy; Eli H., (deceased), and Christian H. Jr., of Mt. Joy. Grandfather was a faithful member of the Mt. Joy and Kraybill congregation, he being one of the oldest members. He had the work of the Church at heart and in his prayers he interceded for many. During his illness he expressed himself resigned to God's will and then would quote the latter clause of Job 14 :14. He is survived by his widow, 2 sons (Clayton H. and Christian H.), 8 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept. 25 at his late home by Bro. Amos Hess and at the Mt. Joy Church by Bros. Henry Garber, Henry Lutz, and Abram Hess. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in Kraybill Cemetery.

"Silent thoughts bring many a tear,
For one we loved and cherished here;
God took him home; it was His will,
But in our hearts he liveth still."
A Granddaughter.

Wenger.-Louis, youngest son of Abraham and Sarah Wenger, was born near Edom, Va., June 12, 1863; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Ernest Swartzendruber) at Palmer, Ia., Aug. 31, 1937; aged 74 y. 2 m. 19 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in early manhood and remained faithful until death. On Jan. 7, 1886, he was united in marriage to Sarah M. Lehman, who passed away Dec. 27, 1892. To this union were born 2 children (Orva H. of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Mrs. Ernest Swartzendruber). On Dec. 20, 1894, he was married to Mary J. Lehman (sister of his first wife), who also preceded him in death on Jan. 7, 1903. To this union were born 3 children (Isaac A. of Versailles, Mo.; Lettie, wife of C. B. Egli, of Manson, Ia.; and Wilmar J. of Detroit Lakes, Minn.). He also leaves 10 grandchildren, 1 brother (Mike, of Aberdeen, Idaho), and 1 sister (Priscilla, wife of W. W. Holsopple of Versailles, Mo.) and many other relatives and friends. At the age of 5 years he moved with his parents from Virginia to Versailles, Mo., at which place he made his home until 12 years ago he came to Manson. Since that time he has made his home among his children. He was a kind, home-loving father, and in his active years, an influential citizen of his community. He faced prosperity, adversity, and disappointments as becomes a Christian. He lived an even, quiet, unassuming life. His strength of character lay in his living testimony of the Christian life he professed. While he has been in declining health for a number of years, it is only in the last few months that his illness was considered serious. During those months he patiently suffered much. But when the end came, he was seemingly in a restful sleep. Funeral services were held Sept. 2 conducted by Nick Stoltzfus. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Gospel Herald, October 28, 1937 - Vol. XXX, No.31 - page 671, 672

Stormer.-Charles Elmer Stormer was born Nov. 7, 1858, in Morton, Ill.; died at his home in Milford, Neb., on Oct. 11, 1937; aged 78 y. 11 m. 4 d. On Dec. 23, 1881, he was united in marriage to Mary Kauffman. To this union to were born 2 daughters (Mes. Minnie Reil and Mrs. Lulu Guengerich). The first 20 years of their married life they lived near Fisher, Ill. In 1902 they moved to Milford, at which place he resided at the time of his death. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and remained faithful to his end. He is survived by his 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 8 sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted on Oct. 13, 1937 at the Milford A. M. Church by L. 0. and Wm. Schlegel and W. A. Eicher. Text, I Thess. 4:13. Interment in the Milford A. M. Cemetery.
"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."

Thomas.-Amanda, daughter of the late Isaac nd and Mattie (Miller) Hochstetler, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., May 25, 1866; died Oct. 10, 1937; aged 71 y. 4 m. 15 d. She was married to Simon Thomas March 14, 1889. To this union the following children were born: Curtis, married to Hattie Lape; Katie, wife of Foster Thomas; Sadie, wife of Calvin Sala; Carrie at home. She is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One grandchild preceded her in death. The following brothers and sisters are living: Noah and Isaac Hochstetler; Mrs. Lydia Lohr, Mrs. Samuel Holsopple, and Mrs. Tobias Eash. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church and attended whenever possible. She had been sick for the last twenty years, having had pneumonia four times and a complication of diseases. She with other members of the family have had
the doctor over two hundred times in the home. Funeral services in the home and in the Blough Mennonite Church, where she held her membership, were conducted by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Harry C. Blough, A. J. Metzler, and John A. Lehman. Her body was laid to rest in the Blough Cemetery.

Zook.-Richard Lee, son of Eli K. and Ruth M. (Glick) Zook, Belleville, Pa., died at the Lewistown Hospital; aged 5 y; 6 m. 14 d. His death followed immediately an operation in which it was found that his little abdomen was diseased by cancer. For three weeks before the operation he was distressed at times by a swollen abdomen, but suffered no pain and bore the distress and three days hospital experience with unusual patience for a child of his age. He leaves father and mother, 1 sister, 1 brother, 3 grandparents, 1 great-grandmother, and many others who learned to love him dearly. The funeral was held Oct. 9 at the Allensville Mennonite Church, and the body was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery. The departure of our little darling causes us deep grief but the memory of his short stay with us, and the experience of this sorrow becomes sacred to us as we submit to the will of our heavenly Father who knows what is best; and as we experience the sustaining grace, see the guidance of our blessed Lord and feel the assurance of hope to meet again, we can say from our hearts,"The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
"Jesus has taken a beautiful bud,
Out of our garden of love,
Borne it away to the city of God,
Home of the angels above."

Shenk.-Perry J. Shenk was born Dec. 19, 1876, in Allen Co., Ohio-; died Sept. 28, 1937, at his home near Oronogo, Mo.; aged 60 y. 9 m. 9 d. At the age of 18 years he came with his parents to Jasper Co., Mo. He was married to Myrtle Anderson Jan. 1, 1900. To this union were born 1 daughter (Esther) and 1 son (Wilbur). He was ordained to the ministry March 5, 1905, and served faithfully until death, both in the home church and in evangelistic fields. His consistent life bore testimony to the Gospel he preached. His constant aim was to be able to say with Paul, "Follow me as I follow Christ."
He leaves his companion, 1 daughter (Mrs. E. R. Berkey of Oronogo, Mo.), 1 son (Wilbur of Kansas City, Kans.), 5 grandchildren, his aged parents (Bishop Andrew Shenk and wife), 1 brother (Gabriel of Sheridan, Oreg.), 3 sisters (Mrs. H. J. Yoder of Sheridan, Oreg.; Mrs. L. A. Weaver of Kansas City, Kans., and Mrs. B. J. Berkey of Oronogo, Mo.), and many other relatives and friends. He was a.loving husband and father, and has left a vacancy which can never be filled. "He being dead, yet speaketh."
Funeral service Oct. 2. A short service at his parents' home by Bro. J. D. Mininger, and at the White Hall Church by Bro. W. L. Tweedy (text, Jno. 11 :25), assisted by Bro. Joe C. Driver, Bro. I. G. Hartzler, and Bro. J. D. Mininger. He was laid to rest in the Weaver Cemetery.

Heister.-Leah Frances (Kauffman) Heister. wife of (Minister) Bro. Charles Heister, died on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 12, in her home near Mattawana, Pa.; aged 57 y. 5 m. 24 d. Her death came as a shock to her family and a large circle of friends. Though she had not been in good health for a long time, and had been confined to her bed for a few days, she was again able to be up and around. She had walked out over the porch, shortly after which her daughter found her, where she had sat or lain down. Her daughter helped her into the house, where she only spoke a few times until she passed peacefully away. She leaves her husband, 2 sons, and 3 daughters (Clair and William Heister; Frances, wife of Philip Anderson; Emma, of Mattawana, and Elda Heister of Harrisburg); also 9 grandchildren, and 3 brothers (William, Joseph and John Kauffman). She was a faithful member of the Brethren in Christ Church and was an active, interested worker in all the activities of the Church and Sunday school. She will be missed in the home as a kind, loving wife and mother, and as neighbor and friend in the community where she always was willing and ready to help in sickness, or any time of need. The funeral was very largely attended by people from far and near. Services in the home by the Brethren Allen Brubaker of Granville, Pa., and Paul Goodling of near Mifflintown, Pa., and further services in the Pine Glen Church of the Brethren by Brethren Abner Martin of Elizabethtown, Pa., and John Climenhaga of Granville. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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