Saner - Rebecca, wife of Andrew Saner, was born Feb. 3, 1859; died Dec. 30, 1937; aged 78 y. 10 m. 27 d. Her husband, Bro. John A. Saner, was born May 2, 1859; died June 12, 1938; aged 79 y. 1 m. 10 d. They were faithful members of the Lost Creek, Pa., Mennonite congregation for many years. Bro. Staner being teacher of the men's Bible class in Sunday school for a long time. He taught till just shortly before he passed away. He died rather suddenly, being in bed only a few days, one son surviving. May God bless all who mourn his departure.
Christner - Lovina, wife of David J. Christner and daughter of Daniel and Anna Raber, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 25, 1868; died in her home near Shelbyville, Ill., May 26, 1938; aged 69 y. 10 m. 1 d. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. She leaves her husband, 6 children (Lovina Yoder of Gevena, Ind.; Daniel of Akron, N.Y.; Anna Brenneman of Kalona, Iowa; Lulu Guengerich of Low Point, N.Y.; Joe of Shelbyville; David of Corfu, N.Y.); 41 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Three children (Jerry, Fannie Kauffman, and Elmer) preceded her in death. She united with the Amish church in her youth, and remained faithful until death. The day before her death she said, "I see the glory of God. Oh, it is so beautiful. Get your families ready for that place, for we don't want to miss it."
Roth - Lester Dale, son of Edward and Anna Roth, was
born March 25, 1927, near Albany, Oreg. His death was caused by
drowning near Albany, Oreg., on June 19, 1938; aged 11 y. 1 m.
25 d. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 3 sisters (Merlyn
June, Erma Lorene, and Carol Ann, all at home) 4 grandparents
(David and Lizzie Roth, Joseph and Bella Schrock of Albany), 7
uncles and 2 aunts, besides many other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by a brother (Lyle Edward), who died in 1929.
Lester had a cheerful disposition and will be greatly missed by
those who knew him.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angels drawing near,
That took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear."
Funeral services June 21 at the home conducted by Bro. N.A. Lind and at the Fairview Church conducted by Brethren N.M. Birkey and Henry Gerig. Interment in Williamette Memorial Park.
Musser - Annie (Burkholder) Musser was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1864; died at the home of her daughter at Salunga,
Pa., May 14, 1938; aged 74 y. 4 m. 7 d. She is survived by her
husband, Jacob W. Musser, and 10 children: Mazie, wife of Elmer
D. Hess of Denver; Emma, wife of Clayton H. Bucher, Ephrata; Frank
and Jacob of Lititz; Susie, wife of Millard E. Stumpf, and Leah,
wife of Rudy H. Erb, Elizabethtown; Ivan and Allison of Lancaster;
Fae, wife of Amos G. Rohrer of Salunga; Maude, wife of Raymond
R. Brubaker of Manheim. Twenty-five grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren
also survive. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for the
past 52 years, and was devoted to her family and the Church and
desirous that the will of God should be accomplished in her and
their lives. Funeral services were held May 18 at Groffdale, by
Amos Hurst and Hiram Kauffman.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely, sorrow fills our hearts today,
But beyond the vale of sorrow, tears will all be wiped away."
Shertzer - Jonas F. Shertzer of Millersville, Pa., was
born July 17, 1856; died July 17, 1938; aged 82 years. He was
active and able to do his work until two weeks before his death,
which was caused by apoplexy. He was a faithful member of the
Mennonite church for 53 years. He had a deep interest in spiritual
things and spoke to his children and grandchildren who had not
accepted Christ to serve the Lord and was ready to depart when
the Lord came to take him home. He was a good kind father and
is missed in the home as well as in the community by his neighbors
and friends. He is survived by 3 sons (Pre. Landis M. Shertzer
and Jonas M. of Millersville, and Ira M., of Highville, Pa.),
1 daughter (Mabel) at home), 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held July 20 at Millersville Mennonite Church
in charge of Bros. Jacob Hess and Daniel Gish. Texts, Psa. 23:11;
II Kings 20:1. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with father, dear, never more to see him here;
But yet we're glad if God saw best, to end his troubles and give him rest."
By the family.
Martin - Rebecca, daughter of Eli and Rebecca Bauman,
was born in the Jerusalem section, Ontario, Canada, June 26, 1863;
died at the home of her daughter Lucinda near Waterloo, Ont.,
June 20, 1938; aged 75 y. 24 d. Nov. 21, 1882, she was united
in marriage to Simeon Martin who with 2 daughters (Lucinda, wife
of Ephraim Shantz, near Waterloo, with whom she resided, and Louida,
wife of Irvin Weber of Blair), and 3 sons (Nelson of East Palestine,
Ohio; Angus of near Elmira, and Rufus of St. Jacobs), remain to
mourn the loss of a devoted and loving mother; also 10 grandchildren
and 7 great-grandchildren. In early youth she gave her heart to
the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was
a faithful member to the end. Three sons (Amos, Alexander, and
Eli), and a daughter (Hannah) preceded her in death. Funeral services
were conducted at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church with Bros. Roy
Koch and Oliver D. Snider in charge. Interment in Martin's Cemetery.
"Her willing hands are folded, her dear warm heart is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home, that never can be filled."
By the family.
Hershey - On the morning of July 13 our community was
shocked to hear of the sudden death of Betty Jane, only
child of Paul and Martha (Wenger) Hershey of Gulfport, Miss. She
seemed to be in her usual health until Tuesday morning, when she
complained of headache and soon became very ill, passing away
the next morning. It was God's will to take her to be with Him.
Her death was caused by a brain tumor. She was born Dec. 28, 1928,
and blessed their home for 9 y. 6 m. 15 d. Funeral services were
held July 16 at the Gulfhaven church conducted by P.S. Dodge of
the Grace Memorial Baptist Church. She was laid away in the adjoining
cemetery. She is survived by her sorrowing parents, her paternal
grandfather and a number of aunts and uncles besides many other
relatives and friends. She was a child beloved by her playmates
and friends and will be missed very much in the Sunday school
and community. Her parents have the sincere sympathy and prayers
of their many friends in their bereavement. We cannot understand
why she should be taken from us, but by faith we know that in
her passing God will received the greater glory.
"God has marked each sorrowing day, and numbered every secret tear;
And Heaven's long age of bliss shall pay, for all His children suffer here."
Widmer - Edward G., son of John and Anna Widmer, was born near Noble, Iowa, Nov. 20, 1892, where he grew to manhood. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth, uniting with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church of which he was a member at the time of his death. Dec. 3, 1919, he was united in marriage with Edna Boshart. This union was blessed with nine children. One son died in infancy. Bro. Widmer was in his usual health when he left home to thresh for a neighbor. Just a few minutes before quitting time for the noon hour he was on top of the machine trying to remove some straw wrappings from the feeder when his sleeve caught, overbalancing him causing him to fall into the feeder. Before the machine could be stopped his limb was badly lacerated. He was given first aid and rushed to the hospital at Washington, Iowa, where his wounds were dressed, but the loss of blood and the terrible shock to his system proved to be too great for him and he fell peacefully asleep early Friday morning, July 22, 1938; aged 45 y. 8 m. 2 d. His sudden and tragic death was a shock to everyone in the community and is a graphic verification of Solomon's statement that "we know not what a day may bring forth." The family has lost a kind and devoted father, the community an obliging and helpful neighbor, and the Church a loyal member. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, 3 daughters, 5 sons (all at home the oldest being 17 and the youngest 3 months), his aged father and mother, 2 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church July 24, conducted by Bros. Simon Gingerich, Willard Leichty, and C.L. Graber. Text, I Sam. 20:18. Interment in Sugar Creek Cemetery near Wayland, Iowa.
Troyer - Lizzie, daughter of John and Catherine Zimmerman, was born Dec. 17, 1872, in Johnson Co., Ia.; died at the Axtell Christian Hospital, Newton, Kans, July 20, 1938; aged 65 y. 7 m. 3 d. When a child she moved with her from Iowa to McPherson Co., Kans., where she grew to womanhood. Seventeen years ago, she, with her family, moved to Hesston, Kans. Quite early in youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until her death. At the time of her death she was a member of the Hesston College congregation. Nov. 14, 1897, she was united in marriage to Abe N. Troyer to which union 3 children (Stephen, who died at the age of thirteen); Gertrude Roupp, Hutchinson; and Dessie at home). She leaves besides her immediate family 1 granddaugther, 3 brothers and 4 sisters (Jacob J. Zimmerman, Harper, Kans.; Peter Zimmerman, Inman, Kans.; Samuel J. Zimmerman, Los Angeles Calif.; Lydia Brenneman, Kalona, Iowa; Millie Troyer, Harper, Kans.; Lovina Zimmerman, Jet, Okla.; Sarah Hershberger (half-sister), Goshen, Ind.). She also leaves a large number of relatives and friends. One brother (Philip J. Zimmerman) preceded her in death March 4, 1938. Mother's place will be greatly missed in the home, in the community, and in the church where she faithfully served as Deacon's wife, but we bow in willing obedience to the One who has appointed our time, knowing that she is at rest and that all is well. Her last illness of some eight months of most intense suffering caused by tumor of the bone was borne with great fortitude and little complaining. She looked forward to the time that she could be at rest and be free from this body of suffering. We will miss her very much but would not wish her back in this vale of tears. Services were in charge of Brethren Milo Kauffman and J.G. Hartzler. Interment in the West Liberty Mennonite Cemetery.
Unzicker - Peter Unsicker was born in Hamilton Co.,
Ohio, Jan. 28, 1859. When a young man his parents moved to Livingston
Co., Ill., where he grew to manhood. At the age of twenty he was
converted under the preaching of John S. Coffman and became a
member of the Mennonite Church, under which faith he labored to
the time of his death. At the age of twenty-two he was ordaiined
to the ministry and ten years later became a pastor of the congregation
at Cullom, Ill. Here he served his church faithfully until in
1905 his wife became seriously ill and a milder climate was recommended.
Several years were spent at Lake Charles, Okla., after which they
located to Tuleta, Texas. Here he built both a thriving village
and a thriving church. Here, in 1909, his wife passed away. He
was married to Malinda Graybill in 1880. To this union were born
5 sons and 2 daugthers: Glen S., Elkhart, Ind.; Wm. Franklin,
Freeport, Ill.; John, Elkhart, Ind.; Susie Mae Miller, Manitou
Springs, Colo.; Samuel P., New York, N.Y.; Vernon J., and Ruth
Verda Himebaugh of Elkhart. In 1910 he was married to Christine
Beachy of Grantsville, Md. In 1916 he disposed of most of his
Texas interests and after a year spent travelling among the churches
in the west, located near Elkhart, Ind. Here he spent the sunset
days of his life, although not actively engaged in the ministry,
yet in the ministry of friendship and neighborliness he served
the Lord to whom he loved.
A few weeks before his departure, hoping that the Colorado climate might be beneficial to his health, he went to Manitou Springs to the home of his daugther, Mrs. L.C. Miller. There on the morning of July 17, at the age of 79 y. 5 m. 24 d., he fell peacefully asleep.
A memorial service was conducted at the Manitou Mennonite Church by Bro. A.C. Brunk of India. Text, Heb. 4:8. The body was shipped to Elkhart, Ind., for burial, accompanied by his two daugthers.
"I heard His call, 'Come home!' I would do naught but come.
My soul fled up to Him. I rose and followed; that was all."
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Trout - Janet Louise Trout was born near Mt. Pleasant,
Pa., Jan. 26, 1937; died of a fractured skill and internal hemorrhage
in a hospital in West Branch, Mich., July 26, 1938, following
an automobile accident. She was a bright, healthy child, loved
by those who knew her, but the Lord saw it best to take her home.
The funeral was largely attended.
"Sweet little rosebud, too sweet to say, God in his wisdom took our darling away;
Away from our love and our willing care, to be with Jesus and angels over there."
Atkinson - Kenneth H., infant son of Allen H. and Charlotte
M. (Hallman) Atkinson of Lititz, Pa., was born May 20, 1938; died
15 days later in St. Joseph's Hospital. Besides his parents and
grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Atkinson of Colora, Md.), he is
survived by a twin sister (Miriam Arlene). Services at the grave
were conducted by Bro. Jacob Harnish. Interment in Millersville,
Pa., Mennonite Cemetery, June 7.
"'Tis hard to part with Kenneth dear, no more to see, no more to hear,
But yet we're glad if God saw best, to end his troubles, and give him rest.
In heaven to reign with angels fair, may our names, too, be written there."
By the parents.
Kramer - Anna, daughter of Thomas and Catherin Nunemaker was born near Goshen, Ind., Jan. 20, 1850, and died at the home of her daughter in Denver, Colo., June 26, 1938; aged 88 y. 5 m. 6 d. She was united in marriage to Sylvester Kramer of Sterling, Ill. in 1874. To this union 5 sons and 1 daughter were born. She came to Adams Co., Neb., with her husband in 1880 and later moved into the village of Roseland where she made her home until 2 years ago when she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Mary Kick of Denver, Colo. Two sons (Aaron and Arthur) and her husband preceded her in death. She leaves 1 daughter (Mrs. Mary Kick of Denver), 3 sons (Oliver of Minden, Neb.; Albert and Charles of Roseland), a brother (J.M. Nunemaker of La Junta, Colo.), 20 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. She was converted and baptized in the United Brethren Church. Summer Williams was in charge of the services.
Nice - Tobias M. Nice, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa.,
June 11, 1854; died July 12, 1938; aged 84 y. 1 m. 1 d. He was
married to Elmira Wile, who survives. This union was blessed with
8 children. Two preceded him in death. The following survive:
Lizzie, wife of Elmer Nyce, John and Tobias, Nice, Jr.; Mary,
wife of Horace Heebner; Elmira, wife of Maurice K. Kerr, with
whom they reside. His health was failing. For the past year he
was nearly blind, but was only bedfast for three days. He bore
it all very patiently. He was a faithful member of the Salford
Mennonite Church until death. Funeral services July 16, all services
at the Salford Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Rhine Alderfer,
Elias Landis, and Joseph Cassel. Text, II Tim. 6:7.
"Into heaven's mansions he's entered, never to sigh or to weep;
After long years of life's struggles, Father has fallen asleep."
Christophel - Esther, daughter of Jessie and Naomi (Culp) Christophel, was born near New Paris, Ind., Jan. 24, 1919; died in the Goshen hospital following an appendicitis operation July 20, 1938; aged 19 y. 5 m. 26 d. Esther was of a cheerful disposition and had a smile for those she met. She united with the Salem Mennonite Church April 26, 1931, and remained faithful and loyal to Christ and the Church until the Lord took her home. She loved to read her Bible and would often deny herself the privilege of enjoying an evening with the young people, esteeming the Word of the Lord more than her necessary food. The blessings received from such close adherence to the Word are evidenced in the last conversation she had with those at her bedside, when she bore testimony to the fact that she was privileged to see into the eternal world before she closed her eyes in death. Among her last words were, "At the feet of Jesus," "I see Jesus," and when she realized that she was about to pass over she said, "I give you good by for the last time." She leaves her father, mother, 3 brothers (Paul, Timothy, and James), 1 sister (Ruth) all at home; 1 grandmother (Mrs. Elizabeth Culp), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held July 23 at the Yellowcreek Church by Brethren D.A. Yoder and Ray F. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Driver - Lewis M., son of the late Daniel and Sallie
(Branner) Driver, was born at Timberville, Va., March 17, 1861;
died at the home of his son Wayne near Dayton, Va., July 15, 1938;
aged 77 y. 3 m. 28 d. Three weeks prior to his death he was stricken
with a heart attack which was caused by complications In 1869
he moved with his parents to Versailles, Mo., returning to Rockingham
Co., 42 years ago. On Jan. 17, 1904, he united with the Mennonite
Church having died in this faith. He walked humbly before his
Lord, and like the apostle Paul, "had learned in whatsoever
state he was, therewith to be content." On Oct. 3, 1889,
he was united in marriage to Ida Rhodes. To this union 3 sons
were born. His companion preceded him in death, Mar. 3, 1937,
his son Rhodes Mar. 10, 1936, and Paul died in infancy. Surviving
are one son (Wayne), 8 granddaughters and 3 grandsons. Three sisters
and 3 brothers also survive. A short funeral service was conducted
at the home by Bro. M.H. Heatwole and at Weavers Church by Bro.
S.H. Rhodes, assisted by Bro. L.H. Jones. Text, I Thes.. 4:13-18.
His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near-by.
"Into heaven's mansions he's entered, never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles, Father has fallen asleep."
Bechtel - Sarah, daughter of the late John F. and Amanda
(Zollers) Kolb, was born at Spring City, Pa., March 12,
1877; died of cerebral hemorrhages at Rockingham Memorial Hospital,
Harrisonburg, Va., July 19, 1938, following an illness of eight
days; aged 61 y. 4 m. 7 d. She united with the Mennonite Church
in her youth, continuing in this faith to the end. Modesty and
simplicity adorned her Christian life. Oct. 26, 1898, she was
united in marriage to Francis Bechtel. Three daughters were born
to this union. Together they shared the joys and sorrows of life
for nearly forty years. In 1924, she with her family moved to
Harrisonburg, having resided in Park View ever since. Mother was
the first one to break the family circle. Surviving are her husband
and the following daughters: Esther K. (wife of John L. Kauffman,
Cocolamus, Pa.), Salome K. (wife of Benjamin Brenneman, Harrisonburg,
Pa.), and Adah K. Bechtel at home. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren,
1 sister, and 2 brothers. Two grandchildren preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, July 22, conducted
by Bros. J.R. Mumaw, assisted by Brethren R.W. Benner and Aldine
Brenneman. Text, I Thes. 4:13-18. Interment in the Lindale Cemetery
near Linville, Va.
"We sorrow not as others do, whose hopes fade like the flower;
There is a hope that's born of God, and such a hope is ours."
Helmuth - Ervin, son of Menno and Suvillo Helmuth, was born in Miami Co., Ind., June 18, 1911; died July 30, 1938; aged 27 y. 1 m. 17 d. The early years of his life he lived with his parents in Miami Co. At the age of 16 he with his parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. Here he united with the Conservative Church but later transferred his membership to the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church in which faith he died. In late years he did not have the privileges of good health, as many young people enjoy, being afflicted with tuberculosis. He spent several years in the Irene Byron sanitarium, with fond hopes of a complete recovery. With this in mind he requested to be anointed with oil for the healing of the body, which rite was administered on Monday evening, July 25. The next day, however, it became quite apparent to him that his journey in life was about ended. He expressed peace with his God and desired that he might go and be with his Lord. He enjoyed having some one read God's Word and pray with him he so much needed as the end was approaching. His father and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by a step-father, mother, 5 sisters (Edna, Mrs. Levi Miller, of Miami Co.; Nettie, Mrs. Aden Yoder, of Howard Co.; Mildred, Mrs. Clifford Seachrist; Sylvia and Barbara at home). He also leaves 3 step-sisters (Mrs. Levi Yoder of Elkhart, Mrs. Walter Blazer and Mable of Goshen), 4 uncles, 2 aunts, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Aug. 1, at the Yellowcreek Church, in charge of the brethren Virgil Weaver and Ray R. Yoder. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
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High - Henry F. High was born March 20, 1863; died in the Arbington Hospital July 12, 1938; aged 75 y. 3 m. 22 d. He was a member of the Doylestown, Pa., Mennonite Church for many years. His wife died a few years ago. He is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters. Funeral sermon at the Doylestown Mennonite Church by Joseph L. Gross assisted by Wilson Overholt. Text, Psa. 90:9, 10.
Gross - Lydia M. Gross was born March 3, 1872; died at the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., July 4, 1938; aged 65 y. 4 m. 1 d. She united with the Mennonite church in her early years and remained faithful until death. She chose her own text (Phil. 1:23), also the ministers who should preach her funeral sermon (Jacob Moyer at the home and Jacob C. Clemens at the Doylestown Mennonite Church), both using the above text. She also chose the hymns, "My Heavenly Home is Bright and Fair" and "Death shall not Destroy my Comfort."
Snyder - Abram Snyder was born in Hespeler, Ont., in 1866; died at Waterloo, Ont., July 25, 1938, in his 73rd year. In 1894 he married Lydia Ann Groff who preceded him in 1922. To this union were born 8 children (Calvin of Estonia, Sask.; Fred at home, Herbert of Rockford, Ill.; Mrs. Clifford Schiefele of Waterloo; Gladys of Toronto; Mrs. Vernon Synder of Bloomingdale; Mrs. Alson Wear of Kitchener; Dorothy of Whitby), all of whom survive, with 8 grandchildren. In 1927 he married Mrs. Maria Shantz of Waterloo. As a young man he joined the Mennonite Church and was a member until his death. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Jonas Snider and J.B. Martin at Erb St. Mennonite Church, Waterloo. Burial in the Waterloo Mennonite Church.
Carver - Jack Landon, son of Carl and Bessie Carver,
died July 31, 1938; aged 1 year 11 m. 26 d. Death was due to whooping
cough and a summer complaint. He leaves father, mother, a brother
(Dewey), a sister (Hazel), his aged grandparents, uncles, aunts,
and many other relatives and friends. One brother (Claud Marshall)
preceded him in death five years ago. Jack was a patient little
sufferer and was loved by all who knew him. Funeral services were
held at the Wilson Bend schoolhouse by Bro. J.R. Shank. Text,
Jas. 4:14. His body was laid to rest in the Roach Cemetery by
the side of his brother. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe, we little knew that death was near;
But God in His wisdom has called away, our dear little Jack too pure to stay."
By the family.
King - Hettie Doretta, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Troyer)
Yoder, was born near Benton, O., Jan. 10, 1872; died at
her home near Parnell, Ia., June 20, 1938; aged 66 y. 5 m. 10
d. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church in
which faith she lived and died. In 1895 she with her sister Sadie
came to Iowa, which has since been her home. Dec. 23, 1900, she
was married to David B. King of West Liberty, O. To them were
born 3 sons and 3 daughters (Sadie, wife of Kores Yoder; John
and Eli of Wellman; Joseph of Parnell; and Isa and Mary at home).
Besides her husband, children and 8 grandchildren, she also leaves
1 brother (Abe Yoder of Millersville, O.), 2 sisters (Sadie Swartzendruber
and Fanny Helmuth of Wellman), and numerous other relatives and
friends to mourn her departure. One brother (Daniel) and 3 sisters
(Hannah, Mary, and Susanna Bontrager) preceded her in death. She
had been in failing health for several years, but was usually
able to be about the duties of the home. Her last illness began
May 16, from which time she failed rapidly. Complications brought
on serious heart trouble, which soon brought her end.
"A jewel has dropped from out its setting,
A race is run, a book of life is through;
The days of sunshine and of darkness
Have passed along their skies so blue.
But we, as mortals, cannot fathom
This justice issued from the Highest One."
Funeral services in charge of her pastor, Abner G. Yoder, were held at the West Union Church Wednesday, June 22, 1938. Text, Psa. 17:15. Interment in West Union Cemetery.
From the D.B. King family.
Moyer - Grace, stillborn, daugther of Ralph and Esther
(Frankenfield) Moyer, of near Pipersville, was born at the Doylestown
Emergency Hospital late Tuesday night, June 7, 1938. Brief funeral
services were held at the graveside the following afternoon, conducted
by Bro. Wilson Overholt of the Deep Run congregation. Burial was
made in the Deep Run Cemetery. Besides the parents, there survive
the paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Gideon S. Moyer of near
Pipersville), the maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
A. Frankenfield of near Souderton, Pa.), a great-grandmother (Lizzie
Frankenfield) of near Lansdale, Pa.), and a number of aunts, uncles
and cousins. We do not understand why we were not permitted to
enjoy the prescence of this child in our home, but we submit to
His will, knowing, "God's flowers are always wisely pulled."
"Yes, Master, Thou may'st keep my own, for it is Thine;
Safe in the house not made with hands, 'tis Thine and mine."
Freed - Aaron N. Freed was born in Franconia Tp., Montgomery
Co., Pa.; died at his home near Souderton, Pa., July 3, 1938;
aged 72 y. 8 m. 19 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara H.
Koch Dec. 24, 1887, and for 51 years they journeyed the pathway
of life together true to their marriage vows, thus setting a noble
example to their posterity and the community in which they lived.
He is survived by his widow, 1 son (Nelson of Lansdale, Pa.),
1 daugther (Cora of Philadelphia, Pa.), 6 grandchildren, and 1
brother. Bro. Freed was ordained to the ministry at Line Lexington,
Pa., May 29, 1901, thus giving 37 years of faithful service in
the Christian ministry. Those of us who received help and guidance
under his ministry will not soon forget his earnest exhortations,
and warnings, which were so often blended with tears. He was an
ardent supporter of the Sunday school, always one of the first
present, and for many years a teacher in the school. Bro. Freed
had several severe sieges of illness during his life, but endured
them patiently, and endeavored in affliction to make practical
one of his favorite texts, "I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." With his
passing, not only the Line Lexington congregatioin, but the Franconia
Conference has lost a staunch defender of Conservatism. However,
as the Lord calls his laborers home, may others take up the work,
and earnestly contend for the faith. The funeral which was largely
attended, was held Thursday, July 7 at the Line Lexington Mennonite
Church, the brethren Claude Meyers, Arthur Ruth, Wilson Moyer,
and Warren Bean taking part in the services. Text, Rev. 7:14-17.
Interment in adjoining cemetery.
By a Colaborer.
Charles - Lizzie Charles, widow of Bro. Jacob Charles, was born Aug. 16, 1842; departed this life July 11, 1938; aged 95 y. 10 m. 24 d. Funeral was held at the home of her son, Jacob Jr., near Bilmyer, and at the Bassler's Church, July 14, 1938, Noah Risser and Martin Kraybill officiating. Surviving are 2 sons, a number of grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Sister Charles was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, one who was regular in attending services when able. Her husband preceded her a number of years to the spirit world. May God bless the influence of the lives of these pilgrims.
Clark - David Lester, son of George and Ella Clark was born in McGoopin Co., Ill., July 26, 1862; died at his home near East Lynne, Mo., July 24, 1938; aged 75 y. 11 m. 28 d. He was united in marriage with Mrs. Nora M. Bartlett, who surivies him. Other survivors are: 2 stepsons, 1 stepdaugther, 1 brother (Edgar J. Clark of Cedarvale, Kans.), 4 sisters (3 in Cass Co., and 1 at Humansville, Mo.), several nieces and nephews, and many friends. In his young manhood he confessed Christ and united with the M.E. Church while living in the state of Montana. Then about a year ago he and his wife placed their membership with the East Lynne M.E. Church. The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in East Lynne, Mo., on July 26, his birthday, conducted by Bro. I.G. Hartzler, assisted by F.A. Doller, of Warrensburg, Mo. Burial in Clearfork Cemetery.
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King - Jimmie Allen was born Aug. 5, 1938; passed away Aug. 8, 1938. He leaves his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Clyde King), 1 sister (Norma) 4 brothers (Robert, Jr., Sammy, Joe, and Hugh Richard), his grandfather (Geo. Dale), a grandmother (Mrs. Clara King), and a host of other relatives and friends. While he stayed with us such a little while, he has left a hallowed spot of sweet memories in our lives. He goes back to Him who said, "Suffer little children to come unto me." Though our hearts ache with loneliness, we know he is in His arms and His will is always right. Graveside services by I.G. Hartzler, in the Orient Cemetery near Harrisonville, Mo.
Shultz - Eli Shultz was born near Sugarcreek, O., Sept. 30, 1866; died July 30, 1938; aged 72 y. 10 m. He came to Indiana with his parents at the age of 9. He married Catherine Miller and 6 children were born of this union, 4 boys and 2 girls. He leaves 2 children (Mrs. Cloyd Inks of Wawaka, Ind., and Frank Shultz of Grand Rapids, Mich.), 9 grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Daniel Christophel of Tiskilwa, Ill.). While still at White Cloud, Mich., he united with the Mennonite Church, transferring his membership to the Shore Mennonite Church upon moving to Indiana. Funeral services were held in the Shore Church near Shipshewana, in charge of Josiah J. Miller and Percy J. Miller.
Hershberger - Josiah, son of Noah and Mary (Custer) Hershberger, was born near Charm, Holmes, Co., Ohio, Apr. 4, 1883; died July 29, 1938; aged 55 y. 3 m. 24 d. Bro. Hershberger was in ordinary good health, worked all day until in the evening about five o'clock he was overtaken with a stroke and was unconscious from there on. Next morning at 5 o'clock his spirit took its flight and he fell asleep awaiting the resurrection. On Jan. 22, 1908, he united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Sadie Troyer. They together shared the joys and sorrows of life until January 1911, she preceded him in death. Then later Aug. 2, 1919, he united in marriage to Sister Rosa Swartzentruber. To this union were born 6 children: Florence, Roy, Edwin, Ida May, and Chester all at home. One preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his loving companion, 5 children, 2 brothers (John from Orrville, Ohio, and Edward from Wooster, O.), 1 sister (Mrs. Ida Flinner, Millersburg, O.). Funeral services at the Shore Church, conducted by D.D. Troyer and I.S. Johns. Text, Prov. 27:1; II Sam. 14:14.
Eigsti - Mabel Viola, daughter of Ira and Esther Eigsti,
died Aug. 11, 1938, at the age of 13 y. 2 m. 22 d. She spent her
childhood days on a farm near Buda, Ill. During a series of meetings
in November, 1936, she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was
received into church fellowship about one month later. She soon
became much interested in eternal things. On July 3rd she developed
pneumonia, and after an illness of five and one-half weeks she
departed into the hands of the Great Physician. Among those who
sorrow because of this temporary loss, are her grandparents, Jonathan
and Esther Hartzler, John and Ida Eigsti, her parents, 2 brothers,
Delwin and Elmer, 2 sisters, Dorothy and Florence.
"All my life's plan is Thy moulding, no one single choice be mine;
Let me answer unrepining - 'Father, not my will, but Thine.'"
Funeral services were held at the Willow Springs Church Aug. 14, conducted by C.A. Hartzler, J.D. Hartzler, and Ralph Smucker. Text, John 11:26: "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
- The family.
Hursh - Abram Hursh, of Stoneybrook, Pa., was born on Nov. 13, 1874; died on Aug. 7, 1938; aged 63 y. 8 m. 24 d. Nearly 40 years ago he was married to Emma Kauffman. To this union 2 daughters were born (Irene, married to Bro. Paul Strickler, Stoneybrook, and Charlotte, at home). Thirty-two years ago, while Bro. Noah Mack held a revival in this neighborhood, Bro. and Sister Hursh accepted their Saviour, and united with the Mennonite Church. Bro. Hursh was trustee of the Church for about twenty-six years. He was a faithful husband and father, and a faithful active member of the church, and will be missed by all that knew him. The funeral was held on Aug. 10 at the home in charge of Bro. Harvey Leaman,and at the Stoneybrook Church n charge of Bros. J.W. Hess, of Akron, Pa., and Walter Gable, of York, Pa. The church was well filled showing the respect and esteem of our brother by his many friends and neighbors. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family, and may each one continue to follow faithfully the Master with the promise of sometime meeting their loved one over on the other shore.
Swartzendruber - Mary A. Miller was born in Somerset
Co., Pa., Dec. 13, 1856; died suddenly of a heart attack on Aug.
13, 1938; aged 81 y. 8 m. She was the daughter of Moses P. and
Lydia Miller and came to Iowa with her parents in April, 1857,
and settled on a homestead near Kalona, Iowa. Here she grew to
womanhood. On Dec. 2, 1880, she was married to David J. Swartzendruber.
They lived in this community the remainder of her life. To this
union were born 4 children: Alice, wife of Joe C. Brenneman; Joseph,
Harvey, and Frank, all of Kalona. Her husband and daughter preceded
her in death: David on May 5, 1915 and Alice on April 9, 1938.
She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and has
always been a faithful member to the end. She was much concerned
about the Church and always attended when her health permitted.
Her children and family were close to her heart and her first
concern always. She is survived by her 3 sons and their families,
including 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and a host
"The room is quiet, all is still, her place is vacant: 'tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest, our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Funeral services were held Aug. 15, 1938 at the East Union Church by Abner G. Yoder and John Y. Swartzendruber. Text, Phil. 1:21.
Ranck - Lizzie Naomi, daughter of the late John B. and
Fannie (Hess) Herr, was born in West Lampeter Tp., Lancaster
Co., Pa., Jan. 9, 1864; entered into rest at her home in Lancaster
City, July 25, 1938; aged 74 y. 6 l m. 16 d. Three months less
than 50 years ago on October 25, 1888, she was married to Samuel
E. Ranck. They together in early married life gave their hearts
to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church. To this union
were born 5 children, 3 of whom, with her sorrowing husband, survive
(Harry E., Union City, N.J.; David H., Rohrerstown; and Bertha
E., at home) Fannie H. and John E. died in infancy. Two grandsons
and 1 sister, Mrs. B.B. Groff, also survive. She was a teacher
in Sunday school for many years, and her place was seldom vacant
in church services as long as heath permitted. July 13, 1937,
she suffered a stroke which left her partly paralyzed, and she
was a semi-invalid until her death. As her body grew weaker, her
desire to go home to her Lord grew stronger. Services were held
at her late home, July 28, 1938, by Bro. Jacob Brubaker and East
Chestnut St. Church by Bro. Ross Goldfuss and Bro. Stoner Krady.
Text, Rom. 8:26. Burial in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.
Into heaven's mansions she's entered, never to sigh nor to weep,
After long years with life's struggles, mother has fallen asleep.
Miller - Susan, daughter of Jacob and Sarah Eash Weirich,
was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Sept. 5, 1861; departed this life
July 29, 1938; aged 76 y. 10 m. 24 d. She grew to womanhood in
this same county. She had been a member of the Mennonite church
for many years. On Oct. 12, 1884 she united in marriage to Benjamin
E. Miller. To this union were born 11 children: Geneva, Mabel,
Eli, and Belva died in the fire when the house burned on the morning
of Jan. 18, 1901. Della died in 1888, Ellis died in Jan. 12, 1901.
Those surviving are the husband and 5 children (Delcie, wife of
John S. Miller of Shipshewana, Ind.; Anna, Earl, and Benjamin
at home; and Orpha, wife of Kenneth Getz of Goshen, Ind.). She
also leaves 10 grandchildren, 2 stepgrandchildren, 1 brother (Joseph
Weirich of Shipshewana, Ind.), 3 sisters (Sarah Miller of Elkhart,
Ind.; Mary Hershberger of Goshen, Ind.; Elizabeth of White Cloud,
Mich.), and many other friends. For more than a year mother's
health has been failing, and for the last eight weeks she was
confined to her bed, during which time she suffered much, and
though she had a desire to remain, she expressed a desire to remain,
she expressed herself in this way, "I am ready to go."
Funeral services by Clinton Everest and Percy Miller.
"Dearest Mother, thou has left us, and our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us, He will all our sorrows heal."
Warye - Emma K, daughter of Christian Kauffman
and Mary Hooley Kauffman, was born in Logan Co., O., on April
19, 1858. One year later the family moved to Champaign Co., and
lived on the old homestead of the Kauffman family. There her girlhood
days were spent and from there she attended a one-room school
near Mount Tabor. Her whole life was passed in that locality and
for the last fourteen years she lived in West Liberty. She fell
asleep on Aug. 2, 1938, at the age of 80 y. 3 m. 14 d. She accepted
her Saviour in her youth and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite
Church, sixty-three years ago, under the eldership of Bishop John
Warye. She loved her church and her Bible. She was married to
Samuel L. Warye on Jan. 20, 1880. This union lasted almost fifty-five
years, being broken by the death of her husband on Dec. 1, 1934.
They were blessed with three children: Maude, who is married to
Harry Good of Columbus, O.; Edwin, and John. There are 9 grandchildren.
Two brothers (Chris L. Kauffman of West Liberty, and Levi Kauffman
of Canton, O.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Selina Smucker, of West Liberty),
survive her. She was devoted to her church, her family, and a
large circle of friends. To her husband she was a devoted and
faithful helpmeet. As a mother she was tender, patient, and wise;
and much of her life was spent in making sacrifices which would
give greater opportunities to others. She sacrificed gladly and
with understanding for the education, health and happiness of
her children; but the spiritual welfare of her family was always
her deepest concern. Her interests extended far beyond the boundaries
of her home. To her numerous friends she always gave a warm welcome
and a cheerful and helpful word. Although she was subject to suffering
in her last illness, no complaint fell from her lips. She was
permitted to share the peace of those who trust in the Lord. Her
children and her community will long bless her memory and example.
The golden gates were opened, a gentle voice said, "Come;"
And with farewells unspoken, she calmly entered home."
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