Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1938

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXX, No. 45 - February 3, 1938 - pages 958-959 -- view images

Snyder. ­Sydney B. Snyder was born Feb. 2, 1845; died Jan. 18, 1938; aged 92 y. 11 m. 16 d. His wife (Esther Bricker) predeceased him 7 years ago. He leaves 5 sons, 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He united with the Mennonite church several years ago and was a member until his death. Funeral services were held at the St. Jacobs Mennonite church with burial in Martin's Cemetery. Brethren Roy S. Koch and Oscar Burkholder were in charge of the services.

Cable. ­An infant daughter of James and Mary (Yoder) Cable was laid to rest in the Kaufman Cemetery near Davidsville, Pa., Jan. 18, 1938, after short services were held in the home by Bro. Irvin Holsopple
"The sweet little bud, too pure to say,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."

Messner. ­ On Jan 19, 1938, there was laid to rest, Mary Elizabeth, infant daughter of Bro. Leroy and Sister Emma Messner, in the Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery. She died of pneumonia Jan. 16, 1938; aged 1 y. 28 d. There remain: the parents, 4 brothers (Earl, Leroy, Richard and John), the grandparents on both sides; also the yet vigorous past eighty great-grandfather, Matthias M. Horst. Bro. I. B. Good preached on the family selected text: "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places: yeah, I have a goodly heritage."

Gerber. ­ Noah Gerber was born near Bloomington, Ill, Nov. 7, 1863; died near Mayton, Alberta, Nov. 3, 1937; aged73 y. 11 m. 26 d. He was married to Catharine Stoll in Hickory Co., Mo., in 1884. He is survived by his companion, 2 daughters (Louise Ellen Tannehill and Mary Belle Benedict), 2 sons (Christopher Jacob, Wakarusa, Ind., and Paul Edward, Central Point, Oreg.) 12 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He had finished his work and God saw best to take him home to glory. He is missed in the home and the Church. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about fifty years, and was always at church when health permitted. He was a deacon in the Church for thirty years. Some time we will understand why he was taken out of his work and called home.

Snyder. ­ Anna H., widow of the late Henry G. Snyder, was born Nov. 20, 1849, near Lititz, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Jacob and Barbara Bomberger. She died Jan 1, 1938, of infirmities of age, being bedfast for two weeks; aged 88 y. 1 m. 11 d. Her husband preceded her in death 28 years. She is survived by the following children: Jacob B., Christian B., Amos B., Mary B., wife of John Bucher, of Lititz; Barbara B., wife of John Charles, Landisville, Lizzie B., wife of Martin Peifer, Manheim; Anna B., wife of Abraham Erb, Lancaster, 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 brother (Jacob H. Bomberger) also survive. Services were held Jan. 4 at her home by Bro. Jacob Hershey and at the Hess Mennonite Church (of which she was a member) by Bros. Noah Landis and John S. Hess. Texts, II Sam. 19:37; Heb. 4:9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Metzler. ­Elizabeth, daughter of Bro. And Sister Jonas Blosser, was born near Harrisonburg, VA, Nov. 7, 1845; died at her home Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1937, foll9wing a few days of illness of pneumonia; aged 92 y. 1 m. 21 d. Her health was good up to within a few days of her death when the Lord called her into eternity. She had committed to memory Psalms 1 and 23 and Matthew 28, which she repeated every day for a number of years up to the end of her life. She united with the Mennonite Church in Virginia when a young girl, but soon after her marriage to Rudolph Metzler June 21, 1866, the couple moved to Mahoning Co., Ohio, where they spent the remaining days of their life. A daughter (Marietta) and son (Jonas) were born to this union, both living. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 31, first in the home and later at the North Lima Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Sears. ­Christian A., son of Christian and Phebe Eigsti Sears, was born in Woodford Co., Ill, Mar. 5, 1862; died in Tiskilwa, Ill, July 29, 1937; aged 75 y. 4 m. 24 d. At the age of five he came with his parents to Bureau Co., Ill, near Tiskilwa, where he spent the rest of his life. Feb. 5, 1899, he was married to Barbara Springer of Minier, Ill. Nine children were born to this union, all of whom survive. They are Mrs. Hattie Nafziger, Mrs. Mina Sommers, Mrs. Tilman Imhoff of Washington, Ill.; Emery of Minier; Mrs. Alvin Smucker, Mrs. Phebe Nafziger, Austin, Harvy and Christian Jr. all of Tiskilwa. Beside his immediate family he leaves 14 grandchildren, 1 brother (Sam of Elkhart, Ind.) and 4 sisters (Mrs. Mary Ropp, Mrs. Joe Springer, Mrs. Fanny Forney and Mrs. Phoebe Culp). Two sisters (Mrs. Samuel Garber, and Mrs. David Bachman) and 1 brother (Daniel Sears) preceded him in death. As a young man he united with the Willow Springs Church of which he was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted by the home ministers at the Willow Springs Church (texts, Job 14:14:19:25,26) after which the body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Schrader. ­ Emily Viola, eldest daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Teagarten was born at Buda, Ill., Feb. 21, 1886; died Jan. 15, 1938, near Tiskilwa, Ill.; aged 51 y. 10 m. 23 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Methodist Church of Tiskilwa. On June 2,1909 she was married to Elija W. Schrader of Tiskilwa. In 1913 both she and her husband were received into the Willow Springs Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until her death. In her departure she leaves 1 son (Delbert of Princeton, Ill.) 2 daughters (Mrs. Daniel Norin, of Princeton and Jane at home). She had suffered much in the past five years, not even being able to lied down to rest most of the time during the last year, but through it all she bore her sufferings with patience and confidence in Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were conducted at the Willow Springs Church by C. a. Hartzler and Ira Eigsti, from II Cor. 4:18; 5:1 and a number of other scriptures which she had marked in her Bible, from which she had gathered strength and comfort in the many long hours of pain and suffering.

Harnish. ­David Eugene, son of Frank and Esther Harnish, near Eureka, Ill, died Jan. 14, 1938; aged 8 y. 4 m. 16 d. His short life was one of activity and happiness, and because of his care-free nature he won a place in the affections of all who knew him. He was always ready to take part in the activities among the children, taking an active interest in the primary class in Sunday school, of which he was a member. He suffered considerably with asthma; in anticipation of relieving this condition, a tonsil and adenoid operation was performed-Bright's disease and Leukaenia followed, causing his death. He leaves a devoted father and mother, 3 sisters (Suzanne, Marjorie Carol and Patricia), 1 brother (Robert), maternal grandparents, Bro. And Sister David H. Schertz of Eureka; also many other relatives and friends.
"With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He has entered into a better land;
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there."
Services at the house Jan. 16, conducted by Bro. Ezra Yordy, and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. John L. Harnish assisted by Bro. Ezra Yordy. Interment in the church cemetery.
Spelled as shown: Leukaenia

Brubacker. ­ John G., son of Jonas B. and Magdalena (Gingrich) Brubacker, was born June 19, 1867; died Jan 14, 1938; age 70 y. 6 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage to Katherine Lehman in 1891. To this union were born 5 girls and 3 boys. The oldest, a son, died in infancy. Lizzie (Mrs. David Snider) of Brutus, Mich., Lucina (Mrs. Joseph Riel) who died about eleven years ago, Ivan of Harbor Springs, Mich., Elsie (Mrs. Amos Gregory), of Brutus, Mich., Mrs. Martha Burkey of Nappanee, Ind., Mattie (Mrs. Chas. Babcock) and David, both of Midland, Mich., survive. He was born in Ontario and later lived at Brutus, Mich., where he was engaged in farming and lumbering. About fifteen years ago his health became such that it was impossible for him to continue in this occupation, at which time he moved to Midland, Mich., where he soon became a friend to all, especially the children. He was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church about fifty years ago, to which faith he was faithful till death. He leaves, beside the widow and children, 3 brothers (Jesse of Pa., Jonas of British Columbia, and Eli of Ontario), 2 sisters (Lizzie Burkhart of Brutus, Mich. and Nancy Burkhart of Washington). One sister and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Twenty-two grandchildren, and many relatives and friends also survive. While he has been failing in health for many years, and we know he suffered much at times, yet his sudden departure was very unexpected. We humbly bow to the Father's will. Funeral services were held in the home and in the Mennonite Church near Midland, in charge of Brethren E. A. and F. F. Bontrager and Clarence Yoder. Burial in the cemetery near by.

Garman. ­ John B., son of David and Elizabeth (Burkholder) Garman, was born Aug. 15, 1855; died Jan 1., 1938; aged 82 y. 4 m. 16 d. When he was but a young man he joined the Muddy Creek Mennonite Church of Lancaster Co., Pa., and was always a faithful worker for Christ. He had a record of 50 years of service in Sunday school work as superintendent and teacher. He was an honest, upright citizen, with clean lips and a pure heart, free from all unclean habits. He will be well remembered in the Hildebrand Church near Waynesboro, Va., in which community he lived for several years before moving to Hancock, Md., where he has lived for the past 21 years. He died on New Year's day, after an illness of 5 weeks of complications due to his age. He was always a kind, loving husband and father. He was twice married, his first wife (Lavina Steffy of Lancaster CO., Pa.), preceded him in death many years ago in Goshen, Ind., where she now lies at rest. To this union were born 4 sons, 2 of whom died some years ago. He is survived by his wife (Grace Scott Garman) and the following children: David S. of Goshen, Ind.,; John Emory, Battle Creek, Mich.; Mrs. Leona Murfin, Hancock, Md., and Mrs. Lillian Small of Washington, D.C.; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren survive, also 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Burial in Fulton Co., Pa., services conducted by John Grove, J. A. Trostle, and Milton Crist.
"Farewell, dear father, your work is now o'er,
Your loving hands will toil no more;
May you slumber in peace and rest be sweet,
Our circle is now broken and home incomplete."

Zehr. ­Joseph M. son of the late Michael and Catherine (Martin) Zehr, was born at Indian River, N.Y., July 5,1864; died Jan. 15, 1938; aged 73 y. 6 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia Rogie Dec. 14, 1893. Eleven children were born to this union. One daughter (Lena) preceded him in death. He leaves his loving wife, 6 sons and 4 daughters (Menno of Belfort, N.Y.; Mrs. Emanuel Swartzendruber of Pigeon, Mich., Samuel, Amos, Marian, Esther and Vernon at home; Alvin and Mrs. Andrew Bellar of Naumburg, N.Y., Michael of Belfort, N.Y.)20 grandchildren, 3 brothers (John of Beaver Falls, N.Y.; Michael of Alden, N.Y.; Benjamin of Croghan, N.Y.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Chris Lehman of New Bremen, N.Y., Mrs. Joseph Yousey of Beaver Falls, N.Y.; and Mrs. Harold Chaffee of Naumburg, N.Y.). He was of a cheerful disposition, and made friends with whomever he met. He will be missed in his community as he was always a friend in need. He lived on a farm near where he was born, but was a carpenter by trade. He was in failing health for about four months with heart trouble but died suddenly. During his sickness he was patient and was resided as God saw best. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Joseph Lehman and at the Amish Mennonite church by Bros. Joseph J. Zehr and C. M. Nafziger. His body was laid to rest in the church cemetery.
"Farewell, dear husband and father, your labors o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
Peace by thy slumber, they rest be sweet
Our circle is now broken, our home incomplete."
By the family

Klopfenstein. ­ John B., fourth child of John and Anna Klopfenstein, was born in Alsace Lorraine, France, Feb. 8, 1858; died in Garden City, Mo., Jan. 13, 1938; aged 79 y. 11 m. 5 d. He came to America with his parents at the age of 7, locating at Wayland, Iowa. After one year the family moved to Hickory Co., Mo., where he grew to manhood. He later moved to Johnson Co., Mo. Oct. 11, 1894, he was united in marriage to Mary Naffziger. One daughter and 1 son were born to this union, the son having died in infancy in 1899. The mother died near Holden, Mo., Feb. 25, 1905. In early life he confessed Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful and loyal member until death. His place in worship was seldom vacant when health and circumstances permitted him to be there. In 1909he moved to Cass Co., Mo., locating on a farm, and in 1929 he and daughter moved to Garden City where he has resided since. He was preceded in death by his wife, father, mother, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Those who survive are his sorrowing daughter, Mrs. Lovina Miller, who has been her father's sole companion during the declining years of his life, and 1 sister (Mrs. Abe Gilliom of Garden City). Also 3 nephews, 4 nieces and other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Death came to him suddenly as the result of a heart attack; quietly and peacefully he passed away. In his passing the home has lost a devoted father, the Church a true and faithful brother, and the community a highly respected citizen who was a friend and good neighbor to all. Funeral services in charge of I. G. Hartzler, at the home assisted by Lemon Miller, and at the Sycamore Grove Church assisted by S. S. Hershberger. Text, Job 5:26,27. Interment in the Medford Cemetery near Holden, Mo.
"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartache
That the smile hides all the while."

Miller. ­Nettie, daughter of Samuel and Katie (Mehl) Hostetler, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., May 28, 1870; died at her home in Elkhart, Ind., Jan. 16, 1938; age 67 y. 7 m. 18 d. May 26, 1889, she was united in marriage with D. D. Miller, who survives her. This union was blessed with 5 sons (Orie O. of Akron, Pa., Ernest E., recently returned from India, Truman T. of Chicago, W. Wilbur of Columbus, Ohio, and Samuel S. of Benton, Ind.) and 6 daughters (Ida, wife of B. F. Schertz, Flanagan, Ill.; Clara, wife of Arthur Augsburger, Middlebury, Ind.; Kathryn, wife of Ray Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; Alice, wife of Chancey Oesch, Middlebury, Ind.; Mabel, wife of W. E. Jennings, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Bertha, deceased) who grew to manhood and womanhood; also 2 children who died in infancy. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 4 sisters (Clara Bontrager, Susan Baker, Katie Yoder, Sophia Troyer) and 1 brother (Bishop Oscar Hostetler). One sister (Elizabeth Farmer) preceded her in death. About a year ago she suffered from an attack of influenza and from that time grew gradually weaker. On Sunday, Jan 16, she had a heart attack, which caused her death. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church , and remained a consistent member until death. She was active and much interested in sewing circle work, and for many years a faithful Sunday school teacher. She was a kind mother, caring patiently and carefully for her family of children while her husband was engaged in evangelistic work and other Church activities. Funeral services were conducted in her late home. (Administration Building of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, Elkhart, Ind.) by Bros. S. C. Yoder and J. S. Hartzler, with further services at the Forks Church near Middlebury, Ind., in charge of Bro. C. L. Graber assisted by Bros. Early Bontrager, J. N. Kaufman, and J. D. Mininger. Burial in Forest Grove Cemetery near the church.
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear
For one we love and cherished here;
God took her home, it was His will;
But in our hearts she liveth still."

Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXX, No. 46 - February 10, 1938 - pages 991-992 -- view images

Kauffman. ­Donald Lee, son of Dan S. and Bessie (Hooks) Kauffman, was born near Creston, Mont., March 13, 1927; died with pneumonia at the Sister's Hospital in Kalispell, Mont., Dec. 23, 1937; aged 10 y. 9 m. 10 d. He is survived by his parents, 3 brothers (Grover, Rolland, and Raymond), 3 sisters, Ruby, Goldie, and Betty Jean). Funeral services were held Dec. 27, 1937, at the Waggener & Campbell funeral home, by N. A. Lind and J. G. Hochstetler. Text, Mark 10:14.

Dean. ­John Thomas, son of William Dean, was born July 19, 1858, Juniata Co., Pa.; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Florence Harkins, Altoona, Pa.) Dec. 14, 1937; aged 78 y. 5 m. 25 d. His wife preceded in death two years ago. Surviving are 5 daughters and 5 sons. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1910. He took a pleasure in witnessing for Christ. Funeral was held at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Edna Querry) in charge of Joseph M. Nissley and C. F. Reitzler. Text, Phil. 1:21.

Book. ­Lizzie, daughter of the late Samuel and Mary A. (Buckwalter) Book, was born Nov. 7, 1853; died at the home of her brother near Lampeter, Pa., Dec. 11, 1937; aged 84 y. 1 m. 4 d. Her illness was of short duration, being confined to her bed one week with general debility due to her advanced age. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was the oldest of a family of 14 children. Three brothers survive (Martin B., Sterling, Ill.; Samuel B., Quarryville, Pa.; Daniel B., near Lampeter, Pa.). Funeral services were held Dec. 14. Brief services at the late home by Bro. Jacob Harnish and further services at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Harnish, C. M. Brubaker and Frank Herr. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
By a niece.

Martin. ­ Susan, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Rohrer, was born at Bloomville, Ohio, Jan. 6, 1852; died in her home in Columbiana, Ohio, Jan. 26, 1938; aged 80 y. 20 d. March 6, 1873 she was married to Jacob Culp who preceded her in death on March 15, 1922. One son (Trancy Culp) was adopted in this home. On March 24, 1924, she was united in marriage with John C. Martin, who survives. Besides her companion, she leaves one son (Trancy Culp), 1 step son (Ira Martin) 3 grandchildren, all of Columbiana, O.; also 1 brother (Isaac Rohrer of North Lima, O.) and a number of other relatives and friends mourn her departure. She accepted Christ as her Saviour early in life , and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death, worshiping with the Leetonia congregation. In her younger years she was a teacher in the Sunday school; she always took an interest in the work of the Church, being faithful and regular in attendance, as long as health permitted. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. I. B. Witmer, assisted at the Midway church by the brethren Steven Yoder and A. J. Steiner. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Livengood. ­ Orpha, second wife of Wilbert E. Livengood and daughter of Christian and Annie Beitzel Orendorf, was born Oct. 23, 1892; died at her home near Springs, Pa., Jan. 15, 1938; aged 45 y. 2 m. 22 d. She united with the Mennonite Church, Oct. 11, 1908, in which faith she continued until death called her home. She was married to Wilbert E. Livengood, Oct. 27, 1933. She leaves her husband, her father and mother, 7 sisters: Ada (Mrs. Henry Bender), Lena (Mrs. David Swary), Victoria (Mrs. Roy Resh), Mary and Clara of Canton, Ohio, Alta (Mrs. Jessie Burkholder) of her home community and Susie at home. Her brother (Clarence) preceded her in death. Three step sons (Myron and Harry Livengood of Pinto, Md., and Orville Livengood of Pittsburgh, Pa.,) also survive; also nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends and neighbors. Her life was one of service, laboring quite a number of years at Canton, Ohio, a dutiful wife doing all possible for her husband's happiness, interested in the Word, dutifully in prayer to the very last, gathering to her bedside her husband and sisters present for the reading of the Word and prayer just a short while before her passing. Interment in the Glade Cemetery.

Schultz. ­ Catherine, daughter of John L. and Catherine (Boshart) Schultz was born May 4, 1885; died Oct. 19, 1937 of a lingering illness, at the home of her brother-in-law (Moses Leis), Wellesley, Ont. She was converted very young and lived a Christian life. She served her Lord with gladness. She found much joy and pleasure in being good to others. She was of a cheerful disposition, which won for many friends. She will be missed in the community, in the church, but most of all in the home where she was a kind companion to one who loved her dearly. Her mother and father preceded her in death. There remain 3 sisters and 1 brother (Mrs. Dan Schlabach, Guernsey, Sask.; Mrs. Moses Leis, Wellesley; Mrs. David Bingeman, Mose Schultz, Baden, Ont.). Funeral services were held at the St. Agatha Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. D. Lebold and M. O. Jantzi. Interment in adjoining cemetery. A large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they held in high esteem. Services were also held at the Sharon Mennonite Church, Guernsey, Sask., where one of her sisters resides, conducted by Bro. M. H. Schmidt. Texts, Can. 4:10; Mark 3:35.

Zehr. ­Christina, daughter of John and Susan (Gascho) Guber, was born near Wellesley, Ont.; died near Alden, N. Y., after a lingering illness of almost a year; aged 66 y. 11 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to Michael M. Zehr at Indian River, N. Y., Oct. 4, 1894. Her parents, 1 half sister, 1 daughter, and 2 grandchildren preceded her in death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 2 daughters (Mrs. Alma Jantzi and Lola of Alden, N. Y.), 7 sons (Lawrence, Harold, Ben S., Roy, Abner and Olin of Lewis Co., N. Y., and Vernon of Greenwood, Del.) 17 grandchildren, 1 half sister (Mrs. Dan Albright) 1 half brother (Leonard Streicher of Beaver Falls, N. Y.). She often expressed her desire to leave this world and be at rest. She was very much concerned about her family and many times would she call them to her bedside and admonish them. Funeral services were held from the home on Jan. 10, conducted by John Bontrager in English and Joe Roth in German. After this the body was taken to Croghan, N. Y., where services were held at the Amish Mennonite Church by Jos. Lehman in English and Joe Roth in German. Burial in cemetery near by.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."

Showalter. ­Sarah Margaret, daughter of Daniel and Maria Good, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., Nov. 22, 1863; died in the Waynesboro, Va., General Hospital, Jan. 8, 1938; aged 74 y. 1 m. 16 d. She had not been in the best of health for several years, but was able to go about, and enjoyed doing what she could for those about her. About a month before her death she took sick, was not though so serious, but was removed to the hospital for a slight operation and treatment, when she suddenly passed away with a blood clot. She will be much missed everywhere. Her place at church was never vacant, when at all able to be there, and the same at sewing circle, of which she was a faithful helper since its beginning. Five daughters, 2 sons, 12 grandchildren, 1 adopted grandchild, 4 sisters, 1 brother, with many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss, which is her gain. She lived in widowhood 18 years. Her husband (Samuel J. Showalter and 1 son preceded her. Funeral was held at Springdale Jan. 11. Bro. E. C. Shank conducted services at the home, and Brethren E. F. Heatwole and J. R. Driver at the church.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead. She is just away;
With a cherry smile and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there."

Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXX, No. 47 - February 17, 1938 - pages 1007,1008 -- view images

Martin. ­Reuben A., infant son of Ivan L. and Maggie C. Martin of New Holland, Pa., died very suddenly Jan. 2, 1938; aged 3 m. 7 d. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers (Robert and Arthur), the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Allen W. Martin of New Holland and Michael Auker of Schoeneck) and the great-grandfather (Reuben S. Martin of New Holland). Funeral services were held Jan. 5, at the Weaverland Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Mahlon Witmer and John W. Weaver. Text, Job 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Swartley. ­Sallie M. Swartley was born Mar. 31, 1868, near Franconia, Pa.; died Dec. 24, 1937, at the home of her daughter at Line Lexington, Pa., after a short illness; aged 70 y. 8 m. 23 d. She is survived by 3 children (Howard Landis, Weston Landis, and Mrs. Arthur D. Ruth), also 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 1 brother (Henry Nice, Souderton, Pa.). Her first husband (Jacob M. Landis) died in 1908. Her second husband (Allen D. Swartley died in 1923. Funeral services were conducted at the home Dec. 28 by Bro. Jacob Moyer, and at the Line Lexington Church (of which congregation she was a member), by Brethren Claude Meyers and John Lapp. Text, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

Forry. ­John S. Forry was born Oct. 23, 1862; died suddenly of a heart attack at the Mosemann peanut butter factory, Lancaster City, Pa., (where he was employed for 24 years); aged 75 y. 3 m. 1 d. He is survived by his wife (Elizabeth Harnish Forry), 2 children (Mabel, wife of Ellwood Barr of Elizabethtown, Pa., and J. Elvin Forry of Pittsburgh, Pa.), and 6 grandchildren. Brief funeral services at his late home Jan. 27 by Bro. Jacob E. Brubaker and Frank Torrey and at the East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church in Lancaster by Bros. Jacob E. Brubaker and John K. Charles. Text, Job 17:11. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 48 years.
"How we miss Father's footsteps,
O we miss his loving smile;
But we're glad it's not forever,
We are only parted for a while."
The Family

Burkholder. ­ Anna S. daughter of the late Samuel and Lydia Rutt, was born Sept. 3, 1866; died at her home near Martindale, Pa., Dec. 17, 1937; aged 71 y. 3 m. 14 d. Dec. 29, 1895, she was united in marriage to Levi W. Burkholder who survives her; also 3 sons, 2 daughters, 2 stepsons, 14 grandchildren, and 1 sister, besides relatives and friends. One daughter, 2 grandsons, 1 stepdaughter, 1 sister and 1 brother preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church at Weaverland, Pa., to which faith she remained faithful until death. During her sickness her prayer and longing was to go to her long home to which she looked forward with a living hope, awaiting her final call to come home and be at rest. Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at Martindale by the home ministers. Text, Rev. 21:4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Tis hard to part with Mother, dear,
No more to see her here;
But yet we're glad if God saw best
To end her troubles and give her rest,
In heaven to rein with angels fair:
May our names too be written there."

Miller. ­Lydia, daughter of John J. and Eliza Jane (Kemp) Shetler, was born Sept. 6, 1901, in Johnson Co., Ia.; died at her home near Kalona; aged 36 y. 4 m. 1 d. Nov. 30, 1922, she united in marriage to John Miller. To this union 6 children were born (Mary Ellen, Mabel Viola, Lloyd Wesley, Ernest Ray, Ora Glen, and Ada Amelia). She leaves her deeply bereft husband, the above named children, 2 sisters (Ella, wife of A. J. Beachy; Mary, wife of Emery B. Miller), 2 brothers (Jesse and John) all of Kalona except John of Wellman, 6 uncles and 2 aunts. At the age of 15 she accepted Christ as her Saviour, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was a steadfast member to the end. Oct. 27, she was taken to the hospital and on the following day she underwent an operation for cancer. Nov. 10 she was taken to her home where she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus Friday afternoon. God saw it best to call her home. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 9, at her late home, in charge of John R. Swantz and Will Yoder. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery.
"Mother dear, we know you've left us,
And your face is oh so cold;
But we know you're happy, mother,
By the peaceful look you behold."

Wideman. ­William H., son of Abram and Anna Wideman, was born near Elmira, Ont., April 17, 1880; died near Kingman, Alta., Jan. 19, 1938; aged 57 y. 9 m. 2 d. He was married to Sarah Brubaker May 19, 1904. To this union were born 7 boys and 8 girls (John, Norman, Martha-Mrs. Joe Lauber, Eva-Mrs. Titus Brenneman, Willie, Lydia, Noah, Esther, Amos, Leonard, Naomi, Edith, Samuel, Hazel, and Ella Mae). When 6 years old he left Ontario with his parents and moved to Osceola Co., Ia. In 1901 they moved to Mayton, Alta., and in 1920 he with his family came to Kingman. Here he lived until the time of his death. When 23 years of age he united with the Mennonite Church at Mayton, and died in the same faith. He was not feeling well since Christmas and death came very suddenly, due to heart failure. On Wednesday afternoon he walked to the school a distance of one half mile. He met two men selling fish, and while buying he fell dead instantly. He was well known, very hospitable, and a lover of singing. Lately he mentioned that his time on this earth would be short. Even though he looked well and strong, that time came quickly. He leaves his wife, 15 children, 8 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Edwin of Sheridan, Oreg., Ivy, Abram and Menno of Tofield), 3 sisters (Mrs. Martha Sitler, Mrs. Lydia Boettgar, Mrs. Mary Ann Roth, all of Tofield), and many relatives and friends. One granddaughter preceded him in death.
"However painful it may be,
To know that he is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may see
Father in that heavenly home."
By the family

Shetler ­John J. son of Joseph D. and Lydia (Schrock) Shetler, was born Oct. 31, 1868 in Johnson Co., Ia.; died Dec. 3, 1937 in Johnson Co., near Kalona in the home of his daughter Ella; aged 69 y. 1 m. 3 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. Dec. 4, 1892 he was united in marriage to Eliza Jane Kempf. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters (Ella Mae, wife of A. J. Beachy; Jesse Ray; Lydia Alma, wife of John A. Miller; John F.; and Mary Edna, wife of Emery B. Miller), all living in the home community except John who lives near Wellman. Eliza Jane died Oct. 9, 1920. He was again married Nov. 29, 1928, to Anna M. (Yoder) Miller, who preceded him in death on June 24, 1929. He leaves 5 children, 32 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Daniel and Joseph of Pigeon, Mich., and Ben of Kalona), 1 sister (Lena, wife of Chris H. Hostetler), also of Kalona, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, 3 sisters (Kate, wife of Henry T. Yoder; Mary, wife of George D. Gingerich; and Lydia who died as a child) and 1 grandson (Ellis Shetler). He died of a lingering illness of two years and was bedfast nearly fifteen months. God in His mercy thought best to call him home. In his passing the family lost a loving father, the Church a faithful member, and the community a good neighbor. He lived an active life on the farm until he retired in the fall of 1928, when he moved to Kalona where he lived nearly nine years. Three months before his death he was taken to the home of his daughter Ella, where he peacefully fell asleep.
"How he longed to see his Jesus,
And to clasp Him to his breast;
Farewell father, how we miss the,
But we know God's ways are best."
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 6, at his daughter's home by Wm. Yoder and Chris B. Miller of the home ministry in German and a short discourse in English by H. J. King of Harper, Kans. Text, Rev. 1:13. Interment in East Union Cemetery.

Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXX, No. 48 - February 24, 1938 - pages 1022, 1023 -- view images

Englemen. ­Maggie, widow of Jim Englemen, died near Stuarts Draft, Va., Jan. 21, 1938. She was past 90 years of age. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held Jan. 23, from Valley View Mennonite Church by Bro. Jos. R. Driver. Text, Job 19:25,26. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Bearss. ­Frederick, son of Albert and Saphrona Bearss, was born near Campden, Ont. Sept. 19, 1919; died Feb. 4, 1938; aged 18 y. 4 m. 16 d. Coasting down a hill on a bicycle at the intersection of a main highway, he ran into a passing car and was instantly killed. This is a loud call to youth and to all others to be ready for the unexpected messenger of death. Funeral services were held on Feb. 7. Burial in Vineland Cemetery. Services by S. F. Coffman. Text, I Cor. 15:22.

Yoder. ­Israel S. son of Daniel and Sarah A. Yoder, was born Sept. 6, 1854; died Feb. 1, 1938; aged 83 y. 4 m. 26 d. He was married Jan. 11, 1879, to Rebecca Y. Zook, who preceded him in death about 22 years. To this union were born 5 children, 3 having preceded him in death. He united with the Allensville Mennonite congregation and for many years was a faithful member, remaining so until death. His kindly disposition and unassuming ways won for him a friendship in the hearts of many. Funeral services were held in the home conducted by J. B. Zook and in the Allensville Mennonite Church conducted by Elmer E. Yoder assisted by J. B. Zook. Interment in the nearby cemetery.

Loucks. ­Maude Blanche (Swartz) Loucks was born Feb. 23, 1881, at Blackwell, Ont.; died at the home of her daughter in Bad Axe, Mich., Jan. 29, 1938, after a lingering illness; aged 56 y. 11 m. 6 d. On Aug 28, 1912, she was united in marriage to George Loucks. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. Bonnie Seely), 2 granddaughters (Bonnie and Jean Seely), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mildred Salmon of Lupton, Mich., and Mrs. Ida Yetes of northwestern Canada), also many friends and neighbors. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and left a shining testimony for those that remain. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church near Pigeon, Mich. Funeral was held Feb. 2, at the Pigeon River Church. Body laid to rest in the cemetery there. Funeral sermon was preached by Bro. Earl Maust, Text, John 14.

Lineweaver. ­Etta, daughter of the late Jesse and Catherin Kiser, was born Oct. 15, 1869; died of a paralytic stroke, at the home of her son, Marion Shifflett, in Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 18, 1938; aged 68 y. 3 m. 3 d. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, in which faith she died. On Jan. 15, 1890, she was united in marriage to Emanuel Shifflett. To this union 3 sons and 2 daughters were born. An infant daughter preceded her in death. Her husband also preceded her June 4, 1900. About thirty years ago she was again married to Peachy Lineweaver, he having died on March 11, 1916. She was the last member of her father's family. Surviving are 3 sons, 1 daughter and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were held from Weaver's Church, conducted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes, assisted by Bro. H. B. Keener. Interment in the nearby cemetery.

Gehman. ­Sarah H., daughter of the late Joshua and Mary Hunsberger Histand, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., April 16, 1859; died Feb. 7, 1938; aged 78 y. 9 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Enos S. Gehman Sept. 23, 1880, who preceded her in death nineteen years. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters, 1 daughter preceding her in death. Surviving are 9 children and 19 grandchildren. Her life was an example of the virtuous woman described in Prov. 31 and "her own works praise her." Her husband served as deacon for Bally and Boyertown congregations from 1906 to 1918. She lived her life within the will of God, was thoroughly loyal to the Church, deeply interested in its activities, and nobly supported it with her means and counsel. All her children and grandchildren of accountable years are members of the Mennonite Church, being a living proof of her loyalty and devotion to her church. Funeral services were held at Bally Mennonite Church Feb. 12, conducted by the brethren, W. G. Bean, J. C. Clemens, and E. W. Kulp. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Weaver. ­Hattie M., daughter of Henry B. Weaver, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 27, 1858; died in San Bernardino, Calif., Jan 7, 1938; aged 76 y. 8 m. 13 d. She was married to Daniel Hess of Ephrata, Pa., Sept. 28, 1879. In 1884 they moved to Harvey Co. (Newton), Kans., where they lived until 1911, when they moved to Arizona. Her husband died in 1931. She continued to live in Phoenix and in California. Eleven children were born to this family: Dora (Mrs. Frank Roupp), Fall River, Kans.; Harvey, Casa Grande, Ariz.; John, Orange, Calif.; Weaver, Walla Walla, Wash.; Hattie, deceased; Amos of Phoenix, Ariz.; Paul of Pasadena, Calif.; Minnie (Mrs. James B. Frazier), Yakima, Wash.; Reuben, Phoenix, Ariz.; Ruth (Mrs. Charles Rockwell) of San Bernardino, Calif.; Anna Campbell, Phoenix, Ariz. Also surviving are 32 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Annie Wenger, Mrs. Emma Martin), 4 brothers (Frank, Henry, Elam, and Joe Weaver all of Lancaster Co., Pa.). Funeral services were held in both San Bernardino, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz. She was buried by the side of her husband in Greenwood Memorial Park in Phoenix.

Lewis. ­ Myrtle D. Bovey, was born Mar. 5, 1868, at Mt. Morris, Ill; died Jan 29, 1938, at the McMinnville, Oreg., Hospital; aged 69 y. 11 m. 7 d. Jan 20, 1938, she suffered a paralytic stroke which was the cause of her death. She was married July 8, 1891, to Richard J. Barkell of Eaton, Colo., who preceded hr in death. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (Frank, Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Bessie Thornhill, address unknown; Cecil, Salem, Oreg.; Mrs. Zelma Roberts, Selah, Wash.). She was again married to Chauncey D. Lewis of Gearing, Nebr., Feb. 9, 1918, who with her children survive. She is also survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Lydia Lucia, Kans.; Mrs. Grace Waggoner, Nebr.; Mrs. Maude Mann, Nebr.; Clyde Bovey, Nebr.; Marcus Bovey, Colo.), and a number of grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends. They moved to Sheridan, Oreg., a number of years ago, where she resided until death. She united with the Mennonite Church soon after moving into this community and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Feb. 2, 1938 at the Sheridan Mennonite Church, conducted by G. D. Shenk and D. F. Shenk. Text, Phil. 1:21. Burial in nearby cemetery.

Diebel. ­Margaret, daughter of Elias and Sarah (Shelly) Hartman, was born Oct. 4, 1877, at Cullom, Ill.; died Feb. 6, 1938, following several days of illness of pneumonia; aged 60 y. 4 m. 2 d. With the exception of four years at Washington, Ill, her entire life was spent in and around Cullom. She became a Christian in early life, and united with the Mennonite Church at Cullom. She married John Diebel Feb. 18, 1896, who survives her. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters: Lloyd W., Lester E., Russell J., Elva (Mrs. John Amacher), Lula (Mrs. John Hahn), Clara Stevenson, Sara (Mrs. Lester Ginter), all of Cullom, and Ethel (Mrs. Eldon Roche) of Tiskilwa, Ill. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren her aged mother, 6 brothers (John and Lewis Hartman of Cullom; Emanuel Hartman, Ohio; Levi Hartman, Peoria, Ill.; Henry Hartman, Washington, Ill.; Reuben of Los Angeles, Calif.), 2 sisters (Mr. E. J. Christophel, Wakarusa, Ind., and Mrs. Fred Rastetter, Texas), 2 aunts and other relatives. She was preceded in death by 4 grandchildren, her father, 1 brother and sister in infancy; 2 brothers (Peter and Harvey Hartman). Funeral services were held Feb. 6, in charge of bro. A. H. Leaman and U. G. Johnson. Interment in West Lawn Cemetery.

Hartzler. ­Amanda E. daughter of Joel and Sallie Detwiler, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, June 18, 1886; died Jan 26, 1938; aged 51 y 7 . 8 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel E. Hartzler, Jan. 23, 1907. To this union were born 7 children (Leonard, of West Liberty; Elmer, of Tiskilwa, Ill.; Mark, of Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Floyd King of West Liberty; Mrs. John Kurtz, deceased; Infant Mabel, decease; and Mary of Goshen, Ind.) Her husband preceded her in death, twenty-two years, at a time when she needed his help most, in bringing up the family in instruction and correction and admonition. In youth, she united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, remaining faithful in her principles until death, leading each of her children to her Saviour, by her quiet, faithful life, that He too might be our "fortress and high tower." She leaves her 5 children, 4 grandchildren, 1 brother (Marion) and 1 sister (Mrs. David Hartzler). Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded her. Funeral services were held on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., at the Oak Grove Church, conducted by Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. N. E. Troyer. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Waiting till we come to her,
Anxious, if we are late-
Watching from heaven's window,
Leaning from heaven's gate."
The Family

Yoder. ­Anna M., daughter of Levi K. and Fannie H. Yoder, was born Mar. 29, 1880, near West Liberty, Ohio. Her entire life was spent in and near this community. At the age of eight she was stricken with infantile paralysis, which left her a cripple and deprived her of taking part in many activities which other children and young people enjoyed. This affliction, coupled with a determined will to do well the things she was able to do, helped in a great measure to build a Christian character, and be of worth to those who needed help and cheer. She became a Christian in her youth, and for many years was a Sunday school teacher in the South Union Mennonite Church, of which she was a loyal member. As her mother and father became old and feeble, needing constant watch and care, Anna was faithful in ministering to their needs. And, why so soon after this ministry, she herself, should be afflicted with the dreaded disease, Sarcoma, from which she suffered for a period of eight months, we cannot understand. During her last illness, she was cared for by her faithful nurse, Mrs. Catharine Headings, of West Liberty, in whose home she died Feb. 1, 1938, at the age of 58 years remain two sisters (Mrs. Elba King, of DeGraff, Mrs. Joe L. Plank, West Liberty), and 1 brother (John I. Yoder of Bellefontaine), 8 nieces and 9 nephews; also many friends and acquaintance by whom she will long be remembered. Funeral services were held at South Union Church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. Wallace Kauffman. Burial in South Union Cemetery.

Heatwole. ­Mary M., daughter of the late Peter S. and Fannie (Weaver) Hartman, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., April 5, 1880; died at her home near the place of her birth, Jan. 23, 1938; aged 57 y. 9 m. 18 d. Death was due to asthma and bronchitis, from which she suffered intensely. God thought it best to call her home, and give her rest. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life, continuing in this faith to the end. She was a charter member of the Weaver's Sewing Circle and, like Dorcas, "was full of good works and alms deeds." She will be greatly missed. In the home where she was a faithful companion, and a devoted mother; in the Church for which she was greatly concerned, in the community where she would often lend a helping hand, and by the poor who frequently came to her door. She taught a Sunday school class for a number of years, for which she had deep concern. On Oct. 13, 1896, she was united in marriage to John E. Heatwole. To this union 2 daughters and 1 son were born. She leaves a sorrowing companion and the following children: Ethel (wife of Byard Lahman, deceased), Grace (wife of Dan J. Blosser), and Roland D. Heatwole. She also leaves 2 grandsons and 4 granddaughters, 1 brother (J. D. Hartman), 1 sister (wife of William Rhodes) and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from Weaver's Church, conducted by brethren, J. R. Mumaw, and R. W. Benner, assisted by S. H. Rhodes. The ministers and texts were chosen by the deceased.
"One by one the links are severed,
From the gold chain of love;
One by one may each be welded,
In the Father's home above."

Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon

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