Gamber - Fanny H, daughter of the late Benjamin and Selena (Herr) Gamber, died in the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after an illness of a few days; aged 67 years. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Rohrerstown. She leaves 3 brothers, 4 sisters, 35 nieces and nephews. Among her neighbors and friends she was known as "Aunt Fanny." Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Landis Shertzer and John C. Charles. Burial in Millersville Cemetery.
Eash - Marlyn June, infant daughter of Glen and Lavanda
Eash, was born in Wellman, Ia., June 14, 1938; died four days
later. She leaves her parents, 1 brother (Gene), 2 sisters (Phyllis
and Mary Kate), 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers and a host of relatives
and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home by WS.
Guengerich. Text, Job 14:1, 2.
"God needed one more angel child amidst His shining band;
So with His loving arms He reached and clasped our darling's hand."
Eshleman - Sarah K. Eshleman, widow of Abram B. Eshleman
(former deacon of Millersville and Rohrerstown, Pa., district),
died at her home June 12, 1938, after a lingering illness of paralysis;
aged 69 y. 7 m. 18 d. She is survived by 1 brother (Amos R. of
Los Angeles, Calif.), and a number of nieces and nephews. Although
her suffering was very great at times, her submissive and patient
disposition gave her fortitude to bear it without a murmur or
complaint. Her patience will always be remember by those who visited
her, especially by those who ministered to her needs. She often
expressed a desire to be at home with her Lord, during her illness.
Brief funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Jacob
E. Brubaker and further services at East Chestnut St., Mennonite
Church, Lancaster, Pa., by Bro. Stoner Krady. Text, Psa. 17:15.
Burial in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
By a niece.
Cripe - Amos S, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Dell Cripe, was born in 1856; died at his residence in Goshen on June 20, 1938, where he had lived for the last ten years. In 1877 he was married to Rebecca Nusbaum. To this union were born 4 children (Elizabeth, who preceded him in death; Annie Catherine Troyer and Benjamin of Topeka; Timothy of Delevan, Ill.). His first wife died about fifteen years ago and in 1928 he was married to Sarah E. Grabill who survives him. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early life and was ordained to the ministry over fifty years ago, ministering in the Shore Church for about forty years and later in the Clinton Brick. Bro. Cripe was a staunch defender of the faith, very conscientious in his deliberations. No sacrifices were too great in the faithful performance of his ministerial duties. He had been in usual health until shortly before his death, which was due to heart trouble. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Ira Johns at the house and by Bros. Percy Miller and Meno J. Yoder at the church.
Mann - Annie F., daughter of the late Christian and
Catherine (Forry) Rohrer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Oct. 26, 1861; died May 22, 1938; aged 76 y. 6 m. 26 d. She was
a member of the Mennonite Church most of her life, and her seat
in church was seldom vacant. On Sept. 21, 1893, she was united
in marriage to Eli S. Mann. To this union were born 3 sons and
4 daughters. One son and a daughter preceded her in death. Surviving
are her husband, and 2 sons, Henry R. and Eli R. and 3 daughters,
Katie R., wife of Jacob Brenneman, Emily E., wife of Raymond Keens
and Anna M., wife of Gerald Schrite, and 13 grandchildren. She
was the oldest of a family of 9 children of whom 3 brothers remain.
She was a kind mother and much concerned about her family. Her
health in general was good until about 10 weeks before she died.
Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. C.K. Lehman and
at the Habecker Mennonite Church by Bros. John K. Charles and
Jacob Habecker. Texts, Matt. 25:13; Psalm 35:14. Burial in adjoining
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear for one we loved and cherished here;
God took her home, it was His will, but in our hearts she liveth still."
Erb - Ida, daughter of Chris and Mary Schweitzer,
was born near Milford, Neb., Jan. 17, 1893; died at the hospital
in Omaha, Neb., June 3, 1938; aged 45 y. 4 m. 17 d. June 22, 1910,
she was united in marriage to Fred Heyen, who passed away in 1915.
To this union was born 1 daughter. On Oct. 10, 1917, she was again
united in marriage to Mose Erb. To this union were born 4 sons
and 6 daughters. At the age of 14 she accepted her Saviour and
united with the Mennonite Church, to which she was a faithful
member until death. Death came after an illness of 5 months. The
last three weeks she spent in an Omaha hospital where she underwent
an operation. She bore her suffering patiently and was conscious
until the end. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and leaves
her husband, 5 daughters (Mattie, Dorothy, Gladys, Norma, and
Wilma), 4 sons (Merlin, Robert, Alvin, and Vergil), her parents,
4 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Two daughters (Mary Erb and Elsie Heyen) prededed her in death.
Services were conducted by Brethren P.R. Kennel and Wm. Eicher.
Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in Salem Mennonite church, Shickley,
"Dearest mother, thou has left us, and our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God what has bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
Brunk - Maria, daughter of Lewis and Mary Powell, was born Nov. 11, 1857, near Harrisonburg, Va.; died in Detroit, Mich., June 17, 1938; aged 80 y. 7 m. 6 d. Oct. 30, 1881, she was united in holy matrimony to Perry E. Brunk by Bishop George Brenneman and to this union were born 2 daughters and 7 sons (Etta, wife of Edward Stutzman of Elkhart, Ind.; Elizabeth, wife of Glenn Brenenman of Lafountain, Ind.; George and Lewis of Lina, Ohio; Andrew, Henry, Clifford, Walter and Lloyd of Detroit, Mich.). Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour, united with the Pike Mennonite Church near Elida, Ohio, and remained faithful until death. For many years she was called upon to bear with her companion the responsibility of deacon and later minister in the Church of their choice. She leaves the immediate family (who are all living), 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Joe Good of Harrisonburg, Va.). The family has lost a faithful mother, the Church a faithful supporter and defender of the faith, the community a friend and neighbor that was respected by all. What is our loss, is heaven's gain, and to the will of God we humbly bow. Funeral services were held June 20 from her home west of Elida, and from the Pike Church of which she was a faithful and loyal member. Services were conducted by Ben B. King, assisted by O.B. Shenk. Her remains were laid to rest by her husband in the Pike Cemetery.
Nissley - Annie F. Reist was born July 29, 1879 in Lancaster
Co., Pa. She lived in the nearby community her entire life and
died at her late home near Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged 58 y. 10 m. Her
death was caused by a complication of six weeks' illness. In her
youth she united with the Mennonite Church and Sunday schoolwork;
also sewing work as long as health permitted. Oct. 14, 1901, she
was united in marriage with Amos B. Nissley. This union was blessed
with 8 children. Two boys (John and Ira) preceded her when quite
small. The following children and a sorrowing husband survive:
Clarence, Roy, Arthur, Ruth, and Helen; also 4 grandchildren.
Her aged father, John B. Reist, who is in his 97th years, also
2 sisters (Clara Reist and Katie Bomberger), and a brother (H.F.
Reist, of Texas), and many other relatives and friends survive.
She was a faithful mother and a loving wife, respected by all
who knew her because of her mild and loving disposition. We never
heard her speak an unkind word to any one. Funeral services were
held June 2 at Salunga Church, conducted by Hiram Kauffman, Christ
Franck, and Martin Metzler. Text, Rev. 22:14.
"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.
Leichty - Barbara (Troyer) Leichty, was born near Shanesville,
Holmes Co., Ohio, Mar. 8, 1848; died at the home of her daughter
(Mrs. Amundus Smucker) near Orrville, Ohio, June 2, 1938; aged
90 y. 2 m. 24 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Leichty Feb.
20, 1887, who preceded her in death Dec. 31, 1928. She came from
a family of 11 children, and all preceded her in death with the
exception of 1 (Bro. Daniel D. Troyer of Baltic, Ohio). The following
children survive: David W. Leichty, Lina, O.; Peter J. Leichty,
Cleveland, O.; Mrs. Amos Hostetler, Bellefontaine, O.; Mrs. Amundus
Smucker, Orrville, O.; also 2 grandsons (Merl Smucker and David
Leichty, Jr.), and many other near relatives. She confessed Christ
in early life and united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite congregation.
After making her home in Logan Co., O., she worshipped with the
South Union congregation, and later in Wayne Co., with the Oak
Grove congregation. She remained a faithful and loyal sister in
Christ. She found much joy in the Master's service. She was patient
in her trials and looked forward with confidence and hope for
the final call to come home. Services were conducted at the home
by I.W. Royer and J.S. Gerig. The body was taken to West Liberty,
Ohio, and services were held at the South Union Church by the
brethren S.E. Allgyer and Marion King. Interment in adjoining
"Mother's heart held many charms and love was ever in her arms.
Her life so gentle, pure, divine, and love was you, O mother mine."
Bertsche - John, son of John and Katherine (Hauter)
Bertsche, was born Jan. 13, 1864, near Erlenkoph, Hof, Pirmasens,
Bavaria, Germany; died at his home near Flanagan, Ill., May 27,
1938, following a brief illness of influenza and complications;
aged 74 y. 4 m. 14 d. In 1873 he came to America with his parents
and lived near Hamilton, Ohio, for two years, later moving to
a farm near Weston, Ill., where he lived for one year, then moving
to the community where he spent the rest of his life. He became
a member of the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful
member unto the end. From boyhood throughout life he was called
upon to bear much suffering, but through God's grace he bore all
pain bravely and was never known to complain, believing that "all
things work together for good to them that love God." He
left a beautiful testimony of his faith in God. On January, 1891,
he was united in marriage to Phoebe Kinsinger of Groveland, Ill.
This union was blessed with seven children. He leaves a sorrowing
wife and 6 children: Almon, Nyle, Sarah, and Lucile of Flanagan,
Ill.; Orville, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Mrs. Linda Jacobs of Pontiac,
Ill. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs.
Lena Gyssler of Flanagan, Mrs. Barbara Kinsinger of Meadows, and
Phoebe Bertsche of Chicago), and many relatives and friends. He
was preceded in death by an infant daughter (Alta Lillian), a
grandchild, and 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were
held at the Salem Mennonite Church on Monday, May 30, in charge
of G.I. Gundy and Emanuel Ulrich.
"If we could see, if we could know," we often say,
But God in love a veil doth throw across our way,
We cannot see what lies before, and so we cling to Him the more,
He leads us till this life is o'er, Trust and Obey.
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Bender - Benjamin R. Bender died May 9, 1938; aged 75 y. He died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, New Holland, Pa. He was afflicted with a complicated illness for six months. He was a member of the Salunga Mennonite Church and was faithful until death. He is survived by the following children: Lillie, wife of Aaron Hess, with whom he lived; B. Roy, Mt. Joy, Pa.; and Charles H., Landisville, Pa.; also 1 brother (Joseph Bender), 2 sisters (Mrs. Lavina Longenecker and Mrs. Levi Snyder), 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. The private funeral services were held May 12 at the Fred Koser Funeral Home, Landisville, with public services in the Salunga Mennonite church. Interment at Salunga Cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Hiram Kauffman, Christian Frank, and Noah Risser.
Weaver - Henry M., son of John and Mary (Zimmerman)
Weaver, was born April 20, 1858; died May 7, 1938; aged 80 y.
17 d. He resided in Lancaster Co., Pa., 10 years, after which
he with his parents moved to the vicinity of Wakarusa, Ind. Dec.
25, 1879, he was married to Amanda Shaum. They united with the
Old Order (Wisler) Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful
and consistent member until death. To this union were born 13
children. Surviving to mourn his departure are his wife, 6 sons
and 5 daughters)William and Mahlon of Goshen, John of Nappanee,
Henry of Foraker, Mrs. Noah Ramer and Mrs. Daniel Ramer of Nappanee,
Harvey of Wakarusa, Vernon of Elkhart, Mrs. Amos Martin of Nappanee,
Mrs. Martha Mumas at the parental home, Mrs. Mearl Buzzard of
Goshen), 43 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 brothers
(Christian Weaver of Goshen and Noah Weaver of Culver City, Calif.),
besides a host of relatives and friends. Preceded him in death
were 2 daughters (Nora and Amanda). Two months before his death
he was stricken with paralysis and was bedfast two weeks, immediate
cause of death being due to pneumonia. He had many friends and
will be greatly missed in the home, community, and Church. He
was a devoted Christian and father, having the welfare of the
family at heart, bearing patiently the toils and turmoils of life,
manifesting by a spirit of patience and submission, and desirous
that the will of God should be accomplished in his and their lives.
"God in his wisdom, hath recalled the boon His love had given;
And though the body moulders here, the soul is safe in heaven."
Clemmer - Abram B., son of the late Abram and Annie
(Bechtel) Clemmer, was born Aug. 26, 1861; departed this life
June 15, 1938, at his home, Franconia, Pa., aged 76 y. 9 m. 19
d. He is survived by his sorrowing companion, whose maiden name
was Mary Derstine, a daughter Edna (wife of Levi Alderfer), a
sister (Mrs. Mary Kulp, of Souderton), 6 grandchildren, and 4
great-grandchildren, who will miss his loving care. He will be
greatly missed in the home, in the church, and the community.
Bro. Clemmer, well-known farmer of Franconia Township living along
the Souderton-Harleysville road west of the Franconia Mennonite
meetinghouse, was kicked and trampled by a horse and fatally injured
Wednesday afternoon, June 15, 1938, at 1 o'clock, dying at Grandview
Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., one hour later. His injuries consisted
of a fractured left leg and a compound fracture of the skull.
Bro. Clemmer was assisting his son-in-law, Levi Alderfer, who
resides on his premises, with the farm work when the accident
occurred. He had gone into the stable to harness the horse, while
Bro. Alderfer and his son, Levi, Jr., went into another part of
the barn to get the hay wagon ready. The grandson then went to
the stable to assist his grandfather and found him lying unconscious
behind on the horses. While he was subject to fainting spells,
he may have fallen under the horse, but due to the nature of his
injuries it is believed that he was kicked by the animal and then
trampled upon. There were no witnesses to the accident. In his
youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into
the church fellowship of the Franconia Mennonite Church and was
a faithful member of the congregation until his death. It was
always his desire to attend Sunday school and church services
whenever possible. Funeral services were held on June 20 at the
home by Bro. Elmer Moyer and at the Franconia Mennonite Church,
of which he was a faithful member, by Bro. Menno Souder and Bro.
Abram B. Clemmer. Text, Matt. 24:42. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angels drawing near,
That took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear."
The sorrowing Family.
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Snider - Clifford James, beloved son of Leonard and
Violet Snider, was born near Hawksville, Ont., Sept. 9, 1936;
died July 1, 1938, after only a few days illness of pneumonia.
He leaves his parents, 1 sister (Marie), 4 grandparents, beside
many relatives and friends. An infant brother (Elmer) predeceased
him nearly six years ago. Clifford, who was of a sweet and patient
disposition, had become a real sunbeam in the home and will be
greatly missed. God saw fit to take him from us so we want to
humbly submit to His will. Funeral services July 3, at home and
St. Jacob's Mennonite Church, conducted by Oliver Snider and Jesse
"Dear little Clifford, too pure to stay, God in his wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memories, not from our love, but to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
Schertz - Anna Schertz was born to Joseph and Anna Schertz, Aug. 26, 1853; died June 15, 1938; aged 84 y. 9 m. 20 d. On March 17, 1874, she became the wife of Peter D. Schertz, who preceded her in death ten years ago. To this union were born the following eight children: William, Katherine, and David who died in infancy and early childhood; the late Anna Ellen, wife of L.C. Schertz; Ben, Peter, Arthur, and Raymond who were at her bedside when she died. Seventeen grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren also survive. In youth Sister Schertz affiliated with the Mennonite Church, to which faith she remained loyal. Forty years of service in the primary department of the Sunday school will be regarded by many as her major contribution to the Church. She was always zealous in her activities of life and the memory of her as a considerate and loving mother, a helpful neighbor, and a kind, thoughtful friend will always be cherished. Funeral services at the home and church in charge of Brethren J.L. Harnish, ___ Eash, and Ezra B. Yordy. Interment in the Roanoke Cemetery.
Hartman - Amanda, daughter of Jacob B. and Emaline (Kreider) Weldy, was born near Nappanee, Ind., July 22, 1878; died at her home near Milford, Ind., June 27, 1938, after a brief illness of two days; aged 59 y. 11 m. 5 d. In the winter of 1894 she was converted and the following spring united with the North Main St. Mennonite Church at Nappanee. She had a deep interest in spiritual things, and rendered whatever services she was able to, for Christ and the Church. Nov. 14, 1895, she was united in marriage to Christian Hartman of near Foraker, Ind. They having no children of their own, they opened their hearts and home to Malard D. Van Tine, when he was eight years old, and cared for him and instructed him in the right way of life. Surviving her, besides her husband and the foster son, is 1 brother (John C. Weldy of near Nappanee) and many other relatives and friends. One sister (Anna Yoder) preceded her in death. Our sister will be greatly missed, but since God in His wisdom has seen fit to take her to Himself, we humbly bow in submission to His will. Funeral services were held June 30 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren Homer F. North and Ray F. Yoder. Text, Heb. 10:37. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
Burckhart - Catharine, daughter of Henry and Anna (Yoder)
Koppes, was born Sept. 7, 1872; died June 30, 1938, aged
65 y. 9 m. 23 d. Although she had been in failing health for some
time her sudden departure came as a shock to the family and community.
She spent the day in the usual way with the family, and in the
evening, when sitting on the porch swing with her husband, she
expressed herself as feeling good. But soon after retiring she
became ill and before her physician could render any aid she passed
to the great beyond. In early life she had accepted Christ as
her Saviour and was received into the Mennonite Church, where
she continued as a consistent keeper and defender of the faith.
She was united in marriage to John M. Burckhart Nov. 5, 1896.
Through this union she had proved herself a true and faithful
companion as well as a loving and devoted mother. Surviving are
her husband, 6 children (Clayton and Elias Burckhart and Carrie
Eberly of Orrville, O.; John K. Burckhart of Perkasie, Pa., Anna
Ressler and Mary Burckhart at home), and 20 grandchildren. Funeral
services were held on July 4, 1938, at the Lower Mennonite Church,
Medina Co., Ohio, by Moses G. Horst and Abram Good. Burial in
"We thank our God for such a mother, and for the prayers for us she's prayed.
Great and blessed we shall call her, and may her precepts be obeyed."
Miller - Catharine, daughter of Alpheus and Barbara Landes, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 11, 1864; died at her home in Hesston, Kans., July 5, 1938; aged 74 y. 4 m 23 d. The early years of her life were spent at the place of her birth, but at the age of 16, she moved with her parents to Canton, Kans., where she was married to Christian W. Miller, Jan. 31, 1882. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters (Harold Clayton, who died in infancy; Mina May, who died at the age of 5 years; Ella, wife of Will Weaver, Charles D., Fannie Pearl all of Hesston; H. Ray of Newton, Mildred, wife of John Janzen of Moundridge). She is also survived by 1 brother (William Landes of Long Beach, Calif.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Fannie Landes of Canby, Oreg.), 21 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends. A year after her marriage she and her husband were converted and united with the Mennonite Church, which faith she held the rest of her life. Her place in church services was never vacant except for sickness. Her last sickness kept her at home the past 18 moths, where she was tenderly cared for by her daughter Fannie. The family lived for different periods of time in Nebraska, Texas, Protection, Kans., and for the past 29 years in Hesston. She was a devoted Christian wife and mother, with the spiritual welfare of her children and grandchildren constantly on her mind and in her heart. Funeral services were in charge of Bros. Milo Kauffman and Earl Buckwalter. Interment in Spring Valley Mennonite Cemetery.
Myers - Anna, daughter of David and Christina Wisler, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 6, 1860; died at her home near Nappanee, June 26, 1938; aged 77 y. 6 m. 20 d. She was ill for eleven weeks, death resulting from Bright's disease and complications. She was united in marriage to Chauncey F. Clouse, Nov. 8, 1884, and was widowed Dec. 24, 1893, by the passing away of her husband. On July 24, 1895, she was united in marriage to Wm. H. Myers. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in early life, and was a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church; but several years later she and her husband united with the North Main St. Mennonite Church in Nappanee, where she was a faithful and consistent member until her Saviour took her home. She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters (Mrs. Jesse Pippenger of Nappanee, Mrs. Reuben Molebash, and Mrs. Clarence Pattee of Elkhart), 2 sons (John Clouse and Sherman Myers of Nappanee), 2 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Clouse of Nappanee, and Mrs. Mary Longfield of Wakarusa) 1 brother (Jacob Wisler of Wakarusa), 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. One daughter (Nina May Myers) preceded her in death. She will be greatly missed in the home, in the community, and in the Church, but God in His wisdom saw best to remove her to that haven of rest, which is prepared for all His saints. Our loss is her eternal gain. Services were at the South Union Church near Nappanee, conducted by Brethren Homer F. North and Ray F. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
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Kolb - Clarence, infant son of Irvin G. and Gladys (Souder)
Kolb, was born July 4, 1938; died 17 hours later of pulmonary
congestion. Services at the grave-side were conducted by Bro.
Amos Kolb. Interment in Vincent Cemetery near Spring City, Pa.,
"Darling, thou hast left us lonely, sorrow fills our hearts today;
But we hope ere long to meet thee where all tears are wiped away."
Turner - Woodrow Wilson Turner was born March 3, 1917, died July 4, 1938; aged 21 y. 4 m. 1 d. He is survived by his wife (Iva Hedrick Turner), 1 child, the parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters. He had been ill with rheumatism and complications for the past fourteen weeks. About four weeks ago he was removed to the home of his parents, where he died. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for the past four years. Funeral services were conducted July 6, from the home, in charge of Paul Good assisted by N.E. Troyer. The body was laid to rest in the family cemetery near by.
Mast - Alexander D. Mast was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 17, 1850; died July 14, 1938; aged 87 y. 10 m. 28 d. When a young man he moved to Indiana where he was married to Sarah Miller Oct. 12, 1873. They moved to Newaygo Co., Mich., in 1900. To this union were born 7 children: Mrs. Delia Shaffer of Hart, Mich.; Wesley, Milo, Nora, Mrs. Howard Slade, Mrs. Ford Fry, and Mrs. Roy Grabill of White Cloud, Mich. - all of whom survive him except for his wife who preceded him in death 21 years ago. He also leaves 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 17, at the Big Prairie Church, conducted by T.U. Nelson.
Byler - Mary, daughter of John and Fannie Byler, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 24, 1846, and came with her parents to Logan Co., Ohio, many years ago. There were 6 brothers and sisters in this home; all having passed on with the exception of 1 brother, John. They shared their home with each other until several years ago; on account of failing health and impaired eyesight, she came to the home of her niece (Mrs. Reuben Zook), where she spent the remainder of her days, and during her last illness received tender care. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, in charge of Bro. Noah Troyer, assisted by Bro. Marion King. Interment in Alexander Cemetery, near West Liberty.
Lefever - Annie K. (Stauffer) Lefever was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 20, 1875; died May 20, 1938, at the home of her son near Lancaster in her 63rd year. She was married to Enos K. Lefever, who preceded her in death less than two years ago. She is survived by 3 children (Harry S. of near Lancaster, Mary S., wife of John H. Buckwalter, near Lampeter; and Ella S., wife of Harvey R. Weaver of Greenland); also 14 grandchildren and 1 brother and 1 sister (Amos K. and Lizzie K. Stauffer of Lancaster). She was a faithful member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church until her sudden departure; caused by a heart attack, which came as a shock to the family and community. Brief funeral services were held May 23, at the home of her son, with further services at Mellingers Church conducted by Bro. David L. Landis and Bro. Elmer G. Martin. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Gehman - David S., son of the late John L. and Elizabeth (Stauffer) Gehman, was born Feb. 1, 1851, in Montgomery Co., Pa.; died June 22, 1938 at his home 1 mile from where he was born; aged 87 y. 4 m. 21 d. He was married to Lavina Good. This union was blessed with 11 children, his wife and 2 children preceded him in death. The surviving children are Mary, wife of John Kriebel, Barto; Jonas, at home; Susanna, wife of Henry Yoder, Allentown, Pa.; Annie, and Alice, at home; Joel, Wadsworth, Ohio; Fannie, Barto; Abraham at home; Solomon, Barto. Ten grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren also survive. He was a member of the Hereford Mennonite congregation at Bally, Pa. Funeral services were held June 27 at the home by Bishops Noah Mack and Abram Clemmer, and at the Hereford Mennonite Church by Bishops Noah Mack and Warren Bean. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Good - Aaron M. Good was born near Bowmansville, Pa.,
Apr. 21, 1852; died at the same place May 15, 1938; aged 86 y.
24 d. He was married to Elizabeth G. Horning Jan. 11, 1874. Together
they shared life's joys and sorrows till three years ago when
she was called to her eternal home. This union was blessed with
seven children, one of whom preceded him in death. The following
survive: Mary (wife of Solomon Weber), David, Barton, Lavina (wife
of Samuel Witmer), Annie (wife of Aaron Musser), and Katie (wife
of Allen Weber); 27 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Mennonite Church, to which he remained
faithful until death. After a few weeks' illness he peacefully
passed on to his reward. Funeral services were held April 18,
at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church in charge of Noah Zimmerman,
Frank Hurst and Amos Martin. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions he's entered, never to sigh or to weep;
After long years of life's struggles, Father has fallen asleep."
Cook - Emrill, daughter of Solomon T. and Mary Ellen Long, was born Nov. 3, 1866, at Mt. Morris, Ill.; died July 5, 1938, at her home in South English, Iowa; aged 71 y. 8 m. 2 d. She came to Iowa with her parents at the age of two years. May 1, 1889, she was united in marriage to Justein P. Cook and located on a farm three miles southeast of South English, where they lived until October, 1916, at which time they moved to town. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters, 1 daughter (Georgie) preceded her to the spirit world in infancy. Her husband passed away Oct. 18, 1917. She leaves 4 children (Erwin E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Velma E. Wenger, South English, Iowa; Mahlon E., Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Cleo E. Brunk, Lansing, Mich.), 9 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Minie Martin, Kinross, Iowa; Mrs. Iva Cook, South English, Iowa; Mrs. Effie Niswander, Emmet, Ida.), and 1 brother (M.V. Long, Overland Park, Kans.), and a large number of relatives and friends. She was converted to the Mennonite faith in 1898. She lived a faithful, devoted Christian life until God called her home. Funeral was held July 7 at the Baptist Church in South English, services conducted by P.J. Blosser assisted by D.J. Fisher. Burial in Brethren Cemetery.
Stahly - Rose Kintra Stahly was born Jan. 3, 1915 at
Chicago, Ill., the daughter of John and Mary Kintra. She
was placed in the Mennonite Orphans' Home, West Liberty, Ohio,
Apr. 10, 1916, when she was fifteen months old. On May 30, 1927,
she was taken into the home of Menno and Ida Miller where she
remained until she was of age, attending public school in the
Shipshewana High School. She united with the Mennonite Church
in her young years. She was married to Daniel J. Stahly, Jr.,
Jan. 4, 1936. Together they made their home in Detroit, Mich.
On Jan. 7, 1937, a daughter (Betty Anne) was born to them. In
December, 1937, her health began to fail, at which time she made
her home mostly in the home of her foster parents until Friday,
July 1, she was taken to Goshen Hospital where she died the morning
of July 4, 1938. She is survived by her sorrowing husband and
daughter, her foster parent, and many friends. Funeral services
were held July 6 at Forks Church by Bros. D.D. Miller and Earley
"And so we close the epitaph of Rose our own frail human kind;
But life is not the sum of years,
But noble acts and kindly deeds and memories left behind."
Miller - William M., son of Moses and Magdeline Miller,
was born near Trail, Ohio, April 25, 1856; died June 28, 1938;
aged 82 y. 2 m. 3 d. On Feb. 24, 1884,, he was united in holy
marriage to Elizabeth Ann Hershberger, who preceded him in death
seven months ago. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters
(Mrs. Ida Oswald of near Aurora, O.; Fred of near Dundee, O.;
Lester of near Trail, O.; Boyd of Cortland, O.; James, Lydia,
and Roy at home). One daughter (Carrie) preceded him to the great
beyond in infancy. He is survived by one brother (Joseph of near
Trail), 1 sister (Mrs. Emanuel Hostetler of near Holmesville),
13 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends mourn
his departure. Early in life he accepted Christ as his Saviour
and united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. He remained
faithful to the Church until his departure. Funeral services were
held on July 1, at the home and at the Walnut Creek Mennonite
Church in charge of A.W. Miller, M.B. Hostetler, and Venus Hershberger.
Burial in nearby cemetery.
"Dear father, why should our tears in sorrow flow, when God recalls his own.
And bids them leave a world of woe for an immortal Crown?"
Leinbach - Harry G., son of the late Jacob and Susanna (Gehman) Leinbach, was born Nov. 21, 1847, near Bowmansville, Pa.; died July 3, 1938, at Stevens, Pa.; aged 90 y. 7 m. 12 d. He was a loyal member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. As a young man he came to Indiana. Here in 1877 he joined hands and heart with Sister Barbara Wenger as life companion. While in Indiana in the Yellow Creek congregation he shared the lot for the minister. In 1884 they moved back to the vicinity of Bowmansville, Pa. Barbara was buried Aug. 1, 1923. One son died in infancy. Two children remain. Father lived with them alternately. At the time of his death he lived with the son Menno at Stevens, Pa. The daughter (Hettie) is married to Jacob B. Gehman of Morgantown, Pa. Seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also remain. He was baptized and received into Church fellowship by Bishop George Weaver, in 1869, at Bowmansville. Bro. Leinbach was of a quiet, unassuming disposition, a man of deep and settled convictions in his faith in Christ. Funeral services were held in the Weaverland Church. Bro. Isaac W. Geigly served at the house and Bro. John M. Souder preached the funeral sermon on Prov. 4:10. There remain also of the departed 1 sister (Elizabeth, widow of Preacher Abraham B. Gehman) and 1 brother (Jacob of Goodville, Pa.). Peace to his ashes.
Horst - Lehman K., son of Levi and Susan Horst (deceased)
was born Feb. 16, 1888, near Chambersburg, Pa.; died at his home
at Upland, Calif., June 24, 1938; aged 50 y. 4 m. 8 d. Nov. 14,
1909, he was united in marriage to Alice L. Myers. To this union
were born 5 daughters and 3 sons: Ruth, wife of Harold Bucher;
Orpha; Esther; Nora, wife of Claud Hostetler; Menno, Melvin, and
Mark, all of Upland. He also leaves 3 grandchildren and 4 brothers
(Daniel and Clarence of Chambersburg, Pa.; Elmer of Reading, Pa.;
Harvey of Lancaster, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. John Lehman of
Lancaster and Mrs. Edgar Parmer of Maugansville, Md.), also many
relatives and friends. His place in the church was seldom vacant.
He always enjoyed being in service for his Master. Before passing
his expressed desire was that Jesus would soon take him home.
During his illness he suffered intensely but was very patient
and submissive and resigned to whatever was the Lord's will for
him. Funeral services were conducted at North Pomona Church in
charge of Bro. James Bucher assisted by Alvin Burkholder. Texts,
I Sam. 20:18; Jas. 4:14.
"'Tis hard to part with Father, dear, no more to see him here;
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."
Miller - Emma, daughter of the late Levi and Annie Kraybill,
was born Feb. 13, 1875; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs.
Paul Hernley of Elizabethtown, Pa.), May 19, 1938. She had been
ailing for the last 4 years; several times so weak she could not
raise a hand, but with it all was an example of patience. Aged:
63 y. 3 m. 6 d. Nov. 28, 1895 she was united in marriage with
Phares C. Miller. To this union were born 7 children. She is survived
by her husband, 4 sons (Arthur, of Mt. Joy, Pa.; Raymond of Rheems,
Pa.; Martin of Florin, Pa.; Phares Jr., of Rheems), 3 daughters
(Ruth, wife of Paul Hernley; Emma, wife of Phares Longenecker,
Harrisburg, Pa.; Ella, wife of Lloyd Nissley, Bainbridge, Pa.),
26 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Edwin Souder of Telford, Pa.),
and 1 brother (Irvin Kaybill of Elizabethtown, Pa.). She accepted
Christ as her Saviour in early life and remained true to the end,
looking to Christ who can give us grace in every hour of need.
She often expressed her desire to go home. May 22 a short service
was held at the home of her daughter, in charge of Bro. Simon
Garber, followed by services at Bossler's Church in charge of
Bros. Noah Rissler and Martin Kraybill.
"'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 reign with angels fair, may our names, too, be written there."
By a daughter.
Roth - Michael, son of Bishop Jacob and Mary (Lauber)
Roth, was born Jan. 22, 1868, at Willmendingen Baden, Germany;
died June 23, 1938, at his home near Milford, Neb., of heart ailment;
aged 70 y. 5 m. 1 d. He had not been well for the past years,
being bedfast the last four weeks, suffering much at times, but
bore it all patiently. He expressed his desire to depart and be
with the Lord. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth
and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful
member until death. He was a loving father, and of a cheerful
disposition, which won him many friends. He will be greatly missed
in the home, Church, and community. He came to America at the
age of 19, making his home at Milford. He was united in marriage
to Magdelene Gascho on Nov. 27, 1892. This union was blessed with
6 sons and 3 daughters (Daniel, Joe L., William, Mrs. Jannie Beckler,
Jake, Albert, and Alma of near Milford; Edward and Mrs. Frieda
Kauffman of Hutchinson, Kans.). He leaves his loving wife, 5 sons,
3 daughters, 29 grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Bina Gascho of Wood
River), a brother (Ben of Milford), and many relatives and friends.
One son (Daniel), 4 grandchildren, his parents, 10 brothers and
3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were in charge
of J.E. Zimmerman.
"'Tis hard to part with father dear,
No more to see, no more to hear,
A nobler father could not be;
But yet we're glad if God though best,
To end his troubles and give him rest."
Yoder - Saloma Ann, daughter of Joshua and Lydia Kauffman,
was born near West Liberty, O., Aug. 29, 1854; died July 7, 1938;
aged 82 y. 10 m. 22 d. When but a young girl her mother was taken
away, and she never knew the friendship of a mother as we have
known it. Feb. 26, 1876, she was united in marriage to Menno S.
Yoder. They started their married life on a farm near Five Points,
later moving to West Liberty where she spent the remaining days
of her life. Their home was blessed with 7 children, 2 preceded
her in death (Anna Maud and Benjamin H.). The five remaining are
Alpha and Marion of Bellefontaine, Sherman and Bertha of West
Liberty and Nellie (Mrs. John Warye) of Urbana; also 17 grandchildren
and 7 great-grandchildren; besides her aged companion. Two bothers
(Solomon and Jacob), and 2 sisters (Lizzie and Nancy) preceded
her in death, while 1 sister (Martha Yoder) and a host of friends
and neighbors remain to mourn her passing. In early childhood
she accepted Christ as her Saviour, uniting with the South Union
Mennonite Church, where she filled the place of Sunday-school
teacher for twenty-five years. For the past ten years she had
been deprived of churchgoing privilege.
"We shall meet you some day, Mother, on that bright and shining shore,
If we follow your dear Saviour who our sins on Calvary bore."
Funeral services were held July 10 in the South Union Church in charge of S.E. Allgyer, assisted by Marion Y. King. Burial in Yoder Cemetery on the Ludlow road.
Allen - Sara Jane Allen was born at Perry, Mo., May 4, 1902, the last 12 children born to James and Sara Griffith. She grew to womanhood in Perry, and on Feb. 26, 1921, she was united in marriage to Russell Allen. Three children were born into this home (Betty Jane, Richard Earl, and Martha Sue). In the spring of 1934, the family moved to Hannibal where they have lived since. For many years Sister Allen has been in poor health and suffered almost continuously. In a prayer meeting on Spruce Street in the spring of 1934, she accepted Jesus Christ and lived in fellowship with Him ever since. On July 26, 1935, she and her husband became members of the Mennonite Church to which she was a faithful member till the day of her passing. Often she came to services because she loved her Lord when really not able physically. She was a very devoted mother, loved her children dearly, and taught them to love the Word of God and pray. Many hours she spent with her children in fellowship with the Lord. June 27 she became ill and gradually grew worse. On July 3, she was taken to Levering Hospital. Conscious that her time on earth was short, she called her family to her beside and gave them good-bye, then prayed many times, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." She spent her last conscious days in praying for her family, her relatives, her friends, the church, and other sick folks. She also testified much of the saving grace of God. She lapsed into unconsciousness Saturday morning and passed quietly away Sunday morning, July 10. She has left behind her husband, 3 children, 2 brothers (N.E. and James Griffith both of Perry), 1 sister (Mrs. John Mulldoon of Portland, Oreg.), many other relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed in the home, Church, and community. Funeral services were held July 12 at the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Hannibal, by Bro. Nelson E. Kauffman, and she was laid to rest beside her parents in the Wolfe Cemetery near Perry, Mo.
Heatwole - David Grove, son of Daniel S. and Elizabeth (Groves) Heatwole, was born Mar. 19, 1855, at Dale Enterprise, Va.; died at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., June 14, 1938, after a month's illness. He was the third child and the last surviving member of his family. A brother (Perry X.) died in 1936 at the age of 85. Dec. 11, 1888, he was united in marriage with Rebecca S. Swartz of Dale Enterprise, who survives with the following children: Wand, of Tulsa, Okla., Minor of Dayton, Frank of Harrisonburg, Mrs. H.W. Liskey of Dayton, and Mintie at home and 1 grandson Grove Carter Heatwole, Dayton. His father, Daniel S., was ordained a minister in the Mennonite Church in 1857, and in that body he became widely known as a capable and influential expounder of the Gospel as well as a wise and able counsellor in the conference, of which he was for a time moderator. His mother, Elizabeth (Groves), was a devoted mother and faithful companion to the husband in his work, ready to share with him the joys, sorrows, burdens, and experiences that come to those who are called to service. Their home was known far and wide for its hospitality and gentle modes of living. Go naturally Grove desired and enjoyed these same things in his own home. When Grove married he bought his mother's home place near Dayton, which had been in the Groves family for several generations. Thirteen years ago he retired from farming and bought a home near the farm, where his great-grandfather (David Heatwole) who came from Pennsylvania in 1795 had bought and who is ancestor of all the numerous Heatwoles throughout the U.S. The late Bishop L.J. Heatwole was another great-grandson. David's shoemaker shop is still standing on that farm, well preserved. D.Grove Heatwole possessed a genial nature. He lived a consistent Christian life and was a member of the Mennonite Church for 54 years, having united with the Weaver congregation with his wife in the summer of 1884. He was a devoted father and husband. Funeral services were held from the home, June 16, conducted by Bishops S.H. Rhodes and Lewis Shank. Text, John 13:1. He was laid to rest beside his mother in Weaver's Cemetery.
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia