Gospel Herald Obituaries - May, 1938

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXI, No. 5 - May 5, 1938, Page 110, 111 -- view images

Carey - Sarah Dickerson Carey was born near Bridgeville, Del., Sept. 23, 1851; died April 5, 1938, in the home of Bro. Milton Swartzentruber near Greenwood, Del., in which home she had lived during the past 6 years; aged 86 y. 6 m. 12 d. She was received into the fellowship of the Greenwood A.M. congregation by baptism July 9, 1933, in which faith she died. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. Eli Swartzentruber, who read Psalm 23, and at the church by Brethren Levi Bontrager, Nevin Bender, and Eli Swartzentruber. Scriptures and texts used were I Cor. 15:34-58; Psa. 116:15; I Cor. 15:20, 23, 51; Job 14:14. Interment in St. Johnstown Cemetery. Aunt Sarah will always be remembered by those with whom she lived as doing what she could.

Heer - John R. Heer was born at Petersburg, Ont., Jan. 7, 1883; died at his home in Breslau on April 20, 1938; aged 55 y. 3 m. 13 d. He had been in poor health during the past winter, suffered a stroke on Tuesday afternoon, April 19, and passed on soon after midnight to be with the Lord. There remains to mourn his sudden departure his wife, 4 sons (Albert of St. Jacobs, Ont.; Simon of Petersburg, Ont.; Jacob and Moses at home), 3 daughters (Agnes of St. Jacobs; Seleda - Mrs. Otto Orth, and Nora, at home), 1 son and 1 daughter having preceded him. He also leaves 3 brothers (William and Simon of Kitchener, Ont., and Albert of Waterloo, Ont.), 5 sisters (Mrs. William Rupert, Codette, Sask.; Mrs. Fred Raney, Cookstown, Ont.; Mrs. Moses Reist, Ariss, Ont.; Mrs. Amos Brubacher, West Montrose, Ont.; Mrs. Noah Knarr, Waterloo, Ont.), and 3 grandchildren. He accepted Christ quite a number of years ago and died in the blessed hope that is so precious to every believer. The funeral was held April 22 from his home to the Cressman Mennonite Church. The ministers were Jonas Snider and Oscar Burkholder. Texts: John 11:28 and Psa. 8:4.

Kornhaus - Levina T. Nice was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Sept. 30, 1853; died at the home of her son near Denbigh, Va.; April 4, 1938; aged 84 y. 7 m. 4 d. On Dec. 25, 1873, she was married to Joseph C. Kornhaus at Morrison, Ill. They lived for some years in Illinois and Louisiana, spending the last 22 years near Denbigh, La. She was one of a family of 8 children; 5 brothers (three of whom were ministers and two were deacons), and 2 sisters. Only 1 sister (Mrs. Ella Steiner of Sterling, Ill.), is living. Her father was the late Bishop Henry Nice of Morrison, Ill. Her husband died in 1931. A son and a daughter also preceded her. Surviving are 5 children (Mrs. S.E. Hostetler and Benjamin of Denbigh; Mrs. Ella Parks, Richmond, Va.; Franklin of Oakland, Calif.; and John of Lutz, Fla.); also 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Grandma, as she was affectionately called, was a dear, patient mother and a loyal member of the Mennonite Church. She will be greatly missed, not only by her family, but by everyone. Funeral service was conducted April 6 at the home by Bro. Truman Brunk and at the church by Bro. Daniel Shenk and Bro. Geo. R. Brunk. Texts: Rev. 14:13. Interment in nearby cemetery.

Martin - Hettie B. Martin was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Nov. 3, 1861; died at her home in Maugansville, Md., Mar. 29, 1938, after a brief illness of ten days; aged 76 y. 4 m. 26 d. On Jan. 1, 1884, she was united in marriage to Joseph W. Martin. To this union were born 8 daughters and 4 sons. One daughter died in infancy; Benjamin died in the year 1927; Magdalena died in the year 1936. She is survived by her husband and 9 children as follows: Mrs. Barbara Horst and Mrs. Emma Eby of Maugansville, Md.; Mrs. Hettie Bauman, Breslau, Ont.; Mrs. Ada Weber, Hagerstown, Md.; and Martha H. and Naomi H. at home; Eli H., Paramount, Md.; Joseph H., Mason and Dxion, Pa.; John H., Smithsburg, Md. She is also survived by 45 grandchildren and 2 halfsisters (Mrs. Lydia Martin, Pinola, Pa., and Mrs. Annie Phillips, Carlisle, Pa.). Funeral services were held April 1 at Reiff's Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member for 54 years. Services were conducted by Brethren D.R. Lesher, M.K. Horst and A.J. Martin. She was a kind and loving mother, and will be missed in the home and by all that knew her.
"The shock was great, the blow severe, little we thought death was so near;
But 'tis God who has bereaved us, He can all our sorrows heal."

Erb- Daniel, son of Daniel and Margaret (Guengerich) Erb, was born at Zurich, Ont., Jan. 22, 1868; died (from a stroke) at his home in Milford, Nebr., April 22, 1938; aged 70 y. 2 m. 29 d. He had gone to Lincoln, Nebr. on Thursday morning where he was stricken. He died a few hours after he had been brought home. At the age of 14 he moved with his parents to Seward Co., Nebr. On May 28, 1896, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Jausi. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons (Elmer and David) preceded him in death. He leaves his wife, 2 sons (Roy of Sioux City, Ia.; Carl of Archbold, Ohio); 2 daughters (Alta Beckman of Seward, Nebr.; Margaret Klopfenstein of Archbold, Ohio). Besides the immediate family he also leaves 8 grandchildren, 3 brothers (John of Canada; Jacob of Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Joel of Milford, Nebr.), 3 sisters (Barbara Boshart of O'Neill, Nebr.; Phoebe Schweitzer and Lizzie Yauntzi of Milford), and many other near relatives. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church in which faith he remained until death. Funeral services were held April 24 at the Milford A.M. Church in charge of L.O. Schlegel assisted by Warren Eicher and Will Schlegel. Text, Jer. 51:50. Interment in the Milford A.M. Church.

Deter - Elsie, eldest child of Adam and Fianna (Longenecker) Steiner, was born near Orrville, O., Nov. 7, 1858; died at her home in Morrison, Ill., April 23, 1938, after a lingering illness of seven years; aged 77 y. 5 m. 16 d. In the spring of 1869 she with her parents moved to a farm near Morrison, where she grew to womanhood. On Dec. 16, 1879, she was married to Daniel H. Deter. In the fall of 1881, she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church, and she remained a faithful member until the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband and 8 children: John of Adanac, Sask.; Esther, Andrew, Eunice, and Daniel Jr. of Morrison; Ezra of Chicago, and Ira of Coleta. Nineteen grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 sisters and 4 brothers (Mrs. J.G. Green of Hawley, Minn.; Mrs. Will Jamison of Morrison; Mrs. J.C. Fisk of East Canton, O.; Noah of Rock Island, Ill.; Jacob of Morrison; Daniel of Clinton, Ia.; and Leander of Morrison) also survive. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the home and at the Bruck Church with A.C. Good in charge of the services. A large gathering of neighbors and friends came together to pay a last tribute of respect to one they had learned to love so well. Her life was a wonderful testimony to the saving and keeping power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Saunders - Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Reuben and Hanna Millhouse, was born at Millersburg, Pa., July 5, 1874; died at the home of her daughter Marie, April 18, 1938; aged 63 y. 9 m. 13 d. At the age of ten, she with her parents came to Illinois and located on a farm near Penrose. On May 31, 1894, she was married to James L. Saunders of Lebanon Co., Pa. to this union 2 daughters were born (Irene Mae and Marie Dorthy, wife of Bro. Harvey D. Conrad, with whom she made her home since the decease of her husband). Those preceding her in death, are her father, mother, an infant daughter, and a half-brother. Those surviving her are her daughter Marie, a grandson Rogers, and two sisters, Sallie Millhouse and Mrs. Henry Johnson. In her early life she confessed Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. When the Sunday school was first organized, she served as one of the first teachers in that organization. For the past year she suffered almost constantly, but with it she manifested a spirit of patience and submission, desirous that the will of God should be accomplished in her life. Funeral services were conducted April 21 at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church with A.C. Good in charge. Text (one of her favorite scriptures): "All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come."

Roth - Urban Glen, son of N.N. and Esta Reschly Roth (deceased), was born April 27, 1911, near Wayland, Iowa; died after a lingering illness followed by a paralytic stroke, at his home near Albany, Oregon, April 13, 1938; aged 26 y. 11 m. 17 d. On May 23, 1937, he was united in marriage to Ruth K. Leitchy. To this union was born 1 son, Jonathan Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his companion (a six-weeks old son), father, stepmother and 3 sisters (Mrs. Ina Hershberger, Harrisonburg; Mrs. Anna Schrock, Tangent; and Rachel, at home), 1 nephew, 2 nieces, besides numerous uncles, aunts, and other relatives. In 1920 he came to Oregon with his father and family. In his early youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Fairview Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until death. During his sickness he often expressed his desire to meet his Saviour. Funeral services April 16 at the house by Fred Gingerich. Opening services at the church by H. Gerig. Sermon by N.M. Birky. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Willamette Memorial Park.
"Urban dear, you're sweetly resting, sorrow, pain, and grief are o'er;
By the Heavenly Gate we'll meet you over on that peaceful shore."

Neuenschwander - Miriam Moser Neuenschwander was born Jan. 15, 1860, in Adams Co., Ind.; died April 21, 1938, at the home of her son (Sam N.), aged 78 y. 3 m. 6 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized and received into church fellowship at the Mennonite Church at Berne, Ind. In 1916 she moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, at which time she transferred her membership to the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death On May 14, 1881, she was united in marriage with Abraham M. Neuenschwander. To this union were born 14 children, of whom 9 survive as follows: Mrs. Amos Steiner, Dalton; Mrs. Peter Neuhauser, Berne, Ind.; Mrs. Levi Steiner, Dalton; Abraham, Berne; Sam, Dalton; Jacob, Applescreek; Mrs. Simon Nussbaum, Applecreek; Amos, Berne; also 52 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her husband, 3 sons (David, Peter, and Benjamin), 2 daughters (Maryann and Caroline), 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild preceded her in death. She also leaves 7 brothers and 2 sisters (Mrs. Anna Leichty, Moses, David, Lake Charles, La.; Philip, Sidney, Ohio; Aaron, Bryant, Ind.; Mrs. Dina Niswander, Findlay, Ohio; Jeff, Wilshire, Ohio; Jacob, Berne, Ind.; Nathan, Orrville, Ohio), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church by Bros. J.S. Moser and Louis Amstutz. Texts, II Cor. 5:1-10; Psa. 90:1-12. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Clemmer - Elihu D., son of Deacon Abram M. and Catharine (Derstine) Clemmer, was born Sept. 24, 1842; died at the home of his son, Bishop Abraham G. Clemmer, Franconia, Pa., April 2, 1938; aged 95 y. 6 m. 8 d. He had been ailing about two weeks but was confined to his bed only one day. A lifelong resident of Franconia Tp., because of his long and useful life (a leader in the Franconia Mennonite Sunday school and chorister of Sunday school and church for 50 years) his influence was far-reaching; and we can well say that "he being dead yet speaketh." He was a pioneer in establishing the Franconia Mennonite Sunday school and saw the Sunday school movement grow throughout the Franconia district. He was a good counsellor, and many a minister was benefited by the keen memory that he possessed. He had many friends and will be missed in the home, community, and Church. Cataracts in his eyes caused his blindness seven years ago. Although his eyes failed, his memory served him to the close of his life. The thoughts uppermost in his mind were concerning the welfare of the Church. He was married twice. His first wife (Sarah F. Godshall) died Sept. 30, 1870. His second wife (Susanne Frick) died in 1910. He is survived by his son (Abraham G.), a step-daughter (Lizzie, wife of the late William G. Souder), and 1 foster daughter (Lizzie, wife of Michael Clemmer of Souderton, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Arthur Ruth and at the church by Bros. A.Z. Derstine and Menno B. Souder. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Brenneman - Alice, daughter of David J. and Mary A. Swartzendruber, was born Jan. 8, 1882; died at her late home near Kalona, Iowa, April 9, 1938; aged 56 y. 3 m. 1 d. Dec. 3, 1903, she was united in marriage with Joseph C. Brenneman. To this union 5 children were born (Mrs. I. Mark Ross of Hesston, Kans., Mary Ellen, Ruth, and Mildred at home, and Maynard of Wellman, Iowa). She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and united with the East Union Mennonite Church, where she was a faithful and consistent member until death. Her death is mourned by her husband and children, her aged mother, 3 brothers (Dr. J.R. Harvey, and Franklin, all of Kalona), and 5 grandchildren, besides a large number of near relatives and friends. She was confined to her home the last four and one-half years because of a heart ailment, but most of the time was able to be up in a chair, during which time she very much enjoyed her many friends who called on her, who by her kind and social disposition she won for herself. For more than twenty years she shared with her husband the duties of a minister's wife, in her home often entertained and welcomed strangers. She will not only be missed in the home but in the Church and community as well. She was a devoted Christian companion and mother, a faithful member in her church, always taking a deep interest in her family and church. Funeral services were held from the East Union Mennonite church, Monday afternoon, April 11, with burial in the East Union Cemetery, conducted by the brethren, Abner G. Yoder and D.J. Fisher.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us, and the loss we deeply feel;
But 'twas God who hath bereft us, he can all our sorrows heal."

Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia


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Slabaugh - The infant son of Abraham and Lena Slabaugh was laid to rest in the Bontrager Cemetery, Elkhart Co., Ind., April 25, 1938, after a short service at the home, conducted by R.F. Yoder. He leaves grandparents, father, mother, and 2 brothers.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love.
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."

Harnish - Emma (Huber), wife of Isaac B. Harnish, died at her home in Martieville, Pa., April 9, 1938; aged 77 y. 9 m. 27 d. Besides her husband, she is survived by 3 sisters. She was a faithful member of Byerland Mennonite Church. Services were held at the home April 12, conducted by Brethren Maris W. Hess, James Hess, and Jacob T. Harnish. Interment in Byerland Cemetery.
"God calls our loved ones but we lose not wholly what He hath given;
They live with us on earth in thought and deed as truly as in heaven."

Wagner - Emanuel, son of Peter and Ellen (Schrock) Wagner, was born on the farm east of Eureka, Ill., March 28, 1887; died suddenly April 26, 1938, at his home in Eureka; aged 51 y. 29 d. On March 11, 1909, he was united in marriage to Laura Rebecca Schertz of Eureka. Their early wedded years were spent on the Wagner farm near Eureka. Later they moved to their present home where they shared a happy life together. At an early age he united with the Roanoke Mennonite church where he remained a faithful member. He was preceded in death by his mother on Aug. 2, 1916; 2 brothers and 2 sisters in infancy. Surviving are his wife, 1 daughter (Nellie Mae at home), his aged father, 1 sister (Matilda Garber) all of Eureka, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral service at the home and church was in charge of John L. Harnish and Ezra B. Yordy. Interment in Roanoke Cemetery.
"God in His wisdom took our loved one away,
Not from our memory, not from our love.
But to dwell with Him in the home above."

Stahl - Daniel, son of the late Edward and Polly (Wolf) Stahl, was born July 29, 1880, died of cancer at his home near Port Treverton, Pa., Jan. 8, 1938; aged 58 y. 5 m. 10 d. On June 24, 1911, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Chubb. He left his wife, 4 children (Adam, Wilford, and Grant at home, and Kathryn, wife of ___ Hoffman). One small son preceded him in death. Four brothers and 3 sisters survive him. He was a member of the Lutheran Church since 1925. Funeral services were held Jan. 12, at the home and at the Verdilla Lutheran Church in charge of ___ Lengal.

Fox - Elizabeth, daughter of the late Edward and Polly (Wolf) Stahl, was born April 12, 1877; died in the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., of blood poison, March 4, 1938; aged 61 y. 10 m. 20 d. In November, 1901, she was united in marriage with John Fox. Surviving are her husband, 4 sons and 5 daughters (Mabel, wife of Samuel Martin; Walter; Clarence; Edwin; Magie, wife of Monroe Zimmerman; Kathryn, wife of Enoch Brubaker; Emma; Anna and Harvey at home), and 14 grandchildren. Twin granddaughters preceded her in death. She was the third one out of the same family to pass away in less than three months. She leaves 4 brothers and 2 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Stauffer Mennonite Church and she attended church whenever health permitted. She was at church the last Sunday she lived, and took sick soon after returning home. Funeral services were held March 8, in charge of Brethren Jacob Stauffer and Joseph Brubaker A Niece

Shaffer - Polly, daughter of the late Edward and Polly (Wolf) Stahl, was born Nov. 20, 1868; near Verdilla, Pa.; died Dec. 22, 1937, in Lewisburg Hospital; aged 69 y. 1 m. 2 d. On Jan. 1, 1893, she was united in marriage to Phillip Shaffer. She leaves her husband and 2 sons (Thurlow and Milton), 4 granddaughters, and the following brothers and sisters: Joseph, Daniel, John, and Benjamin, all of near Port Treverton, Pa.; Katie (wife of Mose Good), Lizzie (wife of John Fox), Samuel, all of Ephrata, Pa.; and Arnealia (wife of Lewis Wolf) of Herndon, Pa. She was a faithful member of the Susquehanna Mennonite Church for many years, and was the seventh one to leave this world out of a family of fifteen. She had been in failing health since last summer, and was at the Danville Hospital and at the Lewisburg Hospital, and it seemed they could not locate her ailment. Her many friends and relatives mourn the loss of a mother, a sister, and a kind neighbor. We believe she was prepared to meet the Lord. Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at the home and at the Susquehanna Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Henry Longenecker of Middletown, Pa.

Miller - Abraham D. Miller was born to Daniel B. and Catherine (Stutzman) Miller on April 5, 1867, in Johnson Co., Iowa; departed this life in his home in the same vicinity April 27, 1938; aged 71 y. 22 d. He was third in a family of nine children, three of whom with the parents have preceded him in death. The surviving brothers and sisters are Samuel D. Miller, Charles D. Miller, William H. Miller, Mrs. Rovena Schlabaugh, all of Wellman, Iowa, and Alvin D. Miller of Los Angeles, Calif. On Dec. 23, 1897, he was married to Lucy Hershburger, to which union 2 daughters were born (Mrs. Samuel S. Swartzendruber of Wellman, Iowa, and Elva, who died at the age of nine years). In early manhood he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was a member of the West Union congregation for many years. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Alice, who with her husband have shared with them the comforts of his late home, besides a host of relatives and friends who mourn his passing. The funeral was in charge of Edward Diener and D.J Fisher. Burial in the Timber Church Cemetery.

Schrock - Joseph, son of Moses and Christina Gerig Schrock, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 6, 1860; died April 28, 1938; aged 77 y. 8 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara Yoder, Dec. 14, 1882. To this union was born 1 son, Orrin M. Schrock, with whom he lived in the same house for 26 years. He was of a family of 9 children, 5 of whom preceded him in death. Mary Yoder, John J. Schrock, of Smithville, and Levi N. Schrock of Orrville, still remain the mourn the loss of their brother, with other near relatives. At an early age in manhood, he united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, always being willing and ready to serve in any way he was called. His seat in the Sunday school and church was seldom vacant. He also took an interest in the community and was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever opportunity presented itself. He leaves his beloved wife, whom he was privileged to live with over 55 years, also his son and 4 grandchildren. He always had the welfare of his family at heart. Services were conducted by the Brethren Wm. G. Detweiler and J.S. Gerig. Text, Isa. 26:34. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Father how glad we would have thee stay,
But it was God's will; He shall have His way."

Kauffman - Emma Conrad Kauffman, daughter of Jacob N. and Lydia Conrad, was born in Green Tp., Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 14, 1869; died April 13, 1938; aged 68 y. 3 m. 29 d. She was united in marriage to John Otto, Dec. 24, 1895. To this union 2 sons were born. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 16, 1900. On Sept. 10, 1903, she was united in marriage to David Kauffman, who also preceded her in death Oct. 30, 1937. She is survived by 2 sons (Charley Otto of Orrville and Homer Otto of Canton), 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. J.S. Berkey of San Bernito, Tex.), 5 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, and other near relatives. Sister Kauffman accepted Christ as her Saviour in early life and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation where she worshipped from childhood. She was always interested in the activities of the church. She remained a loyal and faithful sister, bearing her trials and sorrows patiently, looking unto Christ who can give us grace in every hour of need. In her cheerful disposition she made many friends and kind neighbors. Her work is finished. God called her home,and we cherish kind memories of her life. Services were conducted by the brethren David McFadden and J.S. Gerig from Mark 14:8. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Miller - Jonas D., son of the late Daniel F. and Mary (Gerber) Miller, was born Sept. 9, 1851, near Berlin, Holmes Co., Ohio; died April 20, 1938, near Mylo, N. Dak.; aged 86 y. 7 m. 11 d. He was united in marriage April 18, 1875, to Mary Hochstetler, who passed away April 7, 1922. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters (Daniel J., of Mylo; Anna, wife of Manasses M. Hershberger, of Molalla, Oreg.; Henry J., of Montgomery; Polly Ann, wife of Joseph Kauffman, Fanny, wife of Garfield Marcott, of Grafton, N.Dak.; Lydia, wife of David Schrock, Seattle, Wash.; Harry J., of Wakarusa, Ind.; infant daughter, Dec. 1875; Joseph, died Oct. 23, 1890; Levi J., died June 7, 1913). In the family were 36 grandchildren, of whom 7 died, and 27 great-grandchildren. Father was the last one of a family of 12 to pass away. He was a faithful member of the Old Order Amish Church since 1870 or 71. He had a fall on July 25, 1937, and could not walk after that. Later he became helpless. Since August, 1937, he was on the wheel-chair. Funeral services were held at his son's home, Daniel, on April 22. Moses M. Yoder and Mahlon Yoder preached in German and Eli G. Hochstetler in English. He was laid to rest in Amish Cemetery. A Son.

Yoder - After a lingering illness of two years or more, Mrs. Daniel K. Yoder was called away from earth and her suffering Feb. 1, 1938, at her late home in White Hall. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Smucker. She was married twice; first to Rufus Yoder, and after his death, she married Daniel K. Yoder. She was born May 20, 1856, and died Feb. 1, 1938; aged 81 y. 9 m. 20 d. Three sons and three daughters of her first marriage survive: Mrs. Mary Kanagy, Mrs. Amos Kanagy, Jonas and Jacob Yoder, all of Belleville; and Elizabeth and a son, Joseph in Harrisburg, Pa. John Edward preceded her in death. One sister, Mrs. John L. Mast of White Hall, and a brother, John Smucker of Allensville are still living. Two brothers (David H. and Solomon) and a sister (Mrs. Joseph Y. Yoder) are deceased. She was cared for by her aged husband during the last months of affliction. Funeral services were held Feb. 3 at the home and at the Locust Grove Church, in charge of J.B. Smith and J.B. Zook. Text, "Prepare to meet thy God." Interment in the Mennonite 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 reign with angels fair, may our names too be written there."
A Daughter.

Werner - Martha, daughter of George B. and Catherine Wagner, was born in Mahoning Co., O., March 23, 1851; died April 7, 1938; aged 87 y. 15 d. In 1865 she, with her parents came to Indiana and located in Elkhart Co., where she grew to womanhood. In 1871 she was united in marriage to Lewis Werner, who died Jan. 6, 1876. To this union were born 1 son and 2 daughters. Jan. 5, 1878, she was again united in marriage to Martin Werner, a brother to her former husband, and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 25 years. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband, 2 sons (Albert and Milton) and 2 daughters (Mrs. Katie Miller and Mrs. Josephine Mishler) preceded her in death. She lived in her late home over 50 years, during which time she had many trying experiences. She was of a cheerful disposition, patient in suffering, and had a great concern for the spiritual welfare of her children. She was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church for many years, in which faith she died. The Church is laying away a faithful member and the children a mother who had bright prospects of heaven. Those surviving are: Mrs. Lucy Hower of Columbia City, Ind.; Mrs. Elizabeth Weaver, Calvin, George, Mrs. Emma Stiver of New Paris; and Mrs. Martha Stewart of Foraker; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held April 10 in charge of Ray F. Yoder and Vern Stump.

Kreider - B. Ellen Kreider, widow of Tobias R. Kreider, was born Sept. 27, 1867; died April 17, 1938, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 70 y. 5 m. 10 d., She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Lydia Ranck. She is survived by these children: Stella R., Lancaster; Anna R. (wife of Enos R. Miller), Ronks, R.I.; Chester R., Soudersburg; Roy R., East Lampeter; Isaac, West Lancaster; Benjamin, Ephrata; and Edith R., at home; also the following sisters and brothers: Susan of Vintage; Annie, Jacob H., and John, of Strasburg, Pa.; Cora (wife of Isaac R. Barge), Paradise Tp.; and Amos, Atlantic City, N.J. Father and 2 daughters preceded her in death. Father preceded her less than 5 months. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, and attended church regularly when health permitted. Mother was not well for several years. She took her bed just 1 month before she died. She was very patient with it all, and longed to go to her eternal home. She will be greatly missed; but we know our loss is her gain. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Parke Book at her home, Soudersburg, Pa., April 20, and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Christ Brubaker and Jacob Harnish. Text, Heb. 5:9. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, dear, your wish is granted, sorrow, pain, and grief are o'er,
By the Eastern Gate we'll meet you, over on that peaceful shore."
By a Daughter.

Guengerich - Barbara (Beachey) Guengerich, daughter of Joel and Elizabeth (Gnagey) Beachey, was born near Grantsville, Md., Apr. 24, 1843; died at the home of her son, William, near Wellman, Iowa, April 16, 1938; aged 94 y. 11 m. 22 d. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful and consistent member all through life. On Mar. 19, 1865, she was united in marriage to Samuel D. Guengerich near Grantsville, Md., by Bishop Jonas Beachey. They lived together in matrimony for 63 years. After this marriage they came to Iowa and established a home on the farm where her husband died nine years ago at the age of 92 years. To all who knew her she lived a life of true kindness, piety, and patience equalled by few and seldom excelled. Many are the acts of benevolence and good will to be remembered by all who cam in touch with her through the years that God allotted her. Her patience endured to the end, even in the 13 weeks she was confined to her bed, she was never heard to complain, although she often expressed her desire to leave this world and wondered why God yet kept her here. She was a great lover of peace and frequently expressed sorrow over unpeaceful conditions in the church and community and the placed she filled in life in her quiet unassuming manner will be greatly missed. This union was blest with 8 children (Elizabeth, widow of C.R. Bender of Wellman, Joel, William, and Noah of Wellman; Menno, of Blackie, Alta., Canada; Anna, wife of D.B. Swartzendruber, Kalona; and Susie, wife of Henry Kuhns, Wellman). One son, Daniel, died when six years old. She leaves to mourn her passing, besides the above children, 27 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held April 18, conducted at the home by P.O. Swartzendruber and at the Lower Deer Creek Church by A.S. Miller, A.C. Swartzendruber and John Y. Swartzendruber from the texts, I Cor. 15:42, 58; Rev. 2:10; Gal. 6:14.

Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXXI, No. 7 - May 19, 1938, Page 158, 159 -- view images

Miller - Leah, daughter of the late Jonathan and Sarah (Kauffman) Miller, and widow of William Miller, died in her home April 4, 1938; aged 72 y. 2 m. She is survived by four sons, three daughters, three sisters, and many friends and neighbors. She was a kind and devoted mother, a good friend and neighbor, a member of the Mattawana, Pa., Mennonite Church, and loved to attend services whenever she could. Her funeral was held on April 7. Services were conducted by Milo Yoder and W.M. Kepler, minister of the Methodist Church, Ryde, Pa., where the services were held. Interment was made in the Ryde cemetery.

Taylor - William Franklin Taylor was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Aug. 2, 1861; died May 2, 1938; aged 76 y. 9 m. His parents passed away when he was only a boy. He was married to Mary Florence Ross of Burktown, Va., Dec. 2, 1883. To this union 13 children were born, of whom 5 remain. They are: Walter of Gomer, O.; James of Middlepoint, O.; Jacob of Whitehouse, O.; Simon of Blissfield, Mich.; Mrs. John Point, at whose home he passed away. This wife and 8 children preceded him in death. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and 2 children came to Ohio in July 1887, and since that time have lived in and around Allen Co. He was a member of the Mennonite Mission and was faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted by M. O'Connell. Text, Phil. 1:21.

Weber - Eli H. Weber, of Lexington, Ont., was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Sept. 28, 1868; died, after a lingering illness, May 3, 1938; aged 69 y. 7 m. 5 d. He was married Feb. 19, 1905, to Elizabeth Martin. Surviving are his beloved wife, one brother (Henry, of Waterloo), and three sisters (Lena, Mary, Lydia, of St. Jacobs). He was a member of the Erb St. Mennonite Church in Waterloo. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. O. Burkholder and at the Erb. St. Mennonite Church by Urias Martin and J.B. Martin. Texts, Psa. 117 and John 6:18. Interment in Martins Mennonite cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past,
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
'Til God called him home to suffer no more."

Cressman - Ezra, son of Menno and Lydia (Martin) Cressman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 13, 1860; died very suddenly April 29, 1938; aged 77 y. 5 m. 16 d. On March 23, 1886 he was united in marriage to Louisa Shantz who survives him. This union was blessed with 3 sons, 2 having preceded him, namely, Leander and Howard. There survive him besides his companion, 1 son (Curtiss), on the homestead; also 12 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, being a member of the Bean congregation. He was faithful to the end. He was loved and respected, always ready with his counsel. He will be missed in the home, in the Church, and in the community. Funeral services May 1, at the home by Bro. Moses H. Roth and at the Bean church by Moses H. Shantz, assisted by M. Hallman. Text, Psa. 90:12. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Liechty - Peter J. Liechty was laid to rest on May 5, 1938, aged 59 years. He was born near Berne, Ind., May 4, 1879. At the age of 14 he united with the church, and was an active religious worker in church and Sunday school, and in daily life. He always upheld the Word of the Lord. When but a boy, he moved with his parents to Tennessee. Several years later they moved to Georgia, where on Aug. 22, 1897, he was married to Elizabeth Kohli. The couple moved to Lake Charles, La., in 1901. They lived in and near Lake Charles until his death. He is survived by his wife (Elizabeth Liechty), six children (Joseph H. Liechty of Lake Charles; David A., of Manilla, P.I.; Mrs. F.P. Friesen and Miss Beulah Liechty of Lake Charles; Mrs. Harold Porter of Woodlawn, and Mrs. Fred Cain of Lake Charles). His mother (Mrs. Anna Liechty, who resides at his home), one brother (J.J. Liechty of Kinder, La.), and four sisters (Mrs. E.G. Leidig, and Mrs. Leon McCain of Lake Charles; Mrs. J.M. Swartzendruber of Wellman, Oa.; and Mrs. S.J. Schwartz of Phoenix, Ariz.).
"A precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled."
The Family

Fuhrman - Hattie, daughter of the late Emanuel and Leah (Burkholder) Whisler, was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Nov. 23, 1868; died at the home of her son Robert (with whom she had her home for the past ten months), March 29, 1938; aged 69 y. 4 m. 6 d. She had not been well for the past year, but bore it all patiently. She was ready and willing to go to her home above, which she expressed in her illness; she was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for thirty-two years. In November, 1900, she was united in marriage to John D. Fuhrman, who preceded her in death nineteen years. This union was blessed with two children, who survive (Elmer and Robert Fuhrman of Hanover, Pa.), and four grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister and three brothers: Mrs. Ida Danner, Henry, Solomon, and Levi Whisler, all of Hanover; also a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives. Funeral services March 31 at the home by Bro. Peter Shank, with opening services at the church by Bro. Harvey Grove and sermon by Bro. John Hess of Lititz, Pa. Text, John 19:41. Interment in cemetery nearby.
"In the stillness of the night, death drew near,
and claimed our mother, whom we loved so dear,
But oh, so suddenly she passed away
To meet those who have already gone the way."
By the children.

Miller - Mary, daughter of Levi and Magdalena (Marner) Lehman, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Aug. 21, 1862; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.R. White, at Parnell, Ia., April 15, 1938; aged 75 y. 7 m. 25 d. Jan. 25, 1880, she was married to Peter J. Miller, who died April 6, 1891. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. One son (Johnnie) died at the age of 3 years. Those left to mourn her departure are Jacob and Henry Miller of Hydro, Okla.; Rebecca, wife of Henry Haas, of Kent, Ohio; and Lena, wife of William White, of Parnell, Iowa. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her parents died when she was quite young and she made her home with Christian Swartzendruber's. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and at the time of her death was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Hydro, Okla. After her marriage she lived in Jodshington Co., Iowa till 1905, when she with her family moved to Hydro, where she has since resided. Not being in her usual health she came to the home of her daughter on January 13 where she had been ill for fourteen weeks. She bore her sufferings patiently, always satisfied. She will be greatly missed as a mother, grandmother, church member, friend and neighbor by all who knew her, but we mourn not as those who have no hope.
"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."

Brunk - Bishop George Reuben Brunk , son of Henry G. and Susan (Heatwole) Brunk, was born near Geneseo, Ill., Dec. 31, 1871; died suddenly while at work on the evening of April 30, 1938, at his home near Denbigh, Va.; aged 66 y. 4 m. His activities and unfailing interest in the Church and home continued to the very last. On the day of his death he completed and mailed the July issue of the "Sword and Trumpet," through which medium he labored faithfully for the welfare of the Church at large.
When he was two years of age his family moved on the western prairie near Marion, Kansas, later locating near Groveland, Kansas. Here, as a young man, he was brightly converted under the ministry of Bro. J.S. Coffman. At the age of 21 he was ordained to the ministry at West Liberty Church in Kansas, and at the age of 26 ordained to the office of Bishop, having oversight of the Spring Valley and Catlin congregations. In 1910 he with his family moved to Denbigh, Va., where he had bishop charge of congregations in southeastern Virginia until his death. From his ordination to the ministry he was actively engaged in evangelistic work for many years.
At the age of 28 years he married Katie Wenger of Harrisonburg, Va. To this home came nine children, making an unbroken family until the departure of a precious and loving husband and father. How we miss his tender sympathies, his counsels, his prayers. The strong pillar of our home is removed and we are a broken family here; yet heaven seems much nearer and we long for the time of meeting. He so often prayed that we might meet an unbroken family over there. We know that he is even now waiting for each one of us, as his expressed himself in these original lines:
"Not only through earth's toilsome years, do parents watch and wait
For children scatter far; but having heard the Master's call,
And folded earth work all aside and gone away,
The vigil is not ended; the alter fires of love still burn within.
From that fa
r land they watch and wait, for the children to come Home."
He leaves his sorrowing companion and nine children: Esther Virginia, Truman Henry (minister), Stella Victoria (Mrs. J. Ward Shank, Broadway, Va.), Edna Frances (Mrs. Arthur Hertzler), Meno Simon, George Rowland (minister), Katie Florence (Mrs. John F. Shank, Broadway, Va.), Ruth Wenger, and Lawrence Burkhart. There are nine grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother (Pre. J.F. Brunk, Newton, Kans.), two sisters (Mrs. J.A. Cooprider, Hesston, Kans., and Mrs. Walter Cooprider, McPherson, Kans.), one half-brother (Charles W. Cooprider of Windom, Kans.), and two half-sisters (Mrs. E.J. Ely of Inman, Kans., and Mrs. O.E. Hostetler of McPherson, Kans.).
Funeral services at the home were in charge of Bro. Daniel Shenk, and at the Warwick River Mennonite Church by Bro. J.L. Stauffer (Texts, I Samuel 20:18 and II Timothy 4:6-8), assisted by Bros. C.C. Culp, S.H. Rhodes, J.R. Driver and Daniel Kauffman.
The sorrowing family.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXI, No. 8 - May 26, 1938, Page 174, 175 -- view images

Livengood - Maurice C. Livengood was born Aug. 18, 1901; died May 11, 1938; aged 36 y. 8 m. 22 d. He is survived by his wife, 6 children, his father and mother, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. He was preceded to the grave by one daughter. He had united with the Mennonite Church at early age. The funeral services were held at the Casselman Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Roy Otto.

Harding - John Elmer, son of Elmer and Maxine Harding, born April 5, 1938, near Orrville, Ohio; died May 15, 1938. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 1 sister (Edna), 1 brother (Joe), 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother, 1 great-grandmother, and many relatives. Funeral services in the home May 17, Brethren Jacob Neuschwander, Louis Amstutz, and I.J. Buchwalter officiating. Texts, II Sam. 12:15-23 and Mark 10:13-16. Interment in Dalton Cemetery.
"He has gone from us forever, he has faded like the flowers,
But he's gone to bloom unblushing in a fairer land than ours."

Sauder - Robert William, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Sauder, Petoskey, Mich., died at his home May 1, 1938; aged 4 m. 2 d. While they were kneeling in prayer for his recovery it pleased the Lord to take him to his final rest. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh; blessed by the name of the Lord." His illness and death was caused by double pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the Stone Funeral Home, May 3. Text, II Sam. 12:22, 23; Psalm 23. Services were conducted by John Ross with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay, God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love, but to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."
- By his Aunt.

Lehman - Susan (Kemp) Lehman was born in Oakland, Md., Feb. 24, 1869; died in Lagrange Co., Ind., May 5, 1938; aged 69 y. 2 m. 11 d. Feb. 15, 1894 she was married to Levi H. Lehman. Her death was sudden and a great shock in the neighborhood and Church. She was ailing for many years, but did her work. The evening of May 4 she went to bed as usual. About midnight she got a stroke which lasted about 18 hours. God, who has all the power to heal, called her to His home where there is neither pain nor sorrow. In her youth she became a member in the Old Order Amish Church, to which she remained faithful. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 1 adopted niece (Mrs. Noah Miller, Kalona, Ia.), and 3 brothers (Sam Kemp, of Kalona, Ia., Dan Kemp of Nappanee, Ind., John Kemp of Topeka, Ind.). Three brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death. Funeral was held Monday at her home, conducted by Bros. Wm. Bontrager, Christ Troyer, and Noah Bontrager in the big house, Jacob Mast and Joseph Yoder in small house, and John Lambright and Abram Yoder in the barn. Burial in the Yoder Cemetery.
"Her willing hands are folded, her dear warm heart is still;
A place is vacant in the home, that never can be filled."
By a niece.

Shertzer - Benjamin F., son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Funk) Shertzer, was born April 7, 1859; died April 16, 1938; aged 79 y. 9 d. He was united in marriage to Susan B. Newcomer Oct. 11, 1883. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 5 daughters: Annie N., wife of John R. Getz, Lizzie N., wife of Stoner H. Haverstick, Mary N., Benj. N., Aaron N., Amanda N., and Ada N.; 1 son (Amos) having preceded him into the spirit world. He leaves his loving wife, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 16 grandchildren, 1 brother (Jonas F.), 1 sister (Mrs. Harry Graver), and many relatives and friends. We know our loss is his gain. He was of a cheerful disposition and made friends with whoever he met. He will be greatly missed in the home, community, and church of which he was a faithful member for more than fifty years until death. His seat was never vacant when able to attend, always eager to be there. He lived nearly his entire life on the farm at which place he passed away after a illness of two weeks. He was resigned to the Lord's will as He saw best. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. D.N. Gish, and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Hess and John K. Charles. Text, II Sam. 23:4. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear, for one we loved and cherished here;
God took him home, it was His will, but in our hearts we liveth still."

Steiner - Noah C., son of Daniel and Magdalena (Basinger) Steiner, was born in Wayne Co., near Orrville, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1871; died near the place of his birth, May 10, 1938; aged 66 y. 9 m. 8 d. On Oct. 1, 1899, he was united in marriage to Sarah Geiser. Since this union was not blessed with children, they opened their hearts and their home to four homeless children. Treasa and Nicholas Pennitti of Youngstown, Ohio, were admitted into their home in 1915; Ellen and Irene Geiser, the nieces, in 1919. On July 11, 1915, he was ordained to the office of deacon, in which capacity he faithfully served until death. During the building of the Crown Hill Church, and also the Mennonite Old People's Home, he served as a very active member of the building committees, and was deeply interested in each of the buildings. As a trustee of the church and cemetery he labored faithfully and untiringly for its comfort and beauty. On Saturday, May 7, with his usual vigor, he planned to rise early and go about his daily duties; but on attempting to rise he was stricken with apoplexy, became unconscious, and remained so until death. When a young man he confessed his Lord and united with the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, in which faith he faithfully served until death. His kind and friendly disposition won to himself many friends both young and old. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, the 4 foster children, 3 brothers, 1 sister, nieces and nephews, and many friends. Funeral services were held May 12 at the Crown Hill Church, conducted by Brethren S.E. Allgyer and E.F. Hartzler. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Miller - LaVon Joan, daughter of Menno E. and Hazel E. (Stauffer) Miller, died at her home in Millersville, Pa., Apr. 12, 1938, of bronchial pneumonia; aged 1 y. 10 m. 23 d. LaVon took sick suddenly Thursday afternoon and passed away the following Thursday night. We believed that she was taking the measles, as so many indications pointed that way, but up to the time of her death the measles did not develop and the day previous to her death it turned into bronchial pneumonia. She was always in the best of health from her birth and the prayed for, fourfold development was graciously bestowed. Her death was a great shock to her parents, grandparents, and all who had learned to know and love her. LaVon and her grandfather, Isaiah S. Stauffer, were laid to rest at the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery six weeks (on the day) apart. Ever since his passing she talked so much about him, missed him, and would look for him when in a crowd. Now we know they are happy together with Jesus. Surviving are her parents, 3 grandparents (Mrs. Adda Stauffer, Millersville, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. David Z. Miller of near Middletown, Pa., where Bro. Miller is a minister at Strickler's congregation); also uncles and aunts. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Jacob Hess and Daniel Gish at the home Saturday afternoon, Apr. 16, with further services at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Stoner Krady and John W. Weaver. Text, "Suffer the little children and forbid them not to come unto me for such is the kingdom of heaven."
"LaVon, darling, you have left us, now you've joined the heavenly band;
Where you're waiting for our coming, over in the better land."
The Parents

Miller - Clara Miller, daughter of the late Michael and Anna Maurer, was born near Maximo, Ohio, Mar. 7, 1887; died at the Mercy Hospital, Canton, Ohio, May 3, 1938; aged 51 y. 1 m. 26 d. She was a resident of Stark Co., all her life. In September, 1901 she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, was baptized by Bishop Fred Mast and united with the Beech Mennonite Church, in which she continued faithfully until the end. On June 14, 1910, she was united in marriage to Harvey D. Miller of Canton, Ohio. On Saturday, April 30, she attended the funeral of her uncle near Orrville, Ohio, and upon leaving the cemetery she apparently had a light stroke of paralysis. Shortly afterward she had a harder stroke and became helpless and speechless, which condition continued until her death the following Tuesday evening. She leaves her husband, 1 sister (Mrs. Truman Miller of Delta, O.), 2 brothers (Alvin and Harvey, both of Louisville, O.), 10 nephews, 5 nieces, 2 uncles (Joe Yoder of Smithville, O., and Amos Yoder of Wooster, O.), 1 aunt (Mrs. Barbara Schrock of Orrville, O.), and many other relatives and friends. Her parents, 1 sister (Mrs. Elmer Schmucker), and 1 niece preceded her in death. Her father and her sister also passed away in May. Sister Miller, like Dorcas of old, was full of alms deeds and good works. She thought of so many things to do for others. She was very active in the sisters' sewing circle work of the church, being a charter member of the home circle. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite church and were in charge of the home Bishop O.N. Johns, Alvin Hostetler assisting. Sermon theme, "The Heavenly Mansions." Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe; we little thought her death was near;
And only they who've lost can tell the pain of passing away without farewell."

Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia

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