Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1939

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August 3, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 18 - pages 382,383

Gingrich.-Lovina Snyder was born Feb. 8, 1865; died July 18, 1939; aged 74 y. 5 m. 10 d. On Jan. 3, 1888, she was married to Israel B. Gingrich who predeceased her two years ago. To this union were born 8 children. Those who survive are Manasseh of Waterloo, Freeman and Leah (Mrs. Addison Snider) of Elmira, Mrs. Amos Gingrich, Mrs. David B. Snyder of Waterloo. Two sons (Simon and Allan) and 1 daughter (Mrs. Menno Eby) predeceased her. One sister (Mrs. Isaac Hilborn, Kitchener), and 15 grandchildren also survive. She was a lifelong resident of Waterloo Twp., and early united with the Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful to the end. About two months ago she was stricken with a heart attack from which she never recovered. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren Roy S. Koch and Jonas Snider.

Blough.-Josiah Blough was born May 22, 1855, near Johnstown, Pa. At the age of 22 he left Pennsylvania and moved to Michigan. He was united in marriage to Sarah, daughter of Preacher and Mrs. Peter Keim on Dec. 15, 1878. To this union were born 1 son (Titus) and 1 daughter (Mrs. Minta King deceased). He and his wife were received into the Mennonite Church Feb. 26, 1893, in which faith he remained until death. He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away May 25, 1912, and by his daughter Dec. 22, 1933. He died Friday morning, June 30, 1939, at the home of his son Titus; aged 84 y. 1 m. 8 d. Surviving are his son, 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 4 half sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He had been in declining health since last winter. He chose John 14:1-3 for his funeral text, and expressed peace with his Lord, as his testimony, and went on. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Bowne Mennonite Church by Bro. T. E. Schrock, on July 2. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Schantz.-Daniel, son of Christian and Elizabeth (Suttor) Schantz, was born near Regensburg, Germany, Aug. 17, 1868; died suddenly of a heart attack at his home near Hydro, Okla., July 14, 1939; aged 70 y. 10 m. 27 d. He came to America when 16 years old and worked for some time near Hopedale, Ill.; then made his home with his brother Joseph at Fulda, Minn. On March 17, 1896, he was united in marriage to Anna Zimmerman of Flanagan, Ill. They resided at Fulda for two years and eight years near Rolfe, Iowa; after which, in January, 1909, they came to near Hydro which has since been his home. He is survived by his loving wife, 1 son (Alvin of Hydro) and 1 daughter (Mrs. Lewis Holsopple of Versailles, Mo.); 2 brothers (Andrew and Peter of Hydro) and 2 sisters (Mary and Lena in Germany). His father, mother, 6 brothers, and 1 sister preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 15 and united with the Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member until the Lord called him home. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Church where he was a member. Services by Jno. Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber. Texts, Num. 23:10; Rev. 14:13. Interment in cemetery near by.

Schneck.-Peter, son of Abraham and Barbara (Zuercher) Schneck, was born Dec. 23, 1856; died July 14, 1939, at his home near Dalton, Ohio; aged 82 y. 6 m. 21 d. On April 8, 1880, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Sprunger of Berne, Ind. Four children were born to this union, but only the youngest son (John Wesley) survived his parents. A son (David Nelson) and a daughter (Martha) died in infancy, and a daughter (Caroline) at the age of 20 preceded him in 1910. On June 20, 1912, his loyal helpmeet was also taken through death. In his youth he joined the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church and later (in 1886) he transferred his membership to the Salem Mennonite Church where he had been an active and loyal member and over 50 years taught a S. S. class. He was an inveterate reader of the Bible and read it through a number of times. He had been sick for several months with heart disease and dropsy, but bore it with patience. He is survived by his son (J. Wesley of Milwaukee, Wis.), 3 grandchildren, 3 brothers (David of Dalton, John of Pandora, Daniel of Canton), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Maria Nussbaum of Apple Creek and Mrs. P. J. Amstutz of Dalton). One sister (Mrs. Philemon Sprunger) died Aug. 24, 1904. Services were held at the Salem Church on the 16th, conducted by A. S. Rosenberger (local pastor), assisted by A. R. Kaiser and Allen Bixler.

Stutzman.-Amanda, daughter of Abraham and Anna (Beachy) Mast, was born Dec. 20, 1863, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. D. J. Schweitzer, near Wood River, Neb.), July 6, 1939; aged 75 y. 6 m. 16 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 14, in which faith she died. On Jan. 13, 1880, she was married to Stephen Stutzman. They were blessed with 1 daughter and 1 son. She is survived by her daughter (Laura Schweitzer, Wood River) and son (Ralph, San Mateo, Calif.), 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Joas Mast, Lydia Miller, and Malinda Miller, Holmes Co., Ohio; and David Mast of Little River, Kans.), and a host of relatives and friends. Her husband, 7 brothers, and 6 sisters preceded her in death. She had been failing in health several years and was bedfast two weeks. The cause of her death was anemia. Her lingering illness she bore with patience, and her cheerful disposition was an inspiration to all with whom she came in contact. The family keenly feels the loss of a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. Life does not end thus, for it will live in influence and in memory, and becomes real to those who pass from this world into the life to come. Funeral services were held at the home, and at the Wood River Mennonite Church by Bros. A. E. Stoltzfus and Joe Zimmerman. Text, Dan. 12:2. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Gone into the light, that shines so fair,
Gone from the earth of sorrow and care;
Resting those hands that did their best,
Gone, dear mother, gone to rest."

Yohn.-Margaret Olive Yohn was born near Allensville, Pa., April 10, 1879; died at her home July 15, 1939 after a lingering painful illness of several years; aged 60 y. 3 m. 5 d. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Nancy (Headings) Hazlitt. She leaves 2 children: Samuel, at home, who so faithfully helped his mother to the very end, and a daughter Mary, who for a number of years (due to ill health), has been cared for at the Joshua B. Zook home. Two sisters, Mary (Mrs. Hugh Carter) and Alva Hazlitt, also survive. Since the death of their father, Samuel Hazlitt, Alva has been making her home with her sister Margaret and family. In her early life she gave her heart to God and for the past 48 years has been faithful, and devoted, true to her God, and a true member of the Allensville Lutheran Church, always found in her place at church, rain or shine. She was a woman of high and noble ideals and was interested in all religious, community, and civic affairs. Whenever opportunity called she was ready to do her bit. Her last concern was for the welfare of her children and friends. She also expressed a desire to go Home, that it was the Lord's will that she should go. She also made plans for the funeral. Her husband (Albert Yohn) died 17 years ago, leaving her with two small children, and it was with zeal and determination that she labored and struggled on so as to keep the home together. "God's ways are not our ways, nor his thoughts our thoughts, but as far as the heaven is from the earth so great is his mercy toward them that fear him." Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the home, and further services at the Allensville Lutheran Church, in charge of Guy H. Middlesworth, assisted by Joshua B. Zook. Text: Rev. 1:17, 18. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.

"How sweet the thought that every wave
But bears us nearer heaven!
There we shall meet, when life is o'er,
In that blest home, to part no more."

Weaver.-Elizabeth M., widow of Martin G. Weaver of New Holland, Pa., and a daughter of the late Abram and Elizabeth Martin, was born June 22, 1862; died June 28, 1939; aged 77 y. 6 d. She was of a quiet and loving disposition, never tiring of being kind to someone. During her twelve weeks sickness, although barely able to take any nourishment, she was content with all that was done for her, and almost to the end she had a smile and kind word for all. She is greatly missed in her home. She is survived by 1 daughter (Lydia, wife of Jonathan Z. Martin of New Holland) with whom she had her home, and 2 stepchildren (F. Viola, wife of Harry L. Diffenbaugh of near Lancaster and Clarence R. Weaver of New Holland), also one sister (Mrs. Lydia Stauffer of New Holland). One son (Lloyd) preceded her in death as did these brothers and sisters (Henry, Aaron, and David Martin and Anna Weaver). Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and was seldom absent from her place of worship until her last illness. Her great desire and prayer was that all the family should be Christians and live good lives. Her favorite hymn "Shall we gather at the river" was sung at the funeral. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. Noah Snyder and at the Weaverland Church by Bro. John W. Weaver assisted by Bro. Aaron H. Weaver, after which she was laid to rest in the Weaverland Cemetery.

---Her Daughter.

Craig.-Mary Magdalene, daughter of Fannie and David Kennedy, was born near Waynesboro, Va., March 5, 1863; died at her home, June 23, 1939; aged 76 y. 3 m. 18 d. She was married to John E. Craig Dec. 22, 1887. She is survived by her sorrowing husband, 4 sons and 4 daughters (Walter D. of Cumberland, Md.; Ernest E. and Charlie P. of Newport News, Va.; Arthur A., Staunton, Va.; Mrs. Sam Blosser of New Hope, Va.; Mrs. Everette Frazier of Waynesboro, Va.; Mrs. Clyde Smiley of Staunton; and Mrs. John Martin of Waynesboro). She also leaves 22 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 sisters and 1 brother (Mrs. Bettie Hanger and Mrs. Cenia Weaver of Waynesboro; Mrs. Emma Swortzel of Bluefield, W. Va.; and J. S. Kennedy of Waynesboro). Mother had been in feeble health for nearly a year, but was only bedfast the last six weeks. She was very patient in her sickness and never complained of her suffering. Even in our sorrow we are comforted with the thought that our loss is her eternal gain. She often told the family she wanted to go and didn't know why she must stay here any longer. With one of the daughters by her bedside on Sunday before her passing away, she told her some things she requested. One was that she tell the rest of the family to read their Bibles and do the best they could, that their end was coming too; as hers was almost here. She only lived a few days longer and peacefully passed away without a move or struggle. She united with Hildebrand's Mennonite Church early in life, and remained faithful until death. She will be sadly missed in the home, church, and community. Funeral services were held from Hildebrand's Church conducted by J. R. Driver assisted by J. H. Weaver. Text, John 11:19-26. Laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

"'Tis hard to part with mother, dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But she has gone to a better land,
Where pain nor death can enter there."

---The Family.

Sauder.-Bishop John M. Sauder was born in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., June 21, 1864; died July 20, 1939; aged 75 y. 23 d. Besides his widow (who was Susanna Good before marriage) the following children survive: George C., East Earl; Eli G., Bareville; Menno G., Witmer; Mary (wife of Noah Musser), Fivepointville; and Annie (wife of Landis Sensenig), East Earl); also 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister (Rebecca, East Earl). Bro. Sauder was dusting grape vines with lime while on a step ladder, fell, and was found by his son-in-law a few moments afterward and after drawing only a few more breaths, his spirit had taken its flight. The deputy coroner rendered a verdict of accidental death due to a broken neck.

Bro. Sauder was ordained to the ministry on May 16, 1895, and was ordained to the office of bishop over Weaverland and Groffdale District, April 22, 1926, as an assistant to Bishop Benj. Weaver. After Bro. Weaver's death (Sept. 3, 1928) he had charge of the above named district, the various congregations throughout the district have been continually growing and at the last conference, Bro. Sauder asked for help. After all concerned prayerfully and carefully considered the request, it was decided to divide the district and in accordance with this decision Bro. Sauder had already set the dates on which votes will be taken and a bishop ordained in the Groffdale district (including New Holland, Groffdale, Metzlers and Frazer). This will be carried out as planned (Aug. 31, the Lord willing) and at a later date the other part of the district will be taken care of. Our departed brother was one of the oldest members of the Lancaster Conference. The writer knows of only one conference that he missed, and that was due to sickness.

Funeral services were held July 24 at Weaverland. There were present, by actual count, at least 134 bishops, ministers, and deacons, and while the number of people who walked around to view the body, varied as different people tried to count, there were around 2600 or more who passed around the remains of one whose many sermons over a period of more than 44 years are now to be heard no more. May the admonitions and warnings given by our departed shepherd be not soon forgotten; and may the Great Shepherd of the sheep raise up one who shall take the place that now needs to be filled sometime soon. "He being dead yet speaketh."

Our Bishop preached his last sermon to a large and appreciative audience at Weaverland July 9, using as a basis I Cor. 12:28-31; "The Church and her Calling," being the burden of his message. While the various congregations in the district, and in fact all over, were shocked at the news of this very sudden departure of our bishop, we humbly bow to His divine will and say, "Thy will be done." J. W. W.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


August 10, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 19 - pages 423, 424

Hurst.-Mathias M. Hurst was born Jan. 18, 1854; died at the home of his daughter near Terre Hill, Pa., July 21, 1939; aged 85 y. 6 m. 3 d. Early in life he united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member, his place seldom being vacant at church services when health permitted. His kind and sympathetic disposition endeared him to his family and acquaintances, and he will be missed in the home and community. Funeral services were held July 25 at the home of his daughter, conducted by Bro. Isaac W. Geigley, and In Bowmansville Church conducted by Brethren Moses G. Gehman and George G. Horning. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Denlinger.-Salinda A., wife of Bro. Amos B. Denlinger was born April 7, 1859, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at her home near Strasburg, Pa., July 14, 1939; aged 80 y. 3 m. 7 d. Death was caused by infirmities due to her advanced age. Oct. 30, 1877, she was united in marriage to Amos B. Denlinger. This union was blest with 2 sons and 2 daughters. One daughter preceded her in death (Anna, wife of Roy Marrey). She leaves 2 sons and 1 daughter (Clarence K., J. Ira, and Katie, wife of S. R. Nissley), her bereaved husband, 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and a host of relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in early life and became a member of the Mennonite Church to which she was faithful until the end. In the last week of suffering she longed to be called to her reward. While we miss her sweet presence very keenly, we are comforted to know that if we are faithful we will meet her again. Funeral services were held July 17. Short services at the home by Bro. Parke Book and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bro. Ira Hershey. Text, Rev. 21:25, latter clause. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Burkhart.-Aaron H. Burkhart, 67, died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. Book, Bareville, Pa. He was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church, where he served as trustee for many years. He was a son of the late John Z. and Barbara (Horst) Burkhart, and was a retired farmer. He is survived by his wife (Anna N. Burkhart), 2 daughters (Suetta, wife of Furry H. Frey, Lancaster, and Mabel, wife of Frank K. Book, with whom he resided), a daughter-in-law (Mrs. Edna M. Burkhart of Leacock), a brother (Noah H. of East Berlin), a sister (Mrs. Annie Musselman of New Holland), and 6 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the home on Saturday, June 24, conducted by Bro. Parke Book, with further services at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Benjamin Wenger and Parke Book. Interment in Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery.

Weaver.-Mary, daughter of Jacob L. and Anna Rohrer, was born Jan. 21, 1873, near Lancaster, Pa.; died July 18, 1939, aged 66 years, at her home near Oronogo, Mo. She had an attack of creeping paralysis which covered a period of twelve years and which finally caused her death; although in her last illness she was only bedfast six days. She left Pennsylvania with her parents at the age of eleven years and went to Palmyra, Mo. In 1901 she was married to Jesse E. Weaver of Oronogo, Mo., where she lived till her death. Her husband preceded her in death six years. To this union 5 children were born (Frank, Harry, Dortha, Chester, and Pauline), all of whom survive except Harry, who met death last November. She united with the Mennonite Church when about twenty-six years of age, but later she with her husband united with the Congregational Church of which he later became a minister. Her funeral service was conducted by Roy Bundy, assisted by E. J. Berkey. Remarks based on Jno. 14.
By her sister Emma Rohrer.

Myer.-Lizzie A. Myer was born near Strasburg, Pa., July 10, 1859; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Huber, in Lancaster, Pa., May 29, 1939; aged 79 y. 10 m 19 d. Death was caused by the infirmities of age. Mother was in failing health the last three years. She bore her sufferings patiently. In Oct., 1877, she was united in marriage to Christian B. Myer who preceded her in death 22 years. She is survived by the following children: Anna M. Conrad, Fannie E. Mayer, Luetta R. Good, Lizzie M. Redcay, Minnie V. Smith, Ella R. Huber (with whom she resided), Esta R. Miller, Benj. R. Myer and Christian R. Myer. Also 22 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Fannie W. Kreider). She united with the Mennonite Church when young and was faithful until death, always attending services as long as health permitted. Funeral services were conducted June 1 at the home of her daughter by Bro. David Landis and at Mellingers Church by Bro. Stoner Krady. Text, Rev. 2:8-11. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run.
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like hers, is done.
Till then we yield with gladness,
Our mother to Him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance,
'He giveth His loved one sleep.'"

---By a Daughter.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


August 17, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 20 - pages 436, 437

Ross.-Nannie R., wife of Jacob Ross, was born Oct. 15, 1869, in Rockingham Co., Va.; died July 12, 1939. Surviving her are 3 children (Mrs. Lesta Myers of Lima; Ada, at home; and Raymond of Lima), 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 1 brother. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her great desire was to get well enough to attend church again. It was her wish that when she passed away to go suddenly. Sermon preached by Bro. Maurice O'Connell of the Lima Mission.

"'Tis lonesome here without her,
And sad the weary way;
For life is not the same to us
Since mother is called away."

Wittmer.-John K., son of Jacob and Anna (Knepp) Wittmer, was born in Daviess Co., Ind., Oct. 26, 1884; died Aug. 4, 1939. Besides his wife (who was Fanny Yoder before marriage) and 2 small children, he leaves 1 sister (Lydia, Mrs. Victor Stoll) and 2 brothers (Noah of near Montgomery, Ind.; and Daniel of Millersburg, Ind.). He was as well as usual in the evening, when the next morning before 4 o'clock he was a corpse. The coroner's verdict was, death due to a heart attack. He united with the Old Order Amish Church when a young man and remained faithful. Funeral services were conducted by Amos Stoll and Will Graber. Text. Jno. 5:21-30. While all who knew him were shocked at the news of his sudden departure we bow to His divine will and say, "Thy will be done."
-A Reader.

Metzler.-Paul, son of Elmer N. and Clara (Martin) Metzler, was born near Metzler's Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 20, 1932; died July 3, 1939, at the same place. Death came very suddenly and unexpected. Paul was helping his older brother do the evening chores about the barn. He went in the stable to chase a young bull out to drink, which he had often done before, for the bull was very tame and gentle. But this time he seemingly slung his head around and threw him against the stable wall, killing him instantly. There remain to mourn his sudden departure his parents arid the following brothers and sisters: Ruth, John. Anna Mary, Luke, Emma, Nora, and Jane, all at home, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held July 6 at the home in charge of Bro. Eli Sander and at Metzler's Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Benj. Wenger. Texts, Psa. 19:13 and Isa. 53:4. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his death so near;
And only those who have lost can tell,
The loss of a loved one without farewell."

Schrock.-David Ray, son of Reuben T. and Susan (Yoder) Schrock was born on June 5, 1927, in Reno Co., Kans., and passed from this life on July 25, 1939, at the Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind.; aged 12 y. 1 m. 20 d. His death was due to injuries received in an accident on Sunday, July 23. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 8 brothers (Levi, Albert, Clayton, Elmer, Paul, Robert, William, and Donald), 3 sisters (Mrs. Frances Beck, Ruth Ann, and Betty), 3 grandparents (Tobias Schrock of Middlebury, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. David V. Yoder of Haven, Kans.) and many other relatives and friends. David was always very appreciative of things done for him and manifested a cheerful disposition even during his last days. Funeral services were held at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, July 27. Burial in Maple Grove cemetery.
"God forbids his longer stay,
God recalls the precious loan!
He hath taken him away,
From my bosom to His own.
Surely what He wills is best;
Happy in His will I rest."

Brubaker.-Jacob E., son of the late Jacob E. and Maria Brubaker was born June 8, 1858; died July 31,1939, at the home of his son Daniel; aged 81 y. 1 m. 23 d. He was married in 1886 to Mary M. Erb who preceded him in death in July, 1929. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters (Jacob E. Mt. Joy, Pa.; Lizzie, wife of Reuben Miller who died Dec., 1921; Henry E., Daniel E., Mary E., wife of John Hess, Jonas E., and Elma E., all of Mt. Joy, Pa.; Anna E., wife of Elam Musser of Columbia), also 2 sisters (Mrs. Maria Nolt of Landisville, Pa.; Mrs. Elias Eshleman of Lancaster), and 1 brother (Samuel of West Willow). He was a member of the Mt. Joy, Pa. and Kraybills Mennonite Church. He attended church services regularly when health permitted. His death was caused by infirmities due to old age. He often expressed his desire to go home, which was granted him with very little pain. Funeral services were held Aug. 3, conducted at the home by Bro. Henry Garber, at the Mt. Joy Church by Bros. Amos Hess and Henry Lutz. Text, John 14:1-3.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more."
-One of the Family.

Bachman.- William Simon, second son of Peter E. and Phebe (Smith) Bachman (deceased), was born July 15, 1889, in Putnam Co., Ill.; died July 31, 1939; aged 50 y. 16 d. He received his education in the Jacksonville School for the Deaf in his younger years and later was employed on the farm with his father and brother. The last four years were spent in Princeton, Ill., working at Erickson's greenhouse and parkside restaurant. He was accidentally killed while returning to Princeton on his bicycle after spending the evening with his brother Ed and sisters in Tiskilwa. In his early youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite church. Although being unfortunate as to the loss of his hearing he received much enjoyment out of life. He had a jovial disposition, and enjoyed being in the presence of others. He will be greatly missed. He leaves to mourn his early departure: 2 brothers (Ed of Tiskilwa and Clyde of Wyanet), and 5 sisters (Mrs. Rose Zehr of Flanagan, Ill.; Mrs. Amanda Sears of Tiskilwa. Mrs. Alice Schrock, Tillie, and Esther of Tiskilwa), 2 uncles, and 3 aunts and many relatives and friends. His father preceded him almost 8 years ago, and his mother 6 months; besides 2 sisters, 3 brothers, 2 nieces and 1 nephew. Funeral services were held at the Willow Springs Mennonite Church in charge of the local pastors.

Another link is broken
In our household band.
But a chain is forming
In a better land.

-By the family.

Zimmerman.- Harry, second son of David W. and Katie (Hurst) Zimmerman. was born Sept. 22. 1888; died May 15, 1939, in the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital; aged 51 y. 5 m. 7 d. On Nov. 29. 1909, he was united in marriage to Mary Martin. To this union were born 9 children, 3 having died in infancy-twin daughters (Emma and Mary), and a son (Harry). Those surviving to mourn his sudden departure are his companion and the following children: Edna (Mrs. Phares Martin), Elmer, Clara (Mrs. Walter Martin), Kathryn (Mrs. Warren Siebel), Martin and Paul at home. His mother, 7 grandchildren, a grandson preceded him in death; also 2 brothers (Elam and Weaver Zimmerman), and a sister (Anna, Mrs. David W. Martin, Jr.). Uncle Harry's death came very suddenly when he fell while helping at a barn raising. He suffered a fractured skull and a fracture of the fifth cervical vertebra. He was immediately removed to the Lancaster General Hospital. where he died after six hours of intense suffering. He is greatly missed in the home as a kind husband and father; in the Church as a faithful member. He was very much concerned about his children and grandchildren, and took a great interest in the young people about him. He became a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church in his youth and was true to his end. Funeral services were held from his home at Goodville, Pa., on May 18, 1939, by Rev. Joseph Hostetter and at the Weaverland, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bros. John Weaver, Hershey Sensenig, and Frank Hurst. Text. Psa. 90:4-7. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

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

Garber.- G. Christian, son of Joseph and Anna Garber, was born on the Garber homestead southwest of Metamora, Ill., March 5, 1857; died of a heart ailment at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Delbert Myers) at Sweetser, Ind., on May 27, 1939; aged 82 y. 2 m. 22 d. He had been making his home in Indiana only in recent months. Sept. 3, 1882, he was united in marriage with Lena Gautsche, who was a loving companion to him until her death, Dec. 20, 1917. Surviving are 2 brothers (Peter of Lowpoint, and Jacob of Eureka, Ill.), 11 children (Joseph H. of Kokomo, Ind.; Mrs. Ed C. Schertz of Metamora; Mrs. Delbert Myers of Sweetser, Ind., Mrs. C. M. Ulrich of Eureka, Mrs. Fred Zoss of Lowpoint, Ora of Peoria, Mrs. Alvin J. Schertz of Rockwell City, Iowa, Mrs. Harry Bachman of Metamora, Ray of Watseka, Roy of Lowpoint, Mrs. Delmar Stiger of Bloomington). Two sons (Jacob and Alfred) preceded him in death Aug. 30, 1909. His departure is also mourned by 30 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He accepted Jesus as his Saviour in early youth and united with the Mennonite Church to which he remained faithful until his Master called him. His faith in his Lord helped him to endure the pain and suffering of his last illness with great patience and fortitude, and when his children expressed their desire for his recovery, he asked them to pray that he might be permitted to return to his eternal home, because he was ready and willing to meet his Saviour and his God. With a wave of his hand he departed into a better land. Short services were held at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Delbert Myers) in charge of Bro. A. G. Horner assisted by Joseph Horner. Texts, Rev. 21:4; John 14:1-4. The body was taken to the home of his daughter (Mrs. Ed. C. Schertz) reaching there Sunday morning. Friends paid their respects throughout Sunday. On Monday short services were held at the Schertz residence conducted by Bro. Henry R. Schertz, and the body was then taken to the Metamora Mennonite Church, where the services were held in charge of Bro. Joe Heiser of Fisher, Ill. A large gathering of relatives, neighbors, and friends attended the service. Interment in the Harmony cemetery.
---By the Children.

"Father, dear, your wish is granted,
Sorrow, pain and grief are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you
Over on that peaceful shore."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


August 24, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 21 - pages 456, 457

Gindlesperger.-Fannie, daughter of the late Jacob and Nancy Livingston, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 2, 1878; died Aug. 7, 1939; aged 61 y. 4 m. 6 d. She was preceded in death by 1 son. Four sons survive. She is also survived by her aged mother, 7 sisters, and 2 brothers. She was a member of the Thomas Mennonite Church for a number of years. Services were held in the home and in the church by Bros. S. G. Shetler and James Saylor. Interment in the Thomas Cemetery.

Hostetler.-Margaret Blanche (Brown) Hostetler was born Dec. 9, 1914; died July 16, 1939; aged 24 y. 7 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Hostetler Dec. 23, 1933. To this union 3 children were born, of whom 1 survives. She is also survived by her husband, her parents, 2 grandparents, 4 sisters, and 1 brother. She united with the Blough Mennonite Church about four years ago and was faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the church by Bros. S. G. Shetler and Harry C. Blough. The body was laid to rest in the Blough Cemetery, Somerset Co., Pa.

Martin.-Annie Mae, daughter of Paul E. and Annie (Sauder) Martin, was born March 2, 1939; died Aug. 6, 1939; aged 5 m. 4 d. Funeral services were held from her late home at East Earl, Pa., on Aug. 9, in charge of John W. Weaver, Aaron H. Weaver, and Geo. N. Good. Text: Job 1:21. Services and interment were held at Weaverland. She is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Ruth, Emma, Edith, Mary, Paul, Jr., Carl, John Irvin, all at home; also by her parents, grandparents, John H. and Emma Martin, and her maternal grandfather, Deacon Harry E. Sauder.
"Fair as some sweet flower in summer,
Till death's hand on her was laid,
Scorched the beauty from our flower,
Made the tender petals fade;
Yet we dare not weep nor murmur,
For we know she has been transplanted
To bloom in the glory world beyond."

Blough.-Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Anna Blough, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 25 1858; lived in this community until her final call came Aug. 5, 1939, when she peacefully and calmly fell asleep in Jesus; aged 80 y. 10 m. 10 d. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. She is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Schloneger of Louisville, O.), and 1 brother (Amos Blough of Orrville, O.); also 16 nephews and nieces, and many other near relatives. Sister Blough confessed and accepted Christ as her Saviour and Lord, united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation, and remained a faithful and loyal sister in the service of her Christ whom she loved and served, looking forward with confidence arid a living hope to the home over there. "In my Father's house are many mansions." Funeral services were conducted by Brethren J. S. Gerig and Wm. G. Detweiler. Texts, Psa. 90:14; Rev. 14:13. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
"Sweetly sleep, beloved one,
Rest from thy toil, thy labor's done;
Rest till the trump from the opening skies,
Bid thee from dust to glory arise."

Uhler.-Ella Uhler, a member of the Tressler congregation near Greenwood, Del., was born Dec. 25, 1859; died July 30, 1939; aged 79 y. 7 m. 5 d. She leaves a family of 5 children (Lewis B. Uhler, Helen B. Eschelman, B. Rose Warrington, Mary D. Keel, and Martellus T. Uhler), also 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, to mourn her departure. She was a devoted, faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years, being converted in the year 1903. She worked for a number of years in the Philadelphia Mennonite Mission before coming to Greenwood. During her long illness she was happy, rejoiced in the Lord, gave many testimonies amid admonitions to those who visited her. She always bore a good testimony for her God and church, proving her genuine conversion and great interest in her mission. When the time of her departure came she was ready to go and peaceably without a least struggle went to her Maker. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Greenwood, Del., under the directions of Wm. C. Hershberger, assisted by ministers Hufnal and VonHagel. She leaves a bright testimony of a life lived for the Master, the greatest of monuments.
W. C. H.

Kniss.-Louisa, daughter of the late Christian C. and Pollie (Mishler) Blough, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., June 21, 1873; died Aug. 8, 1939; aged 66 y. 1 m. 17 d. She was married to John Kniss, and they were the parents of six children of whom two died in infancy. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Lloy A. Kniss, missionary in Dhamtari, India; Orrville, of Los Angeles, Calif.; John of Lancaster, Pa.; Paul, Somerset Co., Pa. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren and 2 sisters, besides many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church forty-nine years ago, and was a very devoted and loyal member until death. Though she suffered severely of cancer, yet she bore it all patiently, looking for the time of her departure. In her making of her funeral arrangements she requested that the five ministers, Sanford G. Shetler, John Layman, Harry C. Blough, A. J. Metzler, and S. O. Shetler, each speak a brief time at her funeral which was held in the Stahl Mennonite Church of which she was a member. Her deep concern was for the Church, and she made a dying request that an effort be made to keep the Church from drifting into worldliness. Services were very largely attended. Her body was laid in the family plot in the Stahl Cemetery.

Andrews.-Elizabeth Frances, daughter of the late Sem S. and Mary A. Weaver, was born at Spring Creek, Va., Nov. 17, 1869; died at her home near Mt. Clinton, Va., July 5, 1939; aged 69 y. 7 m. 18 d. She had been ill from complications for more than a year. Death was due to hypostatic pneumonia. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life continuing in this faith to the end. Being the oldest in a family of fourteen children, she faithfully filled the vacancy in the home caused by the early death of her mother in caring for her brothers and sisters, six of whom preceded her in death, several of the children having preceded their mother. On Oct. 10, 1897, she was united in marriage to David Andrews. To this union six children were born. She and her family cared for her father in his last days. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, and 12 grandchildren. Two sisters also survive. Funeral services were held from the Mt. Clinton Church, conducted by the brethren, J. R. Driver and J. R. Mumaw. Text, Jno. 14:2, 3. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
Her place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best,
To end her suffering and give her rest."

George.-Jacob George was born near Mapleton, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1561; died Aug. 8, 1939; aged 78 y. 11 m. 4 d. He enjoyed fair health, was able to care for himself, also help with home duties. On Tuesday he became ill, and in the evening, while being taken to the doctor, suddenly passed away. In his early life he moved with his parents to Nappanee, Ind., where he grew to manhood. On Jan. 1, 1888, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Lantz. In 1912 they moved to Cando, N. Dak. After 2 years there they moved to Surrey community, where he lived at the time of his death. His companion and 1 daughter preceded him in death. Surviving him are 2 daughters (Mrs. Jonas Kidder and Miss Alta George of Surrey, N. Dak.), 1 sister (Mrs. Wm. Conrad) and 5 brothers (Frank, Edward, Charles, Oliver, and Peter George, all of Nappanee, Ind.). He united with the Mennonite Church in his early life, at Nappanee, Ind., and was a member of the Fairview congregation at the time of his death. He was of a very pleasant disposition, and will be greatly missed inn the home of his daughter and among his wide circle of friends. Funeral services at Thompson Larson funeral home and at the Fairview Mennonite Church, conducted by D. T. Dierdorf and L. A. Kauffman. Interment in the cemetery near the church.

Geigley.-Susanna Weaver Geigley was born Oct. 6, 1852; died May 9, 1939, at her home in Terre Hill, Pa., after a few days' illness; aged 86 y. 7 m. 3 d. She was a daughter of Isaac and Catherine Weaver. Her husband, Amos Geigley, preceded her in death nearly 24 years ago, and since that time she and her son Harry lived together. She is survived by the following children: John, of Ephrata; Isaac, of East Earl; Tillie Bowman, of Ephrata; Mrs. Israel Musser, of Mohnton; Amos, of Fairfield, Adams Co.; Mrs. Barton Good, of Narvon; and Harry, at home; also 30 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. The following brothers also survive: Martin, of Terre Hill; John W. Weaver, of Blue Ball; David Weaver, of Baumstown, Berks Co. Her husband, 1 son and 3 daughters preceded her in death; also 1 sister and 6 brothers preceded her, Bishop Benjamin Weaver being one of them. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and was ready to leave this world. Funeral services were held May 10, at the Weaverland Church, conducted by Bros. Aaron Weaver and Mahlon Witmer.
"Gone to the light that shines so fair,
Gone from earth of sorrow and care;
Resting those hands that did their best,
Gone, dear Grandmother, gone to rest."

Shirk.-Edith F. Shirk was born Dec. 1, 1897; died Aug. 8, 1939, at her home between Blue Ball and Ephrata, Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 41 y. 8 m. 7 d. She was the daughter of Diller, and the late Fannie Frankhouser. She is survived by her husband (Leroy B. Shirk) and the following children: Warren, Chester, Mervin, Leroy Jr., Esther, and 1 grandchild. She is also survived by 1 brother, Daniel Frankhouser , and three sisters: Lizzie and Fannie Frankhouser and Mrs. Milton Huber. At the tender age of twelve she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite church, remaining faithful until death. It was her great delight to go to the house of the Lord as long as she was physically able and for the last three months of her life (which were spent in intense suffering) nothing pleased her more than the visits of God's ministers. She appreciated the faithfulness of her pastors. Although her body was wrecked from severe pain yet she manifested a spirit of submission, challenging those who came in contact with her. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaverland Mennonite Church with Bros. John and Aaron Weaver in charge. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"A picture which shows many tears of care,
And yet an expression of sweet love there,
The work of rarest and loveliest art,
A picture of mother that's framed in my heart."
---The Family.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


August 31, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 22 - pages 471, 472

Eby.-Reuben H., son of Jonas and Susanna Eby, was born in Lancaster, Pa., July 24, 1856; died Aug. 2 1939, after an illness of several years: aged 83 y. 9 d. When he was nine years old he came with his parents to Maryland. On Nov. 3, 1881 he was united in marriage to Amanda B. Reiff, who died four years ago. Surviving are 4 sons and 4 daughters (Deacon Reuben R., Theodore R., Jonas R., with whom he had his home, Noah R., Fannie, wife of Phares Martin; Florence, wife of Michael Horst; Susanna, wife of Christian Horst; Elizabeth, wife of Adin Martin); also 49 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He united with the Reiff Mennonite church, when a young man and remained true to the end. Funeral services were held from the home of his son Jonas Aug. 6, and at Reiff's Mennonite Church, with Brethren Denton Martin, Moses Horst, and Stanley Martin in charge. Text, Eccl. 1:4. Interment in adjoining cemetery. "The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken; blessed be the name of the Lord."
-By a granddaughter.

Nolt.-Ethel Jane, daughter of Enos and Mabel (Mowrer) Nolt, was born June 13, 1939 at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; died of heart trouble at the home of her parents at Mascot, July 15, 1939; aged 1 m. 2 d. She had been admitted to the hospital twice and placed in an oxygen tent. Surviving her are her parents, a brother and sister (John M. and Ruth E., at home), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Elam Mowrer, and Mr. and Mrs. Christian Nolt). Funeral services were held July 17, at the Overly Funeral Home and at the Stumptown Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Eli Sauder. Text, Mark 10:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

'Twas hard to part with Ethel dear,
Her face no more to be seen here;
But God always knows what is best,
So He called her Home to a place of rest.

Messinger.-Levi George, son of David and Angeline (Ream) Messinger, was born Sept. 28, 1882 in Bluffton. O.; died suddenly and unexpectedly, July 26, 1939, from a heart attack; aged 56 y. 9 m. 28 d. When but a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and remained true to Him till death. On Oct. 15, 1905, he was united in marriage to Anna Marie Beck. To this union were born 5 children; 3 of whom (Thelma, Mary, and Vernon) died in infancy. Surviving are his wife and son Sylvan at the parental home and Zelma (Mrs. Samuel Locken) and grandson of Prescott, Ariz. Also 2 brothers (Ami of Elida, O., and Aaron of Bluffton, O.) and 2 sisters (Ella and Ruth Messinger, both of Bluffton, O.). Funeral services were held Sunday morning, July 30, at the Middlebury, Ind., Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Silas Yoder and Wilbur Yoder. His body was taken to Bluffton, O., for burial.

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

Book.-Abram L. Book, son of the late Daniel and Maria (Leaman) Book, was born Dec. 8, 1858; died July 17, 1939; aged 80 y. 5 m. 17 d. He was still very active and well for his age. He became ill very suddenly while riding with his son in his automobile; after which he was taken to the Lancaster General Hospital and died one and a half days later from a heart attack. He was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church for many years. He was a retired farmer of West Lampeter township. Besides his wife, Lizzie (Haverstick) Book, he is survived by the following children (Edna, wife of Aldus E. Sheaffer, Brownstown; Maria, wife of Enos B. Buckwalter, East Lampeter; Leaman L. Book Lancaster; and John H. Book, West Lampeter); also by 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; a sister (Mrs. Amanda Herr, West Lampeter) and a brother (David L. Book, Lampeter). If he had lived until Feb., 1940, he and his wife would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Funeral services were held from the late home and the Strasburg Church by Bros. Jacob Harnish and Christian Brubaker. Bro. Harnish used as his text, Rom. 14:23. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.

Note: see Septemebr 14, 1939 for a correction. dk

Clymer.-Annie N., wife of William M. Clymer of Souderton, Pa., passed away at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Aug. 9, 1939; aged 56 y. 5 m. 29 d. She was operated on for gall stones a week after being admitted and seemed to improve the first few weeks, but, cancer having developed, we all saw that God's ways were not our ways. She was a patient in the hospital for seven weeks. She was the daughter of Mary Kulp and the late Henry Kulp. For many years she was a member of the Souderton Mennonite Church, having assisted her husband as sexton of the church for 30 years. Her seat was seldom vacant in church or Sunday school. She is survived by her grief-stricken husband, her aged mother, and the following sisters and brother: Mrs. Allen Walter, Mrs. Hiram Cressman, Mrs. Harry Kulp, Mrs. Jacob Wenger, Elmer Kulp and Mrs. Theodore Detweiler. Her father and 2 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 12, conducted by Bro. Elmer Moyer at the house and by Bro. Jacob Moyer at the Souderton Mennonite Church.

Gone to heaven is our sister,
Gone to her bright home above;
She has left us, oh, so lonely,
But we hope ere long to meet her
Over on the other side.

Kurtz.-Jacob E., son of Susanna (Yoder) and the late Abram S. Kurtz, was born Feb. 3, 1884, near Morgantown, Pa.; died Aug. 5, 1939 in Lancaster General Hospital, after an illness of 3 months; aged 55 y. 6 m. 2 d. In January of 1910 he was united in marriage to Rebecca Mast, who survives him, together with 2 sons and 6 daughters, namely: Omar A., of Joanna, Pa.; Anna Lois (wife of Omar Umble), of Atglen; Ida C., Lancaster General Hospital; Stephen M., Susanna, Linda, Fannie, and Martha at home. One daughter preceded him in death in infancy. One grandson, Jacob Edward Kurtz, also survives him. He leaves also his aged mother and the following sisters: Fannie (wife of Daniel Hertzler), Morgantown; Susan (wife of Amos Hartz), Elverson; and Ida (wife of Aaron Kennel), Honey Brook. In his youth he answered the call of the Master and followed Him until death called father to eternal rest. His life was one of sincere and conscientious Christian living and his disposition of a quiet and friendly nature. A great interest was always manifest in the spiritual welfare of his family and in the work of the Church, especially in mission Sunday schools. He stated several time during his illness that he felt it needful to be here a little while longer because of the family and the need of helping other souls into the kingdom, but was fully resigned to the will of the Lord whether it be life or death, knowing that death would be his gain. Surely we feel the loss of a faithful husband and father and a defender of the "faith of our fathers." Funeral services were conducted at the home by David Yoder and at the Conestoga A. M. church by John S. Mast, assisted by Christian Kurtz and John A. Kennel. Text chosen from Phil. 1:20-24. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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