Gospel Herald Obituaries - January, 1939

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January 5, 1939 - Vol. XXXI, No.40 - pages 854, 855 and 856

Shipe. - Thelma M., daughter of Lory and Bessie Shipe of near Broadway, Va., died Sept. 2, 1938; aged 1 y. 3 m. 27 d. She is survived by her parents, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at Zion Church, conducted by Brethren J. L. Stauffer and Timothy Showalter. Text, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not." Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"May we all prepare to meet her
On that peaceful, happy shore."

Black. - Gertrude (Lambert) Black was born Aug. 23, 1895; died at her home near Sangerville, Va., Dec. 2, 1938; aged 43 y. 3 m. 9 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, and 1 granddaughter. Her parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister also survive. Funeral services were held from the Sangerville Methodist Church, conducted by Brethren S. H. Rhodes and M. J. Heatwole. II Tim. 2:5-19 was commented on, which was chosen by the deceased to be used on the occasion. Interment in a nearby cemetery.

Snyder. - Mattie Snyder was born Aug. 22, 1868; died Oct. 23, 1938; aged 70 y. 2 m. 1 d. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She made her home with her son George at Rawley Springs, Va. About a week prior to her passing she went to the home of her son Guy, at Brandywine, W. Va., where she passed away. The body was brought back to Virginia for burial. Surviving are 4 children, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held from Weaver's Church, conducted by Bro. Amos D. Heatwole, assisted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes. Text, II Tim. 2:3. Interment in the nearby cemetery.

Longenecker. - Emma (Snyder), wife of Bro. Elmer Longenecker, was born Aug. 14, 1872; died Nov. 19, 1938; aged 66 y. 3 m. 5 d. Surviving are a sorrowing husband, 8 children and a number of grandchildren. Sister Emma was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and truly could be classed as one of our dear Mothers in Israel. Her cheerful disposition and warm handshake gave encouragement to many of us. May the Lord abundantly bless the influence of her life. Funeral services were held Nov. 22 at the home in Rheems near Elizabethtown, Pa., and at the Bossler Mennonite Church. Services conducted by Brethren Park Booke, Simon Garber, Ira Miller, and Martin Kraybill.

Nofziger. - Barbara Nofziger (nee Rychener), was born near Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 16, 1854; died in Pettisville, Ohio, Nov. 4, 1938; aged 84 y. 9 m. 18 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until her death. In 1896 she was united in marriage with Joseph D. Nofziger, who preceded her in death over 10 years ago. To this union was born a daughter (Laura) in whose home she has lived for many years, and in whose home she died. She leaves her daughter, 2 grandchildren (Helen and Paul Rychener), 1 sister (Mattie Schmucker), 2 brothers (Henry and Jacob Rychener), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Nov. 7 at the Central Church, conducted by Jesse J. Short, assisted by E. B. Frey. Text, Psa. 116:15.

Scott. - Magdalena, the widow of Jacob Scott,* who preceded her a number of years, was born March 11, 1858, in Ontario, Canada; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. T. Gilstrap, in Wyandotte, Okla., Dec. 13, 1938; aged 80 y. 8 m. 2 d. She is survived by 2 sons (Eli W. Scott of Kansas City, Mo.; S. C. Scott of Conway Springs, Kans.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Gilstrap of Wyandotte, Okla., with whom she had her home for the last five years; Mrs. Helen Campbell of Conway Springs), a sister (Bessie Buerge of Jasper, Mo.), 2 nephews (Allen and Frank Buerge of Jasper), 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Ulmer funeral home in Carthage, Mo., by Bro. E. J. Berkey. Burial in the Mitchell Cemetery, east of Jasper. Text, Phil. 1:21. She was a member of the congregation worshiping at White Hall, near Oronogo, Mo.
*See Jacob Schott Gospel Herald Dec. 26, 1929

Tomey. - George B., son of Perry and Ella (Rogers) Tomey, was born July 20, 1890, in Daviess Co., Ind.; died Nov. 5, 1938, at the Veteran's Hospital at Hines, Ill. He leaves 4 children (Carolyn, Mrs. Betty Inman of Indian Springs, Lucille of Alfordsville, and William at home in Washington, Ind.). Two other sons, his parents, and 2 brothers preceded him in death. A half sister (Mrs. Albert Westhafer of Riverside, Calif.), also survives. He was a man of kind disposition and a pleasing personality; also possessed the ability to win friends and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral Nov. 7 at the Tomey funeral parlor, in charge of Edd P. Schrock of Montgomery, Ind.

"Sweetly rest, dear father,
With all the loved gone on before;
And may we all prepare to meet you
On that peaceful, happy shore."

Hertzler. - Charlotte E. (Nissley) Hertzler died suddenly of a heart attack Nov. 6, 1938 (aged 76), at the home of her son Simon in Lancaster, Pa., where she had gone to visit. She was married Nov. 7, 1882, to John B. Hertzler who preceded her in death by 9 years. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters (Bertha, wife of Jos. B. Bucher of Lititz; Frank of Elizabethtown; Sadie, wife of John S. Flinchbaugh of Lebanon; Charlotte, wife of Henry H. Heistand of Salunga; Simon of Lancaster; and John, who died in infancy); also 24 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Emma Baer of Salunga and Amelia, wife of Clayton Herr, Mt. Joy). She was a member of the Salunga Mennonite Church for many years, was interested in the welfare of the Church and was active in the sewing circle. Funeral services were held Nov. 10, conducted by Hiram Kauffman, Christ Frank, and Henry Lutz.

Dunlap. - Edna Dennis Dunlap was born Nov. 2, 1921; died in the Beverly Hills Sanitarium near Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 9, 1938; aged 17 y. 1 m. 7 d. Edna was a bright, intelligent girl and had attended the Mennonite Mission in Knoxville for a number of years. She had been in failing health but had not been confined to her bed until during the last year. During that time she considered seriously the matter of her soul's salvation and finally gave herself to the Lord. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church Oct. 17, 1938. She remained faithful amid all her sufferings and expressed herself as being ready to leave this world. Edna showed an unusual spirit of penitence and submission to the plain teachings of God's Word. She leaves her mother, grandmother, 3 aunts, 2 uncles, and other relatives and friends. The funeral was held Dec. 11, with short services at the home by Bro. Wm. Jennings. Text, I Thess. 4:13-18. Services also were conducted at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church by Bro. Dewey Emswiler, assisted by Bro. Ernest Gehman. Text, Isa. 35:8,9. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Brubaker. - David S., son of the late Joseph and Anna (Sensenig) Brubaker, was born Aug. 18, 1860, near Martindale, Pa.; died Oct. 8, 1938; aged 78 y. 1 m. 20 d. There remain 5 children (Fianna and Ella at home, Katie wife of David H. Weaver, Milton, and Mabel wife of Lloyd B. Heller), 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Katie and Mary Brubaker and Lizzie wife of William Carpenter). His companion (Christianna Carpenter) passed away twenty-five years ago. Father always loved the water. On Oct. 8 he with some of his family and some friends intended to spend the day on Delaware bay. On the way he took sick. After medical aid and rest he seemed better, but before they reached home he suddenly entered the port to his eternal home. He was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church. Funeral from his late home and Pike Mennonite Church Oct. 12, conducted by Brethren John Sauder and I. B. Good.

"One went so long ago, and one today took the long journey, far across the tide;
This only do we know - they met today, and meeting - both we know are satisfied."

----- The family.

Gehman. - Mary, daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (Rosenberger) Landis, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Mar. 4, 1862; died at her home in Souderton, Pa., July 22, 1938; aged 76 y. 4 m. 18 d. Nov. 18, 1882, she was united in marriage with Gideon L. Gehman, with whom she lived in wedlock nearly 56 years. Death was due to a heart condition from which she had suffered for several years. She had been bedfast since the previous Monday, when she had a fall down the steps which caused concussion of the brain. She is survived by her husband, 6 children (Lizzie, Kathryn, and Henry L. of Souderton, Mary of Norristown, and Amanda and Margaret at home), and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 26 at the Souderton Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers. Bros. Jacob M. and Elmer B. Moyer. Text, Job 1:21. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"'Tis hard to part with Mother, dear,
No more to see her here;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best
To end her troubles and giver her rest."

By a daughter.

Hooley. - Adda Savilla Hooley was born near Ashland, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1865. Her mother dying when Adda was but nine years old, she was reared in the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wills of Belleville, Pa. Dec. 13, 1884, she was united in marriage with Joseph K. Hooley of Belleville. In 1898 the family moved to Ohio and have since then lived in Wayne and Stark counties. She died at the home of her son, David J. Hooley, near North Lawrence, Ohio, Dec. 13, 1938; aged 73 y. 9 m. 23 d. The following children survive: David J., North Lawrence, Ohio; Mrs. Elsie Miller, Towanda, Ill.; Mrs. Margaret Johnson, Massillon, Ohio; Mrs. Lina Hershey and Mrs. Anna Brenner, North Lawrence, and Mrs. Hulda Evans, Columbiana, Ohio. Some years ago her husband served as superintendent and she as matron of the Mennonite Old People's Home near Rittman, Ohio. In early years she united with the Presbyterian Church and later transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church. She was faithful to her Master. Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at the Pleasant View Church near North Lawrence, conducted by Brethren I. J. Buchwalter, Alva J. Wengerd, and P. R. Lantz.

Burkholder. - Henry L., son of John and Fannie Burkholder, was born at Newville, Pa., Oct. 24, 1878; died at his home in Newville Dec. 18, 1938; aged 60 y. 24 d. He was a man of more than ordinary attainments. As a scholar he stood in the front ranks; the holder of a number of degrees, among them A. M. and Pd. D. He entered the teaching profession in 1901, and has been a member of the faculty of the state normal school of Shippensburg, Pa., since 1917. He was quite as active as a Church worker as he was in the profession of teaching; having served the Diller Mennonite Church as chorister for 43 years, and also served his congregations as teacher and superintendent in the Sunday school. Aug. 6, 1908, he was married to Mary Seitz. To this union were born the following children: Mildred, Harold, Evelyn, Lawrence, Verna; the three oldest being teachers and the two younger ones still in school. He also leaves his wife, his aged mother (now in her 90th year), and 2 sisters (Ida and Elizabeth, both of Newville), his father having preceded him in death. He had been a member of the Diller Mennonite Church since early manhood days. Death overtook him after a three-weeks illness from coronary thrombosis. Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at the home and at Diller Church, conducted by Brethren Walter F. Charlton and Pres. S. C. Yoder of Goshen College. Concerning his home congregation he often made this statement: "I love this church, this people; they are my own."

Miller. - Abraham D., son of David and Polly Miller, was born near Middlebury, Ind., April 9, 1874; died near Prattville, Mich., Dec. 13, 1938; aged 64 y. 8 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Katie Miller Jan. 7, 1896. This union was blessed with five children (Daniel O. of Wooster, O.; David O. of Goshen Ind., and Mrs. Asa Hostettler of Louisville, O.); 2 children having died in infancy. The mother died Jan. 19, 1903. He was united in marriage to Katie Baer Oct. 18, 1904. This union was blessed with 7 children (Floyd, who died in infancy, Perry, Earl, Mrs. Menno E. Miller, Martin, Mrs. Wilbur Yoder, all of Midland; and Amanda at home). There remain his companion, 9 children, 29 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, and a host of other relatives and friends. One grandchild, 3 brothers, and 1 sister preceded him. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death. Although he lived quite a distance from the church house he was a regular attendant. His friendly disposition won for him the respect of those in the community where he lived. Funeral was held Dec. 16, conducted by Bro. Henry Wyse of Archbold, O., at the house, with further services at the Central Mennonite Church, near Archbold, conducted by Bros. Ed. Albright of Flint, Mich., Ed. Frey of Archbold, and Noah Zehr of Indiana.

"'Tis hard to part with father, dear,
No more to see him here;
But yet we're glad if God saw best,
To end his troubles and give him rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair;
May our names, too, be written there."

Sutter. - John, oldest son of John and Magdalena Sutter, was born near Hopesdale, Ill., Sept. 23, 1856; died Dec. 17, 1938; aged 82 y. 2 m. 24 d. He grew to manhood in Illinois and about the year 1880 he was united in marriage to Anna Springer of Hopedale. This union was short, as she died shortly after. On March 21, 1882, he united in marriage to Fannie Steckley of Tiskilwa, Ill. Here they started housekeeping on a farm. To this union were born 10 children (Samuel, deceased; Emma Hauter of Long Beach, Calif.; Lydia Oesch of Staunton, Ill.; Otilla, deceased; Ida Bachman of Low Point, Ill.; John A. of Lincoln; Lena Stutzman of Milford; Edward of Long Beach, Calif.; Josephine, dying in infancy, and Eva Nafziger of Hopedale, Ill.). After living near Tiskilwa about 4 years he decided to move to Hartford, Kans. Here they remained about 14 years and then moved to Beaver Crossing, Neb., on a farm. Here he lived until he retired, moving to Milford. On April 1, 1930, he lost his faithful companion. On March 6, 1932, he was united in marriage to Mary Stutzman of Milford. In his last years his health began to fail, and all possible aid was rendered in caring for him. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until the end. He was a faithful and devoted father, kind to all that knew him. He leaves his wife, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 3 brothers (Andrew and Amos of Hopedale, Ill.; Chris of Tiskilwa, Ill. - 2 brothers and 5 sisters preceded him in death), 32 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Dec. 22, at the Milford A. M. Church. Warren A. Eicher preached. Text, Job 5:26; III Jno. 2. Interment in the Milford A. M. Cemetery. L. O. S.

Gehman. - Catharine Weaver was born May 13, 1899 in Lancaster, Co., Pa.; died Sept. 10, 1938; aged 39 y. 4 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Isaac H. Gehman Dec. 2, 1917. To this union were born 5 children (Earl, Benjamin, Lester, Mildred and Grace). She leaves a bereaved husband, and the 5 children, all at home. She was preceded in death by her father (Jacob) 6 years ago, and 1 sister (Ida) in 1921. She is also survived by her mother (Anna), 4 brothers and 4 sisters (Emma, in Calif.; William in Churchtown; Benjamin, at Rothsville; Jacob, Raymond, Ruth, Betty, and Mildred at home in Churchtown, Pa.). She was a granddaughter of the late Bishop Benjamin Weaver, became a member of the Mennonite Church at Weaverland, and later moved her membership to the Indianatown congregation. She took her sick bed the first week in July. The beginning of August she desired to be anointed, and Bishop Amos S. Horst was called for the service; after which she improved nicely until in the beginning of September the tide turned, and on Sept. 8, in the afternoon, she called the family, and kissed them a sweet farewell. On the 10th she passed away very quietly. Funeral services were held Sept. 13 at the Ephrata Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by Bro. John S. Hess, Bro. Aaron H. Weaver, and Bro. John W. Weaver. Text (chosen by family), Rev. 21:4. Interment in New Springville Cemetery, about one mile from the home.

"Oh, how we miss you, mother dear,
As we come in, or as we go out;
Mother, oh mother, you are not here,
Your voice we would hear, you are not about."

Dettwiler. - Amanda Jane, daughter of Jonas and Amanda Jane (Eby) Dettwiler was born near Versailles, Mo., June 11, 1875; died at her home near Harper, Kans., Dec. 21, 1938, after an illness of several months; aged 63 y. 6 m. 10 d. She was converted and joined the Mennonite Church in her early teens and remained faithful to her Lord and the Church through her entire life. She never married, but devoted her life completely to others. She loved children and spent from 1912 to 1923 taking care of the boys in the Orphans' Home at West Liberty, Ohio, and later spent a few years in the Children's Home in Kansas City, Kans. Since 1927 she has spent her time in caring for others in the homes of her brothers, sisters, nephews, and nieces who lived in Missouri, Kansas, California, and Oregon. She leaves 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Adeline Fenton and William E. Detweiler of Harper, Kans.; Leah Horst of Terra Bella, Calif.; and Jonas Dettwiler of Versailles, Mo.). Her parents, 2 sisters, and a brother preceded her. Thirty-three nieces and nephews remain who loved and respected their aunt Amanda. She always was so thoughtful of each one. She endured her suffering with much patience and cheerfulness. The little poem "The Home Land" meant much to her the last few days of her life.

"Think -
Of stepping on shore and finding it Heaven;
Of taking hold of a hand and finding it God's hand;
Of breathing a new air and finding it Celestial air;
Of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality
Of passing from storm and tempest to an unbroken calm;
Of waking up - and finding it HOME!"

Transcriber's note: On p. 855, Miss Dettwiler has a brother William Detweiler. This looks intentional, as her other family members spell the name


Good. - Malinda Good (nee Huber) was born April 18, 1870, in Perry Co., Ohio; died Dec. 19, 1938, at her home near Logan, Ohio; after a short illness of acute rheumatic fever and heart disorder; aged 68 y. 8 m. 1 d. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 16 and lived a consistent Christian life until death. She was of a quiet disposition. Her life was a real inspiration to all who knew her. She was married to Jacob A. Good of Allen Co., O., Nov. 16, 1893. For over 45 years they trod life's pathway and shared life's joys and sorrows. To this union were born 8 children. Besides her husband she leaves 3 sons (Pearley of Delphos, O.; Ellis, near Logan, O.; Virgil of Cincinnati, O.), 3 daughters (Bertha, wife of Chester Norris near Bremen, O.;0 Laura Brenneman, at home; Zelma, wife of Smiley George, Webster City, Ia.); 2 brothers (Simeon Huber of Delphos, O; Amos Huber, near Logan, O.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Focht of Junction City, O.; Mrs. Nancy Cummins and Mrs. Sarah Johnston, near Logan, O.), and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded to glory by her parents, 1 daughter (Edna), and an infant son. Her husband was ordained a minister in the Mennonite Church at Turkey Run, Perry Co., O., nearly 23 years ago, and Mother was greatly interested in the spiritual welfare of the Church. When health permitted, her place in church was not vacant. She will be greatly missed in the Church, in the community, and especially in the home where she so faithfully labored as a mother. Funeral services were held at the Turkey Run Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. E. B. Stoltzfus of Hudson, O. Text, John 14:1-3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After many years of life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


January 12, 1939 - Vol. XXXI, No. 41 - pages 886, 887

Hartzler -- Jonathan Y. Hartzler was born at Allensville, Pa., Nov. 9, 1865; died Dec. 2, 1938; aged 73 y. 23 d. He united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and remained a faithful member until death. He was united in marriage to Emma Hooley on Nov. 25, 1892. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters; 1 son and 1 daughter having preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in the home and in the Belleville Mennonite Church conducted by Elmer E. Yoder.

Hange -- Joan Ruth, daughter of Levi and Cora (Ruth) Hange, Souderton, Pa., died Dec. 26, 1938; aged 1 m. 20 d. She is survived by 3 brothers, 2 sisters, all at home. Death was caused by intense suffering from a sever cough, bronchial pneumonia, spinal meningitis, and convulsions. Private funeral was held at the home of the parents, conducted by Bro. Claude Meyers. Texts, Job 1:21 (latter clause), and Rom. 8:28. Interment at the Line Lexington Cemetery.
"However painful it may be
To know that Joan is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may meet
Her in that heavenly home."
By the family.

Gingerich -- Susan, daughter of the late David and Susanna Gingerich, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, July 20, 1876; died at the Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill., Dec. 14, 1938; aged 62 y. 4 m. 14 d. Susan had been in a Home previous to the entering of our Home, which was June 15, 1922. She was one of our first members brought to this Home. She was very faithful and loyal to her faith. Her death was due to a complication of diseases, she has not been well for many years, the last two years she was bedfast most of the time. The funeral was held at the Mennonite Home Dec. 16, 1938, with Bro. Ezra Yordy in charge. Burial in the local Home cemetery. She leaves to mourn her departure, Mrs. Lena Mishler of Middlebury, Ind., Mrs. J. K. Hartzler of Smithville, Ohio, and Mrs. Elmer King of Orrville, Ohio.

Bowman -- Hannah, daughter of the late Aaron and Barbara (Nahrgang) Shantz, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., on April 10, 1864; died Dec. 12, 1938, at her home near Haysville, Ont., in her 75th year. She had been in failing health for a number of years. On Oct. 30, 1883, she was married to Benjamin Bowman who predeceased her a little over two years ago. Sister Bowman was a faithful, active member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. Surviving are 3 sons (Weston of Toronto, Tobias of Kitchener, and Aaron on the homestead), 2 daughters (Mrs. Titus Rosenberger of Saskatchewan and Anna at home), 5 sisters, and 14 grandchildren. One sister predeceased her. Funeral services were held Dec. 15 from the home to the Geiger Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. M. H. Roth, assisted by Bro. M. Hallman. Text, John 14:1-3. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Miller -- Lydia Ellen, infant daughter of J. Emerson and Eva Miller, was born near Garden City, Mo., Dec. 27, 1938. The coming of this little babe was eagerly looked forward to by its parents and the immediate families, but for only a short time our hearts were filled with happiness for 26 hours later it suddenly winged its way into glory to be with Jesus. It is so hard to part with our darling, but we submit ourselves unto the will of the Lord and say, "His will be done." Our baby is survived by her sorrowing parents, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Kain, Wheatland, Mo.; and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Miller, Garden City, Mo.), uncles, aunts, and cousins. Short services were held at the grave Dec. 29 conducted by Bro. I. G. Hartzler.
"Far beyond the azure skies
Where the tiny star-eyes peep,
Where no sorrow ever dwells,
Little baby's gone to sleep."

Headings -- Earl Dean, infant son of Earl and Martha (Bontrager) Headings, died Dec. 22, 1938; aged 5 m. 22 d. Little Dean leaves father, mother, 1 brother, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 1 great-grandmother, 6 uncles, 9 aunts, and a number of cousins. He was a very affectionate child, and had endeared himself to his parents and all who knew him. Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at the home of his grandparents. Bishop and Sister J. P. Bontrager (as Sister Bontrager was not able to go to the Church). Bro. L. E. Weaver had charge of service at the home. Services at the Mennonite Church at Winton, in charge of L. E. Weaver and ----Enns. Text, Isa. 40:11. Burial in the Winton Cemetery.
"Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there."

Blough -- Ralph Raymond, son of Raymond J. and Coral (Elliott) Blough (deceased), of Atlanta, Ga., was born in Ionia, Mich., May 31, 1919; died at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Frank Dorr, Freeport, Mich., Dec. 21, 1938; aged 19 y. 6 m. 20 d. He leaves his sorrowing father, his stepmother, (his mother having died when he was 6 years old), 1 stepbrother (Duane Adams), 1 stepsister (Lucille Adams), 3 grandparents (Peter Blough, Freeport, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Elliott, Vestaburg, Mich.), 1 aunt (Mrs. Ida Dorr, Freeport), 1 uncle (Lauren Elliott, Lansing, Mich.), besides many relatives and friends. He came from his home to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Mary Ann Yoder, a few weeks ago, and a few days later contracted influenza, which developed into pneumonia, which proved fatal in spite of all that loving hands could do. Early last spring he came here to work for his aunt Mary Ann, but he suffered from leakage of the heart and was forced to quit farming. But while here he confessed Christ as his Lord, and on May 1, 1938, he united with Bowne Mennonite Church and endeavored to please his Master during his brief stay here. He will be missed in the home and in the Church and with those with whom he worked. Funeral services were held Dec. 24 at the home and at the Bowne Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. T. E. Schrock. Burial near Vestaburg, Mich.

Engle -- Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abram Farver, was born Nov. 17, 1855, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at the Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill., Sept. 15, 1938; aged 82 y. 9 m. 28 d. She was married to William Engle. To this union were born a son and a daughter. The daughter and husband preceded her in death a number of years ago. She was an invalid for many years. She was taken into the Home on Nov. 19, 1927, and was partly an invalid then. She has been bed-fast for about 9 years; a very patient sufferer, and bore her afflictions very cheerfully. She had strong faith and food hope in a better day coming, which she now has attained. She came from Elkhart, Ind., to the Home, and was a faithful member of the Methodist Church. She brought her letter of recommendation with her and affiliated herself with the Mennonite Church here. She was very loyal to the Christian faith and looked forward to the day to end her physical miseries with a degree of satisfaction. She leaves 1 son (Grover) at Elkhart, Ind., and 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Dr. M. A. Farver, Middlebury, Ind.; Jonathan, Shipshewana, Ind.; Emma Troyer, and Barbara Renner, Lagrange, Ind.). Funeral services held at the Home in charge of Bro. Ezra Yordy. The next day the body was taken to Elkhart, Ind., for the final services at St. Paul's Methodist Church. Burial in the Rice Cemetery at Elkhart. Peace be to her soul.

Yoder -- Mary Ann, daughter of Peter and Kathryn Blough, was born in Ionia Co., Mich., Nov. 6, 1875; died at her home in Kent Co., Mich., Dec. 2, 1938; aged 63 y. 26 d. On Jan. 19, 1904, she was married to Milton Yoder, who preceded her in death four years. Since that time she has lived alone on her farm, much of the time. She had not been quite well for several weeks, but was able to attend the Thanksgiving meeting. A few days later she was stricken with a complication of ailments, and died of pneumonia after an illness of only a few days. She leaves her invalid and aged father, 1 sister (Mrs. Ida Dorr of Freeport, Mich.), 1 brother (Raymond of Atlanta, GA.), 1 nephew (Ralph Blough, Atlanta, Ga.); Mrs. Nettie Martinez and children of Battlecreek, Mich. (who at times had their home with her), and many relatives, friends, and neighbors, who will miss her kind and well-meaning life in the Church and in the community. In her youth she united with the M. B. C. Church, of which she was a member until a few years ago, when she united with the Bowne Mennonite Church, and proved herself a loyal and faithful member, and a very conscientious child of God. Funeral services were held Dec. 5, at the home and at Bowne Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren E. W. Kulp of Bally, Pa., J. E. Gingerich of Elkhart, Ind., and T. E. Schrock. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Weaver -- Noah, son of John and Mary (Zimmerman) Weaver, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 29, 1865. He was the youngest son of a family of 12 children. He died Dec. 30, 1938; aged 73 y. 9 m. 1 d. He came to Elkhart Co., Ind., with his parents when he was 5 years old. On Oct. 3, 1886, he was united in marriage to Lydia A. Weaver and they resided in Elkhart Co. until 13 years ago when they moved to California. Five months ago, following an operation, his health began to fail and three weeks ago they left their home at Culver City, Calif., returning to Indiana to the home of their son, Nelson Weaver of Dunlap, at whose home he peacefully passed away. At an early age he united with the Mennonite Church and continued in that faith to the end. Left to mourn his departure are his wife, 5 children (Nelson and Clayton Weaver of Dunlap Ind.; Roy of Asbury Park, N. J.; Mrs. Joe Ramer of Nappanee, Ind.; and Mrs. T. R. Yoder of Culver City, Calif.), 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; also 1 brother (Christian Z. Weaver of Wakarusa, Ind.), who is now past 90 years of age; and a host of relatives and friends. One son (Floyd) and a daughter (Ora) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held on New Year's day. Bro. Studebaker of the First Brethren Church, Goshen, Ind., conducted the service at the funeral home in Goshen. This was followed by a service at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. C. A. Shank of Elkhart, Ind. Text (chosen by family), Rom 8:18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Horning -- Henry L., son of Jacob and Anna Horning, was born near Shambaugh, Iowa, Nov. 24, 1866. He remained in this community till 1890 when he went to Cullom, Ill., to work and there married Minnie A. Shantz Dec. 8, 1892. In the spring of 1900 he and his companion moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., locating on the farm on which he died. Bro. Horning was of an active disposition, quick to make new acquaintances and to recognize old friends, and because of this and his pleasant disposition he enjoyed a large circle of friends and always found someone he knew. He united with the Mennonite Church at Cullom, Ill., in 1890, and always remained a faithful member. For nearly forty years he has been attending the Olive Church and seldom was his place at church vacant. The last few years, because of failing health, he was permitted to attend services but occasionally. During this time of affliction he expressed his readiness to depart if the Lord so willed, and on Dec. 16, 1938, he unexpectedly but peacefully passed beyond; aged 72 y. 22 d. Bro. and Sister Horning had no children of their own, but time and again their home was opened to welcome children who needed the comfort and instruction of a Christian home and tenderly cared for them as though they were their own. He leaves a sorrowing companion and 7 children who had been received into their home: Mrs. Della Hauder Nettlingham of Milford, Neb.; Frank Chandler of Carney, Mich.; Ivan Stauffer, Mrs. Ray Weldy, Paul and Luke Shantz, and Mrs. Ruth Shantz Smeltzer. Esther Shantz preceded him in death in 1922. Two brothers, both in feeble health, survive: Jacob Horning, Salem, Oreg., and Isaac of College Springs, Ia., and a sister, Mrs. Charles Weaver of Jasper, Mo. Also a large number of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held Dec. 19, at the home and at the Olive Mennonite Church by C. A. Shank and S. L. Weldy. Text: II Cor. 5:1. Interment in Prairie St. Cemetery.

Conrad -- Lydia E., eldest daughter of John H. and Fanny Liechty, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 22, 1875; died at the home of her daughter in Fremont, Ohio, Dec. 14, 1938; aged 63 y. 22 d. At the age of 16 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church at Smithville. Ohio. In 1894 she was united in marriage to Christian J. Conrad. To this union were born 3 children, 1 of whom died in infancy. She was a kind and loving wife and mother; and leaves her bereaved husband, 2 children (Mrs. Rozella M. King, Fremont, Ohio, and Harvey W. Conrad of Wooster, Ohio), 6 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Oliver Blosser of Orrville, O.) 3 brothers (Reuben of Akron, Ohio, David of Youngstown, Ohio and John of Orrville, Ohio) 3 nephews and 5 nieces, and host of other relatives and friends still survive. Those preceding her in death were 1 sister (Emma Liechty of Orrville, Ohio), and 2 brothers (Daniel and Harvey, both of Orrville, Ohio). She had been in ill health for about 4 years, but was not bedfast until the last 4 months of her life. Ever faithful to her God and her Bible, patient through all her illness, she was grateful to all those who cared for her during this time. Her desire was to stay with loved ones here, but she was fully resigned to the Lord's will, and often expressed a longing for her heavenly home. "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him." Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church near Smithville, Ohio. Text (selected by Sister Conrad), Heb. 10:23. Minister in charge, I. W. Royer assisted by J. S. Gerig and Wm. Detweiler.

"God sometimes shuts the door and keeps us still,
That so our feverish haste, our deep unrest,
Beneath His gentle touch may quiet, till
He whispers what our weary hearts love best."

Graber -- Peter Graber was born at Montbeliard, France, July 15, 1852, and came to America at about the age of twenty. For six years he labored as a farm hand in Stark Co., Ohio, after which he returned to his native home to visit his friends and relatives. He returned to America in about 1878, bringing with him his younger brother (John) and widow Barbra Widmer and her family; coming to Henry Co., Iowa, this time. After several more years as a farm hand he was married (Feb. 24, 1881) to Barbra Widmer, a daughter of the widow who came to America with him. They had no children of their own, but their paternal hearts went out to others, adopting 1 daughter and 2 sons. His wife preceded him in death Jan. 7, 1917. He accepted Christ as his Saviour while still in his native country, uniting with the Mennonite Church. When he came to Henry Co., Iowa, he transferred his membership to the Sugar Creek Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. He will be remembered as an industrious and economical farmer, a kind, peaceful, and accommodating neighbor; and a conscientious, devoted, and faithful Christian. As he advanced in years his Christian ardor increased, the sins and mistakes of his youth he deplored, and he ardently sought the divine assurance. In the recent past he often expressed himself as longing for his eternal home. On Sunday night, Dec. 18, 1938, he passed away at the age of 86 y. 5 m. 3 d. He leaves his brother John, his 3 adopted children (Mrs. Ben R. Roth and Joseph Graber of Wayland, Ia., and Noah Graber, Beaver Crossing, Neb.), 21 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many other friends and relatives. Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Iowa, conducted by Brethren Simon Gingerich, Willard Leichty, and Ezra Roth. Text, Psa. 25. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
"Dearest Grandpa, you have left us,
And your chair now empty is;
But we'll meet you up in heaven,
In that land of perfect bliss."
By the Children and Grandchildren.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


January 19, 1939 - Vol. XXXI, No.42 - pages 902, 903, 904

Alderfer -- Harvey K. Alderfer died at his home at Kulps Corner, near Dublin, Pa., Dec. 17, 1938; aged 68 y. 11 m. He was found dead in bed by his wife. He is survived by his wife (Hannah, nee Swartz), also 2 foster children (Stanley Swartz and Esther Swartz Myers). They had several children, but all died in infancy. Three brothers and one sister survive (Samuel and John of Souderton, Abram of Fountainville, and Mrs. Mahlon Detweiler of Sellersville). Funeral was held at Deep Run, Pa., where he was a member for many years.

Landes -- Ellen M. Landes (nee Yoder), wife of Deacon Harvey Landes, was born in Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., on Nov. 9. 1868; died Dec. 21, 1938; aged 70 y. 1 m. 12 d. She was the daughter of the late Bro. and Sister Reuben Yoder. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. David Hager), 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. She lingered from a stroke nearly 6 years but was a patient victim. She is missed at home and in church. Her favorite hymn was, "Some Glad Day." Services and interment at the Swamp Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. A. O. Histand and John G. Gehman.

Goldsmith -- Joseph Goldsmith, a native of Germany, died at his home near Oltsville, Pa., June 22, 1938; aged 73 y. He was sick a long time, in bed over a year, lost his speech, and also the use of his limbs. As a young man he and his wife came to America and settled in Ohio, but later moved to Michigan. Twenty years ago they moved to Oltsville. Twelve years ago his wife died. Later he was married to Mary Britrain of Easton, Pa., who tenderly cared for him during his long illness. He is survived by his widow and 2 sons (Charles of Detroit and Joseph of Comins, Mich.). Burial at Deep Run, Pa., of which church he was a member.

Shantz -- Stauffer L Shantz, of Baden, Ont., son of the late David Y. and Barbara (Stauffer) Shantz was born Jan. 24, 1862; died after a lingering illness, Dec. 31, 1938; aged 76 y. 11 m. 7 d. On March 6, 1894, he was married to Magdalena Snyder of Natchez. On Feb. 9, 1932, his beloved wife passed away. On Oct. 2, 1935, he was again married to Mrs. Alberta Bowman of Kitchener, who survives to mourn his departure; also 2 brothers (David S., of Waterloo and Herman S., of Wilmot), and a host of relatives and friends. During his illness he was baptized and we trust he is resting in peace. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 3 at the Shantz Church by E. O. Seymour, pastor of Trinity United Church, Kitchener, assisted by Bishop Manassah Hallman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Brubacher -- Ephraim, son of Samuel Brubacher and Lydia Musselman, was born in Kitchener, Ont., Sept. 18, 1873; died at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital on Sunday, Dec. 25, 1938; aged 65 y. 3 m. 7 d. He was married to Annie Gingerich at Waterloo in 1916. He is survived by his widow and 2 sisters (Mrs. Allan Quickfall and Mrs. Allan Snyder, both of Kitchener). He was predeceased by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He was a faithful member of First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, deeply interested in the cause of Christ. He received one of the first diplomas of the Ontario Mennonite Bible School, and remained a student of the Bible until the end of his life. The services were conducted at the First Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. C. F. Derstine and Moses Roth. Theme, "Perfect Peace, Because." Isa. 26:3,4. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Detweiler -- Mahlon D. Detweiler was born March 8, 1873; died Nov. 12, 1938, at his home near Sellersville, Pa.; aged 65 y. 8 m. 4 d. He is survived by his widow (Malinda Alderfer Detweiler) and six children (Jacob A. of Telford; Alfred A. of Telford; Howard A. of Souderton; Mahlon A. and Norman A. of Sellersville, and Stella, wife of Norman Yoder, Souderton). Twenty grandchildren also survive. Two daughters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Nov. 16 at the home by Bro. Isaac F. Detweiler and at the Rockhill Mennonite Church by Bros. Edwin A. Souder and Wilson Moyer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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

By the family.

Hess -- Clarence H., son of John K. and Anna (High) Hess, died Nov. 12, 1938, in the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital , of pneumonia following an operation for mastoid. He was a faithful member of Lititz, Pa., Mennonite Church. His father died two years ago. He is survived by his mother and the following brothers and sisters; Elizabeth H. and Florence H. of Lancaster; Ira H., Ivan H., Vera H., Sanford H., Enos H., Melvin H., all at home. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at his home and at Landis Valley Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. John S. Hess and Jacob Hershey. Interment in Landis Valley Mennonite cemetery.

"We can not say, and we will not say
That he is dead"he is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land."

By the family.

Nolt -- Noah L. Nolt, aged 73 years, died Jan. 4, 1939, of a cerebral hemorrhage, at his home near the Groffdale Mennonite Church. He had been ill for about one week. He was a son of the late Michael W., and Amelia L. Landis Nolt, and was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church where he served as a trustee for many years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Luzetta L. Groff Nolt; 1 son, Harlan G., of Bareville; 2 sisters, Mrs. Annie Musselman and Mrs. Emma Myer; and a brother, Elam Nolt. Five grandchildren also survive. One son, Leroy G., preceded him in death 9 years ago. Services were held Jan. 7, in the Groffdale Mennonite church, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"In our hearts his memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake him
From his peaceful, quiet sleep."

The Family.

Wisler -- Jacob S., son of David and Christina Wisler, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., April 24, 1867; died at his late home in Wakarusa, Dec. 27, 1938; aged 71 y. 8 m. 3 d. On June 25, 1892, he was married to Ellen Parcell. He was converted and united with the Holdeman congregation on March 27, 1910, to which he remained devoted and faithful. For many years he was trustee and was much interested in the work of the Church. His going means much to the Church. He always was held in great respect by the brotherhood for his loyalty and counsel. He leaves his wife, a son (Austin E.), a foster daughter (Mrs. Harry Holdeman), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Tongfield* of Wakarusa, and Mrs. Sarah Clouse of Nappanee, Ind.), and 7 grandchildren. A son (Harvey C.) died seven years ago. May the Lord be praised for the life of service until God as manifested by our dear brother. Funeral services were conducted by Brethren Warren Shaum and Silas Weldy. Text, Matt. 24:44 (suggested by the family). Burial in the Olive Cemetery adjoining the church house where services were held.
*Research note: Name should be Longfield

Leidig -- Clarence Edward, son of Reuben and Emily (Teuscher) Leidig, was born Nov. 30, 1918, near Rantoul, Ill.; died Dec. 14, 1938, near Pigeon, Mich.; aged 20 y. 13 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour at the age of 12, united with the Mennonite Church, was a faithful member until death, and at the time of his death was a member of the Pigeon Mennonite congregation. He was fully resigned to the Lord's will, expressing himself as ready to go or stay as the Lord saw fit. God saw best to take him out of this life and take him home to Himself. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 2 brothers (Wilbur and Melvin), 3 sisters (Gladys, Bernice, Hazel), all at home; his grandparents (Bro. and Sister Wm. Teuscher near Pigeon, Mich.), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home by Bros. J. J. Shetler and Earl Maust and at the Pigeon Mennonite Church by Bros. Sherman Maust and S. J. Miller. Text, Eccl. 12:1; 9:5.

"Go to the grave; at noon from labor cease;
Rest on thy sheaves, thy harvest work is done;
Come from the heat of battle, and in peace,
Soldier, go home; with thee the fight is won."

Fisher -- Malinda Fisher, wife of Samuel L. Fisher of Gap, R. 1, Lancaster Co., Pa., died Jan. 5, 1939, after a lingering illness of heart trouble; aged 49 y. 6 m. 5 d. She was a member of the Amish Church, a daughter of the late Christian and Elizabeth (Lapp) Stoltzfus. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Joseph, near Strasburg; Barbara, wife of John Glick; Jacob, Lavina, wife of Jonas Lapp; and Elam of Gap, R. 1, and Samuel, Emma, Phares, LeRoy, Omar, Abner, Christian, Emanuel, and Moses, all at home; also by 5 grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Elizabeth, widow of John Riehl; Lydia, wife of Stephen M. Stoltzfus; Jacob, Levina, wife of Pre. Christian Beiler; Elam; and a stepsister, Sadie, wife of Christian King. She was of a quiet nature, devout, and concerned about her large family, of which the youngest is only 4 years old. Funeral services were held Jan. 7, 1939, by Pre. Jonas Stoltzfus and Bishop Aaron R. Glick; text, Phil. 1:21-24. The hymn, "Hertzlich thut mich verlangen," was read at the house, by Bishop Henry Lapp, and "Gute nacht, ihr meine lieben," at the grave by Christian Fisher, Jr. Burial in Ronks graveyard.

Hostetler -- Nona Alta, daughter of Frank and Lizzie Hostetler, was born in Hutchinson, Kans., Feb. 27, 1921; died Dec. 29, 1938, at the age of 17 y. 10 m. 2 d. She joined the Mennonite Church in her early youth and remained true to her faith to the end. She was not strong and healthy as other children, and since she has passed away we have been told that she had been in failing in health since she was about eight or nine years old. Little Wilma Lorene preceded her in death; she leaves her father, mother, 6 sisters (Mrs. Gilbert Fauchier of Caldwell, Kans.; Le Ora, and Mrs. Noah Headings of Hutchinson; Doris, Margaret, Irene), and 1 brother (Kenneth) all at home, 2 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Zimmerman, of Inman, Kans.,), a niece (Shirley Joan), a nephew (Harold Dee), and a shot of aunts, uncles, and friends. Funeral services were in charge of Milo Kauffman and M. A. Yoder. Interment in West Liberty Mennonite Cemetery.

"Nona dear was called to go,
Left us waiting here below;
She was loaned to us for awhile
To lighten our burdens with her sunny smile."

By the family.

Gascho -- Mary Gascho, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Burkey, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Dec. 28, 1850; died at the home of her daughter near Milford, Nebr., Dec. 25, 1938. She was united in marriage to Joseph Gascho March 14, 1868. They moved to Seward Co., Nebr., in 1877 where she lived most of her life. This union was blessed with 7 sons and 5 daughters. Her husband preceded her in death in the year 1902. Two sons, John and Jacob, and 1 daughter, Mrs. Katie Banel of Wood River, also preceded her. She leaves 5 sons and 4 daughters: Mrs. Lena Roth, Ben, Chris, and Will Gascho and Mrs. Ammon Hershberger of Milford, Nebr.; Joseph Gascho and Mrs. Will Stutzman of Wood River, Nebr.; Arthur Gascho of Broken Bow, Nebr.; and Mrs. Peter Stutzman of Julesburg, Colo.; and also 39 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Jacob Saltzman) and 1 brother (Peter Burkey) both of Milford, Nebr.; and a host of friends and acquaintances. She accepted Christ in her youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until her end. She was always a kind mother exercising a Christian spirit to all. Funeral services by Bro. J. E. Zimmerman assisted by Bro. L. O Schlegel.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, toils are ended
Now dear mother is at rest."

Troyer -- Joel L., son of Levi and Leah Troyer, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1864. He was the fourth of five children. Of this group, two sisters passed away prior to his death. During his early life he attended school at Smithville, Ohio, and later worked in the drug store at Shanesville, Ohio. In 1889, he came to West Liberty, working at first for D. D. Smucker in the furniture and undertaking business. A few years later, he went into this business for himself. He was well-known, throughout central Ohio, as an efficient funeral director. June 10, 1894, he was united in marriage to Emma Fett, who died April 7, 1932. She was an able companion and helper in his profession, and her services were much remembered by those who needed them. At the time of his death, Mabel Kauffman was in charge of his household duties. He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church, and a faithful attendant at church services. Late in the afternoon of Dec. 30 he took seriously ill, and was sick only a few hours, until he passed away; aged 74 y. 1 m. 22 d. Two brothers (Menno Z. Troyer, of Conway, Kans., and Jacob C. Troyer, of Topeka, Ind.), and 1 foster daughter (Mrs. Isabel Grabiel and her daughter, Patricia, of Detroit, Mich.), mourn his loss as a near relative. In addition, many relatives, through his wife, mourn his departure and cherish fond memories of him as a brother and uncle. Funeral services were held in the Troyer & Lynn Funeral Home, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer. He was laid to rest by the side of his wife, in Fair View cemetery.

"He, whose life had been so friendly,
And his cheerfulness so free,
Has left for far-off Heaven,
Where all Christ's Saints will be."

Stahl -- Emanuel Stahl, son of Alexander and Fannie Stahl, was born in Kent Co., Mich., April 30, 1866, and died at his home near Clarksville, Mich., Jan. 6, 1939; aged 72 y, 8 m. 6 d. He was married to Susannah Yoder. To this union were born 2 children: Ruby (Mrs. Earl Miller) of Shipshewana, Ind., and Ida, who died in infancy). Susannah died in 1895. On Mar. 2, 1898, he married Rachel Blough. To this union were born 9 children: Dora (Mrs. Milton Mishler, of Alto), Nora (Mrs. Ira Erb, of Hastings), Ralph, Arthur, Vernie of Clarksville, Alma (Mrs. Lawrence Van Dusen, of Grand rapids), Esther (Mrs. Wesley Clemenz, of Lowell), Gordon of Clarksville, Bernice (Mrs. George Francisco, of Lowell). He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 10 children, 22 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers (Samuel of Clarksville, Elijah of Alto, and Josiah of Clarksville), one sister Susannah (Mrs. Lewis Collins of Grand Rapids), and a host of relatives and friends. Earlier in life he united with the Bowne Mennonite Church. He remained a faithful member until death. He had not been well for the last 7 years, but was able to be up most of the time until two weeks ago he came home from town, turned off the car switch and suffered a stroke leaving him practically helpless, since then gradually growing worse till the end came. He was patient in his sickness and suffering and was a kind husband and father, and he will be greatly missed in the family, in the church, and in the place he filled in the community. Funeral services were held Jan. 8, at the home and at the church by the Brethren D. A. Yoder and T. E. Schrock. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and quiet breast;
All his toils and trials ended,
And our husband and father is at rest.

Reesor -- Lydia Ann Weber was born at Waterloo, Ont., May 11, 1891; died Dec. 29, 1938, at Markham, Ont.; aged 47 y. 7 m. 18 d. Sister Reesor was a daughter of Joseph S. and the late Mary Ann (Shantz) Weber of Waterloo. In 1905 during a revival held by Bro. A. D. Wenger, she confessed the Lord as her Saviour and the same year was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church at Waterloo. On Dec. 20, 1916, she was married to Bro. Joseph B. Reesor of Markham. To this union 9 children were born (Mary, Lewis, Martha, Annie, Eva, David, John, Esther, and Ruth). Seven of these have confessed Jesus as their Saviour and are members of the church. She also leaves an aged father (living in Saskatchewan), 7 brothers (Allan, Joseph, and Byron of Waterloo; Lewis S., missionary to Argentina, S. A.; Newton of Ft. Wayne, Ind., mission; Orphen of Baden, Orval of London), and 3 sisters Mrs. A. R. Burkholder of Markham, Mrs. Herbert Snyder of Waterloo, Mrs. Leonard Snyder, Waterloo, Mrs. Delton Schmitt of Waterloo). One sister (Mrs. Nelson Martin) died a number of years ago while they had charge of Toronto Mission. There also remains a sorrowing mother-in-law (Mrs. Tillman Reesor of Markham), who feels very keenly the loss of a loving daughter who kindly cared for her. The church at Markham, also the surrounding community, is grieved because of the loss of a Christian mother who was so much needed in the home, but we humbly yield as she also did before her passing and say with her, "The Lord's will be done." She had not been in good health for some time, and less than a week before her passing developed a slight attack of pneumonia. Having a weak heart, the two conditions proved too much for her and she triumphantly passed away. The same day she requested her family to sing for her at the bedside. She helped to sing the chorus of the Sweet Bye and Bye." The one comforting thought of the sorrowing husband, family, church circle, and the community is the knowledge that a loving mother has entered the courts above to be with her Lord. Funeral services were held Jan.1 at the home by Bro. A. D. Grove, Bro. Cockburn of the Congregational Church and Bro. Oscar Burkholder of Breslau who preached the sermon. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26.

Transcriber's note: This obituary says "...3 sisters", but four sisters are listed. (??)

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


January 26, 1939 - Vol. XXXI, No.43 - pages 935, 936

Shantz.- Edwin Paul, infant son of Bro. and Sister Merle Shantz of Kitchener, Ont., aged ten days, died at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital. Private funeral services were held at the home of the parents in charge of Bishop C. F. Derstine. The voyage of the little tot was short, but the destination"heaven, was the worth while lot of his "justified spirit made perfect" on arrival. What an awakening with Him, by him. Theme, "Heaven's Distant Lamps." Interment in First Mennonite Cemetery.

Naffziger.- Jacob A., son of Peter and Magdalena Naffziger, was born Feb. 16, 1856, at El Paso, Ill.; died at his home at Tremont, Ill., Jan. 1, 1939; aged 82 y. 10 m. 14 d. "just four days following the passing of his wife. On Feb. 15, 1881, he was united in marriage with Magdalena Heiser, to which union were born 5 children. Joseph, the eldest, preceded him in death. Those surviving are: Oscar, of Ithaca, Mich.; William E. of Pekin; Mrs. Carl Oswald, Morton; and Mrs. Oliver Miller, Barrington, Ill. Three brothers (John of Foosland, Ill., and Henry and Thomas of Ithaca, Mich.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Katie Kaufman and Mrs. Amos Litwiler of Hopesdale) also survive him, together with 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. At the time of his passing he was a faithful member of the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church, although he had not been able to attend for a number of years because of the infirmities of old age. Funeral services were in charge of Leland A. Bachman, Jonas Litwiler, and Simon Litwiler. Text, Heb. 11:16. Interment in the cemetery near the church.

Naffziger.- Magdalena, daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Schrock) Hieser, was born near Tremont, Ill., May 22, 1860, and spent her entire life in that community. She died in her home in Tremont, Dec. 28, 1938; aged 78 y. 7 m. 6 d. She had been ill about a year with the infirmities of old age. On Feb. 15, 1881, she was united in marriage with Jacob A. Naffziger who survives her together with four children: Mrs. C. B. Oswald, Morton; W. E. Naffziger, Pekin, Mrs. Oliver Miller, Barrington, Ill., and Oscar Naffziger, Ithaca, Mich. One son (Joseph) preceded her in death. She also leaves a sister (Mary Hieser of Tremont), 17 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Early in life she united with the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until the time of her death. Because of the illness of her husband and herself she was unable to attend services for a number of years. Funeral services were held from the home in Tremont, Ill., and from the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren Leland A. Bachman and Simon Litwiler. Text, Job. 5:26. Interment in the church cemetery.

Simon.- Susan Lovina Simon, born in Pendleton Co., W. Va., near Ft. Seybert, Sept. 20, 1862; died Jan. 8, 1939; aged 76 y. 3 m. 19 d. She was united in marriage to George B. Simon in 1883. To this union were born 8 children, 3 having preceded her in death. The following children survive: Mrs. Nettie Clayton of Fort Seybert, W. Va; Mrs. Grace Hartman of Pennsylvania, and Ada Howard, and Ira Simon of Milam, W. Va. She also leaves her husband, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and a host of friends to mourn her passing. She gave her heart to God and united with the Mennonite Church about twelve years ago and continued faithful until death. The family has lost a kind and devoted wife and mother, the community an obliging and helpful neighbor, and the Church a true and loyal member. Her place will be hard to fill. Funeral services were conducted from her home on Hinkel Mountain with J. H. Turner in charge assisted by Olen S. Lantz. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the family graveyard near by.

"Her willing hands are folded,
Her dear, warm heart is stilled;
A place is vacant in her home,
Which never can be filled."

Wampler. - Mary C., daughter of the late P. S. and Nancy (Rife) Heatwole, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., Jan. 9, 1868; died at her home near Broadway, Va., Dec. 17, 1938; aged 70 y. 11 m. 8 d. She had cancer of the pancreas from which she suffered intensely during the last weeks of her illness. For about five months she was confined to her bed much of the time. She was twice married. On Nov. 15, 1887, she was united in marriage with Joseph S. Cline of Broadway, Va., who died Feb. 17, 1910. On June 3, 1923, she was married to John F. Wampler, who died Feb. 23, 1925. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained loyal until death. She possessed a brave, persevering spirit, was an industrious homemaker, and a kind and helpful neighbor. She is survived by 1 son (Edgar J. Cline), 1 daughter (Mrs. Sallie Neff), and 3 grandchildren (Catherine and Pauline Cline, and Mary Neff); also 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Amos D. Heatwole, Charles A. Heatwole, John J. Heatwole, Mrs. E. W. Burkholder, and Mrs. A. D. Heatwole). Funeral services were held at Zion Church, conducted by Brethren P. E. Shank and J. L. Stauffer of the Mennonite Church, and C. E. Long of the Brethren Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Alderfer.- Warren K., son of Abram and Amanda (Kratz) Alderfer, was born at Mainland, Pa., Sept. 15, 1892; died at his home near Lansdale, Pa., Dec. 7, 1938, of a heart condition from which he suffered nearly 3 years (being in bed part of the time and then up again at least he was in bed 5 days); aged 46 y. 2 m. 22 d. June 23, 1912, he united with the Towamencin Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. He was married Dec. 28, 1912, to Martha B. Hendricks. Besides his wife he is survived by Edith, wife of Joseph Clemmer of Harleysville; Martha, Warren and Erma at home; also 1 granddaughter. He was preceded to the glory world by Mary (aged 8 yrs.) and Miriam (an infant). He is also survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Frank Moyer of Orvilla, Mrs. Ellis Moyer of Elroy, Howard and Mrs. Jacob Stout of Souderton, Isaac and Mrs. Wilmer Kulp of Kulpsville. His kind and loving disposition won for him the respect of those in the community in which he lived. Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at Towamencin Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Kulp and Warren Moyer. Text, Psa. 39:5. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"We miss you from our home, dear father,
We miss you from your place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine from your face."

Cooprider.- Henrietta Brunk Cooprider was born to Henry G. and Susan Brunk on March 22, 1867, at Geneseo, Ill.; died at Hesston, Kans., Jan. 5, 1939; aged 71 y. 9 m. 14 d. In 1873 she moved with her parents to Marion Co., Kans. In eight days her father died and left his family to bear the rigors of pioneer life alone. Two brothers and two sisters died in childhood. In 1880, after the widow had married Matthias Cooprider, the family moved to McPherson Co., and here on Sept. 21, 1884, Henrietta was married to John Cooprider. They established their home on a farm in McPherson Co., where they lived until they moved to Hesston, Kans., in 1913. Here they resided to the present time. Their union was blessed with 7 children, 3 sons dying in infancy. Surviving are the husband, 4 daughters, Florence Virginia (Mrs. P. A. Friesen, a missionary near Dhamtari, India); Ethel Estella (Mrs. Allen H. Erb, La Junta, Colo.); Grace Darling (Mrs. J. R. Diller, Hesston, Kans.); Ruth Gladys (Mrs. J. K. Zook, Ashley, Mich.); 16 grandchildren; 1 brother (J. F. Brunk of Newton, Kans.), 1 sister (Mrs. Walter Cooprider, McPherson, Kans.), 1 half brother (C. W. Cooprider, McPherson, Kans.), and 2 half sisters (Mrs. E. J. Ely and Mrs. O. E. Hostetler, all of McPherson Co.). One brother, Bishop Geo. R. Brunk, died a few months ago. Sister Cooprider was a sufferer from cancer for a number of months. The immediate cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. She was converted under the preaching of D. F. Driver in 1893, and with her husband joined the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. She was always deeply interested in the Church, zealous for the preservation of Biblical standards. As long as she was able she was very faithful in attendance at church services. Funeral services were held at the home in Hesston in charge of Bro. Amos Gingerich, at the Hesston College Chapel by Bro. Aaron Mast and Bro. Milo Kauffman, and at the West Liberty Church near McPherson, Kans., by Bro. Amos Gingerich and Bro. Milo Kauffman. Interment in the West Liberty Cemetery.

Transcriber's Notes:

The obituaries of both Mr. and Mrs. Naffziger are in this edition (they died four days apart).

In Mr. Naffziger's obituary, his wife's maiden name is listed as Heiser. In Mrs. Naffziger's obituary, her maiden name is listed as Hieser. She was survived by a Hieser relative, so I imagine that Hieser is the correct spelling of this name.

Mrs. Simon had 8 children, 3 of whom died before she did. She should therefore be survived by 5 children, however only 4 (Nettie, Grace, Ada and Ira are listed. Unless Howard is a separate person and not a surname for Ada ....

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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