Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1939

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June 1, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 9 - pages 191

Smith.-Irene Grace, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Smith of Iowa City, Iowa, was born May 1, 1939; laid to rest May 3, 1939, in the Coraville Cemetery near Iowa City. Services were conducted at the grave, using Scripture Matt. 18:1-6, 10-14. May God bless the bereaved parents is our prayer.

---A Friend.

Boose.-Margaret, the eldest daughter of John and Diana (Fretz) Boose (both deceased) was born in Haldimand Co., Ont., June 12, 1852; died in Campden, Ont., April 20, 1939; aged 86 y. 10 m. 8 d. She passed away at the home of Margaret Hunsberger, with whom she had her home for the past number of years. Of her brothers there remain William of Essex, Ont., and Isaac of Dunville, Ont. Funeral services were conducted April 24 at Campden, by S. F. Coffman, assisted by ----- Leibold. She was laid to rest in the Campden Mennonite burying ground by the side of her parents.

Robbins.-Nancy Ann, eldest child of Levi N. and Fannie Byler Kauffman, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 10, 1853. She had been in failing health for many years. Sept. 4, 1938, she came to live with her nephew and niece (Mr. and Mrs. Abe King), where she passed away at the close of day, May 11, 1939; aged 86 y. 3 m. In 1891, she was married to D. C. Robbins, who preceded her in death 27 years ago. Her home had been in Sidney for many years. She leaves 1 son by a former marriage (Elmer Harshbarger), 1 grandson, and a great-granddaughter; also 2 sisters (Mrs. Salina Hartzler of West Liberty, and Mrs. Elizabeth Courts, of Portland, Oreg.), and 2 brothers (Jonathan and Emanuel Kauffman, of West Liberty). Funeral services conducted by S. E. Allgyer were held at the Troyer-Lynn Funeral Home. Interment in Graceland Cemetery, at Sidney, Ohio).

Shenk.-Abram M. Shenk was born Nov. 21, 1864; died April 21, 1939; aged 74 y. 5 m. In the passing from this world to the next Bro. Shenk left us in hope of immortal glory at the Lord's return. A member of the Mennonite congregation at Masonville, Pa., his absence will be noticeably felt because of the regularity with which he attended services. Needless to say, the community will miss him, but those who feel the loss most keenly are the nearest relatives. Those who survive are: 1 daughter (Mrs. John D. Martin), 1 son (Clayton, with whom he resided), 10 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Albert Stoner). His wife preceded him in death a few years ago. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Jacob Heisey and at the church by Bros. C. K. Lehman and J. K. Charles.
"Even death has its wonderful mission,
Tho' it robs us of those we love;
It calls us from our surroundings,
To long for the meeting above."

Byler.-Fannie M. Byler died at her home in Belleville, Pa., April 15, after an illness of several months, aged 58 y. 9 m. 20 d. She was the widow of Obiah Byler, who died June 8, 1928. A sister (Mrs. J. A. Hostetler, Belleville) died last Nov. 1, 1938. She was the daughter of Levi Z. and Fannie Yoder, both deceased, and was born near Milroy, Pa., and spent her entire life in the Kishacoquillas Valley. On Aug. 27, 1919, she was united in marriage with A. D. Byler. She is survived by a sister (Mrs. I. Z. Hertzler of Belleville), and by a brother (Enos D. Yoder, Beaver Creek, Oreg.). The following stepchildren also survive: Mary Byler, Belleville; Jesse Byler, Pigeon, Mich.; Barbara Byler, Belleville; Mrs. Ezra Moyer, Pigeon, Mich.; Ella Byler, Belleville; David Byler, Belleville, and Rufus Byler, Clanton, Ala. She was a faithful member of the Locust Grove Mennonite Church where funeral services were conducted in charge of Bro. John L. Mast, with interment in the Amish Mennonite cemetery nearby.

Shank.-Katie R. Landis was born Jan. 3, 1861 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Jan. 29, 1939; aged 78 y. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Jonas E. Shank Oct. 25, 1881. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world six years ago. She took an active interest in the work of the Church. Her place at Sunday school and church services was not vacant when her health would permit her to be present. Many sleepless nights were spent in prayer and mediation. She is sadly missed by relatives and a host of friends. There survive 3 children (Emma L., wife of David W. Shenk; H. Landis Shank, and Walter L. Shank), a foster daughter (Adelia H. Lehman), all of near Lancaster; also 1 brother, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Her husband, 1 son, and 4 grandchildren preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held Feb. 1 by Bro. Jacob G. Hess at the house, and Brethren Jacob Harnish and Amos Rutt at the Millersville, Pa., Mennonite Church. Texts, Psa. 116:15; 73:24, and II Cor. 5:1. "And God shall wipe away all tears" (Rev. 21:4).
"There's a smile beyond the sadness,
And a peace beyond the pain;
Just as night precedes the morning,
And the sunshine follows rain."

Baker.-Susan (Hostetler), wife of Adam Baker, was born to Samuel J. and Catherine (Mehl) Hostetler, Aug. 3, 1865, and on May 5, 1939, died of a heart attack; aged 73 y. 10 m. 2 d. To this union were born 6 children (Ida Mae Baker, Frank W. Baker, and Samuel S. Baker all of Shipshewana, Ind.; Mrs. Martin L. Yoder of Orrville, Ohio; Mehl C. Baker of So. Bend, and Ralph, who died Jan. 14, 1919). Her husband preceded her in death July 12, 1919. Surviving also are 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. B. A. Bontrager and Mrs. M. A. Yoder of Middlebury, Ind.; Mrs. Sophia Troyer of Lagrange, Ind.) and 1 brother (Oscar S. Hostetler of Topeka, Ind.). Her two sisters who preceded her in death were Mrs. (Dr.) M. A. Farver of Middlebury, Ind., who died in 1925 and Mrs. D. D. Miller of Elkhart, Ind., who died in 1937. Besides these she leaves a host of nieces and nephews and a wide circle of friend. She became a member of the Mennonite Church at the age of 14 and was always interested in the activities of the Church. She was willing to open her doors to the young people at any time. In 1918 she was interested in organizing the sewing circle of the Shore Church and has always taken an active part as long as health would permit. Funeral services at the Shore Mennonite Church on May 8, in charge of Bros. Josiah Miller, Percy Miller, and D. A. Yoder.

Seitz.-Sister Elizabeth Bear Seitz was born Jan. 13, 1855; died May 18, 1939, at her home in West Hill, Pa.; aged 84 y. 4 m. 5 d. She was a member of the Diller Mennonite Church near Newville. Her concern for the Church went beyond a lone interest in the home church to which she manifested a marked loyalty, as her contributions were extended to various Mission work. To the friend or stranger who came to her door, her smile and ministrations verified that "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Her way was the way of kindness, and her Christian fortitude under crushing bereavements and trials is worthy of emphasis. She possessed a keen mind with a love for poetry and hymns. The treasures she cherished and committed to memory during the last years are an index to the noble aspirations of her soul. Husband and 2 sons preceded her in death. She is survived by 3 sons (John B., at home; Frank E., Camp Hill; and Raymond, of Pittsburgh), 2 daughters (Susan, at home, and Mary, widow of Bro. H. L. Burkholder of Newville), also a brother, Michael Bear of West Hill, Pa. Funeral services were held May 21, by W. F. Charlton, using her own selected text: Job 19:25-27a.
"Straight to my home above,
I travel calmly on,
And sing in life or death,
'My Lord, Thy will be done.'"

Hostettler.--Barbara , daughter of Barbara and Nicholas Yoder was born in Alsace Lorraine, France, Sept. 4, 1845; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. W. J. Oesch) May 11, 1939; aged 93 y. 9 m. 7 d. She was the last of a family of 13 children. She was always considered first with Mrs. Oesch and her family. She was a quiet, home-loving woman, never complaining of her sufferings, always thinking of her family. She spent her childhood in the land of her nativity. At the age of 18 she with a brother and sister came to the United States, making her home in Butler Co., Ohio. In 1865 she was united in marriage to J. P. Smith. To this union 4 children were born (Mrs. Mary King and Mrs. Lydia Shaw, who preceded her in death; Mrs. Amelia King, Rock Island, Ill.; J. P. Smith, Garden City, Mo.). In 1870 the family moved to Hickory Co., Mo., where in 1874 her husband passed away. Several years later she was married to Adam Hostetler, who preceded her in death Nov. 4, 1910, at Index, Mo. To this union 5 children were born (Mrs. Lizzie Miller, Deep Water, Mo.; (Mrs. Lena Shindler, Garden City, Mo.; W. S. Hostetter, Redlands; Calif.; Mrs. Ellen Oesch, East Lynne, Mo.; W. A. Hostettler, Weaubleau, Mo.). She was converted at an early age, joined the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. On account of failing health she has been unable to attend services for several years. Besides the above mentioned children she is survived by 31 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the S. J. Oesch home and the Sycamore Grove Church by I. G. Hartzler, assisted by D. W. Britton. Text, Job 5:26,27. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery.

Erb.-Leah, daughter of David and Anna (Longenecker) Miller, was born near Bainbridge, Pa., March 14, 1842, the tenth child in a family of fourteen children. She died May 16, 1939, at the home of her daughter in Newton, Kans.; aged 97 y. 2 m. 2 d. She grew to womanhood in the community where she was born, and on Nov. 19, 1863, she was married to Jacob R. Erb. To this union 5 children were born, of whom 2 daughters survive, Mary (Mrs. Jonas H. Eby) of Miami, Fla., and Susie (Mrs. Eugene Swim) of Newton. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 1908 and also 3 of her children: Jacob M. died at the age of 6 years, on March 20, 1880; Annie (Mrs. C. Reiff) died July 10, 1924; and Tillman, her oldest son, minister and bishop of the Pennsylvania congregation for many years, died January 25, 1929. She was a much loved grandmother to 32 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Sixteen months ago she fell and fractured her hip, which left her a helpless invalid since that time. She suffered a slight stroke three weeks before her death, from which she gradually grew weaker until the end came. With her husband and family she came to Kansas from Pennsylvania arriving at Newton March 1, 1885. Three miles northwest of the city they established a home where they lived through pioneer years. This home was long a hospitable landing place for friends and relatives who came to the West either to establish homes or to visit. Jacob Erb and his wife were charter members of the Pennsylvania congregation, and she is the last of these charter members to pass away. Her husband was ordained a deacon in the church, and in the responsibilities of this office she faithfully assisted him. Her Christian life was practically beyond reproach, and she often testified to God's goodness and her love to Him. Her memory will be sacred in the minds of her descendants and her many friends. Funeral services were held May 18 at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church in charge of Earl Buckwalter assisted by Milo Kauffman. Text: Psa. 73:25, 26.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


June 8, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 10 - pages 222, 223

Vance.-Phoebe Cathrine Vance was born April 8, 1863; died April 25, 1939, at her home near Whitmer, W. Va. She leaves 8 children: Bertha, Frank, Snowden, Mason, Flodie, Ethel, Charlie and Brooks. Her husband and 2 children preceded her in death. Her presence will be missed very keenly in the home as mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and will be missed by the mission workers who enjoyed visiting with her. Funeral services were conducted at the Horton Mennonite Church by Bro. John Kurtz of Harrisonburg, Va. Text, I Cor. 15:51.

Troyer.-Laura Mae, infant daughter of Emanuel and Katie (Beiler) Troyer, was born April 24, 1939; died April 25. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 7 brothers, and 4 sisters to mourn her early departure. She was the first to break the family circle. Funeral services were held at the home by C. D. Bergy, and at the Deep Creek Mennonite Church by Amos Wenger. Burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Fentress, Va.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above.
---By a Sister.

Brubaker.-Rhoda May, daughter of William and Lorana (Hummel) Speicher, was born in Rockton, Pa., April 7, 1881; died at the DuBois Hospital May 19, 1939, following an illness of eight days. She was a life-long resident of Rockton, Pa. She was united in marriage with Joseph Brubaker, Oct. 14, 1903. Her husband preceded her in death March 12, 1935. She is survived by her 8 children (Arthur, Wooster, O.; Mrs. Miriam Blough and John, both of Souderton; Carl, Rockton; Elva and Velma, DuBois; Mary, Big Run; and Dorcas, Rockton). Her mother, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers also survive. She was a faithful member of the Rockton Mennonite Church, always interested in the Lord's work. She took an active part in the different activities of the Church. Funeral services were conducted at the home, and at the Rockton Mennonite Church, May 22, in charge of D. I. Stonerook and Jason Hollopeter. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Hershey.-Edna, daughter of the late Jacob E. and Mary Anne Hershey, died April 27, 1939, at her home in Paradise, Pa., after an illness of about five years; aged 45 y. 8 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage Jan. 29, 1914, to H. Clay Hershey who survives; also the following children: Hazel P., Mildred L., R. Glenn, Gladys E., Clifford E., Norma R., Merle J., Albert L., and E. Gerald. Four infants preceded her to the glory world. She leaves also her aged mother, 4 brothers (Herbert, and Clayton, Kinzers; Milton, Gap; and Elwood, Lancaster), and 3 sisters (Bertha, wife of Paul Myer; Mabel, wife of John Martin, both of New Holland; and Margie, Kinzers); also a large number of nieces and nephews. Mother was content with her lot, much as she would have liked to help with the duties of the home. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held April 30 at the home by Bro. Parke Book, where a large number gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"She whose life had been so friendly,
And her cheerfulness so free,
Has left for far-off heaven,
Where all Christ's saints will be."
---A Daughter.

Kefarber.-Philabena Kefarber (nee Gingerich) was born May 5, 1864; died at her home on May 17, 1939; aged 75 y. 12 d. In October, 1891, she was united in marriage with Jacob Kefarber who preceded her in death in 1918. To this union were born 8 children, 1 having died in infancy. Those surviving her are Henry of Goshen, Mary of Elkhart, Celesta (Mrs. Walter Baird) of Detroit, Sadie (Mrs. Charles Snyder) of New Paris, Martha at home, Ray of Warsaw, Inez (Mrs. Howard Firestone) of Goshen, 1 brother of Los Angeles, Calif., and 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Brandenberger) of Middlebury. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and continued in the faith until death. For a number of years she was unable to work or assist much in the home. The last few weeks of her sickness she suffered much, but did not complain, expressing a willingness and ready to depart this life and be at rest. Funeral services were conducted May 19 at the Clinton Brick Church by Bro. D. J. Johns at the home, and Bros. I. S. Johns and D. D. Troyer at the church. Text (selected by the family), II Cor. 5:1.

Boshart.-Mary Jo, only daughter of Joe and Faye (Stutzman) Boshart, was born June 20, 1936-in answer to her mother's prayer promising the Lord that if He would give her this child she would consecrate and dedicate her to the Lord for a special laborer for His Kingdom. May His will be done. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Mary Jo departed very suddenly at noon May 24, 1939 as the result of an injury while at play. She leaves her father and mother, 4 brothers, 2 grandparents (Henry and Matilda Stutzman of Milford), besides a host of relatives and friends. We sorrow, but not as those who have no hope, for Mary Jo shall come again with Jesus when the dead in Christ shall arise and we shall meet her again and be forever with her and Christ. Funeral services were held May 26 at the Milford A. M. Church. Sermon by Bro. W. A. Eicher. Text, Jno. 11:35. Burial in the Milford A. M. Cemetery.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took Mary Jo away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus and the angels above."

Loucks.-Jacob Oliver Loucks, 71, who suffered a stroke of paralysis on March 2, died at his home in Wakarusa, Ind. He had been bedfast since the stroke. Born a mile and a half south of Wakarusa, Oct. 15, 1867, he was the son of Jacob and Katherine Freed Loucks. His marriage to Ella Anthony took place Nov. 23, 1890. They lived on a farm three miles west of Wakarusa until 24 years ago, when they moved to their present home in Wakarusa. Surviving are his widow, 2 children (Mrs. Clayton (Bertha) Stickel of near Wakarusa and Charles Loucks of Mishawaka), 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, a brother (Jonas of Wakarusa), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Dils of Wakarusa and Mrs. Ezra Shantz of Baden, Ont.). Robert Loucks, a grandson, preceded him in death. On March 26, 1939, he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour and was baptized on confession of his faith and received into fellowship with the believers. Funeral services were conducted by C. A. Wright and D. A. Yoder at the Olive Church and burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dear Father, your sufferings are o'er,
Your precious hands will toil for us no more;
You have gone thru the gate to another land;
Led by the Master's hand.
So we believe that God above
Has taken you home as an act of love.
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 Father, gone to rest."

Hostetler.-Amasa A., son of Adam and Catherine (Troyer) Hostetler, was born near Middlebury, Ind., March 7, 1888; died at Portland, Oreg., May 13, 1939; aged 51 y. 2 m. 6 d. He was injured Aug. 20, 1938, being kicked in the back by a horse from which he never fully recovered. He passed away very suddenly from a severe heart attack. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 22, and united with the Amish Church. After coming to Oregon in 1916 he united with the Zion Mennonite Church near Hubbard, where he was a faithful member until the Lord called him home. He was married Jan. 22, 1918, to Mamie (Egli) Hooley. He leaves his wife and 5 sons (Virgil and Raymond at home, and 3 married sons, Wayne, Hershel, and Edwin Hooley); also 2 small grandsons, all of Portland. He also leaves 3 sisters (Lydia Schrock, Dunkerton, Iowa; Lucy Ann Topliff, Beloit, Kans.; Fanny Schrock, Hubbard, Oreg.), 2 brothers (Annon of Wichita, Kans.; David, Hutchinson, Kans.). His parents and twin sister preceded him. He also leaves a number of uncles and aunts, and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends. He was a very patient and loving husband and father. He will be greatly missed by all the members of the family.
"'Tis hard to part with father, dear,
No more to see him here
But yet we're willing, if God sees best,
To end his troubles and give him rest;
In heaven to reign with angels fair,
May our name, too, be written there."

Smith.-Mary, daughter of John and Mary Imhoff, was born near Spring Bay, Ill., Feb. 27, 1871. She spent her girlhood in the vicinity of Metamora. She came from a large pioneer family, being one of eleven children. On March 30, 1893, she was married to C. H. Smith at her parents' home near Low Point. They established their home near Metamora, later moving near Eureka, when they spent many happy years together on a farm. To this union were born 7 children, an infant son and daughter, Elmer and Ella, preceding him in death. Surviving are her companion and 5 children (Edw. L. of Chillicothe, Ill.; Martha, Lulu, Mrs. Ralph Ulrich, and Mabelle, all of Eureka); also 2 grandchildren (Roger and Carol Ulrich). About sixteen years ago they moved to their present home at the south edge of Eureka. Sister Smith, who up to last Friday had been about her usual home duties, took suddenly ill Friday night and was rushed to the hospital where an emergency operation was performed early Saturday morning. Not until this time was the seriousness of her condition realized. All that human hands could do was done to relieve her condition, but she gradually grew weaker until death relieved her of her suffering Monday, May 22, 1939. Her Christian life in home, church, and community will always influence those who knew her. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. She had a kind and loving disposition, and her greatest joy was her association with her family. She will be missed in the community as well as in the home.
"For though from out our bourne of time and place,
The flood may bear me far,
I know I'll see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


June 15, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 11 - pages 238, 239

Plank.-Mordecai Plank was born April 22, 1870, in Lagrange Co., Ind., died May 9, 1939, in Newaygo Co., Mich.; aged 69 y. 13 d. On April 4, 1891, he was united in marriage to Mary Eash. To this union were born 4 girls and 7 boys (Ray of Ithaca, Carl of Carson City, Steward, Sam, Orval, and Henry of Croton, Mrs. Nellie Buchanan of Morley, Mrs. Lola Wirtz of Greenville, Mrs. Mildred Burt of Carson City, Mrs. Myrtle Teasley of Croton). Besides the wife and these children there are 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren who survive. Two grandchildren have preceded him in death. About 27 years ago he joined the Church and became a follower of the Lord. Funeral services were held May 13, conducted at the home by Edward J. Jones and at Croton Church by T. U. Nelson. Burial in Croton Cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with father dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But we're glad if God thought best,
To take him home and give him rest."

---The Family.

Transcriber's note:. It says he was the father of 7 boys; only 6 sons are listed.

Shantz.-Jesse Melvin, eldest son of Isaac and Rachel Harshberger Shantz, was born near Cullom, Ill., March 8, 1885; died at his home near Hydro, Okla., May 31, 1939; aged 5 y. 2 m. 23 d. In his youth he gave his heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a member the remainder of his life. In 1905 he came with his parents to Lucien, Okla., where they stayed until 1911, when they moved to near Hydro, Okla., which has since been his home. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth A. Davis Jan. 1, 1914, who with the following sons and daughters survive him: Ina Mae, Grace Alice, Melvin J. Lionell, and Martin David, all at home. He also leaves 5 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Fannie Slagle, Sophia, Henry, and Arthur of Hydro, Okla.; Mary, Mrs. L. J. Miller, Weatherford, Okla.; Lillie and Effie, Mrs. Elza Neville of La Junta, Colo.), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren John and Joseph Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber.

Transcriber's note: He was born in 1885 and died in 1939; it says his age was 5 y. 2 m. 23 d. I think this is a typo for 54 y. 2 m. 23 d.


Yoder.-Mervin Elmer, son of Orie and Bena (Smoker) Yoder, was born May 17, 1923; died in the St. Joseph's Hospital, May 20, 1939; aged 16 y. 3 d. He was sick for three weeks with an abscess of the brain, suffering intense pain. His passing away has left a great vacancy in the home and community, but our loss is his gain. He is survived by a loving mother and father, 1 brother (Willard), 3 sisters (Elmira, Ruth Anna, and Bessie). One brother preceded him in death. One grandfather, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends, also survive. He was a member of the Millwood-Maple Grove Mennonite Church, baptized March 19, 1939, which faith he held until death. He had a great desire to depart and be with Jesus whom he loved and said, "I am ready to go to heaven." He peacefully fell asleep to awake in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were conducted May 23, with short services at the home by Bro. John A. Kennel, and at the Maple Grove Church near Atglen, Pa., by Bros. S. M. Stoltzfus and A. B. Stoltzfus. Text, II Tim. 4:18. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.
"Brother dear, your wish is granted,
Sorrow, pain, and grief are over;
By the grace of God we'll meet you,
Over on the peaceful shore."
---By His Sister.

Yoder.-Rhoda Mae, daughter of Dan M. and Nancy (Hershberger) Yoder, was born near Kalona, Ia., Dec. 22, 1928; died May 2, 1939, at the children's hospital in Iowa City; aged 10 y. 4 m. 10 d. Death was caused by pneumonia and complications following measles. Though young in years, she realized her condition and felt the need of taking Christ as her Saviour and upon request was baptized on her sick bed and became a member of the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church. She was of a friendly disposition; a willing helper to her parents and to the younger children in their play. Not only in the home will she be missed but also in school and church services. Two little sisters preceded her in death. She is survived by her parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Leah, Paul, Luke, Eunice, Joseph and Ruby), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Joe L. Hershberger and Mahlon T. Yoder), together with many other relatives and friends, who are saddened by her passing away.
"She has gone through the gate to another land,
Led by the Master's hand;
Where everything is kind and good,
Where everything is understood,
So we believe that the One above
Has taken her home as an act of love."
Funeral services were held May 4 at Lower Deer Creek Church conducted by George Miller and D. D. Miller.

Swartzendruber.-Sarah Knepp was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Jan. 28, 1864; died at Manson, Iowa, May 18, 1939; aged 75 y. 3 m. 20 d. Death followed a short illness caused by high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member. Her pleasant, unassuming ways were a source of inspiration to many with whom she came in contact. Jan. 28, 1883, she was united in marriage with Elias Swartzendruber, who was a deacon for many years and who preceded her in death about three and a half years. They lived near Iowa City until March, 1894, when they moved to near Eagle Grove, Iowa. From this place they moved to near Versailles, Mo., in 1910, and in November, 1923, they moved to Manson, Iowa, which has since then been their home. Of her nine children, Willis, John, and Martha (Mrs. Chris Stoltzfus) preceded her in death. The surviving children are Mrs. E. C. Pletcher and Edwin of Manson; Henry of Newell, Iowa; Mrs. O. H. Wenger of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Ernest of Palmer, Iowa; and Mrs. J. D. Graber of Dhamtari, India. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 3 brothers (John J., Jacob A., and Levi Knepp). Funeral services were held May 20 at the Manson Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren C. L. Graber and Nicholas Stoltzfus. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pletcher.-Sylvia May, daughter of Elmer and Sadie Nunemaker Pletcher was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 30, 1923; died May 25, 1939; aged 15 y. 9 m. 25 d. She was of a quiet but cheerful disposition and enjoyed being with the young people, but because of failing health she was deprived of this privilege. She became ill last February, at which time she gave up her high school work with the hopes that rest and quiet would bring recovery. However, during the last few weeks it seemed quite evident that she could not recover during which time she suffered intense pain. She requested those caring for her to pray that Jesus would relieve her of her pain. She was a lover of flowers and was anxious to have her flowers planted, but the Lord saw fit to take her and plant her in His flower garden where she will bloom eternally. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour about three years ago, at which time she was admitted into the fellowship and faith of the Mennonite Church by water baptism and held her membership with the Yellowcreek congregation. Surviving are her parents, 1 sister (Beulah), 1 grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held May 26, in charge of Virgil Weaver and Ray F. Yoder.
"Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see,
O Thou who changest not, abide with me."

Moyer.-Abram M., son of Samuel and Mary Ann (Moyer) Moyer, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Oct. 5, 1867; died at his home in Blooming Glen, Pa., as the result of a stroke April 18, 1939; aged 71 y. 6 m. 13 d. Fifty years ago he was married to Emma Smith. Besides his widow he is survived by 4 children (Lillie, wife of Garwood Bishop, and Arnon S. of Blooming Glen; Harold S. of Perkasie; and Ethel, wife of Norman A. Derstine, of Souderton); 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded him in death eighteen years ago. Two years ago he fractured his hip and since then has been in failing health, although enduring his affliction with patience. As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death; always filling his place when health permitted. While we miss his presence in the home very keenly we rejoice to have the hope that he has gone to that beautiful land where there are no afflictions, and we are comforted to know that if we are faithful on earth we can again meet him there.
"He has gone through the gate to another land, Led by the Master's hand, Where everything is kind and good, Where everything is understood; So we believe that the One above Has taken him home as an act of love."
---A Daughter.

Kauffman.-Fred Leroy Kauffman was born near Guymon, Okla., Nov. 23, 1934. On Jan. 4, 1937, Norman Franklin Kauffman was born. These children were the joy of their parents and loved by all who knew them. Norman was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, May 17, and all that kind hearts and loving hands could do was done to relieve his suffering but on Sunday morning at 3:15, May 21, the Lord wanted him in heaven and He was called home. Fred Leroy was taken to the hospital the 18th of May and everything humanly possible was done to ease the pain and bring him back to health, but the Lord saw fit to call him to join his brother on the same Sunday evening at 6:45. They will be greatly missed by their parents and loved ones and there will always be an empty place that cannot be filled, but an investment there will in some measure fill the emptiness here and that meeting again some day is looked forward to with joy. These boys leave to mourn their going their devoted parents (Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kauffman), 1 brother (Alvin Otto) and 1 sister (Esther Faye), of Gruver, Texas. The grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Kauffman and Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Liese of Guymon, Okla.), together with other relatives and friends.
"Looking at the smiling face of our Saviour,
How happy these jewels are,
Waiting for the family to be united,
Oh, that happy hour."

Britsch.-Mary Wyse Britsch was born in Henry Co., Ohio, Oct. 8, 1862; died at her home near Pettisville, Ohio, May 21, 1939, aged 76 y. 7 m. 13 d. On March 27, 1883, she was united in marriage to Conrad Britsch, who preceded her in death Feb. 16, 1920. To this union were born 3 sons (Alfred, who lived with his mother; Lewis S., who also lives on the home farm; and a twin brother to Lewis, who died in infancy). In her young years she accepted Christ as her Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. Her kind and sympathetic disposition endeared her to her family and acquaintances and she will be missed in the home and community. She was a regular attendant at church and was at the services on Sunday, just one week before her death. Her death was due to a stroke which came on Monday morning, and she passed away six days later. There remain to mourn her departure, Alfred, Lewis and wife, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson, as well as many other relatives and friends. Those preceding her in death were father, who died when she was 16 months old; mother, stepfather, husband, and 1 son. The funeral was at Central Church, conducted by Bros. Henry Wyse and E. B. Frey. Text, Psa. 39:4.
"No smiles are sweeter than
The smiles that mother wore;
Some day we hope to meet her,
Where we shall part no more."

Shank.-Fannie, daughter of the late Pre. John and Magdalene Weaver, was born at Spring Creek, Va., Oct. 23, 1861; died at the home of her daughters on April 28, 1939; aged 77 y. 6 m. 5 d. She was married to Charles G. Shank Aug. 6, 1880, who preceded her in death 34 years. One son (Elmer) passed away three years ago. The following children survive: Mrs. W. A. Sharpes, Dayton, Va.; Mrs. Henry Bailey, Cullom, Ill.; Maggie and Mary Shank (with whom she made her home); Lewis W., Sterling, Ill.; Samuel A. and Emanuel J. of Dayton, Va., and John W., of Dale Enterprise, Va. She also leaves 23 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Mother had been in feeble health for the past seven years and spent the last eight months in bed. She was very patient in her long sickness, but expressed her desire to leave this world and go to a better place. Even in our sorrow we are comforted with the thought that Mother is at rest. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since early girlhood, always a regular attendant at church services whenever her health would permit. Short services were conducted at the home by Chester K. Lehman and Elam Horst, and at Weaver's Church by John R. Mumaw, assisted by Henry B. Keener. Text, Eccl. 8:12, "Yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God." Burial in the cemetery near by.
"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."

---The Family.

Shank.-Hannah Frances, daughter of the late David G. and Mary Ann Heatwole, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., July 24, 1856; died at the home of her daughter, Sallie, near Harrisonburg, May 18, 1939, aged 82 y. 9 m. 25 d. While she had complained of not being so well, she was able to go about until ten days before her passing. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of sixteen years, continuing in this faith to the end. Modesty and simplicity were ornaments that adorned her Christian life. In October, 1879, she was united in marriage to John W. Shank. To this union 10 children were born. A son (Irvin, aged 14 years) preceded her in death in 1896, also her companion in 1920. Three grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren also preceded her. Surviving are the following children: Sallie (wife of J. D. Kiser), Annie (wife of Loy Propst), and Kent M. Shank, all of near Harrisonburg, Va.; Clara (wife of Enos Heatwole), Bertha (wife of Joseph Knicely), Fannie (wife of Amon Heatwole), and Glenn W. Shank, all of near Dayton, Va. Forty-three grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held from the Bank Church, conducted by Bro. J. R. Mumaw, assisted by Bro. H. B. Keener. Text, Rom. 2:1-10, 16. Laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"We thank God for such a mother,
And the prayers for us you've prayed;
Great and blessed we shall call you,
May your precepts be obeyed."

Straun.-Salome, daughter of Daniel and Effa Yoder, was born at Middlebury, Ind., Jan. 9, 1868; died April 18, 1939, at the home of her brother, Simon D. Yoder, near Hubbard, Oreg.; aged 71 y. 3 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to Manasses Hochstetler of Nappanee, Ind., in 1884. He died in July, 1898. To this union were born 4 sons, of whom 2 sons (Andrew and Alvin) died in infancy. She was again united in marriage to George W. Straun of Orrville, O. He also preceded her in death. To this union were born 3 sons, of whom 1 son (Jesse) also preceded her. She is survived by her 4 sons (Irvin M. Hochstetler of Salem, Oreg., Simon M. Hochstetler of Hubbard, Oreg.; George W. Straun of Hubbard, Oreg.; and John W. Straun of Newberg, Oreg.), 6 grandsons and 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson having passed on. She also leaves 2 brothers (Simon D. Yoder of Hubbard, Oreg., and Daniel D. Yoder of Sheridan, Oreg.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Schlabach of Sugar Creek, O., and Lydia Ann Slabaugh of Goshen, Ind.), and also a host of relatives and friends. She came to Oregon in 1905, united with the Church of God at Woodburn, Oreg., and remained a faithful member until her death. She was a woman of very deep religious convictions. Of recent years her health had been failing, and lately she suffered much pain. She many times expressed the desire that God would call her from this world. On Monday evening she suffered a paralytic stroke, and early Tuesday morning the end came quietly and peacefully. Funeral services were held April 21, at the Hopewell Mennonite Church, conducted by J. L. Green, assisted by Henry Wolfer. Scriptures used: Rom. 14:7; Rev. 5:8; Heb. 2:6,7; Psa. 115:16; Rev. 14:13; Heb. 11:4; I Cor. 15:21-23, 35; I Thess. 4:13.

Steider.-Peter R. Steider was born at Metamora, Ill., Feb. 16, 1877; died at his home in Shickley, Nebr., May 28, 1939; aged 62 y. 3 m. 12 d. He came, with his parents to Milford, Nebr., in his childhood and as a young man accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the church of his choice, of which he has been a faithful member since. On Dec. 1, 1898, he was united in marriage to Barbara Summers of Milford. To this union were born 6 sons and 1 daughter; 2 sons (Elmer and Harry) dying in infancy. Those who survive are his sorrowing wife, daughter (Alma), sons (William, Edward and David), all of Shickley, and Clarence of Randsburg, Calif., who was unable to be with him in these last hours. He also leaves 4 daughters-in-law, 7 grandchildren, 4 sisters (Mrs. Katie Saltzman of Milford, Mrs. Lena Stauffer of Alberta, and Mrs. Phoebe Teuscher and Mrs. Lizzie Schwartzendruber of California), 2 brothers (Henry of Shickley and Samuel of Beaver Crossing, Nebr.), besides a host of other relatives and friends. A sister and brother also preceded him to the spirit world. At times he suffered intensely with a lingering illness of 6 years' duration, but up to last December was always doing what he could. He and his companion spent the first 6 years of their life together on a farm near Milford, after which time they came to Fillmore County where they farmed and were engaged otherwise in business. Through all his suffering he manifested a true Christian spirit and almost at the last gave a ringing testimony of his joy in the faith to which he made his first vows. We have lost a kind loving companion, father, and friend but our loss is his gain. Funeral services at the Salem Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers. Sermon by Bishop P. R. Kennel, Text, II Cor. 5:1,2. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
His place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best,
To end his suffering and give him rest."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


June 22, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 12 - pages 255, 256

King.- Wayne Edward, son of Paul and Ida King of near West Liberty, Ohio, died May 27, 1939; aged 1 y. 6 m. 26 d. In the short time he was in this home he was a bright, promising, obedient child. Why God saw fit to remove him so early in life, we can not understand; but we humbly submit to His supreme will and say, "Thy will be done." He leaves father, mother, 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Nannie King of West Liberty, and Mrs. Fannie Hartzler of Volant, Pa.), 6 uncles, 6 aunts, 8 cousins, and a host of neighbors and friends. Funeral services were conducted May 30 by Bros. S. E. Allgyer and Marion King.
"Dear little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But only to dwell with the angels above."

Schrock.-Charlene Joyce, daughter of Verlin and Mary (Weaver) Schrock, died May 27, 1939, aged 1 y. 6 m. 3 d. Her early departure from this life is mourned by father, mother, an infant sister (Norma Jane, only a few days old), 4 grandparents, 12 uncles and aunts, a number of cousins and many other friends. Her death was accidental. Her father, not knowing the child was about, got into his oil truck and slowly began to move and felt that he hit something. He looked and saw the child lying on the ground. He quickly picked her up, carried her to the house, summoned a doctor, but all that kind hands could do was of no avail, and in about 20 or 25 minutes she was gone. Thus one more has been added to the great family in heaven. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church near Goshen, Ind. These services were largely attended and were in charge of the home ministers. Text, Psa. 37:5.
"Dear Charlene Joyce, we loved you so,
And 'tis so hard to see you go;
But in His presence now you're blest,
So in this faith we calmly rest."

Moyer.-David R. Moyer was born May 4, 1861; died at his home near Dublin, Pa., May 15, 1939, after a brief illness of bronchial pneumonia; aged 78 y. 11 d. He was a member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. He was married to Elizabeth Clymer, who preceded him in death seventeen years ago. He spent his entire life on the place on which he was born. Surviving are 1 son and 4 daughters: William H. Moyer, Christine and Bessie Moyer at home, Mrs. Levi M. Yoder of Dublin, Pa., and Mrs. J. H. Horn of Hagersville, Pa.; also 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers ( W. R. Moyer, Telford, Pa; William H. Moyer, Lansdale, Pa.), and 1 sister (Sarah Moyer, Philadelphia, Pa.). Besides these he leaves a wide circle of friends. He will be missed by many, but those who feel the loss most keenly are those nearest to him. He had a deep concern for the happiness of his family and also for the welfare of the Church. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. A. O. Histand, and at the church by Bros. Melvin Bishop and J. C. Clemens. Text, Job 5:26, "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, lock as a shock of corn cometh in in his season."
---The Family.

Burkholder.-Sister Fannie E., daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Longenecker, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 27, 1849; died June 8, 1939, at her home in Newville; aged 90 y. 3 m. 21 d. She was a member of the Diller Mennonite Church. An invalid for many years, her Christian life shone out in her quiet manner, patience exercised in all circumstance, serene fortitude under bereavement, appreciativeness for visitors, reverential attitude, always grateful for prayer and devotion, and faithful in keeping the ordinances. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bro. John W. Burkholder in September 1921; and son, Bro. Henry L. Dec. 18, 1938. Her survivors are 2 daughters (Ida and Elizabeth, at home), 1 son (Ephraim, of Newville), and 7 grandchildren. Only 1 brother (Abraham Longenecker, Oreville, Pa.) is yet living. Pre. Henry Longenecker of Salunga, who died some years ago, was a brother. Funeral services were held at her home, June 10, by W. F. Charlton, using Rev. 14:12 in emphasizing the virtues of "Patience, keeping the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
"Oh, the peace and rest in heaven!
Oh, the bliss of loved ones there!
Love divine now bears us upward
All their blessedness to share."

Lais.--Sarah Catherine Lais was born in Garden City, Mo., Jan. 5, 1882, to Bishop A. P. Troyer and wife; died May 20, 1939, at Silverton Hospital , Silverton, Oreg., after an illness of about two years; aged 57 y. 4 m. 15 d. At the age of ten years she moved with her parents to Oregon, where they settled near Hubbard. She was converted early in life and was a charter member of the Zion Mennonite Church. She lived a consistent godly life until her death and was greatly revered by all who knew her. She was united in marriage to Amos J. Lais at Hubbard on Nov. 23, 1902. To this union were born 9 children, 8 of whom survive with their father to mourn their loss (Grace Newman of Molalla; Mabel Burkhart of Portland; Mildred Miller of Oregon City; Ralph, Berton, Silas, Arthur and Blanche of Molalla). She leaves 8 grandchildren, 6 sisters, 3 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. She was a patient sufferer through all her illness, with never murmur of complaint. Funeral services were held May 23 at the Everhart Funeral Home, Molalla, Oreg., Bro. C. I. Kropf delivering the message. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26. Final services at the Zion Mennonite Church near Hubbard, with interment in the Zion Cemetery. Bro. Paul N. Roth delivered the message at the church basing his remarks on Num. 23:10, last clause.

"Beautiful toiler, thy work all done,
Beautiful soul into glory gone,
Beautiful life with its crown now won,
God giveth thee rest.
Rest from all sorrows, and watching, and fears,
Rest from all possible sighing and tears,
Rest through God's endless, wonderful years--
At home with the blest."

Egli.-Adelia Reinhardt Egli was born Dec. 16, 1865, in Markirch, Alsace-Lorraine; died of a heart attack at her home in Manson, Iowa, May 25, 1939; aged 73 y. 5 m. 9 d. At the age of 16 she came to America and made her home with her uncle at Minier, Ill. On Feb. 6, 1887, she was married to Benjamin Egli, and to this union 10 children were born. Two sons preceded her in death (Albert and Allen). Bro. and Sister Egli settled on a farm near Minier, living there six years. They lived at Champaign, Ill., 14 years, until they came to Iowa and settled on a farm between Pomeroy and Manson. In 1927 they retired and moved to Manson, where Bro. Egli died in 1936. For the past year she made her home with her son, Wilbur, in Manson. At the age of 19 she joined the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member throughout her life. She will be greatly missed by her family, and all who were privileged to know her. She is survived by 8 children (Reuben of Minonk, Ill.; Mrs. Aaron Bachman and Joseph of Pomeroy; Mrs. Carl Bohn, Mrs. John Weideman, Mrs. Perry Miller, Ben and Wilbur of Manson). Forty-one grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church and burial was made in Rose Hill Cemetery. Services were in charge of Bro. Nicholas Stoltzfus.
"Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low;
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our sorrows know.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
And in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed."

Mast.-Cora Mast (nee Miller), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Miller, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, June 6, 1883; died at Barrs Mills, June 3, 1939; aged 55 y. 11 m. 29 d. Death followed a paralytic stroke after an illness of 5 months. She was united in marriage to Corsan Mast, Feb. 14, 1900 and lived in matrimony 39 years. To this union were born 10 daughter and 6 sons. Surviving are her husband, 8 daughters and 3 sons (Chester of Cleveland; Mrs. Earl Harris and Mrs. Homer Davidson, of Dover; Mrs. Andrew Beechy, of Holmesville; Mrs. Silas Kamp, of Carlisle, Pa.; Faye, Daniel, Ruby, Loris, Dora, and Anna, at home), also 12 grandchildren. Five children preceded her in death (Nelson, May, Sterling, Lorene, and Park). She also leaves to mourn 3 brothers (Amra, of near Walnut Creek; Daniel, of Smithville; and John of Shanesville), 1 sister (Mrs. John H. Weaver of Walnut Creek), and a host of friends. Five sisters and 1 brother preceded her in death. She united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in early life and remained a faithful member until the end. She lived a quiet Christian life, always concerned about the spiritual welfare of her family. During her illness she was a patient sufferer never complaining. She passed peacefully away to her eternal rest. Funeral services were held June 6 at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, by A. W. Miller, D. M. Friedt, Paul R. Miller, and Venus Hershberger. Interment in the near-by cemetery.
"Tis hard to part with mother dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
A nobler mother could not be,
But yet we're glad if God thought best,
To end her troubles and give her rest."

Showalter.--Amos H., son of Elizabeth (Landes) and Anthony Showalter, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 25, 1877; died May 14, 1939, at his home near Waynesboro, Va. He grew to manhood near Broadway, Va., but in December, 1905 he with his family moved to Augusta Co., where he made his home near Waynesboro. For more than a year he had been afflicted with cancer, but he took his sufferings quietly and spoke little of his trouble. With his family at his bedside, he left them with a bright testimony and the admonition to "be faithful." Bro. Showalter was a good counsellor, and his vacancy will be severely felt both in the Church and at home. He served the Church faithfully as deacon and minister (having been ordained to the office of deacon Dec. 7, 1914, and on Jan. 5, 1930, he was ordained to the ministry). He was united in marriage to Lillie Suter Dec. 30, 1902, and together they built their home which was blessed with 5 sons and 4 daughters. One son (Melvin) preceded him in death. He leaves in sorrow his wife, 4 sons (Perry E., Clark A., Alva H., and Truman F., of Waynesboro), 4 daughters (Elizabeth S., Anna R. of Knoxville, Tenn., Mary V., and Laura E.), 4 sisters (Katie, wife of Perry Shank, Broadway, Va.; Effie, wife of Amos Heatwole, Dayton, Va.; Martha, wife of Aaron Hirstine, Cullom, Ill.; and Nannie of Harrisonburg, Va.), and 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 17 at Springdale Mennonite Church. Services in the home were conducted by Bros. E. C. shank and E. F. Heatwole, and at the church by Bros. S. H. Rhodes, J. L. Stauffer, and J. R. Driver. Text, Psa. 17:15. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"We humbly bow in submission,
Though our hearts are bleeding and sore;
For Father is sweetly resting
With Jesus forever more."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


June 29, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 13 - pages 270, 271

Stubblebine.-Hiram Stubblebine was born Feb. 17, 1860, in Cedarville near Pottstown, Pa.; died May 29, 1939, at the home of his brother, Morgan Stubblebine, Pottstown, Pa.; aged 79 y. 3 m. 12 d. He is survived by his widow, Ida (Knauer) Stubblebine and 1 brother, Morgan. On Mar. 17, 1938, he was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Gospel Mission, Pottstown, Pa., by Bishop Warren G. Bean. His death was the first among the Mission membership since its beginning over eight years ago. Funeral services were held at the White Funeral Home, Parkerford, Pa., June 1, conducted by Brethren Amos Kolb and Henry G. Bechtel of the Vincent congregation. Burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown, Pa.

Denlinger.-Clarence D., son of Martin and Alice (Diffenbach) Denlinger was born July 24, 1921, in East Lampeter Twp., Pa.; departed suddenly following an accident on the evening of May 3, 1939; aged 17 y. 9 m. 9 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, and the following brothers and sister: Harold D., Grace D., Roy D., Martin D., and Daniel D., all at home; also 1 grandmother, Mrs. Rebecca Diffenbach, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Elmer G. Martin, and at Mellinger's Mennonite Church by Bro. David L. Landis. Text, Gen. 43:14 (latter part). Burial in 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."

Weaver.-Moses Weaver was born Aug. 10, 1854; died June 10, 1939, at Davidsville, Pa.; aged 84 y. 10 m. He was united in marriage twice, both wives preceding him in death. His first wife was Christena (Hershberger) Weaver. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. Two daughters preceded him in death. Those remaining are Hiram of Harrisonburg, Va.; David and Mary, wife of Edward Kaufman of Johnstown, Pa.; John and Josiah of Davidsville, Pa.; and Henry, of Michigan. The second wife was Sarah (Fender) Weaver. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom preceded him in death. He was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. He was stricken with paralysis, of which he suffered less than 2 weeks. Funeral services were held June 12 at the Kaufman Church, conducted by Irvin M. Holsopple assisted by Russel T. Shilling. Burial on the home farm.

Harnish.-Mary K., daughter of the late George and Mary (Kreider) Kendig, was born in Pequea Twp., on Aug. 9. 1854; died at her home in Strasburg, June 14, 1939, of infirmities due to advanced age, after an illness of six months; aged 84 y. 10 m. 5 d. Sixty years ago she was married to the late Martin G. Harnish, who preceded her in death seven years ago. She leaves 4 daughters, 2 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the New Providence Mennonite Church by Bros. Clayton Keener and Abram Metzler. Text, I Pet. 3:4. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother dear, your wish is granted,
Sorrow, pain and grief are over;
By the grace of God we'll meet you,
Over on the peaceful shore."

Barber.-Frank Albert, fifth child of Delbert and Amy Barber, was born Feb. 7, 1879 in Mercer Co., Mo.; died at his home near Hydro, Okla., Jan. 28, 1939, after a long and complicated illness; aged 59 y. 11 m. 21 d. On Dec. 11, 1898, he was united in marriage to Zona Tullis. To this union were born 2 daughters, Amy and Gorgeann. He was a member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, uniting with them about three years ago. His conversion was an answer to prayers that had ascended for years before. His parents, 2 sisters (Eleanor and Bertha), and 1 infant granddaughter preceded him to the great beyond. He is survived by his faithful wife, 2 daughters (Mrs. Emory Miller and Mrs. Raymond Miller), 6 grandchildren, 1 sister, 2 brothers, several nephews and nieces, and a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery where he waits the resurrection morning, looking for the glorious appearing of his Saviour.

Oberholzer.-Annie S., daughter of the later Christian and Mary Shank, was born near Leitersburg, Md., Oct. 28, 1875; died at Hagerstown Hospital, June 4, 1939; aged 63 y. 7 m. 6 d. She had been in failing health the past year. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of nineteen, and was faithful until death. Mother has earnestly taught us the narrow way; holding up the faith of our fathers was her theme in life. On Nov. 26, 1895 she was united in marriage to Jacob G. Oberholzer who died in 1923. To this union were born 3 children: Aaron, Leitersburg pike; Jacob S., Funkstown, and Mary (wife of Amos Lehman), Reid, Md., with whom she made her home; also 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren survive. Funeral services were held at the Paradise Church conducted by home ministers, John Risser and Amos Martin. Texts, Rev. 2:10, II Cor. 5. One by one we're gathering home; our prayer is that the family circle be unbroken over there.

Hertzler.-Amos, youngest son and last of family of Abram and Mary (Bender) Hertzler, was born March 21, 1856; died June 5, 1939. His wife (Mary Senseman Hertzler) died Jan., 1929. To this union were born 3 children (Clara Hertzler Harnish, Matilda Hertzler Gotshall, and Joel). Clara, the eldest daughter died in October, 1928. He lived in Cumberland County all his life; a retired farmer a number of years. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Churchtown for many years, until death; being seriously ill only a few days. He bore his suffering with patience, willing to go and be with his loved ones gone before, realizing that his stay here was not long. He is survived by his daughter (Matilda with whom he lived), a son (Joel) and 2 granddaughters. Funeral services were held June 9 at Myers funeral parlors, Mechanicsburg, conducted by Bro. Paul Huddle. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Churchtown. Text, Psa. 116:15.
"Father, mother and sister
Have gone to that clime,
Looking for others,
Coming sometime."
---By the Family.

Woolner.-Sister (Mrs.) Addison Woolner passed away at her late residence, near Kitchener, Ont., Thursday morning, June 15, 1939. She was born July 2, 1884, near Floradale, Ont., and was in her 55th year. On Dec. 24, 1907, she was married in Waterloo to Bro. Addison Woolner. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Snider. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons (Orville Woolner of Kitchener; Lloyd, Calvin, and Gordon, at home), and 1 daughter (Rella Woolner, also at home), 1 brother (Clarence Snider, Hughton, Sask.), and 8 sisters (Mrs. Edward Bohlender of Drayton, Mrs. Harry Heintzman of Elmira, Mrs. Alvin Oswald of Elmira, Mrs. Peter Musselman of Williamsburg, Mrs. Nelson Woolner of Kitchener, Mrs. Charles Ermel of Waterloo, Nora Snider of Kitchener, and Mrs. Harvey Reger of Elmira); also 1 grandson. One son predeceased her. She united with the Mennonite Church in the days of her youth, and remained faithful to her early vow with God. She was a lover of home, a good mother, a kind neighbor interested in the welfare of others, and a regular attendant at the house of God while her health permitted. The services and interment were conducted at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., by Bro. C. F. Derstine. Theme, "Undaunted." Job 13:15.

Bachman.-William R. Bachman, son of Samuel and Barbara Bachman, was born near Metamora, Ill., Nov. 21, 1893; died June 1, 1939, at Lake Worth, Fla.; aged 45 y. 6 m. 10 d. Death was due to heart failure, following an illness of three years. He grew to manhood in the community where he was born. In his youth he united with the Roanoke Mennonite Church in which faith he continued until death. On Nov. 26, 1919, he was united in marriage to Fannie M. Sauder, of Eureka, Ill., and together they established their home in the vicinity of his birth. To this union were born 2 daughters, LaDonna Lou and Nyla June. Besides these he leaves hi sorrowing companion, his mother, 2 sisters (Martha J. of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Ida M. Stringer, of Washburn, Ill.), and 1 brother (Roy J. of Low Point, Ill.). His father preceded him in death fourteen years ago. He also leaves many relatives and friends. He was a friendly neighbor, and will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the home near Low Point, Ill., and at the Roanoke Mennonite Church on June 4 with Bro. John L. Harnish and Bro. H. R. Schertz officiating.
Silent is the voice of father,
Vacant always is his chair;
And how sad the room without him,
For there is no father there.

Birkey.-Christian, son of John and Elizabeth Birkey, was born near Tremont, Ill., March 12, 1851; died of complications at the home of his son, Levi, near Hopedale, Ill., June 3, 1939; aged 88 y. 2 m. 22 d. In his youth he united with the Mennonite church and remained faithful unto death. On Oct. 18, 1874, he united in marriage to Elizabeth Schertz, who passed away July 14 1878. On Oct. 9, 1879, he united in marriage to Elizabeth Good, who passed away Oct. 2, 1924. To this union 3 sons and 5 daughters were born. On Feb. 23, 1928 he united in marriage to Barbara Birkey who preceded him in death Feb. 4, 1939. Surviving are 6 children (John, Emma Stahl, and Phoebe Slabaugh of Kent Co., Mich.; Simon of Amboy, Ind.; Levi of Delavan, Ill.; and Sarah Sutter of Minier, Ill.), 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 6 stepchildren. Two daughters (Katie, wife of C. B. Birkey and Clara, twin sister to Sarah), 2 brothers, and 2 sisters also preceded him. During his illness he frequently expressed a desire to go home, as he felt his work on earth was ended. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church June 5, conducted by the home ministers.
"The room is quiet, all is still,
His place is vacant; 'tis God's will;
But yet we're glad, is God saw best,
To end his suffering and give him rest."
---The Children.

Martin.-Jonathan L., son of Levi and Mary Lichty Martin, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Aug. 8, 1860; died June 9, 1939; aged 78 y. 10 m. 1 d. In November, 1936, he was stricken with illness from which he never recovered. On Nov. 12, 1882, he was married to Emma Rudy, who passed away in March, 1908. To this union were born 8 sons and 4 daughters. In September, 1909, he was married to Elizabeth Hunsberger, who survives him. Also surviving are 7 sons (Josiah and Urias of Kitchener; Ephraim and Milton of Albany, Oreg.; Irvin of Edison, Alta.; and Isaiah and Abner of New Hamburg, Ont.), 3daughters (Mrs. Irvin Lichty of Breslau; Mrs. Amos Good of New Hamburg; Mrs. Moses Roth of Wilmot Center), 1 stepson (Melvin Hunsberger of New Hamburg), 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. Rufus Martin of St. Jacobs), 1 foster daughter (Ida Habermehl at home), 2 brothers (Levi and Noah), 3 sisters (Mrs. Henry Horst, Mrs. Eli Martin and Mrs. Enos Bauman), besides many other relatives and friends. One son, Norman, and 1 daughter, Mrs. Roy Hagey, predeceased him. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, in which faith he died. Private funeral services were conducted June 12 from Ratz Bechtel funeral home in charge of Bro. U. K. Weber, after which public services were held at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Roy Koch, assisted by Bro. Jonas Snyder. Interment in the Martin Cemetery.

Reesor.-Alvin E., the eldest son of Bro. David and Sister Sophia Reesor, was born in Scarborough Twp., York Co., Ont., on Nov. 17, 1893. He died in Toronto, Ont., where he had been taken for hospital care, April 11, 1939, at the age of 45 y. 4 m. 25 d. He was united in marriage to Luella Mae Burkholder, daughter of Bro. L. J. Burkholder, Aug. 16, 1930. To them were born 3 children, Joan, Herbert, and Marilyn. His illness was brief, and a useful life was thus unexpectedly terminated. In the year 1930 he was converted at the Toronto Mission. He united in fellowship with the Cedar Grove congregation, where he was active in all of the interests of the Church and congregation. It may be said of him that he was an interested and ardent witness for the faith, and his devotion as a servant of Christ was manifested in all of his contacts whether in the Church or in business relations. He was particularly interested in the mission extensions of the Church and constantly encouraged and supported the same. His early passing will be keenly felt in the home circle, in the Church, and in the community. 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 conducted on April 14, at the home by Bro. C. F. Derstine, and at the Wideman Church, Markham, by Pastor Woodhouse of the United Church and Bro. S. F. Coffman who used the text, John 11: 25, 26. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Groneman.-Minnie Louise Schneider was born in Bohnhorst Province, Hanover, Germany, May 12, 1859; died at her home near Hesston, Kans., June 3, 1939, aged 80 y. 22 d. The immediate cause of her death was cancer of the lungs. She was confirmed as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bohnhorst, Germany on Whit Sunday, April 6, 1873, in which faith she lived until death. She came to this country when 26 years of age with her brother, William F. Schneider, May 25, 1884, to join their two older sisters who had already established homes in Brooklyn, N. Y. On June 5, 1891, she was joined in marriage to Adolph Groneman. To this union 1 daughter was born, Helene Kathryn. She leaves a devoted companion, 3 brothers (William F. Schneider of Moundridge, Frederick L. of Brooklyn, N. Y., Carl of Bohnhorst, Germany), 1 daughter (Helene Kathryn Rodgers), and a grandson Lloyd Joseph. She was a woman of strong convictions and lived as she believed. Her interest in life, especially during the last few years, was centered on the life of her grandson. She expressed her faith and trust in God and patiently endured the pain of her last few days praying only that God would soon take her home. Services were held at the Pennsylvania Church by Earl Buckwalter and J. G. Hartzler and burial in the Meridian Church Cemetery.

Zook.-Rebecca, wife of Abram P. Zook, died May 25, 1939, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Simon C. Kanagy, Elverson, Pa., where she had her home most of the time during her long illness; aged 74 y. 10 m. 5 d. For about seven years she had been afflicted and unable to look after the duties of her home. Funeral services were held in the Conestoga Mennonite Church near Morgantown, Pa., conducted by Bro. John S. Mast and Amos Stoltzfus. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. A large crowd attended the funeral; some thirty of more from Belleville, Pa., and vicinity were present. She was born near Belleville, and the greater part of her life was spent in the Kishacoquillas Valley. Some 10 or 12 years ago, the family moved to Chester County where they followed the vocation of farming. She was the daughter of Joseph W. and Sarah Yoder Byler, both deceased. She married Abram P. Zook who with the following children survive: Mrs. Simon C. (Emma) Kanagy, Elverson, Pa.; Mrs. Amos (Arie) Peachey, Knavertown, Pa.; Mrs. Moses (Rebecca) Peachey, Akron, Pa.; and 1 son (Joseph Zook. Lincoln, Del.). One daughter (Sadie May) preceded her in death, May 1, 1920. Seventeen grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren are living. One brother, Joseph N. Byler, Belleville, Pa., and 1 sister, Mrs. C. L. Hamel, West Liberty, Ohio, are living.
Mother, dear, you have left us lonely,
'Tis so hard to say good-bye;
But what joy to say good-morning,
In our home beyond the sky.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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