Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1939

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October 5, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 27 - pages 575, 576

Miller.-Kenneth, son of Abner and Betty Keener Miller was born May 15, 1938; died Sept. 9, 1939. His death was sudden, being run over by a truck at his home, killing him instantly. His funeral, which was largely attended, was held at Goods Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 13. Services were conducted by Bro. Henry Musser at the home and Bros. John Heistand and Martin Kraybill at the church. Text, II Sam. 12:23. His little body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay,
God in his wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, nor from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus, in heaven above."
-His Grandma.

Myers.-Isaac K., son of the late Pre. Isaac F. and Elizabeth Myers, died at the home of his son Willis in Doylestown, Pa., Sept. 14. 1939 aged 89 y. 10 m. He was the last one of a family of twelve children. In his younger years he was a carpenter and funeral director at Plumsteadville. After disposing of that he built hay wagons and vehicles; then followed cabinet making, specializing in cedar chests. About ten years ago he retired and lived in Doylestown. He is survived by 2 sons (Willis and Oscar) and several grandchildren. He was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church, from which church services were held by the home ministers.

Wingard.-Joseph Wingard was born March 15, 1862; died in Salix, Pa., Sept. 18, 1939; aged 77 y. 6 m. 3 d. He was married to Lizzie Pletcher, July 6, 1884. To this union were born four sons and five daughters, of whom 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him in death. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and many other relatives and friends. The deceased was a very faithful attendant in church services and had been in church just the day before he died. For a man of his age he was quite able to work. Death came very suddenly away from home. Funeral services were held in his home and in the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member, by S. G. Shetler and Sanford G. Shetler. The services were very largely attended. The body was laid away in the Dunmire cemetery.

Graber.-Derbin Ray Graber died Sept. 16, 1939 aged 1 y. 7 m. 10 d. Surviving are his parents (Amos and Sylvia Umber), 1 sister (Donna Darlene), 1 brother (Simon Dwaine), his grandparents (Simon and Lydia Slaubaugh), 14 uncles, 10 aunts, 22 cousins, and many other relatives. The departure of our little darling causes us deep grief, but the memory of his short stay with us, and the experience of this sorrow, becomes sacred to us as we submit to the will of our heavenly Father who knows what is best. Funeral services were held Sept. 19 at the Lake View Mennonite Church near Wolford, N. Dak., conducted by brethren John Stoll and F. G. Hochstetler.
"Derbie, dear, our wish is granted,
For now your pain is o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you,
Over on the peaceful shore."

Myers.-Joseph S., son of the late Eli and Mary Ann (Smith) Myers, died June 30, 1939, at his home in Plumsteadville, Pa., after a two weeks illness of grippe and general debility; aged 79 y. 1 m. 19 d. He was born on a farm east of the village, and lived on the farm until he retired fifteen years ago. He was born with defective eyes and he never spent a day in school, as he could not see to read or write. But it seems the Lord gave him a double portion if judgment and business ability, and he possessed a wonderful memory. He was one of the most successful farmers and business men of his community. He is survived by his widow (Lizzie, nee Landis), 1 brother (William of Allentown), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Jordan Lear of Wismer, Pa.; Mrs. Levi Mann of Frenchtown, N. J.; and a sister in Delaware). Services were conducted Aug. 3 at the house by Jacob Rush, and at the Deep Run Mennonite Church, of which he was a life-long member, by Abram Yothers, Wilson Overholt and Enos Wismer. Burial in nearby cemetery.

Rohrer.-Lydia K., daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna Denlinger, was born in Fertility, Pa., Nov. 25, 1859; died Aug. 12, 1939, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. C. B. Groff); aged 79 y. 8 m. 17 d. On Feb. 8. 1898, she was united in marriage to Daniel H. Rohrer. To this union were born 3 children, 1 daughter having died in infancy. Those surviving are her companion, 2 children (Mrs. C. B. Groff and Israel D.), 5 grandchildren, also 2 sisters (Mrs. Hettie Musser and Mrs. Mary Metzler), 6 grandchildren preceded her in death. She accepted Jesus as her Saviour in youth and united with the Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful until her Master called her. She had been in declining health the past 27 months and was confined to her room and bed about all the time. She suffered at times, but with patience bore her suffering, often expressing a desire to depart from this body of suffering and she peacefully fell asleep. Funeral services were conducted by David Landis and Elmer Martin at Mellinger's Church Aug. 15. Text. Heb. 4:9. Burial in nearby cemetery.

"Gone to the light that shines so fair;
Gone from earth of sorrow and care
Resting those hands that did their best,
Gone, dear mother, gone to rest."

Metzler.-Vera, daughter of Abner and Emma (Dodge) Holdeman, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., March 29, l898; died Aug. 22, 1939, near Wakarusa after a prolonged illness of more than two years' duration; aged 41 y. 4 m. 23 d. During her illness she suffered much. Many were the prayers in behalf of her recovery, but God saw best to remove her to her heavenly home. She was bedfast for the last nine months, bearing hoe suffering without murmuring or complaining. She had a very cheerful disposition. At the age of 11 years she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was received by baptism as a member of Holdeman Church. She was a consistent and devoted Christian, interested in the welfare of the Church. On April 15, 1916, she was united in marriage to Bro. Forest Metzler. To this union were born 3 children. Her mother, 1 sister, and 2 brothers preceded her in death. Those left to mourn are her husband, 2 sons (Raymond and James), 1 daughter (Vesta), all at home. Her father, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends also survive. The funeral was held Aug. 25 at the home by Warren Shaum, and at the Olive Church conducted by Brethren D. A. Yoder and Warren Shaum. Text, Phil. 1:21.
''Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant that we may rest calmly,
When our work, like hers, is done."

Yoder.-Rachel C., widow of John D. Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., April 21, 1858; died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot, N. Dak., Sept. 19, 1939; aged 81 y. 4 m. 29 d. She was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Yoder. On Dec. 23, 1879, she was married to John D. Yoder. To this union 5 children were born, 4 of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by 1 son (Jesse B. of Minot, N. Dak.), 5 grandchildren, 1 foster daughter (Minnie Stoll of Wolford, N. Dak.), 1 sister (Mrs. Sallie Hostetler of Belleville, Pa.), and many other friends. Less than a year ago she became afflicted with a skin cancer. About five weeks age she was removed to the St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot where she died. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from youth. She bore her suffering with Christian patience. Her desire was to go to that rest that God has prepared for His children. In the spring of 1903 she with her family and a number of others migrated to Surrey, N. Dak., where she spent the rest of her life. After her husband died she lived on the farm with her son Jesse. Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at the Thompson Larson Funeral Chapel, Minot, and at the Fairview Mennonite Church, near Surrey. Services were conducted by L. A. Kauffman, D. T. Dierdorf, and E. G. Hochstetler. Interment in the cemetery of the Church of the Brethren beside her husband.

Showalter.-Lillie Harriet, daughter of Emanuel and Elizabeth Suter, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 14, 1875; died at the King's Daughters Hospital, Staunton, Va., Aug. 31, 1939, of an obstructed vein following an operation for gall stone; aged 64 y. 7 m. 17 d. One son (Melvin) preceded her in death nearly 21 years ago. On Dec. 30, 1902, she was united in marriage to Bro. Amos H. Showalter, but on May 14 he was called away to Heaven and she passed through deep sorrow, not knowing that she would follow the call so soon. Sister Showalter was a Christian mother, quiet and faithful, and her 4 sons (Perry E., Clark A., Alva H., Truman F.) and 4 daughters (Elizabeth S., Anna R., Mary V., and Laura E.) all feel deeply the absence of her loving voice and presence. Besides her children, she leaves 9 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Laura Wenger, Harrisonburg, Va.), 5 brothers (John, Swoope, Eugene, Harrisonburg, Va.; Emanuel, Linville, Va.; and C. Charles Suter of Pittsburgh Pa. Funeral services were held Sept. 3 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. Texts. Rom. 8:18; Rev. 21:4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Just a closing of the eyelids,
Just a hush-Why mourn and weep?
So it is our heavenly Father
Giveth His beloved sleep.''

Boshart.-Jonas, son of the late Peter and Magdalena Boshart, was born near Wellesley, Ont., Aug. 18, 1866; died Sept. 13, 1939; aged 73 y. 26d. On Sept. 29, 1889, he was married to Magdalena Gerber. To this union were born 12 children: Moses (who preceded his father in death), John, Nettie (Mrs. Moses Gingrich) of New York; Mary, at home, Lilly (Mrs. Ezra Brenneman), of Baden, Ont.; Menno, of Kitchener; Simon, of New York; Aaron, of Petersburg; Gideon of Baden; Luella (Mrs. Clarence Erb), of Tavistock; Elmina (Mrs. Edward Witmer) with whom they had been living; and Loretta (Mrs. Eldon Witmer) of Kitchener. There also survive 2 brothers (Daniel and Peter), 1 sister (Mrs. Moses Schlabach), 39 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. At the age of 15 years he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, serving the Lord and the church faithfully until about two years ago, when because of location he united with the Snyder congregation of the Mennonite Church near Bloomingdale, Ont., of which he was a faithful and loyal member until his death. After a prolonged illness and much suffering he peacefully passed away to be with his Lord. He left a bright, ringing testimony of his faith in Christ up to the very last.
''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."
-Mother and Children.

Mishler.--Emma Savilla, daughter of Adam and Ida (Weaver) Shrock, was born Aug. 29, 1882, near Mancelona, Mich.; died Sept. 7, 1939, at her home in Roanoke, Ill.; aged 57 y. 8 d. Death followed three hours after she suffered an apoplectic stroke. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 17 and remained a faithful member until death. She was married to Wesley Mishler near Shipshewana Ind., Feb.12, 1905. In 1908 they moved to Illinois, and have been living near and in Roanoke 22 years. This union was blessed with 8 children. She leaves her beloved husband, 5 sons, and 3 daughters, namely: Floyd R. of Roanoke, Claude D. of Eureka, Goldie S. (Mrs. Andrew Unzicker) of Low Point, Aquilla A. of Harlingen, Texas, Mary A. (Mrs. Stephen Porzelius) of Secor, Ill.; Archie W. of Hammond, Ind., Clarence I. of Harlingen, Tex., and Bessie K. (Mrs. Earl Steffen) of Roanoke. She leaves 11 grandchildren, 1 brother (Wm. Shrock of Shelbyville, Ill.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Julius Unzicker of Morocco, Ind., and Mrs. Ora Hostetler of Prophetstown, Ill.), and many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death are her parents, 1 grandson, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Joseph Reber of Shelbyville, Ill., and J. J. Kennell of Roanoke, Ill. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by all.

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

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


October 12, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 28 - pages 606, 607 and 608

Shoemaker.-Eva Shoemaker, was born Aug. 16, 1868; died of tuberculosis at her home near Sparkling Springs, Va., Sept. 7, 1939; aged 71 y. 14 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church about a year prior to her death. Surviving are 3 sons and 10 grandchildren. Two sisters also survive. Funeral services were held from the Zion Hill Church, conducted by Bro. A. W. Hershberger, assisted by Bro. H. B. Keener. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Mt. Clinton Cemetery.

Rice.-Joseph Rice was born near Welsh Run, Pa., and died Sept. 9, 1939, in the same community; aged 82 years. He lived outside of Christ until a few months ago be accepted Christ with a living hope. He was baptized by the writer, who also administered to him the sacred rite of the communion. We committed him into the hands of the Lord and can say, "Peace to his ashes." He was buried Sept. 12 at Broad Fording Church. Funeral services were conducted by David Petre, George S. Keener, and John F. Grove. Text, II Sam. 14:14. A goodly number of neighbors and friends had gathered together out of respect to one who was old and full of days. G. S. K.

Johnson.-Arlene Jeanette Johnson died Aug. 7, 1939; aged 3 y. 8 m. 11 d. She leaves her father (Louis Adolph Johnson), 3 sisters (Ruby, Gladys, and Arleta-her triplet sister), 5 brothers (Adolph, Henry, Lawrence, Donald, and Arland-her triplet brother), 1 grandmother (Mary Ann Olsen); all of Molalla, Oreg., 9 uncles, 7 aunts, and a host of relatives and friends. Her mother and 1 brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted by Joe H. Yoder, Archie Kauffman, and H. A. Wolfer. Text, Luke 18:15-17. She wi1l be greatly missed by all.

"Up in that beautiful city,
Which hath no need of the sun,
Safe-on the Shepherd's bosom-
Resteth the little one."

Weber.-Hannah Bingeman, wife of the late Menno S. Weber, was born west of Waterloo, Ont., April 9, 1852; died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1939; in her 88th year. She was married to Menno S. Weber in 1874. She was predeceased by her husband six years ago. Surviving are their 2 children (Irvin B., of Waterloo, and Ida, Mrs. J. D. Yoder of Kent, Ohio), 1 brother Jonas Bingeman, of Bloomingdale), 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She, with her husband, became a member of the Waterloo Mennonite Church in 1885. She was of a deeply religious nature and was always very much interested in the various activities of her chosen church. Services were held in Waterloo, Ontario, Mennonite Church. The memorial service was conducted by J. B. Martin, assisted by M. K. Weber and Jonas Snyder. Texts, I Cor. 2:9,10; Psa. 17:15.

Shank.-Paul David, son of Melvin J. and Katie (Horst) Shank, died at his home near Hanover, Pa., Sept. 21, 1939 aged 10 m. He had hydrocephalus and was never a well child. He suddenly took sick with intestinal grippe, which was the cause of his death. He had a very high temperature and was only sick four days. All was done that we could do to make him well, but it seemed we couldn't help him so we feel as though it was God's will. He leaves his parents, 3 sisters (Esther, Lois, and Rhoda), 4 grandparents (Martin L. Horst and wife, Hagerstown, Md., and Jacob D. Shank and wife), 1 great-grandfather (Pre. Peter D. Shank) and a number of other relatives. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Harvey Grove, and at the Bair 's Mennonite Church by Bros. Harvey Grove and Richard Danner. Text, II Kings 4:26, "Is it well with the child?" Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"Round his little grave we lingered,
Till the evening sun was low;
Thinking that all hopes had perished
Of the one we cherished so."

Erb.-Catherine (nee Good), was born near Waterloo, Ont., Sept. 18, 1845; died on her birthday, Sept. 18, 1939; aged 94 y. She was united in marriage to Enoch Erb on April 7, 1863, who predeceased her 22 years ago. This union was blessed with a family of 2 sons and 5 daughters. She is survived by Angeline (Mrs. Enos Hunsberger), Baden, Ont.; Matilda (Mrs. Adam Cressman), Kitchener, Ont.; Lizzie Ann (Mrs. Manasseh Hallman), Petersburg, Ont.; Carrie (Mrs. John Shantz), Waterloo, Ont.; also 1 adopted daughter May (Mrs. Addiss Cress-man), New Hamburg, Ont. She was predeceased by twin sons and one daughter. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers (Isaac Good. Marion, Kans.; Dr. Robert Good, Chicago, Ill.; Dr. Milton Good, Kitchener, Ont.). She united with the Mennonite Church 34 years ago, and remained a faithful member until death. As a kind mother and grandmother she leaves her family, a host of relatives, and friends. Services were in charge of J. B. Martin, assisted by Jonas Snider and Noah Hunsberger, in the Waterloo, Ont. Mennonite Church. Text, Eccl. 12:5.

Christophel.-Sarah, daughter of Gabriel and Mary Shultz, was born in Tuscarawas Co., O., Oct. 20, 1864; died at her home in Tiskilwa, Ill., Sept. 5, 1939; aged 74 y. 10 m. 16 d. She had a prolonged illness of seven years, the last two weeks of which she was bedfast. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church and has remained a faithful member till her death. Dec. 13, 1885, she was married to Daniel Christophel in Lagrange Co., Ind. To this union were born 9 children, 7 of whom are still living. In May, 1904, she moved with her family to Tiskilwa, where she has since made her home. During her recent illness she received great blessings from the frequent visits of her pastor and friends. Those left to mourn her death, are her husband, Daniel L. Christophel, 6 daughters (Mrs. Jennie Lindner of Tiskilwa; Mary of Princeton; Mrs. Clara Landis of Bradford; Mrs. Grace Wales of Moline; Mrs. Pauline Thicksten of Erie; Lorene of Tiskilwa), 1 son (William of Tiskilwa), 17 grandchildren, and a host of relatives arid friends. An infant daughter and 1 son (Irvin) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Tiskilwa, Bro. H. E. Nunemaker officiating. Burial in Mount Bloom Cemetery.

Kuhns.-Paul Emerson, son of A. W. and Inez (Shupe) Kuhns, was born at Harper, Kans., May 1, 1917; died Aug. 28, 1939 in Wichita, Kans.; aged 22 y. 3 m. 27 d. He united with the Mennonite Church at La Junta, Colo., at the age of 12 years. Ten years later he renewed his vows to God and the Church and was received into fellowship at the Woodland Mennonite Church, Wichita, Kans., July 8, 1939. His childhood teaching of the Bible on anointing of the sick led him to request such ordinance on May 7 and he readily expressed himself willing to live or die as God willed. He had been failing in health for the last five years and expressed great patience in the trying ordeals be was called upon to undergo. His elder brother (Allen Everett) preceded him in death ten years ago. The surviving members of the family are: his parents, Lois, Inez, James, and Miriam at home; Mrs. Helen Freeman and Mrs. Eunice Shellenberger of La Junta, Colo; and Mrs. Hazel Hershberger of Tucson, Ariz. A brief service was held Sept. 30 at Gills Mortuary, Wichita, in charge of I. Mark Ross and on Sunday, Oct. 1, his body was taken to Harper, Kans., where services were held at Pleasant Valley Church, in charge of R. M. Weaver of Harper and E. E. Showalter of La Junta, Colo. Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Boll.-Martha, daughter of the late Samuel and Sarah B. Oberholtzer, was born near Richfield, Pa., Nov. 27, 1880; died at her late home near Lititz, Pa., Sept. 24, 1939; aged 58 y. 9 m. 27 d. She leaves her sorrowing husband (Pre. Joseph A. Boll), 7 children (Noah S. of Lititz, David O. of Manheim, Norman W. of Lititz, Joseph W., Jr. and John and Ella at home, and Martha, wife of Elmer Hoover, of Bird-in-Hand, Pa.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Sensenig, Bareville, and Mrs. Daniel Burkholder, Ephrata), 2 half brothers (Samuel Oberholtzer of Myerstown, Pa.; and Jacob Oberholtzer, of Bird-in-Hand), and 23 grandchildren. Brief funeral services were held Sept. 27 from her late home followed by further services at Erb's Mennonite Church near Lititz (of which she was a faithful member for many years, also faithfully and cheerfully assisting her husband in his ministerial duties). Services in charge of Bros. Henry E. Lutz and Harry E. Shreiner. Texts, Isa. 35:10; Phil. 1:23, 24. When we think of Mother we can think of one for whom no task was too hard and no burden too heavy for her to share; so as to minister to the needs of her family and the church. May we as sons and daughters faithfully shoulder our responsibilities and follow Mother's many good examples. -By a son.

Short.-Benjamin, son of Peter D. and Barbara (Sauder) Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Sept. 27, 1867; died Sept. 21, 1939, at the age of 71 y. 11 m. 24 d. Nov. 27, 1891, he was united in marriage to Mary Reigsecker. This union was blessed with 2 sons (Clarence and Harold) and 4 daughters (Herma, Mrs. Myron Schmucker; Priscilla, Mrs. Wm. Flory; Ressie), all residing near Archbold, and Ada, who died in infancy. As a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the end. About a year ago he suffered several light strokes of apoplexy, from which he nicely recovered. About four months ago an internal growth began to develop, which proved to be malignant and resulted in death. He bore his suffering patiently. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 18 grandchildren, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. One daughter, 1 grandson, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He lived a consistent Christian life, being concerned about the spiritual as well as the material welfare of his family. He was of a quiet, unassuming, peace-loving nature, having endeared himself to all who knew him; and he will be greatly missed in the home, Church and community, but our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Central Mennonite Church by Bros. E. B. Frey and Henry Wyse. Text, Job 16:22.

Roth.-Magdalene, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Gascho, was born Oct. 13, 1872, at Gridley, Ill.; died at the Grace Hospital, Hutchinson, Kans., after a short illness of three days while visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Kauffman; aged 66 y. 11 m. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a faithful member of the East Fairview congregation of Milford, Neb., at the time of her death, and had been making her home near Milford with a daughter (Mrs. Jonas Bontrager), at which place she will be greatly missed. On Oct. 27, 1892, she was united in marriage to Michael Roth who preceded her in death a little more than a year. This union was blessed with 9 children, 1 son having preceded them in death. The following children (Joe L., William, Mrs. Fannie Beckler, Jake, Albert and Mrs. Alma Bontrager, near Milford; Edward and Mrs. Frieda Kauffman, of Hutchinson, Kans.) are a living testimony of the influence of this Christian mother. She also leaves 30 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 5 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. She was of a very quiet and kind disposition and was at all times a credit to her community. Short services conducted by Bro. Harry Diener at the Hutchinson Funeral Home in Kansas. Bro. Wm. R. Eicher had charge of the services at the East Fairview Church near Milford, where interment was made.

"'Tis hard to part with mother dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No one on earth like her we'll find."

Schmitt.-Samuel E., son of the late David and Leah (Eschleman) Schmitt, was born Aug. 19, 1875, near Baden, Ont.; died at his home near Kitchener on Sept. 15, 1939; aged 64 y. 28 d. On March 13, 1901, he was united in marriage to Sarah, daughter of the late Isaac and Leah (Baer) Witmer of Rosebank. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters: Vinetta (Mrs. Herbert Feick) of Blair; Edith (Mrs. Lester Bachert) of Kitchener; Pre. Lorne of Nine Pines; Delton, at home on his father's farm; Edna (Mrs. Harold Schiedel) of Kitchener; Harold of Waterloo; Edward of New Dundee; Wilfred of Petersburg; Reta (Mrs. Clifford Knechtel) of Bridgeport and Ethel, at home. These all remain to mourn his passing, along with 4 brothers (Josiah of Niles, Mich.; David of Williamsburg, Ont.; George of Kitchener and Simon of Louisiana). Seventeen grandchildren also survive. At the age of 16, under J. S. Coffman's ministry, he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Latschar Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member until his death. For many years he served as a member of the Ontario Mennonite Rural Mission Board and later on the Rural Mission Committee, until a few years ago when, because of poor health, he ceased to serve. For about 312 years he suffered a great deal from a heart condition from he was finally relieved by death and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus.

"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
Till God called him home to suffer no more."

-Mother and Family

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


October 19, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 29 - pages 623, 624

Wagaman.-Clara Wagaman, aged 88, died at the home of her son near Biglerville, Pa. She is survived by her son (George) with whom she lived, Mrs. Coldsmith of near Gettysburg, Mrs. Mowery of Harrisburg, also by several grandchildren. She united with the Church at Pond Bank some years ago. We believe she was faithful. She always expressed a strong trust in the Lord. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Amos Myer and Harvey E. Shank at Mount Carmel. Buried in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Dean.-Sally Dean, aged 83, died at the Franklin County Home Aug. 20, 1939. She united with the Church at Pond Bank, Pa., eleven years ago. When visited she said, "I feel that I am lost." We felt that she was always a faithful Christian since that time. She is survived by her husband (Samuel Dean). She suggested some years ago that Isa. 53:4,5 be used as a text at her funeral, which was done by her minister at the church at Pond Bank on Aug. 22, 1939. She was buried in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Eby.-Harriet, daughter of Henry and Anna Weaver, was born March 28, 1858; died Sept. 28, 1939; aged 81 y. 6 m. She was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., and resided there until her marriage to John B. Eby Oct. 7, 1877, when they moved to St. Joseph Co., Ind., living at the same place until the time of her death. Her husband died Oct. 26, 1897. She leaves 2 daughters (Mrs. Eugene Long and Mrs. George Rogers), 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and 4 brothers. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and the Olive congregation, attending services when possible. Funeral services were conducted by the home ministers, C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder.

Frey-Samuel L. Frey was born Oct. 2, 1860; died Sept. 29, 1939; aged 78 y. 11 m. 27 d. He is survived by 2 daughters (Mrs. Samuel Burkholder near Shippensburg, Pa., and Emma at home in Scotland), also by 6 grandchildren, and 1 brother Christian. His wife preceded him seven years ago. Bro. Frey was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church for many years. He was ailing for a number of years; the infirmities of age were gradually taking their toll. He was a lifelong citizen in the vicinity of Scotland. He was buried on his birthday, Oct. 2, 1939, with services in the home and at the Chambersburg, Pa., church, conducted by Bros. Harvey E. Shank and Harold Hunsecker. Text, Job 7:10. He was buried in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Huber.-Elizabeth Huber (nee Reinhart), was born Dec. 30, 1853, near Lampeter, Pa.; died Aug. 18, 1939, at the house of her daughter Barbara with whom she lived. On Oct. 5, 1873, she was married to Abraham Huber. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter; 2 sons having died in infancy. Surviving are Barbara (Huber) Herr of near Lancaster, Pa., and John H., of Millersville, Pa. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Lydia (wife of Enos Haverstick), Marticville, Pa. Her husband passed away on Feb. 16, 1911. She was one of seven sisters and a brother who died when a child. Her death was caused by infirmities of old age. She was of a cheerful nature and was always at church services whenever possible; a faithful church member for many years. She had a longing desire to go home. Funeral services were held Aug. 21 at the home of her daughter, in charge of Bro. Maris Hess, and at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bro. D. Stoner Krady. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Sommers.-Christian, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Summers, was born in Holmes Co., O., March 25, 1865; died in Miami Co., Ind., at the home of a nephew (Willard Sommers) Sept. 23, 1939; aged 74 y. 5 m. 28 d. Christ was one of the youngest of a family of eleven children. As a young man he came west to Indiana. Later he went farther west until he finally reached San Francisco, where he lived until about 1930. Since then he has lived with his brothers, Daniel and Joseph, and his nephew, Willard. Wherever he went he made friends, for he was of a friendly, congenial nature. He loved to spend his leisure time in the woods among the trees with God's creatures, the birds and squirrels. One brother (Joseph) and 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Boley), besides many nieces and nephews and friends, mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church near Kokomo, Ind., by Bros. J. S. Horner and Niles M. Slabaugh. Text, Job 14:14. Burial in the Mast Cemetery.
"Dear uncle, now that you have gone,
We'll miss your welcome smile;
Your kind and loving helpfulness,
And patience all the while."

Mosemann.-Philip Herr Mosemann was born Nov. 14, 1876; died July 19, 1939; aged 62 y. 8 m. 5 d. He was a son of the late Philip and Elizabeth (Herr) Mosemann. On Sept. 18, 1906, he was married to Ida B. Kreider. The first of the family to hear death's call, he leaves his wife to mourn his passing and the following children: Roy K. of Lancaster, Lloyd of Lancaster, Amos of Annville, Edith (wife of Paul Gehman) of Monterey, Anna, Edna, Earl, and Clyde at home. Three grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters also survive: Christian H., Ephrata; David, Lena (a twin sister), Abram, Elizabeth, and Barbara, all of Lancaster. This is the second death in this family within a year, his brother Bishop John Mosemann passing away last August. Brief services were conducted at the home by Bro. Ira Landis. Public services were held at Mellinger's Church, conducted by Bro. D. Stoner Krady. Text, Amos 4:12. Interment in Mellinger's Cemetery.
"Hope bids the anguished heart rejoice:
Though earthly ties are riven;
What boundless joy to meet again,
In yonder peaceful heaven."
-The Family.

Hartman.-William H., son of Peter and Anna Hartman, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Mar. 12, 1875. At the age of 16 he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church and the Holdeman congregation, later transferring to the Olive congregation. He was a faithful and consistent member, and always at his place of worship when health permitted. He exemplified the scripture, "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go to the house of the Lord." In the year 1898 he was united in marriage to Mary Everrest of Elkhart Co., Ind. To this union were born 7 children: Walter (deceased), Raymond, Ruth (Mrs. Theodore Miller), Harold, Elsie (Mrs. Lloyd Stauffer), Esther (Mrs. Maynard Yoder), and Earl. They all live in the vicinity of Wakarusa, Ind. For a number of years his health was not good and about six months ago he began to fail quite rapidly. On Sunday, Sept. 10 he took his bed and peacefully passed on to be with his Lord on Sept. 18. He leaves his companion, 6 children, 10 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, with many other relatives and a host of friends. The family loses a kind companion and father, the Church a faithful brother, and the community a true friend. Our loss, his eternal gain. Funeral services held at the Olive Church in charge of Bro. D. A. Yoder.
"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."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


October 26, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 30 - pages 655, 656

Herr.-Samuel Leaman Herr, aged sixty-six, died at his home in Lampeter from pneumonia, after an illness which followed a fractured hip suffered five years ago. He was a son of the late Isaac and Mary Leaman Herr. He was a retired farmer, having retired about twenty years ago and was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Barbara L., Mary Ann, Abram L., George L., and Benjamin L., all of Lampeter; Mrs. Lizzie Zimmerman of Lancaster; and Emma, wife of Abram D. Metzler, of Holtwood. The funeral services were private. Funeral services conducted by Bros. Elmer Martin, David Landis, and Abram Metzler. Text, Phil. 1:23.

Brown.-Alice H. Brown was born Feb. 28, 1868; died Sept. 23, 1939, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Emory Zuck, Leacock, Pa.; aged 71 y. 6 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Phares R. Brown Oct. 31, 1889. Besides her husband, she is survived by 2 daughters (Anna, wife of Ivan Oberholtzer of Millway, and Elva, wife of Emory Zuck of Leacock); also 1 brother (Aaron H. Kurtz of Ephrata) and 2 grandchildren. She was a member of the Ephrata Mennonite Church for many years. Her death was caused by arteriosclerosis. She suffered a stroke eleven years ago, which left her paralyzed. Funeral services were held Sept. 27, from the home of her daughter, in charge of Bros. Amos Hurst and Wesley Martin. Services and interment at the Hess Mennonite Church. Texts, I Cor. 15:53,54; Rev. 14:13.

Evers.--David Andrew Evers was born June 17, 1863 in Rockingham Co., Va.; died Sept. 30, 1939; aged 76 y. 3 m. 13 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara Brenneman of Elida, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1888. Shortly after marriage both united with the Salem Mennonite Church and remained faithful until the journey in this life ended. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jan. 30, 1931, and 1 son (Irvin Samuel) Dec. 23, 1912. He is survived by 1 brother (Moses D. Evers of Eugene, Oreg.), and 1 sister (Sarah C. Richie of Rockingham Co., Va.), 4 children (Nora Burtchin and John of Lima, Charles of Continental, Ohio, Mary Rutledge of Dayton, Ohio), and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at Salem Church by Bros. B. B. King and O. B. Shenk. Text, John 1:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Obenstine.-Samuel F. Obenstine died at his home at Cornwall, Pa., Oct. 13, after an illness of about a year, suffering from complications of diseases. He was an ore miner in Cornwall for many years. In his sickness he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the Mennonite Church by baptism on Sept. 8, and testified to the peace of God in his heart. He was 62 years of age and leaves his wife (Malinda), 2 sons (Samuel S. and Ralph L. of Cornwall), a daughter (Mrs. Sites of Manheim), a brother (N. D. Obenstein of Middletown), 3 sisters (Mrs. Oscar Reppert of Miners Village, Miss Virginia Obenstein, and Mrs. Chas. Putt, both of Lebanon), and a niece (Edith Beck who lived with the Obenstines); also 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bros. Harry E. Shreiner, Joseph Boll, and - Johnson. Bro. Shreiner's text was Rom. 8:18. Interment in Cornwall Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: Obenstine, Obenstein - two spellings in this obituary.

Miller.-Martha, daughter of Solomon and Barbara H. (Christner) Miller, was born near Charm, O., April 24, 1862; died Sept. 7, 1939, of complications following the fracture of her hip six weeks prior to her death. She was united in marriage to Benjamin D. Miller on Jan. 14, 1883. He preceded her in death 7 years ago; also 2 sons and 1 daughter. She united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in her early youth and remained a faithful member to the end. She leaves 5 sons and 1 daughter: Harvey, Walnut Creek, O., Lee, Charm, O. (at whose home she died); Melvin Charm, O.; Ura, Smithville, O.; Alton, Curry, Pa.; and Mrs. Wilbur Yoder, Berlin, O.; also 22 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters survive. She was of a kind disposition, always concerned about the welfare of others, especially her children and grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept. 10 at the home by Paul Miller and Alvin Miller, and at the Walnut Creek Church by Paul Miller, Venus Hershberger, and Alvin Miller. Burial in the cemetery near by.

Lehman. - Mervin David, infant son and only child of David and Velma (Yoder) Lehman, was born Sept. 26, 1939, near Tofield, Alta., and passed away about 10:30 Sunday morning, Oct. 8, 1939 at the Royal Alexandria Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta. He became seriously ill with bronchial pneumonia Oct. 7 and the same evening he was rushed to Edmonton by Dr. Law in his car for prompt treatment at the hospital. Here the baby seemed to rally somewhat, but took a sudden turn for the worse on Sunday afternoon. His life on earth was short, only 12 days. He leaves his sorrowing parents, also his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Henry Yoder) and many other relatives and sympathetic friends. His other grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. J. K. lehman) had passed to their reward a few years ago. Funeral services were conducted at his grandparents' home and at the Salem Mennonite Church, Tofield, by Brethern J. B. Stauffer and M. D. Stutzman.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that his end was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell."

Schrock.-Peter, son of Joseph and Katherine (Rinkenberger) Schrock, was born March 16, 1860; at Farmdale, Ill; died July 30, 1939, at the home of his son Samuel at Meadows, Ill.; aged 79 y. 4 m. 14 d. He suffered a paralytic stroke three years ago from which he never recovered. He was married to Katherine Roszhart on Aug. 15, 1882, who died Aug. 5, 1922. He had made his home with his son Samuel the last four years. He was a member of the Shelbyville Mennonite Church. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and remained true to the end. Surviving are 5 sons (Samuel, John, and William, all of Meadows, Ill.: Daniel, Shelbyville. Ill.; Joseph, Los Angeles, Calif.), and 3 daughters (Emma, wife of Aaron I. Guengerich, Kalona. Ia.; Mary, wife of Aaron S. Hochstetler, Wellman, Ia. and Katherine, Los Angeles, Calif.). There also survive 33 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. All the children were at the funeral except Joseph and Katherine. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 2 at the Mennonite Church at Meadows, Ill., in charge of Brethren Geo. I. Gundy and Joseph Reber of Shelbyville, Ill. Burial in Waldo Cemetery.

-By a Daughter.

Short.-Emma, daughter of Kathryn and Peter Beck, was born June 23, 1876, near Archbold, Ohio; died at the home of P. C. Short, Sept. 25, 1939; aged 63 y. 3 m. 2 d. At the age of sixteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, to which she was faithful until the time of her death. Dec. 4, 1894, she was united in marriage to Enos Short. To this union were born 4 children, all of whom survive. All during this life she was a loyal wife, a devoted mother, and a loving neighbor. For several years her health has been failing, but she endured it patiently and was always willing to lend a helping hand to whoever or wherever it was needed. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two sons (Harry Short of Pioneer and Lester Short of West Unity), 2 daughters (Herma Short of Bryan and Mrs. W. O. Nofzinger of West Unity), and 7 grandchildren. She was one of a family of 10 children, her parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters having preceded her in death, leaving 1 sister, 2 brothers, and a. host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Services were conducted at the Lockport Church by Bro. Jesse Short, assisted by Bro. P. L. Frey. Text, Jno. 17:24.
"Mother 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."

Graber.-Barbara, daughter of John and Kathryn (Erb) Swartzentruber, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 17, 1867; died Sept. 28, 1939; aged 75 y. 9 m. 11 d. In her early youth her parents moved to Daviess Co., Ind., where she has lived the remaining years of her life. She was married to Ephraim Graber over 55 years ago, this union being broken only since Aug. 20, 1938, when her husband passed away, following an accident. She leaves 4 sons and 2 daughters (John Henry and Jeremiah of Liberal, Kans.; Roseanna, wife of Wm. Stoll of Wolford, N. Dak.; Caroline, wife of Victor Knepp of Montgomery, Ind.; Manuel and William at home); also 22 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 half brother (Rudy Swartzentruber of Ontario), besides many other relatives and friends. She was baptized into membership of the Old Order Amish Church at the age of 18. Later, she with her husband and several of the family were received into the Mennonite Church by Bishop J. K. Bixler, they among others being charter members of the Berea congregation. In this faith she lived the remaining days of her life. Their regular and faithful attendance of all services marked her Christian life. Funeral Oct. 1, 1939, at Berea Mennonite Church, in charge of Edd P. Schrock assisted by Amos Weldy. Text, Job 14:15. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"Mother dear has gone to rest,
To yon regions of the blest;
Oh how happy she will be,
Ransomed at the crystal sea,
Welcomed where her Saviour dear
Wipes away the last sad tear,
Where all pains and sorrows cease,
Safe at home in rest and peace."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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