Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1939

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September 7, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 23 - pages 487, 488

Yoder.-George Newton, son of I. Newton and Edith Yoder, was born near Allenville, Pa., Dec. 18 1922; died May 25, 1939 aged 16 y. 5 m. 7 d. His death came as a result of a truck and bicycle collision. The tragedy occurred as he was riding home from school just two days before his anticipated graduation. George's friendly disposition won for him many warm friends. He was a member and faithful attendant of the Allensville Mennonite Church. Funeral services in the home were conducted by John B. Zook of the Locust Grove Church, and in the Allensville Mennonite Church by Eli Zook and Aaron Mast.
"May we find comfort in the thought
That those we love now wait
For us where all is peace arid joy
Beyond the golden gate."

Martin.-Naomi, daughter of Benj. W. and Anna Landis, was born near Orrville, O., Dec. 15, 1858; died at her home in Wayne Co. O., Aug. 18, 1939; aged 80 y. 8 m. 3 d. She was married to Daniel Martin on Jan. 20, 1881. Jan. 23, 1898, her husband was ordained to the ministry, who remains to mourn her loss. She also leaves 2 sons (William B. and Amos), 4 grandchildren, two brothers (Martin Landis and B. L. Landis), and other relatives. Funeral services (which were largely attended) were held Aug. 20. The services at the house were conducted by Bro. David Wenger and Bro. Benj. Good. At the church Bro. Moses Horst selected as text I Thess. 4:13-18. Bro. Daniel Brubaker chose II Tim. 4:6-8. Bro. Jacob Burckhart had the opening in German. Bro. Daniel Witmer spoke briefly and Bro. Abram Good had the services at the grave. The family feels very grateful to all who showed their sympathy in their bereavement.
"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."

Spangler.-Mary Malisa Shank was born in Putman Co., Ohio, Aug. 8, 1876; died July 27, 1939; aged 62 y. 11 m. 19 d. She was united in marriage to Winfield Spangler on March 10, 1903. To this union six children were born (Oliver and Obal of Oakwood; Mary Klenke of Marine, Mich.; Albert of Cloverdale, O.; Saloma Jenerette of Rittman, O.; Naomi Shampo of Hillsdale, Mich.). In early girlhood she united with the Mennonite Church. She leaves her husband, six children, nine grandchildren and her sisters (Mrs. Emma Good of Continental, O.; Mrs. Barbara Schmidt of Bellefontaine, O., Mrs. Milly Friend of Paulding, O.; Mrs. Delia Holt of Carding. O. ; Mrs. Nettie Huffman of Toledo, O.). A brother departed this life ten years ago. A sister (Susie) died February 23, 1939. Funeral services were held July 30 at the Brethren Church of Dupont, Ohio, conducted by Bros. G. H. Brunk and Daniel Augsberger. Text. Rom. 14:12.
"For though from out our bourne of time and place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."

Swartzendruber.-Gideon B., son of Bishop Joseph and Barbara (Brenneman) Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Aug. 30, 1868; died at his home near Parnell, Iowa on Aug. 6, 1939, aged 70 y. 11 m. 6 d. When a young man he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. Nov. 15, 1891, he married Katie Kinsinger. They never had any children of their own, but on a number of occasions shared the comforts of their home with other children. Lillie Roichek of Chicago at one time lived with them. He was one of a family of 11 children. All have preceded him in death except sisters (Mary, the widow of David Reber; Anna, the widow of Christian Schwartzendruber; and Lizzie, the widow of John Schlabaugh). One brother died when 1 year old and one at the age of 21. The rest of the children lived to an older age and reared families. He lived his entire life in Johnson and Iowa counties. He and his wife established their first home on the farm where they have lived ever since and where he died. About a week before his death he took ill with heart disease and was bedfast since then. There were some hopes that he would recover, but on Sunday afternoon he grew much worse and died almost instantly. He is survived by his widow, his sisters, many nephews and nieces and numerous other relatives and friends who greatly mourn his departure. Funeral services were held Aug. 8 at the West Union Church, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber, Abner G. Yoder, and Chris Yoder. Interment in West Union cemetery.

Holsopple.-Priscilla, daughter of Abraham and Sarah (Geil) Wenger, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Jan. 21, 1860; died at the farm home near Versailles, Mo., Aug. 19, 1939; aged 79 y. 6 m. 28 d. When about nine years of age she moved with her parents to Morgan Co., Mo., and settled on the farm which became her home for the remainder of her natural life. On Oct. 16, 1888, she was married to W. W. Holsopple, a minister of the Church of the Brethren. To this union four children were born: Joseph A., of South English, Ia.; John Wilford, who met accidental death at the age of 27; Lewis A., of Morgan Co., Mo.; and Mary Jacie, R. N., who served Christ and the Church for six and a half years in the India mission field. Besides her husband and three children, she leaves one brother (Mike Wenger of Aberdeen, Idaho), two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church of the community, and lived a consecrated Christian life her allotted period of time. She will be remembered by her many friends for her unassuming attitude and kind manner to all with whom she came in contact. The hymns used in her funeral service were all selected from songs she used on her death bed. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at Mt. Zion Church, by brethren Leroy Gingerich and C. B. Driver. Texts. Psa. 116:15 and Matt. 6:20-21. Burial in Mt. Zion cemetery.

Reinhardt.-Mildred Martin Reinhardt, aged 29 y. 4 at. 18 d., was born April 23, 1910, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Martin, who then resided near Hopedale, Ill. Part of her childhood was spent in Iowa and Oklahoma. When she was seventeen years old she came with her parents to make their home near Hebron, Ind. On September 20, 1928, she was united in marriage to Orie Reinhardt. This union was blessed with seven children, two of whom preceded her in death. She leaves her husband and five little children, namely: Dale Richard, Helen Elizabeth, Shirley Ann, Vera Ruth, and Norma Jean; also her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Ada Gingerich, Harold, Lillian Sutter, John Paul, Evelyn, Ellen Rose, Maurice, Edgar, Lina. Verda, Marilyn, and Victor; also a maternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna Egli of Manson, Iowa. Mildred was an example of quiet Christian courage, was of a very loving and helpful disposition. She was very much concerned about the family, but when she realized she was at the brink of her passing, she had no concern about their future, saying the Lord would provide for them. She thanked those attending her for all they had done for her, and expressed herself as ready to go and quietly passed on, leaving a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure on Aug. 10, 1939. Funeral services in charge of Dean Birky. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26.

Swartzendruber.-Jacob G., son of George and Mary Shetler Swartzendruber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, April 9, 1863; died at his home in Iowa Co., July 25, 1939, aged 76 y. 3 m. 16 d. When a young man he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he continued until death. On Oct. 25, 1888, he was married to Mary Miller. She passed away July 22, 1918. To this union were born 6 children: Ella, Mrs. Simon Kinsinger; Erlis; Mamie, Mrs. Joel Schlabaugh; Perry, who died at the age of nine; Loyal and Edna, Mrs. Ralph Brenneman; all of Wellman. Iowa. Sept. 23, 1920, he was again married to Barbara Hostetler. She, with one sister (Mrs. John Stutzman of Kalona), 2 brothers (John A. of Kalona, and Joseph M. of Wellman), his 5 children, 10 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends are left to mourn his sad and unexpected departure. He was one of a family of 12 children, of whom only 3 survive. He lived his entire life in the community in which he was born. A few years ago he was somewhat afflicted with a heart ailment, but was able to continue active. He was able to be about as usual and was present in the service at the church on the Sunday evening before he died, taking an active part in the program. On the following day he seemed to feel exceptionally well. But early on the following morning he was suddenly smitten and in a few minutes he passed away. Truly we never know what a day may bring forth. Funeral services were conducted by Abner G. Yoder and Harvey Yoder at the Lower Deer Creek Church, July 27. Burial was in the nearby cemetery.

Schrock.-John J., son of Joseph J. and Fannie (Kauffman) Schrock, died at his home at Topeka, Ind., Aug. 27, after an illness of 10 years. Five years ago, he submitted to an operation with no success, and was bedfast for eleven weeks and suffered patiently to the end. He was born near Middlebury, Ind., May 2, 1863; died Aug. 27, 1939; aged 76 y. 3 m. 25 d. He was married to Della Weirich on Jan. 24, 1884. To this union were born 6 daughters and 1 son. He leaves his bereaved wife and five daughters (Amanda, Mrs. Jacob Hershberger of New Paris, Ind.; Christena, Mrs. V. D. Nisley of Goshen, Ind.; Sarah, Mrs. Nathan Christner of Topeka, Ind.; Barbara, Ellen and Ida May at home). One daughter (Mrs. Amelia Christner) and an infant son preceded him in death. He also leaves 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, one sister (Mrs. Barbara Lantz), and one brother (Joseph Schrock). He was a kind and loving father and had a smile for everyone he met, always ready to do what he could. He was ready and willing to meet his Saviour and often expressed his wish to go home, where there will be no more suffering and sorrow. We humbly submit to His will.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us:
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has called you
To the better home above."

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 29 at the home by David Nissley and Alvin M. Beachey in German and E. J. Birkey, of Oronogo, Mo. in English. Texts, Psa. 116:15; I Cor. 15:35-47; Jno. 5:24-29. Burial in the Yoder cemetery.

Good.--Solomon, son of the late Joel and Catherine (Halteman) Good, was born in Chester Co., Pa., March 3, 1852; died at the same place Aug. 7, 1939; aged 87 y. 5 m. 4 d. He united with the Vincent Mennonite Church at about the age of 20 years. On Dec. 15, 1881, he was married to Kate E. Bechtel of Berks Co., Pa., who passed away Mar. 16, 1895. He united in marriage with Ellen B. Whisler of York Co., Pa., on Nov. 18, 1897, who died Feb. 6, 1904. On March 14, 1907, he was married to Lizzie B. Conver of Montgomery Co. who passed away Dec. 17, 1930. Surviving him are 2 daughters by his first marriage (Anna, wife of John W. Kolb, and Bertha Huber) and 1 daughter by his second marriage (Minnie, wife of Paul W. Brunk). One daughter, by his second marriage, Martha, wife of Clinton E. Black, predeceased him Feb. 10, 1936. Also 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren survive. He served the Church as chorister for about 40 years, Sunday school superintendent for several years, a member of the Franconia Mission Board for 18 years, and a trustee of the Church for 37 years. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Aug. 10 by Bro. John S. Mast and at the Vincent Church by Bros. Warren G. Bean and Richard Danner. Text, John 14:3 (selected by the deceased). Interment in Vincent cemetery.
"Let me go where saints are going, to the mansions of the blest
Let me go where my Redeemer has prepared His people rest;
I would gain the realms of brightness, where they dwell forever more,
I would join the friends that wait me, over on the other shore."

Eicher.-Amanda Mae Brenneman was born at Wellesley, Ont., June 7, 1897; died at her home near Albany, Oreg., July 22, 1939; aged 42 y. 1 m. 15 d. She moved with her parents to Nebraska in 1900 and to Oregon in 1915, where she spent the rest of her life except four years. 1921 to 1924. She lived with her husband at Archbold, Ohio, and during the school year of 1921-1922 she attended two terms at Hesston College at Hesston, Kans. She was married to S. E. Eicher Sept. 12, 1922, who with one adopted daughter (Shirley Maxine) survive her. She is also survived by her aged mother (Mary Brenneman, Albany, Oregon), three brothers (Jacob Brenneman, Tofield. Alta., M. E., and Dan H. Brenneman of Albany), two sisters (Mrs. Kate Martin and Mrs. Mary Kenagy, of Albany), besides many other relatives and friends. Although deprived of the blessing of children of her own, she was much concerned for other children, especially those who were unfortunate or deprived of happy homes. During her married life, she with her husband at different periods of time took into their home and cared for nine of these unfortunate children, besides adopting permanently the daughter who helped minister to her in her latter days. Her love for and aptness in teaching children won her a place as teacher in the Primary Department of the Mennonite Sunday school, where she served faithfully for 12 years, as long as her health permitted. Early in life she developed a weak heart condition which brought on dropsy and other complications. She suffered a great deal during the last eight years of her life, having also suffered a paralytic stroke a little more than a year ago. She was a loving and devoted wife, a faithful Christian, and loyal to her Church, she spent much of her time while she suffered on her bed in Bible reading and was always eager to have the Bible read to her and prayer offered by those who came to her bedside to offer comfort and courage. She often longed to leave this body of suffering and go home, and she passed peacefully away into the haven of rest. Funeral services were conducted at the Albany Mennonite Church by S. C. Yoder, Geo. Kauffman, and N. A. Lind, and burial in Riverside cemetery.

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September 14, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 24 - pages 528, 529

Lineaweaver.-Frank P., son of the late Wm. and Jane Shay Lineaweaver, was born Nov. 3, 1875, near Lebanon, Pa., died Aug. 14, 1939, at his home in Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 63 y. 9 m. 11 d. He was sick only 5 days with influenza and pleurisy. March 9, 1915, he was united in marriage to Emma S. Leaman. He leaves his sorrowing wife, 1 brother and 4 sisters (Henry, Mrs. Savilla Aikens, Mrs. Harry Felty, Mrs. Hallie Keener, and Mrs. John Walters), and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a member of Habecker's Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 17, at the home, by Bro. Christian K. Lehman with further services at Mellingers Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Christian K. Lehman. Text, Job 14:10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Denlinger.-Hannah E., daughter of the late Jacob and Susanna (Ranck) Eby, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 31, 1873; died Sunday morning Aug. 20, 1939, after a lingering illness of over three years. She is survived by her husband (Noah B. Denlinger), 2 sons and 1 daughter (1 daughter deceased), 12 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Services were held Aug. 23 from her late home in Paradise, Pa., and at the Paradise Mennonite Church.

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

Custer.-Emanuel, son of Samuel and Sophia Custer, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 24, 1848; died at his home in Clarksville, Mich., Aug. 24, 1939; aged 90 y. 11 m. He moved to Michigan while a young man, and has resided in Clarksville and vicinity the rest of his life. He leaves his faithful companion, 1 daughter (Mrs. Gladys Hanson), 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many friends. He had been a member of the Bowne Mennonite Church for many years, and was her oldest member at the time of his death. His wife Polly was unable to attend the services at the church, so a short service was held at the home also. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 27, by Bro. T. E. Schrock. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Stehman.-Sister Anna M., daughter of Pre. Ephraim and Mary (Meckley ) Nissley (deceased) of Mt. Joy, Pa., was born Oct. 13, 1873; died Aug. 24, 1939 ; aged 65 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was married to Phares Stehman (deceased). To this union was born 1 daughter (Mary) on Sept. 1, 1907, living only 3 months. Sister Anna was greatly concerned about the Church and of the loyalty of its members. Surviving are 2 sisters (Emma M. Nissley, with whom she lived the last ten years, and Mary M., wife of Christian B. Brubaker, Manheim, Pa.), and 1 brother (Joseph M.), pastor of the First Mennonite Church in Altoona, Pa. Previous to her death she made arrangements for her funeral. Services were conducted at the house on Sunday, Aug. 27, by Bro. Amos Hess. Bros. Henry Lutz and Henry Garber conducted the services at the Mount Joy Church. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in the Kraybill's Cemetery. Our loss is her gain. "Blessed be the name of the Lord."

Miller.-Elizabeth, daughter of Levi and Martha Shetler, was born at New Berlin, Ohio, April 30, 1906; died at St. Anthony's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1939; aged 33 y. 3 m. 13 d. She united with the Mennonite Church on April 11, 1934. Oct. 26, 1926, she was united in marriage with Noah Miller. She shared freely with her husband in toil and labor. No task was too hard and no burden too heavy for her to share so as to minister to the needs of her family. She always thought of their need before her own. To this union were born 4 sons (Raymond, Lloyd, Weldon, and James), and 1 daughter (Irene). Besides her bereaved husband and 5 children, she leaves 3 sisters, 9 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Aug. 15 at the home in charge of Abram Kaufman. Services in the Sharon Mennonite Church followed and were in charge of N. E. Troyer, S. E. Allgyer, and Abram Kaufman. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Burial in church cemetery.
"Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant that we may rest as calmly
When our work like hers is done."

Sommers.-John S. Sommers died at the home of his son, William Sommers, in Amboy, Ind., Aug. 12, 1939, aged 72 y. 10 m. 10 d. Death resulted from a two-days illness of complications. He was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 22, 1866, and was a son of Samuel and Elizabeth Sommers. At an early age he came to Indiana and located in Howard County. He was married to Clara Shank, Jan. 3, 1891, and to them were born eleven children. Since their marriage they had lived most of the time in Howard County and had engaged in farming. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. The wife preceded him in death May 22, 1929. Two sons (Paul and Carl) and 1 daughter (Elsie) died in 1918. Another daughter (Mrs. Erma Kronenberg) died Feb. 17, 1927. Surviving are 7 children (Frank, Ft. Wayne; William, Amboy; Mrs. Maude Speicher, Elkhart; Monroe, Kokomo; Melvin, Bunker Hill; Mrs. Mabel Workman, North Manchester; Mrs. Lula Whitehead, Elkhart); 36 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. William Sweitzer of Dundee, O.), and 1 brother (David Sommers of Vestula, Ind.). Funeral services were conducted by Bros. J. S. and A. G. Horner. Text, I Pet. 1:3,4.

Wenger.-Magdalena, daughter of Isaac and Catherine Hunsberger, was born in Ontario, Aug. 25, 1855; died at her home in Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 31, 1939; aged 84 y. 6 d. She had been in declining health for the past three years and was confined to her room for about the last six months. She suffered much during this time, but with remarkable patience bore her suffering, often expressing a desire to depart. In 1878 she was married to Jacob Wenger and all their married life was spent in or near Wakarusa. He died in 1921. To this union were born 3 children who survive: Mrs. Joseph Frederick, and Noah Wenger of near Wakarusa, and Goldie at the parental home. There are 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Sister Wenger was the first of a family of 6 children to be called out of his life into the eternal world, although 4 of them had reached the four-score years in life. She leaves 1 sister (Mrs. John Martin), 4 brothers (Daniel, Joseph, Fred, and Jacob Hunsberger, all of near Wakarusa), and many other relatives and friends. In early life she united with the Wisler Mennonite Church and about forty years ago changed her membership to the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and in this faith she remained until death. Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text, Job 14:12. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

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

Editor's Note: The above notice appeared in these columns several weeks ago. By request it again appears because a mistake was made in the text used in connection with the funeral service.

Transcriber's note: see Aug 31, 1939 for the original mistake.dk

Yoder.-John A., son of Samuel and Catherine (Naftzinger) Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 19, 1861. He was the youngest son of a family of 11 children and the last remaining member of the above mentioned Yoder family. He lived most of his life in this county, with the exception of a few years in Johnson Co., Mo. He was always active in the interest and welfare of the community and the Church. For many years he served the Church as S. S. teacher and Supt., and was much interested in all the activities of the Church. He was united in marriage to Sister Sadie N. Neuhauser of Knox Co., Tenn., Jan. 4. 1855. To this were born 3 children (Crissie, Nellie, and Roy). Crissie (who was married to Charles Shank and was a missionary in India for a number of years) preceded her father in death Oct. 12, 1929. There remain to mourn his departure his dear life companion, 1 daughter, 1 son, 8 grandchildren, with many nephews and nieces and other near relatives. Bro. Yoder accepted Christ as his Saviour and Lord at the age of 21, united with the Mennonite Church, and worshiped with this body of believers as a faithful and loyal brother until death. In his sickness he was patient and calm, expressing his desire to depart and be with Christ. His call came in the morning of Aug. 23, 1939. Age, 78 y. 3 m. 4 d. Services were conducted by the brethren Wm. G. Detweiler, Jesse Smucker, and J. S. Gerig. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Asleep, awake, by night or day,
The friend I seek is seeking me;
No wind can drive my barge astray,
Nor change the tide of destiny."

Driver.-Abraham Daniel, son of Jacob and Annie Driver, was born near Mt. Clinton, Va., March 13, 1864; died in La Junta, Colo., Aug. 31, 1939; aged 75 y. 5 m. 18 d. At the age of twenty-one he went to Morgan Co., Mo., where two of his uncles were located. There in the year 1893, he was united in marriage with Lydia Kauffman. To their home 7 children were born, all of whom, with their mother, survive, except Eunice Elizabeth who died in her infancy. Edith resides in California; David, Alice (Mrs. Charles Snyder) and Vernon in La Junta, Colo.; Florence, at Larned, Kans.; and Harvey at Wauseon, Ohio). He is also survived by 2 brothers (J. L. of La Junta and Will of Mt. Clinton, Va.), 1 sister (Mrs. Betty Beery of Mt. Clinton, Va.). He was an active and extensive farmer and stockman in Morgan Co., Mo., until 1921. In that year the family moved to Hesston, Kans., to give their children the education advantages of the church school located there. In 1929 they moved to La Junta where he peacefully passed away of a heart attack. He was vitally interested in the work of the Mennonite Church and was a generous contributor to the missions and to the various projects of the Church. He was a lover of good music. His singing will long be remembered by his family and many friends. He led an active life until the last six months, when he was suffering from heart trouble, kidney trouble, and hardening of the arteries. During his sickness he suffered intense pain at times. Through this he was a good patient and very appreciative of the care given him, especially by his devoted wife. It was in answer to his prayers that his Saviour relieved him of his earthly life without a struggle or pain. Funeral services were held from the La Junta Mennonite Church in charge of Allen H. Erb, assisted by A. M. Leatherman and J. A. Heatwole. Burial in the La Junta Cemetery.

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September 21, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 25 - pages 543

Tucker.-Riley Roy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Tucker, was born Aug. 31, 1874, in Van Wert Co., Ohio; died Aug. 13, 1939, near Elida, Ohio; aged 64 y. 11 m. 13 d. On Aug. 11, 1897, he was united in marriage to Ella Ada Mosier. This union was blessed with 6 children (Henry of Lima, O.; Harry of Delphos, O.; Frank of Elida, O.; Sarah of Lima, O.; Mrs. Etta Sroufe of Lima, O.; Mrs. Mary Smith of Elida, O.). He leaves his faithful companion, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and many friends and relatives. One grandchild preceded him in death. About two years ago he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Pike and Salem Mennonite congregation. The family has lost a loving and devoted father, the neighborhood a good friend, and neighbor. We all humbly submit to our heavenly Father in calling him so suddenly from this life to the life to come. Funeral services were held Aug. 16, 1939 at the Pike Church, by Brethren O. B. Shenk and Ben B. King. The remains were laid at rest in the Pike Cemetery.

Kanagy.-Fanny C. Kanagy, the oldest member of the Allensville Mennonite congregation (if not of the entire Valley), died August 25, 1939; aged 92 y. 5 m.16 d. She was the daughter of Jacob and Lydia Hartzler and a member of the following family of children (all of which are deceased): Jonathan, Samuel, Elizabeth, Levi, Fanny, John, and Jacob. She lived all her life in Big Valley. She was married to Joseph Z. Kanagy Feb. 10, 1874, and was the mother of the following children, all of whom survive: Pamelia, Jacob, John, and Lydia. Bodily suffering and sickness were almost unknown to her for the past half century. She was not sick when she passed away. She was bedfast only a few days and finally just peacefully fell asleep in Christ. Her confidence and trust in God was no doubt the answer for such a remarkable career. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Elmer Yoder and at the church by Bros. Emanuel Peachey and Enos F. Hartzler. Text, I Cor. 15:55. The family and friends will miss her, but we rejoice in the assurance of her going home to God.

Stayrook.-Rufus W., son of Nicholas and Mary (Plank) Stayrook, was born April 19, 1870, near Mattawana, Pa.; died at his home Aug. 6, 1939; aged 69 y. 3 m. 17 d. He came to Champaign Co., Ohio, in 1896, where he united with the Oak Grove Church, two years later, and remained steadfast in the faith until his death. He was married to Icie Hartzler on Jan. 12, 1899. Two children were born to this union-Mary, Mrs. Ora Byler, of near Bellefontaine, and Jesse, at home. He was of a quiet, cheerful disposition, always manifesting an interest in those about him, in the neighborhood as well as in the home. During the past years, when his health was failing, he went beyond his strength, many times, to minister to his household and to his friends and neighbors. In his passing, the home will miss a kind, loving companion and father, the Church a faithful and devoted brother, and the community a respected, loyal friend. He leaves his wife, 2 children, 5 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Lawrence, of Urbana; Reuben, of Bellevue, Pa.; and Joseph, of Mattawana, Pa.), and a sister (Mrs. Lydia Hartzler of Mattawana, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, near West Liberty, conducted by Bro. N. E. Troyer, assisted by Bro. Marion King. Burial in the Yoder Cemetery.

Heitz.-Henry Heitz died Aug. 29, 1939, at his home near East Lynne, Mo., after three years of ill health. In the fall of 1936 he suffered a stroke of paralysis. His condition became critical in recent months. The death of his son Frank a few months ago caused the father grief which his frail body could not endure. He was born in Ruti, Switzerland, July 25, 1864. His parents, John M. and Katherine Heitz, came to America in 1870, locating in Wisconsin. After a few months they moved to Leigh, Neb., and were among the early settlers in that vicinity, experiencing many hardships. But they prospered, and were among the leading citizens in that community. In 1910 the family moved to Cass Co., Mo. July 25, 1896, he was married to Susan Luchsinger, also a native of Switzerland. This union was blessed with 7 children, 2 of whom, together with the mother, survive. They are, John M. Heitz of the home, and Mrs. Gene Katherine George of Harrisonville. He also leaves a grandson (Wanda Gene George) and a brother (Baltz Heitz of Leigh, Neb.). In 1902 he visited his native land, also visiting in France and Germany. He was baptized as a child in Switzerland, in the Lutheran Church, and was a supporter of the Methodist Church in East Lynne. He was honest and industrious, had an agreeable disposition, and had many friends. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 31 in the Methodist Church in East Lynne by I. G. Hartzler, assisted by Lyman Firestone. Text, Eccl. 12.

Transcriber's note: Mr. Heitz's grandson's name is really printed as "Wanda".

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September 28, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 26 - pages 558, 559

Hershey.-Sister Reba E., daughter of Lydia V. Hershey and the late Frank Hershey, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 20, 1917, died Sept. 8, 1939, after an illness of eight months aged 22 y. 9 m. 10 d . She is survived by her mother, 5 sisters and 4 brothers. Funeral services were held Sept. 10 at the home in charge of Bro. Martin Hershey and at the Church by Bro. Abram Martin.

"No sorrowing thought can reach her there,
No pain is hers today;
God gives her joy for suffering,
Her tears are wiped away."

Risser.-Jacob O. Risser was born July 30, 1857; died Aug. 23, 1939 aged 82 y. 24 d. He was united in marriage Dec. 3, 1878. to Kate B. Horst. He is survived by 1 son (Amos H.), 1 daughter (Mrs. Ada Metzler of Manheim), 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He had been a member of the Risser Mennonite Church for many years and resided on the original Risser homestead all his life. Services were conducted at the home and church by Bros. Noah Risser and Walter Oberholtzer. Text, Job 5:26.

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

Schrock.-Barbara, widow of Andrew Schrock, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 1939. She had been bedfast since Sept.1 when she suffered a stroke. She was born June 14, 1852, at Crestline, Ohio, the daughter of Daniel and Susan (Pletcher) Scott. She came to Indiana with her parents when she was nine years old and has been a resident of Middlebury for thirty-five years. Her husband died thirty-six years ago. Surviving are 2 daughters (Mrs. Fred Mosely of Middlebury and Mrs. H. Claud Brunk of Chesterton), 2 sons (Fred A. Schrock and Arthur E. Schrock both of Goshen), 2 brothers (John Scott of Middlebury and Ira Scott of Pomona, Calif.), and 1 sister (Mrs. E. F. Gortner of Chicago). She was the oldest member in the Middlebury congregation and very faithful as long as health permitted. Funeral services Sept. 12 at the Middlebury Church, Bro. Silas Yoder officiated. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Houser.--Glenn S., son of Jacob R. and Frances E. Houser, was born Nov. 29, 1927; died Sept. 8, 1939; aged 11 y. 9 m. 9 d. He left home for school on that morning well and happy, and at noon met with an accident that proved fatal. He had eaten his lunch and walked behind two boys who were tossing a baseball, when one of them missed catching it and it struck Glenn on the head. He fell unconscious and died 8 minutes afterwards from a cerebral hemorrhage caused by a broken blood vessel. He leaves his parents, 1 sister (Elizabeth), and 2 brothers (Wilbur and Jacob, Jr.). Glenn had accepted Christ as his Saviour last November and was received into the church 6 months ago. We believe our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. C. M. Brubaker and at the Willow Street Church by Bros. Jacob Harnish and C. M. Brubaker. Text. Eccl. 12:1. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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

-By the Family.

Thut.-Emma, eldest child of the late Elias and Anna Neuenschwander, was born near Bluffton, Ohio, on May 30, 1874; died at her home near West Liberty, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1939; aged 65 y. 3 m. 5 d. Nov. 17, 1895, she was united in marriage with Noah Thut, of Bluffton, Ohio. Together they reared their family of six children, first near Bluffton, Ohio, and since November, 1913, near West Liberty, Ohio. She is survived by her husband and the entire family of 6 children (John of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Edna King, of Cleveland, Ohio; Ira of West Liberty; Isaac of Columbus, Ohio; Harold of Orrville, Ohio; and Amelia, of Cleveland), 4 granddaughters (Jocele, Helen, Barbara and Gwendolyn), and 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Carey Niswander, Albert Niswander and Mrs. Rhoda Hilty of Bluffton, Ohio; Mrs. Alice Bixel, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Catherine Niswander, of Philadelphia, Pa.), besides a host of relatives and friends. One sister (Mrs. Sara Steiner, late of Bluffton, Ohio), an infant brother and her parents preceded her in death. She accepted our Saviour as her Redeemer in her teen age, and never wavered in her faith to the time of her death. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, and was ever interested in the activities of the several congregations with which she was affiliated. She served as a teacher in the Sunday school, until her last illness made church attendance impossible. The funeral was held in the South Union Mennonite Church, Sept. 7, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. Marion King. Burial in the cemetery near the church.

Herr.-Mary E., wife of Bro. Frank M. Herr (pastor of the Willow Street Mennonite Church) and daughter of the late J. Hoffman and Barbara (Brenneman) Hershey, died at her home at Willow Street, Lancaster Co., Pa. She was born at Mt. Joy, Pa., July 3, 1857, and died Sept. 4,.1939; aged 82 y. 2 m.1 d. She had been in declining health for about eight months, although she was permitted to be around. It was only during the last eleven weeks of her illness that she was confined to her room where she gradually grew weaker and weaker until the end came. She died very peacefully, and during her illness was never heard to complain but seemed fully resigned to the Lord's will. Had she lived until the 28th of October she and Father Herr would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Besides her husband, who was pastor of the Willow Street congregation for forty-two years, she is survived by the following children: Mabel A., wife of Abram R. Herr, Ridgeway; Jacob H. Herr, West Lampeter; and Miriam B., wife of John M. Bucher, Willow Street; 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren (3 grandchildren have preceded her in death), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Emma S. Garber of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Mrs. Martha J. Frey of Landisville, Pa.). Funeral services were held from her late home by Bro. Jacob T. Harnish and at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bros. Christian M. Brubaker, and Abram Martin. Bishop Martin used as his text, Rev. 2:8-15. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"Her trials and sorrows in this world are o'er,
She is sweetly resting on that peaceful shore;
And if we who remain are prepared for the call,
We will meet her again when the Lord summons us all."

Delp.-Abraham K. son of the late Samuel Delp and Maggie (Krupp) Horning, was born July 18, 1879; died at his home near Lansdale, Pa., July 31, 1939; aged 60 y. 13 d. Death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. On Jan. 11, 1902, he was married to Mary L. Lapp who survives. To this union were born the following children: Irma L., wife of Abram Godshall (deceased); Ann, wife of Paul Gross of Doylestown, Pa.; Oscar L. of Lititz. Pa.; Isaiah L. (deceased); Priscilla L., and Abram L., at home. These brothers and sisters also survive: Henry and Samuel K. Delp of Line Lexington, Pa; Mrs. Irwin Lapp, Mrs. Milton Keller, and Howard Delp of Souderton. Pa. Eight grandchildren also survive. After the death of his father he lived in the home of Isaiah Ruth of Colmar, Pa., until moving to Line Lexington at the time of his marriage. He was a member of the Line Lexington congregation until moving from that community to near Lansdale when he changed his membership to the Plain congregation. Here he was active as a teacher and superintendent of the Sunday school. He retired from business and church work four years ago. He refused the last election as superintendent, due to a heart condition and wishing to see younger brethren trained into the work. All during his sufferings he was concerned about the welfare of the Church. Although he encouraged missionary activity among the young people, he was anxious that the principles of nonconformity be taught and practiced among the laity. He was a great reader when well, and never tired talking about the Scriptures. The day before his last illness he gave final instructions concerning his burial and advice to the family who thought he was recovering from a slight stroke. He had chosen Gen. 32:26 for a text, and "Crossing The Bar" was found marked in his song book. Although we were warned of the inevitable, the change was very unexpected. After saying "good bye" to visitors on Saturday evening, July 29, he was found a few minutes later in a coma. He never regained consciousness, passing away the following Monday afternoon. Funeral services were held Aug. 5. Bro. J. E. Lapp conducted services at the house while Bro. J. C. Clemens had charge of the services at the Plain, Bros. A. O. Histand and Abram Yoder assisting in the service. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"'Tis true and not a dream
Earthly scenes may change
But not so death-."

Stoltzfus.-B. K. Stoltzfus was born near Lewisburg, Pa., Feb. 8, 1862; died at his home in Gap, Pa., Sept. 1, 1939; aged 77 y. 6 m. 23 d. His health and strength were failing for some time, especially this last summer. He attended and greatly enjoyed the General Conference held at Allensville, Pa., in August. His death was caused by a heart condition, or hardening of the arteries. He had two slight attacks on Thursday afternoon, which we thought was indigestion. He ate supper in the evening and said he was feeling well. He had another slight attack during the night. On Friday morning he had a very serious attack. A doctor was called during the forenoon and tried to relieve his suffering. He became easier at times, but he fell asleep at about 11:45 o'clock without a struggle. His seat in Church was seldom vacant when health permitted. He was at Maple Grove Church on Monday evening before his death. We do not mourn as those who have no hope. He realized his condition, in his last illness, and was conscious until the last. He spent the forenoon moaning with pain, in audible prayer, and talking with his companion. In early youth he united with the A. M. Church and was a member of the Millwood congregation at the time of his death. He was at all times much interested in the activities of the Church. Dec. 10, 1891, he was married to Nancy M. Hartzler, of Belleville. His beloved wife died Oct. 10, 1900. Nov. 24. 1917, he was again married to Mary E. Riehl, who survives. He is survived by 1 daughter (Hilda B., wife of Daniel B. Smoker of Parkesburg), 1 son (Roy P. of Gap), 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother (Jacob K. Stoltzfus of Ranks), 1 sister (Nancy, wife of Jacob K. Stoltzfus of Monterey), a number of nephews and nieces and more distant relatives, and a host of friends. He was a very kind husband and father, and a great friend of children. He was a son of Jacob and Nancy King Stoltzfus (both deceased) and one of ten children. Funeral services wore held Monday, Sept. 4, from the home in Gap, and continued at the Millwood Church, conducted by M. S. Stoltzfus. Text. Psa. 30:5. (This scripture was suggested by the family, as his former companion had chosen this for a text at her funeral service and was often read and discussed by our departed husband and father). An only surviving uncle (Eli B. Stoltzfus of Hudson, Ohio) preached a short sermon, using John 14:14 as a text, then a cousin, John S. Mast, of Elverson, preached, who used Gen. 27:2 as a text. Aaron Mast from Belleville offered prayer. Services at grave, were conducted by Emanuel E. Peachey of Belleville. Burial in Millwood Cemetery. Hymns Nos. 174 and 171, in Church Hymnal, were sung in the church, both selected by our dear departed one. No. 186 was sung at the grave.

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

By the Family.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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