Barbe. --- Lydia Barbe was born Sept. 6, 1867; died June 26, 1940; aged 72 y. 9 m. 20 d. Funeral services were held June 28 in the Baughman Mennonite Church near McCauley, Hardy Co., W. Va. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. John L. Stauffer and Timothy Showalter. Text, Heb. 13: 14. Sister Barbe was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Sarah S. Heishman and Catharine A. Barbe.
Bender. --- Noah R., son of the late Daniel and Fannie (Roth) Bender, was born near Goshen, Ind., March 14, 1870; died of heart trouble on the same farm June 25, 1940. He leaves his bereaved companion, 2 sons and 3 daughters: Fannie Mae, wife of Pre. Ira S. Miller; Pre. John H., of Hartville, O.; Eliza, wife of Pre. Elam Hostetler; Orus E., and Esther wife of Uriah Bontrager. There also survive 25 grandchildren, and 3 brothers (Daniel R., of Goshen; Menno R., of Lincoln, Nebr.; Ezra, of Beaver Crossing, Neb.). Two sons and one daughter preceded him in death. In 1889 he united with the Old Order A. M. Church, in which he lived a faithful member until death. On Jan. 4, 1894, he was united in marriage to Katie Gingerich. On the morning of June 25, he was about his work as usual. He took the cows on the road to herd them awhile. About 30 minutes later he was found along the road by Mother and Esther and a neighbor girl, only about 30 rods from the house. Funeral service was held at the home, conducted by the home bishop, Nathaniel Miller, and Henry Mast, of Arthur, Ill., in German, and D. J. Johns in English. Burial in the family plot in the Clinton Cemetery.
Crouse. --- B. Frank, son of the late Dr. George J. and Mary Crouse, was born in Snyder Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1863; died April 14, 1940, at his home in Groffdale, Pa., of complications; aged 77 y. 3 m. 6 d. He was married twice. His first wife (Ida Shelly) died nearly 30 years ago. He was later married to Sara Stover who survives him, also the following children: Bertha (Mrs. Clayton Graybill), of Martinsburg, Pa.; Benj. F., of Quarryville, Pa.; Sarah (Mrs. Daniel Snader), of Narvon; Charles G., of New Holland; Harry I., of San Francisco, Calif.; John, of Strasburg, Pa.; Mary and Edna at home. Two sisters also survive: Mrs. Emma Smith and Mrs. Annie Metzger, both of Duncannon, Pa. He w was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held from his home on April 18, by Bro. Eli Sauder, with further services at the Lost Creek Mennonite Church in Juniata Co., Pa., by Bros. Banks Weaver and Mahlon Witmer. Texts, Phil. 1: 21; Num. 23: 10; II Cor. 5: 1. Interment in the Lost Creek Cemetery.
"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache,
That the smile hides all the while."
Herr. --- Elizabeth R., daughter of the late Benjamin and Emma (Reinhart) Hess, was born Sept. 23, 1894; died May 27, 1940, after an illness of 18 days; aged 45 y. 8 m. 4 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and faithfully endeavored to serve her Lord until death. On Oct. 29, 1918, she was married to John H. Herr, who survives her. She also leaves the following children: Paul H., Betty H., Mark H., E. Alma, Glenn A., and J. Merle, all at home. One infant daughter preceded her in death. Two brothers also have gone before (Benjamin and Christian). She is survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters (John R. Hess; Aaron R. Hess; Anna, Mrs. Walter Lehman, Henry R. Hess; and Emma. Mrs. Ira C. Herr). She was always keenly interested in the work of the Church and very ably assisted her husband in his calling (as deacon) in the Church with counsel and encouragement in every way her strength would permit. She was blessed with a good memory, especially in remembering names and faces. On the afternoon of May 9, she met with the New Providence sewing circle, her last work on earth. That same evening she suffered from a heart attack, which grew worse till the Lord called her home. She expressed a desire and hope to get well, if it were the Lord's will, and asked to be anointed. Yet during her illness she talked of her mansion in heaven. Funeral sermon by Bro. Abram L. Martin, assisted in the home and at the church by Bro. John B. Meyer, Abram Metzler, and Clayton Keener. Burial in New Providence, Pa., Mennonite Church.
"When thy days on earth are past,
Christ shall call thee home at last;
His redeeming love to praise,
Who hath strengthened all thy days."
---By the Family.
Hoover. --- Eli, son of the late John B. and Susanna Hoover, was born in Markham Twp., Ontario, May 8, 1870; died June 25, 1940; aged 70 y. 1 m. 17 d. He united with the Mennonite Church as a young man. In 1897 he was married to Ada Wideman, who survives him. Together they lived faithfully in their Christian profession, sharing the joys and sorrows of life. This union was blest with 3 children: Edwin (who has since passed away), Blake (Deceased), and Reta. Funeral services were held June 27 at the Wideman Church, in the presence of a very large gathering of neighbors and friends. Services were conducted by A. D. Grove and L. J. Burkholder. Text, Psalm 23.
"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;
And left as dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since he lingers there."
Hoover. --- Edwin Ross, eldest son of Eli and Ada Hoover, was born Feb. 20, 1900; died July 5, 1940; just one week after the funeral of his father. He spent all of his life in the vicinity of Markham, Ont., excepting a few years when he with his family lived at Vineland, Ont., the home community of his bereaved companion. His death was caused by an accidental fall while engaged in haying operations. At the age of ten years he confessed Christ and became a member of the Wideman Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful member until suddenly removed by death. In the year 1924 he was united in marriage with Magdalena Fretz of Vineland. He was predeceased by 1 infant child in 1926, also by this father ten days before. He leaves his devoted wife, 1 son (John Merle), and 1 daughter (Marjorie Eileen); also his widowed mother, 1 sister (Reta, Mrs. Andrew Steiner), and many relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted on Sunday, July 7, at the late home by Bro. A. D. Grove, and at the Wideman Church by Bro. S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Ont., assisted by Bros. A. D. Grove and S. F. Schmucker. Text, Psalm 23.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
Sometime, sometime we'll understand."
Kilmer. --- Samuel Odessa, youngest son of Daniel W. and Frances Kilmer, was born in Marion Center, Kans., Jan. 31, 1885; died at the McMinnville, Oregon Hospital; aged 55 y. 4 m. 25 d. On Jan. 31, 1908,he was united in marriage to Orva Sharer at Corcoran, Calif. To this union were born 2 sons and 7 daughters. One son and one daughter preceded him in infancy, one daughter at the age of 15 years in 1929. He leaves his widow, one son, and five daughters (Mrs. Melvin Mishler, Grand Ronde, Oreg.; Mrs. Kenneth Shenk, Mrs. Calvin Yoder, Paul, Irene, and Arlene, all of Sheridan), nine grandchildren, three brothers (Thomas of Oronogo, Mo.; Levi of Alba, Mo.; and Amos of Ballston, Oreg.), besides many other relatives and a host of friends. He was a faithful and devoted husband and father, a man of good principles and high ideals. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 24 years and remained faithful and active till the end. He had a very deep concern for the spiritual welfare of his children, was an ardent lover of the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, and a staunch defender of the faith once delivered to the saints; especially zealous for the doctrinal position of the church, being often grieved at the prevailing drift and worldliness. He was very hospitable and sympathetic toward the needy, ready to make great sacrifice for the comfort and help of those about him. The church, the home and the community greatly miss him. But we know he was ready to go. In his Bible II Tim. 4: 6-9 was marked with special mark at "I am." His sickness was of short duration but he suffered severely. On March 22 while at his work as usual he was suddenly taken with severe pain in his head, removed to the hospital and on the 26th a spinal tap and x-ray showed a blood clot on the brain. He remained in the hospital four weeks, after which he returned home seemingly on the road to recovery. Again on Jul 19 he was seized with another severe pain, again removed to the hospital on the 25th and on the morning of the 26th passed away. Services were conducted by Bros. N. A. Lind, H. A. Wolfer, and D. F. Shenk. Burial at Sheridan, Oreg.
Lehman --- Aaron G., son of Peter and Fanny Lehman, was born May 25, 1869; died at his home near Campbelltown, Pa., July 6, 1940; aged 71 y. 1 m. 11 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Meyers Nov. 15, 1891, who preceded him in death 8 years ago. He was converted and united with the Stauffers Mennonite Church about 25 years ago, and remained a faithful member until his death. He with two of his granddaughters, was busily engaged in caring for the cemetery of his home congregation on Friday. Early next morning the Lord called him from his slumber to take him home, and his own body was laid to rest in the place he loved to keep neat and clean. His death was the result of a heart attack. Though he had suffered from a similar ailment about three weeks before, his departure was very sudden and unexpected. Thus again, we are reminded of the uncertainty of life. He leaves 1 daughter (Katie L. Kreider), 3 granddaughters (Ada, Mildred, and Janette Kreider), 8 nephews, and 3 nieces. One daughter (Ada) and one son-in-law (Aaron R. Kreider) preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted July 9 from his late home by Bro. Henry Keener and at Stauffer's Mennonite Church by Bros. Walter Oberholtzer and Noah Risser. Text, Eccl. 9: 5. 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."
Longenecker. --- Mary Jane, daughter of Adam and Mary Houck, was born June 19, 1863; died June 7, 1940, at her home near Lebanon, Pa.; aged 76 y. 11m. 18 d. She was united in marriage 56 years ago to William Longenecker. This union was blessed with two daughters (Mrs. Charles Longenecker of Hershey, Pa., and Mrs. Minerva Smith, at home) who, with their father mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. She is also survived by one sister, one brother, four grandchildren, and six grandchildren. Sister Longenecker was a consistent member of Gingerich's Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held June 11 from the Arnold Funeral Home, Lebanon, with Bros. Simon G. Bucher, Noah Risser, and Martin Weaver officiating. Interment in the Campbelltown Cemetery.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear;
No one knows the silent heartache, only we who lost can tell
Of the grief that's born in silence for the one we loved so well."
Slagell. --- Christian P., son of Bishop and Joseph and Barbara (Gascho) Slagell, was born March 27, 1882 in Livingston Co., Ill.; died July 17, 1940, at his home near Harper, Kans.; aged 58 y. 3 m. 20 d. At the age of 6 years he moved with his parents to Thurman, Colo., where the family resided seven years. In 1895 they moved to Hartford, Kans. While a young man living at Hartford he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. On Feb. 28, 1904, he was united in marriage to Barbara Swartzendruber of Wellman, Iowa. In December, 1909, they moved to Harper, Kans. Besides his companion he leaves five children (Ada, Howard, Ruth, Bernice, and Irene), one daughter-in-law, one granddaughter, five sisters and four brothers (Lena, wife of J. P. Swartzendruber, Wellman, Iowa; Saloma Rich of Weeping Water, Neb.; Katie, wife of V. D. Detweiler; Anna Smith; Barbara, wife of S. E. Stutzman, Joseph, Ben, Dan, and John of Hydro, Okla.), and many other relatives and friends who deeply mourn the loss of a husband, father and friend. In June , 1939, he had a heart attack and was bedfast, the last eight months of his life. In November, 1939, he asked to be anointed according to James 5: 13-20. The last four months he gained strength and appeared to be improving. He was fully resigned to the Lord's will and bore his illness patiently. But on Wednesday afternoon he suddenly and peacefully passed away, which was a shock to his family and friends. Funeral services were held in the Crystal Springs Mennonite Church in charge of Gideon G. Yoder assisted by J. J. Zimmerman and D. Y. Hooley. Text, Job 14: 14 and 19: 25. Interment at Crystal Springs Cemetery.
"We cannot know nor understand
The leading of God's mighty hand;
But we can trust that Love divine
Is shaping both your life and mine.
And from this trust may spring anew
A courage that will see us through."
Sommers. --- Sarah Ann, daughter of Daniel and Amanda (Coblentz) Kurtz was born May 11, 1905; died in her home in Defiance Co., O., May 31, 1940; aged 35 y. 20 d. She was married to Martin J. Sommers Oct. 14, 1926. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, 5 daughters (Leona, Amanda, Ruth, Mary, and Sarah Ann) and 1 son (Moses) all of the home; also father, step mother, 3 brothers (Moses Kurtz of Aultman, O.; Simon Kurtz of Sarasota, Fla.; John Kurtz of Ft. Wayne, Ind.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Henry T. Yoder of Woodburn, Ind.; and Mrs. Ernest Yoder of Hatchville, Mass.). 1 step sister (Mary Gingerich), an aged grandmother (Mrs. Sarah Coblentz of Mark Center, O.), 5 uncles, 5 aunts, and many cousins and friends. Her mother preceded her in death 4 years. Death was caused by influenza which developed pneumonia and other complications. She was sick only 2 days. She accepted her Saviour, was baptized in the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful till God called her home. Funeral services were held June 3 at the home by David Bontrager and Jonas Yoder. Burial in Lost Creek Cemetery.
Wideman. --- Stella Greenberg, was born in Ontario Co., Feb. 26, 1890; died at her home near Stouffville, Ont., on Friday evening, June 21, 1940; aged 50 y. 3 m. 26 d. On Jan. 18, 1922, she was united in marriage to Willis Wideman. To this union were born 4 children: Gordon, Elsie, Elva, and John. The husband and children mourn the loss of a Christian companion and mother. She also leaves 1 brother (Wilbur Greenberg of Stouffville), and 1 sister (Mrs. Kiloh) in Aberdeen, Scotland. She was received into the Mennonite Church several years prior to marriage, having accepted Christ as her Saviour early in life. She had been bedfast eight months, during which time she was afflicted with several strokes and suffered considerably. Funeral services were held at the Wideman Church, near Markham in charge of Gordon Schrag and M. H. Roth who preached the funeral sermon (Text, Phil. 4: 13); Bro. A. D. Grove assisted in devotion. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Amstutz. --- Kathrine (Neuenschwander), was born April 5, 1852 in the Canton of Bern Switzerland; died July 23, 1940 in Wabash Twp., near Bern, Ind., at the home of her son, Jacob Amstutz; aged 88 y. 3 m. 18 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism, where she remained a faithful member until death. In 1875 she was united in marriage to Jacob Amstutz, which union was blessed with 7 children of whom 4 survive: Jacob, Mrs. Elizabeth Habbeger, Christ, and David, all of this community. She leaves to mourn her departure 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers: Peter, of Wabash Twp., Ind., and Jacob of Elida, Ohio, and one sister, Eliza of Wayne Co., Ohio, besides many relatives and friends. Bros. Louis Amstutz and Jacob Neuenschwander of Sonnenberg, Ohio, officiated at her funeral, with interment in the Moser Cemetery northwest of Bern, Ind.
Beck. --- Jacob, son of Gotlieb and Anna (Nofziger) Beck, was born near Archbold, Ohio, July 17, 1864; died near West Unity, Ohio, July 16, 1940; aged 75 y. 11 m. 30 d. On Jan. 3, 1895, he was united in marriage with Rosa Rupp. To this union were born nine children: Nelson, of Archbold, Jesse of Leo Ind., Mrs. Gerald (Almeda) Spoerle of Archbold; Milton of Toledo, Ralph of Toledo, Mrs. Mary (Irene) Conrad of Detroit, Mich.; Russel of Detroit, Mich.; and Floyd of Archbold. There preceded him in death: 1 daughter (Mrs. Nellie Ridenour), parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. In his young years he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a member until death. About 5 months ago his health began to fail, suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, causing him much suffering but bearing it patiently until he fell asleep in Jesus. In his sickness he expressed the words of the apostle Paul, "For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better." He was a kind and loving husband and father; will be missed by all who knew him, especially in the home. Funeral was held in the Central Church in charge of Jesse J. Short and P. L Frey Text, Phil. 1: 21.
"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."
Brubaker. --- Earle, son of Sister Clara and the late Isaac Brubaker, was born in Fairfield Township, Columbiana Co., O., on Oct. 6, 1893; died at the age of 46 y. 9 m. 16 d. On Feb. 22, 1917, he was united in marriage with Maud Gregory of Wayne County, O., but their home has been in this vicinity every since their marriage. There were born to this union one daughter, Marie, who lives at home and one son, John, who died 9 years ago. His father, Isaac Brubaker, preceded him in death 3 years ago. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1912 and until his death he served the Lord and his church faithfully in various capacities, serving as superintendent and teacher in the Sunday school for a number of years, and also serving as church trustee and janitor for the past years. He, with his family, was always at the church when it was possible to be there and he will be missed at his post of duty both in the church and community. He was associated in business in the firm known as the Brubaker & Blosser Garage for a number of years. He was fire chief of the Beaver Township Fire Department ever since its organization 10 years ago and it was in connection with a response to a fire call from a near-by township, which the fire department answered on Sunday evening. July 21, 1940, that the truck met an accident in which Bro. Brubaker and another member of the crew were killed instantly, another dying three days later. The other four members of the crew escaped death but suffered severe bruises and injuries. This was a great shock to the entire community and especially to the sorrowing, mother, companion, daughter, and brother, who with a number of friends, are left to sorrow at his sudden going Home. Funeral services were held and largely attended at the Midway Mennonite Church on July 24, in charge of Bishop A. J. Steiner, assisted by all the home ministers and Bro. I. J. Buchwalter. Text, I Sam. 20: 3. Interment in the Midway Cemetery.
Kauffman. --- Jonas Y., son of Jonas and Rachel Kauffman, was born at Arthur, Ill., July 13, 1863; died April 8, 1940; aged 74 y. 8 m. 25 d. He came with his parents to Hubbard, Oregon, when only a small boy and grew to manhood in this community. He moved from Oregon to Sistersville, W. Va., where he was married to Louise Evans. After a few years they moved to Berwyn, Md., where after several years, his wife passed away. During the time he lived in this community he confessed Christ, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained in this faith until death. Three years ago he came back to Oregon, living a part of this time at Broadacres and a part of the time near Pacific City. While living at this place he became ill and his sister Rebecca Mishler brought him to her home at Hubbard, Oregon, where she cared for him until her own health failed, when Tena Bell, another sister, cared for him till he passed away. He leaves to mourn his passing one sister, Tena Bell, and many nephews, nieces, and friends. His parents, 7 sisters, and 3 brothers preceded him in death. He expressed his desire for Jesus to come and take him home during his sickness. Funeral services at the Zion Mennonite Church were in charge of Bros. H. A. Wolfer and Paul N. Roth, with interment in the Zion Cemetery. Text, I Peter 1: 3, 4.
Landis. --- Amanda E., widow of Osscar F. Landis was born Sept. 28, 1866; died June 22, 1940; aged 73 y. 8 m. 24 d. She united with the Stony Brook, Pa., Mennonite Church in October 1889, and was a faithful member who took an interest in the Church and church affairs and was a regular church attendant. She lived in York country nearly all of her life. About 4 years ago she complained with rheumatism and as days went by she became bed-fast for about 4 years, at which time she lived with her children and at the time of her death she lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Whisler, Hanover, Pa.). She was removed to the home of her son and daughter-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. Chester Landis, Locust Grove, pa.), from which place the funeral services were held June 27. Concluding services were held at the Stony Brook Mennonite Church. Bro. Richard Danner had charge of the funeral service, assisted by Bro. Harvey Lehman of York Co., and Bro. Walter H. Gable, York, Pa., followed by a few remarks by Bro. Noah Mack. Burial was in the Mennonite cemetery at Stony Brook.
Transcriber's note: "Osscar" is the spelling used in the obituary.
Lehman. --- Wayne S., infant son of Andrew H. and Lois (Shank) Lehman, was born July 8 at the Chambersburg, Pa., Hospital, and died the following day. He is survived by his parents and 2 brothers, Wilmer and Nelson. We cannot always understand God's ways but we know they are best; so we humbly submit to His will. The little body was laid to rest in the Marion Mennonite Cemetery.
"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."
Metzler. --- Henry J., aged 71 y. of Youngstown, Ohio, died July 21, 1940, after a lingering illness as a result of a stroke five years ago. He was a son of the late Joel and Mary Yoder Metzler and was married to Elizabeth Mellinger of East Lewistown on Sept. 12, 1896, to which union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons. He was a member of the Indianola Methodist Church of Youngstown. Besides his widow and 7 children he leaves 1 brother, 2 sisters, and 17 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church in charge of Bishop A. J. Steiner.
Miller. --- Anna Miller, was born Dec. 23, 1862, died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Clara Moore), Mendon, Ohio; aged 77 y. 5 m. 27 d. She was united in marriage with Emil Miller, Jan. 26, 1888. To this union were born 6 sons and 1 daughter: Theophilus of Archbold, O.; Otto of Maumee, O.; Melvin of Evansport, O.; Harry (unknown), Emil of Archbold, O.; and Clara (Mrs. Enos Moore) of Mendon, Ohio. Her husband and 1 son (David) preceded her in death. She leaves 5 sons, 1 daughter, 13 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Short of Archbold), 2 brothers (Christian and Theophilus Reigsecker of Archbold). In her younger years she accept Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church and remained a member until death. She bore her suffering with patience until the Lord called her away. Funeral services were held July 23 at the Central Church, Archbold, O., in charge of Jesse J. Short and Gabe Brunk, of Elida, O. Text, Rev. 20: 12.
"Weep not for me, my family dear,
Nor shed for me a sorrowing tear;
I am not dead, but only sleep
My silent slumber, O so sweet."
Mishler. --- Rebecca Deetz, daughter of Bishop Jonas and Rachel Kauffman, was born Sept. 8, 1867, at Arthur, Ill. After an illness of internal cancer for some time, which left her bedfast the past two and a half months, she passed peacefully and quickly away on June 8 at the Hutchinson Hospital in Oregon City; aged 72 y. 9 m. She came to Oregon with her parents and family when twelve years old and spent the past sixty years in the community where her parents had made their home. She accepted Christ in her youth and remained a faithful member and a willing worker, being always ready to lend a helping hand. Her faith in Christ helped her through the trying times when things seemed very dark. She was married to Henry H. Deetz on Jan. 8, 1893 and to this union were born 7 sons and 1 daughter. Her husband passed away on April 4, 1929 and three of the sons also preceded her in death: Vernie in 1902 and Edwin and Jonas in 1918. On Aug. 22, 1931, she was remarried to Josiah B. Mishler and they enjoyed their Christian life together. She leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband, 3 stepdaughters, 4 sons: Elmer William of Washougal, Wash.; Curtis Fred of Skamokawa, Wash.; Alvie of Portland, Jess Deetz of Colton, and one daughter Rachel Matilda Learfield of Canby, Oregon; also 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Mrs. Tena Bell of Donald besides many relatives and friends here and in the East. She was beloved by all who knew her. Funeral services at Zion Mennonite Church were in charge of Bros. H. A. Wolfer and Leroy Cowan, with interment in the Zion Cemetery.
"Rest on, dear Mother, thy labors are o'er,
Those loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No, friend on earth like you we'll find."
Myers. --- Tillman Russell, son of Robert E. and Maude (King) Myers, was born May 11, 1923 near West Liberty, O.; died in the twinkling of an eye by a stroke of lightning near Conneaut Lake, Crawford Co., Pa., on July 9, 1940; aged 17 y. 1 m. 28 d. He and his older brother were hoeing potatoes, separated by not more than three or four feet, when the fatal stroke came, Willis, though momentarily stunned, was uninjured; Tillman was ushered into eternity. He was a good, obedient, industrious Christian boy. He had his short-comings, as we all do, but it was his constant heart's desire to do his Master's will. He was converted and baptized when nine years old, being a consistent, faithful member of the Mennonite Church near Surrey until transferring his membership to this place. When six years old, he, with his parents, had moved to near Surrey, N. Dakota, where the family lived until March, 1940, when they came to the Meadville community, settling on a farm two miles south of Conneaut Lake, where he leaves his grief-stricken parents and lonely brothers, Willis, aged 19, and Mark, 12. The short time he lived at this place he keenly enjoyed the beauties of Nature, sometimes just standing and looking at the beautiful green trees, flowers, and other manifestations of God's handiwork. While it was hard to break the fellowship of his associated in Dakota, he so much enjoyed the fellowship of the many new friends here. He enjoyed singing in the home, and when out at work, and especially with the chorus class of church young folk here, of which class he was a member. While this is a hard experience, we humbly bow to a loving Father's will, knowing that whom He loveth He chasteneth and that He doeth all things well. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." The funeral service was held in the new church in charge of Bros. Eli Kramer and Jacob Oswald. Text, II Cor. 6: 2. The body was the first to be laid in the new cemetery.
The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his death so near;
And only those suddenly bereft can tell
The sadness of parting without farewell.
Tillman, thou hast left us lonely;
Much we miss thy pleasant voice;
But in Heaven we'll come and meet thee---
In this hope we do rejoice.
Palmer. --- Burton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peregrin Palmer, who were among the old settlers of Missouri, was born Oct. 8, 1849 in Linn County, Mo.; died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Melby, Dagmar, Mont., June 29, 1940; aged 90 y. 8 m. 21 d. He was married to Mary Peacher in 1868. Six children were born to this union. The wife and one son preceded him in death. Besides the five surviving children there are 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Mr. Palmer was one of the charter members of the First Christian Church of Brookfield, Mo. He lived nobly and died peacefully at an age few men attain. Funeral services were in charge of Bros. Sanford G. Shetler and Elmer Bontrager at the Coalridge Mennonite Church.
Springer. Phoebe Lauber, was born Jan. 25, 1874, at Livingston, Ill.; died July 19, 1940, at the home of her son Jacob, near Milford; aged 66 y. 5 m. 24 d. She had been in poor health for a number of years, but was bedfast for only five weeks. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in youth, joining the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. She was united in marriage to Chris Springer on Jan. 7, 1897. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. Preceding her in death were her companion, 13 years ago, a daughter (Mrs. Lloyd Schweitzer), 11 years ago, and two sons in infancy. She was the last of her family to go to her reward but often expressed a desire to be with her Lord. She leaves to mourn her three sons: Jacob, of Milford; John and Joseph, of near Shickley; three daughters: Lena Stauffer of Milford; Elma Stieder, and Barbara Kennel of Shickley; 24 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Following her marriage she and her companion moved to Stuttgart, Ark., where they lived until 1920, when they with their family moved to near Carleton, Nebr., remaining there until the last few years when she made her home with her children. The service was in charge of Bro. P. R. Kennel who used as his text, Ps. 90. Ps. 122 was her favorite Psalm.
"Dearest Mother, though hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
Who can all our sorrow heal."
Stoltzfus. --- Susie, daughter of Benuel E. and Susie Fisher Stoltzfus, was born Oct. 3, 1936; died June 11, 1940; aged 3 y. 8 m. 8 d., death following a tonsil operation, from which she never awoke. Little Susie was loved by all and will be greatly missed by the family. She is survived by her father and mother and these brothers and sisters: Isaac, Barbara, Amos, Naomi, Abner, Mary, Rebecca, Emma, and a grandfather, Isaac Fisher. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Daniel Stoltzfus and Christian Fisher, with interment at the Myers Cemetery.
"God needed one more angel
Around His shining throne;
And so He stooped with loving care,
And took our darling Home."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Hochstetler. --- Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Veronica Goldsmith Gingerich, was born in Johnson, Co., Iowa, Jan. 24, 1864; died July 24, 1940; aged 76 y. 6 m. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. On Dec. 24, 1889, she was united in marriage with Elias Hochstetler. For the past 19 months she had been in failing health and was not permitted to attend church services; a privilege which she always enjoyed as long as her health permitted. During this time, however, she enjoyed very much two services which were held in her home, their gold wedding and her last communion service. She bore her suffering with Christian patience and without complaining, although shy often expressed her desire for the Lord to take her home. She leaves 5 children: Mable (Mrs. Joel Yoder), of Clarence, N.Y.; Fanny (Mrs. Edw. Brenneman); Anna (Mrs. Ortis Miller); Ella (Mrs. Russelll Kinsinger), all of Wellman; and Earl, of Kalona; also Charles Ruggenberg to whom they opened their home from the age of 8 to 21. Including foster and step-grandchildren she leaves also 17 grandchildren, and 6 brothers, namely: Henry, William, Joseph, John, and Otto, all of this community; other relatives and friends. Two sisters and 1 brother preceded her in their youth. Funeral services were held July 26 at the Lowe Deer Creek Church in charge of John Y. Swartzendruber, assisted by J. L Hershberger and David D. Miller. Text, Job 19: 25-27.
"Her room is quiet, all is still.
Her place is vacant, it is God's will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Kauffman. --- Jonathan E., son of John B. and Mary (Zook) Kauffman, was born near Belleville, Pa., July 6, 1879; died in the Lewistown Hospital May 24, 1940, following an operation for ulcers of the stomach; aged 60 y. 10 m. 18 d. He joined the Locust Grove Church, near Belleville. His parents and 2 sister have gone on before. He leaves 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Mrs. C. B. Yoder of Belleville, Amos of Ephrata; Crist and Mrs. Levi Hostetler of Belleville.). He also leaves a number of nieces and nephews who mourn the loss of a kind and cheerful uncle, as well as do his brothers and sisters and a large circle of friends. He was never married. Two of his favorite hymns were read, "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning" and "Let Me Go Where Saints Are Going." Funeral services were held May 27 at the home of his brother, Crist, by John Zook and at the Locust Grove Church by John Mast in German and Emanuel Peachey in English. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery, joining the church.
"Silent is the voice of our uncle,
Vacant always is his chair;
And how said the room without him.
For there is no uncle there."
Lapp. --- Dr. Titus Samuel Lapp was born near Roseland, Neb., Feb 25, 1901; died at the Deaconess Hospital, Lincoln, Ill., July 11, 1940. The direct cause of his death was meningitis which resulted from a wound that was inflicted by the accidental discharge of an automatic shotgun he was cleaning in his home in Waynesville, Ill. At the age of 14 he was converted, accepted Christ as his Saviour, and was received into the Mennonite Church by baptism in which he held his membership at death. From youth he planned all of his educational work toward a medical career. His pre-medical training was taken one year in Hastings Presbyterian College and one year in University of Nebraska. He was graduated from the Northwestern University Medical School with an M. D. degree in 1930. From 1930 to 1931 he took his internship in Kansas City General Hospital, after which he received his license to practice medicine, which he was engaged in till death. On July 1, 1931, he was untied in marriage to Agnes Peltz of Waban, Mass. To this union was born one daughter (Cynthia). He leaves his wife and daughter of Waynesville, Ill., father and mother (Bishop D. G. Lapp and wife, Ida, of Roseland, Neb.), five brothers (Paul of Rochelle, Ill.; Mahlon, Truman and James of Sterling, Ill.; Leon of Hopedale, Ill.), one sister (Mrs. Velma Hostetler of Dhamtari, India), two uncles (Bishop and Mrs. George Lapp of Dhamtari, India and Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Good of Richmond, Calif.), and Aunt Sarah Lapp, widow of Mahlon C. Lapp of Dhamtari, India, a number of cousins and a host of friends. The body was removed from the hospital at Lincoln, Ill., to Sterling, Ill. The father (Bro. D. G. Lapp) was in Illinois at the time of the accident. Sister Lapp was called from their home in Roseland, Neb. Funeral services were held July 13 from the Melvin Funeral Home in Sterling, and at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. Bro. A. C. Good was in charge of the services. An uncle of the deceased (Bro. Geo. J. Lapp) came from Lancaster Co., Pa., to be present and to lend comfort to the bereaved family who were so suddenly plunged into sorrow. Our sympathies are with the aged father and mother in their untimely bereavement.
Leichty. --- Benjamin, son of Jacob and Katie (Klopfenstein) Leichty, was born near Noble, Iowa, Nov. 15, 1867; died at the home of his eldest son, (William, of near Noble, Iowa); aged 72 y. 8 m. He became a member of the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. On May 19, 1892, he was united in marriage to Mary Schantz who passed away on Dec. 4, 1908. To this union were born 5 sons, two of whom preceded him in death (Joseph, in 1911, and Fred in 1917). On Feb. 3, 1910, he was united in marriage to Lydia Klopfenstein, who preceded him in death on Dec. 10, 1931. Those surviving him are three sons (William, Henry, and David, all of near Noble, Iowa), and 17grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother (Chris of near Wayland, Iowa), and a large group of relatives and friends.
"Weep not for me, my family dear,
Nor shed for me a sorrowing tear;
I am not dead, but only sleep
My silent slumbers, O so sweet."
Myers. --- Mary Ann, daughter of Sarah Jennings and John H. Myers, was born May 27, 1891, in Putnam County, Ohio; died July 18, 1940; aged 59 y. 1 m. 21 d. On Oct. 23, 1902, she was married to Frank W, Myers. To this union were born three children: Gaylord W., of Kalida, Ohio; Mary LeGailey, of Bowling Green, Ohio; and Raymond, who preceded her in death. For many years she was a member of the Mennonite Church and died in that faith. She lived a Christian life and revered and loved by all who knew her. She leaves her husband, 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers (John and Jacob), 3 sisters (Ella Theibaut, Fannie Perdue, and Blanche Fortman), besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church, July 20, in charge of G. H. Brunk. Text, John 14: 1-3. Her body was laid to rest in the Varner Cemetery.
"Think of stepping on shore and finding it heaven,
Of taking hold of a hand and finding it God's hand;
Of breathing new air and finding it celestial air;
Of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality;
Of passing from storm and tempest to an unknown calm;
Of waking up and finding it Home."
Plank. Samuel Ellsworth, son of the late Samuel and Catherine Plank, died at his home in Belleville, Pa., July 23, 1940, after a lingering illness of three years due to a heart condition; aged 76 y. 6 d. He was married twice, his first wife having been Lydia Zook. He is survived by his second wife, Corrine Byler Plank. The following children of the first marriage are living: Mrs. Harry Kauffman, Archie, and Joe Plank, all of West Liberty. Children of the second marriage surviving him are Donald of Virginia; John of West Liberty; Warren, William, Samuel, and Betty, at home; and Phyllis, of Akron, Pa. On brother at home; and twin brother of West Liberty), and 1 sister (Mrs. Catherine Kauffman, of Allensville, Pa.), survive; also 7 grandchildren. He was a member of the Belleville Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted in the Belleville Mennonite Church on Sunday afternoons in charge of Bros. Aaron Mast and Wm. Lauver. Further services were held in the South Union Mennonite Church near West Liberty, on Monday, July 29, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and Marion King. Burial in the South Union Cemetery by the side of his first wife.
"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."
Schweitzer. --- Jacob J., son of Jacob and Barbara Schweitzer, was born Aug. 10, 1867, at Topping, Ont.; died July 26, 1940, at Cleveland, Ohio, where he had been confined in the hospital for the past four weeks; aged 72 y. 11 m. 16 d. In 1990, at the age of 13, he moved with his parents to Beaver Crossing, Neb., where they lived until 1883, then moving to O'Neill, Neb. On Feb.1, 1892, he was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Allen, to which union were born seven children. In 1910, he with his family moved to Milford, Neb., where he made his home, and for nearly thirty years he worked at the blacksmith trade. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church at an early age and remained a faithful member, until his death. He was preceded in death by his wife in Aug., 1937, also by 2 sons, 1 daughter, 4 sisters, and 1 brother. He leaves four children (Ralph, of Milford, Mrs. Martha Haas, Mrs. Marie Ashby, and Jay, all of Lincoln, Neb.), 2 brothers (David of Woodriver, Neb., and Mose of Milford), his grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held July 30 at the Milford A. M. Church in charge of L. O. Schlegel. Will Schlegel preached the funeral sermon. Text, Matt. 24: 44. Interment in the Milford A. M. Cemetery.
Widrick. --- Chris, son of the late John and Anna (Nafziger) Widrick, was born March 7, 1864; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. David Zehr) July 29, 1940; aged 76 y. 4 m. 22 d. He was married to Katie Schrag Feb. 21, 1887, who died June 4, 1923. This union was blessed with 9 children, 8 of who survive. They are: John of Lowville; Jacob of Croghan; Jonas of Lyons Falls; Lavina, wife of John Martin, Croghan; Mattie, wife of Charles Wilcox, Sterlingville; Veronica, wife of David Zehr; Katie, wife of Daniel Moser; Anna, wife of Albert Kloster, Croghan. One daughter, 19 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild preceded him in death. Surviving also are 3 brothers (John H., of Lowville; Joseph, of New Bremen; and Solomon, of Kirschnerville), and 1 sister (Mrs. Anna Roggie, Croghan). Bro. Widrick died of complication of diseases after an illness of nearly four years. He was tenderly cared for by his children. In the home he was a kind and affectionate father, and all during his illness he had a smile for everyone. He was wonderfully patient and appreciative for all that was done for him. He was received into the Amish Church by water baptism, and was a faithful member. His seat was seldom vacant as long as health permitted. His friendliness, kind deeds and his love will be remembered in the home, the community, and the Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Amish Church of Croghan, in charge of Bishops C. M. Nafziger and Jacob Gingerich. Burial in the Kitschnerville Cemetery. Pallbearers were six grandsons.
His four years of sickness now are all past,
Peacefully sleeping, he is resting at last;
In silence he suffered in patience he bore,
Till God called him home to suffer no more."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Amstutz. Kenneth Ray, son of Leonard W. and Sarah (Nussbaum) Amstutz, was born July 21, 1935, in Wayne Co., Ohio. He was a strong healthy child until about three months ago when he contracted whooping cough which later developed into allergic asthma. He seemingly suffered no pain and nearly always expressed comfort with his usual sweet smile. His condition did not appear serious until the morning of the day of his passing away. All that human hands could do seemed of no avail, and on Aug. 3, 1940, he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 4 brothers (Sylvan D., George Ro. Orden E., Enos F.), 2 sisters (Virginia M., and Lois A.,), his paternal grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." The ties of earthly things have been diminished and desires for heaven and its glories have increased through the passing of our dear child. Services were conducted at the Crown Hill Church by Bros. Louis Amstutz and E. F. Hartzler. Text, Matt. 19: 13-15. Interment in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness
Heaven seems to us more bright,
Since the spirit of our loved one
Took its happy homeward flight."
Christophel. --- Lydia, daughter of the late Peter and Mary Christophel, was born near Leetonia, Ohio, April 4, 1860; died at her home near North Lima, Ohio, July 30, 1940; aged 80 y. 3 m. 26 d. She was frail and delicate nearly all her life, but she bore her afflictions patiently. For the past several years she was in bed much of the time. She was never married and ever since the death of her parents made her home with her sister, Mary Basinger, and her brother, Aaron, who preceded her in death a number of years ago. She united with the Mennonite Church about fifty-two years ago and remained faithful until death. Her parents, two brothers, and one sister preceded her in death. A sister, Mary Basinger, and several nephews and nieces are left. Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at the Midway Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. A. J. Steiner, I. B. Witmer, Paul Yoder, and David Steiner. Text, Mark 4: 26-29. Burial in the Midway cemetery.
Duncan. --- Mayme L., daughter of Salinda and the late D.S. Lehman, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, May 21, 1885; died May 5, 1940, at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio; aged 54 y. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Arthur Duncan Jan. 4, 1914, and there were born to this union five children: Kathryn, Grace, Luke and Arthur, Jr., all at home and Mrs. Marion DeHoff (Mary) of Louisville, O. There also survive her mother, two sisters (Effie and Mrs. Louis Kletzly), three brothers (Clarence, Homer, and Elmer). Her father preceded hr in death by four days. Funeral services were held at Canton and the Midway Mennonite Church in charge of Philip Kraus and Richard Sanderson. Burial in the Midway cemetery.
Erb. --- Samuel G., of Mt. Joy, Pa., died July 22, 1940, of complications, after an illness of one year; aged 58 y. 11 m. 5 d. He was a son o\f the late John M. and Fianna (Gerber) Erb. Surviving are his widow, Ottillia Drager Erb, 1 son, Clayton, at home, and the following brothers and sisters: Milton G., John G., Howard G., Minnie G., Ella G., all of Mt. Joy, Pa.; Jacob G., Columbia, Pa.; and Bertha, wife of John Habecker, of Rosemount, Pa. Funeral services were held at Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church of which he was a member. Ministers in charge were Bros. Henry E.Lutz and Jacob L. Charles. Text, James 4: 14. Interment in the Silver Spring Cemetery.
"Hope bids the anguished heart rejoice,
Though earthly ties are riven;
What boundless joy to meet again,
In yonder peaceful heaven."
Hess. --- Peter B., was born Feb. 24, 1854; died June 1, 1940, at the home of his birth; aged 86 y. 3 m. 8d. He was united in marriage Nov. 7, 1876, to Mary Ann Stoner of Murrell. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 22, 1917, and also his son (Jacob) on March 30, 1933. He is survived by one son (John S.), ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was an ideal father, steady in habit, disposed to kindness and charity; had a strong love for the Church, held to the faith in Jesus, desired it to continue in the younger generation, and seeing it lived was the joy of his life. Funeral June 6, in the home and at Hess Church near Lititz, Pa., conducted by Bros. Noah Hurst, John Bucher, J. H. Hershey, Amos Horst, and Noah Landis.
Kraybill. --- Peter Snyder, son of the late Peter N. and Fannie (Snyder) Kraybill, was born Jan. 28, 1856, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died July 6, 1940; aged 84 y. 5 m. 8 d. His wife (Sarah N. Lehman), one son and one grandson, preceded him in death. He is survived by one son (Amos L., Lancaster, Pa.), three daughters (Fannie L., Elizabeth L., and Emily L., at home in Mt. Joy, Pa.), and seven grandchildren. Two sisters also survive (Mrs. Fannie Engle and Mary, wife of William Strickler). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and seldom missed services until the past three years, when because of physical infirmities he was handicapped but enjoyed services when strength permitted. He was a kind and loving father, and his friendliness and love will long be remembered. Funeral services were conducted July 9 at the home by Bro. Amos Hess and at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church by Brethren Henry Garber and Henry Lutz. Text, Ezek. 7: 6. Interment in the Kraybill Church cemetery.
Plank. ---Moses, son of Michael and Nancy (Byler) Plank, was born in Union Co., Pa., Feb. 10, 1852; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Frank Roth) Aug. 5, 1940; aged 88 y. 5 m. 26 d. At the age of 4 years he moved with his parents to Ligonier, Ind. Six years later they moved to St. Joe Co., Mich. In his young manhood he came to Missouri. In 1889 the family also moved to Missouri, locating north of Garden City. In his early life he confessed Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained until death. On Jan. 18, 1887, he was united in marriage to Fannie Wilhelm in West Liberty, Ohio, and located near Garden City, Mo. To this union were born 3 daughters, 2 having died in infancy. Fourteen years ago they moved to East Lynne, Mo., and about four years ago they moved out with their daughter, Mrs. Frank Roth, and remained there until his death, having been an invalid for the last 4 years. Moses was tenderhearted and always loved children. He opened his home to a homeless boy (Chester Larsen) at the age of 6, remaining in the home 11 years. At the death of his brother Jacob's wife he took into his home his 2 sons (Earl and Myron) for 2 years. Then in later years they took a motherless boy from Oregon (Harvey King) at the age of 2 years and he remained in their home for about 5 years. He leaves his companion, 1 daughter (Mrs. Frank Roth); 3 grandchildren (Celesta, Harold, Eva Ruth, of the home), 1 brother (S. B. Plank, West Liberty, O.), 17 nephews, 9 nieces, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers (John, Christ, Mike, Jacob, and David), 2 sisters (Melinda and Lizzie). It was always his wish that he could depart this life in his sleep, and his wish was granted. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 7, at the home, in charge of S.S. Hershberger and at the Sycamore Grove Church by Richard Hershberger and I. G. Hartzler. Texts, I Pet. 1: 3, 4: 1; I Cor. 15: 54, 55.
"All is over, hands are folded,
O'er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended.
And dear Father is at rest."
Schwartzentruber. --- Lydia, daughter of the late Bishop Jacob M. and Mary (Ruby) Bender, was born in South Easthope, Perth Co., Ont., July 23, 1856; died Aug. 1, 1940, at her home in the twinkling of an eye without any sign of sickness; aged 54 y.9 d. In early youth, she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, was received into church fellowship through water baptism by her late father, and lived an exemplary Christian life until the heavenly summons called her. On Nov. 25, 1909, she was united in holy matrimony to Bro. John B. Schwartzentruber of Petersburg, Ont. This union was blessed with three children (Serenus, on adjoining farm; Corsin, at home; and Lily May wife of Henry Jantzi, of East Zorra). She leaves her bereaved husband, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren, 4 brothers (John R., Joseph R., Jacob R., all of Tavistock, and David R., of New Hamburg), and 2 sisters (Catherine, widow of Peter S. Zehr; Sarah, wife of Joel Schwartzentruber, of East Zorra). Her aged mother-in-law, Elizabeth Schwartzentruber, an invalid for nearly 40 years, also survives. Six sisters and 1 grandchild predeceased her. Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at the home, conducted by D. Wagler, and at the East Zorra A.M. Church by Brethren M. Kipfer, Moses H. Roth, and Dan S. Jutzi. A large concourse of friends from far and near gathered to pay their last respects to our beloved sister. May she rest in peace.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear;
No one knows the silent heartache, only one who lost can tell
Of the grief that's borne in silence for the one we loved so well."
Shantz. --- Anna, daughter of Henry and Lydia (Shantz) Steckle, was born Feb. 17, 1872, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died at the Samaritan Hospital in Bay City, Mich., July 22, 1940; aged 68 y. 5 m. 5 d. She was married to Ananias C. Shantz, Feb. 16, 1897, in Kitchener, Ont. They moved to Fairview, Mich., in 1908. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at the age of 33 years, untied with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful through life, leaving a ringing testimony to her family. Her years were full of pain and her desire was to be with her Lord, where there is no pain if that was God's will. She leaves a bereaved husband, four sons and four daughters (Ivan of Stoughton, Wis.; Ada, Mrs. Oliver Handrich; Melvin, Ernest, and Clifford, of Fairview, Mich.; Alma, Mrs. Floyd F. Bontrager; Emma, Mrs. Edgar Yoder; and Edna of Midland, Mich.; and Naomi Markby at home whom she loved as one of her own children; 26 grandchildren, 3 brothers; 7 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. One granddaughter (Lola Handrich) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held July 25 at the Fairview Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Moses Steiner. Text, Zech. 14: 7. Her body was laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery.
"Words are so inadequate in expressing sorrow,
For your passing, Mother, kind and true.
But God grant that through each tomorrow
We may find comfort in the memory of you."
Sommer. --- Anna, daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth (Lehman) Gerber, was born near Kidron, Ohio, June 21, 1847; died July 19, 1940, after a short illness of pneumonia; aged 93 y. 28 d. Her entire life was spent in this community, where her friendly and lovable spirit won for her the highest esteem by all who knew her. Her education was received in a log cabin schoolhouse, located near the site of the present Sonnenberg Church, and was at that time used as well for religious services. With the splendid custom at that time, requiring pupils to memorize Scripture passages, her keen memory had stored away a large number of these, which were a never-ending source of inspiration and comfort to her throughout life, as she could quote many familiar passages even during the last days of her life. Early in youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, and was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Sonnenberg Church where she was a member until three years ago, when she transferred her membership to the Kidron Mennonite Church. She was faithful and loyal in church life, and as long as health permitted, her place was seldom vacant at worship services. She was married to Peter C. Sommer Nov. 12, 1868, who died eight years ago. Nine children blessed this union, six sons and three daughters of whom the following survive: Daniel P., of Kidron, David P., of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Christian of Kidron, Joel, of Apple Creek, and Fannie and Emma at home. There are also 29 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Two son (William and Jacob), one daughter (Sarah), five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, preceded her in death. She was industrious and knew by experience the meaning of struggle and toil, which served to make her tender and sympathetic to human needs as was evidenced by her readiness to share life's blessings with those less fortunate. Seven years ago she was stricken with blindness, but bore her affliction with patience and Christian fortitude. It was delightful to hear her relate vividly her various experiences in life, especially those of her childhood and youth. Her greatest delight, however, was learned in youth. The influence of her life will be a constant testimony to the value of Holy Scripture applied in personal life. Funeral services July21 from the home and at the Kidron Mennonite Church, in charge of Allen Bixler and Isaac Zuercher, assisted by Simon Sommer and Reuben Hofstetter. Texts, I Thess. 4: 13-18; Psa. 23: 6. Interment in Sonnenberg Cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years of life's struggles,
Grandma has fallen asleep."
Stutzman. --- Rosa, oldest daughter of Jacob and Sophia Eicher, was born Nov. 23, 1859, near Flanagan, Ill.; died July 17, 1940, at the home of her youngest daughter (Mrs. Ada Schweitzer) near Milford, Neb.; aged 80 y. 6 m. 24 d. In her youth she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until her Saviour called her home-which has been her desire for some time. In the year 1878 she was married to Christian Zimmerman at Gridley, Ill. In 1881, they moved to Milfrod, Neb., where she spent the last 59 years of her life. To this union were born 2 sons and 6 daughters. One daughter died in infancy. Surviving are Bishop Jos. E., Jacob E., Katie (Mrs. Amos Jantzi), Sophia (Mrs. Henry Stauffer) and Emma (Mrs. L. O. Schlegel), all of Milford. Barbara Stutzman and Rosa Roth preceded her in death. Her husband died March, 1889. On Aug. 10, 1893 she was married to William Stutzman. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. Surviving are Harvey, Ada (Mrs. Emery Schweitzer), and Alma (Mrs. Lee Schweitzer). The two oldest (Aaron and Sarah Yeackley) preceded her in death. Her second husband died March 23, 1927. She leaves 3 sons and 5 daughters, also 4 stepsons (Menno, John I., and William of Milford and Perry of Middlefield, Ohio). One stepson (Jonathan) preceded her in death. She also leaves 4 sisters (Fannie Kremer of San Dimas, Calif.; Emma Springer of Aurora, Neb.; Josephine Claudin of Peoria, Ill.; Cathrene Hartman of Seward, Nebr.), 57 grandchildren, and 67 great-grandchildren. Two brothers, 3 sisters, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren preceded her. Funeral services were held July 19 at the East Fairview Church in charge of Bro. Wm. R. Eicher. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother's chair is empty now,
And the voice we loved is still;
Though our hearts are sad and broken,
May we say it is God's will."
Zeller. --- Menno, son of the late Ludwig and Sophia
(Becker) Zeller, was born in German Mills on Sept. 14,
1866; passed away at his home in German Mills on Saturday evening,
Aug. 3, 1940, following a heart attack; aged 73 y. 10 m. 19 d.
He was a resident of that community his entire lifetime. He was
well known in the community at large. On Dec. 12, 1894, in Kitchener,
he was united in marriage to Ella Baer who remains to mourn
his loss. He also is survived by 5 sons (Roy, of Exshaw, Alta.;
Oliver, Harvey, Stanley, and Alten, all of Kitchener), 2 daughters
(Mrs. Milton Lambke, of Preston, and Clara, at home), 9 grandchildren,
1 brother (John Zeller, of Detroit, Mich.), and 1 sister (Mrs.
Henry Stuckhart, of Kitchener). Funeral services were held in
the First Mennonite Church of Kitchener, Ont. Ministers in charge
were Bros. C. G. Derstine and Leslie Witmer. Theme, "Life's
Inescapable Appointment." Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Brubacher. ---Moses M., son of Moses and Elizabeth (Musselman) Brubacher, was born June 7, 1879; died Aug. 9, 1940; aged 61 y. 2 m. 2d. He was converted in early youth and was an active worker in Sunday school for many years. On June 23, 1918, he was ordained to the ministry and on July 20, 1931, to the office of bishop. For several years he was a member on the Mission Board and president of Ontario Mennonite Bible School, and served conference in various other ways. In all these duties he served faithfully and efficiently as long as health permitted. On March 5, 1936, he suffered a stroke, after which he could do no more work of any kind, but slowly became weaker until death relieved him of his suffering of which there was a great deal. On Jan. 11, 1911, he was married to Elizabeth Cressman who with 3 sons, 3 brothers, 1 sister and many relatives and friends are left to mourn the loss of a faithful husband, father, brother, and bishop. Funeral services were held Aug. 12, at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Roy S. Koch, assisted by Bros. Oliver D. Snider, Jesse B. Martin, and S. F. Coffman.
"Long may be the night of sorrow,
Great the load of care and pain;
But since God is overruling,
Such things never are in vain.
Christ in wondrous love and mercy,
His beloved doth sustain;
And in Heaven's blest tomorrow,
All these things will be made plain."
Charles. --- Lillie L., daughter of Benj. F. and Katie K. (Landis) Charles, was born near Landisville, Pa., Feb. 1, 1883; died at the Wernersville State Hospital July 27, 1940; aged 57 y. 5 m. 26 d. She was a faithful member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church for over 30 years. Here was a life of service for others. This manifested itself not only in her natural life, but her spiritual life, too, was constantly strengthened by living for others. Few, if any calls of need reached her heart without receiving a ready response, in so far as she was able to help. Hers was a hidden service, and her aims were given in the way that our Master commended. She was always blessed with good health until the few last months of her life, when she became troubled with a nervous disorder. Even in this condition her constant concern was that she might become a burden to others. The last month of her life was spent in the home of her sister (Mrs. M. H. Hostetter of Manheim, Pa.), until upon the advice of physicians she was removed on July 22 to the above hospital, where she passed away July 27. She is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Ella, wife of Aaron Graybill, near Lititz; Anna, wife of Willis Kilheffer of East Petersburg; John of Salunga; Joseph of Tyrone, Pa.; Jacob of Hamlin, Kans.; Kathryn, wife of Monroe Hostetter of Manheim; and Clayton of Akron, O. Her parents, 1 infant sister, and a brother (Benjamin) preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held from the home of her sister (Mrs. Hostetter) on the afternoon of July 30, followed by services at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Frank Kreider and John Gochnauer. Text, Gal. 5: 13, latter clause. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"One by one my loved ones leave me,
Voices sweet no more he heard;
But of God naught can bereave me,
'Thou remainest, Christ my Lord.'"
King. ---Oliver Hadley, son of O. W. and Florence King, was born May 1, 1928, near Hubbard, Oreg.; died Aug. 5, 1940; aged 12 y. 3 m. 4 d. Death came by drowning. He leaves his father, mother, 2 brothers (Lyle and Howard), 4 sisters (Mrs. Vernon Kauffman, Beulah, Doris, and Eunice), 1 grandmother, other relatives and many friends. In July, 1938, he was converted to the Christian religion. Later, Sept. 11, 1938, he was received into church fellowship by the ordinance of water baptism, uniting with the Hopewell Mennonite Church near Hubbard, Oreg. He remained a faithful member until God called his spirit away. Funeral services were in charge of Brethren H. A. Wolfer and LeRoy Cowan. Text, Prov. 27: 1. Burial in the Hopewell Cemetery. The crowd attending the funeral was so large that many people had to remain outside the building.
Landis. --- Daniel L., son of John L. and Catherine (Lehman) Landis, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., July 1, 1873; died near Chambersburg, Pa., July 22, 1940; aged 67 y. 22 d. In 1902 he was married to Sarah Eberly, who died May 23, 1927. In 1929 he was married to Mary Diller, who survives him. He is also survived by 2 children of the first marriage (Menno E. and Marie, wife of J. Marlin Burkholder, both of near Chambersburg), and 10 grandchildren. These brothers and sisters also survive him: Catherine of near Chambersburg, J. C., and Dr. H. L. Landis, and Mrs. Amanda Hipple all of Elkhart, Ind. He was found dead lying under a cherry tree on his farm where his son lives, by his little grandson. He evidently had a heart attack and fell from the ladder. He suffered with a heart condition for about five years. The welfare of the Church and its various activites was a great burden on his heart and a constantsupplication in his prayers. Especially was he interested in the movement of relief for war sufferers. He was also quite active in his secular life, having a large number of friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were held at his late home by Bro. D.E. Kuhns and at the Chambersburg Church by Bros. Harvey Shank and Harold Hunsaker.
Ranck. --- John K., only son of the late Jacob E. and Anna (Kreider) Ranck, was born Sept. 19, 1864, on the Ranck homestead south of Paradise, Pa.; died at his home in Leaman Place, Pa., July 26, 1940; aged 75 y. 10 m. 7 d. On Nov. 5, 1885, he was married to Emma J. Hostetter who survives him. Early in his young years he gave his heart to the Lord, united with the Paradise Mennonite Church and lived a faithful and devoted Christian life to the end. He was much interested in the Sunday school and mission movement and was active in the organization of the same 50 to 60 years ago. For a period of 38 years he was assistant supt. of the Sunday school, until in 1932 he declined further re-election because of advancing years. He was very faithful in Sunday school and church attendance, and his seat was seldom vacant except on account of sickness. He was also interested in the welfare of the community in general, and always had a desire to help the young people, ever ready to make sacrifices for the help and uplift of those about him, and much concerned that the young should learn of Jesus and give their lives to Him. He was much concerned about his family, desiring to see them give their lives to the Lord and engage in service for Him; which wish was granted. About 6 years ago he passed through a very serious operation. He was not expected to recover. The doctors had all given up hopes of his recovery. But we believe his work was not yet finished, and it was because of the prayers of those who knew the value of prayer that his life was prolonged for those 6 years. We feel sure he enjoyed those years, and we as a family enjoyed his fellowship, although due to advancing years his body was not quite so strong or active as heretofore. Early Sunday morning July 21, he suffered a slight stroke. W did not think it serious at first, believing it was possibly due to the heat wave in progress at that time; but with all that loving hands could do he gradually grew weaker, and on Friday eve, July 26, he peacefully slept away and departed to be with his Lord. He ofttimes expressed a desire that his passing away might be peaceful and without much suffering. His wish was granted. We miss the presence and counsel of a good husband, father, and grandfather, but we are resigned to the Lord, knowing that he was ready to go, and that our loss is his gain. "To depart and be with the Lord is far better." Besides his wife he is survived by 2 daughters (Ada R., wife of Elmer W. Stoltzfus of Ronks; Anna R., wife of Harry G. Breneman of Hessdale, Pa.), 1 son (John H., of Paradise), 9 grandchildren, and 1 sister (Susan C. Ranck of Paradise). Funeral services were held July 30 at the late home in Leaman Place, in charge of Bro. Amos Weaver and at Paradise Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. G. Parke Book. Text, Job 5: 26. Burial in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.
Ray. --- Bessie B., wife of Ward Ray of near Singers Glen, Va., died at her home July 10, 1940, of a heart attack, aged 56 years. Her husband is her only survivor besides her many friends. Funeral services were held from the Zion Hill Mennonite Church, where she was a member, conducted by Bro. A. W. Hershbarger. Burial in the Trissell Cemetery.
Stoll. --- Peter J., son of Jacob and Mary Stoll, was born May 24, 1860, in Wayne Co., Ohio. The family came to Missouri when he was 12 years old. On Jan. 28, 1891, he was married to Fannie Schindler. They were the parents of 6 sons and 3 daughters (Mrs. J. T. Shelton of Creighton, Mrs. Fred Plank and Floyd Stoll of Garden City, Mrs. Melvin Yoder of Harrisonville, Dan Stoll of Urich, Clyde, Harold and Joe Stoll of Kansas City, Mo., and Earl Stoll, deceased.) He has 24 grandchildren and 1 deceased grandchild, and 1 great-grandchild. He leaves 6 sisters (Mrs. Fannie Klophenstein and Mrs. Liza Allen of Garden City, Mo.; Mrs. Lydia Zehr and Mrs. Mary Wyatt of Ohio; Mrs. Katie Gerber of Canada; Mrs. Emma Allen, of Montana) and 1 brother (Jacob Stoll). Two brothers (Adam and David Stoll), have preceded him in death. Peter Stoll died Aug. 12, 1940; aged 80 y. 2 m. 18 d. He passed away at the home of his daughter (Mrs. J. T. Shelton) where he has made his home since the death of his wife, Dec. 22, 1930. He was a true husband and good father, having much love for his family. He first united with the Church of God, but after moving to Garden City he became a member of the M. E. Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in Garden City M. E. Church by Pastor Gilbert of Creighton, I. G. Hartzler, and Pastor Wells.
"Father dear has gone to rest.
No troubles disturb him, no fear annoy;
Where never a sin will stain his breast,
No cloud to o'ershadow his innocent joy,
His head is pillowed on Jesus' breast,
Our dearest father is sweetly at rest."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.