Coblenz.-Abraham Coblenz was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 22, 1873; died at Sheridan, Oreg., Nov. 1, 1941; aged 68 y. 9 m. 10 d. At the age of twenty years he with his parents moved to Partridge, Kans. where in the year 1896 he was married to Mary Kemp, also of Partridge. To this union were born 7 children; Noah of Knoxville, Ia.,; Mrs. Jake J. Miller of Unity, Wis.; Simm, Joe, and Abe of Hutchinson, Kans.; Dan of Newport, R. I.; and Jerry of Salem, Oreg. This union was broken on March 3, 1910, when Mrs. Coblenz passed into eternity. On Nov. 1, 1910, he was untied in marriage to Susanna Miller of Haven, Kans. To this union were born 9 children: Katherine Myrelda of Sheridan, Oreg.; Levi of Oregon City, Oreg.; Albert of Grand Ronde, Oreg.; Abner of Sweet Home, Oreg.; Chris, Mrs. Martha Hostetler, Mrs. Vera Kauffman, and Robert, of Sheridan, Oreg.; and 1 infant son who preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife Susanna, 15 children, and some 20 grandchildren. He was converted, baptized, and received into the Amish Mennonite Church at about the age of 22 years, later uniting with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained faithful to the end. We are glad to state that as our dear brother grew older in years he also grew in grace and in the knowledge of the truth, making more definite consecrations to God and the Church as light would dawn or conviction seize him. In his sickness and sufferings he expressed a readiness and willingness to depart this life. How blessed that God's children can face death with joy and assurance! Scripture reading and prayer in the home by Bro. D. F. Shenk. Scripture reading and prayer at the church by G. D. Shenk; sermon by H. G. Wolfer. Text, 12 Thess. 4: 16, 17. Our brother was the first to be laid away in the new cemetery site just purchased by the Sheridan Mennonite Church, located on the high bank of the Yamhill River, about six miles west of Sheridan.
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
When in heaven in joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Gardner.-Christian, oldest son of Daniel and Katie Gardner, was born July 22, 1876, in St. Agatha, Waterloo Co., Ont., Can.; died of dropsy on Nov. 15, 1941, at the Mennonite Home for the Aged at Eureka, Ill. where he lived since 1932; aged 65 y. 3 m. 23 d. His health had been failing for some time. He was baptized and received into the West Fairview Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. In his last days he was anxious to make peace with those whom he had offended, and to observe communion was one of his last desires. In 1914 he was married to Nora Stutzman of Milford, living in matrimony 5 years. To this union were born 4 children, all of them dying in infancy. His companion also passed to her reward on May 16, 1919. He leaves 1 sister, Mary, to mourn his departure. One sister (Mrs. Anna Albrecht), 4 brothers (Jacob, Daniel, Michael, and Samuel), 1 niece, together with his parents, preceded him in death. Three nephews and 1 niece survive. He spent most of his life on the farm in the vicinity of Goehner, Nebr., until nine years ago he disposed of his property and donated his farm to the cause of missions of the Mennonite Church and moved to the Home for the Aged at Eureka, Ill., where he lived and was cared for until his death. Services were held at the Old People's Home at Eureka on Sunday afternoon and from there the body was sent to the home of his sister Mary. Funeral services were held at the West Fairview Church, in charge of the home ministry, Bros. Ezra Roth, Wm. R. Eicher, and J. R. Troyer. Interment beside his wife was in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Huebert.-Dietrich Huebert was born to Catherine and
Peter Huebert on April 11, 1863, in South Russia; died at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Sam Oswald, Nov. 3, 1941; aged 78 y.
6 m. 21 d. He came to America with his parents at the age of 11
years. In 1892 he was united in marriage with Agatha Janzen who
preceded him in death about 19 years, losing her life in an accident.
This marriage was blessed with 7 children: Dave, Dick, Anna (Mrs.
P. P. Gade), Agatha (Mrs. Albert Erb), Mary (Mrs. Sam Oswald),
Catherine (Mrs. Chris Grieser), and John, all of whom survive
him except Dick who passed away in 1936. He became a Christian
and joined the Mennonite Church in his early manhood, in which
faith he remained until death. He with his wife spent their married
life in York, Sherman, and Holt counties in Nebraska and North
Dakota. Since the death of his wife he lived with his children,
except for a year or so which he spent with his sister, Mrs. K.
Friesen in Henderson, Nebr. He had been in rather poor health
for the last few years, being bedfast a little over 5 weeks. During
his last illness he suffered considerably but was very patient
and cheerful through it all. He will be missed in our home, but
we humbly bow to God's will. Funeral services were held at the
home by P. O. Oswald and Dan Birky, and at the church in O'Neill
in charge of A. W. Friesen. Interment was made in the Mennonite
Cemetery near O'Neill, Nebr.
Miller.-Clay B., son of Benjamin and Ada Brubaker Miller, was born in Neffsville, Pa., Nov. 23, 1910; passed away at the Lancaster General Hospital on Aug. 20, 1941. His entire life was spent at the place of his birth. In 1935 he was united in marriage to Alma Weaver of Bareville, Pa. In the same year he united with the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. His passing was a severe shock to the entire community and is another loud call that God is no respecter of persons, - that He gathers not only the early bud and aged flowers, but also the flowers which are just ready to blossom to adorn His heavenly garden. Besides his wife he also leaves a son, Henry Clay, and a sister, Esther (wife of Ivan Snyder) of Lititz, Pa. Funeral services were held in the home with Bro. John Gochnauer in charge, with further services at the church in charge of Bishop Henry Lutz and Bro. Benj. Wenger. Text, Rom. 8: 28. Interment in the East Petersburg 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."
Roth.-Lydia, daughter of John N. and Mary (Miller, Bender) Roth was born in Ontario, Can., Feb. 14, 1861. Her parents moved into the community of Wayland, Iowa, when she was 12 years of age and she has resided there since. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was received into the Sugar Creek congregation of which she remained a faithful member. Her kindly, considerate and sympathetic disposition will long be remembered by those who knew her. For the last few years she was not very well. After the last illness and death of her sister Emma, last spring, she gradually weakened until she fell peacefully asleep on the afternoon of Nov. 14, 1941; aged 80 y. 9 m. Her parents, a half brother, 4 half sisters, 1 brother, and 3 sisters preceded her in death. Of these 5 died in infancy. She leaves her foster sister (Fannie Eimen), her brother (C. M. Roth), and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Simon Gingerich and Willard Liechty. Burial in cemetery near by.
Schmitt.-Elmina Cressman was born in Blenheim
Twp., Oxford Co., Ont., Jan. 31, 1876; died Nov. 4, 1941; aged
65 y. 9 m. 4 d. She was married to Emanuel Schmitt on Mar.
20, 1901. This union was blessed with 4 children. One died in
infancy. She leaves to mourn a deeply bereaved husband, 1 daughter
(Mrs. Herbert Wismer of Baden), 2 sons (Daniel and Jacob of Kitchener),
2 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Jacob Axt of Petersburg and Mrs.
Ervin Gimbel of Breslau), 2 brothers (Alvin of Ceylon, Sask.,
and Joseph of Kitchener), and a host of other relatives and friends.
She accepted Christ as her Saviour on Mar. 14, 1897, and has been
a faithful and active member at Shantz Church for forty years.
She served eighteen years as secretary of the Ladies' Aid. For
the last number of years her health had been failing and, amid
trials and suffering, God in His infinite wisdom saw fit to take
her to her eternal rest. She will be greatly missed in the home,
church, and community, - above all, in the home. She was a real
"mother in Israel," always ready to help wherever she
could. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Orphen
Wismer, and at the Shantz Mennonite Church by Bros. Moses Roth
and L. H. Witmer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. L.H.W.
Steiner.-Daniel Theodore, oldest son of Peter S. and Esther Locker Steiner, was born in Gilford Twp., Medina Co., Ohio, Nov. 5, 1858; peacefully passed away at his home near Marshallville, O., on Sunday, Nov. 9, 1941; aged 83 y. 4 d. Father Steiner was in his usual good health and attended the Ohio Sunday School Conference at the Kidron Mennonite Church on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and the following Friday he went to Ingram, Pa., to visit his son Melvin, and after an enjoyable visit of two weeks he was taken seriously ill with a hear attack but recovered sufficiently to be removed to his home two weeks later. However, because of his advanced age, he continued growing weaker until the end came. On Nov. 12, 1881, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Musser and the following spring they moved to his companion's old homestead, at which farm he lived the remainder of his earthly pilgrimage. To this union 7 children were born: an infant son, who preceded him in death Dec. 3, 1882; a son, Melvin, of Ingram, Pa.; and the following daughters: Pearl Stull of Seville, O.; Clara Yoder, who passed away Nov. 9, 1927; Minnie Baumgartner, who resided at home and cared for her father during his illness; Effie Ebersole, Marshallville, O.; and Florence Kanagy, Rittman, O. There was also an orphan boy (Jay Spencer), and a granddaughter (Pearl Viola Rue), who were cared for a number of years in his home. Also his father, Peter S. Steiner, spent several years with him, and was in his home at the time of his death, Jan. 13, 1927. In his boyhood days he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Baptist Church; and in the spring of 1882 he transferred his membership to the Crown Hill Mennonite Church where he remained faithful until death. He was much interested in the building of the Crown Hill Church in 1883 and could relate many interesting experiences of the beginning of Sunday school at Crown Hill, he being one of the first superintendents at that time. He served as church treasurer for many years, and continued a live interest in the church of his choice until death. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, 1 son, 4 daughters, 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Ella Derhammer, Seville, O.), 3 brothers (W. J. Steiner and D. H. Steiner, both of Wadsworth, O., and T. E. Steiner of Wooster, O.), and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, his daughter Clara, 1 brother, Wesley, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Nov. 12, it being his sixtieth wedding anniversary. Services were held in the home by Bro. N. E. Hilty and at the Crown Hill Mennonite Church by Bros. I. J. Buchwalter and E. F. Hartzler. Text, Heb. 9: 27. He was laid to rest beside his daughter Clara who was laid away on Father's forty-sixth wedding anniversary.
"Finished are all earth's labors,
Tired and ready to sleep;
Ready to bid his friends good-by,
Wondering why they weep.
Passing out of earth's shadows
Into infinite day,
Why do we call it dying,
This beautiful going away?"
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah
Beckler.-William, son of Joseph and Magdeline Farney Beckler, was born Oct. 31, 1874, near Flanigan, Ill.; fell peacefully asleep at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Allen Hershberger, near Milford, Nebr., Nov. 24, 1941; aged 67 y. 24 d. In his youth he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he remained until death. In 1892 he was united in marriage to Rachel Jantzi. To this union 4 children were born; 2 daughters, Katie (Mrs. Allen Hershberger) and Tillie (Mrs. Nick Earnest), and 2 sons, Edward and William; 32 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, Mrs. Lydia Riley of Crete, 1 brother, Peter of Milford, and a host of relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife, April 28, 1928, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters, 1 of whom, Mary, of Wood River, passed away on Nov. 21, 1941, only three days before him. He was a kind and patient father who had kind words and a smile for everyone. Funeral services were conducted by Jos. E. Zimmerman.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting.
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Brenneman.-Lois Ann, daughter of Chris S. Brenneman, Baden, Ont., died Oct. 28, 1941; aged 3 y. 4 m. She is survived by her father (her mother having preceded her 6 months ago), 2 sisters (Jean and Helen), 1 brother (Ray), 1 grandmother (Mrs. J. Brenneman, and 1 grandfather (Chris. Lichti). She was always in poor health, but always wore a happy smile. Funeral services were held at Steinman's Church, Bishops Moses Roth and Moses Jantzi in charge. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Sweet little darling, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took her away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
Burkholder.-Abraham B. Burkholder was born Jan. 4, 1850; died Nov. 20, 1941; aged 91 y. 10 m. 16 d. He was ordained to the ministry in 1877 and served the Mennonite Church faithfully for 64 years. His last sermon was preached in June of this year. He was nonresistant in word and deed throughout life, and had united with the church in early manhood. He was twice married, first, to Nancy Weaver of Spring Creek, Va., which union was blessed with 10 children, 7 of whom survive him. Three daughters (Mrs. Maggie F. Swope of North Lima, Ohio, Mrs. Nannie Good of Sterling, Ill., and Mary E. Burkholder) preceded him in death. The following survive: John, of Weyers Cave, Va.; Reuben, of Waynesboro, Va.; Joseph A., of North Lima, Ohio; Perry A., of Waynesboro, Va.; Emanuel J., and Amos H., both of Harrisonburg, Va.; and Mrs. Ella Davis of Salem, Ohio. He also leaves 5 great-great-grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 43 grandchildren. He is the last of his father's family and lived to be more than twice the age of his parents. He spent all his life near his birthplace except a few years at North Lima, O., where he married Lydia Blosser Weaver who died on his 84th birthday. He was the church's first missionary to West Virginia where his work was blessed with many converts. He never shirked religious duties and privileges. Life was interesting to him for the work he could do for the Master. He was watching for the coming of the Lord when He will take His Bride to the marriage supper in the skies. Even in the face of death he had no fear and rarely ever mentioned the thought of departing. Painlessly and peacefully he slept away at 5:38 a. m., Nov. 20, at the home of his son Emanuel. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Church, with an overflowing house, on Sunday, Nov. 23, by Bishops J. L. Stauffer and Samuel Rhodes. His ministering brethren acted as pallbearers. Even in his old age he delighted in memorizing Scripture and sacred songs. He could quote from memory fifty chapters from the Bible - 1600 verses, including Psalm 119 containing 176 verses. He could sing from memory for more than four hours all the verses of about 100 sacred songs. Among his favorites were: "Come, Thou Almighty King," "God Is Love," "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," "Come, Gracious Spirit," "Wonderful Words of Life," "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord," "True to Thee," "Leaning on His Arms," "The Righteous Marching Home," and "Heavenly Vision," which latter song was sung to his honor at an old folks' singing held at Genoa, Va., since his death, using the "Harmonia Sacra," a book he loved so well. The closing words of Bro. Stauffer were: "His faithfulness is too well known to need comment," and "The world is better because of his life."
Here are two verses of a poem written by the departed, that
were found in one of his Bible commentaries:
An Easter Poem
By A. B. B.
"And now has come an Easter day,
And drives our gloom and fears away;
He arose from death to make it clear
That we the grave need not to fear.
"But best of all, His rising high
Assures a Home where none shall die;
And live with Him in heaven above,
Where all is joy and peace and love."
Denlinger.-Celeste Rife Denlinger, wife of David
W. Denlinger, was born Nov. 23, 1873; died Oct. 29, 1941; aged
67 y. 11 m. 6 d. She was a daughter of the late Jacob and Sara
Hamilton Rife and was a member of Hershey's Mennonite Church.
Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children:
Marie (wife of Noah Hershey), Parkesburg; Sara (wife of Herman
Hostetter), Hershey; Alta (wife of Ross Acker), Smyrna; Celeste
(wife of Warren Hershey), Paradise; Victor, of Paradise; Milton,
of Soudersburg; and Thelma (wife of Augusta Metz), of Milford,
Pike Co. She is also survived by a brother (William Hamilton Rife
of Chicago), and a sister (Sara, wife of Garfield Ammon, Gap);
also 18 grandchildren. She was afflicted for two years, and was
unable to attend to her household duties in which she had always
taken a great interest. She was very patient during her affliction,
and was pleased when any of her relatives and friends came to
visit her. We believe our loss is her eternal gain, which is far
better. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. Amos Stoltzfus,
with further services at Hershey's Church conducted by Bros. Martin
Hershey and Christian Brubaker. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, you are sweetly resting,
Here your toils and cares are o'er"
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress you more."
Kohli.-Christina, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Bare) Shank, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, June 24, 1851; died at her home near Wakarusa, Ind., Nov. 9, 1941; aged 90 y. 4 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Isaac Kohli, March 7, 1872. To this union were born 9 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. In 1884 the family moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where the father died in February, 1892, leaving in her care 7 children to whom she gave her most earnest care and devotion. In her early years she united with the Mennonite Church and in this faith lived a consistent Christian life. For a number of years she had been deprived of the privilege of attending church services because of bodily affliction. She bore her suffering with much patience and expressed her desire to fall asleep in Christian peace. She is survived by the following children: Henry, of Joliet, Ill.; Levi, of Warsaw, Ind.; Mary, wife of Amos Weldy, Montgomery, Ind.; Emma, at home; John; Ella, wife of Philip Kilmer; and Minnie, wife of John Weaver, all of Nappanee. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Bros. Virgil Weaver and Joseph and Henry Martin officiating. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more." ---The Children.
Miller.-Benjamin F., son of Absalom and Barbara Miller, was born March 28, 1860, in Miami Co., Ind.; died Nov. 18, 1941, at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Lottie Fisher of Peru, Ind.). His entire life was spent in and near this community. May 25, 1884, he was married to Lydia Alexander. To this union 6 children were born; 2 (May and Frankie) died in infancy. After the death of his wife in 1897, he continued to make a home for his family, and always, his chief interest has been the welfare of his children. Early in life he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. During his illness of several month's duration, he was especially patient and cheerful, and expressed the sentiment that all was well and that he was ready to go. Surviving are 4 children (Mrs. Lottie Fisher and Mrs. Bessie Fisher of Peru, Winnie Miller of Converse, and Mrs. Ruth Helsley of Pontiac, Mich.), 9 grandchildren, and 1 sister (Mrs. Noah W. King of near Kokomo). There are also many nieces and nephews who will always cherish the memory of "Uncle Ben"; also a host of friends and acquaintances. Funeral services, Nov. 21, were conducted by A. G. Horner and J. W. Horner. Text, Heb. 13: 14.
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me,
And may there by no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark,
And may there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark."
Nisly.-Eli, son of Abraham Nisly, was born near Goshen, Ind., July 7, 1864; died near Nowata, Okla., Oct. 2, 1941; aged 77 y. 3 m. 25 d. He was married to Fanny Troyer Dec. 29, 1887. To this union were born 13 children; Susie, wife of A. J. Miller; Barbara, died in infancy; Sarah, wife of Ed. Mast; Abraham, married to Sarah Miller; Elizabeth, wife of Noah Mast; Mose, at home; Fannie, wife of Joseph Hochstetler; John, married to Lizzie Miller; Mary, wife of Ben Yoder; Saloma, wife of Tobias Yoder; Eli, married to Alma Miller; Drusilla, wife of Daniel Yoder; Sevilla, wife of Edward Yoder. He leaves his deeply bereaved companion, 10 children, 58 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Mattie, Abraham, and Daniel of Kansas, Enos of Oregon, and Elizabeth of Virginia), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home were conducted by Bros. J. H. Miller and Noah Mast of Hutchinson, Kans. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and remained steadfast unto the end. He was ordained to the ministry in 1890, and in 1909 ordained bishop. He labored faithfully in the vineyard of the Lord.
Stutzman.-Maryann Bechler Stutzman, wife of David D. Stutzman of Woodriver, Nebr., was born near Flanagan, Ill., April 12, 1868; died at the St. Francis Hospital, Grand Island, Nebr.; aged 73 y. 7 m. 7 d. Death was caused by diabetic gangrene. She came with her parents, Joseph and Magdalene Bechler, to Milford, Nebr., at the age of 9 years. She accepted Christ in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. On. Oct. 27, 1888, she was united in marriage to David D. Stutzman at Milford, Nebr., and lived there until 1905 when they moved to Woodriver, Nebr. To this union were born 13 children. Two sons and 2 daughters preceded her in death. There remains to mourn her departure her husband (D. D. Stutzman), 6 sons and 3 daughters (Ira, Pearl, and David of near Albany, Ore.; Albert and Verda of near South English, Ia.; Joseph, Mennon, Sarah, and Maryann of Woodriver, Nebr.), 47 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Peter and William Bechler of Milford, Nebr.), 1 sister (Lydia Riley of Crete, Nebr.), and a host of other relatives and friends. She was a kind and loving mother, and suffered her affliction with Christian fortitude. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. A. E. Stoltzfus of Wellman, Ia., and at the church by Bros. Alvin Gascho of Woodriver and J. E. Zimmerman of Milford. Scripture reading from II Cor. 5: 1-10; text, Reb. 14: 13.
"Mother is peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more.
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah
Godshalk.-Elsie K. Hockman was born Oct. 30, 1896; died Oct. 21, 1941; aged 44 y. 11 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Horace S. Godshalk on May 3, 1919. This union was blessed with 3 children; 1 daughter who preceded her in death; and 2 sons (Paul and Earl), who, with their father, deeply mourn her departure. Two brothers and 1 sister also survive her. One brother and 1 sister preceded her in death. She accepted Christ in her youth and was an active member of the Doylestown Mennonite Church. She was afflicted with pulmonary tuberculosis for about two and one-half years and was bedfast and helpless for five months. During her sickness she was visited by a large circle of her friends. She was a devoted Christian wife and mother who always had the spiritual welfare of her family at heart. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Melvin Bishop, and at the church by Bros. Joseph Gross and A. O. Histand. Her chosen text was Phil. 1: 21.
"We cannot say, we will not say,
That she is dead, - she is just away;
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
She has passed into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since she lingers there. -By the Family.
Good.-Menon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Menon Good,
was born Dec. 29, 1882, in Woolwich Twp., Ont.; died Sept. 6,
1941; aged 59 y. 10 m. 8 d. Surviving to mourn his loss are 2
sisters (Mrs. Jacob Clemmer and Mrs. Simeon Snyder), and 3 brothers
(Noah, Amos, and Henry). Funeral services were conducted by Bros.
J. B. Martin at Letters Funeral Home in Waterloo, Ont. Text, 1
Cor. 15. Burial in Maritn's Mennonite Cemetery.
Hartzler.-David K., second son of Joel and Lydia (Plank) Hartzler, was born in Pennsylvania Jan. 17, 1852; died Nov. 19, 9141, of infirmities of age at his home in West Liberty, Ohio; aged 89 y. 10 m. 2 d. When a small boy his parents moved to Ohio, where the remainder of his life was spent. March 12, 1877, he was united in marriage to Nancy Yoder. To this union were born 7 children, 1 son dying in infancy. April 12, 1892, the wife passed to her reward. His marriage to Susanna (Swartz) Smucker took place on Nov. 17, 1896. To this union were born 5 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. A small son (David) died at the age of 2 years, and a daughter (Naomi Steiner) died in 1932. His companion preceded him in death Dec. 2, 1901. He was joined in holy matrimony to Elizabeth (Mast) Zook July 28, 1915. She preceded him in death four years ago last March. He was a man who met his sorrows courageously and with Christian fortitude, a man of unusual strong physique, who was never sick. He was industrious, conservative, conscientious, liberal in his giving, a friend in need and deed, and possessed an outstanding jovial disposition which made for him many friends. His occupation as a successful farmer, and also miller for many years, made his acquaintance extend far and wide. As an adviser whose judgment was highly respected, his advice was often sought, not only by his children but also by many others. In early life he united with the Mennonite Church and was a defender of the faith. Surviving are 7 children (Thomas, of Columbus; Arthur, Mrs. Emmanbelle Yoder, and Mrs. Mollie Kauffman, of West Liberty; Rufus, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Frank, of Goshen, Ind.; and Amos, of South Charleston, O., 1 brother (J. T. Hartzler of West Liberty), 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 22 at the Oak Grove Church in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer, N. E. Troyer, and E. M. Yost of Greensburg, Kans.
Hooley.-David H., son of David and Fannie Hooley, was born in Belleville, Pa., Feb. 8, 1869; died Nov. 26, 1941, at his late home in West Liberty; aged 72 y. 9 m. 18 d. He had been in failing health for several years, being afflicted with asthma and other complications, and in the last few weeks he suffered much, yet he bore it patiently. He grew to manhood in the community of his birth. Jan. 24, 1895, he was united in marriage with Saloma Mast of Morgantown, Pa. They lived in Belleville, Pa., until 1903, when they moved to North Dakota.. In the fall of 1908 they moved to Logan Co., Ohio, where he had since resided. His companion died March 6, 1940, after which he often expressed himself as being lonesome. He accepted Christ when a young man, and was a member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church at the time of his death. He had a kind, patient, and cheerful personality and was a special friend of children, who will miss Grandpa Hooley's pleasant smile and cheerful greetings as they passed by or came to see him. Three children survive: Clarence D. Hooley, Bellefontaine; Amanda (Mrs. Arthur Hale), West Liberty; Ethel (Mrs. Howard Popps), Bellefontaine; also 6 grandchildren, 1 brother (John M. Hooley, Ivyland, Pa.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Yoder, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Leah Zook, West Liberty; and Mrs. J. A. Zook, Morgantown, Pa.), and a number of nephews and nieces. One son (Omar) and 1 granddaughter (Geraldine Sue Popps) preceded him in death. Funeral services at the Bethel Mennonite Church were in charge of Bros. N. E. Troyer and S. E. Allgyer. Burial in the Yoder Cemetery.
"Away in the beautiful hills of God,
By the valley of peace, so fair,
Sometime, some day, we know not when,
We may meet dear Father there."
Hunsberger.-Lovina, widow of the late Bro. Abram H. Hunsberger, was born in South Cayuga Twp., Haidimand Co., Ont., the daughter of Michael and Anna (Houser) Stoner, on July 31, 1874. She died in the St. Catharine's Hospital on Nov. 24, 1941; aged 67 y. 3 m. 24 d. She was married to Abram H. Hunsberger Dec. 11, 1894. Both united with the Mennonite Church in South Cayuga in 1895, following a series of meetings held at the place by John S. Coffman. For a time they resided in their home district, later residing at Vineland, Preston, and Kitchener, returning to Vineland in 1905, where they continued their residence and fellowship with the Church. Bro. Hunsberger died in 1940. Her life was devoted to the work of the Lord and to a faithful Christina ministry in helpful labors wherever she found occasion. She served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Vineland Sewing Circle for a period of 24 years. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her place in the neighborhood will be greatly missed. A large assembly of neighbors and friends on the day of the funeral services bore testimony to the high regard in which she was held. Services were in charge of Bro. S. F. Coffman, assisted by neighboring ministers, D. Steinman and H. Hallman. Text, Mark 14: 8. "She hath done what she could." Interment in the Vineland Cemetery.
King.-Eliza Belle Diffenderfer was born July 6, 1875, at East Lynn, Mo.; died at her home near Oyster Point, Va., Nov. 12, 1941. In 1898 she was married to Jacob King who predeceased her Feb. 5, 1929. They were among the earliest settlers in the Warwick River Mennonite community and, with the exception of a few years in Oklahoma and New Mexico, spent the rest of their lives here. As a young woman she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until her death. In the later years of her life Sister King suffered much as an invalid, and was to all an example of patience and trust in her Lord. Surviving her are her foster son (Fred King of Hampton, Va.), 1 grandson, 2 sisters (Miss Rachael Diffenderfer of Tyrone, Pa., and Mrs. Necia Miller of Oyster Point), 1 brother (George Diffenderfer of Denhigh, Va.), and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at her late home and at the Warwick River Church with Bros. Truman H. Brunk and Daniel Shenk in charge. Interment in near-by cemetery.
Litwiller.-Lydia, daughter of the late Bro. and Sister John Brenneman, was born in Perth Co., Ont., April 22, 1874; died Nov. 26, 1941 at the K. & W. Hospital, following an illness of five weeks; aged 67 y. 7 m. 4 d. She was married to Moses Litwiller on Dec. 11, 1900. Her husband predeceased her 25 years ago. Surviving are 6 sons (Allen, Irvin, and Clayton of Waterloo; Anson of Toronto, Gordon of Kitchener, and Wilbert of Waterloo), 4 brothers (Moses of Waterloo, Daniel of Kitchener, Aaron and John of New Hamburg), 3 sisters (Mrs. John Schwartzendruber of Tavistock, Mrs. M. Wagler of Baden, and Mrs. P. Schwartzendruber of Petersburg), and 13 grandchildren. Sister Litwiller was a faithful member of the Erb St. Mennonite Church. She loved her Lord and was a loyal worshiper in the church. Her falling asleep in Jesus is to depart to be with the Lord which is far better. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., in charge of Bro. J. B. Martin. Text, Psa. 31:15.
Newcomer.-Abraham, second son of Jacob and Elizabeth Kilmer Newcomer, was born April 29, 1870, in Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind.; passed away Nov. 8, 1941 at the home of his son John in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind.; aged 71 y. 6 m. 8d.. Death was caused by complications. His early boyhood days were spent in the parental home, after which he moved into the Yellow Creek community where he lived the remainder of his life. On May 21, 1892, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Hoover, who passed away 14 years prior to his death. To this union were born 4 children: John Henry of Goshen, Ind.; Elisabeth (deceased 1927); Mrs. Lee Blake of Goshen, Ind.; and Amanda Mabel (deceased 1918). He is also survived by 1 brother (Eli of Syracuse, Ind.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Will Miller of Bristol, Ind.; Mrs. Harvey Yoder and Miss Lydia Newcomer of Elkhart, Ind.), 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Early in his manhood life he confessed Christ as his Saviour and united with the body of believers of the Mennonite faith, in which faith he died. Funeral services held at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Virgil C. Weaver and Delmer Horn.
Peifer.-Monroe H., son of Daniel E. and Maria Huber Peifer, died at his home near Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 25, 1941; aged 78 y. He had been in failing health for six months. He was a retired farmer, and a faithful member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church. Surviving him are his wife (Lydia Groff), 6 children (Lillie, wife of Christian M. Becker, Millersville; Harry G., of Richmond Highland, Washington; Monroe G., of Kirkwood; Mrs. Bessie Kreider, Quarryville; Amos G., Neffsville; and Anna G., wife of Aaron T. Harnish, Strasburg), 17 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister (Mrs. Jacob C. Kreider, Rohrerstown), and a brother (Daniel H. Peifer, East Petersburg). We bow in submission to Him who said, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. Elmer Martin, with further services at Mellinger's Mennonite Church by Bro. David Landis. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"We are confident, dear Father,
Of your Home in heaven above;
Yes, we hope again to meet you,
In the higher realms of love;
In celestial song to join you,
Praising Him who reigns on high." -The Family.
Ramer.-Judith Fay, infant daughter of Edwin and Amanda (Bontrager) Ramer of New Paris, Ind., was born the morning of Nov. 18, 1941; died in the afternoon of the same day at the Goshen Hospital. She leaves her sorrowing parents and her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Tobias Bontrager of New Paris Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ramer of Nappanee, Ind.), besides many other relatives. Funeral service was conducted in the home by Bro. Francis Freed. Burial in the Yellow Creek 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."
Schantz.-Anna, daughter of Jacob and Lena Zimmerman,
was born near Regensburg, Germany, June 8, 1875; died at her
home near Hydro, Okla., Nov. 24, 1941; aged 66 y. 5 m. 16 d. Her
death was caused by heart trouble, from which she was ill about
a year. She came to America with her parents at the age of five
years and settled near Flanagan, Ill. On Mar. 17, 1896, she was
united in marriage to Daniel Schantz who preceded her in
death. They made their home at Fulda, Minn., where they resided
for 3 years, after which they moved to near Rolfe, Iowa, where
they lived 8 years, after which they came to Hydro, which has
since been her home. She is survived by 1 son, Alvin, of this
place, 1 daughter, Anna, wife of Lewis Holsopple of Versailles,
Mo., and 4 grandchildren; also by 1 sister, Mary Blum of Hydro,
and 3 brothers: Joseph of San Diego, Calif., Jacob of Lawton,
and Andrew of Hydro. She was preceded in death by her husband,
father, mother, and 1 brother, Chris. She accepted Christ as her
Saviour when 14 years of age and became a member of the Mennonite
Church, of which she was a faithful member until the end. She
will be sadly missed as a loving mother, and in the many other
avenues of service in which she was busily engaged as long as
health permitted. Funeral services were conducted at the house
and at the church by Bros. J. R. Shank and I. G. Hartzler, both
of Missouri, who were there at that time. Interment in cemetery
Smith.-Hannah, daughter of John and Elizabeth Christophel, was born in Union Twp., in the vicinity of Yellow Creek on July 28, 1858; passed to her reward Nov. 15, 1941; aged 83 y. 4 m. 17 d. Her entire life was spent in this vicinity. The illness which caused her death dates back to about six weeks ago, at which time she went to the home of her nephew, Elmer Christophel. She is survived by 2 sisters: Sarah Christophel ,with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life since the death of her parents; and Harriet Blosser, also of this community. She is survived also by numerous nephews, nieces, and friends. On Aug. 3, 1884, she was united in marriage to Jacob Smith. This union was of very short duration, for it was broken by the death of her husband on Sept. 5, 1884, and that same year she also united with the Mennonite Church at Yellow Creek. To this faith she held throughout her entire life, and seldom was her place in church vacant if health and circumstances permitted. To those who knew Hannah best, she will always be held in highest esteem, for she always lived a quiet, unassuming, and consistent Christian life. She always expressed interest and a full measure of devotion to the church of which she was a part. Her burdens and disappointments in life were always borne patiently. Truly it may be said of her, "She hath done what she could." Funeral services were held at the home of her nephew and at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. D. A. Yoder and V. C. Weaver. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
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Ehst.-Marian L. Souder was born Nov. 21, 1916; died Dec. 11, 1941; aged 25 y. 20 d. Surviving are her husband (Abram M. Ehst), a small daughter (Doris), her parents (Russell Souder and wife), 2 sisters, 1 brother, and a grandmother. About ten years ago Marian accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and lived true to Him to her end. After a few years of happy married life in which she hopefully endured a long siege of sickness she passed on to the great beyond where to the child of God all suffering is forever at an end. Funeral services were held Dec. 15, conducted by Bros. Jacob M. Moyer, Henry Bechtel, John S. Kriebel, and E. W. Kulp. Interment in Bally Mennonite Cemetery.
Hoover.-Moses, son of Deitrich and Catherin Hoover, was born near Selkirk, Ont., July 17, 1853; died at his late residence near Selkirk, July 25, 1941; aged 88 y. 8 d. On July 11, 1877, he was married to Anna Moyer. They had 1 son (Osbourn) who still lives on the home farm. In about 1891, during the J. S. Coffman revivals, both he and his companion accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, where they both served faithfully till death.
In 1893 Bro. Hoover was ordained to the ministry by Bishop Amos Cressman of Waterloo Co., and served as minister of the Rainham and So. Cayuga congregations until failing health caused him to retire from pulpit work. His advice and inspirations were always appreciated by the young minister who served in his stead. Dec. 27, 1938, he was predeceased by his companion. She lived to be 84 y. 16 d. old. The years of her life had been filled with deeds of loving service to her fellow men. She was always forgetful of self and mindful of the happiness of others.
The Ontario Conference will miss the presence and counsels of one of its oldest ministers of the district. However, our loss will be his gain. The funeral service was conducted at the Rainham Mennonite Church by Bro. A. Lewis Fretz. Interment in So. Cayuga Cemetery, where his companion was laid away. A. L. Fretz.
Koerner.-Peter J. Koerner, was born May 14, 1868, near Metamora, Ill.; died at his home in Cullom, Ill., Nov. 14, 1941, following an illness of two years' duration; aged 73 y. 6 m. He came with his parents (Peter and Mary Hernig Koerner) in 1870, and was married to Mary Christophel, Dec. 25, 1890. They began farming near Cullom, and farmed in this community until ten years ago, when they moved into Cullom. He was preceded in death by his companion on Feb. 27 of last year, and his daughter Elsie in May, 1938. There remain 2 sons (Henry A., and Reuben P.); 2 daughters (Mrs. Minnie Roeschley, and Susie), 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 1 brother (George), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mollie Christophel, Norcross, Minn.; and Mrs. Sara Unzicker, Tuleta, Tex.). When a young man he was baptized and received into the Cullom Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. A. H. Leaman and N. N. Roeschley. Burial in West Lawn Cemetery.
Mishler.-Catherine, daughter of Yost J., and Elizabeth (Hershberger) Miller, was born Nov. 5, 1862, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at her home in Middlebury, Ind., Dec. 5, 1941; aged 79 y. 1 m. 1 d. At about the age of 5 she with her parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she spent the remainder of her life, with the exception of about eight years. She was married to Jacob W. Mishler Sept. 12, 1880. To this union were born 5 children, 1 of whom (Ida Mae Miller) preceded her in death by 1 year and 1 month. She leaves her loving husband, 3 daughters (Wilma Grace, Mrs. L. R. Yoder; Barbara Ellen, Mrs. Olen Yoder; and Edna Ethel, Mrs. Earl Karn), and 1 son (Roy F. Mishler), all of Middlebury, Ind.; also 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. She was the last of a family of 10 children and, though she for years was afflicted with a heart ailment, not until only the last few weeks was she seriously ill. She was a faithful and devoted mother, having accepted Jesus as her Saviour in youth, and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church till her death. Though her death was rather unexpected, yet she passed away so peacefully that it leaves a testimony for her Saviour stronger than words could utter. Funeral services were held at the Middlebury Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. D. D. Miller and Wilbur Yoder. Text, Psa. 23: 4. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
"Of all the dearest words to me,
I hardly know another
That sounds more sweetly to my ear
Than the blessed name of Mother!"
Musser.-Peter R., son of Christian and Sarah Musser, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 20, 1873; died at the hospital in Wooster Dec. 12, 1941; aged 68 y. 2 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage to Sister Nettie Hooley Dec. 18, 1894, who with 1 daughter (Mrs. John Strickler of Smithville, Ohio), survives; also 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Bro. and Sister Musser were greatly attached to their grandchildren, opening their home to Ray and Clyde, where they grew to manhood. He is also survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Daniel Steiner of Marshallville, O.; Mrs. Simon Kurtz of Smithville; Jacob Musser of Wooster; and Daniel Musser of Orrville), with a large circle of near relatives and friend. In his youth he confessed and accepted Christ as his Saviour and Lord, was baptized and received into the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where he remained faithful in the Master's service. In his affliction he was patient, and put his trust in his heavenly Father, who doeth all things well. Services were conducted by Wm. G. Detweiler and J. S. Gerig from Psa. 23 and Psa. 90: 14. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Thy day has come, dear Father, not gone;
Thy sun has risen, not set;
Thy life is now beyond the reach of death or change,
Not ended, but begun, O noble soul.
O gentle heart. Farewell, dear Father."
Shantz.-Albert Shantz was born Aug. 24, 1874;
died Nov. 25, 1941; aged 67 y. 3 m. 1 d. May 2, 1906, he was married
to Christina Frey. To this union was born 1 daughter (Edna). Bro.
Shantz had been in good health till a few weeks ago, when he felt
an illness creeping upon him, and he passed peacefully away at
his home in Elmira. He leaves his sorrowing wife and their daughter
Edna, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of friends. He was a member
of the Mennonite Church since his youth. The funeral took place
at the Elmira, Ont., Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Funeral services were conducted by Bros. O. D. Snider and J. R.
of Harrisonburg, Va.
"Calm and peaceful he is sleeping,
Sweetest rest that follows pain;
We who loved him sadly miss him,
But trust in God to meet again."
Wenger.-Amanda H., daughter of Israel and Anna (Hess) Rohrer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 27, 1865. Dec. 4, 1888, she was united in marriage to Adam Wenger of Greenmount, Va. They made their home in Virginia until 1910, when they with their family moved to Mahoning Co., Ohio, where she resided until God called her home Dec. 6, 1941; aged 75 y. 11 m. 9 d. Her passing was very sudden, without a word or unusual pain; which reminds us anew of the thought, "In the midst of life, we are in death." In her girlhood she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful through life. Much of her life was spent as an invalid, but she bore her afflictions submissively. She was deeply devoted to her family; one of her chief concerns being the welfare of her children, as her last words expressed. She loved hospitality and always enjoyed visitors. She is survived by her bereft husband and the following children: Mattie (Mrs. William Ziegler), Harrisonburg, Va.; Abram J., Fentress, Va.; Lena (Mrs. Edwin Weaver), Salem, Ohio; Amos D., Harrisonburg, Va.; Stella V. (Mrs. Frank Good), Dayton, Va.; Hannah (Mrs. Enos Witmer), Salem, Ohio; Joseph H., Williamsburg, Va.; Edith (Mrs. John R. Martin), Dalton, Ohio; Anna Mary, at home; David, Columbiana, Ohio. One son (Israel) preceded her to the heavenly home 14 years ago. She is also survived by 48 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Hettie Showalter and Mattie Rohrer of Dayton, Va.), and 1 brother (Daniel H. Rohrer of Lancaster, Pa.). She will be sadly missed, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Moses Horst and Abram Good of Wadsworth, Ohio, and at the church by Bro. David Wenger of Dalton, Ohio, assisted by Bros. Harvey Fricke of Wauseon, Ohio, Benjamin Good of Orrville, Ohio, and Daniel Witmer of Columbiana, Ohio. Text, Psalm 130. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.
"Dear is the grave wherein she is laid,
Sweet is the memory that never shall fade;
Fond is the hope that again we shall meet,
Kneeling together at Jesus' feet." -The Family.
Wolber.-Mary Magdalene, daughter of Jacob and Phebe Wolber, was born in Deer Creek, Ill., Dec. 28, 1895; died at her home in Deer Creek Dec. 2, 1941, after one week of severe illness. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, then in Goodfield (now Morton), Ill. Although seldom able to attend services, she has always been intensely interested and active in the Lord's work, and in the extension of the Kingdom. During a long illness of 10 years, 4 _ of which were spent in Oak Knoll Sanatorium, she showed great Christian fortitude, cheerfulness, and courage. The manner in which she carried her cross with a smile has been an inspiration to all who knew her. For the past 5 years she was a member of the shut-in society, and during this time she encouraged other shut-ins with her letters of cheer and comfort. Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother (Alvin), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Zehr, and Ada who died in infancy). She leaves 3 sisters (Esther Wober of Deer Creek, Mrs. Susan Heiser of Morton, and Mrs. Emma Guengerich of Deer Creek), 1 brother (John Wolber of Peoria), and many other relatives and friends.
"E'en for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief,
Death cannot long divide;
For is it not as though the rose that climbed my garden wall
Has blossomed on the other side?
Death doth hide
But not divide;
Thou art but on Christ's other side!
Thou art with Christ, and Christ with me;
In Christ united still are we."
Yoder.-Lydia Luella, daughter of Joshua and Martha (Yoder) Kenagy, was born near Topeka, Ind., Feb. 23, 1864; died near Harrisonville, Mo., Dec. 5, 1941; aged 77 y. 9 m. 12 d. At the age of 14 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church near Topeka, and later transferred her membership to Sycamore Grove Church near Garden City, Mo. To this faith she held until the Lord called her home. She was always very much interested in her family and in the work and welfare of the Church. She was married to Simon R. Yoder Feb. 7, 1886. To this union were born 4 children. One son died in infancy. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons (Elba J., of Garden City, and Ralph of Harrisonville), 1 daughter (Nona of the home), 1 sister (Mary, wife of J. B. Yoder of Garden City), 1 brother (Frank Kenagy of Claypool, Ind.), 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Her father and mother, 1 sister (Sarah), and 2 brothers (Simon and Rudolph Kenagy) preceded her in death. She became ill Oct. 27, and on Dec. 2, she suffered a paralytic stroke, causing her death four days later. She was a faithful and devoted companion, a self-denying and tenderhearted mother, and an affectionate and sympathetic neighbor. Her friends were numbered by her acquaintance. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church in charge of Bro. I. G. Hartzler, assisted by other home ministers. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
"She has crossed the deep dark river
With her Saviour hand in hand;
Not afraid, without a quiver,
She has joined the angel band."
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