Ebersole Anna B. Detweiler was born in Bucks Co., PA., July 20 1855; died in her home in DeSoto City, Florida, Dec. 9, 1940; aged 85 y. 4 m. 19 d. On Dec. 8, 1881, she was married to Michael R. Ebersole. They erected their home at Sterling, Ill. To this union were born two daughters (Jennie D. and Eliza Mae). The parents confessed their Saviour and united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church near Sterling. July 18, 1906, they moved to Souderton, Pa., where Eliza Mae died Feb. 22, 1909. Aug. 1, 1924, the father fell asleep, to be laid away with their daughter. Owing to the mother's physical condition, she with her remaining daughter spent the winters and several summers since 1924 in the South. For the last three years her heart failed, so that she realized that her days were numbered. She spent many sleepless nights in communion with her Lord. Funeral services were held Dec. 11 in Sebring, Fla., conducted by Bros N. H. Mack and J. P. Sauder, assisted by Bro. Kauffman of the Church of the Bretheren in Sebring. The same day the remaining daughter accompanied the remains to Souderton, Pa., where services were conducted by Bros. E. B. Moyer and John H. Mosemann. Text, I Cor. 15:49. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near-by, with her companion and daughter.
"One by one the links are severed
From the golden chain of love;
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above."
Fissel, George Fissel was born Aug. 16, 1864; died Oct. 22, 1940, after a short illness; aged 76 y. 2 m. 6 d. He is survived by 3 children (Mrs. Samuel Crowl, Florin, Pa.; Mrs. Isaac Hollinger, Rheems, Pa.; and Norman, Pottstown, Pa.); also 1 sister (Mrs. Emma Raffensberger, Florin, Pa.). He was a member of the Landis Valley congregation near Neffsvills, Pa., for a number of years, and for the past three years was an inmate of the Oreville Home. Funeral services were conducted at the Home and Landis Valley Church by Noah L. Landis and Ira D. Landis. Text, II Cor. 5: 1, 2. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Good Victor Paul, son of Bro. Paul and Sister Lydia Good, Lancaster Co., Pa., was instantly killed while on his way to work on a bicycle, being hit by an automobile soon after he left home. Victor accepted Christ at the age of twelve and was faithful, devoted, kind, and loving son and faithful member. Age, 20 y. 2 m. 1 d. Funeral services were held Dec. 7, when a large number were present. Services in charge of Bros. Geo. Good, John W. Weaver, A. H. Weaver and J. Paul Graybill. Text, Eccl. 12:1. He is survived by his parents and 1 brother (Ivan). The family has the sympathy of their many friends in this hour of deep grief and sorrow.
"God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given;
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."
Hershberger Absalom P., son of Paul P.
and Marthy (Kuhns) Hershberger, was born April 1, 1863
in Holmes Co., Ohio; died Nov. 16, 1940, at his home in Milford,
Nebr.; Aged 77 y. 7 m.
15 d. In 1867 he moved with his parents to Johnson Co., Iowa. In 1877 they moved to Milford, Nebr., and lived there the rest of his time. His father was the first minister of the East Fairview Church, the first Mennonite Church in Nebraska. In June, 1884, he was united in marriage to Sarah Stutzman. To this union were born 13 children; 2 died in infancy. His wife died in June 1908. On Feb. 23, 1914, he was again married to Mary Ulrich. He leaves his faithful companion, 7 sons and 4 daughters (Amon of Milford, John of Kalona, Iowa; Allen, Mrs. Lavina Rediger, Dave, Mrs. Iva Hauder of Milford; Mrs Lucinda Earnest of Kalona, Iowa; Edward of Amenia, N. Dak.; Paul of Wellman, Iowa; Mrs. Alice Yeackley of Milford and Ezra of Darjeeling, India); also 64 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (John and Joe of Milford), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Amanda Beckler of Milford and Mrs. Levina Jantzi of Grand Island, Nebr.). His parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and was a faithful member to the end. He served in the office of trustee a number of years, was a kind father, always ready to advise in the ways of the Lord. His was a home where many sacred songs were sung. He will be greatly missed in the home, the Church, and community. His death was caused by a heart attack and he passed away very quickly without warning to any one. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Maurice Yoder. Text, Rev.22:5.
Huntsberger Mary, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Hursh) Brenneman, was born Jan. 15, 1855, in Wayne Co., Ohio, and lived in Orrville and vicinity all her life. Seven weeks ago last Sunday she became seriously ill and was tenderly cared for in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ralph Garns. She peacefully fell asleep in Jesus Dec. 9; aged 85 y. 24 d. On Jan 22, 1874, she was united in marriage with Abram Huntsberger. To this union were born 8 children. Her husband, 1 daughter, Anna (Mrs. Jonas Horst), 2 sons (Harry, and an infant son, preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her departure 2 daughters; Fanny (Mrs. J. D. Hostetler) of Orrville, O.; Mamie (Mrs. Ralph Garns) of Wooster, O.; 3 sons ( Benj. F. of Massillon, o.; Jacob B. of Brewster, o.; Melvin H. of Berea, O.), 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, with many other relatives and friends. In early youth she accepted Jesus as her Saviour and Lord and was received into the fellowship of the Martin's Mennonite Church. Later she became a charter member of the Orrville Mennonite Church, in which communion she remained faithful to the end. Her delight was in the house of the Lord, and in the keeping of His commandments she found much joy. She loved the Word of God and the hymns of the church, and took an active interest in the work of the church. Her home was a place of refuge and shelter for kin and stranger. She was a loving mother to all, and gave herself and what she had for others. Hers was a life of many labors. In turn, she received the most loving care from her loved ones in her days of suffering and affliction. The 46th Psalm was a great comfort to her and was used as a basis for meditation in the sermon. Funeral services were conducted from the home of her daughter (Mrs. Garns) and the Martins Mennonite Church in charge of her pastor, I. W. Royer, assisted by Bishop I. J. Buchwalter and Elder D. R. McFadden.
King Lucille Elizabeth, daughter of Orie D. and Fanny (Burkholder) King, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Aug. 8, 1906. For over six years she bore an affliction which kept her from many of the pleasures and privileges of life in labor and fellowship in the community and in the church. Expected and yet at an unexpected moment the death angel came and called her to meet her Lord, Dec. 14, 1940; age 34 y. 4 m. 6 d. When but a child a year old she was bereft of her father's loving care and support. Her only brother (Forest) also preceded her in death six years ago, just when her health failed her; and now her mother is the lone survivor in the immediate family. There are, however, many relatives and close friends who mourn with her and share their sympathy in this hour of sorrow and bereavement. Lucille graduated from the Orrville High School with her brother in the class of 1925. She spent one year at Goshen College, then spent several years at home helping to care for her grandfather, after which she was employed at Holden Hall, Wooster College, until her breakdown in health. At the age of ten years she confessed Jesus as her Saviour and Lord and received Christian baptism at the hands of Bishop J. S. Gerig. She was a charter member of the Orrville Mennonite Church and was a faithful member to the end. From her youth she loved the Word of God and memorized a verse of Scripture each day for over a period of nine years. This prepared her for and strengthened her in her days of affliction. In her days of health she took an active interest in all the services of the Church. In the Sunday school she served as a teacher. She was always at prayer meeting when possible, nev4r shirking her duty in Y. P. Meeting and Missionary Circle. She called for the elders of the church and was anointed on May 9, 1940. In her affliction she was patient, uncomplaining, and cheerful, and manifested a beautiful spirit of submission, saying with her Lord and Master, "Not my will but thine be done." Services were conducted at the home and the Oak Grove Church by I. W. Royer, assisted by Stanford Mumaw, J. W. Gerig, and Wm. Detweiler. Text, Luke 11:1.
Kauffman Christian Thomas Kauffman was born near Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 2, 1870; died Dec. 12, 1940, at La Junta, Colo., after four and one-half weeks of suffering; aged 70 y. 10 m. 10 d. He was a member of the East Holbrook Mennonite Church. He was converted when a young man in Cass Co., Mo. He was faithful in Church activities, willing to do his part and always present when health permitted. He and Annie Shepp of Garden City, Mo., were united in married in 1895. To this union were born 2 children (Teresa and Sherman). Annie (Shepp) Kauffman preceded him in death Sept., 1904, at Denver, Colo., and Teresa in July, 1914, at Garden City, Mo. November, 1906 he and Nancy Hartzler of Garden City were united in marriage. He and his family moved to East Holbrook in 1907, where he lived most of the time until death. He leaves his wife, son, and family, and an adopted daughter (Joan Edwards Kauffman), daughter of Effie Edwards who was reared in the Kauffman home, also Sister Colna Zook of Garden City, Mo., 2 brothers (J. M. Kauffman of Garden City and J. P. Kauffman of Espenola, N. Mex.,), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 15 at the house and the East Holbrook Church by David Castillo, A. A. Leatherman and Allen H. Erb. His body was interred in the East Holbrook Church cemetery.
Snavely Sarah Snavely of Shannon, Ill., was born in Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 24, 1856; died Dec. 3, 1940; aged 84 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Jacob Faust. She came west when a young girl, and on Dec. 25, 1884, she was united in marriage to Amos Snavely, who survives, as do 2 sons ( Jacob of Shannon and Harvy of Lanark, Ill.). Two sons preceded her in death. Sister Snavely was for many years a member of the Freeport, Ill., Mennonite Church. She was much interested in church worship and Sunday-school work. Living some distance from her church, she mostly attended services at the Evangelical Church in Shannon. Funeral services were conducted Dec 6, at the Evangelical Church by her pastor, S. E. Graybill, and pastor S. G. Eberly. Text, Phil. 1:21.
White William Lawrence White was born July
20, 1860, near Aurora, Oreg., on the Donation Land Claim of his
parents (John Wesley and Sara Ann) who crossed the plains in 1852;
died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. C. A. Pond in Portland,
Oreg.), Dec. 5, 1940; aged 80 y.
5 m.15 d. He was married to Glenora Soules Oct. 22, 1890 who preceded him in death March 25, 1925. To this union were born the following children who survive: Ira W., of Astoria; Victor L., of Tillamook; Edgar M., Edna Nunenkamp, W. Allen, and Glenora Pond, Portland; and Cecil R. of Springfield. Fifteen grandchildren also survive. He and his wife were converted and united with the Hopewell Mennonite Church near Hubbard, Oreg., April 11, 1914, where they both remained faithful till the Lord called them home. Since the death of his wife fifteen years ago Bro. White lived with his children. He was always very much interested in spiritual things and tried to interest old friends in his new found joy. Just about three or four weeks before he passed away he spent several days in the home of an old acquaintance, helping to care for him in his sickness and trying to help him to know the Lord. Bro. White will be greatly missed, but we feel our loss is his eternal gain. He was ill only about two weeks. He had influenza, after which his heart was affected. Funeral services were conducted Dec 7, at the Miller Funeral Home at Aurora, in charge of Bro. H. A. Wolfer. Text, Mal. 3:16, 17. Burial in Hopewell Cemetery.
Barg Milton James, son of George and Helen Barg, was born Dec. 27, 1939; died Nov. 5, 1940, at his home near Duchess, Alta. Funeral services were conducted at the Duchess Mennonite Church by H. B. Ramer and C. J. Ramer. Text, Isa. 40:11. Interment in the Duchess Cemetery.
Beckhart George W. Beckhart was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 28, 1856; died in his home near Canton, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1940; aged 84 y. 24 d. He was married to Mary Ellen Elliott, who preceded him in death a number of years. To this union were born 2 children (Lulu Whitmer, who died about 9 years ago; and Carrie Miller). He was married again to Mrs. Phoebe Beckhart, who now resides with her daughter at Beverly Hills, Calif. Besides these, he also leaves 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and friends. He became a member of the Canton Mennonite Mission Church by being baptized Feb. 27, 1936, to which he was faithful in his testimony until death, having received communion just one week before death. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 24, with Bro. J. J. Hostetler in charge.
Brilhart Mary Ann (Hummel) Brilhart, was born at Rockton, Pa., March 2, 1860; died after a lingering illness at her home at Scottdale, Pa., Dec. 10, 1940; aged 80 y. 9 m. 8 d. She was married to John A. Brilhart (minister) May 29, 1879. Bro. Brilhart preceded her in death a little over three years ago. To this union were born 7 children, 1 of whom died in infancy. Another son (Clarence) died May 4, 1926. Those surviving her are: Charles A., Minerva (Mrs. Elmer Johnson, Emma, J. Frank, and David S., all of Scottdale. Fifteen grandchildren, 2 foster grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren also survive. She was one of a family of 11 children, of whom 3 brothers and 3 sisters remain to mourn her loss. She was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and left a bright Christian testimony as she passed on to a better world. A funeral service was held at her home at Scottdale on the evening of Dec. 12. The following day the remains were taken to Rockton, Pa.., where services were held in the Mennonite Church. The home ministers (Daniel Kauffman, A. J. Metzler, and John L. Horst) officiated in the services. Interment in the Rockton Mennonite Cemetery.
Handrich Elizabeth (Lowenberg) Handrich was born Oct. 11, 1871, died Dec. 18, 1940; aged 49 y. 2 m. 7 d. She was baptized Sept. 27, 1885, and received into the Mennonite Church in Lee Co., Iowa. On March 21, 1897, she was united in marriage to Henry Handrich and lived for 10 years in Iowa. In 1907 she moved with her family to Oscoda Co., Mich. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons, 5 daughters, and 22 grandchildren. One grandchild preceded her in death. She is also survived by 6 sisters and 5 brothers. Three brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at the Fairview Church of which she was a member in charge of Bro. Menno Esch, assisted by Bro. Mose Steiner. Text, I Pet. 1:3, 4. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
"Dearest Mother, thou hast left us lonely.
Much we miss thy pleasant voice;
But in Heaven we'll come to meet you,
In this hope we do rejoice."
Note: Elizabeth is shown as 49 but according to her birth and death dates she would have been 69 y. 2 m. 7 d.
Hensler Laura, daughter of Charles and Louisa Zerbe, was born in Howard Co., Ind., Dec. 11, 1874; died Dec. 19, 1940; aged 66 y. 8 d.. On Sept. 24, 1892, she was united in marriage to William A. Hensler. To this union were born 9 children (Mrs. Omen O. Schaaf of Greentown; Walter W., Mrs. Lulu Hamler, and Mrs. Richard Long of Kokomo; Loyd C. and Lucius B. of the Plevna community; and Albert H.). Minnie and Mrs. Della Mary Turner preceded her to the beyond. About 48 years ago she united with the Mannonite Churach in which organization she remained a faithful member. In addition to the husband and children, she leaves 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; 2 brothers (John W. Zerbe of Williamsburg, Ia.; Roscos Zerbe of Miami Co.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Seth King of Amboy and Mrs. Riley Kendall of Topeka, Ind.). Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church with Bro. Joseph Horner, assisted by Bro. Anson Horner officiating. Burial followed in the Hensler Cemetery.
Landis Benjamin H., son of the late John M. and Mary A. Landis, was born in Neffsville, Pa., Oct. 25, 1888; died at the Lancaster General Hospital after a two-year illness, Dec. 18, 1940; aged 52 y. 1 m. 23 d. He leaves a sorrowing widow (the former Maude Goodman) and the following children: Kathryn, wife of Edward Dickel, and Mildred, wife of Chester Kissinger, both of Lancaster, Pa.; Elwood, Chester, Kenneth, Betty, and Doris, all at home; also 1 grandson, a brother (Elmer, of Lititz, Pa.). Funeral Services were held at the Sheetz funeral home and at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church of which he was a member. Services were conducted by Bros. Frank N. Kreider and John H. Gochnauer. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Brother, thou art sweetly restin,
Gone from all thy toil and pain;
Far from earth and all its wrestlings,
Thou didst now thy crown obtain."
n His Sister Lizzie
Landis Noah L., eldest son of Issac
L. and Susanna (Landis) Landis, was born Dec.. 12, 1857,
on the homestead near Oregon, Pa. Reared agriculturally, he loved
it all his days. Vocationally he accepted it as his own, actively
following it until his retirement in 1902 to his late home in
Neffsville, Pa. He accepted his Saviour in the early eighties
and cast his lot with the Mennonite Church at Landis Valley. On
March 6, 1888, he was married by Jacob N. Brubacher to Annie B.,
daughter of Abraham L. and Anna (Ranck) Kreider. This union
was blessed with 4 children, 2 of whom survive (Ira D. of the
home community and Anna L. wife of Homer M. Kauffman of Scottsdale,
June 9, 1898, he was ordained to the ministry for Landis Valley by Christian Risser. He served here until Feb. 2, 1905, when Jacob N. Brubacher ordained him bishop for the Hammer Creek-Landis Valley District. He faithfully discharged his duties for almost 36 years. The first five he was assistant to Christian Risser and since Jan. 4, 1934, he was assisted by Amos S. Horst. He recognized the outstanding leadership if Bishop Jacob N. Brubacher. He served as Moderator of Lancaster Conference for twelve years. He was not eloquent, but he knew the Word and quoted profusely. He held to a consistent conservative viewpoint. He saw his bishop district grow from four to seven congregations, the membership having more than doubled. He married 324 couples, and attended 1300 funerals, assisting in many. He served in many bishop districts at various times. His last message was on the Types and Figures at Indiantown, a month before the great exchange.
After a heart condition of but two weeks he peacefully fell asleep, Dec. 11, 1940, one day before his 83rd birthday. The services at his home on the following Saturday were conducted by W. W. Graybill and at the Landis Valley Church by Amos S. Horst (reading II Pet 2:14-16) and Noah W. Risser (reading Heb. 4:9), assisted by Warren Bean, Denton Martin, and A. J. Metzler. His body was committed to Mother Earth by Abram Martin. Thus closed an active career, but memories linger and his work continues.
Martin David, infant son of Daniel and Alma Martin of Wooster, Ohio, was born Nor. 16, 1940; died Nov. 30. He leaves his sorrowing parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, and friends. Funeral services were held at the home Dec. 1, in charge of Bro. David Wenger, assisted by Bros. Benjamin Good and Abram Good. Text, Job 1:21-"The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o'ershaded
Sweetly his soul shall rest."
Martin Lizzie (Rhodes) Martin was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Sept. 16, 1865; died Nov. 14, 1940, at her home near Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 75 y. 28 d. She was united in marriage in 1888 to Jacob W. Martin, who preceded her in death 25 y. and 5 d. To this union were born 4 children (Perry S., Essa, Ammi, and Annie, Annie having died in childhood). She united with the Mennonite Church when a young girl and remained faithful to her Lord through life. Her friendly, sociable disposition endeared her to all who knew her. She had a great concern for the Church, the young people, and especially for her own family, the children and grandchildren. During her illness of more than a year she was resigned to her Lord's will and like Paul expressed a desire to depart and be with Him. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at Zion Mennonite Church near Broadway, Va., in charge of Bros. S. H. Rhodes and Perry Shank. Text, Psa. 17:15
"Dearest Mother, thou hast left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Mellinger Elizabeth, daughter of the late
Abram S. and Mary Denlinger, was born Nov. 28, 1883; died
Dec. 11, 1940; aged 57 y. 13 d. In 1907 she was married to Jacob
D. Mellinger who survives with 6 children who are all married
(John; Mary, wife of Amos Mellinger; Grace, wife of John Zimmerman;
Ruth, wife of Paul Shertzer; Abram; and Rhoda, wife of Ira L.
Rutt). Also 10 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Abram Landis) and
1 brother (John L. Denlinger) survive. She suffered a paralytic
stroke in March 1937, and was helpless to get about afterward.
Mother had a passionate affection for her children, and in her
last days she expressed to her husband that daily and in her waking
hours at night she would intercede for them. She was a faithful
member of the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church and always had a longing
desire for the house of worship. Although she had to be helped
to her seat, she was a regular attendant to her last. While of
a retiring nature, she had a host of friends with whom she loved
to worship. While mother was not old, we believe her work on earth
was finished. Services at the home by Jacob L. Charles and at
the Rohrerstown Church by Landis Shertzer and Jacob Hess.
Miller Joseph Mahlon, son of Francis B. and Magdalena (Wagler) Miller, was born Oct. 28, 1925, near Nappanee, Ind.; was accidentally and fatally wounded by a gun Dec. 17, 1940 near Lynnhaven, Va. He confessed Christ as his Saviour and was received into the North Main Street Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., at the age of 13. He is survived by his father and mother, 6 sisters and 3 brothers: Vera (Mrs. Willis Troyer), Lagrange, Ind.; Margaret (Mrs. Roman D. Miller), Agnes (Mrs. Clifford Leatherman). Roy, Clara, Philip, Ruth, Leona, and Francis, Jr., 1 grandmother, a number of uncles and aunts and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by a brother (Abner). Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at the home and at the Mt. Pleasant Church, Fentress, Va., by the home ministers.
Shaum Lizzie, daughter of Aaron and Mary (Baer) Weaver, was born June 16, 1878; died Dec. 21, 1940; aged 62 y. 6 m. 5 d. On Nov. 18 she scratched her finger while dressing a rabbit and tularemia (rabbit fever) set in. She was married to Isaiah Shaum Aug. 15, 1897, and lived in the vicinity of Wakarusa, Ind., all her life. To this union were born 14 children, 12 of whom are still living. They are: Mrs. Walter (Alma) Witmer of Goshen; Henry of Wakarusa; Mrs. Ezra (Lulu) Witmer of Columbiana, Ohio; Mrs. Monroe (Annettia) Martin; Joseph of Goshen; Mrs. John (Barbara) Van Pelt of Salem, Ohio; Mrs. Edwin (Carrie) Zimmerman at home; Vernon of Goshen; Florence, Paul and Wilma at home. A son (Warren) and a daughter (Mary) are deceased. She leaves her sorrowing companion, 5 sons, and 7 daughters, 40 grandchildren, 1 brother (Henry B. Weaver of Goshen) and one half brother (Elias Weaver of Mishawaka). Two brothers and 2 sisters are deceased. She was a faithful member of the Wisler Mennonite Church, having united in 1907. She bore her sickness patiently. The funeral was held at the Yellow Creek (Frame) Mennonite Church with Bro. Moses G. Horst of Rittman, Ohio, in charge, assisted by Bro. Ray Yoder and Paul Hoover. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"She heard the voice of Jesus,
His voice tender and sweet;
Calling my darling mother
To where dear ones love to meet."
Note: The obit states 12 children are living
but only 11 are listed. [Researcher's note: The missing
child is Harvey Shaum, Ohio - tlm]
Stutzman Maggie (Erb) Stutzman was born near Shickley, Neb., March 17, 1895; died of heart failure at her home near Milford, Neb., Nov. 2, 1940; aged 45 y. 7 m. 15 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in early youth and remained faithful unto death. She was married to Manno Stutzman Dec. 12, 1926. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. Percy, Wayne, Rosie Louise, Elda, Elaine and Morris Manno. She also leaves her father, stepmother, a sister (Mrs. Aaron Beckler of Wellman, Iowa), 4 stepsons (Clarence E. of Wood River, Neb.; Clayton W. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Roy E. of Union City, Pa.; and Arthur M. who with a stepdaughter Mabel E., resides at home). Also a foster brother and 11 step-grand-children, together with a host of relatives and friends, mourn her departure. Her mother, a brother, and a stepson preceded her in death. She was a kind and loving mother and was loved by all who knew her. A year and a half ago she suffered the loss of one of her limbs, but in all her trials and sufferings she was patient. Funeral Services were held at the East Fairview Church with William Eicher officiating, assisted by Ezra Roth. Burial in the church cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought the end was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell."
Note: The obit states 2 sons and 2 daughters were born of this union but 3 sons and 3 daughters are listed. Possible typo.
Transcribed by Verna Odena, Texas
Bomberger Jacob H., son of the late Jacob and Barbara (Hess) Bomberger, was born near Lititz, Pa., Oct. 10, 1860; died in the Lancaster General Hospital Dec. 15, 1940, following several weeks of illness and finally a stroke; aged 80 y. 2 m. 5 d. He is survived by his wife (Anna Bollinger) and the following children: Hiram of Lititz; Barbara, wife of B. Frank Stehman, also of Lititz; Jacob of Rothsville, Pa., and Clayton of Waterloo, Ont., Can.; also 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was a faithful member of the Lititz Mennonite Church for many years and rarely missed a service when he was able to attend. Funeral services were held Dec.19 in the Lititz Mennonite Church with John W. Weaver and Jacob H. Hershey officiating. Interment in cemetery adjoining the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren.
Chambers Angeline, wife of the late Alfred E. Chambers was born in South Camden, Mich., Feb. 26, 1858; died Dec. 23, 1940 in Emmet Co., Mich. She was the mother of 7 children. Two sons and her husband predeceased her. She leaves 5 daughters (Mrs. Nellie Crooker of Cross Village; Mrs. Gracie Tyson, with whom she made her home, and Mrs. Ethel Crawford, both of Pleasantview Twp.; Mrs. Mary Tyson of Alanson, Mich.), 26 grandchildren, 16 great-grand-children, and 1 sister (Mrs. Vera B. White of Belleville, Ont.). She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Brutus, Mich., and loved her Saviour many years. Funeral services were held at the Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey in charge of Bro. Clyde X. Kauffman.
Note: The obituary states there were five daughters, only four are listed.
Coffey Rosa Taylor Coffey, a quiet little mother of 14 children, died suddenly on the evening of Nov. 16, 1940; aged 58. She was a Christian mother. About 15 years ago she came to the Church and since then expressed concern for the spiritual welfare of her family. Her home was near Lyndhurst, Va., a home in which she meant so much, but now a home that is sad and lonely without her. Surviving are her husband (Earnest Coffey), 7 sons (Herbert, Gilbert, William, Perry, Davis, Wilson, and Earl), 3 daughters (Nellie, Mary, and Polly). One daughter (Katie), and 3 sons (Samuel, Cecil, and John Thompson) preceded her in death. Funeral Services were held at Springdale Church in charge of Bros. J. R. Driver and Charles Grove. Text: Heb. 9:27, 28. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Frey Lizzie (Burkholder) Frey was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Sept. 9, 1856; died Dec. 11, 1940; aged 84 y. 3 m. 1 d. She is survived by 10 children: Joseph, David, Reuben, Norman, Mrs. Peter Lehman, Mrs. Israel Wingert, Mrs. John Crider, Mrs. Samuel Lehman, Annie and Sadie at home; also 46 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and a brother (Amos of Maugansville, Md.). Two sons (Abram and Christian) preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, always present when health permitted. Funeral services on the morning of Dec. 14 at the Chambersburg, Pa., Church, conducted by Bros. Christian Martin and Harvey Shank. Text, II Tim. 4:7.
"In our hearts her memory lingers,
But we know it's vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake her,
From her peaceful, quiet sleep."
--By the Family
Gamber John H. Gamber was born May 4, 1860; died Sept. 4, 1940; aged 80 y. 4 m. He was preceded in death by his wife (who was Agnes Strickler). She died in March, 1910. He had been in failing health for the last few years, and on June 21, 1940, was taken to the Welsh Mountain Samaritan Home, at which place he died. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Henry H. of Landisville, Annie H., wife of Christian Habecker; Selena H. Denlinger; Rudolph H.; and Ada H., wife of John Green. He was a member of the Mennonite Church at Rohrerstown, Pa., from which place funeral services were held, conducted by Bro. Landis Shertzer (Text, Rev. 14:13), and Bro. John K. Charles (Text, Job 14:10). Interment in Millersville Mannonite Cemetery.
Hibdon Rose Anna, daughter of H. D. and Rosa Sumner, was born Sept. 30, 1904, at Carver, Mo., died Dec. 29, 1940; aged 36 y. 2 m. 29 d. Her mother died when Anna was an infant. She was cared for in her aunt's home, Mrs. Robert Lett, until the death of Mrs. Lett, when she again was taken into the home of her father at about 8 years of age. Her father also preceded her in death; also a stepmother. She was received into the fellowship of the Baptist Church in about her 15th year, at Versailles, Mo. Aug. 15, 1921, she was united in marriage to Joe Lamm, who died Sept. 30, 1934. July 20, 1935, she was married to Dorsey Hibdon, who lives to mourn her death. Besides her husband she leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Ross Ward), 2 brothers (Edward and Wesley Sumner), 1 stepsister (Mrs. Henry White), 2 stepbrothers (Willard Henderson and Fred Henderson) and a host of other relatives and friends. She was known as a friendly person by all whom she met. She met her affliction bravely and, face to face with eternity, expressed herself as prepared to go, regretting to leave her friends who shall greatly miss her; but leaving her prayers behind her that they make preparation to meet her in the glory world. Services held at the Baptist Church in Versailles conducted by J. R. Shank, Text, Heb. 13:14. Burial in the Versailles Cemetery.
Kropf Christian J., son of David and Magdalene (Oesch) Kropf, was born March 15, 1863, in Baden, Ont.; died Dec. 30, 1940; aged 76 y. 9 m. 15 d. In 1867 he moved to Missouri with his parents. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Miller on Jan. 13, 1886, who survives him. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters, 3 of whom (Edward, Nettie Ann, and an infant son) preceded him in death. The following children remain: Mrs. Pearl Kelley and Ray Kropf of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Alma Maynard, William A. Kropf, and Benjamin H. Kropf of Independence, Mo.; Daniel E. Kropf of Harrisonville, Mo.; and Christopher F. Kropf of Garden City, Mo. Beside his children he is survived by 17 grandchildren and 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Hershberger). At the age of 20 years he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. He was known as a kind and loving father, a respected neighbor, and he will be greatly missed in the home and church. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 1 at the home of Bro. J. C. Driver and at the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church by W. R. Hershberger assisted by Bro. I. G. Hartzler. Burial in Clearfork Cemetery.
Leaman Susan L., daughter of Benjamin W. and Hettie (Landis) Groff, was born Aug. 21, 1858; died at her home in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 9, 1940; aged 82 y. 3 m. 18 d. She had been in failing health for more than 2 _ years. She spent the greater part of her time for the last two years in bed, having suffered from strokes and age infirmities. Oct. 25, 1877, she was united in marriage to Tobias D. Leaman. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. Her husband and 2 daughters preceded her in death. She leaves 3 sons, 1 daughter, 18 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She was converted, accepted Christ as her Saviour, became a member of Mellingers Mennonite Church about 60 years ago, and remained faithful to the end. She was a kind and loving mother, always interested and concerned in the spiritual welfare of her family and church. She often expressed herself as being ready to depart this life, and was waiting for the time when God would call her home. We believe our loss is Mother's gain. Funeral services were held Dec. 12 in the home and at Mellingers Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. David L. Landis and Elmer G. Martin. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18. Her remains were laid to rest in Mellingers Cemetery near Lancaster, Pa.
"How we miss our dear mother!
The rooms seem so dreary and lonely,
The bed and chair vacant.
The voice stilled. We miss her everywhere."
Litwiller Veronica, daughter of the late Jacob Schrag and Katherine Zehr, was born in Crosshill, Ont., Sept. 12, 1882; died at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Nov. 29, 1940, after a lengthy illness; aged 58 y. 2 m. 17 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. Jan 1, 1906, she was married to Samuel Litwiller. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 2 sons and 4 daughters (Laurene; Melvin; Manasseh; Phoebe, Mrs. Gordon Sanders; Madelene; and Velma), and 3 brothers (Jacob of Lowville, N. Y.; Daniel of Kitchener; and Michael of Cleveland, O.). Her father and mother and 3 sisters predeceased her. When the family moved to the vicinity of Kitchener, her membership was transferred to the First Mennonite Church, where she remained a true and faithful member until death. Her many relatives and friends keenly feel a great loss. The cares and burdens of rearing her family were trying and many, but her faith was great, always quoting, "As thy days so shall thy strength be." Her Christ-like standards and ideals face us; her prayers follow us "until the day break and the shadows flee away.: Short funeral services were held in the home Dec. 2, conducted by Bro. Merle Shantz, with further services at the First Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. C. F. Derstine and H. Berner. Text, Heb. 4:9 (Mother's selection). Burial in First Mennonite Cemetery.
"Not alone down the valley,
Passed she on without a friend;
Jesus led the way before her,
He was with her to the end."
Meyer -- Benjamin C., son of Jacob G. and Mary (Conrad) Meyer, was born near Sterling, Ohio, Dec. 8, 1885; died suddenly of heart failure, Dec. 26, 1940; aged 55 Y. 18 d. When he was seventeen years old, he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and was received into the Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Wayne Co., O. Later he transferred his membership to the Sugar Creek congregation at Wayland, Ia., of which he was a faithful member until death. In February, 1907, he moved to Wayland. He was married to Maude Wyse of this place Nov. 25, 1910. They lived in this community the remainder of his life except four years in Fulton Co., O., during the early part of their married life. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters. Kathryn and Maxine died in infancy. He was a loving husband and father, always deeply concerned about the welfare of his family. He is the first one of a family of 12 children to enter the eternal home. He leaves his beloved companion, his sons (Dean, Donald, and Harold), 1 grandson (Leroy Edward), 7 sisters (Mrs. Leah Schrock, Mrs. Elizabeth Fetzner, Mrs. Katherine Yoder, Mrs. Emma Schrock, Mary Jane Meyer, Mrs. Clara Lerch, and Mrs. Adele Wenger of Wayne Co., O.), 4 brothers (David F. of Wayland, Ia.; Jacob C., and Elmer J. of Wayne Co., O.; and Emanuel A. of Biglervill, Pa.), and a host of other relatives and friends. Father, mother, 2 daughters and 1 grandson (Rodney Gene Meyer) preceded him in death. "His sun has gone down while it was yet day" (Jer. 15:9).
Miller Elizabeth, daughter of Elder Anthony and Fanny (Culp) Miller, was born in Allen Co., O., Mar. 8, 1865; died Nov. 28, 1940; aged 75 y. 8 m. 20 d. She lived in the neighborhood in which she was raised all her life, except in which the first 4 years which were spent near Columbus Grove, O. She was united in marriage to John F. Miller Dec. 28, 1882, making their sojourn in life together nearly 58 years. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter (Laura Catherine) died in infancy. She leaves her husband, Fanny May, Aaron A., Fred A., M. Henry Miller, Mary Layman, all of near Lima, O.; and Rhoda Lesher of Chambersburg, Pa.; 30 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. She accepted Christ over 60 years ago and was baptized into the German Baptist Church. She with her husband was chosen to the deacon's office in 1891, where she served faithfully until death. The family, the Church, and the neighborhood keenly feel the loss of Mother, but we trust she has gained her eternal home in that beautiful city of God which stands foursquare. Funeral services were conducted in the Ash Grove Church by Elder Solomon Stoner of Pendleton, Ind., assisted by the home brethren. Text, Rev. 21:1-4. Burial in Ash Grove Cemetery.
Mininger Jacob, son of Joseph and Eliza
(Detweiler) Mininger, was born June 9, 1879, near Sellersville,
Pa.; died of coronary heart disease Jan. 4, 1941, at Bethany Hospital,
Kansas City, Kans.; aged 61 y. 6 m. 26 d.
He united with the Mennonite Church in his early youth. As a young man he had convictions for missionary work, and for several years served in a Jewish hospital as Old People's Home, and the Mennonite Mission in Philadelphia. July 27, 1904, he was married to Hettie B. Kulp of Danboro, Pa. One daughter and 2 sons were born to them: Ruth (Mrs. M. T. Brackbill), a teacher at Eastern Mennonite School, Harrisonburg, Va.; Paul Everett, a minister and teacher at Goshen College, Goshen, Ind.; and Edward Payson, M.D., Cleveland Ohio. Surviving him are his loving wife, his 3 children and their companions, 2 grandchildren, a brother (Hiram of Souderton, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Samuel Delp and Mrs. Phares Gehman, both of Line Lexington, Pa.).
Three months after they were married they moved to the Mennonite Old People's Home near Marshallville, Ohio, where he served as superintendent. Four and one-half years later they moved to a ranch near La Junta, Colo. Here at the Holbrook Church he was ordained to the ministry "for some needy field." This "needy field" turned out to be Kansas City, Kans., to which they moved in April 1912. Here he was appointed superintendent of the Mennonite Gospel Mission at 200 S. 7th St. His policy was to extend the work beyond the home base, and he opened stations at various points in the City. Today services are regularly held at Argentine, Morris, and Quindaro, while at longer intervals meetings are held also at the W.C.T.U. Home, at the County Prison, and at the State Penitentiary.
The scope of the work includes preaching, Sunday school, teachers' meetings, young people's and children's Bible meetings, members' meetings, home department work, hospital visitation and house-to-house visitation work, charity work, distribution of religious literature, week-day church school, and summer Bible school.
During the World War, Bro Mininger had an unusual ministry of encouragement and help to the conscientious objectors who were sent to the U. S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth Kans., and also to other camps.
He helped to start the Children's Home in Kansas City, which has grown into a separate institution and for a while was acting superintendent there.
Both as mission superintendent, and as instructor in our church schools he was a trainer of Christian workers and many of our present church workers received their initial missionary experience under him.
His long and varied experience in city mission work qualified him to write a mission study text, "Exalting Christ in the City," which was favorably received and widely complimented. He wrote and edited many tracts in the form of "Victory Leaflets" and frequently contributed to our church publications.
He had a keen sense of minister's responsibility and the importance of systematic preparation of sermons. In this connection his counsel and help were often sought by young ministers. From every available source he gleaned an immense amount of material, which he carefully classified and filed.
He is known Church-wide as an evangelist and had a large and varied part in district conferences. He has been a member of various committees and boards and was at the time of his death a member-at-large of the Mennonite Board of Education.
He was a Bible student, a man of prayer, and a personal worker, with a deep yearning for the salvation of the lost and was concerned in the provision for the poor and unfortunate. He was a friend to young people and his counsel and advice were sought by many of them.
In his passing the family loses a very dear husband and father, the Mission loses an energetic and inspirational leader, and the Church loses a successful missionary, as well as an able defender of the faith.
Funeral services were held Jan. 7. A brief memorial service was held at the home in the forenoon, for the family, mission workers and some friends, by his son Paul. The public services were held in the afternoon at the church on Metropolitan Ave., with the local ministry, and a number of bishops and ministers of the conference district and from other sections of the church taking part. The main messages were given by S. C. Yoder, secretary of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, and Milo Kauffman, moderator of the Missouri-Kansas Conference. The second message was mainly evangelistic, and a number responded both in indicating their desire to reconsecrate their lives to Christ and in accepting Him as their Saviour. Present at the services were 12 bishops, 15 ministers, and 7 deacons. Both auditorium and basement were filled. Interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kans.
Note: "reconsecrate" is the spelling used in the obituary.
Orendorf Christian C., son of the late Christian C. and Lena (Beachy) Orendorf, was born Dec. 6, 1867; died at his home Oct. 22, 1940; aged 72 y. 10 m. 16 d. He was married to Anna Beitzer, Jan. 25, 1892. He is survived by his wife and 7 children: Mrs. Henry Bender, Mrs. David Schwary, Mrs. Roy Resh, and Clara Overdorf of Canton, Ohio; Mrs. Sherman Miller and Mrs. Jesse Burkholder of Grantsville, Md.; and Susie at home. Three children preceded him in death (Mrs. Wilbert Livengood, Emma, and his only son Clarence). Surviving also are 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Beitzel of Accident, Md., and Mrs. Barbara Brenneman of Grantsville, Md.,). Nine grandchildren also survive. When quite young he united with the Amish Church, later transferring his membership to the Glade Mennonite Church. He was a devout Christian and a willing worker in the Church whenever called. He was a lover of sacred music and through his interest in the same, the family and others were led to worship the Lord in song and praise. His voice and presence will be greatly missed with our little group at the Lageer Schoolhouse, near his home. By the help of our heavenly Father, we hope to meet on yonder shore, to join with our brother in the songs of all the redeemed. May God's blessing rest upon the family in their bereavement. Funeral services were conducted Oct.25 at the Glade Mennonite Church in charge of I. K. Metzler. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought the end so near.
In the home your place is vacant,
We can't understand just why you were taken;
But you lie so peaceful, and you are at rest
Though the tears are falling we know it was best." --The Family
Rohrer Witmer, son of the late Adam S. and Elizabeth (Buckwalter) Rohrer, was born Jan 24, 1872; died suddenly at his home in Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 1, 1940; aged 68 y. 10 m. 7 d. He was a member of the Chestnut St. Mennonite Church in Lancaster. He was married to Emma R. Nissley, who survives. He is survived by a son (A Nissley Rohrer of Lancaster) and a daughter (Mrs. Elam Bomberger of Mt. Joy, Pa.); also by 3 sisters (Mrs. Luther Kunkle of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Sue J. Rohrer of Lancaster, and Mary E. and Mrs. Charles P. Ensign of Los Angeles, Calif.). Funeral services were conducted at the Sheetz Funeral Home and at the East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church by Ross Goldfus, David H. Mosemann, and D. Stoner Krady. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Swartzendruber Barbara Ellen, daughter of Jacob and Mary Swartzendruber, was born Sept. 29, 1877; died at her home in Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 1, 1941, after an illness of six months; aged 63 y. 3 m. 2 d. Dec. 13, 1896 she was united in marriage to Issac Swartzendruber in Wright Co., Iowa. The couple lived in that vicinity several, later moving near Parnell, Iowa, where they farmed for many years. Her husband passed away in 1923. She had given her heart to Christ in her earlier years and was a faithful member of the West Union Mennonite Church. In 1939 she moved to Iowa City, and her place at the services of the Mission there was vacant only when illness prevented her from attending. She is survived by 2 sons (Glen and Lloyd of Parnell), 1 daughter (Martha, at home), 1 brother (Lewis Swartzendruber of Shickley, Neb.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Chris Gingerich of Parnell, Mrs. Eli Kauffman and Noma Swartzendruber of Shickley, Neb.), and many relatives and friends. A son and a daughter preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 3 in the Lower Deer Creek Church by A. G. Yoder, Norman Hobbs, and Chris Yoder. Texts, II Cor 4:8-5: 1, 10; Deut. 30:15,20; Jas. 4:13,17. Burial in the West Union Cemetery.
"'Twas sown in weakness here,
'Twill then be raised in power:
That which was sown an earthly seed
Shall rise a heavenly flower."
Bawel Carrie, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Cutman, was born near Belleville, Pa., Nov. 19, 1908; died Oct. 6, 1940, at the Milford Del., Memorial Hospital; aged 31 y. 10 m. 15 d. She had been ill about four weeks with typhoid fever and ulcers which caused her death. She is survived by her husband (Orrie Bawel) and her father, mother, 4 sisters and 4 brothers. One brother preceded her in death. Nov. 20, 1929, she was united in marriage to Orrie Bawel at the home of Bishop Eli Kanagy near Allensville, Pa. No children were born to this union. She was a faithful member of the Allensville Mennonite Church. She spent her childhood days near Belleville, Pa. After marriage we moved to Greenwood, Del., where death came in our home. Funeral Services were held from the Berry Funeral Home in Milford by Bros. Eli Swartzentruber and W. C. Hershberger. The remains were then taken to Belleville, where services were held in the Allensville Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Joshua B. Zook and Elmer Yoder. Interment in the Allensville Mennonite Church.
"'Tis hard to part with a companion, dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But yet we're glad, If God saw best
To end her troubles and give her rest."
Eberly Anna Eyman Eberly was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 1, 1866; died from a complication of diseases at her home near Dalton, Ohio, Dec. 26, 1940; aged 74 y. 1 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Aaron Eberly March 15, 1900. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons (Jay of New Albany, and Ralph at home), 1 daughter (Esther, at home), 1 sister (Mrs. Manasses Zeigler of Columbiana Co., Ohio), and 5 grandchildren. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and, united with the Mennonite Church, serving many years as a loyal companion to her husband in the ministry, remaining faithful until death. During her lingering illness she bore her suffering patiently and was resigned to the will of her heavenly Father. Services were in charge of O. N. Johns and Stanford Mumaw. The sermon was preached by Oscar Burkholder of Breslau, Ont., from Psa. 90:10. Interment in Martin's Cemetery.
Hershberger Susie Wisseman was born Sept. 18, 1865; died Jan. 3, 1941; aged 75 y. 3 m. 15 d. She accepted Jesus as her Saviour and united with the Church to which she remained faithful to the end. In 1885 she was united in marriage with Gideon Hershberger. Her companion was called home over five years ago. We believe she often longed to join those gone before. She leaves 5 sisters, 2 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Although our brother and sister had no children of their own, their home was not childless, as they shared their home with those who needed help. By her consistent Christian life and cheerful attitude, this aged pilgrim had endeared herself to many and will be missed in our worship, as well as in many other places. Funeral services were held at her home, and at the Greenwood, Del., A. M. Church in charge of Eli Swartzentruber, assisted by W. C. Hershberger. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Horst Martin Horst was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 8, 1868; died at the Welsh Mt. Samaritan Home, New Holland, Pa., Dec. 12, 1940; aged 72 y. 8 m. 4 d. He was an inmate of the Home for the past 6 years. He is survived by the following children: Chas., William, Ro7, Harry, Chester, and Helen Rothermel, all of Laureldale, Pa. When a young man he moved to Reading, Pa., where he resided the greater part of his life. He returned to the community where he spent his boyhood days in 1934, when he was personally led to an acceptance of his Saviour by a boyhood friend, Bishop John M. Sauder, and received into the fellowship of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. He suffered a slight stroke a number of years ago, from which he never fully recovered. He frequently expressed his desire to depart and be with the Lord. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 16 at Weaverland by John W. Weaver. Text, Psa. 8:4. Burial near Laureldale, Pa.
Knechtel Orton Paul, son of Ephraim and Edna (Snyder) Knechtel, was born March 15, 1936; died at his home near Petersburg, Ont., Dec. 3, 1940, from after-effects of scarlet fever. He leaves his parents, 3 brothers (Clifford, Orval, and Alfred at home), and 6 sisters (Grace of Kitchener, Dorothy, Fern, Lila, Erma and Carol at home). A private burial service was held at the Latschar Cemetery Dec. 5, in charge of Bro. Lorne W. Schmitt. A memorial service was held at the Latschar Mennonite Church on the afternoon of Dec. 29, in charge of Bros. Manasseh Hallman and Lorne Schmitt.
Kratz Issac O. Kratz was born April 28, 1855; died Jan. 1, 1941; aged 85 y. 8 m. 2 d. Surviving are 3 sons and 3 daughters. His companion, 2 sons, and 1 daughter preceded him in death. He enjoyed good health till a little more than a year ago his eyesight failed, being almost blind. A month ago he fell and broke his arm, which caused a complication of diseases. Services were conducted by J. C. Clemens and John E. Lapp at the Plain Mennonite Church near Lansdale, of which he was a member.
Liechty Barbara, daughter of Joseph and Kathryn Conrad, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Dec. 2, 1860; died at her home near Orrville, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1941; aged 80 y. 1 m. 8 d. Feb. 19, 1880 she was married to Christian Liechty. To this union 7 children were born, of whom 2 (Katherine and Christian) preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 5 children (Mrs. Jonathan Conrad, St. Johns, Mich.; Mrs. Carl Chaffin, Sterling Ohio; Joseph D., Alliance, Ohio; Erwin C., Orrville), 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 4 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Smucker and Mrs. Christian Smucker of Canton, Ohio; Mrs. David Krabill of Louisville, Ohio; Mrs. Daniel Linder of Harrisburg, Ohio), 2 brothers (Joseph Conrad of Alliance and Christian Conrad of Fremont, Ohio), and many other near relatives. She confessed Christ in her youth and united with the Beech Mennonite Church. After her marriage and removal to Wayne Co., she transferred her membership to the Oak Grove congregation near Smithville, Ohio. Her place in public worship was seldom vacant. Her interest were in the activities of the church. Her work here is ended and God called her home. Services were conducted by J. S. Gerig and W. G. Detweiler from Psa. 23 and Psa. 121. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Note: Obituary states there are five living children but only four are listed.
Liezert Cecil, son of Mr. And Mrs. S. W. Liezert, was born in Iroquois, Ont., Jan 12, 1913; died May 31, 1940, following a month's illness; aged 27 y. 4 m. 18 d. In 1936 he was united in marriage with Delsie Schrock of Shipshewana, Inc. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons (Gordon, Donald, and Dwayne); also by his parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. He had his membership in the Nazarene Church. On his death-bed he sang hymns and prayed. He is greatly missed, especially by his wife and children.
Livingston David, son of Bro. and Sister John Livingston, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 4, 1845; died at the Mennonite Home, Eureka, Ill., Dec. 28, 1940; aged 95 y. 3 m. 24 d. Bro. David and his wife, from Clarksville, Mich., entered the Home July 12, 1928, his wife preceding him in death in 1934, at the same time of an evening as David did (8:45 P.M.) and her wishes were that when David be called home that he would be placed beside her in our local cemetery; which plans were carried out Dec. 31. There were no children to this union, but (as we understand) they had adopted two boys and two girls whose addresses are unknown to us, and had relatives but they were unknown to us. David and wife belonged to the Mennonite Church near Clarksville, Mich. He was a faithful Christian, very orthodox and conservative in his views, and loyal to the Church he loved so dearly. God blessed him most wonderfully with sound faculties, except that his hearing began to fail him quite severely the last few years. Death was due to old age and hardening of the arteries. One good record David leaves is that there is not a member here now, nor has been, to offer any criticism against him or his conduct. His occupation was farming and carpentering in his younger years, and here at the Home we can say, "He has grown old graciously." Funeral was held Dec. 31, with Bro. Ezra Yordy in charge. J. D. Smith
Rudy Daniel Rudy, son of the late Christian and Lydia Rudy, was born near Centreville, Ont., April 24, 1861; died at the home of his son Clarence, Dec. 27, 1940; aged 79 y. 8 m. 3 d. He was united in marriage to Nancy Shantz Jan 26, 1886. To this union were born 6 sons. He is survived by Clarence of Hespeler, Clayton and Alvin of Hamilton, and Levi of Detroit, his wife and 2 sons (Norman and Melvin), having gone on before. Five grandsons and 3 granddaughters also mourn his departure. He was a member of the Hagey Mennonite Church. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. S. M. Kanagy, with Bro. Sanford Yoder leading in prayer, and at the church by Bro. Benjamin Shantz. Interment in Hagey's Mennonite Church.
Sitler Milton, son os Isaac and Hannah (Groh) Sitler, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 11, 1870; died Dec. 31, 1940 in the Camrose Hospital; aged 70 y. 1 m. 20 d. For the past few years he had been suffering from diabetes, but the immediate cause of his death was heart failure. At the age of 25 he went to Osceola Co., Iowa, where he stayed for five years. From here he moved to Mayton, Alberta, where he took up a homestead. In 1906 he was united in marriage to Martha Wideman. To this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters (Elmer, Melvin, Edwin, Ruth Foss, Nelson, Clarence, Clara Foss, and Mabel, all of Camrose, Alta.). One son (Ira) died in infancy. In the spring of 1913 he with his family moved to Hubbard, Oreg., where they resided for three years. In 1916 they again came back to Mayton. In the spring of 1918, they moved to a farm near Roundhill, from here moving to his final home near Camrose, Alta. In 1905 he became a member of the Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful until death. He leaves his loving wife, 8 children, 2 brothers (Wesley of Elmira; and Jeremiah, of Preston, Ont.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Henry Steckley, of Zurich, Ont; Mrs. Martin Bauman, of Waterloo, Ont.; Mrs. Isaac Martin of Drayton, Ont.; Mrs. Eli Hurst, of Alma, Ont.) 8 grandchildren, and a large group of relatives and friends. His parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and 1 child preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Salem Mennonite Church near Tofield, Jan. 3, in charge of Bro. J. B. Stauffer. Texts: Job 19:1-27; Phil. 1:20. Burial in near-by cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with Father, dear,
No more to see him here;
But yet we're grad if God saw best
To end his earthly life and give him rest;
In heaven to reign with angels fair,
May our names too be written there."
Steiner Mary J., daughter of the late Christian and Barbara (Amstutz) Steiner, was born Jan. 11, 1864, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died at her home in Sterling, Ohio, on Dec. 11, 1940; aged 76 y. 11 m. She was one of a family of ten children. Of this number six preceded her in death. The following survive: one sister (Mrs. Anna Steiner Gerberich of Pittsburg, Pa.); two brothers (Elmer of Sterling, Ohio, and Clayton of Akron, Ohio). After the death of her parents, she moved into Sterling, Ohio, ten years ago, where she resided until death. She became ill, suffering a stroke Jan. 3, 1939. Since then she was confined to her home by a number of successive strokes, and peacefully passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 11. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received by baptism into the fellowship of the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church in 1935. Since that time she was devoted to her Lord and Saviour. She was interested in the reading of her Bible. In fact, when she suffered her last stroke her Bible fell from her lap never to be used by her again. Funeral services, Dec. 14, were conducted at her home and at the Crown Hill Mennonite Church with Wm. G. Detweiler in charge, assisted by Bros. J. S. Gerig and Noah Hilty. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Stucky Mary Melvina, daughter of Jacob and Katie (Naffziger) Stucky, was born at Wheatland, Mo., May 31, 1874; died at her home in East Lynne, Mo., at the age of 66 y. 6 m. 11 d. She was well and favorably known among her friends and neighbors. After the death of her parents she kept house for her brother, Joseph B. Stucky, who survives. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Drusilla Grundy of Wichita, Kans. Funeral services were held Dec. 14 in the home and in Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. I. G. Hartzler, S. S. Hershberger, and Raymond Hershberger. Burial in Clearfork Cemetery.
Westfall Catherine (Sauder) Westfall was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., July 30, 1859; died at her home in St. Jacobs, Ont., Oct. 23, 1940; aged 81 y, 2 m, 24 d. She was united in marriage in 1883 to William Westfall who predeceased her 6 years ago. To this union were born 10 children of whom 7 survive: Magdalena (Mrs. John Herr), John, Lucinda (Mrs. Simon Wilkie), Christena (Mrs. Norman Brubacher), Mary Ann (Mrs. Nelson Martin), Amanda and Katie. She also leaves 25 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Henry and John Sauder of St. Jacobs, Ont.). Early in the morning of July 6, 1940, she took sick with a heart condition and complications which later proved to be internal cancer. She suffered much pain during her illness but bore it all patiently. Her desire was to go home. She was much concerned about her soul, was constantly striving to prepare herself, and the bright testimony she left gives us the assurance that she was ready to go. The last clear words she said were, "Vas Gott tuht das ist wohl getan." She is very much missed, but what is the earthly loss is her gain. Her favorite chapters were John 11 and 14 and she often asked us to read them. She was a member of the Old Order Mennonites till her death. The services at the home and meetinghouse were conducted by Daniel Brubacher, Daniel Martin, and Abraham Bearinger. Service and burial at Martin's Meetinghouse.
"Oh dear mother, how we miss you;
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Note: Christena is the spelling used in the obituary.
Whitaker Richard Wayne, son of Chris and Vera (Headings) Whitaker, was born at Albany, Oreg., July 25, 1939; died at the Ball Clinic, Corvallis, Oreg., after a brief illness, on Jan. 1, 1941. He leaves his parents, a brother (Donald), a great-grandmother, 3 grandparents, and a number of other relatives and friends. His maternal grandfather preceded him in death four days. Funeral services were held from the Albany Mennonite Church Jan. 4, conducted by George M. Kauffman. Text, Psa 90:6. Burial in the Riverside Cemetery.
Wirth An infant son, still-born into the home of Bro. Glenn and Blanche (Rehm) Wirth of Marshallville, Ohio, on Saturday, Jan 4, 1941, was buried on Monday, Jan. 6, in the Crown Hill Cemetery at Orrville, Ohio, with Bro. Wm. G. Detweiler in charge of the services.
Zook Martha Ellen, daughter of Eli K. and Saloma Frances (King) Zook, was born March 30, 1879, near West Liberty, Ohio; died Jan. 1, 1941, at the home of her sister, Loma Leasa, near Allensville, Pa.; aged 61 y. 9 m. 2 d. At the age of two years she moved with her parents to near Garden City, Mo., where she lived the greater part of her life. In her early teens she accepted Christ and was baptized by Bishop J. C. Kanagy, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Sycamore Grove Church, near Garden City, in which faith she passed on to meet her Lord. In 1935 she placed her letter with the Allensville congregation. Mattie's custom was to read the Bible through each year. Her last illness, beginning on Christmas, came when she still had a few chapters to read, and although she was very weak on the last day of the year and her life on earth, she requested to be propped up in bed so she might finish before the New Year. But her failing strength was not equal to the task. Those of her family preceding her in death were her mother, father, 2 brothers (John L. and Edward K.). Those remain to miss her presence are Mary, wife of L. C. Hostetler, Sheffield, Ill.; Ida, wife of Milton Hostetler, Shelbyville, Ill.; Emma, widow of M. J. Weber, Reeves, Ga.; Saloma, wife of Albert Leasa of near Allensville, Pa.; and Fannie, wife of David E. Plank, Detroit, Mich. Thirteen nieces and eighteen nephews also remain, as well as a number of grandnieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Elmer E. Yoder of Allensville and Moses Slabaugh of Harrisonburg, Va.
"Her willing hands are folded;
Her dear warm heart is stilled;
A place is vacant in our hearts,
Which never can be filled.
Doane Wilma Louise, born to Mr. And Mrs. Aldred Doane, June 17, 1940, in Glendive, Mont., died Jan 2, 1941, aged 6 m. 15.d. She had been sick with pneumonia for a few days. She leaves her father and mother, 2 brothers, and 2 half sisters. Her life on this earth was short, but she found a very definite place in the hearts of her loved ones. Funeral services in the Redtop Mennonite Church near Bloomfield, Mont., in charge of Bro. Elmer Borntrager.
Frey Christie V., daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. John C. and Margaret (Keener) Miller was born in Washington Co., Md., May 31, 1882; died Jan 6, 1941, after four months of illness at her home in York, Pa.; aged 58 y. 7 m. 8 d. She was married to Clarence C. Frey of Hanover, Pa., Sept. 8, 1909. Surviving her are her husband and 3 children (Mrs. C. Emerson Miller, Dr. M. Carl Frey, and Lois E. Frey) all of York. She lived in fellowship and communion with her Lord and the Christian Church for 53 years. She and her husband moved to York in 1910, where she was a member of the Stony Brook Mennonite Church until her death. Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at Stony Brook Mennonite Church, with the home ministers, Bros. Walter H. Gable and Frank H. Leaman, officiating. Interment in the York Road Cemetery near Hanover, Pa.
"Tho' at times we whisper a sad farewell,
And we know a grief which we cannot tell;
When our pathways part and we walk alone,
There's comfort only by way of the Throne."
Gerber Ida, daughter of Ira and Catharine (Stutzman) Chupp, was born at Midland, Mich., May 18, 1913; died in Nappanee, Ind., Jan 3, 1941; aged 27 y. 7 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Floyd Gerber Oct. 21, 1933. This union was blessed with two children (Robert and Marlene). She accepted Christ as her Saviour in 1932 and united with the Mennonite Church in Nappanee, where she attended faithfully as long as her health permitted. During her extended sickness she manifested the Christian spirit of patience, and was fully resigned to the will of God; although it was her eager desire that her health be restored, so that she might again fill her place in her home, and with her family. Besides her sorrowing husband and children, she is survived by her mother, 4 brothers (Monroe, Edward, Junior, and Levi of Milford), 3 sisters (Rosa Chupp of Milford, Mrs. Moses Hochstetler of Nappanee, and Mrs. Samuel Miller of Topeka, Ind.), and a large number of friends. Her passing is a loss to her husband, the family, the Church, and the community; but our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church in Nappanee, conducted by Bro. Homer F. North. Burial in South Union Cemetery.
"Dear is the grave where is laid,
Dear is the memory that ne'er shall fade;
Fond is the hope that again we shall meet,
Kneeling together at Jesus' feet."
Good Mary, daughter of Peter and Catharine Albrecht, was born March 4, 1860, at Granville, Ill.; died at her home in Tiskilwa, Ill., Jan 3, 1941; aged 80 y. 9 m. 30 d. Sept. 4, 1894, she was united in marriage with Daniel Nafzinger of Bromfield, Neb. After spending the greater part of their married life on a farm near Buda, Ill., they moved to Tiskilwa where her husband passed away in 1927. June 8, 1937, she was married to Joseph C. Good of Washington, Ill., who died May 20, 1938. She leaves 1 brother (Joseph J. Albrecht of Princeton, Ill.) and many relatives and friends. Her father, mother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. At an early age she united with the Willow Springs Mennonite Church near Tiskilwa, of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted at the Willow Springs Church by the local pastor with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Horst Daniel, son of Jonas B. and Mary Horst, was born at North Lawrence, Ohio, Sept. 28, 1864; died at his home near White Cloud, Mich., Jan 1, 1941; aged 76 y. 3 m. 4 d. He had been a resident of this vicinity since 1905, moving here from Wakarusa, Inc. He was a member of the White Cloud Mennonite Church and a warrior against the inroads of worldliness in the Church. He was married to Mrs. Julia Musser Weaver in 1890, who preceded him in death in 1808. To this union were born 3 children (Mrs. Viola Truesdell, who also preceded him in death in 1927; Clarence of Cleveland, O., and Mrs. Bertha Blosser of North Lima, O.). In 1899 he was married to Anna A. Butler. To this union was born 1 daughter (Mrs. Dorcas Haight, of White Cloud, Mich.) He is also survived by 4 brothers (Martin of Orrville, O.; Jonas of Columbiana, O.; Harvey of Harrisonburg, Va.; and Abe of Elizabethtown, Pa.), 1 sister (Mrs. Anna Noll of Lodi, O.), 4 grandchildren, and a host of friends. Having been in failing health for 2 years (spending the greater part of the past year in bed), caused by heart trouble, he was without pain and awaiting his call from above. Funeral services were held Jan. 3 in the home of Edw. D. Jones, after which he was taken to the Olive Mennonite Church near Wakarusa, Ind., where services were conducted by Bro. D. A. Yoder assisted by Bro. Clarence Shank. Text: Isa. 43:1-3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kenagy Rufus Augustus, son of Asa and Salome (Yoder) Kenagy, was born Dec. 2, 1855, in Logan Co., Ohio; died Jan. 12, 1941; aged 85 y. 1 m. 10 d. When yet a mere lad, he moved with his parents to Cass Co., Mo., where he had been loved and respected as a resident for many years. Being afflicted with the infirmities of old age, he has longed to be at rest with the Lord. Death came as a result of a severe stroke of paralysis with which he was stricken several days previously. He leaves a host of friends and kin to mourn his passing. On Dec. 16, 1877, he was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Greaser who preceded him in death Aug. 31, 1933. He is survived by 1 daughter, Bessie (Mrs. Ed Clark), Colorado Springs, Colo., 4 sons (Edwin, Urvin and Owen, all of Garden City, Mo., and Alvin of El Monte, Calif.). In addition to the children born in the home, they took to rear Lucy Culp (Mrs. Joe Broyles) of Kansas City, Mo. His passing is also mourned by 1 brother (Christ), 25 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren, to whom he was fondly attached. As a young man, he united with the Bethel Mennonite Church, where he has been a faithful member for these many years. Funeral services were held Jan. 14, at the Bethel Mennonite Church, in charge of James A. Steiner and Joe C. Driver. Burial at Clearfork Cemetery.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thay toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Martin John O., son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Walter) Martin, was born May 14, 1855, in LaPorte Co., Ind. Three years of his childhood, from 1858 to 1861, the family lived near Clarence Center, N. Y. They moved back to LaPorte Co., and in 1864 to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. Nov. 12, 1876, he was married to Elizabeth Brenneman of St. Joseph Co., Ind. She preceded him in death Feb.24, 1923. They began housekeeping on a farm several miles south of Elkhart, Ind., and spent all but ten or twelve years of their married life on this farm. To this union 6 children were born (Ida Priscilla who died in infancy, Daniel and Edward of Elkhart; Oscar H., who died in 1913, Mrs. Martin Horein, and Nora at home). Besides the 4 children, he leaves 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (David and Abraham), 2 sisters (Mrs. A. W. Gordon and Mrs. Melvin Loucks) all of near Elkhart. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in 1879 and united with the Mennonite Church and the Olive congregation. His chief interest in life was in serving his Master. He was one who continually trusted Him who is able to save to the uttermost. His place will be missed in the community and in the Church. He was seldom absent from services when health permitted him to attend. He gave much encouragement to his ministers and his counsels will be greatly missed. He had a vital interest in the Church schools being a member of the Board of trustees of Elkhart Institute from its beginning and continued on the Board of Education until 1915. He died Jan 7, 1941; aged 85 y. 7 m. 23 d., his illness dating from Nov. 3, 1940. He endured his suffering patiently and peacefully fell to sleep. Funeral services conducted by home ministers, C. A. Shank and D.A. Yoder, at the Olive Church. Burial in the near-by cemetery.
Miller Robert Allen Miller was born to L. C. and Susie Mae Miller near Protection, Kans., July 24, 1922; drowned in Prospect Lake at Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan 13, 1941; aged 18 y. 5 m. 20 d. With his parents, when less than two months of age, he moved to a farm near Limon, Colo., where his father was sent by the Church to assume charge of the Limon Mennonite Church. Here he lived until he was ten years old, beginning his school life with his oldest brother, LeRoy, as his teacher and three years in the Limon Public Schools. When ten years of age his parents moved to Manitou Springs, where his father was transferred to take charge of the Manitou Mennonite Church. Here Bob grew to young manhood, attending the Manitou School, graduating from High School with the class of 1940. At the time of his death he was working on an electrical engineering course. He took an active part in school and community life. He was industrious and spent his summers the last four years in working, helping in the support of the family. He was baptized a member of the Mennonite Church when he was eleven years of age. He was the only child at home with his parents. He was a comfort, support, and a continual help to his father and mother. Robert leaves his father and mother, 2 sisters and 4 brothers: Mary (Mrs. Lovell McKellip) of Nampa, Idaho; LeRoy C. Miller of Morely, Colo.; W. Franklin Miller of Denver, Colo.; Florence (Mrs. Kermit Landis) of Colorado Springs; Donald E. Miller of Bliss, Idaho; Jerry Miller of Colorado Springs; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational Community Church in Manitou Springs by the Congregational pastor, C. G. Ringler, A. J. Metzler, E. E. Showalter, and Allen H. Erb.
Miller Stanley Ray, son of Annas and Ursula (Swartzendruber) Miller, was born Dec. 14, 1940, in Elwood, Ind.; died Dec. 18. Although the baby was in the home only a few days, he found a large and tender place in the hearts of his parents and 3-year-old, Francis Dean. Short services were conducted at the home by Anson Horner and his father, and final services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church near Kalona, Ia., in charge of John Y. Swartzendruber.
Umbaugh Jonas Henry, son of John and Hannah Umbaugh, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 11, 1878; died at his residence in Nappanee, Ind., Jan 3, 1941; aged 62 y. 5 m. 22 d. He lived in this community all his life. He was united in marriage to Lizzie Metzler, Oct. 3, 1902. This union was blessed with 2 children (Manford, who died in 1924, and Mrs. Claude Gall, who survives). He is also survived by his sorrowing companion, 1 brother (Louis Umbaugh of New Paris), 2 sisters (Mrs. Clayton Reed of New Paris, and Mrs. Sarah Newcomer of Nappanee), and 4 grandchildren. He accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united with the Mennonite Church some years ago. Recently he renewed his fellowship with the Lord and expressed a willingness to go to his eternal home. During his last sickness he bore it with much patience and manifested a spirit of resignation to God's will. Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church in Nappanee, Ind., conducted by Bro. Homer F. North and ----Foudy. Burial in the Union Centre Cemetery.