Gospel Herald Obituaries - March, 1941

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXIII, No 49 - March 6, 1941 ­ page 1038 ­ 1040

Armstrong ­ Robert Mathias, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Armstrong, was born Oct. 4, 1914; died Jan. 18, 1941. Robert was afflicted with infantile paralysis from early childhood, being confined to his chair and bed for the last eight years, yet he always had a smile for all who came to see him. Several months before his death he was received into the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Knowing his time on earth was short he pled with others to do as he had done, and left a bright hope of going home to be with the Lord. Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at the Pleasant View Church by Walter Lehman and Christian Martin.

Bare ­ Barbara S., daughter of the late Martin and Kathrine Rohrer, was born in Lancaster, Co., Pa., March 28, 1860; died Feb 8, 1941; aged 80 y. 10 m. 11 d. Dec. 13, 1887, she was united in marriage to John L. Bare, who preceded her in death Nov. 27, 1939; also a son and daughter. She is survived by the following children: Emma, wife of Dea. David Weaver, Lancaster; John R. of Bird-in-Hand; Martin R. of Witmer; and Mary R. at home; also by 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Nov. 1, 1940, she suffered a heart attach from which she never recovered. She bore her affliction with cheerfulness and patience. It was her desire to depart and be with Christ. She was a faithful member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church, and took an active part in sewing circle work. Her funeral was held Feb. 10 at her late home in Bareville by Bro. Martin Hershey, and at the Stumptown Mennonite Church by the home ministers, David L. Landis and Elmer G. Martin. Closing prayer by Bro. Frank Leaman. Her remains were laid to rest in the Cemetery adjoining the church.

"Mother, thou art gone to rest,
And this shall be our prayer:
That when we reach our journey's end,
Thy glory we may share."

Falb ­ Evelyn Lina, daughter of Albert and Edna (Steiner) Falb, was born Aug. 24, 1940 near Mt. Eaton, Ohio; died at the age of 5 m. 28 d., after suffering from pneumonia for less than two days. She leaves her sorrowing father, mother, 2 sisters (Mary Catherine and Wilma Mabel), 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, and many other relatives. One brother (Irvin) and 1 grandmother preceded her in death. Officiating ministers: Bros. Louis Amstutz, Jacob Neuenschwander, and J. S. Moser. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Interment in church cemetery.

"Go to thy rest, fair child!
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."

Gindlesperger ­ Charles Henry, son of Cloyd and Dora (Kaufman) Gindlesperger, Hollsopple, Pa., was instantly killed by colliding with an automobile, while coasting near his home on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, 1941; aged 8 y. 1 m. 19 d. He is survived by his parents, 4 grandparents, and the following brothers and sisters: Wilmetta, at home; Elnora, wife of Delmar Shetler of near Hollsopple; Carl, Paul and Wilmer at home. He was preceded in death by 1 sister (Beatrice Irene). Funeral services were conducted Feb. 12 at the Blough Mennonite Church by Bro. Harry Y. Shetler, assisted by Bros. Irwin M. Holsopple and Harry C. Blough. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his death so near;
Any only those suddenly bereft can tell
The sadness of parting without farewell."

Gindlesperger ­ Harry, son of Samuel and Mattie (Miller) Gindlesperger, was born Aug. 9, 1881, at Davidsville, Pa.; died near the place of his birth Nov. 14, 1940; aged 59 y. 3 m. 5 d. He was married Oct. 4, 1906, to Dillie Kaufman. He leaves his companion, 5 sons, and 1 daughter as follows: Robert; Lemon; Mary, wife of Daniel Mishler, all of Hollsopple; Charles of Somerset, Pa.; and Kore and Ray at home. A number of grandchildren as well as the following brothers and sisters also survive him: David of Boswell, Pa.; Jacob, Mrs. Harry Berkey, Mrs. Menno Berkey, and Mrs. Harry Wirich, and John all of Hollsopple, Pa.; and Samuel of Johnstown, Pa. He was a member of the Lutheran Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at the Blough Mennonite Church conducted by Russel T. Shilling, assisted by Harry Y. Shetler. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Hildebrand ­ John Reuben, son of Simeon and Christina (Wenger) Hildebrand, was born near Greenmount, Va., Aug. 11, 1873; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Howard Showalter of near Dale Enterprise, Va.), Sept. 11, 1940; aged 67 y. 1 m. When a small child he moved with his parents to Dayton, Va., where he spent his entire life. Aug. 11, 1895 he was married to Fannie Heatwole. To this union were born 5 daughters and 3 sons. His wife, 1 daughter and a son preceded him. He is survived by 4 daughters (Mrs. G. W. Shank and Mrs. J. R. Rhodes, Dayton, Va., Mrs. Howard Showalter, Dale Enterprise, Va., and Mildred Hildebrand, Harrisonburg, Va.), 2 sons (Oliver Hildebrand, Arcadia, Fla.; Fred Hildebrand, Harrisonburg, Va.). Two sisters also survive (Mrs. N. S. Heatwole, Dayton, Va., and Mrs. P. B. Horst, Dalton, Ohio). He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of fifteen when he attended the first revival meetings held at Weavers Church, which were held by Bro. John S. Coffman and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. He was active in the work of the Church and served as Sunday-school superintendent, teacher, and chorister as long as health permitted him. Funeral services were held at the Bank Church Sept. 13, conducted by Bros. H. B. Keener and S. H. Rhodes. Text, Matt. 13:43. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"Think of stepping on shore, and finding it heaven,
To take hold of a hand and find it­God's hand,
Think of breathing new air and finding it celestial air,
To rise from the care and turmoil of earth into an unbroken calm,
To wake up and find it Home."

Hochstetler ­ Levi, son of Noah and Susan (Kauffman) Hochstetler, was born Oct. 19, 18665, near Elkhart, Ind.; died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Manas J. Brenneman of Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 16, 1941; aged 75 y. 3 m. 27 d. He was married to Cora Shetler Feb 7, 1926. She preceded him in death June 5, 1931. His death is mourned by 1 brother (Mose of Kokomo, Ind.), 2 sisters (Mrs. E. J. Stutzman of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and Mrs. Emma Church of Campellton, Fla.), 2 half sisters (Mrs. Fannie Wolf of Aurora, Mo; Mrs. Edith Shoky of Denver, Colo.), 2 half brothers (William Bender of Fairfield, Iowa, and Eli Bender of Garden City, Kans.), and a large number of near relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 1 sister (Mrs. Sarah Slabaugh). He accepted Christ when a young man and was a faithful member of the East Union Mennonite Church. Almost his entire life was spent in the Kalona community, where he worked for different people who admired and respected him for his faithful service, and will long be remembered as one who faithfully did the task entrusted to him. Funeral services were held Feb.18 from the East Union Mennonite Church with burial in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery, conducted by E. G. Swartzendruber and D. J. Fisher.

King ­ Salome, daughter of David and Mary Harshbarger, was born Dec. 9, 1862, at Mattawana, Pa.; died Jan. 31, 1941, at her late home near Mattawanat; aged 78 y. 1 m. 22 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, united with the A. M. Church, and was faithful until death. Feb. 8, 1887, she was united in marriage with Jonas Y. King of Allensville, Pa. They lived the nine first years of their married in the Kishacoquillas Valley, after which they moved to the present home at Mattawana. To this union were born 5 children (Mrs. Uriel Hartzler of Allensville, David of Mattawana, Archie of Allensville, Nannie and Charles at home). Her husband preceded her in death a little more than thirty-three years ago, thus leaving her with the burdens and trials alone, and she bore them nobly, with Christian grace. Beside her children she leaves 14 grandchildren, 1 brother (Charles Harshbarger of West Liberty, Ohio), 2 sisters (Mrs. Fannie Yoder of Mattawana and Mrs. Leah Yoder of Westover, Md.). Her parents and 2 brothers also preceded her. In her last illness she was bedfast four weeks. She had a desire to depart this life. Two days prior to her passing she bade us goodbye and asked us to all meet her in heaven. Funeral services in the home by Bro. Milo Yoder, and at the church by Bro. Levi Glick and Bro. Aaron Mast. Texts, II Cor. 5:1 and II Tim. 1:12, chosen by Mother. Burial in the Hertzler Cemetery.

"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain;
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into Heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep,
After long years with life's struggles
Mother has fallen asleep."
--A Daughter

Lafferty ­ Rosy, widow of Joseph Lafferty, was born at Mill Run near Altoona, Pa., June 14, 1872; died at her home in Altoona, Feb. 13, 1941; aged 68 y. 7 m. 29 d. Surviving are 3 daughters, 3 sons, 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. She was received into church fellowship of the First Mennonite Church, Altoona, by water baptism Dec. 10, 1939. Funeral services were held Feb. 16 in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Num. 23:10.

Longenecker ­ William H. Longenecker was born Feb. 17, 1861; died at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa., Jan. 23, 1941; aged 79 y. 11 m. 16 d. He united with Gingrich's Mennonite Church about one year ago. His wife preceded him in death about one-half year ago. He leaves 2 daughters (Mary, wife of Charles Longenecker of Hershey, Pa., and Minerva Smith, at home). Four grandchildren and 1 brother also survive. Funeral services were conducted at the Arnold Funeral Home, Lebanon, Pa., by Bros. Simon G. Bucher and Noah Risser. Interment in Reformed cemetery at Campbelltown, Pa.

"Just a closing of the eyelids,
Just a hush, why mourn and weep?
So it is our heavenly Father
Giveth His beloved sleep."

McBride ­ Russell C. McBride was born near Caseville, Mich., July 23, 1900; died at Herman Kiefer Hospital, Detroit, Feb. 5, 1941; aged 40 y. 6 m. 12 d. Dec. 14, 1923 he was united in marriage to Ruth Caldwell of Carthage, N. Y. Together they have met and carried the joys and burdens of this life with courage and united effort. They were blest with 3 sons (James, Kay, Wayne) and 1 daughter (Shirley), all of whom with their mother keenly feel the loss of a devoted husband and father. Besides, he leaves his aged parents (Mr. and Mrs. James E. McBride of Caseville), 5 brothers (Clinton and Robert of Elkton, Mich.; Fred of Caseville, Merritt of Pigeon, and Walter of Detroit), 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary McFadden of Detroit, Mrs. Edith Bouck of Pontiac, and Abbey of Caseville). He was considered seriously ill from the time he took his bed, Dec. 24, and though we all felt he was needed in the home and church community, we bow to an all wise Father. In response to his sense of need he accepted Christ as his Saviour and Nov. 3, 1935, was baptized and became a member of the Detroit Mennonite Church. Russell had his trials, his burdens, his imperfections, as we all have; but may it be a definite message to all who knew him that in the last weeks in this life, he, as at other times, saw the need of help from above and expressed his dependence on the Lord. Funeral services were held Feb. 8, with Bro Frank Raber in charge. Burial in Roseland Cemetery, Royal Oak. May His sustaining grace and comfort remain with the sorrowing wife and children.

Purvis ­ Hannah Elizabeth Gardner was born Oct. 9, 1840; died Feb. 15, 1941; aged 100 y. 4 m. 6 d. She was married Jan. 25, 1860, to Andrew Jackson Purvis to which union 11 children were born. She is survived by 8 children, 45 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Sister Purvis with her husband united with the Mennonite Church at Purvis, Mo., about 25 years ago and remained faithful to Christ and the church until death. Funeral services were held Feb. 17 at the Baptist Church in Versailles, Mo. Text, Psa. 17:15, "I shall be satisfied, when I awake with thy likeness." Burial in Versailles Cemetery. Services were conducted by L. G. Christian assisted by C. B. Driver and Leroy Gingerich.

Shirk ­ Christian, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Shirk, was born Sept. 12, 1867, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died at his home Feb. 15, 1941; aged 73 y. 5 m. 3 d. In 1875 he moved with his parents to Kansas where he grew to manhood; then returned to Indiana, which has been his home since. Dec.. 27, 1890, he was married to Sarah A. Berkey, who preceded him in death March 9, 1919; also a daughter and a son. To mourn their loss are 3 daughters and a son (Florence Edna and Mary Elizabeth at home; Dollie Luella Beery, Floyd Arthur, Mishawaka, Ind.), 3 grandchildren, 1 stepgranddaughter, 4 sisters, (Emma Lawver, Omega, Okla.; Lydia Hill, Paola, Kans.; Martha Behler, Newton, Kans; Anna Harper, Sedgwich, Kans.; John, Long Beach, Ca.; Joseph, Hesston, Kans.; David and Noah, Newton, Kans.). He united with the Mennonite Church soon after his marriage and was an active member until death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church conducted by the home ministers, C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder.

Sparks ­ George Lewis, son of George and Amanda Sparks, was born near Topeka, Ind., July 1, 1875; died at the age of 65 years at his home in Howard Co., Ind., after an extended illness from tuberculosis. He was married to Fannie Patterson who died in 1914. To them were born 4 daughters, 1 dying in infancy. In 1916 he was married to Emma Sommers. To this union were born 5 children, 2 dying in infancy. He leaves, besides his wife, 6 children (Viola Yoder, Anna Mick, Mary McMahan, Paul, Kathryn, and Wilma), 2 grandchildren, 1 half brother (Corliss McConnell), 2 half sisters (Tressa Barber and Ella Hollingsworth). He was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. Services were conducted at the home by the local ministry. Funeral services were held in northern Indiana at the Emma Church, by Bro. Oscar Hostetler assisted by Bro. A. G. Horner. Text, I Thess. 4:18. Burial in Miller Cemetery.

Walters ­ Herman V., son of Bro. and Sister Ira Walters of Buffalo Springs, Pa., was born Dec. 12, 1921; died at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa., Jan 29, 1941; aged 19 y. 1 m. 17 d. He suffered intensely from double pneumonia and appendicitis complications. A kind, genial disposition endeared him to many friends, who sadly mourn his early departure. He accepted Christ as his Saviour during his illness and assured his parents and ministers that all was well whatever the Lord saw fit to do with his life. His passing was a shock to the entire community and church and is a loud call that "God is no respecter of persons;" that He gathers not only the early bud and aged flower, but also that flower which is just ready to blossom, to adorn His heavenly garden. He leaves his grief-stricken parents, 4 sisters (Mollie, Emmeline, Christine, and Elsie), and 1 brother (Charles); also both grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. It is very hard to part with Herman, but we know that "all things work together for good to them that love God," and we humbly say, "Not mine, but thy will be done." Funeral services were held at Gingrich's Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon G. Bucher and Martin Weaver assisted by Bro. Charles Keiter. Text: Job 17:11. Interment in Heidelberg Cemetery.

"A precious on from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."

Yoder ­ Anna Adeline, daughter of Cornelius and Magdalena Schrock, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 17, 1860. She was married to Emanuel S. Eash, Dec. 11, 1879. To this union were born 5 children: Andrew, Amos, Magdalena, Cornelius and Samuel. Emanuel S. Eash died May 18, 1891. In March, 1894 the now deceased was married to Jonas V. Yoder. To this union were born 2 children: Clyde Wesley and Anna Adeline. Father Yoder died Nov. 26, 1934. Surviving the departed are the following: Mrs. John Kemp, Mrs. Willis Hostetler, Mrs. Levi Oesch, Mrs. Elmer Greenawalt, Edna Yoder, Menno Yoder, Perry Yoder, Jonas Yoder, Clyde Yoder, Amos Eash, Cornelius Esch, and Samuel Eash; also 4 brothers of the deceased are still living (Cyrus Schrock of Hutchinson, Kans.; Harry Schrock, Goshen, Ind.; Christ Schrock, Howe Ind.; and Amos Schrock, Shipshewana, Ind.). There are 30 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. In addition to the immediate family and descendants are many relatives and a host of friends to pay tribute to the life of a good mother and friend. Father and Mother Yoder reared a large family. Their religious interests were well manifested throughout their lives. They were members of the Mennonite church at Emma, Ind., since its origin, where they contributed their interests unto the end. Mother Yoder was a lover of children. For many years she was a teacher of children in the Sunday school. It always gave her job to contribute flowers wherever they might bring a bit of good cheer. After their children had reached maturity Father and Mother Yoder moved to their then new home beside the church. There they planned the closing events of their lives, even to the final arrangements for burial being carried out today. During the last sickness she was cared for in the home of the son Menno and his wife Lizzie. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 16 at the Emma Mennonite Church. Spripture reading and prayer in the home by Amos O. Hostetler, and further services at the church by O. S. Hostetler assisted by D. J. Johns.

Yoder ­ Sarah D., daughter of David D. and Mary (Gingerich) Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 20, 1860; died at her home in Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 16, 1941; aged 80 y. 9 m. 26 d. At the age of three she came with her parents to Iowa where the rest of her days were spent. At the age of 16 she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Jan. 29, 1882, she was married to Peter S. Yoder by her husband's father (Bishop Abner Yoder). To this union 6 children were born. The husband and father died Dec. 2, 1926, and 1 son (Joseph) died Aug. 14, 1905. She leaves the following children: John of Harrisburg, Oreg.; Alvin, Marion, and Ora of Wellman, and Mary, wife of Melvin Miller of Kalona; also 14 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and many other relatives and friends. She also leaves 3 brothers (Michael and David Miller of Kalona and Jacob Miller of Maxwell, Iowa). Since Oct. 1, 1930, Sister Naomi Dickel lived in this home as a true and devoted companion and during the time that assistance and care were needed this was faithfully rendered, which help the immediate members of the family deeply appreciated. Two years ago she had a severe heart attack, at which time it was not expected that she could live; but the Lord saw best to spare her life a while longer. Nevertheless this left a weakened physical condition that remained, although she was again able to be about more or less as usual. Four weeks ago she was stricken with bronchial pneumonia, from which she somewhat rallied until three days before her death she quite suddenly took a turn for the worse and complications developed which culminated in her death. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, as she truly lived out the teachings of God's Word to love and be at peace with all men. Her home will be empty to many who often received a hearty welcome there, and the place she occupied in church will know her no more. Yet we feel confident that our loss is but her gain. She often expressed her desire that the Lord might come and call her home. Funeral services were held Feb. 18, conducted at the home by A. S. Miller and at the Upper Deer Creek Church by W. S. Guengerich and E. G. Swartzendruber. Texts, Psa. 90; II Cor. 4:8-5:14; Job 14:14.

"Dear Mother, thou art not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory thou art with us,
As you always were before."

Transcribed by Verna Odena, Texas


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXIII, No 50 - March 13, 1941 ­ pages 1070, 1071

Blosser ­ Elvina, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Weldy) Blosser, was born near Versailles, Mo., July 10, 1888; died Feb. 26, 1941, in Colorado Springs, Colo.; aged 52 y. 7 m. 15 d. She grew to womanhood and lived in the Mt. Zion community until about 20 years ago, when she went to Colorado Springs. With the exception of about a year, she lived the latter part of her life in Colorado Springs. In her youth she was converted and united with the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church. In her latter years she was a member of the Evangelical Church of Colorado Springs. She leaves 4 brothers (Levi and Sam Blosser of Goshen, Ind.; Henry Blosser of Wakarusa, Ind.; Joe Blosser of Prophetstown, Ill.), 2 sisters (Anna Blosser of Logansport, Ind.; and Fidella, wife of J. M. Gingerich of Bryan, Ohio). She is also survived by many other relatives and friends. She had been greatly appreciated as teacher of the Loyal Woman's Class of the Sunday school of her church and was a faithful member of their Finance Board. Funeral services were conducted at Colorado Springs, after which the body was brought to Versailles, Mo., for burial. Funeral Services were also conducted Mar. 2 at the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church, in charge of --- Bomar of Tipton, and Leroy Gingerich of the Mt. Zion Church. Burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Bontrager ­ Lydia Maude, daughter of John C. and Lydia (Yoder) Bontrager, was born March 12, 1890, in Curall, Mo., died Feb. 9, 1941; aged 50 y. 10 m. 28 d. In 1915 she with her parents came to Emma, Ind., later moved to Topeka, where she died after a lingering illness of heart trouble and streptococcus in the veins. She bore her suffering patiently, never murmuring or complaining. She united with the Mennonite Church at Emma and later transferred her membership to the Progressive Mennonites at Topeka, where she was a faithful member till death. She was a most efficient telephone operator for more than 15 years. She is survived by her immediate family (Mrs. A. L. Miller of Lagrange, Noah of Elkhart, 2 half sisters-Mrs. M. C. Hershberger, Harper, Kans., Mrs. Ira Hostetler of Topeka,--Chris, Goshen), nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Feb.11 at the Topeka Mennonite Church by Earl Salzman with burial in the Miller Cemetery. Text, Phil. 1:21.

"Her willing hands are folded,
Her dear warm heart is stilled;
A place is vacant in our hearts
Which never can be filled."

Brunk ­ Jewelle, infant daughter of Lawrence and Dorothy (Powell) Brunk, was born Jan. 11, 1941, in Elizabeth Buxton Hospital, Newport News, Va.; died 14 hours later. She leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Janet Louise), and 3 grandparents (Mrs. Geo. R. Brunk and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Powell). Her little body was laid to rest in Warwick River Cemetery Jan 13. Short services for the immediate family were held in the home and at the cemetery by Bro. Truman Brunk. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

Goodman ­ Mary Ann Shank, wife of John Goodman, died at her late home near Elizabethtown, Pa., Jan 23, 1941, after a lingering illness for over two years, aged 63 y. 11 m. 13 d. She was a member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Robert, Mrs. Charles Hoover, Mrs. Raymond Snyder, and Clarence of Elizabethtown and vicinity; also a sister (Mrs. Barbara Good) and 2 brothers (George Shank and Andrew Shank). Her funeral was held Jan. 26 from her late home and the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, with Bros. Noah Risser, John Brinser, and Clarence Lutz in charge. Interment in Mt. Ober Cemetery. Text, Jno. 14:1-3.

Greiner ­ Amos G., son of the late Martin and Catherine Greiner, was born Sept. 5, 1859; died at his home in Milton Grove, Pa., Feb. 24, 1941; aged 81 y. 5 m. 19 d. He is survived by 3 daughters (Mabel, wife of Phares Ginder, Mt. Joy; Mrs. Elsie Whisler, Elizabethtown; Beulah, at home), a sister (Mrs. Alpheus Shearer, Manheim), 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Rissers Church, where he was a member, by Bros. Noah Risser and Walter Oberholtzer. Text, Rev. 22:14. His body was laid away in the Hill Church Cemetery near Colebrook.

"Farewell, my children and grandchildren all,
From you a father Christ did call;
Mourn not for me, it is vain
To call me to your side again."
--By the Children

Herr ­ Annie B. Herr, Bird-in-Hand, Pa., was born July 26, 1863; died Feb. 5, 1941; aged 77 y. 6 m. 9 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and a Sunday-school teacher at Stumptown, Pa., Mennonite Church until advanced age when she resigned and was a scholar thereafter, always a regular attendant at services. She never suffered sickness until about a year ago she suffered a slight stroke, from which she soon rallied to the extent that she was able to help with the duties of the home. The evening of Feb. 4 she suffered another stroke and in the morning of the 5th she quietly passed away, leaving 2 sisters and 3 brothers to mourn her death. While she is being greatly missed, we feel our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 7. Brief services at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin and further services at Mellinger's Church by Bro. David Landis. Text, Psa. 17:15. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. -----The Family

Redcay ­ Jacob Redcay was born April 22, 1874, near Mechanicsburg, Pa.; died suddenly of heart failure on Thursday morning, Feb. 20, 1941. He was engaged in farming until nine years ago when he moved to Ephrata, Pa., where he had a milk route. It was while delivering milk that he became ill and was found sitting in his wagon unable to walk. He was removed to a near-by physician's office and put to bed. His two sons were notified of his illness and came to his bedside. While they spoke to him his only complaint was that he was very tired and wanted to rest. The doctor informed the family that he was coming along fine and could go home that afternoon; but Father soon fell into a peaceful sleep to be with his Lord. He married Emma Christ June 6, 1896. Two years later they accepted Christ as their personal Saviour, and united with Mohler's Mennonite Church. At present they are with the Mennonite Church at Landis Valley. Besides his wife, the following children also remain: 3 daughters (Viola, wife of Robert Ober; Ella, wife of Christ Groff; and Lottie, wife of Paul Coatsworth), 4 sons (Leroy, Earl, Robert and Melvin). Funeral services were held Feb. 24 from his late home at Ephrata, Pa., with further services at the Landis Valley Church, conducted by Ira D. Landis and ----- Rhoads. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.

"No one heard the footsteps of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear;
No one knows the silent heartache, only one who has lost can tell
Of the grief that's borne in silence for the one we loved so well."
--The Family

Sauder ­ Rosalyn Marie, an only child of Ray and Lillian (Nafziger) Sauder, Wauseon, Ohio, died in her home Feb. 7, 1941; aged 2 y. 8 m. 16 d. She was sick only four days with streptococcic throat followed by pneumonia. She leaves her grief-stricken parents, 4 grandparents, 1 great-grandmother, and many relatives and friends. She was a lovely little singer and has now joined the heavenly chorus. She will be missed in so many ways in the home and neighborhood, but we humbly submit to God who said, "My ways are not your ways." Funeral services were held at the Central Church by Jesse J. Short and Ed. Frey.

"God needed one more angel child
Among His singing band,
And so He bent with loving smile,
And clasped our dear Rosalyn's hand."

Note: I believe spelling "streptococcic" should be streptococcus.

Schertz ­ Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Catherine Esch, was born near Washington, Ill., Aug. 2, 1875; died Sunday evening, Feb. 9, 1941; aged 65 y. 6 m. 7 d. This release came after much illness during which there were very often many days and weeks of extreme suffering which nothing seemed to alleviate. Both the wisdom of physicians and the loving ministrations of her family failed to lighten this burden she had to bear. Early in life she accepted Christ as he Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church of Metamora, Ill. To these vows made in youth she remained faithful to the end, and it was because of her unfaltering faith in the loving heavenly Father that she was able to give such a testimony of courage in bearing this cross of suffering even with joy. Many times her sweet smile flashed out to those who visited her as evidence of her fortitude and complete trust in her Saviour. Sept. 3, 1896, she was united in marriage with Harry R. Schertz, and together they established their home on the farm north of Eureka where all of their life since marriage had been passed. As is only natural it is in this home where our sister will be missed the most, and then the church which has lost a faithful member although in recent years she could not be present in person. And then she will be missed by that large circle of neighbors and friends on whom she depended so much in her later life. In this group are many of the friends of youth whose lives were enriched by her friendship. Surviving her are her loving husband and 2 sons (Elmer of Metamora, and Leroy of Eureka) and 1 grandson. A daughter (Elva M.) preceded her in death Feb. 5, 1904. Also surviving are 1 sister and 2 brothers (Mrs. Peter Springer of Metamora, and Sol and Ben Esch of Washington). One brother (Christian Esch) preceded her in death in December, 1910. Funeral services in charge of H. R. Schertz, assisted by Bro. Ezra Yordy.

"O God! How beautiful the thought,
How merciful the bless'd decree,
That grace can e'er be found when sought,
And naught shut out the soul from Thee."

Schertz ­ Mary, daughter of Christian and Magdalena Garber, was born Aug. 3, 1848, in Woodford Co., Ill.; died Feb. 24, 1941; aged 92 y. 6 m. 21 d. She united in marriage with Ferdinand Schertz Jan. 19, 1873, who preceded her in death, Dec. 21, 1916. To this union were born 9 children. Surviving are: Mrs. Minnie Summer of Ashley, Mich.; Edwin R. of Metamora; Mrs. Peter Ulrich and Rudolph of Eureka; and Mrs. Will Schrock of Low Point. August, Albert, and two infants preceded her in death. She also leaves 28 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour, and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end. For the past thirteen years she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Will Schrock. She was blessed with good health for many years. Sister Schertz enjoyed reading until losing her eyesight, then she often desired to depart and be with the Lord. Funeral services were held Feb. 26, at the house of H. R. Schertz and Andrew Schrock. At the Metamora Church they were in charge of H. R. Schertz and Ezra B. Yordy. Burial in the Harmony Cemetery.

"There is a land mine eye hath seen
In visions of enraptured thought;
So bright that all which spreads between
Is with its glories fraught."

Short ­ Christ S., son of Daniel and Anna (Stuckey) Short, was born May 24, 1863 near Archbold, Ohio; died Feb. 5, 1941 at the Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio; aged 77 y. 8 m. 11 d. In early youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, uniting with the Mennonite Church, and remained true to the faith until death. April 1, 1890, he was united in marriage with Nancy Short. To this union were born 10 children. Five sons died in infancy. He leaves his sorrowing companion; son (Maurice), 4 daughters (Martha, Rosa-Mrs. Freeman Aeschliman, Elizabeth-Mrs. Raymond H. Short, and Sarah-Mrs. Joseph Roth), all living near Archbold, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. His father, mother, 4 brothers, 4 sisters and 2 grandchildren preceded him in death. After their marriage they began farming and remained on the same farm until his death. His sudden passing was a shock to the family and friends. He was a kind father, and will be missed in the home, community, and Church, where he regularly attended if health permitted. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church by Jesse J. Short and Ed. Frey.

"Finished are all earth's labors,
Tired and ready to sleep,
Ready to bid his friends good-by,
Wondering why we weep.
Passing out of earth's shadows
Into infinite day,
Why do you call it dying,
This beautiful passing away?"

Transcribed by Verna Odena, Texas


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXIII, No 51 - March 20, 1941 ­ pages 1086, 1087

Burkholder ­ Adam L. was born July 13, 1872; died at his home at Brunnerville, Pa., Feb. 14, 1941; aged 68 y. 7 m. 1 d. He married Ida R. Bollinger Nov. 28, 1895. To this union were born 4 children, of which 2 died in infancy. His wife and 2 daughters survive: Eva, wife of Henry Tyson, Brunnerville, and Naomi, wife of Norman Boll, Lititz, R. 1; also 6 grandchildren, 1 brother (Amos), and 1 sister (Mrs. Emma Bucher), both of Bareville, Pa. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 45 years. He always had a word for his Lord whenever opportunity and occasion permitted. He was faithful in church attendance when health permitted. He had an operation in October and hoped to be well by spring, but after his relapse he was resigned to the Lord's will. Funeral Services were held Feb. 17, 1941 at the house and at the Hess Mennonite meetinghouse. Bros. John S. Hess and Amos Horst conducted the services. Part of Rev. 7 was read and the texts were Prov. 17:6, Zech. 15, and I Cor. 15:53.

"We will miss him all our days,
Miss him in a thousand ways;
Miss his footsteps and his prayer,
Miss him always, everywhere."
--The Family

Note: ".Norman Boll, Lititz, R.1" , could this R. 1 be R.I. for Rhode Island?
(Probably not Rhode Island. Lititz is in PA. ddk)

Eash ­ Mary, daughter of the late Joseph T. and Catharine (Wingard) Yoder, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 28, 1874; died very unexpectedly at the Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pa., Feb. 22, 1941; aged 66 y. 3 m. 24 d. She was married to John T. Eash, Oct. 21, 1898. To this union were born a daughter who died in infancy and one son, Frank. She was baptized and received into the Stahl Mennonite Church Dec. 13, 1890. She was a Sunday-school teacher for many years and was a teacher of the aged sisters' class in the Kaufman congregation at the time of her death. She was a devoted and loyal member during her entire Christian life. Beside her husband, she is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, 1 grandchild and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by father, mother, infant brothers and an adult sister, Amelia, wife of Josiah J. Livingston. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Harry Y. Shetler. The body was laid to rest in the Kaufman Cemetery.

Ebner ­ Frances (Linhartner) Ebner was born March 2, 1876 in Salzburg, Austria and grew to womanhood in this community. On Oct. 19, 1896 she was married to Alois Ebner. Her husband came to America in 1903 and she and the family followed a few years later. They lived in Chicago, Ill., where her husband was employed until 1912 when she with her family came to Wayland, Iowa which was her late home. Her husband preceded her in death March 26, 1922. She was brought up in the Catholic faith but while they lived in Chicago they came in touch with the Mennonite Mission there. When she came to Wayland, Iowa to live she was baptized upon confession of faith and received into the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, of which she was a regular attendant and a faithful member. Her health had not been good for some time and her friends noticed her failing. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, she suffered a stroke of paralysis and on her birthday the following Sunday, March 2, 1941, she fell peacefully asleep at the age of 65 years. She leaves her family of 8 children: Mary Margaret (Mrs. Roger Martin, Perry Point, Md.); Frances (Mrs. John Coleman, Mt. Pleasant, Ia.); Lewis, Adel, Ia.; Katie (Mrs. Leslie Inglebright, Mt. Pleasant, Ia.); Rosie, (Mrs. Bert Lambert, Wyatt, La.); Mrs. Josephine Spenler, at home; Edward and Willis in the U. S. Navy. Also 10 grandchildren besides other friends and neighbors who mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Simon Gingerich, assisted by Bro. Willard Liechty. Matthew 12:49 was the text. The services were held at the Sugar Creek Church near Weyland, and burial was made in the cemetery near by.

"Ah, our mother has left us alone,
Her place is vacant in our home.
She cannot extend her helping hand;
Death has broken the family's band.
Oh! How Mother did us regard,
No one may measure or feel at heart.
Therefore, children, think of your boon,
Don't forget Mother, though in her tomb.
However, in yonder heavenly sheen,
Through faith in Christ, we shall meet again."

Erb ­ Nathaniel B., son of Jonas and Elizabeth (Buckwalter) Erb, was born April 7, 1857, near Lititz, Pa.; died at his home in Lititz, Pa., Feb. 3, 1941, after a lingering illness due to complications; aged 83 y. 9 m. 26 d. He was a member of Erb's Mennonite Church. He was married Nov. 21, 1882, to Anna H. Franck, who survives him. They were the parents of 5 children, 3 of whom preceded him in death. Beside his widow, he is also survived by a son (Harry) and a daughter (Emma) both at home; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Risser of Lancaster Junction, Pa., and Mrs. Annie Stauffer of East Petersburg, Pa.). Funeral services were held Feb. 6, at Spacht's funeral home in Lititz, conducted by Bros. Jos. Boll and Homer Bomberger. Burial in cemetery adjoining Erb's Mennonite Church.

Evers ­ Abram Harvey Evers was born Nov. 8, 1860, in Rockingham Co., Va.; died March 2, 1941, at La Junta, Colo., aged 80 y. 3 m. 22 d. At the age of fourteen he moved to Peabody, Kans., with his parents. When 24 years of age he confessed Christ and was received by water baptism in Catlin Mennonite Church near Peabody. At the time of his death he was a member of the East Holbrook Mennonite Church. During all these years he was a faithful member of the Church, being much respected in the Church and community for his godly Christian character. His brethren in the church will remember his fervent prayers and sincere testimonies. The Church lost a faithful member and the family a loving husband and father. Oct. 30, 1888, he was married to Mary E. Newcomer of Peabody. To this union were born 5 children: Alvin, La Junta, Colo.; Susie Mae (deceased; Wesley, Durango, Colo.; Leland, La Junta, Colo.; and Harley, Upland, Calif. He leaves his wife, 4 children, 14 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. He is the last member of his immediate family to depart. Funeral services at the East Holbrook Mennonite Church in charge of Allen H. Erb, A. M. Leatherman, and E. E. Showalter. Interment in cemetery near by.

Good ­ Isaac B., son of Joel and Susanna Good, was born near California, Mo., Feb. 22, 1869. When he was 16 years of age his parents moved to Peabody, Kans., where he grew to manhood. He spent several years teaching in rural schools. As a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and remained a devout Christian worker to his death, always being faithful in attending the house of worship as long as his health permitted. In the spring of 1901 he with his companion united with the Catlin Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful to his death. His life was spent on the farm until three years ago, when due to failing health, he and his companion moved to their Peabody home where he peacefully fell asleep, Feb. 27, 1941, aged 72 y. 5 d. He was married to Elizabeth May Geiser Feb. 4, 1896. Besides his wife, 4 sons and 1 daughter survive: Archie, Floyd, and Irvin of Peabody, Sam and Grace of Wichita; also 1 son-in-law and 3 daughters-in-law, 3 grandchildren, 3 brothers (C. A. Good of Peabody, J. H. Good of La Junta, Colo., E. E. Good of Sheridan, Oreg.), 1 sister (Mrs. S. G. Winey of Colorado Springs), also nieces and nephews. Two brothers and 1 sister preceded him in death. His Christian zeal and his life and example was an inspiration to all who knew him, and we feel that his influence will live on. We bow to the Lord's will in submission to Him who gave him to us. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. Milo Kauffman, assisted by Noah Ebersole and Lawrence Horst. Interment at Peabody Cemetery.

Horst ­ Lydia S. Horst, daughter of the late Isaac and Anna (Sensenig) Horst, was born July 23, 1860; died Jan. 26, 1941, at the Mennonite Home, Maugansville, Md.; aged 80 y. 6 m. 3d. She suffered several years from a heart condition. Later she had a light stroke from which she was sick scarcely three days, when the Lord took her home to be with Him. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years fellowshipping with the Row Congregation, Franklin Co., Pa. She was of a kind and loving disposition, and will be missed in the home, the church, and the community. Surviving are 2 sisters-Mrs. Magdalene Wenger of the Oreville Mennonite Home, Lancaster Co., Pa., and Sadie B. Horst, a half sister, also of the Maugansville Home, who shared the joys and sorrows of life with her. The two sisters kept house for quite a number of years at Pinola near the Row church. She was at the Maugansville Home nearly a year, prior to her death. Six nephews, and 4 nieces also survive. The funeral was held from the home of her niece, Mrs. Reuben M. Ebersole, two miles west of Shippensburg, Pa. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. Amos Martin and at the Row church by Bro. Christian V. Martin. Text, Psa. 132:14. Burial in the Row Cemetery.

"Dearest Sister, thou hast left us,
Left us, yes, forevermore,
Yet again we hope to meet thee
Over on the other shorel"

Metzler ­ Susan Esther, daughter of Anna Walter and Christian L. Metzler, born Feb. 23, 1941, entered into rest Feb. 27, 1941. Brief services were held at the home, conducted by Bro. Clayton Keener. Text, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14), and the reading of the hymn, "Go to Thy Rest, Fair Child." Burial in New Providence Mennonite Cemetery.

"Shall love, with weak embrace,
Thy upward wing detain?
No, gentle spirit, seek thy place
Amid the cherub train."
--The Parents

Mowrer ­ Hettie A., daughter of the late David and Anna K. (Denlinger) Buckwalter, died Feb. 11, 1941, of cerebral hemorrage: aged 73 y. She united with Mellinger Mennonite Church when young in years and was a faithful worker. She was much concerned about the Church, and especially about our young members who are not in order with the rules and regulations of the Church in attire. She gave much of her time in mission work and helping others as she could. She is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Harvey Dissinger), and 1 brother (Aaron D. Buckwalter). Funeral services were held at Mellinger's Church, near Lancaster, Pa., conducted by Bros. Elmer Martin and David Landis. Text, Mark 14:8. She had always filled her place in Church when health permitted.

"We loved to have her with us,
But God still loved her more;
He opened the pearly gate of heaven,
And said to Hettie, 'Come.' "

Pletcher ­ Dora, daughter of Elias and Sarah Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., April 28, 1885; died March 6, 1941, in the Lutheran Hospital, Fort Dodge, Ia.; aged 55 y. 10 m. 6 d. In early childhood her parents moved to Wright Co., Ia., near Eagle Grove, where she grew to womanhood. Jan. 5, 1908, she was married to Edward C. Pletcher of Clarion, Ia. To them were born twin sons and 3 daughters. The little boys died in infancy. Their daughter, Evelyn, passed away in 1935, at the age of twenty-one. Surviving are her husband and 2 daughters-Marjorie (Mrs. Orval Miller) and Minnie Eloise, at home. After their marriage they lived near Clarion for three years, then moved to Versailles, Mo., for another three years. Since that time they have lived in or near Manson, Ia. In girlhood, Dora gave her heart to Jesus and united with the Mennonite Church. Her life was a constant testimony to her Saviour. Her untiring devotion to her family, Church, and community was a reflection of the spirit of Christ within her. Truly it can be said, "She hath done what she could." Besides her husband, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren, there are 3 brothers (Henry of Thor, Edwin of Manson, and Earnest of Palmer), 2 sisters (Mrs. O. H. Wenger, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Mrs. J. D. Graber of Dhamtari, India), and many relatives and friends left to mourn. Funeral services were conducted Mar. 9 from the Mason Mennonite Church by Bro. C. L. Graber of Goshen, Ind., and Bro. Nick Stolzfus of Mason, Ia.

Roth ­ Emma, daughter of John N. and Mary (Miller, Bender) Roth was born near Goshen, Ind., June 5, 1871. Her parents moved into the community of Wayland, Iowa, when she was but two years of age and she has resided in this community since. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was received into church fellowship in the Sugar Creek congregation of which she remained a faithful member. She will be remembered as a devoted neighbor, of a kindly and sympathetic disposition, always ready to help where she could. On Saturday, March 1, 1941, she suffered a stroke, but survived until the following Thursday afternoon, when she passed away; aged 69 y. 9 m. 1 d. Her parents, 1 half brother, 4 half sisters, 1 brother, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Of these, 5 died in infancy. She leaves 1 sister (Lydia), and a foster sister (Fannie Eiman), 1 brother (C. M. Roth, Wayland, Ia.), besides other relatives and neighbors. The services were conducted by Bishop Simon Gingerich, assisted by Bro. Willard Liechty. The text was Mar, 14:8. Services were held at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, and burial was made in the cemetery near by.

Weaver ­ George A., son of Abram C., and the late Mary (Rager) Stutzman, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Nov. 26, 1880, and was found dead in bed in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides his father he is survived by 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were conducted in the Henderson Funeral Home, Johnstown, Pa., by S. G. Shetler. The body was laid away in the Weaver Cemetery near Geistown, Pa.

Transcribed by Verna Odena, Texas


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXIII, No 52 - March 27, 1941 ­ pages 1099, 1100

Bechtel ­ Elizabeth, the daughter of Daniel and Barbara (Stahly) Metzler, was born in Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 20, 1865; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Homer F. North in Nappanee) March 11, 1941; aged 75 y. 2 m. 21 d. She has been a resident of Nappanee and vicinity all her life. She was united in marriage to Menno J. Bechtel Oct. 19, 1882. They were engaged in farming until about 1913, when they established their residence in Nappanee, where her husband died Oct. 15, 1925. This union was blessed with 8 children, all surviving except Mary Ann, who died in 1909. Those surviving are Mrs. Ellen McCorkle, of Wakarusa, Mrs. Jessie Hostetler, of Kokomo, Ervin Bechtel and Mrs. Maud Weaver, of Elkhart, Ira Bechtel, of Goshen, Mrs. Homer North, and Mrs. Mabel Long of Nappanee. There are 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: John Metzler, of Los Gatos, Calif.; David Metzler, Jonas Metzler, and Mrs. Mary Strauss of Nappanee; Mrs. Fannie Hammer of Kokomo, and Mrs. Anna Myers, of Amboy, Ind. She accepted Christ as her Saviour early in her married life and united with the Mennonite Church. The spirit of love and devotion she manifested for her family and the Church was genuine and her constant desire was to give a faithful witness at all times. To this end she was patient in all her suffering, and submissive to the will of God. She loved her Bible and received much comfort in reading it as long as she was able. This short clipping of a prayer she used as a bookmark, and was found where she had been reading last: "Grant us wisdom, O Christ, that we may know Thy will. Strengthen us that we may serve. Cause our joy to overflow. To Thy name be glory, Amen." God granted her desire to be taken home to glory, and she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held March 13 at the North Main St. Mennonite Church in Nappanee. Services in charge of Bros. R. F. Yoder and C.A. Shank. Text, Psa. 17:15. Burial in the Union Center Cemetery.

Blauch ­ Annie Miller Beachy Blauch was born in Grantsville, Md., June 19, 1862; died at her home In Aurora, Ohio, March 13, 1941; aged 78 y. 6 m. 14d. Jan. 25, 1885, she was united in marriage to Jonas C. Beachy, who passed away Sept. 4, 1914. She was married to E. K. Blauch in April, 1925. She is survived by her husband, 4 sisters (Elizabeth Miller of Salisbury, Pa.; Mrs. Mattie Spears of Sharon, Pa.; Mrs. Alice Speicher, of Accident, Md.; and Mrs. Minnie Armstrong, of Gaithersburg, Md.). She is survived by 2 foster children (Orpha Walker, of Salisbury, Pa., William Gnagey, of Meyersdale, Pa.), eight step children, twenty two step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Sept. 10, 1878, she united with the Church of the Brethren and remained a faithful and active member until her death. By her ability, generosity, and spirit of good will, she became a much loved member of the family at Aurora and a respected member of the community. Her love for boys and girls and her great concern for their welfare and happiness endeared her to all the grandchildren, all of whom were greatly devoted to her. Her memory is enshrined in the lives of all who knew this gracious woman, who gave herself so freely for others. Services conducted at the Plainview Mennonite Church at Aurora, O., by E. B. Stolzfus and ----- Edwards. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in near-by cemetery.

Burkholder ­ Mary (Seitz), widow of Bro. Henry Burkholder, was born Nov. 1, 1884; died Mar. 14, 1941; aged 56 y. 4 m. 13 d. She united with the Diller Mennonite Church in her youth, and manifested a deep interest in the welfare of the Church during her life. A keen and attentive listener in Sunday school and worship, she sought to encourage her pastor, voicing her appreciation in words that linger, and knowing his love for books and poetry, her gifts to him were many and helpful. Possessed with a radiant personality, accompanied with words and deeds of kindness, her generosity was extended to stranger and friend; her ministration to sick and bereaved was community wide; frequently every day a number of hungry children came to her door always receiving food, a kind smile and gentle words. Her Christian fortitude under crushing bereavements, her noncompliant in trials and afflictions with highly cultured trait of seeing some good in everyone, testify of her self-sacrificing life. She gave herself to her Master in service to others. Surviving her are 2 sons and 3 daughters (Harold, Lawrence, Mildred, Mrs. Evelyn Kreider, and Verna), 3 brothers (John of Shiremanstown, Frank of Mechanicsburg, and Raymond Seitz of Pittsburg, Pa.), and 1 sister (Susan of West Hill, Pa.) also survive. Funeral services were held at her home, Newville, Pa., March 17 by Bro. W. F. Charlton. Text, Mark 14:8. Interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

"The Lamb shall lead His heavenly flock.
Where living fountains rise;
And love divine shall wipe away
The sorrows of their eyes."

Gingrich ­ Joseph W., son of David and Martha Gingrich, was born Sept. 22, 1861; died March 9, 1941; aged 79 y. 5 m. 17 d. He was the last surviving member of his family. Three brothers and 1 sister preceded him in death. He was a faithful member of the Church for a number of years; held membership in the Cross Roads congregation the last five years, and at Delaware before that. Funeral at the Cross Roads Church, conducted by W. W. Graybill, Menno Brubaker, and C. M. Ferster. Interment in the Kauffman's family cemetery.

Hersh ­ Albert S. Hersh was born at New Danville, Pa., Nov. 24, 1857; died of heart trouble Jan. 26, 1941, in the St. Joseph Hospital, having been there two days. He took sick in the same house in which he was born, having lived there almost his entire life. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and remained faithful until death. His loving companion, 1 son, and 1 grandson preceded him in death. He worked at black-smithing for many years. He is survived by 4 daughters (Mrs. Aaron R. Hess, Mrs. Benj. L. Herr, Mrs. Elmer R. Heller, and Mrs. Enos Doerstler), a son (Albert H.), 15 grand-children, 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan 29 at the home by Bro. Maris Hess and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bro. Christian Lehman and -----Yoder. Text, Rev. 14:13. His body was laid to rest in the New Danville emetery.

"Father, dear, you're not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before."
--By the Family

Hertzler ­ Daniel, son of Samuel and Sarah Hertzler, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 25, 1869; died at his home in Morganstown, Pa., Feb. 9, 1941; aged 71 y. 4 m. 11 d. In his younger years he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Conestoga Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. Jan 6, 1903, he was united in marriage to Fanny Y. Kurtz, who survives him; also 1 daughter (Ada, married to Wm. Beam) and 7 grandchildren, and 4 brothers (John of Lancaster, Pa.; Joe of Elverson, Pa.; Christ of Hesston, Kans.; and Isaiah of West Liberty, O.). Daniel was regular in church attendance as long as health permitted. He expressed his faith and trust in his Saviour during the last days of his life. He was anointed a few months before he died. Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at the house by David Yoder and at the church by Christ Kurtz and John S. Mast. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the Conestoga A. M. Church.

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

Kauffman ­ Bennett Kauffman was born Feb. 13, 1864; died Feb. 20, 1941; aged 77 y. 7 d. Surviving are his wife (the former Elizabeth Anstead), and the following children: Cora at home, Mrs. George Apple, Mrs. Paul Auker, Oscar, Mrs. Roscoe Frymoyer, and Boyd. Two brothers and 1 sister also survive (Noah Kauffman of Belleville, Pa.; Daniel Kauffman of Davidsville, Pa., and Mrs. Elizabeth Shaffer of Anthony, Kans.). Bro. Kauffman was a faithful member of the Cross Roads Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services at the Cross Roads Church by W. W. Graybill and J. G. Brubaker. Interment in the Richfield Cemetery.

Lehman ­ Amanda Kauffman, widow of Frederick Lehman, was born Oct. 10, 1860, near Chambersburg, Pa.; died at her home in Scotland, Pa., Feb. 25, 1941, after several weeks' illness; aged 80 y. 4 m. 15 d. She was a faithful member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Ella Lesher), 1 brother (Samuel), 1 stepsister (Nancy Kauffman) and a number of nieces and nephews. Short services were held at the Sellers Funeral Home with further services at the Chambersburg Church. Services were conducted by Bros. Harvey E. Shank and Harold L. Hunsecker. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Martin ­ Leah, daughter of late Henry and Martha Ebersole, was born Nov. 8, 1855, in Franklin Co., Pa.; died Feb. 22, 1941, at her home in Chambersburg, Pa.; aged 85 y. 3 m. 14. d. She was united in marriage to David M. Martin Oct. 4, 1881. He preceded her in death Oct. 30, 1910. To this union were born 8 children. Surviving are Henry E. Martin of Chambersburg, Mrs. Elizabeth Hamsher of Philadelphia, Emerson E. Martin of Chambersburg, Emma and Lydia Martin at home. She was preceded in death by 3 daughters (Fannie, wife of Samuel Bricker, Martha Martin and Leah E. Martin, who preceded her in death just 25 hours). She is also survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She united with the Chambersburg Mennonite Church in early life and remained a faithful member until death. A double funeral service was held for Mother and Daughter, from the Sellers Funeral Home in Chambersburg Mennonite Church in charge of Harold Hunsecker, assisted by C. A.Neal. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.
--By the Family

Martin ­ Leah E., daughter of Mrs. Leah Martin (who died twenty-five hours later) and the late David M. Martin, was born Nov. 8, 1888; died Feb. 21, 1941, at the Chambersburg, Pa., Hospital; aged 52 y. 2 m. 22 d. She is survived by 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Harry E. and Emerson E. Martin of Chambersburg; Mrs. Elizabeth Hamsher of Philadelphia; Emma and Lydia Martin, at home. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Sunday school. A double funeral service was held (for Sister and Mother) from the Sellers Funeral Home in Chambersburg, with further services at the Mennonite Church, in charge of C.A. Neal assisted by Harold Hunsecker. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Transcriber's Note: I believe (Sister and Mother) should be (Daughter and Mother).

Moyer ­ Levi, son of the late Joseph Moyer of Clayton, Pa., died at his home near Pipersville, Pa., Feb. 11, 1941; aged 83 y. 10 m. 28 d. As a young man he learned the carpenter trade and followed that work until his marriage to Mary Ellen Myers, when he started farming on the farm where he died. Some years ago he retired. He enjoyed fairly good health until his death, which came very suddenly. He was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church for nearly sixty years. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons (Joseph, living on the home place; Leidy, living on the adjoining farm; and Alvin of Doylestown). One daughter (Mrs. Harvey Gross) died about 15 years ago. A number of grandchildren also survive. Burial and services at the Deep Run Church by the home ministers.

Myers ­ Leidy, son of the late Henry F. Myers, died at his home in Plumsteadville, Pa., Jan. 31, 1941; seven days short of 80 years. For many years he was a farmer and commission man. About 15 years ago he sold his farms and business and moved to the village. He was in failing health for many years, but his last illness (pneumonia) lasted just 3 days. He was a member of the Deep Run Church for many years. He is survived by his widow (Sallie, nee Shelly), 1 son (Horace), 1 daughter (Mrs. John Myers), 1 sister (Lizzie Myers), and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Buried at Deep Run. Services by the home ministers.

Pippenger ­ Anna, daughter of Robinson and Rachael (Loney) Pippenger, was born in Ohio, May 2, 1852; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Pearl Thomas) in Fort Wayne, March 7, 1941; aged 88 y. 10 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to Christ Pippenger, April 23, 1873, and spent most of her married life in Elkhart Co., Ind. For 54 years they journeyed together on life's pathway, until her husband's death on Oct. 9, 1927. Three children preceded her in death: Etta Troup on June 10, 1916, Adam Pippenger on Aug. 16, 1925, and Meda Dennison on Nov. 7, 1925. The following children survive her: Mrs. Amanda Reed and Mrs. Rachael Dobbyn of Elkhart, Mrs. Pearl Thomas of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Elizabeth Reed of White Pigeon, Mich., and Grover Pippenger of Washington, Mich.; 26 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, with a host of friends to mourn her decease. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the North Main St., Mennonite Church in Nappanee, where she retained her membership until her death. She had real joy in her Christian experience, and maintained a strong faith in her Christ until the end. Always enjoying the fellowship of the saints, she was faithful in attendance at services as long as she was able. Our sister has departed to be with the Lord, and our loss is her eternal gain. Services were held at the North Main St., Mennonite Church in Nappanee, Bros. Homer F. North of Nappanee, and Allen Ebersole of the Mennonite Mission in Fort Wayne, officiating. Burial in the Union Center Cemetery.

Schrock ­ Barbara daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Lehman) Hostetler, was born Feb. 17, 1870; died, after an illness of nineteen weeks, at the home of a son, Levi; aged 71 y. 23 d. She was married to Joni Schrock and lived in holy matrimony 51 years. She is survived by 4 sons (Reuben, Harry, Levi, and Joni), 4 daughters (Mrs. Amos E. Yoder, Mrs. Daniel W. Miller, Mrs.. Joni P. Miller and Mrs. Orus Bender), 31 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Meyers of Kokomo, Ind.), and 1 half brother (Sam Plank of Ligonier, Ind.). Those that preceded her in death were father, mother, and 6 sons (Amos, Ervin, John, and 3 infants), 2 sisters, and 1 brother. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of 16, united with the Amish Church, and remained a faithful member until death.

"In silence she suffered,
In patience she bore,
Till God called her home
To suffer no more."
--By the Family

Minnie (Lentz-Schrock) Slabaugh died in an automobile accident en route to the funeral of Barbara Schrock. Her husband and daughter were also seriously injured.

Short ­ Mary, daughter of John and Barbara Aeschliman, was born near Stryker, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1853; died at the home of her stepson (Sam S. Short), near Archbold, Ohio, on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 1941; aged 87 y. 4 m. 23 d. At the age of 16 she accepted Christ as her Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death, having served her Lord over 71 years. June 5, 1894, she was united in marriage to John D. Short. This union was blest with 1 son who died in infancy. Her husband passed away Feb. 25, 1931. After his death she made her home with her stepson and family who patiently cared for her in her later years. She leaves 2 stepchildren (Sam S. Short and Mrs. Peter J. Stuckey, both of Archbold, Ohio), 23 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, a large number of nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, 4 stepchildren, 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and 5 brothers. She was the last of her immediate family to answer the death summons. Grandma Short, and Aunt Mary (as she was know to her family and friends) will be greatly missed because of her long being with us and her cheerful disposition. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 12 at the home of Walter Stuckey (Psa. 103), and at Lockport Mennonite Church by E. M. Slagle and Simon Stuckey (Psa. 16:11). Interment at the Lockport Cemetery.

"Softly and peacefully Mother passed away,
From earth to heaven to make her stay;
Long and patiently she waited for the call,
Now in heaven she is waiting for us all."

Shoup ­ Catharine, daughter of Jacob and Nancy (Kindig) Nold, was born in Medina Co., Ohio, June 21, 1864; died March 13, 1941; aged 76 y. 8 m. 22 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel M. Shoup Nov. 20, 1884. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 3 daughters. Three sons and the father have preceded her in death. Their sojourn in life was mostly spent in the community in which she was born, with the exception of a few years of their early married life which was spent in Stark and Wayne counties. She leaves 3 sons and 3 daughters (Jacob of Marshallville; Nancy of Mishawaka, Ind.; Hettie of Beirut, Syria; Allen, Elizabeth and Ralph of Wadsworth), also 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church in the year 1888 and remained a faithful member of the same until death. To know her was to love her. The family, the Church, and the neighborhood keenly feel the loss of Mother. Although it is painful to part with her, yet we bow submissively to Him who doeth all things well and it is comforting to know that she is safe in the arms of Jesus. -----Horst and ----- Good officiated. Text, II Cor. 5:1.

"Mother is gone beyond this world
Of sorrow, pain and care;
Gone to be with Jesus,
Oh, will we meet her there?"
--The Children

Steckly ­ Lena, daughter of the late Joel and Phoebe (Zimmerman) Steckly, was born Aug. 28, 1898, near Milford, Neb.; died Feb. 12, 1941, in the Seward, Neb. Clinic Hospital, of heart trouble and other complications. She had been a sufferer for ten years and on Feb. 8 she was suddenly stricken with appendicitis and was rushed to the hospital, but for all that the doctor and loving hands could do, she peacefully passed away. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church. As long as her health permitted she enjoyed to be present in church services and worship, and she very much enjoyed it when folks came to her home to sing for her, after she could no longer attend church services. She was always cheerful and patiently bore the suffering brought on her by her affliction. Her father and mother and 3 brothers (Amos, Chris, and Jake) preceded her in death. She leaves 1 brother (John of Milford, Neb.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Myron Klopfenstein of Stryker, Ohio, and Matilda Steckly of Milford, Neb.). Funeral services at Milford A. M. Church in charge of W. A. Eicher. She was buried in East Fairview Cemetery.

"Not now, but in the coming years-
It may be in a better land:
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And then, sometime, we'll understand."


"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are
heaven laden, and I will give you rest."


Transcribed by Verna Odena, Texas

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