Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1942

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 19 - August 6, 1942 - page 399

Eby. - Sarah, daughter of the late Jacob and Lydia Martin and wife of Anon Eby, was born Aug. 7, 1864; died at her home in Chambersburg, Pa., July 11, 1942; aged 77 y. 11 m. 4 d. Death was due to heart failure. She was not well for some time, but was able to be about until about four weeks prior to her death. She was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church for many years, and attended church services regularly. She is survived by her husband and many nephews and nieces. She was the last of a large family to depart. Funeral services were held at the home, July 14, by Bro. Joseph E. Lehman and at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Walter Lehman, D. E. Kuhns, and Harold L. Hunsecker. Inter-ment in the adjoining cemetery.

Holsopple. - Anna, only daughter of Daniel and Anna (Zimmerman) Schantz, was born at Rolfe, Iowa, Sept. 12, 1900. When a young girl she moved with her parents to Hydro, Okla., where she united with the Mennonite Church to which she was faithful unto the end. Dec. 18, 1923, she was united in marriage to Lewis A. Holsopple of Versailles, Mo., where they made their home. Their union was blest with 3 children (John Raymond, Walter, and Clara Ann). She was faithful to God and to her family, and was loved by all who knew her. She passed away very suddenly July 19, aged 41 y. 9 m. 7 d. Her death was caused by heart failure. She leaves her husband and children, 1 brother (Alvin Schantz of Hydro, Okla.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Church July 21, in charge of Bro. J. R. Shank, assisted by Bros. C. B. Driver and Leroy Gingerich. Text, Psa. 116:15. Burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

"Altho her voice it now is stilled,
And her work on earth is through,
Remember, she is now up yonder,
Watching and waiting for you."

Horst. - Sarah Alice Shover, widow of the late David D. Horst, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Oct. 5, 1863; died at her home, Scotland, Pa., June 27, 1942; aged 78 y. 8m. 21 d. She was a member of the Upper Strasburg Mennonite Church. She is survived by these sons and daughters: Ellen Horst, Harvey Horst, Mrs. Mary Lehman, John Horst, Mrs. Sue Lehman, William Horst, Charles Horst, George Horst; also by a sister (Ellie Shover), 18 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 30 with services at the home and at the Chambersburg, Pa., Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Harry H. Witmer and Harold Hunsecker. Text, Psa. 71:9, 18. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"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."

Landis. - Hannah M., daughter of Abram and Mary (Moyer) Nice and widow of Nathaniel G. Landis, was born Aug. 8, 1840; died suddenly June 18, 1942 from a heart condition, aged 95 y. 10 m. 10 d. She enjoyed remarkable health for her advanced years. She was sitting in a chair when she was stricken with the heart attack. Her husband died in 1918, of influenza. She spent most of her childhood near Mainland, Pa. She lived all her married life, until the summer of 1938, on a farm near Vernfield. She then moved to Hatfield, where she has been re-siding with her son-in-law and daughter (Mr. and Mrs. Rhine Landis). Funeral services were held at the Franconia, Pa., Mennonite Church of which she was a member. Sermon by Bro. Menno Landis. Text, Phil. 1:23. Inter-ment in the adjoining cemetery. Surviving are 7 children (Mrs. Sallie Detwiler of Telford; Abram N. Landis of Earlington; Hannah, wife of Abram Freed, Telford; Emma, wife of Jonas Kratz, Souderton; Lizzie, wife of Wilson Kratz, Marwood; Martha, wife of John Mininger, Hatfield; Ella, wife of Rhine Landis, Hatfield); also 42 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Ulrich. - Anna, daughter of David and Anna Reeser Ulrich, was born near Eureka, Ill., April 19, 1877; died July 15, 1942; aged 65 y. 2 m. 26 d. The family lived for a number of years near Metamora, moving to Eureka about 21 years ago. Following the death of her mother, 9 months ago, she had made her home with her sister, Mrs. W. N. Schrock. Since her youth she has been a faithful member of the Roanoke Mennonite Church. For more than 2 years her health has been failing. Easter Sunday was the last time she was able to attend church, and since then she has been confined to her home. She will always be remembered for her thought-fulness, kind deeds, and generosity of giving to all. The motto she lived in the life was truly "It is more blessed to give than to receive." She was preceded in death by her father and mother. She is survived by 6 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Schertz, Mrs. Fannie Schrock, Mrs. Ella Schertz, Mrs. Viola Harnish, all of Eureka; Mrs. Emma Schertz, Fisher, Ill.; and Mrs. Elizabeth Schertz, Falfurrias, Texas), 4 brothers [Christian M., Peter N., David, and Emanuel, all of Eureka). She will long be remembered by her nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Funeral services in charge of Bros. Ezra Yordy and Emanuel Ulrich. Texts, John 11:43; Psa. 90.

Oberholtzer. - Fianna Martin was born April 28, 1865; died July 1, 1942; aged 77 y. 2 m. 4 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob B. Oberholtzer. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters (Lizzie, wife of Clayton Nolt, Millersville; Elmer, Bird-in-Hand; Ivan, Millway; J. Melvin, Lititz). One daughter (Alta) preceded her to the glory world 28 years ago. Thirteen grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren remain. She was a member of the Groffsdale Mennonite Church. She passed a-way at her home of a complication of diseases after an illness of four months. She was much devoted to her family and home in which she will be greatly missed. One of the joys of her life was the family gathering at Christmas time. Funeral services were held July 4, conducted at the home by Bro. Eli Sauder, and at the Groffsdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Mahlon Witmer and Benjamin Wenger. Interment in the Groffsdale Cemetery.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended,
Now dear Mother is at rest."

Riegsecker. - Eva, daughter of Noah and Katie Kauffman, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 18, 1904; died at the Napoleon Hospital May 27, 1942; aged 37 y. 5 m. 9 d. Death was caused by uremic poisoning. Feb. 4, 1926, she was united in marriage to Jacob Riegsecker of Middlebury, Ind. This union was blessed with 5 sons (Walter, Edward, Richard, Marlin, and Junior Jacob -- stillborn one day before her death). She was of a family of 7 sons and 4 daughters. One brother and 3 sisters preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, 4 sons, father and mother; 6 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. In her youth she ac-cepted Christ, as her personal Saviour and unit-ed with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she remained true until death. She was a faith-ful and loving wife and mother. She served not only her own family, but was the help of her mother and father, and the one on whom they depended for the future. She will be great-ly missed in the home, Church, and community. What to us is loss, to her is gain.

"In that far-away mansion,
Our Saviour bas gone to prepare,
With the loved ones gone and departed,
We know she will welcome us there."

Springer. - Valentine F., son of Nick and Katheryn Springer, was born at Nancy, Lorraine, France, Feb. 4, 1856; died June 24, 1942, at his home in Milford, Nebr.; aged 86 y. 4 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Magdalena Detwiler Feb. 13, 1881; who preceded him Feb. 3, 1942. To them were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. Besides his wife, 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him in death. He leaves 4 daughters and 2 sons (Kate Tossy, at home; Christian of Seward, Nebr.; Mary of Lincoln, Nebr.; Lou-ise Meyer of Milford; Ed of Wayland, Ia.; and Emma Saltzman of Milford), 11 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren, a brother (Christian N. of Milford), an adopted sister (Lucy Stahl of Lincoln), with many others who have lost a brother, neighbor, and friend. We mourn not as those who have no hope. He united with the Mennonite Church near Gridley, Ill., in his youth, and remained faithful to his Saviour and the Church to the end. Of him it has been said, "He was one who never caused the Church any trouble." Services were held at the home by Bro. Amon Miller and at the church by Bro. Jos. E. Zimmerman. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the church cemetery.

"Gone into that light that shines so fair,
Gone from the earth of sorrow and care,
Resting those hands that did their best,
Gone, dear Father, gone to rest."

Strubhar. - Mary E., daughter of Joseph and Mary (Egli) Roth, was born near Wheatland, Mo., April 12, 1878; died July 16, 1942; aged 64 y. 3 m. 4 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in youth and united with the Zion Men-nonite Church near Hubbard, Oreg. She was one of the charter members of that church, being in the class of converts baptized at the organization of that church. She was a faithful member till death called her. Nov. 10, 1902, she was united in marriage to Andrew J. Strubhar. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. They with their father are left to mourn their loss: Ruth Naomi, Fred Ira, Martha Mae, Clif-ford Daniel, and William Nicolas all of Hub-bard; Rollin Philip of Los Angeles, Calif. One daughter (Fannie Esther, Mrs. Paul B. Snook, of Trail, Oreg.); 1 son (Roy Amos of C.P.S.C. No. 4, Grottoes, Va.); 2 sons (Timothy Joseph, and Levi Andrew of C.P.S.C. No. 35, North Fork, Calif.); 3 brothers (Samuel, Levi, and Amos Roth), and 2 sisters (Mrs. S. J. Nofziger, and Mrs. Dan Good, both of Albany, Oreg.), also survive her. She was ever known for her firm stand for what she believed to be right. She was patient and cheerful in her years of suffering till death, due to complica-tions, released her. She often expressed her willingness to go or stay, just as her Lord willed it. Two sisters who died in babyhood, 1 brother (Daniel Roth), and 1 sister (Mrs. Hen-ry J. Yoder), and her parents had gone before her to the glory-land. She will be missed by her family and grandchildren and many friends. Fu-neral services were held July 20 at the Zion Mennonite Church, Bro. C. I. Kropf assisted by Bro. E. Z. Yoder conducting the services. Text, I Thess. 4:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 20 - August 13, 1942 - pages 430,431

Bergey. - Abram, son of Christian Bergey, of Bothwell, died July 25, 1942, at his home after an illness of over two years. He is survived by 2 brothers (Frank and Nathanael), 1 sister (Priscilla), his wife (Cora Moyer), and 2 sons (Cecil and Allan), both of whom are married and have families. Bro. Bergey was in his 69th year. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since 1902, and was married to Cora Moyer in 1903. He was appreciated and re-spected in the community as a Christian. Many attended the services at the Bethel Church, conducted by Bro. J. W. Witmer of Hespeler and Bro. Arnold E. Gingrich of Bothwell. Burial in the Purcell Cemetery.

Berkey. - Harry M., son of the late Emanuel and Lovina (Thomas) Berkey, was born May 16, 1879, in Bedford Co., Pa.; died of cancer June 22, 1942, at the Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pa.; aged 63 y. 1 m. 6 d. He was mar-ried Aug. 7, 1898, to Mary Gindlesperger. To this union were born 3 children (Frieda, married to Harry C. Blough; Sadie, at home; and Ruth, married to Merle Yoder), all of whom, with his wife and 7 grandchildren, survive. He is also survived by his mother (Mrs. Lovina Berkebile), 1 sister (Mrs. Rose Donges), and 1 half sister (Mrs. Howard Brown), all of Friedens, Pa.; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, 1 brother, 4 sisters, and 2 grandchildren. He united with the Blough Mennonite Church over 48 years ago and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held June 25 at the home by Bro. Harry Y. Shetler after which the remains were taken to the Blough Mennonite Church, where serv-ices were held by Bros. Harry Y. Shetler and John A. Lehman. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.

"I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead, he is just away;
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since he lingers there."

Birky. - John J., youngest son of Jacob and Magdalena (Hochstettler) Birky, was born Feb. 12, 1868 near Tremont, Ill; died at his home in Shickley, Nebr., July 28, 1942; aged 74 y. 5 m. 6 d. At the age of 7 he moved with his parents to Cass Co., Mo., then in January 1891, he went to Kansas. At an early age he accept-ed Christ as his Saviour and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Dec. 22, 1891 he was married to Nancy Jane Lantz at Oberlin, Kans. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. April 8, 1907 his wife passed away. In March, 1910, he with his family moved to Shickley, Nebr., where he has lived ever since. Feb. 14, 1915 he was married to Mary Good of Hopedale, Ill. He leaves his companion and 5 children (Mrs. Lulu Boshart of La Junta, Colo.; Mrs. Elsie Roth of South English, Iowa, Mrs. Ella Augustine and Elmer of Shickley; and Mrs. Ruth Horsch of Foosland, Ill.), 21 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Katie, Mary and Elizabeth Birky of Shickley), 1 brother (Chris of Eureka, Ill.), 3 nephews, and 2 nieces. He was preceded in death by 2 grandsons, 2 in-fant sons, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and, 2 nephews. He was much interested in the work of the Lord, always willing to do his part wherever he was needed, and always attended church services when health permitted. He took sick Dec. 6, 1939, and has been failing ever since. He was bedfast the last 7 weeks and often during that time wished he could go home. Funeral services conducted by the home ministers. Text, Mark 13:33. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Our lives will be lonely, dear Father,
Without your sweet smile and your cheer;
Words fail to express how we'll miss you,
And those prayers in behalf of us here."

Clements. - Frances, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pletcher, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 1, 1869. She was united in marriage to Noah Clements Jan. 12, 1886. To this union 1 son (Samuel) was born. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in the spring of 1910. She remained faithful until death, and as long as she was able she was faith-ful in her attendance of services at the church. For a number of years she was afflicted so that much of her time was spent at her home in Elkhart. A number of months ago she became bedfast and on the morning of July 29 she peace-fully passed on to her reward. Her husband preceded her in death March 20, 1937. She is survived by her son Samuel of Elkhart, 1 grand-son, and 1 sister (Mrs. Sarah Fisgus of Goshen), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Olive Church conducted by Bros. C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Hartzler. - Dorothy Ann, daughter of Mahlon and Alma Heatwole Hartzler, was born Mar. 29, 1942 at the home of her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Hartzler) near Wakarusa, Ind., and died of pneumonia July 14, 1942. She is sur-vived by her paternal and maternal grandpar-ents, her parents, and her great-grandfather (minister J. B. Hartzler of Marshallville, Ohio); also many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Warren Shaum and at the Holdeman Church by Silas Weldy and D. A. Yoder. Burial in the Olive Cemetery.

"Now taken away in spite of prayers,
Our Dorothy Ann so lately lent us;
What joy she brought, how light were cares,
When the sweet smile so cheered us."

Groff. - Polly, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Bricker, was born April 15, 1852; died at the home of her son Benjamin on June 29, 1942; aged 90 y. She was married to Henry Groff in 1893, and resided in Roseville, Ont., until the death of her husband in 1925. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Surviving are her son Benjamin (with whom she resided), 3 grandsons, 2 sisters (Mrs. J. S. Detwiler of Windsor, Ont.; and Mrs. Ephraim Cassel of New Hamburg, Ont.), and 2 brothers (Menno, of Roseville, and George G. Bricker, of Yale, Mich.). Funeral services were conducted at the Detwiler Church on July 1, in charge of Bros. Manasseh Hallman and Moses Bowman. Text, I Cor. 15:57.

Glick. - Salinda, daughter of the late Jonathan and Anna Mast, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 22, 1872; died May 23, 1942, at her home in Narvon, Pa.; aged 70 y. 2 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel Glick, Jan. 8, 1895. Fourteen children were born to this un-ion, three of them preceding her in death. Sur-viving her are her husband and the following children: Elam of Parkesburg; Lena (wife of Harry Musser), of Honey Brook; Sarah (wife of Elmer Stoltzfus), and Mary (wife of Job Stoltzfus), both of Elverson; Lydia (wife of David C. Lapp) of Gordonville; Menno of Rich-field; Alvin of Morgantown; Roy, at home; Melvin, Churchtown; John, Boyertown; Minnie (wife of Roy Stoltzfus), Douglassville. There also survive 33 grandchildren; a sister (Bar-bara, wife of David Summers, of Allensville), and 1 brother (John L. Mast, of Belleville). She had been a member of the Mennonite Church since she was 18 years old. She was faithful to her church and a wonderful mother and wife. Much of her time was spent reading the Bible during recent years, which seemed to be a great treasure to her. She had a meek and quiet spirit and always showed great interest and love for her family and for her fellow men. She had a friendly handshake and smile for all whom she met and her kind words and deeds will never be forgotten. Many acts of kindness were done which brought cheer and comfort to those in distress. She was sick five weeks, and was improving slowly when suddenly the Lord called her home. Her last words, which were "Thank you, Daddy," were spoken to her husband after he picked her some flowers outside the porch. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. David Yoder and at the Cones-toga Church by Bros. John S. Mast and Chris-tian Kurtz. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Rest on, dear Mother, thy labors are o'er,
Those loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find." --By the Family.

Kauffman. - Freddie Leon, son of L. A. and Nettle M. (Sharp] Kauffman, was born March 10, 1925, near Coalridge, Mont.; died July 22, 1942; aged 17 y. 4 m. 12 d. Death was caused by drowning. All that could be done by lov-ing hands, in the way of artificial respiration was to no avail. God in His wisdom saw fit to take him to Himself. In the fall of 1930 he came to Minot, N. Dak., with his parents where he lived at the time of his death. At the age of 11 he confessed Christ as his Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church Oct. 11, 1936, and was a faithful member at the time of his death. He enjoyed regular attendance at Sunday school and church. He was of a kind and happy dis-position and made friends wherever he went. His sudden death was a shock to the family as well as the entire community. We humbly sub-mit to God who never makes a mistake. He leaves his sorrowing parents; 6 brothers (Leslie of Lebanon, Oreg.; Clayton of Albany, Oreg.; Ernest of Fort Collins, Colo.; Roy of Cloverdale, Calif.; Clifford of Bloomfield, Mont.; and Mor-ris at home), 5 sisters (Mrs. Neil P. Yoder of rural Minot; Mrs. Harold Steckley of Albany, 0reg.; Leah Belle, Lucille, and Nellie at home), an aged grandmother of Fairview, Mich., 11 aunts, 2 uncles, 6 nephews, 5 nieces, besides many other relatives and friends. Three broth-ers and 1 sister preceded him. His absence will be keenly felt in the home, in the church, and in the community. Services were held at the home conducted by Bro. Floyd Kauffman and at the church conducted by Bro. Eli Hochstetler of Wolford, N. Dak., assisted by Bro. John Stoll also of Wolford, and Bro. Ralph Petry of Surrey.

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

Miller. - Polly, daughter of the late John E. and Fannie (Kaufman) Woods, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Sept. 18, 1875; died at her home in Somerset Co., Pa., May 19, 1942; aged 66 y. 8 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage to Jeremiah Miller Dec. 1, 1896. To this union were born 3 children of whom 2, with her hus-band, survive as follows: Verna, Mrs. Ledger Baer; Mary, Mrs. Paul Shetler. One son (Lavan Lamoure) died in 1906. She is also sur-vived by 1 grandson, a number of nephews and nieces, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother (Levi Woods) and a sister (Mrs. Kate Spory). She had been a member of the Davidsville Lutheran Church for about 26 years. Funeral services were held May 22 at the home, and at the Blough Mennonite Church by Ludwig C. Mortensen and H. C. Blough. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Riegsecker. - Theophilus, son of Christian and Anna Riegsecker, was born near Archbold, 0., June 6, 1864; died July 14, 1942; aged 78 y. 1 m. 18 d. His companion, Frieda, daughter of Peter and Sophia Goldsmith, was born near Basil, Switzerland, May 27, 1879; and died July 13, 1942, only 20 hours before her husband, aged 63 y. 1 m. 16 d. Jan. 10, 1899, they were united in marriage. This union was blessed with 8 sons and 1 daughter. One son (Samuel) and 4 grandchildren preceded them in death. Together they leave 7 sons (Harmon of Wauseon, 0.; Lewis of Archbold; Edward, Clarence, Benja-min, Theophilus, Jr., Glen); and 1 daughter (Mrs. Amos Mast), all of Fayette, Ohio), 24 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
Theophilus was also preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, and 4 sisters. He leaves 1 brother (Christian) and 1 sister (Mary Short) both of Archbold. Frieda was preceded in death by her parents, 2 half brothers, and leaves 1 brother (John of Toledo) and 3 sisters (Mrs. Mott Hill of Wauseon, Mrs. Emma Nofziger of Archbold, Mrs. Joseph Rashley of Delta), her stepmother (Mrs. Alberta Goldsmith), 7 half brothers (Jacob of Fayette, O.; Ernest, Harry, Peter, Jesse, Samuel, Edward), and 2 half sisters (Mrs. Amiel Waldvogel and Mrs. Alva Weber) all of Wauseon, 0.
For some time their health had been failing, both suffering from arteriosclerosis, and on July 2, Theophilus suffered a stroke of paralysis after which he steadily declined until he passed away. Frieda, who was alone with her husband when he suffered the stroke, was greatly shock-ed, which brought about coronary failure, resulting in her death.
Soon after their marriage they accepted Christ as their Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church near Archbold, of which they were members at the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church near Archbold conducted by Bros. Henry Wyse, E. B. Frey, and Walter Stuckey. Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.

"Parents dear, you're not forgotten.
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before.
'Neath our eyes you slowly faded,
Growing day by day more frail,
Till God in His heavenly wisdom
Called you gently home."

Transcriber's note: The above is the obituary of husband and wife thus I have highlighted the wifes's maiden name.

Rudy. - Jacob Buchwalter, eldest son of Daniel L. and Esther (Buchwalter) Rudy, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Nov. 7, 1859; died July 19, 1942, following a lingering illness of heart dis-ease; aged 82 y. 8 m. 12 d. Dec. 25, 1884, he was united in marriage to Mary, daughter of Bishop Michael and Maria Horst. According to the will of God this alliance was permitted to exist for nearly 58 years and was blessed with 7 children, only 1 of whom has preceded him in death; namely, Emma Wenger. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Harry B. Rudy, Warren, 0.; Wade H. Rudy, Orrville, 0.; Mrs. Inez Shisler, Mrs. Alice Douglas and Mrs. Mae Davis of Dalton, O.; and Jay B. Rudy of New Philadelphia, O. He also leaves 2 brothers (Albert Rudy of Dalton and Christian Rudy of North Canton), 1 sister (Mrs. Mae Steele of Smithvile), 1 uncle (John Buchwalter of Dalton), 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. In 1885 he joined the Martins Mennonite Church. As a member of this church he was loyal, faithful, and active until the in-firmities of advancing years caused limitations. During his active years he served the Church as a trustee and as treasurer. He also ren-dered much service in the erection of the present church building. As a citizen of the com-munity and as a neighbor, he was held in high regard. Twenty-five years of service he gave to the schools of Baughman Twp., serving as a member of the Board of Education. His entire life before retirement was spent in farming. Fu-neral services were conducted July 22 at Mar-tins Church near Orrville, Ohio, by Bro. I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by Bros. A. J. Wengerd and P. G. Pinkerton. Interment in Martin Cem-etery.

"So live that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, that moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

Shettler. - William Edward, son of Edward and Mary (Troyer) Shettler, was born near Crystal Springs, Kans., Aug. 29, 1907; died at his home near Wellman, Iowa, July 27, 1942; aged 34 y. 10 m. 28 d. In 1924 he moved to Iowa with his parents and lived in and around the Wellman community until his death, which was caused by an electric shock after a dyna-mite blast at the limestone quarry near his home. Dec. 31, 1931, he was united in marriage to Gertrude Hochstetler of Kalona, Iowa. To this union were born 4 children (Joan Lucille, Mar-line Grace, James Edward, and William Ralph). In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, uniting with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. In the recent past he renewed his covenant with the Lord and received much joy and satisfaction in the service of the Lord as a devoted husband and father and as an ardent Church laborer, especially as a Sunday-school teacher. He leaves 4 children, his father and mother, 3 sisters (Elsie, Mrs. Dennis Miller of Kalona, Iowa; Verda, Mrs. Edwin Layman; and Grace, Mrs. Austin Miller of Dayton, 0.), 3 brothers (Ernest of Wellman; Earl of Fair-banks, Alaska; and Milford of Wellman), and many relatives and friends. Fifteen hundred people attended the funeral, which was con-ducted at the East Union Mennonite Church by W. S. Guengerich, Geo. S. Miller, Gideon Yoder and Edward Diener.

"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that death was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
What a parting is without farewell."

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 21 - August 20, 1942 - page 447

Erb. - Elizabeth C., daughter of the late Joseph and Esther Habecker, was born Nov. 26, 1865; died July 18, 1942; aged 76 y. 7 m. 22 d. She was married twice, first to Bro. Henry H. Havrstick, minister of the Habecker Church, who died in 1916. Later she married Harry E. Erb, deacon of the Bossler Church, who died Jan. 16, 1940*. She is survived by the following stepchildren: Harry S. Havrstick, Mrs. Paul N. Mann, Amos Erb, and Mrs. Harry Gunderman. The following brothers also survive: John, Pre. Jacob, Charles, Amos, and Harry Habecker, all of Lancaster Co., Pa. Sister Erb lived in Manor Twp. in her earlier years, later at Rohrerstown, then at Elizabethtown, where Bro. Harry Erb and she rendered faithful services at the Bossler Church in their office of deacon. Shortly after Deacon Erb's death, she went to live with her brother, Charles Habecker, where she passed away -- in the same house where she faithfully nursed her own mother until God called her hence. Funeral services were held July 21, at the Miller Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, Pa., by Bro. Simon E. Garber, and at the Bossler Church by Bros. Christ Lehman and Noah W. Risser. Text used was her selection, Luke 23:28. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. 
*[Posting note: This was the funeral date, his death was Jan. 13, 1940 - See Feb. 29, 1940 ]

Johnson. - Ida May, daughter of Amos and Elizabeth Holdeman, was born near Freeport, Ill., March 27, 1892; died at her home near De-troit Lakes, Minn., July 29, 1942; aged 50 y. 4 m. 2 d. She accepted Christ when still a young girl and became a member of .the Men-nonite Church, to which she was faithful until death. She was united in marriage to George M. Johnson Sept. 21, 1911. To this union were born 12 children: Floyd of Guymon, Okla.; Harold of Detroit Lakes; Elmer of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Ralph of Davenport, N. Dak.; Earl, at home; Ethel (wife of Albert Moser), Rochert, Minn.; Ruth (wife of Guilford King), Detroit Lakes; Kenneth, Casselton, N. Dak.; Alice, Fay, Marie, and Grace, at home. There also survive 3 grandchildren and 2 brothers (Joseph of Free-port, Ill., and Leonard of Reserve, Mont.). She was preceded in death by her husband and 1 grandson. She had seemed to be enjoying good health until the early part of May, when she took to her bed. She spent two months and two days in the hospital, during which time she pa-tiently endured her lot. Investigation proved her cse to be cancer. When she learned she could not get well, she expressed a desire to re-turn to her home. She spent two weeks there until the time of her death. She was well known in the community, where friends and neighbors looked to her for kind help. She will be espe-cially missed by the Church she served, and the family of children she loved and cared for. We shall miss her, but do not wish her back. Her sufferings are ended, and she is at peace with the Lord whom she loved. Funeral services were held Aug. 2 at the home by J. C. Gingerich, and at the Lake Region Church by Elmer D. Hershberger assisted by J. D. Graber.

Lauver. - Mary Emma, daughter of the late Pre. William and Elizabeth (Shelley) Graybill, was born near McAlisterville, Pa., Feb. 5, 1870; died July 14, 1942. Oct. 29, 1895, she was unit-ed in marriage to Jacob M. Lauver of Cocolamus, Pa., to which union were born 1 son and 5 daughters. Her husband and the following children mourn her departure: William G., Ar-gentina, S. A.; Esther M. (wife of Bishop Nevin Bender), Greenwood, Del.; Lura I. (wife of John Slabaugh), Greentown, O.; Alma G., (wife of Michael Wert), McAlisterville, Pa.; Mary E. and Gladys M., at home. Twenty-five grandchil-dren and the following brothers also survive: Eli Graybill of Thompsontown, Pa.; Bish. Wm. W. Graybill and John Graybill of Richfield, Pa.; and Pre. Clayton A. Graybill of Martinsburg, Pa. Two brothers preceded her in death (Shelley Graybill of Richfield and Pre. Simon E. Graybill, of Freeport, Ill.). She accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of sixteen, and continued faithful until death. She was a faithful wife and mother, and was greatly concerned for the cause of the Lord. She was much help to her husband in his calling as a deacon in the Church. Her health had been fail-ing for some years, and last November she suf-fered from the effects of a light stroke which left her rather feeble. She was able to attend church for the last few months. July 13, she suddenly became very sick with a severe pain which resulted in her weakened heart giving way. She could speak to us very little, but once she said, "I want to go up home tonight." After about 27 hours of suffering the Lord took her "up home." Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Menno Brubaker and at the Lauver's Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob G. Brubaker of Cocolamus, Pa., and Joseph M. Nissley of the Altoona Mission. Text, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God."

"Sleep, Mother, sleep:
Thy children, bitter-sorrowing, round thee weep,
Recalling all thy tenderness and truth,
Thy loving care, guarding their careless youth,
Thy sweet example showing thou hast trod
Daily that narrow path which leads to God.
Sleep, Mother, sleep." --The Family.

Myer. - Ira W., son of the late Elias and Annie (Witmer) Myer, was born Aug. 14, 1887, in Par-adise, Pa.; died July 11, 1942, at his home near Bird-in-Hand, Pa.; aged 54 y. 10 m. 27 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. He was actively engaged in church work as long as health permitted. He was assistant superintendent of the Stumptown Mennonite Church for a number of years. He was united in mar-riage to Nettie M. Landis Feb. 16, 1911. To this union were born 12 children: I. Willard, Monterey, Pa.; Miriam, wife of H. Landis Hoover, Lancaster, Pa.; Landis, Bird-in-Hand, Pa.; Ethel, wife of Melvin L. Sauer, Goodville, Pa.; Reba, Martha, Elma, Ruth, (Elizabeth, died in infancy), Caleb, Floyd, and Glenn, all at home. Also 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 6 sis-ters, and a host of relatives and friends mourn his early departure. We humbly submit to One who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held July 14 from the late home, with fur-ther services at the Stumptown Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. David Landis and Elmer Martin. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"Remembrance of thy smiling face
Makes us think of one loving and pure,
And, through our tears, we simply trust
We'll meet again on that celestial shore." --By the Family.

Unzicker. - Sara Elizabeth, daughter of Dora and Jacob Conrad Herwig, was born near Valley Forge, Mo., Oct. 5, 1862; died July 31, 1942; aged 79 y. 9 m. 26 d. She took sick suddenly on Sunday evening after a blessed day in Chris-tian life and experience, and was unconscious for 5 days until the end came at the setting of the sun. Dec. 2, 1880, she was married to John J. Unzicker who preceded her over 7 years ago. To this union were born 10 children (Melvin of South Gate, Calif.; Reuben and Chester, who preceded her in death; Elva of Rockport, Tex.; John of Galesburg, Ill.; Edgar of Van Nuys, Calif.; Loretta of Falfurrias, Tex.; Willard of Washington, D. C., and Amos and Viola of Tuleta, Tex.). She leaves 8 children, 19 grandchil-dren, besides a host of friends. Soon after her marriage she united with the Mennonite Church and was faithful in her daily devotional life with the Word and prayer. Funeral services were conducted at the Walker Funeral Home, Beeville, by Bros. H. F. Reist, E. S. Hallman, and A. H. Kauffman. Burial in the Beeville Cemetery.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 22 - August 27, 1942 - pages 479,480

Blough. - Ammon, son of the late Peter and Polly (Weaver) Blough, was born Dec. 20, 1880, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died July 14, 1942; aged 61 y. 6 m. 24 d. He was married April 13, 1902 to Rebecca Lohr. To this union were born 5 children of whom 4, with his sorrowing companion, survive, as follows: Harley, intermarried with Sally Spangler of Davidsville, Pa.; Mabel and Rebecca, at home; and Esther, married to David Mishler of Johnstown. One son preceded him in death. He is also survived by 1 grand child, 1 brother, 3 sisters, as well as many other relatives and friends. He united with the Blough Mennonite Church over 40 years ago and was a regular attendant and a faithful sup porter of the church until the end of his life. His death came very unexpectedly, by being run over by his tractor while he was moving his threshing outfit. Funeral services were conducted July 17 at the home by H. C. Blough, after which the body was taken to the Blough Church, where further services were conducted by the home ministers, H. C. Blough and John A. Lehman. Text, Jno. 14:1-3. An unusually large concourse of people attended the service. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery ad joining the church.

Eshleman. - Anna Y., daughter of John and Ida (Barley) Yingling, was born July 9, 1891; died July 21, 1942, at the Lancaster, Pa., Gen-eral Hospital after an illness of eight months; aged 51 y. 12 d. She was united in marriage to Harrison Eshleman Jan. 25, 1912, who preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1940. She leaves her par-ents and the following children: Ida, Arlene, Glenn, Raymond; also many other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and remained faithful until death. With all her suffering she bore it patiently. She was a good, faithful mother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. Christ Brubaker and at the Willow Street, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Harnish. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"Our lives are so lonely, dear Mother,
Without your sweet smile and your cheer;
Words fail to express how we'll miss you,
And those prayers in behalf of us here." --By the Family.

Hertzler. - Alta Sara, daughter of John M. and Lena (Swartzentruber) Hertzler, was born near Morgantown, Pa., April 14, 1921; died July 23, 1942; aged 21 y. 3 . 9 d. She was a mem-ber of the Conestoga Mennonite Church. Alta spent the last two school terms at Goshen Col-lege, Goshen, Ind. Here she learned to know and have many friends. She became ill while in College. Besides her parents, she is survived by 5 sisters and 1 brother: Grace (wife of Jo-seph B. Stoltzfus) of Sadsburyville; Mabel (wife of Christian T. Landes), Hatfield; Linda (wife of Wilbur Lapp), North Wales; Ralph S. of Elverson; Erma (wife of Frank Stoltzfus), Elverson; Cora L., at home. The funeral was held July 26 at the Conestoga Church, conduct-ed by the home ministers. Bishop John S. Mast brought the message. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, yet we believe what to us is loss, to her is gain.

"God from our midst a dear one has taken,
We loved her, we miss her;
But she has gone to dwell eternally in heaven,
Where there is no suffering, sorrow or care."

King. - Samuel B., son of David H. and Bar-bara (Zook) King, was born June 30, 1861, near Bloomington, Ill. His early manhood was spent in Livingston Co., where, on March 5, 1885, oc-curred his marriage to Anna Smith. In August of that year they moved to Larned, Kans., where they took up the rigors and hardships of pioneer life. Ten years later the family moved to Har-vey Co., Kans., which for 47 years has been their home. Though of a strong and rugged constitution, yet strength gave way and cancer of the pancreas brought his life to a close Aug. 2, 1942; aged 81 y. 1 m. 3 d. Besides the many relatives and friends who will miss him, are his widow and the following children: Mrs. Emma Riser, Hesston, Kans.; Frank D., Chicago; Elmer R., Eureka, Ill.; Mrs. Grace Shellenberger, Wichita, Kans.; Alvin B., Hesston; Samuel M., Dhamtari, India; Chancy B., Camp Roberts, Calif.; and Mrs. Bessie Yoder, Kalona, Ia.; 23 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 2 brothers (E. J. and B. J.) also survive. Ezra W., the oldest son, preceded him, also 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and 3 grandchildren. Earl Buckwalter, with the assistance of F. U. Moyer, D. D. Zook and Edwin Weaver (just returned from India), conducted the services at the house and the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church. We thank the Lord for answered prayer and comfort given. --The Family.

Landes. - Lizzie Ann, daughter of the late William and Barbara Smith, was born Oct. 23, 1872; died June 19, 1942; aged 69 y. 7 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage in 1891 to Henry T. Landes. Thirteen children were born to this union. Surviving her are her husband and the following children: Elsie (wife of Ephraim Hallman), Washington Square; Willie, of Collegeville; Mary (wife of J. Leroy Fuhrman), Collegeville; Henry, of Alburtis; Cora (wife of Ulysses Moyer), Souderton; Jacob, of Telford; Maggie, Ivan, and Wilson, of Hatfield; Jona-than, of Montgomeryville; Lizzie (wife of George Foster), Harleysville; Barbara (wife of Paul Henninger), San Francisco, Calif.; Mae (wife of Warren Kriebel), Souderton. There also sur-vive 63 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. She had been a faithful member of the Upper Skippack Mennonite Church. She had a meek and quiet spirit, pa-tient in her severe suffering, and calling on the Lord Jesus to take her to His happy home. We as children miss her very much, but we know that our loss is her eternal gain. Services were held at Upper Skippack Mennonite Church, June 23, 1942.

"Rest on, dear Mother, thy labors are o'er,
Those loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find." --The Family.

Landis. - Abraham B., son of the late Benjamin and Fanny (Bassler) Landis, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 7, 1861; died at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Amos Sauder, near E. Petersburg, Pa., July 31, 1942, after a lingering illness; aged 80 y; 7 m. 24 d. He was a faithful member of the East Petersburg Men-nonite church for many years. He was pre-ceded in death by his wife (Ida Elizabeth Landis), 1 grandchild, 1 great-grandchild, and 6 sisters. He is survived by 3 children (John J. Landis; Bertha E., wife of Harry N. Frank of E. Petersburg; and Sanford A. Landis), 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Benjamin F. Landis), 1 step sister (Mrs. John Hoffmaster of Millersville). Funeral services were held Aug. 3, at the home of his grand-daughter, conducted by Bro. John Gochnauer, and at the E. Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bro. Frank Kreider. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"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." --The Family.

Randolph. - Winifred Jane, daughter of Alves and Nancy (Sitton) Sharp, was born Aug. 15, 1861; died June 25, 1942, after a brief illness at the Bethany Hospital, Kansas City, Kans. Her parents came many years ago from the East and South and settled at Maryville, Mo. She was the second child of a family of twelve. She moved with her family to Clay County while very young, and in 1886 married Orvel Randolph. To this union were born 7 children. Four passed away in early childhood. Surviv-ing are her 3 oldest children (Olive Randolph Colby, Ailves P. Randolph, and Nancy N. Brown), 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grand-children. One grandson preceded her in death. Her husband preceded her in December, 1911. In 1906 she united with the Mennonite Mission in Kansas City, Kans., having been introduced to this faith by her sister (Mrs. Rebecca Dickey) who passed away some years ago. Sister Ran-dolph was devoted to her children and grand-children. Her devoted Christian life shall long be remembered by all who learned to know her. Bro. Yoder and Bro. Horst of the Kansas City Mission conducted the funeral. Text, Zech. 14:7. Interment at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Argen-tine, Kans.

"Weep not that her time is over,
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant that we may rest so calmly,
When our work, like hers, is done.
She is not dead, she is only risen,
To live with God whom she has known."

Sauder. - Ruth, infant daughter of Samuel E. and Lydia (Hollinger) Sauder, died Aug. 11, 1942, at her home near Goodville, Pa.; aged 1 d. Besides her parents, she leaves these brothers and sisters: Mildred, Edna, Leroy, Bertha, Dora, Miriam, Lawrence, Erma; also the maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hollinger of Goodville), and the paternal grandfather (Harry E. Sauder, Terre Hill, Pa.). Brief services were held at the home and in the Weaverland Cem-etery (where interment was made) conducted by Bro. Aaron Weaver. Text, Psa. 126.

"Full blooming flowers alone will not do,
Some must be young and ungrown;
So the frail buds He is gathering too,
To beautify His throne."

Shetler. - Samuel Grant, son of the late Jacob and Amelia (Kaufman) Shetler, was born Jan. 13, 1871; died Aug. 11, 1942; aged 71 y. 6 m. 28 d. He is survived by the following children: Luella (wife of Harry E. Miller), Goshen, Ind.; Rosella (wife of Jno. M. Bachman), Creston, Mont.; Goldie (wife of Jno. Sala), Creston, Mont.; Margaret (wife of Calvin E. Kaufman), with whom he resided at the time of his death; and Sanford G. (married to Florence Young), Hollsopple, Pa. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; also by 1 sister (Mrs. Louisa Hostetler). His wife, Mag-gie Jane (Kaufman) Shetler, and 2 children (Ralph and Rena Shetler) preceded him in death. He was baptized into the Mennonite Church Dec. 13, 1892, at the Stahl Church, Bish-op J. N. Durr officiating. May 20, 1894, he was ordained deacon, and April 18, 1897, minister, Bishop Jonas Blough officiating in both services. Feb. 28, 1915, he was ordained bishop by Bish-ops J. D. Mishler and J. P. Bontrager, at the Hopewell Church, near Hubbard, Oreg. He was greatly interested in the welfare of the Church, and engaged in many activities. His passing will create a vacancy in many places. He was a much loved pillar in the Church. During the two days before the funeral over 800 persons came to the Kaufman home to view the mortal remains. The funeral was attended by over 1,000 persons. There were present 28 minis-ters. 12 bishops, and 9 deacons, as well as many other church workers. While our brother was conducting summer Bible school at Grantsville he collapsed one evening in the meeting and his condition became worse again after a slight improvement from treatment, and he passed away peacefully at the end. He was one of the pio-neers in the starting of both winter and summer Bible schools in our church. He founded the Pacific Coast Bible School at Hubbard, Oreg., in 1921. Also another such school was founded at the Stahl Church in the Johnstown district in 1922. Last year, the twentieth term of the Johnstown Bible School, he was principal. He conducted many two-week winter Bible schools in other churches. At the time of his death he was in charge of the Stahl Church, and had bishop oversight of the Stahl and Elton churches and of the Johnstown City Mission. The funeral services, conducted at the home and at the Stahl Church, were in charge of Bros. Lloy A. Kniss, Robert Dayton, John L. Horst, and Jas. Saylor. Text, Rev. 14:13. Others who were present and added comforting words were Abram Metzler, S. C. Yoder, J. Irvin Lehman, Roy Otto, Allen Erb, Daniel Kauffman, Roy Kinsinger, and Irvin Stonerook. The body was laid away in the Stahl Cemetery. Besides our departed brother's much appreciated service to the Church as a bishop, minister, teacher, and evan-gelist, he also served the community as a suc-cessful schoolteacher for over 40 years. He taught a teachers' training normal in Conemaugh Township for more than twenty terms. Many of the persons at the funeral services were at one time or another pupils in some school that he taught. It was touching to see the small children, with those who were one time small children, coming into the home to view the body, standing by the coffin and weeping as they paid their last tribute to a beloved schoolteacher. In the flyleaf of his Bible was found written the following verse which aptly describes his atti-tude toward discouraging incidents which came up in his work:

Don't Give Up
God can read each falling tear,
He knows the heart that's needing cheer.
He sees the path that's hard and drear,
Don't give up for He is near. --Aug. 9, 1935, Coatesville, Pa.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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