Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1943

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 45 - February 4, 1943 - pages 958-959

Andrews. ­ Betty Jo, daughter of John D. and Mamie (Ray) Andrews, was born Oct. 27, 1939, near Mt. Clinton, Va.; died Dec. 31, 1942, after an illness of ten months; aged 3 y. 2 m. 4 d. She is survived by her parents, 1 brother (John David, Jr.) and 2 grandfathers (Joe Ray and David Andrews). Funeral services were conducted from the Mt. Clinton Mennonite Church on New Year's Day by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and R. W. Benner. Texts, Luke 18:16; Rom. 8:18. Interment in near-by cemetery.

Bishop. ­Anna M. Lefevre was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 23, 1862; died in Research Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 7, 1943; aged 80 y. 1 m. 15 d. She was married to John H. Bishop. TO this union were born 2 sons: George L. Bishop and Charles L. Bishop. She is survived by 1 son (George L.) and 1 granddaughter (Delores Bishop), both of Kansas City, Kans.; 1 brother (B. M. Lefevre, Butte, Mont.) and a number of nieces and nephews, of whom 4 (Mrs. Anna Harnish, Rozelle, Kans., John Harnish, Eureka, Ill, Frank Harnish, Peoria, Ill., and Maude, Lewis, Nebr.) attended the funeral. Mrs. Bishop's quiet unassuming Christian character was a constant living testimony to her Lord, whom she faithfully served. In the Forrester home (where she resided for over thirty years), her untiring devotion and loving service endeared her to each member of the household. She will be missed by all who knew her and the influence of her godly life lives on. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. R. P. Horst, Edward Yoder, and John Harnish.

Erb. ­Jacob G., son of Daniel and Margaret Erb, was born Aug. 17, 1872, in Ontario, Can.; died at the home of his son-in-law, Wm. Roth near Broken Bow, Nebr., Jan. 5, 1943; aged 70 y. 4 m. 18 d. He died of heart trouble with which he had been afflicted for a number of years. He joined the Mennonite church, of which he was a faithful member until death, holding his membership with the West Fairview Church near Beaver Crossing, Nebr. He was married to Mary Jansi Feb. 18, 1897. To this union were born 5 children. His wife and 2 daughters (Eva and Hazel) preceded him in death. He leaves 2 daughters (Mrs. Clara Roth of Broken Bow and Mrs. Doris Lichti of Leadville, Colo.) and 1 son (Delmer); also 1 brother (Joel), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Phebe Schweitzer and Mrs. Lizzie Yantzie, all of Milford, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

Grimes. ­ David Lee, son of Rober L. and Charlotte (McDorman) Grimes, was born Feb. 16, 1942; died Dec. 27, 1942, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrison, Va., following a brief illness. Surviving are his parents, his grandparents and 1 great-grandfather (A.E. McDorman). Funeral services were conducted from the Mt. Clinton Mennonite Church by Bro. John R. Mumaw, Text, Rev. 21:4. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Groff. ­Esther S., daughter of Rohrer M. and Mary (Stauffer) Groff, was born Dec 18, 1942, in the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital; died at the same place Dec. 20. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Tillman Stauffer, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Groff), a great-grandfather (Jacob Meck), and many other relatives and friends. One infant sister preceded her to the heavenly home. Her little body was laid to rest in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery.
"Our sweet little bud, too sweet to say,
God in His wisdom too Esther away;
Not from our memory, not from our love
But to dwell with Jesus and angels above."

Hanselman. ­John W. and Annie G. Hanselman were born near Millersvile, Pa., July 17, 1882 and April 14, 1885; died Dec. 25, 1942, and Dec. 28, 1942, at the General Hospital Lancaster; aged 60 y. 5 m. 8 d.; 57 y. 8 m. 14 d. Mr. Hanselman was united in mariage to Annie G. Manning April 10, 1906, by the ministers of the Grace Evangelical Church, Millersville, where he was a member. Mrs. Hanselman accepted Christ as her Saviour approximately twenty five years ago at the Mennonite Church, Millersville, where she was baptized and with her husband was received into the fellowship of that Church. Both were in good health, and after going to bed Wednesday evening, Dec. 23, they were overcome by coal gas. Christmas Day they were found by Mrs. Hanselman's sister, after they failed to arrive for her to go for their Christmas dinner at their other sister's home. Mr. Hanselmans was found unconscious, having sometime previously suffered a hemorrhage. Mrs. Hanselman was found unconscious also, but occasionally gave a partial response when talked to. After being taken to the hospital, Mr. Hanselman succumbed at 7:40 p.m.; his wif lingered until 3:35 a.m. Monday. Surviving Mr. Hanselman are 3 sisters (Mrs. Harvey Shuman, Mrs. Jacob Weller, and Mrs. Ada Way) also 2 brothers (Elvin Hanselman and Aldus Hanselman) all living in Lancaster, Pa., and vicinity. Surviving Mrs. Hanselman are 1 brother (Benjamin Manning, and 2 sisters, Miss Emma Manning, and Mrs. Bejamin K. Mann), all living in Millersville, Pa., and vicinity. Funeral services were held for both, Dec. 29, at the Millersville Mennonite Church, Bro. Christian K. Lehman officiating, assisted by the home minister. Text, Prov. 27:1. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought their end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of loved ones without farewell."

Hess. ­Fannie S., daughter of Amos and Catherine (Hoover) Christ, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1879; died Jan. 1, 1943; aged 63 y. 10 m. 19 d. She was a faithful member of the Millersville Mennonite Church. Her place in Sunday school and church was never vacant when health permitted. She is survived by her husband and these children: C. Stanley, Jacob L., Mrs. Clarence Huber, Mrs. Phares Livengood, Mrs. Ross Girvin, Marie, Amos Mrs. Wm. Charles, Willis, Mrs. Kenneth Wilt, Mrs. Wayne Shaw, Mrs. Lloyd Dombach; also the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Mary Kitner, Mrs. Wm. Warren, Elmer Christ (missionary in West Africa), Edward Christ, Mrs. Wm. Cooper, Mrs. Ida Mumma; also 30 grandchildren. She had been in failing health for about 3 years but had been in bed for only about 8 weeks. She had severe paint most of the time, which she bor patiently until the end. In her passing we count our loss as her eternal gain. Brief service was held Jan. 4 at the home by Bro. Landis Shertzer. Public service in Millersville Mennonite Church by Bro. Daniel Gish, Bro. Jacob Hess, and Bro. Christian Lehman. Text, II Cor. 5:4.
"In silence you suffered,
In patience you bore,
Until God called you home,
To suffer no more."

Kirk ­David N., son of David W. and Carrie (Hummel) Kirk, was born Dec. 19, 1906; died Dec. 22, 1942; aged 36 y 3 d. David was well and favorably known in his home community and elsewhere. His friendly and congenial nature won for him a place in the hearts of all who knew him. At the age of fifteen he confessed Christ as his Saviour and united with the Rockton Mennonite Church. For the past seven years he has been residing in Pittsburgh, where he met with an untimely death in a bus accident on his way home from work. The bus was passing along a high cliff and without warning it was flattened and buried under hundreds of tons of boulders and earth, which fell from above. Twenty-two of the twenty-six passengers were almost instantly killed. He was preceded in death by both parents and 1 sister. Surviving are his widow, Charlotte (Bowman) Kirk, a two-year-old daughter, 6 brothers, and two sisters. Services in the Rocton Mennonite Church were conducted by A. J. Metzler, Ralph Meckley, and Ross D. Metzler. Burial in Rockton Cemetery.

Miller ­Lizzie Yoder was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., June 5, 1857; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Helmuth of Garden City, Mo., Jan. 15, 1943; aged 85 y. 7 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel A. Miller, Dec. 26, 1875. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters. In 1883 they moved with their family to McPherson Co., Kans., where they resided until the spring of 1926, when they then moved to Cass Co., Mo., where they resided until the death of her husband in July, 1931, after which she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Helmuth. In her maidenhood she united with the Mennonite Church, to whichshe remained faithful until death. Her husband a 1 son (Milo D.) preceded her in death. The remaining children are: Mrs. M. M. Kemp, Mt. Pleasant, Ia.; Mrs. W. E. Helmuth, Garden City, Mo.; Persaville, Hutchinson, Kans.; Mrs. Barbara Zink, La Junta, Colo.; Roy of Hutchinson, Kans.; Sam of Nampa, Ida.; Mrs. R. S. Troyer, Hesston, Kans.; Chris, Linville, Va.; Mrs. S. J. Troyer, Harper, Kans.; David of Edwards, Mo. She also leaves 51 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Not only will she be missed by the family but also by a large circle of friends. She had enjoyed good health up to the time of her death when she was suddenly stricken with coronary thrombosis. The doctor was called, but with all that kind hands could do she peacefully passed away one hour later. Funeral services at the home by Bro. I. G. Hartzler and at the Sycamore Grove Church by Bros. J. C. Driver and W. R. Hershberger. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery. Committal service in charge of Bro. S. S. Hershberger.

Moore ­Henry Robert Howard Moore was born in Washington Co., Ia., Oct. 19, 1900; died at the University Hospital in Iowa City, Ia., Jan. 17, 1943; aged 42 y. 2 m. 28 d. A streptococcus infection localized in the heart was the direct cause of death. Jan. 1, 1928, he was united in marriage to Emma Mae Rhodes. This home was blessed with 4 children (Robert, Marlene, Shirley Ann, and Willard Dean) who with their mother deeply mourn the loss of a kind and loving father and husband. Besides his sorrowing companion and children, his death is mourned by his aged father and mother, 2 brothers (Veron of Iowa City, Thomas of Mt. Vernon, Ia.) 1 sister (Mrs. Alfred Bennel of Delta, Ia.) and a large number of relatives and friends. One brother and sister preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, became a member of the Sharon Evangelical Church, later transferring his membership to the Iowa City Mennonite Mission at Iowa City. He took a keen interest in the work of the Lord until his call home, and was always much interested in the spiritual welfare of his relatives and friends, wishing that his Saviour was their Saviour too. Archie, as he was known among his family and friends, did not enjoy the best of health for a number of years. A year ago he submitted to an operation, from which he did not regain his full strength, but was never found idle, always doing what he was able to do. Jan. 2, he took sick with influenza as supposed, which was not considered serious. He was under the best of medical care; but in spite of all that medical care and loving hands could do, God saw best to call him to a better world where suffering and pain are unknown. Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at the East Union Mennonite Church near Kalona. Burial near by. Ministers in charge, Norman Hobbs and Harold Brenneman. Texts, Psa. 39 and Matt. 8:19-27.
"Daddy is gone and we are left,
The loss of him to mourn,
And may we all prepare to meet
With him around the throne."

Stayrook ­Icie M. oldest daughter of Isaac and Emma Hartzler, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, and died in the home of her son, Jesse L. Stayrook, in Albion, Pa., aged 66 y. 10 m. 19 d. Her mother died when Icie was quite young, and she was cared for in the home of her grandmother where she lived until her marriage to Rufus Stayrook, January 12, 1899. Two children were born to this union. (Mrs. Ora Byler of Wooster, Ohio, and Jess, of Albion, Pa.). Besides these she leaves 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many friends. She was converted in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a loyal member throughout her entire life. Her husband was walled away on Aug. 6, 1939, which brought a sorrow into her life, which she accepted as God's will for her own life. During the last few years of her life she was naot strong, and many times longed to pass on to the Eternal world. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, conducted by Bro. N. E. Troyer and Bro. Marion Y. King. Burial in the Yoder Cemetery.
"The lights are out in the mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn for the dweller's away;
She silently slipped o'er the threshold by night,
To make her abode in the city of light."

Whitney ­Thelma Irene Smoot was born at Moberly, Mo., April 4, 1916; died at her home in Kansas City, Kans., Jan. 15, 1943; aged 26 y. 9 m. 11 d. She was married to Joseph M. Whinery Jan. 21, 1933. She was baptized at the age of 12 years. Nov. 30, 1942, she renewed her vow to God, and became a member of the Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kans. She is survived by her husband and 4 children (Charles Allen, Mendota, Mo.; Thelma Irene, Joseph Melvell, and Carl George of the home); her father (Chares Smoot of Blue Island, Ill.); 2 sisters (Mrs. Zelma Keith and Mrs. Jeanita Kuester, both of Kansas City, Kans.), and a half sister (Mrs. Helen Hobson, Des Moines, Iowa). She had been in poor health for about a year, her suffering becoming greater in recent months. Through the months of suffering she was an example of patience, and often expressed the desire to depart and be with the Lord. Her request in prayer was to become stronger in the Lord rather than for physical recovery. May we who survive follow this, her noble example. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Edward Yoder. Text, Eccl. 9:5.
"Our dead are blest, in Him they rest
Beyond all pain and care;
No tear, no sigh, no pain, no cry
Can touch their spirits there:
In safe retreat, in joy replete,
They dwell in peace at home;
They always wait at heaven's gate,
The hour when we shall come."

Ziegler ­Sylvanus W., son of the late Henry and Catherine Ziegler, died at his home in Franconia, Pa., Dec. 11, 1942; aged 80 y. 6 m. 11 d. He joined the Franconia Mennonite Church in young manhood and was a regular attendant until health failed. His first wife (Ida Godshal) preceded him in death 39 years. He was married to Lucy Ann Fredrick (his second wife) 33 years ago. She mourns his death, with 3 daughters (Kathryn, wife of Herbert Kuhn of Telford; Mary, wife of Raymond Nyce, of Souderton; Ida, wife of Harley Moyer, of Souderton) and 1 son (Sylvanus, Jr. of Telford). One sister (Mrs. John O'Neil of Norristown), 13 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren also survive. Two sons preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at Franconia Church Dec. 15, 1942, conducted by Bro. Ellwood Derstine, assisted by Bro. Elmer Moyer and Bro. Jacob Moyer. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Sadly now our hears are bleeding,
O'er the loss that we must bear;
But there's One who's interceding,
And will all our burdens share."

Transcriber's note: "Whinery" and "Chares" spelling according to original obituary

Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 46 - February 11, 1943 - pages 990-991

Buckwalter ­Benjamin Franklin, son of Samuel and Magdalene (Bixler) Buckwalter, was born in Mercer Co., Pa., Jan. 24, 1854. In early manhood he was converted and united with the Presbyterian Church at West Middlesex, Pa. Oct. 31, 1879, he was joined in marriage to Mary Musselman at Lancaster, Pa. Soon after his marriage he and his bride were received as members of the Mennonite Church and worshipped with the Groffdale congregation. He resided on a farm near New Holland till 1905 (with the exception of two years, which were spent in California). In 1905, he, with his family, moved to a farm near Newton, Kans. At which place he was ordained a deacon of the Pennsylvania congregation, Dec. 13, 1908, and in which office he served until 1924 when he and his companion moved to Lancaster Co., Pa., for two years to care for his wife's aged mother. While there he again served the church as superintendent of the Samaritan Home on Welsh Mountain. With the exception of a few years' stay in California, the remainder of his life was spent near Wellman, Iowa. Here he built a home for himself and wife. He retained an active mind and body to the last, although greatly inconvenienced in his later years by physical pain. He quietly passed away on the morning Jan. 19, 1943; aged 88 y. 11 m. 25 d. His companion preceded him in death June 28, 1934. He was blest with a family of 10 children; Samuel M., Upland, Calif.; Harry W., Pasadena, Calif.; B. Frank, Newark, Ohio; Rosa M. (Mrs. John Longenecker, deceased March 10, 1919); Martha L. (Mrs. W. W. Guengerich), Wellman; Mary (Mrs. Edward Diener), Wellman; Earl, Hesston, Kans.; Paul, Canton, Ohio; Roy, Wellman; and with 51 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Several of his grandchildren are actively engaged in foreign mission work. One of the characteristics which marked his life was his deeply rooted religious convictions which found expression in his family life, and in his unselfish service to the Church. He was always interested in mission work. Besides his responsibility as head of a family and his local church duties, he found time for more church-wide activities, helping to start mission Sunday schools and serving on the Local Board of the Kansas City Mission for a number of years. He felt strongly that the Christian's' place in the world was to personally help men to become reconciled to Christ and also to be at peace and love one another. His regular attendance at the house of worship, his active interest in church affairs, his earnest and daily intercessory prayers, especially for his children and grandchildren, are a heritage of precept and example that is highly cherished. Funeral services were conducted from the home by Bro. Perry Blosser, and at the Wellman Church by Bro. Silas Horst assisted by Bro. George Miller. Interment in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.

Eash.-Tobias, son of Jacob and Nancy (Kaufman) Eash, was born near Davidsville, Pa., Sept. 7, 1865; died at the place of birth Jan. 8, 1943; aged 77 y. 4 m. 1 d. He was married to Mary Hostetler Aug. 18, 1901. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, and 1 daughter (Pearl, wife of Kenneth Lehman, of Davidsville; Cletus and Otto at home; Robert, married to Edna Blough of Hollsopple). He is also survived by 2 brothers (Joseph and John of Hollsopple), and 5 half brothers and sisters (Amanda, wife of Simon Gindlesperger, of Johnstown; Samuel, Jonathan, and Harry, all of Hollsopple; George of Johnstown), also 1 stepsister (Annie, widow of David Eppley of Johnstown). He was preceded in death by 1 son (Walter Jacob), 6 sisters, 4 brothers, and 1 half sister. He united with the Kaufman Mennonite Church about 28 years ago, and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 10, at the Kaufman Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Harry Y. Shetler, Lloy Kniss, and James Saylor. Burial in the Blough Mennonite Cemetery.

Good.-Wayne, stillborn son of Carl J. and Annetta (Zimmerman) Good, was born near Wooster, O., Dec. 28, 1942. Besides the parents he is survived by 1 sister (Mabel Eileen), 4 grandparents (Bro. And Sister Ephraim Good and Bro. And Sister Eli Zimmerman), 8 uncles, 2 aunts, a number of cousins, and many other relatives and friends. Burial in the Eight Square Cemetery.
"Only a baby's grave,
A foot or two at the most,
Of tear-dewed so;
But a loving God
Knows what the little grave cost."

Mann.-Lizzie, daughter of Pre. Henry Weaver, was born Feb. 6, 1860; died Jan. 15, 1943; aged 82 y. 11 m. 9 d. She is survived by 1 son (Aaron) at whose place she had her late home. She is also survived by the following brothers and sister: Alice Weaver Roth, Abram, George, Harry, and Samuel Weaver, all living in the near-by community, Cumberland Co. Funeral services were held from Harper Myers Funeral Home in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and further services at the Slate Hill Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bro. Harry L. Longenecker of Middletown and Bro. William Strong from the home church. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13.

Nafziger.-Christian B., son of John and Mary (Burkey) Nafziger, was born near Minier, Ill, Oct. 1, 1862; died at the Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 8, 1943; aged 8 y. 3 m. 7 d. In his youth he united with the Hopedale Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until death. Feb. 14, 1886 he was united in marriage to Catherine Springer, who preceded him in death on the same day 7 years ago. To this union were born 9 children, 7 of whom survive, namely: Mrs. Emma Christner, Jonas, Levi, and Simon of Minier, Ill.; Marie, Aaron, and Lawrence of Hopedale, Ill. Two children (Barbara and Joseph) preceded him in death. He also leaves 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 sister (Mrs. Barbara Kauffman) and 1 brother (Valentine) both of Hopedale, and an aged uncle (John Burkey of Milford, Nebr.). Death came as a result of a lingering illness. He remained cheerful throughout his period of illness and will be missed by his family and among his friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 11 at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Simon Litwiller. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions he's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years of life's struggles,
Father has fallen asleep."

Reinford.-Martha, beloved daughter of Norman and Mary Reinford of Schwenksville, Pa., was born May 6, 1923; died Jan. 9, 1943, at Osteopathic Hospital, Philadelphia, where she had been for the last 9 days with the intention of an operation, but the Lord saw fit to relieve her of her suffering. She at times had very severe headaches caused by a brain tumor, but she bore her suffering patiently being cheerful to the end. All was done that human hands could do, but the Lord knew best. She accepted her Saviour at the age of 15, being faithful to her vow. We are thankful that we need not sorrow as those who have no hope. This was the first one of the family circle to be called. Surviving are these: Father and Mother, 6 brothers and 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends; but our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Jesse Mack and at the Upper Skippack Mennonite Church by Bro. Warren Bean and Bro. Jacob Landes, followed by a prayer by Bro. John S. Hess.
"I cannot say, and I will not say,
That she is dead-she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into an unknown land."

Senenig.-Annie, daughter of the late Tobias and Mary (Zimmerman) Martin, was born Sept. 11, 1872; died Nov. 27, 1942; aged 70 y. 2 m. 16 d. Death was caused by arteriosclerosis after an illness of 17 weeks. She was united in marriage with Isaac G. Sensenig in December, 1893. To this union were born 10 children. Those who mourn her departure are her husband and children (Mary, wife of Jacob Horst; Mabel, wife of Benjamin Martin; Ivan; Anna, wife of Milton Horst; Elmer, Edna, wife of Aaron Eby; Leroy, Paul, and Raymond); also 36 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and these brothers and sisters: Frank, Tobias, William Harry and Samuel Martin, Lydia (wife of Noah Hurst), and Ada Martin, as well as many other relatives and friends. One son (Isaac) and 4 grandchildren preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church for many years. The family keenly feels the loss of a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. But we feel assured that our earthly loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held Nov. 30, with short services at the home by Bro. David N. Weaver, and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bro. Paul Graybill and Bro. Aaron Weaver. Texts, Rev. 14:13; I Thess. 4:13-18. Burial in the Weaverland Cemetery.
"Tis lonesome here without you
And sad the weary way,
For life is not the same to us
Since you were called away.
We miss your kind and willing hand,
Your sweet and loving care,
We miss you, O dear Mother,
We miss you Everywhere."
--The Family.

Shimp.-Frances K., daughter of the late John and Fannie (Herr) Krantz, was born Nov. 7, 1871, near Lampeter, Pa.; died Dec. 30, 1942, at her home in Willow Street, Pa.; aged 7a y. 1 m. 23 d. Sept. 30, 1896, she was united in marriage to John E. Shimp. Three years later she, with her husband, joined the Mennonite Church to which she remained loyal until death. She suffered a severe illness six years ago, but recovered sufficiently to enjoy life with us until July, 1942, when complications developed which eventually caused her death. Mother's patience and good cheer continued throughout her sufferings. She leaves her husband and 3 children (Clair K., Lampeter; Myrtle H., wife of Chester H. Denlinger, Mountville; Mabel K., wife of J. Lloyd Kreider, Strasburg). Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 3 brothers (Aaron H. Krantz, Hessdale; Peter H. Krantz, Quarryville; and Enos H. Krantz, Lancaster). Five sisters and 1 brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 2 at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Harnish assisted by Bro. Christ Brubaker. Text, latter clause of Prov. 24:14. Interment in New Providence Mennonite Cemetery.
"Like an echo in the mountains,
Like a rainbow in the sky;
Mother's life was a reflection
Of Reality on High."

Stahl.-Ella Nora, daughter of Christian and Sallie Hoffman, was born in Kent Co., Mich., Oct. 24, 1873; died at her home Jan. 21, 1943; aged 69 y. 2 m. 27 d. Nov. 19, 1893, she was united in marriage to Josiah Stahl. To this union was born 1 son (Loren) who preceded her in death eleven years. There remain to mourn her departure, her devoted husband, a daughter-in-law (Alma), 4 grandchildren. 2 brothers (Andrew of Charlotte, Mich.; Moses of Goshen, Ind.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Louisa Dausman of Saranac, Mich.; Mrs. Sadie Slabaugh of Kokomo, Ind.), and a host of relatives and friends. She had not been well for over a year, but was able to be about the house most of the time. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and will be greatly missed in the Church, in the home, and in the community; but we believe our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at the home and at the Bowne Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Dan Zook and T. E. Schrock. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Stoltzfus.-Christian, eldest son of Jonathan and Lydia (Eash) Stoltzfus, was born in Union Co., Pa., April 11, 1870; died Dec. 31, 1942, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge, Iowa. At the age of 13 he moved with his parents to Lyon Co., Kans. Where he grew to manhood. The remainder of his life was spent in Decatur Co., Kans.; Beemer, Nebr.; and Manson, Iowa, having lived in Manson for the past twenty-eight years. In 1890 he was united in marriage with Katie Martin. To them were born 4 children (Mrs. Chris Birky, Nicholas and Chris of Manson, and Emanuel of Lake Park, Iowa). He accepted Christ as his Saviour in early manhood and united with the Mennonite Church. Among the most blessed memories to his family and friends are the peace and confidence expressed during his last illness. Besides his sorrowing companion, children and grandchildren he leaves 1 brother (Amon) of Wellman, Iowa and 1 sister (Sara) of Chappell, Nebr. Funeral services wereheld Jan. 3 at the Manson Mennonite Church, with Bro. Joe E. Zimmerman of Milford, Nebr., officiating. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Unruh.-David Ramer, infant son of Irvin and Esther Unruh, was born Nov. 16, 1942, at Harper, Kans.; died at the Jaslin Hospital in Harper (after a very short illness due to complications) in the evening of Jan. 28. He leaves father and mother, 2 sisters (Shirley and Judith), 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Unruh, Mr. and Mrs. Amon Ramer), 4 aunts, 5 uncles, 6 cousins, and many friends who learned to love him in the short time he was with us. He was very dear to us, but it was God's will that he reach heaven first, where we know we will see him again. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 30 at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. R. M. Weaver assisted by Bro. John Thut. Interment in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Winey.-Hannah, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Kauffman, of East Salem, Pa., was born Feb. 7, 1858. She was united in marriage to Jacob L. Winey. They came to Peabody, Kans., made their home on the farm, and her husband preached at the Catlin Mennonite Church for several years. Four children came to bless this union. The youngest, Lydia, died in infancy. A son (Samuel Winey) passed away Oct. 22, 1938. About 1895 they moved to Birmingham, Kans., where her husband passed away on April 19, 1902, leaving his wife with the care of the three small children. By hard work and good management she kept them all together. In the winter of 1907, she sold this farm and moved to the home north of Newton, where she has lived most of the time since. It was there that she peacefully fell asleep Jan 11, 1943. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in girlhood. Hers was a living faith in a living Christ to the end of life. She made her home with her only daughter, Mr. T. F. Horst since 1915. She is survived by her son (John of El Dorado, Kans.), and daughter (Mrs. T. F. Horst of Newton), 13 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters; also 1 brother and 1 sister living in Pennsylvania, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Highland Church with D. D. Zook in charge and E. J. Bowers and Earl Buckwalter assisting. G. L. Dubois was in charge of the services at the graveside. Interment in the church cemetery near by.

Yoder.-Eli C. Yoder was born in Ohio Nov. 23, 1860. He came to Kansas as a young man. In 1886 he was united in marriage to Barbara Bechtel. To this union 8 children were born, 3 of whom preceded him in death. His wife also preceded him in 1906. He united with the Mennonite Church as a young man and remained faithful till death. He passed away Dec. 19, 1942; at the home of his daughter, Dalhart, Texas, aged 82 y.26 d. He was laid to rest beside his wife at Manchester, Okla., Dec. 22. The service was in charge of Bro R. M. Weaver of Harper, Kans. Text, I Cor. 15:54,55.


Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 47 - February 18, 1943 - pages 1006-1008

Clymer ­Hannah K., daughter of Henry and Hannah Allebach, was born May 20, 1871, near Blooming Glen, Pa.; died Dec. 2, 1942, at Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa.; aged 71 y. 6 m. 12 d. She was united in marriage to Irwin B. Clymer in 1895, who preceded her in death in 1928, leaving her a widow for the past 14 years. There were no children, but she leaves nephews and nieces, who mourn her passing and will be missed by them. She was always deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of her intimate friends and relatives, being highly esteemed by all. She was a faithful member of the Rockhill Mennonite congregation, Telford, Pa., since early in life. She was a teacher of a young girls' class in Sunday school for more than twenty years; or until about two years ago, when failing health compelled her to cease her sincere activities. Her health had been failing for a number of years, and during the past year she suffered several slight strokes, but always recovered sufficiently to be up and about. However, four days before she died she suffered another stroke, which resulted in her passing. She was fully resigned and expressed her desire to be with her Lord. She made all arrangements for her funeral, including the selection of hymns and text, II Cor. 5:1. Funeral was held Dec. 6 at E. M. Home, conducted by Bro. Jacob M. Moyer and Bro. Enos Wismer. Interment in Rockhill Cemet4ry, following services at the church conducted by Bro. Jacob A. Clemens and Bro. Clinton D. Landis.
"Loving and kind in all her ways,
Upright and just to the end of her days.
Sincere and true in her heart and mind,
A beautiful memory, she leaves behind."
--A Niece

Conrad.-William, son of John and Cathrine (Leichty) Conrad, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 22, 1876; died at his home near Rittman, O., Feb. 2, 1943; aged 67 y. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Flora Leichty April 7, 1906. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. He is survived by his companion and the following children: Mrs. R. E. Wilhelm, Orrville; Mrs. C. E. Durkey, Rittman; James O. and John W. Conrad, Rittman. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 1 brother (Jacob Conrad, Smithville), 1 sister (Mrs. C. B. Barth, Doylestown), 3 uncles (Levi Conrad, Wooster; Jeptha Conrad, Louisville; Christian Leichty, Orrville) and a large circle of near relatives and friends. He was of a quiet disposition, an industrious worker, a kind and helpful neighbor. He will be greatly missed in the home and among those with whom he came in daily contact. Bro. Conrad felt the need of a Saviour and expressed a willingness to serve Him. Services at the Ebert Funeral home, Rittman, O., by Albert Henry and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Psa. 90:12; Jno. 12:23. Interment in Crown Hill Cemetery, Sterling, O.
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me;
And may there be no moaning at the bar
When I put out to sea."

Cressman.-Sarah Cressman of Guernsey, Sask., died Nov. 23, 1942, at her home at Guernsey, Sask. She was buried at the Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey with Bro. Dan Schlabach in charge. Her husband (Israel Cressman) predeceased her in March, 1920; also a daughter (Mrs. M. B. Shuh). Two sons survive to mourn her passing (E. B. of Watrous, Sask., and J. E. of Windsor, Ont.). Her home prior to coming west was with the Blenheim congregation near New Dundee, Ont. She led a quiet, devoted life, and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. Of a cheerful, sunny disposition, she endeared herself to all she came in contact with. The church has lost another pillar, whose memory will linger long. Gone to her reward, our loss will be her gain. She was 78 years of age. She was sick only a short time, when she was called home.

Cummans.-Nancy, daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Catherine (McCormick) Huber, was born Jan. 4, 1867, near Logan, Ohio; died Feb. 1, 1943; aged 76 y. 28 d. Jan. 13, 1901, she was united in marriage to Charles Cummans. To this union were born 4 children (Mrs. Esther Proctor, of Logan, Ohio; Harley of Nelsonville, Ohio; Alfred of Lancaster, Ohio, and Theodore at home). She was preceded in death by father, mother, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Martha Brenneman and Mrs. Malinda Good). She leaves her husband, 4 children, 13 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Geo. Focht, Junction City, Ohio; Mr. Frank Johnston, Logan, Ohio; Simeon Huber, Delphos, Ohio; Amos Huber, Logan, Ohio). At about the age of 16 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and gave her heart and life to God. Our mother and sister has shown us the way to God, the home of the soul, by her life and in her death. Mother was a member of the Turkey Run Mennonite congregation near Bremen, O. Her last words were those of Psa. 23:4-"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." Funeral services were held at the Turkey Run Church, with Bro. N. E. Troyer in charge. Text, John 14:1. Burial in near-by cemetery.
"Rest, Mother, from your work,
No more we'll see you hear;
But when our life on earth is done,
In heaven with thee appear."

Erb .- John, son of Samuel and Catherine (Weaver) Erb, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 28, 1868; died at his home Feb. 1, 1943; aged 74 y. 5 m. 3 d. At the age of 19 he came to Iowa and resided in the vicinity of Wellman the remainder of his life. Soon after being in Iowa he united with the Mennonite Church, being baptized by Bishop Christian Werey, and remained faithful to the end. Soon after this his usefulness and activity in church work became evident in that he allowed himself to be used as a Sunday-school teacher and being a charter member of the West Union congregation he served as a committee member each of the three times church building was being done. He was just as concerned and interested in the growth and development and spirituality of the West Union congregation and contributed what he could to maintain the Scriptural standards and doctrines as set forth by the Mennonite Church. While there are still several charter members of the West Union congregation living, Brother Erb was the last one who retained his membership all these years with this immediate congregation. Nov. 22, 1894, he was united in marriage with Magdalena Birkey. To this union were born 3 children (Truman, Earl and Katie-Mrs. Edw. Swartzendruber) all of Wellman, Ia. Besides the children, he leaves his sorrowing widow, 8 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Henry Kauffman of South English, Ia.), as well as many other relatives and friends. He was of a family of 12 children: Saloma, Isaac, Sarah, Lucy, Susan, Benjamin, Catherine, Abner and Emma all of Elkhart Co., Ind., having preceded him; also Samuel of Wellman, Ia. He enjoyed unusually good health most of his life, until 6 months ago, when he suffered a heart attack from which he seemingly recovered. At 2 o'clock Sunday morning, Jan. 31, he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage which was the cause of his death. He quietly passed away Monday morning at 6 o'clock. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 3, at the home by Bro. Chris Yoder and at the West Union Church by Bro. J. Y. Swartzendruber assisted by Bro. Harvey Yoder. Interment in the West Union Cemetery.
"Father has gone from this world of evil,
To his home in the presence of the Lord'
Many loving memories of him we will cherish,
As by faith we travel on to meet him there."

Hershberger. - Lucy, daughter of John M. and Susan (Hostetler) Hostetler, was born Jan. 21, 1865; died Jan. 15, 1943; aged 77 y. less 6 d. She was married to Joseph Hershberger Nov. 24, 1889, who died Feb. 5, 1941. She was stricken with paralysis in February, 1930, which left her one side helpless. She endured it with patience. After the death of her husband she was cared for by her brother and family. The last year she spent in the Old People's Home near Rittman, Ohio. She always said she liked it there. Having no children of their own, they raised a boy from infancy, who survives; namely, Ora Hershberger, wife and daughter, Hammond, Ind.; also the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Menno Yoder, Ira Hostetler, Abraham; half brothers and sisters: Allen and Fred Hostetler; Mrs. Phenas Weaver, Mrs. Ezra Schlabach, Mrs. Todd Bontrager, all residing in Lagrange Co., Ind., where Sister Hershberger spent nearly all her life. One brother (Noah Hostetler) passed away Nov. 2, 1933; 1 half sister (Mrs. Geo. Y. Miller), July 2, 1916. She was a lifelong member of the Shore Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held Jan. 17 by Bros. Josiah J. Miller and Percy Miller. Burial in cemetery at the church, besider her companion. (transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana)

Hershey.-Esther S., daughter of the late Elam and Barbara Brackbill, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 31, 1883; died at her home near Intercourse, Pa., Dec. 18, 1942; aged 59 y. 1 m. 17 d. She was united in marriage to Isaac E. Hershey, who survives her. To this union were born 9 children, all of whom survive, namely: E. Ross, Marian S. *wife of Elvin K. Bare), M. Clair, LeRoy B., J. Musser, Esta Mae, A. Margaret (wife of George Eckman), Dorothy G. and Erma B. Also surviving her are 12 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and many other relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of Hershey's Mennonite Church. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by all. Mother was the first to break the family circle; but now it has begun in heaven. May her Christian life be an inspiration to us, that we may look forth to meeting her on that beautiful shore. Funeral services were held Dec. 21 with short services at the home by Bro. Martin Hershey, and at Hershey's Mennonite Church by Bros. Paul Smith and Parke Book. Texts, John 14: 1-7 and Job 23:10. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"O dear Mother, how we miss you,
But no more on earth you roam;
Some sweet day we'll all be with you
In that birght eternal home."

Hershey.-Susan W., daughter of the late Samuel and Leah (Warfel) Hess, was born Dec. 24, 1859; died Dec. 17, 1942; aged 82 y. 11 m. 23 d. She was a member of the Landisville Mennonite Church. She was married to Levi H. Hershey, who preceded her in death five years. They had 1 son (Samuel) who died eighteen years ago. Grandmother was always willing to do something for the comfort and happiness of others when she could, but for the last five years she could not walk. After her husband's death she went to the Oreville Mennonite Home, where she spent the remainder of her life. Surviving are a daughter-in-law (Fannie G. Hershey), 3 granddaughters (Anna, wife of Pre. James Hess; Ruth, wife of Roy Erb; Elizabeth, wife of Elmer Charles; also 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Oreville Home in charge of Bros. Hiram Kauffman and Christian Frank. Text, II Cor. 4:17. Interment in Landisville Mennonite Cemetery.
"Weep not that her time is over,
Weep not that her race is run,
God grant that we may rest as calmly,
When our work like hers is done."

Horst.-Harvey K. Horst was born at Chambersburg, Pa., Jan. 4, 1893; died Jan. 14, 1943; aged 50 y. 10 d. Death was instantaneous, having been struck by an automobile while on his way to work. His work here on earth is finished, but his teaching will live on. He was married Feb. 26, 1914 to Kathryn E. Myers by Bishop Abram Herr, at Lancaster, Pa., where he came at the age of 17. He was the father of 7 children, 3 of whom (Amos, Matthew, and Elsie) preceded him to the glory world. His wife and the following children survive: James, Anna (wife of Jay R. Herr), Clarence H., and Earl Stanley. He was a member of E. Chestnut St. Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa., but taught a class at the Dillerville Mission where he was a worker for 9 years (since it was organized). Services were conducted by Bro. Jacob Brubaker at the funeral home and by Bro. Stoner Krady and Bro. David Mosemann at E. Chestnut St. Church. Text, Matt. 24:44. Burial in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery. "Not our will, but Thine be done."

Kipfer.-Leah, widow of the late Menno Kipfer, was born in Huron Co., Ont., Feb. 18, 1856; died at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ont., Dec. 24, 1942; aged 86 y. 10 m. 6 d. She was united in marriage to Menno Kipfer who preceded her in death 20 years ago. To this union were born 9 sons and 5 daughters. Two sons preceded them. Surviving are 7 sons (Jacob of Dashwood, John of Michigan, Ezra of Hensall, Noah, Simon, David and Solomon of Iowa), 5 daughters (Mary of Kitchener, Nancy of Hensall, Eda of Zurich, Ella of Grand Bend, Pearl of Zurich), 2 sisters (Mrs. Chris Schrag, Miss Nancy Gingerich), 2 brothers (Christian of Stanley Tp.; Jacob of Oregon); also 56 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of Zurich Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 27 at Zurich Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Stephen Peachey and Bishop Manasseh Hallman.
"Let your hands be folded, Mother,
Of toile they did their share;
While our lives were young and tender,
How you watched with loving care.
We thank God for such a mother,
And the prayers for us you've prayed;
Great and blessed we shall call you,
May your precepts be obeyed."

Martin.-Bishop Denton T. Martin, oldest son of Abraham H. and Elizabeth (Shank) Martin, was born March 28, 1878, near Smithsburg, Md.; died at the home of his son (Jacob A. Martin) near Smithsburg, Jan. 24, 1943; aged 64 y. 9 m. 27 d. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Reecher March 21, 1895, who preceded him Feb. 28, 1927.
In early youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, was baptized upon confession of faith, and received in church fellowship at the Stauffer Mennonite Church near Edgemond, Md. He served in the Sunday school early in life and was ordained to the ministry at the age of 21. He had a great concern for the Church and the principles which it upheld. Dec. 15, 1926, he was ordained to the bishop's office. In this calling he was conscious of his responsibility. With the support of his official body, he most earnestly labored to maintain the Church and her doctrine. In the many problems that came up he exercised patience and forbearance, and showed a kind and forgiving spirit toward all. Among his last testimonies was, that he lived his Bible and that it meant so much to him through the affliction of his body.
Over two years he was deprived of reading his Bible because of the almost entire loss of his eyesight, which occurred over night. He spent more time memorizing Scripture, and even in suffering he quoted many scriptures and sought through others the reading of the Word which brought much consolation and comfort to his heart. He often spoke of the saving, sustaining, and dying grace which the Lord so graciously gave him. This was most definitely manifested when he so quietly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. For 20 years he suffered with diabetes, and the last few years with arteriosclerosis, which developed into gangrene and caused his death.
He was married the second time to Anna Mary Keener, who survives him, besides the following children to the first union: Irvin K., near Greencastle, Pa.; Clarence D., York (dea.); Jacob A. Smithsburg; David L., Mason & Dixon; Adam R., Maugansville,; Melvin C., Smithsburg; George R., Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, Calif.; Mrs. Henry Martin, Greencastle; Mrs. Samuel Martin, Maugansville; Mrs. Martin Eshleman, Cearfos; Mrs. David Willems, Maugansville; and Mary E. (of the last marriage) at home.
Services conducted at the home by Bro. Daniel Strite, and at the church by Bro. Moses K. Horst, assisted by Bro. John D. Risser. Texts, II Tim. 4:6-8; Rev. 14:13.

Mishler.-John P., son of Peter C. and Mary (Yoder) Mishler, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 17, 1862; died at his home near Shipshewanta, Ind., Feb. 2, 1943; aged 80 y. 7 m. 15 d. He came with his parents to Lagrange Co., Ind., where he grew up and resided the rest of his life. Nov. 22, 1885, he was united in marriage to Amanda Kauffman. To this union were born 6 children, 2 of whom (Allan J. and Lillie May) died in early childhood and on June 20, 1915, his companion passed away. He was married to Ellen Schrock of Lancaster, Pa., June 15, 1918. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a faithful member of the Forks Mennonite Church. He seemingly enjoyed good health until about six months ago, when a decline became apparent. He was confined to bed a little less than 3 weeks when he quietly passed on. Surviving him are his loving companion, 3 sons and 1 daughter (Rollin, Middlebury; Milton, Shipshewana; Modella, Mrs. Rufus Yoder, Topeka; John J., Shipshewana), also a foster daughter (Mrs. Nate Yoder, Middlebury, Ind.), 4 stepsons and 1 stepdaughter (Herbert Schrock,Denbigh, Va.; Wilbur Shrock, Mantua, Ohio; Noah Schrock, Kent, Ohio; Willis Schrock, Copley, Ohio; and Delcie Lizert, Kent, Ohio), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Feb. 5, 15 the Forks Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. D. D. Miller (Text, Psa. 116:7) and E. C. Bontrager. Burial in cemetery near Townline Church.
"I've shut the door on yesterday
And thrown the key away-
Tomorrow holds no fears for me
Since I have found today."

Risser.-Emma E., daughter of John Z. and Lydia Bachman, was born Jan. 9, 1870; died Jan. 15, 1943, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Z. Gingerich, near Annville, Pa.; aged 73 y. 6 d. She was a consistent member of Gigrich's Mennonite Church, and was always present at services as long as health permitted. She was ill four months, but the Lord whom she learned to love and serve in her younger years gave her Christian grace to bear it all patiently and hopefully. She is survived by her husband (Abram L. Risser), 1 daughter, (Annie, wife of Henry Z. Gingerich), 1 son (Harry B. Risser, Annville), 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. One daughter (Lydia, wife of Warren Snavely) preceded her in death about eight years ago. She is also survived by 5 sisters and 3 brothers (Mrs. Fannie Kreider, Cleona, Pa.; Mrs. John Forney and Mrs. Lydia Bachman of Fiarland, Pa.; Mrs. Graybill Wenger and Miss Annie Bachman of Modesto, Calif.; Christian Bachman and Cyrus Bachman of Quentin, Pa.; and Harry Bachman of Lebanon, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted Jan. 19, 1943 at Gingrich's Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon Bucher and Noah Rissert, Luke 23:28. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"A loving mother so gentle and kinds,
What a wonderful memory she left behind.
Long days, long nights, she bor in pain,
Waiting for relief, but all in vain,
Till God Himself knew what was best,
He took her home and gave her rest."

Shaum.-Anna, oldest child of Christian and Susanah (Weldy) Shaum, was born Nov. 2, 1860, near Elkhart, Ind.; died Jan. 31, 1943, in the home of Benjamin Good, Orrville, Ohio; aged 82 y. 2 m. 29 d. One sister (Mrs. William Hoover of Goshen, Ind.) survives, with 5 nephews and 1 niece, also many other relatives and friends. In 1884 she with her surviving sister joined the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. In her declining years she felt her weaknesses more than others saw them. During her life she was in many homes, taking care of sick and disabled ones. In 1936 her affliction began which caused her to be an invalid the last five years. The care she received during that time was only due her for the many years of service she rendered to others. During her long affliction she showed much patience. Services near Orrville, Ohio, were conducted Feb. 2 by Bro. Enos Hartzler at the home and Bros. David Wenger and Abram Good at the County Line Church. The body was then taken to her sister's home near Goshen, Ind. Feb. 4, the services were conducted at the home by Bro. John Gingerich and at the Olive Church by Bro. D. A. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Homeward the swift-winged seagull takes her flight,
The ebbing tide breaks softer on the sand;
The red-sailed boats draw homeward for the night.
The shadows deepen over sea and land.
Be still, my soul, thine hour shall also come;
Behold, one evening God shall lead thee home."

Stutzman.-Sharon Ann, infant daughter of Merle and Leila Stuzman, was born Jan. 24, 1943, near Sweet Home, Oreg. She leaves parents, 1 brother (Melvin Roy), 4 grandparents, 4 great-grandparents and 3 small cousins. Brief services were conducted Jan. 25 at the mother's bedside and at the cemetery by Archie Kauffman. Interment in the new Mennonite Cemetery near Sweet Home, her little body being the first to rest there.

Swartley.-Susan L., daughter of the late Henry and Susan Landes) Derstine, was born June 11, 1879, near Mainland, Pa.; died Jan. 5, 1943, at Grandview Hospital, Sellersville, Pa.; aged 63 y. 7 m. 24 d. She was united in marriage to William K. Swartley June 4, 1898. To this union were born 4 daughters and 2 sons. In young womanhood she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church at Franconia, Pa. She was a faithful member and her seat was seldom vacant in church or Sunday school, if health permitted. She had a quiet personality and her love for her family and others was shown by her many deeds of love and kindness. She had a keen interest in the spiritual welfare of her children and grandchildren, admonishing and warning them whenever opportunity afforded. She died after only five days of illness-a shock to us all. In her passing, we count our loss as her eternal gain. She is survived by her husband and 3 children (Ella Mae, wife of Jacob H. Landes, Souderton; Susan Irene, wife of Henry N. Landes, Telford, Pa.; and William D., Souderton, Pa.); also 5 grandchildren. Two infants and 1 son (Roy D.) preceded her in death. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Henry L. Derstine, Franconia, Pa.; Abram L. Derstine, Mainland, Pa.; Milton L. Derstine, Souderton; Jonas L. Derstine, Souderton; Mrs. Hiram Landes, Schwenksville, Pa.; Mrs. Joseph W. Hackman, Souderton. Funeral services at her late home by Bro. Jacob M. Moyer and at the Franconia Mennonite Church by Bros. Menno B. Souder and Elwood D. Derstine, assisted by Bros. Wilson Overholt and Edwin Souder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Mark 13:37.
"Whose love can equal the love of a mother?
Whose the devotion so loyal and true?
Who suffers so much with such joy for another?
Who works with such please as Mother-for you?
You hail with delight the friendship of others,
You revel in love of the sweetheart you'v won.
Yet, where do you find a friendship like Mother's,
Unbroken till God calls and life's work is done?"
--The Family

Troyer.-Magdalena, daughter of Valentine and Rebecca Schlabach, was born Feb. 3, 1921, near Suffield, Ohio; died the evening of Jan. 16, 1943, at the Altman Hospital, Canton, Ohio; aged 21 y. 11 m. 13 d. She was married to Levi B. Troyer October 10, 1940. To this union were born 2 children. She leaves her bereaved husband, parents, 1 daughter (Martha) and 1 son (Alvin). The following brothers and sisters also survive: Alta, wife of Jake Beachy; Lester of Shakelyville, Pa.; Emma, wife of Phenas Miller; Lydia Ann, Mabel, Christ, and Nelson of the parents' home. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and remained a faithful member til God called her home. She died of an infection, but bore it all patiently to the end. All was done that loving hands and doctors could do, but God saw best to call her home. She will be greatly missed in the home, neighborhood, and church. Her place in church was seldom vacant, as long as health permitted. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 20 at the home by John Lapp, and at the Walnut Grove meetinghouse, by Henry Sommers and Seth Byler. Burial in the church cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe;
We little though her death so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
Of the grief we bear in silence
For the one we loved so well."
--A Cousin

Winger.-Josiah, son of John D. Winger and Sophia Kimmitt, was born in his late home in Rainham, Ont., May 27, 1879; after a very brief illness he departed this life Jan. 29, 1943; aged 63 y. 8 m. 2 d. Jan. 27, 1915, he was united in wedlock to Salome Hallman of Kitchener, Ont. To this union were born 3 daughters. He was a man of sterling Christian character, radiating the spirit of his Master in his daily life, and in his dealings with his fellow men. He was a member of the Rainham Mennonite Church, near Selkirk, Ont., where he served faithfully and wholeheartedly. For many years, and until his death, he was superintendent of the Sunday school, where his counsels and diligent example will be missed, for he held high the torch of truth and righteousness. As a neighbor and friend, he stood as a shining example of a true Christian, and his place among us will be hard to fill. He was a most devoted husband and father. He leaves his wife, 1 daughter (Mrs. Ross Nagel), 1 son (Donald), 2 brothers (Obe-his twin, of Springvale, and James, of South Cayuga), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Minnie Sherk and Mrs. Wilmer Sherk, both of Rainham). Twin daughters and 2 sisters predeceased him. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. S. F. Coffman, with public service in the Evangelical Church. Interment in the family plot in adjoining cemetery.

Yoder.-Leah Barbara, daughter of Jesse C. and Lydia (Zook) Yoder, was born Jan. 2, 1942; died Jan. 25, 1943. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, sister (Delores Ann), 4 grandparents, and a number of aunts and uncles. Little Leah's life was friendly with a share of suffering, but the Lord who loves little ones took her to Himself, and our loss is her gain. Funeral was held Jan. 28 at the Allensville Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Eli Zook and Bro. Raymond Peachey. Burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
"I cannot say, and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away;
With a cheery smile, and a wave of her hand
She has wandered into an unknown land."


Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 48 - February 25, 1943 - pages 1038-1039

Baumgardner.-Noah, son of Jonathan and Hanna (Weaver) Baumgardner, was born in January, 1859; died of cancer in Cambria Co. Hospital, Feb. 12, 1943; aged 84 years. He was a farmer, and also engaged in the lumber business a number of years before retiring. He never married. He is survived by a brother (Daniel J. of Johnstown, Pa.) and a sister (Susan, widow of Levi Wingard), also many relatives and friends. Two brothers (Josiah and Levi) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Wingard and Mrs. Catherine Johns) preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted by I. S. Mast, Feb. 15, at the Henderson Funeral Parlor in Johnstown. Texts, Psa. 89:48; Eccl. 8:8. Burial in Richland Twp. Cemetery.

Bush.-Ellen, twin daughter of Matthew and Sarah Jane Swian, was born Jan. 1, 1868, in what is now Kitchener, Ont. The mother passed on when these babies were 2 weeks old with a prayer for her babies' welfare that bore fruit late in Sister Bush's life. She did not have a real home for some years and wandered far in sin, living in Colorado and California for some years. She returned to Detroit, Mich., where she and Abraham Bush were married, settling in Ohio for some years. During the other war they returned to Canada to help a sister with her farm. About 20 years ago they came to Pellston, Mich, at the request of her brother John, who was a foreman of a large lumber company farm near where they lived until Sister Bush's health failed and they moved into Pellston. A year ago she had a paralytic stroke that resulted in a broken hip from the fall, from which she never fully recovered. She spent some time in the hospital before and after her husband's sudden death last June and came to live with Rose Weaver last September in Brutus, where she peacefully fell asleep early on the morning of Jan. 20. She leaves 1 sister in Ontario. Funeral was held Jan. 22 in Petoskey from the Peter's Funeral Home by Bro. Clyde Kauffman. She had been a Christian for a few years but had not been baptized and received into any church until in November, when she was taken into the Maple River congregation near Brutus, at her home by Bishop Edwin J. Yoder of Topeka, Ind.

Gehman.-Alice G. Gehman was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Aug. 12, 1885; died at the home of her brother Joel, near Wadsworth, Ohio, Feb. 8, 1943; aged 57 y. 26 d. Surviving are 3 brothers (Joel of Wadworth, O.; Abram and Solomon of Barto, Pa.) and 4 sisters (Mary, wife of Pre. John S. Kriebel of Barto, Pa.; Susanna, wife of Henry Yoder of Allentown, Pa.; Annie of Wadsworth, O.; and Fannie of Barto, Pa.). Funeral services Feb. 12, in Bally Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. A. O. Histand and E. W. Kulp.

Hershey.-Elizabeth S. daughter of Levi B. and the late Elizabeth Huber, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 27, 1888; died Jan. 8, 1943; aged 54 y. 5 m. 12 d. She united with the Landis Valley Mennonite Church in her teen age and later was a faithful member of the Rohrerstown congregation. She was married to Clayton S. Hershey Jan. 6, 1910. To this union were born 7 children, 2 of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband and these children: Anna, wife of Roy Keener; Clarence H.; Esther H.; John H. and Levi H., all of near Lancaster; also 2 grandsons and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. John G. Martin, Mrs. Jonas H. Wikerd, Henry, David, Enos, and John Huber, all of near Landis Valley. She was in good health until the last three months, when she developed a nerve condition; but, seemingly, was getting better. Friday evening she ate supper with her family as usual and later in the evening they went to the doctor for treatment. She was also vaccinated due to an epidemic of smallpox in this community. About an hour later she was stricken with a heart attack, from which she never regained consciousness. In her passing we count our loss as her eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Landis Shertzer, and public services at the Roherstown Mennonite Church by Bro. Daniel Gish. Interment in the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little though her end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell."

Hildbrand. - Emma, wife of Isaac Hildbrand and daughter of the late John and Fannie Stoner, was born March 30, 1874, at Roseville, Pa.; died at her home, Dec. 31, 1943, after an illness of 3 weeks; aged 68 y. 3 m. 2 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. In her early years she accepted Christ as her Saviour, and was faithful until death. She will be missed by her neighbors and friends and all who knew her. She is survived by her husband and 2 brothers (Phares K. Stoner of Lancaster and John Stoner of Lititz, Pa.). Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Landis Valley Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Ira Landis, assisted by Bro. Levi Weaver. Text, Rev. 13:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. (transcribed by Carolyn Lichti, Goshen, Indiana)_

Holsopple.-William W., son of Joseph and Catherine (Lehman) Holsopple, was born in Indiana Co., Pa., Dec. 10, 1863; died Feb. 11, 1943; aged 79 y. 2 m. 1 d. He was the second in age of 11 children ­ 9 boys and 2 girls. The entire family (except the father, mother and 2 brothers) survive him. At the age of 15 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Church of the Brethren. At the age of 22 he moved to Morgan Co., Mo., seeking the company of his maternal uncle, Peter Lehman and family. He was married to Priscilla Wenger Oct. 16, 1888. To this union were born 3 sons (Joseph A., John W., and Lewis A.) and 1 daughter (Mary J.). He is survived by 2 sons, 1 daughter, 4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. His son John passed away in 1920 and his companion in 1939.
In 1889 he received his first call to the ministry and later became a fully ordained elder in the Prairie View congregation of the Church of the Brethren, in which capacity he served until hindered by declining years. He took an active interest in the welfare of the community, besides his duties as farmer and carpenter. Funeral services (arranged by him some time before his decease), were held at the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church by J. R. Shank, assisted by Jas. M. Mohler of the Church of the Brethren, Leeton, Mo. Texts, Rev. 3:10, II pet. 2:9 and others. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Horst.-Anna, daughter of Levi and Rebecca Meyer, was born Oct. 19, 1881, near Worden, Kans.; died Dec. 10, 1942, at Lawrence, Kans.; aged 61 y. 1 m. 21 d. She was converted in her younger years, and had been for some years a member of the Catlin Mennonite Church near Peabody, Kans. She had also been associated with the Worden Evangelical Church for years. Aug. 1, 1928, she was united in marriage to Benjamin S. Horst. They spent their married life near Worden, Kans. She suffered much throughout the past five years. She was preceded in death by her husband and all the immediate members of her family, thus being the last member of the Levi Meyer family. Funeral services were held Dec. 13, at the Worden Evangelical Church, with W. J. Decklinger (assisted by Bro. Laurence Horst) officiating. Text, Phi. 1:21. Burial in the Collier Cemetery.

Hudson.-Maude Mae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Snyder, was born March 1, 1885, at Altamount, Mo.; died Feb. 7, 1943, at her home in Hutchinson, Kans.; aged 57 y. 11 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Walter Hudson in 1904. To this union were born 2 sons (James and Samuel) who preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, 1 brother (Ellis Snyder of Ellinwood, Kans.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Blanche Hinkle of Hutchinson, Kans., Mrs. Lenny Martin of Tulara, Calif.) and 3 granddaughters. She united with the Hutchinson Mennonite Mission Church a short while before her death. She was a most devoted wife and Christian mother, a splendid neighbor, and a friend to all who knew her. Funeral services were held Feb. 10 at Johnson and Sons Funeral Parlor, in charge of Bro. J. G. Hartzler of Windom, Kans. Burial in the Yoder Mennonite Cemetery.

Plank.-Samuel B. Plank was born in Union Co., Pa., March 30, 1855. When a year old, he moved with his family to Ligonier, Ind. There he lived for six years, when the family went to Constantine, Mich. From there, when a young man, he came to Logan Co., Ohio. Feb. 2, 1881, he was married to Salome, daughter of Bishop David and Mary Plank of Logan Co. In the early hours of the morning Feb. 3, 1943, on their 62nd wedding anniversary, he passed away after a few hours' illness. Three sons grew up in this home (Marion, of Oley, Pa.; Ira, of Rushville, O.; and Fred, of West Liberty, O.). A daughter died in infancy. The 3 sons, with their mother, 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren remain. For many years the family lived in Union Township. After retiring, he with his wife lived the last fourteen years of his life in West Liberty. He was a life member of the Mennonite Church, faithful to its duties and opportunities, and active in its function. For many years he served as Sunday-school superintendent or teacher in the Sunday school. He loved and was interested in children and young people; and his jovial, friendly disposition made them love and remember him. His friendliness, fairness, and wholeheartedness were expressions of sincerity and Christian principle, by which e sought to live. Funeral services were held at the South Union Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, in charge of Bros. N. E. Troyer and Wallace Kauffman. Burial in Alexander Cemetery.

Pursel.-Laura Pursel (nee Carper), was born in Garrett, Ind., June 29, 1861; died Jan. 13, 1943, at the home of her grandchild, Mrs. Melvin Flory; aged 81 y. 6 m. 14 d. In 1878 she was united in marriage to Joseph Pursel. To this union were born 3 sons (Frederick, Cleveland and Weldon) and 1 daughter (Stella, Mrs. McFern), 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She leaves 2 sons (Cleveland of Bryan, Ohio, and Weldon, of Stryker, Ohio), 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, besides a host of relatives and friends. There preceded her in death, her husband, who died May 5, 1925, 2 children, 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. She was the last of a family of three. About sixteen years ago she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a member until the Lord called her home. Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Lockport Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Simon and Walter Stuckey and Jesse Short. Burial in Lockport Cemetery.
"In silence you suffered,
In patience you bore;
Until God called you home
To suffer no more."

Werder.-Elmer P., son of John and Elizabeth (Luty) Werder, was born Jan. 1, 1878, near Archbold, Ohio; died at his home near West Unity, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1943; aged 65 y. 16 d. On March 15, 1911, he was united in marriage with Leah Short. To this union was born 1 daughter (Marjory). He leaves his sorrowing wife and daughter, 5 grandchildren, 1 brother (Simon of Florence, Wis.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Lucinda Colon of Zone, Ohio; Mrs. Alta Juillard of Stryker, Ohio, and Mrs. Nellie Steyer, of Pioneer, Ohio), besides a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. In his youth he united with the Reformed Church, and later in life united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. About 5 years ago his health began to fail. He submitted to several operations and recovered for about 18 months, enjoying good health. The remainder of the 5 years was spent in suffering, but he bore it with much patience till the Lord called him home. He often expressed his desire and readiness to go. He was a kind and loving father and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at Lockport Mennonite Church Jan. 19, conducted by Bros. Walter Stuckey and Jesse J. Short.
"Gone into the 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."


Transcribed by Charlotte McKenna, Oregon

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