Gospel Herald Obituaries - November, 1943

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVI, No . 32 - November 4, 1943, page 671


Denlinger.-Amos B., died at his home in Iva, Paradise Twp., Pa., Oct. 20, 1943, of infirmities of age after an illness of several months; aged 91 y. 3 m. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He was a retired farmer and resided in the same vicinity his entire life. He is sur-vived by 3 children (Clarence K. and J. Ira, Ronks. Pa.; and Katie, wife of S. R. Nissley, East Petersburg, Pa.), 7 grandchildren, and. 3 great-grandchildren. Although we will miss Papa, we are comforted to know that if we re-main faithful we will meet him again. Funeral services were held Oct. 23. Short services were conducted at the home by Bro. Parke Book and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bishop Martin. Text, Job 5:26. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Into heaven's mansion he's entered
Never to sigh nor to weep.
After long years with life's struggles,
Father has fallen asleep.

Dettwiler.-Elizabeth, oldest daughter of Hettie and Jonas Leenbach, was born Oct. 6, 1861, near Lancaster, Pa.; died at Kingman, Alta., Oct., 1943; aged 82 y. 13 d. When she was a child her parents moved from Lancaster Co. to Elkhart Co., Ind., and later to Emmet Co., Mich., where her father died, Feb., 1903. Her mother died in 1917. On Sept. 12, 1882, she was united in marriage to Joseph K. Dett-wiler who preceded her in death, Nov. 9, 1940. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. She became a Christian when a young girl and remained faithful to the end. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, one sister, and a son. She leaves to mourn her departure, 2 brothers (Noah Leinbach, Pellston, Mich.; Samuel Lein-bach, Pigeon, Mich.), a sister (Susan Schiedel, Petoskey, Mich.), 2 sons (Noah L. Dettwiler, Denver, Colo.; Aaron Dettwiler, Petoskey, Mich.), 2 daughters (Amanda Wilson, King-man, Alta.; Malinda Dettwiler, at home), 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Moth-er has been failing in health for several years and has been bedfast practically all the time since January. As long as she was able she enjoyed attending church services and she ap-preciated when others came to sing for her. Fu-neral services were in charge of Bros. J. B. Stauffer and M. D. Stutzman. Texts; Psa. 28 and Rev. 14:13. Interment in cemetery near by.
Friends may think the wound is healed
When they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache
That is hidden all the while.

Transcriber's note: The surname of Mrs. Dettwiler's parents is spelled Leenbach in the first line of this notice. Her brothers' surname is spelled Leinbach several lines later.

Helmuth.-Perry, son of Jacob and Emma Helmuth was born near Hutchinson, Kans., Aug. 23, 1928; passed away after a brief illness at his home near Pryor, Okla., Sept. 24, 1943; aged 15 y. 1 m. 1 d. He leaves to mourn his departure, his father and mother, 3 brothers (Roy, Norristown, Pa.; Henry and Jacob. Jr., at home), 5 sisters (Mrs. Lloyd Miller, Pryor, Okla.; Mrs. Jerry Troyer, Jr., Big Cabin, Okla.; Lovina, Mary Ellen, and Dorothy, at home) and a host of relatives and friends. One brother, Daniel, preceded him in death. His sudden pass-ing was a shock to the family. He did not en-joy health as other children. He could not talk except for a few words. Through his patience and quietness he endeared himself to all who knew him and his life was a blessing in the home. Funeral services were held at the Zion Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. D. L. Sommers and I. J. Hartzler. Text, Rev. 21:4.

Herr.-Amanda L., daughter of the late Mar-tin R. and Hettie Landis Herr, was born near Bird-in-hand, Lancaster, Co., Pa., Oct. 7, 1868; fell asleep in Jesus Oct. 11, 1943; aged 75 y. 4 d. She had been in ill health for the past 9 months. On Nov. 17, 1896, she was united in marriage to Abraham L. Herr from near Lampeter, Pa., and resided in that vicinity until the Lord call-ed her home. She was a devout Christian and a member of the Mennonite Church since she was young. Surviving are her sorrowing husband and 4 children (Esther H., Mary H., Bar-bara H., and Isaac M., all of Lampeter), also 3 sisters (Elizabeth L., Mrs. Eugene K. Weaver, and Ella L. Herr, Lancaster, Pa.). Funeral services were held at Mellinger's Mennonite Church, Oct. 14, 1943, conducted by Bros. David L. Landis and Harry S. Lefever. Text, Ps. 16:11. Interment in the cemetery adjoin-ing the church.

Ledyard.-Sarabelle, twin daughter of Allison and Mary (Zaerr) Ledyard, was born May 6,
1943; died of complications, Aug. 22, 1943, at 1:30 p.m.; aged 3 m. 16 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her parents, 3 sisters (Ada, Velda, and Virginia), and 2 brothers (Dale and Roger). Carabelle, her twin sister, preceded her in death, June 2, 1943. Her paternal grandparents also survive. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church, Aug. 24, 1943, conducted by Bros. Walter Stuckey and Roy Sauder. Text. II Sam. 12:23. Burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Silent thoughts bring many a tear
For one we loved and cherished here.
God took her home; it was His will,
But in our hearts she liveth still.

Metzler.-Raymond Earl, stillborn son of John C. and Emma Groff Metzler was born in the Lancaster General Hospital Sept. 9, 1943, and was buried Sept. 10 in the Paradise Men-nonite Cemetery.

Miller.-Nancy S., daughter of John and Anna Sharp Miller, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Dec. 21, 1850; died Oct. 21, 1943, of infirmities of old age; aged 92 Y. 11 m. She confessed Christ in her youth and was a faithful member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church. She was much interested in missionary activi-ties, sharing with her means, and always ready to help those in need. She was also much in-terested in the work of the sewing circle. A brother, D. S. Miller, Pratt, Kans., and a num-ber of nieces and nephews survive. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 23, 1943, by E. J. Zook and R. D. Kaufman. Text, Phil. 1:21.

Ryman.-Mary Catherine, daughter of Milton and Elizabeth (Carrier) Halterman, was born in Hardy Co., W. Va., May 10, 1860; departed this life, Oct. 18, 1943, after a lingering illness of about 4 weeks; aged 83 y. 4 m. 8 d. She spent most of her life in Shenandoah Co. After the death of her husband she made her home with her children. About 8 years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. On Jan. 21, 1883, she was united in marriage with Godfrey Ryman who preceded her in death in 1935. To this union were born 6 children. Two preceded her in death. Surviving are 4 children (Daniel Moses and Mrs. Mary Emma Weaver, Mt. Jackson, Va.; Otto Albert, Kearneysville, W. Va.; and. Edward Franklin, Millville, W. Va.), and 13 grandchil-dren. One brother preceded her in death. On Oct. 17, 1943, she was anointed with oil by Bro. Perry Shank, Broadway, Va. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Perry Shank at the Mt. Herman U. B. Church. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
"Grandmother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain.
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into heaven's mansions she's entered
Never to sigh or to weep.
After long years of life's struggles,
Grandmother has fallen asleep."

Schwartzentruber.-Katie, daughter of Joe and Elizabeth (Brenneman) Schwartzentruber, was born Oct. 25, 1888, near Petersburg, Ont.; died Oct. 17, 1943; aged 54 y. 11 m. 23 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was re-ceived into church fellowship with the Wilmot A. M. congregation where she was a faithful and loyal member. She lived with her parents and tenderly cared for her invalid mother for over 42 years. Her mother has been blind for the last 8 years. Katie leaves to mourn her de-parture her aged mother, 2 sisters (Mrs. Jacob R. Bender, Tavistock, Ont.; Mrs. Nic. Roth, New Hamburg), 3 brothers (John B. Schwart-ezntruber, East Zorra, and Joseph and Peter Schwartzentruber, Petersburg. Ont.), 11 neph-ews, and 8 nieces. Funeral services were held at the home of her mother, Oct. 19. 1943, in charge of Bros. Menno Wagler and Elmer Schwartzentruber, and at the St. Agatha A. M. Church by Bros. Peter Nafziger and Moses O. Jantzi. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Transcriber's note: the surname of Miss Schwartzentruber's brother John is spelled Schwarteznturber in the original.

Short.-Russell Edwin, son of Adam H. and Edith (Roth) Short, was born Aug. 4, 1929 near Archbold, O.; died at his home, Sept. 4, 1943; aged 14 y. 1 m. Russell was a quiet, obedient lad in the home, very active in all his labors. He took great interest in Sunday school and young people's meetings. He was always ready to help wherever he could be of service in the home and among the neighbors. On the day of his funeral he was to start to school as a freshman, but God had seen best to call him home. Russell met with an accidental death caused by a tractor. When his father returned home from the field at noon Russell met him to help take care of the tractor. Somehow the tractor moved forward and injured his body to the extent that in a few moments he passed out of this life. This was a severe shock to the family and the community, but we submit to Him who doeth all things well. He leaves to mourn his departure, his father, mother, a sister (Velma), 2 brothers (Richard and Mar-lin), all at home, and an aged grandfather (John M. Roth), besides a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Central Mennonite Church, Sept. 7, in charge of Bros. Henry Wyse, E. B. Frey, Simon Stuckey, and Walter Stuckey. Texts, John 14:1-3; I Sam. 20:3; John 11:35. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
Dearest son and brother, thou hast left us
And our loss we deeply feel.
But 'tis God who hath bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal.

Tyson.-Margaret Ruth, daughter of Harry and Mae (Kulp) Tyson, Telford, Pa., was born Feb. 8, 1929 in Franconia Twp.; departed this life Aug. 6, 1943; aged 14 y. 5 m. 28 d. She is survived by her parents, a sister (Catherine), 5 brothers (Willard, Laverne, Paul, Henry, Jacob), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Kulp), and her grandmother (Mrs. Maggie Landes). Her death was caused by an incurable disease, sarcoma. All that medical science and loving hands could do did not avail. God thought it best for her to join the joyous host of redeem-ed ones and we submit to His will. Her illness started in March, 1942. She was in the hospital from April 15 to July 31 when she had her leg amputated. She was a student in high school, and was a regular attendant at Sunday school as long as health permitted. During her illness she expressed a desire to be baptized. This was done before she was taken to the hospital. Though her life's journey was short she scatter-ed much joy and sunshine along the way. She always appreciated favors done for her. Al-though her suffering was intense her nurses said they never had a patient so cheerful and patient before. Funeral services were held Aug. 10, 1943, at the Upper Skippack Mennonite Church in charge of the home ministers. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
One by one the Father gathers
Choicest flowers, rich and rare.
And transplants them in His garden;
They will bloom forever there.

Weiss.-Katie M., daughter of the late Jacob S. and Elizabeth (Moyer) Weiss, was born May 21, 1859; entered into rest Oct. 14, 1943; aged 81 y. 4 m. 23 d. One sister, Mrs. Lizzie Hausman survives. She was a faithful member of the Bally Mennonite Church, Boyertown, Pa. A meek and quiet spirit and an humble walk in life were characteristic of her. She suffered a stroke about 10 days before her death. Funeral services were conducted at the Schwenk Funeral Home and the Boyertown, Pa., Mennonite Church, by E. W. Kulp. Text, I Chron. 21:15.

Zehr.-Laura Ellen, daughter of David C. Gingerich and Mary Rou from Ontario, was born Dec. 11, 1882, at Kalona, Ia.; died at her late home in Perth Co., Ont., Oct. 17, 1943; aged 61 y. 10 m. 6 d. She came to Canada with her widowed mother in the year 1886 and re-sided in East Zorra. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received into church fel-lowship with the East Zorra A. M. congrega-tion Sept. 11, 1898. On Nov. 14, 1899, she was united in holy matrimony to Bro. Jacob Rudy. This union was blest with 4 children, one of whom died in infancy. Her husband died June 20, 1906. On Oct. 21, 1919, she was united in wedlock to Jacob H. Zehr. This union was blest with 3 sons, of whom one son, Kenneth, predeceased her. Her husband, Jacob Zehr, died Jan. 23, 1940. She leaves to mourn their loss the following sons and daughters: Elmer Rudy, Milverton, Ont.; Gertrude, wife of Aaron Roth, Tavistock; Drusilla, wife of ----- Wagler, East Zorra; Delmar Zehr, in Alterna-tive Service Work Camp, Green Timbers, B.C.; Aldine Zehr, at home; also the following step-sons and step-daughter: Jonas Zehr, Milver-ton, Ont., Elias Zehr, St. Agatha; Omar Zehr, Toronto; Irene Zehr, wife of Nurias Kipper, Kitchener. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Jacob R. Bender; text, II Cor. 5:1-10, I Thess. 4:13; and at the East Zorra A. M. Church by Bros. M. Kipper and D. S. Iutzi. Texts, I Kings 20:40; John 14:1-3; I John 3:1-4.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVI, No . 33 - November 11, 1943, page 687


Brubacher.-Daniel, son of Norman and Chris-tina (Westfall) Brubacher, was born Jan. 3, 1929; died Oct. 14, 1943; aged 14 y. 9 m. 11 d. On Sept. 24, he was taken to Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital with a ruptured appendix. For a time he seemed to be improving but God saw fit to re-move him. His mind was clear to the end, and he made particular mention of many of his friends. After bidding farewell to his parents, a light appeared before him. A little later he said that the light was getting brighter and that he would soon pass on. He leaves his sorrowing parents and a sister, Katie, as well as many friends. Funeral services were held by Bro. Daniel B. M. Martin and Bro. Abram Bearinger. He was laid to rest in Martin's Mennonite Cemetery.

Grove.-Emma Elizabeth (Wenger) Grove was born Jan. 17, 1885, near Harrisonburg, Va.; passed away at her home near Stuarts Draft, Va.; Oct. 13, 1943; aged 58 y. 8 m. 26 d. On June 2, 1907, she was united in marriage to Isaac H. Grove who survives with the following children: Nannie (Mrs. Roy Schumann), Harper, Ia.; Katie (Mrs. Franklin Weaver), Waynesboro, Va.; Mary (Mrs. L. W. Kennedy), Waynesboro, Va.; Timothy E., Stuarts Draft, Va.; Irvin E., Denbigh, Va.; Enos I., Stuarts Draft; Bertha E., at home; Orie E., missing since Sept. 27, 1932; David E., Lois E., and Eunice G. at home. One sister (Mrs. H. J. Burkholder, Elkhart, Ind.), 12 grandchildren, and 2 aged aunts (Mrs. Mary Hartman and Mrs. C. N. Burkholder) also survive, together with a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her health had been gradually failing for a few years, but since June of this year, she rapidly grew worse with what the doctor pronounced as cancer of the liver. Even though she endured much severe pain, she was in bed only the last few weeks. She has been a member of the Mennonite Church since she was 16 years of age. She overcame many severe trials and heartaches during life, but she never failed to give God the praise for help-ing her to be victorious. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 15, at the home and at Springdale Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. J. R. Driver assisted by Bro. P. A. Burkholder and Bro. Jos. H. Weaver. Text, Matt. 11:28. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low.
Thou no more will join our number,
Thou no more our sorrows know.

Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled.
And in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed."

Krabill.-Harry, son of John and Anna Becker Krabill, was born in Washington Twp., Stark Co., Ohio, Jan. 4, 1891; died Oct. 23, 1943; aged 52 y. 9 m. 19 d. In the year 1906 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized and re-ceived into the fellowship of the Beech Men-nonite Church to which he continued faithful to the end. On Dec. 25, 1910, he was united in marriage to Minnie Carper. To this union were born a son, Rollin, and twin daughters, Nola and Viola. He was a prosperous farmer, a good neighbor, and a kind and devoted husband and father. He lived on the same farm all his life. On Oct. 21, while working overhead in the mak-ing of a corn elevator, he fell and received in-ternal injuries. He was taken to the Mercy Hospital, Canton, O., where he died 2 days later. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure, his companion, a son, Rollin W., who lives on the home farm, his 2 daughters (Mrs. Paul Yoder and Mrs. Floyd Shore), 3 grandchildren, his parents, 2 brothers (Aaron D. and Mahlon O.), and a sister (Mrs. Norman Lutz) all of Louis-ville, O., and a sister (Mrs. Ida Ramseyer, Smith-ville, O.), as well as many other relatives and friends. A brother, Amos, preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted in the home and at the Beech Mennonite Church By Bros. J. J. Hostetler and O. N. Johns. Texts, Matt. 24:44; John 9:4. Interment was made in the church cemetery.

The call was sudden
The shock severe.
Little we thought
The end so near.

Lehman.-Amanda, wife of George S. Leh-man, Deodate, Pa., was born Feb. 11, 1876; departed this life Oct. 16, 1943; aged 67 y. 8 m. 5 d. She is survived by her sorrowing husband, 2 sons (George and Samuel), and 2 daughters (Anna Mary and Fannie). She had been afflicted for some time and bedfast for about 8 months. She bore all her affliction very patiently, looking forward to being with Christ which is far better. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, worshiping at the Stauffer Church near Bachmansville, Pa. Funeral services were held at her late home and at the Stauffer Church on Oct. 19, by the brethren Noah W. Risser, Walter Oberholtzer, and Henry Keener. Text. John 14:1-3. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Richard.-Anna Stucky, daughter of Chris-tian P. and Magdalena Stucky, was born June 15, 1890, near Archbold, O., departed this life at her home near Seville, O., Oct. 23, 1943; aged 53 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to Michael Richard of Seville, Dec. 5, 1916. To this union the following children were born: Letha (Mrs. Paul Zook), Sterling. O.; Clela and Elam who reside at home; and Michael, Jr., who preceded his mother in death, July 30, 1941. She is survived by her companion, 2 daughters, a son, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Elam Richard, also 2 brothers (Simon and Clarence Stucky, Archbold, O.), and many other relatives. She confessed and accepted Christ in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church in Fulton Co., O., and when she came to Wayne Co. she transferred her membership to the Pleasant Hill congregation. She remained a faithful, loyal, and devoted sister in the Master's service. She bore her affliction which lasted over 7 months, with patience and Christian fortitude, resigned to the will of her heavenly Father. She will be greatly missed by the family, the Church, and the community. Services were conducted by William G. Detweiler (text, Ps. 90:12) and J. S. Greig (text, Prov. 10:7), assisted by Walter Stucky. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Peacefully sleeping, resting at last.
The world's weary troubles and trials are past.
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore
Until God called her home to suffer no more.

Ruth.-Titus R., son of the late Mary and John Ruth, was born in New Britain Twp., Pa., Jan. 23, 1884; died Jan. 23, 1943; aged 59 years. Death was due to a stomach ailment. He had been ill 6 months. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons (Paul with whom he lived; Earl, Lansdale, Pa., and Jacob at home), 3 sisters, and 3 brothers. Two sons preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at Souderton Men-nonite Church with interment in adjoining cemetary.

No matter how heavy the burden.
No matter how deep the despair,
Does not heaven seem nearer and dearer
To know that our loved ones are there?

Transcriber's note: the word "cemetery" in the last line is transcribed as it appears in the original.

Stutzman.-David D., son of David and Sarah (Mast) Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., O., May 1, 1867; died at his home near Woodriver, Nebr., Oct. 13, 1943; aged 76 y. 5 m. 12 d. The immediate cause of his death was due to a lingering illness of heart trouble and other complications. At the age of 11, he came with his parents to Milford, Nebr., where he grew to manhood. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour when he was a young man and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church where he remained faithful until death ended his activities. On Nov. 27, 1887, he was married to Mary Ann Beckler. To this union were born 8 sons and 5 daughters. His companion, 2 sons, and 2 daughters preceded him in death. Those who remain to mourn his departure are 6 sons and 3 daughters (Joseph, Menno, Sarah, and Maryann, Woodriver, Nebr.; Ira and Pearl, Lebanon, Oreg.; David, Sweet Home, Oreg.; Albert and Verda, South English, Ia.), a sister (Mrs. W. W. Miller, Milford, Nebr.), 47 grandchildren, and 32 great-grand-children. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He suffered much but bore it patiently. In 1905 he, with his family, came to the present home site 4 miles north of Woodriver. This was one of the first Mennonite families to locate at Woodriver and was instrumental in organizing the present church of which he was one of the charter members, always taking an active inter-est in all church work. His attitude is shown in a Scripture he quoted frequently, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." His aim and teaching to the children was always that they should obey the Lord and the Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. Alvin Gascho and at the church by Bro. W. R. Eicher. Text, Prov. 14:26. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Wanner.-Mary Ann Witmer, wife of the late John Wanner, passed peacefully away at her home in Waterloo Twp., early Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 1943; aged 87 years. She had been in fair health until the time of her decease. Al-though the Master's summons came suddenly, we rest assured that she has passed happily on to her eternal reward. She united with the Men-nonite Church in her early womanhood and re-mained a faithful member until death. She is survived by 2 sons (Nelson, Alberta; Roy, at home), 3 daughters (Mrs. Jacob Mueller, Pres-ton; Mrs. Henry Rhodey, Glennmorris; Mrs. William Seftel, Doon), 22 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and a brother (Abram Witmer, Kitchener). She was preceded in death by a daughter (Mrs. Gus Paulitzki, Strasburg) in 1919, and by her husband in 1936. Funeral services were held Oct. 21 at her late residence and at the Wanner Mennonite Church, near Hespeler, Ont., conducted by Bro. J. W. Witmer. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Wise.-Harvey, son of Andrew and Louise (Hobine) Wise, was born in Union Twp., Go-shen, Ind., April 27, 1894; passed from this life, Oct. 16, 1943, at his home 6 miles west of Goshen; aged 49 y. 6 m. 11 d. In Sept. 25, 1915, he was united in marriage with Savilla Wenger, daughter of Eli and Marietta Wenger. He ac-cepted Christ as his Saviour and spent years of service with the Yellow Creek congregation near Goshen, Ind., a faithful member and ready for any call to duty. He leaves to mourn his de-parture his loving companion, 4 children (Mary Louise; Carlyle S.; Kermit L.; Dale L.) 2 grandchildren, a brother (Mervin Wise, near Foraker), and many relatives and friends. His father, mother, and a sister preceded him to the heavenly resting place. We deeply feel the loss of our loving husband and father and will miss his presence keenly. Our loss is his gain and we bow submissive to our heavenly Father's will.

"Oh, the bliss of loved ones resting,
By the crystal river bright;
'Neath the shade of trees immortal,
Where no shadows dim the light."

Transcriber's note: The phrase "In Sept. 25, 1915" is transcribed as it appears in the original.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


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Adams.-Mrs. Luella Dillman, was born Oct. 18, 1866, near Thompsontown, Pa.; died at her home near Mattawana, Pa., Oct. 25, 1943; aged 77 y. 12 d. She was married to Harrison Adams of Mattawana on March 7, 1907. She and her husband united with the Mennonite Church in May 1938. Her death came very suddenly. She had not been well but she had prepared dinner for herself and husband and after eating a little she lay on a couch. Soon after that her husband, hearing a noise, went to the couch and found that she had passed away. She is survived by her husband and several cousins. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 28, at the Booth Fu-neral Home, McVeytown, by the home min-isters, Bros. Milo Yoder and Levi Glick. Burial
in the Locust Run Cemetery near Thompsontown.

Barnhart.-John H., son of the late Phillip and Catherine Barnhart was born Oct. 11, 1859, at Greenmount, Va.; died Aug. 19, 1943, at the home of his daughter near Dayton, Va.; where he lived most of his life; age 83 y. 10 m. 8 d. Death came after a long period of ill health. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a man of Christian character and ideals. He will be greatly missed in the community where he lived. He was married to Rebecca Wenger who preceded him in death in 1894. His second wife, who was Sophia Burkholder, died in 1937. The following children survive: Mrs. Truman Hertzler, Elverson, Pa.; Mrs. Calvin T. Heatwole, near Dayton, Va.; A. Phillip Barn-hart, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Charles C. Barnhart, near Dayton. Brothers and sisters sur-viving are George E. Barnhart, South English, Ia.; Frank M. Barnhart, Cody, Wyo.; and Mrs. William J. Shank, Dayton. A stepbrother and stepsister also survive (Winfred Swartz, Pitts-burgh, Pa., and Mrs. Katie Showalter, Md.). Twelve grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren survive. Funeral services were conducted at Weavers Church by Bro. R. W. Benner and Bro. L. H. Jones who used Ps. 17:15 and other Scriptures which he had marked in his Bible. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.

Focht.-George, son of John and Margaret Miller Focht, was born near Junction City, Perry Co., Ohio, Oct. 17, 1861, and passed from this life Oct. 30, 1943. On Dec. 6, 1888, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Huber. To this union were born 2 children: Alva, Akron, Ohio, and Velma (Mrs. Clyde Bell), Junction City, Ohio. Surviving are his wife, 2 children, 3 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many friends and neighbors whom he won by a quiet and peaceful life. Bro. George accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour in his youth and remained faithful to Him until death. He was a member of the Turkey Run Mennonite congregation near Bremen, Ohio. Funeral services were in charge of Bishop N. E. Troyer who used Heb. 9:27 as a text.

"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Good.-Mamie E., daughter of Henry F. Landis and the late Maggie Landis, was born near Sterling, Ill., Nov. 6, 1885; passed away at her home near Sterling, Nov. 1, 1943; aged 57 y. 11 m. 25 d. For the past year she suffered with a heart ailment, but it was only in the last 4 months that her condition became serious. On Sept. 30, 1906, she was united in marriage to A. C. Good. To this union 2 children were born, Mabel and Lila. She was a faithful com-panion to her husband in his ministerial duties, and her quiet, unassuming life was a constant asset in the years of service that she gave in the interests of the Church. In her early youth she confessed Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful and devoted member until the time of her passing. She had a mother-ly interest in her family, and her children and grandchildren were a constant joy to her. The deepening of the spiritual life of the believer, and the ingathering of the lost were of special concern to her. She leaves to mourn her early passing her husband, and 2 daughters (Mrs. Menno J. Springer, Hopedale, Ill., and Mrs. Glenn Ebersole, Sterling, Ill.), also 3 grandchildren (Lila Lee and LaVon Kay Springer, and Rita Rae Ebersole), her aged father, 4 sisters (Mrs. C. M. Hess, Mrs. C. N. Long, Mrs. Ward D. Shank, and Mrs. Menno Long), 3 brothers (William E., Harry, and Raymond), and many other more distant relatives and friends. Fu-neral services were held at the home Nov. 3, 1943, in charge of Bishop H. R. Schertz, Metamora, Ill., and at the Science Ridge Church, in charge of Bro. Amos E. Kreider of Goshen, Ind. Text, II Cor. 1:3, 4. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Hewit.-Josie, daughter of Joseph and Sarah J. Bridge, was born May 5, 1863; aged 63 y. 3 m. 21 d. She accepted Christ 42 years ago and joined the Mennonite Church. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband (Burt Hewit), 8 children (Virginia, New York; Wilson, Dela-ware; Elton, Staunton, Va.; Ray, Woodrow, Fay, Atwell, and Pauline, all of Waynesboro, Va.), a sister Ida Bridge, Waynesboro, Va., 2 brothers (Othe Bridge, Kentucky and L. M. Bridge, Williamsburg, Va.), also 11 grandchil-dren. Funeral services were held at the Springdale Church; burial in the adjoining cemetery. Bros. Joe Driver and Perry Burkholder had charge of the services.

Into heaven's mansion she's entered
Never to sigh nor to weep.
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep.

Wagaman.-Alexander, was born near Quincy, Aug. 2, 1858; died at the home of his son, Bruce, in Pond Bank, Oct. 3, 1943; aged 85 y. 2 m. 1 d. He lived in Pond Bank for the last 50 years. He was one of the charter members of the Pond Bank Mission. At the time the Mennonite Church began work here, there was no minister here. Bro. Wagaman asked Bro. Hege to come and preach for them. When he heard of our doctrines, he said that was his faith. He had believed in feetwashing and the simple life. He loved the Church and was usually present when health permitted. We brought him the last time he came and when he got inside the door, he said, "Praise the Lord." He was failing for many years and was nearly blind. He will be missed in the Church but we believe he has gone home where he longed to go for many years. Bro. Wagaman loved the Word. He wanted Psalm 23 read at his funeral. He quoted the Psalm a number of times the last day of his life.
He is survived by these sons and a daughter: Thomas of Lemoyne; Ross, Mrs. James Bumbaugh, and Bruce of Pond Bank. Nineteen grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and a brother (Ambrose, Waynesboro. Va.), also sur-vive. The funeral services were held at his daughter's home and at the Pond Bank Men-nonite Church, Oct. 7, 1943, conducted by Harvey E. Shank. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mont Alto.

Wenger.-Ida Musser Wenger peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on the night of Oct. 23, 1943, at the Lancaster General Hospital after a six weeks' illness of typhoid fever; aged 67 y. 7 m. 25 d. She was a daughter of the late Mary K. and Jacob Musser and widow of David M. Wenger who predeceased her one year and 5 months. Three weeks before she became ill, her daughter Ruth, with whom she resided, con-tracted typhoid fever. In tender earnestness she took care of her daughter and did many other duties for the family. Perhaps she did not take care of her own health as she should have, and in a run-down condition, she too became ill and was removed to the hospital where all that medi-cal aid could do was done. Because the germ had gotten into the blood stream, nothing short of a miracle could have healed her. We believe it was His will to take her home. She is surviv-ed by these children: Mary Ruth, wife of Earl Wissler, Lititz, Pa.; Edna Elizabeth, wife of Harry Hertzler, Denbigh, Va.; Norman R., Lan-caster, Pa.; Anna M., wife of Wesley Gross, Zarephath, N.J.; and Clement R., Conestoga, Pa. Twelve grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Amos K. Rohrer), and 2 brothers (Amos K. and Charles K. Musser) also remain. Funeral serv-ices were in charge of Bros. Mahlon Witmer and Amos Sauder at the Groffdale Mennonite Church. The one text, Mark 14:8, was chosen by her daughter Ruth. The other text, Ps. 23, about which she talked and thought during her illness, was selected by her daughter Edna. Her favorite hymn, "I Will Sing of My Redeemer," was sung at the church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Drop by drop the stream runs dry,
Leaf by leaf the roses fall,
One by one we all must go
In answer to the Saviour's call.

Yoder.-Ezra M., son of Pre. John and Betsy Yoder, was born March 23, 1858; died at his home near Belleville, Pa., Sept. 13, 1943; aged 85 y. 5 m. 27 d. He was bedfast the greater part of the last pear of his life, suffering much of the time. His earnest desire was to depart and be with the Lord. He was united in marriage to Malinda Kauffman, Feb. 16, 1888. Surviving him are his wife and 6 children: Elsie (Mrs. J. P. Byler), Reedsville, Pa.; John C., Meadville, Pa.; Anna (Mrs. J. C. Grassmyer), Belleville, Pa.; Mrs. Cora Yoder, Belleville, Pa.; and Charity at home. He was preceded in death by 2 sons (Ezra and an infant son) and a daughter (Eva, Mrs. Jarver McNitt). Funeral services were held at his home in charge of Bros. Emanuel Peachey and John Zook. Burial was made in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVI, No . 35 - November 25, 1943, page 734 and 735


Denlinger.-Susanna Eby, widow of Jacob Denlinger, was born Nov. 12, 1852; died at her
home in Paradise, Pa., Oct. 13, 1943; aged 90 y. 11 m. Her death was due to infirmities of age. She was a daughter of the late Peter and Magdalena Eby. Her husband died Feb. 11, 1936; an infant daughter also preceded her in death. Six children survive (Henry E., Paradise, Pa.; John M., Soudersburg, Pa.; Jacob P., Para-dise; Tobias S., Hessdale, Pa.; Willis B. and Elizabeth M., at home), also 26 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a sister (Magdalena Hershey, Orville). She was a faithful member of the Paradise Mennonite Church. One day a little child asked her what her memory verse was and she replied. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." She had an abiding faith in God, giving Him the honor and glory for keep-ing her safe through a long and useful life. She was a kind mother and her good advice and Christian example will always live in the hearts of her children and those who knew her. Reading the Bible was her daily comfort. Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at home and at the Paradise Church by Bros. Park Book and Martin Hershey. Burial in the Hershey Ceme-tery.

"Safe in God's beautiful mansion
Cared for with tenderest love,
Dear ones who've gone on before us
Await in that mansion above.

Eshleman.-David H., son of the late Joseph and Susanna Eshleman, was born Aug. 17, 1863; died at his home, Cearfoss, Md., Oct. 8, 1943, after one week of illness; aged 80 y. 1 m. 21 d. He passed away just 6 weeks after Mother's death. He was united in marriage to Mamie Reiff, Dec. 7, 1886, who died a year later. To this union was born one daughter, Mary E., who survives. On Jan. 24, 1890, he was mar-ried to Elizabeth Reiff, who died Aug. 13, 1898. To this union were born 4 children, of whom Esther S. survives. On Feb. 25, 1902, he was married to Mary M. Horst. To this union were born 4 children, of whom Martin E. and Naomi R. survive. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, a brother (Joseph H., Maugansville, Md.), and a sister (Mrs. Susan Reiff, Hagerstown, Md.). Funeral services were conducted at his late home, Oct. 12, and at the Reiff Mennonite Church of which he was a member, by the brethren, Amos and Stanley Martin, Daniel Strite, and Samuel Eby. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Father and Mother were tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain.
Put by their glasses and rockers;
They will not need them again.
Into heaven's mansions they've entered
Never to sigh nor to weep.
After long years of life's struggles,
Father and Mother have fallen asleep.
-The Family.

Hauck.-Milton H., son of the late Adam and Susan (Hershey) Hauck, was born Dec. 19, 1873; died of a heart condition, Oct. 22, 1943, after an illness of 2 years; aged 69 y. 10 m. 3 d. He was a faithful and devoted member of the Mennonite Church at Landis Valley, Pa., where he attended regularly as long as his health per-mitted. A meek and quiet spirit, a humble walk in life, and a readiness to give a helping hand in time of need in the Church and in the neighborhood were characteristic of him. His first wife, Katie Gingerich, and 2 children preceded him in death many years ago. On March 7, 1907, he was united in marriage with Rebecca Hollinger of the Weaverland district. Surviv-ing are his sorrowing widow and a foster son (Charles Boose) 2 grandchildren whom he dear-ly loved, a sister (Ellen Kulp), a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Fu-neral services were held Oct. 25, in charge of Bro. Ira D. Landis at the home, and Bro. Levi Weaver and Bishop Amos Horst at the Landis Valley Church. Texts: John 16:22; II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.

"We give him back to Thee, dear Lord,
Who gave him unto us
And may we hear Thy precious promise,
'Farewell is not good-by.'"

Lantz.-Minnie, daughter of Joseph and Anna Schmucker, was born Jan. 8, 1884, at Topeka, Ind.; departed this life Oct. 30, 1943, at her home near Wooster, O.; aged 58 y. 9 m. 22 d. About 10 years ago she was seriously afflicted with a streptococcic infection from which she never fully recovered and which led to her final illness. She was patient in her much suffering and lived a self-sacrificing life to the very end. Her earlier years were spent in mission work in Kansas City, Chicago, Canton, and Youngs-town. On July 3, 1907, she was united in mar-riage with P. R. Lantz, to whom were born 9 children, 7 of whom are living. She is sur-vived by her husband and the following children: Naomi (Mrs. Marvin Kitton), Sheboygan, Wis.; J. D., Cleveland, O.; Ruth (Mrs. D. J. Allbough), Ft. Benning, Ga.; Mary, Cleveland, O.; Anne (Mrs. Alden Oakes), at home; Eunice, Troy, N.Y.; Paul Edward, Spring Hill College, Ala. Also surviving are 2 brothers (Charles, Wauseon, O., and Calvin, Hillsdale, Mich.). A private funeral service was conducted at the home by Bro. I. W. Royer.

Lapp.-Sarah, daughter of Jacob and Anna Eyman Hahn, was born July 9, 1869, at Clarence Center, N. Y.; died Oct. 25, 1943, at the home of her brother, Daniel F. Hahn, New Waterford, O.; aged 74 y. 3 m. 6 d. She was going about her duties in her usual manner, feeling well until Monday noon, Oct. 25, when she re-tired to her room without eating dinner, say-ing that she was not feeling well. Mrs. Hahn suggested calling a doctor but Sister Lapp de-clined saying that she had such attacks before and soon got well. She appeared to be resting fairly well that afternoon but in the evening she quietly slipped away to he with the Lord. In her room she had a motto, "He silently plans for me." Sister Lapp's prayer and desire were that she might go suddenly so that she would not be a charge to anyone. Her prayer was answered. The cause of her death was pronounc-ed as heart failure. In early youth, Sister Lapp gave herself to the Lord and to the Church. For several years she followed the nursing pro-fession in Chicago and in Elkhart, Ind. In 1900 she was united in marriage to Bishop Mahlon C. Lapp. Soon after marriage, they volunteered to go as missionaries to India. They labored faithfully on this field until 1923 when Bishop Lapp died. Sister Lapp, however, continued to labor faithfully on the India field until a little over a year ago when she returned to the homeland. Sister Lapp leaves 2 brothers (Danie1 F. Hahn, New Waterford, O., and Emanuel Hahn, Denbigh, Va.) and many other friends who keenly feel the loss of a kind, loving, Chris-tian woman. We know that many whose lives she touched in India will be saddened because of the passing of this consecrated life. Many lives have felt the transforming power of Christ through her noble and untiring labors and sacri-fices. She was a missionary 43 years and crossed the ocean 10 times. On the Sunday preceding her departure she taught a Sunday-school class of women and the Sunday before she took communion at the Midway Church. Impressive funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church, Oct. 28, in charge of Bishops A. J. Steiner and S. C. Yoder. Others who assisted were 4 missionaries who labored on the mission field with her, namely, Bros. Ralph Smucker and Edwin Weaver and Sisters Minnie Graber and Minnie Kanagy, also Bro. S. A. Yoder, and Bro. I. B. Witmer. Burial in the Midway Cemetery.

Nofziger.-Hannah, youngest daughter of Jo-seph and Mary (Egli) Roth, was born near Stuttgart, Ark., Oct. 19, 1885; died at her home near Albany, Oreg., Oct. 13, 1943; aged 57 y. 11 m. 24 d. At the age of 6, she moved with her parents from Arkansas to Woodburn, Oreg., where she grew to womanhood. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was baptized June 27, 1899, by Bishop A. P. Troyer, uniting with the Zion Mennonite Church near Hubbard, Oreg. She was united in marriage with Samuel J. Nofziger, Jan. 14, 1908, near Nampa, Ida., where they established a home. In 1909 they moved near Hubbard, Oreg., and in 1919 they moved near Albany, Oreg., where they resided since. This union was blessed with 9 children, 5 of whom preceded their mother in death. Surviving are her husband, 4 children (Amos, Ontario, Oreg.; Christian, Albany, Oreg.; Mrs. Etta Westover, Albany, Oreg.; and Elmer, Salem, Oreg.), 10 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Samuel Roth, Molalla, Oreg.; Levi Roth, Canby, Oreg.; Amos Roth, Woodburn, Oreg.), and a sister (Sarah Good, Albany, Oreg.). She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother (Daniel, who was deacon at the Zion Church for many years), and 4 sisters. For more than 44 years she served her Saviour whom she loved. She was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church at the time of her death. She suffered much physically the last years of her life and longed to go home to glory, making many prep-arations for her funeral. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 17, at the home and at the Fair-view Church by the brethren, N. M. Birky and N. A. Lind, and at Zion in charge of the breth-ren, Clarence Kropf and Edward Z. Yoder. Texts, Ps. 23; Phil. 3:20; II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the Zion Cemetery.

Oaks.-Barbara (Schrock), daughter of Eli and Elizabeth Schrock, was born Oct. 10, 1877, in Howard Co., Ind.; died at the home of her daughter at Fairview, Mich., Aug. 29, 1943; aged 65 y. 10 m. 19 d. On Feb. 10, 1898, she was married to Frank H. Oaks who preceded her in death 10 years ago. To this union were born 3 sons (Leo, Charles, and Oscar), and a daugh-ter (Elva, Mrs. Levi Hershberger), all of Fairview. She is survived by her 4 children, 12 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. E. M. Troyer, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Mrs. Jesse Berkey, Mid-dlebury, Ind.), a brother (Levi Schrock, Nappanee, Ind.), besides many other relatives and friends. Her father, mother, 2 sisters, a broth-er, and one grandson preceded her in death. Her death was caused by several strokes. She accepted Christ in her youth and became a member of the Mennonite Church. She was in-terested in the sewing circle work of the Church and took an active part in it. She had lived near Fairview for nearly 40 years and will be greatly missed by her many friends and neigh-bors.

Sensenig.-Fianna, wife of Bro. Amos W. Sen-senig, departed this life suddenly on the morning of Sept. 26, 1943; aged 75 y. 21 d. Sister Sensenig was a devoted member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church and very seldom missed a service. On the day previous to her death, she, with her husband, attended the preparatory services at Weaverland and before time for Sunday morning services she had died. She al-ways had a strong testimony against the present-day drift. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Katie, wife of Joseph N. Snyder;
Martha, wife of Martin M. Zeiset), 5 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and many friends. Funeral services were held Sept. 29, at the Weaverland Church. Bros. J. Paul Graybill, Mahlon Witmer, and John W. Burkholder offici-ated at the house and at the Weaverland Church. Text, Amos 4:12. Burial at Weaverland.

"Silent thoughts bring many a tear
For one we loved and cherished dear.
God took her home; it was His will,
But in our hearts she liveth still."

Shettler.-Arthur LaVerne, son of Arthur and Clara (Marriott) Shettler, Washburn, Ill., was born in Peoria, Ill., July 22, 1942; passed away at the St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, after an illness of 8 weeks of Bright's disease; aged 15 m. 6 d. Besides his parents, he is survived by 2 sisters (Donna Jean and Dorothy June) and a brother (Lloyd Ronald). Funeral services were held at the Waldo Mennonite Church near Flanagan, Ill., Sunday, Oct. 31, in charge of Bro. Harold R. Oyer, Morton, Ill. Text, John 14:1-6.

We had a little treasure once.
He was our joy and pride.
We loved him, ah, perhaps too well,
For soon he slept and died.
All is dark within our dwelling.
Lonely are our hearts today,
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away.

Weaver.-Edwin C. was born in Beaver Twp., Mahoning Co., O., March 2, 1908; died at the South Side Unit of the Youngstown Hospital, Oct. 26, 1943, following an operation performed a few days before; aged 35 y. He was the young-est son of the late Bro. and Sister Christian Weaver. He was married to Catherine Gower, Aug. 8, 1936. Three daughters and a son were
born to this union. He also leaves 3 sisters and 4 brothers. He united with the Sugar Creek Union Church, Sugar Creek, O., some years ago. Funeral services were held at the Fry Fu-neral Home, Columbiana, O., Oct. 29, in charge of Bishop A. J. Steiner. Burial in the Midway Cemetery.

Winey.-Harvey B., son of Daniel and Mary Winey, was born Oct. 21, 1869, in Richfield, Pa.; died in his home, Elkhart, Ind., Nov. 3, 1943, after an illness of 3 weeks. Forty years ago he was an employee of the Newman plan-ing mill, and for many years later was associat-ed with his brothers, Austin and Augustus G. Winey, in the Winey Bros. Planing Mill. His most recent employment was with the Domore Chair Co. Surviving are his widow (Ida May Leader Winey) whom he married April 21, 1898, a son (Paul E. Winey, Elkhart), and a brother (Austin B. Winey, Elkhart). Funeral services were conducted by Reuben A. Stauss, pastor of the First Evangelical Church, where Mr. Winey was a member. Burial was in the Grace Lawn cemetery.
"My latest sun is sinking fast,
My race is nearly run;
My strongest trials now are past,
My triumph is begun.

"O come, angel band,
Come and around me stand;
O, bear me away on your snowy wings
To my immortal home."-J. Hascall.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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