Bellar.-Manford, son of John E. and Katie (Erb) Bellar, was born March 17, 1913, near O'Neill, Nebr.; died Aug. 14, 1943, at Beatrice, Nebr.; aged 30 y. 4 m. 27 d. In youth he became afflicted with epilepsy and about 14 years ago was taken to Beatrice, Nebr., for treatment. In the last week of his life acute Bright's disease developed which was the cause of his death. He leaves to mourn his passing away, a sister (Mrs. John Nelson, Lyons, Nebr.), a brother ( Menno, overseas with the armed forces), some uncles and aunts and other relatives. His parents and his sister, Myrtle, preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ, was baptized, and became a member of the Mennonite Church in which faith he died. Funeral services were held at the home of J. O. Grieser and at the Mennonite Church by Bro. Dan Birky and Bro. P. O. Oswald. Interment in the Beemer Cemetery.
Benner.-John D., son of the late Joseph and Katie (Detwiler) Benner, was born June 16, 1874 in Lower Salford Twp., Pa.; died Aug. 20, 1943; aged 69 y. 2 m. 4 d. He united with the Salford Mennonite Church at the age of 21. He was married twice. His first wife, Katie (Slotter) Benner, preceded him in death in 1900; his second wife, Lizzie (Detwiler) Benner, preceded him in death in 1938. He lived in Souderton, Pa., since 1903. Preceding his death, he was ill for 5 years and bedfast for 5 months. Death was caused by chronic nephritis. Surviving is an adopted daughter (Mrs. Oswin F. Detwiler), 2 sisters (Mrs. Allen Lewis, Souderton, Pa., and Mrs. Samuel Lewis, Telford, Pa.), and 2 brothers (Joseph and Garrett, Souderton), Funeral services were held Aug. 24, at the Souderton Mennonite Church. The sermon was preached by Jacob M. Moyer, assisted by Abram K. Landis. Text, I Cor. 15:54, 55. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Fly.-Estella, daughter of George and Rebecca Metzler,
was born Jan. 28, 1889, at Earlington, Pa.; died Aug. 15, 1943,
at her home at Hatfield, Pa.; aged 54 y. 6 m. 14 d. Two infant
daughters preceded her in death. Besides her husband, Joseph Fly,
she is survived by the following children: Mrs. Paul Spachman,
Hatfield, Pa.; Walter M., Quakertown, Pa.; Harold M., Quakertown,
Pa.; Pvt. Donald M., Fort Eustis, Va.; Lawrence and Margaret at
home. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour when she was
14 years old and united with the Lutheran Church. After her marriage
she was received into the fellowship of the Souderton Mennonite
Church, later transferring membership to Doylestown, and later
to the newly organized congregation at Finland. She was sickly
for the past 2 years, and bedfast for the past 6 months. She endured
much suffering without complaint. One evening when we were gathered
by her bedside, she said, "When I am gone, don't mourn for
me, for I am going home. It will be the greatest pleasure in life
to me to leave this world." Two weeks prior to her death
she left her bed and we thought recovery was evident, but God
saw fit to call her home and she peacefully fell asleep. We chose
Rom. 8:18 for her text, a verse that was marked in her Bible.
Funeral services were held at the Souderton Church with interment
in the adjoining cemetery. The service was in charge of Bro. Claude
Into heaven's mansions she's entered
Never to sigh nor to weep.
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep.
Leichty.-Harold, oldest son of William and Ada Leichty,
was born near Noble, Ia., July 25, 1926; died Aug. 4, 1943; aged
17 y. 10 d. He lived with his parents in this community all his
life. He was ready for the junior year at Wayland High School.
He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the Sugar
Creek Mennonite Church by water baptism Nov. 6, 1938. He was a
faithful member. For several years his health was not good. During
the past winter he seemed to be very susceptible to colds. These
with other complications proved to be too much for his physical
body and he peacefully fell asleep at the home of his parents.
Harold had a quiet disposition and manifested a fine Christian
spirit. He had committed a number of Scripture passages to memory.
Those fine Christian traits of character will be treasured by
those who knew him. He leaves to mourn their loss, his parents,
2 brothers (Glenn and Mahlon), one grandmother, and many other
relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the
home and at the Sugar Creek Church by Bro. Simon Gingerich, assisted
by Bro. Willard Leichty. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Silent thoughts bring many a tear
For one we loved and cherished here.
God took him home; it was His will,
But in our hearts he liveth still.
Neuschwander.-Florence Berniece, daughter of John and
Myra (King) Kropf, was born near Harrisburg, Oregon, May 18, 1925;
passed away at the Rhoades and Lambert Hospital, Eugene, Oreg.,
of uremic poisoning and pneumonia, July 25, 1943; aged 18 y. 2
m. 7 d. On June 14, 1942, she was married to Del E. Neuschwander.
To this union was born one daughter (Florence Ellen), July 18,
1943. Surviving her is her companion, daughter, father, mother,
7 brothers, 5 sisters, a foster grandmother (Mary Hostetler),
uncles, aunts, and other relatives and friends. At the age of
12 she accepted Christ and united with the Harrisburg Conservative
Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral
services were held at the church, July 23, by Bros. Nick Birkey,
Norman Lind, and Jacob Roth. Text, I Thess. 4:13, 18.
The call was sudden, the shock severe.
We little thought her death so near.
Only those who lost can tell
What a parting is without farewell.
Nissley.-Mary B., widow of David S. Nissley, was born
July 8, 1863; died Aug. 21, 1943, at the home of her son, Clayton
R., Manheim, Pa.; aged 80 y. 13 d. Sister Nissley was a faithful
member of Erisman's Church and was always present whenever possible.
She is survived by 5 sons (John R., Clayton R., Benjamin R., Samuel
R., David R.), 25 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one
brother (Elias B. Risser, Lebanon, Pa.). Her funeral was held
at Erisman's Mennonite Church, July 24, in charge of Bros. Henry
E. Lutz and Martin G. Metzler. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in the
Mother dear, rest on
Your struggles and labors are o'er,
But the faith and the courage you gendered
Shall abide in our hearts evermore.
Nolt.-Christian S., son of Jacob and Marion (Sauder)
Nolt, was born June 23, 1917, near Martindale, Pa.; passed away
July 9, 1943, in the Lebanon Hospital, Lebanon, Pa.; aged 26 y.
16 d. He was united in marriage to Edna Lehman, Feb. 13, 1943.
They resided on a farm near Richland, Pa. On June 23, Christian
fell from a load of hay to the barn floor and received a slight
fracture of the skull, after which he spent most of the time in
bed. He caught a cold and spinal meningitis and pneumonia followed.
He accepted Christ and became a member of the Weaverland Mennonite
Church at the age of 17 and was a faithful member until his Master
called him home. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, mother,
father, 5 brothers (Harvey, New Holland, Pa; Michael, Ephrata,
Pa.; Allen, Eli, Elmer, all at home), a sister, Elizabeth (Mrs.
Isaac W. Hurst), and his grandparents (Mrs. and Mrs. Michael Nolt,
New Holland). Funeral services were conducted July 13 at the home
of Milo Lehman, near Millardsville, and at the Springville Mennonite
Church by Bishop Joseph Weaver, assisted by Bro. Amos Martin.
Text, John 14:2, 3, 4. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest brother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel.
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Reeb.-Carl, was born in Alsace-Lorraine, June 25, 1863;
died July 6, 1943, at his home in Shickley, Nebr.; aged 80 y.
11 d. In the year 1883 he emigrated to America, settling in Illinois.
In 1893 he moved to Kansas, near Selden, where he joined the Mennonite
Church and remained faithful to the end. March 20, 1894, he was
married to Frieda Armal. To this union were born 5 children. One
son, Carl, preceded him in death. Surviving him are his companion,
2 sons (William in Iran; George, Shickley), 2 daughters (Frieda,
wife of Joe Kennel, near Strang; Emma, Shickley), a son-in-law,
3 grandchildren, a brother (George, Polk, Nebr.), and many other
relatives and friends. In 1905 he moved with his family to Nebraska
where he lived for 38 years. He was a kind, loving husband and
father and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were conducted
by Bro. Peter Kennel at the Mennonite Church after a short service
at the home by Bro. Fred Reeb. Burial in the church cemetery.
In silence you suffered
In patience you bore,
Until God called you home
To suffer no more.
Ressler.-Lois Mae, daughter of Menno and Flora (Kean) Ressler of Columbus, Ohio, was born Dec. 4, 1941, in Ticonderoga, N.Y.; died Aug. 12, 1943, after a short illness of asthma pneumonia which was marked with pain and suffering. She was a jewel lent to earth for 21 short months and 7 days to brighten the home of her parents. She leaves to mourn her departure, her mother and father, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John Kean, Granville, O., and Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Ressler, Lowville, N.Y.), and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Harrison Chapel, Wesleyan Methodist Church. Leroy Wilcox officiated. Text, Mark 10:14. Interment in the Alexandria Cemetery.
Weaver.-Elizabeth Arlene, daughter of Elmer and Emma
(Zink) Weaver, was born May 20, 1933; died at her home near Lancaster,
Pa., July 17, 1943; aged 10 y. 1 m. 4 d. After an illness of almost
a year she took her bed and soon after that became blind. Before
that Bro. Stoner Krady and Bro. Earl Mosemann anointed her and
had prayer with her. We truly believe if it had been the Lord's
will, she would have been healed. So we humbly submit to His will,
knowing that He always knows best although we do not understand.
During her illness she was very patient and never complained.
She became a member of the Rossmere Mission when she was 8 years
old. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 2 brothers (Elmer, Jr.,
Leslie H.), 2 sisters (Ruth N., Shirley J.), and her grandmother
(Mrs. Lillie Zink, Rohrerstown). Services were held at Mellinger's
Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Stoner Krady and Earl Mosemann.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angel drawing near
Who took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear.
No one knows the silent heartache; only we who lost can tell
Of the grief that's borne in silence for the one we loved so well."
Yousey.-Chris B., born April 23, 1877; died July 29,
1943; at his home near Croghan, N. Y.; aged 66 y. 3 m. 6 d. He
was the son of Joseph and Catherine Steria Yousey. On June 1,
1911, he was united in marriage to Miss Katie C. Moser who survives.
Besides his wife he leaves 5 daughters (Mrs. Ralph Steria, Mrs.
Kenneth Lehman, Ellen, Arlene, Gladys), 3 sons (Sterlin, Daniel,
Ira), a grandchild (Perry Steria), 5 brothers (Joseph, Beaver
Falls; John, Akron; David and Jacob, Castorland; Menno, Croghan),
4 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Widrick, New Bremen; Mrs. John B. Moser,
Croghan; Mrs. John Lyndecker, Balsam Creek; Mrs. Benjamin Roggie,
Lowville). In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church
and remained faithful. He had been in failing health for years,
but seriously ill the past 2 months. He bore his afflictions patiently.
Prayer services were held at his home by Joseph Zehr. Services
at the Croghan Church were conducted by Allen Gingerich and Chris
Nafziger. Burial was made in the Croghan Cemetery.
Beneath our eyes he slowly faded,
Getting weaker day by day,
Till God in His heavenly wisdom
Called him peacefully away.
Eicher.-Emma E., daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Wyse)
Nofziger, was born April 1, 1876, in Fulton Co., O.; died at her
home in Archbold, July 6, 1943; aged 67 y. 3 m. 6 d. She was the
only daughter of a family of 9 children. All preceded her in death
except Amandus, Pettisville, O., and William, Temperance, Mich.
She was united in marriage to Peter Eicher, Nov. 19, 1896. This
union was blessed with 6 children: Arthur and Wilmer, Archbold;
Chester, Stryker; Viola (Mrs. Sylvanus Short), Archbold; Lucile,
(Mrs. Timothy Yoder), Denver, Colo.; Katherine (Mrs. Elias Frey),
Stryker, O. She was the first to break the family circle. She
had been gradually failing in health for the past few years, due
to a heart condition, which she bore patiently and without complaining.
The family often heard the expression from her lips that she learned
long ago-"In whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
She lived a quiet, peaceful life, always concerned for the spiritual
welfare of her family.
Although we do not understand,
The Lord knows what is best.
He led her by His loving hand
To her eternal, happy rest.
Histand.-Bishop Abraham O., son of the late Samuel S.
and Rebecca (Overholt) Histand, was born in Doylestown Twp., Doylestown,
Pa., Feb. 10, 1869; died Aug. 9, 1943; aged 74 y. 5 m. 29 d. On
Oct. 3, 1891, he was united in marriage to Emma B. Wismer who
preceded him in death Nov. 11, 1942. To this union were born 3
sons and 9 daughters. Surviving are the following children: Mrs.
Abram Kooker, Morwood, Pa.; Mrs. Clarence Derstine, Fountainville,
Pa.; Harvey, Perkasie, Pa.; Mrs. Abram Hunsburger, Collegeville,
Pa.; Mrs. Wilmer Althouse, Doylestown, Pa.; Paul, Doylestown,
Pa.; Esther, Washington, D.C.; Maggie, Doylestown, Pa.; Anna,
Kansas City, Kans.; Nelson, Culp, Ark.; Mrs. Menno Sell, Fricks,
Pa.; and Emma, Doylestown, Pa.; also 35 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren,
a brother, and 4 sisters, besides many other relatives and friends.
He suffered from a heart condition; and since the passing of his
beloved companion 9 months ago was failing in health. Saturday
morning, Aug. 7, he was stricken with a heart attack from which
he did not recover. His death was a great shock to many as he
always appeared in good health and was able to fulfill his duties.
Since childhood he had never spent a day in bed until the day
before his passing. For almost 44 years he served as a minister
in the Doylestown Mennonite Church, having been ordained Nov.
11, 1896. He served as a bishop in the Franconia Conference 21
years, having been ordained to this office April 11, 1922. To
these callings he endeavored to render a faithful stewardship.
The service of the Lord was ever first in his thoughts and life.
One of his chief enjoyments was to visit the homes of his members
and especially the aged and sick. In this ministry he shall greatly
be missed. Funeral services were held Aug. 13 from his late residence
by Bro. John Lapp, and at the Doylestown Mennonite Church by Bros.
Joseph Gross and Arthur Ruth. Texts, Phil. 1:20-24 and II Tim.
4:6-8. These were the expression of his own heart during his last
days. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"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?"
--By the Family.
Jordan.-John William was born Dec. 13, 1868, on Briery Branch in Rockingham Co., Va.; died May 27, 1943, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 75 y. 5 m. 14 d. He is survived by one brother, William, of Oklahoma, and one son, Grover, Bridgewater, Va. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was baptized and became a member of the Gay Street Mennonite Church (Colored Mission), and remained in this faith until the end. We believe that our loss is his gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Gay Street Mission, May 29, by Warren Kratz. Interment in Newtown Cemetery.
Lehman.-Magdalena, wife of the late Bishop Daniel N. Lehman, died at her home in Millersville, Pa., Aug. 22, 1943; aged 90 y. 7 m. 8 d. She was the mother of 9 children: Annie May (Mrs. A. D. Wenger, Fentress, Va.); John K. (deceased at the age of 23); Christian K. (bishop at Millersville, Pa.); Benjamin K., Berkeley, Calif.; Walter and Magdalena K., both of Millersville; Elizabeth K. (Mrs. J. E. Kurtz), Daniel W., and Chester K. (minister) all of Harrisonburg, Va. After Father's death in 1925, Mother became our sole parental spiritual adviser and always tried to guide us aright. She prayed for us. On rising from prayer there were invariably tears in her eyes. She was a worthy example in her Christian life as a mother and grandmother. She was a student of the Word even in old age. She was not perfect, but we believe exceptional in many ways. She also was busy with her hands and feet for the welfare of the family as well as others. For years the stockings of the Millersville Children's Home were mended by her. She braided hundreds of rugs from cast-off clothing. A quotation from a letter of sympathy by M. T. Brackbill follows: "A mother in Israel passes. A queen among women greets her coronation day. A servant of the God of the universe moves on to higher responsibilities. A redeemed of the Lord, happy in life, fills up a larger measure of joy with fellow saints gone on." Funeral services were held at her home by Landis Shertzer and services at the Millersville Church by Bros. Jacob Hess and Daniel Gish. Interment at Millersville Cemetery. We hereby acknowledge and thank our many friends who sent letters of sympathy.
Leon.-Ignacia Telles, was born in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico, March 12, 1900; died Aug. 19, 1943; aged 43 y. 5 m. 7 d. As a young girl she came to Texas where on June 18, 1918, she was married to Manuel Leon, later moving to Chicago, Ill., in 1923. To this union were born 8 children, 7 of whom survive her: Lupe, Dominga, Eleonor (Mrs. L. Estela), Margaret, Susie, Mary, and Joseph, all living in Chicago, Ill. Her husband also survives her. She was baptized, and united with the Mexican Mennonite Mission together with five others in 1934. To this Church she was a faithful member until death. Funeral services at the funeral home and church were in charge of Bro. Lester T. Hershey, her pastor. Burial at the Glen Oak Cemetery. Her favorite Scriptures were: Ps. 23, John 3:16, and Josh. 1:9. She was a faithful mother in the home and church, always with a concern for the lost. Especially did she pray much for her husband and unconverted daughters. Our dearest mother was faithful in the Lord, always praying for us. I know that we will miss her very much, but my consolation is that she is in heaven with our Lord, happy and well now. I know that her prayers for us all will be answered; and I know that I will follow and obey God, just like she would want me to. I loved her very much, but I will see her some day.-Lupe Leon.
Miller.-Ralph Edward, son of Ernest J. and Ruth Kathryn
(Mishler) Miller, was born near Lagrange, Ind., Nov. 9, 1942;
died Aug. 16, 1943; aged 9 m. 7 d. Ralph was never well. He suffered
intensely from an infection on the central nervous system which
resulted in a form of paralysis and caused his death. Our heavenly
Father knew best in taking our darling home so soon after blessing
our home with his life. We are grateful for the brief months he
spent with us. He leaves his saddened parents, one brother (Franklin
J.), the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Irwin J. Miller and Mr. and
Mrs. Homer J. Mishler), 5 great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Josiah
Miller; John E. Miller; Mr. and Mrs. Dan V. Yoder), also a number
of uncles and aunts. Funeral services were conducted by Bros.
O. S. and A. O. Hostetler at the Shore Mennonite Church.
"Our pure little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom has taken away.
Though our arms are empty and we're left alone,
We know our darling is happy at Home."
Postlethwaite.-Dennis Wayne was born Sept. 9, 1918;
died Aug. 20, 1943, near Tampa, Fla.; aged 24 y. 11 m. 11 d. He
is survived by his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Postlethwaite,
Tampa, and the following brothers and sisters: William Lee, Binghampton,
N.Y.; Edward, Tampa; Paul, U.S. Navy; and Mrs. Grace Foster, Susquehanna,
Pa. He was subject to epilepsy, and it is believed he was overcome
while walking in a field on Friday. His body was found the next
day lying in a ditch filled with water. Dennis was an earnest
Christian and a member of the Mennonite Church in Tampa. He was
faithful in attendance and always had a word for the Lord. Funeral
services were held at the Wilson Sammon Funeral Home, conducted
by Bro. Chester Harbold. Text, James 4:14. Interment in Orange
"Asleep in Jesus! oh, how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet!
With holy confidence to sing
That death has lost its venomed sting."
Schmucker.-Elmer, son of Jacob and Catherine (Schloneger)
Schmucker, was born in Washington Twp., Stark Co., O., July 22,
1887; died at his home Aug. 28, 1943; aged 56 y. 1 m. 6 d. In
1902 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized and received
into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church. He was a faithful
member and was present at all services when possible. He also
served the Church in various official capacities. On Dec. 22,
1910, he was united in marriage to Ada Maurer. To this union were
born 5 children. On May 15, 1929, he suffered the loss of his
faithful companion. He was a life-long resident in the community.
He was a good neighbor and a loving father, always willing to
help his children when in need. He was a man of conviction and
faith; he was patient and forgiving. His health had been failing
for a few years, and toward the last he suffered much. He said
that if he had not read the Bible and believed it, he could not
have endured the pain. Besides his companion, his father and one
brother preceded him in death. He is survived by his 5 children
(Vernon and Ellen, Louisville, O.; Lorin and Leonard, at home;
Mrs. Leonard Basinger, Lima, O.), two grandchildren; his mother
(Mrs. Catherine Schmucker, Louisville, O.); a brother (Aaron,
Louisville, O.); 3 sisters (Mrs. John D. Miller, Anna, Mrs. Alvin
Maurer, all of Louisville, O.); and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the home and the Beech Mennonite
Church in charge of the home bishop, assisted by the brethren
J. J. Hostetler and J. S. Gerig. Text, Ps. 27:4. Interment was
made in the church cemetery.
In patience he suffered;
In silence he bore;
Till God took him home
To suffer no more.
Scott.-Raymond, son of Aaron and Mattie Scott, was born at Cross Keys, Va., March 5, 1908; died at the Central State Hospital, Petersburg, Va., Aug. 20, 1943; aged 35 y. 5 m. 15 d. He spent most of his life in Harrisonburg, Va. On Dec. 1, 1940, he was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church at the Harrisonburg Colored Mission. He was faithful in attending services whenever health permitted. He gave evidence of sincerely loving his Lord. He was preceded in death by both his father and mother. He is survived by 2 brothers (James and Monroe), and 7 sisters (Celia, Hilda, Rosa, Etta, Nateline, Fannie, and Ardell). Funeral service was conducted from the Gay Street Mission Aug. 23. Text, John 11:23-26. Interment in Newtown Cemetery.
Shank.-Erasmus Coffman, son of Jacob and Barbara (Beery)
Shank, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 2, 1861; died July
18, 1943, at his home near Waynesboro, Va., after an illness of
3 weeks; aged 82 y. 6 m. 16 d. He was married to Ida C. Rhodes,
Aug. 16, 1882, who preceded him in death 12 years. Six children
also preceded their parents in death. His early life was spent
in Rockingham Co. Later they moved to Augusta Co., where he was
ordained to the ministry, Dec. 28, 1890, in which calling he served
over 52 years. He was a member of the Mission Board for several
years and helped build the church at the Knoxville Mission. He
also spent some time on the West Virginia mission field. He was
active in church work and served as minister until about 6 months
before his death when he felt his memory did not serve him well
enough to preach. He was concerned for the lost and wayward, and
was anxious that the Church be kept free from false doctrines.
He was ready to help in a financial way, too. He possessed a meek
and quiet spirit which in the sight of God is of great price.
Most of his life he enjoyed good health and was active until his
last illness, when he developed serious heart trouble and the
Lord took him home. On May 24, 1933, he married Mrs. Ella May
Wenger who survives him. The following children survive: Mrs.
J. M. Grabill (Ollie), Elkhart, Ind.; Jacob R., Mifflintown, Pa.;
Clayton, Harrisonburg, Va.; Russel M. and Mrs. Ira Showalter (Edna),
Waynesboro, Va.; also 2 step-daughters, Mrs. Menno Showalter,
Harrisonburg, Va., and Mrs. A. S. Weaver, Bridgewater, Va. Funeral
services were held July 20 at the home by Bro. P. A. Burkholder,
and at Springdale Church by Bro. S. H. Rhodes and Bro. J. R. Driver.
Text, Ps. 116:15.
We miss thee from our home, dear Father,
We miss thee from thy place.
A shadow o'er our life is cast;
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care.
Our home is dark without thee;
We miss thee everywhere.
Watson.-George W. Watson was born Oct. 12, 1874, in Domestic, Ind.; departed this life quite suddenly sitting in a rocker while reading the newspaper on Aug. 9, 1943. In the year 1911 the family moved to Manistee Co., Mich., settling on a farm a few miles from Chief. In July, 1924, he, his wife, and two children were received into the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Brethren. A daughter, Golda, preceded him in death in 1929. His wife Rozantha and one son Forest (married to Iva Smucker) and two grandchildren remain to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor Claude C. Culp on Aug. 12, 1943, at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Burkey.-Phoebe, daughter of Christian and Magdalena Schertz, was born Dec. 24, 1869, near Hopedale, Ill.; died Aug. 30, 1943, at her home in Milford, Nebr.; aged 73 y. 8 m. 6 d. On Dec. 20, 1891, she was married to Jacob W. Sutter who passed away Aug. 28, 1897. To this union were born 4 children. On Mar. 11, 1911, she was married to Peter Burkey. To this union was born one son, Irvin. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour, was baptized, and received into the Amish Mennonite Church near Hopedale, Ill., to which faith she remained faithful until death. At the time of her death she was a member of Milford A. M. congregation, near Milford, Nebr. She died suddenly of a heart attack. One son, Jonathan Sutter, who died in infancy and one stepson, Alvin Burkey, who died one year ago, also preceded her in death. Surviving her are her husband (Peter Burkey), 3 sons and a daughter (Daniel D. Sutter, Miford, Nebr.; Levi Sutter, Kouts, Ind.; Lydia Wittrig, Hopedale, Ill.; Irvin Burkey, Anselmo, Nebr.), 8 stepsons and 2 stepdaughters (John C., and Art Burkey, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Joe Burkey, Dorchester, Nebr.; William, Ed., Ray, Elmer and Lester Burkey, Milford, Nebr.; Emma Hostettler, Broken Bow, Nebr., Clara Hostettler, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.), 3 sisters (Katie Nafziger, Hopedale, Ill.; Lena Bachman, Bartenville, Ill.; Lydia Burkey, Beemer, Nebr.), and a host of grandchildren, relatives, and friends. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 2 at the Milford A. M. Church, in charge of L. O. Schlegel. Wm. Schlegel preached. Text, Ezek. 18:30, 31. Interment in the Milford A. M. Cemetery.
French.-On August 5, the infant son of Paul and Sarah
French died; aged 12 days. The funeral was held on Aug. 7,
with services in the church conducted by the home ministers, Bros.
Levi Glick and Milo Yoder. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus
Called by His loving voice,
Ere stained by sin and sorrow
To that happy heavenly home."
Kauffman.-At Mattawana, Pa., on March 10, 1943, the infant son of John M. and Margaret Kauffman died; aged one day. Buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Longenecker.-Ira R., Rheems, Pa., son of the late Levi
and Anna Longenecker, was born May 12, 1875; died Aug. 18, 1943;
aged 68 y. 3 m. 6 d. He was active in his everyday duties for
many years. The Lord gave him Christian grace to bear patiently
the last 10 weeks of illness without a word of complaint. He served
as trustee for the Bossler's Mennonite Church, of which he was
a member, approximately 28 years. He is survived by his wife,
Ellen E. Longenecker; 4 daughters (Anna, at home; Martha, wife
of Clarence Nissley, Lititz, Pa.; Fannie, wife of Lester Shreiner,
Elizabethtown, Pa.; Miriam, wife of J. Herbert Fisher, Lancaster,
Pa.), 5 grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Elmer, Elizabethtown, Pa.;
and Henry, Rheems, Pa.). Funeral services were held August 22
from the late home by Bro. Simon Garber and at the Bossler's Mennonite
Church by Bro. Noah Risser. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Interment in
the adjoining cemetery.
"There is no time that we could set
For parting. We who must remain
Are never ready for such pain.
Even our prayer would be: 'Not yet!
Not yet, dear God-another day,
With us let our beloved stay.'
We must believe, when falls the blow
That wisely, God has willed it so."
Ressler.-Annie B., daughter of the late John and Elizabeth
Walter, was born Feb. 21, 1873; died Aug. 12, 1943; aged
70 y. 5 m. 22 d. She was united in marriage to Aaron O. Ressler,
Dec. 22, 1898. To this union 7 children were born (Ruth, wife
of Emanuel Siegrist, Ronks, Pa.; Mark, Nottingham, Pa.; Ora, New
Providence; Amelia, wife of Elam Mull, Quarryville; Josiah, Quarryville;
Mary, wife of Earl Mull, New Providence; Luke, Chestnut Level).
Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, a brother (Charles Walter,
Willow Street, Pa.), and a sister (Mrs. George Leaman, Lancaster,
Pa.). She was bedfast 11 weeks and suffered much, but she was
resigned to God's will. At her request she was anointed, but the
Lord took her home. Funeral services were at the home, Aug. 15,
by Bro. Clayton Keener. Further services were held at the New
Providence Mennonite Church by Bros. Paul Myer and Abram Metzler.
Text, Matt. 11:28-30. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Fold my hands and cease your weeping.
Fold my hands upon my breast.
This earthly life in death is sleeping
But my soul is sweet at rest.
Saylor.-Fannie J., daughter of Jeremiah and Polly Eash Blough, was born near Hollsopple, Pa., Jan. 15, 1889; died at the Windber Hospital July 11, 1943; aged 54 y. 5 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Orange Saylor, March 24, 1910. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Ruth, wife of Henry Yoder, Davidsville; Wilma, at home), 2 grandchildren (Betty and Carlton Yoder), a sister (Minnie, wife of Harvey Hershberger) and 2 brothers (Josiah and Harry Blough, Hollsopple, Pa.). One daughter and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She united with the Blough Mennonite Church about 39 years ago and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted July 14, at the Blough Mennonite Church by Harry Y. Shetler and Harry C. Blough. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Yoder.-On May 10, a stillborn daughter of Milo and Mary Yoder was buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Cooprider.-Minnie V., daughter of Henry G. and Susan
(Heatwole) Brunk, was born March 4, 1870 near Geneseo, Ill.; died
at her home near McPherson, Kans., Aug. 28, 1943; aged 73 y. 5
m. 24 d. In 1873, the parents, formerly of Virginia, came with
their family of 8 children to Marion Co., Kans., where the father
died within 8 days after arriving at the site of their frontier
prairie home. In 1880, after the widow had married Matthias Cooprider,
they moved to a farm near McPherson, Kans. On Dec. 24, 1889, Minnie
was married to Walter N. Cooprider. In 1893 they bought a farm
where they lived until Father's death in October, 1937. They were
converted soon after marriage and united with the West Liberty
Mennonite Church, Windom, Kans. Five sons were born to them, three
of whom survive, George, Henry, and Glen, all of McPherson Co.,
Kans. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, a brother (J. F. Brunk,
Newton, Kans.), a half- brother (C. W. Cooprider, Windom, Kans.),
and 2 half-sisters (Mrs. E. J. Ely, Inman, Kans.; Mrs. O. E. Hostetler,
McPherson, Kans.). Two brothers and 2 sisters died in childhood;
a brother (Bishop George R. Brunk, Denbigh, Va.) and a sister
(Mrs. J. A. Cooprider, Hesston, Kans.) preceded her in death a
few years ago. Funeral services were held at the home and at the
West Liberty Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. J. G. Hartzler
and M. M. Troyer. Interment in the West Liberty (Kans.) Cemetery.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain.
Put by her glasses and rocker;
She will not need them again.
Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep.
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Diener.-Tillie K., daughter of Francis and Margaret
(Hoover) Horst, was born Dec. 2, 1890, near Newton, Kansas.; died
at the Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Aug. 26, 1943; aged 52 y. 8
m. 24 d. In her youth she was converted and became a member of
the Mennonite Church to which faith she remained true until death.
In November, 1916, she was united in marriage to Charles Diener
who, one year later, was ordained to the ministry. She was a faithful
wife and was concerned about her responsibilities in the Church
and community. During her illness she would frequently mention
her Sunday school class, and greatly felt her responsibility in
doing what she could. Good health had been enjoyed all her life
until several weeks ago when she was taken to the hospital where
her condition was found to be critical. Several hours before death,
marked improvement was noticed and more hope was held for her
recovery; so her home-going came suddenly. Her illness was caused
by a brain abscess and death by embolism. Those near to mourn
her departure are her husband, Charles Diener, and a niece, Margaret
Risser, whom she had welcomed into her home since infancy. Two
sisters and 5 brothers also survive: Mrs. D. S. Reiff, Garden
City, Kans.; Lena, Titus, and Gaius of Newton; Silas and Clayton
of Iowa; and Rufus, Kansas City. She was preceded in death by
her parents; a sister, Mary Risser; and a brother, Amon. At various
times she expressed sincere appreciation for the many thoughtful
remembrances during her illness. Funeral services were held at
the Spring Valley Church, Canton, Kansas, in charge of Bro. Earl
Buckwalter, assisted at the home by Bro. J. G. Hartzler and at
the church by Bro. Edward Selzer. In her Bible was found this
"My times are in Thy hands;
My God, I wish them there;
My life, my friends, my soul, I leave
Entirely to Thy care."
Hardsock.-William McKinley was born Oct. 30, 1895; died Sept. 4, 1943; aged 47 y. 10 m. 4 d. He suffered from a diabetic condition for the past 7 years. On Thursday he was taken to the Chambersburg Hospital and placed in an oxygen tent. We had the privilege of speaking to him a few hours before he died and pointed him to Christ as his only Saviour. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearl Rock Hardsock, and the following children; Millard, South Mountain; Mrs. Ralph Summers, Waynesboro, Pa.; Mrs. Glen Sprow, Fayetteville; Violet, Howard, Edna, William, Shelvey, and Leo, all at home; also a brother and 2 sisters (Irvin Hardsock, Mrs. Frank Cordell, Mrs. Thomas Rhone, all of Pond Bank). Funeral services were held at the home in Pond Bank and at the Mt. Zion Church near Mont Alto by Bro. Harvey E. Shank. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
Herr.-Elias G., son of Henry R. and the late Ada (Groff)
Herr, was born April 5, 1899, near Willow Street, Pa.; died Aug.
19, 1943; aged 44 y. 4 m. 14 d. He was gored by a bull and passed
away 3 days later in the Lancaster General Hospital. He was united
in marriage to Esther M. Landis, Nov. 14, 1923. They lived on
a farm near Willow Street. He did not complain through all his
suffering. He was conscious until 2 hours before he died. He was
a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church. Those who are left
to mourn his death are his wife, 4 children (Norma E., E. Marvin,
E. Richard, and Helen R.), his father, stepmother, 4 brothers
(Elvin G., Lancaster; Abram G., Ronks; Harry M., Lancaster; Raymond
G., Willow Street), and 2 sisters (Emma, wife of John Longenecker,
Elizabeth, Pa.; Ada, wife of Henry H. Rohrer, Strasburg). Funeral
services were conducted Aug. 23, at the New Danville Mennonite
Church by Bishop Stoner Krady, assisted by Bros. James Hess and
Maris Hess, and at the home by Bros. Henry Nauman and Amos Rutt.
Text, Job 17:11. Interment in the New Danville Cemetery.
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear
For one we loved and cherished here.
God took him home; it was His will,
But in our hearts he liveth still."
--By the Family.
Hostetler.-Alvin, son of the late Jacob and Anna Miller Hostetler, was born near Sugarcreek, Tuscarawas Co., Oct. 1, 1879; died at the Mercy Hospital, Canton, O., Sept. 2, 1943; aged 63 y. 11 m. 1 d. At the age of 18 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized and received into the fellowship of the believers worshiping at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Walnut Creek, O. When he was 21 years old, he came to Stark Co., O., and transferred his membership to the Beech congregation near Louisville, O., Dec. 28, 1905. On the same day he was united in marriage to Mary Schloneger. To this union were born 9 children, 6 sons and 3 daughters. After his marriage he settled in the vicinity of Louisville and spent the remainder of his days in this community. He served the community as a farmer and served the Church in various capacities until Nov. 7, 1915, when he was ordained to the ministry, in which capacity he served for nearly 28 years. He was a good neighbor, a kind and helpful father, and a faithful servant of the Lord. He had a forgiving spirit and was of an unassuming nature. He was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need. In March he had a minor operation from which he had just recovered. On Aug. 16, while helping a neighbor to thresh, he stepped into an open hole in the barn floor, falling onto a cement floor below. He broke a bone in his limb near the hip. He was taken to the hospital where the bone was set, and he seemed to be getting along fine. But on Sept. 2, complications developed and in a few hours he went to glory. He leaves to mourn his departure, his companion, 6 sons, (Chauncy, Struthers, O.; Roy, Sugarcreek, O., Vernon and Robert at home; Lloyd and Garrison in C.P.S. camps), 3 daughters (Vesta, Mrs. Gilbert Helmuth, Hudson, O.; Ida and Grace at home), 5 brothers (Mahlon, Springfield, O.; Aaron, Louisville, O.; Willis, Kokomo, Ind.; Lester, North Newton, Kans.; and Earl, Sugarcreek, O.), a sister (Cora Hostetler, Sugarcreek, O.), 6 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. His parents and a brother, Harry, preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the Beech Mennonite Church where a large group had assembled on Sunday afternoon. The services were in charge of Bishop O. N. Johns, with Bros. J. A. Liechty, J. J. Hostetler, and J. S. Gerig assisting. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Miller.-John G., son of David L. and Frances Garber Miller, was born Oct. 20, 1858, in West Donegal Twp., Pa., near Bossler's Church; departed this life, May 9, 1943, at the home of his brother-in-law, Amos N. Stauffer, with whom he resided for the past 7 years; aged 84 y. 6 m. 19 d. In November, 1887, he was married to Fannie Heistand who preceded him in death in 1919. He was a faithful member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church until death. He is survived by a stepsister, Mrs. Elizabeth N. Hoffer, Mt. Joy, Pa., and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Nissley Funeral Home in Mt. Joy and at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church on the afternoon of May 12 by Brethren Henry E. Lutz, Amos L. Hess, and Henry F. Garber. Text, Ps. 8:4. Burial in the Eberle Cemetery near Mt. Joy, Pa.
Slagel.-Mary A., daughter of Benjamin F. and Catherine (Steinman) Slagel, was born at Meadows, Ill., Sept. 14, 1877; died at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. J. Zook, near Ithaca, Mich., Aug. 30, 1943; aged 66 y. 11 m. 17 d. She is survived by 4 sisters and 3 brothers (Katie, Mrs. J. J. Zook; Lucy, Mrs. Omar Boshart, Colorado Springs, Colo; Lydia, Mrs. William Schlatter, Colorado Springs; Anna, Mrs. J. E. Bachman, Alma, Mich.; Edward, St. Johns; Elmer, St. Louis; and Alvin, Fowler, Mich.). She will also be missed by her 28 nieces and nephews, who with many others, knew her as Aunt Mary. At 16 years of age, she was received into church fellowship with the Waldo Mennonite congregation near Flanagan, Ill. When 27 years of age she moved with her parents to Henry Co., Iowa. Most of her life was spent near Wayland with the exception of some time spent in Colorado and Michigan. Less than a year ago she came to Michigan expecting to make this state her home. At the age of 11, she contracted a serious form of blood poisoning which caused her much suffering for a period of 28 years and left her with a handicap of lameness in her arms. In spite of this she was cheerful and active, ready to make sacrifices for those she loved. Since January she was confined to her bed with a lingering illness caused by a breakdown of the nervous system. During this time she was tenderly cared for by her sister Katie. She was patient and resigned to her Father's will and gave a bright testimony concerning the salvation and peace she had found in her Saviour. She found comfort in repeating Psalm 23. During her illness she made her funeral arrangements and expressed a desire to depart and be with her Lord. Funeral services were held at the home of her brother Edward, Sept. 1, 1943, conducted by Bro. Daniel Oyer, and at the Bethel Church, conducted by Bro. J. Kore Zook. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Springer.-Mary A., daughter of Valentine and Magdalena
Springer, was born near Milford, Nebr., Dec. 1, 1885; departed
this life July 6, 1943, after a lingering illness in a Lincoln
Hospital; aged 57 y. 7 m. 5 d. She spent most of her life in and
around Milford. During the last years she moved away to be near
her daughter. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour
and united with the East Fairview Mennonite Church. On Jan. 11,
1908, she was united in marriage to Amos Springer who preceded
her in death, December, 1920. To this union were born 2 daughters.
Besides her husband, a brother, a sister, and her parents preceded
her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure her daughters
(Sadie Barth and Leona Pedigo, Lincoln, Nebr.), a grandson (Earl
Barth), 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Chris of Seward; Ed and Katie
Tossy, Wayland, Ia.; Lucy Myers and Emma Saltzman, Milford), also
10 nieces and nephews. Within the last year she renewed her covenant
with her Saviour and much of her time during the last few weeks
of her life was spent reading the Bible, or having her daughters
read portions to her. Her mind was centered on eternal things.
Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Joseph E. Zimmerman
at the East Fairview Mennonite Church. Burial was in the church
She is gone but not forgotten;
She still lives within my heart.
She is resting now with Jesus,
But it was so hard to part.
All her good deeds we'll remember
And be waiting patiently
For the day when we can be
With her through eternity.
--By a Daughter.
Wismer.-Susannah, eldest child of the late Bro. Solomon B. Gehman, was born at Dumfries Station, Jan. 15, 1865; passed away July 31, 1943; aged 78 y. 6 m. 16 d. She was married May 12, 1885 to John S. Wismer, who preceded her in death Feb. 11, 1934. Sister Wisimer is survived by all her children (Esther, Mrs. Menno Shantz, Ayr, Ont.; Nancy, Mrs. Oscar Gies, Howell, Mich.; Adah, Mrs. Edward Bristol, North Bay, Ont.; Samuel, Waterloo), 3 brothers (Samuel,Calgary, Alta.; William, Rush Lake, Sask.; and Solomon S., Bridgeport), 21 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., in charge of Bro. J. B. Martin. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the David Eby Cemetery.
Conrad.- Susanna daughter of the late Christian and Mary Graber Miller, was born near Buck Hill, Canton, O., June 5, 1861; died at the home of her son-in-law, J. J. Linder, near Canton, O., Sept. 11, 1943; aged 82 y. 3 m. 6 d. In 1877 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized and received into the Beech Mennonite Church where she remained a member until the end. On Dec. 12, 1878, she was united in marriage to John Conrad. To this union were born 9 children. She was a lifelong resident of Stark Co. In 1880 she and her husband moved to the farm where she died. For a part of this time, however, she lived in a near-by home. After the death of her husband and her son, Calvin, she made her home with her daughter, Etta (Mrs. J. J. Linder), who also preceded her in death in 1940. Mrs. Conrad had been confined to her bed almost continually for the past 18 months, but she did not suffer much until the last few weeks. About 6 weeks ago she suffered a paralytic stroke which caused her death. She is survived by 2 daughters (Mrs. Martha Graber, Canton, O.; Mary, wife of Benjamin Aschliman, Archbold, O.), 3 sons (Joseph O., Wauseon, O.; Orlando C., Sterling, O.; Daniel H., Canton, O.), 17 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Her parents, husband, a daughter, 3 sons, and all her brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Warstler church. Bro. O. N. Johns officiated and C. L. Warstler assisted. Text, Heb. 9:27. Interment was made in the Warstler Cemetery.
Eshleman.- Mary M., daughter of the late Samuel E. and Elisabeth (Martin) Horst, was born Feb. 2, 1871, in Washington Co., Md.; died Aug. 26, 1943, in the same community; aged 72 y. 6 m. 24 d. She was afflicted several years with paralysis, being unable to get around except on a wheelchair for a year. She was a member of the Reiff Mennonite congregation from her youth. She was married Feb. 25, 1902, to David H. Eshleman who survives her. Also surviving are a son (Martin E.), a daughter (Naomi R.), 2 stepdaughters (Mary E. and Esther S.), 3 grandsons, a stepgranddaughter, and 3 step-great-grandsons. A son (Samuel H.) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Aug. 28, 1943, at the house by Bro. Samuel Eby, at the church by Bro. Amos Martin and Bro. Stanley Martin, and at the grave by Bro. Daniel Strite. The text which Mother chose was Luke 23:28. By the Family.
King.- Joanna Ruth, daughter of Henry J. and Anna King, was born at Harper, Kans., April 15, 1928; peacefully fell asleep at her home Sept. 9, 1943, after an illness of 10 months with osteogenic sarcoma of the femur; aged 15 y. 4 m. 25 d. Besides her parents she leaves 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Estella, wife of John Plank, Harper, Kans.; Leland, Arthur, Ill.; Dorothy, wife of Mervin Troyer, Duquoin, Kans.; Bernice and Wayne at home), 3 nephews, a niece, 6 uncles, 4 aunts, other relatives, and many friends. In the fall of 1938 she moved to Arthur, Ill., with her parents where she had lived ever since. She was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church at Arthur, Jan. 29, 1939, and was deeply interested in the work of the church and Sunday school, looking forward to the time when she could take part in more active service. She entered high school in the fall of 1942, but because of her illness could not attend longer than the first semester. She was an intelligent person for one so young in years. She spent much of her leisure time reading many good books and her Bible. One March 8, 1943, she with her mother went to Chicago for treatment at the Cook County Hospital, remaining there for about 4 months. When medical science could do no more, she returned to her home. The remainder of the time was spent there and all that loving hands could do was done to make her comfortable. When told that she might not get well she said it was all right. However, she continued to have an unwavering faith in God for the healing of her body, but He saw best otherwise. She lived in constant expectation of the Lord,s return which was her glorious hope for the future. Funeral services were held at the Arthur Mennonite Church, Sept. 12, with J. A. Heiser of Fisher and Harold Zehr of Rantoul in charge. Interment in Arthur cemetery.
Linder.- Leah Miller, widow of the late Samuel Linder, was born in Washington Twp., Stark Co., O., April 2, 1870; died in Canton, O., Sept. 12, 1943; aged 73 y. 5 m. 10 d. At the age of 17 she united with the Beech Mennonite Church in which she continued to fellowship until the end. On Nov. 21, 1895, she was united in marriage to Samuel Linder. They had no children of their own, but took a foster child, Mable Hilty Linder, who is now Mrs. Roy Shank. She spent her entire life in the vicinity of Louisville. In December 1932, her husband was killed in an accident, and after the marriage of her foster child, Sister Linder made her home in Louisville where her sister Mary stayed with her. She lived here until she was disabled after which she spent about 2 weeks in the Mercy Hospital, 9 months in the home of her brother Samuel Miller, and 5 months in the home of her sister, Mrs. Joseph Kauffman. Since the family was unable to give her the much care that she needed, she was taken to a convalescent home in Canton, Aug. 28, 1943, where she died a few weeks later. She is survived by her foster child (Mrs. Roy Shank, Paris, O.), 2 sisters (Mary and Mrs. Joseph Kauffman), 4 brothers, (Christian, David, Samuel, Amos, all of Louisville, O.), 16 nieces, and 11 nephews. Her parents, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Joseph Kauffman home and at the Beech Mennonite Church with Bro. O. N. Johns officiating and Bro. John D. Miller assisting. Text, Eccl. 12:7. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
True love's the gift which God hath given
To man alone beneath the heaven,
The silver link, the silver tie,
Which heart to heart, and mind to mind,
In body and in soul can bind.
Martin.- Susannah, wife of Christian F. Martin, was born Jan. 23, 1873; died Sept. 2, 1943; aged 70 y. 7 m. 8 d. In March, 1903, she was married to Christian F. Martin who died 7 years ago. This union was blessed with 4 children who deeply feel the loss of their mother. They are Lucinda (Mrs. Arthur Esch), Pelington Twp.; Emerson, Kitchener, Ont.; Allan, Elmira, Ont.; Ion, near West Montrose. Ten grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters also survive. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. O. D. Snider at the Elmira Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery. It was her desire that the following should be read to her family and friends at her funeral:
A few more meetings here
Shall cheer us on our way,
And we shall reach the endless rest,
The eternal Sabbath day.
Then, O my Lord, prepare
My soul for that great day.
O wash me in the precious blood,
And take my sins away.
Neff.- Anna H., daughter of the late Henry B. and Barbara Harnish Herr, was born June 17, 1887; died Sept. 2, 1943, at her home in Lampeter, Pa.; aged 56 y. 2 m. 17 d. She had been in failing health for several years with a heart condition, but death came suddenly after one week of severe illness. She accepted Christ in her youth and spent her life serving Him and telling others about Him until the last. She taught the primary class at the Willow Street Mennonite Church for many years until her health failed. She leaves a sorrowing family: her husband (John O.), a son (J. Robert), a daughter (violet, wife of Aaron Landis), 2 brothers (John H. Herr; Victor Herr), 3 sisters (Bessie F. Herr, Mrs. Frank Rohrer, Mrs. G. Paul Musselman). Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Jacob Harnish and at the church by Bro. Christian Brubaker. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
A silent thought, a secret tear
Keep her memory ever dear.
God took her home; it was His will,
But in our hearts she liveth still.
Smucker.- David Wayne, son of Daniel M. and Verna (Mast) Smucker, was born near Sterling, O., Nov. 10, 1923; died at the St. Vincent Hospital, Norfolk, Va., of injuries received in a motorcycle accident June 29, 1943, while on the way to work; aged 19 y. 8 m. 19 d. He is survived by his father and mother of Harrisonburg, Va., and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Amos J. Yoder, Oyster Point, Va.; Mrs. Norman D. Mast, Norfolk, Va.; Daniel, Jr., Denbigh, Va.; Naomi, Elizabeth, Paul, and Ruth at home. Two brothers preceded him in death. Brief funeral services were held at the home of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Mast in Kempsville, July 1, 1943, conducted by Amos D. Wenger, and at the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church by Bro. Truman H. Brunk assisted by Bro. William Jennings. Text. Eccl.9(:12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears;
And there, sometime, we'll understand.
Steiner.- Mary Ann, daughter of Christian and Sarah Musser, was born in Chippewa Twp., Aug. 25, 1863; departed this life at the place of her birth, Sept. 10, 1943; aged 80 y. 15 d. On Nov. 12, 1881 she was united in marriage to Daniel T. Steiner. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. Her husband preceded her in death, Nov. 9, 1941. In the spring of 1882 she with her husband united with the Crown Hill Mennonite Church where she remained a faithful member during the remainder of her life. She was much interested in the welfare of the Church, especially in the days when its membership was dwindling. It was her prayer that the seats of the church would be filled, which prayer God has wonderfully answered. For many years she taught the women,s Sunday-school class and her place in services was seldom vacant. She had a quiet disposition but her smile, even in her declining years, will be remembered by all who came in contact with her. She was a lover of home and of nature and her thoughts were for others. The many trees on the old homestead will continue bearing fruit for others long after the dear hands that planted them are cold in death. She is survived by a son, (Melvin A. Steiner, Pittsburgh, Pa.), 4 daughters (Mrs. Pearl Stull, Wadsworth, O.; Mrs. Minnie Baumgartner, Marshallville; Mrs. Effie Ebersole, Marshallville; Mrs. Florence Kanagy, Rittman), 18 grandchildren, 3 foster grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Dan Musser and Jacob Musser, both of Orrville, O), and a sister (Mrs. Simon Kurtz, Smithville, O.). She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son, a daughter Clara, 4 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild, her parents, 2 sisters, and 4 brothers. Bro. Noah Hilty had charge of the service at the house. Bro. Stanford Mumaw and Bro. E. F. Hartzler had charge at the Crown Hill Mennonite Church where burial was made. Text, Titus 2:11-13.
Rest, tired feet, now forever;
Dear wrinkled hands are so still.
Blasts of the earth shall no longer,
Throw over our loved one a chill.
Angel throngs will guide her;
Jesus will still bless and keep.
Not for the world would we wake her;
Mother has fallen asleep.
Yoder.- Carolyn Sue, daughter of Ralph and Barbara Yoder, born July 28, 1943; died Aug. 7, 1943 aged 10 d. She leaves to mourn her death, her parents, a sister (Orpha June Ann), 3 brothers (Ray Lavern; Ralph; Lester Eugene), 4 grandparents (Victor and Caroline Knepp, Montgomery, Ind.; Noah and Susan Yoder, Mark Center, O.), 2 great-grandparents (Isaac Yoder and Lizzie Knepp, Montgomery, Ind.). Funeral services were conducted at the home, Aug. 9, by Bro. Menno Coblentz and Bro. Noah Zehr. Burial was in the Lost Creek cemetery near Mark Center, O.
"Dearest Carolyn, thou has left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel;
But tis God that hath bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal."
Yoder.- Harold Ray, infant son of Orris and Effie Falb Yoder was born Sept. 8, 1943; died Sept. 9, 1943; aged 1 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his parents, Louisville, O., 2 brothers (Dale and Warren at home), 3 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Fred Yoder, Louisville, O.; David Falb, Orrville, O.), a stepgrandmother (Mrs. David Falb). One grandmother and a sister preceded him in death. Short services were conducted by Bro. O. N. Johns at the Beech Mennonite Church cemetery where interment was made.
Yoder.- Henry P., son of Phineas S. and Kathryn (Mullet) Yoder, was born May 22, 1893, Nappanee, Ind.; died July 31, 1943; aged 50 y. 4 m. 9 d. For 9 months he suffered from cancer, never complaining. He expressed a readiness to go whenever the Lord would call him. Everything was done that human hands could do but the Lord called him home to fulfill His plan. On Jan. 3, 1917, he was married to Cora Miller. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 2 daughters and a son (Wilma, wife of Amos Schwartz; Marvin and Edna Mae at home), a grandchild (Marlene Schwartz), his father (Phineas S. Yoder, Nappanee, Ind.), 4 brothers (Amos, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Ben, Colon, Mich.; Simon, Elkhart, Ind.; Dan, Bremen, Ind.), 3 sisters (Eva, wife of Henry S. Miller and Lydia, wife of Gideon A. Byler both of Dover, Del.; Mary, wife of Tobias Bontrager, New Paris, Ind.), nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. A daughter, Irene, preceded him in death, also his mother and a sister, Sarah. He is greatly missed in the home and in the Church. He was baptized in the Old Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. He always had a smile for everyone.
Dear brother, you are not forgotten.
Though on earth you are no more,
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before.
Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana