Gascho.-David E., son of the late Bishop and Mrs. John Gascho, was born near Baden, Ont., June 18, 1867; died at his home on Aug. 12, 1944, following an illness of two days; aged 77 y. 1 m. 24 d. In 1889 he was united in marriage to Barbara Lichti, of St. Agatha, Ont. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, 2 sons (Aaron, St. Agatha; Herbert, Lowville, N.Y.) 5 daughters (Emma, Mrs. Lloyd Rickert, Hespeler; Edna, Castorland, N.Y.; Barbara, Mrs. Allan Litwiller, Waterloo; Fannie, Mrs. David Ropp, Tavistock; Irene, Mrs. Loren Roth, Tavistock), 3 brothers (John and Menno, Baden, Ont.; Daniel, Wellman, Ia.), 2 sisters (Susanna, Mrs. John Steinman, Wellesley, Ont.: Katie, Mrs. David Jantzi, Au Gres, Mich.), 28 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. One daughter (Nancy, Mrs. Noah Erb) predeceased him about one year ago. Five children died in infancy. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into church fellowship, at the Wilmot A.M. Church, where he worshiped all his life. He was very fond of singing. One week before his death, when all the children were together, he requested the singing of the song "God Be with You Till We Meet Again." Bro. Peter Nafziger conducted the funeral service. Text, 1 Pet. 1:4, 5. His gain is our loss.
Kolb.-Aaron A., son of the late Peter and Sarah (Egleston) Kolb, was born Oct. 14, 1879; died at the Pomrene Memorial Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio, June 29, 1944; aged 64 y. 8 m. 15 d. He leaves to mourn his departure one brother and one sister, Alvin Kolb and Mrs. Edward Dreher, both of Dover, Ohio. His parents, 4 sisters, and one brother preceded him in death. He was never married and spent most of his life in the vicinity of Trail, Ohio. He was a member of the Kolb Mennonite Church, and the last member of our congregation by this name. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Venus Hershberger and Milton Hostetler. Interment was made in the cemetery near the church.
Loucks.-Susannah Herrington Loucks, daughter of Amos and Mary Culp Herrington, was born June 29, 1876, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died Aug. 12, 1944, at the Goshen Hospital; aged 68 y. 1 m. 13 d. On July 6, 1895, she was married to Jonas Loucks, who survives her. She also leaves her aged mother, 3 daughters and 4 sons (Amos, Elkhart; Mrs. Iva Samantha Lienhart, Wakarusa; Eldon, near home; Chester, Twin Falls, Ida.; Wilbur, Kimberly, Ida.; Mrs. Laurene Catherine Rouch, Lakeville; and Mabel, at home), 16 grandchildren, 4 stepgrandchildren, a sister (Mrs. W. E. Lienhart, Elkhart), and a brother (Walter Herrington, Wakarusa). A son Ervin died in infancy. She also reared a stepgranddaughter, Marjory Madlem, to young womanhood. She was a kind, devoted wife and mother, and will be greatly missed in the home. The funeral was held at the Olive Church, conducted by the brethren Harvey Miller (M.B.C.) and Silas Weldy. Text, Matt. 22:42. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Parsons.-Annie Elizabeth Parsons, daughter of David and Fannie Yoder, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Oct. 5, 1877; departed this life July 20, 1944, at her home in Hutchinson, Kans., aged 67 y. 9 m. 15 d. On Dec. 8, 1897, she was united in marriage with Jess Parsons. To this union were born 6 children. Three daughters (Cora, former wife of David Miller, and 2 infant daughters) and one granddaughter preceded her in death. There remain to mourn her departure her companion, 2 daughters (Nora, wife of Menno Oyer; and Frances, wife of Russel Wenger), one son (Onnie, married to Pauline Keever), 6 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters, besides many other relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a faithful consistent Christian, as well as a devoted wife and loving mother. Much of her life was spent in poor health, through all of which she silently committed herself to Him who "doeth all things well." Funeral services were conducted at Johnson's Funeral Home in Hutchinson, by Bro. H. A. Diener, and at the West Liberty Church near McPherson, Kans., by Bros. M. M. Troyer, J. G. Hartzler, and Sanford King. Text, Heb. 4:9. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Schmitt.-Leah B., daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Levi Weber, was born at Freeport, Ont., March 5, 1874; died suddenly Aug. 18, 1944; at her home near Rosebank, Ont.; aged 70 y. 5 m. 13 d. In her late teens she accepted Christ during the revival meetings conducted by the late J. S. Coffman at Kitchener, and remained faithful until the end. On Feb. 26, 1902, she was united in marriage to Moses H. Schmitt at Carstairs, Alta. To this union were born 4 sons and one daughter. Two sons died in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure her sorrowing husband, 2 sons (Lloyd, Rosebank; Leighton, Petersburg), one daughter (Naomi-Mrs. Ozias Gingrich, Elmira), 10 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Jeremiah, Guernsey, Sask.; Abram, Tofield, Alta.; Burton, Lockport, N.Y.), and one sister (Susie-Mrs. S. S. Shantz, Markham), besides many other relatives and friends. She was a very devoted wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by all. Funeral services were in charge of her pastor, Bro. C. F. Derstine. Theme: "The homegoing of Believers." Brethren M. Hallman, J. B. Martin, and Isaac Miller assisted in the services.
Schrock.-Philip, infant son of Dwight and Ildabelle Schrock, was born July 23, 1944, and died the following day. Short services were conducted by J. S. Gerig. Text, Mark 10:13-17. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Shrock.-Verlin Gordon Shrock, son of the late Altine S. and Lydia Ella Shrock, was born in Manistee Co., Mich., Sept. 11, 1908; died at the Goshen Hospital, Goshen, Ind., Aug. 13, 1944; aged 35 y. 11 m. 2 d. His death was caused by a rare blood disease. Eight blood transfusions failed to remedy the cause. In 1913 Verlin, with the rest of the Shrock family moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., and the last 30 years of his life were spent in and around Goshen. At an early age he was baptized at the Clinton Frame Church, and remained loyal and consecrated to the end. He was a member of the North Goshen Mennonite Church. Verlin was a man of strong convictions, of a cheerful disposition, and of an unrelenting faith in a resurrection and in an everlasting life in the hereafter. On June 2, 1935, he was united in marriage to Mary Weaver, daughter of Henry and Lizzie Weaver. Surviving are his wife and two daughters, Norma Jean and Mary Helen. Charlene preceded him in death in 1939. Also surviving are his mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Virgil, Oregon, Ill.; Delton, Goshen; Opal-Mrs. Henry Lantz, Goshen; Gola-Mrs. Ora Wilson, Goshen; Beulah-Mrs. William Whirledge, Millersburg; and Chester, Goshen), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church by Bro. Paul Mininger, assisted by Bros. Ira S. Johns and J. E. Gingrich. Text, Rev.14:13.
Steckly.-Christian C., son of Christian and Mary Gascho Steckly, was born June 27, 1874, near Livingston, Ill.; died July 17, 1944, in the Lebanon, Oreg., General Hospital; aged 70 y. 21 d. On Aug. 19, 1894, near Seward, Nebr., he was united in marriage to Sarah Kuepfer. To this union born 3 sons and 3 daughters. Two sons and his companion preceded him in death. On Nov. 22, 1908, he was united in marriage to Mary Kuepfer, who, with the following children survives: Daniel Steckly, Mrs. Homer Schlegel, Mrs. Philip Roth, and Mrs. Mary Schrock. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, one brother (Joe Steckly, Carstairs, Alta.), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Mary Kauffman, Creston, Mont.; Mrs. Barbara Whitaker, Albany, Oreg.; Mrs. Anna Swartzentrbuer, Wichita, Kans.; and Mrs. Lydia Whitaker, La Habra, Calif.). Four grandchildren preceded him in death. He was a member of the Mennonite church from his youth. In February, 1909, he was ordained deacon and minister at the Mennonite Church of Beaver Crossing, Nebr. In 1912 he, with his family, came to Oregon, where he served as a faithful deacon and also helped in the ministry at the Fairview Mennonite Church until death.
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Frank.-Phares N., son of the late Christian H. and Annie Neff Frank, was born near East Petersburg, Pa., Oct. 5, 1881; passed away Aug. 13, 1944; aged 62 y. 10 m. 8 d. On Oct. 8, 1901, he was united in marriage to Ellen S. Weidman, who passed away Nov. 23, 1938. To this union were born 3 sons; Christian W., Landisville, Pa.; Henry W., Mt. Joy, Pa.; and Irvin W., Elizabethtown, Pa. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and one brother (Harry, East Petersburg). On March 22, 1937, Bro. and Sister Frank accepted the call to the Oreville Mennonite Home to take up the work of superintendent and matron. After serving here about a year and a half Sister Frank was called to her eternal home. In March 1940, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Landis, who was nursing in the Home for some time. He served faithfully as superintendent of the Home until Tuesday, Aug. 8, when he took sick. As his condition grew worse, he was taken to the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., but the following day he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Before leaving the Home he remarked to Bro. Harnish, president of the Home Board, that if the Lord saw fit to restore him in health and strength again, he was willing to continue serving in the capacity of superintendent, but if the Lord saw otherwise, he was ready to go. In the place that he filled he will be greatly missed. Funeral services were conducted at the Home Aug. 16, by Bros. Noah Risser and Jacob Harnish. Texts, John 14:1-6; Phil. 1:23. Further services were conducted at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank Kreider and Henry Lutz. Texts, 1 Cor. 15; Heb. 9:27, 28. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Graber.-Hugh Lewis, son of Lewis and Olive Graber, was born March 7, 1922, at Jackson, Minn.; passed away Aug. 11, 1944; aged 22 y. 5 m. 4 d. He leaves to mourn, his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Graber, Alpha, Min.; and Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Miller, Kalona, Ia.), father, mother, and the following brothers and sisters: Wayne, John, William, Elsie, Alive, Goldie, and Jewel, besides a large number of relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church at Filer, Ia., in 1934 and remained a loyal member until death. His greatest treasure was his Bible, which he read and studied every day. He also loved to sing and hear gospel songs. He always loved to attend Christian services and help in any way he could. On Friday morning he left home to pick beans. While walking along the road, a truckload of hop pickers came along and offered to give him a ride, thinking he was going to pick hops too. Seemingly, he did not tell them where he wanted off, but when they came to the corner where he turned off, he slid or jumped from the truck, striking his head on the pavement and fractured his skull. He passed away the same day without regaining consciousness. We feel assured that he was ready to meet his God, and may his life be a testimony and inspiration to others. Funeral services were held at the Zion Mennonite Church, with Bros. E. Z. Yoder and Clarence Kropf in charge.
Miller.-Theophilus L., son of Levi and Hannah (Kennedy) Miller, was born April 18, 1859, in Howard Co., Ind., departed this life at the home of his daughter, in Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 1, 1944; aged 85 y. 3 m. 13 d. On Jan. 10, 1897, he was united in marriage to Sarah E. Weirich. Surviving are his companion, one daughter (Barbara-Mrs. Moses D. Yoder), 2 sons Jacob T., Millersburg, Ind.; William W., West Olive, Mich.), one stepdaughter (Rebecca-Mrs. Ben Weaver, Elkhart), 11 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and one sister (Naomi Dawson). His parents, one brother, and one sister preceded him in death. He was a member of the Lupold Brethren Church of Shipshewana, Ind. Funeral services were conducted at the Prairie Street Church, Elkhart, by Bro. J. E. Gingrich, assisted by Bros. J. S. Hartzler and Percy Miller. Text, 11 Cor. 5:9.
Sampson.-Frank L. Sampson was born near Wabash, Ind., Aug. 30, 1890, died Aug. 10, 1944, near Grant, Mich., after a long illness; aged 53 y. 11 m. 10 d. On Oct. 9, 1918, he was married to Phoebe Grabill of White Cloud, Mich. Those surviving him are his widow, one son (Keith, Fort Sill, Okla.), one daughter (Dorothy, at home), one daughter-in-law, one grandchild, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Rose Jones, Rich Valley, Ind.; Mrs. William Harvey, Wabash, Ind., and Mrs. Frank Evans, Peru, Ind.) He was ready and anxious to go to the Lord and be at rest. More than a month before his death he made arrangements for his funeral, choosing the minister, the text (11 Tim. 4:6-8), and his favorite songs. Funeral services were conducted at the Big Prairie Church by Bro. T. U. Nelson, assisted by Bro. E. D. Jones. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Schlegel.-Harry R., son of John M. and Anna Schlegel, was born at Milford, Nebr., July 2, 1901; passed away at the General Hospital, Albany, Oreg.; Aug, 12, 1944, following a brief illness; aged 43 y. 1 m. 10 d. On Dec. 24, 1922, he was united in marriage to Mabel Neuenschwander, who survives him. He is also survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters (Bobby, Richard, James, Barbara, and Mary), his father, 2 brothers (John R. and Homer, of Albany), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Sadie Reeser, Van Nuys, Calif.); Mrs. Mary Roth, Mrs. Ada Reeser, and Mrs. Anna Heyerly, of Albany). He was preceded in death by one son (Leonard), his mother, 2 brothers, and one sister. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful, consistent member until death, being active in all church activities. He always had a cheery smile for everyone whom he met, and was loved by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 15 at the Albany Mennonite Church, by Bros. George K. Kauffman and M. E. Brenneman. Text, 1 Sam. 20:18b
Sell.-Clarence D., son of William G. and Annie M. Sell, was born Jan. 20, 1895, at Souderton, Pa.; died June 10, 1944, at his home in Souderton; aged 49 y. 4 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth M. Alderfer on June 30, 1917. Shortly after his marriage he united with the Mennonite Church. He was afflicted with carcinoma for some ten years, but since he was fairly comfortable through the years he was not told the exact nature of his illness until a few months before his passing. Even after Father was told he could never be cured, he remained courageous, and until the last few weeks entertained some hope that he might still recover. Shortly after he was confined to his room in March he called for the brethren Elias Landis and Paul Roth, superintendent of the Spring Mount Mission, and made all arrangements for his funeral services. Often in the middle of the night, when sleep was far from him, he would speak of plans for the family, always keeping our good first in his thinking. His suffering, particularly in the last months, was intense, and he was anxious to "go home." In the last few days Father was very weak and had few visitors, but when they left he would always say, "I'll meet you in the morning." He was conscious until the last minute or two. We felt that Father was so young, but we submit to God's perfect will. During his illness, the work of the Spring Mount Mission, where he worked since it started ten years ago, was often on his heart and mind. He is survived by his widow, 2 daughters and one son (Blanche, at home; Doris, wife of Stanley Shenk, Souderton; and Clarence, Jr., a student at Eastern Mennonite School), his mother, and 6 brothers. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite Church, June 14, by Bro. Elias Landis, Spring Mount minister, assisted by the Souderton ministers. Text, Phil. 1:23, 24. The beautiful hymns of triumph, not sadness, chosen by Father, were sung by the workers of the mission. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining.
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Hilty.-Junior, infant son of D. W. and Jennie (Martin) Hilty, was born Aug. 14, 1944, and died Aug. 16. A brief committal service was held Aug. 17 at the Crown Hill Church cemetery, in charge of Rudy L. Stauffer.
Lichti.-Barbara Lichti (nee Schultz) was born near Petersburg, Ont., March 1, 1871; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mahlon Schultz, Milverton, Ont., March 19, 1944; aged 73 y. 18 d. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in her youth and united with the Wellesley A.M. Church, remaining faithful to the end. On Jan. 21, 1894, she was united in marriage to David J. Lichti, who predeceased her Nov. 30, 1936. They were blessed with 5 children. She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers (John and Noah, of near Kingwood, Ont.), and 3 sisters (Katie-Mrs. Christ Kennel, of Kingwood; Mary-Mrs. Sam Bast, of Wellesley, Ont.; and Lizzie-Mrs. Sam E. Leis, of Kingwood). Two sons and 2 daughters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held March 22, in charge of Christ Brunk, Christ Schultz, and Peter Nafziger. Text, Rom. 8:18. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the Wellesley A.M. Church.
Nofziger.-Louis David, son of Christian and Rebecca Nofziger, was born near Nampa, Ida., July 27, 1908; died at the St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oreg., after a lingering illness, July 27, 1944; aged 36 y. When he was a child his parents moved to Albany, Oreg., where he resided until his death. In 1928 he was united in marriage to Velma Headings. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, 2 sons and one daughter (Olen Louise, Lowell Leon, and Jean Treva), a stepmother (Mrs. Elizabeth Nafziger, Molalla, Oreg.), 5 brothers (Samuel, North Albany; Daniel and Elvin, Lebanon, Oreg.; Ernest, Portland, Oreg., Victor, Tangent, Oreg.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Emma Gerig, Wayland, Ia.; Mrs. Martha Sauder, Wauseon, Ohio), and a large number of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister. In his youth he united with the Fairview Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. During his illness he often expressed his readiness to go, frequently quoting Phil 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ, and to died is to gain." He spent much time studying the Bible. Interment was made in the Williamette Cemetery.
Null.-Salome Culp, daughter of George and Susanna (Witmer) Culp, was born May 6, 1876; died at her home, Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 19, 1944, following a six weeks' illness of heart trouble and complications; aged 68 y. 3 m. 13 d. On Jan. 15, 1898, she was united in marriage to Daniel Null, who passed away July 8, 1926. She was the mother of twelve children, two of whom (George and Florence) died in infancy. She is survived by 10 children (Mary-Mrs. Phares Wenger; Cora-Mrs. Ralph Culp; Lloyd; Ralph; Inez-Mrs. Harold Lechlitner, of Nappanee; Mrs. Helen Vantine, South Bend; Howard, Camp Claiborne, La.; and John, Ruth, and Ernest, at home), 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Jerome Burley, Nappanee), and 3 brothers (Noah, Alanson, Mich.; John, Wakarusa; and Nelson, Chicago, Ill.) She was a faithful member of the Holdeman Mennonite Church since the winter of 1912, when she and her husband united with church. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church, in charge of Bros. Silas Weldy and Clarence Shank. Burial was made in the North Union Cemetery.
Wenger.-Wilbur Jay, son of Ralph and Bernice Wenger, was born near Wayland, Ia., March 13, 1936; passed away Aug. 30, 1944; aged 8 y. 5 m. 17 d. Wilbur was stricken with rheumatic fever about ten weeks ago. All that loving hands and medical care could do seemed of no avail in the course of his illness. About four weeks ago he was at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Hospital for three days, at which time he was given the Penicillin treatment. Later, complications developed, and on Aug. 28 he was taken to the Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Ia., where he departed this life two days later. He bore his prolonged illness with patience and bravery, and had a ready smile for all who came to see him. He had a kind and friendly disposition, which endeared him to all, and his departure leaves an aching vacancy in the home, but we submit to Him who doeth all things well. He leaves to mourn his passing, his sorrowing parents, 2 sisters (Lavonne and Lucille), one grandfather, two grandmothers, one foster grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Simon Gingerich, assisted by Bro. Mullet. Text, Ps. 23. Interment was made in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.
Yoder.-Orva Jay, son of Daniel E. and Maude (Bontrager) Yoder, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Feb. 15, 1930; died by drowning Aug. 14, 1944, at Nottawa, Mich.; aged 14 y. 5 m. 29 d. On March 9, 1941, he was received as a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, Ind. He was a great lover of the Bible and had committed much of it to memory. He lived a faithful, consistent Christian life. Besides his parents, he is survived by one brother (John), 8 sisters (Ida Mae, Elva, Alta, Mary, and Lucille, at home; Catherine-Mrs. Cornelius Miller, Goshen; Maggie-Mrs. Gerald Yoder, Topeka; and Ruby-Mrs. Ora Wyse, Archbold, Ohio), 3 nieces, 2 nephews, and his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Yoder, Topeka). Funeral services were held in the Maple Grove Church Aug. 16, conducted by Leo Miller, Henry Wyse, Samuel T. Eash, and Edwin J. Yoder. Text, Prov. 27:1. Burial was made in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
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Crum.-George Monroe Crum, a lifelong resident of Warren Twp., St. Joseph Co, Ind., departed this life July 11, 1944, at the age of 68 y. He was in failing health the last few months of his life, during which time he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the Olive Mennonite Church. On Sept. 15, 1908, he was united in marriage to Florence Paul, who survives. To this union 4 children were born: Mrs. Ethel Clark, South Bend, Ind.; Mrs. Emma Berger, Argos, Ind.; Paul, North Liberty, Ind.; and Walter, Walkerton, Ind. He also leaves one sister (Mrs. Mary Sensenbaugh, Mt. Zion, Ill.), one brother (Alfred, Marshall, Ind.), 4 grandchildren, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed in the home and community. Funeral services were held July 14, conducted by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Burial was made in the cemetery near the home.
Eby.-Edward Walter Eby, son of Earl and Viola Eby, was born Nov. 18, 1934, near Wakarusa, Ind.; died July Aug. 28, 1944; aged 9 y. 9 m. 10 d. Early Saturday morning he awoke, suffering intense pain. Physicians who were called pronounced it tetanus, but no source of infection could be found. He was rushed to the Goshen Hospital, and all was done that was humanly possible, but after forty-eight hours of most intense suffering, death brought relief to his stricken body. Edward was of a happy, smiling disposition, and endeared himself to his many associates. He was a regular attendant at the First Christian Sunday School. Besides his parents, he is survived by 3 brothers (LaVerne, Devon, and Max), and his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eby, near Wakarusa, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rassi, near Nappanee, Ind.). Funeral services were held Aug. 30 at the Olive Mennonite Church, conducted by Gordon Kemble and Clarence Shank. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Frey.-Jacob. C., son of Christian and Elizabeth (Conrad) Frey, was born near Pettisville, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1865; passed away at his home in Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 18, 1944; aged 78 y. 11 m. 6 d. On Oct. 17, 1889, he was united in marriage to Mary Burkholder, who preceded him in death June 4, 1933. This home was blessed with 15 children, of whom 5 sons (Noah E., Edward B., Simon P., Harvey B., and Ora J.) and 5 daughters (Amanda, Emma-Mrs. J. C. Liechty, Minnie-Mrs. Lloyd Miller, Pearl-Mrs. Sylvan Rupp, and Bessie-Mrs. Chas. Miller) remain, all residing in this community. He is also survived by 49 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Besides his companion, there preceded him in death, 5 infant children, 6 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was the last of a family of 6 children to answer the call of death. His father died when he was about four years of age. After his brothers and sisters established homes of their own, he continued to live on the old homestead (where his mother also lived) until 1907, when he moved on his own farm three miles south of Pettisville. He lived there until 1938, when he and his daughter Amanda moved to Archbold, where they lived together until his death. About four years ago his health began to fail, due to heart ailment, which at times caused his considerable suffering and confined him to his home for about six weeks preceding his death. He bore his sufferings patiently, and frequently expressed his desire to depart to be with the Lord. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church near Archbold, where he continued in fellowship and service until the end. In 1910, he was ordained to the office of deacon, which place he faithfully filled as long as health permitted. He was always greatly concerned for the present and future welfare of his family, the congregation, and the church at large. His counsel and advice were sought by many. Besides his local responsibilities, he was active in the interests of the church at large, and on a number of occasions made extensive visits in the congregation of the United States and Canada. In World War 1 he was actively engaged in the interests of our young men of draft age, especially those who were taken into the camps. He served as treasurer of the General Conference for 20 years, of the Peace Problems Committee, 15 years, and of the Ohio District Conference, 13 years. In all his labors he had a keen sense of responsibility, and pursued them energetically and zealous, laying them down only when age and health demanded it. His fellowship, counsel, and warnings will be long and favorably remembered by his family and by many throughout the church. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Central Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. D. A. Yoder, Elkhart, Ind., and the home ministers. Text, Rev. 2:10. Burial was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Kinsinger.-Velma Lorena, daughter of John E. and Katie (Gingerich) Kinsinger, was born near Wellman, Ia., April 19, 1923; passed away Sept. 9, 1944; aged 21 y. 4 m. 21 d. At the age of thirteen she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. She was in her usual health until Aug. 28, when she took sick with influenza. About a week later her condition became serious, and she was rushed to the University Hospital, Iowa City, where it was found that she had anterior poliomyelitis. Everything was humanly possible was done for her. She suffered much, but bore it patiently, although on several occasions she expressed to her parents her readiness to depart and be relieved from pain and suffering. She leaves to mourn her early departure her deeply bereaved parents, one brother (Maynard), 3 sisters (Mildred-Mrs. Harold Yoder, Ruby, and Marvel), one grandfather (A. B. Gingerich, Kalona, Ia.), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church Sept. 11, in charge of J. Y. Swartzendruber, assisted by J. L. Hershberger. Text, Ps. 16:11.
Sherwood.-John, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sherwood, was born Dec. 13, 1941; died Aug. 25, 1944, a short time after being struck by an automobile on the streets of Newbury, Ont., aged 2 y .8 m. 12 d. We all keenly felt his sudden departure, but know he is safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held in the Sherwood home, Aug. 28, in charge of Arnold Gingrich, pastor of the Bethel congregation.
Snider.-Jonas Snider was born near Waterloo,
Ont., Oct. 2, 1858; died after a lengthy illness, at his home,
Waterloo, Sept. 6, 1944; aged 85 y. 11 m. 4 d. On April 1, 1875,
he was married to Lucy Ann Snyder, who predeceased him in 1886.
On July 5, 1887, he was united in marriage to Susanna Horst, who
passed away in 1933. He is survived by 8 sons (Edgar, Clayton,
and Delton, Waterloo; Addison and Walter, Bridgeport; Omar, New
Dundee; Benjamin, Woodstock; and Gilbert, near Waterloo), 2 daughters
(Clara and Hannah, at home), 30 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren,
and one brother (Amos, of Iowa).
Many incidents and experiences of interest were connected with Bro. Snider's life. His grandfather, Jacob C. Snider, was a pioneer of Waterloo County. He came from Pennsylvania and engaged in the sawmill and flour mill business at Waterloo. His father, Elias Snider, was a minister in the Mennonite Church.
In 1885 a wonderful revival was experiences in Waterloo County. It was not the custom of the church to have evangelistic services in the churches. A number of brethren, among them Noah Stauffer and Solomon Gehman, preached the Gospel in private homes, and many were converted. Among these converts was our departed Bro. Snider. At that time Sunday schools were not held in the church houses. In 1887, in a private dwelling owned by Levi Groff (at present the home of Bro. Snider's son, (Clayton), a Sunday school was organized, and the brethren Levi Groff and Jonas Snider were chosen as superintendents. The workers in this Sunday school labored faithfully in spite of opposition, and under the blessing of God the school outgrew its quarters. It was then held in Martins Schoolhouse, and finally in the David Eby Church.
On June 24, 1892, Bro. Snider was ordained a minister in the David Eby Church, now the Erb St. Mennonite Church, Waterloo. On Nov. 17, 1895, he was ordained bishop. In his church record book he wrote: "Nov. 17, 1895 at the Cressman Church ordination services were held to ordain a bishop to assist Bishop Elias Weber in his field of labor, when it again pleased God to let the lot fall on me." He held this office until the Lord saw fit to call him home. At his request the conference released him form his major responsibilities as bishop in 1935. During his ministry he filled many preaching appointments, and two or three days with horse and buggy were often required to make the round trip. Among these appointments were : Mosa (Bothwell), Glen Allen, Port Elgin, Hanover, Rainham and South Cayuga, Wallace, Zurich, Clarence Center, N.Y., and Berne, Mich. The congregations in his bishop district were: Waterloo, Kitchener, Snyder, Cressman, Wanner, Hagey, and Weber's. Bro. Snider officiated at many ordination services. He preformed two hundred and forty-two wedding ceremonies. His baptismal records are not complete, but up to 1919 he had baptized over six hundred people. In the conference district his name will long be remembered. At the close of his ministry we can say in the words of Scripture: "After he had served his own generation by the will of God, [he] fell on sleep." (Acts 13:36). "I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" (11 Tim. 4:6-8). The family will miss him as a loving father. The congregation at Waterloo will remember him as a faithful minister and bishop. In the conference he rests from his labors, but his works do follow him. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, in charge of the following brethren: Merle Shantz, B. B. Shantz, M. Hallman, C. F. Derstine, S. F. Coffman, M. H. Roth, and J. B. Martin.
Sommers.-Clayton Wayne, youngest son of Homer and Millie (Helmuth) Sommers, was born Dec. 19, 1931; died at the home of his parents, near Greentown, Ind., Sept. 3, 1944; aged 12 y. 8 m. 16 d. Death was due to sarcoma, from which he suffered patiently for eleven months. Two days before his death, he requested the family to come into his room, to rejoice and sing with him, because he was so happy and had no more pains. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in Nov, 1943, and was received into the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church in March, 1944. He leaves to mourn his early departure his deeply bereaved father, mother, one brother (Daniel, Greentown), 8 sisters (Mrs. Melvin Hochstedler, Greentown; Mrs. Ora Miller, Bunker Hill, Ind.; Mrs. Joe Sweitzer, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Milphert King, Oakfield, Wis.; Bernice, Alice, Pauline, and Anna Ruth, at home), 2 nieces, 4 nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. One sister, one nephew, and his grandparents preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Sept. 5 at the Howard-Miami Church, in charge of Paul R. Miller and A. G. Horner. Text, Isa. 40:11. Burial was made in the Mast Cemetery.
Yoder.-Emma L., daughter of Jacob J. and Sarah (Lederman) Yoder, was born in Fulton Co., O., Sept. 7, 1882; passed away while asleep Aug. 31, 1944, at her home near Harlan, Ind.; aged 61 y. 11 m. 24 d. On Oct. 1, 1907, she was united in marriage to Enos H. Yoder. To this union 6 sons were born: Clarence, Woodburn, Ind.; Ervin, Miami, Fla.; John (died in 1923); Milo. Portland, Oreg.; Jacob, at home; and Wilmer, of the U.S. Navy. Her husband passed away Oct. 28, 1918. On Feb. 6, 1920, she was married to Eli V. Yoder, who preceded her in death April 19, 1938. She suffered a stroke Nov. 29, 1942, which left her right side paralyzed. On July 12, 1944, she had another stroke, and was bedfast from that time until death. She suffered much at times, but bore it all patiently. In her youth she united with the Old Order Amish Church and remained faithful until death. Besides her five sons, she leaves to mourn her departure: 2 grandchildren, her mother, 6 sisters (Mrs. Menno Graber, Washington, Ind.; Mrs. Katie Wagler, Mrs. Fannie Wittmer, Hannah, Sarah, and Rosa, all of Montgomery, Ind.), 3 brothers (John, Loogootee, Ind.; Jonas and Henry, also of Montgomery), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sept. 4, in charge of Samuel Graber. Burial was made in the Amish Cemetery near Grabill, Ind.
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Burkhart.-Eli, son of the late Jacob and Eliza Bowman was born near Bowmansville, Pa., Nov. 17, 1867; died Sept. 14, 1944, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter (Mr. and Mrs. Walter Landis, Elizabethtown, Pa.); aged 76 y. 9 m. 27 d. At the age of sixteen, he moved with his parents to Harvey Co., Kans., and while there united with the Mennonite Church. On Dec. 24, 1893, he united in marriage to Esther F. Bare, who survives him. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters, of whom the following survive: Ada, La Junta, Colo.; Allen, Sedgwick, Kans.; Clara, Nucla, Colo.; Calvin, near Dayton, Ohio; Nettie, wife of Walter Landis, Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Gladys, serving with the Red Cross in France. Two sons and one daughter (Clayton, Howard, and Florence) preceded their father in death. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 2 sisters (Mrs. Samuel Stauffer, Ontario, Calif.; and Mrs. Catherine Shertz, Turlock, Calif.) He, with his family moved from Kansas to Colorado in 1921, and to Elizabethtown, Pa., in 1925. Bro. and Sister Burkhart transferred their membership to the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, where their interest and help in the work were very much appreciated. His regular attendance in services was an inspiration to us and, though handicapped because of defective hearing, he was always present when health permitted. He had been in failing health the past year or so, but was able to be about until three weeks before his death. He was a patient sufferer during his illness. Funeral services were held at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church Sept. 17, in charge of L. C. T. Miller of the Reformed Church and Benjamin L. Keener and Clarence Lutz of the Mennonite Church. Text, John 14:1-3. Interment was made in the Elizabethtown Mennonite Cemetery.
Cerroni.-Paul John, son of Andrew and Pearl Shockey Cerroni, was born near Freeport, Ill., March 16, 1923; died of a rare blood disease at the Deaconess Hospital in Freeport Aug. 23, 1944; aged 21 y. 5 m. 7 d. He had been in failing health for the past two years, and about 18 months ago, it was discovered that he had a rare form of leukemia. Every possible effort was put forth to find a cure for the disease, but nothing could be done. He was given nearly 70 blood transfusions to prolong his life. Early in life, Paul accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Freeport Mennonite Church. He was an industrious and conscientious young man, and an active member in the church, always willing to do whatever he could to promote the cause of Christ. He assisted in the work of the summer Bible school during the past summer, even though his health was very poor. He expressed a desire to live longer in order that he might work for the Lord, who had done so much for him. He had a great concern for the lost. He was fully conscious up to the last moment of his life, and during the last four hours, he spoke so much of those for whom he was concerned. He asked that a message be carried to certain persons, pleading that they might accept Christ. He pleaded that the young people of the church should live closer to the Lord than they have in the past. Paul was preceded in death by his mother. He was given the best of care by his stepmother, who cared for him as if he were her own son. He leaves his father, stepmother, a brother, Mervin, and a sister, Beverly. He also leaves his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Shockey, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Dakota Funeral Home and at the Freeport Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Howard J. Zehr, pastor of the church, assisted by Bishop A. C. Good. An unusually large crowd attended the funeral. Even though Paul's life of service was short, his testimony has gone out in a very powerful way throughout the community.
Gingerich.-Rachel, daughter of John and Barbara Oesch, was born in Huron Co., Ont., Jan. 10, 1859; died at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., July 28, 1944; aged 85 y. 6 m. 18 d. On Jan. 10, 1884, she was united in marriage to John E. Gingerich. This union was blessed with 5 children. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons and 2 daughters (Peter, Edmund, Enos, and Annie-Mrs. E. Brubacher, of Baden; and Mattie-Mrs. Aaron Bender, of Linwood), 4 sisters (Barbara-Mrs. John Brenneman, Waterloo; Katie-Mrs. Dan Brenneman, Milverton; Mary-Mrs. Peter Brenneman, New Hamburg; and Nancy-Mrs. John Roth. Imlay City, Mich.), 2 brothers (Joseph, Saskatchewan; and John, Milverton), 16 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Two sisters and one grandchild preceded her. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were in charge of Samuel Schultz and Moses Roth.
Hochstetler.-Lizzie Ann, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Christian Sommers, was born Sept. 25, 1883, near Walnut Creek, Ohio; died at her home in Rittman, Ohio, Aug. 4, 1944; aged 58 y. 10 m. 10 d. She united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church in youth and remained a faithful member until death. On April 6, 1911, she was united in marriage to Clarence L. Hochstetler. To this union 9 children were born. She leaves her husband, 4 daughters (Mrs. Cloyse Bunting, Mrs. Clarence Lower, Mrs. Ray Armbrust, and Mrs. Carl Armbrust), 4 sons (Floyd, Forest, Howard, and Clarence, Jr.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Hershberger, Mrs. Alvin Immel, and Mrs. Clement Mutchelknaus), 2 brothers (Manasses, Dover, Ohio; and Arletus, Dundee, Ohio), and 9 grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends. One son (Paul) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite church, in charge of Bro. Paul R. Miller. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Kauffman.-Susan Alice, daughter of Henry and Magdalene Stoner, was born at Martinsburg, Pa., May 10, 1868; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. C. Bender, Elkhart , Ind., Sept. 11, 1944; aged 76 y. 4 m. 1 d. On Jan. 19, 1893, she was married to Levi R. Kaufman, who preceded her in death Oct. 3, 1936. She is survived by one daughter, 2 grandsons (Byron and John Lee Bender), and one brother (Fred, Altoona, Pa.). A daughter (Helen) died Nov. 10, 1914. She united with the Martinsburg Mennonite Church nearly forty years ago and was a faithful member, active in sewing circle and other activities of the church. Funeral services were held at Elkhart and Martinsburg. Interment was made in the Kauffman Cemetery near Martinsburg.
Mast.-Chester, son of Corsan and Cora Mast, was born May 15, 1900, near Walnut Creek, Ohio; died of a heart ailment at the Community Hospital, Berea, Ohio, July 13, 1944; aged 44 y. 1 m. 28 d. In his youth he united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. On Sept. 6, 1924, he was united in marriage to Clara Shrock, who survives. Four daughters and one son were born to this union: Mrs. Betty Kucklick, Marjorie Ann, Frances Marie, Karen Faye, and Thomas Wayne. He also leaves one grandchild (Douglas Lee), his father, 8 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Lula Harris, Mrs. Mary Davidson, Mrs. Minnie Beechy, Mrs. Faye Ramseyer, Mrs. Mattie Kemp, Mrs. Ruby Abel, Dora, Anna, Daniel, and Loris), 2 half brothers, 5 uncles, and 2 aunts. His mother and 3 brothers preceded him in death. He was sick only a short time, but bore it patiently. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Paul R. Miller. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Miller.-Peter J., son of the late Jonathan and Magdalena (Stutzman) Miller was born in Walnut Creek Twp., Ohio, Sept. 23, 1864; passed away at the home of his son Daniel, near Millersburg, Ohio, July 2, 1944; aged 79 y. 10 m. 9 d. In his youth he united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. He was united in marriage to Malinda Miller, who preceded him in death twenty years ago. Surviving are 5 sons and 5 daughters (Mrs. Venus Hershberger, Mrs. Allen Gerber, Mrs. Walter Mast, and Mrs. Ray Mast, all of Sugarcreek, Ohio; Mrs. James Mishler, Lagrange, Ind.; Clarence, Converse, Ind.; Malvin, Middlebury, Ind.; John, Mantua, Ohio; Daniel, Millersburg, Ohio; and Kermit, North Canton, Ohio), one brother (William J., Sugarcreek), one half brother (Aaron, Sugarcreek), 39 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, in charge of Paul R. Miller and A. W. Miller. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Peachey.-Sallie S., daughter of Seiver and Sarah Yoder, was born March 4, 1875; passed away at her home near Belleville, Pa., July 12, 1944, after being bedfast for seven weeks due to a heart condition; aged 69 y. 4 m. 8 d. On Dec. 19, 1895, she was united in marriage to John S. Peachey, who preceded her in death 15 years ago. She is survived by 5 sons (Aaron J., Rittman, Ohio; John S., Emanuel B., Elam C., and Urie S., all of Belleville), 7 daughters (Lena-Mrs. Samuel Zook; Salome-Mrs. Jacob P. Yoder, Belleville; Sallie-Mrs. John B. Zook, Allensville; Amelia-Mrs. Jesse Sharp. Belleville; Mary-Mrs. Jacob K. Peachey; Annie-Mrs. Albert M. Yoder, Milroy; and Linnie L., at home), and 43 grandchildren. During her illness she expressed a great desire for the moment of her departure. Two weeks before her death she called her family together and gave then many loving admonitions, her chief concern being that they live close to the Lord. She was a member of the Amish Church. Funeral services were held at her late home by Jacob Peachey, and at the Locust Grove Church by John A. Stoltzfus and Aaron Mast. Interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
Weaver.-Mary N. Martin, widow of Deacon Samuel B. Weaver, was born in Wayne Co, Ohio, March 15, 1855; died July 13, 1944; aged 89 y. 3 m. 28 d. She and her husband united with the Mennonite Church and located near the Delaware Church, Juniata Co., Pa., where they spent all their married life. He passed away Dec. 31, 1935. To them were born 5 children, 2 of whom passed away in infancy. One daughter Minnie (wife of Isaac Bookwalter) also preceded her in death. Two sons (Martin M., Carlisle, Pa.; and W. Banks, Mifflintown, Pa.), 19 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at the home of her son, W. Banks Weaver, July 17, in charge of W. W. Graybill and Donald Lauver. Texts, I Cor. 15:55; I Chron. 29:28. Interment was made in the Delaware Church Cemetery.
Wenger.-Sarah Wenger, widow of the late Levi Wenger, and daughter of the late Christian and Magdalene Hershey, was born in Paradise Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 18, 1860; died of infirmities of age Aug. 28, 1944; at the home of her son-in-law, Irwin L. Groff; aged 84 y. 7 m. 10 d. Her husband preceded her in death almost 18 years ago. Surviving are one son and 4 daughters (Margaret, wife of the late Willis Kreider, Kinzers; Catherine, wife of Benjamin Kreider, Gordonville; Christian, Salunga; Mary, wife of Irwin Groff; and Sarah E., Gordonville), 23 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Abram, Detroit, Mich.; and Joseph, Kinzers). One daughter and 2 sons (Susie E., Oliver H., and Amos C.) preceded her in death. She was a member of the Hershey Mennonite Church and attended services as often as circumstances and health permitted. Mother took sick Feb. 29, and began to fail rapidly. The last moments of her life she suffered much, but when God saw fit, she sweetly passed on. Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at the home of Irwin L. Groff and at Hershey's Church, in charge of Bros. Martin Hershey and Parke Book. Texts, Ps. 37:37; Job 14:14. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Wideman.-Magdalena Hoover, daughter of the late Jacob G. and Anna (Wideman) Hoover, was born Dec. 7, 1883, in Markham Twp., Ont.; died Aug. 15, 1944; aged 60 y. 8 m. 8 d. On Dec. 9, 1902, she was united in marriage to Henry Lehman, who died Feb. 26, 1903. On Jan. 15, 1908, she was married to Albert R. Wideman, and lived on his farm near Markham. She is survived by a sorrowing husband and the following children: Henrietta Lehman (Mrs. L. R. Wambold), Alvin S., Marian R. (Mrs. Joseph Brownsberger), Lorne H., Anna E., and Ella M. Seven grandchildren, one brother (Franklin Hoover), and one sister (Annie-Mrs. Norman Burkholder), all of Markham, also survive. In early life she accepted Christ and united with the Wideman Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. She was active in church and Sunday-school work as long as health permitted, being teacher of the primary class for twelve years. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by her husband and family. For a number of years she had a heart condition, and after an illness of only three days, she passed peacefully away. She looked forward with confident hope to being forever with the Lord. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 17, with a short service at the home by Bro. Floyd Schmucker, followed by services at the Wideman Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Schmucker, assisted by Bro. L. W. Hoover. Text (chosen by the sister), Rev. 14:13. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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