Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1945

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVIII, No . 36 - December 7, 1945, page 686, 687

DETWILER. - Menno B., son of the late Joel and Lavina (Kauffman) Detwiler, was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Sept. 17, 1869; peacefully passed away of heart failure at his home near Westover, Md., Oct. 27, 1945; aged 76 y. 1 m. 10 d. He was the last of a family of ten children. In his youth he was received into the Oak Grove Church and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. On Dec. 25, 1898, he was united in marriage to Sadie F. Sharp. To this union eight children were born. One daughter (Ethel - Mrs. Ira T. Zook) preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure, his sorrowing companion, 7 children (Fred and Kenneth, Pocomoke City, Md.; Vernon, Hyattsville, Md.; Lester, Berwyn, Md.; Stella - Mrs. Oliver Ross, Snow Hill, Md.; Genevieve - Mrs. O. H. King, Garden City, Mo.; and Donna Belle, at home), and 18 grandchildren. About two years ago he had a stroke from which he never fully recovered. He was a great lover of music and served for many years as chorister of Sunday school and church services.

GEISER. - Anna, daughter of Isaac K. and Katherine (Neukomm) Lehman, was born in Wayne Co, Ohio, Dec. 31, 1880; peacefully passed away at her home near Orrville, Ohio, Nov. 16, 1945; aged 64 y. 10 m. 15 d. She was ill for eight weeks, but death came suddenly of heart failure when she was thought to be improving. At the age of sixteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death. On Feb. 6, 1908, she was united in marriage to Benjamin F. Geiser. Surviving are her husband, 6 children (Luella - Mrs. David Steffen and Irvin, Apple Creek, Ohio; Orpha - Mrs. Levi Steiner, Dalton, Ohio; Benjamin, Jr., in C. P. S. at Marlboro, N. J.; Herman and Clayton, at home), 16 grandchildren, one brother, (Jacob, Delta, Ohio), and 4 sisters (Mrs. E. P. Gerber and Mrs. Elias Falb, Kidron, Ohio; Mrs. Alfred Hauter and Mrs. John Boegli, Orrville, Ohio.) One grandchild, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She was deeply interested in the spiritual welfare of her children and as a faithful deacon,s wife her spiritual interest reached out to the entire congregation and the church at large. For the last few years she showed a deep concern for the faithfulness of those of our brethren who had to leave the shelter of home and home congregation to face a world that is hostile to the principles our church holds dear. For a number of years she led the work of the sewing circle. Her desire was to reach through this work as many of the unfortunate as possible. Funeral services were held at the Sonnenberg Church, Nov. 19, in charge of the home ministers. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

HARSHBARGER. - Charles David, son of David and Polly Harshbarger, was born at Mattawana, Pa., Dec. 18, 1873; passed away at his home near West Liberty, Ohio, Nov. 12, 1945; aged 71 y. 10 m. 24 d. He was ill for several years. In 1899 he was married to Saline Rebecca Hartzler. In 1900 they moved to the vicinity of West Liberty, where he spent the remainder of his life. The home was blessed with four children, two of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are his widow, one son (Orrie L., of West Liberty), one daughter (Mrs. Albert Markin, of West Liberty), 3 grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Leah Yoder, of western Maryland). In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was for many years a faithful member of the South Union Mennonite Church. His friendly disposition won for him many friends. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, Nov. 14, in charge of S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Perry Daniels. Burial was made in the South Union Cemetery.

SCHWARTZ. - Ida, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Huber, was born in Peoria, Ill., March 27, 1857; died from the infirmities of old age in the St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Nov. 18, 1945; aged 88 y. 7 m. 22 d. On Feb. 22, 1880, she was married to Joseph Schwartz, who preceded her in death in 1914. To this union five sons were born, two of whom survive: Emil, Marble Rock, Iowa; and Otto, of East Peoria. She also leaves 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Amelia Warren, Oakland, Calif.), and one half brother (Joseph Huber, of Peoria). She was preceded in death by 3 sons (Joseph and Carl, in 1918; and Fred, in 1944), one sister (Albina), and one brother (Emil). She lived in the Pleasant Hill community for the past fifty years and endeared herself to many neighbors and friend. Her special enjoyment was the cultivation of beautiful flowers, and even in her old age she had a lovely flower bed in her care. Her mind was good and her memory unfailing. She was enrolled in the Pleasant Hill Sunday school during its very early days, and it was a noteworthy coincidence that the day of her home-going marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sunday school which she attended those many years ago. Her contacts with the sewing circle of the Pleasant Hill Church extended over many years and resulted in her conversion during the summer of 1943. August 5, 1943, was perhaps one on the most unusual meetings in the history of the Pleasant Hill Sewing Circle, for it was in that regular sewing circle meeting that Grandma Schwartz was baptized by Bro. J. N. Kaufman and became a member of the church. During the past months she enjoyed attending church services and her last time at church was on communion night, Nov. 1, Funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant Hill Church, Nov. 20, in charge of Roy D. Roth, assisted by J. A. Heiser. Text, Rev. 21:4. Burial was made in the Springdale Cemetery.

WILLEMS. - Anna, daughter of Abraham T. and Marie Isaac, was born in McPherson Co., Kans., March 20, 1896; passed away in Greensburg, Kans., Nov. 17, 1945; aged 49 y. 7 m. 28 d. On March 14, 1915, she was united in marriage to Abraham F. Willems. To this union six children were born: Esther - Mrs. Roy Selzer, Protection, Kans.; Abraham, Exeter School, Lafayette, R. I.; Aaron, of Protection; Rosalena, Ezra, and Johnnie, at home. Surviving are her bereaved husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, one brother (Peter Isaac, of Greensburg), 2 sisters (Mrs. Sara Adrian, Dinuba, Calif.; and Mrs. Mary Fedrau, Reedley, Calif.), and many other relatives and friends. At the age of twelve she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained faithful to the end. On Dec. 12, 1909, she was united with the K.M.B. Church near Inman, Kans., and in 1936 with the Calvary Mennonite Church in Greensburg. She was a loving wife and mother. No sacrifice was too great for her. She prayed much for her family and for the work of the church. She was active in church and Sunday-school work as long as health permitted. She was ailing for several years, but the end came suddenly as the result of a cerebral hemorrhage. Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at the Calvary Church, in charge of E. M. Yost, P. A. Friesen, and Samuel Janzen. Interment was made in the Greensburg Cemetery.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVIII, No . 37 - December 14, 1945, page 718, 719

BEECHY. - Katie, daughter of Jonas and Elizabeth Beechy, was born near Berlin, Ohio, April 10, 1880; peacefully passed to her heavenly reward Nov. 26, 1945; aged 65 y. 7 m. 16 d. Though Mother was afflicted with hardening of the arteries and a heart ailment, she maintained reasonably good health until two years ago. During the last two years, however, she was able to take care of most of her household duties. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained a willing worker in the Martins Creek Mennonite Church. On Nov. 19, 1905, she was married to George W. Beechy. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons (Atlee, C. P. S., Hill City, S. Dak.; Orin, C. P. S., Hagerstown, Md.; and Ralph, Apple Creek, Ohio), 2 grandchildren, one brother (Moses), and many other relatives and friends. Five sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. She was a loving, cheerful companion and mother, deeply concerned about her family. Funeral services were held at the Martins Creek Church, in charge of S. W. Sommer, Omar Troyer, I. W. Royer, E. J. Varnes, and D. D. Miller. Burial was made in the Martins Creek Cemetery.

BOESE. - Magdalena, daughter of Peter and Anna Unruh, was born in Ostrog, Russia, Nov. 13, 1858; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Wieneke, Nov. 25, 1945; aged 87 y. 12 d. At the age of fifteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received into the Mennonite church in her native country. When she came to America she and her husband transferred their membership to the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church at Wayland, Iowa, of which she was a member at the time of her death. On the day of her baptism she was married to John Boese. Twelve children were born to this union. They came to America in 1891. Sister Boese possessed a strong physical constitution and was blessed with good health until the infirmities of old age settled upon her. She bore her affliction patiently and expressed herself as willing to go. Her husband passed away Oct. 7, 1911. She was also preceded in death by two sons (Tobias and Henry), one daughter (Anna), one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter. Surviving are 3 sons and 6 daughters (Katie - Mrs. Ike Roth and Mrs. Lena Hertig, Wayland, Iowa; Susan, Winfield, Iowa; Harris, of Wayland; Mrs. Marie Blydenberg, Burlington, Iowa; Jacob, Salina, Iowa; Joseph, of Wayland; Ida - Mrs. John Wieneke, Brighton, Iowa; and Ada - Mrs. Rodney Blake, Burlington, Iowa), 28 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church Nov. 28, in charge of Willard Leichty and Simon Gingerich. Texts, Ps. 23; Luke 12:40. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.

BOWMAN. - David, son of Noah G. and Lizzie Sauder Bowman, was born Aug. 27, 1911; died Nov. 26, 1945; aged 34 y. 2 m. 29 d. He was found choked to death, his clothing being caught in a corn husking machine which he was operating on the farm where he lived near Rockville, Pa. In his teens he was baptized and received into the church, but later drifted away and God, who makes no mistakes, alone knows his destiny. Surviving are his widow (Sallie Good Bowman), 3 children (Melvin H., Ruth Arlene, and Ralph Eugene), his parents, one brother (Aaron), and 5 sisters (Alta - Mrs. Alvin Nagle, Elsie - Mrs. Alvin Martin, Esther - Mrs. Leroy Horst, Florence - Mrs. Lester Groff, and Margaret). Funeral services were held at the Mellinger Funeral Home by Moses Gehman and at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Benjamin Weaver. Text, Ps. 39:5. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

BUCHER. - Henry R., son of Joseph W. and Cathrine (Risser) BUCHER, was born near Lititz, Pa., Dec. 22, 1861; died at the Lancaster General Hospital Nov. 29, 1945 from injuries received Nov. 21 when hit by an automobile while crossing the road at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey E. Metzler, Manheim, Pa., where he resided for nearly three years; aged 83 y. 11 m. 7 d. He was the last of a family of twelve children. On Oct. 16, 1884, he was married to Lizzie F. Hess, who preceded him in death March 17, 1927. Surviving are 4 children (Clayton H., of Lititz; Anna - Mrs. Harvey E. Metzler; Jonas H., of Lititz; and Harry H., Mohnton, Pa.), 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. One daughter (Katie) preceded him in death May 18, 1924. He was a member of the Hess Mennonite Church for fiftysix years. Funeral services were held Dec. 2, at the home of his son Jonas, in charge of Richard Hess, and at the Lititz Mennonite Church, in charge of John S. Hess and Amos Horst. Interment was made in the Hess Cemetery.

DAVIDHIZAR. - Rosa Ann (Sarver) Davidhizar was born in Indiana Sept. 17, 1888; died at her home in Clarksville, Mich., Nov. 27, 1945; aged 57 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was sick only a few days, but suffered greatly from pain in her chest. On Dec. 25, 1911, she was united in marriage to John H. Davidhizar. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons (Joseph S. and Harry M., both of Hollsopple, Pa.), 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Amanda, Harvey, and Mrs. Bertha Miller, White Cloud, Mich.; and Melvin, Caledonia, Mich.), besides many other relatives and friends. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member to the end. She was much concerned for the salvation of others; was a kind wife, mother, and neighbor. Funeral services were held Nov. 30, at the home by Daniel Zook and at the church by E. B. Frey and T. E. Schrock. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

EASH. - Katie E., daughter of the late Joseph and Polly (Kaufman) Croyle, was born in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 24, 1890; passed away in her sleep, from an acute heart attack, Nov. 15, 1945; aged 55 y. 21 d. On May 3, 1914, she was married to Harry J. Spory, who passed away almost seventeen years ago. Surviving from this union are two children (Millard L., Boswell, Pa.: and Esther F., at home). On July 8, 1942, she was married to J. T. Eash, who survives. She also leaves 3 grandchildren, one stepson (Frank Eash, Johnstown, Pa.), one stepgranddaughter, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Ammon J., Levi E., Moses E., and Ella M. - Mrs. Reuben Thomas, all of Boswell; and Anna E. - Mrs. E. S. Thomas, Hollsopple, Pa.) Two brothers preceded her in death. On Oct. 18, 1903, she united with the Thomas Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Nov. 18, at the home by Irvin Holsopple and at the Thomas Church by Harry Y. Shetler and Aldus Wingard. Text, I Cor. 13:12. Interment was made in the church cemetery.

GEHMAN. - Martin B., son of the late Israel and Susanna Gehman, was born March 16, 1867; died at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster Pa., where he was a patient for about a week, Nov. 26, 1945; aged 78 y. 4 m. 10 d. On Jan. 1, 1901, he was married to Amelia Harding. Surviving are his widow, 5 children (William, Carrie, Edna, Annie - Mrs. Monroe Mundorf, and Elwood), 3 brothers (Benjamin, David, and Israel), 2 sisters (Lizzie - Mrs. John Weber; and Lavina - Mrs. Amos Burkhart), and 2 grandchildren. He was a faithful member of Gehman's Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at his late home in Reamstown, Pa., by Moses Gehman, assisted by Elmer Link. Text, John 14:27, 28 (selected by the family). Interment was made in the Muddy Creek Cemetery.

LANDIS. - Elmer B., son of the late Israel B. and Esther Buckwalter Landis, was born near Witmer, Pa., March 22, 1878; departed this life at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 1, 1945; aged 67 y. 6 m. 9 d. His passing away was very sudden, due to a heart condition. Surviving are his widow (Vinnie H. Landis), one son (John E., Witmer, Pa.), one daughter (Mary E., at home), 2 sisters (Mary - Mrs. David Witmer and Luetta - Mrs. Christian F. Landis, of Witmer), and one brother (Phares B., of Witmer). One brother (Daniel) preceded him in death. He was a member of Mellingers Mennonite Church and was interested in the work of the Sunday school. He always liked to be helpful to others and was respected in the community. Funeral services were held Oct. 4, at the home by Elmer Martin and at Mellinger's Church by Harry K. Lefever and David L. Landis. Text, Ps. 127:2. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

LANDIS. - Frank H., son of the late John S. and Mary A. Landis, was born in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 28, 1876; died May 29, 1945; aged 69 y. 4 m. 1 d. Barbara E. Landis, daughter of the late Albert and Anna Martzal, was born Oct. 24, 1878; died May 29, 1945; aged 67 y. 7 m. 5 d. They died in an accident at Shreiner's railroad crossing near Lancaster, Pa. Surviving are one son (Clarence) and 2 grandchildren. An infant son preceded them in death. He is survived by 2 brothers (Willis and Elmer) and 4 sisters (Emma - Mrs. Elam Kreider; Hettie - Mrs. Phares Stoner; Vinnie - Mrs. Elmer B. Landis; and Annie - Mrs. Harry L. Rohrer). Two brothers (John and Jacob) and one sister (Mary) preceded him in death. She is survived by one brother (Samuel, Lancaster, Pa.) and one sister (Eva - Mrs. Robert Kley, Phila., Pa.). One brother (Warren) preceded her in death. They were members of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. They "were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided" (II Sam. 1:23). Funeral services were held at the East Petersburg Church June 1, in charge of Frank Kreider, John Gochnauer, and Clay E. Rice. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

LODWICK. - Anna, daughter of the late Samuel and Fannie Metzler, was born at North Lima, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1872; departed this life at Salem City Hospital, Nov. 26, 1945; aged 73 y. 3 m. 13 d. On Nov. 28, 1895, she was united in marriage to Nelson Lodwick. Surviving are one daughter (Mrs. Silas Bauman, Columbiana, Ohio), 4 sons (Alvin and Harvey of North Lima; Elmer, Snohomish, Wash.; and Wilbur, Canfield, Ohio), 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and one half brother (Samuel B. Metzler, Wakarusa, Ind.).Her husband and an infant son (Norman) preceded her in death. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. She was sick for a number of months, but bore her suffering patiently and frequently expressed a desire to go home and be with her Lord. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church, in charge of David C. Steiner and Paul Yoder. Interment was made in the near-by cemetery.

RAMIREZ. - Barbara, daughter of Bonifacio Ramirez and Erlinda Rangel Solano, was born at Galesburg, Ill., Dec. 22, 1926; went to her eternal abode Nov. 27, 1945; aged 18 y. 11 m. 5 d. Her death was caused by a heart attack brought on by rheumatic arthritis and pneumonia. The last four months of her life were spent in bed, where she ever witnessed to her Saviour's love. She suffered much, but remained confident in her Lord's will, as she told her mother many times. She accepted Christ Jan. 11, 1942, and united with the Mennonite Mexican Mission, Chicago, Ill. Surviving are her mother, one sister (Mrs. Crescencio Rodriguez), one brother (Arcadio R. Ramirez), a stepfather (Pablo Solano), and other relatives and friends. Her father and one brother preceded her in death. On Nov. 4 she eagerly looked forward to the coming of her pastor and bishop to serve her communion, which proved to be her last on this earth. Her favorite texts were John 3:16 and Matt. 1:21. The day of her death her stepfather upon leaving for work said good-by to her and remarked, "Will you be waiting for me when I return tonight from work?" The answer was that she could not say as she felt weak. He then asked "Where will you meet me then if not here-" Her prompt answer was, "Up in heaven with my Lord. Will you meet me there?" Funeral services were held at the home and the church, in charge of her pastor, Lester T. Hershey, assisted by Juan Ramirez. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Interment was made in the Glen Oak Cemetery.

SOUDER, HEDRICK, RUSH. - On Friday evening, Aug. 3, in a tragic accident, five out of six occupants in an automobile met almost instant death when a trolley struck the car in which they were riding.

Ella K., widow of the late Wallace A. Souder and twin daughter of the late Bishop Joseph and Mary Ruth, was born Oct. 27, 1887; died Aug. 3, 1945; aged 57 y. 9 m. 6 d. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and was always a consistent, faithful member and an active Christian worker. In the Sunday school, sewing circle, and all church activities, she was present and contributed to her utmost for the success of every cause. Wherever there was a need in the community she was present to assist. Just two days before meeting death she visited her twin sister, who was ill, and assisted her with her household duties. From there she went to call upon her sister-in-law. As she drove out the lane, she cheerfully called out: "It doesn't matter when we leave, just so we're ready." We believe Sister Souder was ready. She is survived by one daughter (Margaret Rush), 4 grandchildren, one brother and 2 sisters.

Esther R., daughter of the late Wallace A. and Ella K. Souder, was born March 20, 1917; died Aug. 3, 1945; aged 28 y. 4 m. 13 d. In her youth she was converted and united with the Rockhill Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. On May 22, 1937, she was united in marriage to Ralph B. Hedrick, and at the time of death was the mother of three children - two sons and one daughter. She was a devoted wife and mother, and diligently led her children to understand the person of her Saviour, to enjoy the Bible, together with all the Christian activities offered for her children. She is survived by her husband and one son, Donald, aged four years.

Harold S., son of Ralph B. and Esther R. Hedrick, was born Oct. 11, 1939; died Aug. 3, 1945; aged 5 y. 9 m. 22 d. He was not only a big boy for his age, but was a bright and helpful boy. He was fondly looking forward to beginning school, but this never materialized. He showed a keen interest, beyond his age, in accepting and understanding spiritual truth. He loved to sing and pray and attended all the activities in the church, including Sunday school, summer Bible school, young people's meetings, as well as the regular preaching services. He always had a song to suggest when children were asked for selections and ever made a valuable contribution to these services. His departure is mourned by his father and only surviving brother, Donald.

Ella Mae, infant daughter of Ralph B. and Esther R. Hedrick, was born June 30, 1945; died Aug. 3, 1945; aged 1 m. 3 d. She was the first daughter to cheer this family and was a real joy to her parents. So soon in life before the bud began to burst, she was plucked from the family garden. She is mourned by her father and only surviving brother, Donald.

Dale S., son of Lester and Margaret (Souder) Rush, was born Dec. 23, 1942; died Aug. 4, 1945; aged 2 y. 7 m. 12 d. He was the second of four boys. He had already shown a helpful spirit in a number of ways and is sadly missed by his parents. He is survived by his father, and mother and 3 brothers (Glen - four years, Gerald - two years, and Dennis - six months).

This tragic accident took place at 8:30 p. m. Mrs. Souder, together with her daughter (Mrs. Hedrick) and the three Hedrick children and another grandson (Dale Rush), had spent some time in the recently enlarged Self-Service Market operated by Mrs. Hedrick's husband, Ralph B. Hedrick, in Lansdale, Pa. After leaving the store in the care operated by Mrs. Souder, they drove to the Hedrick home, north of Lansdale. Upon crossing the trolley tracks, on the private driveway leading into the Hedrick home, a northbound trolley hit the car with a terrible impact, throwing the car more than fifty feet. The car was terribly crushed and it is believed that both Mrs. Souder and Mrs. Hedrick died of broken necks resulting from the impact. The ambulance and Mr. Hedrick were called to the scene of the accident. The victims were at once removed to Elm Terrace Hospital, Lansdale and Mrs. Souder and Mrs. Hedrick were pronounced dead without being removed from the ambulance. Harold, Ella Mae, and Donald Hedrick and Dale Rush were taken into the hospital. Harold was immediately pronounced dead and Ella Mae twenty minutes later. Dale lived until Saturday afternoon, in spite of his serious injuries. Before his death he spoke some precious words to his father. Donald Hedrick, with a serious skull fracture, concussion, and a neck injury, survived the accident and is seemingly fully recovered. He alone is left to comfort his sorely bereaved father. Two funeral directors took charge of the bodies from the hospital. The Hedrick family was taken to the George R. Huff Funeral Homes in Lansdale and the bodies of Mrs. Souder and Dale Rush were taken to the Hunsicker Funeral Parlor in Souderton. On Monday evening approximately twenty-five hundred people viewed the bodies, clothed in simple white, without any flowers displayed, in these two funeral homes, giving a strong testimony for simplicity in death. The funeral was held in the Rockhill Mennonite Church Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 7. John E. Lapp conducted the devotional period, reading selections from I Cor. 15 and I Thess. 4. Jacob Z. Rittenhouse spoke from the text, Eccl. 9:5, and Clinton D. Landis from Amos 4:12. Wilson Overholt led in the closing prayer. There was a vast multitude of people present for the funeral services. An unusual part of the burial, in the adjoining cemetery, was that three separate committals were made - for the Hedrick family, Mrs. Souder, and Dale Rush. The Lord allowed the survivors of this family to be tried as Job of old, but demonstrated that His grace is sufficient for every time of need. Possibly few other individuals could demonstrate Christian fortitude under trial as these survivors. They thereby have given a powerful testimony to the sufficiency of the grace of God, to all in the community.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVIII, No . 38 - December 21, 1945, page 735

HORST. - David L, son of the late Joseph and Fannie (Lesher) Horst, was born Dec. 21, 1872; died at his home in Maugansville, Md., Dec. 2, 1945; aged 72 y. 11 m. 11 d. He was a member of the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church near Greencastle, Pa. Most of his life he was active in organizing and promoting Sunday schools in the church. He was instrumental in beginning schools at Paradise and Cedar Grove, and was teacher and superintendent at Reiff's Church. He also worked faithfully for the union Sunday school at Maugansville. Surviving are 2 sons (Russell, Fountain Head heights, Pa.; and Paul, State Line, Pa.), one stepson (Roy Deatrich, of Maugansville), 5 daughters (Mrs. Ruth Wallick and Mrs. Cora Barkdoll, Hagerstown, MD.; Elsie, of Maugansville; Mrs. Florence Wheeler, Silver Spring, Pa.; and Mrs. Mary Weller, of Maugansville), 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary Martin and Mrs. Teny Morganstern, of Maugansville). His wife (Alice Deatrich Horst) preceded him in death in March, 1939. Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at the Cedar Grove Church, in charge of Abram Baer, John Grove, and Paul B. Watlington. Burial was made in Reiff's Church Cemetery.

KLINGELSMITH. - G. Harry Klingelsmith was born near Middlebury, Inf., Mary 30, 1880; peacefully passed away at his home near Akron, N.Y., Dec. 2, 1945; aged 65 y. 6 m. 2 d. When ten years of age he went to live with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Joni Schrock, and with them moved to Kansas when fifteen years of age. In his youth he united with the West Liberty Mennonite Church near Windom, Kans., and remained faithful until death. On Feb. 21, 1904, he was united in marriage to Celesta Yoder. To this union ten children were born. Surviving are his sorrowing widow, 6 daughters and 2 sons (Geneva - Mrs. Samuel Helmuth, Glen Flora, Wis.; Naomi - Mrs. Irvin Miller; Verda - Mrs. Floyd Yousey; Ruby - Mrs. Delbert Ressler; Ruth - Mrs. Harry Flint; Linford, Opal, and Glendon) and 10 grandchildren. In the fall of 1923 the family moved to Clarence Center, N. Y., and he transferred his membership to the Clarence Center Mennonite Church. For several years his health had been failing. On Sunday morning, Dec. 2, he attended church, and about a half hour after getting home quietly passed on to his reward. He was a good husband and faithful father. Funeral services were held at the Clarence Center Church, in charge of D. Edward Diener. Text, Ps. 116:15.

LINDER. - Joseph, son of the late Peter and Barbara Krabill Linder, was born near Harrisburg, Ohio, Oct. 11, 1864; died at his home in Harrisburg, Nov. 29, 1945; aged 81 y. 1 m. 18 d. In 1882 he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church, and continued in this fellowship until the end. On Jan. 23, 1890, he was united in marriage to Mary Schmucker, who preceded him in death in 1926. On May 26, 1930, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Josephine Lamielle. During the past summer, his health was failing, due to complications, but he was able to be about in the home until the last week when he contracted a cold which developed into a light case of pleurisy and pneumonia. He was conscious until the end and made detailed arrangements for his funeral. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 2 stepchildren (Mrs. Lawrence Frank and Marvin Lamielle, both of Louisville, Ohio), 14 step grandchildren, 9 stepgreat-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Daniel, Louisville, Ohio; and Amos, Alliance, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Besides his parents and his first wife, 7 brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Church, in charge of O. N. Johns. Texts, II Pet. 1:14; II Tim. 4:6. Interment was made in the church cemetery.

NISSLEY. - Maize May, daughter of the late Alpheus and Alice Brant, was born July 23, 1882; died Dec. 2, 1945; aged 63 y. 4 m. 5 d. Surviving are her husband, 3 children (Alice Marie, at home; Brant, Landisville, Pa.; and Samuel, York, Pa.), and one grandchild. Two children preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and attended services as long as her health permitted. She was blind the last three years of her life. Funeral services were held at the home and the Landisville Church, in charge of Christ Frank and Henry Lutz. Text, Ps. 8:4. Burial was made in the Landisville Cemetery.

RANCK. - Salinda Denlinger Ranck was born in East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 30, 1874; departed this life Oct. 31, 1945; aged 71 y. 9 m. 1 d. Her husband (Jason G. Ranck) and four sons preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 daughters (Eva - Mrs. Jacob B. Habecker, Lancaster, Pa.; and Reba - Mrs. John E. Keener, Washington Boro, Pa.), one son (Elvin D., Paradise, Pa.), 17 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Reuben Buckwalter, of Lancaster), and 3 brothers (Martin, Soudersburg, Pa.; Elam, Strasburg, Pa.; and Abram, Baltimore, Md.). She was a member of the Paradise Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at the Paradise Church, in charge of Parke Book, Amos Weaver, and John K. Charles. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVIII, No . 39 - December 28, 1945, page 751

HOOVER. - William A., son of Pre. Martin A. and Margaret (Musser) Hoover, was born in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 18, 1865; died at his home near Goshen, Ind., after a week,s illness of pneumonia, Nov. 13, 1945; aged 80 y. 26 d. At an early age he met with an accident which caused him to be a cripple for life. For this reason he prepared himself to be a teacher in public schools, in which capacity he served for nineteen years. During this time he pointed and guided many a little mind to the better and nobler things of life. On Aug. 27, 1889, he was united in marriage to Emma Shaum. To this union six children were born. Surviving are 5 sons (Warren, of Goshen; Lewis, at home; Maynard, New Paris, Ind.; Paul, on the home farm; and George, Wakarusa, Ind.), one daughter (Martha - Mrs. Benjamin Good, Orrville, Ohio), 27 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 7 stepgrandchildren, and one stepbrother (Peter Hartman). In early manhood he espoused the Christian faith and chose the Mennonite Church as his home. In this faith he lived and died, desiring that his following generations should accept the same. He was the first to be called away from the family circle, but we submissively say "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek (frame) Church, in charge of William Ramer, David Wenger, and Thomas Ressor.

SAUDER. - William, son of Daniel and Barbara (King) Sauder, was born near Pettisville, Ohio, May 10, 1886; died at Archbold, Ohio, Nov. 6, 1945; aged 59 y. 5 m. 26 d. On Jan. 18, 1910, he was united in marriage to Emma Lugbill. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure, his sorrowing wife, one son (Ray, Wauseon, Ohio), 2 daughters (Opal, LaJunta, Colo.; and Ilva ? Mrs. Walter Short, of Wauseon), one grandchild, 3 brothers, Jacob, Daniel, and Emanuel), 5 sisters (Amelia - Mrs. Jonathan Nofziger; Elizabeth - Mrs. Menno Grieser; Ida - Mrs. David Richer; Lydia - Mrs. Frank Goldsmith; and Caroline - Mrs. Harry Goldsmith), and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one daughter (Laura), one grandchild, father, mother, and 2 sisters. He enjoyed good health and was always active. On Tuesday noon he went to work at the Sauder Woodworking Factory, where he had been employed for the last two years. Shortly after he arrived a fire was discovered, and he and some other men went on the second floor to fight it. They soon found it was beyond control and turned around to escape, only to find themselves trapped in heavy smoke. The others succeeded in escaping, however, but William was overcome in the smoke. Efforts were put forth to rescue him, but they proved futile. In his youth he confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite church, remaining faithful until the end. God,s ways are not our ways, and we cannot understand, but we believe he went to be with his Lord. Burial took place Wednesday afternoon, the service at the cemetery being in charge of P. L. Frey and Roy Sauder. Memorial services were held at the central Church on Sunday, in charge of Dan Sommers and Jesse J. Short.

Transcribed by Mary Teeter, Michigan

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