Bender John M., son of David and Lydia (Miller) Bender, was born near New Hamburg, Canada, July 27, 1860; departed this life at the Lincoln (Nebr.) General Hospital, Dec. 18, 1945; aged 85 y. 4 m. 20 d. In 1884 he was married to Barbara E. Miller, who preceded him in death April 12, 1934. Surviving are 4 children (Mrs. M. R. Bender, Lincoln. Nebr.; David E., Milford, Nebr.; Joseph F., Seward, Nebr.; and William J.. of Milford), 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Emanuel, of Milford; and David, Sterling, Colo.), and one sister (Mary Sutter, of Milford). As a little girl, Mrs. Ralph Schweitzer was taken into this home and lived with them until her marriage. He was preceded in death by his wife, 2 daughters (Mrs. Ezra Schweitzer and Mrs. William Springer), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Joseph R. Stauffer, Mrs. John Maurer, and Mrs. N. E. Roth). In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church near Milford. On Aug. 25 he fell and broke his hip and on Sept. 1 was taken to the hospital, where every thing was done to ease his pain. The last few weeks of his life he longed to be taken home to his Saviour. Funeral services were conducted at the Milford A. M. Church, Dec. 21, in charge of L. O. Schlegel. Text, Eccl. 12:1-7. Interment was made in the Milford A. M. Cemetery.
Godshall Sevilla F., daughter of William and Lizzie (Frick) Souder, passed away after a lengthy illness; aged 63 y. 2 m. 12 d. Death was caused by a liver and diabetic condition. Surviving are her husband (John K. Godshall, Telford, Pa.), mother, 2 children (Ellis S., of Telford and Elizabeth Mrs. Francis Sehwenk, at Home), one brother (Harvey F., of Telford), one sister (Mrs. Wallace Ruth, Line Lexington, Pa.), and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Rockhill Church, of which she was a member, in charge of Edwin A. Souder and Clinton Landis. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Nafziger Anna, daughter of Joseph and Alice (Hage)
Schantz, was born at Fulda, Minn., July 26, 1896; passed
away at her home in Minier, Ill., after an illness of six days
of diphtheria, Nov. 30, 1945; aged 49 y. 4 m. 4 d. On Dec. 21,
1921, she was united in marriage to John Nafziger, who survives.
She also leaves one stepson (Vilas), 4 stepgrandchildren. 4 sisters
(Mrs. Bertha Birky, Mason City, Ill.; Mrs. Lizzie
Birky, Kouts, Ind.; Martha and Esther, Beemer, Nebr.), 4 brothers (Christian, Arthur, Edwin, and Daniel, all of Beemer, Nebr.), and many other relatives and friends. Her parents, one sister (Kate Ehresman), and one brother (Joseph) preceded her in death. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. She served as a Sunday-school teacher for a number of years. Funeral services were held on the lawn of her home, in charge of Simon Litwiller and Ben Springer. Interment was made in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery.
Schlabaugh Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph J. and Barbara (Brenneman) Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Dec. 14, 1861; died at the place of her birth, Dec. 10, 1945; aged 83 y. 11 m. 26 d. She was one of a family of eleven children, only one of whom is now living. On Oct. 13, 1878, she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. On Jan. 17, 1886, she was married to John Schlabaugh, who preceded her in death July 7, 1907. Two children (Chris and Emma Shetler) also preceded her. Surviving are 7 children (Samuel and Barbara Mrs. Emra Kempf, Parnell, Iowa; Mary Mrs. Jason G. Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; and Joel, Joe, John, and Edd, all of Wellman, Iowa), 24 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one sister (Anna Mrs. C. P. Swartzendruber), and many other relatives and friends. She was blessed with average health until less than a week before her death when a complicated lung condition and paralysis developed, resulting in an unconscious state for somewhat more than four days until the Lord saw fit to take her home. For the last twenty-three years she made her home with her son Joel and family. She will be greatly missed, but we humbly say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were held Dec. 18, at the home by S. Y. Swartzendruber and at the Lower Deer Creek Church by J. L. Hershberger and David D. Miller. Text, John 5:24,25. Burial was made in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
Snyder Ida, youngest daughter of Samuel and Susanna
(Wenger) Grabill, was born near Cullom, Ill., Sept. 13,
1865; died suddenly from a heart attack Dec. 20, 1945, at the
home of her son Vernon, near Ashley, Mich.; aged 80 y. 3 m. 7
d. She was the last one of a family of ten children. At the age
of fifteen, under the ministry of John S. Coffman, she accepted
Christ as her Saviour and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church until death. On Jan. 24, 1886, she was united in marriage
to Peter B. Snyder. To this union nine children were born. They
had made plans to celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary
in January, but God saw fit to call her home instead. In 1893
the family moved to Alpha, Minn., and in 1907 to Plainview, Texas.
From 1922 to 1929 Mother and Father lived at Hesston, Kans. Since
that time they lived with different ones of the children in Ohio
and Michigan. She was of a deeply spiritual nature and was greatly
concerned about the spiritual welfare of her children and grandchildren.
She spent much time reading the Bible. Surviving are her husband,
9 children (Maude Mrs. Milo Kreider, Los Angeles, Calif.;
Orville, Orrville, Ohio; John, Wadsworth, Ohio; Susie Mrs.
Paul K. Hoover, Goshen, Ind.; Joe, Los Angeles, Calif.; Paul,
Kalona, Iowa; Mark, La Junta, Colo.; Vernon, Ashley, Mich.; and
Grace Mrs. George Swartzendruber, St. Johns, Mich.), 48
grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives
and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her
son Vernon by D. S. Oyer and at the Bethel Mennonite Church by
J. Kore Zook. Texts, II Cor. 4:13-18; 5:1-4; Ps. 116:15. Interment
made in the cemetery near by.
Stauffer Amos N., son of the late Peter H. and Anna Newcomer Stauffer, was born Dec. 24, 1864; entered into rest at his home in Florin, Pa., Oct. 16, 1945; aged 80 y. 9 m. 22 d. He was afflicted with shaking palsy for a number of year, but bore his affliction very patiently. He was a kind and loving father and grandfather. On Oct. 25, 1887, he was married to Barbara N. Miller, who preceded him in death Oct. 29, 1926. Surviving are 4 children (Norman M. and Bertha M. widow of B. Lehman Kraybill, both of Mt. Joy, Pa.; Mary M. Mrs. Ezra R. Garber, Elizabethtown, Pa.: and David M., Hershey, Pa.). One daughter (Leah M.) preceded him in death. He was a member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at his late home and at the Mt. Joy Church, Oct. 19, in charge of Henry E. Lutz, Amos L. Hess, and Henry F. Garber. Text, Jno. 11:24,25. Burial was made in the Kraybill Cemetery.
Trimble Gus Trimble was born March 3, 1888; died Dec. 8, 1945; aged 57 y. 9 m. He was a member of the Mennonite Mission, Columbia, Pa. Surviving are 2 sisters (Lydia Campbell of Columbia; and Mrs. Blanche Finley, Manheim, Pa.) and 2 brothers (George, Chester, Pa.; and Ralph, Lancaster, Pa.). Funeral services were held at Etzweiler's Funeral Home, Columbia, Dec. 6, conducted by Frank E. Garman. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
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Deter Elsie Ann, youngest child of Daniel S. and Violetta Deter, was born in Morrison, Ill., June 25, 1935; passed away at the family home near Morrison, Dec. 21, 1945; aged 10 y. 5 m. 26 d. She was never of rugged health, and last August she contracted pneumonia, from which she never fully recovered. Surviving are her parents, one sister (Sevilla), 3 brothers (William, Melvin, Clayton), and many more distant relatives. Funeral services were held Dec. 24, at the home and at the Brick Church, in charge of A. C. Good. Text "Is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well."
Detweiler Peter, son of Christian and Mary Cooper Smith Detweiler, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Dec. 21, 1867; passed away at his home near Beaver Crossing, Nebr., Dec. 14, 1945; aged 77 y. 11 m. 23 d. On April 14, 1895, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Sutter. Surviving are his loving wife, 6 children (Katie Steckly, Milford, Nebr.; Chris, Elmer, and Mary, of Beaver Crossing; Jake, of Milford; and William, of Beaver Crossing), 7 grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Christian, Shickley, Nebr.; and Valentine, Thomas, Okla.). His parents and three sisters preceded him in death. His health had been failing for some time, but death came suddenly as the result of influenza. In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the East Fairview Mennonite Church. He was much concerned for the welfare of his family, who mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father.
Glick Virgil N., son of Noah and Mary Glick, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Oct. 26, 1929; died at his home Dec. 13, 1945; aged 16 y. 1 m. 17 d. He was afflicted with heart trouble for several years and this together with complications caused his early departure. Surviving are his parents, 4 brothers (Harvey, Stanley, Garold, and Walter), 3 sisters (Maggie, Ruby, and Viola), and other relatives and friends. In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Emma Mennonite Church, in which faith and practice he continued to the end. Funeral services were held at the Emma Church, in charge of O. S. Hostetler and Amos O. Hostetler.
Graybill Lena, daughter of the late Samuel O. and Mattie Musselman Martin, was born near New Holland, Pa.; quietly passed away at the Lancaster General Hospital, Oct. 26, 1945; aged 56 y. 6 d. She and her husband and two daughters were all seriously injured in an automobile accident on Oct. 14, but were recovering nicely. Her death was caused by a pulmonary embolism. It was an extreme shock to her husband, who was occupying the same hospital room, to find that she had silently and unexpectedly passed on. He was able, however, to attend the funeral but the two daughters (Orpha and Eunice) were unable to do so. At an early age she united with the Groffdale Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member. In January, 1911, she was married to Henry B. Graybill. To this union were born six sons and four daughters; J. Mervin, Mohnton, Pa.; Mary M., Ephrata, Pa.; Paul L. and Arthur M., Lancaster, Pa.: Noah S., Strasburg, Pa.; Lois Mrs. Paul Dagen, of Strasburg; Omar M., of Lancaster; Jacob, somewhere in Germany; Orpha and Eunice, at home. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, 4 sisters (Anna Moyer, of Lancaster; Ada Mrs. Menno Brubaker, McAlisterville. Pa.; Nora Mrs. Ira T. Graybill, Neffsville, Pa.; and Phebe Mrs. J. Paul Graybill, East Earl, Pa.), and 2 brothers (Amos, Akron, Pa.; and Paul M., Lititz, Pa.) She was a loving, cheerful companion and mother and was deeply interested in her family. Funeral services were held at the late home and at the Groffdale Church, in charge of Lester Hoover, Eli Sauder, Mahlon Witmer, and Amos Sauder. Text, Mark 14:8. Interment was made in the Groffdale Cemetery.
Hess William H., son of the late Joseph and Amanda Hess, was born in New Providence Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 11, 1876; departed this life at the Lancaster General Hospital, where he was a patient for three weeks. His wife (Katie E.) and two children preceded him in death. Surviving are 4 children (Frank K., Kathryn A., M. Ruth Mrs. Raymond Hershey, and E. Mae Mrs. J. Martin Gish), 8 grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Anna Leaman). Father's last days on earth were quite miserable, but today we no longer spend wakeful hours in deep concern for him, for we are assured that he is with the Lord. Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by the home ministers. Text, Job 14:14. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kreider Elam R., son of the late John R. and Lizzie Esbenshade Kreider, was born in West Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., May 1, 1862; died Oct. 15, 1945; aged 83 y. 5 m. 15 d. For the past number of years his health had been failing and also his eyesight, which later led to blindness. After several weeks of continued physical weakness he quietly passed on to his reward. Surviving are his widow (Emma L. Kreider), 4 sons (John L., Frank L., Landis C., and Elam A., all of Lancaster, Pa.), 2 daughters (Lizzie Mrs. Benjamin. D. Mellinger, Smoketown, Pa.; and Mary Mrs. John L. Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa.), one sister (Lizzie Mrs. Adam Herr, Millersville, Pa.), 24 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He was a member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church and attended services as long as his health permitted. As a loving husband, father, and grandfather he will be greatly missed, but we are glad that he is sweetly resting and will suffer no more pain. Funeral services were held Oct. 18, at the home by Harry Lefever and at Mellinger's Church by Harry Lefever and David Landis. Text, Ps. 92:13,14. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller Amanda, daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna Hostetter Hertzler, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 14, 1856; passed away at the home of her son Harry H., Millersville, Pa., Dec. 16, 1945; aged 89 y. 6 m. 2 d. She was blind for the last five years, but was very patient in her affliction. Surviving are 3 sons (Harry H., of Millersville; Benjamin H., Washington Boro, Pa.; and Roy H., Manheim, Pa.), 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Her husband (Benjamin S. Miller) and 2 daughters preceded her in death. She was a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral service were held at the home by James Hess (Eccl. 12) and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by D. Stoner Krady. Text, Ps. 35:5. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Mullet Menno, son of the late Jacob J. and Sarah Mullet, was born near Nappanee, Ind., May 27, 1891; died at the Glendive, Mont., Hospital, Dec. 20, 1945; aged 54 y. 6 m. 23 d. He suffered from heart trouble. which was the major cause of his death. On Nov. 12, 1913, he was married to Ora Chancy. Surviving are his faithful companion, 9 children (Lillian Mrs. Lester Davis. Jessie, Margaret Mrs. James Bidwell, Lucille, Ruby Mrs. Harold Stanley, Gladys, James, Eunice. and Keith), 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jacob and David, of Glendive), 2 sisters (Mrs. John Willard, Hawley, Minn.; and Mrs. Eli Chupp, Bloomfield, Mont.), and many friends. He located in eastern Montana in 1903 and engaged in farming. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, Glendive, in charge of L. A. Kauffman. Text. Ps. 90:12. Burial was made in the city cemetery.
Neuenschwander Peter M., son of the late Christian and Katherina Neukom Neuenschwander, was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, Sept. 15. 1854; died at his home in Berne, Ind., Dec. 21, 1945; aged 91 y. 3 m. 6 d. In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the Mennonite Church in Switzerland. At the age of seventeen he was ordained to the ministry and in May, 1883, to the office of bishop. In the spring of 1876, he with his parents and brothers and sisters came to America and settled near Orrville, Ohio. In the fall of the same year he moved to Berne, Ind. On Nov. 9, 1882, he was united in marriage to Katherina Nussbaum, who preceded him in death March 2, 1900. To this union six sons and five daughters were born. Surviving are 6 children (Elizabeth, Abraham, Anna with whom he made his home, David, Mariann Mrs. John P. Richer, and Christian, all of near Berne), 28 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Two sons and two daughters died in infancy and the oldest son (Jacob) in 1940. All of his brothers and sisters also preceded him. Funeral services were held at the home Dec. 24, in Louis Amstutz and Jacob Neuenschwander. Texts, Ps. 90:1-10; Zech. 14:7. Burial was made in the Neuenschwander Cemetery, northwest of Berne.
Shank John Martin, son of Martin and Catherine
(Shenk) Shank, was born at Elida, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1880; passed
away at his home in Myerstown, Pa.. Nov. 10, 1945; aged 65 y.
1 m. 4 d. On Oct. 11, 1903, he was united in marriage to Mary
Miller. Surviving are his devoted and sorrowing wife, 8 children
(Paul, Denver, Colo.; J. Mark, Fountain City, Tenn.; Naomi
Mrs. James Stallings, Hampton, Va.; Ralph, Harrisonburg, Va.;
Aaron, Myerstown, Pa.; Walter, Elkridge, Md.; Gladys Mrs.
Russell Baer, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Mary Louise, at home), 7 grandchildren.
2 brothers (Perry and Lewis), and 3 sisters (Clara Mrs.
Walter Grove, Cora Mrs. Irvin King, and Elva). As a young
man he united with the Mennonite Church and endeavored to serve
Christ and the church faithfully. He was connected with the Meckville
Mission from the time the work was started and saw it develop
into an organized congregation. He was always greatly concerned
that the Mennonite Church should hold the ancient landmarks. When
he saw that modernism was threatening the church, he strongly
urged that a Mennonite school be established in the east and gave
several years to this task. The grace of God was magnified in
his life, and his fight for the truth was with meekness, gentleness,
and firmness. Although very conscientious about the smallest details
of life and always seeking to do good, he had a deep feeling of
unworthiness and took courage only in the blood of Christ. He
was a kind and considerate husband and father, and was always
concerned about the spiritual welfare of his family. He was sick
for many weeks and expressed his desire to go home to God. Funeral
services were held at the home and the Meckville Mennonite Church,
in charge of Simon G. Bucher and J. L. Stauffer. Interment was
in the adjoining cemetery.
Steider Lester Eugene, son of Lee and Emma (Saltzman) Steider, was born near Shickley, Nebr., Aug. 25, 1929; passed away at his birthplace Dec. 20, 1945; aged 16 y. 3 m, 25 d. His untimely death was caused by a brain tumor. In January, 1945, he submitted to two unsuccessful head operations and was also operated on for acute appendicitis. He entered the operating room with the words, "Blessed Jesus, hold my hand," in mind. These words exemplified his attitude during the entire period of his affliction. Although the attempts of brain specialists to remove the tumor were futile, he received temporary relief and was again able to go about by himself. Since July, however, his condition gradually grew worse, and he was confined to his bed since October 17. Although he suffered little pain except at the beginning of his illness, no one will ever know what he endured so patiently without complaint. As he suffered with Christ, he also now reigns with Him. At the age of fourteen he united with the Salem Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Surviving are his parents, 4 brothers (Lowell, in detached service at Fox Lake, Wis.; Kenneth, Delmar, and Leonard), one sister (Madonna), 2 grandfathers, one grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at the Salem Church, in charge of P. R. Kennel and Fred Reeb. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Swartzendruber John J., son of Joseph and Lydia Kauffman Swartzendruber, was born near Wellman, Iowa, May 18, 1872; departed this life at his home in Wellman, Dec. 26, 1945; aged 73 y. 7 m. 8 d. He was one of a family of sixteen children, of whom only one sister (Mrs. W. R. Eicher, Wayland, Iowa) survives. His parents were the first Amish Mennonite family to settle in Iowa County. In youth he united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. On March 7, 1941, he suffered a paralytic stroke, from which he never fully recovered. He was able to help himself to some extent for some time, but a few weeks before his departure he began to fail and gradually grew worse. On April 24, 1904, he was united in marriage to Ida Bissy. Surviving are his widow, 2 children (Rolla, Kalona, Iowa; and Mary Mrs. Harold Stutzman, of Wellman), 3 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Wellman Mennonite Church, in charge of George S. Miller and P. J. Blosser.
Yoder Moses A., son of the late Reuben and Harriet Rhiel Yoder, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., July 7, 1865; peacefully passed away at his home near Middlebury, Ind., Dec. 19, 1945; aged 80 y. 5 m. 12 d. In young manhood he united with the Forks Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. On Dec. 23, 1888, he was united in marriage to Katie Ann Hostetler, who survives. This union was blessed with four sons and three daughters: Ora E., Anna Mrs. Malvin Miller, and Edith Mrs. Quinton Yoder, all of Middlebury; Oscar O. and Ervin E.. both of Huntington Park, Calif.; Nettie Mrs. Roy Miller, Ligonier, Ind.; and Ira E.. Shipshewana, Ind. Also surviving are 35 grandchildren. 15 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Daniel R., Miami, Fla., Menno S., of Shipshewana; and Levi E., of Middlebury), and one sister (Mrs. Mary Powell, of Shipshewana). He had a light stroke in June, but partly recovered; then in October a blood clot formed in his leg, which caused much pain, but he bore it all patiently. He was confined to his bed nearly four weeks. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the Forks Church, in charge of Ira Johns and Early Bontrager. Interment was made in the cemetery on the home farm.
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Augsburger Amos, son of Christian and Barbara (Leichty) Augsburger, was born in Adams Co., Ind., Aug. 14, 1869; passed away Dec. 29, 1945; aged 76 y. 4 m. 15 d. On Dec. 19, 1893, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Shank, who survives. He also leaves 2 children (Raymond E., Lima, Ohio; and E. Elnora Beck, Archbold, Ohio), 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Moses and John, Berne, Ind.; and Daniel, Elida, Ohio), and one sister (Fanny Hale, of Elida). For the past nine years he suffered from dropsy and heart trouble. The last few months other complications developed which caused much suffering, but he bore it patiently to the end. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for fifty-four years, having had his membership with the Central congregation, Elida, for nearly twenty years. He often expressed his desire to go to his eternal home. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church Dec. 31, by Andrew Brenneman and M. L. Troyer.
Emmett Joseph W. Emmett was born in Pulaski Co., Ky., Dec. 28, 1860; died at his home near Norfork, Ark., Dec. 20, 1945; aged 84 y. 11 m. 27 d. Early in life he moved to Arkansas. He was married to Emma Bernice Payne, who preceded him in death in 1917. To this union eight children were born, two of whom, (Bertha Keeney and Fanny Gaither) preceded him in death. Surviving are five daughters and one son (Mrs. Theresa Gowers, Spearman, Texas; Mrs. Ella Cypert, Borger, Texas; Mrs. W. S. Bagwell, Cashmere, Wash.; Mrs. Alice Harris, Corinne, Okla.; Mrs. Mae Marchant, Culp, Ark.; and Edward, Lake Charles, La.). In 1921 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Zelda young, mother of Mrs. Lottie Parnell, Norfork, Ark.; Mrs. Russell Pool, Culp, Ark.; Edward Pinkston, Mountain Home, Ark.; Charles Pinkston and Curtis Young, Harrison, Ark. In 1892 he established the post office at Culp, Ark., and in 1904 opened a general community store in the same building. Here he lived and served his community until 1940, when he moved to near Norfork and opened a store in one room of his home, where he sold groceries until three days before his death. He was a pioneer and community builder, and was widely known and respected as "Uncle Joe." While still quite young he became a church member, and united with the Mennonite Church at Culp in 1940. Besides his wife and children, he leaves 29 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He was in failing health for some years and when his time came, he was ready and glad to go. Funeral services were held at Galatia Church near Norfork, in charge of Frank Horst. Text, I Thess. 4:18. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Frederick Earl, son of Nelson and Mary (Miller) Frederick, was born April 14, 1945; passed away at the Grandview Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., after a few days' illness, Dec. 7, 1945; aged 7 m. 23 d. Surviving are his parents, one brother, 3 sisters, and his grandparents. Funeral services were held Dec. 11, at the home, Souderton, Pa., by Jacob Moyer, and at the Deep Run Church by Wilson Overholt, Abram W. Yothers, Erwin Nace, and John E. Lapp. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Geil Joseph W., only son of Jacob and Mary (Wenger) Geil, was born near Edom, Va., Oct. 8, 1858; died Dec. 29, 1945; aged 87 y. 2 m. 21 d. He grew to manhood in the community in which he was born. Here he received his education in the public schools and later continued his education at the Shenandoah Institute at Dayton, Va. He taught some in the public schools near his home and also did some work as a surveyor. On Dec. 8, 1885, he was united in marriage to Annie Beery, who survives. To this union six children were born: J. Edwin, who died June 10, 1944; N. Wilmer; Paul, who died in infancy; Mary C. Mrs. S. A. Shank; Arthur; and Anna, at home. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His sisters (Catherine Mrs. Joseph H. Brunk and Barbara Mrs. Jacob Beard) preceded him in death. In February, 1893, he moved his family to a farm three miles south of Broadway, Va., which was formerly owned by Henry Rhodes (Heinrich Roth), one of the first ministers of the church in Virginia. Here he resided until his death. On Jan. 12, 1896, he was chosen by lot to serve as a minister at Brenneman's Church. He accepted this call conscientiously and served as long as health permitted. For about ten years he was not able to fill his place regularly. His ministry, which lasted just two weeks less than fifty years, was characterized by a true testimony both in word and action. It can truly be said of him that he taught nothing that he was not willing to exemplify in his own life. He was a faithful and vigorous defender of the faith of the church. The early part of his ministry was in the time when the rural work in the Virginia and West Virginia mountains was carried on by use of the horse and buggy or by horseback. Many were the long and tiresome trips he made in the Lord's work. A faithful one has gone on one who will be missed in his place. Funeral services were held at his late home and at the Lindale Church on Dec. 31, conducted by J. L. Stauffer, S. H. Rhodes, P. E. Shank, and Timothy Showalter. His remains lie in the adjoining cemetery to await the call of his Lord.
Good Mabel, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott Groff, was born March 20, 1876: died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 30, 1945; aged 69 y. 9 m. 10 d. She was a patient at the hospital for one month, suffering from a broken hip. On July 25, 1895, she was married to Samuel Good, who survives. She also leaves one brother, Horace Groff. She was a member of the General Conference Mennonite Church and was consistent in her faith and service to her church and Lord. Funeral services were conducted at the Pine Grove Church by Raymond Stubbs, assisted by Moses Gehman. Text, John 11:25. Interment was made in the Bowmansville Union Cemetery.
Harnish Elma Lavina, daughter of Sanford B. and E. Nora Landis, was born Dec. 19, 1899, in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; departed this life Nov. 29, 1945; aged 45 y. 11 m. 10 d. After nearly two weeks' illness at home with a throat condition, she was removed to St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, where she passed away seven days later as the result of pneumonia. She was conscious all the time and bore her suffering patiently until the end. Her cheerful disposition and loving smile will be missed by all who knew her. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member and an active worker in the church and community. On June 3, 1925, she was united in marriage to Christian H. Harnish, who survives. She also leaves 2 daughters (Evelyn E. and Elma C.), her mother, and the following brothers and sisters: Edna M. Burkhart, J. Ellis, A. Roy, and Mrs. Aaron H. Shenk, all of Lancaster, Pa. Funeral services were held Dec. 2, at the home by Henry Nauman and at the New Danville Church by Jacob Brubaker and John Mosemann. Text, Jer. 15:9. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Maust Joseph J. Maust was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 10, 1861; peacefully fell asleep at his home in Pigeon, Mich., Dec. 20, 1945; aged 84 y. 10 m. 4 d. On Sept. 14, 1890, he was united in marriage to Lydia Hochstetler, who preceded him in death nine years ago. To this union were born seven sons and five daughters. Two children (Menno and Alma) preceded him in death. Surviving are 10 children (Henry and Sherman, of California; Richard, Earl, Mary Mrs. Dan Swartzendruber, and Edward, Bay Port, Mich.; Anna Mrs. Edwin Albrecht, Turner, Mich.; Barbara Mrs. Henry Esch and Joseph, Jr., of Pigeon; and Emma, at home), 38 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until death. In 1905 he and his family moved to Michigan and lived on a farm near Bay Port until he retired and moved to his home in Pigeon. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon A. M. Church, Dec. 26, in charge of Raymond Byler and Emanuel Swartzendruber. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Metzler Mary, daughter of Jacob and Margaret Hershey, was born Sept. 21, 1853; died Oct. 19, 1945; aged 92 y. 28 d. In 1873 she was married to Christian Metzler, who preceded her in death in 1921. To this union seven sons and four daughters were born: Aaron and Harry E., Paradise, Pa.; Lena Mrs. Harry W. Reeser, Gap, Pa.; Sue J. Mrs. Jeremiah Moore and Annie Mrs. Christian W. Houck, of Paradise; Christian, Ephrata, Pa.; Mary Mrs. Ross Leaman, Ronks, Pa.; Abram, Lima, Ohio; Omar, Bird-in-Hand, Pa.; Isaac J., Manheim, Pa.; and Jacob,. who died in infancy. She is also survived by 55 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Susan Rohrer, of Paradise). She was blessed with good health and a clear mind until the last two weeks of her life. Each day she became weaker and many times expressed her desire to go home. Funeral services were held Oct. 22 at Hershey's Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member for over sixty-five years, in charge of Amos Weaver and Martin R. Hershey. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Moyer Clara, daughter of the late George S. and Kathryn Bishop Heckler, was born June 5, 1876; peacefully fell asleep Nov. 11, 1945, at her home near Plumsteadville, Pa.; aged 69 y. 5 m. 6 d. Her health was failing for a number of years, but she was bedfast only three weeks. On June 1, 1898, she was united in marriage to Gideon S. Moyer, who survives. To this union twelve children were born. Two daughters (Martha and Mary) died in infancy. Surviving are 10 children (Byron, Center-Valley, Pa.; Stanley, Silverdale, Pa.; Paul, Danboro, Pa.; Winfield, of Silverdale; Kathryn Mrs. Fred Beaumaster, of Danboro; Dwight, Blooming Glen, Pa.; Lily Mrs. Samuel Miller, Dublin, Pa.; Ralph, Plumsteadville, Pa.; Gideon, Jr., farming at home; and Ammon, of Danboro), 28 grandchildren, 5 brothers and 2 sisters (Ammon, Boston, Mass.; Harry and Russell, Perkasie, Pa.; Wilson, Cambridge, Md.; Mrs. Susie Kindig, Silver Spring, Md.; and Mrs. Charles Wampole, of Perkasie), and many friends. She and her husband united with the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church after they were married and later transferred their membership to the Deep Run congregation. She was a cheerful companion and loving mother. Funeral services were held Nov. 15, at the home in charge of Abram Yothers and Erwin Nace and at the Deep Run Church in charge of Wilson Overholt and Enos B. Wismer. Texts, Gal. 6:9; Rev. 21:4. Burial was made in the Blooming Glen Mennonite Cemetery.
Roth Jacob D., son of Nicholas L. and Annie Diener Roth, was born in Oxford Co., Ont., Aug. 17, 1862; passed away at the home of his son-in-law, Ezra Zehr, in Perth Co., Ont.; aged 83 y. 4 m. 4 d. On Dec. 15, 1892, he was joined in holy matrimony to Elizabeth Beck, who passed away thirty-four years ago. This union was blessed with four sons and three daughters: Solomon, Jacob, David, and Christian, all living in Oxford Co.; Mary Mrs. William Brenneman and Annie Mrs. Ezra Zehr, both of Perth Co.; and Elizabeth Mrs. Joseph Kropf, of Oxford Co. He also leaves 26 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother (C. D. Roth), and 4 sisters (Barbara Roes, Lizzie Kropf, and Fannie Iutzi, all of this community; and Mattie Gascho, Pigeon, Mich.). As a young man he united with the East Zorra A. M. Church. Funeral services were held at the home by Daniel Wagler and at the East Zorra Church by David Schwartzentruber and Jacob R. Bender. Texts, Heb. 9:27,28; Zech. 3:1-5. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Saylor John E. Saylor was born in Springhill Township near Smithfield, Fayette Co., Pa., June 15, 1869; died at the home of his daughter, Monongahela, Pa., Dec. 8, 1945; aged 76 y. 5 m. 28 d. Surviving are two children (Buell Saylor, Uniontown, Pa., and Marian Hawthorn, of Monongahela). He was a member of the Masontown Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at Smithfield, in charge of his former pastor, A. J. Metzler. Burial was made in the near-by cemetery.
Swartzendruber Nancy Jane (Marner) Swartzendruber was born near Kalona, Iowa, May 23, 1867; passed away Nov. 26, 1945; aged 78 y. 6 m. 3 d. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. On Oct. 30, 1887, she was married to Shem Swartzendruber, who preceded her in death April 26, 1942. They lived on a farm near Kalona until 1893, when they moved to a farm near Clarion, Iowa. From 1901 to 1915 they resided at Centralia, Mo., and since that time in the community of Wayland, Iowa. She was the mother of nine children, all of whom survive. When they moved to the Wayland community she and her husband transferred their membership to the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. The last few years of her life she suffered from a heart malady. A few weeks previous to her death she was taken to the State University Hospital at Iowa City for observation and treatment in hope of getting relief. In the course of her treatment a limb was amputated. While lying on her bed of affliction she selected a text and several hymns to be used at her funeral in case she would not survive. She leaves 2 daughters (Esther Mrs. S. D. Gnagey, Pigeon, Mich.; and Salina, at home), 7 sons (Lee and Earl, of Wayland; Fred, Herbert, and Thomas, Hopedale, Ill.; Omar, New Carlisle, Ohio; and George, St. Johns, Mich.), 8 brothers (Lee, Pueblo, Colo.; Ed and Sam, El Paso, Texas), 38 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
Yoder Norman S., son of the late Solomon and Catherine Yutzy Yoder, Grantsville, Md., was born Jan. 24, 1875; died at the Allegany Hospital, Cumberland, Md., Dec. 3, 1945; aged 70 y. 10 m. 9 d. Due to a stroke he had not been well the last two years. On March 16, 1899, he was married to Annie M. Yoder, who survives. To this union were born three sons and six daughters: Walter N., Paul N., Norman, Jr., Mrs. Freda Livengood, Mrs. Rhoda Dayton, Mrs. Eva Barton, Mrs. Melda Helmick, Mrs. Viola Johnson, and Mrs. Sue Collins, all of the immediate vicinity. He is also survived by one sister (Mrs. Noah Hershberger, of Grantsville), one half brother (Lewis Yoder, Springs, Pa.), 29 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. In 1907 he and his family moved to Pinto, Md. The greatest objective of his life was to see a church of his faith established in this community. Many of his efforts helped in founding the Pinto Mennonite Church. He served the church as young people's meeting leader for about fifteen years. Many of his years as Sunday-school teacher and superintendent and summer Bible school worker were a real inspiration to those around him. The last two years because of failing health his activities ceased, but every service found him seated in his rocking chair in the front of the church. Funeral services were held Dec. 6, at the home by Chester Helmick and at the Pinto Mennonite Church by A. J. Metzler and Roy Otto. Burial was made in the near-by cemetery.
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Bachman Jane Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bachman, Lowpoint, Ill., was born April 1, 1945; departed this life Dec. 24, 1945; aged 8 m. 24 d. She leaves to mourn her departure, her parents, 2 brothers (Wesley J. and Bruce R.), and many other relatives. Funeral services were in charge of Ezra B. Yordy and John L. Harnish. Burial was made in the Harmony Cemetery.
Bartman Daniel Bartman was born at Frederick, Md., April 15, 1867; passed to his reward at the home of his son John, Sterling, Kans., Dec. 8, 1945; aged 78 y. 7 m. 23 d. On Oct. 11, 1892, he was married to Elizabeth Zook, who preceded him in death about five years ago. To this union three children were born: Laura Mrs. Ben Schnitzler, Roy, and J o h n, all of whom survive. He also leaves 9 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many friends. In 1933 he united with the Yoder Mennonite Church, in which faith he continued until death. Funeral services were conducted at Sterling by Harry A. Diener. Burial was made in the Plevna, Kans., Cemetery.
Deadrick Joseph Jonce, son of the late William and Elizabeth Deadrick, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Aug. 31, 1861; died near Waynesboro, Va., Dec. 28, l945; aged 84 y. 3 m. 28 d. In January, 1890, he was united in marriage to Sallie B. Jones, who preceded him in death about twenty years ago. About four years ago be united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he continued until death. Surviving are 3 sons and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Etter Funeral Home, in charge of J. R. Driver, assisted by J. H. Weaver. Interment was made in the Riverview Cemetery.
Driver Stillborn daughter of Ruel and Clara (Burkholder) Driver was born Jan. 4, 1946. Surviving are her parents, one brother (Vernon), 3 grandparents (J. R. Driver and A. F. and Mary Burkholder), and other relatives. A snort funeral service was conducted at the home by Perry Burkholder. Interment was made in the Springdale Cemetery.
Gehman Sarah L., daughter of the late H. John and Sarah L. Eby, was born Feb. 25, 1893; departed this life Jan. 4, 1946; aged 52 y. 10 m. 10 d. Surviving are her bereaved husband (Harry Gehman), 5 sons, 3 daughters, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. She was a kind, loving companion and mother. In their early married life they were converted in Lancaster Co., Pa. Some years ago when they moved to Snyder Co., not far from Selinsgrove, Pa., they became members of the Cross Roads Mennonite Church. For several months she suffered severe pain, but bore it patiently. Funeral services were held at Lauver's Church, Jan. 9, in charge of W. W. Graybill, assisted by Menno Brubaker and Jacob G. Brubaker. Text, Job 16:22. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Graber Nancy Emaline, daughter of Joseph and Mary Goldsmith, was born in Neiweiler, Switzerland, April 17, 1878; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Stuckey, Jan. 5, 1946; aged 67 y. 8 m. 19 d. On Aug. 5, 1909, she was united in marriage to Eli J. Graber, who survives. This union was blessed with two sons (Raymond J. and Vernon F.) and two daughters (Anna Marie Mrs. Clarence C. Stuckey and Dorothy Mae Mrs. DeWitt Hartman), all of Archbold, Ohio. She also leaves one brother (Jacob, Highmore, S. D.), 4 sisters (Barbara Mrs. Serenus Ropp, Gibson, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Roth, Anna Mrs. Ephraim Rufenacht, and Lydia Mrs. Simon Rufenacht, all of Archbold, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Three sisters, one brother, and one grandchild preceded her in death. She enjoyed good health until about two years ago, at which time she underwent a serious operation. She recovered nicely, however, which she felt was in answer to her prayers. About a year ago she underwent another operation and although successful, she never regained her health and resistance. In youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. Her life was not without trials and disappointments, but her faith in the Lord and her fellowship with Him were always precious and sustaining. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church on Jan. 8, conducted by Jesse Short and Henry Wyse. Text, Mal. 3:13-18. Interment was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Hartzler Esther Ann, daughter of Jacob and Polly Yoder Hooley, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 26, 1858; passed away at the home of her daughter Ida, Orrville, Ohio, Jan. 3, 1946; aged 87 y. 11 m. 7 d. She became ill on Christmas Day with bronchial pneumonia, which weakened her heart. On Jan. 16, 1877, she was married to Jonathan B. Hartzler. To this union ten children were born, all of whom grew to maturity. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. She was a faithful, consistent member and filled the place of a minister's wife since Bro. Hartzler's ordination in May, 1879. They spent most of their life together in Logan Co., Ohio, having lived in Lagrange Co., Ind., from 1878 to 1885. In 1923 they moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, where she spent the remainder of her days. Surviving are her husband, 5 sons (Simon, Wakarusa, Ind.; David, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Noah, Goshen, Ind.; Enos F. and Harvey, Marshalville, Ohio, 2 daughters (Mrs. Ida Beechy, of Orrville; and Esther Mrs. Ira Eigsti, Buda, Ill.), 40 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Emma Plank, Chester, Mont.). Two sons (Samuel and Herman) an d one daughter (Mary Miller) preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her son Harvey and at the Crown Hill Church I. W. Royer, Noah Hilty, and Elmer Stoltzfus. Text, Isa. 38:lb.
Jantzi Anna, daughter of Simon and Mary (Kipfer) Lehman, was born in New Bremen, N. Y., July 7, 1879; peacefully fell asleep at her home in Lowville, N. Y., Dec. 24, 1945; aged 66 y. 5 m. 17 d. She was in ill health for several years and bedfast seven months. On Oct. 8, 1901, she was united in marriage to Solomon R. Jantzi, who passed away July 24, 1945. Eleven children were born to this union, all of whom survive: Aaron, Rosila, Mahlon, Rudolph, Simon, Kathryn Mrs. Charles Forrester, and Esther, all of Lowville; Elmer, Glenfield, N.Y.; Sarah Mrs. Lloyd Zehr, Alvin, and Marion, of Lowville. She also leaves 21 grandchildren, one brother (Peter, of New Bremen), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Gingerich and Sarah, of Lowville; Mrs. Menno Yousey, Croghan, N.Y.; and Mrs. William Schaefer, Castorland, N.Y.). In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Conservative A. M. Church near Croghan, N. Y., attending faithfully as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held Dec. 2l, at the home by C M. Nafziger and at the Croghan A. M. Church by Allen Gingerich and Lloyd Boshart. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Keener George S., son of the late George and Fanny (Stouffer) Keener, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 27, 1859; departed this life at the home of his son Clinton, near Hagerstown, Md., Dec. 6, 1945; aged 86 y. 9 m. 9 d. On Dec. 1, 188l, he was united in marriage to Eliza R. Strite, who preceded him in death Nov. 26, 1922. Surviving are three sons and one daughter (Aaron D. and Clinton J., of Hagerstown; Paul E., Shippensburg, Pa.; and Anna F. Mrs. Daniel L. Martin, Sheldon, Wis.), 29 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one sister ( Mrs. Christiana Martin, of Hagerstown). Three daughters preceded him in death: Ella Mrs. Henry Baer, in April, 1943, and two in infancy. In March, 1877, he with his parents, three brothers, and three sisters moved to Washington Co., Md. At the age of twenty he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the brotherhood at Reiff's Mennonite Church. Thirteen years later (in 1892) he was ordained to the ministry at this place and served faithfully until 1899, when he was ordained to the office of bishop for both Washington Co., Md., and Franklin Co., Pa. As a bishop he spent much of his time visiting the sick, the aged, and those bereft of loved ones, giving cheer and encouragement, and praying with them. He had a great concern for his family and the church. As a leader he was meek, diligent, self-sacrificing, and unofficious. His life was an example of peace, asking forgiveness for mistakes, and forgiving others, desiring always that the Lord's will be done in all things. Luke 22:42. In this faith he lived and died, desiring that his following generations accept the same. As a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, widely known friend, and bishop of the church he will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Church, in charge of John F. Grove, A. A: Landis, and Paul Lantz. Text, Luke 2:29. Interment was made in Reiff's Cemetery.
King Jacob S., son of Samuel and Elizabeth Zook King, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., July 21, 1888; departed this life Dec. 15, 1945, at his home in Belleville, Pa.; aged 57 y. 4 m. 24 d. He seemed to be in good health and was actively engaged at work at the home of his next door neighbor. Feeling ill, he went home and in a short time passed away as the result of a heart attack. In his youth he with his parents, brothers, and sisters moved from New Wilmington, Pa., to Belleville, where he united with the Locust Grove Church. On Nov. 30, 1915, he was united in marriage to Ella J. Byler, who survives. He also leaves 4 daughters and 2 sons (Effie Mrs. Aaron Yoder; Verna Mrs. Erie Renno; Paul, living on the home farm; Ruth, Lydia, and Jacob S., Jr., at home), 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Rufus and Ephraim, of Belleville; and Abram, Allensville, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Daniel E. Yoder, of Belleville; and Margaret Mrs. Ben Moose, of New Wilmington). His genial personality will be missed not only in the family but in the church and community in which he labored. Funeral services were conducted at the home by John B. Zook and at the Locust Grove Church by John B. Zook and Emanuel B. Peachey. Burial was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
Lehman Martin, son of Abram and Eliza (Smeltzer) Lehman, was born near Bryan, Ohio, May 6, 1888; departed this life Dec. 29, 1945; aged 57 y. 7 m. 23 d. When he was two years old his parents moved to Indiana, locating in St. Joseph Co., and later in Elkhart Co., where he resided at the time of his death. In 1911 he united with the Holdeman Mennonite Church, but later transferred his membership to the Salem Mennonite Church. On July 26, 1911, he was united in marriage to Mabel Berkey, who survives. To this union four daughters were born: Bertha Mrs. Floyd Kauffman, Middlebury, Ind.; Pauline Mrs. Albert Hostetler, Milford, Ind.; Erma and Betty, at home. He was in failing health for a number of years, suffering from asthma and dropsy, and was unable to lie down the last month of his life. He was a kind, affectionate father, interested in the welfare of his family. He also leaves 6 grandchildren, his aged mother, 3 sisters (Mary Mrs. Jesse Anglemyer and Emma Mrs. Glen Sheets, both of Goshen, Ind.; and Mrs. Ida Benifield, Mishawaka, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. His father, 2 brothers, and one sister preceded him. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church, in charge of R. F. Yoder, assisted by F. E. Freed. Text, II Sam. 14:14.
Leiter Margaret Ellen Strawser Leiter, widow of Preacher Samuel Leiter, was born June 27, 1863; departed this life Dec. 2, 1945; aged 82 y. 5 m. 5 d. Her husband, who preached for the churches in Juniata and Snyder counties, Pa., for over fifty years, preceded her in death Jan. 23, 1941. She is survived by her foster daughter (Maybelle), one sister (Mrs. Catharine Dressler), one brother (William), and other relatives and friends. She had a longing desire to depart and go home. Funeral services were held at the Delaware Church, in charge of W. W. Graybill and W. Banks Weaver. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Peachey Martha Ann, daughter of John H. and Esther (Horst) Peachy, Brentwood, Md., was born Dec. 16, 1945 and passed away the following day. Surviving are her parents, one half sister, and 4 half brothers. We wonder why she could not stay with us, but God's ways are not always our ways. She was laid to rest in the cemetery at the Clear Spring, Md., Mennonite Church, with short services by Samuel R. Eby.
Richer Solomon C. Richer was born in Allen Co., Ind., July 9, 1873; died at the home of his son Menno, Cassopolis, Mich., Dec. 31, 1945; aged 72 y. 5 m. 22 d. He was ill for two months, due to a shock received in an automobile accident. On Nov. 2, 1893, he was united in marriage to Cathrine Leichty, who preceded him in death. To this union six children were born, three of whom also preceded him. On April 29, 1917, he was united in marriage to Emma Schultz, who survives. To this union three children were born. He leaves 6 children (Menno, of Cassopolis; Harvey, Shoemaker, Calif.; Mary Ann, Toronto, Ont.; Lavine Snyder, Jordan Station, Ont.; Martha Krouter, Elkhart, Ind.; and Elnora Beachy, Goshen, Ind.), one step-daughter (Amanda Method, New Paris, Ind.), 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. He was a member of the Conservative Mennonite Church and during his illness expressed a number of times his readiness and desire to go to his eternal home. Funeral services were held at the home by John Yoder and at the church by Sam T. Eash and Noah Zehr.
Riemenschneider Frederika Caroline Kalisch was born at Green Bay, Wis., Aug. 17, 1875; departed this life Jan. 2, 1946, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louise Cole, Arickaree, Colo.; aged 70 y. 4 m. 16 d. In her early teens she moved with her parents to Thurman, Colo. She confessed Christ as her Saviour at an early age and later united with the Mennonite Church at Thurman, in which faith she continued until death. On Aug. 11, 1894, she was united in marriage to George Riemenschneider. To this union seven sons and four daughters were born. She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sons (Frederick and Aaron), and 4 grandchildren. Surviving are 5 sons and 4 daughters (George and Ed, Shaw, Colo.; John, of Thurman; Herman, Ordway, Colo.; Simon, Flagler, Colo.; Mary Wright, of Thurman; Alma Colpitts and Louise Cole, of Arickaree; and Emma Roberts, of Ordway), 40 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, one brother (August Kalisch, Aurora, Colo.), and many more distant relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 5, at the old home place and at the Thurman Mennonite Church, in charge of Aaron Unternahrer. Text, Luke 12:40a. Burial was made in the Thurman Cemetery.
Short. Mary, daughter of Christian and Anna Reigsecker, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1868; passed to her reward Dee. 17, 1945; aged 77 y. 4 m. 5 d. On Nov. 17, 1891, she was united in marriage to Benjamin Short, who preceded her in death six years ago. This union was blessed with two sons (Clarence and Harold) and four daughters (Herma Mrs. Myron Schmucker, Priscilla Mrs. William Flory, Bessie, and Ada, who died in infancy). She also leaves 19 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. One grandson and one great-grandson preceded her. For many years she suffered from arthritis, but bore her suffering patiently. On Sunday evening she retired in her usual health, but about eleven o'clock was seized by a heart attack, which caused her death about two hours later. In youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. She was much concerned for the material and spiritual welfare of her family, and will be greatly missed by them, as well as by the church and the community. Funeral services were held at the Central Church, conducted by Henry Wyse, Roy Sauder, and Jesse Short. Text, John 10:3. Interment was made in the Eckley Cemetery.
Smucker Fanny, daughter of Jacob P. and Fanny Troyer Liechty, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 22, 1880; died Jan. 5, 1946; aged 65 y. 13 d. When an infant she moved with her parents to Logan Co., Ohio. Her mother died when she was about three years old, but she was blessed with a good stepmother, Barbara Troyer Smucker. At an early age she was received into the South Union Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Ohio, and after marriage transferred her membership to the Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville, Ohio. On Dec. 25, 1909, she was united in marriage to Amandus Smucker. To this union one son (Merl) was born. She was deeply interested in the church and its welfare. She deemed it a privilege, not a burden, to minister to her father and to her stepmother during a prolonged illness of several years. She herself was in ill health the past four years. On Feb. 9, 1943, she was anointed by Bro. J. S. Gerig. Many were the prayers for her recovery, but the Lord saw fit to call her out of this world after an illness of pneumonia. Surviving are her husband and son, and 2 brothers (Peter J., St. Petersburg, Fla.; and David W., Lima, Ohio). Funeral services were held Jan. 8. at the home and the Oak Grove Church by J. S. Gering and William G. Detweiler. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana