Brunk - Wilmer, son of the late John M. and Anna Rhodes Brunk, was born in Allen Co., Ohio; died at the home of his mother, Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 28, 1946; aged 44 y. He had been in failing health since the age of seventeen, and was confined to his bed for the past several years. His death occurred on the same date as that of his grandfather (D.S. Brunk), in the same room, three years later, and about three hours later in the evening. During his short life he lived in Kansas, Colorado, and Mississippi. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Surviving are his mother, one brother (Orvin, Hyattsville, Md.), 2 sisters (Grace - Mrs. Alvin Schrock, Lowpoint, Ill.; and Gladys - Mrs. Tillman Yoder, Mountain Home, Ark.). Funeral services were conducted at the home by John R. Mumaw and at Weaver's Church by C.K. Lehman. Burial was made in the near-by cemetery.
Kaufman - Sem, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Kaufman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., May 28, 1924; passed away in Mifflin Co., Pa., May 9, 1946; aged 21 y. 11 m. 11 d. Surviving are his parents and 3 sisters (Mary, Effie -Mrs. Norman Yoder, and Twila, all of near Belleville, Pa.). He united with the Mennonite Church on July 17, 1938, and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were in charge of Elrose Hartzler, Emanuel Peachey, and Aaron Mast. Interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
Meyers - Milton M. Meyers was born in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Oct. 11, 1864; died March 6, 1946, aged 81 y. 4 m. 25 d. He was married to Emma Weisler. To this union two daughters and one son were born. One daughter preceded him. Surviving are his companion, one daughter, one son, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. He was a faithful member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held March 9, in charge of Wilson Overholt, Abram Yothers, and Erwin Nace. Text, II Tim, 4:6-8. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Myers - Hannah G., daughter of the late Samuel M. and Catherine Gehman Leatherman, was born May 28, 1886; departed this life suddenly at her home near Danboro, Pa., Dec. 27, 1945; aged 59 y. 6 m. 27 d. On Sept. 3, 1913, she was united in marriage to Isaac M. Myers, who preceded her in death May 13, 1935. Eight children were born this union, four of whom preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter (Elizabeth, at home), 3 sons (Samuel, Fountainville, Pa.; Paul and David, at home), 2 sisters (Mrs. Wilson Overholt, Pipersville, Pa.; and Mrs. Harvey M. Meyers, Bedminster, Pa.), 5 brothers (David, John, Samuel, and Harvey, Ottsville, Pa.; and Jacob, of Pipersville), and many other relatives and friends. She was a loving and devoted mother, much concerned for the welfare of her family. In her youth she united with the Deep Run Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. In June, 1938, she suffered a stroke, caused by a diabetic condition. Her right side was paralyzed, but she recovered to the extent that she was able to perform most of her household duties until the time of her death, which was caused by a heart attack. Funeral services were held Jan. 1, in charge of Joseph Gross, assisted by Abram Yothers and Erwin Nace. Texts, Mark 14:8; Ps. 42:1-4.
Miller - Karl Ray, son of J. Clark and Bessie Conrad Miller, was born near North English, Iowa, Sept. 26, 1944; passed away in the Children's Hospital, Iowa City, May 16, 1946; aged 1 y. 7 m. 20 d. He was preceded to the glory world by his brother, Ronald Lee, who stay here was the brief span of eleven hours. Keith Rex and Judith Arlene remain to brighten the home of their parents. Karl Ray was a quiet, easily satisfied boy. His sunny disposition and winning brown eyes were admired by all who knew him. His illness was so brief that his passing was a shock to the home and community. The funeral was in charge of Edward Diener. Text, Isa. 40:6-8. Interment was made in the Wellman Cemetery.
Snyder - Jacob B., son of the late Henry G. and Anna H. Bomberger Snyder, was born near Lititz, Pa., Oct. 2, 1873; died May 8, 1946, after a two-week illness included an operation, at the Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster Pa.; aged 72 y. 7 m. 6 d. He was a retired farmer and resided in Lititz for the past fifteen years. On Nov. 10., 1898, he was united in marriage to Lottie Brubaker, who passed away Aug. 11, 1901. To this union was born one son, who also preceded him. On Oct. 7, 1902, he was united in marriage to Fannie N. Stauffer, who died Nov. 22, 1931. Surviving are 4 children (Alma S., and Martha E., at home; Guy S., of Lititz; and Alice S., at home), 2 brothers (Christian B. and Amos B., of Lititz), and 3 sisters (Barbara B. - Mrs. John L. Charles, Landisville, Pa.; Lizzie B. - Mrs. Martin K. Peifer, and Anna B. - Mrs. Abram H. Erb, both of East Petersburg, Pa.). He was a member of the Lititz Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held May 11, at the home by John S. Hess and at the Hess Mennonite Church by Amos S. Horst and Howard H. Charles. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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Beyer - Arlene W., daughter of Russell and Mary (Wissler) Beyer, was born Aug. 12, 1944; fell asleep, after a few days' illness, at her home near Lititz, Pa., May 22, 1946; aged 1 y. 9 m. 10 d. She was of a quite and loving disposition and endeared herself to all who knew her. She had a heart condition, unknown to the parents, and after contracting the measles her heart gave way. Although she is sadly missed in the home, we would not wish her back, but humbly say, "Thy will be done." Surviving are her parents, 3 brothers (Paul, Mark, and Ray), 2 sisters (Lois and Anna), and her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John Wissler, of Lititz; Mrs. Lizzie Godshall, Soudertown, Pa.; and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Benner, of Lititz). One brother (John) preceded her in death ten years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the home, May 24, in charge of Amos Horst, John S. Hess, Noah Hurst, and Henry Fox. Texts: Job 1:21, II Sam. 12:23, S of Sol. 6:1-3; I John 2:12. Interment was made in the Hammer Creek Mennonite Cemetery.
Ebersole - Jacob N. Ebersole was born July 1, 1854; passed from this life at his home near Manhein, Pa., April 19, 1946; aged 91 y. 9 m. 18 d. Surviving are his wife (Annie Ebersole) and 2 bothers (David, Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Daniel, of Manheim). He was a faithful member of Risser's Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Risser's Church, April 23, in charge of Noah Risser and Walter Oberholtzer. Text, Psalm 39. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Eshleman - Elizabeth H., daughter of Michael and Mary Hege Martin, was born near Maugansville, Md., Feb. 5, 1859; died at the Old People's Home, Maugansville, April 24, 1946; aged 87 y. 2 m. 19 d. She spent the last twenty years of her life at this home. She was always appreciative of the ministerial service, visiting ministers, and the semimonthly services at the Home. In her teen age she accepted Christ as her Saviour, and united with Reiff's Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member all her life. On Aug. 2, 1893, she was united in marriage to Deacon Peter Eshleman of the Miller congregation, who preceded her in death June 20, 1917. Four brothers and two sisters also preceded her. Surviving are 3 sisters (Mrs. Emma Rodes, Rockingham Co., Va.; Mrs. Anna Weber, of near Maugansville; and Mrs. Emanuel Brunk, Denbigh, Va.), one brother (John C. Martin, Woodstock, Ill.), and a number of more distant relatives. Funeral services were held April 26, at the home by Moses Horst and at the Miller Church by John Risser and Daniel Strite. Text, Psalm 116:7.
Hartzler - Sarah L. Dintaman Hartzler was born near Wooster, Ohio, March 12, 1876; died at a local hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 13, 1946; aged 70 y. 1 m. 1 d. At the age of eight she moved with her parents to Jasper Co., Mo, where she grew to womanhood. In her later teens she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. In the spring of 1902 she was united in marriage to E.J. Hartzler of East Lynne, Mo. To this union nine children were born, three of whom preceded her to the better world. In the spiring of 1916 she moved with her family to La Junta, Colo. In the spring of 1929 she moved to Colorado Springs, which was her home until the Lord called her home to be with Him. In 1938 she had a heart attack and had to remain in bed twenty weeks. By good care she recovered, but not entirely. On Saturday, April 13, she suffered another attack, which was the cause of her death. Mother labored long and hard to accomplish the work the Lord had for her. In her service for her Lord she taught many Sunday-school classes and served well in whatever way she could. May the Lord give her many souls for her labors. In her death she leaves her husband, 2 sons (John S., of Michigan; and Daniel D., of Colorado Springs), 4 daughters (Nellie M. Selzer, Protection, Kans.; Erma Unger, Pueblo, Colo.; Erie L. O'Driscoll, of Colorado Springs; and Hannah Dingwell, Denver, Colo.), 16 grandchildren, one brother (L.W. Dintaman, Bergen Park, Colo.), one sister (Mrs. F.A. Neuschwanger, of Denver), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Carl J.E. Nelson, pastor of the First Evangelical Free Church, Colorado Springs. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment was made in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Longenecker - Benjamin L., son of the late David E. and Barbara R. Longenecker, was born Oct. 18, 1885; passed away at the Harrisonburg (Pa.) State Hospital, March 19, 1946; aged 60 y. 5 m. 1 d. On Nov. 29, 1908, he was united in marriage to Annie L. Witmer, who survives. He also leaves one daughter (Mary W. - Mrs. Jacob S. Kreider, Marietta, Pa.), and two grandchildren. Two sisters and one brother preceded him. He was ill for over two years and suffered much. He will be sadly missed, but our loss is his gain. He was a member of Good's congregation, Elizabethtown, Pa. Funeral services were held at the home and at Good's Church, March 23, in charge of Noah Risser, Ira Miller, and Martin Kraybill. Text, Psalm 116. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Tressler - Barbara Gingerich Tressler was born in Garrett Co., Md., Feb. 25, 1861, died while visiting at the home of her niece, Mrs. Ted Beachy, near Greenwood, Del., May 23, 1946; aged 85 y. 2 m. 26 d. Her husband (William Tressler), her daughter Savannah, and her son Daniel preceded her in death. Surviving are one sister (Caroline Bender, mother of Bishop Nevin Bender), and one grandson (C. Paul Hershberger, with whom she had made her home for the past ten years). May the faithfulness of Sister Tressler be an inspiration to all who knew her. Funeral services were held in the Beachy home and in the Saint John's M.E. Church, May 25, with Wm. C. Hershberger, Windber, Pa., and Nevin Bender in charge. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
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Buchen - Lizzie, daughter of the late Abraham and Nancy
(Holt*) Stoner, was born Sept. 23, 1868; died at the Lancaster
(Pa.) General Hospital, May 21, 1946; aged 77 y. 7 m. 28 d. In
1890 she was married to Abraham Redcay, who preceded her in death
twenty-one years ago. Later she was united in marriage to Isaac
Buchen, who preceded her in death nine years ago. Surviving are
one son (Mahlon R. Redcay), one daughter (Minnie - Mrs. Clarence
Stauffer), one daughter-in-law (Elsie - Mrs. Levi Weaver), one
stepdaughter (Emma - Mrs. Elam Stoner), 6 grandchildren, 4
one brother (Abraham Stoner), and one sister (Hettie Stauffer).
She was a faithful member of the Ephrata Mennonite Church. Funeral
services were conducted at the home by Noah Burkholder and at
the Ephrata Church by Mahlon Zimmerman and Amos Horst. Interment
was made in Metzler's Cemetery. *Researching note: Name should be
Nolt - Thelma Hoover Martin
Denlinger - Martha Faye, daughter of Chester H. and Myrtle (Shimp) Denlinger, Columbia, Pa., was born Feb. 5, 1934; passed away at the Lancaster General Hospital May 19, 1946; aged 12 y. 3 m. 14 d. She was burned by flames following an explosion which occurred in the basement of her home the previous day. Martha was a very cheerful and active child, and had made many friends. Last summer during revival meetings she accepted Christ as her Saviour, and was later baptized and received as a member of the Mountville Mennonite Church. Although her sudden departure from our home has been a great shock to us, yet by God's abundant grace we say, "Not our will, but Thine be done." Surviving are her parents, 3 brothers (Raymond C. and Lloyd C., at home; and J. Elvin, C.P.S. Camp No. 52, Powellsville, Md.), 2 sisters (Frances June and Marion Grace, at home), her paternal grandmother (Mrs. Annie Denlinger, Strasburg, Pa.), and her maternal grandfather (John E. Shimp, of Strasburg). Funeral services were conducted at the Mountville Church, May 21, by Christian Lehman and John K. Charles. Interment was made in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
Dippel - Elias, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Y. Dippel, was born in Waterloo Twp., Ont., Sept. 4, 1860; passed away at the K. and W. Hospital, Centerville, Ont., May 26, 1946; aged 85 y. 9 m. 22 d. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, faithful to the Lord, interested in things of God, a kindly neighbor, and a loyal friend. He is survived by one daughter (Mary, at home), and one brother (John, Buffalo, N.Y.). Funeral services were conducted at Kitchener, Ont., by C.F. Derstine and Merle Shantz.
Forry - William Henry, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Forry,
was born in York Co., Pa., Oct. 23, 1861; passed away at his home,
May 19, 1946; aged 84 y. 5 m. 26 d. He lived his entire life in
this community. In his youth he united with the Stony Brook Mennonite
Church and remained a faithful and active member until death.
He was the last of fourteen children. On June 27, 1886, he was
united in marriage to Amanda Lau, who passed away June 23, 1918.
To this union one daughter (Virginia) was born. Besides his bereaved
daughter he leaves 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
In 1921 he was united in marriage to Barbara Houser, who passed
away March 20, 1939. Funeral services were held at the home and
at the Stony Brook Church, May 22, by B.L. Bucher, Richard Danner,
and Walter H. Gable. Text, Luke 23:28a. Interment was made in
the Stony Brook Cemetery.
Garber - Marjorie Lou, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Garber, was born Feb. 17, 1946; passed away suddenly at her home at Sweet Home, Oreg., June 1, 1946; aged 3 m. She is survived by her parents, one brother (Michael Lewis), 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. James Marchead, of Sweet Home; and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Garber, Hubbard, Oreg.), and 4 great-grandparents of Alpha, Minn, and Kalona, Iowa. Graveside services were held June 2, at Gillaud Cemetery, in charge of Glen Vernnon.
Honderich - Oliva Good Honderich was born near Shannon, Ill., Aug. 30, 1880; died at her home at Filer, Idaho, May 22, 1946; aged 65 y. 9 m. 22 d. On Dec. 25, 1902, she was united in marriage to Samuel Honderich, Goshen, Ind. To this union were born two sons and one daughter. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 3 children (Walter, a civilian under the U.N.R.B.A., Rome, Italy; Mrs. C.C. Berkey, Filer, Idaho; and Robert S., Twin Falls, Idaho), 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Esrom E. Good, Sheldon, N. Dak.; and Jacob K. Good), and many other relatives and friends. Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a member until death. When she was seven years old, her father was accidentally killed. This left her with her mother and younger brothers and sisters to face the realities of life without the help of a father. Within a few years the family moved to Dakota, Ill., where the children grew to maturity. After marriage she completed her term as instructor in the business dept. of her Alma Mater, the Elkhart Institute, and then moved with her husband to Goshen, Ind., to serve in the Clinton Brick congregation where he was ordained to the ministry at an earlier date. In 1907 they accepted a call from the General Mission Board to open a city mission in Toronto, Ont. After four years of service as superintendent and matron, they moved to Cullom, Ill., to take charge of the congregation there. In 1913 they came to Filer, Idaho, as charter members where they have labored since. Sister Honderich was a faithful wife, a beloved mother and grandmother. Although confined to her home for several years because of ill health, her heart and hands were always interested in the spiritual and physical welfare of others. Many have been enjoying the comforts of life as the result of her unceasing efforts. Funeral services were held at the Filer Church, May 25, in charge of E.S. Garber, assisted by J.E. Slatter. Interment was made in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Twin Falls.
Reinard - Ammon, son of Henry and Elizabeth Reinard, was born in Synder Co., Pa., Jan. 18, 1875; passed away at his home near Port Trevorton, Pa., May 31, 1946; aged 68 y. 4 m. 13 d. With the exception of six months spent in Kansas, he lived his entire life in this immediate community. He united with the Susquehanna Mennonite Church twenty-eight years ago and was a faithful member until death. On Dec. 31, 1898, he was united in marriage to Carrie Herrold. To this union were born four sons (John, Daniel, and Wilson, of Port Trevorton; and Samuel, at home), and five daughters (Elizabeth, Annabelle, and Josephine, at home; Alfaretta - Mrs. Leroy Longacre, Selinsgrove, Pa.; and Dorothy - Mrs. Wm. Graybill, Richfield, Pa.). Besides his deeply bereaved companion and children, he leaves 6 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother (Percival, of Port Trevorton), one sister (Mrs. Clara Zerbe, Millersburg, Pa.), and many other relatives and friends. He was in failing health for almost three years, but bore his sickness patiently and was resigned to the Lord's will. He was a kind and loving husband and father and had a deep interest in the welfare of his children and of the church. Funeral services were held June 4, at the home and at the Susquehanna Church, in charge of Harry Shreiner, assisted by Wm. Shafer and W.W. Graybill. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Torkelson - Anna Mae, daughter of Bennett and Ruth Torkelson, was born Aug. 18, 1944; died at Duchess, Alta., June 4, 1946; aged 1 y. 9 m. 16 d. She became sick Monday noon and died Tuesday morning with a convulsion on the way to the hospital in her mother's arms. Funeral services were held at Duchess Memorial Church, June 5, in charge of H.B. Ramer. Text, Job 1:21.
Welty - Emanuel, son of Ulrich and Anne Bare Welty, was born near Nappanee, Ind.; July 24, 1866; died May 27, 1946; asked 79 y. 10 m. 3 d. He was ill four hours, following a cerebral hemorrhage. On Aug. 17, 1893, he was united in marriage to Emma Stahly, who died Aug. 6, 1930. He was a resident of Nappanee and vicinity all his life. Surviving are 3 daughters (Mrs. Atlee Miller and Mrs. Chauncey Thomas, of Nappanee; and Mrs. Lester Gay, Etna Green, Ind.), 4 brothers (Levi, Hubbard, Oreg.; Noah, William H., and David, all of Nappanee), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Christena Landis and Mrs. Minerva Weldy, Elkhart, Ind.; and Mrs. Mary Weldy, Goshen, Ind.). and 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Millwood Chapel, May 31, in charge of the pastor, Thomas Linton. Burial was made in the Union Center Cemetery.
Zook - David H., son of Gideon and Mary (Hartzler) Zook, was born near Ligonier, Ind., Oct. 19, 1872; passed to his eternal reward May 18, 1946; aged 73 y. 6 m. 29 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since his youth. In 1901 he was married to Anna L. Yoder, Belleville, Pa., who preceded him Jan. 9, 1926. On Oct. 9, 1927, he was united in marriage to Lydia Ann Yoder, Belleville, Pa., who with one son (David) survives. He was in failing health since Aug. 4, 1944, when he suffered a paralytic stroke which practically disabled him. However, he was able to be around until 1945 when he suffered other light strokes. He spent the last three months in his chair. Frequently he enjoyed a ride in his car or being outdoors in his wheel chair. He often spoke of his heavenly home and of his desire to gather his loved ones home with him. Funeral services were held May 20, at the home by his aged uncle, Jonathan B. Hartzler, and Nelson Kanagy, and at the Wilkins Funeral Home, West Liberty, Ohio, by J.S. Gerig and N.E. Troyer. Interment was made in the South Union Cemetery.
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Aschliman - Carolyn Sue, daughter of Nelson and Essie Aschliman, Midland, Mich., was born Feb. 25, 1944, died May 29, 1946; aged 2 y. 3 m. 5 d. She leaves her sorrowing parents, one brother (Jeffrey), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stripling, Bee Branch, Ark.; and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Aschliman, Archbold, Ohio), and many other near relatives and friends. On the day of her death her mother found her with her clothing on fire. Although it was quickly extinguished, she suffered such severe burns that three hours later in the Midland Hospital she left this body of suffering and went to be with Jesus. Carolyn Sue had a smile for everybody and was dearly loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted at the Denfenseless Mennonite Church in Archbold by Reuben Short and Walter Stuckey. Burial was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
* Note from Mona Mann, family researcher: "The Aeschliman name is spelled with an "e."
Blosser - Warren H. Blosser was born in Beaver Twp., Mahoning Co., Ohio, Sept. 22, 1865; died at his home in Leetonia, Ohio, May 22, 1946; aged 80 y. 7 m. 23 d. He resided in Beaver Township nearly all his life. He was a member of the North Lima-Midway congregation. On Dec. 25, 1895, he was united in marriage to Catherine Lind, who survives. He also leaves 3 sons (Eban L., Bear Mt.; Homer, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Paul, Oakland, Calif.), one sister (Susan Blosser, of Leetonia), and 5 grandchildren. One son (Emil) and one daughter (Lois) preceded him in death twelve years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Fry Funeral Home and the Midway Mennonite Church, May 25, by the home ministers. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Denlinger - Martin H., son of the late Daniel and Hettie (Hershey) Denlinger, was born Feb. 8, 1894; died April 4, 1946; aged 52 y. 1 m. 26 d. In his early years he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mellinger's Mennonite Church, near Lancaster, Pa. On Nov. 30, 1916, he was united in marriage to Alice Diffenbach, who survives. He also leaves 5 children (Harold D., Grace - Mrs. Norman S. Landis, Roy D., Martin D., and Daniel D.), and nine brothers and sisters (Aaron H., Mrs. Annie Heller, Mrs. Benjamin F. Leaman, Mrs. Tobias G. Lehman, Mrs. Adam Esbenshade, Jacob H., Mrs. Ezra Long, Daniel H. and Mrs. Harry Neff). One son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held April 7 at the home by David L. Landis, with prayer by Harry S. Lefever. Text, Ps. 29:2b.
Eschliman - Amelia Alice - daughter of Samuel and Mary (Horst) Weaver, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Nov. 12, 1869; died at her home in Orrville, Ohio, May 29, 1946; aged 76 y. 6 m. 17 d. On Jan. 23, 1890 she was united in marriage to John H. Eschliman. They resided in Stark and Wayne counties until 1942, when her husband passed away. She then moved to Orrville, where she resided with her daughters until death. She leaves to mourn her passing 2 daughters (Nora and Irene, both of Orrville), 4 sons (Ray, Sioux Falls, S. Dak.; William, Dalton, Ohio; John C., Youngstown, Ohio; and Samuel, Beaver, Pa.), 3 grandchildren, and one brother (Jesse Weaver, North Lawrence, Ohio). One brother (Naaman) and one sister (Mrs. D.E. Burkhart) preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Orrville Mennonite Church and gave a consistent, devoted Christian testimony. Funeral services were conducted at the Aubie Funeral Home and the Pleasant View Mennonite Church by I.W. Royer and S.E. Allgyer. Text, "She hath done what she could."
Gingerich - Mary Magdalene, daughter of the late Peter J. and Catherine (Brenneman) Miller, was born near Kalona, Iowa, March 22, 1874; passed away at her home near Kalona, June 2, 1946; aged 72 y. 2 m. 10 d. At the age of four years she moved with her parents to Kansas. At the age of eighteen she returned to Iowa, where she lived until death. In her early youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful and consistent member. On Sept. 26, 1895, she was united in marriage to William F. Gingerich, who preceded her in death fourteen months ago. To this union six children were born. Surviving are 5 children (Bonetta - Mrs. Frank George, Oregon, Wisc.; Ernest, Moline, Ill.; Sherman, Rock Island, Ill.; Howard and Wallace, of Kalona), 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and other relatives and friends. One son (Richard) her parents and four sisters preceded her.
Miller - Katie, daughter of David and Sarah Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 11, 1861; died at the home of her son Ammon (which had also been her home) near Milford, Nebr., June 6, 1946; aged 85 y. 3 m. 26 d. She was the last member of the Stutzman family. In 1878 she moved with her parents to a farm west of Milford. In the spring of 1882 she was united in marriage to William W. Miller, who preceded her in death in September, 1936. This union was blessed with four sons and 5 daughters. Left to mourn her departure are 3 sons (Joe, John, and Aamon, of Milford), 4 daughters (Mrs. William Kremer and Mrs. J.C. Stauffer, of Milford; Mrs. Elmer Schweitzer, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; and Mrs. Nick Roth, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa), 45 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Her companion, one infant son, one daughter (Mrs. A.D. Stutzman), 4 grandchildren, 7 brothers and 3 sisters await her in Glory. In her youth she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, remained true until called home. She was a charter member of the East Fairview congregation.
Pletcher - John Earl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pletcher, was born at Gilead, Nebr., Oct. 16, 1891, departed this life at Mineral Wells, Texas, April 8, 1946; aged 54 y. 5 m. 23 d. At the age of sixteen he moved with his parents to Ochiltree County and resided there until death. On Jan. 2, 1914, he was married to Mattie Luella Smith. To this union two children were born. His wife preceded him in death twenty-seven years ago, also his father, 2 sisters, and one brother. He was a prominent rancher and stockman of Ochiltree County and rapidly won the friendship of all those with whom he came in contact. He contributed liberally not only to church funds but to every worthy cause. Although his place as a citizen and fellow worker can never be filled by humanity, his good deeds, encircling a wide expanse, will live on and blossom as flowers from year to year. He leaves to mourn his death, his mother, 2 children (Ella Mae - Mrs. Allen Wagner, and William), 4 grandchildren, 5 brothers (Henry, Springfield, Mo.; George, Noah, Paul, and Harvey, Perryton, Texas), 3 sisters (Mrs. Lewis Rogers, Sparta, Mo.; and Mrs. Worley Adair and Mrs. Harve Holdeman, of Perryton), and many other relatives and friends.
Schrock - Elta Mary, daughter of Walter and Mary (Linder) Schrock, was born May 6, 1946; died at her home at Louisville, Ohio, June 5, 1946; aged 30 d. She apparently was blessed with good health until the day of her death, when she showed symptoms of illness, but not of a serious matter. She leaves to mourn her sudden and unexpected departure, her parents, one sister (Rachael), her paternal grandparents (Levi and Rachael Schrock, Middlebury, Ind.), her maternal grandfather and stepgrandmother (Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Linder, Canton, Ohio), and many other relatives. Her maternal grandmother preceded her in death. A short funeral service was held at the Beech Church, in charge of O.N. Johns. Text, Ps. 61:2.
Shenk - Mary Y., daughter of the late Reuben and Carrie Fry, was born near Lititz, Pa., Sept. 29, 1880; passed away at her home in Lititz, June 3, 1946; aged 65 y. 8 m. 4 d. On Nov. 29, 1906, she was married to Albert B. Shenk, who preceded her in death April 10, 1936. She leaves 4 children (Ella - Mrs. Edwin Sensenig, New Holland, Pa.; Amos, of Lititz; Edna - Mrs. Aaron S. Martin, Ephrata, Pa.; and Irene, at home) and 5 sisters (Mrs. Monroe Shue, Mrs. Emma Huber, Mrs. Avery Myers, Mrs. John Furlow, and Mrs. Lewis Gable, all of Lititz). Two sons and one daughter also preceded her. After a month of suffering, which she bore patiently, the Lord saw fit to call her home. At the age of 18 years she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member of Erbs' Congregation. We humbly submit to His will, as we know our loss is her gain. Funeral services were held June 6. at the home by Joseph Boll and Erbs' Church by Homer Bomberger and Harry Shreiner. Text, Ps. 116:15. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Thomas - Jay Richard, son of John M. and Miriam E. (Keener) Thomas, was born in Lancaster Pa., May 20, 1946, and passed away the following day. Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers (his twin - Jay Robert, and John Jacob), his paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Jacob H. Thomas, of Lancaster), and his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John M. Keener, Millersville, Pa.). It was a great joy to the parents to be blessed with twin sons, but shortly afterward God saw fit to take Richard home with Him. Brief services were conducted at the grave by Jacob G. Hess.
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