Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1954

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLVII , Number 27 - July 6, 1954 ­ page 646

Grove, Lizzie Rutt, daughter of Jacob H. and Minnie (Rutt) Grove, was born June 23, 1897 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; passed away May 8, 1954; aged 56 y. 10 m. 15 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and served Him faithfully until death. After an operation in August, 1952, from which she never fully recovered, she rejoiced to leave a Christian testimony with many friends and neighbors that visited her during the 18 months of suffering and weakness. She is survived by her aged mother, whom she had cared for until her sickness, and 2 brothers (Martin R., Lancaster, Pa., and Peter R., Elizabethtown, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at Bossler's Mennonite Church, May 11, by Noah Risser, Clarence Lutz, and Martin Kraybill.

Kipfer, Jake, son of Menno and Leah Kipfer, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 20, 1876; passed away quite suddenly at his home, June 11, 1954; aged 78 y. 22 d. On Dec. 23, 1915, he was united marriage to Emma Gascho, in which union were born 2 children (Mildred-Mrs. Lewis Boshart, Seaforth, Ont., and Elgin, Zurich, Ont.). He was preceded in death by 2 brothers (Christ and Samuel). Surviving are his wife, 2 children 5 grandchildren, 6 brothers (John, of Michigan; Ezra, Hensall, Ont.; Noah, Solomon, and David, of Iowa; and Simon, of Minnesota), 5 sisters (Mary-Mrs. Jake Moyer, Kitchener, Ont.; Ella-Mrs. Leesome Desjardine, Exeter, Ont.; Nancy-Mrs. Thomas Kyle, Hensall, Ont.; Edith, Exeter, Ont.; and Pearl-Mrs. Jacob Gingerich, of Hay Township), and many friends. Quite early in his life he united with the Zurich Mennonite Church and continued a member until his decease. Funeral services were held at the Zurich Mennonite Church, June 13, in charge of Albert Martin, with interment in the Mennonite Cemetery, Goshen Line.

Swartzendruber, Magdalena, oldest daughter of Daniel and Louisa Bender, was born near Wellman, Iowa, Dec. 2, 1869; lived all her life in the immediate community and passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Gingerich, Wellman, Iowa, June 17, 1954; aged 84 y. 6 m. 15 d. On Dec. 6, 1894, she was united in marriage with Christian J. Swartzendruber, who preceded her Jan. 22, 1939. To this union 7 children were born. Leroy, died in infancy and Orval on Jan. 8, 1954. Surviving are: Milo, of West Virginia; Earl, McAllen, Texas; Willard, South Gate, Calif.; Louisa-Mrs. Clark Gingerich, of Wellman; Katie-Mrs. Ezra K. Brenneman, Kalona, Iowa; also 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Katie Eash, of Wellman), and 2 brothers (Joseph, of Iowa City and Amelius, of Wellman). She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister (Amanda-Mrs. Amos Miller), and 2 grandchildren. In her youth she was baptized, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member of the West Union congregation at the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church, June 19, in charge of J. Y. Swartzendruber and Robert K. Yoder. Burial was made in the Upper Deer Creek Cemetery.

Troyer, Malinda, daughter of Benjamin and Lucy Ann (Mullet) Hostettler, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, May 16, 1894; died April 6, 1954, after a heart attack at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Melvin Schrock; aged 59 y. 10 m. 20 d. On Feb. 10, 1929, she was united in marriage to Levi Troyer. She was preceded in death by her first husband, David Miller, and an infant son. She is survived by 14 children (Mrs. Sovina Schrock, Mrs. Edna Kyle, and Mrs. Ella Guengerich, all of Alden, N. Y.; Mrs. Lydia Kauffman, of Clarence; Mrs. Martha Raber, Millersburg, Ohio; Irvin Miller, of Tupper Lake; Elmer Miller, of Cheektowaga; Samuel Miller of Williamsville; Jonas Troyer, of Alden; Albert, of Williamsville; Leon, of Akron; Vernon and Raymond, of Alden; and Atlee, of Williamsville), 38 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held April 9 at the Alden Mennonite Church, of which she was a member. Officiating was David Beach. Burial was made in the County Line Cemetery at Alden.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XLVII , Number 28 - July 13, 1954 ­ page 670

Gross, Justus I., of Eureka, Ill., son of the late Isaac and Elizabeth Shiffler Gross, was born Dec. 17, 1914, near Roseland, Nebr.; passed away at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill., June 27, 1954; aged 38 y. 6 m. 10 d. Death was due to hemorrhage of the brain caused by a fall from a hay elevator of the previous Thursday evening. He was rushed to the hospital but never regained consciousness. On June 21, 1945, he was united in marriage to Ruth Bachman. To this union was born one daughter, Karen Ann, who with his companion survives. "Curly," as everyone knew him, accepted Christ in youth and was always a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He came to Illinois in 1936 and found employment as a farm helper and factory worker. He served during World War II in Civilian Public Service and has been farming for the last seven years. He is survived by 5 sisters and 4 brothers (Sam, Shickely, Nebr.; Mary, Hannibal, Mo.; Charles, Grafton, Nebr.; Timna and Bernice, Hastings, Nebr.; Allan, Fisher, Ill.; Rhoda, Glenvil, Nebr.; Wayne, Washburn, Ill., and Lois, Lowpoint, Ill.). His parents, 2 brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Metamora Mennonite Church, June 29, with LeRoy Kennel, Howard Zehr, and Jesse Short Participating. Burial was made in the Hickory Point Cemetery.

Johns, Catherine, second daughter of Moses J. and Barbara (Swartzendruber) Stutzman, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Sept. 9, 1879; passed from this life at the Clinton, Okla., hospital, June 22, 1954; aged 74 y. 9 m. 13 d. Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church which faith she treasured until the end. On Nov. 3, 1898, she was united in marriage to John J. Johns, who later was ordained to the ministry. He succumbed to an attack of typhoid Aug. 31, 1918. After their marriage, they made their home in Nappanee, Ind., until 1905, they moved to a farm near Hydro, Okla., where she has since made her home. Two adopted children (Paul and Alta-Mrs. Wm. C. Shantz) were brought up in this home. She had been a sufferer from diabetes, which, with other complications, was the cause of her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and 3 sisters (Eliza Jane-Mrs. John D. Miller; Sarah Ann, and Clara-Mrs. Lewis Zook). She is survived by the son and daughter, 3 grandchildren, one brother (S. E. Stutzman), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held June 25 by John Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber at the church.

Kurtz, John Edwin, infant son of David, Jr., and Martha (Horst) Kurtz, Morgantown, Pa., was born April 26, 1954, and died a short time after he was born. Besides his parents he is survived by his twin brother (James Edward), one sister (Cynthia), and his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. David Kurtz, Sr., Morgantown, Pa.; and Mr. and Mrs. Titus S. Horst, Akron, Pa.). Graveside services were held April 26, at the Conestoga Church cemetery, conducted by Glenn Esh.

Miller, Alan Truman, small son of Truman and Clara (Hershberger) Miller, was born at Milford, Nebr., June 25, 1953; passed away suddenly June 17, 1954; aged 11 m. 21 d. Alan's life was suddenly ended when the wheels of a farm truck passed over his body. Just a short time before he had been put on the sidewalk where he loved to play and somehow got out to the truck without being seen. He leaves to mourn his early departure his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Orlin, Elaine, Elwood, and Ruth Ann), 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hersberger, Albany, Oreg.; and Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, of Milford), also a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. A little brother died in infancy Dec. 23, 1948. Services were held at East Fairview Mennonite Church, June 19, with Oliver Roth, Sterling Stauffer, and Ammon Miller in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XLVII , Number 29 - July 20, 1954 ­ page 693, 694

Burkholder, Laura Leah, daughter of Benjamin B. and Nancy Sherk, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Oct. 25, 1881; died in Zurich, Ont., June 3, 1954, while attending church conference; aged 72y. 7 m. 9 d. On Nov. 27, 1901, she was united in marriage with Phares Daniel Burkholder, who predeceased her in March, 1928. To this union were born A. Lorne; Harold L., who died in May, 1933; Harvey A. and Helen, who died at the age of 5 months. Florence, daughter of Bishop Norman B. Stauffer, was adopted in infancy. Thirteen grandchildren survive. She was a regular attendant and faithful member of the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, having served as teacher of both Sunday school and summer Bible school. Her life, devoted to God's service, was truly an inspiration to others. Funeral services at Wideman's Church on June 6, were conducted by Emerson McDowell.

Byler, Jacob D., son of Daniel K. and Lydia (Peachey) Byler, was born Aug. 17, 1890; passed away suddenly May 18, 1954, while visiting at the home of Abraham Peachey near McAlisterville, Pa.; aged 63 y. 9 m.1 d. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Yoder, and 6 children (Edna M., Ruth, Elizabeth, Ester, Lydia, and Martha). Three sons and one daughter preceded him in death. Also surviving are 4 brothers and 4 sisters (Jesse, Gap, Pa.; Thomas, Ella, and Mrs. Rufus King, all of Belleville, Pa.; Dan, Mifflintown, Pa.; Joseph, Mrs. Rudy Byler, and Mrs. Joe Yoder, all of Allensville, Pa.). He was a member of the Allensville, Pa., Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the church, May 21, by R. R. Peachey, J. Elrose Hartzler, and Eric Renno. Interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Conrad, Isaac, son of Christian and Barbara (Earnest) Conrad, was born near Noble, Iowa, June 3, 1863. He was a lifelong resident of Washington County, and lived on the same farm until about 2 _ years ago when he had the misfortune of breaking a hip and was taken into the home of his nephew, William Conrad. He accepted Christ in his youth and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church where he attended services quite regularly when health permitted. Though he was never married, he took over the home farm at the retirement of his father and his sisters kept house for him. He looked forward with interest to the completion of the Bethel Mennonite Church which was erected in his community in 1949, and hoped that he would be able to see it. However, suffering a paralytic stroke some eight years ago and also losing his eyesight, his hopes were never realized. This physical weakness, together with the infirmities of age, brought his life to a close on July 2, 1954; aged 91 y. 29 d. His sister, Lydia-Mrs. Samuel Schindler, Edwardsville, Ill., is the only survivor of his immediate family, though there many nephews and nieces and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church, July 5, in charge of Willard Leichty and Simon Gingerich. Interment was made in the Sommers Cemetery.

Good, Simon Groff, son of Daniel and Mary (Groff) Good, was born in St. Jacobs, Ont., Oct. 12, 1884; passed away at the General Hospital in Calgary, Alta., June 13, 1954, following a short illness; aged 69 y. 8m. 1 d . He came to Alberta with his parents in 1903 and filed on a homestead in the Carstairs district which has been home to him since then. On Feb. 22, 1910, he was united in marriage to Elsie Snyder. To this union four children were born. One (Pearl May) passed away in infancy. He leaves to mourn his death his wife (who at present is confined to her home because of illness), one daughter (Vietta-Mrs. Stanley Litwiler, Carstairs, Alta.), 2 sons (Ward, Tus, Alta., and Clare, Carstairs, Alta.), 4 grandchildren and one brother (Daniel Elmira, Ont.), who is now the only survivor or his family. Though unable to enjoy physical sight for a number of years, his cheerfulness and resignation were used of God to speak to others of a spiritual life within. Funeral services were held at the West Zion Mennonite Church, June 16, conducted by Gordon Buschert and Linford Hackman. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Hostetler, John Yoder, son of Jeptha E. and Selina (Yoder) Hostetler, was born Sept. 19, 1887; died suddenly of a heart attack, May 10, 1954; aged 66 y. 7 m. 21 d. He is survived by his wife (formerly Katie E. Yoder), 4 children (Harvey J., Reedsville, Pa.; John M., Mary-Mrs. John M. Yoder, and Esther Kathryn, at home), and 3 foster children (Helen Buchka, Herbert, and Harold Wilson). One son preceded him in death. As a young man he confessed Christ as his Saviour and was a faithful worker in the Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa. He had been a member of the Grantsville, Md., Orphans' Home Board. His interest in the work was evident in the fact that he and his wife gave of their time and substance to provide a home for several of these homeless ones. In 1950 he also sponsored two displaced families from Europe through MCC, providing homes for them until they became self-supporting. Funeral services were held at the home near Belleville, May 13, conducted by Jacob Weirich and E. B. Peachey. Burial was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Landes, Henry S., of Alburtis, Pa., was born May 29, 1896; died June 14, 1954; aged 58 y. 24 d. Although in failing health for two years, his end cam unexpectedly. He is the first of 13 brothers and sisters to go to his eternal reward. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, the former Edna Godshall, and 10 children (Beulah-Mrs. Stewart Haberle, and Wilmer, both of Perkasie, Pa.; Henry, Sellersville, Pa.; Ruth-Mrs. Milford Mast; Naomi-Mrs. Paul Yoder, Oley, Pa.; Mildred-Mrs. Vernon Umble, Parkesburg, Pa., and Enos, Paul, Kathryn, and Lois at home), also 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at Bally Mennonite Church, June 18, by Paul Longacre, Stanley Beidler, and Winfield Ruth. Burial was made in the Upper Skippack Mennonite Cemetery.

Landis, Clyde Shenk, son of Robert and Kathryn Landis, was born July 2, 1932; died by drowning in West River near Brattleboro, Vt., June 26, 1954; aged 21 y. 11 m. 24 d. Clyde was employed at the Brattleboro Retreat Mental Hospital where he was in I-W service. On the afternoon of his death, he with several other I-W boys went swimming in the West River near the hospital. He swam into deep water without apparently being aware of it and became exhausted. By the time his companions came to his aid, he lost consciousness and efforts to revive him were futile. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother (D. Harold), 2 sisters (Nancy R. and Robert J.), all of Lancaster, Pa., and his grandparents (Mr. and Drs. David W. Shenk, and Edwin H. Landis, all of Lancaster). He was a member of the Neffsville Mennonite Church. He was to have been married in the fall to Eleanor Temple, Putney, Vt. Services were held at the Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by Maurice W. Landis. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Meyers, Victor Eugene, son of Newton S. and Isabella (Cressman) Meyers, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., March 28, 1876; passed to his eternal home June 6, 1954; aged 78 y. 2 m. 9 d. He was the oldest son of a family of 9 children. As a young man he united with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and later transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church, where he was a member at the time of his death. On Jan. 8, 1898, he was married to Mary A. Metzler. To this union was born one daughter (Erma-Mrs. Ervin Miller). He was preceded in death by his wife, one brother, and 3 sisters. Surviving are his daughter, 2 grandchildren (Herman and Evelyn), 2 sisters (Florence-Mrs. John Strock, Hellerton, Pa., and Eva-Mrs. Warren Fabian, Easton, Pa.), 2 brothers (Calvin, Nazareth, Pa., and Ammon, Quakertown, Pa.), nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church, Columbiana, Ohio, June 9, by Ernest Martin, assisted by S. A. Yoder. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Peachey, Benjamin Siever, son of Samuel H. and Julia Ann (Yoder) Peachey, of Belleville, Pa., was born June 12, 1937; passed away June 8, 1954; aged 16 y. 11m. 27 d. Following the day's work, he had gone to the farm pond to swim when he disappeared in the water. Two sisters were at the pond at the time of the accident. Help was called, but all efforts to revive him failed. The direct cause of the accident is unknown. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a member of the Allensville Pa., Mennonite Church. He is survived by his parents, 3 brothers, and 6 sisters, Peter, Belleville, Pa.; Caleb, Glenmore, Pa.; Joshua, of Korea; Sara, Fannie, Mary, Louis, Julia Ann., and Lydia, all at home). Funeral services were held at the Allensville Church June 11, by R. R. Peachey, Elam L. Kauffman, Paul Goodling, and Louis Peachey. Interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Peifer, Martin K., son of the late Martin E. and Mary Ann Peifer, was born near East Petersburg, Pa., March 2, 1886; passed to his eternal rest at the Lancaster General Hospital, May 2, 1954; aged 68 y. 2 m. Death followed a short illness of a heart ailment. He was united in marriage to Lizzie Snyder, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Norman S., Columbiana, Pa.; H. Loyd, Ephrata, Pa., and Wilbur, Manheim, Pa.), one sister (Fannie, East Petersburg, Pa.), 2 brothers (Christian, Lancaster, Pa.; and Elam, of Manheim), and 9 grandchildren. An infant daughter, his parents, 2 sisters, and a brother preceded him. In his youth he united with the East Petersburg Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted at the East Petersburg Church with Henry Lutz and Irvin Kreider in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Redcay, Dennis Lee, was stillborn to Amos N. and Ruth (Mast) Redcay, Elverson, Pa., June 27, 1954. Besides his parents he is survived by a sister (Mary Ann), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Elam Mast, Elverson, pa.), and the maternal great-grandmother (Lydia Kurtz, Morgantown, Pa.). Graveside services were held at the Conestoga Mennonite Cemetery, Morgantown, pa., June 28, in charge of Ira A. Kurtz.

Ressor, Hannah, daughter of the late Joseph and Fanny (Shantz) Weber, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 27, 1863; passed away June 28, 1954; aged 91 y. 1 m. 1 d. On March 6, 1883, she was married to Menno Ressor, who predeceased her 11 years ago. Born to this union 4 children (Ada-Mrs. Aaron Rittenhouse; Fanny-Mrs. Amos Grove; Ina-Mrs. Ernest Ressor, and Joseph, at home). She is also survived by one brother (Noah S. Weber, Kitchener, Ont.), 13 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Ressor Church, June 30, with Fred Nighswander and Abraham Smith officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Rutt, Annie H., daughter of Daniel D. and Adeline Herr, was born near Millersville, Pa., April 13, 1873; fell asleep June 11, 1954, at the Lancaster General Hospital; aged 81 y. 1 m. 29 d. On June 9 she suffered a stroke from which she never recovered. She was married Dec. 21, 1893, to William R. Rutt. To this union were born 3 children. Two daughters (Nora Adeline and Frances Susan) preceded their mother in death. Surviving are one son (William), 2 grandchildren (William and Larry), one sister (Emma H.-Mrs. Christian B. Newcomer, of the Mennonite Home), and a number of nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Millersville Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the church, June 14, in charge of Christian K. Lehman and Stoner Krady. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Schertz, Rosa E., daughter of Peter and Barbara King, was born near Carlock, Ill.; passed away at the Mennonite Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill., June 30, 1954; aged 80 y. 9 m. 3 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church in which she was very active, serving as a teacher in the Sunday school and devoted to many other activities as long as her health permitted. On Jan. 29, 1897, she was married to Joseph W. Schertz. To this union were born 4 children (Ralph, Washburn, Ill.; Mrs. Mabel Birkey, Rantoul, Ill.; Mrs. Pearl Heiser, Sarasota, Fla., and Harold, Saybrook, Ill.). Her companion died March 3, 1950. She leaves to mourn her passing 4 children, 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Steffy, Michael Allan, infant son of Allen J. and Mildred (Hershey) Steffy, was born May 30, 1954, near East Petersburg, Pa., and passed away 22 hours later at the Lancaster General Hospital. Death was due to intracranial hemorrhage. Besides his parents he is survived by 3 brothers and a sister (Herbert, Nelson, Karl and Margaret), all at home. A brief service was held at the home by Irvin Kreider. Interment was made in the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Stutzman, Andrew Jacob, son of the late Jacob J. and Elizabeth (Keim) Stutzman, was born near Middlebury, Ind., June 30, 1871; passed away at his home in Crystal Springs, Kans., Jun 20, 1954, following a stroke; aged 82 y. 11 m. 20 d. At the age of 12, he moved with his parents to McPherson Co., Kans. As a young man he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church. On Dec. 16, 1909, he was married to Fanny Troyer, who survives. To this union were born 8 children, all surviving. (Lucretia-Mrs. Perry Shank, Myerstown, Pa.; Jess, Wichita, Kans.; Edna, at home; Ralph, Paris, France; Maude-Mrs. Jesse McFarland, Blackwell, Okla.; Dorothy-Mrs. Francis Yoder, Harper, Kans.; Ruth-Mrs. Norman Miller, Crystal Springs, Kans.; and Almeda-Mrs. Clarence Kauffman, Filer, Idaho). Fourteen grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren also survived. In 1904 he moved to the Crystal Springs community where he became a charter member of the Mennonite Church in Crystal Springs. Funeral services were held at the Crystal Springs Church, June 23, with Gideon G. Yoder in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Windisch, Mary Isabelle, daughter of John and Lucy Ellen Snow, was born near Napoleon, Ohio, Aug. 22, 1879; passed away June 12, 1954, at the Wauseon Convalescent Home where she had been an invalid for a little more than two years; aged 74 y. 9 m. 20 d. On Feb. 1, 1899, she was united in marriage to George Windisch, and they shared the joys and sorrows of life together for 55 years. She was the mother of 6 children. Two preceded her in death. One brother and 2 sisters also preceded her. Mourning her departure are her husband, one son, and 3 daughters (Clifford and Mrs. Frances Sweetland, Tedrow, Ohio; Mrs. Bertha Gloar, Jackson, Mich., and Mrs. Evelyn Mock, of Tedrow), 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Ova Smith, Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. Dollie Johnson, and Mrs. Helen Frey, Delta, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. In early life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Disciple Church, later transferring her membership to the Methodist Church. In more recent years she began to attend the services at the Tedrow Mennonite Church as regularly as health permitted. Services were held from the Tedrow Mennonite Church in charge of Roy Sauder.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Volume XLVII , Number 30 - July 27, 1954 ­ page 717, 718

Eshleman, J. Ira, son of the late John and Malinda (Strite) Eshleman, was born near Leitersburg, Md., on Feb. 9, 1883; departed this life June 15, 1954; aged 71 y. 4 m. 6 d. He suffered greatly during his last illness, but was resigned to the Lord's will. Surviving are his wife (Nora Cordell Eshleman), 4 children (Mrs. David H. Lehman, Charles E., and John C., all of Greencastle, and Mrs. Norman Martin, of Marion, Pa.), one sister (Mrs. Minnie K. Strite, Waynesboro), and 15 grandchildren. In 1910 he with his family moved his membership from the Miller's Md., Mennonite Church to Marion, Pa., Church. Later he was asked by the ministry to help in the Williamson Church. He moved his membership there when it was organized as a congregation and was very active as Sunday-school superintendent, teacher, and church trustee. Funeral services were held at the Marion Mennonite Church by Harvey E. Shank, Mahlon Eshleman, and J. Irvin Lehman, with burial at the Miller Mennonite Church, near Leitersburg, Md.

Folk, William Wilson, son of the late John and Matilda (Hershberger) Folk, was born at Springs, Pa., Oct. 5, 1867; departed this life June 28, 1954; aged 86 y. 8 m. 23 d. Death was due to a heart condition. On Dec. 13, 1892, he was united in marriage to Arminta Mae Otto, of Grantsville, Md., who passed away Feb. 3, 1940. He is survived by 4 children (Bruce Emmons [with whom he had made his home], Verna, Matilda-Mrs. M. B. Miller; Daniel Jacob, Grantsville, Md., and Rosella Mae-Mrs. Paul Haning, Gaithersburg, Md.), 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Milton Folk, Fredonia, Pa.). One daughter (Rella) preceded him in accidental death by drowning at the age of 3 years. In youth he united with the Mennonite Church and has been a faithful member of the Casselman congregation for many years. Funeral services were held June 30 at the Casselman Church, conducted by Walter C. Otto.

Histand, Susie L., daughter of the late Samuel S. and Susie Landis Histand, was born April 14, 1910, at Doylestown, Pa.; died May 29, 1954, in a sister's home at Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 44 y. 1 m. 15 d. She was a faithful member of the Doylestown Mennonite Church since childhood and was possessed of a strong faith and a quiet but persuasive Christian spirit, and constantly sought the will of God for her life. She sacrificed many personal privileges and advantages for the sake of others, caring faithfully for her parents while they lived and then for other members of her family. For several years she was on the kitchen staff at Goshen College. All who knew her were helped by her Christian attitudes and testimony, and feel a loss in her passing, which was caused by cancer. She is survived by six brothers and six sisters (Samuel, Daniel, William, of Doylestown; Howard, of New Hope, Pa.; David of Souderton; James, of Denbigh, Va.; Elizabeth-Mrs. James Gross, Laura, Sara-Mrs. Vernon Schmidt, all of Harrisonburg, Va.; Rebecca-Mrs. J. Silas Graybill of Doylestown; Mary-Mrs. David Alderfer, of Scottdale; Ruth-Mrs. John Mosemann, Goshen, Ind.). Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Funeral services and burial in charge of Joseph Gross, Silas Graybill, and John Mosemann were conducted at the Doylestown Mennonite Church June 2.

Maust, Alma Evangeline, oldest daughter of the late Norman S. and Mayme (Kimmel) Maust, was born Jan. 25, 1911; departed this life July 2, 1954; aged 43 y. 5 m. 8 d. The cause of her death was a cancerous brain tumor. She was confined to her bed only 5 weeks until she was called home. She leaves 2 sisters (Elta-Mrs. Allen Swartzentruber, Pigeon, Mich., and Freda, at home), 4 brothers (Herbert, Bainbridge, Pa.; Paul, Montgomery, Ind.; John, Fort Hill, Pa.; and Claude, at home), and 22 nieces and nephews. In early youth she accepted the Lord as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church at Springs, Pa. She was a faithful and active member until death. Wherever she went she was used in the Sunday school and young people's meetings, and many of her vacations were spent in summer Bible school work. She chose teaching for a career, and received most of her education at E. M. C. Fourteen years were spent in the schoolrooms in 4 different communities, always parochial schools. Her interest was in the training of children for the welfare of the church. Services were held July 5 at Springs, Pa., Church, conducted by Walter C. Otto.

Miller, Ananias P., son of Eli B. and Sarah (Hansler) Miller, was born July 31, 1887; passed away June 22, 1954; aged 66 y. 10 m. 22 d. He was married to Emma Troyer on Feb. 21, 1908. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters (John, Albert, Kenneth, Mrs. Ralph Stahly, Mrs. Mary Hartzog, Mrs. Richard Whittle, and Mrs. Fred Bontrager), all surviving. Also surviving are 3 brothers (Lewis, John, and Morris), 2 sisters (Mrs. George Zerbe and Mrs. Forest Stahly), and 18 grandchildren. Funeral services in charge of J. B. Shenk and Anson Horner were conducted at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., and interment was made at the Prairie Street Cemetery.

Miller, Lovina, daughter of Benedict and Rachel (Mast) Miller, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 3, 1865; passed away of a heart attack on June 20, 1954, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. W. King, with whom she had resided for the last 12 years; aged 89 y. 1m. 17 d. In her younger years she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful unto the end. Her seat was seldom vacant in church or Sunday School, and she was always present at sewing circle until the last March. In 1882, she was united in marriage to Frank Burck, who preceded her in death Oct. 1904. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. Three sons preceded her in death. On Dec. 24, 1916, she was married to Abner Miller, who passed away June, 1923. Those who survive are one son (Harley L. Burck, Albany, Oreg.), 3 daughters (Rachel-Mrs. D. W. Hershberger; Florence-Mrs. O. W. King, both of Hubbard, Oreg.; and Velma-Mrs. Paul N. Roth, Canby, Oreg.), 2 stepdaughters (Edna-Mrs. Karl Griener, and Laura-Mrs. Jess Emmert, both of Sweet Home, Oreg.), one stepson (Alvin Miller, Kokomo, Ind.), 24 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and 9 stepgranchildren. Three grandchildren preceded her in death. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and friends. She was the last of a family of 12 to depart this life. Those in charge of the funeral services were James Bucher and N. A. Lind.

Musser, Lavina, wife of John L. Musser and daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Good) Horning, was born June 27, 1882, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; passed away July 2, 1954, at her home near Bowmansville, Pa.; aged 72 y. 5 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a faithful member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church until death. She was a regular attendant at services, and although ailing in body, was there less than 2 weeks before her passing. She with her husband served as superintendent and matron at the Welsh Mt. Samaritan Home for some years. Besides her husband, there survive 3 foster children (Mamie-Mrs. Amos H. Horst, Ephrata, Pa.; Samuel Smith, Pequea, Pa., and Eva-Mrs. Ralph Stover, Bowmansville), also 12 foster grandchildren, 2 sisters, and one brother (Clara-Mrs. Aaron Z. Good; Harry Horning; Annie-Mrs. Henry G. Weber). They also sponsored a refuge family and gave them a home for some time. Funeral services were held at the Bowmansville Church by Howard Z. Good, Ira Buckwalter and Benj. Weaver, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Noll, Susan, daughter of Henry and Susan Kurtz, was born Oct. 2, 1863 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; passed away July 8, 1954, at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Samuel Erb, in Ephrata, Pa., where she had her home for the last eight years; aged 90 y. 9 m. 6 d. She was married to Daniel B. Noll, to which union were born 3 children, all preceding her in death. She is survived by 11 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. She was a member of the Ephrata Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held in the Ephrata Mennonite Church in charge of Amos Horst and J. Elvin Martin. Burial was made in the Fair View Cemetery in Denver, Pa.

Shetler, Duane Dee, infant son of Leland and Lucille (Hostetler) Shetler, was born June 24, 1954, at Twin Falls, Idaho; died a few hours after birth. Besides his parents he is survived by 5 brothers (Ivan, Norman, Edward, Vernon, and Waldo), a sister (Neva Ann), all at home, the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hostetler, Nampa, Idaho, Milton Shetler, San Pedro, Calif., and Mrs. Ada Shetler, Phoenix, Ariz.). Graveside rites were conducted at the Filer IOOF Cemetery with Samuel Honderich officiating.

Troyer, Dianna Sue, infant daughter of Darda and Melba (Mumaw) Troyer, was born Feb. 14, 1953, at Elkhart, Ind.; passed away on July 8, 1954; aged one year, 4 months, 25 days. She had been ill since birth, having been rushed to Indianapolis soon after birth to undergo surgery. Besides parents, one brother (Steven), and the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Mumaw, Wakarusa, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. Mile Troyer, Elkhart, Ind.), survive. Services in charge of J. B. Shenk and D. A. Yoder were held at the Zelle-Hartzler Funeral Home, followed by interment in the Prairie Street Cemetery.

Walter, Betty Jane, infant daughter of Carroll K. and Ruth (Christophel), Doylestown, Pa., was still born in the Quakertown Hospital, June 29, 1954. Besides the parents she is survived by 3 brother and 3 sisters (Nancy L., Fern K., Kenneth L., J. Marlin, Ruth Ann, and David E.). Brief graveside services were held at the Haycock Mennonite Church, Quakertown, Pa., in charge of James Miller, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Weaver, Erma Arlene, daughter of Norman and Mabel (Weldy) Weaver, was born Feb. 21, 1935, at Nappanee, Ind.; met her death in a plane accident, July 3, 1954, near Cassopolis, Mich.; aged 19 y. 4 m. 12 d. The accident occurred while she and her uncle, who also was fatally injured were en route to her home to visit her parents near Gulliver, Mich. She was a student at Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. In early youth Erma accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church. Besides her parents she is survived by 2 sisters (Florence-Mrs. Noble Haarer, Howe, Ind., Elnora, Elkhart, Ind.), a foster sister (Doris Sultz, Gulliver, Mich.), one nephew and 2 nieces, also a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, July 7 , in charge of Clarence Troyer assisted by Homer F. North, Ralph Stahly, and Leonard Schmucker. Burial was made in the Fairview Cemetery, Manistique, Mich.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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