Bender, Caroline Gingerich, was born near Grantsville, Md., on April 17, 1869; died near Greenwood, Del., on Oct. 8, 1954; aged 85 y. 5 m. 21 d. She gave her heart to the Lord early in life and was received into the fellowship of the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church where she has been a faithful member through many years. On March 4, 1888, she was married to Valentine Bender. To this union were born 4 sons and 9 daughters. Of these 5 preceded her in death (2 infants, Lester, aged 2, Hilda, aged 12, Cora, aged 28). Her husband also preceded her on May 8, 1934. Surviving are 6 daughters and 2 sons (Savilla-Mrs. David Yoder, Nevin V., Amelia-Mrs. Eli Swartzentruber; Savanna-Mrs. Milton Swartzentruber, Nanna-Mrs. Laban Swartzentruber, Lucy-Mrs. Eli Schrock, and Pauline-Mrs. Alvin Beachy, all of near Greenwood, Del., and Earl V., of Shipshewana, Ind.), 2 foster sons (John Embleton and William Welfly), 58 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren, and many other close relatives and friends. The services at the church were in charge of Alvin Mast. At her request, Eli Swartzentruber and Nevin Bender gave the messages. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Bishop, William Bernard, son of Joseph and Georgianna (Roby) Bishop, was born April 9, 1880; died at his home in Hancock, Md., of a heart attack, Oct. 9, 1954; aged 74 y. 6 m. He will be missed by the church, neighbors, many friends, and relatives. He is survived by the following sisters (Mrs. Florence Zeis; Mrs. Cora McCusker, Hancock, Md.; Mrs. Mary McCullough, Cumberland, Md.); brothers (Jesse, Hancock, and Ross, Cumberland). He was a faithful member of the Black Oak Bethel Mennonite Church. Services were held Oct. 12 at the Grove Funeral Home, Hancock, in charge of Michael M. Horst. Interment was made at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Conner, Samuel D., was born Nov. 15, 1874; died at the home of Roy Kaylor, Rheems, Pa., Oct. 10, 1954; aged 79 y. 10 m. 25 d. He was a member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. He was the last of his immediate family. Funeral services were conducted at the Miller Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, Pa., Oct. 13, by Walter L. Keener, Jr., and Clarence E. Lutz. Interment was made in the Elizabethtown Mennonite Cemetery.
Engle, Naomi, daughter of Abraham B. and Annie (Hostetter) Engle, was born Sept. 19, 1877, near Elizabethtown, Pa.; died Aug. 27, 1954, at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after an illness of 2 months; aged 76 y. 11 m. 8 d. She was a member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. She is survived by a sister (Mrs. Sadie H. Engle, Elizabethtown), and a brother (Abram H. Engle, Marietta, Pa.). Funeral services were held Aug. 31, 1954, at the Boyer Funeral Home in Elizabethtown in charge of Clarence E. Lutz. Burial was made in the East Donegal Cemetery.
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Hess, Essie Mable, wife of Charles Hess and daughter of Henry R. and Magdalena (Ebersole) Landis, was born in Prairieville, near Sterling, Ill., Aug. 23, 1882; departed this life Oct. 1, 1954, at her home in Sterling; aged 71 y. 1 m. 9 d. She had been in ill health several months preceding her death and was confined to her bed the last ten days. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the Lord till her death. Surviving are her husband, 3 daughters and 2 sons (Ruth-Mrs. Edward miles, Toledo, Iowa; Helen-Mrs. Lawrence Wentling, Dixon, Ill.; Lois-Mrs. Harry Johnson, St. Francisville, Ill.; and Roy and Russell, of Sterling.). She also leaves 3 brothers and 3 sisters (William, Harry, Roy, Mrs. Bertha E. Long, Mrs. Ward Shank, and Mrs. Menno Long, all of Sterling), and 15 grandchildren. Mrs. Hess was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter in infancy, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Mamie Good and Olive Landis). Funeral services were conducted at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church on Oct. 4 by Amos E. Kreider and Robert Keller. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kulp, John K., son of the late John and Kathryn Kulp, was born March 4, 1879, in Bucks Co., Pa. For 38 years he owned and operated a farm in Blooming Glen, and for the past 10 years he was a resident of Souderton. He was a member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Detweiler), and 2 sons (Wilmer D. and Norman D.), and 2 grandchildren. He died at Grand View Hospital after a long illness; aged 75 y. 4 m. 27 d. Funeral services held at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Aug. 4, were conducted by David Derstine, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Lehman, Leah, W., daughter of Jonathan W. and Elizabeth (Zimmerman) Martin, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on March 3, 1884; died in Lancaster General Hospital, May 6, 1954, after a prolonged illness; aged 70 y. 2 m. 3 d. She was a faithful Christian wife and mother. On Jan. 16, 1906, she was married to George E. Lehman. To this union were born 12 children, one of whom (Kenneth V.) is deceased. Surviving are these sons and daughters (Ray J., Holtwood, Pa.; Edna M.-Mrs. Titus Sensenig, Ephrata, Pa.; Lester M., Bird in Hand, Pa.; Paul M., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ruth E.-Mrs. Walter O. Leatherman, Lancaster; G. Irvin, Harrisonburg, Va.; Maurice E., Bareville, Pa.; G Clair, Gordonville, pa.; Earl S., Goshen, Ind.; Gladys V., at home; and Loretta Jane-Mrs. Raymond K. Stoltzfus, Parkesburg, Pa.), 31 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters (Mrs. J. Clair Witmer, Marysville, Pa.; Mrs. Lester Ebersole, Sterling, Ill.; C. Z. Martin, Mountsville, Pa.; Mrs. Clair R. Ressler, Lancaster, pa.; Mrs. Joseph Wargo, Lancaster, Pa.; and Mrs. Merle Price, Dixon, Ill.). Funeral services at the E. Chestnut St. Mennonite Church were conducted by Noah Good. Interment was made in the Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.
Livingston, Jacob J., son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Lehman) Livingston, was born in Conemaugh Twp., Pa., Nov. 14, 1864; died at the home of his daughter in the same twp., Oct. 10, 1954; aged 89 y. 10 m. 26 d. On Dec. 11, 1892, he was united in marriage to Ellen Lohr, who with a daughter (Minnie-Mrs. Ralph Cable, Hollsopple, Pa.), and a son (John, Hollsopple), and one granddaughter (Florence Ellen Livingston) survive him. He is also survived by one sister (Mrs. Lydia Blough). He was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, 5 sisters, and 2 brothers. He with his companion, united with the Mennonite Church on May 26, 1893, where he remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at the Blough Mennonite Church with John A. Lehman and Harry C. Blough in charge. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Miller, Lee B., second child of Benjamin D. and Martha Miller, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, on March 4, 1896; passed away at the family home in Charm, Ohio, Oct. 9, 1954; aged 68 y. 7 m. 5 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Walnut Creek Church, where he was a faithful member and strong advocate of the Christian way his entire life. On Dec. 25, 1914, he was united in marriage to Priscilla Oswald, who survives. To this union were born 8 children, 6 of whom survive (Forest Glenn and Edward Roy of Charm, Ohio; Ruth Elizabeth-Mrs. John M. Yoder, of Fryburg, Ohio; Ralph Emanuel, of Bunker Hill, Ohio, Gerald Benjamin of Elkhart, Ind.; and Robert Jay of Mishawaka, Ind.). Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 4 brothers and one sister (Harvey, Walnut Creek, Melvin, Berlin, Ohio; Ura, Smithville, Ohio; Alton, Corry, Pa.; and Laura-Mrs. Wilber Yoder, Berlin, Ohio), and a host of friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, one sister, 2 children (Ivan Eugene and an infant daughter; and one grandchild, (Bryan Jay Miler). Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Oct. 13, with Paul R. Miller officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Miller, Lynn David, infant son of Moses and Edna (Troyer) Miller, Hartville, Ohio, was born Sept. 17, 1954; died Sept. 20, 1954. Death was due to Rh factor. Surviving are his parents, one brother (Vernon), 2 sisters (Sharon and Marilyn), also his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Sam M. Miller, Hartville, Ohio, and Ben J. Troyer, Millersburg, Ohio). Short services were held at the Maple Grove Conservative Church by Roman Miller. Burial was made at the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Nafziger, Sarah Ellen, daughter of David and Mary (Short) Neuhouser, was born near Grabill, Ind., Feb. 7, 1898; passed to her eternal reward at the Williams Country General Hospital on Sept. 20, 1954, following an eight-week illness; aged 56 y. 7 m. 23 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member of the Lockport congregation, Stryker, Ohio, at the time of her death. In 1916, she was united in marriage to Clarence Thimlar, who passed away in 1918. One daughter was born to this union. On Dec. 20, 1922, she was united in marriage to Clarence Nafziger of near Archbold, Ohio. She resided in this community until her death. Two sons were born to this union. Surviving are her husband, mother, daughter (Violet-Mrs. Glen E. Roth, Archbold, Ohio), 2 sons (Robert of Wauseon, Ohio, and Marvin Lee of Archbold), 5 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Andrew Miller, Grabill, Ind., and Mrs. Schuyler Grime, West Unity, Ohio), 4 brothers (Joseph S. and Melvin of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Monroe and Wayne, Grabill, Ind.), and many other relatives and friends. Besides her first husband, she was preceded in death by her father. Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church on Oct. 3, conducted by Simon Stuckey, Maynard Wyse, and Walter Stuckey, with burial in the Lockport Cemetery.
Troyer, Mary M., daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Kurtz) Yoder, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Oct. 27, 1864; passed peacefully away at the home of her son, Chauncey Zook, near Fairview, Mich., Oct. 11, 1954; aged 80 y. 11 m. 15 d. In 1882, she was united in marriage with Menno S. Zook, to which union 3 sons and one daughter were born. Two sons, in infancy, her husband, in 1925, and her daughter (Clara) in 1939 preceded her in death Surviving are her son (Chauncey), 16 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, 21, great-great-grandchildren, and one half sister (Ida Yoder Posser). She is the last of a family of 5 children, but many nieces and nephews remain. On Sept. 12, 1928, she was joined in marriage to Emanuel S. Troyer, Mio, Mich., who at the time had a grown family of 11 children. Nine of these children are still living, and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After his death, June 8, 1946, she went back to her old home to live with her son, Chauncey, and family. She accepted Christ and joined the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a devoted church worker. Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at the Fairview Mennonite Church by Harvey Handrich and Menno Esch with burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
Waites, Margaret P., daughter of Isaac and Mary (Carr) Craswell, was born Sept. 19, 1872; died Oct. 9, 1954, at Youngstown, Ohio; aged 82 y. 20 d. She was the widow of James Waites, who died in 1938. She leaves 3 sons (Lawrence and Arthur of Youngstown, Ohio, and Arnold of Cleveland), and one daughter (Mrs. Jennie Wayland of Youngstown). Funeral services were in charge of David Steiner. Interment was made in the North Lima Mennonite Church cemetery.
Transcriber's note: I was unable to read the maiden name for Margaret Waites, it is either Craswell, or it could be Creswell.
Weldy, Leander A., son of Jacob and Hannah (Null) Weldy, was born Dec. 27, 1880, near Wakarusa, Ind.; died Sept. 17, 1954, at Goshen, Ind.; aged 73 y. 8m. 20 d. On Nov. 17, 1906, he was married to Elizabeth Christophel who survives him. To them were born 2 daughters (Mildred, who preceded her father in death in 1933, and Verna-Mrs. Kenneth Mullet, of Middlebury, Ind.). Also surviving are a foster son (John Rohrer of Elkhart), one sister (Mrs. Frank Hartman of Cincinnati, Ohio), one brother (Timothy, of Milford, Ind.), 2 grandchildren and 2 foster grandchildren. He became a Christian in youth and continued throughout his life. He was in declining health for some months, but his serious illness was of short duration. The funeral services at the Yellow Creek Church were in charge of D. A. Yoder, Levi C. Hartzler, and John H. Mosemann. Interment was in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.
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Brandeberry, Jesse Curtis, son of John R. and Lydia (Pollock) Brandeberry, was born in Noble Co., Ind., Feb. 24, 1882; passed away in the Elkhart Hospital Oct. 5, 1954; aged 72 y. 7m. 9 d. He became a member of the Mennonite Church at the age of 16 and was a faithful member until death. He was united in marriage to Della May Mishler on Oct. 23, 1902. She preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 1952. He drove his car to Shipshewana to buy groceries at his son's store. After visiting a little, he started home. He suffered a stroke of paralysis and was found beside the road by a neighbor. He was taken to the Elkhart Hospital, where he passed away about 3 _ hours later. Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughters (Viola-Mrs. Trueman Sherck, Middlebury; Roy, Corunna, Ind.; George, Shipshewana; Gertrude-Mrs. Glenn Prough, Kouts, Ind.; John, Middlebury, and Floyd, Goshen), 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Jerry, Middlebury, Floyd, Urbana, Ohio; Nellie-Mrs. William Foughty, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Mrs. Ellah Snyder, West Liberty, Ohio, and Mrs. Jerome Appel, Urbana, Ohio), 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Two little grandsons also preceded him in death. Funeral services at the Shore Mennonite Church on Oct. 7 were in charge of Lee Miller and Percy Miller.
Hostetler, Ida, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Yoder, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., April 11, 1877; passed away at her home near Middlebury, Ind., where she lived all but the first six years of her life, Oct. 19, 1954, after an illness of about six years; aged 77 y. 6 m. 8 d. In 1896 she was married to Wiley Nusbaum, who preceded her in death in 1897. To this union, one daughter was born (Millie-Mrs. Sanford Misher, Shipshewana, Ind.). On March 9, 1902, she was married to Amos S. Hostetler, who survives. To this union were born the following children (Elva, Middlebury, Ind.; Dora-Mrs. Henry Miller, Goshen, Ind.; Mabel, Oscar, Payson, and Orpha, Middlebury). One daughter (Florence) preceded her in March, 1914. Surviving are her husband, 5 daughters, 2 sons, 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Forks Mennonite Church, where she was a faithful member. Funeral services were held at the Forks Church, Oct. 21, with burial in the Hostetler Cemetery.
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Colon, Antonio Perez, was born in the La Plata community in the year 1880; died Oct. 25, 1954; aged 74 years. He grew up in the La Plata community, after which he lived in Maton Cayey, for several years, later on moving to live with his son Juan, in the Rabanal Cidra community. In 1915 he was married to Victoria Martinez. To this union were born 4 sons (Antonio, Juan, Santos, and Felix). Santos, after a short period of life as a member of the Guavate Mennonite Church, preceded his father in death last May. While living in Rabanal, Antonio began to become interested in the Gospel. In 1950 he united with the Mennonite Church "Good Shepherd" of Rabanal. To this faith he was faithful until death. For a long time he suffered from a serious illness, but only recently was it discovered that it was cancer, which kept him in bed for the last two month. The evening before his passing away, he was visited by members of his church who conducted a prayer meeting with him. This had been a weekly occurrence for some time. He had expressed himself as having peace with the Lord and being ready to meet his Maker. A service was held in the home with Paul Lauver in charge. At the church the service was in charge of Lester T. Hershey, acting pastor, and at the grave by John Driver. All three have been pastors of this church.
Cressman, Noah M., son of Amos and Anna (Martin) Cressman, passed to this reward Oct. 2, 1954, after a lingering illness; in his 85th year. He was preceded by his companion, Mary Anne (Snyder), and 2 sons (Lloyd as a young man and Orland in infancy). He became a Christian in early maturity and served his Lord the rest of his days as a member of the Biehn congregation, New Hamburg, Ont. Surviving are 3 sons (Melvin ,Merriton, Ont.; Zenas and Elam, New Hamburg, Ont.). On Oct. 5 he was laid to rest in the Biehn Cemetery after services at the Biehn Church in charge of M. H. Roth and C. C. Cressman.
Culp, Mary Minerva, daughter of John and Nancy (Eberly) Bare, was born Aug. 7, 1875; peacefully fell asleep in her home at Foraker, Ind., Oct. 17, 1954; aged 79 y. 2 m. 10 d. On Feb. 25, 1894, she was married to Lorin Culp, who preceded her in death in March, 1952. All of her long life she was a resident of Foraker. In early life she united with the Salem Mennonite Church and enjoyed a long life of Christian service. She leaves 2 sons (Noble, Onida, S. Dak., and John, at home), 3 daughters (Mabel-Mrs. Willard Mikel, Bremen; Bessie-Mrs. Charles Welty, Nappanee, and Martha, at home), 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 sisters (Mrs. Samuel Bixler, Wakarusa; Mrs. George Hunsberger, Goshen; Mrs. Noah Weaver, Denver, Pa.; Lydia Zimmerman, East Earl, Pa., and Elam Zimmerman, Narvon Pa.), and a brother (Noah Bare, Elkhart). Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Oct. 20, in charge of Francis Freed and C. A. Shank. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Eby, Susanna (Bearinger), widow of the late Ben Eby, was born Aug. 12, 1877; died Oct. 21, 1954, at the St. Marys Hospital, Kitchener, Ont.; aged 77 y. 2 m. 9 d. Surviving are 2 brothers (Ephraim and Josiah of Waterloo, Ont.), 7 stepchildren (Luella-Mrs. Edgar Snider, Mabel-Mrs. Josiah Bearinger, Mina-Mrs. Alvin Shantz, all of Waterloo; Beulah-Mrs. Abram Shantz, Kitchener; Vera-Mrs. Isaac Horst, Bloomingdale, Ont.; Samuel, Toronto, and Alpheus, Elmira, Ont.), and a number of nieces and nephews. After her conversion she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member of the St. Jacobs congregation. Funeral services were held at St. Jacobs, Ont., with Noah Hunsberger and J. R. Martin conducting the services.
Hertzler, Aldus K., Sr., son of Emanuel C. and Lizzie K. Hertzler, was born Feb. 2, 1892, at Middletown, Va.; passed away suddenly at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, Pa., Aug. 9, 1954; aged 62 y. 6 m. 7 d. Death came as a result of a heart condition. He accepted Christ as a youth. On Nov. 6, 1915, he married Ellen Kratz, and they settled in Norristown where he has been active in the work of the Norristown Mennonite Church. He served as chorister, teacher of the men's Bible class, and as secretary-treasurer of the Board of Trustees. He is survived by his wife, 4 sons ( Emanuel, Kent, Ohio; Aldus, Doylestown, Pa.; Paul, Goshen, Ind., and Elam, Flat Rock, Mich.), 3 daughters (Sara, at home; Naomi-Mrs. John Bender, Philadelphia, Pa., and Ruth, student nurse at Grandview Hospital, Sellersville, Pa.), 6 granddaughters, one sister (Esther-Mrs. Fred Harding, Bakersfield, Calif.), and 2 brothers (Harry, North Wales, Pa., and James, Modena, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Norristown Mennonite Church, Aug. 13, by Jacob C. Clemens and Markley Clemmer. Interment was made in the cemetery of the Worcester, Pa., Mennonite Church.
Meyer, John, Sr., was born in Zurich, Ont., March 20, 1864; died Oct. 13, 1954, at the K-W Hospital; aged 90 y. 6 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Leah Gascho on Oct. 8, 1895. He was a faithful member of First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, since his reception in March 1927. He will be remembered by his sincere, quiet interest in all things of God. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons (Emmanuel and John of Kitchener, and Jacob, of London). 2 daughters (Peril-Mrs. Frank Brock of Toronto, and Iona-Mrs. Lorrne Horst, of Kitchener), one brother (Jacob of Kitchener) 2 sisters (Mrs. David Gingerich of Zurich and Mrs. Menno Schwartzentruber of Kitchener), 20 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services held Oct. 16 at the First Mennonite Church were in charge of C. F. Derstine and J. H. Hess. Interment was made in the First Mennonite Cemetery at Kitchener.
Peachey, Aaron E., son of David S. and Sallie (Glick) Peachey, was born March 29, 1894, near White Hall, Pa.; passed away very suddenly Sept. 19, 1954, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Canan, Parkesburg, Pa.; aged 60 y. 5 m. 21 d. He was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church near Atglen, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Bertha (Keller), a son (Albert, New Holland, Pa.), 3 daughters (Ethel-Mrs. John Jesberg, Paris, France; Ruth-Mrs. David Hertzler, Greenville, S. C. , and Mary-Mrs. John Canan, Parkesburg, Pa.), 14 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Orrie and Oliver, Belleville, Pa.; Homer, Lewistown, Pa.; and Leroy, Kenosha, Wis.), and one sister (Katie-Mrs. Aaron J. Peachey, Rittman, Ohio). Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers. Burial was made in the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery.
Wagner, Nancy E., daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Strike) Wagner, was born Nov. 29, 1870, in Franklin Co., Pa.; passed away Oct. 7, 1954; aged 83 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was a guest in the Mennonite Home at Maugansville, Md., and a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, as she formerly resided at Chambersburg, pa. Surviving are a brother (Isaac Wagner, Mennonite Home), and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, Oct. 9, in charge of Amos E. Martin and Harold L. Hunsecker, with interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Weaver, Mabel C., daughter of Joseph W. and Mary (Sheets) Weldy, was born Feb. 13, 1907, near Wakarusa, Ind.; passed away at her home near Gulliver, Mich., Oct. 16, 1954, after an illness of nearly a year; aged 47 y. 8m. 3 d. In early youth she accepted Christ and was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church. On Oct. 17, 1925, she was united in marriage to Norman P. Weaver. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. She was preceded in death by 2 infant sons (Wayne R. and Harold E.), and one daughter (Erma E.) who met sudden death in a plane accident on July 3, 1954. Surviving are her husband, 2 daughters (Florence-Mrs. Noble Haarer, Howe, Ind., and Elnora, Gulliver, Mich.), a foster daughter (Doris Sultz, Gulliver), 3 grandchildren, 6 sisters (Nora-Mrs. Menno Richer, Cassopolis, Mich.; Golda-Mrs. Charles Wenger, Goshen, Ind.; Anna-Mrs. Amos Leichty, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Nina-Mrs. Paul Weaver, Gulliver; Berneice-Mrs. George Martin, Elkhart, Ind., and Lola-Mrs. Harley Christner, Goshen), and 5 brothers (Charles, Goshen, Ind.; Irvin, Bremen, Ind.; William and Raymond, both of Elkhart, Ind., and Harvey, Wakarusa, Ind.). One brother (Kenneth) preceded her. Funeral services were held Oct. 19 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in charge of Clarence Troyer, assisted by T. E. Schrock. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery near Manistique, Mich.
Herr, Mary Groff, was born in Abbeville, near Lancaster, Pa., March 11, 1871; died at the same place on Sept. 21, 1954; aged 83 y. 6 m. 10 d. She was a member of the Millersville Congregation. She was united in marriage to Jacob L. Herr, who preceded her in death May 8, 1941. Surviving are 4 sons (Jacob G., Benjamin G., David G., and John G.). One son (Rudolph) died in infancy. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Christian Lehman and Landis Shertzer, with interment at the Millersville Cemetery.
Kraybill, Rosene B., daughter of Wilmer G. and Helen (Brubaker) Kraybill, was born May 15, 1948; went to be with Jesus Aug. 27, 1954; aged 6 y. 3 m. 12 d. The day she left, she said, "O Mamma! I just wish Jesus would come for me!" She attended Vine St. Mennonite Sunday School. Besides her parents, she is survived by 2 brothers (Donald and Mark), her grandparents (Bro. and Sister Martin R. Kraybill, Elizabethtown, Pa., and Bro. and Sister Henry E. Brubaker, Mt. Joy, Pa.), Funeral services held at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church were conducted by Henry Lutz, Henry Frank, and Frank Enck. Interment was made in the Kraybill Cemetery.
Peachey, Mary Ellen, daughter of Joseph L. and Minerva (Glick) Peachey, was born at Belleville, Pa., on July 14, 1945; and instantly killed Sept. 25, 1954, when a loaded hay wagon passed over her body as she attempted to jump from the rear of the tractor that was pulling the wagon; aged 9 y. 2 m. 11 d. Surviving are her parents and these brothers and sisters (Carl, of Norristown, Pa.; Donald, Esther, Rhoda, Vivian, Betty, and Evelyn, all at home). Funeral services were held at the Allensville Mennonite Church, Sept. 29, in charge of R. R. Peachey, J. Elrose Hartzler, and Jacob Weirich.
Roth, Mary, daughter of Jacob and Phebe Stauffer, was born Jan. 25, 1877, near Milford, Nebr.; departed this life Oct. 19, 1954; aged 77y. 8m. 25 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the East Fairview Mennonite Church, where she was a faithful member until death. On Aug. 31, 1899, she was united in marriage to John P. Roth. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 3 daughters. Those surviving are Elizabeth, Chris L., Harry, Stanley, Fern-Mrs. Orville Saltzman, all of Milford; Phoebe-Mrs. V. L. Yoder, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Jake J. and John, Seward, Nebr.), one sister (Mrs. David J. Stutzman), 2 brothers (Chris G. and Jacob C. Stauffer), 40 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, one son (Walter), one granddaughter, one grandson, one brother and 5 sisters. Funeral services at the East Fairview Church were in charge of Ammon Miller, Oliver Roth, and Sterling U. Stauffer, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Schrock, Clarence, son of the late Emanuel M. and Sada Jane (Campbell) Schrock, was born Oct. 14, 1895, in Pontiac, Ill.; passed away at his home in Chicago, Ill., July 17, 1954; aged 58 y. 9 m. 3 d. He was married to Alma Zehr of Hopedale, Ill., on Dec. 29, 1943. This union was blessed with two children (Barbara Jane and Clarence Emanuel). Surviving are 2 brothers (Edgar E., Pontiac, Ill., and George M., Chicago), and one sister (Edith M., Vonderheide, Grandlin, Mo.) He was an educator in the public schools of Chicago, and had been principal of Clissold School for the past 9 years. He was a member of the Mennonite Home Mission Church and served there as Sunday-school superintendent, Men's Bible Class teacher, and in other offices of the church. Funeral services were held July 19 at the Starr Chapel, with Dr. Clinton C. Cox and Donald Driver officiating. Burial was made in Mount Hope Cemetery.
West, Freda Jane, daughter of Joseph and Mary Taylor, was born near Cockermouth, Cumberland, England, Jan. 14, 1903; died in the Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary, Alta., Oct. 19, 1954; aged 51 y. 9 m. 19 d. She came to Canada with her parents in 1910, at which time they made their home in Cranbrook, B. C. Seven years later they moved to Didsbury, Alta. During her youth she became a member of the Mennonite Church. In 1922 she became the wife of Samuel Good, who preceded her in death Sept. 12, 1938. To this union 4 children were born. On Jan. 1, 1942, she was married to Glen West, whom she leaves to mourn her departure. Besides her husband she leaves 2 sons and 2 daughters (Ernest, Calgary, Alta.; Neil, Carstairs, Alta.; Greta, Calgary, and Mary, at home), her father, 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers (Mrs. Harold Baker, Cranbrook, B.C. Mrs. Alvin Steckly, and Irene Taylor, both of Carstairs, Alta. James, Cereal, Alta.; and Josephs, Edmonton, Alta.), and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at West Zion Mennonite Church, Oct. 22, 1954, in charge of Linford Hackman and Gordon Buschert. Willis Yoder preached the sermon. Burial was made in adjoining cemetery.
White, Jesse L., son of the late Lealy and Lucy (Lambert) White, was born Nov. 4, 1887, at Job, W. Va.; died unexpectedly Sept. 26, 1954; aged 66 y. 10 m. 22 d. He suffered a heart attack and died on the roadside while on the way home from the Riverside Church. His body was found near his home by a friend. His first wife, Jeanette Davis, preceded him in death in 1925. To this union were born five children, who survive him. They are Titus and Ivan of Baltimore, Md.; Houseford, of Cumberland, Md.; Mrs. Bertha Wilfong, of Harrisonburg, Va.; and Mrs. Elva Culp of Canfield, Ohio). Also surviving are his second wife (Alice Hedrick White), a son (Jesse J. of Newport News, Va.), and Mrs. Opal Troy of Dryfork, W. Va., 20 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, five sisters (Mrs. Ella Davis, and Mrs. Texie Smith, Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Vinna Lambert, Aurora, W. Va., and Mrs. Hester Hicks, Hambleton, W. Va.), 4 stepchildren, and 11 stepgreatgrandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Riverside Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Mennonite Church at Job, W. Va., Sept. 29, with Oliver Keener and M. H. Brunk in charge.
Witmer, Eli B., son of Levi and Anna (Brubaker) Witmer, was born near Akron, Pa., Nov. 4, 1864; passed away Aug. 10, 1954, after a year's illness; aged 89 y. 9 m. 6 d. He had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. On Oct. 30, 1887, he was united in marriage to Lillie Wenger, who preceded him in death Nov. 30, 1939. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters (a daughter (Ruth) who died in infancy; Samuel W., Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. Anna W. Brackbill, Lancaster, Pa., with whom he resided at the time of death; Ada-Mrs. Samuel A. Shank, Harrisonburg, Va.; Ella-Mrs. Emanuel Neff, Strasburg, Pa.; Esther-Mrs. Ellis Landis, Smoketown, Pa.; Enos W., Lancaster; Mrs. Eva Martin, Bird in Hand, Pa.; and Caleb W., Soudersburg, Pa.), 29 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and a brother and sister (Isaac B. and Mrs. Christian Stauffer, both of Lititz, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Paradise Mennonite Church Aug. 12 by Parke Book and Amos Weaver. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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Block, Irvon, Elmira, Ont., was born at Wilmot Centre, Ont., May 18, 1889; died Oct. 31, 1954; aged 65 y. 5 m. 31 d. Death was very sudden and unexpected after an illness of one day, due to cerebral hemorrhage. He was married to Lydia Litwiller on Jan. 13, 1915. To this union were born 2 sons and 6 daughters (Delford, Edson, Alta.; Dalton, predeceased; Dorothy-Mrs. Michael Sape, Linwood, Mich.; Lillian-Mrs. Daniel Jantzi, Alma, Ont.; Adele-Mrs. Harold Dechert, Kitchener, Ont.; Norine-Mrs. Roy Steinman, Waterloo; Mary Belle-Mrs. Donald Poll Kitchener; and Betty-Mrs. Anthony Alberhardt, Waterloo, Ont.). His first wife predeceased him on March 16, 1932. Later he married Marion Weber of Elmira who survives him. To this union were born one son (Arlin), deceased; and 2 daughters (Muriel and Sharon, at home). There are 22 grandchildren. Funeral services held at the Elmira Mennonite Church, where he was a member, on Nov. 3, were in charge of Oliver D. Snider, Rufus Jutzi, and Howard S. Bauman. Burial was in the cemetery of the Waterloo Mennonite Church.
Dasher, Clyde R., husband of Ada (Meller) Dasher of Elliot City, Md., was born Aug. 6, 1905; died Oct. 23, 1954; aged 49 y. 2 m. 17 d. His death was caused by drowning in Mill Creek, off the Chesapeake Bay. He and his wife were returning to shore after a few hours' fishing when the boat stopped. When he started the motor again, it was in gear and the sudden jerk of the boat threw him out into the water. He could not swim but his wife threw two life preservers to him which he railed to reach. The body was finally recovered after 7 days' searching. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 2 daughters (Geneva-Mrs. Joseph P. Sauder, and Marion-Mrs. Warren Nazelrod, both of Ellicott City, Md.), 2 granddaughters, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of the Emory Methodist Church, and he and his wife entertained many of the Mennonite evangelists, Bible school teachers, and church members. Their home was always an open door and the wonderful hospitality made one want to go back again. Memorial services on Oct. 31 at the Emory Methodist Church was in charge of Clarence Beard, Russell Sapp, Emmette R. Spencer, and Walter A. Shank. Interment was made in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
Etter, William, son of the late Frank and Sarah (Hollinger) Etter, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., July 27, 1872; passed away at the Waynesboro Hospital, Oct. 14, 1954; aged 82 y. 2m . 17 d. On Dec. 24, 1895, he married Annie May Gsell and to this union were born 3 daughters and one son. His wife preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 1943, and the only son (Howard) on Oct. 16, 1943. He had farmed in the Upton, Pa., area for some 40years and was a member of the Mennonite Church at Williamson, Pa., since August, 1897. Since he retired from the farm he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. A. Paul Martin. He had been in ill health for about 3 years and spent the last 5 weeks in the hospital. He is survived by the 3 daughters (Mrs. J. W. Trumpower, Upton, Pa.; Mrs. Ira Hawbaker and Mrs. A. Paul Martin, both of Greencastle, Pa.), a sister (Mrs. Bertha Sellers, Greencastle), 2 brothers (George, Greencastle, and Roy, Gaithersburg, Md.), 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Greencastle by Norman H. Martin and Harvey E. Shank. Interment was made in the Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Frederick, Emma, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Blough) Wingard, was born April 4, 1888; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lester Thomas, Oct. 26, 1954; aged 66 y. 6 m. 22 d. She was the youngest member of a family of 9 children, 7 of whom survive her. She had been a member of the Weaver Mennonite Church since Jan. 14, 1900. She was united in marriage to Charles Frederick who preceded her on Sept. 13, 1943. Surviving are the following children (J. Clair, Geistown, Pa.; Morris Glen and Pauline-Mrs. Lester Thomas, both of Johnstown, Pa.; and Charles Richard, Pigeon, Mich.), 7 grandchildren, and 7 brothers and sisters (Mrs. Christy Ann Miller , McAlisterville, Pa.; Mrs. William Graybill , Richfield, Pa.; Hiram , Wadsworth, Ohio; Elsie , Scalp Level, Pa.; Mrs. Alice Hummel , Greenwood, Del.; Katie , and John , both of Johnstown). Services were held at the Weaver Mennonite Church Oct. 29 in charge of Harold Thomas and John Lehman, with burial in the Richland Cemetery.
Gall, Christ E., was born May 16, 1893; died at his home in Elizabethtown, Pa., Nov. 2, 1954; aged 61 y. 5 m. 16 d. Although he was afflicted with palsy for some 20 years, he died rather suddenly. He was a faithful member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. His parents were the late Abram and Mary (Ebersole) Gall. He is survived by his wife (Carrie L. Gail), 2 children (Mary Elizabeth-Mrs. Irwin L. Witmer and Allen A., both of Elizabethtown), 8 grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Walter Oberholtzer, Elizabethtown), and a brother (Jacob L., Hershey, Pa.). Funeral services were held Nov. 6, at the Elizabethtown Church, with Noah W. Risser, Walter L. Keener, Jr., and Clarence E. Lutz in charge. Interment was made in the Milton Grove Cemetery.
Gingerich, Edward J., son of Joseph C. and Catherine (Swartzendruber) Gingerich, was born Nov. 19, 1876; died Nov. 1, 1954; aged 77 y. 11 m. 21 d. He suffered a paralytic stroke on Oct. 17, which affected his entire right side and was taken to a hospital where he succumbed 45 days later. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife (Mary Baumruk Gingerich), 5 sons (Henry, Rudy, Simon, Melvin, and Edward), 3 daughters (Minnie, Edna, and Fannie Mae), 4 stepchildren (Emily, Mildred, George, and Albert), 15 grandchildren, one great-grandson, 6 brothers (Dan, Fred, Amos, Simon, Joe, and Ezra), one sister (Emma), and many other relatives and friends. His parents, one sister (Elvina), one brother (Walter), 3 brothers and 3 sisters in infancy, his first wife (Fannie Bender), second wife (Mattie Kauffman), third wife (Fannie Miller), and several children at birth or early childhood preceded him. He was baptized in his youth in Wright Co., Iowa, and after residing in Michigan, he fellowshipped with the Riverside Conservative Mennonite congregation, Twining, Mich. Services on Nov. 4 at the Riverside Church were in charge of Levi Swartz and Emanuel Swartzendruber. Burial was made in the Cedar Valley Cemetery.
Hofstetter, Levina, daughter of Daniel and Dinah (Welty) Gerber, was born near Kidron, Ohio, May 10, 1879; peacefully fell asleep at her home in Kidron Oct. 27, 1954, following a sudden heart seizure; aged 75 y. 5 m. 17 d. In her youth she confessed Christ as her Saviour, remaining a true and faithful witness for Him. She was a member of the Kidron Mennonite Church where she attended regularly and where she enjoyed working with others in the sewing circle department. On June 8, 1901, she was married to David J. Hofstetter with whom she walked life's pathway for more than 53 years. This union was blessed with 11 children, 6 of whom survive her (Sylvan, Apple Creek, Ohio; Clyde, Sarasota, Fla.; Lores, Dalton, Ohio; Willis and Clair, both of Apple Creek, Ohio; and Cora, at home). She was preceded in death by 2 sons and 3 daughters who died in infancy. Also surviving, besides her husband, 5 sons and one daughter, are 15 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Amos, Colfax, Wash.; Philip and Elbert, Dalton, Ohio), 3 sisters (Hulda-Mrs. John C. Hofstetter and Edna, Dalton, Ohio; Anna-Mrs. Edwin Zuercher, Orrville, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at the Kidron Mennonite Church with Reuben Hofstetter, Allen Bixler, and Isaac Zuercher officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hostetler, Nancy Gingerich, was born at Preston, Ont., Dec. 2, 1878; went to be with her Lord Nov. 1, 1954, at the Henry Hostetler home, Goshen, Ind.; aged 75 y. 10 m. 30 d. She and her husband Levi returned to Goshen from Sarasota, Fla., only a week before her passing after residing there for the past 10 years. She married Levi Hostetler Sept. 18, 1901. Surviving in addition to her husband, are a son (LeRoy, Winona Lake, Ind.), a daughter (Sylvia Elizabeth-Mrs. Wesley Baker, Elkhart), 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Enoch, Kitchener, Ont., and Dilman, Freeport, Ill.), and a sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Bingaman, Shabbona, Ill.). A son (Norman) preceded her in death. She was formerly a member of the North Goshen Mennonite Church. At the time of her death she was a member of the Tuttle Avenue Mennonite Church, Sarasota, Fla. Funeral services were held at the North Goshen Mennonite Church Nov. 4, with Myron Augsburger and Russell Krabill, officiating. Burial was made in the Shore Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Koch, Minerva, daughter of the late Abram and Susannah (Bergey) Swartz, was born at Brown City, Mich., Aug. 13, 1880; died after a lengthy illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nelson Snyder near Conestogo, Ont., Oct. 15, 1954; aged 74 y. 2 m. 2 d. On Aug. 24, 1904, she was united in marriage to Charles R. Koch, who survives her. Also surviving are 6 sons (Lester and Orton, New Hamburg; Phares, Kitchener, Ont.; Oliver, Conestogo; Roy, St. Jacobs, Ont.; and Charles, Glen Allan, Ont.), 3 daughters (Mabel-Mrs. Herbert Kufske, Kitchener; Gladys-Mrs. Norman Martin, St. Jacobs, and Vera-Mrs. Nelson Snyder, Conestogo), 40 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother (Wellington Swartz, Kitchener), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Isaiah Witmer, Mrs. Wendell Shantz, and Mrs. Clifford Cressman, all of Kitchener, and Mrs. Milton Weber, Waterloo). A son (Stanley) preceded her. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, Oct. 19, by Noah Hunsberger, assisted by Oliver D. Snider. Interment was made in the cemetery at Three Bridges.
Lehman, Esther K., daughter of the late George and Anna Krieder, was born at Soudersburg, Pa., Feb. 18, 1889; passed away Oct. 28, 1954, at the Lancaster General Hospital following a prolonged illness of nearly 13 weeks; aged 65 y. 8 m. 10 d. On Aug. 24, 1916, she was married to Joseph S. Lehman who survives her. To this union were born 2 daughters (Anna Margie, at home, and Araminta-Mrs. Lester C. Shank, Harrisonburg, Va.). She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters and one brother (Margie-Mrs. G. Parke Book, and Jacob, both of Paradise, Pa., and Sue-Mrs. John R. Bare, Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death. She with her husband started the Lancaster Colored Mission on Nov. 5, 1933, where she continued as a faithful worker and Sunday-school teacher of the young ladies' class as long as health permitted. During this time she endeared herself to many of the people in this section. Her patient endurance and appreciative attitude during the time of her suffering were a testimony to those who waited upobn her and who were impressed with her peaceful expression after falling asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at the Christian Street Mennonite Mission, with 183 present, in charge of Lester Weaver and D. Stoner Krady: Bro. Krady preaching from the text, "She hath done what she could" (Mark 14: 8). The song, "Let me go where saints are going," which she requested some of the family to sing at her bedside before going to the hospital, was sung. This service was followed by one at her former home church, Paradise, Pa., in charge of D. Stoner Krady and Raymond Charles, vice-president of the Eastern Board of Mission and Charities, where Bro. Charles preached to a full house from the text II Cor. 5:1. "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." The hymns, "Silently they pass away" and "Asleep in Jesus" were sung. At the graveside service the hymn, "We shall sleep but not forever," was sung. Interment was made in the Paradise Cemetery.
Lehman, Mary, daughter of the late Samuel and Barbara (Lehman) Lesher, was born Nov. 7, 1875; died at her home of Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 2, 1954, after an illness of 12 years; aged 78 y. 10 m. 25 d. She was seriously ill only the last 2 weeks. She was the widow of Abram L. Lehman, who preceded her in March 1950. Surviving is a son, Revel L., at home. She was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Church Oct. 5, in charge of Harold L. Hunsecker and Omar R. Martin. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Lichti, Daniel S., son of the late Christian and Nancy (Schlegel) Lichti, was born near Wayland, Iowa, May 5, 1883; passed away at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebr., Oct. 31, 1954; aged 71 y. 5 m. 26 d. On Oct. 27 he became seriously ill and suffered intense pain which he bore patiently. He was taken to Lincoln and submitted to surgery. At the age of 4 he moved with his parents to Thurman, Colo., where in his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member till death. At the age of 21 he moved to Shickley, Nebr. On Feb. 22, 1910, he was united in marriage to Amelia Schrock. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, 4 sons (Chris, Bruning, Nebr.; Louis, Strang, Nebr.; Albert, Shickley, Nebr.; and Reuben, Geneva, Nebr.), 2 daughters (Kathryn Reichert, Bruning and Laurine Schweitzer, Shickley), 12 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Anna Kauffman, Wayland, Iowa, and Mrs. Lena Schlegel, Shickley), besides a host of other relatives and friends. Four sisters and 3 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at the Salem Mennonite Church, Shickley, Nebr., conducted by P. R. Kennel and Fred Reeb, with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Martin, Nelson, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Noah B. Martin, was born Feb. 22, 1889, in Peel Township, Ont.; died at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Oct. 27, 1954; aged 65 y. 8 m. 5 d. On Dec. 24, 1920, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Westfall , who survives. Also surviving are their 6 children (Lucinda, Elmira; Urias, Winterbourne; Elvina-Mrs. Leonard Woolner, Kitchener; Mary Ann-Mrs. Edwin Metzger, West Montrose; Nelson, Heidelburg; and Abner, Elmira), 4 grandchildren, one brother (Amos), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Ann Martin, and Hannah-Mrs. Isaiah Martin). He was a faithful member of the Elmira Mennonite Church. He was in fairly good health this past year when he suffered from a heart condition. He was up most of the time but was overtaken by a cerebral embolism and never regained consciousness. The funeral was held in the Elmira Mennonite Church with Olive Snider and Howard S. Bauman in charge. Interment was made in the Elmira Mennonite Cemetery.
Maust, Harry L., Sr., son of Simon L. and Savilla (Folk) Maust, was born at Springs, Pa., Sept. 3, 1893; died Nov. 10, 1954, of a heart attack while hunting in the woods near his home; aged 61 y. 3 m. 5 d. On Aug. 29, 1915, he was married to Mary Jane Cutrell, who survives him. He is also survived by 5 children (Marshall, Scottdale, Pa.; Flora-Mrs. Victor McIntire, Karval, Colo.; Harry, Jr., Laura, and James, all of Scottdale), 5 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Steward Rodamer) and one brother (Homer), both of Springs. Two daughters and one son preceded him in death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Scottdale Mennonite Church on Saturday evening, Nov. 13, were in charge of John L. Horst and A. J. Metzler, and at the Springs Mennonite Church, Springs, Pa., by John L. Horst and Roy Otto. Interment was made in the cemetery near the Springs Church.
Miller, Barbara E., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David F. Miller, was born Jan. 15, 1880; died at Kalona, Iowa, Oct. 26, 1954; aged 74 y. 9 m. 10 d. She is survived by 2 brothers and a sister (Mose, Elida, Ohio; Alva, Kalona, and Ida-Mrs. Dan. J. Fisher, Kalona). Her parents, a brother and a sister preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the East Union Mennonite Church, where she remained a faithful member all her days. Funeral services conducted in the East Union Mennonite Church, Oct. 29, were in charge of George Miller and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber. Interment was in the Miller Family Cemetery on the farm where she spent her entire life.
Plank, Fannie Florence Zook, was born Nov. 15, 1886, near Garden City, Mo.; died in Detroit, Mich., Nov. 3, 1954; aged 67 y. 11 m. 19 d. The immediate cause of her death was virus pneumonia, though for years she had been suffering from hardening of the arteries. She accepted Christ and joined the Mennonite Church in early woman hood, and was a faithful member until death. On March 21, 1912, she was united in marriage to David E. Plank, who survives her. To this union were born 6 children, three dying in childhood. Surviving besides her husband are 3 children (Marvin, Scottdale, Pa.; Mrs. Martha Ryan, Salida, Colo.; and Donald, Detroit, Mich.), 9 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Ina-Mrs. Milton Hostetler, Lowpoint, Ill., and Saloma-Mrs. Albert Leasa, Belleville, Pa.), and a large number of other relatives and friends. A short service was held in Detroit in Nov. 4, and then the body was taken to Scottdale where funeral services were held Nov. 6, with J. L. Horst and Frederick Erb in charge. Interment was made in the Scottdale Cemtery.
Rocke, Benjamin W., was born to Christian and Kathryn (Roth) Rocke, at Graymont, Ill., June 1, 1883; passed away after a short illness at the Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, Ill., Nov. 13, 1954; aged 71 y. 4 m. 12 d. He was married on Jan. 23, 1907, to Ella Zimmerman. To this union were born 4 children. He is survived by his wife, all the children (Lloyd and Eldon, Tiskilwa, Ill.; Vernon, Fisher, Ill.; John, Graymont, and Lorene-Mrs. Linus Eigsti, Eugene, Oreg.), 8 grandchildren, 2 brothers and one sister (Manuel, Morton, Ill; John, Graymont; and Mrs. Charles Folkers, Woodburn, Ind.), besides many nieces, nephews, and friends. He had been a faithful member of the Willow Springs Mennonite Church for the last 47 years. During these years he served in various offices in the church and his contribution to the work of the church was felt by many of the community. Funeral services held in the Willow Springs Church on Nov. 15 were conducted by C. Warren Long. Interment was made in the Willow Springs Cemetery.
Shrock, William Henry, was born near Hicksville, Ohio, March 20, 1925; departed this life Oct. 29, 1954, when the semi-trailer truck he was driving went out of control; aged 29 y. 7 m. 9 d. He was a member of the Beachy Church in Nappanee, Ind. His father preceded him in death 6 years ago. He is survived by his mother (Mrs. Emma Shrock) and 4 sisters (Mrs. Leona Yoder, Mrs. Freda McMins, and Mary Ruth, Hicksville, and Mrs. Sarah Graber, Mark Center, Ohio). Funeral services were held in the Lost Creek Mennonite Church, Nov. 1, in charge of Enos Miller, Amos Yoder and Ralph Yoder. Burial was made in the Lost Creek Cemetery.
Smucker, Peter J., was born in Greene Township, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1875; passed away after an illness of one week in the Dunlap Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, Nov. 2, 1954; aged 78 y. 11 m. 23 d. A stroke caused his death. He gave his life to the Lord at about 14 years of age and was received into the fellowship of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. For the last 7 years he has been a member of the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church. On Dec. 15, 1904, he was married to Orpha Steiner. To this union were born 3 children, two of whom survive (Paul, Smithville, Ohio, and Gladys-Mrs. Leslie Morrison, Wadsworth, Ohio). A daughter (Ruth) preceded him in death. He was one of 16 children, 8 of whom survive him (Simon, Orrville; Dan, Adeline, and Ella, all of Harrisonburg, Va.; Mrs. Mary Mast, Portsmouth, Va.; Mrs. Effie Miller, and Mrs. Emma Rohrer, Smithville; and Katie-Mrs. David Steiner, North Lima, Ohio). There are 8 grandchildren. Services were held at the Oak Grove Church in charge of Gerald C. Studer and J. Robert Kreider. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Sommers, Anna, daughter of Nicholas and Magdalena Nofziger, was born in Alsace-Lorraine, Feb. 17, 1872; departed this life Sept. 23, 1954, at the Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio; aged 82 y. 7 m. 6 d. She had been in failing health for several years and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Sept. 3, from which she did not recover. She with her parents immigrated to America and settled near Archbold, Ohio. About 1884 the family moved to Stuttgart, Ark., where she resided for 35 years. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. On April 6, 1893, she was united in marriage with Samuel Sommers, and established their home in Stuttgart, where her companion was later called to the ministry. Four daughters and one son were born to them (Mattie-Mrs. Harvey Nofziger, Wauseon, Ohio; Kate-Mrs. Frank Nafziger, Ida-Mrs. Jacob Springer, of Archbold, Ohio; Della-Mrs. Ernest Nafziger, Stryker, Ohio; Daniel, Archbold, Ohio, who is also a minister). Surviving are the 5 children, 2 brothers (Henry, Molalla, Oreg.; Dan, hunter, Ark.), 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. Her companion, one sister, and 2 brothers preceded her in death. In 1920 she with her family moved to Pryor, Okla., where her companion passed away in 1927. She later returned to Archbold, where she has since resided with her children. She was a member of the Central Church, Archbold, where funeral services were conducted Sept. 26 by P. L. Frey and E. B. Frey. The body was returned to Pryor, Okla., where services were held by Nelson Histand and Irwin Hartzler on Sept. 28.
Speigle, Lawrence, son of Samuel and Annie (Blough) Speigle, was born Oct. 16, 1878; died at his home near Boswell, Pa., Nov. 3, 1954; aged 76 y. 18 d. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Sadie Blough, and 2 daughters, and one son. He is survived by his widow, the former Margaret Blough, and the following children (Cora, Donald and Dalton, all at home; Erma-Mrs. Norman Hostetler, and Paul, of Hollsopple, Pa.; Richard of Davidsville; and Twilla-Mrs. John Ogburn, of Boswell), 19 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Ellen Gindlesperger, Stoystown, Pa.), and many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church Jan. 3, 1904. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Mennonite Church on Nov. 6 with Harry C. Blough and John A. Lehman officiating. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Stoltzfus, John S., son of Emma and the late Abram B. Stoltzfus, was born Sept. 1, 1887; passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Sept. 19, 1954; aged 67 y. 18 d. He had a stroke 4 _ years before but was able to do light work until this past summer. He is survived by his wife (Sallie), 3 children (Leroy S., Bird in Hand, Pa.; Elsie-Mrs. M. Simon Zook, Honey Brook, Pa.; Ruth-Mrs. Ira Nissley, Morgantown, Pa.), his mother (Mrs. Emma Smoker), 2 brothers and one sister (Daniel M., Talmage, Pa.; Aaron A., Norristown, Pa.; and Emma-Mrs. John Petersheim, Lancaster), and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services held at Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member were conducted by John A. Stoltzfus, Reuben Stoltzfus, and George W. Beiler. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Zimmerman, Jonas M., son of Christian and Esther (Martin) Zimmerman, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 3, 1874; passed away at the Seidle Memorial Hospital, Sept. 27, 1954; aged 80 y. 4 m. 24 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and became a member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Ohio. At the age of 17 he moved to Mechanicsburg, Pa., and transferred his membership to the Slate Hill Church, where he remained a faithful member until death. He was married to Mary Zimmerman on Dec. 26, 1895. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 4 daughters. His wife preceded him in 1927. Three sons died in infancy and a daughter (Esther) at the age of 17. Surviving are 3 daughters (Sarah E., Anna Mary, and Ruth F-Mrs. Joseph H. Hess, all of Mechanicsburg), 6 grandchildren, one brother (Amos M., Akron, Pa.), and a half brother (Martin Zimmerman, Smithville, Ohio). About 8 weeks before his death he underwent surgery followed by another operation three weeks later. Funeral services were held at the Slate Hill Church by William Strong, assisted by C. W. Zimmerman and Mervin Baer. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Zimmerman, Samuel M., son of the Henry and Charlotte (Hufford) Zimmerman, was born in Farmersville, Pa. Sept. 24, 1876; passed away after a lingering illness, at the home of his son, Roy W., Ephrata, Pa., Oct. 19, 1954; aged 78 y. 25 d. His wife, one son, and one grandson preceded him in death. He had been a faithful member of the Metzler Mennonite Church for many years. Surviving him are 5 sons and daughters (Harry W., Manheim, Pa.; Lottie-Mrs. Harry Weaver, Blue Ball, Pa.; Roy W., with whom he resided; Elva W.-Mrs. Lester M. Weaver, New Holland, Pa.; and Raymond W., Ephrata, Pa.), 20 grandchildren, and one brother (Graybill, Lititz, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Metzler Mennonite Church Oct. 22, were in charge of Amos Sauder, Warren Good, and Mahlon Witmer. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Zook, Joshua B., son of John G. and Catherine (King) Zook, was born near Belleville, Pa., Dec. 15, 1868; died at his home in Allensville, Pa., Oct. 13, 1954; aged 85 y. 10 m. 28 d. He had been in failing health for the past few years. He was married to Mary Ellen Zook on March 12, 1893. They enjoyed 61 years of married life together. On May 14, 1905, he was ordained to the ministry and faithfully served the Allensville Mennonite Church for the past 49 years, except for the past few years when failing health prevented him from active service. He was also used as an evangelist and Bible teacher. In addition to his wife he leaves the following children (Pheobe-Mrs. D. S. Oyer, St. Johns, Mich.; Chauncey Zook, Mill Creek, R. D.; Catherine-Mrs. Elmer E. Yoder, Huntington, Pa.; Anna M., and Bertha L., at home; Fannie R., Reading, Pa.;) Mary R. Yohn, Reading, Pa., a close friend of the family, also 5 brothers and 3 sisters (Ira M., Portsmouth, Va.; Oliver H., Belleville; Leo P., Blaine C., Anna-Mrs. Mrs. Roy Phillips, and Carrie-Mrs. Harry Kennedy, all of Allensville; Jacob J., Springfield, Ohio, and Ella-Mrs. Pius Hostetler, Tampico, Ill.), and 16 grandchildren. Services were held in the Allensville Mennonite Church in charge of Raymond R. Peachey, assisted by J. Elrose Hartzler, Uriel S. Zook, and Arthur Good. Burial was made in the church cemetery where services were in charge of A. Byron Fulton, Altoona, Pa., a nephew of the deceased.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.