Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1956

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 49 - December 4, 1956 ­ page 1142, 1143

Kauffman, Amanda E., daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Kauffman) Eash, was born June 6, 1872, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; passed away Sept. 24, 1956, at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur, Ill.; aged 84 y. 3m. 18 d. When a child, she with her parents moved to Ness Co., Kans. On Jan. 23, 1896, she was united in marriage to John J. Kauffman. After their marriage, they lived in Indiana one year, after which they moved to Ransom, Kans., and in 1911, they moved to her present late home at Shelbyville, Ill. She is survived by her son-in-law, John L. Hostetler, Prophetstown, Ill., 5 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 5, 1952, after having been married over 56 years, and by 2 brothers, 2 sisters, an adopted daughter, Ida, and 2 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church since her youth. Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at the Mt. Herman Church, Shelbyville, Ill., by Christy Christner, assisted by John E. Hostetler, with burial in the church cemetery.

Keener, Sadie, daughter of the late Christian and Barbara (Herr) Nissly, was born Nov. 19, 1904; died Oct. 11, 1956, at Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital, where she was a patient for 2 weeks; aged 51 y. 10m. 22 d. She was ill about three months and suffered much pain the last weeks. She was a faithful member of the Willow Street Church. On Nov. 21, 1928, she was married to Clarence Keener, who survives. Also surviving are 4 children (Ruth-Mrs. Ernest Mellinger, Ronks, Pa.; Harlan, near home, and Roy and Martha, at home), 5 brothers and sisters (Harry, Lancaster; Roy, Lititz; Grace-Mrs. Titus Horning, Hinkletown; Ralph, Washington Boro; and Barbara, Mountville), and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Willow Street Church with Jacob Harnish, John Brenneman, and Emory Herr officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Keim, Joseph B., son of Benjamin and Susanna (Miller) Keim, was born Oct. 14, 1868 in Elkhart Co., Ind.; passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Orie Kauffman, White Pigeon, Mich., on Oct. 20, 1956, after a short illness; aged 88 y. 6 m. He accepted Christ in his youth in Holmes Co., Ohio, and after living in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, he and his family moved to Pigeon, Mich., where he was a faithful member of the Pigeon River Conservative church for over 45 years. In January, 1890, he was married to Sarah Heimbuch. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters (Abe, Katie-Mrs. Jess Schrock, and Alvin, of Kokomo, Ind.; Noah and Jonas, Sugarcreek, Ohio; Lena-Mrs. George Swartzendruber, Pigeon, Mich.). One son died in infancy and his wife died on April 18,1906. On Nov. 19, 1907, he was married to Lucretia Swartzendruber, who preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 1954. To this union were born 3 daughters and one son (Mary-Mrs. Elmer Ropp, Pigeon, Mich.; George, Bay Port, Mich.; Erma-Mrs. Orie Kauffman, White Pigeon; and Dorothy, at home). Also surviving are one sister (Mrs. Eliza Julian, Benton Harbor, Mich.), 36 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. He was blessed with a keen memory until his death, a good sense of humor, and friendliness. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River Church with Emanuel Swartzendruber, Loren Dietzel, and Donald King officiating. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Lapp, Benjamin F., son of the late Benjamin F. and Christieanne (Summers) Lapp, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on Jan. 19, 1880; died unexpectedly a few minutes after stricken with a heart attack on Aug. 28, 1956; aged 76y. 7m. 9 d. He was married to Malinda Glick on Dec. 20, 1904, with whom he lived for over 51 years. To this union were born 12 children, 11 of whom are still living (Katie-Mrs. Henry S. Lapp, Kinzers; Elam, Marietta; Aaron, Leola; LeRoy, Gap; David, Parkesburg; Malinda-Mrs. Jacob C. Miller, Gap; Benjamin F., Jr., Bird in Hand; Leon, Lititz; Melvin, Akron, Pa.; and Annie and Christeanne at home). One daughter died 47 years ago, and a brother (Elias) died 3 days after Benjamin. Also surviving are 43 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He was a member of the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church, Bird in Hand, Pa.

Martin, Walter J., son of John and Eliza (Yoder) Martin, was born on Oct. 1, 1913; departed this life on Oct. 29, 1956, near Prophetstown, Ill.; aged 43 y. 29 d. He was married to Ruth Hertzler on Sept. 30, 1934, at Hesston, Kans. Surviving are his widow, 4 daughters (Shirley-Mrs. Stanley Stutzman, Bernice, Jean, and Helen, all of Iowa City), a grandson, a sister (Marie-Mrs. Roy Buckwalter of Wellman, Iowa), and his father and stepmother (John and Fanny Martin of Iowa City). Walter operated a trucking service and was at home in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services were held at he East Union Mennonite Church on Nov. 1, 1956, with Virgil J. Brenneman and C. Warren Long in charge. Burial was made at the East Union Cemetery.

Mast, Wiley, adopted son of John and Lizzie Mast, was born Aug. 31, 1887, in Howard Co., Ind.; died on Oct. 13, 1956, from a coronary attack; aged 69 y. 1m. 12 d. He retired in the evening as usual and passed away during the night. On Oct. 24, 1908, he was married to Janie Sommers. Surviving are his wife, 3 sons (Orville, Wabash, Ind.; Gerald and Robert, both of Kokomo, Ind.), a daughter (Charlene-Mrs. Herbert Osborne, Fort Wayne, Ind.), a stepsister (Mrs. Ernest Nichols, Anderson, Ind.), 14 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. In his youth he accepted the Lord as his Saviour and became a member of the Howard-Miami Church in charge of A. G. Horner and Emanuel Hochstedler, with burial in the Mast Cemetery.

Moshier, Joseph J., son of Joseph P. and Katherine (Widrick) Moshier, was born near New Bremen, N. Y., Oct. 28, 1885; departed this life at the Lewis Co. General Hospital, Lowville, N. Y., Sept. 20, 1956; aged 70 y. 10 m. 22 d. Immediate caused of his death was a heart ailment, although he had not been well most of his life. His first wife, Sarah Roggie, whom he married on Nov. 25, 1909, died on Jan. 28, 1917, leaving 3 children (Marion K-Mrs. Ezra Yousey, Luella R., and Spencer D.). On Feb. 14, 1918, he was married to Katherine Roggie, who survives. Two children were born to them (Norman J., who died in 1954; and Richard J.). Also surviving are 2 sisters and one brother (Katie-Mrs. Joseph J. Zehr, Aaron E., and Leah-Mrs. Menno Roggie), 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. All are living in Lewis County. Besides his wife and son, he was preceded in death by 4 brothers, including his twin, and 2 sisters. In youth he became a Christian and a member of the Amish Mennonite Congregation at Croghan, N. Y., (Recently renamed Conservative Mennonite) and remained faithful to his choice. Funeral services held on Sept 23 at the Croghan Church were in charge of Lloyd Boshart and Elias M. Zehr, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Moyer, Edith B., only daughter of Allen and Alice Gehman, Line Lexington, Pa., was born Aug. 3, 1918; passed away after a brief illness of one week at the Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., on June 19, 1956; aged 37 y. 10m. 16 d. She is survived by her husband, Mark L. Moyer, and 5 children (Harold, Stanley, Lorraine, Marion, and Glenn). Funeral services were conducted at the Line Lexington Church, where she was a faithful member in charge of Merle Ruth, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Mueller, Willie Ann, was born Nov. 15, 1869, in Cottontown, Tenn.; departed this life Oct. 5, 1956; aged 86 y. 10 m. 10 d. Surviving are her husband (Henry Mueller, Lima, Ohio), 2 sons (Lawrence and Joe H., of Lima), 3 sisters (Dora Harrison, Loveland, Ohio; Molly Groves, Cottontown, Tenn., and Alice Kirk, Gallatin, Tenn.), 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted at the Chiles Funeral Home, Lima, Ohio, with M. L. Troyer officiating, assisted by Darwin O'Connell, with interment in the Lima Memorial Park Cemetery.

Rich, Douglas Lee, first child of Clarence and Wanda Rich, Archbold, Ohio, was born May 26, 1942; died Oct. 22, 1956, of injuries received from being dragged through the woods by his horse; aged 14 y. 4m. 26 d. He enjoyed many hours riding and training the horse in the past several years. Another interest of his was amateur radio operation, and he had recently received his novice license for sending and receiving code. He was active in the Sunday-school program at Zion Mennonite Church. Other members of his immediate family are Phillip, Mary Ellen, and Karen, and grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Sylvanus Lugbill). Services were held at the Zion Church on Oct. 25, in charge of P. L. Frey.

Smoker, Larry Lee, son of Levi and Lena (Stoltzfus) Smoker, Parkesburg, Pa., was born Nov. 28, 1954, was killed instantly on Oct. 20, 1956, at the fee warehouse at Parkesburg when a truck tire and rim fell on him and crushed his head; aged 1y. 10m. 22 d. He is missed much by the parents, 2 brothers (Leonard James and Lloyd Eugene), his grandparents (Christian and Barbara Stoltzfus, Lancaster, Pa., and David and Rebecca Smoker, Atglen, Pa.), and other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Millwood Mennonite Church in charge of Aaron F. Stoltzfus and Noah Hershey, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Warnick, Susie Leota, daughter of Levi J. and Fannie (Bontrager) Eash, was born April 5, 1915, near Briar, Mich.; died Oct. 18, 1956, at her home in Greenwood, Del., on Oct. 18, 1956; aged 41 y. 6 m. 13 d. Death was due to a long-standing heart condition. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of 13, and at her death was a member of the Tessler Mennonite Church near Greenwood, Del. On June 28, 1940, she was married to Dwight L. Warnick. Surviving are her husband, 2 children (Mary Kathryn and Donald Lloyd), 4 sisters (Mary, Florence, and Kathryn, all of Grantsville, Md., and Anna, Kent, Ohio), 5 brothers (John and Floyd, Burr Oak, Mich.; Lloyd, Greenwood, Del.; Dale, Hagerstown, Md.; Jesse, Grantsville, Md.), and many other relatives and friends. In spite of the limitations imposed by her physical condition, she carried on the duties of wife and mother to the last day of her life and quietly slipped away during the night without her family being aware of her going. Her courage and cheerfulness will never be forgotten. Funeral services were held at the Greenwood Conservative Church in charge of Walter Campbell, assisted by Mark Swartzentruber and Alvin Mast, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Wenger, Moses W., son of the late Joseph and Susanna(Weaver) Wenger, was born Oct. 4, 1865; passed away at the Oreville Mennonite Home on Sept. 27, 1956; aged 90 y. 11m. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Lizzie Spickler on Nov. 14, 1886. Surviving are his wife, and 6 children (Nora-Mrs. William B. Saylor, Manheim, Pa.; Phares, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Mrs. Susan Esbenshade, Lititz, Pa.; Rufus, Manheim, Pa.; Elmer, Lancaster, Pa.; Noah, Hershey, Pa.), 31 grandchildren, 110 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept 30 at the Hernley Mennonite Church in charge of Homer Bomberger, Abram Risser, and Clyde Metzler with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Zimmerman, Martha, daughter of John and Catherine (Oesch) Helmuth, was born in Wheatland, Mo., Oct. 15, 1875; died on Oct. 9, 1956; aged 80 y. 11m. 24 d. At the age of 9 she moved with her parents to Cass Co., Mo., near Garden City, where she grew to womanhood. In early life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, near Garden City and at the time of her death she was a faithful member of the Sycamore Grove congregation. On Nov. 10, 1893, she was united in marriage to Edward Zimmerman. They live in the vicinity of Garden City or in Garden City the remainder of her life except for almost one year spent in Illinois. To this marriage were born 5 sons and one daughter. One son preceded her in death in 1896. Surviving are her aged husband and companion of 63 years, her children (Edna-Mrs. Orvie Kropf and Harold, both of Kansas City; Glenn, Los Angeles, Calif.; Lester, Santa Monica, Calif.; and George, Windsor, Mo.), 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives. In Nov., 1943, on their 50th wedding anniversary, and again 10 years later on their 60th anniversary, they were permitted to enjoy the fellowship of all their children and their families in their home. She had been in failing health for some time and had much pain and discomfort during the last year. Two days before her death she was taken to the Lakeside Hospital, Kansas City, where she quietly passed away as she slept. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church, Garden City, Mo., on Oct. 18, in charge of James D. Yoder, with interment in the Clearfork Cemetery.

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Transcriber's note: both the Dec. 4 and the Dec 11 issue are - Volume XLIX , Number 49 -


Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 49 - December 11, 1956 ­ page 1166, 1167

Bachman, Peter B., son of Joseph and Barbara (Steider) Bachman, was born Dec. 19, 1871, near Metamora, Ill.; passed to his eternal Reward Oct. 23, 1956; aged 84 y. 10m. 4 d. On Feb. 12, 1895, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ulrich, who survives. To this union were born 6 children, all surviving (Elma-Mrs. Albert Sommer, Metamora; Freda-Mrs. Lester Smith, Washington, Ill.; and Corena, at home; Raymond and Milton, Washington, and Elton, Metamora). One sister (Mrs. Sarah Kennell, Roanoke, Ill.), also survives. Two brothers and 4 sisters preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth, uniting with the Metamora Mennonite Church to which he was faithful to the end. His illness began more than 8 years ago, but his suffering became especially intense during the last 2 years. He always bore his suffering well, patiently waiting for the time when God would call him home. Funeral services were held Oct. 25 at the Metamora Church, with Roy Bucher officiating. Interment was made in the Hickory Pointe Cemetery.

Burkholder, Oscar, son of the late Aaron and Agnes Burkholder, was born Sept. 24, 1886, near Stouffville, Ont.; died Oct. 29, 1956, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital; aged 70 y. 1m. 5 d., following a heart attack. In 1913 he married Laura Mae Shantz, of Breslau, who predeceased him April 13, 1916. On March 28, 1918, he married Mary Ressor who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Clayton, Breslau; John, Waterloo), 3 daughters (Ethel Marie-Mrs. Arthur Gingerich, Markstay; Agnes-Mrs. Hilton Staynor, Hamilton; Nellie-Mrs. Archie Kinsie, Breslau), 4 brothers (Orval, Ralph, and Ira, Stouffville, and Clarence, Breslau), one sister (Laura-Mrs. Walter Miller, Stouffville). One sister (Ruth-Mrs. Ed Litner), one brother (Lorne), and one infant daughter (Elsie) preceded him in death. There are 12 grandchildren. Bro. Burkholder accepted Christ as his Saviour in 1898 at the age of 12. On July 13, 1912, he was ordained to the Christian ministry at the Cedar Grove Church, Markham, Ont. On Jan. 5, 1913, he assumed pastoral responsibilities at the Cressman Church, Breslau. On June 13, 1954, he preached his farewell sermon to the Cressman congregation after having served as their pastor for 41 years. He was ordained as bishop of the Cressman congregation on April 3, 1949 and continued as bishop until June 5, 1956. Bro. Burkholder was widely known, used, and appreciated in the Mennonite Church, as evangelist and Bible teacher. He was also competent leader and held many positions in the church. Included in his activities are the following: Bible teacher at Ontario Mennonite Bible School for 37 years and principal for 7 years; secretary of Ontario Sunday School Conference, 26 years; president of the Ontario Mennonite Mission Board, 14 years; member of the Publishing Committee of General Conference, 27 years; member of General Conference Executive Committee, 22 years; moderator of General Conference, 2 years; member of General Mission Board, 6 years; as well as many other committees and boards of both General Conference and the Ontario Conference. Three books of his have been published, "Life Stories For Youth," vol. 1 and 2; and "Predicted Departure from the Faith," as well as articles for the GOSPEL HERALD, "Christian Monitor," "Christian Ministry," and "Sword and Trumpet." On Sept. 30, 1952, on his return from the World Conference at Basel, Switzerland, and his tour of the Holy Land, Bro. Burkholder had the opportunity of conducting the first Mennonite communion service in London, England, at the Finsbury Mission where John Coffmans are located. The pulpit which he used was the one used by John Bunyan when he preached in London. On June 18, 1954, Bro. Burkholder was taken to the hospital suffering from a heart attack. He was confined to the hospital for some time but made a remarkable recovery, and on Thanksgiving Day, Oct. 11, 1954, he preached a full sermon for the first time after his heart attack. He enjoyed fairly good health from that time until early in the summer of 1956 when he was confined to his home, suffering from muscular rheumatism. On Oct. 7, he again suffered a heart attack and was taken to the hospital where he passed away quietly in his sleep three weeks later. Funeral services were held Oct. 31, 1956, at the Cressman Church, with Carl J. Rudy officiating. Other participating in the service were J. B. Martin, C. F. Derstine, Roy S. Koch, Horace Cressman, Merle Shantz, and E. J. Swalm. Bro. Martin used as a text for the message II Tim. 4: 7, 8, the text Bro. Burkholder used as his farewell message to the congregation on June 13, 1954.

Byler, Rudy, son of John S. and Penina (Zook) Byler, was born May 7, 1899, near Allensville, Pa.; passed away Oct. 1, 1956, in the Lewistown (Pa.) Hospital; aged 57 y. 5m. 24 d. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage. Surviving are his wife, the former Lena H. Byler, and 4 children (John S., Belleville, Pa.; Robert, South Mountain, Pa.; Paul and Freda at home), and one brother (Elmer, Allensville). He was a member of the Allensville Mennonite Church were services were held on Oct. 4, conducted by R. R. Peachey, J. Elrose Hartzler, and Eric Renno.

Gerber, Lloyd, son of the late Emanuel and Katie Ann Gerber, was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, on July 27, 1897; departed this life at the home of a daughter, following an extended illness, on Nov. 11, 1956; aged 59 y. 3m. 14 d. His death was the third in his parental family in the last 11 months. In 1914 he became affiliated with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. During his late illness, on July 1, 1956, following a period of delinquency, he recovenated again with his Lord. On Feb. 14, 1920, he was united in marriage to Florence Hostetler, who preceded him in death on April 24, 1930. Five children (Herman, Robert, Galen, and Ruby of the home, and Minnie-Mrs. Howard Mishler, at whose home he was staying since early summer), 4 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Elmer and Harry, Sugarcreek, Ohio, and Wilbur, Smithville, Ohio), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek (Ohio) Church on Nov. 14, with Venus Hershberger and Paul R. Miller in charge. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Gerber, Sarah, daughter of John and Leah (Hofstetter) Zuercher, was born near Dalton, Ohio, June 1, 1882; died on Oct. 30, 1956, at her late home in Apple Creek, Ohio, following an extended illness; aged 74 y. 4 m. 29 d. She was a faithful member of the Kidron Church where she enjoyed Christian fellowship. For almost 16 months she was bedfast and needed to be cared for by her family. She never complained, but often expressed her faith in God, looking for her future home in heaven with Him. On Dec. 12, 1905, she was married to Joshua Gerber, who preceded her in death a few months before she became ill. To this union 7 children were born, 3 surviving (Milton, Geneva, Ind.; Sylvia, of the home, and Alta, Orrville). Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Fanny-Mrs. Amos B. Amstutz, Dalton; and Mary-Mrs. Edward Neuenschwander, Lebanon, Oreg.). Two daughters, 2 sons, and one brother preceded her in death. Fuenral services were held Nov. 1 at the Kidron Church in charge of Reuben Hofstetter, Allen Bixler, and Isaac Zuercher, with burial in the church cemetery.

Gingerich, Joseph Dale, son of Melbern and Sarah (Kauffman), was born March 38, 1955, at Burton, Ohio; died Nov. 9, 1956; aged 1 y. 7 m. 12 d. Surviving besides his parents, are 2 sisters and 3 brothers (Daniel, Mary, Ruth, David and Melbern Jr.). He suffered from cerebral palsy but gave evidence of real intelligence. Funeral services were held on Nov. 11 at the Burton Mennonite Church in charge of John F. Garber.

Groff, Edna M., daughter of the late Abram L. and Alice (Hersh) Martin, was born near Intercourse, Pa., Oct. 3, 1903; passed away Oct. 27, 1956, at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after an illness of several months; aged 53 y. 24 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a faithful member of Stumptown Mennonite Church. On Dec. 29, 1926, she was united in marriage to Martin R. Groff, who survives. To this union were born 2 children (Irene-Mrs. John B. Noll, Lancaster; and Jay M., Bird in Hand, Pa.). Also surviving are 2 grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters (Ruth-Mrs. Eby Hostetter, Gap, Pa.; Mabel-Mrs. Clarence Groff, Kinzers, Pa.; Amy-Mrs. Menno Hess, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Jay, Paul, and Charles, all of Paradise, Pa.; and Landis, Harrisonburg, Va.). Funeral services were held at the Stumptown Church on Oct. 30 in charge of Elmer Martin and Lloyd Eby, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Hagey, Gordon, son of Simon and Nancy (Moyer) Hagey, was born in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 28, 1894; died Oct. 26, 1956, at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., following an accident two days previous while loading cattle on a truck; aged 61 y. 10m. 28 d. On Dec. 26, 1917, he was married to Malinda Snyder who survives. To this union were born 3 sons (Edward, New Dundee, Ont.; Glen, Red Deer, Alta., and George, at home), 3 daughters (Ruth-Mrs. Wilfred Shantz, Ripley, Ont.; Edna-Mrs. Clarence Becker, Blair, Ont.; Lois-Mrs. Harold Cressman, New Hamburg, Ont.), also surviving are 2 brothers (Roy, New Hamburg; Elton, Lincoln Park, Mich.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Norman Groh, Beamsville, Ont.; Nellie Hagey, Galt, Ont., and Mrs. Laura Sauder, Toronto), and 18 grandchildren. He accepted Christ in his teens, uniting with the Hagey Mennonite Church, Preston, and was a member of the Preston congregation until his death. The funeral was held Oct. 29 at the Preston Church in charge of Merle Shantz, Howard Good, and Arnold Gingrich, with burial in the Hagey Cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 50 - December 18, 1956 ­ page 1184

Eberly, Mary Etta, wife of Daniel H. Eberly, was born near Stanwood, Ohio, April 30, 1864; departed this life Oct. 30, 1956, at the Dunlap Hospital after a brief illness of several weeks; aged 92 y. 6 m. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church. She was unable to attend church services for a number of years but often expressed her wish to be there. Nearly 64 years ago, on Dec. 22, 1892, she was married to Daniel H. Eberly, who survives. Four children were born to this union (Fannie-Mrs. Russel Lautenshlager, Massillon; Ada-Mrs. Gabriel Heatwole, North Lawrence; Ella-Mrs. John Ressler, Dalton, Ohio, with whom they have been making their home). One child died in infancy. One brother preceded her in death. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the County Line Church on Nov. 1, with Cleophas Steiner and Elmer Good in charge.

Eshleman, Louise Faye, infant daughter of James and Ada (Strite) Eshleman, was born July 19, 1956, at Hagerstown, Md.; passed away Oct. 28, 1956, at the University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, Md.; aged 3 m. 9 d. She spent her entire life in the hospital. Surviving are her parents, twin sister (Lorraine Mae), another sister (Rosalie Ellen), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Ira C. Strite and Mr. and Mrs. Martin E. Eshleman, all of Hagerstown), and three great-grandparents. Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at the Stauffer Mennonite Church in charge of Amos Martin and Mervin J. Martin, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 51- December 25, 1956 --- page 1193, 1194

Brenneman, Jerusha, daughter of Noah C. and Sarah (Basinger) Wenger, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Oct. 11, 865; died in Newton, Kans., Nov. 30, 1956; aged 91 y. 1 m. 19d. On Feb. 28, 1888, she was united in marriage to Jesse P. Brenneman near Van Wert, Ohio. Here they started life together in a log cabin. A few years later they moved to Harvey Co., Kans. Although they moved several times they never left Harvey Co., except for three years spent in Reno Co. This home was blessed with 2 sons and 5 daughters (Lula-Mrs. Peter Jantz, deceased; Naomi, of the home; Noah, deceased; Sarah-Mrs. Ernest Fiedler, Elbing, Kans.; Eunice-Mrs. Abram Zook, Portland, Oreg.; Amos J., and Pauline-Mrs. Alvin Stahly, both of Newton, Kans.). Surviving are also 18 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death Jan. 8, 1949. She and her husband both accepted Christ as their Saviour through the evangelistic work of J. S. Coffman and united with the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church. They later transferred their membership to the East Emmet Church. Funerals services Dec. 2 at the Pennsylvania church were in charge of Earl Buckwalter and G. Lawrence Showell, pastor of the East Emmet Church, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Garber, L. Anna, youngest daughter of Isaac and Catherine (Bare) Leinbach, was born near Elkhart, Ind., March 19, 1892; passed to her eternal reward Nov. 12, 1956, at the Goshen (Ind.) General Hospital; aged 64 y. 7m. 23 d. She had suffered a coronary heart attack several weeks previous but seemed to be recovering satisfactorily, when she died suddenly from another attack. On July 28, 1917, she was united in marriage to Leander Garber. In her mature youth she united with the Salem Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. Surviving, besides her husband, are 3 sons (Etril J. Leinbach, Moorepark, Mich.; Leroy Garber, Goshen, and Verlin Garber, at home), 6 daughters (Lovina-Mrs. Jency Hershberger, North Judson, Ind.; Myrtle-Mrs. Vernon Shaum, Goshen, Dorcus-Mrs. Paul Snyder, New Paris, Ind.; Hazel, at home; Violet-Mrs. John J. Kauffman, Middlebury, Ind.; and Cora-Mrs. Eugene Askren, Richmond, Ind.), 333 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Fisher, Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Saloma Welty, Nappanee, Ind.), and 3 brother (Henry, North Lima, Ohio, Jonas, Portland, Oreg., and Noah, Petoskey, Mich.). Funeral services were in charge of F. E. Freed and R. F. Yoder, assisted by D. A. Yoder.

Hertzler, Elizabeth K., daughter of Isaac and Barbara Stoltzfus, was born Nov. 2, 1873, in Union Co., Pa.; died Nov. 27, 1956, at the home of her daughter Anna near La Junta, Colo.; aged 83 y. 25 d. On Dec. 4, 1900, she was married to Christian Hertzler, who preceded her in death almost 10 years. After they were married they moved to Kansas and lived in or near Hesston until after the death of her husband. Four daughters were born to this union (Carrie, Anna-Mrs. Paul Hershey, La Junta, Colo.; Ruth-Mrs. Walter Martin, Iowa City, Iowa; and Ellen, who died in 1933 while in school at Goshen College). Soon after the death of her husband, she went to Colorado to make her home with her daughter Anna. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in early girlhood and has been a consistent member in the Mennonite Church. At the time of her death she had her membership with the Hesston Mennonite Church. Besides her 3 daughters, she leaves 6 granddaughters, and one great-grandson. Funeral services at Hesston Mennonite Church on Nov. 30, were in charge of Milo Kauffman and Ivan Lind, with burial in the Pennsylvania Church Cemetery, Hesston, Kans.

Horst, Carl Eugene, son of John and Alice (Frey) Horst, was born at Shippensburg, Pa., Nov. 9, 1934; passed away at the Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 27, 1956, after an illness of 6 weeks; aged 21 y. 11m. 18 d. During his illness he accepted Christ and was received into the Mennonite Church. Surviving are his parents, 2 brothers (Paul M., Orrstown, Pa., and Wayne L., Shippensburg, Pa.), 8 sisters (Mrs. Glen H. Martin and Mrs. David R. Lehman, Chambersburg, Pa.; Mrs. J. Wilmer Lehman, Townsend, Del.; Ruth I., Janet M., Thelma L., Edna G., and Joyce E., all at home). Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at the Rowe Mennonite Church by Amos E. Martin and Paul C. Martin, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Hostetler, Emma, daughter of Paul and Lydia Martin, was born on June 12, 1873, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at the home of her daughter, Mable, at Crane, Mo., on Nov. 27, 1956; aged 83 y. 5m. 15 d. Death was due to complications following a fall which resulted in a broken hip. At an early age she moved with her parents to a farm near Zimmerdale and lived in the Hesston community until a short time prior to her death. On Nov. 21, 1895, she was united in marriage to Chancey M. Hostetler, who preceded her in death. Surviving are her daughter (Mable-Mrs. L. L. Knott, Crane, Mo.), 3 sons (Martin, Newton, Kans.; Paul, Independence, Mo. and Harry, Ontario, Oreg.), 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. On Sept. 20, 1891, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Saviour and united with the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church near Hesston, Kans., where she was among the early pioneer members. When the Mennonite Church was organized in Hesston, she with her husband became charter members, where they continued as faithful and active member s throughout their lives. Funerals services on Dec. 1, were held at the Hesston Mennonite Church with burial in the Pennsylvania Church Cemetery.

Massanari, Lizzie, was born April 4, 1885, in Metamora, Ill., one of 12 children, of John and Anna Sommer. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Metamora Church. On Nov. 19, 1912, she married Joe Massanari. They set up housekeeping in the Fisher community and became members of the East Bend congregation. Six children were born to this family (Karl, Goshen, Ind.; Robert and Joe, both of Champaign, Ill.; Russel, Fisher, Ill.; Walter, Millersburg, Ind.; and Anna Kay, Puerto Rico). She was a devoted wife and mother, radiating a strong Christian influence in her home. She passed away Nov. 18, 1956; aged 71 y. 7 m. 14 d. Surviving in addition to the immediate family are 17 grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Bena Darr, Fisher, Ill.), 2 brothers (George I., and J. D., Metamora), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Church on Nov. 21 in charge of Howard Zehr.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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