Gospel Herald Obituaries - January, 1956

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 1 - January 3, 1956-page 23, 24

Barnhart Rose Murray, daughter of the late Henry and Fannie (Murray) Heller, was born Feb. 14, 1874; entered into rest Oct. 13, 1955, after several months of complications. She was a very faithful member of Black Oak Bethel Mennonite congregation near Hancock, Md., for 3 years. She was loving and kind. Her trust in God was a challenge to all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Charles A., and a daughter a number of other friends and relatives. Funeral Oct. 16 at Black Oak Ridge Mennonite Church, services in charge of Pastor Michael M. Horst. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.

Hochstetler, Clyde, son of Levi C. and Martha (Weaver) Hochstetler, was born on Oct. 8, 1904, near Walnut Creek, Ohio; passed away t his home north of Walnut Creek on Dec. 13, 1955, having reached the age of 51 y. 2 m. 5 d. He had been ill for about 16 months. He leaves to mourn his departure a devoted wife, (Erdine), 5 sons (Lynn, of Sugarcreek, Ohio; Donald and Jay of Louisville, Ohio; Kenneth and Stanley of the home), 2 brothers (Grant of Dorcester, Nebr.; and Clarence of Rittman, Ohio), his stepmother (Mrs. Rebecca Hochstetler, of Strasburg, Ohio), 3 sisters (Mrs. Carl Scheuffler of Dundee, Ohio; Mrs. Harry Balder of Shanesville, Ohio; Mrs. Ernest Brink of Fresno, Ohio), and 3 grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Two sisters (one in infancy and Jemima-Mrs. Erwin Brown), his father and mother preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Erdine Gerber on Dec. 22, 1928, and lived in matrimony for over 26 years. At the age of 17, he confessed his lord and united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, to which he remained a faithful member his entire life. During this time he gladly served in whatever capacity he was called to by the church. He served many years as teacher, superintendent, and trustee. About 6 years of this time was spent in mission work. In earning a livelihood, he worked many years in the brickyard and on the farm. His devotion to his church and family, his generosity to those in need, his friendliness to all he met, his loyalty to his friends, his concern for the lost and a great love for the Bible and its teachings are tributes that can be honestly ascribed to his worth-while life. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Dec. 6, 1955, with Paul R. Miller in charge. Burial in church cemetery.

Hostetler, Emma Helen (Christner), was born near Topeka, Ind., Dec. 6, 1923, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi D. Christner. She passed on to be with her Lord, in India, on Oct. 20, 1955, at the age of 31 y. 10 m. 14 d. Sister Hostetler died of complications which developed following surgery. She was married to Alvin Hostetler on June 13, 1942. To this union were born two daughters: Gloria Joyce and Carrol Jewel, both of whom are living. Surviving in addition to her family and parents are the following brothers and sisters, Menno Christner, Lagrange; Lizzie-Mrs. Valentine Miller, Milford; Sue-Mrs. Carl Christner, Topeka; David and Christian Christner, both of Wolcottville; Amos Christner, Huntsville, Ala; Mary-Mrs. Jack Fereva, Stockton, Calif.; Sam Christner, Rome City, Ind.; John Christner, Stockton, Calif.; Edith-Mrs. Bill Lyon, Howe; and Levi and Arthur Christner, both at home. A sister Goldie, preceded her in death. In March 1952, Bro. and Sister Hostetler volunteered to go to India as MRSC workers for a five-year term. Since Sister Hostetler's death Bro. Hostetler and daughters are living in the Doctor Paul Conrad home in Dhamtari, India. Sister Hostetler joined the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church as a young woman. She later became a member of the North Goshen Mennonite Church. A few Years ago both she and her husband transferred their membership to the church in India, where she was a faithful member until the time of her death. Funeral services were held for Sister Hostetler and she was buried up in the hills of India near the Presbyterian Hospital where she died. A memorial service was held at Dhamtari Nov. 6, 1955. Memorial services were also held at the North Goshen Mennonite Church on Dec. 18, 1955, with J. D. Graber and John C. Wenger as speakers. Missionaries on furlough, Jonathan Hostetler and Sam King, also spoke a word of tribute.

Litwiller, Samuel, of Kitchener, Ont., was born Jan. 16, 1881; died Nov. 27, 1955, at the K & W Hospital following a lengthy illness at the age of 74 y. 10 m. 11 d. Born in St. Agatha, he was a son of the late Christian Litwiller and Maria Miller. Jan. 1, 1906, he was united in marriage to Veronica Schrag, who predeceased him Nov. 29, 1940. He was a member of First Mennonite Church. He is survived by two sons (Manasseh of Wisconsin and Melvin of Toronto), 4 daughters (Laurene-Mrs. Wellesley, Carnahan, of New Lowell, Ont.; Phoebe-Mrs. Gordon Sanders, and Madelene-Mrs. Arno Hartwig of Kitchener; and Velma-Mrs. Stanley Schweitzer of Rummelhardt), one brother (David of Preston), one sister (Mrs. Moses Jantzi of Baden), and 4 granddaughters. Two brothers and 4 sisters predeceased him. Funeral at First Mennonite Church, conducted by C. F. Derstine. Theme: "The Living Will Lay It to Heart."

Martin, Robert W., Mabel Berkey Martin, and Perry Sanford Martin, These three young Mennonite Christians lost their lives in the tragic plane crash near Harrisonburg, Va., Oct. 29, 1955. Robert, aged 38, was the oldest son of Perry S. and Annie Wenger Martin, and was born at Harrisonburg, Va., April 23, 1917. His wife, Mabel Christina Berkey, age 34, was born near Oronogo, Mo., Feb. 4, 1920 and was the daughter of E. J. and Mary Shenk Berkey. Robert and Mabel were married May 23, 1941, and are survived by two children, Dwayne, age 12, and Helen, age 8. Other surviving members of Robert's family are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry S. Martin of Harrisonburg, three brothers: J. Weldon, Mathis, Texas; John, of Goshen, Ind.; and Ralph of Harrisonburg; and four sisters, Mary (Mrs. Sanford King, Harrisonburg, Va.), Virginia (Mrs. Norman Derstine, of Broadway, Va.), Ruth (Mrs. Robert Harnish of East Peoria, Ill.), and Margaret (Mrs. John Weaver formerly of Farmhurst, Del., but since the accident also of Harrisonburg as they have come to make a home for the two orphaned children.).
Mabel is survived by her mother, Mrs. E. J. Berkey of Harrisonburg; four sisters, Ruby (Mrs. George Reno), and Bernice (Mrs. Harry Reno). Both of Akers, La.; Elsie Berkey and Janet Berkey of Harrisonburg, a brother Earl of Ponchatoula, Pa., and five half sisters, Ruth (Mrs. J. J. Hostetter, Harrisonburg), Esther (Mrs. Martin Weaver, Goshen, Ind.), Martha (Mrs. Ralph Smith, Oronogo, Mo.), Bertha (Mrs. Norman Wenger, Lancaster, Pa.), and Mary Etta Berkey of Orrville, Ohio. Her half brother, Elmer Berkey of Sheridan, Oreg.; died with her in the plane crash. Mabel was preceded in death. By her father and half sister, Ethel (Mrs. Lester Buerge). Both Robert and Mabel united with the church early in life and lived unselfishly, serving the church and their fellow men faithfully and joyfully. The Lord saw fit to take them to Glory together. Both had served as Sunday-school teachers and Robert was assistant recording engineer for the Mennonite Hour while Mabel served in mailing the tapes each week tot the dozens of stations on this world-wide broadcast. Robert was also a member of the church council of the Chicago Avenue Church of Harrisonburg, and the chairman of the YPMB committee. He was associated with his father in the Riteway Manufacturing Company and was the corporation's treasurer and factory superintendent.
Perry Sanford Martin, age 24, fourth son of Perry S. and Annie Wenger Martin was born at Harrisonburg, Va., Sept. 2, 1931. On June 14, 1952, he was married to Shirley Ann Collins of Pinto, Md., who survives and two sons, Perry Sanford, III, 2 _ years of age, and Bryan Dale, age seven months. For other family survivors see list in his brother Robert's obituary. Perry Sanford gave his heart to the Lord at the age of fourteen and was a faithful member of the Pinto Mennonite congregation where he lived about a year after his marriage, and was active in church work. He later moved to Harrisonburg to assist his father and brother Robert in operating the Riteway Manufacturing Company. Sanford was talented as a mechanic, engineer and inventor. He will long be remembered for his pleasant disposition and for his excellent tenor voice which was heard in many lands as he was a member of the Mennonite Hour Chorus. He was a devoted husband, father, son, and brother. A triple funeral service was held from the Eastern Mennonite College Chapel on Nov. 2, 1955. Short but impressive sermons were given by Bro. B. Charles Hostetter on the text "These All Lived by Faith," and by Bro. Harold Eshleman, pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church, on the text, "These All Died in Faith." Music was rendered by the chorus and the quartet of the Mennonite Hour. Burial at Lindale Mennonite Church Cemetery near Edom, Va.

Miller, Annie R., daughter of the late Benedict B. and Lydia (Mast) Miller, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, on July 21, 1892; passed away at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, where she had been an invalid for a number of years, on Dec. 3, 1955, at the age of 63 y. 4 m. 9 d. She was preceded in death by father and mother and 2 brothers. Surviving her are 2 brothers and one sister (Milo, at whose home she resided, Percy, also of the same residence and Mrs. Dessie Blosser, Sugarcreek, Ohio). She was a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the church Dec. 6, 1955, with Paul R. Miller in charge. Burial in church cemetery.

Peifer, Christian K., son of the late Martin E. and Mary Ann (Kreider), was born Oct. 24, 1872; passed away at the Pleasant View Rest Home after a year's illness; aged 83 y. 18 d. He was married Oct. 25, 1898, to Amy R. Stoner, who passed away Jan. 9, 1948. Surviving are the following children: Martin S., Christiana; Mary Irene-Mrs. J. Mowery Frey, Lancaster; Irvin S., and Daniel R., Lancaster. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandsons, a sister (Mrs. Fannie Hershey, East Petersburg), and a brother (Elam K. Peifer, Manheim). A son, Christian S., preceded him in death. Father had been at the home of his daughter for 8 months and on Aug. 10 was taken to the Rest Home. Because of her illness she was unable to care for him. He was a faithful member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the late home Nov. 16 by Bro. James Siegrist and at the church by Irvin Kreider and Henry Lutz. Internet was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Shellenberger, Lizzie L., daughter of the late Abram R. and Anna (Lehman) Shellenberger, was born Dec. 19, 1873; passed away Nov. 20, 1955, at the age of 81 y. 11 m., in the house where she was born. She was the last of her family and lived with her sister-in-law. Very dear to her were her three nephews and their families who live on the same farm. She was converted as a young girl and became a member of Habeckers Church, Sunday school, and the sewing circle. She spent much time reading, listening to the religious broadcasts over the radio, and sewing at home for the junior sewing circle. To know her was to love her. Because of her lovely disposition, kindness, and her love for Him, she had many friends. The funeral services were held in Habeckers Church with Bros. Jacob Habacker, Christian Charles, and Benjamin Miller in charge. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Tyson, George J., at the age of 98 y. 3 d., died at the Dallas Mennonite Home for the aged on Dec. 8, 1955, after a lingering illness. Bro. Tyson was born Dec. 5, 1857, at Prairie Depot, now called Wayne, Ohio. He was married there on Oct. 6, 1881, to Elizabeth Boyer Tyson, who died March 14, 1896, at Goshen, Ind. On Feb. 23, 1897, in Ohio he married Elizabeth Widmer, who died Jan. 21, 1898, Goshen, Ind.; and on March 14, 1901, at Bowling Green, Ohio, he was married to Cora M. Ries, who died Sept. 13, 1916, at Albany, Oreg. On April 27, 1917, he was married to Catherina Harman, who died June 17, 1924, at Lemon Grove, Calif. Preceding their father in death were 6 children (Hattie, Simon, Aaron, Sylvia, Effie, and Ephraim). Surviving are 4 children (Mrs. G. R. Bebb, Albany, Oreg.; Mrs. Abe Mehl, Dallas, Oreg.; Isaac Tyson, Lemon Grove, Calif.; and Glenn Tyson, Baldwin Park, Calif.), a stepdaughter (Mrs. Anna Geiser, Dalton, Ohio), a sister (Harriet Shirk, Exeter, Calif.), 18 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. Also many nephews and nieces. Bro. Tyson was a native of Prairie Depot (Wayne) Ohio. He also lived in Michigan, Indiana, and California, before coming to Albany, Oreg., in November , 1911. He was engaged in farming and carpentry most of his life. In the spring of 1951 he fell and broke his right leg and had been confined to his bed since that time. Even though he suffered much he bore it patiently, often praying to the Lord to take him home. He was conscious, with a clear mind to the very last. Throughout his log life he was constantly interested in the spiritual welfare of his family. His interest and devotion will be keenly missed by those he leaves behind. He was a member of the Sheridan Mennonite Church. Funeral services were in Albany Mennonite Church in charge of Gabe Shenk, assisted by Allen H. Erb and David Mann. Interment in Albany, Oreg., Riverside Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 2 - January 10, 1956-page 46, 47

Brubacher, Lovina, daughter of the late David and Susannah Ernst, was born Oct. 4, 1875, in Wellington Co., Ont.; passed away Dec. 10, 1955, very suddenly of a heart attack at her home in St. Jacobs, Ont.; aged 80 y. 2 m. 6 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and remained faithful to Him to the end. She was a member of the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. On March 12, 1901, she was married to Eli Brubacher. Her husband, one sister, 4 stepbrothers, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son (Clayton, of St. Jacobs), 3 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren, and one brother (David Ernst, of Elmira, Ont.). Funeral services were held at the St. Jacobs church on Dec. 12 in charge of Roy S. Koch and Noah Hunsberger. Burial was at Three Bridges.

Driver, Cornelius Branner, familiarly called "Neal," was born June 1, 1879, in the farming community of Versailles, Mo. He passed away of a heart ailment at his home near Versailles on Dec. 15; aged 76 y. 5 m. 15 d. He was a son of minister Daniel F. and Sarah (Branner) Driver. In his youth he gave his heart to Christ and united with the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church. On Sept. 17, 1911, he was united in marriage with Lydia Harder, who shared with him the remainder of life's experiences. No children were born of this union. On Jan. 1, 1916, Bro. Driver accepted the call to serve in the ministry and was ordained. He was called to serve the Berea Mennonite Church near Birch Tree, Mo., where he labored faithfully for 4 years, after which he and his companion returned to the Mt. Zion community. For many years, in addition to serving at Mt. Zion, he preached bimonthly at Gravois Mills, south of Versailles. He made his chief interest the cause of Christ and the church, serving willingly. Bro. Driver was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers (Frank, Lewis, John, and Jake), and 2 sisters (Emma-Mrs. Dave Shank, and Ida-Mrs. W. M. Lingle). Besides his wife he leaves 2 brothers (Joe C., of La Junta, Colo., and Arthur, of Howe, Ind.), 2 sisters (Maggie Driver and Mrs. Fanny Detwiler, both of the home) and many other relatives and friends . We are told in the Scripture, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Funeral services were conducted at the Mt. Zion Church on Dec. 18 by Harry A. Diener, Amos Gingerich, and Daniel Kauffman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Leatherman, Daniel D., son of the late Daniel S. and Esther (Detweiler) Leatherman, was born at Lansdale, Pa., on Feb. 6, 1914; died at the North Penn Hospital, Lansdale, on Dec. 16, 1955; aged 41y. 10 m. 10 d. On Aug. 31, 1930, he was baptized in the Plain Mennonite Church, Lansdale, and faithfully served his Lord until death. He transferred his interest and membership to the Lansdale Mennonite Mission when that work was begun in 1936. He was always interested in a personal witness to his unsaved friends, both Jewish and Gentile. On Nov. 22, 1947, he was ordained to serve the Lansdale congregation as a minister. In 1955 the congregation decided to support one of its ministers, who should then give full time to the missionary outreach in this growing town. He was chosen for this work and diligently entered into it. On Nov. 14, 1936, he was married to Ruth Bolton, who survives. To this union were born 3 children, who survive (Daniel, Goshen College; Esther and James at home). He is also survived by his mother (Esther Leatherman, Chalfont, Pa.), and the following brothers and sisters (Rachel Hunsberger, Chalfont, Pa.; Mary Kratz, Hatfield, Pa.; Martha, Norristown, Pa.; Edith-Mrs. Henry Keeler, Lansdale, Pa.; Roosevelt, Souderton, Pa.; Anna and John, both residing at Upland, Calif.; and Charles, El Monte, Calif.). For the pas two years Daniel had not been enjoying the best of health, but continued his activities in the church. He spent the last five days in the hospital, where he died of leukemia. Funeral services were conducted in the Plain Church on Dec. 21, 1955, by John E. Lapp and Jacob Z. Rittenhouse. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Miller, Lewis C., was born June 30, 1887, in Ohio; passed away Nov. 19, 1955. He served the church for a number of years as a minister. His first charge was at Limon, Colo. In 1933 he was asked to serve the congregation at Manitou Springs, Colo., which later moved to Colorado Springs. He served this congregation as pastor until his resignation in 1951. Survivors include his wife (Susie Mae Miller, Colorado Springs), 4 sons (Leroy Miller, Mesa, Ariz.; Wm. Frank Miller, Boise, Idaho; Donald Miller, Nampa, Idaho; and Jerry Miller, Jerome, Idaho), 2 daughters (Mrs. Mary McKellip, Melba, Idaho and Mrs. Florence Landis, Hawthorne, Calif.), 7 brothers (Elias and Levi of Colorado, Alfred and Billie of Kansas, Tucson and Harold of Oklahoma, and David oh Ohio), 3 sisters (Mrs. Ursula Miller and Miss Mary Miller of Kansas and Mrs. Christina Garber of Minnesota), 20 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son (Robert) and a daughter (Stella Melinda). Services were held from the Blunt Mortuary in Colorado Springs in charge of Earl Showalter of La Junta. Interment was made in Crystal Valley Cemetery, Manitou Springs.

Siegrist, Samuel W., son of the late Abraham and Frances (Wenger) Siegrist, was born April 10, 1863, in East Lampeter Twp., Pa.; died at the home of his son Abram, with whom he resided, Dec. 2, 1955; aged 92 y. 7m. 22 d. He was preceded in death by his late wife, Mary (Eby), 12 years ago. He is survived by 4 sons (John, Henry, Abram, and Emanuel), 19 grandchildren, and 57 great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church. We who survive thank the Lord for a godly father and mother. Their influence is manifest in this that all their children and grandchildren have united with the church. Funeral services were held Dec. 6 at the Stumptown Church, in charge of Elmer Martin, Lloyd Eby, and John Oberholtzer. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.

Stoffer, Anna (Mellinger), was born near North Lima, Ohio, Dec. 8, 1871; daughter of Abram and Christina (Metzler) Ziegler, died of complications at Salem City Hospital, Salem, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1955; aged 84 y. 14 d. She resided in the immediate community her entire lifetime. She was married to Samuel Mellinger, who died in 1906. Later she married John Stoffer, who died in 1921. Survivors include 2 sons (Virgil Mellinger, North Lawrence, Ohio, and Lester Mellinger, Leetonia, Ohio), 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Also 2 stepchildren, Lois (Stoffer) Cullar, Columbiana, Ohio, and Paul Stoffer, Laporte, Colo. She was a member of the Leetonia Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Dec. 24 from the Fry Funeral Home in Columbiana, in charge of brethren S. A. Yoder and John P. Oyer.

Troyer, Urvan J., son of Samuel E. and Fannie (Eash) Troyer, was born Oct. 6, 1880, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died very suddenly of heart trouble Dec. 15, 1955; aged 75 y. 2 m. 9 d. He was in failing health a little over a year ago . To this union were born 4 children (Marie-Mrs. Perry Hostetler, Sturgis, Mich.; Wavia-Mrs. Clarence Troyer, Engadine, Mich.; Berneice-Mrs. Ora Schrock, Burr Oak, Mich.; and Glen S. Troyer, Lagrange, Ind.). A foster daughter (Mary-Mrs. Mahlon Neff, Lagrange) was raised in this home. Also surviving are two sisters (Mrs. Rollin Norris and Mrs. Lamar Cripe of Elkhart, Ind.), 33 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and remained a faithful member until death. He was a devoted father, a wise counselor and was concerned about the welfare of his family. Services at Short Mennonite Church, Dec. 18, 1955, in charge of Lee Miller and Percy Miller.

Weaver, Magdalena E., daughter of the late Cyrus and Anna (Wenger) Eby, was born in Penn Twp., St. Joseph Co., Ind., Nov. 16, 1873; passed away Dec. 13, 1955; aged 82 y. 28d. On Nov. 5, 1894, she was united in marriage with Samuel E. Weaver (1872-1950) in a union which lasted 55 years and which was blessed with 4 children: a daughter (Grace-Mrs. Dwight Ehret, Aibonita, P. R.), and 3 sons (Merrill C., who lives on the farm where his mother was born, and where she also passed away; Ivan and Levon, deceased). Magdalena and her husband spent all their life together on the same section of Olive Twp. In 1910 she was converted and united with the Olive Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. She suffered a stroke on Nov. 29, and was taken to the Goshen Hospital for 9 days, then was removed to the home of her son, where she spent her remaining days, much to her joy. Her daughter reached home from Puerto Rice in time to spend the last days with her mother. In addition to the two children, she is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is the first member of her family of 7 to pass on, being survived by a brother (Elmer Eby of Wakarusa, Ind.), and 5 sisters (Ella Enders, Alice Schrock, Emma Parrott, Agnes Sawyer, and Alva Amick). Magdalena was a sincere believer on Christ and during her last illness told her son that should the time of her departure now have arrived she was ready to go. Funeral services were conducted in her late home and in the Olive Mennonite Church on Dec. 17, in charge of J. C. Wenger, C. A. Shank, and Elno Steiner.

Weber, Lydia, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Weber, was born April 7, 1875, in Waterloo Twp., Ont.; passed away at Braeside Home, Preston, Ont., Dec. 21, after a lingering illness; aged 80 y. 8 m. 14 d. She lived in St. Jacobs, Ont., for many years before moving to Braeside Home several years ago. She was the last surviving member of her family. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and became a member of the Mennonite Church, of which she was a member at the time of her death. She lived a simple life and was of a quiet and retiring nature. Funeral services were held at the St. Jacobs Church Dec. 31, 1955, in charge of Roy S. Koch. Burial was made in Martin's Mennonite Cemetery.

Wengerd, Sarah, daughter of Levi and Anna Sommers, deceased, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, on Feb. 4, 1900. She passed away Dec. 1, 1955, from results of a stroke suffered on Nov. 25, 1955; aged 55 y. 9 m. 27 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church at an early age. In recent years she became a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Massillon, Ohio. She was united in marriage to Alva J. Wengerd on Dec. 20, 1919. He preceded her in death Feb. 2, 1951. Surviving are 5 daughters (Mrs. Amy Schloneger, Louisville, Ohio; Mrs. Doris Lehman, Embarrass, Minn.; Mrs. Delma Nussbaum, Marshallville, Ohio; Mrs. Verla Fath, Dalton, Ohio; and Mrs. Carole Carter, Massillon, Ohio), 3 sons (Alva Jr., of N. Lawrence, Ohio, Robert and Blaine, both of Orrville, Ohio), also 2 foster children (Betty and Joe, of West Liberty Children's Home), 28 grandchildren, 2 brothers (John Sommers, Uniontown, Ohio, and Abe Sommers, Trail, Ohio), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Mattie Miller, Massillon, Ohio, Mrs. Albert Harrisburger, Mrs. Clyde Gerber, and Mrs. Paul Hamsher, all of Walnut Creek, Ohio). The funeral was held at the Pleasant View Church, in charge of her pastor, ---, Huntsman. Interment was in the Pleasant View Cemetery.

Yoder, Jerry Lynn, infant son of Dean L, and Velma (Weaver) Yoder, Wellman, Iowa, was stillborn Sunday, Dec. 18, 1955, at the Keokuk Country, Hospital, Sigourney, Iowa. Besides his parents' empty arms he leaves two little brothers (Elwin Dean and Leon Ray), his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos H. Weaver, Kinross, Iowa, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Yoder, Wellman, Iowa, great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Yoder, Wellman, Mrs. Amanda Weaver, Waynesboro, Va.), and one great-great-grandmother (Mrs. Mose Yoder, Wellman). Services were conducted by Silas Horst at the Powell Funeral Home, Wellman. His little body was laid to rest in the English River Cemetery, South English, Iowa.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 3 - January 17, 1956-page 71

Albrecht, Veronica, nee Ropp, was born Sept. 29, 1869, in Ontario, Can.; departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Gerber, Nov. 17, 1955; aged 86 y.1 m. 19 d. She had been ill a few weeks. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was faithful until death. In 1886, she was united in marriage to Jacob Albrecht. He preceded her in death in 1927. One daughter and one son also preceded her. She is s revived by 3 daughters and 3 sons (Mrs. Peter Gerber, Mio, Mich.; Mrs. Monroe Yoder, Wyandotte, Mich.; Mrs. J. O. Shetler, Pigeon, Mich.; Amos, Flint, Mich.; Aaron, Standish, Mich.; and Elmer, Detroit, Mich.), 20 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Mose, Kalona, Iowa). Funeral services were held on Nov. 20 at the Pigeon River Conservative Mennonite Church with Edwin Albrecht in charge. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Bender, Hugh Eugene, son of Steward and Mary (Rhone) Bender, was born Aug. 26, 1933, at Pond Bank, Pa.; died Dec. 26, 1955, as the result of an accident; aged 22y. 4 d. The boys were skating on a pond and Hugh twirled a toy pistol in fun and challenged another boy who pulled out a real gun and shot. He said he didn't know it was loaded. Hugh had been a member of the Grace Brethren Church. He will be remembered by his cheerful greeting and wave of his hand to everyone he met. He is survived by his father and stepmother, 2 brothers (Paul and Clarence, both of Chambersburg, Pa.), a half brother (Franklin Rhone, Chambersburg), and his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bender, Chambersburg). Funeral services were held at the Pond Bank Mennonite Church on Dec. 29, by Harvey E. Shank and John Ritchey, with interment in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery near Scotland.

Birky, Becky Lyn, daughter of Wilbert and Viola (Zehr) Birky, was born Jan. 20, 1955; departed from this world on Dec. 26, 1955; at the hospital in Champaign, Ill. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, Ill., on Dec. 28, and were in charge of Howard J. Zehr, assisted by Ivan Birkey. Becky enjoyed good health and a normal life until three weeks before her death when she became seriously ill with encephalitis. In spite of the very best that medical service could offer, her condition prove fatal. She leaves to mourn her departure, besides her parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers (Sandra, Linda, Roger, Dennis, Mervin, and Tamra), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John S. Birky, Foosland, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Dan A. Zehr, Ludlow, Ill.), and one great-grandmother (Mrs. Phoebe Birkey, Eureka, Ill.).

Note from a family researcher: "the great-grandmother still living at that time was my maternal great-grandmother, who was a Birkey with an "e", whereas my paternal side is Birky without the "e" "; Mervin Birky

Bohn, Charles Edward, stillborn son of Merlin and Shirley (Miller) Bohn, was born Dec. 16, 1955. Besides his parents, he is survived by his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bohn). Funeral services were held at the Larson Funeral Home with Ed Birkey in charge. Burial was in Baby Land of Rose Hill Cemetery.

Bumbaugh, Mark William, Jr., infant son of Mark and Doris (Suter) Bumbaugh, died Dec. 16, 1955, shortly after birth at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va. Besides his parents the infant child is survived by his grandparents (Charles H. and Lydia Bumbaugh, and Jacob C. and Mary Suter, Parkview, Va.). A brief service was held at the Linsey Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, Va., on Dec. 16 and graveside services at the Weaver Mennonite Church Cemetery, with Ira E. Miller in charge.

Fast, Robert Lowell, son of Menno and Naomi (Brubaker) Fast, Lexington, Ky., was born Nov. 26, 1955; died Dec. 24, 1955; aged the age of 4 weeks. He was a beautiful, health baby in his short life, and was sick only his last two days. The exact nature of his illness has not been determined. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters (Catherine Louise and Elisabeth Anne), and his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. I. B. Fast, Newton, Kans., and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob E. Brubaker, Lancaster, Pa.). Services at the funeral home on Dec. 27 were conducted by Jacob E. Brubaker. Interment was made in the Lexington Cemetery.

Gerber, Catherine (Katie Ann), daughter of the late Joe and Sarah (Garver) Christner, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 11, 1868; departed this life Dec. 31, 1955, at the home of a son Harry, Sugarcreek, Ohio, with whom she and a daughter had been residing, following an extended illness, being bedfast about 4 years; aged 87 y. 8 m. 20 d. In her late teens she made a confession of Christ and became a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, retaining her membership here until her death. On March 13, 1892, she was untied in marriage to Emanuel Gerber, who predeceased her in 1934. All five children born to this union survive her passing (Elmer, Lloyd, Ada, and Harry of the same community, and Wilbur, Wooster, Ohio). Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Harvey and Henry both of Baltic, Ohio), besides many other friends and relatives. Funeral services conducted at the Walnut Creek Church on Jan. 3 were in charge of Venus Hershberger, Alvin W. Miller, and Paul R. miller, with burial in the church cemetery.

High, Annie F. (nee Swartz) Gross, daughter of the late Isaac and Barbara Swartz, was born Oct. 4, 1882, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa.; died Aug. 5, 1955; at the age of 72 y. 10m. 1 d. Her first husband, Isaac L. Gross, died Dec. 13, 1917. She was later married to Edwin D. High. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Deep Run, where she remained faithful till death. She died at the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Where they had lived. Surviving besides her husband are 2 sisters (Ida Swartz, of Souderton, and Mrs. Samuel G. Leatherman, of Perkasie). Funeral service was held on Monday evening at the Home and on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 9, at the Deep Run Mennonite Church in charge of Wilson Overholt and Erwin Nace. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.

Housman, Ricardo, son of Edith (Folckomer) and the late Cyrus Housman, was born near York, Pa., Aug. 8, 1903; died at the Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 12, 1955; aged 52 y. 4 m. 4 d. He was married to Anna Mae Stehman, who survives him as do the following children (J. Harold, Philadelphia, Pa.; Lois-Mrs. D. W. Buckwalter, Hastings, Fla.; Mary Jane-Mrs. John Peffley, Jr., Landisville, Pa.; and James, at home), and 2 grandchildren. His death was sudden, due to a heart attack. He was an active member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church where funeral services were held Dec. 15 in charge of Henry Lutz, Irvin Kreider, and James Siegrist.

Landis, Elmer M., son of the late Reuben and Lizzie (Moyer) Landis, was born in Bedminster Twp., Berks Co., Pa., March 11, 1887; died Aug. 17, 1955; aged 68 y. 5 m. 6 d. Confessing his faith in Christ he became a member of the Mennonite Church, where he took interest and remained faithful till death. He was untied in marriage to Elizabeth Overholt June 2, 1906. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. His first wife died in 1940. On Dec. 24, 1942, he married Nora Hill. On the afternoon of Aug. 17 he went to his orchard to pick peaches. Because he did not return when expected his wife went out and found him lying near his car with the motor running. Those surviving are his wife, 2 daughters (Mrs. Frank Meyers and Mrs. William Bishop, both of Quakertown, pa.), 3 grandchildren, and one stepdaughter (Mrs. James Swartley, Dublin, Pa.). Funeral services at the Deep Run Church on Aug. 21, were in charge of Abram Yothers and Joseph Gross. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.

Stoltzfus, John H., oldest son of Christian U. and Malinda (Mast) Stoltzfus, was born Aug. 21, 1875; passed away at his home near Morgantown, Pa., Dec. 24, 1955; aged 80 y. 4 m. 4 d. Five and a half years previous to his death, he was overtaken suddenly by a stroke which left him with but very few words with which to speak and communicate to others. Through these years of affliction, he was a real example of patience and submission, with no word of complaint, but always an expression of appreciation for whatever friends or the family would do for him. From his youth he was a member of the Conestoga A. M. Church. Throughout his life, he exemplified faithfulness to the church and an interest in its many avenues of service. He served as a Sunday-school teacher through most of the year of his active life. On Dec. 20, 1900, he was married to Priscilla Mast, who survives him. Together, they lived 55 years of married life. There were 8 children (Myra-Mrs. Jonathan A. King, Joanna, Pa.; Martha-Mrs. Milford R. Hertzler, Morgantown, Pa.; Ruth-Mrs. Paul E. Stauffer, Harrisonburg, Va.; Walter, Morgantown, Pa.; Christian U., Joanna, Pa.; Esther-Mrs. Jacob E. Martin, Jr., Harrisonburg, Va.; and Amanda (Becky)-Mrs. Joe D. Zehr., Ligonier, Ind.; one daughter, Linda, preceded him in death in 1943). Surviving also are 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; one sister (Lydia) and one brother (Stephen H.), both of Joanna, Pa. Funeral services were conducted at the Conestoga A. M. Church by Ira A. Kurtz and Christian J. Kurtz. Noah G. Good delivered the funeral sermon. Interment was made in the Conestoga Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 4 - January 24, 1956-page 95

Alvarado, Monserrate, daughter of Crespin and Florentina Ramos Alvarado, was born in Coamo in 1897; died Jan. 6, 1956; aged 59 years. She leaves her husband (a member of the Usabon Mennonite Church), 2 sisters, one daughter, and 2 adopted children. Her illness had deprived her of strength for the last five years. At last, one and one-half weeks after she had accepted Christ as her Saviour, she succumbed to a heart ailment. Her testimony for Christ during that brief time was a surprise to her family, except her husband, who knew she would finally accept Christ. A funeral service at the home was in charge of Lawrence Greaser (former pastor) and at the Bethany Mennonite Church in charge of Lester T. Hershey. Burial was made in the Aibonito Municipal Cemetery.

Augustine, Jacob J., died Jan. 3, 1956; aged 86 y.1 m. 12 d. Funeral services on Jan. 7 at the Habecker Church were conducted by Frank Garman and Benjamin Miller. Text: Job 7: 9, 10. Interment was made in Habecker Cemetery.

Barnhart, Katie D., daughter of the late Samuel and Mary (Dissinger) Ruhl, was born in Quentin, Pa., July 15, 1885; passed away at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond N. Bucher, Lititz, Pa., Nov. 1, 1955, after a long illness due to hardening of the arteries; aged 72 y. 3m. 5 d. On Feb. 18, 1909, she was united in marriage to John S. Barnhart. Surviving are her husband and one daughter (Mildred E.-Mrs. Raymond N. Bucher, Lititz, Pa.), 3 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Annie Gromoli, Mrs. Mamie Raffensperger, and Mrs. Harvey Raffensperger), and 4 brothers (Edwin, Howard, Samuel and Frank Ruhl, all of Elizabethtown). One daughter, Mary Ellen, preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of Bossler's Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Nov. 5, in charge of Martin Kraybill and Clarence Lutz. Interment was made in the East Donegal Cemetery.

Blosser, Fannie M., daughter of the late Joseph H. and Margaret S. (Powell) Good, was born April 4, 1901; died of a brain tumor at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 23, 1955; aged 54 y. 8m. 19 d. On Feb. 21, 1923, she was married to Michael O. Blosser who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Mrs. James E. Showalter), one grandson (James Michael Showalter), 3 sisters (Mrs. Herman Burkholder, Dayton, Va.; Mrs. Herman Heatwole, La Junta, Colo.; and Mrs. D. R. Thacker, Harrisonburg, Va.), and one brother (Lewis C. Good, Riverdale, Md.). A sister (Mrs. Lillie Layman) and a brother (Leonard Good) preceded her in death. She united with the Weaver Mennonite Church in girlhood and was active in the sewing circle and in the work of the church and community. Surely "her sun has gone down while it is yet day." Funeral services were held Dec. 25 at Weaver's Church by D. W. Lehman and Oliver Keener. Interment was made in the cemetery nearby.

Eimen, Anna, daughter of Simon and Mary (Garver) Miller, was born Jan. 2, 1876, near Goshen, Ind.; passed away at the Shenk Nursing Home, Wellman, Iowa, Jan. 4, 1956; aged 80 y.2 d. She accepted Christ in her youth and faithfully served Him throughout her life. On Sept. 1, 1895, she was united in marriage to Peter Eimen, who preceded her in death Jan. 3, 1950, after 54 years of wedded life. To this union were born 10 children. Ammon and Edwin died in infancy, and Charley and Sarah also preceded her in death. Surviving are 3 sons (Rufus and Omar, Iowa City, Iowa; and Seth, Homestead, Iowa), 3 daughters (Mary-Mrs. Lloyd Swartzendruber, Kalona; Arvilla-Mrs. Harold Litwiller, Wichita, Kans.; and Edith-Mrs. Johnwilliam Boyer, Phoenix, Ariz.), 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She was the youngest of 11 children of which John S., Goshen, Ind.; Noah S., Kalona, Iowa, and Seth, Milford, Nebr., are still living. She loved to spend much time in reading and had committed many passages of Scripture to memory. She also loved to write poetry for her own enjoyment. Funeral services were held Jan. 7y at the East Union with J. John J. Miller and George Miller officiating. Interment was made in the East Union Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: "Johnwilliam" is spelled as one name.

Gingerich, Daniel J., son of Joe C. and Catherine (Swartzentruber) Gingerich, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Jan. 30, 1873; passed away at his home near Turner, Michigan Dec. 9, 1955; aged 82 y. 10 m. 9 d. He grew to manhood in the community in which he was born, accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful member and worker until the Lord called him home. He had been in failing health the past year with a heart condition, but had attended services the Sunday before his sudden passing on Friday. He was united in marriage on Feb. 11, 1894, to Lydia Kaufman. To this union 2 daughters and 6 sons were born. One daughter, Mrs. Magdalena Esh, and 2 sons, Ralph and Amos, Preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, with whom he enjoyed more than 61 years of married life, one daughter (Catherine, at home), one foster daughter (Fannie Mae-Mrs. Leroy Schlabach, Flint, Mich.), 4 sons (Elias, Joseph, Edward, and Daniel), one foster son (Melvin), all of this community. The foster children were his brother Ed's children whose mother died when they were small and they found a welcome in this home. He also leaves 9 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Daniel was of a family of 15 children, of whom ten grew to maturity. Remaining are 4 brothers (Amos, Parnell, Iowa; Simon, Wayland, Iowa; Joe C., Dagmar, Mont.; and Ezra, Quincy, Ill.), one sister (Emma, Kalona, Iowa), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Noah Swartzentruber and Levi Swartz at the church on Dec. 13, with interment in the Whitney Cemetery. One brother, Amos, and his wife and son were present at the services.

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 5 - January 31, 1956---page 118, 119

Adams, Albion F., was born July 17, 1873, at Altoona, Pa.; passed away Dec. 5, 1955, at the Mercy Hospital, Altoona, after an illness of 9 weeks; aged 82 y. 4m. 19 d. He was a faithful member of the First Mennonite Church at Altoona for a number of years. His wife preceded him in death March 27, 1955. He is survived by one brother (Charles, Williamsburg, Pa.), and one sister (Mrs. Charles Lavely, Hollsopple, Pa.). Services were held at the First Mennonite Church Dec. 9 in charge of Harold Horst. Interment was made at the Carson Valley Cemetery.

Brenneman, David L., son of Jacob and Lydia (Lenard) Brenneman, was born in Perth Co., Ont., Nov. 17, 1866; passed to his reward after a brief illness at his home on Dec. 8, 1955; aged 89 y. 21 d. He was the oldest and a lifelong member of the East Zorra A. M. Congregation. On Dec. 1, 1887, he married Elizabeth Zehr, who preceded him in death. Dec. 15, 1916. This union was blessed with one son and 4 daughters, all surviving. (Amos, Kitchener, Ont.; Catherine-Mrs. John Kropf, Waterloo; Lydia-Mrs. Peter Bender, Tavistock; Annie-Mrs. Daniel Zehr, East Zorra; Lovina-Mrs. John Brenneman, Wilmot). On Nov. 30, 1917, in his second marriage, he was united to Catherine Yantzi, who is surviving together with 30 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the East Zorra Church in charge of Henry Yantzi and Joel Swartzentruber. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Detweiler, William G., well-known minister and director of the radio program, "The Calvary Hour," died suddenly at his home while dressing Friday morning, Jan. 13, 1956, of coronary occlusion; aged 52 y. 8 m. 10 d. He had been feeling well as usual on Thursday and had slept well during the night. He was born May 3, 1903, at Blooming Glen, Pa., the son of Wilson and Minerva Detweiler. He graduated from high school at the Eastern Mennonite Academy, Harrisonburg, Va., and from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. In 1927 he married Anna Landis, and in 1928 they moved to Norristown, Pa., where he was in charge of a Mennonite mission. In 1919, twin sons were born to this union. In 1931 they went to the Mennonite Mission in Canton, Ohio, where they remained until 1938. He was ordained to the ministry in June, 1933, by O. N. Johns. From Canton they went to Wayne County where he served as assistant pastor of the oak Grove Church until 1946, when he became pastor of the Pleasant Hill Church. In 1936, as a result of a deep and abiding concern for lost men that characterized his whole life as a Christian minister, he began a radio broadcast. This broadcast is known as "The Calvary Hour" and now in its twentieth year. He was the pioneer Gospel broadcaster of the Mennonite Church. The broadcast goes out over many stations both in this country and abroad. Three years ago he resigned as pastor of Pleasant Hill in order to devote more time to radio work and to engage in evangelistic and Bible conference work which he carried on in many states. Surviving are his wife, twin sons (J. William, and J. Robert), who are assistant pastors of the Pleasant View and Martins Mennonite churches; and a sister (Florence-Mrs. Leidy Fulmer, Perkasie, Pa.). Funeral services were held on Jan. 15 at the Orrville Mennonite Church and at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church on Jan. 17. The funeral service at Orrville was in charge of Gerald Studer, with O. N. Johns bringing the message. At Blooming Glen the service was in charge of Richard Detweiler, with the message give by George R. Brunk Burial was made in the Blooming Glen Cemetery.

Frey, Martin B., son of Willis M. and Elizabeth (Paxton) Frey, was born March 26, 1926, in Green Twp., Franklin Co., Pa.; passed away Dec. 20, 1955, very unexpectedly at the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Horst, Shippensburg, Pa., where he was employed; aged 29 y. 8. 24 d. In his youth he gave his heart to Christ and united with the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. He was faithful in church attendance and was present in the evening service the Sunday before he died on Tuesday morning. Survivors include his parents, 2 sisters (Mrs. John Shew, Chambersburg, and Joanna E., at home). Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Church Dec. 22 in charge of Amos E. Martin, Harold L. Hunsecker, and Omar R. Martin. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Hamrick, Patrick Fields, was born at Webster Springs, W. Va., Dec 13, 1872. As a young man he went to Harman, W. Va. Early in life he married Jane Summerfield, who died in 1944. He spent his entire life in the Dry Fork Valley of West Virginia where he engaged in farming and working in timber. He is survived by 2 sons (Eli and Roscoe, both of Harman). On Nov. 23, 1955, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, becoming a member of the Riverside congregation. Due to infirmities of old age and paralysis he died Jan. 1, 1956; aged 83 y. 19 d. Funeral services at Riverside Church were conducted by M. J. Brunk and Kenneth Seitz, with burial in the Cooper Cemetery, Harman, W. Va.

Huber, Simon Good, son of Jacob B. and Elizabeth C. (Good) was born Nov. 22, 1878, in Allen Co., Ohio; passed away Nov. 25, 1955; aged 77 y. 3 d. On Nov. 24, 1901, he was married to Emma Amanda Bontrager, who departed to her eternal rest on Nov. 16, 1937. To this union were born the following children (Clarence W., Alma, Ont.; Mary I., Dayton, Va.; and Ira J., Alma), who survive him. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. On March 26, 1938, he was married to Beulah Swope Wenger, Dayton, Va., who survives. He also leaves the following brothers and sisters (Joseph, Waynesboro, Va.; Anna Huber, Lima, Ohio; and Lydia Lehman, Elkhart, Ind.). As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church to which he was faithful until death. He was much concerned and active in the work of the church. On March 16, 1938, he was called and ordained to the office of deacon. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 27 at Weaver's Church near Harrisonburg, Va., in charge of Hiram Weaver, James Shank, Lloyd Horst, and Daniel Lehman. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Kreider, Benjamin Franklin, son of the late Amos and Lizzie K. Kreider, was born Aug. 11, 1884; entered into rest in Pequea Twp, Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 28, 1955, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Shank, with whom he resided. After an illness of a few years, death came as a result of a heart condition, and he passed away quietly in his sleep without any apparent struggle; aged 71 y. 4m. 17 d. He was a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church. Surviving are the following brothers and sisters (Elmer, Mountville; Amos, Lancaster; Lillie-Mrs. Charles Her, York; Mrs. Barbara Conrad, Willow Street; Florence-Mrs. L. R. Keperling, Bausman; Clayton, Lancaster; Celia-Mrs. Andrew Bergman, Lancaster; Mary-Mrs. Willis Shopf, Lancaster, and Arthur, Bausman). Funeral services were held Dec. 31 from the New Danville Church in charge of Henry Nauman, Maris Hess, James Hess, with sermon by David Thomas. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Lehman, Susan, daughter of the late Daniel and Sally (Kaufman) Thomas, was born Sept. 5, 1871; passed away Dec. 23, 1955; aged 84 y. 3 m. 18 d. She was married to Joseph J. Lehman on Sept. 23, 1894. God blessed their home with 5 children. Surviving are: Ellen, Meyersdale, Pa.; Lucinda-Mrs. Edward Thomas, Hollsopple, Pa.; Daniel, Johnstown, Pa.; John T., Johnstown, a sister (Mrs. May Jane Rhodes, Boswell, Pa.), 14 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son, and a step-daughter. She faithfully filled her place in the Mennonite Church for 63 years and was known among her descendants and neighbors as Mammy Lehman. Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at Stahl Mennonite Church with David C. Alwine and Sanford Shetler in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Martin, Manasseh C., was born May 26, 1881, in Waterloo Co., Ont. In the spring of 1888 he moved with his parents to May City, Iowa. Later the family moved to Stanton, Mich., which was his home for the following 47 years. Since retiring from the farm, he and his sister Lydia have resided in Brutus, Mich. While visiting in Lancaster, Pa., accompanied by his brother, Menno and sister Lydia, he suffered a stroke and passed away Oct. 16, 1955; aged 74 y. 4 m. 21 d. He leaves one brother, Menno of Stanton, 2 sisters, Lydia and Mrs. Royal Buskirk of Brutus, and 30 nephews and nieces. Funeral services were conducted in Lancaster County by Joseph E. Hostetter and at Stanton, Mich., by Paul Hoover. Burial was made at the McBrides Cemetery.

Maust, Ray Lavern, oldest son of Paul and Esther (Weldy) Maust, was born April 6, 1934, at Bay Port, Mich.; passed away Dec. 14, 1955, at Community Hospital, Rolette, N. Dak.; aged 21 y. 8 m. 8 d. Death was due to a mortal wound received from an accidental gunshot. The Mast family moved to the Montgomery, Ind., community in 1938. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at an early age and was baptized Nov. 12, 1944, in the Berea Mennonite Church, where he held his membership until his death. On Jan. 16, 1953, he was married to Donna Graber. This union was blessed with 2 boys, Derald Ray and Douglas Lynn. Immediately after his marriage Ray began serving his I-W service at Ypsilanti, Mich., and completed his service in March, 1955, after which he moved to Milo, N. Dak., where they engaged in farming. Surviving are his wife, 2 sons, parents, 6 brothers (Clifford, Elkhart, Ind.; Dwight, Norman, Elmer, Paul Owen), 5 sisters (Iva Louis, Marilyn, Thelma, Opal , and Orpha), all at home, his grandmother (Mrs. Mary Weldy), and a large number of other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Lake View Mennonite Church, Wolford, N. Dak., Dec. 16, with Eli Hochstetler officiating. The body was then shipped to Montgomery, Ind., where services were held at the Berea Church, Dec. 19, with Edd P. Shrock and Ben S. Wagler in charge. Interment was made in the Berea Mennonite Cemetery.

Miller, Lydia A., daughter of George and Polly (Miller) Patterson, was born Aug. 12, 1871, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; peacefully passed away Dec. 4, 1955; aged 84 y. 3 m. 22 d. She was the oldest in a family of 11 children. On July 19, 1891, she was united in marriage to Moses M. Miller, at which time they located on a farm in Lagrange County, where she resided until death. Her companion preceded her in death on June 27, 1950. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters. One son, Rollin, died in childhood, and twin daughters died in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure, 6 sons and one daughter (Ray M., Lagrange, Ind.; Roy R., Howe, Ind.; Minnie-Mrs. Mahlon Yoder, Bremen, Ind.; Samuel S., Goshen, Ind.; Ivan, on the home farm; Milo R., Lagrange, Ind.; and Wilbur, Shipshewana, Ind.), 31 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Ernest Greenawalt, Topeka, Ind.; Mrs. Willie Wenger, Camden, Mich.; and Mrs. Abe Nofzinger, Goshen, Ind.), one brother (Jacob Patterson, Goshen) and many other relatives and friends. In early youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member. The funeral was held at the Emma Mennonite Church, Dec. 7, Amos O. and Oscar S. Hostetler were in charge Interment was made in the Miller Cemetery.

Miller, Mary A., widow of Lewis J. Miller, died Jan. 5, 1956, in Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford, Del.; aged 78 y. 7 m. 10 d. A daughter of the late David and Catherine (Beeghly) Hochstedler, she was born June 26, 1877, at Cove, Md. Her husband died 48 years ago and she has resided at Greenwood, Del., the past 42 years and was a member of the Mennonite Church at Owen Station, Del. Surviving are two sons, Olen L., Grantsville, Md.; and Galen L., Seaford, Del.; a daughter, Mrs. Archie Warnick, Greenwood, Del.; one sister, Mrs. Melinda Kemp, Fentress, Va.; 7 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at Greenwood with Walter Campbell officiating. The body was taken to Grantsville, Md., and a short service was held at the Springs Mennonite Church with Roy Otto and Walter Otto officiating. Interment was made in the Maple Glen Cemetery, Grantsville, Md.

Moyer, Eugene, son of the late Wm. C. and Mary Ann Moyer, was born April 2, 1880, in Hilltown Twp., Pa.; passed away Dec. 30, 1955, at his home in Blooming Glen, Pa., following a heart attack; aged 75y. 8 m. 28d. He was a member of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church since 1904. In 1905 he married Alice K. Moyer, who preceded him in death in May, 1953. Since their marriage they had resided in Blooming Glen. Surviving are one daughter (Mrs. Mildred Schlitzer, Columbia, Pa.), 2 sons (Robert, Blooming Glen; and Dr. Leroy, Souderton), 3 sisters (Mrs. Leidy Hunsicker, Mrs. Samuel Arthur Myers, and Mrs. Chas. Keller), one brother (Norman Moyer, Blooming Glen), 8 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Funeral services were conducted at the Blooming Glen Church on Jan. 2 by David Derstine, Jr. Interment was made in the local cemetery.

Nissley, Simon R., son of the late David and Martha (Rutt) Nissley, was born Jan. 31, 1875; passed away Dec. 3, 1955, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, after a number of years of failing health; aged 80 y. 10 m. 3 d. He was a member of Hernley's Mennonite Church for many years and remained faithful to the end. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katie (Barto), 26 years ago. He is survived by 7 children, (Martha, Manheim, Pa.; Mrs. Irvin Geib, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Mrs. Paul Garber, Hershey, Pa.; Lester, Manheim, with whom he resided; Mrs. Carl Stonesifer, Elizabethtown, Pa.; David, Lancaster; Mrs. Herbert Miller, Ephrata), also 17 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was very patient and tried to help where he could in his long illness. Funeral services were held at Hernley's Church on Dec. 6 in charge of Homer Bomberger, Abram Risser, and Clyde Metzler. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Peachey, Jefferson U., son of Solomon D. and Kathryn (Spicher) Peachey, was born June 7, 1894, in the vicinity of Belleville, Pa.; died Dec. 1, 1955; aged 61 y. 5 m. 24 d. On Feb. 24, 1921, he was married to Mary Stoltzfus. He is survives by his wife, and six of seven children born to this union. They are: Earl, Coatesville, Pa.; Sara-Mrs. John Sausman, McVeytown, Pa.; Bertha-Mrs. J. W. Schaffer, Rochester, Pa.; Jefferson, Jr., Yeagertown, Pa.; Eugene and Wayne, at home. One daughter, Fannie Marie, was deceased in 1948. Also surviving are 6 brothers and 5 sisters. He lived in the vicinity of Belleville all his life. Death came very suddenly while deer hunting in a nearby wood when his gun accidentally discharged. He accepted Christ in his youth and at the time of his death was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church at which place the services were held on Dec. 4 with the local ministers officiating. Interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Reber, Patricia Yvonne, infant daughter of Willis and Stella (Yutzy) Reber, was born Dec. 13, 1955; passed away at the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, Dec. 14, 1955; aged one day. She leaves to mourn her early departure her parents, 3 grandparents, and many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the home on Dec. 15, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber. Burial was made in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.

Roth, Lena, daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Roth) Egli, was born Jan. 23, 1879, in Trenton Twp., Henry Co., Iowa. In her teens she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. When the Bethel congregation was organized she was among the charter members, where she faithfully attended as long as health permitted. On Feb. 3, 1904, she was united in marriage to Peter G. Roth. Their family consisted of 2 daughters and one son. They lived on a farm south of Wayland until 12 years ago when they moved to Noble, Iowa, which was their late home. She became seriously ill Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, and passed away that evening; aged 76 y. 10 m. 1 d. She leaves her husband, 2 daughters (Mabel-Mrs. Henry Reschly, and Alice-Mrs. John Reschly, all of this community), and one son (Ivan, Kansas City, Mo.), one brother (Jona, Wayland, Iowa), 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her parents, one brother, and 3 sisters preceded her in death. The funeral was held Nov. 26 at the Bethel Church in charge of the local ministry, with Simon Gingerich preaching the sermon. Interment was made in the Bethel Cemetery.

Rojas, Juana, daughter of Olegario and Theodosia Alvarado, was born in 1905 in Coamo, Arriba, Puerto Rico; died in the home of her sister and parents Dec. 17, 1955; aged 50 years. She was married to Guillermo Rojas on Aug. 8, 1930. To this matrimony were born 3 children-one daughter (Francisca), and 2 sons (Abdias and Carmelo). She leaves behind her husband, 3 children, her parents, a sister (Mrs. Nelida Alvarado), and many friends. For a long time she suffered from cancer in the thyroid. She began to read the Bible while living in Cuchilla where she met Bro. and Sister Elmer Springer. After moving to Coamo, Gladys Widmer learned to know her and helped her to find Christ as her personal Saviour on March 30, 1955. This gave her much peace of mind and was her staff during her illness. Her faith in Christ and the certainty of her salvation were of great inspiration to her unbelieving family and neighbors. Funeral services were in charge of Lester T. Hershey and the assistant pastor, Samuel Rolon. After a service in the Baptist Church, she was burial in the Coamo Cemetery.

Schiffler, Abraham, son of the late Albrecht and March (Althouse) Schiffler, was born Aug. 4, 1873, at Metamora, Ill. At the age of 6 he went with parents to Adams Co., Nebr., where he spent the remainder of his life. On Jan. 4, 1956, he passed to his eternal home; aged 82 y. 5 m. On May 20, 1903, he was married to Lydia Snyder, who preceded him in death 1949. To this union were born 8 children, who survive (Albert J., New Meadows, Idaho; Mrs. Rebecca Taylor, Hastings, Nebr.; Phares P., Wendell, Idaho; R. Wesley, Filer, Idaho; George E., Everson, Wash.; C. Marion, Roseland; Mrs. Ethel Dobbins, and Mrs. Elsie Hoylman, both of South English, Iowa). Also surviving are one sister (Mrs. Sarah Burkhart, Roseland), 24 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was also predeceased by 2 brothers, one sister, and 2 grandsons. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Roseland Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful, active member as long as health permitted. It was his lifelong desire to be of service to his fellow man in any way possible. He found the Bible a most necessary companion and guide in life. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 7 at the Roseland Church with Fred Reeb and Alton B. miller officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Schrock, Anna E., daughter of the late Peter M. and Mary (Saltzman) Schertz, was born Aug. 19, 1880, at Flanagan, Ill.; died at the Dunlap Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, Dec. 27, 1955; aged 75 y. 4 m. 8 d. Her illness was very brief. On Christmas Sunday she attended services in the morning at the Pleasant Hill Church, enjoyed a family Christmas dinner at the home of her daughter-in-law, and went to the wedding of a grandson that same evening. During the night she became sick and before morning was taken to the hospital where she died on Tuesday. In her youth she was received in to the Waldo Mennonite Church, Flanagan, Ill., where she remained a member until 1920, when she moved to Wayne Co., Ohio. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill congregation. On Dec. 15, 1903, she was married to Enos H. Schrock. In 1920 they moved to Ohio and lived at Orrville since that time. To this union were born the following children (Lloyd and Vernon, deceased; Clarence, Orrville, Ohio; and Mrs. Viola Cliffe, Akron, Ohio). Besides her husband and 2 children, she is survived by 4 sisters and 2 brothers (Emma - Mrs. J. D. Hartzler, Mrs. Carrie Grieser, Miss Mattie Schertz, Benjamin, and William, all of Flanagan; and Mrs. Wm. Schertz, Eureka, Ill.), 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She was a spiritual Christian, being deeply interested in her church and in her family. Funeral services were held at the Orrville church on Dec. 30 in charge of Wm. G. Detweiler, assisted by Harold Bauman and I. W. Royer. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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