Groff, Arthur C., son of John K. and Frances (Charles) Groff, was born March 17, 1898, in Pequea Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at his home in Willow Street, Pa., May 24, 1956, aged 58 y. 2m. 7 d. He accepted the Lord at an early age and united with the Byerland Church. On June 3, 1925, he was married to Elizabeth A. Smith. They had 3 children. He remained true to the church but was unable to attend for many years due to his physical condition. He was always happy when the minister or other brethren had prayer meeting or cottage meeting or held communion in his home, which they often did for many years. He is survived by his wife and children (Melvin S., West Willow, Pa.; Clara E., and Clayton S., both at home), 2 grandsons, 2 brothers (Lester, Lancaster, Pa.; and Clyde, Conestoga, Pa.). Funeral services were held May 27 at the Byerland Church with Maris Hess, Henry Nauman, and James Hess conducting the service. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kreider, Clara, daughter of Peter J. and Catherine (Friedt) Steiner, was born Aug. 12, 1877 in Milton Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio; died at her home in Wadsworth, Ohio, June 4, 1956; aged 78 y. 9 m. 23 d., after an extended period of infirmity. While young, she with her widowed mother, brother and sisters, moved to Guilford Twp., in Medina Co. On April 27, 1897, she was united in marriage with Henry R. Kreider, and children, all of whom survive, grew to adulthood. On Feb. 25, 1906, she and her husband were received by water baptism into the Bethel Church where she remained faithful throughout life. She will be remembered for gentleness of manner and for her devotion to church and home. Her husband and a granddaughter preceded her in death. She is survived by the children (Herman H., Istanbul, Turkey; Iva-Mrs. A. C. Moine, Sterling; Mildred; Mrs. Milford McClure, Akron; Claude, Ward, Charles, and Lucille of Wadsworth), 2 sisters (Fannie-Mrs. Isaac Hunsberger, Wadsworth, and Orpha-Mrs. P. J. Smucker, Smithville), 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at the Bethel Mennonite Church in charge of J. Robert Kreider, with burial in Lower Mennonite Cemetery.
Leslie, Elizabeth, was born in Hamilton, Ont., on Oct. 25, 1866; died June 13, 1956, in the Florentine Nursing Home, Elkhart, Ind.; aged 89 y. 7 m. 18 d. Her husband, Alfus Leslie, died in 1936. Several nieces and nephews, and one sister survive. Through the efforts of the Home Department workers, Harriet Miller and Ida Yoder, she was converted and baptized into the Belmont Mennonite Church on Aug. 20, 1953. She was never able to attend the church service. Funeral services were held at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Elkhart on June 15. D. A. Yoder brought the message. Burial was made in the Rice Cemetery in Elkhart.
Metzler, Harvey E., son of the late deacon Daniel S.
and Lizzie (Erb) Metzler, was born Feb. 18, 1885, near
Mt. Joy, Pa.; passed away at the home of his daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard S. Brunk, Troupsburg, N. Y., 15 hours after
a heart attack. He was ordained deacon Dec. 14, 1944, in the Erisman
congregation near Mt. Joy. He loved the Lord, his family, his
congregation, and had a deep spiritual concern for all. His Bible
was his daily companion and he was an intercessor for the lost.
On Oct. 22, 1908, he was married to Katie Bucher who preceded him in death May 18, 1924. On June 16, 1925 he was married to Katie Bucher*. Surviving
are his wife, 5 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Abram Martin, Lancaster,
Pa.; Elta-Mrs. Jacob Harnish, Manheim, Pa.; Grace-Mrs. Elam Stauffer,
Musoma, T. T. , Africa; Anna-Mrs. Luke Shank, Chambersburg, Pa.;
Edna-Mrs. Leonard Brunk, Troupsburg, N. Y.), one sister (Mrs.
Minnie Kreider , Manheim). Two brothers and one sister preceded
him in death. Funeral services were held June 15 at the Erisman
Church with Homer Bomberger in charge, assisted by Henry Lutz,
John Eby, and Martin Metzler. The same text was used as was used
at his father's funeral, Matt. 24: 44.
*Second wife was Anna Bucher - see her obituary - Metzler, Anna H. Bucher ..... Oct 3 1972. First wife, Metzler, Katie Bucher
..... May 29 1924
Miller, Seth, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 15, 1874. The following year the family moved to near Goshen, Ind., where he grew to manhood. He passed away at the Milford Rest Home, Milford, Nebr., April 24, 1956; aged 82 y. 3m. 9 d. He was united in marriage to Mary L. Miller on Dec. 30, 1897, and they established a home near Kalona, Iowa. To this union 3 children were born (Roy, Kalona, Iowa; Orie and Leslie, deceased). They adopted 2 girls (Margaret Miller Hoffer, Denver, Colo., and Gladys Miller Gordineir, Waterloo, Iowa). Surviving are his companion, one son, Roy, 2 brothers (Noah, Kalona, John S., Goshen, Ind.), and a large number of relatives and friends. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. Bro. and Sister Miller lived in the Kalona community after their marriage with the exception of few years when the family lived in Canada. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church on April 27, with burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Kalona, D. J. Fisher officiating.
Mullet, Mabel Esther, was born March 30, 1912, at Peabody, Kans., to L. Oliver and Anna (Erb) King; went home to meet her Lord on May 28, 1956; aged 44 y.1m. 28 d., at the Northern Pacific Hospital, Glendive, Mont. On March 4, 1934, she was married to Frank J. Mullet. They made their home near Bloomfield, Mont., and lived in the Red Top community for 14 years and then moved near Glendive, where they lived the last 7 years. She is survived by her husband and 7 children (Elizabeth Ann, Sanford Allen, Phyllis Irence, John Franklin, Lela Faye, Philip Royce, Ronald Luke all at home), her mother, Anna King, of Hutchinson, Kans., 5 brothers (Sanford and Allen of Hutchinson; Donald, Pigeon, Mich.; Kenneth, Hesston, Kans.; and Clifford of Goshen, Ind.), one sister (Lila Mae-Mrs. Samuel Janzen, Glenwood Springs, Colo.), and a host of relatives and friends. At the age of 9 she confessed her Lord as Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, where she served faithfully throughout her life, giving unselfishly of herself, especially in sewing circle work. Her faithful Christian life and testimony were rewarded by seeing her children as they grew up express saving faith in Christ. Her primary interest was the furtherance of the kingdom of God which was expressed in her counsel and interest in the activities of the church in her community. Within the last 5 years she had been greatly limited in her activities by much illness, but even then she retained a strong faith in God's providential guidance and patiently bore her affliction. During the last 2 years she was confined to her sick room must of the time, during which she prayed much that God's will would be accomplished in her life and the lives of her children. Funeral services were held May 31, at the First Methodist Church, Glendive, Mont., with Gerald Hoffer in charge, assisted by Elmer Bontrager. The body was laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Gardens near Glendive.
Nissley, Phares R., son of the late Samuel B. and Emma (Rohrer) Nissley, was born March 1, 1875, in West Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; departed this life April 17, 1956; aged 81 y. 1 m. 16 d. His health had been failing for the past year, but death came unexpectedly as the result of a heart attack while driving his car. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and was a member of the Chestnut Hill congregation, where he and his companion were faithful attendants. He was united in marriage to Elmira B. Nissley on Jan. 19, 1899. They enjoyed wedded life for 57 years. They were blessed with 2 children (Barbara-Mrs. Henry N. Miller, Mt. Joy, Pa., and Phares, who died on Nov. 27, 1950). He is survived by his wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Samuel R., East Petersburg, Norman R., Salunga, Mrs. Anna Mae Longenecker, Mt. Joy, and Mrs. Emma Baer, Bethlehem). He was a farmer all his life and enjoyed planting and watching the growth. Funeral services were conducted from his late home in Landisville by two nephews, G. P. Cooley, Berwick, Pa., and Victor L. Bauer, New York City. Further services were held in the Landisville Mennonite Church with Henry Lutz and Raymond Charles officiating. The text used was "I know not the day of my death." (Gen. 27: 2). Burial was made in the Landisville Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Baker, Henry, son of Peter and Margaret (Shie) Baker, was born near Lagrange, Ind., on Dec. 17, 1870; departed from this life on June 18, 1956; death resulted from a heart attack which was of 3 days duration; aged 85 y.6 m. 1 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the West Liberty Mennonite Church in McPherson Co., Kans. Later his membership was transferred to the Protection, Kan., Mennonite Church. On Nov. 5, 1889, he was united in marriage to Mary Miller. They were permitted to share the blessings of married life for more than 55 years. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 4 daughters (Ora, Ralph, Chester, and Clara-Mrs. Crist Beyler, Protection; Florence-Mrs. Marvin King, Harper, Kans.; Stella-Mrs. Jake Zimmerman and Ferne-Mrs. Virgil Schultz, Protection). He is survived by his wife, 7 children, 21 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services held on June 20 at the Protection Church were conducted by Chas. Schweitzer and Alva Swartzendruber, with interment in nearby cemetery.
Boshart, Aldoris Dale, son of Amos and Sarah (Stutzman) Boshart, was born Sept. 8, 1923, at Wood River, Nebr.; passed from this life on June 8, 1956, at a local hospital; aged 32 y. 9m. He was stricken with diabetes at the age of 4, from which he suffered much but complained very little. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour at the age of 12 and was received into the Wood River Mennonite Church where he was a faithful member until death. He is survived by his parents, 5 brothers and one sister (Leroy, Centerville, Pa.; Merrill, Tangent, Oreg.; Marjorie-Mrs. Nelson Miller, Wellman, Iowa; Delbert, Seward, Nebr.; Amos Jr., Wood River, and Omar, Denver, Colo.), an aunt, Mary Ann Stutzman, who made her home with them, a grandfather (Dan B. Boshart, Colorado Springs, Colo.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held June 11 at the Mennonite Church in charge of Art M. Stutzman, Alvin Gascho, and Wm. R. Eicher, with burial in the church cemetery.
Burkhart, Susannah, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Absolom Martin, and widow of the late Ezra Burkhart, was born in Woolwich Twp., Ont., on July 25, 1879; passed to her eternal reward on June 20, 1956; aged 76 y. 10 m. 26 d. She was a member of the Elmira Mennonite Church. Surviving are one son, Alvin, of Kitchener, Ont., 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Elmira Church on June 22, with O. D. Snider and Howard S. Bauman officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kremrer, Lillie C., daughter of Benjamin and Catharine (Deshong) Kramer, was born at Vintage, Pa., March 9, 1868; passed away at her home, Lancaster, Pa., June 19, 1956; aged 88 y. 3m. 10 d. She was a member of Millersville Mennonite Church, where she attended regularly until March, 1955. On Dec. 31, 1889, she was married to Phares D. Kremrer, who preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1951. Surviving are 5 children (Alice R., Lancaster, Pa.; John M., Landisville, Pa.; Dorothy C., E. M. C., Harrisonburg, Va.; Phares C. and Clarence M., both of Lancaster, Pa.), 12 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. One son, Joseph, died in infancy; another son, Lloyd, preceded her in 1951. For a number of months, Mother had been losing strength. She rested frequently, yet she was not confined to her bed. Even on the morning of her passing, she had been dressed and sitting in her chair for about half an hour. All who knew her loved her. She had no enemies. She liked people and they liked her and thought of her as "a dear little old lady." We cherish the memory of a kind, loving Mother. Funeral services were held on Jun 21 at the Millersville Mennonite Church in charge of Christian K. Lehman and Jacob G. Hess. Interment was made in Longenecker's Cemetery.
King, Edwin J., son of John and Elizabeth (Schrock) King, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, on Dec. 6, 1875; passed away at Dunlap Memorial Hospital, in Orrville, Ohio, June 23, 1956; aged 80 y. 6 m. 17 d. On Nov. 12, 1899, he was united in marriage to Nora Royer, who preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 1951. He is survived by 3 sons (Clarence and Floyd of Orrville, and Alvin of Fayetteville, Ark.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Icie Zook and Mrs. Edna Troyer, of Orrville), one brother (S. S. King of Orrville), 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren, together with many other relatives and friends. He will be remembered for his active interest in the life of his neighborhood, family, and church, and for his contribution in the field of music, being active as a singer in many church and community organizations. He was a lifelong member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville, serving his Lord faithfully and well. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove church on June 26, with V. M. Gerig officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin, Denise Suzanne, daughter of Tilman and Janet (Mills) Martin, was born Jan. 16, 1956, at Kitchener, Ont.; passed away at her home in Waterloo, Ont., on June 19, 1956; aged 3 m. 2d. Surviving are her parents, a sister (Deborah Irene), the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. David A. Martin, Waterloo, and Mr. and Mrs. Basil W. Mills, kitcheners). Death was due to an accident in her baby buggy when she wriggled herself over the end. She strangled when her sweater caught on a upholstery tack. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church on June 20 in charge of Roy S. Koch assisted by Paul M. Miller, Goshen, Ind., who was engaged there in a series of evangelistic meetings at the time. Burial was made in the St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery.
Martin, Samuel D., son of the late David and Anna (Witmer) Martin, was born in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., on Jan. 29, 1875; died of a hear attack on May 24, 1956, at his late home in Goodville, Pa.; aged 81 y. 3 m. 25 d. He spent his entire life in Lancaster Co., and passed away very suddenly. He was feeling good during the day, ate supper as usual, and felt he wanted to work in the garden a little while, where he was found about an hour later. In his younger days he was known as miller Sam Martin, for he operated a mill for over 20 years. As a young man he accepted Christ and was ordained to the office of deacon at the age of 30. He lived to fill this post for a little over 50 years, having been ordained on Jan. 4, 1906. However, due to declining health, he had no longer been active in this field for several years. He also served as trustee on the Millersville Children's Home Board for a period of 41 years, having been an honorary member at the time of his death. On Nov. 4, 1895, he was united in marriage to Mary Weaver, who preceded him in death 19 years ago. To this union were born 8 children, 5 of whom preceded him in death. On May 18, 1943, he was united in marriage to Mary Hoover. In addition to his wife, he is survived by the following children (Florence-Mrs. Jacob Summers, East Earl, Pa.; Elmer and S. Weaver, new Holland, Pa.), and also 13 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. One great-grandchild preceded him in death. Funeral services at the Weaverland Church on May 28 were in charge of David Weaver, J. Paul Graybill, Alvin Martin, John Burkholder, and Harry Lichty. Interment was made in the Goodville Cemetery.
Miller, Mary, daughter of David and Eliza (Stutzman) Yoder, was born Oct. 1, 1870, in Johnson Co., Iowa, and died on the home place where she lived for 58 years on June 10, 1956; aged 79 y. 8 m. 9 d. On Jan. 26, 1896, she was united in marriage to Manasses J. Miller, who died Dec. 6, 1936. To this union 13 children were born. One son and twin daughters died in infancy. Surviving are 6 sons and 4 daughters (Lena-Mrs. Ira Bender, Lizzie-Mrs. Will Miller, Eliza-Mrs. John B. Yoder; Katie-Mrs. Fred Nisley, David, Lewis, Dennis, Chris, Ivan and Ruben, all living in the Johnson Co., community), 57 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Lena R. Yoder), and 4 brothers (Steve, Lewis, Joe, and Frank). She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, 3 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In her youth she was baptized and united with the Old Order Amish Church and remained a faithful member to the end. She was in her usual health until about 3 weeks prior to her death, which came suddenly, caused by a weak heart and infirmities of old age. Funeral services on June 12, with Will Yoder, Enos Swartzendruber, and Ira Nisley officiating. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery.
Miller, Sol J., son of John A. and Delilah (Kauffman) Miller, was born near Hubbard, Orge., June 1, 1891; died at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, June 14, 1956; aged 65 y. 13 d. His death was due to a heart attack which he had suffered less than 2 days before. When but a child his family moved to Illinois and a few years later to Weatherford, Okla. Here he grew to manhood and united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. Later he went to Iowa, and on Dec. 7, 1915, he was married to Bertha Beachy. This was the first couple married by Bishop Isaac Helmuth. To this union 3 children were born (Floyd, Keota, Iowa; Fannie-Mrs. Raymond J. Byler, Alitha, Fla.; and Ivan, Kansas City, Kans.). Surviving are his wife, 3 children, 12 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters (Jacob J., and Mrs. Mattie Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; Rebecca-Mrs. John J. S. Yoder, Middlebury, Ind.; Dan. J. S. and Anna-Mrs. Ben Detwiler, Wellman, Iowa; Fred, St. Louis, Mo., and Chris, Wellman, Iowa), and many other relatives and friends. Soon after their marriage they united with the Upper Dear Creek congregation near Wellman, where he was a faithful member at the time of his death. He served the church in a number of ways, and was a great lover of children. Services held at the Upper Deer Creek Church on June 16 were conducted by Morris Swartzendruber and Elmer G. Swartzendruber. Burial was made in the Upper Deer Creek Cemetery.
Schrock, David M., son of John and Elizabeth (Moser) Schrock, was born near Smithville, Ohio, on March 21, 1870. He was next to the youngest of a family of 6 children, 4 of whom are still living (Samuel, Shelbyville, Ill.; Menno, McEwen, Tenn.; Jonathan, and Nancy Holderman, both of the Home for the Aged at Rittman, Ohio. ). One sister preceded him in death. At the age of 21 he went to Garcen City, Mo. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized in a stream near the Oak Grove Church, Orrville, Ohio. Later he transferred his membership to the Sycamore Grove Church near Garden City, Mo., where he remained a faithful member for 65 years, teaching a Sunday-school class for many years. He was united in marriage on Feb. 12, 1893, to Susanna Diener, who preceded him in death on May 3, 1936. This marriage was blessed with 3 sons and 5 daughters. One son preceded him in death. Surviving are the following (Lawrence, Harrisonville; Clara-Mrs. Elby R. Yoder, Florence-Mrs. C. P. Yoder, and Albert, of Garden City, Mo.; Ada-Mrs. J. D. Hartzler, Wellman, Iowa; Alice and Mary, at home). All were at his bedside at the time of his passing. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Three grandchildren and one great-grandchild preceded him in death. For the last 6 weeks he was confined to his home. At his request he was anointed, thus giving testimony to God's will for his life. He gradually became weaker, and on the evening of June 10, 1956, he passed in to eternal rest, as a result of old age and complications; aged 86 y. 2m. 20 d. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church on June 13, with H. A. Diener and S. S. Hershberger officiating. Interment was made in the Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City.
Shenk, Andrew, son of Daniel and Rachel (Stemen) Shenk, was born July 29, 1878, near Elida, Ohio; died June 20, 1956, in his home in Elida; aged 77 y.10m. 21 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early married life. He was reinstated some years ago into the Central Mennonite Church and in his last years the Christian life took on new meaning for him. He gave expressions prior to his death as being ready to meet his Lord. On Oct. 21, 1899, he was married to Rhoda Stemen. Surviving are his wife, their children (Mrs. Rhoda Hatton, Lima; Mrs. Margaret Yoder, Geneseo, Ill.; Wilson and Carroll, Lima; Edgar, Elida; Oliver, Quakertown, Pa.; Ronald and Louis, Dayton), 21 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 5 sisters (Mrs. Emma Stemen, Mrs. Anna Hertzler, and Mrs. Joseph Longacher, Denbigh, Va.; Mrs. Saul Sauder, Mt. Joy, Pa., and Elizabeth Shenk, Sarasota, Fla.), and 5 brothers (Menno, Elida; Daniel, Amos, and John, Denbigh, Va., and Ray, Elkridge, Md.). Services were held at the Central Church on June 23 with Menno Troyer and James Detweiler in charge. Burial was made in the Salem Cemetery.
Weaver, Marion R., son of the late Raleigh J. and Sallie (Heatwole) Weaver, was born Oct. 1, 1900, near Dale Enterprise, Va.; died suddenly of a heart attack in Harrisonburg, Va., April 10, 1956; aged 55 y. 6 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Annie R. Shank on Nov. 20, 1920. He had been stricken with coronary thrombosis in 1948 but during the past 7 years had constantly been very active in business, local and church affairs. The fatal attack on April 10 came as a shock to his family and many friends. The attack started in his automobile, but he died shortly after he was taken to the local hospital. He had been deeply touched in the reading of II Tim. 4: 6-8, that Sunday morning in family devotions, and in a conversation with his son just before his attack, expressed thoughts and advice indicating her felt he didn't have long to stay in this world. He leaves his wife, one daughter (Rose, at home), a son (Winston, Harrisonburg), 3 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Della-Mrs. C. J. Suter, Mabel-Mrs. Roy Heatwole, Ruth-Mrs. T. O. Deputy, all of Harrisonburg), 2 brothers (Carl and Roland). He was a faithful member of the Chicago Avenue Mennonite Church and always very much interested in helping any good cause or any person in need. Funeral services were held on April 12 at the Weavers Church with Harold G. Eshleman and Albert G. Edwards in charge, with burial in the nearby cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas
Baum, John Daniel, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Durstin) Baum, was born at North Lawrence, Ohio on Nov. 25, 1870; died at his home in Smithville, Ohio, apparently of a heart attack on June 23, 1956; aged 85 y. 6m. 29 d. A neighbor had taken Baum to a doctor on Friday evening, and when he went to the Baum home on Saturday afternoon to see if he was all right, he found him dead. He was married in January, 1897, to Grace Flaville Tucker, who died in 1901. Surviving are a daughter (Mrs. Nola Fern Bell, Cleveland), and 2 grandchildren. He spent most of his life in the Smithville community as salvage dealer. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 83, as a result of a visit by 2 brethren serving in a two-by-two evangelism effort of the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church near Smithville. He was received into church membership on March 1, 1953. He thereafter showed definite signs of spiritual growth. He loved to listen to religious broadcasts and was a faithful listener to The Calvary Hour. Services were held June 27 at the Frey and Gresser Funeral Home, Orrville, Ohio, with Gerald C. Studer officiating, with burial in the Smithville Cemetery.
Brubaker, James Richard, son of John S. and Ida (Sauder) Brubaker, Lititz, Pa., was born Oct. 4, 1942; passed away at his home, June 2, 1956; aged 13 y. 7m. 28d. His passing, which was sudden and unexpected, was caused by a brain tumor. He had suffered frequent headaches about 6 weeks before his death. The night before his death, he went to bed with a severe headache which lasted about an hour, but after that he was sleeping peacefully. He was found dead the next morning with his hands folded over his breast. At the age of nine he accepted Christ and became a member of Erb's Mennonite Church. In his short life, he won many friends in the church, community, and at school. Besides his parents, he is survived by 3 sisters and one brother, Mary Grace, Kathleen, Carol, and John. Seventeen years ago an infant brother preceded him in death. Also surviving are his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Menno Brubaker, Richfield, Pa., and his maternal grandfather, Eaby Sauder, East Earl, Pa. Services were held at Erb's Church with Joseph Boll and Homer Bomberger in charge. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Heintz, Dora, daughter of the late John and Mary Beller,
was born March 28, 1899; near Graymont, Ill.; passed away
Jan. 2, 1956, at her home in Chicago, Ill.; aged 56 y. 9m. 5 d.
She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and became a member
of the Waldo Mennonite Church, Flanagan, Ill., later transferring
her membership to the Chicago Home Mission, where she was an active
worker as long as her strength permitted. She was united in marriage
to Henry R. Heintz, March 17, 1928. They made their home
in Chicago and both were active in the work of the church. She
was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and one sister.
Surviving are her husband, one son (Glenwoo*, at home), 7 sisters
(Mrs. Katie Orendorff; Mrs. Mary Yordy, Flanagan; Mrs. Eliz. Greiser,
Pontiac; Mrs. Barbara Middleton, San Bernardina, Calif.; Mrs.
Lena Hartzler, Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Emma Roeschley, Mrs. Lovina
Roeschley, Graymont, Ill.), and one brother (Graymont). On Dec.
28, the Lord seemed to grant to her special vision of the next
life. As her pastor read from Rev. 21 she remarked, "Oh!
I see such a beautiful panorama of things God has prepared. I
have never seen it like this before." The family and members
of the Chicago Home Mission are gratefully to Christ that He allowed
the curtains of eternity to be pinned back just a little for a
glimpse into the marvels of heaven through the passing of His
child. Funeral services were held in Chicago on Jan. 4 with Laurence
Horst officiating and in Flanagan with Edwin Stalter and J. D.
Hartzler officiating, with Laurence Horst assisting. Interment
was made in the Pike Cemetery near Flanagan.
*Research note: Name is Glenwood
Hilton, Mary, daughter of William and Charlotte (Engler) Aegerter, was born near Schoenbrun, Ohio, July 10, 1892; died in Coshocton Hospital, June 21, 1956; aged 63 y. 11m. 11 d. On Sept. 21, 1907, she was married to Andy Hilton, who died in 1940. A few years ago she became a member of Pleasant Valley Mennonite Chapel, Coshocton, Ohio. Surviving are the following: one son (Harold, Coshocton), 3 daughters (Mrs. Glenn Deshone, Coshocton; Mrs. Alvin B. Day, Canton, Ohio; Mrs. Sam Welch, Fairview, Mich.), 2 brothers (Henry, Indianapolis; Ambrose, Miamisburg, Ohio), 4 sisters (Mrs. Bernard Oltersdorf, Bedford, Ohio; Mrs. Thomas Murphy, East Claridon; Mrs. Edgar Kaiser, Dover; Mrs. Dora Hope, Indianapolis), 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. One sister, 2 brothers, 2 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren preceded her in death. The funeral services were conducted in the Dawson Funeral Home on June 24, in charge of Simon Sommer.
Lehman, Henry Shank, son of Daniel and Annie (Shank) Lehman, was born Sept. 27, 1885, near Chambersburg, Pa.; passed away June 8, 1956; aged 70 y. 6 m. 11d. Death was due to a heart attack. He was a retired dairy farmer. In his youth he accepted Christ and united with the Chambersburg Mennonite Church, of which church he was a member until death. He is survived by his wife, Viola May (Long), and these sons and daughters (Merle R., Newville, Pa.; Roy K., Shippensburg, Pa.; D. Glenn, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Nathan J., Chambersburg; Valera-Mrs. Chester Martin, Shippensburg; Retha-Mrs. Roy Ebersole, Sterling, Ill.; Lurella-Mrs. Elmer Showalter, Hagerstown, Md.), 26 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 2 brothers (Peter and Amos, Chambersburg), one sister (Mrs. Henry Horst, Maugansville, Md.). Funeral services were held on June 12 at Chambersburg Church conducted by Harold Hunsecker and Omar Martin, with burial in the church cemetery.
Martinez, Angel Luis, son of Vanacia Ortiz and Felix Martinez, was born Dec. 3, 1937, and passed on to eternity on May 22, 1956; aged 18 y. 5 m. 19 d. Left behind are his mother, estranged father, 3 brothers, one sister, a grandmother, and a host of friends. His death was caused by a motorcycle accident, when a car disregarded the stop sign and pulled out in front of the motorcycle on which Angel and two other young men were riding. Each was given medical attention almost immediately; however, Angel did not regain consciousness', dying that same night. He was a friend to the children in the community, and especially was depended upon his mother. In 1954 he was received into church fellowship at Bethany Mennonite Church, Pulguillas, Coamo, P. R. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Bethany Mennonite Church in charge of John Driver, in the absence of the pastor Lester T. Hershey. Interment was held in the Aibonito municipal cemetery.
Peachey, Stephen McKinley, son of Levi and Lydia (Yoder) Peachey, was born Oct. 7, 1896, near Belleville, Pa. On March 31, 1928, he married Ruth Schrag of Zurich, Ont. They moved from Pennsylvania to Canada in December, 1929. In November, 1935, he was ordained to the ministry for the Zurich Mennonite Church, serving faithfully in that capacity until December, 1952, at which time they moved to Florida. Along with his farming operation, he ministered to the Tuttle Ave., congregation when called upon, having become a member of that congregation soon after locating there. His last message from Ps. 19 revealed his deep, personal acquaintance with his Creator. Death came rather suddenly on June 19, 1956; aged 59 y. 8 m. 12 d. To Bro. and Sister Peachey six children were born (Urbane, Phoenix, Ariz.; Esther, Denbigh, Va.; Paul, Assuit, Egypt; James, New Paris, Ind.; John and Junior, Ellenton, Fla.). Also surviving are 2 brothers (Shem, Quarryville, pa.; and Levi, Belleville, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Annie Kanagy and Mrs. Salome Yoder, Belleville, Pa.). One sister preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed in his home, church, and community where his unforgettable smile and uncompromising stand for the Truth were deeply appreciated. Services were held at the Shannon Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m., with graveside services at the Manasota Burial Park at 10:30, and memorial services at the Tuttle Avenue Mennonite Church at 11:00, with Michael Shenk, Timothy Brenneman, and Joseph Baer officiating.
Stutzman, Aron, son of Aron and Barbara (Beckler) Stutzman, was born near Milford, Nebr., Jan. 11, 1899; passed away at his home near Cairo, Nebr., on April 3, 1956; aged 57 y. 2 m. 23 d. Death was due to a heart attack. He moved with his parents to Hall County in 1910. As a youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and remained faithful to the Lord until his death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. On Feb. 9, 1919, he was united in marriage to Iva Stutzman, who survives. Also surviving are 9 children (don and Paul of Cairo, Nebr.; Clyde, Grand Island, Nebr.; Fern-Mrs. Carl Haima, Albany, Oreg.; Ruby-Mrs. A. M. Stutzman, Cairo; and Ray, Ruth, Bob, and Dick at home), 17 grandchildren, and 9 brothers and sisters (Mrs. Cora Boshart and Mrs. Lydia Ernst, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Kate Stutzman and Mrs. Lena Burkey, Albany, Oreg.; Mrs. Barbara Stutzman, Filer, Ida.; Dave, and Mrs. Tillie Schweitzer, Cairo; Emmanuel, Julesburg, Colo., and Peter, of Pennsylvania). He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. At the time of his death he was serving as Sunday-school superintendent o f the Abbott Sunday school. Funeral services were held at the Wood River Church in charge of Levi Schrock, Peter R. Kennel, Royden Schweitzer, and Alvin Gascho, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, Hannah Elizabeth, daughter of Isaiah and Abilene Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 8, 1866; passed away June 9, 1956, at the home of her niece, Mrs. A. D. Miller, West Liberty, Ohio; aged 89 y. 7 m. 1 d. She was the eldest of 9 children. Her parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. One brother (Harley B., La Junta, Colo.), and 16 nieces and nephews survive. As a child she went to Missouri with her parents where she resided until 1949, when she went to make her home with her niece in West Liberty, Ohio. She united with the Sycamore Grove Church, Garden City, Mo., when quite young and later transferred her membership to the Oak Grove congregation at West Liberty. After the death of her parents she cared for her invalid brother, Harvey Luicius as long as her health permitted. Funeral services were held on Jun 19 at the Hostetler-Troyer-Lynn Funeral Home, West Liberty, in charge of Eldon King and Nelson Kanagy, and at the Sycamore Church, Garden City, Mo., on June 12. Officiating minister was Glen Yoder, assisted by S. S. Hershberger, with interment in the Clearfork Cemetery.
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Brenneman, Nile, son of Edwin and Selma (Schlegel) Brenneman, was born June 11, 1929, in Waterloo, Ont.; died at the Stratford General Hospital on June 2, 1956; aged 26 y. 11 m. 22 d. In his youth he accepted Christa as his personal Saviour and was a member of the East Zorra A. M. Church, where he served faithfully. On May 31, 1950, he was married to Goldie Yoder. He leaves to mourn his wife, one daughter (Donna) one son (Douglas, his parents, 2 sisters (Mary Jane and Muriel), one grandmother (Mrs. Menno Ropp). Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra Church in charge of David Wagler and Henry Yantz, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman, Douglas Craig, son of Weldon and Marilyn (Good) Kauffman, Bloomington, Ill., died July 4, 1956, a few hours after birth. Graveside services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery on July 5 with Ivan Kauffman and Ben Springer officiating. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Kauffmann, Minier, ll., and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Good, Hopedale, Ill.
Litwiller, Simon, son of John and Fanny (Birkey) Litwiller, was born June 29, 1880, near June 30, 1956; aged 76 y. 1d. He accepted Christ in his youth and became a member of the Hopedale Mennonite Church. On Feb. 7, 1905, he was united in marriage to Katie Ehrisman. His wife and the following children survive (Lester, Carlock; Chancy, Washington, Iowa; William, Minier, Ill.; Allen, Secor, Ill.; Esther, Freda, and Rachel, of Hopedale). Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters (Amos, John E., and Mrs. J. W. Springer, of Hopedale; Aaron, of Morton, Ill.; and Mrs. Andrew Birkey, Manson, Iowa). Three sisters and 2 brothers preceded him in death. On May 14, 1910 , he was ordained the Christian ministry to served the Hopedale congregation. On Jan. 11, 1925, he was ordained bishop at the same place. He also had bishop oversight of the Goodfield, Morton, Dillon, and Midway congregations. His first concern was the cause of Christ and His church. Even throughout his illness, the church was uppermost in his thought. Funeral services were held July 3 at the Hopedale Mennonite Church with Ivan Kauffman, Ben Springer, J. N. Kaufman, and A. C. Good conducting the services. J. D. Hartzler was in charge of the services at the Funeral Home, and Howard Zehr at the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery. Pallbearers were ministers from the Central Illinois Conference.
Miller, Anna May, was born in Iowa County, Iowa, July 9, 1876; died at the home of her sister, Ida, in Kalona, Iowa, June 1, 1956, of the infirmities of old age; aged 79 y. 10 m. 23 d. She was the daughter of Jacob D. and Susan (Swartzendruber) Yoder, and lived her entire life in the Kalona community, with the exception of five years in Kansas as a child, and several years in Fayette Co., Ill. She was baptized in the Amish church at Upper Deer Creek in her youth. On April 3, 1910, she was married to Joseph S. Yoder, who preceded her in death in 1926. She was married the second time to Enos J. Miller of Kalona, on Feb. 13, 1949, who passed away in October, 1955. Surviving are two sisters (Barbara-Mrs. John J. Miller, and Ida-Mrs. Jacob J. Miller), and one brother (Samuel W.), all of Kalona. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and a sister. She had a very hospitable nature and as long as her health permitted she enjoyed having guests. Funeral services were conducted at the Fairview Mennonite Church on June 4 by Albert S. Miller and Morris Swartzendruber. Interment was made in the East Union Cemetery.
Risser, Minnie R., daughter of the late Peter and Lizzie (Risser) Longenecker, was born March 31, 1882, near Campbelltown, Pa.; passed away at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., on April 26, 1956, after several months' illness; aged 74 y. 26 d. She was a member of the Risser Mennonite Church, where she faithful attended services and used her talent of sewing for the sewing circle and family. She is survived by her husband, Amos H. Risser, four sons and one daughter (Lloyd L., Clayton L., Amos L., all of Elizabethtown, Pa.; Harold L., Baumbridge, Pa.; and Edith-Mrs. John L. Musser, mount Joy, Pa.), 2 brothers (C. R. Longenecker, Lebanon, Pa., and C. H. Longenecker, Pittsburgh, Pa.). She and her husband celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on last Thanksgiving Day. Funeral services were held April 29 at the Risser Mennonite Church with Noah Risser, Walter Oberholtzer, and Harold Forwood in charge.
Roi, Willis, son of Norman and Christena (Bender) Roi, was born in East Zorra, June 12, 1923; died suddenly June 18, 1956, near Port Hope, Ont., in a traffic accident; aged 33 y. 6m. In his youth he accepted Christ and united with the East Zorra A. M. Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. On Jun e11, 1946, he was united in marriage to Mabel Zehr. He leaves to mourn his compani0on, 2 sons (Robert Allen and Donald Christian), his parents, one brother (Christian, East Zorra), 2 sisters (Doris-Mrs. Daniel Erb and Agnes-Mrs. Daniel Bender, both of Wellesley). Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra Church in charge of Daniel Zehr, Moses Roth, and Henry Yantzi, with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Rufenacht, Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph P. and Catherine (Schmucker) Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, on Aug. 20, 1870.All her life was lived in the communities surrounding Archbold and Stryker. On Dec. 1, 1892, she was united in marriage to Jonas Rufencacht, who passed to his reward in 1940. This home was blessed with one son (J. Elton of Stryker), and one daughter (Lillian-Mrs. Seth Short, of West Liberty, Ohio). Although ill for 6 months, she displayed true Christian patience until the time of her passing at her daughter's home at the age of 85 y. 10 m. 15d. Besides her husband, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters preceded her in death. Surviving are her son, and daughter, 2 brothers (Amandus of Stryker, and Simon of Toledo, Ohio)., 3 sisters (Josephine-Mrs. Enos , Stryker; Malinda-Mrs. Ora Saunders, Wauseon; Ann-Mrs. Anton Grueneis, Archbold), 4 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in early youth, and remained a true and faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Her faithfulness and diligence in upholding her convictions and Christian standards are a challenge to others. Services were held July 8 in charge of D. Wyse Graber and Walter Stuckey, with burial in the Lockport Cemetery.
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"and one daughter (Lillian-Mrs. Seth Short, of West
Ruhl, Emma S., daughter of Samuel and Annie (Hernley) Snavely, was born in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., on July 2, 1873; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Miller Hess, Mt. Joy, Pa., on April 6, 1956; aged 82 y. 8 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Philip H. Ruhl. Surviving are her husband and children (Mrs. Eva Miller, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Arthur, Almeda-Mrs. Miller Hess, and Signor, Mt. Joy, Pa.; and Emma---Mrs. James Brubaker, Covington, Ky.), 17 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Harry Heisey, Hershey, Pa.). One daughter, Luella, one sister and 2 brothers preceded her in death. She was a member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church where she faithfully attended when health permitted. Funeral services were held a the Mt. Joy Church, in charge of Graybill Wolgemuth, Henry Lutz, Henry Frank, and Henry Garber, with interment in Hernley's Cemetery.
Short, Peter J., son of Joseph B. and Barbara Short, was born on July 4, 1882, and after a brief illness, passed to his eternal reward at the Wauseon Hospital on July 6, 1956; aged 74 y. 2d. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member of the Lockport congregation until death. On Dec. 23, 1913, he was united in marriage with Clara Ellen Eicher. Two sons were born to his union, Oakley of Archbold, Ohio, and Maynard of Wauseon, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 6 grandchildren, his aged father-in-law, Daniel Eicher, of Stryker, 4 sisters (Mrs. Mary Beck, Stryker; Mrs. Leah Werder, West Unity; Mrs. Barbara Armstrong, and Anna Mae Short of Archbold), 7 brothers (Elmer, Holland, Ohio; Ira, Wauseon; Emanuel, Simon, Ezra, John, and Joseph of Archbold), and many other relatives and friends. Preceding him were his parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He was born on a farm near Archbold and lived his entire life in this vicinity. He had been a farmer, auctioneer, and real estate broker since 1908. He was one to whom many went for counsel and advice, and he took much interest in the work of the church. Funeral services were conducted at the Lockport Church on July 9 in charge of Walter Stuckey, P. L. Frey and Simon Stuckey, with burial in the Lockport Cemetery.
Wenger, Mary, daughter of Samuel H. and Elizabeth (Hershey) Weaver, was born Aug. 4, 1896, near Waynesboro, Va.; death came unexpectedly on June 12, 1956; at the age of 59 y. 10 m. 8 d., when she never returned from early morning fishing along the creek near her home close to Dayton, Va. Her body was found floating near the fishing site where it is thought she probably fell after suffering a dizzy spell or heart attack. She was married on Dec. 26, 1917, to William A. Wenger, who preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1936. Surviving are 2 daughters (Elizabeth-Mrs. David Heatwole, with whom she resided, and Margaret-Mrs. Oren Heatwole), and 8 grandchildren. She will be missed by many with whom she enjoyed visiting and corresponding. Funeral services were held on June 14 at the Weavers Mennonite Church by Daniel Lehman, Richard Weaver, and Oliver Keener, with burial in the Weavers Cemetery.
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Baer, Lavina, daughter of the late John and Mary (Shantz) Nahrgang, went to be with her Lord on June 11, 1956, following a heart seizure; aged 74 years. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in early life and served Him faithfully. After her marriage to Ephraim Baer in 1904, they located on a farm near New Hamburg, Ont., where they lived until the passing of Bro. Baer in 1953. After this she took up residence with her daughters in Baden, Ont. She is survived by 7 sons (Oscar and Mervin, new Dundee, Ont.; Sylvester, Portage La Prairie, Man.; Moses, Jeremiah, and Martin, Drumbo, Ont., and Allen, Fordville, N. Dak.), 7 daughters (Zelma, Elmira, Ont.; Leah and Mary, Baden, Ont.; Martha, Ailsa Craig, Ont.; Vinetta, serving under Missionary Alliance at Bhongir Reccan, India; Barbara-Mrs. Gordon Bindernagel, Kitchener, Ont.; Viola-Mrs. Roderick McKenzie, Galt, Ont.), one sister (Mrs. Dilman Hunsbeger), and 47 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted June 14 at the Biehn Church by Elmer Grove and Curtis C. Cressman, with interment in the church cemetery.
Geiser, Lena, daughter of Jacob and Anna M. (Neuenschwander) Nussbaum, was born near Berne, Ind., Sept. 17, 1892; passed to her eternal reward at her home near Kidron, Ohio, June 23, 1956, after a lingering illness; aged 63 y. 9m. 6 d. On April 17, 1908, she was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. On Oct. 8, 1910, she was united in marriage to Fred F. Geiser, who survives. This union was blessed with 9 children, one daughter stillborn. Besides her husband, she leaves 3 daughters and 5 sons (Ellen-Mrs. Alvin Steiner, Denbigh, Va.; Mary Ann-Mrs. Sylvan Lehman, Dundee, Ohio; Noah, Long Branch, N. J.; Alvin, Millersburg, Ohio; Harvey, Orrville, Ohio; George, Fredericksburg, Ohio; Paul, and Lena-Mrs. Clifford Lehman, both of Apple Creek, Ohio), 44 grandchildren, 4 sisters, 6 brothers, and a large host of relatives and friends. Her parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded her in death. Although her sickness was of a long duration, she bore it patiently and always expressed her readiness to go. Funeral services on June 26 at the Sonnenberg Church were in charge of Louis Amstutz and Myron Amstutz, with burial in the church cemetery.
Groff, Christian M., son of the late Christian and Mary (Mowery) Groff, was born Aug. 11, 1873, near Quarryville, Pa.; passed away at the home of his son, Ira, New Danville, Pa., with whom he resided on May 9, 1956; aged 82 y. 8m. 28 d. He was a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church for many years. On Jan. 27, 1898, he was married to Olive Ressler, who died April 10, 1903. On Aug. 6, 1908, he married Mary Shaub, who died on Feb. 29, 1924. On Aug. 23, 1927, he married Martha Shaub, who died March 28, 1941. Surviving in addition to his son Ira, are the following children (Columbus, Peekskill, N. Y.; Mary-Mrs. Orvin Keperling, Lancaster, pa.; Chester, Sterling, ill.; Elizabeth-Mrs. Lloyd Huber, Leola, Pa.; Gladys-Mrs. Abner Zimmerman, Mount Joy, Pa.), also a stepdaughter (Florence-Mrs. Clarence Moore, Strasburg, Pa.), these brothers and sisters (Mrs. Barbara LeFever, Sterling, Ill.; Mrs. Katie Hammon, Quarryville, Pa.; Simon, Lancaster, Pa.; Atlee, Quarryville, Pa.; John, New Providence, Pa.; and Harry, Quarryville), 22 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the New Danville Mennonite Church on May 13, in charge of David Thomas, James Hess, and John Zercher. Burial was made in New Providence Mennonite Cemetery.
Herr, Fannie K., daughter of Abram and Esther Huber, was born Jan. 17, 1870, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; entered into rest May 24, 1956, at Lancaster General Hospital; aged 86 y. 4 m. 7 d. On Feb. 24, 1890, she was married to David E. Herr, who preceded her to glory world on April 13, 1943. To this union were born 5 children (Ella H., who died in infancy; Hettie H.-Mrs. Sanford A. Landis, Strasburg Pike; Fannie M.-Mrs. Irvin K. Kreider, and David H., both of Lancaster; and Roy H., East Petersburg, Pa.). Surviving also are 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Mary K. Harnish). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Millersville, Pa. she died suddenly at the hospital, following an operation performed three weeks previously. Funeral services held at the Millersville Church on May 28 were in charge of Christian K. Lehman and Benjamin Eshbach. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hershberger, Jacob Y., son of Abraham and Rachel (Yoder) Hershberger, was born Oct. 9, 1878, in St. Joseph Co., Mich.; died April 15, 1956, at the family home in Vistula, Ind., after a long illness; aged 77 y. 6 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage to Bertha M. Lovejoy on May 29, 1901. To this union was born one son (Harold C.). Surviving are the wife, the son, two grandchildren, and many other relatives. He was a devout Christian and faithful church member, having taught a Sunday-school class for nearly 50 years. Funeral services were held at the Vistula Christian Church, with interment in the cemetery at Vistula.
Johns, Ira S., was born July 10, 1879, the son of Daniel J. and Nancy (Yoder) Johns; passed away very quietly at his home near Goshen, Ind., on June 27, 1956; aged 76 y. 11m. 17 d. On Aug. 17, 1901,he was married to Elizabeth Rickert. They had 8 children (Vivian-Mrs. Ezra Schlabach, Vera-Mrs. Vernon Stutzman, Vesta-Mrs. Niles Kauffman, all of Goshen; Miriam-Mrs. Lester Wyse, Hartville, Ohio; Daniel, Conneaut Lake, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Melvin Birkey, Knox, Ind.; Pauline-Mrs. Paul Horst, Gladstone, Mich.; and Galen, Benton, Ind.). Surviving also are a sister (Luella-Mrs. L. J. Pletcher, Middlebury, Ind.), a brother (O. N. Johns, Louisville, Ohio), 36 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. He was converted at the age of 13 and became a member of the Mennonite Church, which he served in various ways. On July 18, 1909, he was ordained deacon in the Clinton Frame congregation near Goshen and was ordained minister on April 27, 1924. He served as secretary of the Amish Mennonite Conference of the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference for 24 consecutive years, beginning in 1923. His active life came to a close after about a year of leukemia. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church on June 30 with Vernon Bontrager in charge. O. S. Hostetler and D. A. Yoder brought the messages.
Newcomer, Sarah G., widow of the late Jacob B. Newcomer, passed away at her home near Mountville, Pa., June 4, 1956. At different times over a number of years she had not been well. The past three months she had been in failing health but was not bedfast all the time. She passed away very suddenly of coronary occlusion. She was always of a cheerful disposition and did very little complaining. Her husband passed away just less than five months previous to her passing. They are both missed very keenly in the home. Born Aug. 2, 1875, in West Hempfield Twp., she was the daughter of the late Jacob M. and Anna (Lane) Greider. She and her husband had celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in Nov. 1955. She was a member of Habeckers Mennonite Church. She is survived by one daughter (Ruth-Mrs. Roy R. Nissley, at home), 4 grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Mumma and Mame-Mrs. Benj. Rohrer, both of the Oreville Mennonite Home, and Mrs. Annie Erb, Florin). Services were held at Habeckers Church, June 7, in charge of Christian Lehman and Christian Charles, with interment in Habeckers Cemetery.
Sidehamer, Mary K., was born in Berlin, Germany, of German and Bohemian parentage, April 9, 1878; died at her home near Mt. Pleasant, Pa., on May 23, 1956; aged 78 y. 1 m. 14 d. Her husband, Andrew Sidehamer, died 16 years ago. She came to this country at an early age from the area which is now Czechoslovakia. She was the mother of 13 children, 9 of whom survive (Andrew and Albert, Greensburg, Pa.; Frank, at home; Mrs. Agnes Hribal, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Barbara, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Emily Bell, Ravenna, Ohio; Mrs. Irene Zubek, San Fernando, Calif.; Mrs. Dorothy Wilson, Vestal, N. Y.; Marie, at home). Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in 1950 through a contact made by Way mailings over a rural route. She was a loyal and devoted member of the church, although she had never attended church since coming to America. The funeral was held at her late home on May 26 by Harold Brenneman and John L. Horst. Interment was made at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Sommer, Daniel P., son of Peter and Anna (Gerber) Sommer, was born Aug. 27, 1873; passed away at the Dunlap Hospital after a brief illness, July 12, 1956; aged 82 y. 10 m. 15 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and his life was a consistent testimony to his faith. On March 3, 1898, he was united in marriage to Dinah Moser. To this union were born 5 children (Clyde, at home; Allen, Clark, Ohio; Oren, Millersburg, Ohio; Ruth-Mrs. Waldo Lehman, Apple Creek, Ohio, and Selma-Mrs. Willis Gerber, Dalton, Ohio). Surviving are his aged companion who has been totally blind for four years, 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one brother (Joel), 2 sisters (Fanny and Emma), all of Orrville. His parents, 3 brothers, and one sister preceded him in death. He was a lifelong resident of the Kidron community. Forty of the 58 years of married life were spent on a farm south of Dalton, the last 16 years in retirement in Kidron. The community will miss him as a friend and counselor. Funeral services were held at the Kidron Church on July 14 with Reuben Hofstetter, Allen Bixler, and I. W. Royer in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Tressler, Resley, son of the late Benjamin and Polly (Stevanus) Tressler, was born March 6, 1897, in Elk Lick Twp., near Salisbury, Pa.; died suddenly of a heart attack on July 11, 1956, while in an ambulance on the way to the hospital; aged 59 y. 4 m. 5 d. He was married to Florence Mae Briskey, who preceded him in death. To this union were born 14 children, 3 of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are his second wife, the former Beulah Butler, 7 sons (Resley Jr., Cumberland; Dwain and Donald, Salisbury; Bradley, Meyersdale; Marvin, Orlando, Fla.; Mark, Salisbury, and Abram, at home), 4 daughters (Mrs. Beulah Maust, Springs, Pa.; Mrs. Violet Hetrick, Fort Hill, Pa.; Mrs. Evelyn Durr, Accident, Md.; and Mrs. Marvette Hollada, Fort Hill.), and 22 grandchildren. He was ordained to the ministry in 1937 for service in the Casselman Valley, where he served faithfully for 19 years until his death. He was pastor of two church in this district, Dry Run, Swanton, Md., and Meyersdale, Pa. He was also active in the church work in the Maryland mountains, and served occasionally in evangelistic work. Funeral services were held July 14 in the Springs Church, with Roy Kinisinger officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Yoder, Emma, daughter of the late Alexander and Catherine (Miller) Miller, was born near Berlin, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1885; died at her home near Louisville, Ohio, July11, 1956; aged 70 y. 11 m. 2 d. On Jan. 27, 1907, she was united in marriage to Fred Yoder. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. In 1920 she with her companion and family moved from Berlin into the Louisville area, where she spent the rest of her life. In 1898 she accepted the Lord as her Saviour, was baptized and received into the Martins Creek Church. When they moved to the Louisville area, they transferred their church membership to the Beech Mennonite Church, in which fellowship she continued faithful until her passing on. On Tuesday evening, while working in the garden, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and early the next morning she passed on. Besides her parents, one daughter, Mabel, one brother and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons (Orris, Raymond, and Paul of Louisville; and Orville of Orono, Maine), 2 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Harry D. Linder, of Canton, Ohio, and Ruth-Mrs. Robert Nyce, of Fayette, Ohio), 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers (John, Berlin, Ohio, and Robert, Millersburg, Ohio), 4 sisters (Martha Miller, Mrs. A. S. Wenger, and Mrs. Sevilla Miller, of Berlin; and Mrs. John Zook, Smithville, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Beech Church with O. N. Johns and Eldon king officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
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