Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1956

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Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 23 - June 5, 1956-page 549, 550

Bowman, Muriel M., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Ernest, Kitchener, Ont., was born on May 24, 1912; died May 14, 1956, at the home of her parents, where she had been residing after an illness of two years; aged 43 y. 11m. 20d. She had been employed by J. M. Schneider Ltd., for 11 years. She was a faithful member of the First Mennonite Church in Kitchener and belonged to the Mother's Endeavor Class. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman, in Jan. 1942. Surviving besides her parents are a daughter, Carol Ann, and 2 sisters, Helen Ernst, Kitchener, and Erma-Mrs. Howard Wolff, Brantford. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener and were conducted by John H. Hess and Jesse B. Martin, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Hershberger, Noah L., son of Levi P. and Mary (Erb) Hershberger, was born Dec. 9, 1870, near Nappanee, Ind., died May 5, 1956; aged 85 y. 4 m. 26 d. Death came suddenly at the Salem Memorial Hospital following a fall and broken hip, which had occurred a few hours earlier in the day. In 1892 he moved to Oregon, near Eugene, where he was baptized and received into church fellowship on June 5, 1893. About 10 years later he moved to the Hubbard community where he was ordained as minister of the Hopewell Mennonite congregation on July 10, 1904, where he was a charger member. He continued faithful in his responsibility to the time of his death. On Nov. 23, 1899, he was united in marriage to Hettie Welty, who preceded him in death in October, 1933. To this union was born one daughter, Minerva. In 1937 he was united in marriage to Barbara Walkoski, who passed away in June, 1945. Surviving are his daughter (Minerva Hochstetler), one grandson, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Lee, Aurora, Oreg.; and Dan, Hubbard), and many relatives and friends who will hold in remembrance the kind words and good will of the departed one. Funeral services were in charge of N. A. Lind and Omar Miller, with burial being made in the cemetery adjoining the Hopewell Church.

Hess, Grace V., Conestoga, Pa., daughter of Eli and Ida Eshleman, was born Aug. 25, 1891; passed away in the Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital, April 24, 1956; aged 64 y. 7 m. 30 d. She had suffered for years with a heart condition. Her passing was due to a stroke. On Feb. 14, 1924, she was united in marriage to Preacher Maris W. Hess. They had 2 children (Mark E., whose death was caused by leukemia 4 years ago, and a stillborn daughter). Her husband, one stepdaughter (Helen-Mrs. Claude D. Miller, Conestoga, Pa.), 10 grandchildren, 5 sisters, 3 brothers and many other relatives and friends survive. At the age of 20 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained faithful until death. She very faithfully filed her place as a minister's wife and mother in the home. Funeral services were held at the Bylerland Mennonite Church by Henry Nauman, Stoner Krady, and James Hess, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Hostetler, Sheila Rena, daughter of Sam and Alice (Farmwald) Hostetler, Plain City, Ohio, was born May 8, 1956, at Memorial Hospital; passed away on May 11, 1956, at Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Surviving are her parents, 2 brothers (Danny Jay and Michael Ellis), 2 grandmothers, one grandfather, and many other relatives. Short services held at the Sharon Church on May 13, were conducted by Abram Kaufman, with burial in adjoining cemetery.

Hochstettler, John Robert, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Hochstettler, Sugarcreek, Ohio, died on May 15, two hours after birth at the Millersburg Pomerene Hospital. Besides his parents, he is survived by 2 brothers (Gary and Clair), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hochstettler, all of Millersburg). Graveside services were held May 16 in the Mennonite Church Cemetery at Walnut Creek with Paul R. Miller officiating.

Kennell, Karen Kay, infant daughter of Harold and Louise (Miller) Kennell, Roanoke, Ill., was born May 3, 1956, in the Methodist Hospital, Peoria, Ill., passed away several hours later. She leaves to mourn her early departure her parents, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Walter Miller, Buffalo Center, Iowa, and Mrs. P. S. Kennell, Roanoke, Ill.), and many other relatives. Graveside services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery on May 4 in charge of D. M. Hostetler and John E. Hostetler.

Martin, Glade Lendell, son of Earl and Sylvia (Yoder) Martin, was born Sept.21, 1934, in Minot, N. Dak.; passed away suddenly at the home of his parents on May 10, 1956, from a coronary heart attack; aged 21 y. 7m. 19 d. He had been staying with his parents for a few days while his wife was hospitalized in Minot after giving birth to a son on May 5, 1956. He was married to Dorothy Reber on July 29, 1955. After staying at the home of his parents, Glade and Dorothy moved to a farm adjoining his father's property on Dec. 1, 1955. He accepted Christ in his early youth and became a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church. He faithfully attended church at the Rockway Chapel where he was assistant superintendent and Sunday-school teacher at the time of his passing. Survivors include his wife, his 5-day old son (Lonnie Ray), his parents, a sister (Gladene), who is in nurses training in Goshen, Ind.; 4 brothers (Roy E., Larry, Delvin, and Kermit, all of Minot), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Yoder, Surrey, N. Dak.), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on May 14 at the Fairview Church with John Stoll and Joesef Herschkowitz officiating, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mast, Gilbert, son of the late Moses and Sophia (Stutzman) Mast, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, on Feb. 12, 1884; departed this life suddenly following a heart attack at the same place on May 12, 1956; aged 72 y. 3 m. In his youth he made a profession of faith and became affiliated with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, retaining membership until his death. On Nov. 26, 1905, he was united in marriage to Barbara Hostetler. Three children died in infancy. He is survived by his companion, 2 children (Mrs. Lloyd Miller of the home; Galen P., Canton, Ohio), 7 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother (Albert, Benton, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers and 6 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Church on May 15 were in charge of Paul R. Miller. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Miller, Alice O., daughter of Owen J. and Sarah (Lehman) Miller, was born Jan. 17, 1933, in Elkhart Co., Ind., passed away Feb. 27, 1956, at the Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill., following heart surgery; aged 23 y. 1 m. 10 d. Surviving are two brothers and 4 sisters (John O., Goshen, Ind.; Owen Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.; Mary Ann-Mrs. Joe M. Bontrager, Middlebury, Ind.; Ida-Mrs. Herman J. Bontrager, Goshen; Edna-Mrs. Floyd Graber, Centerville, Mich.; Sara-Mrs. Frank Christner, Shelbyville, Ill.), and many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were 5 brothers. She was baptized in her youth and remained a faithful member of the church until death. She had a hear ailment all her life. Funeral services were held at the home on March 1, conducted by Daniel Bontrager and Milo Yoder in German and Clarence Yoder in English. Interment was made in the Nisley Cemetery.

Romack, Eunice, daughter of John and Anna (Brubaker) Thut, was born Sept. 18, 1922, at La Junta, Colo.; passed away May 5, 1956, at Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo.; aged 33 y. 7 m. 17 d. She became a member of the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Harper, Kans., in her youth. She attended Hesston College and was a public school teacher in Kansas for four years. She was married on May 5, 1946, to Claude Lincoln Romack. She is survives by her husband, 2 daughters (Marilyn Eunice and Sarah Louise), one son (John David), her mother and one brother (Abram), both of Elmdale, Kans.; 4 sisters (Esther Beck, Obihiro, Japan; Rachel Miller, Nampa, Ida.; Hulda Stipe, West Unity, Ohio; Lois, Wichita, Kans.), and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father in 1951. Funeral services were held at t Palmer Lake, Colo.

Roupp, Frank G., eldest son of George F. and Anna E. (Senner) Roupp, was born Aug. 6, 1881, in Freeman, S. Dak.; departed from this life at the family home in Fall River, Kans., on May 13, 1956; aged 74 y. 9 m. 7 d. The early part of his boyhood was spent in South Dakota. At the age of 17 he moved with the family to a farm near Hesston, Kans. On Aug. 9, 1902, he was united in marriage to Dora W. Hess. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters (John Edward, Denver, Colo.; Walter Roy, Edwardsburg, Mich.; Paul Erwin, Hesston; Clara Alice-Mrs. Ray Allison, Concord, Calif.; Carl Willard and Marianna-Mrs. Raymond Ecton, both of Fall River). Surviving besides his wife and children are 21 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, one brother (John, of Hesston), and many other relatives and friends. In the nearly 54 years of married life, this is the first death in the family. He was baptized and became a member of the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, Hesston, in his youth. He continued as a faithful member of the church during his entire life. He was a regular attendant wherever he was resident. During the 24 years at Fall River, he attended the Pilgrim Holiness Church. When the Woodland Avenue Church building was constructed in Wichita, he transferred his membership to Wichita. After moving to Fall River, his membership was transferred back to the Pennsylvania congregation. In his early manhood, Bro. Roupp was employed as a carpenter in the Newton and Hesston area, and later as a foreman for a Wichita Construction Company. He then launched into his own employment and became a well-known contractor and builder. Among the building to his credit were a number for the Mennonite Church: the new Bethel Clinic, the renovation of the Mennonite Weekly Review and Herald Bookstore, the Prairie View Hospital, all of Newton, and the First Mennonite Church of Christian, Moundridge, Kans. A distinct contribution to his own denomination was the building of the La Junta Mennonite Hospital and Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo.; the administration building, A. L. Hess Memorial Hall, J. D. Charles Hall of Science and Arts, and the general supervision of the Church-Chapel building, all on the Hesston College Campus. The latter building was first used for services on May 13 the day of his death. Funeral services were held at 9:30 a. m. on May 16 in Fall River for the home community, and at 2:30 p.m. at the recently constructed Hesston College Church, with Earl Buckwalter in charge, assisted by I. R. Lind. Interment was in the Pennsylvania Church Cemetery.

Unzicker, Oscar Christian, son of August and Elizabeth (Birkey) Unzicker, was born in Tazewell, Ill., Dec. 10, 1871; passed away at the Mennonite Home in Eureka, Ill., May 14, 1956, where he was a member for the past year and a half; aged 84 y. 5 m. 4 d. He suffered a stroke nearly four years ago from which he never fully recovered. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. He was united in marriage to Barbara A. Ulrich on Jan. 9, 1896; she preceded him in death Nov. 8, 1948. To this union were born 14 children of whom the following survive: (Ella-Mrs. Dan Hostetler and Andy, Lowpoint, Ill.; William, Claypool, Ind.; Laura-Mrs. Herman Hostetler, and Sarah-Mrs. Joe Hostetler, Tampico, Ill.; John, Tinley Park, Ill.; Elton, Monterey Park, Calif., and Harley and Willard, Eureka, Ill.). Also surviving are 2 brothers (Sam, Cazenovia, Ill., and Julius, Tampico, Ill.), three sisters (Mrs. Amelia Springer, Fisher, Ill.; Mrs. Lina Heppard, and Mrs. Ella Ulrich, both of Roanoke, Ill.), 45 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Linn A. M. Church on May 17 in charge of John E. Hostetler and Harold Zehr. Interment was made in the Harmony Cemetery.

Wittmer, Joe, son of the late Daniel and Caroline (Stuckey) Wittmer, was born near Mylo, N. Dak., on Dec. 20, 1902; died at the Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio, on May 16, 1956; aged 53 y. 4 m. 26 d. On Oct. 23, 1920, he was united in marriage to Amanda Sommers. To this union were born 9 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. In his earlier years he united with the King Amish Mennonite Church. In 1941 he and his companion transferred their membership to the Beech Mennonite Church, in which he continued fellowship until the end. He spent most of his life in Stark Co., Ohio. For the last few years he was not in good health, and for this reason spent much of his time in Florida. On May 7 he underwent surgery which seemed to be successful. But later an infection set in and on May 16 he peacefully fell asleep to awaken no more on this earth. He is survives by his companion, 3 sons (Raymond, Earl, and William), 4 daughters (Mary-Mrs. Abe Yoder, Ruth-Mrs. Ralph Nisly, Sylvia-Mrs. Harold Yoder, and Alta-Mrs. Earl Hostetler, all of the Hartville area), 25 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Henry and Alvin, both of Hartville), 3 sisters (Mrs. Ben Sommers, Uniontown, Ohio; Mrs. Enos Stutzman, Lakewood, Colo., and Mrs. Mose Kurtz, Greentown, Ohio), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted in the Hartville Mennonite Church were in charge of O. N. Johns and Lester Wyse. Interment was made in the Hartville Mennonite Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 24 - June 12, 1956 ­ page 573, 574, 575

Aling, Lee Edward, was born at Rittman, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1898, and died in Berlin May 23, 1956; aged 57 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was baptized on confession of faith at the age of 15 at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. On May 15, 1934, he was united in holy matrimony to Edith Naomi Gerber. One child, Melba, was born to his union. The widow as well as the daughter, one brother, 2 uncles, and 2 aunts remain to mourn his passing. His parents and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Lee was a member of the Berlin Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted May 28 by Earl E. Miller at home, Paul Hummel and S. W. Sommer at the church, and D. D. Miller at the cemetery. Text used, Phil. 1: 21-23. The test was Lee's own choice.

Barge, Elnora E., daughter of the late Adam K. and Anna (Denlinger) Esbenshade, was born May 26, 1883, in Strasburg Twp., near Strasburg, Pa.; passed away May 17, 1956, at her home near Lancaster, Pa., after a prolonged illness aged 72 y. 11 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Witmer J. Barge on Dec. 20, 1905. Soon after their marriage they moved from Strasburg, Pa., to Sterling, Ill., where they established their home on a farm. There they lived for 19 years faithfully serving the Lord in that community. Early in 1925 they returned to Lancaster Co., Pa., where she spent the rest of her life. She is survived by her husband, 4 daughters (Ethel M-Mrs. Ivan D. Leaman, Anna N.-Mrs. Tobias D. Leaman, Elnora M.-Mrs. Paul R. Cope, all of Lancaster; and Alta R.-Mrs. J. Clyde Shenk, Tanganyika Territory, Africa, 22 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Adam and Parke, Strasburg, Pa.), one half brother (Frank, Willow Street), and one half sister (Sue Kreider, near Lancaster). She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and became a member of the Mennonite Church of which she was faithful member until death. During the last 25 years of her life she with her husband attended the Sunnyside Mission near Lancaster where her husband served as deacon and now as one of the ministers. Her kind personality won for her many friends wherever she lived and served the Lord. She was the first of her immediate family to go to be with the Lord. This circle which she helped to start here, she has now begun in heaven. Funeral services were held May 20 at Strasburg Mennonite Church with Jacob Harnish in charge, assisted by Emory Herr, David High and John Brenneman. The test was II Tim. 4: 7, which she often quoted during her illness and requested it to be used, at which time the grandchildren sang a song entitled "Beautiful" which their grandmother had always enjoyed having them sing.

Coffman, Donald Eugene, son of Donald and Margaret Coffman, was born March 27, 1956; died May 3, 1956, at the Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis, following heart surgery, where he had been a patient three weeks. Donald Eugene was born with a congenital heart ailment. Surviving are his parents, 2 sisters (Barbara Ann and Carolyn Jane), his paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Victor Coffman, Ligonier), and maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Homer Mishler, Shipshewana). Funeral services were held May 5 at the Shore Mennonite Church in charge of Lee Miller and Percy Miller. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Engle, Fannie S., daughter of the late Peter N. and Fannie (Snyder) Kraybill, was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., Dec. 5, 1862; died at the home of her niece and nephew, Laura (Strickler) and Frank D. Widmer, Mt. Joy, Pa., April 23, 1956; aged 82 y. 4 m. 18 d. She was the widow of Henry H. Engle, who preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1931. She was a faithful member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. Surviving are one sister (Mrs. Mary K. Strickler, Mt. Joy, Pa.), and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held April 26 at the Nissly Funeral Home, Mt. Joy, Pa., with interment in the Kraybill Cemetery. Officiating ministers were Henry Lutz and Henry Frank.

Hartzler, Saloma Kauffman, daughter of David and Catherine (Zook) Kauffman, was born Jan. 17, 1871, in Lawrence Co., Pa.; departed this life at her home in Fairview, Mich., May 16, 1956; aged 85 y. 3 m. 29 d. Her passing, which was very sudden and unexpected, was caused by a heart attack. She was married to Benjamin F. Hartzler in Logan Co., Ohio, Dec. 21, 1893. To this union were born three children, a son, and two daughters. She leaves her daughter, Tillie, with whom she has shared her home since the death of her husband. Also surviving are 2 brothers (Abraham, Nyce Rest Home, Mercer Co., Pa., and Harry, New Wilmington, Pa.), and a host of nephews, nieces, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away July 21, 1947, also by a son and a daughter who died in infancy, and 3 brothers and 2 sisters. In her teens she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church near New Wilmington, Pa., to which faith she remained faithful. The welfare of the church was a great concern to her. She was seldom absent from church services and was very active in sewing circle work. Services were held May 19 at Fairview Mennonite Church. Harvey Handrich and Floyd Yoder were in charge. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

Hostetler, Christian Edward, son of Mose and Elizabeth (Esch) Hostetler, was born at East Lynne, Mo., Aug. 12, 1892; died at the Veteran's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 17, 1956; aged 63 y. 9 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Winnie Lantz, March 2, 1915, and they lived together but 4 months when she was called home. Later he married Lola Pebbler. To this union were born was born one son, Ralph, of Modesto, Calif. He also leaves 2 sisters and 4 brothers (Ella-Mrs. John Walters, and Nora-Mrs. Lafe Walters, both of Redding, Calif.; Forrest, Lebanon, Oreg.; Truman, Newberg, Oreg. Pius, Woodburn, Oreg.; and Harold, Mill City, Oreg.), besides nieces and nephews. He was baptized in the Zion Mennonite Church in his youth. He came to Oregon with his parents when a child and remained in Oregon until his second marriage when they moved to California. There he remained until 1950. The last year and a half of his life were spent at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral services were held at the Everhart and Kent Funeral Home with Clarence Kropf and Levi Kropf in charge. Burial was made in the Zion Mennonite Cemetery.

Kulp, Harry N., was born in Franconia Square, Pa., Jan. 12, 1869; died May 22, 1956, at the home of his son, Howard R. Kulp, McCall, Idaho, where he was cared for during the last six weeks of his illness. His father's name was Jacob S. Kulp. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in early manhood and united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a member until death. He came to Filer, Idaho, in 1913 and was engaged in farming and later as operator of a coal yard until his retirement because of ill health. He was a charter member of the Filer Mennonite Church. He served on a number of boards, and was always interested in the activities of the church, not only of our local congregation, but in the youth of the church at large and established a foundation of $5,000 at Hesston College-the income from which is to be loaned to meet expenses of worthy student. Besides his son he is survived by one grandson, Harry M., several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends who mourn his departure. Funeral services were held in the Filer Church by the home ministers, Louis Landis, S. Honderich, and Ernest Garber of Nampa who had served the Filer congregation for ten years during the life of Bro. Kulp.

Miller, Levi B., son of Daniel D. and Lydia (Troyer) Miller, was born near Millersburg, Ohio, March 24, 1879; departed this life May 23, 1956, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Ed Burkholder, Wellman, Iowa; aged 77 y. 1m. 29 d. He was suffering with a heart condition for the last 3 years. He was united in marriage to Magdalene Beachy of Millersburg, Ohio, Sept. 22, 1907. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour at the age of 17 at the Martins Creek Church. In 1908 they moved to the Wellman community where he spent the greater part of his life farming. He was a member of the West Union congregation for many years. In 1944 they moved to Wellman where he was a faithful member of the Wellman Mennonite Church the last 12 years of his life. He was a member of a family of 14. One daughter preceded him in death, also 9 brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife, 3 sons and 3 daughters (Chester L., Niva-Mrs. Ed Burkholder, and Nelson, of Wellman; Vernon L., Keota, Iowa; Magdalene-Mrs. Delmar Stutzman, Littleton, Colo.), one sister and 3 brothers (Mrs. Fanny Helmuth, Albany, Oreg.; Eli and Calvin, Millersburg, Ohio; and Noah, Berlin, Ohio), and 21 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Wellman Mennonite Church May 26 in charge of P. J. Blosser, Max Yoder, and George S. Miller. Interment was made in the Wellman Mennonite Cemetery.

Morningstar, Lewis, son of Simon and Fannie Morningstar, was born near Shipshewana, Ind., July 19, 1878; passed on to his eternal reward May 20, 1956, at the Lagrange County Hospital after only a few hours' illness; aged 77 y. 10 m. 1 d. He was married to Fannie Kauffman on March 13, 1899. To this union were born 13 children, 9 of whom survive (William, at home; Titus, Ora and Clayton, all of Lagrange, Ind.; Mrs. Martha Hartzler and Flossie-Mrs. Elmer King, both of Goshen; Mabel-Mrs. George Sherick, Shipshewana; Esther-Mrs. Raymond Oswald, New Paris; and Lela-Mrs. Harold Miller, Lagrange). Four sons (Floyd, Jessie, Melvin, and Arthur) preceded him in death. Surviving in addition to his wife and children are 32 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a brother, Arthur Morningstar, and a sister, Mrs. John Beachy, both of Shipshewana. Soon after his marriage in 1899 he moved to North Dakota where he took up a claim. From there he moved to Michigan where he lived a number of years before moving to Indiana. In 1902 he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. For the past 14 years he was a member of the North Goshen Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Emma Mennonite Church with Paul Mininger and Russell Krabill officiating. Interment was made in the Miller Cemetery.

Sensenig, Glenn, three-day-old son of Lloyd and Edith (Hess) Sensenig, Hillcrest Road, Akron, Pa., died May 14, in Ephrata Community Hospital. In addition to his parents the baby is survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Eli, Lloyd Jr., Esther, and Mildred, all at home). Also the paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Sensenig, Lititz, Pa.), the maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Eli Hess, Ephrata, Pa.), and the maternal great-grandmother (Mrs. Emma Longenecker, Sarasota, Fla.). Services were held May 15 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Sensenig, followed by burial in Metzler's Cemetery near Akron.

Slabaugh, Miriam, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Steiner) Thut, was born at Bluffton, Ohio, April 23, 1875; passed to her eternal reward at the Mennonite Home for the Aged near Rittman, Ohio, May 10, 1956; aged 81 y. 17d. On Nov. 25, 1900, she was married to William H. Slabaugh, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded by one sister and two brothers. She is survived by 3 brothers (Reuben, Lima, Ohio; Noah, Orrville, Ohio; and Timothy, Doylestown, Pa.), one sister (Elizabeth-Mrs. Peter Baumgartner, Orrville, Ohio), an adopted son (Roy), and a number of nephews and nieces. In her youth she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church, in which fellowship she continued faithful and active until death. She was artistic in needlework and in her last years she pieces many beautiful quilts for the women's missionary circles. Brief services were held at the Home for the Aged near Rittman, Ohio, by John Drescher and also at the Diller Funeral Home in Bluffton, Ohio, by her pastor, Andrew Brenneman, of Elida, Ohio. Burial in the Zion Cemetery

Swartzendruber, Elizabeth, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Wagler) Steider, was born at Metamora, Ill., Aug. 21, 1873; passed away May 2, 1956, at the General Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif.; aged 82 y. 8 m. 11 d. Though she had been in ill health for the past several years and was blind the last 13 years of her life, she bore her afflictions patiently. When a child she moved with her parents to Nebraska. She accepted the Lord in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until her death. On April 13, 1890, she was married to John C. Swartzendruber of Kalona, Iowa. To this union were born a son and a daughter (Jesse M., Los Angeles, Calif., and Lala-Mrs. Carl E. Porter, Upper Lake, Calif.). They live in Nebraska and Iowa for some years and later moved to Tofield, Alta. In 1919 they moved to California where she resided until her death. Her husband preceded her in death in July, 1948. She is survived by her son and daughter, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Lena Stauffer, Duchess, Alta.), and 2 brothers (Henry, Shickley, Nebr., and Sam, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.). Funeral services were conducted by John D. Zehr at the Utter McKinley Mortuary Chapel. Interment was in the Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 25 - June 19, 1956 ­ page 598, 599

Erb, Menno O., son of the late Christian L. and Elizabeth (Oesch) Erb, was born in the township of Wellesley, March 21, 1891; died at his home in Wellesley Dec. 14, 1955; aged 64 y. 8m. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Salome Boshart, July 11, 1920. This union was blessed with one son and one daughter, (Mary Jane, who predeceased him), In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a faithful member of the Wellesley Maple View Amish Mennonite Church. He leaves to morn, his beloved wife, one son (Albert), 2 grandchildren, one brother (Edward of Tobermory), and 6 sisters (Edna-Mrs. Ervin Lebold, Wellesley, Ont.; Mary-Mrs. Alvin Steinmann, Baden, Ont.; Nancy-Mrs. Daniel Nofziger, St. Agatha, Ont.; Sarah-Mrs. Daniel Bellar, Millbank, Ont.; Katie-Mrs. Michael Boshart and Elizabeth-Mrs. Elkhanh Kennel, both of Wellesley, Ont.). Two brothers (William and Rudolph) and one sister (Madeline) predeceased him. Funeral services were held from the late home and at the Wellesley Amish Mennonite Church in charge of Ephraim Gingerich and Samuel Schultz. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Grieser, Lizzie, daughter of David and Barbara (Nofziger) Grieser, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1871; departed this life at her home near Archbold, Ohio, April 18, 1956; aged 84 y. 6m. 11d. On Dec. 2, 1894, she was united in marriage to Simon Grieser, who preceded her in death July 20, 1937. To this union were born 7 children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters (Elmer, Raymond, Clarence, and Irene, all residing in this vicinity). One son and 2 daughters preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christa s her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. She remained faithful until the end. She was regular in charge attendance. Her place was seldom vacant. She was interested in the spiritual welfare of her family and the church. Her departure is mourned by 4 children, 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Emma Short and Sara Nofziger), besides a host of other relatives and friends. Her parents, husband, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church in charge of Jesse J. Short and Roy Sauder.

Correction: a family researcher says it should read "daughter of David and Barbara (Nofziger) Nofziger, "

Kauffman, Eli, son of Elias and Magdalena Kauffman, was born June 19, 1877, near Wellman, Iowa; passed away at the York Hospital, York, Nebr., April 28, 1956; aged 78 y. 10 m. 9 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in early youth uniting with the Mennonite Church and remained steadfast to this faith until death. He spent most of his time reading his Bible and had a great concern for his church and often prayed for it. He was united in marriage to Maud Swartzendruber at Clarion, Wright Co., Iowa, and together they traveled life's journey nearly fifty years. This union was blessed with 3 children (Floyd, Ruth-Mrs. Alvin Lichti, and Lavonne-Mrs. Ervin Reeb, all living near Shickley). Besides his sorrowing wife and 3 children he leaves 2 sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law, 9 grandchildren, 2 granddaughters-in-law, one great-grandchild, 4 sisters (Lydia-Mrs. Dave Gingerich, Au Gres, Mich.; Lena-Mrs. Christ Birky, Kalona, Iowa; Lizzie Williams, Iowa City; and Vina Yoder, Alberta, Canada), 2 brothers (Joe, Alberta, Canada, and Menno Newark, Ohio), besides a host of other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, 3 sisters and a brother. In 1907, he and his companion left Wright Co., Iowa, for Shickley Nebr., where they spent two years. After this they moved to a farm home which they built south of Shickley in the Salem community. In 1944 they moved back to Shickley. He had been in failing health for several years but was patient and uncomplaining. Funeral services were held at the Salem Mennonite Church, Shickley, Nebr., in charge of P. R. Kennel assisted by Fred Reeb, Lee Schlegel, and Jake Birky. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Kuhns, Peter, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, May 9, 1872; passed away at the Simpson Nursing Home in Goshen, Ind., May 23, 1956; aged 84y. 14 d. For the last number of years he resided at 458 East High Street in Nappanee, Ind. On Sept. 25, 1893, he was united in marriage to Susie Ann Yoder, who passed away March 15, 1952. He is survived by 5 sons (Eli, White Cloud, Mich.; Henry, Middle Fork, Ohio; Martin, Millersburg, Ohio; William, Beech City, Ohio; and Samuel, Nappanee, Ind.), a brother Manasses, Nappanee, Ind., 31 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren. Some years ago he transferred his membership from the Amish Church to the North Main Street Mennonite Church of which he was a member at death. Services were held May 26 at the North Main Street Church with Homer F. North officiating. Burial was made in the Weldy Cemetery.

Patterson, Elizabeth L., widow of the late David Patterson, passed away at her home in Philadelphia, Pa.; aged 71 y. 2m. While attending a cottage meeting 2 _ weeks before her passing she was stricken with a second heart attack. She seemed to regain strength when four days before her death she was stricken with a coronary occlusion and went to be with her Lord May 12, 1956. Surviving are a son (David, Trevose, Pa.), a brother (Myron), 7 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Her husband and a daughter (Jane) preceded her in death. At the age of nine she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was faithful to the end. She was active with Brethren and Pentecostal groups and gave many years of service in rescue mission work, ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of lost humanity. Her love and compassion for them drew many to know the Lord. Due to failing health, she discontinued her active service in downtown Philadelphia and moved to the Oxford Village Housing Project in northeast Philadelphia. After the work of the Oxford Circle Mennonite Mission began in the community she attended services there and her home became a port in time of storm to many who knew her. She expressed her desire to unite with the church and was received on July 29, 1951. Many will remember her as a prayer warrior and hearing her sing, "Amazing Grace," which was her favorite hymn. She had requested it to be sung at her funeral which was granted in the services conducted by John Winters who used II Tim. 4: 7, 8 as a text. Services were held at the Mulligan Funeral Home, May 15, with burial in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Sensenig, stillborn daughter, of Luke M. and Thelma (Lehman), Palmyra, Pa., was born May 18, 1956, at Hershey Hospital, Hershey, Pa. Besides her parents she is survived by 2 sisters and a brother (Carol Ann, Helen Marie, and Harold Eugene), paternal grandfather (Henry M Sensenig, Sheridan, Pa.), maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Herman R. Lehman, Palmyra, Pa.), also a great-grandmother (Mrs. Susan E. Shenk, Palmyra, Pa.). Graveside services were held May 19 in the Gingerich Mennonite Cemetery by Lester C. Shirk and Elmer Showalter.

Springer, Peter J., son of Joseph and Elizabeth Springer, was born July 13, 1895; departed this life at his home near Roanoke, Ill., May 15, 1956; aged 60 y. 10 m. 2 d. On Jan. 7, 1921, he was married to Lydia Ellen Eash. To this union were born 4 children (Roy, Roanoke, Ill.; Simon and Vernon, Metamora, Ill.; and Dorothy, deceased). Bro. Spring was a farmer most of his life. He had been in failing health for the past few years. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth and united with the Roanoke Mennonite Church. He always enjoyed the singing of hymns. Surviving besides his companion and 3 sons, are 9 grandchildren. He also leaves 4 brothers and 2 sisters (John and Emanuel, Metamora, Ill.; Matilda Eyer, Saybrook, Ill.; Mary Schertz, Washburn, Ill.; Walter, Metamora, Ill.; and Joe, Washington, Ill.). Funeral was in charge of Ezra B. Yordy, assisted by Roy Bucher. Burial was made in the Roanoke Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Volume XLIX , Number 26 - June 26, 1956 ­ page 623, 624

Boyts, M. F., son of Edward and Lydia Boyts, was born Sept. 10, 1878, near Goshen, Ind., departed this life May 21, 1956, death resulting from a heart attack which was of about an hour's duration; aged 77 y. 8m. 11 d. As a boy he moved with his parents from Indiana to McPherson, Kans., where he grew to young manhood. His next location was in the territory of Oklahoma, before Oklahoma became a state, where he lived near Jet. On Oct. 7, 1901, he was united in marriage to Mahala Troyer. To this union 6 children were born (Ernest E., Seymour, Mo.; Ferne-Mrs. Harve Yoder, Crystal Springs, Kan.; Earl and Roy, Harper, Kans.; Faye Boyts, Yoder, deceased; and Mayme-Mrs. David Yoder, Crystal Springs). Surviving are his wife, 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Simon Smith, Goshen, Ind.). Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. During the last 30 years of his life he resided in the Crystal Springs community. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Crystal Springs Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the Crystal Springs Church on May 24 were in charge of Alvin Kauffman and Wilbert Nafziger. Interment was made in the Crystal Springs Cemetery.

Burkholder, Anna Mary, daughter of Solomon F. and Rebecca (Geil) Burkholder, was born at Mt. Clinton, Va., Aug. 5, 1874; passed from this life April 22, 1956; aged 81 y. 8m. 17d . She suffered from a hip ailment due to injury when she was 8 years old. This developed into ankylosis of the hips and arthritis of the hip and spine. Her death was caused by leukemia. She was bedfast 18 weeks. Although much afflicted she had a keen interest in life and did all she could patiently and cheerfully. Her father died when she was a few years old. Her mother married S. E. Rhodes, and she remained a cheerful member of this family where she will be greatly missed. She leaves 2 stepbrothers (Amos W. Rhodes, La Junta, Colo., and S. H. Rhodes, Harrisonburg, Va.), and 3 stepsisters (Anna Rhodes Brunk, Lowpoint, Ill.; Ada F. Rhodes and Ella S. Rhodes, both of Harrisoburg). Funeral services on April 24 at Mt. Clinton Mennonite Church, where she was a faithful member since early girlhood, were conducted by D. W. Lehman, assisted by C. K. Lehman and Oliver M. Keener. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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