Brenneman, Laura E., 96, widow of Timothy H. Brenneman, died Feb. 17, 1956, at her home in Goshen, Ind. Since a fall and fracturing of her hip in April, 1949, she had been partially helpless but not confined to her bed, but within the past year she had failed rapidly. The daughter of Joseph and Eliza Dalrymple, pioneers of Elkhart County, she was born near Waterford, the tenth of twelve children, and had outlived the last of them by 39 years. She married Timothy H. Brenneman, the second editor of the Gospel Banner, and the eldest son of Elder Daniel Brenneman, founder of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church, in 1883. To them were born 4 children: Jessie L. Brenneman, late professor of Electrical Engineering, Kansas State College, Manhattan, Kans.; Ruth V. Brenneman, Goshen, until recently of the faculty of State Teachers College, Indian, Pa.; Naomi Brenneman, of the faculty of Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio; and Mrs. Paul C. (Orpha) Huber, Goshen. Her husband preceded her in death in 1935 and her son in 1952. Surviving her other than her daughters, are 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Brenneman was a charter member of the Brenneman memorial U. M. Church, Goshen. Faithful of the faithful, she had taken a devoted part in the history of her church. Funeral services were held in Goshen, Feb. 20-prayer services for relatives at the Culp Funeral Home, her grandnephew, Paul Brenneman, officiating; at the Brenneman Memorial Church, Kenneth Geiger officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart.-Reprinted from Gospel Banner, request of P. M. K.
Detweiler, Martha K. (Mattie), daughter of the late Levi and Mary (Kratz) Clymer, was born April 28, 1876, in Bucks Co., Pa.; departed this life Feb. 20, 1956, at the home of her son; aged 79 y. 9 m. 22 d. She was the widow of Alfred S. Detweiler. On Oct. 1, 1955, she suffered a stroke and was almost completely helpless. She was very patient and uncomplaining during her time of illness. She was reared in the home of I. F. Swartz of Blooming Glen, Pa. Her father died when she was five and her mother when she was twelve. She was a faithful member of the Doylestown Mennonite Church, and was seldom absent from any of the services. She was a Sunday-school teacher for many years. She, with several others, started the sewing circle work of the Doylestown congregation. She had an alert, inquiring mind and loved the study of the Scriptures and also enjoyed reading other good literature. She found great pleasure in the culture of flowers and enjoyed sharing them with others. She is survived by a son (Millard, Doylestown, Pa.), a daughter (Ruth-Mrs. Horace Godshalk, Chalfont, Pa.), a foster son (Milton, Pompton Lakes, N. J.), 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Doylestown Mennonite Church in charge of Silas Graybill, with interment in adjoining cemetery.
Dill, Luther Harrison, son of Thomas and Angeline Dill, was born Nov. 29, 1888, at Oconto, Nebr.; died March 21, 1956; aged 67 y. 3 m. 21 d. He was united in marriage to Nellie Mattie Richards on Aug. 8, 1921, at Gandy, Nebr. To this union were born four children, Ruby, Richard, Thomas, and Betty. He became a member of the Mennonite Church at Broken Bow, Nebr., on Oct. 8, 1950, and remained faithful until the time of his death. In the last days of his life he was very much concerned for the welfare of his family. He spent the last few years of his life in Sargent, Nebr. Surviving are his wife, 2 daughters (Mrs. Edward McKnight, Comstock, Nebr., and Betty Dill, Grand Island, Nebr.), 2 sons (Richard and Thomas, both of Dubuque, Iowa), 7 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Ella Bryner, Callaway, Nebr., and Rosa Ross, Modesto, Calif.), and 2 brothers (Joe, Lexington, Nebr., and John, Dos Palos, Calif.). Funeral services were in charge of P. R. Kennel, Royden Schweitzer and Alvin Eichelberger, with burial in the Callaway Cemetery.
Hallman, Melinda, daughter of the late George and Salome Clemens, was born May 18, 1873 at Breslau, Ont.; passed away at the South Waterloo Memorial Hospital, Galt, Ont., of a heart attack, Feb. 12, 1956; aged 82 y. 8 m. 26 d. On Aug. 9, 1893, she was united in marriage to Eli S. Hallman, who preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1955, after living together for 62 years. She was a resident of the Fairview Mennonite Home, Preston, Ont., less than three weeks prior to her passing. At the age of sixteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour, and united with the Zion Methodist Church, Breslau, Ont. Two years later she transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church during the time of John S. Coffman revivals in Ontario. She faithfully served her Master in various communities in Canada, and in the southern part of the United States as companion to her husband in his ministry; and in cheerful encouragement to those whom she contacted. Surviving are the following children (George B., White Fox, Sask.; William E., Argentina, S. A.; Abram P., Akron, Pa.; and Anna-Mrs. B. Frank Byler, Argentina), also 14 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Clemens S., on Aug. 23, 1927. Funeral services were held Feb. 15 at the Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, with Oscar Burkholder, Glen Esh, and Howard Good officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hedrick, James Albert, was born at Onego, W. Va., Sept. 30, 1881; died March 3, 1956, at Whitmore, W. Va.; aged 74 y. 5 m. 2 d. He was a member of the Horton Mennonite Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nellie Varner Hedrick, 4 sons, and 2 daughters (Andrew, Langley Field, Va.; Kelly, Lanexa, Va.; William, of England; Roy and Rosezetta, at home; and Mrs. Margie Fowler, Red House, Md.), one brother (Perry), and one sister (Mrs. Jane Day). Services held at the Horton Church March 7, were in charge of Olin S. McDorman, assisted by Paul Good. Interment was made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Myer, Sue, daughter of the late Benjamin and Elizabeth (McKillips) Hershey, was born Aug. 11, 1870; passed away Jan. 4, 1956; aged 85 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was the widow of Amos B. Myer. She is survived by the following children (Leon H., Salonika, Greece; Lois E.-Mrs. Willard Weaver, Elizabethtown; and F. Ruth-Mrs. Noah S. Horst, Neffsville). She was also preceded in death by one son (Roy E.), and two daughters (Alva M-Mrs. C. Z. Martin and Ethel M.). One sister (Anna E. Hershey) also survives. She was a faithful member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held on Jan. 5 at Fred F. Groff's Funeral Home, Lancaster, Pa., with Jacob E. Brubaker and Noah Good officiating. Burial was made in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.
Schwartzentruber, John B., son of the late Joel and Elizabeth (Brenneman) Schwartzentruber, was born in Petersburg, Ont., Oct. 25, 1882; died March 31, 1956, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law; aged 73 y. 5 m. 6 d. In the year 1946 he suffered a stroke and remained an invalid for 9 years. Three days prior to his death he suffered another stoke from which he never recovered. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful member. On Nov. 24, 1909, he married Lydia Bender, who preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 1940. He is survived by his daughter (Lily Mae-Mrs. Henry Yantzi, of Eat Zorra), 2 sons (Serenus, of East Zorra, and Corson, of New Hamburg), 16 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Joseph and Peter of Petersburg), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Jacob R. Bender, of South Easthope, and Mrs. Nick L. Roth of New Hamburg). Two brothers, 2 sisters, and 2 grandchildren preceded him. Funeral services held at the East Zorra Church on April3 were in charge of Daniel Wagler and David Swartzentruber, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Smith, Sara Elizabeth, daughter of Laban and Katherine (Rodman) White, was born near Job, W. Va., July 11, 1860; died Nov. 26, 1955; aged 95 y. 4 m. 15 d. She was a member of the Bethel Church at Job. Surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters (Jasper W., and Isam, of Job; William G., Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. Maudie Mullinac, Harman, W. Va.; and Mrs. Delphia Judy, Whitmore, W. Va.), one sister (Mrs. Cora Wolford, Frank, W. Va.), 40 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Bethel Church at Job, Nov. 23, were in charge of R. W. Benner, assisted by Paul Good and Olin S. McDorman, with interment in the Bethel Cemetery.
Snyder, Henry, son of John and Elizabeth Snyder, was born near Cullom, Ill., Jan. 9, 1863; passed to his eternal home March 15, 1956, at the Florentine Nursing Home in Elkhart, Ind. On March 14, 1885, he was married to Hannah Nusbaum, who preceded him in death 12 years ago. Surviving are 2 sons (Roy, of Goshen, and Charles of New Paris), 12 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren. On son (Frank), and one daughter (Stella-Mrs. William Bontrager) preceded him in death. Also surviving are one sister (Minnie Hamilton, Albany, Oreg.), and 2 brothers (Peter and Jacob, of Alpha, Minn.). Three sisters preceded him in death. After moving to Indiana from Illinois, he joined the Clinton Brick Church and remained a faithful member until he was called home. Funeral services were in charge of A. H. Kauffman and O. S. Hostetler. Interment was made in the Clinton Brick Cemetery.
Troyer, Sam J., son of the late Menno Z. and Susan (Miller) Troyer, was born near Ransom, Kans., Aug. 16, 1893; departed this life April 6, 1956; aged 62 y. 7 m. 23 d. His life was claimed when a tree fell on him as he was working on a newly acquired tract of land. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the West Liberty Church on Jan. 21, 1906. He taught school and farmed in McPherson Co., Kans., and near Jet, Okla. He with his family moved to a farm near Harper in 1930, where he lived the remainder of his life. On Dec. 21, 1917, he was united in marriage to Iva Miller. To this union were born 4 children (Mervin, Duquoin, Kans.; Maurine-Mrs. Vernon Zimmerman, and Wilbur, both of Harper; and Wilma, Kansas City, Kans.). His father, 2 brothers, and 2 grandchildren preceded him in death. Surviving are the immediate family, his aged mother, 3 brothers (Roy, Hesston, Kans.; Ora, Kansas City, Kans.; and Menno, Conway, Kans.), 4 sisters (Lily-Mrs. Edward Steckly, Albany, Oreg.; Bertha of Conway; Ida-Mrs. Floyd Kauffman, Minot, N. Dak.; and Dorothy-Mrs. Leo Burkett, Kansas City, Kans.), 9 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services on April 9 at the Pleasant Valley Church in charge of R. M. Weaver, W. R. Nafziger, and Milo Kauffman, with interment in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Turner, Edna May, daughter of A. G. and the late Pearl Heishman, was born Oct. 16, 1906, at Broadway, Va.; died of a heart attack at her home near Cootes Store, Va., Feb. 23, 1956; aged 49 y. 4 m. 7 d. In her youth she untied with the Mennonite Church at the Trissel congregation near Broadway. She taught school for 27 years. Although she suffered from a heart ailment for a number of years and had been in the hospital a number of times, she taught school the day previous to her death. She is survived by her husband (John Turner), one daughter (Alta Sue-Mrs. Roy Hawkins), one grandson, her aged father (Pre. A. G. Heishman), and the following brothers and sisters (Mrs. Sara Comer, of McGaheysville; Mary-Mrs. Raymond Landis, Lancaster, Pa.; Nellie, at home; Lydia Pearl-Mrs. Martin Eby, Wilmer, and Clarence all of Harrisonburg). Funeral services were held at Singers Glen E. U. B. Church, Feb. 25, conducted by W. E. Wolf and S. A. Shank, with burial in the Linville Creek Cemetery.
White, Edward, son of Aliburts and Indann White, was born at Alpena, W. Va., April 3, 1873; died March 2, 1956; aged 83 y. 10 m. 28 d. He was a member of the Bethel Church at Job, W. Va. Surviving are his wife (Mrs. Della White), 2 sons and 7 daughters (Richard, Beverly, W. Va.; Ralph and Mrs. Irna Bridges, both of Rochester, Pa.; Mrs. Connie Smith and Mrs. Anna Bell Butcher, both of Job; Mrs. Georgia Menis, of Beverly; Mrs. Margaret Putzulu, of Elkins; Mrs. Hazel White, Baltimore, Md.; and Mrs. Emma Ruth Zickafosse, Beaver Falls, Pa.), one brother (Carland, of Job), and 26 grandchildren. Services were held at the Bethel Church, March 5, with Olin S. McDorman in charge, assisted by Paul Good. Interment was made in the Bethel Cemetery.
White, George Washington, son of George L. and Phoebe White, was born near Harman, W. Va., Aug. 10, 1879; died Nov. 24, 1955; aged 76 y. 3 m. 14 d. He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church at Job, W. Va. Surviving are his wife (Mrs. Clara Sanders White), 2 sons and 3 daughters (Junior, with the U. S. Army; Roy, Job, W. Va.; Mrs. Evelyn Wolford, of Harman; Mrs. Masie Kerns, of Job; and Mrs. Maxine Simmons, Baltimore, Md.), 3 brothers and 4 sisters (James B., Grafton, W. Va.; Jay P., Elkins, W. Va.; Frank, of Job; Mrs. Nova Smith and Sara, both of Charleston, W. Va.; Mrs. Tava Warner, Riverton, W. Va.; and Mrs. Allie White, Elkins, W. Va.), 7 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Services held at the Bethel Church at Job, Nov. 27, were in charge of Olin S. McDorman and Paul Good. Interment was made in the Lower Dam Cemetery.
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Amstutz, Timothy Louis, son of Victor E. and Sylvia G. Amstutz, was born March 26, 1951; died an accidental death on April 9, 1956; aged 5 m. 13 d. He was the youngest of three sons and always displayed an extra touch of friendliness. He was ill frequently with asthma colds and allergies but seemed to have outgrown some of these allergies. Surviving are his parents, 2 sisters (Sara Louise and Kathleen Mae), 2 brothers (Victor Herbert and Stuart Alan), his grandparents, (Mr. and Mrs. Amos Amstutz and Rev. and Mrs. Louis Amstutz), his great-grandmother (Sarah Lehman) and many other relatives and playmates. Funeral services were held on April 12 at the Kidron Mennonite Church in charge of Reuben Hofstetter, Louis Amstutz, and James Stauffer. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Bontrager, Harvey S., was born in Lyon Co., Kans., May 4, 1885; died in his home in Middlebury, Ind., of a heart attack on April 8, 1956; aged 71 y. 11m. 4 d. He had lived most of his life in the Middlebury community. At the time of his death he was a faithful member of the Forks Mennonite Church. In 1904 he was married to Lizzie Yoder. She preceded him in death in 1927. On Aug. 24, 1929, he married Ida Schrock, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Ida-Mrs. John Everest and Amelia-Mrs. Amos Culp, both of Goshen, Ind.), and 4 half brothers (Cornelius, Saginaw, Mich.; Andrew, Kalona, Iowa; Enos, Normandy, Texas and Sam Schrock, of Kansas), and many other friends and relatives. Funeral services conducted at the Forks Church on April 10 were in charge of Earley Bontrager and Donald Yoder. Burial was made in the Miller Cemetery.
Eye, Sarah Margaret, was born near Fort Seybert, W. Va., May 27, 1863, the daughter of Jacob and Malinda Bright; died April 14, 1956; aged 92 y. 10 m. 19 d. In her early years she united with the Mennonite Church and continued faithful until her death. She was united in marriage to John D. Eye, who died in 1906, leaving her fifty years a widow. Also preceding her in death were two children and a twin brother. She is survived by 4 sons and 3 daughters, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The last fifteen years of her life she spent with a daughter, Mrs. T. A. Foltz of Mathias, W. Va., in whose home she died. Funeral services were held from Cove Chapel in charge of Linden M. Wenger and Shelton Gower, with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery near Mathias.
Gerlach, Ephraim F., son of Daniel and Martha (Frey) Gerlach, was born in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., on April 27, 1865; died April 14, 1956; aged 90 y. 11 m. 18 d. He was married to Alice McMullen, who died in 1918 during the epidemic of influenza. To this union were born 4 sons and 8 daughters. Daniel and Ada preceded him in death. Surviving are Clayton M., Charles M., Harvey L., Mrs. Martin Lefever, with whom he spent his last few months, Mrs. Harry Shank, Mrs. Katie Hershock, Miss Fannie Gerlach, Mrs. Carl Saurbough, Mrs. Charles Holtz, and Mrs. Stella Gerlach. He had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for nearly fifty years. Services at the Millersville Mennonite Church were in charge of Jacob Hess, Landis Shertzer, and Christian Lehman, with burial in Masonville Mennonite Cemetery.
Hummer, Mark Clarence, son of Clarence and Mary (Kuhns) Hummer, was born July 29, 1944, in Chambersburg, Pa.; died April 21, 1956, near Mercersburg; aged 11 m. 8m. 11 d. He was on a farm driving a tractor for Bro. Russel Strite and when he ran off a bridge, the tractor upset on him, pinning him into a small stream of water. He had been a faithful member of the Pond Bank Church for a number of years. He is survived by his parents, one brother (Marvin Luke), and one sister (Orlena Mae) both at home; also by 2 fosters sisters (Dorothy and Susan Flory), and by his grandparents (Mrs. Samuel Ebersole, Chambersburg, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Hummer, New Franklin, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Chambersburg Church by Luke Shank, Harold Hunsecker, and Harvey E. Shank, with interment in adjoining cemetery.
Landis, Robert, stillborn, one of twin sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Landis at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., Feb. 29, 1956. Surviving are the other baby, Willis, Jr., and a brother Glenn; 3 sisters, Lorna Fay, Darlene and Rosemary; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Detweiler and Mrs. Abram Landis and a great-grandmother, Mrs. Sallie Detweiler.
Martin, Lee Benner, son of Joseph L. and Mary E. (Benner) Martin, was born Aug. 26, 1940; passed away March 23, 1956, after suffering from a stomach tumor for one month; aged 15 y. 6 m. 27 d. In December, 1954, he accepted the Lord as his Saviour and became a member of the Hershey Mennonite Church. Besides his parents, he is survived by the following brothers and sisters (Paul B., Kinzers, Pa.; Carl D., and Norma E.-Mrs. Allen Groff, both of Manheim, Pa.; Esther M.-Mrs. Paul Farrel, Ronks, Pa.; Joseph B., of Manheim; Elsie B., Dorothy B., Elvin L., Mary Ann, and Irene B., all at home). One brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at Hershey's Church in charge of G. Parke Book and Sanford Hershey. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Mininger, David, premature infant son of Earl N. and Betty (Moyer) Mininger, of Telford, Pa., passed away April 6 in the Grand View Hospital, seven hours after birth. Besides his parents, he is survived by one brother (Timothy Earl), a sister (Alice K.), grandparents (Mrs. Katie Moyer, Telford, Pa., and Rev. and Mrs. Charles B. Mininger, Peasville, Vt.). Funeral services were held on April 7 at the home were in charge of Frank Z. Greaser. Burial was made in the Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.
Pearl, Sue Ann, daughter of Blanch Pearl, was born Jan. 5, 1956; died April 19, 1956, in Pond Bank, Pa. Shortly after Sue Ann was put to bed upstairs by her grandmother, it was discovered that a fire was raging upstairs. Although desperate efforts were made to rescue her, it was impossible. She is survived by her mother and grandmother, Mrs. Mary Pearl. Funeral services were conducted in the Pond Bank Mennonite Church on April 21, 1956, by Harvey E. Shank. Burial was made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mont Alto, Pa.
Shue, George Edgar, son of Monroe G. and Mary (Bucher) Shue, was born Feb. 9, 1924; passed away in the Gettysburg, Pa., hospital on Feb. 5, 1956; aged 31 y. 11 m. 27 d. He was born and lived in Mummasburg, Pa., and was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church there. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers (Chester S., of Mummasburg, and Paul B., Harper, Kans.), one sister (Elizabeth-Mrs. Earl Schmidt, Biglerville, Pa.), and 5 nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Feb. 8 at the Bender Funeral Home, Gettysburg, in charge of Willis Breckbill. Interment was in Mummasburg Cemetery.
Stahl, Mary G., daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abraham K. Brubaker, was born June 20, 1897, near Millersburg, Pa.; passed away March 18, 1956, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 58 y. 8m. 28 d. At the age of 11 she became a member of the Lauver's Mennonite Church near Richfield, Pa., and was a faithful member there until 1941 when she became a member of the Lindale Mennonite Church near Harrisonburg, Va., where she was a faithful member until death. On March 16, 1926, she was married to Dewey Stahl, who survives her. To this union were born 6 children (Omar, missionary in Luxembourg; Milo, Topeka, Kans.; Jacob, Lititz, Pa.; Anna, Sara, and John, at home). Also surviving are 2 grandchildren, 2 sisters and one brother (Mrs. Landis Brubaker and Mrs. Levi Brubaker, both of Lancaster, Pa., and Jacob G. Brubaker, Richfield, Pa.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at Lindale Church were conducted by John R. Mumaw. Interment was made in the Lindale Cemetery.
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Beck, Joel, son of Gottlieb and Anna (Nofzinger) Beck, was born near Archbold, Ohio, April 3, 1871; departed from this life at the home of his daughter in Lansing, Mich., on April 23, 1956; aged 85 y. 20 d. He grew to manhood and lived all of his life in the general vicinity of his birth until the last 2 years when he made his home with his daughter. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member of the Lockport congregation until death. On Nov. 22, 1894, he was married to Betty Nofziger, who passed away Sept. 21, 1951. A daughter, Alma Brenneman, and 6 brothers and 4 sisters also preceded him in death. He is survived by 2 sons and one daughter (Vernon, Eldon, and Dolly-Mrs. Franklin Crossgrove, all of Lansing), 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one brother (Henry, Archbold, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in Lansing on April 25 by Kenneth Byler and at Archbold, Ohio, at the Central Church on April 26 by Walter Stuckey and Maynard Wyse. Burial was made in the Pettisville cemetery.
Edelmann, Anna, daughter of Jeremiah and Amanda Downs, was born near Denmark, Iowa, Dec. 19, 1875; died April 23, 1956, at her home near Versailles, Mo.; aged 80 y. 4m. 4 d. She was one of a family of 6 children, one of whom (Arthur, Lake Charles, La.) survives. She was married to William F. Edelmann on March 7, 1897. To this union were born 9 children, three of whom died in infancy. Surviving are (William Warner and Mary Ruth-Mrs. George Diener, both of Versailles; Mina Naomi-Mrs. John F. Kauffman, Goshen, Ind.; Martha-Mrs. Gerald Dettwiler, Ontario, Calif.; Anna Magdalene-Mrs. Harry Nice, Sweet Home, Oreg., and Samuel, Kalona, Iowa). When a small girl she moved with her parents from Iowa to Shawnee, Kans., in a covered wagon. Later they moved to Abilene, Kans., and then to Argentine, near Kansas City, where she became one of the first converts of the Mennonite Mission in Kansas City, Kans., and she was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church throughout the years. In 1925 the family moved to the Mt. Zion community near Versailles, where she spent the remainder of her life, with the exception of 3 years' residence with a daughter in Kansas City. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Church on April 26 with Ira Buckwalter in charge, assisted by Harry Buckwalter and Leroy Gingerich. Interment was made in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Harshbarger, B. Abram, son of Gideon and Nancy (Yoder) Harshbarger, was born Sept. 30, 1870, at McVeytown, Pa.; passed away Feb. 2, 1956, in the Lewistown Hospital after a short illness; aged 84 y. 4 m. 2 d. He is survived by 2 sons (Paul, Harrisburg, Pa., and Daniel, Belleville, Pa.), 2 brothers (David, of McVeytown, and Joshua, Mattawana, Pa.), 4 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Pearl Shelly, who died in 1913. He was baptized in his youth and became a member of the Mattawana Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the church with Raymond R. Peachey and Ross Metzler officiating. Interment was made in the Hertzler Cemetery.
Hoffman, Menno, son of Daniel and Lydia (Bauman) Hoffman, was born Oct. 30, 1863, in Woolwich Twp., Ont.; died April 8, 1956, after an illness of 4 years at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Abner R. Martin, St. Jacobs, Ont.; aged 92 y. 5m. 9 d. He was married on Feb. 27, 1887, to Susannah Eby, who preceded him in death in 1935. To this union were born 14 children-12 girls and 2 boys. Surviving are 8 daughters and one son (Mrs. Allan Bauman, of Waterloo; Elizabeth and Mrs. Levi Martin, of Elmira; Mrs. Aaron Martin and Mrs. Abner R. Martin, of St. Jacobs; Adina, Kitchner, Ont.; Rebecca, Toronto, Ont.; Maryann, of St. Jacobs, and Emanuel, Hawkesville, Ont.), one sister (Mrs. Noah Wideman, of Waterloo), 40 grandchildren, and 64 great-grandchildren. From his youth he was a member of the Mennonite Church and took a keen interest in the spiritual growth of the church. At the time of his death he was a member of the Hawkesville congregation. The funeral service held at the St. Jacobs Church was conducted by Paul martin and Roy Koch. Interment was made in St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery.
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Blosser, Samuel, son of Joel and Mary Ann (Moyer) Blosser, was born in Beaver Twp., on March 30, 1886; died at his home near Salem, Ohio, on April 30, 1956, after an illness of two and one-half years; aged 70 y.1 m. He married Sadie Spiker on April 10, 1918. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a member of the Midway Mennonite Church. He leaves his wife, 4 daughters (Adelia-Mrs. Elvin Musselman, Columbiana, Ohio; Berdella-Mrs. Roy Miller, Millersburg, Ohio; Christine-Mrs. Eugene Huffman, Salem, Ohio, and Hermine, Cleveland, Ohio), 4 sons (Arthur, North Lima; Herman, Salem; Emerson, Macedonia, and Marcellus, at home), 2 sisters (Mrs. Emmet Justice, Canfield, and Mrs. Leo Rice, Columbiana), 6 brothers (Reuben and Ira of Leetonia; Clinton and Stelvin of Columbiana; Oliver of Orrville, and Harvey of North Lima), and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Midway church on May 3 in charge of Paul Yoder and Ernest Martin, with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Emmert, Rebecca, fifth child of Absalom and Susan (Hostetler) King, was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, on July 14, 1867; died at her home in Fairview, Mich., May 3, 1956; aged 88 y. 9m. 19 d. She was the last of a family of 10 children to go to her reward. While a child her family moved to Indiana, where she grew to womanhood. On July 24, 1887, she was married to Jerry Stutesman, who preceded her in death on April 27, 1919. They were the parents of 8 children (Ferd, Onaway; Earl, who died in 1951; Pearl-Mrs. Harry Mast, Susie-Mrs. Milton Rogers, Omer, all of Fairview; Millard of Saginaw; Emerson of Three Rivers and Orvil, who died in 1944). The 6 children, 40 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren survive, also surviving are 2 stepdaughters and 5 stepsons. In Nov. 1922, she was married to Jacob Emmert, who died May, 1934. Since that time she had made her home in the same house with her son Omer and family. While still a young woman she became a member of the Howard-Miami County Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member of that faith until her death. Funeral services were held May 5 at the Fairview Church with Harvey Handrich officiating. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery.
Gerber, Clayton Woodrow, son of Joe and Ida (Yoder) Gerber, was born in Harper, Kans., Dec. 28, 1931; departed this life at Chappell, Nebr., on April 26, 1956, due to a fatal highway accident; aged 24 y. 4m. 2 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united with the Pleasant Valley Church on Nov. 16, 1943. Later he transferred his membership to the Mountain View congregation at Mt. Home, Ark. On Sept.1, 1953, he was married to Anna Jean Amstutz, Kidron, Ohio. To this union one child was born, Sharon Louise. Following their marriage they spent 2 years at Mt. Home, Ark., where he served his I-W time teaching at the Christian Day School and helping with the work of the Mountain View Church. At the time of his passing they were making their home at Chappell, Nebr., earning the means with which to complete his education in preparation for seminary work and the ministry. Besides his wife and child, he is survives by his mother, Mrs. Ida Gerber, Hesston, Kans., 3 brothers (Earl, Chappell; Emery and Marion, Harper, Kans.), 2 sisters (Lela-Mrs. Warren Cornett, Pasco, Wash.; and Leona-Mrs. George Hostetler, Richmond, Va.). He was preceded in death by his father, and sister, and a brother. Services were held on April 27 at the Mennonite Church in Chappell were in charge of Fred Gingerich, and on April 29 at the Pleasant Valley Church, Harper, Kans., in charge of Clarence Horst, Waldo E. Miller, and W.R. Nafziger. Interment was made at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Hufford, Estella, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Witwer, was born Dec. 27, 1896, in West Earl Twp., Pa.; passed away on April 14, 1956, after an illness of 8 weeks; aged 59 y.3 m. 17 d. She was a faithful member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa. On March 8, 1917, she was united in marriage to Jacob B. Hufford, who survives her. This union was blessed with 4 children (Clarence E., Akron, Pa.; Loretta-Mrs. Paul H. Wikerd, Sinking Springs, Pa.; Pauline-Mrs. Melvin R. Stoltzfus, Ronks, Pa.; and J. Bruce, Niagara Falls, N.Y.). Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters (Minnie-Mrs. Walter Cox, Mrs. Elizabeth Gockley, Mrs. Cora Reinhold, Kate-Mrs. Wm. Brendle, David D., Caroline-Mrs. Edwin Burkhart, and Ben D.). Funeral services on April 19, were conducted from the Groffdale Mennonite Church with Jacob E. Brubaker and Noah G. Good officiating. Interment was made in the Groffdale Cemetery.
Kauffman, Christian J., son of Jack and Lena (Lehman) Kauffman, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 8, 1875; died March 16, 1956, at the Pleasant View Rest Home, Harrisonville, Mo.; aged 81 y. 2 m. 11 d. In 1888 the family moved to Harvey Co., Kans., and 2 years late to Cass Co., Mo. In 1890, his father died and he helped his mother support the family. In early manhood he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. On Jan. 28, 1902, he married Amanda Schlatter, of McPherson, Kans., where they lived until her death on Oct. 31, 1908. Several children died in infancy and one daughter, Ida, preceded him in 1927. On Feb. 6, 1910, he married Sarah Oesch, who preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1951. They adopted one son, Kenneth. For several years they lived near Guymon, Okla., and then moved back to Missouri, near Garden City. Three years ago he went to the Pleasant View Rest Home. He leaves 3 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Slabaugh, and Anna and Ella Kauffman, of McPherson, Kans.), one brother (Adam, Ellinwood, Kans.), and a large number of relatives and friends. Two brothers, 3 half brothers, and one half sister preceded him. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church on March 19 in charge of James D. Yoder and S. S. Hersheberger, with burial in Clearfork Cemetery.
Kremer, Magdalene, daughter of Joseph and Mary Schlegel, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Nov. 4, 1868; departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mary Rediger, in Miller, S. Dak.; April 24, 1956; aged 87 y. 5 m. 20 d. In her early childhood she with her parents moved to Milford, Nebr. In her youth she joined the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until her death. On Dec. 20, 1885, she was married to Benjamin Kremer, who preceded her in death Jun 14, 1950. Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughters (William Lee, and Anna-Mrs. W. A. Eicher, Milford, Nebr.; Mary-Mrs. William Rediger, Miller, S. Dak.; Earl, Worland, Wyo.; and Clarence, Salt Lake City, Utah.), 24 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Preceding her in death were 2 grandchildren, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at the Milford Mennonite Church on April 26 were in charge of Milton Troyer assisted by Ammon Miller and Wm. R. Eicher. Interment was made in the Milford Mennonite Cemetery.
Musser, Susie, daughter of Amos and Susanna (Weaver) Geigley, was born Dec. 5, 1879; passed away on Feb. 16, 1956, in the Reading Hospital, West Reading, Pa.; aged 76y. 2m. 11 d. Early in the morning of Feb. 13 she fell down a flight of stairs at her home. The shock and the injuries brought on a heart attack which caused her death. She was a faithful member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. On Dec. 24, 1899, she was united in marriage to Israel L. Musser, who survives. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. One son and one daughter preceded her in death. Surviving are 6 children (Noah, of Adamstown; Lizzie, Hagerstown, Md.; Anna, Denver, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Eli Gehman, Steven, Pa.; Susanna and Amos, both at home), 2 grandsons, 2 step-grandchildren, 6 step-great grandchildren, 2 brothers (Amos, Fairfield, Pa.; and Harry, Terre Hill, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Tillie Bowman, Denver, Pa., and Mrs. Lizzie Good, Reinholds, Pa.). The funeral was held Feb.19 at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were in charge of Benj. Weaver and J. Paul Grabill, who brought a very impressive message on James 4: 14, the text found written on a slip of paper in Mother's Bible.
Riley, Lydia, daughter of the late Joseph and Magdaline (Forney) Beckler, was born near Flanagan, Ill., on Dec. 22, 1871; departed this life at the Seward, Nebr., hospital on April 16, 1956; aged 84 y. 3 mo. 24 d. She spent the last one and one half years with her daughter Lena, at the Milford Rest Home. On Nov. 26, 1891, she was united in marriage to Ruel Riley, who preceded her in death 27 years ago. To this union 10 children were born, four of whom preceded her in death. Also preceding her were 2 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. in her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized at the East Fairview Church where she remained a faithful member until her death. Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughters (Edward, Ruel, and Perry of Crete, Nebr., Elmer of Sutton, Nebr., Lena, of Milford, and Mary-Mrs. Clarence Jantze, of Salem, Oreg.), 25 grandchildren, and 47 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the East Fairview Church at Milford with Ammon Miller, Oliver Roth, and Sterling Stauffer officiating. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Rohrer, Dorothy H., daughter of Daniel and Emma (Hollinger) Kreider, East Petersburg, Pa., was born at Fruitville, Pa., on July 19, 1911; departed this life at her home near Leacock, Pa., on Aug. 20, 1955; aged 44 y. 1 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage to Elvin Rohrer in Nov. 1931. She is survived by her husband, one son (Elvin Jr.), her parents, one brother (Mahlon, Manheim, Pa.), and one sister (Kathryn-Mrs. Elias Ebenshade, Paradise, Pa.). She had been in failing health for a number of years. She accepted Christ in her youth and was a faithful member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church. Her courage and cheerfulness to live beyond her affliction was an inspiration to all. Funeral services were held at the Stumptown Church on Aug. 24, 1955, conducted by John Oberholtzer and Lloyd Eby. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Schlegel, Samuel, son of Joseph and Mary (Miller) Schlegel, was born May 19, 1883, near Milford, Nebr.; passed away while out for a Sunday afternoon ride near Lincoln, Nebr., on April 15, 1956; aged 72 y. 10 m. 27 d. On Aug. 23, 1901, he was married to Polly Roth. To this union was born one son, Ira. Surviving are his wife, son 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Pete and Lee of Milford), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Ann Roth, of Milford; Mrs. Lena Kremer, Miller, S. Dak.; and Mrs. Mary Erb, Albany, Oreg.) Two sisters and 5 brothers preceded him in death. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the East Fairview Church near Milford, where he was a faithful and active member until death. Funeral services were held at the church with Peter Kennel officiating. Burial was made in the East Fairview Cemetery.
Schneider, Louise, daughter of Gottfried and Anna Schneider, was born near Arni, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 1876; passed away at the Memorial Hospital at West Point, Nebr., on April 24, 1956; aged 80 y. 2m. 29d. In 1884, at the age of 8, she came to this country with her parents and sister and they made their home in Missouri. In 1889, she and her sister were left orphans. On March 26, 1896, she was united in marriage to Fred Schneider. From 1896 to 1904 they made their home in Kansas. In 1904 they moved to Nebraska where she lived near and in Beemer until her death. Her husband preceded her in death on Jun 12, 1947. One daughter died in infancy. Surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters (Anna-Mrs. Amos Oswald, Frazee, Min.; Verna-Mrs. Ben W. Oswald, Versailles, Mo.; Jess, Glendale, Ariz., Norman, Louisville, Ky.; and Andrew, Beemer, Nebr.), 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Plum Creek Church with Sam Oswald in charge, assisted by J. W. Birky.
Shank, Margaret, daughter of the late Peter and Sophrona (Heinrich) Hunsbger, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Feb. 24, 1864; peacefully fell asleep from the infirmities of old age in the Mennonite Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill., on April 25, 1956; aged 92 y. 2m. On Feb. 3, 1884, she was united in marriage with Jacob Shank, son of minister Michael W. Shank. The spring of 1896, they accepted Christ and were received into the fellowship of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Ind. Two months later, on April 16, 1896, Bishop John F. Funk ordained Jacob to the ministry in the Olive Mennonite Church were he served faithfully as pastor until his untimely death on Nov. 27, 1905. Their union was blessed with only one child, Clarence, who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather when he was ordained to the ministry on May 5, 1917, since which date he has been a minister in the Olive congregation and its outpost at Hudson Lake, Ind. In addition to her son, she is also survived by 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She always enjoyed the visits of her son and family, and wrote them lovely letters which they will always treasure. On April 28 funeral services were conducted at the Olive Church in charge of J. C. Wenger, Elno Steiner, and Daniel H. Stoltzfus, with burial in the South Cemetery at Olive.
Transcriber's note: The text had "were" instead of "where." Not my error.
Shelley, Mary, daughter of the late John and Lydia (Sausman) Wert, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Aug. 2, 1871; passed away March 27, 1956, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ellis Kurtz, Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 84 y. 7 m. 25 d. On Jan. 4, 1894, she was united in marriage to Erasmus P. Shelley, who preceded her in death 9 years ago. This union was blessed with 8 children: one daughter preceded her in death. The following children survive (J. Haven, Thompsontown, Pa.; Iona-Mrs. Mervin Gramley, Freeport, Ill.; Henry W., Thompsontown, Pa; Samuel R., Freeport, Ill.; Mildred-Mrs. Ellis Kurtz, Gap, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. LeRoy Hershey, Cochranville, Pa.; Harold E., Kinzer, Pa.), also 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and these brothers and sisters (Joseph, Lebanon, Pa.; Samuel, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Sallie Auker and Mrs. Phoebe Sauer, Thompsontown; Katie-Mrs. Boyd Sieber, Dakota, Ill.). Services were held on March 31 at the Lost Creek Church, Juniata Co., where she and her companion were faithful members since the early years of their life. Martin Hershey and Donald Lauver were in charge of the services at the church. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Stutzman, William N., son of Noah and Barbara Stutzman, was born at Milford, Nebr., Oct. 24, 1877; died at his home near Wellman, Iowa, May 3, 1956; aged 78 y. 6 m. 9 d. He was married to Barbara Zimmerman at Milford, Nebr., Jan. 17, 1901. She died Sept. 21, 1911, leaving 2 daughters (Rosa and Malinda). On Feb. 5, 1914, he was married to Barbara Gascho, who died Aug. 5, 1945. One daughter preceded him in death. Survivors include 3 daughters (Malinda-Mrs. Stephe Schweitzer, Eda and Wilma), one son (Art), all of Wellman, Iowa; 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He became a Christian early in life. Part of his early life was spent in the Chappell, Nebr., community and in 1905 they moved to Wood River, Nebr., where they resided and worshiped with the congregation there for 39 years. In 1944 they moved near Wellman, Iowa, transferring his membership to the Wellman Church where he was a faithful member and where services were held on May 7, in charge of George S. Miller and Max Yoder. Burial was made in the West Union Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Hershberger, Elmer Day, son of Joseph and Sophronia Hershberger, was born Sept. 13, 1899, at Arthur, Ill.; passed away April 29, 1956, at the farm home near Newton, Kans.; aged 56 y. 7 m. 16 d. His mother passed away when he was 2 years old, and so his stepmother, whom he loved dearly, was to guide him in the formative years. The family moved to Harper, Kans., when he was a child and in 1915 they moved to a farm near Hesston, Kans. He was married to Amy Elizabeth Erb on June 27, 1918, and they have lived in the community of Hesston and Newton to the present time. He had suffered heart attacks across the years; two years ago they became more serious, and in the last several months, he gradually lost his strength. He was reared in the church and with Christian training in the home, was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church as a young man at Harper; but during the years he gradually lost interest in the church and its work. However, in 1951, he saw his condition, sought forgiveness, and on Feb. 10, 1952, united with the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Newton upon the profession of his faith. This act made a tremendous difference in his life, and he was a victorious Christian all the rest of his time. He was ready to engage in visitation evangelism at the direction of his pastor, and the fellowship of the Men's Bible Class was one of his joys. Just a few hours before he passed away he had attended Sunday school and church services. He is survived by his wife, 6 sons (Willis and Lloyd, of Newton; Tillman, Gypsum, Kans.; Robert, Sedgwick, Kans.; and James and Glen at home), 6 daughters (Elizabeth-Mrs. Ray Spicher, McPherson, Kans.; Elva Mae-Mrs. Harold Dyck, Hesston; Lola Faye-Mrs. Bill Garrett, and Edith-Mrs. Joe Dunn, of Wichita; Wilma-Mrs. Myron Enns, Salina, Kans., and Marjorie-Mrs. Leland England, Hutchinson, Kans.), 2 brothers (Ralph, Long Beach, Calif.; and Allen, of Sedgwick), 2 sisters (Mrs. S. E. Fausnight, Akron, Ohio, and a twin sister, Mrs. Abe Hess, Wichita), and 25 grandchildren. This is the first death in the family. Funeral services on May 2 were held at the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Newton, and burial was made in the Pennsylvania Cemetery near Zimmerdale.
Hershey, Amos W., was born in Leacock Twp., Pa., on Sept. 17, 1872; died April 18, 1956, after surgery for stomach ulcers; aged 83 y. 7 m. 1 d. He was a member of Hershey's Mennonite Church for many years. Besides his wife, Maggie Denlinger Hershey, Intercourse, Pa., the following children survive: Alice-Mrs. Benjamin H. Ranck, Intercourse, Pa.; Ivan W., Witmer, Pa.; Elva-Mrs. Frank M. Martin, East Earl, Pa.; Elsie-Mrs. Noah N. Martin, Intercourse, Pa. Funeral services held at Hershey's Church were in charge of G. Parke Book and Sanford Hershey. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kiser, Jacob Daniel, son of Andrew J. and Mary (Brunk) Kiser, was born Nov. 22, 1880; died March 1, 1956, at his home near Harrisonburg, Va., after several months of illness; aged 75 y. 3m. 8 d. He was in the hospital a number of times and bedfast for 4 months, during which time he was cared for by his children. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. In Dec., 1900, he was married to Sallie Shank, who preceded him in death in Dec., 1943. Surviving are 9 children (Josie, with whom he shared home, Carl, Marvin, Ruby-Mrs. Sem Swope, Oren, Oliver, Della-Mrs. James Benner, Alvin, and Grace-Mrs. James Eshleman), one brother (John O. Kiser, La Junta, Colo.). Funeral services were conducted at Weaver's Church by Oliver Keener and Daniel W. Lehman. The text used was Romans 8: 18, a verse he spoke of during his affliction. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Martin, Ella, was born May 16, 1879, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., to David B. and Elizabeth (Eyman) Martin; passed away May 4, 1956, at her home near Kessington, Mich. She was the last of 5 sisters and 2 brothers, and lived long enough to fulfill her expressed wish to being able to make a home for sisters and brother. She united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in later years, being a member here when she passed away. Ella, after 76 y. 11 m. 19 days of life here, passed through the open door into the other room to be at peace and rest with her Saviour and Lord. Funeral services were in charge of R. R. Smucker and Rev. Bates.
Mast, Mamie E., daughter of Aaron and Sarah (Kauffman) Stoltzfus, was born in Paradise, Pa., Dec. 10, 1889; passed away at her home near Parkesburg, Pa., on April 17, 1956, after a brief illness of leukemia; aged 66 y. 4m. 7 d. In 1903, she moved with her parents to West Liberty, Ohio. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Bethel Mennonite Church. In 1908 the family moved to Pigeon, Mich., and then back to Atglen, Pa., in 1910. On Nov. 10, 1912, she was united in marriage to David C. Mast and became a member of the Maple Grove Church at Atglen, Pa., remaining a faithful member until death. She taught the same Sunday-school class for 22 years, and seldom missed sewing circle as long as she was able to go. She is survived by her husband, her 91-year old mother, Martinsburg, Pa.; 2 brothers and 2 sisters, 6 children (Mrs. Beula Bumstead, Hemet, Calif.; Mrs. Lena Umble, Isaac and Mrs. Annabelle Hoylman, all of Parkesburg; Mrs. Mabel Alwin, Atglen, Pa.; and Donald, Harrisonburg, Va.), and 20 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son and one daughter. Funeral services held in the Maple Grove Church on April 20 were in charge of Abner Stoltzfus and Aaron F. Stoltzfus. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Nusbaum, Barbara Ann, 86 years old, and a native and lifelong resident of the Middlebury, Ind., community, passed away April 20, 1956, at the home of a daughter, Marie Breniser. She had resided with her daughter for 18 months and had been bedfast for 5 months. She was the widow of Amos Nusbaum, former pastor of the Clinton Brick Church, and were faithful members until death. This union, which lasted nearly 65 years, was blessed with 3 children, Ollie, who died in 1950, Marie Beniser, and Grace Hostetler, both of Middlebury, Ind. Surviving in addition to the 2 daughters are 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Laura Kauffman, Elkhart, Ind.), and 4 brothers (Oliver Suntimer, Atlantic City, N.J.; William and Albert Suntimer, Los Angeles, Calif., and Charles Suntimer, Indianapolis, Ind.). Funeral services held at the Clinton Brick Church on May 2 were in charge of Amsa H. Kauffman and burial was made in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
Richard, Emma R., daughter of John C. and Josephine (Roth) Graber, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Feb. 20, 1892. For some time she had been in failing health and on Saturday morning was taken to the Washington County Hospital where she departed from this life on May 8, 1956; aged 64 y. 2 m. 18 d. She accepted Christa as her Saviour and became a member of the Sugar Creek Church at the age of 15, where she remained a faithful member until death. On Dec. 15, 1915, she was united in marriage to Peter W. Richard. This union was blessed with 2 sons (Glenn Albert and Oscar Daniel), and one daughter (Josephine Kathryn-Mrs. Elmer L. Schrock), all of Wayland. Preceding her in death are her parents and one brother. Surviving are her husband, 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 6 sisters (Katie-Mrs. William Eichelberger, Mrs. Anna Richard, Mrs. Leah Eichelberger, Evelyn Graber, Lavina-Mrs. Ezra Freyenberger, Stella-Mrs. Arthur Boshart), and 4 brothers (Peter J., Amos E., Alvin D., and Wilbert H.). Just before she passed away she bade her family Good Night and told them she was about to sleep in Jesus. Funeral services were conducted at the Sugar Creek Church on May 10 in charge of Vernon S. Gerig, Simon Gingerich, and Willard Leichty, with interment in the church cemetery.
Ropp, John, last surviving member of the late Joseph R., and Magdelena (Lichti) Ropp family, was born at Poole, Ont.; died May 4, 1956, in his 88th year, at the home of his daughter, Clara, Mrs. Edward Eichler, where he had made his home since the passing of his wife in 1945. After their marriage in 1896, they lived a number of years in Colorado and Michigan, and in 1905 returned to Ontario and made their home in Cassel and Rumbo districts. In early life he became a Christian and had been in the fellowship of the Mennonite Church since then. Surviving are 3 sons (Raymond, Branford, Ont.; Victor, Woodstock, Ont., and Elmer, Pigeon, Mich.), 2 daughters Mary-Mrs. Abraham Strickler, Drumbo, Ont., and Clara-Mrs. Edward Eichler, New Hamburg, Ont.), 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral services held on may 7 at the Beihn Church were in charge of Moses H. Roth and Curtis C. Cressman, with burial in the church cemetery.
Sweigart, Jacob S., Ephrata, Pa., son of Jacob U. and Sarah (Shealer) Sweigart, was born Nov. 4, 1878; died March 4, 1956, after an illness of 3 years; aged 77 y. 4 m. He is survived by his wife, the former Anna Sauder, a daughter (Anna-Mrs. Charles L. Spriggle, at whose home he died), and the following brothers and sisters (Anna-Mrs. Martin Weidman, Schoeneck, Pa.; Samuel and Edwin, Akron, Pa.; Clayton, Lancaster, pa.; Allen Farmersville, Pa.; and Ada-Mrs. Paul Spriggle, Groffdale). One daughter, Edna, preceded him in death. Funeral services on March 7 at Metzlers Mennonite Church, where he was a member for many years, were in charge of Mahlon Witmer, Eli Sauder, Amos Sauder, and Paul Wenger. Interment was made in Metzler's Cemetery.
Wiley, Ellen Elizabeth, daughter of the late Elias and Tena (Knepp) Arnold, was born June 13, 1881; died April 26, 1956; aged 74 y. 10 m. 13 d. On Feb. 3, 1906, she was united in marriage to Milton Ernest Wiley, who preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1937. She united with the Springs Mennonite Church, in Sept., 1923, and was a true and faithful member until her death. Surviving are 5 children (Viett, Springs, Pa.; Mrs. Viola Miller, Grantsville, Md.; Webster, Hollsopple, Pa.; Dora-Mrs. William Killius, and Hilda-Mrs. Wilbur Bowser, both of Grantsville, Md.), one sister (Sarah-Mrs. Urias Bittner, Meyersdale, Pa.), 2 brothers (William Arnold, Hancock, Md., and Ezra Arnold, Cumberland, Md.), 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services held at the Springs Church on April 29 were in charge of Roy Otto and Charles Walls. Interment was made in the Grantsville Cemetery.
Witmer, Raymond M., son of Phares and the late Lydia (Martin) Witmer, was born April 12, 1897, near Maugansville, Md.; passed away March 29, 1956; aged 58 y.11m. 14 d. Death was due to a heart attack. He lived 30 hours after the attack and was conscious to the end. In his youth he accepted Christ as Saviour and united with the Reiff Mennonite Church, later transferring his membership to the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church where he was a faithful member until death. At the time of his death he was serving as church treasurer. On May 14, 1918, he was united in marriage to Mary Diller. To this union were born 8 children. Surviving are his wife, 5 sons and 3 daughters (Dortha-Mrs. Ralph Parmer, Greencastle, Pa.; Retha-Mrs. Nathan Keener, Nathan, and Kenneth, all of Hagerstown, Md.; Mildred-Mrs. John Landis, Chambersburg, Pa.; Clarence of Greencastle; Richard and Raymond, Jr., at home), his father, stepmother, one brother, 2 sisters, one half brother, one half sister, and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Church on April 1 with Abram M. Baer and John F. Grove in charge. Interment was made in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Yantzi, Katherine, daughter of the late Nickolas and Barbara (Bender) Schlegel, was born June 28, 1874, in Perth Co., Ont.; passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Schumm, on April 14, 1956, after a lingering illness; aged 81 y. 9 m. 17 d. On Nov. 5, 1905, she was married to Daniel Yantzi, who preceded her in death on July 1, 1929. One daughter preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter (Solena-Mrs. William Schumm, East Zorra), one son (Henry, East Zorra), 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Joseph and Aaron, both of South Easthope). She was also preceded in death by one grandchild, one sister, and 3 brothers. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the East Zorra A. M. Church, remaining faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra Church in charge of Joel Swartzentruber, Wilfred Schlegel, and Daniel Wagler, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, Sallie B., daughter of Levi B. and Elizabeth (Hartzler) Yoder, was born near Belleville, Pa., Sept. 23, 1879; passed away at her home in Belleville following an extended illness on April 28, 1956; aged 76 y. 7 m. 5 d. In 1903 she with her parents moved to Surrey, N. Dak. On Nov. 10 of the same year she was united in marriage with Samuel N. Yoder. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons and one daughter (Floyd of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Dr. Durbin, Youngstown, Ohio; and Gladys-Mrs. Harvey Hunsberger, Wheaton, Ill.), 4 grandchildren, 4 sisters and one brother (Fannie-Mrs. Isaac Mast, Embreeville, Pa.; Emma-Mrs. Hervey Schnell, Goshen, Ind.; Elizabeth-Mrs. Hugh Woodiwiss, Elkhart, Ind.; Barbara-Mrs. Solomon Zook, Hutchinson, Kans.; and Levi Yoder, Akron, N. Y.). In 1951, Bro. and Sister Yoder left the North Dakota community and returned to Belleville for their retiring days. During the years spent in North Dakota she was a faithful member of the Fairview congregation. She was interested and actively engaged in the work of the Fairview Sunday school. Her heart, hands, and home offered kindness and hospitality to many visitors to the west during the years they resided there. Visiting evangelists and ministers found her home a pleasant haven in the community. After returning to Belleville she always attended services at Maple Grove until health no longer permitted. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and always loved the study of the Scriptures. Funeral services were conducted at the Maple Grove Church in charge of Jacob F. Weirich. Interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.