Gospel Herald Obituaries - April, 1957

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Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 14 - April 2, 1957 ­ page 333, 334

Doerr, Raymond V., was born in East Lampeter Twp., on May 29, 1896, died March 16, 1957; aged 60 y. 9m. 17 d. He was married to Anna Charles. He was a member of the Slackwater Church, Millersville, Pa., and a Sunday-school superintendent and trustee. Surviving besides his wife, are a stepson (Harvey K. Smith, Bethlehem, Pa.), a son (Raymond, Millersville, Pa.), and these brothers and sisters (Anna Doerr, Lancaster; William, Philadelphia; Mrs. Lillian Rinehart, Lancaster; Walter, Landisville; Mary-Mrs. Raymond Mayer, Gettysburg; Jacob, Quarryville), and 7 grandchildren. Services were conducted at Masonville Church on March 19, by Frank Garman and Christ Lehman.

Handrich, Verna Ruth, oldest daughter of Jacob C. and Elizabeth (Bitzel) Beachy, was born Jan. 24, 1891, near Sugarcreek, Ohio; passed away March 5, 1957, in her home near Fairview, Mich.; aged 66 y. 1m. 11 d. She yielded her life to the Lord in her youth, and with her parents she moved near Fairview, Mich., where she was united in marriage to Elmer J.Handrich. She with her husband joined fellowship with the Fairview Church where she was a faithful member till her death. She became the mother of 7 children (Forest, Fairview; Fern-Mrs. Basil Gusler, Mio; Willard, Grand Marais, and Bruce, Germfask, Mich.), 4 sisters (Artie-Mrs. Willis Miller, Sarasota, Fla.; Mary-Mrs. Clarence Miller, Westover, Md.; Carrie-Mrs. Chauncey Miller and Mabel-Mrs. Curtis Yoder, both of Fairview), and 21 grandchildren. Early in life she learned the secret of losing her life to find it fuller and more vibrant than ever before. Funeral services at the Fairview Church on March 8, were in charge of Harvey Handrich and Menno Esch, with burial at the Fairview Cemetery.

Hardy, Charles William, was born in Manistee, Mich., July 12, 1879; spent his entire life in Michigan; departed this life March 14, 1957; aged 77 y. 8m. 2 d. He was joined in marriage to Elizabeth Mary Farnsworth, Dec. 25, 1901. To this union 6 children were born. A daughter preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, 2 sons (Randall, Davison, Mich.; Clyde, Muskegon, Mich.), 3 daughters (Mrs. Reva Johnson, Brethren, Mich.; Mrs. Gladys DeKett, Detroit; and Mrs. Dorothy Lindeman, Stronach), 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a sister (Margaret Hansen, Manistee), and a half brother (Hans Johnson, Chicago, Ill.). In 1925 he united with the Pleasant View Mennonite Church where funeral services were held March 16 by Edward Jones and Warren Shaum. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Hartzler, Solomon J., son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Hartzler, was born April 20, 1881, near Smithville, Ohio; passed away Feb. 22, 1957; aged 75 y. 10 m. 2 d. He was a member of the Crown Hill Mennonite Church. In 1907, he was married to Mary L. Baker. To this union were born 4 sons and one daughter. Two sons died in infancy. Surviving are his wife, and 3 children (Nona E. Gerber, Dalton, Ohio; Glen L., Lodi, Ohio; and Merlin, Santa Monica, Calif.). Funeral services were held at the Creston Funeral Home with interment at the Beech Grove Church of the Brethren.

Hostetler, Amanda, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Kauffman, was born in New Wilmington, Pa., on Dec. 26, 1872; passed away March 1, 1957, near Bellefontaine, Ohio, at the home of her son, Hamer V. Hostetler; aged 84 y. 2m. 5 d. She was the last of a family of 7 children. In 1894, she was united in marriage to John J. Hostetler, who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1911. To this union were born 7 children, of whom 3 still survive (Hamer V., Bellefontaine, Ohio; Uriel K., and Mervin A., both of West Liberty). Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the South Union Mennonite Church. She had been in failing health for the last several years. On Feb. 18, she suffered a stroke from which she never fully regained consciousness. Funeral services were held March 3 at the South Union Church in charge of Stanley Shenk. Burial was made in the Alexander cemetery.

Lehman, Lydia, daughter of Christian and Susanna Lehman, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Nov. 8, 1863; died at her home (Ohio) on March 14, 1957; aged 93 y. 4m. 6 d. She accepted her Saviour early in life and claimed faithfulness until death. Four brothers and 7 sisters preceded her in death. Surviving are one brother (George, Pandora, Ohio), 12 nephews and nieces, and many friends. Funeral services at the Salem Church were in charge of G. H. Brunk, Andrew Brenneman, and Paul Smith, with burial in adjoining cemetery.

Schlabach, Christian J., was born Jan. 2, 1871, at Nappanee, Ind.; died March 8, 1957, at Hubbard, Oreg., in the home of his son, Allen; aged 86 y.2m. 6 d. On Dec. 28, 1897, he was united in marriage to Lydia C. Miller. When a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was faithful to Him until death. At the time of his death he was a member of the Bethel Church, near Canby, Oreg. He is survived by his wife, 6 children (Lee A., Mulina, Oreg.; Ray, Oregon City; Allen, Hubbard; Emma Stutzman, Goshen, Ind.; Cora Emmert, Molalla, Oreg.; and Mattie Coblentz, Sarasota, Fla.), 34 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 infant daughters. The family moved to Oregon 38 years ago. Officiating at the funeral services on March 10 were James Bucher, LeRoy Cowan, and Omar Miller. Interment was made at the Hopewell Cemetery.

Yoder, John S., son of Stephen and Lucy (Miller) Yoder, was born March 28, 1887; died Oct. ---, 1956, after injuries received in an accident at his farm near Kalona, Iowa. He was hospitalized for 11 days, and his condition was believed to be satisfactory when death came suddenly; aged 69 y. 6m. 26 d. At the age of 21 he confessed his Saviour and became a member of the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church, in which he remained a faithful member to the end. On Dec. 11, 1913, he was married to Mary Hochstetler. Surviving are his wife, one brother (William S.), one sister (Mrs. Benj. J. Miller), both of Kalona, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 27, at the home in charge of Ira Nissley, Dan Hershberger, Mose Yoder, Levi Schrock, and Tobe Miller.

Yoder, Levi A. Sr., Soudersburg, Pa., son of Fannie E. (Kauffman) and the late Christian B. Yoder, was born in Huntingdon Co., near Allensville, Pa., March 25, 1902; passed away Jan. 28, 1957, at the Lancaster General Hospital; aged 54 y. 10 m. 3 d. Death was due to complications. He was afflicted with a heart condition for the past four years. On Oct. 7, 1924, he was married to Cora E. Yoder. Eight years ago they moved to Paradise, Pa., and he became a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Atglen, Pa. Surviving are his wife and 9 children (Crist A., Belleville; Samuel L., Lancaster, Alpha K., Atglen; Fannie E., Elizabeth A., Lina S., Clara M., Pius L., and Levi A., Jr., at home), 2 brothers (Jonathan Z. and Samuel C., Belleville), 8 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Sharp, Barbara-Mrs. Joseph E. Peachey, Sue-Mrs. Jacob J. Peachey, Jr., Mary and Nora Yoder, all of Belleville; Nancy-Mrs. Emanuel J. Yoder, Reedsville; Fannie-Mrs. Jacob C. Yoder, Oley and Annie-Mrs. Enos B. Stoltzfus, Elverson). A son, one brother and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services at the Maple Grove Church were in charge of Glenn Esh and Abner Stoltzfus. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Yordy, Sarah, daughter of Christian and Lydia (Harris) Stauffer, was born at Milford, Nebr., on May 18, 1882; departed from this life on March 3, 1957; aged 74 y. 8m. 12 d. On Nov. 14, 1907, she was married to David Yordy at Milford, Nebr. God blessed this home with 6 children, 5 through birth and one by adoption. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized at the East Fairview Mennonite Church, Milford, Nebr. In 1924, she with her husband and children moved to Ashley, Mich., where she since resided. Although she had been in poor health for several years, she was able to be up and care for herself, having suffered a stroke only two hours before her death. Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughters (Orvin, Pigeon, Mich.; Charles, St. Johns, Mich.; Ada-Mrs. Leonard Litwiller, Delavan, Ill.; John, Ashley; Emerson, Mio, Mich.; and Grace-Mrs. Maynard Brauher, Middleton, Mich.), 21 grandchildren, one sister (Caroline Stauffer, Maysville, Mo.), and 4 brothers (John, Meadow Grove, Nebr.; Albert, Elm Creek, Nebr.; Edwin, Milford; and Amos, Deshler, Nebr.), and other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her husband, 4 grandchildren, one sister and 2 brothers. Services were held in the Bethel Mennonite Church, Ashley, Mich., with J. M. Landis officiating. Burial was made in the Washington Township Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 15 - April 9, 1957-page 359

Blough, Ida Jane, daughter of the late Stephen and Lucinda (Livingston) Yoder, was born in Kent Co., Mich., Aug. 14, 1876; died at the Terry-King Nursing Home in South Bend, Ind., March 4, 1957; aged 80 y. 6 m. 20 d. On Nov. 26, 1896, she was married to Andrew Blough, who preceded him in death on March 5, 1955. To this union were born one daughter and 2 sons (Thesia-Mrs. Rollen Nelson, Shipshewana, Ind.; La Vern, Mishawaka, Ind.; and Hobert, Elkhart, Ind.), who with 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren survive. She lived nearly all her life in Kent Co., Mich., and Lagrange Co., Ind. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church in charge of Homer J. Miller and Ed Barlow, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Eash, Polly Ann, daughter of the late David H. and Barbara (Miller) Glick, as born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Nov. 17, 1869; died at her home near Middlebury, Ind., March 14, 1957; aged 87 y. 3m. 27 d. She had been ill for the past eight years and bedfast for nearly two years. On March 17, 1894, she was married to Levi E. Eash. Surviving with the husband, are a son (Raymond E., Middlebury), a sister (Barbara E. Miller, Middlebury), 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. A daughter preceded her in death. She had been a member of the Forks Mennonite Church since her youth. She died just three days before her 63rd wedding anniversary. Funeral services were held at the Forks Church on March 17 in charge of Malvin Miller and Early Bontrager. Interment was made in the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Horning, Harry G., son of Joseph and Lizzie (Good) Horning, was born in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., on Nov. 18, 1877; died March 2, 1957, after a month's illness; aged 79 y. 3 m. 12 d. He was a member of the Bowmansville (Pa.) Mennonite Church. Preceding him in death was one son. He is survived by his widow, Susie (Bowman) Horning, 14 children (Harvey, Alvin, Katie-Mrs. Benj. Weaver, Lizzie-Mrs. Howard Z. Good, Mrs. Susie Fox, Eva-Mrs. Chas. Sauder, Sallie-Mrs. Clarence Fox, Joseph, Clayton, Esther-Mrs. Weaver Gehman, Mabel-Mrs. Sidney Gingrich, Helen-Mrs. Ivan Gingrich, Anna-Mrs. Martin Hostetter, Marion-Mrs. Allen Morgan), one foster son (Lawrence B. Redcay), 101 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Clara-Mrs. Aaron Z. Good, Annie-Mrs. Henry G. Weber). Funeral services were held on March 6 at the Bowmansville Church with J. Paul Graybill, Paul Z. Martin, and Moses G. Gehman officiating. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.

King, Chaucey H., son of John C. and Anna (Yoder) King, was born on Feb. 14, 1875, in Vernon Co., Mo.; passed away in his home on Feb. 12, 1957, after suffering a heart attack; aged 81 y. 11m. 28 d. In his early youth his family moved to Garden City, Mo., and there he became a member of the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. On Nov. 24, 1900, he was married to Nan Yoder. Surviving are 3 sons (Leo M., Bellefontaine, Ohio; John C., Springfield, and Melvin V., Marion), 4 daughters (Alta, at home; Golda, Washington D. C.; Anna-Mrs. Lawrence Linder and Verda-Mrs. Earl Kanagy, both of West Liberty), 10 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. He was the last of a family of five. In 1917 the family moved to Ohio, near West Liberty, and in 1944 they moved to town. God gave him an unusually healthy and strong body and he was happiest when busy. He took an active part in the building of a new church of which he was a member. Funeral services were held Feb. 15 at the South Union Church with Stanley Shenk officiating. Burial was made in the Yoder Cemetery.

McGee, Bettie, daughter of the late Conrad and Rebecca (Heatwole) Linhoss, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., on Feb. 25, 1878; passed away on Dec. 29, 1957, at the Mountain View Nursing Home, Waynesboro, Va. She was a faithful member of the Hildebrand Mennonite Church. On May 8, 1912, she was united in marriage to Millard McGee. Who preceded her in death on March 17, 1951. She is survived by one son (Millard, Jr.), 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Ida and Mary Linhoss, Crimora, Va., Minnie-Mrs. J. Wayman Glover, Staunton, Va.), 3 brothers (G. D., Crimora; Paul, Akron, Ohio; George, Nova, Ohio). Funeral services were conducted at the Etter Funeral Home by Perry A. Burkholder, assisted by Franklin Weaver and Marion Weaver. Interment was made in the Edgewood Cemetery near Grottoes.

Transcriber's note: The death year was incorrect. It should be Dec. 29, 1956.

Roggy, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of the late Michal and Christin (Gerber) Troyer, was born at Garden City, Mo., Dec. 31, 1880; suffered a stroke on Jan. 11, 1957; passed away March 24, 1957, at the Joe King home in Eureka, Ill., where she had been cared for during her late illness; aged 76 y. 2 m. 23 d. She grew to womanhood in Missouri and on Dec. 16, 1906, she was married to Edwin J. Roggy. The first four years of married life were spent in Missouri. In 1910 they moved to the Flanagan, Ill., community where they farmed for many years. The past 8 years they lived in El Paso, Ill. Surviving are her husband, one brother (Frank, Garden City, Mo.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Clara Martin, Mrs. Ida Mosselman, Manson, Iowa; and Mrs. Dora Yoder, Clarence Center, N. Y.). She was preceded in death by 5 sisters and one brother. In early life she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour , uniting with the Mennonite Church and living a faithful Christian life. At the time of her death she was a member of the Waldo Church at Flanagan where funeral services were held on March 26 in charge of J. D. Hartzler and Edwin J. Stalter, with burial in the Waldo Cemetery.

Roth, Amos, last member of the Joseph and Mary (Egli) Roth, was born in Arkansas on Oct. 10, 1889; died March 8, 1957; aged 67 y. 4m. 28 d. He moved with his parents to the Woodburn, Oreg., community living there the rest of his life. He accepted Christ and became a member of the Zion (Hubbard, Oreg.) Church in his early teens. He was married to Sarah Stalter on Aug. 16, 1914. Five sons and 5 daughters were born 3 preceding him in death in their infancy. Surviving are (Florence, Salem, Oreg.; Oliver, Woodburn, Oreg; Jasper, Dewey, Ill.; Oscar, Flanagan, Ill.; Freda Roth, Rocky Ford, Colo.; and Fern-Mrs. Robert Nice, Willamina, Oreg.), and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Zion Church conducted by Clarence Kropf and Edward Kenagy, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Schiller, Dale Alan, son of LaVern and Pauline (Hiser) Schiller, was stillborn March 21 at St. Clair Hospital, Monroe, Wis. Surviving are his parents, 2 sisters (Ruth and Carolyn), and one brother (Charles) all at home, also his grandmothers (Mrs. Otto Schiller, Marchfield, Wis., and Mrs. Alma Hiser, Fisher, Ill.). One brother preceded him in death. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe, Wis.

Schrock, Clarence Henry, son of Elmer and Fannie Schrock, Arcola, Ill., was born Aug. 26, 1936; died instantly in a car accident, March 21, 1957; aged 20 y. 6m. 23 d. Surviving, besides his parents, are 3 brothers and 5 sisters (Edwin, Matton, Ill., Melvin, Arcola; Katie Ann-Mrs. Dan Schrock, Arthur, Ill.; Alta-Mrs. Alva Miller, Arcola; Leah, Vernon, Christine, and Irma at home), also many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite church in Arthur, in charge of H.J. King, with T. Wentland assisting. Burial was made in the Arthur Cemetery.

Studer, Chris, son of Gilgian and Katrina Studer, was born Nov. 11, 1869, near Berne, Switzerland; passed away at his home near Roanoke, Ill., Feb. 23, 1957; aged 87 y. 3m. 12 d. He had been in failing health for the past few years. Coming to the U. S. at the age of 15, he had lived in Roanoke, Ill., area the greater part of his life. On Jan. 18, 1894, he was married to Emma Bachman. To this union were born 7 children, 2 sons passing on in infancy. Just recently the couple celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. He became a member of the Roanoke Mennonite Church in his early manhood, and enjoyed serving there in the capacity of Sunday-school superintendent, teacher, and chorister during earlier years. Surviving are his wife, 3 sons (Gilgian, Eureka, Ill.; Clarence h., and Lloyd C., Roanoke), 2 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Clarence Yordy, Morton, Ill.; and Erma-Mrs. Willard Martin, Delavan, Ill.), 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Eliza Birky, Fisher, Ill.), and a host of relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Services held at the Roanoke Church on Feb. 25 were in charge of Wesley Jantz, assisted by Ezra Yordy. Interment was made in the Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery.

Wingert, Alice Lieght, daughter of the late John and Mary Hoover, widow of Aaron Wingert, was born March 26, 1869, at Edgemont, Md.; died March 17 at the Mennonite Old People's Home, Maugansville, Md.; where she had been a guest since Oct. 1955; aged 87 y. 11m. 19 d. Prior to entering the home she resided with her son, Abram Leight, Chambersburg, Pa. She was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. Surviving are 3 daughters (Mrs. Chrystle Garlock and Mrs. Ragan Harbaugh, Chambersburg, and Mrs. Emma Wilson, Lake Charles, La.), 2 sons (John D. and Abram P. Leight, Chambersburg), 2 stepchildren, Miss Annie Wingert, Harrisburg, and Arthur Wingert , Mechanicsburg), 16 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on March 19 at the Sellers Funeral Home, Chambersburg, with Harvey Shank and Harold Hunsecker officiating. Burial was made in Norland Cemetery.

Yousey, Lean A., passed away at the home of her brother, Benjamin F. Zehr, Croghan, N. Y., on Dec. 24, 1956; aged 83 y. 6 m. 14 d. She was one of a family of 13 children of which one sister (Mrs. Harold Chaffee), and 2 brothers (Mike, Adams, N. Y., and Ben, Croghan), survive. On Nov. 15, 1904, she was united in marriage to Joseph F. Yousey, who preceded her in death on July 14, 1948. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. When the New Bremen Mennonite Church was organized in 1942 she transferred her membership to that body of which she was a member at the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the New Bremen Church conducted by S. C. Yoder, after which her body was laid to rest in the Croghan A. M. Church Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 16 - April 16, 1957 ­page 383

Blank, Sarah, daughter of Jacob Albright, Millbank, Ont., was born Oct. 3, 1878; passed away March 7, 1957; aged 78 y. 5 m. 4 d. She was married to Isaac B. Blank, who survives. Also surviving is one sister (Mrs. Leah Erb). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Pinecraft Church, Sarasota, Fla., on March 8, conducted by Joseph M. Nissley and Otho B. Shenk, then the body was taken to Pigeon, Mich., for burial.

Brubaker, Nathan B., son of the late Martin K. and Anna (Bear) Brubaker, was born Oct. 20, 1884; died Feb. 5, 1957, at the Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital, after a lengthy illness. He lived at the home of his brother, Jonas B. Brubaker, Mt. Joy, Pa. Surviving are 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Edwin B. and Jonas B., both of Mt. Joy; Samuel B., Indiana, Pa.; Ruth-Mrs. Henry Brandt, Manheim, and Vesta Grissinger, Mt. Joy). He was a member of the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. Services were conducted at the Nissly Funeral Home on Feb. 9 in charge of Amos L. Hess and Henry W. Frank, with burial in the Kraybill Cemetery.

Gerig, Mary Ann, daughter of Gideon and Magdalena (Zook) Smucker, was born in Green Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, on Jan. 19, 1886; passed away on March 27, 1957; aged 91 y. 2m. 9 d. On Feb. 5, 1889, she was united in marriage to Jacob S. Gerig. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons (M. R., Smithville, Ohio; Benjamin, Washington D. C.), one daughter (Katherine Hostetler, Massillon, Ohio), a foster daughter (Sadie Smith Conrad and her family), 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one brother (A. L. Smucker, Smithville, Ohio), and one sister (Mrs. Emma Lantz, Rittman, Ohio). Early in life she united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville, where she served faithfully in many capacities. She was a constant guide and companion for her husband in his work as pastor of the church for over 60years. Her life was a source of inspiration to many. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church on March 30 with V. M. Gerig officiating, assisted by I. W. Royer. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Graybill, Mattie Engle, daughter of John B. and Anna Musser, was born Feb. 22, 1866, near Maytown, Pa.; died March 17, 1957, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Owen Young, Mountain Home, Idaho; aged 91 y. 22 d. When she was a year old, her family moved to Frederick, Md., where they lived until moving to Kansas in 1877. The J. B. Musser and David Book families were the first River Brethren to settle in Kansas. She grew to womanhood near Belle Springs, Kans. She was married to David L. Graybill on Dec. 1, 1885. To this union 5 daughters were born (Flavia, who died at the age of 7; Ruthy Young, Mountain Home, Idaho; Frances Crum, Newcastle, Wyo.; Mary Peterson, St. Louis, Mo.; and Lillian Svenchansky, New York City). In the early years of their married life they joined the River Brethren Church and later Mr. Graybill became a preacher in that faith and was active in the ministry until his death. From 1915 to 1927 they lived in the Filer, Idaho, community and Bro. Graybill assisted in the work of the ministry at the Mennonite Church during this time. Then they went to Pennsylvania where Bro. Graybill died in 1935. Since 1949 she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Owen Young, and continued to fellowship in the Mennonite Church. Her presence and influence will be greatly missed. Surviving are her sister (Anna Kendrick), 4 daughters and 14 great-grandchildren. One grandson preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church, Filer, on March 20 by Samuel Honderich and J. E. Slatter, with burial in cemetery near Filer.

Hershberger, Anna J., daughter of Jonas D. and Mary (Hochstetler) Miller, was born near Trail, Ohio, Feb. 7, 1879; passed away March 20, 1957, at the Albany (Oreg.) General Hospital, after a short illness; aged 78 y. 1m. 13 d. On March 16, 1899, she was united in marriage to Manasses M. Hershberger. Together they shared a few days over 58 years of married life. Surviving besides her husband, are the following children (Mary-Mrs. Amos Knepp, Hubbard, Oreg.; Jonas M., Tangent; Albert M., Albany, Oreg.; Malinda-Mrs. John Kauffman, Corvallis; Edna-Mrs. Archie Kauffman, Lebanon; John H., Mill City; LaVina-Mrs. Ted Wenger, Middlebury, Ind.), 2 brothers (Henry J. Miller, Wakarusa, Ind.; Harry J. Miller, Nappanee, Ind.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Polly Kauffman, Wellman, Iowa; Mrs. Fannie Marcotte, Washington, Iowa), 24 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ and was baptized in the Amish Church, later transferring her membership to the Mennonite Church. At the time of her death she was a member of the Zion congregation, Hubbard, Oreg., where funeral services were held in charge of John Gingerich assisted by Clarence Kropf. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Landis, Abram M., son of Samuel R. and Catherine (Moyer) Landis, was born near Lederach, Pa., on Feb. 26, 1871; died at his home on the Old Skippack Road, Telford, Pa., on Dec. 29, 1956, six days after he was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage; aged 85 y. 10m. 3 d. On Oct. 4, 1893, he was united in marriage with Susan L. Alderfer, who survives, and soon after was received into the Salford Mennonite Church, maintaining his membership until death. In the summer of 1954 he and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, with almost all of his descendants present. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 5 children (Levi A., Harleysville; Samuel A., Abram A., Lindford A., and Susan A.-Mrs. Henry L. Ruth, all of Telford), a brother (Jacob M. Landis, of the Easter Mennonite Home, Souderton, formerly steward of the Home), 2 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Clemens and Mrs. Abram M. Nice, broth of Telford), 21 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 infant daughters, one granddaughter, a brother and a sister. He was a farmer all his life, and operated a stall in a Philadelphia Farmers' Market for 45 years. His quiet support was appreciated by the ordained brethren of his church and many friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at the Salford Mennonite, in charge of Elias Landis assisted by Rein Alderfer, Henry Ruth, and John Lapp. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Zehr, Edmund Peter, son of Edward and Louella Zehr, was born March 30, 1922, near Gridley, Ill.; departed this life March 2, 1957; aged 34 y. 11 m. 2 d., at the Mennonite Hospital, Beatrice, Nebr., after a sudden heart attack. On Sept. 2, 1951, he was married to Miriam Kuhns of La Junta, Colo. Surviving are his wife, 3 children (Edward Allen, Clark Daniel, and Mary Evelyn), his parents, 4 brothers (Donald, Howard, and Marvin, Gridley, Ill., and Orlyn, Newtown, Kans.), 2 sisters (Leola-Mrs. Vernon Flaming, Inman, Kans., and Marilyn-Mrs. Junior Yordy, Flanagan, Ill.). One sister preceded him in death in infancy. He accepted Christ in his youth and became a member of the Mennonite Church. He spent two years in Paraguay among the Mennonite refugees and at the time of his death, was administrator at the Mennonite Hospital in Beatrice. During the time of his administration the new hospital plant was planned and erected, dedication of which was planned for June. Funeral services were held in the First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, with Harold Buller and Ralph Weber in charge, with further services at the Meadows, Ill., Mennonite Church, in charge of Jacob Friesen with Lotus Troyer and Emanuel Ulrich assisting. Interment was made in the Waldo Cemetery, Gridley, Ill.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 17 - April 23, 1957-page 406, 407

Bender, Ada (Orendorf), was born Nov. 2, 1893, at Bittinger, Md.; passed away at canton, Ohio, on Feb. 13, 1957; after a prolonged illness. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church at Glade, Md., in 1908. She was married to Henry J. Bender on July 10, 1918. He with their 3 sons survive her (Ralph, Wauseon, Ohio; Lester and Chester, Canton, Ohio). Twin daughters preceded her in death. Services were held at the First Mennonite Church of Canton with Allen B. Ebersole in charge, assisted by Bill Detweiler. Burial was made in the Rowland Cemetery near the church.

Hartzler, Clarence V., son of Joseph G. and Susan (Hooley) Hartzler, was born Sept. 6, 1896, at Garden City, Mo.; passed away April 2, 1957; aged 60 y. 6 m. 26 d. Death occurred at the Harrisonville Memorial Hospital due to a hear condition. He was sick only five days. On Nov. 12, 1922, he was united in marriage to Nellie Yoder who survives. To this union were born 6 children-one son and five daughters (J. T., Mary Kathryn-Mrs. Lester Yoder, Ethel, Esther, and Helen, all of the home community, and Evelyn-Mrs. Maurice Smith, Norristown, Pa.). Also surviving are a brother (Ora J., Harrisonville), 2 sisters (Anna-Mrs. Henry J. King, Arcola, Ill.; Sylva-Mrs. D. D. King, Kansas City, Kans.), 2 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Sycamore Grove Church with Henry King, James Yoder, and S. S. Hershberger officiating.

Litwiller, Barbara, daughter of Peter J. and Magdalene Naffziger, was born March 10, 1872; passed away suddenly at her home on the evening of March 26, 1957; aged 85 y. 16 d. She was married to Amos Litwiller on Dec. 24, 1899 and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life for 57 years. To this union were born 5 daughters and 2 sons. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized at the Hopedale Mennonite Church by Bishop Christian Nafziger and was a faithful member for 70 years. She leaves her companion, 7 children (Mrs. Alma Kauffman, Minier, Ill.; Mrs. Marie Sutter, Hopedale; Leonard, Delavan, Ill.; Mrs. Mabel Zehr, Foosland, Ill.; John, Hopedale; Mrs. Erma Nafziger, Minier, Ill.; and Mrs. Edna Thompson, Berwyn, Ill.), 26 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Six brothers, one sister, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild preceded her in death.

Moyer, Elmer B., son of the late Christian and Hannah (Baum) Moyer, was born April 27, 1888, in Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa.; died while sleeping on the morning of March 26, 1957, at his home in Souderton, Pa.; aged 68 y. 10m. 29 d. He had been under a physician's care for a heart ailment for the past eight years. He united with the Souderton Mennonite Church on May 16, 1912, and was ordained a minister there on Oct. 28, 1919, while he was serving as superintendent of the Norristown Mennonite Mission. He assumed his duties with the Souderton congregation, serving faithfully as long as health permitted. He preached his last sermon on Aug. 26, 1956. He attended services in the morning of March 24, 1957and a song service in the evening of the same day. He was an ardent student of the Old and New Testaments, and his services as a teacher in Bible study and schools were used in New York State, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He was used also as an evangelist, and was well acquainted with a large proportion of the Mennonite Church and her ministry. He was united in marriage to Lena (Stout) Moyer, on Sept. 27, 1910. She and the following children survive (Marvin Moyer, Ardmore; Lois, Eunice, and Vesta, at home, and Harlan Moyer and two grandchildren, Harleysville). A brother (Charles B., Philadelphia) also survives. Funeral services were held at the Souderton meetinghouse and interment was made in the adjoining cemetery on Sunday, March 31, 1957, in charge of his three co-laborers.

Redcay, Edwin G., East Petersburg, Pa., son of the late Henry and Catherine (Gockley) Redcay, was born in Halfville, Pa., Aug. 2, 1888; departed from this life on Feb. 8, 1957, at the Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital after a lingering illness; aged 68 y. 6m. 6 d. On Nov. 30, 1909, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Myer. Surviving are his wife, 4 children (Christian M., Neffsville, Pa.; Harry M., Millersville, Pa.; Dorothy E.-Mrs. Mark C. Martin, East Petersburg; and Alma C., at home), 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, a brother (Elmer G., Lancaster, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Edwin Linville, Lampeter, Pa.; and Mrs. Samuel Wenger, Willow Street, Pa.). He was preceded in death by an infant son. He was a member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church of Lancaster, and was employed as sexton of the First Reformed Church, Lancaster, for seven years, before his retirement three years ago. Funeral services were held at the East Chestnut Street Church on Feb. 12, in charge of Stoner Krady, with interment in the Mellinger Cemetery.

Zuercher, Elma Helen, was born Feb. 18, 1906, to Frank and Katie (Baumgartner) Shoup, near Beach City, Ohio; peacefully passed away April 5, 1957, at her home near Orrville, Ohio; aged 51 y. 1m. 18 d. As a young girl she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Kolb and Longenecker Church, later transferring her membership to the Kidron Mennonite Church. On Dec. 14, 1930, she was married to Enos Zuercher, who survives. This union was blessed with one daughter (Ruth-Mrs. LaVern Shetler), who resides at the home, and one grandson. Also surviving besides her family and parents are 4 brothers and 3 sisters (Lloyd, Melvin, Ada, and Dorothy, all of Beach City; Erma-Mrs. Carl Tinsler, Marshville; Clayton, Orrville, and Orin, Dalton). One sister preceded her in death. For the past 6 years she bore her suffering with patience, submitting faithfully to the will of her Lord. Funeral services were conducted April 6 at the Kidron Church by Reuben Hofstetter and Paul R. Miller, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 18 - April 30, 1957-page 430

Frey, Anna, daughter of the late Martin B. and Elizabeth (Oberholtzer) Stauffer, was born April 24, 1901; passed away March 31, 1957, at her home near Lititz, Pa., of a heart attack after an illness over 18 years; aged 55 y.11m. 7 d. She was very patient in spite of much suffering from arthritis and a heart condition, and was an inspiration to those who visited her. She was a member of the Indiantown Mennonite Church. On Nov. 6, 1920, she was united in marriage to Enoch B. Frey. Surviving are her husband, 5 children (Elizabeth E., at home; Anna M., E. M. C., Harrisonburg, Va.; Martin S., New Holland, Pa.; Enoch, A., Sinking Spring, Pa.; and E. Ruth, at home), 11 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Samuel, Ephrata; Enos, Stevens; and Aaron, Denver, Pa.), 3 sisters (Mary-Mrs. Elmer Herr, Quarryville; Elizabeth-Mrs. Harry Adams, Lititz, and Mrs. Esther Nisley, Lancaster). Funeral services on April 4 at the Ephrata Mennonite Church were in charge of Isaac Gehman, Henry Fox, Mahlon Zimmerman and Wilmer Eby. Burial was made in the Pike Mennonite Cemetery.

Herr, Franklin Rohrer, son of Jacob Hershey and Ella Mae (Rohrer) Herr, was born in West Lampeter Twp., Feb. 26, 1915; died Sept. 22, 1956, at the Oakland Manor Sanatorium, Manuet, N. Y., where he had gone just two days before for further treatment of cancer; aged 41 y. 6m . 26 d. He accepted the Lord as his personal Saviour at the age of 13, and remained faithful until death. He served the Willow Street Mennonite Church in various ways prior to his illness. On Oct. 19, 1940, he was united in marriage to Lois Alma Charles. Preceding him in death were his father and a sister, Arlene. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, 3 daughters (Delores Faye, Dawn Elaine, and Cathy Ann), and one sister (Mary Ella Herr). Funeral services were held on his mother's birthday, Sept. 26, at the Willow Street Church in charge of Jacob T. Harnish and John A. Breneman. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Martin, Harry Leroy, son of Irvin D. and the late Bertha (Hunsecker) Martin, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Dec. 26, 1920; died at his home in Mercersburg, Pa., on March 29, 1957; aged 36 y. 3m. 3 d. He was a member of Millers Mennonite Church, Hagerstown, Md. He had been in ill health for the past 4 years, but bedfast only three months. Surviving are his wife, Rachel (Hege) Martin, 3 sons and 2 daughters (Duane, Delores, Jerry, George, Della, all at home), also his father, stepmother, 4 brothers and one sister (Melvin, Chambersburg, Pa.; Paul, Shippensburg, Pa.; Glenn, Lester, and Janet-Mrs. Adin Frey, all of Chambersburg), and 2 half sisters (Ruth and Ruby, both of Chambersburg). Funeral services were held on March 31 at the Millers Church with Irvin Shank and Samuel Martin officiating, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Roth, Jacob, son of Nicholas and Mary Roth, was born near Wayland, Iowa, June 28, 1871; passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sadie Hostetler, Cairo, Nebr., April 10, 1957; aged 85 y. 9m. 12 d. Death came after an attack of pneumonia. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his early youth, joined the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. At the time of his death he was a member of the West Fairview Mennonite Church, one of the few remaining members from the time of its organization. He was married to Magdalena Guth on Jan. 21, 1897. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters (Amos, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Nebr.; Alvin, Arthur, and Lester, Milford, Nebr.; Mrs. Sadie Hostetler, Cairo, Nebr.; and Clara Wyse, Wayland, Iowa). His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 1938. Surviving besides his children are 22 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Dan, Albany, Oreg., and Aaron, Milford), and one sister (Molly-Mrs. Joe Roth, Casselton, N. Dak.). Two brothers, one sister, and a grandchild preceded him in death. Funeral services were held April 13 at the West Fairview Church in charge of Wm. R. Eicher, assisted by Lloyal Burkey and Warren Eicher. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Saylor, Orange, son of Jacob and Catharine (Thomas), was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 15, 1888; died suddenly at his home in Davidsville, Pa., March 1, 1957; aged 68 y. 2m. 16 d. He is survived by 2 daughters (Ruth-Mrs. Henry Yoder, Davidsville, and Wilma, at home), 2 grandchildren, and one brother (Lemon, Hollsopple, Pa.). He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Fannie Blough and one daughter. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 54 years. Funeral services were held at the Blough Church on March 3 in charge of Harry Y. Shetler and Harry C. Blough. Interment was made in the Blough Cemetery.

Swartzentruber, Sarah, daughter of John and Christian (Hooley) Weirich, was born Sept. 27, 1866, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died at her home near Shipshewana, Ind., April 1, 1957, after a lingering illness of 14 years; aged 90 y. 6m. 5 d. On April 25, 1886, she was married to John J. Swartzentruber, who preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 1939. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters, two died in infancy and Perry in 1948. Surviving are (Della-Mrs. Wm. Boyer, Phoenix, Ariz.; Sylvia-Mrs. Ira Christner, Topeka, Ind.; twin sons, John and Ira, both of Shipshewana; Alta-Mrs. Raymond Eash, Middlebury, Ind.; and Flossie at home), 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one brother (A. K. Weirich, Shipshewana), and other relatives. She was a faithful member of the Shore Mennonite Church, where funeral services were conducted by the home ministry, with burial in the Yoder Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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