Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1957

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Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 23 - June 4, 1957 ­ page 549, 550

Brubaker, Amanda S., son of David and Lidia (Shoup) Brubaker, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1885; passed away at his home near Elida, Ohio, May 11, 1957; aged 73 y. 6m. 17 d. He had been in ill health for over 4 years and bedfast for the last ten month. On Jan. 7, 1919, he was married to Lesta M. Diller. This union was blessed with 4 children. Surviving are his wife, 2 daughters (Erma, at home, and Clara-Mrs. Harold Bear, Elida, Ohio), one son (Harold, Lima, Ohio), 5 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Clara-Mrs. Ray Hackman, Sterling, Ohio, and Mrs. Minnie Yoder, Clarence Center, N. Y.). Preceding him in death were an infant son, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Oak Grove Church, Smithville. He went to Lima, Ohio, 48 years ago where he lived until his death. He was active in church work, as superintendent and teacher for many years. At the time of his death he was a member of the Pike Church, Elida, where funeral services were held on May 14, with Paul Smith and Harold Good officiating. Interment was made in the Salem Cemetery.

Detweiler, Mrs. Rudy (Grace), was born in Wakarusa, Ind., June 7, 1878; died May 4, 1957, in Bradenton, Fla.; aged 78 y. 10 m. 27 d. She was converted in early womanhood and united with the Mennonite Church. She was a member of the Prairie Street Church, Elkhart, Ind. Surviving are 4 children (Mrs. Floyd Bolton, Elkhart; Mrs. Duane McKibben, Bradenton; Kenneth, Rolling Prairie, Ind.; and Benjamin, East Gary, Ind.), 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held at the Prairie Street Church, conducted by D. A. Yoder, assisted by J. B. Shenk, with burial in the Prairie Street Cemetery.

Eberly, David Z., son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Zimmerman) Eberly, was born in Earl Twp, Pa., March 25, 1877; died April 23, 1957, in Ephrata, Pa., on the homestead in a house built the year he was born, where he had been living with his niece, Mary Elizabeth Good, for some years; aged 80 y. 29 d. He had been bedfast only 2 days, but spent most of the time for the last 18 months on his chair with Bible or prayer book. He was married to Alice Buckwalter on Nov. 9, 1899. She preceded him in death On May 5, 1946; one son also preceded him. Surviving are 3 sons and 3 daughters (Magdalene-Mrs. Samuel High, Lititz, Pa.; Harvey, Steven; Anna-Mrs. Eli Reiff, Bareville, Phares, new Holland; Esther-Mrs. Adam martin, Bareville, and David B., Lancaster, Pa.), 40 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Henry and Nathan). He accepted his Lord and Saviour in his teens and was a faithful member of the Martindale Mennonite Church until his death. Funeral services were held April 26 at the Martindale Church with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Aaron Sensenig conducted the services.

Freeman, Archie Elwood, son of James and Hermie (Moats) Freeman, was born in Fairview, Pa., in 1916; departed this life May 13, 1957; aged 41 y. He died of a stroke while on the way to the hospital. Surviving are his wife Zella Freeman, these children (Cleveland, San Antonio, Texas; Ray, James, Lillian, and Robert at home), his mother, Waynesboro, Pa.; and these brothers and sisters (Mrs. Violet Ulrich, Mrs. Esther Gates, Mrs. Arthur Shearer, Clark and Chauncey, all of Waynesboro, Pa.). The funeral services at the Fox Hill Church, were conducted by Harvey E. Shank and Golden Bennett. Interment was made in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mont Alto.

Hostetler, Dewayne Maurice, son of Perry and Marie (Troyer) Hostetler, was born in Lagrange, Ind., Dec. 1, 1934; departed this life very suddenly and unexpectedly on April 30, 1957; aged 22 y. 4 m. 29d . His sister and family had spent the preceding evening with him at home and he seemed to have enjoyed it very much. A little over 3 years ago his brother preceded him in death in a similar manner. Surviving are his parents, 3 brothers (Samuel, Burr Oak, Mich.; Dorwin, Colon, Mich.; Wilbur, Sturgis, Mich.), 2 sisters (Doris-Mrs. John Brubaker and Elsie-Mrs. John Wickey, both of Burr Oak), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Almon Hostetler, Middlebury), and a host of other relatives and friends. When a boy he accepted Christ and was baptized as a member of the Locust Grove Mennonite Church near Burr Oak, Mich. Funeral services on May 2 at the Locust Grove Church were in charge of Clarence Troyer, William Wickey, and Orin Hooley. Burial was made in the Shore Cemetery at Shipshewana, Ind.

Landis, Mary, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Longenecker) Lehman, was born March 27, 1890, on the farm near Orrville, Ohio, on which she died on May 15, 1957; aged 67y. 1 m. 19 d. She was married to Harry A. Landis on June 20, 1920. Their two oldest children died at the ages of 7 and 3 on April 10 and April 16, 1929, of virus pneumonia. Later they were again blessed with a daughter and a son. Besides her parents and two young children, a brother and a sister preceded her in death. Surviving are her husband, a daughter (Maxine-Mrs. Daniel Witmer), a son (Ross W.), all of the home place; 5 grandchildren, and one sister (Elizabeth-Mrs. Roy A. Horst, Burton City). In 1924 she and her husband transferred their membership from the Church of the Brethren to the Chestnut Ridge Mennonite congregation, where they were ordained to the office of deacon and deaconess on June 14, 1951. She served in the various activities of the church until her death. She was stricken with leukemia a year ago and after receiving treatment at the University Hospital, partially recovered but a month ago she suffered a relapse and did not recover. Services were held May 17 at Martins Mennonite Church in charge of Louis Amstutz and Frank E. Nice.

Lantz, Emma, daughter of Gideon and Magdalena (Zook) Smucker, was born March 23, 1875, in Green Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio; died on May 15, 1957, at the Mennonite Home for the Aged, Rittman, Ohio; aged 84 y. 1m. 22 d. In her youth she confessed Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville, Ohio, where she remained a faithful member until death. On Nov. 14, 1897, she was married to Adam S. Lantz, who preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 1954. Surviving are a daughter (Zelta), one brother (A. L. Smucker, Smithville), and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church on May 18 with V. M. Gerig officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Reist, Magdalena (Weidman), was born Aug. 6, 1862, in Woolwich Twp., Ontario; died May 6, 1957, in Bay Port, Mich., at the home of her daughter, Lydia, with whom she had made her home for many years. On Oct. 10, 1880, she was married to Joel Reist. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband preceded her in death on June 25, 1925. Surviving are 3 daughters (Mrs. Lydia Schwartzentruber, Bay Port, Mich.; Mrs. Malinda Bauman, Pigeon, Mich.; and Mrs. William Eckenswiller, Argyle, Mich.), 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and one brother (Henry, Pigeon, Mich.). She was a charter member of the Pigeon Mennonite Church and is the last one to be called in death. Funeral services were held in the Pigeon Church in charge of Donald King with burial in the church cemetery.

Schrock, Katherine, daughter of John and Mary (Smith) Imhoff, was born near Metamora, Ill., Oct. 24, 1880; passed away at the Eureka (Ill.) Hospital, on May 11, 1957; aged 76 y. 6 m. 17 d. On Jan. 1, 1903, she was married to Peter B. Schrock, who preceded her in death on June 19, 1952. Surviving are 6 sons (Raymond, Atlanta, Ga.; Arthur, Metamora; Melvin, Lacon, Ill.; Lloyd, Rock Island, Ill.; Harold Roanoke, Ill.; and Wilmer, Peoria, Ill.), one daughter (Luella-Mrs. Arthur Noe, Eureka), 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She was the last survivor of a family of 10 children. In her early youth she accepted Christ and became a member of the Metamora Mennonite Church and continued faithful in attendance as long as her health permitted. On April, 1955, she entered the Mennonite Home in Eureka. Funeral services were held at the Metamora Church on May 14 with Roy Bucher in charge. Burial was made in the Hickory Point Cemetery.

Shoup, William Henry, son of John L. and Mary (Bixler) Shoup, was born Feb.14, 1868, in Paint Twp., Holmes Co., Ohio; departed this body May 11, 1958; aged 89 y. 2 m. 27 d. He was the last of his brothers and sisters. He was baptized in 1888 by Michael Horst. Four years later he had a real experience with Christ as his personal Saviour, and was a faithful member of the Salem Mennonite Church, Wooster, Ohio, at his death. He was married to Sarah Ziegler on August 28, 1898; she preceded him in death on March 6, 1907. To this union 5 children were born (Esther, who died in infancy; Mrs. Naomi Bauman, Mrs. Orpha Herr, Mrs. Mary Kornhaus, and Mrs. Hulda Brubaker). On Oct. 12, 1913, he was married to Barbara G. Amstutz, who died July 31, 1917. On Aug. 20, 1920, he was married to Mary Hartzler, who survives. Besides his wife and 4 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many friends remain. Funeral and burial were at Martin's Church, Orrville, Ohio.

Sweigart, Annie G., daughter of the late Samuel and Mary (Good) Sweigart, was born July 10, 1867, near New Holland, Pa.; died May 7, 1957, at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Lydia Sweigart, Ephrata, Pa.; aged 89 y. 9m. 27 d. She was a faithful member of the New Holland Mennonite Church, and had attended communion services on Easter, April 21; soon afterward her strength declined rapidly, and she was bedfast only five days before her death. Surviving are 2 sisters (Ellen-Mrs. E. T. Line, Denver, Pa.; and Mrs. Emma Musselman, Gettysburg, Pa.), and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held May 10 at the Groffdale Mennonite Church in charge of James H. Martin, Mahlon Witmer, and Noah N. Sauder, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Yoder, Joseph S., son of the late Tobias and Anna (Shultz) Yoder, was born near Allensville, Pa., Oct. 21, 1901. While on his way to work on Friday morning, April 19, 1957, he met in a head-on collision with a car which was endeavoring to pass another car in a fog and very poor visibility. Death came almost instantaneously at the time of the head-on crash. He was aged 55 y. 5m. 29 d. On Jun 27, 1936, he was married to Lina E. Kauffman of Belleville, Pa. There were no children born to this union. In addition to his wife he is survived by one sister (Hettie-Mrs. Noah L. Peachey, Belleville, Pa.). In his youth he became a member of the Old Order Amish Church; in 1934, he was affiliated with the Mennonite Church and for the past 12 years was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa. Funeral services were conducted at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church on April 22, with Jacob F. Weirich in charge; interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Yoder, Peter Elmer, son of Elmer E. and Catherine (Zook) Yoder, was born near Reedsville, Pa., June 13, 1938. On Tuesday forenoon, April 30, 1957, he was critically hurt in an accident with a tractor on his father's farm near Huntingdon, Pa., operated by his brother, Willard. His brother in a nearby field heard a loud crash and upon investigation found Peter critically injured on the side of a steep hill. It is believed that while plowing with the tractor on a hilltop he got too near the edge and the heavy tractor went down over the sloped for a distance of 800 feet. The tractor then crashed into a deep ravine at the bottom of the hill. His body was found about 400 feet from the ravine, and it appears he either jumped or fell from the runaway tractor. He was taken to the J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, where it was reported that he suffered from a fractured skull, a crushed chest, and a broken neck. He passed away on Sunday evening, May 5; aged 18 y. 10m. 21 d. One of his chief characteristics was to sing while at work; a neighbor heard him singing from the tractor a short time before the accident. He was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa., since 1952. In addition to his parents he is survived by 3 brothers and 4 sisters (Willard and Roland, Huntingdon, Pa.; Shirley, Marie, Rubie, Rhoda, and John, all at home with their parents in Belleville, Pa.), and a grandmother (Mrs. Zook of Allensville). Funeral services were conducted at the Maple Grove Church on May 8 with Jacob F. Weirich in charge; interment was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 24 - June 11, 1957 ­ page 573, 574

Brenneman, Moses E., was born Sept. 26, 1881, to Daniel and Marie (Boshart) Brenneman, in Wellesley, Ont.; passed away May 18, 1957, after being confined two and a half weeks as a result of a heart attack; aged 75 y. 7m. 23 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized into the Maple View Mennonite Church near Wellesley, Ont., in 1896 by Bishop Jacob Wagler. In 1900 the Brenneman family moved to Nebraska, and four years later took an extended trip to the West. It was on this trip that Bro. Brenneman met Orpha Mae Mishler with whom he was united in marriage at Roseland, Nebr., on Feb. 23, 1906. They moved to Albany, Oreg., on Oct. 19, 1909, and he was ordained to the office of deacon in the Twelfth Street Church, Albany, Oreg., on March 18, 1912, by the brethren David Hilty and J. D. Misher. Three years later, on Nov. 7, 1915, he was ordained to the office of minister by the brethren J. S. Shoemaker, S. G. Shetler, and J. P. Bontrager. In the years that followed, up to the time of his death, he took an active interest in the church-wide activities and developments as well as assisting in the ministerial responsibilities of the Twelfth Street Church, now named the Albany Mennonite Church. His continual concern, his faithful counsel, and his devoted fellowship and ministry will be greatly missed by the Albany Church and the Pacific Coast Conference. He was preceded in death by 4 children, one of whom, Francis, preceded him by 3 weeks, on April 30, 1957. Surviving are his wife, 4 sons (Paul, Santa Barbara, Calif.; John, Calvin, and Edward, Albany), 14 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, one brother (Dan), and one sister (Mary Kanagy) both of Albany. Funeral services at the Albany Church on may21 were in charge of David W. Mann, assisted by C. J. Ramer, N. A. Lind, and Allen H. Erb, with burial in the Riverside Cemetery.

Ely, Frances, daughter of Olin and Barbara (Miller) Zink, was born near Conway, Kans., on July11, 1906; departed this life on May 6, 1957, after a prolonged illness; aged 50 y. 9 m. 25 d. As a young girl she accepted Christ as her Saviour and in January, 1917, became a member of the West Liberty Mennonite Church. On Aug. 26, 1928, she was united in marriage to Oren Ely. She took an active part in the affairs of the community, placing the duties of her church above all other interests, serving in the various departments wherever she was needed. In October, 1955, she became afflicted with a physical ailment which after some months developed into cancer. In June, 1956, she requested the anointing service which was administered. In face of the intense pain and suffering, she remained very patient and resigned throughout the many months of her illness. Her constant concern during the last months of her life was for the spiritual welfare of the unsaved. She is survived by her husband, 4 children (Joan-Mrs. Emery Gerber, Harper, Kans.; Elaine, Gale, and Danny of the home), her mother (Mrs. Barbara Zink, Inman, Kans.), 2 brothers (Clarence, Wichita, Kans.; and Orval, Scott City, Kans.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mabel Schultz, Clyde, Kans., and Isla Zink, Scottdale, Pa.), and other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the West Liberty Church by M. M. Troyer and Don Zook on May 9, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Gunden, Mary, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Eash) Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, June 1, 1859; passed away at her home in Pigeon, Mich., after a few days' illness of pneumonia, May 12, 1957; aged 97 y. 11 m.12 d. On March 16, 1879, she was married to John Gunden, who preceded her in death on May 24, 1931. Also preceding her were four daughters, one son, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Surviving are the following 9 children (Chris, Goshen, Ind.; Joseph, Archbold, Ohio; William, Elkhart, Ind.; John and Mary-Mrs. Mose Albrecht, Bay Port, Mich.; Lydia-Mrs. Sol Mayer, Sarasota, Fla.; Mrs. Fannie Yoder, Laura and Agnes-Mrs. Jesse Byler, Pigeon, Mich.), 47 grandchildren, 110 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Mahlon and Chris Swartzendruber, Kalona, Iowa). She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was received as a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She was the last charter member of the Pigeon River Conservative Mennonite Church. The family moved from Iowa to the Bay Port community in 1904, and in 1921 moved to Pigeon, Mich. Funeral services were held May 15 by Emmanuel Swartzendruber, Willard Mayer, and Earl J. Maust, with burial in the church cemetery.

Jutzi, Janice Margaret, daughter of Emerson and Ahleda Jutzi, was born July 19, 1947; passed away very suddenly when she was struck by a train on May 18, 1957; aged 9 y. 10 m. She leaves to mourn her parents, one sister (Kathryn), a foster brother and sister (Ricki and Sharon) and a grandmother (Mrs. Catherine Brenman) all of Baden, Ont., and a host of relatives and friends. A brother preceded her in death Dec. 24, 1956. Funeral services were held May 21 in charge of Orland Gingerich, assisted by Peter Nafziger, Mose O. Jantzi, and Elmer Schwartzentruber, with burial in the church cemetery.

Pletcher, Louella C., was born to Daniel J. and Nancy (Yoder) Johns on April 18, 1885, near Shipshewana, Ind.; departed this life at the Goshen Hospital, May 18, 1957; aged 72 y. 1 m. In her early youth she was baptized at the Clinton Frame Church by her father, who ministered there for 50 years. On Dec. 18, 1904, she was married to Landon J. Pletcher. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. In 1928 they moved to Middlebury and she transferred her membership to the Middlebury Mennonite Church, of which she was a member at her passing. For many years she was active in the various church and community activities. Her home was always open, especially to the young people, and her influence for good was felt by all who knew her. Her last few winters were spent in Florida. A number of years ago she became afflicted with sugar diabetes and this disease affected her sight and hearing. Death invaded the family only once-the death of her youngest son in infancy. Surviving are her husband, one son (Lester, Shipshewana), 3 daughters (Letha-Mrs. Harley Yoder, Lagrange, Ind.; Wilma-Mrs. Etril Leinbach, Moorepark, Mich.; Velda-Mrs. Lee Hooley, Shipshewana), one foster daughter (Viola-Mrs. Elmer Bowman, Goshen, Ind.), one brother (Otis N. Johns, Louisville, Ohio), 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted at the Middlebury Church were in charge of Wilbur Yoder, with a message by D. A. Yoder. Interment was made in the Union Chapel Cemetery.

Swartzendruber, Annie, daughter of Joseph J. and Barbara (Brenneman) Swartzendruber, was born Jan. 23, 1860, in Johnson Co., Iowa, on the farm which her father had purchased from the government when he went to Iowa in 1846; died at the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, on May 8, 1957; aged 97 y. 3m. 15 d. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was baptized by her father. On Feb. 6, 1881, she was married to Christian P. Swartzendruber, who preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1925. To this union 5 children were born (Owen, deceased; Mrs. Barbara Miller, Parnell, Iowa; Ezra, Yucaipa, Calif.; Emma, deceased; and Urie, Parnell). After their marriage they lived on a farm near West Union Church until 1903 when they moved to the farm where she resided the last 54 years of her life. For the last nine years she was no longer able to attend church services regularly. Surviving are the 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many more relatives and friends. Her health had been exceptionally good and only the last several months did she need the help to move about in her room. On May 6 the doctor felt she should be taken to the hospital, to which she readily agreed, but two days later was called Home. She had the unique experience of never having been outside of Iowa, but she did much reading and her knowledge went far beyond the boundaries of the state. Funeral services were held at the Upper Deer Creek Church on May 10 in charge of Albert S. Miller and Elmer G. Swartzendruber.

Zimmerman, Jacob E., son of Christian and Rosaline (Eicher) Zimmerman, was born Aug. 23, 1881, at Milford, Nebr.; died of a heart attack at his home in Milford on May 8, 1957; aged 75 y. 8m. 15d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in early youth, joined the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. At the time of his death he was a member of the East Fairview Church. In Feb. 1901, he was married to Phoebe Rediger, who preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 1944. To this union were born 5 sons and 6 daughters. Two sons preceded him in death. Surviving are his daughters (Mrs. Minnie Detweiler, Mrs. Stella Burkey, Mrs. Leona Hauder and Viola Zimmerman, all of Milford; Mrs. Alta Zehr and Mrs. Vietta Birkey, Manson, Iowa), 3 sons (Lee, Rockwell City, Iowa; Delmar, Lebanon, Oreg.; and Jake, Jr., Seward, Nebr.), 34 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Henry Stauffer, Mrs. Lee Schlegel, and Mrs. Katie Jantze, Milford), 2 half sisters (Mrs. Lee Schweitzer and Mrs. Emory Schweitzer, Milford). One brother, 3 sisters, one half sister and 2 half brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held May 11 at the East Fairview Church with William Eicher officiating, assisted by Ammon Miller and Sterling U. Stauffer. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 25 - June 18, 1957-page 600

Friesen, John Z., son of Jacob R. and Kathryn (Classen) Friesen, was born Feb. 9, 1922, at Meade, Kans., died April 23, 1957, after an auto accident; aged 35 y. 2m. 14 d. He served in C. P. S. for three years, and immediately following his discharge, he volunteered for 3 years of service in China under the MCC. These years meant much to him, and on several occasion when his life was in danger in communist areas, he experienced real peace of God. At the age of 15 he took Christ as his Saviour and was a faithful member of the Roanoke Mennonite Church, Eureka, Ill., at the time of his death. On Feb. 9, 1950, he was married to Mildred Garber, who survives with 4 children (Jay, Howard, Gwendolyn, and Rachel). Also surviving are his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Jacob R. Friesen, Meade, Kans.), and the following brothers and sisters: Margaret, Ben, Jake, Cornie, Anna, and Henry, of Meade; Susie, Eureka; Elizabeth, Henderson, Nebr., Peter of Africa, and Isaac, Edenburg, Texas.

Good, Charles Early, son of Isaac and Mary (Ashenfelter) Good, was born at Harrisonburg, Va., July 23, 1886; died at the Central Clinic, Salem, Ohio, May 27, 1957; aged 70 y. 10 m. 3 d.; death followed a stroke suffered two days earlier. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. On Nov. 26, 1908, he was united in marriage to Viola Hartman. This union was blessed with 4 children (Daniel, Columbiana, Ohio; and Lloyd, Salem, Ohio; Mary Lee-Mrs. Hayden Nicols, and Thelma-Mrs. Joseph Lehman, both of Columbiana). Besides his wife and children, he is survived by 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Weldon, Dayton, Va.; and Allis, Clearwater, Fla.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Laura Johnson, Nashua, N. H.; Elizabeth Good, and Mrs. Lester Meyers, both of Harrisonburg, Va.), and other relatives. Services were in charge of S. A. Yoder and John Paul Oyer.

Graybill, J. Walter, son of W. W. and Jennie (Wingard) Graybill, was born March 30, 1906, near Richfield, Pa.; died very suddenly of heart failure, on March 20, 1957; aged 50 y. 11m. 20 d. On Nov. 9, 1949, he was ordained to the ministry at Cross Road, his home church, where he faithfully served. He also served as pastor for the Young People's Activities Group and had an interest in the local church school. He is survived by his wife, Orpha (Shelley) Graybill, four sons (Shelley, John, Huber, and Orville, all at home), his parents 4 brothers (Roy, Ralph, Paul, and William), 4 sisters (Ruth-Mrs. David Kauffman, Lena-Mrs. Norman Brubaker, Freda-Mrs. Chester Lauver, all in the home community; Anna-Mrs. Raleigh Yehner, Ontario, Calif.). Funeral services were held at the Cross Road Mennonite Church, March 24, in charge of Jacob G. Brubaker and Boyd Kauffman. Burial was made in the Brick Church Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume L, Number 26 - June 25, 1957 ­ page 614, 615

Bange, Susan May, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clair J. Bange, Hanover, Pa., was born May 2, 1957; passed away May 3, 1957. A stillborn brother preceded her in death. Surviving besides her parents, are 2 brothers (Clair J., Jr., and Glen E.), the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Cleason J. Forry, and Mrs. Ralph Bange), and the great-grandmother (Mrs. Jacob Hershey). Graveside services were held May 3 at the York Road Cemetery with R. Norman Bange officiating.

Derstine, Anna M., daughter of the late Menno and Dallice (Moyer) Derstine, was born Aug. 26, 1900, in Franconia Twp., Pa.; passed away Jan. 14, 1957, after a very brief illness, at the Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa.; aged 56 y. 4 m. 19 d. Although she had not been feeling very well for about a month, her death came unexpectedly. She had been a faithful member of the Franconia Mennonite Church since her youth. Bereft of her mother at an early age, she kept house for her father until his death in January, 1931. During this time she also cared for a niece who was orphaned at the age of one. Since her father's death,. 26 years ago, she gave her services to the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa. She is greatly missed by the workers and guests of this Home as well as a sister (Edna-Mrs. Alvin D. Detweiler, Souderton), a brother (Allen, Telford, Pa.), and many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death, besides her parents, were 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Funeral services at the Eastern Mennonite Home on Jan. 17 were in charge of Marvin Anders and at the Franconia Church in charge of Menno B. Souder. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

Derstine, Samuel L., son of the late Samuel H. and Hannah (Leatherman) Derstine, was born in Bedminster Twp., Berks Co., Pa., Nov. 25, 1873; died Jan. 22, 1957; aged 83 y. 1 m. 28 d. He was confined to his home with a heart ailment since October. He was born on the farm where he died and lived all his life, and was the first one of the family to go. He was a faithful member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church. Surviving are his wife (Lizzie Trauger Derstine), the following children (Willis T., Ottsville; Isaac T., Perkasie; Clara, at home; Noah T., Perkasie; Mrs. Titus Landis, Vernfield; Chester T., Dublin; Harold T., Telford; Samuel T., Perkasie), 29 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Annie Trauger, Dublin). His son said he never heard his father say anything again a minister not a neighbor! Funeral services held at the Deep Run Church were in charge of Wilson Overholt and Erwin Nace, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Grove, John Martin, son of Samuel and Mary (Snyder) Grove, was born at Benson, Ill., Feb. 1, 1869; after an extended illness of cancer he died at his home in Hesston, Kans., June 4, 1957; aged 88 y. 4 m. 3 d. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church at Cullom, Ill., and remained a faithful member until death. On Nov. 19, 1891, he and Emma Ellen Haun were united in marriage. To them were born 4 children (Mary-Mrs. Lester Beck, Peabody, Kans.; Fred H., Limon, Colo.; Gladys, Hesston, with whom he made his home the last 9 years and Ruth-Mrs. Albert Weaver, Hesston). Annabel Allen-Mrs. Ellen Plog, Herlong, Calif., made her home with them for 7 of her childhood years. In 1891 the family moved to Garden City, Mo., and in 1908 to Newton, Kans. In 1945 he and his wife retired to their home in Hesston, where they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in 1946. He was a charter member of the Board of Hesston College and was a faithful supporter of the college. On May 6 his pastor , with friends served him his last communion. Preceding him in death was his wife, in 1948; also one sister, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson. Besides his immediate family, he is survived by one sister (Mrs. C. J. Garber, Alpha, Minn.). Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania Church, Hesston, on June 7 with Earl Buckwalter in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Hershey, Lillie L., daughter of the late Daniel H. and Fannie (Landis) Denlinger, was born near Gap, Pa., April 18, 1884; died May 6, 1957; married to Silas N. Hershey. Surviving are her husband, these sons and daughters (Elsie-Mrs. Miles E. Harsh, Kinzers, Pa.; Evelyn-Mrs. Clarence Stambaugh, Lititz; Lester D., Kinzers; Elizabeth-Mrs. Elmer D. Zimmerman, Intercourse; Willis D., Kinzers; Reba-Mrs. Chester B. Nolt, Bareville, and Doris-Mrs. Benjamin F. Kauffman, Brownstown), 18 grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Ruth Kurtz, New Holland), and a brother (J. Landis Denlinger, Lancaster). She was preceded in death by an infant daughter. She was a faithful member of the Hershey Mennonite Church where funeral services were held on May 9 in charge of Martin R. Hershey and Amos Weaver, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Kreider, Frank N., son of the late John S. and Anna (Neff) Kreider, was born Sept. 21, 1868, near Lancaster, Pa.; passed away at the home of his son, Ammon, Lancaster; on April 26, 1957; aged 88 y. 7m. 5 d. He was the husband of Lizzie Anna (Kauffman) Kreider, who preceded him in death. He was ordained to the ministry at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church on Jan. 24, 1907, where he served faithfully as pastor until failing health prevented. Surviving are 4 sons (Ammon K., Lancaster; Elmer K., East Petersburg; Irvin K., Lancaster, and B. Franklin, Manheim), 23 grandchildren, and 47 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on April 29 in charge of James b> Siegrist, Henry E. Lutz, and D. Stoner Krady, with interment in the East Petersburg Church cemetery.

Lantz, Sarah S., daughter of Samuel and Jemima (Hooley) Mast, was born near Bloomington, Ill., Oct. 31, 1875; passed away Feb. 24, 1957, at the home of her son, Parke, in Goshen, Ind.; aged 81 y.3 m. 24 d. At a an early age her parents moved to Cass Co., Mo., where she grew to womanhood. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Bethel Mennonite Church near Garden City, Mo. At the time of her death she was a member of the Goshen College congregation. She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi F. Lantz, who she married Feb. 18, 1896, and one daughter. Surviving are 3 sons (Sherman, La Junta, Colo.; Maurice, and Parke, Goshen, Ind.), one daughter (Ethel-Mrs. J. E. Ewan, Pomona, Calif.), 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many friends. Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at the Yoder Funeral Home in charge of John Mosemann and Sanford Yoder, with interment in the Violette Cemetery.

Mast, John L., son of Jonathan and Annie (Hertzler) Mast, was born at Baltimore Co., Md., Nov. 19, 1867; passed away May 26, 1957, at the County Rest Home, Greenwood, Del., where he had been a guest for two months; aged 89y. 6m. 7 d. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lydia A. Zook, on Aug. 29, 1928, and also his second wife, the former Salina Smucker Zook, June 27, 1944. He is survived by a foster daughter (Ruth-Mrs. Orrie Peachey, Sarasota, Fla.), 2 foster grandchildren and other relatives and friends. He was ordained to the ministry in January, 1900, and to the office of bishop in 1906. He faithfully served the Locust Grove Conservative congregation, near Belleville, Pa., as long as health permitted, as well as helping at other places during his ministry. Funeral services were held at the Locust Grove Church on May 29 with Louis Peachey in charge, and Erie Renno preaching the main sermon, assisted by John L. Glick, Edwin Albrecht, Orie Kauffman, C. W. Bender, and Ivan Miller. Burial was made in the Allensville Cemetery.

Meyer, Christie Elizabeth, was born on Nov. 16, 1900, at Beaver Crossing Nebr., to Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Obermier; passed away after several months of illness on May 23, 1957; aged 56 y. 6 m. 7 d. She was married to Jake Meyer on Dec. 30, 1923. In 1940 they moved to Albany, Oreg., where they lived until her death. She accepted the Lord in her youth and was baptized into the Christian Church at Beaver Crossing. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in 1935 and was a member of the Albany (Oregon) Mennonite Church at the time of her death. She was always active in the Lord's work, teaching, helping with camp work, and witnessing at every opportunity she had. Surviving are her husband, 5 sons (Leland, San Francisco, Calif.; Glen, Lowell, Jake Jr., and Franklin, all of Albany), 3 grandchildren, her mother, Millie Obermier, Albany, and 2 sisters (Betty Dettmer, Spenard, Alaska, and Francis Hageman, Lincoln, Nebr.). Services were held at the Albany Church on May 26 in charge of David W. Mann assisted by Raymond E. book. Burial was made in the Willamette Memorial Park, Albany.

Mullet, Jacob J., was born April 5, 1885, to Jacob and Sarah (Mast) Mullet, near Bremen, Ind. When he was a child, the family moved to Carrington, and then Mylo, N. Dak. In 1904, they moved by covered wagon to Bloomfield, Mont. Here they were among the first homesteaders in this area. On Jan. 9, 1911, he married Elizabeth Kauffman. To this union were born 3 children (Frank, Glendive, Mont.; Lena-Mrs. Virgil Nofziger, Lebanon, Oreg.; and Clarence, Albany, Oreg.). In his youth he joined the Old Order Amish Church. In 1917 he was instrumental in starting and organizing the Red Top Mennonite Church near Bloomfield. He was a charter member and served many years in different offices. In 1943 they moved to Glendive, where he worked as an orderly in the hospital, a venture which he enjoyed very much. The next move was to Albany, Oreg., almost 10 years ago, where he was very active in church work. He was suddenly stricken ill on March 27 and taken to the Lebanon Hospital on Thursday, where he was operated on for an intestinal block. Complications set in and on April1 3 he was taken to the University of Oregon Medical Center where he again had surgery. He w as resting quietly, when he was called home. Surviving are his wife, 3 children, 13 grandchildren, one brother (David, Bloomfield, Mont.), and many other relatives and friends.

Moshier, Anna, daughter of Daniel and Lena (Roggie) Moser, was born near Kirchnerville, N. Y., Sept. 30, 1886; passed away at the Lewis Country General Hospital on May 10, 1957; aged 70 y. 7 m. 10 d. She suffered a heart condition for several years. On Dec. 29, 1908, she was married to John W. Moshier, who preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1955. Surviving are 3 sons (Ezra, Castorland, N. Y.; Reuben, Lowville, N. Y.; Floyd, Carthage, N. Y.), 2 daughters (Alma, Lowville; Belva-Mrs. Clifton Lehman, Castorland), one sister (Mollie-Mrs. David Yousey, Castorland), 3 brothers (Jacob and Daniel, Croghan, N. Y., and Andrew, Copenhagen, N.Y.), and 9 grandchildren. In her youth she united with the Conservative Mennonite Church of Lewis Co., N. Y., and continued as a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted on May 12 at the Croghan Church in charge of Elias Zehr and Lloyd Boshart, with burial in the church cemetery.

Risser, Ephraim E., son of Levi and Lizzie (Erb) Risser, was born near Lancaster, Pa., on Feb. 11, 1881. Since 1905, he had lived most of his life in Harvey Co., Kans., where he passed away suddenly at his home in Hesston on May 23, 1957; aged 76 y. 3 m. 12 d. He and his wife were working in the yard when he expressed a felling of dizziness. He sat down to rest and quietly died. Surviving are his wife, Mrs.Emma (King) Risser, 3 children (Ethel, Manhattan, Kans.; Margaret-Mrs. Robert Thaxton, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Eldon, Lakewood, Colo.), 3 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters (Clayton, Milford, Mich.; Jonas, Lancaster, Pa.; Norman, Nutley, N. J.; Mrs. Katie Ulrich, Lancaster, Pa.; Mrs. Lillie Danner, New Hyde Park, N. Y.). Two daughters preceded him in death. His first wife, Mary (Horst) Risser passed away Aug. 24, 1917. He was married to Emma King on Oct. 23, 1921. He was a class of 45 baptized by Bro. T. M. Erb in March, 1906, and was received into the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church where he took an active interest in the work of the church. He actively participated in the church prayer meeting the evening preceding his death. Funeral services at the Pennsylvania Church on May 26 were conducted by Earl Buckwalter, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Yoder, Cora E., daughter of the late Christian and Elizabeth (Yoder) Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., June 5, 1903; passed away May 24, 1957, at the Lancaster General Hospital, aged 55 y. 11 m. 19d. Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage. One Oct. 7, 1924, she was married to Levi A. Yoder, who preceded her in death on Jan. 28, 1957. She was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Atglen, Pa. Surviving are the following 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, Soudersburg, Pa.), one granddaughter, one brother (Daniel A., Belleville), and one sister (Molly-Mrs. Alpha B. Kauffman, Belleville.). Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were at the Maple Grove Church were in charge of Glenn Esh and Abner Stoltzfus, with interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Yoder, Mary A., daughter of the late Jonathan and Katie (Slaubaugh) Plank, was born Dec. 11, 885, in Johnson Co., Iowa; passed away May 18, 1957, after being hospitalized for 22 months; aged 71 y. 5m. 7 d. She moved to Arthur, Ill., at the age of 10 and spent the rest of her life there. On Jan. 6, 1907, she was married to Jacob D. Yoder, who preceded her in death on June 22, 1956. In her youth she became a member of the Old Order Amish Church where she remained to the end. Surviving are 7 children (John Edward, Sarasota, Fla.; Lydia Mae-Mrs. Dan Whetstone, Ora Glen-Massillon, Ohio; Jonas M., Canton, Ohio; Alvin A., and Mary Magdalena, Arthur, Ill.; Iva Ellen-Mrs. Levi G. Swartzentruber, Winesburg, Ohio), 20 grandchildren, one brother, 5 sisters, a stepmother, 4 half brothers, and 3 half sisters. Funeral services were held May 21 at the Menno Chupp home, with interment in the Alto Cemetery Near Arthur, Ill.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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