Mellinger, Annie Barbara, daughter of the late Jacob and Barbara (Kurtz) Umble, was born near Gap, Pa.; Sept. 19, 1869, entered into rest Jan. 7, 1957; 87 y. 3m. 18 d. She was the youngest of a family of 6 children and the last surviving member. On Nov. 27, 1902, she was married to Jacob H. Mellinger, who preceded her in death Sept. 23, 1934. Her husband was ordained to the ministry, Jan. 3, 1911. She was very much concerned in the Lord's work. As long as she was able, she enjoyed doing her share in the work of the sewing circle. For a number of years she was unable to see to read and much of her time was spent in prayer and meditation of Scripture that she knew. She is survived by her 4 children (Dorothy M.-Mrs. John R. Wenger, Linville, Va.; Joseph A., Gap, Pa.; M. Elizabeth-Mrs. Daniel B. Weaver, Lancaster, Pa.; Anna B.-Mrs. Ray D. Deiter, Lancaster, Pa.), also 17 grandchildren. She was not able to leave her room for the past 5 years and was cared for by her daughter-in-law and son with whom she made her home for the last 9 years of her life. She enjoyed the visits of faithful friends and especially appreciated the visits of the ministers and those who sang for her. Funeral services in charge of Martin Hershey, B. Frank Torrey, and Amos Weaver were held on Jan. 10 at the Paradise Mennonite Church where she had been a member for many years.
Nolt, Nettie L., daughter of the late Samuel and Amanda (Landis) Martin, was born Feb. 6, 1883; died on Dec. 31, 1956, at Bareville, Pa., after an illness of 7 weeks with heart trouble; aged 73 y. 10m. 25 d. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and was faithful until death. On Nov. 21, 1912, she was married to Joseph H. Nolt, and for the past 44 years they resided on a farm at Bareville. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons (Harry M., Aldus M., at Bareville; and Amos M., Mt. Joy, Pa.), 12 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Daniel B. Martin, Ephrata, Pa.; Mrs. Harry Felpel, Lancaster, Pa.; Mrs. Jacob Zimmerman, Leola), and a brother (Joseph L., Kinzers, Pa.). Eleven brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Jan.3, 1957, at the Groffdale Frame Mennonite Church by Luke Good and Joseph O. Weaver, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Rintz, Eva, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Keller, Pinkerton, was born in Parkesburg, Pa.; departed this life in Lancaster General Hospital; Dec. 13, 1956; aged 51 years. Surviving are her husband, the following children (David C., Mary-Mrs. Charles Van Aulen, Lancaster; Esther-Mrs. Mrs. John Parthemer, Parkesburg, and John W., Lancaster), 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and 15 grandchildren. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her early married life and united with the Mennonite Church, being among the first group of converts at the Sunnyside Mission near Lancaster. She was greatly afflicted in body for several years, having been in the hospital for different treatments at least 16 times, and she passed through great trials in the home, but bore it with great patience, appreciating the privilege of worshiping at the mission whenever health permitted. Funeral services were held at the Sunnyside Mission on Dec. 15, in charge of David High, assisted by Witmer Barge and Joe Miller. Burial was made in Riverview Cemetery.
Ruth, John Y., ----, Pa., was born July 8, 1875; died Dec. 27, 1956; aged 81 y. 5 m. 18 d. He is survived by his widow, one son, one daughter, 3 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were in charge of Ellis Mack with Marvin Anders assisting.
Schwartzentruber, Christian, son of the late Christian and Leah (Oesch) Sxhwartzentruber, was born March 10, 1878, near Zurich, Ont.; passed away at his home in Blake, Ont., Dec. 14, 1956, after a lengthy illness. He suffered a stroke in June, 1954, from which he never fully recovered. On Sept. 28, 1912, he was united in marriage with Nancy Zehr, who survives. This union was blessed with 3 children (Edmund, Mabel-Mrs. Bert Bachert, and Edith-Mrs. Harold Widrick). Also surviving are 13 grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of a family of 6 brothers and sisters. He was a faithful member of the Blake A. M. Church, where services were held Dec. 17, in charge of Ephraim Gingerich, Samuel Schultz, and Peter Nafziger. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Schwartzentruber, John, son of the late Christian and Veronica (Eby) Schwartzentruber, was born at Petersburg, Ont., on June 4, 1864; died at the home of his son Clayton in Petersburg on Jan. 22, 1957, after a lingering illness; aged 89 y. 7m. 17 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into fellowship with the A. M. Church, to which faith he remained faithful until death. On March 8, 1896, he was united in marriage to Catherine Schwartzentruber, who died May 6, 1929. To this union were born one daughter (Matilda-Mrs. John L. Roth), and one son (Clayton), both of Petersburg. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Christian, New Hamburg, Ont.). Eleven brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the St. Agatha A. M. Church on Jan. 25, conducted by Elmer Schwartzentruber, Orland Gingerich, and Peter Nafziger. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Snider, Mrs. David N., daughter of the late Samuel and Susannah Weber, was born at Floradale, Ont., Nov. 6, 1881; passed away at her home near Hawkesville, Ont., Jan. 30, 1957; aged 75 y. 2 m. 23 d. On May 20, 1903, she was married to David M. Snider, who predeceased her on Dec. 18, 1952. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter (Leonard, Elmira; Angus, Waterloo, and Erma-Mrs. Oscar Snyder, Elmira). Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Oliver D. Snider, Elmira, and Mrs. Jeremiah Shantz, Baden), and 1 brother (Angus Weber, Conestoga). She was predeceased by 3 grandchildren and one sister. She became a Christian early in life, and united with the Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful until death. In September, 1951, she suffered a stroke which left her partially paralyzed. She bore her affliction very patiently and cheerfully and often expressed her desire to go home to be with the Lord. Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church in charge of Roy S. Koch, assisted by Noah Hunsberger. Burial was in the St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery.
Snyder, Elizabeth, daughter of H. B. and Mathilda Dettweiler, was born at Zurich, Ont., March 14, 1864; died at the home of her youngest son, Leroy, near Vestaburg, Mich., Jan. 9, 1957; aged 92 y. 9 m. 25 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of 15, was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at 17, and was a faithful Christian until death. She became a charter member of the Zion Mennonite Church, Vestaburg, Mich., when it was organized in 1914. On Oct. 11, 1887, she was united in marriage to Abraham Snyder, Bloomingdale, Ont., who preceded her in death on April 23, 1945. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters, 3 of who have preceded her in death. Surviving are 4 children (Hannah-Mrs. David Ropp, Alma, Mich.; Abram and Leroy of Vestaburg, and Lydia-Mrs. Otto Beach, Edmore), a foster daughter (Marie-Mrs. Ivan Brubacher, Bright, Ont.), 20 grandchildren, and 45 great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the Ferris Center Church of Christ where in charge of Erie E. Bontrager, assisted by Lowell Grubbs, pastor of the Church of Christ, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Weaver, Emma, daughter of Jacob and Emma (Buckwalter) Kolb, was born near Spring City, Pa., Oct. 10, 1891; died Jan. 27, 1957, at the Pottstown Hospital, aged 65 y. 3m. 17 d. She enjoyed fair health until recently having died of a stroke. She was a faithful member of Vincent Mennonite Church, and was greatly interested in the work of the sewing circle. On Jan. 12, 1915, she was married to Jonas A. Weaver. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons and 3 daughters (Grace, at home; Harold K., Collegeville; Kathryn-Mrs. Jese Ehst, Phoenixville; Florence-Mrs. Robert G. Keener, Tarmine, Tanganyika, Africa; Paul and Gerald, Royersford), 23 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Amos, Charles and Jacob all of Spring City; Mary Kolb, Phoenixville; Martha Weaver, Perkasie; Anna Longacre, Spring City; Mrs. J. L. Stauffer, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Mrs. Henry Good, Spring City). Funeral services were held on Jan. 31 at Vincent Church in charge of Elmer Kolb and Norman Bechtel, with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Weaver, Paul Y., son of Enos and Rebecca (Yoder) Weaver, was born Jan. 3, 1954, in Reamstown, Pa.; passed away Jan. 25, 1957, at home in New Holland, Pa. He was born with cerebral palsy and suffered very much. He could never help himself. His condition developed into pneumonia, which was the cause of his death. He is survived by one brother (Levi) and one sister (Ruth). Funeral services were held at the Hinkletown Mennonite Church on Jan. 28, by Mahlon Witmer, Warren Good, and Harry Good, with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, Jesse J., son of Joshua B. and Fannie (Yoder) Yoder, was born near Allensville, Pa., Sept. 18, 1894; passed away at the Lewistown (Pa.) Hospital on Jan. 18, 1957; aged 62 y. 4 m. Death was caused by a stroke on Jan. 10, after which he became unconscious and remained so until he passed away. On Dec. 30, 1924, he was married to Annie M. Byler. To this union 5 children were born (Lewis B., Denver, Colo.; Joshua D., Reedsville, Pa.; Martha and Gideon, at home; Jesse Ivan, who died at the age of 6). Also surviving are one brother and 2 sisters (Jacob H., Allensville; Julia-Mrs. Samuel H. Peachey, Belleville; and Nancy F. Yoder, Mill Creek, Pa.). Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at the Locust Grove church, where he was a faithful member, in charge of Erie Renno and Lewis Peachey, with burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
Yoder, Rebecca, daughter of John A. and Delilah (Kauffman) Miller, was born July 9, 1886, at Arthur, Ill.; passed away at her home near Middlebury, Ind., on Jan. 19, 1957, after an illness of over 2 years; aged 70 y. 6m. 10 d. She accepted Christ as he personal Saviour in her youth and at the time of her death was a member of the Griner C. M. Church. On Dec. 22, 1907, she was united in marriage to John J. S. Yoder. Bro. Yoder is a minister in the Griner congregation. Surviving are her husband, 5 sons (Fred, Truman, both of Middlebury; Paul, Milford, Nebr., Emil and Floyd, Middlebury), 6 grandchildren, 6 adopted grandchildren, 2 adopted great-grandchildren, 4 brothers (Jacob, Daniel, Wellman, Iowa; Fred, St. Louis, Mo.; and Chris, Wellman, Iowa), and 2 sisters (Mattie Yoder, Kalona, Iowa, and Anna Detweiler, Wellman, Iowa). Funeral services were held Jan.22 at the Griner Church in charge of Samuel T. Eash, assisted by Louis Kauffman and Eli D. Miller. Burial was made in the Miller Cemetery.
Yoder, Sarah Katura, daughter of Joshua B. and Fannie (Yoder) Yoder, was born Nov. 20, 1896; passed away after an illness of 5 months on Aug. 8, 1956; aged 59 y. 8. 19 d. Surviving are 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Jesse J., who has since passed away; Jacob H., Allensville; Julia-Mrs. Samuel H. Peachey, and Nancy F. Yoder, Mill Creek, pa.). She was a faithful member of the Amish Church. Funeral services were held at the home of Noah Hostetler on Aug. 11 by Daniel King and Jesse Spicher, with burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
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Beasley, James Arthur, son of Jerry Beasley and the late Mrs. Beasley, was born Jan. 25, 1900; passed away at his home at Swift Run, Va., on Oct. 22, 1956; aged 56 y. 8m. 27 d. Although he had suffered from a heart condition for a number of years, his sudden death was a shock to his family and friends. He was a faithful member of the Sandy Bottom Mennonite Church, and attended services as usual on the day before his death. Surviving are his father, his wife, Mayda Williams Beasly, one daughter, Janet Marie Beasley; 5 sisters, 2 brothers, 3 half sisters, and one half brother. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Richard S. Weaver, assisted by Kenneth Seitz, Daniel W. Lehman, Ralph Heatwole, and Harold H. Lehman. Burial was made in the family cemetery.
Blosser, Vernon E., was born near Wakarusa, Ind., on Nov. 1, 1882; died in the Memorial Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 13, 1957; aged 74 y. 3m. 13 d. The immediate cause of his death was a blood clot. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Flohr Blossser, a son (Herbert Edwin), and a daughter (Gladys Aderia). He is survived by his bride of four weeks, Mrs. Agnes Wright Blosser, a daughter (Ruby-Mrs. Everett Christophel), three grandchildren, four sisters (Lizzie Blosser and Mrs. Arvilla Buzzard of Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Evan Bauman and Mrs. Celestia Hess of Goshen, Ind.). He spent most of his life at North Lima, Ohio. Ten years ago the Blossers moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he was an active member in the Sunnyslope Mennonite Church until he became afflicted with the shingles four years ago. Funeral services were held at the church in charge of Melvin Ruth. Burial was made in Rest Haven Cemetery, near Glendale, Ariz.
Erb, Amanda H., daughter of Henry and Susanna (Horst) Shenk, was born Nov. 23, 1890, near Manheim, Pa., died Feb. 5, 1957, after an illness of two months; aged 66 y. 2 m. 12 d. On Nov. 23, 1915, she was married to Daniel H. Erb, who survives. Besides her husband she is survived by 3 children (Miriam-Mrs. Joseph Brubaker, Lititz, Pa.; Daniel S., Lancaster, and Howard S., East Petersburg, Pa.), 11 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Stoner, Manheim, Pa.; Mrs. John Rutt, Millersville, Pa.; and Mrs. Benjamin Nissley, Manheim, Pa.), and 3 brothers (Benjamin, Landisville, Amos and Jacob Shenk, Both of Manheim, Pa.). She was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church where funeral services were held with James Siegrist, Irvin Kreider, and Henry Lutz in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Fowler, John B., better known in later years as Jack Mason, was born May 11, 1891, in Michigan; died Feb. 8, 1957, in Tampa, Fla.; aged 65 y. 8m. 28d. In 1953, he and his wife Laura, who survives him, were received by baptism as members of the Ida St. Mennonite Church. A few hours before his death he testified to his faith in Christ and his readiness to meet God. Funeral services were held Feb. 9 in a Tampa funeral home followed by burial in the Orange Hill Cemetery, with Martin W. Lehman officiating.
Good, Susan Alice, daughter of the late Israel and Nancy (Sauder) Hollinger, was born Dec. 17, 1881, near Lancaster, Pa.; fell asleep in Jesus Jan. 22, 1957, at the Community Hospital, Ephrata, Pa., following a long illness; aged 75 y. 1m. 5 d. She united with the Mennonite Church during her teens and was a faithful member of the Lichty Church. On Dec. 6, 1903, she was married to David N. Good. Besides her husband, there survive one son (Lester H., East Earl, Pa.), 9 grandchildren, a foster daughter (Mrs. Elmer Horst, Goodville, Pa.), 2 foster grandsons, the following brothers and sisters (Mrs. Lydia A. Good, Terre Hill, Pa.; George S., Rothsville, Pa.; Samuel S., Manheim, Pa.; Mary S.-Mrs. Ivan Zimmerman and Amanda Hollinger, both of Goodville, Pa.) Funeral services were conducted Jan. 25, 1957, at the Goodville Church with Harry R. Lichty, officiating, assisted by David N. Weaver. Burial was made in the Goodville Cemetery.
Grieser, Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and Barbara Sauder, was born near Pettisville, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1881; departed this life in her home near Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 26, 1957; aged 73 y. 11m. 1 d. On Dec. 24, 1903, she was united in marriage with Menno Grieser, who passed away May 14, 1950. This union was blessed with 5 children (Ora, Estella-Mrs. Caleb Disbrow; Alberta and Ida, at home, Gladys-Mrs. Charles Stuckey), all residing in Archbold community. Surviving are the 5 children, 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Daniel and Emanuel), 4 sisters (Amelia-Mrs. Jonathan Nofziger; Ida-Mrs. David Richer; Lydia-Mrs. Frank Goldsmith; Caroline-Mrs. Harry Goldsmith), all near Archbold, besides a host of relatives and friends. Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour, and united with the Central Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. The last 9 years of her life was spent on a wheel chair, the result of a paralytic stroke, but her ministry of suffering was borne with much patience, which was expressed with a smile, and proved a blessing to all who visited her. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church in charge of Walter Stuckey and Jesse J. Short.
Hoops, Joseph Warren, was born May 4, 1873, in Delaware; passed away at his home at Denbigh, Va., on Jan. 17, 1957; aged 83 y. 8m. 13 d. Early in the year of 1946 he accepted Christ Jesus as his personal Saviour and on May 12 of the same year he was baptized at his home, uniting with the Warwick River Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful member through the years until his death. Funeral services were held on Jan. 19, at the Warwick River Church with Truman H. Brunk and John H. Shenk in charge.
Horning, Leona, daughter of Samuel and Magdalena Ferguson, was born April 24, 1869, near Shambaugh, Iowa; died Dec. 13, 1956, at her home near College Springs, Iowa; aged 87 y. 7 m. 20 d. In early life she went with her parents to Moudridge, Kans., where she lived until her marriage to Isaac Horning on Oct. 8, 1891, when they moved to the vicinity of Shambaugh, Iowa. Ten children were born to this union, 6 of whom survive. (Anna Belle-Mrs. Earl deLa Montanya, Auburn, Calif.; Jesse, Arvada, Colo.; Leon, Lincoln, Nebr.; Harvey, College Springs, Iowa; Lettie, at home; and Clare, Shenandoah, Iowa). Preceded her in death were her husband, in 1941; one son in 1956 and 3 children in infancy. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and affiliated with the Free Methodist church. She was a faithful attendant at services until her health failed. She was the last direct descendant of the early Mennonite settlement of Page Co., Iowa. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in College Springs. Burial was made in the Butler Cemetery.
Hostetler, Fannie, daughter of Abe and Mary Huntsberger, was born near Orrville, Ohio, on Feb. 18, 1876, the oldest of six children; passed away after a long illness on Feb. 6, 1957; aged 80 y. 11m. 19 d. On Dec. 15, 1896, she was married to Jeptha D. Hostetler and the Lord granted them more than 60 years together. With the exception of the years 1911 and 1914 spent in Texas, she was a lifelong resident of Orrville community. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter (Elizabeth, Mrs. Amos Herr, Dalton), three sons (Melvin, Orrville; Emerson, Dalton, and Lester, Massillon), 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Mayme Garn, Wooster), 3 brothers (Ben, Sarasota, Fla.; Jake, Brewster; and Melvin Eustus, Fla.). Two children died in infancy. Early in this life she confessed Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Martins Mennonite Church. Later, she and her husband became charter members of the Orrville Mennonite Church, where she continued to serve the rest of her life. Memorial services were held at the Orrville Mennonite Church on Feb. 9, with Harold E. Bauman and I. W. Royer in charge. D. D. Miller of Berlin, Ohio, made concluding remarks. Interment was made in the cemetery of the Martins Mennonite Church.
Kennel, Raymond R., son of Peter and Katie (Roth) Kennel, was born near Strang, Nebr., Feb. 10, 1916; passed away at the Lincoln General Hospital, Lincoln, Nebr., on Feb. 18, 1957; aged 41 y. 8d. He united with the Salem Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. Although he had been in ill health for 12 years, he was able to do almost all his work until the last few days. He taught his Sunday-school class for the last time just 8 days before his death. Death came as a shock to his friends and family. His courage and faith through his experiences was an inspiration to all those who knew him. On Aug. 16, 1939, he was united in marriage to Wilda Lauber. To this union were born 2 sons and a daughter. Surviving are his wife, son (Robert), daughter (Janet), 4 brothers (Peter, Benjamin, Louis, and Edward, all of near Strang) one sister (Emma-Mrs. Lloyd Troyer, Wellman, Iowa), and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, and an infant son, Gerald Ray. Funeral services were held Feb. 21 at the Salem Mennonite Church, Shickley, Nebr., in charge of F. C. Reed assisted by Sterling Stauffer, Daniel Sommers, Lee Schlegel, and J. W. Birky, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Krabill, Anna, Just sixteen days after the death of her companion, God called Anna Krabill, daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine Becher, from this life. Their period of separation was of short duration. Bro. and Sister Krabill lived together for 72 years, and since the passing of her husband, Sister Krabill expressed the desire that she too might be called Home, which desire was granted after she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage of Feb. 19, 1957. She was born near Maximo, Ohio, on Jan. 2, 1865, and reached the age of 92 y. 1 m. 17 d. After accepting Christ as her Saviour in her youth, she united with the Beech Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. In recent years she was unable to attend services but she and her companion enjoyed listening to church services over the air. On June 24, 1884, she was united in marriage to John J. Krabill. They established their home on the farm where Bro. Krabill was born and lived there until they moved to Ohio in 1935. Their home was blessed with 6 children, 4 of whom survive-2 daughters (Amanda-Mrs. Norman Lutz, Louisville, Ohio; and Ida-Mrs. John S. Ramseyer, Smithville, Ohio), 2 sons (Aaron and Mahlon, both of Louisville, Ohio). Two sons preceded her in death. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, one brother (Amos, Canton, Ohio), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Beech Church on Feb. 23 in charge of Eldon King, assisted by Delvin Nussbaum. Burial was made in the Beech Cemetery.
Landis, A. A., son of the late William and Catherine (Auker) Landis, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Oct. 22, 1870; went to his eternal home Jan. 9, 1957, from his earthly home in Ephrata, Pa.; aged 82 y. 2m. 18d. Death was caused by complications arising from a fall in his home on Christmas Eve. He was ordained as deacon for the Ephrata Mennonite Church in 1922. The following year he was ordained as minister and served the Lord at that place for a number of years. During this time he was active in evangelistic work. In the latter years of his ministry he was called to serve the Bethel Church of Mummasburg, Pa. He is survived by the following daughters and daughters-in-laws (Mabel C. Landis, at home; Mary M.-Mrs. Titus S. Horst, Akron, Pa.; Esther V.-Mrs. Reynolds H. Minnich, Lancaster, Pa.; and Eva D. Landis, Harrisonburg, Va.), 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Ephrata Church on Jan. 13 with Amos S. Horst, Mahlon M. Zimmerman, O. N. Johns, Willis Breckbill, and Glenn S. Esh officiating. Burial was made in the Metzler Mennonite Church.
Landis, Benjamin G., son of Benjamin B. and Barbara Ann (Groff) Landis, was born Nov. 20, 1875; died in the Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 14, 1956, just a bout a week before his 81st birthday. His wife, the former Emma F. Eby, died Sept. 30, 1950. They were the parents of 3 children (Esther B.-Mrs. Floyd H. Benner, Bird in Hand, Pa.; Ruth M., a teacher in New York State; and Parke E., who died in 1947). Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, a brother (John G., Bareville, Pa.), and a sister (mares. Alice Hummel, Lancaster, Pa.). Another sister, Mrs. Ida A. Leslie, died since on Jan. 20, 1957. He was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church, and often when he was able to attend, he would invite one or more of his neighbors to go along. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at the Groffdale Church, conducted by Mahlon Witmer and Eli Sauder, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Landis, Mary, widow of Daniel L. Landis, died Jan. 29, 1957, at the home of her sisters, Lieah and Fannie Diller, Chambersburg, Pa., after an illness of 4 _ years; aged 76 y. 12 d. Born Jan. 17, 1881, she was the daughter of the late Jacob S. and Elizabeth (Frey) Diller. She was a faithful member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church for many years. Surviving are a stepson (Menno E. Landis, Shippensburg, Pa.), the 2 sisters with whom she resided, 4 brothers (David F., of Courtland, Calif.; Amos, Irvin, and Silas, all of near Chambersburg), and other relatives. The funeral was held Jan. 31 at the Chambersburg Church with Omar Martin and Harold Hunsecker officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Landis, William Blaine, son of Linwood and Sara (Meyers) Landis, Dublin, Pa., was born March 12, 1951; passed away Nov. 12, 1956; aged 5 y. 8 m. Blaine seemed to be a normal healthy child until Feb., 1956, when his condition was discovered. Surviving are his parents, 2 sisters (Mary Lynn and Sally Ann), grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Meyers, Mrs. Alice Landis, Dublin, Pa.), a great-grandmother (Mrs. Katie Alderfer, Dublin), and a great-grandfather (John L. High, Dublin). Funeral services were held at the Deep Run Church on Nov. 17 by David Derstine, with interment in the church cemetery.
Martin, Blandina, daughter of the late Moses and --- Gingrich, was born July 5, 1889, in Peel Twp., Wellington Co., Ont.; passed away Nov. 22, 1956, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital after an illness of several months; aged 67 y. 4m. 17 d. On Jan. 30, 1912, she married Seranus S. Martin, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Elmer and Floyd, Floradale; Willard, Goshen, Ind.), 5 daughters (Lena-Mrs. John W. Snyder, Breslau; Naomi-Mrs. Ephraim Hoffman, Breslau; Valina, Floradale; Lucinda, Wichita, Kans.; Viola, Elmira), 4 brothers (Oziah and Nelson, Elmira; Amos, Waterloo; Eli, Wallenstein), one sister (Mrs. Henry Brubacher, Elmira). A daughter, 2 brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Floradale Mennonite Church and active in sewing circle and relief work. Funeral services held Nov. 25 at the Floradale Church were in charge of Rufus Jutzi and O. D. Snider. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Metzler, Harvey A., son of Abraham and Catherine (Culp) Metzler, was born April 2, 1877, in Beaver Twp.; passed to his eternal reward at his home in North Lima, Ohio, on Feb. 15, 1957; aged 79 y. 10 m. 13 d. His death came as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage which he had suffered five days previously. Surviving are his wife, the former Edith Richert, whom he married Aug. 6, 1898; 5 daughters (Reva-Mrs. John Cullar, North Lima, Ohio; Ruth-Mrs. James Steiner, Wadsworth, Ohio; Mildred-Mrs. John Steiner, Goshen, Ind.; Saran and Laura, at home), a sister (Mrs. B. H. Smith, Dayton, Ohio), a brother (O. D. Metzler, Youngstown, Ohio), 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives. One brother and one great-grandson preceded him in death. At the age of 18 he united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful, active member all his life. Although it was becoming increasingly difficult for him to attend services he was present at the North Lima Church, where he had his membership, participating in the song service in the morning and was planning to attend the evening service on the day he was stricken. Funeral services were held Feb. 17, at the Midway Mennonite Church in charge of Davie Steiner and Paul Yoder, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller, Esther Mae, wife of Alvin E. Miller, was born near Goshen, Ind., Dec. 8, 1926; died at the Goshen General Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past 8 weeks, on Jan. 1, 1957; aged 30 y. 24 d. At the age of 15 she accepted Christ and was baptized at the Griner Conservative Church where she was an active worker. She was married to Alvin E. Miller on June 9, 1946. To this union were born a daughter (Nancy Joann), and a son (Eldon Eugene) who survive with their father. Also surviving are her mother (Naomi Swartzentruber, Goshen), one brother (Simon), 6 half brothers (Eli, Milton, and Laban, all of Greenwood, Del.; Daniel, Oakland, Md.; Noah, Turner, Mich.; Ernest, Schuyler, Va.), 2 half sisters (Sadie-Mrs. Frank Sturpe, Canton, Ohio, and Mary Beachy, at home), and host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Grove Conservative Church on Jan. 4 in charge of Clarence Yoder.
Miller, James William, son of Jacob and Barbara (Livinghouse) Miller, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 7, 1882; died at his home in Wakarusa, Feb. 6, 1957; aged 74 y. 5m. 29 d., after nearly a year's illness. On Feb. 5, 1905, he was united in marriage to Viola E. Miller and for 52 years they enjoyed their companionship together. Besides his companion, he is survived by 3 sons (Roy M., Nappanee; Floyd O., New Paris, and Harold D., Wakarusa), a daughter (Mrs. Calvin Neuhouser, Fort Wayne), a brother (Jerry, Elkhart), 13 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church in Nappanee on May 27, 1923, where he served faithfully till death. Services were conducted at the North Main St. Church by Homer F. North, assisted by J. S. Neuhouser and D. A. Yoder. Burial in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.
Myers, Esther, daughter of John and Sarah Brenneman, was born in Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co., Ind., on Sept. 22, 1876; peacefully departed this life at the home her son Joseph, in Elkhart, Ind., on Jan. 5, 1957; aged 80 y. 3 m. 14 d. In 1895 she was united in marriage to Abraham K. Myers, who preceded her in death in 1933. Many years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and ever since has lived a consistent Christian life. She was given to much prayer and intercession for the unsaved. As a widow she gave about 20 years of her life as a housekeeper for two friends who needed her help. She leaves to mourn her departure, 2 sons (Joseph and Lewis, both of Elkhart), 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one brother (Peter Brenneman, Osceola), and many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church near Elkhart by Elno Steiner and C. A. Shank, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Ranck, Yvonne Lucille, daughter of R. Glenn and Erla (Heller) Ranck, was born Dec. 19, 1956, at Philadelphia, Pa.; passed away Jan. 24, 1957, at his home, aged 5 weeks, 1 day. Surviving are her parents, one sister (Karen Elaine), 2 brothers (Kenneth Eugene and Donald Lamar). She was preceded in death by a brother in 1952. Funeral services were held at the Gundel Funeral Home, Conestoga, Pa., on Jan. 26 with Christian Lehman and John Winters in charge. Burial was made in the Habecker Cemetery, Mountville, Pa.
Transcriber's note: The original obituary had written "his home" it should be "her home."
Saltzman, Glen Morris, son of Edward E. and Alice (Schweitzer) was born Jan. 9, 1929, at Milford, Nebr.; entered his eternal home on Jan. 27, 1957; aged 28 y. 18 d. He was afflicted suddenly while at work on Jan. 14, and spent the ten days preceding his death in the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lincoln, Nebr. Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, uniting with the Milford Mennonite Church on Aug. 29, 1943, where he was serving faithfully as superintendent of the children's Sunday-school when he answered God's call. One year of VS was spent in work at the Children's Home, West Liberty, Ohio. On July 30, 1950, he was united in marriage to Donna Mae Roth. This union was blessed with 2 children (Shirley Arlene and Royce Edward). Surviving are his wife, the 2 children, his parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers (Grace-Mrs. Earl Rediger, Miller, S. Dak.; Clinton and Sterling of Milford; Erna and Lila of Hesston, Kans.; Detta, Kansas City, Mo., and Edward Jr., Sacramento, Calif.). Funeral services were held at the Milford Church in charge of Milton Troyer assisted by L. O. Schlegel and Warren Eicher.
Schrock, William J., son of the late John H. and Elizabeth (Christner) Schrock, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec. 16, 1868; passed away at the Torgler Rest Home, Dover, Ohio, following an extended illness, on Feb. 13, 1957; aged 88 y. 1m. 27 d. In his youth he confessed Christ and became a faithful member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. On Jan. 15, 1893, he was married to Francis Mast, who predeceased him on Nov. 16, 1921. Four sons and four daughters were born to this union. One daughter, one son, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters are deceased. Surviving are the following 3 daughters (Mrs. Garrison Menges, Shanesville, Ohio; Mrs. Lester Sundheimer, Strasburg, Ohio; Mrs. Ivy Conoway, Canton, Ohio), 3 sons (Elden and Willard, Sugarcreek, Ohio; Lester, Shanesville, Ohio), 2 sisters (Amanda Schrock, Walnut Creek, Ohio; Mrs. Evangeline Troyer, New Philadelphia, Ohio), 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Feb. 15, 1957, with Paul R. Miller officiating. Burial was made in church cemetery.
Schlabach, Jacob J., son of Jacob S. and Martha (Miller) Schlabach, was born May 24, 1890, at Berlin, Ohio; died Jan. 8, 1957, at Trail, Ohio; aged 66 y. 8m. 15 d. Death was caused by a heart attack while shoveling snow in a driveway on his farm. He lived in the Trail community since 1927. On Dec. 25, 1917, he was married to Mary Miller. Surviving are his wife, one daughter (Alma-Mrs. Perry Weaver of the home), 2 sons (Ura, Millersburg, and Roy, Sugarcreek), 4 brothers (Dan, Sugarcreek; Emanuel, Apple Creek; Harvey and Menno, Millersburg)., 3 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Miller, Apple Creek; Mrs. Sam S. J. Miller, and Mrs. John J. E. Miller, Millersburg), 8 grandchildren, and other relatives. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and tried to serve Him faithfully until death. He was a member of the Pleasant View Conservative Mennonite Church where funeral services were held Jan. 11, with burial in the church cemetery. Abe Yoder and Harry Stutzman officiated.
Schmitt, Emanuel S., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schmitt, was born Dec. 22, 1875; died Feb. 12, 1957; aged 81 y. 1 m. 21 d. He accepted Christ in his youth and continued a faithful member of Shantz Church, Baden, Ont., all his life. In 1901 he was married to Elmina Cressman, who predeceased him in 1941. In 1944 he married Mrs. Lavina Schiedel, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Jacob, Baden, Ont.; Daniel, Kitchener, Ont.), one daughter (Vera-Mrs. Herbert Witmer, Baden), 4 stepsons (Harold Wilfred, Carl and John Schiedel), 3 stepdaughters (Edna-Mrs. Edward Knarr, Mary and Dorothy-Mrs. George McKee), and 2 sisters (Mrs. David Shantz and Mrs. John Boshart). Funeral services were conducted at the Shantz Church on Feb. 14, by Curtis Cressm and L. H. Witmer, with burial in the Shantz Mennonite Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Clemmer, Michael R., youngest son of Henry and Mary Clemmer, was born Oct. 10, 1872; passed away Jan. 30, 1957, at the Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., where he had been a patient since Jan. 2; aged 84 y. 2 m. 23 d. He was the last of a family of 7 children. He spent the greater part of his life in Souderton, Pa., where he was a partner in the Moyer & Son firm for 26 years. He was an active member of the Souderton Mennonite Church, serving as teacher and trustee for many years. His wife, the late Lizzie K. (Moyer) Clemmer, preceded him in death October, 1947, as did a son in Sept. 1955. Surviving are 3 children (Lillian-Mrs. Elmer Detweiler, Lester M., and Esther-Mrs. Russell B. Musselman, all of Souderton), 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite Church on Feb. 3, 1957, in charge of John E. Lapp with Alvin A. Dertstine assisting. Interment was made in the Souderton Mennonite Cemetery.
Johns, Jeffrey Lee, son of Edward and Erma (Guyer) Johns, St. Thomas, Pa., was born Feb. 4, 1957; passed away Feb. 14, 1957. Surviving are his parents, 3 sisters (Darlene, Nancy, and Linda), 3 brothers (Carl, Donald, and Kenneth), grandparents, and other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Williamson Mennonite Church by Mahlon D. Eshleman, with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Holsopple, Mary Jane, daughter of Andrew and Mary Short, was born June 3, 1921, near Wauseon, Ohio; passed away Feb. 2, 1957, at the Wauseon hospital, a few hours after injuries received in an automobile accident; aged 35 y. 7 m. 28 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the West Clinton Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. On June 24, 1943, she was married to Paul Holsopple, Johnstown, Pa. To this union were born 2 daughters and 3 sons (Elaine, deceased, La Mar, Allen, Gaylene, who was with her mother in the accident and Elroy). Surviving are her husband, 4 children, 6 sisters and 3 brothers (Luella-Mrs. Melvin Yoder, Midland, Mich.; Viola-Mrs. Olen Rufnacht, Wauseon; Lillie, Pettisville; Harold and Elden, Wauseon; Beulah-Mrs. Levi Troyer, Mio, Mich.; Florence-Mrs. Elton Aeschliman, Wauseon; Lawrence, Archbold; and Martha-Mrs. David Miller, Kent, Ohio). One brother passed away in 1935. The first three years of their married life they lived in Pennsylvania, later moving to Ohio. Funeral services were held at the West Clinton Church on Feb. 5 in charge of Olen Nofziger, E. B. Frey, and Dan Sommers, with burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Lehman, David P., son of Peter and Elizabeth (Kipfer) Lehman, was born March 11, 1879; died at Dunlap Memorial Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, on Feb. 26, 1957; aged 77y. 11m. 15 d. He had been ill 8 weeks. As a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church, serving faithfully for a numbers of years as Sunday-school teacher and chorister. He was a member of the Kidron congregation. He was married to Caroline Bixler on Jun 1, 1905. Five children were born to this union (Lester, Orrville; Wilson, who died in infancy; Clair, Orrville; Laura of the home, and Rosella-Mrs. Leo Amstutz, Apple Creek). Until Oct., 1955, he and his wife resided at the farm home of his birth near Kidron after which they moved to Orrville. On June 1, 1955, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with their family and their many friends. Surviving are his wife, 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Anna-Mrs. Christian Zuercher, Harrisonburg, Va., and Sarah-Mrs. Simon W. Sommer, Millersburg, Ohio). One son, 3 grandchildren, one brother, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held March 1 at the Kidron church were in charge of Reuben Hofstetter, Isaac Zuercher, and W. D. Lindsey, pastor of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Orrville, with burial in the church cemetery.
Reber, George, son of David and Mary (Swartzendruber) Reber, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Feb. 22, 1879; passed away at his late home in Iowa City, Iowa, Feb. 25, 1957; aged 78y. 3 d. In 1901 he united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to his vow with God to the last. On Nov. 7, 1901, he was united in marriage with Sarah Kreider, having lived in matrimony a little more than 55 years. To this union 5 children were born. One daughter, one brother, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, the following children (Virgil, Grangeville, Idaho; Walter, Denver, Colo.; Eunice-Mrs. Ora Marner, Parnell, Iowa; and William, Sacramento, Calif.), 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Joe, Shelbyville, Ill.; and Noah, Milford, Nebr.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Detweiler, Nancy-Mrs. Guy Weidlein, Wellman, and Mrs. Lizzie Schmucker, Kalona, Iowa). He lived 11 years at La Junta, Colo., where he was ordained to the office of deacon on Oct. 25, 1908; in this capacity he also served in the Lower Deer Creek congregation from 1918 until his death. He enjoyed usual health, having attended the last Sunday morning services as well as working the forenoon preceding his death, which was the result of a heart attack. His illness lasted but a few hours. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church on Feb. 28 by J. Y. Swartzendruber and Robert K. Yoder.
Roth, Katie, daughter of the late Rudy and Marie (Zehr) Gingerich, was born near Baden, Ont., Nov. 7, 1871; passed away at her home in Baden, Ont., on Feb. 5, 1957. She accepted Christ in her youth and was faithful till death. On Nov. 29, 1897, she was united in marriage to John K. Roth. To this union were born 2 daughters and a son. Preceding her in death were her parents, her son (Emanuel), one grandson, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and one sister. Surviving are her husband, 2 daughters (Mary-Mrs. Allen L. Leis, Anna-Mrs. Edmund G. Gingerich), 21 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mattie-Mrs. Christian Z. Steinman), 3 brothers (Abraham, Benjamin, and John Z.), all of Wilmot Twp., and many relatives and friends. Funeral services on Feb. 9 at the St. Agatha Amish Mennonite Church were conducted by Elmer Schwartzendtruber, Elmer Grove, and Peter Nafziger, with burial in church cemetery.
Rupp, William C., son of Christian and Barbara (Wyse) Rupp, was born Aug. 6, 1879, in Franklin Twp., Fulton Co., Ohio; passed away Jan. 31, 1957, in the Blosser Nursing Home, Wauseon, Ohio, where he was taken a few days before his death, which was the result of several paralytic strokes; aged 77y. 5 m. 25 d. On Aug. 6, 1901, he was united in marriage with Ora C. Walters. This union was blessed with one son (Henry G., Bryan, Ohio), and one daughter (Ivah-Mrs. Vernon Wyse, Archbold, Ohio). His companion passed away April 1, 1907. On March 25, 1909, he was united in marriage with Katie Roth. This union was blessed with 5 children: (Bessie-Mrs. Lester Miller, Phoenix, Ariz.; Levi, Morenci, Mich.; Fredrick Edward, who died in infancy; Glenn Dale, Morenci, Mich.; and Harold Edward, Archbold). This union was broken by death Oct. 5, 1946. On Feb. 15, 1948, he was united in marriage with Martha Yedica, who survives him, also 6 children, 23 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two stepsons (Elden Roth, Stryker, Ohio; and Kenneth Roth, Archbold, Ohio), 10 step grandchildren, 3 sisters (Alice-Mrs. Samuel Lantz, Royal Oak, Mich.; Ivah-Mrs. Grover Russell; and Eva-Mrs. Charles McGowan, both of Fayette) besides a host of relatives and friends. One grandchild, 7 brothers, and 4 sisters preceded him. In early manhood he accepted Christ and united with the Methodist Church, later transferring his membership to the Central Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church in charge of Roy Sauder and Jesse J. Short.
Shantz, Charlie Allen, oldest son of Christian S. and Elizabeth (Harshbarger) Shantz, was born near Cullom, Ill., Feb.2, 1868; departed from this life Feb. 23, 1957; aged 89 y. 26 d. Preceding him in death were his wife on Jan. 8, 1934, and an only son who died at the age of six months. On Nov. 26, 1891, he was married to Mary Elizabeth Kulp. Six months later they left Illinois and moved to a farm near Elkhart. In 1899 they moved to the home where he resided until he moved to Goshen in 1954 with his daughter Fannie and her husband. Surviving are 4 daughters (Sarah-Mrs. Charles Shaum, Hesston, Kan.; Fannie-Mrs. Ralph Smucker, Goshen, Ind.; Dora-Mrs. William Gehman, Elkhart, Ind.; Bertha-Mrs. Walter Roupp, Edwardsburg, Mich.), 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one sister (Mrs. Cora Linhoss). He was converted until the preaching of Bro. J. S. Coffman and united with the Mennonite Church at Cullom, Ill., at about 18 years of age. On moving to Elkhart, he transferred his membership to the Prairie St. Church where he was a faithful member for 65 years. Funeral services were in charge of John E. Gingrich, J. D. Graber, and J. B. Shenk. Interment was made in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Sommer, Dinah, daughter of Jacob J. and Fanny (Welty) Moser, was born March 13, 1875; died at her home in Kidron, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1957; aged 81 y. 11m. 21 d. She was baptized in 1892, and was a faithful worker in the church till sickness denied her this privilege. On March 3, 1898, she was united in marriage to Daniel P. Sommer. To this union were born 5 children (Clyde of the home; Allen, Clark, Ohio; Oren, Millersburg; Ruth-Mrs. Waldo Lehman, Apple Creek, Ohio; and Selma-Mrs. Willis Gerber, Dalton, Ohio). Surviving are the 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (David J., Dalton; Martin, Orrville), one sister (Mrs. Sarah Lehman, Orrville). Two sister and a brother preceded her in death. She and her husband, who died less than a year ago, were engaged in farming for 40 years and then lived in retirement in Kidron. Because of a severe ailment her eyesight gradually failed so that for a few years she was totally blind. Because of her blindness many of her kind friends came to read to her. This brought her comfort and companionship which she appreciated. Many who came were encouraged by her steadfast faith and trust in the Saviour. Funeral services were held Feb. 24 at the Kidron Church with Reuben Hofstetter, I. W. Royer, and Isaac Zuercher officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Stauffer, Samuel W., infant son of John S. and Lena S. (Weaver) Stauffer, New Holland, Pa., was born Oct. 24, 1956; passed away three hours later. Besides his parents, he is survived by his grandparents (Mrs. Annie B. Weaver, New Holland, and Harvey F., and Maggie R., Stauffer, Ephrata, Pa.). Short services were held at the home by Warren S. Good on Oct. 25, with burial in the Hinkletown Mennonite Cemetery.
Stoltzfus, Emma S., daughter of the late Jacob M. and Nancy K. Stoltzfus, wasborn at Monterey, Pa., April 4, 1897; passed away Sept. 11, 1956, at the home of her only brother, Clarence, Elverson, Pa.; aged 59 y. 5 m. 7 d. She had been in failing health for several months and went to the home of her brother and family, where she spent about 7 weeks, being bedfast 3 weeks. She enjoyed visiting the sick in her community, and was much interested in the sewing circle work. She was a faithful member of the Weavertown Church. Surviving are her brother, Clarence, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother. She selected the hymn, "My Jesus, as Thou Wilt," for her funeral services which were held on Sept.11, 1956, at the Weavertown Church by George Beiler, Elam Kauffman, and LeRoy Stoltzfus, with burial in Myers Cemetery.
Stehman, Dorthea Pauline, daughter of Jacob and Fannie Stehman, was born June 6, 1921, near St. Elizabeth, Manitoba; passed away at the home of her parents near Detroit Lakes, Minn., on Feb. 16, 1957, following a long illness. She bore patiently her many years of pain and suffering, exhibiting constantly her faith and trust in her Saviour whom she accepted in her early youth. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Surviving are her parents, and 4 brothers (Clayton, Laramie, Wyo.; Allen, Peoria, Ill.; Glen, Casselton, N. Dak.; and Morris, Denver, Colo.). One sister preceded her in death. Funeral services Feb. 19 at the Lake Region Church were in charge of Elmer D. Hershberger, assisted by Bennie Grieser, with interment in adjoining cemetery.
Stoner, Mary, wife of John H. Stoner, Lancaster, Pa.; daughter of the late David K. and Lizzie (Seaman) Rutt, was born in Strasburg Twp., Pa.; died Dec. 26, 1956, in the Kanagy House, Bird in Hand, Pa., where she was a patient for the last five years; aged 52 y. 1m. 6 d. She was a member of the Strasburg Church, Lancaster, Pa. On Oct. 27, 1925, she was married to John H. Stoner. To this union were born 5 children. Surviving are her husband, the children (Arlene-Mrs. Reuben Miller, Oxford, Pa.; Erma-Mrs. J. Elwood Huber, at home; Violet-Mrs. Walter Herr, Paradise, Pa.; Joanne-Mrs. John R. Herr, Holtwood, Pa.; and John D., at home), 8 grandchildren and a brother (Ira L., Peach Bottom). Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Strasburg with Jacob Harnish, Emory Herr, and John Brenneman officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder, Susie, daughter of the late David and Rebecca (Esch) Beiler, as born July 3, 1879, near Intercourse, Pa.; died Jan. 18, 1957, at the Kanagy Convalescent Home, Bird in Hand, Pa. She suffered a stroke 3 years ago and about a year later broke her hip, since which time she was practically bedfast. On Jan. 19, 1899, she was married to Jacob Z. Yoder, who passed away in 1952. Surviving are 4 daughters and 2 sons (Rebecca, Irene-Mrs. Ira A. Kurtz, both of Morgantown, Pa.; Levi, Shillington, Pa.; Naomi-Mrs. Valentine King, Cochransville, Pa.; Mary-Mrs. Aquila Stoltzfus, Grayson, N. C.;and Paul, Dayton, Ohio), one sister (Mrs. Katie Stoltzfus, Elverson, Pa.), 25 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Conestoga Mennonite Church where funeral services were held on Jan. 21, with interment in the adjoining cemetery. David Yoder, C. H. Kurtz, Millard Shoup, and Ford Berg had part in the services.
Zook, Fannie Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob P. and Fannie (Hostetler) Miller, was born in Hickory Co., Mo., June 24, 1875; departed this life at the home of her son, Daniel, Clarksville, Mich., Feb. 16, 1957; aged 81 y. 7 m. 23 d. on Jan. 27, 1898, she was united in marriage to Eli Zook, who preceded her in death 32 years. In the spring of 1900 they moved to White Cloud, Mich., where they lived for 11 years then to Elmira, Mich., for nearly a year before coming to Kent Co., Mich. Two children were born to them (Ruth-Mrs. Albert Bleam; and Daniel, both of Clarksville, Mich.). Surviving are her children, one sister (Mrs. Nancy Rheinheimer, Elkhart, Ind.), a foster brother (Noah Christner, Minier, Ill.), 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and other relatives. In April , 1893, she united with the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind., and remained steadfast in the faith until death. For many years she suffered much with arthritis which left her severely crippled. For the last 28 years she could not walk but remained able to care for her physical needs until near the end. She had made her own funeral arrangements. Funeral was conducted by the Bowne church in charge of T. E. Schrock and D. A. Yoder. Message was brought by D. A. Yoder, using II Tim. 4: 6-8 for a text.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Brenneman, Menno J., son of Jacob P. and Mary (Yoder) Brenneman, was born Sept. 22, 1883; died Feb. 6, 1957, in a hospital in Tucson, Ariz.; aged 73y. 4 m. 14 d. He was born in Iowa County, Iowa, which was his home at the time of his death and where he lived his entire life. He left his home on Jan. 23 for Arizona, seeking to regain his failing health. However, he had been at Tucson less than week when he suffered a heart attack in a motel. Someone noticed that he did not feel well and sent for a doctor, who had taken him taken to a hospital, where he remained in critical condition until his death, a week later. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother. Surviving are 2 brothers (William, Iowa City, Iowa; and Dan, Wellman, Iowa), a sister (Mrs. Dan Horst, Wellman),and other relatives and friends. When a young man he became a member of the Conservative Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. He was one of the remaining eleven charter members of the Upper Deer Creek congregation at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Upper Deer Creek Church on Feb. 11 in charge of Albert S. Miller, Harvey Yoder, and Morris Swartzendruber, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Gingrich, Dilman S., son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Shirk) Gingrich, was born Oct. 8, 1875, in Preston, Ont.; died at his home near Freeport, Ill., on March 5, 1957; aged 81y. 4m. 27d. For almost three years he had been bedfast. During this extended illness he enjoyed visits of his friends and neighbors. On Nov. 17, 1904, he was married to Cora Ebersole, who died March 16, 1946. He was married again on June 21, 1948, to Barbara Bontrager, who survives. He also leaves one son (Willard) and one daughter (Lucille-Mrs. Gale Brown), both of Freeport; one brother (Enoch, Preston, Ont.), and 9 grandchildren. Just before going to Freeport, Ill., in his 21st year, he was converted under the ministry of John S. Coffman and became a member of the Hagey Mennonite Church, in which his father was a minister. In the Freeport community he became an active member of the Freeport Mennonite Church, serving as Sunday-school teacher, as a member of the board of trustees, and as church treasurer. Services were held in the Freeport Church on March 10 with Richard Yordy and A. C. Good officiating. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Heatwole, Emma, daughter of Noah and Fannie (Horst) Good, was born Jan. 22, 1874; near Dalton, Ohio; passed away Feb. 19, 1957, at the home of her sister-in-law, Martha Good, with whom she had made her home the past two years; aged 83 y. 28 d. At the age of 18 she made her home with her uncle and aunt, John and Elisabeth Buckwalter, where she continued as helper for 22 years. On Oct. 5, 1916, she was married to John A. Heatwole, who preceded her in death in 1955. Also preceding her were two brothers. She is survived by two stepsons (Ira, Dayton, Va.; and Gabriel, North Lawrence), 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mary Kreider), one brother (John) both of Dalton, and other relatives and friends. For 65 years she was a faithful member of the County Line Mennonite Church, interested in charity and welfare work. Services were conducted at the County Line Church by Jacob Neuenschwander and Cleophas Steiner, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Hochstedler, John C., son of Bishop Cornelius and Anna (Schmucker) Hochstdler, was born June 28, 1881, in Liberty Twp., Howard Co., Ind.; passed away Feb. 6, 1957; aged 75 y. 7m. 9 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 19 and untied with the Amish Church, where he was a faithful member until death. He had a talent for singing and the church will miss him as a leader in this field. He was united in marriage to Mattie Schmucker, Dec. 8, 1904. To this union were born 7 sons. Surviving are his wife, 6 sons (Noah, Willis, Emanuel, and Jacob, of Kokomo, Ind.; Melvin, Greentown, Milo, Nashville), 36 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Emanuel C. and Cornelius C., of Kokomo), and other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were an infant son, 4 sisters, one brother, 3 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was laid to rest at the Hochstedler Cemetery on the farm where he was born.
Kuhns, Daniel E., son of Christian M. and Maria (Burkholder) Kuhns, was born May 28, 1880, in Lurgan Twp., Franklin Co., Pa.; died March 8, 1957, at his home in Chambersburg, Pa.; aged 76 y. 9m. 8 d. He had been in ill health for several years, and seriously ill the past month. He accepted Christ, was baptized and received as a member of the Mennonite Church on May 18, 1898. He was ordained to the ministry on May 31, 1905, and served the Chambersburg Church faithfully for over 50 years. When Sunday school was organized in 1910, he served as superintendent and also taught a class for many years. On May 29, 1955, he preached his last sermon, this marking his 50th year as a minister. Ill health made it impossible for him to take active part in services since, but he was present when health permitted. He was united in marriage to Anna Raifsnider on Dec. 7, 1905. This union was blessed with 5 children. One daughter, Mrs. Harold Herr, preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, 2 sons (Harry R., Harrisonburg, Va.; and John C., at home), 2 daughters (Mrs. Reuben Ness, Hanover, Pa., and Mrs. Amos Eby, Chambersburg, Pa.), 19 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a sister (Anna Kuhns, Chambersburg). Funeral services were held March 11, at the Chambersburg Church with Harvey Shank, Amos Martin and Harold Hunsecker officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Lehman, Mable, daughter of Aaron and Emma (Lechlitner) Berkey, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Feb. 28, 1892; departed this life at the Goshen Hospital following surgery, Jan. 25, 1957; aged 64 y. 10 m. 27 d. On July 26, 1911, she was united in marriage to Martin Lehman, who died in 1945. To this union were born 4 daughters (Bertha-Mrs. Cloyd Kauffman, Middlebury, Ind.; Pauline-Mrs. Albert Hochstetler, Syracuse, Ind.; Erma-Mrs. Harry Munson, and Betty Lehman, both of Goshen). Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 7 sisters (Edith-Mrs. Calvin Newcomer, Sacramento, Calif.; Beulah-Mrs. Jesse Reed, Wakarusa, Ind.; Wilma-Mrs. George Newcomer, Salem, Oreg.; Florence-Mrs. Ray Letherman, Wakarusa, Ind.; Clara-Mrs. O. C. Overholser, Elkhart, Ind.; Mary-Mrs. Vernon Harter, Wakarusa; Golda-Mrs. Earl Bruse, Elkhart), besides many other relatives and friends. One brother preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in charge of R. F. Yoder, assisted by F. E. Freed.
Mills, Garry Lee, infant son of Chester and Rose Mills, Mercersburg, Pa.; was born Feb. 10, 1957; died Feb. 11, 1957. Surviving are the parents, 4 brothers (Bill, Chester, Richard and Lance). Graveside services were held on Feb. 11 at the Salem Ridge Mennonite Church Cemetery in charge of Norman Martin. (This was the first burial in this cemetery).
Morris, F. Raymond, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Morris, was born April 14, 1894; died in Bashline-Rossman Hospital, Grove City, Pa., March 5, 1957; aged 62 y. 11 m. 19 d. he had suffered a heart attack and was a patient in the hospital five days prior to his death. On April 19, 1917, he was married to the former Anna Beach who survives, along with 2 sons (Paul and Glen, Franklin, Pa.), and a daughter (Donna Marie-Mrs. Jacob Yoder, Meadville, Pa.). Also surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. A. N. Cantrell, Huntington, N. Y., and Mrs. R. W. Bruntage, Oakfield, N. Y.), 2 grandchildren and other relatives. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour. When a young man he entered school to prepare for the Christian ministry. Later he transferred to, and graduated from, Steil College Osteopathic Hospital. During part of his lifetime he served both as a doctor and as a minister in the Methodist Church. In the home he gave spiritual ministry and leadership that will always be remembered and expressed in the lives of the children. In the community he was interested in witnessing to the truths of the Gospel. Funeral services were held at the Sunnyside Mennonite Church in charge of Daniel A. Johns assisted by Richard M. Burns, pastor of the Van Methodist Church, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Shenk, Mary E., daughter of David and Sarah Shank, was born near Versailles, Mo., Feb. 12, 1875; departed this life Feb. 19, 1957; aged 82 y. 7 d. In early life she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was received as a member of the Mennonite Congregation near Elida, Ohio. At the time of her death she was a loyal member of the Pike Congregation, Elida. On March 1, 1896, she was united in marriage to Simon G. Shenk, who preceded her in death May 8, 1934. To this union were born 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls, 2 of whom preceded her in death. Surviving are (Estella-Mrs. C. A. Augsburger, Delphos, Ohio; Ada-Mrs. Everett Kirkendall, Lima, Ohio; Ralph, Goshen, Ind.; Wilbur, Lancaster, Pa.; John and Alma-Mrs. Joseph Pantano, both of Elida, and Mary-Mrs. Neal Boertja, Lima, Ohio), also 26 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Ada-Mrs. Jake Brunk, Goshen, Ind.). She was in failing health for about a year, and more seriously ill about one month. Funeral services were held at the Pike Church on Feb. 22 in charge of her grandson, Fred Augsburger, assisted by Don Augsburger and Harold Good, with burial in the Salem Church Cemetery.
Shumaker, Addison E., son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Polin) Shumaker, was born in Bern Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio; Sept. 18, 1886; quietly passed away in his home at West Liberty, Ohio, March 5, 1957; aged 90 y. 5 m. 15 d. His health had been gradually failing for years. He was the last living member of a family of 16 children (5 full brothers and sisters and 11 half brothers and sisters). He moved to the West Liberty community in 1887 and was married on Feb. 27, 1890 to Saloma Hartzler, who preceded him in death in Dec. 1948. Surviving are a son (Howard, Degraff), 3 daughters (Mary-Mrs. Edwin Yoder, Topeka, Ind.; Emma, at home, Nina-Mrs. Harold Yoder, both of West Liberty), 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, and 19 step-great grandchildren. A daughter died at the age of nine. He became a Christian as a young man and in 1896, soon after the dedication of the first church building, he united with the Bethel Mennonite Church, continuing a faithful member throughout the remainder of his life. Funeral services were held at the South Union church March 8 in charge of Edward Stoltzfus, assisted by Nelson Kanagy, with burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
Smith, Albert S., son of the late Leonard and Martha (Swords) Smith, was born Dec. 6, 1877, near Elizabethtown, Pa.; died Feb. 9, 1957, after a lengthy illness, at the home of a son-in-law and daughter near Elizabethtown; aged 79 y. 2m. 3 d. On Feb. 25, 1904, he was married to Ellen B. Landis. He was a faithful member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. His wife survives as well as a daughter (Martha-Mrs. Leslie Brehm, with whom he resided), a son (Walter), 2 grandchildren, and a brother (Irvin), all of Elizabethtown. Funeral services were held Feb. 13, 1957 at the Elizabethtown church. Noah W. Risser, Walter L. Keener, Jr., and Clarence E. Lutz took part in the services. Interment was made in the Bossler Cemetery.
Snider, Lucinda, daughter of the late John and Magdalene (Hallman) Schmitt, was born at Kitchener, Ont., July 17, 1881; died at the Saskatchewan Hospital, North Battleford, Sask., of pneumonia on March 3, 1957; aged 75 y. 7m. 14 d. On April 10, 1904, she was married to Irvin Austin Snider of Elmira, Ont., where they resided until moving to Saskatchewan in 1918. They farmed in the Guernsey district until 1947 when the retried to the village of Guernsey, where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1954. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons (Elmer and Kenneth), 2 daughters (Irva-Mrs. David Rosenberger, and Nelda-Mrs. Addison Gingrich), 15 grandchildren, and a stepsister (Elizabeth-Mrs. Joseph Weber, Calgary, Alta.). She was a member of the Sharon Mennonite Church where funeral services were held March 6 in charge of Stanley D. Shantz. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Sweitzer, Grace, daughter of Robert and Sarah Kibe, was born at Reedsville, Pa., July 6, 1893; passed away at her home in Barrville (Reedsville, R. D.), Pa., Feb. 12, 1957. Death was caused by a heart and diabetic condition. On Jan. 1, 1912, she was married to Frank Sweitzer. Surviving are her husband, 10 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Two children preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour about 15 years ago and united with the Barrville Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Feb. 15, at the Barrville Church in charge of Elam Glick, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Weaver, Reuben M., son of David and Anna (Musser) Weaver, was born Aug. 13, 1874, near New Holland, Pa.; passed away at the Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., on March 5, 1957; aged 82 y. 6 m. 20 d. His death came after 4 months of lingering illness. He was the last survivor of 9 children. At the age of 9 he pioneered with his parents from Pennsylvania to Newton, Kans. Twelve years later he was converted and united with the Pennsylvania Mennonite congregation near Newton. He faithfully served as Sunday-school teacher in the Peabody, Spring Valley, and West Liberty, Kans., congregations. While visiting and working in the state of Pennsylvania one winter he conducted singing classes. In 1907 he was ordained to the ministry and moved to Harper, Kans., where he served as pastor of the Pleasant Valley congregation until his resignation in 1945, but continued as co-pastor until he moved to Hesston in 1952. Other church responsibilities included secretary of district conference, member of Mennonite Evangelistic and Benevolent Board, and secretary and treasurer of the Home Support Fund. He conducted revival meetings and assisted in Bible Normals throughout his conference district. He remained physically active all his life and completed building his last house within the past year. In 1899 he married Lucinda Ella Neuhauser, who preceded him in death in 1925. To this union were born 14 children (Francis E. and Ethel, both deceased in childhood; Joseph N., Media, Pa.; Ernest L., Denver, Colo.; Myrtle-Mrs. Leo H. Hostetler, Harper; twin sons, Truman E., Newton, and Tillman M., Wellman, Iowa; Samuel G., Wellman; Ella May-Mrs. Samuel E. Miller, Harrisonburg, Va.; Bertha-Mrs. LaVern miller, Nampa, Idaho; Dale, Seoul, Korea; Edith-Mrs. Reuben Yoder, Harper; Alta-Mrs. LeRoy Fry, Larned, Kans.; and Anna Ruth-Mrs. Howard Beck, Halstead, Kans.). In 1927 he married Lydia Gerber, who preceded him in death in 1955. To this union 2 daughters were born (Mary-Mrs. Paul Shue, Harper; and Wanda-Mrs. Richard Good, Harrisonburg, Va.). Also surviving are 44 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Two granddaughters preceded him in death. Many difficulties came into his life, but with God's help he uncomplainingly faced them all. When his first wife passed away she left him with 12 children, the oldest 21 years old, and the youngest 15 months. He kept the family together, refusing offers from interested families who wished to take the smaller children. During his illness all 14 children were privileged to visit with him at his bedside, and all but Dale, who is in Korea, were in attendance at the funeral services. Samuel E. Miller, son-in-law, assisted by Ivan R. Lind and Waldo E. Miller, conducted the services at Pleasant Valley Church near Harper. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Weldy, Samuel J., son of Paul and Mary (Bleile) Weldy, was born near Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 3, 1935; was fatally injured in a car accident on March 9, 1957; aged 21 y. 4 m. 6d. He is survived by his parents, one sister (Esther) and 2 brothers (David and Joseph), all at home; also the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Amos Weldy and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Bleile), and many other relatives and friends. At one time he was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the North Main St. Church in Nappanee by Homer F. North, assisted by Ralph Stahly, with burial in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.