Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1959

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Gospel Herald - Volume LII, Number 27 - July 14, 1959 ­ page 639, 640

Kemp, Malinda, daughter of David and Catherine (Beeghley) Hochstedler, was born July 4, 1873, in Cove, Md.; died in her sleep on June 3, 1959; aged 85 y. 10 m. 30 d. on Nov. 4, 1894, she was married to Byard Linus Kemp, who died in 1923. Surviving are 6 children (Mrs. Esta McKown, Norfolk, Va.; Roy L., Fentress, Va., Ray B., Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Verna Bender, Springs, Pa.; Mrs. Naomi Bergey, Fentress, Va.; Wilmer H., San Diego, Calif.), 18 grandchildren, and 41 great-grandchildren. Two sons and one daughter preceded her in death. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church, Fentress Va., where funeral services were held in charge of Amos D. Wenger; burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Plank, Harvey Allen, son of Levi and Amanda (Yoder) Plank, was born Jan. 11, 1897, in Bellefontaine, Ohio; died June 19, 1959, after a long illness; aged 62 y. 5m. 4 d. He was married to Myrtle Wood, Aurora, Ohio, on May 6, 1920. Eleven children were born to them, three of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, 8 children (Carl, Aurora; Robert, Calif.; LeRoy, Parma; Mary-Mrs. Joe Slechta, Aurora; Doris-Mrs. Wm. Card, at home; Myrtle-Mrs. Richard Kaszian, Cleveland; Anna-Mrs. George Miller, Aurora; and Frances, Cleveland), and 20 grandchildren. As a young man, he united with the South Union Church, West Liberty, Ohio. Funeral services were held at Plain View in charge of Elmer Stoltzfus and Eugene Yoder; burial in the Plain View Cemetery.

Stalter, Henry William, son of the late Jacob and Catherine (Albrecht) Stalter, was born near Tiskilwa, Ill.; on June 5, 1876; died June 19, 1959, after a lingering illness; aged 83 y. 14 d. He was the last living member of his immediate family. Three brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Five nieces and one nephew survive him. Occupation: farm worker. In his late years he became a member of the Willow Springs Church, where services were held on June 21, in charge of C. Warren Long; burial in the Willow Springs Cemetery.

Strite, Amanda C., daughter of the late Abram and Elizabeth (Shank) Martin; was born Jan. 9, 1882; died at her home in Smithsburg, Md., after a long illness; aged 77 y. 4 m. 21 d. Surviving are her husband, Louis A. Strite, 2 sons (Raymond C. Martin, Harrisonburg, Va., Lloyd A. Strite, Smithsburg), 2 daughters (Mrs. Verda Leatherman and Mrs. Edna M. Churchey, both of Sharpsburg), 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Amos J., Smithsburg; Ira D., Maugansville; and Abram E. Shrinestown, Pa.), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Fannie A. Strite, Springfield; Mrs. Maggie Diller, Paramount; Mrs. Ruth Eshleman, Harrisbug, Pa.; and Mrs. Naomi Rudolph, Largent, W. Va.). Three sisters and 4 brothers preceded her in death. She was a member of the Stouffer Church, Edgemont, Md., where funeral services were held in charge of Moses K. Horst, Stanley H. Martin, and Irvin Shank; burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume LII, Number 28 - July 21, 1959 ­ page 656

Meyers, Cornelius W., son of Cornelius and Anna (Wismer) Meyers, was born May 3, 1876, in Bucks Co., Pa.; died April 7, 1959 in Sellersville (Pa.) Hospital, after a series of strokes; aged 82 y. 11 m. 4 d. On Feb. 26, 1898, he was married to Sarah G. Detweiler, who died in 1946. Occupation: retired farmer. Surviving are 2 daughters and one son (Walter D., Pipersville; Anna-Mrs. Joseph Gahman, Dublin; and Della-Mrs. Glen, Lundsten, Pipersville), 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 3 sisters and one brother (Mrs. John D. High, Dublin; Mrs. John B. Detweiler, and Mrs. Samuel Godshalk, both of Perkasie; and Eli Myers, Doylestown). He was a member of the Deep Run Church where funeral services on April 11 were in charge of Wilson Overholt and James McClaim; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Miller, Samuel D., son of John K. and Elizabeth (Detweiler) Miller, was born May 2, 1872, in Bedminster Twp., Pa.; died April 19, 1959, in Dublin, Pa., of a cardiorenal condition; aged 86 y. 11 m. 17 d. He was married on Nov. 26, 1898, to Anna Overholt, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters and 2 sons (Mary-Mrs. Nelson Frederich, Souderton, Pa.; Anna Miller, Dublin; Samuel O., Hilltown; and Henry O., Perkasie), 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and one brother (Hettie-Mrs. Jacob M. Leatherman, Englesville Hospital, Pa.; Lizzie Miller, Easter Mennonite Home, Soudertown; and Daniel Miller, Perkasie). One son preceded him in death. He was a member of the Deep Run Church where funeral services were held on April 23 in charge of Wilson Overholt and Erwin Nase; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Schweitzer, Menno, son of the late Christian and Mary (Erb) Schweitzer, was born Sept. 3, 1897, near Beaver Crossing, Neb.; died May 29, 1959, at the Twin Falls (Idaho) Memorial Hospital, following surgery; aged 61 y. 7 m. 26 d. He was married on Nov. 15, 1917, to Cassie Stutzman. Surviving are their 2 sons and 4 daughters (Adverta_-Mrs. Kenneth Eichelberger, Buhl, Idaho; Hazel-Mrs. Dale Veeder and Delores-Mrs. Glenn Gashco, Filer, Idaho; Sylvia-Mrs. Calvin Johnson, Berwyn, Nebr.; Clyde and Lester, both of Broken Bow, Nebr.), 28 grandchildren, 3 brothers (David, Lincoln, Nebr.; Alvin, Kouts, Ind.; and Peter, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.), and 3 sisters (Jenny-Mrs. Dan Oswald, West Point, Nebr.; Anna-Mrs. Menno Yantzi, Broken Bow, Nebr.; and Viola, Beaver Crossing, Nebr.). One sister preceded him in death. He was a member of the Filer Church where funeral services were held June 1, in charge of Royden Schweitzer and Samuel Honderich; interment in the Twin Falls Sunset Park.

Witmer, Minnie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Langille, was born July 1, ---, in Stellarton, Nova Scotia; died May 26, 1959, in the South Waterloo Hospital, Galt, Ont. She was married to Albert Brooks of Halifax, N. S., who preceded her in death. An infant daughter also preceded her. Surviving are her second husband, J. Wesley Witmer, Hespeler, Ont., 2 sons, 3 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 7 step children, 36 step-grandchildren, 40 step-great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. She united with the Wanner Mennonite Church in 1946. Funeral services were held at the church on May 29, in charge of Merle Shantz; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Volume LII, Number 29 - July 28, 1959-page 671, 672

Beal, Ruby, daughter of Mrs. Erma Rhodes (father deceased), was born June 26, 1922, at Ligonier, Pa.; died of a brain tumor at Ligonier, June 9, 1959; aged 37 y. 11 m. 14 d. She was married on Dec. 21, 1941, to Joe Beal, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children (Donna Faye and Ronald Nelson), her mother, and one brother (Wayne). She was a member of the Stahl Church. Funeral services at the home of her mother were conducted on June 11 by Sanford G. Shetler and Warren K. Alnor; interment in Ligonier Valley Cemetery.

Bowman, Carolyn, daughter of Harold and Doris (Bearinger) Bowman, Kitchener, Ont., was born May 9, 1953; died at the Toronto Children's Hospital, June 9, 1959, of burns received when her housecoat caught fire from an electric stove; aged 6 y. 1 m. Surviving, besides her parents, are a brother (David), and her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Moses Bowman and Mr. and Mrs. David Bearinger). Funeral Services at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, June 12, were in charge of Curtis C. Cressman and Moses S. Bowman; interment in Memory Gardens, Breslau, Ont. At the hospital Carolyn, with a radiant smile, told her grandmother, "If I go to be with Jesus now, you can see me in heaven when you come."

Brubacher, Charlotte Rose, infant daughter of Harold and Eral (Cressman) Brubacher, Kitchener, Ont., was born June 1, 1959; died June 2, 1959; aged one day. Graveside services were held at St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery, June 4, in charge of Raymond L. Kramer.

Davidson, Homer E., son of Marvin and Amanda Davidson, was born Jan. 29, 1905, at Freeport, Ohio; died June 19, 1959, at the Dunlap Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, after 5 days' hospitalization (he had suffered a heart condition for several years); aged 54 y. 4 m. 21 d. He was married on July 14, 1927, at Walnut Creek, Ohio, to Mary Mast, who survives. Occupation: mechanic and farmer. Surviving are 3 children (Mrs. Norman Browning, Lima, Ohio; Mrs. Leroy Lehman, Orrville; and Larry E., of the home), 5 grandchildren one brother (Arthur, Dover, Ohio), one half brother and one half sister (Jess, Mineral City; and Mrs. Robert Markham, New Philadelphia, Ohio). Two infant daughters preceded him in death. He was a member of the Orrville Church, where funeral services were held June 22, in charge of J. Lester Graybill and Harold E. Bauman; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Gascho, John J., son of Jacob and Anna (Jantzi) Gascho, was born Feb. 22, 1886, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died of a heart of attack June 18, 1959, at the Mio Medical Center, Mio, Mich.; aged 75 y. 3 m. 27 d. Occupation: farmer. Surviving are 5 daughters and 2 sons (Elizabeth-Mrs. George Layman; Anna, Edna-Mrs. David Troyer, Edwin, Edith-Mrs. Boyd Rogers, all of Fairview, Mich.; Millie-Mrs. Willard Bontrager, Mancelona, Mich.; and Mahlon, Fairview), 26 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one brother (Aaron, New Hamburg, Ont.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Conrad Bender, Au Gres, Mich.; and Mrs. Elmer Handrich, Fairview). He was a member of the Fairview Church, where funeral services were held June 22, in charge of Harvey Handrich; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

Hamilton, Katherine C., daughter of Sol and Mary Plank, was born Nov. 5, 1901, at Bruning, Nebr.; died June 22, 1959, at Harper, Kans., after an eight-month illness; aged 57 y. 7 m. 17 d. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church. On Sept. 20, 1928, she was married to Jess Hamilton. Surviving are her husband, one daughter (Betty Lou-Mrs. Harold D. Honn), one granddaughter, her father, one brother (John), and 3 sisters (Sylvia Bauer, Ida Yoder, and Ella Plank). Her mother and one brother preceded her in death. Services were conducted on June 24 by Merle Bender at the Brownell-Wiley Funeral Home; burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Hartzler, Ora J., son of the late Joseph G. and Susan (Hooley) Hartzler, was born Feb. 1, 1893, in Cass Co., Mo.; died of coronary thrombosis at Harrisonville, Mo., June ---, 1959; aged 66 y. 4 m. 24 d. On Feb. 20, 1921, he was married to Priscilla M. Yoder, who survives. Occupation: farmer. Also surviving are 4 children (Alta-Mrs. Homer Stutzman, Roanoke, Ill.; Allen and Jay, Harrisonville; and Blanche-Mrs. Morris Hershberger, Garden City), and 2 sisters (Anna L-Mr. H. J. King, Bloomington, Ill.; and Sylva-Mrs. D. D. King, Kansas City, Kans.). Two brothers preceded him in death. He was a member of the Sycamore Grove Church, where funeral services were held June 27, in charge of H. J. King and Leo Miller; burial in Clearfork Cemetery.

Helmuth, Gloria Ann, daughter of Chris and Martha Helmuth, was born at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., May 26, 1959; died May 28, 1959; aged 2 days. A brief service was held by Shem Peachey at the home, and by Urbane Peachey at the graveside. Interment in Bart Cemetery.

McCloud, Mitchell, son of Cassius and Pearl McCloud, was born at Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 24, 1908; died following a heart attack, July 10, 1949; aged 50 y. 10 m. 16 d. He was married on Sept. 8, 1928, to Beulah Chupp, who survives. Also surviving are his mother, a brother (Fred, Elkhart), and a sister (Mrs. Delbert Biller, Nappanee). He was ordained deacon of the North Main Street Church on Nov. 11, 1953, where he had served faithfully since 1928. He conducted a Bible memory course in the church and took great delight in memorizing Scripture. Services were held at the church on July 13 by Homer F. North and Richard W. Yoder; burial in Union Center Cemetery.

Peachey, Emanuel Byler, son of John S. and Sallie (Yoder) Peachey, was born in Belleville, Pa., Jan. 21, 1905; died of a heart attack June 26, 1959, at Belleville; aged 54 y. 5 m. 5 d. He was married at Belleville on Dec. 26, 1926, to Elsie Arie Peachey, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Miriam L.), and 10 brothers and sisters (Aaron J., Rittman, Ohio; Elam C., Lena-Mrs. Sam Zook, Sallie-Mrs. John Zook, and Amelia-Mrs. Jess Sharp, all of Belleville; Urie, Kalona, Iowa; Lonnie-Mrs. Jacob Yoder, Mary-Mrs. Jacob Peachey, and Annie-Mrs. Albert Yoder, all of Reedsville, Pa.; and Linnie, Philadelphia). He was an ordained minister of the Locust Grove Conservative Mennonite Church on May 3, 1936, with John S. Mast in charge , and as bishop on July 4, 1937, with Elmer Swartzendtruber and Mike Zehr in charge. He also served on the executive committee of the Conservative Conference, and as monitor of conference and General Council. He preached his last sermon to the home congregation on June 21, on the theme, "Obtaining a Beautiful Sunset in Your Christian Life." Funeral services on June 29 were in charge of Erie Renno, Alvin Swartz, Emanuel Swartzentruber, Waldo Miller and Louis Peachey.

Sensenig, Lydia Ann, daughter of the late Marin and Barbara (Nolt) Sauder, was born Sept. 27, 1881, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died in the Lancaster General Hospital on June 10, 1959, after an illness of several weeks; aged 77 y. 8m. 13 d. She was the widow of Daniel W. Sensenig, who died in 1918. Surviving are 7 children (Bertha-Mrs. Joseph B. Horst, Terre Hill; Lydia Ann-Mrs. Jacob M. Hurst, and John S., both of Ephrata; Edwin, Daniel S., and Martin S., all of New Holland; and Jacob S., Gettysburg), 41 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Noah N., Martin G., and John N., all of New Holland), and a sister (Barbara-Mrs. Martin Martin, Blue Ball, Pa.). She was a member of the New Holland Church. Funeral services were conducted by Mahlon Witmer, James Martin, and Frank Shirk; interment in the Weaverland Cemetery.

Wenger, Chester Arthur, son of Benjamin and Jerusha Wenger, was born at Petoskey, Mich., April 16, 1882; died at his home in Allemands, La., of a heart attack, June 17, 1959; aged 77 y. 2 m. 1 d. He was married on Dec. 20, 1905, to Salome Chrisophel, who died March 9, 1943. On May 15, 1944, he was married to Sophia Shantz, Hydro, Okla., who survives. Occupation: farmer and superintendent of Sunday school in the mission field. Also surviving are a foster child (William Peffly Wenger), 2 children (Estelle May--Mrs. Marshall Callender, John Eldon, and Mabel Anna-Mrs. Lester Hackman), 18 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. One son preceded him in death in infancy. He was a member of the Allemands Church, where funeral services were held June 19, in charge of Henry Tregle; interment in Allemands Mennonite Cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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