Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 48 - March 2, 1911 - page 771, 772
Miller.--Abraham D. Miller was born in Holmes Co., O., Feb. 4, 1839; died at his home in Emma, Ind., Feb. 12, 1911; aged 72 y. 8 d. He was united in marriage to Susanna Hershberger on Aug. 11, 1864. He united with the A. M. Church at Clinton in 1862 in which he remained a faithful member until death. He leaves to mourn a sorrowing wife, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Emma Church by Jonathan Troyer and Oscar Hostetler.
Godshall.--Sallie (Wismer), wife of Nelus K. Godshall,
was born near Skippack, Pa., Aug. 18, -867*;died Feb. 14, 1911;
aged 43 y. 5 m. 26 d. She had been afflicted with consumption
for several years. The last three years she lived with her mother.
We could see her gradually fading away. It was only the few last
days that she was bedfast. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church, attending services as long as health permited. Her longing
was to fall "asleep in Jesus" and prayed that her family
would become prepared to meet her over yonder where parting is
no more. Besides a husband she leaves 5 daughters and 3 sons.
2 children died in infancy. Her aged mother, 6 sisters and 3 brothers
also survive. Her father, 2 brothers and 1 sister preceded her
some years ago. Funeral services were held at the Plain M. H.,
Feb. 19, Bros. A. O. Hiestand and J. C. Clemens at the church.
Text, Psa. 16:11.
Transcriber's note: *That is what is there.
Layman.--George W. Layman died at his home along the Maugansville road two miles from Hagerstown, Md., Oct. 25, 1910, from Brights' disease; aged 56 y. 7 m. 27 d. He was a member of the River Brethren Church at Ringgold, Md. He is survived by his wife, Susan, 3 sons, 1 sister and 3 brothers. Funeral services were held in the Reiff Mennonite Church Oct. 28 and interment in the graveyard adjoining.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
"God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."
By his wife
Winters.--Bro. Samuel Winters was born Feb. 29, 1828, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died (on the homestead farm where he was born and raised and lived all his lifetime) Jan. 22, 1911. He had been in feeble health for about a week, but he was still up and around and Saturday night he took very sick with congestion of the lungs and died very suddenly Sunday morning at 8 o'clock. Age 82 y. 10 m. 22 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church ever since he was a young boy. He was married twice. His first wife and 2 children preceded him to the spirit world. His second wife, 2 children, 5 grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister remain to mourn the loss of one whom they loved. Text, I Peter 3:12.
"Long years we have known thee, father dear,
But now the time for parting is here,
O, how we'll miss thy cheerful face,
Thy work of wisdom, full of grace;
Thou hast suffered we know full well,
But now are gone with Christ to dwell.
Thy toil-worn frame we lay to rest,
Soon we shall meet thee with the blest."
Schafer.--Jacob P. Shafer was born in Northampton Co.,
Pa., Jan. 13, 1830; died after an illness of about four weeks
with Bright's disease, Feb. 10, 1911, at the family residence,
near Goshen, Ind.; aged 81 y. 27 d. On Sept. 2, 1855, he was married
to Rebecca Coppes, of Wadsworth, O., who with 2 sons, 5 daughters,
10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren survive him. 3 sisters
and 2 brothers, all living in Pennsylvania, also survive him.
He had been a resident of Elkhart Co. since 1863. He was a member
of the Reformed Church and a man of unblemished character. His
consistent life, his unwavering adherence to what he believed
to be right won for himself a high degree of esteem and respect
from all who knew him. While his family and friends greatly miss
him, the remembrance of his love and kindness towards all brings
comfort to their hearts, while they mourn not as those who have
no hope, but look forward in the blessed hope of a happy meeting,
where there is no more sorrow, no more pain, no parting; "where
the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest."
Funeral services were held at the home, on the 13th, by C. K.
Staudt of Goshen and John F. Funk of Elkhart, from Rev. 14:13.
Burial took place at the cemetery in Goshen.
J. F. F.
Mast.-- Amanda (Frey), wife of John F. Mast, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Apr. 28, 1880; married to Joe F. Mast, Nov. 22, 1903; died in Harper, Kans., Feb. 18, 1911; aged 30 y. 9 m. 20 d. To this union were born 6 children, 2 of whom preceded her to the spirit world. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death. She is survived by her husband, 4 children, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other friends who mourn her departure. The body was brought to Martin's Creek for burial on Feb. 22, 1911. Services by S. H. Miller and Benj. and Jacob Gerig.
King.--Nancy A. Yoder was born in Mifflin Co., Pa.,
Dec. 12, 1839; died Feb. 20, 1911; aged 71 y. 2 m. 8 d. She was
united in marriage to Levi King Feb. 17, 1863, making a happy
home for 48 years and 3 days. To this union were born 7 children,
2 of which preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn
their loss a sorrow-stricken husband, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 3 brothers,
2 sisters, and 30 grandchidlren, 4 grandchildren preceding her.
She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 18 and continued steadfast in the faith until the end, often expressing a desire to depart this life and be with the Lord, often during the last few days of her life requested her friends to take her home. She was afflicted with Bright's disease for 19 months, from which she endured great suffering at times, but endured it all patiently until the end, when she peacefully fell asleep, only to await the resurrection of the just. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church, Feb. 23, conducted by David Plank and S. E. Allgyer. Interment in the Fairview cemetery.
Umble.--Barbara (Kurtz) Umble was born near Ephrata, Pa., Feb. 12, 1829; died near Paradise, Pa., Jan. 8, 1911; aged 81 y. 10 m. 26 d. Six children mourn her departure--John A., Isaac K. and Annie B., wife of Jacob H. Mellinger (with whom she lived since the death of her husband, Jacob Umble 18 years ago) of Lancaster Co., Pa., and B. F., Jacob G., and Priscilla, wife of S. E. Algyer of Champaign Co., Ohio. Two sisters, Aunt Katie Stolzfus and Aunt Mary Mast, both older, also survive. She was a consistant member of the Church for many years. She was a loving mother and grandmother, thinking more of others than of herself, and although quite feeble and almost blind the last years of her life, she was already to use the last of her strength in the care of her loved ones. She suffered considerable the last few days of her life, and once when the suffering was unsually severe she asked that Bro. Mack, who was present, should pray for her. After prayer and singing her pain seemed to leave her returning no more. The following day she calmly fell asleep in the Lord. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 11 at the house by Noah H. Mack, and at the Millwood A. M. Church by John S. Mast and C. M. Brackbill.
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Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number
49 - March 9, 1911 - page 786, 787
Dietz. -- On the evening of Feb. 25 Abraham Dietz, a respected citizen, died and was buried at Union Hill Feb. 28, 1911; aged 59 y. 23 d. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services were conducted by his home minister.
Shank. -- Arthur Daniel, little son of Elmer and Ada Shank, died of pneumonia and spinal meningitis near Harrisonburg, Va., Feb. 4; aged 10 m. __ d. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Church Feb. 5, conducted by C. Good and S. H. Rhodes. Buried in the cemetery nearby.
Petersheim. -- John Petersheim was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Jan. 4, 1868; died Feb. 23, 1911, at the home of his brother, Gideon, in Kalona, Ia.; aged 43 y. 1 m. 20 d. His death was causd by measles. He leaves 3 brothers and 1 sister. Services at the East Union Church by Christian Warcy in German and D. J. Fisher in English. Text, Jas. 4: 14.
Miller. -- John M. Miller died of consumption at his home near Mt. Clinton, Va., Feb., 23,; aged 57 y. 6 m. 15 d. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He leaves a widow, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Funeral services were held at the Bank Church Feb. 24, conducted by L. J. Heatwole, C. Good and H. A. Young. He was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.
Smith. -- Henry Levi, infant child of Bro. Harry A. and Sister Cora Smith, was born Oct. 22, 1910, in Lebanon Co., Pa.; died of pneumoia Feb. 8, 1911; aged 3 m. 16 d. The bud is plucked, but will bloom in everlasting glory. He is survived by parents and grandparents and host of relatives and friends. Funeral at the Gingerich Church, Buried in adjoining cemetery. Services by Bros. David Westenberger and Martin Risser. Text, Mark 10:14.
Transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana
Baumgardner.--Christian Baumgardner of the Johnstown
district, Cambria Co., Pa., was born Mar. 14, 1737*; died Feb.
28, 1911; aged 73 y. 11 m. 14 d. The funeral services were conducted
at the Weaver meeting house Mar. 2, by the brethren S. G. Shetler
and Wm. C. Hershberger.
Transcriber's note: *that is the date given.
Lekrone*.--Sister Ann Leckrone* was born Dec. 26, 1838;
died Feb. 28, 1911; aged 72 y. 2 m. 2 d. She was married to Mathias
Leckrone* to which union were born 3 children, all of which survive
her. She was a faithful member of the Church for over 40 years.
She was slightly troubled in her mind and was being treated at
a sanitarium at the time of her death. Funeral services at the
Masontown Mennonite Church conducted by E. D. Hess, assisted by
D. D. Miller. Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Transcriber's note: *They give both spellings.
Martin.--Alta, daughter of Adam Z. and Emma Martin of near Weaverland, Pa., died after a few days' suffering from pneumonia, Feb. 23; aged 10 y. 2 m. 29 d. She was a bright little girl, a student of Conestoga school and up to within a week of her death had not missed a day. Her sudden departure has cast a sad gloom over the school as well as in her home. The school attended the funeral in a body. She leaves father, mother, 3 brothers and a sister. Funeral services at Weaverland on Feb. 27, conducted by Jonas Martin and Frank Hurst.
Walmer.--Edna Irene, daughter of Noah and ----- Walmer, was born Mar. 18, 1907, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died of diphtheria Feb. 22, 1911; aged 3 y. 11 m. 4 d. The family has been much afflicted with various diseases during the last several months, and the loss of one little lamb from the home was indeed very sad. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing hearts, and help them all to so live that when trials and conflicts of life to them are over they may meet again in that better home where "pain and death are felt and feared no more." She is survived by parents, a brother and 2 sisters. A brief funeral service was conducted at the home by John F. Funk.
Miller.--Edward D. Miller was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 24, 1874; died in Elkhart after a week's illness with pneumonia, Feb. 20, 1911; aged 36 y. 3 m. 26 d. He was married to Millie Davis, Jan. 17, 1907. He is survived by his sorrowing companion, father and mother, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He was of a kind and genial disposition and made friends with every one. He will be greatly missed by all and that he was taken away so early in life, makes our hearts sad; yet we know that what God doeth is well done, and we feel to say with Job of old, "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were conducted at the home on Feb. 22 by John F. Funk from Jas. 4:14.
Borden.--George Borden as born in Muskingum Co., Oct.
12, 1832, came to Indiana in early life; died at his home in Marshall
Co., Ind., where he had lived for a long time, Feb. 22, 1911;
aged 78 y. 4 m. 10 d. He was married to Amelia Elson, to which
union were born 3 sons. His wife, Isaac, and an infant son preceded
him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his loss a son, Harvey,
living on the old homestead, 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2
sisters, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. He had
been in ill health all winter. In* Jan. 11, when D. G. Lapp was
holding meetings at Nappanee, he was visited and confessed his
Savior and was baptized and recieved into the Mennonite Church.
The funeral took place Feb. 24 at the South Union Church near
his home. The services were conducted by Henry Weldy. Text, II
Transcriber's Notes: *Word they used, probably On; .**How they spelled it, probably Cor.
Boyer.--On Mar. 1, 1911, George Boyer was buried in the cemetery adjoining the Mennonite Church near Elmdale, Mich. The funeral was conducted by the brethren Weaver and Brackbill. He came from Germany about 30 years ago. Since the death of his father he had been living alone. He was sick with quincy a few days, and his neighbors thought he was better. Some remained with him on Sunday night until midnight, and thinking him better went home. The next morning one of them called again and found him unconscious. Heart trouble had set in, and in the afternoon he died. There was not a near relative present, but he still has a few relatives in Germany. He had a nice home here, but left no evidence that he had prepared for the home above. Neighbors gave him a decent burial here, leaving him in the hands of a just God.--S.
Smith.--Ivan J., little son of Jasper W. and Dora Smith,
of Job, W. Va., was born Jan. 24, 1910; died Feb. 28, 1911; of
pneumonia and other complications; aged 1 y. 1 m. 4 d. Funeral
preached by H. B. Keener in the Bethel church. Text, Psa. 23:1.
Interment in the Job cemetery near the church. The wound caused
by the severing of his little life from the hearts of the parents
is deep, but they are trustfully looking to the great and good
Shepherd, knowing that their darling is in the best care, and
knowing too, that "He doeth all things well." Little
Ivan had not yet learned to talk but the day he died he looked
up into his mother's face and in a clear tone said, "Mamma."
As long as she has memory on earth she will hear that little voice
calling from heaven--"Mamma"--to draw her closer and
B. M. K.
Forrey.--Sarah S., wife of Benjamin F. Forrey, died at her home on Abbotstown St., Hanover, Pa., Feb. 20, 1911; aged 68 y. 8 m. 14 d., being ill nearly a week of pneumonia. The deceased was a daughter of the late John M. Hershey and was united in marriage Nov. 14, 1867. To this union were born 5 children, an infant daughter preceding her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn a sorrowing husband, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 brother and many friends, yet we mourn not as those who have no hope. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and was loved by all who knew her. She was a kind and loving compaion, mother and grandmother. When asked whether she was ready she said, "God's will be done." Funeral services were held at the Baer Church Feb. 23, 1911, conducted by Daniel Stump and J. C. Miller from Luke 12:40.
Hochstetler.--After a lingering illness from a complication of diseases, Noah B. Hochstetler died Feb. 26 and was buried at Union Hill Mar. 1, 1911; aged 52 y. 6 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Sarah Miller over 23 years ago. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. He leaves a sorrow-stricken wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters and a host of friends to mourn his departure. His aged mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Nov. 24, 1910. She had her home with this family. Noah joined the Amish Mennonite Church in his early life, and remained a consistent member to the end. He was afflicted with rheumatism for over 20 years and at times suffered much pain, but always endured it patiently. Funeral services were conducted by S. H. Miller and Ed. Shepfer at the Union Church, Sugarcreek. A large concourse of friends were present to pay their last respects to the departed.
Belchner.--Samuel Belchner was born in Fairfield Co., O., Oct. 14, 1838; died Feb. 24, 1911, at the home of his daughter in Elkhart Co., Ind.; aged 72 y. 4 m. 10 d. When a young man he came to Allen Co., O., where he united in marriage with Elizabeth Sherrick, Feb., 1860. To this union were born 8 children of whom 5 survive. He also leaves 23 grandchildren and 5 great-granchildren. His wife died Sept. 27, 1884, at the age 40 y. 5 d. Soon after marriage he, with his wife, united with the Mennonite Church and he was a brother in good standing at the time of his death. Services were held at the time of his death. Services were held at the home of his daughter in Indiana by H. M. Schwalm and David Yoder from Job 14:14, 15, after which the body was conveyed to Elida, O., and on Feb. 28 was followed by many sympathizing friends to his last resting-place at the Salem cemetery where services were conducted by Moses Brennemean from Num. 23:10. Believing that our brother had peace with God and that it is well with his soul, may all prepare to meet him in heaven.
Yoder.--Arie S., son of Bro. Simon and Sister Nancy Yoder, was born near Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 28, 1896; died near Hubbard, Oreg., Feb. 15, 1911; aged 15 y. 17 d. He leaves to mourn his early depature father, mother, 1 sister and 2 brothers. One brother preceded him to the spirit world nearly 14 years ago. He was a member of the A. M. Church since the age of 11 years. Arie was a sufferer of a lingering heart disease the greater portion of his life which finally caused his death. He at times enjoyed fairly good health and at times suffered greatly, especially the last few weeks of his life. He often expressed his desire to leave this world. He would say, "Oh, haven't I got an end? Why must I suffer so long?" He often asked the family to meet him above, saying that the way was so clear. He was conscious and talked to the very last. Funeral was held at the Zion M. H. Friday, Feb. 17, conducted by A. P. Troyer in English and D. Kropf in German. Text II Tim. 4:7, 8, which was chosen by the departed brother. His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
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Herr.--Emma Elizabeth, wife of deacon David B. Herr,
was born Dec. 31, 1854, near Hanover, Pa.; died Feb. 25, 1911,
at her late home went* end of Hanover; aged 56y. 1 m. 24 d. On
Sept. 22, 1879, she married to David B. Herr and at an early date
both accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church at Hanover,
of which she was a faithful member until death. Unto them were
born 2 sons, one preceding his mother into eternity Mar. 18, 1907.
She is now survived by her husband, 1 son, and 3 grandchildren.
She had been ailing in health since last June, but was only confined
to bed 10 days. Sister Herr will be greatly missed by the Church,
by her relatives and friends and by the community in this that
she was an advocate of peace and always worked for the welfare
of the Church and salvation of souls. Only an hour before her
death she desired to commemorate the suffering and death of her
Savior once more. Such a principle should be a testimony for the
cause of Christ.
Services at the Mennonite Church at Hanover and interment made at York Road cemetery, J. C. Miller and Daniel Stump officiating. Text, Isa. 38:1, which was a very appropriate one.
Transcriber's note: *That is the word they used.
Burkhart.--Esther (Hurst), wife of Aaron Burkhart, was born at Morgantown, Pa., May 13, 1889; married to Aaron Burkhart Nov. 12, 1908; died at her home near Vogansville, Pa., Mar. 1, 1911; aged 21 y. 9 m. 18 d. To this union were born 2 children. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until death. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter, 5 sisters, her parents and many other friends who mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at Groffdale Church Mar. 4, by Bros. Benj. Weaver and Noah H. Mack, from Matt. 25:13. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Kaufman.--Sister Matilda Alwine Kaufman was born Apr.
8, 1847, and died Feb. 27, 1911; aged 63 y. 10 m. 19 d. She was
married to Levi Haufman Apr. 7, 1876. She is survived by her husband,
3 sons, a daughter, and 11 grandchildren, 9 nine * living. She
was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for some 30 years.
May the Lord comfort the bereft family. Funeral services were
conducted Mar. 2 at the Thomas Church by the brethren, S. G. Shetler,
L. A. Blough and James Saylor. Text, II Cor. 5:6.
Transcriber's note: * That is how it is stated.
Augsburger.--Irene Magdelana, little daughter of Bro.
John and Sister Fanny Augsburger was born July 24, 1910; died
Feb. 28, 1911. Funeral services Mar. 2 at the Amish Mennonite
Church near Hopedale, Ill.
"This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how fair a flower
In paradise would bloom.
Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care,
The opening bud to heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there."
Miller.--Theresa (Spout) Miller was born in Baden, Germany, Oct. 15, 1832; died at her home on the Walnut Creek and Shanesville road, Mar. 2, 1911; aged 78 y. 4 m. 17 d. She was married to Daniel M. Miller May 18, 1855. To this union were born 10 children. Husband preceded her in 1871, also 3 infant children. She leaves to mourn her departure, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Mother and grandmother has departed this life but we mourn not as those who have no hope for her only wish and prayer in the last days of her agony was to take leave of this world and to enter that home not made with hands. She was buried near the A. M. Church on Mar. 5. Services held by S. H. Miller in English (Rev. 22:12-14) and by M. A. Mast in German from this same text.
Cressman.--Bro. Ephraim Cressman was born Oct. 4, 1855; died at the Berlin-Waterloo Hospital Feb. 26, 1911, of dilated heart; aged 55 y. 4 m. 22 d. He was married to Susannah Betzner, Feb. 15, 1882. Leaves to mourn, a widow, 4 daughters, 4 brothers, 7 sisters, with many relatives and friends. He was converted a little over 20 years ago and united with the Mennonite Church, being an active and faithful member until the time of his death. During this time he had been superintendent of the Sunday school of the Cressman congregation near Breslau eight years in succession, and had been teaching a class up to the time of his illness which was only 14 days. He will be greatly missed in the home, the Church and in the community, and while we keenly feel the loss, we have reasons to believe that for him it is gain. His remains were laid to rest Mar. 2, in the Cressman cemetery. Services conducted at the home by J. S. Woolner and at the Church by Jonas B. Snider in German (text, Col. 3:14) and by I. A. Wambold in English (text Psa. 49:15).
Reist.--Moses Reist was born Jan. 18, 1834, in Waterloo
Co., Ont.; died Feb. 12, 1911; aged 77 y. 24 d. His wife preceded
him 36 years ago; also 3 sons. Leaves to mourn their loss, 5 daughters,
38 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and a sister.
Within the last 24 hours of his life he professed to have made
peace with his God, and desired to be baptized. Bro. I A. Wambold
administered the rite on the afternoon of Feb. 11, and the spirit
took its flight early next morning. A wasted life. A God of mercy.
He was buried on Feb. 14, at the Cresman cemetery near Breslau,
Ont., services conducted by I. A. Wambold.
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by Cheri Salz, Illinois
Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 51 - March 23, 1911 - page 818, 819
Steiner.--Menno Simon Steiner was born near Cranberry,
Ohio, April 30, 1866; died of Bright's disease at the Bluffton
Sanitarium March 12, 1911; aged 44 y. 10 m. 12 d.
He was married to Sister Clara Daisy Eby April 8, 1894. To this union were born three daughters--Charity, Esther and Grace, and two sons--Luke and Paul. These with his mother, 3 brothers and 5 sisters survive him. His father and two brothers preceded him to the spirit world.
He was converted at New Stark, Ohio, during the evangelistic meetings held there by Bro. J. S. Coffman in the spring of 1885, and united with the Mennonite Church. He immediately took an active part in Christian work, and was ordained to the ministry at Elkhart, Ind., March ?* 1983. He was a pioneer in the missionary movement of the Mennonite Church in America. In 18?3** he took charge of the first city mission station (located at Chicago) of the Church. Inexperienced, with but meager support and little encouragement, he labored faithfully at this post of duty until called to take charge of a little flock at Canton, O. He ever afterwards took a prominent part in the mission work of the Church. In 1899 the Mennonite Board of Charitable Homes was organized, with Bro. Steiner as president. In 1903 the charter was so amended as to include missions, Bro. Steiner still retaining his place as president, which place he occupied until 1906, when this board was merged into the Mennonite Evangelizing and Benevolent Board, under the name of Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities. Bro. Steiner was elected the first president of this new Board, which place he filled until the time of his death.
Besides his work as an evangelist and president of the Mission Board, Bro. Steiner was quite active along literary lines. Many interesting and edifying articles from his pen appeared from time to time in the church papers, Mennonite Year Book and Directory, etc. For a few years he was the editor of the Young People's Paper published at Elkhart, Ind., and later served in a similar capacity as editor of Himmel's Manna und Missions Bote published at Scottsdale, Pa. He is also the author of two books, "Pitfalls and Safeguards" and "Biography of J. S. Coffman".
In his zeal for the good cause he sometimes overtaxed his physical strength. But his repeated testimony was that he wanted to be true to his convictions, do all that was in his power to do and build upon Gospel principles. He was fully resigned to the will of God, with bright hopes for the future. Having made arrangements for his funeral being conscious to the end, he peacefully fell asleep. His funeral was largely attended. Services were conducted by Bro. P. E. Whitmer, assisted by Bros. C. Z. Yoder, D. C. Amstutz and Eli Frey. Text, John 14:1, 16.
Correction note: "On the eighth line of M.S. Steiner's
obituary, the date that reads "March ?* 1983" should
be "March 9, 1893." In the following line the "18?3**
he took charge" should be "1893 he took charge."
These dates are available in John Umble's book "Mennonite
Thank you Zach! -- dk
Herr.--Mary Ann Landis was born at Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 31, 1828; died Feb. 12, 1911, at Mt. Vernon, O. She was married to David H. Herr, Jan. 1 1846, came to Ohio in 1850, spent most of her life in Orrville, from which place the funeral was held. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral was conducted Feb. 14, 1911, at the Martin Church by Bro. I. J. Buchwalter. Text, Prov. 31:28, first clause.
Ross.--Julia Ann Ross was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Feb. 9, 1839; died at the home of her eldest son, George Ross, in La Junta, Colo., March 5, 1911; aged 72 y. 24 d. She leaves 6 sons, 3 daughters and many friends and relatives to mourn her departure. Her husband died 29 years ago, leaving her to care for a large family without much means; but by faithful work and the loving care she had for her children, and by the assistance of the oldest son, she was enabled to keep her children together and pointed them to Christ for salvation and they all (of which 7 are members of the Mennonite Church) have confessed Christ. Sister Ross united with the U. B. Church in early life. In 1885 she moved with her family to Allen Co., O. Afterwards she expressed a desire to become a member of the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful member to the time of her death. Her seat was seldom vacant in church and she was a very attentive listener to the preached Word. Three weeks before her death she came with her son John and family to La Junta, Colo., to make her home with her son George. She was afflicted with heart trouble for a number of years. Taking a light attack of pneumonia she soon passed away, we believe our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral Mar. 7 at the La Junta Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by Perry Shenk of Oronogo, Mo., from Luke 8:52 and D. S. Brunk from I Cor. 15:51. Her remains were laid to rest in the La Junta cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
Rock.--Maggie Rock died at the home of her father, Sevarious Rock, at Pond Bank, Pa., Feb. 28, 1911, of tuberculosis; aged 17 y. 11 m. 6 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church Oct. 2, 1910. Although in the Master's service but a short time (5 months) we believe she was faithful. About a month before her death the writer and another brother were called to her bedside to share communion to her, when she manifested a living faith. Sister Maggie bore her suffering patiently and was resigned to the will of the Lord. The family have the sympathy of the community. Funeral Mar. 3. The remains were laid to rest in the burying grounds at the Zion Church near Mont Alto. Services conducted by the brethren, W. W. Hege and J. S. Burkholder. Text, Rev. 22:14. Peace to her ashes.
Kauffman.--Susan (King) widow of the late John Kauffman who departed this life Mar. 28, 1898, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Apr. 27, 1826; died Feb. 21, 1911, at the home of her daughter, Lizzie Fisher, near Ronks, Pa., after several weeks illness of heart trouble, having reached the advanced age of 84 y. 9 m. 24 d. The funeral was held at the residence of her son, Eli Kauffman, Feb. 23. Services by Bros. Samuel Peachey and John Zook of Mifflin Co., Pa. The remains were laid to rest in the Amish cemetery near Gordonville. She is survived by 2 sisters, a brother, 2 half-sisters, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Hertzler.--Rebecca (Strickler) wife of John B. Hertzler, deceased, died Mar. 6, 1911 at the home of her son, Jacob S. Hertzler, near East Petersburg, Pa.; aged 67 y. 9 m. 2 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years and remained faithful until death claimed her. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters. Funeral services Mar. 10, 1911 were conducted at the house of Bro. Frank Kreider and at East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. John Lefever and H. G. Kauffman. Text, John 14:1-3.
Emmert.--Catharine, wife of John Emmert, deceased, fell peacefully asleep at the home of her son near Benton, Ind.; aged 88 y. 6 m. 10 d. She united with the A. M. Church in her young years and lived a peaceful and quiet life, true and faithful to the end. Although she spent most of the last five years in bed, she never complained but looked forward to the time of her relief. She leaves 2 sons and 2 brothers to follow on. Services at the Union Center Church by Jas. H. McGowen and D. J. Johns.
Fisher.--Tettje B., widow of the late Harry Fisher, was born Jan. 21, 1828, in Friesland, Holland. Her maiden name was Rystra. She was married to Harry Fisher in 1852, and two years later emigrated with her husband and one child to this country, and settled with a number of her country people, in Elkhart Co., Ind., where she lived until the time of her death. She united with the Mennonite Church in Holland and lived a faithful and devoted Christian life unto her end. She was the mother of 13 children, 10 of whom (9sons and 1 daughter) with 1 sister and 6 grandchildren, survive her. She died Mar. 7, 1911, at the advanced age of 82 y. 8 m. 13 d. Funeral services were held Mar. 10. in the Whitehead Brethren meeting house, by John F. Funk of Elkhart, and John Bare of the home congregation, from II Cor. 5:1. The funeral was attended by a large circle of relatives and friends. She was beloved and respected by all who knew her. Those who mourn her death need not mourn as those who have no hope, but may look forward in the blessed hope of meeting her again where there is fullness of joy at God's right hand forevermore.
Nirote.--Ella (Stutzman), wife of Albert E. Nirote, was born May 15, 1875; died Mar. 10, 1911; aged 35 y. 9 m. 25 d. She leaves her husband, a son, a mther and a host of friends. She was a member of the U. B. Church at Farmersville, O., and was buried at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church near by. Her last words were, "Praise the Lord, I am going home." Services by her pastor, W. S. Coder (text, Isa. 38:1) and S. H. Miller in German (text, Psa. 46:1-3).
Burkholder.- Anna (Hoover), wife of Pre. Christian Burkholder, Markham, Ont., died Jan. 31, at the age of 58 years. She was a member of the (Wisler) Mennonite congregation at Markham and was highly respected for her unfailing cheerfulness and consistent Christian life. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, a son a daughter, with other brothers and sisters. Funeral at Wideman Church, where a large assembly of friends and relatives met to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed.
Burkhart.- Mary (Weaver) Burkhart was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 29, 1827; died at the home of her son-in-law near Brutus, Mich., Mar. 10,1911; aged 83 y. 3 m. 11 d. She was married to Christian S. Burkhart Jan. 12, 18??*. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters. Her husband and 3 sons preceded her to the spirit world. The surviving children are Jacob W., Blanco, Colo., S. W., Cando, N. D.; Christian, Springfork, N. D.; Mrs. D. S. Culp, Wakarusa, Ind.; Mrs. Noah Snider, Brutus, Mich. She was a consistent member of this Mennonite Church for many years, remaining faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Daniel Brubaker and Henry Brenneman. The remains were taken to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she was buried in the Yellow Creek cemetery by the side of her husband, who preceded her nearly twenty
Transcriber's note: *First number is rounded on the bottom, second number might be a 1 but you can not be sure.
Eshleman.- Israel, son of David Eshleman, died Mar. 9, 1911; aged 19 y. 1 m. 8 d. Death came very unexpectedly to Israel, and in a way that caused a great shock to his parents and all who knew him. Several months ago he with several other boys took a trip south, stopped off in Tennessee and worked for a man by the name of Brown. On Mar. 9, while doing some work out in the field he was shot down in cold blood by a man who was moved by mere jealousy. When the Brown family called for supper and Israel did not come they investigated and found him by a fence with four loads of shot in his body, one in the face, which disfigured him very much. The family near Hagerstown, Md., and Bro. Eshleman at once returned a messaged directing that his body be prepared for burial. The body arrived at Hagerstown on Sunday, Mar. 12. Funeral was held at Reiff's Church, conducted by Bros. Denton Martin and Henry Baer, where a large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends who had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one they loved, one who was yet in tender years and unprepared. May this be a warning to all the unconverted of the community.
Layman.- Charles Layman was born near Lima, O., Jan.
12, 1891; died Mar. 12, 1911; aged 20 y. 2 m. He was married to
Ida May Good Dec. 14, 1910. We do not know why he was taken away
so soon, but God knows best. He took sick Feb. 27 and gradually
grew worse. Through he gave himself into the hands of physicians
and submitted to an operation, he gave his friends good-bye stating
that he would not be with them long. He sent for the ministers
of the church he wished to unite with (Dunkard) and told them
that he was not ready to die, but wanted to get ready. They did
all they could for him, but he was too weak to be baptized by
their mode. We do not know why he put off salvation so long. This
is a loud call to be ready when the final call comes. How true
it is that our Lord cometh in such an hour as we think not. He
leaves a wife, a mother, a step-father, 2 brothers, 6 sisters,
a half-brother, 2 step brothers and 6 step sisters to mourn his
departure. Funeral services at the Ash Grove Church conducted
by G. P. Custer and Ira Metzgar. Text, Matt. 24:44.
"O, dear Charley, thou hast left us,
While they loss we keenly feel,
It is God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
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Snyder.- Erla May, wife of Arthur H. Snyder, was born Nov. 8, 1892; died March 11, 1911; aged 18 y. 4 m. 3 d. Last Summer she was united in marriage with her husband, and they took up house-keeping in Roaring Spring, Pa., shortly afterwards. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She leaves husband, a brother and 4 sisters to mourn their loss. Funeral services in the Roaring Spring Mennonite Church, conducted by J. A. Mattern, Abram Metzler and J. E. Bassler. May God comfort the bereaved.
Kindy.- Sarah Berkey, beloved wife of Bro. Jacob Kindy, departed this life at Mongolia, Ont., Mar. 9, 1911; aged 67 y. 2 m. 12 d. Her death was caused by erysipalis and blood-poisoning from which she suffered about 2 months. Sister Kindy was a faithful member of the Church for over 40 years. She left a bright Christian testimony. A husband and 1 son survive her, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral was held Mar. 11, at the Wideman Church. Services conducted by John. G. Hoover and L. J. Burkholder. Text, Rev. 2:10.
Berkey.- Sister Emma (Lechleiter) Berkey was born Sept.
19, 1868, near Wakarusa, Ind.; died at her home Mar. 17, 1911;
aged 42 y. 5 m. 28 d. She was married to Aaron Berkey April 16,
1887. To this union were born 11 children, 2 of which have preceded
her to the spirit world. In the year 1892 she gave her heart to
Jesus, and with her husband united with the Mennonite Church where
she remained a faithful member until death. She leaves to mourn
her departure a sorrowing husband, 9 children, 3 grandchildren,
4 brothers, 4 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. May
the Lord comfort the bereft family. She was sick but a short time,
which reminds us that "there is but a step between us and
death," and that "in the mist of life we are in death."
Funeral services were conducted Mar. 19 at the Olive Church by the brethren, David Yoder and Silas Weldy. Text, Rev. 1:18.
Haig.- On March 11, 1911, at Devil,s Lake, N. Dak. of
consumption, Ernest H. Haig departed this life, at the early age
of about 30 years. He was secretary of the Y. M. C. A. at Marshall,
Minn. He was united in marriage with Anna Funk, daughter of Jacob
S., (deceased) and Annie Stover Funk of Minneapolis, Minn., on
July 26th, 1910. About the first of the present year he was taken
with several severe hemorrhages of the lungs and died as above
stated, at the home of his parents, at Devil,s Lake. The burial
took place at the former home of Mrs. Haig,s parents in the cemetery
J. F. F.
Rich.- Martin L. Rich was born in Elsace, France, Nov. 7, 1848; died Mar. 15, 1911; aged 67 y. 4 m. 8 d. He came to America in 1855, since which time he lived in Wayne Co., Ohio, with the exception of a few years, which he spent in Iowa. He was united in marriage to Leah Schlatter Feb. 6, 1868. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters. One son and 2 daughters preceded him to the spirit world. On Jan. 20, 1880, he was again united in marriage to Sarah King. This union was blessed with 2 sons and a daughter. One son preceded him to the great beyond. By the sudden death of Bro. Rich there remain a loving wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 9 grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn the departure of a kind, loving father. He united with the A. M. Church in early life and worshipped with same until death.
Rohrer.- Anna N., wife of Michael L. Rohrer, died at
her home in Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 8, 1911;
aged 64 y. 5 m. 6 d. She was confined to her bed almost five weeks,
but was in ill health for almost a year. A little less than a
year ago she faithfully waited on her daughter, Lizzie, during
her sickness for three weeks before her departure. Little did
we think that mother would follow so soon. Her maiden name was
Landis, and she was united with her husband in marriage Nov. 26,
1867. She leaves to mourn a sorrowing husband, 1 son, 3 sons-in-law,
2 daughters, 3 sisters, 1 step-sister, 4 brothers and many friends.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years
and in her affliction was very patient.
Funeral services were held at her home Feb. 11, 1911, conducted by Sanford and John Landis. Text, Psa. 55:6. Buried in family burial ground near by.
D. M. W.
Shelley.- On Mar. 12, 1911, Sallie A., wife of J.H.
Shelley of near Thompsontown, Pa., departed this life; aged 57
y. 5 m. 4 d. She was only sick a few days with pneumonia. She
leaves to mourn her departure a husband, 3 sons and 3 daughters.
She was a kind mother, a good neighbor, a devoted companion and
a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. Not long before she
expired she prayed for her unsaved children. May they heed her
prayers (and the wooings of the Spirit as well) and turn and accept
Christ. Two sons and 1 daughter are in the fold of Christ. Interment
in the Delaware cemetery, where the funeral sermon was preached
by J. H. Mosemann assisted by W. W. Graybill. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8,
which was her own selection. It was proved by the large funeral
that she was beloved by all. May our dear heavenly Father comfort
the bereaved ones. Peace to her ashes.
W. G. S.
Stahl.- Arthur, son of Bro. Jacob Stahl of Davidsville, Pa., was born June 30, 1907; died Mar. 16, 1911; aged 3 y. 8 m. 16 d. He took sick with pneumonia over 4 weeks ago, which resulted in other complicated diseases and ended his life after a great deal of suffering. His sufferings are now over and we have the consolation that he is resting with his mother and little sister, who have gone before. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church March 19, by S. G. Shetler and Simon Layman. Text, II Kings 4:19. Buried in the cemetery nearby. L. A. B.
Conrad.- Amos B. Conrad was born in Milford, Neb., July
12, 1890; died in Wayland, Iowa, March 13, 1911. Bro. Conrad was
working at the plumbing trade. He was in the act of carrying a
roll of tin to the roof of a building when a ladder gave way and
he fell to the ground fracturing his leg and as later developments
proved, his spine was also injured. For all that physicians and
loving hands could do he suffered intensely the last four days
of his life. On Saturday previous to his death his parents (Bro.
and Sister Daniel Conrad of Woodriver, Neb.) came to his bedside.
When told by his mother that the end was near he said he was at
peace with God and man and ready and willing to die if it was
the Lord,s will. Two years ago he accepted Christ as his personal
Savior and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church.
On Nov. 16, 1910, he was united in marriage to Sister Minnie Gerig (youngest daughter of Bishop S. Gerig of Wayland, Iowa). He leaves his wife, father, mother, 1 brother, 4 sisters and a host of friends to mourn his early departure. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Mar. 15, conducted at the home of S. Gingerich and at the church by J. Wagler, S. M. Musselman, D. Graber and S. Gingerich. Text, Rom. 8:28, chosen by the wife of the deceased.
Zook.- Nancy F., daughter of Jonathan and Nancy Zook,
was born near Lancaster, O., May 17, 1858; died Mar. 7, 1911,
at her home in West Liberty, O.; aged 52 y. 9 m. 20 d.
In 1881 she with her parents moved to Holmes Co., near Millersburg, where they made their home. The mother died in 1893 and the father followed in 1895, after a few days illness.
Nancy became a Christian in her youth, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and lived a faithful and consistent Christian life. Many were the good deeds she did. She had great love for her Savior, knowing and realizing that He was her "all in all." She had been a sufferer from heart trouble for years, and her last illness dated from May, 1910, and since last October she had not been permitted to leave her home. During all this time she was patient, and never complained or thought her burden too heavy to bear.
She leaves 3 brothers, Eli of Holmes Co.; Simeon of California, and Joseph of Nebraska, who with his family came a few days before her death to care for her. She moved to West Liberty about thirteen years ago, in which place she made her home. To know her was to love her, and many friends who will miss her greatly.
Funeral services were held at Bethel Church Thursday afternoon conducted by David Plank and S. E. Allgyer. The remains were taken to Holmes county on Friday, where services were held Saturday afternoon at Martin,s Creek Church, and interment was made by the side of her parents in the church yard there, as she had requested.
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