Zehr.-After a lingering illness from Bright's disease
Christian A. Zehr died April 16, 1911, and was buried at the A.
M. cemetery April 18; aged 56 y. 11 m. He was united in marriage
to Mary Yousey over 28 years ago. To this union were born 8 sons
and 4 daughters, 2 sons preceded him. He leaves to mourn his departure
a sorrow stricken companion, 6 sons, 4 daughters and a host of
friends. We feel the loss, 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 by J. B. Yousey and
Chris Noftsier. Text, II Cor. 5. May God comfort the bereaved
"We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
Gehman.-Sister Maria (Hendricks) Gehman was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Mar. 17, 1852; died Feb. 16, 1911; aged 58 y. 10 m. 29 d. She was married to Tobias Gehman Jan. 7, 1871. To this union were born 5 daughters and 5 grandchildren. She has been a sufferer from cancer for about a year and for the last 3 months she was not able to leave her bed. She united with the Mennonite Church in her earlier years of which she has been a faithful member during her life. She is survived by a bereaved husband, 5 daughters and 4 grandchildren (one of whom preceded her to the spirit world) 1 sister, 2 step-sisters, 1 step-brother and a large circle of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss; yet they mourn not without the hope of meeting her again in the eternal realms above. Funeral services were held Feb. 21 by Bro. Samuel Detweiler and Bro. Mack at the house and at the Bloomng Glen meeting house by Bros. Henry Rosenberger and Jonas Mininger. Text, Heb. 4:9. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
Eash.-Jospeh N., son of John and Elizabeth Eash, was
born Dec. 13, 1844; died near Shipshewana, Ind., Apr. 20, 1911;
aged 66 y. 4 m. 7 d. On June 17, 1875, he was married to Henrietta
Ells. To this union were born 3 children, 1 daughter, Emma, and
2 sons, the latter departng this life in infancy. In the spring
of 1888, his wife died, leaving only the daughter to comfort her
father. The daughter died in the fall of 1894, leaving the father
For several years following he made his home with S. G. Davis, but in 1903 he changed his home to Mrs. Emma Keightly where he remained until his death. In spite of his losing his family and being alone he was always cheerful. His death was caused by stepping in a nail which quickly developed into gangrene and death came soon. He leaves 2 brothers and 2 sisters, besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Congregational Church in Shipshewana, Ind., and the burial in the Pashan cemetery. Funeral was conducted by S. E. Weaver.
Hunsecker.-Bro. Jacob Hunsecker of Hamel township, Franklin Co., Pa., died April 18, 1911, at his home of heart failure. He was plowing in his garden when the attack came on and died before they could carry him into the house. (He was an uncle of Isaac Hunsecker who died Apr. 1 and whise (sic) obituary is found in this issue.) Bro. Hunsecker was a son of the late Bish. John Hunsecker and was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His seat at church was vacant only when health would not permit him to attend. His age was 72 y. 2 m. 26 d. He is survived by his widow, 3 daughters, 3 brothers and 4 sisters, besides relatives and many friends who mourn not as those without hope. The Lord comfort the bereaved ones. Funeral services on Friday, April 21, at the Chambersburg Church conducted by J. S. Burkholder, D. E. Kuhns and J. E. Lehman. Text, Matt. 24:44, selected by the family. Burial in the burying grounds nearby. We are again reminded of the frailty and uncertainty of life and how necessary it is to be prepared to go at any time.
Schertz.-Magdalena Schertz was born Feb. 2, 1844; died
Apr. 15, 1911; aged 67 y. 2 m. 13 d. On March 11, 1866, she was
married to Christian Schertz, which union was blessed with 2 sons,
1 of whom died in infancy. She leaves her husband, 1 son, 7 grandchildren,
2 sisters, 5 brothers and many friends to mourn her departure.
She was born in Peoria Co., Ill., and during her late years they were living near Roanoke, Ill., with their son, where she will be greatly missed. She was a member of the A. M. Church and whenever possible she was at her place in the house of worship, although for many years she has not been well. For about 4 months she has been suffering with gangrene on her feet, the result of diabetes. She always enjoyed to be visited, especially during her last sickness. On Saturday evening she ate a hearty supper and was suddenly called away, without her realization, about 9 o'clock.
Funeral services were held at the Roanoke Church on Tuesday, Apr. 18, conducted by Bro. Andrew Schrock in German from I Pet. 1:3, 4, and by Bro. D. D. Zook of Newton, Kans., in English from II Cor. 51-3. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Hunsecker.-In Franklin Co., Pa., at his home in Lellerkenny township, Isaac Hunsecker died of indigestion Saturday morning, April 1, 1911. He was a man who seemed to be enjoying good health and on Friday was attending to his general duties. In the evening he ate a hearty meal and awoke in the night not feeling well which resulted in death in about two hours. His age was 48 y. 8 m. 3 d. He was a member of the Lutheran Church for some years and was respected by all. The deceased is survived by his widow, 3 sons and 4 daughters, also 1 sister and 2 brothers. Funeral on Tuesday, April 4, with services in the Strasburg Mennonite Church conducted by his pastor, Pre. Snyder, assisted by John S. Burkholder of the Mennonite Church. Text, Jno. 12:21. Interment in cemetery nearby. May the Lord comfort the bereft ones. Peace to his ashes.
Smoker.-Jos. Smoker was born Nov. 27, 1827, in Juniata Co., Pa.; died Apr. 19, 1911, at his home in Goshen, Ind.; aged 83 y. 4 m. 22 d. He was united in marriage with Nancy Hartzler in Fairfield Co., O., Apr. 7, 1853. Their union was blessed with 51 years of unbroken companionship, being bereft of his companion Dec. 25, 1904. Four daughters were born to this union. Two of them preceded the father and mother to the world beyond. Two daughters and 4 grandchildren with many relatives and friends remain to mourn his departure. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior early in life and lived faithful to the end. His life was characterized with deep devotion in prayer and the reading of God's Word. With a strong faith and confident hope, his last years were crowned with a beautiful resignation to God's will. He was the oldest member of the Goshen congregation and one of the most faithful. He was sick only a few days, which made it possible for him to attend church services and prayer meeting to within a few days of his death. Funeral services were held at his home April 21 by Paul E. Whitmer. Many relatives, friends and neighbors were present at the funeral and followed him to his last resting place.
Mellinger.-Jacob Mellinger of Ronks, Pa., was born June
27, 1826; died April 9, 1911; aged 84 y. 9 m. 14 d. His sickness
was pneumonia, and lasted a little over 7 weeks. Although the
attack was not a very severe one, his infirmities due to old age,
was the cause of his being taken away. It appeared as though he
was thoroughly prepared to go and would have been disappointed
if he would have gotten well. He possessed many traits of a noble
character. It can be said of him that he never had an enemy, always
guarded well his expressions about other people, and filled that
injunction given by the apostle Peter, "He that would love
life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile." One of his characteristics
was to keep well out of sight in dealing out charities, filling
well the injunction which the Savior gave, "Let not your
left hand know what your right hand doeth." Yet many were
the charities that were bestowed by him. He was also a staunch
supporter of all missions of the Church that came under his notice
and some that were not under his immediate notice. He lived and
died on the farm where he was born. He leaves his wife and 6 children,
3 sons and 3 daughters, to mourn their loss, but their loss is
his eternal gain. One child preceded him to the Eternal world.
Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. John B. Senger, assisted by Bro. Amos Hoover, and at the Strasburg Church by Bro. C. M. Brackbill, assisted by Bro. Elias Groff, in the presence of a large congregation of friends.
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Oswald.--Myrtle Alice, daughter of Chas. and Mary Oswald, died Apr. 6, 1911; aged 6 m. 29 d. Funeral services Apr. 8, at the A. M. Church by J. N. Perry and J. S. Horner. Text, II Sam. 12:23.
Hershberger--May Elizabeth, daughter of Bro. and Sister Edward Hershberger, was born May 3, 1910; died Apr. 29, 1911; aged 11 m. 26 d. May they take comfort that their darling has only gone before, and if they are faithful that they can some day be reunited. Funeral services were held at the Thomas Mennonite Church, conducted by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Text, Isa. 17:14.
Custer.--Melvin Custer was born Jan. 13, 1879; died Apr. 10, 1911; aged 32 y. 3 m. 28 d. Two brothers and 2 sisters remain to mourn their loss. He had rheumatism, realizing that his end was near and being concerned about his eternal welfare he desired to unite with the Church. He was baptized and received in the Mennonite Church April 10 and died the same day. The funeral services were conducted at the Bowne Mennonite Church, Kent Co., Mich., by Aldus Brackbill. Text, Heb. 2:6.
Holdeman.--Peter, son of John and Hetty Holdeman, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., July 1, 1859; died at his home near Goshen, Ind, Apr. 22, 1911; aged 51 y. 9 m. 21 d. He was united in marriage with Mary Blough in June, 1896. In the same year he confessed Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which he lived and died with a living hope of being received into glory. He leaves a wife, 5 brothers and 2 sisters to mourn his departure. Buried Apr. 25. Services by D. D. Troyer and D. J. Johns.
Kehr.--Lulu, daughter of the late J. M. Kehr of Sterling,
Ill., passed away peacefully on Monday, Apr. 24, at the home of
her brother, Dr. S. S. Kehr, Sterling, Ill. She was born in Jordantown
April 30, 1867, and a few years later moved with her parents to
Sterling township, where she lived until after the death of her
father, since which time she has lived with her brother, where
she died. She was an active member of the Lutheran Church, where
her labors will be greatly missed. She leaves 2 brothers and 1
sister to mourn her departure. Funeral services by her pastor,
____ Harris, after which her reamins were laid to rest in Riverside
(Transcriber's note: "reamins" - error not mine.)
Walters.-Bro. Josiah Walters was born Mar. 3, 1835;
died at his home in Greene Co., Pa., of heart failure, Apr. 22,
1911; aged 76 y. 1 m. 19 d. He was married to Mary Harriet Honsaker,
to which union were born 1 son and 4 daughters. All except 1 daughter
are left to mourn his departure. He had been sick for 8 or 9 weeks,
and all this time endured his suffering patiently. He expressed
himself as being ready to depart, and quietly fell asleep on the
above metioned date. About 3 years ago he united with the Church
and had been a faithful member ever since. Services by E. D. Hess
from Rev. 14:13 at the home and interment at the Glade cemetery.
(Transcriber's note: error not mine.) Yoder.--Jay A., son of Bro.
Loyd and Sister Elsie Yoder of Wakarusa, Ind., was born Dec. 28,
1910; died Apr. 27, 1911; aged 3 m. 30 d. He leaves father and
mother, 1 brother, 1 sister, 2 grandfathers, 2 grandmothers and
a large number of relatives to mourn his early departure. Funeral
services were conducted at the home by Silas Weldy from Jer. 31:15-18,
after which he was laid to rest in the Yellow Creek cemetery
"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."
Hershey.--Sister Barbara N. (Buckwalter) wife of Peter
Hershey of Paradise Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Jan. 29,
1840; died Mar. 29, 1911; aged 71 y. 2 m. 6 d. Her death was due
to a stroke of paralysis, which took place three and one half
weeks before her death. She is survived by her husband (with whom
she lived for a little more than 50 years); 5 sons and 3 daughters.
She was of a very kind and gentle disposition and a faithful wife
and loving mother. The funeral services were conducted at the
home by Bro. C. M. Brackbill, assisted by Bro. John B. Senger.
Interment was made at the Hershey burying ground.
Dearest wife and loving mother,
Much we miss thee in our home,
But in heaven we hope to greet thee,
When we come where thou hast gone.
Garber.--Sister Martha Garber was born Apr. 4, 1872;
died Apr. 6, 1911; aged 39 y. 2 d. She was united in marriage
with William Garber Mar. 21, 1890. To this union was born 1 son,
Earle, aged 18 years. She united with the Mennonite Church in
1894 of which she remained a faithful member until death. She
leaves to mourn her departure a husband, son, mother, 4 brothers,
1 sister, and a host of friends and relatives, her father preceding
her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the Clinton
Brick Church, conducted by Bros. Yost Miller and Amos Nusbaum.
Interment in the cemetery near by. May the Lord comfort the bereft
"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."
Ramseyer.--Mattie (Gingerich), beloved wife of Joe Ramseyer,
died Apr. 24, 1911, at the age of 41 y. 5 m. 3 d. In 1891 she
was married to Joe Ramseyer and to this union were born 8 children;
one boy preceded her to the glory world. She leaves to mourn her
departure a sorrowing husband, 3 daughters, 4 sons, a mother,
2 brothers and a sister. She united with the Amish Church when
young in years and was a faithful and active member to the time
of her death. This was an unexpected call for friends and acquaintances
but we all know that we have to go that way sooner or later. The
last words that she spoke to her family were, "I'd like to
stay with you longer, but the world I am going to is far nicer
than the one we are living in now." Her remains were laid
to rest Apr. 26, 1911, in the Steinmann cemetery. Services were
conducted by Bro. Daniel Steinmann and Bro. Jacob Bender. Text,
Psa. 55:22. The funeral was largely attended.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Kauffman.--Barbara Ada Lantz was born in Howard C., Ind., July 16, 1888; died Apr. 27, 1911, of stomach trouble of which she had been suffering only a short time; aged 22 y. 9 m. 11 d. She was married to Elmer Kauffman, Oct. 6, 1908. To this union were born 2 children. The oldest preceded her to the spirit world a year ago. Sister Kauffman was converted Feb. 5, 1906, during a series of meetings held by Noah Metzler (deceased) and was received into the Howard and Miama Co. A. M. Church Apr. 29, 1906. She leaves a husband and little daughter, a mother, 2 sisters 8 brothers, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her departure. She gave evidence of having peace with her God, although she had a desire to get well as she said she would like to stay with her husband and little child; but just as God will, not hers. Funeral services were conducted at the A. M. Church April 29, where a large concourse of people gathered, by E. A. Mast and J. S. Horner from Isa. 38:1, "Set thine house in order: for thou shall die, and not live."
Nafziger.--Elias Nafziger was born July 29, 1848; died
Apr. 27, 1911; aged 62 y. 8 m. 28 d. He was united in marriage
with Mary Frey Apr. 6, 1876, lived in matrimony 35 y. 21 d. To
this union were born 9 children, 6 sons, and 3 daughters, 1 son
preceding him in death. He leaves a loving companion, 8 children,
2 grandchildren, 1 sister, besides a host of relatives and friends
to mourn his departure. But we need not mourn as those that have
no hope. Bro. Nafziger was one of a family of 11 children, all
of whom have preceded him in death except 1 sister who has well
nigh reached the three score years and ten. On July 27, 1908,
Father Elias had a stroke of paralysis which left him nearly helpless
and from which he never recovered and in his long illness we can
truly say he was an example of patience, bearing his afflictions
with Christian fortitude. The funeral was held Apr. 29, conducted
by Henry Rychner and E. L. Frey; burial at the Eckley cemetery.
"'Tis hard to break the tender cord
When love has bound the heart.
'Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words,
We must forever part."
Yoder.--Anna V. Yoder was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug. 29, 1878. Jan. 10 she took sick at the Youngstown Mission from which she never fully recovered, and was taken to her home, Mar. 24. Her illness developed into pneumonia, which proved fatal. In all her suffering she was fully resigned and patient until the silent midnight hour of April 21, she quietly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Age, 32 y. 7 m. 22 d. One brother preceded her to the home beyond. Father and mother, 2 brothers and 1 sister are mourning the early departure of their beloved daughter and sister who so often brought sunshine into their home with her smiling countenance and comforting words. When she was 14 years of age she accepted her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church and always remained a faithful and devoted sister in the Lord. Being a good Bible student and teacher or superintendent in the primary department of the Sunday school, she won many hearts of the little ones to Jesus with her kind words of cheer and song. In 1904 she with three other members opened a mission station at Canton, Ohio, where she labored zealously, with a burden for the lost. Her good influence was felt in many homes, and souls were led into the fold of Christ. In 1908 she was called to Youngstown, Ohio, to assist in establishing a mission station there. Working earnestly and faithfully, God also used her here to win many lost souls to Him, who are rejoicing today in a Savior's love. The Mission Board today deplores the loss of one of their most efficient workers, one who was willing to give the best of her life for the cause of Christ. While the years of her earthly pilgrimage were not so many, yet her friends can console themselves that she was instrumental in leading many lost ones to the Master while in His service. Sister Anna had her dark and cloudy days; but today many homes are happy because of the sunshine of God's love brought into them through her love, kindness and sympathy. In her city mission work, in her home, Church and Sunday school, among her neighbors and relatives, she has gained a large circle of friends whose hearts are saddened because of her departure, but with bright hopes of the future. She is "not dead, but liveth." The results of her labors will go on until time shall be no more.
Shank.--Peter Shank was born April 8, 1838; died May 3, of pneumonia at his home two miles north of East Lewistown, O.; aged 73 y. 26 d. He was a faithful member of the Reformed Church. Funeral services were held at the Paradise Reformed Church, conducted by E. M. Detweiler and E. D. Wettoch. His wife, 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren survive him.
Moore.--Lois, daughter of Clyde and Chloe Moore, residing
five miles northwest of Wakarusa, Ind., was born April 5, 1911,
and died just a week later. Funeral services were held at the
house on April 13 by Jacob K. Bixler from Psa. 103:15. Burial
at Olive Cemetery.
"We loved her much; God loved her more,
And reaching down He plucked a flower;
Heaven must be sweet--bouquet of love,
Worth seeking for each day and hour."
Musser.--Bro. Peter Musser was born in Baughman Twp., Wayne Co., O., Mar. 30, 1843; died May 2, 1911; aged 68 y. 1 m. 2 d. He was married Aug. 25, 1864, to Adaline Rouch. To this union were born 9 children. Two of the children died in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss, a loving companion, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 21 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and many other friends and relatives. Bro. Musser had long felt the need of a loving Savior, but did not accept Him until in his old age, having recently accepted Him. Let us remember the words of Solomon, Eccl. 12:1. Services were conducted at Pleasant Hill.
Kauffman.--Joseph J. Kauffman was born in Wayne Co., O., Dec. 8, 1825; died in St. Joe Co., Mich., April 24, 1911; aged 85 y. 4 m. 16 d. He was united in marriage to Gertrude Miller in 1860. To this union were born 8 sons, 1 of whom died in infancy. He leaves 7 sons with their mother and 12 grandchildren to mourn his departure. He lived in matrimony 51 years. Bro. Kauffman united with the Amish Mennonite Church (old order) in his youth, in Wayne Co., O., in which faith he lived a devoted and faithful member until his departure. The last two years of his life were full of pain and suffering, but he endured it all without a murmur. Often in pain he wished that God would take him home over yonder. He left bright hopes for the home above. Funeral April 27 at the home by Andrew Hostetler in English (from the 90th Psalm), after which they proceeded to the house of Joseph Stutzman where services were held in German by John E. Bontrager (II Tim. 4:8) and David S. Kauffman (John 5:24-30). Buried in the cemetery near by.
Lehman.--Alice Minerva Johnson Lehman was born in Marshall
Co., Ind., Aug. 27, 1877; died of consumption at Battle Creek,
Mich, May 3, 1911; aged 33 y. 8 m. 6 d. She was married to Albert
A. Lehman, May 8, 1894. To this union were born 4 children, 2
of whom preceded her to the eternal world. She leaves to mourn
her death a sorrowing husband, 2 children, father, mother, 5 brothers,
4 sisters and many relatives. The mother and 1 brother preceded
her to the spirit world. She united with the Mennonite Church,
at Nappanee, Ind., a number of years ago, and when failing health
came and no Mennonite congregation being in reach she united with
the M. E. Church in Battle Creek.. She gave evidence that her
soul was at peace with God, and very shortly before she closed
her eyes in death she repeated the 23rd Psalm. Her remains were
brought to the home of the husband's parents in Nappanee, and
funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk, assisted by Jas.
McGowen in the Mennonite M. H. at that place, on May 5, from II
Cor. 5:1. May we all remember her devotion in the Christian life
and be ready when God calls to meet her in that blessed home "where
the wicked cease to trouble and the weary are at rest."
John F. Funk.
Werner.--Milton Werner was born Sept. 22, 1887; died
Apr. 18, 1911; aged 23 y. 6 m. 25 d. Young Werner met with a very
sad accident. On the morning of the 17th he went to the sawmill
near by where he operated a blow torch which exploded with about
< ga. of gasoline, which saturated his clothes and so was at
once enveloped in a flame of fire. After running about a hundred
yards he plunged into a water tank, but with the exception of
a few shreds his clothes were all burned from his body, leaving
his entire body burned almost to a crisp. He at once called for
the writer who hastened to his bedside and spoke to him concerning
his soul, but consciousness had in part left him and was unable
to talk freely; yet he expressed peace with God. This is a strong
reminder again that in the midst of life we are in death, hence
the importance of being ready. For a number of years he was janitor
in the Salem Church in which capacity he acted very faithfully
and will be much missed by the church there. He leaves a grief
stricken mother, 2 brothers, 6 sisters and a host of friends.
Services by P. J. Kauffman and the writer in the M. B. C. Church
at Southwest. Buried in the cemetery near by. Peace to his ashes.
J. W. Christophel.
Brenneman.--Mary (Shoup) wife of Pre. Adam Brenneman,
was born June 28, 1841; died Apr. 10, 1911; aged 69 y. 9 m. 12
d. She was born near Winesburg, O., and died at her home near
Marshallville, O. Oct 3, 1865, she was united in marriage to Adam
Brenneman. To this union were born 1 son and 5 daughters. One
daughter, Lydia, preceded her to the spirit world. By her departure
she leaves a kind and loving husband, 5 children, 6 grandchildren,
3 brothers, a sister and a large circle of relatives and friends
to mourn their loss. She was always ready to lend a helping hand
in time of sickness in which work she had a gift above the average.
She will be greatly missed, especially in the family circle. She
was exceptionally bright and active for her age, a kind and affectionate
wife and mother, would always speak words of encouragement to
the discouraged and of consolation to those in sorrow. In her
early youth she united with the Mennonite Church in which faith
she died. She was deeply interested in spiritual work; and prayed
much for the churches to get into a deeper spiritual life. The
writer has many times heard her say that her greatest delight
was to read out of God's Word and pray. She admonished all around
her to live a life acceptable unto the Lord. In her illness she
said, "As for myself I would rather go and be at rest; but
for the sake of my family I am willing to stay if the Lord wills
it so." Her mind was clear to the last, which was an answer
to her many prayers. The pleasant smiles and peaceful look from
her face shall never be forgotten by those around her bedside
the few last days until the departure. By her request the 23rd
Psalm, which had always been a great comfort and consolation to
her in her Christian life, was read at the service. Funeral services
were conducted at the Martin's Mennonite Church, April 13, by
I. J. Buckwalter and D. C. Amstutz. Text, Luke 24:29.
"Heaven now retains our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps,
And the sunbeams long to linger
Where our sainted mother sleeps."
Renkenburger.--Catharine, wife of Wm. Renkenburger of East Lewistown, O., died May 12, 1911; aged 58 y. 11 m. 19 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the East Lewistown Church, but she was buried in the Midway cemetery. Services were conducted by E. M. Detwiler and David Lehman. Text, Psa. 39:4. Her husband, 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild survive her.
Sangston.--Martha, wife of James Sangston, died at the home of her son, Lindsey McCann, near Masontown, Pa., May 11, 1911; aged 67 y. 4 m. 24 d. She leaves husband, a son and 2 daughters to mourn her departure. She had enjoyed robust health until the last few years of her life, when her health gradually declined till death took her. She had put off salvation until in October, 1909, when during meetings held by Bro. J. N. Durr she confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. Services at the house by Daniel Kauffman, after which her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near the Glade Church. Text, II Kings 20:1.
Gerber.--Joseph Gerber was born in Tazwell Co., Ill.,
Nov. 23, 1831; died at his home in Washington Co., Colo., of rheumatism
of the heart, Apr. 28, 1911; aged 71 y. 5 m. 5 d. He was married
to Catharine Schertz nea Groveland, Ill., Feb. 16, 1880. He leaves
to mourn his departure a sorrowing wife, a stepson, and many relatives
and friends. Funeral services were held May 1 at the A. M. Church
by C. A. Petticord. Interment in the cemetery nea by. May God
comfort the bereft ones.
"Dearest uncle, thou hast left us
Here thy loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Stauffer.--Anna Lovina, daughter of Sam and Lizzie Stauffer,
was born Oct. 24, 1910; died May 7, 1911; aged 18 m. 12 d. Her
sickness was measles and pneumonia. Little Anna leaves father,
mother, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends to
mourn their loss. We cannot understand why she was taken out of
our midst so early in life but we know that God does all things
well and it makes us realize that sometime we all must cross the
river of death. She was buried May 1 in the cemetery in Las Vegas,
Funeral services conducted by Bro. Regier.
E. E. Good.
Our little darling gone above,
We have one little darling less to love,
One little angel now on high
There with Jesus nevermore to sigh.
By the mother.
Lehman.--Harvey Aldine Lehman was born in Livingston
Co., Ill., Sept. 3, 1881; died at the home of his parents, Bro.
and Sister John Lehman of North Lima, O., May 11, 1911; aged 29
y. 8 m. 8 d. He united with the Mennonite Church when he was 17
years of age. About eight years ago he was afflicted with consumption,
and he had been away from home the greater part of this time for
the benefit of his health. The last few years he was at the Sanitarium
in Colorado. When he saw that his time would not be long here,
he came home to die, and only lived a few weeks after arriving
He had surrendered all and had given his life entirely into the hands of God and just a short time before his death he said, "There is no condemnation in my heart, I hear the angels singing, I have no fear of death." These words are consoling to the bereft family. His parents, 6 brothers and 3 sisters survive him. Funeral services were held May 14, at Midway, conducted by E. M. Detweile and Allen Rickert. Text, I Cor. 15:44.
Stouffer.--Jacob, son of Abram and Elizabeth Stouffer,
was born Oct. 4, 1826, and passed to his eternal reward Apr. 27,
1911; aged 84 y. 6 m. 3 d. In 1852 he was united in marriage with
Elizabeth Zehr. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters.
She preceded him to the spirit world after many weeks of severe
suffering, May 23, 1905. He will be greatly missed in the home
and Church. During his sickness he expressed a deep desire to
depart this life, which also the Lord granted him. We believe
that he is now enjoying the associations of those who were dear
to him in that better home above. He was in the service of the
Lord over 50 years, a membe of the Mennonite Church. He leaves
to mourn his departure 3 sons, 2 daughters, 19 grandchildren and
2 great grandchildren. Funeral was held Apr. 29, at the Stouffer
Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren, D. F. Martin and
A. D. Martin. Text, Psa. 116:15.
"Though suffering he breathed not a murmur,
For the Comforter stood by his side.
And whispered, "Fear not, I am with thee;
With me shalt thou even abide."
Strohm.--Bro. John Strohm, passed to rest April 30,
in his 87th year. He was a miller by trade. He owned and operated
a mill near Smithville, Lancaster Co., Pa., many years. About
22 years ago he moved to Lancaster, retiring from active business.
He had a deep interest in the Church of his choice, especially
in the mission cause. July 4, 1897, we organized a Mennonite mission
Sunday school on North St., Lancaster. Bro. Strohm was appointed
superintendent of the infant department. He loved the children
and the children loved him. He attended his duties to the time
of his death. He was always promptly on time, and a most regular
attendant, having missed only 4 Sundays in eleven consecutive
years. The writer having been connected with this school all these
years, has been quite intimate with him and learned to know him
well. To know him was to love him. His dear aged wife and 2 sons
survive him, the latter living, one in California and the other
in Arizona. The immediate cause of death was weakening of the
digestive system. He was a patient sufferer, and welcomed the
end. The few last days he was much of the time unconscious. He
was asked if all is well. He answered with strong voice, "My
hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness."
B. F. Herr.