Weaver. - Paul Colon Weaver, only child of Bro. Harry and Elva Weaver, was born Feb. 10, 1914; died Dec. 25, 1914. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. D. S. Yoder. Text, "My beloved is gone down into his garden to gather lilies" (Song of Solomon 6:2). Interment was made in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Pa.
Nighswander. - Martin Nighswander died at his home at Altona, Ont., Dec. 19, 1914, in the 89th years of his age. Deceased was sick a few weeks before he died but had recovered so he could drive out again. When the Lord took him it was suddenly. Bro. Nighswander was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He will be missed in the home, the church, and the community. Burial took place on the 21st at the Altona Church. The services were conducted by Levi Grove, Christian Gayman, and Elder Bricker.
Greider. - Bro. Amos M. Greider died at his home at Landisville, Pa., of uraemic poisoning. He was born Sept. 3, 1850; died Dec. 19, 1914; aged 64 y. 3 m. 16 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and was a number of years superintendent of the Sunday school at Salunga. He is survived by his widow, 5 sons. 7 grandchildren, 1 brother, Deacon Jacob M. Greider, and 4 sisters. Bro. Greider had the consolation of knowing that all his sons had accepted Christ as their Savior early in life. Funeral was held Rec. 22, at Landisville meeting house conducted by Peter R. Nissley, Henry E. Longenecker, Isaac Brubaker, and Hiram C. Kauffman. Text, Rev. 2:10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Rec." in text is obviously typo of "Dec."; "uraemic" is as spelled in the original.
Marner. - Elizabeth Lehman was born near Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., April 19, 1844; departed this life Dec. 4, 1914; aged 70 y. 7 m. 15 d. When 18 years of age she became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church and remained true to her faith until death. She was united in marriage to Gideon Marner Mar. 12, 1865, and to this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters. Of these, 1 son, Jonathan, preceded her to the home beyond. Besides her husband and 8 children she leaves 33 grandchildren to mourn her departure. The children are: Susie, wife of J. S. Troyer, Inman, Kans.; Lena, wife of A. B. Miller, Brandon, Colo.; Isaac, Jacob, Gideon, Eli, Elmer, and Alice, who reside here. The deceased had been afflicted with rheumatism for a period of 27 years, the last 5 of which were spent in her invalid chair. The greater part of her life was spent in suffering, but we rest assured that she now is where pain and suffering are unknown. The funeral services were held at Lower Deer Creek Church Dec. 5, conducted by J. S. Yoder and Joe Hershberger in German, and J. M. Kreider in English, their texts being I Cor. 15:35-38; II Tim. 4:7; Rev. 14:13, respectively. Interment in Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.
"Farewell husband, dear, farewell,
Adieu, farewell to thee,
And you, my dear children, all,
Farewell, farewell to you."
King. - Christian Z. King, son of Shem and Anna King, was born Aug. 20, 1846, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; departed this life at his late home in West Liberty, O., Dec. 14, 1914; at the age of 68 y. 3 m. 24 d. He was married Feb. 15, 1870, to Mary Zook, who died July 27, 1871, in Lawrence Co., Pa. To this union one child was born, Emma, who died in Logan Co., O., Nov. 27, 1879. He was again united in marriage Jan. 9, 1873, to Fannie Byler. To this union 8 children were born: 2 of whom, Shem and Asa, preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure his faithful companion, 6 children, Mrs. Jacob Kauffman, Andrew and John R., who live in this community; Mrs. Reuben Zook of Belleville, Pa.; Christian, of Canton, O., and Fannie at home. He also leaves 8 grandchildren and 4 brothers, Abraham and Jacob Z., of this place, John and Joshua of Hartville, O., besides many relatives and friends. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 18 and was ordained to the office of deacon in 1874, serving the church faithfully in this office for forty years until he was called to his reward. Funeral the 16th at the South Union Church conducted by J. B. Hartzler in German and A. I. Yoder in English.
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.
Stemen. - Henry, son of Nicholas and Catharine Stemen, was born Mar. 8, 1823; died Dec. 13, 1914; aged 91 y. 9 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Kindig April 6, 1843. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. Mrs. Stemen died Aug. 6, 1857. On April 12, 1860, he was united in marriage to Martha Coffman. To this union were born 4 sons. His second wife died Mar. 25, 1900. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and for 72 years was a faithful member, which speaks for his loyalty to his Master. His life was clean and good. He was the kindest of fathers, and left for his children a memorial of a Christian life rounded out under the reigning influence of the Son of righteousness. He was successful in business, honest in all of his dealings, a kind neighbor, and a faithful friend. His long and useful life in the body is ended. He will be missed by his friends, but most of all by his children and grandchildren in the homes of which he lived. He was a resident of Fairfield County all his life. Since the death of his wife in 1900 he has made his home with his children. He leaves 4 sons, 2 daughters, 29 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He realized that he could not recover and longed to hear the Master's voice calling him home, for his last words were, "I can't stay long," finally the gates of everlasting morning opened wide and received him into the land where there is no sorrow or pain, and where we, too, may understand why God's ways are best.
We miss thee father dear
From your old familiar place,
We do not hear your footsteps
Nor see your smiling face.
Funeral services conducted by John Blosser of Rawson, O., Dec. 15, 1914, at the Mennonite Church near Pickerington, O. Text, Phil. 1:21. Buried in the Stemen burying ground.
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Neff.- Abraham Neff was born in Ontario, Canada, Jan. 14, 1820; died Dec. 1914; aged 94 y. 10 m. 26 d. Lived in Nebraska 41 years. He was a member of the A. M. Church near Milford, Nebr.
Jones. - Susanna, the infant daughter of Bro. David and Sister Ella Jones of Yerkes, Pa., was born Nov. 13, 1914; died Dec. 9, 1914; aged 28 days. Funeral Dec. 12 at Providence Mennonite meeting house, conducted by Bros. Jesse Mack, Jacob Clemens, and Howard Pennypacker. Text, Job 1:21. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Boshart. - Christian Boshart was born in Alsace, Germany, Feb. 21, 1833; died Dec. 30, 1914; aged 81 y. 10 m. 8 d. He came to America and was married to Kathrine Swartzendruber in 1863. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter, 1 son died in infancy and his wife preceded him 37 years ago. Funeral services at the Sugar Creek Church near Wayland, Ia., by L. J. Miller of Garden City, Mo., by S. M. Musselman and the home ministers.
Kulp. - Sister Sarah R. Kulp died Dec. 22, 1914; aged 66 y. 5 m. 3 d. She was the widow of the late Michael Kulp of Telford, Pa. Her sickness was pneumonia, of which she suffered only 3 days. This family was blessed with 5 children. One died in infancy, 4 survive; also 1 sister and 3 brothers and 6 grandchildren. Interment at Franconia Mennonite M. H. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. A. G. Clemmer, M. D. Souder, and Paul Smith. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8.
Freed. - Abram H. Freed was born Dec. 27, 1860; died at Souderton, Pa., Sept. 19, 1914; aged 53 y. 8 m. 22 d. He was sick only four days of gravel, which developed into hemorrhages causing his sudden death. Sept. 6, 1879, he was married to Lizzie Musselman who survices him with 5 daughters, 1 son, and 12 grandchildren, who miss his presence with them. One child preceded him in death. He with his companion united with the Mennonite Church soon after their marriage, but as years passed on he became negligent in his Christian life, until he lay on his bed of pain he immediately desired to renew his covenant with God. Funeral services were held Sept. 24 from his home by Bro. Jonas Mininger, at the Souderton Meeting House by Bros. J. C. Clemens and Christian Allebach.
Transcriber's note: "survices" is as spelled in original.
Horst. - Bro. Samuel H. Horst was born Aug. 13, 1848,
near Chambersburg, Pa.; died Dec. 27, 1914; aged 66 y. 4 m. 14
d. He was married to Leah Rife, Nov. 19, 1874. To this union were
born 2 sons and 3 daughters -- Saloma, Katie, Henry, Samuel, Annie,
all married. Bro. Horst was ordained to the office of deacon,
Oct. 26, 1885, which office he filled faithfully until his death.
Funeral from his late home four miles from Chambersburg. Services
in the Strasburg Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Henry Bricker
and John S. Burkholder, using as a text II Tim. 4:6-8, followed
by Bro. Geo. Keener from the Scripture, Luke 12:40. May the Lord
comfort the mourning widow and children with His sustaining grace.
J. S. B.
Musselman - Ella Amanda, daughter of Bro. Calvin and Sister Mary (Freed) Musselman, was born Jan. 16, 1906; died of a weak heart Jan. 2, 1915; aged 8 y. 11 m. 16 d. Amanda never had good health. She was not strong enough to attend school, or enjoy childhood sports with other children, but always had a desire to attend church and Sunday school, and was there the last Sunday of her short life. She leaves parents, 2 sisters, and 1 brother who will miss her in the home; but know that she is now free from all pain. Funeral services were held at the home by Jacob M. Moyer and at Souderton Mennonite meeting house on Jan. 5 by Bros. Christian Allebach and J. C. Clemens. Text, Matt. 9:24. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Hunsberger. - Kate Kellar was born in Wurtenburg, Germany, Aug. 13, 1868; died in St. Agnes Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 26, 1914; aged 46 y. 4 m. 13 d. On Christmas day she was taken to the hospital to undergo an operation for intestinal obstruction, and died the following morning. She was married to Ulysses Hunsberger in Dec., 1888. To this union were born 8 children, 5 having died in infancy. Two sons and 1 small daughter survive with the bereaved husband, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. She was a kind mother to her own and three of her husband's brother's children, who were left without a mother hardly two years ago. She was a faithful member of the Souderton Mennonite Church, and rarely failed to attend services there. Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at her home by Bro. Jonas Mininger, at the Souderton Church by Bros. J. C. Clemens and Christian Allebach. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Neuenschwander. - Barbara Rose (Gfeller) Neuenschwander was born near Berne, Switzerland, Nov. 18, 1842; died near Canton, Kans., Dec. 23, 1914, of apoplexy; aged 74 y. 1 m. 5 d. She came to America with her parents at the age of ten years. She was married to Peter Neuenschwander Jan. 9, 1862. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world more than 25 years ago. To this union were born 7 sons and 4 daughters. She is survived by 6 sons, 1 daughter, 22 grandchildren, 5 brothers and 6 sisters, besides a host of friends. She came to Kansas in 1872 and her husband homesteaded in McPherson Co., which remained her home to the end of her life. She united with the Mennonite Church in early womanhood and remained a faithful member to the end. Funeral services were conducted on Dec. 26, by D. H. Bender and D. A. Diener at the Spring Valley Church. Text, Job 5:26. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
Transcriber's note: Age given is not consistent with birth and death dates.
Yoder. - Clara (Troyer) Yoder was born near Goshen, Ind., Aug. 23, 1881; died at Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 20, 1914; aged 33 y. 3 m. 27 d. She was married to Levi W. Yoder Aug. 4, 1901. To this union were born 4 daughters, an infant daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She was a loving and faithful companion, a devoted mother, a consistent member of the A. M. Church. She was especially concerned about the care and teaching of her children and in a critical time of her illness she offered a definite prayer, such as can only come from the lips of a true Christian mother in their behalf. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, 3 daughters, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters, besides a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the A. M. M. H. the following Wednesday at 10 o'clock. Sermon by I. W. Royer from Jno. 19:25-27. May God comfort the brother and his three little girls in their affliction is our prayer.
Freed. - Emma C. Freed was born Jan. 11, 1886; died
at her home in Telford, Pa., Nov. 27, 1915, of typhoid fever;
aged 28 y. 10 m. 16 d. Dec. 14, 1907, she was married to Bro.
Henry G. Freed. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter.
Surviving her are her 4 little children, husband, parents, 4 sisters
and 2 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. She united
with the Mennonite Church before marriage, and lived a consistent
Christian life until death. Her perfect submission to His will
during the 5 weeks of her illness was a proof of her Christian
life while in good health. Funeral services and interment were
held at the Souderton Mennonite Church Dec. 1, by Bros. J. C.
Clemens and Christian Allebach. Text, Phil. 1:21.
She has reached the end of her journey,
And laid life's burden down;
She has cast aside her heavy cross,
And taken up the crown."
Transcriber's note: Age given is not consistent with birth and death dates.
Eicher. - Sophia Eicher, nee Gongoia, was born at Batavia, Canada, Feb. 3, 1837; died near Milford, Nebr., Dec. 19, 1914; aged 74 y. 10 m. 16 d. She was married to Jacob Eicher, Feb. 2, 1859, at Blomington, Ill. Later they moved to Gridley, Ill., and in 1881 to Seward Co., Nebr., where they spent the remainder of their lives. She lived in matrimony 56 years. To this union were born 2 sons, 8 daughters, 59 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. She was preceded to the great beyond by her husband, 3 daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. United with the A. M. Church at Flanagan, Ill., 1878, and remained faithful to the end. Being a sufferer of cancer and ulcers she longed to go to her eternal home where there shall be no more pain and sorrow. All of her children. with the exception of one son, were at her bedside when the end came and her spirit winged its way to the Great Beyond
Transcriber's note: Age given is not consistent with birth and death dates; "Blomington" is as spelled in the original.
Beck. - Gottleib Beck was born in Langnau, Canton, Berne, Switzerland, Oct. 14, 1826; died at the home of his son-in-law, Daniel King, near Pettisville, O., Sept. 30, 1914; aged 87 y. 11 m. 16 d. He came to America with his parents when 6 years old. They located in Wayne Co., O., for two years, then came to Fulton, Co., O., about 80 years ago, when this country was a wilderness, locating on a farm northwest of Pettisville. After passing his younger years in the hardships of pioneer life he was married to Anna Nafziger in the spring of 1850. His faithful wife died Jan. 5, 1909. To them were born 8 sons and 4 daughters; 2 sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn their loss 2 brothers, 9 children, 70 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Bro. Beck united with the A. M. Church in his youth and remained a faithful minister until death.
Transcriber's note: "Langnau, Canton, Berne" is as in original.
Denlinger. - Bro. Harry L. Denlinger, late of Upland,
Calif., and the last few months a patient at the Mennonite Sanitarium,
La Junta, Colo., died Dec. 13, 1914; aged 30 y. 19 m. 7 d. He
was a son of John M. and Hettie Denlinger, formerly of Millersville,
Pa. His father is now a resident of Upland, Calif., his mother
having preceded him to the spirit world a number of years ago.
He also leaves 4 brothers to mourn his loss. Funeral services
were conducted Dec. 15 in the La Junta Mennonite Church by Bro.
J. A. Heatwole, and at Millersville, Pa., Dec. 18, by Bros. D.
N. Lehman and John Mosemann. Interment in the Millersville Mennonite
Cemetery. Bro. Harry was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church
since boyhood, and we know him to have been a bright and shining
light in God's vineyard. Many will remember him by his kind words
and good deeds. Bro. Harry's mind was clear to the very last,
and he died with a full assurance of a happy immortality.
J. M. Hershey.
Transcriber's note: The age of "30 y. 19 m. 7 d." is as given in the original.
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Souder. - Alvin R., infant son of Bro. Wallace and Sister Ella Souder, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Nov. 18, 1914; died Nov. 22. Interment at the Rockhill Cemetery.
Murray. - Susan (Eicher), wife of Samuel Murray, was born near Connellsville, Pa., and died of tuberculosis, at her home near Calverton, Va., Jan. 6, 1915; aged 35 y. 4 m. She leaves a husband, 2 children, father and mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and many friends to mourn her early departure. The Eichers and Murray families moved to Virginia some five years ago, in which time three of the family have preceded Susan to the spirit world. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Interment at Warrenton, Va.
Hostetler. - Isaac H. Hostetler was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Nov. 4, 1836; died near Hollsopple, Pa., Jan. 2, 1915; aged 78 y. 1 m. 28 d. He was married to Mattie Miller 53 years ago. To this union were born 12 children (8 are living, 4 dead), also 27 grandchildren (23 living, 4 dead), also 3 great-grandchildren. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church over 50 years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church on Jan. 4 by Jas. Saylor in the English language, and L. A. Blough in German. Text, I Chron. 29:28,29. Buried in cemetery near the church.
Grove. - Della Irene, daughter of W. D and Mollie D. Grove, died at South English, Iowa, Jan. 9, 1915; aged 16 y. 11 m. 25 d. To mourn her early departure she leaves besides parents, 1 sister, 4 brothers, her aged grandfather and grandmother, John Grove and wife, of Waynesboro, Va., and many warm friends which she merited by her modest and loving disposition in the home, in the Sunday school, in the church and in the community there is a vacancy which is sadly felt, but heaven has more attraction to those left behind. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. The cause of her death was St. Vitus' Dance.
Wisseman. - Conrad Wisseman was born in Germany Sept. 10, 1835; died near Grantsville, Md., Jan. 7, 1915; aged 79 y. 3 m. 27 d. He was married in 1865 to Sister Barbara Bender. Thirteen children were born to this union, ten of whom survive. There are also 40 grandchildren living. The deceased was an invalid for 17 years and suffered much in that time, but bore his afflictions with Christian patience. He gave his heart to God at the age of 14 and united with the Lutheran Church. At the age of 15 he came to America. The funeral was held on Jan. 10, at the Miller Church near Grantsville, Md., and was conducted by Pre. Boyer in English and Pre. J. B. Miller in German. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church. All the children and a large concourse of other relatives and friends were present at the funeral.
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Helmuth. - Freddie, infant son of Bro. W. E. and Mary Helmuth, was born Oct. 30, 1914; died Dec. 26, 1914; aged 1 m 27 d. Funeral the 27th at Sycamore Church near Garden City, Mo., by I. G. Hartzler, S. S. Hershberger, Joe C. Driver.
Tice. - Valentine Tice was born in Pennsylvania Sept. 27, 1863; died in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 20, 1914; aged 51 y. 2 m. 23 d. He was a faithful and consistent member in the A. M. Church. He was especially patient in life under trials and difficulties, never murmuring or complaining. The funeral was held at the A. M. Meeting House the following Wednesday. Sermon by Bro. Yoder of Wakarusa, and Silas Yoder of the home church.
Stuckey. - Jacob J. Stuckey was born at Utica, New York, Sept. 2, 1841; died Jan, 7, 1915; aged 73 y. 4 m. 5 d. At the age of 21 he united with the Mennonite Church. His end came suddenly from uraemic poison. Although in bed for about 3 weeks he was not helpless until the last night and next day at noon he passed away. Before his time came he had expressed himself as ready and willing to go. Funeral services Jan. 9 at Sycamore Grove Church, near Garden City, Mo.
Kolb. - Daniel Kolb, infant son of Pre. Amos and Lizzie Kolb was born May 17, 1913, near Spring City, Pa.; died of peritonitis on Dec. 14, 1914; aged 1 y. 6 m. 27 d. Funeral services were held Dec. 19 in the Vincent Meeting House, conducted by Bros. Warren G. Bean and J. C. Clemens. Text, Prov. 14:26. Interment in graveyard adjoining.
How happy are these little ones,
Whom Jesus Christ has blest,
Come let us praise with all our hearts
The God who gives them rest.
Ferguson. - S. W. Ferguson was born in Pennsylvania, July 9, 1828; died Dec. 19, 1914; aged 86 y. 5 m. 10 d. He was married to Magdalena Hoffman in 1852. To this union were born 5 boys and 7 girls, 3 of these and his wife preceded him. He was a member of the Mennonite Church over 60 years. He died near Hesston, Kans., at the home of his daughter, Sarepta Holdeman, and was buried in the cemetery nearby. The funeral was conducted at the church by Bro. D. B. Holdeman. Text, Dan. 5:27; at the grave by Bro. Christ Reiff.
Weber. - Sister Lizzie Weber died at the Mennonite Home near Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 7, 1914, at the age of 80 y. 5 m. 24 d. The remains were brought to Mechanicsburg to the home of her brother, Pre. Henry Weber, where short services were held Dec. 9, when the body was conveyed to the Slate Hill Church, where services were conducted by Bro. D. N. Gish of Millersville, Pa. Sister Weber united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 19 years and has been a consistent member for almost 60 years. She is survived by one sister, Katie Hertzler, and one brother, Pre. Henry Weber.
Lauver. - Sister Sarah Catharine Lauver, daughter of Bishop William Auker, was born June 19, 1853; died Jan. 9, 1915; aged 61 y. 7 m. 21 d. She is survived by her husband, 4 sons, 5 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers. and 5 sisters. One son preceded her to the spirit world. She was united in marriage to Frederick Lauver on Dec. 23, 1873. She had united with the Mennonite Church at the age of about 14 years. Funeral services were held at the Lauver's ' Church, Juniata Co., Pa. (the place of interment.) The services were conducted by W. W. Graybill and Samuel Leiter. Text, "She hath done what she could."
Bender. - George Howard, the infant son of G. L. and Elsie Bender, of Elkhart, Ind., was born Jan. 11, 1915, and died Jan. 14th. He was afflicted the day before he died with hemorrhages and all that medical skill could do was of no avail and the spirit took its flight to Him who gave it. Services were conducted at the home on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 17th, in charge of the Brethren William Weaver and Jacob K. Bixler.
Nusbaum. - Samuel Nusbaum was born in Ashland Co., O., Aug. 12, 1837; died at the home of Lewis Troyer, Middlebury, Ind., Dec. 25, 1914; aged 77 y. 4 m. 13 d. Lived in Middlebury Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., fifty-two years. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He leaves to mourn his departure 3 daughters and 2 sons, 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church at Middlebury, Dec. 28, 1914, by A. J. Hostetler and John Garber. Text, Heb. 4: 9. Interment at the Forest Grove Cemetery.
Grove. - Died near South English, Ia., Jan. 17, 1915, Jacob S. Grove, of Bright's disease; aged 55 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren the last 33 years of his life. He was born near Waynesboro, Augusta Co., Va., in 1859, came to Iowa in 1881, married Mary Elizabeth Garber of New Hope, Augusta Co., Va., on Oct. 30, 1882. To this union were born 2 daughters, Eula and Lottie, and 1 son, Homer, who with their mother survive, and mourn their loss. They are highly respected and have the sympathy of many warm friends. "Jake," as he was commonly called made friends wherever he went and was a man that was not afraid to stand true to his convictions.
High. - John High was born in Lancaster Co., Pa ., April 25, 1833; died Dec. 26, 1914, in Flanders, S. Dak., at the home of his son. Bro. High moved to Franklin Co., Pa., in early life, was united in marriage to Susanna Gsell about 56 years ago. To this union were born 11 children, of which 5 preceded him to the spirit world. He moved to Whiteside Co., Ill., in 1865, and there made his home till the death of his wife on Nov. 16, 1891. Since then he made his home with his children. Funeral was held Dec. 29, in Morrison, Ill., at the home of his brother-in-law, Jos. B. Gsell, by John McCulloh from Jno. 14:1:3. He was a member of the Mennonite Church of Morrison for many years and seemed to be strong in the faith until death.
Brubaker. - Samuel H. Brubaker was born April 3, 1853; died Dec. 28, 1914; aged 61 y. 8 m. 25 d. He was married to Mary Ann Walter in 1880. To this union were born 2 sons, surviving him are his wife and 2 sons, l brother and 3 sisters and many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church before marriage and lived a consistent life until death. He read the Bible through two times. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church at Lititz Dec. 30. Services by J. H. Hershey, Jonas Hess, and John Lefever. Text, Luke 12:37-40. Interment in Moravian Cemetery. May the Lord comfort the mourning widow and children with His sustaining grace.
He has reached the end of his journey,
And laid life's burden's down,
He has cast aside his heavy cross,
And taken up the crown.
Godshall. - Sarah, wife of Isaac K. Godshall, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1915; aged 76 y. 8 m. 4 d. She was confined to bed about 4 weeks, and during that time she was greatly concerned about her soul's welfare. Her constant prayer was during her illness, that the Lord might relieve her of this earthly house or tabernacle, yet ever resigned that the will of the Lord be done. The end came almost in an unnoticed time. She was a faithful member of the Skippack Mennonite Church for 53 years and ever worked for the advancement of the cause of the Church. Their married life was one day less than 54 years. The funeral was held from her late residence in Skippack and buried at the Upper Skippack Mennonite burying grounds. The services were conducted at the house by Pre. Henry Johnson and H. Pennypacker, and at the church by Pre. Jesse Mack, English, Irwin Landes, German. Prayer by Pre. Christ Allebach. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Stichster. - Perry H., son of Bro. Henry and Sister Lucy Stichster, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Aug. 5, 1895; died near White Cloud, Mich., Jan. 17, 1915; aged 19 y. 5 m. 12 d. Bro. Perry gave his heart to the Lord in December, 1909, while Bro. John M. Kreider was holding meetings at the Union Church near White Cloud, Mich., and was baptized Feb. 13, 1910. Has been a faithful member in the Mennonite Church to the end. He was a bright light to his associates. He will be missed by his Sunday school class as he has been a teacher in the Sunday school for several years. Bro. Perry leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, 1 sister, and 4 brothers, and a host of friends. Two brothers preceded him to the spirit world, but his friends do not mourn as those that have no hope as the brother left strong evidences that it was well with his soul. Funeral Jan. 20, at the Union Church where a full house showed their last respect to one whom they had loved. Services were conducted by T. U. Nelson of White Cloud, and Jacob P. Miller of Clarksville, Mich., from II Tim. 4:7,8, and Eccl. 12:1.
High. - Sister Lizzie W. High, daughter of Bro. Benjamin and Sister Lydia High, was born Dec. 17, 1896, at Oregon, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Jan. 14, 1915, at the home of her parents at Brownstown, Pa.; aged 18 y. 28 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure father and mother, 3 brothers, 2 sisters. Lizzie had obeyed the Master at the age of 14 and was then united with the Mennonite Church at Landis Valley of which she had always been a consistent and faithful member. She was a member of that Sunday school since childhood. She had enjoyed good health until last spring. Then she had a severe attack of rheumatism of which she had never fully recovered. On Dec. 20 she was taken ill with a complication of diseases. She was a patient sufferer, never complaining and of late frequently speaking of her desire to go to that home above. Funeral was held on Jan. 17 at Landis Valley Church. Services conducted by Bro. John Lefever, text, I Pet. 1:3-7, and Bro. Noah Landis, text II Cor. 4:17. Many were gathered together to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest sister thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."
Hallman. - Mary (Clemens) Hallman was born Sept. 11, 1834; died Jan. 17, 1915, at the ripe old age of 80 y. 4 m. 6 d. She was united in wedlock July 18, 1852, with John S. Hallman, whose beloved companionship she enjoyed for 41 years. He preceded her 21 years. This union was blessed with a family of 5 sons and 7 daughters, all of whom are still living except one daughter who died in 1882. She was converted early in life and was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for over 60 years. She was blessed with a wonderful constitution, for besides the cares and duties of raising a large family, she managed many a time to lend a helping hand in the families of neighbors, often succeeding well in the treatment of sick children in those olden days when doctors were few and far away. In her declining years she was afflicted with rheumatism and often longed to depart and be with Christ, but although she suffered much at times, she always seemed to be resigned to the will of the Lord, and we have the blessed hope that He has taken her to Himself. Funeral services were conducted at the Blenheim Church by E. S. Bauman from Jno. 14:18, 19, in German, and Jonas Snider from Rev. 14:13, in English. Buried in cemetery near the church.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana