Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1918

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Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 10 - June 6, 1918 - page 176

Angel.-Caroline Angel of Knoxville, Tenn., died May 8. Sister Angel sustained injuries by falling upon the floor and was taken to the hospital where she died. She was the first to be received in the church since the opening of the mission.

Clymer.-John B. Clymer died May 11, 1918, at his late residence, Souderton, Pa. of cancer in the face. Funeral May 15, 1918. Bro. J. C. Clemens spoke at the house. Prayer by Bro. Jonas Mininger. Bro. J. M. Moyer and Bro. Mininger at the Meeting House. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8. Prayer by Joe Ruth. Buried at Souderton Mennonite Meeting House.

Sommer.-Lester P. Sommer was born in Champaign Co., Ill., Oct. 17, 1911; died May 3, 1918; aged 6 y. 6 m. 16 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, seven brothers, four sisters and many relatives. Funeral services at the East Bend Church conducted by Bro. D. D. Zehr, Mauson, Iowa. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Hamilton.-Marcus Newton Hamilton was born in Kentucky, May 24, 1855. He was married May 24, 1879. To this union were born two children (Mrs. Lena Toombs and Joseph Elmer Hamilton). Beside his two children mentioned, he is survived by his wife, five grandchildren, and many friends. He united with the M. E. Church of Breckenridge, at the age of 21. Age, 63 y. 11 m. 7 d. Funeral May 3, 1918, conducted by J. D. Mininger, Text, Amos 4:12.

Christenham.-Myrtle, widow of Andrew Christenham, died April 28, 1918, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Mamie Phillip, Kansas City, where she resided during her brief illness. She was born Feb. 28, 1869 in Illnois. Age, 49 y. 2 m. She resided in Kansas City 30 years. She is survived by two boys (Thomas and Joseph) and four girls (Mamie Phillip and Eliza, Ida, and Myrtle Christenham). Buried at Highland Park Cemetery at 2 P. M. Tuesday April 30, 1918. Funeral sermon by J. D. Mininger. Text, Amos 4:12.

Hostetler.-Gladys Hostetler was born Oct. 13, 1894, in McPherson Co., Kans.; died at La Junta, Colo., May 4, 1918; aged 23 y. 6 m. 21 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, five sisters and seven brothers, besides a large number of relatives and friends. She was stricken with typhoid pneumonia while taking nurses' training at the 'Mennonite Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo.
At the age of 11 years she became a Christian, united with the Mennonite Church, and was faithful until death. She has given an example of a beautiful, unselfish life, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services at the Pleasant Valley Church, Harper, Kans., conducted by Jas. Hamilton and R. M. Weaver. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Rupp.-Lavina (Geiger) Rupp was born Dec. 26, 1879 near Bluffton, Ohio; died May 17, 1918, at her home near Archbold, Ohio; aged 38 y. 4 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage with Harmon R. Rupp, Nov. 26, 1914. She leaves to mourn her loss a sorrowing husband, 2 small children, 4 sisters and 3 brothers, besides a large number of friends and relatives. She became ill several months ago with nervous trouble also underwent an operation from which she never fully recovered.
She united with the Mennonite Church early in life and was an active member as long as health permitted. She was of a cheerful disposition and had a smile for everyone. Funeral services conducted by Noah Blosser assisted by Henry Rychener. Buried in cemetery at Zion Church, near Bluffton, Ohio.

Etter.-Jacob Etter was born in Franklin Co., Pa., March 24, 1835; died at Marshalltown, Iowa, May 2, 1918; aged 83 y. 1 m. 8 d.
He came to Iowa when a young man and settled in Washington Co., later moving to Keokuk Co., on a farm four miles south-east of South English, and lived in this community for many years. His wife passed away about eight years ago.
"Uncle Jake," as he was usually called, was a friend to everybody. It has often been remarked that he had more friends and less enemies than any other man in the community in which he lived. Many tokens of his kindness will remain among his friends for many years. He had been a member of the Church of the Brethren for more than sixty-four years.

Habecker.-Esther Charles Habecker, daughter of John and Susan Herr Charles, was born April 17, 1837, in Manor Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; died May 18, 1918; aged 81 y. 1 m. 1 d.
She was married to Joseph Habecker Dec. 13, 1857, who preceded her to the spirit world 8 years ago. She is survived by 6 sons, one daughter, and 12 grandchildren, all of Manor township; also 2 brothers and 3 sisters survive. Esther Habecker has been a devoted member of the Mennonite Church for more than 50 years, worshiping at Habecker's Church, at which place her funeral services were conducted May 21, Bro. John K. Charles using as his text, Rev. 14:13, and Bro. Christian K. Lehman using II Tim. 4:7, 8. Her body was laid to rest by the side of her husband's in the cemetery adjoining.
"Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps;
And the sunbeams love to linger
Where our sainted parents sleep."

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 11 - June 13, 1918 - pages 199 and 200

Byer.-Sister Martha Byer, widow of David R. Byer, was born in Adams Co., Pa., Mar. 29, 1843; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Reed, near Arendtsville, Pa.; aged 75 y. 1 m. 18 d. Three sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren are left to mourn her departure. Funeral services in the Mennonite Church Mummasburg, Pa. Interment in the nearby cemetery.

Kauffman.-Susan Thomas Kauffman of near Thomas Mills, Somerset Co., Pa., was born July 12, 1853; died April 14, 1918: aged 64 y. 9 m. 2 d. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world about 8 years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Thomas Mennonite Church by the Brethren S. G. Shetler, L. A. Blough, and James Saylor. Text Phil. 1:21. Buried in adjoining cemetery.

Lindeman.-Fanny S. Lindeman was born Oct. 9, 1827, and died May 27, 1918, aged 90 y. 7 m. 18 d. She was the daughter of Henry and Anna (Shopf) Lindeman, who was never married, and always resided in Lancaster Co., Pa.
Sister Lindeman was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for very many years. The last 8 years of her life were spent with her brother John S. Lindeman, who survives at the home of J. C. Habecker. Funeral services were held at the home and at Masonville Mennonite Church. Bros. John K. Charles and Christian K. Lehman preached from Job 14:14 and Ps. 90:10. Interment in Masonville Cemetery.

Strohm.-Fanny Strohm, nee Mylin, was born, at Willow Street, Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 7, 1832; died April 30, 1918, in her 86th year. She died of pneumonia after an illness of 10 days. Mother Strohm, as she was known by all her friends, did not care to get well, but longed to take her long last rest. She leaves 2 sons to mourn her loss Frank of Upland, Calif. who, with his wife had been staying with his mother for the last year and Elmer of Barstow City. Burial at the Brick or Willow Street Church. John H. Mosemann and D. H. Mosemann officiating. Mother Strohm was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for upwards of 50 years.
A Friend.

Buckwalter. -Catharine, wife of the late Benjamin Buckwalter, was born Feb 26, 1847; died May 10, 1918; aged 71 y. 3 m. 14 d.
She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Fannie Hershey. She was a mother of seven children, 3 having preceded her to the heavenly home.
Four children remain, also four grandchildren, six sisters and two brothers, who will miss her much but our loss is her eternal gain. She was left a widow for 35 years but was one that trusted in her God at all times that helped her to have such a cheerful disposition. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early life and was faithful unto death. She bore her affliction patiently and was a devoted mother. Since she is gone her life speaks louder than ever before. Funeral services were held May 13 at the East Chestnut St. Church, Lancaster City. Sermon by Bro. John Mosemann and Bro. Senger. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Interment in the Hershey Cemetery.

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.
A Daughter.

Yost.-Susie A. Yost, daughter of Eli and Lydia Yost of Gap, Lanc. Co., Pa.; died at her home Wednesday morning, April 10, 1918; aged 41 y. 6 m. 5 d. She united with the A. M. Church early in life and was a faithful member until her death. She was afflicted much of her life until about two years ago she took pleurisy, which finally developed into consumption, which was the cause of her death. She endured her suffering patiently until the end. She often expressed her desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better. She will be greatly missed in her home and community never being absent from home for any length of time. Being the oldest of the family she felt so much concerned about her brothers, sisters, nephews, and nieces. She was an especial friend of the children.
She leaves to mourn, mother, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. Father and one brother preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral at the house April 13 by Amos B. Stoltzfus and at Millwood A. M. Church by Jno. S. Mast and Jno. Stoltzfus. Text. Psalm 116: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

"Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
When God recalls His own;
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?"

Cotterman.-Bro. Urbane Glen, son of Bro. Gilbert and Sister Charlotte Cotterman was born Feb. 20, 1893, near Mancelona, Mich.; died May 23, 1918, of bladder trouble, near Jackson Minn.; aged 25 y. 3 m. 3 d. He was united in marriage to Sister Susie Dettweiler, daughter of Bro. and Sister R. W. Dettweiler of Elkhart, Ind. They living in matrimony 5 m. 18 d. On Mar. 11, they came to Jackson, Minn., where they expected to make their future home on a farm, but God ordered otherwise. He united with the Mennonite Church near Mancelona, Mich., Dec. 25, 1910, at which place he spent nearly all his life away from the Church of his choice, to which he held to his death. Urbane was a boy of deep conviction and wished to live a strict Christian life, but he, like many others, in some unguarded moments let some hindrance slip in, which he confessed and was sorry. As he first began to meet with our people he manifested much surprise at the looseness of some of our people, of whom better things were expected. This should be a reminder to our brethren and sisters and especially our ministers to stand for all the principles of our beloved Church and to talk for all their ordinances in all their forms. He had much faith in our ministers and looked to them as examples during his illness of several months. He was a great sufferer. A few days before he died he said "I should not have left off my plain coat," and wished to have his coat remodeled. He left the assurance that it is well with his soul and asked his friends to meet him in heaven. He leaves to mourn his departure a devoted wife, parents, a foster-sister, and many relatives and friends, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. The funeral was held on the 26th at the Alpha Mennonite Church by our Bish. Bro. J. M. Kreider. Text, Song of Sol. 6:2, "My beloved has gone down to his garden to gather lilies." The remains were borne to their last resting place in Jackson Cemetery by six of his cousins.
Our darling boy I gave to Thee,
While in his baby innocence,
I dare not mourn, I can but say,
Thy will be done, kind Providence.
By His Mother.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 12 - June 20, 1918 - page 215

Sala.-Bro. Levi Sala of Johnstown, Pa., passed from this life to his eternal home at the age of 67 y. 5 m. 16 d. on May 25, 1918. He leaves to mourn his departure four brothers and one sister, Solomon, Jacob, William, and John Sala, and Mrs. Stephen Kauffman. He was preceded to the spirit world by three brothers Joseph, Moses, and Peter Sala and three sisters, Nancy Kauffman, Caroline Blauch, and Elizabeth Sala. His sickness lasted a number of years. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. S. G. Shetler and Levi Blauch. A very inspiring and uplifting sermon was preached. He was buried in the Livingstone Cemetery. He was a member of the Stahl Mennonite Church.
He shall sleep, but not forever,
There shall be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet, to part, no never,
On the resurrection morn.

Clymer.-John B. Clymer was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Feb. 3, 1838, died at his residence in Souderton Pa., May 11 1918; aged 80 y. 3 m. 8 d. Bro. Clymer was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. The latter part of his life he lived near the church and was the janitor also assisted in the S. S. work, until about a year ago cancer formed on his face, which became quite loathsome the last few months. In 1863 he was married to Sarah Moyer, who after 40 years of wedded life passed to the great beyond. To this union were born three sons and three daughters, of which two sons and two daughters died in infancy. There survive one daughter, one son with whom he resided, four brothers and one sister. Funeral services May 15th at the Souderton Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 13 - June 27, 1918 - pages 231 and 232

Wenger.-Livia (Buschert) Wenger was born Jan. 17th, 1874; died June 1, 1918; aged 44 y. 1 m. 14 d. She was born in Waterloo Co., Ontario, where she spent her young days. In the fall of 1902 she was married to Serenas Wanger of Grand Rapids, Mich., where she resided ever since. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband and 3 sons. Also her mother and 7 brothers and 2 sisters, all living in Canada. Her father preceded her one year ago. She expressed herself at peace with God.

Whitman.-Mrs. Lotta Fay Whitman, 22 years of age, wife of Otis Whitmer, died Sunday June 2, 1918, at her home in Goshen Ind. of complications, after giving birth to a son Saturday evening. Surviving are her husband, son, parents, Berkey Mangno of Clinton township and four brothers. She united with the Mennonite Church (Silver Street) about at the age of seventeen and remained faithful to said church to the end. Funeral services were held at the Silver Street Church by Allen and Silas Yoder. Burial in the Berkey Cemetery.

Transscriber's note: Two versions of surname used - Mrs. Whitman? Mrs. Whitmer? .-Mrs. Lotta Fay Whitman, 22 years of age, wife of Otis Whitmer,

Smoker.-Sister Sallie beloved wife of Amos B. Smoker was born May 1, 1862; died at her home in Atglen Pa., April 15, 1918; aged 55 y. 11 m. 14 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of friends to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church and her place was seldom vacant at church and S. S. Services at the house in English by Amos B. Stoltzfus. Text Matt. 24:44; and at the Millwood Church by John A. Kennel, in English and John S. Mast and Jonas Yoder of Mifflin Co., in German. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8.
-A Friend.

Clemens.-Bro. Jacob N. Clemens died at his home at Mainland, Pa., May 27, 1918, of gangrene. Aged 75 y. 3 m. 26 d. He suffered rather intensely at intervals for several weeks, but bore his burden very patiently. He was an earnest S. S. and Church worker, and in him the church loses a pillar in the faith. A few hours before his death he remarked to his companion that he was now going to sleep, "Going to sleep?" asked she, "Yes, in Jesus." He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; 8 children as follows: Mary, wife of Frank Bartholomew; Sylvanus; Jacob; Leahanna, wife of David Allebach; John; Lizzie, wife of Elias Kulp; Norman; and Edna, wife of Clayton Schlosser; besides grandchildren, and friends. Interment June 1 at Towamencin Mennonite Church, Brethren Rheinard Alderfer and Warren Moyer officiating at house and Jacob Moyer and Isaac Kulp at the church. Text Isa. 3:10

Becker.-Anna P., daughter of Bro. Christian M. and Sister Lillie Piefer Becker, near Millersville, Pa., died May 20, 1918, of whooping-cough; age 5 months and 3 days. She is survived by her parents, two brothers and a sister (John, Christian and Mabel) who deeply mourn her early departure. Our loss is her gain. Private funeral services were held at home of parents, by Bro. Daniel Lehman. Text, Mark 10:13-17. Interment in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
"God who gave our darling Anna
Took her home again so soon
But our hearts bow in submission
Blessed Lord Thy will be done."

Rosenberger.-Annie G. (Heebner) Rosenberger was born Jan. 27, 1860 died at her home at Souderton, Pa., June 1, 1918; aged 58 y. 4 m. 4 d. Sister Rosenberger had been ill but a few hours, having suffered an attack of paralysis of the brain about 4 o'clock in the morning and till 7:30 she passed away. Her husband, Jacob Rosenberger, passed to the great beyond about nine years ago. Five sons and two daughters as well as a number of grandchildren still survive, also one brother. Funeral services June 5, at the Souderton, Pa., Mennonite Church, of which she was a consistent member for many years. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Bro. Abram Clemmer, Jonas Mininger and Jacob Myer officiated. Text Isa. 57:12.
"When family circles break,
It certainly causes tears,
Where Jesus is the Cornerstone,
He drives away all fears."

Hess.-Benjamin Roy, son of Bro. Aaron R. and Sister Lillie (Bender) Hess, was born June 18, 1908, died at the home of his parents near Mt. Joy, Pa., June 3, 1918, aged 7 y. 11 m. 15 d. Death was caused by an accident which occurred at the home of his father. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, one sister (Nora) and one brother (Walter) one grandfather, two grandmothers. One sister and two brothers preceeded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon June 6 at the Salunga Church by Bros. Hiram Kauffman and Christ Lefevre. Text, Job 14:2: "He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down:" selected by his parents. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
We loved him, yes we loved him,
But the Father loved him more;
And so He stooped with loving hand
And took him to yonder shore."
-L. R. W.

Yoder.-Oak Vernon Yoder was born Dec. 12, 1884, in Logan County, Ohio, and has lived in same County during his life. He died June 9, 1918, aged 33 y. 5 m. 27 d. He was united in marriage to Eldora Algyer Dec. 17, 1907, and to this union was born Donald Richard 6 yr. old and Clifford Leroy 2 yr. old. At the age of 22 he united with the Mennonite church, and remained faithful to his vows to the end. He was devoted to his family, as a husband and father, loving and dutiful to parents, sisters and brother.
He has passed beyond us in life's long procession
For years it may be but we can not tell;
We know that death is but the soul's progression,
And all is well.
Funeral was held at the South Union Church, conducted by S. E. Allgyer, and assisted by J. Y. King. Funeral very largely attended.

Garber.-Carrie B. Garber wife of Benj. L. Garber fell asleep June 1, 1918, after prolonged illness of two years and seven months from heart trouble. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, one son, Elmer W. Garber, one daughter, Minnie W. Nissley, two grand-daughters, Carrie G. Nissley and Esther C. Garber, also one grand-son, Raymond G. Nissley, all of whom have with their companions enlisted under the banner of Christ. Her age was 55 y. 7 m. 2 d. Funeral services were held June 5, at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren Henry Longenecker, Peter Nissley, and Lehman Kraybill. Text by Peter R. Nissley Rev. 11:12 13. Her mortal remains were laid to rest at Kraybill Cemetery. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church, strong in the faith, had built her house on the solid rock Christ, and stood the test of many afflictions through life, looking forward to the time which has now come. The greatest comfort that the remaining family can have is that she is now sweetly resting in the arms of Jesus.
"Mother thou hast left us lonely
Sorrow fills our hearts today But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."

Sauder.-Jacob Sauder was born in Waterloo County, Ontario, October 13, 1848; died March 5, 1918; aged 69 y. 4 m. 22 d. On January 4, 1876, he united in marriage with Esther Detweiler of Ontario. In the year 1879, they removed from Ontario to Emmett County, Mich., to the homestead near Brutus where they resided until his death. To this union were born seven children, 3 sons and 4 daughters, two sons of whom preceded their father. He was stricken with paralysis but remained conscious to the end and with all the children at his bedside, he passed peacefully away. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, one son Abraham, four daughters, Mrs. Barbara Brown, Mrs. Lizzie Crapsy, Mrs. Anna Struthers, and Mrs. Mary Schultz, sixteen grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends, besides four brothers and three sisters living in Ontario. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 22 years to which faith he adhered to death. The funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church near Brutus, Mich., on March 7th conducted by Rev. George Weaver of Petosky, from the text selected by the departed brother, John 14:1-14, especially verse 14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Brother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."

Kauffman.-Sister Elizabeth Kauffman, daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Shenk) Kauffman was born in East Donegal Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., August 18, 1834; died at the home of Bro. and Sister J. N. Durr's, Martinsburg, Pa., May 18, 1918; aged 83 y. and 9 m. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and lived a consistent Christian life unto the end.
She was the oldest of a family of six children, 3 full sisters, 2 half sisters and one half brother. The brother is the only surviving member of the family. She leaves a goodly number of nephews and nieces, relatives and friends, to mourn her departure. She was an invalid for many years, but was patient and summissive to the will of God, and passed from this world to the serener climes beyond with a bright and glorious hope of the life to come. She was cared for (for many years) by her friends whose hearts were open to take her into their homes and become a blessing to her by their kindly ministrations to her temporal needs, by reflex action she became the greater blessing to those who cared for her.
"For in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. And whosoever shall give to drink, unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward."
During the several last days of her life, she spent much of her time in repeating Scriptural passages, hymns, and in prayer. The text, "God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth," and was used as a text at her funeral. Funeral on Tuesday, May 21, conducted at the house by Clayton A. Graybill, and at church by Isaac Metzler, J. N. Durr, and F. R. Zook of the church of the Brethren. Interment in the Martinsburg Mennonite cemetery.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington

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