YODER. - Maryann, daughter of Moses H. Hochstetler, was born near Farmerstown, Ohio, Jan. 8, 1840; died at Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 23, 1918; aged 70y. 15d. She united with the A.M. Church in her early years and lived a faithful life until the end. She was married to Stephen Yoder in 1870. To this union were born 7 sons and 6 daughters. Two sons and 5 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure 5 sons, and 1 daughter (Daniel, Amos, Levi, Isaac, Malinda, and Moses), 2 brothers, 4 sisters, and 13 grandchildren.
MILLER. - Warren Leon, infant son of Bro. Clarence and Sister Mary Miller was born Jan. 26, 1918; died Feb. 17, 1918; aged 22 days. He leves to mourn parents, a little brother, 2 grandpas and one grandma, many uncles and aunts and friends. Brief services were held at the house in the afternoon of the 18th. by Bro. Menno Esch, after which the remains were laid away at Fairview Cemetery. We should not mourn that Jesus has taken little Warren home as his short stay was of much suffering. Another little lamb has gone, To dwell with Him who gave, Another little darling babe, Is sheltered in the grave.
HOOVER. - Alvin, son of Bro. Joseph B. and Sister Elizabeth Hoover, Ringwood, Ont., died Jan. 18, 1918; aged 16y. 8m. 16d. Alvin was very sick about 4 years ago, since then he had not been strong. He has been a member of the Mennonite Church over three years. Shortly before he died he said he was not sorry for having stood in the service of his Master and that he was ready to go. Besides his parents, 2 sisters, and an aged grandmother are left in the house. Buried at the Wideman Mennonite Cemetery near Markham, Ont., Jan. 20. Services at the home by Bro. I.A. Wambold and at the Church by the brethren, L.J. Burkholder, and L.W. Hoover. Text, Eccl. 12:1: "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."
SMUCKER. - Bro. Milton Smucker of Louisville, Ohio, was born June 27, 1891; died Feb. 20, 1918; aged 26y. 7m. 24d. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 15 and lived a consistent Christian life until the time of his death. His death was due to a discharge of a shotgun which he took along to the timber where he was cutting wood. This he had often done before, but this time he met with the sad misfortune. He was preceded into the world beyond by his father, and leaves to mourn his sudden departure, his mother, his bride-to-be, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home of Bro. John D. Miller by Bro. John A. Leichty and at the Beech A.M. Church by C.K. Brenneman. Text, II Kings 4:20. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
MARTIN. - Samuel, Son of Solomomn Martin (lately deceased), was born near Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 16, 1845; died at his late residence at Roseland, Nebr., Jan. 25, 1918; aged 72y. 11m. 16d. On Dec. 23, 1869, he was married to Mary A. Landis near Sterling, Ill. To this union were born 6 sons and 6 daughters. Three died in infancy. There remains to mourn their loss of a father and husband, a wife, 4 sons, and 5 daughters; also 1 brother and 3 sisters. He leaves a living posterity of 52. He moved with his family to Adams Co., Nebr., in 1876 where he has since resided. In 1891 he with his wife united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Roseland Mennonite Church, Jan. 27, conducted by Bro. D.G. Lapp. Text, Eccl. 8:8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
RUFERT. - Bro. Henry Rufert was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Feb. 27, 1860; died at his home near Mayton, Alta., Feb. 11, 1918; aged 57y. 11m. 11d. In 1880 he was united in matrimony to Fannie Hambling. To this union were born 11 children, one preceded to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure a loving wife, 4 sons, 6 daughters,, and 12 grandchildren. About 14 years ago he united with the Mennonite Church and always expressed a desire to do the Lord's will. He was about his work in the usual health and after partaking of a hearty dinner, walked to his bedroom where he dropped over dead. This brought very forcibly to our minds the teaching of Christ, "Be ye therefore also ready, for at such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh." Funeral was held at the Mayton Mennonite Church, conducted by J.K. Lehman. Burial in the Mayton Cemetery.
MARTIN. - Martha Stoner Martin, wife of Bro. Deacon Jacob Martin, died Feb. 19, 1918; aged 70y. 4m. 28d. Seventeen years ago Sister Martha Stoner was united in marriage to Bro. Martin, who was a bereft husband with a family of children. As a real mother she took care of these with the help of her husband and divine guidance of God. Sister Martin had a warm heart and a welcome smile for all who knew and met her, and a consecrated will to aid all who needed her help. The work she did was only finished in death. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her. May her kind deeds live on memory' s page and she rest from her labors, and her works do follow her. Buried at Chambersburg Mennonite graveyard. She leaves many mourning friends to sorrow her departure. The services were conducted by Bro. Geo. Ernst reading Psa. 90 and prayer at the house, and at the church by Geo. S. Keener. Text, Rev. 14:12,13. Peace to her ashes.
YODER. - Malon Yoder was born near Stuttgart, Ark., Aug. 29, 1890; died at the home of his parents Feb. 15, 1918; aged 27y. 5m. 16d. He graduated from Shipshewana High school in 1908, entered Purdue University at Lafayette, Ind., in the fall of the same year and graduated from this institution in 1912. During the succeeding two years he took post-graduate work at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In June, 1914, he was appointed scientific assistant in the United States Department of Agriculture and spent the time preceding his sickness in this work at Portland, Oreg., where he gained many friends. In the spring of 1916 he became aware that he was afflicted with tuberculosis and he fought this disease hopefully to the end. Early in life he accepted the Mennonite faith and was a member of this church till his work took him to Portland. He was a thorough student of the Bible and an active church worker wherever he made his church home. He was a faithful, cheerful, and loving son and brother and leaves to mourn his loss a father, mother, 2 sisters, and 7 brothers. Funeral services were held on the 18th. at Shore Church, Shipshewana, Ind., by the brethren, D.D. Miller (I Cor. 15) and Y.C. Miller from Jno. 17:24,25. The remains were laid to rest in the Yoder Cemetery.
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RUPP. - Nancy Hursh Rupp of Shiremanstown, Pa., was born Sep. 9, 1833; died March 3, 1918; aged 84y. 5m. 24d.
THOMAS. - Charles Henry Thomas was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 4, 1881; died Feb. 25, 1918; aged 36y. 7m. 21d. Buried the 28th. Funeral services were conducted by L.A. Blough, J.B. Ferguson and Jos. Saylor at the Thomas Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
HARTZ. - Oliver M., son of Jacob and Malinda Hartz of Elverson, Pa., died Feb. 15, 1918; aged 15y. 9m. 26d. About five days before his death he was stricken with pneumonia, accompanied by brain fever. On the last evening of our recent Bible conference, when the invitation was given to accept Christ, he responded, and was at the time of his death an applicant for baptism. Although this hope was not realized, we trust that he had brought an offering that was accepted of God. Besides his parents he leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at Conestoga Church on Feb. 18, conducted by the brethren, A.B. Stoltzfus (Text, II Cor. 4:8) and J.S. Mast (Text, Eccl. 12:1).
STUTZMAN. - Jeremiah Stutzman was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio; June 18, 1853; died Feb. 15, 1918 near Milford, Neb.; aged 64y. 7m. 27d. He was married to Magdalena Gerber, Dec. 28, 1876. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. His wife died June 30, 1885. On April 2, 1887, he was again married to Eliza Stutzman, widow of Geo. Stutzman. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure a loving wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 2 sisters, 6 brothers, and a host of friends. He accepted Christ in his youth and remained faithful unto death. Although unable to speak the last few days of his life, he manifested a readiness to depart and also a great desire for prayer.
MELLINGER. - Daniel H. Mellinger entered into rest in the morning of Feb. 27, 1918 at his home in Winchester, Va., incident to old age. He was born June 12, 1826, being in his 92nd. year. He was reared and lived in Lancaster Co., Pa., until 1867 when he and his wife (who was Elizabeth Greider) and his four children then living came to Frederick Co., Va., where he spent the rest of his life. He ordained to the ministry in 1874 and served faithfully during the active part of his life. His wife died in 1898 and in 1900 he married Mary Daugherty who survives him with one son (Aaron G. Mellinger), and one daughter (Susan G. Bowers). One son and one daughter preceded him. He also leaves two sisters (Mrs. Anna Hershey and Mrs. Martha Shellenberger). 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Bishop L.J. Heatwole officiated at his funeral. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Peace to his ashes.
HESS. - Susan Hess was born June 18, 1838; died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry M. Sensenig, Safe Harbor, Lancaster
Co., Pa., Feb. 14, 1918; aged 79y. 7m. 26d. She was afflicted
in body for many years and bore it patiently, but often expressed
a desire to depart. She is survived by one daughter, one son,
17 grandchildren, and one sister. She was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years. Funeral Feb. 17, conducted at the house
by Bro. Aaron B. Harnish and at the River Corner Church by Bros.
Aaron B. Harnish and Jacob B. Thomas. Text, Num. 23:10. Remains
laid to rest in cemetery nearby. "Go, aged pilgrim, to thy
home, On yonder blissful shore. We miss thee here, but soon will
come, Where thou hast gone before."
BONTRAGER. - Catherine Weaver Bontrager was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Mar. 24, 1859; died Feb. 20, 1918; aged 58y. 10m. 26d. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1882 and remained a faithful member until called by death. Oct. 7, 1881 she was united in marriage to Bro. Amos C. Bontrager. To this union were born one son, (William) and two daughters, (Edna and Elzina) who preceded her in death 16 years. Her father, mother, two sisters and one brother preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves a sorrowing husband, a daughter, son, 3 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Brief services at the house by Bro. John Garber and at the Clinton Brick church by Bro. Silas Yoder and Bro. Amos Nusbaum.
BRENNEMAN. - The grim reaper has thrust his sickle into our number and another saint has crossed the swelling tide. Dea. Benjamin Brenneman was born near Elida, Ohio, Sept. 27, 1855; died near Denbigh, Va., Feb. 8, 1918; aged 62y. 4m. 12d. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Those who have been associated with the brother from childhood up testify to his early devotion to the cause of Christ and to his unwavering faithfulness and loyalty to God and the Church throughout his entire life. As the last end drew nearer his hopes grew brighter so that he became an inspiration and encouragement in a special way to those who visited him. A wife, one daughter, and five sons are left to mourn his departure, all of whom are among the redeemed, and we trust may meet father in the glory world in time to come. Funeral services were held Feb. 10, conducted by Brethren M.C. Lapp and Daniel Shenk. Learning at a late hour that some relatives were hastening to the scene, burial was postponed. On the day following our brother was solemnly laid to rest in the cemetery near the Warwick River Church.
GOOD. - Nancy (Brenneman) Good, daughter of brother and sister Henry Brenneman, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Nov. 21, 1839; died at her home in Orrville, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1918; aged 79y. 2m. 8d. On Feb. 14, 1867, she was married to Jesse Good, to which union were born two sons, Henry J. and Alvin. The immediate relatives who survive her are her aged husband, the two sons, and two sisters, Mary Horst, widow of Bish, Michael Horst, and Mrs. Elias Bixler. In her early married life she and her husband were received into the fellowship of the Martin's Mennonite Church, in which fellowship she remained true until the time of her departure. Sister Good was considerate of the poor and needy and found pleasure in making others happy. The house of worship was one of her delights and we will miss her in Sunday school, church and young people's meeting. In her home she sand into the hearts of her sons the old song, "Rock of Ages, Cleft for me," which can never be erased from memory's wall. Funeral services at the Orrville Mennonite Church conducted by I. W. Royer, assisted by Henry Blosser.
BUERGE. - Christian Buerge was born in Waterloo Co., Canada, Feb. 28, 1829; departed this life Feb. 21, 1918 at the age of 88 y. 11m. 21d., at his home four and three fourths miles east of Jasper. He professed Christ when quite young and became a member of the Mennonite Church. May 2, 1852, he was united in marriage to Magdalena Jutzi, who departed this life April 16, 1864. To this union 6 children were born, one having died in infancy and the other, Mrs. Katherina Dinteman, passed away in January, 1915.
RODGERS. - At his home near Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co.,
W. Va., on Dec. 1, 1917, after a sickness of 14 days of typhoid
fever, superinduced by diabetes, James M. Rodgers departed this
life at the age of 67y. 10m. and 14d. He was the second son of
Daniel and Elizabeth Rodgers, a nephew of the late Bishop Samuel
Coffman of Rockingham Co., Va. And an intimate associate in the
early life, of Pre. John S. Coffman, one of his first cousins.
He leaves a widow, 5 sons, and 3 daughters, all of whom were at
home when death claimed him, and who have been made sad because
of the vacant chair in the home. He was a frequent visitor with
family connections in Rockingham Co., Va., at which times he appeared
as a devout worshipper with the Mennonite congregations at the
Weavers and Bank churches - through holding fellowship with the
northern Methodist Church of his home county and state, where
he lived for many years as an earnest and conscientious Christian
man. He was one whom the Lord prospered much in this world's goods;
and as a mark of his gratitude, he made it a rule of life to give
the tenth of his increase to the Lord - keeping the Lord's portion
in a separate purse. There are many friends and kinspeople at
home and abroad, who will sincerely regret to hear of his death.
On Monday, Dec. 3, he was laid to rest in the family burying ground
by the side of his little daughter Ethel, who was the first of
the family circle to depart for the spirit world.
PETERSHEIM. - Noah J. Petersheim was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 7, 1849; died at his home in Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 18, 1918; aged 68y. 3m. 11d. The cause of his death was a stroke of paralysis, from which he was an invalid for almost five years, during which time he suffered a great deal, but bore it all patiently. On Oct. 26, 1869, he was married to Lydia Stutzman, who died Aug. 28, 1906. To this union 4 daughters were born. One died in infancy, the remaining daughters are, Mrs. J.D. Wertz, Mrs. Daniel Stutzman, and Barbara, at home, who faithfully cared for her father during his entire illness. Besides his immediate family he leaves two brothers (G.J. and Jacob J.), one adopted brother (Tobias Eash), 14 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his demise. Bro. Petersheim united with the Mennonite Church early in life and was a faithful and consistent member until death. Funeral services Feb. 20 at the East Union Mennonite Church. Burial in cemetery near by. Services conducted by Joe C. Brenneman and D.J. Fisher. Text, Rev. 14:13.
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KEHR. - Margaret Kehr was born in York Co., Pa., Dec. 4, 1836; removed with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., in the early pioneer days. She united with the Mennonite Church a number of years ago in which she lived until her departure from this life Jan. 24, 1918. Buried on Jan. 26, in the Yellow Creek Cemetery. Services were conducted by J.W. Christophel. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Peace to her ashes.
OBERHOLZER. - Elizabeth Irene, little daughter of Bro. Samuel and Sister Fannie Oberholzer, died March 8, 1918; aged 1y. 3m. 24d. She leaves to mourn her departure her parents, one little brother, and many relatives and friends. The cause of her death was croup from which she suffered only three days. She was a patient little sufferer. Funeral services at the Cedar Grove, Pa., Mennonite Church, March 10 conducted by Bro. C.R. Strite. Text, Job 1:21.
SMUCKER. - Fannie E., daughter of Jonas and Mattie Smucker, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Mar. 8, 1892; died Mar. 4, 1918; aged 25y. 11m. 24d. At the early age of 12 years she confessed and accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church where she was an active and faithful sister, always interested in the work of the Church. She was confined to her bed a little over six weeks and bore her affliction and suffering with patience, fully resigned to the Master's will. She leaves father and mother, 5 brothers and 7 sisters, many relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. But we feel that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services at the Oak Grove Church by the home ministers. Text, Isa. 38:1 and Rev. 14:13. Peace to her ashes.
RUPP. - Nancy Hursh Rupp was born Sep. 9, 1833, near New Cumberland, Pa.; died near Shiremanstown, Pa., Mar. 3, 1918; aged 84y. 5m. 24d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years, a devoted Christian, having a kind word for everyone. She is survived by 4 sons, 2 daughters, and 9 grandchildren. The sermon was conducted by John W. Weaver of Union Grove, Pa., assisted by B.F. Zimmerman and Samuel Hess. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Her husband, Henry Rupp, preceded her to the spirit world 20 years ago. Services were held at the Slate Hill Mennonite Church.
HOOKS. - Katie Faith, daughter of Bro. A.J. and Sister
Clara Hooks, was born Jan. 13, 1906, near Baden, N. Dak.; died
Feb. 28, 1918; aged 12y. 1m. 15d. Katie was of a cheerful disposition
and a favorite among her many friends. We believe our loss is
her eternal gain. She gave her heart to Jesus and united with
the Mennonite Church in the summer of 1916. Her body was laid
to rest on Mar. 2. Services conducted by D.B. Kauffman, text,
"A family circle on earth is broken,
A place is vacant there,
We miss her in the Sunday school,
We miss her everywhere."
EASH. - Barbara Swartzendruber Eash was born March 12, 1881, in Johnson Co., Iowa; died at her home near Amish, Iowa, Feb. 17, 1918; aged 36y. 11m. 5d. She leaves to mourn her departure an aged mother, 5 sisters, 3 brothers, and 4 small children, the oldest boy 12 years, and the youngest a girl of three years. Oct. 5, 1902, she was joined in marriage to Peter J. Long, of Michigan, who died about six months after the marriage. On October 16, 1904, she was again joined in marriage to Isaac Eash. To this union were born the four children. Her second husband preceded her to the better world in May, 1915. She gave her heart to God and joined the A.M. church in her youth and was a consistent and faithful member to the time of her death. Barbara's days were not all sunshine days, and while she had much of grief and sorrow, she bore it without murmuring or complaint, ever looking forward to the coming of her Lord and Master, in whom is all our strength and help. She was stricken with pneumonia a short time since, but all that medical aid and loving care of friends could do proved to be of little or no avail, and the grim monster, death, took its course. "Blessed are they who die in the Lord; Yea, saith the Spirit, they do rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." Funeral services Tues., at the Timber Church, conducted by Bros. Peter Swartzendruber and D.D. Miller.
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BRUBAKER. - Paul M., oldest son of Pre. Menno Brubaker of Thompsontown, Pa., was born Aug. 31, 1910; died of Bright's disease Mar. 8, 1918; aged 7 y. 6m. 7d. Funeral by Bro. Walter Charlton and the home ministers, at the Delaware Church. Text, Mark 10:14.
LOUCKS. - Helen Marie, daughter of Oliver and Anna Loucks, was born Feb. 27, 1918; died Mar. 1, 1918. Funeral held from the home, conducted by D.A. Yoder. Burial at the Olive Cemetery. "She thought our good-night kiss was given, And like a lily her life did close, Angels uncurtained that repose, And the next waking dawned in heaven."
HORNER. - Leonard Leon, son of Jos. S. and Emma Horner, Greentown, Ind., was born Feb. 13, 1918; died Feb. 21, 1918. His stay on earth was short, but let us all so live that we may meet him again. Funeral services at the house on the 22nd, preached by E.A. Mast and N.M. Slaubaugh from Job 1:21. "Bear up, bear on, the end shall tell, The dear Lord ordereth all things well."
CULP. - George Culp was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, October 31, 1844; died in Wakarusa, Ind., Mar. 11, 1918; aged 73y. 4m. 10d. When 12 years of age he came to Elkhart Co., Indiana, with his parents. He was married to Susanna Witmer in 1867, to which union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters; 2 sons preceded him in death, besides his aged companion, 3 sons (Noah, John and Nelson) and 2 daughters (Emma and Salome) also 4 sisters and 11 grandchildren, survive. Funeral held at the Olive Church conducted by D.A. Yoder.
KRATZ. - Esther, widow of the late Daniel Kratz, died Feb. 24, 1918; aged 75y. 5m. 24d. She was a patient sufferer for about 12 weeks of heart failure and dropsy when she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. She is survived by 6 daughters, 2 sons, 32 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Buried Feb. 28, at Skippack Mennonite Church, of which congregation she was a member. The following ministers officiated: Warren Bean, Irvin Landis, and Howard Pennapacker. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
YODER. - Minerva Ellen, daughter of Jacob and Rebecca Yoder, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Oct. 30, 1906; died near Pigeon, Mich., Mar. 9, 1918; aged 11y. 4m. 9d. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends. The cause of her death was rheumatism and heart trouble, from which she suffered greatly, but endured patiently to the end. "Dear Minerva, was our darling, Loved of all the hearts at home; But the angel coming quickly Whispered gently, 'Minerva, Come.'"
YODER. - Harold Delos, son of Delos F. And Sadie Yoder of Harper, Kans., was born May 6, 1917; died Feb. 6, 1918; aged 9 months. He leaves to mourn his parents, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, a grandfather, and a grandmother. He died of brain fever, was sick only ten days when the death angel took him home. The remains were laid to rest in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. On account of quarantine there was no funeral held. "Our Father in His kindness saw The little flower so sweet; And took our little Harold home To worship Him complete; And now the little budded plant Will blossom up in heaven."
YODER. - Adam. Son of John and Mary Yoder was born Nov. 2, 1868, in Elkhart Co., Ind. He spent most of his life in this vicinity. He was married to Mary A. Shutts Nov. 16, 1889, to which union were born two children (Charles C. and William M.). He was in the employ of the U. S. Government in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 1918; aged 49y. 3m. 12d. Six brothers and five sisters preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure two sons, their mother, three grandchildren, two sisters, and many relatives and friends. His sickness was pneumonia and of only 48 hours duration. Funeral conducted at the Olive Church by D.A. Yoder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
WEAVER. - Jacob S. Weaver was born near Martindale,
Pa., Dec. 25, 1873; died Mar. 5, 1918; aged 45y. 2m. 8d. He leaves
a wife (who was Lizzie Buckwalter) and 10 children, one having
preceded him in death. There yet remain Jacob, Abram, Phares,
John, Daniel, Fannie, Mary, Isaac, Walter, and Paul. Five of these
were born in Lancaster Co., then they moved to Michigan where
the eldest (Elias) died. Later they moved to Dover, Del., where
the father was called away after a few hours of suffering of heart
failure. May we all pray for this mother as a help to raise her
family in the fear of God. The body was brought to Lancaster Co.,
Pa. for burial. Funeral at the home of his sister Mary (Martindale)
and at the Pike Meeting house, where interment was made.
BAIR. - Marie M. Forry was born near Hanover, York Co., Pa., May 14, 1889; died of peritonitis near Hanover, Pa., Feb. 14, 1918; aged 28y. 9m. She grew to womanhood at the place of her birth and was married to Emanuel S. Bair, Nov. 15, 1910. To this union were born 2 children. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, one son, one daughter, her parents, one brother, and three sisters. She accepted her Savior in spring, 1913, and has been since that time a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She has been a faithful wife and mother, always cheerful. She was sick only one week. Funeral services were held Feb. 18 at the house by Bro. Peter Shank and further service at the Bair Church by Bro. Ben. Weaver and Bro. Daniel Stump after which the remains were laid to rest in the York Road Cemetery. Text, "Let me die the death of the righteous."
YODER. - Nancy Hartzler Yoder, wife of Isaac M. Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 22, 1839; died in Portage Co., Ohio, Mar. 7, 1918; aged 79y. 13d. She lived in widowhood nearly 2 years. She was the mother of six children, of whom three sons and one daughter are living (Ira, Rudy, John, and Ada). Grandchildren to the number of 13 are also sad to say "good-bye" to grandmother. An aged brother and sister living in Michigan, together with the immediate family, deeply mourn her departure. She was known by many and loved by all who knew her. Many are the hearts who are made sad because of her death. There is a vacant chair in the family circle which cannot be filled. She was a life-long member of good standing in the A.M. Church. Funeral at her home with her son, Ira. Text, Psa. 90:10. "Dearest mother, thou hast left us, How thy voice we long to hear, But 'tis Jesus who has called thee, Evermore with Him to be."
ERB. - Alice E., wife of Dea. Harry M. Erb and daughter
of Bishop Martin Rutt (deceased), was born in August, 1866; died
Mar. 9, 1918; aged 51y. 8m. 3d. She is survived by her husband,
one son (Amos), one daughter (Mary), four grandchildren, two sisters,
and one brother. She died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster,
Pa., where she had been taken a few days before her death. All
that loving hands could do was done for her, but God saw fit to
call her home. She was conscious to the last. She bade her family
good-bye and told them to meet her in heaven. Four years ago Bro.
Erb was ordained deacon, in which calling she was a faithful helper.
Her great concern was for the welfare of the Church, and that
it be kept in the simplicity of the Gospel. Our loss is her gain.
Funeral services were held at Bossler's Church near Elizabethtown,
Pa., conducted by the brethren, Simon Garber, Peter Nissley, and
Samuel Oberholtzer. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8 (which was chosen by the
family). "Gone but not forgotten."
By a niece.
SHORT. - Jacobena Short (nee Nafzinger) wife of Christena (NOTE: spelling?)P. Short, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, June 1, 1841; died at the home of her son, Albert Short, Feb. 8, 1918; aged 76y. 8m. 7d. She was the last one of a family of 11 children to pass into the great beyond. In 1862 she was united in marriage to Christian P. Short. To this union were born 11 sons and 1 daughter. She leaves to mourn her departure 5 sons, 1 daughter, 22 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of relatives and friends. Her companion, and 6 sons preceded her in death. Her husband died Oct. 10, 1887, leaving her to live a life of widowhood thirty years. She was a kind, loving mother and neighbor, loved by all she came in contact with. In her younger years she confessed her Savior, united with the A.M. Church and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Lockport A.M. Church Feb. 11, 1918, conducted by S.D. Grieser and Henry Rychener. Text, II Cor. 5:1 and John 11:25-26. Interment in the Lockport Cemetery.
KAUFFMAN. - Abram Kauffman of near Martinsburg, Pa.,
was born June 25, 1841; died Feb. 27, 1918; aged 76y. 8m. 2d.
Since the death of Sister Kauffman (several years ago) Bro. Kauffman
made his home with his nephew, Bro. Fred Kauffman, where he quietly,
peacefully fell asleep in Jesus after being confined to his bed
for about ten days with pneumonia. Our dear brother ("Uncle
Abe" as he was commonly known) was a faithful devoted member
of the Mennonite Church for many years. He ever exerted a positive
influence for good in the Church and other life activities. Nephews
and nieces were loath to part with a kind, good, uncle. In the
community we miss his kind and helpful associations. The Church
will indeed feel the loss of his fellowship and support, but in
respect for his life, and in submission to God we can say, "Thy
will be done." Funeral on March 2 at the Martinsburg Mennonite
Church, conducted by the home ministers assisted by Bro. J.F.
Bressler. Text, Rom. 14:7,8. A brother here, a sister there, Are
taken to that home so fair. And now since Uncle Abe has gone,
May we still strive for home sweet home.
SMOKER. - Barbara Smoker (nee King) wife of Michael Smoker, was born Nov. 21, 1834; died Mar. 9, 1918; aged 83y. 3m. 18d. They were married Nov. 13, 1856, and lived together 62 years. To this union were born 8 children, 5 sons and 3 daughters. She leaves to mourn an aged and sorrowing husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters. 41 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, also a host of relatives and friends. She was a kind, loving mother and grandmother, always had a smile for everybody, and a faithful member of the A.M. Church for many years. She was a cripple for 32 years, but patiently bore the trials and sufferings to the end and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Her oldest son, Benjamin, preceded her in death only nine months ago, being the first one to break the family circle on earth. The funeral was held Mar. 12, at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. Daniel Lapp, near Mascot, Lancaster Co., Pa. Services were held by Bro. John Zook and Daniel Stoltzfus. Text, I Thess. 4:13. Remains were laid to rest in Ronks Cemetery. "The golden gates were opened wide, A gentle voice said, "Come; And angels from the other side Welcomed our mother home."
HAMILTON. - Laura, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Landis, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Mar. 20, 1876; died Mar. 6, 1918; aged 44y. 11m. 14d. When quite young she, with her parents, came to Canton, Kansas, where she grew to womanhood when she made her covenant with her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a constant member until death. On Oct. 26, 1907, She was married to Bro. Jesse Hamilton, to which two sons were born, both preceding her in death in infancy. She was a faithful and loyal wife, filling her place in the church whenever health permitted, although she suffered for a number of years with a complication of diseases, but bore them with Christian patience, which suffering was unknown by many till within the last few days, when loving hands ministered unto her all in their power but all to no avail. She leaves to mourn a much bereaved husband, mother, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 3 half-brothers, and 2 half-sisters. The aged mother has now followed two of her daughters to the grave in less than a month's time. Funeral services were held at the Milan Valley Church, conducted by S.C. Miller, assisted by Simon Hershberger, after which remains were laid to rest in the Cemetery nearby.
BRENNEMAN. - Martha, wife of Lewis Brenneman, daughter
of Benjamin and Mary Catherine Huber, was born in Perry Co., Ohio,
Jan. 27, 1860; died in Allen Co., Ohio, March 5, 1918; aged 58y.
1m. 8d. On Mar. 25, 1880, she was united in marriage to Lewis
B. Brenneman. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters (Mary
Elizabeth Stemen, Cora Frances Good, Jesse Brenneman, and Sarah
Susanna Sherrick). She also leaves 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers,
4 sisters, a sorrowing husband, and many sympathizing friends
and neighbors to mourn her departure, but what a precious consolation
that we "mourn not as those who have no hope." She confessed
her Savior in her 19th. year and was baptized and received into
church fellowship in which relationship she lived and died. Her
life in the service of the Lord and example in life was of a quiet
and peaceful disposition and during her last illness she was fully
resigned to her Master and was heard to say, "Weep not for
me, just as the Lord wills it will be all right. I am not afraid
to die." She frequently expressed a desire to be spared to
her family a while longer, but was able to say with a smile, "Ready
to go, ready to stay, ready Thy will to do." Funeral services
were conducted at the Salem M.H. near Elida, Ohio, by N.O. Blosser,
assisted by J.M. Shenk. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining
"Mother, thou wast mild and lovely,
Here thy loss we keenly feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He will all our sorrows heal."
KOLB. - Phoebe, daughter of John F. and Salome Kratz Funk, was born in Elkhart, Ind., May 30, 1867; died at Oxford, Ohio, Tuesday evening, March 12, 1918; aged 50y. 9m. 12d. She received her early education in the public schools of Elkhart, and graduated from the Elkhart High School in 1884. Later she took a teachers' normal course at Valparaiso, Ind., and after teaching about two years, she took a full commercial course, including stenography, at Chicago. On Jan. 3, 1893, she was united in marriage to Abram B. Kolb, at that time editor of the Herald of Truth and other periodicals published by the Mennonite Publishing Company at Elkhart. To this union were born two daughters and two sons (Helen, Jacob C., John F. And Constance). She united with the Mennonite Church in 1888, and for many years was actively engaged in Church and Sunday school work, especially in the primary department of the Sunday school, in which she was deeply interested, and for which she was unusually well fitted. She enjoyed excellent health until June, 1915, when signs of a nervous mental breakdown became apparent, and every effort made for the restoration of her health proved unavailing. In the hope that a special course of treatment might benefit her, she was taken to the "Oxford Retreat," Oxford, Ohio, August 27, 1917, but her health continued gradually to decline, until Tuesday, March 5, when she was taken with convulsions. In response to a telegram her husband and daughter Constance hurried to her bedside. She was able to recognize them but unable to talk, although apparently suffering no pain. Her loss is deeply felt by her family. She was a faithful wife, a kind and loving mother, and a sincere follower of her Lord and Master, who was her hope and comfort through all the trials of her life, and we mourn for her as one "Not lost, but only gone before." She is survived by a sorrowing husband, four children, her aged father, and one sister, Martha. Her mother died six months ago, just after she had been taken to Oxford. Funeral services were conducted on March 16 at the Mennonite Church, in Elkhart, Indiana, by George Lambert, from Jno. 17:24. She was an example of patient suffering during her long affliction, and we have the assurance that she has passed over to that beautiful land, where there is fullness of joy at God's right hand forever more, and where sickness, sorrow, and death are never known.
Transcribed by Margaret Day Grant (Peggy), CA