Stutzman. - Ruth Opal, daughter of Abner and Alma Stutzman of Aurora, O., died Feb. 16, 1922; aged 9 m. 19 d. Funeral conducted by E. B. Stoltzfus assisted by D. B. Raber. Text, Job 14:5. Burial at the Fairview Church.
Stutzman. - Margaret, daughter of Marvin and Lydia Stutzman,
was born near Milford, Neb., July 24, 1919; died at the same place
Feb. 16, 1922; age 2 y. 6 m. 22 d. She leaves father, mother,
one sister, two grandmothers, one grandfather, and many relatives
and friends. Services conducted by W. R. Eicher. Text, Matt. 19:14.
"God needed one more angel child,
Amidst his shining band,
And so he bent with loving smile
To clasp dear Margaret's hand."
Yoder. - Mary Irene, daughter of Bro. William and Sister Mattie Yoder, of near Yoder, Kans., died Feb. 12, 1922; aged 2 m. 21 d. She suffered much during her short life from yellow jaundice. She was with her parents long enough to become near to them, but when God sees fit to remove these jewels we can only say with Job: "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services at Yoder Church conducted by Bro. L. O. King. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Roth. - Mary C. (Gardner), wife of Nick Roth, was born
Apr. 25, 1846; died of asthma Feb. 6, 1922, at the home of Ben
Ernest, Milford, Neb.; aged 76 y. 9 m. 11 d. To this union were
born 8 sons and 2 daughters. Husband and 3 sons preceded her to
the spirit world. She leaves 5 sons, 2 daughters, 39 grandchildren,
9 great-grandchildren, and many friends and relatives.
"O the beauty of the mansion
Which for them is all prepared,
And the bliss their souls inherit
Who in Jesus' love have shared."
Miller. - Christian M., son of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Miller, was born in Maryland, 1841; died in Johnstown, Pa., of pneumonia, Feb. 13, 1922; aged 81 y. His wife (Magdalena) was a daughter of Moses B. Miller. They were married soon after the Civil War. She died in 1895. The deceased is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a step-sister, Barbara Moss of Meyersdale. Christian M. Miller was a member of the Weaver Mennonite Church since 1866. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 15 at the Weaver Church by Hiram Wingard and Franklin E. Hetrick. Text, Job 7:17. Buried in the Weaver Cemetery.
Miller. - Elizabeth A. Plank was born July 9, 1862, in Lagrange Co., Ind., died at her home near Crystal Springs, Kans., Sept. 23, 1921; aged 59 y. 2 m. 14 d. She united with the Shore Mennonite Church in her younger years and continued faithful until she was called home. She was married to Daniel C. Miller Nov. 17, 1887. She was the mother of three daughters and one son, also step-mother to three sons and one daughter, who all survive her. She had 17 grandchildren, of whom four have preceded her. They moved to McPherson Co., Kans., in 1892, to Harper Co., Kans., in 1911. Funeral conducted by Bro. D. Y. Hooley of Jet, Okla.
Horst. - Martha D. Horst died Jan. 5, 1922, at the home
of Bro. and Sister Stephen and Annie Lehman, Chambersburg, Pa.,
of internal cancer; aged 69 y. 2 m. 25 d. She was a consistent
member of the Mennonite Church for many years and is survived
by 2 brothers and 1 sister (Joseph Lincoln, David, and Mrs. W.
L. Forney.) Short services at the home by Bro. J. E. Lehman and
prayer by H. C. Sollenberger. Services and interment at the Chambersburg
Mennonite Church by Bros. W. W. Hege and Dan'l Kuhns. Text, Psa.
68:13. Her sufferings were intense at times, but she trusted in
Dear Mattie, you've suffered so much in the past,
The Lord has ended your suffering at last;
We miss you so much, but we hope to prepare
To meet you some day in that home over there.
Hartman. - Lois Evelyn, youngest daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Hartman, died of pneumonia at the home of her parents
in Cullom, Ill., Feb. 16, 1922; aged 1 y. 6 m. 12 d. She leaves
a kind and loving mother and father, one brother (Russell) and
one little sister (Mildred) besides many other relatives. One
little infant sister preceded her to the spirit world. Little
Lois was a bright and winsome child and endeared herself to all
who became acquainted with her.
"Farewell, Lois, till we meet,
In that happy home above
There to sing God's praises with thee,
In that land of joy and love." Funeral services were held in the Mennonite Church of Cullom, Ill., conducted by John W. McCulloh. Burial in West Lawn Cemetery.
Weaver. - Bro. A. D. Weaver of Elida, Ohio, died of a complication of disease at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Bro. and Sister L. H. Jones, Dale Enterprise, Va., Feb. 10, 1922; aged 74 y. 3 m. 7 d. Bro. Weaver spent most of his life in Virginia, where he was married to Rebecca Shank. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters, of whom 3 sons and 2 daughters survive. Some time after his first wife's death he was married to Barbara Powell of Elida, Ohio, where he subsequently made his home. He made occasional visits to his former home. Some time last August he again visited here and later took sick. He was confined to his bed about three months, during the greater part of which time his wife was with him. Bro. Weaver united with the Mennonite Church when a young man, and held his membership to the end. He was resigned to the Lord's will, whether that meant to get well or to die. Funeral services Feb. 12 at Weaver Church, conducted by Brethren J. S. Martin, S. H. Rhodes, and A. D. Heatwole. Text, Phil. 1:21. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
King. - Christian M. King was born in Logan Co., Ohio,
Dec. 24, 1851; died Feb. 12, 1922, in Wabash, Ind., from an operation
for appendicitis; aged 70 y. 1 m. 18 d. In 1876 he came from Ohio
to Howard Co., Ind., and united in marriage to Mary Yoder. After
residing in Logan Co., Ohio, several years, they moved back to
Howard Co. To this union were born 8 children, two of them died
in their infancy. His wife died May 11, 1915. Since then he made
his home with his children, the last three years with his daughter,
Mrs. Ray Stares. He united with the Mennonite Church in early
life, in which faith he remained a faithful member until death.
he leaves a son 5 daughters, a brother, two sisters, 16 grandchildren,
one great-grandchild, and a number of other relatives and friends.
"The golden gates were open,
A gentle voice said 'Come.'
And when farewell was spoken,
We said, 'Thy will be done.' "
Funeral at the Mennonite Church on the 14th. Services conducted by Brethren N. M. Slabaugh from II Cor. 5:1 and E. A. Mast from II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the Mast Cemetery.
Frey. - Fannie, daughter of Jonas and Lydia (Christner) Stineman, was born in Miami Co., Ind., Jan. 7, 1872; died at her home in Miami Co., Jan. 21, 1922; aged 50 y. 14 d. She leaves her husband, Menno L. Frey, two daughters (Pearl Osborn and Katie Troyer), two sons (Owen and Lewis), two orphan children (Nelson Frey and Lela Ball), four brothers (Peter C., Christian, Ira, and Noah), her step-mother (Barbra S. Tineman*), four step-brothers, four step-sisters, an uncle, an aunt, five grand-children, and a host of other friends and relatives. Those who preceded her to the Spirit World are her father and mother, two brothers (Ezra and Ervin), one sister (Sarah), one child (Millard), and three grandchildren. During her last illness, in which she was bed-fast for nine weeks, she suffered much, but she bore it all patiently, saying that others must suffer and she can too. But she looked forward to eternal life where there will be no sorrow and no suffering, but where there is eternal happiness which no one can afford to miss. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful Christian until death. She was united in marriage to Menno L. Frey Dec. 20, 1890. During all of her earthly life she lived within one-half mile of her birth-place. With her departure the community loses a good neighbor, her children a kind and loving mother, her husband loses a faithful companion, the church a faithful member, and the world has lost a friend. Funeral the 23rd at the Mennonite Church. Services conducted by Bro. J. S. Horner from II Cor. 5:1. Burial in the Shrock Cemetery.
* transcriptionist's note: this should probably be Barbra Stineman
Brenneman. - Cora, daughter of Chriss and Lena Hostetler,
and wife of Ora Brenneman, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Dec. 21,
1900; died at her home near her birthplace, Feb. 12, 1922; aged
21 y. 1 m. 22 d. On July 27, 1919, she was united in marriage
to Ora R., son of Jacob C. Brenneman, with whom she lived the
brief period of two and a half years, greatly enjoying her married
life. At the age of 13 she accepted Christ as her Savior and united
with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member
until death., She always took an active part in church work serving
willingly as a teacher in the Sunday school. Cora's health had
been failing for several months, but she was not confined to her
bed until the last 10 days. She had attacks of neuritis and later
a complication of diseases - Bright's disease, brain fever, and
others - which brought on a delirious condition. The last day
she spent in a quiet doze. A few days before she became delirious
she foretold her near departure to her husband, expressing great
sympathy for him, but leaving the assurance that she was going
to a better land, requesting him to prepare to meet her there.
This gives her sorrowing husband and parents great comfort. She
leaves a grief-stricken husband, father, mother, two sisters,
two brothers, and a wide concourse of sorrowing relatives and
"Cora, we miss your gentle footsteps,
Oh, we miss your loving smile;
But we're glad tis not forever,
We're only parted for awhile."
Funeral at Lower Deer Creek Church conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber, and Wm. S. Guengerich. Text, Job. 1:21. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Zook. - Sadie Moore* was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug.
22, 1874; died at her home in Smithville, Ohio, Feb. 13, 1922;
aged 47 y. 5 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Jno. C. Zook
of Lawrence Co., Pa., Feb. 20, 1902. To this union were born 3
daughters and 2 sons (Frances M., Fern M., Arthur J., Thruman
C., and Mabel E.). Arthur J. preceded his mother in death. There
remains her kind loving husband, 3 daughters and one son; also
her father and mother, one sister, 4 brothers, with a large circle
of near relatives and friends. She confessed Christ as her Savior
in early life, was a true and faithful follower of her dear Master,
deeply interested in the work of the Church and also in her own
dear family, endeavoring to live a true and devoted Christian
life. She took a deep interest in her fellowman, with those who
she came in contact, to brighten their pathway in life, and give
comfort and cheer on life's journey. In her affliction she was
patient and bore it with Christian fortitude resigned to the will
of her heavenly Father. She felt to remain here would be to the
interest of her beloved family, but that to depart and be with
Christ would be her eternal gain. Services were held at the Oak
Grove Church by the brethren, I. W. Royer, J. S. Gerig, and C.
Z. Yoder. Texts, Luke 22:42; Isa. 66:13.
Oh the bliss of loved ones resting
By the crystal river bright
'Neath the shade of trees immortal
Where no shadows dim the light.
Oh the peace and rest in heaven
Oh the bliss of loved ones there
Love divine now bears us upward
All their blessedness to share.
* transcriptionist's note: There is a correction in the March 9, 1922 issue of the Gospel Herald which reads as follows: "In the obituary of Sadie Zook, Gospel Herald Mar. 2, 1922, the maiden name was given as Sadie Moore. It should have been Sadie Moose."
Roth. - Daniel Roth was born in France Feb. 5, 1833; died at his home in Morton, Ill., Feb. 10, 1922; aged 89 y. 5 d. Brother Roth came to America with his widowed mother when but four years of age. For a few years they lived in Ohio but later moved to Tazewell Co., Ill., where he lived the rest of his life. He was one of the pioneer settlers of this country, experiencing many of the privations and hardships of those early days, having been enabled to see the changes in the community in the course of its development from raw prairie to the thickly settled, modernized farms and towns of today. This can be better understood when we remember how he often related the fact that he helped to cut wheat with the cradle on the ground where the town of Morton now stands. He accepted Jesus as his personal Savior when a young man, uniting with the Mennonite Church. His Christian character won the respect of his fellow Christians, being called to the ministry by his church in which capacity he served them until the infirmities of old age settled upon him, having been a faithful shepherd of the flock and remaining loyal to his Master until called by death. In the year 1855 he was married to Catharine Ropp, who preceded him in death in 1885. This union was blest with nine children. In 1887 he was married the second time to Lisette Goldsmith. Two children were born to this union. He leaves his loving wife, eleven children, 43 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren, and a large concourse of neighbors and friends. The children were all in attendance at the funeral. They are Mrs. Fannie Heiser, Mrs. Phoebe Staker, Joseph, Amos, Jacob, Mrs. Louisa Rich, Mrs. Katie Rediger, Daniel, Mrs. Mary Teuscher, Amelia, and Samuel. The funeral was largely attended, conducted by Bro. C. F. Derstine at the home, and at the church by Bro. Derstine and Bro. Simon Gingerich. Texts, Eccl. 12:5; Psa. 90; Phil. 1:21.
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Correction. - In the obituary of Sadie Zook, Gospel Herald Mar. 2, 1922, the maiden name of Sadie Zook was given as Sadie Moore. It should have been Sadie Moose.
Horst. - The funeral of Sister Lizzie B. Horst of New Holland, Pa., was held at Weaverland, Pa., her age being 20 y. 6 m. 21 d. She was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, and a large number of her young friends followed her to the silent city of the dead. Her mother preceded her some years ago. The brethren, John M. Souder, I. B. Good, and John W. Weaver, conducted the funeral services. Text, I Cor. 13:12.
Jahn. - Charles Jacob Jahn was born in Germany Oct. 31, 1841; died at his home near Preston, Ont., Feb. 13, 1922; aged 80 y. 3 m. 12 d. He came from Germany with his parents at the age of 12 years. He was married to Lydia Strickler Dec. 17, 1865. To his union were born four daughters (Mrs. Isaac Cober, Mrs. John Rabe, Mrs. Charles Milliken, and Angeline). There are also six grandchildren. Services conducted Feb. 16, by J. S. Woolner and A. B. Snyder. Interment in Breslau Cemetery.
Lapp. - Joseph, son of John F. and Mary Lapp, died Feb.
19, 1922; aged 2 m. 6 d. He was sick only a few days with brain
fever. God in His great mercy called him to the beautiful home
on high. Funeral services Feb. 21 by Christian L. Fisher and Jacob
Lapp. The parents have the sympathy of all friends.
God has given, and his taken
Our Johnnie to His throne;
Hard we'll try to meet our babies
In that great and endless home.
Mindler. - Beulah Irene, daughter of Herbert and Estella Mindler, died Feb. 14, 1922, at the home of her uncle, Bro. Victor Myers, Leetonia, Ohio; aged 3 y. 7 m. 3 d. She had her home with Bro. Myers since the death of her mother, Dec. 5, 1921. She leaves father, one brother, and five sisters (one sister having preceded her in death). Her stay at her last home was short, but her cheerful disposition endeared her so much that the loss was keenly felt. Typhoid pneumonia was the cause of her death. Funeral at the Midway Church, Bro. A. J. Steiner officiating. Text, II Kings 4:19. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Beachy. - Anna Mae Beachy was born Jan. 6, 1894; died Feb. 20, 1922; aged 28 y. 1 m. 14 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life, and remained a faithful member, being exceptionally conscientious. During the past few years she has been afflicted with nervous troubles. She died as a result of drinking concentrated lye. Her death is a shock to the entire community in which she lived. She leaves father, 5 brothers, 3 sisters, and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services at Bittinger, Md., conducted by _____ Campbell, Milton and N. E. Miller. Text, Psa. 61:2. May God comfort the bereaved.
Zimmerman. - Mattie, wife of Martin Zimmerman, was born
in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 23, 1865; died Feb. 13, 1922; aged
56 y. 10 m. 16 d. She was a daughter of the late Amos and Esther
Martin. She was married to Martin Zimmerman in 1887. To this union
were born the following children: Mary, wife of Aaron Weaver;
Amos, Anna, wife of Grube Ressler; David, Lena, and John. There
is also an adopted daughter, Mable Martin. Her death was caused
by pneumonia, after an illness of five days. She was a member
of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was a kind mother
and will be missed by all who knew her. She leaves a host of friends
to mourn her death. She is also survived by three sisters: Mrs.
David Martin, Mrs. David Newswanger, and Mrs. Eli Hoover. Funeral
was held from her late home near Ephrata, Pa., on Feb. 16, and
at the Brick Mennonite Church at Groffsdale, conducted by Bros.
John W. Weaver, Benjamin Wenger, and Amos S. Horst of Ephrata.
Text, Mark 12:11.
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.
By the family.
Miller, - Elizabeth (Mast) Miller was born near Walnut Creek, O., Apr. 2, 1848; died near Shanesville, O., Feb. 8, 1922; aged 73 y. 10 m. 6 d. She lived as a widow nearly 14 months. Death was caused by chronic valvular disease of the heart. She was one of a family of 18 children, only one of whom died in youth. She leaves 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 6 brothers, 6 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. She was a member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church since youth, at which church funeral services were held Feb. 10, 1922, conducted by A. J. and S. H. Miller, Texts, Psa. 90; Num. 10:29; John 1:4. Burial in cemetery near church.
Hauck. - Adam S. Hauck was born at Landis Valley, Pa.,
Oct. 22, 1845; died Feb. 13, 1922, of a complication of diseases
at the home of his daughter, near Neffsville, Pa.; aged 76 y.
3 m. 21 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years.
His wife, preceded him to the Spirit world five years ago. The
following children survive: Ella, wife of Andrew Kulp, with whom
he resided; Fannie, and Milton. Four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren
also survive, as does one sister, Susan Fahnestock. Funeral services
were held on the 17th at Landis Valley Mennonite Church, conducted
by Bros. Noah L. Landis and Adam Fahnestock. Text, Phil. 1:21.
He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Just a rest for weary footsteps.
Just a folding of tired hands,
Just a glimpse across the river
Where the Holy City stands."
Heatwole. - Bro. Gabriel D. Heatwole died of apoplexy
at his home near Dayton, Va., Jan. 29, 1922; aged 87 y. 1 m. 25
d. His illness was very brief, lasting only about 36 hours, and
became unconscious the last 24 hours of his life. He was born
Dec. 4, 1834, in the community in which he lived his entire life.
On March 14, 1856, he was united in marriage to Lydia Frank, to
which union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters. Surviving are 3
sons and 4 daughters, 4 children having died in infancy and childhood,
and mother eighteen years ago. Bro. Heatwole united with the Mennonite
Church in early life and remained faithful to his baptismal vows
to the end. At the tie of the Civil War his faith was severely
tested, when he was drafted into the Confederate army. In his
loyalty to his God he refused to take the life of his fellow man.
On one occasion he with a number of brethren undertook to make
their escape but were captured by the pickets. As the enemy closed
in upon them one of the number said to the others, "Brethren,
pray mightily to God." They were taken to prison with the
threat that in the morning they would be shot. Morning came and
an officer opened the door. Under this sore trial Bro. Heatwole
was picked out of a number of about seventy and marched out, thinking
he must be the first one to meet death. Many times since then
he has told what a complete surrender he had made and what a feeling
of relief had come to him, thinking all would be over soon. But
God had heard their prayers, and a way was made for them. After
weeks of imprisonment, by paying their fines they were allowed
to go home to their loved ones.
Bro. Heatwole was ordained to the ministry Dec. 5, 1870, and faithfully served the church of his choice for almost 52 years traveling and preaching in many states and Canada. Few are the men that were more faithful in visiting and comforting the sick or that were more concerned about the welfare of the church, especially that she be kept in Gospel simplicity and free from worldly and popular entanglements. In his demise the family has lost a kind father, the community a useful neighbor, and the church a strong pillar. Services were held Jan. 31 at Pleasant View Church by Lewis P. Good, J. D. Wenger, and J. Snively Martin. The 71st Psalm being a favorite of the deceased, it was read and the 17th, 18th, 20th verses used as a text.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting
Gone from all thy toil and pain;
Far from earth and all its wrestling,
Thou didst now thy crown obtain.
Thou didst love the good old Bible,
Turned its pages o'er and o'er;
Til the Savior bade thee leave it,
And its promised realms explore."
The obituary notice of Bro. Heatwole appeared in these columns several weeks ago; but because several errors appeared in that notice the request was sent in that the above notice be printed. - Editor.
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Dintaman. - John Dintaman was born Sept. 11, 1846 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Feb. 24, 1922 in Jasper Co., Mo., with leakage of the heart and bronchial trouble; aged 75 y. 5 m. 13 d. In his youth he moved with his parents from Lancaster Co., to Wayne Co., O. When grown to manhood he married Amanda Leatherman of Medina Co., O., then moved to Jasper Co., Mo., where he lived the remainder of his life. He is survived by his wife and 2 sons (Elva and Frank) and 4 brothers (George, Samuel, Joseph, and Abel). He united with the Mennonite Church in 1876 and remained faithful until his decease. Funeral services were conducted at the home by F. H. Wenger. Text Isa. 38:1. Burial in Summerset cemetery.
Bontrager. - Minnie Mae, daughter of Bro. William and
Sister Stella Bontrager of near Middlebury, Ind., was born Dec.
31, 1916; died Feb. 9, 1922; aged 5 y. 1 m. 9 d. Just at the close
of the day the Good Shepherd came and carried her away to the
beautiful mansion above.
"I am Jesus' little lamb.
Happy all day long I am
I am His and He is mine
For I am His lamb.
Jesus loves me this I know
He has washed me white as snow
He will keep me pure I know
For I am his lamb."
She leaves father, mother, one sister (Wilma) and three brothers (Willis, Charley, Leroy), two grandfathers, one grandmother, uncles and aunts, and many relatives and friends. We all bow in humble submission and say "The will of the Lord be done." Funeral at the Clinton Brick Church conducted by John Garber and Silas Yoder. Text. Matt. 19:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
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Hofstetter. - Chester, only son of Bro. John C. and Sister Hulda Hofstetter, died Feb. 14, 1922; aged 10 m. 12 d. He leaves the sorrowing parents, a grandfather, a grandmother, and a host of other relatives to mourn his early departure. He was buried from the Swiss Mennonite Church near Dalton, O. Services by C. N. Amstutz.
Falb. - Elizabeth Falb was born in Wayne Co., O., Jan.
18, 1836; died of acute indigestion, Feb. 20, 1922; aged 86 y.
1 m. 2 d. She accepted her Savior in youth, was received into
the Swiss Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until
the end. Two brothers and 3 sisters preceded her. She was the
last of the family to depart and had a longing to die and peacefully
fell asleep. Services were held by the Brethren, Jacob Nussbaum
and C. N. Amstutz.
- Barbara Amstutz
Strong. - Bro. John Strong died at the home of his mother in Altoona, Pa., Jan. 24, 1922; aged 42 y. 1 m. 9 d. He leaves his mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. He was received into church fellowship by water baptism Dec. 4, 1920. He was of a quiet disposition very much interested in the cause of Christ. He was afflicted for years, but was able to be about until within ten days of his death. Funeral services at the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Altoona, Pa., conducted by Bro. Jos. M. Nissley. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Musser. - Lydia, wife of Jacob Musser, was born June 30, 1857; died March 5, 1922; age 64 y. 8 m. 5 d., having lived in wedlock 45 years. She leaves her husband and 9 children (Abram, Barton, Susanna, Joseph, Ada, Annie, Fannie, Lydia, and Jacob). All have accepted their Savior. Bro. Benjamin Weaver had charge of the services, and was assisted by the home ministers of the Bowmanville congregation, of which congregation the deceased was a member. Interment in the adjoining burying ground. Text, Rom. 7:16,17.
Slagel. - Mona Mells was born in Flanagan, Ill., Aug. 17, 1899; died Dec. 30, 1921; aged 22 y. 4 m. 13 d. She united with the Christian Church at the age of 14 years. It was said of her that a brief word could not tell of her character, her genial disposition and her usefulness to the Church. On Nov. 24, 1920, she was married to Amos Slagel with whom she lived happily the brief space of 1 year and 1 month. Funeral services were held from the home of her parents in Flanagan and at the Christian Church. She leaves her deeply sorrowing husband, parents, 2 brothers 1 sister, and grandmothers. Buried in the cemetery near Flanagan.
Shellenberger. - Anna M. (Erisman) Shellenberger was
born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 19, 1851; died in Juniata Co.,
Pa., Feb. 11, 1922; aged 70 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was married to Isaac
Shellenberger Feb. 21, 1911, at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster
Co., by Bishop Abram Herr. She leaves her husband, one step-son
(Henry), one step-daughter (Pearl Shelley), and two brothers (Stoner
and Jacob Erisman). Funeral services, Feb. 14, at Lost Creek Mennonite
Church by David Garber and Ammon Brubaker. Text, II Cor. 1:9,
"Dearest mother thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Neuenschwander. - Christian was born in Switzerland Jan. 2, 1848, died near Molalla, Oreg., Feb. 22, 1922; aged 74 y. 1 m. 20 d. He was married in 1871 to Barbara Neuenschwander. During the same year they moved to Ohio. In 1876 they moved to Adams Co., Ind. In 1881 they moved to Oregon, where they have since resided. To this union were born four boys and one girl. His companion, three children, and four grandchildren, and two brothers, survive him. The children living are: Mrs. Ben Heyerly, Peter and Abraham. The brothers are Peter Neuenschwander and Abraham of Alsace, France. He accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour in youth, united with the Mennonite Church, and lived in the faith until death. Services conducted by A. P. Troyer and E. Z. Yoder. Text, Psa. 116:15. Buried in Smurna cemetery.
Ridenour. - Edna, daughter of A. B. and Emma Ridenour,
was born July 21, 1891; died February 21, 1922; aged 30 y. 7 m.
She is survived by her parents, 6 brothers and 1 sister: Ebbert,
McKinley, Burgess L., Forrest L., Francis B., Helen, and Delbert
W. Edna was an invalid all her life and was the first of the family
to answer the summons of death. She was of a pleasant disposition,
always glad to have some one come to see her. She could not speak,
but was always ready to give a smile. She was confined to her
chair except when asleep or when someone held her. She suffered
much, but bore her pain with patience. "The Lord gave and
the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord." May
the Lord comfort and especially bless the lonely home. Funeral
services at the home February 23, conducted by Brethren Aaron
Loucks and N. E. Miller. Text, Rev. 7:17; Scripture lesson, Psalm
42. Interment in Alverton Mennonite Cemetery.
"Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou no more shalt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shalt know."
Fisher. - Elizabeth Fisher was born March 3, 1843; died
March 6, 1922, at the home of her daughter Sarah near Ronks, Pa.,
with congestion of the lungs and pleurisy; aged 79 y. 3 d. She
was sick only 11 days. In her young years she accepted Jesus as
her Savior, and remained faithful to the end. In 1862 she was
married to Benjamin L. Fisher. In 1873 her husband was ordained
minister in the Amish Mennonite Church and he served faithful
to his end. Mother lived in widow-hood by herself in her little
house for over 17 years. She was a kind mother and will be missed
by all who knew her. She is survived by the following children:
Amos L., John L., and Sarah B., also by one sister (Leah), 12
grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Services were held March
8, at the home of her daughter Sarah, by Jacob Lapp and Benjamin
F. Beiler. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting
Gone from all thy toil and pain;
Far from earth and all its wrestling,
Thou didst now thy crown obtain."
By her Grand Children
Reedy. - Joseph Elias, youngest son of Bro. and Sister
Peter Reedy of Cullom, Illinois, was born in Teluta, Tex., Sept.
12, 1909; died at the St. James Hospital of Pontiac Ill., Mar.
10, 1922; aged 12 y. 5 m. 26 d. Dec. 31, 1921, he became sick
with a mild form of Scarlet Fever. He had apparently recovered
but after a week had passed he again took his bed with dropsy.
He remained at home under the doctor's care until Feb. 21 when
he was taken to the Pontiac hospital where he died on the above
mentioned date. In accordance with his desire he was baptized
Feb. 25. Joseph was always a quiet, unassuming boy, kind and loving,
and very much attached to his father, mother, brothers, and sister.
In his sickness he was always very patient, bright and cheerful
and never complained. He was always present and attentive in church
services. He leaves father, mother, three brothers (Roy, Clinton
and Orlin) and one sister (Bertha), also uncles, aunts, cousins,
and many friends. Two little brothers, already there, welcomed
"Tis hard to part with you, dear Joseph,
We can only wonder why
Thou hast left us grieved and lonely,
May we meet thee bye and bye."
Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church of Cullom, Ill. Services by John W. McCulloh of Cullom and D. W. Slagel of Flanagan, Ill. Burial in West Lawn Cemetery.
Brubaker. - Roy Lester, oldest son of Daniel and Mary Brubaker, was born near Freeport, Ill., Aug. 28, 1888; died Feb. 21, 1922; living only four days after being painfully injured; aged 33 y. 5 m. 24 d. All that loving hands could do was done, and many prayers were offered in his behalf; but God willed it otherwise. Those left to mourn his early departure are his wife, two children, father, mother, one brother, two sisters, and many relatives. He will be greatly missed in the home and community, as was shown by the large gathering at his funeral. He was led to Christ in his youth by his Sunday school teacher. He admonished those at his bed-side, especially his children, to be obedient and love their Savior. Short services at the house by Bro. S. E. Graybill, then to the Methodist Church, of which he was a member.
Kauffman. - Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Abner and Martha
Ellen Kauffman, was born Dec. 15, 1896; died Feb. 1, 1922; aged
25 y. 1 m. 16 d. She was born in Logan County, Ohio, where she
grew to womanhood. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church
at thirteen and remained a faithful member until death. On Oct.
19, 1921, she with her sister Rhoda, went to Missouri for a visit
and on Jan. 11, 1922, she took sick with appendicitis. Her condition
seemed to be improved when she took pleurisy. She still seemed
to be improving and felt encouraged when bronchial asthma and
spasmodic croup followed, then pneumonia, which caused the end.
She was tenderly cared for by her sister and loving friends. Mary
was always ready and willing with cheerful service for those in
need. She was kind and sympathetic; an obedient and loving child,
a true and faithful friend. Her cheerful and kind disposition
endeared her to those she met and won for her a host of friends.
She leaves father, mother, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters (Clarence,
Blaine, Mabel, Artie King, Harry, Sherman, and Rhoda), besides
other relatives and many friends. Mary died near Garden City,
Missouri, at the home of Mrs. C. D. Yoder, where short funeral
services were held before leaving for home. The remains accompanied
by her parents and sister reached her home near Bellefontaine,
Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 4. Funeral services were held at South
Union Church, conducted by A. I. Yoder and J. B. Hartzler. Interment
in cemetery near the church.
Mary's spirit now is resting; all her work on earth is done;
She has safely cast the anchor, e'er the race of life was run.
Jesus whispered, "Come dear Mary, to that bright home of the soul,
Where the sacred shall know no parting and the surges cease to roll."
Good. - Catherine Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Anna
Holdeman, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., July 31, 1853; died after
a lingering sickness at her home on Feb. 19, 1922; aged 68 y.,
6 m., 19 d. Many prayers were offered in her behalf that she might
in her remaining days have that peace that passeth understanding.
When but a maid of 14 years she saw the need of salvation, was
converted, baptized, and received into the Mennonite Church. With
this people she continually served her Lord until the end, which
came suddenly and peacefully. On Dec. 19, 1880, she was united
in marriage to John Good of Elkhart Co. Ind., by J. S. Coffman.
In the year of 1881 they moved to St. Joseph Co. Ind., where they
resided until March 13, 1919, at which time they moved to their
present home near Wakarusa. To this union were born a daughter
and son. She was a faithful companion, a kind and loving mother,
and a very generous-hearted Christian. Many were the good admonitions
given by her, always desirous to make some one happy. Those left
to mourn her departure are, a husband and two children (Anna,
wife of Bro. Wm. S. Weaver, and Joseph): also five grandchildren
and two sisters (who are left of a family of fifteen - Margaret
wife of Bro. Cyrus Flickinger and Anna wife of Stanford Willard);
also many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at
the Olive Church conducted by Brethren Jacob K. Bixler and Silas
Weldy. Text, Jno. 6:27. May her memory remain in our hearts to
His praise and glory.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
When God recalls His own,
And bids them leave a world of woe,
For an immortal Crown."
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan
Gospel Herald - Volume XIV, Number 52 - March 30, 1922, page 1019, 1020
Benner. - Alice Grace, daughter of Rhine and Anna Benner, Job, W. Va., died March 13, 1922; aged 9 m. 10 d. The cause of her death was influenza followed by a complication of diseases. Funeral at the Bethel Church, conducted by Jasper Smith. Text, 39:9. Burial in the cemetery nearby.
Helmuth. - Barbara Helmuth, nee Hostetler, was born March 3, 1847; died March 8, 1922; aged 75 y. 5 d. She was married to David Helmuth Nov. 30, 1865, who preceded her in death Oct. 16, 1904. To this union were born 5 sons, two of whom died when 6 and 7 years old. She leaves 3 sons, 4 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Her death was due to paralysis. She was sick for over 4 years, and was helpless for the last 27 months. She was a member of the Walnut Creek, Ohio, A. M. Church. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church on Mar. 10, conducted by C. Mast, L. Hostetler and S. H. Miller. Texts, Job 15:11; I Cor. 16:22.
Lancaster. - John, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Lancaster,
of Verona, N. Dak., aged 6 y. 6 m. 23 d., died March 4, 1922,
after a seven-months period of illness. It is said it seemed as
tho angels were beckoning because of the beautiful smile on his
face. Jesus said, "Suffer the children to come.....for of
such is the kingdom." He leaves parents, 4 brothers, and
sisters, and other relatives. Funeral services were conducted
at the home March 6th by B. F. Osborne, after which the body was
brought to Monterey, Minn., for interment, which took place at
Elm Creek Cemetery after a short service was conducted by the
writer. Text, Jas. 4:14.
C. J. Garber
Allen. - Mary Thorne Allen was born in Summershire, England, and died in Canton, Ohio, Mar. 2, 1922; aged about 100 or 102 years. Her husband preceded her in death about 3 1/2 years after which her stay in this world was not all as pleasant as it might have been. She was a member of the Mennonite Church the last seven or eight years of her life, in which faith she died, her last words being, "I am trusting in my Savior." While peculiar, Grandma's life was a great inspiration to many who called on her. Funeral services at the Mennonite Mission, Canton, O., conducted by N. E. Troyer assisted by John Derrick, Supt. Union Mission., Texts, Rev. 14:13; Jno. 8:24.
Bixler. - Sister Barbara (Zuercher) Bixler was born in Wayne Co., O., Dec. 21, 1864; died March 12, 1922; aged 57 y. 2 m. 21 d. She was suffering from heart trouble for a long while and during last week had an attack of grippe which ended her life. Dec. 23, 1886, she was married to Jacob Bixler. To this union were born one son and one daughter. She was buried on the 15th from the Swiss Mennonite Church of which she had been a member from her youth. Services were held by C. N. Amstutz in German and Ira Buckwalter in English. She leaves her husband, one son, one daughter, one granddaughter, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Her only sister, Mrs. Levi Gerber, preceded her Aug. 1, 1921. She was a loving mother and kind-hearted neighbor, always ready to help the poor. Four days before her death a quilt was yet made for the mission at her home.
Brenneman. - Andrew Jackson, son of Jacob and Sarah Brenneman, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 10, 1851; died March 12, 1922, at his home near Wakarusa, Ind.: aged 70 y. 11 m. 2 d. On Aug. 7, 1875, he was married to Mary Derr, to which union were born five children. Two (William and Sarah) preceded him to the spirit world. His wife and three children (John, Walter, and Ruth), one brother and four sisters (Elizabeth Martin, Susan Neff, Mary Rodegeb, Ben Brenneman, and Lydia Rider), also one grandchild (Ireta Brenneman) with many relatives and friends remain to mourn their loss. In 1852 he came with his parents to St. Joe Co., Ind., at which place he lived until his death. Several years ago he united with the Mennonite Church, to which church he remained faithful until death. Funeral was held at the Olive Church on the 15th. Services conducted by D. A. Yoder and Henry Weldy. Text, Psa. 90:10.
Zehr. - Bishop Peter Zehr was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Aug. 24, 1851; died at his home near Fisher, Ill., Mar. 14, 1922; aged 70 y. 6 m. 18 d. He suffered from a complication of diseases. He bore it very patiently. He was married to Barbara Heiser of Morton, Ill., June 8, 1876. To this union were born five children (Mrs. Catharine Cender, Dan P. Zehr, Mrs. Lizzie Cender, Mrs. Amelia Birky, and Joseph A., who preceded his father in his infancy). He leaves 15 grandchildren, three brothers, and three sisters. Five brothers and 1 sister preceded him to eternity. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. June 10, 1883, he was ordained to the ministry in Deer Creek, Ill. In 1893 he was ordained bishop in charge of the East Bend congregation near Fisher. He was known for his heart concern for the flock. His last prayers were for her welfare. The funeral was held Mar. 17, 1922, conducted by Bros. Samuel Gerber, C. F. Derstine, and Bros. Ezra B. Yordy. Text, I Thes. 4:14; II Cor. 5:1.
Culp. - Jacob Culp was born in Mahoning county, Ohio, Mar. 30, 1848; died in Columbiana, Ohio, Mar. 16, 1922; aged 73 y. 11 m. 15 d. On Mar. 6, 1873, he was united in marriage to Susan Rohrer. In the fall of 1874 they together united with the Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful until death. He leaves his wife, adopted son (Fransie) and family, six brothers and one sister; two sisters having preceded him in death. Bro. Culp's health had been failing for a few years, but he was reasonably well until his last sickness (Bronchitis and other complications) which lasted but a very short time. He was always a regular attendant at church and showed an interest in her welfare. He lived a quiet and unassuming life and, instead of spending his pastime in loafing at the stores in gossip, etc., he was at home with his companion. Funeral at the Midway Church, Brethren A. J. Steiner, D. S. Lehman, and E. M. Detwiler officiating. Text, Jon. 14:1-3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Slabaugh. - Jancy Roland Slabaugh was born in Miami
County, Ind., Aug. 3, 1894; died March 15, 1922; aged 27 y. 7
m. 13 d. He united with the Mennonite Church thirteen years ago
and since then has lived a consistent Christian life. He graduated
at Goshen College in the spring of 1918, and the following year
was superintendent of schools at Green Valley, Ill. The year following
he was appointed principal of the centralized school of Elkhart
Township, located a few miles northeast of Goshen, Ind., which
position he held at the time of his death. On Aug. 21, 1919, he
was married to Mary Alice Birkey of Fisher, Ill. Soon afterward
they moved to Goshen, Ind. Jancy had a smile for all with whom
he met. He was preceded in death by one sister who died in infancy.
He leaves a sorrowing wife, a little daughter (Eloise), father
and mother, a brother (Paul), a foster brother (L. H. Hershberger),
friends and neighbors. On March 11 he took a chill which started
pneumonia and pleurisy. On the 14th he seemed much better, but
soon took a change for the worse. On the 15th, at 9 A. M., the
death angel came and took him to his long home. He was so devoted
to his loving wife and darling baby girl. But he is now gone to
his new home, only waiting for his dear wife and baby to meet
him in the sky - father, mother, grandparents, all to meet him
in his happy home above.
"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."
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan