Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 1 - April 5, 1923, pages 14, 15
Koppes.--On March 18, 1923, at the home of her son Wm. Koppes near Bowdil, O., Sarah Jane Koppes (nee Cole) died; aged 66 y. 8 m. 27 d. She was born in Juniata Co., Pa., June 21, 1856, and came with her parents to Ohio when but a child. One son, 1 brother, 7 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends remain to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held Mar. 20 at the residence by I. J. Buchwalter. Interment in Crown Hill cemetery, Orrville, O.
Hostetler.--James Noah, son of Bro. Noah and Sister Emma Hostetler, was born near Jerome, Pa., April 7, 1922; died Mar. 19, 1923; aged 11 m. 12 d. He is survived by father, mother, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 1 grandfather, 1 step-grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Mennonite Church on March 21, by James Saylor, L. A. Blough, and Harry C. Blough. Text, Job 1:21, selected by the parents. Burial in the cemetery near the church.
Hochstetler.--Malinda (Beechy) Hochstetler was born near Farmerstown, O., Nov. 26, 1869; died Jan. 30, 1923; aged 53 y. 2 m. 4 d. She was married to Henry Hochstetler Nov. 24, 1895. To this union 7 children were born. One infant son preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves her husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. She united in youth with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services at Martin's Creek conducted by Bros. S. H. Miller and J. F. Mast.
Lesher.--Sister Ida F. Lesher, wife of Israel I. Lesher, peacefully departed this life at her home at Browns Mill, Franklin Co., Pa., Mar. 20, 1923. She died of complications and was aged 57 y. 7 m. 3 d. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and during her affliction she bore her suffering with patience and in a quiet, unassuming way expressed a readiness to depart. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 8 children, and 5 step-children. The funeral was held March 22, conducted by Brethren J. F. Grove and W. W. Hege. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Services and burial at the Marion Mennonite Church.
Keim.--Marvin Duane Keim, infant son of Bro. Menno and
Sister Libbie Keim of Middlebury, Ind., was born May 11, 1922;
died Mar. 18, 1923; aged 10 m. 7 d. He leaves father, mother,
2 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 grandmother, 2 grandfathers, and a number
of uncles, aunts, and cousins, to mourn he early departure. Two
brothers preceded him to the spirit world.
O can it be that Marvin has left us,
He who always had a smile?
Yes he's gone and we'll soon meet him,
'Twill only be a little while.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. W. Wilbur Miller from Luke 18:16. Burial was made in the M. A. Yoder cemetery.
Troyer.--Raymond, infant son of Bro. J. A. and Sister
Ada Troyer, was born near Shipshewana, Ind., Mar. 15, 1923; died
Mar. 19, 1923; aged 4 days. He leaves to mourn his departure father,
mother, 4 brothers and 5 sisters. One little sister preceded him
to the great beyond. Funeral was held Mar. 20 at the home conducted
by A. S. Cripe in German, and J. P. Miller in English. A goodly
number of relatives and friends assembled to pay the last tribute
Dear Raymond, thou hast left us,
Thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us.
He will all our sorrows heal.
By the children.
Nafziger.--Mary Nafziger (nee Rychener) was born near Archbold, Ohio, March 9, 1845; died March 4, 1923, at the age of 77 y. 11 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Nafziger Feb. 21, 1867. He preceded her to the life beyond April 4, 1902. To this union were born 9 children, 6 sons and 3 daughters. 1 son and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure 5 sons, 3 daughters, 34 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends. In her younger years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Mar. 6 at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Greiser. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Smith.--Emma J. Owens was born in Washington County, Iowa, on June 21, 1868. She was married to Leslie P. Smith, on Feb. 20, 1887. To this union were born 10 children, 3 of whom died in infancy. On the evening of March 20, 1923, at her home near Oronogo, Mo., at the age of 54 y. 8 m. 27 d. she quietly fell asleep in Jesus. She leaves her companion, 7 children, 5 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Sister Smith with her husband united with the Mennonite Church about thirteen years ago. She was a faithful Christian wife and mother and will be sadly missed. Funeral services were held at White Hall Church, conducted by Andrew Shenk and P. J. Shenk. Text, Job 1:14. She was the first to be buried in the new addition to the Weaver cemetery.
Miller.--Mary (Christner) Miller, wife of Pre. John J. Miller, died at her home near Goshen, Ind., March 22, 1923, of dropsy, at the age of 64 y. 11 m. 16 d. She had been in failing health for 3 years, in which time she was only able to attend church a few times. She bore her sufferings patiently. She leaves her husband, 6 sons (David, Jacob, Levi, and John, of Goshen, Ind., Harvey and Oby of Howard Co., Ind.), 3 daughters (Mrs. Samuel Kauffman of Shipshewana, Ind., Mrs. Andy Yoder and Mrs. Menno Kuhns of Nappanee, Ind.), 51 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Jacob of Iowa, Samuel of Kansas, David of N. Y.), 1 sister (Mrs. Simon Schlabach of Goshen, Ind.). She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Funeral was held at Solomon Schrock's Mar. 25, by Nathaniel Miller and Emanuel Hershberger in German, and Dan Johns in English. Texts, II Cor. 5 and I Cor. 15, beginning at verse 39.
Shank.--Irvin G. Shank, son of Harry M. and Esther M.
(nee) Gerlach Shank died March 15, 1923; age 11 m. 25 d. Death
was caused by a severe attach of pneumonia. Irvin was of a quiet
and cheerful disposition. Though his stay on earth was but 5 days
less than a year his departure left the home lonely and our hearts
sorrowful. Funeral services were held Mar. 18 at the home near
Lancaster, Pa., with further services at the Millersville Mennonite
Church, conducted by Bros. J. C. Habecker and D. N. Gish. Text,
Ex. 2:9. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
He was cherished by his parents,
Always quiet, cheerful, fair,
And we hope to meet our loved one
When we're gathered over there
Miller.--Sister Eve Miller was born July, 1842, and died in the home of her daughter at Windber, Pa., March 7, 1923; aged 81 y. 7 m. She was the daughter of Jacob and ______ Wingard and is survived by only one brother out of a large family. She was married to Jacob Miller, son of the late Bishop Moses B. Miller. She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. Several years ago she fell and broke her hip from which she never fully recovered. This with the infirmities of old age caused her death. She bore her suffering with patience and earnestly looked for her departure. She is survived by 2 daughters, 30 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world thirteen years ago. Funeral services were conducted in the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Pre. F. E. Hetrick of the Evangelical Church. Interment in the Weaver cemetery.
Brenneman.--Katherine (Ropp) Brenneman wife of Daniel
S. Brenneman, was born at Cassel, Ont., July 13, 1863; died at
her late home near Cassel, Mar. 13, 1923; aged 59 y. 7 m. 30 d.
She was united in marriage to D. S. Brenneman in 1880 and soon
after moved to Colorado. Here she remained for a few years and
then returned to Hamburg, Ont. To this union were born 2 sons.
She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, 1 adopted daughter, and
9 grandchildren, 1 of whom preceded her in death. She was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church and a kind and loving mother. Services
were held at the Amish Mennonite Church at East Zorra, by D. Jutzi,
Osiah Cressman and Curtiss Cressman. Interment in cemetery nearby.
She selected her own texts and songs.
Now we long to cross that river,
Long to rest upon that shore,
There to see and know and love her.
With the Savior evermore.
By a Grandson.
Stauffer.--Margaret Irene Stauffer, infant daughter
of Bro. Ezra and Sister Irene Stauffer, was born Dec. 29, 1922;
died March 11, 1923; aged 2 m. 11 d. She leaves to mourn her departure,
father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, a great-grandfather,
a great-grandmother and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and
friends. A grandfather and a grandmother preceded her to our heavenly
home. Funeral services were conducted by Bishop N. E. Roth, both
at the home and at the Salem Church, Tofield, Alta. Texts, Psalm
16:5, 6; Matt. 19:14.
The Lord came down from Heaven
To gather lilies fair.
He came into our garden
And saw a lily there.
Now we are calmly waiting
For the Father's call, Come home.
There we shall see our lily
And praise Him round His Throne.
--Sent in by father and mother.
Herr.--John L. Herr was born in Strasburg township,
Pa., Aug. 29, 1840; departed this life at his home in Rohrerstown,
Pa., March 16, 1923; aged 82 y. 6 m. 17 d. In December, 1863,
he was united in marriage to Fannie L. Brubaker, who preceded
him in death a year ago. He was only sick a few weeks but had
been in failing health for some time. We were permitted to have
him with us a long time, and although we miss him so much we feel
that our loss has brought to him his eternal portion with the
Lord and the loved ones gone before. He leaves 3 children and
6 grandchildren. He was a kind and loving father and a dear grandfather.
Funeral services were held at his late home March 16, and at the
Rohrerstown Mennonite Church of which congregation he was a faithful
The old home now is vacant,
Another voice is stilled,
But his place o'er yonder,
With his loved ones now is filled.
Kinsinger.--Bishop Peter Kinsinger was born on Oct. 13, 1839, in Somerset county, Penna.; died at his home in Johnson County, Iowa, March 17, 1923; aged 83 y. 5 m. 4 d. He became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth. He was a faithful member to the end. His desire was to fill his place in church as long as health permitted. His first marriage was to Delila Yoder who died a short time afterward. On Feb. 20, 1870, he was married to Elizabeth Yoder. They lived in matrimony 53 years. To this union were born 9 children. He leaves to mourn his departure his sorrowing wife, 7 children, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Eli Kinsinger of Wellman, Ia.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Noah Schrock of Iowa City, Ia., and Mrs. Eli Handwork of Elk Lick, Pa.). He served faithfully as a minister of the Gospel. On June 1, 1884, he was ordained bishop. Funeral services were held at his home March 19, 1923, conducted by Isaac Helmuth, who by request read Psalm 90, and by C. M. Yoder. Text, Rev. 20:11-21:8.
Baer.--Clara Magdalena, daughter of Joseph N. and Katie
E. Baer was born in Fulton Co., O., June 17, 1904; died March
11, 1923, at the age of 18 y. 8 m. 24 d. She leaves father, mother,
5 sisters (Viola, Louella, Cora, Hulda and Rosella), 2 brothers
(Clarence and Lawrence) one great-grandmother, two grandfathers,
one grandmother besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn
her youthful and unexpected departure. Clara suffered two weeks
of severe pain from an attack of la grippe which turned into complications
that terminated her short but useful life in the home as well
as in the Sunday school and church where she was always a willing
worker. Sister Clara confessed Jesus as her personal Savior and
united with the A. M. Church when but 12 years old and led a consistent
Christian life until death. Funeral was held March 14 at the Central
A. M. Church. Services conducted at the house by H. Rychner and
at the church by S. D. Grieser and E. L. Frey. Texts, Psa. 103:15,
16; 89:47. Interment in Pettisville cemetery. Beautiful Heaven,
blissful abode, Is Clara's portion in the city of God. And joyful
songs she now can sing With hosts of angels there on wing.
By her Mother.
Martin.--Elizabeth (Brenneman) Martin was born in St. Joseph Co. Ind., April 17, 1853. She was united in marriage to John O. Martin Nov. 12, 1876. Bro. and Sister Martin lived in Elkhart or on their farm south of Elkhart, all their married life, with the exception of a few years in Goshen. The Lord blessed their labors together abundantly in the temporal things of life but not without also a measure of trials, the greatest of which perhaps was when their youngest son lost his life when helping to remove stock from their burning barn. Sister Martin's health began to fail soon after this trial, suffering a stroke of paralysis from which she never fully recovered. Other strokes followed, resulting in her departure from this life, Feb. 24, 1923, at the age of 69 y. 9 m. 7 d. Bro. and Sister Martin's home was blessed with six children, three sons (Daniel J., Edward F., and Oscar H.), three daughters (Ida Priscilla, Myra M. Verein, and Nora A. Martin). Two children (Ida and Oscar) preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 1 brother, besides many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church about Oct. 20, 1879, and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church Feb. 27, 1923, by D. A. Yoder and C. A. Shank. Text, Job 14:14, 15. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Lapp.--Anna Barbara Lapp, daughter of Martin Lapp, was born Sept. 8, 1858; died Mar. 24, 1923; aged 64 y. 6 m. 16 d. She is survived by one full brother, three half brothers, and four half sisters. Her father was called hence when she was but 3 years old. Her mother was afterward married to Jacob Lentz. She spent most of her life with her mother and step-father and kindly cared for them in their declining years, until they were called to the Spirit world. Anna became a Christian in her youth, and became identified with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a loyal and faithful member. She was very devoted to her Lord and Master, and her place in God's sanctuary was seldom vacant if health conditions permitted her being present. During her recent siege of illness it was her constant desire and longing to depart and be with Christ her Lord and Savior, which she was assured would be far better. She was greatly interested in the mission activities of her church, and had been supporting a native worker in India for a number of years and she has endowed the foreign mission work of the Church to the extent that the said support will be continued until the Lord returns to receive His Church unto himself. It can be truthfully said of her, She has laid up for herself treasures in heaven, "where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal." Funeral services were conducted by S. E. Graybill and J. S. Shoemaker. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery near Dakota, Ill.
Miller.--Bertha Elizabeth, daughter of D. D. and Nettie
Miller, was born near Middlebury, Ind., March 24, 1902; died Feb.
27, 1923; aged 20 y. 11 m. 3 d. She united with the Mennonite
Church at the age of fourteen and remained a faithful and active
member until her death. In March, 1920, while attending school
at Goshen College, she took sick with Spanish influenza which
later developed into Bright's disease and blood anemia. At times
she seemed to gain in health and then she again suffered a relapse.
Thinking that a change might do her good she spent several months
during the summer of 1921 and also 1922 with her sisters in Illinois.
In July, 1922, she went to Akron, Pa., to live with her brother
Orie. This change seemed very congenial and helpful to her but
in the latter part of December she again began to fail. Her mother
was called to Pennsylvania and helped to care for her there until
three weeks ago when she was brought to her home near Middlebury,
Ind. During all of her illness she was very patient. She often
expressed a readiness and willingness to depart when her heavenly
Father so willed it. She leaves father and mother, five brothers
and five sisters (Orie O. Miller of Akron, Penna., Ernest E. Miller
of Dhamtari, India, Truman T. Miller of Gary, Ind., Mrs. B. F.
Shertz of Gridley, Ill., Mrs. Arthur Augsberger of Middlebury,
Ind., Kathrine P. Miller of Kalona, Iowa, W. Wilber Miller of
Middlebury, Ind., and Alice, Samuel, and Mabel who are still at
home with their parents) and also many friends and relatives.
One of her favorite songs which she often sang was,
"Oh hallelujah, yes, 'tis heaven,
'Tis heaven to know my sins forgiven.
On land or sea, what matters where,
Where Jesus is, 'tis heaven there."
The funeral was held at the Forks Church near Middlebury, Ind., on March 1, 1923. The services were in charge of S. S. Yoder and A. E. Kreider.
Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana
Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 2 - April 12, 1923, pages 46, 47
Nafziger.--Kenneth H., infant son of Harry J. and Rosa Nafziger, was born near Archbold, O., Mar. 28, 1923, and after a short stay of about thirteen hours departed this life Mar. 29, 1923, leaving parents to mourn his brief stay on this earth. Brief services held at the home by S. D. Grieser. Interment in Eckley cemetery.
Croyle.--Donald Eugene Croyle, son of Bro. Roy and Sister Hulda Meyers Croyle, of Jerome, near Thomas Mills, Pa., was born March 15, 1923; died March 19, 1923; aged 4 days. Funeral services were conducted at the home of the grandparents of the deceased, Bro. and Sister John H. Croyle, by Joseph Saylor. Interment in the Thomas cemetery.
Ringer.--Harry E. Ringer died March 7, 1923, at the home of his parents, near Oak Grove Church, Grantsville, Md., at the age of 31 years. His death was due to pneumonia. Harry was from his youth weak in mind and body and was especially helpless during the last several years. He is survived by his father, mother, 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services were held at the Springs Mennonite Church, March 9, conducted by Brethren N. E. Miller and G. D. Miller.
Coffey.--On Feb. 16, 1923, near Lyndhurst, Va., Sister Mary Ann Coffey departed this life, after a week's illness of pneumonia. She united with the Springdale congregation about six years ago, and lived obedient to the commands of her Savior as well as she knew. She was resigned to go or stay, as the Lord willed. She was aged about 68 years and left an aged husband, one daughter, and three sons, to mourn her departure. Funeral services, Sunday Feb. 18, at Springdale Church, conducted by Brethren A. P. Heatwole and J. R. Driver. Text, II Cor. 5:6.
Keim.--John C. Keim, son of Emanuel and Magdalena Keim, was born in Holmes Co., O., Oct, 30, 1840; died at his home near Middlebury, Ind., Mar. 26, 1923; aged 82 y. 4 m. 26 d. Surviving are four sons (Levi, Jacob, Andrew and Menno), and three daughters (Fannie, Amanda and Martha), two brothers (Andrew and Simon), and three sisters (Elizabeth, Fannie and Susan); also a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of friends. Funeral services were held on Mar. 29 by D. D. Miller in English from Job 14:14, followed by Eli J. Bontreger in German from John 14:6.
Retteu.--Willis M. Retteu was born Feb. 26, 1876, near
Akron, Pa.; died Mar. 22, 1923 in Manheim, Pa.; aged 47 y. 26
d. He suffered from a nervous breakdown. He is survived by his
widow, Anna Retteu, 1 son and 4 daughters: Edna, Elden, Elva,
Anna, and Arlene, all at home. One son preceded him to the spirit
world in infancy. His mother, 6 brothers, and 4 sisters also survive.
Burial, March 27, 1923. Brief services were held at the house
by Mr. Knittle of the Lutheran Church, and at the Groffdale Church
by Mr. Knittle and John W. Weaver. Texts, Matt. 5:4 and Psalm
By a Friend.
Coffey.--On March 24, 1923, near Lyndhurst, Va., Bro. Van Coffey was called from time to eternity. His death was caused by heart trouble and dropsy. He was aged 72 years. On the day his wife was buried (just five weeks before), he requested to be received into the Church. He was visited, and as he rapidly grew weaker, was not able to come to church to be received. Accordingly the brethren went to his son's home, where he was received by water baptism, about three weeks before he died. He was afterwards visited and expressed himself as being satisfied. One daughter and three sons, with a number of grandchildren, are left to mourn for both parents who were called home so close together. It is a loud call to those of the family who are yet unprepared. Funeral services at Springdale Church, March 25, by Brethren J. R. Driver and A. P. Heatwole. Text, Eccl. 8:8.
Strickler.--Dorothy Mae, infant daughter of Bro. Paul
and Sister Irene Strickler, was born Mar. 11, 1923; died Mar.
20, 1923; aged 9 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure her
parents, grandparents, 1 uncle and 1 aunt. Short services were
held at the home of her grandparents, conducted by the home ministers.
Interment in the Stony Brook cemetery.
God needed one more angel child,
Amid His shining band,
And so upon the earth He smiled,
And grasped our darling's hand
Lefever.--Grace Reba Lefever, little daughter of Geo.
and Mary Lefever, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 23, 1920;
died at the Lancaster General Hospital, March 10, 1923; aged 2
y. 8 m. 14 d. The cause of death was pneumonia. She leaves to
mourn her early departure father, mother, 3 sisters, 3 brothers,
4 grandparents, and many other relatives. Services were held at
Brick Mennonite Church Willow Street, Pa., conducted by Bro. C.
M. Brubaker. Text, Mark 10:13-16. Since she has left, we are lonely,
We know to Jesus she has gone; We mourn, but hope that when we
die, We too shall meet with her on high.
Father and Mother.
Stoltzfus.--Sister Sue Stahl Stoltzfus died March 22, 1923, at the home of her daughter, Minnie, at Gap, Pa., from a complication of diseases; aged 56 y. 2 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel S. Stoltzfus. To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons. One son and 1 daughter preceded her in death, also her husband nearly 5 years ago. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sons, 3 daughters, 11 grandchildren, several brothers and sisters, and a host of friends and neighbors. She was a faithful member of the A. M. Church and one who had a deep concern for her children and the Church. Funeral services were held Mar. 26, 1923, conducted at the house by A. B. Stoltzfus and at Millwood Church by Jno. A. Kennel in German and John S. Mast in English. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Lefever.--Henry K. Lefever was born at Lampeter, Lancaster
Co., Pa., Feb. 17, 1852; departed this life March 12, 1923, at
Lancaster General Hospital, following an illness of four weeks;
aged 71 y. 25 d. He bore his sufferings very patiently, and expressed
a desire to go home to glory. He united with the Mennonite Church
in early life, and was a faithful member. He leaves to mourn his
departure his widow, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. Funeral services
were held at Brick Mennonite Church, Willow St., March 14 conducted
by Bishop C. M. Brackbill. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18.
Uncle, thou art sweetly resting,
Here our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Niece and Nephew.
Martin.--Samuel N. Martin was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on June 6, 1847, and died at his home near Smithville, O., on March 1, 1923; aged 75 y. 8 m. 25 d. In the year 1870 he was united in marriage to Anna Sollenberger, to which union were born five children, two of whom, with his wife, preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by 3 children, 2 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. Bro. Martin was a member of the Salem Mennonite congregation and was faithful in attending church services. Cold weather and rough roads did not keep him from attending regularly all winter. The last Sunday he lived his health prevented his presence with us. Funeral services were held on March 3 at the Martins Church where his body was laid beside that of his companion. Services were conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, I. W. Royer, and P. R. Lantz.
Yoder.--Fannie Yoder (nee Nofziger) was born near Archbold, O., Aug. 8, 1873; died suddenly on the farm where she was born, Mar. 26, 1923, at the age of 49 y. 7 m. 18 d. She united in marriage with Rudolph A. Yoder Nov. 9, 1893. To them were born four sons and five daughters, all of whom are living to follow mother to the grave. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 9 children, 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers, together with many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Sister Fannie confessed Jesus as her personal Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held Mar. 30, at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, O., conducted by Eli Rupp in German and S. D. Grieser in English. Texts, Matt. 24:44; II Tim. 1:12. Interment in Eckley cemetery.
Derstine.--Herbert G., son of Bro. Herbert and Sister
Lillian Derstine, was born Feb. 2, 1922; died March 15, 1923;
aged 1 y. 1 m. 14 d. Little Herbert took sick five weeks ago with
bronchitis, which infected his ears and caused a mastoid abscess.
He suffered great pain for three days and while everything was
done to relieve him of his pain, it seemed to be in vain until
the Lord took him home where pain and suffering are over. He was
a bright child and a great joy in the home, and is sadly missed
by all who knew him. He is survived by his parents and one brother,
Marvin. Two little brothers preceded him in death. Owing to the
serious illness of the grandmother in the home, services were
held March 19, at the Souderton Mennonite Church by Brethren Jacob
and Elmer Moyer. Text, Matt. 19:14. The little body was laid to
rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Can it be that he has left us?
He who always had a smile,
Yes, he's gone and we'll soon meet him,
'Twill only be a little while.
Roth.--Nicholas K. Roth was born in Alsace, France,
on Jan. 21, 1841; died March 18, 1923, at the age of 82 y. 1 m.
28 d. At the age of ten years, he with his parents, came from
Germany to Canada and settled on a farm near Tavistock, Ont. He
leaves to mourn his departure, his loving wife (nee Maria Steinmann),
5 sons, 3 daughters, 29 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.
Two years ago he suffered a paralytic stroke and since that time
he had been in failing health, and often longed to be with his
Savior and wished his last hour would come. He fell asleep two
days before he died and never woke up on this earth. He was one
of the first members of the East Zorra A. M. congregation, and
was steadfast until the end. Funeral services were conducted by
Bros. Daniel S. Jutzie and Jacob R. Bender from a text which the
departed brother had chosen, Job 19:25-27.
Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Keim.--Bro. Nathan W. Keim was born at Pleasantville, Bedford co., Pa., Dec. 28, 1866; died at Fentress, Va., Mar. 5, 1923; aged 56 y. 2 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage with Sister Lydia Stevanus at Springs, Pa., Mar. 27, 1892. To this union were born 2 sons and 6 daughters. He is survived by his wife, 6 daughters, father, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and 15 grandchildren. Brother Keim lived the greater part of his life at Springs, Pa. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 35 years. His health had been failing since an attack of influenza several years ago, but his last illness lasted just one week. Suffering intense pain from kidney gravel he was removed to the hospital at Norfolk, Va., on Mar. 5, and died that night before the operation had been performed. The cause of his death was a clot of blood on his heart. He told his wife while still at home that the intense pain would kill him and upon her asking if he was ready to go he replied that he was. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. C. D. Bergey assisted by Bro. S. H. Brunk. Text, Gen. 5:24.
Yoder.--Susan Yoder was born Jan. 30, 1855; died March 8, 1923; aged 68 y. 1 m. 8 d. Sister Yoder was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Stevanus. She was united in marriage with John S. Yoder, Oct. 16, 1870. Her husband died about two and a half years ago. She was the mother of 7 children. Three sons and 1 daughter preceded her to the eternal world. Those remaining are: Savilla, wife of E. K. Blough of Pinto, Md.; Alice, wife of Bro. Jonas Ash of Springs, Pa.; and Annie, wife of Bro. N. S. Yoder of Pinto, Md. On July 31, 1894, Sister Yoder took into her home an infant son of Cyrus Speicher. The mother had died at the time of his birth. Harry has received from her a mother's care these 29 years. Sister Yoder's health had been failing for a number of years. Her death was probably due to a complication of diseases. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and during the last years of her life manifested a spirit of penitence and a special appreciation of Scripture reading, singing, and prayer on her behalf. Funeral services were held at the Springs Church, conducted by Brethren N. E. Miller and G. D. Miller. Text, Rom. 14:7.
Shetler.--Dorcas Ellen Shetler, daughter of Wm. H. and Lydia Shetler, of Atglen, Pa., died at the General Hospital on Mar. 3, 1923; aged 2 y. 8 m. 24 d. Little Dorcas suffered for about five weeks from a complication of diseases, after which she took convulsions and then a few hours later peacefully passed into the world where sickness and death is unknown. She leaves to mourn her early departure a loving father and mother, 4 sisters, 1 brother, 1 grandfather and 1 aunt, all at home; also 1 grandfather and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral was held Mar. 5, conducted at the house by a Baptist minister of Atglen and J. M. Stoltzfus; at Maple Grove Church by Jno. A. Kennel and A. B. Stoltzfus. Texts, Psa. 16:6; Psa. 33, part of chapter. The Shetler family was undergoing a severe trial at the time of the above funeral. Two little sisters were very sick with typhoid fever at the Hospital, and Vernon was sick at home with tonsilitis. The sisters were both recovering when just recently they took measles. The mother also took sick the day after the funeral and is still in the hospital very sick. Also Aunt Mary is sick in bed at this time (Mar. 30). This family desires and deserves the sympathy and prayers of God's people.
Derstine.--Mary Ann G. Derstine, widow of the late Noah
B. Derstine, was born March 30, 1871; died at the home of her
son Herbert, March 19, 1923; aged 51 y. 11 m. 19 d. She had been
suffering from consumption for the last nine months, but was only
confined to her bed for one week. While she had a desire to remain
with her family, she was fully resigned to the Lord's will. She
passed away only about one hour after her little grandson was
laid to rest. She was a kind mother and was always willing to
lend a hand to such who were in need. She will be missed not only
in the home but by many friends and neighbors. She was a faithful
member of the Rockhill Mennonite Church. Her husband preceded
her in death almost three years ago. She is survived by 5 sons
and 1 daughter: Stella, wife of Ellsworth Drissel of Lansdale;
Norman and Herbert of Souderton; Willis, Alvin, and Linford, at
home. Seven grandchildren, 1 daughter, and 4 grandchildren preceded
her. One brother, Mahlon Alderfer, and one sister, Kate Moyer,
survive her. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her
son March 24 by Brethren Jacob and Elmer Moyer, with further services
at the Rockhill Mennonite Church by Brethren William Landis and
Abram Clemmer. A large number of relatives and friends had gathered.
Text, Phil. 1:23. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. May our
loss be her eternal gain.
Mother's gone to live beyond this vale,
Of sorrow, pain and care,
And if thru life, we'll live for Him,
We'll meet her over there.
Transcriber's note: -- Seven grandchildren, 1 daughter, and "4 grandchildren" -- perhaps should be -- 4 great-grandchildren - ???
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Shank.--Martha Shank, wife of the late Noah E. Shank,
died at her home in Reid, Md., March 8, 1823, of pneumonia, only
being sick two weeks. She is survived by one brother and many
relatives and friends. Her husband preceded her to the life beyond
two years ago. She was aged 75 y. 4 m. 15 d. She was a consistent
member of Miller's Church where she was nearly always present.
Her presence is greatly missed in the home.
K. B. L.
Zerphey.--Sarah L. Zerphey, widow of the late Henry Zerphey, was born Oct. 26, 1844; died at her home near Mt. Joy, Pa., from the infirmities of old age March 21, 1923; aged 78 y. 4 m. 25 d. She is survived by 5 sons, 2 daughters, 1 step-brother, 1 sister, 1 full brother, 22 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a host of friends. She was a consistent member of Risser's Mennonite congregation for a good many years. Funeral services were held from her late home, Mar. 25, and at Mt. Joy Mennonite Meetinghouse conducted by Bros. Noah Risser and Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in Eberly's cemetery. Peace be to her ashes.
Schrock.--Jonathan Schrock was born in Clinton Township, Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 25, 1852; died March 8, 1923; aged 71 y. 11 d. He was married to Lydia Kauffman, also of the same county and to this union there was born one son, Allen, who with his mother and one remaining brother (Daniel, of Middlebury), and two sisters (Mrs. Wm. Pletcher of Middlebury, and Mrs. Lovina Troyer of Goshen), are left to mourn his departure. For forty-three years the deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church of the Clinton Frame congregation, being active in church activities up to the time his health failed him. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church, Mar. 11, which were largely attended, conducted by Allen Yoder and Silas Yoder. Text, Rev. 22:14. Burial at the Rock Run cemetery.
Nissley.--John G. Nissley, son of the late Bishop Peter R. Nissley, was born August 17, 1890; died March 13, 1923; aged 32 y. 7 m. 26 d. Death was caused by a severe attack of pleuro-pneumonia, after an illness of only five days. John united with the Mennonite Church about 12 years ago. He was one who, we believe, tried to live a Christian life if any one did. John was one who made friends wherever he went, who were shocked to learn of his sudden death. He leaves to mourn his departure, a sorrowing wife, a mother, the following sisters: Alice, Esther, Gertrude, Rhoda; and 2 brothers, Hiram and Simon Peter. Funeral services were held Mar. 17, 1923, at the home with further services at the Mennonite Church, Mt. Joy, Pa. Services were conducted by Bishop Isaac Brubaker, assisted by B. Lehman Kraybill and Henry E. Lutz. Text, Job 14:2. Interment in Kraybill's cemetery.
Sheldon.--Lillian A. Ulrich, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ulrich was born near Manson, Ia., on Jan. 1, 1897, and passed away on March 29, 1923. On August 2, 1921, she was united in marriage with C. J. Sheldon in Minneapolis, where they made their home. She was from childhood a Christian girl and from an early age was connected with the Mennonite Church. After her marriage she became interested in the Congregational church in Minneapolis, and during her illness at the home of her parents she expressed a desire to become a member of the Manson Congregational Church and was fellowshipped into this church. She leaves to mourn her untimely death, her husband, C. J. Sheldon; her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ulrich; three sisters, Mrs. Elmer Egli, Mrs. V. Hooley and Mrs. Lou Egli, all of Manson; one brother, Harley Ulrich, as well as a host of relatives and friends.
Brubaker.--Ethel Brubaker, daughter of Amanda and the late Seth Brubaker, was born Dec. 14, 1907; died Apr. 1, 1923; aged 15 y. 3 m. 17 d. She had an attack of measles which afterward developed into meningitis. She was taken to the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., for treatment but her case was beyond human aid. She is survived by her mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and number of relatives and friends. She was a faithful, consistent member of Stauffer's Mennonite congregation for a few years, always being present at church services and Sunday school whenever she could. She was of a quiet and industrious disposition and may her influence continue to live among us while her body is moldering beneath the clods of the valley. Funeral services were held Apr. 4, from the home of her mother, at Lawn, Lebanon Co., Pa., and at Risser's Meetinghouse, conducted by Bros. J. H. Mosemann and John Ebersole. Text, John 17:24. Interment in the adjoining burial ground.
Oswald.--Daniel Oswald, son of Peter and Magdalena Oswald,
was born near Charm, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1834; died Mar. 3, 1923; aged
88 y. 2 m. 11 d. He was united in marriage to Susanna Hershberger,
daughter of Emanuel and Catherine Hershberger, of near Farmerstown,
Ohio, on Nov. 23, 1856. She died on Oct. 19, 1906. They lived
together in matrimony over 50 years. To this union were born 17
children of whom 14 preceded them to the spirit world, and 2 sons
and 1 daughter are left to mourn their departure, namely, E. D.
Oswald, of Charm, O.; A. W. Oswald, of near Becks Mills, Ohio,
on the old homestead; and Mattie, of near Winesburg, Ohio, wife
of Abe S. Yoder. Funeral services were conducted by Sam J. Miller
of the O. O. Amish Mennonites and S. H. Miller of Walnut Creek.
Snyder.--George Wesley, son of Chris and Lizzie Snyder,
was born near Roseland, Nebr., May 7, 1909; died near Aurora,
Oreg., March 18, 1923; aged 13 y. 10 m. 11 d. He was in his usual
health until six days before his death, when he took sick with
the grippe, which developed into uremic poisoning. On Mar. 15,
1919, he was baptized and received into the church near Creston,
Mont., by J. P. Bontrager. He loved to attend religious services
of any kind and was willing to do his part wherever he could.
During his last illness he was very patient and expressed himself
ready to go to glory and be with Jesus. He leaves to remember
his early departure, father, mother, 4 sisters, 5 brothers and
a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were
conducted at the home by F. J. Gingerich and at the Hopewell Church
by E. Z. Yoder and Wm. Bond. Texts, Jno. 11:25 and Heb. 9:27.
Interment in Hopewell Cemetery.
'Twas hard indeed to give him up
And lay him in the tomb,
But then in faith we humbly say,
"Thy will, O God, be done."
Welty.--Anna Bare, daughter of Christian and Esther Bare, was born in Putnam Co., Ohio, Oct. 10, 1844; died at the home of her son, Noah, near Nappanee, Ind., April 3, 1923; aged 78 y. 5 m. 23 d. She had been ill with dropsy for about five months during which time she was almost helpless. She sat in her rocking chair most of the time, being unable to lie down long at a time. She was very patient in all her suffering. She was united in marriage to Ulrich Welty, Jan. 7, 1864. To this union were born eleven children, six sons and five daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died April 4, 1909, and by a daughter, who died in infancy. She is survived by ten children: Ephraim, Emanuel, Levi, Mrs. Noah L. Hershberger, Mrs. Michael Landes, Noah, William H., Mrs. Ira Weldy, Mrs. Martin D. Weldy, and David; 29 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; also one brother, Benjamin Bare, of Hesston, Kans.; and one sister, Catherine Leinbach, of Goshen, Ind. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1864. She was always willing to be of service to her children and to all about her who were in need of help. Funeral services were held April 6, at Yellow Creek Church, conducted by Bros. Martin and William Ramer, and J. W. Christophel.
Sunthimer.--Adam Sunthimer was born in Tuscarawas County,
Ohio, Feb. 23, 1847; died at his home in Middlebury, Ind., March
24, 1923, at the age of 76 y. 29 d. On March 1, 1869, he was united
in marriage to Susanna Shrock, who preceded him to a better world,
Feb. 8, 1891; age 40 y. 6 m. 18 d. To this union were born ten
children: Mrs. Amos Nusbaum of Middlebury; William and Albert,
of California; Mrs. Silas Yoder and Mrs. Alonza Kauffman, of Goshen;
Oliver, of Philadelphia; Mrs. Gilbert Miller, of Berlin, Ohio;
Charles, of Bristol, and Libbie and Ida May, now deceased. Thirty
grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren also survive. He
also leaves one sister, Mrs. Barbara Hostettler of Emma, Ind.,
and two half sisters, Mrs. E. M. Berkey of Wooster, Ohio and Mrs.
Samuel Bram of Goshen. In October, 1893, he was united in marriage
to Elizabeth Smucker who survives him. In 1869 he united with
the Mennonite Church to which he has remained faithful until the
time of death. Shortly before he died he expressed himself as
being ready to go which is a source of great comfort to his bereaved
wife, sons, daughters, relatives and friends. His wise counsel,
kindly help, noble Christian life, regular presence in church
and Sunday school will be greatly missed by those who knew him
and with whom he came in contact.
"Dearest father thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
The funeral services were held at the Middlebury Mennonite Church Mar. 27, conducted by D. D. Miller and S. S. Yoder. The remains were laid to rest in the Pashan Cemetery.
Dirks.--Elizabeth Johnson was born Aug. 3, 1849, in
Russia. She departed to be with the Lord on Friday, March 23,
1923, reaching the mature age of 73 y. 7 m. 20 d. She was united
in marriage to Henry Dirks Oct. 24, 1869. In the prime of her
life she with her husband and two children immigrated to America
in the year 1874, locating in Lancaster Co., Pa. In 1894 they
moved to South Dakota and settled on a farm south of Avon. The
last ten years she made her home with her daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Ben A. Unruh. Through all the weary years hardships, testings
and trials assailed her, but with her faith firmly fixed in God
and her unlimited amount of patience and courage she braved the
boisterous storms of life. Mother was redeemed by the precious
blood of the Lamb, and left us with a glorious hope of meeting
again never to part. With both father and mother gone it might
look as though the remaining ones stand alone like orphans in
this world, but they have accepted their mother's God and all
is well. The texts found in Psalm 4 and Rev. 7:17, and in the
home, II Tim. 4:7, 8, were chosen by herself years before her
death. She leaves to mourn her departure one brother living in
California; four sons, John, of Tulare, S. D.; Harry, of Murdo,
S. D.; Ben, of Boone, Ia.; and Peter the oldest, now living in
Lancaster, Pa.; 3 daughters, Mrs. Mary Boese, of Vona, Colo.;
Mrs. Lizzie Unruh and Mrs. Emma Ewert of Avon, S. D.; thirty-one
grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. "She being dead,
"Mother's gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain, and care,
And if through life we live for Him,
We'll meet her over there."
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Hershberger.--Nathaniel J. Hershberger was born near Walnut Creek, O., on Jan. 2, 1860; died at Walnut Creek, O., on March 31, 1923; aged 63 y. 2 m. 29 d. He spent all his lifetime in this locality, except three years in Indiana. About 4 years ago he had a stroke of paralysis, from which he never recovered. The first few years he could attend church but for two years he could not leave home. He was bedfast for over three months. He was married to Mary Ann Mutchelknaus, Dec. 16, 1883. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son. The mother died Oct. 27, 1889. The son died June 11, 1890. He was married a second time to Lydia E. Miller on Jan. 1, 1891. To this union were born 5 sons and 1 daughter. One son died Jan. 28, 1903. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow, 4 sons, 4 daughters (1 daughter in Indiana; 1 daughter near Shanesville, O.; 1 daughter at Mt. Hope, O.; 1 daughter near Walnut Creek, O.; 3 sons at home), 14 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. For many years he was a stock buyer. He joined the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in 1882. He was a life long member of the same. Services were held at the same place on April 2. A large concourse of friends attended. Services were conducted by Lester Hostetler and S. H Miller. Text, Gal. 2:20, which the deceased selected a few years ago. Burial in the cemetery nearby.
Hofstetter.--Rhoda Mary Hofstetter (nee Zuercher) was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug. 14, 1893; died April 9, 1923, following an attack of influenza; aged 29 y. 9 m. 7 d. On Aug. 20, 1922, she was united in marriage to Wm. Hofstetter. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, father, 3 brothers, 6 sisters, and 10 step-children. Her mother preceded her in death 7 years ago. Funeral services were held April 12 at the Swiss Mennonite Church (of which she had been a faithful member from her youth) by C. N. Amstutz in German and I. W. Royer in English. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby in the presence of many friends and neighbors.
Kurtz.--Jacob S. Kurtz was born Jan. 11, 1867, near Morgantown, Pa., on the farm where he was born; died Mar. 13, 1923; aged 56 y. 2 m. 2 d. He took sick at noon Mar. 12 and died 9:30 P. M. following day. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife (nee Lydia Mast), 3 daughters, 6 sons, 9 grandchildren and 3 sisters. One grandchild preceded him to the glory world. He was a member of the A. M. Church. Funeral services were held Mar. 16, briefly at the house by Jno. S. Mast, and at the church by David Yoder and Jno. A. Kennel.
Transcriber's note -- I think they left out the word "died" or "lived all his life" before ( on the farm where he was born )
Amstutz.--La Vera Harrieta, daughter of Bro. Dan B. and Sister Fanny Amstutz, was born near Dalton, O., Sept. 5, 1922; died of broncho-pneumonia, April 5, 1923; aged 7 m. She leaves parents, 2 brothers, 6 sisters, grandparents, and a host of other relatives to mourn her early departure. Services were held April 8, at the Swiss Mennonite Church by Jacob Nussbaum in German and C. N. Amstutz in English.
Yoder.--Isaac P. Yoder, son of Christian K. and Catherine Yoder, was born in Mifflin county Penna., March 13, 1853; and departed from this life, April 10, 1923; at West Liberty, O.; at the age of 70 y. 28 d. When he was a child of two his parents moved to Wayne county, Ohio, and seventeen years later they came to Logan County where he has since made his home. About this time he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which he has continued to be a faithful member. On Jan. 24, 1878, he married Martha B. Kaufman, daughter of Joshua and Lydia Kaufman. To this union were born 12 children, who with their mother and 13 grandchildren survive him. The following are the names of the children: Milton Yoder of Bellecenter; Lewis Yoder and Aquila Yoder, of Nampa, Idaho; Katie Yoder, Mrs. Clara King, Mrs. Ernest Hilty, and Elmer C. Yoder, of West Liberty; Mrs. Alta Hilty and Mark Yoder, of Urbana; John H. Yoder, of Waycross, Georgia; Fred Yoder, of Springfield; and Ellen Yoder, of Cleveland. He also leaves the following brothers and sisters: Levi K. Yoder, Samuel P. Yoder, A. I. Yoder, C. E. Yoder, M. S. Yoder, Mrs. A. Y. Hartzler, Mrs. J. E. Zook, and Mrs. Rudolph Yoder. One brother, John, and one sister, Mrs. Melinda King, preceded him to the spirit world. He was a kind husband and father, and opened the doors of his home to his two daughters and two grandchildren in their sad bereavement. He will be sadly missed by those who looked to him for guidance in the affairs of home and business during the past years. Funeral services conducted by C. Z. Yoder and Levi Plank. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Miller.--Ivan Eugene Miller, son of Arletus and Priscilla Miller, was born at Charm, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1923; died March 23, 1923; aged 1 m. 1 d. His sickness was Broncho-pneumonia. He died before a doctor arrived. He leaves to mourn his departure parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister, 3 grandparents and relatives and friends. Services were held at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. Burial in cemetery nearby. Services by S. H Miller (Job 5:6, 7) and Lester Hostetler (Mark 10:13-16; part of Rev. 22).
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