Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1924

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Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 10 - June 5, 1924 - pages 206,207

Horst. - Sister Rebecca, wife of Benjamin Horst, died at her home near Pinola, Pa., May 15, 1924; aged 63 y. 5 m. 15 d. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years and is survived by her husband, one son, and two brothers. The funeral services were conducted by the brethren C. V. Martin, Jno. S. Burkholder and W. W. Hege at the Rowe Church from Jno. 5:24, selected by the family.
W. W. Hege.

McMullen. - Joseph McMullen was born April 19, 1863; died April 17, 1924; aged 60 y. 11 m. 28 d. He was murdered by a neighbor - a nephew, who was mentally weak. They had a dispute about a line fence when this man became angry and hit McMullen over the head several times with a heavy club, causing his death in a few hours. He is survived by his wife and several brothers and sisters. The funeral services were conducted by Harvey E. Shank in the Pond Bank Mennonite Church from James 4:14, second clause. Interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mont Alto.

Cameron. - Luella, daughter of Alexander and Anna Cameron, aged 26 y. 4 m. 20 d., passed away suddenly at the family home at Masontown, Sunday morning, May 18. She had been in ill health for many years, and was a patient sufferer, bearing her afflictions with Christian fortitude and grace. Her death came as a shock to her friends and the community as her condition had not seemed more serious than usual. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years and was a faithful worker in the church. She is survived by her father, one sister (Mrs. Walter Longenecker) and one brother (William), and four nephews. Funeral services were held at the Masontown Church, May 21, conducted by Bro. E. D. Hess.

Grieser. - Mary Grieser (nee Short) was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Feb. 28, 1887; died suddenly at her home near Archbold, Ohio, May 11, 1924; aged 37 y. 2 m. 13 d. Sister Mary was united in marriage with Aaron Grieser Dec. 6, 1910. To this union were born four daughters (Leora, Elsie, Verna, Clela), and an infant son. She leaves a sorrowing husband, four children, two brothers, two sisters, together with a large host of relatives and friends to mourn her early and sudden departure. One daughter preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful unto death.

"Oh that dear one, how we miss her!
Oh, how hard to give her up!
But an angel came from heaven
And removed her from our flock."

Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church May 11, conducted by E. L. Frey and Henry Rychener. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

Cockley. - Bro. Reuben Cockley, son of Noah and Sarah (Bomberger) Cockley, was born Jan. 13, 1857; died at his home in Mechanicsburg, Pa., May 8, 1924; aged 67 y. 3 m. 25 d. He was united in marriage to Annie Weber Dec. 2, 1879. To this union were born four sons and four daughters. One son and one daughter preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, three sons, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. We know our loss is father's gain. He with his companion united with the Mennonite Church in the winter of 1891, and on Sept. 12, 1907, he was ordained to the ministry, in which office he faithfully served until death. Short funeral services were held from his home on May 12, by Bro. B. F. Zimmerman. Further services at the Churchtown Mennonite Church by Bro. Isaac Brubaker of Manheim and Bro. Samuel Hess of Shiremanstown. Interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
The family.

Bair. - Sister Elvirta Mae, daughter of Bro. Wayne L. and Sister Nora Bair of Eden, Pa., quietly passed away at her parents' home April 12, 1924; aged 22 y. 11 m. 4 d. She leaves her parents, one sister (Bertha, wife of Christian Harnish), two brothers (Landis and Ivan) and a large circle of friends. She was afflicted with heart trouble for over a year but bore her sufferings so patiently and cheerfully that few realized her time would be so short. The sad news came as a shock to all who knew her. Funeral services April 16, conducted at the house by Bro. Noah Landis and at the Stumptown Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah H. Mack and Ira Landis. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Day after day we think what she is doing
In those bright realms of air;
Year after year, her tender steps pursuing,
Will behold her grown more fair.
Then as an angel bright, in her Father's mansion,
Clothed with celestial grace,
And beautiful, with all the soul's expansion
We shall behold her face."

Reesor. - Sophia Rittenhouse, beloved wife of David N. Reesor, died at her late residence, Cedar Grove, near Markham, Ont., May 18, 1924, in her 57th year. Deceased was a daughter of the late Abraham Rittenhouse of Vineland, Out. She grew to womanhood in Lincoln County, was married in 1893, when they set up their home on the Reesor homestead where they lived happily together until the time of her departure. In 1897 they yielded themselves to the Lord and were received into the Mennonite Church where she remained faithful until death. One daughter and three sons share the grief of their father in this bereavement, but they sorrow not as those who have no hope. Sister Reesor was in failing health for about seven years and was confined to her bed for about seven months, suffering from pernicious anemia. She bore her suffering and weakness patiently and often expressed a desire to "depart and be with Christ." She was buried at the Reesor Church on May 21. The services were conducted by Thomas Reesor and L. J. Burkholder. The funeral was very largely attended. The home, and the church feel this loss keenly.

Lehman. - Fannie Lehman (nee Roth) was born Dec. 22, 1859; died May 1, 1924; aged 64 y. 4 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage with Noah Lehman March 12, 1886. To this union were born two children (Amanda and Carrie). She leaves a sorrowing husband, two daughters, twelve grandchildren, a brother, a sister, and a large circle of relatives and friends, to mourn their loss. One grandchild preceded her in death. Sister Lehman has been a sufferer more or less for the last two years, but all through her sickness she endured her suffering patiently, always being resigned to the will of God, and more than once said, Pray for me that I might be faithful unto the end." In her youth she confessed Christ as her Savior, united with the A. M. congregation near Archbold, Ohio, and kept the faith until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church near Archbold, Ohio, May 4, conducted by Henry Rychener and S. D. Grieser. Text, Prov. 14:30. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

"All is over, hands are folded,
O'er a calm and peaceful breast.
All is over, pain is ended
And dear mother is at rest."

Guy. - George W. Guy was born at Bentonville, Va., Aug. 23, 1873; died near Dayton, Va., May 13, 1924 (at a time when his friends and immediate family thought him to be in good health); aged 50 y. 8 m. 20 d. The summons of death came to Bro. Guy with a suddenness and under circumstances that seem most sad and sorrowful. Without warning, while at work on a barn roof with a comrade, at 4:00 o'clock p. m., the instant of departure was marked by a drooped head and a breathless body while the hand yet grasped the mechanic's tool which he was using - left home a well man, was brought home a corpse. The sorrowing ones who are left behind are his widow (who was Mary E. Good) and one son (William Guy, from his first wife). He was a member of the Mennonite Church for over twelve years and resided at Dayton, Va. Funeral services were held at the home on the 14th in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends, by Bro. L. J. Heatwole assisted by Bro. Orville Glick. Texts, Matt. 8:7,11; I Sam. 20:3. On the morning of the 15th the body was taken by train to Front Royal, Va., for burial beside his first wife. This is another instance by which in a most startling way we learn the great lesson, that in the midst of life we are in death and the inquiry comes afresh to mind: "What's this that steals upon my frame And so soon doth quench this vital flame? Is it death? It is death."

Wyse. - Anna Wyse (nee Rupp) was born in Alsace, Europe, Sept. 21, 1825; died May 10, 1924; aged 95 y. 7 m. 19 d. She came to this country with her parents in 1835, and later moved to Fulton Co., Ohio, locating on Lauber's Hill, where she grew to womanhood. She united in marriage with John Wyse in 1857. Three sons and four daughters were born to this union (Magdalena, Fanny, Sarah, Katie, Samuel, John, Jonas). She was also mother to seven step-children, two of whom preceded her in death. Forty years ago her husband died. Since that time she lived with her two sons and one daughter on the old homestead until about a year and a half ago when she was suddenly bereft of her daughter, after which she took up her home with her daughter (Mrs. Isaiah Zaerr). Her sickness was of short duration; she suffered intensely, but bore it patiently until death relieved her. She accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the A. M. Church, and kept her faith until death. She leaves three sons, three daughters, 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren. One daughter, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren preceded her in death. Funeral services were held May 13 at Central A. M. Church near Archbold, Ohio, conducted by Eli Rupp and E. L. Frey. Text, Psa. 90:10,12. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: Given age is not consistent with birth and death dates.

A correction: I just noticed the obituary of Anna Wyse (nee Rupp) in the Gospel Herald, June 5, 1924. Her birth date is given is Sept. 21, 1825. The transcriber noted that "given age is not consistent with birth and death dates."

I checked in my database and the birth date I have is: Sept. 21, 1828. (Source: Allen E. Rupp, compiler of the "Johannes Rupp" book, 1976.) This date is consistent with her age at death. --- Mona Mann


Witmer. - Peter Witmer was born in Alsace France, March 31, 1848. Died in Allen Co., Indiana, April 11, 1924; aged 76 y. 11 d. At about three years of age, he with his parents immigrated from France to America, locating in Allen Co., Ind., where he lived the remainder of his life. In 1883 he was married to Elizabeth Klopfenstein of Fulton Co., Ohio., living in married life 41 years. To this union were born, 1 daughter, Emma Stuckey of Archbold Ohio, and 5 sons, David, Levi, Myron, Henry, and Albert. Father was the first one to be called to the spirit world. In his early years he accepted Christ united with the Mennonite church of which he was a faithful member at the time of his death. He was blessed with good health, until the list seven months he became afflicted with dropsy which was the cause of his death. Te suffered much, endured it patiently, was ready to depart and be with the Lord. He leaves a sorrowing companion, one daughter, 5 sons, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and seventeen grandchildren, also a host of relatives and friends. His parents, 2 sisters and one brother preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren A. S. Miller and B. B. King, at the Lee Mennonite church. Text, I Cor. 15:50-58 and Eccl. 12:5. Interment in the Lee Cemetery.

Dearest father thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Transcriber's note: "Te suffered" is as in the original.

Dossett. - Sister Sarah E., daughter of Brother and Sister David Neuenswander, of Garden City, Missouri, was born February 21, 1884 in Manitou Co., Missouri; died March 13, 1924 at Horace, Kansas. Aged 40 y. 21 d. She joined the Mennonite church when 17 years old and held to the faith till death. She was united in marriage to Bro. T. H. Dossett Dec. 24, 1907. To this union were born 6 children, Fern, William, Lawrence, Caro Lee, John and Omer. John, who preceded her to the spirit world in infancy died Dec. 3, 1922. She leaves to mourn her early death a sorrowing husband, 2 daughters, and 3 sons, father, mother, 6 sisters, 3 brothers and a host of relatives and friends who remember her as a quiet light and example to all. She suffered much with asthma. They moved to Colorado then to Kansas where she found temporary relief. God called her to come to a better world, leaving her family and a babe only 6 days old. Funeral services were conducted by the Methodist pastor. Text, John 14:1,2. Burial at Horace, Kansas, March 17. While living away from their own church she often wrote wishing that they might come to church at Bethel at Conference time, or Communion, also when writing sent greeting and encouragement to members at Bethel. She was a true and loving wife and mother.

"Is not even death a gain to those
Whose life to God was given?
Their toils are past, their work is done
And they are fully blest
They fought the fight, the victory won,
And entered into rest."
The Family.

Smith. - John J. Smith was born near Gridley, Ill., April 5, 1874, died at his home near Ashley, Mich., May 16, 1924; aged 50 y. 1 m. 11 d. On Dec. 28, 1899, he was married to Catherine E. Smith of Metamora, Ill., to which union were born three sons (Willard, Tilman, and Milton), and one daughter (Dorothy). His wife's health failing, he with the family, moved to La Junta, Colo., in the winter of 1914, where Sister Smith died March 19 of the same year. During the following two years he was manager of the Sanitarium Farm at La Junta. On Dec. 23, 1915, he was married to Elizabeth H. Bergey of Souderton, Pa. To this union was born one son, George. In the winter of 1916 the family again moved to their farm near Eureka, Ill., where they remained until moving to Ashley, Mich., four years ago. Converted when a young man, Bro. Smith was always faithful worker in the Mennonite Church. For nearly twenty years be served as superintendent of the different Sunday schools with which he worshipped. A devoted husband and loving father, he was known for his upright Christian character wherever he went. During his last illness from tuberculosis he bore his suffering patiently, talking frequently of that Home over yonder where sickness, pain, and partings, are unknown. Besides the companion and children he leaves three sisters (Mrs. J. P. 0yer, Mrs. S. B. King, Mrs. E. J. King), and two brothers (Chris H. and Peter J.). Funeral services were held at the home church near Ashley, May 18, in charge of the home minister, Bro. George Sommer, and Bro. Peter Ropp of Imlay City; and at the Mennonite Church near Roanoke, Ill., May 20, in charge of Bros. H. R. Schertz and Ezra Yordy. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Martin. - Amos M. Martin died May 19, 1924; aged 59 y. 4 m. 9 d. He was born in Franklin Co., Pa., near Chambersburg, Jan. 10, 1865. At the age of eight years he with his parents moved to Washington Co., Md., erecting a home near Hagerstown. He with his companion (Amanda L. Horst) lived there until his death. Early accepting Jesus as his Savior, he united with the Reiff's Mennonite Church; unto which he remained faithful until the end. His instant death was the result of a heavily loaded freight engine striking and overturning the truck which he was driving. He left home about 2 p. m. in good health and pleasant frame of mind on a business trip of nearly 25 miles. Shortly before the time of his expected return (7 p. m.) the sad news reached his family, who hurried to the scene about 2 miles away, to find his lifeless body lying beneath the engine, between the rails, badly crushed almost beyond identification. He was alone when the accident occurred and no conclusion has been reached for the exact cause of the calamity. He was known as a careful driver; and was said by eye-witnesses, to have been driving at a slow rate of speed when be drove onto the rails. To the oft-repeated warnings of the departed one to his sons, the text Job 3:25 well applies, and his sudden death leaves a warning of the necessity of being prepared for "the hour when ye think not." He was the first to break the family circle. A widow and the following children mourn his departure: Phares, Stanley, Hettie, Anna Mary (wife of Ephraim Horst, Clear Spring), Adin, Aaron, Bertha, Samuel, Mabel. Also two brothers and five sisters. Services and burial at the Reiff's Church by D. R. Lesher and C. R. Strite. Texts, Jno. 11:19, and Mark 13:37. Trusting our loss to be the departed one's gain, we sorrow not as they who have no hope.
By a son.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 11 - June 12, 1924 - page 238

Folk. - Sarah Shoemaker Folk was born Aug. 7, 1842; died May 11, 1924; aged 81 y. 7 m. 4 d. Sister Folk was the wife of Bro. Simon Folk. She had been for a number of year failing in mind and body and was cared for in her later years in the home of her son Lincoln. Funeral services at the home conducted by N. E. Miller. Interment in the cemetery near the Springs Church.

Bellar. - John E. Bellar was born March 29, 1885, at Wellesley, Ont. Died of appendicitis in a hospital in Norfolk, Nebr. May 25, 1924; aged 39 y. 1 m. 26 d. He leaves his wife, two sons, two daughters, mother, two brothers, and other relatives. He was married to Sister Katie Erb Jan. 26, 1909. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for the past eighteen years. Funeral services May 28, conducted by C. K. Ernst at the house, and J. W. Oswald at the Pleasant Hill A. M. Church. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Bender. - Christian Z. Bender was born Jan. 28, 1894. He accepted his Savior in his youth. He was married to Clara Ruby. This union was blessed with three daughters, (Rosetta, Viola, and Ruby) and one son (Rufus). He died April 10, 1924; aged 30 y. 2 m. 12 d. His wife, four children, three sisters, and one brother survive. Funeral April 14 at the East Zorra, Ont., Mennonite Church. Services conducted by Daniel Diebold at the house (Text, II Cor. 5:1-10) and at the church by Christian Schultz (Text, II Cor. 1) and Daniel Steinman (Text, Rom. 8:9-11).

Lawrence. - Bro. John H. Lawrence, a retired farmer of Mountville, Pa., died of pneumonia Jan. 18, 1924. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (formerly Miss Fannie Kilheffer), and the following brothers and sisters: Fannie, Mrs. Jacob Hess, Joseph, Jacob and Abram. Private service at the house by Bro. J. C. Habecker and further services at Mountville Mennonite Church by Bro. C. K. Lehman. Text, Isa. 38:1. Interment in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. Bro. and Sister Lawrence were married over 53 years and will be missed in home, church, and neighborhood.

Hooley. - Barbara Hooley (nee Kaufman) was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 13, 1839; died of heart trouble at her home near Denbigh, Va., Feb. 23, 1924; aged 84 y. 3 m. 10 d. She united with the A. M. Church in Ohio and on coming to Virginia about 25 years ago, she took membership with the congregation at Denbigh. She was the last survivor of a family of twelve children, and her husband (Daniel Hooley) preceded her in death a little more than a year ago. She is survived by one son (Frank), one daughter (Sister Amanda Kraus), and ten grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the church Feb. 25 by Bro. J. T. Nice. Interment in cemetery nearby.

Rediger. - Magdalena (Birky) Rediger was born at Morton, Ill., Jan. 4, 1853; died at their home in Milford, Nebr., May 28, 1924; aged 71 y. 4 m. 24 d. She was married to Joseph Rediger July 3, 1873. In 1881 they came to Milford and labored faithfully for the lord until she was called to the glory world. Not having any children of their own, their love and sympathy for others was manifested by caring and providing for others, among whom were Mary Teuscher and Barbara Ehrisman. She leaves husband, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. At the time of her departure all the remaining brothers and sisters were present. Her death was due to cancer, suffering a year or more. She finally underwent an operation, but nothing could be done to improve her condition. A longing to see Jesus and to meet Him were her wishes.

"Face to face shall I behold Him
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory
I shall see Him by and by."

Stauffer. - Benjamin Franklin, son of John L. and Barbara E. Stauffer, was born near Milford, Nebr., March 31, 1893; died near Round Hill, Alta., May 12, 1924; aged 31 y. 1 m. 12 d. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Rediger of Milford, Nebr., Dec. 28, 1913. Elizabeth died Dec. 21, 1918. He was again married on Jan. 22, 1920, to Nora King of Tofield, Alta. To this union were born two children (Harry and Verda). He leaves his sorrowing wife, two children, father, mother, six sisters (Mrs. Kate Bender, Mrs. Emma Stalter, Mrs. Anna Maurer, Mrs. Barbara Yoder, Mrs. Milly Yoder, and Mrs. Ida King), and many other relatives and friends. All were present at the funeral except Emma Stalter of Gridley, Ill. One brother and three sisters preceded him to the spirit world. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early youth and remained a faithful member till death. His death came very suddenly while ploughing with the tractor, when he was accidentally caught in the plow and dragged a little way until the tractor stopped. He was found dead a few hours later. Funeral was held May 14. Services were conducted by J. K. Lehman and M. D. Stutzman. Texts, Isa. 40:7,8 and I Jno. 2:17.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 12 - June 19, 1924 - page 255

Bender. - Dorothy Louise, infant daughter of Ezra and Gertrude Bender, Martinsburg, Pa., died April 15, 1924; funeral on April 16, at the parental home conducted by C. A. Graybill and J. N. Durr. Burial in the Kauffman Cemetery.

Alexander. - Helen Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Alexander, was born in Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 6, 1922; died in Elkhart, Ind., April 20, 1924. She leaves her parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister. Services at the home in Elkhart by J. S. Hartzler. Funeral was held at North Main Street Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., by J. H. McGowen and J. S. Hartzler. Text, I Cor. 15:12.

Wyse. - Jesse Samuel Wyse was born near Archbold, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1921; died May 31, 1924. He leaves his sorrowing parents, a sister, a brother, and a large number of near relatives and friends. He suffered much at times from Monday night until early Saturday morning, when the Lord saw fit to take him home. His sickness was appendicitis and peritonitis. Funeral services were held June 2 at the Central A. M. Church conducted by Henry Rychener and Eli Rupp. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
"The Lord has given, the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

Oswald. - Clifford Warren, son of Bro. Dan and Sister Katie Oswald, Beemer, Nebr., died May 30, 1924; aged 9 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers (Raymond, Leland and Alvin), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home on May 31, conducted by Bros. Jos. Schantz and J. H. Birky. Burial in the Beemer cemetery.

"Dearest darling, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
By the parents.

Housour. - Christian P. Housour was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 9, 1841; killed by a B. & O. train April 29, 1924; aged 83 y. 3 m. 21 d. He came to Indiana in 1864. He was united in marriage to Sarah Rupert Oct. 20, 1861. To this union were born 10 children (Henry, Mary, Jane, Eli, Anna, Catharine, William, John, Rosa, Clara, and Fanny). His wife died Nov. 13, 1922. He was living in his home in Nappanee, Ind., with one of his daughters, at the time of his death. He was the last of his branch of the Housour family. He united with the Mennonite Church 55 years ago. He leaves 9 children, 38 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 2, at the North Main Street Mennonite Church by J. H. McGowen and Edward Miller.

Blough. - Polly Eash Blough was born near Jerome, Pa., June 17, 1856; died June 2, 1924; aged 67 y. 11 m. 15 d. She was married to Jere Blough Sept. 20, 1880, and to this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter, Mrs. Frances Stayrook, died about 12 years ago. Of her 34 grandchildren, 11 are dead. Two great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters also survive her. She united with the Mennonite Church 43 years ago and died a consistent member of the faith she espoused. Though she suffered several months of a complication of diseases, yet she did not murmur and looked for the change. Funeral services were held at the Blauch Church. After the opening exercises by N. H. Mack of Lancaster Co., Pa., S. G. Shetler preached, using the text, "He closed the book." L. A. Blough followed with very appropriate remarks. The funeral was very large, showing the esteem in which the sister was held by her relatives and friends. The body was laid to rest in the Blauch cemetery.

Miller. - Cassie Miller was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Oct. 17, 1865; died in the Home for the Aged, Eureka, Ill.; aged 58 y. 7 m. 14 d. Sister Cassie has been unfortunate in life, as 34 years ago she lost her eyesight, and was blind until death. After her eyesight failed she stayed with her sister in Indiana and later with the Yoder sisters in Ohio. She was in the Old People's Home in Ohio when it burned. A year ago she had an operation for appendicitis, which was successful. Her last illness was caused by a cancerous growth on her liver. She was taken to the hospital again, but it was soon found an operation would not be successful. She bore her sufferings very patiently. She was conscious until the last 20 minutes of her life. Her last statement was, "I have no grudge against anyone and am ready to forgive everybody." Sister Cassie entered this Home June 14, 1922, and was faithful and loyal to the Church as well as the Home. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. C. F. Derstine, choosing as his text, I Cor. 13:12-14. Burial in the local cemetery, which is provided here for the Home.
J. D. Smith.

Geist. - Mary S., daughter of Daniel and Christena (Sherk) Lesher, was born near Scotland, Pa., Sept. 27, 1851; died May 22, 1924, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Emmet Minich, Greencastle, Pa.) of a complication of diseases; aged 72 y. 7 m. 25 d. She was the last one of a family of nine who had grown to manhood and womanhood. On Sept. 2, 1876, she was united in holy matrimony to Isaac Geist of Lancaster Co., Pa., who departed this life Dec. 27, 1891. This union was blessed with two sons and two daughters (John, Samuel, Elizabeth Minich, with whom she died. and Ida Davis); also by thirteen grandchildren and many friends and neighbors. She and her husband were members of Reiff's Mennonite Church, to which faith she proved steadfast unto the end. Funeral May 24, 1924, with short services at the home by C. R. Strite, with services at Reiff's Church by C. R. Strite and George S. Keener. She was referred to as a home missionary. Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
By a nephew.

Blough. - Peter A. Blough was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 17, 1843; died at his home in Johnstown, Pa., May 17, 1924; aged 81 y. 4 m. He did not complain of being ill when he arose in the morning and ate a hearty breakfast. Following the meal, he sat down in a chair to do some reading, when he collapsed and died before a physician could be summoned. The deceased was identified with one of the oldest families in Somerset county. His grandfather, Jacob Blough, was the first bishop elected to serve the Mennonite Church in Somerset county over 100 years ago. He was first married to Catharine Baer, Jan. 28, 1868. To this union 4 sons and 1 daughter were born. His first wife and two sons preceded him in death. His second wife, Mary Miller, to whom he was married in 1898, survives him. Besides, he is survived by 16 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Jacob A. and Pre. L. A.) and one sister (Mrs. Catharine Sala). He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and died in the faith. Funeral services were conducted at the Blauch Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Pastor E. M. Detwiler of the Church of the Brethren. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church plot.

Lugbill. - Christian Lugbill was born in France, March 9, 1854; died at his home near Archbold, Ohio, June 1, 1924; aged 70 y. 2 m. 22 d. When he was eighteen years old he came with his parents to this country and settled in Allen Co., Ind., but later came to the vicinity of Archbold, Ohio, and made his home. On Feb. 6, 1879, lie was united in marriage with Magdalena Stucky. This union was blessed with four sons and five daughters. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 7 children, 18 grandchildren, a brother, a sister, and a host of relatives and friends. Two children and three grandchildren preceded him in death. At the age of twelve years he accepted his Savior and united with the Amish congregation in France. When he came to this community he looked for the church of like faith and united with the A. M. congregation near Archbold, Ohio, to which faith he remained true until death. He was a kind and loving father, a devoted Christian, zealous for the cause, and rejoiced that he could see the day when all his children were gathered into the fold. For the last five years he was a sufferer more or less, but all through his suffering he was fully resigned to the will of God, patiently enduring it for Jesus' sake. Funeral services were held June 4, 1924, at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Henry Rychener and S. D. Grieser. Texts, Rev. 14:13, Jno. 11:25,26. Interment in Lockport Cemetery.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Gone to meet thy Savior there
; May the thought of thy departure
Keep us from temptation's snare."

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 13 - June 26, 1924 - page 271

Stauffer. - Benjamin John, infant son of Nora and Benjamin Franklin Stauffer, Tofield, Alta., deceased, was born and died May 27, 1924. Buried the following day at the Salem cemetery. Funeral conducted by N. E. Roth.

Troyer. - Allen Edward, son of Bro. and Sister Jacob J. Troyer, died May 22, 1924; aged 1 y. 2 m. 8 d. He leaves father, mother, two sisters, and one brother. Funeral services were held June 23 at the Yoder (Kansas) Mennonite Church, conducted by Harry A. Diener and L. 0. King. Text, II Sam. 12 :23. Buried in cemetery nearby.

Transcriber's note: The correct funeral date is likely "May" 23.

Miller. - John E., infant son of Frank and Ella Miller, Clarksville, Mich., died May 20, 1924. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. Funeral services conducted at the home by Aldus Brackbill. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery May 23, 1924.

"Little Johnny is taken from us,
Ne'er to be here any more;
He has gone to rest forever
Over on the other shore."

Snider. - Leander Snider was born near Bloomingdale, Ont., June 15, 1876; died near Bridgeport, Ont., May 16, 1924; aged 47 y. 11 m. Bro. Snider was converted and joined with the Mennonite Church quite a number of years ago. In 1891 he was married to Elmina Kraft, who together with four sons and three daughters are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. Four brothers and three sisters are also left behind. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., conducted by the brethren, U. K. Weber and H. W. Stevanus.

Bauman. - Elias Bowman was born in Ontario March 2, 1849; died at his home near Selins Grove, Pa., May 4, 1924; aged 75 y. 2 m. 2 d. Feb. 4, 1873, he was married to Magdalena, daughter of Abraham and Mary Brubaker Reist, who survives him. To this union were born four children (Moses, Mary, and two who died in infancy). In the home was also an adopted son, Harry A. Stauffer. In 1887 they moved to Iowa, and in 1914 they moved to Snyder Co., Pa., where he died. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. Buried May 8. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob S. and Aaron Stauffer.

Transcriber's note: Two family names (spelling) are given for Elias.

French. - Sophia Youtzy French was born July 24, 1862; died June 4, 1924; aged 61 y. 10 m. 10 d. She was married to John Albert French Jan. 23, 1883. To this union were born six children. She united with the A. Mennonite Church at McVeytown, Pa., in early life and remained a consistent member. She was afflicted for 22 years and for 20 years of that time was an invalid. Through all these years of suffering she was patient, enjoying Scripture reading and prayer, and had confidence in the Captain of her salvation. The funeral was largely attended and conducted by J. E. Kauffman, Mattawana, Pa., and S. E. Allgyer, West Liberty, Ohio.

Clair. - Frank Clair was born near Springfield, Ohio, Feb. 2; 1851; died at his home near Medway, Ohio, June 10, 1924; aged 73 y. 4 m. 8 d. On Oct. 17, 1906, he was united in marriage to Mary Greider. To this union was born one son (Frank, aged 16 years). Mr. Clair's death was due to an attack of double pneumonia, which he contracted during the damp, rainy weather of this spring. "Daddy Clair," as he was usually called, was well thought of, being an honest, hard-working man; quiet, unassuming, providing well for those under his care. He leaves a widow, a son, a step-daughter, 3 grandchildren, and a host of friends and acquaintances.

Meashey. - John B. Meashey was born Aug. 19, 1849; died May 25, 1924; aged 76 y. 9 m. 6 d. In 1868 he was married to Kate B. Schneitman. To this union were born 11 children - 8 living, 3 dead. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters. He was a consistent member of Stauffer's Mennonite congregation, being a trustee of that church. Funeral services were held May 29 from his late home near Middletown, Pa., with further services at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, conducted by Bish. Noah Risser, David J. Miller, and Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text, 16:22, 17:1. Interment in Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.

Smucker. - Polly Smucker was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 11, 1845; died near Goshen, Ind., May 25, 1924; aged 78 y. 5 m. 14 d. In 1867 she was married to Joseph Kauffman, who died in 1887. To this union were born four children (Mahala, Monroe, Elmer and Lucy). On Feb. 17, 1895, she was married the second time to J. P. Schmucker, who died Nov. 23, 1903. In early years she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church conducted by Silas Yoder and D. J. Johns. Interment in the Forest Grove Cemetery.

"All is over, hands are folded
O'er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended.
And dear mother is at rest."

Redcay. - Harry D. Redcay was born Nov. 3, 1853; died May 22, 1924, at his home near New Danville, Pa.; aged 71. y. 4 m. 19 d. He died very suddenly while at work, and his death was a great shock to his family and neighbors. He was a member of the Mennonite Church many years and remained faithful to the last. He is survived by his widow, 8 children, 35 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 25, conducted at the home by Bro. Aaron Harnish and at Mellinger's Church by Bros. Sanford Landis and John W. Weaver. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

All is over, hands are folded
O'er a quiet, peaceful breast;
All his cares and trials ended,
Now dear father is at rest."
By a son.

Nafziger. - Mary Ann Nafziger (nee Mossholder) was born Dec. 5, 1839; died June 15, 1924; aged 84 y. 6 m. 10 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early years and was faithful until death. She was patient and never complained, in her lingering illness the last few years. Services at the Sycamore Grove Church near Garden City, Mo., conducted by Bro. I. G. Hartzler. Text, Job 5:26,27. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. She was the mother of five sons, and five daughters, whose father was Geo. Diener, to whom she was married at Berlin, Pa., in 1863. Her husband died in Hickory Co., Mo., June 13, 1891. She also leaves 34 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Her remaining children are David, Eli, Aaron, Mrs. Jno. Oesch, Mrs. Emma Starkey, Moses, and Mrs. D. M. Schrock. One son and 2 daughters preceded her in death. In September, 1896, she was married to John B. Nafziger, who died in July, 1915. Se is sweetly resting and her works do follow her.

Wideman. - Lydia Wideman (nee Gascho) was born in Huron Co., Ont., Sept 6, 1867; died at her home in Pigeon, Mich., May 6, 1924; aged 56 y. 8 m. She had been sick with cancer, bedfast since last October. Sept. 20, 1892, she was united in marriage to Menno Wideman, who preceded her in death a little over a year. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early youth and remained a faithful member until death. During her illness she suffered much pain, but bore it very patiently. She was a kind and affectionate mother, and was loved by all who knew her. She expressed a desire to go to her heavenly home.
She leaves six sorrowing children (Allen, Richard, Floyd, Mrs. Will Erb, Mrs. Steve Godo, and Maggie), two grandchildren, five sisters, five brothers, four half-sisters, two half-brothers, two stepsisters, one stepbrother, and a host of sorrowing friends. Funeral services May 8, at Berne Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren, Alfred Wideman, M. S. Zehr, and Christian Schrag. May God comfort the bereaved ones.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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