Thomas. - Irene Jane, daughter of Bro. Wesley and Sister Bessie Thomas, died April 14, 1924, aged 7 m. 9 d. Her twin sister, Arlene Lane, died Nov. 14, 1923. She is survived by father and mother, one brother, one grandfather, two grandmothers, one great-grandfather, one great-grandmother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Thomas Church on the 16th by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Buried in cemetery near the church.
Hirschy. - Anna (Widmer) Hirschy was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, Nov. 10, 1836. At the age of 11 years she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death claimed her. In 1862 she married Pre. Jacob Hirschy of Alsace, France. After six years death called him from the wife and small son, Jacob. Then in 1881 she immigrated to America with her son and made her home near Wayland, Iowa. She passed away at the ripe old age of 87 y. 4 m. 2 d. on April 9, 1924, at the home of her son, Jacob, at Wayland, Iowa. She leaves one son, one stepdaughter, three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, other relatives and friend. The funeral service, held at the Sugar Creek Church, was conducted by Bro. Daniel Graber and Simon Gingerich. Texts, Job 7:1; John 5:25-29.
Eash. - Sarah A., daughter of Jonathan and Catherine Byler, was born near Topeka, Ind., May 20, 1861. She spent her entire life in this community, with the exception of a few years when she lived in Shipshewana and Nappanee. On Jan. 8, 1891, she was married to Jacob N. Eash. To this union were born two children, both of whom died in infancy. The husband passing away at about the same time, left her very lonely and sorrowful, and to partly assuage her grief and loneliness she adopted a daughter, Ella Voltz, and to her she was a loving mother. Early in her life she became a Christian, affiliating with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until her death. She was of a family of eight, leaving two sisters and two brothers still living, namely: Mrs. Rachael Miller, Mrs. Jonathan Kurtz, S. P. Byler and John Byler. She also leaves her foster daughter, Mrs. Ella Peachy, and three grandchildren. Her age, 62 y. 10 m. 28 d. Funeral at Maple Grove Church, conducted by Bro. D. D. Miller.
Good. - Ezra Good was born July 7, 1891, near Elida, Ohio; died April 19, 1924, at the. home of his father-in-law, W. H. Snyder, at La Junta, Colo.; aged 32 y. 9 m. 12 d. The cause of his death was an attack of scarlet fever in its most malignant form. Bro. Good came to La Junta from Elida about ten years ago, and on Sept. 10, 1916, was married to Minnie Snyder. Sister Good passed away Nov. 28, 1923. Two small daughters (Beulah Evelyn and Vera Fern) survive. The aged parents of Bro. Ezra, Bro. and Sister Henry Good, of Elida, arrived in La Junta about an hour after their son had passed away. The surviving brothers and sisters are Christian, Aaron, John and Abram Good, Lois Berry, Fannie Ross, and Salome Stalter. Funeral services were held from the East Holbrook Church on the afternoon of April 21. Services were conducted by Bro. John Thut and Jacob A. Heatwole from Matthew 21:42: "This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes." The remains were interred by the side of his companion in the East Holbrook cemetery.
Sell. - Emmeline R. (Godshall) Sell was born in Bucks Co., Pa.; died of Bright,s disease and complications at the home of her son in-law in Souderton, Pa., April 3, 1924; aged 75 y. 3 m. 29 d. She was married to Henry B. Sell Nov. 30, 1867, who passed to his reward fifteen years ago. This union was blessed with five sons and one daughter, all surviving but one son. There also survive 27 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two brothers, and two sisters. One brother departed quite suddenly on Feb. 22, when she was already sorely afflicted. For thirteen weeks she suffered continually, not being able to lie in bed or move without support. Her granddaughter, a trained nurse, and children were in constant attendance to ease her as much as possible. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and ever tried to live a true and consistent life. Her deeds of mercy and kindness will long be remembered by neighbors, friends and strangers as well as the immediate family. Funeral services were held at Souderton Mennonite Church April 9, conducted by Brethren Jacob and Elmer B. Moyer. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Metzler. - Bro. Abram Metzler was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Jan. 20, 1862; was united in marriage with Katie Kreider
Nov. 7, 1882; confessed Christ in baptism and united with the
Mennonite Church in April, 1883; moved with his family to Martinsburg,
Blair Co., Pa., April 1, 1897; was ordained to the ministry May
2, 1897, and to the office of bishop September 16, 1906. He died
April 19, 1924; aged 62 y. 2 m. 29 d. Eight children were born
to Bro. and Sister Metzler, all of whom are still living, the
passing of Bro. Metzler being the first death to occur in the
immediate family. Bro. Metzler was an ardent lover and expounder
of the truth, and a faithful, zealous, and earnest worker in the
cause he espoused and represented. Sister Metzler and her children
and grandchildren have the sincere sympathy of their many friends
in their great sorrow.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 22, at the Pleasant Grove Church, conducted by J. A. Ressler, assisted by Brethren J. N. Durr and C. A. Graybill of the home congregation, and Brethren L. A. Blough, J. J. Blough, S. G. Shetler, and other members of the conference district.
King. - Katie F. (Stukey) King was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Sept. 9, 1868; died at her home near Atglen, Pa., April 5, 1924; aged 55 y. 6 m. 26 d. When but a young girl she moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., with her parents. After a few years the family moved to Lyons Co., Kans. In 1887 she was married to Isaac L. King of Lancaster Co., Pa. After two years of married life in Kansas they moved to Pennsylvania where she lived until death. Mother took sick with the lagrippe and inflammation March 14, and suffered great pain; but she endured it patiently, thinking of Christ's suffering on the cross as far greater. At last diabetes (with which she had been ailing for seven years) set in. She joined the Amish Mennonite Church in Kansas in her young years and remained a faithful member until death. Her interest in the welfare of the family and Church was expressed many times in timely admonitions. She is survived by her husband, 13 children (Simon, Joseph, Anna Mary Stoltzfus, Katie Kurtz, Isaac, Priscilla Glick, Jonathan, Ella, Elam, Valentine, Mahlon, Reuben, Martha), 6 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services April 9, in the home by J. H. and A. B. Stoltzfus and at Millwood Church by J. S. Mast and E. L. Frey. Texts, John 14:2 and II Cor. 5:1-5. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Other hands may be whiter,
But none other so dear,
For they smoothed my pillow
For many a year."
By a son.
Zehr. - Mrs. D. D. Zehr was born in Woodford Co., Ill., April 12, 1866; died on her birthday, April 12, 1924; aged fifty-eight years. Dec. 26, 1886, she was united in marriage to D. D. Zehr and they lived in Fisher, Ill two years, and at Flanagan, Ill., six years. In the spring of 1897 they moved with their family to Manson, Iowa, where the family has since resided. Those who remain of this family circle to mourn her loss are Rose Roth, Martha, Silas and Alvin Zehr, Alma Garber, and five grandchildren, all of Manson. Also two brothers and four sisters (Chris, Simon, Lena Ulrich, Mary Eicher, Barbara Summers, and Emma Zook). Those who preceded her in death are her husband, who died February 8, 1924, her father and mother, two brothers and one sister (John, Joe and Katie). She accepted her Savior in her youth and remained faithful until death. A short time before her death she called her children and relatives to her bedside and bade them goodbye, saying she was going home and they should meet her in heaven. Her death was caused by dropsy and complications caused by a stroke of apoplexy, which she suffered four weeks ago. The accident which caused the death of her husband also helped to hasten her death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Mennonite church, Bro. C. J. Garber of Jackson, Minn., conducting the services, assisted by the home minister.
"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said 'Come,'
And angels from the other side
Welcomed our loved one home.
Brackbill. - Elam H., son of the late Benjamin and Susanna Brackbill, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 7, 1839; died April 5, 1924, at his home in Kinzer; aged 84 y. 8 m. 28 d. He was afflicted with a complication of diseases. He lived in the neighborhood of his birthplace until death. He became a member of Hershey's Mennonite Church in early years remaining faithful until the end. On Dec. 8, 1869, he was united in marriage to Barbara Hershey, who preceded him to the spirit world four weeks before. He became sick one week after the death of his companion. The last two weeks of his sickness he had great suffering, but bore it all patiently, never complaining. He was very lonely after his companion died. Whenever her name was mentioned, tears came to his eyes. Realizing the end was near, he gave his children "good-bye" and expressed a desire to meet them in a better world. We feel assured he has gone to be with his loving companion. He will be greatly missed by the family, the Church, and all who knew him. He is survived by two sons (one son having died in infancy), 5 daughters, 34 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; also one brother and one sister. Funeral services were held April 8, conducted by Bishops C. M. Brackbill and A. L. Martin at Hershey's Mennonite Church. Texts, Job 7:7-9; Phil. 1:23,24. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Oh Father, how we miss your smiles,
Your loving, tender voice,
How we longed to keep you with us,
But God has made His choice."
By a granddaughter.
Rittenhous. - Dr. William Funk Rittenhous was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., Sept. 5, 1852; died at his home in Chicago, Ill., March 14, 1924; aged 71 y. 6 m. 9 d. In his early years he lived on his father's farm near Vineland, Ont. He was the youngest of a family of twelve children. He attended the public schools during the winter months and later took a teacher's course in St. Catharines, receiving a certificate to teach at the age of seventeen. He taught school for fourteen years, four of which were spent in the Central School of St. Catharines, Ont. On April 2, 1874, he was married to Mary Moyer of Campden, Ont., who with one son (Dr. Ernest Rittenhous of Chicago) survives him. Owing to the death of two of his sons and the confinement of the school room, his health was broken and he began the study of medicine, graduating from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Chicago in 1886, and continuing his profession in that city, where he attained prominence in his work, having been professor of a department in the Illinois Medical College and president and professor of Jenner Medical College. Ten years ago his health was so impaired that active work was given up, but his mental powers were active and he was given to study and writing. He had a ready command of German, French, Spanish and Italian, and contributed to the Journal of Clinical Medicine of Chicago. Funeral services were held in Chicago, after which the body was conveyed to Vineland, Ont., where services were held, a large circle of friends and acquaintances being present. Services were conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, John 11:23. Interment in the Vineland Cemetery.
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Zimmerman. - Robert, son of Jacob and Phoebe Zimmerman, was born Nov. 4, 1923; died at their home near Milford, Nebr., April 21, 1924; aged 5 m. 17 d. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers and 6 sisters. One brother preceded him in death.
"The great Jehovah, full of love,
An angel bright did send,
To take our darling baby home,
To joys that never end."
Drawbond. - On April 12, 1924, at his home near Stuarts Draft, Va., Bro. John Drawbond departed this life after a long illness and much suffering. He united with the Mennonite Church when the work was started in the mountain section, where the Mt. View Church now is. His wife, 2 daughters and 2 sons are left to mourn their loss. Funeral services and interment on Sunday, April 13, at Rankin's Chapel. Services conducted by Bros. A. P. Heatwole, E. F. Heatwole and J. R. Driver. Text, Job 14:1. A large crowd was present out of respect to the departed.
Hess. - Ada W., daughter of Christ and Barbara Hess, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 2l, 1904; died April 20, 1924; aged 20 y. 1 m. 29 d. She leaves her bereaved parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She was a faithful member of the Byerland Mennonite Church for 8 years, making friends of all with whom she came in contact. Funeral services at the home by Bro. Jacob Thomas and at the River Corner Church by Bros. Aaron Harnish and D. N. Lehman. Texts, Gen. 50:20; Matt. 9:24.
"Oh! dear Ada, how we miss you,
Every place we look!
But in heaven we can meet you,
If we're faithful to the Book."
By the family.
Umble. - Elizabeth, wife of Christ M. Umble of Gap, Pa., died April 11, 1924, of pneumonia; aged 60 years. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for 40 years. Beside her husband she leaves the following children: Elam H., Edgar C., and Ira J., all of Gap, Pa.; also an adopted daughter, Mrs. Jonathan Lantz, of Millwood, 8 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister. She was a kind and affectionate mother and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted April 14 at Millwood Church by John A. Kennel and Aaron Mast.
"O Mother dear, 'twas hard to part;
It almost broke my aching heart
To part with one I loved so well;
My grief so great no tongue can tell."
Charles. - Jay Richard, only child of J. Lloyd and Cora (Ament) Charles, fell asleep in Jesus April 23, 1924; aged 1 m. 9 d. He is survived by his parents, 4 grandparents and 1 great- grandmother. His departure has cast a deep shadow over the home, but we know that God doeth all things well. Funeral services were held April 25, conducted at the home by Bro. Daniel Gish and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bish. D. N. Lehman and Bro. Jacob Hess. Text, Job 1:21, latter clause. His little body was laid to rest in the church 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 family.
Royer. - Anna, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Snavely, was born at Schafferstown, Pa., Aug. 12, 1834; died at her home in Sterling, Ill., April 15. 1924; aged 89 y. 8 m. 3 d. She came with her parents to Illinois in 1855. She was married to George M. Royer Aug. 3, 1850. To them six children were born, five of whom survive. They are: Miss Tillie, Mrs. Mary Miller, John, Albert and Clayton., Sister Royer was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church. She lived the simple, true, Christian life. In her last days she often said that she felt that her work was done, and expressed a desire to depart and be with Jesus. The end came peacefully, and we cannot speak of it as death but rather as a "home-going." Her body was laid to rest on the 18th, when a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they had loved and known so long. The text used by her pastor was taken from Job 5:26, which very beautifully conveys the idea of the ripe Christian "garnered" as the choicest of the wheat. "There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God."
Landis. - Lizzie B., wife of Elam B. Landis, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 6, 1866; died at her home of pneumonia April 15, 1924; aged 58 y. 1 m. 9 d. On Nov. 3, 1888, she was married to Jacob Burkholder. He preceded her in death 22 years ago. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters of whom 2 sons and 1 daughter preceded her. There remain 2 sons and 1 daughter: John 0., Aaron O., and Lizzie, wife of Paul M. Martin. On Feb. 7, 1907, she was again married to Elam B. Landis. To this union was born 1 daughter, Ruth, at home. Her illness was of short duration, being only seven days, in which time she expressed her desire to go to her heavenly home. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She will be missed in the home as well as in the community in which she lived. Funeral services were conducted April 18, at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, by Bros. John S. Hess and Noah H. Mack. Text, John 19:27 and Phil. 1:21.
"Oh, dear Mother, how we miss thee!
How we miss your loving smile!
But we're glad 'tis not forever,
We're only parted for a while."
Clymer. - Mary Elizabeth, third daughter of Bro. Henry and Sister Elizabeth D. Clymer, was born Sept. 23, 1907, in Philadelphia, Pa.; entered into rest April 16, 1924, at Souderton, Pa.; aged 16 y. 6 m. 25 d. Sister Mary took sick April 10 and was taken to the Sellersville Hospital on the 12th, where an operation for appendicitis was performed at once. But gangrene had already set in, and she passed away at 2 a. m. on Wednesday. The grief-stricken parents are comforted that she gave her heart to the Lord at the age of 13 years, and remained sincere to the end. Her quiet life was an example to her schoolmates. She was in the junior class of the Souderton High School. She is survived by four sisters and many relatives and friends who shall miss her quiet, modest life. One brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite Church April 21, conducted by the brethren, Jacob M. and Elmer B. Moyer and Jonas Mininger. Text, Luke 10:42. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
O, we miss your loving smile
How we miss your gentle footsteps!
But we're glad 'tis not forever -
We're only parted for a while."
Parents and sisters.
Krabill. - David Elmer Krabill was born April 22, 1888; died April 22, 1924, on his thirty-sixth birthday. He was born near Wayland, Iowa, and spent practically all of his life here. In his youth lie accepted Christ and united with the General Conference Mennonite Church near here. He transferred his membership to the Sugar Creek Church in 1915. On Feb. 17, 1916, he united in marriage with Mary Ann Roth. To this happy union were born three sons. He and his family attended church services on Sunday and during the services he became very ill. Medical assistance was secured as soon as possible, but he continued to grow worse until Tuesday afternoon when he passed away. His death was caused by peritonitis. Some of his last words were, "It will be all right tomorrow," and so it was. During the two days of his illness he patiently endured very intense pain. He is survived by his wife, three sons, (Russell, Maurice and Murray), an aged father, a grandmother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was a devoted husband and a kind father. He always strove to be a friend to everyone and endeavored to hold such friendship by word and deed. While his death seems untimely, yet the Lord's way is the best. The funeral service at the Sugar Creek Church was conducted by Bros. Daniel Graber and Simon Gingerich. Text, Prov. 27:1.
Amstutz. - David C., son of Ulrich and Catherine Amstutz, was born Jan. 4, 1842, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died at his home one mile south from the place of his birth, April 28, 1924, aged 82 y. 3 m. 24 d. At the age of 22 he confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he continued until death. On Feb. 15, 1872, at the age of 30 years, he was ordained to the ministry, serving in that capacity until April 7, 1885, when at the age of 43 years, he was ordained to the office of bishop of the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, in which office he served until the time of his death. In the year 1865 he was united in marriage to Fanny Steiner, daughter of Christian and Maria Steiner, who preceded him in death 21 years. Since this union was not blessed with children, they mutually agreed that their earthly possessions be used for the comfort of the aged and homeless. Accordingly a home was built on their premises, which was later destroyed by fire in 1919. Since this time he had a longing desire to see the home rebuilt, especially during the last few weeks of his life. In the year 1906, he was united in marriage to Fanny Steiner, daughter of Daniel and Magdalena Steiner, with whom he happily lived the remaining days of his life. He leaves his companion, two brothers (Jacob and Joel), and a large circle of relatives and friends. Though his voice was not heard much in public during the last few years of his life, his concern for the Church was none the less; this being manifest by his presence in his seat whenever health permitted. Realizing that his days were few, he put forth a special effort to have the office filled which he now leaves vacant in the Church, so that the work might go on unhindered. Funeral services at Crown Hill Church, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, E. F. Hartzler, C. N. Amstutz, Daniel Kauffman, Jacob Nussbaum, and Jacob Gerig. Text, I Cor. 11:51-57.
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Custer. - Fern Custer was born Sept. 9, 1896, in Ionia Co., Mich.; died in Philadelphia, Pa., April 5, 1924, where she resided the last three years; aged 27 y. 6 m. 26 d. She leaves father and mother (Emanuel Custer and wife), 1 brother and 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. Services were conducted by Aldus Brackbill at the Bowne Mennonite meeting house near Clarksville, Mich. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Shaffer. - Wilbur Joseph Shaffer died of whooping cough April 26, 1924; aged 7 m. 14 d. Affliction has been laid rather heavily on these young parents. Just a few months ago the father was seriously hurt while working on the sand shaker. He has recovered but lost an eye by the accident. May God heal their wounds. Funeral services were conducted in the home of the grandparents in Pond Bank, Pa., by Harvey E. Shank and W. W. Hege from Job 1:21. Burial in the cemetery nearby.
Souder. - Bro. Mahlon D. Souder of Sellersville, Pa., passed peacefully away April 24, after an illness of two weeks from pneumonia, having served as a minister in Rock Hill Mennonite Church near Sellersville for about 25 years; aged 65 y. 3 m. 16 d. He was married to Elizabeth Allebach, who survived him. He is also survived by six children, three having preceded him to the glory world. Those surviving him are: Edwin A., Wallace A., Hannah (wife of A. Lincoln Gehman), Harvey A., Irvin A., and Eva. Bro. Souder was a man devoted to every form of Christian duty, faithful in every walk of life. As shepherd of his flock he was not only faithful in proclaiming the Word but also in visiting the sick and encouraging his members in faithful living. Funeral services were held at the home and in Rockhill Church on April 28, conducted by the home ministers.
Harper. - George K. Harper was born near Mouth of Seneca, W. Va., Oct. 2, 1858; died at his home near Dayton, Va., March 27, 1924 ; aged 65 y. 5 m. 25 d. He died from pneumonia and an abscess of the lung following in attack of grippe. He was conscious to the end, which he realized was near, and after making suggestions as to the management of his temporal affairs, and all arrangements for the funeral, passed calmly and peacefully to his eternal home. Funeral services were held from Weaver's Church, conducted by Bro. H. B. Keener. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, one daughter (Effie) and one sister, of Santa Cruz, Calif.
We shall sleep, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part, no, never,
On the resurrection morn."
Mehl. - Webster, son of Jacob C. and Lucinda Mehl, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Aug. 28, 1881; died at his home near Topeka, Ind., April 29, 1924; aged 42 y. 8 m. 1 d. He was united in marriage to Sylva Hostetler on May 24, 1902. To this union were born two daughters and one son. He leaves a loving wife, 3 children, 1 grandson, an aged mother, 1 brother, 6 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. He had been afflicted with diabetes for several years but his sickness unto death was a weak heart and smallpox. Owing to the nature of the disease, by the direction of the Health Board a funeral service was held on the lawn at the residence where a large number of neighbors and friends paid their last tribute of respect. Services conducted by Brethren Jonathan Kurtz and 0. S. Hostetler. May the Lord comfort the bereaved.
Freed. - Fayma Lucile, only daughter of Bro. Francis and Sister Laura Freed, died May 3, 1924; aged 5 y. 11 m. 28 d. She leaves father, mother, two grandfathers, one grandmother, and a host of relatives and friends. The cause of death was leakage of the heart and complications. Fayma was of a loving disposition, and while her stay in this life was of short duration, yet she shone forth in the home as a flower just in bloom. She was especially fond of singing. During the last week of her illness, although too weak to sing, she repeated one entire verse of one of her favorite songs, "Does Jesus Care," and then said, "I can't sing, 'There will be joy in heaven,' but I can hardly wait till I can." Services at the home by D. D. Troyer and at the Yellow Creek Church near Goshen, Ind., conducted by John Bear and D. D. Troyer. Text, Jas. 4 :14.
"God needed one more angel,
To join His happy hand,
And so He took our Fayma
Into a better land."
Lohr. - Jacob M., son of Michael Lohr, was born July
15, 1850, near Hooversville, Pa.; and died April 30, 1924, at
Davidsville, Pa. The departed suffered from complication of diseases
for the past months. He was a member of the Mennonite church for
a number of years, his funeral taking place from the Kaufman Mennonite
Church, May 2, where a large concourse of people had gathered
to pay their last respects. Services were in charge of E. J. Blough
and S. G. Shetler. The deceased is survived by his wife (Lydia
Hostetler Lohr) and six daughters (Ella, wife of Jacob Livingstone;
Emma, wife of Simon Kaufman; Amanda, wife of Jacob Stahl; Rebecca,
wife of Ammon Blough; Catherine, wife of Calvin Lehman; and Adda,
wife of Irvin Blough). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren
and 6 great-grandchildren. Two sons and a daughter preceded him
in death in infancy and five years ago his daughter Lizzie, wife
of Hiram Weaver, his first wife having died some thirty years
ago. Burial was in the family plot in the Kaufman Cemetery.
Slabaugh. - Barbara Shoemaker Slabaugh was born in Garret County, Md., Aug. 10, 1836; died at her home in Iowa Co., Iowa, April 28, 1924; aged 87 y. 8 m. 13 d. She was converted in her youth, and joined the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she was a devoted and faithful member until death. She was married to Peter Slabaugh, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 7, 1902, she was married to Henry Slabaugh. After living about two and a half years in Maryland, they moved to Iowa, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Sister Barbara was in her usual good health until about six months ago, when she began failing. She was confined to her bed about seven weeks, old age and other diseases being the cause of her death. During this time she bore her sickness patiently. No children were born unto her, yet she became a mother by taking into her care two children, one of whom, the wife of Menno Gingerich of Alberta, survives to mourn her departure, also one sister (Sarah Folk), and the family of Henry Slabaugh, in which family she his shown herself a real mother.
"Dressed in her tender green,
I viewed the sweet earth living,
When smote my heart the cry
'But living leads to dying.'
Then came a trumpet call,
Through hill and dale replying,
'Though life lead on to death,
We come to life through dying., "
Blauch. - Ida A. Blauch (nee Maust) was born near Meyersdale, Pa., Dec.. 10, 1869; died at Aurora, Ohio, April 30, 1924; aged 54 y. 4 m. 20 d. She was married to Elias K. Blauch Aug. 3, 1888, at Meyersdale, by her pastor, Bishop C. G. Lint, of the Church of the Brethren. The first two years of their married life were spent near Meyersdale, after which they resided near Johnstown, Pa., for nineteen years. Fifteen years ago the family moved to Aurora, Ohio, where they are now at home on their farm. She was the mother of nine children, as follows: Lloyd, Morris, Norbert (died Oct. 24, 1918), Omar, married to Effie Miller, living on their farm near Aurora, Orpha, single, living at home, Clemens, Stella, (married to Glenn Schmucker), Clinton and Minton. She leaves her husband, six sons, two daughters, three grandchildren, and one sister. Sister Blauch was a faithful and devoted member of the Mennonite Church at Aurora. For seven years she taught a Sunday school class of mothers and she was always found at her post when that was possible. By her geniality and helpfulness she endeared herself to many friends. Because of her unusual knowledge and willingness she was much called on for neighborly service, especially where there was sickness and distress. To her family she was attached with a devotion that knew no bounds. She was seriously ill for two weeks with digestive and heart trouble, but was seemingly on the way to recovery, when, with almost no warning, she passed away. The funeral was held on May 2 at the Mennonite Church at Aurora. Services were conducted by E. B. Stoltzfus, D. B. Raber, and J. D. Miller.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Gascho. - Eldon, son of Jacob and Magdalena Gascho of near Imlay City, Mich., died April 18, 1924; aged 3 weeks and 4 days. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Services were conducted at the home by Bros. Simon Sommer and Peter Ropp. Texts, Job 14:1,2, II Kings 4:26. Burial in cemetery near the Bethany Church.
Wenger. - Sister Marie, widow of the late Bro. Aaron S. Wenger of near Blue Ball, Pa., passed away after a lingering illness, aged 64 y. 8 m. 5 d. She leaves 2 sons, 5 daughters and grandchildren to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. Funeral was held at Weaverland on May 1. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by I. B. Good and John W. Weaver.
Kissel. - Loraine Paul, son of Bro. Ralph and Sister
Agnes Kissel, died April 18, 1924; aged 3 m. 20 d. He is survived
by father, mother, a brother (Richard), and many relatives and
friends. Funeral services were conducted in the Blough Church
near Holsopple, Pa., by S. G. Shetler and E. J. Blough. Burial
in the adjoining 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."
Clemens. - Hannah, only daughter of Bro. Christian and Sister Mary Clemens, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 4, 1887; died April 24, 1924, having been a sufferer from tuberculosis for some time; aged 36 y. 5 m. 20 d. In 1908 she united with the Mennonite Church and her desire always was that she might remain faithful. Her aged mother (who is nearly blind) is left behind to mourn her loss, also other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., conducted by Bro. U. K. Weber.
Thomas. - Bro. Henry J. Thomas was born May 6, 1856; died at his home near Johnstown, Pa., April 28, 1924; aged 67 y. 11 m. 22 d. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, and 29 grandchildren; also by 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 half-brother and 1 half-sister. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and will be greatly missed by the congregation of which be was a member. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Mennonite Church by Bros. Hiram Wingard and Alex Weaver. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kremer. - Kenneth Keith, oldest son of Wm. H. and Malinda Kremer, was born June 18, l913, near, Milford, Nebr.; died April 30, 1924; aged 10 y. 10 m. 12 d. He was instantly killed in a runaway accident while returning from the field with a plow. He leaves father, mother, 1 brother, 3 sisters, his 4 grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services by J. E. Zimmerman.
"We must often, often wonder why God snatched Kenneth
in the twinkling of an eye.
But He knoweth why, So why need we longer cry?"
Weaver.-Sister Emma S. Weaver died at the home of her grandparents, Isaac Souder's, in Union Grove, Pa., aged 16 y. 10 m. 7 d. Sister Emma had not been sick very long but was a patient sufferer from consumption for some weeks. She was received into fellowship with the Weaverland Mennonite Church on Feb. 10, with seventy-one others, she being the first one to be promoted into the presence of His glory. She leaves a bright testimony, having given a hearty expression to her confidence in the merits of His precious blood. She leaves her grandparents and two brothers to mourn her early departure. Funeral on May 1 at Weaverland. Services by John M. Souder and John W. Weaver.
Brubaker. - Mary, wife of John E. Brubaker, was born
July 2, 1902; died May 4, 1924; aged 21 y. 10 m. 2 d. She is survived
by her husband, one son, and an infant daughter. Her parents,
Bro. and Sister Henry Burkholder, three sisters, one brother,
and the grandparents with a large circle of friends. She was a
member of the Mennonite Church since the age of 14. Funeral services
were held May 7 at the Hammer Creek Church, Lancaster Co., Pa.,
conducted by Bro. Jacob Hershey, John S. Hess, and Noah Landis.
Text, Phil. 1:23,24.
"Sister, thou hast left its lonely,
Sorrow now has filled our hearts;
But 'tis Jesus haft bereft us,
And we soon will meet again."
Blosser. - Hattie Bell Rodgers was born in Genesco, Ill., forty-nine years ago, March 1, and came to Kansas with her father and his family when she was fifteen years of age. For twenty-seven years she has been the wife of Samuel Blosser, living in Harvey county. Three sons were born to this union, and all are living. They are Elmer, Harry, and Lester. Five brothers and four sisters of her father's family survive her. She was a devoted wife and mother and her influence extended far in the community. Her last days were spent in earnest prayers for salvation, which prayers we may hope God heard. The funeral was held at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church by J. M. R. Weaver and D. D. Zook. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Lohr. - Bro. Jacob M. Lohr was born July 15, 1850; died at Davidsville, Pa., April 30, 1924; aged 73 y. 9 m. 15 d. The deceased was married twice, his first wife being Catharine Kaufman and his second wife was Lydia Yoder, whose former husband died a number of years ago. Besides his wife, he is survived by three sisters, six daughters to his first wife, a stepson, a stepdaughter, sixteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services were conducted in the home by E. J. Blough. A very large concourse of people attended the services at the Blauch Church, conducted by S. G. Shetler, assisted by E. J. Blough and C. F. Derstine. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church premises.
Hertzler. - Henry M. Hertzler died at his late home
near Morgantown, Pa., after several months' illness, leaving his
widow, 3 sons, one daughter, 4 grandchildren, and an unusually
large number of friends to mourn his departure. Aged 75 y. 3 m.
11 d. Bro. Hertzler had been a very helpful trustee on the Board
of the Millersville Children's Home since it was started. He was
of a kind, meek, humble, quiet, unassuming disposition. He was
a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, taking an active
interest in all the activities of the Church. Funeral on May 8
at the Conestoga meeting house, where a large number of people
assembled to pay their tribute of respect to one much beloved.
Bro. John Kennell spoke in German and Bro. John W. Weaver in English.
Text, Rev. 14:13.
J. W. W.
Weaver. - Russell Weaver was born Nov. 3, 1903; died April 30, 1924; aged 20 y. 5 m. 27 d. On Thanksgiving Day of last year he was married to Sister Elizabeth, daughter of Bro. and Sister Herman Metzler. On April 1, they began housekeeping in a newly furnished home near Manheim, Pa. In a few weeks he was taken sick with rheumatism which caused his death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church from the age of 13, a regular attendant in Sunday school with the expression of a godly life on his countenance. He possessed a strong body, and looked forward to a long and useful life in Christ's kingdom. But God called him from his labors teaching us that in the midst of life there is death. He is also survived by his parents (Bro. and Sister John Weaver), and three brothers (Merle, Harvey, and Carol). Funeral services were held at Hernley's Church, May 3, conducted by Bro. Isaac Brubaker and John S. Hess. Texts, Psa. 39:4; Eccl. 12:1.
Ranck. - Benjamin Ranck was born in Lancaster Co., P.,
Dec. 28, 1839; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Annie Kreider
(with whom be resided) May 6, 1924; aged 85 y. 5 m. 9 d. He was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was
afflicted about four years and bore it all patiently. His wife
(who before marriage was Miss Lydia Hershey) died April 18, 1909.
To this union were born 16 children, 6 of whom preceded him to
the spirit world. The surviving ones are Susan, widow of Levi
Brackbill; Harry M.; Ella, wife of Tobias R. Kreider; Annie, widow
of Martin L. Kreider; Jacob H.; Cora, wife of Isaac R. Barge;
Ida, wife of Harry B. Schultz; John L. and Amos H. One brother
also survives. Funeral services May 9, conducted by Bro. Frank
M. Herr at the house and Bro. C. M. Brubaker and C. M. Brackbill
at Strasburg Mennonite Church. Text, Phil. 3:20,21; 4:1,8. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said, Come;
And angels from the other side
Welcomed dear father home."
Rudy. - Daniel L. Rudy was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.. July 31, 1834; died at Orrville, Ohio, May 3, 1924; aged 89 y. 9 m. 2 d. He was the youngest son of Christian and Barbara Rudy. He came with his parents to Ohio by covered wagon when he was six weeks old and settled near Dalton, where he lived the greater part of his life. On Dec. 31, 1856, he was married to Esther Buckwalter, whose loss he suffered in July, 1911. He is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Mariah Horner, of New Salem, Ill., aged 98 years, and Mrs. Anna Snavely, Dalton, Ohio, aged 94 years), 3 sons (Jacob, Albert, and Christian), 2 daughters (Mrs. E. H. Wenger, with whom he had his home for the last few years, and Mrs. J. A. Steele), 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. In the spring of 1877, he with his companion were received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church in which faith he remained unto a happy end. Funeral services were held at the home and the Martin's Church. Ministers, I. J. Buckwalter, Aaron Eberly and I. W. Royer.
Spriggle. - Sister Esther Spriggle was laid away in
the cemetery adjoining the Bowmansville Mennonite Church on April
20, 1924, after only a very brief illness. She had an attack of
appendicitis, arriving at the Lancaster General Hospital too late
for a successful operation. Sister Esther's father died when she
was small. She was taken into the Children's Home at Millersville,
afterwards placed in the home of Bro. and Sister Solomon Weber.
She early united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful
member. She was very grateful to Bro. and Sister Sauder and all
interested for the help given her as a needy child. On April 13
she attended church services in the morning, Sunday school in
the afternoon and teacher's meeting in the evening and was apparently
well and strong. One week afterward she was carried to her grave
to await the final summons to come forth. What a warning to us
all, especially to the young. She was in her budding period of
life, only 15 y. 11 m. 24 d. Funeral services were conducted by
Brethren, Noah Mack, Noah Bowman, and Moses Gehman.
J. W. W.
Derstine. - Araminta F., wife of David D. Derstine of Telford, Pa., died at her home in confinement May 7, 1924; aged 28 y. 5 m. 1 d. Sister Derstine will be remembered as Araminta F. Fuss, daughter of Bro. William J. and Sister Susanna B. Fuss of Lansdale, Pa. She was married to David D. Derstine May 26, 1923. Her death came as a shock, not only to the family but to the community at large, as she was well and happy until a few hours before her end. She was faithful in her devotion and possessed a cheerful disposition towards everybody which won for her a large circle of friends who remain to mourn her early departure. She is survived by her sorrowing husband and infant son, parents, four brothers, and seven sisters. She was the youngest of a family of twelve, and the first to break the circle and answer the summons to come up higher. The grief-stricken ones are comforted that she gave her heart to the Lord 12 years ago and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the Franconia Mennonite Church May 11, conducted by the brethren, J. C. Clemens and Abram G. Clemmer. Text, I Pet. 4:12,13.
Martin. - Bro. Jacob A. Martin died at his home at Guilford Springs, Pa., May 6, 1924, of the infirmities of age; aged 76 y. 8 m. 7 d. He was ordained to the office of deacon in the spring of 1898; at the last service in the old church at Marion before it was torn down to be replaced by the one now in use. Bro. Martin will be greatly missed by the several congregations which he served faithfully for 26 years. He was a loyal defender of the faith and continually engaged in the activities of the church as long as his health permitted. When he realized that his strength was beginning to fail he repeatedly said there was nothing in his way and he was ready to go whenever the Lord would call. He is survived by the following children: Elmer, Sister Eleanor Frey, Harvey, Mrs. A. H. Horst, David, Mrs. Harry Miller, Mrs. S. H. Horst, Mrs. Harvey E. Shank, Jacob E., Mrs. J. Irvin Lehman, and Lizzie and Sadie at home. Also 37 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, eight brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were held in the Chambersburg Church May 9, and were very largely attended by relatives and neighbors. The brethren, W. W. Hege and J. F. Grove, conducted the services. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Eby. - Lizzie (Mellinger) Eby of Leaman Place, Pa.,
died April 12, 1924; aged 71 y. 5 m. 4 d. In the year 1847* she
was married to John H. Eby who departed this life in October,
1920. To this union were born seven children, one preceding her
to the life beyond. Being in feeble health and lonely since the
departure of her companion she longed to go and be with Jesus.
Her last sickness lasted only eight days, in which time she waited
patiently, bidding goodbye to all her children and grandchildren,
encouraging them to be faithful to God and meet her in eternity.
She was a loving mother, faithful in her duties in the home; a
wise counsellor, always standing firm for the doctrines taught
in the Bible, and had the privilege of seeing all her grandchildren
of accountable age admitted into the Mennonite Church of which
she herself was a member for many years. Very forcibly come the
words in Heb. 11:4: "She being dead yet speaketh." Funeral
services were conducted at the home by Jacob H. Mellinger and
at the Paradise Church by C. M. Brackbill and John B. Senger.
Texts, Rev. 14:12,13 and Psalms 116:15. Interment in adjoining
"Tis hard to part with mother dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
A nobler mother could not be
Found this side eternity.
But yet we,re glad, if God thot best
To end her troubles and give her rest."
By a son.
* Note: Date should likely be 1874 (Died 1924 less age 71 =
1853) - Thelma Hoover Martin
Huber. - Alva Edwin, eldest son of Simeon and Minta Huber, was born near Elida, Ohio, June 15, 1902; died May 3, 1924; aged 21 y. 10 m. 18 d. He confessed Christ and accepted Him as his Savior at the age of 14 and was received by baptism into fellowship with the Mennonite Church in which faith he passed into the great beyond. The death-bed scene will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it. It was unusually impressive and full of meaning. After lying quiet for a little while all present thought he was gone. He came back, asked to be raised up, when he began to tell some wonderful things he had seen; and admonished those present and sent word to some not present to earnestly seek a satisfying experience and scriptural assurance of divine favor and not to be ashamed of Jesus; also giving a strong testimony against the use of tobacco and a rather fancy picture which was hanging on the wall of his room (which has since been committed to the flames). He steered clear of the outward adorning and superfluities; his life being beautified with the "ornament of a meek and quiet spirit;" he was respected and loved by all who knew him; "The Lord opened the eyes of the young man and he saw." He leaves his parents, two sisters, one brother, a grandmother, a heartbroken young sister to whom he had been paying attention, and many other relatives and friends who, blessed thought, "Mourn not as those having no hope." Funeral service on the 6th at Salem Church in charge of Bro. George Ross assisted by Andrew Brenneman and J. M. Shenk. Text Eccl. 9 :10.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
The Gospel Herald - Volume XVII, Number 9 - May 29, 1924 - pages 174,175
Troyer. - Earl Clifford, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Troyer, Crystal, Kans., died May 5, 1924; aged 4 m. 10 d. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other friends. Funeral was conducted by Bro. J. Zimmerman. Burial in the cemetery nearby.
"Go to thy rest, dear child,
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gently undefiled
With 'blessings on thy head."
Hertzler. - Henry M. Hertzler, a life-long resident of the vicinity of Morgantown, Pa., and a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, died of a complication of diseases on May 4, 1924, aged 75 y. 3 m. 9 d. He was a trustee of the Mennonite Children's Home at Millersville since its organization and manifested an active interest in the institution, and had a deep interest in the spiritual welfare of the church. He is survived by his wife Lafena (Mast) and four children, Abner, John, David, and Malinda, wife of Elam Hartz. Funeral services were held at the Conestoga Church May 8, conducted by John A. Kennel and John W. Weaver. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson.
Erb. - Benjamin Erb of Lititz, Pa., was born July 19,
1850; departed this life April 21, 1924. He was a son of Daniel
and Mary Hess Erb. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for
many years and remained faithful to the end. He was a kind father
and always ready to lend a helping hand when needed. He is survived
by his wife (who was Lizzie Bomberger) and a daughter-in-law (Fannie
Erb), and 1 grandson. Two sons and one daughter preceded him to
the eternal world. Funeral services were held April 25 at the
Hammer Creek Church by Bros. John Hess, Jacob Hershey and J. W.
G. Hershey. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"He takes them home where pain and woe
Will ne'er disturb them more;
Oh, let us all prepare to go
And with them Christ adore."
Brubaker. - Jacob S. Brubaker was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 11, 1845; died at the home of his son Howard, Freeport, Ill., May 1, 1924; aged 78 y. 4 m. 20 d. He with his parents (Rudolph and Elizabeth Brubaker) came to Stephenson Co., Ill., in 1853, where he resided until called hence by the messenger of death. He was united in marriage to Violet H. Salladee, July 4, 1869. To this union were born two sons (Howard J. and Harry L.). His wife preceded him to the spirit world over 14 years ago and the younger son was called hence 9 years later. The elder son, Howard, and wife, are left to mourn their loss, also 4 brothers and 2 sisters survive him (Abram L., Benjamin S., Daniel M., Randolph S., and Mrs. Maria Ebersole, and Mrs. J. S. Shoemaker). Funeral services were conducted at the home of his son by the pastor of the First M. E. Church of Freeport, of which he was a member.
Brubaker. - Mary Brubaker (nee Burkholder) wife of John
Brubaker of near Hammer Creek Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., died
May 4, 1924; aged 21 y. 10 m. 2 d. She realized that her life
was drawing to a close. Though hard to part with loved ones, her
family do not mourn as those who have no hope. She was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church, and left bright hopes that all
is well with her in eternity. She leaves a sorrowing husband,
one son (John Henry), one infant daughter (Marian), her parents
(Mr. and Mrs. Henry Burkholder), 3 sisters, and 1 brother. Funeral
services May 7, 1924, at the Hammer Creek Church by Bros. Jacob
Hershey, John Hess, and Noah Landis. Text, Phil. 1:23. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"One by one the tender shepherd
Gathers loved ones to His fold,
And He draws them to His bosom
With a tenderness untold."
Miller. - Sister Katie Miller (nee Schweitzer) was born
Oct. 7, 1892; died in a hospital in York, Nebr., May 4, 1924;
aged 31 y. 4 m. 7 d. She was married to Jess. J. Miller Jan. 25,
1912. To this union were born a son and four daughters, of whom
one daughter preceded her in death. She also leaves father, mother,
3 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. She
was ready to meet her Savior. Buried May 6 in Salem Cemetery near
Shickley, Nebr. Services conducted by George Miller and W. R.
Eicher. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
"A wife and mother and friend
Has left us for awhile;
We will miss her tender love
And pleasant smile,
But we hope again to meet her
On yonder happy shore,
There to dwell together
With her forevermore.
Miller. - Margaret, daughter of Levi and Anna Troyer,
was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 14, 1857; died of pneumonia
at her home at Clarksville, Mich.; aged 67 y. 2 m. 26 d. She was
united in marriage to Manasses D. Miller Feb. 25, 1877. To this
union were born 11 children of whom 6 have preceded her in death.
She leaves her companion and 5 children (Nancy, wife of Abe Kauffman;
Lydia, wife of Frank Shriner; Mary, and Ora). She also leaves
9 grandchildren and 1 sister (Mrs. V. S. Schrock). She united
with the Church at the age of 18 years and remained faithful until
death. Funeral services were conducted May 13 at the Bowne Mennonite
Church by Aldus Brackbill and E. A. Bontrager. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face."
By the family.
Garber. - Alice W., wife of John E. Garber, was born
in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 1, 1866; died of heart failure May
4, 1924, at her late home in Florin; aged 57 y. 6 m. 3 d. She
was a member of the Bossler Mennonite Church for many years. She
is survived by her husband and 8 children, 1 son having preceded
her to the glory world. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren,
5 brothers, and 1 sister. One brother and one sister preceded
her in death. She was a kind and affectionate mother, and will
be missed in the home as well as in the community in which she
lived. Funeral services were conducted May 7 at the Bossler Mennonite
Church by Bros. John Landis, Noah Risser, and Isaac Brubaker.
Text, Rev. 7:14. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh, mother, dear, 'twas hard to part;
It almost broke our aching heart
To part with one we loved so well;
Our grief so great no tongue can tell"
By the family.
Ernst. - John Ernst was born in Waterloo Co., Ont.,
March 15, 1858; died of heart failure at Flagler, Colo., April
25, 1924; aged 66 y. 1 m. 14 d. He accepted Christ as His Savior
in his early manhood and united with the Mennonite Church, of
which he was a member at the time of his death. On July l8, 1880,
he was married to Mary Stutzman. To this union were born 6 daughters
and 2 sons. His wife, 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him in death.
There remain to mourn his departure 1 son, 5 daughters, 35
3 great- grandchildren, 5 sisters, 3 brothers and a host of relatives
and friends. He was ordained to the office of deacon about 30
years ago, in which capacity he served till death. Funeral services
were held at the home of his daughter (Mrs. H. Kuhns), conducted
by Bro. N. M. Birky and at the Mennonite Church near Thurman,
Colo., where the body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Text, II Cor. 5:1.
"O father, how we miss your smiles,
Your loving, tender voice;
How we long to keep you with us,
But God has made His choice."
By the family.
Witmer. - Peter E. Witmer was born in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Aug. 26, 1838, died of bronchial pneumonia April 11, 1924;
aged 85 y. 7 m. 15 d. He was married in 1865 to Elizabeth M. Strickler
and they lived together in matrimony 58 years. He is survived
by his wife and the following children: Noah S., Peter S., Mrs.
Martin Ebersole, Mrs. Jacob W. Newcomer, Jacob S., Annie S., Elizabeth
S. and Ellen S.; also 7 grandchildren and the following brothers
and sisters: Henry E., Mrs. Jacob Sanders, Jonas E., Mrs. Elizabeth
Nissley, and Mrs. Annie Myers. His was the first death to occur
in his immediate family. He had been a faithful member of the
Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held April
15, conducted by Bro. Henry Longenecker at his late home and at
Erisman's meeting house by Bros. Martin Metzler, Isaac Brubaker
and Jacob Habacker. Text, Josh. 24:15, latter clause. Interment
in Kraybill's Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All his suffering here is ended,
And our father is at rest."
Blosser. - Hazel May, daughter of Bro. and Sister Rudolph Blosser, was born in McPherson, Co., Kans., March 27, 1910; died of diphtheria on May 15, 1924; aged 14 y. 1 m. 18 d. She leaves father, mother, two sisters and two brothers. A sister and a brother preceded her to the world beyond. The sister next older than she was killed by lightning nearly two years ago. She was a regular attendant in Sunday school at the Pennsylvania Church. The Saturday before her death she called for the officials of the church and desired to be baptized. She expressed a strong faith in her Lord and said she wanted to be a Christian whether she lived or died. Through her few days of suffering she prayed almost constantly and admonished those of her own family to be faithful and live for God; also sent messages to her school mates. Because of the disease of which she died the funeral was held out of doors in the cemetery adjoining the Meridian Church of the Holdeman persuasion four miles northeast of Hesston, May 16, where a goodly number of relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute respect. The services were conducted by T. M. and Paul Erb from John 14:1-3.
Schneck. - Martha May Warfield Schneck was born Sept. 11, 1912, near Ottawa, Ohio. Feb. 14, 1913, she was admitted to the Orphan's Home at West Liberty, Ohio. Feb. 21 of the same year she was taken to the home of D. A. Schneck near Dalton, Ohio, who cared for her until her death. On the evening: of May 5 Martha started out to burn a brush pile (her parents did not know of this) and must have lit her cobs (which she had undoubtedly soaked in oil) a couple rods from the pile and her clothing caught fire and she was burned so badly that she passed away May 6, 1924; aged 11 y. 7 m. 25 d. Funeral services held at the Swiss Mennonite Church by C. N. Amstutz in German and I. J. Buchwalter in English. She leaves foster parents and several uncles in Putnam Co. Her mother died Feb. 16, 1918. She was very fond of little children and a lover of music. She was of a happy disposition and like the birds early in the morning she would be singing her songs. During her suffering she sang "My Jesus, I Love Thee," only a short time before she passed away. She bore her suffering with patience and was conscious almost to the end.
Zehr. - Barbara Ellen Zehr (nee Neuhauser) was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, July 17, 1846; died of bronchial asthma May 10, 1924, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Stephen Mapes) at Beaverton, Oreg.; aged 77 y. 9 m. 23 d. At the age of nine years she with her father and sister emigrated to America, making their home near Gridley, Ill. In 1874 she was married to Peter Zehr. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband, 1 son and 2 daughters preceded her in death. In 1880 they moved to Milford, Nebr., in 1890 to Colorado, and in 1917 to Beaverton, Oreg., where she resided until death. At the age of 15 she united with the A. M. Church near Gridley, Ill., and was a member of that denomination until death. In her last days, her desire was to leave this world and be with Christ. She said, "I am ready to go whenever the Lord is ready to take me. Not my will but His be done." She leaves 3 sons, 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and many relatives, friends and neighbors. Funeral services at the Methodist Church at Beaverton, conducted by Wm. Graf (Text, Psa. 91:14,15), and at the Mennonite Church at Albany, Oreg., conducted by M. E. Brenneman. Text, Job 14:10. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Albany.
Metzler. - Katie Bucher Metzler was born May 20, 1890;
died May 17, 1924, at her home near Erisman's Church, Lancaster
Co., Pa., after a short illness of seven days of pleuro-pneumonia;
aged 33 y. 11 m. 27 d. She was married to Harvey E. Metzler Oct.
22,, 1908. Besides her husband she leaves four daughters (Esther,
Elta, Grace and Anna Elizabeth), her parents (Harvey R. and Lizzie
F. Bucher), her aged grandmother (Mrs. Annie S. Hess), 3 brothers
(Clayton, Jonas, and Harry), and one sister (Anna). She confessed
Christ as her Savior at the age of 18 years and united with the
Mennonite Church, in which faith she continued until death. A
little over a year ago she had the joy of seeing the two oldest
of her daughters confess Christ and unite with the Church of her
choice. During her sickness she had a desire to depart and be
with Jesus. After bidding her family goodbye, and telling them
that it will not be long till they would meet her over yonder,
and singing "My heavenly home is bright and fair," she
calmly fell asleep. The testimony from our dying sister's lips
surely gives us the full assurance that she knwe where she was
going. May we so live that we all will meet her over there. She
will be greatly missed in the home as a mother, in the church
and Sunday school as a worker, being a teacher in the primary
department, and especially will she be missed by her mother, who
is an invalid for 13 years, spending most of her time in bed and
on a wheel chair, who always looked forward for her homecoming
in which she was very faithful. Funeral services were held on
her birthday at the Erisman's Church. Laid to rest in the adjoining
cemetery. Services conducted by Bro. Isaac H. Brubaker, and Bro.
John S. Hess. Text, Psa. 116:15.
"The angels bore our loved one home,
In shining garments fair,
And some bright day we hope to go
And join her over there."
By her sister.
Transcriber's note: "she knwe where" is as in the original.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana