Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1927

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No.18 - August 4, 1927, pages 414

Weaver.--Wayne Alvin, son of Bro. and Sister Benj. Weaver, of near Terre Hill, Lanc. Co., Pa., died July 10, 1927, of pneumonia. The parents and one sister, (Virginia) survive. Funeral was held on the 12th at Bowmansville, Pa. Services were conducted by the brethren, Moses G. Gehman, Isaac W. Geigley and John W. Weaver. Text, Mark 10:13-16.

Oberholzer.--Daniel Edwin Oberholzer, son of Samuel and Fannie (Haldeman) Oberholzer was born near Greencastle, Pa., May 16, 1921; died July 22, 1927. Death was due to lockjaw. He was aged 6 y. 2 m. 6 d. Besides his parents he is survived by the following sister and brothers: Martha A., Clifford C., Walter H., and Richard E. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Church near Greencastle, Pa., on Sunday afternoon, in charge of the brethren John F. Grove and John D. Risser. Text, II Sam. 12:23.

Winger.--Sister Susanna Winger of Farmersville, Lanc. Co., died of infirmities due to old age, at the ripe age of 87 y. 11 m. 15 d. Funeral services were held at Groffdale on July 6. Services in charge of the Bro. Frank Hurst at the home, and Bish. Benj. Weaver and Amos S. Hurst at Groffdale. Text, Heb. 4:6. Sister Winger was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Ephrata. She was very much interested in the welfare of the Church, was always a very liberal giver in financial support. In her years of feebleness and old age she was very well taken care of by Isaac and Rebecca Hoover, a nephew and niece of Sister Winger.

Martin.--Sister Edna Witmer Martin, wife of Bro. Jonathan Martin, of East Earl, Pa., died in the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., after an illness of eight weeks; aged 27 years. Funeral was held July 12 at Weaverland, where a very large concourse of people assembled to pay the last tributes of respect to one who held in high esteem by her many friends, old and young. She was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, at which place she was seldom absent. She is survived by her husband and her mother. She will be missed in the home and in the Church. Services in charge of Bro. I. B. Good and Bro. Frank Martin.

Metzler.--Elizabeth H. Metzler died June 10, 1927; aged 84 y. 10 m. 18 d. Her husband (the late Daniel W. Metzler) preceded her to the heavenly home eighteen years ago; also a daughter Hettie (Mrs. Ammon Brubaker) in the year 1914. She is survived by one daughter (Lizzie, wife of Pharos R. Kreider) Willow Street, Pa., with whom she spent the last seven years of her life and who so faithfully cared for her during her illness and one son (Abram), also five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church where funeral services were held June 13. Bros. F. N. Krieder, John Gochnauer, and Aaron Harnish officiating.

"Some sweet day, when life is o,er,
We shall meet above;
We shall meet those gone before,
In that home of love."

Baer.--Henry H., son of Adam and Hannah (Herr) Baer, was born near Landisville, Pa., May 15, 1853; died June 18, 1927; aged 74 y. 1 m. 3 d. At the age of 16 he moved with his parents to Washington Co., Md., where he resided the remainder of his life. Mar. 16, 1874, he was married to Susan Horst of Franklin Co., Pa., who died in 1884, leaving 5 children. He was again married in 1885 to Barbara, daughter of Abram Martin and widow of John Risser, to which union were born 7 children. Besides his wife all these children, including 3 step-children whom he brought up, survive him save one infant daughter. He began farming in 1875, at which place he continued until he retired. In 1883 he was ordained a minister of the Mennonite (Millers) Church which he served diligently until 6 months before his death when he was taken ill with cancer. Besides thrift, diligence, industry and faithfulness, his career was marked with a benevolent and hospitable spirit. Notwithstanding the collection of children that constituted his family, they are united in the testimony that they all share due regard and respect in his care of them. Funeral services conducted by Brethren C. R. Strite, Denton Martin, D. M. Strite, and John Grove at the Paradise Church and buried in cemetery adjoining.---Family.

Saltzman.--Barbara (Eigisti) Saltzman was born near Morton, Ill., June 16, 1871, and passed away at the home of her son Alvin near Flanagan, Ill., at the age of 65 y. 1 m. 3 d. She lived near Morton until Feb. 12, 1892, when she was married to Joseph C. Saltzman, Minonk, Ill. The remainder of her life was spent living in Flanagan and vicinity. To this union were born four children, three sons and one daughter. Her husband preceded her in June, 1913, and her daughter, Elsie in May, 1915, leaving three sons to mourn the loss of a mother (Alvin of Graymont, Ill., Lester, of Abilene, Kans., and Irvin of Flanagan). One granddaughter, three brothers, and three sisters also survive her. In her early life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and became a member of the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Her peaceful and unassuming manner won her many friends, who, with her family, will greatly miss her. The last few months were accompanied with much suffering, but God gave her grace to bear it all patiently. The last few days of her life she continually prayed that God might take her home. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. A. H. Leaman, Chicago, Ill., and at the Waldo Church by Bro. D. W. Slagel and Bro. Leaman. Many were gathered to pay their last respects. Burial was made in the Waldo cemetery at the side of her husband.

Transcribed by Robert Stauffer, Missouri


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No.19 - August 11, 1927, pages 447

Ottenbreit.­Frank, son of Matt. And Barbara Ottenbreit, Coalridge, Mont., died June 22, 1927 ; aged 10 m. 19 d. Little Frank was a sufferer most of his life from bowel trouble and eczema, which was the cause of his death. He leaves father, mother, two sisters, and three brothers, one sister having preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home, where friends and neighbors were gathered, by L. A. Kauffman and G. G. Shenk. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Newcomer.­Mary ann. Daughter of Levi and Elizabeth Hoover, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 12, 1872; died of tuberculosis and diabetes, July 29, 1927 ; aged 55 y. 2 m. 17 d. Thirty-five years ago she was united in marriage with Abraham Newcomer to which union were born 4 children, 2 of whom (Amanda and Elizabeth, wife of Elmer Harter) preceded her to the spirt world. In 1893 she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she lived and died. She was a faithful attendant at church services as long as health permitted, when she still had a longing to attend. She is survived by her husband, 1 son ( John) . 1 daughter (Mettie, wife of Lee Blake)., 6 grand-children her mother, 1 half-brother, and 4 sisters, besides a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Sunday afternoon, July 31, conducted by Jonas Loucks and J. W. Christophel. Test. II Cor. 4:16-18, Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.

Bomberger.­Annie Kreider Bomberger, wife of Bro. Tobias Bomberger was born Oct. 20, 1858; died May 31, 1927: aged 68 y. 7 m. 11 d. Some 36 years ago she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. Death came after an illness of 5 weeks following an operation for gall stone. The sad new of her death occasioned unusual solemnity from the fact that she had aparently sufficiently recovered to return from the hospital to her home. Arrangements were completed for her return. Assisted by Bro. Bomberger and others, she walked from the hospital to the automobile which was to convey her home. A few frief moments after entering the car she "fell asleep"-ut was the sleep of death ! In those weeks of suffering she manifested her resignation to the will of God by saying. "If it is the Lord's will, I shall recover." The untimely departure of our beloved sister at once calls to remembrance her "work of faith and labor of love." Her keen, never-waning interest in the work of Church and Sunday school, in the sewing circle and other charitable work, her kindness and helpfulness in times of trouble and need, her unusual hospitality in the home bringing hope and cheer into lives of others, are among the things "done" for which she will be long remembered and greatly missed wherever she was known. Besides rearing her own family she also be came a kind foster mother to a number of unfortunate orphan children. Besides Bro. Bomberger, her faithful companions, she leaves one brother (A. S. Kreider) one sister ( Lydia Kittering) : four children (Emma, wife of Amos Gibble ; Mattie, wife of Dr. Walter Brubaker ; David, married to Edna Landis ; and Anna). 3 children preceded her in death. She also leaves five grandchildren. Funeral was held at Gingerich's Church near Lebanon, Pa., in charge of N. H. Mack, assisted by David Garber, David Westenberger, and Jacob Ebersole, Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Gingerich.­Simon G. Gingerich was born near Kalona, Ia., Jan. 14, 1898 ; died at the St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., July 9, 1927 ; aged 29 y. 5 m. 25 d. He was the youngest son of George D. and Mary Shetler Gingerich, and grew to manhood on the old homestead north of Kalona. On Oct. 18, 1917, he was united in marriage to Lydia Stutzman, to which union were born six sons; Vernon, Clayton, Eldon, Ralph, Wayne, and an infant son 12 days old at this writing. In 1916 he accepted Christ uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a fathful member until death. At the time of his death was assistant superintendent for the Sunday school at Stuttgart, which position he very ably filled, taking a keen interest in the work of the Sunday school and was especially a lover of spiritual singing. The last year especially he was much concerned for the spiritual welfare of his family and community. Family devotion had its regular place in the home. The cause of his death was what first appeard to be a minor injury. Infection set in and he was taken to the hospital for his examination and treatment, where all that human hands and the best of medical skill could do was done for him, but the unequal battle was lost. During his rational moments he was cheerful to the last, having expressed himself as ready to go if the Lord willed it so. As soon as his conditions appears serious his father, his brother, Jeff Gingerich, sister, Mrs Eli Miller, and father-in-law, J. J. Stutzman went to Little Rock and were with him the last few days. He leaves to mourn his untimely death his grief stricken companion and children his aged father, George d. Gingerich, four brothers, Joseph, Jeff, Daniel, and Ben, and one sister, Mrs. Eli L. Miller all of Kalona, and a host of near relatives and friends. On July 11 a short funeral service was held at the home near Stuttgart, conducted by Mr. Clarke, pastor of the M. E. Church where a large number of friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last tribute of respect, and extend their sympathy to the bereft family, Mrs. Julius Gingerich and Mrs. Harvey Gingerich of Kalona arrived in time for the funeral and with their father, are with Sister Gingerich at this time. The body was then brought to Washingon, Ia., and taken to the home of his brother Ben. Funeral services were held from the East Union Mennonite Church July 13, with interment in the East Union cemetery, Services were conducted by Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher. Text, Phil. 1:21

Transcribed by Linda Hartman, Nebraska


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No.20 - August 18, 1927, pages 462, 463

Martin-- Benjamin Edward, infant son of Earl and Edna Martin, passed thru this world, as a bud, to bloom in heaven, on Aug. 3, 1927. A brief service at the house and at the grave by the writer. Interment at the Fairview Mennonite Cemetery.

"Not now but in the coming years,
It may be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And then sometime we'll understand."
L. S. G.

Roth-- Velma May, infant daughter of Amos and Phoebe Roth, was born Sept. 14, 1926, and remained here the short period, answering death' summons, Aug. 2, 1927. A sorrowing mother and father and 2 sisters, remain; also 4 grandparents, 6 uncles, 6 aunts and a number of cousins. Funeral services were held at the West Fairview Church, Aug. 4, in charge of W. R. Eicher, assisted by J. E. Zimmerman and J. M. Whitaker. Interment in cemetery nearby. Texts, II Kings 4: 18-23; Prov. 27: 1

Lefever-- Lettie L. Lefever was born March 30, 1872; died at her home in Lancaster, Pa., July 30, 1927, after nine weeks, illness. She was a daughter of the late Henry and Susanna Buckwalter of East Lampeter, Lancaster Co. Soon after her marriage in 1894 to Abram K. Lefever, she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until her death. Besides her husband she is survived by three children (John B., Mabel B., and Grace B.), three granchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Anna L., wife of Harry Wenger; Frank L. Buckwalter, Amos L. Buckwalter; Lizzie, wife of Elias K. Lefever; and Jonas L. Buckwalter. Funeral services were held at her late home and at Mellinger' Mennonite Church, Aug. 21, by Bros. Elmer Martin, David Landis, and John H. Mosemann. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcriber's note: the word granchildren is not a typo, that is the way it was written

Pershing-- Elizabeth, daughter of George and Mary Burkholder was born near Dover, Ohio. Feb. 19, 1846; died at her home near Orville, O., July 6, 1927; aged 81 y. 4 m. 17 d. In 1893 she was married to Christian B. Pershing, who preceded her in death in 1989. Since that time (except for one year) she has resided in Wayne Co., with her sisters. About 1883 she confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith she died. In Dec., 1926, her health began to give away, but she continued her work of love and service in the home as long as it was possible for her to do so. Though her suffering at the last was intense, yet she desired singing and prayer and to be fed with the word of God. She leaves 2 sisters and 2 brothers. One sister and 4 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral was held July 9, at the Union Church in charge of Brethren E. F. Hartzler and David Hostetler. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Shafer-- Susan, daughter of David and Esther Spitnale, was born near Cascade, Ohio, Sept. 19, 1846; died July 26, 1927; aged 80 y. 10 m. 6 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1877 with which she held faith until death. On Sept. 6, 1866, she was united in marriage with Jacob D. Shafer. To this happy union 9 children were born (John, Hulda, Bidlack, Lizzie, Kohart, Anna, Thrasher-- deceased, David, Lewis, Losson, Julia Thomas, and Clinton). She had 54 grandchildren, she leaves two brothers and a host of friends and relatives. To know her was to love her. For nearly 6 years she was an invalid, but she bore all her suffering patiently. Funeral services were held at the U. B. Church near Oakwood, Ohio, conducted by G. H. Brunk and S. G. Shank. Text, Jno. 14: 2, 3 :

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

Kratz-- Esther Newcomer Kratz, wife of Bro.Warren Kratz, was born May 13, 1896, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died of a paralytic stroke July 27, 1927, near Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 31 y. 2 m. 14 d. She and her husband had labored faithfully as rural missionaries at Whitmer, W. Va., from the time of their marriage Aug. 21, 1923, until April, 1927. They were engaged in building a house near the Eastern Mennonite School when the death occurred. A funeral service was held in the Chapel at the school on July 28 by the brethren, S. H. Rhodes and J. L. Stauffer. The body was then taken to East Petersburg, Pa., to the home of Charles Hoffman, her brother-in-law, where a brief service was conducted by Bro. Isaac Brubaker. A final service was then held at the Salunga Mennonite Church by the brethren, Isaac Brubaker, Noah Mack, John Mosemann, and A. D. Wenger. Texts, Heb. 4: 9 and 11: 6. Interment in the Salunga cemetery. The attendance was large at both church services, for Esther' friends were many. Besides her sorrowing husband, she leaves her father (Jacob Newcomer), and her step-mother (Sarah Newcomer), two brothers (Elmer and Oscar), a step sister (Martha) and two sisters (Mrs. Charles Hoffman and Alice).
A sympathizing Friend.

Blough-- Goldie, daughter of Amos and Clara Blough, was born Sept. 24, 1905, in Elkhart Co., Ind; died Aug. 1, 1927; aged 21 y. 10 m. 7 d. Her death was caused by a nervous breakdown. She is survived by her father, five brothers (Rosco, Theodore, Orland, Morris, and George) and one sister (Dorothy). Her mother preceded her nine years ago last April. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. She was a kind, loving sister, admired by all who came in contact with her. She was ever willing to do what she could in the Christian service. Up to her sickness she was a Sunday school teacher and also the church chorister. The last time that she led in singing she seemed to enter into the spirit of the songs and one of the last songs that she led was, "My Savior first of all." She also proved a real mother in the home, but our loss will her gain, for she fell peacefully asleep in the arms of one who doeth all things best. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church, conducted by Silas Yoder, assisted by D. D. Troyer and Sanford Yoder. Burial in Forest Grove Cemetery.
"Rest on dear Goldie, your labor is o,er,
Your toiling hands will toil no more;
A faithful sister, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we will find."

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 21 - August 25, 1927 - pages 479, 480

Roth.­Baby Roth, infant son of Bro. And Sister W. S. Roth, was born July 31, 1927, at the York Lutheran Hospital. He died at the hospital early on the morning of August 2, 1927 ; aged two days. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his mother and father, 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers, 2 great-grandmothers, 1 great-grandfather. 5 uncles, 8 aunts, 1 cousin and many other relatives. A short funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the home of its grandparents, Bro. And Sister Ben Schlegel. A Short sermon was preached by the home minister, Bro. F. C. Reeb. The little baby was laid to rest in the Salem Mennonite Cemetery near Shickley, Nebr.
By an Aunt.

Yoder.­Daniel C. Yoder was born in Iowa Co., Ia., July 11, 1927 ; aged 57 y. 9 m. 5 d. In his early manhood he accepted Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. On Feb. 1, 1989 he was united in marriage to Annie Maust of Meyersdale, Pa. This union was blessed with two sons and two daughters of whom Savannah preceded him. He is survived by his wife, two sons ( Alva D., and Richard D.,). One daughter Stella at home, one grandson, and two sisters (Mrs. M. T. Yoder, and Mrs. H. F. Gingerich), besides a host of relatives and friends. On Easter morning he first complained of Severe pain, which later developed into yellow jaundice and other complications, but all that human hands could do, could not stop the grim reaper, and on Monday morning he peacefully fell asleep. He was of a quite, unassuming nature. He will be sadly missed in the home, in the Church, and in the community. Funeral services were held at the West Union Church, conducted by W. S. Gingerich and A. S. Swartzentruber. Text, Jno. 14:2.
"Rest on, dear Father, your labor is o'er.
Your willing hands will toil no more ;
A faithful Father, true and kind,
No friend like you on earth we find."

Compton.­Susan, wife of William Compton, was born in Ontario, Canada, Apr. 2, 1874 : died near Leetonia,. Ohio, July 23, 1927 ; aged 53 y. 3 m. 21 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 1 son, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 6 brothers, and 3 sister, and many nephews and nieces. She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, neighbor, and friend. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and was much concerned about the future welfare of the Church and took an active part in the Sunday school and sewing circle where she will be greatly missed. Her death came as a shock to the family and entire community. She expressed herself as willing to go and was not afraid to die and although she is gone her life still lives on and the world was made better by her having lived in ti. Our loss is her gain. Funeral services were held July 25, at the Leetonia Church, by Bros. I. B. Witmer, David Lehman, and E. M. Detweiler, Text, Psalm 91 : 15,16. Interment in the Leetonia Mennonite Cemetery.

"Sister thou art sweetly resting,
Where thy cares and toils are o'er
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

Hofstetter.­Christian J. Hofstetter was born Feb. 3, 1840, on Sonnenberg, Canton Bern, Switzerland. In 1866, March 10, he was united in marriage to Anna Zuercher. To this union were born 8 sons and 2 daughters. On Feb. 11, 1887, he suffered the loss of his life companion and mother of the 10 children, the youngest then being only 3 years old. A few years later a son ( David) and 1923 a daughter (Anna Barbara. Wife of Reuben Lehman) were called to join the mother beyond. Nov. 28, 1908, he was united in marriage to Elisabeth Hofstetter, who has since shared with him the joys and sorrows which make up the bane of human life. In 1856 he was received into the Sonnenberg Church (Switzerland). In the spring of 1881 he came to America, with the family of 8 children, and arrived here on Sonnenberg April 11, and since has made his home here. He transferred his membership to this church and has been a faithful member to the end. For the last two years he had been deprived of the privilege to come to this place to worship and fellowship with the brethren, by infirmities of old age, but these could not deprive him of the fellowship with the Lord. He could read and enjoy the Bible as well as other helpful spiritual books, which were his almost constant companions. Another source of joy were the friends who remembered him by their frequent visits.
The bereft family.

Troyer.­Jerry m. Troyer, son of Michael and Barbara Miller Troyer, was born in Holmes co., Ohio. July 17, 1843 : died at his home near Shipshewana, Ind., Aug 9, 1927 : aged 84 y. 22 d.
He was married to Susanna Schlabach. Apr. 10, 1862, who precded him in death Aug. 10, 1881.
He was again married to Eva Mast. Feb. 5, 1882. He was the father of twenty children, of whom four preceded him in death. There were 11 children by his first marriage, namely : Mary, deceased : John of Abbyville, Kans. : Abe, deceased : Fanny and Barbara of Hutchinson, Kans.: Jake of Goodville, Pa.: Sam of Millersburg, Ohio : Calvin of LaGrange, Ind. : Mike of Carlton, Nebr. : Jerry of Denver, Colo. : Jeroma, deceased. By his second marriage were born Adam of Howe, Ind.: Amandus and Dan of Sturgis, Mich. : Sarah of Shipshewana, Ind. : James of LaGrange, Ind.: Mattie of Topeka, Ind. : Charles of Shipshewana, Ind. : Oliver of Howe, Ind. : and one son who died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 12 sons, 4 daughters, 100 grand-children, 77 great-grandchildren. 1 brother, Jacob, of Hutchinson, Kans., and a host of relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite church in the early part of his life, retaining this fellowship with the believers until his death. The funeral was held at Shore Mennonite church in charge of O. S. Hostetler and Y. C. Miller.

Transcribed by: Nancy Hartman, Nebraska

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