Witmer.--Bro. John L. Witmer was born Nov. 28, 1854 ; died after a very short illness Dec. 13, 1926 ; aged 72 y. 15 d. He is survived by his invalid wife and 1 brother. Funeral services were held at the Elizabethtown, Pa., Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah W. Risser, Samuel Fry and Jacob Martin. Text, I Pet. 3:4,5. Burial in the Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.
Christian.--L. A. Christian of Thomas Mills, Somerset Co., Pa., was born Aug. 24, 1887, in Dauphin Co., Pa ; died Dec. 9, 1926, at Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., of cancer of the stomach and liver of which he suffered internally until death relieved him, but he bore it all patiently as a Christian. He was a member of the Reformed Church of Johnstown. He leaves a sorrowing widow and three step-children. Funeral services were conducted at the home by his Paster-Michley, assisted by the Brethren James and Joseph Saylor. Interment in Meyerdale Cemetery. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family.
Diller.--Joseph B., son of Samuel S. and Lydia A. Diller, was born near Elida, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1893, died Dec. 19, 1926 ; aged 33 y . 9 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara Greider Nov. 11, 1917. To this union were born two sons, three daughters. He united with the Mennonite Church of his choice. He met with a tragic death in an auto collision and lived only about half an hour after the accident. He leaves his sorrowing companion, five children (Norman, Herman, Mary Katherine, Lydia Ester, and Martha Saline), father, mother, three sisters (Bertha, Nancy, and Mary), also many friends and relatives. Two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Dec. 23, at the home by David Good and at the Salem Church by J. B. Smith and Ben B. King. Intermen in the adjoining cemetery.
Schlabach.--Raymond Earl, infant son of Lee A. and Magdalena
Schlabach, died of plural pneumonia at his home near Kalona, Iowa,
Dec. 24, 1926; aged 2 m. 8 d. His illness lasted only five days
of intense suffering, but he bore it patiently. He was a bright
and winsome child and will be greatly missed in the home. He leaves
his parents, one brother, and three sisters (Velma, Joseph, Sarah,
and Ada), 4 grandparents, one grate-grandmother, uncles, aunts,
and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were
held at the East Union Church Dec. 26, conducted by A. C. Swartzendruber
and E. G. Swartzendruber in German, from Mark 10:14-16, and by
J. C. Brenneman in English from the same text.
"Dearest Raymond how we miss thee
Oh how sad our hearts will be
When we to our home return
There no more your face to see"
Mishler.--Kenneth Marvin, son of A. J. and Gussie Mishler, was born near Aurora, Oreg., Feb. 21, 1903 ; died Oct. 23, 1926; aged 23 y. 8 m. 2 d. His death was caused by an accidental shot from a gun while hunting pheasants. He was conscious until they put him under ether. He lived only 4 hours. The message he left us was very encouraging. Kenneth was an exceptionally good brother, husband, and father. He was happiest when reading to us from the Bible and singing with us. He leaves a sister (Josie), wife, and small son, Kenneth Jr., and many relatives and friends. His parents preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted by Fred J. Gingerich and H. B. Kauffman. Text, Jer. 15:9 ; I Sam. 20:18. Services in the Zion Church. Burial in the Hopewell cemetery.
"Kenneth, darling, how we loved you.
Why did you have to leave us;
But we know you,re safe in heaven,
Where nothing ever is amiss."
Gnagey.-- Melvin D., son of Daniel and Eva Gnagey, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 28, 1895 ; died in Pigeon, Mich., Dec. 21, 1926, aged 31 y. 3 m. 23 d. He died with out a moment,s warning, from heart failure, and leaves mother, five brothers, and two sisters. Father, brother, and sister (twins) preceded him to the glory world. Mother, Ada, Camelia, Simon and Elias live around Pigeon, Mich., and Joseph, and Howard in Iowa.
"Melvin, dear, thou hast joined the rest
Over in that land of the blest,
God the father and the Savior true,
Yes, Nannie, Lloyd and father, too,
Oh, so hard to see thee go to stay
But not a word against God,s plan to say
For thee to come back we do not pray
But that the Lord might speed the day
When we too shall join the happy band,
Where we never take the parting hand."
Mother and family.
Shriner.__Alice, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Acker) Long, was born in Ohio, June 29, 1860; died at her home 5 miles north of Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 24, 1926; aged 66 y. 5 m. 25 d. Death was due to dropsy and complications which for a year she bore with grate patience. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church 30 years ago, and manifested a strong faith in her Christ. She was married to Noah Shriner April 10, 1884. To this union were born two sons and two Daughters; one son dying in infancy and a daughter (Nora), who died 5 years ago aged 30. Her husband, one son (frank) of and one daughter (Wealthy Miller) survived her; also 11 grandchildren, four brothers, (W. S., Irvin A. Long of Elkhart, Noah M., and J. M. Long) and a large circle of near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church, conducted by C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder.
"A precious one from has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Myers.--Sarah, daughter of Peter and Anna Barkey Loucks, was born near West Salem, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1837. In the fall of 1851 she with her parents and family moved to Elkhart Co., and on Dec. 17, 1854, she was united in marriage to Tobias Myers. To this union were born seven sons and two daughters. Two sons and one daughter preceded her in death. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church at Yellow Creek about 55 years ago and held to that faith until death. On Jan. 6, 1898, her husband died. She lived with her daughter (Mrs. Aby Stump) near Nappanee, Ind., and on Wednesday, Oct. 27, she fell and broke her leg, and lay six weeks with intense pain and suffering. Dec. 8, 1926, the Lord called her home at the age of 89 y. 9 d. She leaves five sons (Isaac, Simon, William, Henry, Anthony) and one daughter Anna Stump of Nappanee, Ind., at whose home she died; also 11 grandchildren, 35 grate-grandchildren, 4 brothers (John, Jonas, Isaac B., Petter B. Loucks), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church conducted by the brethren,--Stump, J. H. Bare, and D. A. Yoder.
"Dearest Mother thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Yoder.--Annie S., oldest daughter of Nicholas and Mary Stayrook, was born at Mattnwana, Pa., Nov. 3, 1868; died Dec. 10, 1926; aged 58 y. 1 m. 7 d. On Feb. 21, 1895, she was united in marriage to Bro. Sammel T. Yoder. To this union were born 5 daughters and 2 sons, Three children preceded her to the spirit world. Those who are left to mourn their loss are her husband and the following children: Sadie, wife of Levi Esh, Jacob, Keturah, and Katie; also 2 grandchildren (Eunice and Paul Esh), and many relatives and friends. She united with A. M. Church in her youth and lived a faithful, consistent life until death. She was always willing to lend a helping and her seat was seldom vacant in Church as long as health permitted. She was very patient and cheerful during her sickness, always having a smile for every one and always looking on the bright side. She was fully resigned to the will of God. She made all arrangements for her funeral and chose for her text II Tim. 4:7, 8. Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at Locust Grove Church conducted by Bro. John L. Mast in German and Eli H. Kanagy in English. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your toiling hands, will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we,ll find."
By the family.
Kinsinger.--Susanna Kinsinger was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 16, 1843; died in Johnson Co., Iowa, Dec. 23, 1926; aged 83 y. 5 m. 7 d. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. On Dec. 22, 1865, she was married to Eli Kinsinger, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life exactly 61 years. To this union were born 10 children (Ananias, Catherine, Abner, Fanny, Kores, Menno, Elizabeth, Simon, Ella, and John) all living except Fanny who died when a child. She was the daughter of Abner and Fanny Yoder, being the second child in a family of 12. Her brothers and sisters who are still living are: Mrs. Jerry Kauffman, Mrs. Peter Kinsinger, Gideon Yoder, Mrs Samuel Bender, Mrs. Jacob Christner, John Yoder, and Abner Yoder. In 1867 she with her husband came to Iowa, living for a number of years near Sharon Center and later moving to the present family homestead which has been their home for the last 45 years. Her death was caused by complications of influenza and the infirmities of old age. She was conscious until the last. Besides her aged husband, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters she leaves 24 grandchildren, 7 grate-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held Dec. 26, at West Union Church, conducted by J. C. Swartzendruber in German from Matt. 22:42, 44, and P. P. Swartzendruber and E. G. Swartzendruber in English. Text, Eccl. 12:13, 14.
"Our mother is gone and we are left
The loss of her to mourn;
But we hope to meet with her,
With Christ before the throne."
Transcriber by Robert Stauffer, Missouri
Gospel Herald - Vol. XIX, No. 42 - January 13, 1927, pages 895
Souder.--Hester R., daughter of Bro. Preston and Sister
Emma Souder, was born Dec. 8, 1926, and died the same day. A sister,
Mary, preceded her in death. She is survived by her parents, her
twin brother, Lester, another brother, John, and two sisters,
Dorothy and Sallie. She was buried on Dec. 11 at the Rockhill
Mennonite burying grounds.
God has called away our Hester,
In the lonely grave she lies;
Yet her soul is sweetly resting,
In that home beyond the skies.
Cressman.--Barbara Randall was born on April 25, 1886, at Heidelberg, Ont., and died at her home near Bridgeport, Ont., on Dec. 27, 1926; aged 40 yr. 8 m. 2 d. On Dec. 5, 1906, she was united in marriage to Alson Cressman who, with one son, Horace, her mother, two sisters, and four brothers mourn her sudden departure. Two years ago she was stricken with paralysis and while she partly regained her strength, she never fully recovered. She suffered much but bore it all with Christian fortitude, leaving many testimonies of her faith in Jesus and her great desire to go to Him. Funeral services were conducted by Oscar Burkholder, on Dec. 29, burial taking place in the Breslau cemetery. Text II Tim. 4:7.
Miller.--Fred Don Miller, son of Bro. and Sister Andrew
Miller of near Middlebury, Ind., was born March 30, 1906; died
Dec. 29, 1926; aged 20 y. 8 m. 29 d. The day before his death
he was struck by a fast New York Central mail train at North Main
Street crossing, Goshen, Ind. This accident proved fatal. As he
was a deaf-mute, he did not hear the signal. He is survived by
his parents, four brothers, and three sisters. One brother and
one sister preceded him in death. He also leaves many relatives
and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held
at the Mennonite Church at Middlebury with a large attendance.
Quite a number of deafmutes attended. Services were conducted
by Silas Yoder and interpreted in the sign language of Homer Miller.
Interment in the Forest Grove cemetery.
"Sweetly sleeps dear Fred,
With loved ones gone before,
May we all prepare to meet him,
On yonder peaceful shore."
Schlabaugh.--Raymond Earl, infant son of Lee A. and
Magdalena Schlabaugh, was born Oct. 16, 1926; died at the home
of his parents, Dec. 24, 1926; aged 2 m. 8 d. Little Raymond took
sick on Monday, Dec. 20, but was not thought seriously ill until
Wednesday evening when pleurisy set in, which later developed
into pleuro-pneumonia. His illness lasted only 5 days. The last
two days were days of intense suffering. But he bore it patiently.
Little Raymond was a bright and winsome child and will be greatly
missed in the home. He leaves to mourn his early departure his
bereaved parents, 1 brother, 3 sisters, 4 grandparents, 1 great-grandmother,
10 uncles and 7 aunts, besides a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the East Union Church on Sunday
afternoon by Bro. Elmer and Amos Swartzentruber in German, and
by Bro. Joe Brenneman in English. Texts, Mark 10:13-15. Four little
girls carried the body to the cemetery near by, where burial was
Dearest Raymond, how we miss thee!
Oh how sad our hearts will be,
When we to our home return,
There no more your face to see.
Schantz.--Henry Schantz was born in Regensburgh, Germany, April 5, 1864; died near Hopedale, Ill., Dec. 22, 1926; aged 62 y. 8 m. 17 d. The cause of his death was intestinal "flu," and complications. He came to America in May, 1885, coming first to Chenoa, Ill., and later in the same year to Hopedale, Ill., where he spent the greater part of his life. He was married to Bertha Nafziger on Feb. 22, 1894. To this union were born 7 children. 5 daughters and 2 sons, 2 daughters dying in infancy. At the age of 14 years he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and remained true to Him all his days. His life was not a life for self, but for others, ever having in mind the poor and needy. Altho he was somewhat handicapped in that his hearing was defective and he could not enjoy church services as much as others, perhaps, yet he was always a regular attendant at services and very studious with his Bible. He leaves to mourn his departure, his sorrowing wife, 3 daughters (Barbara, Elizabeth, and Martha), and 2 sons, (Christian and Amos). He also leaves six brothers and two sisters, besides many other relatives and friends, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held Dec. 26, 1926, by Bro. Samuel Gerber of Tremont, Ill., and the home ministers. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery.
Transcriber by Barbara Fink, Florida
Knavel.--George Richard Knavel, son of Bro. George and Sister Goldie Knavel, was born Nov. 9, 1926; died Dec. 18 1926. Bro. and Sister Knavel live at Lewistown, Pa., and the corpse was brought to the home of Bro. Knavel's mother near Salix, Pa. The funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church by Bro. Hiram Wingard. Text, Job 1:21.
Rhodes.--L. H. Rhodes died Nov. 17, 1926. aged about 75 years. He leaves wife, one son, and two daughters. He accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church over a year ago. Funeral services were held at Valley View Church near Stuarts Draft, Va., Nov. 19, conducted by A. P. Heartwole and E. C. Shank. Text. Phil. 1:21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Bridge.--James W. Bridge died at his home near Stuarts Draft, Va., Dec. 11, 1926; aged 82 years. He leaves wife and 6 children. Over a year ago he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Valley View Church, conducted by Wm. Jennings of Knoxville, Tenn., assisted by the home ministers. A. P. Heartwole and J. R. Driver. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Good.--Lydia Doris, daughter of David and Sarah Good, was born near South English, Ia., Nov. 2, 1919. She spent most of her short life as a sufferer. Dec. 21, she became very sick with pneumonia and she passed away on Dec. 23, 1926; aged 7 y. 11 m. 21 d. She leaves father, mother, one sister Hannah, one brother Oliver, and many relatives and friends. One brother preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the Brethren Church, in charge of Bro. Silas Horst. Text. 1 Thes. 4:13, 14. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Schrock.--Grace Ellen, infant daughter of Noah and Jennie (Hooley) Schrock, was born Dec. 4, 1926, died Jan. 5, 1927; aged l m. 1 d. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. She leaves to mourn her sudden demise, father, mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, both grandparents, 9 uncles and 6 aunts. She came to this world only as a bud, to bloom in heaven. Funeral was held on Jan. 7, at the Yoder Mennonite Church, Kans., conducted by the Bros. R. M. Bontrager and L. O. King. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Godshall.--Irina L., daughter of Abram and Mary Delp, was born in Line Lexington, Pa., Sept. 15, 1903; died Nov. 24, 1926; aged 23 y. 2 m. 9 d. She is survived by her husband and little son, father, mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. One brother preceded her in death. She confessed Christ as her Savior at the age of 14 and remained a faithful member until death. On Nov. 9, 1921, she was married to Abraham Godshall. T this union was born 1 son. She left many words of comfort and consolation for the bereaved ones. The funeral was held Nov. 29, conducted by Jonas Mininger and Henry Clemmer at the house, and Joseph Ruth and Jacob C. Clemens at the Plain Mennonite Church, using for a text, II Cor. 4:16-18.
Lehman.--Daniel R., son of the late Abraham and Susan (Robrer) Lehman, was born May 11, 1863; died Dec. 18, 1926, at his home near Washingtonville, Ohio; aged 63 y. 7 m. 7 d. On March 3, 1898, he was united in marriage to Bertha J. Calvin, who survives, together with one daughter, Mrs. Earl Kurtz, one grandson and one brother, Henry Lehman, also a host of other relatives and friends. Two daughters, Mabel and Ida, preceded him in death 21 years ago. He was a member of the Zion Hill Brethren Church. Funeral services were held at Midway Mennonite Church Dec. 22, in charge of his Pastor, Albert Harrold, assisted by A. J. Steiner and E. M. Detwiler. Interment was made in the family lot in the adjoining cemetery.
Coppler.--Arvilla Geneva Coppler was born in St. Joseph County, Ind., Aug. 14, 1882. She was united in marriage with Isaac E. Truex in 1898. She departed this life on Dec. 29, 1926; aged 44 y. 4 m. 15 d. She leaves to mourn her departure, her mother Mrs. Allen Cox, and eleven children, namely: Forest, Howard, Thomas, Walter, Leta, Gertrude, Isaac, Roy, Alva, and Robert, and three sisters and five brothers. Realizing that her days could not be many, being afflicted with a cancer, she called for the ministry and after confessing Jesus Christ, she was baptized and received into the Prairie Street Mennonite Church of Elkhart, Ind., Nov. 16, 1926. Services were held at the house of the Church of the Brethren in Goshen, Indiana, and interment made in the city cemetery at that place on Jan. 1, 1927, conducted by T. E. George and Jacob K. Bixler.
Metzler.--Jesse Metzler, son of Samuel and Susan Metzler, was born at New Springfield, Ohio. June 28, 1845; died Jan. 5, 1927, at the age of 81 y. 6 m. 7 d. On Dec. 26, 1875, he was married to Mary A. Martin, and to them were born two daughters, Ida and Sadie. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Ida (Mrs. Samuel Huntsberger), 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers, and other relatives and friends. One daughter and two grandchildren preceded him to the great beyond. In his early manhood he united with the Mennonite Church in Mahoning Co., Ohio, and held his membership with the brotherhood there until death. For a number of years Bro. Metzler was in feeble health and was cared for at the State Hospital near Massillon, Ohio, where he died from a stroke of apoplexy. The funeral services were held at the home of Bro. and Sister Samuel Huntsberger and at the Martin's Mennonite Church near Orrville, Ohio. Burial in the near by cemetery. Ministers, I. W. Royer, Aaron Eberly, and H. V. Albrecht.
Smith.--Willis A., son of Christian and Hettie N. Smith,
died Dec. 29, 1926; aged 33 y. 11 m. 29 d. He died in the Lancaster
General Hospital of pneumonia. He was a member of Mellinger's
Mennonite Church. He suffered much during his sickness, but his
sufferings now are over. We sometimes wonder why one so young
should be called away, but we realize what God does is well done.
He leaves his wife, who was Ada Mae Snyder, and these children:
Lloyd, Gladys, Evelyn and Marian. Also 3 sisters and 1 brother.
The funeral was held Jan. 1, conducted by brethren David Landis
and Elmer Martin.
We cannot always understand
The Master's rule;
We cannot always do the task he gives
In life's hard school;
But we are learning with His help to solve
Them one by one.
And when we cannot understand, to say,
"Thy will be done."
Summer.--Phoebe (Stauffer) Summer, was born in Germany, Nov. 14, 1850; died Jan. 3, 1927; in Milford, Nebr., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Rediger, aged 76 y. 1 m. 19 d. She was united in marriage to Christian Summer, Feb. 16, 1874, in Livingston Co., Ill. In 1879 they came to Seward Co., Nebr., and lived on a farm 3 miles west of Milford. Later she moved to Milford. Her husband preceded her in death 21 years. One son and one daughter also went on before. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 sons, 3 daughters, 21 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and one brother. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was faithful to the end. She was a member of the East Fairview congregation for 47 years.
Bahler.--Anna (Mast) Bahler was born near Walnut Creek, O., Dec. 26, 1861; died at Walnut Creek, O., Dec. 12, 1926; aged 64 y. 11 m. 16 d. She was married to L. J. Bahler April 25, 1886. To this union were born 4 sons, 1 daughter, the latter dying in infancy. She was a daughter of Pre. Abraham and Anna Mast. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 4 sons, 3 grandchildren, 6 brothers, 5 sisters, and many relatives and friends. She died very suddenly of heart disease. She united in her youth with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. Services were held at the same place, with burial in the cemetery nearby. Services were conducted by Lester Hostetler, Sugar Creek O., and J. H. Poeter of Marshallville, O. Text. Phil. 2:21:25.
Bleam.--Dilman, son of Jonathan and Margaret Bleam, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., June 9, 1858, and came to Michigan with his parents in 1875. They purchased the farm in Bowne that has since been his home with the exception of about three years' residence in Canada. He was united in marriage to Littlian Elizabeth Spaetzel in Waterloo Co., Ont., in the fall of 1889. To this union were born four children, 2 daughters and 2 sons. The eldest daughter, Mrs. Adeline Overholt, died in Feb. 1914. Dilman was a member of the Mennonite Church since his early manhood. He was known and respected throughout this entire vicinity and for many miles around. He will be mourned and greatly missed as a good neighbor and friend. After a week's illness he passed away at his home December 26, 1926; aged 68 y. 6 m. 15 d. He is survived by his devoted companion, one daughter, two sons, nine grandchildren, one sister, one brother and a large number of other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Bowne Mennonite Church conducted by the brothern Ira S. Johns and Aldus Brackbill. Tex. (which was chosen by the family) Jno. 3:16
Plank, Lydia Yoder - daughter of C. P. and Lydia Yoder, was born June 6, 1857, in Logan Co., Ohio, died at her home in Garden City, Mo., Jan. 3, 1927, aged 69 y. 6 m. 27 d. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church early in her life and remained faithful to the end. In 1887 she was united in marriage to Christian C. Plank. To this union 12 children were born, 8 of whom with the father survive. Four have preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 7 sons and 1 daughter; also 22 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 2 half sisters, and a host of friends and neighbors who will greatly miss her cheerful disposition. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church, Garden City, Mo., conducted by Bros. J. C. Driver and Will E. Helmuth.
McLaughlin.--Martha M. McLaughlin was born Jan. 30, 1846; died Jan. 5, 1927; aged 80 y. 11 m. 5 d. She spent almost her entire life in the vicinity of Chambersburg, Pa. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful to the end. She was married to Thomas M. McLaughlin who preceded her to the spirit world in 1915. To this union were born three children, 1 son and 2 daughters. Sister McLaughlin was in feeble health for a number of years and often expressed a desire to go home to her Savior. Funeral was held on Jan. 8, from the home of Bro. Amos M. Martin, her brother with whom she had her home. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. George W. Ernst and at the Chambersburg Church by Brethren J. S. Burkholder and Geo. W. Ernst. Text Psa. 116:15. May her body rest in peace until the coming of our Lord.
Miller.--Elva W., son of William S. and Edna Mae Miller, was born July 16, 1922: died at his home near Shipshewanna, Ind., Dec. 19, 1926: aged 4 y. 5 m. 3 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, two sisters (Ella and Mary), and one brother (Ora), 2 great-grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 2 grandmothers, 10 aunts, 3 uncles and other relatvies and friends. He was sick only a little over one day with pneumonia. He was always a cripple never being able to walk. He was a bright, sunny and loving child winning the affections of many. His mind was bright and he liked to hear about Jesus and heaven, often asking his mother how it looked in heaven. Funeral services were held on Dec. 21 at the house of Daniel Mast, conducted by Abram Yoder and Moses Lehmann. Burial in the Yoder cemetery.
Darling Elva, he has left us,
Left us, yes, forever more.
But we hope to meet our loved one.
On that bright and happy shore.
Miller, Harry D., son of David and Polly Miller, of
Middlebury, Ind., was born in Lagrange Co., April 17, 1882; died
Jan. 5, 1927, at the Elkhart General Hospital after an operation
for acute appendicitis. He was aged 44 y. 8 m. 18 d. On Nov. 20,
1904, he was united in marriage to Katie Miller. To this union
were born two daughters and three sons. One infant daughter, his
father, one sister and two brothers preceded him. He leaves his
companion, one daughter, three sons all at home. An aged mother
of Midland Michigan, two brothers and one sister. He was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church for some twenty years. He realized
that the time of his departure was at hand. He bade the family
"Good-bye," and expressed a readiness to go to his eternal
home. Funeral services were held at the Forks church, in the presence
of an overflowing house of people, in charge of Bros. Earl Miller
and Silas Yoder. Interment in the Forest Grove cemetery. "Father
thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angel sweetly whispered,
Come and live with us at home."
Ernst.--Daniel B. Ernst, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ernst of Heidelberg, Ont., was born Feb. 3, 1865; died Jan. 2, 1927; aged 61 y. 10 m. 30 d. His first wife, Fanny Rudy, died about 10 years ago. Later he married Barbara Sauder, widow of Moses Sauder of New Holland, Pa. Besides the widow he leaves the 5 sons, 2 daughters, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. The oldest son, Josiah, died 1917. Bro. Ernst united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained a faithful member to the end. Nearly two years ago he began to be troubled with a sore toe, which later was found to be cancer. After months of intense suffering it was decided to amputate his leg below the knee. This was done last summer and at first it seemed as if he would get well, but later he again began to fail and soon there were signs of internal cancers, which were the cause of his death. He possessed a wonderful constitution, great physical strength, and an unusually sweet and cheerful disposition. He was ready and anxious to leave this world and be with his Savior. Funeral services Jan. 5, by Jesse B. Martin at the home, and Oliver Snider and Moses M. Brubaker at St. Jacobs Church. Texts, Isa. 33:17; Job 14:14.
Hoffman, Catharine F . . . Hoffman.--Catherine F. Hoffman
was born in Manor township, Pa., Dec. 8, 1847; died Nov. 3, 1926;
aged 78 y. 10 m. 25 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church
for many years and took an interest in church work. Her place
was seldom vacant when her health permitted her to attend. She
was marrried to Christian C. Hoffman, who preceded her in death.
To this union were born six sons and five daughters; John (deceased),
Emma wife of Elmer S. Kauffman, Lillie wife of Jacob W. Rohrer,
Harry, Clayton, (deceased). Frances wife of Enos K. Herr, Annie
wife of Abram C. Fisher, Frank, Christian, Katie wife of Ira D.
Landis, and Charles. She also leaves 37 grandchildren, 7 greatgrandchildren,
3 brothers, 1 sister. She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother,
and will be missed by all who knew her. She peacefully fell asleep
in the arms of One who doeth all things well. Funeral services
were held from her late home, Nov. 7, by Bro. John Gochnauer and
further services at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bro.
Frank Krieder. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er.
Your toiling hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother, true and kind.
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
Hartman.--Rebecca S. Hartman, daughter of the late Bishop Samuel Coffman, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., Mar. 24, 1868, died Dec. 23, 1926. On Oct. 19, 1888, she was married to Perry D. Hartman. To this union were born 11 children, 2 of whom preceded her in death. Those surviving her are: Lewis Hartman, Mrs. Peter Showalter, and Mrs. Ward Rhodes, of near Harrisonburg, Va.; William and Jacob Hartman and Mrs. Ira Shank of Elida, Ohio, Mrs. David Ramer of Duchess, Alta., and Paulina and Dorothy Hartman at home. She also leaves the following brothers and sisters: Jacob and Joseph Coffman and Mrs. Thomas Heartwole of near Harrisonburg, Va.; Mrs. J. S. Swartz, of Elida, Ohio, and Daniel Coffman of Goshen, Ind. The brothers and sisters who preceded her in death were: Pre. J. S. Coffman, Mrs. J. W. Minnich, Mrs. L. J. Heatwole, and Mrs. A. P. Shenk. Sister Hartman united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and remained faithful during her life. For many years she faithfully filled the office of deaconess. By her passing, the home has lost a loving wife and mother, the church a faithful member, and the community a kind and generous neighbor. Funeral services were conducted at Weaver's Church in the presence of a large audience. Those conducting the services were Bros. Samuel Rhodes and J. S. Martin.
Troyer, Elizabeth (Yoder) Troyer was born Dec. 30, 1841;
died Dec. 26, 1926; aged 84 y. 11 m. 26 d. She was born in Holmes
Co., Ohio, where she lived to the age of 12 years, then moved
with her parents to Cedar Co., Mo., over 56 years ago. At the
age of 14 years she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and
was a faithful member until her death. On Jan. 28, 1858, she was
married to Benjamin Troyer. To this union 9 children were born.
Four of them preceded her in death. She leaves 5 children, 26
grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Those left to mourn her loss are Isaac, Dan, Jessie, and Alta,
of Eldorado Springs, Mo., and Mrs. Rachael Watkins of Alvarado,
Calif. Her husband died Nov. 12, 1884. Grandma Troyer, as she
was known, was a kind and loving mother and was loved and respected
by all who knew her. For the last month she suffered patiently,
of sugar diabetes, until the end. "Blessed are the dead that
die in the Lord."
"We miss thee from thy place, dear mother,
A loving voice is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled."
Funeral services at the Union Church, Virgil City, Mo., by Isaac G. Hartzler. Text, Jno. 11:25, 26. Interment in cemetery near by.
Stonesifer.--Clair F. Stonesifer was born May 6, 1911,
at Hanover, Pa.; died Dec. 6, at the Lancaster General Hospital;
aged 15 y. 7 m. Clair was taken from the Millersville Mennonite
Children's Home by by Bro. and Sister Harrison B. Eshleman of
near Rocky Springs, Pa., June 1920. He was liked by all who knew
him; he always had a smile for everyone. His death was very sudden.
He was pinned between a heavy truck and the barn. His condition
was considered serious by the doctors and he was taken to the
hospital, Dec. 4, and underwent a serious operation, but it proved
fatal. He lingered thirty-seven hours after the accident. All
was done that loving hads could do but God saw best to call him
home on Dec. 6. His suffering was great, and he said he wanted
to go to Jesus. We realize that God's ways are best so we humbly
bow to His will. Clair leaves to mourn his early departure his
foster parents, Bro. and Sister Harrison B. Eshleman, and two
foster sisters, his father, three sisters, and five brothers.
Funeral services were held at his late home by Bro. C. M. Brubaker
and at the Brick Mennonite Church Willow Street, Pa., by Bro.
Frank M. Her--His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Can it be that Clair has left us,
He who always had a smile?
Yes! He's gone, and soon we'll meet him,
"Twill only be a little while."
By a Friend.
Stutzman.--Anna (Marner) Stutzman, was born near Johnstown, Pa., Sept. 16, 184died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. Miller, north of Welman, Iowa, Jan. 7 1927 at the age of 78 y. 3 m. 22 d. Nov. ---1871, she was united in marriage to Eli-Stutzman, who died Oct. 6, 1923. Immediately after their marriage they came to Iowa, locating an a farm near Sharon Center. They always lived in the Sharon community with the exception of a few years residence in Kalona. This union was blessed with 9 children, 7 sons and 2 daughters. One son Menno died in young manhood. The following children remain: Mrs. L. J. Miller of Wellman, Iowa; Mrs. S. C. Yoder, Goshen, Ind.; Dr. E. E., of Washington, Ia.; Levi Calvin, and Charles, of Kalona, Ia.; and Jacob, and George, of Cando, N. D. Beside these there are 20 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Sister Stutzman united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a faithful and consistent member all these years, always taking an active interest in the affairs of the Church, until age and failing health made this impossible. The Church and community join in extending their sympathy to the children in the loss of a loving and devoted Christian mother. Funeral services were held from the East Union Mennonite Church, Jan. 9, 1927, and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. Services were conducted by Bros. Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Driver.--Catherine (Nunemaker) Driver passed away Dec. 31, 1926, at her home in East Holbrook, near La Junta, Colo. Sister Driver had a light stroke of apoplexy some weeks ago, but had apparently recovered. On this morning Bro. Driver went to the home of a neighbor to assist in threshing, and upon his arrival home in the evening found his wife lying in the kitchen unconscious. Everything possible was done for her, but she passed away a few hours later. Sister Driver was born March 22, 1873, at Sterling, Ill., and was aged 53 y. 9 m. 9 d. When five years of age she removed with her parents to Roseland, Neb., where she remained until 1903, when she came to La Junta, having resided there ever since in the Holbrook Valley. She was united in marriage to Bro. J. L. Driver September 20, 1905. In 1894 she gave her heart to God and has since been a devoted and faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and active in Sunday school and church work. Evidences showed that she had been reading her Bible the same morning she was stricken while alone in the house. She is survived by her sorrowing husband, her aged father, Pre. J. M. Nunemaker, both of La Junta, five brothers, and one sister. Her mother, and four brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Jan. 4, 1927, from the East Holbrook Church, conducted by Bro. A. M. Leatherman, from 11 Kings 20:1, "Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live." Bros. Jacob A. Heatwole and Allen H. Erb assisted in the services.
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Johnson.--Wilford Johnson, son of Nicholas and Catherine Hays Johnson, died at his home near Masontown, Pa., died Dec. 13, 1927 of heart trouble. He was aged 71 y. 24 d. He is survived by his wife, three children, and three sisters. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral was held Jan. 15, from his late home and the Mennonite Church near Masontown. Services were conducted by Bro. John A. Brillhart and Abram Metzler. Text I Cor. 15;21, 22. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the Mennonite Church.
Shrock. --Roy Earl, son of William and Mary Schrock, was born Feb. 15, 1926, near Albany, Oreg., and died at his home Dec. 21, 1926; aged 10 m. 6 d. He leaves father, mother, one brother, Marvin, 4 grandparents, 2 great-grandmothers, uncles aunts, cousins, and a host of friends to mourn his early departure. Death came as a result of bronchial pneumonia of which he suffered nearly a week. The funeral was conducted from the Albany Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. C. R. Gerig, Daniel Erb, and N. A. Lind. Burial in the Riverside cemetery.
Miller.---Mary (Miller) Miller, wife of the late Harry
K. Miller, was born March 23, 1876*; died at the home of the her
brotherin-law, Amos N. Stauffer, Sept. 30, 1926, from a complication
of diseases; aged 59 y. 6 m. 7 d. Sister Miller was blind, and
she was partly paralyzed for a number of years all of which afflictions
she born very patiently. She manifested a cheerful dispostion
and also a heart filled with gratitude for the many kindenesses
shown her by a host of friends. She was a consistent member of
the Mount Joy and Kraybill congregation. Funeral services were
conducted at the home by Bro. Amos L. Hess, at the Mt. Joy, Pa.,
church by Brethren Abram Landis, Henry Lutz, and Isaac Brubaker.
Text, Luke 10:42.
*Date should be 1867 - Corresponds with age given and other family records - tlm 12/23/2021
Wenger.--Eli Wenger was born in Lancaster County, Pa., Feb. 6, 1847; died Jan. 6, 1927; aged 79 y. 11 m. At the age of 9 years he came with his parents to Elkhart County, Ind., where he has resided since. In the year 1874 he was married to Mary Etta Troxel. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. One son preceded in death. He is survived by his wife, 1 son, 3 daughters, and six grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Old Order Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek (Old Order) Mennonite Church, Jan. 8, 1927, conducted by John W. Martin, and Jacob W. Christophel. Tex II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
Geissinger.--Mary S. Geissinger (nee Landis), wife of Daniel Geissinger was born in Milford Township, Bucks Co., Pa., Mar. 17, 1872; died Jan. 1, 1927; aged 54 y. 9 m. 14 d. She is survived by her husband, two sons and one daughter. Henry residing at home, Clarence on a near-by farm, and Lillian Kratz of Allentown; also 4 grand-children mourn her loss. Sister Mary was a faithful member of the Swamp Mennonite Church and is greatly missed in her family, Sunday school, and church and community. The funeral services were held on Jan. 5. Bro. Wilson Moyer conducted the services at the house and Brethren John Gehman and Jonas Mininger preached at the church. Long shall we remember her seat in the church.
Gehman.--Ada M. Gehman (nee Clemmer), wife of David H. Gehman was born June 29, 1897; died Jan. 12, 1927; aged 29 y. 6 m. 13 d. Cause of death was a complication of disease from which she suffered for about half a year, being bedfast for 17 weeks. She leaves to mourn her early departure a sorrowing husband, mother, a brother and three sisters and a great number of relatives and friends to whom she was endeared by her cheerful disposition. She bore her suffering without a murmur being resigned to the will of God. The ranks of our little flock have been thinned, but we have the assurance that our loss is her gain. Funeral from her late residence in Bally, Pa., and at Bally Mennonite church on Jan. 17. Text, Rev. 21;4. Though sorrowful, we rejoice that God has a home for those that love Him where sorrow and death cannot enter.
Hostetter.-Louisa H., wife of David F. Hostetter, was born Feb. 22, 1859; died Jan. 4, 1927, at her home near East Petersburg, Pa., aged 67 y. 10 m. 12 d. Death was the result of a stroke. Besides her husband she leaves the following children: Mrs. David C. Yost, of Cocalico, Pa., Harry H., of East Petersburg, Pa., and D. Ralph of Harrisonburg, Va. A son, S. Clyde, has preceded her. One brother, Aaron Hurst, of East Petersburg, and two sisters, Mrs. Jacob S. Kauffman of Lancaster, Pa., and Mrs. Benjamin R. Bender of Landisville, Pa., also survive, as well as eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church on Jan. 6, conducted by Brethren Frank N. Kreider and Noah L. Landis. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Miller.--Katie Miller (nee Helmuth) was born near Arthur, Ill., July 3, 1888; died at her home near Midland, Mich. Dec. 30, 1926, of dropsy and heart truble after being bedfast for eight months. She was aged 38 y. 6 m. 17 d. She was married to Menno Miller Jan. 23, 1922. To this union were born one daughter and two sons. She leaves her husband, one son, and one daughter. One son preceded her in death. She also leaves nine step-children, her aged father, 5 sisters, 3 brothers; also an aged mother-in-law, besides a host of relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Conservative Church. Funeral services were held Jan. 3, 1927, at the house, conducted by Peter Swartz of Twining, Mich., and Sol Swartzendruber of Pigeon, Mich., in German, and Albert Wyse of Midland, Mich., in English.
Landis.--Mary Ann Landis, daughter of Benj. W., and Anna Martin Landis, was born near Neffsville, Pa., Nov. 1, 1843; died after an illness of two weeks at the home of her sister, Mrs. Naomi Martin, near Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1927; aged 83 y. 2 m. 8 d. Her grandparents were Abram and Nancy Landis and David Martins, who resided near Weaverland, Pa. She was the oldest in the family. Amos, Emeline, and Hettie preceded her in death. Martin, Benj. L., David, Leah, Amanda and Naomi remain to mourn to her loss. Nearly her whole life was spent in the service of others. She was a member of the Mennonite Church many years and remained faithful unto death. The funeral was held at the Eight Square Mennonite Church conducted by Bishop Jacob Burekhart in German and Bro. Daniel Brubaker in English. Text, II Cor. 5:10.
Benner.--Abram L. Benner was born in Juniata Co., Pa.,
Feb. 2 1861; died at the State Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa., Jan.
6, 1927; aged 65 y. 11 m. 4 d. He was twice married. By the first
marriage to Amelia Martin, the union was blessed with 3 sons.
By the second marriage to Alice Sheaffer, the union was blessed
with 2 sons and 1 daughter. Surviving are two sons (Clayton and
Martin), 4 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother, 2
step-brothers and one step-sister. Funeral services were held
Jan. 8, at 7:30 P. M., at the home of his son, Martin Benner,
near Shiremanstown, Pa., conducted by Bros. C. B. Hess and Samuel
Hess. Text Psa. 39:4, 5. the next day the body was taken to the
Delaware Church Juniata Co., Pa., where further services were
conducted by Bros. Samuel Leiter and A. W. Brubaker. Text, Dan.
12:13. Burial in graveyard adjoining.
By the Family.
Strickler.--Fannie Baer Strickler was born near Mt.
Joy, Pa., Nov. 13, 1864; died at her home in Salunga, Pa., Jan.
4, 1927; aged 62 y. 1 m. 21 d. Her death came as a great shock
to all who knew her. She had been in usual health until the day
before she died when she complained of not feeling well. It was
not considered serious but the next morning without a warning
of death she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. She was married to Henry
M. Baer Nov. 8, 1885. He preceded her in death five years ago.
On Dec. 15, 1925, she was married to Bro. Hiram Strickler. She
leaves to mourn her sudden departure her sorrowing husband, one
son, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Short services were
held Jan. 7 at the home by Bro. Henry Longnecker. Further services
were held at the Salunga Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Brubaker
and Abram Landis. Texts, Matt. 24:44; I Thes. 4:14. Her remains
were laid to rest in the Salunga Mennonite cemetery.
By the Daughter.
Nice.--Sarah A. (Reitzel) Nice, widow of the late Philip Nice, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., Sept. 2, 1853. She passed away at the Home of the Aged at Eureka, Ill., Jan. 14, 1927; aged 73 y. 4 m. 12 d. She was married to Philip Nice Nov. 26, 1891. To this union three children were born. Susanna, who passed away near Wakarusa, Ind., Oct. 6, 1918. Ruth, now Mrs. Roy Ebersole, and George who died March 4, 1926. Her husband departed this life May 10, 1914. She is survived by her only daughter, eight grandchildren and four brothers; Abram, Henry, Jacob, and Lewis. The surviving step-children are: Mrs. Amelia Showalter, Joseph Nice, Mrs. William Ferry, Tobias Nice, Mrs. Daniel Frey, and Mrs. R. A. Witmore. Sister Nice was for many years a member of the Mennonite Church and remained true to this faith until the time of her death. Her body was brought to Sterling, Ill., to the home of her daughter. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 16, when a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. Her pastor used as a text for the occasion Job 7:21, latter clause.
Stauffer.--Barbara (Miller) Stauffer, wife of Amos N. Stauffer, was born Aug. 29, 1864; died at her home, near Mt. Joy, Pa., Oct 29, 1926; aged 62 y. 2 m. On account of her short illness of pleuro-pneumonia, her death came as a shock to a wide circle of friends. Her sister died four weeks previously in the same home. She was a faithful member of the Kraybill and Mt. Joy congregations. Mother was a staunch defender of the faith, which she taught both by precept and example. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 5 children; (Norman M. Bertha M., wife of B. Lehman Kraybill (deceased), Mary M., wife of Ezra R. Garber, Leah M., and David M., at home, and also 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Amos L. Hess and at the Mt. Joy church by Bros. Henry Lutz, Isaac Brubaker, and John W. Weaver. Texts, I Thess. 4:12-18; Rev. 22:12.
"Mother, thou are gone to rest
And this shall be our prayer,
That when we're reached our journey's end
Thy glory we may share."
Since writing this notice, daughter Leah, was called to join her mother in the spirit world.
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