Riley. - Verl, daughter of Will and Sarah Riley died
May 20, 1928; aged 21 days. She leaves father, mother, three brothers,
four sisters, and many relatives and friends. One brother preceded
her to the heavenly home.
Precious one God has given
Precious one God has taken;
May we all bless our maker
Until we all shall meet in heaven.
Funeral services by M. D. Stutzman of Tofield, Alta.
Musser. - Henry Musser was born Aug. 9, 1851; died May 17, 1928; aged 76 y. 9 m. 8 d. He was married to Barbara Witzel with whom he lived 51 years. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 3 daughters with whom the mother and 12 grandchildren remain to mourn his departure. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and served as deacon for 34 years. Funeral services were held on May 21 at the St. Jacobs, Ont. Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Abraham Gingerich and Jonas Snider.
Meier. - Jacob Meier was born April 17, 1836, in Wilchingen, Switzerland; died at his home near Milford, Nebr., May 23, 1928; aged 92 y. 1 m. 6 d. He was baptized and confirmed in the Reformed Church in Switzerland. On April 3, 1873, he sailed for America, landing at Gridley, Ill. In 1881 he came to Seward Co., Nebr., settled on a farm west of Milford where he remained until death. He was united in Marriage to Christiana Schad on Aug. 31, 1885. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. One son died in infancy. He leaves his wife (who is in the State Hospital) two sons, and two daughters (Bertha, Jacob, Mary, and John), and six grandchildren.
Transcriber's note: Marriage was capitalized in the middle of the sentence in the original.
Weber. - Catherine, daughter of George and Elizabeth Rapp, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., in 1851; passed away May 19, 1928, aged 78 years. She was married in 1875 to Ezra Weber who preceded her in death four years ago. This union was blessed with nine children, all of whom survive. She leaves nine children (Mrs. B. Dixon, Noah, Oliver, Henry, Clayton, Reuben, Emily, Mrs. Percy Shantz, and Milton), 22 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and many other relatives and friends. For many years she was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, devoted to its various activities. Funeral services were held at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church May 22, conducted by Bro. Oliver Snider and - Spencer.
Shantz. - Isaac C. Shantz was born near Breslau, Ont., on Jan. 20, 1854; died in Breslau on April 24, 1928; aged 74 y. 3 m. 4 d. On Feb. 28, 1875, he was married to Sarah Shantz, who predeceased him Dec. 20, 1921. To this union were born 8 children, 4 of whom (Norman, Viney, Sarah, and Laura) have passed on to the spirit world. There remain to mourn a loving father, one son (Edwin) three daughters (Luanna, Mary, and Edith), and 11 grandchildren. Bro. Shantz united with the Mennonite Church in early manhood and remained faithful to his choice until his departure from this life. The funeral was held on April 27, at the Cressman Mennonite Church. Brethren Jonas Snider and H. W. Stevanus conducted the services.
Gingerich. - Amanda Knoll, widow of the late Dea. Jacob
Gingerich, was born near Annville, Pa., Aug. 16, 1854; died May
15, 1928; aged 73 y. 6 m. 29 d. About 50 years ago she was converted,
united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member
until death. Her husband preceded her in death about 6 years.
She is survived by 1 son, 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren
and 1 brother. During the 4 months of her sickness she was just
waiting to answer the summons to come up higher. She was a real
mother, and we praise the Lord for her life and testimony. The
funeral was largely attended at Gingerich's Church May 20. Services
conducted by Bros. Jacob Ebersole and A. A. Landis. Text, Jas.
Detra. - Bro. John G. Detra of Elizabethtown, Pa., died May 9, 1928; aged 68 y. He leaves his widow (Fannie M.) two daughters (Tillie M. and Mrs. Levi Musser), two sons (Walter and Banks Detra). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, a loyal worker and teacher of Men's Bible Class in Sunday school, and will be greatly missed in the home, church, and community; but we humbly bow to His will and say, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were conducted May 12, from his late home by John Brinser, at the Mennonite Church by Abram Landis and Noah Risser. Text, Prov. 10:7. Interment in Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.
"A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in the home
Which can never be filled."
Ebersole. - Rachel, daughter of the late Noah S. And
Katie Fisher, and wife of A. D. Ebersole, was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Sept. 5, 1877; died March 28 from a complication of
diseases; aged 50 y. 6 m. 23 d. She is survived by her husband,
an adopted daughter (Elsie), her mother, four sisters, one brother,
and many relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite
Church in early life and remained faithful to the end. She was
very kind and of a quiet disposition. Funeral services were conducted
on March 30 at the home by Moses Rhiel and at the church by John
A. Stoltzfus and George W. Beiler. Her body was laid to rest in
the Gordonville Cemetery.
Our sister dear has left this world
Of sorrow, grief, and pain;
And tho it causes tears to flow,
We know it was her gain.
Christophel. - Daniel, son of Jacob and Barbara Christophel,
was born July 15, 1842 in Mahoning Co., Ohio; died at his home
in Goshen, Ind. May 9, 1928; aged 85 y. 9 m. 14 d. He was united
in marriage to Anna Wenger Jan. 1, 1874. To this union were born
eight children of whom four survive. Surviving are his wife; three
sons (Wesley W., Enos, and Jesse) and one daughter (Phebe Metzler),
also 12 grandchildren, and a sister (Elizabeth Lehman). Two sons
and two daughters and one grandson preceded him in death. He accepted
Christ about 44 years ago and united with the Mennonite Church.
In the last years of his life he united with the Mennonite Brethren
in Christ Church, in which faith he died. Funeral services conducted
at the house by A. B. Yoder of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ
Church, and at the Yellow Creek Church by R. F. Yoder assisted
by A. B. Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to his
Rittenhouse. - Salome, daughter of Jacob and Salome Kratz, and wife of Ezra Rittenhouse, was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., Dec. 27, 1853; died at Vineland, Ont., May 24, 1928; aged 74 y. 4 m. 27 d. Oct. 12, 1879, she was married to Ezra Rittenhouse. He resided on the Bishop Tilman Moyer farm, on and around which the village of Vineland is located. Their late home is located on the same land. Bro. and Sister Rittenhouse united with the Mennonite Church during the first series of meetings held in the Moyer Church by the late John S. Coffman. For many years Sister Rittenhouse taught the class of young girls in the Sunday school, and her efforts and interest in the work were much appreciated. Her sudden departure, resulting from a weakened condition of the heart, was a shock to the community. The funeral services, on Sunday afternoon, May 27, were largely attended by the sympathizing community and friends from other sections. Services were conducted by Bro. C. F. Derstine of Kitchener, Ont., assisted by Bro. S. F. Coffman, of Vineland. Text, I Thes. 4:17. Laid to rest in the Vineland Cemetery, awaiting the call of the Lord ever to be with Him.
Yoder. - Edward, son of Jacob and Rachel Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 29, 1843; died May 9, 1928; aged 85 y. 10 d. He came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., 1847, at the age of four years. On March 29, 1869, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Yoder of near Goshen, Ind., who preceded him in death Sept. 21, 1926. To this union were born five children of whom three survive and two passed to their reward. Those left to mourn his departure are one daughter (Fannie Kerlin), and two sons (David and Harvey), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In early life he became a member of the Mennonite Church, and died in that faith. He was a kind and loving father, much concerned about his family. He was in his usual health until the morning of May 8 he had a stroke of apoplexy, was found unconscious, and never regained consciousness and died the following day. "All is over, hands are folded On a quiet peaceful breast; All is over, pains are ended Now dear father is at rest." Funeral was held at the Mennonite Church at Middlebury, conducted by Silas Yoder and D. D. Miller. Burial in Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.
Eichelberger. - Kate Eichelberger was born in Germany
Jan. 2, 1862; died at her home near Alma, Mich., May 13, 1928;
aged 66 y. 4 m. 11 d. She was united in marriage with Christian
Eichelberger. To this union were born 7 children. 2 died in infancy,
1 son died Jan. 5, 1916. Her husband died Jan. 5, 1923. She had
been afflicted with T. B. a number of years. Jan. 1, 1928, she
was taken to bed and had plural pneumonia, but got over that but
just kept getting weaker and weaker. She bore her suffering very
patiently. During the time she was in bed Bro. Bontrager of Midland,
Mich., and Bro. D. D. Troyer of Indiana came and gave her communion,
which was her desire to have once more. She always enjoyed visitors
especially those of like faith when they came to sing and have
prayer for her. She united with the Mennonite Church when young.
She leaves 3 daughters, 1 son, 8 grandchildren, 2 sons-in-law,
a host of friends and relatives. Services were in charge of Bros.
D. D. Troyer and Royal Buskirk.
"Rest, our dear mother, your labor is o,er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother true and kind
No friend on earth like you we,ll find.
By her daughter Mary.
Good. - Barbara E., daughter of John M., and Anna Greider, was born near Dayton, Ohio, July 30, 1860; died May 11, 1928, after an illness of three years caused by paralysis, at her home near Elida, Ohio; aged 67 y. 9 m. 12 d. On Sept. 4, 1883, she was united in marriage with Simon P. Good who preceded her to the spirit world Aug. 23, 1926. To this union were born 11 children, 7 of whom are still living (Mrs. John M. Brenneman, Mrs. E. E. Troyer, Mrs. Herschel Brenneman, Mrs. M. L. Troyer, Mrs. R. R. Brunk, Menno S. Good, and Mrs. R. R. Ross), also 26 grandchildren and 7 foster children. She is also survived by 3 sisters and 3 brothers (Mrs. Susan Stauffer, Mrs. Mary Clair, Benjamin Greider, Mrs. W. S. Riley, J. E. Greider, and Christian Greider), besides many other relatives and friends. Early in life she gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a loyal and faithful member until the summons came. The last week of her life she frequently talked about going home, asking those present to sing for her; leaving a blessed assurance of the eternal hope. Her smiling face, her patient self-sacrificing spirit, her motherly disposition and most of all her simple faith in her Savior won for her a host of friends. She will be missed in the community, in the Church and above all in the home. "There lives and dwells in mansions far Beyond the ken of erring mortals, A soul whose virtues, like a star Resplendent, shine beyond their portals.
"A soul so loving, kind and fair -
To me more dear than every other -
Who blest me with her latest prayer,
And answered to the name of Mother."
Funeral services were conducted May 14, at the Pike Church by the brethren, I. J. Buckwalter, P. E. Brunk, and Andrew Brenneman. Text, Prov. 31:28; Mark 14:8. Interment in Pike Cemetery.
Reber. - Carolina Johanna Unruh Reber was born
in Poland, July 26, 1857; died at her home in Harper Co., Kans.,
March 13, 1928; aged 70 y. 7 m. 18 d. She had been suffering for
several years with Bright's disease and heart trouble. On March
6, she was afflicted with a stroke of paralysis but bore it all
patiently and cheerfully until the end. She accepted Christ as
her Savior at 16 and united with the Mennonite Church. She with
her parents left for America on Nov. 10, 1874, and landed in Philadelphia,
then came to Hutchinson, Kans. After several weeks she with a
company of immigrants went to Johnson Co., Iowa, and there was
married to Christian Reber on Dec. 12, 1875. In the spring of
1878 they came to McPherson Co., Kans., and took up a homestead
and endured the pioneer days there. After living there for 26
years they moved to Harper Co., Kans., in the spring of 1904 where
she lived until her death. To this union were born seven sons
and six daughters, who were all present at the time of her departure.
She was a kind and loving mother, and endured many hardships.
She was liked by all who knew her, always willing and ready to
do her part and share her duties of life. She had much patience
through her sickness, trusting in her Savior for strength and
grace so she could hold out faithful. She leaves her husband,
13 children (Mrs. N. J. Burkholder, John, Dan, Dave, Mrs. Dave
Troyer, Jacob J., Mrs. A. A. Troyer, Mrs. J. A. Schindler, Mrs.
W. M. Nafziger, Sam, Criss, Ben H., and Mrs. Sam Schindler), an
adopted granddaughter, thirty-one grandchildren, two great-grandchildren,
three brothers, two sisters, besides a large host of relatives
and friends. Three grandchildren have preceded her to the great
"Tis hard to part with mother dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
A noble mother could not be,
On this side of eternity."
Stauffer. - Pre. Noah Stauffer was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Feb. 13, 1842; died in his late home in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 20, 1928; aged 86 y 3 m. 7 d., of the infirmities of age and pneumonia. Barbara Betzner, wife of Pre. Noah Stauffer, was born near Breslau, Ont., Dec. 19, 1844; died in Waterloo, Ont., May 22, 1928 (twenty-nine hours after the departure of her husband) of the infirmities of her age, aged 83 y. 5 m. 3 d. Brother Stauffer was the only survivor of a family of four brothers and four sisters. There remain of sister Stauffer's family, of half-brother and sisters; Moses, Aaron, and Samuel Betzner. Mrs. Aaron Cressman and Mrs. Ephraim Cressman. Of the immediate family of their children, all survive: Mrs. Ida Snyder (who resided with and cared for her parents for the past seven years) Obal Stauffer, and Jacob Stauffer. After a union of sixty years and six months, in which they shared the sorrows and joys in the labors of life, and engaged in the service of the Lord for nearly fifty-two years, blessed with joy of Christian labor and fellowship they laid down their life together to enter the long expected, and earnestly looked for, rest of the servants of the Lord. Brother Stauffer was ordained to the ministry if the Mennonite Church for the Strassburg congregation, near the place of his birth, Nov. 9 1876, by bishops Joseph Hagey, Amos Cressman, and Abram Martin. Early in his ministry he was active in building up the Church, in strengthening the spiritual life of the membership. In company with the ministering brethren - Solomon Gehman, Jacob Gingerich, and Joseph Nahrgang - evangelistic services were conducted in the homes of the brotherhood in Christ, in evening services at which the unsaved were admonished to repentance and faith in Christ, and many were led to Christ in these first evening evangelistic efforts. Brother Stauffer is said to have preached the first English sermon in the Waterloo Mennonite congregation, at the Hagey Church, near Preston, Ont. His services were much in demand on account of his ability in this language. He was nominated for the office of bishop at least on three different occasions - at the ordination of Elias Weber, Jonas Snider, and Abram Gingerich. His labors and influence in the conference work were invaluable, and his counsels were deliberate and wholesome. In his duties and service for the Church in general his efforts were appreciated in the organization of the first evangelizing Board, organized at Elkhart, Indiana. He with Bro. Jonas Snider, were the Canadian representatives at the preliminary meeting leading to the organization of the General Conference. His heart was in the growth and progress of the Church. He labored constantly and faithfully for the young and the old in the kingdom of Christ as long as the Lord gave him strength. His labors are ended. His co-laborers will miss him, the Church will honor his memory, the Lord alone will reward His servant. Funeral services were conducted May 25, from the home, where brief services were conducted by Bro. C. F. Derstine, and thence to the Waterloo Mennonite Church, services were conducted by the brethren, Jonas Snider, S. F. Coffman, and C. F. Derstine. An assembly which filled all the available space in the audience room, lobbies and basement, and some waiting outside the building, gave silent and impressive testimony to the esteem in which Brother and Sister Stauffer were held by the many who knew them. The remains were laid to rest side by side in the Mennonite cemetery. They wait the day of their resurrection, when they shall be like Him who redeemed them and for whose love they served their Lord and coming King.
Transcriber's note: There are two obituaries listed, for husband and wife.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Kolb. - Mary Catherine, daughter of William and Mahala
Silvius, was born near Sugar Creek, Ohio, October 12, 1866; died
May 6, 1928; aged 61 y. 7 m. 24 d. She was married to Tobias Kolb,
Jan. 13, 1889. To this union were born one son and four daughters
(William, Mrs. A. H. Horrisberger, Susie, Mrs. Lee Shunk, and
Amanda). While yet in her teens she accepted Christ as her personal
Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was
a faithful member until death. She leaves her husband and all
her children, eight grandchildren, four brothers, and many other
relatives and friends. She will be missed in the home, the community,
and in the Church. Funeral services were held at the Kolb Church
May 9, by P. R. Lantz and D. M. Friedt. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Martin. - Weaver, son of Amos H. and Katie (Weaver)
Martin, after two days illness of pneumonia, fell asleep on April
30, 1928, at his home near Lincoln, Pa., aged 1 y. 1 m. 10 d.
He leaves father, mother, and these brothers and sisters: John,
Mary, Harvey, Anna, Eva, Amos, Esther, and Edwin, all at home;
also the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John B. Weaver), and Mr. Elijah
Martin, who made his home with the family, and many other relatives
and friends survive. Funeral services were conducted at the house
by John Weaver and Abram Hoover, and at the Groffdale Church by
Frank Hurst and Joseph Hostetter, Text, Job 14:1, 2.
"The cherub band had need of one
To join their songs of love -
Then weep not for your young darling son;
He sweetly sings above."
By his cousin.
Musser. - John E. Musser was born April 4, 1851, died
April 22, 1928; aged 77 y. 18 d. He was afflicted for many years.
He is survived by his widow (who was Hettie K. Denlinger before
marriage), 3 children (Annie D., Martin D., and Lizzie D.), and
14 grandchildren. One son died in infancy. One brother (Henry
E. Musser) and one half-brother (David E. Weaver), and many relatives
and friends also survive. He was a member of the Mennonite Church
for 54 years. Funeral services were held at his home near Witmer,
Pa., on April 25, by Bros. Elmer Martin and David L. Landis, and
Bro. Abraham Martin at Mellinger's Church. Texts, Jno. 14; Phil.
1:21. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"My earthly labors have an end,
I,ve found a better home,
Where I with many a loving friend
Will gather around the throne."
Kreider. - John, son of the Tobias and Annie Kreider,
was born Oct 5, 1858; died May 16, 1928; aged 69 y. 7 m. 11 d.
He was a member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church for many years,
and as long as his health permitted, he was a faithful attendant
at the services. One year ago he was afflicted, suffering a stroke
from which he never fully recovered. On the evening of May 16,
at 9 o,clock, he peacefully passed away, without any pain. He
is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Elizabeth L.
Kreider), three daughters, (Luetta, wife of Amaziah H. Hostetter,
Emma, wife of Joseph W. Denlinger, Anna, wife of Roy V. Kendig),
seven grandchildren, and two sisters (Mrs. Henry D. Rohrer and
Mrs. Isaac Eby). Funeral services at Mellinger's Church, May 19,
were conducted by David L. Landis and Elmer G. Martin. Text, II
Tim. 4:6, 7. He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
By the family.
Glick. - Catharine Glick (nee Beiler) daughter of the
late Christian and Rebecca Beiler, was born near Ronks, Pa., April
11, 1928; died May 17, 1928; 84 y. 1 m. 6 d. She was a member
of the Amish Church until the end. She was united in marriage
to David F. Glick Jan. 17, 1867. To this union were born 11 children
of whom 2 sons and 1 daughter preceded her to the great beyond:
also her husband who died 34 years ago. She is survived by the
following children. Christian B., Mrs. John Allgyer, Mrs. Tobias
Stoltzfus, Moses, Mrs. Benjamin Lapp, Aaron H., Mrs. Stephen Lantz,
and Annie; also forty-seven grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren,
3 brothers, and 2 sisters. She was sick 1 week and will be missed
by friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted by Daniel
M. Stoltzfus and Benjamin F. Beiler. She was laid to rest in Beiler's
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over; pains are ended,
Now dear grandmother is at rest."
By a granddaughter.
Transcriber's note: The original stated that the birth year
was 1928 and the death year also was 1928. Since she was 84, the
birth year should be 1844.
Hershberger. - Catharine Weaver was born July 16, 1859;
died May 25, 1928; aged 68 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was married to Daniel
D. Hershberger, Feb. 23, 1879. To this union were born seven children
of whom three survive, Fannie, wife of Joseph Miller; Harley,
whose wife died recently; Ida at home. Besides her husband and
children, she is survived by one grandson, two brothers (Moses,
and Daniel Weaver), and two sisters (Mrs. Peter Blough and Mrs.
Hiram Weaver, and many other relatives and friends. She was afflicted
for thirteen weeks and at times suffered very severely yet endured
it patiently. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1879 and
was a consistent member for 49 years. During health her place
was seldom vacant in Sunday school and church services. Funeral
services were conducted in the home and at the Kaufman Church
by S. G. Shetler and W. C. Hershberger. She always lived in the
vicinity of Johnstown, Pa. Having many relatives, and the funeral
being held on Sunday afternoon, only about half the people could
enter in the church. Her remains were laid away in the Kaufman
Roth. - Jacob, son of Nicholas and Catherine Roth, was
born in Tavistock, Ont., Dec. 22, 1850; died May 23, 1928, near
Albany, Oreg., aged 77 y. 5 m. 1 d. When 8 years of age, he moved
with his parents to Iowa, where he grew to manhood. On Nov. 4,
1873, he was married to Hannah Eicher of Henry Co., Iowa. To this
union were born 4 sons. His wife and 2 sons preceded him in death.
On Nov. 16, 1880, he was married to Mary Eicher. To this union
were born 6 sons and 3 daughters. He leaves his wife, 3 sons (Martin,
John, and Frank) 1 daughter (Barbara Neuschwander), 1 adopted
son (Edward), also 29 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2
brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. He accepted
Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 17 and united with
the Amish Mennonite Church to which Church he was faithful until
death. He was ordained to the office of deacon in 1883, later
to the ministry, and to the office of bishop in 1895. His constant
aim and purpose throughout the many years of active service was
to faithfully uphold the full and simple teachings of the Gospel
as believed and practiced by the church of his choice.
Sharp. - Cora Emma Byler was born near Prairie Home,
Cooper Co., Mo., Feb. 20, 1883; died in Portland, Oreg., May 20,
1928; aged 45 y. 3 m. At the age of 12 she confessed Jesus as
her personal Savior and Redeemer, was baptized and united with
the Baptist Church. After moving to near Hubbard Oreg., she with
her companion united with the Zion Mennonite Church, wherein she
remained faithful. Nov. 4, 1904, she was united in wedlock with
Levi J. Sharp at Sedalia, Mo. To this union were born four daughters
and one son. One daughter in her teens passed away; also father,
mother, two sisters, one brother. She leaves husband, Mrs. Noah
J. Roth, Mrs. Burton Lais, Molalla, William, and Esther. She was
a devoted and affectionate companion and loving mother. Had been
in poor health for some time, and expressed a desire to depart
and be with Jesus and loved ones who have gone on before. Funeral
services at the undertaker's parlors, Portland, conducted by E.
Z. Yoder and Paul N. Roth. Text, Psa. 91:16. Further services
at the Zion Mennonite Church near Hubbard by Bros. A. P. Troyer
and E. Z. Yoder. Text, Rev. 14:13. Remains laid to rest in the
cemetery near by.
Roth. - Catherina Zehr, was born in Wilmot, Ont., Jan.
6, 1864; died in Wellesley, Ont., May 7, 1928; aged 64 y. 4 m.
1 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph L. Roth June 27, 1889.
This union was blessed with 11 children (Lydia, Christian, Mary,
wife of Abraham Steinman, Joseph, Kate, wife of Joseph B. Leis,
Benjamin, Saloma, wife of Emanuel W. Roth, Sarah, Madeline, Samuel,
and Edna). Sister Roth was blessed to see all her children accept
their Savior and unite with the church. She is survived by her
husband, 7 daughters, 4 sons, 15 grandchildren, 4 sisters, 2 brothers,
and many other relatives and friends. In her early youth she accepted
Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church.
She was a patient sufferer from cancer in her face. Two days before
her death, double pneumonia set in. Many a time she called out,
"O Lord, take me home this night." Funeral services
were held May 10, 1928, at the home by Bro. Chr. S. Zehr, and
at the Wellesley A. M. Church by the Brethren Peter Litwiller,
Daniel H. Steinman, and Daniel Lebold.
"All is over, hands are folded
O,er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended
Now dear mother is at rest."
Myers. - Mary, daughter of the late Daniel C. and Mary
Lehman Myers, Chambersburg, Pa., was born June 2, 1881; died April
17, 1928; aged 46 y. 10 m. 15 d. Her death was due to complications
of which she was a sufferer for years. She was only bedfast one
week. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. During her affliction
she was patient and resigned to the will of her heavenly Father.
She often expressed her desire to go home and be at rest. She
gave good warnings and admonitions to her brothers and sisters
before she died. She asked her friends to sing for her, which
she enjoyed very much. Her favorite hymns were: "What a Friend
we have in Jesus" and "There will be no Disappointment
in Heaven." She is survived by these brothers and sisters:
Mrs. Lizzie Sleighter, Annie (with whom she made her home), John
Myers, Mrs. Robert Gardner, Mrs. Lehman K. Horst, David, and Sadie.
Funeral services were held at the home of her brother, David L.
Myers, and at the Chambersburg Church conducted by Brethren Joseph
E. Lehman and Harvey Shank. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8. Burial in cemetery
"Dearest sister, thou hast left us
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal."
Zook. - Salome, daughter of John K. and Fannie L. Zook,
was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Oct. 24, 1860; died May 21, 1928,
at her home near La Junta, Colo., Aged 67 y. 6 m. 27 d. In 1863
she moved with her parents to Champaign Co., Ohio. In 1884 she
went to Cass Co., Mo. On Dec. 27, 1887, she was married to M.
S. Zook. They moved to La Junta Colo., in Nov., 1906, where they
resided at the time of her death. To them one daughter was born.
She leaves her husband, one daughter (Mrs. J. O. Kiser) two grandchildren
(Velma and Lloyd), one sister (Mrs. Lydia E. Yoder), and a host
of relatives and friends. By her death the church loses a faithful
member, in her home a devoted mother and companion. She was a
sufferer for many years, being blind eleven years. After a third
operation for her eyes she received sight in one eye. Through
all her suffering she was very patient until death called her
to her eternal reward. Funeral services were conducted May 23,
at the home by Bro. J. A. Heatwole and at East Holbrook church
by Bro. E. E. Showalter assisted by Bro. A. M. Leatherman. The
minister and text (II Tim. 4:6-8) were chosen by the deceased.
Interment in East Holbrook Cemetery.
"We shall miss her guiding counsel,
For we always knew she cared;
And we often solved our problems,
As her thoughts with us she shared."
Mast. - Caroline, daughter of Noah and Barbara Hostetler,
was born near Farmerstown, Ohio, Aug. 5, 1850; died of heart trouble
near Walnut Creek, Ohio, June 2, 1928; aged 77 y. 9 m. 27 d. On
Nov. 25, 1870, she was united in marriage to Abraham W. Mast.
This union was broken by the death of her husband, July 9, 1916.
To this union were born 12 children, 5 of whom preceded her in
death. She leaves 4 sons and 3 daughters (Abraham M., Henry A.,
Emery A., William R., Mrs. H. W. Hostetler, Mrs. Malva J. Miller,
and Mrs. Harvey H. Miller with whom she made her home) ; also
41 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 1 sister,
besides many friends. She was failing in health for about 6 months.
At times she suffered much and often expressed her desire to go
to her long home. She appreciated so much the visits which so
many friends paid to her during her illness, and longed if it
be possible to return these. Mother was a person of much greater
deeds than words. It was always her aim to serve others before
herself, and this unselfish spirit was keenly felt by all who
knew her. Her gentle and kind disposition commanded all to love
her and the loss of her sweet counsel is heavy to us. She was
indeed, a good mother. She was a member of the Mennonite Church
of Walnut Creek, O., where funeral services were conducted by
E. B. Stoltzfus and Alvin W. Miller. Texts, Rev. 13:14; Psalm
Burkholder. - John M. Burkholder was born in Lancaster
Co., Pa., Feb. 19, 1851; died May 10, 1928, at the home of his
daughter in Farmersville, Pa.; aged 77 y. 2 m. 20 d. He was a
farmer nearly all his adult life, having lived 49 years in the
vicinity of Farmersville. His death was due to infirmities of
old age, after an illness of several weeks. He lived a very friendly
and peaceful life, but unprepared to meet the Savior until one
and one-half years before his death he accepted Jesus as his Savior
and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church which
made him very happy until death with the promises of God. He was
united in marriage fifty-four years ago with Sister Sarah Rhoads
of the United Zion Children congregation. This union was blessed
with 2 sons and 2 daughters (Henry, Mrs. Jacob Hoober and Mrs.
David Brubaker), 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and
many other relatives and friends. One son (William) preceded him
to eternal glory three and one-half year ago. During his affliction
he lay very peacefully and waited for the Master's call. Services
were conducted at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Brethren W.
Martin and John Sauder. Text, Eph. 2:8, 9. The body was laid to
rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Just a blossom in his old age
We hope we can all meet his stage,
In that beautiful city of gold
When we are called into the fold."
Headings. - Lee W., eldest son of Ezra and Lydia E.
Headings, was born in Logan Co., Ohio. Feb. 6, 1877. When he was
nine years old the family moved West. He accepted Christ as his
Savior at the aged of fourteen and united with the Sycamore Grove
Mennonite Church near East Lynn, Mo. On Nov. 25, 1900, he was
united in marriage to Catherine Kauffman. To this union were born
three daughters (Iva, Fern and Cleobell). Shortly after their
marriage they moved to Oklahoma, where he engaged in farming.
In 1916 he returned with his family to Ohio. He transferred his
church membership to the South Union Church where he retained
his membership until his death. He spent many wakeful nights meditating
with God. During the past thirteen months his health failed rapidly.
Tuesday, May 22, he was taken to Grant Hospital, Columbus, for
examination. His case was diagnosed as tumorous spleen and heart
trouble. He was transferred Wednesday to the Radium Hospital for
treatment. After a week's treatment he planned to come home. Wednesday
he felt encouraged over his improved condition and optimistically
declared, "I believe I am going to get well." But at
midnight his condition became critical and he passed away Thursday
morning, May 31, 1928. Besides his wife and daughters he is survived
by his mother (Mrs. Lydia E. Headings) and the following brothers
and sisters: Andy, Elmer, John, Ezra, Mrs. John Ray Yoder, Milton,
Oliver, Mrs. A. R. Plank, and Archie. His father and a brother
(Frank) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at South
Union Church, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer.
A short service was also conducted at the home near Jewell's Hill
by John Y. King. Interment in South Union Cemetery.
Miller. - Jemima, daughter of Moses A., and Sophia Mast
was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Jan. 5, 1876; died in an automobile
accident near Wooster, Ohio, while returning from the Ohio Mennonite
Conference on May 31, 1928; aged 52 y. 4 m. 26 d. In her youth
she accepted Christ as her Savior and was received by baptism
into the Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek, Ohio, where she remained
a faithful and consistent member until death. On Feb. 11, 1900,
she was united in marriage to Amra D. Miller who survives her
(and who, on account of injuries sustained in the accident which
caused her death was unable to be present at the funeral service).
To this union were born six children (Ray, Merle, Fern, Sophia,
Warren, and Ralph), all surviving her and ranging in ages from
27 to 14 years. Sophia is still in the Wooster Hospital recovering
from injuries sustained in the same accident. She is also survived
by her father, four brothers (Sanford, Albert, Carson and Gillespie)
and two sisters (Mattie and Sarah). Her mother, three sisters
and her only grandchild (Darrill) preceded her into the spirit
world. In the death of wife and mother the community has lost
a kind and sympathetic friend, the Church lost a faithful and
interested member, and the home a loving and devoted companion,
and mother for whom no sacrifice was too great, no service too
lowly, and no problem too trivial for her prayerful and earnest
consideration. Mother's place in the home can never filled and
her memory will be a benediction and a blessing to those who have
known and associated with her.
"We have lost our darling mother,
She has bid us all adieu
She has gone to live in heaven
And her form is lost in view."
Funeral services were conducted at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church by E. B. Stoltzfus, J. S. Gerig, Edward Shepfer, and Alvin W. Miller. Texts, Rev. 3:11; Prov. 27:1.
Nofsinger. - Katherine, daughter of Joseph and Barbara
Bachman, was born near Metamora, Ill., Jan. 15,1851; died at her
home at Washington, Ill., 1928; aged 77 y. 4 m. 14 d. Death came
suddenly, due to a serious attack of heart trouble. At the age
of 14 years she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined the Amish
Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful and consistent member
until death. On Jan. 11, 1869, she was united in marriage with
John C. Nofsinger. To this union were born 10 children, seven
of whom survive, (Peter W., Christian R., Joseph, John C., Benjamin
E., Martha and Mrs. Sol Schertz). Her husband preceded her in
death 36 years ago; also three daughters had gone on before; namely,
Mrs. Emma Neuman, Mrs. Elizabeth Schertz and an infant daughter,
Anna. Besides the surviving children she leaves fifteen grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers, and
a large circle of friends.
In her departure the children have lost a faithful, loving mother, the Church one of its oldest and faithful members, and her friends a friend indeed. But her life and influence will live on and will ever be remembered and cherished by those who knew her. Among the many fond memories of her life was the satisfaction that was hers when she could minister to the needs of the poor and unfortunate, and her unwavering faith in God's Word, tho she could not understand it all, yet she firmly believed it all. She was looking forward to the time when she would meet her loved ones who have gone before.
"Dearest mother thou hast left us
Here thy loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services were conducted on June 3 at the home by A. A. Schrock and at the Calvary Mennonite Church by H. R. Schertz assisted by A. L. Buzzard and Valentine Strubhar. Text, Mark 13:35-37. Interment in the Union Cemetery.
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Blough.- Peter Blough was born in Somerset Co., Pa.,
April 28, 1857; died near Hollsopple, Pa., May 28, 1928; aged
71 y. 1 m. He was married to Polly Weaver Jan. 18, 1880. He is
survived by his widow and the following children: Ammon, Alvin,
Mrs. Lemon Saylor; Mrs. Edgar Saylor, Mrs. Webster Thomas; also
23 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. 2 children preceded him
in death. He is also survived by 1 sister, 3 half-sisters, 1 step-brother
and 1 step-sister. He was a faithful member of the Blough Mennonite
Church for about 48 years. Funeral services were conducted at
the Blough Mennonite Church on May 31, by L. A. Blough, Harry
C. Blough, and S. G. Shetler. Burial in the cemetery near the
Huyett.- Sister Sarah Ann, wife of Harry Huyett, was
born Feb. 8, 1873; died June 7, 1928; aged 55 y. 3 m. 28 d. She
was preceded in death by her first husband and infant son. She
is survived by her husband and four step-sons. She was a member
of the Stony Brook Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral
services were conducted June 10 at the house by the home brethren,
Jos. Forry and Harvey Lehman, and at the Stony Brook Church by
Bro. Noah H. Mack. Text, Jno. 14:18, 19. Interment in Stony Brook
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear sister is at rest."
Yoder.- Bro. Daniel H., son of the late Daniel and Catharine
Hostetler Yoder, was born April 25, 1856; died June 3, 1928; aged
72 y. 1 m. 9 d. He is survived by his widow (Mrs. Mary Miller
Weaver Yoder), three step-children (Mrs. R. M. Luther, Mrs. Ralph
Veil, and Mr. Norman Weaver), one brother (Christian), one sister
(Mrs. Isaac Wingard), and the following half-brothers: Aaron,
Stephen, Levi, and Samuel K. Bro. Yoder was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years. He faithfully served in this capacity for
many years. Many may profit by his example of faithfulness and
devotedness. Funeral services were conducted in the Weaver Mennonite
Church on June 6, by Wm. C. Hershberger, assisted by the brethren
Alexander Weaver and L. A. Blough.
Zaerr.- Sarah A. (nee Wyse), wife of Isaiah Zaerr, was
born near Elmira, Ohio, June 15, 1862; died at her home northeast
of Archbold, Ohio, June 2, 1928; aged 65 y. 11 m. 17 d. She was
united in marriage to Isaiah Zaerr on March 9, 1890. To this union
were born 6 children (2 sons and 4 daughters). Sister Zaerr was
a kind and loving wife and mother. Her meek and quiet disposition
was admired by all who knew her. She leaves her sorrowing husband,
5 children, 8 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and many relatives
and friends. One son and 1 grandchild preceded her in death. In
1902 she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church and
remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the
Central A. M. Church, conducted by Henry Rychener, assisted by
S. D. Grieser. Text, Matt. 24:42-44. Interment in the Pettisville
"We have lost our darling mother,
She has bid us all adieu;
She has gone to live in Heaven,
And her form is lost to view."
Shaw.- Henry Michael Shaw was born June 5, 1889; died
June 6,1928; aged 39 y. 1 d. On May 16, 1910 he was united in
marriage to Etta Hann. To this union were born seven children
(Myron, George, Pauline, Florence Elfrieda, Mary, Melvun and William).
Four of these children (George, Florence Elfrieda, Melvun, and
William) and his faithful wife preceding him in death, leaving,
besides many friends, his aged mother (Eliza Shaw), two brothers
(John and Thomas), three sisters (Mrs. John Fanchier, Mrs. Anna
Tabor, and Mrs. Mary Gray), and three children (Myron, Pauline,
and Mary), to mourn his decease. On Nov. 27, 1927, he united with
the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. Funeral
services were conducted by Bros. Gabe Brunk and Henry Mueller
at the Lima Mission. Interment in Salem Cemetery.
Garber.- Willard Demoin, son of Ervin and Fannie Garber,
was born at Protection, Kans., Jan. 10, 1918; died at his home
near Argonia, Kansas, May 13, 1928. He will be greatly missed
by his parents, 2 sisters (Delma and Helen), 1 brother (Russel),
and many other relatives and friends. In a children's meeting
just 4 weeks before the day of his death, he with several other
children responded to the call to accept Jesus Christ as their
own personal Savior. So it was not the call of a stranger when
the Master summoned him home. His short illness was with influenza
pneumonia. But he has joined his baby brother (Ervin), in the
better land. Funeral services were held from the Friends Church
conducted by Lela Gordon. Burial in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery
"A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in the home,
Which never can be filled."
Lehr.- Mary Gartner Lehr was born in Somerset Co., Pa.,
April 14, 1843; died June 2, 1928; aged 85 y. 1 m. 18 d. She was
married to John Lehr Mar. 29, 1861. To this union was born one
daughter. Her husband died Nov. 13, 1912. She is survived by her
daughter (Mrs. William Thomas-with whom she had her home, who
faithfully cared for her mother), 1 grandchild, 5 great-grandchildren,
3 great-great-grandchildren. One grandchild preceded her in death.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over 60
years. Although she was nearly blind, her seat was seldom vacant
in church or Sunday school as long as she was able to go. She
was fully resigned to God's will and was wishing to depart, having
selected her text from Jno. 17:4 and chose the ministers who should
officiate at the funeral which was held at the Blough Church by
L. A. Blough, Harry C. Blough, and Norman Blough.
Souder.- Elizabeth (Allebach) Souder, widow of the late
Pre. Mahlon D. Souder, was born Aug. 21, 1860; died after suffering
for five years on April 27, 1928; aged 67 y. 8 m. 6 d. She was
a faithful companion and sister in the Church, ever ready to share
the joys and sorrows with her companion as he shepherded the flock.
To this union were born 9 children to whom she was a faithful
mother, having their welfare at heart both naturally and spiritually.
One son (John) and twins (Hattie and Mattie) besides her husband
preceded her in death. There remain 4 sons (Pre. Edwin A., Wallace
A., Harvey A., and Irvin A.,), 2 daughters (Eva and Mrs. Lincoln
Gehman), and 20 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the
home by Bro. Wilson Moyer and at the Rockhill Mennonite Church
by Bros. Jacob Clemens and Alfred Detwiler. Text, Phil, 1:21.
"Dearest grandmother, how we miss you,
Now your place is vacant here;
But you,ll never be forgotten
By the ones who hold you dear."
By a granddaughter.
Ranck.- Isaac L. Ranck died May 22, 1928; aged 67 y.
6 m. 15 d. Funeral May 26. In 1884 he married Susan Stauffer.
To this union were born 3 children (Elmer E., Frank and Ivy- twins),
two of whom survive. Ivy died in November 1911. His wife also
died in November 1911. Two grandchildren survive. In 1914 he married
Susan Sollenberger who survives. In 1888 he was baptized to the
Dunkard faith. In 1914 he became a member of the Mennonite Church
at Churchtown, Pa. He was superintendent of the Sunday school
there for 6 years. Funeral services were conducted by Bor. Paul
Huddle, assisted by Bro. Samuel Hess. He was laid to rest in Mt.
Zion Cemetery at Churchtown, Pa.
"Then fare thee well, dear heart,
We,ll miss thee sore;
We,re loath to see you leave us here below.
We,re sad because we loved you, loved you true;
We,re glad because we know God loved you too."
Mast.- Stephen H. Mast was born August 1, 1863; died
at his home at Morgantown, Pa; aged 64 y. 11 m. 19 d. He was married
to Sarah K. Stoltzfus in 1885. To this union were born 1 son and
7 daughters. Three preceded him in death. There remain to mourn
his departure his wife, 5 daughters, 29 grandchildren, 2 brothers,
3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. In early life
he became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church and remained
in that faith. He was a kind and loving father to us. He had much
confidence in prayer which we believe brought comfort and patience
to him in his sickness which he endured without murmur or complaint
for some years. Funeral May 22. Services at his home by A. B.
Stoltz and at the Amish Church by Jonas Yoder and John Kennel.
Text, Job 14:14. Burial at Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson,
"A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved so well
And father's place is vacant in the home
Which never can be filled."
Krabill.- Ellis Wendell, son of Ray and Elizabeth Krabill,
was born ion Canton, Ohio, June 21, 1912; peacefully fell asleep
in Jesus June 3, 1928; aged 15 y. 11 m. 12 d. From early childhood
he was an interested and faithful Sunday school pupil. As he grew
into the years of accountability he confessed and accepted Christ.
He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at Pleasant
Hill, March 20, 1927. He possessed a fine Christian spirit and
was much interested in being at peace with all his associates
and friends. His aim was to brighten their pathway and make life
worth while. He leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Ellen), 2 brothers
(Milton and Clark), 2 grandfathers, and a large circle of friends.
Since the heavenly Father has come to remove from the family circle
a loving son and from the congregation a dear young brother, may
we all in humble submission bow to His will who doeth all things
well. Services were conducted by Brethren Jesse Smucker and J.
S. Gerig. Text, Jer. 15:9. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding
O,er the spoils that death has won,
We would at this solemn meeting
Calmly say, "Thy will be done."
Yoder.- Levi U., son of Moses and Lydia Yoder, was born
in Cass Co., Mich., July 6, 1869; died at his home near Midland,
Mich., June 5, 1928; aged 58 y. 10 m. 29 d. In early life he moved
with his parents to La Grange Co., Ind., and later to Kansas.
They were among the first Mennonite settlers in that vicinity.
In 1897 he was married to Mary Ellen Hershberger. To this union
were born 5 daughters and 2 sons (Mabel, Mrs. Dan Wyse, Mrs. Clarence
Miller, Florence, Melvin, Elsia, and Otis). In 1917 he moved from
Colorado to Midland, Mich., where he resided until death. He leaves
his deeply bereft companion, 7 children, 1 grandchild (Delton),
1 brother, 1 half-brother, and many relatives and friends. His
parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, and 2 half-sisters preceded him
in death. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church
and was a true and faithful worker to the end. About five weeks
ago, when coming home from work a storm arose, blowing the ray-rack
from the wagon and pinning him underneath. His left shoulder was
dislocated, causing an unknown clot of blood which penetrated
to the heart and caused his sudden death. The evening before his
death he seemed to be in usual health. Funeral services were held
at the Midland Mennonite Church, June 8, 1928, with Bros. E. A.
Bontrager and Albert Wyse in charge. Texts, Psa. 128:1; 126:6.
Interment in the Midland city Cemetery.
"Death has visited our circle,
Taken away a father dear;
In the depth of our affliction
Can we help but shed a tear?"
Transcriber's note: ray-rack typed as written in the original,
I am presuming that it should be hay-rack.
Kauffman.- Martha A. Kauffman (nee Zook) was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., May 23, 1850; peacefully passed away at the home of her son near Kenmare, N. D., May 21, 1928; aged 77 y. 11 m. 28 d. At the age of nine she moved with her parents to Champaign Co., Ohio, where she grew to womanhood. On Dec. 10, 1872, she was married to John J. Kauffman, to which union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters; D. B., J. F., Fannie Morningstar, Lydia Ogburn, L. C., A. A., and W. R. In the fall of 1885 they moved to Cass Co., Mo., and in 1899 to North Dakota where she spent the greater part of her remaining days. For the last 11 years she has had her home with her son Levi. Besides her immediate family, she leaves two sisters, of whom one (Salome Zook) died the same day she did, leaving one sister (Lydia Yoder). She also leaves 63 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite church in her youth and remained a faithful member until her death. On Sunday, May 20, she was to Sunday school and church services and in the afternoon to communion service of which she joyfully partook. She also attended preaching service in the evening. Monday morning she arose as usual, ate breakfast, said she was not feeling very well but rested well that night. She went about her work and was seen out in the yard talking with a neighbor only about 15 minutes before she passed away. Her son and his wife were at her bed-side when she breathed her last, death being due to heart failure. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world November 1905. Funeral was held at the Spring Valley Mennonite church, near Kenmare, N. D., and the remains were laid to rest beside those of her companion in the adjoining cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by I. S. Mast, L. A. Kauffman, J. L. Lehman, and Eli Hochstetler. Text, Mark 14:8, first clause.
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Divit.- Violet W., wife of Edward Divit, was born May
15, 1895; died June 11, 1928; aged 33 y. 26 d. She was received
into the Church last winter. Brief services were held at the home
in Newton by Bishop Isaac H. Brubaker and Seth Ebersole, with
further services in the United Brethren Church in Newton. Texts,
Job 17;11; 19:25; II Kings 20:1. Burial in cemetery near by. There
survive her husband, parents (Henry and Mary Weaver) and the following
brothers and sisters: Anna, Samuel, Lizzie, Harry, Emanuel, Carrie,
Fred, Irene, and Milton.
Strome.- Samuel Ervin, son of Moses R. and Sarah Strome,
died in Peel Twp., Ont., on Sunday May 27, 1928; aged 58 y. 5
m. 8 d. He was born in Woolwich Twp., and moved with his parents
to Red Hill later to Linwood, where he spent his boyhood. In 1899
he married Amanda Musselman and moved to the farm where they resided
till the time of his demise. He leaves his dearly beloved wife,
one daughter (Beatrice), 2 brothers (Liege and John), 3 sisters
(Mrs. Ed Harmer, Grayce, and Mrs. Gene Sherrer), three sisters
and 2 brothers predeceased him.
"A faithful friend, a father dear,
A gentle parent lieth here
Great is the loss we now sustain
But hope in heaven to meet again."
The services and interment were conducted at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., in charge of B. E. Newnham, of Newberry, and C. F. Derstine, of Kitchener.
Birky.- Andrew Briky was born near Morton, Ill., June
19, 1864; died at his home near Fisher, Ill., May 31, 1928; aged
63 y. 11 m. 11 d. He had been ill for about 3 weeks with influenza
and suffered a paralytic stroke. On Jan. 22, 1888, he was married
to Eliza Studer. To this union 10 children were born of whom 9
survive. Those left to mourn his departure are his loving wife,
4 sons (Levi, Edwin, Gilgian, and Carl), 5 daughters (Mrs. Andrew
F. Birky, Mrs. Joseph Springer, Mrs. John Birky, Mrs. Mary Slabaugh,
and Bessie). One daughter (Katie) preceded him in death. He also
leaves 2 brothers (Peter and John), 1 sister (Mrs. John Schrock),
22 grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
In his youth he became a member of the Mennonite Church. He was
always ready to lend a helping hand or to speak a few words of
cheer to those in trouble. Funeral services were conducted June
3 by the brethren, A. H. Miller and A. H. Leaman. Interment was
made in the cemetery near by.
Reiff.- Jacob, son of the late Israel and Eliza (Hege)
Reiff, was born Oct. 15, 1858; died June 12, 1928 at his home
near Cearfoss, Md. He was a member of Reiff's Mennonite Church
for many years, very seldom being absent. His cheerful disposition
and kindness won for him many friends. In our joys, sorrows, and
affliction Uncle Jacob was always with us to share them and lend
a helping hand. Although somewhat afflicted for a number of years,
he with his companion, spent most of their time visiting the aged
and afflicted. On the morning of his death, he picked some strawberries,
and while resting he was stricken with a heart attack and died
very suddenly. He is survived by his widow, son (Clarence), a
sister (Mrs. Annie Arndt), and three brothers (Israel, David,
and Benjamin). Services in the home were conducted by Bro. John
D. Riser. Owing to the Reiff Church being under construction services
were held in the Brethren Church, Broadfording, by Moses K. Horst,
(text, Psa. 90:12) and Bro. John Grove (text, I Thess. 4:18).
Interment in Reiff Cemetery.
Winkler.- Christian, son of Christian and Elizabeth
Snyder Winkler, was born near Spring Bay, April 6, 1864; died
at his home southeast of Metamora, Ill., May 27, 1928; aged 64
y. 1 m. 21 d. In 1889 he was united in marriage to Catherine Schertz
of Metamora who preceded him in death Jan. 11, 1928. To this union
were born 6 children (an infant daughter, Walter, Wallace, Catherine,
Elmer, and Sidney). Two children (the infant daughter and Walter)
preceded him in death. He leaves 4 children, and 1 sister (Mrs.
Catherine Guenther). In young manhood he became a member of the
East Mennonite Church of Washington, Ill. He spent his entire
life in Woodford Co., and was engaged in farming and medical work
until ill health compelled him to give up his work. He was ill
for several years, but bore his affliction without complaint.
He will be greatly missed in the home. Funeral services were conducted
by Bros. Valentine Strubhar and H. R. Schertz at the Metamora
Mennonite Church. Interment in the Oakwood Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear father is at rest."
Byler.- Abiah D. Byler was born near Belleville, Pa.,
June 19, 1858; died June 8, 1928; aged 69 y. 11 m. 20 d. In 1883
he was married to Lydia Zook, who died Dec. 24, 1915. To this
union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters. One son died in infancy.
In 1918 he was again married to Fannie Yoder. He was devoted to
his family, his home, and his church. He always had a desire to
be with the children of God in worship, where his seat was seldom
vacant. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. His
health had been failing for the last 6 months. At times he suffered
much pain, but was patient to the end. He is survived by his wife,
4 sons, and 4 daughters (Jesse and Annie, wife of Ezra Mayer,
Mary, Ella, Levi, Rufus, David and Barbara); also one brother
(Saul) and 18 grandchildren. The family was all called to the
bedside of their father a few days before his departure. Funeral
services were conducted at the home by Bro Samuel T. Yoder, and
at the Locust Grove Church by the Brethren Eli Kanagy, John Mast,
and J. D. Yoder. Texts, I Cor. 15 and John 14. The body was laid
to rest in the cemetery near by.
"We are lonely, very lonely,
Since thou,rt gone from us away;
But we,ll trust in God to meet thee
In that land of endless day."
Horst.- Ephraim S., son of Abram E. and Fannie C. (Strite)
Horst, was born Oct. 20, 1896; died on June 9, 1928. His parents
preceded him to the spirit world. His death was due to flu-pneumonia.
He made the expression: "I see heaven. Oh, what a beautiful
place." He said, "Train my boys to meet me in heaven."
A few days later he passed away. He united with the Church at
a young age. He was ordained deacon about seven years ago. He
leaves a sorrowing wife (Anna Mary Martin) and the following children:
Amos, Mary, Stanley, and Hettie; also brothers and sisters as
following: Abram, Phares, Michael, Fannie, Henry, Nancy, Katie;
also step-mother and step brother (Otho) step-sisters (Lizzie
and Ruth). May we be ready when our times comes, for we are taught
that in such hour as we think not the Son of man cometh."
Funeral services were conducted June 13 at the house by Bro. John
F. Grove and at the Clearspring Church by Bro. Samuel Eby (Text,
Jas. 4:14), Bro. Denton Martin (Text, Rev. 14:13) and Bro. Walls.
Buried in Clearspring Mennonite grave yard.
"We miss thee, dear brother, we must confess
But are glad to know thou art gone to rest;
We can not understand, sometimes, just why
Thou art gone to thy home in yonder sky,
But trust that someday we,ll understand
When together with loved ones in heaven we'll stand."
By his sister Fannie.
Harbold.- Susie M. (Hertzler), wife of Pre. Jesse Harbold,
was born near Mechanicsburg, Pa., May 20, 1878; died May 25, 1928,
at her home near Wellsville, Pa.; aged 50 y. 5 d. Her death was
due to complications after an illness of about four months. She
was confined to her bed for three months. She suffered considerable
pain through her sickness which at times was almost unbearable,
but bore her sufferings patiently, and at times expressed her
desire to go home and be at rest. She united with the Mennonite
Church in her early life, and was faithful until death. She was
a devoted wife and a kind and loving mother. She was preceded
by one daughter (Eva). She is survived by a sorrowing husband
and the following children: Cora M., John H., Emory E., Jesse
L., Joseph R., and Anna M.; also survived by the following brothers
and sisters: Mrs. Jacob Burkhart, Emanuel Hertzler, Mrs. Nathaniel
Zimmerman, Frank Hertzler, Mrs. John E. Weaver, Mrs. Charles O.
Oyler, George Hertzler. In her departure the family loses a faithful
wife, mother, and sister; the Sunday school, and Church loses
one of their most faithful members. But her life and influence
will live on and on and she shall not soon be forgotten. Funeral
services were conducted at the house by Bros. Ruben Bair and Harry
Loose, and at the Slate Hill Mennonite Church by Bro. Noah H.
Mack. Text, I Thess. 4:18. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a calm, peaceful breast;
All is over, pains are ended,
Now dear mother is at rest."
Written by the family.
Moyer.- Amanda Gable Moyer, wife of Tobias E. Moyer,
stuart of the Mennonite Home near Lancaster, Pa., was born near
Pottstown, Pa., April 13, 1863; died of acute dilation of the
heart June 10, 1928; aged 65 y. 1 m. 27 d. There remain to mourn
her departure a deeply sorrowing husband and four grandchildren,
namely, Kenneth, and Christiana Moyer, Mary Elizabeth, and Sarah
Amanda Musselman. Three sons and one daughter (all their children)
preceded her in death. There also remain three sisters and two
brothers, as well as many relatives and friends. Bro. and Sister
Moyer shared life's joys and sorrows forty-four years. Her quiet
disposition and loving smile and constant devotion in the work
she had taken up seventeen years ago as matron in the Home, won
for her a warm place in the hearts of those in the Home and those
in any way connected with it. She was a mother to many, both young
and old, but God called her to higher service in the Home above,
and we bow in humble submission and say, "Thy will be done."
She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, remaining
faithful until death. Funeral services at the Home Wednesday morning,
when a large number of people had gathered to pay the last tribute
of respect, conducted by Bro. John Mosemann and Bro. Isaac Brubaker
(text, Psa. 127:2, last clause), with further services in the
afternoon at 2:30 at Coventry Mennonite Church, Chester Co., conducted
by Bros. Henry Bechtel, Noah Mack, and Frank Kreider, Text, Rev.
14:13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Deep in our hearts lies a picture,
Of a dear one laid to rest
In memories frame we will keep it,
Because she was one of the best.
Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile
But they little know the heart aches,
That the smile hides all the while."
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana