Herr. - Christian B. Herr was born in Manor Twp., Lancaster, Co., Pa., on May 8, 1850; entered into rest Jan. 24, 1929; aged 78 y. 8 m. 16 d. His wife and daughter Mary, afflicted for a number of years, preceded him in death. Services were held at his home church at Millersville, Pa. Burial in cemetery adjoining.
Eshbach. - Martha B. Eshbach, daughter of the late John B. and Barbara K. Eshbach, was born May 11, 1862; died at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Hershey, Jan. 18, 1929; aged 66 y. 8 m. 7 d. She is survived by two brothers, two sisters, nephews, nieces, and many friends. She was much afflicted in body the last year of her life but bore her sufferings patiently. Brief funeral services were held in the home in charge of Bro. Frank Kreider and further services were held in the Millersville, Pa., Mennonite church conducted by Bros. Jacob Hess, John Mosemann, and Daniel Gish. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.
Robert. - Henrietta, daughter of Adam and Sarah Robert of Kelso, Pa., was born June 4, 1927; died Jan. 21, 1929; aged 1 y. 7 m. 17 d. The cause of her death was influenza, followed by pneumonia. She is survived by her parents and six sisters. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler. The little form was laid away in the Stahl cemetery.
Bowman. - Barton M., son of Ivan and Eva Bowman, was born Jan. 2, 1928; died Jan. 17, 1929; aged 1 y. 15 d. His condition was not thought serious till a short time before he was called home. He leaves his sorrowing parents. His twin brother preceded him in death, having lived only five days. The funeral was held Jan. 19, 1929, at the Bowmansville, Pa., Mennonite church, in charge of Bro. Isaac Geigley. Text, Jas. 4:13, 14.
Risser. - Mary A., wife of Samuel S. Risser, entered into rest Oct. 14, 1928; aged 72 y. 2 m. 15 d. Her text was, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Samuel S. Risser, her husband, died Jan. 22, 1929; aged 79 y. 10 m. 21 d. Text, Heb. 4:9. They were both lifelong members of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Elizabethtown, Pa., church, conducted by Bros. Isaac Brubaker and Henry Lutz. Burial in Risser's cemetery.
Harshberger. - Isaac Harshbarger, son of Menno and the late Beatrice Harshbarger, Coalridge, Mont., was born June 10, 1925; died Dec. 27, 1928; aged 3 y. 6 m. 17 d. He was a sturdy little boy until Dec. 24, when he contracted influenza, which was the cause of his death. He leaves a sorrowing father, 3 brothers, 2 sisters. His mother preceded him to the heavenly home only a few weeks. His life was very short but he left a message that we will remember.
Delp. - Leroy D., infant son of Hiram and Anna (Detweiler) Delp, passed away Jan. 8, 1929; aged 7 m. 2 d. The child died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Alderfer, Souderton, Pa. For the time being it was taken care of by Mrs. Alderfer, a sister to the mother, due to the mother being ill. First the child had ear trouble, then pneumonia set in, from which it died. Besides the sorrowing parents, there survive six brothers and sisters: Willis, Naomi, Alvin, Wilmer, Jacob, and Irene. Services were held at the house, with further services and interment at the Rockhill meetinghouse, on Jan. 12, 1929.
Yedica. - Henry, Jr., infant son of Henry and Lillie Yedica, was born in Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 20, 1928; died Jan. 25, 1929, at the age of 1 m. 5 d. About a week before his death he was taken down with a severe cold which later developed into double pneumonia which caused his death. Those who remain to mourn his early death are his sorrowing parents and 1 brother (Kenneth), 3 sisters (Martha, Dorothy, and Louella), 3 grandparents, 1 great-grandfather, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Jan. 27 at the Central A. M. Church in charge of S. D. Greiser, assisted by E. B. Frey. Text, Isa. 55:8, 9. Burial in Pettisville cemetery.
Steiner. - Daniel Steiner was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 15, 1843; died Dec. 29, 1928; aged 85 y. 1 m. 14 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia Amstutz Dec., 18, 1865, who preceded him in death Feb. 24, 1915. To this union were born two daughters, Clara (Mrs. David L. King, who departed this life May 16, 1911), and Malinda (Mrs. Reuben B. King), who resides at the homestead where the departed lived for 62 years. One daughter, eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and three brothers survive. In his early manhood he accepted Christ as his Savior and was a faithful member of the Crown Hill Mennonite church until death. Funeral services were held Dec. 31, 1928, at the Crown Hill church, conducted by Noah Hilty and J. S. Gerig. Interment in cemetery near by.
Stoltzfus. - Sarah, widow of the late Elias K. Stoltzfus, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 25, 1851; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Esh, near Intercourse, Jan. 8, 1929; aged 77 y. 9 m. 13 d. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Her husband died March 2, 1919. She was sick nine days of influenza-pneumonia. Grandmother looked forward to her death with pleasure. She constantly prayed God to allow her to fall asleep in her last sleep. This request was granted and she peacefully passed away. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 daughters, Mrs. Samuel Esh and Mrs. Jacob L. Fisher of Bird-in-Hand, Pa., 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Samuel Esh, Jan. 11. Interment in the Gordonville cemetery.
Biehn. - Magdalena Eby Biehn, daughter of Reuben and Mary Ann Eby, was born Oct. 9, 1893, near Elmira, Ont.; died in a hospital at Watrous, Sask., Jan. 16, 1929; aged 35 y. 3 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Delton Biehn Mar. 29, 1924. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, 2 sons, and 1 daughter, an infant son having preceded her in death. She also leaves her parents, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, and a number of other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age, uniting with the Mennonite Church and remaining faithful until death. Both home and church will keenly feel her loss, but we have the confidence that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at the home, and at the Sharon Mennonite Church, Guernsey, Sask., in charge of M. H. Schmitt and I. S. Rosenberger. Text, I Cor. 15:54-57. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kinsinger. - Jacob P. Kinsinger was born in Garrett Co., Md., Feb. 5, 1854; died at his home near Springs, Pa., Jan. 18, 1929; aged 74 y. 11 m. 13 d. On Jan. 19, 1875, he married Lydia Handwerk who died Jan. 16, 1920. To this union were born 12 children: 3 boys and 3 girls deceased, 6 still survive - William, on the home farm; John, West Salisbury, Pa.; Norman and Savilla, Berlin, Pa.; and Cora (Mrs. Stangarone), living near Springs, and Martha (Mrs. Arthur Miller), living at Akron, Ohio. He is also survived by 2 brothers and 3 sisters: Abraham and John, Mrs. Savilla Hershberger, Mrs. Malinda Coffman and Amanda, and a half-brother, David Maust, and by 20 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite church at Springs, and was a good Christian and good neighbor. Funeral services were held at the St. Paul Reformed church, in charge of G. D. Miller of the Springs church, assisted by K. H. Beck of St. Paul's church. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
King. - Charles H. King was born Nov. 7, 1865; died at his home near Springs, Pa., Jan. 14, 1929; aged 63 y. 2 m. 7 d. On Nov. 29, 1885, he was married to Sarah Hershberger. To this union were born 9 children: Clarence, East Pittsburgh, Pa.; Olive, (Mrs. Milton Holiday), Fort Hill; Daniel, Springs; Olen, Merrittstown, Pa.; Annie (Mrs. Charles Lohr), Turtlecreek, Pa.; Walter, Springs, and Mildred and Edna at home. His wife and 8 children survive. One child died in infancy. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren. He was a member of the Mennonite church for about 45 years, during which time he served his congregation as trustee for about 20 years. Funeral services were held at the Springs church on Jan. 16, in charge of G. D. Miller and A. C. Walls. Many people were present to pay their last respects to the memory of a good friend and neighbor. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery where he so often had prepared a place for fellow travelers to lie in their last sleep.
Cobaugh. - Christian Cobaugh, oldest son of Christian and Sarah Cobaugh, was born in Pa., Oct. 27, 1848; departed this life Jan. 24, 1929; aged 80 y. 2 m. 28 d. At the age of 3 years, he had a fall which caused him to be a cripple for life. While still a small boy, he came with his parents to Ohio. They lived near Springfield for several years, later moved near New Carlisle. While still a young man, he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, and remained strong in his faith, and a faithful member until the Lord called him home. On Jan. 18, 1881, he was united in marriage to Jennie Eshleman. To this union were born six children, of whom the eldest, Joseph, preceded him in death. His wife also preceded him in death over three years ago. He leaves to mourn his departure, 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; also one brother, of Columbus, O, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church Sunday, Jan. 27, in charge of the home minister, assisted by N. E. Troyer, Cable, Ohio.
Cooper. - Sister Leo Pearl Cooper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. W. Cooper, was born in Green Co., Tenn., Feb. 15, 1895; departed this life in Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 14, 1929; aged 33 y. 10 m. 29 d. She leaves to mourn her early, unexpected death her parents, 3 sisters; Mrs. A. Anderson of Jefferson City, Tenn., Mrs. C. M. Stoltzfus of Slidell, La., and Miss Ruby with her parents in Wooster, and 1 brother, S. H. Cooper of Concord, Tenn. The last twenty years Leo's home has been near Concord, Tenn., with her parents, but for several years she was in Wooster, Ohio, as nurse in a rest home. Last October she opened a rest home of which she was proprietress in Wooster, Ohio, at which time her parents and Ruby went to her to help in her work. Leo united with the Mennonite Church near Concord, Tenn., in December, 1913. She was a devoted member, and though absent she expressed her interest and concern for the work there. She was much devoted to her parents and wished to make for them a home of little burden in their older days. Her sudden death came as a shock to all. She will be greatly missed. The body was sent to Concord, Tenn. Funeral was conducted from the Concord Mennonite Church, Jan. 17, by Bro. Wm. Jennings. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Raber. - Ernest Dee Raber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Raber, was born near Holden, Mo., July 10, 1888. At the age of 21 years he with the remainder of the family moved to Ohio. On Nov. 1, 1914, he joined in holy wedlock with Trasie Yoder. Four children came to bless this union, 3 sons and 1 daughter. The deceased has been associated with the Mennonite Church since his youth. He was very much devoted to the church of his choice, having been a regular attendant at the services whenever the health of the family would permit. During the building of the recent addition to the Union church, in which he was much interested, he was one of the most faithful in giving of both money and labor. He departed this life Jan. 8, 1929, reaching the age of 40 years, 5 months and 28 days. Truly "his sun went down at noon." Surviving are the deeply bereaved widow, 4 children, Eugene, Gladys, Blaine, and Junior; his father, Daniel Raber, and 3 brothers, Charles, of Aurora, Ohio; Frank, of Goshen, Ind., and Roy, of Kent, Ohio; 1 sister, Mrs. Noah Hilty, of Orrville, Ohio, and many other relatives and friends. His mother and brother Emery preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Jan. 10, conducted at the home by Bro. Wilbur Miller and at the Sugarcreek Union church by Bros. Paul Witmer, Wilbur Miller, and Edward Shepfer, of the Brethren Church.
Christner. - Barbara (Gunden) Christner was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Sept. 5, 1848. She came to Lee Co., Iowa, with her parents when she was eight years old. A few years later they moved to Henry Co., Iowa, near the country town of Trenton. Here she grew to womanhood. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. On Jan. 21, 1872, she was united in marriage to Christian C. Christner who preceded her in death Oct. 19, 1926. They opened their home to a foster daughter, and 1 daughter and 1 son were born to this union. She was a kind and affectionate mother. She was sick only a week, passing away very suddenly at the home of her daughter Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 1929, at the age of 80 y. 4 m. 15 d. She leaves her daughter, Mrs. John R. Wenger, her son, John, both of Wayland, Iowa, her foster daughter, Mrs. Oscar Martin, Noble, Iowa; 3 brothers, John and Joe Gunden, Pigeon, Mich., and Jacob Gunden, Wellman, Iowa; 1 sister, Mrs. Tena Swartzendruber, Noble, Iowa; 6 grandchildren and a large number of acquaintances and friends to mourn her loss. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek church, Jan. 23, conducted by the home ministers. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8; Jno. 17:24. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Croyle. - Polly Kaufman Croyle, beloved wife of Joseph
Croyle, was born Nov. 14, 1857; died near Thomas Mills, Pa., Jan.
22, 1929; aged 71 y. 2 m. 8 d. She was married to Joseph Croyle,
Dec., 31, 1882, thus sharing with her husband the joys and sorrows
of life for over 46 years. To this union were born 8 children,
two of whom died over thirty years ago. Besides her husband and
6 children, she is survived by 17 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild,
four brothers, two sisters, and many other relatives and friends.
The cause of her death was gangrene which resulted from a scratch
from a pin. Her suffering was intense, but she bore it without
a murmur. Knowing that her death was approaching, she made some
of the arrangements for her funeral. The deceased and her husband
united with the Mennonite Church over 45 years ago, and she remained
faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted in the home
by S. G. Shetler and O. N. Johns. At the Thomas church, S. G.
Shetler spoke on the subject, "Mother." L. A. Blough
and O. N. Johns assisted in the services. A large concourse of
relatives and friends had assembled to pay the last tribute of
respect to a devoted, faithful Christian woman. The mortal remains
were laid away in the church cemetery.
"Mother's chair is empty now,
And the voice we loved is still;
And though our hearts are broken,
We know it is God's will."
By the family.
Miller. - Leah (Wenger) Miller, daughter of Fred and Magdalena Wenger, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 22, 1850; died at the home of her daughter in Wayland, Iowa, Jan. 23, 1929; aged 78 y. 3 m. She was the last survivor of a family of twelve children. She was married to the late Stephen T. Miller on Dec. 1, 1870, in Wayne Co., Ohio. To this union eight children were born. Three died in infancy. Fred died April 6, 1923. Four survive, namely: Nettie Gerig and Mary Wyse of Wayland, Iowa; Dr. Levi S. Miller, Richmond, Ind., Dr. Sam Miller, Elkhart, Ind.; also a step-daughter, Emma Miller, Mt. Pleasant, Ia. There are 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Sister Miller moved to Iowa with her husband in 1878, making their home [neay] Wayland. Her husband was a faithful minister, serving in the Sugar Creek congregation for nearly fourteen years. He died Jan. 17, 1893, from injuries received in a train wreck while on his way to attend a Mennonite Mission Board meeting in Indiana. Sister Miller was a devout Christian, being a faithful member of the Sugar Creek congregation. Her faith in the Savior was implicit, never doubting or fearing His goodness. She was a good and patient mother. She was ill a great deal in the last thirty years but was always patient and often expressed the desire to be with the blessed. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek church, Jan. 25, conducted by the home ministers, Ellis Zook, Daniel Graber, and Simon Gingerich. Texts, Isa. 25:10; II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Transcriber's Note: [neay] as in original.
Kauffman. - Samuel J. Kauffman, son of William and Catherine Kauffman, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 11, 1870; died at Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, following an operation on Jan. 20, 1929; aged 58 y. 11 m. 9 d. His mother died in Wayne Co., Ohio, in the spring of 1874. In the spring of 1875, he with his father and grandfather, Joseph Allgyer and family, came to Champaign Co. He lived with his father and grandfather until his father's second marriage to Mrs. Mattie Harshberger. After the death of his adopted sister, Bertha, his step-mother and father, all of whom passed away within a period of nine months, he was left alone. He then made his home with his uncle for eleven years. On Oct. 30, 1902, he was married to Cora Smith, of near Marion, Ohio. To this union was born one child, Mrs. Mabel Jones, of Fort Wayne, Ind. Both Samuel and his wife were deprived of the faculty of hearing since early life, but in spite of this handicap, they successfully operated a farm near West Liberty for a number of years, where they spent most of their married life. As long as health permitted he was a hard working man. Honest and clean in this habits, he was baptized while in the School for the Deaf, at Columbus. He prayed and sang "Nearer My God to Thee," in the mute or sign language before going to the hospital, and seemed to think his time on earth was short, and was resigned to the will of God. He leaves his wife, daughter, and three grandchildren, and many friends to whom he endeared himself. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove church, Jan. 22, in charge of N. E. Troyer, assisted by J. J. Warye. Burial was made in the Oak Grove cemetery on the Ludlow road.
Liechty. - Jacob P. Liechty was born May 26, 1849, on a farm near Orrville, Ohio, where his parents had lived for many years. In the early part of November, 1927, Bro. Liechty became afflicted. Up to the time of his death he suffered intensely most of the time, yet he bore it all patiently, looking forward to the time when he should be relieved of all pain and be at rest with his Lord and Master whom he had learned to love and to serve. On Dec. 31, 1928, he peacefully fell asleep at the age of 79 y. 7 m. 5 d. In 1868 he confessed his Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining loyal and faithful to God and his church. On Nov. 14, 1872, he was united in marriage to Fanny Troyer. To this union were born two sons and four daughters. In 1880 they moved to Logan Co., Ohio. In September, 1883, two of the daughters, Katie and Amanda, died. On Sept. 23, 1884, the mother of the home passed away. They have had four grandchildren, two of whom preceded him to the spirit world. On Feb. 20, 1887, he was united in marriage to Barbara Troyer. In February 1924, Bro. Liechty and wife returned to Wayne Co., and made their home with their daughter, Mrs. Amandus Smucker. Bro. Liechty is survived by his wife; two sons, David W. of Lima, O., Peter J. of Cleveland, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Amandus Smucker, Orrville, O., and Mrs. Amos Hostetler, Bellefontaine, Ohio; two grandchildren and two brothers, Peter and Christian Liechty of Orrville, Ohio. Short funeral services were held Jan. 2, at the home of his daughter. The body was then taken to Bellefontaine, Ohio to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Amos Hostetler, and funeral services were held Jan. 3 at South Union church in charge of Bro. Noah Troyer and Marion King.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
Diamond. - Charles Raymond, infant son of Lester and Laura Diamond, was born at Altoona, Pa., Dec. 30, 1928; died Jan. 22, 1929; aged 23 d. Funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Job. 14:1, 2. Interment in Fairview cemetery.
Lightner. - Bertha Metzler, wife of William Lightner, Girard, Ohio, died Jan. 26, 1929. She was born in Duncansville and lived in Altoona, Pa., until two years ago, being a member of the Mission congregation. She is survived by her husband and nine sons. Her body was brought to the home of her sister at Hollidaysburg, Pa., where funeral services were held on Jan. 28, 1929, in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, II Kings 20:1.
Landis. - Samuel A., infant son of Warren and Clara Landis, was born near Hatfield, Pa., Feb. 15, 1928; died of pneumonia Jan. 23, 1929; aged 11 m. 8 d. His stay on earth was very short and will be sadly missed by parents, 2 brothers (Walter and Paul), 1 sister (Esther), and grandparents. All was done that loving hands could do but Jesus said "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God."
Shifflett. - George M. Shifflett departed this life Jan. 31, 1929; aged 72 years. He lived in Fairfax, Co., Va., the past 23 years, but was formerly from Rockingham Co., Va. His death was due to pneumonia and complications. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His wife preceded him in death nine years ago. Surviving are eleven children, 7 daughters and 4 sons, 50 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church by Bro. S. H. Rhodes.
Hochstetler. - Carol Jean Hochstetler was born near Nappanee, Ind., June 11, 1928; died Jan. 27, 1929; aged 7 m. 16 d. About four weeks ago she took ill with the influenza, which developed into bronchial pneumonia and caused her death. She was just a little flower that had started to blossom but God in His loving wisdom thought best to remove it and transplant it to heaven. We bow in submission to His divine will. Funeral services were held at the North Main Street Mennonite church, Jan. 30, 1929, by D. A. Yoder and H. F. North. Interment in South Union cemetery.
Hoover. - Mary Barkey, widow of the late Pre. Samuel R. Hoover, died at the home of her son Simeon, Markham, Ont., Jan. 22, 1929, in her 84th year. Her husband preceded her about thirteen years ago. She gave many years of devoted service to her Master and the Church. She had been in failing health for some years but was confined to her bed only a few days. She is survived by her son and two daughters: Mrs. Daniel Wideman and Martha. The burial took place at the Wideman church on Jan. 24, services being conducted by Henry Goudie and L. J. Burkholder. Text, Col. 1:27.
Brubaker. - Mary S. Brubaker, daughter of Henry L. Brubaker
of Neffsville, Pa., was born July 6, 1895; died Jan. 13, 1929;
aged 33 y. 6 m. 7 d. She died of pneumonia after only a few days'
illness. She became an invalid through sickness at an early age,
from which she never recovered. She was stricken with brain fever,
the medicine, it is thought, having been too strong. Her call
came suddenly, but He who knoweth all, doeth all things well.
Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Noah Landis and Ira Landis.
Text, II Sam. 14:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Shank. - Annie Wideman departed this life at the home of her brother-in-law, Joseph Smith, near Markham, Ont., Jan. 30, 1929, in her 68th year. Her husband, Abram Shank, died about 22 years ago. She is survived by three sons and one daughter. She lived in the Markham community the greater part of her life, going to California about four years ago to live with her children. She came to the home of her only surviving sister about two months ago, where she was kindly cared for until the time of her death. She united with the Mennonite Church early in life and gave a clear testimony of the saving grace of God. She was buried at the Wideman church Feb. 1, L. W. Hoover and L. J. Burkholder conducting the services from Rev. 7:14.
Metzler. - Mary H. Metzler, widow of the late Abram Metzler, was born Sept. 8, 1854; died Jan. 10, 1929, at the home of her son Herman, Lititz, Pa.; aged 74 y. 4 m. 2 d. Her husband died Sept. 26, 1887. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church but was not able to attend for a number of years, having suffered a stroke which left her an invalid and affected her speech. She is survived by 3 sons (Herman H., Abram H., and Monroe H.), 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother, Abram Hernley. Two sisters and 3 grandchildren preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Jos. Boll and at Erisman's church by Bros. Aaron Wenger and Isaac Brubaker. Text, Rev. 21:4. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Birky. - Ray Elden, son of Amon W. and Katie E. Birky,
was born Oct. 11, 1927; died Jan 7, 1929; aged 1 y. 2 m. 27 d.
Ray was born near Shickley, Nebr., and was always lively and happy,
the joy of the family. He seemed to have a light form of scarlet
fever before taking diphtheria and seemed to be overcoming both
diseases when pneumonia developed and showed us that his sufferings
would soon be over. A private funeral was held with short services
in the house yard. None of the family could go to the cemetery
because of being under quarantine. The remaining four children
were also sick at this time. Ray leaves father, mother, 2 brothers
and 2 sisters: Dale, Glen, Lola and Lois. One brother, Lester,
preceded him in death.
Father and Mother.
BeMiller. - Abbie Ellen McClaran, daughter of Johnson and Susan McClaran, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sept 6, 1857; died Jan. 26, 1929. At eight years of age she with her parents moved by emigrant wagon to Nashua, Ia., where they lived for eighteen years when they returned to Indiana. On Jan. 27, 1884, she was united in marriage to John BeMiller. To this union were born two sons (Fred and Ray) and one daughter (Susie). She had been in failing health for some time. Her husband and daughter preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn 2 sons, 3 brothers (Frederick, Waterloo, Ia., Philip, Nashua, Ia., and Perry, Cedar Rapids, Ia.), Mrs. Martha Scoles, Nashua, Ia., and one aunt, Mrs. Philip BeMiller of Elkhart, Ind. Funeral services were held at the Olive church conducted by Bro. D. A. Yoder.
Transcriber's Note: relationship of survivor, Mrs. Martha Scoles, not listed in original.
Paulus. - Mary Magdalena Shaum, daughter of Jacob and Mary Shaum, was born Dec. 6, 1852; died Jan. 12, 1929; aged 76 y. 1 m. 6 d. On Aug. 13, 1874, she was united in marriage to Levi Paulus. To this union were born 4 children (Hattie N., Arthur L., Nelson V., who died at the age of 16, and Ralph L). She also leaves 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 foster grandchildren, 2 sisters (Sarah Ann Shaum and Mrs. Nathan James), and one brother (Daniel Shaum). In the early years of her married life she united with the Baugo Church of the Brethren. The greater part of the last year of her life she had not been in good health and gradual decline brought on her decease. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. D. A. Yoder and at the Olive church by C. Metzler of the Brethren Church.
Good. - Hettie Ann, daughter of John H. and Lavinia Good, was born Jan. 14, 1847, near Terrehill, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Feb. 2, 1929; aged 82 y. 18 d. There remain two brothers, Martin Good and I. B. Good, the latter a minister at Weaverland, and one sister, Lizzie, wife of Joseph Horning, deacon of Bowmansville congregation, with whom the departed sister lived for a number of years. She was bedfast for about six weeks, tender hearts providing for all her needs. She was a faithful, consistent member of the Bowmansville congregation. She was one of those members of whom it can truthfully be said that she possessed "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit," an example of conservatism. She was buried Feb. 5 with services at the Bowmansville church. Bishop John M. Sauder and Isaac Geigley preached. Texts, Job 7:9, 10; Matt. 24:35-39.
Roeschley. - Esther Pearl, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Orendorff) Roeschley, was born near Flanagan, Ill., March 26, 1901; died at the home of her brother-in-law, Roy Slagell, Jan. 30, 1929; aged 27 y. 10 m. 4 d. She leaves to mourn her departure, father, mother, 8 brothers (Eli, Graymont, Ill.; Leo, Flanagan, Ill.; Noah, Chicago, Ill.; Melvin, Roy, Ivan, Orie, and Harold at home), and 2 sisters (Lavina Slagell, Chenoa, Ill., and Frieda at home). One brother and one sister preceded her in death. At the age of fourteen years she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful and devoted member until death. Three weeks previous to her death she went to her sister's home to assist them in a siege of scarlet fever. She soon contracted the disease, which caused her death. She bore her sufferings patiently till the end. Because of the nature of her sickness private services were held at the grove by Bro. J. D. Hartzler.
Brubaker. - Fannie S. Brubaker, daughter of Henry L.
Brubaker of Neffsville, Pa., was born Nov. 27, 1892; died Jan.
21, 1929; aged 36 y. 1 m. 24 d. She was the third member of the
family to be laid to rest within eleven days, all dying of the
same disease. A comfort we have in I Thess. 4:16, 17. We believe
our loss is their gain. She united with the Mennonite Church early
in life and remained faithful until death. Two sisters predeceased
her. She leaves to mourn her father, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.
May we live in such a way that we may meet them over yonder. Funeral
services were conducted by Bros. Noah Landis and Ira Landis. Text,
II Tim. 1:12; Jno. 14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Trials dark on every hand,
And we cannot understand
All the ways that God will lead us
To that blessed promised land."
By the family.
Martin. - Barbara Ann (Geigley) Martin, wife of Abraham S. Martin, was born near Blue Ball, Pa., Oct. 4, 1853; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lemon Weaver, near Mechanicsburg, Pa., Jan. 18, 1929; aged 75 y. 3 m. 14 d. She suffered from diabetes for 12 years, being confined to her bed for 5 weeks. She was always resigned and patient in her afflictions, but expressed her desire to go home and be at rest always, saying, "Thy will be done." She united with the Mennonite Church early in life and remained faithful until death. Her departure was the first to break the family circle. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Lemon Weaver, Mrs. Jacob Oberholtzer, John and Elam Martin, and two sisters, Mrs. Moses Balthaser and Mrs. S. O. Martin. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Eli Sauder, and at the Groffdale Mennonite church by Bros. John Sauder and Benjamin Wenger. Text, Mark 13:37, selected by the departed one.
Holderman. - Tobias Holderman, a native of Elkhart Co., Ind., and the last of a family of 15 children, was born April 20, 1849, on a farm west of Wakarusa; died suddenly of heart trouble at the home of his son, Grover C., two miles south of Dunlap. Although he had not been in robust health for about ten years, his death occurred quite unexpectedly. He had driven his car to Elkhart, returned, and entered the house where his daughter-in-law was alone. He walked to a chair and sat down, and almost instantly expired, without having uttered any complaint of abnormal conditions. He was married in 1872 to Lavina Crater, who died July 28, 1888. Surviving are 6 children, 25 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. The children are, Elmer Holderman, Mrs. Rosa Eller, Mrs. G. F. Thornton, James F., Sadie Smith, and Grover C. A son, Ephraim, was killed twenty years ago. Funeral services were held at the Olive church conducted by Bro. D. A. Yoder.
Herr. - Mary A., wife of Elmer H. Herr of near Providence,
Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Sept 3, 1892; died Jan. 15, 1929;
aged 36 y. 4 m. 12 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior early
in life and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church till
the Lord called her home. The last time she attended services
in the house of God was on Christmas night of 1928, and in three
weeks from that night she passed away. Part of the time of those
three weeks all of the family were sick with influenza but they
were all restored to health again except the mother. We miss her
very much here but we know God does all things well. She is survived
by her husband and four children, Edith B., John O., B. Franklin,
and Mary A., all at home; also her parents (Jonas and Emma Hess),
5 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. One
daughter (Emma) preceded her to glory. Funeral services were held
at the New Providence Mennonite church conducted by Bros. Maris
Hess and Aaron Harnish. Texts, Rom. 11:33; Mark 12:11. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
Burkholder. - Sarah E. Burkholder was born in Cumberland
Co., Pa., June 10, 1860; died of apoplexy near Chambersburg, Pa.,
Jan. 26, 1929; aged 68 y. 7 m. 16 d. She was an only child and
lived with her parents until their death, after which she lived
alone near the Diller Mennonite church, Newville, Pa. The last
few years she spent the winter months with friends but went back
to her home in the summer. On Dec. 16 she came to the home of
Bishop J. S. Burkholder, Chambersburg, where she died. Funeral
services were held at the Burkholder home by Bros. D. E. Kuhns
and Jos. E. Lehman, and at the Diller church by Bro. John Seitz.
Text, Luke 10:42. She united with the Diller Mennonite church
in early life and remained a loyal member. She will be greatly
missed in the church and Sunday school as she was a regular attendant
when health permitted.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Brubaker. - Anna B. Brubaker, wife of Henry L. Brubaker,
was born near Fruitwill, Pa., Sept. 6, 1856; died Jan. 10, 1929,
at her home near Neffsville, Pa., after a brief illness of pneumonia.
She was a daughter of the late John L. and Anna Stauffer. She
was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and remained
faithful to the end. She was of a kind and loving disposition
and will be greatly missed. The words of the Lord were precious
to her and the commandments of the house of the Lord were her
delight. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons (Jacob
and John) and 3 daughters (Anna, Nettie, and Mrs. Jonas Brubaker).
Elizabeth, Mary, and Fannie were also laid to rest. Funeral services
were held on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the home and at the Landis Valley
Mennonite church, in charge of Bros. Noah Landis and Ira Landis.
Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All her toils and trials ended,
And dear Mother is at rest."
Good. - Mary E., wife of Isaac Good (deceased), was born Nov. 22, 1856; died at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 9, 1929; aged 72 y. 1 m. 22 d. Her death came as a shock to the family, being seriously ill only a few days. She was the mother of 13 children, ten of whom survive: Mrs. Laura Johnson, Nashua, N.H.; Perry, Roanoke, Va.; Mrs. Minnie Landis, Columbia, Pa.; Charles, Columbiana, Ohio; John, Orange, Va.; Weldon, Dayton, Va.; Otto, Ft. Defiance, Va.; Ellis, Manitowoc, Wis.; Sara Elizabeth Good and Mrs. Isa Myers, at home, with whom she lived. Twenty-eight grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and one sister also survive. In early youth she united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. She enjoyed singing and visits from the ministering brethren. In her last hours she was heard praying, and was ready to go to glory. This gives us courage and strengthens our faith. Funeral services were conducted at Mt. Clinton Mennonite church by Bros. Wm. Brubaker and Samuel Rhodes. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the cemetery near by.
McMichael. - Marion Irene, daughter of Harry G. and Edna M. (Harnish) McMichael, was born Nov. 15, 1925; died Jan. 22, 1929; aged 3 y. 2 m. 7 d. Her stay on earth was short, yet long enough to form a tie of affection by which many learned to love her.
Abram H., our son, was born Aug. 10, 1927; died Jan.
25, 1929; aged 1 y. 5 m. 15 d. Our darlings came to bring sunshine
into our home for a short period of time. Their sudden departure
which resulted from influenza is an occasion of great sorrow to
their loved ones. They are sadly missed in the home, but we know
they are resting "Safe in the arms of Jesus," for He
said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid
them not: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral
services for Marion were held Jan. 24 at New Danville Mennonite
church with Bros. Jacob Thomas, Aaron Harnish, and Maris Hess
in charge. Text, Jno. 16:20. Funeral services for Abram were held
Jan. 28 at New Danville Mennonite church with the same ministers
in charge. Text, Gen. 50:20; Jno. 14:18. Interment in adjoining
Gehman. - John E. Gehman, son of the late Elias K. and Susanna (Eberly) Gehman, was born in Berks Co., Feb. 9, 1850; died near Ephrata, Pa., Jan. 8, 1929, of paralysis of the heart; aged 78 y. 10 m. 29 d. He seemed to be in his usual health on the day of his death. During the morning he had been in Ephrata where he attended to some business, and was seated in a chair at his home when he was stricken. His granddaughter, Martha Gehman, who was in an adjoining room, heard him breathe heavily and went to his side. He was unconscious and died a short time later. He was a member of the Indiantown Mennonite church for forty-six years. His wife preceded him in death April 3, 1923. He is survived by one son, Elias G., with whom he resided, one daughter, Susan, wife of John L. Jacoby, one sister and four brothers (Mrs. Joseph Gehman, Murrell, Pa.; Elias, Martindale, Pa.; Abraham, Norristown, Pa.; Christian and Henry E., Ephrata, Pa.), two granddaughters, and two great-grandsons. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Ephrata Mennonite church in charge of Bros. Noah Landis, Noah Hurst, and John B. Bucher. Interment in Mellinger's cemetery.
Eschbach. - Mary H. Eschbach, daughter of Abraham and Anna Gehman, was born Jan. 9, 1841; died near Bally, Pa., Jan. 12, 1929; aged 88 y. 3 d. At the age of 23 she was united in marriage to Reuben S. Eschbach. She lived in the vicinity of Bally the remainder of her life. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world 28 years ago. Three sons and one daughter also preceded her in death. The following children survive: Allen, St. Louis, Mo.; Frank, South Pasadena, Calif.; Lydia, wife of Geo. Melchor, Bally, Pa.; and Anna, wife of John S. Longacre, at home. She is also survived by one sister, Lydia Lapp of California, and two brothers, Pre. David Gehman of Allentown, Pa., and Daniel Gehman of Line Lexington, Pa., besides many relatives and friends. She was confined to her bed for nearly four years with a broken limb which never healed. She seemed to suffer very little pain, and never murmured because of her misfortune. She joined the Mennonite Church early in life and was a faithful member to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the Bally Mennonite church by Bros. Warren Bean and Elias Kulp. Text, II Tim. 4:18, chosen by herself. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Shaub. - Fannie K. Shaub, widow of Henry M. Shaub, was
born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 12 1846; died at her home in
West Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 19, 1929, after five
days' illness of pneumonia; aged 82 y. 2 m. 7 d. She united with
the Mennonite Church early in life and remained faithful to the
end. Due to a life of quietness and simplicity, she was deeply
loved by her family and a wide circle of friends. The closing
hours of her life were characteristic of the manner in which she
had lived, as surrounded by her children she sang those dear old
hymns, which so fittingly expressed her simple faith in Him whom
she knew was about to summon her hence. We fully realize that
our loss is her gain, and although our hearts are touched by that
vacant chair, we know that she is happier with those gone before
than in this world of sorrow. There remain to mourn her departure
2 sons (Enos, Lampeter, Pa., and Benjamin, Mechanicsville, Pa.),
4 daughters (Lizzie, wife of John Stoner, Ortanna, Pa.; Ella,
wife of Harry Groff, Strasburg, Pa.; Ada, wife of John Herr, Lampeter,
Pa.; and Lettie, at home), 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Two daughters preceded her in death.
Yoder. - William G. Yoder, son of John and Mary (Sheerer) Yoder, was born near Mattawana, Pa., Oct. 23, 1863; died Jan. 30, 1929; aged 65 y. 3 m. 8 d. He was an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad and was out on duty when he was [siezed] by a paralytic stroke. He was taken home unconscious and lived till about two o'clock that night. He had been employed by the railroad for over forty years and was in good health in the morning when he went to work. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early manhood and was a faithful worker till death. He conducted the young people's Bible meeting on the Sunday evening previous to his death and also taught a class in Sunday school on the same day. He was much devoted to the work of the Lord and a pillar in the church. On Dec. 9, 1902, he was united in marriage to Fannie Yoder. To this union were born five children, three of whom preceded him in death in childhood, leaving two sons at home. He was of a mild and pleasing disposition and was loved by all who knew him. We believe the family has lost a kind, loving Christian husband and father, the community a kind neighbor and friend, and the church a devoted Christian brother. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 sons, 2 sisters, his wife's mother, who is past 91 years, and many other relatives and friends. One brother, father, and mother preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 2, by Bros. Jonas D. Yoder and John E. Kauffman. Text, Matt. 24:42. Interment in the Hertzler cemetery.
Transcriber's Note: [siezed] as in original.
Erb. - Tillman M. Erb was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., Nov. 3, 1865; died at Newton, Kans., Jan. 25, 1929; aged 63 y. 2 m. 22 d. At the age of 19 he moved with his parents from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Harvey Co., Kans. On Nov. 18, 1886, he was married to Lizzie A. Hess. To this union were born 11 children. One died in infancy, and one lost her life at the age of 7 in the accident that finally resulted in the death of the father. His wife, aged mother, 4 sons, 5 daughters, and 2 sisters remain to await a reunion in the world beyond. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren and a host of other near friends. In 1887 he united with the Mennonite Church and was a staunch supporter of the doctrines and standards of the Word as interpreted and practiced by the Church to the end. On June 17, 1893, he was ordained to the office of minister, and on Oct. 23, 1898, he received the ordination of bishop. Except for a short period while located at Harper, Kans., he served the Pennsylvania congregation in Harvey Co., Kans., during the 35 years of his ministry. On Sept. 16, 1912, he was the victim of a gasoline explosion in which he was severely burned. His right leg was amputated three years later because of burn sores, and after thirteen years the other leg was also amputated in a final effort to save his life, but he did not survive the shock, passing away with a bright testimony eleven days later. He was one of the founders of Hesston College and Bible School and its efficient business manager from its beginning in 1909 until his death. Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania church in the presence of a large concourse of people, twenty-five of his fellow ministers attending. Services at the home by Bro. M. A. Yoder. At the church the services were introduced by the brethren S. C. Yoder and Harry A. Diener, and the sermons were preached by the brethren D. H. Bender and J. M. R. Weaver. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
Stantanbaugh. - Mildred Laura Belle, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Thomas Stantanbaugh, was born near Horton, W. Va., Jan. 29, 1929; God saw fit to remove his jewel from her earthly home to her heavenly home Feb. 12, 1929; aged 15 days. She leaves to mourn her departure mother, father, and brother. The funeral services were in charge of Bro. Hiram Weaver. Text, Matt. 19:14.
Hess. - Joseph P. Hess, son of Abram and Elva Hess, was born Nov. 9, 1927; died of pneumonia at Witchita, Kans., Jan. 9, 1929; aged 1 y. 2 m. Because of possible diphtheritic infection, there was no public funeral held, but burial services were conducted by Bro. Paul Erb. The little body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the Pennsylvania church, near Hesston, Kans. May the Lord comfort the bereaved parents.
Dull. - Anna Dull was born in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 30, 1848; died Jan. 30, 1929; aged 80 y. 1 m. 27 d. She was a consistent member of the Rohrerstown, Pa., Mennonite church. This winter as well as former ones she spent with her daughter, Mrs. Keifer, of Landisville, Pa., where services were conducted by the Rohrerstown brethren and Hiram Kauffman, assisted by Harry Hershey of the Church of God. Burial at Rohrerstown, Pa.
White. - Uriah White was born Jan. 19, 1847; died at his home at Job, W. Va., Jan. 16, 1929; aged 81 y. 11 m. 28 d. On Oct. 6, 1927 he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. He always expressed peace with God and longed to meet his Savior. He is survived by 9 children and many relatives. His wife and 2 children preceded him to the other world. The funeral services were held at the Bethel church on Jan. 18, Bro. Hiram Weaver being in charge. Text, Psa. 132:14.
Weber. - Magdalena Brubacher Weber was born Jan. 7, 1853, at Kitchener, Ont.; died of a paralytic stroke Feb. 8, 1929; aged 76 y. 1 m. 1 d. She was married to Bro. Martin Weber in 1872. They had a family of 6 children, all of whom died in infancy except Mary. Her husband died 14 years ago. She was converted and joined the Mennonite Church 60 years ago and remained a faithful member ever since. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church on Feb. 10, by C. F. Derstine assisted by Mr. Munro. Text, Psa. 27:4, 5. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Hege. - Fanny Lehman Hege, wife of Benjamin Hege, died at her home at Scotland, Pa., Jan. 9, 1929; aged 86 y. 5 m. 15 d. She passed away with scarcely more than a hour's suffering. As a member of the Mennonite Church she was a faithful Christian. Church services were a pleasure to her. She lived a beautiful life, being neighborly and helpful to others. She is survived by her husband and one sister (Mrs. Susan Shively, Fayetteville, Pa.). Services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church conducted by Mr. Lind of the Lutheran Church assisted by J. S. Burkholder. Text, Jno. 14:2.
Myers. - Lizzie Snavely Myers died Jan. 30, 1929; aged 59 y. 6 m. 3 d. Besides her many friends, there are left to mourn, her husband, Martin H. Myers, 4 children (Anna, Mervin, Arthur, and Maud), 4 grandchildren in whom she was much interested, an aged mother, Anna Snavely, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. An incurable tumor had formed in her head which caused intense suffering at intervals, and also a partial paralysis. A brave fight for life ensued with death claiming the body, but "although dead yet she liveth." The funeral sermon was preached by Bro. C. M. Brackbill in the home on Feb. 2, and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery of the New Danville Mennonite church of which she was a faithful member.
Cressman. - Abram Cressman was born near Plattsville, Ont., Aug. 12, 1860; died suddenly of heart failure Dec. 28, ; aged 68 y. 4 m. 16 d. On Oct. 9, 1883, he was united in marriage to Amanda Histand who died Nov. 23, 1886. To this union was born one daughter. On Dec. 12, 1888 he was married to Judith Shantz. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter. One son preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 grandsons, and 1 brother. About 39 years ago he united with the Mennonite Church to which he remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the Blenheim Mennonite church Dec. 31, in charge of Moses H. Shantz and Manasseh Hallman. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcriber's Note: Death date listed in original as Dec.  although the obituary is listed in February of 1929.
Rohrer. - Amanda Louise Rohrer, wife of the late William Rohrer, was born Aug. 26, 1843, in Strasburg, Pa.; died Dec. 6, 1928, at her home, Whitford, Pa., where she with her daughter Katherine resided the past several years; aged 85 y. 3 m. 10 d. She was married in 1865, her companion preceding her in death in 1887. About a year ago she united with the Frazer congregation. Her fellowship in the church was a blessing to all who came in contact with her. She was interested in the work of the church, the welfare of the young people, and especially in the cause of missions. She leaves six children (Frank, William, Charles, Wesley, Katherine, and Mrs. Lucas Sorzano), 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many friends. Funeral services were held in the Frazer church on Dec. 10, conducted by Bros. Mark Swanenberg, Milton Brackbill, and Bro. Deacon. The last one named is an aged minister and friend of the family. Burial in the Methodist cemetery, Strasburg, Pa.
Brubaker. - Amanda Keller Brubaker, daughter of the late John and Catherine Keller, and wife of Ezra Brubaker, was born near Lime Rock, Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1864; died Jan. 13, 1929 at her home in Neffsville, Pa. She is survived by her husband, who feels the loss very keenly, 2 daughters (E. Mabel, wife of Clayton Kreider of Neffsville, Pa., and K. Florence, wife of Pre. John S. Hess of Lititz, Pa.), one sister (Lizzie, wife of Ben. Stauffer of Lawn, Pa.), and one brother (Monroe, of Iona, Pa.). The deceased had been a member of the Petersburg Mennonite Church since early life and remained faithful until God saw fit to call her higher. She had been in failing health for about a year and at different times had services conducted in her home. Funeral services were conducted in her late home on Jan. 16, 1929, by Bro. John Gochnaur and at Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Landis and Frank Kreider. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kennel. - Moses S. Kennel was born in Ontario, Can.,
Oct. 16, 1881; died at his home near Albany, Oreg., Jan. 17, 1929;
aged 47 y. 3 m. 1 d. The cause of his death was influenza and
complications. When a child he came with his parents to Nebraska
and Colorado, and later to Oregon where he resided the last 34
years of his life. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior,
uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful
member until death. On Sept. 14, 1911, he was united in marriage
to Katie Widmer. He leaves his wife, 2 adopted children (Blanche
and Wilbur), father, mother, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Eli, Samuel,
John, Emma Kennel, and Sarah Krabill, all of this community).
The home keenly feels the loss of a kind husband and father, the
community a helpful and friendly neighbor, and the church a loyal
"The room is quiet, all is still,
His place is vacant, 'tis God's will,
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Watson. - Goldie Watson, daughter of George and Rozantha (Duir) Watson, was born in Wells Co., Ind., July 7, 1908; died Jan. 17, 1929; aged 20 y. 6 m. 10 d. In the fall of 1911 she moved with her parents to Manistee Co., Mich. On July 13, 1924, she united with the Pleasant View Mennonite church in a class of fifteen converts, including her parents and brother, Forrest. From this time on a new power was shown in her life, not so much in a public way as in the quiet, modest, kind, and yet decided stand for the right whenever a test came. Her monument will be found in the hearts of those who came in contact with her consecrated life. Hers was a life of prayer and much reading of God's Word which was a great comfort to her in her last illness. Because of having lived close to her Savior in life she was enabled to meet death calmly. Our small congregation deeply feels the loss of such a devoted, faithful member. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at the Mennonite Church near Chief, Mich., conducted by Bro. Claude C. Culp. Text, Phil. 1:23, 24. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Yoder. - Artie M., youngest daughter of Jonathan C. and Ann Yoder, was born June 18, 1862; died Jan. 29, 1929; aged 66 y. 7 m. 11 d. Her death was due to heart failure. She had been ailing from heart trouble for some time, but seemed to be better, when the summons came to "come up higher." She confessed Christ as her Savior in her youth, and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. On Jan. 27, 1901, she was united in marriage to Archie T. Yoder. To this union was born one daughter, Hazel, and one son, Newton. She was a devoted wife and mother, a real friend to all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her departure, a grief-stricken husband, son and daughter; one sister, Mrs. Abner Kauffman; two brothers, R. S. and J. O. Yoder, all of West Liberty, and a host of relatives and friends who will greatly miss her. Her father, mother, two sisters and one brother, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at Bethel church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. J. Y. King. Interment was made at the Yoder cemetery.
Keiser. - Annie M. Grove, daughter of Martin H. and Barbara Grove, was born near Waynesboro, Va., June 24, 1855; died Jan. 13, 1929; aged 74 y. 6 m. 19 d. She was of a family of 9 children, of whom only 4 survive (Joseph, Abram, Robert, and Mrs. Barbara Niswander, all of South English, Ia.). On Dec. 14, 1879, she was united in marriage to James E. Keiser, formerly of Virginia but now of Roanoke, Ill. Shortly after marriage they made their home in Illinois, living there until the fall of 1893 when they came to South English, Ia., where they resided since. To them were born 8 children, of whom 5 with the aged husband survive (Martin, Samuel, Charles, Mrs. Iva Saxton, and Mrs. Erma Davenport, all of South English, Ia.). Dewitt, Mary, and Lottie preceded her in death. After marriage she united with the Church of the Brethren of which she was a faithful member until a few years ago when she transferred her membership to the Old Order Brethren. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Brethren, Jan. 15, conducted by Bro. Dan Miller. Interment in Brethren cemetery.
Heishman. - Thomas J. Heishman, son of Ephraim and -----
Heishman, was born near Wardensville, W. Va., Apr. 2, 1853; died
Jan. 11, 1929; aged 75 y. 9 m. 9 d. He was afflicted for several
years with high blood pressure and leakage of the heart but was
seldom unable to go about his work until two weeks before he died
when he took sick with influenza which proved to be too much for
his strength. In 1878 he was married to Sarah S. Barbe of McCauley,
W. Va., and two years later united with the Mennonite Church.
He lived a faithful member until death. Besides his companion
he leaves nine children (Abram G., Jesse B., and Ira L., Harrisonburg,
Va., Ephraim I., Concord, W. Va., William T., Wardensville, W.
Va., Henry L., Washington, D. C., Mrs. Wm. Rudolph, Wardensville,
W. Va., Mrs. Mason W. Kline, Harrisonburg, Va., and Russel at
home), and 30 grandchildren. One daughter, Maggie, preceded him
in death in 1904. He will be missed in the home, in the community,
and by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Crest
Hill Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Perry Shank of Broadway,
By a daughter.
King. - Elsie B. King, daughter of Joel K. and Sallie Detweiler, was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Nov. 8, 1883. She was married to A. Lester King, Jan. 3, 1918. About a month before her death she was stricken with the influenza, which developed into pneumonia, about a week later, and her condition at once became serious. All was done for her that friends and physicians knew, but she rapidly grew weaker, and on the morning of Feb. 2, 1929, she quietly and peacefully slipped away never to return, at the age of 45 y. 2 m. 24 d. Sister Elsie was converted and became a member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church when quite young and was always interested in her work in and for the church. Her last testimony was that she was "ready," and God had removed all fear of death. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband and four small children, Merl, Martha, Herman, and Helen, three sisters, Mrs. Anna Kanagy, Mrs. Mollie Hartzler, and Mrs. Amanda Hartzler, of near West Liberty, and one brother, Marion Detweiler, of Urbana, Ohio. Funeral services were held at Oak Grove church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. N. E. Troyer. Burial was made in the Oak Grove cemetery on the Ludlow road.
Springer. - Ben Alvin Springer, son of Valentine W.
and Emelia Springer, was born June 10, 1899, near Dewey, Ill.;
passed away Jan. 1, 1929, at the home of his sister, Mrs. John
R. Oyer, near Fisher, Ill., following an illness of one week of
influenza-pneumonia; aged 29 y. 6 m. 21 d. In his youth he accepted
Christ as his personal Savior and united with the East Bend Mennonite
church, of which he remained a faithful member until death. His
passing leaves many sad hearts, but we know our loss is his eternal
gain, as he gave expression during his illness of having peace
with God. He expressed a desire to recover, but was resigned to
the will of God. He leaves to mourn his departure his sorrowing
parents, 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary Oyer, Mrs. Clara Naffziger, Mrs.
Dora Oyer), 7 brothers (George, Kansas City, Mo.; Theodore, Saybrook,
Ill.; Elmer, Victor, Raymond, Clarence, and Ervin at home); also
many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the
home of his parents and at the East Bend Mennonite church on Jan.
3, in charge of Bro. J. A. Heiser. Text, Amos 4:12. Burial in
the cemetery near by.
"God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon His love had given;
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."
Hershberger. - Sarah E. Hershberger, daughter of Isaac and Magdalena (Gerig) Hartzler, was born Jan. 24, 1853, in LaGrange Co., Ind.; died at her home near East Lynne, Mo., Feb. 7, 1929, of cerebral hemorrhage and heart trouble; aged 76 y. 13 d. In 1881 she with her parents moved from Indiana to Cass Co., Mo., where she lived the remainder of her days. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 16 years. On Nov. 4, 1894, she was married to Daniel Hershberger, of LaGrange Co., Ind., who died May 29, 1896. She was a faithful disciple of Christ, giving her life in service for others. She was a Sunday school teacher for 40 years. For the last six months she was ailing but was always patient. She never complained or seemed to suffer much pain and passed away very quietly. She leaves to mourn her departure three stepchildren (David D.; Mary M., at home, who tenderly cared for her; Pre. S. S. Hershberger); 3 brothers (Noah K. Hartzler, Garden City, Mo.; B. F. Hartzler, Pryor, Okla.; and D. D. Hartzler, Martinsburg, W. Va.). Four brothers (Joe G., John C., Eli S., and Amos J.), 2 sisters (Lydia and Barbara), and her parents, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove church Feb. 9, conducted by Bros. I. G. Hartzler and L. J. Miller. Text, I Pet. 1:3-5; Rev. 22:4.
Weber. - Marian Weber, only daughter of Tilman and Magdalena Weber, of Bridgeport, Ont., was born Sept. 18, 1890; died Feb. 1, 1929; aged 38 y. 4 m. 14 d. She was converted when a young girl and united with the Mennonite Church to which faith she remained steadfast until death. She is survived by her father and two brothers, Amos and Urias. Her mother died when she was quite small. She was a dutiful and affectionate daughter and sister and quite early in life took her mother's place in the home. She underwent an operation for goitre which proved fatal the following day. About 20 years ago during a severe sickness she was privileged to have a glimpse into the supernatural realm and saw her mother with the angels. The angels told her they would come again. During the last hours of her life, she had a similar vision, but this time the angels told her that she could go along. Her last words were "I am going home," and her spirit quietly slipped away to be with Jesus, her mother, and the holy angels. Her life and testimony have left a profound impression on all those who knew her. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., on Feb. 4, 1929, conducted by Bros. C. F. Derstine, S. F. Coffman and pastor Wing. Text, Isa. 40:1; Psa. 23:4. Interment in the cemetery adjoining, beside her mother.
Eichelberger. - Saloma Litwiller Eichelberger, daughter of Joseph and Katherine Litwiller, was born at Hopedale, Ill., Oct. 6, 1871; died Jan. 28, 1929; aged 58 y. 3 m. 22 d. On Dec. 18, 1892, she was married to Christian Eichelberger. To this union were born seven children, 4 sons and 3 daughters (Albert, Delavan, Ill.; Joseph, Emden, Ill.; Alma Birky, Delavan, Ill.; Katie Nafziger, Hopedale, Ill.; Christian, Amos and Esther at home). She leaves to mourn her departure her sorrowing companion, 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful member until death. During all her illness she was very patient. Although all that loving hands could do, was done for her, the Lord saw best to call Mother home to where there is no more sorrow or pain. While the loss sustained by her departure is keenly felt, we are thinking of her eternal gain. The testimony she gave only a few moments before falling asleep gives us the assurance that all is well, and that if we live as God would have us to live we will meet her again in the Spirit world. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Samuel Gerber and Benj. Springer. Text, Rom. 5:1, 2. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery near Hopedale.
Sherk. - Benjamin B. Sherk, son of Pre. David Sherk, was born Oct. 17, 1849, on the first farm that was settled by the pioneer Mennonites, Joseph Sherk and Samuel Betzner, in Waterloo Co., Ont., on the banks of the Grand River, opposite the village of Doon. Here he grew to manhood under the able teaching and training of his godly father, accepting the faith early in life, in which he manifested a growing interest as he grew in the knowledge of his Lord. Trusting in his creator he passed on to meet Him on Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 1929; aged 79 y. 3 m. 17 d. On Dec. 17, 1871, he was united in marriage to Nancy Bauman, who, with one daughter, Mrs. Phares Burkholder, three grandsons, Lorne, Harold, and Harvey Burkholder, and one sister, Elizabeth, wife of the late Pre. Jacob Gingrich, remain to mourn his departure. He leaves behind for our comfort a testimony of faith and trust. Even though his affliction seriously impaired his mind, one thing remained clear to him to the end, and that was his longing for eternal rest. He was very fond of singing the songs of the blest, and one that he loved best was, "In dem Himmel is Ruh." The funeral was held from the home of his daughter, near Markham, Ont., and at the Wideman church, in charge of Bros. L. J. Burkholder, Jonas Snider, and Oscar Burkholder. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Short. - Olen Dale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1910. When but 12 years of age he confessed his faith in Christ as his Savior and two years later united with the Defenseless Mennonite church of Archbold of which he was a member at the time of his death. On Friday morning, Jan. 18, after a few days of illness he was told that the only hope of recovery would be an immediate operation, to which he readily consented. Before the operation his pastor was permitted to speak to him in regard to his future hope, of which he gave clear evidence. He felt that God had forgiven him all, and that he was ready to submit to the will of his Lord. In the afternoon of the 18th, he underwent the operation, which seemed successful; on Saturday afternoon it was evident that his heart was weakening. He called his loved ones to his bedside and bade them goodbye, saying he was going to heaven, and expected to meet them there. He became gradually weaker until Sunday evening at 9:30 when he quietly passed away at the age of 19 years and 10 days. He leaves to mourn his loss his deeply bereaved parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother, 1 aged grandfather, 1 step-grandmother, besides many relatives and friends; 1 brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 from the home and at the Defenseless Mennonite Church of Archbold, Ohio, in charge of E. M. Slagle. Text, Heb. 2:1-3. Interment in Lockport cemetery.
Glick. - Samuel S. Glick, son of Samuel L. and Catherine
Glick, was born Sept. 13, 1871, near Vicksburg, Pa.; died Feb.
4, 1929; aged 57 y. 4 m. 21 d. At the age of 20 he moved to Mifflin
Co., Pa., where he lived the remainder of his life. On Dec. 14,
1893, he was married to Lydia Kanagy. To this union were born
eleven children, all of whom survive. He was in failing health
for the last year, due to leakage of the heart. In March, 1928,
he had an attack of influenza which left him in rather feeble
health. In September he took seriously ill and was confined for
six weeks with severe spells of indigestion. He, however, rallied
and was able to be about for a time. He suffered intensely, but
we never heard him murmur, bearing his suffering with Christian
fortitude. He accepted Christ as his Savior in early life and
united with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining true to the
end. He will be greatly missed in the home and church. He leaves
his wife, 11 children, 14 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters,
besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were
held at the Locust Grove church, conducted by J. L. Mast in German
and J. B. Zook and J. D. Yoder in English. Texts, Psa. 23; II
Tim. 4:6-8; II Cor. 5:1, chosen by the departed brother. Interment
in the cemetery near by.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
Lape. - Kenneth L., son of William and Nettie Lape of
Kring's Station, Cambria Co., Pa., passed to his reward; aged
8 m. 20 d. This is the fifth small child in this home to pass
away in the last fifteen years.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All his toils and tears are ended,
And dear Kenneth is at rest."
Eberly. - Amanda Kurtz Eberly, wife of Lewis G. Eberly of Clay, Pa., was born Aug. 28, 1874; died Feb. 10, 1929; aged 54 y. 5 m. 12 d. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Mrs. Lulu Longanecker and Mrs. Wealand), and 4 grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Services were held Feb. 13 at the home by Bro. Noah Hurst and at the Hammer Creek church by John S. Hess and Harvey Markley. Text, Rev. 7:16, 17.
Yoder. - Leonard Henry, infant son of Joe H. and Ina Yoder, was born March 30, 1928; died Feb. 3, 1929, at the home of his parents, 46 Shaver St., Portland, Oreg., after a three months' illness. He was first taken down with infantile paralysis, and afterward with influenza, the after effects of which were the cause of his death. He was aged 10 m. 5 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, 2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 1 great-grandmother, 1 great-grandfather, and also 1 great-great-grandfather, besides uncles, aunts, and many other relatives. Little Leonard won many friends by his winning ways.
Plank. - Robert Plank was born Aug. 8, 1908, at Strang, Nebr.; died Feb. 7, 1929, at the hospital at Winfield, Kans.; aged 20 y. 6 m. He suffered from a complication of diseases for two years. The direct cause of his death was pneumonia. He was converted at the age of 17 years, and was a consecrated member of the Pleasant Valley Congregation. He leaves to mourn his departure his father, 4 sisters, and 1 brother (Mrs. N. C. Bauer, Mrs. E. T. Yoder, Mrs. Jesse Hamilton, Ella and John), also four nephews and three nieces. His mother preceded him in death 7 years ago. Funeral services were held Feb. 9 at the home and at the Pleasant Valley church, in charge of H. J. King, assisted by S. A. Yoder. Text, I Pet. 1:3-5. Burial in cemetery near by.
Habecker. - Susan H. Habecker, widow of the late Jacob
K. Habecker, was born March 5, 1844; died Jan. 7, 1929 at the
home of her daughter, Maria, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 84 y. 10 m.
Her husband died Feb. 29, 1924. She was a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years. Surviving her are 2 daughters and 1 son,
2 daughters and 3 sons having preceded her in death. Funeral services
were conducted at the house by Noah Landis and at the Landisville
church by Hiram Kauffman and Noah Landis. Interment in Silver
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All her toils and trials ended,
And dear mother is at rest."
By a daughter.
Smith. - Merle Vernon Smith, son of Maryland and Alice Smith, was born in Guilford Twp., Medina Co., O., Jan. 19, 1905; died at the Wadsworth Municipal Hospital on Jan. 17, 1929, death having been caused by meningitis, following a severe attack of influenza. He was aged 23 y. 11 m. 28 d. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Alice Smith, near Sterling, O.; three sisters: Mrs. Harry Davis of Monroe Falls; Mrs. J. J. Renner, Sterling, O.; and Mrs. Lena Blatter, who lives with her mother. This is the fourth death in the family in a little over two years, his father and two sisters having preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Mennonite church Jan. 20, in charge of Bro. S. D. Rohrer. Text, I Tim. 4:8. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery near by.
Strite. - John B. Strite was born near Cearfoss, Md., March 7, 1861; died of tuberculosis at the Old People's Home near Maugansville, Md., Jan. 7, 1929; aged 67 y. 11 m. He was married to Mary Loose and to this union were born two children who died when quite small. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and his place was never vacant when circumstances permitted his being there. He had a smile for all and was ready to give aid both in spiritual and temporal ways. He is missed in the Church, home, and by all who knew him. He is survived by an aged aunt, 5 nephews, 2 nieces, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Old People's Home by Bro. J. F. Grove and at the church by Bros. J. F. Grove and Moses K. Horst. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in Reiff's cemetery.
Wingard. - Katherine Blough Wingard was born April 25, 1845; died Jan. 22, 1929; aged 83 y. 8 m. 27 d. In 1865 she was married to Jacob J. Wingard, who died thirteen years ago. The following children survive her: Mrs. Christy Miller, McAllisterville, Pa.; Jennie, wife of Bishop William Graybill of Richfield, Pa.; Hiram, who resides on the homestead; Elias, Central City, Pa.; Alice, wife of J. A. Hummel of Rockton, Pa.; Katie and John, both at home; and Emma, wife of Charles Frederick of Kring's Station, Pa. Four children preceded her in death. She is also survived by one step-son, Levi J. Wingard of Richland Twp. One stepdaughter, Anna, wife of Pre. L. A. Blough, died in 1925. Sister Wingard was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for over sixty years. The family will miss her as a kind and loving mother; the church as one of the oldest and most faithful members. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 25 at the Weaver's church by Bros. E. L. Frey, James Saylor, and C. A. Graybill. Interment in church cemetery.
Detweiler. - Wilson G. Detweiler was born April 19, 1871; died at his home in Silverdale, Pa., on Jan. 13, 1929; aged 57 y. 8 m. and 24 d. He passed away rather suddenly, having been sick only a week with grippe, although his heart had been failing for several years. He expressed his desire to depart, saying that as God directed it would be right. In his early years he united with the Mennonite Church at Blooming Glen, Pa., and was a faithful member until death. He was united in marriage to Minerva H. Gehman on Oct. 16, 1897. This union was blessed with two children, (Florence, wife of Leidy Fulmer) and Wm. G. Detweiler (Superintendent of the Norristown Menn. Mission). There survive his widow, two children, two grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Isaac Kulp, Telford; Milton and Frank, Silverdale; Ella and Mrs. Jacob Leatherman, Blooming Glen; and Mrs. Clinton Becker, Allentown. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 17 at the home and at the Blooming Glen Meetinghouse by Bros. Elmer Moyer and Wilson Moyer. Texts, I Sam. 20:18 (last clause) and Phil. 1:21-23. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Eichorn. - Henry Arthur Eichorn was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Jan. 7, 1892; died at his home near Meyersdale, Pa., Jan. 6, 1929, after a twelve days' illness of influenza-pneumonia; aged 36 y. 11 m. 30 d. On Nov. 15, 1917, he was married to Annie Miller and to this union were born 4 children: Alvin Bruce, Sarah Barbara, Anna Bertha, and Rhoda Vera. Anna Bertha preceded her father in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, and later with the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church in which he lived a faithful and consistent life. We have to wonder why he was called away at a time when it seemed so necessary that he should be here to help to bring up the children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. But God saw something better for us. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, loved and respected by all who knew him. He leaves besides his immediate family father, step-mother, 1 brother, 4 sisters, 4 step-sisters, and 2 step-brothers. Funeral services were held in the Summit Mills A. M. Church, near Meyersdale, Pa., Jan. 8, in charge of C. W. Bender in English and Noah Brenneman in German. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery near Grantsville, Md.
Glick. - John A. Glick was born in Union Co., Pa., Sept. 27, 1869; died Feb. 11, 1929, at his home near Belleville, Pa.; aged 59 y. 4 m. 15 d. He was in usual health until the last morning of his life when he seemed somewhat indisposed. At noon he ate a hearty meal and by four-thirty his spirit had taken its flight, the cause of his death being neuralgia of the heart. On Dec. 6, 1894, he was united in marriage to Rebecca Peachey. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, and 2 daughters (Alpha, Belleville, Pa.; Jonathan, Cedar Hill, Pa.; Mrs. Orlando Weber, Belleville, Pa.; Minerva, at home; one child died in infancy), 2 brothers and 2 sisters (David, Morgantown, Pa.; Benjamin, Belleville, Pa.; Mrs. David S. Peachey, Belleville, Pa.; and Mrs. Simeon Stoltzfus, Parkesburg, Pa.). He accepted Christ at an early age, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. He will be sadly missed in the home as a kind husband and affectionate father, but we feel that our loss is his gain. Short services were held at the home by John P. Zook and at the Locust Grove church in charge of Jonas D. Yoder assisted by Eli H. Kanagy. Text, Job 14:14; Amos 4:12. Interment in cemetery near by.
Gashaw. - Eli Gashaw was born June 24, ; died at the home of his son-in-law, John A. Blough, near Boswell, Pa., Feb. 7, 1929; aged 84 y. 7 m. 13 d. He was married to Catharine Kaufman, Oct. 27, 1867. She preceded him in death about 11 months ago. One daughter, Agnes, wife of Robert Keim, died eight years ago. He is survived by one son, Isaac, and four daughters: Annie, wife of Pre. Joseph Saylor; Laura, wife of John Speigle; Emma Jane, wife of John A. Blough; Bertha, wife of Chancey Kaufman. He is also survived by 36 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren are dead. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for about 61 years. For several years he had passed into his second childhood. During this period he seemed very contented and desired the reading of God's Word and prayer. A large concourse of people gathered at the Thomas church on the day of his funeral. Funeral services were conducted at the home by James Saylor. At the church, L. A. Blough conducted the opening services. S. G. Shetler spoke on the subject, "The Two Childhoods," and James Saylor followed with additional remarks. The body was laid away beside that of his wife in the Thomas cemetery.
Transcriber's Note: birth year  in original, probably should be 1844.
Smoker. - David R. Smoker was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 25, 1862; fell asleep in Jesus at his home near Mascot, Lanc. Co., Pa., Jan. 29, 1929; aged 66 y. 4 m. 4 d. He is survived by his wife Lydia (nee Stoltzfus), 9 children: (John, Mrs. John S. Stoltzfus, Reuben, Joshua, David, Mrs. Daniel B. Kauffman, Isaac, Abner and Levi, all residing in Lancaster Co.), and 47 grandchildren. One son, Emanuel, aged 3 years, preceded him into eternity 32 years ago. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Daniel, Joel, Sarah, and Mrs. Samuel Smoker also of Lanc. Co. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, remaining faithful unto the end. He lived to see all his children, and some of his grandchildren accept Christ. He was of a quiet, peaceful disposition, with a smile for everybody, and will be greatly missed in the home and the Church, but we believe our loss is his eternal gain. His sufferings the last 7 weeks of his life here below (during which he was confined to his bed with blood poisoning) were great, yet he bore them uncomplainingly, looking forward to the time when he should be relieved of all pain, and be at rest with his Lord and Master. Funeral services, which were attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends, were held at his late home on Feb. 1, 1929, conducted by Geo. W. Beiler, and Moses P. Riehl. Text, Jno. 5:24-29.
Baumgartner. - Rosa Baumgartner was born in Wayne Co., O., May 23, 1876; died at the home of her sister near Orrville, O., Feb. 8, 1929; aged 52 y. 8 m. 15 d. When she was only a few years old she met with a fall which rendered her right arm useless through life, and although she was handicapped in this, she willingly helped where help was needed. Within the last five years she ministered to the wants and needs of her brother Jacob, in his last illness, then she helped her father and likewise her mother, until they departed from this live. Now her life's work is finished, but the end came not without trials and sufferings through the afflictions and pains (which she bore patiently) caused by heart disease. Rosa accepted Christ and was received by baptism into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church at the age of 17 years, from which she transferred her membership to the Martin's Mennonite Church about 25 years ago and remained faithful until death. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 brothers (Solomon and William, Pandora, O.; Peter P., Wooster, O.), and 4 sisters (Mrs. D. C. Bixel, Bluffton, O.; Mrs. David Steiner, Orrville, O.; Mrs. W. F. Shoup, Beach City, O.; and Mrs. David Falb with whom she resided, Orrville, O.). Funeral services were held at the Martin's Mennonite church Feb. 11, in charge of Bro. I. J. Buchwalter. Text, Mark 14:8, "She hath done what she could." Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Burkholder. - Rebecca Catharine Burkholder, wife of
Abraham Burkholder and daughter of the late Bishop Martin and
Rebecca Shank Burkholder, was born Feb. 23, 1853; died of complications
at the home of her daughter near Harrisonburg, Va., Feb. 9, 1929;
aged 75 y. 11 m. 17 d. On Aug. 1, 1880, she was united in marriage
to Abraham Burkholder. Surviving are her husband, 4 children (Laura
E. Kulp and Alpheus F., Harrisonburg, Va., Sydney W., Hills, Ia.,
and Lessie L. Carver, Gravois Mills, Mo.), 1 brother (S. M. Burkholder,
Dale Enterprise, Va.), 1 sister (Sophia Barnhart, Dayton, Va.),
and 18 grandchildren. Two children preceded her in death in infancy.
On July 27, 1872, she united with the Mennonite Church of which
she was a consistent member until death. She was deeply concerned
about the Church and the spiritual welfare of her family. Because
of her physical condition she was unable to attend church services
for thirty-five years and the last seven years she spent the greater
part of the time in bed. She at times suffered greatly, but was
patient, cheerful, and content. She has left a goodly heritage
and will be greatly missed in the home, but we say, "Thy
will be done." Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver
Mennonite Church by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and Joseph Geil. Seventeen
years ago she selected these brethren to preach at her funeral
and selected her text, "Prepare to meet thy God." Interment
in cemetery near by.
By her daughter.
Rohrer. - Jacob L. Rohrer, son of Benjamin and Mary
(Landis) Rohrer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 29, 1848;
died at the home of his daughter near Wadsworth, O., after a week's
illness of pneumonia; aged 80 y. 1 m. 6 d. He was married to Anna
Neff Nov. 7, 1871, and to this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters.
In 1884 he moved to Marion Co., Mo., where he lived until 1907.
His wife, Anna, died April 26, 1899, and a daughter, Elizabeth,
died May 11, 1903. He was one of the organizers of the Mennonite
church at Palmyra, Mo. On Dec. 18, 1906, he was united in marriage
to Martha Rohrer and a year later moved to the home where he has
since resided. This union was broken when she died Dec. 10, 1922.
He is survived by six children: Mary, wife of J. E. Weaver of
Oronogo, Mo.; Christian, residing near Seville, O.; Emma, of La
Junta, Colo.; Benj. N., of Electra, Tex.; Frank, living near Wadsworth,
and Ella, wife of S. D. Rohrer of near Wadsworth, with whom he
resided. One sister, Elizabeth Landis, of Lancaster, Pa., nineteen
grandchildren, and one great-grandchild also survive, besides
many other relatives and friends. He was a faithful member of
the Mennonite Church for a number of years and before death expressed
himself as ready to go and that his desire was that the Lord should
take him. Funeral services were held from the home and the Lower
Mennonite church on Feb. 8, conducted by M. G. Horst and A. B.
Good. The mortal remains were laid away in the church cemetery.
By a Granddaughter.
Witmer. - Isaac Witmer was born April 3, 1842; died Jan. 10, 1929, at the home of his son J. Wesley, near Petersburg, Ont. On Nov. 5, 1867, he was united in marriage to Leah Baer and to this union were born ten children: Mrs. Wm. Spaetzel, New Dundee, Ont.; Mrs. Jacob Spaetzel, Petersburg, Ont.; Jonas, who died in his fourteenth year; Isaiah, Kitchener, Ont.; Mrs. Enoch Gingerich, Preston, Ont.; Mrs. Samuel Schmitt, Kitchener, Ont.; Mrs. Noah Otterbein, Petersburg, Ont.; J. Wesley, Petersburg, Ont.; Edmund, Kitchener, Ont.; and Mrs. Herbert Herner, who preceded him in death twenty-three years ago. These with 3 brothers (John, Listowel, Ont.; Benjamin of Sask.; Henry, Preston, Ont.), 1 sister (Mrs. Edward Grabiel, Fordwick, Ont.), 72 grandchildren, and 59 great-grandchildren survive. On Aug. 17, 1908, his wife was called to her eternal home. He was married on Feb. 1, 1910, to Elizabeth Doner of Stayner, Ont., who also passed to her reward on May 31, 1918. He was converted when forty-four years of age and united with the Brethren in Christ Church and lived a faithful and consistent Christian life. He served in the office of deacon in the Waterloo, Ont., district for a number of years. Because of a lingering illness he was confined to his bed for the past three years, yet he always bore his suffering with patience and Christian fortitude. Funeral services were conducted at the Rosebank church on Jan. 14, 1929, in charge of E. J. Swalm assisted by Simon Cober and Manasseh Hallman. Text, Psa. 107:30. Interment in cemetery near by.
Spory. - Harry Jacob, son of James O. and Katie Woods
Spory, was born Sep. 13, 1889; died at his home near Connor, Somerset
Co., Pa., Jan. 30, 1929; aged 39 y. 4 m. 17 d. He was united in
marriage to Katie E. Croyle, May 3, 1914. To this union were born
one son, Millard Lavern, and one daughter, Esther Fern. His father
preceded him to the grave 26 years ago and his mother 18 months
ago. His sister Ellen, wife of L. L. Lohr, remarked that it seems
hard to think that her brother should be called away at so early
an age. Influenza set in and she died two weeks before her brother.
He had been ailing for some time and expressed much resignation
in his affliction. At different times, groups of the brotherhood
gathered in the home for the service of song which he enjoyed
very much. He united with the Mennonite Church 18 years ago and
was a faithful member until death. He served as Sunday school
teacher for a number of years. Realizing that his end was drawing
nigh, he made all his funeral arrangements. Besides his wife and
children, he is survived by 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and many other
relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the
home by Harry C. Blough. At the Thomas church, James Saylor and
J. Irvin Lehman conducted the introductory services, S. G. Shetler
delivered the funeral discourse, and Harry C. Blough made appropriate
additional remarks. The funeral services were very largely attended.
The mortal remains were laid away in the Thomas cemetery.
"There's a place that now is vacant,
One that never can be filled,
But while our sad hearts are aching,
His forever has been stilled."
Bear. - Fannie Gingrich Bear was born Apr. 19, 1856; died at her home at Mechanicsville, Lanc. Co., Pa., Jan. 21, 1929; aged 72 y. 9 m. 2 d. Sister Bear had been in a feeble condition for quite a number of years, following a slight stroke of apoplexy some years ago, but although the body was feeble, her mind was active, and her place in the church and Sunday school services was seldom vacant. Just one day previous to her death she attended Sunday school at the East Petersburg Mennonite church, and her death came as a shock to her many friends. She was almost in her usual health on Sunday, Jan. 20, and encouraged the rest of the family to go to church, where her interest lay, to within her last conscious hour. About 1:30 P. M. she had a stroke, becoming unconscious, and continuing in that condition until called up higher at 12:45 during the night. On June 27, 1875, she was married to John F. Bear who preceded her in death Nov. 9, 1926. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Annie, who died at the age of 2 years. Remaining to mourn her loss are two daughters, Leona, wife of Ephraim M. Kauffman, and Grace, widow of Levi H. Hostetter. She is also survived by 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Sister Bear was a member of the Mennonite Church at East Petersburg for about 50 years. She was a teacher in the primary grade in the Sunday school for many years, and had a kind of motherly admonition and a loving smile, and an open hand for all. She is truly missed, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 from the home, and at the East Petersburg church. Both services were in charge of Brethren Frank Kreider, and John Gochnauer. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Slabaugh. - William H. Slabaugh, son of Samuel and Lydia Slabaugh, was born in Miami Co., Ind., Jan. 25, 1873; died Feb. 11, 1929; aged 56 y. 17 d. He was married to Mary Thut of Bluffton, Ohio, Nov. 25, 1900. About 24 years ago he moved to Columbus Grove, Ohio, where he lived for a little over eight years, after which he moved back to Indiana, where he spent the remainder of his life. During last summer and fall he was ailing somewhat and on Oct. 26 he had internal hemorrhages which were caused by cancer. After this he was bedfast nearly all the time until death claimed him. When told of his condition he was fully resigned and was anxious to leave this world. In the spring of 1892 while J. S. Coffman was holding the first revival meetings ever held at this church he accepted Christ as his Savior and remained faithful until death. He had deep convictions of right and wrong and put forth every effort to carry these out. During the last few years of his life he read his Bible very much and often when yet in health, said that he was homesick for heaven. He was not able to eat anything for seven weeks and three days, nor to drink anything for three weeks. At times he suffered much but never complained and said that he could endure it for the Lord's sake. His favorite Scripture verse which he often quoted was Gal. 2:20. Those surviving him are his companion, an adopted son, Roy, 13 years old, his aged parents, 4 brothers (John F., Goshen, Ind.; Dr. Jancy S., Nappanee, Ind.; Niles M., Kokomo, Ind.; and Albert J., Minier, Ill.), and 3 sisters (Emma Stutzman, Bennett's Switch, Ind.; Clara Martin, Greentown, Ind.; and Lida Birkey, Minier, Ill.). One sister, Mary H., died when about 10 months old. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite church Feb. 14 by B. B. King of Ft. Wayne, Ind., E. A. Mast and Joe Horner. Text, Jno. 14:2. Burial was made in the Schrock cemetery. May our loss be his eternal gain.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.