PROPST. Frances Mae, infant daughter of Bro. Loy and Sister Annie (Shank) Propst, died Dec. 18, 1929; aged 1 m. 2 d. She is survived by her parents and a large number of relatives and friends. Her stay on earth was short, but long enough to greatly endear herself to those about her. Funeral services were conducted at Bank Church near Harrisonburg, Va., by Bro. S. H. Rhodes. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
MARTIN. Blandina Bauman was born Nov. 27, 1870; was married to Daniel E. Martin Oct. 20, 1896, with whom she lived a little over 33 years. During the last three years she was afflicted with cancer of the liver from which she died Nov. 1, 1929; aged 58 y. 11 m. 3 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three children (Jesse, minister at Waterloo, Ont.; Enoch, and Lucinda, at home). One daughter (Minerva) died in infancy. She united with the Mennonite Chruch in her youth, and lived a quiet, exemplary life to the end. Funeral services Nov. 3 at the Martins Church near St. Jacobs, Ont., conducted by Bros. Jonas Snider and Moses M. Brubacher. Texts, II Cor. 5: 1; II Tim. 1: 12; Heb. 9: 27.
YODER. Verna Sapp was born July 28, 1903, in Wabelaw, Mo.; died in her home, Harper, Kans., Dec. 4, 1929; aged 26 y. 4 m. 6 d. Her father died when she was two years old. Sept. 22, 1926, she was united in marriage to Ivan Yoder. To this union were born three children; twin boys who died in infancy, and Venus Fay, who still lives. At the age of 15 she was converted, and at the time of her death she was a faithful, joyous Christian. To know Verna was to love her. She will be missed among a large circle of friends as well as in the home. She leaves her mother, step-father, four sisters, and an aunt. Funeral services conducted in the M. B. C. Church in Harper, Kans., by A. R. Farley, Pentecostal evangelist.
LOBDELL. Ruby Maude Lobdell was born Jan. 7, 1906, at South Haven, Minn.; died in hospital at Grenora, N. Dak., Dec. 14, 1929; aged 23 y. 11 m. 7 d. Her death, caused by diabetes, was a shock to the community, as she had been ailing but a few days. On Aug. 8, 1921, she was married to Dolba Lobdell of Coalridge, Mont. To this union were born a son (Eugene) and two daughters (Clarice and Lois). She leaves her husband, children, mother (Mrs. J. S. Olsen), two sisters (Mrs. J. E. Grayson and Harriet Olsen), and one brother (Kenneth Olsen), besides other relatives and friends. Her kind and lovable disposition was her outstanding characteristic, her affections unstintingly bestowed upon family and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the home in the presence of many sympathizing friends and neighbors. Interment in cemetery near Coalridge. Services in charge of Bro. L. A. Kauffman.
"Our heavenly Father knoweth best.
His burdens, though hard to bear,
May be for our good in mercy sent,
That we His name might learn to fear."
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.
GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XXII, Number 41 - January 9, 1930, p. 847, 848
BARKLEY. Edward, son of George and Martha Barkley, was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Aug. 8, 1878; died very suddenly at the home of his parents in Scottsdale, Pa., Dec. 29, 1929; aged 51 y. 5 m. 21 d. His sudden calling away is a loud call to the living to get ready for the great change that is sure to come. He leaves his sorrowing parents and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Scottdale Mennonite Church on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in charge of the home ministers. Text, Rom. 8: 28. Interment in Alverton cemetery.
CAUFMAN. Bro. Martin Caufman died at his home near Chambersburg, Pa., Dec. 21, 1929, after a lingering illness; aged 83 y. 2 m. 3 d. He died on the farm on which he was born. He is survived by his wife, 9 children, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one daughter having preceded him to the spirit world. He was a brother of the late Sister Durr, second wife of Bishop J. N. Durr, Martinsburg, Pa. Funeral services were held Dec. 24, conducted by D. E. Kuhns, H. E. Shank, and J. S. Burkholder at the Chambersburg Church. Text, Luke 2: 29, 30. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.
EMENHEISER. Sister Barbara S., wife of Bro. Reuben Emenheiser, was born Feb. 11, 1876; died Dec. 18, 1929; aged 53 y. 10 m. 7 d. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 1 son, and 2 grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, worshiping with the believers at Rissers, where she will be missed; also in the community as a neighbor, and in the home as mother, companion, and grandmother. Funeral services were held from her late home at Rheems, Pa., and at the Mt. Pleasant Church on Dec. 21. Services were conducted by Bro. Noah W. Risser and Bro. Christ Moyer. Text (selected by family), Prov. 31: 10 12.
LAWVER. Susan, daughter of George and Celesta Bricker, was born near Sugarcreek, Ohio, Oct. 29, 1864; died Dec. 18, 1929; aged 65 y. 1 m. 19 d. She was united in marriage with Frank Lawver, May 4, 1891. To this union was born one son (Joseph), who preceded his mother in death. Sister Lawver had been a member of the Mennonite Church for more than thirty years; to which faith she held until death. She leaves her husband, four brothers (Jesse, Elmer, Joe, and David), four sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Ditto, Mrs. Sarah Lawver, Mrs. Phoebe Horrisberger, and Mrs. Nancy Shear), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Union Hill Church, near Sugarcreek, Dec. 20, 1929, conducted by Edward Shepfer, D. M. Friedt, and ____ Smith. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
LAUVER. Mary (Stover) Lauver was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Nov. 9, 1889; died Dec. 8, 1929; aged 40 y. 29 d. At the age of 17 she confessed and accepted Christ as her Savior. She was baptized April 20, 1907, united with the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until called home. On Nov. 26, 1912, she was united in marriage to Amos B. Lauver. To this union were born 2 daughters and 1 son. The son and 1 daughter died in infancy. There remains to mourn their loss, her husband and one daughter (Mae), her father, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held in the Delaware Church near Thompsontown, Pa., Dec. 11, conducted by Banks Weaver and A. G. Brubaker. Text, 1 Thess. 4: 13-17. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the Delaware Church. A friend.
HERNLEY. Sister Mary H., wife of Deacon Ephraim Hernley, was born June 20, 1858; died Dec. 10, 1929; aged 71 y. 5 m. 20 d. Sister Hernley had been in feeble health for a few years, bearing her affliction patiently, having a desire to depart and be with Christ. We as a church where her companion and she so faithfully labored, also the family and friends, humbly bow to His will and say, "Thy will be done." She is survived by husband, one son (Paul), one daughter, some grandchildren, and a few great-grandchildren. One daughter and two sons preceded her in death. Funeral services were held from her late home and at the Elizabethtown, Pa., Church, Dec. 13, by Bros. John Ebersole, Noah W. Risser, Samuel Fry, and Ben Kenner. Text (selected by family), II Tim. 4: 6 8. Burial in Kraybill's cemetery.
MAST. Jemima Mast was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 14, 1852; died at Los Animos, Colo., Dec. 23, 1929; aged 77 y. 8 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel Mast July 11, 1871. To this union were born six children, one daughter (Nova Bell) and her husband preceding her in death. She is survived by a son (Elmer) and four daughters (Mrs. L. F. Lantz, Mrs. S. D. Helmuth, Mrs. A. F. Burkston, and Mrs. Elmer Mock), 23 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. F. Lantz, near Los Animos, Colo. She confessed Christ as her Savior in early life and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member when she died. Funeral services were held at Bethel Church near Garden City, Mo., conducted by Joe C. Driver and W. E. Helmuth.
*Transcriber's Note: In the copy, she died at the home of her daughter Mrs. H. F. Lantz. Listed as one of her four daughters earlier in the obituary, she is referred to as Mrs. L. F. Lantz.
RHEINHEIMER. Nettie (Miller) Rheinheimer was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 5, 1874; died Dec. 27, 1929; aged 55 y. 11 m. 22 d. She was married to Christian Rheinheimer on May 7 surviving her. She leaves a husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters, and 15 grandchildren; also one brother and one sister, as well as many friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at the Forks for a number of years. She had suffered for several years from gall stones and her last sickness was this and a number of other complications. She bore her sufferings with much patience and expressed a readiness and desire to depart and be with Jesus and the loved ones who preceded her to the glory world. Funeral services at Forks Church, Dec. 30, by Amos Nusbaum and D. D. Miller.
"Loving friends, weep not for me,
I long to be at rest;
How happy, happy I shall be
When pillowed on my Savior's breast!"
Overs. Anna Mary Overs, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Peachey, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Aug. 23, 1901. On Aug. 20, 1926, she was united in marriage to Norman H. Overs. This union was blessed with two daughters (Thelma Christine and Baby Wilma Jean). On Nov. 30, 1929, she was stricken with pneumonia and when after four days of illness on Wednesday, Dec. 4, she in her weakened condition was unable to conquer (although all was done for her by her friends, physician and nurse to keep the spark of life burning), she passed peacefully away into that long sleep that knows no awakening here. She was aged 28 y. 3 m. 12 d. She confessed Christ in her girlhood days and united with the Bethel Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until her marriage when she with her husband transferred their membership to the United Brethren Church. Besides her husband and two children, she leaves her mother (Mrs. Elizabeth Peachey), two sisters (Maude, at home, and Mrs. Luther Landis), four brothers (Elmer, Roy, Charles, and Clarence), to mourn her departure. Her father, one brother (Uriel), and one sister (Nannie), preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted by ____ Wearly at the house and at the Bethel church by Dale Dutton, assisted by J. Y. King. Burial in the South Union cemetery.
Hoover. Homer, youngest son of Joel and Mary Hoover (deceased), was born in Haldimand Co., Ont., Oct. 29, 1888. With his parents he removed to the vicinity of Clarence Centre, N. Y., in 1897, residing there until after their death, when he made his home with his sisters in his former home in Ontario. At the age of twenty-five he became ill and incapacitated, suffering from arthritis. His usual activity gradually decreased until he became almost helpless. He espoused the faith of his fathers, and united with the Mennonite Church, found great comfort in his Christian life, and appreciated the truth of the Gospel. He endured patiently his infirmity and suffering and many friends were won to him by his happy and kind disposition during all the years of his affliction. Kindly hands and hearts ministered to him, whose reward was appreciative gratitude here and the blessings of the Lord in the life to come. He passed away Dec. 21, 1929, as a result of actual Bright's disease, at the home of Jewett Hoffman, Williamsville, N. Y., who were warm friends of the family. Funeral services were held at the home of his brother, Vernon Hoover, at Clarence Centre, N. Y., Dec. 24, conducted by Bro. S. F. Coffman. Text, Jno. 11: 25. The body was laid to rest in the Clarence Centre cemetery by the side of his parents.
Miller. Anna Miller (nee Bontrager), daughter of John E. and Barbara Mishler, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., July 13, 1878; died near Norfolk, Va., Dec. 15, 1929; aged 51 y. 5 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage to Jonas Miller Jan. 13, 1901. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 2 adopted children (Edwin and Edith), her aged father, six brothers and two sisters (Katie, wife of David J. L. Miller; Eli, Menno, and David; Polly, wife of Fernandis Miller; Joe, John, and Levi). She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her young days and remained faithful until death. She commenced failing in health about 3 years ago, due to tuberculosis. On Sept. 25, 1929, they left home for Norfolk, Va., to spend the winter or see if she might be benefited in health. But everything seemed to be in vain, and God saw best to call her home. By her request she was anointed about two weeks before her death. She had a desire to leave for her better home, and patiently awaited her end. Funeral services were held at the Kempsville Church on the afternoon of the 16th, conducted by Bros. Wm. Yoder and C. J. Swartzendruber from John 5: 24 30, after which the remains were shipped to Shipshewana, Ind., for burial. Funeral services were again held at her home on Saturday, Dec. 21, preached by Bros. Albert Graber and Moses M. Miller. She was laid to rest in the Bontrager cemetery.
"Oh, dear friends, weep not for me.
As I am now so you must be;
As you are now, so once was I;
Remember you must also die." -- By her niece.
King. Jacob Amandus, second son of Levi and Nancy King, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Feb. 28, 1866; peacefully passed away, while at his work in his grocery, at his home in Urbana, Ohio, Dec. 9, 1929; aged 63 y. 9 m. 11 d. He had been in his usual health until early Monday morning, when he had a heart attack which later caused his death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. He was united in marriage to Fannie M. Detweiler, of Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 25, 1896. He leaves a loyal companion, six sons, three daughters (Chauncey D., Archie L., Raymond W., Bertha M. Zhouk, Saloma A. Arbogast, Robert L., Leroy, Mary, and Glenn). Two brothers (John B. and Joe R.), 4 sisters (Mary A. Yohn, Nannie J. King, Emma R. Mast, and Mattie R. King), besides many other relatives and friends, survive. Funeral services were held at South Union Church, in charge of S. E. Allgyer and A. I. Yoder. Burial in South Union cemetery.
"I'd like to think when life is done
That I had filled a needed past,
That here and there I'd paid my fare
With more than idle talk and boast;
That I had taken gifts divine,
The breath of life and manhood fine,
And tried to use them now and then
In service to my fellowmen."
Ruppert. Amanda, daughter of Pre. Jacob and Lydia Stauffer Hershey and beloved wife of Reuben Henry Ruppert, was born in York Co., Pa., March 25, 1865; died t her home in York, Pa., aged 64 y. 7 m. 15 d. This union was blessed with sixteen children, nine of whom survive (Jacob A., Isaac H., Mrs. Edwin Atland, Mrs. Paul Benzel, Paul, Leroy M., Mrs. Horace Adams, Mrs. Ralph Hoover, and Lewis H.); also 25 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The following sisters and brother survive: Mrs. Lucy Roth, Marie Hershey, Lizzie Hershey, Mrs. Lewis Weigle, Jacob Hershey, Jr. The cause of her death was chronic Bright's disease. She suffered much but bore it patiently and often expressed a desire to go and be with Jesus whom she accepted as her personal Savior when young. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at the late home by Bros. N. H. Mack and H. H. Loose, and at Stony Brook Church by Bros. Mack, Walter Gable, and John Hess. Text Rev. 14: 13. Interment in Stony Brook Cemetery. By her husband and children.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah
STONEROOK. Lloyd Irvin Stonerook died Dec. 27, 1929, aged 2 y. 8 m. 14 d. Lloyd suffered from a leaking heart from infancy. The family was much attached to their little boy, but they know they have one little darling in the glory world. Funeral services were held on Dec. 29 from the home and from the Pleasant Grove Church, near Martinsburg, Pa., conducted by J. F. Grove. Interment in the Kauffman cemetery.
MAST. Nora Jackson Mast, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. Jackson, was born at McCook, Neb., June 31, 1897; died at her home in Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 15, 1929; aged 32 y. 5 m. 14 d. She was united in marriage to Amos Mast on Dec. 25, 1918. To this union were born 4 girls and 4 boys. Two twin boys preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, 4 girls, 2 boys and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the North Main St. Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 17, 1929, conducted by H. F. North. Interment in the South Union Cemetery.
JENNINGS. Carl Ervin Jennings came to add happiness to the home of Bro. and Sister Ervin B. Jennings on Dec. 16, 1929 at Sacramento, Calif. But six days only was the stay of this jewel, departing for the Spirit world Dec. 22. Not many friendships had been formed but many fond anticipations for future joy have suddenly ceased. Those mourning the loss of this little jewel are the parents and one sister (Lois) besides the grandparents, (Bro. and Sister Wm. Jennings, and Bro. and Sister Jonas Groff), and other relatives and a host of sympathizing friends. Short funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. A. Smeltzer at Sacramento, Calif.
ZOOK. Sarah Schrock was born in Miami Co., Ind., July 25, 1857; died Jan. 1, 1930; aged 72 y. 5 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Lewis W. Zook in 1877, who preceded her in death. To this union were born nine children, eight of whom are living-three daughters (Millie Berg, Fern Hershberger, and Mertle Zook); five sons (Scott, Charles, Louis, Clem, and Claud); one son (Otto), preceded her in death. There are also ten grandchildren and one great-grandson. In early life she became a member of the Methodist Church, and later united with the Mennonite Church, remaining in this faith until death. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind., conducted by Y. C. Miller and O. S. Hostetler.
SHORT. Amos, son of Christ P. and Jacobena Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 28, 1866; died Dec. 7, 1929; aged 62 y. 11 m. 9 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized Nov. 4, 1888, and received into the Mennonite Church. He was united in marriage to Rosa Graber April 18, 1889. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter (Oliver D., Mrs. Adam J. Short, Forest E., and one son who died in infancy). He leaves his sorrowing wife, three children, four grandchildren, four brothers, one sister, and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was a faithful son, husband, father, and member of his church. He was one who had the welfare of his family and the Church at heart. He will be greatly missed by all. He was waiting and watching for the coming of Christ, and when God called him to go, his last words were, "All is well. I am going." Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church near Stryker, Ohio, Dec. 11, conducted by E. B. Frey, assisted by S. D. Grieser. Text, II Tim. 4: 6 8. Burial at Lockport cemetery.
"So far with me, no farther now,
Our journey all so brief is done
Thou goest on thine unseen way,
And I must tread my path alone."
MISHLER. Truman, son of Enos and Lovina Misler, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., April 27, 1898; died Dec. 20, 1929; aged 31 y. 8 m. 3 d. On Sept. 29, 1917, he was united in marriage to Nona, daughter of Wallace and Sarah Yoder, of near Shipshewana, Ind. To this happy union were born one son (Ernest G.) and four daughters (Mildred Marie, Jannica Louise, Laureta Florence, and Vera Pauline). In his early life he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, being a member with the Forks congregation near Middlebury, Ind. In this service he endeavored to be faithful until the end of his life. While Bro. Mishler with his life companion held their membership with the Forks congregation, having in the latest years lived closer to the Topeka and Emma congregations they gave much of their valuable service to the interest of the work in these congregations. He leaves his loving companion, his five children, father, mother, two brothers, seven sisters, and many other relatives and friends. He was dearly loved by his family (his companion knowing him only as a faithful husband, his children as a real father, always being desirous that together they might please their Maker).
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Funeral services were conducted by D. D. Miller and O. S. Hostetler at the Shore Mennonite Church, where many people gathered together to pay their tribute of respect.
*Transcriber's Note: Last name of parents is typed as "Misler", but twice in the text Truman is stated as having last name of Mishler.
KAUFFMAN. Leah H., youngest daughter of Bishop Michael and Sister Juliana (Stayrook) Yoder, was born near Mattawana, Pa., Nov. 26, 1875; died at her home near Aurora, Oreg., Dec. 28, 1929; aged 54 y. 1 m. 2 d. On Nov. 21, 1900, she was married to David H. Kauffman of Logan Co., Ohio. This union was blest with seven children: Fred S., Florence M. (Mrs. Menno M. Troyer), Jacob M., Julia S., Vernon L. and Margaret V., who with the husband and father, and two sisters (Mrs. John E. Kauffman and Miss Hannah M. Yoder), remain to mourn her departure. One son (David Mark), father, mother, two brothers, and three sisters preceded her to the glory world. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Church in early youth and remained devoted and loyal to the end. In March, 1901, she with her husband located at Nampa, Idaho. In November, 1907, they moved to Corning, Calif., and five years later to Oregon, which has since been their home. Laid low by ill health in November, 1928, her life was despaired for several months; but the heavenly Father graciously restored her to her family for one short summer. In the latter part of August she suffered from an attack of neuritis, which settled upon her heart. Other complications set in and all that medical skill or loving hands could do was of no avail. In love the Father reached out His hand and called the spirit higher, taking a mother from the home, a loving, sympathetic friend and neighbor from the church and community. "Not she the one to shrink or falter, but her's the part of loving, willing service." Although submissive to the Father's will, she felt her work was not yet finished and would gladly have remained to serve a little longer. We who are left know that her work is not finished, but neither has it ceased-"Her works do follow her"-and "She being dead, yet speaketh." Funeral services in charge of F. J. Gingerich, assisted by N. A. Lind, A. P. Troyer, and Milo Kauffman. Text, Jno. 14: 1. Interment in the Zion cemetery. "Her children rise up, and call her blessed."
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.
MARTIN. Br. Amos M. Martin died at his home near Chambersburg, Pa., Jan. 11, 1930, after a short illness of Pneumonia; aged 69 y. 9 m. 2 d. He was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church for many years and was a regular attendant at worship when health permitted. He is survived by his wife, one son, and three daughters. The funeral was held Jan. 14, conducted by D. E. Kuhns and J. S. Burkholder at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. Text, "Behold I come quickly." Buried in the cemetery at the church.
STOLTZFUS. Fannie Stoltzfus was born Oct. 29, 1904; died Jan. 1, 1930; aged 25 y. 2 m. 2 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her teens and remained faithful until death. She leaves her parents and one sister, besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Weavertown Church. Interment in Beiler's Cemetery.
"Dearest Fannie, thou hast left us;
Thou couldst not with us remain;
But we know the Bible teaches
That our loss shall be your gain." --By A Friend.
GOOD. Martin B. Good was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 17, 1850; died suddenly Dec. 10, 1929; aged 79 y. 8 m. 23 d. About 8 months ago he had a stroke, from which he recovered again so that he could do some work again. About a week before his death we noticed that he was not so well again. But he walked to the mail box on the forenoon of the day when he was found dead sitting on a chair. On Dec. 13, 1874, he was married to Catherine W. Martin, who preceded him in death Mar. 4, 1927. To this union were born six children (Mahlon M., Annie L. Weber, Alice C. Bowman who died in Feb., 1927, Eli H., Hettie M. Hollinger, and Harvey M.). He leaves 31 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Joseph Horning) and 1 brother (Pre. I. B. Good). Brief services were held at the house by Geo. Horning and at Weaverland Church by John Sauder. Text, Matt. 24: 42 44.
MIENERT. Claus Mienert was born near Berlin, Germany Aug. 10, 1852; died Dec. 30, 1929, leaving 4 children and 9 grandchildren. He came to America in 1872, living near Albany, Ore., the entire balance of his life, excepting a little over a year in Salem Deaconess Hospital and one year in the East. Altho he had no regular church home, he read the German Bible often, and during his later years enjoyed religious services very much. He often made favorable mention of the Mennonite faith and people, at the Mennonite Deaconess Hospital at Salem. He longed for this people's continued friendship and prayers during his closing hours. Death came in a calm and quiet mode during the visits and prayers of Christian people. Funeral services were conducted by Albany and Fairview congregations, N. A. Lind of Albany and Bro. Wedel of Salem Deaconess Hospital officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery.
WENGER. Samuel S., son of David and Sarah Wenger, was born May 3, 1858 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Jan. 5, 1930; aged 71 y. 8 m. 2 d. When twenty years old he moved to Wakarusa, Ind., in which vicinity he spent the remainder of his life. On Sept. 5, 1880, he was united in marriage with Rebecca Weaver. This union was blessed with nine children. One son (John) preceded him in death forty years ago. The following children with his companion survive: David, Enos, Samuel, Noah, Phares, Lydia, Mary, and Emma. He also leaves 28 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters. In the spring of 1881 he with his companion was converted and united with the Old Mennonite Church, in which faith he lived and died. He was very patient in his illness and often expressed a desire to be taken home. Death resulted from a complication of diseases. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church, in charge of Moses Hurst and Ben Good. Text, Jno. 14: 1 3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
LEHMAN. Katie Lehman was born near Dalton, Ohio, Aug. 21, 1860; died of cancer Dec. 25, 1929; aged 69 y. 4 m. 4 d. She accepted her Savior in her youth and was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Church. In 1866 she became a charter member of the Salem Mennonite Church, where she remained a faithful member until death. Her father died when she was only two years old, and her mother died 18 years ago. Then their farm was sold and she and her sister, Annie, kept three acres of land and built thereon, where they lived up to the present time, sharing joys and sorrows until her departure. Last fall she was taken to the Massilon City Hospital where she submitted to an operation for a cancerous tumor. For a while she seemed to be improving and after a few weeks was again received to her home. The week before Christmas she again became very ill and suffered intense pain until death relieved her on Christmas morning. She bore all her suffering with Christian fortitude, and was conscious until the end. The day before her death she yet said in German, "Endlich kommt. Er liese nimmit uns bei der hand, fuhrt uns von der Reise Heim ins Vaterland." She leaves 2 sisters (Annie, and Elizabeth Loganbill) and a host of other relatives and friends. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Dec. 28, by Austin Kaiser at the Salem church.
SCHMITT. Susannah, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Weber) Brubacher was born near Bridgeport, Waterloo Co., Ont., Feb. 1, 1841. She was married to Geo. B. Schmitt in 1866. To this union were born five children of whom 3 still live. She died Jan. 5, 1930, at the ripe old age of 88 y. 11 m. 4 d. There remain to mourn her departure; Mary (Mrs. Samuel Good), Lizzie (Mrs. Simeon Good), and Jacob of Elida, Ohio, at present teaching at Hesston College. Also, 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one brother (Christian), and many relatives and friends. She was converted at the age of 19, united with the Mennonite Church and lived an exemplary Christian life to the end. She was widely known and much respected for her sterling Christian qualities, for her devotion to her family, and for her interest in the welfare of others. In early youth she committed to memory many poems and songs. During the last few years her memory failed in many things, but these songs stayed with her. One of the last things she did in full consciousness was to sing that grand hymn, "Asleep in Jesus." Funeral services Jan. 8, were conducted by Jesse B. Martin and C. F. Derstine at St. Jacob's Mennonite Church. Interment at Martin's Cemetery.
A loving one has gone on high,
And from our vision passed,
But her sweet influence will not die,
As long as time shall last. M. M. B.
BURKHOLDER. Abram D. Burkholder was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 18, 1844. He was the son of Christian and Magdalene Burkholder, and was the only surviving member of that family. On Jan. 4, 1930, just as he was retiring for the night he suddenly and peacefully entered his eternal rest, at his home near Marshallville, Ohio, at the ripe old age of 85 y. 8 m. 16 d. He was united in marriage with Lavina Amstutz Oct. 20, 1870. To this union were born seven daughters and three sons. He was preceded in death by his loving companion and by two daughters (Mrs. Daniel Yoder and Minnie). Those who remain to mourn his departure are Mrs. Ida Amstutz, Mrs. Samuel Zeigler, Mrs. Fanny King, Mrs. Truman Yoder, Mrs. Israel Wirth, Wesley, and Edward R., also 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, with many other relatives and friends. Brother Burkholder accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and was received into the fellowship of the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, March 3, 1869. On April 4, 1885, he was ordained to the office of deacon, in which capacity he labored faithfully until death, serving the following congregations: Crown Hill, Martin and Pleasant View, and the Orrville Mennonite Mission Church of which he was a charter member. He also served as Church treasurer for 18 years, and for 6 years he was treasurer of the Mennonite Old People's Home located near the Crown Hill Church. Brother Burkholder had a keen interest in their family history and an appreciative acquaintance among his large and widely scattered relationship, but more than this, he had a deep concern for the spiritual welfare of his family and the Church, to which end he prayed and labored. He found much delight in the services in the house of the Lord, and the commandments of the Lord were his pleasure. He was an humble, earnest Christian, a devoted companion, a kind father, a good neighbor, a man of careful habits, of strong conviction, and faithful in the discharge of known duty.
"Servant of God, well done
Thy glorious warfare's past;
The battle's fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last."
Services were conducted at the home and the Crown Hill Church. Burial in the nearby cemetery. Minsters: I. W. Royer, E. F. Hartzler, A. J.Steiner, C. Z. Yoder, and J. S. Gerig. Text, II Timothy 4: 5 8.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.
GOSPEL HERALD - Volume XXII, Number 44 - January 30, 1930, p. 909, 910, 911
MAGINNIS. Elliott Maginnis was born in Moniteau Co., Mo., May 19, 1901; died Jan. 11, 1930. In August, 1924, he was married to Rosella Walters. To this union were born two children (Harold and Hubert). Besides these children and his wife, a father, step-mother, and brothers and sisters mourn his sad departure. There was little evidence that he had made his peace with God. May it be a warning to us all to be ready.
BRUNK. Clarence, son of Menno and Eliza Brunk, was born at Brunner, Ont., April 12, 1913; died Nov. 16, 1929; aged 16 y. 7 m. 4 d. Death was due to pneumonia, from which he suffered patiently for four days. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers (Edgar and David), 1 sister (Lucy), his aged grandparents, besides many other relatives and friends. He confessed Christ and was baptized Oct. 6. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Christ Schultz and at the church by Peter Zehr and Daniel Lebold. Text, Jas. 4:L 14, Jno.11: 25, 26.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in a better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there sometime we'll understand."
ANDREAS. Martin G., son of Mr. And Mrs. Peter Andreas, was born July 18, 1845, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died at his home in Sterling, Ill., Jan. 18, 1930, at the ripe old age of 84 y. 6 m. He was married to Mary H. Rutt, on Oct. 28, 1869. To this union five children were born (Fannie R., William G., Ida M., Anna L., and Reuben P.). Mrs. Andreas passed away July 5, 1907. On March 18, 1913, he was married to Fannie Andrew of Lancaster Co., Pa., who with the following children survive him: Mrs. Fannie Myers, Mrs. E. E. LeFevre, Mrs. Benj. Mellinger, Reuben P., and one step-son (Rea Kreider). He is also survived by one brother (Frank Andreas) and one sister (Mrs. Ed Powel). Bro. Andreas was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. When health permitted he was at his place of worship. In the later years, when he was deprived of this privilege, he enjoyed the reading of God's Word and prayer. As the end drew near he was anxious for the time to come when he could steal away and be at rest. He found a fitting expression of his own desires in the song, "The Last Mile of the Way." Funeral services were held on Monday, the 20th, at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church in charge of A. C. Good. Interment in cemetery near by. A large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect.
Schrock. Mary J., daughter of Abraham J. and Magdeline Plank, was born Oct. 3, 1855, near Wooster, Ohio; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Yoder, Kansas City, Kans., Jan. 8, 1930; aged 74 y. 3 m. 5 d. In about 1872 she moved with her parents to near Garden City, Mo. Early in life she confessed Christ and united with the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until death. In Oct., 1875, she was united in marriage to Noah J. Schrock, to which union were born six children. She is survived by her husband and four children (D. N., John E., Laura Herwig, and Mamie Yoder), all of whom were at her bedside; also by twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Anna Shepp, who also was at her bedside), and three brothers (G. J., E. M., and Frank Plank). Two children preceded her to the spirit world, Ellen (aged two), died in 1890 and Ira (aged 41) died in 1922. Dec. 30, 1929, she was taken ill with pleurisy, which later developed into pneumonia. Eight days later she quietly and peacefully passed away.
"Changing moods and passing fancies,
Mark the course of mortal life,
Friendships rare and passions tender,
Come and go midst cheer and strife.
Yet one emotion lives eternal
Changeless, endless, pure, sublime,
'Tis mother love-divine, supernal,
That spells devotion till end of time."
MARTIN. Emanuel, son of Emanuel H. and Lizzie L. Martin, was born near Brownstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 12, 1912; died of appendicitis, Jan. 8, 1930, at Lancaster General Hospital where he was a patient for 13 days; aged 17 y. 4 m. 26 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers (David, Emma, Cora, John, Amanda, Elmer, Lydia). One brother preceded him to the spirit world. He also leaves his aged grandparents (John and Katie Martin and Samuel and Amanda Martin), and a number of uncles, aunts, and friends. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 12. Services at the home by Bros. Joseph Hostetter and Moses Horning, at the church by Bros. Hershey Sensenig and Amos Martin.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear." Aunt.
BOWMAN. Catherine, daughter of Jacob and Catherine Martin, was born Jan. 26, 1866; died at her home in Waterloo, Ont., Jan. 17, 1930; aged 63 y. 11 m. 22 d. Death came after a long period of suffering due to internal cancer. The departed had been married twice. Her first husband, Titus Snyder, predeceased her 22 years ago. In 1908 she was again married to Jonas L. Bowman, who survives. Besides her sorrowing husband, she is survived by five daughters (Mabel, Seleda, Alice, Edna, and Elona); also two brothers (Noah and Jacob) and two sisters (Lovina and Hattie). She accepted Christ in her early life and united with the Mennonite Church, where she continued faithful until the end. The presence of the Lord was her constant support during the long weeks of her intense suffering. Shortly before her passing she repeated the Shepherd Psalm, and said, "God be with you till we meet again." Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at the home of the departed, conducted by J. B. Martin and Noah Hunsberger. Text, Jno. 16: 33. Burial in the David Eby Cemetery.
ROTH. Amanda B. Roth was born Oct. 10, 1835; died Nov. 4, 1929, at the home of her daughter in Lansdale, Pa.; aged 93 y. 25 d. Aug. 8, 1856, she was married to Abraham Roth, who preceded her in death 50 years ago. 5 children also preceded her in death. Her son (Isaiah) departed this life just 3 days before her. She is survived by her daughter (Mrs. Mary Ruth), a son (Mahlon), 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She was confined to her bed for 8 years, but was patient through all her trials and suffering and many times expressed a desire to depart and to be with Christ. Services were held at the Rockhill Mennonite Church Nov. 9, conducted by Bros. Jacob C. Clemens and Jonas Mininger. Text, Job 14: 14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Oh, dear mother, how we miss thee,
Every place we look;
But in heaven we can meet thee,
If we're faithful to the Book." By the Family.
HOSTETLER. Sarah, daughter of Jonas and Barbara Shrock, was born near Nappanee, Ind., Apr. 13, 1844; died near Bremen, Ind., Jan. 6, 1930; aged 85 y. 23 d. She was first united in marriage to Jeremiah Hostetler. To this union were born 5 children of whom Harvey and Harry survive. Being left a widow, she was later married to Emanuel Kauffman of Bremen, Ind., December, 1888. In December, 1906, she was again left a widow and in 1913 she was married to Levi Hostetler of Oregon. Upon the death of her husband she returned to Nappanee and made her home with Lizzie Witmer, who died in December, 1927, after which she made her home with Adam Kauffman of Bremen, Ind., where she died. Her health had been failing for a number of years. Yet she was able to be up a good share of the time, and only the last few weeks was she bedfast. She leaves her two sons; 1 brother (Adam Shrock), 1 sister (Libby Boor), grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior when a young woman and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she lived and died. When because of failing health she could no longer attend church services, it was a great pleasure to her to have some of the brotherhood come to her home and worship with her. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 9, at the North Main Street Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., by Bro. H. F. North. Interment in the South Union Cemetery.
STROEMER. Sara Ruth Stroemer, aged 54 y. passed away at the Proctor Hospital, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 3, 1930, following an illness of nearly a month. She was born in Peoria, Ill., Feb. 24, 1875, and was married to Arthur H. Stroemer March 2, 1904. To this union were born three sons (Wilby, Arthur B. and Rusell G.), and one daughter (Ruth Mae), who with their father are left to mourn her departure. She also leaves one sister (Mrs. Lena Barnewolt) and one brother (Jos. W. Jones), besides other relatives and many friends. Deceased was possessed with a kind and loving disposition and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Peoria was always Sister Stroemer's home. She attended the old Sumner school, and in her youth accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized at the Presbyterian Church. May 13, 1923, she united with the Garden St. Mennonite Mission, in which faith she was faithful until death. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Earl Miller and Bro. John L. Harnish. Texts, 1 Cor. 15 and Psa. 23.
KANAGY. Jacob Earl, son of Willis and Matilda Kanagy, was born in Upland, Calif., and died Nov. 24, 1929; aged 1 m. 6 d. During his short stay with his parents and family, it seemed that the joy and sunshine of a life time were crowded into a few weeks. Not only father and mother feel the loss, but also little brother Paul and sister Martha, who treasured baby brother and planned many things they would do when he grew big.
"The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned."
Funeral services were held Nov. 25, at the Deaper Funeral Parlor, Ontario, Calif., conducted by Elder Henry G. Brubaker. Text, II Sam 12: 23 last sentence. Interment in the Ontario Cemetery.
BRUNK. Perry E. Brunk was born in Rockingham Co., Va., June 19, 1858; died at his home near Elida, Ohio, Jan. 12, 1930; aged 71 y. 7 m. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Maria Jane Powell, Oct. 30, 1881. To this union were born nine children. He leaves his widow, 9 children (Mrs. D. S. Stutzman, Mrs. Glen Brenneman, George, Andrew, Henry, Clifford, Lewis, Walter, and Lloyd), 13 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 3 sisters, besides a host of other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed in the community in which he lived, and especially in the church in which he has taken an active part all his life; serving as deacon from April 30, 1889, to May 21, 1905, at which time he was ordained to the ministry. In this calling he remained faithful till the end. Hs counsel, advice, and judgment were always helpful and safe. May his pious life, his good example, and unwavering faith be imitated and followed by all who knew him. "He being dead, yet speaketh." Funeral services were held at the Pike Church in charge of J. M. Shenk, assisted by Geo. Ross, Otho Shenk, S. E. Allgyer, and Andrew Brenneman. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Our father has gone to rest,
His toils and sorrows are o'er,
Tho we know he dwells with the blest,
Our hearts are weary and sore." Mother and Children.
GINGERICH. Alvin B., son of Sydney and the late Nancy (Bauman) Gingerich, was born in Iowa, July 15, 1913; moved with his parents to Lebanon Co., Pa., in 1915; died in a Philadelphia Hospital from a serious operation of a tumor in his head that caused his death twenty-four hours after the operation, Dec. 12, 1929; aged 16 y. 4 m. 27 d. He leaves his father, 1 brother (Jesse B.), 4 sisters (Mrs. Levi Weaver, Mrs. James Shoemaker, Mrs. Norman Brubaker, Mrs. Henry Lansch), 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends. He was quiet and beloved by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Abe Hoover in English and Amos Martin in German, and at Boyer's meetinghouse by Moses Horning in German and Frank Hurst in English. Text, Psa. 132: 14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Tho cast down we're not forsaken,
Tho afflicted not alone;
Thou did'st give and Thou hast taken,
Blessed Lord Thy will be done."
JUSTICE. Martin L. Justice was born in Smithburg, Md.; died at his home at Edgemont, Md., Jan. 9, 1930; aged 80 y. 9 m. 8 d. He was married twice. His first wife was Mrs. Hettie Shockey. To this union was born one daughter (Mrs. Wm. S. Coss). In 1891 he was married to Mrs. Alice Wedel. To this union was born one daughter (Mrs. Rudy Blickenstaff). He leaves his wife, 5 step-children, 16 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren, also one sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Snowberger). He was a faithful member of Stauffer's Mennonite Church, where he served as deacon for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. John Risser and at Stauffer's church by Bros. Daniel Strite and Denton Martin. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy we gree tthee,
Where no farewell tear is shed." By his granddaughter.
SCHULTZ. Menno, son of Menno and Elizabeth Schultz, was born Nov. 5, 1870; died Dec. 12, 1929; aged 59 y. 1 m. 7 d. He confessed Christ as his Savior in early life and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death. He was married to Annie Zehr April 5, 1900. To this union were born three daughters. He leaves 2 daughters (Vera Ruby and Lizzie Ann Leis), 5 brothers, and 2 sisters besides many other relatives and friends. His wife and one daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home by Christ Brunk and at Poole church by Peter Nafziger and Dan Jutzi. Text, Matt. 7: 13, 14; Jno. 14: 6.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's many trials and troubles are past,
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
Till God called him home to suffer no more."
FUNK. John Fretz, son of Jacob and Susanna (Fretz) Funk, was born April 6, 1835, in Bucks Co., Pa. His education, beyond that of the public schools, was received in a private school conducted by the Baptist denomination, and as a student in Freeland Seminary, now Ursinus College. At the age of 18 he became a teacher in the home school. This vocation he followed for three years. He then went to Chicago, Ill., arriving there in 1856. He made his home with his half-sister, Mary Ann Beidler and was employed for some time by her husband in the lumber business. Later he engaged in the lumber business by himself, being very successful.
While yet in Pennsylvania, he came in contact with the Baptist Church, but he was not able to reconcile some of their doctrinal teachings with the Scriptures, especially on the subject of baptism. In his study of this subject, he was largely guided by a booklet written by his great-grandfather, Heinrich Funck, who had migrated from Holland. In Chicago, with the Beidler family, he worshipped at the Third Presbyterian Church, and it was during a revival in that denomination that he was converted. He applied for membership in that denomination, but after studying their creed, he was unable to reconcile with the Word the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination and infant baptism. There was only one thing that he could honestly do, and so he made a trip back to his home in Bucks Co., Pa., at his first convenience as was received into the Mennonite Church at Line Lexington congregation. To his knowledge, he was then the only Mennonite in the city of Chicago.
His ten years in Chicago were active ones religiously as well as in a business capacity. He worked where he was able to do anything for the Lord. At one time he was superintendent of one Sunday school, a teacher in a second, and a pupil in the third. In this work he was associated with Dwight L. Moody, who later became the great evangelist and the founder of Moody Bible Institute.
During the Civil War of 1861-65, Bro. Funk saw that many of the young men of Mennonite parentage went to war. This grieved him much and he started to prepare an article on non-resistance to be published in tract form. This was not published until he received some encouragement in May, 1863, from a visit by Bishop John M. Brenneman, Elida, Ohio, and Peter Nissley, an aged minister from Lancaster Co., Pa. He then quite regularly worshipped with the small brotherhood in Grundy Co., Ill. The encouragement that he received finally led him to venture upon the publication of two religious monthly papers, The Herald of Truth, and its German counterpart, Herold der Wahrheit, the first issues coming out January 1, 1864. He still continued in the lumber business, and there were days when he worked as many as 20 hours. The Lord prospered him and by the end of the year the circulation had exceeded 1,000 copies and surpassed his hopes at the beginning of the venture.
After getting out the first issue of the papers, he made a journey back home, where on Jan. 19, 1864, he was married to Salome, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Myers) Kratz, who lived on an adjoining farm and who as a girl had been one of his pupils.
With his bride he returned to Chicago, and with characteristic energy threw himself into the work of the Church. On May 27, 1865, he was ordained to the ministry in the little church in Grundy Co., Ill., as an English preacher. Bro. Funk, however, preached in the German language often very acceptably. He now made regular trips to Grundy county on Saturday nights to serve the congregation, going on a freight train.
During the next few years it became increasingly apparent to him that his publications and other Church work would require his entire time. He therefore sold his lumber interests and on April 6, 1867, his birthday, he moved to Elkhart, Ind., then a city of 3,000 population, he and Sister Funk being the first Mennonites in the city. He set up a small printing establishment in temporary quarters and soon afterward purchased the lot at 320 South Main St., erected the brick building still standing, and moved into it on Jan. 1, 1868. Shortly after, his brother Abram K. became associated with him under the name of Mennonite Publishing Company. This corporation had the unique distinction of continuing its existence for the full duration of its fifty year charter, of having the same president, and of remaining in the same building. Besides the two papers already mentioned, the company published The Young People's Paper, the Words of Cheer, the Rundschau, Sunday School Quarterlies, and other Sunday school supplies, besides hymn books and other religious papers in the German and English languages. Two of the most notable achievements of the company were the translation of the Martyr's Mirror and the Complete Works of Menno Simon and their publication in the English language.
In 1870 he bought a lot on Prairie Street and built the year following, largely at his own expense, the original church house which is still in use. He had the satisfaction of seeing the original congregation of eight members grow to its present membership of about three hundred and of seeing the house twice enlarged. Not satisfied with this, he made many journeys at his own expense throughout the United States and Canada holding meetings. He and Pre. Daniel Brenneman held the first revival meetings in the Mennonite Church, in Bishop Nicholas Johnson's congregation in Fayette Co., Pa. He spent much time in indoctrination, for which he was especially gifted. He had a large place in the establishing of the Sunday school throughout the Church through his personal efforts and by the supplying of needed literature.
It was through his recommendations that the Indiana-Michigan Conference in 1882 inaugurated the Evangelizing Committee which was the forerunner of the present Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, and that the Mennonnite Aid Plan was organized. He was also great advocate of a Mennonite General Conference, as the minutes of the Indiana-Michigan Conference bear record. In the great work of the immigration of the Mennonites from Russia to the United States and Canada in 1874, Bro. Funk devoted many months of time and much means in helping them in every way possible, making many long trips. Hundreds of these Russians held the name of John F. Funk in the highest esteem and affection, a feeling which is still cherished by their children and grandchildren. On June 6, 1892, he was ordained bishop over the congregations west of Goshen, Ind., and again this occupied a great deal of his time.
In his later years he was also to know severe trials. One of these was a financial loss partly due to a serious bank failure; but with the aid of kind friends, he took up the burden of carrying on as best he could, although past the age of 70. The other was that of difficulties that arose in the local congregation and spread to other congregations. Our brother was not without his errors and weaknesses. To have been without them would have been superhuman. He had the bitter experience of being misunderstood and was relieved of the active duties of bishop. He was a good forgetter and forgiver, and a worthy example to us in this. Again, he faced the future with that unfailing fortitude and cheerfulness which was a constant wonder to those who did not understand the inner source of his strength. Our brother's attitude as viewed by those unprejudiced and not connected with these troubles is far better understood now and the Church in his later life held him in the highest esteem.
In 1908 it seemed best to see the printing business to the James A. Bell Company and the publications to the Mennonite Publishing Board, which had just purchased the printing plant of the Gospel Witness Company at Scottsdale, Pa. He still continued the mail order department up to 1925, when, at the expiration of its charter, the company was dissolved. He went on with the business, however, to within six months of his death under the name of John F. Funk, Successor to the Mennonite Publishing Company.
In May, 1929, he was stricken with an affliction from which he never fully recovered. Although retaining to the last his cheerful spirit, he gradually grew weaker until early in the morning of Jan. 8, 1930, he passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 94 years, 9 months and 2 days. He outlived all the members of his own family and his wife (who died in 1917). Of his six children, four died in infancy, and one daughter Phoebe (Mrs. Abram B. Kolb) passed away in 1918. He is survived by one daughter (Miss Martha Funk), four grandchildren, Helen (Mrs. Donald Gates), Jacob Clemens Kolb, John Funk Kolb, and Constance (Mrs. William A. Sykes); and one great-grandchild, Barbara Jane Sykes.
A few months before his death, he called one of his granddaughters to him and earnestly requested that the following be repeated at his funeral. "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." "Trusting in the salvation and redemption of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the sufferings of Christ."
Funeral services were held at the late home and at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 11, 1930, in charge of Jacob K. Bixler, assisted by the brethren D. A. Yoder, D. J. Johns, J. S. Hartzler, and Daniel Kauffman. Text (chosen by the family), II Tim. 4: 6 8. The large concourse of brethren and sisters present showed the large place that our brother held in the hearts of the Church, and he is gone but not forgotten. Interment in the Prairie St. cemetery near the city.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah