Ebersole - W. Wayne, son of Walter W. and Elva (Stoner) Ebersole, died April 29, 1933; aged 10 m. 29 d. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister (David, Delmar, and Clara). Little Wayne had not been well since last fall, having suffered with stomach trouble, also bronchial asthma which later developed into bronchial pneumonia causing his death. We humbly submit to God's transferring this fair bud from our garden of love to His Heavenly garden. Services were held May 1 at Good's Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., conducted by the home ministers. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Wagler - Ruby Adeline, daughter of Michael and Cora
Wagler, died May 15, 1933; aged 18 m. 26 d. Death was due to meningitis.
She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 grandmothers,
1 grandfather, and a host of relatives and friends. One brother
and one sister preceded her in death.
"Ruby's place is vacant now, since she has gone to rest;
But we our heads will humbly bow, and say God thought it best."
Funeral services and burial at the Hopewell Church near Hubbard, Oreg., conducted by Brethren Fred Gingerich and Henry Wolfer. Text, Mark 10:13-16.
Moser - Emma, daughter of P.P. Moser, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Sept. 8, 1871; died of influenza April 17, 1933; aged 61 y. 5 m. 9 d. She was married to Nathan Moser of Berne, Ind. One son, Lloyd, was born to this union. In her youth she was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Church. After she was married she transferred her membership to the Christian Alliance Church. For a number of years they lived in Orrville. After their son had grown to manhood they moved on a farm south of Orrville, where she died. She is survived by her husband and son, 2 brothers (Frank of Dalton and Edwin of Los Angeles, Calif.), 7 sisters (Fanny, Dinah, Leona, Lizzie, Caroline - Mrs. D. Geiser, Bertha - Mrs. Chr. Geiser, Susan - Mrs. Alvin Sommer), 3 uncles, and a number of other relatives. Her parents and 1 brother, Peter, preceded her in death. By her request she was buried at the Sonnenberg Church April 20. Services were held by her pastor, B. Miller, of Orrville.
Clemens - Susie B., wife of John C. Clemens and mother
of 10 children, died May 1, 1933; aged 51 y. 11 m. 26 d. A few
days before her death she sang, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken,"
and the same day she died she selected the comforting verses out
of John 5:14, 15. Oh, let us live purer lives than we ever did
before. Two out of the family have already given themselves to
the Lord and several nephews. It is worth while to live such a
life that others will follow so quickly? Praise the Lord, He knoweth
when His flowers plucked have the sweetest perfumes. Pray for
a brokenhearted husband and give him to realize that he soon can
join her in that happy land above. She was a faithful member of
the Mennonite Church.
"No, not cold beneath the grass, not close walled within the tomb,
Rather in our Father's mansion, living in another room.
Shall I doubt my Father's mercy? Shall I think of death as doom,
Or the stepping o'er the threshold to a bigger, brighter room?
Weaver - Leah Martha, daughter of Daniel and Ella Hertzler,
was born Jan. 14, 1901, near Camp Hill, Pa.; died May 15, 1933;
aged 32 y. 4 m. 1 d. She was sick about 10 days with erysipelas.
She is survived by her husband, 3 children (Chester, Harold and
Bertha), 2 brothers (Owen and Elmer), 2 sisters (Mrs. Noah Zimmerman
and Mabel at home), also a large circle of relatives and friends.
She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 15 and was faithful
until death. She went to the Slate Hill Mennonite Sunday school
and church when health permitted. She will be greatly missed by
the Church and all who knew her, especially in her home for her
kind admonitions and untiring efforts for the welfare of others.
Funeral service was held at the Slate Hill Mennonite Church May
18, 1933, conducted by Bros. Noah Mack, J.B. Seitz and Christian
Hess. Text I Cor. 15:53. Bro. Samuel Hess led in prayer. Interment
in cemetery nearby.
Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find.
By the parents.
Boyer - Elizabeth G. Boyer (nee Ebersole) was
born June 30, 1846; died April 9, 1933 at the Lancaster, Pa.,
Hospital from the effects of a broken hip which she sustained
several months before, and infirmities due to her advanced age;
aged 86 y. 11 m. 9 d. She was married to John Boyer in January,
1870. He and a son preceded her to the better land many years
ago. She is survived by 1 brother (Bishop John G. Ebersole of
Manheim, Pa.), 4 step-brothers (Jacob Ebersole, Samuel Ebersole,
Daniel Ebersole of Manheim and David Ebersole of Elizabethtown),
also by numerous nephews and nieces. She was a faithful member
of the Bethel Church of God at Elizabethtown for many years. She
was of a cheerful disposition and took her intense suffering very
patiently always longing to go home to that better home when pain
and sorrow are unknown. Funeral at the Church of God, Elizabethtown,
in charge of C.H. Heiges. Text, "For me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21), chosen by her some years
before and found among her belongings. Burial in Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.
"Now the laborer's task is o'er, now the battle day is past,
Now upon the farther shore lands the voyager at last."
By one of the family.
Beck - Lizzie (King) Beck, wife of Samuel Beck, was
born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Oct. 12, 1860; died May 15, 1933; aged
72 y. 7 m. 3 d. She was married to Bro. Samuel Beck March 30,
1882. Seven children were born to them (Simon and Emmanuel of
Leo, Ind.; Sarah Schrock of Pettisville, O.; Rosa Grieser and
Clara Nofziger of Wauseon, O.; Edward of Archbold, O.; Erwin of
Harlan, Ind.). She leaves her sorrowing husband, 7 children, 40
grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; also 3 sisters. She
was one of a family of 9 children of whom 4 brothers and 1 sister
have preceded her in death. She accepted Jesus as her personal
Savior in her youth, united with the A.M. Church, and remained
faithful to her Savior until death. Her health has been somewhat
feeble for a number of years, and about 9 weeks ago she had an
attack of influenza which developed into quick consumption. She
bore her affliction with great patience, trusting in her Savior
unto the end. Funeral services were held at the Central A.M. Church
near Archbold, O., May 18 conducted by E.L. Frey, assisted by
A.S. Miller, of Spencerville, Ind. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Mother's gone beyond this world of sorrow, pain and care,
Gone to be with Jesus, Oh, will we meet her there?"
Hertzler- Ellen, daughter of Chris and Elizabeth (Stoltzfus) Hertzler, was born in Hesston, Kans., May 17, 1913; died at Goshen, Ind., May 13, 1933; aged 19 y. 11 m. 26 d. The day following her funeral she would have been twenty years old. At the time of the accident which caused her death, Ellen and three of her student friends were boating. The canoe struck a pipe and capsized. The body of Ellen was recovered from the water about fifteen minutes later, but all efforts to resuscitate her were futile. Two of the party escaped death, but the fourth, Harold Burkholder of Ontario, also drowned. From her childhood, Ellen had been a member of the Mennonite church at Hesston, and for several yeas had taken an active part in the children's department of the Sunday school, and also in the summer Bible school. She graduated from the Academy at Hesston in 1931. The following year she took College work in Hesston College. In September, 1932, she entered Goshen College. The early and unexpected death of Ellen is mourned by her parents and 3 sisters (Carol and Ruth of Chicago and Anna who was taking her senior year at Goshen college), also a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held May 14 at Goshen College in charge of Bros. S.C. Yoder and Gustav Enss, after which her body was sent to Hesston. Services were held in the home and at the Hesston College chapel May 16. The services were in charge of the Brethren Milo Kauffman, I.E. Burkhart, and Paul Erb. Interment at the Pennsylvania Cemetery.
Wyse - Emma (Klopfenstein), wife of Seth Wyse was born
near Archbold, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1866; died at their home near Elmira,
Ohio, March 23, 1933; aged 66 y. 4 m. 12 d. She was united in
marriage with Seth Wyse March 26, 1885. No children were born
to this union. When Wilda Thomas was 5 years old they took her
into their home and gave her a home until she grew to womanhood.
She leaves her husband, 1 brother (Levi Klopfenstein of Beaver
Crossing, Nebr.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Joseph I. Short, Mrs. Peter
Witmer of this place and Mrs. S.J. Kauffman of Akron, Ohio), together
with many relatives and friends. Sister Wyse was of a family of
13 children of whom all preceded her in death except the 4 mentioned
above. Her brother (Samuel Klopfenstein of Orrville, Ohio) preceded
her in death only about 10 hours. Death was due to a nervous breakdown
followed by pleurisy and pneumonia. At the age of 18 years she
accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite
Church and remained true ad loyal to the faith until the end.
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth. Yes, saith
the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works
do follow them." Funeral services were held March 25 at the
Central A.M. Church near Archbold, Ohio, in charge of S.D. Grieser
assisted by S.S. Wyse. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
"So sleep, beloved, take thy rest, our loss has been thy gain,
Heaven is richer, earth is poorer, since Jesus called thy name.
We sorrow not as others do, whose hopes fade like the flowers,
There is a hope that's born of God, and such a hope is ours."
Good - Solomon R., son of Christian and Anna (Heatwole) Good, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va.; March 3, 1871; died at his home near Sterling, Ill., May 17, 1933; aged 62 y. 2 m. 14 d. He came to Sterling in the spring of 1897, and on Jan. 27, 1898, was united in marriage to Martha Burkholder. Bro. J.S. Coffman of Elkhart Ind., performing the ceremony. To this union 4 sons were born, Harold C., Lester H., Paul B. (who passed away in infancy), and Robert S. He confessed Christ as his personal Savior in his youth and with a class of forty-five young people united with the Mennonite Church. He continued to be a faithful and active member up to the time of his passing away. He served the Church in various capacities. For many years he was church chorister, and in November, 1923, was chosen and ordained as one of the deacons. In the work of the Sunday school he served as superintendent for many years, and was one of the present teachers up to the time of his illness. In the Church at large he served as treasurer of the Mennonite Board of Education, a member of the Music Committee, and at the time of his death was president of the District Mission Board, which office he held continuously with the exception of one year, from the time of its organization in 1917. He had a keen interest in the work of the Church, and was much interested in her activities. He was of a generous disposition, and gave freely of his means to the educational and missionary work of the Church. In his passing the church loses a staunch supporter, the home an affectionate husband and father, and the community of a real neighbor and friend. It was through his coming to Sterling that others of the home state came also, and it is but fitting that six of them should act as pall-bearers to carry the body of their leader and brother to its last resting place. He leaves his wife and 3 sons (Harold C., of Flint, Mich.; Lester H., of Wooster, Ohio; and Robert S., at home) also 5 brothers and 1 sister (Joseph H., John M., Mrs. J.D. Menger, Gabriel H., of Harrisonburg, Va.; Aaron C. and Daniel W. of Sterling, Ill.) and a host of more distant relatives and friends. Bro. A.H. Leaman of Chicago was in charge of the services, assisted by Bro. S.E. Graybill of Freeport. A large number of relatives and friends, and many brethren and sisters from the congregations in the state gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they loved and held in high esteem.
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Gerber - Dwight Gerber was born near Winesberg, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1923; died near Berlin, Ohio, May 22, 1933; aged 9 y. 8 m. 17 d. His mother and 3 sisters preceded him to eternity. When his mother died in 1926, Wm. E. and Martha Kandel received Dwight and his twin brother, Clyde, and have since tenderly cared for them. He leaves his father, 6 brothers, 1 sister, grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed in the home, in school, and in Sunday school. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at Martins Creek Church May 25 by Calvin Mast and S.W. Sommer. Text, Eccl. 12:1.
Brunk - Orpha Brunk, daughter of Henry and Hanna Metzler, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Nov. 29, 1889; died April 13, 1933; aged 43 y. 11 m. 14 d. At the age of 15 she united with the Mennonite Church and on Dec. 28, 1908, she was united in marriage with William Brunk. Surviving are her husband, 1 daughter (Letha), 2 sisters (Mettie Metzler, in the home, and Mrs. Elmer Cullar, Columbiana, Ohio), and 1 brother (Eno Metzler, Columbiana, Ohio). Funeral services were conducted April 15 at the Midway Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were in charge of A.J. Steiner and E.M. Detwiler. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing family.
Cook - Effie Mae Cook, daughter of Lewis C. and Sallie J. Smiley, was born Jan. 8, 1911; died May 22, 1933; aged 22 y. 4 m. 14 d She leaves her husband (Roy D. Cook), father and mother, 3 sisters (Cora, Gladys, and Beatrice), 1 brother (Andrew) and a little son seven months old. Cause of death was pneumonia. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She requested to be anointed the day before she died, at which time she dedicated herself anew to the Lord's service. Services were conducted at Sangerville, Va., Church of the Brethren, by J.R. Mumaw, David Garber, and ___ Foster. Text (chosen by the husband), II Tim. 4:6-8. Buried in Sangerville Cemetery.
Reesor - Tilman, eldest son of the late Simeon and Susannah (Nighswander) Reesor was born in 1855. He grew to manhood on his father's farm. In 1880 he was married to Mary, daughter of the late preacher Joseph Barkey of Markham, Ont. Soon after their marriage they united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he lived and died. Except a few years when they were married, they lived on the Barkey homestead in Markham. In 1891 he was called to the office of deacon. He manifested a deep concern for the welfare of the Church, was a devoted husband and father and a highly respected neighbor. After some months of failing health he peacefully fell asleep March 29, 1933. He is survived by his widow, 1 daughter (Ida - Mrs. Joseph B. Hoover), and 2 sons (Albert and Joseph). He was buried March 31 at the Wideman church in the presence of a very large circle of friends and relatives. The service was conducted by Aaron D. Grove, L.W. Hoover, L.J. Burkholder, and ___ Morton.
Bickel - Mary Lamanda (Schrock) Bickel was born in Howard Co., Ind., June 5, 1898; died at her home in Goshen, Ind., May 25, 1933; aged 34 y. 11 m. 20 d. On Nov. 3, 1915, she was united in marriage to George Bickel. To this union were born 5 children (Ruth, Wilma, George Jr., Charles, and Ruby). Besides these five children she is survived by her husband, her father and mother (Mr. and Mrs. Ezra P. Schrock), 4 brothers (Laird, Vern, Melvin and Olen), 4 sisters (Mrs. Wilmer Wyse, Mrs. Lester Evans, Mrs. Claude Wyers, and Miss Dorothy Schrock), all of Goshen and vicinity. While she with her parents lived at Chief, Mich., she united with the Mennonite Church. However, she lapsed in her spiritual life and just sixteen days ago she again renewed her covenant with the Savior and was received into fellowship with the believers in the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. She testified that she was ready to depart and meet her Savior. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Mennonite Church conducted by Ira S. Johns and D.J. Johns. Text, Psa. 90:12.
Hess - Jacob S., son of Peter B. Hess was born near
Lititiz, Pa., July 29, 1890; died March 30, 1933, at Wernersville
Sanitarium; aged 42 y. 9 m. His health was not fully recovered
since he had influenza two years ago, but he kept about his farm
duties as usual until nine weeks before his death when his nerves
gave way. We were looking for his recovery, but our ways are not
the Lord's ways. He was a faithful member of the Hess Mennonite
Church for sixteen years, and a Sunday school teacher. He is survived
by his wife (who before marriage was Anna Erb), and 3 children
(Melvin, Margaret, and Paul), his father, and 1 brother (John
S. Hess). His mother and 3 children preceded him (Mildred, Albert,
and Robert). Funeral was held April 2, at the home by Noah Hurst,
followed at the Hess' Church by Jacob Hershey and Noah Landis.
Text, 23rd Psalm.
"Dearest Father, you're not forgotten, though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us, as you always were before."
Eshleman - Ida C. Diller was born Aug. 5, 1856, at Allen,
Pa.; died May 15, 1933, near Camp Hill, Pa.; aged 76 y. 9 m. 10
d. Death was due to infirmities of old age. She retired on eve
of March 29 in apparently good health but during the night complained
of not feeling well and remained in bed until death relieved her
suffering eight weeks later. She was conscious almost to the last,
which was very quiet and peaceful. On eve of Jan. 27, 1887, she
was married to Henry W. Eshleman and went into their newly furnished
house in which she lived the balance of her married life, passing
away in the same house. She was of a quiet, unassuming disposition.
In earlier life she taught a class of young girls for quite a
long time and was liked by young and old alike. She and her husband
united with the Slate Hill Mennonite Church almost forty years
ago and she remained faithful until the end. Her seat at church
was very seldom vacant when health permitted. Her husband being
called to the office of deacon about 35 years ago, she fulfilled
her duties of deaconess very efficiently. She was the youngest
and last of a family of ten to pass on. She is survived by her
sorrowing husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. Martin A. Benner), 1 granddaughter,
2 great-granddaughters, also nephews and nieces. Private services
at the home on May 18 with public services at the Slate Hill church
conducted by Bros. Noah Mack, Samuel Hess, Christian Hess, and
John Seitz. Text, Heb. 4:9. Burial in adjoining cemetery. "Gone,
but not forgotten."
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Moyer - Eliza B. Moyer (nee Detweiler) was born Feb. 2, 1853; died May 18, 1933, from complications due to old age; aged 80 y. 3 m. 16 d. She was married to Samuel O. Moyer March 1879. He, together with 1 son and 6 daughters preceded her in death. Two sons and 1 daughter survive her. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church over 54 years; interested in the S.S. where she taught beginners for a number of years, and the work of the church, attending all services as long as possible. Funeral services were held May 23, at the Mennonite Church in Souderton, in charge of the home ministers, Jacob M. and Elmer B. Moyer. Burial in Line Lexington Cemetery.
Brubaker - Abraham K. Brubaker was born Jan. 20, 1855;
died May 8, 1933; aged 78 y. 3 m. 18 d. He was ordained to the
office of deacon on June 14, 1913, in which office he served faithfully
as long as health permitted. His father, Jacob Brubaker, also
served as deacon in the Juniata and Synder Co. District for some
years and departed this life in 1875 at the age of 62 years.
Bro. Abraham's wife (Lydia Graybill Brubaker, a daughter of the late Bishop Jacob Graybill), was born Sept. 19, 1857, and died just 20 days after her husband, May 28; aged 75 y. 8 m. 9 d. Two sons and 3 daughters remain to mourn their loss of father and mother. Both the sons are ministers of the Gospel in the Juniata-Snyder Co. District, in which district their father served as deacon for nearly 20 years. Their grandfather Brubaker also served as deacon and grandfather Graybill served as bishop.
Frey - Peter L., son of Levi and Barbara Frey, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec. 15, 1854; died at his home near Topeka, Ind., May 20, 1933; aged 78 y. 5 m. 5 d. He was married to Mary Hershberger Nov. 28, 1883. To this union were born 5 children (William of Goshen, Alvin of Topeka, Abbie wife of Reuben Tyson, Susie wife of Albert Beck of Middlebury, Joseph of Threerivers, Mich.). Those left to mourn his departure are his companion, the above named children, and 17 grandchildren; also 4 brothers (Ben Frey of Kokomo, Ammon Frey of LaGrange, Menno Frey of Amboy, and Alvin Frey of Middlebury). Four brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death, of whom 1 brother and 2 sisters died within the last 15 months. He united with the Shore Mennonite Church in 1920 and continued in this faith until his death. His funeral was held at the above named place, services in charge of Josiah J. Miller and O.S. Hostetler. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Schrock - Edna Maxine, youngest child of Elmer and Alma
(Hochstetler) Schrock, was born Aug. 1, 1932 near Kalona, Iowa;
died May 26, 1933; aged 9 m. 26 d. She is survived by her parents,
3 brothers (Robert, Duane, and Stanley), 1 sister (Emma Gene),
grandparents (Bro. and Sister Dave Hochstetler, also Grandfather
Schrock) and many other near relatives. Little Edna took sick
while in church (East Union Mennonite). Soon after they came her
mother noticed there was something wrong, but little did she think
that death was so near. Her death was caused by central pneumonia.
"Go, little pilgrim to thy home on yonder blissful shore;
We miss thee here, but soon will come where thou hast gone before."
Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, May 28, conducted by Bros. D.J. Fisher and Joe C. Brenneman. Text, Job 1:21. Interment in the East Union Cemetery.
Shoup - Mary H., daughter of Martin and Magdalena Brubaker, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 1, 1876, and after a three-day illness suddenly passed to her reward at her home near Dalton, Ohio, June 2, 1933; aged 57 y. 4 m. 1 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized and received as a member of the Wisler Mennonite Church, later transferring her membership to the Martins congregation. On Nov. 15, 1910, she was united in marriage with Emanuel Shoup. To this union were born 3 children. She was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter (Fern), 3 brothers (Jonas, Daniel, and Ezra), and many other relatives and friends. Sister Shoup was a devoted companion and loving mother in the home, a firm believer in the truths of God's Word, a faithful member of the church, and a congenial neighbor and friend. Funeral services at Martins Church near Orrville, Ohio, June 4, conducted by Bro. Stanford Mumaw, assisted by Bros. Aaron Eberly, I.J. Buchwalter, and C.C. Culp. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Miller - John J., eldest son of Bishop Henry A. Miller and Martha Miller, was born Dec. 3, 1841, in Cambria Co., Pa.; died in LaGrange Co., Ind., from the infirmities of old age, May 25, 1933; aged 91 y. 5 m. 22 d. At the age of three years his parents moved from Pennsylvania by wagon to near Waterford, Elkhart Co., Ind., and seven years later to LaGrange Co., Ind., on the farm, where he continuously resided unto the time of his death, with the exception of only three years, thus having spent 77 years on the same farm. Bro. Miller was twice married; first to Mary L. Taylor. To this union were born 6 children. The mother and wife preceded him in death, also 2 daughters (Ida and Grace) and 2 sons (Alton and Albert). Two children survive (Mrs. Edna Hostetler of Shipshewana and Edwin G. Miller of Goshen); also 1 foster son (Casper Bean of Michigan), 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Charity Nusbaum of Middlebury, Ind.). His second marriage took place Jan. 191, 1915, to Lizzie Blough, who remained his faithful and helpful companion until death. He was a member of the Shore Mennonite Church. He loved to spend his time in singing Christian songs, one of his favorite choruses being, "There will be no more sorrow there." His funeral was held at the Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind., on May 29 in charge of Y.C. Miller and O.S. Hostetler.
Schrock - Elvina Miller Schrock was born Aug. 15, 1887; died at her home east of Goshen, Ind., May 30, 1933; aged 45 y. 9 m. 15 d. She leaves her husband (Harry Schrock), her mother (Marry Miller Holt) of Sherwood, Oreg., 2 uncles (Jonas and Harvey Miller of Goshen), and 2 aunts (Mrs. Simon Staley of Nappanee and Mrs. Malinda Schrock of Sugar Creek, Ohio). She was a grand-daughter of Eli Miller, who prior to his death served for many years as bishop of the Clinton Frame Church. Besides those named she leaves a host of sorrowing friends to whom she endeared herself by her kindness and help. She accepted Christ as her Savior in early years and was faithful in the service of her Master till death came. On Dec. 24, 1931, she was united in marriage with Harry Schrock and lived with him on her farm east of Goshen at the time of her death. A few months ago she became afflicted with illness with proved to be a cancer and all that loving hands could do could not avail to save her from the fatal effects of this disease. A great part of her mature years was spent in caring for those who were sick or afflicted and her ministrations and services will be long remembered and appreciated by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday conducted by Amos Nusbaum, and at the Shore Church conducted by S.C. Yoder and Oscar Hostetler. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.
Koehn - Wilbur Otis, son of Noah and Lena Koehn, was
born in San Francisco, Calif., June 22, 1922. When 22 days old
he came to Winton, Calif., where he spent the remainder of his
life. Being a lovable boy, he endeared himself to all that knew
him, especially to his parents. But it has pleased his heavenly
Father to take Wilbur home to Himself. He became ill about three
weeks ago, but was hopeful to the end. For the last nine days
of his life he was in the hospital at Merced, Calif. Although
he suffered much pain, his faith in God never wavered, often speaking
about God and his being ready to go to meet his Savior. Wilbur
confessed Christ as his Savior last winter during a revival held
here. On May 28, just as day was dawning, Wilbur calmly fell asleep,
and was privileged to see the dawn of the eternal day with God.
His life on earth was short, yet brought much joy and consolation
to the parents in the home. His father, mother, and sister survive
him, as well as a host of friends. The entire class in school
of which he was a member were parents at the funeral. Services
at the Mennonite Church in Winton May 31, in charge of J.P. Bontrager,
assisted by L.E. Weaver. Burial in Winton Cemetery.
"Our darling boy who left our home to go and join his Savior,
Has won his crown, and bids us come to live with him forever."
Stauffer - Leah W. Stauffer (nee Sensenig) was
born July 9, 1889 near Martindale, Pa.; died May 28, 1933, in
the Lancaster Hospital; aged 33 y. 10 m. 19 d. She is survived
by her husband (Aaron O. Stauffer), 6 children (Katie, Elizabeth,
Verna, Enos, Isaac and Eva), father (Isaac K. Sensenig), 4 brothers
and sisters (Samuel, Rebecca - Mrs. Aaron A. Brubacher, Susanna
- Mrs. Noah Z. Martin, and Israel) as well as many other relatives
and friends. In excess of 3 years back she was stricken with uremic
poisoning which left an unsettled condition of mind, necessitating
her removal from her family. However the seemingly direct cause
of her death was cancer of the liver and anemia which developed
shortly before her death. She was very patient in her suffering
and was much concerned for her children. Her faith and comfort
were in Christ, having accepted Him as her main stay quite early
in life and was a member of the Pike Mennonite Church. One of
her last requests was to have the Bible read to her. It was a
source of joy to her to know that her family was well cared for
by kind friends. The funeral was held May 31 at the Pike Church,
with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were in charge
of Bros. Peter Weaver, Joseph Boll, and John A. Weaver. Texts,
Psa. 8:4; Mark 14:8, last clause.
"We miss thee, loving sister, we think of thee still at home,
But because we saw thy suffering we're glad Christ called thee home."
- A Brother.
Bowman - The sunset hours of Friday, April 28, saw the
passing of Bro. Moses C. Bowman of Kitchener, one of the
older and respected citizens of the community. On Thursday he
suffered a slight stroke, was unconscious for three hours, but
rallied to such a remarkable extent that his recovery seemed probable,
when suddenly, after conversing with friends, with no premonition,
his spirit slipped away.
Bro. Bowman was born on Jan. 1, 1855, at Mannheim, Ont. He was the son of Pre. Moses S. Bowman. He was married the first time to Lydia Shantz, Feb. 5, 1878, who predeceased him in 1899. He was later married to Susanna E. Shantz, Oct. 25, 1900.
He is survived by his wife, and 5 children, from his first wife (Alvah S. and Edwin S. of Guernsey, Sask.; Henry S. of Waterloo, Malinda S. of Kitchener, and Moses S. of Mannheim), 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Henry Baer, Mannheim, Mrs. David Shuh and Mrs. Menno Shantz, both of Kitchener; Aaron of Mannheim; Noah of Guernsey, Sask.; Mrs. John Berry, Langley, British Columbia; and Ezra of Freedom, Mo.
Bro. Bowman was a widely and well known, both as a man and a minister of the Gospel for 44 years. As such he was a consistent Christian, a staunch churchman, and a vigorous minister, whose services were widely used. Besides being one of the pastors of the Mannheim Mennonite Church, he served outlying places such as Zurich, South Cayuga, Sherkston, Bothwell, and Rainham, in his earlier days, he also labored among the local churches. His counsel in Conference work was valuable in many directions, and often sought after by other workers. He was a versatile and apt conversationalist, ready with wisdom and wholesome philosophy, which unraveled many difficult problems. He was a lover of good men, well informed, an interested citizen, a pleasant neighbor, who radiated a good deal of cheer by his remarkable fund of illustrations gathered during his long life, and kept ready by a well trained memory.
He was one of the men who kept his faith strong by a constant devotion to the living God. Many men allow the experiences of life and much constant distress to crush them. Bro. Bowman seemed to have learned the art of making such stepping stones to a higher life and greater conquest.
The funeral was held Wednesday at the home and at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, and interment at the Latschar Mennonite Cemetery at Mannheim. The services were in charge of Bro. C.F. Derstine, assisted by the other bishops in Ontario, M. Hallman, Jonas Snyder, Moses Brubaker, and S.F. Coffman. Texts, Acts. 13:36. "The Christian Laborer Sleeps."
- The Family.
Burkhard - Hannah Snyder was born in Blair Co., Pa., Sept. 26, 1852; she died May 23, 1933, at her home near Roseland, Neb.; aged 80 y. 7 m. 27 d. At the age of four years she came with her parents to Freeport, Ill., where she grew to young womanhood. On Dec. 17, 1872, she was married to Daniel Burkhard at Freeport. In the spring of 1878 they decided to move to Nebraska, where they intended to make their new home. They moved their household goods, farming tools, and two horses to Nebraska and settled down in the location which later came to be designated as the Roseland community. The first two years they spent in Nebraska they lived south of the Blue River with Campbell Jones who was an early settler in this new country. In 1880 they leased some school land from the State which they later purchased from the State. It was at this place that she and her husband made their home. William, Eli, Mary, Anna, and Lydia remained in her hands for the brief span of two years or less. Reuben was the next one to slip away from her. At the age of thirteen years, when he was beginning to find life full of enjoyment, he was suddenly taken away as a result of an accident while playing around where the thrashing was going on. Charles, at the age of twenty-nine years, was the next one to be taken from her. His life seemed to be so full of promise for a good future but he became the victim of a disease which the medical profession seemed unable to control. Her oldest son, Jacob, was the next to be taken from her. Jacob also had in him the pioneering spirit of his mother For six years he lived in India, seeking to bring a new way of life to her people. In this work she followed him with her money and her prayers. He never did return from this far land. He lies buried under the mango tree in the land where he went to bring the gospel of love and goodwill. Nineteen years ago her husband was taken from her. For forty-two years she shared her joys and sorrows with him in the home to which each had contributed so much of unselfish devotion. Three of the family survive her. Noah is a teacher of science in the Seward high school of Seward, Neb. Henry is farming the home place. She had her home with Henry the past seventeen years. Samuel in engaged in the task of training public school teachers in the Arizona State Teachers College of Tempe, Ariz. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. For fifty-four years Hannah Burkhard has lived a worthy life in this community. She anticipated the needs of the future and then set about with plans to realize these needs. She could not always be sure of the outcomes of her plans. She had to contend with drouth and pests. But she insisted on having a goodly store in her cellar if it were at all possible to have it so. She planted large gardens so that the hazards of drouth and bugs might not defeat her in her plans for providing for the ones she loved. For the most part - due to her tireless energy - she was successful in having plenty in store and to spare. During the last few days of her life she could not carry out her plans. True to her usual performance her heart was in her garden. Spring time was here. From her sick bed she gave directions for planting and caring for her garden that needed immediate attention. Just one week ago she was pulling weeds so that her garden might grow. But she was more than a gardener. She had a high and noble purpose in life from which she never departed. She loved people. The latch string of hospitality ever hung out of her door Her services to her church and its many friends were always genuine. She could not make speeches and she did not teach a Sunday school class, but when plans were to be laid that called for action she was always ready with a willing heart and hand to push any worthy plan to a successful completion. Her life was one of action rather than words. She was a good mother. She herself lived the sort of a life she expected of her children. She never insisted on their doing anything she did not consider worthwhile for herself to do. She was deeply religious in all her thinking and attitudes, but she seldom undertook to influence the conduct of her children by argument and discussion of religious matters. She chose the better way of influencing her children by living a genuine and worthy life with them. She expressed her devotion to the things of Christ by the eloquence of deeds rather than words. Her children have all chosen to follow her in her way of life. In her later years she was seen her children come and go. None ever left home without her sincere parting blessing. She watched for their homecoming and was among the first to extend the welcome home. Now she stands in the door of her eternal home still watching over her loved ones. There she stands to inspire us to trust in her Pilot. She loved us with a love that cannot die. We shall remain true to her love. Where mother is we know there is a welcome home. We shall find her in her new home. "Well done," we say - Enter into the joys of your eternal reward.
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Jones - Roy Forest Jones of Johnstown, Pa., aged 24 years was injured fatally in a auto race on Memorial day at Jennertown, Pa. The race had been under way only 15 seconds when the fatal accident occurred. Death resulted from a fractured skull and a crushed chest. What an awful price was paid for a little pleasure and seeking of honor. He is survived by his widowed mother, 1 brother, and 1 sister. The deceased worked for one of the funeral directors who had charge of many funerals in the country churches and he was thus widely known. Funeral services were conducted in the Christian Church, Johnstown, Pa., by O.E. Bennett, assisted by S.G. Shetler. The body was laid away in the Grandview Cemetery.
Lint - Hiriam W. Lint was born March 2, 1863; died by his own hand May 23, 1933; aged 70 y. 2 m. 21 d. He was united in marriage to Eliza Keim, Aug. 3, 1884. To this union 7 children were born, 5 of whom preceded him in death. Two sons (John M. and Elmer) survive. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and his rash act was a very great shock to the entire community. Funeral services were conducted in the home and in the Blough Church by S.G. Shetler, assisted by Harry C. Blough. The funeral services were so largely attended that a large number could not find room within the church. The body was laid away in the family plot of the Blough Cemetery.
Martin - Abraham H., son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth
Martin, died June 8, 1933; aged 79 y. 4 m. 26 d. He died very
suddenly, from a heart attack. He was united in marriage with
Elizabeth Shank Dec. 21, 1876. To this union were born 15 children,
4 having preceded him in death. He leaves a sorrowing widow and
11 children (Denton, Amos, Ira, Abraham, Paul, Amanda, Annie,
Fannie, Maggie, Ruth, and Naomi), 60 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
He united with the Mennonite Church after marriage and remained
faithful until death. He was one of a family of 12. One sister
(Mrs. Lewis Shank, Broadway, Va), remains. He was born and reared
in Washington Co., Md. Funeral was held June 11 at Stauffer's
Church. Services conducted by Bro. Moses K. Horst (reading II
Cor. 5:1-14) and Bro. John D. Risser. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely, and thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
By the Family.
Swarm - Jacob, son of Jacob and Caroline Swarm, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., May 8, 1860; died at his home near Wakarusa, Ind., June 2, 1933; aged 73 y. 25 d. On March 27, 1882, he was married to Alice Ritter. To this union were born 12 children, of whom 6 preceded him in death. He spent all his lifetime in this community, where he was highly respected and esteemed as a neighbor and friend. His acquaintance was over a large territory where he had labored as a thresher since he was a boy of 15 years. He had been in failing health for several years, suffering from heart trouble. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters (Mrs. Dennis Moore, Dunlap; Mrs. Theodore Thompson, Chicago, Ill.), 4 sons (Henry and Walter Swarm, Mishawaka; Grover, Elkhart; Herbert, at home), a sister (Mrs. James Nunn, Elkhart), 3 brothers (Henry, Lewis, and Fred Swarm), 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 4 at the home and at the Olive Mennonite Church by C.A. Shank, assisted by D.A. Yoder. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Lineweaver - William T., son of John and Margaret Beard Lineweaver, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 14, 1846; died at his home near South English, Iowa, May 26, 1933; aged 86 y. 6 m. 12 d. He was the last of a family of eight children to pass away. At the age of 17 he joined the Confederate army and served to the close of the war. But he later espoused the nonresistant faith, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. On May 12, 1870, he was united in marriage with Fannie Wenger, and four years later they moved to Iowa, moving to their present home near South English in 1880. Not many years after this he united with the church and was baptized at Weavers Mennonite Church near Harrisonburg, Va. Together with Bro. S.B. Wenger he was one of the pioneer members of what is now the Liberty congregation, serving that congregation as deacon for many years. Surviving are his widow, one son (Henry), and many friends. To know him was to love him, and his name will be cherished by the member of his congregation for many years. Funeral services were held May 28 at the English River Church, conducted by Bro. Perry Blosser assisted by Bro. John Brower. Buried in cemetery nearby.
Schertz - Lena Householder Schertz, daughter of Mary
Zehr and Debolt Householder, was born June 13, 1855; died May
4, 1933; aged 77 y. 10 m. 21 d. In youth she accepted Christ as
her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church near
Washington, Ill., later transferring her church membership to
the Mennonite Church near Metamora, Ill., of which she remained
a faithful member until death. On Feb. 13, 1879 she united in
marriage with Andrew Schertz. To this union were born 10 children,
7 of whom survive as follows: Sol, of Upland , Calif.; Joe, Emanuel,
Mrs. Jacob Imhoff, Mrs. Sam Nafziger, Mrs. Susan Guth and Mrs.
Bryson Roth all of Washington, Ill. Christian, Alvin, and Elmer
preceded her in death. Her husband also preceded her in death
Oct. 31, 1928. With the surviving children there remain 16 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren, also 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Anna
Camp, Mrs. Dora Reesor, and Debolt of Eureka, Ill., and Joe of
Fairbury, Ill.). She had been gradually failing in health during
the late five months, her suffering growing more intense during
the last few days of her life. She bore her suffering with patience
and Christian fortitude. She expressed herself as having implicit
trust in the promise of God's Word and that she found great joy
in her intimate relationship with her God. Funeral May 7, from
the Calvary Mennonite Church at Washington, Ill. Bro. Ben Esch
assisted by Bro. H.R. Schertz (both nephews) and Bro. Val Strubhar
officiated. Burial in Glendale Cemetery. Many friends were present
at the services. She was loved by all who knew her, and will be
greatly missed in the home and by her many friends and relatives.
"'Tis hard to part with Mother dear, no more to see, no more to hear;
A nobler Mother could not be found this side eternity."
Frey - Albert, son of Alvin and Fannie Miller Frey,
was born in Elkhart Co, Ind., Sept. 29, 1911, peacefully passed
away at the Elkhart General Hospital on May 31, 1933; aged 21
y. 8 m. 2 d. Death resulted from peritonitis and adhesions following
an operation for appendicitis. He was in the hospital three weeks
and on the last day underwent a second operation. The attending
nurses and physicians, and many friends who came in contact with
him during his illness, remarked about the courage and patience
with which he endured his intense suffering. At the age of 15
he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the
Emma congregation where he remained a faithful member until death.
He was of a kind and loving disposition, making friends with old
and young wherever he went. Children were especially fond of him.
He was loved and respected by all who knew him. During his entire
illness he remained conscious, realizing after his second operation
that he would not recover. Before his death he expressed his readiness
to go if it was the Lord's will. He is survived by his father
and mother, 6 sisters and 3 brothers (Mrs. Harold Whitehead of
Syracuse, Ind.; Mrs. Everett Lantz of Topeka; Mrs. Elvon Kauffman
of Elkhart; Mrs. Wm. E. Miller of Venice, Calif.; Floyd of Topeka;
Harry of Kalona, Iowa; and Rollin, Mabel and Phyllis at home,
and his fiance, Dorothy Troyer of Shipshewana). He is also survived
by 4 nieces, 4 nephews, and many relatives and friends.
"Dearer to us than words can tell,
Are the thoughts of Albert, whom we loved so well;
'Tis only those who have loved and lost,
Who can realize the bitter cost."
Funeral services June 4 at Shore Church, by O.S. Hostetler and D.D. Miller. Text, Rom. 8:28.
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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXVI, No. 13 - June 29, 1933, Page 270, 271
Tunis - Mary, daughter of Vinol and Sarah Williams, was born Aug. 4, 1855, at Sioux City, Iowa; died after an extended illness at her home near Mount Ayr, Ind., June 7, 1933; aged 77 y. 9 m. 7 d. In 1877 she was united in marriage with Phillip Heller. To this union were born 2 children (Maude of Peoria, Ill., and James, who died 17 years ago). After the death of Mr. Heller Mary was a widow for 11 years. In 1898 she was united in marriage with John Tunis. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter, 1 brother (Schyler Williams of Peoria), 2 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Methodist Church in her youth but became lax through life, but during her last illness she was received into the Mennonite Church just two weeks before her death. Funeral services June 10 at the Methodist Church of Mt. Ayr in charge of F.W. Weaver assisted by Graham Hodge.
Freed - Lizzie (Horning) Freed, wife of Levi B. Freed
of Telford, Pa., passed away at the home of her son-in-law, Jacob
A. Detweiler, May 20, 1933; aged 68 y. 7 m. 24 d. She was in failing
health for a number of years, but the last ten weeks she was bedfast
with Bright's disease. She was a faithful member of the Rockhill
Mennonite Church for 45 years, attending Sunday school until the
last few months. Besides her husband she leaves 3 daughters and
1 son (Ellen wife of Erwin M. Keller, Susan wife of Jacob A. Detweiler,
with whom she resided, Bessie, wife of Harvey A. Souder, and Howard
Freed of Souderton). Funeral services were held at the house by
Bro. Abram Clemner and at the Rockhill Church by Bros. Wilson
Moyer and Jacob Moyer. Text, Isa. 51:11. Interment in the adjoining
"The one I loved is now at rest; Mother's fond, true heart is still.
In my heart she will always linger, while I climb the life-long hill."
Stauffer - Stella Mable (Brubaker) Stauffer was born at Port Trevorton, Pa., May 8, 1896; died June 4, 1933; aged 37 y. 27 d. She was converted during evangelistic meetings held by Bro. C.F. Derstine at the Slate Hill Church near Shiremanstown, Pa. She joined the Mennonite Church at the age of nineteen and was true and devoted to that faith until her death. She came to Alberta with her parents in the year 1916. She was united in marriage to Howard O. Stauffer of Duchess Nov. 20, 1923. She leaves her companion, 4 children (Norman Elwood, twin boys Wilfred John and Wilbur Howard, and an infant girl), her parents (John H. and Elizabeth L. Brubaker), 2 brothers (George L. and Marlin M.), 3 sisters (Phoebe, Carrie, and Edna all of Duchess) and numerous friends. Funeral was held at the home and at the Duchess Mennonite Church on Tuesday, June 6, 1933. The services were conducted by Bros. M.D. Stutzman and C.J. Ramer. Interment in Duchess Cemetery. Text, Psa. 116:15. Her favorite text, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." (Rev. 22:14).
Conrad - Jacob W. Conrad was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 18, 1843; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D.E. Kauffman, near Smithville, Ohio, June 12, 1933; aged 89 y. 5 m. 24 d. On Dec. 31, 1868, he was united in marriage with Lydia Leichty of Orrville, Ohio, who preceded him in death May 31, 1919. Of the 7 children born to this union, 6 survive (Mrs. Emma Kauffman of Sterling, Mrs. Fanny Wirth of Marshallville, Walter of Smithville, Reuben of Orrville, Homer of Canton and Mrs. Lydia Irvin of Marshallville). The oldest son, Peter L. Conrad, passed away March 14, 1908. He also leaves 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large circle of friends. Early in life he accepted Christ and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful brother, interested in the work of the Master until his call came. In the community he was a kind and helpful neighbor and highly respected by all who knew him. His cheerful disposition won him many lasting friends. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." Services were held at the Oak Grove Church by Brethren C.Z. Yoder, J.S. Gerig, and Jesse Smucker. Texts, Gen. 15:15 and Job 5:26. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Brubaker - Mary A., daughter of Aaron and Susannah Weaver
was born March 14, 1880; died June 7, 1933; aged 53 y. 2 m. 23
d. On Dec. 21, 1904, she was united in marriage to Jacob H. Brubaker.
To this union were born 3 sons, 2 of whom died in infancy. Her
husband died April 15, 1919; also Parke at the age of 18. She
is survived by these brothers and sisters: Enos B. Weaver, Jacob
H. Weaver, Lizzie, wife of Ephraim Stoner; Harry G. Weaver; Fannie,
wife of Christian M. Brubaker; Ida S., wife of Amos R. Landis;
Annie, wife of Witmer J. Shultz; and Ella, wife of Jacob T. Harnish.
She was a member of the Mennonite Church. In all her suffering,
which was about seven months, she was a wonderful example of patience.
We will all miss her, but could not wish her back, as she was
ready to go and meet those who have gone before. She died at her
home near Willow St., Pa., with her sisters-in-law (Annie and
Fannie Brubaker) who so kindly administered to all her needs in
her affliction until death. The funeral was held June 10 from
the home by Frank M. Herr and at Strasberg Church by Bros. C.M.
Brackbill and Abram L. Martin. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18.
"We miss thee, loving sister, still think of thee at home;
But when we saw thy suffering, we're glad Christ called thee home."
By a sister.
Frey - Mary (Burkholder) Frey was born near Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1869; died at her home near Pettisville, Ohio, June 4, 1933; aged 64 y. 4 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage with Jacob C. Frey, Oct. 17, 1889. Fifteen children were born to this union, of whom 5 sons and 5 daughters are still living: Noah E., Edward B., Simon P., Harvey B., Ora J., Amanda, Emma, Minnie, Pearl, Bessie. There are also 34 grandchildren surviving. Two have preceded her in death. She was the second child of a family of ten children, of which Daniel A., David W., Peter C., Noah C., Amos, and Katie Kauffman survive. Elizabeth, Caroline, and Leah preceded her in death. Eleven years ago last January Sister Mary had a stroke, from which she recovered sufficiently to go about her household duties. Three years ago a second stroke befell her, which crippled her somewhat, but she was still able to help in light house-work. In November, 1932, she had coronary thrombosis which left her heart crippled and she gradually declined until death relieved her of her suffering. She united with the A.M. Church in her youth and remained true to her Savior until death. She was much devoted to her family, and would deny herself of the ordinary pleasures and comforts of life for her husband and children. The marks of a virtuous woman were hers. She did not eat the bread of idleness. Funeral services were held at the Central A.M. Church in charge of D.A. Yoder of Elkhart, Ind., assisted by Silas Weldy of Wakarusa, Ind. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
Drange - Marie (Sonderhof) Drange was born in Germany March 31, 1859; died at the German Baptist Old People's Home in Chicago June 11, 1933; aged 74 y. 2 m. 11 d. She came to this country about the year 1896 and was married to John Drange, who with an infant daughter, preceded her in death. She leaves 4 children (Mrs. J.N. Kaufman of Dhamtari, India, Mrs. Sam Smith of Eureka, Ill., Mrs. E.J. Schertz of Low Point, Ill., and Edward Drange of Elkhart, Ind.), also 12 grandchildren. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Home Mission in August, 1898. She greatly enjoyed her Christian experience, and was the first convert of the Mission who remained faithful and loyal to the Church through all these years. Several months after her baptism she had the joy of seeing her husband and two daughters converted and come into the Church. A year later the family moved to Cullom, Ill. After the death of her husband, in the fall of 1914, she returned to Chicago, where she has since made her home. In December, 1931, she fell and fractured her hip, and was confined to her bed most of the time until her death. During her life time Sister Drange experienced many trials and afflictions, but was sustained by her faith in God, and now we have the assurance that she is at rest. On the Sunday afternoon of her home-going she received communion. Funeral services were conducted at the Home by Bro. A.H. Leaman, assisted by J.W. Shank, on June 14 and at the Mennonite Church in Cullom conducted by Bro. A.H. Leaman (Text, Cor. 1:21, 22), assisted by Bro. J.W. Davis. Burial in West Lawn Cemetery.
Byler - Sophia, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Shoup,
was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, May 4, 1875; died at her home near
Weilersville, Ohio, May 21, 1933; aged 58 y. 17 d. She was united
in marriage to Joseph Byler Dec. 4, 1898. To this union were born
2 daughters (Mrs. Orie Conrad of Sterling, Ohio, and Delta who
resides at home). One brother (Oliver Shoup) preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren,
4 sisters (Mrs. Emma Bechtel and Mrs. Fred Hunsberger of Wakarusa,
Ind.; Mrs. Samuel Forrer and Mrs. Harvey Eshleman of Orrville)
and 1 brother (Amos of Orrville). Sister Byler accepted Christ
at the age of 18 years, united with the Martins Mennonite Church
and later transferred her membership to the Oak Grove congregation
where she remained a faithful and devoted sister, deeply interested
in all the activities of the Church. Her seat in the house of
worship was seldom vacant. She had a kind word for both young
and old. Her delight was to make others happy, rather than herself.
Her life and influence will live long in the memory of those who
come in touch with her. She enjoyed good health until last December,
when she began to fail and after consultation with her doctor
she submitted to an operation for a tumor. She was taken to the
Massilon Hospital, where it was thought a successful operation
was performed, and after 3 weeks returned to her home. Being at
home 3 weeks, she was again taken to the hospital for further
treatment. Her case became such as was never known in medical
books or by skilled doctors, and after 17 more days at the hospital
the surgeon revealed to her the hopeless case of Sarcoma which
had developed. She again returned to the home where loving hands
did everything to ease and comfort her. After 12 more days of
patient suffering she peacefully passed away. She will be greatly
missed in the home, in the church, and in the community. Services
were conducted at the Oak Grove Church by Brethren Jesse Smucker,
J.S. Gerig, and Daniel Brubaker.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we find."
Bower - Joel B. Bower, D.D.S., was born in Boyertown,
Pa., Oct. 27, 1840, and resided in the same town for the past
60 years, where he died May 30, 1933; aged 92 y. 7 m. 3 d. He
was a son of the late Henry J. and Barbara Borneman Bower. He
was the eldest of six children. All reached maturity, he being
the last surviving member of his family He was reared in Montgomery
Co., Pa., where he attended school. Later, he attended private
schools, the Mt. Pleasant Seminary in Boyertown, the Freeland
Seminary now the Ursinus College in Collegeville, and Prof. Cruikshank's
Summer School in Pottstown, Pa. At the latter school he took a
teacher's preparatory course, after which he taught school for
4 years. For some time he worked with his father at clock and
watch making. He then studied with his uncle, Joseph H. Borneman,
a dentist in Boyertown, later matriculated in the Philadelphia
Dental College, graduating from that institution in April, 1867.
He followed his profession with offices in Boyertown and Pottstown.
The latter was taken over by his sons. He, however, continued
practicing at home until Dec. 1926, when he became partially blind,
thus covering a period of 60 years in dental service. His son,
Abram L. Bower succeeds him in the profession at home, also conducting
an office at his home in Souderton, Pa. The Pottstown office was
taken in charge for several years by the late Dr. Daniel Bower
and later by the late Dr. Samuel L. Bower until his death in Dec.,
1921. Three wives preceded him in death. His first wife (Cevilla
H. Stauffer) died in 1871. Their son (Henry) died in infancy.
His second wife (Elizabeth H. Latshaw) died in 1884. Their 3 sons
(Jacob, Daniel L. of Boyertown and Samuel L. of Pottstown), preceded
their father in death. His third wife (Annie B. Bickhart) died
in 1906. There survive him his widow, Sarah Leatherman (nee Gehman)
Bower, 2 children (Sarah Latshaw Bower, historian, at home, and
Abram Latshaw Bower of Souderton, Pa.), 2 step-daughters (Mrs.
Allen Rush of Perkasie and Mrs. Asher Leatherman of Doylestown,
Pa.), 5 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren.
He joined with the Hereford Mennonite Church at Bally, Pa., while
yet a young man. He served the Mennonite congregation in Boyertown
as trustee and sexton from July, 1876, until Jan., 1931, when
resigned. He also served on the building committee when the Old
Folks Home was established in Souderton. He continued as a subscriber
to the Church paper "The Herald" from its beginning
to 1864. We may well say of him, as has been said of those who
tried to live a righteous life, that the Church loses a staunch
supporter, the home an affectionate husband and father, and the
community a real neighbor and friend. The funeral services were
in charge of Bro. Elias W. Kulp of Bally, assisted by Bros. John
Kriebel and Abram Ehst of Hereford congregation, Noah H. Mack
of New Holland congregation, and Wilson Overholt and Jacob Rush
of Deep Run congregation. Texts, I Cor. 15:44; Jno. 14:3; Rev.
21:1, 2. Services were held in the Fairview Chapel, Boyertown,
with interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Come gracious Spirit, lead us to God, our final rest,
To be with Him forever blest;
Lead us to heaven, it's bliss to share -
Fullness of joy forever there."
From the family.
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