LEED. JACOB S. Leed, seventy-four, died at his home in Lititz, Pa., Dec. 21, 1932, after a three-weeks illness. He was a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church, where he served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent for nearly thirty years. He is survived by seven children, seventeen grandchildren, one brother, and two sisters.
MOIST. ISAAC Moist was born July 18, 1862; died of pneumonia Feb. 11, 1933; aged 70 y. 7 m. 24 d. He united with the Mennonite Church on Apr. 4, 1915, and continued faithful and loyal unto the end. He was a kind and patient husband, father and neighbor, and will be sadly missed by all that knew him. He had been employed as a laborer by the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. for 50 years and had 40 years continuous service; but his labors are finished, his toiling over, and he has gone to where the weary be at rest. He leaves his wife, 1 daughter, 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by S. E. Allgyer of West Liberty, Ohio, and Charley Heister and Harry E. Kauffman of Mattawana, Pa.
RIFE. ADDIE, daughter of the late Isaac and Katie KAUFFMAN and wife of the late Bro. Philip K. Rife, was born near the Strasburg M. H., Franklin Co., Pa., Oct. 18, 1857; died Feb. 12, 1933; aged 75 y. 3 m. 25 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1886 and was a faithful member until her death. She united in marriage with Bro. Philip K. Rife in 1888 who preceded her to the spirit world in 1928, she being his second wife. She is survived by one brother (John H. Kauffman of Chambersburg, Pa.), and two step-sons (Harvey Rife of Miami, Fla., and Fred K. Rife of Chambersburg, with whom she had her home until her death). She was in feeble health for a number of years and was cared for by the family where she had her home.
HARSHBARGER. ELIZABETH (MILLER) Harshbarger was born June 2, 1865; died Sept. 15, 1932; aged 67 y. 3 m. 13 d. She united with the Mennonite Church April 4, 1915, and attended services whenever possible. Her presence and prayers were always an inspiration and a help in the services. She leaves her husband (Bro. Joshua K. Harshbarger), 6 children, and 13 grandchildren. May the kind heavenly Father comfort and sustain the bereaved family and help us to see that our loss is Mother's eternal gain. Services were held at the Mattawana, Pa., Mennonite Church conducted by J. S. Mast of Morgantown, Pa., Jonas D. Yoder of Belleville, Pa., and Harry E. Kauffman of Mattawana. Interment in the Pleasant View Cemetery, her body being the first to be laid to rest in the new cemetery.
BURKHOLDER. HENRY R. Burkholder was born Mar.
4, 1876; died of influenza Jan. 29, 1933, at the home of his son,
near Ephrata, Pa., after an illness of one week; aged 56 y. 10
m. 25 d. His wife preceded him in death 6 years ago. He was a
member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He is survived
by 1 son (John), 3 daughters (Mrs. Sadie Stoner, Ephrata; Mrs.
Virginia Sensenig, New Holland; Mrs. Eva Clark, Kinzers), an aged
mother, 2 sisters and 15 grandchildren. Funeral services were
held at Groffdale Mennonite church Feb. 2, conducted by Bros.
Amos S. Horst and Abram Landis. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
A near relative writes this poem to the family upon receiving notice of his death.
"Life is so uncertain, death so sure,
Our Lord expels its gloom;
So let us now look heavenward
God grant us ample room."
WITMER. ANNIE E., daughter of the late George H. and Anna Peoples Witmer, a former resident of New Providence, Pa., died Feb. 7, 1933 at the home of her nephew and niece Bro. and Sister David S. High; aged 78 y. 7 m. 14 d. She was the last of the immediate family. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Her place was seldom vacant when health permitted her to be there. Death was caused by three weeks illness of heart trouble, which she bore very patiently, waiting for the time that God should call her home. Services were conducted Feb. 9 at the home by Bro. C. M. Brubaker and at the church by Bros. John Myers and Jacob G. Harnish. Text, Matt. 25:34. Interment in the New Providence Cemetery.
"The chair is empty now,
Since Aunt Lizzie is at rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say, God thought it best."
MARTIN. OSCAR SAMUEL, second son of Ben and Katie Martin, was born Oct. 21, 1911, near Beemer, Neb.; died Feb. 7, 1933, at the University Hospital in Omaha; aged 21 y. 3 m. 17 d. He was baptized and joined the Congregational Church in the spring of 1922 and was a faithful member until his death. He lived all his life in and near Beemer, and was universally loved and respected. He was a kind and loving son and brother and has left a place vacant that cannot be filled. On May 22, 1932, a horse which he was riding threw herself, and Oscar's skull was fractured. It was in this fracture that infection settled, causing his death. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters (Ethel and Doris), 3 brothers (Lorin, Carl, and Merle), a sister-in-law (Emma), a nephew (Gene Martin), all of Beemer; a maternal grandfather (Samuel B. Miller of Kouts, Ind.) and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church of Beemer with ____ Matske in charge. Interment in Beemer Cemetery.
STAUFFER. ELVIN H. Stauffer was born April 18, 1884; died in the Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital Jan. 21, 1933; aged 48 y. 9 m. 3 d. He had been ill for several months but was not thought serious till Thursday before his death, when he was taken to the hospital and gradually grew weaker until early Saturday morning he slipped quietly from us. His suffering at times was intense but always he said, "I am not sick." He leaves his companion (who was Stella E. Ressler before marriage) and seven children: Reba E., Anna M., M. Irene, A. Landis, Clarence L., Helen F., Harold L., all at home; also his aged mother (Margaret Stauffer, who was 86 years old the day we laid him to rest), and these brothers and sisters: Clayton of Bart; Mrs. Ora Peffley, Lancaster; Mrs. Anna Pickell, Lampeter; Mrs. Elmer Herr and John, Adda, and Cecelia, all of Bart. Funeral services were held Jan. 24 conducted by Bro. George Graham at the home followed by services at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob H. Mellinger and Geo. Graham. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. He was received a member of the Mennonite Church at Strasburg, Pa., but after marriage transferred his membership to the Mt. Pleasant Church, where he was a faithful member at the time of his death.
ZIMMER. SAMUEL, son of Jacob and Katie Zimmer, was born in Ontario, Feb. 14, 1851; died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Katie Birky, in Beemer, Nebr., Feb. 14, 1933; aged 82 years. In his youth he accepted Christ and was received into the Mennonite Church where he retained his membership until his death. He was never married, but made his home with his parents, moving with them from Canada to Iowa, then to Illinois, then to Seward Co., Neb., then to Kansas, and then to Cuming Co., Neb., and after the death of his parents, he made his home with his sister, where he was tenderly cared and provided for until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. Those left to mourn his departure are 1 sister (Mrs. Katy Birky), 10 nephews, and 10 nieces, besides other relatives and friends. On account of bodily infirmities he was not able to attend church services for a number of years, thereby losing many of the blessings that those enjoy who are able to attend regularly and have the fellowship with believers, so much needed in the Christian life. Burial in Beemer Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Peter Oswald (Text, Psa. 90) and at the church by Bro. P. O. Oswald (Text, Jno. 5:25-29) assisted by Bro. J. W. Oswald (Text, Jno. 14).
WEAVER. ISAAC H. Weaver was born March 16, 1909;
died Feb. 11, 1933; aged 23 y. 10 m. 25 d. He is survived by his
parents (Bro. and Sister Martin M. Weaver of near Ephrata, Pa.)
and two sisters (Hettie, a twin sister, married to Elam Wenger,
and Lizzie at home), and three brothers (Daniel, near Ephrata,
Pa., Paul, and Martin at home). Bro. Isaac was hired with Bro.
Elmer Metzler, where he took sick of pneumonia. During his sickness
everything was done that kind hearts could think of to make him
as comfortable as possible, but notwithstanding all that was done
he very peacefully passed away. While he was not able to be taken
into the home of his parents, he went to his eternal home. Bro.
Isaac united with the Mennonite Church in his young years and
was a very faithful young man. He loved his Bible and was very
much interested in the spiritual life of the Church. On his sick-bed
he would over and over again repeat, "The just shall live
by faith." By the request of the family this was used as
a text at his funeral, which was held at Weaverland, Pa., on Feb.
14, where a very large concourse of people had assembled. Especially
was there a deep impression on the many young people who walked
around the lifeless body of one whom they loved, and who we believe
will not so soon be forgotten. We believe the fragrance of this
beautiful life will not so soon pass away.
J. W. W.
LIED. On Feb. 14, 1933, Bowmansville Mennonite Church was the scene of a double funeral. Father and mother Lied were laid to rest. DANIEL Lied was born May 26, 1855; died Feb. 9, 1933; aged 77 y. 8 m. 13 d. LYDIA ANN (LUDWIG) Lied was born Oct. 2, 1855; died Feb. 12, 1933; aged 77 y. 3 m. 10 d. They lived near Reamstown, Pa., were devoted Christians and loyal members of the Bowmansville congregation. The weather was never too cold nor too hot if health permitted, Bro.and Sister Lied would be seen wending their way to the place of worship. They truly left a commendable example of Church support by obedience and presence that we do well to emulate. Fifty-seven years they lived together in holy matrimony. Had born to them 8 children. Two daughters (Martha and Susanna) preceded their parents in death. These sons remain: Harvey, William, Stephen, Harry and Samuel; also one widowed daughter (Lizzie Bixler), 26 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Nathan); also 1 sister (Susie), and 1 brother (Jacob Ludwig) of the departed sister survive. Short services were held at the house, after which we proceeded to the Bowmansville Church where Bro. John M. Sauder preached from Gen. 22:8,9. Choosing from the context these words: "So they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of." Interment in Martins Cemetery near Red Run union meeting house.
HERSHEY. CATHERINE, daughter of John and Catharine (Hottenstien) BUCKWALTER, was born June 24, 1847; died Jan. 13, 1933; aged 85 y. 6 m. 19 d. She was united in marriage to Levi E. Hershey, Nov. 20, 1866. They started housekeeping on the "Hershey homestead," where they lived until 1899 when they retired and moved to Manheim, Pa., where her husband died in March 1904. Realizing she was growing more feeble she came back to her old home on Sept. 1, 1932, to spend her remaining years with her son and family. She was in good health and enjoyed Christmas to the fullest. Dec. 27 she fell and broke her hip. She was confined to her bed 16 days, suffered much at times, and often expressed a desire to depart to a better land, when on Jan. 13 she quietly passed away to be with her Savior and loved ones gone before. She had the privilege of giving her family good-by, and expressed the hope of meeting them all in heaven. She was the last one of her family to go, and was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by one son (John B..), 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 16 at the home, and at Erb's Church by Joseph Boll, Samuel Lehman, and Abram Risser. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Beautiful rest for you, mother,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended,
We shall again be with you."
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SHISLER. CLAUDE, 11-day-old son of Claude M. and Susanna (Derstine) Shisler, was born Feb. 12 and died Feb. 23, 1933. Besides the parents, a brother (Arlin) survives. Funeral was held at the home of the parents in Souderton, Pa., Feb. 26, with Bros Jacob M. Moyer and Elmer B. Moyer in charge. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
EBERSOLE. AMOS K. Ebersole was born Dec. 21, 1891; died Jan. 20, 1933, at his home near Shippensburg, Pa.; aged 41 y. 30 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and is sadly missed by his family and community. He is survived by his widow (Annie Horst Ebersole), 5 children (David, Leroy, John, Menno, Paul), 4 brothers, 6 sisters, father, mother and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at the home and at the Row Church by the home ministers. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
WEAVER. ISAAC, son of Martin and Ellen Weaver, died Feb. 11, 1933; aged 33 y. 10 m. 25 d. He was sick only 9 days of pneumonia. He leaves his parents, grandmother, and the following brothers and sisters: Daniel, his twin sister Mrs. Hettie Wenger, Lizzie, Paul, and Martin; also a host of relatives and friends. He will be missed in the Sunday school as a teacher. He was a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church. He was faithful and ready to do his duty. His life is a testimony. Funeral services were held Feb.14 at the house by Bro. I. B. Good and at the Weaverland meetinghouse by Bros. John W. Weaver and Frank Martin. Text, Rom. 1:17. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Oh youth beware and do prepare
To meet the monster death,
For he may come while you are young
And steal away your breath.
Now I have gone-I can't return,
And me no more you'll see;
But all of you who stand to view
Must shortly follow me."
GEHMAN. MARY ANN K., daughter of Henry B. and the late Anna (Kulp) SMITH, was born Feb. 2, 1868; died Feb 13, 1933; aged 65 y. 11 d. She was married to Pre. David L. Gehman Sept. 10, 1904, who preceded her in death Apr. 24, 1932. She is survived by 2 step-sons (William P. Gehman, Allentown, Pa., and Abram M. Gehman, Trenton, N.J.), 1 step-daughter (Lizzie, wife of Mahlon Alderfer, Souderton, Pa.), 1 foster son (James C. McDonald, Allentown, Pa.), her aged father (Henry B. Smith, Pipersville, Pa.), 3 brothers (Harvey Smith, Pipersville, Pa., Jacob Smith, Quakertown, Pa., Henry Smith, Blooming Glen, Pa.), 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Stover, Blooming Glen, Pa.), 5 step-grandchildren, and 10 step-great-grandchildren. Services were held Feb. 18 from the residence of her step-son W. P. Gehman, with whom she resided, by Bros. John G. Gehman, Elias Kulp, and P G. Beer, with further services at the Doylestown Mennonite Church by Bros. Wilson R. Moyer, A. O. Histand, and Mahlon Gross. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
HABECKER. JEAN LOUISE, daughter of Jay C. and Gertrude (Heller) Habecker, died of pneumonia Dec. 17, 1932; aged 2 y. 5 m. 3 d. She is survived by her sorrowing parents, 4 grandparents (Christian and Minnie Habecker, of Rohrerstown, and Henry L. and Katie Heller, of Eden); 2 sisters (Betty Jane and Bernice) and 1 baby brother (Robert), besides a host of relatives and friends into whose hearts Jean quickly won her way. Our darling was in apparently good health until two days before her death, when she very suddenly became ill. Her suffering was intense while it lasted. Funeral services were conducted at the home near Rohrerstown, Pa., by Bro. Jacob Hess and at the Reformed Church in Rohrerstown by ____ Behrens.
"Dazed by our grief we wonder 'Why?'
'Til through our darkness comes Christ's reply:
'To-day thou mayst not know,
Nor understand why Jean should go;
But to-morrow in Heaven you'll understand
The workings of My tender hand;
You will know why I needed Jean with Me,
To plan for your good in eternity.' "
STOLTZFUS. ELIZABETH, daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline (Hertzler) BLANK, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 31, 1874; died Jan. 22, 1933; aged 58 y. 5 m. 22 d. On Jan. 24, 1901 (just two days less than 32 years ago) she united in marriage to Amos S. Stoltzfus. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters (Joseph B. of Sadsburyville, Pa.; Olive , wife of John H. Eunis, Westover, Md.; Amos Jr., of near Smyrna, Pa.; Geo. B. and Ruth, wife of Elmer J. Kauffman, Gap, Pa.), 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Joseph and Samuel Blank, Gap, Pa.), 2 sisters (Annie, wife of Emanuel Mast, Parkesburg, Pa,, and Mrs. Matilda Stoltzfus, Atglen, Pa.). One infant son and one grandchild preceded her in death. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful in the same till death. Mother was not strong for a number of years, but death came very suddenly from apoplexy. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at her late home by Amos B. Stoltzfus (Text, Lk. 12:40) and at the Millwood A. M. Church conducted by John A. Kennel (Text, Phil. 1:21) assisted by John M. Stoltzfus. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"She gave us examples of truth
And willed us sweet memories of love
Then went to be with her Savior
In the heavenly Canaan above."
ZENDT. On Monday Feb. 20, 1933, all that was mortal of SYLVIA LAUVER Zendt was laid to rest in the Lost Creek Mennonite Cemetery. The spirit returned to the God who gave it and all that is left to us is the memory of a beautiful loyal life. Her unselfish devotion to her home and family is unsurpassed; her interest and usefulness in the Church and Sunday school is well known. She taught the beginner's class in the Lost Creek Sunday school for a number of years. Her paramount purpose in life was promoting the welfare of others. After an illness of 3 months during which she suffered intensely at times, at six A.M. Friday, Feb. 17, 1933, at the family home near Mifflintown, Pa., Mother passed on. She was aged 48 y. 7 m. 9 d. The large concourse of people who gathered to pay a last tribute of respect gave mute evidence of her host of friends. She is survived by her devoted husband (Howard M. Zendt, Supt. of the Lost Creek Sunday School), 2 daughters and 5 sons (Mrs. Carl G. Shelley, Minerva L., John H., Charles H., W. Andrew, J. Lloyd and Wilbur), her parents (Mr. And Mrs. William M. Lauver of Oakland Mills, Pa.), 6 brothers, 3 sisters and many other relatives.
"And you-oh you who the wildest yearn
For the old time step and the glad return,
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of there as the love of here.
Think of her still as the same, I say,
She is not dead-she is just away."
GROSS. JOHN STANTON, son of Isaac M. and Elizabeth Gross, was born near Roseland, Nebr., March 21, 1907; died late in the afternoon of Feb. 18, 1933; aged 25 y. 10 m. 26 d. John met with a fatal accident while he and two brothers were returning from a wood-sawing expedition on the Blue River a few miles from home. Part of the equipment had been tied to the rear end of the Ford roadster which they drove and when half way home, John, who was driving, turned the wheel over to one of the brothers while he stepped to the running board to see if everything on the back was still in place. The brothers had gone only a short distance when they missed John and, looking back saw him lying in the road. He was found in an unconscious, critically injured condition. A physician was immediately summoned who rendered first aid and with the help of one brother placed him in a car and started for the Gross home, but John passed away before home was reached, death being due possibly to a broken neck, a fractured skull, and internal injuries. He was a conscientious Christian young man with noble ideals and aspirations. He early gave himself to Christ, uniting with the Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful member. He lived a clean life, encouraging others who came in contact with him to want to enjoy the blessings which he had possession of through Christ. All of his life was spent at Roseland except 8 months which were given to working for a farmer near Sterling, Ill. Truly we, the family and invalid father, miss his presence and yearn to see him but think as a well known poet once thought and wrote
"We cannot say, and we will not say
That h is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into a better land."
He leaves father, mother, 5 brothers (Sam, Charles, Ethan, Justus, Wayne), 5 sisters (Mary, Timna, Bernice, Rhoda, Lois) and many relatives and friends. A sister (Eunice) and a brother (Vernon) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Feb. 21 at the home and in the Roseland Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Kore Zook assisted by Otto Quaife. Text, Matt. 11:26.
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Carver.-Claud Marshal, son of Carl and Bessie Carver,
Gravois Mills, Mo., died Feb. 28, 1933; aged 1 m. 19 d. His stay
of 50 days, though brief, was long enough to make his life a memory
to loved ones and to form a tie that will draw as a beckoning
hand to the happy place to which God has called him. Funeral services
were conducted at the Willson Bend school house by the writer.
Text, Job 19:23-27.
--- J. R. Shank.
Smith.-Edith Mae, eldest daughter of Bro. and Sister Harry A. Smith, was born March 20, 1913 ; died at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa. (after an operation), Mar. 3, 1933; aged 19 y. 11 m. 14 d. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Walter, Mary, Amy, Lester, Clifford and Harry Jr. The grandparents surviving are Mr. and Mrs. Levi Miller and Mrs. Leah Smith. Funeral was held at Gingrich's Church by Bro. Noah Risser (Text, Psa. 39:4, 5), assisted by Bros. Martin E. Weaver and Simon Bucher. May her death be a warning to others.
Graybill.-Ida Graybill was born Aug. 2, 1869, near Thompsontown, Pa. : died Feb. 15, 1933, at the home of Mrs. Annie Graybill, Bareville, Pa.; aged 63 y. 6 m. 13 d. She was the youngest daughter of Bish. Jacob S. and Mary Graybill (deceased). She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 40 years and a teacher in the primary department of the Groffdale Church a number of years. Her amiable disposition won for her many friends, her presence and help being sought on numerous occasions. She is survived bv 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Lydia, wife of Abram Brubaker; Sarah, wife of David Benner of New Holland, Pa.; Joseph of New Holland; Caleb of Hershey, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the home by Eli Souder and at the Groffdale Church by Benj. Wenger and Noah Mack. Interment in the New Holland Mennonite Cemetery. --- By a nephew.
Bowman.-Ezra Samuel Bowman was born in Mahoning Co.,
Ohio, Sept. 14, 1894; died at the age of 38 y. 5 m. 12 d. His
father and mother, Bro. and Sister John Bowman, died March 16
and 17, 1932, respectively. A double funeral for them was held
March 19, 1932. Bro. Ezra, at the age of 16, was converted during
a series of meetings at East Lewistown, conducted by the late
Bro. C. K. Brenneman. Shortly after his conversion he united with
the Mennonite church, remaining faithful until death. He was united
in marriage to Naomi Shoup, of Wayne Co., O., to which union were
born two sons, Paul Ezra, and Lauren William, who with their mother
are left to mourn the early departure of husband and father. Bro.
Bowman was in failing health for some time, but the end came rather
suddenly, after only a few days' sickness. Funeral services were
held March 1 at the home and at Midway church, with Brethren A.
J. Steiner, Paul Yoder, and E. M. Detwiler in charge. Text, II
Tim. 4:7. Burial in Midway Cemetery.
Schnupp.-Kathryn Irene, daughter of Howard and Hettie Schnupp, was born near Intercourse, Pa., Nov. 14, 1919; died Feb. 12, 1933; aged 13 y. 2 m. 28 d. She passed away suddenly of a hemorrhage following two years of illness with Tuberculosis. She had been at the Rossmere Sanatorium, Lancaster, Pa., for 14 months, where she endeared herself to those around her by her kind and smiling disposition. She spent the last 6 months at home. She was very patient through her sickness, never complaining. She is survived by her parents and these brothers and sister: Elmer W., Morris L., Anna M., and Roy H. Funeral services were held Feb. 15 conducted by Bro. Abram Martin at the home, followed by services at Hershey's Mennonite Church by Bros. Ira Hershey and Abram Martin. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The room is quiet and empty now,
Kathryn's smiles no more we see;
But it pleased God to take her,
With Him forevermore to be."
Metzler.-Amanda Brubaker Metzler, wife of Deacon Herman
H. Metzler was born Oct. 5, 1879 ; died Feb. 21, 1933, at her
home near Lititz, Pa.; aged 53 y. 4 m. 16 d. She suffered from
diabetes for the last few years but was confined to her bed for
only ten days. She was a member of Erb's Mennonite Church. Surviving
are her husband, her mother (Mrs. Lizzie Stauffer Brubaker) and
the following, children: Mrs. John Brubaker, Hammer Creek, Homer
B. Penn Twp., Cora, John, Elam and Howard at home; also 4 grandchildren.
One daughter and 1 son preceded her in death. Her call came suddenly,
but He who knoweth all doeth all things well. Funeral services
were held at the home and at Erb's Church conducted by Bros. William
Heisey, Henry Lutz, and Joseph Boll. Texts, II Cor. 1:3-7 and
Psa. 34:17-22. The body was laid to rest in Hernley's Cemetery.
"The room is quiet, all is still.
Her place is vacant, 'tis God's will.
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best." --- Family.
Glick.-John Lewis, son of Isaac N. and Leah (nee Zook)
Glick, of Smoketown, Pa., died Feb. 22, 1933 (after a 12 days
illness of enteritis); aged 1 y. 3 m. 1 d. He left this world
of sorrow and pain, to shine eternally in the realms of glory.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two grandmothers (Elizabeth
Zook, at home, and Lydia Kettering Glick of Annville, Pa.), and
the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Aaron Riehl, David B.,
Daniel M., Aaron S., and Jacob A. Glick, -all of near Smoketown,
and Mary B. Glick, at home. Brief services at the home Feb. 25,
with further services at the Weavertown Amish Meeting House, conducted
by George Beiler, Isaac G. Kennel, John A. Kennel, and John A.
Stoltzfus. Texts, Job 14:1, 2; Mark 10:13-16. Interment in adjoining
"Oh! the bitterness of parting cannot be done away,
Until we meet our darling, where his feet can never stray; . . .
Be patient, heart! while waiting to see the shining way,
For the little feet in the shining street can never go astray."
Swartzentruber.-Leah Oesch was born Oct. 28, 1842 in
Wilmot Twp. ; died Feb. 5, 1933, at the home of her daughter in
Zurich, Ont.; aged 90 y. 3 m. 8 d. On April 10, 1864, she was
united in marriage to Christian Swartzentruber who preceded her
14 years ago. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 2 daughters
who mourn the loss of their mother (Magdalena, wife of John Erb;
Barbara, wife of the late John Gerber; Rudy, Jacob, Christ and
David) ; also 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and a
host of relatives and friends who mourn the loss of a very dear
mother and grandmother and great-grandmother, Five grandchildren
and 3 great-grandchildren preceded her. Funeral services were
held Feb. 7 at the home by Moses O. Jantzi of Baden, Ont., and
at the Amish Mennonite Church by Peter Nafziger, Baden, Ont.,
and Chris Schultz of Poole, Ont. The body was laid to rest in
the cemetery adjoining the church.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
When in heaven in joy to greet thee Where no farewell tear is shed."
---- -By the family.
Klopfenstein.-Joseph, son of John and Anna (Kauffman) Klopfenstein, was born in Switzerland Nov. 22, 1849; died Feb. 26, 1933; aged 83 y. 3 m. 4 d. The early years of his life were lived in Alsace-Lorraine. At the age of 14 years he, with his parents, came to America, locating at Wayland, Iowa, but after one year the family moved to Missouri and the last 20 years of his life were lived in Garden City. At an early age he was baptized by his grandfather, a bishop in the Mennonite Church in Alsace-Lorraine, to which faith he was ever faithful. For the last 38 years he was a member of the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church near Garden City, Mo. Dec. 10, 1874, he was united in marriage to Fanny, daughter of J. P. and Mary Stoll. To this union were born 2 sons: John Edward and Jacob Elmer, who died in infancy. He is survived by his wife, his son (John E.) and his wife, a granddaughter (Mrs. Glen R. Miller), 2 great-grandsons (John Keith and Jerold Miller), 2 brothers (John B. of Garden City and Chris W. of South Gate, Calif.); 1 sister (Mrs. Abe Gilliom of Garden City); 2 nephews, 5 nieces, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church and were conducted by Bros. I. G. Hartzler, assisted by S. S. Hershberger. Texts, Zech. 1:5; Job 14:14.
Ray.-Amanda (Donovan) Ray was born at Palos, Va., Dec. 10, 1877; died of cancer of the liver, at her home near Mt. Clinton, Va., Jan. 27, 1933; aged 55 y. 1 m. 17 d. She had been ailing for about a year prior to her death. On Jan. 13 of this year she was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital, where an incision was made, but no operation was performed. When coming out from the ether she repeated the 23d Psalm. She also said, "Lord, take me just as I am." After being in the hospital seven days, she was taken to her home, passing away seven days later. During her sickness she said, "All I have to do is wait on the Lord." Twenty-four years ago she united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she continued to the end. On June 21, 1896, she was united in marriage to Joseph M. Ray. To this union were born 8 children, 3 having preceded their mother in death. She is survived by her husband and the following children : Marion, Leonard, James, Addie (married to James S. McDorman) and Mamie. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and 3 half-sisters. Funeral services were held from the Mt. Clinton Church, conducted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes, assisted by Bro. J. S. Martin. Text, I Pet. 1:2, 3. Laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Schwary.-Amelia C., daughter of John J. and Fannie Sommer, was born in Canton, O., on Feb. 9, 1879; died at her home in Canton on Feb. 25, 1933; aged 54 y. 16 d. She was united in marriage to David J. Schwary on April 17, 1904. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Grace Irene and Dorothy Arlene, both at home) , parents (now residing in Akron, O.), 2 brothers (Edwin D. Sommer of North Canton, O., and Willis J. Sommer of Canton), and 1 sister (Vesta, wife of L. D. Ruch of Akron). She passed to her rest after a lingering illness of a number of months. Death was due to complication of diseases. She was a faithful member of the Canton Mennonite Church for a number of years, and was actively engaged in the work of the Church and Sunday school, being the teacher of the beginners' class for the past fourteen years. Her love for the children, her devotion to the Lord and the Church made her successful in her work, and beloved of those whom she served. She will be greatly missed in the home and in the Church. Funeral services were held Feb. 28 from her home, followed by a service at the Canton Mennonite Church, where a host of friends and relatives assembled to pay their last tribute of love and respect. Interment followed in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton. Services conducted by Wm. G. Detweiler, N. E. Troyer, and O. N. Johns.
Kaufman.-Elizabeth, daughter of Henry A. and Sarah Kaufman,
was born Jan. 17, 1888; died at the home of her father near Walnut
Creek, O., Feb. 25, 1933, following an illness of dropsy of the
heart; aged 45 y. 1 m. 8 d. In her youth she accepted her Savior
and was received as a member into the 0. 0. Amish Mennonite church,
and remained loyal to her vows to the end. Sister Kaufman was
never married. Since the death of her mother in 1913 she had been
engaged in keeping house for her father, and died in the home
where she was born and reared. Surviving relatives include her
father, 4 brothers (Moses Kaufman of Plain City, O. ; Abraham,
Alvin, and Andrew Kaufman of Sugar Creek, O.) and 2 sisters (Mrs.
David Stutzman, Fredericksburg, O., and Mrs. William Schrock,
Berlin, O.). Mother, 2 brothers, and 1 sister preceded her in
death. Our sister had been confined to her bed since October,
1932, and at times suffered considerable because of difficult
breathing, but bore it all patiently and with Christian fortitude.
By her constant desire to have portions of scriptures read and
prayers offered daily, at her bedside, she left a bright testimony
that all is well with her soul. The heavenly expression displayed
on her radiant countenance, as she breathed her last, convinced
us anew that Holy angels hover near the bed of the dying saint.
Funeral services were held from her late home on Feb. 28, conducted
by Bros. Enos Yoder and N. P. Beachy. Text, I Thess. 4:14. Burial
in the Kaufman Cemetery nearby.
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Weaver.-Jesse E. Weaver, aged 58 years, departed this life Feb. 25, 1933 at his home near Oronogo, Mo. He was born and lived all his life on the farm which his parents, the late Pre. Joseph and Susanna Weaver, purchased after moving to this country from Virginia many years ago. In his young manhood he was a member of the Mennonite Church, but later united with the Congregational denomination. Through his influence and direction a country church was built a few miles from his home in 1910, where he served faithfully as pastor for 23 years. He also served as pastor of a church 25 miles from his home, where he held services once a month and at a school house 10 miles from his home where he preached once a month. His patience, kindness, and Christian fortitude won for him many friends in the surrounding country. He was called into many homes to speak words of comfort to the sick and dying. In his last illness, when delirious, he preached the Word of God and sang and quoted spiritual songs. In the 23 years of his pastorate he officiated at 517 funeral services. Surviving are his wife (Mary Elizabeth Rohrer Weaver), 3 sons (Frank, Harry, and Chester), 2 daughters (Dorotha and Pauline), 4 brothers (Jerry J. Weaver of Kansas City, Kans., Wm. H. Weaver of Twin Falls, Ida., Charles A. Weaver of Alba, Mo., and Jonas R. Weaver of Oronogo, Mo.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Cockley of Elkhart, Ind. and Mrs. Alice Driver of Versailles, Mo.) and a large number of nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 28, at the Tower of Light church, of which he was pastor, where approximately 2000 persons gathered to pay tribute to one who has spent a life of service among them.
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Fenninger.-Harold, infant son of Bro. Jere and Sister
Ruth Kreider Fenninger, died Dec. 8, 1932; aged 1 d. He is survived
by his parents and grandparents on both sides. Private funeral
services were held Dec. 10 at the home by Bro. John H. Mosemann.
Interment in Mellinger's Cemetery. He budded on earth to bloom
"Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartache
That is hidden all the while."
Kerlin.-Shirley Marie, daughter of Karl and Maud Kerlin, was born at Decatur, Ill., Sept. 3, 1932; died Feb. 19 at the home of B. W. Rocke, Tiskilwa, Ill. She leaves her father and mother, 1 sister (Metty Mae), her 4 grandparents and other relatives. The child was sick for only a few days. Although her stay in this world was very short she filled the home with cheer and sunshine and her presence in the family circle will be greatly missed. Her life was truly but a bud here, to bloom forever in heaven. Services at the Tiskilwa Mennonite Church by C. A. Hartzler assisted bv H. E. Nunemaker. Text, Jno. 16;20, last clause.
Smith.-Dean Edward, only son of Edward and Marjorie Smith, was born near Tiskilwa, Ill., Oct. 30, 1924; died Feb. 17, 1933; aged 8y. 3m. 18 d. while playing in a bin of shelled corn, some corn was being taken from a spout underneath. The rush of corn from all sides to the spout in the center carried little Dean in and to the bottom of the bin. His father who was working underneath did not know of his plight until the alarm was given by a boy who had been playing with him. Every possible effort was made to extricate him but by the time he was released life had fled. Little Dean was a bright, cheerful lad, much interested and a regular attendant at Sunday School where he had endeared himself to many and where he will be sadly missed, as well as in his home. He leaves father, mother, 1 sister, 1 grandfather to mourn his unexpected and sudden departure. Funeral services were held at the Willow Springs Church by C. A. Hartzler and I. H. Eigsti.
Bechtel.-Bertha Mae, daughter of Jacob and Leah (Lehman)
Bechtel, was born June 30, 1899, near Nappanee, Ind.; died at
the home of her parents Feb., 24, 1933; aged 33 y. 7 m. 24 d.
Death was caused by a complication of diseases. Although she suffered
intensely during the last days of her life she expressed her desire
to go home and be at rest. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers
(Wm. Henry Bechtel of Goshen, Ind., and Warren Bechtel of Nappanee,
Ind.), 5 nieces, 2 nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
At the age of 12 years she united with the Mennonite Church at
Yellow Creek. She was deeply concerned for the salvation of the
lost and prayed especially for each one that united with the Church
since she was converted, also for all the saints.
"Not now, but in the coming years
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears
And there, sometime, we'll understand."
Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Frame Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Benj. Good of Orrville, Ohio, assisted by Bros. Wm. Ramer and Paul Hoover.
Plank.-Aberta Virginia, daughter of Oscar and Alice
Plank, was born in Fairview, Mich., Aug. 12, 1916; died Feb. 24,
1933; aged 16 y. 6 m. 12 d. Her sudden death which was caused
by being run over by an automobile while she was walking on the
highway in company with several other young people another of
whom also met death at the same time, came as a severe shock to
the family and to the community. At the age of 14 she gave her
heart to Christ and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church.
Alberta was of a happy, loving disposition and will be greatly
missed by her friends and companions. Surviving her are her parents,
1 grandmother, 3 sisters (Mrs. Eva Phillips of Goshen, Mrs. Irene
Cripe of Middlebury, and Florence), 2 brothers (Kenneth and John),
2 nephews (LeVon and Eugene Phillips), and a large number of relatives
"Alberta's gone to glory,
Her happy voice is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church conducted by Edwin J. Yoder. Text. I Sam. 20:3. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Marner.-William Thomas Marner, was born June 27, 1864,
in Johnson Co., Iowa; died Mar. 4, 1933; aged 68 y. 8 m. 7 d.
He was married to Sarah Cassie Bontrager in 1889. To this union
were born 2 children (Elmer Leroy and Pearl Agnes). His wife preceded
him in death and a year later he was married to Belle Sager of
Seymour, Iowa. To this union were born 3 children (Vaughn, Jacob,
Elza Marshal and Velma Jane). Father, mother, 5 brothers (one
being George O. Marner of North East Amish Church, Loogootee,
Ind., who just passed to his reward Feb. 13) and 3 sisters all
of whom have preceded him in death. Funeral was held at the home
being conducted by ___ McKay of Seymour, Iowa. Text, 1 Cor. 15.
In his youth he accepted Christ and became a member of the Mennonite
faith at the Timber Church. He has been a loving father and has
been a good provider. He leaves his wife and children.
"You are gone, dear Father, but we cannot forget
Those by-gone days of care you have met.
You've made a friend everywhere,
We know you will not be lonely over there
'Twill not be long: we know not when
God will gather us together again."
Burkey.-Christian, son of Andrew and Lena Burkey, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Mar. 7, 1847; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Anna Guither; Feb. 13, 1933; aged 85 y. 11 m. 6 d. His childhood days were spent near the place of his birth. At the age of 18 years he was soundly converted, and united in Christian fellowship with the Mennonite Church in Tazewell county. On his removal from Tazewell Co. to Bureau Co. in 1868, he transferred his church relations to the Mennonite Church at Tiskilwa, of which congregation he remained a faithful and consistent member to the time of his death. On Dec. 26, 1869, he was united in marriage to Catherine Albrecht, who passed on to her reward in August, 1920. To this happy union were born 8 children, 5 of whom remain to mourn his passing namely: Andrew of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Daniel of Chicago; Fred of Oak Park; Edward of Ohio; Mrs. Anna Guither, of Walnut. Three children preceded him in death: Jacob, Mrs. Amelia Eigsti, and John. One brother (Valentine Burkey), 15 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren remain. A short funeral service was held Feb. 16 at the Guither home by H. V. Albrecht, followed by services at the Red Oak Church by C. A. Hartzler. Text, Acts 7:56.
Shenk.-Abraham J., son of Bishop J. M. and Fannie Shenk, was born Oct. 23, 1871; died at his home near Harrisonburg, Va., Mar. 6, 1933; aged 61 y. 4 m. 11 d. He was in ill health for seven years and was confined to his bed one year. He had a desire to regain his health, but was fully resigned to God's will and expressed his desire and happiness to go home two days before his death. He was born near Elida, O., and lived there until 13 years ago, when he and his family moved to Virginia. On March 8. 1895, he was married to Malinda, daughter of Henry H. and Susan Good. To this union were born 6 children. One son (Irvin) preceded him in death. He leaves his wife, 4 daughters (Edith and Elsie at home; twin daughters Lydia F. Shenk of Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., and Lillie S. Shenk, M. D. of Laurelton, Pa.), 1 son (Ezra at home). His aged father, 1 sister and 8 brothers also survive him. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church and was faithful to the end. He was interested in the spiritual welfare of others and had a special desire that his family enjoy the assurance of heaven. Funeral services were conducted on March 8 at the Pike Mennonite Church with Bro. S. H. Rhodes in charge, assisted by Bro. B. B. King. Texts, Psa. 66:20; Matt. 11:28. They were chosen by the deceased. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Schrock.-Susie L., daughter of Levi and Barbara Frey, was born in Holmes Co., O., May 15, 1868; died at Plevna, Ind., March 11, 1933; aged 64 y. 9 m. 26 d. On Sept. 9, 1888, she was united in marriage to Ananias Schrock. To this union were born eight children, four of whom were called to their heavenly home early in life (Ira L. and Ora E. (twins), Prudence, and Homer). Those surviving are Charles of Kokomo, Harry of Plevna, Mrs. Lona Myers of Amboy, and Mrs. Marine Zook of Plevna. She also leaves 14 grandchildren, 5 brothers (Peter Frey of Topeka, Ind., Emmond of Shipshewana, Ind., Alvin of Middlebury, Ind., and Benjamin and Menno of near Waupecong, Ind.). On Sept. 27, 1913, she was left a widow to face the problem of raising her family as best she could. When the children were established in their own homes, she again faced a great task. Her son Harry's wife was called away through an accident and he and six small children were taken into her home and cared for. Some twenty years ago she confessed Christ as Savior, united with the Howard-Miami Mennonite congregation, and remained faithful to the end. The fact that the children asked for the reading of the last chapter of Proverbs concerning the virtuous woman as the Scripture reading at the funeral shows with what esteem she was held by them, and others. Funeral services were held March 13, at the Howard-Miami Church, conducted by Joseph Horner of the local congregation and Jacob Bixler of Elkhart, Ind. Burial at the Schrock Cemetery one-half mile east of the church house.
Yoder.-Fannie (Miller) Yoder, widow of the late Simon Yoder, was born Aug. 10, 1846, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. S. Hostetler of Topeka, lnd., March 7, 1933; aged 86 y. 6 m. 27 d. In the year 1866 she with her parents came from Pennsylvania and settled in LaGrange Co., Ind. In this immediate family there were 8 boys and 10 girls, of whom only one now remains, Mrs. Polly King of Topeka, Ind. In the year 1868 she was married to Simon Yoder of LaGrange Co., Ind., who died Feb. 23, 1894. From this time on unto her death she struggled faithfully with life's problems as a widow. She was the mother of nine children (Elizabeth Kauffman, Jacob S., of near Topeka, Ind.; Albert H., of Oakland, Calif.; Mrs. O. S. Hostetler of Topeka, Ind.; Simon S., of Middlebury; Mrs. Edward Hostetler and Mrs. Leroy Hartzler, of Goshen, Ind.); also Barbara and Samuel, two infants having preceded her in death. Besides those already mentioned there are 23 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. In her early life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior. Her choice for Christian fellowship was in the Mennonite Church, which faith and practice she exemplified unto her death. She set a good example in regular attendance at all religious services according to her privileges. Less than two weeks before her death she attended S. S. and church services. At these services she met with the accident of falling and breaking the femur bone in one of her limbs which led to her death. Funeral at Emma Church by Menno Yoder, D. J. Johns, and D. D. Miller.
Diller.-Anna Rebecca, daughter of David and Sarah Shank,
was born Nov. 9, 1872; died March 7, 1933; aged 60 y. 4 m. 28
d. On June 28, 1891, she was united in marriage with William Diller
who preceded her in death nearly five years. To this union were
born 8 children, 5 of whom survive--Lessa (Mrs. A. S. Brenneman),
Arthur, Clara (Mrs. Carlton Wyse), Wilmer and Della. Six grandchildren,
an aged step-mother and 2 sisters also survive. Early in life
she united with the Mennonite Church and served faithfully until
death. She was in failing health for nearly one year but bore
her suffering patiently, being more concerned for the welfare
of others than for her own comfort. She possessed a hopeful, cheerful
disposition, always looking for the bright side and encouraging
her family to do the same. Sometime following the death of her
husband she composed the following lines :
"Why left so lonely; But, if I can live to make some dear face brighter, or to give a lustre to some tear dimmed eye, or to impart one throb of comfort to some aching heart, or cheer some way-worn soul in passing by; if I can lend a strong hand to the fallen, or make right a wrong against a single enemy, (my life tho bare perhaps of much that seemeth dear and fair to those of earth) will not have been in vain. The purest joy, most near to heaven, is bidding clouds give way to sun and shine, and 'twill be well if on that day the angels tell of me, She did her best for some of thine."
The funeral was held at the Mennonite Central Church, Elida, Ohio, on March 10, 1933, in charge of S. E. Allgyer, West Liberty, Ohio, and Andrew Brenneman of the home church.
Garber.-Christian C., son of Abraham and Veronica Garber,
was born March 9, 1862 in Miami Co., Ind.; died in Harper Co.,
Kans., March 2, 1933; aged 70 y. 11 m. 23 d. He was married to
Sarah Kuhns Nov. 6, 1884, in McPherson Co., Kans. To this union
were born ten children. The widow, two brothers (Ben Garber, North
Grove, Ind., and Silas Garber, Amboy, Ind.) and the following
children survive him: Sam D., Harper, Kans.; Mrs. Rebecca Hilliard,
Copeland, Kans.; Mrs. Nettie Miller, La Junta, Colo.; Abraham,
Brethren, Mich.; Irvin, Argonia, Kans.; Monroe, Columbiana, Ohio;
Earl, Almeda, Calif.; and Mrs. Lottie Bear, Harper, Kans. Two
children (Maggie) Matilda and Mrs. Lottie Bear) preceded him in
death. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
The surviving children were all present except Abraham of Brethren,
Mich. They lived in McPherson Co., Kans., for three years, after
which they moved to Miami Co., Ind., and lived there eleven years.
From here they moved to Jet, Okla., living there for six years.
They then moved to Manistee, Mich., and from there they moved
to Argonia, Kans., and a few years later to their present home
northeast of Harper. He with his wife united with the Mennonite
Church (West Liberty congregation in McPherson Co., Kans.), in
the spring of 1885 and lived in this faith until called home.
He was in his usual health until a few days before his death.
While about his daily work he overexerted himself, which caused
complications of the heart, resulting in death. Crist (as he was
familiarly known) , will be missed not only by his family, but
also by his neighbors and friends, because of his valuable assistance
which he cheerfully rendered whenever called upon. "Father's
chair is vacant now,
Since he has gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say God thot it best."
Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. R. M. Weaver, at the church by Bros. John Thut and S. A. Yoder, at the grave by H. T. King. He was laid to rest in the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Cemetery.
Ebersole.-Melinda, daughter of David and Anna Martin Ebersole, was born in Elizabethtown. Pa., Aug. 20, 1860; died at the Sterling Public Hospital, Sterling, Ill., March 6, 1933; aged 72 y. 6 m. 16 d. In the spring of 1869 the family decided to move to Illinois, locating on a farm near Sterling, where the family of eight children grew to manhood and womanhood. In the year of 1891, during a series of meetings conducted by Bro. J. S. Coffman, she confessed Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member. Soon after her conversion she felt the call to give her life in service in a definite way, in any place or in any way that the Lord would direct. In 1894 she went to Chicago, intending to enter nurses' training, but just at that time the work of the Home Mission was begun, and the conviction was very definite that this was her field of service. She was the first permanent worker at the Mission, then located at 145 West 18th St. Here she gave twenty years of her life in helpful service to humanity. It was her privilege to see many souls confess Christ as Savior and Lord and unite with the Church. Many prominent workers in the Church today gave some time to missionary work at the Home Mission, who received inspiration from her life, to consecrate their lives in service in a more definite way. Among them was Bro. A. H. Leaman of Lancaster Co., Pa., who too, soon after his conversion felt the call to service and came to Chicago, and afterwards became the superintendent of the Mission for twenty-five years. In 1914 she felt that the path of duty lay in the direction of her home at Sterling, and returned to give aid in caring for her aged mother, who passed away Aug. 1, 1919). She is survived by 3 sisters (Amanda and Anna of Sterling, and Mrs. A. W. Book of Oregon, Ill.), and a number of nieces and nephews. Her father and mother, 2 sisters (Adaline and Mrs. Amos Wise) and 2 brothers (Ephraim and David) preceded her in death. Sister Melinda won for herself many friends, because of her quiet, unassuming life, and her ever readiness to be of service to those about her. Funeral services were held March 9, from the home, conducted by E. C. Harris and at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church by A. H. Leaman, assisted by A. C. Good. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
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Lefever.-Elizabeth (Kreider) Lefever, widow of Isaac D. Lefever, was born Oct. 24, 1845; died Jan. 9, 1933, after an illness of four weeks at the home of her son Elias K. Lefever, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 87 y. 2 m. 15 d. She was a member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by the following children: Abram, Enos, Edwin, Harry, Elias, and Emma (wife of Enos B. Landis); 4 sisters, 1 brother, 17 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services Jan. 13 at the home and at Mellinger's Church, conducted by Bros. John H. Mosemann and David B. Landis. Texts, Job 5:26; Acts 9:39. Burial in the church cemetery.
Hunsberger.-Esther; widow of the late Bro. Jacob Hunsberger, was born May 11, 1852, in Montgomery Co., Pa.; died Feb. 25, 1933; aged 80 y. 9 m. 14 d. She had good health until 2 years prior to her death she suffered a paralytic stroke. Nine months ago she fell fracturing her right hip never gaining use of her limb, remaining bedfast. She was a patient sufferer, waiting for the call to come home. Funeral services were held at the residence of Abram Hunsberger conducted by Bro. Warren G. Bean assisted by Bro. Jesse H. Mack. Further services and burial at Vincent Mennonite Church, Spring City, Pa., and were conducted by Bros. Amos Kolb and Henry Bechtel. Text, Psa. 119;127-129.
Canen.-Floyd, son of Levi and Barbara Canen, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 11, 1884. In the year 1911 he was united in marriage to Sadie Fletcher. One daughter (Evelyn) was born to this union. A number of years ago he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Olive, in which faith he died. After an illness of a number of weeks, beginning with influenza and resulting in complications, he peacefully passed away on Sunday afternoon, March 5, 1933; aged 48 y. 9 m. 24 d. Besides his sorrowing wife and daughter, he leaves 2 sisters (Mrs. Monroe Risser and Goldie Canen), 4 brothers (Rufus, Clayton, Alpha and Voil), also many other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services conducted by Bros. ____ Rassi, C. A. Shank, and D. A. Yoder at the Olive Church.
Feeback.-Elisabeth Frances Cheesman was born June 12, 1890, near Des Moines, Iowa; died March 17, 1933, at her home in East Lynne, Mo.; aged 42 y. 9 m. 5 d. She was united in marriage to Will Feeback Sept. 18, 1913. Six children were born to this union (Letha, Oscar, Alice, Iva, Ira, and Fredy) all of whom survive except Ira. When about 15 years of age she united with the Christian Church at East Lynne. She leaves her husband, 5 children, 1 sister (Mrs. Cleve McBride of Baldwin Park, Calif.), and 3 brothers (Chas. K. Cheesman of Portland, Oreg., James Cheesman of East Lynne, and Harry Cheesman of Wellsville, Mo.), and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted March 18 at the Christian Church in East Lynne, by I. G. Hartzler (Text, Rev. 14:13) assisted by N. E. Woods. Interment in the Pitts Chapel Cemetery.
Longenecker.-Barbara R. Longenecker (nee Lehman) was
born July 1, 1857; died of complication of diseases at the home
of her son Benjamin, Feb. 14, 1933; aged 75 y. 7 m. 13 d. She
was a faithful member of Good's Mennonite Church for many years.
Her husband preceded her in death 5 years ago. She had been in
feeble health for a few years bearing her affliction patiently,
having a desire to depart and be with Christ. She is survived
by 2 sons (Benjamin and Henry), 1 granddaughter, 1 sister and
1 brother. Two brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services
were held Feb. 17 at the late home and at Good's Church near Elizabethtown,
Pa., conducted by Bros. Ira Miller, Simon Garber, and Noah Risser.
Text, Job 5:6-8. Burial in adjoining cemetery. "Mother, dear
your wish is granted
Sorrow, pain, and grief are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you,
Over on the peaceful shore."
Neuhauser.-Abner S., son of Christian B. and Katherine (Stoltzfus) Neuhauser, was born Nov. 17, 1865, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died March 7, 1933, in his home in Slidell, La. Abner came to Knox Co., Tenn., with his parents in 1871 where he grew to manhood. In 1894 he went to Slidell, La,. where he was engaged in mercantile business until his sudden death. He is survived by 1 brother and 3 sisters (U. G. Neuhauser and Mrs. T. B. Lee of Slidell, La.; Mrs. John Yoder of Smithville, Ohio: and Mrs. I. W. Royer of Orrville, Ohio). All these attended the funeral at the Concord, Tenn., Mennonite Church where the body was taken for burial in the adjoining cemetery. "Mr. Abb." as he was affectionately called, had many friends wherever he lived, and though he had been away from the Tennessee community 40 years, a large number of old friends met to pay a last tribute of respect. Funeral was held March 8 by Wm. Jennings.
Bair.-Daniel S. Bair was born Aug. 8, 1859; died March
4, 1933; aged 73 y. 6 m. 26 d. He suffered a stroke August a year
ago, then complications set in. He bore it all patiently. He was
a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. We deeply
feel the loss of a kind and loving father, but we know our loss
is his gain. He is survived by his widow (who before marriage
was Annie Batterman Hostetler), 2 sons (John of near Littlestown:
Oliver of Hanover), 1 daughter (Edith Schmuck, of York), and 2
step-daughters (Mary Coulson and Martha Frey of Hanover). Funeral
services were held from his late home March 7 with further services
in the Mennonite Church at Hanover, Pa., by Bro. John Mosemann
of Lancaster and Bro. Harvey Grove of near Littlestown. Text,
I Sam. 20:18. Burial at Canadochly Church, Lower Vinsor Twp.
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Ulrich.-Samuel, son of John and Kathryn (Rediger) Ulrich, was born Nov. 6, 1877, in Woodford Co., Ill.; died March 14, 1933, at the Iowa City Hospital; aged 55 y. 4 m. 8 d. On Feb. 22 he became so ill and his condition proved so serious that it was found necessary to remove him to the hospital for treatment. But it was found that his condition was too serious to stand an operation. He gradually grew weaker, quietly passing away on the eve of March 14. At the age of 17 he came with the family to Manson, Iowa, which has since been his home. His trade of recent years was shoe and harness repairman. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, to which faith he held to his death. He is preceded in death by his father, 1 sister, and 1 brother. He is survived by his aged mother, 3 brothers (Peter of Manson, Ia., John of Estlin, Sask., and Chris of Storm Lake, Ia.), 4 sisters (Lena Schertz of Manson, Ia., Lizzie Bachman of Washington, Ill., Kate Moery of Carlisle, Ark., and Fannie of Upland, Calif.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held March 17 at the Mennonite Church in Manson by Bro. Nick Stoltzfus assisted by Bro. A. R. Egli. Text, Amos 4;12.
Zeigler.-Sarah W., daughter of Jonas and Magdalena Wisler,
was born near Leetonia, O., Feb. 8, 1862; died Feb. 25, 1933,
at her home near Leetonia, where she lived since three years of
age. She was united in marriage to Manasses Zeigler on Feb. 22,
1887. To this union was born 1 son, Paul. She leaves her husband,
1 son, 1 brother (J. L. Wisler), 1 sister (Mrs. E. M. Detwiler),
4 grandchildren, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn
her departure. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Leetonia
Mennonite congregation where she was regular in attendance. She
was much concerned about the eternal welfare of all she knew and
associated with, was very zealous in the work of the Church, always
ready in works of charity. In her death there is a vacancy in
the home, and the Church loses a faithful member. Services conducted
from the Midway Church, by Brethren David Lehman, I. B. Witmer,
and Paul Yoder. Texts, II Cor. 5:1; Luke 24 :5 (latter clause).
A very large concourse of people had gathered to pay respect to
one they had learned to love.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Jones.-Mollie (Mary), daughter of David E. and Mary (Miller) Jones, was born March 27, 1916; died at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. N. J. Jones near Shipshewana, Ind., on March 13, 1933; aged 16 y. 11 m. 16 d. She was a great-granddaughter of the late Bishop David S. Kauffman. About 18 months ago her symptoms showed that she was suffering with tuberculosis. She spent about 10 months at a T. B. sanitarium near Ft. Wayne, Ind. Last summer she was brought home for several days and desired to be baptized upon her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This was done and she became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church (O.O.). The last six months she was cared for in the room where her great-grandfather died 14 years ago. She had a great longing to go to her heavenly home but waited patiently until the summons came. She was glad that she was privileged to escape the many temptations to which the young people of her age were exposed. Her mother preceded her to the better world one day less than 5 years before, and eldest sister followed her mother about 4 months later. She also died of consumption. Funeral services were held March 15 at the residence of Mrs. N. J. Jones, conducted by Eli J. Bontrager and John D. Miller. Burial in the Bontrager cemetery.
Gibb.-Ellis H. Gibb was born near Newton, Kans., Dec. 22, 1913; died near Limon, Colo., Mar. 12, 1933; aged 19 y. 2 m. 21 d. Ellis had an attack of influenza the latter part of January which left him in a weakened condition. A relapse developed colonitis and affected his heart, causing his death. He fell peacefully to sleep at midnight, in spite of all that loved ones and medical skill could do to nurse him back to health. Ellis came to this community in which he closed his earthly career with his parents; from Goshen, Ind., in June, 1929, and, with them, located on a farm seven miles southwest of Limon where he was at home until the time of his death. He united with the Goshen (College) Mennonite Church at the age of 14 and has lived a consistent Christian to the close of his life. His adherence to Christian principles made of him a young man of sterling character, respected by all who knew him. In the work of the Church though a young man, he was always ready to serve in his quiet, unassuming, forceful manner so typical of his entire Christian life. He leaves his father and mother (Bro. and Sister Lee Gibb), 3 sisters, (Lucille, Edith, and Faye, who are all at home with their parents),grandmother (Sister Elizabeth Gibb of Newton, Kans.), 2 aunts (Sister Emma Grove of Newton, Kans., ad Sister Maggie Hauder of Garden City, Mo.), and other relatives and a host of sorrowing friends. Funeral services were conducted Mar. 15 at the Limon Mennonite Church by Bro. L. C. Miller, assisted by Bro. C. G. Ringler, and Bro. Paul J. Holley. Texts, Phil 1:21; II Sam. 12:23. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.
Schertz.-Mary M., daughter of Jacob and Magdalene Saltzman,
was born near Lacon, Ill., Nov. 13, 1859; died of a paralytic
stroke at her home in Flanagan, Ill., Feb. 23, 1933; aged 74 y.
3 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Peter M. Schertz of Metamora,
Ill., March 5, 1878, who preceded her in death Sept. 2, 1913.
To this union 7 children were born: William J. and Ben F. of Gridley;
Mrs. Anna Schrock of Orrville, O.; Mattie, Eureka; Mrs. Emma Hartzler,
Gridley; Mrs. Carry Grieser, Panola; Lora, at home. These, with
15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, also 1 brother (Ben
Saltzman) and 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie Stalter of Flanagan) survive
to mourn her departure. She is also preceded in death by 2 grandchildren
and 3 brothers (Peter, John, and Joseph). She accepted Christ
as her personal saviour in her youth, united with the Mennonite
church, and lived a consistent Christian life to the end. Quiet
and unassuming in her manner, her heart went out in deepest sympathy
to those in need. She enjoyed a wide acquaintance and in the homes
of these friends she was always welcome. In her passing the family
loses a devoted mother and grandmother, the community an exemplary
friend and neighbor. Thus closes a Christian life of the allotted
three score years and ten that was ever filled by the noblest
desires and best of interests. Funeral services were held at the
Waldo Mennonite Church with Bro. Joe Davis and Bro. D. W. Slagel
in charge. Burial in Waldo Cemetery.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angels drawing near.
That took from earth to heaven,
The one we loved so dear."
Hershey.-Amos H., son of the late Joseph and Fanny Hartman
Hershey, was born June 1, 1858; died very suddenly of heart attack
in New Holland, Pa., Feb. 27, 1933; aged 74 y. 8 m. 26 d. In November,
1878 he was married to Susan (Rohrer) Hershey. To this union were
born 8 children, 5 daughters and 3 sons. Two sons preceded him
in death. He also leaves 34 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren
and 2 sisters. He was a member of the Hershey congregation until
9 years ago, when he transferred his membership to the New Holland
congregation. At the time of his death he was a trustee of the
New Holland congregation, a trustee of Hershey's burying ground,
trustee of the Millersville Children's Home. He was one of the
organizers of the Welsh Mountain Mission, Red Well S. S., and
the New Holland congregation. His sudden death came as a shock
to all. Of him fond memories are left, ( 1) because of his loyalty
to his home congregation: (2) his consistent example as a father
in Israel: (3) his faithful companionship: (4) his untiring devotion
to his offspring. (5) his loving smile tender and peaceable attitude
toward everyone. Funeral services were held March 2. Brief services
at the home followed by services at the New Holland Church conducted
by Bros. Noah Mack and Noah Sauder. Further services at Hershey's
Church conducted by Brethren Jacob Mellinger ann Abram Martin.
Texts, Psa. 30:5, and Josh. 1:11. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Deep in our hearts lies a picture,
Of a loved one laid to rest;
In memory's frame we will keep it,
Because he was one of the best."
Oesch.-Ivan, youngest son of John M. and Annie oesch
was born June 26, 1911; died at his home on the Goshen Line near
Zurich, Ont., March 14, 1933; aged 21 y. 8 m. 16 d. He with his
mother and sister (Mrs. Susie Oesch) were taken ill very suddenly
on March 12, and Ivan, after three days of illness, fell asleep
in Jesus. Death due to poisoning from eating home-canned tomatoes,
from which his mother and sister are still suffering. also being
unable to attend the funeral. lvan confessed Christ as his Savior
and united with the Mennonite Church some years ago. He was greatly
loved by all who knew him, and he had a wide circle of friends
who miss him greatly. But "we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God," and we humbly bow to His
will. Ivan has left this world of pain and sorrow for the better
land and to meet his elder brother; Elmer who preceded him just
13 months before. He leaves his deeply bereaved parents, 4 brothers
(Edmund of Blake, Menno and Milton of Zurich, and John Jr. of
Pigeon, Mich.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Wm. MacGregor of Kippen, Mrs.
Norman Gascho of Zurich, and Mrs. Susie Oesch at home), and many
other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Evangelical
Church and was largely attended. Burial in Goshen Line Mennonite
Cemetery. Services by Bro. Chris Schrag and C. Burn. Text, John
"Short and sudden was the call
Of one so dearly loved by all;
And only those know who have loved so well
The pain of saying a last farewell.
But tho' cast down, we're not forsaken,
Tho afflicted, not alone,
Thou hast given and Thou hast taken,
Blessed Lord, Thy will be done.
----- By a Friend
Zehr--Katherine (Martain) Zehr, widow of the late Michael
Zehr, was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, Dec. 5, 1841; died
at the home of her daughter, Lena (Zehr) Yousey, at Beaver Falls,
N. Y., Dec. 26, 1932; aged 91 y. 21 d. When three years old she
came with her father, sister, two brothers, and grandmother to
America, crossing the sea in a sailing vessel, requiring 59 days
to make the voyage, her grandmother and one brother dying during
the voyage. Prior to the last six months, the last thirteen years
of her life, after the decease of her husband, she lived with
her daughter, Katherine ( Zehr) Lehman, until her death about
six months ago. Besides her late husband, five children preceded
her in death, leaving four sons and four daughters (Joseph of
Indian River, Mrs. Christ Lehman of New Bremen, John and Mrs.
Joe Yousey of Beaver Falls, Michael of Alden, Mrs. Burton Thompson
of Worth, Mrs. Harold Chaffee of Naunburg, and Ben of Croghan),
41 grandchildren and 75 great-grandchildren. Her illness was heart
trouble and the infirmities of age. She bore her sufferings patiently
to the end and said the Lord would not forsake her, that she would
soon be called home, as she felt ready to go. She was a faithful
member of the Amish Mennonite Church since her girlhood days.
She led a Christian life and was true to her faith and her many
friends. She was a loyal and active member of the church by example
and precept. She was ever hopeful and looking up on the bright
side. Her smiles and sunny disposition carried sunshine wherever
she went, and those who made her acquaintance learned to love
her. The funeral was held at the A. M. Meetinghouse near Croghan,
N. Y. and was conducted by C. M. Nafziger and J. J. Zehr. Her
body was laid to rest in the Kirschnerville Cemetery.
"Some morning bright we'll meet again,
On heaven's happy shore;
Yes in that land, where is no night
We meet to part no more."
------- By a grandchild.
Transcribed by: Don Kauffman, Alberta