Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1935

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVIII, No. 14 - July 4, 1935, pages 302, 303.

Bishop­Daniel M. Bishop died very suddenly of heart attack at his home near Line Lexington, Pa., where he had lived about 50 years preceding his unexpected death; aged 74 y. 2 m. 18 d. A son (Raymond) preceded him in death. He leaves a sorrowing widow (Mary S. Bishop), 3 children (Stella, Harry and Wilson), also 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. Arthur Ruth assisted by Bros. Claude Meyers, and Aaron Freed. Interment in the Line Lexington Cemetery.
"We miss him, oh we miss him,
We miss him everywhere;
Can we help but shed a tear,
To see father's vacant chair?"
By the family.

Witmer­Amos K. Witmer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan 22, 1869; died in his home at Whispering Pines in E. Lampeter Tp., Mar. 23, 1935; aged 65 y. 3 m. 1 d. He was the son of the late Benjamin and Mary (Kreider) Witmer. His wife (who was Mary Martha Landis) preceded him in death 25 years. He is survived by 2 daughters (Nora A. and Mildred L. Witmer) and a son (David L. Witmer); also 2 sisters (Mary K. and Esther K. Witmer) and 2 brothers (John K. and David K. Witmer). Services were held at Mellingers Church, where he was a member, by Bros. David Landis and Elmer Martin. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. "Gone, but not forgotten."

Halteman­Israel N. Halteman was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., May 23, 1854; died April 23, 1935, of complications, at the home of his son, near Bergey, Pa., where he had lived for the past eleven years; aged 80 y. 11 m. He is survived by the following children: Henry of Telford, Elmer of Bergey, Melvin and Joseph of Franconia, Lizzie of Bergey, and Benjamin of near Souderton; also 32 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild survive. His wife preceded him in death over 3 years ago. Four sons and a daughter also preceded him. He was a member of the Salford, Pa., Mennonite Church for 55 years, at which place services were held April 29, in charge of the Brethren Henry Clemmer and Rhine Alderfer. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Stutzman­Raymond Junior, son of Raymond and Katie Stutzman, was born near Nappanee, Ind., April 12, 1932; died at the same place June 11, 1935. He was ill with pneumonia for about three weeks, but all that loving hearts and hands could do was futile. Besides his parents he is survived by 1 brother (Edwin), 2 sisters (Viola and Etta Fern), 1 grandmother (Mrs. Noah Miller of Goshen), and 1 grandfather (Joseph Yoder of near Nappanee), and many other relatives and friends. He was very kind and had a loving disposition and will be greatly missed in the home. Funeral services were held on June 13 at the North Main Street Mennonite Church, conducted by Homer F. North. Burial in South Union Cemetery.
"Jesus has taken a beautiful bud
Out of our garden of love;
Borne it away to the city of God,
Home of the angels above."

Quinn­Mary Quinn, daughter of Jacob and Pollie Yoder Hooley, was born near Sturgis, Mich.; died in Detroit May 17, 1935; aged 52 y. 10 m. She fell from a second floor porch about 12 feet. She had both arms broken, the left one crushed, from which she suffered much pain for three weeks before she died. She leaves 4 children (Jeanette, Albert, Marion, and Henry; also a brother and 3 sisters (Dan Hooley, Esther Hartzler, Sallie Yoder, and Emma Plank) to mourn the loss of a dear one. Her husband, parents, a brother, and a sister preceded her in death. Mary was a member of the Mennonite Church in Cass Co., Mo., where father moved after mother died. Mary went to Colorado and was married to Jim Quinn. After living with her companion several years, she joined the Methodist Church, where she was a faithful member till she was called home. She was a faithful worker, and with her faithful prayers she persuaded her companion to be a Christian. He enjoyed his Christian life much before he died about 20 years ago. Funeral services were held May 18 in Detroit. -Mrs. J. B. Hartzler.

Beery­William, son of George and Mary Beery, was born in Elkhart, Ind., July 13, 1896; died June 8, 1935; aged 38 y. 10 m. 25 d. He leaves 4 brothers (Charles of Nappanee, Fred of Bremen, Delbert of Mishawaka, and Simon of East Aurora, New York), 2 sisters (Mrs. Robert Andersohn, Miss Rhoda Beery, both of Chicago, Ill.), and a half-sister (Mrs. Clarence Nusbaum of Sturgis, Mich.). William united with the North Main Street Mennonite Church in Nappanee, Ind., some years ago with which congregation he held his membership until death.

Hunsberger­Ernest, son of Aaron and Priscilla Hunsberger, was born near Nappanee, Ind., March 22, 1911; died June 8, 1935; aged 24 y. 2 m. 16 d. He leaves his father and a brother (Otis), his mother having preceded him in death on April 11, 1925. Ernest accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the West Market Street Mennonite Church and later transferred to the North Main Street Mennonite Church in Nappanee, with which congregation he was a member until death.
Ernest and William* lost their lives, both being burned to death in a barn fire near East Aurora, N. Y., on Saturday night, June 8, 1935. Their remains were laid to rest in St. Matthew Cemetery near Buffalo, N. Y., with short services at the grave by Frank Basford of East Aurora, N. Y. A memorial service for the tow young men was held at the North Main Street Mennonite Church in Nappanee on June 23, with Brethren J. S. Hartzler and Homer F. North in charge.

* [Transcriber's Note: William, evidently, refers to the preceding William Beery obituary.]

Weaver­Oliver, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Troup) Weaver, was born near Bremen, Ind., Oct. 9, 1883, died in Marshall Co. Hospital, Plymouth, Ind., on May 6, 1935; aged 51 y. 6 m. 27 d. Death was caused by Nephritis, which set in following an operation April 25 for the relief of appendicitis. He bore his intense suffering during his last illness with great patience, putting all his trust in the Lord. On Jan. 1, 1910, he was united in marriage with Anna Middaugh, who with their son Harold survives him. He united with the Mennonite Church about 15 years ago and remained a member of the same until called by his Lord to a better realm, where all is peace and rest. He leaves his wife and son Harold, at home; 4 brothers (Cornelius of Plymouth, Ira of Nappanee, William of Goshen, Irvin of Elkhart), 2 sisters (Susan and Alice Weaver of Bremen), and a host of other relatives and friends.
"God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in Heaven."
Funeral services were held at the North Main Street Mennonite Church in Nappanee, Ind., on May 8, conducted by Homer F. North. Burial in Bremen Cemetery.

Coble­Leah L., daughter of the late Abram and Mary Horst, was born April 18, 1874, near Chambersburg, Pa.; died at her home near Mt. Alto, Pa., June 6, 1935; aged 61 y. 1 m. 18 d. On Jan. 1, 1901, she was united in marriage to Philip C. Coble. To this union were born 4 children. She is survived by her husband and 3 children. One son (Norman) preceded her in death. The children are as follows: Arthur of Dearborn, Mich., Garnet and Mable at home. Two sisters also survive. She was a sufferer from lingering illness of complications. She bore her suffering with much patience and desired to go to her heavenly home to be with Jesus. She was baptized on the confession of her faith and united with the Lutheran Church in her younger years. Afterwards she became a member of the Marion Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member until death. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a kind neighbor, and will be greatly missed by her many friends. She lived a useful life for Christ and her community. She was much concerned for the welfare of her family. Funeral services at the home and the church were conducted by R. W. Lind and Irvin Lehman. Scripture reading, I Thess. 4; Text, Heb. 11:10. Burial in Coble Cemetery, near Chambersburg, Pa.
"Aunt Leah, you have left us dreary,
And our hearts are filled with sorrow,
For we miss you and feel so weary,
But hope to meet you on some morrow,
In that dear Heavenly home above
Where all will be joy, peace and love."
-By her nephew.

Clark­Barbara Emma, daughter of John and Sarah (King) Plank, was born near Lancaster, Ohio, April 6, 1878; died May 30, 1935, at Colorado Springs, Colo. On Aug. 25, 1903, at Garden City, Mo., she was married to A. E. Clark of Colorado Springs. Emma lost her life in the flood that swept through the city on Decoration Day. One we loved so dearly was so suddenly snatched from us, but we have the assurance that she was ready to meet her God. Emma was converted in her youth and remained faithful to the last. She often spoke of the Lord's coming, and she was so burdened for those not prepared to meet Him. As she had no family of her own she was much concerned about her nieces and nephews. She had a kind and loving disposition, never too weary to help those in need or to care for the sick, where she spent many long weeks and months, reminding us of Dorcas of old. She lived for others. We feel sure if she could send us a message she would say, "Weep not for me, those I love so dear. Nor shed a sorrowing tear; I am not dead, but only sleep, My silent slumber, oh! How sweet." In her letters to home folks she so often mentioned meeting some day around the great white throne where partings will be no more. Those left to mourn her sudden departure are her companion and 8 brothers and sisters: Henry Plank of Pasedena, Calif.; Sol Plank of Harper, Kans.; Mrs. Maude Stutzman of Florence, Kans.; Sam Plank of West Liberty, O.; Perry Plank, Mrs. Sadie Yoder, Mrs. Bertha Gerber, Mrs. Mamie Garber, all of Harper, Kans.; also 36 nieces and nephews, 28 great-nieces and nephews, besides a host of relatives and friends. Her parents and 3 brothers preceded her to the great beyond. On June 3 funeral services were held at the Nazarene church of Colorado Springs, of which she was a member. Officiating ministers were J. A. Phillips, assisted by R. G. Finch and Glen Griffith. The body was then taken to Harper, Kans., where services were held at the D. F. Yoder home and at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, conducted by R. M. Weaver and H. J. King. Burial in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery beside her parents.
"A dear companion, a sister kind,
What a wonderful influence she left behind!
God watched her suffering, He heard her sigh,
Then in tender mercy he drew nigh;
He took her gently by the hand,
And led her to a safer land."

Risser­Ida M., wife of Samuel M. Risser and daughter of the late Frank E. and Mary Ann Witmer, was born at Lampeter, Pa., Sept. 12, 1882; died at the Lancaster General Hospital, April 17, 1935; aged 52 y. 7 m. 5 d. Her death was very sudden, following a seemingly successful operation, after an illness of 14 days at the General Hospital. She was getting along fine. We expected to bring her home in a few days. She counted on spending Easter at home with us. On Wednesday before Easter we were called into the hospital at 6:30 in the morning. We cannot express the pain nor the sorrow of our hearts when we saw mother unable to talk to us. Nothing could have been more painful. The doctors and nurses were as much surprised as we were. But we want to thank God who has given us his only begotten Son, who will never leave us or forsake us. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining true till death. She was united in marriage with Samuel M. Risser on Nov. 29, 1910. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 4 children: Clarence W., Mae A., Roy W., and Mary E., all at home; also her aged mother, 3 brothers and 1 sister: Jacob H., Elmer J., Frank J., Frank A., and Esther M. (wife of Frank Deiter). Short and sudden was the call of our loved one. The blow was great, the shock severe. We little thought her death so near. She is greatly missed in her home and neighborhood. She was a kind, loving, and sympathetic mother. A vacancy was made that only mother could fill. We cannot understand why mother was called away so soon, but we want to leave everything in the hands of Him who doeth all things well. She had fought a good fight; she had kept the faith. She went home to be with her Savior. That thought alone comforts us, and added to that, we know if we fight a good fight, finish the course God has planned for us, we shall see her again. Before taking her bed she had been to church the same day. Funeral services were held April 20, the day before Easter, at the Willow Street Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Christian Brubaker at the home, and at the church by Bros. Frank Herr and Jacob T. Harnish. Text, Matt. 26:38. One of her favorite verses was, "No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Psa. 84:11). Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"As we loved her, so we miss her,
In our memory she is dear!
Loved, remembered, thought of always,
Bring many a silent tear.
Your loving smile and kindly ways
Are pleasant to recall;
You always had a cheerful word,
And were dearly loved by all."
-By the Family.

Transcribed by: Mona Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVIII, No. 15 - July 11, 1935, pp. 334, 335

Snyder­Samuel H. Snyder was born in Oxford Co., Ont., Oct. 16, 1864; died at his home in Kitchener, Ont., June 25, 1935. He was in his 71st year. He grew to manhood in the county where he was born. On Sept. 20, 1893, he was united in marriage to Angeline Shantz. This union was blessed with 3 daughters. There survive him his companion and 2 daughters (Mrs. Simeon Groff of New Hamburg and Mrs. Lincoln Shantz of Kitchener), 4 grandchildren and 2 brothers. They lived on a farm near New Dundee until about twelve years ago, when they moved to Kitchener. As a young man he united with the Mennonite Church to which he was faithful to the end. Funeral services were held June 28, with Bro. M. H. Shantz at the house and in the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Bro. M. Hallman using Heb. 11:13 as a text. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Geise­Thomas S. Geise died June 28, 1935; aged 82 y. 10 m. 5 d. His wife (who was Annie M. Hostetter) died 12 years before. Surviving are a daughter (Mrs. Frances Eiford), a granddaughter (Mrs. Martin Newcomer) and four great-grandchildren; also one brother (John Geise). He was a member of Mt. Joy, Pa., Mennonite congregation. He died from the effects of a stroke, after one week of sickness. Funeral services were conducted June 30 from the home of Martin Newcomer by Bro. Henry Garber and at Mt. Joy Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon Garber and Henry Lutz. Text, John 14:2. Interment at Cross Roads Cemetery.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over, toils are ended,
And dear grandpa went home to rest."
-By the granddaughter.

Zimmerman­Martha Fahsbender Zimmerman was born in Germany Aug. 26, 1860; died at her home near Foosland, Ill., May 26, 1935; aged 74 y. 9 m. She came to America when 12 years of age. She was united in marriage with John B. Zimmerman June -, 1887. To this union eight children were born. One daughter preceded her in death. She leaves the aged husband and the following children: Mrs. John Birky, Mrs. Joseph Oyer, and Mrs. Silas Heiser of Foosland, Ill.; Mrs. Louis Gregerson of Ludlow, Ill.; William and Ernest of Gibson City, Ill., and Charles at home; also 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Four grandchildren preceded her in death. She also leaves a brother (Ernest Fahsbender of Chicago) and a half-brother (Charles Fahsbender of Pontiac). She will be sadly missed, as she was always a loving mother and a kind neighbor, and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church with Bros. J. A. Heiser of Fisher, Ill., and ____ Zimmerman of Nebraska in charge. Interment in East Bend Cemetery.

Clemens­Esther, daughter of the late David and Sarah Allebach, was born in Skippack Tp., Montgomery Co., Pa., June 19, 1873; died at her home near Hatfield, Pa., May 25, 1935 (where she lived for about 35 years); aged 61 y. 11 m. 6 d. She died from a weak heart condition and congestion of the lungs. She was the last of the family, 3 brothers and 1 sister preceding her in death. She was married to Silvanus C. Clemens, Dec. 1, 1894. To this union were born 2 sons (Leroy and Earl) and 2 daughters (Sarah and Viola). Viola preceded her in death. Funeral services were held on May 29 at the house, where short services were conducted by Bros. David N. Cassel and C. Warren Moyer, and further services were conducted at the Towamencin Mennonite Church, of which she was a member, by Bros. Isaac Kulp and John E. Lapp. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Fold her, O Father, in Thine arms,
And let her henceforth be
A message of love between
Our human hearts and Thee."
-The Family.

Schload­James S., son of Levi and Maria (Snyder) Schload, was born near Akron, Pa., Oct. 30, 1853; died of infirmities of old age at Akron, Pa., June 15, 1935; aged 81 y. 7 m. 15 d. He spent most of his life in the vicinity of his birth place, with the exception of a few years, when he and his parents lived in Fayette and Washington counties. May 24, 1885, he was married to Martha Leisy Gockley, who died May 10, 1889. To this union were born two children, Walter and Minnie. Aug. 24 1895, he was married to Mattie Leisy Herneisen. To this union were born two children, Daniel and Mary. He is survived by his wife, one son (Walter of Ephrata, Pa.), one daughter (Mary of Scottdale, Pa.), a step-son (James Herneisen of Denver, Colo.), one brother (Wayne Schload), and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son (Daniel) and a daughter (Minnie), who prior to her death had been an active and faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He united with the Mennonite Church July, 1919, and remained a faithful member to the time of his death. Funeral services were held June 20 at the home, followed by services at the Ephrata Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. A. S. Horst assisted by Bro. N. L. Landis and Bro. A. A. Landis. Burial in Akron Evangelical Cemetery.

Brubaker­Mary Alice, daughter of David and Lydia Brubaker, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1881; died at the home of her sister, Bro. and Sister Ray Hackman, near the place of her birth, June 23, 1935; aged 54 y. 4 m. 19 d. She died just 19 years and 1 day after the death of her invalid mother, whom she cared for about 8 years. About 18 years ago Sister Mary became afflicted with arthritis and gradually became helpless until about 3 years ago, when she became unable to walk or even feed herself. She gradually became weaker until the Lord saw fit to take her home. She bore her pain and suffering with much patience, and in it all she never lost her concern for others, speaking more of others and their welfare than of her own pain and suffering. At the age of 14 she confessed Christ, and on Christmas Day, 1895, she was baptized by Bishop Jno. K. Yoder and united with the Oak Grove A. M. Church. About 19 years ago she transferred her membership to the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, in which faith she continued until death. All but 7 years of her life was spent in Wayne Co., these years being spent in North Dakota. She leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters: William of Harrisonburg, Va.; Phares of Sterling, O.; Amandus of Lima, O.; Mrs. Clara Hackman of Sterling, O.; Mrs. Minnie Yoder of Clarence Center, N. Y.; 1 half-sister, Mrs. Ella Glick of Harrisonburg, Va.; 8 nephews and 10 nieces, with many other relatives and friends. Her parents and 1 sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. R. L. Stauffer, and at the Oak Grove Church by Brethren J. S. Gerig, N. E. Hilty, and E. F. Hartzler. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8. Burial in cemetery near by.

Brenneman­Timothy H. Brenneman, son of Daniel and Susannah Brenneman was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Sept. 20, 1860. Passed away at the Goshen Hospital on Monday, March 25; aged 74 y. 6 m. 4 d. He was on his way home from church when he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage, from which he did not regain consciousness. On Sept. 23, 1883, he was united in marriage to Laura E. Dalrymple, of near Goshen. Four children were born to the union-one boy and three girls. He is survived by his wife, 1 son (Jesse in Manhattan, Kans.), 3 daughters ( Miss Ruth, Indiana, Pa.; Miss Naomi, Bluffton, O.; Mrs. Paul (Orpha) Huber of Goshen). He was converted at an early age of sixteen, and united with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church, in which he lived and died. For more than fifty years he lived and loved the cause of God. He was, as the son of one of the founders of the church, very closely connected with its growth, and was a charter member of the Goshen class. In the early history of the church he was connected with the founding and establishing of the publishing interest and with the origin of the church paper, The Gospel Banner, and acted as editor from 1882 to 1885, and from 1888 to 1889 he lived in Kitchener, Ont., working in the printing office of the Banner. From 1912 to 1917 he was acting Secretary-Treasurer of the Indiana Christian Association, an organization that was opposed to all fraternal orders. In 1893 he entered the railway mail service from which he retired in 1923, having served for thirty years. He was an active deacon in the church for many years, also acted as trustee; both places were held by him at his death. He was a faithful attendant to all services, a firm believer in the virgin birth, and the Blood atonement. Funeral services were held from the Brenneman Memorial church, Goshen, Ind., March 27, conducted by the pastor A. B. Yoder, and S. C. Yoder of Goshen College. Burial was at Prairie Street Cemetery.

Gingrich­Menno M., son of Elias and Annie (Martin) Gingrich, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Sept. 5, 1879; died June 15, 1935; aged 55 y. 9 m. 10 d. When a boy of eight years he with his parents moved to Iowa, where he grew to manhood. On March 10, 1901, he married Mary Ann Bauman. Soon after their marriage they gave their hearts to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church. In 1903 they moved to Mayton, Alta., and here they helped to establish a flourishing congregation. In 1910 they moved to Mazeppa, Alta., where they resided until death. In 1927 he was ordained deacon in the Mount View Mennonite Church, where he served faithfully for the past eight years. In the fall of 1934 he was called to Ontario by the death of a brother. He also spent time visiting his parents, brothers, and sisters in the East. For a few months previous to his death he had not been feeling well, but was active and about his duties. Saturday morning he went about his work as usual, but had a bad headache. He came in to lie down, succumbed to a stroke, and in a few minutes he died. He leaves his grief-stricken widow, 3 sons (Urias B. and Clarence B. of Mazeppa, and John of Calgary) and 1 daughter (Ermina at home); also 4 grandchildren, his aged parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Sidney, Elias, John, Mrs. Jacob Brubaker, and Mrs. Elam Martin, all of Pennsylvania). He was an affectionate and devoted husband and father, a kind neighbor, friendly to all whom he met. He will be sadly missed in his home, community, and church. Funeral services were held June 18, from Mount View Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by Brethren H. B. Ramer of Dutchess (reading Psa. 90), H. J. Harder of Didsbury (leading in prayer), M. D. Stutzman of Tofield (preaching from I Cor. 15:55-57), and Isaac Miller (Text, Rev. 14:13). The church was filled to capacity. Friends gathered from far and near to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed. Interment in adjoining cemetery, where services were conducted by N. E. Roth of Tofield, Alta.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us
For that home beyond the skies,
But we long again to meet thee
In the land of Paradise."

Stutzman­Abraham, son of Abraham and Magdalene (Troyer) Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 31, 1865; died at the Chewelah, Wash. Hospital, June 24, 1935, of a heart attack; aged 69 y. 7 m. 24 d. He was one of a family of 10 children. When he was but 9 years of age, he with his parents moved to Milford, Neb., and there grew to manhood. From there he went to Chappell, Neb., where he met and married Miss Ida Kauffman on Oct. 28, 1893. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son: Lula (Mrs. Joe P. Gingerich) of Kalona, Ia.; Mayme (Mrs. Perry Schrock) of Filer, Ida.; Carrie Stutzman and Charles of Deer Park, Wash. His wife preceded him in death 15 years ago. He leaves 4 children, 13 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Ed Roth and Mrs. Dan Hostettler), and many other relatives and friends. Father had been visiting at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Perry Schrock, for a few months. When he first felt ill his one desire was to be taken to his son Charles' home in Washington, as he had not been there for the past 5 years. By doctor's orders he was taken home. After that he felt much better for a short while, although he could not give up and go to his bed, but was around and cheerful and happy because he knew what his Master would soon come to claim that which was His. His last days were spent in singing and praying and rejoicing because his days would soon be over. The children were all present at the funeral except Mrs. Joe P. Gingerich, but she had been to visit just 4 months before his death. A nephew, Mr. And Mrs. Pete Slatter of Filer, Idaho, were also present at the funeral. Father was taken to the hospital June 17, and was there just one week when he passed away. Funeral services were held in the Chewelah Chapel and burial in adjoining cemetery.

"He sleeps, he sleeps, and never more
Will his footsteps fall by the old home door;
Nor his voice be heard by his loving tone
By the loved ones left 'round his own hearth stone;
However painful it may be
To know that he is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may see
Father in that Heavenly home."
Two daughters.

Nice­Jonsa T., son of Bishop Henry and Sister Livina (Tyson) Nice, was born Nov. 25, 1855, near Wadsworth, Ohio; died June 19, 1935; 79 y. 7 m. 5 d. When nine years old he moved with his parents to Illinois, growing to manhood near Morrison, Ill. On Jan. 23, 1879, he was united in marriage to Rebecca Longanecker. They then moved to Roseland, Neb., where they built their home among the early settlers, and where a few years later he and his companion took a stand for Jesus, and united with the Mennonite Church which was yet in its infancy at that place, of which Bishop Albrecht Shiffler and Deacon Samuel Lapp were in charge. In 1891 he with his family moved to Roseland, La., from thence with the exception of one and one half years, they resided near Lake Charles, La., until coming to Denbigh about fifteen years ago. Five sons and three daughters were born unto them (Frederick Allen of Wenachee, Wash.; Frank A. of Houston, Tex.; Mrs. Olive Jones of Crowley, La.; Byron L. and Henry L. of Denbigh). Seventeen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his faithful companion are left to cherish the memory of a dear loving husband and grandfather, two daughters and one son having preceded him into the glory world. He had four brothers: Benjamin, Philip, Henry, and John. Two were deacons, one a preacher, and one a bishop; also three sisters: Hannah, (deceased) wife of Pre. J. M. Nunemaker of La Junta, Colo.; Mrs. Elnora Steiner of Sterling, Ill.; and Mrs. Levina Kornhaus of Denbigh, Va.
In 1885 he was ordained to the ministry, in which calling he was zealous and faithful, working in the vineyard of his Master until six years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis of which he rallied and preached one sermon; but experiencing slight strokes at intervals, his ability was weakened, finally losing his speech, and for the last eighteen months he was unable to help himself in any way. Through it all he was very patient and resigned, never complaining, but always grateful for the loving care he received until finally the Lord called him home and he peacefully and quietly slipped away.
Funeral services were held June 20 at the home by Bro. Daniel Shenk and at the Warwick Church by Bro. Geo. R. Brunk assisted by Bro. Truman Brunk. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in Warwick Church Cemetery.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVIII, No. 16 - July 18, 1935, pp. 350, 351, 352.

Geib­Jacob G. Geib was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 27, 1861; died at his home in Rexmont, Lebanon Co., Pa.; aged 73 y. 8 m. 18 d. He was married in 1895 to Rebecca K. Lehn, who survives him. One daughter, Mrs. Harvey Spangler of Lebanon, R. 5, and a sister, Mrs. John Yeagley of Lebanon, also survive. For 45 years he was a member of the Krall Mennonite Church, and as long as his health permitted, was a live worker there. Funeral services were held in Hernley's Mennonite Church, near Manheim, Pa., by Martin E. Weaver, assisted by Warren Hess. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Swartz­Isaac Swartz died April 21, 1935, aged 83 years. His wife died several years ago. He was born in bucks Co., Pa. After his marriage he bought an adjoining farm where he farmed till ten years ago, when he moved to Perkasie, Pa., and lived with his daughter. He is survived by 3 daughters (Mrs. Edwin High, Perkasie; Ida Swartz, Souderton; Mrs. Samuel Leatherman, Deep Run) also several grandchildren and 1 sister (Annie Strouse of New Britain). He was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church over 60 years. Funeral was held on April 25. Services conducted at Deep Run by the home ministers. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Gortner­Peter P. Gortner was born in Garrett Co., Md., July 21, 1858; died July 6, 1935, at his home at Gortner, near Oakland, Md.; aged 76 y. 11 m. 16 d. His wife preceded him in death several years ago. He is survived, in his immediate family, by three sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. Bro. Gortner was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over fifty years, and for that much time he taught a Sunday school class in the Gortner Church. The church building was erected in 1893, Bro. Gortner being prominent in arranging for the building and assisting by his own labor and financial contributions in its construction. Funeral services were held in the Gortner Church, Tuesday afternoon, July 9, conducted by Bro. Roy Otto of Springs, Pa., assisted by Bro. Spaide of the Church of the Brethren, and Brethren, G. D. Miller, Ed Miller, and J. A. Ressler.

Myers­Isaac M., son of the late Lewis and Elisabeth Myers and grandson of the late Pre. Isaac Myers, died May 13, 1935;aged 49 y. 11 m. 2 d. On Saturday afternoon, May 11, he attended preparatory services at Deep Run where he was a member. After the service he went home and wanted to do some work with his tractor. In some unexplained manner the tractor backed on him and crushed his leg. He was immediately removed to Abington Hospital to receive treatment. Everything was done to save his life. On Sunday afternoon his leg was amputated near the hip. Gangrene set in and he died Monday afternoon. Our bishop, Bro. A. O. Histand, administered communion about 15 minutes before death. He is survived by his widow (Hannah Leatherman Myers), 3 sons (David, Samuel, Paul), 1 daughter (Elizabeth), 1 brother (John) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Francis Swope and Mrs. Abram S. Leatherman). Funeral services were held on May 16 at the Deep Run Church by A. O. Histand, Abram Yothers, and Enos Wismer.

Simons­Isaac V. Simons was born in Hardy Co., W. Va., August 1873. Died at his home near Bridgewater, Va., July 10, 1935. Bro. Van, as he was known to us all, lived his entire life in the community with the exception of about ten years that he lived in Rockingham Co., Va., near Singers Glen, and about four months at the place where he died. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, following a week's illness from influenza. He was twice married, and is survived by his wife (who was Miss Zepheniah E. Cowger) and 5 children (Jesse of Milan, W. Va.; Samuel, at home; Mrs. Ada Whetzel, Mrs. Nannie Dove, and Mrs. Ruth Mook). Eight grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Ottowa See, and Mrs. Harvey May of Hardy Co., Va.), also survive. Two brothers and 2 children preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held June 12 at the M. E. Church near Peru, W. Va., in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends, by J. R. Mumaw, S. A. Shank, and T. Showalter. Bro. Simons was a member of the Mennonite Church but a short while, but left the testimony that he was happy in the Lord.

Shank­Susan Alice, wife of Pre. Peter D. Shank and daughter of the late Pre. Jacob and Mary (Weikert) Hostetter, was born near Hanover, Pa., Oct. 17, 1861; died June 30, 1935; aged 73 y. 8 m. 13 d. Her life was one of much suffering, at times being bedfast for weeks at a time. She was blind 16 years, and not able to read her Bible, which she much loved for 27 years. The last 4 weeks of her life were spent in bed. June 27 she was paralyzed, leaving her unconscious to the end. She confessed Christ as Savior at the age of 16, and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful. She had a deep concern for the welfare of her family and the Church, attending services whenever health permitted, but she was not able to do so for the last three years. On March 22, 1883, she was united in marriage to Peter Shank. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. Samuel died in infancy. Surviving are Jacob D. and Virgie E. (wife of J. Clinton Forry) of near Hanover; John D. and Mary S. at home; also 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and 1 brother (Kate Krug of Lineboro, Md.; Samuel Hostetter of Denbigh, Va.; Maggie Burkholder of Ephrata, Pa.; and a half-sister, Minnie Bittinger). Funeral services were held July 3 at the home, and at Bair's Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. Noah Mack, Richard Danner, and Harvey Grove. Text, II Cor. 5:1 and II Cor. 12:10.

"Tis hard to part with Mother dear,
Never more to see her here;
But yet we're glad if God saw best,
To end her trouble and give her rest."

Plank­Christian Y. Plank was born in McLean Co., Ill., Aug. 16, 1857; died at his late home in Belleville, Pa., May 30, 1935; aged 77 y. 9 m. 14 d. At the age of 3 years he came with his parents to Mifflin Co., Pa., where he has since made his home. On Jan. 4, 1898, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Zook who survives him. Two brothers and two sisters survive: Samuel E. and Mrs. Levi Hartzler of Belleville, Pa., and Mrs. Kate Kauffman of Allensville, Pa., and Jacob H. of West Liberty, Ohio. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. In his early years he was a farmer, but in later years became a harness maker, at which trade he worked as long as health permitted. Early in the morning of May 26, he was stricken with a heart attack. After six days of suffering he answered the summons to "come up higher." Funeral services were held June 2 at his late home and at Allensville Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Aaron Mast. Interment was made in the cemetery near the Church.

"The room is quiet, all is still,
His place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."

Falb­Sister Martha, youngest child of Peter and Barbara Baumgartner, was born in Wayne Co., O., May 20, 1882; died July 3, 1935; aged 53 y. 1 m. 13 d. Her early life was spent in the home of her parents, and at the age of 18 years she gave her heart to Jesus and united with the Sonnenberg Church. On Sept. 12, 1907, she was united in marriage to Bro. David Falb. They located on a farm near the Martin Church. To them were born 5 children: (Ivan of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Effie Yoder of Louisville, O.; Milton, Irene and George of Orrville, O.). Though her illness was of several years' duration, she bore her sufferings bravely, knowing her blessed Savior was watching over her. Those who survive, besides her husband and children, are 3 brothers and 3 sisters (Solomon and William of Pandora, O.; Peter of Wooster, O.; Mrs. Delilah Bixel of Bluffton, O.; Mrs. Clara Steiner of Orville, O.; and a large circle of relatives and friends. About 1904 she transferred her membership to Martin Church near Orrville, where she remained faithful until death. She was endowed with those finer and nobler principles which characterize the lives of only those women who have risen to the highest degree of motherhood. By her passing, Bro. Falb and family have given up their asset here on earth so that she could enjoy her legacy in heaven. Funeral services were held July 6 at the Martin Church, in the presence of a large concourse of people, by I. J. Buchwalter, P. R. Lantz, I. W. Royer, J. S. Gerig, and O. N. Johns. Interment in cemetery near by. Peace to her ashes.

Yohe­George M. Yohe was born near Abbottstown, Pa., June 20, 1848; died June 9, 1935, near Hanover, Pa., at the home of his son-in-law, Jacob D. Shank, with whom he resided for over 10 years; aged 86 y. 11 m. 19 d. He was married to Amanda Sebright Feb 22, 1874. To this union were born 3 daughters. He was a member of the Mennonite church for some years and remained faithful until death. About 18 or 20 years ago he was paralyzed, not being able to use his left hand for some time. Was in fairly good health until the last few months seemed to be growing weaker. On June 2 he took sick with a complication for one week, followed by a stroke of paralysis. On June 9 votes were taken for the ordination of a bishop at the Hanover Mennonite Church, of which he was a member. Arrangements had been made for two of the brethren (Bros. Noah Landis and Amos Horst) to be at the home of Jacob D. Shank and family for dinner. The brethren had a short service with him just before dinner, after which his dinner being brought in, it was noticed he was about passing away. He is survived by his aged companion, 3 daughters (Mrs. Geo. Wonder, Mrs. Jacob Shank, with whom he had his home, and Mrs. Ralph Rebert); also 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Funeral June 12. Brief services at the house by Bro. Harvey Grove. Further services at the house by Bro. Harvey Grove. Further services at Bair's meeting house, York Road, by Bros. Noah Mack and Richard Danner. Text, Phil. 1:21. Burial in the graveyard adjoining the church.

"In our hearts his memory lingers,
Sweetly tender, fond and true;
There will not be a day, dear father,
That we will not think of you."

Flickinger­Cyrus A., son of Jesse and Anna (Altman) Flickinger, was born in Mahoning Co., O., Aug. 29, 1853; died June 30, 1935; aged 81 y. 10 m. 1 d. With his parents, he came to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1864, living the remainder of his life near Wakarusa. On Feb. 10, 1876, he was united in marriage to Margaret Holdeman. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son, all surviving, except Alice who passed away Sept. 20, 1901. After his marriage, they lived on his farm 2 _ miles west of Wakarusa, just one-half mile in St. Joseph Co., for five years, when they moved to the Holdeman homestead 1 1/4 miles west of Wakarusa, where they lived together until Sister Flickinger's death, Dec. 25, 1933. After that, he had his home with the children, passing away at the Menno W. Weaver home. The survivors are the 3 children­Anna (Mrs. Ira Brown), Catherine (Mrs. Menno Weaver), and Joseph residing on the homestead. There are also 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was the youngest and the last survivor of a family of seven. He had been in failing health for several years with hardening of the arteries and heart trouble. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and the Holdeman congregation for over 50 years, and served the local congregation as trustee and treasurer for about 40 years. He was always interested in the physical appearances of the property of the church as well as her spiritual welfare. Funeral services were conducted July 2 at the Weaver home and at the Olive Church by Brethren Silas L. Weldy and Jacob K. Bixler. Text, I Pet. 1:3-5. Burial in the Olive Cemetery.

Harshbarger­Samuel Howard, youngest son of Jacob and Mary (Esch) Harshbarger, was born in McVeytown, Pa., Sept. 5, 1876; died June 27, 1935; aged 58 y. 9 m. 22 d. The immediate cause of death was a sudden attack of hypostatic pneumonia which in turn was produced by complications arising out of a fractured skull, which he suffered in February, 1933. His childhood and youth were spent in the beautiful hills of Pennsylvania. There, at the age of 18, he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church. When he was 21 years old he came to Ohio, where he first secured employment at the S. E. Allgyer home and united with the Oak Grove Mennonite Church. The remainder of his life was spent in the country around West Liberty. On Oct. 8, 1899, he united in matrimony to Edith Mae Yoder. The union was blessed with 7 children. Three of them (Paul, Floyd and Edna Grace) died in infancy. He leaves a loving wife and mother, 2 sons (Emmett LeRoy of Bethel College, Kans., Luke Howard, of Urbana), 2 daughters (Mary Eva and Mildred Irene) 2 daughters-in-law (Eva Geiger Harshbarger, and Sara Zook Harshbarger), 4 grandchildren (John Howard, Ivan LeRoy, Kathleen Ann and Patricia Jean), 2 brothers (John Francis, of Johnstown, Pa., and Reuben Andrew, of West Liberty). His was a life of few words but of noble service and deeds. As father and husband his thoughts were for the welfare of his family; as father, his Christian life will serve as a guide for the lives of his children; as friend and neighbor, his cheerful disposition, honesty, and integrity will long be a pleasant memory. In our hour of trial a stanza from a poem written by his daughter Mildred expresses father's ideals of life and offers comfort to us:

"When sorrows and troubles perplex us,
When at gladness we look with despair,
Remember that God alone blesses,
That it's Jesus who really does care."

Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Church, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and N. E. Troyer. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Schrock­Noah J. Schrock was born near Middlebury, Ind., March 29, 1850; died in Kansas City, Kans., June 28, 1935. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and throughout life lived a consistent, faithful Christian life. In April, 1874, he moved to Cass Co., Mo. In October, 1875, he was united in marriage to Mary J. Plank. To this union were born 6 children, 5 of whom grew to maturity. His wife and 3 children (Ellen, Ira, and Mrs. Laura Herwig) preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by 3 children (Dave N., Phoenix, Ariz.; John E., Garden City, Mo.; and Mrs. Mamie Yoder, Kansas City), 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren; also 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Jacob B., Dan J., and Mrs. Amanda Allison, Garden City, Mo., and Mrs. Emma Klopfenstein, Los Angeles, Calif.). On June 7 he suffered a slight stroke, which seemingly did not affect him much at the time, being able to enjoy the evening meal at the table as usual. However the next day he took to his bed; his condition gradually becoming worse until the end three weeks later. During his illness he suffered very little pain, but often expressed the desire to depart this life, yet withal willing to wait the Lord's appointed time. Much of his time on his sick bed was spent in praise to God and in prayer to God and in prayer and concern for the spiritual welfare of his loved ones. On Friday afternoon, June 28, he peacefully passed away; aged 85 y. 3 m. 29 d. He will be remembered by his many friends and neighbors as one who was conscientious in his everyday Christian life and diligent in promoting peace and goodwill in his community. A short service was held at the home in Kansas City, Kans., in charge of J. D. Mininger, June 30, and funeral at Sycamore Grove Church near Garden City, Mo., in charge of Levi J. Miller. The following lines were found written on a scrap of paper lying on Grandpa's dresser. They evidently had been written by him just in recent days.

"Now let me close my feeble eyes,
In this fainting watchful prayer;
And exchange this passing world,
To meet my precious Savior there.
I have finished my toiling here,
God, through Christ set me free;
And will waft me to a mansion,
He has prepared above for me."

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXVIII, No. 17 - July 25, 1935, p. 383

Lefever--Luetta, daughter of Israel and Susan Buckwalter, was born June 17, 1862: died at her home in Lancaster, Pa., May 7, 1935, after a lingering illness. Her husband (John K. Lefever), also 5 sons and 3 daughters, are left to mourn the loss of a faithful and loving wife and mother. One daughter preceded her in death Jan. 14, 1925. One half-sister, 1 step-sister, and 2 step-brothers also survive. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin, followed by services at Heller's Reformed Church in charge of Bro. Martin, assisted by _______ Pentz. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Martin.--- Annie W., daughter of Jonas and Mary Eschleman, was born near Reid, Ind., May 17, 1867; died May 27, 1935; aged 68 y. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel S. Martin on Dec. 2, 1890. To this union were born 8 daughters and 2 sons. Two daughters and 1 son preceded her to the world beyond. She leaves a sorrowing husband, and the following children to mourn her departure: Francis Peck, Leah Christophel, Martha Shafer, Nora Frey, Mary and Bertha at home, Ernest; also 8 grandchildren. She will be missed at home, and also at church. She was a loving mother and kind neighbor, and was loved by all who knew her. She always had a smile for all. She was sick 30 hours. Her last words were, "Let me go home." She was a member of the Miller Mennonite Church, and was always present at Sunday school and church whenever health permitted. Funeral services were conducted May 30 from the home by Bro. Dan Strite and at the church by Bro. John Grove and Bro. John Risser. Burial at Paradise, Md., cemetery.

"Let me go home where saints are going,
To the mansions of the blest;
Let me go home where my Redeemer
Has prepared His people rest."
-Samuel S. Martin and Family.

Riehl.--- Jacob Washington Riehl of Yeagertown, Pa., was born Feb. 22, 1876; died in Lewistown Hospital, May 25, 1935; aged 59 y. 3 m. 3 d. He had been almost totally blind the last few years, and last January he underwent a surgical operation for a cataract on his left eye, with seemingly good results. On May 13, he again underwent an operation for cataract on his right eye, and got along all right until May 22 when he bursted a blood vessel in his eye. His death was caused by hemorrhage of the brain, which in some way was caused by his eye condition. He was a son of Levi and Mary Jane (Logan) Riehl, both deceased. He was preceded in death by one brother (Jonas) who died when quite young. He is survived by his wife (who before marriage was Miss Ella Messerman of Lewistown), 1 step-son (J. A. Yeigh of 149 East Market St., Lewistown, Pa.), 1 step-grandson, and 3 sisters (Mary E., wife of B. K. Stoltzfus of Gap, Pa.,, Carrie Ellen, wife of Roy Bragunier, and Eliza Jane, wife of C. A. Steidler of Florence, Mass.); also an aunt (Mrs. Wm. H. Logan of Shaw Ave., Lewistown, Pa.,) a large number of more distant relatives, and a host of friends. The deceased united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth. A number of years later he united with the First Baptist Church of Lewistown, Pa., where he remained a faithful member until death. The funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 28, at the funeral home of W. Arthur Barr, Lewistown, Pa., conducted by Thomas Phillips, pastor of the First Baptist church, Lewistown. Burial in Ort Valley Cemetery.

Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona

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