PIERSON. - Susie Yoder Pierson was born near Shipshewana, Ind., March 12, 1877; died Oct. 12, 1935, at her home in Sturgis, Mich.; aged 58 y. 7 m. She was the daughter of Jonas B. and Barbara Yoder. She was married to August Pierson in 1914. To this union was born one son, Albert. Surviving are the son, at home; 5 brothers (Venus of Topeka, Daniel and Melvin of Shipshewana, Gabriel of Elkhart, and Jonas of Dowagiac, Mich.), 1 sister (Harriet Miller of South Bend). She was preceded in death by her husband in 1923. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church by Brethren Josiah J. Miller and Percy J. Miller. Text, Rom. 14:10-12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
THOMAS. - Lydia Jane Thomas was born on June 13, 1869, at Breslau, Ont.; died Oct. 14, 1935, at Kitchener, Ont., Hospital; aged 66 y. 4 m. She was married to Elijah Thomas on May 4, 1886. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 4 sons, and 2 daughters: Warren, Russel, Arnott of Kitchener; Harold of Waterloo; Mrs. Albert Moeser of Kitchener; and Mrs. Albert Geis of Bridgeport. One son predeceased her in infancy. She also leaves 28 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Edward Underwood of Bridgeport), and 1 sister (Mrs. Geo. Lichty of Wellesley). She was a member of the First Mennonite Church, and will be missed in the church, home, and community. Funeral services were conducted by Brethren C. F. Derstine and Jonas Snyder.
LEATHERMAN. - Joseph G., son of the late Samuel and Catherine (Gahman) Leatherman, died in the Abbington Hospital of complications, after a three-week illness, on Sept. 10, 1935; aged 35 y. 3 m. 5 d. He was born on the same farm on which he lived all his life, adjoining the Deep Run Mennonite meeting house grounds. He was married to Anna, daughter of the late Isaiah and Betsy Myers. About a year ago a six-year-old daughter died in the same hospital. He is survived by his widow, 4 daughters, all living at home; also his aged grandmother and 5 brothers and 3 sisters: David, Jacob, Samuel, John and Harvey; Hannah (widow of Isaac Myers), Annie (wife of Wilson Overholt), and Mary (wife of Harvey Myers). He was a member of the Deep Run Church for a number of years. Services were conducted by A. O. Histand, Jacob Rush, Enos Wismer, and Abram Yothers. Interment in near-by cemetery.
RUSH. - William Norman Rush was born on a farm near Plumsteadville, Pa., 42 years ago; died at his home at Riegelsville, Pa., Sept. 25, 1935. He suffered for some time with kidney trouble and high blood pressure, but he worked in a paper mill until a week before his death. He was bedfast only three days. He married Minnie May Randt who survives him. He worked on the farm until he reached manhood, after which he became a motorman on the Philadelphia and Easton trolley line. To be convenient to his work, he built a house at Riegelsville. After the trolley line was discontinued, he found employment in the paper mill. Besides his widow, he is survived by his parents (Pre. Jacob and Mary Rush), 5 brothers (Joseph, Raymond, and Paul of Plumsteadville; Isaac and Theodore of Doyestown), 5 sisters (Mrs. Erwin Yothers, Mrs. Henry Rice, Mrs. Henry Overholt of Deep Run; Mrs. Enos Delp of Harleysville, and Mrs. Elmer Wismer of Plumsteadville). Services were held in the Deep Run Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, conducted by the home ministers.
BATTERMAN. - Abraham E. Batterman, who resided
at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Annie M. Bair of Hanover, Pa., the
last four years, was born July 11, 1898 near Mummasburg, Pa.;
died at the Hanover General Hospital Oct. 13, 1935; aged 37 y.
3 m. 2 d. He was a son of the late David F. and Amanda (Whisler)
Batterman. Surviving are 3 brothers (David, Harrisonburg, Va.;
Samuel, New Oxford; Jacob, Lancaster) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Samuel
Musselman of Gettysburg and Mrs. Samuel Frey near Hanover). He
having been afflicted with asthma nearly all his life, was never
able to do much work; and the last few years he had other ailments.
He had the sympathy of all who knew him. In his youth he became
a member of the Mennonite Church at Mummasburg, Pa., and was faithful
until death. He longed to depart and be with the Lord. When
he realized that death was near he said, "I am going home."
Funeral services were conducted by Brethren Harvey Grove, Amos
Myer, and Richard Danner. He was laid to rest in Mummasburg Cemetery.
We believe he is now
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly his soul shall rest."
SHENK. - Frankie Dora Showalter was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Feb. 26, 1892; died Oct. 20, 1935, at Elizabeth Buxton Hospital, of peritonitis after an illness of only three days. On Dec. 6, 1917 she was married to Henry M. Shenk of Denbigh, Va., where they made their home. Surviving are her husband and 7 children: Fannie, Edith, Ellen, Phebe, Esther, Michael, and Mabel. The two youngest are twins nearing five years of age. She is also survived by her parents (Bro. and Sister Jacob D. Showalter of Harrisonburg, Va.), 5 sisters and 1 brother as follows: Mrs. Fannie Burkholder, North Lima, Ohio; Mrs. Margaret Conrad, Tucson, Ariz.; Mrs. Maud Showalter, Dayton, Va.; Mrs. Pearl Suter, Harrisonburg, Va.; John Showalter, Chicago, Ill.; and Mrs. Rena Coakley, Harrisonburg, Va. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and was a devoted Christian, wife, and mother. One of her favorite Bible texts was Isa. 50:7, especially the clause, "Therefore have I set my face like a flint." Many who knew her best have been impressed with her faith and loyalty and her unwavering purpose of heart to cleave unto the Lord. Funeral services were conducted at the Warick River Mennonite Church in charge of Truman H. Brunk and George R. Brunk Jr. Sermon by the latter from the text, "She hath done what she could."
MILLER. --- Jonas E., son of Bro. and Sister John K. Miller, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 1, 1899. On Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, 1935, he left his home in Warsaw, going on his bread route, and while crossing the railroad tracks near Etna Green he was hit by a fast Pennsylvania train and instantly killed. Age, 35 y. 11 m. 21 d. Quite early in his life he gave his heart to God and united with the Middlebury Mennonite Church, having a deep interest in mission work and greatly desired that he might do his part in helping lost souls to find Christ. He spent some time in preparation by attending the Fort Wayne Bible School and graduated from it in 1929. He spent 3 years on the mission field in Africa in laboring with the natives. After his return home he was united in marriage to Sister Laura Leinbach of Nappanee, on June 3, 1934, and happily they enjoyed their home life until his sudden death. He is survived by his companion, and infant son (Lael Laverne), his parents, 3 sisters (Mrs. Dan Nissley of Middlebury, Mary Ann, at home; Alice at Kansas City, Kans.), and a host of relatives and friends. His witness for Christ was sincere and his testimony was clear. Thus another of God's children has been called home. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon with a short service at the home of Sister Miller's parents and a further service at the Yellow Creek Church, conducted by the brethren Homer F. North and Silas Yoder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
KRATZ. - Sylvanus F. Kratz died suddenly at his home at Chestnut St., Souderton, Pa., Sunday morning at 7:45 o'clock; aged 62 y. 8 m. 19 d. Two weeks ago the deceased suffered a heart attack but had apparently recovered. Sunday morning, after attending to his chickens, he returned to the house, and later, when he again stepped outside the door, he fell, but arose immediately and returned to the house. Seating himself he told members of the family that he did not feel ill. However, a moment later he fell asleep. His sudden and unexpected death was a shock to all who knew him. The survivors include seven children, as follows: Linda (wife of Charles K. Johnson of Lederach), Esther (wife of Samuel Landis of Harleysville), Martha (wife of Abram B Kratz of Souderton), Lizzie Mae (wife of John Ruth of Lansdale), Frank N. Kratz of Lederach; Wayne N. Kratz of Hatfield, and Samuel Kratz at home; also seven grandchildren. His wife, whose maiden name was Lizzie Nyce, died four months ago, and 2 daughters also preceded him on death. Funeral services were held Oct. 5 at his late residence, with further services and interment at the Upper Skippack Mennonite Church, of which he had been a faithful member of the mission for the past twelve years.
"Father, now your place is empty,
And your face we see no more;
But we hope again to meet you
Over on the other shore."
SAUDER. - Fannie Sauder was born June 2, 1876; died Oct. 10, 1935; aged 59 y. 4 m. 8 d. She united in marriage to John H. Sauder on Nov. 29, 1894. To this union were born 10 children, 5 of whom have gone on before. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 14 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her early youth, and united with the Mennonite Church at Martinsdale, Pa., remaining a faithful member until death. She was a loving mother and will be greatly missed in the home. She was in failing health for a number of years, but was bedfast only three weeks. She endured her suffering patiently, always looking to the One who doeth all things well. On her deathbed she often prayed that the Lord would come and relieve her from her suffering. She often said she did not want to complain, that what He does is done well. She had the privilege of seeing all her children, and giving all good-bye. She peacefully fell asleep Oct. 10, 1935. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 13, 1935, conducted by Noah Zimmerman at the house, and Bro. Frank Hurst at the grave, and the Brethren Joseph Hostetler and Hershey Sensenig at the church at Martinsdale, Pa. Text, Luke 23:28, chosen by the departed mother. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"My earthly labors have an end,
I've found a better home,
Where I with many a loving friend
Will gather around the throne.
Remember, friend, as you pass by
As now I am so you shall be;
Prepare for Christ and follow me."
GINGERICH. - Veronica (Lichti) Gingerich was born Sept.
29, 1867, near St. Agatha, Ont.; died Sept. 25, 1935, at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Aaron Moshier, near Lowville, N. Y.; aged
67 y. 11 m. 25 d. She was married on Jan. 19, 1888, to Daniel
M. Gingerich who passed away Nov. 21, 1929. She leaves 6 sons
and 5 daughters: David of Alden, N. Y.; Moses, Samuel, Nicholas,
William, Rachel (Mrs. Joel Wideich), Saviera (Mrs. Aaron Lehman),
and Fanny (Mrs. Aaron Moshier), all of Lowville, N. Y.; Olive
(Mrs. Manassah Cressman), Tillie and Henry of Baden, Ont.; also
33 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 5 sisters, 2 brothers,
and a host of friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church
in her youth, and remained true to the faith till death. Throughout
her suffering her faith and trust in God never wavered. She had
a deep concern for her children and prayed for them, that they
should all be brought into the fold of Jesus Christ. She was always
glad to have visitors, desiring them to read the Word of God and
have prayer with her. Short funeral services were held at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Aaron Moshier of Lowville, N. Y., on
the evening of Sept. 26, 1935, after which her remains were brought
to Baden, Ont., to the home of her son, Henry, where funeral was
held Sept. 28, 1935, with further services at the Steinman Mennonite
Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. The services were
in charge of Moses Jantzi, assisted by Moses Roth, Christ Schultz,
and Moses M. Shantz.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toil and care are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more."
GARBER. - Annie, daughter of Solomon and Lovina (Zook) King, was born Feb. 18, 1869 near Holden, Mo.; died Oct. 21, 1935, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., after undergoing an operation for appendicitis; aged 66 y. 8 m. 3 d. Besides her husband she is survived by 2 step-daughters (Mrs. W. S. Jones, La Junta, Colo., Mrs. W. W. Oesch, Bristol, Ind.), 2 brothers and 2 sisters (A. D. King, Holden, Mo.; David King, Bellefontaine, O.; Mrs. Fannie Coddingham, Tacoma, Wash.; and Mrs. George Hooley, Gap. Pa.). She served her Master faithfully from youth. She took a nurses's training course and was skilled in her profession; her services much in demand. She did her utmost to care for rich and poor alike regardless of pay. On May 15, 1910, she was married to Abram Garber at La Junta, Colo., where they both gave their services at the Mennonite Sanitarium for awhile, she as supervisor. During the latter years of her life, as long as health permitted, she answered frequent calls to do home nursing. Their home was opened to patients who needed her care. For a number of years she mothered in their home two orphan children. She also took a real interest in the spiritual welfare of Eastern Mennonite School students who lived in the home at different times. Sewing circle and Sunday school work also claimed her interest. She possessed an unusual talent in wood carving and was especially in making scripture mottoes. In her home circle she will be greatly missed. The community has lost a sincere friend. But our Father never makes a mistake. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 24 at the house by Bro. H. B. Keener and at the Weavers Mennonite Church the service was opened by Bro. A. B. Burkholder, Bro. J. L. Stauffer preached from Jer. 7:23, followed by Bro. S. H. Rhodes. The text was chosen by the deceased. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. By the family.
MILLER. - Margaret Jane (Eicher) Miller was born near Wayland, Ia., Oct 3, 1856; died at her home west of Milford, Neb., Sept. 18, 1935; aged 78 y. 11 m. 15 d. On Nov. 25, 1875, near Wayland, Ia., she was married to Joseph R. Miller. Several years afterward, they moved to Nebraska, locating on a farm west of Millford, where they both lived until their death. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. One son (Elmer) preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 1904. Her husband also preceded her almost 17 years ago. In her youth she was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church, with which church she retained her affiliation until her death. For about the last 25 years she was a member of the West Fairview congregation, of near Beaver Crossing. She had been suffering from a complication of ailments for a number of years, growing more intense and severe in the last three or four years. Her last illness was pneumonia, resulting in her death after only a short duration. She leaves 3 sons and 3 daughters: William and Edward of Beaver Crossing, and Harry of York; Mrs. Emma Reil of Manson, Ia.; Mrs. Cora Grieser of Filer, Ida., and Mrs. Ida Schweitzer of Milford. Besides this she also leaves 5 brothers and 5 sisters: J. R. Eicher of Bentonville, Ark.; Dan R. and Martin J. Eicher of Milford; Wm. R. Eicher of Wayland, Ia.; and Frank Eicher of Manson, Ia.; Mrs. Mary Roth of Albany, Oreg.; Mrs. Barbara Conrad of Smithville, O.; Mrs. Sarah Boshart, Mrs. Caroline Wyse and Mrs. Emma Graber, all of Wayland, Ia. One sister (Mrs. Anna Roth) and 1 brother (Levi Eicher) preceded her. She also leaves 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of friends and neighbors who had learned to know her during her sojourn here. Funeral services were held Sept. 20 at the West Fairview Church, in charge of Ezra Roth, assisted by J. E. Zimmerman and E. L. Frey (Wauseon, Ohio). Texts, Job 14 and James 4:14. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the East Fairview cemetery.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
KANAGY. - Eli H., son of David M. and Mary Kanagy, was
born in Juniata Co., Pa., Feb. 4, 1861; died unexpectedly after
a brief illness at his home near Allensville, Pa., Oct. 23, 1935;
aged 74 y. 8 m. 19 d. At the age of 17 he came to Mifflin Co.,
where he spent the remainder of his life. On Sept. 18, 1887, was
united in marriage to Nancy Hartzler. To this union were born
6 sons (Amos H., John H., Pius H., Jacob A., Eli E., and Isaiah
D.) and 1 daughter (Mollie B. Peachey), all of whom reside within
one and one-half miles from home except Eli, who resides in Wayne
Co., Ohio. Also a niece, Anna Hartzler, received their parental
care as one of the family, from infancy. In 1883 he confessed
his Lord and united with the Allensville A. M. Church, in which
faith he continued until death.
Early in the winter of 1907 he was ordained to the ministry, faithfully serving the church until May 25, 1910, when he was ordained to the office of bishop in which capacity he served until death. On April 13, 1927, he was bereft of his companion, leaving him to struggle alone until Aug. 30, 1928, when he was united in marriage to Pamelia M. Zook, who shared with him his joys and responsibilities to the end. His life as a husband, father, step-father, minister, bishop, and neighbor was respected and loved by all. He leaves his companion, 6 sons, 1 daughter, 1 foster daughter, 14 grandchildren, 3 step-children, 1 foster step-daughter, 3 step-grandchildren, 11 foster grandchildren, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Oct. 26 at the home, in charge of Bro. Elmer Yoder, with further services in the Allensville Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Enos Hartzler, Marshallville, Ohio, assisted by Bro. Joshua B. Zook. Further remarks were made by John S. Mast of Elverson, Pa., Joseph M. Nissley of Altoona, Pa., John L. Mast and John B. Zook of Belleville. Interment in near-by cemetery.
"Anchored firmly in his God,
The faith of our dear father stood;
He trod the path that Jesus trod,
He ever loved the true and good.
Now he has joined the saints who slept,
His spirit to his God has gone;
The faith that our dear father kept,
He leaves us to carry on."
Transcribed by: Mona M. Mann, Arizona
Dunlap. Ida C. Dunlap was born Jan. 2, 1866; died Oct. 15, 1935; aged 69 y. 3 m. 17 d. She passed away after a lingering illness of six months. Her married life was blessed with one son who died at the age of ten. She is survived by her husband and two sisters (Mrs. Mary Sower and Mrs. Martin Clark.). She was a member of Hershey's Church near Kinzers, Pa., where she was buried and where funeral services were held.
Not now, but in the coming years;
It may be in the better land,
We'll know the meaning of our tears,
And then, sometime, we'll understand."
Gross. J. Franklin, son of J. C. and Katie (Huddle) Gross, died Oct. 9, 1935; aged 5 m. 16 d. He is survived by his parents, 1 sister (Ruth), and 1 grandmother. We cannot understand why he was taken away from us, "But we know the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were held Oct. 13. Brief services at the house, with further services at the Blooming Glen Mennonite church by Bro. Melvin Bishop and Bro. Wilson Moyer. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"God needed one more angel child
Within His shining happy band;
So reaching down with loving arms,
He clasped our darling's hand..
Yedica. - Emil, son of Frederick and Caroline Yedica, was born in "Fulton Co., Ohio, Aug. 28, 1877. On Oct. 27, 1935, while walking on the public highway, he was stuck by an automobile and was instantly killed; aged 58 y. 1 m. 29 d. April 14, 1904, he was united in marriage with Rosa Basinger. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. In 1919 his wife died and in the fall of 1929 he was married the second time to Hannah Nesbitt. He leaves his 3 daughters, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and other relatives and friends. His two sons preceded him in death. Funeral was held Oct. 29 at the Central A. M. Church conducted by S. D. Grieser assisted by S. S. Wyse. Text, Jer. 15:9. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
Spenler. Peter, son of Pre. Peter and Elizabeth (Steinman) Spenler, was born in Pereth Co., Ont., Jan. 8, 1887; died at his home at Poole, Ont., Oct. 24, 1935; aged 48 y. 9 m. 16 d. He was a member of the Mornington A. M. congregation. He was married to Madeleine Zehr Dec. 14, 1911. To this union were born 9 children. Two preceded him in death. He leaves his wife and 7 children (Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary, Amanda, Jacob, John, and Madeleine), 8 sisters, and 1 brother. His father died June 8, 1935. His mother died Nov 9, 1929. He was sick with pleural pneumonia 2 weeks, after which meningitis set in. Funeral was held Oct. 27 at the home by Samuel Nafziger and at the Mornington A. M. Church by John Albright and Jacob Lichty. N. D. Beachy.
Sauder. Henry, son of Bro. And Sister Henry Sauder, was born Feb. 8, 1862, in Lancaster, Pa.; died after a short illness Oct. 17, 1935l aged 73 y. 9 m. 9d. On Jan. 3, 1886, he was united in marriage to Anne Eicher. To this union were born 7 children: Laura, wife of Peter Householder, who passed away in 1931; Peter H., Goodfield, Ill.; Irvin A., Washington, Ill.; Solomon G., Eureka, Ill.; Fannie, wife of Will Bachman, Cazenovia, Ill.; Elmer R., Detroit, Mich.; and Lulu, wife of Ray Cheely, Eureka, Ill. There are also 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, who with his faithful companion mourn his departure. He leaves 3 sisters (Mrs.Lena Foller, Davenport, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Curl, Fort Madison, Iowa; and Mrs. Christ Wagner, Eureka, Ill.) He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man and remained loyal to his church and God until his death. Funeral services at the Roanoke Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Ezra B. Yordy and John L. Harnish.
Ridenour. Nettie, daughter of Jacob and Rosa Beck, was born Oct. 16, 1905, near Ridgeville Ohio; died Oct. 23, 1935, at the Wauseon Memorial Hospital following a Caesarean operation; aged 30 y. 7 d. Aug.. 28, 1926, she was united in marriage to Harry Ridenour. She was the first of a family of 9 children to answer to the messenger of death. The last few years she was ailing and at times suffered very much. In her passing she leaves her husband, parents, 6 brothers, 2 sisters (Jesse of Leo, Ind.; Milton and Ralph of Toledo, O.; Irene of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs Gerald Speorle of Archbold, O.; Nelson, Russel and Floyd at home), and a host of near relatives and friends.
"All is over, hands are folded
O're a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And our dear one is at rest."
Funeral was held Oct. 26 at the Lockport Mennonite Church conducted by S. D. Grieser assisted by S. S. Wyse. Text, Rom. 6:23. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Farrel. Edna R., wife of Roy L. Farrel of Paradise, Pa., was born Aug. 13, 1889; died Oct 18, 1935; aged 46 y. 2 m. 5 d. She was the daughter of Tobias R. and B. Ellen (Ranck) Kreider of Soudersburg. In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by these children: Emory, Arlene, Roy Jr., Dorothy, Paul, and Erma, at home, also the following sisters and brothers: Stella R. Kreider, Lancaster; Mrs. Enos R. Miller, East Lampeter; Chester R. Kreider, Soudersburg; Roy R. Kreider, East Lampeter; Isaac Kreider, West Lancaster; Benjamin Kreider, Ephrata; Edith R. Kreider, Soudersburg. She was in the General Hospital two weeks, following an operation. She was ill for six months. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her young years. P:rivate funeral services were held at the home, followed by Public services in the Strasburg Mennonite Church conducted by Christ Brubaker and Jacob Harnish. Text, Psa. 57:1. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. By a sister.
Liechty. Earl S. and Virgil E., sons of Samuel and Clara (Harshberger) Liechty, were instantly killed by a fast train on the New York Central R. R. crossing near Goshen, Ind., on Oct. 24, 1935. They were born in Jasper Co., Ind. In the spring of 1921 they came with their parents to Elkhart Co., Ind. Last spring they moved to their present location just a mile from where the sad accident happened. Earl was 17 y. 1 m. 5 d. and Virgil 14 y. 11 m. 19 d. old when they were so unexpectedly called out of time. One sister preceded them in her infancy. They leave their deeply sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Ivan Delos), 2 sisters (Irene Mae and Martha Pauline), their maternal grandparents, and many relatives to mourn their sudden departure. On Sunday, the 27th, more than 1300 people gathered at the home to show their sympathy to the bereft family where funeral services were held by Peter Yoder of Daviess Co., Ind., and Samuel Hostetler in German and D. J. Johns in English. Burial in the Miller Cemetery.
"Let us be patient! These severe afflictions
Not from the ground arise
But oftentimes celestial benedictions
Assume this dark disguise."
Davis. Mary Kathryn, only child of Arthur and Cleda (Heatwole) Davis, was born in Philadelphia Nov. 15, 1933; died in Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA., Sept. 29, 1935. Mary Kathryn was apparently in the best of health, cheerful and happy. She became suddenly ill Sept. 9. After a consultation of three of the most skilled physicians of Harrisonburg, she underwent an operation Sept. 12, which revealed a bad case of peritonitis as a result of a ruptured appendix. Though her condition was pronounced critical and hopeless, she lingered for 17 days and suffered so patiently, before falling asleep in the arms of Jesus. Though her stay with us was short, she endeared herself to all who knew her by her sunny disposition and winsome ways. The love light of her bright baby eyes shed a constant fragrance and blessing wherever she went. After the death of her fond father July 6, 1934, she was in the home of Amos D. Heatwole, her grandfather. She is survived by her sorrowing mother and grandparents and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted from the home by Bishop S. H. Rhodes. Her little body was laid to rest in the Weaver Cemetery.
Erisman. Louise (Golden) Erisman was born in Landisville, Pa., Oct. 31, 1861; died at the home of her son Harry, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 19, 1935; aged 73 y. 11 m. 19 d. In early childhood she with her parents moved to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood. When about 19 years of age, she was called to Pennsylvania to help care for her grandmother. On Dec. 22, 1887, she was married to George W. Erisman. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter; Albert G., Harry G., and Florence B. (wife of Jesse M. Swartzendruber) all of Los Angeles, Calif. She united with the Mennonite Church at Rohrerstown, Pa., shortly after her marriage, to which she was faithful until death. In 1912 she with her family moved to California. She was afflicted for the past 17 years, and for the last 4 years had been an invalid in a wheel chair. She was bedfast for the last 10 days. During all her affliction she bore her suffering patiently. Her husband preceded her in death 16 years. She leaves 2 sons, 1 daughter, 8 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. She will be missed in the home, Church, and by many neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 22 at the chapel of S.* Utter Company, in charge of Bro. J. P. Bontrager assisted by Bro. P. A. Heller and Bro. James Bucher. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in Inglewood Park Cemetery.
*Transcriber's note: Several letters blotted out and unreadable.
Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona
HERSHBERGER. - Gideon E. Hershberger was born in Garret Co., Md., Feb. 17, 1863; died near Greenwood, Del., Oct. 26, 1935; aged 72 y. 8 m. 9 d. Jan. 10, 1886, he was united in marriage to Susan Wisseman. He lingered several weeks after a stroke but eventually fell asleep in Jesus. He leaves his companion, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at the Greenwood A. M. Church, conducted by Eli Swartzentruber, Nevin Bender, and John S. Hess. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
HOOVER. - Marion G., daughter of Martin O. and Emma (Good) Hoover, was born June 9, 1930, in Farmersville, Pa.; died Sept. 14, 1935. She passed away in the Lancaster General Hospital following an operation for appendicitis, after an illness of five days. Besides her sorrowing parents, she leaves 3 brothers (Eugene, Lloyd, Leon, all at home), her maternal grandparents (Mr. And Mrs. William R. Good of New Holland) and her paternal grandfather (Abram N. Hoover of Vogansville). On Sept. 16 short services were held at the home by Bro. Benjamin Wenger, and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Elmer Martin and Eli Sauder. Text, Mark 7:34. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
BAECHLER - Annie Baechler, daughter of Noah M. and Mary (Zehr) Roth, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., June 27, 1915; died Oct. 17, 1935; aged 20 y. 3 m. 20 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized by Bishop D. S. Iutzi on Nov. 20, 1930, remaining a member of the East Zorra A. M. congregation to the end. On Sept. 2, 1934, she joined in holy wedlock to Arthur Baechler. This union was blessed with one son, Delford, who with his father survives to mourn her early and untimely departure. They lived in matrimony 1 year, 1 month and 15 days. She also leaves her parents, 3 sisters, 3 brothers, 4 grandparents. Services were held in the home by Bro. M. Kuepfer, and at the East Zorra meeting house, near Tavistock, by Brethren M. Roth, Peter Nafziger, and D. S. Iutzi. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
LEHMAN. - Annie S., daughter of the late Daniel S. Lehman of near Chambersburg, Pa., died Oct. 7, d 1935; aged 55 y. 4 m. 10 d. On the evening before her death Sister Lehman attended services at the Chambersburg Church and was struck by an auto as she was attempting to cross the highway on her way home. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for about 39 years. Self-denial and devotion to others were outstanding characteristics of her life. We believe she was ready to meet her Lord; the hours following her injury she repeated many times the words "Let me go." She is survived by 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were held at the home of her sister (Mrs. Samuel Ebersole) and also at the Chambersburg Church in charge of D. E. Kuhns and J. Irvin Lehman. Text, Luke 23:28. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
LEHMAN. - Barbara (Baumgartner) was born July 29, 1859, near Kidron, Ohio; died near her birthplace Nov. 7, 1935; aged 76 y. 3 m. 8 d. On July 17, 1881, she was united in marriage to Peter A. Lehman. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 7, 1927. One daughter (Ella, wife of Amos Nussbaum), died Oct. 27, 1921. She leaves 2 sons (Reuben and Waldo), 3 daughters (Mrs. Aldis Gerber, Mrs. Ivan Gerber, and Lovina), 28 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends. At the early age of 17 she gave her heart to Jesus and united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Having served her Master nearly 60 years. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Nov. 10 by Jacob Moser and Peter Lantz. Sermon at the church by I. J. Buchwalter; assisted by Louis Amstutz, Jacob Neuenschwander, and Simon Sommer. Funeral services were very largely attended. Interment in cemetery near by. Peace to her ashes.
STONESIFER - Violet Fern, daughter of James and Edith
Stonesifer, died Feb. 12, 1935; aged 2 y. 10 . Death came as a
result of burns received when she was put to bed at 1:30 for her
afternoon nap. She found matches in her father's shirt which was
hanging in her room and set fire to her bed. She was rushed to
the hospital immediately but died a few hours later. God saw best
to take her home. She is survived by her bereaved parents, 3 sisters
(Betty June, Joan, and Jane), and 1 brother in heaven. Her grandparents,
Mr. And Mrs. E. S. Stier of East Petersburg, and Mr. James Stonesifer
of Adams Co., also survive. Funeral services were held at the
home of the grandparents near East Petersburg by Ira Landis of
Lititz and John S. Hess. Burial at Salunga Mennonite Cemetery.
Text, John 14:1-4. Her little cousins were pallbearers.
Friends may think we have forgotten
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartache
That the smile hides all the while.
BRENNEMAN - Nicholas, son of John and Catherine (Shiegel) Brenneman, was born in South Easthope, Perth Co., Ont., April 18, 1861, where he grew to manhood. As a youth he gave his life to the Lord, and remained in this faith to the end. He was received into church fellowship by water baptism by Bishop Joseph Ruby of East Zorra congregation. On Nov. 3, 1885, he united in matrimony to Sister Catherine Erb. This happy union was blessed with 8 sons and 1 daughter. Sister Brenneman passed away May 2, 1929. He lived a widower 6 years, 5 months, and 2 days, and answered to the last summons Oct. 4, 1935; aged 73 y. 5 m. 16 d. He leaves his sons (Jacob, Solomon, Daniel, Moses, and Elmer), all in the immediate neighborhood except Elmer, who lives near Wellesley, Ont.; also 1 daughter (Catherine, wife of Simon Roi), and 19 grandchildren. A son and a grandchild predeceased him. Services were held at the home by Jacob R. Bender, and at the East Zorra Church by Christian Schultz, M. Kipfer, and D. S. Iutzi. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
ZOOK - Fannie Barbara Zook (nee Troyer) was born April 15, 1870, in Cass Co., Mo.; died Sept. 13, 1935, at Morgantown, Pa. She was married to Milton Samuel Zook in Missouri. They had no children, but adopted several (Willie Zook of California, Dessie Kneff Morningstar of Indiana, Mrs. Clifford Hochstetler of Belleville, Pa., Myrtle Tomkins of Wichita, Kans.). Her husband preceded her in death nearly 3 years at Greenwood, Del. Remaining are 2 sisters (Millie Hostetler and Malinda Kauffman of Hubbard, Oreg.), the above named children (as well as several other children who spent some time in their home), and many relatives and friends. Since the departure of her husband she spent some time with friends in a number of states and was trying to decide where she had best spend the winter when she was quickly escorted to that land where icy winds do not blow. Funeral services were held Sept. 18 at Conestoga Church near Morgantown, Pa., and at the Greenwood, Del., A. M. Church, Sept. 19, conducted by Eli Swartzentruber and Nevin Bender. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
MARTIN. Bro. Adam Z. Martin died at his late
home in the village of Blue Ball, Pa., Oct. 15, 1935, after only
a few days illness which developed complications. He peacefully
fell asleep about 11:45 A. M. Bro Martin was born and raised in
this community. He was married to Sister Emma Weaver May 17, 1896.
He is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. Harry
Hoover, Tobias, Mrs. Henry Hoover, Mrs. David Martin. Four children
preceded him. He was a faithful member of the Weaverland congregation,
a good husband and father, and a useful man in the neighborhood.
The funeral was held Oct. 18 at Weaverland, where a very large
concourse of people gathered to pay tributes of respect to one
who was held in high esteem. Age, 61 y. 9 m. 2 d. The services
at the house were conducted by Bro. I. B. Good and at the Church
by Bros. John Sauder and John W. Weaver. Text, Rev. 21:1, 4.
Rest on, dear husband, thy labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful husband true and kind,
No friend on earth like you
By the Family.
PETERS. - Catherine, beloved daughter of Daniel and
Mary Iutzi, was born in Ontario, Canada, Feb. 19, 1858,
where she grew to womanhood. She was converted in her younger
years and added to the church by baptism, remaining loyal in the
faith to the end and living a faithful, consistent, humble Christian
life. She was very kind to the poor and needy. She moved with
her parents to Michigan in Feb., 1883, and on Jan. 19, 1910, she
was united in marriage to Joel Aeschliman, living in matrimony
8 years, remaining a widow 7 years. On Jan. 25, 1925, she was
united in marriage to Fred Peters, with whom she lived nearly
11 years. She peacefully fell asleep on the morning of Nov. 4,
1935; aged 77 y. 8 m. 15 d. She leaves her sorrowing husband,
4 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral
services were conducted by Bros. C. L. Gerig and Frank F. Haynes.
Text, Mark 14, "She hath done what she could," and I
Cor. 15:51, 58.
We miss thee so, oh sister dear,
Since thou hast gone and left us here,
But we will try by the grace of God,
To walk the path that thou hast trod.
FISSEL. - Mary Fissel (nee Shirk ), wife of George R. Fissel, was born Aug. 14, 1867; died Sept. 25, at Florin, Pa. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and was affiliated with the Landis Valley congregation. She was of a quiet disposition, and had been suffering from cancer for a little more than a year, but was bedfast only 15 days. During her affliction she was always patient, never complaining, and was awaiting and looking forward to the time when she was to be delivered from her suffering, and to be with her Savior. In her passing there is a vacancy in the home, in the church, (where she was always present as long as health permitted, where she loved to mingle her voice in song), and in the community. To know her was to love her. She is survived by her husband, 2 step-daughters, 1 step-son, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. Funeral services were held Sept. 28, from the home of her sister-in-law (where she had made her home the last several weeks of her life), with further services at the Landis Valley Church where interment was made. Text, Psa. 116:15. Services were conducted by the brethren, Ira D. Landis and Noah L. Landis.
SHELLEY. - Henry P., son of Abram and Catherine (Page)
Shelley, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Jan. 14, 1880; died of
cancer Sept. 4, 1935, at the King's Daughter Hospital, Portsmouth,
Va.; aged 55 y. 7 m. 21 d. After a second operation and much suffering
and pain, he passed away with the assurance of having peace with
God, and expressing an earnest desire that his children should
meet him in glory. When he was a young man he was married to Martha
Hostetler of Belleville, Pa. They moved to Warwick Co., Va., with
four small children. When the fifth one was born the mother died.
He then married Mary Hurst of Washington Co., Ind. To this union
were born four children. Three died in infancy. Those surviving
are his wife, six children (Clarence of Chicago; Mrs. Ralph Buckwalter,
Mrs. Christ Wyse, and David of Lancaster Co., Pa.; Mrs. Clarence
Leakey of Warwick Co., Va.; and Mrs. Wilmer Good of Westmoreland
Co., Va.), five sisters, and one brother. Funeral services were
conducted by George R. Brunk, assisted by Bro. Daniel Shank at
the Providence A. M. Church near Oyster Point, Va. Burial in the
cemetery near the church, where he was laid to rest by the side
of his first wife.
ZEHR - Peter Y. Zehr was born in Oxford Co., Ont., July 28, 1867, where he grew to manhood. In early youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, was received by water baptism by the late Bishop Joseph Ruby into church fellowship of the East Zorra A. M. congregation, remaining a faithful member to the end. Oct. 11, 1892, he was joined in holy wedlock to Sister Barbara Brenneman of South Easthope. This union was blessed with 2 daughters. On June 25 1898, Sister Barbara passed to her reward. On Feb. 14, 1899, he was united in wedlock to Sister Annie Ruby of South Easthope. This happy union was blessed with two children; 1son and 1 daughter. After his first marriage, he lived in East Zorra till the year 1901, when he moved to South Easthope, where he spent the remainder of his days. He died at the home of his daughter (Lena, wife of the late Joshua Ruby), on Aug. 24, 1935; aged 68 y. 27 d. He leaves his bereaved companion, 1 son (Ezra) and 3 daughters (Susannah at home, Barbara and Lena); 9 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Services were held at the home by D. S. Iutzi, and at the East Zorra Church by Peter Schwartzentruber of Wellman, Ia., M. S. Zehr of Pigeon, Mich., and S. D. Grieser of Archbold, Ohio. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
EBY - Henry B. Eby was born Dec. 16, 1860, near Kitchener,
Ont.; died after a lengthy illness, Oct. 3, 1935; aged 74 y. 9
m. 17 d. He passed away at the home of his son, Edwin S. Eby,
Natchez road near Kitchener. Deceased was the last surviving member
of the family of the late Mr. And Mrs. Henry Eby Sr., and had
farmed in this district until 15 years ago, when he retired from
active work. He was a member of Sterling Avenue Mennonite Church.
Surviving are his wife, 3 sons (Oliver of Guernsey, Sask.; Edwin
and Ervin, both living near Kitchener) and 4 daughters (Mrs. Edwin
Bowman, Guernsey, Sask.; Florence, near Kitchener; Ella Eby, R.
N., Woodstock; and Mrs. Gordon Weber, near Kitchener). Several
grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter also survive. Two sons
and tow daughters predeceased him. Funeral services were held
Oct. 7 at the home of his son, thence to Sterling Avenue Church.
Interment in the First Mennonite Cemetery. Bro. U. K. Weber officiated.
Anchored firmly in his God,
The faith of our dear father stood,
He trod the path that Jesus trod,
He ever loved the true and good.
Now he has joined the saints who slept
His spirit to his God has gone.
The faith that our dear father kept
He leaves with us to carry on.
By the Family.
BRENNEMAN. Elmer Brenneman was born in Oxford Co., Ont.,
Feb 10, 1893; died Oct. 28, 1935 at his home at Milverton, Ont.;
aged 42 y. 8 m. 18 d. He was married to Sister Laura Oesch of
Milverton on June 27, 1917. He leaves his beloved companion, 1
daughter, 2 sons, and his parents. Bro. Brenneman had accepted
Christ in his youth, being baptized in the East Zorra A. M. Church.
Since marriage he had been a faithful member of the Poole A. M.
Church, where he was Sunday School superintendent at the time
of his death. He had been laboring in that capacity for some years.
He became suddenly ill, suffering from a stroke, from which he
was seriously ill for about six days, when the Lord called him
home. In his passing the Church loses a faithful, consecrated
Christian worker and he will also be much missed in the home and
community for his kindly, loveable, and peaceable disposition.
We cannot understand why, but we pray to God that he will give
us grace that we say, "Thy will be done." Services were
held at the Poole A. M. Church by Brethren Jesse B. Martin of
Waterloo and Christian Schultz of the Poole congregation. Texts,
Phil. 1:21 and I Sam. 20:3. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
The funeral was the largest ever attended at the church.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.
MILLER - Abbie, daughter of Gottlieb and the late Mary
Gardner, was born near Walnutcreek, Ohio, April 30, 1874;
died in her home near Trail, Ohio, Nov. 6, 1935; aged 61 y. 6
m. 6 d. On Dec. 20, 1891, she was united in marriage to Abraham
E. Miller. This union was blessed with 2 sons (Clinton of Millersburg,
O., and Clyde of Berlin, O.) and 3 daughters (Mrs. Clarence Hecker
of Trail, O., Mrs. Wilma Miller of the home, and Minola, who preceded
her mother in death in 1912.) In her youth she accepted Christ
as her Savior, united with the Walnutcreek Mennonite Church, and
remained faithful until death. The last 22 years of her life were
spent in much suffering, being afflicted with rheumatism. She
had been unable to walk the past 4 years. Although she suffered
much, visitors were welcomed with a smile. She will always be
remembered for her kind, loving disposition. She leaves her sorrowing
husband, 4 children, 5 grandchildren, her aged father, 6 brothers
and 2 sister (Levi and Albert of Berlin, Harvey of Trail, Abe
of Massillon, Ammon of Dundee, Alvin of Walnutcreek, Mrs. Jacob
Snyder of Wilmot, and Mrs. W. A. Engel of Trail). Her mother,
2 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded her in death.
Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more.
Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at the Walnutcreek Mennonite Church, conducted by W. A. Miller and D. M. Friedt. Interment in nearby cemetery.
WEAVER - Cornelius S., son of Samuel and Catherine Weaver,
was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, May 29, 1855; died at the McPherson
Co. Hospital, McPherson, Kans., on the morning of Oct. 24, 1935;
aged 80 y. 4 m. 25 d. He was married June 1, 1879, to Malissa
Fair of Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. About one and one-half years were
spent in their native state when they decided to locate in Kansas,
coming to Miami Co., where they resided until 1886, when they
came to McPherson Co., near Canton, their present home. To this
union twelve children were born. He leaves his companion who has
shared with him the joys and disappointments of life for more
than 56 years, and the following children: Samuel C. of McPherson,
Ella (Mrs. James Demoreb) of Lyons, William A., of Hesston; Clara
(Mrs. Charles Weaver) of McPherson; George C. of Hillsdale, Oliver
O. of Canton, Lottie (Mrs. Monroe Selzer) of Canton, Bertha (Mrs.
Lewis Oldfield) of Canton, who was not able to be present, and
Ada and Nettie at home. Also 23 grandchildren,1 great-grandson,
8 half-brothers and sisters, and a number of nephews and nieces.
Those who preceded him in death were a son and daughter who passed
away in infancy, a granddaughter, his father and mother, and 8
brothers and sisters. In 1891 he was converted and became a member
of the Spring Valley Mennonite Church, in which faith he died.
His seat in the church was seldom vacant when he was able to be
present. Through his illness of four and one-half weeks he exercised
Christian patience and expressed a desire to depart and be with
the Lord. Father's death is the first in his immediate family
for more than 45 years. Funeral services were held Oct. 27 at
the home by Bro. Charles Diener and at the church by Bros. Edward
Selzer and J. G. Hartzler. Text, Rev. 14:13. He was laid to rest
in the adjoining cemetery.
He sleeps, he sleeps, and never more
Will his footsteps fall by the old home door,
Nor his voice be heard in a familiar 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 meet him In that heavenly home.
TROYER .Once again we bow in humble submission to the
will of Him who has called from our midst our beloved Father,
Amos P. Troyer, on the morning of Oct. 23, 1935, in his
home near Hubbard, Oreg. He was the loving son of Peter and Elizabeth
Troyer. He was born in Ohio Dec. 12, 1856; his age, 78 y. 10 m.
11 d. He was married to Delilah Yoder Jan. 1, 1878, who preceded
him about 16 months ago. He moved with his family from Missouri
to Oregon in the fall of 1892. He was in good health up to the
time of his death, which was caused by a heart attack. He was
baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in October, 1877,
and loved the church of his choice. His greatest desire was to
serve the church. He gave almost 60 years of his life in the service
of his Lord. He was our beloved shepherd about 40 years. Truly
the church has lost a great and good man. His family has lost
a devoted, loving, sympathetic father. He was a humble man, wise
counsellor, [sic] courageous, in his stand for his church, his
family, and his neighbors. He was admired and loved by all who
knew him. Earth has been richly blest by his life and ministry,
and saddened by his sudden departure, and heaven has been enriched
and brought closer to earth by his going. May the victorious Christian
faith with which he comforted so many sad hearts, sustain, guide
and keep all the bereaved. Thanks be unto God who giveth us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. The following children
survive: Mrs. Elizabeth Hostetler of Hubbard, Oreg.; Mrs. Kate
Lais of Molalla, Oreg.; Mrs. Nora Phillips of Redmond, Oreg.;
Mrs. Grace Berky, Mrs. Ida Fisher, Mrs. Alice Yoder, Mrs. Emma
Kenagy, Jesse Troyer, all of Hubbard; Ernest J. and Daniel D.
of Hoquiam, Wash.; also 60 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren,
and 2 sisters (Mrs. Malinda Kauffman and Mrs. Mellie Hostetler
of Hubbard). One little daughter (Mary Ella) preceded him in death.
The services were conducted by Bro. Clarence Kropf, Bro. J. F.
Gingerich read a scripture and led in prayer at the house, Bro.
Paul N. Roth of Portland, Oreg., delivered the Message. Texts,
Psa. 37:7; Heb. 4:9, 10. Others who had part in the services were
Bro. C. R. Gerig, Bro. N. A. Lind, and Bro. M. E. Brenneman of
Albany, Oreg., and Bro. Henry King of Harper, Kans. A large number
of friends gathered from far and near to pay their last respect.
A crowded house with near 300 on the grounds outside.
And now his heavenly Father comes to him,
To lay a soothing hand upon his brow,
And lift his spirit from the shadow grim,
Into the light. There is no burden now,
His toil is done, his care and sorrow cease,
And now his soul abides in peace.
He was laid to rest in the Zion Cemetery near the church.
Transcribed by: Mona M. Mann, Arizona
BELLER. - Rosie Beller was born June 24, 1859, in Labrook Shirmeck, Alsace, France; died Nov. 14, 1935; aged 76 y. 4 m. 14 d. She leaves 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Her husband and 2 sons preceded her in death. She also leaves many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church near Shickley, Neb. Interment in cemetery adjoining. Services were conducted by the home minister.
LEHMAN. - Daniel, son of Harmon and Christena (Hershberger) Lehman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 16, 1863; died in LaGrange Co., Ind., Oct. 24, 1935; aged 71 y. 10 m. 8 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia Kemp Feb. 4, 1892. To this union were born 1 son and 2 daughters (Joseph, Mrs. Ezra Bontrager, and Mrs. Noah Miller). She died March 28, 1903. He was a faithful member in the old order Amish Church. His health began to fail in the spring with leakage of heart and was bedfast 4 weeks. God called him to his home. Funeral services were held on the old homestead Oct. 26, 1935, conducted by Bros. Albert Graber and Eli Bontrager. Buried in the Mast Cemetery. Mary Lehman.
SLIGHTER. - Elizabeth, daughter of David C. and Mary (Lehman) Myers, and widow of Joseph Slighter, was born Dec. 13, 1873; died Sept. 24, 1935, at the Mennonite Home at Maugansville, Md., after a two-weeks illness. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Chambersburg, Pa. She is survived by these sisters and brothers: Miss Annie Myers, John L. Myers, Mrs. Ida Gardner, David L. Myers all of Chambersburg, Pa.; Mrs. Alice Horst and Miss Sadie Myers of Upland, Calif. The funeral was held Sept. 27 at the home of her brother, David L. Myers. Burial at the Chambersburg Church with services conducted by Brethren Joseph Lehman, Walter Lehman, and Daniel Kuhns. Text, Phil. 1:21.
OGBURN. - Annie Shipman Ogburn was born in Indiana May 29, 1847; died Nov. 14, 1935; aged 88 y. 5 m. 17 d. She was married to Charles Ogburn, who preceded her only 9 weeks. To this union were born 5 children: Lulu Tragilus of Washington, Otis of Montana, Amos and Clara Hooks of this place. One daughter preceded her. She was a faithful member of the Holly Grove Mennonite Church, near Westover, Md. We believe that she is safely sheltered in the harbor of God's love and mercy. Funeral services were conducted from the Holly Grove Church by Bros. George M. Hostetler and Roy Payne. Interment in adjoining cemetery. "Thou shalt be missed, for thy seat will be empty."
EBERSOLE. - Seth E., son of the late Peter C. and Mary (Eby) Ebersole, was born Jan. 1, 1868; died Oct. 31, 1935; aged 67 y. 9 m. 30 d. He was ordained to the ministry at Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church on Aug. 18, 1918. Prior to this time he was a well-known carpenter and builder. He is survived by these children: Henry S. of Centerville, Barbara S. (wife of Jacob E. Brubaker) of Lancaster, Benjamin S. of Centreville, Christian S. of Silver Springs, Norman S. of Florin, Mary S. at home, and Bertha S. (wife of Elmer Geil) of Manheim; also 23 grandchildren and a sister (Mrs. Susan Snavely) of Mt. Joy. Funeral services were held privately at the home on Nov. 4, by Jacob Charles, and public services at the Landisville, Pa., Mennonite Church by Henry Lutz and Hiram G. Kauffman.
MARTIN. - Serenus, son of Josiah Martin and wife, was born Sept. 28, 1871; died at his home near Stanton, Mich., Oct. 4, 1935; aged 64 y. 5 d. In 1906 he united in marriage to Elizabeth Bauman of Waterloo, Ont. He leaves his wife, 5 children (Eli, Urias, Paul, Mary, and Selina), 4 brothers and 2 sisters. His death came quite suddenly, following a few days' serious illness. His desire shortly before death was to go home and be with his Lord. Funeral services were held at the home by Brethren William Ramer and Paul Hoover of Goshen, Ind.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and quiet breast;
All his toils and trails are ended,
And our husband and father is at rest."
LEHMAN. - Barbara (Baumgartner) Lehman was born near Mt. Eaton, O., July 29, 1859; died of cancer, at her home, Nov. 8, 1935; aged 76 y. 3 m. 8 d. In her youth she joined the Sonnenberg Church and departed as a faithful member of the same. Nov. 17, 1881, she was married to Peter A. Lehman who preceded her in death a few years ago. Six children were born to this union. Those still living are Reuben, Waldo, Levina at home; Mrs. Aldis Gerber, and Mrs. Ivan Gerber. Mrs. Amos Nussbaum preceded her in 1921. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Sister Lehman was loved and respected by all who knew her. Funeral services were held Nov. 10, where a large concourse of people had gathered in. Services were in charge of Bro. J. S. Moser at the home and by Bro. I. J. Buchwalter at the church.
KURTZ. - David H. Kurtz was born near Belleville, Pa., Jan. 9, 1868; died at the Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, Md., Nov. 9, 1935; aged 67 y. 10 m. He was a faithful member of the Holly Grove Mennonite Church - for many years a teacher in the Sunday school. He was always ready and willing to testify to our Lord's goodness and mercy, and could speak to edification on any Christian subject. He is survived by his widow (Amelia R. Kurtz), 2 sons (John and James), 2 daughters (Amelia- wife of Fred Detwiler, and Sara- wife of Vernon Detwiler) all of this place. Also 3 step-sons (Harvey Landis of Tampa, Fla.; Elmer and David Landis of Gary, Ind.). Funeral services were conducted from the Holly Grove Church near Westover, Md., by Bro. George M. Hostetler, assisted by Bro. Aaron Mast of Belleville, Pa. Interment in adjoining cemetery. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
MOORE. - Minnie, wife of Howard E. Moore, died of cancer Oct. 20, 1935, at the Saint Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 45 y. 1 m. 28 d. She was a faithful member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church since girlhood, always upholding the leaders of the flock in conversation and prayers. She is survived by 2 sons (Floyd and Clyde) residing at home, while the third son (Jason) entered into rest but 19 days previous. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 23 at her home and at the church where a large group of sympathetic relatives and friends gathered in charge of Bros. Ira D. and Noah L. Landis. Also surviving are her parents (Deacon Benj. H. and Elizabeth L. Hess of Neffsville, Pa.), 2 brothers (David L. Hess of Maytown, Pa., and Norman L. Hess of Oregon, Pa.). This beloved mother and wife lapsed into unconsciousness praying and fell asleep peacefully. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." (Psa. 23:4).
ZOBLER. - Hettie (Shreiner) Zobler was born near Neffsville, Pa., Aug. 7, 1856; died at the home of her son Harry, near Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 25, 1935, of a paralytic stroke, being bedfast over four weeks. During her illness she bore her affliction patiently. Two days before she passed on to be with her Savior, she seemed to have a vision of loved ones gone before. She was a member of the Landis Valley congregation for nearly sixty years. Besides her husband, 2 sons survive-Shreiner S. of Lancaster, Pa., and Harry S. with whom she resided. One son preceded her. The following step-children also survive: William, Adam, Mrs. J. G. Snyder, and Mrs. C. H. Martin. Brief services were held at the home followed by public services at Landis Valley Church, conducted by Bros. Noah Landis and Ira Landis. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother! Now your place is empty
And your face we see no more,
But we hope again to meet you
Over on the other shore."
By a step-daughter.
MYERS. - Lizzie, daughter of John and Anna Lugbill, was born in Allen Co., Ind., Jan. 6, 1886; died at her home in DeKalb Co., Ind., Nov. 8, 1935; aged 49 y. 10 m. 2 d. On March 24, 1921, she was united in marriage to Eli Myers. To this union were born 3 sons. One son died in infancy. In her youth she accepted Christ, united with the Mennonite Church at Leo, Ind., of which she was a devoted and faithful member until death. She will be greatly missed as a mother in the home, as an obedient member in the Church, as a kind and helpful neighbor in the neighborhood. She is survived by her loving companion, 2 sons (Walter and Eli, Jr.), 2 brothers (John and Harvey of Ft. Wayne), 3 sisters (Lavina, Anna, and Salome Hobbs, all of Ft. Wayne), 3 aunts (Mrs. John Stuckey, Mrs. C. P. Stuckey of Archbold, Ohio; Mary Lugbill of Grabill, Ind.), also a number of relatives and friends. Funeral was held Nov. 11 at the Mennonite Church at Leo, Ind., conducted by J. S. Neuhouser and A. S. Miller. Interment in the Leo Cemetery.
"Mother, you have left us lonely,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
BURKHOLDER. - Elizabeth, daughter of Jeptha and Salome (King) Hostetler, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, March 26, 1858, and was a resident of this county during her entire life. She was united in marriage to Noah S. Burkholder Dec. 20, 1883, who preceded her in death Jan. 8, 1926; also two brothers (C. K. Hostetler of Youngstown who preceded her in death April 18, 1935, and Menno Hostetler who died in infancy). She is survived by 2 daughters (Miriam Burkholder and Mrs. Cresson Horst), 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers (J. K. and J. D. Hostetler), 2 sisters (Mrs. John Smucker and Mrs. Elam Horst), and a large circle of friends. She was a faithful member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, and was a faithful teacher in the Sunday school until her health began to fail. In her affliction she continually put her trust in God. She peacefully fell asleep in Jesus Nov. 10, 1935; aged 77 y. 7 m. 14 d. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. C. Z. Yoder, and J. S. Gerig. Text, Heb. 11:8-10.
"It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road,
And midst the brotherhood on high,
To be at home with God."
SCHEFFEL. - Mary (Roth) Scheffel was born in Alsace, Lorraine, Oct. 13, 1851. Her father died and is buried in his native country, but her mother came to America with the remaining members of her family in the year 1852, settling in Ontario, Can. A few years later she moved her family to Jefferson Co., Iowa. Here Mary grew to womanhood. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, later transferring her membership to the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church of Trenton, Iowa. On Feb. 15, 1875, she was united in marriage with Clayton Scheffel. This union was blessed with two daughters. Both preceded their mother in death. Catherine died in her childhood, Mary lived until about seven years ago. None of the immediate members of her family remain. In her declining years she made her home with relatives. During her last illness she was in the home of one of her nephews (John Wenger) near Wayland, Iowa, where she passed peacefully away Oct. 12, 1935; aged 84. She leaves 1 granddaughter, 6 great-grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives to mourn their loss. The funeral was held Oct. 14 at the Green Mound Church near Trenton, Ia., conducted by Allen Miller and Simon Gingerich. Interment in the Green Mound Cemetery.
FISHER. - John J. Fisher was born July 29, 1847, in Tippacanoe Co., Ind.; died at the home of his daughter Ella near Wellman, Iowa, Nov. 6, 1935; aged 88 y. 3 m. 7 d. He came to Iowa in his youth, and lived here the most of his life. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church when a young man, and later transferred his membership with the East Union congregation near Kalona, Iowa, and remained faithful to the end. He was united in marriage with Amelia Shetler Nov. 4, 1875. To this union were born 1 daughter (Magdalena who died in her youth) and 1 son (D. J. Fisher of Iowa City, Iowa). Sister Fisher died Nov. 11, 1881. He was again married in 1883 to Elizabeth Brenneman. To this union were born 2 daughters and 1 son-Ella (Mrs. Joel Guengerich) of Wellman, Iowa; Mary (Mrs. Curtis Zigler) of Aberdeen, S. D., and John of Bloomsberg, Pa. Those preceding him in death are his parents, his two companions, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Surviving him are 4 children, 14 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 half-brothers (Will of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Joe of Iowa City, Iowa) and a host of relatives and friends. He was always very busy and active in the material things of life; perhaps did more for the community in the way of building and establishing places for homes than any other one man. He was much concerned about the present and future welfare of the Church, very regular in attending the services as long as health permitted. In his passing the children lose a loving father, the community a good neighbor, and the Church a faithful member. Funeral services were held Nov. 8 at the East Union Mennonite Church, conducted at the home by P. P. Swartzendruber, and by W. S. Guengerich and Joe C. Brenneman at the church. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
BIRKY. - Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary Birky, was born near Morton, Ill., Sept. 9, 1862; died Oct. 5, 1935. When he failed to answer the call for dinner he was found by his wife lying near his workshop with a stroke of paralysis. He lived about 13 hours after that, not having uttered a word. He accepted Christ in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end. In 1887 he moved with his parents to Decator Co., Kans. On Feb. 4, 1888, he united in marriage to Amelia Caroline Lund, near Oberlin, Kans. In 1894 he moved with his family to Wisner, Neb., in 1903 to Shickley, Neb., in 1912 to Tangent, Oreg., in 1920 to Albany, Oreg., where he lived the remainder of his life. He leaves his sorrowing companion and 6 children (Caroline, wife of Roy Stutzman, Cairo, Neb.; Amon W., Shickley, Neb.; Joseph A., Creston, Mont.; Lydia, wife of Albert Steckley, Albany, Oreg.; Ada, wife of Amos Roth, Albany, Oreg.; and Emma at home), 24 grandchildren, 1 sister (Barbara Egli of Hopedale, Ill.). His parents, 3 brothers (Jacob, Valentine, and Daniel), and 3 sisters (Mary, Catherine Schrock, and Elizabeth Eichelberger) preceded him in death. He was the first to break the family circle. He was much interested in the Church, and was much concerned in the spiritual welfare of his children and grandchildren in which he had much joy, and to know the children were serving the Lord in the same precious faith (of the Mennonite Church). The children were all present at the funeral excepting Amon, who with his family had left for home about 11 days before the call came to father, after visiting with his parents. Funeral services held Oct. 9 at the home and at the Fairview Mennonite Church by the brethren C. R. Gerig, Eli Frey, C. C. Steckley, Henry Gerig, and A. P. Troyer. Text, I Cor. 15; Heb. 6:27; II Cor. 1:3,4; Psa. 90. Interment in Knoxbutte Cemetery.
He has crossed o'er the river we spoke of,
With never a doubt nor with fears;
And now he is peacefully sleeping,
Beyond the valley of tears."
Transcribed by: Mona M. Mann, Arizona