Wismer-Sister Mary (Gardner) Wismer of Baden, Ont., was born April 8, 1888; died July 12, 1936; aged 48 y. 3 m. 4 d. She leaves two children, an aged mother, a sister, and several brothers. Funeral services were held at the Shantz Church near Baden, conducted by Bro. Manasseh Hallman and Bro. Orphen Wismer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Snider-The youngest daughter of Bro. and Sister Clem
Snider died at Guernsey, Sask., July 25, 1936; aged 2 y. 6 m.
5 d. She leaves her parents, 2 sisters. and 2 brothers, all residing
at home. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. M. H. Schmitt
and Burton B. Weber. Text, Matt. 18 :2.
"Precious darling, thou hast left us,
Left us, yes, for evermore
But we hope to meet our little one
On that bright and happy shore.'
Showalter.-Susan Catherine, daughter of Reuben and Susanna Swope, was born near Dayton, Va., Sept. 12, 1843; died Sept. 10, 1936; aged 92 y. 11 m. 28 d. She was the last one of a family of four children to pass away. In the year 1867 she was united in marriage to David B. Showalter, who preceded her in death 24 years ago. This union was blessed with 10 children, of whom 6 preceded her in death. She united with the Church of the Brethren when a young woman and remained true to the faith she espoused until death. She was much beloved by all who knew her. At all times she manifested a Christian spirit, walking worthy of the vocation wherewith she was called. She was kind in her home and zealous in church work. Funeral services were held on her birthday, Sept. 12, 1936, at the Weaver Mennonite Church by B. H. Landis and W. F. Flory. Texts, Heb. 4 :9 and Psa. 17 :15. Burial in cemetery near by.
Bowman.-Benjamin Bowman was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Jan. 15, 1858; died at his home near New Hamburg, Ont., Sept. 7, 1936, after an illness of seven and a-half months; aged 78 y. 8 m. 23 d. Nearly 53 years ago he was married to Hannah Shantz. This union was blessed with 5 children, who with their mother survive him. This was the first time their home was visited by the messenger of death. The children are Weston of Toronto, Aaron on the homestead, Tobias of Kitchener, Minerva (Mrs. Titus Rosenberger) of Sask., and Annie at home. He also leaves 14 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and many other relatives and friends. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and was seldom absent from church services until he was physically unable to attend. He lived in Waterloo Co., all his life with the exception of eleven years, when he with his wife and family lived in Michigan. Before he passed away he left testimony that all was well and that be was ready to meet his Lord. Funeral services were held Sept. 10 at the home and the Geiger Mennonite Church with Bros. M. Hallman and M. H. Roth in charge. The body was laid in the adjoining cemetery, there to rest till He comes.
Bontrager.-Lena Swartzendruber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Feb. 22, 1877; died at her late home in Washington Tp., Sept. 11, 1936; aged 59 y. 6 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage, Feb. 9, 1902, to Menno S. Bontrager. To this union 5 children were born, 2 daughters (Ruby and Mary) and 3 sons (Raymond, Vernon, and Elmon). Besides the immediate family, she leaves 4 sisters, 4 brothers, and a host of near relatives and friends. At the age of 16 she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, was a devoted and faithful member of the East Union congregation, and as long as health permitted always took an active interest in the various activities of the Church and Sunday school, where she was a teacher for many years. She will always be remembered by the husband and children as a kind and loving Christian companion and mother; in the community, as a kind and sympathetic neighbor; and in the Church, as a devoted and faithful member. Funeral services were held Sept. 13, at the East Union Mennonite Church, with burial in the East Union Cemetery, conducted by Bros. S. G. Shetler and D. J. Fisher.
Martin-Samuel Clayton, son of Allen and Ella Martin,
was born Jan. 5, 1919; peacefully fell asleep in Jesus Aug. 11,
1936; aged 17 y. 7 m. 3 d. Death came after two weeks sickness
of typhoid fever. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him. He
is survived by 1 brother (Ivan, near New Holland), 5 sisters (Margaret,
Vera, Mary Ella, Alma and Orpha, all at home), with their parents
and aged grandfather (Reuben Martin). Our son accepted Christ
a little more than a year ago, and was a faithful and dutiful
son. His young and beautiful life was so soon cut off; but his
influence in the home and Church will continue with us. The funeral
was held from his late home Aug. 16. Service by Bro. John M. Souder
with public services at the Weaverland Church, by Brethren I.
B. Good, and John W. Weaver. Texts, Isa. 55 :8,9; Eccl. 12 :1.
A large concourse of young people and others gathered to pay their
tributes of respect to the young brother.
"Brother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."
By the Family.
Eshleman -Henry Weaver Eshleman was born near Wertzville,
Pa., Oct. 13, 1862; died at Mennonite Home near Lancaster, Pa.,
Aug. 17, 1936; aged 73 y. 10 m. 4 d. When a small boy his parents
moved to near Camp Hill, in which vicinity he lived until smitten
by a stroke in July of 1934, when he was moved to the home of
his son-in-law and daughter, staying in their home five months,
when he moved to above mentioned Home-which seemed to be his desire,
he being one of the charter members of the Board of Trustees.
He united with the Slate Hill church in 1895, remaining faithful
until the messenger of death came in the silence of night while
all were asleep. In 1898 he was called to the office of deacon,
which duties he faithfully fulfilled until health no longer permitted.
Surviving are 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter, and 3 great-granddaughters.
Short funeral services were held from son-in-law's home, with
further services in Slate Hill church. Services were in charge
of Bro. C. B. Hess, who spoke from Rom. 8th chapter, a favorite
passage of father's. Bro. Hess was assisted by Bro. Jno. B. Seitz
and Bro. Samuel Hess. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Meredith.-Henry N. Meredith was born near Oskaloosa,
Iowa, Jan. 7, 1866; died near Larned, Kans., Sept. 11, 1936; aged
70 y. 8 m. 4 d. On Feb. 4, 1890, he was united in marriage to
Minnie B. Kesinger. This union was blest with 5 children: Helen
(wife of Ira Ray-mar), Arthur, Clarence, Edna (wife of Chester
Bradshaw), and Mintie. His companion and one son (Arthur) preceded
him in death. The family have lived near the Lamed Mennonite Church
since 1906 and he was well acquainted with many of the visiting
Mennonite ministers. His funeral was held Sept. 13 from the Methodist
Church of which he was a member. He was a man who loved God, a
faithful servant in the church of his choice, a loving father
in his home and a kind and helpful neighbor in the community in
which he lived. He leaves 4 children. 7 grandchildren, 4 brothers,
and 3 sisters and many friends and relatives.
"The lights have gone out in this mansion of clay,
The curtains are drawn, the dweller's away;
He slipped from the threshold of earth's dark night,
And made his abode in the city of light."
By his daughter, Helen Raymer.
Diffenbach-Susie A., wife of Elam Diffenbach, was born
Jan. 3, 1870, near Strasburg, Pa.; died at her home in Lancaster
City, Pa., Aug. 27, 1936; aged 66 y. 7 m. 24 d. She was a faithful
member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church for many years.
She leaves her husband, 2 daughters (Mrs. Harry W. Reitz and Mrs.
John G. Hess), 10 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and many
friends and relatives. She had been in failing health for several
years, and for the last year was preparing for her future happy
home. Although she was suffering greatly she was never found idle,
either sewing or reading her Bible. She endured her great suffering
patiently and was faithful till the end, praying for each and
every one, saved and unsaved, as long as her lips could move.
We can rest assured that she was ready to go. The 23rd Psalm seemed
to be one of her favorites. Funeral services were held at the
home on Aug. 29, conducted by Bro. David Mosemann, and at the
East Chestnut Mennonite Church by Bro. Ross Goldfus. Text, Psa.
17 :15. Interment in Mellingar's Cemetery.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine from thy face.
But we hope some day to meet you
Over on the other shore."
Boshart.-Jacob B., son of Christian E. and Katherine
Boshart, was born Dec. 11, 1850, in Wellesley, Ont. In 1878 he
moved to Milford, Neb. In the spring of 1919, he moved to Albany,
Oreg., at which place he died at the home of his daughter (Mrs.
Lydia Gerig) Aug. 26, 1936; aged 85 y. 8 m. 15 d. The cause of
his death was a heart attack which he suffered while sitting in
a rocking chair. On March 27, 1888, he was united in wedlock with
Mary Reck. This union was blest with 14 children. His wife preceded
him in death June 22, 1933; also 2 sons and 1 daughter (Albert,
Mrs. Leah Roth, and Edward J.). Those surviving are: Mrs. Katie
Reil and Joe C. of Milford, Neb.; Mrs. Emma Roth of Chappell,
Neb.; Mrs. Mary Stutzman, Mrs. Lydia Gerig, Dan, Mrs. Ida Gerig,
David, Mrs. Bertha Gerig, Harry, and Elmer, all of Albany, Oreg.
Surviving also are 55 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 2 brothers
and 2 sisters (Daniel of Woodriver, Neb.; David of Milford, Neb.;
Mrs. Katie Kuepfer and Mrs. Marie Brenneman of Albany, Oreg.).
He accepted Christ as his Savior in his early years and united
with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he died, "looking
for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
"Father, we will miss thee often,
When we see the vacant chair;
But we know that God in heaven
Doth our heartaches help to bear.
We will meet thee soon in heaven
When our voyage of life is o'er,
And in yonder streets of heaven
Where we will meet to part no more."
Funeral services were held Aug. 31 at the Fairview Mennonite Church by N. A. Lind. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Albany.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Gillispie-Lafayette, son of James Gillispie, was born near East Lynne, Mo., Feb. 23, 1858; died at his home in East Lynne Sept. 24, 1936; aged 78 y. 7 m. 1 d. His parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. He leaves 2 sons (Peter and Allen), 1 sister of Hope, Ark., and some other relatives and friends. He spent most of his life in his native state. Funeral services were conducted at Pitts Chapel by I. G. Hartzler. Text, Psa. 90 :9, 1O. Interment in cemetery near by.
Hartzler.-Harley W. Hartzler was born in Whitten, Iowa, April 17, 1917; died Aug. 24, 1936; aged 19 y. 4 m. 7 d. He lived with his family at Cheraw, Colo., for many years. He was converted in East Holbrook Mennonite Church. Later his family moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he died in a local hospital. He was revived in the faith of God and his last words were words of praise to God. His wish was that all his folks might meet him in heaven. He leaves a father, mother, 2 brothers (John and Raymond), 2 sisters (Mildred and Dorothy), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the East Holbrook Church by Bros. Aaron Leatherman and Allen Erb. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Gregory.-Sarah Emmaline, infant daughter of Isaiah and
Magdalena Gregory, died Sept 22, 1936; aged 4 m. 24 d. She leaves
her parents, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, 1 grandfather, uncles, 2 aunts,
and 1 great-aunt. Two brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at the Elmira Mennonite Church. Burial
in the adjoining cemetery.
"God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band;
So with His loving arms He reached,
And clasped our darling's hand."
Weaver-Martin, son of John and Lydia Weaver, was born near Lancaster, Pa., May 15, 1863; died at the home of his only daughter (Mrs. Paul Westlake, Columbiana, Ohio), Aug. 27, 1936; aged 73 y. 5 m. 12 d. He was married to Barbara Metzler of North Lima, Ohio, who preceded him in death twenty-six years ago. He lived in the village of East Lewistown most of his life, serving the community as carpenter and later as watch and clock repairer. He united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and held his membership there till death. He leaves his only daughter (Mrs. Westlake), 2 brothers (Eli and John), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Sensing and Mrs. Anna Fisher). Three sisters and 1 brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the North Lima Mennonite Church Aug. 29, in charge of A. J. Steiner and David Lehman. Text, Job 14 :16.
Blosser.-Noah O. Blosser, pastor of the Chapel Mennonite Church, Williamstown, Ohio, was born at Pandora, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1859; died at his home near Williamstown, Ohio, June 8, 1936; aged 77 y. 4 m. 23 d. For forty years he had been the pastor of the Chapel Mennonite Church. He was active in his work until four years ago when he suffered a break in health and has since been confined to his home. In his early life he was a successful rural school teacher. Later he became a farmer and pastor of his neighborhood church. He was held in high esteem by his neighbors and community associates. He rendered an influential ministry far beyond the bounds of his own congregation. He was the counsellor and friend of all in need, visited the sick and discouraged, and officiated at many funerals of people in the community who were members of other churches. Funeral sermon was preached June 5 by Paul E. Whitmer.
Birky-Roy Richard Birky was born near Hopedale, Ill., Nov. 22, 1907; died Sept. 18, 1936; aged 28 y. 9 m. 26 d. At the age of 10 he came with his parents to Kouts, Ind., where he has since resided. In the spring of 1919 he united with the Hopewell Mennonite Church and remained in that faith till death. On Sept. 23, 1934, he was united in marriage to Alpha Mae Yoder of Middlebury, Ind., who with their little daughter (Carol Joan) mourns deeply the loss of a loyal, devoted husband and father. Roy was of a kind loving disposition and will be sadly missed in his home, in the community, and by his friends elsewhere. He leaves his parents (Lewis and Bertha Birky), 3 brothers (Chauncey, Arthur, and Ralph), 1 sister (Ina May), an aged grandmother and a step-grandfather. One sister (Mildred) preceded him in death in 1925. On the morning of Sept. 10, as he went to the pasture for his cows, he was attacked by an angry bull and received injuries so severe that an operation was necessary to retain life. On the morning of Sept. 18 he submitted to an operation during which he died of embolism just five days before their second wedding anniversary. So Roy has left us with bleeding hearts and lonely but we trust he has gone on before and that some day our circle will again be unbroken to never part again. Funeral services in charge of D. D. Miller, S. C. Yoder, and Dean Birky. Text, I Sam. 20:3.
Miller-William J., son of Jeptha and Barbara (Weaver)
Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 25, 1866; died Sept.
21, 1936; aged 70 y. 1 m. 26 d. He was married to Fannie Eash
on Feb. 10, 1889. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters
(Samuel, Daniel, and Irvin of Topeka, Ind.; Lizzie-Mrs. Melvin
Boley of Emma, Ind.; Mary-Mrs. Ora Schrock of Sturgis, Mich.).
Fourteen grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Adam
Miller of Emma, Ind.), 1 half brother (Noah Speicher of Shipshewana,
Ind.), and 1 half sister (Mrs. Silas Gerber of Amboy, Ind.) and
other relatives and friends survive. One daughter (Sarah) preceded
him in death. Bro. Miller was a member of the Old Order Amish
Church. Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at the home of Levi
Bontragers, conducted by Manasseh Yoder, Joseph Yoder, and O.
"Softly and peacefully Father passed away,
From earth to heaven to make his stay;
Long and patiently he awaited the call,
Now in heaven he is waiting for us all."
Peifer.-Ida K. Peifer was born April 6, 1877; died at
her home at East Petersburg, Pa., where she resided with her sister
(Mrs. Annie Kreider) Aug. 23, 1936; aged 59 y. 4 m. 17 d. She
was the first to break the circle of sisters and brothers. She
is survived by 4 brothers Christian K., Clayton K., Martin K.,
and Elam K.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Henry B. Hershey
and Mrs. Annie Kreider), and 16 nieces and nephews. She took sick very suddenly and was bedfast only fourteen days. God saw best to take her home. Her chief concern was for her own salvation and for the salvation of others. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Funeral services were held at her home in charge of Bros. Frank Kreider and Milton Forney, and at the church by Bros. John Gochenaur and Henry Lutz. Text, Luke 2 :28, 29. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, of which she was a member.
"Farewell, my brothers and sisters, farewell, I am leaving you now with my Savior to dwell; My Savior has called, His voice I must obey, Prepare, oh! prepare to meet me in that great day.''
Eash-Katie, daughter of Benjamin and Mattie Bontreger, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., July 24, 1871. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish church. To this faith she faithfully held to the end and was preparing to have the church services at her home on Sept. 13, but she received word of the death of her sister-in-law near Kalona, Iowa. Early Sunday morning she and her daughter and her brother and brother-in-law and wife started to attend that funeral, but near Ottawa, Ill., she was instantly killed in an auto accident-at the age of 65 y. 1 m. 19 d. In March, 1896, she was united in marriage to Daniel Eash, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for over 40 years. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. One son died in infancy. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 4 children (Melvin and Leona of near Middlebury, Ind., Ernest and Esther at home), 2 brothers (Jacob of Elkhart,Ind., and Menno of Kalona, Iowa), 1 sister (Mrs. Tobias Eash of near Middlebury, Ind.), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home by Rudolph Kauffman and Samuel Hostetler in German and D. J. Johns in English.
Chupp.-Margaret Rebecca, daughter of David and Barbara Weaver, was born Feb. 11, 1851, in Ohio; died Sept. 5, 1936; aged 85 y 6 m. 27 d. At an early age she moved to Elkhart, Ind., in which vicinity she lived about twenty years. In 1873 she was united in marriage to Levi N. Chupp, with whom she lived happily for sixty-two years. About 1886 she and her family moved to near Surrey, N. Dak., and settled on a farm. Twelve years ago her husband retired from active life and they moved to DeMotte where they resided until their death. Nine children were born to this union, 5 of whom survive to mourn her passing. They are: Mrs. Rosa Hammerton of DeMotte, with whom she has made her home since the death of her husband; Frank of Edinburg, Ind.; Charles of Ithaca, N. Y.; Nathan and Ralph of Indianapolis, Ind. The children who preceded her in death were Anson, Mrs. Barbara Rowen, Mary, and a baby who died in infancy. She is also survived by a stepdaughter (Mrs. Cora Clouse of Nappanee), and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept. 10 at DeMotte M. E. Church, in charge of F. W. Weaver, assisted by D. M. Iles. Burial at Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer, Ind.
Detrow.-Amos M., son of George and Maria Detrow, was born near North Lima, Ohio, Jan. 15, 1872; died at his home near Leetonia, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1936; aged 64 y. 8 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage with Fannie Senger of Bowdil, formerly North Lawrence, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 1895. To this union were born 4 sons (Lester H., Mineral City, O.; Harvey A., Leetonia, O.; Clyde, who died Sept. 23, 1913; Homer, at home), and 1 daughter (Mrs. Herman Swope, at home). He also leaves 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. One sister and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church forty-two years ago and remained faithful till death. He was regular in his attendance at church and Sunday school when health permitted. For a number of years he taught a Sunday school class at Leetonia Mennonite Church. He attended services and also taught his Sunday school class for the last time on Aug. 2. He is a descendant of Jacob Overholtzer, who founded the Mennonite Church in this community about one hundred thirty-five years ago. Funeral services were held Sept. 22, 1936, at the Midway Church in charge of A. J. Steiner, I. B. Witmer, Steve Yoder, and David Gehman. Text, Job 5 :26. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Bixler.-Michael, son of Jacob and Phoebe Bixler, was born in Mercer Co., Pa., May 12, 1850. At the age of twelve he moved to Allen Co., Ind., and in 1911 he moved to the vicinity. of Topeka, Ind. He was married to Catherine Conklin Sept. 4, 1878. To this union were born 8 children (William of Garrett, Ind.; Ella Hughes and Nathan of Adrian, Mich.; Rosetta Calvin of Mishawaka, Ind.; Clara Miller of Topeka; Celia Blosser of Wakarusa, Ind.; Iva Bennett of Adrian, and 1 daughter who died in infancy). There survive him 20 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (William of Mishawaka), 1 nephew, and 1 niece. His wife preceded him in death Feb. 7, 1923, since which time he has made his home with his daughter's in Adrian. Early in life he gave his heart to the Lord and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until his death. He was confined to his bed for the last 20 months and passed away Sept. 7, 1936, at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Frank Hughes in Adrian) ; aged 86 y. 3 m. 25 d. A prayer service was held at the home in Adrian and funeral services were held at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, Ind.; conducted by Silas Weldy and Edwin J. Yoder. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Stalter, Sterling Stalter, son of Simon and Emma Stalter
was born Feb. 25, 1915; dies at the home of his parents near Tofield,
Alberta. Sept. 2, 1936; aged 21 y. 6m. 6 d. Sterling had been
well till 2 weeks ago, when he took the influenza and sore throat
and had recovered fairly well. Then on Friday, Aug. 28, he again
took sick with diphtheria and pneumonia, being sick only 5 days.
He leaves his father, mother, 6 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Wideman,
Mrs. Lily Kauffman, Viola, Clista, Alma, Doris all near Tofield),
1 brother (Daniel near Archibold, Ohio), 3 nieces, 1 grandmother
(Barbara Stauffer), uncles, aunts, and a host of relatives and
friends. One brother (Chester) preceded him in death, also 1 nephew.
In his early youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptised
at the Waldo Mennonite Church near Flanagan, Ill., of which he
was a member till his parents moved to Tofield, where he transferred
his membership to the Salem Mennonite Church of which he was a
member at the time of his death. Private funeral was held Sept.
2. Interment in cemetery adjoining Salem Church. Memorial services
were held at the Salem Mennonite Church Sept. 20, conducted by
Bro. M. D. Stutzman and Bro. N. E. Roth. Texts, Job 14:1-4; Jno.
The lights are gone out in this mansion of clay,
The curtain has drawn the dweller away;
He slipped from the threshold of earth's dark night,
And made his abode in the city of light.
Wingard-Almeda Mae, daughter of Peter J. and Ada (Yoder)
Wingard, was born near Topeka, Ind., June 15, 1920; died at home
Aug. 31, 1936; aged 16 y. 2 m. 16 d. She leaves her parents, 2
brothers (Harley and Cletus), 2 sisters (Gladys and Inez), 1
(Mrs. Benjamin Yoder), 10 uncles, 8 aunts, and many other relatives
and friends. In the early part of. her eighth grade work in school
she became afflicted with sarcoma of the bone which confined her
to her bed for the period of nine months and a few days. Through
her long sickness and intense suffering she clearly exemplified
the Christian grace of patience. She wore a smile for all who
came to see her. Everything that we knew to do for her was done,
but God saw best to take her home. We are glad that we can have
that blessed hope of meeting our loved one again, although it
is lonely here without her. At the age of twelve she gave her
heart to the Lord and was received into the Emma Mennonite Church
by water baptism June 19, 1932. Though her life was one of quietness,
through her kindness and cheerfulness she has won a warm spot
in the hearts of many who learned to know her. Whenever called
upon to serve in the Church she showed a willingness to do what
she could. Funeral services were held at the Emma Mennonite Church,
in charge of O. S. Hostetler, assisted by M. J. Yoder and Amos
"O dear, familiar yesterday
O sad and strange today,
Yet who would call the glad soul back
To rouse the resting clay?
Or who would wish that she might share
Our morrow's toil and strife,
Who, loosed from death and all its pains,
Has entered into life?"
Camp-Celia Gingerich Camp was born in Woodford Co.,
Ill., Nov. 3, 1872; died at St. John's Hospital June 18, 1936;
aged 63 y. 7 m. 15 d. Her death was caused by burns received from
a kerosene explosion. At the age of 14 years she with her twin
sister Delia united with the Mennonite Church near Metamora, Ill.,
to which faith she was loyal to the end. In Jan., 1897, she was
united in marriage to Peter B. Camp of Metamora, Ill. This union
was blessed with 4 children-2 daughters (Alma and Melinda), 1
son, and 1 daughter who died in infancy. They resided near Washington,
Ill., for a number of years. In the spring of 1913 they moved
to Texas, due to the ill health of their daughter Melinda, and
then to Hesston, Kans., in 1917. In 1931 they came to Michigan
to make their home, in order to care for, the four motherless
children caused by the death of their eldest daughter, Alma Weaver.
She was of a quiet, meek, and lovable nature, endeavoring to be
a friend to all. Her desire was to bring up the grandchildren
in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She leaves her husband
(who was in Kansas at the time of her death), 1 son-in-law (Lester
R. Weaver), 4 grandchildren, 1 .sister (Mrs. Ida Derr), 1 brother
(Charles Mishler), and many other relatives and friends. Her two
daughters, Alma and Melinda, and her twin sister Delia passed
away in the space of three weeks, four. and one-half years ago.
One brother (Abraham Mishler) also preceded her in death. Funeral
services were conducted June 21 from the Bethel Mennonite Church
near Ashley, Mich., by Bro. Zook of Pennsylvania and Bro. E. A.
Bontrager of Midland, Mich. Text, Rom. 8:28-34.
"Tis lonesome here without her,
And sad the weary way;
For life is not the same to us
Since she is called away."
Miller.--William W., son of J. M. T. and Gertrude Miller,
was born Feb. 9, 1861, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at his home near
Milford, Neb., Sept. 21, 1936; aged 75 y. 8 m. 12 d. In 1869 he
with his parents moved to Bloomington, Ill., and 5 years later
they moved to a farm near Milford, at which place he resided until
death-a period of 62 years. In the spring of 1882 he was united
in marriage to Katie Stutzman. This union was blessed with 4 sons
and 5 daughters. He leaves his companion, 3 sons (Joe, John, and
Ammon of Milford), 5 daughters (Mrs. A. D. Stutzman of Wood River,
Neb.; Mrs. Wm. Kremer, Mrs. J. C. Stauffer, Mrs. Elmer Schwitzer,
and Mrs. Nick Roth, all of Milford), 44 grandchildren, 19
and a host of relatives and friends. One son, 4 grandchildren,
2 sisters (Katie Ann in infancy and Mrs. Jno. Bender) preceded
him. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, uniting
with the Mennonite Church in which he remained faithful till he
was called home. He was among the early pioneers of the community.
The East Fairview Church was organized in 1875 and the first communion
was served to 11 members in a small building at his home, part
of which is still standing. He always manifested the spirit of
helpfulness toward the work of the church. He served in the capacity
of trustee for 40 years and was chairman of that committee. He
also served as sexton as long as health permitted. He gladly gave
information and advice concerning the arrangement for burial of
the people, but made no plans for his own. Six years ago he suffered
a light paralytic stroke, somewhat impairing his health, but only
the last year he began failing more rapidly; and on Monday evening
he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage resulting in his death. Funeral
services by Wm. B. Eicher and J. E. Zimmerman.
"God has given, God has taken,
One more life for Him is run;
May we too, some day awaken
In that home, when life is done."
From front page, news item (Oct. 8, 1936):
JACOB ANDREWS RESSLER
Bro. J. A. Ressler, known to the Church at large for over forty years, during which time he rendered conspicuous service to God and the Church as a minister, a missionary, a bishop, and a writer of Sunday school literature, died suddenly on Saturday evening, October 3. Last February he was stricken with an acute heart attack. Lingering between life and death for many weeks, he slowly improved until during the past few weeks he seemed to have taken on a new lease of life. A week ago he was stricken with a slight cold, and his heart proved too weak to stand the strain. The Lord saw fit to close his labors on earth. His spirit has gone to God who gave it, his influence is still with us. May the sustaining grace of God be with the bereaved family, and His Holy Spirit direct the responsible ones in the choice of a successor to our brother in the important work to which he had dedicated his life.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Bryner-Sister Luella Bryner, wife of Lloyd Bryner, daughter of John and Susan Reisinger, was born Aug. 27, 1889, in Juniata Co., Pa., residing at her home, 1107 7th Ave., Altoona. Surviving are her husband and three daughters (Mrs. Helen Sweitzer, Mrs. Alice Dunn, and Mrs. Mary Johnson). She was received by water baptism, Oct. 21, 1934 into the First Mennonite Church, Altoona. She died Oct. 6, 1936. Funeral held, Oct. 5, by Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Ps. 34 :19.
Landis-Paul Buren, youngest son of Noah and Ethel Landis
of Jackson, Minn., died Sept. 17, 1936, after one week's illness
of diphtheria; aged 4 y. 21 d. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers
(Elmer and Eldon), 4 sisters (Berniece, Bonita, Vivian, and Ruth),
3 grandparents, and many relatives and friends, who keenly feel
their loss of his sunny disposition and smile. A private funeral
service was conducted by the Presbyterian minister, Fulton of
"God saw fit to take him from us,
Up in heaven there so high;
Angels took him, oh so sudden,
With no time to say good-bye."
Stauffer.-Susan B., widow of Henry H. Stauffer, was born June 29, 1856; died of heart failure at the home of her daughter near Akron, Pa., Aug. 15, 1936; aged 80 y. 1 m. 16 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves 2 sons (Tillman H. Stauffer, Lititz, Pa., and Harry H. Stauffer, Whitelaw, Alta.), and a daughter (Mrs. Ada H. Kauffman, Ephrata, Pa.). She had been in failing health for the last five years and peacefully fell asleep on the morning of Aug. 15. Her place is vacant, but we hope our loss is her gain. Funeral services were held at the home by Amos Horst and at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Amos Horst and John Gochenaur. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Brubaker-Lizzie, widow of Deacon John B. Brubaker, was
born Oct. 15, 1851, near Sporting Hill, Pa.; died of complications
at the home of the only surviving sister, Amanda B. Rohrer, in
Manheim, Pa., Sept. 5, 1936; aged 84 y. 10 m. 23 d. This union
was blest with 2 sons and 1 daughter. All preceded her in death.
Those surviving her are 14 grand-children and 14 great-grandchildren.
She a faithful member of the Manheim Mennonite Church, which she
attended as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held
Sept. 11 at the home of her sister by Bro. Samuel Lehman, with
further services at the Manheim Church by Bros. Henry Lutz and
Joseph Boll. Text Rev. 14 :12, 13. Burial in Hernley's cemetery.
"Now the warfare is all ended,
And her armour is laid down;
She her course with joy has finished,
Ready now to wear the crown."
-By a niece.
Good.-Mary, daughter of John and Magdalena Rich, was born in Muenchenstein, Switzerland, Dec. 2, 1866; died Oct. 4, 1936; aged 69 y. 10 m. 2 d. She came to America at the age of 16 years. She was married to John Good, Oct. 11, 1888. Ten children were born to this union: (Phoebe Litwiller, Rosie Egli, Esther Stichter of Hopedale; Alvin Good and Alma Litwiler of Armington; Lydia Eichelberger of Fairbury Simon Good of Kouts, Ind.; and Ruth at home). Two children preceded her in death (Emma Egli and a son who died in infancy). They also opened their home to Pearl Cooper of Richland, Mo. She leaves 40 grandchildren , and 1 great-grandchild. Her husband preceded her in death Dec. 9, 1934. She has one surviving brother, (Joe Rich of Noble, Iowa), also a half-brother in Germany. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member till death. Mother was taken to the Mennonite Hospital at Bloomington, Oct. 1, where she was receiving treatment for ulcers in her eye and seemingly was getting along well. She seemed happy and improved Sunday afternoon; but very suddenly passed at 5:15 P.M., apparently of cerebral hemorrhage. Her sudden passing was in fulfillment of her wish which God graciously granted her. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church on 0ct. 7, conducted by Bro. Simon Litwiller, assisted by Bro. Ben Springer. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite cemetery.
Ganger.--Henry Paul, son of Milo and Elizabeth Ganger,
was born near Nappanee, Ind., March 5, 1909; died at the Elkhart
General Hospital Oct. 2, 1936; aged 27 y. 6 m. 27 d. He was engaged
in the trucking business as a livelihood, and on Sept. 28, while
enroute to the Elkhart Packing Company with a load of cattle for
another party, he contacted with a Special Train on the New York
Central Railroad Lines at a suburb crossing in the city of Elkhart,
at which time his cargo was wrecked. Suffering many severe bodily
bruises and a skull fracture, he was left unconscious from the
time of the accident unto his death. This striking experience
seems in a measure to have been in evidence by certain expressions
and attitudes of the departed. In his passing he leaves his sorrowing
widow and life companion (Florence Schrock Ganger), with whom
he was united in marriage Dec. 24, 1930, 1 daughter (Marietta),
2 sons (Paul J. and John), his father and mother (Mr. and Mrs.
Milo Ganger), 5 brothers (Ralph and Leonard of Goshen, Russel
and Willard at home, and Earl near Nappanee), 3 sisters (Mrs.
John Mitschelen at Goshen, Mrs. Wilbur Lehman, Nappanee, and Ruth
Ganger at home). One sister Inez preceded him in death 16 years
ago. There are also other relatives and friends left, who with
the immediate relatives mourn his early departure. Having followed
trucking for a few years he was widely known and seemingly was
respected for his attitude towards his fellow man. In his early
life he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with
the Mennonite Church; several years ago he transferred his membership
to the Shore Mennonite Church of which he was a member in full
fellowship at the time of his death.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
When God recalls His own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?"
Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren Percy Miller, Homer North, and O. S. Hostetler.
Ressler.--Jacob A., son of Martin B., and Magdalena
Andrews Ressler, was born near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., July
28, 1867; died at his home in Scottdale, Pa., Oct. 3, 1936; aged
69 y. 2 m. 25 d. He received his education in the common schools
and in Millersville State Teachers College) from which institution
he was graduated in 1891. He was a school teacher in Lancaster
Co., for a number of years, and served in a similar capacity in
Westmoreland Co., Pa., from 1895 to 1898.
He was converted at seventeen and united with the Strasburg, Pa., Mennonite Church. In 1895 he moved to Scottdale, Pa., and on July 28 of the same year was ordained to the ministry at the Alverton Mennonite Church, three miles from Scottdale. He labored faithfully in this field until the latter part of 1898, when he was set apart to take charge of mission work in India. He was chosen as missionary to India at a meeting at Elkhart, Ind., Nov. 4, 1898.
He was ordained to the bishopric at Springs, Pa., January 5, 1899. The first Mennonite missionaries to India (Dr. W. B. Page and wife accompanying Bro. Ressler) sailed on February 22, 1899, landing at Bombay, March 24. This was the beginning of the work which resulted in the establishment of the American Mennonite Mission at Dhamtari, E. P., India. Here he labored until 1903, when he returned to America for a brief furlough. He returned to India in December of the same year, remaining until 1908, when, owing to the failing health of Sister Ressler, he with his family was compelled to return to America.
Bro. Ressler was twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth Bachman, whom he married in 1891. To this union were born four daughters, of whom Emma, wife of Bro. George Townsend, Masontown, Pa., survives. Sister Ressler died August 3, 1898. On June 18, 1903, he was married to Sister Lina Zook of Sterling, Ohio, a former worker in the Mennonite Mission in Chicago. To this union were born three children (an infant son, Luke, who died in India, Ruth, and Rhoda). She accompanied him on his second missionary tour to India, where they remained until 1908, when the returned to America. After their return they lived in Wayne Co, Ohio, until 1911, when Bro. Ressler was called to Scottdale to serve as editor of Sunday-school literature. This proved to be his life calling. Here he served efficiently for twenty-five years--as editor of the Advanced Lesson Quarterly, and for the greater part of the time as editor of Words of Cheer and Beams of Light. His name appears on the Words of Cheer as editor first in 1912 and on Beams of Light in 1921. Besides this he served, as opportunity permitted, as an evangelist and Bible instructor in various fields, for several years as bishop in charge of the Masontown Mennonite Church and of the congregations in the Casselman Valley District, as moderator of conferences, as president of the Southwestern Pa., Mission Board, and member of important committees, etc. In all that he undertook to do he proved himself a handy man and willing worker. On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the India Mission Bro. Ressler visited the Mission which he helped to establish. He arrived in India early in December, 1924, for a three-months stay.
Since February of the present year he was suffering from the effects of an acute heart attack. He lingered between life and death for many weeks, and then began slowly to improve. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, he was confined to his bed with a slight cold, and his heart proved too weak to resist the strain. On Friday evening he was stricken with another heart attack, and passed away about twenty-two hours later. He leaves his wife and three daughters (Mrs. Geo. Townsend of Masontown, Pa., and Ruth and Rhoda at home); five grandchildren, one brother and one sister (Amos A. Ressler and Mrs. Anna Aument of Lancaster Co., Pa.), and many other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held October 6 at his late home and in the Scottdale Mennonite Church, conducted by I. W. Royer, A. J. Metzler, assisted by C. Z. Yoder, M. C. Lehman, O. N. Johns, J. L. Stauffer, C. M. Helmick, James Saylor, J. S. Gerig, and the home ministers. Text, I Cor. 15:55. Services were well attended. Among those present were twenty-eight bishops, ministers, and deacons, representing many different sections of the Church. Burial in Scottdale Cemetery.
King.--Elbert Glenn, son of M. V. and Emma (Yoder) King,
was born near Garden City, Mo., Feb. 17, 1900; died at the General
Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 21, 1936; aged 36 y. 7
m. 4 d. On Aug. 8, 1924, he was united in marriage to Goldie Ethel
Grove. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters, 1 infant
son preceding him to the great beyond just four months ago. Two
brothers also preceded him. Those left to mourn his departure
are his sorrowing wife, 4 children (Leo E., Donald G., Hazel A.,
and Helen M.), his parents Bro. and Sister M. V. King of Garden
City, Mo.), 1 brother (Emmett D. of West Liberty, Ohio), and 2
sisters (Mrs. S. S. King of Kansas City, Kans. , and Mabel V.
of Garden City, Mo.). In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal
Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful,
loyal member till death. He was always interested in the cause
of Christ and was willing to do what he could for the same. About
three weeks ago, while employed at the U. S. Motors, he received
a burn on his left arm. Infection set in and soon pneumonia followed.
His suffering was intense, yet he bore it patiently. We believe
that god had a purpose and plan for calling him higher, and we
humbly submit to His will. He was a kind and loving husband, father,
son, and brother. Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at the Mennonite
Mission Church, Los Angeles, Calif., conducted by P. A. Heller.
Interment in Inglewood, Calif., Cemetery.
"The lights are all out in this mansion of clay;
The curtains are drawn, the dweller's away.
Gone from this earth full of sorrow and care,
Gone to dwell in a mansion so fair."
Rogie.--Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Mary Yoder, was
born Jun 5, 1882 near Nappanee, Ind., died Sept. 28, 1936, at
the Woodburn Oregon Hospital; aged 54 y. 3 m. 23 d. She moved
with her parents from Indiana to Hubbard, Oregon in November,
1890. She lived near there the remainder of her life. She united
with the Old Order Faith at the age of sixteen, and later united
with the Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member
until death. She was married to John Rogie, March 9, 1902. to
this union were born five children. Two of them (an infant son,
and a daughter, Emma) preceded her in death. Surviving are her
husband, two daughters (Mrs. Milo Schultz, and Alice), one son
(Alvin), one foster-daughter (Dorothy Yoder), two grandchildren
(Marlin and Iris Jean), her aged father, six brothers (Henry of
Portland, Oreg.; Joseph, Eli, Jonas, Sylvanus and Alvin of Michigan),
three sisters (Lovina Hostetler, and Ella Miller of Michigan,
and Mary Hostetler, of Indiana). The cause of death was due to
spleen trouble and complications. She had been in failing health
for ten years, and bedfast for nearly three months before her
death, spending the last ten days in the hospital. She bore her
much suffering cheerfully and patiently, and always expressed
her desire to leave this world and be with her Savior. Her heart
was open to those in need, and many found in her a mother. Funeral
services were conducted at the home by H. S. Wolfer; and at the
Hopewell Mennonite Church by F. J. Gingerich and G. D. Shenk;
Text, Rev, 14:13.
"Pain, weariness, suffering at end, life's battles
are fought, Dear Mother your rest must be sweet;
The days will be lonely, consoled by the thought,
That we soon again shall meet."
One of the family.
Transcribed by Don Kauffman, Alberta
Stull.-Elwood, son of Irvin Stull of Finland, Pa., was born June 10, 1916; died at the Rossmere Sanitarium, Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 14, 1936; aged 20 y. 3 m. 4 d. He is survived by his father, 2 brothers, end 1 sister. He united with the Mennonite Mission at Finland in 1934. Funeral services were held at the Mission on Sept. 19, 1936, in charge of J. C. Clemens.
Shaffer.-Anna Lois, daughter of Mike and Mary Shaffer, died Sept. 7, 1936; aged 9 m. 6 d. She was of a sweet disposition and in her short stay here had endeared herself to those who knew her. She is survived by her parents, Grandfather Shaffer, Grandmother Bumbaugh, 4 brothers (John, David, Richard, and Joe). Funeral services were held in the Pond Bank, Pa., Mennonite Church by Harvey E. Shank. Text, Mark 5:39. Burial in Pond Bank Lutheran Cemetery.
Kooker.-Samuel S. Kooker was born in the hills near the Finland Mission about eight miles northwest of Souderton, Pa., Aug. 27, 1860; died Oct. 5, 1936 at the Ruth's Convalescent Home, Bally, Pa., where he was for the last eight months; aged 76 y. 1 m. 8 d. His wife died 24 years ago. He is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. Sophie Landis of Lederach, Pa.), also some nephews and nieces. He united with the Mennonite Mission at Finland in 1932, being the first member at this place. Funeral services were held at the Mission on Oct. 10, 1936, in charge of J. M. Moyer and E. W. KuIp.
Weaver.-Faustin, son of Levi H. end Emma Weaver, was born near Johnstown, Pa., on Feb. 15, 1897; died very suddenly Sept. 25, 1936; aged 39 y. 7 m. 10 d. He retired at seven o'clock in the evening, expecting to go to work at eleven. When his family went to waken him they found him dead in bed. He united with the Weaver Mennonite Church at the early age of thirteen. He was married to Anna Livingston, and to this union were born 6 children. His entire family survives him. He is also survived by his parents and 3 brothers, 2 sisters having preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Mennonite Church by Hiram Wingard and R. F. Bungard. Text, I Cor. 15 :51.
Blaine.-J. R., son of the late John and Elizabeth Blame, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., on June 4, 1861; died in Allen Co., Ohio. on Oct. 6, 1936; aged 75 y. 4 m. 1 d. He moved to Allen Co., Ohio, in 1883 where he resided till the time of his death. In 1881 he was married to Barbara Ann Swisher of Rockingham Co., Va. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Davidson, Mrs. Clemens, Mrs. Fisher, J. D. Blame, all of Lime, Ohio; Mrs. Dibling, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Baker, New Orleans, La.; R. C. Blaine, Syracuse, N. Y. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. M. O'Connell, assisted by Bro. Henry Muller. Text, Phil. 1 :21.
Dague.-Sarah, daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Moyer, was born in eastern Pennsylvania, Aug. 4, 1878; died Oct. 4, 1936, at her home near Falfurrias, Tex.; aged 58 y. 2 m. When she was 5 years old her parents moved to Kansas, where she grew to womanhood. In 1903 she was united in marriage with Arthur A. Dague. Soon thereafter she united with the Church of the Brethren. She was of a cheerful disposition, made friends easily and was an active worker in the Primary Dept. of the S. S. in the communities where she resided. Surviving her are her husband, 1 son (Lawrence, Longmont, Colo.), 3 daughters (Zella, Columbus, Miss., Beulah and Esther at home), and 2 brothers. One son (Herbert) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Falfurrias, Tex.. by Bro. H. F. Reist, assisted by Bro. Thornton. Text, Jno. 11 :25, 26. Interment in nearby cemetery.
Zink.-Benjamin, son of Jacob and Caroline Zink, was
born Aug. 3, 1879, at Mount Joy, Pa.; died suddenly at his home
near Elizabethtown, Pa., on July 5, 1936; aged 56 y. 11 m. 5 d.
He was a member of the Mennonite Church for thirty-one years,
and remained true to his Christian profession to the end. In 1903
he was united in marriage to Lillian Dupler, daughter of John
and Anna Dupler. Surviving him are his sorrowing companion, 5
children (Mrs. Parke Kreider, Mrs. Enos Goss, Mrs. Elmer Weaver,
Raymond, and Paul), 7 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Bradley,
Mrs. Simon Bradley, Mrs. Charles Balm), and 2 brothers (John and
Clayton). Funeral services were held July 11, 1936 at the home
and at Good's Church near Elizabethtown, Pa., in charge of Noah
Risser and Ira Miller. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining
One we loved has gone forever
From this world of pain and tears.
How we'll miss his tender counsels,
Which we treasured through the years."
Lehman-Mary Ann, daughter of Daniel H. and Leah (Yoder)
Mast, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., May 1, 1875; died of heart
trouble at her home near Shipshewana, Ind., Sept. 17, 1936; aged
61 y. 4 m. 16 d. She was married to Joseph H. Lehman on Dec. 10,
1891. She leaves her sorrowful husband, 6 children (Albert, Perry,
Ervin, Mrs. Reuben Bontrager, Mrs. John Lambright, Mrs. Mose Miller),
30 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and her 86 year old father,
all residing in Lagrange Co., besides many other relatives and
friends. She quietly passed away during the night, having retired
in her usual health. She united with the Amish Church at the age
of sixteen years and remained faithful to the end. She will be
greatly missed in the Church and neighborhood. She was a loving
mother and helpful in the neighborhood, a faithful member and
friend to all. We feel confident that our loss is her eternal
gain. Funeral services were held at the home place, conducted
by William Bontrager and Joseph Yoder in the home and Rudy Kauffman
and Jake Miller in the barn. Burial in the Yoder Cemetery.
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes."
Nolt-Amanda K., daughter of the late Abraham and Annie
(Ranck) Kreider was born March 25, 1864; died May 13, 1936; aged
72 y. 1 m. 18 d. She had been in failing health the last year
but was only bedfast about a week. About nine years ago she had
a stroke which affected her left limb so that walking was more
difficult. She never complained of her condition, but bore it
with much patience. She was married to Benjamin L. Nolt, Nov.
13, 1883, who died May 12, 1924; also 3 infants and 1 grandchild
preceded her. There remain 3 daughters (Anna, wife of Milton Groff,
East Petersburg; Minnie, wife of Frank Wenger, Farmersville; Mabel,
wife of Harman Benner, Bareville, with whom she resided), 11
and 1 great-grandchild. She was also survived by 1 brother (Tobias
R. Kreider of Lancaster) who passed away just 20 days later. She
was a faithful member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church for many
years. Services were held at the home by Bro. Eli G. Sauder and
at the Groffdale Church by Bros. John Sauder and Benj. Wenger.
Text, Rev. 13 :14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."
Oesch.--John W., son of John and Mary Amanda (Smith) Oesch was born Dec. 10, 1872 in Hickory Co., Mo.; died at his home near Creston, Mont., from a cancerous tumor, on Sept. 28, 1936, at the age of 63 y. 9 m. 18 d. On Jan. 17, 1896 he was married to Mary E. Kenagy and to this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. In the spring of 1917 he with his family moved to Montana where he has since resided. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, 5 children (Mrs. Beulah Miller of Kalispell, Mrs. Lela Lapp and Harold of near Creston, Vernon and Berniece at home), 11 grandchildren, his aged father, 4 brothers (Joe, Will, Sam, and Jake), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Mary Kenagy, Anna, and Mrs. Edna Yoder). One son, his mother and 2 sisters preceded him. In the community he was appreciated as a good upright neighbor; in the church his counsel and service as deacon, in which he faithful served since 1924, will be missed much; in the home his place as husband and father cannot be filled. He made all arrangements for the funeral before his passing, and looked forward to the change for better things. It is our loss but his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the Wagganer and Campbell Funeral Home on Oct. 1 by J. G. Hochstetler from the texts of his choice, Phil. 1:21; Rev. 14:13
Heatwole.-Sarah Frances, daughter of the late David
and Elizabeth Weaver, was born near Beaver Creek, Va., Dec. 21,
1856; died at the home of her son Weldon, near Mt. Clinton, Va.,
Sept. 15, 1936; aged 79 y. 8 m. 25 d. At the age of twenty-two
years she united with the Mennonite Church, continuing in this
faith to the end. She was faithful in attending church services
when health permitted, and during her illness often expressed
a longing to be there. She had been in failing health for about
four years. During this time she was seriously ill with pneumonia
several times but recovered sufficiently that she was able to
be up and walk around. She was only confined to her bed for less
than a week in her last illness. She bravely faced the many struggles
and sorrows which came into her life during the thirty-eight years
of her widowhood. On Dec. 2, 1875 she was united in marriage with
Martin Heatwole. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters.
One son and 3 daughters preceded her in death. The following children
survive: Mrs. T. F. Brunk, Sterling, Ill.; R. O. Heatwole, Brooklyn,
Ia.; E. C. Heatwole, Harrisburg, Pa.; Mrs. W. D. Burkholder and
WeldonWV., Harrisonburg, Va. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren,
6 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and 1 sister. Funeral services
were held at the Bank Church, conducted by Bro. H. B. Keener,
assisted by Bro. J. S. Martin. Texts, Job 5 :26; Psa. 116 :15.
Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Near other loved ones we laid her,
Low in the church yard to lie;
And though our hearts are near broken,
Yet we would not question, 'Why?'"
Snavely.-Amos H. Snavely was born July 29, 1875; died
at the hospital of heart failure on July 27, 1936; aged 60 y.
11 m. 29 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his twentieth
year and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until his
death. On Nov. 15, 1900, he was united in marriage with Lizzie
R. Herr who survives him. He is also survived by 6 children (Mrs.
Clarence D. Heller, Mrs. Benjamin L. Landis, Abram H., Mrs. Lloyd
Swisher, Mrs. Paul Meck, Benjamin H.), 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers,
and 1 sister. His parents and 2 sisters preceded him. He grew
to manhood in the community where he was born and lived on the
farm all his life. His friendly and cheerful disposition gained
a large circle of friends. He looked to his Master for help, strength,
and guidance during his illness which he bore with great patience
and courage. The family has lost a loving father, and friends
and neighbors a helpful friend. He was assistant superintendent
of Strasburg Church for many years. His life of service has been
brought to a close, but we are comforted in that we know he is
sweetly resting. The funeral service in the home was in charge
of Bro. Frank Herr, and at the Strasburg Mennonite Church in charge
of Jacob Harnish and Christian Brubaker. The body was laid to
rest in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.
"Deep in our hearts lies a picture
Of a loved one laid to rest;
In memory's frame we will keep it,
Because he was one of the best.
Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the heartaches
That the smile hides all the while."
Lahman.-Byard E., son of the late Martin and Kate (Shank)
Lahman, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Oct. 11, 1892; died at
Rockingham Memorial Hospital Sept. 23, 1936; aged 44 y.
11 m. 12 d. On the morning of Sept. 23 left his home to go some
miles to help fill a silo. Arriving at the place he was to work,
he climbed to the top of the silo from where he fell to the bottom,
thirty feet below. He was rushed to the hospital and died about
three hours later. His sudden passing and untimely death should
indeed be a solemn warning to all. At the age of thirteen years
he united with the Mennonite Church. In 1928 he was ordained deacon,
in which office he served faithfully. He was a member of the Virginia
Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities and of the Home Mission
Board. He was also a teacher and superintendent in Sunday school
in the home church and mountain churches. At the time of his death
he with another brother was conducting a Sunday school in the
mountain district. His upright Christian life and cheerful disposition
was effective in his business transactions as well as every other
walk in his life. A few of the testimonies concerning his life
are as follows: 'We feel our health, happiness in the home, and
our efforts to Christian living have all been helped by our contacts
with him." "Truly he was a prince among men." The
funeral was one of the largest ever held at Weaver's Church. On
May 3, 1916 he was united in marriage to Ethel F. Heatwole. To
this union were born 3 children (Harold H., Mildred I., and Doris
A.), all at home. His companion and the three children survive.
He is also survived by 6 sisters, 4 brothers, and a host of relatives
and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. C. K. Lehman,
assisted by S. H. Rhodes and J. L. Stauffer. Text, Jno. 11 :35.
The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
"When I cannot understand my Father's leading,
And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate,
Still I hear that gentle whisper ever pleading,
God is working, God is faithful, only wait."
Shetler.-Daniel J., second child of John and Catharine
(Kinsinger) Shetler, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Aug. 19, 1871;
died at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Ia., Sept. 14, 1936; aged 65
y. 25 d. In his young manhood he united with the Amish Mennonite
Church in which faith he continued until death. Feb. 17, 1898,
he was married to Emma L. Miller of Johnson Co. She preceded him
in death May 18, 1930. To this union were born 4 daughters (Alta,
Ida, Ellen and Cordelle), all of whom are left to mourn his going.
Besides these he leaves 1 uncle (Peter Shetler of Kalona, Ia.),
4 brothers and 4 sisters (Jacob of Pasadena, Calif.; Aaron of
Wellman, Ia.; Edward of Kalona, Ia.; Lewis of Pasadena, Calif.;
Mrs. Joe Starr of Wellman, Ia.; Mrs. Howard Skinner of West Chester,
Ia.; Mrs. Magdalena Nicola of Wellman, Ia.; and Mrs. Loren Van
Dorn of Elizabeth, Colo.). These with many other relatives and
friends greatly mourn his sudden and unexpected departure. He
spent his entire life in the part of the state where he was born
except one year during his early married life when they lived
in the state of Washington. Last Thursday about 5 p. m. he was
returning from Sigourney. When about three miles east of Keota
while turning north off highway No. 2, he was struck by a car
coming from the east at a high rate of speed. The collision was
so violent that he was thrown completely out of his car, and was
rendered entirely unconscious. He was taken to Washington, and
then to Iowa City. His condition was critical from the start,
and on Monday morning he passed away without regaining consciousness.
Many will be the memories of deeds of neighborly kindness performed
by him. He will truly be missed because his seat will be empty.
Funeral services were held at the West Union Church conducted
by Abner G. Yoder and S. G. Shetler of Johnstown, Pa. The funeral
text was taken from Prov. 27 :1. Interment in the Lower Deer Creek
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
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Biehn.-Delton Biehn was born in Waterloo, Co., Ont., Aug. 7, 1894; died at Guernsey, Sask., Sept. 21, 1936, after an illness of only a few days; aged 42 y. 1 m. 14 d. He was married to Magdelena Eby who preceded him in death 8 years ago. This union was blessed with 3 children (George, Stewart, and Margaret) who, with 4 brothers and 2 sisters of the deceased survive to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Sharon Mennonite Church with Bro. M. H. Schmitt and Bro. B. B. Weber in charge. The body was laid to rest in adjoining cemetery.
Eby.-Telitha, daughter of Michael and Mary Kreider,
was born near Strasburg, Pa., March 23, 1858; died at her home
in Gap, Pa., Sept. 24, 1936; aged 78 y. 6 m. 1 d. Death was due
to complications. She was united in marriage to John M. Eby on
Nov. 24, 1880. She was the mother of four children (Harry K.,
Gap, Pa.; Mary, wife of Emanuel W. Denlinger, Paradise, Pa.; Lillian,
wife of John Denlinger, Soudersburg, Pa.; Isaac K., Kinzers, Pa.).
Besides her children she is survived by 12 grandchildren, 4
2 sisters (Susan Ranck and Katie Kreider), and 1 half-sister (Elizabeth
Miller). She united with the Hershey Mennonite congregation in
the fall of 1883, and was a consistent member the remainder of
her life. Her seat was seldom vacant as long as health permitted.
She will be missed as a kind and loving mother. Funeral services
were held at the home by Ira Hershey and at the church by Martin
Hershey and Abram Martin.
"Our family circle now is broken,
Since you have gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow,
And say, 'God thought it best.'"
Dombach-Henry H., son of Martin W. and Elizabeth (Herr)
Dombach, was born June 9, 1847; died at the home of his son, B.
Frank Dombach of Landisville, Pa., Oct. 9, 1936; aged 89 y. 4
m. He was a farmer in Lancaster County all his life, living retired
a number of years. His wife died Dec. 29, 1929. He was a member
of the Mennonite Church at Habecker's and Mountville. One daughter
(Ella, wife of Amos Robber) died twenty-one years ago, leaving
one son with whom he made his home. He is survived by 9 grandchildren
and 1 sister (Mrs. Lizzie H. Martin of Central Manor, Pa.). He
was sick only three weeks. The last time he was in church was
on Sept. 13. His place is vacant in the church and in the home,
but we hope our loss is his gain. He was very patient through
his illness and expressed the wish to enter into the home prepared
for the people of God. Funeral services were held at the Mountville
Church by Jacob Habecker and John K. Charles.
"In our hearts his memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake him
From his peaceful, quiet sleep."
Zimmerman.-Jonas B., son of Pre. Samuel and Susan (Plough) Zimmerman, was born Aug. 7, 1838; died at his home in Mechanicsburg, Pa, Oct. 5, 1936; aged 98 y. 2 m. 1 d. He spent his entire life in Cumberland Co., Pa. In April, 1879, he was ordained deacon at Erbs church near Carlisle. This office he held up to the time of his death. In 1885 Erbs church was abandoned and a new church was erected near Churchtown. He had the pleasure of attending the fiftieth anniversary of the present church in 1935. He was the last charter member of the Churchtown Church. He took great delight in reading his Bible. When his mind was too weak to hold a conversation he would read his Bible every evening for three solid hours. His wife was the former Anna Hege of Chambersburg, who died in 1910. He is survived by 4 sons and 2 daughters (Ira, Samuel, Benjamin, Jacob, Anna Mary, and Mrs. Martha Meiley); also 1 granddaughter (Irva Zimmerman) and an aged sister Leah Shope of Philadelphia.. A daughter (Susan) died July 20, 1930. Brief funeral service was held from the home, with further services at the Churchtown Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Noah Mack and John F. Bressler. Burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Lichty.-Catherine Hilty Lichty was born Sept. 23, 1851 in Melhausen, Alsace-Lorraine; died at Lake Charles, La., on Oct. 11, 1936; aged 85 y. 18 d. She emigrated with her parents to America. Her later life was spent in the home of her nephew, Peter J. Lichty, at Lake Charles, La. The morning of her passing she arose as usual, but returned to her bedroom and laid down. When Grandma Lichty called her for breakfast she had passed away. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and greatly appreciated the occasional services held at stated times. She was longingly looking forward to the communion service to be held on the day of her departure, but we believe she now enjoys the perfect communion and fellowship with her Lord. She is survived by Grandma Lichty, her two nephews (P. J. Lichty of Lake Charles, La., and J. J. Lichty of Kinder, La.), 3 nieces (Mrs. L. C. McCain and Mrs. E. G. Leidig of Lake Charles, La., and Mrs. S. J. Swartz of Phoenix, Ariz.). Funeral services were held at the residence in charge of C. W. Rogers and E. S. Hallman of Tuleta, Texas. Her remains were laid to rest in the Graceland Cemetery.
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