Risser - Beulah, daughter of Ephraim and Mary (Horst) Risser, was born April 18, 1916 near Peabody, Kans.; died at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, Kans.; aged 21 y. 10 m. 21 d. Death resulted from peritonitis and complications. She was preceded in death by her mother 20 years ago. She is survived by her father, stepmother, 3 sisters (Ella, Ethel, and Margaret) and 1 brother (Eldon). Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church, but by her own acknowledgment she failed to fully yield her life to God; the pleasures of the world drew her away from the Church a number of times, until finally her church affiliation was severed. However, the Lord honored the prayers of her family and of others by sending deep conviction during what proved to be her last sickness. She confessed and repented fully and the Lord gave her the assurance of salvation. Her earnest request was that her friends should be warned of the folly of sin. Funeral services were held at the house and at the Pennsylvania Church, conducted by Paul Erb, Earl Buckwalter, and D.D. Zook.
Yoder - Henry R., son of Amos C. and Emma (Peachey)
Yoder, was born near Allensville, Pa., July 19, 1930; died March
18, 1938; aged 7 y. 7 m. 29 d. His death came very suddenly as
a result of being hit by a motorcycle as he attempted to cross
the highway after getting off the school bus as he was returning
home from school. He leaves his father and mother, 2 brothers
and 3 sisters besides a host of friends which his likable disposition
had won for him. Funeral services were held in the home conducted
by Bro. Elmer E. Yoder and in the Allensville Mennonite Church
conducted by Bro. Joshua B. Zook assisted by Bro. Elmer E. Yoder.
"Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade, death timely came, with friendly care,
The opening bud to Heaven conveyed, and bade it bloom forever there."
Schrock - Dale Daniel, son of Alvin J. and Mary S. Schrock,
fell asleep in Jesus, after a brief illness, March 26, 1938, aged
8 y. 1 m. 25 d. He is survived by his father, mother, 3 sisters
and 3 brothers (Mrs. Paul Winkler, Laverne, Mary Louise, Donald,
Dean, and Darrel), grandfather (Daniel Ramseyer), grandmother
(Mrs. Fannie Plank), 8 uncles and aunts, 18 cousins, and many
other relatives. Dale was always willing to help in the duties
assigned to him, and with a glad heart accomplished his work.
He was very much interested in Sunday school work, with the exception
of one Sunday, during his last illness. Funeral services were
conducted by Brethren J.N. Smucker and J.S. Gerig. Interment in
Oak Grove Cemetery near Smithville, O.
"God in His wisdom took our loved one away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in the home above."
Harrison - Ronald Dean, son of Wayne and Erma Harrison,
was born in Holmesville, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1931; died in the Children's
Hospital, Akron, Ohio, March 18, 1938. He was much interested
as his young and tender life began to unfold itself, and to realize
that a loving, heavenly Father was over him to bless and keep.
He had his daily devotion with his God as he knew Him, and did
not forget to return thanks for the blessings of each day. But
God in His wisdom, who doeth all things well, came and called
"Ronald," and transplanted him into that beautiful home
above to enjoy the eternal fellowship with Jesus and the Holy
Angels; to shine as one of His jewels; awaiting the coming of
father, mother, and brother, Dwight Eugene. He is also survived
by his 4 grandparents, 11 aunts and uncles, 15 cousins, with many
other near relatives. Services were conducted by the brethren
I.W. Royer and J.S. Gerig.
"Little lambs so white and fair are the Shepherd's constant care,
So He leads their tender feet into pastures green and sweet."
Zimmerman - Philip J., son of John and Catherine Zimmerman
was born July 1, 1868, near Kalona, Ia.; after a brief illness
he departed this life March 4, 1938, at the General Hospital,
Enid, Okla.; aged 69 y. 7 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage to
Anna Troyer in 1892. He, with his wife and children were among
the pioneer settlers of Jet, Okla., which has since been their
home. He leaves his sorrowing wife and the following children:
Lizzie, wife of Iri Cooprider, Newton, Kans.; Eva, wife of Dan
Yoder, Harper, Kans.; Floyd, Nash, Okla.; Carrie, wife of Ross
Cooprider, Sedgwick, Kans.; Orie, Wichita, Kans.; and Chris, at
home. An infant son preceded him in death. He also leaves 13
1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. He united with
the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful Christian until his
death. In May, 1899, he was ordained a deacon, in which capacity
he faithfully served the congregation at Jet. He was a loving
husband and father and will be greatly missed in the home, Church,
and community. Funeral services were conducted at the home by
Bro. Simon Hershberger and at the Jet Mennonite Church by R.M.
Weaver and S.C. Miller. Text, 1 Thes. 4:13.
"Father, now your place is empty, and you now we see no more;
But we hope some day to meet you over on the other shore."
Shank - Loma M. Hostetler was born Nov. 22, 1883, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died at the Riverside Hospital, Newport News, Va., on March 19, 1938; aged 54 y. 3 m. 28 d. On Oct. 17, 1907, she was united in marriage to Perry E. Shank of Denbigh, Va., at which place they have since resided. At an early age she united with the Mennonite church, and remained "faithful until death." Surviving are her husband, 2 children (Elvin of Washington, D.C., and Malinda Catherine at home - with a little motherless girl whom they took into their house a few years ago), her father (Jonathan K. Hostetler), 2 sisters and 7 brothers (Mrs. Edith Hartzler, Esther, David J., Chauncey, Ammon, Paul, Boyd, Christian and Harry all of Wayne Co., O.), also a large number of nieces and nephews, with many other relatives and friends in Ohio and Virginia. She had been troubled almost her entire lifetime with asthma, and suffered much; but so uncomplaining that her friends were repeatedly impressed by her patience and her quiet submission to the will of God. In recent years heart trouble also developed, which, with the asthma, caused her death. Funeral services were conducted March 22 at the home by Bro. Geo. R. Brunk, Jr., and at the church by Bros. Geo. R. Brunk and Truman Brunk. Text: "Say ye to the righteous that is shall be well with him." This, with many other like Scriptures constitutes our comfort and hope. So we can truly say, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Kropf - Anna, daughter to Bro. and Sister Levi Hostetler, was born March 24, 1866, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died on March 5, 1938, at the home of her youngest daughter, Mae Smucker, near Harrisburg, Oreg.; aged 71 y. 11 m. 9 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church. She remained faithful until death. At the age of 18 she moved with her parents to Cass Co., Mo., at which place she was married, Dec. 29, 1885, to Daniel J. Kropf, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for 41 years. She is survived by 6 sons and 3 daughters (Frank, Levi, John, Alvin, Orie, Joe, Mrs. John Yoder, Mrs. Orval Smucker, Mrs. Herman Smucker), also 41 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 5 sisters, besides many other relatives and friends. Her husband and 3 children preceded her to the glory world. She was one of the pioneer members of the Mennonite Church on the Pacific Coast, coming to Hubbard, Oreg., with her husband and 2 oldest children in 1889. In 1911 she with her family moved to Harrisburg, Oreg., at which time she resided at the time of her death. She was always interested in serving her Master, and in the welfare of her family and of the Church. When she could no more labor and toil for her Master and those she was interested in, her desire was to go home and be with her Lord. Funeral services were held at the home by Joseph Schrock and at the Mennonite church conducted by N.A. Lind, assisted by E.M. Yost. Burial in the Alford Cemetery.
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Baker - Jonas Baker was born May 18, 1850; died of gangrene
at the home of his sister, Stevensville, Ont., March 13, 1938;
aged 78 y. 9 m. 25 d. He leaves 4 brothers (Joseph, Menno, George,
and Melvin) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Truman Burger, with whom he lived,
and Mrs. Susanna Noyes). He was baptized and received into the
Mennonite Church in Waterloo, Ont.
Mrs. Melvin Baker
Hess - Abram L. Hess was born Feb. 21, 1863; died at his home in Marion, Pa., Mar. 30, 1938, after an illness of one year, nine months of which were spent in bed.; aged 75 y. 1 m. 9 d. He was married to Hettie K. Horst who survives with 2 daughters (Lydia Ruth at home and Mrs. Henry S. Baer, Chambersburg, Pa.), and 1 sister (Mrs. H.E. Michaels). He was a member of the Mennonite Church at Marion for 42 years. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. Norman H. Martin and at the Marion Church by Brethren Harvey E. Shank and J. Irwin Lehman.
Graber - Susanna Lou, daughter of Amos and Lorene (Nebel) Graber, died very suddenly at her home near Wayland, Iowa, Monday morning, Mar. 21, 1938; aged 3 m. 11 d. We cannot understand God's purpose in taking from our home a treasure so much loved, but we realize His ways are not our ways, and we look to Him for grace to say, "Thy will be done." Besides her sorrowing parents, she is survived by a sister (Annabelle Charlene), 4 grandparents and many relatives and friends. An infant brother (John Lamar) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held from the Wayland Mennonite Church Mar. 22, by Bros. Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty.
Strickler - Lydia H., daughter of Hiram N. and Vera
(Herr) Strickler, died Jan. 10, 1938; aged 9 y. 10 m. 16 d. She
died of pneumonia, which developed from the measles. She suffered
almost a week. She is survived by her bereaved parents, 1 brother
(Hiram H.), her maternal grandmother (Mrs. Lydia G. Herr) and
her paternal grandfather (Hiram B. Strickler). Funeral services
were held privately at her home by Bros. Hiram Kauffman, Christ
Frank, and Martin Metzier. Interment in Salunga, Pa., Mennonite
"A tiny bud on the Tree of Life, too frail to endure our world of strife;
On a bleak and dreary winter day, she spread her wings and flew away."
Detweiler - Mildred, 2 1/2-months-old daughter of Alvin
and Edna (Derstine) Detweiler, Souderton, Pa., died Mar. 22, 1938,
after an illness of one day of pneumonia. Surviving besides the
parents, are 2 sisters and 1 brother (Ruth, Beulah, and Walter),
all at home; also the paternal grandparents, Bro. and Sister Isaac
F. Detweiler. Funeral services were held March 24, at the Rockhill
Mennonite Church by Brethren Edwin A. Souder and Alfred A. Detweiler.
Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"The sweet little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."
By the Family.
Martin - Florence S., daughter of Jonas Martin, Ephrata,
Pa., died at the home of her father and step-mother at the age
of 14 y. 3 m. 15 d., after an illness that lasted over a period
of several months. She was received into church fellowship about
ten days before her departure. Funeral services were held at the
home and in the Weaverland Church March 11, 1938; with Brethren
John B. Bucher, Noah W. Hurst, and Amos S. Hurst officiating.
The surviving family were the father, her step-mother (Emma Rutt
Martin), and the following brothers and sisters: Ruth Irene, Jonas*
Charles, Clarence, and David. She was a member of the Indiantown
church. May the Lord bless and use the influence of her short
life here for the good of others.
A.S.H. [*Researching note: Should have a comma here. Jonas and Charles are two sons. See Nolt Family History, 1771-1969 by Enos N. Zimmerman page 81 #264 - Thelma Hoover Martin]
Erb - Malinda, daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Karcher Erb, after a lingering illness, died Mar. 27, 1938, at the home of her sister (Mrs. Delton Snider), in Waterloo, Ont., aged 63 y. 9 m. 2 d. Surviving are two brothers (Anson of Carstairs, Atla., and Addison of Waterloo), and 4 sisters (Mrs. Ira Snyder, and Mrs. Delton Snider, both of Waterloo, Mrs. Addis Cressman, New Hamburg, and Mrs. Joseph Weter, Waterloo). One sister (Mrs. William Knarr of Kitchener) preceded her on March 9, 1938. When seventeen years old she was converted during the preaching of J.S. Coffman. She united with the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful Christian life. Her testimony during her sickness was to go and be with Jesus. "For me to live is Christ but to die is gain." Funeral services were conducted by Brethren Jonas Snider and J.B. Martin at the Erb St., Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont.
Schmucker - Amanda, daughter of Peter L. and Sarah Gingerich Weirich, was born in Newton Co., Ind., June 17, 1889; died at the home of her daughter near Nappanee, Ind., Mar. 19, 1938; aged 48 y. 9 m. 2 d. Early in life she moved to Nappanee, Ind., where she resided practically all her life. She was united in marriage to Jacob S. Schmucker, Nov. 17, 1904. To this union were born 4 daughters (Mrs. Iva Slabaugh, Mrs. Sarah Chupp, Mrs. Martha Schrock, and Lydia Mae Schmucker, all of the vicinity of Nappanee) and 3 sons (Ezra, Edward, and Melvin), all of whom are living. In early life she took Christ as her Saviour and united with the Amish Church, and later transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church in Nappanee, of which she was a faithful member. She leaves her husband, 7 children 9 grandchildren, father, step-mother, four half-brothers, 1 half-sister, and a host of relatives and friends. Services were held at the North Main St. Mennonite Church on March 22 by Homer F. North, Ray F. Yoder, and Levi Mast. Burial in the Weldy Cemetery.
Habel - Maggie, eldest daughter of the late Solomon and Mary Anne (Hostetler) Shantz, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 9, 1878; died at her home in Wilmot, Mar. 21, 1938; aged 59 y. 11 m. 12 d. Dec. 8, 1897, she was united in marriage to Conrad Habel who predeceased her over 16 years ago. Surviving are 4 sons and 1 daughter (Clinton of Baden, Lorne of Wilmot, Harry of Buffalo, Roy of Princeton, and Marion - Mrs. Wallace Thibideau) on the homestead, 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 4 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. One son died in infancy. Sister Habel accepted Christ in her youth and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Geigers for 43 years, where her presence and help will be missed, but she has gone to be with her Lord, which is better. She had been in failing health for a few years, but a paralytic stroke was the immediate cause of her death. The funeral services were held March 24 from her home to Geiger's Mennonite Church in Charge of Bros. Moses H. Roth, assisted by the brethren C.C. Cressman and Jonas Snider. Text, Heb. 9:27. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Swartzentruber - Valentine Milton, eldest son of Milton
and Savanna (Bender) Swartzentruber, Greenwood, Del., was born
May 24, 1922; died of facial erysipelas and pneumonia March 16,
1938; aged 15 y. 9 m. 22 d. He was sick about 10 days, during
which time he patiently bore his great suffering. He accepted
Christ early in life. On the last morning of his life on earth
he requested to be anointed. A touching anointing service was
held, at which time he expressed his faith in the Lord and his
perfect willingness to go if the Lord so willed. The Lord saw
fit to take him home. He will be remembered as an obedient child
and will be missed more than can be told. He is survived by his
parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Lewis, Elizabeth, Carolyn,
Milton, and John), also by quite a number of foster brothers and
sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Levi
Bontrager, and at the church by Brethren Noah and Eli Swartzentruber
and Nevin Bender. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Death doth hide but not divide;
Thou art but on Christ's other side!
Thou are with Christ and Christ with me;
In Christ united still are we."
Martin - Elizabeth (Reesor) Martin was born in York Co., Ont., in December 1859. She was the youngest daughter of the late Christian E. Reesor who was for 47 years bishop of what was known as the Reesor Church of the Markham district. About the year 1882 she married Menno, son of Christian Stover. About 1900 her husband died. In September, 1904, she married Bishop Paul Martin of Waterloo, Co., Ont., and lived with him ten years until his death. After remaining on his homestead for some time she was united in marriage to Bishop Ezra Martin. She took a stroke six years ago last November, and since that time has been confined to her home. She proved to be a patient mother, thought she never had children of her own. She died Feb. 25, 1938, and was laid to rest on the 28th at the Conestoga church and burying ground, where a very large assembly gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. She leaves the aged husband, 1 brother (Thomas, minister at Markham), and many other near relatives. The services at the church were conducted by the home minister, Israel Weber, and Daniel G. Brubaker, bishop at Brutus, Mich. May God richly comfort all the bereaved friends.
Nafziger - Katie, daughter of Chris D. and Magdalena
Short was born near Archbold, O., Oct. 7, 1867; died at
her home near Archbold; aged 70 y. 4 m. 25 d. On Mar. 6, 1890,
she was united in marriage to Simon Nafziger. They shared the
joys and sorrows of life together until Feb. 21, 1931, when God
called him home. To this union were born 10 children. She leaves
3 sons (Clarence, Eddie, and Lyle), 2 daughters (Mrs. Eli Stuckely
and Emma) all of Archbold, O., 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren,
2 sisters (Mrs. A.J. Wyse, who is seriously ill at this time,
and Mrs. Harry Lauther, who after the death of her parents made
her home with Bro. and Sister Nafziger for 8 years), and a host
of relatives and friends. Her husband, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 1
grandchild, 2 sisters (Fannie and Lydia) and I brother (Albert)
preceded her in death. She was a kind and loving mother and will
be missed in the home and by all that knew her. But our loss is
her eternal gain.
"Remember, friend, as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I;
As I now am, so you shall be.
Prepare for death and follow me."
Wyse - Sarah R., daughter of C.D. and Magdalena Short,
was born near Archbold, O., July 31, 1872; following a short illness
caused by cancer, she died at the home of her birth, Mar. 9, 1938;
aged 65 y. 7 m. 8 d. On Mar. 31, 1892, she was united in marriage
to A.I. Wyse and they shared the joys and sorrows of life together
for nearly 46 years. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 1
daughter (Chauncey, Boy, and Amandus of Detroit, Mich.; Harry
and Mrs. P.L. Frey of Archbold, Ohio). She is survived by her
late husband, 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 sister (Mrs. Harry
Lauber of Archbold, Ohio). These together with a host of relatives
and friends remain to mourn her departure. In her youth she accepted
Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, to
with faith she remained true until death. She was a loving mother
and a devoted companion, always looking for the welfare of others;
one who had many friends and will be greatly missed in the home,
in the Church, and in the community.
"Her willing hands are folded, her dear, warm heart is still;
A place is vacant in the home that never can be filled."
Martin - Norman R. Martin died at his home in Elmira,
Ont., March 30, 1938; after a brief illness at the age of 44 y.
1 m. 4 d. Feb. 20, 1918, he was united in marriage to Altana Weber.
Three children were blessed to this union; namely, Willis, Grace,
and Verda, who deeply mourn his early departure. He is also survived
by his father and step-mother (his own mother preceded him 30
years ago), 7 brothers (Josiah and Urias of Kitchener, Irvine
and Edison of Alberta, Isaiah of Petersburg, Abner of New Hamburg,
Ephraim and Milton of Albany, Oreg.), 3 sisters (Hannah, wife
of Irvine Lichty of Breslau; Malinda, wife of Amos Good of New
Hamburg; Barbara, wife of Moses Roth of Baden), 1 step-brother
(Melvin Hunsberger of New Hamburg), and 1 step-sister (Ada, wife
of Rufus Martin of St. Jacobs). One sister (Elvina) preceded him
8 years ago. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and
united with the Mennonite Church in which he served faithfully
to the end. Some of his last comforting words were, "It is
well with my soul." Funeral services were held April 3, in
charge of Bros. Ben Shantz and Oliver D. Snider. Text, Isa. 51:12
first clause. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Silent thoughts bring many a tear for one we loved and cherished here;
God took him home; it was His will, but in our hearts he liveth still."
Hershberger - Sophia, daughter of Leonard and Kathryn
(Eash) Emmert, was born Mar. 15, 1864; died at her home
near Shipshewana, Ind., Mar. 24, 1938; aged 74 y. 9 d. On Feb.
6, 1887 she was united in marriage to Ephraim Swartzentruber
who died Feb. 22, 1902. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters.
One son and 1 daughter preceded her to the spirit world. On Oct.
25, 1908 she was united in marriage to Noah Hershberger of Holmes
Co., Ohio, who died June 30, 1917. She leaves 1 son (John of Topeka),
4 daughters (Susan, Mrs. John Hershberger, Orrville, O.; Fanny,
Mrs. James Mason, Elkhart, Ind.; Amanda, Mrs. Jonas Eash, Elkhart,
Ind.; Katie, at home), 21 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren,
4 stepchildren, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. She was a member of
the Mennonite Church since her youth. She had been failing in
health for several years, but she bore her suffering patiently,
and was waiting to be called to that better home where there is
no pain or sorrow. Mother is gone She can never come back to us,
but oh! the blessed thought that we can all go to her; for we
know that she is waiting to welcome us over there. Funeral services
were held at the Shore Mennonite Church, conducted by Amos Hostetler
and Josiah J. Miller. Text, Heb. 4:12.
"Passing out of the shadow into eternal day;
Why do we call it dying, this sweet going away."
Cook - William A., son of Washington and Ann Jane Cook,
was born Nov. 13, 1866, in Hardy Co., O.; died Mar. 21, 1938,
at the Mercy Hospital in Urbana, Ill.; aged 71 y. 4 m. 21 d. His
death was caused by a diabetic illness. In 1868, he came to Illinois
with his parents, who settled near Dewey, where he spent the rest
of his life. On Nov. 26, 1885, he was united in marriage to Sarah
Katherine Chambers, who with seven of the ten children survive.
The children surviving are: Mrs. Lyle Hummel, Arvada, Colo.; Mrs.
Iva Spicer, Fisher, Ill.; Alva, Rankin, Ill.; Archie, Walter,
Eddie, and Mrs. Rose Drennan, Dewey, Ill. Pearl, Leslie and Frank
preceded him in death. Also surviving are a brother (George, of
Bantry, N. Dak.), and a sister (Mrs. Margaret Hatherway of Hume,
Ill.), 28 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren Five grandchildren
preceded him in death. Bro. Cook was a hard worker, and spent
almost all his time in accumulation of earthly gains for himself
and family; until about six months ago, when his health failed
and he was taken to the hospital. Here he was visited by our minister,
Bro. J.A. Heiser who instructed him in the Word of God. After
confessing Christ he was baptized and received into the fellowship.
Funeral services were conducted from the family home March 26,
with Bro. J.A. Heiser officiating. Text, Jno. 14:6. Burial in
the nearby cemetery.
"Dear husband and father, you have left us,
And your going we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereaved us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Groff - John L., youngest son of John and Anna (Brackbill)
Groff, was born Apr. 12, 1916, near Kinzers, Pa.; died Feb. 26,
1938, at the Lancaster General Hospital; aged 21 y. 10 m. 14 d.
On Feb. 24 he left his parents, said good-bye, never thinking
it would be the last time to meet here on earth. He was returning
from his fiancee's home and met with an automobile accident which
resulted in his death two days later. His passing has been a shock
to his family, his community, and the many friends who learned
to know and love him for his kind and loving disposition and his
cheery smile. He is sadly missed by us all and can never be replaced.
We cannot understand why he has been taken in his young and active
life, but God's ways are higher than our ways and He makes no
mistakes. At the age of 15 he united with the Kinzers Mennonite
Church and was a faithful attendant at church and Sunday school
at that place. He leaves his sorrowing parents, his fiancee, Pauline
Bredle, Goodville, Pa., and the following brothers and sisters:
Barbara (wife of Warren Graham), Gap, Pa.; Clarence V., and Roy
M., Groff of Kinzers; Anna (wife of Norman Hess), and Elva (wife
of Lester Lehman), Lancaster, Pa.; and Elizabeth, Esther, Elsie,
and Miriam, at home. Funeral services were held at the home and
at the Hershey Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Abram Martin
and George Graham. Text, Job 17:11. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"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."
By the Family
Grieser - Samuel D., son of Christian and Veronica Grieser,
was born near Archbold, O. June 10, 1874; died at the Memorial
Hospital, Wauseon, O., Mar. 2, 1938; aged 63 y. 8 m. 20 d. On.
Nov. 4, 1894, he was united in marriage to Emma Stutzman. They
shared the joys and sorrows of life together until Nov. 2, 1919,
when God called her home. This union was blessed with 7 children.
He leaves 2 sons (Ira and Lawrence), 3 daughters (Bertha, Mrs.
Joseph Gunden, Archbold, O.; Mrs. William Gunden of Bay Port,
Mich.), 18 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of
relatives and friends. There preceded him in death, his companion,
1 daughter (who died in infancy) 1 son, 3 grandchildren, father,
mother, and 1 sister. He united with the Mennonite Church at the
age of 19 and was ordained to the ministry May 10, 1919, where
he faithfully labored for the cause of Christ and the Church.
We feel our loss, but our loss is his eternal gain. His death
was due to a heart attack which took place after an appendicitis
"Dearest father, thou hast left us.
For that home beyond the skies;
But we long again to meet thee
In the realms of Paradise.
The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his death was near,
And only those who've lost can tell
The pain of a passing without farewell."
Funeral services were conducted at the Central Mennonite Church by Bros. Jesse Short and E.B. Frey. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Weaver - Mary Anna, daughter of Bishop William and Nancy
(Landis) Acker, was born July 12, 1855, at Millerstown,
Pa.; died Feb. 5, 1938, at Waynesboro, Va.; aged 82 y. 6 m. 24
d. Death was due to pneumonia, caused by burns received when her
clothing caught on fire at an open fireplace. She was united in
marriage to David J. Weaver Dec. 7, 1875, who preceded her in
death in 1924; as also a son (William H.) who died in 1937. She
leaves the following children: Mrs. Vena Stover, Blooming Glen,
Pa.; Annie (wife of Chas. Kolb), Spring City, Pa.; David N., of
Waynesboro, Va.; Maymie (wife of P.H. Harner), Waynesboro, Va.,
at whose home she died; Amos B., Waynesboro, Va.; Margaret (wife
of Titus K. Moyer), Silverdale, Pa.; Jonas A., Royersford, Pa.;
Ella (wife of Emanuel J. Burkholder) and Josephine (wife of Amos
H. Burkholder), both of Harrisonburg, Va. She also leaves 38
and 16 great-grandchildren. The following sisters also survive:
Mrs. Sue Oberholtzer, New Holland, Pa.; Mrs. Lizzie Lauver,
Pa. At the age of twenty-three she with her companion united with
the Mennonite Church of which faith she died. She had a great
concern for the young people of the Church, and as she had been
a semi-invalid for a good many years, she enjoyed their visits
and singing. Funeral services were held Feb. 8, from Hildebrands
Church in Augusta, Co., Va., by Brethren, Jos. R. Driver and J.H.
Weaver. Text, marked in her bible as follows: Psa. 17:15; 116:15;
"Tis hard to part with mother dear,
Nevermore to see her here;
But yet we're glad if God saw best
To end her trouble and give her rest."
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Busch - Jerald Wilfred, son of the late George and Clara (Ernst) Busch, was born near Guernsey, Sask., March 23, 1918; died March 27, 1938; aged 20 y. 4 d. He leaves his widowed mother, 2 sons (Clarence and George) both at home, and 1 daughter (Ruby of Saskatoon). His father preceded him 17 years ago. He was suffering mentally for some time, becoming worse and finally death came. Funeral services were conducted by M.H. Schmidt and B.B. Weber in the Sharon Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Benner - Lizzie, wife of John D. Benner was born Sept. 3, 1863. She was a daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth (Derstine) Detweiler, being born in Montgomery Co., Pa. She united with the Church at Rockhill at the age of twenty-one; married March 19, 1902 (being his second wife) by Bishop Josiah Clemmer. Her health failed for the last few years. She was forced to bed twelve days prior to death on March 30, 1938, at her home. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Church. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Aged 74 y. 6 m. 27 d. Surviving besides the husband is an adopted daughter, Alverda, wife of Oswin F. Detweiler.
Merril - Lydia Buerge was born in Ontario, Canada, Feb. 14, 1857; died March 15, 1938; aged 81 y. 1 m. 1 d. She moved with her parents to Reed City, Mich., at the age of twelve years, and to a farm near Jasper, Mo., when a young woman. She became a member of the Mennonite Church some twenty years ago. She was married to George Merril in October, 1932, who passed away a little more than four months ago. She leaves 2 sisters (Bessie Buerge and Mrs. Jacob Scott), 4 nephews, and 2 nieces Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church at Jasper, Mo., by E.J. Bekery of Oronogo, Mo. Text, Psa. 116;15. Burial in Mitchel Cemetery four miles east of Jasper.
Martin - Enoch E. Martin died at his home at Floradale, Ont., April 5, 1938, after a brief illness, aged 73 y. He leaves his wife and 3 sons (Oscar and Cleason of near Waterloo, Melvin at Floradale), 1 brother (Daniel of St. Jacobs), 3 sisters (Mrs. Simeon Weber of Conestoga, Mrs. Moses Martin of Elmira, Mrs. Abram Martin of Heidelberg). He was a faithful and active member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held April 8, in charge of Bro. Jonas Snider of Waterloo (Text, Phil. 3:20, 21), after which a song in which the deceased loved to dwell: "Death shall not destroy my comfort," etc. After this Bro. O.D. Snider spoke from II Tim. 4:6 last clause. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Histand - Rhoda, daughter of Fannie (Good) and the late Abram L. Histand, died at her home, Doylestown, Pa., March 9, 1938; aged 8 y. 3 m. 19 d. After the death of her father a year ago, she with her mother and brother moved to her grandparents near E. Petersburg, Pa. She leaves her mother, 1 brother, 4 grandparents, 1 sister preceding her in death. She was an invalid most of her life, but always was of a cheerful disposition. About 2 years ago she became bedfast and almost helpless. Her body was weaker and she quietly passed away. Funeral services were held at her late home Friday evening, with further services at Doylestown March 12, Bros. Joseph Gross and John Gochnauer officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Horning - Glen, son of Lewis G. and Dora Horning, was
born Feb. 8, 1935; died at the home of his parents in Hinkletown,
Pa., April 3, 1938. We humbly submit ourselves and say, "Thy
will be done," though we miss our little Glenn very much.
He was a bright and loving child, much of the time while playing
he was singing. Just one day before his took sick he sang, "What
the world needs is Jesus." In his play he would sometimes
say, "Mother, I am sorry; I will be good." He is survived
by his parents, 2 grandfathers and 1 great-grandmother. Funeral
services were held at the home by Bro. John W. Weaver and at Weaverland
Church by Bros. John M. Sauder and I.B. Good.
"Though we miss our precious darling, we are sure he is happier there,
Where the Saviour smiles His blessing, and his soul is free from care."
Transcriber's notes: First name is written both as Glen and Glenn.
Ernst - Levi Ernst was born in Wilmot Tp., Waterloo Co., March 23, 1860; died March 7, 1938, at his home near Plunkett, Sask,; aged 77 y. less 16 d. Surviving are his wife (Charlotte), 2 daughters (Mrs. Ida Schields of Dodson, Mont., and Mrs. Clara Busch of Guernsey, Sask.), 6 sons (Dr. Angus Ernst of Watrons, Sask.; Ira, David, and Herbert of Guernsey, Sask.; Lorne and Stanley of Plunkett), 2 brothers (Henry and George of Elmira, Ont.), and 1 step-sister, Mrs. Lovina Brubacker of St. Jacobs, Ont. About 2 years ago he suffered a stroke and has since been in poor health, confined to his bed since last November. Funeral services were conducted March 10 at the Sharon Mennonite Church by M.H. Schmitt. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Kropf - Lorene, daughter of Clarence and Mary Kropf was born Aug. 1, 1917, near Hubbard, Oreg.; died March 11, 1938, at her home near Woodburn, Oreg.; aged 20 y. 7 m. 11 d. Surviving are her father, 1 sister (Mrs. John Hershberger of Woodburn), 5 brothers (Herman of Harrisburg, Milo, Leland, Lawrence and Delbert of Woodburn), besides many relatives and friends. She accepted her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, where she continued faithful and gave her willful service. She bore her affliction patiently, knowing that these "are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us." She will be missed in the home, but we will comfort ourselves in the promises of Him who is faithful, confident that He will supply our every need. Services were conducted by Paul N. Roth, assisted by E.Z. Yoder, at the Zion Church. Text, Luke 8:52.
Blough - Polly, daughter of the late David and Fannie (Wingard) Weaver, was born Nov. 20, 1862; died March 23, 1938; aged 75 y. 4 m. 3 d. She was united in marriage to Peter Blough Jan. 18, 1880, who preceded her in death about ten years ago. To this union were born 7 children, 5 of whom survive, as follows: Ammon, Alvin, Fannie (wife of Lemon Saylor), Jennis (wife of Edgar L. Saylor), and Ella (wife of Webster Thomas). Two children preceded her in death (Sadie, wife of Lawrence Spiegle who died about 20 years ago; and Ida, who died in April 28, 1894), 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive; also 2 brothers (Daniel of Elmdale, Mich., and Moses, of Davidsville). Sister Blough was baptized and taken into the Mennonite Church Sept. 1908, and continued faithful unto death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the church by the home ministers, H.C. Blough and John A. Lehman, after which the body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Zehr - Christian S. Zehr of Wellesley, Ont., was born
Dec. 25, 1864; died March 1, 1938; aged 73 y. 2 m. 6 d. He was
united in marriage, Jan. 26, 1886, to Mattie Wagler who passed
away June 25, 1928. To the above union was born 1 son (Aaron W.
Zehr). He was again united in marriage, Oct. 22, 1929, to Katie
Steckly. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth
and was ordained to the ministry on June 7, 1891, in which field
he labored faithfully till the end. He is survived by his sorrowing
companion, 1 son, 1 adopted daughter (Mrs. Mose Erb, Zurich, Ont.),
and 1 step-daughter (Martha, at home); also 5 grandchildren, 2
brothers (Jacob S., of Poole, Ont., and M.S. Zehr, of Pigeon,
Mich.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Barbara Zehr and Mrs. Peter Leichty).
Funeral services were held at the home by John Wagler and at the
Maple View Amish Mennonite Church by Bros. Dan Lebold, Dan Jutzi,
and Chris Schultz.
"Father's chair is vacant and his voice is stilled;
But his place over yonder now we hope is filled."
Miller - Adam, son of Jeptha and Barbara Miller, was
born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 7, 1867; died at his home at Emma,
Ind., March 18, 1938; aged 70 y. 5 m. 11 d. On April 6, 1891,
he was united in marriage with Anna, daughter of Andrew and Sarah
Yoder. To this union were born 11 children (Clarence, Lawrence
and Isak Schrock of Shipshewana; Sarah Treesch of Plymouth, Ind.;
Ira, Amasa, and Lester of Goshen). One daughter and 3 infants
preceded him in death. Besides the immediate family, he also leaves
19 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1
foster grandchild, 1 half-brother (Noah Spicher of Shipshewana),
1 half-sister (Mrs. Silas Garver of Kokomo, Ind.), and other relatives
and friends. In his early life he united with the Conservative
Mennonite Church, of which he was a member at the time of his
death. Services were held at the Conservative Mennonite Church.
Sermon by Samuel T. Eash and Oscar S. Hostetler. Burial in the
"Though our hearts are saddened with sorrow,
And our eyes can't help but weep,
Rays of sunshine dawn on the morrow,
And we know he has just fallen asleep."
Weideman - Mary Wilhelmina, daughter of Erdman and Henriette
Moench, was born near Gutenberg, Iowa, Dec. 18, 1863; died
at her home at Manson, Iowa, April 4, 1938; aged 74 y. 3 m. 16
d. On March 20, 1880, she was married to Charles Weideman who
survives her. To this union were born 12 children, 7 of whom survive,
as follows: Mrs. Etta Anderson of Pomeroy, Ia.; Otto, of Fort
Dodge, Ia.; Mrs. Tillie Miller os Saegerstown, Pa.; Mrs. Ella
Rasmusson, Mrs. Many Rasmusson, John, and Bert, all of Manson,
Is. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren,
and 1 sister (Mrs. Henrietta Loots of Manson). One son (Fred)
died in October, 1`923, and 1 sons and 3 daughters died in early
childhood. She lived all of her married life in or near Manson,
with the exception of 17 years, residing 4 years in Mitchell Co.,
Ia., and 13 years in North Dakota, At an early age she became
a Christian, uniting with the Evangelical Church Later (Dec. 6,
1914) she transferred her membership to the mennonite Church.
She had comparative good health during most of her life until
Nov. 13, 1937, when she suffered a paralytic stroke. From this
see seemed to be steadily recovering. Death was caused by occlusion
of a blood vessel. throughout her illness she realized the seriousness
of her condition, and expressed full resignation to the divine
will. Funeral services were conducted April 8, by Bro. Nick Stoltzfus.
Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Yoder - Eri E., second child of John and Elizabeth Byler, was born Sept. 10, 1851, near Belleville, Pa.; died March 26, 1928, at her home in Goshen, Ind., after a lingering illness from a stroke of paralysis; aged 86 y. 6 m. 16 d. She accepted the Christian faith as an early age and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was married March 6, 1879, to Rufus A. Yoder of West Liberty, Ohio. To this union were born 3 daughters (Mary, Anna, and Kathryn). her husband died Jan. 22, 1896, and in February, 1908, her daughter Kathryn died very suddenly at Goshen College while attending school. In September, 1908, with her mother and her daughter Anna, she moved to Goshen, Ind., where many students found in her an inspiring friend and helper. In 1900, when foreign mission work was still very new in the Mennonite Church, she gave every encouragement to her daughter Mary, who was called to go to India as a missionary. later her home became the home of the three grandchildren of missionary parents to which they have ever since turned as home with the greatest love and devotion. Surviving her are her two daughters (Mary Burkhard and Anna Yoder), 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a wide circle of relatives and friends to whom she endeared herself. Funeral services were held at the Eighth Street Mennonite Church conducted by the Paster George S. Stoneback and M.C. Lehman. Text, John 14:1-4. "In my Father's house are many mansions."
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Culp - Abram Culp was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., May 9, 1863; died at his home near Vineland, Ont., Apr. 4, 1938; aged 74 y. 10 m. 25 d. He was married to Martha, daughter of John Wisner of Campden, Ont., who with 2 sons and 2 daughters survive him. Funeral services were held at the home on April 6, conducted by S.F. Coffman. Burial in the Vineland Cemetery.
Ray - Virgie, daughter of Bro. Martin and Nettie Conley, was born July 4, 1910; died Mar. 5, 1938; aged 27 y. 8 m. 1 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in early life, but wandered away from the fold. Several weeks prior to her death she was restored. Funeral services were held from the Gospel Hill Church, conducted by Brethren C.K. Lehman and L.H. Jones. Text, Matt. 11:28-30 and Matt. 24:44 first clause. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Miller - John A. Miller died Feb. 16, 1938, at the home of his son, Albert E. Miller of Berlin, Pa.; aged 88 y. 9 m. 26 d. He is survived by his son Albert E. Miller, Mrs. Manda Walker of Somerset, Nelson B. Miller of Johnstown, Luman E. Miller of Houston, Tex., Jacob E. Miller of Salix, Pa., Mrs. Sarah Combecker of Somerset, Effie V. Wood of Somerset, and Moxham M. Miller of San Diego, Calif. Funeral services were held at the home, in charge of Bro. Sanford G. Shetler.
Martin - Robert Nyle, beloved son of Oscar and Edna
Martin, died suddenly April 6, 1938; aged 3 y. 3 m. 14 d. Robert
was sick only a day. Surviving are his parents and 2 brothers
(Roy and Morris). Funeral services were conducted at the Erb St.
Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., by Bros. Jonas Snider and J.B.
Martin. The body was laid to rest in the David Eby Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought Robert's death so near;
And only those who have lost can tell,
The loss of a loved one without farewell."
Grabil - Lizzie Grabil was born in Gardner, Ill., Feb. 9, 1857; died April 5, 1938; aged 81 y. 1 m. 26 d. On Jan. 1, 1877, at Chatsworth, Ill., she was united in marriage to S.W. Shearer, who passed away in May, 1923. To this union were born 10 children. Six of ten survive: Byron, Russel, and Weslie of Jackson, Minn.; Harry of Freeborn; Charlie of St. Paul, and Mrs. Mary Harder of Upland, Calif. There also remain 34 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; also a sister (Mrs. P.S. Snyder of Ashley, Mich.). In early womanhood she united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until her death. She was much concerned about the soul's welfare of her children, often asking friends in letters written, an interest of prayer in their behalf. Funeral services were held at the old home place and at the church by Bros. N.E. Landis and C.J. Garber. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson.
Wingard - Levi J. Wingard was born July 6, 1860; died April 12, 1938, aged 77 y. 9 m. 6 d. He was a son of Jacob J. and Polly (Eash) Wingard, both deceased. He is survived by his wife (Susannah Baumgardner Wingard) and the following children: Ralph, married to Emma Hostetler; Elizabeth, married to Ray Parker; Mahlon; Suie; Harvey, married to Mary Hostetler; and Algie. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and the following half-brothers and half-sisters: Christie Miller, Jenny Graybill, Alice Hummel, Katie, Emma Frederick, Hiram, Elias, and John. He was preceded in death by 1 sister (Anna, wife of L.A. Blough), and 2 half-sisters (Louisa and Lucinda) and 1 half-brother (Simon). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 46 years. Funeral services at the home and church were in charge of Bros. Sanford G. Shetler and Alex. Weaver. Interment in the Richland Cemetery.
Sala - Emma, daughter of the late Samuel and Sally (Yoder ) Mishler, was born Feb. 16, 1893; died at her home Jan. 22, 1938; aged 44 y. 11 m. 6 d. She was united in marriage to Ammon Sala Feb. 8, 1919. To this union were born 4 children: Emma Beatrice, who preceded her in death, Robert Paul, Ammon Jr., and Bernie Marie, all at home. Besides her husband and 3 children, she is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Jacob Croyle near Davidsville, Mrs. Polly Baumgardner of Kelson, Mrs. Elmer Hoffman near Scalplevel, Mrs. Andrew Kaufman, near Kelson, Levi Mishler near Davidsville, Mrs. Ada Blough of Tire Hill, and Walter Mishler of near Davidsville, Pa. She was preceded in death by 1 sister (Lydia) and 1 brother (John). She united with the Stahl Mennonite Church in 1912 and was a faithful member until death. The funeral services at the home and church were in charge of Bros. Sanford G. Shetler and Harry C. Blough, with interment in the Stahl Cemetery.
Broadwater - Harvey P. Broadwater was born in Garret Co., Md., April 4, 1866; died Feb. 12, 1938, aged 71 y. 10 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage to Dorcas Ellen Broadwater Feb. 22, 1889. To this union were born 11 children. He leaves his wife and the following children: Mrs. Floyd Rounds, James Broadwater, Mrs. Thomas Wilt, Mrs. Bertha Hare, Mrs. Jerry Durst, and Edward, Albert, Jack, and Oma at home; also 36 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers and 1 sister. Two children, 1 brother, and 1 sister preceded him to the spirit world. At his request, he was received into church fellowship with the Fairview Mennonite Church by water baptism Jan. 31, 1938. Although greatly afflicted, he bore his suffering with patience and expressed satisfaction in his new-found Christian life. Funeral services at the home were in charge of Bro. Sanford G. Shetler of Johnstown, Pa., and at the church by Brethren Sanford G. Shetler, M.B. Miller, and Roy L. Kinsinger.
Sensenig - Katie W. (Martin), wife of Martin Sensenig,
was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 4, 1865; died March 24, 1938,
at her home near Blue Ball, Pa., after a year's illness from
She was thirty-one weeks in bed. She was a member of the Weaverland
Mennonite Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by 1 foster
daughter (Mary, wife of Aaron Z. Hoover, at home), 2 sisters (Mrs.
Lizzie Martin, of East Earl and Mrs. Amos Sensenig of Weaverland),
1 foster brother (Abram Zimmerman of Ephrata) and 5 foster
Funeral services were conducted March 27 at the home by Bro. George
Good at the house and Bros. John M. Sauder, John W.Weaver, and
Aaron Weaver at the church. Text, Rev. 22:14. Interment in the
"Mother dear, your wish is granted, sorrow, pain and grief are o'er;
By the Eastern Gate we'll meet you, over on that peaceful shore."
A foster daughter
Shenk - Mrs. Susannah Shenk was born July 20, 1849; died Feb. 9, 1938; aged 88 y. 6 m. 19 d. She is survived by her son (Peter Shenk of Salix, Pa., with whom she had made her home for many years), and the following grandchildren: Mrs. Mable Hostetler, Mrs. Florence Luther, Salis; Floyd Shenk of Scalp Level, and 4 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Samuel Shenk, to whom she was united in marriage in 1867, died 26 years ago. Sister Shenk united with the Mennonite Church in 1867 and was a faithful and devoted member of the Mennonite Church until death. She was for many years a member of the Pleasant Grove congregation, and though physically handicapped for the last number of years that church attendance was impossible, she always maintained an active interest in the work of the congregation and had a concern for the Lord's work. Her passing has left a vacancy which can only be filled by pleasant memories of her deep Christian experience. Funeral services at the home were in charge of Hiram Wingard and at the church by Bro. Hiram Wingard and Bro. Sanford G. Shetler.
Miller - Mattie, daughter of Daniel and Fanny (Roth) Bender, was born in Ontario, Feb. 7, 1860; died at the home of her daughter Fannie near Goshen, Ind., Apr. 5, 1938; aged 77 y. 3 m. 28 d. In her youth she came with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she spent the rest of her days. She united with the Amish Church in early life. In this faith she lived and died. On Oct. 27, 1881, she was united in marriage to Benedict Miller. To this union 5 children were born. Bro. Miller died Feb. 23, 1893. After spending 17 years in widowhood she was again married to Bishop Jacob H. Miller April 5, 1910, whose companionship she shared a few days more than 3 years and again she was left a widow. In this state she spent many days in caring for the sick and needy. One son and 1 daughter preceded her in death. She leaves 1 son (Cephas of Kalona, Ia.), 2 daughters (Lydia, wife of Levi J. Miller of Middlebury, Ind., and Fannie, wife of David S. Miller of Goshen, Ind.), 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 4 brothers and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home of her son-in-law, David S. Miller, where she had her home for a number of years, by Menno Schrock and Nathaniel Miller in German and D.J. Johns in English.
Brunner - Ethel Mae, daughter of Emanuel and Barbara
(Sutter) Zehr, was born June 10, 1912, near Hopedale, Ill.;
died at the St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill., April 1, 1938;
aged 25 y. 9 m. 22 d. On March 30 she and her sister Lylia were
returning home from a visit with their sister, Leah Guth of Flanagan,
Ill. They were about four miles east of Morton, Ill., when the
tornado lifted their car from the road and threw them into a field.
Her death occurred two days later from severe injuries received
at this time. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth
and became a member of the Hopedale Mennonite Church. At the time
of her death she was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Mennonite
Church near Tremont. June 8, 1935, she was married to John W.
Brunner of Tremont, Ill. She is survived by her sorrowing husband,
her parents, and the following sisters and brother: Lena Guth,
Flanagan, Ill.; Lylia Ripper of Morton, Ill.; Emma Litwiller of
Delavan, Ill.; Alma Zehr and Albert Zehr of Hopedale, Ill.; also
her aged grandmother (Mrs. Fannie Sutter of Hopedale, Ill.) and
many more relatives and friends. The funeral services were held
April 3 at the home of her parents south of Hopedale by Bro. Leland
Bachman of Goshen, Ind.; and at the Hopedale Mennonite Church
by Bros. Joe Davis and Simon Litwiller. Text, Psa. 87:3. Interment
in the Mennonite Church west of Hopedale.
"However painful it may be to know that Ethel's gone,
The thought is sweet that we shall see her in that heavenly home."
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler