Reigsecker - Edward Allen, son of Louis and Della Reigsecker,
died of pneumonia at Wauseon Hospital, My 3, 1938; aged 10 m.
10 d. One brother and 1 sister preceded him in death. He leaves
father, mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters; also 2 grandfathers
and grandmothers, and 1 great-grandmother. Funeral at the home
by E.B. Frey. Text, II Sam. 12:23.
"Budded on earth to bloom in heaven."
Smith - Thomas Benton Smith was born Aug. 24, 1851, at Whitehall, Ill.; died at his home in Hannibal, Mo., May 6, 1938; aged 87 y. 8 m. 12 d. In 1895 he was united in marriage to Julia A. Charvo. To this union were born 5 children. In 1934 he united with the Mennonite Mission congregation in Hannibal, of which he was a faithful member till the day of his death. Although the oldest member of the congregation, he was one of the most faithful in attendance at all the meetings. His wife is also a member of the Church and will miss her husband very much. Funeral services were conducted at the Hannibal Mission with Bro. Nelson E. Kaufman and Bro. J.M.. Kreider in charge.
Graber - James Edward, son of Raymond and Mildred Graber,
of near Archbold, O.; died May 8, 1938; at the age of seven weeks
after an illness of 5 days of intestinal fever. He leaves his
sorrowing parents, 1 brother (John Lamar), 4 grandparents, 2 great-grandparents,
6 uncles, 5 aunts, besides relatives and friends. Little James'
stay on earth was short, but God saw best to come and take him
and plant him in His garden above. Funeral services were conducted
at the Central Church by Jesse J. Short, assisted by P.L. Frey.
Text, Cant. 6:2.
"A sweet little flower, too pure to stay, God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love, but to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
Kauffman - Lizzie, daughter of the late John and Eliza Hershey, was born Dec. 23, 1863; died at her home in East Petersburg, Pa., May 11, 1938; aged 74 y. 4 m. 18 d. In 1888 she married Harry Cassel, and after his death she became the wife of Reuben G. Kauffman in 1926. Until her last lingering illness she was an active worker in Sunday school and Church work, and always she was deeply interested in spiritual things. Besides her husband, she is survived by 1 sister (Anne Risser, of East Petersburg, Pa.), 4 stepchildren (Elmer N. and Reuben K. Kauffman of Manheim, Pa., Mrs. D. Ralph Hostetter of Harrisonburg, Va., Mrs. Elam W. Stauffer, missionary to British East Africa), and 8 step grandchildren. Funeral services at the home were in charge of Bro. Frank Kreider, and at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church by Bro. Noah Mack. Text, II Cor. 4:17, 18.
Anderson - Julia, daughter of Samuel and Mary Gregory and wife of Charles Whitley Anderson, was born Sept. 13, 1901, in Ralls Co., Mo. She grew to womanhood in Ralls County and for the past twenty years has lived in Hannibal. About a year ago she became ill with cancer and in spite of all that physicians could do she gradually became weaker, until she passed away Thursday morning May 19, 1938, aged 36 y. 8 m. 6 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Hannibal and often during the last months of her illness gave testimony that her sins were forgiven and that she was ready to meet the Lord. She is survived by her husband, 4 daughters (Mary, Dorothy, Virginia, and Pauline). The three oldest are also members of the Mission congregation. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Hannibal in charge of Nelson E. Kauffman.
Kaylor - Betty Jean, daughter of Irvin and Florence (Nunemaker) Kaylor, died at the home of her aunts - Eunice, Alta, and Edna Nunemaker - Elizabethtown, Pa., May 12, 1938; aged 6 y. 8 m. 17 d. She died of a rare blood disease, lymphatic leukemia, after an illness of about two months. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Harold, Lucille, Lois, Geraldine, Marvin, and Galen; also her great-grandmother (J.M. Nunemaker of La Junta, Colo.) and her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kaylor of Deodate, Pa.), as well as many other relatives. Betty was permitted to brighten our lives but a few short years, when God saw fit to take her home to Himself. Funeral services at the home of her parents were conducted by Bro. S.T. Fry and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by Bro. Clarence Lutz and Bro. Noah Risser, who preached the sermon. Text, John 14:2, 3.
Cassel - Mary Magdalena, daughter of the late John and Eliza Helmer, was born July 22, 1860; died at the home of her daughter (Hanna Landes), April 29, 1938, after a lingering illness from a stroke four and one-half years ago; aged 77 y. 9 m. 7 d. She was the last of her family; her brother preceded her in death ten days. She was united in marriage to Franklin Fratz, who preceded her in death 36 years. To this union were born 6 children, 3 of whom survive (Hanna, wife of Isaac Landes; Sallie, wife of Elmer Mack; Ellen, wife of Aldus Hertzler), 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. She was again married to William Cassel who preceded her in death 15 years. She was a member of the Providence Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held from the home of her daughter, and further services at the Skippack Church by Bros. Warren Bean and Jacob Landes. Text, Psa. 103.
Yedica - Leah C., daughter of Christ and Magdalena Nofziger, was born Dec. 3, 1875, near Archbold, O.; died April 24, 1938, after a week's illness of pneumonia at her home near Archbold, O.; aged 62 y. 4 m. 21 d. On Oct. 10, 1901, she was united in marriage with Fred Yedica. To this union was born 1 daughter. She leaves her sorrowing husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. Oscar Beck), 1 stepson (Henry), 6 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Sam B. Yoder of Pasadena, Calif., and Mrs. Dan Grieser of Archbold, O.), 4 brothers (John of Nampa, Idaho; Christ of Albany, Oreg.; Jonathan of Archbold, O.; Dane of Pettisville, O.), besides a host of relatives and friends. One step grandchild, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded her in death. In youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Services were conducted at the Central Church by Jesse J. Short, assisted by P.L. Frey. Text, Heb. 12:4.
Miller - Jerry Alan, son of John V. and Letha
(Helmuth) Miller, Harrisonburg, Mo., died Monday morning, May
2, 1938, after six weeks illness of pneumonia, at the home of
his grandmother, Mrs. D.D. Helmuth at Garden City; aged 5 m. 4
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."
One brother (Vincent D.) preceded him in death. He is survived
by his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers (Helen, wife of Glen
Plank of Industry, Ill.; Beulah, Fay, Morris, and George Calvin
of the home), grandparents (Mr. & Mrs. D.J. Miller, Mrs. D.D.
Helmuth), uncles, aunts, and other relatives. Funeral services
were held at the Bethel Church, conducted by J.C. Driver and W.E.
"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."
Snyder - Clarence Wilfred, son of the late John and Lucinda (Cressman) Synder, passed away at the Freeport Sanitarium after an illness of fifteen months. He was born near New Hamburg, Ont., Aug. 19, 1902, and died May 9, 1938; aged 35 y. 8 m. 20 d. He was a resident of Kitchener, Ont., for the past thirty years. He is survived by his sorrowing wife, 1 daughter and 3 sons (Mary Elizabeth, David, George, and Griffith), all at home; also his aged mother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Mrs. Edwin Gabel of Kitchener, Mrs. Abram Gingerich of Bridgeport, Mrs. Walter Hofstetter of Plattsville, Zenas of New Hamburg and Oscar of Manitoba). His father predeceased him him in 1922. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. His unassuming, quiet disposition, and constant interest in the deeper things of life, will not be forgotten by his friends. The funeral and burial was conducted at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, in charge of Bro. C.F. Derstine and Noah Hunsberger. Theme, "The Widows and Fatherless." Text, Jer. 49:11.
Weaver - John B., son of Pre. John and Mary (Zimmerman)
Weaver, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa. At the age of 13 he with
his parents moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. He was born Feb. 18, 1855,
and died May 5, 1938, after a brief illness of four days; aged
83 y. 2 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage to Lydia S. Blosser
Sept. 20, 1877, who preceded him to the spirit world Feb. 3, 1921.
To this union were born 5 daughters and 2 sons. Two daughters
and 1 son preceded him in death. He is survived by 3 daughters
and 1 son (Cora, who kept house for father the last 17 years,
Joe S., Mrs. William Hamer, Mrs. William Henry Bechtel), 12 grandchildren,
2 brothers (Pre. Christian G. Weaver of near Wakarusa, Ind., who
is in his 90th year, and Noah Weaver of Culver City, Calif.),
and a host of relatives and friends. His brother, Henry M. Weaver,
followed him in death 26 hours. Funeral services were held May
9, 1938, at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church conducted by Bro.
Benjamin Good of Orrville, Ohio, assisted by Bro. Paul Hoover.
Texts, II Sam. 20:3; Rev. 14:13. The funeral was largely attended.
Koerner - Elsie Florence Koerner was born May 12, 1902, on a farm near Cullom, Ill., and Sunday morning, May 8, 1938, just four days before her 36th birthday went home to be with the Lord. She attended school in Cullom, and with the exception of several years lived in the country until seven years ago when she moved with her parents to their present home in town. In April 1919, she accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the Lord called her. After a week's illness of influenza and complications Elsie passed peacefully away at the home of her parents, Peter J. and Mary (Christophel) Koerner, who will greatly miss her. There also survive: 2 brothers (Henry A. and Reuben P.) of near Kempton; 2 sisters (Mrs. Melvin Roeschley of Flanagan, Ill., and Susie, at home), 5 nephews (Loray, Orie, Duane, Francis and Ronald Koerner), and 1 niece (Norman Jane Roeschley), a host of relatives and friends who will always remember her quiet unassuming ways. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. A.J. Leaman May 11. Text, I Jno. 3:1, 2. Interment in West Lawn Cemetery.
Roth - Christian N., son of Christian and Catherine
(Lichty) Roth, was born in Wellsley, Ont., Jan. 2, 1857; died
April 16, 1938; aged 81 y. 3 m. 14 d. After an attack of pneumonia
for four days, he passed quietly away. At the age of sixteen he
was baptized and united with the Amish Mennonite Church to which
faith he staunchly held until his death. He was united in marriage
to Lydia Swartzentruber on Sept. 25, 1877, who preceded him in
death Sept. 17, 1922. Two sons and five daughters mourn his departure
(Mrs. Fanny Wagler, Wellsley; Mrs. Katie Bender, New Hamburg;
Christ S., Britton; Leah S., at home; Mrs. Mary Streicher, Milverton;
Mrs. Lydia Bender, New Hamburg; Jacob S., Ontario, Calif.); also
32 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers and 1 adopted
son mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the Maple
View Amish Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Peter Nafziger,
Dan Lebold, and Moses Roth. Texts, I Thess. 2:12, 13; II Cor.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely, sorrow fills our heart today;
But we hope ere long to meet thee, where all tears are wiped away."
Shank - Mary E. Yoder, daughter of Mrs. Anthony Kauffman, West Liberty, Ohio, was born July 31, 1910, at West Liberty, Ohio; died May 10, 1938 of cerebral hemorrhage and other complications; aged 27 y. 9 m. 10 d. She was the third in a family of 5 children. Her father, Christ Yoder, died twenty-three years ago. At the age of ten she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church near West Liberty, and later, at the time of her marriage, to Lauren Shank, she transferred her membership to the Mennonite congregation in Mahoning Co., Ohio, remaining faithful in this fellowship until death. She was united in marriage to Lauren Shank of North Lima, Ohio, at West Liberty, March 7, 1931. There were born to this union 2 sons and 2 daughter (Richard Eugene, Joan Marie, and an infant son, James Edward). Besides her immediate family, she leaves her mother (Mrs. Anthony Kauffman), 2 brothers (Ralph D. Yoder, Dayton, Ohio; Maurice C. Yoder, West Liberty), 1 sister (Goldie, wife of W.H. Teegarden, Spencerville, O.), and 1 half brother (Merlin Kauffman, West Liberty). She was faithful to her charge in the home, happy with her companion and children, and her sudden passing from time to eternity came as a shock to the family and entire community. Many are the prayers for the sorrowing family. Funeral services were held May 12 at the Midway Mennonite church in charge of Bro. A.J. Steiner, assisted by Brethren Paul Yoder and I.B. Witmer. Text, Amos 8:9. Burial in the Midway Cemetery.
Good - Neva Eilene, daughter of Irvin and Esther Hartler
Good, was born Feb. 22, 1936, near Pierceton, Ind.; died in Peru
Hospital, March 28, 1938. She was always a hearty child and was
never ill until this attack of pneumonia which lasted only a few
days. She was a beautiful loan from the Lord for a short while,
and He has but recalled His own, but we miss her indeed. She leaves
1 sister (Thelma Frances), father, mother, grandparents (Mrs.
Emma Good of Kokomo, Ind. and Simon and Magdalene Hartler of Wakarusa),
great-grandparents (J.B. and Esther Hartler of Marshallville,
Ohio). Funeral services were held from their home near Goshen,
Ind., by Bro. Warren Shaum, and at the Yellow Creek Church by
Bros. Silas Weldy and D.A. Yoder; closing remarks by Bro. Virgil
Weaver. Burial in near-by cemetery.
"An angel passed in his onward flight with a seed of love and truth and right;
And said, 'Oh, where can this seed be sown,
Where 'twill yield most fruit when fully grown?'
The Saviour heard and said as He smiled, 'Place it at once in the heart of a child.'"
Short - Frank, son of Henry and Anna (Yoder) Short,
was born June 22, 1880; died suddenly at his home near Archbold,
O., March 25, 1938; aged 57 y. 9 m. 3 d. On Sept. 10, 1903, he
was united in marriage to Katherine Eicher. This union was blesssed
with 2 children (Henry and Sarah) both at home. He was the oldest
of a family of 11 children and was the first to answer the death
call. He leaves his deeply bereaved companion, 2 children, 5 brothers,
5 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. His father and
mother preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ
as his personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and
remained a faithful member until death. His place in church was
seldom vacant. He was a kind and loving father and will be greatly
missed and especially in the home and by his many friends. Funeral
services were conducted at the Central Church by Jesse J. Short,
assisted by E.B. Frey. Text, Isa. 17:14, first clause.
"Sad and sudden was the call of father, so dearly loved by all;
The shock was great, the blow severe, little we thought his death so near;
Safe within our Father's mansion, clad in robes all white and fair."
Martin - Anna (Hollinger), widow of the late Jacob Martin,
was born at Churchtown, Pa., June 3, 1871; died at her home in
Paradise, Pa., April 1, 1938; aged 67 y. 2 m. 29 d. She is survived
by the following children: John H., of New Holland, Esther (Mrs.
Isaac Eshleman) of Kinzers, Walter of Willow Street, Jacob of
Gap, Anna (Mrs. Elmer Rutt), Strasburg, Alice and Sue at home,
and a son-in-law, Walter Hershey of Lancaster. Eighteen grandchildren,
2 sisters, and 1 brother, also mourn her departure. Her husband
and 3 children (Paul, Mabel, and Mary) have preceded her in the
glory world. She was the possessor of such Christian virtues that
endeared many to her. As a devoted disciple, faithful wife, loving
mother, and kind neighbor, she will be remembered. In her four
months of affliction she was an example of patience, during which
time she was a source of inspiration and encouragement to many
who lingered by her bedside. Though she longed to lay aside her
suffering, mortal body and be clothed in immortality, yet in patience
she was resigned to her Lord's will. While she waited to meet
Him she did all within her power to win the lost. As we recall
her prayers, we who remain desire to possess the passion for lost
souls that she exemplified. Funeral services were conducted at
the Paradise Church by Bros. Abram Martin and Parke Book. Interment
in the Hershey's Cemetery.
Lauver - Amanda M., daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Martin)
Weaver, was born Nov. 20, 1883, near Thompsontown, Pa.,
died suddenly April 30, 1938 at Shiremanstown, Pa.; aged 54 y.
5 m. 10 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob G. Lauver, Dec.
14, 1905. To this union were born 7 sons and 2 daughters. She
is survived by her husband, 6 sons (Clarence, Bridgeport, Conn.;
Arthur, Earl, Marlin, John, David, all at home), 2 daughters Ruth
and Esther at home), 1 grandson (Robert of Bridgeport, Conn.),
and 1 brother (John E. Weaver, Lititz, Pa.) One son (Paul) died
in infancy. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in early life and
remained true to the end, looking to Christ who can give us grace
in every hour of need. She often expressed her desire of going
home to see her Saviour and loved ones. A short service was held
May 4 at the house, in charge of Bro. C.W. Zimmerman and Bro.
Samuel Hess, followed by services at the Slate Hill Mennonite
Church in charge of Bro. Noah H. Mack, assisted by Bro. Samuel
Hess. Text: John 14:19, "Because I live, yea shall live also."
"'Tis hard to part with Mother dear, no more to see her here;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best, to end her troubles and give her rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair, may our names too be written there."
Borntrager - Martha Ella, daughter of Noah and Elizabeth
(Hershberger) Kaufman, was born near Plain City, Ohio,
May 6, 1913; died April 30, 1938; aged 24 y. 11 m. 24 d. She was
married to Eli M. Borntrager of Indiana, Mar, 11, 1937. Martha
and her husband were on their way to Plain City with horse and
buggy when a car hit them and Martha was killed instantly. Her
husband was taken to the hospital but came home one and a half
days later, and attended the funeral. She was the youngest of
8 children, but father and oldest brother Henry have preceded
her in death. Surviving are her husband, mother, and the following
brothers and sisters: Maryan (Mrs. Eli C. Beachey), of this place,
Elmer of Indiana, Abel, Ida (Mrs. Eli E. Yutzy), all of this place;
a number of nephews and nieces and many other relatives and friends,
also friends of other denominations. She accepted Christ as her
Saviour at the age of sixteen, uniting with the Old Order Amish
Church. We believe she was ready to go and trust that we shall
meet again. Nearly 500 relatives and friends were gathered together
for the funeral where Bro. Eli Borntrager from Indiana preached,
assisted by Bro. Simon Yoder and Bro. Jake Farmwalt.
"Dearest sister, thou hast left us, and the loss we deeply feel;
But 'twas God who hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
Gilliom - Abraham, son of Abraham and Anna Gilliom, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1854; died in Garden City, Mo., May 11, 1938; aged 84 y. 3 m. His boyhood was spent on the Gilliom Homestead, and in 1869 his parents moved to Hickory Co., Mo. Four years later his father died and at the age of 19 y. the young man took charge of the farm. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Raber April 11, 1875, and they established their home on the parental home near Wheatland, Mo., where their elder son and daughter were born. They owned a farm at Elkton, Mo., a few years before moving to Johnson Co., in 1891 and locating near Holden. Sister Gilliom died there in 1895, following a brief illness. On June 27, 1897, he married Mary Klopfenstien. They moved to Garden City in 1909, where they continued their residence. His last years reflected his earlier life; an open mind, integrity of purpose, and calm assurance. In his passing the family lost an admirable father, the Church a loyal member, and the community a respected citizen. Besides his widow, he is survived by 1 son and 2 daughters (Daniel B. of Holden; Mrs. Frank Rohrer of Wadsworth, Ohio; and Mrs. J. Russel David of Detroit, Mich.); also 6 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Simon and Daniel, of Berne, Ind.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Raber of Versailles, and Mrs. Sarah Soldner of Bern, Ind.). His oldest daughter (Mrs. B.N. Rohrer), and youngest son (Menno James), preceded him in death. The funeral service was held May 14 at the Sycamore Grove Church by Bro. I.G. Hartzler, Bro. S.S. Hershberger assisting. Burial in Medford Cemetery.
Zehr - Christian S. Zehr was born in Woodford Co., Ill.,
May 18, 1864; died at his home in Manson on May 17, 1938; aged
one day less than 74 years old. On March 30, 1886, he was united
in marriage to Phoebe Zehr. The first twelve years of their marriage
life were spent in Illinois. In 1898 they moved with their family
to Manson, Ia., where they have since resided. He was apparently
feeling fine the day before his death. One of his great pleasures
was to go out on the farm to his sons and daughters, which he
did that day. In the forenoon he planted corn, ate a hearty dinner,
went up town in the afternoon, got his mail and groceries. Later,
while working in his garden about 3:30 o'clock, he was taken ill
with a heart attack, which steadily grew worse until one o'clock
Tuesday morning when he peacefully fell asleep. He leaves his
wife, 10 children (Mrs. Bertha Birkey, Arthur, Emanuel, Ben, Mrs.
Ada Sutter, John, Mrs. Lena Sutter, Clarence, Elmer, and Cora
at home, all of whom live around Manson), 22 grandchildren, 1
brother (Simon), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Eicher and Mrs. Lena Ulrich).
His father, mother, 2 brothers and 4 sisters preceded him in death.
He united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and remained
faithful to the end. He expressed his willingness to go, if the
Lord should call him home. He was a kind and loving father, who
had an intense interest in the welfare of his family. He possessed
an energetic spirit, which expressed itself in his ever seeking
to be engaged in some useful work. His passing leaves a large
vacancy and he will be greatly missed by his host of relatives
and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Henry King
of Harper, Kans., and Bro. N. Stoltzfus of Manson. Interment in
Rose Hill Cemetery.
"A great Jehovah full of love, an angel bright did send,
And took our loving father home to joys that never end."
Brenneman - Henry, son of Peter and Catherine (Kuepfer)
Brenneman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., March 11, 1868; died
at his late home in Tavistock, Ont., April 26, 1938; aged 80 y.
1 m. 11 d. His father died when he was four years old, and his
mother, as wife of Nicholas Roth, moved to Henry Co., Ia., in
1876, where he went to public school and Sunday school. At the
age of 14 years he returned with his widowed mother to St. Agatha,
Ont. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received
into church fellowship of the East Zorra A.M. congregation by
water baptism upon confession of faith, and was a faithful member
of this congregation until his death. On March 5, 1889, he was
united in matrimony to Sister Catherine Oesch of Huron Co., Ont.
This union was blest with 7 children of whom two preceded him
in infancy, and 1 son (Elmer) died in 1935. The mother passed
away in 1907. On Sept. 24, 1908, he was joined in matrimony to
Sister Magdalene Bender of East Zorra, Ont. This union was blest
with 1 daughter, who passed away in infancy. He leaves his loving
companion, 1 son (Rudolph of Tavistock, Ont.), and 3 daughters
(Susanna, wife of Joseph Zehr; Emma, wife of Emmanuel Zehr; Annie,
wife of Chris Ruby, all of East Zorra), 22 grandchildren, and
5 great-grandchildren. He was the last member of the Peter Brenneman
family of 9 children, all of whom passed away in youth and infancy.
There also survive 2 stepsisters (Catherine, wife of Martin Eicher,
Milford, Neb.; Mary, wife of Dan Troyer, Shickley, Neb.); 1 stepbrother
(Ben Roth, of New Hamburg, Ont.). Bro. Brenneman was an active
Christian worker. As Sunday school superintendent he served the
East Zorra A.M. congregation for nearly thirty years, taking an
active part in all services, and also in young people's meeting,
where he seldom failed to be present. He also took an active part
in using his influence in bringing about the opening of a new
place of worship for this congregation at the 17th line, where
he attended from the beginning in 1935, as long as health permitted.
Funeral services April 29 at the home were conducted by Bro. Jacob
R. Bender, and the East Zorra A.M. Church by Bros. Menno Kipfer
and Dan S. Iutzi, where a large concourse of friends gathered
to pay their last tribute to the departed one. Interment in adjoining
Jac. R. Bender
Miller - Jonathan K., son of Joseph and Christina (Kauffman)
Miller, was born at Middlebury, Ind., Feb. 13, 1866; died at his
late home in Garden City., Mo., May 18, 1938; aged 72 y. 3 m.
5 d. He had always enjoyed apparently good health until his last
illness, the cause of his death being heart trouble. Aug. 22,
1872, he came with his parents to Cass Co., locating on a farm
three miles north of Garden City. Dec. 25, 1890, he was married
to Otilla B. Martin. To this union were born 1 daughter and 3
sons (Mrs. Edward Kropf of Garden City; Alvin E. Miller of Lees
Summit, Mo.; Oscar W. Miller of Harrisonville, and Simon E. Miller
of Los Angeles, Calif.), all of whom survive him. His companion
preceded him in death on Oct. 23, 1930. He also leaves 3 granddaughters
who will miss his loving care. He was the fourth son of a family
of nine children. Three brothers, 1 sisters and the parents preceded
him in death. One brother and 3 sisters are left to mourn his
departure (Levi J. Miller of Twin Falls, Ida.; Mary Hartzler of
East Lynne, Mo.; Cassie Hostetler of Middlebury, Ind.; and Anna
Yoder of Garden City, who has been his faithful helper in the
home the past several years). At the age of 17 he united with
the Mennonite Church near Garden City, Mo., and was a faithful
Christian until the time of his death. During his life he had
followed the occupation of farming for a number of years; then
moved to Garden City, where he was engaged in the produce business
and in later years in the real estate business. It was always
his desire to attend Sunday school and church services whenever
possible. In all his business and his dealings he was very conservative
and conscientious. In his service with the public he believed
in those principles which were for the betterment of the community
and was always willing to use his influence for high standards
of daily living. As a father he lived an exemplary life. He lived
a life of kindness, true piety, and exercised much patience. He
was interested in the spiritual welfare of his children. During
his last illness he suffered intensely but was very patient and
submissive and resigned to whatever was the Lord's will for him.
Funeral services at the home by Walter Davenport and at the Sycamore
Grove Church by I.G. Hartzler (text, Matt. 24:13), assisted by
W.E. Helmuth and W. Davenport. Burial at Clearfork Cemetery, services
concluded by J.C. Driver.
"Sweetly rest dear father, with all the loved ones gone before;
And may we all prepare to meet you on that peaceful, happy shore."
Transcribed by: C. Wheeler, British Columbia
Schmucker - Christian J. Schmucker was born Feb. 18, 1853; died May 15, 1938; aged 85 y. 2 m. 27 d. He was married to Mary Slabaugh, Feb. 22, 1877. To this union were born 7 sons and 1 daughter. His companion and 2 sons preceded him in death. Five sons, 1 daughter, 26 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren are left to mourn, but not as those who have no hope. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held May 17 at the home of John Weaver by Bros. Christ Kaufman and Abe J. Yoder. The next day he was taken to Stark Co., and laid to rest by the side of his companion at the King Church Cemetery. Services were held by Bros. Seth Byler, Hartville, and Abe J. Yoder.
Zimmerly - Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Zimmerly, Wayne Co., Ohio, died May 19, 1938; aged 7 y. 4 m. 9 d. She suffered from heart trouble and inflammation of the bowels for a brief period of eight days. Her suffering was great at times during her illness, but she bore it all patiently until she was called to the beautiful place where she will suffer no more. She expressed herself glad to go and be with Jesus, and wished that we all should follow her some day. She was very fond of singing, and also a great lover of flowers. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, 1 grandmother, 2 uncles, 3 aunts and many relatives and friends. Funeral May 21 at Sonnenberg church. Louis Amstutz, Jacob Neunschwander, and Jacob Moser, officiating. Text, Job. 14:1-6. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Holst - George, son of the late Charles Holst was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nov. 8, 1856; died very suddenly May 19, 1938, at the home of his son Jacob, where he had been visiting for a few days; aged 82 y. 2 m. 11 d. He was united in marriage 57 years ago to Louisa, daughter of the late Daniel Hartnig, who predeceased him 16 years ago. He accepted Christ in his youth and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since his marriage. He leaves 3 sons (Jacob, David and Eli, all of Wilmot) and 2 daughters (Mrs. Marion Burchatski of New Hamburg; Elizabeth, wife of Isaiah Martin on the homestead), 22 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted May 21 from his home to the Geiger Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. M. Hallman. Text, 1 Pet. 1:3-5. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder - Armenon Yoder was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Aug. 27, 1857. She was the younger daughter of Jacob and Phoebe Yoder. In girlhood, she united with the Mennonite Church, and lived a sincere, conscientious Christian life. Her faith and dependence upon God were the foundations of her character. On March 1, 1881, she was united in marriage to David S. Yoder. Five children were born to them: Mamie Y. Hartzler, Goshen, Ind.; Ruth A., at home; John L., West Liberty; Nellie Y. Kuttruff, Blythe, Calif.; and Joe Herman, Vero Beach, Fla. She leaves her husband, 5 children, 10 grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. At the close of the day, on May 18, 1938, death became for her glorious and triumphant, for though its portals she entered into the presence of the living God, at the age of 80 years. The funeral was held at the South Union Mennonite Church, May 20, 1938, at 2:30, in charge of Bros. S.E. Allgyer and I.W. Royer. Burial in Fair View Cemetery, West Liberty.
Cressman - Moses M., son the late Bishop Amos Cressman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., March 19, 1859; after a brief illness he passed away at his home May 12, 1938, in his eightieth year. Nov. 29, 1881, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of the late Joseph Y. Shantz with whom he lived in matrimony 56 years. At the age of 20 he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church of which he remained a faithful member until death called him. In 1889 he was ordained to the office of deacon in Bean's congregation in which capacity he faithfully served. Surviving are his companion, 2 sons (Ivan of Wilmot, Addi on the homestead), 1 daughter (Effie, wife of Zenus Snider of Wilmot), 11 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held May 14 from his home to the Bean's Mennonite Church. Officiating ministers were Brethren M.H. Roth, C.C. Cressman and M. Hallman. The body was laid the rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Erb - Fannie Leona, daughter of Daniel and Seville Miller Erb, born at Greentown, O.; died May 13, 1938; aged 4 y. 5 m. 27 d. She leaves her bereaved parents, 2 sisters (Zeld, wife of Dewey Miller of Mogadore, Ohio, and Arlene), 4 brothers (John, Wayne, Ellis and Daniel Jr., all at home), 4 grandparents (Mrs. and Mrs. Levi D. Miller of Uniontown, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Erb of Millersburg, Ohio), 8 aunts, 5 uncles, and cousins and friends. Death was caused by burns received from burning paper. They were papering in the home and had burned paper in the afternoon and thought the fire was out. About 5 o'clock the children carried some more paper out and it started to burn, and her dress caught fire. She was taken to the hospital, but God called her home the next morning at 8 o'clock. Funeral services were held May 15, at the home by Roman Miller, and at the Conservative Church at Midway, Ohio, by Simon Coblentz and John Bender. Burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Miller - Eli Y. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 27, 1858; died May 18, 1938, at the home of Jacob Kauffman near Topeka, Ind.; aged 79 y. 10 m. 21 d. He had a stroke May 12 and only lived six days. He spent many lonesome days since his wife passed away May 12, 1937, which left him very lonely. He leaves 6 children (Mrs. Jacob Kauffman, Millersburg, Ind., at whose home he died; Mrs. Eli Kauffman and Elmer Miller of Clarksville, Mich.; Mrs. Dan Kauffman of Shipshewana, Ind.; Frank Miller of Coldwater, Mich.; Eli E. Miller of Constock, Mich.), 24 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, 1 sister (Mrs. Jacob Mishler of near Middlebury, Ind.), and many relatives and friends. Two children and two grandchildren preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and was a member of the Shore church at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Brethren Dan Eash, Percy Miller, and Sherman Maust, and at the Bowne Church near Clarksville, Mich., by T.E. Schrock. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Yoder - Fannie L, daughter of Christian S. and Lydia (Kauffman) King, was born in Champaigne Co., Ohio, Oct. 2, 1865; died in Lagrange Co., Ind., May 20, 1938; aged 72 y. 7 m. 18 d. Her parents died when she was quite young. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church in Ohio. After her marriage her membership was transferred to the Forks Mennonite Church near Middlebury, Ind., where she was a regular attendant until her departure. On Feb. 5, 1891 she was united in marriage with Noah J. Yoder of Lagrange Co., Ind. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters. Surviving her are her husband, 2 sons (Ora C., and Elmer D., of Shipshewana, Ind.), and 2 daughters (Alma, wife of John Rorth of Morton, Ill., and Carrie B., of Shipshewana). One daughter died in infancy and one at the age of 16 months. She also leaves 4 grandchildren and 4 brothers (Samuel L., of Eureka, Ill., Christian K., of Harper, Kans., Solomon, of Souderton, Pa., and Jacob, of Springfield, Ohio), and many relatives and friends. Her health in general was good until the last several years of she suffered at times with neuritis. On May 20 she had a stroke of apoplexy and became unconscious and in several hours fell asleep. Funeral services at Forks Church on May 23, conducted by J.Y. Hooley, Early C. Bontrager, and D.D. Miller.
Rosenberger - Persida, daughter of Aaron and Barbara (Nahrgang) Shantz, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., June 25, 1870; died May 9, 1938, at her home near Haysville, Ont. She was in her 68th year. On Sept. 29, 1891, she was united in marriage to Isaiah S. Rosenberger, also of Wilmot township. The union was blessed with 2 sons and 6 daughters. She confessed Christ as her personal Saviour in 1891 and united with the Mennonite faith and remained true to the end. In 1897 her husband was ordained to the ministry and she was a faithful companion to him in his work. Always ready to lend a helping hand and ready at all times to share with her husband the joys and sorrows, the burdens and experiences that come with those who are called to service. In 1908 she with her husband and family moved to Guernsey, Sask., where they lived and labored for the Lord until May of 1936 when they again returned east and settled in Waterloo Co. She leaves her husband, 2 sons (Chester of Meteor, Sask., and David of Guernsey, Sask.), and 5 daughters (Ada, wife of George Hawes; Mary, wife of Herbert Kehl; Leona, wife of Leighton Schmitt, also of Guernsey; and Clista and Alda at home). One daughter (Bessie) predeceased her. There are also 15 grandchildren and 6 sisters. Funeral services on May 12 with Bro. M.H. Roth at the home and Brethren M. Hallman and M.H. Shantz at the Blenheim Mennonite Church. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Miller - Alpheus E., son of Jacob A. Miller and Lydia
(Detweiler) Miller, was born near Wellman, Ia., Nov. 29, 1889;
died at his home in Kalona, Ia., Apr. 2, 1938; aged 48 y. 4 m.
3 d. In 1912 he was united in marriage to Emily Beller of Shickley,
Nebr. To this union 3 sons and 2 daughters were born (Dorothy,
Donald, Clarence, Harold and Louise). He was preceded in death
by his father and mother and 1 brother. In his youth he united
with the Salem Mennonite church near Shickley, later transferring
the membership to the East Union congregation near Kalona. Since
his marriage he lived for 25 years at Shickley, Nebr., where he
was engaged in the produce business. He was a faithful Christian
and a kind father, always concerned about the interests of his
family. He leaves his companion, 5 children, 5 brothers (Julius
J. of Wellman; Eli J. of Garwin, Iowa; Abner J. of Lincoln, Nebr.;
Louis L. of Gibson City, Ill.; Jess of Kalona, Iowa), and 3 sisters
(Mrs. Henry Swartzentruber of Wellman; Mrs. W.C. Moyer, Elkhart,
Ind.; Anna Mae Miller of Elizabethtown, Pa.). Funeral services
were held from the East Union church, April 4, conducted by Bro.
D.J. Fisher, with interment in the East Union 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."
Stutzman - Susanna (Mast) Stutzman was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Nov. 1, 1852; died of heart failure near Kingman, Can., May 18, 1938; aged 85 y. 6 m. 17 d. On May 20, 1870, she was married to David E. Stutzman who died July, 1928. To this union were born 3 daughters and 5 sons (Sarah Ann, Salina Jane, Lydia, Alvin, Abraham, William, Silvanus, and Milo). Her companion, 3 daughters, and 1 son preceded her in death. She was of a family of 18 children of whom 5 brothers and 6 sisters preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure, Alvin of Upland, Calif.; Abraham of Cairo, Neb.; William and Milo of Tofield, Alta.; also 27 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren, 5 great-grand-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends. In October, 1895, she with her husband and family moved to Milford, Neb., where they resided until Sept. 1929, when she came to Alberta and made her home with her youngest son Milo, until the time of her death. The last several years she enjoyed exceptional good health. About 6 weeks ago she began to weaken and death came very suddenly as she was arising in the morning. She accepted Christ in her younger years and united with the Mennonite Church to which faith she died. She was brought to Milford, Neb., for burial, where funeral services were conducted at East Fairview Church by Wm. R. Eicher, assisted by J.R. Troyer and A.M. Miller. Text, Job 21:23-25. Mother is gone. Her patient and contented disposition and her readiness and longing to depart will be cherished memories to those who were closely associated with her the last years of her life.
Yoder - Lovina Edei, daughter of Jacob and Catherine
Swartzendruber, was born in Iowa Co., Ia., Mar. 25, 1884;
died in her home in the same community, May 7, 1938; aged 54 y.
1 m. 12 d. In her youth she united with the West Union Mennonite
Church being true to her faith until the end. Aug. 18, 1907, she
was married to W.M. Yoder, also of Iowa Co. This union was blessed
with 2 sons and 3 daughters (Merton or Parnell, Iowa; Rollie of
Wellman, Iowa; Oana, Velma, and Cordelle at home). She was one
of a family of 10 children; 6 brothers and 1 sister survive (Joseph
and Chriss of Wellman, Iowa; David of Idaho; Eli of Washington,
Iowa; Nicholas and Quinton of Iowa City; and Sadie, wife of Vernon
Marner of Keota, Iowa). These with her husband and children and
many others mourn her sad and unexpected departure. She took an
active interest in Church and Sunday school work, being a teacher
in Sunday school for a number of years. She had been in usual
health, being able to engage in the performance of her household
duties the first 3 days of the week that she died. The following
Thursday morning she became ill quite suddenly. Two doctors were
called and everything possible was done to help her, but all to
no avail. She soon became unconscious and on Saturday evening
she peacefully fell asleep. In her passing, the Church loses an
active member, the community a kind neighbor, and the home a devoted
mother. Funeral services were held the following Monday at the
West Union Church; conducted by Bro. Abner G. Yoder and Bro. John
Y. Swartzendruber. Text, Jno. 12:24.
"Sad and sudden was the call of mother so dearly loved by all;
The shock was great, the blow severe, little we thought death was so near.
Safe within our Father's mansion clad in robes all white and fair."
Landis - Elam B., son of the late Levi and Mary (Buckwalter)
Landis, was born Oct. 6, 1850, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died of
infirmities May 6, 1938; at the home of his daughter Lena in Ephrata,
Pa.; aged 87 y. 7 m. He was united in marriage to Magdalana Martin
Nov. 25, 1875. To this union were born 6 children, 4 of whom survive
as follows: Mary, widow of the late Benjamin E. Martin, Sterling,
Ohio; Emma, wife of Michael Sensenig near Ephrata, Pa.; Lena,
wife of John H. Weaver, Ephrata, Pa.; and Harry M. Landis near
Brownstown, Pa. His first wife died May 9, 1886. Nov. 13, 1888
he was married to Mary A. (nee Bucher) Groff, widow of the late
Aaron Groff. To this union were born 2 daughters (Amanda, wife
of John Gockley, Lancaster, Pa.; Alice I., wife of Isaac B. Witmer,
Martindale, Pa.). His second wife died Aug. 2, 1905. On Feb. 7,
1907, he was married to Lizzie B. (nee Oberholtzer), widow of
the late Jacob Burkholder. To this union was born 1 daughter (Ruth),
a worker at the Orrville Mennonite Home near Lancaster, Pa. His
wives and 2 daughters (Annie and Ada Catherine), 2 grandchildren
and 2 great-grandchildren preceded him in death. He is survived
by 7 children and the following stepchildren: Jonas B. Groff,
Upland, Calif.; John Burkholder, Lancaster, Pa.; Aaron Burkholder
and Lizzie Burkholder, wife of Paul M. Martin, Lititz, Pa.; also
2 sisters (Emma and Anna Mary Landis of Lancaster, Pa.) and 38
grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were
held May 10 at the home of his daughter Lena, conducted at the
home by Bro. Eli Sauder and further services at Metzler's Mennonite
Church conducted by Benjamin Wenger. Text, the 23rd Psalm. Interment
in adjoining cemetery. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church for many years, had a deep interest in Sunday school and
missionary work, and all activities of the Church. He was patient
to the end, greatly concerned for the spiritual welfare of his
descendants and lived to see all his children unite with the Mennonite
Church (and most of the grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild)
which made him happy. We will miss father, but he was ready to
go and we mourn not as those who have no hope.
His daughter Alice.
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Herr - Abram B. Herr, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Aug. 28, 1851; died June 4, 1938; aged 86 y. 9 m. 7 d. He is survived
by his wife (Maggie Myers Herr) and 2 sisters (Annie and Barbara).
He renewed his church fellowship Feb. 20. Three days afterwards
he had a stroke from which he lingered until death. His last rites
were held by his home ministers and he was buried at Millersville.
Blimline - Annie, daughter of Reuben and Susanna (Musser ) Gehman, was born Aug. 15, 1872, near Adamstown, Pa.; died May 31, 1938; aged 65 y. 9 m. 16 d. She was married to Henry Blimline. They lived near Cedar Tp, Berks Co., Pa. She was left fatherless at the age of 10 years and an orphan at 17. She joined the Mennonite Church in her youth but in 1900 she followed her husband's choice and became a member of the Seventh Day Adventists. She is survived by her husband and 2 sisters (Lydia, widow of Peter Harding; and Lizzie, wife of Aaron Auker). Funeral services were held at Mellinger's Funeral Parlors, Denver, Pa. Interment in Gehman's Mennonite Cemetery.
Groff - Israel Groff died at his home in Elmira, Ont.,
May 24, 1938, after a lingering illness of about six months; aged
81 y. 8 m. 12 d. On Feb. 20, 1883, he was united in marriage to
Mary Ann Snider. For a number of years they resided on a farm
near Alma, Ont., later moving to Elmira, their present home where
he had gained a host of friends. He leaves 1 brother (Andrew,
of near Alma), 2 sisters (Lena, wife of Gilmon Snider, of Iowa;
Mary, wife of Absalom Snider, of Hespeler). He was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held May
26 from his late home, and thence to the church. Bro. Jonas Snider,
of Waterloo, assisted in the service. Text, Phil. 1:21, Psa. 16:9,11.
Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Farewell, my dear wife and friends, my Saviour has now called me home.
At the gates of the city eternal, I'll watch and wait till you come."
Snider - Magdalene, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John E. Brubacher, was born Jan. 7, 1854; died at her residence in Waterloo, Ont., June 4, 1938; aged 84 y. 4 m. 27 d. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons (Edwin, Alvin, and Herbert of Waterloo), 1 daughter (Mrs. M.B. Stauffer, also of Waterloo), 1 brother (Noah Brubacher) and 3 sisters (Mrs. David Martin, Mrs. Oliver S. Martin, and Harriet Brubacher), 2 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She accepted Christ some sixty years ago, united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she lived and died. Services were held at the Erb St. Mennonite Church, Waterloo, in charge of C.F. Derstine and J.B. Martin. Burial in David Eby cemetery.
Bachman - Valeria A. Bachman was born July 19, 1854;
died at the home of Simon G. Bucher, near Annville, Pa., April
15, 1938; aged 83 y. 8 m. 26 d. She leaves to survive 1 brother
(Reuben Bachman), 1 sister (Mrs. Lydia Landis), 10 nieces and
nephews, besides Sallie, wife of Simon Bucher, who was in infancy
bereft of her mother and to whom Aunt Valeria nobly filled the
place of a foster mother. They had lived together for fifty years
and the separation is keenly felt. She possessed a kind and loving
disposition and her endearing ways won for her many friends. To
know her was to love her. She had been a faithful member of Gingerich's
Mennonite Church for over forty years, loyally supporting every
activity of the Church. Funeral services were conducted at the
home by Bro. Daniel Wert and at Gingerich's Church by Bros. Noah
Risser and Martin Weaver. Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in the adjoining
"Her willing hands are folded, her dear warm heart is still;
A place is vacant in the home, that never can be filled."
Good - Sarah S., daughter of the late Menno and Lydia
(Seachrist) Stauffer, was born Aug. 7, 1872, in Snyder
Co., Pa.; died suddenly at the home of her daughter Sarah, Sunday
evening, May 22, 1938, of bronchial pneumonia; aged 65 y. 9 m.
15 d. She was united in marriage to John Z. Good, Nov. 1, 1891.
To this union were born 13 children. She is survived by 7 sons
(Nathan S. and Owen S., of Voganville; John S., of Lincoln; Samuel
S., of East Earl; Aaron S. and Christian, of Mohnton; Levi S.,
of Elizabethtown), 3 daughters (Lydia, wife of Amos Wenger, Ephrata;
Sarah, wife of Amos Hahn, East Earl; Mary, of Ephrata); also 1
sister and 2 brothers. She was preceded in death by her husband
(who died in 1935), 3 sons and 3 grandchildren. She was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church for 42 years. She often expressed
her desire to go home and meet her Saviour and loved ones. Funeral
services were held May 26 at the home of her daughter, by Bro.
John Weaver, with further services at the Pike Mennonite Church
by Bros. Moses Horning and Frank Horst. Text, Rev. 21:4.
"Her willing hands are folded, her dear warm heart is still,
A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled."
Frey - Amos, son of Christian and Elizabeth Frey, was born near Pettisville, Ohio, Aug. 28, 1858; died at Pasadena, Calif., April 16, 1938; aged 79 y. 7 m. 18 d. He leaves 7 children: Albert, of Delta, Ohio; Hiram, of Pasadena, Calif.; Sillma (Mrs. Glen Young) of Long Beach, Calif.; Herma (Mrs. Robert Martson) of Forks, Wash.; Elmer, of Cammanilla, Calif.); and David, of Downy, Calif.; also 21 grandchildren and 2 brothers (Elias L. Frey, of Wauseon, Ohio, and Jacob C. Frey, of Archbold, Ohio), together with many other relatives and friends. He was united in marriage with Emmaline Fether who preceded him in death July 24, 1909. Four children preceded him in death also. In 1913 he moved to Long Beach, Calif., and had his home in southern California at the time of his death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church when he left Fulton County, but after moving to California, transferred his membership to the Methodist Church, of which he was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held near the place of his death, after with the body was brought to Fulton Co., Ohio, where funeral services were held April 23 at the Clinton Mennonite Church, conducted by E.B. Frey and Jesse Short. Text, Psa. 90:12.
Stalter - Elizabeth, daughter of the late Jacob and
Magdalena Saltzman, was born March 27, 1871; died May 29,
1938, after being suddenly stricken with a heart attack; aged
67 y. 2 m. 2 d. She was united in marriage with Joseph Statler
of near Gridley, Ill., Sept. 13, 1891, who with the following
children survive: Mrs. Tillie Schertz of Eureka; Edward and William
of Gridley; Mrs. Ella Roszhart of Meadows; Arthur, Ollie, and
Ethel of Flanagan. Two daughters preceded her in death (Edna in
infancy and Mrs. Mattie Beller on April 17, 1929); also 2 grandchildren,
1 sister and 3 brothers. 15 grandchildren and 1 brother (Benjamin
of Flanagan) also remain to mourn her passing. She accepted Christ
as her personal Saviour in her youth, united with the Mennonite
church, and lived a consistent life to the end. In her passing
the family loses a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, one
who considered no sacrifice too great for the welfare of the family.
She was of a cheerful disposition and will be greatly missed in
the home, the Church, ad the community. Funeral services were
held May 31 at the Waldo Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros.
D.W. Slagel and J.D. Hartzler.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angels drawing near,
That took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear."
Miller - Emma, daughter of the late Levi and
Anna Kraybill, was born Feb. 13, 1875; died at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Paul Hernley, Elizabethtown, Pa., May 19,
1938, with whom she resided for the last two years; aged 63 y.
3 m. 6 d. She had been ailing for the last 4 years. Several times
so weak she could not raise a hand. But with it all she was an
example of patience. Nov. 29, 1895, she was united in marriage
with Phares C. Miller. To this union were born 7 children. She
is survived by her husband, 4 sons (Arthur, Mt. Joy, Pa.; Raymond,
Rheems, Pa.; Martin, Florin, Pa.; Phares Jr., Rheems, Pa.), 3
daughters (Ruth, wife of Paul Hernley, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Emma,
wife of Phares Longenecker, Harrisburg, Pa.; Ella, wife of Lloyd
Nissley, Bainbridge, Pa.), 26 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Edwin
A. Sauder), 1 brother (Irvin Kraybill of Elizabethtown, Pa.).
She accepted Christ as her Saviour in early life and remained
true to the end. On Sunday, May 22, 1938, a short service was
held at the home of her daughter, in charge of Bro. Simon Garber,
followed by services at Bossler's Church, in charge of Bro. Noah
Risser and Bro. Martin Kraybill.
"'Tis hard to part with Mother, dear, no more to see her here;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best, to end her troubles and give her rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair, may our names too be written there."
Nunemaker - Henry G, son of Jacob and Phoebe (Darkwood) Nunemaker, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Sept. 4, 1884; died May 12, 1938, at his home near Wakarusa, Ind.; aged 53 y. 8 m. 8 d. He had been ill three years with heart disease. On Sept. 7, 1905, he married Sarah Waimer, who survives, with 1 son, Vernon, of near Goshen, a daughter, Cora, at home, and 3 grandchildren (Waneta, Juliann and Richard Nunemaker). He also leaves a brother (Samuel C. Nunemaker of Omaha, Neb.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Ben Kauffman of Pontiac, Mich.; Mrs. Oliver Replogle of Nappanee; and Mrs. Melvin Troup of Osceola) and many other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He was a kind and loving husband and father and always worked hard as long as it was possible, to supply the needs and comforts of his family. During his long illness he suffered much but patiently bore it all, often remarking that he would like to be well and fill his place in the home again. Seven years ago he and his family united with the Methodist Church at Jamestown. He had a special desire to fill his place at all services until afflictions made it impossible, and often attended services when others though he was not physically able to do so. In his labors for the church he had served as one of the trustees. He will be greatly missed in the home, church, and community in which he lived. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Olive Mennonite Church, conducted by V.O. Vernon, E.S. Sparks, and C.A. Shank.
Aschliman - Henry, son of John and Barbara (Stuckey)
Aschliman, was born Oct. 1, 1855, on the farm which was bought
by his grandfather, Peter Aschliman, in about 1834, when they
immigrated from France. He was married to Rachel Frey, Dec. 11,
1890. To this union were born 6 children (a son died in infancy,
Mrs. Ervin Eash, Mrs. Fred Stamm, Mrs. Ira Short, Agnes and Adeline).
As a young man he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining
a member until death. In March, 1899, they moved one mile north
of his birthplace, where he resided at his death, May 26, 1938;
aged 82 y. 7 m. 26 d. For several years he was in failing health,
being confined to his bed since Feb. 2. During all his suffering
he endured patiently, with a fervent hope of soon meeting his
Saviour face to face. He was the fifth of a family of 7 children
of which the only one remaining is Mrs. Mary Short. His companion,
1 son, and 5 brothers preceded him in death. He leaves 5 daughters,
13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 stepgrandchild, a host
of relatives, friends, and neighbors. He will be remembered with
fond recollections as "Uncle Henry." The funeral service
was held May 29 at the Lockport Mennonite church by Jesse Short,
assisted by P.L. Frey. Text, II Tim. 1:22
"Of all the thoughts of God that are borne inward unto souls afar,
Along the Psalmist's music deep, O tell me! if there any is,
For gift or grace surpassing this, He giveth His beloved sleep."
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Shenk - Alta Mae Shenk, infant daughter of Willis and Mabel
(Stauffer) Shenk, died suddenly at her home near Lititz, Pa.;
born Mar. 2, 1938; died May 18, 1938; aged 11 weeks. She is survived
by her parents, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Tillman and Amos G.
Shenk), and a number of relatives. We know not why we had to part
with our little darling, but sometime we shall understand. Services
were held from her late home by Bro. Ira Landis, at Landis Valley
Church by Bishop Noah Landis and Bro. Maris Hess. Text, Isa. 26:3.
Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Not from our memory, not from our love;
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above.
Betzner - Aaron Betzner passed away at the home of his brother-in-law, Caleb Shelley, 64 Schneider Ave., in Kitchener, Ont., early Tuesday morning, June 3, 1938, after an illness of three months following a stroke; aged 84 y. 5 m. 20 d. The deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Betzner and was born in Waterloo Twp., near Breslau on Dec. 13, 1853. He was united in holy marriage to Barbara Rudy who predeceased him 13 years ago. He is survived by 1 son (Allen of Toronto), 1 brother (Samuel Betzner of Dawson City, Yukon), 1 sister (Mrs. Ephraim Cressman of Kitchener), and 2 grandchildren. One daughter died in infancy. He was a faithful member of the First Mennonite Church and was loved for his kindly disposition and general Christian spirit. Services were conducted by Bro. C.F. Derstine. Theme: "The Desired End."
Blough - Jacob A., son of Abraham and Sarah Blough,
was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 20, 1848; died at his home
near Johnstown, Pa., May 31, 1938; aged 89 y. 7 m. 10 d. He was
married to Sarah Baer May 12, 1872. His wife died Oct. 5, 1915.
Of seven children born to this union, one daughter and one son
preceded her* in death, Besides the 5 children, he is survived
by 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was the last
of a family of 6 to pass away. For more than seventy years he
was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and his quiet,
peaceful, and honest life won for him many friends within and
without the Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home
and in the Kaufman Mennonite Church, of which he was a member,
by S.G. Shetler, assisted by Irvin J. Holsopple. The body was
laid to rest in the Bough Cemetery near Jerome, Pa.
* Transcriber's Notes: although a male obituary, it is written as her.
Maust - Samuel A., son of Adam and Sarah (Yoder) Maust, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 11, 1854; died at the Lagrange County Hospital, May 28, 1938; aged 83 y. 7 m. 17 d. He was married to Barbara Troyer who died in 1917. Since this union was never blessed with children of their own, they opened their hearts and their home to a number of homeless children for a time. Among these were Monroe Harris (who died at the age of 21) and Delsie Hostetler Kaiser (who died at the age of 14). He was again united in marriage to Mary Ellen (Searfoss) Bortz, April 12, 1924; who survives him. He also leaves 2 brothers (Abraham and Adam Maust), and a number of nephews and nieces. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth. He expressed his readiness to meet his God whenever the call comes. Services were conducted in the home and the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind., in charge of Percy Miller and O.S. Hostetler.
Ernst - Louis Ernst passed away suddenly at the Kitchener and Waterloo Hospital, late on Friday afternoon, May 27, 1938; aged 78 y. 1 m. 16 d. He had been about in his usual health until a few hours previous to his sudden and unexpected death. The deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Ernst and was born in Wilmot Twp., a few miles north of Baden on April 11, 1860. After his marriage to Lydia Rickert who predeceased him 20 years ago, he farmed for many years near Kitchener, retiring from active farming about 20 years ago. He has resided in this city for the past 45 years. He was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church, and interested in her welfare. He is survived by his second wife, 2 daughters (Mrs. George Uhrig and Miss Lillie Ernts both of Kitchener), 3 sons (Ephraim and Milton of Kitchener and Alton of Preston), 1 brother (Samuel Ernst of Kitchener), 2 sisters (Mrs. William Reamer of Drayton, and Mrs. William Martin of Millbank), 20 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. The services were conducted by Bros. C.F. Derstine, and O. Burkholder. Themes, "The Living Hope," and "Exaltation by God."
Morningstar - Arthur Kenneth, son of Lewis and Fanny (Kauffman) Morningstar, was born in Metamora, Ill., Dec. 12, 1918; died May 19, 1938; aged 19 y. 5 m. 7 d. He lived with his parents until a week ago when he was removed to the Sturgis Hospital for the amputation of his leg, where he died from the effect of tetanus infection. He was a cheerful, home loving boy, even though having been afflicted for many years of his life, which deprived him of many privileges that others can enjoy. He loved to roam the woods and observe nature and the handiwork of God, however always ready and willing to help and greet you with a cheery smile. In May, 1937, he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and on July 18, was received into fellowship at the Emma Mennonite Church, near Topeka, Ind., by water baptism, where he continued faithful to the end. Three brothers preceded him in death. Besides his parents he leaves the following: 4 brothers (William, Ora, and Clayton at home, Titus of Howe, Ind.), 5 sisters (Fern Hartzler, Ovid, Mich.; Mrs. Flossie King of Flint, Mich.; Mabel Sharick of Metamora, Ill.; Esther Oswald, Lagrange Ind.; Lela Miller, Coldwater, Mich.), besides uncles and aunts and many other friends. Services were conducted at the home by Menno J. Yoder and at the Emma Mennonite Church in charge of O.S. Hostetler assisted by Sherman Maust.
Shoup - Martin Van Buren Shoup, son of John and Mary Shoup, was born in Paint Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, June 3, 1870; died June 10, 1938; aged 68 y. 6 d. He spent his entire life in the vicinity of his birthplace. Finding that disease was playing upon his body, he went to the Radium Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Though every effort was used to prolong his life, yet on the morning of June 10, he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. He was united in marriage to Della Detron in 1891. To this union were born 8 children, 2 children, Ray and Clyde, having preceded their father in death. Those who survive are: Alfred, East Greenville, O.; Mrs. Elda Webb, Orrville, O.; Mrs. Emma O'Brien, Columbus, O.; Earl and George, Bech City, O.; and Viola Beigler, Marshallville, O.; there are 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother (Henry Shoup of Wooster, O.), 1 sister (Mattie Shoup at home), 1 aunt (Emma Showalter, California), 1 uncle (Noah Bixler, Columbiana, O.), as well as many more distant relatives and friends. In 1886 he yielded himself to the Saviour's invitation and united with the Longenecker Mennonite Church in Holmes Co., Ohio. In 1893 he was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in this church, and his deep interest in his calling caused the church to prosper during the 20 years he served as pastor. Funeral services were held at the Longenecker Church on June 9, 1938, by I.J. Buchwalter, assisted by D.M. Friedt and Enos Hartzler. Text, Psa. 90:1. Interment in cemetery close by.
Godshall - Allen B. Godshall was born in New Hanover
Twp., Montgomery Co. Pa., Jan. 16, 1859; departed this life May
24, 1938, at Telford, Pa.; aged 79 y. 4 m. 8 d. He had moved to
Telford in 1885 and was active in business at that place for many
years, first conducting a bakery for 17 years, then a feed and
coal business for 17 years. But he lived a retired life for about
15 years. He was always interested in the church and Sunday school.
His seat was seldom vacant when health permitted. He was also
a great lover of song. In his younger years he served as chorister
in a Union Chapel. His favorite song was "Nearer, Still Nearer,"
which he requested to be sung at his funeral. He was sick for
twelve weeks, but bore his affliction patiently and often expressed
a longing desire to go home. He was married to Lizzie L. Bergey
on Sept. 27, 1879, who preceded him in death April 29, 1916. On
Feb. 15, 1919 he was married to Lizzie M. Beyer who survives.
The following also survive: 8 children (Vincent, Norristown, Pa.;
Emma, wife of Wm. Walters, Narberth, Pa.; Alice, wife of Paul
Warner, Mohnton, Pa.; Harry, Lansdale, Pa.; Lillian, wife of Herbert
Herstine, Souderton, Pa.; Cora, wife of Daniel Nace, Nazareth,
Pa.; Allen, Perkasie, Pa.; Mildred Godshall, at home), 18 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren, and the following stepchildren: Mary, Russel,
Elmer Beyer and Rheba Bollinger, all of Lancaster Co., and Lloyd,
of Spring City. Funeral services were held on May 28 at the home
by Bro. Jacob Moyer and at the Souderon Mennonite Church of which
he was a faithful member, by Bro. J.C. Clemens and Bro. Elmer
Moyer. Text, Rom. 8:18. Burial in 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."
Gingerich - Helena, daughter of George and Mary (Shettler) Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Jan. 17, 1861. In this community she lived her entire life, and died at her late home in Kalona, Ia., 77 y. 4 m. 21 d. Her death was caused by pneumonia and complications of old age. In her youth she united with with Amish Mennonite church and remained a faithful member until death, always taking an active part in church and Sunday-school work as long as health permitted. She was deeply concerned about the welfare of the Church, even after she was no longer able to attend. Jan. 21, 1877, she was united in marriage with Christian C. Gingerich, and they journeyed through life together sharing each other's joys and sorrows, establishing a home, rearing a family and endeavoring to "bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." By their economy and thrift, they made possible for their children in a larger measure than they realized, many comforts and blessings as well as contributing to the highest interests of the community. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons (Mahlon and Enos), a grandchild, 6 sisters, 1 brother, and her husband (in 1936) preceded her in death. The following children survive: George of Tuleta, Tex.; Henry of Sierra Madre, Calif.; Chris of Los Angeles, Calif.; Arthur of Wellman, Iowa; Mary Ann, wife of Andrew A. Yoder, and Nettie, wife of David G. Yoder, both of Kalona; also 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. Kate Stutsman), 3 brothers (John A., of Kalona, Jacob and Joe both of Wellman), and many other relatives and friends. She had been in failing health for many years but greatly enjoyed visiting with her friends until the last day of her life. She was patient and loving in her long illness and those who cared for her marveled at her cheerful and satisfied attitude. Funeral services were held June 10 at the Lower Deer Creek Church, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber, assisted by David D. Miller. Text, Psa. 27:14.
Erb - Lizzie A. Hess, widow of the late Bishop Tillman
M. Erb, was born near Ephrata, Pa., Jan. 10, 1865; died only a
few miles from the place of her birth, at the home of her brother-in-law
and sister, Bro. and Sister A.M. Wolf of Akron, Pa., June 1, 1938;
aged 73 y. 4 m. 22 d. Death came suddenly as the result of a heart
attack, although she had not been in good health for several years.
She grew to womanhood at the place of her birth and was married
to Tillman M. Erb, of Newton, Kans., Nov. 18, 1886. They set up
their home in Kansas, where they resided the rest of their lives.
They lived during this time at Newton, Harper, and Hesston. The
Lord gave them 11 children: Anna May, wife of L.O. King, Hutchinson,
Kans.; Allen H., La Junta, Colo.; Mabel H., widow of James A.
Kauffman, Hesston, Kans.; Susie Etta (deceased); Paul H., Hesston;
Ruth Naomi, wife of Clarence Ebersole, La Junta, Colo.; Jacob
L., Wellman, Ia.; Amy Elizabeth, wife of E.D. Hershberger, Newton,
Kans.; Tillman H., Denver, Colo.; Mary Elva (deceased); and Leah
Ina, wife of Alvin R. Yordy, Denver, Colo. She is survived by
2 sisters (Anna, of Akron, Pa., and Maria, widow of M.M. Weaver
of Hesston), 37 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. In the
first year of their marriage our parents were converted under
the evangelism of John S. Coffman and together they joined the
Pennsylvania congregation of the Mennonite Church, where they
held their membership for the rest of their lives, except for
a few years when they lived at Harper. As the mother of a large
family and as the wife of a busy minister and church administrator,
Mother carried heavy responsibility for many years. Her Christian
life both in the family circle and the church and community, was
characterized by an unfaltering faith in God and by deep convictions
and an active expression of these convictions both in word and
deed. She will be remembered by her children as a mother who understood,
inspired, and blessed. Since the death of Father she has lived
in Hesston. She was enjoying a visit with her sister at the time
of her death. Funeral services were held June 2 at the home of
her sister in Akron, Pa., conducted by Amos Hurst and Clarence
Lutz. The body was sent to Hesston, Kans., to the home of her
daughter Mabel where services were held June 5 conducted by Amos
Gingerich, and at the Pennsylvania Church by Earl Buckwalter and
J.G. Hartzler. Text, Phil. 1:21.
"But some will think of one who said, 'And I,
If I be lifted up will draw to me all men.'
And when these latter come to die, with faces lifted to eternity
They shall go forth with calm, untroubled eyes,
Like children hasting to a glad surprise."
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Meyer - Rodney Gene, son of Harold and Aldene (Sutter)
Meyer, was born at Wayland, Iowa, Nov. 24, 1937; died at the Memorial
Hospital at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, June 15, 1938. He was in the best
of health from birth until the last short illness, which required
an intestinal operation. We cannot understand why our darling
had to be taken from us, but we humbly bow to the providence of
God, whose ways are higher than our ways. He leaves his parents,
2 grandmothers, 1 grandfather, 2 great-grandfathers, 2 aunts,
3 uncles, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services
were held June 17 at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church near Wayland.
Sermon by J.D. Mininger, Kansas City, Kans., assisted by the home
"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."
Lechlitner - Catherine Harter, daughter of Frederich and Philibena Krylo Harter was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 15, 1859. She moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1865. She was married to Samuel Lechlitner Feb. 4, 1882, and began housekeeping on the farm in Olive Tp., Elkhart Co., Ind., where she passed away Apr. 9, 1938; aged 78 y. 6 m. 24 d. To this union 5 sons and 3 daughters were born. One daughter and 1 son preceded her in death. Her aged husband, 4 sons (Jacob Henry of Goshen, John Wesley, of Osceola, Wm. H. and Chas. E. of Wakarusa), and 2 daughters (Leota, Mrs. Marcus Frederiks, of Mishawaka and Goldie, Mrs. Jerry Willard, of Wakarusa) survive. There are also 37 grandchildren besides a large number of other relatives and friends. She was confirmed in the German Evangelical Church at the age of 13 and retained her membership until death. Funeral service was held at the Olive Church conducted by D.A. Yoder and C.A. Shank.
Good - Joseph C. Good, son of Christian and Phebe Ehrisman Good, was born near Minier, Ill., Sept. 6, 1860; died at his home in Tiskilwa, Ill., May 20, 1938; aged 77 y. 8 m. 14 d. On Feb. 5, 1884, he was married to Barbara Brunn, to which union 4 children were born (Samuel, of Chicago, Ill.; Emma, wife of W.S. Shelly, of Wadsworth, Ohio; and Clarence, of Flanagan, Ill.). His children and 5 grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of a father and grandfather, his wife having died in 1918. One brother, Peter, of Rantoul, and two sisters (Mrs. John R. Reesor, and Mrs. D.J. Augsburger) also survive him. On June 8, 1937, he was married to Mary Nafziger of Tiskilwa, with whom he lived for a little less than a year. Services were held at the home in Tiskilwa by H.E. Nunemaker and C.A. Hartzler after which the body was taken to the Waldo Church near Flanagan, his former home, where further services were held by C.A. Harzler and D.W. Slagel.
Burkholder - Sara A. (Rhoads) Burkholder was born in
Lancaster Co., Pa.; died May 10, 1938, at the home of her daughter
in Farmersville, Pa.; aged 86 years. She was married to John Burkholder,
who preceded her 10 years ago. They both passed away May 10. She
is survived by 2 daughters (Mary, wife of David Brubaker, with
whom she made her home, and Lydia Ann, wife of Jacob Hoober),
16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren. Two sons (William and
Henry) preceded her. She was a faithful member of the Zion's Children's
Church for a period of 70 years. Her passing took their oldest
member. She always had a testimony for the Lord and His goodness
extended to her. She was bedfast only ten days, and was looking
for the time of her departure. Funeral services were held at the
home and at Groffdale Church by Wesley Martin of the Zion's Church
and Eli Sauder.
"Sleep on, dear grandmother, your labors are o'er;
Your willing hands will toil no more, God giveth thee rest."
Wingard - Minne May (Alwine) Wingard was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 20, 1887; died at her home near Johnstown, Pa., June 13, 1938; aged 51 y. 1 m. 23 d. She was the daughter of John and Gertrude (Kauffman) Alwine, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married to Ammon Wingard, January 26, 1926. She is survived by her husband and 8 stepchildren: Minnie, wife of James Wagner; Paul; Orie; Frieda; and Willard. She was preceded in death by a sister, Polly, wife of Simon Bowman. The following brothers and sisters remain: Simon; Emma, wife of Harry Berkey; Elda, wife of Nelson Yoder. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about thirty-five years. She was devoted to her home and to the church. Her sudden departure caused by cancer, was a shock to the family and the community. Funeral services were held in the home and in the Kaufman Church, where she had membership, by S.G. Shetler, assisted by Irvin H. Holsopple. Between 1,200 and 1,300 persons viewed the remains. The body was laid away in the Kaufman Cemetery near Davidsville, Pa.
Horning - Noah G. Horning was born near Bowmansville,
Pa., Oct. 19, 1874; died at his home near Union Grove, Pa., Nov.
16, 1937; aged 63 y. 28 d. He was married to Annie S. Shirk who
survives him. This union was blessed with 2 children (Samuel with
whom he resided, and Lena, wife of John M. Martin). Two bothers
and 1 sisters (Franklin G. Horning, Bishop Moses G. Horning, and
Lydia G., widow of Deacon Samuel Musser) also survive. In early
years he united with the Mennonite church and lived faithful to
the end. For many years he suffered with what proved to be cancer,
but through all his pain and suffering he always met his friends
and loved ones with a loving smile, being content whichever way
the Lord wanted, until at last he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus.
We can truly say to know him was to love him. Funeral services
were held Nov. 20 by Henry Horst and Aaron Burkholder at the home
and by Joseph Hostetter and Frank Horst at the Weaverland Mennonite
Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Not among the dead we seek him, for he dwells beyond the skies;
And if we but follow Jesus, we shall sweetly with Him rise."
Kropf - On the morning of June 6, Lomie,
the wife of Chancey L. Kropf, was called home to be with Jesus.
She was born March 17, 1888, near Belleville, Pa.; died at the
age of 59 y. 2 m. 20 d. At the age of 23 years she was married
to Chancey L. Kropf at Garden City, Mo., by Bishop D.D. Miller
of Middlebury, Ind., making their home near Hubbard, Oreg. To
this union came 5 children, making an unbroken family until the
departure of a precious and loving companion and mother. She will
be greatly missed in the home and the Church. She accepted Christ
in her youth and for 35 years remained faithful to the church
of her choice. She was a member of the Zion Mennonite Church and
was a faithful, willing worker. Her service was especially appreciated
in the sewing circle. Her quiet disposition and constant interest
in the deeper things of life will not be forgotten by her many
friends. Those left to mourn her departure are her husband (Chancey
L. Kropf), 5 children (Floyd of Hubbard; Wilma, wife of Harold
Kauffman; Ellis of Minot, N. Dak.; Lester and Alice of Hubbard),
3 grandchildren, 1 brother (Levi B. Detweiler) of Phoenix, Ariz.),
1 sister (Mrs. George Fox of Schagert, N. Dak.), her stepmother
(Mrs. Sadie Peachey), 1 half-sister (Mrs. Enid Henry of Belleville,
Pa.), also many relatives and friends. Her parents, Abner Y. and
Elizabeth Detweiler, and one half-brother preceded her
in death. Her mother died when she was but 10 years old. Their
aunt (Mollie Zook) was a real mother to them in their childhood.
Services were conducted at the house by C.C. Yoder and at the
church by E.Z. Yoder, assisted by Milo Kauffman, of Hesston, Kans.
Text, Psa. 37:7. She was laid to rest in the Zion Cemetery near
"We thank God for such a mother, and the prayer for us you've prayed;
Great and blessed we shall call you, may your precepts be obeyed."
Steiner - Samuel J., son of John M. and Elizabeth
Amstutz Steiner, was born near Mt. Eaton, O., Nov. 7, 1868; died
June 7, 1938; aged 69 y. 7 m. He spent almost all his married
life on his farm near Dalton, on which he died. At the age of
18 he united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Since the organization
of the Kidron Mennonite Church he was affiliated with that church.
On Dec. 30, 1890, he was united with Lydia Moser who preceded
him in death about four years ago. To this union were born 12
children, 2 having died in infancy. Those living are Mrs. Elmer
J. Amstutz, Frank, Albert, Reuben and Dennis of Dalton; Harvey
and Mrs. Moses Martin of Orrville; mrs. Allen Amstutz of Smithville;
Mrs. Vernon Smucker, Louiseville; and Esther at home. Surviving
also are 31 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 4 sisters
(Mrs. Mary Ann Zimmerly, Mrs. Anna Bixler, Mrs. Sarah Lehman,
and Mrs. Lydia Bixler, all of this community). Bro. Steiner at
about middle age was stricken with rheumatism and other complications
necessitating him to take his bed and remain there the last twenty-three
years of his life. During these years of affliction he suffered
much pain at times and endured much distress due to a stiffened
and calloused condition of his joints. But he bore his afflictions
patiently and faithfully, looked to his Redeemer for guidance
and strength. He had many contacts with other shut-ins throughout
the Church and other fields, bringing cheer wherever he could.
He was a faithful husband and father and his going home makes
a vacancy that is keenly felt, not only by his family but his
many friends near and far. Funeral services were held at the home
on Friday afternoon, June 10, by Brethren Allen Bixler and Stanford
Mumaw and at the Kidron Mennonite Church by Brethren A.J. Steiner,
I.J. Buchwalter, Allen Bixler, and Isaac Zuercher. Burial in the
Sonnenberg Cemetery, by the side of his companion.
"There is a day of sunny rest for every dark and troubled night,
And grief may bide an evening guest but joy shall come with morning light."
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia