Frey. Leah, daughter of the late Bishop John Hunsecker and wife of Bro. Benjamin Frey of Chambersburg, Pa., was born March 21, 1857; died Dec. 15, 1939; aged 82 y. 9 m. 24 d. She was the last of a large family. She is survived by 4 sons and 9 grandchildren. Her husband, 2 sons and 1 daughter preceded her in death. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Chambersburg and a regular attendant at services. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church by Bros. D. E. Kuhns and C. A. Neal. Interment in the Norland Cemetery near Chambersburg.
Luke. Lucinda Orr was born near Bloomfield, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1866; died near Berlin, Ohio, Nov. 17, 1939, aged 73 y. 9 m. 11 d. In 1884 she was married to Jackson Luke, who died Feb. 22, 1935. In her youth she was baptized on the confession of her faith and received as a member of the Methodist Church. Later she transferred her membership to the Martinscreek Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the end. May 31, 1932, she had a stroke; in March, 1935, she broke her hip. Since July 15, 1935, she made her home with the S. W. Sommer family. She leaves one son, William. Funeral services were conducted Nov. 19, in charge of the Martinscreek ministers. S. W. S.
Shantz. Noah Shantz was born Dec. 12, 1848, near Baden, Ont.; died at his home, Waterloo, Ont., Dec. 3, 1939; aged 90 y. 11 m. 21 d. He was married to Nancy Moser in 1876. He is survived by his beloved wife, 5 children (Allen of Kitchener, Mrs. Ed Diebel of Jordan, Mrs. Allen Cassel at home, Mrs. Herb Sengbush of Toronto, Mrs. Roy Tethbridge of Brantford), 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Four sons and 1 daughter predeceased him. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. "Blessed are the dead who die in the lord." Funeral services were held in Erb St. Mennonite Church, in charge of Brethren J. B. Martin and Jonas Snider. Text, Phil 3:10-14. Burial in the Shantz Cemetery.
Hostetler. Samuel A., son of Levi and Barbara (Peachey) Hostetler, died at his home in Belleville, Pa., Dec. 2, 1939; aged 75 y. 7 m. 13 d. Following the death of his parents, he and his wife farmed the home place for about ten years, after which they moved to Belleville, where he conducted a coal yard until he retired. The cause of his death was advancing years. In 1896 he was married to Rachel Stoltzfus, who survives. He is survived by 3 brothers, and a sister (Jephtha E., Jacob J., Joshua S. and Mrs. Nancy Yoder, all of Belleville). Two brothers (John P. and David) preceded him in death. He was a member of the Locust Grove A. M. Church, where funeral services were conducted Dec. 5 by Brethren John L. and Aaron Mast; the house services in charge of Bro. John B. Zook. Interment in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Cressman. Magdalena Cressman passed away at the Kitchener and Waterloo Hospital, on Sunday evening, Dec. 10, 1939, after a brief illness; aged 61 y. 10 m. 14 d. She was a daughter of the late Cyrus Cressman and Mary Horst, born at Nachez Jan. 26 1878, and was well known in her home community as a practical nurse. She united with the First Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member of the Church until her death. She is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Enoch Bauman of Winfield and Mrs. Lloyd Shantz of Carstairs, Alta.), also 5 brothers (Noah, Levi, and John Cressman of Breslau, Isaiah of Kitchener, and Allen of Guernsey, Sask.). One sister (Mrs. Jacob Cressman of Breslau) predeceased her Nov. 7, 1937. Funeral services were held in First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., in charge of R. K. Weber and J. B. Martin. Text, John 6:68. Buried in the Kitchener Cemetery.
Grove. Bertha Edith, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Sutton, was born May 24, 1881; died Nov. 24, 1939; aged 58 y. 6 m. She was united in marriage to Jesse Grove of Markham, Ont. In early years she confessed Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the Methodist Church. After marriage she united with the Mennonites at the Almira congregation and continued in this faith until death. Surviving are her husband, one adopted son (John Housser), 2 nephews for whom she cared until the age of sixteen; also 2 brothers (Omar and Warren Sutton), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Fred Chambers and Mrs. Stella Dilts). The service at the house was conducted by Bro. Moses Roth, and at Wideman's Church by Brethren Aaron Grove and Floyd Schmucker. Text, I Cor. 15:26. During her illness the sister was patient and resigned to the will of the Lord until He called her to the eternal home. --- F. S. S.
Landis. Elizabeth (Keller), widow of the late Elias R. Landis, died Oct. 26, 1939, at the home of her son and only child; aged 91 y. 11 m. 5 d. Death was caused by complications. She was laid up in bed only 3 days, when the Lord called her home. She had no desire to stay longer because she felt her life's work was done. She had enough time on her death-bed to call all of her family to her bedside and bid them good-by, which meant much to the oncoming generations. For 65 years she was a faithful member of the Salford Mennonite Church. She was also interested in S. S. work and taught a German Bible class some years past. She was much concerned about the welfare of her church, that her oncoming generation as well as others might seek to follow the narrow way. Left to mourn is one and her only son (Abram L. Landis near Harleysville, Pa.), with whom she resided, and 3 grandchildren (of whom Pre. Elias Landis is the oldest) and 9 great-grandchildren. All services at the Salford Mennonite Church near Harleysville, Pa., Oct. 31, 1939. Text, by J. C. Clemens and R. A. Alderfer, Psa. 71:9. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Harnish. Susan S., wife of Jacob B. Harnish, was
born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 25, 1868; died Dec. 8, 1939,
at her home near E. Petersburg, Pa.; aged 71 y. 8 m. 13 d. She
lived at her late home for 51 years; her entire married life.
The cause of her death was a cerebral hemorrhage. She was stricken
suddenly and died four hours later. She was a member of the Mennonite
Church of E. Petersburg for many years. She is survived by her
husband, a daughter (Esther, wife of Clarence Metzler), and 3
grandchildren, also by 3 brothers (George Beamesderfer, Landisville;
Phares Beamesderfer, E. Petersburg; and Harry Beamesderfer of
Richland, Lebanon Co., Pa.) and 1 sister (Mrs. David Gamber, Neffsville,
Pa.). Funeral services were conducted Dec. 11 by Bros. Henry Lutz,
and John Gochnauer, at the E. Petersburg Mennonite Church. Interment
in adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe;
We little thought that her end was so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell."
--By the Sister.
Snyder. Mary (Benner), widow of the late
Christian Synder, died at her home Oct. 10, 1939; aged 76 y. 3
m. 27 d.; suffering from complication of diseases. Her husband
(Christian Snyder) along with four children, preceded her in death.
She was the mother of 14 children. She is survived by the following
children: Frank, Jacob, Mrs. W. E. Spriggle, Irvin, Mrs. Samuel
Hepner, Mrs. Foster Hoffman, and Thomas, all of Richfield, Pa.,
Newton of Vernersville, Clayton and Norman at home; also 1 sister
(Mrs. Ella Graybill), 1 brother (David Benner), 40 grandchildren,
30 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral
services were held from the late home Oct. 13 with services continued
in the Cross Roads Church, conducted by Bros. W. W. Graybill and
Menno Brubaker. Interment in the Cross Roads Cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
"Til God called her home to suffer no more."
By a Daughter.
Rhodes. John J. Rhodes was born in Holmes Co., Ohio. May 23, 1847; died at his home near Kalona, Ia., Dec.12, 1939; aged 92 y. 6 m. 19 d. When four years of age his parents emigrated with team and wagon in 1851 to Johnson Co., Ia., where he since resided, and where he died. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he remained and died. He was united in marriage to Katie Gingerich March 23, 1882. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. One son and daughter preceded him in their youth. His son (Joseph) died in 1911 at the age of 28 years. He is survived by his beloved wife and 1 sister (Barbara, past 87 years of age and an invalid the last several years); also a host of friends and relatives to mourn his departure. His last illness was only five or six days, pneumonia being the cause of his death. He bore his sickness patiently. Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at his home, conducted by Chris B. Miller, Noah Schrock of Arcola, Ill., and Sam J. Kamp. A large concourse of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Burial in the Peter Miller cemetery.
Kirk. Carrie S. Hummel, wife of David W. Kirk, was born in Clearfield, Co., Pa. , July 16, 1864; died Nov. 28, 1939, at her home in Rockton, Pa.; aged 75 y. 4 m. 12 d. On Dec. 8, 1887, she was united in marriage to David W. Kirk. To this union were born 7 sons and 3 daughters (Mabel, Wilbur, Reuben, Thomas, and Elmer of Rockton, Pa.; John of Jennerstown, Pa.; Guy of Grafton, W. Va.; David of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mrs. Sara Kaufman of Davidsville, Pa.; and Alice who preceded her in death on June 7, 1932). Her husband passed away Jan. 25, 1932. She leaves 10 grandchildren, also 4 sisters (Mrs. Mary Brilhart of Scottdale, Pa.; Mrs. Lorena Picher of Rockton, Pa.; Mrs. Jennie Johnson and Mrs. Elva Black of DuBois, Pa.), 3 brothers (Nathaniel Hummel of Clearfield, Pa., John Hummel of Rockton, Pa.; Joseph Hummel of Newark, Del.). About 50 years ago she accepted Christ and became a member of the Rockton Mennonite church where she remained a faithful member until death. She was a teacher in the S. S. for 30 years, and was very much concerned about the work of the church and sewing circle in which she was very active until about 6 months ago, when her health failed. She suffered much during her illness, but bore it patiently unto the end. She will be greatly missed in the home, Church, and community. Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at her home. The sermon was preached by Bro. D. I. Stonerook, assisted by Bro. Jason B. Hollopeter. Text, Job 5:26. Interment in the Rockton Cemetery.
Garber. Peter, son of Joseph and Anna (Sweitzer)
Garber, was born near Washington, Ill., Aug. 8, 1849; passed away
at the home of his daughter (Mrs. S. P. Imhoff), Lowpoint, Ill.,
Dec. 12, 1939; aged 90 y. 4 m. 4 d. His death was due to infirmities
of old age. On Jan. 7, 1873, he was united in marriage with Magdalena
Dellenbach. To this union 3 daughters were born: Anna (deceased),
wife of S. D. Schertz; Nora, wife of S. P. Imhoff, Lowpoint, Ill.;
and Laura, wife of J. W. Schertz, of Roanoke, Ill. He leaves 2
daughters, 1 brother (Jacob of Eureka, Ill.), 12 grandchildren,
10 great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends to mourn
He accepted Christ when 13 years of age and united with the Partridge Mennonite Church. At the age of 45 he was ordained to the ministry by Bishop Joseph Bachman, and served the Church faithfully in this capacity for more than 40 years. He was always willing and ready to support any program of the Church that would contribute to the development and deepening of the spiritual life. An outstanding feature of his ministry was visitation work within the congregation and in the community. He seemed to have been endued with a special gift for this work, and the encouragement and cheer that he was able to impart to those whom he contacted, will linger long in the memory of those who were blessed by his ministry and life. Funeral services conducted by Bro. H. R. Schertz and Bro. E. H. Oyer.
Hochstetler. Gideon, son of Jacob and Judith (Kauffman) Hochstetler, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 15, 1862; died near Medford, Wis., Nov. 23, 1939; aged 77 y. 8 d. On Oct. 26, 1884, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Schrock, who preceded him in death Jan. 21, 1899. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters (Mrs. Anna Miller, Shipshewana, Ind.; Samuel, New Paris, Ind.; Eli, Wolford, N. D.; Levi, Goshen, Ind.; Jacob, Shipshewana, Ind.; John, Creston, Mont.; Katie (Mrs. Dan Graber), Shipshewana, Ind.). In the spring of 1897 he moved with his family to Rolette Co., N. Dak., where he took up a homestead and encountered with others, the hardships of pioneer life. June 6, 1901, he was married to Susanna Hochstetler. To this union were born 2 sons and 4 daughters (Mrs. Dan Hochstetler, Nappanee, Ind.; Mrs.Israel Yoder, Medford, Wis.; Mrs. Neal Bontrager, Dorchester, Wis; David, Haven, Kans.). One son and one daughter died in infancy. In the fall of 1909 he with his family moved to Exeland, Wis., where he lived for about 16 years, when he moved to Glen Fiora, Wis. After a few years there, he moved to Medford, where he found his final resting place. Surviving are: his companion, 6 sons, 5 daughters, 61 grandchildren, 3 brothers (John, Hartville, O.; Jacob, Sheridan, Oreg.; Edward, Norfolk, Va.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Amanda Schrock, Shipshewana, Ind.; Delila, Mrs. Enos Nisly, Whiteson, Oreg.). Two children, 5 grandchildren and 3 sisters preceded him. He united with the Old Order Amish Church in his youth, to which he remained faithful. Funeral services conducted in the home of his daughter, Mattie, by F. R. Miller, Middlebury, Ind., and Wm. Miller, of Medford, Wis.
Buckwalter. Linnie T. (Manley), wife of Jacob S. Buckwalter, Philadelphia, Pa., was born July 6, 1876, near West Chester, Pa. Her father was a cabinet maker, also sexton of the Grove Methodist Church. Her father passed away when she was about 18 years of age, and with her sister Anna and mother she moved to Royersford, Pa. Some years after, she went to Wilmington, Del., to care for her brother Frank who was seriously ill with typhoid fever. After recovering he made a home for her and her mother in Wilmington. June 8, 1905, she was married to Jacob S. Buckwalter. Having received her Church letter from her Methodist pastor previously, she was received into the Mennonite Church at Kinzers, Pa., by Bishop Isaac Eby. In 1908 they moved from Wilmington, Del., to Philadelphia, Pa. Having no children of their own, they were asked by the Mission folks to take a child 11 months old to raise-Eleaner Frew, who is now the wife of James Peers. She was fond of children and old people, and gave so much to the poor. Much clothing was given her, and she always found someone to give it to. She was faithful and dutiful to the Church and Sunday school, an efficient teacher. She had been seriously ill a number of times the last few years, but seemed real well again, and was able to do a great deal of her work, though the last week she seemed to be failing. Saturday, Nov. 11, she did some visiting and shopping in the evening. After coming home it was noticed that she was struggling with her breath. A doctor was called, who did all he could for her, but in about 15 minutes she passed away. The doctor pronounced it cerebral thrombosis. Thus an active life of 63 y. 4 m. 5 d. ended. Services were held the following Tuesday evening at the Norris Square Mennonite Church. Sermon by Milton Brackbill. Services Wednesday, 2:30 P. M., at the Kinzers, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Ira E. Hershey and Abram Martin. Text, Dan. 12:3. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Bixler. Jacob K., son of John S. and Barbara
(Huber) Bixler, was born near Winesburg, Ohio, Sept. 5,
1877; died Dec. 20 1939; aged 62 y. 3 m. 15 d. In August, 1882
when he was but 5 years old his parents moved to Elkhart Co.,
Ind., and located near Wakarusa, where he grew to manhood. After
his graduation from high school, he devoted his time to teaching
school for a number of years, in Indiana and also in Illinois.
It was while teaching school at Cullom, Ill., that he became acquainted
with Susie J. Bailey. On Dec. 22, 1904, they were united in holy
wedlock. Sister Bixler preceded him in death on June 27, 1939.
To this union was born one daughter (Esther Mae) who survives
During the winter of 1894-95 Bro. Bixler found his Christ while attending a revival meeting at the Holdeman Church, conducted by Andrew Shenk, then of Elida, Ohio, and was baptized in the spring of 1895 by Bishop John F. Funk.
He served as S. S. teacher and later as S. S. Supt., until he was ordained to the ministry which took place April 23, 1904. In 1907 in Bishop David Burkholder's district, steps were taken toward the ordination of a bishop to assist him. On Nov. 3, 1907, Bro. Bixler was chosen by lot and ordained to the office of bishop; Bishop David Burkholder having officiated in both of his ordinations.
Bro. Bixler served in various capacities in the church, serving as moderator of Conference, Mission Supt. of the District Mission Board and on various boards and committees, as well as Bible instructor and evangelist, and was always found faithful in the discharge of his duties.
He was an earnest contender for "the faith once delivered unto the saints," and was much concerned for the future welfare of the Church. Christ was "All in All" to him and the exalting of his Christ was the joy of his heart.
He suffered many privations and persecutions and, as he said, "Were it not for a confident faith in Jesus Christ, it is hard to say what might have happened." But His grace was sufficient. The hope of the returning Christ, is the incentive that urged him forward.
Surviving him, besides his daughter, are his aged mother, 2 sisters, Anna and Matilda (Mrs. Lloyd Hershberger), 1 brother (Fred) and other relatives and friends. He was laid away to rest on his 35th wedding anniversary. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. R. F. Yoder, assisted by Bro. Ira S. Johns of Goshen, Ind.
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Thomas. Jacob H., son of Jacob and Maria (Hess) Thomas, was born Sept. 28, 1849; died at his home in New Danville, Pa., Dec. 14, 1939; aged 90 y. 2 m. 16 d. He is survived by his companion and the following children: Annie (wife of John Harnish), Baumgardner; Elmer B., New Danville; Abram, at home; Jacob B., New Danville; Mary (wife of Martin K. Haverstick), at home; Martin B., New Danville. Two sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death. He was ordained to the ministry in 1901. His death came very unexpectedly, caused by infirmities of old age. Funeral services at the home in charge of Bro. Stoner Krady and conducted at Byerland Mennonite Church by Bros. Amos Horst, Stoner Krady, and Maris Hess.
Yoder. John J., son of the late Jonathan and Lydia (Custer) Yoder was born June 20, 1879, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died Nov. 23, 1939, at his home in Hyasota, Pa.; aged 60 y.5 m. 3 d. He was married to Fannie Hershberger about 36 years ago who, with the following children, survives him: Carrie (wife of Cyril Holsopple), Truman, Walter, Mildred (wife of Wiliam Roberts), Vernon, John, Marie (wife of William Ardell), and Clifford. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 36 years. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Sanford G. Shetler and H. C. Blough and at the Blough Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler, Sanford G. Shetler, and H. C. Blough. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Provins. Jonathan Cassius Provins was born at Masontown, Pa., Nov. 12, 1865; died at Martinsburg, Pa., Dec. 28, 1939; aged 74 y. 1 m. 16 d. He was the son of Benjamin and Malinda (Sterling) Provins and was married to Rebecca Deffenbaugh Sept. 15, 1888. He was a member of the Martinsburg Mennonite Church. While living in Crawford County he was instrumental in buying an abandoned church and organizing a Sunday school, which has since grown to a good-sized congregation at Britton Run. One son preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, 1 son (Ray of Ligonier), 3 brothers (James of Masontown, Lowry of Martinsburg, Frank of Long Beach, Calif.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mollie Loucks of Scottdale and Mrs. Teressa Burke of Uniontown). Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at the home at Martinsburg and at Masontown Church Dec. 31 in charge of D. I. Stonerook. Interment in Masontown Cemetery.
Martin. Judith Martin, nee Frey, died at
her father's home at Floradale, Ont., Dec. 9, 1939; aged 60 y.
3 m. 16 d. Nov. 24 1903, she was married to Noah F. Martin, who
with one child (Florentena) predeceased her. Surviving her are
her aged father (David Frey, with whom she had stayed and cared
for), also 1 daughter (Mrs. Eli Martin, Elmira), 3 sons (Emerson
of Alma, Ont.; Myron and Noah of Elora, Ont.). She had bodily
afflictions for a number of years, from which she suffered much
and which deprived her of church privileges, yet she bore her
burdens with a smile She apparently was in her usual health when
she was suddenly seized by a heart attack from which she died.
Bros. Oliver D. Snider and Jesse Bauman were in charge of services.
Interment in Elmira Cemetery.
"In silence she suffered,
In patience she bore,
Till god called her home
To suffer no more."
Fulmer. Ruth, daughter of Leidy K. and Florence (Detweiler) Fulmer of Perkasie, near Silverdale, Pa., died at Grand View Hospital Dec. 8, 1939, after an illness of six days; aged 1 y. 2 d. Death was caused by a brain abscess. Ruth was a sweet child, loved by all who knew her. We cannot understand God's ways, but humbly submit, knowing He doeth all things well. Besides her parents she is survived by 2 brothers and a sister (Marvin, Clyde and Anna, at home); the paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. William Fulmer, Telford, Pa.), and the maternal grandmother (Mrs. Minerva Detweiler, Perkasie). Short funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Wilson Moyer and at the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church by Brethren Melvin Bishop and Wilson R. Moyer. Text, Job 1:21, latter clause. Internment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Jesus has taken a beautiful bud,
Out of the garden of love;
Borne it away to the city of God,
Home to the angels above."
Swartzentruber. John J., son of John and Fannie (Kauffman) Swartzentruber, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 11, 1865; died Dec. 21, 1939, at his home near Shipshewana, Ind.; aged 74 y. 10 m. 10 d. On April 25, 1886, he was united in marriage to Sarah Weirich. To this union were born 9 children. Polly and Menno died in infancy. Surviving are his wife and the following children: Perry J. of Topeka, Ind.; Della (Mrs. William Boyer) of Middlebury, Ind.; Sylvia (Mrs. Ida Christner) of Topeka, Ind.; twin sons (Ira of Howe, Ind., and John of Three Rivers, Mich.); Alta (Mrs. Raymond Eash) of Middlebury, Ind.; and Flossie at home. Nine grandchildren and one sister (Mrs. Susie Weirich of Shipshewana, Ind.), also survive. When four years old he with his parents moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., where he spent the remainder of his life. He died of a complication of diseases. He was a member of the Shore Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Dec. 23 from the home in charge of Bro. Josiah Miller and at the Shore Mennonite Church by Bro. Percy J. Miller.
Rohrer. Frank B., son of the late Jacob and Mary (Barge) Rohrer, was born and lived all his life in Strasburg Twp.; until ten years ago, when he retired from farming and moved to Strasburg, Pa.; died at his home in Strasburg Dec. 21, 1939; aged 79 y. 8 m. 1 d. Death was caused by complications. He was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church for many years, and remained a faithful member to the end. Surviving are 4 sons and 4 daughters (Jacob H., Minnie B., wife of Clair H. Witmer, Willis J. and Raymond H., all of Strasburg Twp.; Mary I., wife of J. Harlan Burkhart, Farmersville; Florence H., wife of Clyde K. Eshleman, Millersvillle; Frank H., Strasburg; and Barbara, wife of B. Snavely Garber, West Lampeter); also 30 grandchildren. One brother (Newton J. Rohrer) also survives. Brief services were at the home by Frank M. Herr and C. M. Brubaker followed by public services at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Jacob Harnish and Abram Martin. Texts, II Cor. 5:5; Job 5:26.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
Till God called him home to suffer no more."
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Alberts. Mervin Jay, son of Dora and Lester Alberts, was born Aug. 13, 1939; died Nov. 1, 1939, at his home in Berlin after a short illness of peritonitis; aged 2 m. 18 d. He is survived by his parents and 3 brothersNorman, Dallas, and Cletus. Services were held at the home and at the Martins Creek Mennonite Church with the home ministers, Bros. Calvin Mast and S. W. Sommers in charge
Little Mervin Jay, so sweet, so dear,
Has had a very short career;
But God saw best to call him home,
No more this pilgrim world to roam.
Rohrer. Joseph S., son of Amanda (Stauffer) Rohrer and the late Jacob K. Rohrer, was born near Landisville, Pa., Jan. 18, 1889; died Dec. 31, 1939, at his home in Manheim, Pa.; aged 50 y. 11 m. 13 d. He was united in marriage to Emma Lehman in 1911. He is survived by his widow and his mother and 2 sisters (Mabel, wife of Henry W. Bucher, of Lititz, and Mary S. Rohrer of Manheim, Pa.). One son (Jacob Arthur) preceded him in death and 1 sister (Alice Bomberger). He was a member of the Manheim Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Manheim Mennonite Church Jan. 4, 1940. Bishops Henry Lutz, D. Stoner Krady and Pre. Charles Hostetter were in charge. Text: I Sam. 20:3. Burial at Hernley's Cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
Till God called him home to suffer no more."
Sheaffer. Mary, widow of Adam D. Sheaffer, died Dec. 10, 1939; aged 79 y. 2 d. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harvey Sauder. She is survived by 2 sons, 3 daughters, 18 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 sisters, and 4 brothers. She was a daughter of John M. and Susanna (Wenger) Musser. Her husband passed away 39 years ago. She was a member of the Ephrata, Pa., Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held Dec. 13, from the home of her daughter and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church by Bros. Amos Horst and Eli Sauder. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before."
--By a daughter.
Shantz. Jonathan, son of Amos and Esther (Cressman) Shantz, was born at Manheim, Waterloo Co., Ont., on Oct. 12, 1873; died at the Watrous Hospital Dec. 9, 1939; aged 66 y. 1 m. 27 d. At the age of 23 years he was converted in a series of evangelistic meetings held at the Blenheim Mennonite Church of which he then became a member. In the spring of 1905 he came to Guernsey, Sask., where he resided till death. He was a faithful member of the Sharon congregation and remained faithful till death. He leaves to mourn his departure 3 brothers (Josiah and Samuel of Manheim, Ont.; Addison of Guernsey), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Urias Snider, Kitchener, Ont.; Mrs. Herbert Shantz, Waterloo, Ont.; Barbara, Los Angeles, Calif.). Magdalena and Elminda of Kitchener, Ont., and 1 brother Jeremiah preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Sharon Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. M. H. Schmitt. Mr. Robinson of Watrous assisted at the home and and Bishop Janzen assisted at the church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Bair. John E. Bair, son of Daniel and Mary (Leber) Bair, was born in York Co., Pa., Feb. 20, 1886; died Dec. 6, 1939; aged 53 y. 9 m. 14 d. He was taken seriously ill at his home. He died of pneumonia. Surviving are his wife, who, before marriage was Edith Frey, 4 children (Ruth, Martha, Annie, and Daniel at home). One daughter preceded him in death. Surviving also are his stepmother (Mrs. Annie Bair, Hanover, Pa.), 1 brother (Oliver Bair, Hanover), 1 sister (Mrs. Archie Schmuck, York), and 2 stepsisters (Mrs. Roy Coulson and Mrs. Martin Frey both of Hanover). He was a member of the Mennonite Church at Hanover. Funeral services were held Dec. 10, 1939, at the home and Bair's Mennonite Church near Hanover along the York road conducted by Brethren Richard Danner and Harvey Grove. Text: Gen. 5:24.
"Farewell, dear Father, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
Peaceful be thy slumber, they rest be sweet,
Our circle is broken, our home incomplete."
--By the Family.
Rosenberger. Aaron M. Rosenberger was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 26, 1862; died at the Watrous Hospital, Watrous, Sask., Dec. 15, 1939; aged 77 y. 7 m. 19 d. Fifty-three years ago he married Elizabeth Bingeman. To this union were born 2 sons and 7 daughters. Two sons and 5 daughters survive him-Elmer, Botha, Alta.; Roy, Edmunds, Wash.; Mrs. H. H. Fuller, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. E. G. Light, Rapid View, Sask.; Mrs. J. C. McFarland, Drake, Sask.; Mrs. E. K. Bowman, Guernsey, Sask.; and Grace at home. Also surviving are 25 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Trussler, Parry Sound, Ont.; Mrs. Rachel Page, Bronti, Ont.; and Miss Sarah of Bronti, Ont.). In April, 1905, he and his family moved on a homestead southwest of Guernsey where they resided most of the time. Six years ago he moved to Watrous, Sask. Mrs. Rosenberger predeceased him six years ago. He was a member of the Church of God. Funeral services were held at the Sharon Mennonite Church by M. H. Schmitt and --Ewart of Saskatoon. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Wagner. Peter Wagner, eldest son of Joseph and Magdalena (Schertz) Wagner was born March 28, 1861, and died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Henry and Matilda Garber, Nov. 27, 1939, at the age of 78 y. 7 m. 29 d. On May 27, 1886, he was united in holy matrimony with Lena Schrock who preceded him in death Aug. 2, 1916. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 3 daughters. He is also preceded in death by father, mother, 1 son (Emanuel who passed away Apr. 20, 1938), 2 sons and twin daughters dying in infancy. He leaves to mourn 1 daughter, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, 4 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Joseph and Christian of Eureka, Ill., and David of Roanoke, Ill.), and a large number of relatives and friends. In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Roanoke Mennonite Church remaining faithful until death, answering the heavenly summons in a few hours following a paralytic stroke. He spent his entire life in the immediate community and gave to all worthy causes. He was of a cheerful personality and will be missed in the home, church, and community. Funeral services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. John L. Harnish and Ezra B. Yordy.
Holdeman. Abner, son of Abraham and Mary (Kilmer) Holdeman was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 13, 1862. He was married to Emma Sophia Dodge Dec. 16, 1885. To this union were born 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in the year 1908 and united with the Mennonite Church and the Holdeman congregation near Wakarusa. He was not satisfied with being only a member in name but he threw his whole life into the work of his Master. He was very active in personal work, and he spent much time in going from home to home and telling of the love of Christ to the lost. He was a Sunday-school teacher for many years, a trustee of the church, and a trustee of the Ft. Wayne Mission. He was often appealed to by the ministers of the church for help and advice in their problems. No task was ever too much for him when it was for his Master. His counsel and advice will be greatly missed. He departed this life after an illness of nearly three months, aged 77 y. 4 m. 7 d. He leaves to mourn his departure, 5 children: Warren, Walter, Florence, and Martha, all of Wakarusa, and Nelson of Tempe, Arizona; also 19 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Warren Shaum and at the Olive Church by S. L. Weldy and D. A. Yoder with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Spiker. Amanda Jane Spiker, daughter of
John and Mary Smiley, was born near Goshen, Ind., on April
23, 1862. At the age of four she came to the home near Wooster,
Ohio, where she lived until the time of her death. She passed
away at her home on Sunday evening, Oct. 8, 1939, at the age of
77 years. In her early youth she united with the Oak Grove Mennonite
Church near Smithville, Ohio, of which congregation she was a
member at the time of her death. On Dec. 12, 1882 she was married
to John Spiker, who together with 4 daughters, 4 sons, and
1 sister survives her. This sister (Mrs. Emma Smucker) is the last survivor of a family of 6 daughters. There are also 16 grandchildren who survive her. In her later years she was lovingly cared for by her daughter, Viola, and family. She will always be remembered for her hospitality to her family and her friends and for her desire for peace which was her cherished hope to pass on to her family. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 11 at the house and at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. J. S. Gerig, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"I cannot say and I will not say that she is dead-
She is just away!
She has wandered into an unknown land;
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there."
Kauffman. Katie, daughter of Joseph and Mary Egli, was born Jan. 19, 1899, near Minier, Ill. Sept., 1907, she was united in marriage to Noah D. Kauffman. They made their home on a farm near Armington, Ill., until Jan., 1910, when they came to Manson, Iowa. They lived on a farm near Manson for a number of years, later moving near Rockwell City, where she passed away at her home at the age of 50 years. She enjoyed comparatively good health until 3 months ago, when she was afflicted with a severe heart attack. Oct. 28, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage from which she never recovered; death came on Dec. 3, 1939. She leaves her husband, 5 daughters and 4 sons (Mrs. Wade Jones, Goshen, Ind.; Mrs. John Powell, South English; Mrs. Elmo Piper, Rockwell City; Grace, Goshen, Ind.; Joe, Kalona; Roy, Dan, Rose and Walter at home). She also leaves 6 sisters and 4 brothers (Mrs. Edwin D. Miller, Middlebury, Ind.; Mrs. Dan Miller, Saegerstown, Pa.; Mrs. V. R. Fleener, Lowell, Ind; Dan, Hopedale, Ill.; Mrs. Simon Grieser, Conneaut Lake, Pa.; C. B. Egli, Abner Egli, Joel Egli and Barbara Egli, Manson. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Saviour, uniting with the Mennonite Church. The genuiness of her Christian profession was expressed in her faithfulness to Christ and the Church, and the many acts of kindness which she showed to everyone. Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite Church conducted by Nicholas Stoltzfus. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Lehman. Henry Clay Lehman was born July 19, 1875, near Middlebury, Ind.; died Dec. 19, 1939, in Salem, Ore., hospital; aged 64 y. 5 m. He leaves the following kinsfolk: his lifetime companion (Mrs. Ada S. Lehman of Molalla), and 5 children (Mrs. Ivan Emmert, Sweet Home, Ore.; Ernest G. Lehman, Milwaukie, Ore.; Harold R. Lehman, Middlebury, Ind.; Elwood H. Lehman, Hillsboro, Ore.; Mrs. Walter McDowell, Goshen, Ind.); a sister Mrs. Jacob Miller, Middlebury, Ind., numerous nieces and nephews, 11 grandchildren, besides a host of friends and other relatives. A daughter (Gladys) preceded him to glory. He spent much of his lifetime in Indiana, uniting with the Mennonite Church there. The family came to Oregon after the World War, locating at Hubbard, later moving to St. Paul, Ore., where they lived for a few years. Later they moved to Molalla where he was an active worker in the church until death. He made many warm friends both in and out of the church. He donated the church building being used at present by the Molalla congregation. He was much interested in the work of the church, teaching a Sunday-school class for many years. He pointed out to others the path which the great Master wished all to follow. He tried so constantly to make that road more easy for those coming behind. He was a loving, faithful companion and father, and a priceless friend. Funeral services were held at the Molalla Funeral Home in charge of Bro. Joe H. Yoder and at the Hopewell Mennonite Church in charge of Brethren H. A. Wolfer, F. J. Gingrich, and E. J. Berkey. Text, Prov. 14:13, latter clause. Interment in the Hopewell Cemetery.
King. Polly Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 30, 1850; died in Topeka, Ind. Dec. 18, 1939; aged 89 y. 2 m. 18 d. In Her girlhood days she came to Indiana and on Nov. 15, 1870, was married to George Patterson, who was killed in a saw mill accident on June 2, 1893. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters; Mrs. Moses M. Miller, Lagrange, Ind.; John Patterson, Hillsdale, Mich.; Simon G. Patterson , who died Dec. 29, 1899; Mrs. Lewis Sparks, who died March 15, 1915; Mrs. I. W. Gnagy, who died April 9, 1939; Mrs. James Greenawalt, Rome City, Ind.; Mrs. Ernest Greenawalt, Topeka, Ind; Jacob Patterson, Goshen; Mrs. Wm. W. Wenger, Camden, Mich.; Mrs. A. Nofzinger, Goshen; and Daniel G. Patterson of Chatham, N. J. There are also 34 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and a number of stepchildren who were very near and dear to her, and many other relatives and friends who mourn her passing. On Jan. 5, 1905, she was married to Seth Nofzinger of Fulton Co., Ohio. He passed away July 28, 1908. She was married to Absalom King of Howard Co., Ind., Jan. 5, 1917, who died about ten years ago. She was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at an early age and remained a faithful member until the time of death. Funeral was held Dec. 20 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, Ind., conducted by Bros. Newton Weber and Edwin J. Yoder. Burial in the Miller Cemetery.
"Beyond the stars at Christmas time
There is a land above
That's ever brightened with the lights
Of happiness and love;
And there, in peace, your dear one waits
Upon the golden shore,
Until the day when those who love
Will meet to part no more."
Moser. Philip, son of the late Pre. John and Cathrine (Steiner) Moser, died at his home near Kirchnerville, on the homestead farm where he resided all his life, on Dec. 31, 1939; aged 76 y. 11 m. 12 d. On Oct. 22, 1885, he married Cathrine Roggie who survives. They were blessed that they could share their joys and sorrows together for over 54 years, and were blessed with 9 children of whom 8 survive-4 sons and 4 daughters. One son preceded him in death in 1918. Those surviving are John Moser, Castorland; Jac Moser, Beaver Falls; Joseph and Menno at home; Mrs. Chris (Katie) Yousey, Kirchnerville; Mrs. Chris (Martha) Zehr, Beaver Falls; Mrs. Emanuel (Christiana) Lehman, Castorland; and Veronica, Lowville. Also 32 grandchildren survive. He lived his threescore years and over, and was the last one of that family. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and lived a consistent Christian life in the Amish Mennonite church until God saw fit to call him home. He was a worthy example of Gospel simplicity. He had been for several months with heart failure, but he was up and about the house until suddenly called away. It was a shock to the family and community. Both home and church will keenly feel the loss. But we have the confidence that our loss is his eternal gain. He was a kind and loving father and will be remembered by what he has said and done in the home and church where he earnestly contended for the faith and doctrines of the church which he dearly loved. We believe he lived a devoted Christian life and his sudden death has left many sorrowful hearts. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 3 at the home by Bro. J. J. Zehr and at the church by Bro. Jac. Gingerich and Bro. Joe Lehman. Interment in Kirchnerville Cemetery.
Yoder. Dora Belle, daughter of Isaiah and Abaline Roush Yoder, was born in Garden City Mo., June 12, 1876. She was married to Lee D. King, on Dec. 22, 1898. Five children were born to this union-Allen, of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Viola Miller, of Urbana, O.; a daughter who died in infancy; Mrs. Florence Miller of Doylestown, O.; and Bertha, of Wooster, O. At the time of her death, the family home was near West Liberty, O. She and her husband were on their way to spend Christmas in Cleveland on their way to spend Christmas in Cleveland with their children and grandchildren, when she entered her last illness. She became ill while visiting her sister (Mrs. Emma Wilhelm), near Kent, O. There after one week, she passed away peacefully, Dec. 30, 1939; aged 63 y. 6 m. 18 d. She is survived by her husband, 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 3 sisters (H. Elizabeth Yoder, Garden City, Mo.; Mrs. Emma Wilhelm, Kent, O.; Mrs. Dilla Plank, West Liberty, O.), 2 brothers (Harvey Yoder, Garden City, Mo., and Harley Yoder, La Junta, Colo). She accepted Christ as her Saviour at an early age, and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church to the time of her death. The Oak Grove Church, near West Liberty, was her church home for the past eight years. She gave her best to her family, her neighborhood, and her church. There will be loneliness, because of the vacancy she leaves, but her beautiful character will remain with us as a pleasant memory and as a worthy pattern for our lives. A few days ago, she was planning to spend this winter in Florida. Now her work here is done, her suffering is past; she rests peacefully in a land of perpetual sunshine, health and happiness. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Bro. Marion King. Burial in the Alexander Cemetery.
Shellenberger. Maggie, daughter of Michael and Hannah Graybill of Richfield, Snyder Co., Pa., as born Dec. 20, 1866; died at her home in Colorado Springs, Jan. 4, 1940, at the age of 73 y. 14 d. In 1881 at the age of 15 years she moved with her parents to Osborne Co., Kans., where she grew to womanhood. In 1894 she was married to Jonathan Shellenberger of Osborne, Kans. The same year both united with the Mennonite Church. In this faith she lived a consistent life of Christian service to the end and in later years as the wife of a faithful Mennonite deacon. Bro. and Sister Shellenberger were both the youngest children in their respective families, and their parents in their invalid years were cared for in their home. In 1910, to enjoy better church privileges, they moved with their family to McPherson Co., Kans. Five years later, that the children might enjoy better school advantages, they moved with their family to Hesston, Kans., where most of the children attended Hesston College and Bible School. In 1930, for Sister Shellenberger's health, the family moved to Colorado near Limon. After the death of their oldest daughter, Maude, a few months ago, they decided to move to Colorado Springs and make their home with their only living daughter, Mrs. Ruth Zook, and her family. They located in Colorado Springs, Dec. 28, 1939, and a few weeks later mother went home to be with God in that better, eternal home. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, her daughter (Ruth) and 4 sons (Edward of Archbold, O.; Peter of Hesston, Kans.; and Albert and Wallace both of Rocky Ford, Colo.). Three of her children preceded her in death: 2 daughters (Irma died in infancy, and Maude at Limon, Colo., a few moths ago) and the oldest son (Menno, a missionary in Syria, died on the field of service and lies buried there). Besides the husband and children there are other relatives and a host of friends who mourn her departure. Funeral services were held at the Blunt Funeral Home in charge of Bro. L. C. Miller of Manitou Springs. Interment at the Fairview Cemetery. Texts: Psalm 116:15; Prov. 31:30.
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Roth. Robert Leland, infant son of Harvey and
Ada (Hershberger) Roth, was born Jan. 4, 1940, at their
home near Garden City, Mo. He leaves sorrowing parents, a sister
(Wilma) and a brother (Vernon). Funeral at the home by Bro. I.
G. Hartzler Jan. 5, 1940. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery.
"A little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His infinite love has taken away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Hart. Lois Kay, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth
(Kreider) Hart, of Lebanon, Pa., was born Dec. 1, 1939;
died at her home Dec. 20, 1939, of toxic poisoning caused by bronchitis.
She is survived by 1 sister, Eileen Marie. Although everything
was done for the child, we feel it was God's will that the little
flower budded on earth, but to bloom more fair in heaven. Services
were held Dec. 23 from the home and Gingrich Mennonite Church
by Bros. Martin Weaver and Daniel Wert. Texts, II Sam. 12:23;
"Dear little hands, I miss them so,
All through the day wherever I go;
All through the night how lonely it seems,
For no little hands wake me out of my dreams."
Baumgartner. Sarah, daughter of John and Catherine (Gerber) Baumgartner, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 12, 1864; died Jan. 9, 1940; aged 75 y. 2 m. 27 d. Her parents died when she was quite young and her uncle, Jacob Baumgartner, gave her a home, where she grew to womanhood. She was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church Mar. 23, 1883, and later transferred her membership to the Kidron Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member till called home. She was of a quiet, unassuming disposition, and often expressed a desire to be alone with the Lord. One brother (Daniel Baumgartner), 2 sisters (Caroline Baumgartner, and Mrs. Daniel Kirchofer) preceded her in death. She leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Eli A. Basinger), 6 nieces, 9 nephews, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services Jan. 12 at the Kidron Mennonite Church in charge of Allen Bixler and Isaac Zuercher. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Ebersole. Sarah, daughter of Jacob K. and Anna Ebersole, was born near Bainbridge, Pa., July 18, 1850; died Jan. 6, 1940, at the home of Roy Ebersole, Elkhart, Ind.; aged 89 y. 5 m. 18 d. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. On Jan. 30, 1873, she was married to Jacob R. Ebersole at Sterling, Ill. The family moved to Roseland, Neb., in 1878, and to La Junta, Colo., in 1903. Bro. and Sister Ebersole came to Elkhart, Ind., in 1930. She was preceded in death by her husband in Nov., 1936; by a daughter (Malinda Carper, of Ayr, Neb.) in July, 1936; and by her youngest son (Harvey, of Newton, Kans.) in May, 1934; also by two grandchildren. Surviving are 4 sons (Edwin and Roy, of Elkhart, Ind.; Noah, of Peabody, Kans.; Reuben, of Filer, Idaho), and a daughter (Anna Ebersole of La Junta, Colo.); also 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A brother (Ephraim Ebersole, of Oral, S. D.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Shamblin of Redwoood City, Calif., and Mrs. Waddell of Lindsburg, Kans.) also survive her. She was a member of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church at the time of her death. Bro. Geo. J. Lapp, an old friend of the family, preached the funeral sermon. Burial in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Kilgore. George A. Kilgore was born at Smithfield, Maine, Dec. 29, 1852; died at Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 20, 1939; aged 86 y. 10 m. 22 d. He grew to manhood near the place of his birth. He attended the public school near the place of his birth and an academy at China Village, Maine. He taught school for some years and established the Rockland Commercial College at Rockland, Maine, which still is in operation. He was married to Angie J. Copeland in 1882. They had two children (William R. and Grace R.). Grace preceded him in death in 1915 and his companion passed away in 1922. He leaves a son (William R.) and family consisting of wife and one daughter (Dorothy), who reside in California. He came to La Junta, Colo., in 1886 where he became the leading party in most every worthwhile movement in community service. He organized and superintended the first union Sunday school in La Junta. He assisted in organizing the first Methodist Church in 1887 and the Baptist Church a year later, of which he was a charter member. In his law practice he refused divorce cases. He was always interested in farming and irrigation. Through his efforts the Mennonite people were located in Otero co., Colo., and he was largely instrumental in the establishing of the Mennonite Sanitarium, out of which grew the present hospital and sanitarium in La Junta. He was a great lover of flowers and trees and brought to La Junta the English elm and blue morning glory, for which our town is noted. His funeral was held from the First Baptist Church by the pastor, Harry S. Hammann, from Psa. 23 and Jacob A. Heatwole from Job 5:26 and Psa. 37:37. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by in the presence of a large crowd of people; especially so, considering the fact that he had moved to California sixteen years ago.
Shank. Emma Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob
M. and Mary (Eby) Hershey, was born at Buyerstown, Pa.,
Aug. 11, 1881; died in the British Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina,
Dec. 28, 1939; aged 58 y. 4 m. 17 d. Her early years were spent
near Buyerstown. The family moved to Palmyra, Mo., when she was
about 12 years old. She began her career as public school teacher
at the early age of 17. This work she continued for 11 years.
In between her years of teaching, she left her profession to study
in college, completing the Junior College course in 1909. It was
while in college that she had been asked to consider accompanying
Sister Elsie Drange (Mrs. J. N. Kaufman) to mission work in India,
but later the Lord opened the way to enter the Argentine field.
How beautiful that the two who had been college mates and had,
more or less, the same ideals and vision of life work, should
be called to be with the Lord so close together! Aug. 11, 1910,
she was married to J. W. Shank and shortly thereafter moved with
him to Nebraska, where Bro. Shank was teaching in High School.
The following two years, while her husband traveled in South America
and among the churches in the United States and Canada in the
interests of the South American Mission, she lived at home with
her parents and was occupied teaching school.
In 1917, the time having arrived for the opening of the South American Mission, she with her husband and two children sailed for Buenos Aires, Argentina, in company with the Hershey family. Thus she gave a little over 22 years of service to the Lord's work. During this time she won a great many friends who believed in her sincerity of purpose and admired her devoted life. She was looked upon by all as an ideal mother, not only to her own children but to orphaned children and to young people.
She leaves her husband and three children: Elsa Lois, Mrs. Castillo, of Chicago; Robert Josephus of New York, and Paul Domingo, in school at Hesston College. There remain also her aged mother (Mrs. J. M. Hershey of La Junta, Colo.), 2 sisters, 4 brothers, and 1 grandchild. Her father and 1 brother preceded her. She was buried in the Pehuajo Cemetery, where the Argentine Mennonite Mission was started 20 years ago. Services in charge of T. K. Hershey and N. Litwiller, assisted by others of both missionaries and nationals.
Transcribed by Betty Ann Tyson, Massachusetts