ALLEN. - Ethel Pearl, daughter of Nelson and Lucy Moser, was born Dec. 29, 1887, in Braceville Twp., Ohio; died April 18, at Fairview, Mich.; aged 53 y. 3 m. 21 d. On Sept. 16, 1906 she was united in marriage to Charles Wallace Allen. To this union were born: Lucy, Walter, Mildred, George, Marion, Frederick and Robert. She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 children, Lucy and Frederick. Surviving are her husband, Charles, and children: Walter of Muscatine, Iowa; Mildred Johnson of Phalaux, Ohio; George of Warren, Ohio; and Marion and Robert at home. Also surviving are two sisters, Mary McClellan and Mrs. Helen Eaton, and 2 brothers, Morris and Dewey Moser, all of Warren, Ohio. She gave her heart to the Lord in her youth and at the time of her death was a faithful member of the Fairview Mennonite church. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church on April 19, I charge of Br. Menno Esch. Text: Matt. 11;28. The body was taken to Ohio for burial.
"Tis hard to break the tender cord,
When Love has bound the heart;
'Tis hard, so hard, to say the worst;
'We must forever part,;
Dearest loved one, we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave,s embrace,
But they mem,ry will be cherished,
'Til we see thy smiling face."
GROFF. - Martha, wife of Christian M. Groff and daughter of the late David and Martha (Nagle) Shaub, was born Feb. 10, 1888; died Mar. 28, 1941, at her home in New Danville following a paralytic stroke which she suffered the night before; aged 61 y. 1 m. 18 d. Besides her husband she is survived by 1 daughter, Florence, wife of Clarence Moore, Strasburg, Pa.; also by these stepchildren: Columbus C., New York; Mary I., wife of Orvin Keperling, Washington Boro, Pa.; Chester A., Sterling, Ill.; Elizabeth K., wife of Lloyd Huber, Bareville, Pa.; Ira C., New Danville, Pa.; Gladys S., wife of Abner Zimmerman, Mount Joy, Pa.; also by 20 grandchildren and 1 brother, Rolandus Shaub, Strasburg, Pa. She was a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church. Services were held at her home by Bro. Maris Hess, and at the New Providence Mennonite Church by Bishop D. Stoner Krady. Text: Prov. 31:27, 28. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
KAUFFMAN. - Christian L., son of John GB. And Mary (Zook) Kauffman, was born March 23, 1877 near Belleville, Pa.; died Feb. , 1941 very suddenly of a heart attack on his way to work; aged 60 y. 10 m. 12 d. He was married to Mary Kurtz, who preceded him in death Oct., 1938. He leaves 1 son, Stephen, and 3 daughters: Miriam (Mrs. Nelda Peachey), Sadie (Mrs. Leroy Hartzler), and Effie, at home, all of Belleville, and 7 grandchildren. His parents, 1 brother and 1 sister have gone on before him. He also leaves 1 brother, Amos, of Ephrata, Fannie (Mrs. C. B. Yoder), Mary (Mrs. Levi Hostetler), all of Belleville. Funeral services were held at the home of Bro. John Zook. He took for the Scripture reading Psalm 90. Further services were at the Locust Grove Church, of which he was a member, by Bros. John Mast and Emanuel Peachey. Text: Eccl. 1:7. Burial at cemetery near the church.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe;
We little thought the end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The sadness of parting without farewell."
KOCH. - Stanley, son of Bro. And Sister Charles R. Koch, was born at Conestoga, Ont., Jan. 20, 1905; died May 18, 1941, following an operation for appendicitis, at the age of 36 y. 3 m. 28 d. He accepted Christ at the age of 14 years and united with the Mennonite Church at St. Jacobs. He was a faithful member and willing worker until his death. On Oct. 25, 190, he was married to Ruth Kufske, who with 1 daughter, Mary, remains to mourn his loss. Surviving also are his parents; 6 brothers - Lester of Kitchener, Orton, Phares, Oliver, Roy, and Charles, all of Conestoga; 3 sisters - Mabel (Mrs. Herbert Kufske), Williamsburg, Ont., Gladys (Mrs. Norman B. Martin) of St. Jacobs, Vera (Mrs. Nelson Snyder), Waterloo; and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted from the St. Jacobs Mennonite church by Bishops Oliver D. Snider and C. F. Derstine. Interment was in the Conestoga Cemetery.
LAPP. - Daniel Willard, son of Frank and Lena (Kauffman) Lapp, was born near Creston, Mont., Jan. 28, 1920; was almost instantly killed while working in a neighbor,s sawmill May 12, 1941; aged 21 y. 3 m. 13 d. He was baptized in his youth in the Mennonite Church, to which faith he held until the Lord so suddenly called him home. While attending school in Hesston, Kansas, in 1940, he reconsecrated his life anew to the Lord, and was happy in serving his God. Had he lived, his plans were to again attend Bible School and further prepare himself for definite mission work. Willard was of a cheerful disposition and was loved by all who knew him. We do not understand why God calls one so young and willing to be in His service, but we know our heavenly Father makes no mistakes, and we submissively bow and say, "Thy will be done." His sudden passing was a loud call to our entire community. We believe he preached an effective sermon from his casket to those who are unconverted. The funeral, which was very largely attended, was held May 16. Short services were conducted at the home by the home minister, Bro. John Hochstetler, after which the body was taken to the funeral home in Kalispell where further services were held. The text used - chosen by the family - was Amos 4:12: "Prepare to meet thy God." The body was laid to rest in the Conrad Memorial Cemetery near Kalispell. He leaves to mourn his departure: sorrowing parents, 3 sisters, Mary Oesch, and Anna Birky of Creston, Mont., Esther, of Reading, Pa.; 7 brothers - John, Clarence, Jason, Edward, Wayne, George, and Floyd, all of Columbin Falls, Mont.; 1 niece, 4 nephews, an aged grandmother (Mary Kauffman) and his fiancée, Janet Soldner, of Newton, Kans.; besides a number of uncles, aunts, cousins, and a host of friends. It was hard to give him up, but we need not mourn as those that have no hope.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
By the Family.
MAUST. - - Minnie, daughter of David and Amanda (Overlease) Troup, was born March 1, 1870 in Elkhart Co., Ind.; departed this life April 18, 1941; aged 71 y. 1 m. 17 d. On Aug. 23, 1886 she was married to Lincoln Dennison. To this union were born 2 children: Mrs. Mable Conley of Nappanee, Ind., and George Dennison of Detroit, Mich. They also reared a foster son, Levi A. Dennison of Harvard, Ill. Her husband died in 1908. Her second marriage to Deacon Frank Maust took place on Feb. 19, 1914; he preceded her in death in 1932. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1914 and lived a faithful life until death. Her illness was of short duration but she was fully resigned to the Lord,s will. On April 10 she asked to be anointed, which was granted her and for some time she seemed to improve but the Lord saw best to take her unto Himself. Surviving besides the children are 5 stepchildren, Douglas and Edward Maust, and Mrs. John Newcomer, all of Goshen, Ind., Mrs. Lloyd Clipp of Elkhart, and Fred Maust of Nappanee; 2 brothers, Melvin Troup of Oscelo, Ind., and Irvin Troup of Foraker, Ind.; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, beside other relatives and friends. Our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. R. F. Yoder, assisted by Bros. H. F. North and David Metzler.
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan
ARNOLD. - Jacob Arnold was born in Ontario, Can., June 25, 1861; died at his home in Minot, N. Dak., May 23, 1941; aged 79 y. 10 m. 28 d. He moved to Michigan in 1911, where he lived before coming to North Dakota. He leaves to mourn his death; his widow, Mrs. Ella May Arnold; five sons: Harold, Glen and Philip of Minot; Herman of Pleasant Lake, N. Dak.; Leonard of Jackson, Mich.; five daughters: Mrs. Basil Kenaston, Minot; Mrs. Geo. Hendges, Jackson, Mich.; Mrs. Simon Mears, Pleasant Lake, N. Dak.; also 37 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral was at the Tomson Larson Funeral Home in charge of Bro. L. A. Kauffman. Burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Minot, N. Dak.
Cowan. - Hannah, daughter of Robert and Catherine Hutchinson Cowan, was born June 6, 1874, at Scott Haven, Pa.; died May 13, 1941; aged 66 y. 11 m. 7 d. She is survived by 1 brother and 1 sister and many other relatives and friends. A twin sister preceded her in death about five years ago. She united with the Mennonite Church about 20 years ago and remained a faithful member until death. She was of a cheerful disposition and a friend to all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the home May 15 in charge of John L. Horst. Interment in the Scottdale cemetery.
COCKLEY. - Anna M., oldest daughter of Henry and Susan
Weber, died at her home in Mechanicsburg, Pa., May 18, 1941; aged
82 y. 8 m. 24 d. She was united in marriage to Reuben Cockley
Dec. 2, 1879, and they together united with the Mennonite Church
some forty years ago. Mother was a regular attendant at the Churchtown
Mennonite Church as long as health permitted. On account of her
helplessness she was unable to go to church and Sunday school
for over a year and a half. Father preceded Mother in death May
8, 1924. They were blessed with a family of 4 sons and 4 daughters.
A daughter died in infancy, and a son Henry at the age of 37,
during the flu epidemic in 1918. There remain to mourn the loss
of a kind and loving mother: Noah W., Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Susie,
at home; (Anna) Mrs. Cyrus Niesley, Mechanicsburg, R. D.; Reuben,
Jr., Carlisle, R. D.; George E., Mechanicsburg, R. D., and (Sarah)
Mrs. Henry Frey, Chambersburg, R. D. She is also survived by 17
grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 4 brothers.
Mother was one in a family of 7 children and was the first to
pass away. Funeral services were held from the Myers Funeral Home
in Mechanicsburg by Bro. Christian Zimmerman, with further services
at the Churchtown Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Noah H.
Mack, Samuel Hess, and William Strong. She was buried by the side
of her husband in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
"Mother, dear, you,re not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still I memory you are with us
As you always were before."
EASH. - Daniel Glen, son of George and Katie Eash, was
born in Johnson Co., Iowa, July 7, 1904; departed this life in
the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Hospital, May 20, 1941; aged 36 y. 10
m. 13 d. He confessed Christ in his youth and united with West
Union Mennonite Church. Later his membership was transferred to
the Wellman Mennonite Church where he was an esteemed member.
On Aug. 28, 1927 he was united in marriage to Lavanda Mae Fisher.
Six children were born to this union, of whom Gene, Phyllis, and
Mary Kate remain. In his home Glen was always thoughtful and
to his family, regardless of how wearisome or trying the day had
been for him. In public life Glen was always respected as a man
of friendly disposition and of a reasonable attitude in all his
contacts with men. Not only the corporation where he was employed
but the whole community feels a sense of sadness at his passing.
Those most deeply mourning his passing are his companion, 3 children,
his mother, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters. Though bowed in deepest
grief they express heartfelt thanks for the many kindnesses shown
them in this trial. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Edward
Diener, A. G. Yoder, and W. S. Guengerich at the Wellman Mennonite
Church. Text: II Cor. 5:1,2. Burial at the West Union Cemetery.
"My Jesus, as thou wilt;
O may Thy will be mine;
Into Thy hand of love
I would my all resign.
Through sorrow or through joy
Conduct me as Thine own,
And help me still to say,
My Lord, Thy will be done.
My Jesus, as Thou wilt;
If loved ones must depart
Suffer not sorrow's flood
To overwhelm my heart.
For they are blest with Thee,
Their race and conflict won;
Let me but follow them;
My Lord, Thy will be done."
HERR. - Jacob L., son of Rudolph S. and Magdalena Landis
Herr, was born Nov. 8, 1865, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died May 18,
1941, at his home near Lancaster of a heart condition; aged 75
y. 6 m. 10 d. In 1892 he married May B. Groff, who survives him.
Four sons, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, and
2 brothers also survive. He was preceded in death by 1 sister.
Accepting Christ in 1893, he was a faithful member of the Millersville
Mennonite Church until his death, spending much time in Bible
reading and filling his place in the services when health permitted.
His active services were limited by an accident at the age of
thirty years which caused the loss of his speech and forced him
to breathe through a silver tube in his throat. Despite this handicap
he enjoyed fairly good health until twelve years ago, when he
was stricken with a serious heart ailment from which he never
completely recovered. He was, nevertheless, of a cheerful disposition
and enjoyed the frequent visits of his many friends. Funeral services
were conducted at the house by Bro. Daniel Gish and at the Millersville
Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Hess, Landis Shertzer, and Christ
Lehman, whose text was II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the adjoining
"But thou art gone; not lost but flown;
Shall I then ask thee back, my own?
Back - and leave thy spirit's brightness?
Back - and leave thy robes of whiteness?
Back - and leave the Lamb who feeds thee?
Back - from founts to which he leads thee?
Back - and leave thy heavenly Father?
Back - to earth and sin?
- Nay, rather Would I live in solitude!
I would not ask thee, if I could;
But patiently wait the high decree
That calls my spirit home to thee!"
HARNISH. - Barbara S., daughter of the late Jacob and
Elizabeth Hiestand, was born near Salunga, Sept. 28, 1850; died
at the home of her daughter May 8, 1941; aged 90 y. 7 m. 10 d.
In November of 1875 she was united in marriage to Abram B. Harnish,
who preceded her in death Dec. 5, 1935. They shared the joys and
sorrows of wedlock together for 60 years. Shortly after her marriage,
she, with her husband, united with the Chestnut Hill Mennonite
Church, of which they remained faithful members until death. She
was the last of a family of ten children. She had been bedfast
for over 5 months because of infirmities due to her advanced age.
She is survived by the following children: Clayton H. of New Danville,
J. Hiestand of Allenwood, Abram H. of Kansas, and Dora H., wife
of Roy S. Buch; also by 9 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services and burial took place at the Landisville Mennonite
Church, the services being conducted by Bros. Jacob Charles and
Henry Lutz. Text: Job 19:25, 26.
"For four score years and ten
She bore life's stress and strain;
Full well she knew its sorrows,
She fled its cares and pain;
But in her youthful years
She learned her God to Love,
And trusted Him through life,
Till she was called above."
KREIDER. - Annie, daughter of the late Benj. And Lydia
Ranck, was born in Paradise Twp., Dec. 2, 1868; died in
Strasburg Twp., Lancaster Co, Pa.; aged 72 years. She is survived
by 2 sisters and 3 brothers, and by quite a number of nephews
and nieces. Death was due to complications. She was united in
marriage to the late Martin Kreider. They had no children of their
own but she was a mother to many others. Always a busy woman,
when she was able she was of much service to others. She was afflicted
for many years but was patient and resigned. When she was able
she made an effort to be at the house of worship, which she much
enjoyed. She took a great interest in sewing circle work and was
a great help. She was a faithful member of the Strasburg Mennonite
Church. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the
Strasburg Church with Bros. Christian Brubaker and Jacob Harnish
in charge. Text: Prov. 14:26.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Sister is at rest."
By a Sister.
MARTIN. - Mahala C. Martin was born Jan. 22, 1856; died
Jan. 14, 1941, at the Mennonite Home, Maugansville, Md. She was
born and raised near Wardensville, W. Va. She was married to Amos
Martin June 10, 1919, who preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1928.
She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. Having returned
to her former home in West Virginia for several years, living
alone she again returned to the "Home" where she lived
until her death. Seven stepchildren survive: Abram J., Mrs. Ada
Shank, Henry R., Mrs. Amos Horst, Lewis S., Mrs. Edgar I. Strite,
J. D., and Earl. Funeral was from the Mennonite Home, Bro. John
D. Risser officiating, after which the body was taken to Backman
Settlement, W. Va., where services were held by Bros. Samuel and
Perry Shank from Broadway, Va. Her body was laid to rest beside
her former husband, Billy Barbe, in the cemetery adjoining the
"Oh, sing to me of Heaven
When I am called to die;
Sing songs of holy ecstasy,
Lo, waft my soul on high."
WEAVER. - Menno H., son of David and Elizabeth (Baer)
Weaver, was born Nov. 5, 1876; died suddenly of a heart attack
at his home in Elkhart, Ind., on Sunday, May 25, 1941; aged 64
y. 6 m. 20 d. He was married to Minnie Mae Hartman Oct. 10, 1896.
To this union were born 9 children: Amzey, Mrs. T. T. (Mabel)
Brown, Mrs. Howard (Golda) Swartz, all of Elkhart, Harvey, Lincoln,
and Walter of South Bend, Samuel and Harry of Shipshewana, and
Florence Viola, who died at the age of 15 months. There are also
18 grandchildren. Mrs. Weaver died Feb. 11, 1915. The following
year, he, with his family, moved to Elkhart where he lived until
death. On Sept. 4, 1920 he was married to Maude Bechtel of Nappanee.
To them were born 2 sons, of whom 1 died in infancy and Max Gene
with his mother survives him. He also leaves 2 brothers, Reuben
of Elkhart and David of Wakarusa, and 1 sister, Mrs. Samuel (Leah)
Fink of near Wakarusa. He was a faithful member of the Prairie
St. Mennonite Church for nearly twenty years. Funeral services
were held at the home and at the Prairie St. Mennonite Church,
by Bros. John Gingerich and C. A. Shank. Text: Rev. 22:12. Interment
in Yellow Creek Cemetery.
"Finished are all earthly labors, Tired and ready to sleep, Ready to bid his friends good-by, Wondering why we weep. Passing out of earth's shadows Into infinite day. Why do you call it dying, This beautiful passing away?
"One by one the links are severed
From the golden chain of love,
One by one may each be welded
In the Father's home above.
In our hearts his memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake him
From his peaceful, quiet sleep."
WEBER. - Frank J., son of John and Mary Weber, was born
March 3, 1876 near North Webster, Indiana, and passed away at
the age of 65 years at his home at Nappanee, Ind., May 24, 1941.
On June 17, 1902, he was married to Lydia Lehman, who survives
him, together with 3 children: Mabel Lantz, of Bluffton, O.; Ruth,
of Payne, O.; and Ralph, of Oakland, Calif.; also a granddaughter,
Marianne Weber, a sister, Elsie Mellinger of Nappanee, and 2 brothers,
Charles, of Elkhart, and Lester of Nappanee. A sister, Ethel Duke,
of Nappanee, and a brother, Walter, of Great Bend, Kans., preceded
him in death. Frank was a member of the North Main Street Mennonite
Church. He was a man of simple tastes and habits, thoroughly unselfish,
and vitally interested in his family. Besides his relatives he
leaves to mourn his departure a host of friends. Services were
conducted at the home by Bro. Foudy and at the church by Bro.
D. D. Troyer. Text: Rev. 20:6.
WIDMER. - Rebecca Ann, infant daughter of Reuben and Annabel (Raber) Widmer of Iowa City, Iowa, was born May 10, 1941, and died seven hours later. Burial was held May 11, 1941 at 3 o,clock at the Sugar Creek Cemetery at Wayland, Iowa, with Bro. Simon Gingerich in charge.
Our little darling left us,
God claimed her for His own;
She is now in Heaven,
Adorning His great throne.
AMSTUTZ. - Fanny A. Moser began life's journey in Wayne
Co., Ohio, on March 30, 1866. After a short illness at the home
of her son, Reuben, she passed on to the Great Beyond on June
3, 1941, reaching the age of 75 y. 2 m. 4 d. Her entire life was
spent in this community. In the year 1885 she confessed and accepted
Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Sonnenberg
Mennonite Church. Later she became a charter member of the Kidron
Mennonite Church, remaining a loyal and faithful member until
called Home. Feb. 26, 1891 she was united in marriage with Joel
J. Hofstetler, who was the father of one son, Andrew, whom she
in her new relationship treasured as her own. This union was further
blest with another son, Reuben, who is at present the deacon of
Kidron Church. Their companionship in life was of short duration,
the husband and father passing away April 7, 1895, leaving her
the responsibility of caring for the two small sons. After the
death of her first husband she made her home at various places,
including those of her sons, until Feb. 1920 when she entered
the bonds of holy matrimony with Benjamin Amstutz. They together
shared life's joys and sorrows until his fatal accident on April
5, 1926. Thereafter she was given a home with her son Reuben until
her death. She leaves to mourn her departure 2 sons: Andrew of
Wooster, O., and Reuben of Dalton, O.; 4 grandchildren: Mrs. Ruth
Hofstetler Hines of West Salem, O., Benj. Hofstetler, and Mrs.
Ellen Hofstetler Lehman of Kidron, Richard of the home; and 1
great-grandchild; also the following stepchildren: Daniel B. Amstutz,
Mrs. David D. Hofstetler, Amos B. Amstutz, Mrs. Philip Gerber,
and Mrs. Reuben Hofstetler. One stepdaughter (Mrs. Joel Gerber)
preceded her to the spirit world. There survive her 25
and 38 stepgreat-grandchildren; 4 brothers, John A., and William
Moser of Dalton, O., Jacob A., of Orrville, O., and Daniel A.,
of Massillon, O., and 1 sister, Mrs. D. A. Schneck of Dalton.
One sister (Mrs. Abr. Gerber) also preceded her in death. Her
friendly smile and loving disposition endeared her to all who
knew her. She endured many sorrows and trials in life, but bore
them with patience and Christian fortitude. She was always willing
to render aid to those in need. In the home, in the church, an
din the community she will be greatly missed, but our loss is
her eternal gain. It was her earnest desire to enter into eternal
rest; hence we mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services
were conducted from the home by Bro. Allen Bixler, and from the
Kidron Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Zuercher and A. J. Steiner.
Text: Psalms 23, 121. Interment in Kidron Church cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
Rest on, dear Mother, thy labor is o,er;
God called you home, to suffer no more,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we,ll find;
The depth of our sorrow we no longer can tell,
At the loss of a dear mother we loved so well."
BLANKENBILLER. - Etta Mae Davidson, was born Feb. 21, 1875 in Whiteside Co., Ill.; peacefully passed away May 13, 1941 at her home near Roseland, Nebr.; aged 66 y. 2 m. 20 d. She was the daughter of Alexander and Jane Catherine Davidson. At the age of 3 years her mother passed away. From that time on, until she was about 9 years old, she lived with relatives. From then on she went to live with the Samuel Gsell family of Morrison, Ill. In 1886 she moved with her foster parents to Adams Co., Nebr. She lived with them till they moved to Olathe, Kans. In March, 1895, she was united in marriage to John Blankenbiller of Roseland, Nebr. They spent their first three years of married life near Olathe, Kans. In the spring of 1898 they moved to a farm near Roseland, Nebr., and she remained in the Roseland vicinity until death. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. In 1894 she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Roseland Mennonite Church. She bore her suffering patiently and always trusted the Lord and tried to do what was His will. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and 4 children - George, Lillian, Lavern, and Mildred; 2 sisters, Mrs. Elsie Allen, Roslyn, Wash., and Mrs. Anna Reckey, her twin sister, Fort Dodge, Ia.; also 6 nieces and nephews, 8 great-nieces and nephews, 1 foster sister, and 4 foster brothers. She also leaves a host of friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and 1 brother; also by her foster father, mother and 1 brothers. She was active and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in time of need, as long as she was able. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Roseland Mennonite Church by Bro. Peter Kennel of Shickley. He used as his text, Psalm 23, as that was Mother's favorite chapter in the Bible.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear.
Into heaven's mansions she entered,
Never to sigh or weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
-By a Daughter.
FREY. - Artie Oesch, daughter of Jacob and Maryann Oesch, was born April 14, 1900 near Shipshewana, Ind.; died at the same place on May 17, 1941; aged 41 y. 1 m. 3 d. On April 27, Artie suffered a severe attack of appendicitis. She was taken to the Elkhart General Hospital for operation, from which she was recovering nicely for several weeks. Her death came very unexpectedly due to obstruction of a blood clot, and her sudden death was a great shock to all. In her preparation for life's duties she completed a high school course at the Topeka High School, followed by teaching in public school for some years. On Sept. 18, 1927 she was united in marriage to Floyd Frey. To this union were born 2 children: Louise Ann, 11; Loren Frederick, 8. In her early life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and had her fellowship with the Emma Mennonite Church, to which faith she remained true and faithful and developed a strong personal influence in the church. Her personality and religious attitude won for her many friends. The home realizes a great vacancy, and the church, a strong worker. The Sunday-school class of girls whom she has taught for many years have lost the one who has done much in directing them in noble, Christian living. She leaves to mourn her departure: her bereaved husband; 2 children, Louis and Loren; 7 brothers - Levi, Daniel, William, Freeman, Truman, all of Topeka, Chauncey of Middlebury, and John of Battlecreek, Mich.; 3 sisters - Mrs. Frank Blough of Defiance, O., Mrs. Perry Yoder and Mrs. Rollin Hostetler both of Topeka, Ind. Her father and mother, 2 brothers, and 1 sister preceded her in death. She also leaves a host of friends and relatives. She bore her affliction patiently, resigned to His will. All her life seemed to be an example of patience, as she always looked at the bright things of life. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Emma Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. O. S. Hostetler, assisted by Bros. Menno Yoder and Amos. O. Hostetler.
HERTZLER. - Sarah B.*, daughter of the late Jacob and Sarah Buckwalter Hertzler, was born near Lititz, Pa., on March 5, 1854; died May 12, 1941 at the home of her son Clayton, east of Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged 87 y. 2 m. 7 d. On Oct. 11, 1874 she was married to Christian H. Herr and they lived happily together until Sept. 22, 1937 when grandpa died. Soon after their marriage they united with the Mennonite Church and were faithful until the end. They had 3 sons, 2 of whom survive. One son, Eli, died in 1926. After grandpa's death, she lived with her son, Clayton. Grandma was always busy, either sewing or reading. Since New Year she seemed to be less active and for the last ten weeks she was ill, spending her time upstairs but not bedfast all the time. Besides her sons (Clayton H. and Christian H.) there survive her 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Her funeral was held May 15, from her son's home and at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church with Bros. Henry Lutz and Amos Hess in charge. Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery. Text: Prov. 10:7a.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow
When God recalls His own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?
Their toils are past, their work is done,
And they are fully blest;
They fought the fight, the victory won,
And entered into rest."
- A Granddaughter.
*Correction - Name should have been entered as Herr, Sarah B. Hertzler
HOSTETLER. - Raymond Gerald, beloved son of Amasa A. and Mamie Hostetler, was born at Oregon City, Oreg., Oct. 1, 1920; died May 16, 1941, at his home in Portland, Oreg.; aged 20 y. 7 m. 15 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 11 years and united with the Zion Mennonite Church near Hubbard, Oreg., where he remained a faithful member till the Lord called him home. He attended church and Sunday school at the Mennonite Mission in Portland since he moved to Portland with his parents. Raymond never enjoyed good health, but he was a pleasant and kind young man and always had a smile for those he met. He will be greatly missed by all of us, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. He leaves a sorrowing mother and 4 brothers, Virgil Hostetler and Wayne, Hershel and Edwin Hooley, all of Portland. His father preceded him to his heavenly home by two years and three days. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted by Bro. E. Z. Yoder. A short service was held at the Peninsula Funeral Home at Portland, Oreg., with sermon preached by Bro. Paul N. Roth. Text: II Kings 4:26. The final service was held at the Zion Church near Hubbard, Oreg. The sermon was preached by Bro. E. Z. Yoder. Text: John 14;2. Burial service in the cemetery was by Bishop C. I. Kropf.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled."
LEHMAN. - Matilda Snyder, widow of the late Isaac N. Lehman, passed away suddenly Sunday, March 9, 1941, at the home of Tobias Ramer, the farm on which she spent most of her married life. She had celebrated her ninetieth birthday on February 22 last. She was the daughter of Abraham and Magdalene Bauman Snyder. On Dec. 27, 1875 she was married to Mr. Lehman, who preceded her in death, July 6, 1905. Ten children were born to this union, of whom 3 preceded her in death, namely, Bertha, who died in infancy,* Eli at the age of 10, and Charles at 55 years. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Daniel (Lydia) Leinbach of near Goshen, Abraham S. Lehman of Wakarusa, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Martin of near Goshen, Mrs. Tobias (Salina) Ramer of near Nappanee, with whom she made her home, Walter Lehman of Hawthorn, N. Y., Mrs. Joel (Emma) Weaver of near Goshen, and Oscar S. Lehman of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She also leaves 35 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Lydia Musselman of Saskatchewan, Ca., a brother, Noah Snyder of Brutus, Mich., and a host of relatives and friends. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and ived a faithful Christian life until death. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Frame Mennonite Church with Bros. William Ramer and Paul Hoover in charge. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
*Family researcher note: Herald of Truth - August 1, 1888 - Page 237 gives the obituary for "Bertha, who died in infancy", mentioned above. The 1888 obituary for Bertha did not give the mother's name, Matilda.
MAGINES. - Rebecca Frances, youngest daughter of John and Patsy Magines, was born in Morgan County, May 8, 1860; died at the home of her son northwest of Versailles, Mo., May 28, 1941. She was married to Joseph Magines Aug. 19, 1873. To this union 2 sons were born: Wiley, deceased, and Henry, with whom she made her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister a number of years ago, and more recently by her husband, a son, and a sister. Her husband passed away Oct. 26, 1938. With the exception of five years in Moniteau County, she lived her entire life in Morgan County. She was converted in early youth and united with the Baptist Church, later transferring her membership to the Mennonite Church. At the time of her death she was a member of the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church north of Versailles. She leaves to mourn her departure her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Magines, 10 grandchildren - Dewey Magines, Mrs. Orpha Tompkins, Mrs. Birdie Cochran, and Juanita Magines, Barnett, Mo., Mrs. Velma Wood, Florence, Mo., Mrs. Maudie McGinnis, Kansas City, Kans., Mrs. Ruby Sanders, Jefferson City, Mo., Rose Magines, La Junta, Colo., Ray Magines, Little Rock, ark., Frances Magines, at home; also 13 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She often expressed a desire to go to that home above to be with Jesus and loved ones there. The last words we understood were, "Are you Jesus?" spoken to a relative who stood by her bedside the day before she passed away. Funeral services at the home and at the Mt. Zion Church were in charge of Bro. J. R. Shank. Text: Heb. 4:9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
NUSSBAUM. - Daniel, son of Isaac and Marian (Neuenschwander) Nussbaum, was born Feb. 12, 1889 near Bern, Ind.; died May 28, 1941 at his home three miles northeast of Kidron. Five years ago he became afflicted with creeping paralysis which caused him much suffering the last few days of his life and finally was the cause of his death. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and on April 17, 1908 he was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. On Oct. 21, 1915 he united in marriage with Edna Amstutz with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 26 years. He leaves to mourn his departure his sorrowing widow; 8 children - Lester, Lee, Aaron, John, Anna, Ella, Lydia, and Pauline; his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Nussbaum; 4 brothers and 2 sisters - Jacob, Sam, Abe, Amos, Sarah (Mrs. Menno Steiner), and Lydia; also many other relatives and friends. One son, Wilson, his mother, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Daniel Falb, Mrs. Daniel Oberly, and Mrs. John J; Bixler, preceded him in death. The funeral was held at the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Bros. Louis Amstutz and Jacob S. Moser officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
REED. - Mary Louisa Weaver, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Nussbaum Weaver, was born June 3, 1862 in St. Joe County; died May 26, 1941 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ora Yoder; aged 78 y. 11 m. 23 d. She had been in declining health for several years and bedfast for one week. The direct cause of her death was anemia. She united with the Forks Mennonite Church, where she remained a member until death. On March 9, 1884, she was united in marriage to Frank Reed, who preceded her in death 13 years ago. To this union were born 3 children: Orla Reed of Elkhart, Orpha Yoder of near Middlebury, and 1 child who died in infancy. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother, Dan Weaver of Elkhart. Three sisters and 2 brothers preceded her in death. She also leaves many other friends and relatives to mourn her departure. She was a devoted wife and mother and was deeply concerned about the salvation of those in her own family, as well as others with whom she came in contact. She was very patient in her declining years and always longed to go home to her heavenly Father. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Forks Mennonite Church by Bros. D. D. Miller and Early Bontrager. Text: I Thess. 4:13, 14. Interment in Keightly Cemetery near Shipshewana, Ind.
"We humbly bow in submission,
Though our hearts are bleeding and sore,
For Grandmother is sweetly resting
With Jesus forevermore.
She bade us all to follow,
And love each other more;
That we may meet her, over
On yonder blessed shore.
Stutzman. - Raymond A., son of Bro. and Sister Peter B. Stutzman of Julesburg, Colo., was born Dec. 24, 1917 at Woodriver, Nebr.; died May 17, 1941 at Portsmouth, Va.; ged 23 y. 4 m. 23 d. His death was caused by accidental drowning, being overtaken by a sudden storm overturning the boat, taking the lives of two young men. His death, which came so suddenly, is mourned by his father, mother, 4 sisters, 4 brothers, uncles and aunts, and also by a host of relatives and friends. Lst Oct. 20 he transferred his church letter to the Britton Run, Pa., congregation, of which congregation he was a faithful member at the time if his death. Services were conducted from the Britton Run Church in charge of the pastor, Bro. I. B. Witmer, assisted by Bro. J. W. Oswald of the Sunnyside congregation. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
SWARTZENDRUBER. - Samuel P., son of Peter and Bertha (Hostettler) Swartzendruber, was born near Grantsville, Md., Dec. 16, 1854; departed this life at his home in Wichita, Kans., May 27, 1941; aged 86 y. 5 m. 11 d. On Sept. 13, 1891 he was united in marriage to Anna Steckly. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. One son , Chris, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sorrowing companion, 4 sons (Peter, Ray, and Lewis of Harper, Kans., and Lee of Albany, Oreg.), 2 daughters (Mary and Mildred of Wichita, Kans.), 11 grandchildren and a large relationship. He was a member of a family of 15 children, 5 brothers and 4 sisters having preceded him. Surviving are 3 brothers (Joe P. of Wellman, Ia., Ben P. of Upland, Calif., and Menno of Limon, Colo.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. H. C. Yoder of Willman, Iowa, and Mrs. C. R. Slagel of Harper, Kans.). He was converted at the age of 21 years and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died, being a member of the Woodland Mennonite Church at the time of his death. The greater part of his wedded life was spent near Hartford, Harper, and Hesston, Kans. The last five years he was at home with his daughters Mary and Mildred of Wichita. His lingering illness of the last four years required the constant care of loving hands of the members of the home, which was most willingly given. With never a murmur of complaint he bore the scourge of his last illness - cancer of the stomach. Early on his last morning the gracious Father took him away without a struggle. His spirit of meekness and patience under all conditions is to be coveted. Though unable to converse at length the last years, his desire for the things of God, and for the songs of Zion was a strong testimony of the relationship which he bore with his God. He often expressed a desire to see Jesus and to enjoy the singing over there. Services were held May 29 at Wichita Mission in the morning in charge of Bro. I. Mark Ross, assisted by Bro. Kenneth Peterson of Wichita, and at the Crystal Springs, Kans., Church in the afternoon, assisted by Bro. J. J. Zimmerman. Texts: Rom. 8:20 and I Chron. 22:5. Burial in Crystal Springs Cemetery.
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
And the loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He will all our sorrows heal."
TRESSLER. - Florence Briskey, wife of Resley Tressler, minister of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, was born April 4, 1901; died April 30, 1941; aged 40 y. 26 d. She is survived by her husband and 13 children. She was a member of the Mennonite Church of Springs, Pa. Her husband has charge of Oak Grove and also of Dry Run, a newly opened mission point in which she will be missed. Sister Tressler took a very active part in the mission work at the various points. The greatest loss of her passing will be felt in the home where Mother's care is beyond price. That God's richest blessing may attend her husband and family in her absence is the prayer of the Church. The funeral was held at Springs, where Bro. Roy Otto preached in the funeral sermon. Her body was laid to rest in the Springs Cemetery.
WEAVER. - Sarah, daughter of Daniel and Rebecca (Shank) Hoover, was born in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 10, 1857; departed this life at the home of her niece, Mrs. Leander Weldy of Goshen, Ind., May 29, 1941; aged 83 y. 9 m. 19 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour early in life and united with the Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful. She was a regular attendant at services till she became ill last Sept. 10. Since that time she was bedfast, but was very considerate of others and very patient. She was united in marriage to Benjamin L. Weaver of Columbiana, O., on Ja. 2, 187. Those left to mourn her departure are: 1 brother, M. S. Hoover of Nappanee, Ind. (who died 40 hours later at the Elkhart General Hospital), 2 half brothers, David M. Hoover of Elkhart, and Ezra M. Hoover of New Paris, Ind.; also a number of nephews, nieces and a host of relatives and friends. Three brothers, Jacob S., Noah S., and Daniel S. Hoover, and 1 sister Anna (Hoover) Christophel, and 2 half brothers, Joseph and John Hoover preceded her in death. Since the death of her husband on Jan. 7, 1937 she has made her home with her nephews and nieces. On Sept. 10 she suffered a stroke and since then has been with her niece at Goshen, Ind., where her patience and thoughtfulness of others endeared her to all who met her. Since Mr. and Mrs. Weaver had no children they took an unusually thoughtful interest in their nephews and nieces, who will greatly miss her. The many Bible quotations learned throughout her life were a great comfort to her during her illness. On May 31 brief services were conducted at the home by Bro. William Ramer and further services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Frame Church by Bros. Virgil Weaver and Paul Hoover. Following this service the remains were taken to the home of Bro. John Horst of near Washingtonville, O. Here short services were conducted by Bro. Christ Martin of Shippensburg, Pa., and further services were conducted at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church of which she was a member, by Bros. Daniel Witmer and David Wenger. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
COX. - Serepta, wife of Bro. William Cox, was born April 3, 1850; died May 21, 1941; aged 91 y. 1 m. 18 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, and the following children who were by her first husband, Bro. Jimmie Brydge, who died years ago: Lula Flemings, Amanda Hippeard, G. R. Brydge, of Newport News, Va., Mildred Elick, of Stuarts Draft, Va., W. R. Brydge, of Preston Co., W. Va., Albert Brydge, Waynesboro, Va. She is also survived by 1 half brother, David Lunsford, Lyndhurst, Va.; 33 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She united with the Mennonite Church about 10 years ago. Funeral services were held at Valley View Mennonite Church near Stuarts Draft, Va., conducted by Bro. Joseph R. Driver. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
GOOD. - George N. Good was born March 28, 1886; died of complications at his home in Goodville, May 10, 1941, in his 62nd year. In his younger years he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church. He was married to Anna Zimmerman who remains to mourn his departure. One brother (David of East Earl) and 2 sisters (Mary, wife of Martin Horst, New Holland, and Hettie, wife of Barton Musser, Narvon) also survive. He was ordained to the ministry Dec. 20, 1928 by Bro. John M. Sauder for the Weaverland District churches. Funeral services were held at his late home, conducted by Bro. Aaron H. Weaver and at the Goodville Church by Bros. J. Paul Graybill, John W. Weaver, and I. B. Good. The burial service was conducted by Bro. John Burkholder. A large number of people gathered for the solemn services. The following notes were found in his Bible: We think of death, let us rather think of life beginning and that more abundantly. We think of losing, let us think of gaining. We think of parting, let us think of meeting. We think of going away, let us think of arriving. Rev. 14:13; 7:9-12.
HERR. - Sarah B., daughter of the late Jacob and Sarah
Buckwalter Hertzler, was born near Lititz, Pa., on March
5, 1854; died May 12, 1941 at the home of her son Clayton, east
of Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged 87 y. 2 m. 7 d. On Oct. 11, 1874 she was
married to Christian H. Herr and they lived happily together until
Sept. 22, 1937 when grandpa died. Soon after their marriage they
united with the Mennonite Church and were faithful until the end.
They had 3 sons, 2 of whom survive. One son, Eli, died in 1926.
After grandpaís death, she lived with her son, Clayton.
Grandma was always busy, either sewing or reading. Since New Year
she seemed to be less active and for the last ten weeks she was
ill, spending her time upstairs but not bedfast all the time.
Besides her sons (Clayton H. and Christian H.) there survive her
8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Her funeral was held May 15, from her sonís home and at
the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church with Bros. Henry Lutz and Amos Hess
in charge. Interment in Kraybillís Cemetery. Text: Prov.
Transcriber's note: this obit for Sarah Herr is a duplicate of the one for Sarah Hertzler on 6-19-1941
HOFFMASTER. - Harvey O., son of the late John and Elizabeth Hoffmaster, was born June 26, 1892; entered into rest May 22, 1941 very suddenly from a heart attack at his home at Millersville; aged 49 y. 10 m. 22 d. He was married to Mabel Herr, who, with 2 sons, Claire and Charles at home, remains to mourn his loss. Surviving are 1 sister, Elizabeth Keagy, Millersville, and 5 brothers, Jacob and Gabriel, Airville, York Co., Aaron and John, Millersville, and Christian, Columbia. He was a member of the Millersville Mennonite Church. Services were conducted from his home by Bro. Landis Shertzer and at the Millersville Church by Bros. John K. Charles and Daniel Gish. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
KEAGY. - Claude H., son of Mary Heagy and the late Henry
L. Keagy of Hanover, was born May 28, 1888, at Hanover, Pa.; entered
into rest at his home, Millersville, Pa., May 21, 1941, after
a brief illness; aged 52 y. 11 m. 21 d. He was married to Elizabeth
Hoffmaster, who with 2 sons, Elwood H. and Claude H., Millersville,
Pa., and 2 daughters, Elizabeth and Ruth at home, remain to mourn
his loss. Surviving also are his mother, 2 brothers, Joseph and
Roy, Washington Boro, Pa., and 1 sister, Mrs. Edward Day, Hanover.
He was a member of the Millersville Mennonite Church. Funeral
services were conducted from his home by Bros. Daniel Gish and
Landis Shertzer and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bishop
Christian Lehman and Bro. Jacob Hess. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
In that beautiful city his trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
Till God called him home to suffer no more."
ROCK. - Eunice Loraine, daughter of Roy and Esther Rock, was born Nov. 22, 1935; died May 25, 1941; aged 5 y. 6 m. 3 d. While playing in an outkitchen it is supposed that Loraine poured some oil on a hot stove, thus igniting her dress, which was almost completely burned off. She was hurriedly taken to the Chambersburg Hospital, where she died about twelve hours later. She was a regular attendant at our Sunday school. She had just been enrolled for our Summer Bible School for a few hours before the accident. She is survived by her parents, a brother, Eber, and 2 sisters, Orpah and Miriam. Funeral services were conducted at the Pond Bank Mennonite Church by Harvey E. Shank. Text: Matt 9:24. Her little body was laid to rest in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
YUTZY. - Nicholas J., son of Jonas and Mary (Miller) Yutzy, was born Jan. 5, 1873 in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at his home near Hutchinson, Kans., May 25, 1941; aged 68 y. 4 m. 20 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and joined the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, remaining in that faith. He was not able to attend any services since Jan. 5. He was united in marriage to Emma Headings, Feb. 10, 1898, and lived in matrimony 43 years. To this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters, 1 son and 1 daughter having preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his bereaved companion, 5 sons (John and Dan, of Kalona, Ia.; Eli, Joe, and Fred, of Hutchinson), 4 daughters (Mary, wife of Oliver Troyer; Lizzie, wife of Dick Kauffman; Katie, wife of Dan Kauffman; and Fannie, at home, and all of Hutchinson), 24 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 6 sisters (John, of Oklahoma; Reuben and Joe, of Hutchinson; Anna, of Delaware; Susan and Fannie, of Ohio; Lizzie, of Oregon; and Mary and Mattie, of Hutchinson). Many other relatives and friends also survive him. Father had high blood pressure for many years, and the last year suffered with heart trouble. On May 16 he had a stroke which partly paralyzed him. In all his suffering he never complained. He will be greatly missed for his quiet and peaceful life. Funeral services were held at the home on May 27, conducted by Bro. Harry Diener in English, and Bros. Jake Miller and Dan Bontrager and Bros. Levi Helmuth and Levi Nisley in German. Texts: John 14; 5:19-30.
"His willing hands are folded,
His dear warm heart is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
By the Family.
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan