Gerber.--Lavonne Fay, daughter of Dwight and Melva Gerber, was born in their home in Orville, O., Dec. 12, 1942. The infant was taken to the Beeson Hospital at Wooster, O., for treatment, but died 12 hours later. She leaves her parents, a sister (Julia Ann), and grandparents (Bro. and Sister E. P. Gerber, and Bro. and Sister Rufus Gerber). Short funeral service in the home, conducted by Bro. Reuben Hofstetter. Text, Job 1:21. Burial was made in the Kidron church cemetery.
Hamsher.--Susan, daughter of Daniel and Nancy (Culp) Lehman, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Nov. 18, 1867; died at her home in Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 15, 1942; aged 75 y. 27 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph Hamsher, March 19, 1885. Together they spent the greater part of their lives in farming near Nappanee. About 10 years ago they left the farm, where they had resided for 28 years, and moved to the parental home of her father in Nappanee. This union was blessed with eight children, all of whom survive (Frank Hamsher and Mrs Harry Rapp, of Warsaw; Mrs. Ed Huber of Goshen; Henry Hamsher and Mrs. Charles Welty of Nappanee; Mrs. William Knaack of Waukegan, Ill.; Mrs. Leonard Leman of Elkhart; and Mrs. Claude Feldman of South Bend). There are 30 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (David Lehman of Alpha, Minn.; and Joseph of Nappanee), 3 sisters (Mrs. Salome Heestand of North Manchester, Mrs. Lydia Weber and Mrs. Martha Herr of Nappanee). She accepted Christ as her Saviour early in life, united with the N. Main St. Mennonite Church in Nappanee, and remained faithful until death. She was deeply interested in the Church, and was a faithful attendant until health gave way. In her passing away we count our loss as her eternal gain. Services were held Dec. 18 at the home and the N. Main St., Mennonite Church by Bro. Homer F. North. Burial in the Sandridge cemetery.
Hostetler.--Esther, daughter of Samuel and Veronica Miller, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Oct. 16, 1851; died at her home near Emma, Ind., Dec. 8, 1942; aged 91 y. 1 m. 22 d. In January 1870, she was united in marriage to Paul J. Hostetler. To this union were born 10 children, of whom Samuel, Moses, Emma, Elmer, Perry and two unnamed infants preceded her in death. Almon, of Middlebury, Ind., Andrew O., of Goshen, Ind., Earl, of Topeka, Ind., remain at her departure. Besides the immediate family, she also leaves 21 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, a brother (Y.C. Miller of Shipshewana, Ind.), a foster sister (Mrs. Lucy Stichter), and many other relatives and friends. Since the death of her husband (in 1911) she lived with her youngest son and family at the old homestead, where she spent nearly all of her past life. In her early years she confessed Christ as her Saviour, and chose to have her immediate Christian fellowship with the Mennonite Church, in which she continued unto the end. She was held as a member in full fellowship in the Emma Mennonite Church since its organization in 1901. Her interests in life were well expressed in her manifest devotions to her household and others where opportunities were presented. Possibly the latter was best expressed when she brought into her own home, and assumed the responsibility of being a mother to an orphan child who later became the wife of David C. Schrock, now of Yoder, Kans. She had many years granted to her in this life, which without doubt gave many experiences of both joys and sorrows. We trust that the Lord will now grant to her the joy and glory in the eternal realms of His glorious Kingdom. Services in charge of the home ministry, Brethren O. S. Hostetler and M. J. Yoder.
Nussbaum.--Earl Dale, stillborn son of Bro. and Sister Gilbert Nussbaum, was born near Dalton, Ohio, Dec. 1, 1942. Besides the parents, he is survived by 2 brothers (James Nevin and Curtis Ray) and grandparents (Bro. and Sister Amos A. Nussbaum and Bro. and Sister Rufus Gerber). Short services were held in the home by Bro. Reuben Hofstetter who read Mk. 10:13-16: "Children Precious Jewels." Burial in the Mennonite cemetery near Kidron, O.
Rutt.--Issac L., son of Jacob and Elizabeth Rutt, was
born in Paradise, Pa., June 6, 1881; died Sept. 18, 1942; aged
61 y. 3 m. 12 d. He is survived by his wife (Anna Denlinger Rutt),
four children (Elizabeth, Ivan, and Kathryn at home, and Mrs.
Robert Jamison of Wyomissing), seven sisters (Mrs. Phares Eby,
Mrs. Benjamin Kreider, Mrs. Walter Diem, Mrs. Thomas Kellar, Anna,
Amanda, and Mrs. Earl Buckwalter), and one brother (Amos of Detroit,
Mich.). He was a kind father and neighbor and is greatly missed
in the home and in the community where he lived. His death was
caused from the effect of an operation. He was very patient, and
trusted in the Lord. His passing was a great shock to all of us,
but we humbly submit to the will of the Lord. Services were conducted
in the home by Bros.---------(name missing from obituary) Snavely
and Parke Book, and in the church by Bros. Martin Hershey, Abram
L. Martin, and Amos Weaver. Sermon by Bro. Weaver. Text, Duet.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear;
No one knows the silent heartache only we who lost can tell
Of the grief that,s born in silence for the one we loved so well."
Snavely.--Amanda H., widow of Henry B. Snavely, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 19, 1875; died Nov. 24, 1942, at the home of her son Elmer N. Metzler near Ephrata, Pa.; aged 66 y. 11 m. 5 d. She was a member of the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church, a daughter of the late John W. and Anna Hess Nolt. She married her first husband (David B. Metzler) Nov. 5, 1896. He died Feb. 16, 1903. She married her second husband (Henry B. Snavely) Feb. 18, 1912. He died Aug. 23, 1925. Besides her son with whom she resided, she is survived by two other children (Anna, wife of J. Reno Weaver of Gordonville, Pa., and John N. Metzler of Manheim, Pa.), also by these step-children; Clayton, Harry, Elmer, Benjamin, Abram, and Mary Snavely, of Lititz; also the following brothers and sisters; Henry Nolt, Leacock, Pa.; Hettie, wife of Eli Landis of Brownstown, Pa.; Phares Nolt of Cleona, Pa.; Clayton Nolt of Millersville, Pa.; and Elmer Nolt of Lititz, Pa. Twenty four grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive. She had been in failing health for a few years, but had been ill in bed only one week of a cerebral hemorrhage. Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at the home of her son, in charge of Bro. Eli Sauder and at Metzler,s Mennonite Church by Bro. John S. Hess. Text, I Cor. 15:51. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Sensenig.--Ella, daughter of the late Daniel and Mary Ann (Musser) Bowman, was born at Bowmansville, Pa., Jan. 17, 1881; died near Bowmansville, Dec. 16, 1942; aged 61 y. 10 m. 29 d. She was ailing for about two years, having undergone treatment in a Reading hospital which brought only temporary relief. She suffered much, but the Lord whom she learned to love and serve in her young years gave her a Christian fortitude to bear it all patiently and hopefully. In 1896 she entered into covenant relation with God, receiving baptism at the hands of Bro. William Gottshall. On Nov. 14, 1896, she was married to Bro. William Sensenig, who survives. The Lord gave them two sons (Walter and Edwin) who also remain. Six grandchildren also abide. Her mother, going on ninety years, is still able to be about. Two brothers (Israel and John) are left. Her living sisters are Sallie and Lizzie (Witmer). Funeral was held Dec. 18 in the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Bro. George G. Horning preached on Heb. 9:27, followed by Bro. Neuzem.
Stutzman.--Alex, son of Joseph and Barbara Stutzman,
was born July 22, 1877, near Dover, Ohio; died suddenly of heart
trouble at his home near Aurora, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1942; aged 65
y. 5 m. When but a small child his parents moved west, settling
in Nebraska. After living there for some time they moved to Colorado.
In 1901 he returned to Ohio. The following year, he was united
in marriage to Cora Miller. Since that time they have made their
home in the vicinity of Aurora. He united with the Amish Mennonite
Church in early manhood and was ordained to the office of deacon
at the Plainview Mennonite Church Aug. 7, 1910. He has always
had a deep concern for her spiritual life and progress and was
faithful to her interests, filling his place as long as health
permitted. Six children were born to them (Harold of Aurora; Bently,
who died in infancy; Erdine, wife of Mack Janis of Cleveland,
Ohio; Roland of Solon, Ohio; Chester and Lester, who were twins,
Chester dying in infancy, and Lester on Nov. 23, 1930, at the
age of 16 yrs.). There is also a foster child, Mrs. Alice Marker
of Roaring Springs, Pa. He is survived by his companion, 4 children,
5 grandchildren, 6 brothers (Corsan of Cooley, Pa.; Chris of Aurora,
Ohio; Julius of Mantua, Ohio; Joe of Harrisonburg, Va.; Lloyd
of Mantua, Ohio; James of Schwenksville, Pa.), 2 sisters (Mattie,
wife of William Howitt of Corey, Pa.; Ellen, wife of Elden Miller,
Aurora). One sister (Mrs. Mary Brewster) preceded him in death.
There are 30 nephews and nieces and a host of friends and neighbors
who mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted at the
home by Eugene Yoder, and at the Plainview Mennonite Church by
E. F. Hartzler, H. N. Troyer, and Elmer Stotlzfus. Interment in
the adjoining cemetery.
"Servant of God, well done,
Thy glorious warfare passed;
The battle fought, the victory won,
And thou art crowned at last."
Stutzman.--Esther Salome, daughter of Daniel and Saloma (Troyer) Slabaugh, was born Oct. 25, 1906, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at her home near Hartville, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1942; aged 36 y. 1 m. 27 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and was a faithful member of the Canton Mennonite Mission congregation until her death. June 9, 1925, she was united in marriage to Simon, son of Noah J. and Elizabeth (Kemp) Stutzman. She is survived by her husband and four children (Simon, Jr., Robert Leroy, Ruby, and Lawrence), her father (D. J. Slabaugh), four brothers (Simon, Wallace, Elton, and Freeman Slabaugh), and two sisters (Mrs. Emanuel Hostetler and Mrs. Roman C. Miller), all of Hartville, and the following half brothers and sisters: Edna Slabaugh of Goshen, Ind.; Viola, Laura, Raymond, and William, all of Hartville. She was preceded in death by her mother, one sister (Mrs. Henry Miller), and one brother (Ewan). She was a faithful wife and loving mother, always interested in helping others whenever possible. During her recent confinement she was constantly concerned about the family,s welfare. While loving hearts and hands did all they could to relieve her of her affliction, she was patient and expressed her readiness to be in the will of the Lord. She was resigned to God,s will and at her request was anointed; but God called her home to Him. Our loss is her gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Conservative A. M. Church near Hartville, in charge of Bros. O. N. Johns, J. J. Hostetler, and H. N. Troyer. Interment in the King Church cemetery.
Wentler.--Fred H. Wentler was born in St. Louise, (not transcriber's error) Mo., Mar. 1, 1879; died at Bethany Hospital, Kansas City, Kans., Dec. 14, 1942; aged 63 y. 9 m. 13 d. He was married to Mary Pasley at Osceola, Mo., Feb. 18, 1907. To this union was born one daughter, Ruth. For a number of years in his earlier life he served as pastor in the United Brethren Church at Leavenworth, Kans., and Kansas City, Mo. He also served as traveling evangelist. His knowledge of the Scriptures was outstanding, he being able to quote verse after verse from memory Later on in his life he came in contact with and became a member of the Mennonite Church in Kansas City in which church he was a faithful, earnest follower of Christ for 29 years until his death. He was a faithful worshipper at the house of God, being present at Sunday school and Church on Sunday morning, the day before his death. He was a devoted husband and father, having a deep appreciation for his home and family, and always doing his part to maintain an ideal Christian home. He spent much time, even under the handicap of poor eyesight, reading his Bible and just recently mentioned that he hoped to complete reading his Bible through for the fourth time this year. His last words were in praise to God. He is survived by his wife and daughter, of the home address, 551 Nebraska, Kansas City, Kans. The influence of his godly life lives on. The funeral was held Dec. 18 from the Mennonite Church in Kansas City with the brethren R. P. Horst and Edward Yoder in charge. (Note: The format of this obituary is typed the way it appeared in the G.H.)
Following is a list of brief obituary notices sent to us by Bro. Wilson Overholt, Pipersville, Pa.:
Gross.--Ephriam Gross, born in Plumstead Twp. Was never married. Passed away after a short illness, at the age of 76 y. 8 m. 26 d. Funeral services at Deep Run Church, Bucks Co., Pa., March 2, 1942.
Myers.--Ella S., wife of John M. Myers, passed away after an illness of some time, aged 57 y. 11 m. 9 d. Funeral services at Deep Run Church, March 3, 1942.
Erb.--Howard Erb (his wife the former Bertha Mae Kulp) was born in Bedminster Twp., Passed away after an illness of about six months, aged 41 y. 10 m. 6 d. Funeral services in Deep Run Church, April 26, 1942.
Rice.--Mary Rice was born in Bedminster Twp. Was not able to go away from home for a few years. Passed away at the age of 79 y. 9 m. 4 d. Funeral services at Deep Run Church, May 19, 1942.
Moyer.--Dorcas, infant daughter of Paul and Anna Moyer. Buried Sept. 18, 1942.
Hunsberger.--Monroe, twin son of Monroe and Mabel Hunsberger, aged 2 m. 8 d. Buried Oct. 24, 1942.
Kratz.--Sylvanus Kratz was born in Bedminster Twp. After an illness of a few months he passed away, aged 81 y. 2 m. 23 d. Funeral services in Deep Run Church, Nov. 30, 1942.
Kulp.--John L. Kulp was born in Bedminster Twp. He lived with one of his sons (Daniel) in Philadelphia. Struck by an automobile, and passed away soon afterwards. Aged 85 y. 23 d. Funeral services at Deep Run Church, Dec. 11, 1942.
Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana
Blough.--Uriah Blough was born June 15, 1884; died in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 3, 1942; aged 58 y. 5 m. 18 d. He was united in marriage to Maggie Thomas March 13, 1920. To this union were born 5 children (Morgan R., Luray, Va.; Vernon I., Boswell, Pa.; Irene S., Naomi M. and Nellie M., of Hollsopple (not transcriber spelling) ), all of whom remain to mourn his sudden passing away. His first companion passed away Sept. 27, 1931. Jan. 19, 1935, he was married to Mrs. Daisy Weible who passed away Aug. 12, 1941. Besides his children he is survived by 2 half sisters, 9 stepchildren, and many other relatives and friends. In early manhood he united with the United Brethren Church at Foustwell, Pa. June 19, 1927, he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member of the Blough congregation at his death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Blough Mennonite Church by Bros. Harry Y. Shetler and Harry C. Blough. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church. May God bless the sorrowing family.
Brubacher.--Abner, oldest son of Menno M. and Almeta (Good) Brubacher, was born April 13, 1903, near Heidelberg, Ont. Dec. 8, 1926, he was married to Arminta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zenas Snyder near New Hamburg, Ont., where he farmed the rest of his life. Dec. 7, he had one finger injured while sawing wood. The wound was dressed and seemed to get well; but one week later it was found necessary to amputate it. After this his other arm became badly swollen, and things looked serious; but on Wednesday, the 23rd, it improved giving us much hope. The following night he had a heart attack and passed away; aged 39 y. 8 m. 11 d. He was converted in his early teens and lived a consistent Christian life. He was of a cheerful disposition, a dutiful son, a faithful husband, a loving father, a helpful neighbor, and will be greatly missed in the home, in the community, and in the Church. He leaves his sorrowing wife, 3 sons and 4 daughters (Vernon, Dorothy, Mary, Marjorie, Lewis, Lloyd, and Eva Mae). Two daughters (Agnes and Eileen) preceded him. He also leaves his parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters (Mrs. Enoch Martin, St. Jacobs; Mrs. Abner Cressman, New Hamburg; Ada, Walter, and Curtis, St. Jacobs), besides many relatives and friends. We are assured that our great loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services at the Biehn Mennonite Church were conducted by Bros. Curtis Cressman and Moses Roth. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Sadly now our hearts are bleeding,
o'er the loss that we must bear,
But there's One who's interceding,
And will all our burdens share."
Byler.--Sadie (Zook) Byler was born in Allenville, Pa., April 3, 1867; died at the home of her son (Earl) near West Liberty, Ohio, Dec. 18, 1942; aged 75 y. 3 m. 15 d. In 1887, in Harvey Co., Kans., she was united in marriage to Christian Byler, who preceded her in death eleven years ago. To this happy union 10 children were born, 9 of whom survive, little Johnnie having died at the age of two years. They are Oliver, Paul, Mark, Earl, Milford, and Mrs. S. S. Hostetler, of West Liberty, Ohio; Mrs. Henry Moshor, of Marengo, Ohio; Mrs. D. C. Kauffman of Urbana, Ohio, and Mrs. John Allgyer, of Plain City, Ohio. Early in life she joined the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. She was kind, jovial, industrious, and sang much of the time at her work; was deeply interested in her family, prayed fervently and often, was a great lover of children, especially fond of her 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dec. 10, she was stricken ill with a heart attack. When it became evident that her condition was critical, a telegram to David Zook, of Newton, Kansas, her only living brother of a family of 8 sisters and 2 brothers, brought him quickly to her bedside. He was a great comfort to her during her brief illness. Medical skill, loving sons and daughters, with Uncle Dave, did everything possible to make a week of illness as easy as possible, until her soul slipped away to her Maker. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church, in West Liberty, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by J. Y. King. Burial in the Hooley Cemetery.
"Goodnight, sweet mother,
Sleep, and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head,
Upon thy Saviour's breast.
We loved thee well,
But Jesus loves thee best.
Cressman.--Isiah, son of the late Cyrus B. amd Mary (Horst) Cressman, died at his home near Kitchener, Dec. 19, 1942; aged 66 y. 8 m. 17 d. He was born on the "Cressman homestead" on which farm he resided practically his entire lifetime. March 14, 1900, he was united in marriage to Magdalena Shirk. He is survived by his wife, 7 daughters (Vera of Kitchener, Una a missionary in the Argentine Republic of South America, Cora of Kitchener, Leona at home, Mrs. Alfred High of Vineland, Mabel and Edith of Kitchener), and 6 sons (Leander of Pierre Point, N. Y.; Ferman at home; Clifford of Vancouver Island; Harold of New Hamburg; Elton of Kitchener; and Clayton at home). Two sisters and 3 brothers also survive (Mrs. Enoch Bauman of Drayton; Mrs. Lloyd Shantz of Carstairs, Alta.; Noah of Breslau; Levi of Preston; and Allan of Guernsey, Sask.). He was predeceased by 2 daughters (Mary and Pearl), also 2 sisters and 1 brother (Magdalena in December, 1939, Mrs. Jacob Cressman in November, 1937, and John Cressman in April, 1941). Bro. Cressman united with the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Jan. 1, 1900. For many years he served in the capacity of the local director of Mennonite Fire Aid Association and rendered good service. Services and burial were conducted at First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine. Bros. Merle Shantz and S. F. Coffman assisted in the services. Theme: "So teach Us to Number Our Days."
Fretz.--David Gleason, son of the late Michael and Magdalena (Reesor) Fretz, was born in York Co.; Ont., July 7, 1875. In his earlier years he riesed in the Jordan District, returning to Markham where he married Clara Hoover, Feb. 14, 1900. He returned to Vineland, Ont., in 1908, where he purchased a farm and has since resided. He was not well for a few years, and after a more severe illness he passed away on Dec. 24, 1942; aged 67 y. 6 m. 17 d. Three brothers (Deacon Manassah of the Wideman Church, Markham; John of Toronto and Levi of Vineland) and 1 sister (Anna, wife of Tillman McDowell of Markham) predeceased him. One sister (Elizabeth, wife of Minister Isaac Wambold of Markham) survives him. He leaves his wife and 4 children (Gordon, Elgin, Lyal and Margaret), all of Vineland. He united with the Mennonite Church when he came to Vineland and has been a faithful member, serving for a number of years as a trustee of the Church. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 26 by S. F. Coffman, assisted by D. Steinman. Text, II Tim. 1:12. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Headings.--Joe Forrest, son of Milton and Lela Headings, was born Sept. 5, 1923; died on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26, 1942 of complication following an acute attack of appendicitis; aged 19 y. 2 m. 21 d. He was of a bright, sunny disposition, a comfort to others in the home, had been generally healthy and was of fine physique. He was graduated from West Liberty, Ohio, High School in May, 1941. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 15 and was received by water baptism into the Oak Grove Church near West Liberty, where he remained a faithful member until death. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 5 brothers (Harley of West Liberty; Howard, Sanford, Eugene and Robert, at home), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Ralph Overholt of near East Liberty, and Iona Belle, at home). We bow in submission to His will. Funeral services were held at the South Union Church near West Liberty, in charge of Bro. N. E. Troyer assisted by Bros. S. E. Allgyer and C. F. Derstine.
Hershey.--Ruth Eileen was born at the Lancaster General Hospital June 4, 1942; died at the same place; aged 6 m. 9 d. She leaves her parents (Rohrer and Ruth (Zimmerman) Hershey) and 1 brother (Donald). Funeral services were held at Hershey's Mennonite Church, conducted by Parke Book. Text, II Kings 4:26. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"When Jesus call for Baby,
My heart was filled with sorrow;
But Jesus dried my tears and said,
'Tis only for tomorrow., "
King.--Daniel G., son of Joseph J. and Lydia M. (Bontrager) King, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Nov. 29, 1869; died at the home of his son, Jan. 2, 1943; aged 73 y. 1 m. 4 d. When 14 years old, he with his mother and brother moved to Logan Co., Ohio, where he grew to young manhood. Dec. 30, 1894, he was united in marriage to Barbara M. Huber of Allen Co., Ohio, who preceded him in death 44 days. To this union were born 3 children (Edward M. and Hattie Mae, wife of Otho B. Shenk of near Elida, and Della E. King of Toledo, Ohio). Besides his children, he leaves 10 grandchildren, 1 brother, and many relatives and friends. In August 1890, he with a party of 9 young people came to Allen Co., Ohio, and was baptized into the Mennonite Church. These with a few others were charter members of the Mennonite Church of Logan and Champaign counties, until the summer of 1895, when the Bethel Church was built in West Liberty, Ohio, which was then their church home. In the spring of 1903 he with his family moved to Allen Co., Ohio, where they have lived ever since. He bore his pain and sickness with patience and often expressed his desire to depart and be at rest. Funeral at the home conducted by Bro. Menno Y. Troyer, and at the church by Bro. M. O,Connell assisted by Bros. J. B. Smith and Gabriel Brunk. Text, I Cor. 15:3, 4.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away."
Lehn.-- Emma, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Ober, was born Nov. 4, 1861; died Dec. 12, 1942; aged 81 y. 1 m. 8 d. Those who mourn her departure are here children (Mrs. Clayton Tyson, Mrs. Frank Garman, and Mrs. Frank Foreman, Phares O., Noah O., and Cletus O. Frey), and a stepson, Harry Lehn. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral was held Dec. 15 at the home of her son, Noah Frey of Elizabethtown, Pa., with further services at Risser's Mennonite Church of which she was a member. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services in charge of Bros. Walter Oberholtzer and John Lebo. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Saltzman.--Benjamin A., youngest son of the late Jacob and Magdalena (Beller) Saltzman, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Aug. 19, 1867; died at the Home for the Aged in Eureka, Ill., Dec. 19, 1942; aged 75 y. 4 m. He confessed Christ as his Saviour in his youth and united with the Waldo Mennonite Church, ever remaining a faithful member. In December, 1899, he was united in marriage to Lydia Eigsti at Roanoke, Ill. One daughter (Alice) was born to this union. They resided on the Saltzman homestead in Woodford Co., until they retired from farming in December, 1925, when they moved to Flanagan. June 29, 1929, their hearts were saddened when their only daughter (Alice) was called to her eternal home after a lingering illness. Bro. Saltzman underwent several major operations about seven years ago, from which he never fully recovered. Sept. 30, 1941, his devoted companion passed away after a short illness. From then on his health gradually failed. He was taken to the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington in July, where he spent several months and submitted to several operations. He entered the Home for the Aged at Eureka, Ill., Sept. 19, 1942, remaining there until he peacefully fell asleep. He was preceded in death by his wife and daughter, his parents, 3 brothers (Peter J. of Minonk, John of Wayland, Iowa, Joseph of Graymont), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Schertz and Mrs. Lizzie Stalter of Flanagan). He was the last surviving member of the Jacob Saltzman family.
Showalter.--Frank B., son of Michael and Elizabeth Showalter, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., July 17, 1864; died at his home in Roscoe, Calif., Oct. 28, 1942; aged 78 y. 3 m. 11 d. He grew to manhood near to his place of birth. When a young man he spent several years at Columbiana, Ohio, and while there was united in marriage, Nov. 25, 1887, to Emma N. Bixler. They soon returned to Harrisonburg, where he remained the greater part of his life. To this union were born 3 children (Earl E. of LaJunta, Colo., Mrs. Christian Nafziger of Albany, Oreg., and Elmo F. of Roscoe, Calif.). In 1924 he moved from Virginia to Roscoe, Calif, which was his home until death. He gave his heart to the Lord in his youth and remained a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. His wife (Emma) preceded him in death Aug. 2, 1940. On Sept. 10, 1942 he married the second time to Fannie Driver, who survives him. Funeral services were held at the Los Angeles Mennonite Church, services in charge of Bro. William Lauby assisted by Bro. George Beare. Burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, Calif. ---E. E. Showalter.
Stoltzfus.--Benuel M., the last member of the John U. and Rachel (Mast) Stoltzfus family, was born in Conestoga, Pa., and lived there until Nov. 30, 1942, when he was taken to the Reading hospital. Dec. 1 he had a gallstone operation; 9 hours afterward he peacefully fell asleep from a heart condition; aged 75 y. 8 m. 10 d. In youth he confessed Christ, was baptized, and united with the O. O. Amish Church; thirty-one years ago he was ordained to the ministry. Fifty-five years ago he united in marriage to Malinda Esh, who with the following children feel the loss of a cheerful, loving farther: Rachel (Mrs. David Smoker), Churchtown; Daniel u. (Dea.) John P. and Benuel B., Honey Brook; Stephen E., Amos E. (home place), Elverson; Malinda (Mrs. Aaron King), Honey Brook; Sara (Mrs. Jacob Fisher), Soudersburg; David and Gideon, Honey Brook; also 76 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren survive. Funeral services were held at the late home Dec. 4, by his nephews, Amos U. and Jonas E. Stoltzfus. His grandsons were pall-bearers. Burial in near-by graveyard. He was a man who endured with much patience. His body is buried, but not his influence. We trust that he entered the heavenly mansions.
"How beautiful heaven must be,
The home of the brave and the free;
Fair haven of rest for the weary,
How beautiful heaven must be."
Suter.--Mark Cecil, son of Menno R. and Margaret (Wenger) Suter, was born March 28, 1940; died Nov. 21, 1942. His death was caused by an unusual accident. He was standing in the driveway, watching his older brothers about to carry long boards across the road. A passing automobile tipped the boards and one of them struck little Mark in the forehead and hurled him into the road. He died three hours later from a fractured skull at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va. The painful stillness of the house and the idle toys are a reminder that little Mark has gone on. He was the joy of his fond parents and 3 brothers (Jerrel, Everett and Nelson). He also leaves 2 grandfathers (D. P. Wenger and J. R. Suter). Funeral services were held at Weavers Church Nov. 23, in charge of Bros. J. R. Mumaw and S. H. Rhodes. Text, Mark 10:14. Interment in near-by cemetery.
"One by one the Father gathers
Choicest flowers, rich and rare,
And transplants them into His garden.
They will bloom forever there."
Weirich.--Joseph J., son of Jacob and Sarah (Eash) Weirich, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Feb. 29, 1860; died in the Lagrange County Hospital Dec. 23, 1942; aged 82 y. 9 m. 23 d. He resided all his life in the vicinity where he was born. He had been a patient at the hospital for 5 weeks; had been a sufferer of long standing which developed into diabetes. He was married to Lydia Gates Jan. 31, 1900, who survives him; also 2 sisters (Mrs. Elizabeth Rhinesmith of White Cloud, Mich.; Mrs. Sarah J. Miller of Elkhart, Ind.), 7 nieces, 7 nephews, and many relatives and friends. His parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Dec. 26, 1942, at the Shore Mennonite Church, where he was a member for many years, conducted by Bros. Josiah J. Miller and Oscar S. Hostetler.
"Dear uncle, you are not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us
As you always were before."
--Written by a Niece
Widrick.--Nancy Lamoine, infant daughter of Ezra and Elva (Yousey) Widrick, was born at the Lewis Co. General Hospital, Lowville, N. Y., Aug. 6, 1942; died at her home in Castorland, N.Y.; aged 3 m. 25 d. Surviving are her sorrowing parents, her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Widrick and Mrs. and Mrs. Menno Yousey) and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted at the Croghan Church by Bros. Joseph Zehr and Lloyd Boshart. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Human hands have tried to save her,
Tender cares were all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore her
From this weary world of pain."
Yoder.--Mary J., daughter of Henry and Rosetta (Sheffer)
Yoder, was born Sept. 16, 1942; died of bronchial pneumonia Dec.
18, 1942. She leaves father, mother, 4 sisters (Kathryn, Wilma,
Pauline and Eileen), 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Simon Yoder,
Mr. and Mrs. Ottis Sheffer of Shelby, Ind.). Funeral services
were conducted at the Burr Oak Church, Bro. Floyd Weaver officiating.
"Our sweet little bud, too sweet to stay,
God in His Wisdom took Mary away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus and angels above."
Yoder,--Menno Simon, youngest child of Christian K. and Catherine Yoder, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Nov. 28, 1873; died suddenly after a heart attack Nov. 29, 1942; aged 69 y. 1 d. He spent his boyhood days on a farm near West Liberty and joined the Mennonite Church during early life. Dec. 16, 1897 he was united in marriage to Katherine Fett. For two years they lived on a farm and in 1900 moved in to town because of his health. He then managed a hardware and a grocery store for about 28 years. Five years ago last August he was stricken with his first heart attack. After a period of treatment and rest, he regained sufficient strength to again enjoy living. This period was cut short by the fatal attack. Four children were born to Menno and Katie yoder. One (J. Orden) preceded him in death in 1908. Three children remain: Forest F. of Bellevue, Ohio; L. Winfred of Wabash, Ind.; and Christine of Mahomet, Ill. In addition to his beloved wife and 3 children, he leaves: 3 sisters (Nancy Hartzler and Emma Zook of West Liberty and Katie Yoder of Kent, Ohio), 4 grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and friends who will always remember his kind and generous disposition. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Frank Byler, assisted by Bros. John Y. King and C. F. Derstine. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.
"With us here you,ll live no more;
But, dear Father, 'tis sweet to know
That we can spend all of eternity
Living with you on that faraway shore."
Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana
Bender.--Jimmie Lee, son of Edwin and Joy (Miller) Bender, was still born in a hospital in Washington, Iowa, Dec. 29, 1942. Besides the parents, he is survived by 4 grandparents (Bro. and Sister Levi and Maggie Miller, and Bro. and Sister Henry J. Bender), 1 great-grandfather (Gid. Bender), 1 great-grandmother (Ida Beechy), and many relatives and friends. Short services were held in the home of his grandparents (Levi Millers), by Harvey M. Yoder.
"Only a baby's grave,
A foot or two at the most
Of tear-dewed sod,
But a loving God
Knows what the little grave cost."
Bender.--Martha Jane, daughter of John and Barbara Bender, was born Nov. 16, 1942; n near Hartville, Ohio; died Jan. 7, 1943. She was sick only 4 days, with influenza. Two sisters (Edith Mae and Ruth Ann), and a grandfather (Noah Bender) preceded her in death. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Dorothy Irene, Wilbur, Melva, John Jr., and Wilma, also grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Noah Stutzman of Hartville, and Mrs. Noah Bender of Goshen, Ind.), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 10 by Bro. Simon Coblentz at the home and at the Maple Grove Church by Bro. Simon Coblentz in German and Bro. Roman Miller in English. Texts, John 1:29 and II Kings 4:26. Burial in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
"She budded so sweetly among us,
To blossom more fragrant in heaven.
Dear Martha is safely with Jesus
We doubt not she's resting in Him."
--By the Fmily
Eby.--Sarah Lucinda, daughter of Peter and Barbara (Buckwalter) Hershey, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 9, 1863; died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fox), New Holland, Pa., Dec. 22, 1942; aged 79 y. 3 m. 13 d. Nov. 13, 1883 she was united in marriage with H. John Eby. To this union were born 13 children. Her husband and 3 children (Isaac I., John S. and Peter H.) preceded her in death. The following children survive: Ella B. (wife of Daniel Fox), Elizabeth H. (wife of Frank Mohler), Enos J., Sarah L. (wife of Harry Gehman), Henry M., Anna Martha (wife of Walter Martin), Mary E. (wife of Ivan Sensenig), Aaron B., Menno H., Martin C., also 52 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 3 brothers (Henry P. Hershey, Martin E. Hershey, Silas Hershey), a sister (Mrs. Martha Hoover), as well as many other relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church for many years. This large family circle will greatly miss their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. How happy it made her to see us coming home. She especially liked to see her grandchildren. God took her home after 7 weeks of illness, through which she was very patient. Her life and influence will live on, even though she is taken from us. We trust that her Christian life will be an inspiration to us always, and that we can look forward to meeting our loved ones on that beautiful shore. Funeral services were held Dec. 26 with short services at the home by Bro. Aaron Weaver, and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church by Bro. Joseph Hostetter and Bro. Joseph Weaver. Texts, Job 5:26 and Psa. 102: 11,12. Burial in the Weaverland Cemetery.
"Her weary hours, her days of pain,
Her weary nights are past;
Her ever-patient, worn-out frame
Has found sweet rest at last."
Fisher.--Fannie S. daughter of Daniel S. and Sarah (Stoltzfus) Fisher, near Intercourse, Pa., was born Feb. 13, 1942; died Dec. 25, 1942. She was found dead on Christmas morning by her aunt at the home of her paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Samuel K. Fisher, where she was on a visit while her parents attended a wedding the day before and had planned to get her before going to church that morning). She did not seem to be feeling so well the day before, and that night, but was patient and quiet. The doctor issued a death certificate attributed to a heart condition. Besides her parents, she is survived by her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Samuel K. Fisher of Kinzers, and Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Stoltzfus of Elverson), her great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Stoltzfus), and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. Her cheerful disposition is greatly missed in the home. Funeral services were held at the home Dec. 27 by Bro. Samuel Stoltzfus of Gap, and Bro. Samuel F. Stoltzfus of Morgantown. Interment in the Mast Cemetery near Morgantown.
"The depth of our sorrow we cannot tell
In loss of her we loved so well;
And while she lies in peaceful sleep
Her memory we shall always keep."
Kilmer.--Martin Paul, son of Paul and Blanche (Wolfer)
Kilmer of Sweet Home, Oreg., was born at the Lebanon Hospital
Dec. 8, 1942, and passed away at the hospital, Dec. 14. Surviving
him are his sorrowing parents and 1 sister (Marilyn Joan). Short
graveside services were conducted by Bro. D. F. Shenk of Sheridan.
Burial in the Sheridan, Oreg., Cemetery.
"A precious bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Kulp.--Mary K. Kulp, died Dec. 7, 1942, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter (Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Detweiler), Souderton, Pa. She had been in ill health for the past eight months, but bedfast only 3 weeks. She died of complications due to old age; aged 81 y. 3 m. 24 d. She had 1 brother (Henry Nice), 1 sister (Katie Souder), also 3 stepbrothers and 2 stepsisters. She was united in marriage, Jan. 28, 1882, with Henry B. Kulp, who died March 5, 1928. She is survived by these children: Lizzie, wife of Allen S. Walter of Line Lexington; Sallie, wife of Hiram Cressman of Telford; Harry Kulp of Lansdale; Mary, wife of Jacob Wenger, Souderton; Elmer Kulp of Lincoln Park, Mich., Katie, wife of Theodore Detweiler, Souderton. Two sons (Allen and Jacob) and 1 daughter (Ann) preceded her in death. There are 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was a member of Souderton Mennonite Church. Funeral services wereheld Dec. 10 at the Funeral Parlors by Elmer Moyer and Arthur D. Roth and at the Souderton Church by Jacob Moyer and Alfred Rahn. Text, Psa. 23:4. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe;
We little thought her death was near;
Only those who have lost can tell
Of the grief we bear in silence
For the one we loved so well."
--By the Family.
Kurtz.--Amelia H. was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., to Michael and Maria Mosemann, Dec. 11, 1872; died Dec. 28,1942; aged 70 y. 17 d. She was married to David B. Landis who died Feb. 25, 1901. To this union 5 children were born. The two oldest died in childhood. Those surviving are: Elder Harvey M. Landis, Tampa, Fla., Dr. Elmer M. Landis, Gary, Ind., and David R. Landis, Peru, Ind. She was married to David H. Kurtz, Nov. 19, 1905. To this union 5 children were born. Four of these survive: Amelia Ruth Detwiler, Riverdale, Md.; John M. Kurtz, Pocomoke, Md.; Sara Elizabeth Detwiler, Riverdale, Md.; John M. Kurtz, Pocomoke, Md.; and James M. Kurtz, Princess Ann, Va. Two stepchildren also survive: Edgar Landis and Bessie L. Horst of Hagerstown, Md. Besides these 1 brother (Michael Mosemann, Lancaster, Pa.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Anna Steely, Lancaster, Pa.; Mrs. Lydia Leaman, Lititz, Pa.), and 21 grandchildren survive. She lived a long, faithful Christian life, uniting with the Mennonite Church in her youth. Patience, cheerfulness, longsuffering, and loving kindness were some of her spiritual qualities. She made friends wherever she went and to know her was to love her. A final request for comfort and spiritual enrichment was the reading of Psalm 116 by her son John. As he read the 7th verse she raised her hand and bore testimony of God's goodness and desired to depart in peace. She had planned to spend the winter in the sunny clime of Florida but voices from more distant shores beckoned, and the angels from the city of God came and bore her soul away. The end of this life came peacefully after six weeks, illness following a stroke. Funeral services were held in the Holly Grove Mennonite Church near Westover, Md., by Bro. George Hostetler assisted by Bro. Amos King. Text, Psa. 116:7. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
"Why should we mourn
That her toils are o'er?
A life well worn
Has earned its repose.
--H. M. Landis.
Leaman.--David L., son of David and Elizabeth Leaman, was born near Neffsville, Pa., Feb. 16, 1861; died at his home Jan. 3, 1943; aged 81 y. 10 m. 7 d. Oct. 18, 1887, he was united in marriage to Lizzie B. Hess, who died Nov. 30, 1915. To this union were born 5 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. The following children survive: Sanford, Anna (wife of Elmer N. Kauffman), and Elizabeth (wife of Simon H. Landis). Five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren also survive. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for more than fifty years. He had been in failing health for the last two years, and bedfast for almost five months. During his illness he was patient and trustful, looking forward to his home-going. Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at the home and at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church. Intement in the adjoining cemetery. Bros. Ira D. Landis and Levi Weaver conducted the services. Texts, Zech. 1:5; Psa. 16:8.
"No longer must his suffering be born,
For after night there always comes the morn.
In yonder Home there is no pain--no night--
And at the eventide of life comes light."
Miller.--Mrs. Olive (Mayence) Miller was born July 11, 1899, in Arnold, Pa.; died Nov. 11, 1942; aged 43 y. 4 m. While yet quite young she came to Detroit, Mich., where she made her home and won many friends. Her life was one that was lost in serving others; no task so hard for her family or home but that she undertook it and fulfilled it cheerfully and most unselfishly. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in October, 1930, in which faith she went to meet her Lord. She leaves her two sons (Charles and Gordon, both of Detroit), her aged father of Shreveport, La., 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Vetch), and 3 brothers (John, Henry, and Nich), all of Shreveport. The funeral was conducted from the Wilkie funeral home (Detroit), and burial followed in the Grand Lawn Cemetery Nov. 14. Bro. Frank B. Raber of the Detroit Mennonite Church had charge of the service. Texts, Mark 8:34-38; Rev. 14:13.
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea."
Reedy.--Peter B., son of Peter and Mary Ann Reedy, was born Feb. 4, 1872, near Freeport, Ill.; died at his home in Cullom, Ill., Jan. 2, 1943; aged 70 y. 10 m. 29 d. He had been in failing health the past few months. Feb. 5, 1901, he was united in marriage to Susan Christophel who survives him, together with 3 sons and 1 daughter (Roy of Freeport; Clinton of Graymont; Orlin of Peoria; and Mrs. Albert Zehr of Foosland), 11 grandchildren; 1 brother (Daniel of Elkhart, Ind.), 1 sister (Mrs. Edwin Shoemaker of Dakota, Ill.). He was preceded by 3 sons, 2 having died in infancy, and Joseph on March 10, 1922. He united with the Mennonite Church when a young man. He left us with the assurance he was ready to go and meet the Lord. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. C. W. Long at the house, and Bros. J. A. Heiser and N. N. Roeschley at the church. Burial in West Lawn.
"Beneath our eyes he slowly faded,
Growing day by day more frail,
Till God in His heavenly wisdom
Called him gently home."
Shank.--Kent Myron, son of the late John W. and Hannah Heatwole) Shank, was born Jan. 1, 1888; died Dec. 3, 1942; aged 54 y. 11 m. 3 d. He died at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., following a serious operation of the stomach. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from early youth and served the Church as chorister, Sunday-school superintendent and secretary of the district Mission Board for many years. He will be greatly missed in the home, Church, and community, where he was a prosperous dairy farmer and poultry raiser. March 2, 1916, he was united in marriage with Fannie B. Rhodes, who survives with 1 foster son (Lloyd Shank). Surviving also are 3 brothers (Frank of Hubbard, Oreg.; Glen and Wade), and 5 sisters (Mrs. J. D. Kiser, Mrs. E. E. Heatwole, Mrs. Joe Knicely, Mrs. Loy Propst, and Mrs. Ammon Heatwole, all of near Harrisonburg, Va.). Funeral services were conducted Dec. 6 at Weavers Church by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and M. J. Heatwole. Text: II Cor. 4:17, 18. Interment in nearby cemetery.
"Oh, the Home he reached is safe and sweet,
And slow my walk through a long, long lane,
As I follow the prints of his flying feet
, And list for his laughter mine ears to greet;
Follow and listen, and not in vain."
Stutzman.--Alvin, son of Jacob D. and Amanda Stutzman, was born near Milford, Nebr., Feb. 19, 1884; died Dec. 29, 1942, at his home in Kalona, Iowa; aged 58 y. 10 m. 10 d. In the fall of 1901 he was baptized by Bishop Joseph Schlegel and became a member of the East Fairview Mennonite Church at Milford. He was always a faithful and consistent member. So deep was his faith in God that when a serious heart illness in 1934 left him much weakened he called for the elders of the Church and was anointed. He gained strength until this spring, when he was stricken with other complications, causing him much suffering which he bore patiently. Feb. 8, 1906. he was united in marriage to Barbara Saltzman. This union was blessed with 2 daughters: Fannie Mae who preceded him in death in 1918, at the age of ll years and Nettie (Mrs. Donald Yoder of Kalona, Iowa) who with her companion, 1 granddaughter, and 1 grandson remain. He also leaves his aged mother, 4 brothers (David J., Jake J., John and Fred) and 2 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Schlegel, Mrs. Angeline Schlegel), all of Milford, a large number of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. His father preceded him in 1926; also 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He spent his entire life at Milford, with the exception of the last sixt month, when they came to Kalona to be near their daughter and her family. They spent the summer with them until five weeks ago when they moved to Kalona into their own home. It was during this time that he and his wife changed their church membership to the East Union Mennonite Church near Kalona. He will be greatly missed, but we (like him) submit to the Master's will and say "Thy will be done." Funeral sermon by Bro. D. J. Fisher in the East Union Church. Burial in the East Union Cemetery.
"Loving and kind in all his ways,
Upright and just to the end of his days.
Sincere and true in his heart and mind,
A beautiful memory he leaves behind."
Weaver.--Sallie Ada, daughter of Pre. Gabriel D. and Lydia (Frank) Heatwole, was born Nov. 17, 1881; died at her home in Dayton, Va., Dec. 12, 1942; aged 61 y. 25 d. Nov. 19, 1899, she was married to Raleigh J. Weaver, who survives her, with 3 sons (Marion R. of Harrisonburg, Carl H. of Mt. Solon, and R. J., Jr. of Dayton), 3 daughters (Mrs. Justus Suter and Mrs. Roy Heatwole of Harrisonburg, and Mrs. Timothy Deputy of Dayton). She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. One granddaughter preceded her in 1928. She had not enjoyed good health for about 20 years, and was entirely helpless for a number of years previous to her death; but through all her afflictions she was never heard to complain but expressed a desire to exchange the sufferings of "here" for the glory of "there." She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from childhood and a woman of sterling Christian character. Funeral services were held Dec. 14 from Weaver's Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. John R. Mumaw assisted by Henry Keener. Text, II Cor. 5:4.
"There's an open gate at the end of the road
Through which each must go alone;
And there in a light we cannot see
Our Father claims His own.
Beyond the gate our loved one
Finds happiness and rest,
And there is comfort in the thought
That a loving God knows best."
Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana
Bender.--Annie, wife of John R. Bender and daughter
of Peter and Jacobena (Schlegel) Zehr, was born April 20,
1871, in Oxford Co., Ont.; died at her late home in South Easthope
Jan. 15, 1943; aged 71 y. 8 m. 25 d. In early youth she accepted
Christ as her Saviour and was baptized upon confession of faith
by the late Bishop Joseph Ruby and received into church fellowship
of East Zorra A. M. congregation, in which faith she remained
faithful to her end. Jan. 20, 1891, she was joined in holy matrimony
to Bro. John R. Bender and moved to their home in South Easthope
where they resided for almost 52 years. She will be remembered
by a large circle of friends and neighbors who were blest by her
ministry of love and service which were cheerfully given in time
of sorrow, sickness or suffering throughput the whole neighborhood.
She leaves her bereaved husband, 2 sisters (Lena, wife of John
Bender, S. E. Hope; Bena, wife of Jas. R. Bender, East Zorra),
a large circle of nephews and nieces; 4 brothers and 2 sisters
predeceased her. Services held Jan. 17 at her late home by Bro.
Dan Wagler and at East Zorra A.M. Church by Bros. M. Kipfer (II
Tim. 4:6-8) and Dan S. Iutzi (John 5:24-29). Interment in adjoining
cemetery. May she rest in peace.
"I miss you a thousand times
Along life's weary way;
For life is not the same to me
Since you were called away."
Coffey.--William Van Coffey, aged thirty, of Waynesboro, Va., died of a fractured skull, Dec. 14, 1942. He was on his way to visit his wife and sister who were patients in the community hospital, and as he was walking along the road, he was knocked down by a passing automobile and died some hours later. His mother (Mrs. Ernest Coffey, a member of the Springdale congregation), died a few years ago. He also held membership at this congregation for some years. Funeral services were conducted at Springdale Church in charge of Bro. Jos. R. Driver assisted by Bro. Charley Grove. Text, Psa. 23:4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Gehman.--Gideon L., son of Isaac K. and Kathryn (Gehman)
Gehman, husband of the late Mary R. (Landis) Gehman, died of complications
due to old age in Souderton, Pa., July 15, 1942; aged 81 y. 10
m. 17 d. He was a carpenter by trade, but had been retired for
ten years. Surviving are the following children: Lizzie and Henry
of Souderton; Mary of Norristown; Amanda, Margaret, and Kathryn
at home; also 4 grandchildren. He was a member of the Souderton
Mennonite congregation, where funeral services were held July
19, conducted by Jacob M. Moyer and Elmer B. Moyer. Text, II Tim.
4:6-8.. His wife preceded him in death in July 1938.
"There is a vacant chair,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
(This obit. must have been submitted late as July, 1942 was the date of death and burial in the copy submitted to Gospel Herald...transcriber notes).
George.--Floyd Ashby George was born May 3, 1873; died Nov. 25, 1942, at his home, Glady, W. Va.; aged 69 y. 6 m. 22 d. He was sick several months before his death. Oct. 28, 1942, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. He waited a long time before he accepted Christ as his Saviour, but when he did he came of his own accord, expressed a sorrow and deep regret for his past life, and at the same time expressed a desire to do anything necessary that he might be numbered with the redeemed ones. He gave evidence of a real conversion, and we believe his soul is now happy with the Lord. He leaves a Christian companion, 1 son (Tyson of Harman, W. Va.), 3 daughters (Mrs. Cleave Thompson, Whitmer, W. Va., Mrs. Harry Bowers, Glady, W. Va., and Mrs. Edward Albrooks, Detroit, Mich.). Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at the home, and at the Glady Church by Hiram Weaver. Interment in the Glady Cemetery.
Heatwole.--Bettie, widow of the late Bishop A. P. Heatwole, was born near Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 13, 1854; died at the home of her son, Etter F. Heatwole near Waynesboro, Va., Jan. 4, 1943; aged 88 y. 3 m. 22 d. She was united in marriage to Anthony P. Heatwole, Jan. 14, 1877, who preceded her in death Dec. 20, 1935. They had 6 sons and 4 daughters of whom Jessie, Alvin, Clara, and 2 infants preceded them. Surviving are 2 sons (Dr. Webster S. Heatwole, Salisbury, Md., and Etter F. Heatwole, Waynesboro, Va.), 3 daughters (Mrs. Savilla A. Shupp, Hagerstown, Md.; Mrs. Lydia D. Rankin, and Mrs. Henry Wenger, both of Waynesboro), and 1 brother (George S. Etter, also of Waynesboro). She also leaves 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church and stood by her husband faithfully in his many and varied experiences. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 6 at Springdale Church, in charge of Bro. Jos. R. Driver assisted by Bro. Jos. H. Weaver. Text, Rev. 22:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Lesher.--Peter L. Lesher was born March 27, 1868; died at his home near Chambersburg, Pa., Dec. 28, 1942; aged 74 y. 9 m. 1 d. He lived his entire life in the community and was a member of the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. His wife, who was sister Katie (Horst) Lesher died some years ago. He is survived by 1 sister (Mrs. A. L. Lehman) and many nephews and nieces. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. D. E. Kuhns and Harold Hunsecker. Services and burial at Chambersburg Mennonite Church.
Longenecker.--Barbara N., daughter of Bro. and Sister Ira Longenecker, Rheems, Pa., was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 10, 1902; died Jan. 12, 1943; aged 40 y. 9 m. 2 d. She was in illness for six years. She suffered much, but the Lord, whom she learned to love and serve in her younger years, gave her Christian grace to bear it all patiently and hopefully. She is survived by her parents and 4 sisters (Martha, wife of Clarence Nissley, Lititz, Pa.; Fannie, wife of Lester Shreiner, Elizabethtown, Pa., Anna at home; Miriam, wife of J. Herbert Fisher, Lancaster, Pa.). Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at the home by Bro. Martin Kraybill and at the Bossler's Mennonite Church by Bros. Noah Risser and Simon Garber. Text, Matt. 5:12. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"No one heard the footsteps of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear;
No one knows the silent heartache, only we who lost can tell
Of the grief that's born in silence for the one we loved so well.
Martin.--Jerry Rae, son of Ivan and Bertha (Myers) Martin
was born Sept. 15, 1939; died Dec. 19, 1942, after an illness
of two days. He leaves his parents, a twin sister (Joan Fae),
his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Aaron C. Myers; Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Martin), and 3 great- grandmothers (Mrs. Isaac Myers, Mrs. Henry
Weldy, Mrs. George Martin), and a host of relatives and friends.
He has gone to join his little sister and playmate (Janet Ann),
where they both are now together with Jesus. Janet Ann preceded
him to the heavenly home about two years.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his death so near;
Only those suddenly bereft can tell
The sadness of parting without farewell."
Martin.--Malinda, daughter of Jacob and Nancy (Rarick)
Hess, was born near Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 15, 1851; died at the home
of her son (Frank) near Goshen, Ind., Dec. 23, 1942; aged 91 y.
2 m. 8 d. At the age of 10 months she came with her parents to
near Goshen, Ind. She spent her entire life in and around this
community. She united with the Lutheran Church when she was 12
years old. She was united in marriage March 12, 1874, to George
S. Martin, who with her united with the Yellow Creek Church in
1893, of which she was a faithful member until her death. She
loved the Church and was always present when health permitted.
She was a kind and affectionate mother, and always manifested
an unassuming and quiet disposition. About 12 years ago she came
to live with her children. Preceding her in death were her husband
and 2 sons (Jeremiah and Emmanuel). Surviving are Frank (at whose
home she died), Mrs. Douglas (Amanda) Maust, 7 grandchildren,
3 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Eli Hess of Nappanee), and 5
half brothers (Amaza and Frank of Elkhart, Wilson and Chauncey
of Goshen, and Charles of Rockford, Ill.).
"Weep not that her time is over,
Weep not that her race is run,
God grant that we may rest as calmly,
When our work like hers is done."
Moyer.--Henry B., son of Samuel and Susanna (Berger) Moyer, was born near Souderton, Pa., Jan. 17, 1859; died near the same place Jan. 2, 1943; aged 83 y. 11 m. 15 d. The cause of his death was a fall (Dec. 23) in his room, which broke his hip. He was married Nov. 6, 1880, to Mary Magdalena Gehman who preceded him in death. He is survived by 1 son (Frank G., at home). He and his companion joined the Rockhill Mennonite Church in early married life and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at the Rockhill Church, where he was a member. Text, Heb. 4:9. The following ministers took part; Bro. Elmer B. Moyer of Souderton at the house, and Bros. Edwin A. Souder and Clinton D. Landis at the church.
Musselman.--Lloyd Elmer, son of Samuel Z. and Ruther
(Batterman) Musselman, was born May 9, 1925; died of an accidental
gun shot would, Dec. 7, 1942; aged 17 y. 5 m. 28 d. He was a member
of this year's graduating class of the Biglerville, Pa., High
School and ranked high in his class, majoring in industrial arts.
Members of the faculty and the entire class attended the funeral
in a body. He was much interest in trapping, going out early in
the morning of his death, with his flash light and gun to look
after his traps, in order to get back in time for the school bus.
When he failed to return, his older brother, Arthur, went in search
for him, thinking there must be something wrong. After searching,
he started to return, when he found the lifeless body of his brother
within 500 yards of his home. He presumably stumbled when he attempted
to jump across a small stream, when in some way his gun discharged,
the bullet entering his abdomen, causing his death. It was thought
he had been dead about two hours when found. He had accepted Christ
as his personal Saviour about five years ago. At the time of his
death he was secretary of the Bethel Mennonite Sunday School at
Mummasburg, Pa., which position he filled faithfully and efficiently
for several years. He is survived by his parents, 4 brothers and
5 sisters (Richard and Arthur residing near by, Miriam, Glenn,
Esther, Melvin, Rhoda, Martha, and Ruthanna, all at home). The
funeral, which was largely attended, was held from the Bender
Funeral Home, Gettysburg, Pa., where all services were held. The
services were in charge of Bro. A. A. Landis, assisted by Bros.
E. J. Berkey of Oronogo, Mo., and W. A. Keeny, Gettysburg, Pa.
Text Job 17:11. Interment in the Mummasburg Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe;
We little thought the end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell,
The loss of loved ones without farewell."
Norton.--Edward Norton was born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 28, 1868; died Jan. 12, 1943; aged 74 y. 9 m. 14 d. Surviving is 1 son (Frank, of Detroit, Mich.). Bro. Norton confessed Christ in our September revival and was received by water baptism Oct. 17 at the First Mennonite Church in Altoona. Funeral in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Parrett.--Leah (Eshleman) Parrett, widow of the late Samuel J. Parrett, was born near Hagerstown, Md., Feb. 18, 1859; died at the home of her daughter, Annie, in Waynesboro, Va., Dec. 29, 1942; aged 83 y. 10 m. 11 d. She was predeceased by 1 daughter (Clara) and her husband, who died nearly four years ago. She leaves 1 daughter (Mrs. Annie E. Campbell), 1 son (Jonah S. Parrett of Elizbethtown, Pa.), 2 stepsons (Luther Parrett of Waynesboro and Philip G. Parrett of Buena Vista), 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. Fannie Campbell of Waynesboro), 4 brothers (Jacob, Hagerstown, Md.; Abram, Landisville, Pa.; Jonas, Hagerstown; and Henry, Mt. Joy, Pa.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Dave Horst and Mrs. George Coss, both of near Hagerstown, 2 half brothers (Frank and Andrew, Landisville, Pa.), 24 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. She was a quiet, faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 1 at Springdale Church, in charge of Bro. Jos. R. Driver assisted by Bro. E. F. Heatwole. Text, Jno. 11:26. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Reiff.--Lydia Rebecca, daughter of Benjamin and Magdalena (Good) Bare, was born May 29, 1870, near Goshen, Ind. When two years old, she moved with her parents to Kansas, near Marion. At the age of nineteen she united with the Mennonite Church near Peabody, Kans. In 1886 the family moved to Oronogo, Mo. She spent several years as assistant matron in the Children's Home in Joplin, Mo., and one summer at the Mennonite Orphans, Home at West Liberty, Ohio. In 1907 she was married to Jacob P. Berkey, a minister, and resided at Harper, Kans., where she helped in the Primary Department of Pleasant Valley Sunday School. Her first husband passed away in September, 1916, after which she spent several years working at Hesston College. In 1925 she was united in marriage to Christian Reiff, a minister of Elkhart, Ind. She died suddenly Jan. 7, 1943, following a heart attack at her home. She was stricken after visiting a neighbor, and was found unconscious on a davenport by her husband. She died within an hour without regaining consciousness. Surviving, besides her husband, are 4 stepdaughters (Mrs. Perry Hartwick, Portland, Oreg.; Bessie Berkey, Chicago; Mrs. Miles Troyer, Elkhart; and Mrs. R. P. Horst, Kansas City, Kans.), 6 stepsons (Vernon and Nathan Reiff, Elkhart; Tillman Reiff, Newton, Kansas; Irvin and David Reiff, Chicago; and Jacob Reiff, Berkeley, Calif.), an adopted son (George Berkey, Albuquerque, N. Mex.); 5 sisters (Mrs. John Bickel, Harper, Kans.; Mrs. Eli Burkhart, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Mrs. Jonas Weaver, Oronogo, Mo.; Mrs. Walter Underwood, Modesto, Calif; and Mrs. Monroe Hostetler, Portland, Oreg), and 2 brothers (Mahlon Bare, Adair, Okla.; and Joseph Bare, and Joseph Bare, Harper, Kans.)
Yoder.--Terry Lee, son of John and Julia Ann Yoder, was born Dec. 9, 1942, near Odon, Ind.; died 26 days later. He leaves his father, mother, 2 sisters (Pauline and Verda), 2 brothers (Lavern and Edward), paternal grandfather (Isaac Yoder), maternal grandparents (Wm. and Lizzie Gingerich), and a number of uncles and aunts. Little Terry's earth life was very brief and full of suffering; but the blessed Lord who loves the little ones took him to Himself, and our loss is his great gain. Funeral Jan. 5 at the Berea Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Edd P. Shrock and Amos Weldy. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Zehr.--Carol Jean, infant daughter of Bro. Lloyd and
Sister Gladys Zehr, was born in St. James Hospital, Pontiac, Ill.,
Jan. 8, 1943, and passed away Jan. 10. She is survived by her
parents and grandparents (Bro. and Sister D. D. Stalter and Sister
Bertha Zehr of Flanagan). Short funeral services were held at
the Lehman Funeral Home. Bro. J. D. Hartzler officiated. Burial
in Waldo Cemetery.
"Only a baby's grave,
A foot or two at the most,
Of tear-dewed sod;
But a loving God
Knows what the little grave cost."
Transcribed by Kathryn Steckly, Indiana