Bender.- Samuel W., son of Wilhelm and Susan (Petershiem) Bender, was born April 4, 1863, at Springs, Somerset Co., Pa., died Dec. 11, 1943; aged 80 y. 8 m. 7 d. Death came very suddenly from a heart attack while he was at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Enos Swartzentruber, near Kalona, Ia. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. At the age of 21, he came to Iowa, and on Dec. 12 1886, he was united in marriage to Lovina Swartzendruber who preceded him in death Aug. 8, 1932. To this union 7 children were born. Emery died at the age of 49 years and Mary at the age of 2; the following 5 children survive: Lena, wife of Enos Swartzentruber, Kalona, Ia.; George, Wellman, Ia.; Barbara, wife of Mose Yoder, McMinnville, Oreg.; Christian, Kalona, Ia.; Lydia, at home. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 4 greatgrandchildren, a brother (Christian, Salisbury, Pa.), and a sister (Mrs. Catherine Byler, Middlefield, O.). He and his wife lived near Wellman, Ia., the first years of their married life, later moving to Vandalia, Ill., where he was ordained to the ministry, June 6, 1897, and ordained bishop April 18, 1899. In 1900, he moved to Hydro, Okla., where he lived until the last 6 years of his life when he moved to Iowa to his daughter's home. He was much concerned about the welfare of the church and especially for the young people. His place was seldom vacant in church when health permitted. Funeral services were held at his late home Dec. 15, by Bros. William Yoder and Jonas Beachy. Texts: I Thess. 5 and John 5:19. Burial was made in the Peter Miller Cemetery.
Chupp.- Daniel D., born Sept. 6, 1866; died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. William Hess, Elkhart, Ind., Dec. 10, 1943. He had been ill for 4 1/2 years and bedfast for 13 weeks. He was the son of David and Fannie Chupp. On Feb. 6, 1886, he married Kathryn Miller who died June 25, 1933. He came to Elkhart 7 years ago to live with his daughter in Clinton Twp. Besides Mrs. Hess, 3 other daughters survive (Fannie, wife of Vernon Miller, Goshen; Katie, wife of John Leichty, Goshen; Mrs. Riley E. Brown, Elkhart), also a son (Albert D. Chupp, Goshen), 3 brothers (Gideon, Nappanee; Joseph, Ohio; David, New York), and a sister (Mrs. Anna Mullet of Montana). The services were held at the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Amos Nussbaum and Samuel S. Miller. Interment in the church cemetery.
Eash.- John Eash was born near Lagrange, Ind., June 27, 1864; died Dec. 23, 1943, near Shelbyville, Ill., after a short illness; aged 79 y. 6 m. 26 d. When he was a young man he moved with his parents to McPherson Co., Kans. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth and remained a faithful member until death. In the year 1890, he was united in marriage to Lydia Schrock of Ohio. In 1910, they moved to Illinois where he lived the remaining days of his life. To this union were born 2 daughters and one son. His companion, one daughter, and one infant son preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure, one daughter (Lydia, wife of Peter Springer near Roanoke, Ill.), 7 grandchildren, 7 greatgrandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He was a kind and loving father. Funeral services were held Dec. 25 at the A. M. Church, Roanoke, Ill., conducted by Bro. D. M. Ulrich and D. M. Hostetler. Burial in cemetery near by.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely.
Here our loss we greatly feel.
But 'tis God that has bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal."
Eicher.- Christ S., was born in Fulton Co., west of Archbold, O., Feb. 14, 1867; died at the home of his oldest daughter, Mrs. Samuel Grieser, Dec. 1, 1943, after a lingering illness of about a year; aged 76 y. 9 m. 17 d. He was united in marriage with Anna C. Frey, March 20, 1890, who preceded him in death nearly 8 years ago. To this union 9 children were born (Eva, wife of Samuel Grieser, Archbold, O.; Samuel E., Albany, Oreg.; Ruth, wife of Alfred Nafziger, Archbold, O.; Reuben, Wauseon, O.; Andrew, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Verna, wife of Carl Zimmer, Napoleon, O.; Ellen, wife of Lawrence Mull, Toledo, O.; Irvin and Olen, Archbold, O.). He lived for nearly 50 years in the neighborhood in which he died. He was one of the latest of his generation in that neighborhood to depart from this life. As a neighbor he was very helpful and highly esteemed. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. He was interested in the spiritual welfare of his family and of the Church. He was regular in church attendance as long as health permitted. He leaves to mourn his departure, 9 children, 19 grandchildren, 2 greatgrandchildren, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. One brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, O., conducted by Bros. Simon Stuckey and Roy Souder, Archbold, O.; Homer North, Nappanee, Ind.; and Simon Beck, Leo. Ind. Texts: Eccl. 12; Isa. 38:1. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
To that far distant land
He has taken his way;
Past the shadows of night
There has dawned a new day.
And this be your comfort
Through grief hard to bear
That far country is home
And he waits for you there.
Kipfer.- Robert, son of Surranus and Lena (Lichti) Kipfer, was born at Clarence, N.Y., Feb. 8, 1926; died at the Kitchener and Waterloo Hospital Dec. 9, 1943, from complications resulting from a serious automobile accident he had in April, 1941. Since the accident his lower limbs were paralyzed and he remained an invalid. Bobby was of a cheerful disposition, very active, and optimistic. In spite of his serious injury he had hoped to be well again. Soon after the accident he accepted Christ as his Saviour and received baptism. He gave evidence that he enjoyed his Christian life and died with that assurance. Every effort was made to restore his injured body without avail. Although we cannot understand we recognize that God knows best and humbly submit to His will. He leaves his father and mother; also 7 brothers and 2 sisters (Harold, Kitchener; Wilbur, Chatham; Walter, Edward, Lester, James, Ray, Esther, and Marie at home). Funeral services were held, Dec. 12, 1943, at his late home in New Hamburg with further service at the Geiger Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Bros. M. H. Roth and C. C. Cressman had charge of the service.
Risher.- Frank Risher, of near Thomas Dale, Somerset Co., Pa., was born Dec. 13, 1856; died Dec. 20, 1943, at the home of his son and daughterinlaw, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Risher, Johnstown, Pa.; aged 87 y. 7 d. He had been in failing health for some time and was bedfast for about 6 months. He was married to Mrs. Mary Beaver Decker and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life for about 62 or 63 years. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. Elizabeth Doubt, Bedford, Pa.; George W., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Lemon L., Johnstown, Pa.; Harry A., Somerset Pike; also a stepdaughter (Mrs. Jennie Murphy, Ligonier, Pa.), and a number of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. He was received into the Mennonite Church at Thomas Church, June 19, 1930. He took an active interest in the church and was a witness for the Lord. On Dec. 20, he peacefully fell asleep, answering the call for which he had been waiting. Services were conducted at the Thomas Church. Burial in the nearby cemetery.
Shenk.- Daniel, son of Henry and Susannah Brenneman Shenk, was born in Fairfield Co., O., Sept. 27, 1853; died at his home near Denbigh, Va., Dec. 1, 1943; aged 90 y. 2 m. 4 d. In December, 1875, he was married to Rachael Stemen, to which union 5 children were born, one of whom died at the age of 2 years; and in 1889 his wife passed away also. In 1891 he married Matilda Hilty, Bluffton, O. To them were born 9 children. One of these (Mrs. Susie Hertzler) preceded him in death in 1935. Surviving are his wife and the following 12 children: Menno and Andrew, Elida, O.; Emma (Mrs. John Stemen); Anna L. (Mrs. H. P. Hertzler), Denbigh, Va.; Elizabeth, at home; William, Newport News, Va.; Daniel, Denbigh, Va.; Pre. Ray J., Cottage City, Md.; Mayme (Mrs. Joe Longacher), Oyster Point, Va.; Alice (Mrs. Paul Sander), now on furlough from Tampa, Fla., Mission; Amos, at home; Pre. John H., Knoxville, Tenn., Mission. Also surviving are 54 grandchildren, 50 greatgrandchildren, and a brother, Deacon Abram Shenk, Denbigh. Uncle Daniel was one of the pioneer settlers and organizers of the Warwick River Mennonite community and was the first minister ordained for the church at this place. The ordination took place in Ohio about a month prior to their moving here in 1900. After a time he was requested to serve the Fentress congregation also, and for a number of years made the trip to that place, which then took 3 days, every 2 to 4 weeks. He was well known and respected in the community at large for his uprightness, sound counsel, and kind, quiet manner. He had, also, a ready pen and in earlier years supplied a number of articles for our church papers. This work, coupled with trips to various parts of the country, made his name fairly familiar throughout church circles. Although living to an advanced age, he remained active to the last and retained an exceptionally keen mind, quoting largely from the Scriptures. His burden for the spiritual welfare of the Church seemed to grow rather than diminish with the years, and his sermons and prayers will not soon be forgotten by those among whom he labored. One oftrepeated phrase of his prayers was that at the last "we might be so unspeakably happy as to hear those welcome words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.'" We feel that that has truly been his happy portion. In the Church council, as problems arose, his first concern was, "What is best for the Church?" and his desire was that questions be solved with that attitude uppermost. On the Saturday before his passing, he was engaged in some light tasks about the home, when he suffered a very slight fall which resulted in a fractured hip, followed in a few hours by unconsciousness which lasted practically all the time until he passed away early the following Wednesday. His last intelligible words were a prayer oft repeated, "Lord, grant grace to do thy will." Funeral services were held Dec. 3, in the home and church, in charge of the home ministers, Bros. T. H. Brunk and George H. Brunk, assisted by Clayton Bergey, Fentress, and Bro. Oscar Burkholder, Breslau, Ont.
Sommer.- John H., son of John and Anna Smith Sommer, was born in Worth Twp., Woodford Co., Ill., April 18, 1880; peacefully passed away at his home in Metamora, Ill., Nov. 19, 1943; aged 63 y. 7 m. 1 d. Although he bad been in failing health for some time, his death came suddenly while he was asleep in his chair. He received his early education in Woodford Co., and remained in this community until 1906 when he went to Oklahoma. In 1907 he was united in marriage to Lena Costner of Renfro, Okla. Three years later they moved to Illinois and have since resided in various localities in this state. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth in which faith he remained, until his death. Five children were born to this union, 4 of whom survive (Sgt. Walter H. Sommer, Tinkerfield, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Helen Raecke, Chicago; Mrs. Sarah Behrens, Metamora; William Gordon, Washington). Also surviving are his wife, 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers (his twin, Joseph D.; George I.; Chris W.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Bena Darr and Mrs. Lizzie Massanari). Those who preceded him in death are a daughter (Bena), his parents, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. Bro. H. R. Schertz was in charge of the funeral services.
Thomas.- Joseph Thomas of the Stahl congregation near Johnstown, Pa., was born June 11, 1867; died Dec. 17, 1943; aged 76 y. 6 m. 6 d. He was a son of Emanuel and Hannah Stutzman Thomas. He had 10 brothers and sisters; only one survives, a sister (Elizabeth Dunmeyer). The deceased has been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was never married. The Stahl congregation had supported him for at least 20 years because he was not able to do so himself on account of unfortunate circumstances. Funeral services were held at the Stahl Church, in charge of Bros. Lloy A. Kniss and Sanford G. Shetler.
Weber.- Hettie, daughter of the late Henry and Fanny Gehman, was born July 12, 1873, near Adamstown, Pa.; died Dec. 5, 1943, on the same homestead where she was born and resided all her life; aged 70 y. 4 m. 23d. She was married to Noah M. Weber, Feb. 21, 1892. They observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary almost two years ago. Remaining to mourn their loss are her husband and all 9 of their children (Alice, wife of Aaron Martin; Harry; Abel; Fannie wife of David Shirk; Edwin; Anna; Esther, wife of Enos Musser; Sallie, wife of Ivan Gehman; and Ella, wife of Paul Martin), also one brother and one sister. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Bros. J. Paul Graybill, Moses Gehman, and Isaac Geigley.
When the dear ones that we love
Enter into their rest above,
When their words of love and cheer
Fall no longer on our ear,
Hush, be every murmur dumb;
It is only "Till He come."
Welty.- Ephraim, son of the late Ulrich and Anna (Bare) Welty, was born July 22, 1864; died at his home in Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 12, 1943, after a 5month illness of heart trouble; aged 79 y. 4 m. 20 d. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 36 and remained a faithful member. On March 23, 1890, he was united in marriage to Lucetta Stahly, who preceded him in death in 1927. To this union were born the following children, all of whom survive: Chauncey, New Paris, Ind.; Harvey, Bourbon; Vernon and Lovina, Milford; and Alpha (Mrs. Amos Good), Elkhart. On March 19, 1931, he was married to Sarah Bullard, who with 2 stepsons, Elmer and Boy Bullard, also survives; also 11 grandchildren, 5 greatgrandchildren, 5 brothers (Emanuel, Etna Green; Levi, Woodburn, Oreg.; William, Noah, and David, Nappanee, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Michael Landis; Mrs. Ira Weldy, Elkhart; and Mrs. Martin Weldy, Goshen). Funeral services were held at the North Main Street Mennonite Church in Nappanee on Dec. 14, conducted by Bro. Homer F. North. Burial in the Union Center Cemetery.
"The lights have gone out in this mansion of clay;
The curtain is drawn, the dweller's away
He slipped over the threshhold of time into night,
To take his abode in the city of light."
Yoder.- William J., son of Jacob and Barbara Miller Yoder, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 7, 1863; died Dec. 5, 1943; aged 80 y. 8 m. 28 d. In 1888, he married Matilda Smith who preceded him in death in 1941. In his early years he united with the Shore Mennonite Church where he retained his membership to the end. He was a farmer until 1937, when he sold the farm and moved near Topeka, Ind. After the death of his wife, he lived alone most of the time. He attended an allday meeting at the Shore Church and when driving away was struck by a semitrailer and was fatally injured. He died en route to the hospital. He leaves one brother and 3 sisters (Samuel J., Goshen, Ind.; Fannie, wife of Josiah M. Miller; Lizzie, wife of Menno J. Yoder, Topeka, Ind.; and Susan, wife of Michael J. Lambright, Shipshewana, Ind.), and a foster son (Russel Schrock, Goshen, Ind.). Funeral services were held at the Shore Church, Dec. 7. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. D. D. Miller and Percy Miller.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.
Bryan.- Allan Cuthbert, son of Pendleton and Emma Lyon Bryan, was born Aug. 5, 1867, in Harrisonburg, Va.; died at the Mennonite Old People's Home, Rittman, O., Nov. 27, 1943; aged 72 y. 3 m. 25 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Mission, Harrisonburg, Va., May, 1942. He is survived by 2 children (Walter Pendleton Bryan and Mary Louisa Bryan, both of Harrisonburg, Va.). Funeral services were held at the Old People's Home, conducted be Bro. William G. Detweiler. Burial in the Old People's Home lot near by.
Eash.- Lydia (Christner), daughter of Joseph J. and Amanda (Folk) Christner, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Dec. 8, 1884; passed from this life Nov. 24, 1943, at the Kniepp Springs Sanitarium, Rome City, Ind., where she was taken just a week before death; aged 58 y. 11 m. 16 d. On Sept. 12, 1903, she was united in marriage to Daniel J. Eash. She confessed and accepted Christ in her youth and remained a faithful servant until death. She leaves to mourn her departure, her loving companion, 5 children (Alma, wife of Christ L. Miller, Topeka; Alva in Sicily; Levi and Wilma, wife of Ernest Miller, both of Topeka; and Irma, wife of Tobias Bontrager, Middlebury, Ind.), 11 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Noah, Abraham, Eli, and Ira), and 3 sisters (Anna, Mary, and Bessie). Two children and one grandchild preceded her in death. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother. She suffered much but bore it very patiently and complained little. In May, 1939, she had a severe heart attack and was bedfast 5 weeks. Since that she had a number of attacks and never regained her usual health. This past summer she grew weaker but at the Sanitarium she was feeling much better until the morning of her death when she had an attack and in a short time peacefully passed away. In her long illness she attended church services whenever her health permitted. Funeral services were held at the Townline Church, Nov. 27, conducted by Bros. John J. S. Yoder and Noah Zehr, and also in the church basement by Bros. Manasses R. Miller and Jonas D. Miller.
The call was sudden, the shock severe.
We little thought the end so near;
And only those who lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell.
Gearhart.- Henry D., was born Nov. 20, 1868; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Teach, Pinesburg, Washington Co., Md., Dec. 20, 1943; aged 75 y. 28 d. Surviving, besides his daughter, are 2 sons (Earl, Hagerstown, Md.; and Leonard, Lincoln, Nebr.), also one brother and 3 sisters. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Pinesburg. Funeral services were held at the Pinesburg Church, Dec. 24, in charge of Brethren John D. Risser, Samuel R. Eby, and Moses K. Horst. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman.- Eli, son of Benjamin and Mary King Kauffman,
was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Aug. 12, 1859; died at his home
in Akron, N.Y., Dec. 27, 1943; aged 84 y. 4 m. 15 d. He had been
in poor health for 6 years, but was confined to his bed only a
few days. On Dec. 4, 1887, he was married to Amanda Troyer. To
this union were born 7 children. Those who are left to mourn his
departure are his wife, 6 children (Benjamin, Perry, Ora, and
Mrs. Levi Yoder, of Akron, N.Y.; Jesse, Clarence, N.Y. and Mervin,
Topeka, Ind.), one sister (Amanda Hostetler, West Liberty, O.),
and 26 grandchildren. One daughter, Clara, preceded him in death.
He is also preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, and 4
sisters. He was ordained to the office of deacon, Nov. 1888, in
Cass Co., Mo., and served in that office as long as health permitted.
Funeral services at the home and at the church were conducted
by Bro. J. W. Birky, Spartansburg, Pa., with whom he formerly
labored; Bro. Birky was assisted at the church by Bro. Curtis
C. Cressman, New Hamburg, Ont. Texts: Ps. 23; Jas. 4:14. Interment
in the Good Cemetery.
We miss thee from our home, dear Father;
We miss thee from thy place.
A shadow o'er our life is cast;
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care.
Our home is dark without thee;
We miss thee everywhere.
Kurtz.- Susan (Yoder), was born in Holmes Co., O.; died at her home near Morgantown, Pa., Dec. 18, 1943; aged 90 y. 5 m. 27 d. She was sick only a few days with a slight attack of flu. She leaves to mourn her departure, 2 sisters living in Holmes Co., O.; 3 daughters (Mrs. Fannie Hertzler, widow of the late Daniel Hertzler, Morgantown, Pa.; Susan, wife of Amos Hartz, Morgantown, Pa.; and Ida, wife of Aaron M. Kennel, Honey Brook, Pa.), 8 grandchildren, and 16 greatgrandchildren. Two daughters and a son have preceded her in death. In her younger years she united with the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church to which faith she remained true. She was united in marriage to the late Abram Kurtz and they lived together about 40 years. In Sept., 1912, he died of a heart attack. Funeral services were held at her home where she resided with her daughterinlaw, Mrs. Rebecca Kurtz, and grandson, Stephen Kurtz. The services were conducted by Bros. Samuel F. Stoltzfus and Jonas E. Stoltzfus. Burial at Pine Grove Cemetery near Elverson, Pa.
Murtiff.- Ida May, wife of George Murtiff, Duncansville, Pa., daughter of James and Ellen Echard, was born at Dry Run Valley, Blair Co., Pa., April 15, 1889; fell asleep Dec. 18, 1943; aged 54 y. 8 m. 3 d. She accepted Christ and was received by water baptism into the First Mennonite Church, Altoona, Sept. 4, 1941. She had suffered a number of years with creeping paralysis. Surviving are her husband, 3 sons (Melvin, Kenneth, and Ivan), and one daughter (Mrs. Elda Brubaker). Funeral services were held at the Brethren Church, Cross Keys, Dec. 21, in charge of Bro. Jos. M. Nissley, and Bro. Hoover of the Brethren Church. Texts: Ps. 34:19; Phil. 1:23.
Schrock.- Samuel, son of Peter and Mary Schrock, was born July 16, 1864, near Pekin, Ill.; passed away at the home of his son, Dec. 31, 1943, after a lingering illness; aged 79 y. 5 m. 15 d. He was united in marriage to Ellen Zendner who passed away 21 years ago. He was a member of the Thurman Mennonite Church and enjoyed attending as long as his health permitted. He was a devoted, kind father and was very fond of little children. He leaves to mourn his departure, his son (Peter, Thurman), 3 daughters (Mrs. Levi Schlabach, Mich.; Mrs. Irl Hicks, Calif.; and Mrs. Roy Gibboney, Thurman), 2 sisters, an aged brother in Ill., and another brother in Ohio, 23 grandchildren, and 9 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Thurman Mennonite Church, Jan. 2, 1944, by Bro. Aaron Unternahrer. Text. Num. 23:10.
Call not back the dear departed.
Anchored safe when storms are o'er.
On the borderland we left him.
Soon to meet and part no more.
When we leave this world of changes,
When we leave this world of care,
We shall find our missing loved one
In our Father's mansion fair.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.
Augsberger.- Samuel, son of the late Jacob and Barbara (King) Augsberger, was born Dec. 11, 1876, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; suddenly departed this life at the home of his son Jacob, near Reinholds, Pa., Nov. 1, 1943; aged 66 y. 10 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage with Fannie Miller on Nov. 24, 1904, who survives him. The following children also survive: Barbara, wife of Elmer Smoker, Intercourse, Pa.; Anna, wife of John B. Lapp, Bareville, Pa.; Jacob, near Reinholds, Pa.; Edna, wife of Pre. Elam L. Kauffman, Ronks, Pa.; Samuel, on the farm near New Holland, Pa.; and Elizabeth and Mary at home. Seventeen grandchildren, a brother (C. K. Augsberger, Akron, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Betsy Beiler and Mrs. Callie Stoltzfus, Bareville, Pa.) also survive. He was a retired farmer, enjoying apparent good health until the day of his death. After the noon meal at his son's home, he informed them he was taking a walk and was stricken with apoplexy while in a field on the farm. His sudden departure came as a shock to his family, neighbors, and friends. Father's friendly face and helping hand will be greatly missed by the family and his many friends. He was a faithful member of the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the late home by Bro. Geo. Beiler, with further services at the Weavertown Church by Geo. Beiler, John Mast, and John A. Stoltztfus (text, Mk. 13:3237) in German, and by Leroy Stoltzfus (Text, Isa. 38:1) in English. Hymns read by Bro. Aaron B. Stoltzfus were "Wer weis, wie nahe mir mein end" at the Home, "Nun gute Nacht, ihr liebsten mein" at the Church, and "Nun bringen wir den leib zur ruhe" at the grave. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
'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."
Bergey.- Nathaniel Bergey was born near Bothwell, Ont.; died in the Ontario Hospital, Hamilton, Ont., Dec. 20, 1943, in his fiftyseventh year. One brother, Frank, and one sister, Mrs. Herb. Eby, both of Clarksburg, Ont., survive him. When but 20 years of age he was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Church at Bothwell in October, 1907, by Bishop Jonas Snider. He was the unanimous choice of the congregation. Bro. Bergey was of a quiet and retiring disposition, and never physically strong. He labored faithfully, both in the pulpit, and with his hands, in his home congregation, and in various other congregations throughout the district, such as Selkirk, Vineland, Blenheim, and Breslau. He read widely in the religious literature of his day, caring but little for any other kind. In his sermons he quoted liberally, both prose and poetry, always adhering strictly to the true plan of salvation. He lived a consistent life in harmony with the fundamental doctrines which he believed and preached. By many, his messages will not soon be forgotten. He made the best use of the talents the Lord gave him, and, we believe, has now entered into that sweet heavenly rest. Memorial services were held at Breslau, Ont., Dec. 23, by J. B. Martin, M. H. Roth and Oscar Burkholder, and at Bothwell, Ont., on Dec. 24, by S. B. Martin and Arnold Gingrich. Text: Matt. 25:40, at both services.
Graybill.- Louetta F. Smith, daughter of George and Eliza (Miller) Smith, was born at Locust Run, Juniata Co., Pa., April 18, 1864; passed away at her home, Nov. 17, 1943; aged 79 y. 7 m. On Jan. 5, 1886, she was united in marriage to Caleb C. Graybill, Thompsontown, Pa. Several months later she united with the Mennonite Church at Richfield, Pa., to which she remained faithful. She is survived by her husband, a son John, Hummelstown, Pa., and the following daughters: Mrs. H. I. Smith, Linglestown, Pa.; Mrs. G. Allan Botdorf, Harrisburg, Pa.; Mrs. Paul Foltz, Penns Grove, N. J.; Martha and Ruth, at home. Five grandchildren and a sister (Mrs. Phoebe Landis, Harrisburg, Pa.), also survive. For a number of years Mother was confined to her home because of a heart ailment although she was able to spend her time sewing, reading, and writing. In fact, she had become more active and seemed comparatively well until she suffered an attack, Nov. 13. She was confined to her bed only 3 days. She was cheerful and conversed with her family and sang a number of old hymns, such as, "My Latest Sun Is Sinking Fast." The end came at twilight on Wednesday when, surrounded by her family and attending physician, she passed on so calmly and peacefully that her doctor remarked, "She didn't die; she just tell asleep." Funeral services were held at her late home near Hummelstown, Sunday afternoon. Noah Risser, Hershey, Pa., and David Miller, Middletown, Pa., officiated. Text, Job 5:26. Burial in Hummelstown Cemetery.
Mother thou hast left us lonely;
Here thy loss we deeply feel.
But 'tis God who hast bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal.
Heckendorn.- Moses Heckendorn was born in Waterloo Twp., Ont., April 4, 1863; died after a lingering illness, in Breslau, Ont., Jan. 5, 1944; aged 80 y. 9 m. 1 d. On March 25, 1891, he was married to Amanda Otterbein, who survives him, together with 5 sons (Ian, Burford, Clarence, and Nelson, Kitchener; Wilmer, West Montrose), 4 daughters (Luella, Breslau; Seleda, wife of Jacob Cressman, Breslau; Pearl, wife of Gordon Eby, Breslau; Alta, wife of Orval Clemens, Hespeler) 2 brothers (Noah and Israel, U.S.A.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. George Hallman, New Dundee; Mrs. Ezra Geiger, Preston; and Mrs. John Brubacher, Sunbury, Pa.). One daughter, Arclista, predeceased him. Bro. Heckendorn was converted in 1893 and united with the Mennonite Church. On Nov. 10, 1912, he was ordained to the office of deacon in the Cressman Mennonite Church, where he served for many years. A number of years ago he was severely injured in a storm when a large garage door fell on him. From this injury to his neck and shoulders he never recovered, and seemed to be more affected by it as he grew older. His last testimony was one of faith in God, an assurance of his sins forgiven, and a strong desire that his loved ones might all meet him in heaven. Funeral services were held on Jan. 7, at his late residence in Breslau and at the Cressmam Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Minister, Oscar Burkholder. Text, I Tim. 1:15.
Hollopeter.- John Elliot, was born July 11, 1859; died
at his home in Rockton, Pa., Dec.
14, 1943. He had a stroke just 3 days before he died which almost completely paralyzed him. He was married to Annie Zilliox who preceded him in death 16 months ago. He was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church. Surviving are 3 sisters and a brother (Samantha Dush, Ida Harris, Maggie Irwin, and Joseph Hollopeter; all of Rockton, Pa.). Nine children also survive: Olie Clouser, Du Bois, Pa.; Ada Scull, Bradford, Pa.; Mary Redick, Newell, W. Va.; Florence King, Olean, N. Y.; Victor, Clearfield, Pa.; Minnie Snyder, Jesse, Samuel, and Norman, of Rockton. Services were conducted at the late home by Bros. Ross D. Metzler and Jason B. Hollopeter. Interment in the local cemetery.
Kauffman.- Daniel, son of Bishop David D. and Elizabeth Winey Kauffman, was born June 20, 1865, near Richfield, Juniata Co., Pa.; died Jan. 6, 1944, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Gingerich, near Parnell, Ia.; aged 78 y. 6 m. 16 d. He became ill after preaching a sermon on Jan. 2, 1944, at the West Union Church near Parnell, Ia., and failed rapidly until death claimed him 4 days later. His death was due to a complication of diseases, one of which was a chronic trouble from which he suffered intermittently over a long period of years. In March, 1866, when he was 9 months old, the family moved to the vicinity of Elkhart, Ind., and 3 years later they removed to Morgan Co., Mo., near Versailles. He grew up in Missouri, and after receiving a commonschool education, took the normal course at Missouri State University graduating with the degree of "Principal of Pedagogics." Thereafter he taught school for fourteen years (188397), and during this period he served as "county commissioner," now called superintendent of schools, for Morgan county from 188790. During this period of his life he took interest in politics and in 1890 was a candidate for the clerkship of the circuit court, but right at the time when he was busy in his campaign for election, Bro. J. S. Coffman held meetings in the Mennonite Church near Versailles. Bro. Kauffman attended the meetings and as his interest in them increased, he took correspondingly less interest in his political campaign. It was on the last night of the three weeks' meeting, while the congregation was singing the last stanza of the last hymn, that Bro. Kauffman stood for Christ. This decision was destined to change the course of his entire life. He united with the Mennonite Church in November, 1890. He was ordained to the ministry for the Mt. Zion congregation in October, 1892, and as bishop in September, 1896. Soon after his ordination as bishop he discontinued teaching school and gave his time more fully to the work of the church. Then followed a period in which he was widely used as an evangelist, becoming one of the most effective evangelists of the time. It was at this time also that the Bible Conference movement began in the Mennonite Church, and Bro. Kauffman became one of the leading Bible instructors in the church. It was during this period that Bro. Kauffman became known throughout the church not only as an able evangelist and preacher but as an ardent champion of Bible doctrine as interpreted by the church.
During this early period of Bro. Kauffman's Christian ministry, he also demonstrated that he was an able writer. In 1898, two years after his ordination as bishop, he wrote his first book, "A Manual of Bible Doctrine." Its value is shown by the fact that in less than 8 months the first edition was exhausted and another one was printed. A number of other books and booklets followed in this early period, and he also contributed numerous articles to the "Herald of Truth," then recognized as the official church paper. In April, 1905, when the "Gospel Witness" was first published, Bro. Kauffman, who had previously been chosen as editor, began his editorial career, which was to be his greatest contribution to the church. Three years later this paper was merged with the "Herald of Truth," and it then, under its new name, "Gospel Herald," became the authorized official church organ. Bro. Kauffman continued as editor of the "Gospel Herald" until the last issue of 1943, just one week prior to his death. Thus his editorial career extended over a period of nearly thirtynine years. During this time he continued his writing of books and pamphlets until his list of works became the largest of any Mennonite writer, although Bro. John Horsch might be considered a close second. A list of his works was published in the "Gospel Herald" of Dec 30, 1943.
Other editorial activities of Bro. Kauffman included assistance in launching the "Beams of Light" as a Sundayschool paper in 1905, joint editorship of the "Mennonite Teacher's Sunday school Lesson Help" (190714), editor of the "Family Almanac" for a number of years, and Tract Editor for the Mennonite Publishing House for an extended period.
Upon his retirement from the editorship of the Gospel Herald with the Dec. 30, 1943, issue, Bro. Kauffman was accorded the title of editor emeritus, and he was to continue to furnish material for certain departments of the paper. It is striking to note that he never saw the only issue of the paper which carried his name in this capacity. He was the fourteenth worker of the Mennonite Publishing House to heed the final summons.
Bro. Kauffman also continued his active work throughout the church and until recent years when his bodily vigor was not as great, he was still widely used as a speaker at special meetings and conferences. He was the first moderator of Mennonite General Conference and served in this capacity four times, a distinction unequaled by anyone else. He also served as moderator of the district conferences with which he was associatedthe MissouriIowa Conference and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Conference. He served on many local and churchwide committees, and there were few major church boards or committees of which he was not a member at some time. At one time he was a member of twentytwo committees and boards. At the time of his death he was bishop of the Scottdale congregation and assistant moderator of Southwestern Pennsylvania Conference.
Bro. Kauffman's early interests were along educational lines. He had taken his training in that field, and at one time he conducted a private business school in Garden City, Mo. It is said that he had hoped to see this develop into a church school. His latest major activity along educational lines was his presidency of Goshen College during the term of 192223. He served on the faculty of a number of the shortterm Bible schools of the church, and was one of the instructors in a fourweek Bible School, held in January, 1915, at Hayfield Mansion, near Alexandria, Va., which proved to be the beginning of the Eastern Mennonite School, Harrisonburg, Va. He retained his interest in our Mennonite educational institutions to the last.
In connection with the other activities of Bro. Kauffman he was known throughout the church as a conciliator and negotiator. His services were much used in places where church difficulties required the calling in of outside brethren or committees. Bro. Kauffman was an untiring worker and accomplished much in his life, in spite of the fact that he had to contend with periodic physical ailments, which hindered his usual activities. In May, 1941, he suffered severe injuries in his back as a result of an automobile accident near La Junta, Colo. For weeks following this accident he was very low and hardly expected to recover, but his great physical stamina together with the prayers of the Church and the help of the Lord, brought him through and he was able to carry on his regular duties as editor and minister for two more years.
Bro. Kauffman spent his boyhood in Missouri where he had his home during the early period of his church activities. It was not until 1909, a year after the publication of the Gospel Herald was begun, that he moved to Scottdale where he spent most of the remainder of his life, excepting for relatively short periods when health or other responsibilities called him away. During the last nine months of his life he and Sister Kauffman lived with their daughter, Sister Alice Gingerich, near Parnell, Ia.
On Aug. 17, 1887, Bro. Kauffman was married to Ota J. Bowlin, who died in 1890. To this union were born two children: James A., who died in 1933, and one daughter who died in infancy. On Feb. 6, 1902, he was married to Mary C. Shank, who survives him. To them were born six children: Homer M., Scottdale, Pa.; Eunice, who died in 1905, at the age of eight months; Paul R., drowned at Goshen, Ind., in 1922, at the age of 16 years; Alice, wife of Fred Gingerich, Parnell, Ia.; Fannie, wife of Michael Sarco, Hagerstown, Md.; and John Mark, who died in 1918, at the age of three months. There also remain to survive him 10 grandchildren, 3 greatgrandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Driver, Cheraw, Colo., and Mrs. J. C. Driver, Garden City, Mo.), besides a large number of nephews and nieces.
As father in the home and as minister and bishop, his most urgent concern was to follow and serve his Lord and Master, and no selfdenial or sacrifice was counted too much by him if it only brought glory to Him, whose he was and whom he served. On Sunday morning, Jan. 2, he preached his last sermon at the West Union Church from Acts 9:6: "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" His voice is stilled, his work is done, but "he being dead yet speaketh."
Funeral services were held at the West Union Church, near Wellman, Ia., on Saturday, Jan.8. The sermon was preached by Bro. Simon Gingerich from Luke 2:29. Other brethren participating in the service were C. J. Yoder, Nelson Kauffman, John Y. Swartzendruber, D. J. Fisher, and Perry J. Blosser. The body was then taken to Scottdale where the funeral was held on Monday, January 10 from the home of his son, Homer Kauffman, and at the Scottdale Mennonite Church. Bro. D. I. Stonerook, moderator of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Conference, preached the sermon, based on II Tim. 4:68, followed by D. A. Yoder. Others who had part in the services were Amos S. Horst, J. L. Horst, A. J. Metzler, S. E. Allgyer, J. C. Clemens, James Saylor, J. L. Stauffer, Oscar Burkholder, Charles Winey, O. N. Johns, E. E. Miller, and Paul Erb. There were present at this service 69 bishops, ministers, and deacons, representing nine different conferences. Interment was made in Alverton Cemetery.
Kauffman.- Katherine E. Naffziger, daughter of Peter J. and Magdalena Naffziger, was born at El Paso, Ill., Nov. 12, 1857, and passed to her eternal reward at her home in Hopedale, Ill., Dec. 21, 1943, at the age of 86 years. She was married Sept. 4, 1883, to Joseph Kauffman, who died in 1911. They were the parents of 10 children, 4 of whom died in infancy, and the oldest son, Dan P. Kauffman, died 8 years ago. The following children survive: Joseph, Pekin, Ill.; Ben, Kouts, Ind.; Henry, Lizzie, and Mrs. Fred Donelson of Hopedale. There are 35 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren, also 2 brothers (Sam and Henry Naffziger of Michigan), and one sister (Mrs. Amos Litwiller, Hopedale). Mrs. Kauffman united with the Hopedale Mennonite Church in early life and through all the years remained a devout follower of the teachings of our blessed Saviour. She was a woman devoted to her family and friends and will be missed in this community where she spent most of her life. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, Dec. 23, conducted by Bro. Simon Litwiller, assisted by Bro. Ben Springer. Text, Heb. 4:9. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery. The following tribute to her noble life is given by a friend of many years.
'There are stars that go out in the darkness
But whose silvery light shineth on.
There are roses whose perfume still lingers
When the blossoms are faded and gone.
There are hearts full of love and devotion
When no longer their life current flows;
Their goodness lives on with the living
Like the influence of the star and the rose."
Kaufman.- Noah, son of Sem and Christina (Johns) Kaufman, was born in Somerset Co., March 17, 1858; passed away at Belleville, Pa., Dec. 24, 1943; aged 85 y. 9 m. 7 d. Death was attributed to complications superinduced by injuries suffered in a fall at his home about a month ago. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since early manhood. He was married twice. His first wife, Mrs. Catherine (Kaufman) Kaufman, died Nov. 9, 1892. They were united in marriage Dec. 21, 1884. Four children, born to this union, survive: Ammon, Davidsville; Norman, Johnstown; Harrison, Belleville; Emma, wife of Noah Hostetler, Hollsopple. On Dec. 26, 1893, he was united in marriage with Malinda Kinsinger, who died July 8, 1941. Of this union one daughter survives: Elda, wife of Ammon S. Yoder, Hollsopple. Also surviving are a brother (Daniel L. Kaufman, Davidsville), a sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Shaffer, Anthony, Kans.), 23 grandchildren, and 8 greatgrandchildren. Short services were held at his home near Belleville by John L. Mast and John B. Zook on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 26. Further services were held at the Kaufman Mennonite Church near Davidsville, Pa., Dec. 28, by John B. Zook, Belleville, assisted by Bro. Irwin Holsopple, Hollsopple, Pa. Burial in Kaufman Cemetery.
Schmucker.- Edward, son of Joseph and Catherine (Kring) Schmucker, was born near Nappanee, Ind., Mar. 19, 1885; died suddenly Dec. 26, 1943; aged 58 y. 9 m. 7 d. He was the youngest of a family of 8 children and at the age of 9, when his father passed away, he came to Iowa and was received into the home of Jacob Gunden near Wellman and remained as one of the family until he was 21 years of age. He lived the remainder of his life in this community with the exception of the last several months during which he with his companion lived with their son in Iowa City, Ia. In his youth he united with the East Union Mennonite Church, later transferring his membership to the West Union congregation, of which he was a consistent member at the time of his death. On June 8, 1910, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Reber, living together in matrimony 33 years. On July 31, he suffered a severe heart attack, from which he partially recovered and about 2 months later he developed pneumonia and was immediately taken to the hospital, from which he seemingly recovered but with another relapse of his heart condition he passed away very suddenly at the home of his son Wayne. He leaves to mourn his death his sorrowing wife, his 2 sons (Wayne LaMonte, Iowa City, and Kenneth Weldon, Wellman), 1 grandchild (Phillis Ilene), 2 sisters (Mrs. Lydia Guiss, Keokuk, Ia., and Mrs. Ida Askey, Lorain, O.), 2 brothers (Simon, Highland, Tex., and Ira, Bucyrus, O.); 2 sisters preceded him in death. During the earlier stages of his illness he reconsecrated his life to the Lord and later while in the hospital, with an earnest desire to be healed, he asked to be anointed. In accordance with Jas. 5 this ordinance was administered, a service which he very highly appreciated and which led him to a deeper devotion to the last. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church, Dec. 28, 1943, by C. J. Yoder and J. Y. Swartzendruber.
Snyder.- Ida Weber, daughter of the late Samuel and Susannah Weber, was born Aug. 31, 1885, in Woolwich Twp., Ont.; passed away, after a lingering illness, at her home near Baden, Ont., Dec. 26, 1943; aged 58 y. 3 m. 26 d. She was married to Dilman Snyder, Sept. 9, 1908. To this union were born 4 children: Vera, wife of Clayton Shantz, Baden; John, on the homestead; Alice wife of LeRoy Good, Wis.; and Ralph at home. She leaves to mourn, her husband, 4 children, 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters, a brother, and many relatives and friends. She accepted her Lord as her personal Saviour in her early youth and remained faithful until the end. She bore a faithful testimony to her family, and to the community. As a mother in the home she will be greatly missed. She always had a friendly disposition and was very much interested in the welfare of her home, her family, the Church and all its activities. She especially exercised her talent in song. We trust that our loss is her eternal gain and that she has gone to occupy a beautiful mansion above which God has prepared for His own. Funeral services were held Dec. 30, at the home and at the Shantz Mennonite Church. Bros. Manasseh Hallman and L. H. Witmer officiated. Burial in the Shantz Cemetery.
Rest on, dear Mother, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A faithful mother true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find.
Strubhar.- Solomon Nicholas, oldest son of Nicolas and Hannah (Yoder) Strubhar, was born near Danvers, Ill., July 5, 1875; departed this life Dec. 21, 1943; aged 68 y. 5 m. 16 d. He was married to Rosena Roth, Dec. 26, 1899. To this union was born one daughter (Mrs. Pearl Banker, Woodburn, Oreg.), and one son Wesley Strubhar, Sweet Home, Oreg.). All these children survive, also his wife, 3 grandchildren (Grace Banker, Herbert, and Garry Lee Strubhar), one brother (Andrew J. Strubhar, Hubbard, Oreg.), an adopted sister (Mrs. Frank Roemer, Oakland, Calif.), together with a number of relatives and friends. His parents and one half brother (Samuel Strubhar) preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Fairview Mennonite Church in his youth. He later moved to Hubbard, Oreg., and transferred his membership to the Zion congregation near Hubbard, Oreg. He was a member of this church at the time of his death. He moved with his parents from Illinois to Kansas, then to Arkansas, and from there to Oregon. He had been residing at or near Woodburn since 1916. Father was of a kind and friendly disposition. We miss him sorely, but we bow in submission to the allwise heavenly Father in taking him so suddenly from us, trusting that our loss will be his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the Zion Church, Dec. 23, 1943, with interment in the Zion Cemetery. Services in charge of Paul N. Roth, assisted by the home ministry.
Weaver.- Mary Magdalena Buckwalter was born near New Holland, Pa., Jan. 24, 1884; died at her home at Martindale, Pa., Nov. 16, 1943; aged 59 y. 9 m. 22 d. She suffered a stroke 7 weeks previous to her death. She was a member of the Pike Mennonite Church since her early youth. On Nov. 20, 1913, she was united in marriage to Michael A. Weaver. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and 3 children (Ruth B., wife of John J. Horst, Ephrata, Pa.; Martha B., wife of William S. Martin, New Holland, Pa., and Martin B. at home). 2 stepsons (Walter W. Weaver and Paul W. Weaver, both of Martindale), a foster son (Isaac Stauffer, Denver, Pa.), 10 grandchildren, her mother (Mrs. Hettie Buckwalter, New Holland, Pa.), and 2 sisters and a brother (Mrs. David Eberly, New Holland, Pa.; Mrs. Henry Fox, Martindale; and Martin C. Buckwalter, New Holland, Pa.). Funeral services were held Nov. 20, 1943, at the Pike Mennonite Church in charge of Peter L. Weaver. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Beneath our eyes she slowly faded
Getting weaker day by day,
Till God in His heavenly wisdom
Called her peacefully away.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.
Brubacher.- Allen Brubacher, was born in Woolwich Twp., Ont., July 15, 1881; died, after a lingering illness, at his home in Breslau, Ont., Jan. 11, 1944; aged 62 y. 5 m. 4 d. On March 11, 1908, he was married to Amanda Habermehl who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Albert, Kitchener; and Delton, Debert, N. S.), 3 brothers (Addison, Kitchener; Nathaniel, Saskatchewan; David, Waterloo), and 3 sisters (Mrs. David Koch, Kitchener; Mrs. Geo. Lichty, Elmira; Mrs. Harry Humphrey, Niagara Falls, N. Y.), and 2 grandchildren. In his early manhood he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, in which fellowship he remained until the death messenger called him out of this world. He will be greatly missed as a husband and father, and by his neighbors and friends. A few days before he died he gave his testimony that he was ready to go. Funeral services were held at his late residence on Jan. 14, and at the Cressman Mennonite Church. His body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Ministers were Bros. Isaac Brubacher and Oscar Burkholder. Text, Rom. 14:713.
Buerge.- Katherine, youngest daughter of John and Katherine (Oesch) Helmuth, was born at Wheatland, Hickory Co., Mo., June 18, 1882. She suffered a paralytic stroke and passed to her reward 5 hours later, Dec. 23, 1943, a her home in Santa Monico, Calif. When a child she moved with her parents to Garden City, Mo., where she grew to womanhood. On Jan. 17, 1934, she was united in marriage with Alf Buerge. She is survived by her husband and 6 children (Dan and Ernest, Seattle; Leo and Alberta, Portland; Lola and Evelyn, Los Angeles), 3 brothers and 3 sisters (John and William E. Helmuth, Garden City, Mo.; Sam Helmuth, Tex.; Mrs. John L. Kauffman, South Gate, Calif.; Mrs. Ed. Zimmerman and Amanda Schrock, Garden City, Mo.).
Transcriber's note: the phrase "a her home in Santa Monico, Calif." is transcribed as it appears in the original.
Churchill.- James Churchill, Toronto, Ont., was born in Dublin, Ireland, 70 years ago. From here he came to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The last several years he spent in the city of Kitchener. He was converted through the labors of the House of Friendship. Two years ago he was baptized and received into the fellowship of the First Mennonite Church. This step was taken in spite of the fact that he was a veteran of World War I. He demonstrated a real Christian life and gave his witness publicly and privately for the Lord. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine and Rev. J. Cramer.
Fisher.- Amos S., son of Isaac L. and the late Susie (Lapp) Fisher, was born June, 1893; was instantly killed Nov. 17, 1943; aged 50 y. 5 m. 28 d. In his youth he became a member of the Old Order Amish Church and remained faithful to the end. He was a wonderful singer and the church will miss him keenly. He was formerly married to Mary Lantz who preceded him in death as well as 3 infant children. In the year 1924 he was again married to Fannie Beiler, daughter of the late Jacob and Katie Beiler. To this union were born 10 children: Annie, Jonathan, Katie, Mary, Jacob, Andrew, Isaac, Amos, and Ruth all at home. One infant daughter preceded him. Also surviving are his aged father and the following brothers and sisters: Bishop John B., St. Marys Co., Fannie, Emma, Naomi, Elam S., Barbara, Mary and Susie, all married and living close to his home. He will be greatly missed in his weekly visits to his father as well as in his home where a father is much needed. He was a kind father, a faithful church member, and a good neighbor. The funeral was largely attended on Nov. 20. Services were conducted by Oby Deiner, Ill., and John Renno, Mifflin Co. Interment in Myers Cemetery, Pa.
Fisher.- Pre. Christian L., son of the late Samuel B. and Barbara Fisher, was born near Ronks, Pa., in the year 1868. He was instantly killed Nov. 17, 1943; aged 74 y. 9 m. 5 d. In his youth he became a member of the Old Order Amish Church and remained a faithful member until death. In the year 1900 he was ordained a minister, thus serving the church in this sacred capacitiy for almost 43 years. He never hesitated to declare the whole counsel of God, to encourage saints to holiness of life, and tenderly plead with the unsaved to give their hearts to God. May his earnest words be so written on memory's tablet that they may long remain. He was married to Rachel Stoltzfus (deceased). To this union were born 13 children. Joseph died at the age of 10 years. The rest are all married, except Malinda, and have homes of their own. They are: Sarah, John H., Barbara, Rachel, Christian M., Mary, Samuel B., Annie, Amos M. with whom he resided, Malinda who was his faithful housekeeper, Rebecca, and Henry. His sons, Christian and Amos, and a soninlaw, Abram Beiler, are ministers of the Gospel. The funeral was largely attended on Nov. 19. Services were in charge of Noah Bontrager, Ind., and Benjamin F. Beiler. Burial in Byler's Cemetery, Ronks, Pa.
Transcriber's note: the word "capacitiy" is transcribed as it appears in the original.
Fisher.- Clara Maude, daughter of Menno S. and Sallie Stutzman Hartzler, was born April 5, 1889, near Huntsville, O.; died in her home in Urbana, O., Dec. 28, 1943; aged 54 y. 8 m. 23 d. Her death was caused by a streptococcus throat infection. She was united in marriage to Irvin Fisher and to this union were born 5 children. One died in infancy and the following survive: Leonard D., now in the army; Earl E.; Emma Sellers; and Dorothy Immel. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren all of Urbana, O., her twin brother (Clarence Hartzler, London, O.), 4 half sisters (Mrs. Ida King, Mrs. Florence Kauffman, Mrs. Carrie Zeigler, Mrs. Venora Blough), 1 half brother (Ira Hartzler), and her stepmother (Mrs. Fannie Hartzler, Volant, Pa.). In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the South Union Mennonite Church at West Liberty, O., but at the time of her death she was a member of the Church of God in Urbana, O. Funeral services were conducted by Ralph B. Roan in the Church of God. Burial was made in the cemetery at Kingscreek, O.
Fisher.- Noah H., son of Enos and Sarah Smoker Fisher,
was born in August, 1895; died in the Lancaster General Hospital,
Nov. 18, from a fractured skull and crushed chest received in
the sad accident of Nov. 17. He became a member of the Old Order
Amish Church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. He
was a good singer and was of a quiet disposition. He is survived
by his wife, Rebecca, and the following children: Sarah, Levi,
Annie, David, Lena, Enos, Noah, Moses, Mary, and Rebecca, all
at home. Three children preceded him to the better world. His
aged parents a brother (Stephen), and a sister (Rebecca) also
survive, as well as many other friends. He was a good neighbor.
No one knew him but to love him. We do not know why these fathers
had to be taken from their large families at a time when they
are needed so much, but we do know that the Lord makes no mistakes
and that He moves in mysterious ways to perform His wonders. The
funeral was largely attended on Nov. 21. Services were
conducted by Bishop David Zook and Jonathan Smoker. Burial in the Stoltzfus Cemetery, Groffdale, Pa.
Forry.- Harvey S., son of the late John and Emma Strickler Forry, was born in York Co., Pa., July 3, 1868; passed away at his home near Stony Brook, Pa., Dec. 7, 1943; aged 75 y. 5 m. 4 d. Death was caused by a paralytic stroke which he suffered Nov. 16, 1943, with another following Dec. 2. From this time he seemed to be patiently waiting on the Lord to call him to a better home. At the age of 24, he was united in marriage to Flora J. Crome. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Calvin Ness, Columbia, Pa; Mrs. Kervin Kietz, Wrightsville, Pa.; Mrs. Russell Reever, Hellam, Pa.; Harry N. Forry, Menges Mills, Pa.; Paul H. Forry, York, Pa.; Mrs. Jacob Gromling, York, Pa. Also surviving are 34 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Charles Campbell and Mary Forry), 3 brothers (Jacob, Reuben, and Albert Forry). He was a member of Stony Brook Mennonite Church for some 30 years and remained faithful to the end. He will be sorely missed in the home and community and by all who knew him. Funeral services were held Dec. 10, 1943, at his late home, with further services at the Lower Mennonite Church, Stony Brook, Pa. Bro. Richard Danner officiated, using II Sam. 14:14 as a text. He was assisted by Bro. Walter Gable. Interment in the Stony Brook Mennonite Cemetery.
Beneath our eyes he slowly faded
Getting weaker day by day,
Until God in His heavenly wisdom
Called him peacefully away.
Gingerich.- Joseph F., son of Joseph and Veronica Goldsmith Gingerich, was born in Johnson Co., Ia., Dec. 17, 1870; died at the home of his daughter Mollie, Mrs. John Bissey, Wellman, Ia., Jan. 2, 1944; aged 73 y. 16 d. On Oct. 20, 1896, he was united in marriage to Minnie Ropp, Ontario, Canada. She preceded him in death, Oct. 25, 1937. Six children were born to this union. One son died in infancy; the remaining 5 children are: Mrs. John Bissey, Edd, Ora, and Clark of Wellman, and Dr. Walter Gingerich of Manchester, Ia., and 1 adopted daughter Emma of Santa Monica, Calif. Besides the immediate family, he also leaves 8 grandchildren, 5 brothers (Henry, William, and John of Kalona; Otto, Wellman; Dr. S. F. Gingerich, Eureka Springs, Ark.). These with a host of near relatives and friends mourn his sudden death. Bro. Gingerich accepted Christ in his youth and was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church where he was an active and faithful member until the end. The day before his death, Jan. 1, he attended an allday service at the Wellman Mennonite Church. Bro. Gingerich was a carpenter and contractor, but lived on a farm near Kalona until the year 1924 when the family moved to Kalona where they lived until the time of Sister Gingerich's death in 1937, when he went to make his home with his daughter Mollie and her husband. Bro. Gingerich's life was a busy one. He always enjoyed unusually good health, and the demand for his service as a carpenter and contractor was so great that he had little time for himself. He made many contacts and many friends in his work, and many will continue to remember him as they enjoy the comfortable homes which he built for them. Among the larger projects erected under his supervision were the East Union Mennonite Church at Kalona which was built in 1922, and the large Mennonite Church at Hopedale, Ill., in 1926. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church Wednesday morning, Jan. 5, with burial in the Sharon Hill Cemetery. Services were in charge of Bro. D. J. Fisher.
Hange.- Mary R., daughter of Levi and Cora (Ruth) Hange, was born Dec. 6, 1933, at Souderton, Pa.; died at the Grand View Hospital, Dec. 2, 1943; aged 9 y. 11 m. 26 d. She was at the hospital less than a day when death came very unexpectedly. She is survived by 3 brothers and a sister (Robert R., Charles R., Lee Durrell, and Helen R., all at home). One sister preceded her in death. Mary's sincere desire was to be at Sunday school regularly and at young people's meeting, and especially at children's meetings. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5, one day before her birthday, at the home by Bro. Arthur D. Ruth, and at the Line Lexington Mennonite Church by Bro. Claude B. Meyers. Text: I Sam. 20:3.
Heaven is nearer since Mary is there;
Heaven is dearer since Mary is there.
Earth ties are broken and heaven's more fair;
Heaven is nearer since Mary is there.
Horst.- Cora M., daughter of the late Solomon and Mary (Wenger) Horst, was born near Shippensburg. Pa., Dec. 22, 1882; died at the Chambersburg Hospital, Dec. 30, 1943; aged 61 y. 8 d. She was bedfast for 8 1/2 weeks, and had been in the hospital for the last 3 1/2 weeks. On Dec. 27 she underwent a serious operation. She was a member of the Rowe Mennonite Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister (Mrs. C. C. Sollenberger). After the death of her mother she kept house for her father until his death. Then she made her home with her sister (Mrs. Reuben Ebersole) who survives. Funeral services were held at the home of her sister, Jan. 2, 1944, with further services at the Rowe Mennonite Church by Bros. Amos Martin and C. V. Martin. Text, Rev. 22:14. Burial was made in the cemetery near by.
Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand.
Landis.- Abram M., son of Abram Landis (deceased) and Mary Moyer Landis, was born Sept. 7, 1876; died Jan. 7, 1944; aged 67 y. 4 m. He was a member of the Swamp congregation. His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago. He is survived by his aged mother, a sister, and a brother. Bro. Landis, together with his sister and mother, made his home in the Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., for the last few years. He was buried in the Swamp Mennonite Cemetery, Jan. 11, 1944. Bishop Arthur Ruth and Bro. Enos Wismer had charge of the services at the home and Bros. John G. Gehman and Abram S. Yoder, at the church. Text, Rev. 2:10.
Litwiller.- Edward Litwiller was born Jan. 12, 1898, in New Hamburg; died Dec. 28, 1943, at his residence in Kitchener, Ont.; aged 44 y. 11 m. 16 d. He succumbed to heart failure after a brief illness. He was a son of Mrs. Christian Litwiller and the late Christian Litwiller. On June 12, 1919, he was united in marriage to Laura Kipfer. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 2 daughters (Lorne, Harry, Dorothy, Walter, James, Gordon, Violet, and Kenneth). He is survived by his wife and 8 children, 2 grandchildren, his mother, 2 brothers (John, Lancaster, N. Y.; and Rudy, New Hamburg, Ont.), and 1 sister (Mrs. Leah Leis, Kitchener). He was a member of the Amish Church at Wellesly for some years, and in 1938 he and his wife united with the First Mennonite Church in Kitchener. Funeral services were held at the above named church, Friday, Dec. 31, in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine and Bro. Merle Shantz. Theme, "Losses in Three Circles."
Martin.- Jacob Snively, son of John B. and Mary B. Martin, was born in Washington Co., Md., Oct. 14, 1866; died at the Mennonite Old People's Home near Rittman, O., Nov. 30, 1943; aged 77 y. 1. m. 16 d. He spent his early life near Clear Spring, Md., and in the year 1887, he was united in marriage to Nancie Virginia Showalter, daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth Showalter, Broadway, Va. To this union 8 children were born, of which 6 preceded them in death. In 1932 his companion also preceded him in death. He is survived by one daughter (Fannie Elizabeth Martin), and a son (John Paul Martin), 4 grandchildren (Jacob Elbern, John Paul, Jr., Mary Katharine, and Daniel Leon Martin, all of Hinton, Va.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Alice Ebersole, Rittman, O.; and Mrs. Elizabeth Bachtell, near Hagerstown, Md.). In the year 1891, he bought a farm near Hinton, Va., and moved to that community. He took an active part in religious and civic affairs in the community. He organized and maintained a Mutual Telephone Co., and also supervised the building of many electric lines. In 1920, he with his wife and daughter, moved to Hinton, Va., where he conducted a general merchandise store until his health and eyesight failed him in 1937, when he and his daughter moved back to the farm with his son. The last 5 years of his life were spent in total blindness. He spent much time visiting his relatives and friends in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia. He later chose to spend some time in the Old People's Home at Rittman, Ohio, with his sister Mary Alice Ebersole and others with whom he could spend his time. In 1895, he was ordained to the ministry at the Bank Church. His ordination came at a critical time in the church history when the division of the main body was in the making. In time he became one of the substantial ministers in the Middle District and in addition to filling his regular appointments, he conducted many revival meetings in various states and made many a long trip with horse and buggy to the West Virginia field. He was called upon to conduct many funeral services in the Mennonite churches and other denominations as well. He was moderator of the Virginia Conference for over 15 years, not having missed a meeting in this period of time, except in 1923 when his companion passed away near the time of conference and he was hindered in being present. He continued his preaching even after he was blind. Through others reading the Scripture to him he had memorized about 32 chapters of the Bible and was eager to carry on his ministry. This he did until he took sick with pneumonia and quietly passed away a little over a week later while his son was at his bedside. Before leaving the Old People's Home with the body, a short and impressive service was conducted by Bros. Hilty and William O. Detweiler, for the benefit of his aged sister and those who became acquainted with him there. Inmates of the home served as pallbearers. After arriving in Virginia with the body, funeral services were held, Dec. 2, at the home place by Bro. H. B. Keener, and at the Weaver Church by Bros. Chester K. Lehman, S. *. Rhodes, and William Jennings. Texts: Ps. 17:15; John 3:2.
Transcriber's note: the middle initial of Bro. Rhodes is illegible in the original.
Meyer.- Frederick Meyer, Sr., was born in Hamburg, Germany, Sept. 7, 1859; died Jan. 2, 1944; aged 84 y. 3 m. 24 d. In 1888 he was married to Lissetta Kramer who survives him. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Mrs. Katy Nuschler; Mrs. C. J. St. Pierre, and Miss Marceline Meyer), a son (Frederick Meyer, Jr.), 14 grandchildren, and 1 greatgrandchild. He came to this country when a young man and found employment. He settled on both side of New Orleans and at Allemands for 31 years. He became acquainted with the Mennonites who settled there in 191822, and was baptized and became a faithful member and attended services whenever health would permit. In November communion was served to him at his home. The funeral was conducted by Bros. John E. Wenger and Henry J. Tregle, Jr. He will be missed by all at home and at church.
Transcriber's note: the phrase "He settled on both side of New Orleans ()" is transcribed as it appears in the original.
Miller.- Mary, infant daughter of Roman and Amanda (Overholt) Miller, was born and died at Hartville, O., Dec. 17, 1943. She is survived by her parents and 3 brothers and a sister (David, Delilah, John Henry, and Paul), 3 grandparents and an aged greatgrandmother. Short funeral services were held at the home on Dec. 19, by Bro. John H. Bender, and at the grave by Bro. Simon Coblentz. Text, John 14:111. Burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded
Sweetly her soul shall rest.
Moyer.- Lizzie F. Moyer, widow of Nathan Moyer and daughter of the late Philip and Catherine (Farmer) Ruhl, died Nov. 15, 1943, at the home of her son, Phares R. Moyer, Manheim, Pa. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for more than 50 years, remaining faithful until death. Surviving are 2 children (Alice, wife of John Greiner, Manheim, and Phares R. Moyer, Manheim), 10 grandchildren, and 29 greatgrandchildren. She was the last of her family and was a life resident of Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. She loved to go to church and was present whenever health permitted, witnessing for her Saviour until death summoned her to eternal rest. She was sick only a few weeks when death came. Her life testified that she was sustained by the Spirit in affliction and health. She had given many wise counsels to her family which will never be forgotten. We are comforted with the thought of meeting her in a better land. Funeral services were held Nov. 18, at the home of her son and in Hernley's Mennonite Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bro. Charles Hostetter, Henry Lutz, and Abram Risser. Text, II Tim. 4:6, 7, 8.
The lights have gone out in a mansion of clay.
The curtain is drawn; the dweller's away:
She slipped over the threshold of time into night
To take her abode in the City of Light.
Oesch.- John, son of the late Menno and Susan (Moyer)
Oesch, was born July 5, 1867;
passed away at his home in Zurich, Ont., Jan. 3, 1944; aged 76 y. 5 m. 29 d. He was a
highly respected resident of the community of Zurich and was a lifelong resident of Hay Twp. During most of his married life he farmed on the Goshen Line, north of the village, until he retired about 6 years ago. He was always a hardworking man. He was a member of the Zurich Mennonite Church which he faithfully attended when health permitted. He loved his church and will be greatly missed there and in the community, but God doeth all things well. He was married to Annie Tyler who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Susan, at home;
Sofia, Mrs. William McGregor; Laura, Mrs. Norman Gascho), 4 sons (John, Pigeon, Mich.;
Edmund, Hay Twp.; Menno and Milton, Zurich), 18 grandchildren, 7 greatgrandchildren,
2 sisters (Annie, Mrs. Herman Walters, Kitchener; Barbara Roth, Woodstock), and 2 brothers (Moses, Wetaskiwin, Alta.; Rudolph, Hay Twp.). Two sons, Elmer and Ivan, preceded him in death. A privatae funeral service was held at the home on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1944, conducted by Bro. Solomon Baechler of the Amish Mennonite Church. A public service followed at the Zurich Mennonite Church with Bro. Stephen M. Peachey officiating. Interment was made in the Goshen Line Mennonite Cemetery.
Beneath our eyes he slowly faded,
Getting weaker day by day,
Until God in His heavenly wisdom
Called him peacefully away.
Transcriber's note: the word "privatae" is transcribed as it appears in the original.
Petersheim.- Samuel M., son of Samuel S. and Mary (Mast) Petersheim, was born Dec. 7, 1861, near Honey Brook, Pa.; died Nov. 24, 1943, at his home in Morgantown, Pa.; aged 81 y. 11 m. 14 d. On Jan. 23, 1890, he was married to Barbara S. Kurtz, who preceded him in death, April 1, 1933; also an infant son died, Jan. 27, 1893. He was a faithful member of the Conestoga A. M. Church, always interested in the spiritual welfare of the church. He was regular in church attendance when health permitted. Death came from weakness due to old age. He was confined to his bed the last 9 weeks. His nephews and nieces and friends helped to care for him. Everything that was done for him was gratefully appreciated. Surviving are a foster son (Anthony, Elverson Pa.), a foster daughter (Jennie, wife of Evan Hoffban, Morgantown, Pa.), 10 grandchildren, 8 greatgrandchildren, 1 brother (Levie Petersheim, Morgantown, Pa.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Rachel Renno and Lizzie Petersheim, Morgantown). Funeral services were held Nov. 27, at the home in charge of Bro. Christian Kurtz, at the Conestoga Church in charge of Bishop John S. Mast and Bishop John Kennel. Text, Luke 2:29.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
And in heaven with joy to greet Thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.
Replogle.- William Earl, son of John H. (de ceased) and Ella (Slagle) Replogle, was born in Johnstown, Pa., March 13, 1891; died at his home near Schellsburg, Pa., Jan. 3, 1944; aged 52 y. 10 m. 20 d. He was ill 9 days with pneumonia. His death resulted from heart failure. He was married to Florence Bartz, Jan. 21, 1919. His wife survives him and the following children: Pvt. John, with the army in England; Ruth, Johnstown; Miriam, Mary Etta, and Eva Mae at home. Also his mother and the following brothers and sisters survive: Harry, Arthur, George, Elmer, and Mrs. Mary Swatman, all of Johnstown, and Mrs. Harold Small, Philadelphia, Pa. An infant son and daughter (twins) preceded him in death. He was a member of the Schellsburg Mennonite Church since Feb. 15, 1925. A few years later he was ordained as deacon of the church, and he also had charge of Sundayschool work during most of this time. Through all these years he was a very faithful and willing worker in the church. He was well known and respected in the community for his uprightness and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. His greatest concern was for the spiritual welfare and work of the Church. Funeral services were held Jan. 5, 1944, in the home and at the church, in charge of Bros. Charles R. Shetler, Lloy A Kniss, and Hiram Wingard. Interment was made in the Schellsburg Cemetery.
I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead; he is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming, how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
Schrock.- Perry, son of Aaron and Magdalena Troyer Schrock, was born near Middlebury, Ind., March 3, 1889; died at his late home at Kalona, Ia., Jan. 14, 1944; aged 54 y. 10 m. 11 d. He came with his parents to Johnson County, Iowa, in the year 1894, where they lived until 1910 when the family moved to Chappell, Nebr. He was united in marriage to Mayme Stutzman, Chappell, Nebr., Dec. 30, 1919, and to this union 3 children were born (Alta, Delmer, and Mervin), who with their mother mourn his sudden death. Bro. Schrock accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church at Chappell, Nebr., in which faith he also died. The family lived at Chappell, Nebr., with the exception of 6 years during which time they lived at Filer, Idaho, until the fall of 1942, when they came to this community. Besides the immediate family, his death is also mourned by 2 brothers (Levi, Kalona, Ia.; Frank, Chappell, Nebr.), 1 sister (Mrs. John Roth, Chappell, Nebr.), and a large number of relatives and friends. Perry had been in his usual health and had been working at the Yoder Mill until Friday morning when he became ill and went to consult a doctor when he returned home in the afternoon. In the evening at 7 o'clock, he passed away without warning. His sudden death was a shock, to the family and community. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, Jan. 17, with burial in the East Union Cemetery. Services in charge of Bros. D. J. Fisher and J. L. Hershberger.
Shantz.- Mrs. Joshua (Rosenberger) Shantz was born Dec. 10, 1865; died Dec. 29, 1943, at the Thorold Nursing Home, Thorold, Ont.; aged 78 y. 19 d. She was a daughter of the late Isaac and Elizabeth Rosenberger. She resided in Waterloo Co., Ont., until the death of her husband in 1941. Since that time she had made her home with her adopted daughter, Mrs. Melvin Cressman at Thorold. She had been ill for the past 7 weeks. In Nov., 1891, she became the bride of Joshua Shantz. To this union was born a daughter, Alberta, who died at the age of 2 years. In 1891 she united with the Mennonite Church to which faith she remained true until death. Surviving besides their adopted daughter are 6 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Norman Shantz, Haysville; and Miss Elsie Rosenberger, New Dundee), 2 brothers (Isaiah, a minister, and Emery, both of New Dundee). The funeral was held the last day of the old year with a private service at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Omar Cressman near Dundee, Mrs. Cressman being her niece. This was followed by a public service at the Blenheim Mennonite Church. Funeral services were in charge of Bros. Manasseh Hallman and Moses N. Baer. Text, Ps. 17:15. Burial in the Gieger Cemetery.
Stehman.- Martha M., daughter of the late Henry D. and
Catharine Herr Stehman, was born in Conestoga Twp., March
23, 1859; peacefully passed away Dec. 26, 1943, at the home of
her sister and brotherinlaw, Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Hess, Millersville,
Pa.; aged 84 y. 9 m. 3 d. She was preceded in death by her parents,
a brother Francis who was 2 years old, and a sister Emma who died
at the age of 16. After the death of her parents, she lived with
her sister, Mrs. Hess, and was a member of the New Danville Mennonite
Church. Later she lived with another sister, Mrs. Annie S. Hershey,
Landisville, Pa., for a number of years and transferred her membership
to the Landisville Church of which she was a member at the time
of her death. While health permitted she attended Sunday school
and church services and was much interested in the sewing circle
work. About 8 years ago she suffered a stroke and had been in
failing health since that time. For the last 5 years she lived
with her sister, Mrs. Henry H. Hess, Millersville, Pa. She is
survived by her 2 sisters, Mrs. Hess and Mrs. Hershey, and 3 nieces
(Ada E. Hess, Mrs. I. Walter Herr, and Alma C. Hershey). Funeral
services were held Dec. 29, at C. Abram Snyder's Funeral Home
in Lancaster, Pa., in charge of Bros. Hiram Kauffman and C. Frank.
Texts: Mark 14:8; Num. 23:10. Interment in the New Danville Mennonite Cemetery.
Stoltzfus.- Susan Neuhauser Stoltzfus, widow of Abraham K. Stoltzfus, was born April 11, 1858, near Millwood, Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Nov. 29, 1943, at her home in Leola, Pa.; aged 85 y. 7 m. 18 d. Death was due to a heart condition after 2 days' illness. Her husband preceded her to glory 9 years ago. They had been married at Gap, Pa., Dec. 23, 1879. No children were born to this union, but in the 55 years of their married life there was only one winter that they had no children in the home. Isaac Walker, Lancaster, Pa., was brought up by them and 2 nieces (Mary Troyer and Anna, wife of Harry C. Weaver) were taken into their home when quite young. She is survived by a brother (Isaac U. Neuhauser, BirdinHand, Pa.), the abovenamed children, and 4 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of Millwood Amish Church and truly loved the Lord. Even though she had been suffering from a heart condition for 3 years, she was usually active and others learned of her suffering only when she could no longer conceal it. The Lord was truly the strength of her life. When she learned that her condition was serious, she expressed herself as being ready to meet the Lord whom she loved and served. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Leroy Stoltzfus and at the Millwood Amish Church near Gap, Pa., by Bros. I. W. Royer and John Mosemann, with the burial services conducted by Bro. Royer also.
Swartzendruber.- Velma Mae, daughter of Chancey and Mary Hershberger, was born near Kalona, Ia., Feb. 16, 1907; peacefully and suddenly departed this life near Wellman, Ia., Jan. 9, 1944; aged 36 y. 10 m. 23 d. On Aug. 18, 1929, she was united in marriage with Roy Swartzendruber. This union was blest with 3 sons and 2 daughters (Lucille, Dale, Arliss, Margaret, and Kenneth). She is survived by her husband, 5 children, her father and mother, 3 sisters (Viola, wife of Chris Bontrager, Iowa City; Mable, wife of Walter Swartzendruber, Kalona; Ellen, wife of Samuel Edelman, Parnell), 2 brothers (Leo, Hill City, S. D., and Walter, Iowa City), 1 grandmother (Mrs. Malinda Yoder), and her motherinlaw (Mrs. Sarah Swartzendruber) both of Kalona. Also many other relatives and friends who mourn her unexpected departure. She accepted Christ at the age of 11 years and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. The family worshiped with the East Union congregation and later placed their membership with the Wellman congregation, having moved into the Wellman community in 1938. The passing of one who filled such an important place in the home brought sorrow to the entire community. She was kind and faithful and devoted in her duties as a mother. She felt her responsibilities in life, and did what she was able to do to bring happiness to her family. She delighted in the worship and service of God. The past year she was engaged as a Sundayschool teacher in the primary department. Her life of devotion and service will long be remembered by those who learned to know and love her. She had been in comparative good health until the last few years when the condition of her heart gave some concern. Then suddenly, early in the morning, she answered the summons of her Lord. Funeral services were held at the Wellman Mennonite Church and were in charge of Bros. George S. Miller, D. J. Fisher, and Edward Diener. Text, Job 14:15. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery.
Wiles.- Mrs. Margaret Martha Wiles, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. L. McCutcheon, 761 Millwood Road, Toronto, Saturday evening, Dec. 18, 1943. She was born in Elmira, Ont., July 8, 1868. She was predeceased by her husband, Bro. Joseph B. Wiles, 5 years ago. She is survived by 3 daughters (Mrs. Mae Feltman, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Dorothy Pyle, Roscoe, Calif.; and Mrs. W. L. McCutcheon, Toronto), and 4 grandchildren. One daughter (Mrs. Emil Helm) preceded her in death 11 years ago. Both were trophies of grace won for the Lord in their declining years through the work of the First Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Kitchener, Ont., in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine. Theme, "Distressing Bereavements," (Ps. 88:18). Burial at Bloomingdale Mennonite Cemetery.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.