Blosser, Florence Ethel, daughter of Albert and Saloma (Yoder) Gongwer, was born Jan. 12, 1896, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; passed away July 13, 1954; aged 58 y. 6 m. On April 14, 1917, she was married to Chester H. Blosser who survives her. To this union 2 children were born (Gladys-Mrs. Floyd Brandeberry, Goshen, and Vera-Mrs. Lamar Loucks of the home farm, Elkhart). Three grandchildren also survive (Larry and Karen Brandeberry and Loren Loucks). She accepted Christ as her Saviour while in her youth and was received into fellowship of the Olive Mennonite Church where she remained a faithful member until death. She took a deep interest in the work of the Sunday school and church and was a faithful worker in the sewing circle. She is also survived by 3 brothers and a sister (Morris, Wakarusa, Ind.; Vernon, Cassopolis, Ind.; Willis, Goshen, Ind.; and Grace-Mrs. Serenus Bare, Nappanee, Ind.), and a host of friends. She attended Lord's day services as usual on July 11, did her usual work the next day, became ill Monday night, July 12, and passed away of a cerebral hemorrhage on the mourning of July 13. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., on July 15 by J. C. Wenger and Elno Steiner, with burial in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.
Boord, George Minor, died in the Uniontown Hospital, July 12, 1954; aged 77 y. 11m. 20 d. He is survived by his wife (Olie Shackelford Boord), 3 sons, and 2 daughters, and 2 sisters. One daughter preceded him in death. In his youth he was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Funeral services were conducted by Paul M. Roth in Honsaker Funeral Home, Masontown, Pa. Burial was made in the Presbyterian Cemetery at McClellandtown, Pa.
Hamilton, Dean Lowell, twin son of Eldon and Jessie (Yoder) Hamilton, Tocoa, Honduras, was born June 29, 1954, at the Evangelical Hospital, Siguatepeque, and passed away the following day. He is survived by his father and mother, 2 sisters (Elsie and Alice) and 2 brothers (James and David Loren, his twin), 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Minnie Hamilton, Sheridan, Oreg., and Mrs. Rhoda Yoder, McMinnville, Oreg.). Short services were held in Trujillo at the Hess home by James Hess and at the grave in the Trujillo cemetery, where burial was made.
Hamlin, Ruth Ann, infant daughter of Frank and Helen (Van Atta) Hamlin, was born near Stanton, Mich., March 23, 1954; departed this life July 12, 1954; aged 3 m. 20 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her parents, 2 sisters (Mary and Barbara), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Vern Van Atta, of Shepherd, and Mrs. Fay Hamlin of Vestaburg), 2 great-grandmothers (Mrs. Dora Wonch of Mt. Pleasant and Mrs. Mary Sharp of Vestaburg). Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church by Neil Buskirk and Erie E. Bontrager, with burial in the Richland Cemetery near Vestaburg.
Herr, Mary G., daughter of the late John G. and Fannie (Gamber) Heller, was born June 26, 1883, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; passed away at her home July 7, 1954; aged 71 y. 11 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and remained faithful until death. She had been ill for several months. She is survived by 4 grandchildren (David and John Herr, Holtwood, Pa., and Rebecca and Clyde Herr, Lancaster, Pa.), and one great-grandchild, 3 sisters (Mrs. Fannie G. Hershey, Willow Street, Pa.; Amanda-Mrs. Harry S. Warfel, Millersville, Pa.; and Anna-Mrs. Abram B. Charles, Lancaster). Funeral services on July 10 were conducted at Millersville Mennonite Church by Christian Lehman and Herbert Fisher. Interment was made at the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
Holderman, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of R. J. and Margaret Heatwole, was born in Marion Co., Kans., Aug. 17, 1878; passed away after a lingering illness at her home in El Dorado Springs, Mo.; aged 75 y. 10 m. 11 d. She was practically helpless for more than a year. She was united in marriage with Arthur Holderman. To this union were born 7 sons and one daughter. The daughter (Margaret) preceded her in death when a small child. Surviving are her husband, her sons (George, at home; Henry, New Town, N. Dak.; Calvin and Darrell, New York City; Charles, La Junta, Colo.; Ralph, Deering, Alaska, and Kenneth, Elkhart, Ind.), one adopted daughter (Betty Thomas, Okla.), 18 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. C. D. Yoder, Windom, Kans.), and many other relatives and friends. In her early teens she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she remained until her death. Funeral services were held at the West Liberty Mennonite Church in McPherson Co., Kans., in charge of M. M. Troyer and Kenneth Smoker. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Ingold, Robert Daniel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Ingold, was born Nov. 20, 1953; died June 29, 1954, at the Burnham City Hospital, Champaign, Ill.; aged 7 m. 9 d. He was ill four days with a streptococcus infection. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother (Michael Lee), and the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Springer, Armington, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ingold, Ludlow, Ill.). Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church with Howard Zehr officiating. Burial was in the East Bend Cemetery.
Johnson, Helen E., daughter of William and Hannah (Christopher) Johnson, was born near Masontown, Pa., Sept. 10, 1894; passed away July 5, 1954, following an attack of apoplexy; aged 59 y. 9 m. 25 d. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers (William and Josiah). She was a member of the Masontown Mennonite Church. Following the death of her mother, Helen's interest in spiritual things increased and she was quite active in her church activities despite the fact that she was handicapped by a crippled body caused by spinal meningitis in her childhood. Funeral services in her church were conducted by Paul M. Roth, July 8, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Kauffman, Oliver A., son of John H. and Mary (Byler) Kauffman, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Oct. 24, 1879; passed away at his home on July 12, 1954; aged 74 y. 8 m. 8 d. He was busy constructing a house and seemed to be in his usual health when on the morning of July 12 he suddenly became ill with a heart attack and in a short time passed quietly away. On Dec. 19, 1901, he was married to Anna Gertrude Bontrager, who survives him. Also surviving are one daughter (Leota-Mrs. Ernest Greer, of West Liberty, Ohio), 2 sons (Adrian J., of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and H. Leroy, of Riverside, Calif.), 8 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Alma and Teressa Kauffman of West Liberty, Ohio), and a brother (Herman A., of Chicago, Ill.). Two brothers preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in his youth and was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio. Funeral services at the church were in charge of Loren King and Ed Stoltzfus. Burial was made in the West Liberty Cemetery.
King, Lora Ann, third child and oldest daughter of Levi J. and Barbara (Yoder) King, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Feb. 13, 1873; passed away June 21, 1954; aged 81 y. 4 m. 8 d. On June 12 she fell and fractured her hip and was taken to the Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, Ohio, where she was cared for until her death. In early life she united with the Walnut Grove Church and in later years transferred her membership to the Bethel Mennonite Church, where she was a faithful attendant until her health failed. For a number of years she lived in Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa, working in private homes, then in later life she worked in her home community also. For the last 46 years she lived with her brother and sisters at the old homestead. In her passing she leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters (David B., Wellman, Iowa; Ben B., Scottdale, Pa.; Siddie Oyer, Goshen, Ind.; John Y., and Lila, West Liberty, Ohio), also 20 nephews and nieces, and a host of relatives and friends. Those preceding her in death are her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held June 23 at the Troyer-Lynn Funeral Home in charge of Edward Stoltzfus. Burial was made in the Yoder Cemetery, West Liberty, Ohio.
Leaman, Aaron B., son of the late Daniel D. and Martha (Buckwalter) Leaman, was born May 1, 1875; departed this life July 10, 1954; aged 79 y. 2 m. 9 d. Three years ago he suffered a slight stroke from which he never fully recovered. Since that time he had several other attacks. The last attack kept him bedfast since early February. He accepted Christ in early youth and became a member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church where he held membership until death. On Dec. 11, 1906, he was united in marriage to Maud D. Rowe. This union was blessed with two sons and one daughter. The daughter and one son preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife and one son (Paul R., Lancaster, Pa.), and 2 grandsons. Funeral services were in charge of Elmer Martin, David L. Landis, and John Oberholtzer. Burial was made in Mellinger's Mennonite Cemetery.
Rufenacht, Simon, son of Jonas and Mary (Aeschliman) Rufenacht, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1869; died in his home in Archbold, June 12, 1954, where he spent the last 26 years of his life; aged 84 y. 9 m. 1 d. On Feb. 7, 1907, he was united in marriage with Christena Nofziger, who passed away Dec. 21, 1928. On Jan. 23, 1930, he was united in marriage with Lydia Goldsmith. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, one brother (Ephriam, of Archbold), besides a host of near relatives and friends. His wife Christena, parents, one brother, and one sister preceded him in death. In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united with the Evangelical Mennonite Church, later transferring his membership to the Central Mennonite Church where he remained faithful to the end. Death came after a three-weeks illness due to a heart condition. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church by Jesse J. Short and Simon Stuckey.
Stuckey, Wayne, son of Peter J. and Anna Stuckey, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Oct. 14, 1924; passed away in the Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio, of heart failure, June 17, 1954; aged 29 y. 8 m. 3 d. On March 3, 1946, he was united in marriage with Ilva Beck. This union was blessed with 2 daughters, Joan Sue and Betty Jo. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 2 daughters, parents, 3 brothers (John, Orrville, and Chauncey), 2 sisters (Alta-Mrs. Otto Nofziger and Mary, all residing in this community), besides a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers (2 dying in infancy and Paul William at the age of 15 months). In his early teens he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Lockport Mennonite Church, remaining a member until his death. He was never blessed with the best of health and his life on several occasions seemed to be at death's portals, but the Lord answered prayers and Wayne would recover. Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church by Jesse J. Short and Simon Stuckey.
Tunnicliff, William Ben, the son of June and Anna (Melton) Tunnicliff, was born in Texas in December 1896; departed this life on July 11, 1954; over 57 years of age. In early boyhood he accepted Christ and became a member of the Methodist Church. On Jan. 29, 1921, he was married to Anna Elizabeth Ratcliff, near Arkadelphia, Ark., where most of his life was spent. About 7 years ago he with his family moved to the Optimus, Ark., community, where they have resided since. At the time of his death he was at home alone, but soon after was found by a son who had returned after being about all night. Death was caused by the shooting of a shotgun. Almost the entire head was shattered by the blast. A coroner's jury pronounced it accidental death. His was the first death in the family, and he is survived by his companion and all six of the children (Clyde William of Ohio; Roy Edward of Washington; Marvin June of Ohio; Mildred Louise of Ohio, and Jerold Lee and Harold Dean at home). His funeral was conducted on July 14, 1954, by M. E. Bontreger and assisted by Frank Horst. Burial was made in the cemetery near by.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Breneman, Amos M., son of the late Henry and Anna (Greider) Breneman, was born in West Hempfield Township, Pa., Nov. 18, 1872; passed away June 23, 1954, at his home in Landisville after an illness of eight months; aged 81 y. 7 m. 5 d. On Nov. 13, 1902, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Eby, who preceded him in death in August, 1945. To this union were born 3 children. One son (Jay) passed away in infancy. Surviving are one son (Henry E., York, Pa.), one daughter (Martha-Mrs. Elmer Leaman, at home), one grandchild, and 2 brothers (Phares, Columbia, Pa.; and Abram, of Landisville). He was a faithful member of the Landisville Mennonite Church for 47 years. Services were held at the church, June 26, by Henry Lutz, Christian Frank, and Barton Gehman.
Coffman, Samuel Frederick, son of the late J. S. Coffman,
died suddenly at his home in Vineland, Ont., on June 28, 1954.
He was 83 years old. Having withstood the rigors of two operations
during the early part of the year, he was enjoying good health,
engaging in his Bible studies and preaching the Sunday previous
to his death. Born in Virginia in 1872, he spent his boyhood days
in Elkhart, Ind. He was ordained to the ministry in Chicago in
April, 1895. The year following he came to Vineland, taking charge
of the Moyer Mennonite Church. In 1903, he was ordained to the
office of bishop, and served the Mennonite congregations in the
Niagara district. From here he also assisted in other congregations
at Selkirk, South Cayuga, Markham, Toronto, Ont., Clarence Center,
N. Y., and others. His wife, the former Ella Mann, died
in Feb.,1925*. He is survived by five children (John E., London,
England, David W., Beamsville, Lena, Barbara, and Ellen at home),
7 grandchildren, one brother (William P., Burbank, Calif.), 2
sisters (Mrs. J. C. Landis, Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Dillman Gingerich,
Freeport, Ill.). He will long be remembered for his many interests
and activities in the church. His wise counsel in congregation
and conference made for spiritual progress. In 1907 he organized
the Ontario Mennonite Bible School, and served as principal until
his retirement in 1952. His funeral was largely attended from
almost every district of the Ontario conference and several of
the States. Short testimonies were given by chosen brethren
the Ontario Mennonite Conference, the Bible School Board and faculty,
Historic Peace churches, Board of Education, Publishing House
and other early co-laborers. The funeral at the Moyer Church was
in charge of A. Lewis Fretz, assisted by Willis Hallman, and Wayne
North. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
*[Ella Mann Coffman died Feb. 9, 1935 - see GH Feb. 21, 1935 - correction by Mona Mann]
Hallman, William S., son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Stauffer) Hallman, was born Dec. 31, 1869; passed away at his home near Doylestown, Pa., June 21, 1954; aged 84 y. 5 m. 22 d. He had been ill about two years but was bedfast only the last two weeks of his life. Death was caused by complications due to old age. He was an active member of the Doylestown Mennonite Church, a teacher, and a Sunday-school superintendent for 15 years. He is survived by his widow (Sallie), one son (Russell Y.), 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one brother (Irvin S., Skippack, Pa.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Margaret Landes, Collegeville, Pa.; Mrs. Susan Schmoyer, Norristown, Pa., and Mrs. Jacob Buckwalter, Philadelphia, Pa.). The couple were married 61 years and spent most of their life in this vicinity. Funeral services were held June 24 at the Doylestown Mennonite Church with Joseph L. Gross and J. Silas Graybill in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Hostetler, Salome, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Shrock) Slabach, was born near Lagrange, Ind., April 11, 1869; passed away at her home at Harper, Kans., June 29, 1954; aged 85 y. 2 m. 18 d. At the age of eleven she moved with her parents from Indiana to Milford, Nebr. Two years later the family moved to McPherson Co., Kansas, making the trip with a team and wagon which contained most of their personal belongings. In her youth she became a member of the Mennonite Church. On Oct. 25, 1888, she was united in marriage to Henry E. Hostetler. To this union, extending more than 63 years, there were born 14 children, 7 boys and 7 girls (Oliver, Ura, Titus, Amra, Chancy, and Leo, all of the Harper area, and Pius, at Everest, Kans.; Ida-Mrs. Harold Sommerfield, and Stella-Mrs. Gideon G. Yoder, both of Hesston, Kans.; Florence-Mrs. Ernest Detweiler, of Harper, and Juanita-Mrs. Titus Ramer, Polson, Mont.). Her husband and three daughters (Eva, Gladys and Elsie-Mrs. Christ Beyler) preceded her in death. Besides her children, she leaves 48 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Jemima Zimmerman, Inman, Kans.), and one brother (John, Emporia, Kans.). In 1909 the family moved to Harper, Kans., where both Mr. and Mrs. Hostetler resided until their death. During the many years that her husband served the Pleasant Valley congregation as deacon, she entertained many guests, who were always made to feel welcome. She was regular in her attendance at Sunday school and church services, and even when her health was impaired, she made every effort to attend services. Her passing brings to a close a pioneer home that made a significant contribution to several Kansas communities. Services were held at the church July 2, with Waldo E. Miller and R. M. Weaver in charge, with interment in the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Shrock" can also be spelled as "Schrock" and "Slabach" can also be spelled as "Slabaugh" and also "Schlabach."
Kopp, Isaac M., son of the late Isaac G. and Elizabeth (Metzler) Kopp, was born Nov. 9, 1875, in Rapho Twp.; passed away after an illness of eight months on May 23, 1954, at his home in Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 78 y. 6 m. 14 d. He was a faithful member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife (the former Ella Good), 2 sons (Walter G., Mt. Joy, Pa., and Leroy, Manheim, Pa.), 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family. Funeral services were held May 26 at the church with Clarence E. Lutz and W. L. Keener, Jr., in charge. Burial was made in the Mt. Tunnel Cemetery, Elizabethtown.
Schrock, Jacob, son of Noah and Elizabeth (Kinsinger) Schrock, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, March 24, 1883; passed out of this life on July 9, 1954, at the Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa; aged 71 y. 3 m. 15 d. The cause of his death was pneumonia. Preceding him in death were both his parents and his older brother Edward. He leaves to mourn his departure one brother (William, Sharon, Iowa), 3 sisters (Katie and Nettie, Kalona, Iowa; and Carrie-Mrs. Amos Grout, Windham, Iowa), and a number of other relatives and friends. He accepted the Lord as his Saviour in his youth and became a member of the East Union Mennonite Church, continuing in the faith to the end. He was a lifelong resident of the Sharon community, living on the old homestead until about 7 years ago when, after the death of his older brother, he went to Kalona to live with his two sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the East Union Mennonite Church with D. J. Fisher, J. John J. Miller, and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber in charge.
Shafer, William A., son of Joel S. and Mary (Arnold) Shafer, was born March 27, 1873; departed this life June 27, 1954; aged 79 y. 3 m. 7 d. On Dec. 1908, he was ordained to the ministry in which capacity he served 46 years. On Jan. 15, 1905, he was married to Ellen Susan Strawser. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 4 daughters (Ruth-Mrs. Charles Heimbaugh and Mary-Mrs. Oscar Brubaker, Selinsgrove, Pa.; William L., of Richfield; Esther-Mrs. Israel Martin, Ephrata, Pa.; Murray, Port Trevorton, Pa., and Helen, at home). He is also survived by one brother (Banks, Sunbury, Pa.), 5 stepbrothers, 26 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in the church by Donald Lauver and W. W. Graybill. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Shank, John S., was born July 22, 1862; departed this life May 9, 1954, at Wernersville, Pa.; aged 91 y. 9 m. 17 d. He was a former resident of Elizabethtown, Pa., and before his illness resided at Ephrata, Pa. He was a member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Surviving are a son (Harvey J., of Elizabethtown), 3 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 13 at Miller Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, with Amos S. Horst and Clarence E. Lutz in charge. Interment was made in the Mt. Ober Cemetery, near Elizabethtown.
Sommer, Rosena, daughter of the late Jacob and Fanny (Lehman) Moser, was born near Kidron, Ohio, Sept. 19, 1886; passed away of a heart attack and complications, July 19, 1954; aged 67 y. 10 m. She was a member of the Kidron Mennonite Church, where she was a faithful attendant. She manifested her love and devotion to God by performing many menial and much-needed tasks of the church. For many years she devoted time and effort in making articles of clothing for the various mission field and worked diligently in the sewing circle department of the church. On Aug. 7, 1913, she was married to Philip Berg, who died suddenly of the flu epidemic in 1918, leaving her with 5 children, the youngest two weeks of age, and the oldest aged 5. On June 9, 1923, she was married to Noah C. Sommer, with whom she had 3 children. Surviving her besides her husband are 4 daughters and one son (Lillie Berg-Mrs.Aldus Wingard, Hollsopple, Pa.; Maude-Berg-Mrs. Ira A. Amstutz, Orrville, Ohio; Ford Berg, Scottdale, Pa.; Rosella Berg-Mrs. James Cukr, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and Mabel Sommer-Mrs. Delbert Turner, of Orrville). One daughter (Florence Berg) died at the age of 3 _ years; also two sons (Roy Sommer, at the age of 5, and Eldon Sommer, in infancy). Surviving her also are 6 stepchildren (John Berg, Massillon, Ohio; Grace Berg-Mrs. George Selders, Ellen-Mrs. Amos I. Nussbaum, and Clyde Berg, all of Dalton, Ohio; Elvina Berg-Mrs. Earl Bixler, of Kidron, and Marie-Mrs. Arthur Royer, Orrville, Ohio). Another stepchild (Martha Berg) preceded her. Surviving also are 15 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters (John and Jacob Moser, Dalton, Ohio; Anna-Mrs. Menno Gerber, and Martha-Mrs. John Kratzer, both of Orrville, Ohio, and Mrs. Sarah Kratzer, Canton, Ohio). Fuenral services were held at the Kidron Mennonite Church, July 21, with Reuben Hofstetter in charge, assisted by Allen Bixler and Isaac Zuercher. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Tome, Sadie E., wife of Walter Tome and daughter of the late Levi and Abbie Stewig, was born Oct. 23, 1898; departed this life at the Lebanon Co., Pa., hospital, June 29, 1954; aged 55 y. 8 m. 6 d. For about 10 years she had been ailing, and almost three of these years she was an invalid, altogether helpless. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, worshiping at Stauffer's, from which place her funeral was held on July 3, by Noah W. Risser and Jay Boozer. Two days after her funeral her husband, Walter Tome, took sick, and departed this life at the Lebanon, Pa., Good Samaritan Hospital on July 12. Funeral services were held on July 15 from the Nissley Funeral Home, Mt. Joy, Pa. Their bodies were laid to rest in the Shenk Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Bender, Dayle Ann, daughter of Alvin and Clara (Miller) Bender, was born near Topeka, Ind., Aug. 26, 1950. On May 20 she was severely burned and was taken to the Lagrange County Hospital where she remained for three weeks. She was the taken to the Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind., where she passed away June 21, 1954; aged 3 y. 9 m. 26 d. She is survived by her parents, 8 brothers and sisters (Robert, Lester, Eugene, Romane, Rosalee, Bonnie, Dean, and Gwenda), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Chris M. Miller and Jacob D. Miller, all of Middlebury), and many other relatives. Funeral services were held June 23 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, Ind., conducted by C. Norma Kraus, Ellis, Croyle, and Edwin J. Yoder. Burial was made in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Bontrager, William Jr., son of Wm. A. and Martha (Yoder) Bontrager, was born Sept. 21, 1935, near Hutchinson, Kans.; passed away at the Halstead, Kans., hospital, July 27, 1954; aged 18y. 10 m. 6 d. He was baptized Dec. 28, 1948, and became a member of the Yoder Mennonite Church where he was a faithful member until the time of his death. He was never very strong, but seldom complained. He was in his regular place of duty as usher on Sunday morning. By evening he was not feeling well, and Monday was sick all day and was taken to the hospital by the evening, where he passed away the next morning from purpura haemorrhagica. He leaves, besides his sorrowing parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters (Morris, Howard, and Laura-Mrs. Allen Schrock, all of Hutchinson; Linford, Denver, Colo., and Alice and David, at home), 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Fannie Bontrager Miller and Mrs. Susie Yoder), and a large number of other relatives and friends. One brother (Alvin) preceded him in death. He graduated with the class of 1953 at the Central Kansas Bible Academy at Hutchinson. Funeral services were held at the Yoder Mennonite Church, July 30, conducted by Edward Yutzy, Sanford King, and Harry A. Diener. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Groff, Susan, daughter of Peter and Susan Helt, was born Jan. 3, 1888; passed away at the Lancaster General Hospital, May 27, 1954; aged 66 y. 4m. 24 d. After a short illness, she had an operation but never regained consciousness. Before she left home, she was resigned to the Lord's will. Her first marriage was to Jacob Snavely, who preceded her in death a number of years ago. On Nov. 9, 1943, she was married to Clayton K. Groff, who mourns the loss of a loved one. Surviving also are an adopted son (Jonas Snavely), one sister (Mrs. Abram Rhoads, Lititz, Pa.), and 2 brothers (Henry and Francis Helt, Manheim, Pa.). She was a member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held May 29 at the Manheim Mennonite Church, where she had attended in earlier years, in charge of David Landis, assisted by the Manheim Church minister and bishop. Burial was made in Hernley's Cemetery.
Hess, Steven Ray, son of Paul C. and Susan (Shreiner) Hess, was born Aug. 29, 1952; died at his home near Mt. Joy, Pa., June 14, 1954; aged 1 y. 9 m. 15 d. Stevie met his death when he fell about 5 feet head first into a feed chute which contained corn chop and suffocated before he was found. His sweet ways and sunny smile endeared him to all. Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister (Susan Ann), 2 brothers (Herbert S., and Gerald Lamar), and his 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Anna B. Hess and Mrs. Harry E. Shreiner, both of Lititz, Pa.). Funeral services were conducted at the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, June 17, by Henry Lutz, Raymond Bucher, and Henry Frank. Interment was made in the Kraybill Cemetery.
Kurtz, Orrie William, son of Joseph and Viola (Staker) Kurtz, was born near Tremont, Ill., May 30, 1917; passed away at his residence July 24, 1954; aged 37 y. 1m. 24 d. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage. On Feb. 9, 1946, he was united in marriage to Thelma Leihenseder, of Peoria, Ill. He is survived by his wife, father, and mother. One brother preceded him in death. In youth he united with the Mennonite Church of which he was a member until the end. Funeral services were held at the Morton Mennonite Church, July 28, with Kenneth G. Good in charge. Burial was made in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Martin, Allen W., son of Samuel W., and Mary (Martin) Martin, was born June 4, 1886 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; passed away July 2, 1954, after an illness of nine weeks due to a heart attack; aged 68 y. 28 d. In his youth he accepted Christ and united with the Weaverland Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. On Jan.9, 1908, he was united in marriage to Ella W. Martin, who preceded him in death nearly eight years ago. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters, 5 of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are a son (Ivan l., New Holland, Pa.), 5 daughters (Margaret M., Enkenbach, Germany; Vera and Mary Ella, at home; Alma-Mrs. Martin Ressler, New Holland, Pa., and Orpha-Mrs. Elmer Weber, Lebanon, Pa.), 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother and 2 sisters (Mrs. Rebecca Brendle, Martindale, Pa.; Clayton C., Lititz, Pa., and Mary-Mrs. Aaron Z. Hoover, East Earl, Pa.). Funeral services were held July 6 at Weaverland Church in charge of Aaron H. Weaver, J. Paul Graybill, David N. Weaver, and John W. Burkholder. Burial was made in the old Weaverland Cemetery.
Shank, Ada May, daughter of the late Amos H. and Margaret Martin, was born March 15, 1885; departed this life May 29, 1954, at her home in Wilson, Md.; aged 69 y. 2m. 14 d. She had been in failing health for some time and was bedfast 14 months. She was very patient, but was anxious to be at rest. Her firm faith in God and fine Christian character were a challenge to all who knew her. On Sept. 5, 1905, she was married to Harry D. Shank who survives. To this union were born 3 children (Julia M., at home; John A., Big Springs, Md.; and Lewis E., Clear Springs, Md.). Also surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. Amos Horst and Mrs. Edgar Strite, Hagerstown, Md.), 4 brothers (Abram, Henry, J. D. Earl, of Hagerstown, and Lewis S., Harrisonburg, Va.), and 2 grandchildren. Percy Albert was taken into their home when a child and reared to manhood. She was a member of the Clear Spring Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the church June 2 by Amos Horst and Samuel Martin, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Zimmerman, Elizabeth Romaine, daughter of Jacob and Leah (Weaver) Eshleman, was born at Eberly's Mill, Pa., July 21, 1875; passed away July 10, 1954, after a long illness at Seidel Memorial Hospital, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; aged 78y. 11 m. 19d. On Dec. 24, 1904, she was married to Elmer E. Zimmerman, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. Rebecca Gross and Mrs. Harry Zimmerman), 2 nieces and one nephew. She accepted Christ during evangelistic meetings held by Bro. J. S. Coffman at Slate Hill Mennonite Church in the year 1894 and was a member until death. Funeral services were held from the Musselman Funeral Home, Lemoyne, Pa., conducted by Martin Kraybill, William Strong, and C. W. Zimmerman. Interment was made in the Slate Hill Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Bender, Noah J., son of the late Jacob S. and Barbara (Schwartzentruber) Bender, was born near Tavistock, Ont., Oct. 14, 1888. His health was failing for about six months due to a stroke and he fell peacefully to sleep June 30, 1954; aged 65 y. 8 m. 16 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a member of the East Zorra A. M. Church. On Dec. 21, 1911, he was united in marriage to Lena Steinman. To this union were born 5 sons, one preceding him in infancy. He is survived by his companion, 4 sons (Delton, Ivan, Armand, and Nelson, all living near Tavistock, Ont.), 5 grandchildren, one brother (Manassa, of Tavistock), and 3 sisters (Emma-Mrs. Albert Oesch, of Milverton; Ida-Mrs. Simon Bender, of Ailsa Craig; and Christena-Mrs. Norman Roi, of Tavistock). One brother (Eli) and one sister (Amanda) preceded him. Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra Church in charge of Daniel Wagler and Henry Yantzi. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Brenneman, Lydia, daughter of Christian and Lydia Roi, was born in East Zorra, Ont., Sept. 5, 1893; passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law near Baden, July 5, 1954; aged 60 y. 10 m. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was a member of the East Zorra A. M. Church, remaining faithful to the end. On Dec. 30, 1915, she was united in marriage to Solomon Brenneman, who preceded her in death April 8, 1951. This union was blessed with 4 children (Dorothy-Mrs. Clayton Wagler, of Baden; Archie, of Tavistock; Jerry and Earl, of Baden). Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Emerson, of Woodstock; Simon and Norman of Tavistock), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra Church by Daniel Wagler and Henry Yantzi, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Coss, Emma Kate, widow of William S. Coss, died at her home on the Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown, Md., July 29, 1954; aged 82 y. She had been in ill health eight years and seriously ill seven weeks. She was a daughter of Martin Luther and Hettie (Hoover) Justice. She was a member of the Stouffer Mennonite Church. Surviving are her children (Mrs. Mary A. Leatherman, Mrs. Mildred T. Bostetter, Luther G., John I., Clarence S., Jacob E., all of Hagerstown; Rachel and Lawrence R., at home; Mrs. Helen E. Gardenhour, of Waynesboro; Charles C., and Herbert D., both of Breathedsville, Md.), a half sister (Mrs. Ruth Blickenstaff, of Smithburg), 20 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted July 31 at the Suter Funeral Home by Amos J. Martin and Mervin Martin. Burial was made in the Stouffer Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Delong, Alfred J., was born in Watson, N. Y., May 22, 1873; died July 10, 1954, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Andrew Black, Glenfield, N. Y., after an illness of six months; aged 81 y. 1 m. 18 d. His entire life was spent in the area of Glenfield and Greig. He was a woodsman and forest range. On Sept. 9, 1896, he was married to Elizabeth Reed. To this union were born 3 sons (Jasper, Gary, and Harold), and 2 daughters (Mrs. Earl Rennie and Mrs. Andrew Black). He is survived by his widow, 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. On May 2, 1954, he confessed Christ as his Saviour and was baptized. This took place in the hospital at Lowville, N. Y. During his remaining days of illness he gave a wonderful testimony to the saving grace of God in his heart. Funeral services were held at the Harris Funeral Home in Lowville, N.Y., July 13, in charge of Leon Martin. Burial was made in Sand's Cemetery at Greig, N. Y.
Garber, Paul Moses (Milton), foundling adopted son of Bro. and Sister John Garber, of the Clinton Brick Church near Goshen, Ind., died on approximately July 28, 1954; on the roadside near Effingham, Ill.; aged 52 years. He had been taken to the West Liberty, Ohio, Mennonite Children's Home by the family on whose doorstep he was found. The Children's Home staff named him Paul Moses because he had been left in a basket. John Garbers adopted him. He was taken into the Clinton Brick Church as a boy but he began a roving life which ended with his unattended death beside the road where he was discovered by a passer-by. Among his papers was found reference to Lloyd Hartzler, Elkhart, Ind., a partner in the Zelle-Hartzler Funeral Home of that city. On more than one occasion Garber had called on Hartzler while passing through Elkhart. After notification by Effingham officials, Hartzler return the body to Elkhart. Funeral services conducted by Levi Hartzler were held at the Zelle-Hartzler Funeral Home on July 31, followed by interment in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Lauver, Henry E., son of Solomon and Clorissa Ellen Lauver, was born Dec. 7, 1878; passed away July 20, 1954; aged 75 y. 7 m. 13 d. Death was the result of an automobile accident near Brownstown, Ind. He and his wife, daughter, and son-in-law, had gone to Indiana by train on a vacation. He was a retired railroader. While in Indiana they were out on a little trip by car with relatives and another car hit them, knocking them down a twelve-foot bank, and killing Henry. The rest escaped with a few bruises and shock. He is survived by his third wife, Carrie Lauver, and one daughter (Marin Gean McCory). He had been married to Cora Burkhart. They had 3 girls, all surviving (Mrs. Mary Cloyd Snave, of Penbrook; Mrs. Ruth Kaiser, of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Rena Burkholder, of Newville), and one son (Paul H.), of the second wife, Lottie Plough Lauver, and one stepson 9Warren Coldren). He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 4 brothers (Emanuel, of Mechanicsburg; Alfred, Elson, and Joseph, of Penbrook). Funeral services were held July 26, from Zimmerman's Funeral Home, Linglestown, Pa., with Walter Charlton, former pastor of Diller's Mennonite Church, officiating. Burial was made in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Churchtown, Pa.
Miller, David Gerhard, son of Harry J. and Amanda (Lindemann) Miller, was born near Weatherford, Okla., Nov. 25, 10937; departed this life July 26, 1954; aged 16 y. 8 m. 1 d. David gave his heart to the Lord at the age of 15 years and became a member of the Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving are his mother, 2 sisters (Naomi-Mrs. Ivan Hogg, Yakima, Wash.; and Audry-Mrs. Raymond De Bano, Los Angeles, Calif.), 2 brothers (Arnold and John, at home), one grandmother (Mrs. Clara M. Leus, San Diego, Calif.), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church by Alva Swartzendruber and David's pastor, E. M. Thompson. Interment was made in the cemetery near by.
Roth, Christian D., son of N. L. and Anna (Diener) Roth, was born in East Zorra, Ont., June 27, 1867; passed to his eternal reward June 25, 1954, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bender, Tavistock, Ont.; aged 87 years less 2 days. In his early youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the East Zorra A.M. Church, remaining faithful to the end. On Feb. 27, 1894, he was united in marriage to Nancy Kropf and they lived together for over 60 years. He leaves to mourn his loving companion, one son and 3 daughters (Elam, of Tavistock; Amanda-Mrs. Aaron Stoltzfus, Parkesburg, Pa.; Ida-Mrs. Clarence Bender, of Tavistock; Alvina-Mrs. Elam Cressman, of New Hamurg). One daughter (Elizabeth) preceded him in death. Eleven grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren also survive. He was the last surviving member of a family of nine. Funeral services were held at the East Zorra A. M. Church in charge of Joel Swartzentruber and Henry Yantzi. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Roth, Christian I., son of Daniel and Catherine (Iutzi) Roth, was born in Southeasthope, Ont., Oct. 11, 1884; died at Galt, Ont., July 15, 1954; aged 69 y. 9 m. 4 d. He was a member of the East Zorra A. M. Church. His parents and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra Church by Henry Yantzi and Peter Nafziger. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Roth, Mary, daughter of Daniel and Annie Zehr, was born Oct. 1, 1880, in Wilmot Township, Ont.; passed to her eternal reward, after a brief illness July 3, 1954; aged 73 y. 10 m. 3 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and at the time of her death was a member of the East Zorra A. M. Church. On Dec. 18, 1909, she was united in marriage to Noah M. Roth, who predeceased her in 1948. To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons (Matilda-Mrs. Amos Brenneman, Tavistock, Ont.; Emma-Mrs. Joe Stere, Brighton, Ont.; Josiah and Noah, Baden, Ont.; and Reuben, of Tavistock), also 19 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Abraham, Noah, and David), and one sister (Mrs. Daniel Christner). She was preceded in death by 2 daughters (Anna Mae and Lovina), and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra Church in charge of Daniel Zehr and Henry Yantzi, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Rudy, Mary Ann, daughter of Isaac G. and Sarah (Shantz) Shantz, was born near Breslau, Ont., Feb. 9, 1882; passed away at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, Aug. 3, 1954, after an illness of seven years' duration; aged 72 y. 5 m. 25 d. She was united in marriage June 17, 1918, to Elias Y. Rudy. She was preceded in death by her husband who died in 1945, 6 brothers and sisters. She is survived by one sister (Edith, Kitchener, Ont.) with whom she lived until her hospitalization two years ago. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau. During her years in Saskatchewan after her marriage she was a member of the Sharon congregation near Guernsey. In the last years of her life she became affiliated with the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener. Funeral services were held Aug. 6 at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., in charge of Merle Shantz and John H. Hess, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Rufenacht, Elverda L., daughter of Moses and Ida Nofziger, was born near Wauseon, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1922; passed away June 16, 1954; aged 31 y. 7 m. 13 d. She suffered from lymphatic leukemia for over six months, spending a number of weeks at the Wauseon Hospital and at the Simpson Memorial Hospital at Ann Arbor, Mich., where she passed away. She became a Christian in her early youth and united with the West Clinton Mennonite Church where she was a faithful member until the Lord called her home. On Feb. 27, 1946, she was united in marriage to Maynard Rufenacht. They were blessed with 3 children (Jean Kay, Jimmy Lee, and Corwin Dale). She is survived by her companion, her 3 children, parents, 3 brothers (Clifford, Wayne, and Daryl, of Wauseon), and 3 sisters (Kathryn-Mrs. Glenford Short, Archbold, Ohio; Ilva-Mrs. Chauncey Grieser, Wellston, Ohio, and Bernice, of Wauseion), besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one brother. Her affliction came upon her very suddenly and at time she suffered greatly , but she bore it patiently by the grace given her of God. She was a devoted companion, loving mother, and respected neighbor and friend. Funeral services were held at the West Clinton Mennonite Church, June 20, conducted by D. L. Sommers and E. B. Frey.
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Kauffman, David Gideon, son of Stephen and Mary (King) Kauffman, was born near Garden City, Mo., May 2, 1878; passed to his eternal reward, after a heart illness of one-week duration, Aug. 7, 1954, at the Trinity Hospital, Minot, N. Dak.; aged 76 y. 4 m. 5 d. On Jan. 30, 1902, he was married to Anna E. King. He was preceded in death by a son (Herbert), who died in 1934 and his wife who passed away in 1946. He is survived by one sister (Mrs. Ida Martin, Jackson, Minn.), 5 children (Carl A., Creston, Mont.; Nelson E., Hannibal, Mo.; Floy E.-Mrs. Wallace Kauffman, Exeland, Wis.; Floyd E. and Harold, both of Minot), a foster son (Dale Huntzinger, Surrey, N. Dak.), 29 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. In 1914 he moved with his family to Minot, N. Dak., where he maintained his residence until his death. In his youth he became a member of the Mennonite Church to which he was a voted and faithful member until death. After the passing of his wife, he spent most of his time helping in mission work in Minnesota, Arkansas, and Missouri. He was particularly helpful in the building programs. Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at the Fairview Mennonite Church, Minot, N. Dak., with E. G. Hochstetler in charge, assisted by John Stoll, and Gerald Derstine. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Link, Violet M., fell asleep in Jesus July 10, 1954, at the Century Rest Home, Greenwood, Del. She was born in the Midwest, April 20, 1882, and for many years traveled with her husband through various areas. After the death of her husband, she resided at Trevose Heights Mennonite Church and took up membership there on Dec. 30, 1951. She remained a very faithful member until death. About 18 months ago she took ill and did not fully recover, but was able to care for herself until last December when she was admitted to the hospital. After some treatment she was sent home, given up to die soon, but the Lord showed mercy in sparing her until now. The funeral was held in the Trevose Heights Mennonite Church, with burial in the Doylestown Mennonite Cemetery. She is survived by two grandsons, one granddaughter, and an aged sister. She was the first of the local members to be called home.
Myers, Maggie H. (Bergey), was born near Telford, Pa., Sept. 27, 1873; passed away June 22, 1954, at the Eastern Mennonite Convalescent Home; aged 80 y. 8 m. 26 d. She was a faithful member of the Souderton Mennonite Church. Her husband preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1927. Surviving are 5 children and one stepdaughter (Stella-Mrs. William Krout; Mrs. Myrtle Force, Santa Fe, N. Mex.; Claude and Elton, of Souderton; Lloyd, Lansdale, Pa., and Henry Washington, D. C.), 19 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite Church, in charge of Jacob Moyer and Elmer Moyer. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Myer, Lizzie, daughter of Harry and Annie Doutrich, was born Aug. 16, 1893; died of a heart attack Aug. 6, 1954; aged 60 y. 11 m. 21 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful and active member until her death. She was married to Amos W. Myer, minister of Mummasburg, on Feb. 4, 1931, and was a kind and loving wife and mother to the 10 children of Bro. Myer by his first wife, who died Aug. 14, 1928. Funeral services were held at the Mummasburg Mennonite Church in charge of Richard Danner and Roy Geigley. Interment was made in the Mummasburg Mennonite Cemetery.
Rohrer, Mattie L., youngest daughter of Israel and Anna (Hess) Rohrer, was born near Lancaster, Pa., July 31, 1868; died at the home of her nephew, Frank Rohrer, Dayton, Va., June 27, 1954, following an illness of three months; aged 85 y. 10 m. 27 d. When a child of eight, she moved with her parents from Lancaster to Dayton, Va., to the home where she died. She was the last member of the family of 14. A brother, Daniel, died last September. She is survived by a large number of nieces and nephews in Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and will be remembered by many others as "Aunt Mattie." She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted June 29, at the Pleasant View Church, where she held her membership, with J. D. Wenger officiating. Burial was made in the nearby cemetery.
Smeltzer, Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham and Fannie Garber, was born Nov. 7, 1869, near Goshen, Ind.; died Aug. 13, 1954, at the Weaver Convalescent Home, Waterford, Ind., where she had been a patient for a year following a stroke; aged 84 y. 9 m. 6 d. She was married to Aaron Smeltzer, who died May, 1930, in Nappanee. Surviving are 2 daughters (Wilma Hershberger, of Nappanee, and Verda Birky, Bremen, Ind.), a son (Paul, South Bend, Ind.), 14 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the North Main Street Mennonite Church for over 45 years. She often expressed the concern during her lifetime and especially shortly before her death that she had never done much for her Lord but those who knew her realize that she had greatly influenced the lives of many by her unselfish Christian life and her sincere devotion to God. Services were held Aug. 15 at the North Main Street Church with Homer F. North officiating. Burial was made in the Union Center Cemetery.
Swartzendruber, Mahlon D., oldest son of Daniel and Catherine (Yoder) Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Dec. 7, 1897, lived all of his life in the immediate community, and passed away at his late home in Wellman, Iowa, Aug. 13, 1954; aged 74 y. 8 m. 6 d. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was a faithful member of the Lower Deer Creek congregation at the time of his death. On Jan. 13, 1903, he was united in marriage to Barbara Hershberger, who preceded him Sept. 23, 1944. To this union were born 8 children (Ora and Genevieve-Mrs. Allen Yoder, Parnell, Iowa; Clarence, Mabel-Mrs. Wm. Zook, and Cordell-Mrs. Rollin Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; Ernest and Emerson, of Wellman, and an infant son who preceded him in death). Twenty grandchildren, one sister (Lucretia-Mrs. Joseph Keim), and 3 brothers (George, Jacob, and Daniel, all of Pigeon, Mich.) also survive. One sister (Mary-Mrs. George Miller) preceded him in death. He always enjoyed attending church services and missed the privilege when, because of ill health, he was deprived of it for the last 3 _ years. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church Aug. 16, by J. Y. Swartzendruber and Eli M. Yutzy.
Weller, Ignatz Walter, was born July 20, 1879, in Steinfeld, Poland, and came to the United States in 1906; passed away at the King Daughters Hospital, Staunton, Va., March 17, 1954; aged 74 y. 7 m. 16 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized in October, 1952, at the East Bethel Mennonite Mission, where he remained a faithful member until death. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucy Gertrude (Wilson) Weller, and 7 daughters (Mrs. Frances Groskey, Mrs. Stella Lushell, and Mrs. Pauline Lushell, all of Hibbing, Minn.; Mrs. Rose Johnson, Duluth, Minn.; Mary and Catherine, Mich.; and Martha, Philadelphia, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Valley View Mennonite Church, March 20, with John Martin in charge, assisted by J. R. Driver. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
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