Breeden, --- Matilda (Cassie), was born Dec.9, 1862, near Elkton, Va.; passed away Nov. 28, 1954; aged 91 y. 11m. 17 d. She lived in this area most of her life, and the past year had her home with Hubert Meadows. She had her third stroke about a week previous to her death. She was a regular attendant at services as long as her health permitted, and had been a Christian for many years. Since April, 1947, she was a member of the Beldor Mennonite Church at Swift Run, Va. The Word of God was the only reading material for her and the Lord helped her to learn to read it. She never tired of singing the old hymns and possessed a personality that displayed a constant fellowship with the Lord. Her husband and 7 children, 2 having grown to maturity, preceded her in death. One sister, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren survive her. Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at the Beldor Mennonite Church with Harold H. Lahman in charge, assisted by D. W. Lehman.
Geib, --- Anna H., daughter of the late Mary and Daniel Hause, was born Sept. 5, 1892; died at her home Nov. 27, 1954, after a lingering illness; aged 62 y. 2 m. 22 d. She was a member of the Mt. Joy, Pa., Mennonite Church. Surviving are her husband (Christ Geib), these children (Alverta--Mrs. Jacob L. Ebersole; Katie--Mrs. Martin R. Mummau, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Christ H., Mt. Joy, Pa.; Martha --Mrs. Austin Saylor, Florin, Pa.; Anna Mary--Mrs. Joseph Forry, at home), 10 grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Harvey Barton and Mrs. Clayton Derstler, both of Columbia, Pa.; and Mrs. Leonard Deckman of Wrightsville, Pa.). Funeral services were held Nov. 3 with Henry Lutz and Henry Frank in charge. Burial was made in the Kraybill cemetery.
Harter, -- Helen, daughter of Glen and Edna (Stout) Pletcher, was born Nov. 17, 1933, at Akron, Ind. At the age of 5 she went to live in the home of her grandparents, Mr.and Mrs. Walter Pletcher, Elkhart Co., Ind. As a young girl she gave her heart and life to the Lord and was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Bethel United Missionary Church where her radiant Christian life was appreciated by all. Before her marriage in1951, she transferred her membership to the Holdeman Mennonite Church. On June 1, 1951, she was married to Wayne Harter, and together they had a happy home on a farm south of Wakarusa. They became the parents of 2 children, Coleen Rae and Wanda Lynette.
Death came to Helen on Dec. 11, 1954 at the age of 21 y. 24 d., as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Nappanee, Ind. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, 2 children, father, stepmother, brother (Richard, Dunlap, Ind.), grandparents (Mr.and Mrs. Walter Pletcher), grandmother (Mrs. Harriet Schmitt, Elkhart), and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held Dec.13 at the Olive Mennonite Church with services in charge of Lee J. Miller and Simon G. Gingerich, with burial in the Olive Cemetery.
Johnston, -- Uriah David, son of the late Lafayette and Anna (Detwiler) Johnston, was born Feb. 5, 1898, near Leonard, Mo.; went to his eternal reward Dec. 9, 1954; aged 56 y. 19 m. 4 d. Death was due to cancer of the stomach. On Dec. 7, 1921, he was married to Florence Zimmerman. He is survived by his wife, 10 children (Ardith, Nappanee, Ind; Alvin, Moundridge, Kans.; Orvis, Leonard, Mo.; Luetta, Kalona, Iowa; Esther--Mrs. Donald Zehr, Roseburg, Oreg.; Dorothy, Nappanee, Ind.; Anna, Dean, Ronnie and Donna at the home), his aged mother, 3 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Lydia -- Mrs. Fred Littleton, and Alma--Mrs. R.D.Harder, Leonard, Mo., and Orpha--Mrs. Lawrence Yoder, McPherson, Kans.) and 2 brothers (Noah, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and John, Hesston, Kans.). He was preceded in death by his father, one brother, Eran, and one sister Saloma, the former Mrs. Marcus Lind. He united with the Mt. Pisgah Church in his youth and remained a faithful and active member until his death. Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at the Mt. Pisgah Church with Daniel Kauffman, Nelson E. Kauffman, and John M. Yoder in charge. Burial was made in the Church of the Brethren-Mennonite Cemetery.
Lederman, -- Amos, son of Daniel and Katie (Neuhouser) Lederman, was born in Allen Co., Ind., Aug.25, 1899; passed away unexpectedly at the Souders Hospital, Auburn, Ind., Dec. 10, 1954, after being a patient there only 12 hours; aged 55 y. 3m. 15 d. He was failing in health for nearly two years from a heart ailment. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized April 7, 1918, and was a faithful member of the Leo Mennonite Church since then. On Feb. 28, 1921, he was united in marriage to Lillian Liechty. To this union were born 3 children (Kathryn Anna--Mrs. Herman Kauffman; Loveda May--Mrs. Wayne Liechty, both of Archbold, Ohio, and Leland Cornell, married and residing at the parents home near Leo, Ind.). Besides his wife and 3 children, also surviving are his mother, (Mrs. Katie Lederman, Leo), 6 brothers and 4 sisters (Mrs. Emma Stucky, Leo; Mrs. Esther Beck, Pettisville, Ohio; Mrs. Amanda Rupp, Quincy, Mich., Alpheus, Cedarville, Ind.; David, Mendon, Mich., Elmer, Paul, Glen, and Edgar, all near Leo, and Mrs. Evelyn Smucker, Stryker, Ohio), 5 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. His father, 2 brothers, and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services held Dec. 12 at the Leo Mennonite Church were in charge of S. J. Miller, assisted by E. B. Frey, Archbold, Ohio. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Lehman, -- Anna Speicher, daughter of the late William and Edith (Blackburn) Cuppet; was born in Bedford Co., Pa., Sept. 18, 1872; died in the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa.; Oct. 29, 1954; aged 82 y. 1 m. 11 d. In her early years she was baptized and became a member of the United Brethren Church. She is survived by 2 children (Edward, Ogletown, Pa., and Mrs. Bessie Logo, Brighton, Mich.), and these step-children (Mrs. Joseph Fender, Hollsopple, Pa.; Mrs. Cloyd Speicher, Mrs. Cloyd Gindelsperger both of Boswell, Pa.; Mrs. Lizzie Bukey, Johnstown, Pa.; Tobias and Hiram J. of Thomas Mills, Pa.). Many of her years were lived in or near Thomas Mills and she worshiped many times at the Thomas Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Hay Funeral Home, Boswell, Pa., Nov. 1, in charge of Aldus J. Wingard. Burial was made in the Hopewell Cemetery.
Martin. -- Mary L., daughter of the late Joseph and Fanny (Lesher) Horst, was born Aug. 20, 1865, near Hagerstown, Md.; passed away peacefully at her home in Maugansville, Md., Dec. 8, 1954, after several weeks illness; aged 89 y. 3 m. 18 d. On March 10, 1898, she was united in marriage to David H. Martin who preceded her in heath June 3, 1905, leaving her a widow almost 50 years. To this union were born 5 children (Joseph P., Maugansville, Md.; Irvin L., Hagerstown, Md.; Timothy H., who died in infancy; Mary E.--Mrs. Howard F. Lehman, Willow Hill, Pa.; Martha N., Maugansville), also surviving are 5 step-children, (A. Clinton. Hagerstown, Md.; Emma K. Reiff, Milledgeville, Ill.; Calvin A. Shippensburg, Pa.; Peter L. and Clara Shuck, Hagerstown), 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and step-great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Four stepchildren preceded her in death. She was the last of a family of 11 children. She accepted Christ in her youth and was a faithful member of Reiffs Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at Miller s Church by Moses K. Horst, assisted by Samuel L. Martin. Burial was made in adjoining cemetery.
Rhodes, -- A. Newton, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Heatwole) Rhodes, was born Sept. 16, 1858, near Dayton, Va. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Ellen Lineweaver Rhodes, and a daughter who died in infancy. He is survived by one son (Oscar J., Hinton, Pa.) 2 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services held at the Bank Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, were in charge of S. H. Rhodes and D. W. Lehman. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Shantz, -- Menno M., third son of Henry and Veronica (Martin) Shantz, was born in 1883; died at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Nov. 2, 1954; aged 71 years. In Sept. 1907, he was married to Esther Wismer who preceded him in death in March, 1947. He is survived by 3 sons (John, Ervin, and Samuel, all farming near Ayr, Ont.), 4 daughters (Estelle of St. George, Ont.; Ella--Mrs. Burns of Galt, Ont.; Marion--Mrs. Linsman of Kitchener, Ont., and Doris--Mrs. Weicker of New Hamburg, Ont.), and 3 brothers (Levi and Noah of Braeside Home, Preston, Ont,. And Amos of Ayr, Ont.). Four children also preceded him (Menno, Peter, Willard, and Reta--Mrs. Horsfall). Services were held at the Roseville Mennonite Church, Roseville, Ont., where he was a member since youth. Moses S. Bowman and Moses Roth conducted the services. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Wolfer, -- Hugh A., son of Hugh and Ina (Hostetler) Wolfer, was born Dec. 15, 1924, near Hubbard, Oreg.; passed away Nov. 12, 1954, in the hospital in Eureka, Calif.; aged 20 y. 10 m 27 d. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of eleven and was a member of the Mennonite Church at Sweet Home, Oreg. On May 8, 1954, he was united in marriage to Betty Reynolds. He leaves his wife, parents, 5 brothers and 3 sisters (Clifford and Clayton, Sweet Home, Oreg.; Helen--Mrs. M. M. Miller, Portland, Oreg.; Blanche--Mrs. Paul Kilmer, Sheridan, Oreg.; Luella--Mrs. Howard Nice, and Lynn, Willamina, Oreg,; Roy, Milford, Nebr., and Leslie, who is in I-W service at Whitfield, Miss., but expects to be at home in Portland soon), a grandmother, Mrs. Minerva Hostetler, Hubbard, Oreg.; and many other relatives and friends.
Zimmerman, -- Susie S., daughter of the late Levi Z.
and Susanna (Sauder) Good, was born near Weaverland, Pa.,
Aug. 30, 1896; died Sept. 4, 1954, in the St. Joseph's Hospital,
Lancaster, Pa., after a few days illness; aged 58 y. 5 d. She
was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church for many years.
On March 26, 1927, she was united in marriage of Charles H. Zimmerman,
Blue Ball, Pa. She is survived by her husband, one foster son
(Paul M. Weaver, Blue Ball, Pa.), and 2 foster grandchildren.
Also surviving are (Mary--Mrs. Christian High, Bird in Hand, Pa.;
Menno S., Lititz, Pa.; John J. and George S. , New Holland, Pa.).
Her parents and 2 brothers preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at the Weaverland Church with David N. Weaver and Alvin G. Martin in charge, assisted by J. Paul Graybill, Aaron H. Weaver, Walter H. Martin, and Paul R. Weaver. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Benner, -- Abram Martin*, son of Abram L. and Amelia
(Martin) Benner, was born near Thompsontown, Pa., April
7, 1866; passed away suddenly at his home in Mechanicsburg, Pa.;
aged 68 y. 7 m. 26 d. His passing was due to a heart condition
from which he suffered for over 3 years, but was bedfast only
8 hours. His mother passed away when he was one week old, and
he was taken into the home of an uncle and aunt, Joseph Weavers,
where he was given a home with the 5 Weaver children. A the age
of 16 this home was broken up by death. He then went to Cumberland
Co., to the home of a foster sister, later drifting to Pittsburgh
and Altoona, Pa., then returning to Cumberland Co., where on Dec.
16 he was united in marriage to Orpah L. Eshleman. His
passing was the first to break the family circle after almost
46 years. He is survived by his wife, one daughter (Mable--Mrs.
Elmer H. Hertzler), one foster daughter (Mary--Mrs. Leonard Hertzler),
both of Mechaniecsburg, Pa.; one foster son (Paul Simmons, Camp
Hill, Pa.), 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 7 foster
one brother (Clayton, Pittsburgh, Pa.), and other relatives and
friends. On Nov. 20, 1938, he was called by lot to the office
of deacon to serve the Slate Hill Church, Shiremanstown, Pa. Later
he was asked to assume the duties of deacon for Churchtown, Cumberland
Co., and Diller, Newville, but as duties increased and health
decreased, two years ago he asked to be relieved of the Churchtown
duties, retaining Diller, Slate Hill, and Harrisburg Colored Mission,
sponsored by Slate Hill congregation. He enjoyed the Lord's work,
never refusing day or night to go as called. Funeral services
were held in Slate Hill Church Dec. 7, conducted by Simon G. Bucher
and William M. Strong. Burial was made in adjoining cemetery.
*Correction: His name is Martin Abram Benner - See obituary of wife, Orpah L. Benner, May 28, 1974 - Correction sent in by grandson, Leon Hertzler.
Carr, -- Stanley M., eldest son of Wm. M. and Lydia Carr, was born Aug. 24, 1877, in Sunderland, England. At the age of four, with his parents and younger brother, he came to America, and lived the rest of his life in Shannon Co., Mo., until he retired to Mountain View, Mo., 9 years ago. He passed away Dec. 1, 1954, after 3 weeks of illness due to a heart ailment; aged 77 y. 3m 7 d. In 1906 he attended services at the Berea Mennonite Church, Birch Tree, Mo., and decided to cast his lot with this congregation. Through many years he was superintendent of a rural Sunday school and an interested leader of every good move in his community. On Feb. 17, 1924, he was united in marriage to Sadie Brubaker, who survives. Funeral services were in charge of J. R. Shank, Oney Hathaway, and Protus Brubaker.
Clemmer,-- JohnH., formerly of Schwenkville, Pa., passed away July 27, 1954, at Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., where he had been a guest for four years; aged 84. He was married to Rosetta (Emery) Clemmer, who passed away in 1914. He was a member of the Worcester Mennonite Church. Surviving are two daughters (Mrs. Elizabeth Hohn, Schwenkville, Pa., and Rosetta--Mrs. Percival Dunlap, Phoenixville, Pa.), 11 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Campbell Funeral Home, Phoenixville. Interment was made at the Souderton Mennonite Church.
Eicher, -- Daniel R., son of Martin and Barbara (Roth) Eicher, was born April 17, 1858, at Wayland, Iowa; passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Stauffer, Milford, Nebr., Dec. 26, 1954; aged 96 y. 8 m. 9 d. Early in his life he accepted Christ as this Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he died. He was one of the early settlers and homesteaded on a farm near Milford. On Sept. 24, 1882, he was united in marriage to Mattie Stutzman. To this union were born 9 children. Surviving are (Sophia-- Mrs. J. B. Stauffer; Cora--Mrs.Joe Rediger, Mary--Mrs. Ira Schlegel, Warren and Stanley, all of Milford; Dan of Coolidge, Ariz., and Clayton of Lincoln, Nebr.), one sister (Barbara Conrad, Smithville, Ohio), 29 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his companion, 2 sons (Lee and Henry), and 5 great-grandchildren. In 1938 he was married to Katie White, Brighton, Iowa, and made his home there for 6 years. She departed this life in 1944. Funeral services were held at the Milford Mennonite Church, Dec. 28, 1954, in charge of L.O. Schlegel, assisted by Oliver Roth and Milton Troyer. Interment was made in the Milford Mennonite Church.
Fretts, -- Ellsworth L., son of the late Jacob and Rose
Ann Hess Fretts, was born near Masontown, Pa., March 10,
1876; passed away Dec. 5, 1954; aged 78 y. 9 m. 26 d. His wife,
Anna Cover Fretts, departed this life July 5, 1946. He
was also predeceased by two sisters (Mrs. Mattie Prinkley of Scottdale,
Pa., and Etta Fretts of Masontown). He is survived by a son (Walter,
of Masontown), and a daughter (Ruth, at home), and 3 sisters (Mrs.
Anna B. Johnson, Elizabeth, Pa.; Mrs. Hettie Davis, Perryopolis,
Pa.; and Mrs. Bessie Dove, Point Marion, Pa.). He was member of
the Masontown Mennonite Church for the past fifty years. Funeral
services were conducted in the Fairview Church of the Brethren
in charge of Paul M. Roth and Albert Haught. Burial was made in
the adjoining cemetery.
Fulmer, -- Florence, wife of George W. Fulmer, Stump Hill Road, Worcester, Pa., died in the Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, Pa., Nov. 30, 1954; aged 75. Besides her husband she is survived by 4 children (Mrs. Hannah Smith, Edgertown, Oho; Elva--Mrs. George Kinckiner, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; Clarence E., Worcester and Edna--Mrs. Almanza Perry, Worcester), one sister (Mrs. Susan Sturgis, West Chester, Pa.), 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Worcester Mennonite Church Dec. 4, with Paul R. Clemens in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Gerber, -- Ira, son of David and Mary (Hostetler)
Gerber, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Dec. 23, 1873; departed
this life at his home following a brief illness and heart attack
on Dec. 18, 1954; aged 80 y. 11 m. 25 d.
In his youth he became affiliated with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church where he retained his membership until death. On March 10, 1901, he was married to Emma Crillow. Two sons and 2 daughters were born to this union. The 2 daughters (Florence and Mary), one grandchild, and one great-grandchild preceded him in death. Surviving are his invalid wife, 2 sons (Clement, Berlin Ohio, and Floyd of the home), one foster daughter (Mrs. Grover Schrock, Shanesville, Ohio), 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Alvin, Revenna, Ohio, and Urias, Dover, Ohio). Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Church, Dec. 21, 1954, with Paul R. Miller in charge. Burial in the church cemetery.
Haldeman, --- Fanny, daughter of the late Abel and Catherine Shirk, was born at Richfield,Pa., Feb. 22, 1872; passed away after an illness of one year at her former home, (where she lived with her daughter, Mrs. Milton Brackbill) on Nov. 14, 1954; aged 82 y. 8 m. 7 d. On Dec. 4, 1890, she was married to Cornelius R. Haldeman who preceded her on April 12, 1948. Surviving are the following daughters (Grace--Mrs. George G. Malin; Myrtle--Mrs. Harry G. Brackbill; Ruth--Mrs. Milton Brackbill, all of Malvern, Pa.), 11 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister (Henry Shirk and Mrs. Mary Hornberger, both of Juniata County). The early years of their married life were spent in Virginia and West Virginia, and the remainder of their life was spent on their farm near Malvern, which they purchased in 1906. She and her husband were two of the charter members of the Frazer congregation. "Aunt Fanny" or "Grandma" as she was known to all, lived for her Lord quietly, calmly, and consistently. Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at the Frazer Church in charge of Mark Swanenburg and John H. Shenk. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Hess, -- John C., son of the late William and Mattie Hess, was born in Morgantown, W. Va.. Aug. 15, 1889; departed this life Nov. 15, 1954, aged 65 y. 3 m. He is survived by his wife Lorena Clark Essig Hess, and 2 step-children (John A. Essig and Mrs. Paul (Effie Jane) Huddle), and 5 grandchildren. He made a profession of faith in Christ while on his sickbed and was received into fellowship with the Masontown Mennonite congregation. Funeral services were held in the Honsaker Funeral Home, Masontown. Burial in the Greendale Cemetery, with Paul M. Roth officiating.
Hostetler,-- Imo, daughter of James E. and Florence R. (Dorsey) Hoffman, was born Sept. 5, 1893; passed away after a five-day illness on Dec. 6, 1954; aged 61 y. 3 m. 1 d. On April 25, 1917, she was united in marriage to Marion H. Hostetler. Seven sons and 2 daughters blessed this home. One son (Millard Ray), one brother, 2 sisters, and her parents preceded her in death. Surviving are her companion, 2 daughters (Lois--Mrs. H. W,. Pyle, and Clarabel--Mrs. Harley Plank), 6 sons (Roger, Robert, Joe, J. Russel, Charles, and Karl), one brother (Ernest), and 12 grandchildren. Early in her life she became a member of the United Brethren Church at Rosewood, Ohio, and in 1940 transferred to the fellowship of the South Union Mennonite Church near West Liberty, Ohio, in which she faithfully served her Lord to the end. Services were held at the South Union Mennonite Church on Dec. 9, 1954, with Stanley C. Shenk and Robert Wearly, pastor of the West Liberty Congregational Christian Church, in charge. Interment was made in the South Union Cemetery.
Hunsberger, -- Abram Sherk, was born in Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., on May 17, 1881, to Abraham and Elizabeth (Sherk) Hunsberger; died on Christmas Day, 1954, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital; aged 73 y. 7 m. 8 d. He was one of a family of 12 of which 2 survive, Maryann of Preston and Noah of St. Jacobs. On Dec. 22, 1909, he was married to Mary Ida Wideman. Three sons were born to this union (Albert of Waterloo, Gordon of Conestoga, and Wilson of Waterloo). He was preceded by his wife on Feb. 12, 1944. On May 31, 1952, he married Vera Hallman, who survives him. He was a faithful member of the Erb Street Mennonite Church for his entire life and taught a Sunday-school class for many years. Funeral services were held in the Erb Street Mennonite Church, in charge of J. B. Martin, assisted by Moses Bowman.
Kaufman, -- Catherine, daughter of Emanuel and Elizabeth (Blough) Kaufman, was born Feb. 23, 1875, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa.; departed this life at her home Dec.19, 1954, aged 79 y. 9 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel L. Kaufman April 30, 1893. She is survived by her husband and 2 daughters (Dora--Mrs. Cloyd Gindlesperger, and Nora--Mrs. Ora Stahl, both of Davidsville, Pa., 2 brothers (Josiah and Andrew, both of Tire Hill, Pa.), 12 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter (Mrs. Cora Weaver), a sister (Mrs. Lavina Croyle), and a brother (Edward). She was a member of the Kaufman Mennonite Church for many years. She served her church faithfully and frequently expressed a deep concern for the church. Funeral services were held at the Kaufman Mennonite Church on Dec. 22, 1954, in charge of Aldus J. Wingard and James Saylor. Burial was made in the Kaufman Cemetery.
Lantz, -- Adam S., son of Joseph and Rebecca (Hartzler) Lantz, was born May 23, 1869, near Topeka, Ind.; departed this life Dec. 15, 1954, at the Mennonite Home for the Aged, Rittman, Ohio; aged 85 y. 6 m. 22 d. In his youth he confessed Christ as Savior and was received into the membership of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio, where he remained a faithful member until death. On Nov. 14, 1897, he was united in marriage to Emma Smucker, who survives him. Also surviving are one daughter (Zelta) and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers died in infancy, and 2 sisters (Emma and Mrs, Uriel Yoder) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church Dec. 17, 1954, with V.M. Gerig officiating, assisted by J. Kore Zook. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Lehman, -- Effie, daughter of the late Davie and Selinda (Blosser) Lehman, was born near Columbiana, Ohio, July 7, 1890; died at her home Dec. 7, 1954; aged 64 y. 5 m. Her death came very suddenly from a heart attack. Except for two brief periods when she was in Indiana, her entire life was spent in the same home where she was born and passed away. She united with the Midway Mennonite Church, Oct. 9, 1904, and remained faithful until death. She leaves to mourn her departure her brother (Elmer) who shared the home with her, 12 nieces and nephews. Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She lived a quiet and unassuming life and will be missed by her many friends. Funeral services were held at the Midway Church in charge of Paul Yoder and Ernest Martin. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
McMillen, -- Walter E., was born at Bridgeville, Pa., April 15, 1881; died at his home in Masontown, Pa., Dec. 15, 1954; aged 73 y. 8 m. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gunther McMillen, and 7 children. He made a profession of faith in Christ while a patient in the Uniontown Hospital. Funeral services were conducted by Paul Roth from Masontown Cemetery.
Neff. -- Emma, daughter of John S. and Magdalena Weaver, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 7, 1880; died at her home in Shanesville, Ohio, following a one-day illness, Dec. 20, 1954; aged 74 y. 1 m. 13 d. In her youth she confessed Christ as Saviour and became a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, to which she remained faithful until death. On Feb. 28, 1912, she was united in marriage to John Neff. Four children were born to this union. Two daughters, one son, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Surviving are her husband, one son (Paul, Beach City, Ohio), one grandchild, one sister (Mrs. Amos Gerber, Sugarcreek, Ohio), and many friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Church, Dec. 23, 1954, with Paul R. Miller in charge. Burial was made in the Union Hill cemetery.
Shantz, -- Abram, son of the late Frank and Leah (Groff) Shantz, was born April 8, 1889; passed away at his home after a long illness; aged 65 y. 8 m. 16 d. Early in his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Erb Street Mennonite Church, where he remained a faithful member until death. In March, 1917, he married Ada Eby, who preceded him in Sept. 1918. On July 6, 1921, he married Beulah Eby. Surviving are his wife and 4 daughters (Doris--Mrs. Eden Good, Waterloo, Ont.; Audrey--Mrs. Orval Reist. June--Mrs. Morgan Feick, and Eileen--Mrs. Ronald Williamson, all of Kingsdale), 5 grandchildren, 3 sisters (Mrs. Ida Schlueter, Mrs. Ephraim Bearinger, both of Waterloo, and Mrs. Aaron Sauder, of St. Jacobs, Ont.), and 2 brothers (Albert, Waterloo, and Moses, Lexington). Funeral services were held at Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., in charge of J. B. Martin, assisted by Clare Shantz and Leonard Haarer.
Swartzendruber, -- Glenora, daughter of Bertsel and
Nancy (Missamore) Peden, was born April 28, 1900, near
Findlay, Ohio; passed away at her home near New Carlisle, Ohio,
Dec. 11, 1954; aged 54 y. 7 m. 6 d. She and her brother Stacy
spent a year at the Mennonite Orphanage at West Liberty, Ohio,
and later spent 6 years as a foster daughter in the home of John
R. Wenger and family. At the age of 10 she accepted Christ as
her Saviour. On June 29, 1918, she was married to Omar Swartzendruber.
This union was blessed with 7 children (Paul M., Tustin, Calif.;
Ruth--Mrs. Leonard Leichty, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Anna--Mrs. James
Martin, Montevideo Uruguay, S.A.; Ed,
Degraff, Ohio; Earl L., Washington, D. C.; Elwood D., Goshen, Ind., and Ronald at home). Also surviving are one brother (Stacy, Kansas City, Mo.), one half brother (Emmanuel Fachting, St. Louis, Mich.), one half sister (Mrs. Hazel Bridegaum, Findlay), and 17 grandchildren. She was a member of the Oak Grove Church and attended and served faithfully whenever her health permitted. She had been in failing health since 1930, becoming worse the last few years. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage. She passed away at home alone, seemingly without a struggle and was found a few hours later.
Troyer, -- Abraham N., son of Noah D. and Elizabeth Troyer, was born Oct. 31, 1869 in Lagrange Co., Ind. He moved with his parents from Indiana to Kansas in 1877. They established a home near Inman, in the vicinity of the West Liberty Mennonite Church. Here he accepted Christ as his Saviour and began a life devoted to Christian service. On Nov. 14, 1897, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Zimmerman. To this union cam 3 children (Stephen, who died at the age of 13; Gertrude, and Dessie). He engaged in farming until 1921 when he moved to Hesston so that his daughters might attend church school. After establishing his home in Hesston, he engaged in the oil, grain, and coal business. For 2 years he served as business manager of Hesston College and Bible School, and he served his community as city counselor for many years. On May 15, 1932, he was ordained to serve as deacon in the Hesston Mennonite Church, and served in that capacity until his age cause him to relinquish his duties. He remained interested in the work of the church as long as his health permitted. His wife passed away on July 20, 1938, and he spent his remaining years with his children, taking much pleasure in his 4 grandchildren. On Aug. 24, 1953, he suffered a stroke which eventually caused his death. On Dec. 16, 1954, he went to sleep at the Mercy Hospital, Moundridge, Kans., aged 85 y. 1 m. 16 d. Surviving are his 2 daughters (Gertrude--Mrs. Paul Roupp, and Dessie--Mrs. Murray Bandy, both of Hesston), 4 grandchildren, 4 sisters (Mrs. Anna Zimmerman, Hesston; Mrs. M. F. Boyts, Crystal Springs, Kans., Mrs. Mammie Comins, Mio, Mich., Mrs. Harry Griffin, Grand Rapids, Mich.), 3 brothers (David, Attica, Kans., Sylvenous, Goshen, Ind., and Noah, Glen Carbon, Ill.). Funeral services were held in Hess Memorial Hall, Hesston Mennonite Church where he held his membership, on Dec. 19, with Ivan R. Lind and Milo Kauffman, officiating. Burial was made in the West Liberty Cemetery, near Windom, Kans.
Troyer, -- Floyd Wayne, was born Aug. 4, 1940; died Dec. 12, 1954; aged 14 y. 4 m. 8 d. Floyd accepted Christ and was received as a member of the Clinton Brick Church, Goshen, Ind., on Jan. 14, 1951. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents (Mr. And Mrs. Edw. Troyer), 2 brothers (Cornelius, Goshen, Ind., and Eugene, Fort Wayne), and 4 sisters (Myrtle--Mrs, Samuel Bontrager, Elkhart, Ind.; Fannie--Mrs. Howard Yoder, Hicksville, Ohio; Edna--Mrs. Ben Longacher, Spenserville, Ind.; and Anna Mae at home), grandparents (Mr.and Mrs. Christian C. Bontrager, Topeka, Ind., and a host of relatives and friends. Floyd was very regular in attending church services and was present in the morning service of Dec. 12. At 1:15 in the afternoon he died in an auto accident. He will be remembered as a happy, well-behaved, consistent young Christian. Funeral services held at the Clinton Brick Church were conducted by Amsa H. Kauffman assisted by John Troyer. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Wilson, -- Rena, daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Endsley Barber, was born near Masontown, Pa., March 31, 1877; died in the Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., October 24, 1954; aged 77 y. 6 m. 21 d. She is survived by her husband, Joseph, of Masontown, Pa., 2 daughters, 3 sons; 27 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were conducted from the Kaprive Funeral Home, by Paul M. Roth. Burial was made in the Masontown Cemetery.
Wyse, -- Junior Chris, was born near Stryker, Ohio, April 22, 1921; died Oct. 7, 1954, in an auto accident near Monte Vista, Colo.; aged 33 y. 5 m. 15 d. At the age of 14 he gave his life to Christ and became a member of the Fulton Co., Ohio, congregation, and transferred his membership to the First Mennonite Church of Denver when they moved there in 1948. Nov. 25, 1943, he was united in marriage to Donna Lugbill. God blessed their union with 3 children. He leaves us with a challenge for faithfulness to our Lord and a challenge to young men of his own age and responsibility to accept the opportunities of being a loving "daddy" to their own family and children. He leaves his wife, 3 children (Marcia, Karlin, and Candice); his parents (Mr.and Mrs. Joe Wyse), 3 brothers (Mahler, Warren, and Marion), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 9 in the Denver Mortuary by Glenn Martin, and on Oct. 12 at the Central Church, Archbold, Ohio, by Jesse Short, P.F. Frey, and E.M. Yost. Interment was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Zook, -- Solomon K., son of Chris and Nancy Zook, was born April 5, 1889, in Belleville, Pa.; passed peacefully away at Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kans., Dec. 18, 1954; aged 65 y. 8 m. 13 d. On Nov. 30, 1916, he was united in marriage to Barbara Yoder. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. He is survived by his wife, his four children (Esther--Mrs. Levi L. Yoder, Hutchinson, Kans.; Durbin, who is convalescing at a Minneapolis, Minn., hospital from a major operation, and who resides at Glenburn, N. Dak.; Ruby--Mrs. Gene Weaver, Hesston, Kans., and Lloyd, Denver, Colo.), 6 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Isreal Yoder, Belleville, Pa., and Mrs. Mose Byler, Mechanicsville, Md.). Preceding him are his parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. He became a Christian and united with the Mennonite Church when he was a young man, and was called to the office of deacon on June 30, 1943, to serve the Fairview Mennonite Church, Minot, N. Dak. Because of ill health he moved with his family to Hutchinson, Kans., in 1951, transferring his membership to the Hutchinson Mission Mennonite Church, where he served as deacon as much as his health permitted. He was in ill health a greater portion of his adult life, but was always patient in his suffering. His funeral was held at the Hutchinson Mission Mennonite Church on Dec. 21, 1954, with Glenn Martin, Floyd Kauffman, and Sanford E. King in charge. Burial was made in the Yoder Mennonite Cemetery, Yoder, Kans.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Blum, -- Mary, daughter of Jacob and Lena Zimmerman, was born Feb. 25, 1872, in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany; passed away at her home near Hydro, Okla., Dec. 29, 1954; aged 82 y. 10 m. 4 d. In 1881 she moved with her parents to Flanagan, Ill. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. In November, 1895, she was married to Conrad Blum and they made their home near Manson, Iowa. To this union were born 7 children, all of whom are living except one daughter who died in infancy. Surviving are Anna Switzer, Thomas, Okla., Frieda Miller and Lena Blum, Hydro; Minnie and John Blum, Weatherford, Okla., and Esther Crawford, Clinton, Okla. She leaves to mourn her passing the 6 children, 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one brother (Jacob Zimmerman, Lawton, Okla.). Her husband preceded her in death Sept. 25, 1933. Also preceding her were her parents, one sister (Anna Schantz), and 3 brothers (Joseph, Andrew, and Chris). Funeral services held at the Pleasant View Church near Hydro, Okla., on Dec. 31, were conducted by John Slagell and Alva Swartzendruber. Interment was made in the cemetery nearby.
Brunk, -- Ada M., wife of Harry A. Brunk,
Va., and daughter of Noah B. and Sarah (Martin) Zimmerman,
was born in East Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept.
6, 1908; died Dec. 7, 1954; aged 46 y. 3 m. 1 d. She had not been
well for the past five years, but was able to lead a fairly active
life until the last few months before her death. She taught school
in Lancaster Co., Pa., and Pendelton Co., W. Va., and served on
the faculty of Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va., from
1939 to 1949. On June 8, 1949, she was married to Harry A. Brunk,
of Eastern Mennonite College faculty. She was coauthor of the
book, "Africa Calls," and also produced an unpublished
manuscript, "Christian Nurture of Youth." Besides her
husband she is survived by four stepsons (Dr. James R. Brunk,
Charlottesville, Va.; David C. Brunk, Sandy Hook, Conn.;
S. Fred Brunk and Harry A. Brunk, Jr., at home). She also leaves 3 sisters (Lydia Ann--Mrs. Aaron W. Weaver, Ephrata, Pa., and Verna M. Zimmerman, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind.), and 2 brothers (Mahlon M. and Stephen, both of Ephrata, Pa.). She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was active in Christian work along many lines. She possessed a cheerful personality and her Christian optimism and courage continued throughout the years of her illness. Funeral services were held at her late home and at the Eastern Mennonite College Chapel, Dec. 10, with the following ministers taking part in the services: J. L. Stauffer, John R. Mumaw, B. Charles Hostetter, D. W. Lehman, C. K. Lehman, and Russell Cline. Interment was made in the Weaver Church Cemetery, near Harrisonburg, Va.
Hoover, --Albert, son of Joseph and Annie (Barkey) Hoover, was born Sept. 16, 1894; suddenly departed this life Dec. 25, 1954; aged 60 y. 3 m. 9 d. He spent all his days in the vicinity in which he was born. On July 5, 1916, he was united in marriage to Lena Hoover, who lives to mourn his departure. One brother (Harmon) is deceased. Surviving are 2 brothers (Tilman and Jacob), 3 sisters (Mary--Mrs. Abe Smith; Rena--Mrs. Jacob Wideman, and Ada--Mrs. John Grove), and many other relatives and friends. In early manhood he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Almira, Ont., Mennonite congregation, in which faith he remained true to death. The services were in charge of Floyd Smucker, assisted by Lorne Burkholder and Aaron Grove.
Keim, -- Lucretia, daughter of Daniel and Catherine Swartzendruber, was born July 24, 1885, in Johnson Co., Iowa; passed away at the Scheurer Hospital, Pigeon, Mich., Dec.28, 1954; aged 69 y. 5 m. 4 d. Death was due to complications after a 4-month illness. She accepted Christ at the age of 16 and remained true to her Lord till the end. On Nov. 19, 1907, she was united in marriage to Joseph Keim in Miami Co., Ind. Later they moved to Iowa Co., Iowa. After two years they moved to Pigeon, Mich., where she was a member of the Pigeon River Conservative Mennonite Church. They had 4 children (Mary--Mrs. Elmer Ropp, Pigeon; George, Bay Port, Mich.; Erma--Mrs. Orie Kauffman, White Pigeon, Mich., and Dorothy, at home). Surviving are her husband, 4 children, 17 grandchildren, 6 stepchildren (Abe, Alvin, and Katie--Mrs. Jesse Schrock, Kokomo, Ind.; Noah and Jonas, Sugarcreek, Ohio and Lena--Mrs. George Swartzendruber, Pigeon), 19 step-grandchildren, 35 step great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (George, Jake, and Dan, Pigeon), and a host of other relatives and friends. One brother and one sister (Mahlon and Mary) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River Conservative Church, Dec. 31, in charge of Emanuel Swartzendruber and Earl Maust. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Kreider, -- Emma L., daughter of Samuel M. and Emma (Denlinger) Herr, was born Nov. 10,1890; died Oct. 24, 1954, at her home near Ronks, Pa.; aged 63 y. 11 m. 14 d. Surviving are her husband, Morris S., one son (Marvin H.), 2 daughters (Anna and Emma), and 2 sisters (Anna and Mary). An infant son predeceased her. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob Harnish, Emory Herr, and John Brenneman, at the Strasburg Mennonite Church of which she was a member.
McDowell, -- Martha (Housser), was born May 5, 1889, at South Cayuga. Due to a paralytic stroke she was a partial invalid for 7 years. After illness of one week, she departed this life on Nov. 25, 1954; aged 65 y. 6 m. 20 d. In her early years she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Wideman Mennonite Church, Markham, Ont., where she lived a faithful and consistent Christian life. She was united in marriage to Allen McDowell on April 4, 1916. He preceded her by six months. To this union were born 5 children (Emerson, Toronto, Ont.; Lillian--Mrs. Asa Steckley, Zurich; Harold, Lorne, and Arletta, all of Markham). Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends. The services were in charge of Aaron Grove, assisted by Albert Martin and Floyd Schmucker.
Rychener, -- Rose, daughter of William and Kathryn Kline, was born Jan. 15, 1875 in Pettisville, Ohio, where she passed away Dec. 22, 1954; aged 79 y. 11 m. 7 d. On May 13, 1897, she was united in marriage to Charles Rychener with whom she shared life's joys and sorrows for over 57 years. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter. She was the last one of a family of 4 sons and 3 daughters to answer the call of death. Her husband preceded her about 4 months ago. Surviving are 2 sons (Vern, Wauseon, Ohio and Carl, Harlingen, Texas), one daughter (Mabel--Mrs. Henry Meyers, Pettisville, Ohio), 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. In 1910 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church, later transferring her membership to the West Clinton congregation where she remained true to her faith, Nearly 12 years ago she suffered a general breakdown in health which left her more or less an invalid. Funeral services were held at the West Clinton Mennonite Church, Dec. 25, in charge of Henry Wyse and P. L. Frey. Burial was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Schmucker, -- Lydia, daughter of the late Joseph D. and Ann (Conrad) Miller, was born near Canton, Ohio, April 20, 1884; died at her home near Louisville, Ohio, June 6, 1954, after a prolonged illness; aged 70 y. 1 m. 17 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was received into the fellowship of the Beech Mennonite Church, where she remained faithful to the end. On Dec.23, 1909, she was united in marriage to Aaron Schmucker. To this union were born 3 sons (Carl, of the home, Lester and Wilbur of Louisville, Ohio). Her husband preceded her Jan. 18, 1954. Three brothers and 5 sisters also preceded her. She is survived by 3 sons, 6 grandchildren, and one sister (Clara--Mrs. Christian King, Centerville, Pa.). Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church near Louisville, Ohio, in charge of Ray Bair and O. N. Johns. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Stutzman, -- Glen Wilbur, son of the late Aaron and Lena (Sutter) Stutzman, was born in Milford, Nebr., Oct. 22, 1914; passed away at the Lincoln Hospital Dec. 11, 1954; aged 40 y. 1 m. 20 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the East Fairview Mennonite Church. On June 10, 1934, he was united in marriage to Viola Burkey. To this union were born 6 children. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 5 children (Merna--Mrs. Wilbur Schweitzer, Gail, Cheryl, Carol, and Robert), his mother (Mrs. Lena Stutzman), one granddaughter, 5 brothers (Merton, Long Beach, Calif.; Ervin, Chester, Virgil, and Calvin, all of Milford), and many other relatives and friends. His father preceded him in 1928. He had been ill for some time and expressed himself as being ready and eager to meet his Maker. Funeral services were in charge of Ammon Miller, Oliver Roth, and Sterling U. Stauffer. Burial was made in the East Fairview Church cemetery.
Troyer, -- Addie E., daughter of Moses P. and Eva (Hostetler) Miller, was born March 28, 1881, in Lagrange, Co., Ind.: passed away at the Lagrange County Hospital Dec. 22, 1954; aged 73 y, 8 m. 24 d. She became ill on Oct. 18 and was taken to the hospital on Nov. 9, where she underwent surgery a week later. She seemed to be getting along well and was at home for about two weeks, when on Dec.16 she had a stroke and was in a coma until her death. On July 12, 1902, she was united in marriage to Urvan Troyer. Surviving are her husband, 3 daughters and one son (Marie--Mrs. Perry Hostetler, Sturgis, Mich.; Wavia--Mrs. Clarence Troyer, Engadine, Mich,; Berneice--Mrs, Ora Schrock, Burr Oak, Mich., and Glen S. Troyer, Lagrange, Ind.), a foster daughter (Mrs. Mahlon Neff, Lagrange, Ind.), one brother (Uriah Miller, Goshen, Ind.), 32 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church when a young girl and remained a faithful member until death. Services at the Shore Mennonite Church on Dec. 26 were in charge of Percy Miller and Lee Miller.
Yoder, -- Alfred Foster, son of John R. and Frances (Kauffman) Yoder, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Aug. 10, 1879; departed this life Dec. 25, 1854; aged 75 y. 4 m. 15 d. His death followed a ten-month illness of heart disease. During this time he was hospitalized twice and cared for by his children in his own home and lastly in the home of his daughter, Frances. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in young manhood and became a member of the Oak Grove Church, West Liberty, Ohio, He was united in marriage to Katie E. Lapp, Feb. 12, 1905. She preceded him in death, June 10, 1942. He is survived by 3 sons (Elbert, West Liberty; Emery, Sarasota, Fla.; and Herbert, Bellefontaine), 2 daughters (Frances--Mrs. Wilfred Kanagy, Cable; Zella--Mrs. J. Emmett King, West Liberty), 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, one brother (Emmett W., West Liberty), one sister (Emma--Mrs. Milo V. King, Garden City, Mo.), and many other relatives and friends. One son (Carl), one granddaughter, one great-grandson, one brother, and 4 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church on Dec. 28 with Stanley Shenk in charge, assisted by Virgil Hair, pastor of the West Liberty Methodist Church. Interment was made in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Alderfer, -- Hannah, daughter of the late John and Sarah Swartz, was born in Bedminster Twp., Pa., July 31, 1873; died Sept. 17, 1954; aged 81 y. 1 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Harvey Alderfer. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters who preceded her in death in infancy. Her husband died in 1938. She was a member of the Deep Run, Pa., congregation where she remained faithful until death. She had been in failing health for some years, and for some time she made her home with her nephew, Stanley Swartz, whom they raised. Later she became ill and was taken to the Sellersville Hospital. After she was discharged from the hospital, she made her home in the Old People's Home, Souderton, Pa., but a few weeks later the Lord called her Home. She is survived by 2 sisters and nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held Sept. 21, 1954, at the Deep Run Mennonite Church in charge Wilson Overholt and Erwin Nace. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery .
Barnhart, -- Sadie, wife of William Barnhart, daughter of John and Josephine (Bishop) Graham, was born Oct. 7, 1896; died Dec. 14, 1954, at her home near Hancock, Md., of a heart attack; aged 58 y. 2 m. 7 d. She is survived by her husband, the following children (Mrs. Vada Cubbage, Mrs. Ethel Bowers, Mrs. Daisy Powers, Mrs. Mary Mellott, and Rosalie, all of Hancock; William, Harry E., and Herbert, at home), 2 sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at the Black Oak Ridge Church of which she was a member, in charge of Micahel M. Horst. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Beiler, -- Angelena, stillborn babe of Melvin and Ruth (Beachy), Grantsville, Md., Jan. 5, 1955. Graveside services were conducted by Bro. Paul Bender and Roy Kinsinger, Jan. 6. "The Lord hath given, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." She was the sixth child, fifth daughter, to be born in this home.
Brubaker, -- Christian M., was born Dec. 7, 1878; died Dec. 18, 1954; aged 80 y. 11 d. He was married Nov. 13, 1906, to Ursula Lauver, who preceded him in death May 25, 1917. Surviving him are 2 brothers, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 31 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was the oldest member of the Susquehanna congregation. W. W. Graybill, Donald Lauver, Harry Longenecker, and John H. Reinard officiated at the funeral services. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Good, -- Leroy, son of Joseph and Anna (Brenneman) Good, was born near Oronogo, Mo., June 15, 1882; passed away suddenly as the result of a heart condition at his home near Sheridan, Oreg., Dec. 24, 1954; aged 72 y. 6 m. 9 d. On Oct. 20, 1921, he was united in marriage to Mary Nunemaker, who survives. To this union was born one daughter, (Frances--Mrs. Loyd Berkey), who also survives. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Jay, Doniphan, Mo.; Oliver and Mark, Webb City Mo.; Amos, Ventura, Calif.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Dorons, De Ridder, La., and Mrs. Esther Fox, Denver, Colo.). In the fall of 1950 they moved to Sheridan, Oreg. In early life he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church at Oronogo. He spent many years in active church work and had a great burden for the young people. Funeral services were held at the Sheridan Mennonite Church on Dec. 28 in charge of Henry Wolfer and Max Yoder. Burial was made in the Mennonite Church cemetery.
Hershey, -- John B., son of the late Levi E. and Cathrine (Buckwalter) Hershey, was born near Manheim, Pa., on Jan. 6, 1875; passed away after an illness of 5 weeks on Dec. 13, 1954; aged 79 y. 11 m. 7 d. Death was due to a stroke and hardening of the arteries. He was united in marriage to Adeline Reist on Sept. 22, 1898. To this union were born 8 children. He is survived by his wife and these children (Kathryn R. Hershey, Tampa, Fla.; Mary--Mrs. Noah W. Kreider, Manheim, Pa.; Cora--Mrs. Harold K. Book, Ronks, Pa.; Jacob, Lancaster, Pa.; and Mildred--Mrs. B. Clayton Shaub. Hershey, Pa.), 25 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sons and one great-grandson. He was a member of the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Dec. 17. Officiating ministers were Christ Lehman, Jacob Hess, and Herbert Fisher. Interment was made in Erb's Mennonite Cemetery.
Hershey, -- Mary Louise, daughter of H. Richard and Barbara Ann (Hess) Hershey, Manheim, Pa., was born March 11, 1954; fell asleep Dec. 20, 1954, at her parent's home; aged 1 m. 9 d. She was the victim of a congenital heart disease. She is survived by her parents, a sister (Shirley Ann), and a brother (Henry Hess), her grandparents (John G. Hess, Lancaster, Pa., and D. Paul and Sue Hershey, Lititz, Pa), a great-grandmother (Emma B. Snyder, Landisville, Pa.) and a great-grandfather (Henry H. Hershey, Lititz). Services were held at the Lititz Mennonite Church with Melvin Lauver in charge. Interment was made in the Hess Mennonite Cemetery.
Lambright, Gary James, son of Melvin and Nancy (Miller) Lambright, Topeka, Ind., was born Dec. 21, 1954; died of virus pneumonia at the Lagrange Co., Hospital on Jan. 1, 1955; aged 22 d. He was admitted to the hospital Friday noon and died Saturday evening. He spent only one joyous week at home with the family. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters (ZoAnne, Theda, Judy), and one brother (Merlin), and the grandparents (Jacob, J.C. and Ada Miller, Middlebury, Ind. And Mrs. Fannie Lambright, Topeka, Ind.). Funeral services were held at the Townline Conservative Mennonite Church in charge of Clarence Yoder. Interment was made in the Yoder Cemetery.
Ross, -- Eliza Etta, eldest daughter of Joseph C. and Alice V. (Swartzendruber) Brenneman, was born near Kalona, Iowa, on Nov. 8, 1904; departed this life on Dec. 29, 1954; aged 50 y. 1 m. 21 d. Her death was due to injuries received in a car accident near Lawrence, Kans. She quietly slipped away a few minutes after the crash. In her early youth she confessed Christ as her Saviour and became a member of the East Union Mennonite Church, Kalona, Iowa. In this faith she faithfully and joyously served her Lord until the end. On June 23, 1929, she was united in marriage to I. Mark Ross. They made their home in Elida, Ohio, for the first six years of their married life. They adopted a child (Beulah Ferne) when she was but a few months old . She was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, her daughter (Beulah Ferne--Mrs. LeRoy Guengerich, Gashland, Mo.), her six-weeks-old grandson (Mark Leon), one brother (Maynard M. Brenneman, Kalona, Iowa), 3 sisters (Mary Ellen Brenneman, living with Ruth--Mrs. Norman Earnest, and Mildred--Mrs. Virgil Hochstetler, all of Nampa, Idaho), and many other relatives and friends. In 1930 she and her companion moved to the home place near Kalona where they farmed through 1937. On Jan. 1, 1938, they moved to Hesston, Kans. From 1939 until 1945 they were given pastoral charge of the Woodland Mennonite Church, Wichita, Kans., and for 3 years they were residents of Wichita. In Nov., 1942, they returned to Hesston, where they were living at the time of her passing. She was always busy in service for others. The last summer of her life was spent with the Brunk Evangelistic Party. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church, Kalona, Iowa, with John Y. Swartzendruber, A. Lloyd Swartzendruber, and Milo Kauffman participating. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery.
Ryder, -- John F., Port Trevorton, Pa., passed away Dec. 31, 1954, at the Danville Hospital where he had been a patient for the last 12 years, He was born Oct. 17, 1878. His only survivor is his wife, Nora Ryder, Port Trevorton, Pa. Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at the Flanders Funeral Home, with burial in the Susquehanna Church Cemetery. Services were in charge of John H. Reinard.
Schrock, -- Wilbert Sylvester, was born near Kokomo, Ind., March 23, 1895; departed this life Dec. 23, 1954, at Jansen Beech, Fla.; aged 59 y. 8 m. 26 d. He suffered a heart attack while visiting his brother, Willis, at his home in Florida. On June 6, 1939, he was united in marriage to Violet Marie Lewis. He was a member and regular attendant at the Emanuel Baptist Church of Akron while living in that city. After moving to Aurora his interest had been with the Plainview Mennonite Church where his support in the Sunday school and church will be greatly missed. His last project for the congregation was repapering the interior of the church just before leaving for Florida, with his mother. Surviving are his wife, one son (Melvin E., Aurora), 3 brothers, (Willis, Herbert, Westover, Md.; and Noah, Sheetsboro, Ohio), one sister (Mrs. Delsie Leisert, Garretsville), and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church near Aurora in charge of the home ministers with burial in the Plainview Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: "Jansen Beech," was written in the original obituary. I believe the name of the city is "Jensen Beach."
Stutzman, Elmer E., son of Abner and Lydia (Hershberger) Stutzman, was born Feb. 12, 1890, at Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; died at his home near Aurora, Ohio, Nov. 5, 1954; aged 64 y. 8m. 24 d. As a youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church. When a young man he went to Aurora, Ohio, where he spent the remainder of his life. On Feb., 1913, he was united in marriage to Marybelle Neff. To this union were born 6 sons and 3 daughters (Lucille--Mrs. Roger Gartner, Cleveland, Ohio; Kenneth, Oakland, Calf.; Ray Allen, Wellston, Ohio; Aleda--Mrs. Glen Wise, Kent, Ohio; Grace--Mrs. Charles Hopkins, Mantus, Ohio; Mahlon and Robert, Aurora, Ohio, and Ralph, Kent), 23 grandchildren, 7 brothers (Sanford, Eustis, Fla.; Perle, Lincoln, Nebr.; John and Lloyd, Kent; Abner and Ralph, Aurora; and Orville, Corry, Pa), 4 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Raber, Aurora; Mrs. Cora Detwiler, Columbiana, Ohio; Mrs. Mattie Conrad, Louisville, Ohio; Mrs. Beulah Amstutz, Washington, D. C.), and many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his wife, December, 1949, and his son (Donald), in September, 1953, also his parents and one brother and one sister. Funeral services at the Plainview Mennonite Church, Aurora, were in charge of the home ministers. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Torkelson, Rose Ellen, daughter of Arthur R. and Virgie (Vance) Torkelson, was born Aug. 9, 1952, near Cottage City, Md.; was taken to heaven on Dec.8, 1954; aged 2 y. 3 m. 29 d. After an illness of only 36 hours, she passed away in her mother's arms en route to Children's Hospital, Washington, D.C. Death was due to pneumonia and complications. She is survived by her parents and a brother (Mark) of Damascus, Md. Also surviving are her grandparents (Mr. And Mrs. Jason Vance, Mouth of Seneca, W. Va.; and S. Emil Torkelson, Duchess, Alta.), and a large number of relatives and friends. She had endeared herself to many and her sudden death came as a shock that touched the hearts of all. Funeral services were held at the Goshen Mennonite Church, Laytonsville, Md., Dec. 11. On Dec. 12 a service was conducted by Earl Hartzler in the E. U. B. Church near Mouth of Seneca, W. Va., and interment was made in the Boggs' Cemetery nearby.
Wagler, --Glenn A., son of Jacob and Anna (Roggie) Wagler, was born at Lowville, N. Y. , Aug. 13, 1948; passed away Dec. 10, 1954; aged 6 y. 3 m. 27 d. He had returned home from school and decided to take a few slides down the driveway while waiting for his parents to return home from shopping. He slid into the road in the path of a car and because of icy conditions, neither one could stop. He was struck by the car and instantly killed. He was playing alone at the time and no one witnessed the accident although some of the family were at home. He is survived by one brother (Edward), three sisters (Mary Ellen, Lois, and Carol), 2 grandmothers (Mrs. Jacob Wagler, Millband, Ont., and Mrs. Andrew Roggie, Lowville), and many friends and relatives. Services at the Croghan Conservative Mennonite Church by Leon Martin and Lloyd Boshart. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Zimmerman, -- Jacob J., son of John and Catherine Zimmerman,
was born near Kalona, Iowa, Sept. 23, 1865; departed this life
at his late home in Harper, Kans. At the age of 12 he went with
his parents to Kansas, locating in McPherson Co., near Inman .
On Dec. 22, 1891, he was united in marriage to Lizzie A. Troyer,
who preceded him in death 18 years ago. From this union 8 children
survive to mourn his passing. (Dorothy--Mrs. Dana Hartzler, Topeka,
Ind.; Bertha--Mrs. Roy Miller, Howe, Ind.; Myrtle, and Alta--Mrs.
Chancy Hostetler, both of Harper; Ferne--Mrs. Glen Whitaker, La
Junta, Colo.; Orpha, Harper; Milo, Akron, Pa.; and J. Milton,
Harper). Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren,
4 great-grandchildren, and 11 step-great grandchildren, one brother
and 3 sisters (Sam, Harper; Mrs. Lydia Brenneman, Iowa City, Iowa;
Mrs. A. A. Troyer, Crystal Springs, Kans.; and Mrs. Will Hershberger, Elkhart, Ind.). When a young man he became a Christian, uniting with the Mennonite Church near Inman, Kans. Only July 15, 1894, he answered the call to the Christian ministry and served his church as a spiritual leader. In the spring of 1904 he, with his family, moved to Harper, Kans., locating on the farm where he lived until his decease. The move to Harper Co., was also a move for his congregation. The church house in McPherson Co., was dismantled and moved with wagons by members and re-erected on the site of the present house of worship near Crystal Springs. With the help of others he faithfully served as shepherd of the flock until his retirement from the active ministry in 1941.
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 5, at the Crystal Springs Church. Interment was in the Crystal Springs cemetery. Brethren participating in the services were Harry A. Diener, Wilbert Nafziger, Gideon G. Yoder, and D. Lowell Nissley.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.