October 1, 1931 - Vol. XXIII, No.27 - page 591
Eshleman. - Ruth Naomi, daughter of Howard and Fannie
(Martin) Eshleman, was born Dec. 29, 1930; died Sept. 6, 1931,
after an illness of three weeks of cholera morbus; aged 8 m. 7
d. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral
services were held at the home by Aaron Harnish and at Byerland
Mennonite Church, Sept. 8, by Aaron Harnish and Jacob Thomas.
Burial in the adjoining cemetery. The Parents.
Shull."Freeman Shull was born in Handcock Co., Ind., Dec. 5, 1863; died Aug. 31, 1931; aged 67 y. 8 m. 26 d. He leaves to mourn his death 3 brothers, John and Charlie, of Philadelphia, Mo., and George of Marblehead, Ill., 1 half-sister, Anna Warren, of Santa Barbra, Calif. One sister preceded him in death. He also leaves nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was loved by all who knew him. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 25 years. He died at his own hand. Funeral at Allens undertaking parlors in Philadelphia, Mo., in charge of J. M. Kreider, assisted by Harry R. Buckwalter. Text, Eccl. 11:3.
Guengerich. - The infant daughter of A. J. and Emma
Guengerich, was born Sept. 13, 1931; died Sept. 14, 1931. She
leaves to mourn her departure father, mother, 1 sister, 5 brothers,
and many other relatives. Funeral services were held in the Salem
Church near Shickley, Nebr., with Brethren Peter Kennel and Fred
Reeb in charge. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Oh sweet little flower,
Too tender to stay;
God in His Mercy took our darling away,
Not from our memory
And not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels
In heaven above.
Weber. - Barbara (Rudy) Weber, wife of Joseph S. Weber, was born May 13, 1876; died August 31, 1931; aged 55 y. 3 m. 18 d. The departed was married to Moses Sauder of Goodville, Pa., who predeceased her, in 1907. She was later married to Daniel Ernst of St. Jacobs, Ont., who died nearly five years ago. She is survived by 1 brother Daniel of Preston, Ont., and 1 sister Leah (Mrs. Henry Martin) of Hawkesville, Ont.; 19 step-children, 49 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Early in life she became a member of the Mennonite church, in which she remained faithful until death. Services were at the home by Bro. Jonas Snider (Rev. 21) and Bro. J. B. Martin (Heb. 11:13). Burial at the David Eby cemetery.
Mauk. - Edith Anna, daughter of William and Anna Mauk of Roaring Springs, Pa., was born March 7, 1913; died Sept. 30, 1931, at the Roaring Springs Hospital, where she was taken immediately after an automobile accident of which she was the victim. She was unconscious till death claimed her several hours after the accident. She united with the Church of God of Roaring Springs in 1924, at which place funeral services were held. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Elmer and Ira of Akron, O.; Hobart of Juniata, Pa.; Frank, Roy, Chester, Paul, Laura, Mrs. Rosie Clossen, and Elsie of Roaring Springs. Due to the sickness of her pastor funeral services were in charge of Bro. I. K. Metzler. Burial in cemetery at Martinsburg, Pa.
Axe. - Isaac T. Axe, son of Reuben and Eliza Johnson Axe was born in Belleville, Pa., Sept. 17, 1892; passed to the great beyond after a lingering illness of ten years in the Onondago Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y., Sept. 5, 1931. He attended the local high school and was a stock clerk by occupation. He united with the Belleville Lutheran Church in early youth. He later joined the Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, N. Y. He is survived by his mother, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, and a host of friends in Belleville and the Big Valley. In recent years Isaac spent the summer months with his mother. A funeral services was held in Syracuse and then the body was brought to Belleville, where further services were held at the Lutheran Church by his pastor, G. H. Middlesworth. Interment in Maple Grove cemetery adjoining the church.
Miller. - Mary Lehman, daughter of David and Elizabeth Lehman was born in Cambria Co., Pa., May 19, 1847; died at the Home of the Aged, Eureka, Ill., June 27, 1931; aged 84 y. 1 m. 8 d. June 12, 1878, she was united in marriage to Emanuel Kime who died June 2, 1910. July 1, 1911 she was married to J. P. Miller who departed this life Aug. 11, 1927. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth in which faith she died. She is survived by 1 sister and 13 step-children. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind., where Sister Miller held her membership in charge of Bros. Y. C. Miller and O. S. Hostetler.
All is over; hands are folded,
On a quiet peaceful breast.
All is over; pain is ended,
Now dear Mother is at rest.
Mumma."Sister Maria Mumma was born Jan. 11, 1841; died Sept. 10, 1931; aged 90 y. 7 m. 29 d. She was a daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Mumma of near Silver Spring, Lancaster Co., Pa., and was the last survivor of this family. She united with the Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church some twenty years ago. She was never married and had her home with a number of our people. For the last eight years she had her home with Sister Barbara Miller of Rohrerstown. She had not been able to do any work for several years. A twin brother preceded her in death 63 years. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the home of Sister Barbara Miller by Bros. Daniel Gish and Jacob B. Hess and at the Chestnut Hill Mennonite Church at 2 o'clock by Bros. Seth E. Ebersole and Jacob G. Hess. Text, Matt. 20:8 and John 17:24. Interment in the Silver Spring Cemetery.
Snyder, Jacob, Snyder was born May 25, 1863; died Aug. 14, 1931; aged 68 y. 2 m. 20 d. Bro. Snyder was the son of Bishop Herman Snyder, deceased. He united with the Martinsburg, Pa., Mennonite Church, October, 1890, of which he was a faithful member till death. He was a man of a cheerful and unassuming disposition, living a quiet Christian life, and exerting an uplifting influence to all who knew him. His presence in the home, church and community will be greatly missed. Bro. Snyder performed his usual daily duties the morning of his death. He was just preparing to go to town when he suddenly and without warning fell dead. Death was caused by heart trouble. He died at his home near Martinsburg, Pa. Bro. Snyder is survived by his wife, one child, Fannie, wife of Pre. Irwin Stonerook, of Martinsburg, one sister Lucinda, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. I. K. Metzler, burial in cemetery near by.
Stuckey. - Christ Stuckey was born in Senheim, Alsace Lorraine, France, March 3, 1861; died Sept. 17, 1931; aged 70 y. 6 m. 9 d. When eleven years old he and his mother came to America and located in Cedar Creek Twp., Allen Co., Ind., in which county he spent the remainder of his life. In 1888 he was married to Fannie Stuckey, to which union 4 children, 2 daughters and 2 sons. One son died in infancy. In his younger years he accepted Christ as his Savior and joined the Mennonite Church of which he was a member at the time of his death. In the spring of 1931 he became ill and at times suffered intensely but he endured his sufferings patiently, submitting himself to the hand of the Lord. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, 2 daughters, 1 son, 2 step-sons, 1 step-daughter, 23 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, 4 half brothers, 2 half sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Leo Mennonite Church by Bros. Eli Frey, J. S. Newhouse, and O. S. Hostetler.
"Dearest Father, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Gerig, Magdalena Goldsmith, youngest daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Goldsmith was born Jan. 22, 1847, at Westpoint, Lee Co., Iowa; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Sutter of Wayland, Iowa; Sept. 8, 1931. She attained the ripe old age of 84 y. 7 m. 16 d. She was a member of a family of 12 children. 5 sisters and 6 brothers, all of whom have preceded her in death. In 1857 at the age of ten she with her parents moved to Henry Co., Iowa. She attended and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in her youth of which church her father was founder and bishop. She remained a member in this church for almost 70 years, always retaining a deep interest for the work of the Church in her heart and served as a faithful member. On Sept. 11, 1864, she was united in marriage to Sebatian Gerig who preceded her in death 7 years ago and who had served the Sugar Creek Congregation as minister and bishop from 1869 to 1924. To this union were born 3 sons and 9 daughters; Joseph of Wayland; Samuel, deceased; Jacob; Mrs. C. M. Roth, both of Wayland; Mrs. Jacob Eigsti of Morton, Ill.; Helena, deceased; Mrs. Anna Wyse; Mrs. D. W. Orendorff; Mrs. Amos Wyse, deceased; Mrs. Eva Leichty; Mrs. A. D. Blosser; and Mrs. Minnie Sutter all of Wayland, Iowa. As a loving wife and mother she devoted an entire life to her family-a life characterized by prayer and Christian service which aided her husband in the ministry and which gave her an opportunity to see her entire family united with the church of her faith. All her children are still of the same faith which she confessed in her youth. Her husband Bishop Sebastian Gerig, officiated at the marriage of all ten of their children. She was grandmother to thirty-one grandchildren, thirty living and one deceased; and great-grandmother to 16 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed a life of comparatively good general health with the exception of a period of ten years during which she was confined to a wheel chair due to rheumatism. In the latter years of her life she recovered sufficiently to walk unaided. Her eyesight also began to fail three years prior to her death and she was almost totally blind at the close of her life. During her final illness of 5 months she was confined to her bed in an almost helpless condition. During this time she always enjoyed company. Her mind remained active and keen. She was a patient sufferer in her last days and was very grateful for all the kind acts extended to her by those at her bedside. Her passing marks the close of a successful Christian life as sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Funeral services in charge of Bros. Simon Gingerich and Perry Blosser of South English, Ia. Text, Luke 2:36-38.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
Brubaker. - Sister Elizabeth White Brubaker was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug. 3, 1870; died near Bowdil, Stark Co., O., Sept. 25, 1931; aged 61 y. 1 m 22 d. She was married to Jonas Brubaker Aug. 29, 1892. To this union were born seven children, two of whom died in infancy. She gave her hand to the Mennonite Church and heart to Christ in 1894 and remained faithful until death. She is survived by her husband, Jonas Brubaker, her aged mother (now 88 years old), 2 brothers, 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sept. 28, 1931, at Pleasant View Church by I. J. Buckwalter assisted by Enos Hartzler, Jonathan Hartzler and Benj. Good.
Schantz. - Christian T. Schantz was born in Davis County, Iowa, March 12, 1857, and departed this life at his home in Tiskilwa, Ill., Sept. 20, 1931; aged 74 y. 6 m. 8 d. He was the third child of Peter and Elizabeth Schantz. At the age of 18 he united with the Mennonite Church of Pulaska, Iowa, and continued a faithful member all his life. He came to the community of Tiskilwa at the age of 26 where he has since resided. On Feb. 9, 1888, he married Fannie Birkey. To this union were born three children, all of whom remain to mourn their father. He leaves his wife, three children, Lavina May Dieffenbach of Tiskilwa; Walter Clarence of Bluffton, Ohio, and Pauline Elizabeth Schryer of Lima, Ohio; also 2 brothers, Peter and Joseph of Pulaska, Iowa. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Tiskilwa, in charge of A. C. Good of Steriling, Ill., where a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect.
Oesch, Mary Amanda Smith Oesch, daughter of Jacob P.
And Frances Smith was born in Hamilton Co., O., Jan. 20, 1855;
departed this life Sept. 12, 1931 at the home of her daughter
in Kansas City, Mo.; aged 76 y. 7 m. 22 d. At the age of fourteen
she moved with her parents to Missouri. When she was fifteen years
old she was baptized and united with the A. M. Church in Hickory
Co., Mo. On Feb. 15, 1872, she was married to John Oesch. She
is survived by her husband, 3 daughters, 5 sons, 21 grandchildren,
13 great-grandchildren, a stepmother, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and
many other relatives and friends. Sister Oesch was a loving mother
and a consistent, faithful member of the Sycamore Grove Church.
For many years she was a teacher in the primary department of
the Sunday school. She departed in peace with a living hope for
the future. Funeral services were held at the home and at the
Sycamore church by Bros. L. J. Miller, I. G. Hartzler, and S.
S. Hershberger. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery.
Horst. - Susan M., widow of Levi L. Horst of Chambersburg, Pa., died Sept. 10, 1931; aged 72 y. 6 m. 3 d. She passed away very suddenly at ten-thirty in the evening, of a heart attack. Her husband preceded her in death nearly 5 years ago. She was sick only a day and a half, but was conscious until the end. Just a few hours before her departure, her wish was to have communion and be anointed with oil. This was administered to her with her family present. She had a motherly disposition which won her many friends. All was done that loving hands could do but God saw fit to call her away. The Lord's will be done. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 46 years and her place was seldom vacant. She is survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters; Daniel K., Clarence K., and Elmer K. Horst of Chambersburg; Lehman K. Horst of Upland, Calif; Harry K. Horst of Lancaster, Pa.; Mrs. John K. Lehman of Lancaster, Pa; and Mrs. Edgar Pormer of Maugansville, Md. Short services were held at the house in Maugansville by Bro. Denton Martin. Further services were held at the Chambersburg, Pa., Church by Bro. John I. Burkholder and Bro. John F. Grove. Text, I Thes. 4:13,18.
Gnagy. - Mary J., daughter of Ingolsby W. and Clara Gnagy, was born in Topeka, Ind., April 29, 1914. At the age of five years she had scarlet fever which left with an impaired heart that caused her death September 20, 1931; aged 17 y. 4 m. 21 d. She confessed Christ as her personal Savior, was baptized and became a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church at the age of twelve. She lived a consistent Christian life and was an active and conscientious helper in Sunday school and church work. During her years of sickness she manifested an almost unbelievable degree of patience and cheerfulness which was radiated to her friends and acquaintances. She leaves her parents, one sister (Ruth), her maternal grandmother (Polly King), and many other relatives and friends, which include all who ever became acquainted with her. "I cannot say, and I will not say That she is dead - she is just away! With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, She has wandered into the unknown land, And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since she lingers there". Funeral services were held at the Maple Grove Church Sept. 23, conducted by E. J. Yoder. Text. Jno. 11:25. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Hartzler, Menno S., son of David and Barbara Hartzler
was born in Noble Co., Ind., July 22, 1931; passed away at the
age of 72 y. 2 m. 2 d. In the fall of 1874 he moved to the vicinity
of Huntsville, O. At the age of 18 years he with 21 others was
baptized and united with the A. M. Church at that place. On Jan.
12, 1882 he was married to Sallie Stutzman of Wayne Co., O. To
this union 4 daughters and 1 son were born. Two daughters died
in infancy. Those living are Clarence Hartzler, West Mansfield,
O.; Clara m. Fisher, Urbana, O.; and Mary E. Zook of New Wilmington,
Pa. Dec. 14, 1897, his wife died at the age of 38 years. On Nov.
24, 1904, he was married to Fannie E. Kurtz of New Wilmington,
Pa. To this union 4 daughters and 2 sons were born. The eldest
son died in infancy. Those living are Ida M., Carrie L., Vanora
I., Florence E., And Ira A. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren,
2 brothers, and 1 sister. He very often expressed his desire to
be at rest. The funeral services were held at the Maple Grove
Church by Bros. E. B. Stoltzfus, E. J. Zook, E. F. Zook, J. H.
Lantz. Interment in church cemetery.
Rest on dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No one on earth like you we'll find.
Miller. - Lucinda (Chupp) Miller was born July 10, 1865, in Clinton Township, Elkhart Co., Ind. She was married to Jacob J. Miller, Apr. 19, 1883 and lived in matrimony more than 48 years. She died at her home, 1320 Hubbard Ave., Elkhart, Ind., Sept. 13, 1931; aged 66 y. 2 m. 3 d. Surviving are her husband and the following children: Mrs. Margaret Bontrager of Mendon, Mich., John M., Levi J., Joni J., Daniel, and Annan, all of Elkhart, and Emanuel of LaGrange, Ind. Two children, Enos and Anna preceded her in death. She leaves two brothers, John Chupp of Arthur, Ill., and Samuel of LaGrange, Ind; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Stutzman of Hickory, Va., Mrs. Mary Straw of Toledo, O., and Mrs. Barbara Hochstetler of Milford, Ind. One brother, Henry Chupp died June 24 of this year. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Frame Church, the following Wednesday afternoon, conducted by D. D. Troyer and J. S. Hartzler. Burial in the Nissley cemetery near by.
One name is dearer than the rest -
It stands for all things loveliest -
Not earth nor sky nor boundless sea
Can measure what it means to me,
And so I speak it tenderly -
Byler. - Levi A. Byler, son of Abiah D. and Lydia (Zook) Byler, was born at Belleville, Pa., Feb. 13, 1894. He was instantly killed by lightning Sept. 8, 1931, while standing under a tree during an electrical storm at the home of his brother, Jesse, near Pigeon, Mich.; aged 37 y. 6 m. 5 d. He accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church in his youth, in which faith he died. Over a year ago he renewed his covenant and expressed a willingness to do anything required of him that he might have greater peace. He spent most of his life at the home of his parents near Belleville, except for the last seven years which were mostly spent in Illinois. He had come to Michigan for a few months to visit but had been there only five weeks when he was called away. He leaves 3 brothers and 4 sisters; David and Barbara of Belleville, Pa.; Ella and Mary of Grantsville, Md.; Rufus of Maplesville, Ala;, and Jesse and Mrs. Anna Mayer of Pigeon, Mich.; also 23 nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River Church near Pigeon, Sept. 11, by Bro. Ed. Albrecht and Bro. B. P. Swartzendruber of Upland, Calif. Text, Luke 21:36. Interment in cemetery near the church.
A sudden change, he in a moment fell,
He had not time to bid his friends farewell;
Think this not strange, death happens to us all,
This day was his, to-morrow you may fall.
Christner. - Susanna, daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Weirich) Christner was born near Hubbard, Ore., July 13, 1892; died Sept. 6, 1931; aged 39 y. 1 m. 24 d. She leaves to mourn, father, and brothers and sisters; Mrs. David Miller of Hartley, Del.; Mrs. Alvin Beachy of Plain City, O.; Mrs. Joseph Schrock of Curtiss, Wis.; Samuel Christner of Orrville, O.; Benedict Christner of Wilmot. O.; Mrs. Andrew Yoder of Kalona, Ia.; Mrs. Fannie Beachy of Bareville, Pa.; Mrs. Rudy Miller, Miss Ada Christner, and Mrs. Aaron Kauffman of Witmer, Pa.; and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her younger years. In the fall of 1927, she, with her father and mother, moved from McMinnville, Ore., to Lancaster Co., Pa. In the spring of 1928 her mother preceded her in death; also a sister at the age of 18 months. In January she became ill and had been in the care of doctors but it seemed nothing could be done. About two months before her death her ailment was pronounced cancer of the bowels. She was very patient with her suffering. Funeral services where held at the Amish Mennonite church at Morgantown, Pa., by David Yoder and John S. Mast. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.
Landes. - Rozena, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth
Messer, was born near Dundee, Ohio, May 21, 1853; died at her
home at Hesston, Kans., Sept. 13, 1931; aged 78 y. 3 m. 23 d.
In October, 1878, she was married to Joseph Landes. After living
in Ohio for several years, they moved to McPherson Co., Kans.
Soon after coming to Kansas, they united with the Spring Valley
Mennonite Church near Canton. She continued to be a faithful member
until death. To this union were born 5 children; Arley Edward,
Alpheus A., Mina Ella Shenk, Celia May Egleson, and Rosa Anna
Hackenberg. Arley Edward and Mrs. Egleson preceded her in death.
Beside her immediate family, 20 grandchildren survive her, also
one sister, Mrs. Samuel Smith. After sharing the joys and sorrows
together for 39 years the husband and father was called home.
Since that time she has lived with her children. Since 1919 she
made her home with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Roy Hackenberg,
until her decease. Death was caused by cancer of the stomach and
dropsy. She was always interest in the well being of her children
and was ever faithful in attending Sunday school and church services.
She took a keen delight in listening to spiritual singing. Although
mother has left us, we still cherish her memory in our hearts
and her influence lives on. Funeral services were in charge of
ministers I. E. Burkhart, M. A. Yoder, and A. E. Kurth.
We cannot think of her as dead
Who walks with us no more;
Along the path of life we tread,
She has but gone before.
Betzner. - Moses Betzner was one of the oldest residents of Kitchener, Ont., among its pioneer residents, a direct descendant of the County's first settlers. He was the son of John and Magdalena Eby Betzner. He was born Feb. 18, 1838 on the Pioneer Betzner Farm, where now stands the Memorial Tower in remembrance of those sturdy, early pioneer settlers. He spent his youth on the farm, and later moved to the environs of Berlin. He attended the school conducted by the well known Benjamin Eby, from who Kitchener received its first name, "Ebytown". On Feb. 2, 1864 he was married to Veronical Brubacher, the youngest daughter of Deacon John E. Brubacher, who survives him, and is the last survivor of that family. Bro. Betzner was in excellent health, and possessed his faculties to a remarkable degree until the last year of his life. He died in his 94th year. Bro. Betzner turned to the Lord in his old age, had a vital Christian experience, and united in the fellowship of the Mennonite Church, and was a devoted member until his home-going. Besides his wife, he is survived by 4 children; Lucinda Kolb, Maggie Quickfall, of Kitchener; Allan Betzner of Berkley, Calif., and Elizabeth Shuh of Guernsey, Sask. One son, John Betzner of Fresno, Calif., predeceased him. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 sister, Mrs. Joseph Snyder, also aged 92 years. He will be remembered for his unselfish life, sterling character, and congenial personality by many. The services were conducted by Bro. C. F. Derstine and Bro. Jonas Snider, at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. Text. Psa. 17:14,15.
Leatherman. - Samuel Leatherman, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Leatherman, was born in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, Ind., on Jan. 30, 1862, and died at his late home, 218 Prairie Ave., Goshen, Ind., on Sept. 11, 1931; aged 69 y. 7 m. 11 d. The cause of his death was a complication of diseases from which he suffered for several years. His death came more quickly as a result of a fall three weeks ago in which one of his limbs was fractured. He had not been confined to his bed prior to his fall but in the last three weeks suffered a great deal of pain and discomfort, which he bore very patiently. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior when a young man and united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church near Goshen, Ind., where he retained his membership until his death. As a young man he was interested in religious song and taught singing classes in the community surrounding Goshen. In the closing days of his life he gave a very positive testimony for Christ, admonishing members of the family and friends in a very remarkable way. He was concerned that all should live godly in Christ Jesus. He selected the text to be used for the funeral services, choosing Job 7:1-4; "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling? As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work; So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me. When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? And I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day." He was married to Emma Ganger on Dec. 28, 1892. They resided on a farm west of Goshen until ten years ago when they moved to the city of Goshen. He leaves to mourn his departure his deeply bereaved wife, 3 brothers (Levi of New Paris, Ind., Martin of Goshen, and Daniel of Chicago, Ill.) and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home Sept. 13, by C. L. Graber and from the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church by S. C. Yoder and Jacob Christophel. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Shoemaker. - Elizabeth S. Brubaker, daughter of Rudolph and Elizabeth Brubaker, was born on the old Brubaker homestead near Freeport, Ill., on Sept. 2, 1856. She passed away at her late home in Dakota, Ill., Sept. 25, 1931; aged 75 y. 23 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph S. Shoemaker on Dec. 6, 1877. They lived together in happy wedded life just a few months less than 54 years. To this union were born three sons and six daughters, all of whom survive her except one daughter, Fannie E. Mumaw, who proceeded her mother in death. Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her passing the following children; Cora B. Buzzard, Goshen, Ind;' Edwin B., Dakota, Ill.; Elta M. Unzicker, Freeport, Ill.; Bertha B. Sieber, Filer, Ida.; Arthur C., Dakota, Ill.; Charles B., Scottdale, Pa.; Stella R. Kreider, Bluffton, O.; Louella P. Sanders, Dakota, Ill.; also 28 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A sister and two brothers also survive; Mrs. D. L. Ebersole, D. M. Brubaker and Rudolph Brubaker, all of Freeport. Six brothers preceded her in death; Abram, John, Jacob, Andrew, Benjamin, and Henry. Sister Shoemaker united with the Mennonite church a few months after her marriage. Throughout the years she has been a faithful, devoted member of the Church. Her Christian life was a life of rare beauty and devotion which was known by all who knew her. For the past ten years she has suffered much because of rheumatism. For two years she has been practically an invalid, moving about the house on her wheel chair. Through all her suffering she maintained a spirit of patience and cheerfulness. She was always very appreciative of every kindness shown toward her. And one of her greatest joys was to be doing something for others. These characteristics endeared her to all who knew her. During the past several months she suffered from complications which hastened her death. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, she was busy with her sewing. That evening she took her bed and passed away unexpectedly but peacefully early Friday morning, Sept. 25. She was eagerly awaiting the time of her departure. She was confident that "to die was gain". Our loss is her eternal happiness. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church. A. C. Good of Sterling Congregation preached the sermon from the text. "For me to live is Christ", assisted by Aaron Loucks of Scottdale, Pa., and S. E. Graybill of the home congregation. Music was furnished by the Sterling congregation. Burial in cemetery beside the church.
Transcribed by Marie Fogelsinger, Michigan
Blough. - Maggie, wife of Uriah Blough, was born near Davidsville, Pa., Mar. 25, 1890; died of scarlet fever in her home, Sept. 27, 1931; aged 41 y. 6 m. 2 d. She was the mother of 2 sons and 3 daughters, the youngest of the daughters being only one week old when the mother died. She is also survived by her parents. Her death was a very great shock to the entire community. She was a very dutiful mother and housekeeper. Since early life she was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, and her place in the house and Church will be missed. A large number of relatives, neighbors, and friends gathered around the house and S. G. Shetler conducted a short service, assisted by her home pastors, L. A. Blough, and Harry C. Blough. The body was laid to rest in the Blough Cemetery.
Ruoss. - Mary, daughter of the late David and Kathryn (King) Yoder, was born Sept. 18, 1872 in Lancaster Co.; died at her home near Elverson, Pa., Jul 20, 1931; aged 58 y. 10 m. 2 d. She had a stroke leaving her unconscious for four days when she peacefully passed away. She united with the Amish Church (Old Order) in her teen age, but later became a member of the Lutheran Church. On July 3, 1895, she was married to Samuel Ruoss, who with seven sons and three daughters survives her; also three grandchildren and two sisters (Mrs. Annie Glick and Mrs. Susie Smoker) and two brothers (Benjamin and Moses Yoder); also one step-brother (Jacob Yoder). Funeral services were conducted from her late home and at the Lutheran church, July 23, 1931, by her pastor, Victor Kroninger. Text. Hosea 6:1. Interment is adjoining cemetery.
Glick. - Tobias S., son of Moses B. and Rebecca Glick,
was born Oct. 10 1916; died Aug. 26, 1931, in the Lancaster General
Hospital; aged 14 y. 10 m. 16 d. Death was due to complications
which resulted from a fall from a scaffold. Later tetanus set
in from an infection of the foot received several days before.
He is greatly missed in the home and community. He was a very
obedient boy, always willing to do what was asked of him. Besides
his parents he is survived by 7 brothers and 3 sisters. His maternal
grandparents also survive. One brother preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held from his house August 29 by Benuel
Stoltzfus and Christian Glick. His body was laid to rest in Myers
We miss you in the room,
We miss you at your task;
But we know all earthly pleasure,
Only for awhile will last.
Kenagy, Emma Kenagy was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Oct.
10, 1859, died at her late home in East Lynne, Mo., Sept. 4, 1931;
aged 71 y. 10 m. 24 d. She was a daughter of Bishop J. C. and
Elizabeth (Yoder) Kenagy. She moved with her parents to Missouri,
April 7, 1866, at the age of about 18 years. She united with the
Amish Mennonite Church, Clearfork congregation and was a member
of the Sycamore Grove congregation at the time of her death. She
suffered from chronic hepatitis and heart trouble for the last
eight months of her life. She was very patient and suffered without
complaining. She leaves to mourn her death two brothers and one
sister; Jacob of Rocky Ford, Colo., Solomon of Kansas City, Mo.,
and Sarah of East Lynne, Mo., with whom she lived since the death
of their parents. Funeral services were conducted at the Sycamore
Grove church by Bros. I. G. Hartzler and S. S. Hershberger on
Sept. 6. Interment in Clearfork cemetery.
Yoder. - Daniel Yoder was born in Camoria Co., Pa., April 10, 1858; died in his home near Geistown, in the same county, Oct. 1, 1931; aged 73 y. 6 m. 10 d. He was married to Katie Wissinger, who with the following children survive; Alexander, Elmer, Abraham, Sally, wife of Josiah Custer, and Jacob at home. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. One brother (Solomon Yoder) and one sister (Fannie Pfeil) survive. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and was always a very faithful attendant as long as health permitted. He suffered much of the disease cancer but took it all patiently. Services were conducted in the home by Alex. Weaver. In the Weaver Church, S. G. Shetler spoke on the text, "I will also make an end" and Bro. A. Weaver followed with very fitting remarks. A very large concourse of people were assembled. The body was laid to rest in the Blauch Cemetery near Davidsville.
Bauman. - Mary Ann (Stauffer) Bauman., wife of Ananias
Bauman, was born Aug. 30, 1876, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co.,
Pa.; died at her home near Nappanee, Ind. Sept. 25, 1931; aged
55 y. 26 d. of Bright's disease, from which she was confined to
her home the last 5 months. She is survived by her husband, 2
sons and 3 daughters; Noah, Lydia wife of Ezra Martin, Esther,
wife of John Zimmerman; Amos, and Anna, (a daughter Susie, aged
22 died 5 years ago), and 2 grandchildren; also 5 brothers and
4 sisters and her aged parents (Mrs. And Mrs. David Stauffer)
all of Lancaster Co., Pa. In her early youth she moved with her
parents to May City, Ia., where she grew to womanhood. On Nov.
18, 1900, she was married to Ananias Bauman. In 1913 she moved
with her family to Stanton, Mich., where they resided until 1929,
when they moved to their present home. She united with the Mennonite
Church in her youth and remained in that faith unto her end. She
was very patient in all her suffering and never complained. Funeral
services were conducted at the house by William Ramer and at the
Yellow Creek Church by Paul Hoover and John Martin, of Indiana,
and John A. Weaver of Pennsylvania. Text. Phil. 1:21-23. Burial
in adjoining cemetery.
All is over; hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast.
All is over; pain is ended,
Now dear mother is at rest.
Burkholder. - Christian C. Burkholder was born in Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pa., Aug. 22, 1865; died at his home in Upland, Calif., Oct. 2. 1931. He was the son of Abraham R. and Elizabeth (Charles) Burkholder. His ancestry was Mennonite. Ulrich Burkholder, his emigrant ancestor was the first trustee when the Gingrich congregation in Lebanon Co., Pa., was organized in 1768. His grandfather, Joseph Burkholder, was the bishop of the Manor-Conestoga District from 1864 to 1875. He was ordained a minister in the Brethren in Christ denomination in Dickinson Co., Kans., in 1896 and a bishop in 1900. He organized the congregation at Upland, Calif., and saw it grow from a tent to the large building they now occupy. He was the architect and its builder. He was the prime mover in the organization of Beulah College and was the only president. He served as the moderator of their General Conferences many times and is the present holdover moderator from the last Conference at Notaway, Ont. His wife is Fanny, daughter of Bishop Samuel Zook of Dickinson Co., Kans. He leaves these children; Mrs. Adeline Byer, Pasadena, Calif.; Mrs. Katie Smith, a missionary in India, now on furlough at home; Laban Z., Hollywood, Calif.; Harry C., Oakland, Calif.; S. Paul, Venice, Calif.; Viola, a Registered Nurse, Los Angeles, Calif.; Alvin C., minister of the church of Upland, Calif.; and these brothers and sisters; Joseph C. Burkholder, Harrisburg, Pa.; Abraham R., Pasadena, Calif.; Amos C. , Upland, Calif.; Mrs. Elmer E. Hess, Pequen Township, Lancaster Co., Pa.; Mrs Herbert B. Groff; and Mrs. Isaiah S. Stauffer, Millersville, Pa. The funeral was held Oct. 7, and interment was made at Ontario, Calif.
Garber. - Malinda Miller Garber, daughter of Abraham and Magdalena Troyer Miller, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Oct 28 1865. She died at her farm house in Elkhart Co., Sept. 22, 1931; aged 65 y. 10 m. 14 d. Her death occurred on the 36th anniversary of her marriage. She was one of a family of six children. She leaves behind her in her immediate family, the husband, son and one brother, Rudy F. Miller of Topeka, Ind., all of whom were with her constantly during the past weeks. In 1895 she was married to John Garber of Elkhart County, and spent most of her married life on the farm where she died. Malinda was educated in the country schools and began teaching when quite young. To better fit herself for this work, she took special training for one year in the State Normal School at Terra Haute, Ind. She specialized in primary teaching and while actively engaged in her work was considered the best primary teacher in LaGrange County. In this capacity, during the twenty terms that she taught, she influenced the lives of a great number of people now scattered over the United States. She had the rare ability to discipline children and at the same time retain their love. During her last sickness when visitors almost overtaxed her strength, she would not refuse to see those who had come many miles to pay tribute to a well beloved teacher, whose tender care and expert guidance they so well remembered after many years. She early united with the Mennonite Church and was faithful in it until the last. Almost her last spoken words were to her heavenly Father, asking the help which He alone could give. She gave home and care for many year to a mother and sister who preceded her in death. She gave unlimited care, patience, and understanding to her foster son Paul. Her family, her home and her Church were the objects of her constant consideration While she was in her normal health, she dispensed a boundless hospitality to all who came her way. During the past few month, she persistently fought off her intense suffering to plan for the caring for fruit and vegetables in order that husband and son might enjoy them during the coming winter. During the months just passed, in spite of almost unbearable pain, she was extremely appreciative of the many kindnesses of her good neighbors and a wide circle of friends. The beautiful flowers that filled her room at all times testified to the sympathy and love of these same neighbors and friends. Sister Garber was a woman of strong convictions and never hesitated to advocate what she considered to be the right. When a divine Providence mercifully freed her from a pain-wracked body, she entered the great beyond as she had lived her sixty-five years, courageously and unafraid. Funeral services were held at the Clinton Brick Church, Sept. 24, conducted by Amos Nusbaum, text. Phil 3:10; and Amos Cripe, text. Rev. 19:8. Interment in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
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Yoder. - Hannah, daughter of bishop Michael and Julian (Stayrook) Yoder, both deceased, died of cancer in the home of her sister near Mattanwann, Pa., Aug. 27, 1931; aged 58 y 5 m. She had been a member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years and loved to attend services as long as her health permitted her to do so. She leaves 1 sister, (Mary, wife of Bishop John E. Kauffman) and a number of nieces, nephews, and many friends, by whom she is missed. The funeral was held Aug. 30. Services were conducted in the Mattawana Church by the Brethren Eli Kanagy and Samuel T. Yoder. Interment in Hertzler Cemetery.
Hertzler. - Andrew, son of Levi and Caroline (Yoder) Hertzler, died in his home near Mattawana, on Sept. 25, 1931, of paralysis; aged 66 y. He was preceded to the grave by his parents and 3 brothers (John, David, and Amos Hertzler). He leaves 1 brother (Noah Hertzler) and 2 sisters (Mary and Annie Hertzler) with whom he lived. They sadly miss his loving presence in the home. He also leaves a number of nephews and nieces and friends. The funeral was held at the home on Sept. 27 and interment was made in Hertzler Cemetery.
Yoder. - Lydia, widow of Jonas Yoder, died Aug. 24, 1931, in the home of her daughter in Mattawana, Pa.,; aged 93 y. 6 m. Sister Yoder was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church since her girlhood, and was always interested and attended services as long as she was able to do so. She was confined to her bed only a few weeks before her death which resulted from infirmities of old age. She leaves 1 daughter, (Fannie, widow of William Yoder) and 2 grandsons (Myron and Evert Yoder) to whom she was a kind and loving mother and grandmother. She had a friendly greeting for all and was loved and respected by all who knew her. The funeral was held on the 28th, with services conducted in the Mattawana A. M. church by the brethren John E. Kauffman, Jonas Yoder, and John C. Swigart. Interment in Hertzler Cemetery.
Diener. - Gideon K., Sr., for many years a resident of the vicinity of Gap, Pa., died on Sunday evening, Aug. 30, 1931, in the Harrisburg Hospital where he had been since last April; aged 78 y. 6 m. 24 d. He was a member of the Amish Church which he joined when he was a youth. On Dec. 19, 1882, he was married to Susie Stoltzfus of Lewisburg, Pa., who preceded him in death Nov. 7, 1923. He is survived by the following children; Mrs. Gideon Riehl, Mrs. John B. Stoltzfus, Gideon Diener, Jr. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 1 brother (A. M. Diener), and 1 sister (Mrs. Joel Zook). He was preceded in death by several children, also 3 grandchildren. Funderal services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the home of his son-in-law, John B. Stoltzfus, conducted by Christian King and Daniel Stoltzfus and was largely attended. Burial in Myers Cemetery.
Burkholder. - Abraham, son of the late Noah and Annie (Good) Burkholder, was born near Mt. Clinton, Va., April 6, 1855; died of complications July 8, 1931; aged 76 y. 3 m. 2 d. He was preceded in death by his companion almost two and one half years, since which time he made his home with his son, Alpheus. On Feb. 17, 1930, he moved with his son and family to Augusta Co., Va., the remainder of his life having been spent in Rockingham Co., with the exception of a few visits he made to other states. In early manhood he united with the Mennonite Church, continuing in this faith to the end. He is survived by the following children; Laura E. Kulp, Alpheus F., Sidney W., and Lessie L. Carver. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 1 half sister (Hannah J. Burkholder), she being the last surviving member of her father's family. One son and a daughter also preceded him in death in infancy. Funceral services were held from Weavers Church in Rockingham Co., July 10, by Brethren S. W. Rhodes and Joseph W. Geil. Text. "Whither goest thou" (Jno. 16:5)? His body was laid to rest by the side of his companion in the near by cemetery.
Lapp. - Abner M., son of the late Benj. B. and Christina Lapp, was born June 23, 1888; died in the Lancaster General Hospital, Sept. 23, 1931; aged 43 y. 3 m. He is survived by his wife and these brothers and sisters; John P., Peter Jr., Elias B., Ben F., Aaron S., Mrs. Aaron P. Beiler, Mrs. Jacob C. Patterson and Mrs. S. S. Boschnaugle. Private services at the home of his sister, Mrs. Aaron P. Beiler, Sept. 26, with further services at the Weavertown A. M. Church, conducted by ____ Druckenbrote.
Lapp. - Peter J., son of the late Benj. B. and Christina
Lapp, was born March 19, 1873; died in the Alliance Hospital,
Ohio, Sept. 27, 1931; aged 58 y. 6 m. 9 d. He is survived by his
wife (Elizabeth) and 1 daughter (Mrs. Arthur McMillen), 3 granddaughters,
and the following brothers and sisters; John P., Elias B., Aaron
S., Ben F., Mrs. Aaron P. Beiler, Mrs. Jacob Patterson, and Mrs.
S. S. Boschnaugle. Funeral services were held in Canton, O., Oct.
1, by _____Smoker. Peter and his brother Elias came to Pennsylvania
to attend the funeral of their brother, Abner Lapp, and on their
way home met with an auto accident in which Peter died in the
Alliance Hospital about 8 hours later. Elias is in the same hospital
in a serious condition. This is the fourth death in the family
in the last 3 years. Father died in 1928, a sister (Mrs. David
Lapp) died in 1929 after a few days' illness of lockjaw.
God saw fit to call them higher
From this world of pain and care,
To their home beyond the river
And we hope to meet them there.
Transcriber notes: the underlining in text was also in the Obiturary.
Gerber. - Sarah Gerber, daughter of Benjamin and Verena Amstutz was born near Dalton, Ohio, May 9, 1879; died Sept. 23, 1931; aged 52 y. 4 m. 14 d. April 12, 1895 she was baptized and received into the Salem Mennonite Church. On March 22, 1900 she was married to Joel P. Gerber. To this union was born 1 son and 1 daughter. (Verena, wife of Clinton Sprunger; and George Gerber). She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, son and daughter, 3 grandsons, her stepmother, 3 sisters, (Mrs. D. D. Hofstetter, Mrs. Philip Gerber, Mrs. Reuben Hofstetter), 2 brothers, (Dan and Amos), and a host of relatives and friends. Sister Gerber was a patient sufferer for several months of internal cancer. By her cheerful disposition she had won many friends who will sadly miss her, but our loss is her gain and her testimony in her days of affliction is a great comfort to her sorrowing friends. Funeral services were held at the home, Sept. 26, by A. R. Kaiser and in the Sonnenburg Church which she joined soon after her marriage. C. N. Amstutz and J. Neuenschwander conducted the services in German and Otis Johns of Louisville in English. Text, Psalm 30:5.
Schumacher. - Adam Schumacher, son of Pre. Peter Schumacher, was born near Bluffton, O., Feb. 2, 1857; died Sept. 26, 1931. He arose from his bed at about 1:30 a. m. and sat in a rocking chair suffering from a shortness of breath. His wife also got up but after a while, he admonished her to go back to bed, which she did, but a little later when she heard something unusual she quickly hastened to him. He expired at about 3:30. He was aged 75 y. 7 m. 24 d. He accepted his Savior in his youth and was baptized and admitted into the St. Johns Mennonite church by Bishop John Moser on April 11, 1879. On May 4, 1882, he was married to Sarah Welty. He is survived by his companion, 4 sons, (John, David, Homer and Henry), 2 daughters, (Susie, wife of Earl Gerber and Lydia Ann, wife of Lewellyn Zimmerly), a number of grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister, besides many other relatives and friends. Sixty-eight persons from Putnam and Allen Counties came to attend the funeral which was held on Sept. 29, at the Sonnenburg church, where he had been a faithful member. Services were conducted by Jacob Nuser, C. N. Amstutz and I. J. Buckwalter.. Two daughters and one son preceded him in death. Bro. Schumacher was widely known and had won the friendship of many and his family relationship was larger than any one else in this community. His father reared 16 children, all of whom married and have families of their own. Most of them are living in Putnam and Allen Counties.
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October 29, 1931 - Vol. XXIV, No.31 - page 687, 688
Whitaker. - Marguerite Whitaker, daughter of Wm. and Anna Whitaker, was born in 1926, fell asleep in Jesus Oct. 10, 1931. Little Marguerite spent her short life in Oregon and California. She was sick only a short time. In her sickness, she had comfort and rest in Jesus. Just before she passed away she asked her mother to pray. She leaves her father, mother, and five sisters, her aged grandparents, Daniel and Susan Roth, and grandmother, Barbara Whitaker, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Fisher-Braden funeral home in Albany, Oreg. Ministers Dimick and Launer officiated. Interment in Knox Butte Cemetery.
Lehman. - Frank, son of late Henry and Martha Orris Lehman, was born in Cambria Co., Pa., June 7, 1890; died in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 14, 1931; aged 41 y. 4 m. 7 d. Besides his step-father, Solomon Yoder, and his mother, he is survived by two brothers, one half-brother, two half-sisters, and other relatives and friends. Of late he has been in Pittsubrgh, where his dead body was found on the morning of the date mentioned. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Alex. Weaver and in the Weaver Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Alex. Weaver and John A. Richter. The remains were laid away in the cemetery adjoining the church lot. It may well be said that in the midst of life we are in death.
Brenneman. - Mary, daughter of Harry and Emma (Spitnale) Brenneman, was born near Continental, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1911; died October. 8, 1931; aged 19 y. 10 m. 19 d. Her mother and sister (Martha) preceded her in death. She leaves father, step-mother, 1 half-sister, 4 half-brothers (Sophia, Clyde, Donald, Leroy, Harry, Jr.). One step-sister, a step-brother and a half-brother preceded her in death. There is also left a host of other relatives and friends. She gave her heart to God in early youth and united with the Mennonite Church. Her greatest desire was to live a life that was pleasing and acceptable unto the Lord. She died a triumphant death, singing and praising God to the last. Her sickness was of two and one-half years' duration, but she bore her suffering patiently. Her desire was to go and be with the Lord. She bade all those at her death-bed goodbye. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Pleasant Church by S. G. Shenk, G. H. Brunk, and O. B. Shenk. Text. Psa. 90:12. burial in Salem Cemetery, Allen Co.
Stutzman. - Levi, son of the late David and Martha Stutzman,
was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, April 19, 1859; died Oct. 13,
1931; aged 72 y. 5 m. 24 d. He united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite
Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. He was united
in marriage to Clara Hershberger, May 6, 1887. To this union were
born 4 sons and 1 daughter. Two sons preceded him in death. He
leaves to mourn his departure, his sorrowing wife, one daughter,
Mrs. William Immel at home; 2 sons, Abram of Millersburg, Ohio,
and Erwin of Shanesville, Ohio, and one adopted daughter, Pauline
of North Canton, O.; 9 grandchildren, 1 brother, Alex Stutzman,
and 1 sister, Frances Wilhelm, both of Walnut Creek vicinity,
besides many other relatives and friends. One sister, Mrs. E.
A. Hershberger preceded him in death. Funeral services were held
at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church Friday, October 16; conducted
by A. W. Miller, Corson Mast, and D. M. Friedt. Burial in adjoining
cemetery. Father, now your place is empty,
And we see your face no more;
But we hope some day to meet you,
Over on the other shore.
Martin. - Amanda (Landis) Martin, wife of Samuel Martin,
was born near Intercourse, Pa., Sept. 22, 1854; died Aug. 30,
1931 at her home at Groffdale, Pa.; aged 76 y. 11 m. 8 d. On Nov.
19, 1876, she was united in marriage to Samuel Martin. This union
was blest with 11 daughters, 5 sons of whom 5 daughters and 2
sons preceded her in death. She leaves husband, 6 daughters, 3
sons, 63 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and
2 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and
was always present when health permitted. She was a kind and loving
mother, and will be greatly missed in the home and community.
Her illness was of a short duration, being sick only two weeks
in which time she expressed her desire to go home but was willing
to wait until the time came. Funeral services were held Sept.
2 at the home by Bro. Abe Hoover and at Hershey Mennonite Church
by Frank Hurst and Hershey Sensenig. Text. Rev. 14:13 , selected
by the departed.
Oh, dear Mother, how we miss thee,
How we miss your loving smiles;
But we are glad 'tis not forever,
We're only parted for awhile"
Yoder. - Susanna, daughter of Peter and Barbara Swartzendruber, was born Nov. 13, 1849, near Grantsville, Md., died at the home of her daughter Anna in Kaloma, Ia., Oct. 14, 1931; aged 81 y. 11 m. 1 d. In 1925 she was stricken with a very light stroke, never regaining strength quite fully but was able to be about without assistance until 13 weeks before her death, then gradually growing weaker until she was called home. The deceased was the oldest child in a family of 16 children, coming with her parent to Iowa at the age of six, in company with other near relatives, traveling by steamboat through western Pennsylvania, down the Ohio river to Cairo, Ill,, then up the Mississippi River, landing at Muscatine, Iowa, and from there they came with ox-drawn wagons through the swamps of southeastern Iowa, settling on the old homestead in southwest part of Johnson Co., which is still occupied by one of the brothers, J. P. Swartzendruber. Here she grew to womanhood, having experience much of the rigors and hardships of the early days, yet, many times she referred to these experiences as helpful to a useful career in her own life, with many pleasant memories and associations. On New Year's Day, 1871, she was wedded to Jacob D. Yoder, who passed away in April, 1927. To this union were born 8 children: Henry, who died at the age of 2 years; Barbara E., wife of John J. Miller; Anna Mae, widow of the late Jos. S. Yoder; Isaiah P. Yoder; Ida M., wife of Jacob J. Miller; Elizabeth V., who died in 1889 at the age of 4 years; Samuel W. Yoder; and Dr. Ralph B. Yoder who died in Denver, Colo., in August, 1930. All the living children reside in and near Kalona, Iowa, except Ida who resides near Wellman. Surviving are 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren, 3 grandchildren preceding her in death. Besides the immediate family, the deceased is survived by 6 brothers and 3 sisters: Samuel P. Swartzendruber, Henry P., Joseph P., Pre. Peter P. Swartzendruber, Mrs. Elizabeth Nafziger, Mrs. Ida M. Yoder, Dea. Benjamin P. Swartzendruber, Mrs. Barbara Slagel, and Menno S. Swartzendruber. Early in life she gave her heart and life to Christ, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church in which faith she lived consistently to the end. She was of deep spiritual inclination, seeking to live the righteous life and helping others also to live for the betterment of mankind. She was a devoted wife and mother, and well may we say with the wise man of old: "Her children arise up, and call her blessed". A short funeral service was held Friday morning at 9 o'clock at the home conducted by Bros. C. M. Yoder and Wm. S. Yoder in German; and at 10:30 at East Union church conducted by Bro. J. C. Brenneman in English and Bro. Elmer G. Swartzendruber in German, after which the body was laid to rest in the East Union Cemetery.
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