Yoder. - Sister Amanda E. Yoder, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Hostetler, was born June 30, 1861, in Cambria Co., Pa.; died at her home near Shipshewana, Ind., of inward cancer, after an illness of 5 weeks; aged 72 y. 11 m. 10 d. She came to La Grange Co., Ind., with her parents when a young girl. She was married to Aaron D. Yoder of Johnstown, Pa., March 29, 1887, who died Feb. 16 of this year. She leaves 1 grandson, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 foster grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 5 brothers. She was a very patient sufferer during all her sickness, but expressed herself as being ready to leave this world if God thought best. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church, conducted by Josiah J. and Yost C. Miller, and 0. S. Hostetler.
Martin. - Kenneth H., son of Bro. Aaron L. and Sister Anna (High) Martin of near Lititz, Pa., died on May 10, 1934; aged 1 y. 3 m. 4 d. Kenneth brought much joy into the home, though his stay here was short. But we all submit to the will of the Lord. Besides his parents he is survived by his grandparents (Bro. and Sister Harry Martin of East Earl, Pa., Bro. and Sister David S. High of near Lampeter) and 2 great-grandfathers (Benj. W. High of Rothsville, and Elam H. Huber of East Petersburg). Funeral services were held May 13, conducted at the home and at Hess's Church by Bro. John S. Hess. Text, Isa. 1:6.
"A little bud here in our home was placed,
To blossom and bloom and shed its fragrance sweet ;
The Lord has come and claimed His own,
But the fragrance still remains."
Greider. - Elizabeth R., widow of Amos M. Greider, daughter of the late Emanuel and Maria Cassel, died May 31, 1934, at the home of her son, B. Frank Greider, after a brief illness. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Besides the son with whom she resided, she is survived by Howard G. and Christ C. Greider, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a brother (John R. Cassel), and 3 sisters (Sue Kling, Mrs. John Eaby, and Mrs. Harry Swarr). Her husband and 2 sons preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at Landisville, Pa., in charge of Martin Miller, Henry Lutz, and Hiram Kauffman. Text, Psa. 144:15 (latter clause). Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Angel throngs will guide her,
Jesus will still bless and keep;
Not for the world would we wake her,
Mother has fallen asleep." -The Family.
Eby. - Sister Malinda (Gingrich) Eby, wife of Menno R. Eby and daughter of Israel B. and Lovina Gingrich, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Sept. 19, 1889; died very suddenly of heart failure on Monday morning, June 11, 1934; aged 44 y. 8 m. 23 d. In 1911 she was married to Menno R. Eby. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and was on her way to help prepare for another funeral in the neighborhood, when she suddenly became very ill and passed away inside of ten minutes, before she could be taken back to her home. There remain her husband, 6 children (Barbara, Almeda, Lovina, Rebecca, Ivan, and Milton); her parents; 3 sisters --- Leah, Susannah (Mrs. Amos Gingrich), and Barbara (Mrs. David B. Snyder); and 2 brothers (Manasseh and Freeman). Funeral services were held June 14 in St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, and were in charge of Bishops Moses M. Brubaker, Jonas Snider, and Daniel Lebold.
Reist. - Mary, widow of Jacob Reist and daughter of the late Christian and Elizabeth (Erb) Peiffer, died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Monroe Metzler, Manheim, Pa.) April 25, 1934. She was 86 years old. She died of complications. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by 6 daughters (Mrs. Amelia Buckwalter, Mrs. Mary Mumaw, Mrs. Hiram N. Witmer, Mrs. John B. Hershey, Mrs. Monroe Metzler, and Mrs. Daniel Stoner). Two daughters preceded her in death (Mrs. Amos E. Garber and Mrs. Jeremiah Landis). She is also survived by 55 grandchildren and 87 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Metzler, with public services at Erb's Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"A precious one from us has gone;
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled." -A Daughter.
Meyers. - Roy Edward, son of Albert and Grace Begley Meyers, was born Oct. 9, 1928, near Palmyra, Mo.; died June 16, 1934, at the 'Temple University Hospital for Children at Philadelphia, Pa. Some months ago little Roy drank a spoonful of soap lye, thinking it was milk. He suffered much in the past months, and was finally taken, upon the advice of local doctors, to Philadelphia where it was hoped that skilled physicians by various operations and expert care might restore him to health. But God, who does not err, ordered otherwise. Peritonitis, followed by pneumonia, set in and the little spirit winged its way to the blest in glory. The entire neighborhood has been touched by this sad accident and death, and we pray God will sanctify it to our every good, especially to the immediate family. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, 2 grandparents, a large number of uncles and aunts, and a host of cousins. Services were conducted at the Palmyra Mennonite Church by J. M. Kreider and H. R. Buckwalter. Text, "It is well" (II Kings 4:26).
Alger. - Elizabeth Frances Alger was born May 5, 1863, near Edom, Va.; died at her home May 2, 1934; aged 70 y. 11 m. 27 d. She had been in failing health for several years and death was due to complications. She was the only child of the late John and Barbara (Brunk) Brenneman. On Dec. 9, 1880, she was married to Jacob Alger who preceded her in death 22 years. Excepting a few years of her early childhood, her whole life was spent near Broadway, Va. She accepted Christ in early life and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith she remained steadfast. The services of God's house were very precious to her, and she longed to go to church after her failing strength forbade. She was ever industrious, self-sacrificing, and much concerned for the spiritual welfare of her children and others. She has gone on before. May it be our happy lot to meet her, in God's own time, on the other shore. She is survived by 3 children (Barbara, John, and Verdie) and 6 grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 4 at Zion Church conducted by J. L. Stauffer, Lewis Shank. and P. E. Shank. Text, I Pet. 1:3,4. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road,
And, 'midst the brotherhood on high,
To be at home with God."
Gingerich. - Nancy (Miller) Gingerich, was born Sept. 24, 1863, in Johnson Co., Iowa; died at her late home near Kalona, Iowa, June 17, 1934: aged 70 y. 8 m. 24 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and united with the Mennonite Church in which faith she lived and died. On March 24, 1884, she was united in marriage to Joel Gingerich. To this union 9 children were born, one died in infancy. The following 8 children remain: Sally, Lucy, and Mary at home, and Mrs. Merton Miller, Harvey, Joseph, and Alva, all of the Kalona community and Frank of Upland, Calif., who with their father mourn the home-going of a devoted companion and mother. Her death is also mourned by 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grand children, 5 nieces, 2 nephews, and a host of relatives and friends. Her parents (Joseph P. and Sarah Miller) were among the early Mennonite settlers of this community, moving to this community in 1855. Bro. and Sister Gingerich lived together in matrimony a little more than 50 years. Last March, at the time of the 50th anniversary, little did we think that this union would so soon be broken.
"Mother, now your place is empty,
And you now we see no more;
But we hope some day to meet you,
Over on the other shore."
Funeral services were conducted at the East Union Mennonite Church, with interment in the Miller Cemetery, conducted by Bro. Edd Shettler and D. J. Fisher in English and D. D. Miller in German.
Hartzler. - Fannie R. (Kauffman) Hartzler was born Dec. 26, 1863, near Belleville, Pa.; died June 11, 1934, at her home near Allensville Pa.; aged 70 y. 5 m. 15 d. Five years ago Mother became seriously ill with heart trouble, leaving her in a weakened condition. She was able to be about at times, doing light work, until 3 months ago she seemed to be failing, suffering from a weak heart. A complication of diseases set in, causing her death. She was bed-fast a week previous to her death, being semi-conscious much of the time. She was very patient, resigned to the will of Him who doeth all things well, attended Church and Sunday school which she seldom missed when health permitted, and was much interested in the welfare of her children. She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother. She is sadly missed in her home, but our loss is her eternal gain. On Feb. 1, 1887 she was united in marriage to Christian B. Hartzler, who died Nov. 9, 1927. This union was blessed with 5 sons and 4 daughters. A son and 2 daughters died in infancy, and 1 son (Jesse B.) died 10 days later than Father. She is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters (Urie D., Levi L., Katie E., wife of John H. Kanagy; Lizzie Mae, wife of Archie F. King, Benj. K.), 21 grandchildren, 1 half-sister (Mrs. Joseph K. Hartzler), 2 sisters-in-law, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held June 13 at the home by Aaron Mast and at the Allensville A. M. Church by Aaron Mast and Elmer E. Yoder. Texts, Heb. 11:16; II Cor. 5:1.
Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er;
Your loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful friend, so true and kind,
No more on earth like you we'll find." By her daughters.
Heatwole. - Bertha Olive, daughter of Pre. Lewis A. and Sarah (McGuire) Showalter, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., June 30, 1876; died in her home near La Junta, Colo., aged 57 y. 10 m. 24 d. On Oct. 11, 1895, she was baptized at the Pike Mennonite Church near Dayton, Va., by Bishop L. J. Heatwole and on Christmas day of the same year she was united in holy matrimony to Jacob A. Heatwole by the same bishop. To this union were born 7 children: E. Herman, Annie (Mrs. Mark Snyder), Ruth, Lenna, Elizabeth, Sarah. and Jacob Aaron Jr.; all of whom with her husband survive her. She also leaves 3 brothers (Ancil of La Junta, Colo., Arba C. of Dayton, Va., and J. Ward of Riverside, Calif.) and 7 grandchildren. In March, 1907 the family left the old Virginia home for her health and located near La Junta, Colo. - to a higher, dryer climate which undoubtedly lengthened her life to over a quarter of a century and made it possible for her family to increase from four to seven children and to see them all grow to manhood and womanhood (but Junior, who graduated from the eighth grade in public school the evening before she died). For over 32 years she shared the duties of a minister's wife; and notwithstanding her poor health she always tried to make it possible for him to perform his duties as pastor, evangelist, and bishop. Her helpfulness and generosity won for her a host of friends. Only about one-third of the people were able to get into the church. For about a year before leaving Virginia she had light hemorrhages from the lungs which had almost entirely disappeared after coming to Colorado. However, on the evening before her death they returned, and soon after midnight the last one came which took her away in about five minutes. Funeral services were conducted at the La Junta Mennonite church by E. E. Showalter and A. M. Leatherman. Her body was laid to rest in the Mennonite plot of the Fairview Cemetery near the city. By the Family.
Beiler. - Christian J., son of the late George and Katherine (King) Beiler, (a lifelong resident of near Intercourse, Pa.), was born April 2, 1850: died May 9, 1934; aged 84 y. 1 m. 7 d. He was united in marriage with Barbara Keener on Dec. 18, 1874, who passed away Sept. 30, 1932. To this union were born 8 children, 3 of whom survive (George, Barbara - wife of Samuel Z. Smoker, and Maggie at home). The following children preceded their parents into eternity: Katie, Mary, Annie, Aaron P., and an infant daughter. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, and was a member of and a pillar in the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church, always taking an active interest in the Church and Sunday school. "Daddy Beiler" (as he was often called) was almost always asked for testimony and was a wise counsellor, and ever ready to help others. "He shall be missed, for his seat is empty," but his memory will long be cherished by the many who learned to know and love him, and his influence for good will live onward. The last time he was permitted to attend services was on Easter Sunday, April 1 (when communion was observed), at which time he placed particular emphasis in his testimony that his sojourning here would not be long. The following week he took sick, and gradually became weaker, but his mind was clear almost to the very last, and he frequently expressed himself as desiring to enter into "the rest prepared for the people of God." Funeral services were conducted May 12 at his late home by Norman D. Beachey, with further services at the Weavertown Amish meeting house by Amos B. Stoltzfus in English, and Samuel W. Peachey and John A. Stoltzfus in German. Texts: Rom. 6:23; Rev. 14:12,13.
"All that we loved in him -- all this shall last.
Though from our dull earthly sense he has passed;
Years had but added more peace to his face.
Strength and serenity, grace unto grace;
Though from our dim earthly sight be is gone,
All that we loved in him -- this will live on."
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Ruth. - Oliver D., son of the late Peter and Mary (Delp) Ruth, was born Sept. 5, 1850; died June 27, 1934; aged 83 y. 9 m. 22 d. He was never married. He was baptized by a Lutheran minister after attaining manhood, but never affiliated himself with that denomination. In his old age, while staying at Ruth's Haven, Bally, Pa., he expressed himself as not satisfied with his condition, confessed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and was received into the Mennonite Church at Bally, being in his 80th year. His last years were spent at the Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., at which place funeral services were conducted. Buried in Rockhill Cemetery. E. W. K.
Hochstetler. - Mary Nadine, daughter of Perry and Lydia Hochstetler, Berlin, Ohio, died June 25, 1934; aged 3 m. 5 d. She leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Freda Elizabeth), 1 grandfather, step-grandmother, a number of uncles, aunts, cousins, and a host of friends. One infant sister preceded her to the heavenly home. She will be sadly missed by us all, but we know that the "Lord gave, and the Lord bath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services were conducted June 27 at the Martins Creek Church by E. J. Varns and S. W. Sommer. Text, Matt. 18:4.
"A sweet little flower too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Miller. - Phyllis Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar E. Miller of Goshen, Ind., died at the Goshen Hospital June 20, 1934; aged 4 y. 8 m. 17 d. She is survived by her parents, 1 brother (Richard Harvey) 4 grandparents and a host of relatives and friends. When she awoke on Friday morning she was in convulsions and remained so until death the following morning. She was friendly to all who knew her, and always had a word for every one. Funeral services were held July 2 at the Clinton Frame Church, in charge of D. D. Troyer assisted by Ira S. Johns. Burial in Union Chapel Cemetery.
"In our hearts her mem'ry lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake her
From her peaceful, quiet sleep."
Transcriber's note: "mem'ry" is as in the original.
Hershberger. - Laurence Wayne, eldest son of Dan Hershberger and wife (Alta Eash) of Milford, Neb., was born March 30, 1917; died June 23, 1934; aged 17 y. 2 m. 24 d. He was born and lived all his life in Milford, Nebr. He leaves his parents, 2 brothers (Lyle Willis, Marlin Dean), 3 sisters (Geraldine Mae, Mildred, Marelyn Jene), a large number of uncles, aunts, cousins, and 1 grandfather. He was received into the East Fairview Church near Milford, Nebr., by baptism Oct. 22, 1933. His death was a shock to the entire community. While getting some cows from the pasture he came in touch with some electric wires which caused his death. Funeral services by Geo. S. Miller. Text Psa 39:13.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear."
Auker. - Lucian, last surviving member of the John and Elizabeth Auker family, was born in Perry Co., Pa., Sept. 26, 1854. In 1880 he was married to Frances Benner. To this union were born 8 children, of whom Raymond died nearly two years ago. The following survive: Dora, Mary, Roy, Stanley, Mabel, Anna, and Sarah. He with his family moved to Ohio and located near Wadsworth in 1903. In early life he gave his heart to Jesus and his hand to the Mennonite Church. He died giving bright evidence of Christian fortitude. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church June 26. The services were more impressive because of a fierce storm passing through that vicinity while the procession was enroute to the church. The storm was of such magnitude that a number of bank barns were razed, one man being killed by a falling beam. Services were conducted by Samuel Rohrer and I. J. Buchwalter. Text, Psa. 17:15.
Shenk. - Mira F. (Kauffman) Shenk was born near Abbeyville, in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 8, 1861; died at her home in New Danville, Pa., June 1, 1934; aged 73 y. 1 m. 23 d. She was united in marriage to Isaac H. Shenk. To this union 8 children were born. She is survived by her sorrowing husband and these children: Katie, wife of H. C. McCardle, Conestoga, Pa.; Ella, wife of Noah C. Good, Joanna, Pa. ; Mira, wife of Elam B. Blank, Lancaster, Pa., Lizzie, wife of John H. Garber, Columbia, Pa. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, and many other relatives and friends. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held at the E. Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. J. H. Mosemann. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
Heaven gained, the portals entered,
Now dear Mother is at rest."
Eby. - Malinda Gingrich was born near Waterloo, Ont., Sept. 19, 1889. On Nov. 14, 1911, she was married to Menno Eby. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 2 daughters (Barbara, Almeda, Lovina, Rebecca, Ivan and Milton). Besides the family there remain to mourn her departure, her parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and many relatives and friends. In early youth she united with the Mennonite Church and lived a consistent Christian life. She died of heart failure June 11, 1934; aged 44 y. 8 m. 22 d. Several years ago she was quite low with heart trouble, but had recovered so much that her passing at this time was rather unexpected, but we mourn not as those who have no hope.
"She has but left this vale of tears,
To be with Christ who for her died;
With Him to spend the eternal years,
To praise Him with the glorified."
Funeral services at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church June 14, conducted by the brethren Daniel Lebold, Jonas Snider, and Moses M. Brubacher.
Martin. - Kenneth H., son of Aaron L. and Anna High Martin, Lancaster Co., Pa., was born February, 1933; died May 10, 1934, at his home near Rothsville, Pa. Death was due to complications which followed the measles. Kenneth endeared himself to all who knew him, but as Bro. Hess said in his services, if we could have seen the welcome on the other side we would not wish him back. Besides his parents he is survived by his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. D. S. High) and paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Martin), two great-grandfathers (Benj. High and Elam Huber) and a large host of relatives and friends. Brief services were held at the home on Sunday, May 13 with further services at Hess's Mennonite church in charge of Bro. John S. Hess who used as his theme "A little child shall lead them." Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"I saw beside the open tomb,
A little coffin fair;
And many gazed as if the bloom,
Of Eden withered there." By an Uncle and Aunt.
Weber. - Emanuel, son of Amos and Hannah (Martin) Weber, was born March 30, 1893; died June 1, 1934; aged 41 y. 2 m. 2 d. He was taken ill on May 21. His mind failed. He was taken to Hamilton Hospital on May 22. He was awfully disturbed until Friday morning, when he passed away. He leaves his loving widow, 7 children, an aged father, 4 sisters and 4 brothers, namely: Leah (Mrs. Daniel Cressman), St. Jacobs; Israel, near St. Jacobs; Elias, near Yatton; Susanna (Mrs. Sidney Martin), St. Jacobs; Sidney, Lancaster, Pa.; Mary Ann (Mrs. Aaron Bauman), St. Jacobs; Amos, in Waterloo; Hannah (Mrs. Aaron Weber), Conestoga. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth in which he remained until the Lord called him home. Funeral services were held at the Martins Church by Bros. Jessie Bauman and Thomas Reesor. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
'But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal." The Family.
Moser. - Katie A. Moser died June 17, 1934; aged
78 y. 8 m. She was born and raised at Berne, Ind., came to Lake
Charles, La., 20 years ago. She was never married. She was an
invalid most all her life. She and her sister Elizabeth Moser
lived together in the home of P. J. Liechty. Elizabeth preceded
her two years ago. She joined the Mennonite Church in her early
days and remained a faithful member and loyal to her God until
death. She is survived by 7 brothers and 3 sisters (Mrs. Anna
Liechty, of Lake Charles, La.; Mrs. Dan Newenschwander of Findlay,
Ohio; Mrs. Abraham Newenschwander of Dayton, Ohio; Moses, David
and Philip of Lake Charles, La.; Jeff of Spencerville, Ohio; Nathan
of Orrville, Ohio, Jacob of Berne, Ind.; Aaron of Bryan, Ind.),
and many nephews, nieces and friends. Our dear aunt has gone to
be with her God, meeting her parents and other loved ones which
have been beckoning her to come home. All her trials are over,
all her tears are wiped away. Dear aunt, we miss you as we loved
you so, but will join you in heaven by and by.
By a niece.
Cressman. - Charlotta, daughter of Abraham Moyer, was born at South Cayuga, Ont., Dec. 13, 1860; died at Kitchener, Ont., June 26, 1934; aged 73 y. 6 m. 13 d. She was formerly married to Edwin Hoover who predeceased her 22 years ago. In 1916 she was married to Josiah Cressman who survives her. She is also survived by a daughter (Mrs. Avery Sternaman, Selkirk, Ont.), 1 son (Egbert Hoover, Assiniboia, Sask.), 4 grandchildren, 1 brother (Samuel Moyer, Portland, Oreg.). She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and labored for its welfare for some 44 years. She was well known for the following characteristics: courtesy seasoned with Christian grace, her interest in the young people, the charm of her motherhood and grandmother qualities, considerate hospitality, and her ministry of Christian service -- she was indeed a modern Dorcas. She will be missed in the home, Church, and community at large. Her memory will be kept green by many. The services were held at the First Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. C. F. Derstine and S. F. Coffman. Theme, "The Challenge of the Falling Mantle." II Kings 2:8-15.
Stauffer. - Lydia A., widow of the late Benjamin K. Stauffer, died at her home at Stony Brook, Pa., May 20, 1934, due to infirmities brought on by old age. She was born on May 14, 1852; died at the age of 82 y. 6 d. Her husband preceded her in death 11 years ago. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in middle age and was faithful until death removed her from our ranks. She was ailing for over two years and often had a desire to go home but waited patiently until the time came. She will be missed in the home, church and community. There were no children born to this union, but two children were taken into the home to raise. One (a niece) died in March, 1928. Her foster daughter (Maggie Knaub) survives her, also 1 brother (Jeremiah Stump), some nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Stony Brook Church on May 23 conducted by Bro. N. H. Mack assisted by Harvey Lehman and Walter H. Gable. Text, Psa. 90. Her remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended
We shall again be with you."
Weber. - Ephraim H., son of Daniel and Elizabeth Weber, was born June 29, 1875; died June 22, 1934; aged 58 y. 11 m. 23 d. He was born and resided near Kitchener all his life. He is survived by his wife (Maria Steckel), 4 sons (Clayton, Ion, Eldon, Mervin), 1 daughter (Mrs. Laura Hamsher, Berlin, Ohio). and 2 brothers (Josiah H. and George A., of Kitchener). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and well esteemed in the community at large. He was known as a man of integrity and dependability and possessed of a quiet dignity and modesty. He was the incarnation of the common virtues of life, so often undervalued, nevertheless they are what make men and nations great. His self-controlled speech was a desirable quality that all Christians might well covet. His sudden passing in the night while asleep is a loud call to all to prepare to meet their God in peace. His passing will leave a vacant place, and memory will treasure his personality "till we meet again." The services were conducted at the First Mennonite Church, in charge of Bros. C. F. Derstine and 0. Burkholder. Sermon, "The Ministry of Hard Knocks and Affliction." II Cor. 4 :16,17.
Alliman. - Joseph Alliman was born June 29, 1857, near Wayland, Iowa. He accepted Christ as his Savior when a young man, uniting with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member of the Sugar Creek congregation until called by death. On Nov. 10, 1881, he was united in marriage with Katie Graber. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons and his wife preceded him in death. Although Bro. Alliman was not very widely known, he was an affectionate husband, a good neighbors and a regular church attendant. In his day he was a strong man physically and never experienced sickness of any consequence until several years ago when he suffered a rheumatic attack. This seemed to tell on his vitality, and crippled him somewhat. His last illness was of short duration, lasting only about a week. He bore his loneliness after his wife's death and his suffering with much patience and without murmuring. He was ready to go, and among his last intelligent expressions was the desire to go and be with his wife and son Joseph who had preceded him in death. He passed away early Monday morning, June 25, at the home of his son-in-law, Elmer Wyse, near Wayland, Iowa; aged 76 y. 11 m. 26 d. He leaves 2 sons (John G., and Daniel), 2 daughters (Mrs. Elmer Wyse, Wayland, Ia.. and Mrs. Samuel Kennel, Albany, Oreg.), 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 brother (Peter Alliman, Wayland), 2 sisters (Mrs. Peter Krabill, Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. Wm. Krabill, Winfield, Ia.), and other relatives and friends. Funeral services 'were held June 26 from the Sugar Creek Church. Text, II Tim. 4:6. Burial in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.
Liechty. - Daniel E., son of John and Fannie
Conrad Liechty, was born near Orrville, Ohio, March 27, 1880;
died June 25, 1934, at his home in Orrville; aged 54 y. 2 m. 28
d. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, 1 brother (Harvey),
and 1 sister (Emma). On Feb. 14, 1906 he was united in marriage
to Etta Null, with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of life
as a faithful, devoted, Christian husband. He leaves his deeply
bereaved companion, 2 sisters (Mrs. C. J. Conrad and Mrs. Oliver
Blosser, both of Orrville); 3 brothers (Ruben of Akron, Ohio;
David of Youngstown, Ohio; and John of Orrville); with many other
relatives and a host of friends. In 1907 he with his companion
received Christian baptism from the ministry of Bishop Ben Gerig
and were received into the fellowship of the Oak Grove Amish Mennonite
Church. Later they became charter members of the Orrville Mennonite
Mission Church where they continued faithful in their attendance
in the services of the house of God and in the keeping of the
ordinances of their Lord and Master. He was a man of quiet disposition
and peaceful demeanor, making many friends among his neighbors,
fellow-workmen, and those with whom he came in contact. He was
esteemed as a careful and skilled workman practicing honesty and
uprightness in his dealings with his fellowman. He was known as
a consistent Christian, exemplifying the scriptural truth, "In
quietness and confidence shall be your strength." In his
dying hour he spoke freely of God's love to him, and of the kindness
of those who ministered to him. He said, "I love everybody
and have nothing against anybody. I would like to live here a
while longer but the Lord's will be done." Then, as he had
lived, he quietly and peacefully fell asleep to awake in his heavenly
Father's loving care. The funeral services were conducted at the
home and the Oak Grove Church. Text, Jno. 1:18. I. W. Royer minister
in charge, assisted by Jonas Martin, J. S. Gerig,
J. N. Smucker, and C. Z. Yoder.
Roth. - William Roth was born in Huron Co., Mich.. Feb. 24, 1908; died at the Hubbard Hospital, Bad Axe, Mich., June 16, 1934; aged 26 y. 3 m. 23 d. Surviving are his parents (Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Roth), 1 brother (Norman), 2 sisters (Mrs. Raymond Springer, Minier, Ill.; Mrs. Harvey Eichler of this place), 1 half-brother (Harry of Detroit), 2 half-sisters (Mrs. Edward Bechler and Mrs. Milo Yoder of this place), 6 nephews, 1 niece, and many other relatives and friends. He spent most of his life at home, outside of a few years in the West for his health. About five years ago his health began to fail. Within this time local physicians and specialists have been consulted without results, all that loving hands could do seemed of no avail; and finally, as a last resort, against his own wishes, be was taken to the hospital, where he remained almost two weeks. The doctor in charge and nurses seemed pleased as to his improvement. He received his speech back, which was gone, and had strength to testify for his Lord, telling the nurses and those around him about the love of God. Thursday noon God saw fit to reveal as yet what the cause of it all was, when the blood clot on his brain, which was there some time, bursted and he was paralyzed, remaining in this condition for two and one-half days, God saw fit to call him to Himself. In 1922 he stood for the Lord, and united with the Mennonite Church. He was a member until death. Nov. 28, 1931 be felt perhaps his life would not be so long on this earth, he saw how far short he came of doing God's will, he confessed his sins to God and received pardon, and rejoiced in that experience. After that he was careful to be prayed and confessed up-to-date. He loved to read his Bible much, and prayed often. He expressed himself as being ready to go, and thanked the Lord for that readiness. He desired to stay a while longer to testify to the world what God had done for him, but, as he so often prayed, "Not my will be done, but thine," God saw fit to call him Home.
"The pains of death are passed,
Labor and sorrows cease;
And life's warfare closed at last,
His soul is found in peace.
Soldier of Christ, well done,
Praise be thy new employ,
And while eternal ages run
Rest in thy Savior's joy."
Funeral services were held June 19 at the home conducted by Bro. J. J. Shetler and at the church by Bro. Peter Ropp and S. J. Miller. Text, Jno. 14:1. Interment in Mennonite Cemetery.
Bender. - Valentine H. Bender was born July 7,
1865, near Springs, Pa.; died May 8, 1934 near Greenwood, Del.
; aged 68 y. 10 m. 1 d. His father (Wilhelm Bender) came from
Switzerland, near the German border at the age of 14. His mother's
maiden name was Susanna Petersheim. He united with the Amish Mennonite
Church early in youth in which faith he died as a devoted follower
of Him whom he served. On March 4, 1888, he was married to Caroline
Gingerich of Grantsville, Md. To this union were born 13 children:
Savilla, Cora, Nevin, Amelia, infant daughter, Savanna, Nanna,
Lucy, Earl, Hilda, Pauline, infant son. Of this number Cora Miller
(first wife of S. J. Miller), Lester Bender, and Hilda Bender
and two infants preceded him in death, also 4 brothers (William,
Enoch, John and Gideon), 1 sister (Susie Bender), 1 half-brother
(Joel Bender) and 5 half-sisters (Mary Marner, Elizabeth Hershberger,
Annie Byler, Barbara Wisseman and Lena Bender). He is survived
by his companion, 2 sons and 6 daughters (Savilla Yoder, Nevin
Bender, Amelia Swartzendruber, Savanna Swartzendruber all of near
Greenwood, Del.; Nanna Swartzendruber of West Liberty, Ohio; Lucy
Schrock of near Greenwood, Del.; Earl Bender of Topeka, Ind.;
Pauline Beachy of Greenwood, Del.), 2 foster children (John Embleton
and William Welfley both of near Greenwood), 41 grandchildren,
a number of foster grandchildren, 2 brothers (Bish. Samuel Bender
of Hydro, Okla. and Bish. Christian Bender of near Salisbury,
Pa.), and 2 sisters (Lydia Brenneman of Salisbury, Pa., and Katie
Byler of Middlefield, Ohio.). Most of his life was spent near
the place of his birth. Near the close of the year 1913 he with
his family moved to near Greenwood, where most of his remaining
days were spent. He was afflicted with diabetes about seven years
ago which weakened him intensely but from which he recovered.
About 1 year and 8 months before his death he had a hard stroke,
which was followed by a second stroke about 10 months later. He
had two more strokes, the last one being followed by death. Having
a weak heart, he was very often near death's door after his first
stroke. He bore his affliction patiently, often expressing a desire
to depart. He was one of the number who helped to establish the
work at Greenwood, and the value of his
self-sacrificing efforts which he made in behalf of the Church can only be measured and rewarded by Him who knows. He lived to see a prosperous church, the one he loved having a membership of 128 members at the time of his death. Through a request made about 3 years before his death, Pre. Eli Swartzentruber and Nevin Bender conducted the funeral services, assisted by Bishop John L. Mast of Belleville, Pa. Texts, Jno. 11:25; Phil.
21-24. Interment in cemetery adjoining church house. One whom we loved tenderly has been called home.
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Ash. - Alice Rosetta Ash died June 25, 1934; aged 1 m. 2 d. Those that are bereaved in the immediate family are father, mother, and 3 sisters.
Gingerich. - John F., son of the late John and Anna (Eby) Gingerich, was born Aug. 9, 1867; died at his home in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 10, 1934, after an illness of five weeks. He was a member of the Landisville Mennonite Church. During the last few days he gradually grew weaker and told us he could not be with us long. He is survived by his widow, 1 son, 5 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 3 sisters. Services were held June 13 at the home by Bro. Hiram Kauffman and at the Landisville Mennonite Church by Bros. Henry Lutz and John Gochenauer. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Knicely. - Alice Virginia, wife of John Knicely, was born Dec. 24, 1856; died of complication at her home at Briery Branch, Va., May 11, 1934; aged 77 y. 4 m. 17 d. She united with the Mennonite Church a number of years ago, having died in the same faith. Surviving are her husband, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. She is also survived by 32 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Briery Branch Brethren Church, conducted by J. S. Martin, assisted by Abraham Thomas. Text, "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his" (Num. 23:10). The body was laid to rest in the Briery Branch Cemetery.
Walters. - Clarence Junior, infant son of Clarence 0. and Mildred J. Walters, Belleville, Pa., died June 30, 1934; aged 36 hours. This only child leaves father, mother, 2 foster grandfathers, 2 foster grandmothers and other foster relatives. The parents have the heartfelt sympathies of their friends and neighbors. We rejoice that we can look beyond this present sorrow and know that baby is in the hands of One who doeth all things well. Brief services were conducted at the home by Bro. Joshua B. Zook and concluded at the grave in the Allensville Mennonite cemetery.
"Our darling baby, too sweet to stay,
God in His mercy hath taken away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above." His parents.
Zimmerman. - Benj. M. Zimmerman died at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Aldus Mellinger, in Hinkletown, Pa., of old age pneumonia; aged 88 y. 3 m. 29 d. His wife (who was Mary Stauffer of Farmersville) died six years ago. He was a grandson of the late Bishop Jacob Zimmerman of Weaverland and was a member of the Metzler Church for many years. A daughter (Ida) preceded him in death 8 years and a twin brother (Joseph) 25 years. Besides the daughter with whom he resided, he is survived by 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the home, followed by further services at the Groffdale Church by Bros. B. G. Wenger and Eli Sauder. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"His room is empty, all is still;
His place is vacant, it was God's will
So long he waited for his rest;
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Hostetter. - Lydia, daughter of Bishop Joseph E. Hostetter, was born near Lincoln, Pa., died in the Lancaster General Hospital of a complication of ailments on July 1, 1934; aged 4 y. 3 m. 10 d. Her mother died when Lydia was 2 weeks old. Besides her father she is survived by her step-mother and the following brothers and sisters : Samuel, Jacob, Elizabeth, Anna and Amos, also half-brothers and sister Mary, Aaron, and Martin, grandmother (Mrs. Mary H. Hostetter, Maugansville, Md.). Funeral services were held July 4 at the home by Bro. Amos Martin and at the Groffdale Frame Church by Bros. Frank Horst and Moses Horning. Text, I Sam. 10:21,22. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Our darling Lydia, too sweet to stay
God in His mercy took away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Kraybill. - Sarah N. (Lehman) Kraybill, wife of Peter S. Kraybill and daughter of the late Pre. Benjamin and Elizabeth Lehman, was born Sept. 18, 1857 near Mountville, Pa.; died at her home in Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged 76 y. 9 m. 2 d. Mother's health was failing, but in the past few months a more rapid weakening of the body was noticed. She was bedfast one week previous to her death, being semiconscious much of the time. She was patient and resigned to the will of "Him that doeth all things well." She leaves a sorrowing husband and 4 children (Fannie, Amos, Elizabeth, and Emily), also 7 grandchildren of whom 2 (Arthur and Benjamin) were brought up in her home since the departure of their father. Her son and grandson (Pre. B. Lehman Kraybill and son Daniel) preceded her to the glory world. One brother (John N. Lehman) and 1 sister (Kate N. Neff) also survive. Mother always had a quiet, loving disposition which won for her many friends. She was very much interested in the welfare of her children and grandchildren, and instilled principles which we always will remember. Her desire was to live nearer to her blessed Savior, and seldom missed church and Sunday school when health permitted; being present for the last time at our communion service. In our cars still ring so sweetly the words she often sang, and now give expression to our feelings.
"Blessed sainted Mother
I can see her now,
As in days of childhood,
When she kissed my brow.
'Tis the sweetest, dearest thought,
Hark the angels say,
Call her not back again,
She is with you every day."
Funeral services were conducted June 23 at the home by Bro.
Henry Garber (Jno. 14) and further services at the Mt. Joy Mennonite
Church by Bro. Amos Hess (Rev. 21) and Bro. Henry Lutz (Text,
II Cor. 1:9). Interment in Kraybill's Cemetery.
By the Family.
Egli. - Emma Grim Egli was born near Mackinaw, Ill., April 2, 1877; died at the Lutheran hospital at Fort Dodge, Iowa, on the evening of June 26, 1934; aged 57 y. 2 m. 24 d. She was married to Christian B. Egli on Dec. 27, 1895 at Hopedale, Ill.; 13 children were born into this home, 9 sons and 4 daughters. One daughter (Rosette) and 2 sons (John and Amon) preceded their mother in death. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Joe, Lou, Emery, of Manson, Mrs. Maude Swartzendruber of La Junta, Colo., Sam, Lawrence, Elsie, Jesse, Ida, and Stanley at home, besides 15 grandchildren, 2 half brothers and 2 half sisters. In the spring of 1912 the family moved from Illinois to Blanden Farms near Manson where they have since resided. Her illness began on March 22 when she underwent an operation for a ruptured appendix. At that time it seemed as though she might not recover, but after three weeks she returned to her home, apparently on the road to recovery. She was able to be up and about and attended church services. About three weeks ago she again became bedfast and after a thorough physical examination a second operation was deemed necessary. On June 15 she entered the hospital for treatment and surgery. She seemed to be recovering slowly when she suddenly turned worse and passed peacefully away. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 16 years, of which she was a member until the end. She was interested in the work of the Church, a regular attendant at its services when possible. She was a devoted wife and mother, and loved by all who knew her; for her interests were not confined to her own family, but she also showed every kindness and thoughtfulness to those about her who chanced to be in need. In the early part of her illness she wished very much to recover, but when her strength failed she was fully resigned to God's will and expressed a desire to enter the heavenly rest.
"Dearest loved one we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace;
But the memory will be cherished
Till we see thy heavenly face."
Funeral services were conducted at the Manson Mennonite Church by Simon Gingerich of Wayland, Iowa, Nick Stoltzfus, and J. Z. Birky of Kouts, Ind. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Huber. - Landis Huber died at his home near Lititz, Pa., May 11, 1934; aged 56 y. 7 m. 3 d. He is survived by his wife, 7 children, 8 grandchildren, and 1 sister to mourn his departure. He had not been well for a few months, but was able to be about and attend services until the last few weeks, which was his great desire. Father is very much missed in the home, where he was so much needed. "Although we will always yearn, for the old-time step and the glad return -- we cannot say he is dead; he is just away." We cannot understand, but humbly we submit to Him who doeth all things well. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 30 years and served as deacon in the Hammer Creek district for 10 years. Funeral services were held May 16 at the home by John Bucher and Noah Hurst, and at the Hammer Creek Church by Amos Horst, Noah Landis, and John S. Hess in the presence of a large concourse of people. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Texts, II Tim. 4:6-8; Rev. 22:14.
"Beautiful rest for the weary,
Well deserved rest for the true;
When our life's journey is ended
We shall again be with you.
This helps to quiet our weeping, --
Hark! Angel music so sweet!
He giveth to His beloved,
Beautiful, beautiful sleep." By a daughter.
Weaver. - Levi S. Weaver was born near New Holland,
Pa., Dec. 28, 1911 ; met tragic death when the auto upset which
he was driving, June 19, 1934; aged 22 y. 5 m. 21 d. He died in
the ambulance enroute to the Franklin Hospital, Franklin, Pa.
Weaver was accompanied by Magdalena (Sensenig) Weaver,
his bride of 3 days, who died 12 hours later in the Franklin Hospital.
She was born near Martindale, Pa., Oct. 16, 1909; died June 20,
1934; aged 24 y. 8 m. 4 d. The cause of accident is unknown, as
it was unseen by anyone save a truck driver stated that the car
in which they were driving passed around him and when a short
distance ahead noticed the car swerve from side to side, finally
rolled over, throwing the occupants out. The young man, thrown
about 10 ft., suffered a crushed chest and died in a short time.
His bride, thrown 30 ft., suffered severe cuts on her face and
head, also a broken neck. She was semiconscious till death. They
were married June 16 by Wesley Martin, and the following day,
Sunday morning, in a happy state, started for Niagara Falls. The
accident happened on the way home 10 miles south of Franklin,
enroute to Pittsburgh, nearly 300 miles from home. Tragedy suddenly
ended their happy career and should be a warning to all unsaved
souls. Why they were taken away in the prime of life is beyond
our understanding. The young man is survived by his sorrowing
parents (Pre. John K. and Annie Stauffer Weaver), 12 brothers
and sisters (James, Katie, wife of Titus Zimmerman and Martin,
all of Ephrata; Mary, Lydia, Jacob, near home; Annie, John, Enos,
Maggie, Frances and Lena, all at home), and a paternal step-grandmother
(Maggie Weaver of Martindale). He was of a kind and cheerful disposition.
May be some day we will understand.
The bride, the only daughter of Martin and Mary Sensenig (nee Martin) is survived by her parents, 2 brothers (Aaron of Ephrata and Martin at home), and a paternal grandmother (Mrs. Magdalene Sensenig). She is greatly missed in her home, also by her many friends, for she was a kind and very obliging girl. Oh, young folks, take this to heed, for you know not when the summons may come. Double funeral services were held at the Sensenig home June 23, and further services at the church conducted by Wesley Martin, Peter Weaver, and Joseph Wenger. Texts, Mark 13:33; Job 1:21. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. The bodies were lowered at one time and laid in one grave, now they are resting side by side.
"The voice of this alarming scene
May every heart obey;
Nor be the heavenly warning vain,
Which calls to watch and pray."
Services were also conducted on outside of church by Aaron Burkholder, Menno Zimmerman, and Henry Horst. It was the largest funeral ever held in this community. At the church 45 minutes were required for 2 rows of mourners to pass their coffins to pay their last tribute of respect. God's ways are not always ours, but God's ways are always right.
Transcriber's note: The above combines the obituaries of two individuals.
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Roth. - Infant son of Joseph B. and Omelia Roth, died July 4, 1934; age 4 d. -- a bud on earth to bloom in heaven. He leaves 6 brothers (John, Ralph, Clyde, Alfred, Wilmer, and Joseph), 3 sisters (Edith, Elsie and Hazel), and grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Dan Roth and Mrs. J. E. Whitaker). Funeral services were conducted by C. C. Steckley of Albany, Ore. Burial at Riverside Cemetery.
"The little crib is empty now,
The clothes are now laid by.
I am not dead but asleep,
Awaiting a crown on high."
Kaufman. - Kore Kaufman was born near Davidsville, Pa., May 23, 1849; died July 2, 1934; aged 86 y. 1 m. 9 d. He was united in marriage with Rebecca Shaffer over 61 years ago. To this union were born 16 children. All grew up to manhood and womanhood, with very little sickness in the family. All the children are living. All were present at the funeral, except one son living in California. He is survived by his wife and all his children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on July 5 at the Davidsville Lutheran Church where he had his membership for many years. Services were in charge of Pre. Shilling, pastor of the Lutheran church, assisted by L. A. Blough. Burial in the Kaufman Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Given age is not consistent with birth and death dates.
Hackman. - Rhoda, daughter of Adam and Martha (Lausch) Hackman, was born in Manheim Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., July 3, 1921; died of lock jaw (resulting from running a splinter in the foot) June 24, 1934; aged 12 y. 11 m. 21 d. She was seemingly getting along well, until Saturday morning, when it was found that lock jaw had set in. She was rushed to the hospital in Lancaster, but the Lord saw fit to call her home. She leaves many friends. She was of a kind and loving disposition. She attended Sunday school at Erb's regularly. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters (Mabel and Helen June -- the latter a week old when Rhoda took sick). She was so happy to help her mother care for the new baby; but God had a different plan for her life. Text, Acts 12:13.
Lineweaver. - Fannie, daughter of Henry Wenger and Anna (Beery) Wenger, was born near Edom, Va., Jan. 21, 1848; died at her home near South English, Iowa, June 12, 1934 ; aged 86 y. 4 m. 11 d. She was the youngest and only remaining member of a family of 7 children. On May 12, 1870, she was united in marriage to William T. Lineweaver who passed away a year ago, shortly after they had celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. To this union was born 1 son (Henry) who with his wife (Maud) and their son (Gerald) survive. On June 21, 1896, she was baptized into the Mennonite Church, to which she has long been a devout follower and a regular attendant as long as she was able to go. Funeral services were held at the Brethren church, conducted by P. J. Blosser and J. D. Brower.
Horst. - Mary M., daughter of George and Anna (Martin) Horst, died at Lancaster Hospital July 13, 1934, a few days after a fall in the barn at her home near Terre Hill, Pa., aged 10 y. 8 m. 1 d. She leaves her sorrowing parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters (Walter, Ervin, Eli, Anna, Lizzie, Milton and Frances). Mary will be greatly missed by her friends -- at home, neighbors, and schoolmates. Two sisters and a brother preceded her to eternal rest. Funeral services were held July 16 at home by Joseph Wenger and at Weaverland church by Aaron Burkholder and Henry Hurst. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Dear Mary, so suddenly passed to yonder shore,
Here on earth we shall greet her no more;
Though our hearts do ache
'Till they nearly break,
For one whom Jesus saw fit to take;
We humbly to God's promises cling
Which to our lonely hearts do comfort bring." Mary Z.
Shroyer. - Jay Aaron Shroyer was born in Fayette Co., Pa., April 13, 1889 ; died in Frick Memorial Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Pa., July 14, 1934; aged 45 y. 3 m. 1 d. A week before, he had been operated on for acute appendicitis. Oct. 6, 1914, he was united in marriage with Hazel Joseph, who survives. To them were born the following children: Ralph, Dorman, Thelma, Arthur, Junior (who passed away three years ago), Wayne, Milford, Jay, and Richard. He was a man of pleasant disposition, and to know him was to be his friend. In 1919 he united with the Church of the Brethren, with whom he affiliated for a number of years. Several years ago Bro. and Sister Shroyer cast their lot with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful ever since. Four of their children are also members of the Church. Funeral services were held July 17 at the Scottdale Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers. Text, Psa. 116:15. After the services the body was taken to the Indian Creek Baptist Church (the community in which he was born and grew to manhood), where brief services were held previous to interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Sullivan. - Betty Lorane, daughter of LaVern and Minnie (Vermillion) Sullivan, Hutchinson, Kans., died June 21, 1934 at the Grace Hospital; aged 2 y. 11 m. 2 d. Three weeks ago little Betty took the measles and pneumonia, and later whooping cough. She leaves parents, 1 brother (Junior), 2 sisters (Norma and Jeanette), 2 grandparents, uncles, aunts, 1 great-great-uncle (Andrew Strate, who is staying with this family) and a number of relatives and friends. She brought much sunshine and happiness into the home, being of a loving and cheerful disposition. Nancy Strate, who went home to glory a few months ago from Hutchinson, Kans., was a great-great-aunt to Betty. Little Betty used to pray for Aunt Nancy. She often sang, "They crucified my Savior," and "The Lord shall bear my spirit home." Her little songs and prayers will never be forgotten. God saw fit to take her home. Funeral services were held in the Yoder Mennonite Church, conducted by H. A. Diener. Text, Matt. 18:1-6. Betty lies at rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"A sweet little flower, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels above."
Landis. - Lydia, widow of Benjamin K. Landis, was born July 15, 1859 ; died May 1, 1934, at the home of her son Isaac in East Lampeter Twp., Pa.; aged 74 y. 10 m. 15 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her husband and 1 daughter preceded her in death. She is survived by these children: Jacob Z., Isaac Z., Benjamin R., Martin I., Alice -- wife of Harry Hoover, Phares Z., Cora wife of Elias Myer, Harry M., Martha wife of Menno Eby, Elmer K.; also 26 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 3 sisters (Mrs. Daniel Ranck, Mrs. Rebecca Diffenbach and Mrs. Henry Bixler). She was in failing health for 2 years, but was able to do her work until she suffered a stroke and died one week later. She will be greatly missed by all. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bros. Elmer G. Martin, at Mellingers Mennonite Church by Elmer Martin and David L. Landis. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain;
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Wambold. - Bro. Abram H. Wambold of Carstairs, Alta., was born in Waterloo Co., Ont.. Nov. 20, 1857; died at his home near Carstairs May 8, 1934; aged 76 y. 5 m. 18 d. He was married to Angeline Erb Feb. 19, 1884. To this union 9 children were born, 7 of whom survive. His wife died in 1913. They had come to the West in 1900 and were among those who formed the first Mennonite church near Aldersyde, Alta. Bro. Wambold served as deacon for this congregation for many years. He also served as conference secretary in the early years of the conference. He was married to Elizabeth Shantz March 17, 1915, who is left to mourn. Besides his 7 children there were 7 step-children who mourn the loss of a father. He was ill only a few days and fell asleep in Jesus quietly. From his testimony we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held at the Carstairs church on the 9th, Bro. H. J. Harder in charge. Text: "I have fought a good fight." On the 10th services were held at the Aldersyde church, with Bro. I. Miller in charge and there the body was laid to rest in the family plot.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in a better land!
We'll read the meaning of our tears
And there sometime we'll understand."
Heller. - Grace L., daughter of Landis R. and Stella L. Heller, was born July 27, 1909; died at her home, Northfield, Pa., June 30, 1934, in her 25th year, after several years illness. However, she was very patient through it all. Grace was always interested in the welfare of the Church, and a great lover of nature, music, and poetry. During her illness she wrote some sixty poems. While doctors of Lancaster and Philadelphia failed to properly diagnose her case, we believe that God only knew. She was a member of Mellingers Church. Besides many friends, she leaves her parents, 1 brother (Landis Jr.), 2 sisters (Mary and Alverna) and 1 grandmother (Mary L. Landis). Funeral services were held at Mellingers July 4 by Elmer Martin and Chester K. Lehman. Texts, "Come let us return unto the Lord then shall we know" (Hos. 6:1-3) and I Cor. 15:51-57. Our hearts are sad for she is greatly missed, but what the Lord does is well done.
"Deep in our hearts lies a picture
Of a loved one laid to rest;
In memory's frame we will keep it,
Because she was one of the best.
Friends may think we have forgotten,
When at times they see us smile,
But they little know the heartaches,
That the smile hides all the while."
Witmer. - Fannie M. (Forry) Witmer was born Feb. 15, 1873, near Ironville, Pa.; died July 2, 1934, at her home near Maytown, Pa.; aged 61 y. 4 m. 17 d. A year and a half ago she had an attack of quinsy, leaving her in a weakened condition. She was able to be about doing light work, but very weak at times until about a week ago she took her bed with quinsy and complication set in, causing her death. She was bedfast four days; she knew almost everything until the end. She seldom missed church when health permitted and was much interested in the welfare of her children. She was a kind and loving mother to every one. She is sadly missed in her home but our loss is her eternal gain. She was a member of Mt. Joy, Pa., Mennonite Church for many years. Site is survived by her companion, 4 daughters and 1 son (Barbara F., Jacob F., Annie F., Elizabeth F., and Mary F. Witmer), all at home. Funeral services were held July 6 at her home and at Graybills Mennonite Church by the brethren, Henry Lutz, Amos Hess, Henry Garber. Her body was laid to rest at the adjoining cemetery. Text, Eccl. 9:10, first clause.
"Rest on, dear mother, your labor is o'er;
Your loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful friend so true and kind,
No more on earth like you we'll find." -By the Family.
Yordy. - Sallie A., daughter of David A. and Lydia (Kanagy) Yoder, was born near Port Royal, Pa., Aug. 8, 1863; died at her home near Mattawana, Pa., June 10, 1934; aged 70 y. 10 m. 2 d. On Feb. 2, 1891, she was united in marriage to Ezra Yordy, who preceded her in death 10 years ago. Two sons and four daughters survive (Milo M., Jesse M., Naomi, Ruth E., Anna C., and Salina E.); also 1 sister (Malinda -- Mrs. Howard Grassmyer of Belleville, Pa.), 3 grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends. Seven years ago she suffered a stroke, when her right side was paralyzed. She recovered sufficiently to be able to go about her home and attend church services frequently. For the last year she was failing in strength and on Jan. 30, 1934, she suffered a heart attack. Her heart condition caused her much distress at times, and she grew gradually weaker until she passed away. In her youth she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted on June 12, at the home by Jonas D. Yoder of Belleville, and at the Mattawana A. M. Church by Jonas D. Yoder, assisted by Chas. Heister of the Church of the Brethren in Christ.
"Our dear mother now has left us,
No one else can take her place;
And her memory shall be with us,
Though we cannot see her face.
But we know the Lord has claimed
And has promised us His grace,
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knew what was best."
Transcriber's note: It would seem that "Yordy" is the married name, and "Yoder" the maiden name of this woman.
Kauffman. - Fredrick Samuel, son of Joas H. and Polly Ann Kauffman, was born Feb. 14, 1912, at Exeland, Wis.; died July 8, 1934 at Lakehurst, New Jersey; aged 22 y. 3 m. 22 d. The cause of his death was concussion of the brain, which occurred while bathing with a group of his comrades. Fred dived into shallow water and did not return to the surface. The supposition was that he had taken a cramp and was drowning. He was at once brought to land by his comrades who gave first aid for drowning. He regained consciousness for a few moments, spoke a few words and collapsed. It was at once evident that something more serious was wrong. He was rushed to the hospital. On examination it was discovered that he had struck his head on some hard object on the bottom. All that was possible to do to save his life was done. He lived about 8 hours and died. He grew to manhood in this community. Going to the West coast, on Oct. 16, 1933, he enlisted in the marine corps of the U. S. army in which service he was at the time of the accident and death. His death is mourned by his parents, 4 brothers (Chester and Thomas of Kalona, Iowa, Melvin of Lebanon, Oreg., Harvey, of Exeland, Wis.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Rosco Gardner of Morse, Iowa, Mrs. Charles Madden of Exeland, Wis., and Mrs. H. P. Neuswanger, of Lebanon, Ore.), and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held July 13 at the East Union Mennonite Church near Kalona, Iowa, in charge of Bros. E. G. Swartzendruber and D. J. Fisher. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Garber. - David, son of the late Abram and Fannie
(Martin) Garber, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., on Feb. 14, 1862;
died at the home of Bro. Roy Ebersole, Elkhart, Ind., June 21,
1934; aged 72 y. 4 m. 7 d. He became ill while attending the annual
meeting of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (May
23-June 2). He was not strong. and pneumonia with its complications
proved fatal. He had at first a strong desire to return to his
home at Harrisonburg, Va. But each time plans were made to take
him home his condition became too serious to permit it. He was
patient during the 23 days of his illness, and tried to make it
easier for those who so faithfully sheltered and cared for him.
Kind friends and near relatives spared no pains or means to bring
about a possible recovery. Day and night they watched by his side.
His longing of years, to go home to his Lord and Master, became
greatly intensified during those days of great physical weakness.
He seemed to lose all interest in earthly things. And so his desire
was granted at 6:45 P. M. June 21. His son John was the only member
of his immediate family by his side. His last audible words were,
"Help me, John -- I want to cross the river to go to Jesus."
He was united in marriage to Ellen Plank of Wayne Co., Ohio, on March 21. 1893, who survives. To this union were born 6 children (Verda, Mrs. M. E. Weaver, Annville, Pa.; Ethan, who preceded him in death 15 years ago; Truman and Fannie, who died in infancy ; John of So. Boston, Va.; and Ruth at home). Two brothers, 2 sisters, 8 grandchildren, also 38 nephews and nieces survive him.
When a young man be became a Christian and united with the Mennonite Church. From then on he had a deep desire to find out and do God's will. Sept. 8, 1889, he was ordained to the ministry at the Clinton Brick Church by Bishop Henry Shaum. On his death bed he said it had always been his aim to stick by the Word in his teachings. Twenty-seven years ago he was ordained bishop at La Junta, Colo. A great part of the early years of his ministry were spent in intensive evangelistic work in the United States and Canada. He believed in a whole Gospel and was firm in his convictions. He gave a ringing call to Christians to be spotless and ready for a quickly returning Lord. He had great interest in studying and preaching on the subject of prophecy. In his later years he loved with a real love the Jewish people. He did what be could to help create interest in work among them. He was kind. He had a loving interest in children.
In 1896 he, his wife and father-in-law, S. K. Plank, started an orphans' home near Orrville, Ohio. Later it .vas moved to West Liberty, Ohio. While living in the West he placed $75 in quarters among S. S. children. The increase was large. One of the India Mission buildings was erected from the proceeds. From this grew the Quarter Fund plan. He longed to help especially those spiritually needy. He seemed to have no greater joy than when serving the Master.
Funeral services were conducted at Goshen, Ind., by J. K. Bixler and Amos Nusbaum. At Harrisonburg, Va.; at the home by R. W. Benner and at Weavers Church by S. H. Rhodes and J. S. Martin. The text used at both places was Job 19:25-27. Interment was made near Waynesboro, Va., in the Springdale Cemetery where J. R. Driver and A. P. Heatwole conducted a short service.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana