November 2, 1939 - Vol. XXXII,
No 31 - pages 670, 671
Swartz.-Rosco, son of Edward and Rose (Lauver) Swartz, died at the Lewistown, Pa., Hospital Oct. 4, 1939; aged 11 y. 7 m. 28 d. He confessed Christ as his Saviour and was in a class of applicants ready to be received into the Church when he was taken sick with Bright's disease. He was baptized and in a few days called home from this world of sorrow. Surviving are his parents and the following brothers and sisters: LeRoy, Edward Jr., Bettie, Norman, Gladys, Lester, Kathleen, and George, all at home. Funeral services were held at the Delaware Mennonite Church where he was a member, by Bro. Donald Lauver assisted by Bro. Banks Weaver and Bro. W. W. Graybill. Text, John 11:25, 26.
Reschley.-Richard Lee, son of Joseph and Anna Reschley, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Jan. 23, 1933. He was a normal child at birth, but at the age of 14 months he contracted whooping cough, after which he suffered a varying degree of paralysis of the right side and periodic nervous spells which lessened his resistance. The past spring he would be helpless for several days at a time, sometimes partially so for weeks, but with care and medical assistance he gradually improved to his usual health until his last sickness. On Sunday, Aug. 20, he began to show a weakness and lack of interest and from that time grew steadily weaker. In spite of all that was done in loving care he passed away peacefully sleeping on Monday morning Aug. 28, 1939. He leaves his father and mother, and the following brothers and sisters: Alice, Donald, James, Robert, Susan, and Catherine; also 1 grandfather, 1 grandmother, and many other relatives. One sister preceded him in death. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church, conducted by the home ministers, Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty. Burial in the cemetery near by.
Wolber.-Phoebe, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Zehr, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., June 9, 1864; died at her home in Deer Greek, Ill., Oct. 21, 1939; aged 75 y. 4 m. 12 d. At the age of 15 she united with the Goodfield Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until her death. Jan. 1, 1891 she was married to Jacob Wolber, who preceded her in death Oct. 17, 1931. She had been in poor health for the past three years, failing more rapidly in the past six months. All through her life and even during her sickness she was always thinking of doing for others rather than herself. She was ready for the Lord's call and expressed a desire to go to be with Him. She leaves to mourn her departure, Lena and Esther at home, Susan Heiser of Morton, Emma Guengerich of Deer Creek, John of Peoria, 19 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Lizzie Werner of Gibson City), 2 brothers (Chris Zehr of Los Angeles and Jacob Zehr of Fisher, Ill.), and a host of relatives and friends. Those who preceded her in death were her husband, an infant daughter (Ada), a son (Alvin), and a daughter (Lizzie Zehr). "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Funeral was held Oct. 23, in the Deer Creek Baptist Church with Brethren C. Warren Long of Peoria and Harold Oyer of Goodfield in charge.
Wagler.-David Wagler was born Aug. 3, 1857, at Obergeis, Lotringon, France. He grew to manhood in his native country. In the year 1885 he was united in marriage to Magdalene Pelzi. Two children were born to this union, but both died in childhood. His wife also passed away some time before he came to America. In 1904 he came to America with his brother John and family and later lived on a small farm near Wayland, Iowa. In 1912 he was united in marriage with Helen (Einiga) Stoll, New York, N. Y. No children were born to this union and on Dec. 17, 1931, his second wife passed away. Being thus left alone again he made his home with Joe Hirschy, Mrs. Hirschy being his niece. He accepted Christ as his Saviour when 13 years of age and united with the Mennonite Church in France. When he came to America he transferred his membership to the Sugar Creek Church at Wayland, Iowa, of which he was a member at the time of his death. For some time it was noticed that the infirmities of old age were settling upon him. On Sunday morning, Oct. 8, he became ill and it was evident that he was failing fast. He passed away Monday evening, Oct. 9, aged 82 y. 1 m. 3 d. His brother John is the only one of their family remaining. Besides him he leaves 2 nephews and 2 nieces and their families in America. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church in charge of the home ministers. Interment in the cemetery near by, beside the resting place of his wife. Text. Gen. 15:15.
Nissley.-Harriet E., daughter of the late John S. and Susan (Erb) Garber, was born Oct. 24, 1865, near Elizabethtown. Pa.; died Oct. 17, 1939, at her late home in Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged 73 y. 11 m. 23 d. Nov. 4, 1886 she was united in marriage to Peter R. Nissley with whom she faithfully labored for many years as wife and mother in the home and as companion and co-worker in the Church. Her husband, who served the Church for many years as minister and bishop, departed this life May 17, 1921. Two sons and 1 daughter also preceded her in death. She is survived by the following children: Alice G. and Rhoda G. at home: Esther G., wife of John R. Kraybill, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Gertrude G., wife of Ernest G. Gehman, Harrisonburg, Va.; Simon P., of Mt. Joy, Pa.; also by 1 sister (Kate E. Garber), a brother (Pre. Simon E. Garber of Elizabethtown, Pa.), and 14 grandchildren. Mother's health had been failing for the past 9 years, and she became more and more helpless the past few weeks of her life. We cherish the memory of her interest in and concern for her family, and appreciate anew the Christian principles for which she stood. Funeral services were held at her late home by Bros. Amos Hess and Henry Lutz, and at the Mount Joy Mennonite Church by Bros. Henry Lutz and Noah Landis. Text, Psa. 39:4, 5. Interment in the Kraybills Church Cemetery.
"It is not death to die,
To leave the weary road,
And midst the brotherhood on high
To be at home with God."
Gerber.-Joel P., son of Peter M. and Elizabeth (Moser) Gerber, was born near Dalton, O., July 27, 1873; died at the home of his son (George), Oct. 10, 1939; aged 66 y. 2 m. 13 d. March 22, 1900, he entered the bond of holy matrimony with Sarah Amstutz. They moved to Benville and engaged in farming, where he resided on the same farm to the time of his death. Mrs. Gerber preceded him in death Sept. 23, 1931. March 21, 1893, be accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church and later became a charter member of the Kidron Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful member until he was called home beyond. He is survived by 1 son (George), 1 daughter (Verena, Mrs. Clinton Sprunger), 5 grandchildren, 1 sister (Lydia, Mrs. Jacob P. Gerber), 5 brothers (Daniel P., Levi, Peter P., Elias P., and Noah P. Gerber) and a large number of relatives and friends. Four sisters and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He was very patient through all his illness and frequently began singing the praise of his Redeemer whom he rejoiced to meet, and often prayed that the Lord would soon take him home. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to neighbors and friends, and went about his work in a cheerful way. He will be missed in the home by his family, and by the many friends which his cheerful disposition won to him. Funeral services were conducted from the home by Bros. A. S. Rosenberger and Allen Bixler and at the Kidron Church by Bros. A. J. Steiner and Isaac Zuercher. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. His remains were laid to rest beside his wife in the Kidron Cemetery.
"Silent is the voice of father,
Vacant always is his chair,
And how sad the room without him
For there is no father there."
Shellenberger - Hannah Maude, daughter of Jonathan and Maggie Shellenberger, was born near Osborne Kans., Sept. 30, 1895; died at the home of her parents in Limon, Colo., Oct. 15, 1939; aged 44y. 15d. When Maude was 14 years of age the family moved from Osborne Co. to McPherson Co., Kans., near Canton. There Maude united with the Mennonite Church and lived a devoted, consistent Christian life to the end. When she was twenty years of age the family moved to Hesston so that the children might have better educational advantages. She completed her high school and took two years of college work at Hesston College and Bible School. In 1926 the family moved to Colorado, near Limon. Maude continued her school work to better fit herself for her chosen profession as a teacher, by taking more school work at Central Vocational College near Denver and at The State Teacher's College at Greeley. She taught in the public schools of Colorado and Kansas 13 terms, and was loved and respected everywhere both by pupils and patrons. She was not only a devoted public school teacher but also a devoted and faithful Christian worker, serving faithfully both her Lord and Master to whom she had consecrated her life and also her associates whom she loved. To know her was to love her, for she ever exercised a friendly and helpful disposition; and through her shone the mellow, restful light of God's love. She leaves her father and mother, her sister Ruth (Mrs. Paul Zook) of Colorado Springs, and her four brothers: Edward of Bryan O., Pete of Hesston, Kans., and Albert and Wallace of Rockyford, Colo.; besides other relatives and a host of sorrowing friends. A sister (Erma) and a brother (Albert) preceded her in death. The funeral service was in charge of Bro. L. C. Miller of Manitou Springs, Colo. He was assisted by Bro. J. A. Heatwole of La Junta, Colo. The funeral service was held at the Deitz Funeral Home in Limon, after which the body was shipped to Osborne, Kans., to the family burial ground for interment. Texts; Acts 9:36 and Job 14:15.
Yost-Peter E. Yost was born at Milverton, Ont., April
1, 1861; died Sept 2 4, 1939, at the Bethel Hospital, Newton Kans.;
aged 78 y. 5 m. 23 d. As a lad of seven years he came with his
parents to Reed City, Mich., where he lived until he was seventeen
years old, when they moved to Plymouth Neb. Aug. 13, 1885, he
was married to Susanna Megli. They together shared the hardships
and privations that come with pioneer life. To this union were
born 4 sons and 2 daughters. In 1912 be and his family moved to
near Hesston, Kans., where they made their home since then. He
was of a cheerful disposition, making friends wherever he went;
striving to live in peace with all men, being the kind of man
that builds a good neighborhood. In his business affairs he was
prompt and sincerely honest. He was a loving and wise husband
and father, whose admonitions and instructions were well worth
heeding. When yet in his early youth he was converted and joined
the Church of God in Christ Mennonite, of which he was a member
when called to his heavenly home. His Christian life was marked
with many struggles, but as he grew older (and in particular the
last few years) it was a pleasure to note his earnest testimony
and Christian faith. Often he would testify of the grace of God
and his love for the Church. He being the oldest of a large family,
there was a longing in him for a family homecoming that he might
again do his part to point them to the heavenly home for which
he endeavored to keep himself in readiness. In his last sickness
he stated to his pastor, "I was at times in the past confused,
but never otherwise minded than to hold fast to what 1 knew I
had received." We feel the home has lost a good husband and
father, the neighborhood a good neighbor, and the Church a loving
brother. He left us the testimony with almost his last words:
"I am going home." With this we humbly submit to our
heavenly Father in calling him to his eternal reward. He leaves
his devoted wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 34 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren,
5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends.
"Farewell then for a while, dear one of our hearts;
It cannot be that long we'll be thus torn apart.
Time's shadows like a shuttle flee,
And dark however life may be,
Beyond the grave we'll meet with thee."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
November 9, 1939 - Vol. XXXII,
No 32 - pages 702, 703
Byers.-Abram N. Byers was born at Woodbury, Pa., Jan. 6, 1866, and lived in the same community all his life. He was married to Minnie Hollinger who died four years ago last March. His only son also preceded him in death. He was again married to Laura Mauk, who survives. Besides his widow he is survived by 1 sister and 3 brothers. He was a faithful member of the Morrisons Cove Mennonite Church for many years. He died Oct. 14, 1939; aged 73 y. 9 m. 8 d. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler and D. I. Stonerook.
Kornhaus.-Florence (Brown) Kornhaus was born in Maysville, O., Sept. 24, 1856; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Wade Rudy, Orrville, O.) Oct. 8, 1939; aged 83 y. 14 d. She was married to Jacob Kornhaus Dec. 21, 1886. The fruit of this union was 2 daughters (Mrs. W. H. Rudy of Orrville, and Mrs. W. E. Rossel, Seville, O.), who survive. There are 3 grandchildren. Her husband died July 4, 1928. She was a member of the Augsberger Lutheran Church of Orrville. Funeral services were held at the Rudy residence, Oct. 11, by Wm. Moody and I. J. Buchwalter. Burial in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Frieze.-Sarah Ann Frieze was born near Orrville, O., Aug. 23, 1854; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Tillie Franks, Orrville), Sept. 28, 1939; aged 85 y. 1 m. 6 d. She spent her entire life in the vicinity of her birthplace. In early years she was united in marriage to Valentine Frieze. This union was blessed with 1 child (Tillie). Their daughter, 5 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren survive. She united with the Reformed Church of Orrville, in her early years and found great pleasure in the service of her Master. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 1 at the home and at the Martin Mennonite Church by I. J. Buchwalter.
Reiter.-George W. L. Reiter was born June 23, 1860; died Oct. 20, 1939 aged 70 y. 4 m. 3 d. He possessed an humble and unassuming disposition, was a faithful member of Boyertown, Pa., Mennonite congregation. For a number of months he was in feeble health and according to the doctor's statement simply wore out in body and passed peacefully away. He is survived by 3 sons, 4 daughters, 11 grandchildren, 1 brother, and 1 sister. Funeral services from residence of his son-in-law, Bro. Nelson Yoder (with whom he made his home since his wife passed away) in charge of Brethren J. S. Kriebel and E. W. Kulp. Text, Job 14:14. Interment in Fairview Cemetery.
Hess.--Benjamin Hess was born near Dalton, O., Jan. 16. 1863; died at his home in Dalton, O., Sept. 9, 1939; aged 76 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Lucy Edwards Jan. 12, 1893. He is survived by his wife and 8 children, namely: Roy Hess, Mary Atanesian, Curtis Hess, Mable Groff, Cora Keller, Ila Yoder, Raymond Hess, and Mildred McClelland. Fifteen grandchildren and 1 brother (Amos, of North Lawrence, O.), also survive. The day before his death he accepted Christ as his Saviour. Funeral services were held in the Stockham Funeral Parlors, Dalton, O., Sept. 11, by I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by H. F. Patterson. Burial in Dalton Cemetery.
Becher.-Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary Becher was born near Harrisburg, O., Sept. 27, 1861; died at the same home Aug. 15, 1939; aged 77 y. 10 m. 18 d. He was a life time resident in this community. He accepted Christ as his Saviour in 1877 and was baptized and received as a member in the Beech Mennonite Church, in which he continued faithfully until the end. For the past year his health was failing, but in the last few months it failed rapidly and on Tuesday evening he quietly passed out. He is survived by 1 brother (Christian) of the home, 2 sisters (Mrs. Fred Jossie and Mrs. Jonas Conrad, both of Louisville, O.), 6 nieces, with other relatives and friends. Two brothers (Daniel and John) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the church, the bishop, O. N. Johns, officiating, being assisted by the home ministers. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Zimmerman.-John B. Zimmerman was born July 23, 1846 in Baden, Germany; died at his home near Foosland, Ill., Sept. 24, 1939; aged 93 y. 2 m. 1 d. On June 21, 1887, he was united in marriage to Martha Fahsbender, who preceded him in death several years ago. To this union 7 children were born, all of whom survive, as follows: Mrs. Mary Birkey, Mrs. Bertha Oyer, and Mrs. Elizabeth Heiser of Foosland; Mrs. Allie Gregerson of Paxton; William and Ernest of Gibson City, and Charles at home; also 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His 4 brothers preceded him in death. He united with the Defenseless Mennonite Church at Groveland, Ill., when a young man and found a great consolation reading his Bible daily. He was a devoted husband and a loving father and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. Funeral services were held Sept. 26 at the home and at the East Bend Mennonite Church conducted by Bro. Roy Unzicker. Text, Heb 9:27. Burial in East Bend Cemetery.
Custer.-Polly, daughter of Jonas and Martha Kauffman, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1862. Her parents came to Michigan when she was a young girl of six years. They made their home in Kent Co., Mich., where her early life was spent. After her marriage to Emanuel Custer her life was spent in the vicinity of Clarksville, and the last five years in the village. She passed away Oct. 8, 1939; aged 77 y. 7 m. 26 d. She had been cared for in the home of her daughter (Mrs. Gladys Hanson) since the death of her companion about six weeks ago. She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and her trust was in her Lord and Saviour. Her patience under much suffering was an inspiration and help to those who came in contact with her. Of her immediate family left to mourn their loss are the daughter, Mrs. Gladys Hanson, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Jerry Kauffman) and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 11 at the home and at the Bowne Mennonite Church, conducted by Brethren Sherman Maust and T. E. Schrock. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Yoder.-Mary Ann, daughter of Joshua and Christina Berkey was born April 18, 1865, near Middlebury, Ind.; died at her home near Shipshewana, Ind. aged 74 y. 5 m. 2 d. In her youth she accepted Christ and united with the Shore Mennonite Church where she remained faithful until death. On Sept. 13, ----- she was united in marriage to Masellas Yoder, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for more than 54 years. Seven children were born to this union: Ira, Dennis, Wilma Weirich, Leo, all of Michigan; (Willis preceded her in death) Ruth Graybill of Freeport, Ill.; Ora of Shipshewana. Her husband, 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 1 brother (E. J. Berkey of Oronogo, Mo.), remain to mourn her departure, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at the Shore Church, in charge of Josiah Miller and Percy J. Miller. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Bixler.-Hetty, daughter of Henry and Anna (Buckwalter) Weaver, was born July 2, 1849, in Pennsylvania; died Oct. 9, 1939, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Amos Holmes; aged 90 y. 3 m. 7 d. On May 4, 1873, she was united in marriage to Samuel B. Bixler who preceded her in death Dec. 4, 1910. To this union were born 4 daughters and 3 sons, 1 son preceding her in death in infancy. She leaves 4 daughters and 2 sons: Lucinda (Mrs. David Culp), Hattie (Mrs. Geo. Culp), Lottie (Mrs. Ollie Culp), Anna (Mrs. Amos Holmes), Fred and Samuel Bixler; also 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren all living in the vicinity of Wakarusa, Ind. She also leaves 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. Emma Berkey of British Columbia), 13 stepgrandchildren, and 4 brothers (Aaron and Samuel Weaver of near Wakarusa, A. E. Weaver of Noblesville, Ind., and George Weaver of Mapleton, Iowa). One stepdaughter (Mrs. Ben Brenneman) preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church about 66 years ago, in which faith she died. Funeral services were held Oct. 11 at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church near Goshen, Ind., in charge of Virgil Weaver and Ray F. Yoder.
Feather.-In Knoxville, Tenn., on Sept. 22, 1875, a daughter (Clara) was born in the home of Shem and Elizabeth Zook. At the age of 13 the family moved to Ohio, and the remainder of her life was spent near West Liberty. She was married to William Feather, on Feb. 19, 1902, he having departed this life Oct. 31, 1937. Into this home came 2 boys, Arthur, of Bellefontaine, and Maurice at home. She was a member of the Mennonite Church and a regular attendant at South Union as long as her health permitted. She loved the Church and its work. Realizing that she was nearing the sunset of life, she spent much time in meditation with her Bible. For a number of years she had been confined to a wheel chair or in bed. She was of a quiet disposition, bore her suffering patiently, and died Oct. 28, 1939; aged 64 y. 1 m. 6 d. She leaves 2 sons, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends to remember her gentle life and Christian example. Funeral services were held Oct. 31 in the South Union Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer, assisted by Perry Daniel. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.
"Do you wonder why your loved one
Was taken home to stay,
While other folk were left here
Who are only in the way?
It's not for us to understand,
But leave it all in Jesus' Hand."
Schertz.-August William, son of Ferdinand and Mary Garber Schertz, was born April 21, 1878; died Oct. 16, 1939, at the Eureka, Ill., hospital; aged 61 y. 5 m. 25 d. His death was caused by a skull fracture resulting from a fall from a combine. At an early age he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and was a faithful member until death. He was united in marriage to Emma Ulrich Dec. 15, 1903. This union was blessed with 5 children, who survive with their mother. He was preceded in death by his father and a daughter-in-law (Mrs. Lloyd Schertz), 2 brothers, and 1 sister who died in infancy. He leaves his sorrowing companion and the following children: Lloyd (who with his 2 children have made their home the past year with his parents, since the death of his wife), Irene (Mrs. Emory Hieser) of Foosland, Ray of Roanoke, Blanche (Mrs. Alva Grieser) of Dewey, and Hilda at home; also 5 grandchildren, his aged mother, 2 brothers (Edwin of Metamora and Rudolph of Eureka), 3 sisters (Mrs. Minnie Sommer of Ashley, Mich.; Mrs. Peter Ulrich of Eureka, and Mrs. Will Schrock of Low Point). Funeral services in charge of Bro. H. R. Schertz assisted by Bros. John Harnish and Ezra Yordy.
"'Tis hard to part with father, dear,
No more to see him here
But yet we're glad if God saw best,
To end his troubles and give him rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair;
May our names too be written there."
- Mother and children.
Peachey.-Thomas J, son of Gideon and Mary (Zook) Peachey, was born near Belleville, Pa., Aug. 26, 1872; died Oct. 24, 1939; aged 67 y. 1 m. 28 d. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. He was married to Jemima R. Yoder on Jan. 14 l897, who died Oct. 29, 1929. To this union were born 3 sons and 4 daughters, namely Mrs. David J. (Sadie) Byler, Mrs. Daniel K. (Nancy) Hostetler, Joseph G. Peachey, Mrs. Eman. (Elsie) Peachey, Bertha Peachey, Thomas Peachey and Urie (who died when he was 3 years old). Fourteen grandchildren also survive. On Jan. 21, 1934, he was married to Sadie Sausman. Surviving are also 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. (George Henry), 2 brothers and 1 sister (Jacob T. and Jonas C. Peachey and Mrs. Rufus S. King). One sister (Mrs. Daniel K. Byler) died Jan. 29, 1939. Early Tuesday morning, Oct. 24, accompanied by two young men, he set out for Jack's Mountain to cut wood. About twenty minutes later the tree fell, which hit him on the head and caused instant death. His jovial disposition always made him a welcome member of any group, and his hearty laugh was bound to leave you in a cheerful frame of mind. Funeral services were held Oct. 27 at the Locust Grove Church, of which he was a member, with Ministers Elmer Yoder and John B. Zook officiating. Interment in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that his end was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell."
Schloneger.-Nancy (Zook) Schloneger was born near Orrville, O., April 29, 1863; died in the Mennonite Old People's Home near Rittman, O., Oct. 1, 1939; aged 76 y. 5 m. 2 d. In 1884 she accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized by Bishop John K. Yoder and received into the Mennonite Church. In 1885 she was united in marriage to David Schloneger. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. After their marriage they located in Stark Co., O., and spent the remainder of their life here, with the exception of about twelve years which they spent in Michigan and a few weeks which Sister Schloneger spent in the Home. When they moved to Stark Co., she transferred her church membership to the Beech Mennonite Church, in which she continued as a member until her death. On Aug. 28 she fell and broke her hip and was bedfast from then on. Her death came very unexpectedly, however, due to a heart attack. She leaves 5 sons (Reuben, Salem, Oreg.; Norman, Archbold, O.; David, Louisville, O.; Chauncey, Leetonia, O.; and Melvin, Louisville, O.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Dora Sommers, Louisville, O.; and Mrs. LeRoy Rine, Canton, O.), 24 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Daniel Zook, Wauseon, O.), with other relatives and friends. Her husband preceded her in death three years ago in the same month. One daughter (Lydia) and 2 brothers (Amos and John) also preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Beech Mennonite Church, in charge of Brethren J. S. Gerig and O. N. Johns. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother, dear, your wish is granted.
Sorrow, pain and grief are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you,
Over on the peaceful shore."
Good.-Emma M., widow of Jacob Good, was born Feb. 6, 1871, in Woodford Co., Ill.; died at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Kokomo, Ind., Oct. 20, 1939; aged 68 y. 7 m. 14 d. Death resulted from complications. She was one of 7 children of Joseph and Mary Garber. In August, 1891, she was united in marriage to Jacob Good. To this union were born 11 children. The family lived near Hopedale, Ill., until 1912, when they came to Indiana, locating on a farm in Howard County. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church, and in the last week of her suffering her only wish was that she could go to sleep and wake up over there. While we miss her keenly, we are comforted to know that if we are faithful we will meet her again. Her husband preceded her in death May 25, 1937. One son died in infancy and another son (William) passed away March 3, 1935. Surviving are 4 daughters (Ella Mast and Elizabeth Miller of Kokomo, Anna Swartz and Bertha Swartz of Turner, Mich.), 5 sons (Emery, Hopedale, Ill.; Raymond, Michigan City; Jacob and Amos of Elkhart; and Irven of Goshen), 31 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (Rudy Garber, Colorado; Emery Garber, N. Mexico; Mrs. Susie Hough, Colorado; and Mrs. Lulu Sanderson, Oregon). Funeral services were held Oct. 22 at the Howard-Miami Church in charge of Bros. Anson Horner, Joseph Horner and Niles Slabaugh. Text, Psa. 116:15. Burial in the Mast Cemetery.
"The long rough road is ended,
Her weary feet have pressed;
How rough to her weak footsteps
Perhaps we never guessed.
But with the weary journey
She'll be no more distressed,
Now o'er life's pathway she has come
At last unto her heavenly home."
Gerber.-Anna, daughter of Jacob and Katherine Hofstetter, was born Oct. 15, 1872, near Dalton, Ohio; died of a heart attack at her home southwest of Dalton Oct. 16, 1939; aged 67 y. 1 d. Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was received by baptism April 4, 1890 as a member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Oct. 27, 1929, her membership was transferred to the Martins Mennonite congregation where she remained faithful until death. Nov. 26, 1896, she was united in marriage to Peter P. Gerber. This union was blessed with 7 sons and 6 daughters. Two daughters died in infancy, Ella, and Viola, 2 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, 7 sons, and 4 daughters; namely, Elam of Kidron; Helen, wife of John Geiser; Alvin of Cleveland; Wilson of Navarre; Etta, wife of David Geiser; Orpha, wife of Allen Geiser; Ira of Berne, Ind.; Carl, Verda, Roy, and Leonard at home. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 3 brothers (David J. of Applecreek, Daniel J. of Kidron, and William J. of Dalton), and many other relatives and friends. Her death came as a shock to the family, even though her health had been failing for several years. On the last Sunday morning she went to church as usual, returning to the home of a daughter for dinner where the children that lived in the community gathered in honor of her sixty-seventh birthday. The afternoon was enjoyed in pleasant associations with her family, the memory of which will long be cherished by those present. She took sick about nine o'clock that evening and peacefully fell asleep four hours later. Her devotion as a Christian companion and mother has left its influence both in the Church and in the home. Funeral services were conducted by Brethren O. N. Johns, Isaac Zuercher, and Stanford Mumaw. Interment in Kidron Cemetery.
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Burck, John Paul, son of Melvin and Grace Burck, was born in Portland, Oreg., Sept. 24, 1919; was instantly killed in an automobile accident near Hubbard, Oreg., Oct. 15, 1939, aged 20 y. 21 d. When 13 years of age he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Zion Mennonite Church of which he was a member at the time of his death. John was a kind young man with many friends, and he will be missed in the home, church and community. He is survived by his father, mother, 1 brother, 1 sister, 2 grandmothers, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Oct. 17, 1939, at the home of his parents, followed by services at the Zion Mennonite Church near Hubbard. The services were in charge of Bro. Paul N. Roth, assisted by Bro. C. I. Kropf.
Bechtel.-Ruby Viola, eldest daughter of Owen and Melissa (Knechtel) Bechtel, was born March 28, 1915; died at the home of her parents in Waterloo Co., Ont., Oct. 25, 1939; aged 24 y. 8 m. 27 d. Her mother preceded her in death April 12, 1936. In her early teens she gave her heart to the Lord and joined the Latschar Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until her passing. On her death-bed she gave a very bright testimony of her faith in Christ, and she had a triumphant home-going. She is survived by her grandfather (Noah Bechtel), her father and stepmother, 1 sister (Elsie, at home), 5 brothers (Leonard and Delfred of Cochran, Ont.; Clinton, Eldon, and Lloyd, at home), and a stepsister (Gladys Gingerich). Funeral services were held from her home, and then at the Latschar Mennonite Church, in charge of ministers Leslie Witmer, Lorne Schmitt, and M. S. Hallman. Text, John 11:25,26. Remains laid to rest in cemetery adjoining the church.
"One more soul has gone before us,
To the mansions of the blest;
Dwelling with the loving Saviour,
In eternal, happy rest."
Shaum.--Leander, son of John and Elizabeth (Smeltzer) Shaum, was born on a farm near Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 1, 1862, and lived in this community nearly all his life. On Nov. 15, 1885, he was united in marriage to Catherine Holdeman. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons (Charles Vernon and Rufus) and a granddaughter (Valeris Shaum) preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church and the Holdeman congregation. He remained faithful until death. On the morning of Oct. 19 Bro. Shaum had gone fishing and on the return in the evening his car was hit by another, he was fatally injured, living only a few hours, he died at the Elkhart Hospital; aged 77 y. 9 m. 18 d. He leaves his wife, Warren C., Grace M., Ralph R., and Laura E. (Mrs. Geo. Smeltzer), 1 brother, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services held at the Olive Church, in charge of S. L. Weldy and D. A. Yoder.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought the end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell."
Strickler.-John William, son of Bro. and Sister John Strickler of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Nov. 21, 1923 died Oct. 28, 1939; aged 15 y. 11 m. 7 d. He is survived by his parents, grandparents, 3 brothers (Ray, Robert, and Harold), and 1 sister (Nettie), all of Smithville. One brother (Clyde) was accidentally shot almost three years ago. Death came very suddenly to John. While riding his bicycle on Saturday evening on the road in front of his home in Smithville he was struck by a car and died almost instantly. His sudden death was a shock to the home, the school, the community, and the Church. John was a junior in the Smithville High School, where he was a respected and dutiful student. He was a member of the Church of God Sunday school in Smithville, and had recently expressed a desire to be baptized and received into church fellowship. Sometime ago he had confessed Jesus as his Saviour. May his sudden passing be a warning to all of us to be prepared for the change from time for eternity whenever and however it comes. Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at the home and at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, conducted by J. S. Gerig, - Kriner, of the Church of God, and Wm. G. Detweiler. Text: "Is the young man safe?" Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Miller.-Elizabeth, wife of Allen H. Miller, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., April 17, 1853; died at her home in Middlebury, Ind., Oct. 11, 1939, after an illness of about three years; aged 86 y. 5 m. 24 d. She had been an invalid confined to a wheel chair for the past twelve years. She was a daughter of Reuben and Harriet (Riehl) Yoder, and was married to Allen Miller July 9, 1870, who with the following children survive: Mrs. Acelia Fryhover of Lagrange; Earl, Arthur, and Mrs. Harriet Brandeberry, of Middlebury; and Harry E. of Washington. D. C. One daughter (Mary E. Miller) died March 10, 1923. She is also survived by the following brothers and sister: Daniel R. Yoder of Goshen, Menno S. Yoder and Mrs. Mary Powell of Shipshewana, Moses A. Yoder and Levi H. Yoder of Middlebury; also 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. During her illness and invalidism she bore her suffering very patiently, was never heard to murmur or complain, only waiting for the Lord to take her home where there is no sorrow or suffering. Funeral services held Oct. 14, at the Mennonite Church in Middlebury, conducted by Brethren D. D. Miller, Silas Yoder, and Wilbur Yoder. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, life is ended,
Our dear mother is at rest."
Yoder.-Levi D., son of Joseph and Susan (Eash) Yoder, was born Jan. 23, 1861, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died at his home near Hubbard, Oreg., Oct. 19, 1939; aged 78 y. 8 m. 26 d. Growing to manhood in the vicinity of his birth, he followed the carpenter trade until his marriage to Mary Jane Eash, Dec. 22, 1889, when he took up farming as his life's vocation. In September, 1913, he moved with his family to Oregon, locating on a farm several miles east of Hubbard, where he has since lived. He is survived by his companion and 4 sons (Loney and Paul, Hubbard; Lee, Oregon City; and Frank, Goshen, Ind.), 1 daughter (Mrs. Wilma Miller, Canby, Oreg.); 1 brother (Daniel, Aurora, Oreg.), 1 sister (Polly Yoder, Lagrange, Ind.); also 9 grandchildren. Two sons (Willis and Oliver), his father and mother, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters preceded him to the spirit world. Upon his arrival in Oregon he became a member of the Zion Mennonite Church, where he proved a faithful Christian laborer until the end. By his friends and neighbors he will be remembered as a man of a quiet and unassuming disposition, but always willing to give and help where needed. Funeral services were held on Oct. 22, 1939. Services at the home in charge of Brethren E. Z. Yoder and C. O. Yoder; and at the Zion Mennonite Church, near Hubbard, Oreg., in charge of Paul N. Roth, assisted by C. I. Kropf. Burial in the Zion Cemetery.
"Silent is the voice of Father,
Vacant always is his chair;
And how sad the room without him,
For there is no Father there."
Wideman - Abram H., son of the late Abraham B. and Anna
(Hembling) Wideman, was born in Osceola Co., Iowa, Aug. 24, 1891;
died Oct. 27, 1939; aged 48y. 2m. 3d. He with 3 others in a car
were on their way home from a S. S. Conference held at Duchess,
Alberta, Oct. 22, where he had been enjoying himself, feeding
on spiritual food. On the way home they were caught in a severe
snowstorm 37 miles east of Calgary. After great difficulty they
found refuge in a farm home, and stayed there 2 1/2 days because
of the impassible roads. He was taken seriously ill at this home,
and as soon as possible was rushed to the hospital in Calgary,
where he died a day and a half later, death caused by cerebral
hemorrage. He was unconscious until death relieved him. Why one
who was so much needed in the home was taken so suddenly is hard
to understand, but sometime, somewhere, these mysteries will be
unfolded. He was married to Hattie Kilmer Dec. 15, 1911. To this
union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters: Floyd, Kenneth, LaVern,
Delmer Allen, Ronald, Alice Louella at Kitchener, Ont.; Arvilla
Nancy, Vera (Mrs. Lloyd Yoder), and Bernice LaVonne. He leaves
his loving companion, 9 children, 1 grandchild, 3 brothers (Ed,
Sheridan, Oreg.; Ivy and Menno, Tofield), 3 sisters (Mrs. Milton
Sitler, Mrs. Will Boettger, Mrs. Lee Roth). His parents, 3 brothers,
and 3 sisters predeceased him. He with his parents moved to Mayton,
Alberta in 1901. After his marriage he moved to Suffield where
he homesteaded. He lived there 2 years, moving back to Mayton,
where he resided until 1918, when he moved to Tofield. From 1923
to 1927 he lived at Petoskey, Mich. He returned to Tofield for
2 years and then from 1929 to 1932 he again resided at Petoskey.
The remaining years he lived at Tofield where he resided until
his death. Bro. Wideman united with the Mennonite Church in his
youth, remaining a faithful member until death. His children are
all members of the church of his choice with the exception of
two who are yet in their tender years. The funeral services, conducted
at the home and at Salem Mennonite Church were largely attended.
Brethern J. B. Stauffer and M. D. Stutzman in charge. Text, Job
30:23. Buried in Mennonite Cemetery.
"Farewell, dear Father, your labors are o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
Peaceful thy slumber, thy rest be sweet,
Our circle is now broken, our home incomplete."
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Hamilton.-Elzora (Simmons) Hamilton, was born March 7, 1865, near Eugene, Oreg.; died Oct. 30, 1939 in Portland, Oreg.; aged 74 y. 7 m. 23 d. She was united in marriage to Elias Jacob Hamilton, June 13, 1894, who preceded her in death 28 years ago. To this union were born 9 children, 2 of whom preceded her in death-Edwin Arthur and Lela Elizabeth. She leaves to mourn her departure, Alvin, Wesley, Ina (Mrs. Joe H. Yoder), of Molalla, Oreg., Louie of Sheridan, Oreg., Edna and Carl of Portland, Oreg., and Ellen of San Francisco, Calif.; also 2 sisters, 1 brother, and 17 grandchildren. Mother, the dearest friend on earth, we will miss you. Funeral was held Nov. 1 at the Hopewell Church near Hubbard, Oreg., in charge of Bro. H. A. Wolfer assisted by Bro. Archie Kauffman. Text, "Thou shalt surely die." Interment in the Hopewell Cemetery.
Rychener.-Charlotte Faye, daughter of Edwin and Herma
(Sauder) Rychener of Archbold, Ohio, died at the University Hospital,
Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 30, 1939, when but 36 days old. Death was
caused by Acute Nephritis, of about 2 weeks duration. Surviving
are the father, mother, 1 brother (Charles Edwin), 1 sister (Marlene
Mae), grandparents, and 1 great-grandmother, together with relatives
and friends to mourn the early departure of a loved one. Funeral
services were held at the Central A. M. Church with Bros. Philemon
Frey and Jesse Short officiating. Burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.
"'Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there."
Martin-Nathan Wenger, son of Bro. and Sister Ammi Martin,
died of tubercular spinal meningitis at the Rockingham Memorial
Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., Oct. 19, 1939 aged 5 y. 7 m. 24 d.
"This child was a beautiful child in the home where he is
greatly missed." Ere sin could mar the beauty of this precious
one, God took him home as an act of love, where he is now safe
and happy in a loving Father's tender care. Surviving are his
sorrowing parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Funeral services were
held from Weavers Church, conducted by Bro. J. R. Mumaw assisted
by Brethren S. H. Rhodes and Lewis Shank. Text, II Sam. 12:23;
Gen. 37:30. Burial in the cemetery near by.
"God needed one more angel child
Within His shining band;
So reaching down with loving arms,
He clasped our darling's hand."
Heatwole.-Abraham D., son of the late Manassas, and Margaret (Weaver) Heatwole, was born at the old home place near Dayton, Va., June 27, 1872. After a lingering illness of almost a year he died of complications Oct. 3, 1939, at the same house in which he was born, and where he practically spent his entire life; aged 67 y. 3 m. 6 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, in which faith he died. It was his desire to live awhile longer, but expressed himself as being ready to go if it was the Lord's will. On April 12, 1894, he was united in marriage to Lydia Heatwole. To this union 4 sons and 6 daughters were born. Three daughters preceded him in death. Surviving are his companion, 4 sons, 3 daughters, and 18 grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were held from Weavers Church, conducted by Bro. H. B. Keener, assisted by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and H. G. Allen. Text, II Cor. 5:6-8. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary troubles and trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore.
Till God called him home to suffer no more."
Hobbs.-Saloma, daughter of John and Anna Yoder Lugibill,
was born March 5, 1891, near Leo, Ind.; died at the Lutheran Hospital
at Ft. Wayne, Ind., Oct. 6, 1939; aged 48 y. 7 m. 1 d. Nov. 23,
1921, she was united in marriage to Bro. W. O. Hobbs. To this
union were born 2 children (a son only born to leave this world,
and 1 daughter, Mildred Anna). She leaves a companion, 1 daughter,
2 sisters (Lovina and Anna), 2 brothers (John and Harvey Lugibill),
and a host of relatives and friends. Her parents, 1 brother (Samuel),
and 1 sister (Lizzie Meyers) preceded her in death. At the age
of 15 she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with
the Mennonite Church, faithfully filling her place in the home
and the service of her Master. She lived the Christian life daily,
unassuming in her attitude. Her kind and loving disposition was
not only felt in the home but was felt by all with whom she endeared
herself. Her loss we keenly feel in the Sunday school and in the
Bible school. Funeral services in charge of Brethren B. B. King,
A. S. Miller, and J. S. Neuhouser.
"Just a closing of the eyelids,
Just a hush.-Why mourn and weep?
So it is our heavenly Father
Giveth his beloved sleep."
Kauffman.-Solomon, son of Benjamin and Mary Kauffman,
was born in Mercer Co., Pa. May 22, 1862; died at his home after
an extended illness Nov. 7, 1939; aged 77 y. 5 m. 16 d. He was
united in marriage to Elizabeth Spiker Jan. 6, 1887. He leaves
the following children: Charles of Smithville, Ohio; Mrs. Harvey
Zook of New Wilmington, Pa.; Michael, Frank, and Roy of New Castle,
Pa.; and Mary at home. His wife and 1 daughter (Nannie) preceded
him in death. He also leaves 1 brother (Eli of Clarence Center,
N. Y.), 1 sister (Amanda Hostettler of West Liberty, Ohio), 22
grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Earlier in life he united
with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church and remained a faithful
member until death. He was patient in his sickness and suffering,
was a kind father, and will be greatly missed in the home, in
the Church and in the community.
"Father, dear, your wish is granted;
Sorrow, pain and grief are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you
Over on the peaceful shore."
Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at the Maple Grove Church with Bro. E. J. Zook and Bro. J. H. Lantz in charge. Text, Num. 23:10. A large number of friends and relatives attended. Interment in the Amish cemetery near New Wilmington.
Hersh.-Letitia (Rowe) Hersh, widow of late John A. Hersh,
died Oct. 14, 1939, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter,
Milton and Cora Barge; aged 89 y. 1 m. 12 d. Death was caused
by complications. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour
and united with the Strasburg Mennonite Church; remaining a faithful
member. Our heavenly Father blessed our home many years with a
kind, loving, careful, thoughtful, Christian mother. Of a cheerful
personality, mothers chief concern was the welfare of her church,
that her family as well as others might seek to follow the way
of truth. The last of her immediate family of 2 sisters and 1
brother, Mother was preceded in death by Father (who died 29 years
ago) and daughter (Alice) 7 years ago. Left to mourn are 2 sons
(Charles and Elmer Hersh), and daughter (Cora, wife of Milton
R. Barge), all of Strasburg, 8 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Oct. 17. Brief services at the home by Jacob Harnish,
followed by public services at Strasburg Mennonite Church by C.M.
Brubaker. Text, Job 5:19; a favorite scripture of mother's. Interment
in 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."
Rodgers.-Henry Hersey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hersey
Rodgers, was born at Harrisonburg, Va., July 19, 1861; died Oct.
30, 1939 aged 78 y. 3 m. 11 d. As a young man he came to Kansas
in 1882 and settled on a farm north of Newton. On Aug. 5, 1885,
he was united in marriage to Sarah K. Fretz, to which union 12
children were born. Two girls died in infancy. and a son (Clifford)
passed away in 1922. He is survived by his wife and the following
children: Mrs. Cora Hartman, Charles L., Mrs. Rosa Patterson,
Mrs. Frances Hare, and Leonard L. of Newton ; Mrs. Ada Woodworth
of Emporia, Kans.; Fred A. of Jewell, Kans.; John S. of Racine,
Wis.; and Mrs. Flossie Hendricks of Bakersfield, Calif.; also
by 33 grandchildren. (The children were all present at the funeral.)
He also leaves 3 brothers (John R. of Newton, Albert of Zimmerdale,
and Charles L., of Geneseo, Ill.) and 3 sisters (Mrs. A. P. Leonard
of Newton, Mrs. Sam B. Overholt of McPherson, and Mrs. Susan F.
Lewis of Geneseo, Ill.). Three sisters and 2 brothers preceded
him in death. He confessed Christ in early life and united with
the Mennonite Church; but after a time he gradually drifted away,
and it was not until the last year that he again expressed a desire
for church fellowship and was received upon his confession as
a member of the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church. Funeral services
were conducted at the home by C. E. Schrock and at the Pennsylvania
Mennonite Church by Earl Buckwalter.
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Keim.-Josiah J. Keim was born Oct. 16, 1855; died in his home at Salix, Cambria Co., Pa., Nov. 14, 1939; aged 84 y. 28 d. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church fifty-six years ago and was a faithful member until death. He was first married to Rebecca J. Meyers who passed away. His second marriage was to Susan B. Miller, who also passed away. The third marriage was to Laura W. Weaver whom the Lord also called home. The fourth marriage was to Maude E. Naylor who survives. He is also survived by 1 sister and other relatives and friends. Bro. Keim was a very faithful attendant at Sunday school and Church. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler and in the Weaver Church by Sanford G. Shetler, Hiram Wingard, Alex. Weaver and S. G. Shetler. Interment in the Weaver Cemetery.
Unzicker.-August, son of Peter and Katherine Unzicker, was born near Morton, Ill., Sept. 25, 1849; died at the home of his son (S. E. Unzicker), Roanoke, Ill., Sept. 27, 1939, after an illness of seven weeks; aged 90 y. 2 d. On Dec. 20, 1870, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Birkey. To this union were born 7 sons and 6 daughters. He was preceded in death by his wife, 3 sons (Daniel, John, and August), also 2 daughters (Emma and Elizabeth). There remain 4 sons (Oscar and Peter of Low Point, Samuel E. of Roanoke, and Julius of Morocco, Ind.), also 4 daughters (Mrs. Val Springer of Foosland, Mrs. Frank Welts of Cazenovia, Mrs. Prosper Heppard of Roanoke, and Mrs. Andrew Ulrich of Shelbyville), 64 grandchildren, 116 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Julius of Foosland), and a host of other relatives and friends. He received Christ in his youth and for the past eleven years held his membership in the East Bend Mennonite Church of Fisher, Ill. Funeral services were conducted at the Roanoke Mennonite Church with J. A. Heiser of Fisher, Ill., in charge. Text, Psalm 23. Burial in the Roanoke Cemetery.
Conrad.-Jacob J., son of Jacob H. and Katie Conrad,
was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Feb. 21, 1899; died Nov. 11, 1939;
aged 40 y. 8 m. 9 d. He was united in marriage to Mary E. Gerber
of Lawrence Co., Pa., Dec. 22, 1920. To this union 4 children
were born (Wilma, Helen, Warren, and Harold). Father and 1 brother
preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving companion,
4 children, mother, 1 brother (Daniel Conrad of Columbiana, Ohio),
1 sister (Mrs. Fanny Reshley of Crawfordsville, Ohio), 6 uncles
and aunts, 11 nephews and nieces, with many other near relatives
and friends. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and
united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation, where he remained
a faithful and obedient member, always interested in the activities
of the Church in advancing the cause of Christ. In his affliction
and suffering he was very patient and resigned to the will of
God. Services were conducted by the brethren, Wm. G. Detweiler
and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Psa. 121 and Psa. 37:25.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Gone from all thy toil and pain;
Far from earth and all its wrestling,
Thou didst now thy crown obtain."
Burkholder.-Joseph Auker Burkholder was born near Newville, Pa., Sept. 28, 1863 died Nov. 13, 1939; aged 76 y. 1 m. 15 d. He was united with the Diller Mennonite Church in early manhood. He was ordained deacon about twenty years ago. Retiring from farming, he moved to Newville, from where he frequently walked to Church, a distance of five miles, often walking home again after the service. About 18 months ago he met with an accident necessitating the amputation of a lower limb, which happening so late in life was very severe and exhaustive to his constitution. Taken from hard labor and strenuous activity, his very enjoyment, to days of confinement and suffering, the adjustment naturally would be tedious and irksome. Nevertheless our brother learned to walk fairly well with crutches and attended services as opportunity afforded. He attended Church the last Sabbath of his earthly life. How little did we think, as he went about shaking hands, even talking to the little babe but a few months old, that his day of departure was just beyond the night. An infant son preceded him in death fifty-one years ago. Surviving are his wife, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 21 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Rearick funeral parlor, Nov. 16. Burial at Diller Mennonite Cemetery. Text, Psa. 26:8, S. E. Vance and W. F. Charlton officiating.
Conrad.-Anna, daughter of Christian and Barbra (Earnest) Conrad, was born near Wayland, Iowa, April 27, 1865. There were 5 sisters and 3 brothers in her family that grew to manhood and womanhood on the parental farm located northeast of Wayland. It was on this farm that she was born and lived practically all her life. While in the community of Berne, Ind., she was converted and was baptized and received into church fellowship on May 26, 1889 by S. F. Sprunger who was then pastor of the Mennonite church at that place. Later she transferred her membership to the Eicher Mennonite Church near Noble, Ind., where she was a faithful member at the time of her death. For the last twenty-eight years she kept house for her brother Isaac on the old homestead. For some time she knew her health condition was serious and made preparations accordingly. However she was able to attend to her household duties until Saturday morning, Nov. 4, she failed to rise at the usual time and did not respond to her brother's call. Upon investigation he found her on her bed of repose in a seemingly unconscious state, having suffered a paralytic stroke in the early hours of the morning. She was left speechless and was never again able to greet the members of her family and neighbors who came to her bedside. She died Nov. 12, 1939; aged 74 y. 6 m. 15 d. Her parents and a brother (Joe) preceded her in death. She leaves her 4 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. Mary Torrance, Washington, Ia.; Mrs. Judith Wittwer, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Sarah, Isaac, and Samuel, Wayland, Ia.; and Lydia, wife of Samuel Schindler, Ft. Wayne, Ind.); 10 nieces, 6 nephews, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral was held at Eicher Mennonite Church conducted by Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty, ministers of the Sugar Creek Church, because of the absence of the pastor of her church. Text, Psa. 16:6. Interment in the Sommers Cemetery.
Barge.-Frank Kreider, son of Jacob and Maria (Kreider) Barge, was born near Strasburg, Pa., Sept. 10, 1871; died at his home near Sterling, Ill., Nov. 4, 1939; aged 68 y. 1 m. 21 d. As a young man he came to Sterling in the spring of 1893. In 1906 he was united in marriage to Sister Lillie, daughter of the late Henry K. and Emiline Mellinger. To this union 4 sons were born (Henry M., Loren R., Frank E., and Willard J.). Soon after their marriage they began farming, and he continued in this occupation until the time of his passing. He was held in high esteem among his neighbors and friends. He carried with him a jovial disposition and was able to look on the bright side of things. Even when it was learned that he was stricken with an incurable disease, it did not break his spirit, and he began to make plans for his home going. Their home is one among the beautiful ones, and the generosity of the home is in keeping with the beautiful. Neighbors and friends always found it a congenial place to visit, and to share in the hospitality which was so abundant. The pastor often felt that here he had found a little bit of heaven. This home was not without its sorrows, but they were borne with Christian fortitude, with an understanding that they were in harmony with the divine will of the heavenly Father. He was not unmindful of the most important things in life. As a young man he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour. In 1907 he with his wife united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, in which fellowship he continued until death. He was active in all the affairs of the Church and took a keen interest in all of her activities. He was always ready to be used in whatever capacity he could render acceptable service. In the passing of Bro. Barge, the community is losing a fine neighbor, the Church a devout servant of the Lord, and the home a faithful and devoted husband and father. And here we can say with the wise man, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." Those who survive him are his wife and 3 sons (Loren, Frank, and Willard). Henry M., the eldest of the sons, preceded his father in death June 1925. Three brothers and 1 sister also survive (Isaac, Mrs. Chris Zimmerman, Witmer, Ira and Milton) all of Lancaster Co., Pa. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, when a very large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to their friend whom they had learned to love. The services were in charge of Bro. A. C. Good, assisted by Bro. A. H. Leaman. Text, II Tim. 1:12. Interment in the family lot adjoining the church.
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