Bergey. --- Mary K., widow of the late Edwin D. Bergey, was born Sept. 4, 1870, near Telford, Pa.; died Feb. 29, 1940; aged 69 y. 5 m. 25 d. Feb. 24 she suffered a stroke and was unable to talk. Although conscious at times, she remained in that condition till the Lord called her home. She is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son (Lizzie, wife of Alvin Moyer; Laaden and Miriam). One son preceded in death. Also 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 2 sisters remain. She was a member of the Franconia Mennonite Church, and remained faithful till death. Funeral services were held March 4 at the home, conducted by Bro. Menno Souder and at the Franconia Church by John Lapp and Bro. Abram Derstine. Text (which Mother selected) John 17: 11, 15.
"May we find comfort in the thought,
That those we love now wait
For us, where all is peace and joy
Beyond the gold gate."
--By the Children.
Buckley. --- Amanda Ella, daughter of Michael and Martha Keller, was born near Strasburg, Mo., Nov. 29, 1872; died at her home near Harrisonville, Mo., March 12, 1940; aged 67 y. 3 m. 13 d. In November 1890, she was married to Owen Buckley. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son. Surviving her are her aged husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 4 brothers, 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville and in Lee Summit, Mo., Baptist Church conducted by Bro. I. G. Hartzler. Interment in Lee Summit Cemetery.
Daugherty. --- Annie Margaret, daughter of the late Andrew Wingert and wife, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., March 26, 1876; died at the home of her son, Greencastle, Pa., Feb. 24, 1940; aged 64 y. 10 m. 28 d. She is survived by her husband (S. Martin Daughterty) and 1 son (Samuel W. Daugherty, Greencastle), 2 daughters (Mrs. Lester Deardorf, of St. Thomas, Mrs. Norman Diehl, of Orrstown, Pa.), a sister (Mary C. Wingert), and 11 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Williamson Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the home Feb. 27 in charge of Bros. Norman H. Martin, and J. Irvin Lehman, and at the Air Hill Church of the Brethren in Christ conducted by John Musser, J. Irvin Lehman, and Norman H. Martin. Text, Heb. 6:18-20. Interment in Air Hill Cemetery.
Hammond. --- Sister Maggie Hammond was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., March 11, 1862; died March 10, 1940; aged 77 y. 11 m. 29 d. She was living with her adopted son (Raymond Hammond, Altoona, Pa.). The son's wife had taken up her dinner. After dinner she went up to see Sister Hammond, who had her head bowed in death. She was in failing health the past years. She was a member of the Mennonite Church in Altoona for 25 years. Funeral was held March 13, in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Eccl. 12: 5. Surviving are one stepson and 2 grandchildren.
Horst. --- Martha D., daughter of the late Henry and Martha (Detwiler) Horst, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Feb. 10, 1870; died at the Mennonite Home, Maugansville, Md., March 8, 1940, of complications; aged 70 y. 27 d. For many years she lived with her sister Mary who died 2 years ago, since which time she resided at the Mennonite Home. She was confined to her bed for 32 years. She was the last of her family and is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Marion. Brief services were held at the Martin Funeral Home, Greencastle, Pa., and at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Norman H. Martin and J. Irvin Lehman. Text, Mark 14: 8. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Linder. --- Elta Conrad Linder, was born near Canto, O., Aug. 24, 1890; died on the same homestead March 18, 1940; aged 49 y. 6 m. 24 d. At the age of fifteen she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, was baptized and united with the Beech Mennonite Church in which she continued faithfully until the end. On Oct. 22, 1911, she was united in marriage to Joseph L. Linder, to which union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in the same vicinity all her life and is therefore well known. She was a kind, affectionate companion and mother in the home. For the past while she suffered ill health. About a week before her death she became ill and continuously grew weaker until she peacefully took her early departure. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters (Annabel and Mary Rose of the home), 2 sons (Harry D., of Canton, O., and Ralph O., of the home), 1 grandson (Walter Charles Linder), her mother (Mrs. Susanna Conrad, also of the home), 3 brothers (Joseph O., of Wauseon, O., Orlando C., of Sterling, O. and Daniel H. of Canton, O.), 2 sisters (Mrs. Martha E. Graber of Canton O., and Mrs. Mary Aeschliman of Archbold, O), 2 uncles, 5 aunts, and a host of relatives and friends. Her father and 3 brothers (2 in infancy) preceded her in death. Funeral services were held in the home and the Warstler Lutheran Church near the home, Bro. O. N. Johns officiating. Text, Luke 23: 43. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother to her rest has gone,
Free from this earth's sorrow;
With Jesus here we'll journey on,
And meet on the Resurrection Morrow."
Mast. Jay Howard, son of J. Edwin and Irene (Stoltzfus) Mast, was born at the Lancaster Pa., General Hospital March 5, 1940. Brief services were held, after which the body was interred in Conestoga Cemetery.
"A precious little baby,
Too pure to stay;
He leaves us brokenhearted,
Heaven seems nearer---
May we meet there some day."
Petre. --- Bro. Paul R., eldest child of John H. and Mary (Byers) Petre. Was born near Hagerstown, Md. Feb. 4, 1899; died Jan. 16, 1940. At the age of fourteen Paul was baptized into the Church of the Brethren, and lived a consecrated Christian life. He served as church trustee for a number of years, and frequently went as a delegate to district meeting. On Nov. 17, 1921, he was married to Elizabeth E. Horst. To this union 4 sons were born. One son died in infancy. Bro. Petre was especially kind and helpful to the poor and needy. HE leaves his devoted companion, 4 sons, his parents, 4 brothers, 6 sisters and a host of other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held at the home near Hagerstown, Md., with further services in the Longmeadow Church of the Brethren. Burial in the Reiff Cemetery.
Stuckey. Fannie Schlatter, daughter of Benedict and Fannie Lugbill Schlatter, was born Oct. 15, 1856; died March 13, 1940, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Emma Miller); aged 83 y. 5 m. 28 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until her departure. She was a faithful and devoted mother and will be greatly missed by her immediate family and friends. In the spring of 1880 she was united in marriage to Joseph Stuckey. To this union were born 4 children (Emma, Frank, Libbie, and Joe). Libbie died in Sept. 1884. Her husband passed away in 1886. Aug. 4, 1888, she was united in marriage to Christian Stuckey. To this union 4 children were born (Rosa, Anna , Noah, and William). Noah died in infancy. Nearly 8 years (Sept. 17, 1932) her husband (Christian) went home to be with the Lord. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure Mrs. Emma Miller, Mrs. Rosa Beck, Mrs. Anna Stuckey, Frank, Joe, and William Stuckey; 24 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. She will also be missed by the congregation because of her faithful attendance. The services were in charge of Jesse Short of Archbold, Ohio and J. S. Neuhouser of Grabill, Ind. Text, John 19: 27. Interment in Schlatter Cemetery.
"Your suffering is ended, dear Mother,
You're with the loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet you.
On that bright, celestial shore."
Stultzfus. --- Chester A., son of Simeon and Kathryn Stultzfus, of Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Feb. 19, 1896; died March 21, 1940; aged 44 y. 1 m. 2 d. His death came very suddenly as a result of a heart attack. He had been helping a neighbor to move, and without any words he was suddenly stricken and passed away. His father and mother preceded him in death. He leaves 2 brothers and a sister to mourn his sudden departure. For the last nine years he had been making his home with and working for his cousin, J. H. Glick of the Allensville congregation. Funeral services were held in the home of J. H. Glick near Reedsville, Pa., conducted by Levi S. Glick and in the Allensville Mennonite Church by Elmer E. Yoder; after which his body was taken to Lancaster Co., for interment.
Yoder. ---Amelia Marie, daughter of Henry V. and Mary Albrecht, was born in Tiskilwa, Ill., Nov. 30, 1904; died at the Mennonite Sanitarium, La Junta, Colo., March 19, 1940; aged 35 y. 3 m. 19 d. She answered the heavenly call after a lingering illness of approximately 10 years, it being that length of time since she first entered a sanitarium in her quest for health. These years were spent in various sanitariums, except for the time spent in the home of her sister, Mrs. Eda Kaufman, and the time she was lovingly cared for in her husband's parents' home, Bro. and Sister Silas Yoder, Middlebury, in this latter home Amelia had the privilege of being in the same home with her husband and children, this being the only opportunity her children had of knowing a mother's presence during her illness. Florence was a baby of about a year old and Junior a lad of about 5 when their grandmother took up the task of mothering them. In her early youth Amelia accepted Christ, being baptized at the age of 12 at Willow Springs near Tiskilwa, later transferring her membership first to Clinton Frame congregation; retaining her membership with this group till death. During her illness she was much concerned about the welfare and spiritual condition of those about her, being busy with the distribution of tracts and leaflets to others similarly afflicted. On May 16, 1925, Amelia was united in marriage to Floyd H. Yoder, Middlebury, Ind. To this union were born 3 children (Floyd Jr., Howard Julius, and Florence Marie). Howard Julius staying with them only a few months. She leaves her bereaved husband, 1 son, and 1 daughter, 1 brother (Silas Albrecht of Tiskilwa), 2 sisters (Alma A. Smucker of Goshen, Ind., and Eda Kaufman, Lansdale, Pa.), and a host of relatives and friends. Besides her infant son, her mother and father, 1 brother (Julius) and 2 sisters (Lena and Lydia) preceded her to the heavenly mansions; she being left motherless at the age of 13, her father dying a little over a year ago. At various times during her illness Amelia expressed her readiness and desire to go home and be at rest, yet she always had faith that she could be restored to health to serve her loved ones if that be the will of God. He has seen fit to call her hence and in His all-wise mercy and love will care for those left behind. May we all so live that we with her can meet out Christ on the resurrection mourn. Funeral services March 23 at the Mennonite Church at Middlebury, Ind., S. C. Yoder, Wilbur Yoder, and D. D. Miller officiating.
Yoder. --- Daniel P., son of Christian and Kathryn (Kauffman)Yoder,
was born near Allensville, Pa., July 7, 1868; died at his
home near Westover, Md., March 19, 1940; aged 71 y. 8 m. 12 d.
During the last few weeks of his life, he suffered extreme pain
from kidney trouble, which pain he bore with much patience until
death relieved him. Funeral services March 20 at Holly Grove Church,
in charge of George Hostetler, assisted by Orrie Yoder of Oyster
Point, Va. Text, II Cor. 5: 1. On Dec. 10, 1891, he was married
to Leah Harshbarger of Mattawana, Pa., To this union were
born 10 children (2 of whom preceded him in death) and 46 grandchildren.
The following children survive: Bennet; Minnie, wife of Melvin
Baker; Harry of Mt. Union, Pa.; Elsie, wife of Paul Eby; Claire,
wife of Lester Miller; Samuel of Spring City, Pa.; Emory and Roy
at home. One half sister (Salina Hartzler of Fairview, Mich.),
1 sister (Amelia Peachey of Belleville, Pa.), and 1 brother (Samuel
K., minister in Amish church, Allensville, Pa.), remain of his
immediate family. The first years of his married life were spent
at Mattawana, Pa. Later he with his family moved to Fairview,
Mich. In 1910 they moved to Westover, Md., where he was the first
member of the present Mennonite Congregation at this place. He
united with the Mennonite Church at 19 years of age, at Allensville,
Pa., and was a faithful member in the same faith at the time of
Zook. --- Daniel B. Zook, was born Sept. 1, 1865, in Tazewell Co., Ill.; died at Larned, Kans., March 15, 1940; aged 74 y. 6 m. 14 d. On March 11, 1891, at Larned, he was married to Mollie Umberger, who preceded him in death Jan. 6, 1933. To this union 2 sons and 3 daughters were born, 1 daughter dying in infancy. He is survived by 2 sons (Walter and Abner Zook, both or Larned), 2 daughters (Mrs. Walter Schertz of La Junta, Colo., and Mrs. Ora Martin of Larned), 8 grandchildren, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters. He united with the Mennonite Church in the fall of 1886, just after coming to Kansas, and remained a faithful member, serving as a deacon in the church many years. His convictions regarding principles of righteousness were definite. He was careful to make his contribution to this cause by always stating his position. In the home as a Christian father he was concerned about the welfare of those about him, spending much time in planning and discussing present conditions and their effect on future generations. An often-expressed desires was that his posterity might remain believers in their Saviour Jesus Christ. Funeral services in charge of Bro. E.M. Yost, Greensburg, Kans.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Buckwalter. --- Amelia, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary (Peifer) Reist, widow of David W. Buckwalter of East Petersburg, Pa., died Feb. 28, 1940, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hayden Brubaker; aged 72 years. She was a faithful member of East Petersburg Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by the following children: Mary (Mrs. Harry Hess), Lillie (Mrs. Hayden Brubaker), Mrs. Jennie Minnich, Amelia (Mrs. David Hess), and David R., Anna (Mrs. Clement Hoober), and J. Quentin. Fourt sisters (Mrs. Hiram Witmer, Mrs. John Hershey, Mrs. Monroe Metzler, and Mrs. Daniel Stoner), 32 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at East Petersburg, Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Frank Kreider, John Gochnauer, and Henry Lutz. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Oh there are last, life's trials past,
We'll meet our loved once more,
Whose feet have trod the path of God-
Not lost, but gone before.
Gerlach. --- Rufus, son of the late David S. and Catherine (Kauffman) Gerlach, died at his home in Lampeter, Pa. He was born May 18, 1860; died March 14, 1940; aged 79 y. 7 m. 16 d. He had been in declining health, a sufferer for many years of bronchial asthma, yet he was permitted to be around, but not able to attend church services for several years. He often expressed his desire "If only I could go to church too." He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He was twice married. His first wife was Hettie A. Gochenaur, who died Dec. 29, 1889; aged 24 yrs. He was again married, Nov. 26, 1896, to Lizzie S. Herr, who survives; as also 2 sons (David M. and Harry H. Gerlach), both near Lampeter, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers (Daniel of Palmyra, Pa.; Aaron of Hershey, Pa.; Mrs. Fannie Mease, Lebanon, Pa.; Mrs. Katy Gottschall of Marietta, Pa.; and Mrs. Martha Hetrich, of Mt. Joy, Pa.). One sister and 2 brothers preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at Herr's Funeral Home, Lampeter, by Bro. Chris. Brubaker and at the Willow St. Mennonite Church, by Bros. Jacob Harnish and Chrs. Brubaker. Text, Rom. 8: 17, 18.
"Peacefully sleeping, rest at last,
The world's troubles and trials are past;
In silence he suffered, in patience he bore,
Till God called him home to suffer no more."
King. --- Ida, daughter of Levi and Mattie Lantz, was born Dec. 17, 1882, near Elmira, O.; died suddenly Thursday morning March 7, 1940, of heart failure, at her home near Wauseon, O.; aged 57 y. 2 m. 19 d. When but a small child, her father died, after which she was taken into the home of her uncle and aunt, Mose and Katie Stutzman, until Jan. 15, 1903, when she was united in marriage with Sam King. To this union were born 4 sons and 4 daughters (Vernon, Orlen, Leon, and Myrtie at home; Mrs. Ervin Lee and Mrs. Sam Kulp of Archbold, O.; and Leroy of Stryker, O.).She leavers her sorrowing husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and 1 brother (Lewis). Two daughters (Velma and Nola), 1 granddaughter, father, mother, 1 sister, 2 brothers preceded her in death. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. About 9 months ago her health began to fail, and after a few weeks of suffering, she underwent a gall bladder operation. This was a success, but heart trouble developed, causing her to be confined to her bed. She bore her affliction with patience till the Lord called her home. Funeral services were conducted at the West Clinton Church by E. B. Frey and Jesse J. Short.
"God saw fit to take Mother from us,
Up in heaven, there so high;
Angels took her, oh so sudden,
With no time to say good-by."
Kraybill. --- Frank E., son of John and Susanna (Engle) Kraybill, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 19, 1857; died at the home of his daughter in Maytown, Pa., Nov. 29, 1939; aged 82 y. 2 m. 10 d. He was ht last of his family, member of Kraybill's Mennonite Church for many years. His wife (Addie Barton Kraybill) died 7 years ago. He is survived by 3 sons, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home Dec. 2, followed by services at Krabill's Mennonite Church, conducted by the home ministers, Henry Lutz and Amos Hess. Text, II Tim. 4: 6, 7. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought that this end was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without a farewell."
Miller. ---Annie H. (nee Yoder), widow of the late Bishop S. C. Miller, was born Sept 14, 1856, near Lagrange, Ind.; died March 27, 1940, following a week's illness of bronchial pneumonia, at her home near Jet, Okla. She united with the Mennonite Church when young and was a faithful member until death. On Nov. 30, 1873, she was united in marriage to S. C. Miller of Indiana and together they weathered over sixty years of married life. Mother came with Father to McPherson, Kans., in the early days and was the last of the charter members of the West Liberty Church, to be called to her reward. In August, 1910, Father and Mother moved to Jet, Okla., where she assisted Father in his work among the churches, by keeping the home fires burning, while he was away spreading the gospel. She spent much time since Father left in reading his books and in prayer. She leaves 2 daughters (Mars. Ella Miller and Mrs. Elsie Fisher of Jet, Okla.), also 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter, a brother (J. H. Yoder of Somerset, Pa.), a sister (Mrs. A. K. Weirich), and a brother (Christ Yoder), both of Lagrange Co. Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents (Mr. and Mrs. Herman Yoder), her companion (Bishop S. C. Miller), a foster son (Daniel Ithemar Bailey), also 3 sisters (Mrs. C. C. Schrock, Mrs. Jake Weingard, and Judith, who died in infancy); also 2 brothers (Jonathan Yoder of Somerset, Pa., and Herman Yoder of Windom, Kans.). At the time of her home going, Mother was aged 83 y. 6 m. 13 d. There were two funerals. The first on March 28, 1940, at the home conducted by Alva Swartzendruber, assisted by Simon Hershberger. The second was at West Liberty Church in McPherson Co., Kans., conducted by J. G. Hartzler assisted by Simon Hershberger. The text used at both funerals was John 14:2. Interment in the West Liberty Cemetery.
"In our hearts her memory lingers,
But we know 'tis fain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake her
From her peaceful, quiet sleep."
Mohler. --- Emma, daughter of the late Henry and Maria Kurtz, was born Oct. 31, 1880; died Jan. 20, 1940, at the Lancaster General Hospital following an operation for tumor of the stomach; aged 59 y. 2 m. 19d. She was united in marriage Jan. 1, 1901, to Monroe M. Mohler. To this union were born 8 sons, who with her husband survive (Ralph K., of Ephrata, Galen K., of Denver, Martin K., of Stevens, Jacob E., of New Holland, Clarence K, of Ephrata, Harold R., Aaron L., William C., all at home). Also 20 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 24 in the home and at the Weaverland Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member; Brethren George Good and Aaron Weaver officiating. Text, Rev. 14:13. Burial in cemetery adjoining.
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Nebel. --- David K., son of Joseph and Fanny (Klopfenstein) Nebel, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Nov. 10, 1895. He disappeared on Feb. 24, 1936; aged 40 y. 3 m. 14 d. It is generally believed that he met death at the hands of another. Some portions of human skeleton were found near the lake of the Ozarks, early in winter, which were identified by officers of the county, by the relatives of Bro. Nebel, and later by the state as being the remains of David K. Nebel. He grew to manhood on a farm near Wayland, Iowa. In youth he accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, in which he remained a faithful member. He taught school for terms in Iowa and was drafted for war services in 1918. Because of conscientious reasons he declined to serve in the army, and was then placed on a farm near Versailles, Mo. After the war he continued to live and make his home in the farming community northeast of Versailles. For many years he served as Sunday-school superintendent and on the Board of Trustees of the Mt. Zion congregation. On Dec. 29, 1921, he was married to Pearl, daughter of M. M. Diener. To this union 4 children were born: Paul Daniel, Joseph Diener, Carol Amanda, and Lydia Caroline. He was preceded in death by his son (Joseph Diener), who departed this life Jan. 6, 1936, and 1 sister (Amanda Nebel), who passed away in 1926. He is survived by his wife, his aged parents, 1 brother (Frank Nebel, of Wayland, Iowa), 1 son and 2 daughters, as well as a large number of relatives and friends. By occupation he was a farmer and thresherman. He was industrious, and maintained an honest, upright life which won for him the love and respect of his friends. A memorial service was conducted at the Mt. Zion Church on March 26, 1940, in charge of Bro. C. B. Drvier assisted by Bro. Leroy Gingerich. The remains were buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Roth. --- Charlie C. Roth, was born July 28, 1875, on
the farm which was his home, until Sunday, March 10, 1940, when
he passed to that land from which none ever return. In childhood
he suffered with scarlet fever which left him mentally disabled
to some extent. In spite of this affliction he will be remembered
by those who knew him best as quiet, patient, and kind; always
willing to do what he could. He will be sadly missed in the home
and by all those near to him. He leaves 3 brothers (Lee, Frank,
and Fred), and other relatives and friends. His father, mother,
and a sister (Sarah) preceded him in death a number of years ago.
Funeral services were conducted at the home by P. L. Frey and
Jesse J. Short.
"For though from out our bourne of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."
Swartz. --- Reuben Franklin, son of Abram and Mary Swope Swartz, was born Jan. 11, 1870; died Jan. 26, 1940; aged 70 y. 15 d. He was engaged in farming until a few years ago, when he began trucking and delivering products in Harrisonburg. He united with the Mennonite Church when young and remained faithful until death. He was loved by young and old known as "Uncle Frank." He was never married. His entire life was spent on the farm where he was born. He was ill 6 weeks of heart trouble and complications, being bedfast 3 weeks. Five minutes before he died he conversed with his brother-in-law. Death was unexpected. He leaves 2 brothers and 3 sisters also a number of nieces and nephews. A brother (John) was killed when a fast train hit his car on Jan. 26 just 12 years ago. A sister (Etta) passed away 7 years ago. Funeral services were held on the 28th at Weavers Church. Burial in cemetery near by. Services were conducted by Bros. L. H. Jones and S. H. Rhodes. Texts, Psa. 116: 15 and I Sam. 20: 18, last clause.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his end was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell."
Weidner. --- Benjamin, son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Fetter) Weidner, was born near Ephrata, Pa., Sept. 19, 1854; died at his home at Lititz, Pa., March 1,1940, being ill four weeks of complications and having a stroke eleven hours before passing away; aged 85 y. 5 m. 12 d. On Sept. 1, 1881, he was married to Lizzie M. Fry, who preceded him in death Aug. 13, 1912. To this union were born 11 children of whom 3 died in infancy. He is survived by the following children: Jacob, New York, City; Amanda, wife of Francis Shreiner, Manheim; Ellen, wife of John E. Landis, Lancaster; Benjamin, Lebanon, Frank, Gila Bend, Ariz.; Harry, Baltimore, Md.; Estella, wife of Arthur Keath, Lititz; and Maurice, Lebanon; also 23 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Wentling of Rothsville and Annie Weidner of Manheim). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and was a Sunday-school teacher earlier in life. Father was ready and prepared to leave this world of sorrow, pains, and trials to be with the Lord and his companion. We feel our loss is his eternal gain. He had written on a slip of paper, which he kept in his Bible, his funeral arrangements; having selected as a text, John 3: 16. Funeral services were held March 5 at the home in charge of Bro. Jacob Hershey and at the Lititz Mennonite Church by Brethren John S. Hess and Wilmer Eby. Interment in Hess's Mennonite Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended,
Now dear Father is at rest."
Wenger. --- Noah, son of Jacob and Magdalena (Hunsberger) Wenger, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 5, 1882; died March 8, 1940; aged 57 y. 4 m. 3 d. In March , 1900, he was united in marriage to Susanna Loucks, who shared with him the joys and sorrows of life for over 33 years. This union was blest with 8 children, 3 having died in infancy. His wife also preceded him in death Oct. 4, 1933. Surviving him are a son (Warren), 4 daughters (Mrs. Merl Hoover, of Wakarusa, Mrs. Simon Hostetler of Jefferson Twp., Mrs. Carl Metzler at home, and Mrs. Raymond Troyer of near Lagrange, Ind.), a foster daughter (Mrs. Nelson Weaver of Dunlap, Ind.), 14 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Golda Wenger of Wakarusa, and Mrs. Joseph Frederick of near Nappanee, Ind.), besides a host of relatives and friends. Since the death of his wife he has made his home with his son-in-law and daughter (Bro. and Sister Carl Metzler) who a re living on the home place. His life has been lived, his race is run, but his deeds of kindness and loving counsel will long linger in the hearts and memories of his loved ones. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on March 10 in charge of Bro. R. F. Yoder and assisted at the church by Bro. D.A. Yoder. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Blough. --- Neri David, son of David and Lydia (Kurtz) Blough, was born in Wayne Co., O., June 6, 1870. He was the youngest son in a family of seven children, all preceding him in death. He resided on the old home farm until 1921, when he with his family moved to Smithville, Ohio, where he lived until the messenger of death called him home, March 26, 1940; aged 69 y. 9 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Catherine Kropf, June 6, 1895. To this union 11 children were born (Della, Henry, Nola, Edna, John, Carrie, Wilma, Arlene, Fern, Ruth, and Clayton); also 19 grandchildren, one preceding him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife, 11 children, 18 grandchildren, with many nephews and nieces and friends. Bro. Blough confessed Christ as his Saviour and Lord, was baptized May 24, 1890, and received into the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation; where he was a faithful and loyal member, in meekness quietly serving his Master. In his affliction he was patient and resigned to the will of his heavenly Father. Services were conducted by Brethren Wm. G. Detweiler and J. S. Gerig. Texts, Phil. 1:21; Jno. 14: 1-6. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Gone from all thy toil and pain;
Far from earth and all it's wrestling.
Thou didst now thy crown obtain."
Transcriber's note: "Jno." Is the abbreviation used in the obituary. This not my error.
Coffman. --- Daniel Joseph, youngest son of John S. and Elizabeth (Heatwole) Coffman, was born in Rockingham Co., Va., April 22, 1879; died at Logansport, Ind., April 7, 1940; aged 60 y. 11 m. 16 d. In June of the year 1879 the family removed to Elkhart, Ind., the place of their residence for a number of years. Three brothers (Wm. P., of Burbank, Calif.; Samuel F., of Vineland, Ont.; and Ansel V., of Los Angeles, Calif.), and 2 sisters (Fannie E., wife of J. C. Landis; Anna B., wife of J. B. Bontrager, both of Elkhart) survive. His hope rested in Christ his Saviour. Funeral services were conducted at Elkhart on April 9, by J. S. Hartzler. Interment in the Prairie Street Cemetery.
Cressman. --- Hannah Shantz, wife of the late Daniel E. Cressman, died on Tuesday, March 5, 1940 in her 92nd year, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Jacob Axt) with whom she had her home. She was born near Haysville, Ont., the eldest daughter of Joseph Y. and Elizabeth (Stauffer) Shantz. In 1874 she was married to Daniel E. Cressman and lived for some years in Oxford county. After retiring from the farm they lived in New Hamburg until the death of her husband, after which she lived with her daughters. She is survived by 2 sons (Alvin of Ceylon, Sask,; and Joseph of Kitchener), 3 daughters (Mrs. Emanuel Schmitt of Baden, Mrs. Jacob Axt of Petersburg, and Mrs. Irvin Gimbel of Breslau), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Moses Cressman and Mrs. Ezra Cressman of New Hamburg). She was preceded in death by her daughter (Agnes) in 1917 and her husband in 1925, also by 7 brothers and 2 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Biehn Mennonite Church for many years and was interested in all her activities. In her latter years she often expressed her desire to go home and after a brief illness this wish was realized. The funeral services were in charge of Bros. L. H. Witmer, Orphen Wismer, and M. H. Roth at the Biehn Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining 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 no more be distressed;
Now o'er life's pathway she has gone
At last unto her heavenly home."
Hartzler. Elizabeth A., oldest daughter of David W. and Anna L. (Greenwalt) Hartzler, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., July 27, 1862; died March 5, 1940, at the home of her sister (Celesta Hartzler) in Topeka, Ind., after a critical illness of a number of weeks; aged 77 y. 7 m. 9 d. Elizabeth gave her heart to Christ in her youth and united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until her death. Surviving her are 3 sisters and 1 brother; Ephraim E. Hartzler of Topeka, Celesta Hartzler, of Topeka; Mrs. Alice Lantz of Howe; and Mrs. Blanche Miller of Topeka. Two brothers preceded her in death (William W. Hartzler, who died Oct. 22, 1930; and Charles E. Hartzler, who died Sept. 29, 1924). She also leaves a number of nephews and nieces, all of whom were especially dear to her and for whose welfare she was deeply concerned. She bore her suffering with unusual patience and fortitude looking forward to the time when she could be relieved to be with Christ. Funeral services were held March 8 from the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, conducted by Earl Salzman and Edwin J. Yoder. Text, Heb. 4: 9. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Hostetler. --- Joseph R., son of David and Anna (Kauffman) Hostetler, was born at Reedsville, Pa., Oct. 2, 1866; died in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Rugby, N. Dak., April 4, 1940; aged 73 y. 6 m. 2 d. He was the last survivor of a family of twelve. His parents, 4 brothers, and 7 sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by 21 nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Forty-three years ago he moved to North Dakota from Mifflin Co., Pa., and has lived here since. A young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church; but later wandered away from the Lord and for many years lived a careless life. Upon his death bed he acknowledged his error and expressed a desire to renew his covenant. Funeral services at the Lakeview Church, conducted by Bro. John Stoll.
Landis. --- Arlene B., daughter of Paul R. and Anna (Barndt) Landis, was born in New Britain Twp., Dec. 29, 1939; died at the Abington Hospital after two weeks' illness at home and four weeks in the hospital. Death was caused by a streptococcic infection. Besides her parents she is survived by a sister (Mildred) and 2 brothers (Richard and Franklin). Funeral services were held April 3, in charge of Arthur Ruth and Claude Meyers. Text: Job 1:21. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"A little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His infinite love has taken away;
Not from our hearts, not from our love,
But to dwell with angels above."
Transcriber's note: "Streptococcic" is the spelling used in the original spelling in the obituary. It should be "streptococcal."
Liechty. --- Mary, daughter of Christian and Mary Witmer, was born April 7, 1866, near Leo, Ind.; died March 22, 1940, at her home at Wauseon, Ohio; aged 73 y. 11 m. 15 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, and united with the Mennonite Church, to which she remained true until death. Oct. 13, 1887, she was united in marriage to Christian S. Leichty, who survives her. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters, all of whom survive with the exception of Noah who was the first to leave the family circle. Those left to mourn the loss of a loving mother are the following children: Malinda, at home; Joseph of Archbold; Sarah (Mrs. Elmer Meyer) of Creston, Ohio; Mary (Mrs. Ben Schneider) of Davenport, N. Dak.; Ida (Mrs. Guy Graber) of Stryker, Ohio; Dora (Mrs. Eric Bontrager) of McBrides, Mich; Edward of Toledo, Ohio; Chris of Wauseon; Priscilla (Mrs. Harve Driver) of Wauseon; and Ruth (Mrs. Thurlo Nofziger) of Archbold; also 1 brother, John, of Brinsmade, N. Dak., 27 grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, including a niece (Sylvia Witmer) who resides in the home. The love of a Christian mother, her understanding, her wise counsel, her devotion to the responsibilities of rearing a family, now linger only as precious memories and deepen our sense of loss as her children. "Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he priaseth her." Her sweet, quiet devotion to God and her faith firm and well established to her heart, tolerant and forgiving, was more proof of the power of God in a life, and was a far-reaching influence which will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. Funeral services were held at the Central Church, conducted by A. S. Miller, of Leo, Ind., and E. B. Frey of Archbold, Ohio. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
"For tho' from out our bourne of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I then shall see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."
Livengood. --- Wilbert Eugene Livengood, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 13, 1878; died March 11, 1940, at the home of his son Myron in Pinto, Md.; aged 67 y. 1 m. 29 d. On Jan. 15, 1893, he was married to Barbara Ellen Otto, who preceded him in death. In October, 1933, he was married to Orpha Orendorf. She also preceded him in death. He is survived by 3 sisters, 1 brother, 3 sons (Harry, Myron, and Orville). He united with the Springs Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. The funeral service was held at the Springs Mennonite Church, conducted by Roy Otto, assisted by Chester Helmick and Robert Dayton.
Schloneger. --- Mary (Blough) Schloneger, was born near Sterling, Ohio, Nov. 4, 1854; died at the home of her son (Amos) near Louisville, Ohio, March 24, 1940; aged 85 y. 4 m. 20 d. In 1873, she accepted Christ, was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church, and continued in this fellowship until the end. On Sept. 20, 1874, she was united in marriage to John Schloneger, who preceded her in death Nov. 20, 1911. To this union were born 2 sons (Amos and Joseph). After their marriage they moved to Logan Co., Ohio. Five years later they moved to Wayne Co., and then to Stark Co. She was a devoted mother in the home, sociable, and interested in spiritual things. Though her health had been failing for some time, yet she suffered very little and early Easter Sunday morning she peacefully fell asleep and passed away. She is survived by her 2 sons, both of Louisville, O.; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Amos Blough, of Orrville, O.), and many other relatives and friends. Besides her husband, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 great-grandchildren preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted in the home and the Beech Mennonite Church by Bros. O. N. Johns and assisted by Bros. John D. Miller, Alvin Hostetler, and I. W. Royer. Text, Rev. 2: 10, latter clause. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Stahl. Phoebe Stahl, of Port Trevorton, Pa.; was born Nov. 14, 1876; died Dec. 23, 1939; aged 63 y. 1 m. 9 d. She was a daughter of Jacob S. and Leah (Musser) Brubaker, and a grandniece of Bishop John Brubaker, the founder of the Mennonite Church at Rockton, Pa. She died on caner. She took everything patiently, and said to her daughter that she was going home. She was a member of the Stauffer Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the house by John Brubaker and in the church by Phares Stauffer and Jacob Stauffer of Lancaster, Pa.
Swartzendruber. --- Ellen Mae, daughter of Menno and
Lizzie (Yoder) Gingerich, was born July 11, 1903, near
Parnell, Iowa; died at the Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa,
March 31, 1940; aged 36 y. 8 m. 19 d. After being in the hospital
seven weeks with infection which started in her thumb, she was
brought home which was her main desire.
After a little more than a two-week's stay, she took a sudden change for the worse and rushed back to the hospital. Everything was done to relieve her suffering but at 7:25 Sunday morning she quietly fell asleep. Ella never complained but bore her suffering with great patience. Many prayers were offered in her behalf, but God saw fit to call her to her heavenly home. At the age of 10, she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was received by water baptism as a member of the West Union Mennonite Church. Aug. 16, 1925, Ella was united in marriage to Bro. Orval Swartzendruber. To this union were born 2 children (Daniel Dale and Marlin Paul). She was a consistent and devoted Christian mother. She was always the same-cheerful, patient, and thinking of others before herself. She was the first one to break the family circle. Those left to mourn are her deeply bereaved husband, 2 sons, her father and mother, 1 brother (Irving), 1 sister (Ester) and 1 foster sister (Luella), all of Parnell, Iowa; her mother-in-law (Mrs. Chris Swartzendruber), and a host of other relatives and friends. Ella will be greatly missed in the home, in the church, and in the community. Funeral services in charge of Bros. John Y. Swartzendruber and Harvey Yoder, assisted by Bro. Norman Hobbs, at the West Union Church, April 3. Burial in the West Union Cemetery.
"Peacefully sleeping, resting at last,
The world's weary trouble and trials are past;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more."
Yoder. --- John L., son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Yoder, was born on a farm where Leotonia, Ohio, now stands, Sept. 1, 1855; died at his residence near the Midway Mennonite Church, Columbiana, Ohio, on Tuesday morning, April 2, 1940, after a few day's illness; aged 84 y. 7 m. 1 d. When a young man he taught eight terms in the public schools. In this profession, as well as in his farming and official capacity as superintendent of the Sunday schools of the Mennonite Church for several years, he was successful. In the fall of 1894, he was ordained to the office of deacon at the Midway Mennonite Church, serving faithfully until about ten years ago, when he was stricken with blindness. Even after this misfortune he was nearly always present at church and Sunday school, continued to teacher a Sunday-school class, and gave his helpful service to the church in other ways. He had been a great reader of good literature when he still had had his eyesight which together with his good memory and knowledge of the Scriptures enabled him to bear fruit to the end of his life. On Dec. 30, 1886, he was united in marriage to Mary Nold, who preceded him in death Nov. 17, 1909. A year after their marriage they united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith both died. The following children were born to this union: Alvin, Ada, and Lizzie, at home; Elmer, Biglerville, Pa.; Paul, minister of the Mennonite congregation here; Mrs. Abraham (Esther) Wenger, Fentress, Va.; Mrs. Daniel (Mamie) Martin, Columbiana, O.; and Ruth, who died Feb. 28, 1920; also 11 grandchildren. His brother and sisters all preceded him in death. In the going home of Bro. Yoder, the family has lost a faithful father, the community, a highly respected neighbor and friend, and the church a talented and useful Christian worker and deacon. We shall have many pleasant, lingering memories of Bro. Yoder whom we have reasons to believe has gone home to be with the Lord. Funeral services were conducted briefly at the home and later at the Midway Mennonite Church on Thursday afternoon, April 4, in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner, I. B. Witmer, David Steiner, and I. W. Royer. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Bearss. --- Gilbert, youngest son of Jacob and Eliza (Zavitts) Bearss, was born in Welland Co., Ont., July 4, 1848, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Warren Sutton, in Welland, Ont., March 31, 1940; aged 91 y. 7 m. 27 d. He was married to Louise Doan on March 9, 1869. To this union were born 3 sons and 1 daughter; 2 sons and the daughter surviving him. He united with the Mennonite Church near Sherkston, Ont., and in 1885 he was ordained to the ministry. He was one of the first of the ministers in the Ontario district to use the English language solely. In 1895 he removed to Lincoln County, near Campden, and served the Mountain and the Moyer congregation conjointly with the ministers of the district until 1917, when he returned to the Bertie district. Since that time he has not been actively engaged in the ministry, but he was present at the annual session of the Mennonite Conference of Ontario at Vineland in 1935, celebrating the fiftieth year of his ministry. Since 1928 he with his companion resided at the home of their daughter in Welland. Sister Bearss passed away in 1934. In his declining years his sight was somewhat affected. He maintained his faith and enjoyed the visits of the brethren. He was well cared for, and his life ended in peace. He was the eldest surviving minister of our conference. Funeral services were held on April 2, with services at the funeral home in Welland and final services at the Vineland Church, conducted by Bro. S. F. Coffman. Text, II Tim. 4:8. Burial in the Vineland Cemetery.
Burkholder. --- Joseph R., son of the late Isaac R. and Maria (Rupp) Burkholder, was born Oct. 13, 1852; died March 5, 1940, at the home of his son-in-law, Walter Metzler of Ephrata, Pa.; aged 88 y. 4 m. 21 d. He was subject to heart attacks for the last year, but was able to be around up to the time of his death, which came very suddenly and unexpectedly. His wife (Emma Bushong) died 13 years ago. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Ada Shuman, Lancaster, Pa.; Jennie, wife of Michael M. Hauck, Leola, Pa.; Lizzie, wife of John W. Hess, Akron, Pa.; Allen and Clay of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Esther, wife of Walter Metzler, with whom he made his home. Twenty-three grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive him. The surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs. Hattie Hoover, Lancaster, Pa.; Mrs. Lizzie Carpenter, Waverly, Va.; Mrs. Barbara Sheaffer, Leola, Pa.; Mrs. Sara McCulloh, Reading, Pa.; and Jonas R. Burkholder, Delray, Fla. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for 33 years. He was a mind and loving husband and father, and was highly respected by all who knew him. In his younger years he engaged in farming; later he dealt in horses and cows. He lived retired for a number of years. Funeral services were held March 8, at Metzler's Church, near Akron, Pa., conducted by Bro. Amos Horst and Bro. Ira Landis. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Conrad. --- Catherine, daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Smucker) Schrock, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 30, 1850; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Noah Krabill) at Louisville, Ohio, April 7, 1940; aged 89 y. 4 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Peter Conrad Dec. 12, 1871, who preceded her in death Aug. 29, 1935; also 2 sons (Harvey A. and Vernon P.), and 1 daughter (Lydia E.). She is survived by 5 sons and 1 daughter (Samuel E., Sterling, O.; David E., Chicago, Ill.; Isaiah F., Wooster, O.; Emma C., Louisville, O.; Frederick A., Tucson, Ariz; Orie M., Sterling, O.), 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Elizabeth Royer, Orrville, O.), with a large circle of near relatives. Sister Conrad, in her youth, confessed Christ as her Saviour, united with the Oak Grove Mennonite congregation, where she was a faithful and devoted sister, interested in her Master's work, and filling the place of a deacon's life companion over a period of 54 years; sharing with him the joys and sorrows as they labored together in the Master's vineyard. She has finished her work and has gone to her rest. Services were conducted by Brethren Wm. G. Detweiler, I. W. Royer, and J. S. Gerig. Text, Luke 2: 36, 37.
"Sweetly sleep, beloved Mother.
Rest from thy toil; they labor's done;
Rest till the trump from the opening sky
Bids them from dust to glory arise."
Hunsberger, --- Abram H., eldest son of Samuel and Susannah (High) Hunsberger, was born in Haldimand Co., Ont., March 9, 1872, on the parental farm near South Cayuga; died April 11, 1940, after a brief illness; aged 69 y. 1 m. 2 d. He spent the early years of his life in the home district. On Dec. 11, 1894, he was united in marriage to Lovina, daughter of Michael Stoner. Both united with the Mennonite Church in South Cayuga, in 1895. They came to the Vineland district in 1899, where they have since resided and have been in active fellowship with the Mennonite Church at this place. For over thirty years Bro. Hunsberger has served as the secretary-treasurer of the Vineland congregation. He engaged in the mercantile business at Vineland since 1905 and formed an extensive acquaintance in the neighborhood and held the respect of all by his kindly Christian character and integrity. He is survived by his companion, 1 sister, 2 half brothers, and two half sisters. He will be missed in the community, in the circle of friends, and in the fellowship of the Church. Funeral services were conducted April 14 in the presence of a large assembly of acquaintances and friends. Services were conducted by S. F. Coffman, assisted by the ministers of the district, S. Goudie and David Steinman. Text, I Cor. 15: 22. Interment in Vineland Cemetery.
Kauffman. --- Mary, daughter of Samuel M. and Elizabeth
(Gingrich) Kauffman, was born Aug. 19, 1863, on the old
Kauffman homestead in Junita Co., Pa. (where she for many years
helped care for her mother who almost reached the century mark).
She, as well as her parents, were faithful members of the Delaware
Mennonite Church. Even though she was not strong enough to attend
church services much the last several years, she left her quiet
testimony that she was trying her best to please her Lord whom
she accepted in early life. During her last illness (a light stroke)
her consciousness seemed beyond that of death. Her great concern
was to go home to be with her Lord. The Lord responded to her
great desire when He took her home on Feb. 29, 1940. Her time
here was 76 y. 6 m. 10 d. One brother (Samuel D. Kauffman), 2
sisters, (Mrs. Nancy Stover, and Mrs. Calvin Graybill), preceded
by a number of years, also 1 sister (Elizabeth) preceded her when
quite young. She is survived by 1 brother (John S. Kauffman),
and two sisters (Mrs. Hannah Winey, of Newton, Kans.. and Mrs.
Leah Benner, of East Salem, with whom she resided about 18 months.).
Services in the Delaware Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Wm.
Graybill and Banks Weaver. Texts, Eccl. 12: 5; II Cor. 5: 4, 6,
8. Interment in the Kauffman Family Cemetery.
King. --- Harry Lloyd, son of Harry Lee King (deceased) and Rosa Lee (Miller) King, was born near Kenmare, N. Dak. Sept. 13, 1919; died March 19, 1940; aged 20 y. 6 m. 6 d. In June, 1935, he with his mother and brother Emery, moved to Pennsylvania, living first near Gap and later moving near Frazer. Lloyd accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in early youth, and united with the Spring Valley Mennonite Church near Kenmare, N. Dak., later transferring his membership to the Frazer Mennonite Church. The first part of September 1939, it became evident that he had contracted tuberculosis and on Sept. 25, he was admitted as a patient at the Rush Hospital in Philadelphia, at which place he quietly went home to be with Jesus. His father, brothers (Ralph E. and Elmer O.), and only sister (Edna Lee) preceded him in death. There remain his mother and 4 brothers (Samuel J., of Lebanon, Ore.; Amos C. of Westover, Md.; Franklin R. of Malvern, Pa.; and Emery D., at home). Lloyd's quiet and unassuming disposition won for him many friends which was evidenced by the many flowers, letters and cards he received while sick. His chief concern before and after his sickness was "others." He was much concerned about the spiritual activities of the young people and prayed much for the work and for the lost. He expressed his readiness to go home if it were the Lord's will. He was a patient sufferer, and to visit him was to be encouraged and strengthened. Funeral services were held at the Frazer Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Milton Brackbill. Text, "Behold, we count them happy which endure." He was assisted by Bro. Charles Hostetter of Manheim , Pa., and Bro. Mark Swanenburg. Interment in Frazer Mennonite Cemetery.
"God's heaven must be beautiful,
The ones we love the best,
Are called so soon to be a part
Of that fair land of rest."
Liechty. --- John K., son of Jacob and Katie (Klophenstein) Liechty, was born Oct. 23, 1861, near Noble, Iowa, and lived in the immediate community all his earthly life; died March 29, 1940; aged 78 y. 5 m. 6 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth, united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. On March 17, 1887, he was united in marriage with Sarah Conrad. To this union were born 4 sons, all of whom survive. He leaves his wife, 4 sons (Noah, Aaron, Emery, and Paul), all of this or near-by communities, 2 brothers (Chris and Ben of near Wayland), 15 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. No children or grandchildren preceded him in death, this being the first death in the immediate family.
Miller. --- Janette Elaine, little daughter of Vernon E. and Leota (Pletcher) Miller, Middlebury, Ind.; died April 1, 1940; aged 2 y. 3 m. 19 d. She met her sudden death while out at play with her three and a half year old sister, Patty. While at play side by side, Janette quietly stepped into an open cistern, leaving her playmate alone. Being unable to find her sister, Patty ran to her mother saying, "Mamma, where is the baby?" The mother, interrupted at hanging out clothes, called the same inquiry to the hired man who was working near the hog barn. Instantly he realized the possibility-the child might have fallen into a cistern in the hog barn, for he remembered having inadvertently failed to replace the cover after he had hoisted water for the hogs. He immediately confirmed his fears by use of a pole. After finding the baby he at once called the mother and through strenuous efforts the baby was removed, but it was too late. She leaved her sorrowful parents, 1 sister (Patricia Louise), the maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Merrill C. Pletcher of Elkhart, Ind.), the paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. John D. Miller of Middlebury, Ind.), 3 great grandparents (Mrs. Nancy Pletcher, and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bontrager, both of Middlebury), and many other friends and relatives to mourn her early departure. She will be greatly missed, but Jesus called her to a better home away from sin and suffering. Burial was in Grace Lawn Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the Middlebury Mennonite Church by Brethren S. S. Miller and Wilbur Yoder. Text, Matt. 18: 3.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Miller. --- Samuel B., second son of Daniel P. and Anna (Hershberger) Miller, was born Dec. 1, 1860, near Middlebury, Ind.; died April 5, 1940; aged 79 y. 4 m. 5 d. On Dec. 1, 1878, he was united in marriage to Fannie E. Miller who died March 26, 1898. To this union were born 8 daughters: Lizzie A., wife of John H. Reinhardt, and Idella Mae, wife of Chris Sutter, Kouts, Ind.; Lilly Alice, wife of D. D. Stalter, Flanagan, Ill.; Nettie Luella, wife of Wm. Steward, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Katie Pearl, wife of Ben Martin, Beemer, Nebr.; Susie, wife of Chris Kipfer, Ida Naomi, wife of Jonas Nafziger, and Nellie Edna, wife of Chris Nafziger, all of Hopedale, Ill., and are deceased. On April 22, 1900, he was married to Mary Eash with whom he lived until her death, Nov. 1, 1930. There were 61 grandchildren (11 of whom passed on before), 85 great-grandchildren (3 of whom passed on before), 3 great-great grandchildren; also the following brothers and sisters: Susan Miller of Brookston, Ind.; Pre. D.D., Andrew J., John D., Edwin D., Mrs. Almon Hostetler, all of Middlebury, Ind.; Mrs. Chris Kropf, of Garden City, Mo.; Abraham L., of Lagrange, Ind.); Henry D., of Goshen, Ind. He was a member of the Shore Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind. The last five months of his declining years were spent at the home of his oldest daughter, Mrs. John Reinhardt of Kouts, Ind. Father has left us an heritage of honest, upright Christian living. His descendants do well to remember the many admonitions he gave us. He was always patient during his last affliction of the infirmities of old age. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, April 7, 1940, at the Kouts Mennonite Church. Services in charge of Bros. Dean Birky and Percy Miller of Shipshewana, Ind. Text, II Tim. 4: 6.
"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."
--By a Sister.
Schaff. --- Andrew Schaff, was born Feb. 8, 1857, near Frankfort, Germany; died at his home in Lapeer, Mich., March 27, 1940; aged 83 y. 1 m. 19 d. At the age of 4 he moved with his father, George Schaff (mother being deceased) from Germany to Waterloo Co., Ont. In 1905 he moved wife and family to Michigan, settling first in Huron County, and later (1910) in Lapeer County, where he resided the remainder of his life. On March 21, 1880, he was united in marriage to Minnie Stockfish of Waterloo, Ont., who passed on to her reward April 16, 1937. To this union were born 10 children, of whom 3 died in infancy. Those surviving are: Mrs. Oliver Wilson, of Snover; Mrs. Clarence Walton, Mrs. M. G. Ropp, and Ephraim of Imlay City; Allen of Flint; Norman of Pigeon; Edward of Mt. Rose. Also surviving are 36 grandchildren, 5 brothers (Charles, John, Henry, and George of Kitchener, Ont.; and Conrad of Hanover, Ont.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Joe Burbaker of Orange, Calif.; Mrs. Geo. Kile of Hanover, Ont.; and Mrs. George Martz of Kitchener, Ont.). At an early age he became a member of the Mennonite Church, and continued a faithful active member throughout his life. Bro. Schaff was converted during meetings conducted by J. S. Coffman. On March 16, 1939, he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Castle, of Lapeer, Mich., who remains to mourn his loss; also a stepdaughter, Mrs. Parker, and 3 step-grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 30 at the funeral home in Imlay City, conducted by Bro. Paul A. Wittrig and Bro. Peter Ropp. Bro. Ropp, a close friend of the deceased brought the message. Text, Job 19: 23-27.
"Your suffering is ended, dear brother,
You're with the loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet you
On that bright, celestial shore."
Snowden. Sarah Jane Bishop, was born April 14, 1861, at Bishops Mills, Ont.; died at her home near Imlay City, Mich., Jan. 28, 1940; aged 78 y. 8 m. 14 d. She had been ill about two weeks with pneumonia. In 1897 she was married to Samuel Snowden, who preceded her in death several years ago. She is the last of her family to pass away, a sister (Mrs. Curtis Meeker) having passed away only nine days previously. She leaves an only son (Aaron), a daughter-in-law (Milessa), 4 grandchildren (Mildred, Gordon, Betty, and Junior Snowden), 4 nieces, besides a number of relatives and friends. She had been a resident of Lapeer County for 76 years. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in October, 1938, and the following June was baptized and received into fellowship with the Bethany Mennonite Church near Imlay City. Sister Snowden enjoyed her Christian life and was ready to meet her Lord. She will be missed in the home, church, and community. Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at the Fancher and Smith Funeral Home in Imlay City in charge of Bro. Wittig. Text, Matt. 25: 34.
Thomas. John N., Jr., son of John N. and Mabel Mae (Speicher) Thomas, was born at Thomas Mills, Pa., Jan. 1, 1932. He was seriously injured on the concrete highway near his home in the evening of April 4 by a hit-and-run motorist. Having a fractured skull, he was taken to the Memorial Hospital in Johnstown in an unconscious condition, from which he never rallied. About the time of the rising of the sun, on April 6, he passed away; aged 8 y. 3 m. 5 d. He leaves his deeply bereaved parents, 1 grandmother, 1 great-grandmother, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on the 8th at the Maple Spring Church of the Brethren by Bros. J. M. Geary and Sanford G. Shetler. Burial in the Thomas Church Cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
"He is happy with the Lord,
Not dead but only sleeping;
No smiles are sweeter than
The smiles our loved one wore,
Some day we hope to meet him,
Where we shall part no more.
---By his aunt.
Whisler. --- Solomon Martin, son of the late Emanuel and Leah (Burkholder) Whisler, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Feb. 3, 1877; died suddenly March 20, 1940; at his home in Hanover, Pa., where he lived for the past 38 years; aged 63 y. 1 m. 17 d. His death was due to a heart attack, which he suffered while at work during the afternoon and passed away during the night. On Dec. 12, 1899, he was united in marriage to Maria Bair. He is survived by his bereaved wife and 1 daughter (Anna) at home. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Hanover, filling his place whenever possible. The funeral was held at the Hanover Mennonite Church March 24. Bro. John S. Hess preached the sermon and was assisted by the home ministers, Bros. Peter Shank, Harvey Grove, and Amos Shank. Text, I Sam. 20: 3. Interment in the York Road Cemetery near Hanover.
"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 a farewell."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.