Birky. --- Christian Benjamin, son of Christian and Barbara (Wittrig) Birky, was born June 4, 1876, at Delavan, Ill.; died at his home near Fisher, Ill., June 3, 1940, several hours before his 61st birthday. He had been suffering from high blood pressure and heart trouble for several years, but passed away very unexpectedly. On Jan. 26, 1902, he was united in marriage to Catherine Birkey of Delavan, who died Dec. 1, 1903. On Jan. 24, 1905, he was united in marriage to Magdalena Cender of Foosland, Ill., who now survives him. This union was blessed with 4 children, the eldest son having preceded in infancy. There remain, Harvey of Goshen, Ind., Lewis and Martha at home; also 1 grandchild (Grace Annitte). His father and mother preceded him in death and also his stepfather; also 1 brother (Joseph) and 3 sisters (Emma, Annie Springer, and Lydia Nafziger). He leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Alvin Heiser, Dewey, Ill.), 4 brothers (Lewis and William, Kouts, Ind.; John, Foosland, Ill., and Alvin, Fisher, Ill.). In his youth he gave his heart to the Lord and his hand to the Church, serving Him faithfully until death, at the time of his death being a member of the East Bend Mennonite Church. He served as Sunday-school teacher for many years, and as church trustee for over 20 years, till his health failed him. Services were held on June 6 from the Mennonite Church with Bros. J. A. Heiser and Harold Zehr in charge. We sorrow not as those who have no hope for her has just gone on before us and soon we shall meet him again, to be forever with him and our blessed Lord who died that we might live forever.
(This obituary appeared in these columns a week ago; but because of a few errors in the original copy, by request it is now republished.----Editor.)
Buckwalter. --- Owen H., son of John R. and Magdalena (Hershey) Buckwalter, was born near Byerstown, Pa., Nov. 10, 1869. He was the oldest son in a family of ten children. He united with the Mennonite church at the age of 18 years. He was a faithful member until he became afflicted, after falling from the overhead in the barn while threshing. Most of his life after that was spent in an institution. He resided at Palmyra, Mo., at the time of his death, April 28, 1940; aged 70 y. 5 m. 18 d. He is survived by 4 brothers (Frank Buckwalter, of Lancaster City, Pa.; Jacob S. Buckwalter of Philadelphia, Pa.; Ira and Harry Buckwalter, both of Palmyra, Mo.), 2 sisters (Mrs. J. M. Kreider, of Palmyra, Mo., and Miss Ruth E. Buckwalter, of Hannibal, Mo.). The funeral services were in charge of Bro. J. M. Yoder of Leonard, Mo. Text, Job 3: 17. Interment in Palmyra Cemetery.
"The long rough road is ended.
His weary feet have pressed,
How rough to his weak footsteps,
Perhaps we never guessed.
But with the weary journey,
He'll no more be distressed,
Now o'er life's pathway he has gone,
At last into his eternal rest."
Garber. Lena M., daughter of Christian and Magdalena (Smith) Camp, was born Dec. 4, 1863; died June 16, 1940, after patiently lingering 33 months from effects of many paralytic strokes. On Sept. 16, 1937 she had a stroke which left her speechless and helpless, but she bore it with a smile and Christian Hope. On June 6 she had the second severe stroke, becoming unconscious and remaining in that condition until death relieved her ten days later; aged 76 y. 6 m. 12 d. At an early age she united with the Metamora, Ill., Mennonite Church, remaining loyal to the end. April 18, 1886, she was united in marriage to Valentine F. Garber, who preceded her in death Oct. 18, 1938. She spent her early years in Marshall Co., Ill., then coming to Woolford Co., Ill., where she spent her remaining days. In 1920 they moved to their present home in Low Point and she was always held in high respect and will be remembered for her concern for others and her friendly disposition. She leaves the following children: Mrs. Anna Schrock of Low Point, Henry of Eureka, Mrs. Laura Schrock of Metamora, Joseph of Low Point, Martha and Madeline at home; also 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Mrs. Katie Springer, Peter Camp, John Camp, Samuel Camp, and Anna Camp), and many relatives and friends. Her father, mother, 2 brothers (Joseph and Christian), 1 grandson, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law have gone on before. Funeral services in charge of Bro. H. R. Schertz assisted by Bro. Ezra Yordy.
"Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with waiting and with pain;
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into Heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to Sigh or to weep,
After long years with life' struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Hossler. --- Harry B., son of the late John D. and Sarah (Baker) Hossler, was born near Mt. Joy, Pa., March 24, 1868; died June 3, 1940, after an illness of 13 days; aged 72 y. 2 m. 8 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1898, in which faith he continued through life. On Nov. 21, 1895, he was united in marriage to Mary K. Witmer. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters. Two daughters (Sarah Amanda and Anna Elizabeth) preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife (Mary K. Hossler), Witmer W., of Elizabethtown, pa., Harry W., of Holtwood, Pa., and Daisy W., at home, 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister (Harvey B. Hossler of Elizabethtown; John B. Hossler of Manheim; Stella, wife of Harvey Hornafius, of Elizabethtown), 1 aunt, 2 uncles, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Amos Hess and at Kraybill's Church by Henry Lutz and Henry Garber. Interment in the Kraybill 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 not more."
Martin. --- Walter, infant son of Bro. and Sister Cleason Martin, of Linwood, Ont., died June 12, 1940; aged 2 m. 25 d. Left to mourn his loss are his parents, 1 sister (Leona), and 1 brother (Frank). Funeral services were held at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, Bro. Roy S. Koch in charge of the services.
"Oh, sweet little flower, too tender to stay,
God in His mercy took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with the angels in heaven above."
Parret. --- Matilda, daughter of Julian and Sarah Hugelet, was born in Wayne Co., O., Jan. 7, 1881; died June 17, 1940, aged 59 y. 5 m. 16 d. She was united in marriage to Jules Parret on May 12, 1900, to which union 1 son and 1 daughter were born. She is survived by her husband, son Henry of Smithville, daughter Leona Palmer of Rittman, Ohio; also by 3 sisters (Mrs. Amelia Albright of Akron, Mrs. Clara Stein and Mrs. Pearl Aston, both of Wadsworth, Ohio), 4 grandchildren, 10 nephews, 1 niece and many other relatives and friends. Sister Parret was a faithful, sincere and devoted member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where she loyally served her Lord. She was interested in all the activities of the Church. In her affliction she was patient and fully resigned to the will of her heavenly Father, looking forward with confidence and a living home to entering into her eternal rest. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Services were conducted by Brethren Wm. Detweiler and J. S. Gerig. Text, Psa. 121. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
"Peacefully, sleeping, resting at last;
The world's weary troubles and trials are past,
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home, to suffer no more."
Souder. ---David H., son of the late Christian and Katie (Herr) Souder, was born April 19, 1879; died May 23, 1940; aged 61 y. 1 m. 4 d. He was born a deaf mute and later became blind. He went to the deaf school at Mt. Airy near Philadelphia, and learned to read and write and also learned Braille. Later he was placed in a home near Philadelphia and the brotherhood looked after him taking him to communion services, etc. While on his way to Lancaster he became ill, and suddenly passed away. He was of a cheerful disposition and had many friends. He is survived by an only sister (Mrs. Charles Round). Funeral services were in charge of Bro. D.S. Krady at E. Chestnut St. Church, Lancaster, Pa., on May 26. Text, Psa. 40. Interment in Mellinger's Cemetery.
Stutzman. --- Sarah, daughter of William and Katherine (Stutzman) Miller, was born in Milford, Neb.; died at her home near Wood River, Neb., June 14, 1940; aged 56 y. 4 m. 14 d. At the age of 16 she was united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. She was faithful in attending Sunday school and church as long as health and strength permitted her to do so. In 1901 she was united in marriage to Abraham D. Stutzman. This union was blest with 8 children. An infant son, a granddaughter, father, and 1 brother preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, 4 sons and 3 daughters (Willard W., Vernon M., Beulah Jantzi, Clarence D., Florence Schweitzer, Eldon A., all of Wood River; and Arla Stutzman of Merna, Neb.), 21 grandchildren, her aged mother, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, 1 uncle, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends who deeply feel the loss of one whom they loved and respected, but we feel our loss is her eternal gain in heaven. For 16 years she had been suffering with rheumatism, which she bore with patience until 2 years ago when heart trouble set in which caused her death. Funeral services were held June 16 at the Mennonite Church, in charge of W. R. Eicher of Milford, D. G. Lapp of Roseland, Peter Kennel of Shickley, and George S. Miller, Wellman, Iowa. Burial in Mennonite Cemetery.
"Her room is quiet, all is still,
Her place is vacant, it is God' will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."
Troyer. --- George D., son of the late Stephen and Susan Troyer, died May 20, 1940, at his home in Orrtanna, Pa.; aged 77y. 2 m. 15 d. His death was caused by heart failure. He was a member of the Fairfield Mennonite Church. His widow was the former Belle Harbauch of Bedford Co., Pa. They were married 51 years. Surviving are 1 son and 3 daughters (Ray S. Troyer, Patchogue, N. Y.; Mrs. W. F. Yoder, Orrtanna, Pa.; Mrs. R. B. Stonebraker, Fairview, Mich.; Mrs. William Handrich, Mio, Mich.); also 2 brothers (Allan Troyer, Detroit, Mich.; Hiram Troyer, Canton, Ohio), 2 sisters (Mrs. Mary Schmid, Fairview, Mich.; Mrs. Lucy Troyer, Three Rivers, Kans.), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at his home May 23, with further services in the Mennonite Church at Fairfield conducted by Bro. A. W. Geigley. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery at Mummasburg.
"In our hearts his memory lingers,
But we know 'tis vain to weep;
Tears of love can never wake him
From his peaceful, quiet sleep."
Weaver. --- Lydia, daughter of David B. and Elizabeth (Baer) Weaver, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Oct. 18, 1863; died May 20, 1940; aged 76 y. 7 m. 2 d. She spent most of her lifetime in and near Wakarusa. She leaves 3 brothers and 1 sister (Reuben and Menno of Elkhart, David of Wakarusa, and Mrs. Samuel (Leah) Fink at whose home she has lived for many years, excepting for 5 years she spent in Elkhart helping to care for her brother's family of motherless children. She also did much sewing for the needy. She endured much suffering in her lifetime, having been in ill health for many years. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth. Funeral services were held at the home at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in charge of Paul Hoover, Wm. Ramer, and C. A. Shank. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Just a closing of the eyelids,
Just a hush-Why mourn and weep?
So it is our heavenly Father
Giveth His beloved sleep."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Amstutz. --- Fannie G. Amstutz was born near Kidron, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1864; died at the home of her brother John near Orrville, Ohio, June 16, 1940; aged 75 y. 8 m. 9 d. March 23, 1883, she accepted Jesus as her Saviour and was baptized and received into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church where she remained faithful to the end. She leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Lena Baumgartner), 3 brothers (Solomon, David and John), all of this community. One half-sister, 1 half brother, 4 sisters and 1 brother preceded her in death. Funeral in charge of Brethren Louis Amstutz, Jacob Neuenschwander, and Jacob S. Moser. Text, Psa. 90.
Amstutz. --- Joel, son of Samuel and Anna Sommer Amstutz, was born Dec. 28, 1863, near Mt. Eaton, O.; died June 15, 1940; aged 76 y. 5 m. 27 d. He accepted Christ in his youth, became a member of Sonnenberg Mennonite Church and remained a member to the end of his life. He was interested in Sunday-school work and taught a class for several years. He was married to Mary Bixler Nov. 21, 1889. She died Oct. 21, 1921. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters, of whom 5 survive. The following children survive: Gideon of Orrville, Elmer, Adam, Mrs. Caroline Eschliman, and Mrs. Lina Eberly of Dalton. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren; 2 died in infancy. The following twin sister and 2 brothers also survive him: Mrs. Caroline Bixler and Dan S. Amstutz of Orrville, and Simon S. Amstutz of Apple Creek. Officiating ministers: Brethren Louis Amstutz, Jacob Neuenschwander, Jacob S. Moser, and Stanford Mumaw. Texts, Phil 1: 21; I Sam. 15: 32.
"Father dear, you're not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before."
Brubaker. --- Susan (Gamber) Brubaker, wife of Isaac L. Brubaker, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 4, 1863; died June 9, 1940; aged 78 y. 6 m. 5 d. For several months Grandma suffered intense pain resulting from complications; but her trials are all over now, for she has gone to be with Him-with Christ, the Saviour of her soul-with Christ, the One whom she has served for many years. She is survived by her husband, 4 children (Mary, Mrs. Wallace Hottenstein; Selena, Mrs. Harnish Landis; Wayne and Harry all of Lancaster), 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Rudy, Mrs. Annie Habecker, Mrs. Ada Green, Mrs. Selena Denlinger, all of near Washington Boro; Henry of Landisville and John of Lancaster. Funeral services were conducted by Brethren John Gochnauer, Henry Lutz, and Landis Shertzer. The text was found in Job-"All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Then I shall go the way whence I shall not return." Services were held at the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church, with burial in the Mennonite cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions she's entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years of life's struggles,
Grandma has fallen asleep."
Hertzler. John R., son of the late Charles and Mary Hertzler, was born Nov. 8, 1871, in Cumberland Co., Pa.; died June 13, 1940 at the home at Slate Hill; aged 68 y. 7 m. 5 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He is survived by his wife (Sarah N.), 1 half brother, 3 half sisters, nephews and nieces. One sister preceded him in death years ago. Funeral services were held in the Slate Hill Church by the following brethren: C. W. Zimmerman, William Strong, Noah Mack, and Samuel Hess. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"How sweet the though that every wave
But hears as nearer heaven!
There we shall meet, when life is o'er,
In that blest home, to part no more."
Longacre. --- Anna G. Eschbach, was born June 30, 1879, died June 26, 1940; aged 60 y. 11 m. 26 d. Surviving are her husband, John S. Longacre, 4 sons with their families, 3 foster daughters, 11 grandchildren; also 1 brother (Frank Eshbach, of California), and 1 sister (Lydia Melcher of Bally, Pa.). Sister Longacre's passing was sudden and unexpected; except possibly by herself, as evidenced by her remarks during the last weeks. She suffered the amputation of her left leg last February, and was in a serious condition for a time but recovered remarkably after the operation and soon seemed in her former health, although a diabetic. On the day of her passing she had planned to get her artificial leg, but God planned otherwise. She fitted to Prov. 31: 10-31 in her care and provision for her family and the training of her sons and foster daughters in Christian character and in holding them for Christ and the Church. Funeral services at the Bally Mennonite meetinghouse on July 1 were conducted by the home ministers, assisted by Bros. W. G. Bean, A. O. Histand, and Ernest G. Gehman. Text, Rev. 14: 13.
Longenecker. --- Susan, daughter of Daniel and Nancy (Shank) Lehman, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 18, 1954; died June 21, 1940, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Givens of Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 85 y. 7 m. 3 d. She was united in marriage to Samuel E. Longenecker. This union was blest with 9 children, 2 having died in infancy. Grandfather passed on to his reward almost 6 years ago. Surviving are 3 sons (Daniel of Harrisburg, Harry and Samuel of Middletown), 4 daughters (Annie, wife of Allen Gantz; Lizzie, wife of Moses Ebersole; Susan, wife of Henry Hess; and Sadie, wife of Arthur Givens, all of Elizabethtown, Pa.), also 35 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. A few months less than four years ago she fell and injured her hip. She had been confined to her bed since her fall. She had many long hours, but was patient and resigned to the Lord's will and often expressed herself as being ready to go but was willing to wait His appointed time. May we follow her example. As a loving, saintly, pious mother, her many friends showed their sympathy by visiting her during her affliction. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful and loyal to the end. She had the privilege of seeing all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren (that had come to a mature age) accept Christ and unite with the church of her choice. Funeral services were held June 24 at the Strickler Mennonite Church near Middletown, Pa. Services were conducted by Brethren Noah Risser and David Z. Miller. Text, John 21: 18. Burial in Shope's Cemetery.
"Into heaven's mansions she entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life' struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Musser. --- Reuben B., son of the late Israel G. and Catherine (Burkhardt) Musser, was born Oct. 3, 1878, near Bowmansville, Pa.; died June 19, 1940, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; aged 61 y. 7m. 16 d. Accepting and living the faith of his forebears in Christ, he chose to express the same in the Mennonite Church. He was received into the fellowship Nov. 2, 1895, by the late Bishop Jacob N. Brubacher. He trusted in God, was loyal to the Church. On Feb. 8, 1902, God took from his side his first wife, Mary G. (Horning). He restored his family life by taking to wife Sister Lizzie L. Musser of the Bowmansville congregation on Dec. 5, 1903. God. Gave to them 4 children (Paul, James, Martha White, and Maggie, who preceded her father in death.). He was a warm friend of the Church, willing to support and help whenever opportunity afforded. The doctors, under the X-rays, saw a tumor of the brain. All that the family and his many friends could say (and did say) was, "The Lord's will be done." He leaves 3 grandchildren and these brothers and sisters: Susie (Good), Isabella (Bowman), Israel, Emma (Gehman), Aaron, Isaac, and Amos. Four preceded him in death (Peter, Sallie, Lydia and Katie). The bereaved family crave and deserve the prayers of God's children. Funeral services were held June 22 in the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Bro. Isaac W. Geigley, preached the sermon on "What is your life," reading Jas. 4: 14, 15. Let us all humbly and with meekness obey our Lord, then "Our loved ones we meet! With the songs of the ransomed we each shall greet."
Oswald. --- Jacob O. Oswald, was born Oct. 15, 1853, in Sophienshof, Bavaria, Germany; was brought up in and accepted the Christian religion through faith in the atoning work of Christ Jesus, baptized, and received, into the Mennonite Church at the age of 14, to which faith he remained true until the end. He was united in marriage to Margaret Wilford in 1880. On May 3, 1883, they arrived in America, settled near Hopedale, Ill., and united with the Mennonite congregation at that place. In 1895 they with their family moved to Nebraska and settled near Beemer; where they with seven other families established a little church, holding their services in Dist. 7 schoolhouse until 1907, when the Plum Creek church was built. Twelve children were born to them (Jacob W., Peter O., Mrs. C.K. Erb, Joseph R., William, Mrs. John Erb, Mrs. C. H. Shantz, Daniel, Benjamin, Amos, Reuben, and Samuel.). He also leaves 53 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends and neighbors to mourn his departure. The children with their mother are all living, and all reside in Cuming Co., except J. W. (who lives at Meadville, Pa., at the present time), and are all members of the Plum Creek Mennonite Church. Deceased was engaged in farming until 20 years ago, when he with his wife retired and moved to Beemer which has since been their home. He died Sunday, June 23, after a lingering illness, aged 87 y. 8 m. 8 d. Thus the family circle, which for so many years had been kept intact by the grace and mercy of God, has been broken. He lived for the Lord and died in the Lord on the Lord's day. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." Funeral services in the home were conducted by Bro. J. E. Zimmerman, reading Psa. 90, and in the church by Bro. Dan Birky, Bro. J. E. Zimmerman and Bro. Will Eicher. The latter preached the funeral sermon. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. Interment in the Beemer Cemetery.
Shearer. --- Anna Gish Shearer died June 6, 1940, after a three week's illness at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster, pa.; aged 46 y. 6 m. 14 d. Surviving are the husband, 3 daughters (Mary,Helen, and Dorothy), and 1 son (John), all at home; also her aged mother and 1 brother (Martin). In her former years she was an active worker in the church, being a Sunday-school teacher for a number of years. Funeral services were held June 8, 1940, from the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Services in charge of Bros. Noah Risser, Clarence Lutz, and Simon Garber. Text, Isa. 57: 1, 2 . Interment in Bossler's Cemetery.
"Peaceful be thy rest, dear Mother
It is sweet to breathe thy name,
In life we loved thee dearly,
In death we do the same."
--By the Family.
Weaver. --- Lydia, daughter of David B. and Elizabeth (Baer) Weaver, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Oct. 18, 1863; died at the home of her sister May 20, 1940; aged 76 y. 7 m. 2 d. She spent most of her life in and near Wakarusa, Ind. She leaves 3 brothers (Reuben and Menno of Elkhart, Ind., and David S., of Wakarusa), and 1 sister (Leah, Mrs. Samuel Fink of near Wakarusa) at whose home she lived for many years (excepting the five years she spent in Elkhart, helping to care for her brother's motherless children). She also sewed much for the needy. She endured much suffering in her lifetime, having been in ill health for many years. She also leaves many nephews and nieces. She united with the Old Order Mennonite Church in her youth. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church by Brethren William Ramer, Paul Hoover, and C. A. Shank.
"Just a closing of the eyelids,
Just a hush-why mourn and weep?
So it is our heavenly Father
Giveth His beloved sleep."
Zook. ---Ethel Marie, daughter of Menno B. and Sadie (Sharp) Detwiler, was born at Fairview, Mich., March 22, 1811; died in the Menorah Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., June 17, 1940; aged 29 y. 2 m. 25 d. She was the fifth child of a family of eight, and the first of the family circle to leave this world for the better land. At the age of 12 she united with the Holly Grove Mennonite Church, Westover, Md., transferring her membership to Sycamore Grove after her marriage. She was always a faithful and active member until she was called home by her early unexpected death. On Dec. 24, 1932, she was united in marriage to Ira T. Zook, Latour, Mo. To this union were born 4 children: Vernon Leroy, Junior, Vera Fay, and an infant son who outlived his mother only a few hours. Little Vernon preceded her in death on March 4, 1937, at the age of four years. Besides her companion and 2 children she leaves her parents of Westover, Md., 4 brothers and 3 sisters (Fred, Pocomoke City, Md.; Vernon, Hyattsville, Md.; Mrs. O. H. King, Garden City, Mo.; Lester, Hyattsville, Md.; Mrs. Oliver Ross, West Liberty, Ohio; Kenneth, Pocomoke City, Md., and Dona Belle of the home), her aged grandmother (Mrs. Salina Sharp Hartzler) besides a host of relatives and friends, who deeply mourn her sudden departure from among us. Her sunny disposition and kindly attitude toward others won for her many friends. She was a devoted wife and mother whose primary concern was for her family. She leaves a vacant place that can not be filled and will be go greatly missed. In our hour of deep sorrow we can but say, His will be done. Interment at Sycamore Grove Cemetery. Services at the home in charge of S.S. Hershberger; at the church by I. G. Hartzler and Milo Kauffman (Text, John 14: 1-6), at the cemetery Raymond Hershberger.
"Weep not for me, my family dear,
Not shed for me a sorrowing tear,
I am not dead, but only sleep,
My silent slumbers, O so sweet."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Brunk. --- Ida Mae, daughter of G. H. and Dora C. (Mosier) Brunk was born in Allen Co., near Elida, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1915; died June 15, 1940; aged 24 y. 5 m. 24 d. One sister (Marie) preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure, father, and mother, 2 brothers (Rudy of Lima, O.; and Norman at home), 6 sisters (Vera, wife of Louis Good of South Boston, Va.; Lois, wife of Paul Bear; Esther, wife of Merlin Good; Mary, wife of Clarence Bear; Martha and Dora at home). She also leaves an aged grandmother (Anna Brunk), an aged grandfather (Henry Mosier) and many relatives and friends. May 5, 1928, she was baptized and received into the Pike and Salem Mennonite Church by Bishop J. M. Shenk, in which faith she remained faithful until death. She was much concerned about the welfare of the Church and also about the unsaved. She prayed much for those that she would have longed to see saved and especially the young people that they would consecrate their lives to the Lord. In August, 1934, she took sick with pleurisy. As she couldn't regain her health she went to Woodstock, Va., In August, 1936, and was there under a doctor's care 8 months. In April she returned home. On Sept. 3, 1939, the Lord raised her up and she was able to attend church all winter until March 4, 1940, she took influenza and was in bed nearly all the time till the Lord called her home. In all the years of her sickness she had a smile for every one. She wanted to get well to work and witness for her Master; but if her death would bring more honor and glory to God she was willing to go. A few hours before she passed away she said, "Good Night here, but it will be Good Morning over there. I want to meet you all in glory."
"Her six years of sickness now are all past,
Peacefully sleeping, she is resting at last;
In silence she suffered, in patience she bore,
Till God called her home to suffer no more."
Funeral services were held June 18 at the Pike Church where a large congregation of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Services were in charge of O. B. Shenk and Ben B. King. Her body was laid to rest in the Pike Cemetery, to await the glorious resurrection.
Esch. ---Sarah Cathrine Esch, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Kenagy, was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Nov. 16, 1859; died June 3, 1940, in the home of her daughter (Mrs. Mary Troyer) near Canby, Oreg.; aged 80 y. 6 m. 18 d. When but a child she moved with her parents to Ohio. She was married to Peter Esch Nov. 19, 1889. In the spring of 1898, they moved to Oregon near Hubbard, where they lived the remainder of their lives. In September, 1927, her husband was called to his reward, leaving her to live her last years in widowhood. Two sons and 4 daughters are left to mourn her departure. They are Aaron of Milwaukee, Mary of Canby, Anna of Molalla, Sadie of Corvallis, Barbara E., of Portland, and Darius; also 1 brother (Jacob Kenagy of Ohio) and 18 grandchildren. She accepted her Saviour in her youth and was faithful to God and the Church. She was highly esteemed by her neighbors and friends, and was loved by all who knew her. Her service and pleasant cheerful life was an inspiration to the church. Services were conducted by Clarence Kropf and Edward Z. Yoder. Interment in the Zion Cemetery.
"No one heard the footsteps
Of the angel drawing near,
Who took from earth to heaven
The one we loved so dear,
Into heaven's mansions she entered.
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."
Heatwole. ---Bishop Jacob A. Heatwole, son of
Pre. Joseph F. Heatwole, was born in Harrisonburg, Va.,
Sept 28, 1871; died at La Junta, Colo., July 2, 1940; aged 68
y. 9 m. 4 d. Dec. 25, 1895, he was married to Bertha Showalter,
who died Mary 24, 1934. This union was blest with 4 daughters
and 2 sons; all but Ruth survive him: Herman Heatwole, La Junta;
Annie, wife of Mark G. Snyder, La Junta; Ruth Heatwole (died June
21, 1936); Lenna Heatwole, La Junta; Elizabeth, wife of Howard
Hurdman, Greeley, Colo.; Sarah Heatwole, La Junta; Jake Heatwole,
La Junta. Eight grandchildren in La Junta and 3 brothers, and
2 sisters in Virginia also survived him. In March 1907 he and
family moved from Harrisonburg, Va., to La Junta which was his
home until the time of his death. During this time, because of
his friendly and sociable disposition, he became widely known
in the community. On Dec. 30, 1888, he was received into the Mennonite
Church by water baptism in a class of 44 applicants by Bishop
Samuel Coffman. In 1890 he attended school at the Peabody Teachers'
Normal at Harrisonburg, Va., and from 1892 to 1894 was a student
at the West Central Academy, Mt. Clinton, Va. He received a life
time teacher's certificate from these schools. He studied music
under J. S. Coffman, Timothy Funk and J. H. Hall. He taught school
for twelve years in Rockingham Co., Va.
Bro. Heatwole was ordained to the ministry Jan. 2, 1902, by Bishop Anthony Heatwole and to the office of bishop at La Junta, on March 16, 1919, by Bishop D. H. Bender. While in Virginia he worked in the ministry with his father, A. D. Wenger, and others in the West Virginia mountains and at the Clinton, Weavers, Bank, and Pike Churches. In the La Junta Mennonite Church he served as minister and bishop, and as bishop of the East Holbrook, Limon, Manitou Churches. He also was very diligent in looking after the spiritual welfare of scattered members in the territory surrounding these churches. He never failed to make the care of these churches the first thing in his life. Many were the sacrifices and lobar and prayers for the spiritual welfare of his flock. In Oct.,1912, Bro. Heatwole was elected by the Kansas-Nebraska Conference as a member of the Local Board of the Mennonite Sanitarium and on Nov. 6, 1912, in the organization of the board he was elected vice-president. He served in this capacity until the death of D. S. Weaver, the President of the Board. On Sept. 9, 1929, he was elected President of the Board to succeed Bro. Weaver. He served in this capacity to the time of his death. In these 28 years of official connection with the Mennonite Hospital he gave unselfishly of his time and effort. Bro. Heatwole was very faithful in Church attendance. His seat was seldom vacant unless called to other communities for church duties. He had a forgiving spirit. It was his habit to read daily from the Authorized American and Spanish versions of the Scripture. When finished he would begin and read it again. Until his health gave way, he was very optimistic spreading cheer and courage to others. He was persistent and determined in any course which he was convinced was right. He was patient with the erring ones, ever hopeful for their restoration. In the home he was a kind and affectionate father. His prayers, his friendliness, and his love will be remembered in the home, the community, and the Church.
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." (Rev. 14: 13).
Funeral services were held in the La Junta Mennonite Church Friday July 5. A large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. The program for the service was arranged by Bro. Heatwole Sept. 28, 1938. He emphasized the singing of some favorite hymns. Ministers, J. G. Hartzler, E. E. Showalter, A. A. Leatherman, L. C. miller, and Allen H. Erb had part in the services.
Hershey. --- Ira L., son of the late Ephraim and Susan Leaman Hershey, near Gap, Pa.; passed away at the Lancaster General Hospital, July 4, 1940, where he had been a patient for almost two weeks. He had been in failing health since early in February, but was submissive and often expressed his desire to go to his heavenly home. He was in his 72nd year. He served as a minister of the Mennonite Church in the Hershey district for almost twenty years. He was superintendent of the Old Road Sunday School for many years, also was active in mission work among the colored people before being ordained to the ministry . He is survived by his wife (who was Sarah Kreider before marriage), 1 son (I. Leaman of Millwood), and 7 daughters (Susie, wife of Galen Hostetter, Millwood; Margie, wife of Jay Hostetter, Limeville; Grace, wife of Tine Hershey, Spring Garden; Anna, wife of Mark Hershey, Paradise; Lydia, wife of Frank Hershey, Springville; Nora, wife of Harry Brubaker, Lancaster; and Marian, wife of Noah Denlinger, Leaman Place); also 47 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren survive. He was preceded in death by 2 daughters (Mabel and Emma Mae), and 2 grandchildren. He leaves 1 sister and 3 brothers. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Amos Weaver, and at the Hershey Mennonite Church by Brethren Abram Martin and Martin Hershey. Text, II Cor. 5: 1, 2 (Selected by Father before going to the hospital).
"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."
Kolb. --- Miriam, daughter of Milton and Orpha (Alderfer) Kolb, was born in Chester County near Spring City, Pa., on June 11, 1937, and died in the Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa., June 18, 1940, after an illness of one week of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; aged 3 y. 7 d. She leaves her parents, 1 brother, Marvin, 1 sister, Elsie, grandfather, Amos Kolb, grandmother, Mrs. Katie H. Alderfer, great-grandmother, Mrs. Kathryn Freed, and a lot of friends. Private funeral services were held at the home of her parents on June 20, in charge of Bro. Henry Bechtel of Spring City, and Elmer Kolb of Pottstown, Pa. Interment in the Vincent Cemetery.
Miriam's place is vacant now
Since she has gone to rest;
But we our heads do humbly bow
And say, "God thought it best."
Kraybill. Mary Reist, widow of the late Samuel S. Kraybill, was born Aug. 11, 1859, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died May 21, 1940, at her last home in Mt. Joy, Pa.; aged 80y. 9 m. 10 d. Her husband and 1 son (Peter) preceded her in death. She is survived by 4 sons (Ira R., Wyncote, Pa.; Elmer R., Rheems, Pa.; Henry R., W. Lafayette, Ind.; S. Clarence, Manheim, Pa.), and 2 daughters (Ada R., of Mt. Joy, Pa., and Mrs. Abner Risser of Bainbridge, Pa.); also 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held from her late home in charge of Bros. Amos Hess and Henry Garber. Interment in the Kraybill Church Cemetery.
Patterson. --- Josephine Patterson, was born May 20, 1860; died May 29, 1940, t her home in Pond Bank, Pa. She is survived by the following children: John Patterson of Pond Bank, Mrs. Metz and Helen of Harrisburg, and Mrs. Bruce Wagaman of Pond Bank. She was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in April 1940. This again shows the mercy and grace of God in taking one in who lived long for the enemy. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Harvey E. Shank and C. V. Martin. Text, John 3: 16. Interment in the Mont Alto Cemetery.
Rohrer. --- On June 3, 1940, Lizzie, wife of Newton J. Rohrer, fell peacefully asleep at the home of her son (Morris) near New Providence, Pa., after a short illness; aged 70 y. 4 m. 8 d. She was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by these children: Esther, wife of Ambrose Saam, New Providence; Jay M., Willow Street; and Morris, with whom she resided; also 8 grandchildren, and these brothers and sisters: Marth Brubaker of Sarasota, Fla.; Mrs. Susan Tout, of Landisville, Pa.; Miss Emma Meck and Mrs. E. H. Kauffman of Central Manor, Pa.; Mrs. C. L. Herr of Lancaster, Pa.; and Amos Meck of Manheim. Funeral services were held June 5 at the Bachman Funeral Home at Strasburg, conducted by Bro. Jacob Harnish. Text, Psa. 90: 12. Services at the Strasburg Mennonite Church were conducted by Bro. Christian Brubaker. Text, John 14: 1, 2. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the Strasburg Mennonite Church.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little though the end was near;
And only those who have lost, can tell
The loss of a mother without a farewell."
---By a Sister.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Bean. --- Norman Edward, youngest son of Warren and Margretha (Axt) Bean, was born near New Dundee, Ont., April 22, 1923; died at the K. W. Hospital, Kitchener, Ont., June 25, 1940; aged 17 y. 2 m. 3 d. His death was caused by peritonitis, following an appendix operation. On Nov. 4, 1934, he was received into the fellowship of the Blenheim Mennonite Church, to which call he remained faithful during these few years. He was deeply interested in the activities of the Church, where he will be great missed, as well as in the home. Those remaining to mourn their loss are his parents, 3 brothers (Andrew of Woodstock, Oliver of New Dundee, Gordon of Bright); 3 sisters (Dorothy, Ruth, and Hilda, at home), his aged grandmother, and many friends and relatives. Funeral services were held June 28 at the Blenheim Mennonite Church, in charge of Moses N. Baer and C. C. Cressman. Text, Job 14: 14. Interment in the Blenheim Cemetery
Blosser. --- Magdalena, daughter of Bishop John M. and Sophia (Good) Brenneman, was born at Elida, O., June 30, 1857; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. John Hilty) at Goshen, Ind., June 8, 1940; aged 82 y. 11 m. 8 d. She was one of a family of 12 children, and the last of the family group to pass on. At the age of 19 she was united in holy bonds of matrimony with John Blosser. Soon after their marriage they moved to the New Stark, O., vicinity where they lived until the death of her husband a number of years ago. Here their family grew to manhood and womanhood. Three sons and three daughters remain. Her husband was a devout minister of the Gospel, and served in the Mennonite Chapel Church near New Stark for 44 years. Sister Blosser was converted at the age of 14, and assumed the responsibilities of church membership at that time, always serving her God to the best of her ability. She held her membership in the Mennonite Chapel Church in the community where she labored with her husband in the promotion of the kingdom of God. There was a blessed atmosphere in the home over which she presided as mother and helper to the one who had been called of God to preach the Word. This was helpful to all who came under the shadow of their hospitable roof. Everyone of the children was led to accept Chariest in early youth. She filled her place in the home as described in Prov. 31: 10 31. Short funeral services were held in the New Stark Community Church in charge of Jesse J. Anglemyer, assisted by Bro. Soldner of Bluffton, O. One of her favorite Scripture passages was Rev. 22: 14 and it was her request that this text be used on her funeral occasion. June 11, her body was laid to rest in the Hassan Cemetery. She passed on as she had lived; a devout mother, confident of things promised in the Word which make special application to the children of God.
Boshart. --- Edward, son of Henry and Ada Boshart, was born at Baden, Ont., Oct. 3, 1921; died at his home at Waterloo, Ont., April 27, 1940; aged 18 y. 6 m. 24 d. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1935. His testimony during the many weeks of his sickness was that he had peace with God and was willing to submit to the will of God. Surviving are his parents, 3 sisters (Viola, Mrs. Neil Kavelman, Bertha, and Audrey), 1 brother (Stanley), and many relatives and friends. "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake with thy likeness." Services were held at the Erb St. Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., in charge of Brethren Peter Nafziger and J. B. Martin.
Brunk. --- Elias, son of John and Annie (Weaver) Brunk, was born July 2, 1856; died May 15, 1940; aged 83 y. 10 m. 13 d. He had been in failing health for several years. A minor operation last December failed to prove satisfactory. On Dec. 24, 1879, he married Elizabeth (Heatwole) Brunk who passed to her reward Feb. 17, 1928. To this union 4 children were born: Elmer R., Joseph A., both of Harrisonburg, Va.; J. Claude, Chesterton, Ind., and Harry A., Park View, Va. Fourteen grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren also survive. Bro. Brunk united with the Mennonite Church early in life. On June 14, 1891, he was ordained to the office of deacon. He served in this capacity until the time of his death. With the introducing of Sunday schools he became active in local and mountain congregations, serving as superintendent and teacher at different time. He was one of the founders of the old folks' singings held at Weaver's Church every New Year's Day since 1902. In these singings the Harmonia Sacra of Joseph Funk, first published in 1832, is used. The selection which Bro. Brunk led more frequently than any other was entitled, "Hosanna." People who knew him will long remember the enthusiasm with which he led this selection. Short funeral services were held at the home in charge of Bro. Chester K. Lehman, with further services at the Weaver's Church in charge of Bro. S. H. Rhodes and S. G. Shetler, who preached the sermon.
Gingrich. --- Phoebe, daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Steider) Bachman, was born July 6, 1863, near Metamora, Ill; died July 4, 1940, at the St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill., following an illness of less than one week's duration; aged 76 y. 11 m. 28 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, and united with the Partridge Mennonite Church west of Metamora. She was a faithful worshiper at church, attending whenever her health would permit. On March 6, 1887, she was united in marriage with Jacob Gingrich, who preceded her in death eight years ago. To this union were born nine children (Mary, Joseph, Edward, and Lloyd at home, Sol of Roanoke, Amelia Scott of Peoria, Arthur of Cazenovia and Laura Imhoff of Washington). One son (Peter) died in infancy. In her home going she leaves to mourn her loss, besides her family, 3 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. John Kennel of Roanoke), 1 brother (Peter Bachman of Washington), and other relatives and friends. Mother will be greatly missed in the home, church, and community. She was a kind and loving disposition, ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Funeral services were held July 7 at the Metamora Mennonite Church in charge of Bro.Ezra B. Yordy and Ben Eash.
"How sweet to sleep where all is peace,
Where sorrow cannot reach the breast,
Where all life's idle throbbings cease
And pain is lulled to rest!"
Godshall. --- Gloria, daughter of Willis and Eva (Halteman) Godshall, died June 3, 1940; aged 6 y. 2 m. She was afflicted with heart and kidney trouble, which she patiently endured, and finally congestion set in. She leaves her father and mother, 2 sisters (Jean and Betty), her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Henry Halteman and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Godshall), and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. John Lapp, and at the Franconia, Pa., meetinghouse by Bros. Menno Souder and Jacob Clemens. Text, Luke 8: 52. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Dear little hands, we miss them so,
All through the day wherever we go;
All through the night how lonely it seems,
May we all prepare to meet her where love intervenes."
Graver. --- Barbara A. (Sensenig) Graver, of Conestoga,
Pa., was born Aug. 10, 1862; died June 29, 1940; aged 77 y. 10
m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Martin M. Graver,
Oct. 13, 1887, with whom she shared life's joys and sorrows until
eight years ago, when he was called home. Mother was very lonely
and longed to be with her Lord.
She was not well for many years. She united with the Mennonite Church in younger years and was faithful until death. She was a loving mother with much concern for the family and the Church. We deeply feel our loss, but we well know that our loss is her gain. We pray that the wise counsel she gave may be followed more perfectly in our lives than ever before. She is survived by these children: Mary, wife of John R. Hess; Harry S.; Maude, wife of Samuel L. Dagen; Hattie, wife of John F. Eshleman, with whom she resided; also 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 3 brothers. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Maris Hess and at River Corner Church by James Hess and Henry Nauman. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church.
"O dear mother, how we miss thee
Everywhere we look;
But in heaven we hope to greet thee.
If we're faithful to the Book."
Landis. --- Elizabeth Fahs was born in York Co., Pa., Sept. 28, 1886; died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter (Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Whisler of Hanover.), June 22, 1940; aged 73 y. 8 m. 24 d. She had been bodily afflicted for over five years and suffered patiently. We deeply feel the loss of mother, whom we loved and respected, but we know that our loss is her eternal gain. She has only gone on before and some day we expect to meet her again. She was married to Oscar Landis Sept. 28, 1884, who preceded her in death on May 23, 1931. Four children likewise preceded her. She leaves the following children: Mrs. Howard Kaltreider, Mrs. Curvin Newcomer, Clarence, Mrs. John Masmer, Earl, Harry, Chester, Mrs. Ralph Whisler, and Mrs. Paul Lehman. She also leaves 25 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held from the Mennonite Church at Stony Brook by Brethren Richard Danner, Noah H. Mack, and the home ministers. Interment in the Stony Brook Mennonite Cemetery.
"Your suffering is ended, dear mother,
You're with loves ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet you
On that bright, celestial shore."
Lichti. --- Abraham, son of the late Nicolaus and Barbara
(Schmidt) Lichti, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 12,
1875. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became
a member of the Wilmot A. M. Congregation, later transferring
to the East Zorra congregation, where he was a member till called
to his reward. On Dec. 10, 1895, he was joined in matrimony to
Sister Magdalena Roth of East Zorra, which union was blessed
with 1 son and 1 daughter, together with 1 adopted daughter. He
died June 16, 1940, at the home of his son in New Hamburg, Ont.;
aged 65 y. 1 m. 4 d. Surviving are his sorrowing companion, son
(Daniel) and daughter (Mrs. Simon Roth), both of New Hamburg,
and Mrs. Irma Brozio of Kitchener, Ont.; also 9 grandchildren,
1 brother (Noah of Southeasthope), 4 sisters (Barbara, wife of
David Gascho; Mary, wife of Christ Erb, Waterloo; Catherine, widow
of Rudy Kropf; Rachel, wife of Moses Moyer, Wilmot). Services
were conducted at the home by Bro. Peter Nafziger of St. Agatha,
and at the East Zorra A. M. Church by home ministers, Brethren
J. R. Bender, Menno Kipfer and D. S. Jutzi. Interment in adjoining
---J. R. B.
Litchti. ---Mary, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Schlaubach) Schweitzer, was born Dec. 24, 1857, in Perth Co., Ont.; died at the home of her adopted daughter (Mrs. Anna Litchti), near Batavia, N.Y., July 7, 1940; aged 82 y. 6 m. 13 d. She was married to Christian F. Litchti, Oct. 14, 1880, who passed away Nov. 3, 1937. She leaves 1 adopted daughter (at whose home she died), 6 grandsons, and 6 great-grandchildren. One sister remains of a family of 11 children. Services were held at the home July 9. Taking part in the services were Bro Jos. Roth (Text, John 11: 25), Bro. John Bontrager (Text, Psa. 90), and Bro. Noah Miller. Interment in County Line Cemetery near Alden, N. Y.
Musselman. Amanda, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary (Stoner) Musselman of Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Oct. 17, 1869, near New Holland, Pa.; died June 17, 1940; aged 70 y. 8 m. She early accepted Christ and it was her chosen portion to follow Him all the way. Her whole aim in life was to win others to Jesus and have them live fully surrendered lives, which she knew was the only way to enjoy His full blessing, never sparing herself, but ever "holding forth the Word of Life." It was near Christmas, 1898, when the Board sent her with Sister Mary S. Denlinger to the Chicago Mission, to gain a little experience prior to opening Mission work in Philadelphia. June 6, 1899, along with Sister Mary S. Denlinger, her co-worker and companion during the ensuing 41 years she came to Philadelphia and opened a mission at 1930 E. York Street. Here was liad the foundation for the work now carried on at 2151 N. Howard Street. A short service was held by Bishop Stoner D. Krady, text, Rev. 14: 13, at her late home in Lancaster, pa., on Wednesday evening. Thursday afternoon Bro. David H. Mosemann held a brief service for those who came from far and near. Funeral services followed at the Groffdale Mennonite Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., of which she was a member. Bishop Mahlon Witmer, assisted by Brethren Benjamin G. Wenger and Eli G. Sauder, took as his text Mark 14: 8, 9. "She hath done what she could." Looking back over her life as I knew her, she was never strong, yet never wavered from her set purpose of giving Jesus the pre-eminence in all things. She had to good gift of giving helpful counsel wisely interwoven with love. During these latter years she served with joy her S. S. Class, at the East Chestnut St. Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa. Sister Amanda was one of our elder pioneer city missionaries and truly made her life count for Christ. In the quietude of this service, listening to the Word of God, one noticed how the trees outside were bending in the strong winds, almost to the ground, yet they came up tall and straight again. It was typical of her life. No matter what the hard experiences were, she was deeply rooted and grounded in Him and continued to "Look unto Jesus." She had read through her Bible thirty-two times-lived the Word and never failed to use it in pointing others to Christ. She often quoted the hymns "Anywhere with Jesus" and "Launch out into the deep." She was laid away to rest, simply and consistent with her faith. The following brothers and sister survive: Eli, Amos, and Katie Myers, all of New Holland, Pa.; Sister Mary S. Denlinger and a large number of relatives and friends will also miss her inspirational life. Isa. 55: 13. Rev. 22: 14.
"Where they need no sunshine bright,
In that 'city four square;'
For the Lamb is all the Light
And there is 'no night there.'
--By one who loved her.
Neff. --- John E., son of Harry K. and Katie (Denlinger) Neff, was born July 21, 1921; was almost instantly killed in an automobile accident, June 17, 1940; aged 18 y. 10 m. 23 d. His early and unexpected death has caused great sorrow to his beloved family, yet we have that blessed hope that some day we shall meet again, and looking through our tears we humbly say, "Thy will be done." He was a faithful member of Mellinger's Mennonite Church and Sunday School. John was a kind and loving son and brother, and besides his parents, he is survived by these sisters and brothers: Dorothy, Clarence, Lloyd, Eilene, Mervin, Marian, Betty, Grace, Harry Jr., Alma, and Evelyn; also by his grandparents (John and Barbara Neff) and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held June 20 at Mellinger's Church, conducted by Bros. David Landis and Elmer Martin. Text: Psa. 46: 10. "Be still and know that I am God." Interment in adjoining cemetery. Mary we all be brought nearer to God and seek to meet him, on the bright shores beyond.
"We miss you when the morning dawns,
We miss you when the night returns
We miss you her, we miss you there,
Dear John, we miss you everywhere."
---By the Family.
Schmidt. --- John B. O. Schmidt, was born near Millbank, Ont., May 21, 1860; died June 23, 1940; aged 80 y. 1 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage with Sister Katie Miller Nov. 13, 1883. He leaves his loving widow, 3 sons and 3 daughters (Samuel, Noah, Mrs. Mses Steinman of Baden, Lydia, Aaron at home, and Elmina of Kitchener). One son (Abraham) preceded him Sept. 1, 1934. Eight grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 3 sisters also survived Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Ben Gingerich at the home, and at the church by Brethren Peter Nafziger and Amos Sweartzentruber. Interment in Steinman Cemetery.
Swchwartzentruber. --- Annie Mae, daughter of Amos and
Catherine (Bender) Baechler, was born in East Zorra, Ont.,
Nov. 8, 1908; died July 10, 1940; aged 31 y. 8 m. 4 d. In her
early youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, upon
confession of faith by water baptism was received into the East
Zorra congregation by Bishop Daniel Jutzi and was a faithful member
when called to her eternal reward. On Feb. 28, 1934, she was united
in holy matrimony to Bro. Elroy Schwartzentruber of East
Zorra. This union was blessed with one daughter. She fell peacefully
asleep in the lord at the home of her parents, where she had gone
to be cared for during a severe illness which lasted four weeks.
She leaves her deeply bereaved husband; daughter (Margaret), father,
mother, twin sister (Mrs. Aaron Jantzi) of East Zorra; a sister
(Erma), a brother (Roy). One brother (Wilfred) preceded her in
death. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. J. R. Bender
and at the East Zorra A. M. Church by Bros. D. Wagler, Amos
and D. S. Jutz.
---J. R. Bender.
Snyder. --- Esther, daughter of Noah and Veronica (Christner) Bechtel, was born Dec. 5, 1863; died at her home near Petersburg, Ont., united in marriage to Christian B. Snyder Oct. 7, 1885, to which union were born 1 son and 3 daughters: Percy, Edna (Mrs. Ephraim Knechtel) Avon (Mrs. Willard Witmer), all of Petersburg, and Ida (Mrs. Simon Hallman) of Kitchener. She is survived by 27 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; also by 2 brothers (Moses Bechtel of Winnipeg, Man., and Noah Bechtel of Breslau, Ont.), and a host of relatives and friends. She was a faithful and loyal member of the Latschar Mennonite Church until her death, having accepted Christ in her late teens. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. Manasseh Hallman and Lorne Schmitt, Bro. Hallman using for his test Psa. 27: 1. The services were held at the home and at the Latschar Mennonite Church. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Her testimony is well expressed in the following poem:
"Is not even death a gain to those
Whose life to God was given?
Gladly to earth their eyes they close,
To open them in Heaven."
Yoder. Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Jonas and Fannie Yoder, was born Dec. 25, 1860, in Logan Co., Ohio; died July 12, 1940; aged 79 y. 6 m. 17 d. On Feb. 8, 1883, she was united in marriage to David B. Yoder, to which union were born three sons and six daughters, all of whom grew to young manhood and womanhood. This happy family circle was broken May 9, 1935, when a son (Elmer L.) was called home. Sept. 30, 1938, death again entered the home and took her faithful companion. Since then her longing for heaven had increased, which longing has now become a reality and she is now in the presence of the Lord. This is, indeed, a source of great comfort to those remaining. For most of the past three years she was confined to her home because of a heart ailment, during which time she very much enjoyed the visits of her many friends, whom she had won by her kind and sociable disposition. In young girlhood she gave her heart to Christ and united with the South Union Mennonite Church, where for nearly sixty years she was a faithful member. She will be missed not only in the home but in the Church and community as well. She was a faithful Christian companion, mother, and sister, always taking a deep interest in the family and Church. Surviving her are two sons (Earl M. and D. Leonard), and 6 daughters (Idabel Smucker, Nancy Smucker, Golda Plank, Edna Neer, Fannie Hooley, and Clara Hostetler), all of near West Liberty; also 33 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and the following brothers and sisters: John A., Springfield; Jonas D., Kent; David C., West Liberty; Eli D., Tarkio, Mo.; Alpha B., West Liberty; Mrs. E. B. Stoltzfus, Aurora, O.; Mrs. C. S. Swartz, Charleston, W. Va. Although we knew she could not stay here long with us, yet, since she has gone, the vacancy is great and our only comfort is in our blessed Saviour. We bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well. The funeral was held July 14 at the South Union Church in charge of S. E. Allgyer and assisted by E. B. Stoltzfus of Hudson, O., and Perry Daniels.
"Mother is one whom angels treat
With honor high, and raptured greet,
And at God's right hand they will seat
Our great and noble mother."
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.