Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1941

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXXIV, No . 23 - September 4, 1941 - pg 487

Buchwalter.-Andy M., son of the late Jacob H. and Mary Buchwalter, was born near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, March 6, 1875; died Aug. 19, 1941; aged 66 y. 5 m. 16 d. He had gone about his chores in his usual health; but soon became ill and at 8:00 A. M. he crossed the divide. It is rather striking to note that he died only 20 days after the death of his father in the same home. On. Nov. 28, 1900 he was married to Susie Eschliman. To this union were born 3 children: Edna (Mrs. John H. Gregory), Orrville, O.; Ellis, Dalton, O.; and Mable (Mrs. Elmer Wenger), Dalton, O. His loving wife, Susie, the above named children, 1 sister (Mrs. Hettie Wilson, Dalton, O.), and many other relatives remain to mourn his departure. In the year 1912 he united with the First Presbyterian Church of Dalton, O., and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Dalton Presbyterian Church Aug. 22, in charge of Geo. Caldwell, Orrville, O. Interment in Dalton Cemetery. - B.

Estep.-Bro. George W. Estep, son of Geo. and Mary Comes Estep, was born Dec. 12, 1871; died Aug. 3, 1941 at the home of his step-sister, Mrs. Mary Berrang, Altoona, Pa. Several months ago, while on his sickbed, the brother accepted Christ and was received into church fellowship, and also took communion. At his death he gave a bright testimony. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Joseph M. Nissley. Text, 11 Kings 20: 1.

Hummel.-Margaret (Echard) Hummel was born at Sugar Grove, W. Va., Jan. 5, 1873; died at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va., July 25, 1941; aged 68 y. 6 m. 20 d. She had been in failing health for some time, but did not take her bed until April 26 of this year. As her condition became more serious she was taken to the hospital about two weeks prior to her passing. When a young woman she united with the Presbyterian Church, but became a member of the Mennonite Church many years ago, in which faith she died. She was a member of the Raleigh Springs congregation at the time of her death. Her place was seldom vacant at church when health permitted her to be there. On Feb. 9, 1898 she was united in marriage to Charles A. Hummel of the Raleigh Springs section near Hinton, Va., where she spent the greater part of her life. Surviving are her husband, 1 son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandsons. She is also survived by 3 brothers, 1 sister, 1 half brother and 1 half sister. Funeral services were held from Weaver's Church, conducted by Bro. R. W. Benner, assisted by H. G. Allen, pastor of the Cook's Creek Presbyterian Church. Psalm 23, a favorite Scripture of the deceased, was used on the occasion. Her body was laid to rest in the near-by cemetery.

Yoder.-Brian Loye, only child of Homer and Alta Yoder, was born July 25, 1941; passed away 20 days later, Aug. 14. Funeral services were conducted at the home near Springs, Pa., on Aug. 16, in charge of Bro. Roy Otto. Text: "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." The short stay of this little one meant much to the parents and the little clothes and empty bassinet will often awaken tender memories.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXXIV, No . 24 - September 11, 1941 - pp 518, 519

Bradfield.-Quincy R., son of John and the late Almeda Bradfield of Needmore, W. Va., was born July 8, 1878; departed this life Aug. 28, 1941; aged 63 y. 1 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage with Hattie Teets, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Teets, Lost River, W. Va., on Dec. 15, 1901. To this union 2 sons and 1 daughter were born. He leaves to mourn his departure his 3 children (Gordon L., Mrs. Andrew Wilkens, Lloyd), his wife, an aged father, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, besides many other relatives and friends. He had been a member of the Salem Mennonite Church near Needmore for nearly 20 years. Soon after his marriage he moved to a farm near Needmore, W. Va., where he resided for the remainder of his life except for a sojourn to Broadway, Va., in the years 1925-26. During the many years of his active life in the community he was known asa faithful worker in the church, an honest and upright man, a kind and loving husband and father. His influence will be greatly missed in his community and also at Broadway, Va., where he was well known, bu the memory of his life and his wholesome influence will long remain. The deceased had been in ill health for several months but he bore his afflictions with fortitude. May it be said of him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, . . . enter into the joy of thy Lord." Funeral services were held at the Salem Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. H. P. Turner and Louis Showalter. Burial in cemetery near by.

"All is over, hands are folded
O'er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Father is at rest."

Charles. -Dorothy Ann, infant daughter of Hiram and Anna (Landis) Charles, was born on July 2, 1941, at the Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.; died July 3. She is survived by her parents, maternal grandparents, and paternal grandmother. Short services were held at the funeral home by Bro. Frank Kreider. Her little body was laid to rest in the East Petersburg, Pa., Mennonite Cemetery.

"Jesus has taken a beautiful bud,
Out of our garden of love,
Borne it away to the city of God,
Home of the angels above.
Full blooming flowers alone will not do,
Some must be young and ungrown;
So the frail buds He is gathering too,
Beautiful gems of His throne."

Hertzler.-Malinda, daughter of the late Christian and Susanna Stoltzfus Zook, was born in Eden Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., July 16, 1869; died June 22, 1941, at Honey Brook, Pa.; aged 71 y. 11 m. 6 d. Although she had been in failing health for some time and was confined to her bed for almost 14 months, yet her passing was sudden and unexpected. In early life she united with the Conestoga A. M. Church near Morgantown, Pa., and was a faithful member until death. On Jan. 18, 1894 she was united in marriage with Amos Hertzler. To this union were born 4 children. Besides her husband, Amos Hertzler, she is survived by the following children: Susan, wife of Wayne S. Hollander, Malvern, Pa.; Elmira, wife of Elam B. Kennel, Honey Brook, Pa., with whom she resided, and Alfred, Honey Brook, Pa., One daughter, Ada, precede her in death. Two grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at the Eppihimer Funeral Home, Honey Brook, conducted by Bro. Christian Kurtz, assisted by Bros. John A. Kennel and David S. Yoder. Burial was made in Frazer Mennonite Cemetery.

Hochstetler.-Martin S. Hochstetler was born May 29, 1865 near Bremen, Ind.; died at his home near Bremen, Aug. 7, 1941; aged 76 y. 2 m. 9 d. He spent all his life near Bremen. In early life he united with the Amish Church, and later united with the North Main St. Mennonite Church in Nappanee, of which he was a faithful member until death. On Jan. 4, 1885 he was united in marriage to Eva Mullet, who preceded him in death by 15 years. To this union were born 11 children. Asa died in infancy. Those who mourn his decease are: Oscar, Stephen, Calvin and Elmer of Bremen, Lee of Plymouth, Mrs. Roy Miller of Bristol, Mrs. Ralph Shaum of Wakarusa, Mrs. Jesse Bleile, Mrs. Roy Strauss, and William of Nappanee, 39 grandchildren, and 7 stepgrandchildren. He also leaves 2 sister, Sarah Hochstetler, of Nappanee, and Mrs. Elizabeth Templeton, of Nampa, Ida. In his suffering he was resigned to the will of God and expressed himself as being ready to go. Services were held at the Mennonite Church in Nappanee by Bros. Homer F. North and D. D. Troyer. Burial in the South Union Cemetery.

Jantzi.-Elva Iona, wife of David S. Jantzi, was born near Preston, Ont., on Aug. 26, 1897; died Aug. 20, 1941, after an illness of several years; aged 43 y. 11 m. 25 d. She was a daughter of Deacon Daniel Shantz and the late Susanna Catherine Groh. In her early youth she voluntarily came to Christ in her parental home and then united with the Mennonite Church at the Hagey congregation. Later she transferred her membership to the Kitchener congregation where she was a loyal member at the time of her death. On Jan. 7, 1925 she was united in marriage to David S. Jantzi of Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., who, with a daughter Shirley, mourn her departure. She was a devoted mother and faithful wife, interested pre-eminently in her home and the church. In her personal life she spent much time reading the Word of God. Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at the First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ont., in charge of Bros. B. B. Shantz and Merle Shantz. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace."

Kauffman.-Elizabeth Byler Kauffman was born Oct. 29, 1864, in Somerset Co., Pa.; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Johns, in Topeka, Ind., on Aug. 5, 1941; aged 76 y. 9 m. 6 d. She was married to Samuel E. Byler on Nov. 2, 1884 who passed away on Jan. 23, 1916. Later she was married to Samuel Kauffman who died Dec. 7, 1932. She is survived by 2 sons, Fred and Clarence Byler both of Goshen, Ind., 1 daughter, Fannie Johns of Topeka, 3 stepsons, Milton Kauffman of Lagrange, Ind., Ora Kauffman of Goshen, Ind., and Clarence Kauffman of Bronson, Mich., 2 stepdaughters, Bertha Sommers of Oakland, Calif., and Clara Sommers of Indianapolis, Ind.; also 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She also leaves 2 brothers, Jacob Yoder of Topeka, Ind., Albert Yoder of California, and Simon Yoder of Middlebury, Ind., and 3 sisters, Mrs. Oscar Hostetler of Topeka, Mrs. Ed. Hostetler and Ida Hartzler of Goshen, and many other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and always lived a consistent Christian life. She was a devoted mother, a kind neighbor, and had many friends. Funeral services were held from the Maple Grove Church conducted by Bro. Edwin J. Yoder, with burial in the Clinton Brick Cemetery.

"Just a little while before us
Has our precious mother gone,
She will never be forgotten,
Deeds are numbered, one by one."

Koebel.-Elizabeth (Wenger) Koebel, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Wenger, was born in Washington Co., Iowa, Feb. 17, 1865; passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Noah Leichty of Winfield, on July 26, 1941; aged 76 y. 5 m. 9 d. She was married to Jacob Koebel on Dec. 2, 1884, who preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1937. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter: Elmer, who died in infancy; Lee of Fayette, Ia.; and Mrs. Noah Leichty of Winfield, Ia. Their home was also opened to one foster daughter, Mrs. David Meyer, of Wayland, Ia. She accepted Christ in her youth and was received into the Mennonite Church, of which she was a lifelong member. She leaves to mourn 1 daughter, 1 son, 1 foster daughter, 12 grandchildren; also 1 sister (Mrs. Joseph Koebel of Rock Island, Ill.), and a large host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Sugar Creek Church. Bros. Simon Gingerich and Willard Leichty were in charge of the services. Interment was made at the North Hill Cemetery.

"Oh, what a blessed and glorious sleep
Has settled on her brow;
Then why should her dear children weep,
When she's so happy now?
Yes, we hope again to meet her,
In the realms beyond the sky;
In celestial song to join her,
Praising Him who reigns on high."

Martin.-Amanda, wife of Andrew G. Martin, daughter of the late John and Barbara Kreider Huber, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug 19, 1870; departed this life July 26, 1941; aged 70 y. 11 m. 6 d. She had been ill for several years, being confined to her bed for almost seven months. She was a member of the Byerland Mennonite Church. She was united in marriage to Andrew G. Martin Dec. 27, 1891. To this union were born 6 sons and 1 daughter. Her husband and 1 son preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Maris Hess, and at the Byerland Mennonite Church by Bros. Stoner Krady and Jacob T. Harnish. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Miller.-Lena, daughter of John and Sarah Culp, was born in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 20, 1859; passed away at her home in Nappanee, Ind., on Saturday, June 21, 1941; aged 81 y. 8 m. 1 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1887 and remained a faithful member these 54 years. Sister Miller was the last of a family of 14 children. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 foster son, Ralph Abel, 3 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Homer F. North and David Metzler. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Shoemaker.-Grace, daughter of David and Alice Maust, was born near Meyersdale, Pa., on March 6, 1884; died at her home at Springs, Pa., Aug. 2, 1941; aged 57 y. 4 m. 26 d. On Sept. 10, 1905 she was united in marriage to Norman Shoemaker. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. At the age of 14 she united with the Mennonite Church of Springs and remained a faithful member till her death. She leaves to mourn her her husband, 2 sons, Melvin and Gilbert, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Charles Brown and Mrs. Franklin Engle. The funeral was held at the Springs Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. Roy Otto.

Showalter.-Leanna Catherine, daughter of Perry and the late Rebecca (Coffman) Hartman, was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Aug. 3, 1890; died Aug. 16, 1941; aged 51 y. 13 d. She had not enjoyed the best of health for some time, and on a Friday night she became very ill. The following Tuesday she was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital where she died of complications. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, continuing in this faith to the end. At the time of her passing, she was teaching a Junior Sunday-school class of boys and girls at Raleigh Springs, and in which class she was deeply interested. She showed an interest to the people in that community by visiting in their homes and supplying provisions and clothing to the needy as did Dorcas. She was considerate of others. In her passing the poor have lost a friend, the community a good neighbor, the church a faithful Sunday-school worker, and the home a devoted companion and mother. On Dec. 6, 1910 she was united in marriage to Peter S. Showalter. Surviving are her husband, two sons, and one granddaughter. She is also survived by her father and stepmother, three brothers, five sisters, and a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held from Weaver's Church conducted by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and R. W. Benner. A number of verses from Proverbs 31 were used on the occasion. Interment in the cemetery near by.

"So sleep, beloved, take thy rest,
Our loss has been thy gain;
Heaven is richer, earth is poorer,
Since Jesus called thy name.
We sorrow not as others do,
Whose hopes fade like the flower;
There is a hope that is of God,
And such a hope is ours."

Weber.-George Abram Weber passed away at his home at Parkway, Kitchener, Ont. , on Thursday, Aug. 21, 1941, after an illness of about six weeks. Bro. Weber was born on June 24, 1879 and passed away on the farm of his birth; aged 62 y. 1 m. 28 d. He is survived by his wife (nee Malinda Woolner), with whom he was joined in holy wedlock 39 years ago at Nachez; also by 5 daughter, Vera, Mrs. Urbin Snider of Bloomingdale, Mabel, Mrs. Clayton Siebert, at home, Edna, Mrs. Edgar Martin of Elmira, Gladys, Mrs. Roy Shantz of Kitchener, and Mildred, at home. Eight grandchildren also survive. He was predeceased by 1 daughter who died in infancy. Bro. Weber's life and service was a rich boon to the church that he so faithfully served. He was known as a kind, patient, faithful and loyal servant of God. He will be missed, his helpful counsel will be missed, but we mutually rejoice in the fullness of his life, and his usefulness well nigh to the close of his life. Bro. Weber served the First Mennonite Church as Deacon for 30 years. He was Secretary of the Mennonite Mission Board for 25 years, Treasurer of the Bible School Board for a number of years, Member of the Deacons' Welfare Board. Bro. Weber during his lifetime held many more positions of trust. A loving tribute of respect was rendered Bro. Weber by his fellow deacons, ministers, and bishops, some fifty, who rose when his body was carried into the church building, then viewed the body first, and proceeded together to the cemetery, where they sang, "Blest be the tie that binds." The funeral services were in charge of the pastor, Bro. C. F. Derstine, and associate minister, Bro. Merle Shantz, conducted at First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. Theme, "A Good Degree Deacon," 1 Tim. 3:13.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXXIV, No . 25 - September 18, 1941 - pp 534, 535

Bechtold.-Christian L. Bechtold was born near New Danville, Pa., April 10, 1860; was called home Aug. 24, 1941. He was a faithful member of the New Danville Mennonite Church. About twelve years ago during a series of revival meetings held at the Pequea, Pa., Brethren in Christ Church conducted by Bro. Emmanuel Rohrer he received a wonderful blessing when the Lord led him out of bondage into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Victory through the precious blood of Jesus was his testimony. His joy was to tell others "Jesus saved me." During his last illness he said, "In Jesus I'm safe evermore." A little while before his departure he said, "I'm going home," and soon he peacefully went to be with his Saviour. Surviving are 4 sons, 3 daughters, and 1 brother. His wife, 1 daughter, an 1 son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. Maris Hess and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bro. Cyrus Lutz, assisted by Bros. Henry Nauman, James Hess, and James Bingham. Text: 11 Cor. 2: 14. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Birky.-John W., son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew S. Birky, was born Nov. 21, 1871, near Morton; passed away at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria; aged 69 years. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church and a resident of the town for the last ten years. On May 2, 1895, he was married to Stella May Covert in Fisher, Ill. He is survived by his wife and 10 children; Mrs. Noah Zobrist, Morton; Mrs. James Bruehl, Mrs. John Rost, Clarence Birky, all of Route 5; John, Jr., at home; Homer, Peoria; Richard, Adair, Okla.; Forrest, Fort Ord, Calif.; Mrs. Lawrence Ropp, Gibson City, Ill.; and Gilbert, Jamesville, Wis. A brother, Peter, of Morton, and a sister, Mary Schrock, of Fisher, also survive. Services were held at the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Ezra Yordy and J. N. Kaufman.

Coffman.-Daniel H., son of the late Bishop Samuel and Frances Coffman, was born at Dale Enterprise, Va., on April 4, 1859; died at his home near Goshen, Indiana, Aug. 29, 1941; aged 82 y. 4 m. 25 d. On Feb. 11, 1883, he was united in marriage with Sarah R. Guyer. To this union were born 11 children of whom 2, namely Anna and Grover, have preceded him in death. There remain to mourn his departure his wife and the following children: Mattie Eldridge, Lizzie, Clara, and Ruth Coffman, Eva Eaton, Dorothy Shoup, Mary Prough, Victor, and John Coffman; 1 sister, Mrs. Sadie Heatwole of Dayton, Va., a number of grandchildren, with other relatives and friends. In the spring of 1888 he with his wife and several children moved form Virginia to Elkhart, Indiana and was employed by the Mennonite Publishing Co., for a year and later began working at the carpenter trade which he followed for a number of years. At the age of twenty years he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, chose to have his Christian fellowship with the Mennonite Church, and was received by water baptism upon the confession of his faith on July 21, 1879 in which he continued unto the end. On March 9, 1893 he was called to the office of deacon and accordingly was ordained by Bishop J. F. Funk to serve in the Elkhart congregation. Some time later he purchased a farm in the Clinton Brick district and by his moving into the district was accepted as a member and deacon with said congregation where he served until health would not permit. Upon his request in his advancing years he was provided with an assistant and Bro. Harold Lehman was ordained to the same office and continues these duties. His late affliction was a stroke of paralysis from which he suffered but a few days. Funeral services were conducted at the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. O. S. Hostetler, assisted by Bros. Samuel S. Miller, Amos Nusbaum, and D. D. Troyer.

'Tis hard to break the tender cord
When love has bound the heart,
'Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words,
"We must forever part."
Dearest loved one, we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished
Till we see thy heavenly face.

Combs.-Elizabeth Gartner Combs was born in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 2, 1885; went to her eternal reward early in the morning of Sept. 1, 1941; aged 56 y. 7 m., after a lingering illness. On Dec. 6, 1905, she was united in marriage to Fred H. Combs. This union was blessed with 7 children, of whom 5, Fred, Marion (Mrs. Emil Falasky), Lucy (Mrs. Carl Aschenbrenner), Janet, and John survive. She also leaves to mourn her departure: 1 brother, Louis Gartner, of Madison, Wis.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Anna Carlson, of Highland Park, Ill., and Mrs. Minnie Maruck of Chicago, Ill.; 6 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1918, and also 2 sons, Wilson and Louis. On April 27, 1920, she was received into the Mennonite Church, and has been a faithful and active member at the Home Mission for over 21 years. She was deeply interested in the various activities of the Church - especially in its missionary program, and was a liberal and cheerful giver. She truly verified by her life the Scripture which says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive," for even during her long months of illness, those who came to cheer and comfort her went away feeling that they had received infinitely more encouragement than they had imparted to her. She helped in the Beginner's Dept. of the Sunday school for many years, and was loved by the little ones, as well as by others, who often sought her counsel. The Scripture passages and hymns she had memorized were a great source of inspiration to her, during the long wakeful hours, and one of her favorite verses, which she often repeated was, "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." On various occasions, when sleep and rest had fled, she spoke of certain missionaries who came to her mind, whom she remembered at the throne of grace. Her life was not an easy one, for she was left with the responsibility of providing for her family when her children were very small, but she was endowed with a genial, cheerful personality which won her many friends, who were a great source of comfort and help to her in her time of need. She will be greatly missed in her home, in the church, and by her many friends and neighbors, but our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the Home Mission, in charge of Bros. R. M. Yoder and H. R. Schertz, assisted by Bro. A. H. Leaman. Bro. Schertz brought the message, basing his remarks on Phil. 1: 21. Her body was laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Eason.-Myrtle Dirks Eason was born in Greensburg, Kans., Sept. 12, 1920; passed away quietly at the Bloss Memorial Hospital, Atwater, Calif., Aug. 24, 1941; aged 20 y. 11 m. 16 d. At the age of 3 years she, with her parents, moved to Winton, Calif., where she spent the rest of her life. Her death followed a short illness of Bright's disease. Although she suffered much, she was fully resigned. Myrtle accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Church of Winton, Dec. 20, 1932. She was a faithful and willing worker in the Sunday school and church wherever she was asked to serve. Myrtle graduated from the Livingston High School in the year 1936. She leaves to mourn her departure, her mother, her husband, 8 sisters, 4 brothers, and a large number of relatives and friends. Her father and 1 brother preceded her in death. She will be missed in the home, church, and community where she lived - gone, but not forgotten. Funeral services were in charge of Bro. J. P. Bontrager, assisted by Bro. L. E. Weaver. Text: Num. 23: 10. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church, Winton, Calif., in the presence of a large audience. Burial in the Winton Cemetery. We humbly bow to the will of God, and we mourn not as those who have no hope.
J. P. B.

Erb.-Alice Sensenich Erb was born Sept. 24, 1892, near Lititz, Pa.; died Aug. 20, 1941 in the Lebanon Sanatorium, Lebanon, Pa., after a short illness of three weeks; aged 48 y. 10 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Amos R. Erb, Oct. 6, 1915. This union was blessed with 4 children: Martin, of Lititz, Pa., Elizabeth, of Harrisonburg, Va., Mabel, and Anna, at home, who with their father deeply mourn her departure. Six brothers and 4 sisters also survive. She was a devoted Christian wife and mother who always had the spiritual welfare of her family at heart. Sister Erb was a faithful member of Gingerich's Mennonite Church and Sunday School and was always present at services when her health permitted. Quiet and unassuming, her Christian fortitude has left its influence on both home and church, where her absence will be keenly felt. However, we know God doeth all things well, and we humbly say, "Not as we will, but as Thou wilt." Funereal services were conducted at Gingerich's Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon G. Bucher and Robert Miller. Text: John 16: 22. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"I can not say, and I will not say
That she is dead - she is just away;
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
She has wandered into a unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there."

Gage.-Lyle Frederick, son of Theodore and Matilda Lambright Gage, was born July 6, 1940; died Sept. 1, 1941; aged 1 y. 1 m. 26 d. While playing in the yard he had been seen out at the barn playing with the milk cans. Just a few minutes later he was looked for again and wasn't there. We started looking for him. Since he had never bothered the lily pools before, we looked elsewhere first, and then found him in the pool which is approximately 200 feet from the barn. He was hurriedly rushed to the Goshen Hospital where the Inhalator was used but to no avail. He leaves to mourn father and mother, grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Lambright, and Mrs. Catherine Gage), a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins, and a host of friends, as Lyle was an unusually pleasant child, always having a sweet smile and was loved by all who had been around him. Our hearts will be lonely and our hands will be empty but we know that heaven will be richer and if we live in that faith we shall see him again in that home beyond. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Percy Miller and O. S. Hostetler.

Helmuth.-Ray Daniel, son of Alvin and Viola Conrad Helmuth, was born May 29, 1941; departed this world Aug. 20, 1941; aged 2 m. 21 d. Death was due to whooping cough with other complications. He leaves to mourn his early departure his parents, 2 b brothers (Paul and Edward, of the home near Louisville, O.), his paternal grandfather (Samuel Helmuth, Arthur, Ill.), his maternal grandmother (Mrs. Ann Conrad, Louisville, O.), 7 uncles, 6 aunts, with many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the home in charge of Bros. O. . Johns and John D. Miller. Text: Job 1: 21. Interment in the Beech Mennonite Cemetery.
The following poem was written by a neighbor girl:
In Memory of Ray Daniel Helmuth

"We loved you, little darling,
But God knows best we know;
That is why He called you from us,
Although we loved you so.

God gave you to us for a while
To brighten our lives, and then
When heaven needed a Ray of sunshine,
He took you home again,

We know we'll find you waiting,
Though we now must say good-by;
We know you are safe with Jesus,
And we'll meet you by and by." Per O. N. J.


Lambright.-Merritt Eugene, infant son of Harold and Elizabeth (Frye) Lambright, died Aug. 27, 1941 at the Lagrange County Hospital with an enlarged heart which developed into pneumonia; aged 2 m. 20 d. He has left to mourn his parents, a sister, Birdena Lorene, aged 2 years, the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Lambright of Lagrange and Mrs. J. P. Schrock of Middlebury, Ind.), and a great-grandmother and grandfather both of Kansas, 8 uncles, 10 aunts, and many cousins. Funeral services were conducted at the Shore Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. O. S. Hostetler.

"God needed one more angel
Around His shining throne,
And so He stooped with loving care
And took our Merritt home."

Martin.-Raymond H., son of Horace W. and Laura (Hershey) Martin, was born near Ephrata, Pa., on Feb. 22, 1932; died Aug. 15, 1941; aged 9 y. 5 m. 23 d. He was visiting neighbors' children and on his way home he was struck by an automobile, from which he suffered a fractured skull and died about two days later in the Lancaster General Hospital. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 1 brother (Clyde), 1 sister (Margaret), his maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. David Hershey), and his paternal grandfather (Barton Martin). A number of uncles, aunts, and cousins also survive. He is missed in the home, in the Martindale Sunday School, where he was seldom absent, and in the community in which he lived. A short funeral service was held at the home by Bro. John Weaver, with further services at the Weaverland Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Paul Graybill and Aaron Weaver. Text: Psalm 90. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Precious Raymond, he has left us,
Left us, yes, forever more;
But we hope to meet our loved one
On that bright and happy shore."

Peters.-Peter Peters was born at Liebenau, Molotchna on Dec. 12, 1863. He attended public school at Liebenau, high school at Gnadenfeld, and took a teachers' training course at Halbstadt. He first taught for 3 years at Fabricerwiese, beginning to teach at the age of 19. In 1886 he married Susanna Warkentin, Liebenau, and went to teach in Pragenau, where he taught continuously for 20 years. Meanwhile, on Nov. 10, 1901, he was ordained a minister of the Mennonite Church at Alexanderwohl. Until the last days of his life he followed the ministry, gladly showing sinners the way to God. Later he was called to teach at Fuerstenwerder, where he worked for 4 years. In 1910 he discontinued teaching and became the manager of the flour mill in Alexanderkrone. He was not satisfied in this work, however, and accepted an appointment to the management of the Wladimir Forestry where he also served as the minister of the men in the barracks. Here he worked from 1911-1917. When the men were disbanded in 1917, he taught school for 2 years in Schoensee, Sagradowka. During this time he first bought a home in Alexanderkrone and started to farm, believing that his time of work for the community at large had ended. But his Lord and Master had other work for him to do. Having taught school for 29 years, and served the young men in the forestry barracks for 6 years, he was to share, though old himself, but sturdy, the joys and sorrows of old people in the Old Age Asylum at Kuruschan, where he served as manager. He spent 3 hard and difficult years, 1921-1924, there - the years of famine and starvation. In Sept., 1923, his wife died. In 1924 he went back to his farm in Alexanderkrone. On Jan. 6, 1925 he married his second wife, a widowed mother, Mrs. Anna Dueck, Alexanderwohl, where they lived until December, when they emigrated to Canada. On Jan. 2, 1926, they were among the first Russian Mennonites who came to Duchess, where they were received by the Pennsylvania Mennonites. They rented a farm, but the next spring they went to Chortitz, Manitoba. Later they came back to Duchess and finally, in the spring of 1929, they went to Gem. Father attained an age of 77 y. 7 m. 19 d. We are glad to know that after a long and agitated life he has passed away to be with the Lord in glory. The Family.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXXIV, No . 26 - September 25, 1941 - pg 551

Gingerich.-George C., son of Christian C. and Lena (Swartzendruber) Gingerich, was born near Kalona, Iowa, Aug. 24, 1878; passed away in a San Antonio hospital Sept. 7, 1941; aged 63 y. 13 d. He united with the Mennonite Church near Wellman, Iowa, in his early twenties and remained a faithful member until he was called to be with his Lord and Master. On Nov. 27, 1904, he was united in marriage to Alta Swartzendruber of Kalona, Iowa. To this union were born 4 children: Bertha, who preceded her father in death; Geneva (Mrs. Harold Bontrager), of Winfield, Iowa; Verda (Mrs. Oliver Hamilton), and Freeman, of Tuleta, Tex. There are 2 grandchildren, Treva Marie and Lola Von Bontrager. Three brothers and two sisters survive: Henry and Christ of California; A. C. of Wellman, Iowa; Mrs. Andrew Yoder of Kalona, Iowa; and Mrs. D. G. Yoder of Wellman, Iowa. Bro. Gingerich was always very much interested in the welfare of his family, his church, and the community. He was a kind neighbor, always manifested a spirit of helpfulness, and many times expressed his regret that he was not able to do more. He will be greatly missed in his home, in his church, and in the community. His last illness was of several years' duration, culminating in a severe case of diabetes, which resulted in his death. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. H. F. Reist and Amsa H. Kauffman at Tuleta, Texas. Interment was made at the Boeville Cemetery.

"Beautiful toiler, thy work all done,
Beautiful soul, into glory gone;
Beautiful life, with its crown now won,
God giveth thee rest.
Beautiful spirit, free from all stain,
Ours is the heartache, the sorrow and pain;
Thine is the glory, the infinite gain,
Thy slumber is sweet."

Hershey.-Joseph Shindle Hershey, aged 67 y. 10 m. 9 d., passed away at his home, Millersville, Pa., Sept. 8, 1941. Death was caused by coronary thrombosis, following an illness of five days. He was born Oct. 29, 1873, the son of the late Ephraim and Harriet Shindle Hershey, and operated a farm in Manor Township until his retirement this past spring. He is survived by his wife, Emma S. Hershey; 2 children - Alta M., wife of Carl H. Glaeser, Great Neck, L. I.; Joseph H., Millersville; and a grandchild, Gabrielle Rosina Glaeser. He was a kind and loving husband and a devoted father. His influence will ever live on. Resigned to the will of God, he expressed himself as being ready to go at any time. Services were held at the home and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Daniel N. Gish, Jacob G. Hess, Christian K. Lehman, and Landis N. Shertzer, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"There's an open gate at the end of the road
Through which each must go alone,
And there in a light we cannot see,
Our Father claims His own;
Beyond the gate our loved one
Finds happiness and rest,
And there is comfort in the thought
That a loving God knows best." --The Family.

Lesher.-Ellen H. Lesher was born near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa. She passed away at the Sterling Public Hospital, Sterling, Ill., on Sunday evening, Aug. 24, 1941; aged 73 y. 3 m. 24 d. Her maiden name was Ellen H. Kauffman. On Nov. 22, 1892, she was united in marriage to Amos L. Landis of Chambersburg, Pa. To this union 5 children were born: Sadie (Mrs. Ira F. Long), now deceased; John Jacob Landis of Carlisle, Pa.; Reuben Kauffman Landis of Lewiston, Pa.; Esther Catherine, Mrs. Noah H. Lefevre, Sterling, Ill.; and Mary Ellen, Mrs. Ira Deter, of Sterling, Ill. Her husband passed away on Dec. 5, 1909. On March 27, 1917, she was again married to Daniel D. Lesher, who also preceded her in death. She is survived by 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; also 1 brother, Samuel Kauffman of Chambersburg, Pa., and 1 sister, Nancy Kauffman of Hagerstown, Md. For the past fourteen years she had made her home with her daughter, Mary, and family. Sister Lesher united with the Mennonite Church in her early womanhood and her life was one of loyalty to her Saviour and her church. She lived a beautiful unassuming life. Her children speak affectionately of their mother, and in accordance with the Divine Word, "her children shall rise up and call her blessed." Today we mourn not as those who have no hope. "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." Funeral services were held from the Ira Deter home, in charge of Bro. Aaron D. Nice, and at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. A. C. Good, using Phil. 1: 21, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Her body was laid to rest beside her daughter in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Oberholtzer.-Barbara N., widow of the late Amos B. Oberholtzer, was born Sept. 1, 1862, and entered into rest Sept. 9, 1941, after an illness of only one day. Her age was 79 y. 8 d. Her husband preceded her in death March 29, 1929. She is survived by the following children: Annie, wife of Benjamin Eberly; Barbara, Hettie and Elizabeth, at home; Ada, wife of Rudy Landis; Sara, wife of Lloyd Weaver; and Mary Ann, wife of Clyde Brenneman. Three children, Katie, Ellen and John, preceded her in death. She is further survived by 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; also a brother, Abram Stoner, and 2 sisters: Mrs. Lizzie Buchen, and Mrs. Hettie Stauffer. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for 58 years. As a mother she was sympathetic and understanding, and directed the affairs of her family in a mild and loving way. We shall miss her, but we yield to an all-wise Providence. After a short service at the home and preaching at the Lititz Mennonite Church by Bros. John S. Hess and Jacob H. Hershey on the text marked in her Bible, Psa. 73: 25, she was laid away in the Hess Cemetery.

Renno.-Ezra, son of the late David ad Sarah (Wickert) Renno, was born April 9, 1872; died near his home at Morgantown, Pa., May 23, 1941; aged 69 y. 1 m. 14 d. Death came instantly as the result of a tractor accident. Dec. 11, 1894 he was united in marriage to Rachel M. Petersheim. He united with the church in his youth and remained faithful to the end. The home has lost one who was much concerned for them, the church has lost one whose seat was seldom vacant, the community has lost one who was always ready and willing to help others. He is survived by his widow, 1 daughter (Anna, wife of Emory Hostetter), 3 grandchildren of Morgantown, 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Blank), and his stepmother (Mrs. Henry Hershey). Funeral services were held from his home and the Conestoga Amish Mennonite Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little though that death was near;
And only those who have lost can tell
What a parting is without farewell."

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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