Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 1 - April 2, 1942 - pages 14, 15
Bergy. - Angelina Martin, daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Amos S. Martin, was born in Elmira, Ont., Nov. 19, 1877;
died at her home Feb. 27, 1942; aged 64 y. 3 m. 8 d. On Feb. 12,
1889, she united with the Mennonite Church to which faith she
remained true until death. She was an active member of the Blenheim
Mennonite Church, serving the Sunday school as teacher for many
years and serving the Church in filling the office of a deacon's
wife. On Oct. 8, 1902, she was married to Gilbert Bergy, which
union was blessed with 1 son (David). In June 1937, she suffered
a stroke from which she recovered partially and enjoyed comparatively
good health since, attending church services till within a few
weeks of her death. One week ago she was taken ill. Her death
was due to hemorrhage of the nasal passages. Surviving are her
husband, 1 son (David, at home), 1 adopted son (William, of Brantford),
2 sisters (Mrs. Herman Schmitt of Kitchener and Mrs. Katherine
Shantz, wife of the late Moses H. Shantz), 4 brothers (Norman
of Conestoga; Issac and Peter of Kitchener; and Angus of Waterloo).
She was ready and anxious to go to be with her Lord in that home
of which Jesus spoke in John 14, a passage she dearly loved. Here
is a poem which expressed her feelings, and which she liked:
"God hath not promised skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; God hath not promised sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, peace without pain, But God hath promised strength for the day, Rest for the labor, light for the way, Grace for the trials, help from above, Unfailing sympathy, undying love."
Funeral services were held March 2, at home, by Bros. Moses Baer and M. Hallman, with further services at the church in charge of Bros. M. Hallman and S. F. Coffman. Text, John 11:25. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Birky. - Aaron, son of Valentine and Anna (Nafziger) Birky, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Sept. 18, 1889; died March 10, 1942, in Pekin, Ill., Hospital; aged 52 y. 5 m. 20 d. When he was a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Hopedale Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. Jan 1, 1914, he was united in marriage to Bertha Schantz of Beemer, Nebr. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. His father, 1 son (Lester) and 1 brother (Eli) preceded him in death. He leaves his faithful companion, 3 sons (Stanley, Clarence, and Loren Joseph), 3 daughters (Lucile, Esther, and Anna Jean), his loving mother, 2 brothers (Chris of Stanford, Ill., Walter of Delavan), and 1 sister (Mrs. T. S. Cripe, also of Delavan), besides many other relatives and friends. Death was caused by gas gangrene. Two years ago he was cut across the face in an accident, and at the time his condition became very grave. March 5, while at work on his farm, he received an injury which punctured a small hole in his leg. Medical aid was immediately sought, but all that could be done seemed of no avail. He was a kind and loving husband, a friend to all he met, always of a kind and cheerful disposition, and will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Warren Long and Simon Litwiller. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery. A large number of people gathered to pay their respect to the brother. "Life to me has been a pleasure, And now my sweetest hour has come; Jesus is life's dearest treasure, Praise to God for His dear Son."
Boshart. - Joel Boshart was born near Baden, Ont., Oct. 17, 1861; died at the home of Earl Maust near Bay Port, Mich., Feb. 3, 1942; aged 80 y. 3 m. 16 d. Nov. 27, 1887, he was united in marriage to Anna Kennel of near Wellesley, Ont. To this union 4 children were born (Daniel of La Junta, Colo.; David of Flint, Mich.; Joseph who died in childhood near Thurman, Colo.; Alvin, who died in infancy). Early in life he moved with his family to Thurman, Colo., where he resided until 1902, when he moved to Pigeon, Mich. He is survived by 2 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in his youth, and was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church until his Lord called him home. Funeral services were conducted at the Winkel Funeral Home at Pigeon by Emanuel Swartzendruber, and at the Pigeon River Church, by Bros. Earl Maust and M. S. Zehr. Texts, Gen. 7; Heb. 9:27, 28. Burial in the Church Cemetery.
Defrees. - David, son of Henry and Dora (Fisher) Defrees, was born near Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 5, 1875; died at the home of his sister (Mrs. Milo Ganger), near Nappanee, Feb. 23, 1942; aged 66 y. 3 m. 18 d. He spent most of his time in farming and made his home with his sister, Mrs. Ganger, for the greater part of his life. She with one brother (Samuel Defrees of Nappanee) survives him. About 15 years ago he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the North Main St. Mennonite Church, in Napanee; but because of physical conditions he was not privileged to be an attendant at services. He always expressed himself as having peace with God, and was ready to meet his Lord. Services were held in the home, conducted by Homer F. North, and burial in the Union Centre Cemetery.
Gerig. - Christian R. Gerig was born in Mulhausen, Alsace-Lorraine, April 8, 1855; died at the home of his son, Henry C. Gerig, near Albany, Oreg., March 9, 1942; aged 86 y. 11 m. 1 d. Death followed a prolonged illness caused by the infirmities of old age. In November 1864, he immigrated with his parents to Wayne Co., Ohio. In 1869 he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, was baptized by Bishop John K. Yoder, and united with the Oak Grove A. M. Church. In 1876 he went to Henry Co., Iowa, and transferred his membership by letter to the Sugar Creek A. M. Church. Feb. 7, 1878, he was united in marriage to Sister Mary B. Conrad of Wayland, Iowa. To this union were born 12 children, 3 of who preceded him to the eternal home in their infancy. Those surviving are six sons (Simon, Amos, Christian, Benjamin, and Henry, all of Albany, Oreg.; and Martin of Wayland, Ia.), 3 daughters (Mrs. J. J. Roth of Mt. Pleasant, Ia., Barbara Gerig of Albany, Oreg.; and Mrs. D. A. Roth of Lebanon, Oreg.), besides 48 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. March 15, 1914, it pleased God to call to rest his companion. Dec. 1, 1916, he was united in marriage to Sister Anna K. Roth of Albany, Oreg., who remains to mourn his departure, besides many relatives and friends. In 1887 he was called through the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite Church to the office of deacon, and a few years later to the ministry, with Bishop Sebastian Gerig officiating. With his family he moved to Linn Co., Oreg., in March, 1904, where he has since resided, transferring his membership to the Fairview A. M. Church. In 1907 he was called, through the Fairview Church, to the office of bishop, and ordained by Bishops A. P. Troyer of Hubbard, Oreg., Sebastian Gerig of Wayland, Ia,. and Benjamin Gerig of Smithville, Ohio. In this office he performed his duties nobly as long as health permitted. He was an affectionate father, interested in the welfare of his children, ready to minister to their needs at all times, and always ready to lend a helping hand to neighbors and those in need, making practical the "Golden Rule" in his everyday life. Funeral services March 12 at the home of his son (Henry C. Gerig) by Bro. Melvin Schrock, and at the Fairview Church by Bros. C. C. Steckley, N. M. Birky and sermon by Bro. Elias Kulp, of Bally, Pa. Scriptures: II Cor. 15:33; Psalm 90 (sermon text); Num. 23:10; Rev. 14:13. Interment in Riverside Cemetery. "Calm and peaceful he is sleeping, Sweetest rest that follows pain; We who loved him sadly miss him, But trust in God to meet again."
Kauffman. - Christian, son of Christian and Anna (Zook) Kauffman, was born near Groveland, Ill., May 18, 1859. He spent his life in Tazewell Co., with the exception of a few years which he spent in Livingston Co. He came to the vicinity of Hopedale in his young manhood, was married to Barbara Nafziger Jan. 16, 1883, making their home near Minier, until 21 years ago when they moved to Hopedale. He is the last of his family to depart this life, having had 3 brothers, 3 sisters and several stepsisters and brothers. With his companion, there are left to mourn his departure 2 sons (John and Aaron of Minier), 6 daughters (Lydia Showalter of Broadway, Va.; Emma Springer of Delavan; Ella Sommers of Foosland; Anna Litwiller of Hopedale; Bertha and Katy at home). Three children (Christian, Mary, and Valentine) died in childhood. He leaves 41 grandchildren. He united with the Mennonite Church at Hopedale in his young manhood, where he fellowshiped until the time of his death. Being frail in body the last years, he often expressed a desire to depart this life which desire was realized as he peacefully fell asleep on March 12, 1942; aged 82 y. 9 m. 22 d. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Simon Litwiller and Ben Springer. Interment in the Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery. "All is over, hands are folded On a calm and peaceful breast; All is over, labors ended, Now dear Father is at rest."
Lehman. - Joseph, son of the late Bishop Peter and Catharine (Widrick) Lehman, was born near Croghan, N. Y., March 17, 1875; died after a lingering illness of cancer, March 12, 1942, aged 67 years, less 5 days. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in his youth and was baptized and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Oct. 29, 1901, he was united in marriage to Mollie A. Zehr. To this union 6 children were born: Marion (Mrs. Reuben Zehr), Elmer, Mildred, Earl, and Pearl of this community, and Jonathan of Watertown. He leaves 3 sons, 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. He was ordained to the ministry in October, 1909, in which capacity he faithfully served as long as health permitted. Funeral services were conducted from his late home by Bro. Jacob Gingerich, and at the Croghan A. M. Church by Bro. I. E. Burkhart of Goshen, Ind., and Bro. M. S. Zehr of Pigeon, Mich. Our departed brother had made some of the funeral arrangements, and chose for a text, II Cor. 5:1-10.
Martin. - Rose Marie, infant daughter of John M. and Miriam Martin of Blue Ball, Pa., after a sojourn here of a few brief hours returned to her Creator on March 3, 1942. In addition to her parents she is survived by her paternal and maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Abram Martin of near Maytown, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Eli Wenger of Blue Ball, Pa.), and a number of uncles and aunts. Brief funeral services were conducted March 5 from the Esbenshade Funeral Home, New Holland, Pa., by Bros. J. Paul Graybill ad I. W. Musser. Text, Cant. 6:2. Interment in the Weaverland Cemetery.
Nofziger. - Darlene Elaine, eldest child of Laverne and Herma (Stuckey) Nofziger, died at their home near Pettisville, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1942; aged 9 y. 2 m. 3 d. Her death was due to heart trouble. About three years ago she had an attack of rheumatic fever which left her with a weak heart. About five weeks ago she became ill with influenza and lung congestion, from which she never fully recovered. She was a kind and patient child. A favorite hymn which she often sang was "Take Time to Be Holy." In her latter moments she talked much of heaven. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters (Shirley Berdene and Sharon Jene), grandparents (William B. Nofziger and wife of Wauseon, O., and Mrs. Henry Stuckey, of Leo, Ind.), 8 uncles, 12 aunts, and many other relatives and friends. One grandfather (Henry Stuckey, of Leo, Ind.) preceded her in death. She will be greatly missed in the home, but "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21). Funeral services were held at the home and at the Clinton Mennonite Church by Bros. E. B. Frey, Jesse Short, Henry Wyse, and P. L. Frey. Texts, Matt. 18:10; Luke 8:41-56. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery. "No one heard the footsteps of the angel drawing near, Who took from earth to heaven the one we loved so dear; No one knows the silent heartache, only we who lost can tell, Of the grief that's borne in silence for the one we loved so well." By the Family.
Schantz. - Andrew, son of Chris and Elizabeth Schantz, was born near Regensburg, Germany, March 19, 1859; died at his home near Hydro, Okla., March 12, 1942; aged 82 y. 11 m. 21 d. His death was caused by cancer, which started about ten years ago. He was bedfast less than a week. He confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until the Lord called him home. He came to America in 1886, accompanied by two of his brothers, locating near Flanagan, Ill. He was married to Mary Ackerman of Flanagan, March 17, 1896. They began life together on a farm near Fulda, Minn. In 1902 the family moved to Rolfe, Iowa, and in 1911 they again moved, this time to their farm northwest of Hydro. This was their home until the death of his loving companion in January, 1929, and where he continued to resided until death claimed him. To this union were born 4 sons and 1 daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, an infant son, and the daughter (Minnie). He was the last to go of a family of 8 brothers and 3 sisters, with the exception of a sister still residing in Germany. Surviving are 3 sons (Henry, George and Willie), also a grandson and other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held Mar. 15 at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Interment in the cemetery near by. "Jesus, clad in dazzling splendor, Now, methinks, appear in view! Brethern, could you see my Jesus. You would love and serve Him, too."
Springer. - Magdalena Springer was born near Roanoke, Ill., July 26, 1864; died Feb. 3, 1942; aged 77 y. 6 m. 8 d. She with her parents (Christian and Mary Detweiler) moved to Milford, Nebr., in 1877. She was united in marriage to Valentine Springer Feb. 13, 1881. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. One son and 1 daughter preceded her in death. She leaves her husband (aged 86 years the day after her death), Katie Tosey at home, Christ of Seward, Nebr., Mary Springer of Lincoln, Nebr., Louise Meyer of Milford, Ed. of Wayland, Ia., and Emma Saltzman of Milford, Nebr.; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Christ of Shickley, Nebr., Peter of Beaver Crossing, Nebr., and Valentine of Thomas, Okla.). She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, united with the East Fairview Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. She was feeble and ailing more or less for a number of years. She bore her suffering with patience, always enjoyed having company, and desired the prayers of ministers or any who knew the value of prayer. Funeral services were held at the East Fairview Church with Bishop Jos. E. Zimmerman in charge. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. "All is over, hands are folded On a calm and peaceful breast; All is over, suffering ended, Now dear Mother is at rest."
Springer. - Nettie (Conrad) Springer was born near Wayland, Iowa, Jan. 18, 1902. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was received into the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church by water baptism, of which she was a member at the time of her death. June 9, 1923, she was united in marriage with Ed Springer of Milford, Nebr. With the exception of about ten years they lived in the community of Wayland, which was their late home. She seemed to be about in her usual health until about a week ago, when she contracted a throat infection which developed into quinsy. She passed away quite suddenly Thursday morning, March 12, 1942; aged 40 y. 1 m. 24 d. Her father, mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Joseph, Jacob, Ezra, Ida, and Emma), all of the Wayland community, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Sugar Creek Church, conducted by Willard Leichty and Simon Gingerich. Text, Psa. 103. Interment in the cemetery near by. "A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is still; A place is vacant in our home Which never can be filled. God in His wisdom has recalled The boon His love had given And, though the body slumbers here The soul is safe in heaven."
Transcribed by: Debbie Flanagan, Florida
Eschliman.- John H., son of Jonas and Martha (Martin) Eschliman, was born at North Lawrence, Stark Co., Ohio, Sept. 28, 1865; died March 8, 1942, at the home he built near Dalton, Wayne Co.; aged 76 y. 5 m. 8 d. He was married to Amelia Weaver on Jan. 23, 1890. They first resided near North Lawrence, later at Sippo, and since 1904 they had lived near Dalton. To this union the following children were born: A. R. Eschliman of Wagner, S. Dak., William E. of Dalton, Dr. John C. of Youngstown, Nora May of Wooster, Samuel J. of Canfield, and lrene at home. His wife, all 6 children, and 8 grandchildren survive. He, with his wife Amelia, united with the Pleasant View Mennonite Church nearly fifty years ago. After moving to Wayne County they and their family attended the Martin Mennonite Church, of which the entire family became members. He served for many years as an official in the church organization. He was not a man of many words regarding his church affiliations but was a man of deep Christian thought and ideals, always trying to live a business and daily life that would speak for itself. Bro. Eschliman had many friends in the business world and was always highly respected for his sterling integrity. He leaves, besides his family, 1 sister, Mary I. Eschliman of North Lawrence, 8 brothers, Jonas of Canton, Ezra, and Daniel of North Lawrence. Four brothers and 4 sisters preceded him in death. His sudden departure will be deeply felt by his family, relatives, and all who knew him. Funeral services were held from the home and Pleasant View Church, with burial at Pleasant View Cemetery, with service in charge of Bro. Wm. G. Detweiler, assisted by Bros. Stanford Mumaw, J. A. Liechty, I. J. Buckwalter, and W. J. Myers.
Fleck.- Miles Fleck was born near Mattawana, Pa.; died in his home there March 13, 1942; aged 79 years. He united with the Mennonite Church less than two years ago. He had been in feeble health for some time. His wife died about 18 months ago. He leaves 1 son (William at home), a daughter (Mrs. Wilmer Miller of this place), 6 grandchildren, 4 half brothers, and 3 half sisters. Funeral services were conducted in the Mennonite Church by Bros. Milo Yoder and Levi Glick. Burial in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Groff. - Samuel Showalter Groff, son of Henry and Susanna Groff, was born in East Union Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, March 18, 1857. In 1878 he was married to Lena Metz. To this union were born 5 children. One boy, Henry, died three years after his mother's death. The other children known to survive are: Forest Lee Groff, Rapid City, S. Dak.; Charley Groff, Colome, S. Dak.; Lena Vogt and Ida May Ceiling, Avon, S. Dak. He was baptized and received as a member of the Dunkard Church in 1873 at the age of 16 years. On March 26, 1942, at the Wayne County, Ohio, Old People's Home near Wooster, Ohio, he peacefully crossed the divide; aged 85 y. 8 d. Funeral services were held at the Martins Church near Orrville, O., by Bro. I. J. Buchwalter, Dalton, O., from the text, "It is finished."
Heatwole. - Solomon D., son of the late Joseph and Lydia (Rhodes) Heatwole, was born July 21, 1853, near Dayton, Va.; died Feb. 27, 1942, at the home of his son, Walter, with whom he made his home for the past 14 years; aged 88 y. 7 m. 6 d. He was married to Susannah C. Weaver, who preceded him in death Nov. 19, 1927. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and served in Sunday-school work until he grew too old. For the past two years he had been confined to his home most of the time. Due to hardening of the arteries, his mind was affected. Jan. 30, 1942, he fell in his room near his bed and fractured his hip. Due to his advanced age, it was not set. Complications set in and he died just four weeks from the day he fell. He was the third member of the family suffering a fractured hip, the same accident having befallen his grandmother and a sister. He is survived by the following children : Joseph H. of Lima, Ohio; Walter J. of Dayton, Va.; Hettie Rhodes, Dayton, Va.; William E.; Elida, O.; Lydia Riddle, Abbottstown, Pa.; Calvin T., Dayton, Va.; and Mollie Showalter, La Junta, Colo.; also 2 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Coffman and Mrs. Mary Showalter of Dayton, Va.), and a number of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Church by Bros. S. H. Rhodes and H. B. Keener. Text, Eccl. 12. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Lehman.- Mary Ann, nee Zuercher, was born in a pleasant mountain home in Sonnenberg, Canton Bern, Switzerland, on July 19, 1873. In 1881 she, with her parents, emigrated to America. In the spring of 1890 she was baptized upon the confession of her faith by Bishop Jacob Nussbaum, and received as a member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Later she became a charter member of the Kidron Mennonite Church. She remained faithful to her confession to the end. On Dec. 14, 1893, she was married to John P. Lehman, with whom she shared life's joys and sorrows for more than 48 years. This union was blessed with 5 sons, viz., Aaron, of Apple Creek; Simon, of Orrville; David and Martin, of Kidron; and Weldon, of the home. From childhood she was taught to be industrious, a characteristic which she retained until her health failed. She was especially apt at knitting and sewing, as well as at cooking and baking. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 5 sons, 16 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Aaron Amstutz), 1 brother (Joel Zuercher), as well as a large number of other relatives and friends. One sister, Katie, wife of Daniel J. Lehman, and 1 brother (Christ A. Zuercher), preceded her to the glory world. Funeral services were held from the home near Kidron, O., in charge of Bro. Allen Bixler, and at the Kidron Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Zuercher, A. J. Steiner, and Reuben Hofstetter. Texts: Heb. 11 :16, and John 14 :2,3. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Marner.- Jacob G., son of Gideon and Elizabeth (Lehman) Marner, was born near Sharon Center, Iowa, Dec. 31, 1870. He was a lifelong resident of Johnson County. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until the end. He had an earnest desire to attend church services whenever his health permitted. Nov. 20, 1894, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Brenneman. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters : Roy and Mrs. Murrie Miller of Wellman; Chris, Omar, Walter and Mrs. Ed Hershberger of Kalona; and Ralph, who passed away in 1921. He leaves his sorrowing widow, 6 children, 10 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Isaac of Wellman, Gideon and Eli of Parnell, and Elmer of Kalona), 1 sister (Alice of Kalona), and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 1 son (Ralph), 2 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Susan and Lena), and 1 brother (Jonathan). He was an industrious man; not exerting these efforts all for himself, but manifesting a spirit of helpfulness to many neighbors. He gladly and cheerfully lended a helping hand to folks who were in need of help, thereby winning for himself many friends. He enjoyed good health until about nine years ago. Since then he had been afflicted with heart trouble and asthma. However, he was in his usual health until he had a cerebral hemorrhage which he endured only a few hours, passing away at his late home, March 21, 1942; aged 71 y. 2 m. 21 d. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church, conducted by John Y. Swartzendruber and D. D. Miller.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe;
We little thought his death so near;
And only those who've lost can tell
The pain of a passing without farewell."
Rutt.- Anna N., daughter of Amos and Hettie Burkhart,
was born in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 11, 1889;
died at her home at East Earl, March 21, 1942; aged 52 y. 3 m.
10 d. She was married to Phares W. Rutt, June 25, 1921. After
suffering with diabetes for a number of years she became an invalid,
with a weak heart and kidneys, suffering more or less for over
two years until the Lord suddenly called her home. She is survived
by her husband, 3 daughters (Anna Mae, wife of Martin B. Martin
of Sideling Hill C. P. S. Camp; Helen, and Mildred), 1 son (Phares
B.), 4 stepsons (George A. Rutt, New Holland, Pa.; Paul A., Honey
Brook, Pa,; Lloyd W ., and Harold L., of Ephrata), 1 stepdaughter
(Mrs. Elizabeth Showers, Cornwall, Pa.), also 4 brothers (David,
of Narvon, Pa.; Samuel, Harry, and Elmer, Mohnton, Pa.), and 1
sister Mrs. Lizzie Shirk, Narvon, Pa.). She was a faithful member
of the Mennonite Church at New Holland. She endured her suffering
and distress patiently, trusting in the Lord. Her last words were
concerning the children.
Dearest Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Much we miss thy pleasant voice;
But in heaven we'll come to meet you,
In this hope we do rejoice.
Steinmann.- John, son of the late Christian and Maria
(Honderich) Steinmann, was born near Baden, Ont., Aug. 18, 1853;
died at his home in Wellesley, Ont., on Feb. 18, 1942; aged 88
y. 6 m. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth
and remained faithful to the end. On Sept. 18, 1877, he
was united in marriage to Susannah Gascho and together they shared
the joys and sorrows of lile for more than 64 years. He leaves
his aged companion, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 13 grandchildren, 3 sisters,
and many relatives and friends.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended,
Now dear Father is at rest."
Stichter .- Henry Lee, infant son of Fred and Bertha
(Yoder) Stichter, of Wakarusa, Ind., was stillborn at the Elkhart
General Hospital, March 13, 1942. Besides his parents, he leaves
a half sister, Esther Leona, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Moses Yoder, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Stichter.
His little body was laid to rest in the Olive Cemetery north of
Wakarusa, with Bro. Silas Weldy in charge of a short service at
"His darling form is sleeping,
His soul has fled to rest;
He is now in Jesus' keeping,
What can be more blest?"
Daniels.- Sarah Alice Daniels died March 21, 1942, at the home of a nephew, Perry Daniels, near West Liberty, where she had lived for the last ten years, following a brief serious illness. She was born Jan. 8, 1852, in Harrison Twp., Champaign Co., to Perry and Mary Berkshire Daniels; the second of a family of eight children, and had reached the age of 90 y. 2 m. 12 d. The greater part of her life was spent in that community in the family home. It was after the death of her mother that she went to live with a sister, Mrs. Marjory Baker. The latter part of her life was spent in the homes of three nephews, Harry and Herbert Baker and Perry Daniels. Although afflicted with deafness for many years, yet she always kept a cheerful attitude, and spent much time in reading, especially her Bible. She was quiet, refined, and reserved in her manner, and had many friends. During the ministry of Rev. Drake, she united with the Presbyterian Church at Springhill, and was one of the early members there. Funeral services were held in the Wilkins Funeral Home, in charge of Bro. S. E. Allgyer. Burial was made in Oak Dale Cemetery at Urbana.
Eichelberger.- Katie Ann, daughter of Christian and Phoebe Lauber, was born near Milford, Nebr., on Nov. 4, 1891; died April 1, 1942, at the Fillmore Hospital in Geneva, Nebr.; aged 50 y. 4 m. 27 d. Her death was a result from complications following a surgical operation. In her early teens she accepted Christ; uniting with the Salem Mennonite Church near Shickley, Nebr., and remained faithful until called Home. On March 18, 1909, she was united in marriage to Joel V. Eichelberger. Eleven children were born to them. Surviving are her husband, 4 sons and 5 daughters (Esther Ritchie, Rocky Ford, Colo.; Florence Lichti, Shickley; Wilber, Rocky Ford, Colo.; Grace, Hesston, Kans.; Ray, Clayton, John, Lois, and Ila, at home). She also leaves her mother, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers. Two sons, her father, and 1 sister preceded her to the life beyond. Mother's vacancy is keenly felt in the home. Hers was a life of unselfish, sacrificial service for her family and fellow men. Her quiet daily walk with her Saviour was one of inspiration and example. Funeral services were conducted at the home, in charge of Bro. Fred Reeb, and at the church by Bishop P. R. Kennel. Text, John 16 :16. Interment in the Salem Mennonite Cemetery.
Hufford.- Arthur Abraham, son of John A. and Mary Nelson Hufford, was born in Herald, Ill., Oct. 7, 1894; passed away at his home near Morton, Ill., Jan. 11, 1942; aged 47 y. 3 m. 3 d. He was sick only a short time, death being due to a heart attack. He had worked all day Saturday, the day before his death. He spent his early manhood near Herald and came to Peoria, Ill., in 1916. On Sept. 2, 1919, he married Mabel Duvall of Mackinaw, Ill. To this union were born 3 children (Doris, James, and Stanley, all at home). He is survived by his widow, 3 children, his father, and 6 brothers (Alfred, John W., David, and Frank, of Peoria, Ill.; Thurman, of Urbana, Ill.; and Perry, of California). His mother and 5 sisters preceded him in death. On Jan. 25, 1931 he was baptized and received into the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church. He was number one of the first sixteen to accept Christ and was the first of that group to be baptized and to be called by God. He attended church regularly. He was a faithful, conscientious Christian who read his Bible daily and was of a happy, cheerful disposition. He will be missed greatly by family, friends, and neighbors. Interment was at Mackinaw, Ill.
Long.-Dorothy (Prater) Long was born at Braggs, Okla., Feb. 26, 1871; died at a nursing home in Hutchinson, Kans., March 27, 1942; aged 71 y. 29 d. She was united in marriage to John Long who passed away in 1927. She is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son (Hester Long, Hazel Charter, and Hugh Long), 1 granddaughter and 3 great-grandchildren. She had been ill for the last two years. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was received into the Hutchinson Mennonite Mission by water baptism On June 12, 1941. She remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held March 30, at the Hutchinson Mennonite Mission by Bro. H. A. Diener. Text, John 14:2.
Miller.- Mary Miller was born in Liberty Twp., Howard Co., Ind., on May 8, 1858; peacefully passed away on April 2, 1942; aged 83 y. 10 m. 24 d. Death followed several months of sickness due to the infirmities of old age. She bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude and patience, often expressing her wish to depart and be with the Lord. She was the daughter of John and Mary Zook. In 1877 she was married to John Miller, who preceded her in death by about fourteen years. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters. At the time of her death she was the maternal ancestor of 76 living direct descendants: 2 sons (Lon and Albert), 5 daughters (Della Troyer, Lizzie Lantz, Pearl King, Sadie Mishler, and Susie Horner), 31 grandchildren, 36 greatgrandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Three of the children preceded her (Nellie, Eddie, and Fred). She is also survived by 1 brother (Aaron Zook of Peru, Ind.), 1 sister (Lydia Weirich of Shipshewana, Ind.), and by a large circle of nephews, nieces, and other relatives. In her youth she accepted her Saviour and became a member of the Howard-Miami County Mennonite Church. To God and the Church she gave her loyal devotion until death. For many years she with her companion took their place in the work of the Church and the Lord. After he passed away she continued to give her prayers and testimony for God. As a mother and a grandmother in the home she lived an exemplary Christian life. She was always keenly interested in the welfare of her home, children, and grandchildren, especially in their spiritual welfare. The memory of her life in the home, in the church, and in the community continues to be a living testimony to the Friend that meant so much to her. Funeral services were held on Easter Sunday afternoon in charge of Bro. D. A. Yoder, assisted by the local ministry. Text, I Cor. 15, latter part. Burial in the Hensler Cemetery.
Miller.- Miriam, widow of the late S. A. Miller, was born Jan. 8, 1866, at Lagrange, lnd.; died at her home in Aurora, Oreg., Feb. 10, 1942; aged 76 y. 1 m. 2 d. Her death followed a two months' illness. She came to Oregon with her parents in her youth. Sept. 2, 1883, she married Samuel A. Miller, and to this union 3 children were born. One son and 1 daughter survive her, and 1 son died in 1901. She with her husband operated a hotel at Hubbard, Oreg., for several years, later moving to Aurora, Oreg., where they operated the Miller Mortuary for the last thirty years of their active life. Surviving are a daughter (Mrs. Nora Coyle, St. Paul, Oreg.), a son (Dewey S. Miller, Molalla, Oreg.), 2 grandsons, 4 sisters (Mrs. Deliah Brower, Ashland, Oreg.; Mrs. Jemima Yoder, Mrs. Lovina Helmuth, Kokomo, Ind.; and Mrs. Dora Gingrich, Greentown, Ind.), 1 brother (Obed I. Miller, Hammett, Ida.); also nephews and nieces who mourn her departure. Funeral services were held from the Ransom-Miller Funeral Home, Friday, _____ Hood of Walport, Oreg., being in charge. Texts were Psalms 23, 90 :1, 2. Interment in the Husband Cemetery, beside her departed husband and son. -- By a Niece.
Shope. - Sarah Myers Shope, wife of Pre. H. N. Shope, was born Feb. 28, 1852; died March 30, 1942; aged 90 y. 1 m. 2 d. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world two years ago. He was in the ministry for 56 years. She was the mother of 7 children, and grandmother to 21 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of the Mennonite faith. Three sons and 2 daughters survive (Harry, Eli, and William; Mrs. Annie Lentz, and Mrs. Edwin Miller). Two daughters (Martha and Myrtle) preceded her to the spirit world. She was a kind mother and loving grandmother. Funeral services were held at Strickler's Church, in charge of Bros. Noah Risser and David Miller. Text, Rev. 21 :4. Burial in Shope's Cemetery. -- A Daughter.
Albrecht.- Alma Edna Miller was born in Lagrange Co. Ind., Aug. 11, 1903, the daughter of John and Malinda Mehl Miller; died Feb. 17, 1942; aged 38 y. 6 m. 6 d. She was a graduate of Shipshewana High School and attended Goshen College. After leaving college she taught school two years. On June 2, 1924, she was married to Silas Albrecht of Tiskilwa, Ill. During the 18 years that she lived in Illinois she wrote a letter to her parents every week and went at least once a year for a visit. Alma united with the Mennonite Church when a young girl and remained faithful throughout her life. She took an active part in church work, teaching Sunday-school classes, teaching in Summer Bible School and doing whatever called on to do. She suffered much during the last several years but bore it all patiently. She expressed her readiness to go but was much concerned in leaving her companion and children. For several years she had suffered from high blood pressure and continuously doctored for that. At times she was seemingly all right. Approximately three months ago she again became seriously ill. Since then she had been confined to her bed. In spite of all that loving hands could do her condition became more serious and she was taken to the hospital in Peoria for observation. Here it was discovered that she had Bright's disease and her condition gradually became more critical until she peacefully passed away. Surviving her are her husband, 3 children (Verda Berdine, LaVerne Miriam, and Stanley Silas); her father and mother, 4 brothers (Otis M. of Kouts, Perry J. of Shipshewana, Harold J. of Millersburg, and Vernon E. of Middlebury), 2 sisters (Edith, Mrs. Daniel Yoder of Shipshewana, and Bessie, Mrs. Daniel Hooley of Middlebury) all of Indiana. Her husband loses a loving companion, her children a devoted mother, the church a faithful worker, and the community a kind helper.
"God called dear Mother home to rest,
Away from pain and care;
Some day, oh happy time, 'twill not be long
We'll meet her there."
Brubaker.--Martha Meck Brubaker, 87, widow of the late Benjamin Brubaker, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. E. Platt, Sarasota, Fla., March 28, 1942 following an extended illness. Martha Meck was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 22, 1854. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Brubaker Dec. 22, 1881. They resided on a farm at Freeport, Ill., until the death of her husband March 31, 1927. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by 2 daughters (Mrs. P. E. Platt, Sarasota, Fla., and Mrs. Jacob Gingrich, Vancouver, B. C.), and 1 son (Ralph M. Brubaker, Freeport, Ill.). Four sisters also survive: Mrs. Hettie Herr, Mrs. Mary Kauffman, Mrs. Sue Toute, Miss Emma Meck, all of Lancaster Co., Pa.; also 1 granddaughter, Eleanor Platt of Sarasota. A sister and 3 brothers preceded her in death. The remains were sent to Freeport, Ill., where services were held at the Mennonite Church near Dakota, Ill., on April 1, 1942, by Bro. A. C. Good of Sterling. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Deputy.- Peter Deputy was born Dec. 3, 1861; died Nov. 24,1941; aged 79 y. 11 m. 24 d. He was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church March 21, 1897, in which faith he died. His entire life was spent in Rockingham Co., Va. He was preceded in death by his wife (Alice McGuire) three years ago. She being an invalid a number of years, he tenderly cared for her and did the housekeeping. After her death he made his home with his daughter. Surviving are 3 children (Mrs. W. K. Crousehorn, Mrs. Ernest Crousehorn, and J. Ward Deputy), 9 grandchildren, and 1 great-grand child. Funeral services were held from the Mt. Horeb U. B. Church, conducted by Bro. S. H. Rhodes and assisted by 0. R. Kesner. Text, Psalm 23. Burial in near-by cemetery;
Egli.- Ivan Francis, son of Bro. and Sister John Egli, was born Sept. 21, 1934, at Manson, Iowa; died of pneumonia March 12, 1942 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Dodge, Ia.; aged 7 y. 5 m. 7 d. Ivan seemed normally well and happy until Wednesday noon, March 11. Though everything was done for him that skillful and loving hands could do, he passed away the next evening at 10:30 o'clock. His sudden passing is hard to realize, but we bow in submission to the giver of life who wisely plans and overrules. His father, mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers are left to mourn: Merle of San Fernando, Calif., Dorothy (Mrs. Paul Oswald) of Manson, and Lois, Norman, and Judith at home. An infant brother, Irvin John, preceded him in death. Besides his immediate family he also leaves an aged grandmother, Mrs. John Egli, Sr., and many relatives and friends. Funeral March 16 at the Mennonite Church in Manson, in charge of Bro. Nick Stoltzfus. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Frey.- Bishop Elias L. Frey, oldest son of Christian
and Elizabeth (Conrad) Frey, was born near Pettisville, Fulton
Co., Ohio, Nov. 2, 1856; died on the same farm March 20, 1942;
aged 85 y. 4 m. 18 d. He was the oldest of 6 children, all of
whom preceded him in death, except J. C. Frey of Archbold, Ohio,
the only one of the family remaining. Up to the age of about 80
years, he scarcely knew what it meant to be sick. At that time
he was in Albany, Oreg., and suffered his first stroke, which
was followed by several other strokes, and resulted in cerebral
On June 9, 1881, he was united in marriage to Anna Short, and moved on a farm within a mile of his birthplace. After the death of his wife on Jan. 27, 1928, he made his home with the children. The marriage of Bro. and Sister Frey was blessed with 8 sons and 4 daughters: Aaron D., Ezra A., Daniel D., Lucas B.. Jesse J., Philemon L., Silas (who died in infancy), Edgar (who fell dead on the street in Goshen, Ind.), Ruth (Mrs. W. H. Nafziger, at whose home he died), Lydia (Mrs. Henry Wyse), Phoebe (who died at the age of 13), all residing in Fulton Co., Ohio, and Mary (Mrs. Milton Martin), of Albany, Oreg. He is survived by 6 sons, 3 daughters, 54 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren. One grandchild and 1 great-grandchild preceded him in death, making a total family of 136 by birth and marriage. He might well say with Jacob of old, "With my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now am become two bands."
In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church of Fulton Co., Ohio, and was baptized by Nicholas King. He at once became an active Sunday-school worker, serving as teacher and superintendent. On Dec. 25, 1884, he was ordained to the office of deacon, in which capacity he served until March 22, 1908, when he was ordained bishop. He served the church in various capacities, such as evangelist, Bible teacher, moderator at conferences, and chairman of the Peace Committee of the U. S. and Canada. He spent much time as an evangelist in the U. S. and Canada. and in 1929 made a tour to Europe, visiting his paternal home in France. He was a strong exponent of spirituality which manifests itself in conduct, often moving audiences to tears by his eloquence. Ministers in charge of the funeral services were S. a. Yoder, D. A. Yoder, and I. W. Royer. Text, Rev. 1 :11. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
Don't forget poor Father,
With his failing sight;
With his locks once thick and brown,
Scanty now and white.
Tho' he may be childish,
Still do you be kind;
Think of him as years ago,
With his master mind.
Haverstick.- Amos K., son of the late David and Barbara K. Haverstick, was born in Conestoga Twp., March 21, 1858; died March 17, 1942; aged 83 y. 11 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage to Martha H. Kreider, who preceded him in death 22 years ago. This union was blessed with 6 children, 2 of whom have preceded them in death, 1 being 6 y. and the other 24 d. old. Surviving are Martin K. Haverstick, Mrs. Amos Huber, Lizzie K. Huber, and Clayton K. Haverstick; also 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He had been active up to the time of his death. Funeral services were held at his home by Bros. James Hess and Henry Nauman, and at the New Danville Church by Bro. Maris Hess (Gen. 25 :8) and Bro. Stoner Brady (Heb. 11 :16).
'Neath our eyes he slowly faded,
Growing day by day more frail;
Till God in His heavenly wisdom
Called .him gently home.
Houpt.- Mrs. Annie F. Houpt, widow of the late Henry Houpt, died Sunday evening, March 22, 1942, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter (Mr. and Mrs. Titus Metz, of Mainland, Pa.); aged 79 y. 10 m. 29 d. She was a member of the Franconia Mennonite Church where she faithfully attended when health permitted. Her husband preceded her in death 20 years ago. Surviving are 3 daughters (Mrs. Warren Heckler, Harleysville; Mrs. Alvin Moyer, 'Souderton; and Mrs. Titus Metz, Mainland, with whom she had made her home), 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 26, at the home by Bros. Warren Moyer and Wm. Anders, with further services at the Franconia Mennonite Church with Bros. Elwood Derstine and Menno Souder in charge. Text, Phil. 1 :23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Our dear mother from us has gone,
Her voice we love is stilled;
Her place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
Nolt.- Amos Noah Nolt, son of Amos and Fianna Nolt, was born April 29, 1889, in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.; died March 12, 1942, of heart failure; aged 52 y. 10 m. 13 d. He was married to Lizzie Huber. To this union were born 3 children, 2 of whom preceded him to the spirit world. About 4 weeks before he died his heart gave way and gradually became weaker, till the morning of March 12, when he peacefully fell asleep. He bore his suffering with patience and was resigned to the will of God. He is survived by his widow and 1 son Elmer at home, and 1 sister Anna Rettew of Manheim. He was a member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Groffdale Church by John S. Hess and Moses Gehman, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended,
Now dear Father is at rest."
Schumacher. - Nancy Leman was born in Elkhart Co., lnd., March 4, 1854; died at Sheridan, Oreg., April 7, 1942; aged 88 y. 1 m. 3 d. On April 1, 1890, she was married to Christian Shumacher, who preceded her in death by 13 years. No children were born to this union, but they were foster parents to 2 children, Ida Bell and Donald Smith, who both survive. Also surviving are 1 niece and 3 nephews. She was converted in early life and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith she remained until death. She was faithful in attendance at services when health permitted, and always contended for the old landmarks of the faith. Funeral services were conducted at the Sheridan an Funeral Home April 9, by G. D. Shenk (Text, Mark, 8:35) and at Hopewell Church, near Hubbard, Oreg., by A. H. Kilmer, assisted by Noah Hershberger and James Bucher. Text. I Cor. 15 :20. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Troyer.- Joann Troyer, oldest daughter of Orie and Almeda
(Gilbert) Troyer was born near Denbigh, Va.; died March 12, 1942;
aged 2 y. 11 m. 16 d. She had gotten hold of safety matches in
a little book, and burned off her clothing so that there was just
one hem of one sleeve left. She was rushed to the Buxton Hospital
in an ambulance by the fire squad of a near-by fire department.
There she was treated for first and second degree burns. Her short
stay here brought her many friends who cherished her loving and
bright disposition. Surviving are her parents and baby sister
(Ester Mae), the grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Troyer, Mr.
and Mrs. Elic Gilbert, all of Portsmouth, Va.), 1 great-grandmother
(Mrs. Schrock, of Farmington, Del.) , 8 uncles, 10 aunts, and
many other relatives to mourn her early departure. We mourn not
as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held Sunday,
March 15, with short services at the home in charge of Bro. Delp,
and further services at the Warwick River Mennonite Church near
Denbigh, Va:, in charge of Bros. George and Truman Brunk. Burial
in cemetery adjoining.
" A bud the Gardener gave us,
A pure and lovely child,
He gave it to our keeping
To cherish undefiled
. But just as it was opening
To the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly Gardener
And took our bud away."
----By Grandmother Troyer.
Allgyer.- Lydia S., daughter of Eli and Cathrine Yoder Allgyer, was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug. 20, 1871; died April 10, 1942; aged 70 y. 7 m. 20 d. In 1875 she moved with her folks to Champaign Co., where she spent the greater part of her life. After the death of her mother, she kept house for her father, until his passing in 1926. Since that time she and her younger brother, Harvey, have lived together in the city of Urbana, and we trust she has gone to be with her Lord, where she is free from suffering and from the unpleasant things and difficulties so prevalent in life. Her parents, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded her in death. Two brothers David, of Pennsylvania, and Harvey, at. home, are left to mourn the loss of a faithful sister. Funeral services were held at the Humphrey's Funeral Home, in Urbana, in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and Samuel Furrow. Burial in the Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana.
Beachy.- Samuel, son of the late Daniel and Amanda (Miller)
Beachy, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 19, 1895 ; died April
18, 1942 ; aged 46 y. 6 m. He accepted Christ as his personal
Saviour in his youth, was baptized, and became a faithful member
of the Amish Mennonite Church. On July 11, 1920, he was united
in marriage with Barbara Spenler. To this union 2 children were
born: Rosie Elizabeth and Alvie Roy, both at home. The survivors,
who mourn his early departure, with his wife and daughter and
son, are 5 brothers, 4 sisters and a number of more distant relatives
and many friends. His parents and 1 sister preceded him in death.
Funeral services were conducted at the late home by Bishop C.
W. Bender, and at the Maple Glen Meeting house near Grantsville,
Md., by Bro. Ivan J. Miller in German and Bro. Shem Peachey in
English. A large attendance was present in sympathy and respect
to the departed. Burial in adjacent cemetery.
Why, oh, why, should we Christians mourn
When we know that God knows what is best?
Why not be comforted with His Word
And resignedly feel in all that we are blest?
Gingerich.- Mattie, daughter of the late Joel and Barbara
(Lichti) Erb, was born Oct. 25, 1882; died March 1, 1942; aged
59 y. 4 m. 5 d. On Jan. 11, 1900, she was united in marriage to
Michael Jantzi, who departed this life Sept. 9, 1905. On Feb.
18, 1908, she was again united in marriage to Jacob Z. Gingerich.
She leaves her husband, 3 sons (Rudolph Jantzi, of St. Jacobs,
Ont. ; Joel Jantzi, of Baden, Ont. ; Ervin Jantzi, at home), 2
stepsons (Allen Gingerich, of St. Agatha, Ont. ; Rudolph Gingerich,
of Detroit, Mich.), 4 brothers (Joel and Christian, of Tavistock;
Menno, of Wellesley; Noah, of Petersburg), and 4 sisters (Mrs.
Joseph Gascho, Zurich; Mrs. John Wiedrich, of Lowville, N. Y.
; Mrs. John Steere, of Tavistock ; Mrs. Albert Kennel, Petersburg).
Funeral services were held at the home by Bros. Elmer Schwartzentruber
and Michael Roth, and at the St. Agatha, Ont., Amish Mennonite
Church by Bros. Peter Nafziger, Manasseh Hallman, and M. O. Jantzi.
Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Passing out of earth's shadows,
Into infinite day ;' .
Why do we call it dying,
This beautiful going away?"
Harner.- Margaret, daughter of Sam B. and Hettie (Showalter)
Weaver, was born near Waynesboro, Va., Dec. 4, 1911; died March
6. 1942; aged 30 y. 3 m. 2 d. On May 4, 1935, she was united in
marriage to Roy H. Harner, who, with 3 little daughters (Joann
Elizabeth, Louise Marie, and Elsie Mae), survives. She also leaves
father, mother, 2 brothers (Earl and Howard), and 1 nephew (David
Earl), all of Dayton, Va. In childhood she accepted Christ and
united with the Springdale congregation, but later moved with
her husband to the Hildebrand's congregation, both of near Waynesboro,
Va. During the past several years she had two operations for cancer
seemingly recovering from the first one, but the second did not
prove so successful. She became paralyzed in her lower limbs and
spent the last nine months in bed. But through all her sufferings
and discouragements she possessed an unusual faith in Christ and
a bright hope for the future, which was manifested in a marked
degree of cheerfulness that caused one to marvel. Being much concerned
about her little ones, she had a strong desire to get well, feeling
that her work here was unfinished; yet she was resigned to the
Lord's will. When questioned concerning her faith during a dark
time, she replied, "It is just like Job's, 'Though he slay
me, yet will I trust in him.' " The last words she was heard
to say were, "It is well with my soul." By her request,
Bro. J. R. Mumaw of Harrisonburg, Va., preached the funeral sermon,
assisted by Bro. Perry Burkholder, using the texts which she had
selected, "To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your
heart" (Psa. 95;8, 9) and, "As for me, I will behold
thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake,
with thy likeness" (Psa. 17:15). Services were held at Hildebrand's
Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery:
"There's no disappointment in heaven,
No weariness, sorrow or pain ;
No hearts that are bleeding and broken,
No song with a minor refrain ;
The clouds of our earthly horizon
Will never appear in the sky,
For all will be sunshine and gladness
With never a sob nor a sigh."
Heidenreich.- Loretta Jane, only daughter of Bro. and Sister Wesley Beidler, was born near Baxter, Iowa, June 16, 1912; passed away at her home near Freeport, Ill., after a lingering illness, April 12, 1942; aged 29 y. 9 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Merle Heidenreich Sept. 29, 1933. Four children were born to this union, all of whom survive, as well as her parents and her husband. She confessed Christ as her Saviour in the Church of God at Stockton, Ill., and later transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church near Freeport where she was a member at the time of her passing. Funeral services were conducted from the Myers Funeral Home in Dakota, Ill., and later at the Freeport Mennonite Church. Bro. A. C. Good of Sterling was in charge of the services. A large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one whose passing came so early in life.
Herr.- John Landis, son of Rudolph S. and Magdalena
Landis Herr, was born April 7, 1858, near Lancaster, Pa.; departed
this life Feb. 27, 1942, at his home near Blue Ball, Pa. ; aged
83 y. 10 m. 20 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara K. Herr,
Nov. 23, 1882, and she preceded him in death Dec. 18, 1933. He
was also preceded in death by 1 son (John) and 1 sister and 2
brothers, he being the third brother to depart this life within
a year. He leaves to mourn his departure the following children:
Mary (wife of Nathan Z. Eberly), Rudolph, Jacob, Magdalena, Barbara,
Daniel, David, Hettie, and Landis, all of Lancaster Co., Pa. One
sister, Elizabeth L., and 1 brother, Christian L., both of near
Lancaster, also survive, as well as 38 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
He was a faithful member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, and
although he could not benefit from the services as much as others
who had better hearing, he tried to be in his place in the house
of the Lord at times of worship. For the last three or four years
he was able to do little heavy work but he was eager to help in
doing things he was able to do. For the past few months he knew
he was failing but he went about his usual duties even on the
day before he died, though he seemed a bit more tired than usual
at bedtime. He spoke quite a bit after retiring about not being
here till morning, rested awhile, and then suddenly "his
spirit took its flight." We are so thankful the Lord called
him gently home. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken
away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21). Funeral
services were held at the home by Bros. J. Paul Graybill and Noah
Risser, and at the Weaverland Church by Bros. J. Paul Graybill,
Aaron Weaver, Noah Mack, and John Burkholder. Texts: Prov. 16
:31; Eccl. 12 :1. Interment in Millersville Cemetery.
We do not keep your rocker, a thing apart,
Lonely and empty, desolate to view;
But if one comes, aweary, sick at heart,
We seat him (or her) there and comfort them -- for you.
Kempf.- Milo Milton, son of John and Mary Stutzman Kempf,
was born Jan. 17, 1874, near Windham, in Johnson Co., Iowa;
died April 7, 1942, at his home near Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; aged
68 y. 2 m. 21 d. He spent most of his life near Kalona, excepting
for the last 18 years. He accepted Christ as his Saviour when
a young man and united with the East Union Mennonite Church, to
which he was loyal. When he moved to Mt. Pleasant, he transferred
his membership to the Sugar Creek Church, near Wayland, Ia. On
Dec. 5, 1897, he united in marriage to Eva Delilah Miller, of
Inman, Kansas. He leaves to mourn him his deeply bereaved wife
and 7 children: Addie, wife of Harley F. Keiser, Iowa City, Ia.
; Alta, wife of Lawrence J. Miller; Lizzie, wife of Milo J. Miller;
Hazel, wife of Chester L. Miller, all of Kalona, Iowa ; Lloyd,
Glen, and Gene of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Marie died in infancy. Nine
grandchildren, 1 sister; Mrs. Kate Schlabaugh, Wellman, Ia., 2
brothers: Henry of Wellman, and Charles of Muscatine, and a host
of relatives and friends also mourn his departure. He was preceded
in death by his parents, 2 small brothers, 1 sister, Jane Shettler,
and his twin brother, Menno, who passed away 11 years ago. Milo
won many friends by his cheerful disposition. He was always ready
to help those in need or distress. He helped thFee times to build
and rebuild the East Union Church near Kalona, Ia. He was always
willing to do his part, and always ready to lend a helping hand
to those in need. Milo was a healthy man but took sick with high
blood pressure Dec. 30, 1940, and became seriously ill Jan. 5.
His many friends prayed for him; also by his request he was anointed.
He lingered on, but realized the end was near. Funeral services
were conducted at the home by Bro. Simon Gingerich (Psalm 93),
assisted by Bro. Willard Lichty, and at the East Union Church
by Bros. Hobbs, Edward Diener, and Dan Fisher. Texts, John 14:1-4;
Dearest Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Much we miss thy pleasant voice ;
But in heaven we'll come to meet you,
In this hope we do rejoice.
Landis.- Henry K., son of Moses. and Elizabeth Keller
Landis, was born near Middletown, Pa., Oct. 15, 1861 ; died at
big home near Manheim, Pa., April 5, 1942 ; aged 80 y. 5 m. 22
d. He was united in marriage to Lizzie W. Fry, Nov. 15, 1883,
who preceded him in death nine years ago. He was a member of the
Mennonite Church for 52 years. He is survived by 4 children (John
F., and Mrs. Philip Martin, Lititz, Pa, ; Mrs. Harvey Heiniche,
and Amos F., Manheim, Pa,), 10 grandchildren, 7 greatgrandchildren,
1 brother (Martin, of Columbia, Pa,), 1 sister (Kate Lehman, of
the Oreville Mennonite Home, Lancaster, Pa;), One son (Samuel),
1 daughter-in-law, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild preceded
him in death. Funeral services were held at Hernley's Mennonite
Church, conducted by Bros. Samuel Lehman, Henry Lutz, and Charles
Leichty.- Anna, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Wenger, was born near Wayland, Ia., April 23, 1866. She grew to womanhood and lived all her life in this community. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, of which she was a member at the time of her death. On Feb. 15, 1894, she was united in marriage to Christian Leichty. Their family consisted of 5 children. One daughter, Mary May, preceded her in death, April 19, 1909. Sister Leichty's health began to fail several years ago due to a weak heart. She passed away very suddenly April 14, 1942, aged 75 y. 11 m. 22 d. She leaves her bereaved husband, 3 sons and 1 daughter (Ed, Otto, and Addie, at home and Herman,living close by), 5 grandchildren, 4 sisters (Mrs. Mary Schaad, Mrs. Elizabeth Mast, Mrs. Barbra Conrad, and Mrs. J Jacob R. Leichty), 2 brothers (Eli and Will), all of this community, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
Miller.- Uriah Miller was born Jan. 1, 1865, in Elkhart
Co., Ind.; died at his late home near Kalona, Iowa, March 21,
1942 ; aged 77 y. 2 m. 21 d. He had his home with his daughter,
Mrs.-Pete I. Helmuth. He was married to Susannah Troyer, Dec.
6, 1888. To this union were born 3 daughters and 1 son; they also
had 1 adopted son. Mrs. Will. Stutzman, Mrs. Pete I, Helmuth,
and Samuel T. Miller, 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild
survive him. One daughter (Mrs., John D. Gingerich), and 1 adopted
son (Lewis Miller) preceded him in death. The deceased was a son
of Benjamin Y. and Katheren (Hostetler) Miller. He was one of
a family of 12 children, 7 brothers and 5 sisters. Those who survive
are: Mrs. J. S. Beachy, Sherwood, Ohio; Jacob Miller, Iowa City,
Ia.; Will, B. Miller; Mrs. Wm. J. Yoder, of Topeka; Newton B.
Miller, Hydro, Okla. ; and Mrs. John D. Yoder, Nowata, Okla. Those
who preceded him in death are: Ananias, Mrs. N. E. Stutzman, Mrs.
D. J. Yoder, Joseph C. Miller, and Abraham Miller. He moved with
his parents to Newton Co., Ind., where he grew to manhood. He
joined the Amish Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the
end. He was a hard-working man, never shirking his duty. He was
stricken with paralysis in May, 1938, while at work, from which
he never recovered. The last few years he was almost helpless,
although he endured it patiently to the end. He was patiently
cared for by his loving companion and children, neighbors and
friends. Funeral services were held in the P. I. Helmuth home,
conducted by Bros. Jonas Otto, Joni Miller, and Noah Miller.
Farewell, my children and grandchildren all,
From you a father Christ did call;
Mourn not for me, it is in vain
To call me to your side again.
Rich.- Daniel B., son of John and Catherine Rich, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Dec. 24, 1864; passed away at his home at Crystal Springs, Harper Co., Kans., April 10, 1942 ; aged 77 y. 3 ill. 17 d. When a small child his parents moved to Wheatland, Mo., living there until 1900. At that time, he, with his sister, Mary and four children moved to Holden, Johnson Co., Mo., where they lived for six years, and in 1907 moved to Crystal Springs. There they lived until 1915, and at that time he moved to his present home. His nephew, Joe Naffziger and family, had resided with him at his home since 1925. When a young man he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful all through life. Surviving are 3 sisters and 1 brother (Mary Naffziger of Crystal Springs; Joe Rich of Springfield, Mo. ; Barbara Naffziger of Harrisonville, Mo. ; Rosa Miller of Deepwater, Mo.), and 37 nieces and nephews. His parents, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers preceded him in death. He was never married. Funeral services were held at the Crystal Springs church. Bro. R. M. Weaver conducted the services, and interment was in the church cemetery.
Richards.- Mike Richards was born Sept. 2, 1869,- near Montbeliard, France; died at his home at 410 Geary St., Albany, Oreg., on March 25, 1942; aged 72 y. 6 m. 23 d. His death was caused by a heart attack. He came to the United States at the age of 19 years, living in Ohio and Iowa before coming to Oregon in 1910. He became a citizen of the United States in 1898. He was married Oct. 3, 1911, at Salem, Oregon, to Anna Widmer, who remains to mourn his departure. One brother (Daniel, of Belford, France) and a niece of Wayland, Ia., also survive him. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour in his youth, uniting with the Mennonite Church in France, transferring his membership to the Fairview Mennonite Church at Albany, Oreg., at which place he was a faithful member for many years till his death. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Fairview Church, by Bros. N. M. Birky and H. C. Gerig. Scriptures read, Psalm 90 ; John 14 : 1-6. Text, II Cor. 5 :1. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.
Swartzendruber.- Emma, daughter of the late Daniel and
Barbara Shetler of Pigeon, Mich., was born Aug. 3, 1889, near
Kalona, Ia. ; died April 15, 1942, at her home in Winsor Twp.,
near Pigeon; aged 52 y. 8 m. 12 d. She came with her parents to
this community in 1906, and was united in marriage with
Joseph Swartzendruber on Sept. 16, 1909. To this union were born
6 sons and 2 daughters: Walter, Omar, Edward, of this community,
William, Alma Mae, Paul, Bessie Naomi, Claud, at home. Her passing
is mourned by her husband, 6 sons, and 2 daughters, 1 sister (Mrs.
Edward Gunden, of near Pigeon), and 1 brother (Joseph Shetler
of Pigeon), 5 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and 1 brother.
She had been in poor health for over two years, gradually growing
worse until death. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age
of 15, and was a faithful meniber of the Mennonite Church and
an active worker in the same until the time of her death. Emma
will be greatly missed in her home, church, and community, but
our loss is her eternal gain. She will not return to us, but we
hope to meet her again where partings are no more. During her
long sickness she received many sympathy cards, flowers, visits,
and tokens of kindness and sympathy, for which she always was
grateful and which added much to making life more pleasant in
her sufferings and sickness. Funeral services were held at the
home by Bro. Sherman Maust and at the Pigeon Mennonite Church
by Bro. S. J. Miller (Texts: Psa. 127:2; II Cor. 5:1), assisted
by Bro. Frank Raber, Detroit, Mich. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery.
We thank Thee, God, for such a mother.
And the prayers for us she prayed ;
Great and blessed we shall call her,
May her precepts be obeyed.
Unternahrer.- Anna (Rediger) Unternahrer, was born in Baden, Germany, June 19, 1874. Sometime later her folks moved to Basel, Switzerland. She was converted in her youth and accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, uniting with the Mennonite Church at Basel. On Nov. 26, 1895, she was united in marriage with Christian Unternahrer. Their family consists of 8 children, 6 of whom were born in their native country and 2 in America. Three daughters died in infancy in Alsace and 1 daughter in America. She came to America with her family in 1904, arriving at Noble, Iowa, on July 24, The following February they moved to the farm they purchased south of Wayland, Iowa, which was her late home. Sister Unternahrer seemed about in her usual health with the exception of having a cold more or less regularly during the winter. About a week ago she became ill and was threatened with pneumonia. Other complications set in, and her heart weakened. She fell peacefully asleep at noon, April 11, 1942, aged 67 y. 9 m. 22 d. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband; 3 son -- Joseph and Noah, at home. and Jacob, also of this community; 1 daughter, Hannah (Mrs. Jacob Roth, Milford; Nebr.) ; 5 sisters and 2 brothers in Alsace, who have not been heard from for about a year (Marie (Mrs. Jacob Goldsmith) ; Katie and Lydia Rediger; Barbra (Rediger) Rich, a widow; Verna (Mrs. Christian Goldsmith) ; Joseph ; and Daniel) ; 2 sisters in America, Elizabeth (Mrs. Chriss Widmer), Wayland Ia. ; and Lena, Los Angeles, Calif. ; 11 grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends, to mourn their loss.
Wenger.- Dave, son of Joseph and Eiizabeth (Roth) Wenger,
was born near Wayland, Ia., May 20, 1887, and grew to manhood
in this community. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour
in his youth and united with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church,
of which he was a member at the time of his death. On Jan. 9,
1913, he was united in marriage with Katie Roth. They set up housekeeping
on a farm three and one-half miles north of Wayland, Iowa, which
was their home until about six months ago when they moved to town.
Their family consisted of 4 sons and 3 daughters. Two sons preceded
him in death, one as an infant and Orie Samuel as a young married
man. Bro. Wenger was a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor,
and a regular attendant at church when health permitted. For several
years his health was failing, and a malignant condition developed.
He passed away March 27, 1942; aged 54 y. 10 m. 7 d. He leaves
his deeply bereaved wife, 2 sons: Emery and Glenn, 3 daughters:
Mary (Mrs. Vernon Wyse), Martha, and Elizabeth, at home; 6 grandchildren;
5 sisters: Mrs. Mary Schaad; Anna (Mrs. Chriss Leichty) ; Mrs.
Elizabeth Mast; Mrs. Barbra Conrad; and Emma (Mrs. Jacob Leichty)
; 2 brothers, Ed and Willie, all of this community, and many other
relatives and friends.
"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.
"'Neath our eyes he slowly faded,
Growing day by day more frail,
Till God in His hea venly wisdom,
Called him gently home."
Yoder.- Moses M. Yoder was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 13, ,1865; died in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Rugby, N. Dak., on March 30, 1942; aged 77 y. 2 m. 17 d. He grew to manhood at the above-named place and at the age of 19 years he, with his parents, moved to Kansas. On Oct. 24, 1888, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Coblentz. To this union 12 children were born. The following children, Daniel M., of Mylo; Mahlon L., Jerry, and Mrs. Rhoda Gingerich, of Wolford; Mrs. Anna Stoll, and Ivan, of Frazee, Minn., 38 grandchildren, and his companion, remain to mourn his departure. Six of the children preceded him in death. In 1897 he with his family moved to North Dakota where he lived until death, excepting a few years when he lived in Colorado. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour, was baptized and united with the O. O. Amish Mennonite Church, of which he remained a member until death. In 1902 be was ordained a minister of the Gospel, in which office he served conscientiously and fearlessly as long as health permitted. The last six or seven years of his life he was more or less feeble, until on the above date he fell asleep.