Gospel Herald Obituaries September, 1942

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 23 - September 3, 1942 pages 494,495

Becker. - Minnie K., daughter of John W. and the late Amanda (Kready) Becker, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on May 26, 1906; died in the Lancaster General Hospital June 14, 1942, after an illness of fourteen days; aged 36 y. 19 d. She was of a kind and happy disposition and made friends wherever she went. Her death was a shock to all who knew her. She was a member of the Hernley's Mennonite Church. Surviving are her father and a son (Carl Waltz), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Norman F. Wenger, and Mrs. Amos Waltz). Funeral services were held from her late home and in Hernley's Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Sister dear, you're not forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before." The Family.

Burkey. - Alvin, son of Peter and Mary (Stieder) Burkey, was born near Milford, Nebr., Nov. 30, 1897; died of cancer at the Bryan Memorial Hospital at Lincoln, Nebr., Aug. 9, 1942; aged 44 y. 8 m. 9 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a faithful member of the Fairview Mennonite Church. His mother preceded him in death Jan. 20, 1910, and also a sister (Viola) March, 1909. March 11, 1920, he was united in marriage to Mary Roth of Milford. He is survived by his sorrowing companion, 1 son (Warren Benjamin), 2 daughters (Eilene Marie and Maryln Jane, at home), his aged father and stepmother, and the following brothers and sisters: John, Joe, Arthur, Will, Edd, Ray, Elmer, Lester, Clara Hostetler, all of near Milford, and Emma Hostetler; also one half brother (Irvin of Broken Bow), 2 stepbrothers, 1 stepsister, and a host of nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends. He enjoyed good health all his life until two years ago, when his health began to fail. He then submitted to an operation and seemed to regain his health for a time, again taking sick in May, 1942. He submitted to another operation but to no avail. Through all his sickness, his wife was his constant companion. All that loving hands could do was done. He was much concerned for his family and children, was a kind companion, a loving father, and an obedient son. Through all his suffering he was kind and faithful to the end.

"Weep not that his trials are over;
Weep not that his race is run;
God grant that we may rest as calmly,
When our work like his is done."

Erb. - Jacob, son of Daniel and Caroline (Croyal) Erb, was born March 16, 1869, near Millersburg, Ohio; died Aug. 6, 1942, at his home near Hubbard, 0reg.; aged 73 y. 4 m. 20 d. In the spring of 1889 he with his parents moved from their former home in Ohio to a farm home near Hubbard, 0reg. In the same community he resided for more than fiftytwo years. He leaves 2 sisters (Amanda and Susie) and 1 brother (Albert D.), all of Hubbard, with a number of nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Nearly fifty years ago he accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour, was baptized and became a member of the Zion Mennonite Church, being one of the last remaining charter members. During the last twenty years be was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church, until his death. Funeral services conducted at the Zion Mennonite Church by C. I. Kropf, F. J. Gingerich, and William Jennings. Text, I Thess. 4:14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Gingerich. - Jacob M., son of Christian and Veronica Mayer Gingerich, was born in Baden, Ont., Feb. 28, 1874; died at his home near Lowville, N. Y., Aug. 9, 1942; aged 68 y. 5 m. 9 d. Nov. 27, 1902, he was united in marriage to Lydia Lehman of New Bremen, N. Y. The early and greater part of his life was spent in the community of his birth. March 21, 1922, he moved with his family to Lowville, where he lived until his death. Death was due to heart trouble, from which he suffered a number of years. However, he was able to be about most of the time. Last April he suffered from a slight stroke, but almost completely recovered. Recently he was again stricken with a serious heart condition, which led to his death.
In youth he consecrated his heart to the Lord. Nov. 23, 1930, he was ordained to the ministry in the Amish Mennonite church, and on Nov. 20, 1938, the Lord again called him to a greater responsibility when he was ordained bishop in the same congregation. In this capacity he served faithfully until the Lord called him home. He considered his calling a great responsibility, and had a deep concern for the welfare of the Church. He is survived by his wife and 7 children (Simon, Mrs. Eli Erb, Pre. Allen, Andrew, Mrs. Levi Schrag, Harvey and Irene, all of Lowville). He also leaves 6 grandchildren; 1 son and 1 daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Aug. 12, at the home by Bro. C. M. Nafziger, and at the Amish Mennonite Church near Lowville by Bro. Benjamin Gingerich of Baden, Ont., in German and Bro. Lloyd Boshart in English. Interment in the Croghan Cemetery.

"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Thy helping hands, we miss them so;
But God saw best to take thee
Over on the other shore."

Groff. - Maria, daughter of the late Isaac and Magdeline (Binkley) Rohrer, was born June 14, 1848; died July 10, 1942; aged 94 y. 26 d. Her husband, Milton Groff, preceded her in death 28 years ago; 1 son, Clayton, died 5 years ago; also 1 son and 2 daughters who died in infancy. Surviving are 3 daughters (Minnie E., wife of Theodore L. Forney, of Bareville, with whom she lived; Amy, wife of Henry E. Denlinger, Gordonville; Martha, wife of Phares B. Landis, Lancaster), 2 sons (Milton S., Lancaster; and Jason R., of Manheim), 37 grandchildren, 32
greatgrandchildren, and 1 brother (Wayne B. Rohrer, Lancaster, Pa.). She was a faithful member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church for many years, and she was seldom absent when health permitted. She had a kind and loving disposition that made others enjoy being in her company. Funeral services were held July 13 from her late home, conducted by Bros. John Charles, Benjamin Wenger, and Diller Myer, and at the Stumptown Mennonite Church by Bros. Elmer Martin and David Landis. Text, Rev. 22:12. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, labors ended,
Now dear Mother is at rest." A Daughter.

Kauffman. - Katherine Zook Kauffman was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Dec. 24, 1847; died Aug. 10, 1942; aged 94 y. 7 m. 17 d. At the age of three years she moved with her parents to Lawrence Co., Pa., where she spent the remaining years of her life. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was a faithful member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church until death. On Nov. 11, 1869, she was married to David Kauffman who preceded her in death 34 years ago. This union was blessed with 6 sons and 3 daughters, of whom 4 sons and 2 daughters remain: Saloma Hartzler, of Fairview, Mich.; Tillie Zook (at whose home she lived); Daniel, Abraham, Harry, and Lewis, all of Lawrence Co., Pa. Jacob Z., Elizabeth Moose, and 1 infant son preceded her in death. Thirtysix grandchildren, 64 greatgrandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends also remain. Funeral services were held Aug. 12 at the Maple Grove Church in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner of North Lima, Ohio, and the home ministers. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Burial in the Mennonite cemetery.

Lantz. - Levi Franklin, son of David and Sarah (Hartzler) Lantz, was born near Mottville, Mich., Dec. 2, 1868; died near North Webster, Ind., Aug. 7, 1942. In youth he moved with his parents to Missouri. There he grew to manhood and united with the Mennonite Church, of which he remained a faithful member until death. Feb. 18, 1896, he was united in marriage with Sarah Mast. To this union were born 6 children. Of these 1 infant son preceded him in death. Except for the past nine years which were spent near North Webster, Ind., he lived the greater part of his life in the West, the family having moved to Colorado because of the illness of a son. He leaves his wife, 5 children (Sherman of La Junta, Colo.; Maurice of Portland, Oreg.; Mrs. Ethel Ewan, Burbank, Calif.; Mrs. Beulah Hartzler, and Parke of North Webster), 1 aged sister (Mrs. Melissa Trimble, the last of a family of 7), 1 sister-in-law (Mrs. Josie Lantz of Delphos, Ohio), 7 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. A loving husband and father, and a kind friend, he will live long in our memories.

Maust. - Savilla, daughter of the late John and Matilda (Hershberger) Folk, was born at Springs, Pa., Nov. 21, 1858; and died at her home Aug. 16, 1942; aged 83 y. 8 m. 25 d. On Dec. 15, 1878 she was united in marriage to Simon L. Maust. They shared the joys and sorrows of home life a little over 55 years, when Grandpa was called to his eternal home. Grandma lived her entire life in the Springs community. For the past several years one of her grandsons made his home with her. She was in fairly good health for one her age, and on Saturday evening had studied her S. S. lesson, preparatory to attending Sunday school and church services the following day. When she did not arise at her usual time, she was called but did not answer. Then it was discovered that sometime during the night her soul had quietly slipped away to be with God. It seems that she never awoke from the sleep that came to her when she retired. She looked well to the ways of her household. On her tongue was the law of kindness, she worked willingly with her hands, and her children (grandchildren too) could arise and call her blessed. She was highly esteemed in the home, Church, and community, where she will be greatly missed. In these sunset years of life she often longed for heaven, where her husband, 2 sons, 1 daughter, and 5 grandchildren were awaiting her coming. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, and 5 sisters. Surviving are 3 sons and 1 daughter (Norman S. and F. Homer of Springs, Harry L. of Scottdale, and Mrs. Orpha Rodamer of Grantsville, Md.), also 17 grandchildren, 17 greatgrandchildren, and 3 brothers (Milton of Fredonia, Pa., Wilson and Christian of near Grantsville, Md.), besides many other relatives. She became a member of the Springs Mennonite Church in early womanhood, and remained a faithful member. She was always interested in her church and its activities, attending every meeting she possibly could. The services at the home were conducted by Bro. Newton Weber, and further services at the Springs Church were in charge of Bro. Roy Kinsinger and Bro. Weber. Text, Job 5:26. A large concourse of friends and relatives gathered to pay their respect to one who was loved by everyone. Her body was laid to rest in the adjoining church cemetery. A Granddaughter.

Oswald. - William James, son of Walter E. and Nora Hershberger Oswald, was born at Burghill, Ohio, June 9, 1923; died at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Youngstown, 0., Aug. 13, 1942, following an accident; aged 19 y. 2 m. 4 d. He graduated from North Lima High School in May, 1941, and attended Goshen College during the term 194142. The last nine years of his life were spent in this community. Sept. 9, 1934, he united with the MidwayNorth Lima Mennonite Church, faithfully serving in the Sunday school and young people's meeting, and took a prominent part in both the senior and junior choruses and in several quartets. He is survived by his parents, 1 brother (Charles Evan), 2 sisters (Lillian Rita and Anna Marie), at home; 1 grandfather (Daniel W. Hershberger, Sugarcreek, O.), 1 stepgrandmother (Sarah Oswald, Millersburg, O.), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services which were very largely attended were conducted Aug. 16, at the home, and at the Midway Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. A. J. Steiner, Paul Yoder, and David Steiner. The body was laid to rest in the Midway Cemetery.

Ruth. - Mary K., daughter of the late Abraham and Elizabeth Moyer, died Nov. 6, 1940; aged 89 y. 4 m. 25 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her younger years. Her husband (George H. Ruth), and the oldest of the family, a daughter (Lizzie), also 1 grandchild, preceded her to the glory world. She is survived by 4 children: Henry, of near Mainland; Abram, near Franconia; Vincent, of Franconia; and Emma (wife of Allen M. Nyce), of near Harleysville, with whom she had made her home for the last three years, leaving the home on the same date she came. Death was caused by pneumonia. She was very patient in her sickness, which lasted about 12 days. Often she expressed thanks to the ones who waited on her and cared for her, since she could not help herself. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren, and 1 brother (Abram Moyer, of Sabetha, Kans.), and 1 sister (Lizzie, widow of the late Henry M. Nyce, of Franconia.) She was able to attend services when weather permitted. Her last words were: "Now I commit myself to the Lord," which were spoken in the evening, and at 1 o'clock the next morning she quietly passed on. Funeral services were conducted from her daughter's home and the Franconia Mennonite Church in charge of the home ministers, Bros. Elwood D. Derstine and Menno B. Souder.

"God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon His love had given;
Though the body slumbers here,
The soul may be safe in heaven."

Stehman. - Annie M., widow of the late Hiram W. Stehman, died July 31, 1942, at her home in Landisville, Pa.; aged 83 y. 3 m. 20 d. She was preceded in death by a daughter 53 years ago, and by her husband 5 years ago. There survive the following children: Daniel B., Mrs. Harry B. Hiestand, Mrs. Harry L. Mumma, Anna B., Harry B., and Phares B. Ten grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren also survive. Through the influence of her life of patience and thoughtfulness for others, there remains a stream of pleasant memories. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 4 at the home by H. G. Kauffman, and at the Landisville Mennonite Church by C. W. Frank and Henry E. Lutz. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"There is a home of sweet repose,
For those with care oppress'd,
When sighs and sorrowing tears shall cease,
And all be hushed to rest."

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 24 - September 10, 1942 pages 527,528

Bentch. - Eliza Ann Toler was born Nov. 28, 1868; died Aug. 23, 1942, at her home near Edwards, Mo.; aged 73 y. 8 m. 23 d. She was united in marriage to Daniel A. Bentch March 31, 1891. To this union six children were born. Two sons preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, two sons (Everett, San Pedro. Calif.; Ezra, Edwards. Mo.), and two daughters (Minnie Goetze, Venice, Calif.; Stella Rollings. Smithton, Mo.). Three grandchildren were also raised by her from childhood. Eleven other grandchildren, 6 greatgrandchildren mourn the loss of a tender and loving grandmother. As a young woman she united with the Baptist Church. In later life she united with the Lick Creek Mennonite Church. She was a faithful attendant at services when health permitted. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Cable Ridge Cemetery by Bro. J. P. Brubaker. Text, Rev. 14:13.

"All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, suffering ended
Now dear Mother is at rest."

Herr. - Christian Landis Herr was born April 4, 1861; died Aug. 7, 1942; aged 81 y. 4 m. 3 d. He led a very useful life, was a kindly man, beloved by all who knew him, and his passing leaves a sad void in our home and in the community in which be resided all his life. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, having worshipped in the Millersville and Rohrerstown congregations. He leaves his sorrowing wife (who was Hertie A. Mack before marriage) and the following children: Paul M., Esther M., Elizabeth M., Mary M. (wife of J. D. Glenn), and Christian M., all of Lancaster Co., Pa. Also four grandchildren Richard, Jean, Bernice and Robert Herr. Brief funeral services were held Aug. 9 at his late home west of Lancaster, when Bro. Jacob Hess used for his meditation the 23rd Psalm and also John 11:25,26. Further services were held at the Millersville Mennonite Church, at which time Bro. Daniel Gish read the 14th chapter of John, which was marked in the Bible of the loved one as one of his favorites. Bro. Christian Lehman used Rev. 21:4 as his text. He also read the favorite hymn of the departed brother, "There's a Beautiful Land on High." Bro. Landis Schertzer led the closing prayer and the remains were laid to rest in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
"There's a beautiful land on high
Then why should I fear to die?
There with friends hand in hand I'll walk on the strand
In that beautiful land on high." The Family.

Hofstetter. - Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Katherine (Neuenschwander) Hofstetter, was born April 4, 1864, in Wayne Co., Ohio; died after a brief illness Aug. 21, 1942; aged 78 y. 4 m. 17 d. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church April 7, 1882, and remained a faithful member till she was called to her eternal reward. Nov. 28, 1908, she was united in marriage with Christian Hofstetter, who preceded her in death July 28, 1927. After the departure of her husband she made her home with her stepson (John C. Hofstetter) where she was faithfully cared for during her last illness. She leaves her 8 stepchildren (Christian, of Bluffton, O.; Daniel C., Orrville; Abraham, Jacob, and John C., Dalton, O.; Peter of Pratum, Oreg.; Simon of Apple Creek, O.; Mary Ann of Kidron, O.), one sister (Sarah of Orrville), one brother (Peter P. Hofstetter of Massillon, O.), 34 nephews and nieces, with many other relatives and friends. Her quiet, cheerful disposition and her readiness to extend a helping hand to those in need endeared her to many hearts. The family tie was as close as that of a real mother and grandmother in the home. She will be greatly missed in the home, church, and community. She was very patient and fully resigned to the will of the Lord. Funeral services were held at the home Aug. 24, in charge of Bro. Allen Bixler and at the Kidron Mennonite Church by Bros. Reuben Hofstetter and Isaac Zuercher. Text, Job 19:25, 26. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Lehman. - Fanny Lehman, nee Baumgartner, was born near Mt. Eaton, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1865; died Aug. 12, 1942, at Kidron, Ohio; aged 77 y. 5 m. 14 d. She spent her entire life in the same community. In 1884 she with 9 others was baptized and taken into the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church by Bishop Christian Sommer, and was faithful to her end. Jan. 9, 1930 she was united in marriage to Wm. H. Lehman. She leaves her husband, 5 stepchildren, 35 stepgrandchildren, and 9 stepgreatgrandchildren; also one sister (Anna), and a host of relatives. One brother and two sisters preceded her. Funeral services were held at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in charge of Bros. Louis Amstutz, Jacob Moser and Jacob Neuenschwander. Burial in church cemetery.

Neff. - John B., son of the late Henry and Mary (Brubaker) Neff, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 17, 1863; died Aug. 17, 1942; aged 78 y. 1 m. He was a faithful member of the Millersville Mennonite Church, where his place was seldom vacant till the last six months of his life, when his health began to fail. His presence in the home will be greatly missed by the family. His end came rather suddenly, but he had expressed himself that be was ready to leave this world for the heavenly home. He was preceded in death by his wife (Lizzie W. Stehman), two daughters (Emma and an infant daughter), a son (Elmer); three grandchildren, and a greatgrandchild. He is survived by the following children: Annie, wife of Jacob N. Brubaker, Central Manor; Mary, wife of Jacob B. Thomas, New Danville; Fannie, wife of John L. Landis, Leacock; Ada, wife of Daniel W. Lehman, Harrisonburg, Va.; Henry, Millersville; John, Salunga; Elizabeth, wife of Rudy Hess, Millersville; Ella, wife of Frank H. Herr, Quarryville; Bertha, wife of Phares Kemrer, Millersville; Alice, at home; also by 26 grandchildren, 4 greatgrandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Bender, Salunga; Mrs. Christian Hostetter, Washington Boro). Funeral services were held Aug. 20 at the home, conducted by Bro. Landis Shertzer, and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Hess. Christian Lehman, and D. N. Gish. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Father, thou art sweetly resting;
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can disturb thee more." By the Family.

Shenk. - Jacob G., son of Jacob and Lavina (Garman) Shenk, was born April 29, 1878 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Aug. 14, 1942, at his home in Lebanon Co., Pa.; aged 64 y. 3 m. 15 d. He is survived by his widow (Susan Ebersole Shenk) and the following sons and daughters: Walter and John of Palmyra, Pa.; Paul of Annville, Pa.; Mrs. Herman R. Lehman of Upper Lawn, Pa.; and Mrs. John J. Lepperd, of Swatara Station, Pa.; also 3 sisters and 11 grandchildren. He was a member of the Stauffer's Church, near Bachmanville, Pa., and also served faithfully as a trustee for about 14 years, until the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 18, at the home and at Stauffer's Mennonite Church, by Bros. Noah W. Risser, Walter Oberholtzer, and Henry Keener. Texts: Eccl. 9:5; Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"A silent thought, a silent tear,
Keep him in memory ever dear;
God took him home, it was His will,
But in our hearts he liveth still.
His smiling way and happy face
Are a pleasure to recall,
He had a kindly word for each,
And died beloved by all." The Family.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 25 - September 17, 1942 page 543

Brubacher. - Louisa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Groff, Kitchener, Ont., was born near Waterlo, Ont., March 3, 1864; died Aug. 21, 1942; aged 78 y. 5 m. 18 d. Feb. 23, 1885, she was married to Joseph M. Brubacher, who preceded her in death March 16, 1925. She is survived by 1 son (Harvey, Kitchener), 5 grandchildren, 1 greatgrandchild, 1 brother (Amos Groff, Breslau). 2 sisters (Mrs. Jacob B. Snyder and Mrs. Edmund Shantz of Kitchener). She was an interested mother, a faithful Christian. She was a member of First Mennonite Church of Kitchener for many years. The funeral was in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine and Bro. M. S. Hallman. Theme: "Two Undated Events."

Cressman. - The infant daughter of Aylmer and Olive Cressman, Toronto, Ont., was born on the morning of July 21, 1942, and died the evening of the same day. Among those who mourn her departure, in addition to her parents and sister Marillyn, are her grandparents, Bro. and Sister Noah Cressman of Breslau, Ont. A brief service, in charge of Bro. Merle Shantz, was held July 23 at the grave in Woodland Cemetery at Kitchener.

"The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away,
Blessed be the name of the Lord."

Helmuth. - Kathryn Louise, daughter of Alvin and Viola (Conrad) Helmuth, died Sept. 2, 1942; aged 6 d. She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Kenneth LeRoy (who died Aug. 27), and another brother (Ray Daniel). She leaves her parents, 2 brothers (Paul and Edward), a grandfather (Samuel Helmuth of Arthur, Ill.), a grandmother (Anna Conrad of Louisville, Ohio), 7 uncles, 6 aunts, and many other relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the home by Bros. John D. Miller and Alvin Hostetler.

"Two buds the Father gave us
Pure and lovely children;
He gave them to our keeping
To cherish undefiled.
But just as they were opening
To the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly Father
And took our buds away." The Family.

Leasa. - Amanda (Gibson) Leasa was born in Virginia June 25 1852; died July 1, 1942; aged 90 y. 6 d. Since the death of her husband, William Leasa, Feb. 5, 1925, she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. D. T. Jones, (Bertha) at 301 N. Lawn, Kansas City, Mo., where she was kindly cared for throughout the intervening seventeen years. Early in life she became a member of the Church of the Brethren, to which faith she remained true to the end. She precedes in death all her children except one, who died in infancy. Those remaining in addition to Bertha are: Mrs. Josie Brattebo, Longmont, Colo.; Mrs. Archie Pretz, Salina, Kans.; .Mrs. Wm. Knapp, Harrisonville, Mo.; Levi L., St. Louis, Mo.; Albert B., Belleville, Pa.; and Wallace M., Longmont, Colo.; also 25 grandchildren and a number of greatgrandchildren. All the children except the two in Colorado were present at the funeral. Services were conducted in the Newcomer Funeral Home, Kansas City, Mo. Interment in Blue Springs Cemetery, beside her companion. A Son.

Nunemaker. - John M., son of Thomas and Catherine Nunemaker, was born near Goshen, Ind., May 1, 1848; died Aug. 29, 1942, in the .Mennonite Hospital at La Junta, Colo.; aged 94 y. 3 m. 28 d. He lived near Goshen with his parents until he was nineteen years of age, and then with their consent left for Sterling, Ill., arriving there July 24, 1867. He was united in marriage to Hannah, daughter of Bishop Henry and Lovina Nice, Dec. 25, 1870, at Morrison, Ill. Jan. 22, 1923, by a second marriage, he was united to Anna (Kornhaus) Miller at Peabody, Kans.
Soon after his conversion he was received into the Mennonite Church by water baptism, in September, 1875, by Bishop Henry Nice at Sterling, Ill.
In March, 1878, he with his family, consisting of his wife and four children, moved to Roseland, Nebr., where he resided for twentyfive years, during which time there were born 7 more children, and 2 boys (John and George) were removed by the hand of death and buried in the Roseland Mennonite Cemetery.
Bro. Nunemaker was ordained to the ministry by Bishop Albrecht Shiffler Feb. 25, 1894, and served as one of the ministers in the Roseland Mennonite church until he left for La Junta, Colo.
When the La Junta Mennonite Church was organized in 1903 he was one of the twenty charter members; and later, when the congregation was divided and the East Holbrook Mennonite Church was organized, he made his church home there and faithfully filled his place, both as a consistent member and, at his advanced age, as one of the ministers. His love for the Master's cause and church loyalty were manifested by his prompt attendance, being found in his place at church and conference whenever it was at all possible. He possessed unusual vigor and strength. On his ninetieth birthday he, as well as the congregation, received considerable satisfaction from his preaching three times.
Soon after his coming to La Junta he was one of the active brethren in starting the movement which resulted in the building of the Mennonite Sanitarium and served as chairman of the Board for a number of years.
His first wife (Hannah, the mother of their large family of children) was called to her reward Aug. 11, 1908. On Feb. 21 of the following year, Noah answered the summons. Edgar, the oldest son, was taken March 16, 1914. Anna, the second wife, passed away Dec. 22, 1923, and on Dec. 31, 1926, Cassie died very suddenly. Henry died Aug. 1, 1940, at Twin Falls, Idaho. Walter died July 19, 1942 at Brooks, Alberta. There remain of the family: Lovina Rich of Filer, Idaho; Samuel of Hesston, Kans.; Albert of Brooks, Alberta; and William of the home place, who has remained with his father most of life.
Bro. Nunemaker answered the final summons to depart this life, leaving his 4 remaining children, 13 grandchildren, 16 greatgrandchildren, 1 greatgreatgrandchild, his congregation, and a large number of friends, neighbors, and brethren he has learned to know and love both in the homeland and to the ends of the earth. Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at the home near Cheraw, Colo., conducted by Bro. A. M. Leatherman, and at the Holbrook Church by Bros. Allen H. Erb, A. M. Leatherman, E. E. Showalter, and Ed Kauffman. His body was laid to rest in the church grounds which he helped to build and organize. Alien H. Erb.

Shetler. - Annie, daughter of the late Jacob and Lydia Guengerich, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Aug. 22, 1873; died at Samaritan Hospital, Bay City, Mich., Aug. 26, 1942; aged 69 y. 3 d. She was married to Jacob Shetler of Iowa Nov. 24, 1898. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters, of whom 4 daughters preceded her in death (Leona, Josephine, wife of Joe Maust, and two died in infancy). Also her father, mother, 2 brothers, and 1 sister preceded her in death. Her husband and the following children mourn her departure: Lydia, Mrs. David Albrecht; Katie, Mrs. Emanuel Albrecht of Pigeon, Mich. (They made their home with the latter the past few years); Clarence and Ezra, Pasadena, Calif.; Marion and Jacob of Pigeon; and Anna Marie, Mrs. Floyd Steckley, of Bay Port; also 20 grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters (Dan of Kalona, Iowa, Aaron and Ezra of Calif., Samuel of Ark., George of Mo., Mrs. E. C. Beachy, Mrs. Henry Yoder and Mrs. John M. Yoder of Iowa, and Mrs. Dan C. Esch of Pigeon, Mich.), and a host of other relatives and friends survive. She accepted Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Johnson Co., Iowa, at the age of 17, and continued faithfully till death. She was a faithful mother, greatly concerned a bout the spiritual welfare of the children and grandchildren and others as well. She was a teacher of small children in the S. S. for years. She faithfully cared for her feeble husband until the last 2 weeks of her life. Her health had been failing for years, suffering much with ulcers of the stomach. Seven days previous to her death she underwent an operation, never recovering. She will be especially missed by her husband. We shall miss her, but do not wish her back. Her sufferings are ended and she is at peace with the Lord. She also had things arranged in regard to her funeral songs and text. The funeral was held Aug. 29 at the Pigeon River Church, and burial in cemetery at the same place. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Earl Maust and at the church by Bros. Emanuel Swartzendruber and M. S. Zehr. Texts, Job 14:14; Psa. 17:5.

"Mother tired and weary,
Weary with toil and pain,
Put by her glasses and rocker,
She will not need them again.
Into heaven's mansions she entered,
Never to sigh or to weep;
After long years with life's struggles,
Mother has fallen asleep."

Stoltzfoos. - Amos B., son of the late Jacob and Fannie (Blank) Stoltzfoos, was born near Bareville, Pa., March 6, 1866; died July 14, 1942, at his home in Gap, Pa.; aged 76 y. 4 m. 8 d. He is survived by 3 daughters (Fannie at home; Rebecca, wife of Daniel Dien, Ephrata; Mary, wife of Jefferson Peachey, Belleville, Pa.), also 10 grandchildren, 3 greatgrandchildren, 2 brothers (Jacob B. of Intercourse, Pa., and Samuel K. of Bareville, Pa.). His wife, Sarah (Glick) Stoltzfoos, died Oct. 23, 1940. Five small children preceded him in death. His passing away broke up our home, but we feel that our loss is his gain, as he was lonely so much since Mother was gone. We know that "there remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God," and so often we long for that rest in our lonely hours. He had a heart weakness for several years, but was improved some and was sick only one hour, when he passed away. In 1904 he was ordained deacon at the Millwood Church and in 1913 he was ordained to the ministry. He preached his last sermon the Sunday before his death, at Sideling Hill Camp. He often said he did not think he would be with us long, but we did not think he would leave so soon. We know what the Lord does is well done. Funeral services were held July 19 at the home conducted by Bro. John A. Kennel and at the Millwood Church by Bros. M. S. Stoltzfus and John S. Mast. His body was laid to rest beside his wife in the Millwood Cemetery.

"Father, thou hast left us lonely;
Thy helping hands we miss them so;
But God saw best to take thee
Over on the other shore." By the Family.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 26 - September 24, 1942 page 558,559

Beggs. - Margaret Beggs was born Jan. 21, 1867; moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa City while still a child. In the spring of 1933 she confessed the Lord as the Christ of her life and was received by water baptism into the membership of the Mennonite Mission at Iowa City, to which she remained faithful until her passing away. Easter Sunday evening, 1940, as she stepped into the door of the Church she was stricken with a stroke, from which she partially recovered. She was able to be up most of the time after that, but had continued attacks, passing away July 16, 1942. Funeral services were held July 18 in the Mission Church. Burial in Oakland Cemetery at Iowa City. Text, Matt. 24:44.

"Let me but hear my Saviour say,
Strength shall be equal to thy day;
Then I rejoice in deep distress,
Leaning on all sufficient grace."

Bowman. - Israel B., son of the late Israel M. and Anna (Burckart) Bowman, was born in Berks Co., Pa., Jan. 23, 1888; died at his home in Goodville, Pa., August 15, 1942, after an illness of 5 weeks; aged 54 y. 6 m. 22 d. Oct. 3, 1912, he was married to Anna S. Newswanger. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters (Harvey of Goodville, Charles of Union Grove, Cora, Alice, and Edna at home); 3 grandchildren also survive. Brief services were held at the home and at the Weaverland Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Mark 13:29.

"Weep not that his trials are over,
Weep not that his race is run;
God grant that we may rest as calmly
When our work, like his, is done."

Campbel. - John Campbel was born May 5, 1879; died July 9, 1942; aged 63 y. 11 m. 25 d. He is survived by a stepfather (Isaac Hunter) and a number of other relatives. Funeral services were held July 11 at the Brownsville Church near Pond Bank, Pa., by Harvey E. Shank. Burial in the Mont Alto Cemetery.

Helmuth. - Kenneth LeRoy and Kathryn Louise, son and daughter of Alvin S. and Viola (Conrad) Helmuth, were born at the city hospital, Alliance, 0., Aug. 27, 1942. Kenneth lived about eighteen hours and Kathryn six days; then the Lord took them home to glory. They are survived by their parents, 2 brothers (Paul Joseph and Edward Samuel) of the home, Louisville, 0., 1 grandmother (Mrs. Anna K. Conrad of Louisville) and 1 grandfather (Samuel J. Helmuth of Arthur, Ill.). One brother (Ray Daniel) preceded them in death Aug. 20, 1941. A short funeral service was conducted for each one and were in charge of the brethren O. N. Johns and John D. Miller. Interment in the Beech Mennonite Cemetery.

"Two buds the Father gave us,
Pure and lovely children;
He gave them to our keeping
To cherish undefiled;
But just as they were opening
To the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly Father
And took our buds away."

Transcriber's note: The above appears to be obituaries for two infants, but the obituary for Kathryn was in the September 17, 1942 issue of Gospel Herald.

Hoffman. - William E., son of Christopher and Sallie Hoffman, was born in Kent Co., Mich., May 6, 1880; died Aug. 18, 1942, at the hospital in Hastings; aged 62 y. 3 m. 12 d. Nov. 24, 1905, he married Elizabeth Weaver. To this union were born 3 sons: David C., Freeman, and Paul, all living in the home community. During the year 1905 he united with the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful Christian life until death. His entire life was spent in Kent Co., where he won many friends by his cheerful disposition which was manifest wherever duty demanded his presence, always ready to aid his church or his neighbors. He was a kind husband and a loving father. His mother said, "Will never gave me an unkind word." He leaves his companion and children, 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Andrew of Charlotte, Moses of Goshen, Ind.), 3 sisters (Louise Dausman of Saranac, Mich.; Ella Stahl of Clarksville, Mich., and Mrs. Niles Slabaugh of Kokomo, Ind.). He will be greatly missed by his neighbors and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Bowne Mennonite Church by T. E. Schrock, Daniel Zook, and D. A. Yoder.

"Good night, wife and children,
Dearest friends and loved ones,
I must leave you.
Longer here I cannot stay.
Be prepared, dear ones, to meet me;
Death shall call you, too, some day."

Hooley. - Fannie, daughter of Levi and Barbara Hostettler, was born July 24, 1857, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died in the home of her son Melvin, near Canby, Oreg., Aug. 25, 1942; aged 85 y. 1 m. 1 d. Her husband (Menno Simon Hooley), and a son (Edwin), and 2 daughters (Leona Headings, and Adella Headings) preceded her into the spirit world. She is survived by 2 sons (Melvin and Alvin, of Canby and Hubbard), 4 daughters (Ada Headings, of Albany, Oreg.; Nellie Miller, of Hubbard, Oreg.; Lavina Fisher, of Kinzers, Pa.; and Iva Nusbaum, of Middlebury, Ind.), 2 brothers (Levi Hostettler, of Harrisburg, 0reg.; Enos Hostettler, of Sheridan, Oreg.), 4 sisters (Martha Kenagy, Albany, Oreg.; Lydia Stutzman, Harrisburg, Oreg.; Ida Baker, Harrisburg, 0reg.; and Katie Schrock, Shelbyville, Ill.), 44 grandchildren, and 41 great grandchildren. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and joined the Mennonite Church. She was united in marriage to Menno Simon Hooley while in Indiana, moving later to Missouri, and still later to Oregon. She diligently attended the place of worship throughout her life, until about 8 years ago she fell and broke her hip. A year later she fell again from her wheelchair and broke the second hip. From that time she never left her bed. About June 15, in the morning as her son came to her bedside, he said, "Well, how are you this morning?" She happily raised her hand and said, "Ready to go home; meet me there when you arc ready." To her very last days when life was passing she would still faintly sing; and when she could no longer sing, she spoke of singing in her heart. A few hours before her departure she raised her hand toward heaven and made a few motions indicating her going.

"I'm going home, no more to roam,
No more to sin and sorrow,
No more to wear a brow of care;
I'm going home tomorrow."

Mast. - Frank J. Mast was born to Christian and Sarah (Dagler) Mast, June 25, 1878, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died at his home at Berlin, Aug. 6, 1942; aged 64 y. 1 m. 5 d. In 1914 he was married to Vida, daughter of Adam and Sarah Jane Bittle. To this union were born 1 son and 1 daughter (Carl of Berlin and Helen at home). Surviving are his wife, 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Hettie, wife of S. D. Miller, Jr., and Mary, wife of Curtis Gerber). In his youth he united with the Martins Creek Mennonite Church. He was faithful until death. For a number of years his heart was failing. He often expressed peace with God and love for his church and her doctrines. He will be missed by his family and friends. Our loss will be his gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Martins Creek Church by Bros. Paul R. Miller of Charm, and D. D. Miller of Berlin.

"The room is quiet, all is still,
The place is vacant, 'tis God's will;
So long you waited for your rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."

Miller. - Ida Miller died Sept. 2, 1942; aged 66 y. Her sister, Mrs. Jenny Mahoney, was buried last March 9. She was ill for some time, and grew rapidly worse, dying in the Chambersburg Hospital. Funeral services were conducted at the Sellers Funeral Home by the ministers, Harry Barnes and Harvey E. Shank. Text, Rom. 8:17. She was buried in the Salem Cemetery.

Miller. - Magdalena Witmer was born at Montgomery, Ind., March 17, 1873; died at her home near Denbigh, Va., Sept. 5, 1942; aged 69 y. 5 m. 21 d. She was married to Joseph R. Miller, April 2, 1896. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons (Nicholas W. of Akron, O.; Joseph of Lakemore, O.; and Alvin of Morrison, Va.), 3 daughters (Mrs. Lydia Stoll of Kismet, Kans., and Mary Ann and Rachel). One brother and 1 sister also survive (Amos G. Witmer of Montgomery, Ind., and Mrs. Mary Longacher of Oyster Point, Va.). Funeral services were held Sept. 7, in charge of Bros. Truman Brunk and Orrie D. Yoder at the Providence Church of which congregation she was a faithful member until death suddenly called her from this life to eternity.

Peachey. - Bertha N., second daughter of Jonathan and Cathrine Peachey, was born Oct. 1, 1930; died Aug. 20, 1942, near Belleville, Pa.; aged 11 y. 10 m. 19 d. She was an invalid her entire life, never being able to talk or play. She is survived by her parents and the following sisters and brother: Lydia, Arie, Mahlon, Nannie, Olive, and Martha. About a year ago another sister (Mary) accidentally drowned in a water trough. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Pre. John Y. Peachey and Enos Kurtz. Burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Peachey. - Lydia S. Peachey was born Sept. 12, 1853; died at her home near Belleville, Pa., May 9, 1942; aged 88 y. 7 m. 27 d. The cause of her death was a stroke of paralysis, suffered some two weeks ago. She was the last survivor of a large family. Her parents were Christian and Mary (Beiler) Peachey. Her entire life was spent in the township where she was born. She was a faithful and lifelong member of the Peachey Church, of which her brother, the late Pre. Samuel W. Peachey, was a preacher for about fifty years. Funeral services were held at the home of Jacob S. Peachey, in charge of John Y. Peachey and Enos Kurtz. Burial in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Troyer. - Sarah, daughter of the late Noah and Elizabeth (Miller) Mast, was born near Sugarcreek, O., Sept. 3, 1860; died at the Aultman Hospital, Canton, O., Sept. 9, 1942; aged 82 y. 6 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church in which she continued faithful until the end. She first united with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church and later transferred her membership to the Canton Mennonite Mission congregation. Jan. 22, 1880, she was united in marriage to Noah Troyer, also of Sugarcreek, O. To this union were born 4 daughters (Elizabeth, Carrie, Edith, and Mary), 3 sons (Elmer, Herbert, and an infant son who preceded her in death). In 1910 she, with her husband and family moved to Canton, 0., and she lived in this vicinity the rest of her life. Her husband preceded her in death in February, 1936. She enjoyed visiting, and was blest with good health in her older days which enabled her to visit her many friends. About seven months ago she fell and fractured her hip. Since then she was confined largely to her bed. She had her home with' her daughter (Mrs. H. W. Shank near Freeburg, 0.). She is survived by her four daughters (Mrs. J. Clyde Rolles of Canton; Mrs. H. W. Shank of Paris, O.; Mrs. Wm. H. Brown of Stone Creek, 0.; and Mrs. Moses Slabaugh of Harrisonburg, Va.), 2 sons (E. N. Troyer of Shreve, O.; and H. N. Troyer of Hartville, O.), 22 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 1 brother (Enos Mast of Sugarcreek), with many other relatives and friends. Besides her husband and infant son, her parents, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted in the home and the Beech Mennonite Church with the bishop, 0. N. Johns, officiating. Sermon subject: "After a Night's Sleep." Text, I Thess. 4:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Yoder. - Catherine (Hartzler) Yoder was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., April 30, 1862; died in her home near East Lynne, Mo., Sept. 6, 1942; aged 80 y. 4 m. 6 d. She became a member of the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful until death. Feb. 22, 1889, she was united in marriage to Noah W. Yoder who died Dec. 28, 1918. To this union were born 6 children, 1 of whom died in infancy. The following survive: Priscilla (wife of Ora J. Hartzler), Lucy (wife of John E. Miller, Filer, Ida.), Nellie (wife of Clarence V. Hartzler), Reuben and Lela. Besides her children she leaves 20 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, Fentress, Va.), 1 brother (Abraham Hartzler, Fairview, Mich.), 1 sister-in-law (Barbara Yoder), and 1 brother-in-law (Ephraim Plank, Topeka, Ind.). For a number of years she has been in declining health, but her death came with a shock when early Sunday morning she fell and after a few hours of suffering she peacefully passed away. She was a kind and patient mother. Through all her suffering she was never heard to complain. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services were held on Sept. 9, at the Sycamore Grove Church in charge of Bros. I. G. Hartzler and W. R. Hershberger. Interment in the Clearfork Cemetery.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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