Byler, -- Nannie L., of McVeytown, Pa., daughter of
the late Joshua and Elizabeth (Shearer) Harshbarger, widow
of John Byler, was born at Mattawana, Pa., Aug. 20, 1869;
died Nov. 18, 1954, after an illness of several months; aged 85
y. 2 m. 22 d. She is survived by 4 sons and 3 daughters (Jesse
Byler, Emma J. Byler, both of Mattawana; Esther--Mrs. Chauncy
Zook, Mill Creek, Pa.; Harvey E., Conneaut Lake, Pa; Mary--Mrs.
Benjamin Hertzler, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Benjamin, Belleville, Pa.;
and Wilbur J., Hummelstown, Pa.), a brother and sister (Francis
Harshbarger and Mrs. Arthur Grassmyer), and 32 grandchildren.
She united with the Mattawana Church in her girlhood and remained
a faithful attendant and helper as long as she was able to do
so. Funeral services were held Nov. 21, conducted by Rose Metzler,
assisted by Raymond Peachey and Milo Yoder.
Interment was made in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Gehman, -- Israel B., son of the late Israel and Susanna B.Gehman, was born Sept. 19, 1877; passed away unexpectedly at his home in Adamstown, Pa., Jan. 7, 1955; aged 77 y. 3 m. 19 d. He was a member of Gehman's Mennonite Church, having been baptized Jan. 18, 1904, by Benj. Weaver. He was the last of his immediate family and is survived by his wife, Clara Hoffman Gehman, and one step grandson. Funeral services were held at Mellinger's Funeral Home, Denver, Pa., by Moses Gehman and David J. W. Noll of the Reformed Church. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery, Denver, Pa.
Gingrich, -- Emma Susanne, was born March 14, 1880, near Richfield, Pa.; passed away at Albany, Oreg., Mennonite Home for Aged, Dec. 9, 1954; aged 74 y. 8 m. 25 d. The family moved from Pennsylvania to Roseland, Nebr., when she was a child. There she grew up and in her youth accepted her Lord as Saviour and was baptized at Roseland Mennonite Church in which faith she remained faithful. In 1921 she went to Albany, Oreg., where she has since lived. She never married but spent her time in helping others. She leaves to mourn her passing one sister (Ida Snyder, Denver, Colo.), one brother (Marshall Gingrich, Albany, Oreg.), and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mayer, -- Margaret Jean, daughter of Clarence E. and Mabel (Widrick) Mayer, was born Oct. 1, 1942, near Lowville, N. Y.; passed away Dec. 17, 1954, in a hospital at Rome, N. Y.; aged 12 y. 2 m. 16 d. She had been ill since birth. She is survived by her parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Arletha, Pauline, Aaron, Joseph, and Wilfred, all at home), and her grandmothers (Mrs. Rachel Mayer, Kitchener, Ont., and Mrs. Katie Widrick, Lowville, N. Y.). Two sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at the Croghan Conservative Church with Leon Martin and Elias Zehr in charge. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Messner, -- Emma, daughter of the late Simon and Sarah W. Hess, and widow of John J. Messner, died Dec. 26, 1954, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr.and Mrs. Howard Erb, Lititz, Pa., after a few years illness; aged 75 years. She was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. She had been a Sunday-school teacher for 25 years before becoming ill. Surviving are these sons and daughters (Harold, Lancaster, Pa.; Clarence, Minersville, Pa.; Robert, Harrisonburg, Va.; Albert, Strasburg, Pa.; Marian--Mrs. Laurence Horst, Chicago, Ill.; Dorothy--Mrs. Roy Witmer, New Holland, Pa.; Sara--Mrs. Mervin Denlinger, Ronks, Pa.; and Arlene--Mrs. Howard Erb, with whom she resided). Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, and these brothers and sisters (Ada--Mrs. Jacob Keener, Lititz; John and Edwin Hess, both of Akron, Pa.; Eva--Mrs. Roy Hess, Ephrata; Irene--Mrs. Jason Mellinger, Ronks, Pa.; and Helen--Mrs. Reid Oberholtzer, Norristown, Pa.). Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at the Strasburg Church in charge of Emory Herr and Jacob Harnish. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Neff, -- Joseph, second son of David and Elizabeth E. Neff, was born on Aug. 25, 1874. In early life he chose agriculture as his vocation and he was always ready to adopt the latest and best methods of farming. In the spring of 1951 he was hospitalized for some time, and he never completely recovered his health. However, he remained active on the farm until June, 1954, when his strength failed so that he became weaker until Nov. 27, when he quietly and peacefully departed this life; aged 80 y. 3 m. 2 d. Surviving are 3 brothers (John, David, and Henry), several nieces and nephews and a large number of other relatives and friends. On Oct. 7, 1954, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, and with a longing desire, he later received Christian baptism and communion. Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at the home with Eli Nissley in charge. Burial was made in Midway, Ohio Cemetery.
Stutzman, Joseph B., son of Jacob and Barbara (Troyer) Stutzman, was born Oct. 25, 1889, near Lincoln, Nebr.; passed away Dec. 23, 1954, at his home near Harrisonburg, Va.; aged 65 y. 2 m. 28 d. Death was due to a heart attack. As a boy he moved with his parents in Portage Co., Ohio. Here he accepted Christ as his Saviour and began a life devoted to his Lord. On Sept. 23, 1913, he married Minerva Selzer, who preceded him in death on May15, 1948. To this union 3 children were born. In 1928 he with his family moved near Harrisonburg, Va. He was active in the work of the Sunday school, and gave over ten years of his time to the work of the Blue Ridge mission field, and in return won the love and respect of the people. He is survived by his children (Doris--Mrs. Oliver Keener, Harrisonburg, Va.; Joseph E., Drumore, Pa,; Barbara--Mrs. Durward Bowman, Harrisonburg), 11 grandchildren , 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. William Howitt, Union City, Pa; Mrs. Eldon Miller, Hudson, Ohio; Lloyd J., Mantua, Ohio; and James. Schwenksville, Pa.). and many other relatives and friends. Services were held Dec. 26, at Weavers Church by Chester K. Lehman, assisted by Daniel Lehman and John E. Kurtz. Interment was made in Weaver's Church Cemetery.
Ulrich, -- Clayton N., son of the late Henry and Lizzie (Nauman) Ulrich, was born Nov. 9, 1880, near Manheim, Pa.; passed away at the Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 13, 1955, after an illness of 2 weeks resulting from a stroke; aged 74 y. 2 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Lizzie Hammer who preceded him in 1923. To this union was born one son (Herman, Hanover, Pa.). He then married Kate (Snavely) Nauman in January 1925. To this union were born 5 children (Roy, Manheim; Mae--Mrs. Paul Kline, Lititz; Martin, Manheim; Esther and Grace, at home). Also surviving are a stepson (Clarence Nauman, Manheim), 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 2 sisters (Mrs. Annie Christ and Amanda--Mrs. Elmer Weidman), one brother (John Ulrich), and many other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by his second wife on Oct. 7, 1950, and one sister who was killed in a train accident. In his youth he united with the Fairview Church of the Brethren, and in the last years he transferred his membership to the Manheim Mennonite Church where he was a faithful member and in his regular place every Sunday morning. Funeral services were held at the Manheim Church, Jan.16, in charge of Ira Huber and Homer Bomberger, with burial in the East Fairview Cemetery.
Yoder, --Mary Malinda, daughter of the late Jacob and Leah (Hooley) Kauffman, was born Aug. 8, 1865, in Noble Co., Ind.; departed this life after a lingering illness Jan. 15, 1955, at her home in Belleville, Pa.; aged 89 y. 5 m. 7 d. In her youth she became a member of the Mennonite Church, in which church she remained faithful until death. One Feb. 26, 1888, she was married to Ezra M. Yoder, who died 11 years ago. To this union were born 9 children, 6 of whom survive (John C., Mrs. Elsie Byler, Cora--Mrs. Harry Smucker, Mrs. Anna Grassmyer, Miss Charity Yoder, all of Belleville, Pa., and Frances--Mrs. Edward L. Smith, Winona Lake, Ind.). She was predeceased by an infant son, a son (Ezra), and a daughter (Eva--Mrs. McNitt). She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in her home in charge of Emanuel Peachey. Burial was made in the Locust Grove Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Burkhart, -- Noah H., son of the late John Z. and Barbara (Hurst) Burkhart, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 28, 1873; passed away at the home of a daughter near Mechanicsburg, Pa., after a few weeks' illness, Nov. 18, 1954; aged 81 y. 7 m. 10 d. In youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. On Jan. 14, 1897, he was united in marriage to Emma L. Rohrer, who preceded him Feb. 5, 1947. To this union were born 8 children. They lived in Lancaster County till the spring of 1912, when they moved to York County. In 1923 he was ordained to the office of deacon for the Middle York County District. He was seldom absent from services as long as health permitted him to go. Surviving are 3 daughters and 3 sons (Mrs. Alta Hertzler, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Benjamin, Spring Grove, Pa.; Eva, York, Pa.; Aaron, Mechanicsburg; Jason, Mt. Wolf, Pa.; and Mrs. Ada Seitz, Dillsburg, Pa.), 34 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Annie Musselman, New Holland, Pa.). Funeral services were held at Landis Valley Church, Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 22, in charge of Wm. Martin and Wm. Strong. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Cooprider, -- Charles William, son of Mathias and Susan
(Heatwole) Cooprider, was born near Groveland, McPherson
Co., Kans., Feb. 6, 1883; departed this life Jan. 13, 1955; aged
71 y. 11 m. 7 d.
On Aug. 10, 1905, he was united in marriage to Mary Frances Winey, Peabody, Kans. They established their family home in Hayes Township, where they lived until three years ago, when they moved to McPherson. To this union was born 2 daughters. He accepted Christ as his Saviour early in life and united with the Mennonite Church. He was always interested in the program of the church and took an active part in the work of the church. Surviving are his wife, their daughters (Susan--Mrs. Ernest Zimmerman, and Pauline--Mrs. Leonard Lundberg), his sisters (Mrs. Lucy Ely and Mrs. Nettie Hostetler), 5 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were in charge of J. G. Hartzler, M. M. Troyer, and Kenneth Smoker, at the West Liberty Mennonite Church where he was a member. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
Frey, -- Annie L., daughter of the late Samuel and Barbara (Leib) Hoffman, was born Feb.1, 1875; died Jan. 15, 1955, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harvey Cobaugh, near Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 79 y. 11 m. 15 d. She had been ill three years. She was a member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Her husband, Andrew N. Frey, died twenty-two years ago. Besides her daughter she is survived by a son (Martin, Dayton, Ohio) and a sister (Mrs. Fannie Brandt, Middletown, Pa.). Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at the Boyer Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, with Clarence E. Lutz officiating. Burial was made in Risser's Mennonite Cemetery, near Elizabethtown.
Gingerich, -- Jess, son of John C. and Elizabeth (Mishler) Gingerich, was born Dec. 21, 1887, near Kalona, Iowa; died Jan. 21, 1955, at his home in Coralville, Iowa; aged 67 y. 1 m. On Dec. 8, 1908, he was married to Lydia M. Plank. To this union were born 5 children (Edith Heisner, Iowa City; Vernon J., Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.; Irma Briskey, Coralville; Ned, Riverside, Iowa; and Harlan, Cedar Rapids, Iowa). He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, his 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. In his youth he accepted Chirst as his Saviour and united with the Old Order Amish Church, later transferring to the East Union Mennonite, Kalona, Iowa, of which he was a member at the time of his death. His health was normally good until April, 1954, when his heart began to fail and he gradually became weaker until he peacefully fell asleep. During his illness he felt his need of renewing his covenant with God. This he did, and was given communion at his request. He expressed peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The service was in charge of Virgil Brenneman and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber, at the East Union Church, Jan. 24.
Hossler, -- Esther May, daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Landis) Ebersole, was born Jan.3, 1895; died Jan. 13, 1955, at her home near Elizabethtown, Pa.; aged 60 y. 10 d. Death was due to complications following a cerebral hemorrhage. She was married to Wimer W. Hossler. They had 3 children (Mary Elizabeth, Esther Ruth, and Paul Eugene). Her husband and 3 children, and a brother (Reuben Ebersole, Bainbridge, Pa.) survives her. She was a faithful member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church and attended services when her health permitted. She was afflicted with palsy for many years. Funeral services were held Jan. 16, at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, with Walter L. Keener, Jr., and Clarence E. Lutz taking part in the services. Interment was made in Good's Cemetery near Elizabethtown.
Hostetler, -- Mary, daughter of Abe and Fannie Weaver, was born April 24, 1918, in Geauga Co., Ohio; passed away Dec. 20, 1954, at Corey Hospital, Chardon, Ohio; aged 36 y. 7 m. 26 d. On Dec. 28, 1939, she was married to Neil J. Hostetler. To this union 7 children were born (Edna, Fannie, Roman, Linda, Carol Ann, Martha, and an infant son Paul, who preceded her in death by 5 hours). She also leaves father, mother, and 15 brothers and sisters. One brother (Ervin) and one sister (Barbara) died in infancy. Surviving are: Martha Kurtz, Huntsburg, Ohio; Sara Byler, Chardon, Ohio; Lydia Tills and John, Painesville, Ohio; Dan, Burton Station; Jemima Schmucker, Huntsburg; Saloma Misterka, Cleveland, Ohio; Rebecca Mast, Parkaman, Ohio; Katie, Andy, Joe, Ellis, Emma, and Abe, at home. Seven years ago she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained a faithful witness for Jesus until the end. She was a member of the Maple View Conservative Church where she had been a Sunday-school teacher of young mothers. Her son Paul was buried with her. Death was due to a kidney infection and hemorrhages. Services were held at the Maple View Church Dec. 22, with Roman Miller, Mahlon Miller, and Shem Peachey taking part. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Kaufman, -- David E., son of Josiah and the late Nancy (Livingston) Kaufman, was born Dec. 30, 1890, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa.; died Dec. 2, 1954; aged 63 y. 11 m. 2 d. He is survived by his father, his widow (Hattie), daughter (Nancy--Mrs. Boyd Thomas), and 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Stahl Church, Dec. 4, in charge of Sanford G. Shetler and David Alwine. Burial was made in the nearby cemetery.
Keffer, -- Jeremiah, son of the late Walter and Catherine (Stumpf) Keffer, was born near Breslau, Ont., Oct. 9, 1888; passed away Dec. 24, 1954, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital following a brief illness; aged 68 y. 2 m. 15 d. On Jan. 27, 1915, he was united in marriage to Hannah Catherine Schiedel, who preceded him in death Feb.14, 1942. He leaves to mourn his departure his mother (Mrs. Catherine Keffer, Elmira, Ont.), 2 sons and 2 daughters (Walter, New Dundee; Carl, Hespeler; Edith, Kitchener; and Mary--Mrs. Stephen Kaczmarek, Sudburry), and 4 grandchildren. One son and one daughter died in infancy. He was a faithful member of the Snyder Mennonite Church at Bloomingdale for the past 13 years. Prior to that he held his membership with the Cressman Mennonite Church in Breslau, in which vicinity he resided for many years. Funeral services were held at the Bloomingdale Mennonite Church in charge of John W. Snyder, assisted by Oscar Burkholder. Interment was made in the Breslau Cemetery.
Kulp, -- Isaac B., son of Isaac L. and Catherine (Bergey) Kulp, was born Nov. 5, 1876, at Danboro, Pa.; passed away at his home near La Junta, Colo.; Jan. 22, 1955, after 10 months of illness; aged 78 y. 2 m. 17 d. On June 18, 1902, he was married to Lizzie Bergey near Doylestown, Pa. They resided in Philadelphia where they had a meat shop for five years. In 1907 they moved to Colorado. He accepted the Lord at the age of 15 through the influence of his older sister, Hettie Mininger. He gladly served as primary Sunday-school superintendent, as District Mission Board Member, and a daily witness among his neighbors and friends, and in a special way among his Spanish friends. During a serious illness 10 years ago he had chosen as her funeral text Job 19: 25, "For I know that my redeemer liveth." The Lord answered his prayers in permitting him to see his children and grandchildren from India and also that some of them could be with him on his 78th birthday. He was cheerful and conscious to the end and as he grew weaker he said, "They are coming." With a smile on his face he was gone into the presence of his Lord where there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. Surviving are his companion and 4 children (Amos, at home; Esther--Mrs. Milton Vogt, of India; Elizabeth Kulp, R. N. , who cared for him to the end; and Margaret, teacher at Cheraw). Two sons died in infancy. He also leave 5 grandchildren and 4 sisters (Lizzie--Mrs. Aaron Leatherman, La Junta, Colo; Hettie--Mrs. J. D. Mininger, Goshen, Ind.; Sallie--Mrs. Timothy Thut, Doylestown, Pa.; and Catherine Kulp, Los Angeles, Calif.). Funeral services were held at the East Hollbrook Church in charge of Richard Birky and Glen Whitaker. Committal service was in charge of Joe C. Driver.
Landis, -- Noah O., son of John and Anna Mary (Oberholtzer) Landis, was born Jan. 4, 1902, near Oregon, Pa.; passed away at his home near Landis Valley, Pa.; Dec. 15, 1954; aged 52 y. 11 m. 11 d. He had not been well for the past 12 years and was bedfast for the last 16 weeks. In his early life he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and united with the Landis Valley congregation. In this faith he faithfully served until death. On Feb. 18, 1926, he was united in marriage to Katie K. Newcomer who survives. Also surviving are the following children (Elvia N., Lititz; Esther N., Mary Kathryn, and Anna Mae, all at home), 2 grandchildren, his parents, and the following brothers and sisters (Edna O., Bareville; Walter O., Lititz; Elam O., Manheim; and Anna Mary--Mrs. Earl Charles, Bareville). He was preceded in death by 2 infant children. Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at the Landis Valley Mennonite Church in charge of Amos Horst and Levi Weaver. Interment was made in the Landis Valley Cemetery.
Lee, --Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of the late Richard and Clara (Barre) Randolph, was born near Uniontown, Pa., May 3, 1875; departed this life in the Uniontown Hospital, Dec. 26, 1954; aged 79 y. 7 m. 3 d. She was a member of the Pleasant View Presbyterian Church. She was predeceased by her husband, A. C. Lee, in December, 1951. She is survived by the following children (Mrs. E. H. Durr, Albany, Oreg.; Thomas, Mrs. Clyde Sechler, and Mrs. Clayton Crowe, of Masontown), also 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 22 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Honsaker Funeral Home, Masontown, Pa., Dec. 30, in charge of Paul M. Roth. Burial was made in the Sylvian Heights Cemetery.
Miller, -- Daniel D., was born Nov. 10, 1864, in Lagrange Co., Ind. He married Jeanette Hostetler, May 26, 1889. To this union were born 7 daughters and 6 sons. An infant son and daughter died soon after birth. Bertha, the fifth daughter, died at the age of 21 in 1923, and Truman, the fourth son, died in 1952. His wife preceded him in death by 17 years and 3 days. Members of the immediate family living are 5 daughters (Ida Schertz, Clara Augsburger, Kathryn Yoder, Alice Oesch, Mable Ann Jennings) and 4 sons (Orie, Ernest, Wilbur, and Samuel). Also surviving are 32 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Lizzie Kropf and Mrs. Almon Hostetler), and 2 brothers (Abraham and Henry). Bro. Miller accepted Christ as his Saviour and joined the Mennonite Church in Missouri. He was ordained a deacon of the Forks Church, Middlebury, Ind., in 1890 and a minister a year later, and a bishop in the same church in 1906. He made a large contribution to the church-wide program of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, of which he was president from 1920 to 1936, and treasurer from 1934 to 1939. He served one term as moderator of Mennonite General Conference. He remained active in church work until about 11 years ago when he suffered a heart attack. Since that time his health has not permitted an active participation as he would have enjoyed. He passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 1955, at the age of 90 y. 2 m. 9 d. The funeral services were held Jan. 23, with a short service at the Augburger home and at the Forks Church. J. D. Graber preached the sermon. Others participating were Sanford C. Yoder, David A. Yoder, Daniel W. Miller, Donald E. Yoder, and Earley C. Bontrager. Burial was made in the Forrest Grove Cemetery.
Neff, -- Barbara, daughter of the late John B. and Lizzie
(Martin) Keener, was born near Strasburg, Pa., Aug. 27,
1872; died Dec. 20, 1954, at the home of her daughter; aged 82
3 m. 23 d. She was united in marriage to John Neff, who preceded her in death on March 11, 1952. She is survived by 4 children (Ada--Mrs. Frank Buckwalter, Harry K. Neff, and Mrs.
Mabel Horst, all of Lancaster or vicinity; and Grace--Mrs. Harry Miller, Maheim, Pa.), 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. One daughter (Cora), 3 grandsons, and one granddaughter preceded her in death. She was a regular attendant at services as long as her health permitted. Funeral services were held Dec. 22 with Harry Lefever and David Landis in charge. Burial was made in Strasburg Cemetery.
Yoder, -- Annie C., daughter of Christian and Catherine
(Miller) Gingerich, was born July 8, 1888, at Arthur, Ill.;
died at her home on Dec. 27, 1954; aged 66 y. 5 m. 19 d. She had
been sick since September with hardening of the arteries. She
was a member of the Conservative Mennonite Church at Arthur, Ill.
She was anointed by her request at the beginning of her illness.
She was married on Nov. 13, 1910, to Edward J. Yoder. Surviving are her companion, 10 children (Alta--Mrs. Jerry Yoder; Omer, Tuscola, Ill.; Irma--Mrs. Reuben Yoder; Chris, on the home place; Fannie--Mrs. Harvey Stutzman; Katie, at home; Susan--Mrs. Linus Eash; Cora--Mrs. Raymond Schrock; Mary--Mrs. Raymond Kauffman; Martha, attending E. M. C., Harrisonburg, Va., 31 grandchilren, 3 sisters and 3 brothers (Fannie--Mrs. Servin Kauffman, Hope, Mich.; Dan, Greentown, Ind.; Ben, and Mary--Mrs. Ezra Miller, Hicksville, Ohio), and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren and 2 sisters. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Miller and Elmer Swartzendruber at the Arthur Mennonite Church, on Dec.30. Burial was made in the Arthur Cemetery.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Camp, --Phoebe, daughter of John and Catherine (Gingerich) Nafziger, was born near Washington, Ill., July 26, 1869, lived in this community all of her life; passed away quietly at her home in Washington on Jan. 23, 1955, after a month's illness; aged 85 y. 5 m. 27 d. At an early age she united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member all her days. On Feb. 22, 1894, she was united in marriage with Joseph E. Camp. They set up housekeeping not far from her father's homestead until 1938 when they moved to their residence in Washington. Though not active in leadership, she was among the first to lend a helping hand to relatives and neighbors when unfortunate circumstances arose. Surviving are 4 children (Dina -- Mrs. Harvey Sears, Clifford, and Cathryn, of Washington, and Naomi--Mrs. Raymond Smucker, Eureka, Ill. 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Sam and Ben of Washington, and Jesse of Austin, Texas). Preceding her in death were her husband, who died in 1922; her daughter (Evelyn), 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. Funeral services were held at the Metamora Mennonite Church in chare of Howard J. Zehr.
Detweiler, Amos Z., was born May 5, 1862, near Lancaster, Fairfield Co., Ohio, a son of Joseph and Nancy (Zook) Detweiler; passed away after a brief illness at the Home for the Aged, Rittman, Oho; aged 92 y. 8 m. 14 d. At the age of 9, his family moved to Knox Co., Tenn., where they lived for 24 years. After most of the Mennonite families moved to the vicinity of West Liberty, and the Huntsville meetinghouse was closed, he and his mother also moved there. He resided in West Liberty until after the death of his wife, after which he entered the Rittman Home. As a young man, he went to Champaign Co., Ohio for the summer and while there he was baptized and received into the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, where he retained his membership as long as he lived. After moving to West Liberty he attended the South Union Mennonite Church, at times serving as Sunday-school superintendent and also as a teacher. In later years his eyesight failed, but he had a remarkable memory, and enjoyed telling of his experiences of days gone by. On Feb. 12, 1913, he was united in marriage to Barbara Anna Kauffman, who passed away April 14, 1952. He is survived by 3 sisters-in-law, one nephew, 4 nieces, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Troyer-Lynn Funeral Home in West Liberty, Ohio, on Jan. 22, in charge of Stanley Shenk. Interment was made in the cemetery of the South Union Mennonite Church.
Graber, Eli J., son of Joseph and Rachel (Ferris) Graber, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, near Archbold, Sept. 7, 1874; departed this life Jan. 3, 1955; aged 80 y. 3 m. 26 d. On Aug. 5, 1909, he was united in marriage with Nancy Emaline Goldsmith, with whom he shared life's joys and sorrows for over 36 years. This union was blessed with 2 sons (Raymond J., Archbold; Vernon F., Wauseon, (Ohio), 2 daughters (Anna Marie--Mrs. Clarence Stuckey, and Dorothy Mae--Mrs. Dewitt Hartman, both of Archbold). Surviving are his 4 children and 9 grandchildren, besides many relatives and friends. Preceding him in death are his companion, one grandchild, parents, and one sister. He lost his mother at the age of 4 and his father when only 20 years of age. He made his home with his grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Jacob Graber, and with neighbors and friends. After the death of his wife, he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Dewitt Hartman. He enjoyed good health until about 2 _ years ago, when he was injured in an auto accident, from which he never fully recovered. During this time he was taken care of by his daughter, Mrs. Stuckey. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church in 1908, where he remained a member until the Lord took him home. Funeral services were held at the Central Church in charge of Jesse Short and Simon Stuckey.
Kemp, -- Violet, daughter of David and Mary Margaret (Gingerich) Kemp, was born July 14, 1954; died at the home of her parents Nov. 4, 1954; aged 3 m. 21 d. She is survived by her parents, her grandmothers (Mary Gingerich and Lena Graber), step grandfather (Jackson Graber), and many other relatives. Her earthly pilgrimage was short and filled with much suffering. Surely "To die is gain."
Kuhns, --Ervin Jay, son of Henry and Maggie (Ernst) Kuhns, was born in Julesburg, Colo., March 31, 1910; passed away suddenly at his home in Albany, Oreg., aged 44 y. 10 m. 16 d. Death was due to heart failure. On April 12, 1933, he was united in marriage to Ardis Carol Birky, and to this union 4 sons were born. One son, Owen Glenn, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, (Gerald Ervin, Denver, Colo.; Donald Lavoy, and Larry Neil, at home; his father and step mother (Mr.and Mrs. Henry Kuhns, Wellman, Iowa); 4 sisters (Velma--Mrs. Joe Hoffman, Frazee, Minn.; Mary--Mrs. John Hoffman, Thurman, Colo.; Lucille--Mrs. Ervin Kempf, Parnell Iowa, and Laura--Mrs. Alvin Miller, Wellman, Iowa), and many other relatives and friends. His mother, one brother, and one sister preceded him. In his early youth he accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour, which faith he retained until called home. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church near Albany, Oreg., of which congregation he was a member. Services were conducted by Verle Nofziger and Henry Gerig. Interment was made in the Willamette Memorial Park.
Kurtz, --Gertrude, daughter of Adam and Anna Felix,
was born at Burton City, Ohio, May 19, 1883; departed this life
at her home near Smithville, Ohio on Jan. 25, 1955; aged 71 y.
8 m. 6 d.
On Nov. 10, 1904, she was united in marriage to John B. Kurtz at Marshallville, Ohio. Bro. And Sister Kurtz celebrated their gold wedding anniversary last November. She is survived by her husband, 5 children (Clarence, Wadsworth, Ohio; Doris--Mrs. T. M. Hahn, and Marjorie--Mrs. Earl Smucker, both of Smithville; Ruth--Mrs. Raymond Hahn, Sterling, Ohio; and Wade, Smithville), 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Peter, Orrville, Ohio, and William, Smithville), and many other relatives and friends. One brother (Frank) and one sister (Elizabeth--Mrs. John Musser) preceded her in death. She was baptized and received into the membership of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, on May 20, 1906. Throughout the years she lived a consistent Christian life. For many years she assisted her husband in caring for the church building, thus performing a special service to the worshipers at Oak Grove. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church, Smithville, on Jan. 28, with V. M. Gerig officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Lehman, -- Samuel H., former pastor of the Manheim Mennonite Church, died Monday, Jan. 3, 1955; at his home in Manheim Pa., after a lingering illness; aged 83 y. 7 m. 12 d. He was a lifelong resident of Manheim and was ordained pastor in 1927. He also was a retired carpenter for the Reading Railroad. He was the son of the late Samuel F. and Margaret (Hull) Lehman, and the husband of the late Elizabeth (Koser) Lehman. He is survived by 3 daughters (Mrs. Emma Rohrer and Kathryn at home, and Esther--Mrs. Leo Schmidt, Harrisburg, Pa.), 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Jan. 6 in the Manheim Mennonite Church with Ira Huber and B. Charles Hostetter in charge. Interment was made in Hernley's Mennonite Cemetery.
Marner, -- Martha S., daughter of Simeon and Susan Miller, was born July 22m 1898 at Arthur, Ill.; departed this life at her home Jan. 25, 1955; aged 56 y. 6 m. 3 d. Her death was due to cerebral hemorrhage. She had been ill for over 4 years and was helpless for a number of weeks. She went with her parents to Kokomo, Ind., in her youth, she accepted Christ as her Saviour, and was a devoted member of the Howard-Miami Mennonite Church. On Feb. 3, 1918, she was married to Emanuel Marner, Kokomo, Ind. To this union were born 2 daughters and 5 sons. Preceding her in death were her parents, one daughter (Miriam), and 2 brothers. Surviving are he husband, a daughter (Mrs. Paul Hullinger), and sons (Sylvester James, William Ervin, and Simeon Lewis, all of Kokomo; Albert Lee, Indianapolis; Alvin Ray, Greentown, Ind.), 10 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Lee Bontrager, Kokomo), and brothers (Lee, Eau Gallie, Fla.; Jonas, Kalona, Iowa, and Menno, Kokomo), and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Howard-Miami Church, Jan. 28, in charge of E. J. Hochstedler, and Clayton Sommers. Burial was made in the Christian Cemetery.
Nafziger, -- Joel C., son of Christian and Barbara (Rupp) Nafziger, was born near Archbold, Ohio, June 2, 1866; departed this life in his home in Archbold, Jan. 2, 1955; aged 88 y. 7 m. On August 4, 1889 he was united in marriage with Magdalena Roth, who departed this life May 13, 1916. This union was blessed with 3 children (Alfred, Pettisville, Ohio; Elmer, Archbold, and Verna at home, who from youth assumed the responsibility of her mother, tenderly caring for her aged father in his declining years). Surviving are his 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends. His companion and one grandchild preceded him in death. He was the last one to close the book of a family of 6. In his youth he accepted Christ as Saviour, united with the Central Mennonite Church, where he was the oldest member, faithfully filling his place until a few months ago when he became too weak. Funeral services were held at the Center Church in charge of Jesse Short and Henry Wyse.
Stoll, -- Paul, son of Mary (Stoll) Graber, born May 12, 1940; died Dec. 4, 1954; aged 11 y. 6 m. 22 d. He met death accidentally from a gun wound. He was received into the Berea Mennonite Church by water baptism on March 11, 1954. He leaves his step father (Jonas Graber, Jr.), and his grandmother (Amanda Stoll), and many relatives and friends.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Barrow, -- James S., was born Feb. 14, 1873 at Brantley, Ala.; passed away Nov. 15, 1954, in Tampa, Fla.; aged 81 y. 9 m. 1 d. On Dec. 24, 1896, he was united in marriage to Janie E. Whitehurst. He is survived by his companion, 5 sons, 3 daughters, 23 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. On March 18, 1928, he and his companion were received as members of the Ida St. Mennonite Church by confession of faith. He remained a faithful member to the day of his death. Funeral services were held in a Tampa funeral home in charge of Martin W. Lehman. Interment was made in the Orange Hill Cemetery.
Book, -- Mary R., was born Sept. 8, 1874, in Lancaster Co., Pa., a daughter of Jacob R. and Sue N. (Rohrer) Houser. On Nov. 24, 1897, she was married to Daniel B. Book. They farmed on the Houser homestead until1941 when they retired in Lampeter. This union was blessed with 2 daughters (Mabel E.--Mrs. Ira D. Landis of Oregon, Pa., and Verna M.--Mrs. James R. Landis, who passed away Dec. 9, 1947). She was a faithful member of the Brick Mennonite Church, and was baptized in 1895 by Bishop Isaac Eby. She was always interested in the work of her church and her home. Her mind was clear, and she was bedfast but two days before her peaceful passing on Jan. 17, 1955; aged 80 y. 4 m. 8 d. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and daughter, 4 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Jan. 20 at the Brick Church with Jacob T. Harnish, assisted by Emory H. Herr and John A. Brenneman in charge. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.
Brenneman, --Peter Z., son of Daniel and Lena (Zehr) Brenneman, was born in Perth Co., Ont., Sept. 11, 1876; passed to his eternal reward at his home where he was born on Dec. 27, 1954, aged 78 y. 3 m. 16 d. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a member of the East Zorra Amish Mennonite Church until his death. On Nov. 21, 1899, he was united in marriage to Mary Oesch, who preceded him in death Feb. 8, 1951. They had shared the joys and sorrows of life together for over 51 yrs. Surviving are 5 sons (Amos, Daniel, and Allan, Tavistock; Alvin, New Hamburg; Oscar, Phillipsburg), 2 daughters (Violet--Mrs. Sydney Roth, and Mrs. Salome Zehr of Tavistock), 16 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the East Zorra A.M. Church in charge of Daniel Wagler and Henry Yantzi, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Fiegert, Nancy Lucinda, daughter of Cornelius and Catherine (Bixler) Lowe, was born March 22, 1873, near Winesburg, Ohio; died Dec. 6, 1954; aged 81 y. 8 m. 13 d. On March 9, 1893, she was united in marriage to Edwin Feigert, who preceded her in death July 14, 1930. She leaves 2 sons (Clinton and Ira, both at home), 4 daughters (Mrs. Oscala Hostetler, Kent; Mrs. Gladys Gardner and Mrs. Eleanor Zepp, Winesburg; and Mrs. Evelyn Urban, Massillon), a brother (Cornelius Lowe of Dundee), 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. All of her children are living. She became a member of the Longenecker Mennonite Church, Winesburg, Ohio, 35 years ago, and remained true to her faith until death. She will long be remembered as a faithful servant of her Lord. Paul Lantz and M. B. Hostetler officiated at the funeral service. Burial made in the West Lawn Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Her name in the obituary was spelled "Fiegert" however, in the text of the original obituary, her husband's last name was spelled "Feigert."
Green, -- Titus S., son of Bruce Edmund and Kathryn (Sheeler) Green, was born at Phoenixville, Pa., Jan. 30, 1955; passed away 13 hours later, Jan. 31, 1955. He leaves his parents, one brother (Glen), his grandparents (Paul M. and Katie (Good) Sheeler, Edmund R. and Ada (Deery) Green), and a great-grandmother (Ada Mary Deery). Funeral services were held Feb. 2, at the White Memorial Home, Parkerford, Pa., by Ivins Steinhauer. Burial was made in the Vincent Mennonite Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Ivins is correctly spelled according to the original obituary.
Heckman, -- Henry, a lifelong resident of Elkhart Co., Ind., was born near Goshen, Ind., Jan. 17, 1880, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Heckman. His wife, the former Jane Bryne died in Goshen in 1927. In early life he accepted Christ as his Saviour, uniting with the Church of the Brethren. After the death of his wife he lived a lonely life in a small house some distance from the road. Often in his loneliness he almost despaired and lost out in his fellowship with the church. Several of his neighbors were interested in his welfare and invited a minister to visit him. The minister, although a stranger, visited him and he came back to the Lord. Later he united with the Olive Mennonite Church. A neighbor built a small two-room cabin at the Five Points grocery store for him where he was looked after until the one caring for him could no longer do it on account of ill health. He was taken to a convalescent home where he died on Feb. 4, 1955. Surviving are a niece and nephew. While he was still mentally able to talk of the things of God, he gave a good testimony for the Lord. He was one of those who was almost forgotten by man but not forgotten of God. Funeral services were held at the Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, Ind., conducted by Irvin Miller of the Brethren Church and D. A. Yoder.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.