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1. Emma (Lugbill) Sauder
Emma, daughter of Christian and Magdalena (Stuckey) Lugbill, was born
near Archbold, Ohio, February 22, 1885. She entered into Eternal Rest while
at the home of her daughter near Stryker, Ohio, at the age of 67 years, 10
months, and 26 days.
On January 18, 1910, she was united in marriage to William Sauder of
near Archbold, Ohio. To this union were born four children: Laura
(deceased),Ray, of Wauseon, Ohio, Opal (Mrs. Earl Stuckey) of
Stryker, Ohio, and Ilva (Mrs. Walter Short) of Pettisville, Ohio.
She leaves to mourn her sudden departure: one son, two daughters;
four grandchildren, two sisters: Lydia (Mrs. Frank Rupp), Viola (Mrs.
Myron Nofziger), three brothers: Peter, Eli and Sylvanus Lugbill, all
of Archbold, Ohio; besides many other *realtives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband about seven years ago, with
whom she had lived in happy wedlock for about thirty five years, also by
one daughter, Laura, one grandchild, Rosalyn Sauder, her father, mother,
one sister, Katie (Mrs. Menno Short), one brother, and one sister who
died in early childhood.
She was a kind and loving mother and was devoted to God, her family,
her neighbors, and her Church. She always had ready hands for all. She
was enjoying a reasonable measure of health until a few days before her
In her girlhood she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, and united
with the Central Mennonite Church, remaining faithful throughout life.
In God's design of life for us,
That He Himself has planned,
There are so many hidden things
We do not understand.
But He would have us know His plan
As such a wondrous one,
That when we do not understand,
To say, "Thy will be done."
There is a long and winding road
Along which each must go,
It leads beyond the hills of time
Into the sunset glow,
But only for a little while
Our loved ones leave our sight,
For just beyond the hills they wait
In God's Eternal Light.
Card Of Thanks
We wish to thank all who so kindly and comfortingly helped in any way
during the illness and passing of our loved one.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stuckey,
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stuckey,
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sauder.
In memory of our loving Mother, Emma Sauder, who passed away one
year ago January 17th.
Mother was tired and weary,
Weary with toil and with pain;
Put by her glasses and rocker--
She will not need them again.
How we miss her smiling face;
But you left us to remember
None on earth could take your place
But again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
There in Heaven we hope to meet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.
2. JACOB SAUDER
Jacob Sauder, son of Daniel and Barbara (King) Sauder, was born near
Archbold, Ohio July 3, 1879, and died of a heart attack while at his work
in Archbold on August 30, 1951, at the age of 72 years, 1 month and 27 days.
On January 14, 1900, he was united in marriage to Leah Nofziger. After
28 years of married life she passed away. This union was blessed with
a son, Harry, and a daughter who died in infancy.
On November 14, 1936, he was again united in marriage to Martha Nofziger
of Albany, Oregon, they sharing the joys of marital life for nearly 15 years.
In his early years of life he united with the Central Mennonite Church
and remained a very faithful and loyal member until his death.
There remain to mourn his sudden and unexpected departure, his wife,
one son, three grand-daughters and one great-grandson. He was one
of a family of eleven children: four brothers, seven sisters, three having
preceded him in death: Amelia (Mrs. Jonathan Nofziger), Jacob (deceased),
Elizabeth (Mrs. Menno Grieser), Daniel J., Fanny (Mrs. Enos Roth), Lydia
(Mrs. Frank Goldsmith), Minnie (deceased), Caroline (Mrs. Harry Goldsmith).
By these and a host of other friends, he will be greatly missed in the church
and in the community.
Rest on, dear loved one, your labors are o'er;
Your willing hands will toil no more.
A loving one true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find.
The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his death so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The loss of a loved one without farewell
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincerest thanks for all the kind remembrances
and offers of sympathy at the time of the loss of our loved one.
In Memory Of
3. FREEMAN J. SAUNDERS
DATE OF BIRTH
December 3, 1897
DATE OF DEATH
March 1, 1955
The Edgar Funeral Home
Friday Afternoon, Mar. 4
At 2:30 O'clock
Rev. William Rupp
FINAL RESTING PLACE
Lauber Hill Cemetery
4. Audrey (Burkholder) Schelling
Former Wauseon Woman Passes Away in Toledo
Mrs. Audrey Schelling, 53, wife of Maurice of Toledo and daughter of Mrs.
Emma Burkholder of Wauseon, died last Thursday after a long illness.
Mrs. Schelling before her marriage was an employee of Waldeck's store
and had many relatives and friends in Wauseon.
Other relatives surviving are: Sisters, Fanny and Mary of Wauseon, Alice
of Holland, Merlin and Inez of Toledo; brothers: Harold of Wauseon and
Otto of Detroit.
Burial was made at Forest cemetery, Toledo.Funeral services were
held in Toledo, Saturday with burial at Forest Cemetery.
In Memory Of
MRS. AUDREY SCHELLING,
Date of Birth
OCTOBER 8, 1906
MARCH 17, 1960
Place and Time of Services
H. H. BIRKENKAMP Funeral Home
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 1960
REV. PAUL GETTER
of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
Final Resting Place
5. SCHELLING - AUDREY, (nee Burkholder)
age 53, of 5465 Whitmer Dr. Wife of Maurice F. daughter of Mrs. Emma Burkholder,
Wauseon, O. sister of Mrs. Fannie Keller, Mrs. Mary Wyse and Harold Burkholder,
all of Wauseon: Mrs. Alice Long, Holland O.; Mrs. Merlin Eldred and Mrs. Inez
Reichard, both of Toledo, and Otto Burkholder, Detroit, Mich. Friends may call at
the H. H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home, 3219 Tremainsville Rd. Trilby, O. Funeral
notice later. CH 3-2183. GR 9-5377.
6. SAMUEL SCHLATTER
Samuel Schlatter, son of John and Magdalena Schlatter, was born near Archbold,
Ohio, Jan. 24, 1866, and passed away at the Wauseon Convalescent Home on
Friday morning, Feb. 26, 1953, at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 3 days. Death
came peacefully after many months of failing health. During his illness he many
times expressed his desire to be released from this body and be with his Lord.
His entire life was lived in the Archbold Community.
On March 1, 1894, he was united in *marirage with Eliza Nofziger. Seven children
were born to this union of whom 6 remain to mourn his departure.
He united with the Evangelical Mennonite church in April 1927 and remained
a faithful member until his death. He took an active interest in the activities of
the church as long as his health permitted.
He was preceded in death by his companion who passed away Sept. 9, 1940, one
son Olen, who succumbed to typhoid fever while a missionary in India in 1942
and one grandchild.
He is survived by the following children, 3 sons, Floyd of Bay City, Mich., Ormond
of Swanton and Myles of Archbold. Three daughters, Mrs. Oliver Rupp of Wauseon,
Mrs. Ed Liechty and Mrs. John Cady of Toledo, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Also, one sister, Mrs. John Kaehr of Bluffton, Ind.
Card Of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the relatives and friends for
their kindness during the death of our father. We also wish to thank the
Grisier Funeral Home, Rev. Bertsche, and Rev. Osborne and anyone
who assisted in any way.
The Sam Schlatter Family.
7. SAMUEL A. SCHLATTER
Samuel A. Schlatter, 87, died in a Wauseon convalescent home, Friday, Feb. 26,
after a long illness. Services were held at Evangelical Mennonite church, Sunday
afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. E. Britsche and Rev. John Osborne. Burial in
Archbold cemetery. Survived by three sons, Floyd, Bay City, Mich., Ormond,
Swanton, and Myles, Archbold; three daughters, Mrs. Oliver Rupp, Wauseon;
Mrs. Ed. Liechty and Mrs. John Cady, Toledo; thirteen grandchildren; five
great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. John Kaehr, Bluffton, Ind. Deceased
was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of this community.
In Memory Of
8. HAROLD C. SCHMUCKER
Date Of Birth JUNE 16, 1912
Date Of Death OCTOBER 11, 1966
Services From PETTISVILLE MISSIONARY CHURCH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 14 AT 2:30 O'CLOCK
Minister Officiating REV. CHARLES KAUFFMAN
Final Resting Place PETTISVILLE CEMETERY
9. HAROLD C. SCHMUCKER
Harold C. Schmucker, 54, of Dame St., Pettisville, died shortly after arrival
at Detwiler Hospital, early Tuesday morning.
Born in Fulton County, he has been a resident of Pettisville for many years,
and was a partner in the Nofziger & Schmucker Poultry Farm.
Survived by his wife Marvel; sons Charles of Adrian, Mich. and Dean with the
U.S. Armed Forces; daughters, Mrs. Phyllis Short of Wauseon and Mrs. Janet
Rychener of Hawaii; mother, Mrs. Hannah Schmucker of Archbold; brothers
George of Wauseon, and Earl of South Bend, Indiana; sister, Mrs. Grace King of
Wauseon; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed. The body is in the Edgar Funeral Home.
CARD Of THANKS
We are grateful to God and the many friends who remembered us during
the recent death of husband and father, Harold Schmucker. The prayers,
cards, visits and hospitality shared with us will long be remembered.
Sometime it's hard to understand
And harder still to say
'Thy will be done' when sorrow comes
And sadness fills our day.
But Faith was meant for times like these
And if we take God's hand
With loving wisdom He will help
Our hearts to understand.
Mrs. Marvel Schmucker
Mr. & Mrs. Herbert-Short
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Schmucker
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Rychener
Mr. Dean Schmucker
10. MABEL E. SCHMUCKER
September 24 ,1903 Archbold, Ohio
September 30, 1980 Morenci, Michigan
2:00 p.m. Friday, October 3, 1981
First Baptist Church
The Rev. E. A. Katterjohn
The Rev. Douglas Bennett
FINAL RESTING PLACE
Pleasant View Union Cemetery
John J. Leininger, Marlin Wyse, Richard Schmucker,
Jerry Lugbill, Ronald Schmucker, Marlo Graber
11. Mabel E. Schmucker, nee Burkholder
Mrs. Mabel E. Schmucker, 77, Hollywood, Fla. died Sept. 30 in the Morenci
Area Hospital. Born in Archbold, she had been a Hollywood resident the
last 33 .years. She was the widow of Earl Schmucker.
Survivors include two daughters, Katherine Kenbeek, Quincy, Mich., and Marjory
Koop, Toronto, Canada; one brother, Edwin Burkholder, Pioneer; two sisters, Mrs.
Irene Faler, Georgetown, Miss., and Mrs. Helen Leininger, Fayette; six grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held in the First Baptist, Church, Morenci, Friday, Oct. 3, conducted
by Rev. E. A. Ketterjohn and Rev. Douglas Bennett. Burial in Pleasant View Union
Cemetery, Fayette. Eagle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
12. Mabel Schmucker, nee Burkholder
ARCHBOLD, O. - Mrs. Mabel E. Schmucker, 77, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly
of Archbold, the widow of Earl Schmucker. Surviving are daughters Mrs. Kathryn
Kenbeek and Mrs. Marjory Coop; brother, Edwin Burkholder and sisters, Mrs.
Irene Faler and Mrs. Helen Leininger. Services at 2 p.m. Fridayin First Baptist
Church, Morenci, Mich. The body will be in Eagle Mortuary, Fayette, O., after 7
tonight. The family requests that any tributes be in the form of contributions to the
Sudan Interior Mission, or First Baptist Church, Dania, Fla.
13. Sylvia V. Schmucker, nee Short
Mrs. Sylvia V. Schmucker, 69, of 313 Murbach St., Archbold, died Saturday
morning at Northcrest Nursing Home in Napoleon where she had resided the
Born near Archbold, she lived her entire lifetime in this area. Until August
of this year She was employed at Sauder Woodworking Co., in Archbold
for 38 years.
Survived by her husband, George; one son, James Schmucker, Archbold; twin
daughters, Mrs. Maurice (Donna) Nafziger of West Unity and Mrs. LaMar (Doris)
Short of Stryker; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers,
Milton Short, Willard Short and Calvin Short, all of Archbold; and two sisters,
Mrs. Olen (Myrtle) Beck and Mrs. Herman (Frieda) Beck both of Archbold.
A family service was held at 10:30 a.m., with burial in the Lockport Cemetery.
Memorial service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Lockport Mennonite Church
conducted by Rev. Keith Leinbach, Rev. Walter Stuckey and Rev. Carl Yoder.
Short Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
14. LOUELLA M. Lindau SCHROEDER
Louella M. Lindau Schroeder was born at Archbold, Ohio on the 11th day of
May, 1900. Her parents, George and Mary Lindau, brought her to her Lord
and Savior soon after her birth through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Her
childhood and youth were spent in Archbold where she attended the public
schools and received her early religious training as a member of St. Martin
Lutheran Church. She became a communicant member of the above mentioned
church through the act of confirmation. Having attended the University at Bowling
Green, she was qualified as a teacher and practiced this profession for several
years before her marriage.
On July 26th, 1921 she was united in marriage with Carl F. Schroeder.
This union was blessed with four sons, the oldest of whom, Melvin, fell
on the battlefield in defense of his country during the Second World War
on January 5, 1944.
For two years the Schroeders lived on a farm southeast of Archbold, and
then moved to a farm northeast of the same village, where they remained
for 22 years.
In 1944 the family bought a farm near Wauseon, where they have resided
Mrs. Schroeder throughout her life has been active in the work of the church,
at first as a teacher and organist in St. Martin Congregation in Archbold and
during the last six years in the organizations at Trinity church in Wauseon.
Two and one-half years ago she suffered a stroke from which she never entirely
recovered. However, she continued her usual activities until Saturday last, when
early in the evening she suffered another stroke and was called from this life
three hours later. She had reached the age of fifty years, three months and one day.
She was a thorough Christian, a devoted wife and mother, and a trusted
friend of many.
She is survived by her grieving husband, her father, three sons, Dale, Wayne
and Donald, one sister Mrs. Harold Burkholder of Archbold, and many other
relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Wauseon, Pastor P. F. Radloff, officiated. Interment was made in Wauseon
Card Of Thanks
We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for their expressions of sympathy,
flowers, Memorial wreaths, and assistance following the death of our beloved
wife and mother.
C. F. Schroeder and family.
IN MEMORY OF
15. FLOSSIE FLORENCE SCHUCH
November 15, 1894
Dover Township, Ohio
December 10, 1976
2:00 p.m. Monday, December 13, 1976
Eagle Funeral Home
The Rev. Robert Myers
FINAL RESTING PLACE
Lauber Hill Cemetery
16. Walter L. Schultz
(January 12, 1976)
Walter L. Schultz, 78, RR2, Archbold, died in his home southeast of Archbold
Monday evening after a short illness.
Born near Archbold he spent his entire lifetime in this community and was a
farmer for many years.
Survived by his wife, Martha, one son Harold W. Schultz, RR2, Archbold, and
one brother, Russell Schultz, RR@, Archbold.
Services will be held in Grisier Funeral Home, Archbold, Thursday afternoon
at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Gary R. Hodges. Burial in Leininger Cemetery.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
17. TENA SEILER
Tena Seiler, daughter of John and Elizabeth Beck, was born in Fulton
County, Ohio, May 3, 1883 and departed this life at Memorial Hospital
Wauseon, Ohio, July 2, 1955, aged 72 years, one month and 29 days.
In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with
the Mennonite church and was a faithful member of the West
On Oct. 17, 1909 she was united in marriage with Clarence Seiler
and together they shared life's joys and sorrows for more than 45
years. To this union were born one son and five daughters: Lola,
(Mrs. Chester Gensler), Lambertville, Mich., Marcus, Swanton, O.;
Cathrine, (Mrs. Robert McMurtry of Toledo); Berneda, (Mrs. Lowell
First) and Evelyn, (Mrs. Dale Short, both of Wauseon, 0.), and
Frieda, (Mrs. Duane Able, Lambertville, Mich.)
She was a kind and loving wife and mother, keenly interested in
the welfare of her family. While in Florida in Feb. 1954, she suffered
a fractured leg which caused much suffering and later other ailments
developed causing her death. She retained a constant Saviour
always being committed to His will.
There remain to mourn her departure her sorrowing husband; one
son, five daughters; nine grandchildren; two brothers: Menno Beck
Stryker; and Joseph Beck Wauseon; one sister, Mrs. Fannie Miller,
Pettisville, O., and many other relatives and friends.
Weep not that her time is over,
Weep not that her race is run
God grant that we may rest so calmly,
When our work like hers, is done.
She is not dead, she is only risen.
To live with God whom she has known.
Card Of Thanks
We wish to thank all the neighbors, friends and relatives for their many
acts of kindness and their thoughtfulness; for the flowers and cards
during our bereavement.
The Clarence Seiler Family.
18. CHRISTENA SEILER
Christena Seiler, 72, Pettisville, passed away at the Detwiler Memorial
hospital, Wauseon, Saturday evening, after being there since Friday.
She had been in failing health for about 1½ years.
Surviving are her husband, Clarence; five daughters: Mrs. Lola Gensler, Lambertville, Mich.;
Mrs. Catherine McMurtry, Toledo; Berneda First and Evelyn Short, Wauseon; Friedel Abel, Lambertville, Mich.; one son, Marcus, Swanton; nine grandchildren; one sister, Fannie Miller, Pettisville; two brothers, Menno Beck, Stryker, and Joseph Beck, Wauseon.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the West Clinton Mennonite church with
Revs. E. B. Frey and Olen Nofziger officiating. Burial in Pettisville cemetery.
19. Dwight Shaffer
Dies Suddenly (November 17, 1954)
As we go to press word was received that Mr. Dwight Shaffer was stricken with
a heart attack Wednesday morning and died that evening at Detwiler Memorial
Hospital. Mr. Shaffer was foreman of the packing department at the McCord
Corp. since it opened in 1941.
A few months ago his wife suffered a severe stroke and is now confined in a
hospital in Toledo. Besides his wife Zora he is survived by his mother,
who resides in California.
Funeral arrangements later.
20. Dwight E. Shaffer
From The Blade Correspondent.
WAUSEON, O., Nov. 19 Dwight Edward Shaffer, 54, died Wednesday in
Detwiler Hospital here after a long illness.
He was foreman at the McCord Corp.
Surviving are his wife, Zora, and mother, Mrs. Della Downey, of Simi, Calif.
Services will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Edgar Mortuary, the Revs. Carl Vincent
and John Osborne officiating. Burial will be in Wauseon Cemetery.
21. ALMA SHORT
Alma Short, daughter of Henry and Rachel (Frey) Aschliman, was born in Williams
County, O., Jan. 18, 1898 and suddenly passed to her eternal reward on the
morning of Oct. 14, 1953, at her farm home near Stryker, O. Aged 55 years,
8 months and 26 days.
On February 27, 1922, she was united in marriage to Ira Short. They were permitted
to share the joys and sorrows of life together almost 32 years. Three children came
to bless this home.
She is survived by her loving husband, two sons, Clell Charles of Stryker, O;
Leon *Kieth of Archbold, O., and one daughter Crystal A. (Mrs. Alvin Troyer)
of Stryker; eight grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Ada Eash and Mrs.
Hulda Stamm of Archbold, O. and Miss Adeline Aschliman of Berwyn, Ill.
Also Frederick Ganshaw of San Antonio, Texas, who was reared in her
parents home and is as a younger brother. She also leaves nieces,
nephews and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.
In her younger years she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, united
with the Lockport Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death.
Mother was always concerned for the spiritual welfare of her family and church,
and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need especially to the sick.
For many years she taught a Sunday School Class and will be greatly missed by
all who knew her. "The Lord hath given, and the Lord hath taken away, Blessed
be the Name of the Lord."
My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Off times He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the under side.
Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttle cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And tell the reason why,
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
We wish to express our sincere appreciation for all kindness, prayers, cards,
flowers and assistance extended to us during the sudden death and burial of our
wife and mother. All were deeply appreciated.
Ira Short and Family
22. ELI P. SHORT
Eli P. Short was born May 11, 1873, near Archbold, Ohio, died March 4th, 1951,
in Miami Beach, Florida, at the age of 77 year, 9 months and 22 days.
On Dec. 29th, 1896, he was united in marriage with *El__ Short, who passed away on
Feb 11th, 1925. To this union were born 9 children: Bertha, Charles, Wilbur, Orvil,
Ilva, Elton, Dora, Nola and Rollin.
Besides his companion, there preceded him in death two sons, Charles and Elton, also
one grandson, Wilbur Wayne Short, one brother, Peter C., one sister Katie (Mrs.
On Dec. 24th, 1935, he was united in marriage to Lulu McLain. He is survived
by his wife, three sons, four daughters, one step-daughter, 15 grandchildren,
five great-grandchildren, two brothers, and a host of relatives and friends.
He moved to Florida eight years ago because of ill health. On March 3rd, he
was taken to the hospital where he died the following day.
Card of Thanks
Our sincere thanks to all who extended sympathy and gave assistance
during the time of sorrow.
23. JESSE SHORT
Jesse Short, son of Joseph and Barbara Short was born near Archbold, Ohio on
February 16, 1878. On June the 26th Brother Short suffered a heart attack and was
taken to the hospital at Bryan, Ohio, where he passed away on June 28, 1953 at
the age of 75 years 4 months and 12 days. On November 10, 1903 he was united
in marriage with Caroline Short. Sister Short passed away January the 12th, 1941.
This union continued for over 37 years; living on a farm near Stryker for a number
of years, later moving to Stryker where Brother Short lived prior to his death.
To them were born two sons, both dying in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure
eight brothers: Peter J., Emanuel, Simon, Ezra, John of Archbold, Ohio; Elmer of
Crissey, Ohio and Joseph of Archbold, Ohio, Ira of Wauseon,O.; four sisters: Mary
(Mrs. Menno Beck) of Stryker, Ohio; Leah (Mrs. Elmer Werder) West Unity, Ohio;
Barbara (Mrs. Clifford Armstrong); Anna May, Archbold, O.
There preceded him in death his companion, two sons, his parents, step mother, three
sisters and two brothers. Brother Short accepted Christ as his personal Savior in youth
united with the Lockport Mennonite Church and remaining faithful until the Lord called
Jesse was a kind neighbor and friend, willing to lend a helping hand. He deeply
appreciated the help that was rendered to him by Mr. and Mrs. Menno Beck
and Mrs. Elmer Werder after the death of his companion. He will be missed by
all who knew him.
Card Of Thanks
We desire to thank the relatives, friends and neighbors who assisted us in any way
during our sad bereavement. And also to the ministers and others for their comforting
The Brothers and Sisters.
24. JONAS SHORT
Jonas Short, son of Peter D. and Barbara Short was born near Archbold, Ohio,
May 17, 1869. He departed this life September 13, 1952 at the age of 83 years,
3 months, 21 days.
On December 20, 1894, he was united in marriage with Eliza Rupp who preceded
him in death January 11, 1946. To this union three daughters were born: Edna,
who died at the age of two years, Estella and Leona (Mrs. Erie Sauder) both of
In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church and was an active member as
long as health permitted.
He had been failing in health for several years due to hardening of the arteries.
There preceded him in death, one daughter, one granddaughter, his parents, several
brothers and two sisters. There remain to mourn his departure two daughters, three
grandsons, three brothers, Aaron P., Daniel P., Emil, four sisters, Sarah, Anna (Mrs.
Levi Rupp) Arminda (Mrs. Peter Lugbill) and Ida, (Mrs. Adolph Stamm), all of this
The dear Lord's best interpreters
Are humble souls,
The gospel of a life like his
Is more than books or scrolls.
Funeral services were held at the Central Mennonite Church, Sept. 15, with Revs.
Henry Wyse and P. L. Frey in charge. Interment was made in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Card Of Thanks
We are grateful for every act of kindness shown in his declining years, andfor help
rendered during his death and burial, and for every expression of sympathy shown
Miss Estella Short
Mr. and Mrs. Erie Sauder and Family.
25. JOSEPH S. SHORT
'Joseph S. Short, son of Daniel and Anna Stuckey) Short, was born near Archbold,
Fulton County, Ohio, April 14, 1866. Departed from this life at the Bryan Hospital,
Wednesday morning, March 8, 1950. Aged 83 years, 10 months and 22 days. Death
followed an illness of 5 years.
On Feb, 4, 1892, he was united in marriage to Jannie Nofziger, who passed away
in 1935. This union was blest with one daughter and two sons.
He is survived by his daughter, Phebe, Mrs. Ben. Bowers of Archbold, O. two
sons : Seth, of West Unity, and Alfred, of Archbold, Ohio; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-
grandchildren; one brother, Jonas Short, of Stryker, O.; one sister, Martha,
Mrs. Sam. Aeschliman, of Archbold, O.; and many other near relatives and friends.
He was of a family of 11 children. Preceding him in death were his parents,
four brothers and four sisters, of whom two brothers died in infancy.
As a young man he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, united with the
Mennonite Church, and remained faithful until death. He was much interested in
the work of the church and served a number of years as Trustee of the Lockport
For the last 23 years he made his home with his daughter and her husband.
His last illness, of four weeks in the hospital, was spent with much patience
and a longing desire to go Home with his Lord. It was always a joy to him to
visit with friends and relatives and he spent much of his later years in this
way. He was a kind Christian father for which we shall always thank the Lord.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning, March 11, in the Lockport church, in
charge of Simon Stuckey, D. W. Graber and Walter Stuckey. Burial in Lockport
Card of Thanks
The family wishes to thank all kind neighbors and friends for their sympathy,
deeds of kindness, and help during this their time of sorrow.
The Joseph S. Short Family.
26. MRS. HARMON SHORT
Lydia Short, daughter of Christ and Mary Beck, was born near Pettisville, O.,
December 5. 1877. Departed this life at the home of her son, Christie Short, near
Archbold, O., on October 3, 1950, at the age of 72 years, 9 months and 28 days.
On August 16, 1900 she was united in marriage to Harmon Short, who, preceded
her in death April 30, 1942. To this union 6 children were born. Alta (Mrs. Nelson
Grieser) Bertha, (Mrs. Harvey Frey) Christie, Orlan D. (who died at the age of
4 years), Letha (Mrs. Lester Richer) and Glenford, all residing in the vicinity of
In her younger years she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite
church, and remained faithful unto the end. She was regular in church attendance, and
was interested in the spiritual welfare of her family.
Her departure is mourned by 5 children, 24 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren,
2 brothers, Peter of Pettisville, and Samuel of *Grabil, Ind. 2 sisters, Leah, (Mrs.
Christ Miller) of Archbold, and Sarah (Mrs. Wm. Lantz) of Pettisville, besides a
host of relatives and friends.
Her husband, 1 son, 3 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 2 brothers preceded her in death.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Card Of Thanks
We wish to thank all the kind neighbors and friends who assisted and comforted us
during the time of our mother's illness and death.
The Harmon Short Family
27. Mary Short
Mary Short, daughter of Daniel S. and Emma Gautsche Wyse, was born south of
Archbold, Ohio in Henry County on Oct. 18, 1896 and passed from this life on
Nov. 16, 1977 at her home near Pettisville, Ohio, Her age was 81 years and 29
Mary spent her whole lifetime in this area and enjoyed her family and her home.
She was a farmer's wife, the farm home being northwest of Pettisville, Ohio. In
1944 they moved from the farm to the present home east of Pettisville. She
enjoyed good health for her age, except for a difficulty in hearing.
On Feb. 26, 1911 Mary was baptized on confession of faith and became a member
of the Mennonite Church. She has been a faithful member of the Central congregation
all these years, living a devoted life always ready to serve. She was active in WMSC
On Dec. 13, **1977**(?1917?) Mary was united in marriage to Cletus Short. Together
they shared life's joys and sorrows for over 50 years. To their union were born six
children; three sons and three daughters. She was a loving mother and freely gave
of herself to her family. Family ties were very meaningful to her and she held a
genuine interest in each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Since her husband's death on May 3, 1968, Mary continued to maintain her home,
but spent much time in the homes of her children.
She was preceded in death by her
28. PETER C. SHORT
Peter C. Short, son of Peter Short and Mary Stuckey, was born on a farmnear Archbold,
Ohio, October 22, 1878. One of a family of five children. He passed away Nov. 8, 1942,
at his home in Fayette, Ohio, aged 64 years and 16 days.
As a young man Mr. Short went to West Unity, where he was interested in the grain
business. There he met and married Mary Beach in Nov. 1909. To them was born
2 children, Paul Nathan and Ralph Beach. Mary Beach Short passed to the life beyond
in Jan. 1936.
In Aug. 1937, Mr. Short was married to Enid Foglesong at Fayette. He is survived by
his widow, Enid Short, two sons, Lieut. Paul Short, Ft. Meade, Mr., and Pfc. Ralph Short
in Officers Training at Quantico, Va.
Also three brothers survive, Enos of Stryker, Ohio, Eli of Marion, Ohio, and Simon of
Bryan, the father, mother and one sister, Katie Crossgrove, preceded Mr. Short in
death several years ago.
Mr. Short was well known in business circles throughout Fulton and Williams counties.
Having been active in the grain business, the clothing business and in real estate for
many years. For the last six or seven years he had been connected with *Lubgill Bros.
Inc., at Archbold. He became ill and was forced to retire a little over 2 years ago.
Mr. Short was a member of the Methodist church, in which he was active as long
as his health permitted. He was highly respected in his community and by the
large number of relatives and friends who with his family survive him.
Funeral services were held in the West Unity Methodist church Wednesday,
Oct. 11, 1942. Rev. Waiter Reitz assisted by Rev. Simon Stuckey officiated.
Burial at Floral Grove, West Unity, O.
Card of Thanks
We wish to extend, out heartfelt thanks to each and every one who gave us help and
comfort at the time of our bereavement.
To Peter Lugbill, who not only at this time, but through the many months of illness,
never failed to call each week with gifts and cheer.
To Mrs. Harter and Mr. Beach for their songs of understanding, and Mrs. Arnold
for the sweet music. To Rev. Reitz and Rev. Stuckey for their messages and prayers.
The bearers, Beach funeral home and the many friends and relatives who sent flowers,
we are more than grateful.
Mrs. Enid Short
Lieut. and Mrs. Paul N. Short
Pfc. and Mrs. Ralph B. Short
29. ROSE SHORT
Rose Short, daughter of Christian and Catherine Graber was born January 3, 1869,
and departed this life December 30, 1950, at the age of 81 years, 11 months, and 27
days. Death came rather suddenly after a lingering illness during which she was
completely resigned to the will of God.
April 18, 1889 she was united in marriage with Amos Short, who preceded her in
death 21 years ago. Four children were born to this union, two (LeRoy Albert and
Oliver D.) also having preceded her in death. Two others, Forest and Edith (Mrs.
Adam Short) both of Stryker, Ohio, remain to mourn the loss of mother.
Others left in sorrow at her departure three grandchildren and four great grandchildren;
also 1 brother, Peter, and sisters Delila Short and Lydia Jacquin, all of Stryker, and
Lina Beck of Archbold, Ohio, together with many other relatives and friends.
In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and remained a faithful follower
of Him and also a faithful member of the Mennonite church until God gently called
She was kind and patient, giving continual admonition to her children and quietly
living her Christian testimony, all of which will long be remembered by those who
Twill not be long our journey here,
Each broken sigh and falling tear
Will soon be gone, and all will be
A cloudless sky, a waveless sea.
Though sad we mark the closing eye
Of those loved in days gone by,
Yet sweet in death their latest song
We'll meet again; twill not be long.
Services were conducted at Lockport Mennonite church Tuesday, January 2, 1951,
at 10:30 a. m., with Rev. Simon Stuckey, Walter Stuckey and D. Wyse Graber
officiating. Interment was in Lockport cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our thanks to relatives, friends and neighbors who so kindly remembered
us in our bereavement with gifts, cards and flowers, to the ministers for their words of sympathy.
We wish to express our thanks for the beautiful songs; to those who helped in any
way at the home and the Grisier Funeral Home for their thoughtful service.
Mr. and. Mrs. Forrest Short and family.
Mrs. Edith Short and family
30. SARAH ANN SHORT
Sarah Ann Short, daughter of Joseph C. and Mary (Klopfenstein) Short, was born
in Fulton county, Ohio, Jan. 26, 1879, and passed to her eternal reward at the home
of her son, Sylvan, near Archbold, O., on Nov. 23, 1954,at the age of 75 years, 9
months and 28 days.
Early in life she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Mennonite
church in Allen county, Ind., later transferring to the church in Fulton county, Ohio, and
was a faithful member of the Lockport congregation until death. As a child she moved with
her parents to Allen county, Ind., and when 18 years of age her family again moved to
Fulton county Ohio, in which vicinity she lived the remainder of her life.
On Jan. 12, 1905, she was united in marriage with John S. Short, who was called in death
on Jan. 23,1927. Six children came to bless their home.
She is survived by 3 sons and one daughter: Sylvan R. and Glen W of Archbold, O.;
John J. of West Unity, O., and Viola, Mrs. John Miller, of Fayette, O.; 13 grandchildren;
one great-grandchild; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Neuhouser of Grabill, Ind., and Mrs. Emma
Allison of Stryker, O. Also many other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, 2 sons: Clifford, who died at the
age of 18 years and Jesse who died at the age of 20 years; also two brothers.
Her health was failing for some time. The last three months were days of suffering
which she bore with patience and always had a testimony for her Lord. Mother was
always interested in the spiritual welfare of her family, community and church.
Poem for Sarah Short
Rest on - dear Mother, your labors are o'er,
You'll meet your loved ones who have gone on before;
Where all is peace and joy and love,
In that happy home above.
Where there never is any night,
In that Home of pure delight;
May we prepare to meet you there,
In that heavenly home so fair.
Card of Thanks
The family wishes to thank every one for the sympathy, help andkindness shown
to them during the time of sickness and death of their mother. Especially to their
Aunt Emma for the loving help she gave.
Mr. and Mrs. Sylvan Short
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Short
Mr. and Mrs. John Miller
31. SYLVAN RAY SHORT
Sylvan Ray Short, son of John S. and Sarah Short, was born near Archbold, O.,
April 2, 1906 and was suddenly called from this life on the evening of Sept. 17, 1956,
at the age of 50 years 5 months and 15 days.
In young manhood he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior,united with the
Mennonite Church and was a faithful member of theLockport Congregation until
On April 4, 1929, he was united in marriage with Pluma Yoder of Leo, Ind.
Three children came to bless their home.
He is survived by his loving Companion, his three children, Donald Lee
and his wife Donna of Stryker, Ohio; Coral Jean and her husband, Marlin
King, of Wauseon, Ohio, and Merle Jay at home; three grandchildren:
Terry Lee, Patsy Ann and Rhonda Sue King; also two brothers, Glen W.
Short, Archbold, and John J. Short, West Unity, Ohio, and one sister,
Mrs. Viola Miller, Fayette, Ohio, and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded by his parents, and two brothers, Clifford and Jesse.
He lived all of his life near the place of his birth, using most of his time
as a farmer. He was regular in church attendance and took an active
interest in community affairs. He was deeply appreciated by his family
as a husband, father, grandfather and brother, and by his many friends.
He had spent the day with his sons putting up baled hay when suddenly at 6:30
he was stricken and in a few minutes passed away. We say with Job of old,
"The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken away, Blessed be the Name of the
Funeral services were conducted from the Short Funeral Home and at the Lockport
Church on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, by the local ministry.Burial in the Lockport
O, dear Father, how we miss you
Since your place is vacant here,
But you'll never be forgotten
By the ones who hold you dear.
Card Of Thanks
Our most heartfelt thanks goes out to kind friends and neighbors for the flower, gifts,
prayers and comforting words that helped us bear our burden of sorrow at this time.
Mrs. Sylvan Short and Merle,
Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Short,
Mr. and Mrs. Marlin King.
32. Mrs. Verda C. Short
Mrs. Verda C. Short, 62, 203 Wilson St., Delta, died early Monday morning at the
Fulton County Health Center following a short illness.
She was born and reared in Archbold, daughter of the late Daniel D. and Sarah Rupp.
Surviving are husband, Earl J. Short; daughter, Mrs. Romaine Bryan, Ft. Wayne, Ind.;
son, Merle J. Short, Churubusco, Ind.; eight grandchildren; one brother, V. D. Rupp,
Greenville, South Carolina.
Services will be held at 2:15 p. m. on Thursday in the Evangelical Mennonite Church,
Wauseon, with Rev. Charles. Gautsche officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery,
Delta. Penrod Funeral Home, Delta, was in charge of arrangements.
33. VERNA SHORT
Verna Short, daughter of John and Catherine (Aeschliman) Yost, was born near
Archbold, Ohio, March 5, 1880, departed this life at home in Pettisville, Ohio,
June 25, 1955, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 20 days. On Feb.22, 1906,
she was united in marriage with Aaron P. Short. They lived in happy wedlock
over 49 years.
This union was blessed with 6 children: Lucinda (Mrs. Jacob Riegsecker)of
Archbold; Clara (Mrs. Willard Richer; Irene (Mrs. Clifford Nofziger);Stanley,
all of Wauseon, Ohio; Kenneth, of Archbold, and Alice (Mrs.Joseph Short)
of Moncolva, Ohio.
She leaves to mourn her departure, her sorrowing companion, 6 children,12
grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 6 step-great-grandchildren: 2 sisters; Mrs.
Leah Yost and Mrs. Sarah Boeckner, both of Moundridge, Kansas; 1 sister-in-law,
Mrs. Eda Yost of Denver, Colorado; besides a host of relativesand friends.
Mother was the first to break the family circle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 sister and 1 brother.
In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained faithful to her
Lord, and to the Central Mennonite Church where she was a member at
the time of her death. Her place was seldom vacant in worship services,
also in the Sewing Circle work where she took an active part. About 3 years
ago her health began to fail, caused from a heart ailment, but was able to
be about her home duties, until early Saturday morning when the Lord suddenly
called her home. She was a kind and loving wife and mother,and will be greatly
missed by the family and friends.
A TRIBUTE TO MOTHER
Dearest Mother, Your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more
You've gone from our home, but not our love
To dwell with Jesus in Heaven above.
The pleasures of sin you have taught us to spurn
And always to God's Word our thoughts to turn
With Christ and His Grace Divine
May your Christlife within us shine.
Rest on dear Mother, your joy is complete,
Which you waited for here as you sat at his feet.
Your faith in God will lead us on
While we journey and wait till we meet at His throne.
By Her Children.
Card Of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks to all the kind neighbors, friends and
relatives whose many kind deeds were of great comfort to us in theloss of our
dear wife and mother. May God bless you all.
The Aaron P. Short Family.
34. WILMA SHORT
Wilma Short, daughter of Soloman and Emma (Nafziger) Short, was born near
Woodburn, Ind., May 4, 1898 and departed from this life at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Maynard Burkholder on July 4, 1955, at the age of 57 years
and two months.
On Nov. 10, 1920, she was united in marriage with Edwin D. Short. To this union
two daughters were born. After only four years of married life her husband passed
away leaving her to raise her children which she faithfully did by the grace and help
Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, united with the Mennonite
church and was a faithful member of the Lockport congregation until death.
She is survived by her two daughters, Berneda, (Mrs. Donald Beck) and Mabel Ann,
(Mrs. Maynard Burkholder), both of near Archbold, O.; her aged mother, Mrs. Emma
Short; four grandchildren; Dianne and Rex Beck and Anthony and Rise Burkholder;
four sisters; Mrs. Rosa Nafziger; Mrs. Lillian King, both of Archbold; Mrs. Lucille
Short of Stryker; Mrs. Ella Miller of Wauseon and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, father and one brother. Mother was a
patient sufferer during her lingering illness, and continued to enjoy her peace and
faith in her Lord, with her children and grandchildren. True it is as stated in Prov.
31:28 -- "Her children rise up and call her blessed."
I cannot say, and will not say,
That she is dead, she is just away;
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
She has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since she lingers there.
So think of her faring on,
As dear in the love of there as in the love of here,
Think of her still as the same,
I say she is not dead - she is just away.
-- J. W. Riley.
Card Of Thanks
We wish to thank all kind neighbors, friends and relatives who assisted in any way
during the illness and death of our dear mother. We wish to especially thank all for
flowers, gifts and words of encouragement as well as prayers and Dr. W. J. Neal
and Mrs. Orville Stuckey.
35. ARTHUR GARFIELD SIEGEL
Arthur Garfield Siegel, son of the late Daniel W. and Anna Roth Siegel, was born
on July 30, 1884, in Larned, Kansas. When he was two, his parents returned to
Archbold where he spent the rest of his life.
After graduating he taught school in Franklin and German townships for four years.
In 1908, he took over his father's farm where he has lived ever since.
On June 27, 1912, he was united in marriage with Arvah Skeels Hallett and to this
union were born five children; James, Angola, Ind., Mrs. Roy (Anna) Bernath, Edon;
Robert Mark, who died in infancy; Ruth, Cleveland; and Philip, U. S. Army.
He had been superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School for thirty-four years
and was a faithful member of the Church all his life. For sixteen years, he served
as a member of the School Board during which time the present high school was
erected. He was also a member of the Community Commercial Club.
His whole life was built upon the principles of Christian living, which were exemplified
by his kindliness, generosity, and genuine interest in people.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother John, sister Kathryn (Mrs. C. Hyatt)
and son, Robert. He leaves to mourn, his beloved wife, Arvah; four children; three
grandchildren: James and Susan Siegel and Gary Bernath; two sisters: Mrs. J. B.
(Carrie) Theobald, Bryan; and Mrs. E. A. (Meade)Buehrer, of Archbold, and a
host of relatives and friends.
Card Of Thanks
We wish to thank all who by their kind deeds and thoughtful expressions of solicitation,
helped to comfort us in the loss of our beloved husband, father and grandfather.
The Siegel Family.
36. Mrs. Kathryn Sigg
Taken by Death
Mrs. Kathryn Sigg, 94, died Thursday noon in the Fulton County Hospital after
an illness of seven weeks.
Born in Russia, she came to the United States in 1891, settling in Pettisville.
Twenty eight years ago she moved to Wauseon.
She was the oldest member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
She is survived by two stepdaughters, Mrs. Eleanor Steinbrecker, of Wauseon and
Mrs. Hannah Clark, Columbus; two grandchildren, Mrs. Evelyn lserman, Toledo and
Kenneth Robinson, Downey, Calif.; four great grandchildren; 14 step grandchildren;
25 step great grandchildren and several step great great grandchildren and two sisters,
Mrs. Elizabeth Lehman, Pettisville, and Mrs. Margaret Wills, of Cleveland.
Services were held Monday, July 16, 1962 in the Penrod Funeral Home, Wauseon with
the Rev. Paul R. Gerlach officiating. Interment was in the Pettisville Lutheran Cemetery.
37. Lydia Sigg
Rites Sunday For Mrs. Lydia Sigg
Mrs. Lydia Sigg, 90, of Pettisville, died Thursday morning at the Detwiler Memorial
Hospital, Wauseon, where she had been a patient the past two days. She was born
in Henry County, Ohio and lived in Pettisville the past 20 years. She was a member
of the Reformed Mennonite Church.
She leaves one daughter and six sons, Milton of Napoleon, Emery of Wauseon, Owen
of Archbold, May (Mrs. John Vogelsanger) of Archbold, Raymond of Fayette, Wilmer
of Pettisville, and Earl of Wauseon, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one
sister Mrs. Samuel Wiederkehr of Archbold and one brother Ezra Burkholder of West Unity.
The body was in the Short Funeral Home until services Sunday at 2:30 P.M. at the Reformed Mennonite Church. Rev. William J. Rupp officiated. Burial was in the
Pettisville Lutheran Cemetery.
In Memory Of Lydia Sigg
Born October 3, 1872
Date of Death August 29, 1963
Services Reformed Mennonite Church
Sunday, September 1, 2:30 p.m.
Officiating Rev. William J. Rupp
Orlen Burkholder, Kenneth Burkholder, Colenzo Burkholder,
Harold Kleck, Marlin Burkholder, Theodore Rupp
Final Resting Place Pettisville Lutheran Cemetery
Conducted by Short Funeral Home
38. Elizabeth Smith
After a residence of 68 years, in Pettisville, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith passed from this life
to her eternal reward on June 9, 1951, at the age of 90 years, 11 months and 11 days.
Elizabeth Smith daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Leininger, was born on a farm south of
Pettisville on June 29, 1860. On April 12, 1883 she was united in marriage with Henry Smith,
who preceded her in death 14 years ago. To this union were born two children, Alta Robinson,
of Pettisville and Alfred Smith, of Rochester, N. Y., who are left to mourn the loss of a most
kind, loving and honored mother, who bore her illness patiently and uncomplainingly and was
ready when her Master called. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church and was
faithful in attendance and work for the church as long as her health permitted.
Besides these children she leaves 1 brother, Berneth Leininger, of Coral Gable, Florida;
4 grandchildren, and six great-grand children; a number of nieces, nephews and a host of
friends and neighbors, who with the family will revere her memory.
Funeral services were conducted from the family residence in Pettisville, Tuesday afternoon
June 12, at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. H. Ide officiated. Interment was in the
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our neighbors and friends,
for the many acts of kindness and words of sympathy, shown us during the illness and
passing of our beloved mother. Especially do we wish to thank Rev. Ide for his words
of comfort, the Chapel Bell Trio, for the beautiful songs, and the donors of the beautiful
floral tributes for all of these we are more than grateful. Mrs. Alta Robinson, Mr. and
Mrs. Alfred Smith.
39. Rev. E. M. Slagle
Retired Minister Passes Away
Pastor Of Defenseless Mennonite Church 22 years - 11 At Pioneer
Rev. E. M. Slagle, 74, passed away in his home on Vine street, early Wednesday
morning after a year's illness.
Funeral services were held at the Defenseless Mennonite church, Saturday afternoon
conducted by Rev. Jacob Schmucker of Berne, Ind., and Rev. Harry Bertsche of Gridley,
Ill. Burial in Floral Grove cemetery, Pioneer.
Rev. Slagle served as pastor of the local Defenseless Mennonite church for 22 years,
retiring three years ago. For two years after retirement he represented the North American
Bible Society in several states and held other important offices in the church.
Prior to coming to Archbold he served 11 years as pastor of the Pioneer Defenseless
Mennonite church. His ordination took place in 1905. He served in a few other Pastorates.
During his pastorate in Archbold the fine new modern church was built and dedicated
and the membership made rapid growth during the years he served as pastor here.
Rev. Slagle filled an important place in the community and was well-liked, and active
in community church affairs.
Surviving are his wife, two sons: H. D. of Lansing, Mich., and Ralph of Wauseon; four
daughters: Mrs. E. E. Rupp, Archbold; Mrs. Gilbert Oyer, Dundee, Mich.; Mrs. Ivan
Gaisford, Antwerp, O., and Mrs. Glen Ferdon, Detroit, Mich., and 16 grandchildren.
(Written by Rev. Slagle before he passed away dates filled in)
E. M. Slagle was born in 1869 near Gridley, Illinois, Livingston County, and died
in his home June 27, 1944, at the age of 74 years, 11 months, and 4 days.
In 1890, he was united in marriage to Magdalena Summers of McClain County in
Illinois. To this union were born, nine children were born, three of whom preceded him
in death - two sons and one daughter.
They spent fourteen years in Illinois, three years in Nebraska, four years in Michigan,
and the rest of their married life in Ohio.
In 1905 he received his call to the ministry and three years later the call to the eldership.
He served eleven years as pastor of the Pioneer Church and twenty-two years as pastor
of the Archbold Church. More than 600 people were baptized during his ministry, over
400 of these being, in the Archbold Church. He served as Conference Chairman many
years. He was a member of the Foreign Mission Board twenty-seven years, and
Chairman of this Board fifteen years.
Through all this time many trials and hardships were met. But if we had the choice
again, we would have chosen the same course. We have lived with lived with you
and shared many joys and sorrows together.
"They that sow in tears shall come together rejoicing, bringing their sheaves with them."
A Tribute To My Companion:
She was always faithful at my side never murmuring because of my absence, and urging
me to be faithful in my work.
Card Of Thanks
We wish to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who assisted in the last
rites for our husband and father. For the many floral offering and expressions of sympathy,
we express our sincere thanks and to all who assisted in the home.
Mrs. E. M. Slagle and Family.
40. LEVI B. SOMMERS
Levi B., son of Jacob and Magdalene Sommers, was born near Pettisville, Ohio,
July 20th, 1880, died November 23rd, 1950.
Death followed a lingering illness caused by a stroke which rendered him helpless for
a period of sixteen months.
He was one of a family of five children. His father, mother, three brothers and one
sister preceded him in death, he being the last of the family to answer the Summons.
When only a child he moved with his parents to Stuttgart, Ark.
After the comparatively early death of his mother he lived in the home of his eldest
In 1920, he with his brothers' family located near Pryor, Okla., where he resided till
1943 when he returned to Archbold: Ohio. His immediate survivors are a number of
nieces and nephews.
For several years he had his home with a nephew, Daniel L. Sommers, where he was
tenderly cared for -- which he appreciated so much.
In his youth he accepted Christ and became a member of the Mennonite church, being
faithful until death.
He was of a quiet and patient disposition and his cheerful smile will long be remembered
by those who knew him.
Life! I know not what thou art,
But know that thou and I must part;
And when, or how, or where we met,
I own, to me's a secret yet.
Life! We've been long together,
Through pleasant and through cloudy weather;
'Tis hard to part when friends are dear,
Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear,
Then steal away; give little warning;
Choose thine own time.
Say not, "Good night," but in some brighter clime
Bid me "Good Morning."
Card Of Thanks
We wish to express our thanks to all relatives and friends who assisted during the
illness, death and burial of our departed loved one. The Sommers Family.
41. SARAH SOMMERS
Sarah (Freyenberger) Sommers, daughter of Preacher Christian and Katie Freyenberger
was born in Fulton county near Pettisville, Ohio, April 9, 1876. She died at the home of
her son Raymond Sommers in Wauseon, Ohio, October 9, 1952 at the age of 76 yrs.
6 mo. On Oct. 26, 1903 she was married to John Sommers who preceded her in death,
June 18, 1917.
This union was blessed with two sons Raymond C. of Wauseon and Clarence J. of Toledo, Ohio.
For more than 30 years she was an invalid and for the last eight years was confined to
her bed. During these years she required much care and assistance which was cheerfully
given by her sons. In her youth she became a Christian and united with the Mennonite
Church and remained faithful to the end.
She bore her affliction very patiently, always having a clear testimony of her faith in Christ.
She gave encouragement and strengthening of faith and hope of many who
Those who survive her are two sons and their companions, five grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren, four sisters: Mrs. Sam. Stuckey and Lucy Freyenberger,
Archbold, Ohio; Mrs. Levi Beck and Mrs. Chas. Schmucker, Pettisville, Ohio, and
many other relatives and friends.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom was recalled,
The boon His love has given,
And the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in Heaven.
Funeral Services were held Sunday, Oct. 12, at the West Clinton Mennonite Church.
Services were conducted by Rev. Ernest Fowler, Wauseon, and Rev. Ed. Frey, Archbold.
Final resting place at Eckley Cemetery.
Card Of Thanks
The family wishes to thank all friends and neighbors who in any way assisted them
during the sickness, death and burial of Mother.
Mr. Raymond Sommers and Family,
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sommers.
42. SAM. SOWERS
(Dec. 15, 1936)
Sam. Sowers, age 72 years, passed away in his home north of Pettisville, Monday noon,
at 12:30, of heart trouble. He had been in poor health several years. Funeral services
are to be held Friday at 10:30 a. m., in the Lauber Hill church, conducted by Rev. W. J.
Rupp. Interment in church cemetery. He leaves widow, two daughters, two sons, four
grandchildren, sister and brother.
43. Christopher Harmon Spangler
Christopher Harmon Spangler, son of Harmon G. and Susan Gainer *Spengler, was
born February 8, 1880, in Franklin Township, Fulton County, Ohio, and passed from
this life, July 6, 1959, at the Blosser Nursing Home, Wauseon, Ohio, following a long
illness. He had attained the age of 79 years, 4 months, and 28 days.
Mr. Spangler was a life long resident of Fulton County, following the occupation of
farming. He had resided on the present farm in Clinton Township for more than 48
On September 25, 1901, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Merillat, and to
this union were born five children, two daughters and three sons. Mrs. Spangler
passed from this life, March 20, 1918.
In March of 1932, Mr. Spangler was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Seidner,
and to this union one daughter, Gladys, was born. Mrs. Spangler preceded her
husband in death in January of 1933.
Besides his life's companions, and one daughter Ada, who passed away in infancy
in the year of 1910, he was also preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers,
George, who passed away in infancy, and Alvin, who passed away in October of 1958.
He leaves to mourn their loss, two daughters, Mrs. Ilvah Robinson of West Unity, and
Mrs. Gladys Croach of Napoleon; sons Lloyd of West Unity; Orville and Kenneth,
both of Wauseon; brothers Charles of Wauseon; Amos of Archbold, and Elger of
Detroit, Michigan; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one uncle, Mr. Frank
*Spengler of Fayette; many other relatives and a host of friends.
In Memory Of
CHRIST H. SPANGLER
Date Of Birth FEBRUARY 8, 1880
Date Of Death JULY 6, 1959
Services From THE EDGAR FUNERAL HOME
THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 9 AT 2:30 O'CLOCK
Minister Officiating REV. WILLIAM RUPP
Final Resting Place SMITH CEMETERY
44. MARY LAYMAN SPANGLER
Mary Layman Spangler, daughter of Ambrose and Theresa Miller, born February 13, 1860,
passed away December 24, 1951, at Wauseon. She leaves one son, Ed. Layman
of Wauseon; one grandson, Robert Layman; one great-granddaughter, Mrs. Virginia
Wesche; one great-great-grandson, Larry Wesche, all of Ridgeville Corners; one
brother, Ambrose Miller; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Myers, both of Ridgeville
Corners; five step-sons, Charles and Chris. of Wauseon; Amos of Archbold; Alva
and Elger, both of Detroit, and a host of relatives and friends.
Card Of Thanks
To all the nieces and nephews for the plant sent us and to the Edgar Funeral Home
for their kindness and service and also the Convalescent Home and the neighbors
for their service.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Layman, and Family.
In Memory Of
45. MARY SPANGLER
Date Of Birth February 13, 1860
Date Of Death December 24, 1951
Services From Lauber Hill Church
Friday Afternoon Dec. 28 At 2:00 O'clock
Minister Officiating Rev. William Rupp
Final Resting Place Lauber Hill Cemetery
46. Connie Stamm
Drowns In Coldwater Lake, Tuesday
Daughter Of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Stamm Loses Life When Seven Girls Overturn In Boat;
Body Not Located Tuesday Night
Connie Stamm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Stamm, drowned in Coldwater Lake,
Mich., Tuesday afternoon at about 1:00, when the boat in which she and six other children
from Archbold and community were riding, sank in about 15 feet of water.
Fifteen pre-teen-age girls, members of a Sunday School class of the Evangelical
Mennonite church, were taken in three cars by Mrs. John L. Short and Marlene
and Mrs. M. K. Stuckey to the John L. Short cottage at Coldwater Lake for an
In the boat, besides the victim, were: Janeth Schantz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Milton Schantz; Sharon Rupp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rupp, Stryker;
Linda Stamm, sister of Connie; Clara Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Miller;
Ruth Ann Short, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Short; and Marlene Short,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Short, who was operating the motor-driven boat
which the family owned.
The 16-foot aluminum boat was in 15-foot water near place known as Indian Point
when the tragedy occurred. Nearby fisherman saw the accident.
The boat nosed into water and turned over, dumping the seven girls suddenly.
Fishermen were able to rescue the others but Connie's body did not rise, which led
rescuers to believe she had been caught in weeds deep in the lake.
Dragnets, grappling hooks and every available device, was used to try to find the
body, and until a late hour, Tuesday night, could not be found.
Connie is the third child of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Stamm. There are four other girls in
the family: Cars Lou, Linda, Judith, Joan; and two boys: Fred and Michael.
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