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Katie M. Shelt
Dies At Home in Wauseon.
Last Living Member of Pioneer Family in Fulton County.

Katie May Shelt, of Rfd. 1, Swanton, died at the Barber Nursing Home in Wauseon, Friday night, after 
an illness of six weeks.  Aged 76, Mrs. Shelt died of a heart condition.

Born in Swan Creek township, Mrs. Shelt had lived there all her life.  She was the last living member of 
a pioneer family in Fulton County.  Her husband, Chauncey, preceded her in death in 1932.

Services were held Tuesday at 2:30 in the Biehl and Malone Funeral Home.  Rev. I.C. Wynn, pastor 
of the Methodist church, officiated at the service.  Burial was at the Swanton Cemetery.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, Mrs. Frank Meister and Mrs. Carl Fashbaugh, both of Delta; 
Mrs. Ira Harding, Swanton; Fred Perkins, Liberty Center; Mrs. Carrie Hellstern, Ruby Janney, 
Forest Janney and William Phare, all of Toledo.

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 



James Chauncey Shelt
James Chauncey Shelt, age 53, at his home 3 miles south of Swanton, O., on Whitehouse-Wauseon Rd, Thursday May 12, 1932.  Funeral from the residence Sunday, May 15, 1932.  Burial Swanton Cemetery. 

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 



Bert Shelt 
Services Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Bert Shelt, who died Thursday morning at the age of 61 [sic], were held in the 
family home near Delta, Sunday.  The Rev. William N. Hawley officiated in the last rites.

Mr. Shelt, a native of Henry County, had lived near Delta many years and had been a raliroad employee during the past 30 years.

Interment was made in Delta's Greenlawn cemetery.  The deceased is survived by his wife, Alma, 
and one son, Daniel, of Delta.

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 


Mrs. Idella May Shelt
March 25, 1965: Findlay, O. --  Mrs. Idella May Shelt, 69, mother of Wilma J. Halliday, Toledo; 
services 1:30 Sunday in Miles Mortuary.

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 



Mrs. Nellie J. (Shelt) Brewster
1954: Final Rites Held March 21 For Mrs. Nellie Brewster

Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie J. Brewster, 76, were held March 24 at 10:30 in the Biehl and Malone Mortuary with Rev. I.C. Wynn officiating.  Burial was in Raker Cemetery.

Mrs. Brewster died March 21 of a heart condition at her residence on RFD 1, Swanton.  A housewife, 
she formerly had taught school in the surrounding area.  She was born in Bay City, Mich., and had lived 
in Swanton since 1900.  She was a member of the Know Your Neighbor Club.

Surviving are three children, all of Swanton: Mrs. Bruce Shaffer, Frank Brewster, and Lewis Brewster.  Also surviving are five grandchildren; a brother, William Shelt, of Findlay; and a sister, Eunice Romaker, 
of Napoleon.

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 



Frank Shelt 
Sept. 12, 1916, Camas, Washington: Frank Shelt is Stricken with Apoplexy.

Frank Shelt, one of the best-liked members of the mill force, was stricken with apolplexy Monday forenoon, and died at his home about five o'clock the same day.  He had complained of pains in the 
head a short time before the attack, but nothing serious was expected at that time.  He was promptly placed on a stretcher and conveyed to his home, where he died shortly after five o'clock.  Deceased 
was about 64 years of age, was a native of Ohio, and is survived by Mrs. Shelt, besides two children 
who live in the East.  One, a daughter, is a resident of Ohio; but the whereabouts of the other, a son, 
is not known at present.  Mr. Shelt was highly respected by very many friends and acquaintances here, and the deep sympathy of all goes out to Mrs. Shelt in her bereavement.

The funeral was held yesterday from his late residence, and the services were conducted by 
Rev. L. B. Quick of the Presbyterian Church.  The interment was at the local cemetery.

Frank H. Shelt
Frank H. Shelt was born near Napoleon, O., July 2, 1851, and departed this life Sept. 12, 1916 in 
Camas, Wash., aged 65 years, 2 mo., 10 days.  He lieved in Henry Countyl the greater part of his life, 
but 23 years ago, came to Fulton Co., where he resided until 8 years ago, went west.  his death was 
very sudden, due to paralysis.  He was esteemed by all for his honesty and integrity.  He was a member 
of the Disciple church at Neapolis, Wash., also a charter member of Oak Shade Arbor, Ancient Order 
of Gleaners.  He leaves to mourn his loss, wife, son, Wm. Shelt and daughter, Nellie Brewster, five grandchildren, three borthers, two sisters, and many relatives and friends.

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 


Mrs. Sabina Shelt
1915: After a lingering illness Mrs. Sabina Shelt passed to the great beyond Wednesday, Feb. 24, 
aged 74 years, 4 mo., and 3 days.  She leaves to mourn their loss, 3 sons and two daughters, 10 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.  Services were held at the house Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. Crider and the W.R.C. of Colton.  the remains were taken across the river to the Sharon church  where a short service was held.  Interment in the Shunk Cemetery.  Grandma Shelt will 
be greatly missed in this community where she has resided for a great many years.  The children have 
the sympathy of all friends and neighbors.

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 


Walter Jonas Brewster
Walter Jonas Brewster, son of Julia and Jonah Brewster, was born Dec. 2, 1858 near Delta, Ohio. 
After a prolonged illness he departed this life April 23, 1929 at his home south of Swanton.
In the year 1905 he was united in marriage to Nellie J. Shelt.  This union was blessed with three 
children, Grace, Lewis, and Frank.

During his illness he was converted to Christ and died knowing the joy and peace of salvation.
To his family he was ever the loving husband and father. 
Those who remain are his wife and three children.

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 



Grace B. (Brewster) Shaffer
1991: Grace B. Shaffer, 85, of U.S.20A, Swanton, died Nov. 4 at the Fulton County Health Center.
Born June 2, 1906 in Swan Creek Township, Mrs. Shaffer was a school teacher for over 30 years in the Swanton School system.  She started teaching in a one room school in Swan Creek Township and then moved to Swanton Township School where she taught mostly in the first grade.  She retired in 1968.
Mrs. Shaffer attended the Trinity United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Queen Esther Circle of the church, the Pythian Sisters, and she was a charter member of the Fulton County Retired Teachers Association.  She was a member of both the Ohio and National Retired Teachers Associations and belonged to Alpha Lambda Sorority which is a charter of the National Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority.
Mrs. Shaffer is survived by her brother, Lewis Brewster of Swanton and four nephews.  She was the widow of Bruce, who died in 1978.
Funeral Services were held at the Biehl-Malone Funeral Home of Swanton on Nov. 8 with Rev. Duane Smith officiating. Interment was in the Swanton Cemetery.

Submitted by "Paulette Brewster" 



Lantz. - Alice May, wife of Lewis N. Lantz was born in Archbold, Ohio, May 17, 1886; died at her home near Fayette, Ohio, Aug. 4 at 7 P. M.; at the age of 45 y. 2 m. 18 d. Her death came a few hours after the birth of an infant daughter. She was united in marriage to Lewis N. Lantz Feb. 14, 1907. To this union 12 children were born. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure her husband, 9 children, her aged mother, 3 sisters, 4 brothers and a number of other relatives and friends. Three children preceded her in death. In her youth she confessed Christ as her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she remained a member until death. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church Friday, Aug. 7 in charge of Bros. S. S. Wyse and S. D. Grieser. Text, Isa. 38:1. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.
Gospel Herald 20 Aug 1931

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Lantz. - Barbara Lantz was born in Williams Co., O., June 13, 1847 ; died near Pettisville, Ohio, May 23, 1919; aged 71 y. 11 m. 10 d. She leaves five brothers, a sister, and a large number of relatives and friends. In her younger years she was converted and united with the Amish Mennonite Church to which she remained faithful until death.
 

"Sleep on, dear Sister,
Take thy rest;
God called thee home,
He thought it best."
 

Funeral services May 25 at the A. M. church conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Texts, I Tim. 2:5 and Jno. 5:24. Interment at Eckley Cemetery.
Gospel Herald 24 June 1919

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Lantz.--Elizabeth (nee Wyse) Lantz was born on a farm near Archbold, O., Nov. 23, 1857; died at her home in Pettisville, O., Jan. 9, 1931; aged 73 y. 1 m. 16 d. On Oct. 28, 1879, she was united in marriage to John Lantz. They shared the joys and sorrows of life until Jan. 22, 1919, when her husband departed this world. There were born to this union, 6 sons and 4 daughters. She leaves 9 children, 33 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. Her husband, 1 son, 1 grandchild preceded her in death. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 12 at the home and at the church by Bros. Noah Hilty, S. S. Wyse, and Henry Rychener. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
"Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."
Gospel Herald 29 Jan 1931

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Lantz.-  Elisabeth (nee Wyse) Lantz  was born Feb 20, 1845 near Archbold, Ohio; died at her home at Archbold, Ohio, Feb 13, 1925: aged 79 y. 11 m. 23 d. She was united in marriage to Jacob Lantz, July 27, 1876. To this union was born one son (Ora). Their married life was brief, Mr. Lantz departing this life about four years after their marriage. After the death of her husband, she devoted her life to her son, with whom she lived until her death. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Saviour, joining the A.M. Church, where she remained a faithful member to the end. She leaves her son, five grandchildren, four sisters, five brothers, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services Feb. 16, at the Central A.M. Church, conducted by Henry Rychener and S.D. Grieser. Text, John 5: 24-29. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
Gospel Herald March 5, 1925

Submitted by Mary Teeter


LANTZ, JACOB 
May 9th, in Fulton Co., Ohio, Bro. JACOB LANTZ, aged 34 years and some days. Last summer he had a stroke of palsy, from which he suffered a great deal until released by death. His sufferings were borne with Christian fortitude. He was a brother of the Amish church; leaves a beloved wife and one son to mourn their loss. Buried the 11th, at which time services were held by C. Freienberger, N. King, and Jacob Nafziger.
Herald of Truth July 1880

Submitted by Mary Teeter



Lantz. - John Lantz was born in Williams Co., Ohio, Aug. 6, 1848; died in Pettisville, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1919; aged 70 y. 5 m. 16 d. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Nafziger, Nov. 28, 1979. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 5 sons, 4 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends. One infant son preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his young years, united with the Amish Mennonite Church of Fulton Co., Ohio, and remained faithful until death. Funeral services Jan. 6 at the home by Henry Rychener and at the A. M. Church by John L. Rupp and Eli Frey. Texts, Psa. 39:4; Rom 5:12. Burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Gospel Herald 13 Feb 1919

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Lantz, Maria  (nee Grieser)
LANTZ. - On the 8th of October, 1892, near Archbald, Fulton Co., Ohio, very suddenly, Maria Lantz, maiden name Grieser, aged 77 years, 5 months and 11 days. She rose as usual in the morning at 6, and as she was about to go out she complained of not feeling well and asked to be helped to bed, but by the time they got her there she was a corpse. She leaves 11 children. She lived a true Christian life and we believe she is at rest. The sister was a widow for over 25 years. Her remains were laid to rest on the 9th. Funeral services in the A. M. meeting-house to a large concourse of friends by Chr. F. Stuckey, Chr. Freyenberger
and D. Wyse. Of 15 children 11 survive; also 48 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
From the Herald of Truth, Nov. 1, 1892

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Lantz. - Mattie, (nee Wyse), was born near Elmira, O., July 6, 1858; died at the same place, Sept. 19, 1922; aged 64 y. 2 m. 13 d. In 1880 she was united in marriage with Levi Lantz. To this union were born 5 children. In 1884 they moved to Stuttgart, Ark., and lived there until 1889, when her husband died, on Dec. 5. Shortly after this she, with her family, returned to the old homestead where she kept house for
her mother and brothers for nearly 33 years. Sister Lantz leaves 1 daughter (Ida), 1 son (Lewis), 16
grandchildren, her aged mother (more than 94 years old), 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 2 half-brothers, 2
half-sisters, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Three children and 2 grandchildren preceded her in
death. In her younger years she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the A. M. Church and remained
a member until death. Funeral was held at the Central Church near Archbold, O., on Sept. 22, 1922,
conducted by Bros. E. L. Frey and Eli Rupp. Interment in Eckley cemetery.
Herald of Truth 19 Oct 1922

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Lantz, Sarah (nee Beck), daughter of Christian and Mary (Short) Beck, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Jan. 25, 1891; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse L. Short, Archbold, Ohio, Oct. 17, 1964; aged 73 y. 8 m. 22 d. On Dec. 6, 1910, she was married to William H. Lantz, who survives. She assisted her husband as custodian of the Pettisville schools. Also surviving are 3 children (Lucille-Mrs. Jesse L., Short, Myrtie Murphy, and William H., Jr.), 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Peter and Sam). She was a member of the Central Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 20, in charge of Charles H. Gautsche and Dale Wyse; interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
Gospel Herald 10 Nov 1964

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Lantz, William H., son of John and Elizabeth (Nofziger) Lantz, was
born near Archbold, Ohio, Sept. 3, 1889; died of a heart attack in the Fulton County Health Center on Aug. 5, 1973; aged 83 y. 11 m. 2 d. On Dec. 6, 1910, he was married to Sarah Beck, who preceded him in death on Oct. 17, 1964. Surviving are 2 daughters (Lucille ­ Mrs. Jesse L. Short and Mrs. Myrtie Murphy), one son (William, Jr.), 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Emma Rychener; Mrs. Mary Rupp, and Cora ­ Mrs. Andrew Eicher). He was a member of the Central Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Aug. 8, in charge of Charles H. Gautsche; interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
Gospel Herald; 28 Aug 1973

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Rupp, Harvey, son of Henry and Catherine (Beck), Rupp, was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Jan. 11, 1888; died at Detweiler Hospital, Wauseon, Ohio, Nov. 25, 1971; aged 83y. 10 m. 14 d. On Dec. 10, 1910, he was married to Mary Lantz, who survives. Also surviving are 11 children (Glenford, Orville, Maurice, Richard, Charles, Clela - Mrs. Chauncey Nofziger, Ada - Mrs. Clarence Andrews, Catherine - Mrs. Leitner, Evelyn - Mrs. Liedley, Martha - Mrs. David Huber, and Ilva - Mrs. Dale Robinson), 36 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the West Clinton Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held Nov. 28, in charge of Edward Diener, E. B. Frey, and Roger Andrews; interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
Gospel Herald 28 Dec 1971

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Rupp,  Mary Ann, (nee Lantz) daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Nofziger) Lantz, was born at Archbold, Ohio, June 26, 1892; died at Wauseon, Ohio, Jan. 8, 1980; aged 87 y. On Dec. 10, 1910, she was married to Harvey Rupp, who died Nov. 26, 1972. Surviving are 5 sons (Glenford, Maurice, Orville, Richard Quincy, and Charles), 6 daughters (Clela-Mrs. Chauncey Nofziger, Ada-Mrs. Clarence Andrews, Mrs. Catherine Leitner, Evelyn-Mrs. Howard Pontius, Martha-Mrs. David Huber, and Ilva-Mrs. Dale Robinson), 38 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Emma Rychener and Mrs. Andrew Eicher). She was a member of West Clinton Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held Jan. 11, in charge of Edward Diener and Roger Andrews; interment in Pettisville Cemetery.
Gospel Herald 12 Feb 1980

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Schmucker, Melvin J. -
On September 6, 1878, in Williams County, Ohio, Melvin J. Schmucker was born. When about twelve years of age he moved with his parents on a farm near Elmira, O., and twenty-three years ago he moved from there to his late home near Pettisville, O. The last three years he has been in failing health, finishing his course early in the *moring of May 16,1945, at the age of 66 years, 8 months and 10 days.

In middle life he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church where he continued fellowship until the end.  On January 8, 1913 he was married to Mary Lantz whom he leaves mourning his departure; also one sister, four octogenarian Aunts, a host of Cousins, Nephews, and Nieces, are in bereavement. His parents and three Brothers preceded him. Only one member of the immediate family, his only Sister (Alma) Mrs. Howard Taylor of Stryker, O., remains. Melvin enjoyed company and during the years of poor health he spent many hours just looking out of the window for someone to come to visit him.

"Sometimes you went away For just a little while, And I could scarcely wait To see again your smile. I listened for your step, My hand was at the door, And what a joy it was To have you back once more.  "One day you said "Goodby," And went to see the King, His beauty to behold And precious sheaves to bring; In eagerness I wait The while I feel my lack. I'm looking hour by hour
To see you both come back."

Card of Thanks
We are exceedingly grateful for the many expressions of sympathy in words, and deeds, and
gifts, by so many friends during our recent bereavement. We thank you, one and all, for the consolation.
Rev. Peter R. Lantz, Mrs. Melvin Schmucker.

Submitted by Mary Teeter


Short,  Lydia (Lantz) Short was born Aug. 22, 1840; died Mar. 12, 1912; near Stryker, O.; aged 71 y. 6 m.  20 d. She was united in marriage with Benedict Short in the year 1864, with whom she lived 43 years.  To this union were born 8 children. Her husband and 4 children preceded her to the world beyond. She leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 6 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends.  She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, to which she was faithful to the end. Funeral at the Lockport Church, conducted by S. D. Grieser, D. J. Wyse and H. Rychener.

Submitted by Mary Teeter



 
 

 

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