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 Elizabeth <I>Metzler</I> Bechtel

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Elizabeth Metzler Bechtel

  • Birth 20 Dec 1865 Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 11 Mar 1941 Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 58285100

Bechtel ­ Elizabeth, the daughter of Daniel and Barbara (Stahly) Metzler, was born in Nappanee, Ind, Dec. 20, 1865; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs Homer F North in Nappanee) March 11, 1941; aged 75 y, 2 m, 21 d.

She has been a resident of Nappanee and vicinity all her life. She was united in marriage to Menno J Bechtel Oct 19, 1882. They were engaged in farming until about 1913, when they established their residence in Nappanee, where her husband died Oct. 15, 1925.

This union was blessed with 8 children, all surviving except Mary Ann, who died in 1909. Those surviving are Mrs Ellen McCorkle, of Wakarusa, Mrs Jessie Hostetler, of Kokomo, Ervin Bechtel and Mrs Maud Weaver, of Elkhart, Ira Bechtel, of Goshen, Mrs Homer North, and Mrs Mabel Long of Nappanee.

There are 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: John Metzler, of Los Gatos, Calif; David Metzler, Jonas Metzler, and Mrs Mary Strauss of Nappanee; Mrs Fannie Hammer of Kokomo, and Mrs Anna Myers, of Amboy, Ind.

She accepted Christ as her Saviour early in her married life and united with the Mennonite Church. The spirit of love and devotion she manifested for her family and the Church was genuine and her constant desire was to give a faithful witness at all times. To this end she was patient in all her suffering, and submissive to the will of God. She loved her Bible and received much comfort in reading it as long as she was able.

This short clipping of a prayer she used as a bookmark, and was found where she had been reading last: "Grant us wisdom, O Christ, that we may know Thy will. Strengthen us that we may serve. Cause our joy to overflow. To Thy name be glory, Amen." God granted her desire to be taken home to glory, and she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus.

Funeral services were held March 13 at the North Main St Mennonite Church in Nappanee. Services in charge of Bros R F Yoder and C A Shank. Text, Psa. 17:15. Burial in the Union Center Cemetery.

Gospel Herald
Vol XXXIII, No 52
27 March 1941

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