Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1909

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GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 19 - Aug. 5, 1909, pp. 303, 304

Dove - Louretta May, daughter of Joe and Bessie Dove of near Masontown, Pa., died cholera infantum July 22, 1909, aged 11 m. 6 d. Interment, July 24, in the Mennonite burying ground near Masontown. Funeral services conducted by Bro. J. A. Brilhart of Scottdale, Pa. Text, Mark 5:35. May God comfort the bereaved parents, and may this be one case where a little child shall lead them into heavenly paths.

Draper.- James Y. Draper died July 10, at his home near Clearspring, Md. He had been an invalid for about seven years, having been paralyzed for five years, since which time he had been confined to his bed. He was married to Mary E. Martin, daughter of Michael Martin of Maugansville, Md. He was a member of St. John Reformed Church. He leaves a sorrowing widow and 12 children to mourn his departure; also 1 sister, 1 brother and 5 grandchildren. Age, 56 y. 8 m. 20 d.
Rebecca H. Martin

Baer.- Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Abraham Baer, Hagerstown, Md., died suddenly July 8, 1909; aged 27 y. For several weeks she had suffered from indigestion, but retired in seemingly good health Wednesday evening. By half past three o'clock next morning she was cold in death. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 3 small children, father, mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. This sudden death is a great shock to the whole community. Many can scarcely realize she is gone. It is our earnest prayer that this loud call to eternal life in Christ for some who remain. "Prepare to meet thy God."

Horst.- John B. Horst was born March 1, 1847; died July 4, 1909; aged 62 y. 4 m. 3 d. His death was due to an accident which took place at his home near North Lawrence, O. He fell a distance of about fifteen feet from a ladder while picking cherries and sustained such injuries as resulted in death a few hours later. His wife, six children, and one grandchild have preceded him to the spirit world. Two daughters, 4 sons, and 5 grand-children remain to mourn his sudden departure. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Church, July 7, in the presence of a large congregation of people by I. J. Buchwalter and David Hostetler.

Leisy - Jonathan Leisy was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 20, 1820. He emigrated to Wayne Co., O., with his parents when yet a boy of fifteen. He was married Sept. 3, 1846, to Mary Rohrer. The fruit of this union was eleven children. He died at his home near Burton City, O., July 11, 1909, at the advanced age of 88 y. 10 m. 1 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for more than fifty years, and departed this life at peace with God. To deeply mourn his departure there 9 children, 39 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister, besides many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Martin Church, July 14, by I. J. Buchwalter and Henry Hursh.

Martin- Anna Sollenberger Martin was born Sept. 10, 1842, died July 21, 1909 at her home near Smithville, O., after a lingering illness of several months. She had reached the age of 66 y. 10 m. 11 d. She was married to Samuel N. Martin in 1870. To them were born five children. She united with the Mennonite Church in the spring of 1871, and remained a faithful member until death. Her last words, "All is well," will long be cherished in memory's casket by her dear loved ones. The funeral services were held at the Martin Church, July 23, by I. J. Buchwalter and David Hostetler. May God comfort the husband, three children and the three grandchildren, who remain to mourn the loss of a kind wife and loving mother.

Neff- Carl Neff was born April 7, 1901; died July 24, 1909; aged 8 y. 3 m. 17 d. Little Carl was a dutiful boy and took a special interest in the temporal affairs of the family, always doing what he could in his boyish way for the family's comfort. He loved the Sunday school, and whenever possible he was present. We shall miss him there and in the home. We shall always remember the song he so frequently sang the last few days of his life: "The Blood of the Lamb." But we realize that our loss is his eternal gain. May he rest in peace. Funeral services conducted by J. C. Yoder from II Cor. 5:8 and E. B. Stoltzfus from II Kings 4:26. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
His little form is cold in death,
His little tongue is hushed
His little lips to us are cold,
We miss him, oh, how much!

Stouffer- Sister Susan Stouffer (better known as Grandmother Stouffer) of Maugansville, Md., died of old age June 30, her health having failed fast since last May. She was laid to rest on July 3, in the graveyard of Reiff's Mennonite Church. Aged 76 y. 10 m. 21 d. Sermon by the brethren, George Keener, Christ Strite and Henry Keener of Job, W. Va. Text, Heb 4:9. She leaves 1 son and 1 daughter, 9 grandchildren and many friends. Her husband and daughter preceded her to the spirit world many years ago. She was an obedient member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and was very pleasant in her dealings. Though not accustomed to Sunday school in her younger days, she was frequently found among us in Sunday school at Paradise Church until her health failed, and she always seemed to enjoy seeing the rising generation at work and being taught the word of God. It is lonely for her son, Bro. Benjamin and wife. Her only son never left the paternal roof. The daughter, Sister Mary Horst, lives in Kansas. Not one of the grandchildren could be present at the funeral. Bro. and Sister Horst came before she died. Sister Stouffer seemed to us as a mother in Israel. She was an example of humility and simplicity. We firmly believe she has gone to rest in Christ Jesus. May we all strive to follow her example.
By one who loved her.

Gindlesperger- Pre. Samuel Gindlesperger of Holsopple, Pa., was called from time to eternity in a sad and unexpected way. On July 15, as he was picking cherries, he fell a distance of 40 feet from a cherry tree, crushing his skull and causing other injuries, killing him instantly.
Bro. Gindlesperger was a preacher in the Mennonite Church for 31 years, always ready to fill his appointments, faithful in visiting the sick, lending a helping hand in time of need. When a young man, he was united in marriage with Sallie Miller. To this union were born 12 children of whom 9 are living. There were also 20 grandchildren, of whom 15 are living. He is survived by 2 brothers and 2 sisters, His age was 62 y. 9 m. 26 d.
On account of the Blough Church being rebuilt and not ready for use, funeral services were held at his home, July 17, where the brethren S. G. Shetler and James Saylor spoke to a large concourse of people. Text, I Kings 2:2. Burial in the graveyard near Blough Church. May God's richest blessings rest upon the bereaved family.
L. A. Blough

We miss thee from thy home, dear father,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care.
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee everywhere.

Dear father, thou hast left us now,
Left us forevermore;
But we hope to meet our loved ones,
On yonder happy shore.
Lonely the house and the hours,
Since loved ones here have gone,
But brighter home by far than ours,
In heaven is now his own.
By wife and children.

Schmidt- Sarah Samantha Fry was born in Seneca county, O., May 3, 1845. Her mother died when she was three years of age and she went to live with her grandparents until the age of six, she went and made her home with her father in Putnam county.
In 1855 the family emigrated west and located near Randalia, Fayette county, Ia. Nov. 15, 1859, she united in marriage to Joseph Schmidt, who formerly lived in Wayne County, O. This union was blessed with four children, all of whom are living.
In 1877 she united with the United Brethren Church, of which she was a faithful member the remainder of her life. She has been in poor health for several years, but until seven weeks prior to her death her condition was not deemed alarming. Death came to her relief Wednesday, July 21, 1909.
She leaves to mourn her loss her aged husband, 4 children, 3 sisters and 3 brothers, and three grandchildren, all of whom except one were present at the funeral.
Mrs. Schmidt was admired by all who knew her for her beautiful Christian character. Her patience and fortitude during her last illness was but an example of the ways she has borne her affliction during the years of broken health.
Funeral services were held from her late home in Hawkeye Friday, July 23, 1909, and concluded briefly in the Center Grove cemetery north of Maynard Church. The services were conducted by Wm. Galbreth, pastor of the Methodist Church at Hawkeye. Text, Rev. 2:10.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 20 - Aug. 12, 1909, pp. 319, 320.

Kaltenbaugh.-Loma Jane, daughter of Charles and Mary Kaltenbaugh, died July 28, 1909, aged 4 m. 11 d. She leaves her parents, grandparents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at Stahl Church by S. D. Yoder from Jer. 31:15. Burial in cemetery near by. May God comfort the bereaved parents.
John A. Thomas.

Longenecker.- Anna Jane Longenecker was born April 9 1893; died of tuberculosis, July 29, 1909; aged 16 y. 3 m. 20 d. She was received into the Mennonite Church June 6, 1908. Her mother preceded her to the spirit world about six months. May they who remain heed the warning voice of God and prepare for an unbroken family in heaven. Funeral services at the Mennonite church near Masontown, Pa., conducted by J. N. Durr and Daniel Kauffman. May God comfort the bereaved.

Hinkel.-Bro. Henry Hinkel of Canton, Ohio, peacefully passed to his reward July 28, after being sick for three weeks, although in bed only a few days. His death was very unexpected by even the nearest neighbors. He united with the church at this place Nov. 25, 1906. We first got in touch with him through his aged mother who has been at the Old People's Home, Marshallville, Ohio, since she united with the church in 1905, and who survives him. He leaves also a widow, one sister and other relatives. His age was 54 y. 2 m. 13 d. Funeral July 30, at the Mennonite Church.
P. R. Lantz.

Musser.-Ephraim Musser was born in Wayne Co., O., Feb. 1, 1836. He moved with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he united in marriage with Mary Martin. This union was blessed with five children, two of whom preceded him to the world beyond, leaving one son and two daughters, two grandchildren, and a sorrowing companion. He died suddenly on the morning of July 28, 1909, of heart failure (with which he had been afflicted for some time), at his residence in Elkhart Co., Ind., aged 73 y. 5 m. 27 d. He was brought to the light of the Gospel over some forty years ago and with his wife united with the Mennonite Church. The funeral services were conducted by George Lambert, from John 14:2, in the Yellow Creek Mennonite M. H., on July 30. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
J. F. F.

Kauffman.-Forest Gale, son of Anthony and Rebecca Kauffman, was born Dec. 7, 1906, and departed this life at their home near West Liberty, Ohio, Aug. 3, 1909. He died of cerebro (sic) spinal meningitis after an illness of about 24 hours. His age was 2 y. 7 m. 1 d. Little Forest was a bright and cheerful child whom God had sent to brighten our home for a short time. He bloomed like a flower which is here today, but gone tomorrow. Yet our lives have been made better because of his brief stay with us. God's will is always best. Funeral services wehe reld (sic) at the home, Aug. 4, conducted by S. E. Allgyer and J. B. Smith.

Driver.-Catherine (Branner) Driver was born near Broadway, Va., March 16, 1864; died near Versailles, Mo., July 27, 1909; aged 63 y. 4 m. 11 d. On Dec. 19, 1865, she was married to John C. Driver (now deacon in the Mt. Zion congregation, Morgan Co., Mo.) To this union were born ten children. One died in infancy; nine survive, also nine grandchildren. In April 1871, Bro. and Sister Driver moved to Morgan Co., Mo., and settled on the farm where Sister Driver died. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about forty-one years, and was noted among other commendable qualities, for deeds of charity and helpfulness, not only among the church circle, but throughout the community as well. The end came very suddenly. She had been afflicted with heart-failure for some years. On the day before her death she was actively engaged in looking after domestic affairs and was the last to retire at night. She went to her afflicted daughter's room and here her last known words were spoken. She comforted her daughter by suggesting that they would all go to bed, and added, "In the morning we shall all feel better." We have reason to believe that this was true in her case, at least. During the night Bro. Driver was awakened by a strange noise and her heavy breathing. Not receiving a reply to his questions, he arose to get a light, but before the light was procured, Sister Driver had breathed her last. May the Lord comfort the bereaved and help all to endeavor to meet mother in the glory-world. Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 1, by D. H. Bender of Hesston, Kans., assisted by the brethren Gingerich, Harder and Bowman. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the Zion Church.

Krabill.-Ellen Catherine Krabill was born in Logan Co., O., Oct. 20, 1877; died at her home five miles west of West Liberty, O., Aug. 1, 1909; aged 31 y. 9 m. 11 d.
She was the eldest daughter of Christ P. and Lydia Krabill, and leaves father, mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters and a host of friends to mourn her early departure.
In her early years she gave her heart to God and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she had been a faithful member until death. She was a great lover of books, above all others she prized her Bible. Her life was one of devotion and sacrifice for her loved ones and friends. "Doing with her might what her hands found to do." Though quiet, modest and unassuming, in her smiling cheerful way she had won herself a host of friends. During her long illness she was patient, gentle and loving, showing forth that meek and self-sacrificing spirit which had been a chief characteristic in her life. She greatly desired to remain here on earth and be restored to health in order that she might again minister to her loved ones, and be of greater service in the Master's kingdom. But He who knows all things and makes no mistakes, saw best that she should be removed from this earthly home to a heavenly one. At last when it became evident to her that her time to depart was approaching, and her vision of heaven became brighter, she prayed earnestly that the Comforter would hasten His coming, and peacefully fell asleep.
Sister Ella will be greatly missed in the church, in the Sunday school, in the community, but most of all in the home. Her loving smile and acts of kindness will never be erased from the minds of those who knew her.
Funeral services at Walnut Grove Church, Aug. 3, conducted by S. E. Allgyer, David Plank and J. B. Hartzler. Interment was made at South Union cemetery.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 21 - Aug. 19, 1909, p. 335.

Eberly.- Benjamin M. Eberly died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Amos S. Kauffman, 921 N. P St., Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 3, 1909, aged 77 y. 3 d.
He was a believer in Scripture and a stanch friend and regular reader of the Gospel Herald. But he never united with any church until the day before he died, when he was baptized and received into the Lutheran Church, and we have good hopes for his salvation. He was buried on the old Homestead, Sun Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa.
Amos S. Kauffman.

Nolt.- Joseph Nolt of Farmersville, Pa., was born July 17, 1845; died suddenly of heart disease Aug. 6, 1909; aged 64 y. 16 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves a wife and four children, all married. One son preceded him to the spirit world. Interment at the Groffdale cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Jonas Martin and Joseph Wenger. May God, who is rich in mercy, comfort the bereaved family, and may the departure of our beloved brother be the means of drawing others heavenward.

Pletcher.- Ruth Mildred, daughter of T. S. and Susan Pletcher, was born May 27, 1907; died of membranous croup; Aug. 3, 1909; aged 2 y. 2 m. 7 d. Funeral services at the parents' home on Aug. 4, by a Baptist minister from Ochiltree, Tex. Kind friends came to pay last respect to our darling.
Little Ruthy Mildred dear
Our hearts did often cheer;
But now to Jesus she has gone,
For she no sin had done.
J. P. Berkey.

Christophel.- Peter Christophel was born Aug. 2, 1826; died in Mahoning Co., O., Aug. 5, 1909; aged 83 y. 3 d.
He was a member of the Mennonite Church, and when health permitted was always present at S. S. and church services; but for about a year his health was such that he could be present only a few times.
He was buried Aug. 7. Funeral held at Midway. A short sermon in the German language was preached at the house by Bro. Allen Rickert as Sister Christophel is very ill and could not leave home. Services at the church were conducted by E. M. Detweiler and A. J. Steiner.

Stahley.- Christian Stahley was born in Germany, July 27, 1820; died in Nappanee, Ind., July 11, 1909; aged 88 y. 11 m. 14 d. The cause of his death was old age. He came to America with his mother, 3 brothers and 1 sister in 1835, and settled in Wayne Co., O. Feb. 3, 1842, he was married to Fanny Housour, moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., the same year in a covered wagon drawn by an ox team. They had to live in this covered wagon for six weeks until the log cabin was completed. At that time wolves and deer were roaming through the dense forest, and many the hardships which they endured. He lived with his wife over 54 years, and to this union were born 11 children, 4 of whom died. He is survived by seven children, and number (sic) of grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Heatwole.- Fleta Pearl, daughter of the late Martin and Frances Heatwole, died of typhoid fever at the home of her mother near Mt. Clinton, Va., July 25, 1909. She leaves her mother, 3 brothers and 4 sisters to mourn her early departure, being 12 y. 5 m. 15 d. old. Two more of the family were sick with the same disease, but are improving. Funeral services were held at the Bank Church, July 26, when a large congregation of sympathizing relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. Services were conducted by L. J. Heatwole and J. S. Martin from the text, "The maid is not dead, but sleepeth" (Matt. 24:9). Buried in the cemetery near by.

Snyder.- Bessie Lavina, daughter of William and Laura Snyder, was born April 7, 1909; died July 27, 1909; aged 3 m. 20 d. Her disease was cholera infantum. She was sick only 25 hours. She leaves father, mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. She was buried at the East Holbrook Church, where funeral services were conducted by J. M. Nunemaker and D. S. Brunk. Little Bessie has budded on earth to bloom in heaven. May the grief-stricken family make preparations to meet there darling in heaven.

We miss thee from our home, dear Bessie,
A shadow o'er our home is cast,
We miss thy bright and smiling face,
But, Bessie, dear we hope and trust
That we may meet in heaven.
M. S. B.

Miller.- At Travers City, Mich.; Aug. 3, 1909, Dorothy, daughter of Hiram and Nora Miller, died of heart trouble; aged 7 y. 4 m. 17 d. Her little sister, Jennie preceded her but five months, and her father four years. She leaves a sorrowing mother, one sister and a host of friends. Dorothy was a lovely child indeed, too bright for this world, and God took her to Himself. Sadly as we miss her, we rejoice that she has gained a heavenly home, where she at times longed to go. Young as she was, when last winter she had her home at her grandparents' (Nicholas Blosser's) and we tried to tell her of a loving Savior, her little heart was overwhelmed with such joy and she tried to learn more about Him with such eagerness that some of us older ones might profitably learn a lesson. When told that the Bible commanded the wearing of the devotional covering, she insisted on wearing it during times of family worship. Before she started to school, she would say her prayers. One morning she came to me and said, "Grandma, I want to die and go to Jesus." When I told her if she went she could never come back, she laughed and said, "I want to die and go to Jesus." Once she said that she wanted to see and angel, as Arlie had seen one night. Well hath it been said, "A little child shall lead them." Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Pastor Kime officiating. Text, Psa. 23:1. Dorothy, dear, sleep on and take rest from sin undefiled. The following verse was written by her last winter:
"And now at last the sun is going down
Behind the wood; And I am very happy;
For I know that I've been good."
Esther Blosser.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 22 - August 26, 1909, pp 351, 352.

Baer. --George K., only child of Henry and Ella Baer, died Aug. 15, 1909, aged 1 y. 1 m. 4 d. He leaves his parents, grandparents, and two great-grandmothers. Funeral services were held at the Paradise Church by Bro. Denton Martin from II Sam. 12:15-23, Bro. Daniel Strite from Matt. 19:14. May God's sustaining grace give comfort to the bereaved young parents.

Shelly. --Sister Lovina Shelly was born in Beaver Co., Pa., Oct. 22, 1821; died July 17, 1909, after a short sickness. Her husband Malachi Shelly, died in Emington, Ill. September, 1892. After his death she made her home with her son, Addison, who preceded her to the spirit world six weeks. Her remains were taken to Reddick, Ill. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Hedges of the Lutheran Church. Mother Shelly was a member of the Mennonite Church, having joined at the early age of 15 years.

Weaver. --Barbara (Book) Weaver was born April 20, 1834; died Aug. 13, 1909; aged 75 y. 4 m. 14 d. She was married to Benjamin Weaver, Feb. 17, 1857. To this union were born four children, all of whom are living, her husband having preceded her to the spirit world.
She was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 15, at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church near Sterking, Ill., where many gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one they loved.

Yoder. --Maggie Rees Yoder was born Dec. 11, 1872; died July 31, 1909; aged 36 y. 7 m. 20 d. She underwent an operation for appendicitis on Friday, but it was found that peritonitis had set in, and it was impossible to save her life. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1889 and has been a faithful member ever since. She was married to Melvin Yoder, Dec. 1891. To this union were born four children; Ermin, Clara, Floyd and Vergil. She leaves a kind husband, 4 children, a mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn her departure. She has been a faithful mother, concerned for the Christian welfare of her children. The two oldest are in the fold, and we trust the two younger may consider the motto their mother left upon the wall: "Those that seek thee early shall find thee."

Kauffman. --Bro. Joseph Kauffman died of typhoid fever in the hospital at New Castle, Pa., aged 39 y. 10 m. 1 d. He was the son of Bro. and Sister Benjamin and Mary Kauffman, who with two brothers and two sister preceded him to the spirit world. Three brothers, three sisters and many friends are left to mourn his departure. Funeral at the A. M. Church near Wilmington, Pa., in the presence of a large congregation. Services were conducted by E. M. Detweiler and Allen Rickert, assisted by John R. Zook and J. H. Lantz.

"We miss you when the morning dawns,
We miss you when the night returns,
We miss you here, miss you there,
Dear brother, we miss you everywhere.

Gingerich. --Veronica Goldschmidt was born June 5, 1843, in Butler Co., O. In 1846 she moved with her parents to Lee Co., Ia., and in 1857 moved to Henry Co., Ia., where she lived until her marriage to Joseph Gingerich, Jan. 29, 1863, from which time she lived in Johnson County, Ia., until her death. She died Aug. 12, 1909, aged 66 y. 2 m. 7 d., having lived in matrimony 46 y. 6 m. 13 d. To this union were born 10 children, three of whom preceded her to the spirit world. The seven children were all present at the funeral service, which was held Aug. 15 at the Lower Deer Creek Church, near Amish, Ia. She leaves her husband, 7 children, 21 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 4 sisters to mourn their loss. Funeral services conducted by Peter and J. F. Swartzendruber from Jno. 16:16, a very large concourse of relatives and friends attending.

"O Jerusalem thou beauty,
O how bright thy portals blest,
What sweet melodies of music
Wafts from thy sweet ports of rest
O what gladness shall be mine
When my sun shall rise to shine
And the endless day prolong
When I too may join the song."

Stemen. -- Benoni Stemen was born in Perry Co., Ohio, March 30, 1833 and died at his home near Pickerington, O., Aug. 17, 1909; aged 76 y. 4 m. 17 d. June 10, 1856 he was united in marriage to Catherine S. Lehman. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters all of whom survive. After a most peaceful wedded life of a half century his beloved companion preceded him in death. In 1857 he with his companion united with the Mennonite Church and until death called them, both lived lives devoted to the cause of our Master and were staunch pillars in the church. Besides a host of friends and acquaintances there remain to mourn his death two brothers, seven children and 16 grandchildren. The community mourns the loss of a successful man, and obliging neighbor and a noble citizen. His life was an exemplification of all that is meant by honesty, integrity and sobriety. During the last year of his life he arranged all his business with an eye to his Master's call in death. During an illness of over three months, not one murmer (sic) escaped his lips and he bore his pain with that fortitude that comes from God alone. Ofttimes he expressed his willingness to leave this world of vanity and go to his Savior in peace. During the last fortnight of his sickness he cut himself absolutely off from the world and all business cares and lived in constant prayer and communion with his God. Funeral services were held Aug. 20 at the Mennonite church near Pickerington, Ohio, by John Blosser of Rawson, O., assisted by the ministers, Walker and Hughes, of the United Brethren Church. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment at the cemetery near Canal Winchester.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona

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