Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1910

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Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 22 - September 1, 1910, page 351

Stahl.--Fanny Kauffman was born in Somerset county, Pa., April 4, 1839; was married to Jeremiah Stahl January 25, 1857; came to Michigan, March 10, 1880; died March 12, 1910; aged 70 y, 11 m, 8 d. To this union was born one daughter, Mary Weaver of Bowne and one son, Moses Stahl of Campbell, and she is survived by one brother, Harry, of Goshen, Ind., and one sister, Angeline of Bowne; also eight grandchildren to mourn her departure. She had been a member of the Mennonite Church for about 50 years. Funeral services were from the Mennonite Church Monday afternoon, conducted by Isaac Weaver, Aldus Brackbill and David Sours. The remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband, who preceded her to the better land several years ago.

Stutzman.--Sarah Stutzman was born Aug. 12, 1843, near Millersburg, O.: died Aug. 22, 1910; aged 67 y. 10 d. She leaves 2 sisters, 2 brothers and many friends. The greater part of her life was spent near Topeka, Ind., while the last 8 years she spent at the Old People's Home near Marshallville, O., where she was ever patient and contented, thereby gaining the love and respect of all who learned to know her. Funeral services were held at the Home, Aug. 24, by Jacob Gerig in English and David Hostetler in German. Text, Jno. 16:33. Burial in cemetery at the Home.
J. K. Hooley.

IN MEMORY Of our father, Israel White, who died suddenly on June 11, 1910; aged 67 years. --By His Daughter. -- For the Gospel Herald.

Today we are thinking, dear father
Of the grief that has come to our home;
How you left us in silence one evening,
You left us in silence and gloom.

We bow in submission, dear father,
And say, "Let God's will be done,"
And we'll meet you on that blissful morning;
When our race here on earth is run.

Your life work is ended dear father,
You're with the loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet you
On that bright celestial shore.

We miss him, Oh, how we miss him,
When we see his vacant chair;
And the home is so lonely without him,
For father no longer is there.

Our dear father here has left us,
Here no more his face we'll see;
But in heaven we hope to meet him
Where we can all together be.

All his troubles now are ended,
With us here no more he'll roam;
God saw his work was finished,
And He called him to his home.

We'll wander to your grave, dear father,
And some sweet flowers we'll plant there,
And try to be ready to meet you
In that home so bright and fair.

"Farewell, my dear wife and children,
My Savior has now called me home,
At the gates of the city eternal
I'll watch and wait till you come."

Dalton, Ohio.

Transcribed by: Sharon Sowers and Martha E Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 23 - September 8, 1910, page 367

Price.--Sister Nancy Price died at the County Home July 8, 1910; aged 90 y. She was at the Home some years, and a few years ago while some of the brethren visited the Home she was asked about her soul's salvation. She said she would like to unite with the people of God, and she was received into the Church by water baptism, although she was unable to attend services excepting those that were held in the Home. Last spring she was visited and she expressed a desire to commemorate the death and suffering of her Lord and Savior but till the next day when the necessary arrangements were made she fell into an unconscious condition so that she could not be roused to partake of the sacred emblems and remained in that condition until death relieved her. Funeral services, July 10, conducted by the brethren, W. W. Hege and J. S. Burkholder, at the Chambersburg Church, where she was buried.

Rife.--John Lester Rife, little son of Bro. Rush and Sister Lydia Rife, was born June 25 and died Aug. 13, 1910; aged 1 m. 19 d. Funeral Aug. 15, services at the house by Henry Bricker and interment in the cemetery at the River Brethren Church at Pleasant Hill. Budded on earth to bloom in heaven.

Jantzi.--Bro. Nick Jantzi was born Jan. 5, 1869, in Ontario; died Aug. 21, 1910, at Milford, Nebr. He was united in marriage with Susie Jantzi March 7, 1901. Their union was blessed with two children. He leaves to mourn, his wife, father, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Bro. Jantzi was sick for the last six years. He bore his suffering with much patience. Was buried at the East Fairview cemetery, Aug. 22. Funeral services were held by the brethren, Jos. Schlegel, Jacob Stauffer, Jos. Whitaker and N. E. Roth. Texts, Heb. 13; II Cor. 5:9, 10; I Cor. 1:5, 22.

Auker.--Sister Mary Heckman Auker was born June 9, 1838; died Aug. 23, 1910; aged 72 y. 2 m. 14 d. She was buried in the Lostcreek cemetery at the Mennonite Church. Funeral services by John Mosemann of Lancaster, Pa., assisted by Samuel Gayman. Text, Heb. 10:10-14. Sister Auker was patiently waiting on the Lord through a long siege of suffering.

Zendt.--Bro. Jacob Zendt was born June 21, 1823; died Aug. 25, 1910; aged 87 y. 2 m. 4 d. Interment in the Lostcreek cemetery. Funeral services by Samuel Gayman. Text, Phil. 1:21. Gro.* Zendt was patiently waiting on the Lord through all his trials and sufferings.
Transcriber's note: * probably should be Bro.

Kaufman.--Sem. Kaufman, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., was born July 16, 1831; died Aug. 12, 1910; aged 79 y. 27 d. He was united in holy martimony (sic) to Christena Johns nearly 58 years. To this union were born 14 children, 10 sons and 4 daughters, eight of which have preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by 6 children, 26 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for 59 years.

Transcriber's note. #654 in DBH

Cockley.--Noah Cockley was born near Schoeneck, Pa., March 30, 1832; died near Pinola, Pa., Aug. 18, 1910; aged 78 y. 4 m. 18 d. He leaves to mourn his departure his second wife, three sons and one daughter; his first wife and one daughter having preceded him. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Grandfather had the pleasure of seeing all his children and their companions unite with the church of his choice, of which he himself was a member for many years; one son, Reuben, being a minister in the Churchtown congregation of Cumberland, Co., Pa. One son, who resides at Peabody, Kans., could not be present at the funeral which took place Aug. 22. Services at the house were conducted by Bro. J. S. Burkholder and at the Rowe Church by Bro. Joseph Martin from Job 7:10. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
His granddaughter.

Kauffman.--Isaac Y. Kauffman of near Thomas Mills, Somerset Co., Pa., was born Sept. 9, 1842; died of typhoid fever and heart trouble Aug. 22, 1910; aged 67 y. 11 m. 13 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He will be missed in the home, in the neighborhood and in the Church. May our loss be his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Thomas Mennonite Church by S. G. Shetler and James Saylor. Text, Acts 7:60.
Joseph Saylor.

Horst.--Sister Susanna Horst was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 7, 1835, and died near Pinola, Pa., June 14, 1910; aged 74 y. 8 m. 7 d. Funeral June 16. Services at the Row Church by the brethren, Joseph Lehman and J. S. Burkholder. Sister Horst was the last member of her father's family to go. She was never married, was of a kind and amiable disposition and a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Peace to her ashes.


Transcribed by: Martha Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 24 - September 15, 1910, page 283

Fisher.--Daniel Martin, little son of Daniel and Elizabeth Fisher, was born Nov. 14, 1909; died Aug. 11, 1910; aged 8 m. 28 d. Services by Bros. Gideon and John M. Stoltzfus. Interment in Millwood cemetery.

Miller.--Bro. Martin M. Miller was born Oct. 7, 1835; died Aug. 21, 1910; aged 74 y. 10 m. 14 d. Bro. Miller was first married to Elizabeth Harnish, Dec. 23, 1858. This union was blessed with 12 children of whom the following survive: Henry M., Mrs. Lydia Gerlack, Calvin H., Isaac H., Mrs. Emma Rice, Joseph H., Elizabeth F., John H., Adam, Benjamin F. and Kathryn N. His wife died May 14, 1881, after which he was married to Elizabeth Rinier on Nov. 30, 1882. To this union were born 3 children, Daniel R., Mrs. Martha Rudicill, and Clara R.; Daniel having preceded his father to eternity. One brother, Joseph, of Marticville also survives him. Funeral took place from his late residence, 34 Conestoga St., Lancaster, Pa., on Thursday, Aug. 25. Services also were held at the Highville U. B. Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Abram B. Herr and John H. Mosemann. Text, Rom. 8:1-6. The Lord comfort the bereaved hearts.

Lake.--Eva Lake died at the home of her son, John Lake, Johnstown, Pa., Aug. 3, 1910; aged 83 y. 7 m. 7 d. Funeral services were conducted in the Stahl Church by S. G. Shetler. Text, Psa. 90:10.

Herr.--Mary Catharine Searer was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 25, 1851, and was married to Henry Herr in 1880. To this union were born 5 children of whom two died in infancy. She leaves a husband and 3 children to mourn their loss. She died in North Dakota Aug. 30, 1910, and was buried Sept. 4 at the South Union cemetery near Locke, Elkhart Co., Ind., at which church services were conducted by David Burkholder. Text, Amos 4:12.

Steiner.--Lydia Metzler Steiner was born in Mahoning Co., O., June 10, 1879; died Aug. 10, 1910, at her mother's home where she had gone on a visit while her husband was attending Wooster University; aged 31 y. 2 m. She was united in matrimony to Bro. John L. Steiner Sept. 16, 1900. Her husband, 3 children survive to mourn their loss. She also leaves a mother, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters to mourn her early departure. She confessed her Savior at Medina Co. Sunday school conference in 1897 and united with the Mennonite Church of which she has remained a consistent member until called to the great beyond. In her last moments she seemed glad to go to her Savior. Her sickness baffled the skill of her physicians, they doing all that lay in their power, yet she gradually sank lower until death relieved her of her suffering. She expressed a wish in her dying moments to be forgiven if she had done the least wrong to anyone, and said she did not know if she had an enemy. If she had, she wished to be forgiven for any wrong that they may have thought she did. She has been a faithful and good mother to her children, a good helpmeet to her husband, kind and indulgent to all those who know her.

Hoover.--Christiana (Huber) Hoover was born in Strasburg, Pa., Oct. 25, 1828; died Aug. 28, 1910; aged 81 y. 10 m. 3 d. She was married on Thanksgiving day in 1857 to Henry H. Hoover, who preceded her to the great beyond eleven years ago. To this union 2 children were born, B. Frank and Mrs. Anna F. Boehm, both of whom survive. She became a member of the Mennonite Church when quite young, and remained firm in the faith until the end. Funeral services Aug. 30 at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church near Sterling, Ill., conducted by Bro. John Nice of Morrison.

Gindlesperger.--Gladys Leora, only child of Bro. Samuel and Sister Minnie Gindlesperger, died near Hollsopple, Pa., Sept. 1, 1910; aged 3 y. 5 m. 5 d. Funeral services Sept. 2, were conducted at the Blough Church by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Buried in the cemetery near by. Gladys was a bright little girl, much loved by her parents and friends, but God removed her to the home above where she will have more true enjoyment. Bro. and Sister Gindlesperger have the sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.

Shotzberger.--Rhetta, wife of Charles Shotzberger, died at the hospital at Lewistown, Pa., on Thursday evening, Aug. 11. She was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday evening after weeks of suffering at her home near Evendale, Pa., and underwent an operation. She was 37 years old and is survived by her husband, one sister and 2 brothers. Interment was made at the Lost Creek Presbyterian cemetery. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of McAllisterville.
F. R. S.

Herr.--Mary K. Herr was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 30, 1852; died Sept. 3, 1910; aged 58 y. 4 m. 4 d. She leaves to mourn her departure 3 sisters and 2 brothers; she, a sister and brother having lived together. She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. The end came suddenly, as she had been about her duties as usual in the evening. She went out to milk several cows and when she did not return for awhile her sister, fearing something was wrong, went to the barn and found her dead. Although her death was not altogether unexpected, as she had expressed her belief that she would suddenly pass away, it came as a great shock to her many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the New Danville church by Abram B. Herr and Jacob Thomas. Text, Matt. 24:38-44.
Farewell, dear sisters and brothers,
The Savior has now called me home;
At the gates of the city eternal,
I'll watch and wait till you come.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 25 - September 22, 1910, pages 399, 400

Eicher.--Mary Catharine Eicher, wife of Abraham Eicher departed this life Sept. 17, 1910; aged 59 y. 7 m. 8 d. She was the daughter of John and Barbara Keller, born in Allen Co., O., came to Mich. with her parents at the age of 15, was married to Abraham Eicher June 25, 1868. Three daughters were born to this union. She was a member of the M. E. Church, a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a good neighbor. She is survived by a husband, 2 daughters, 2 step-sons, 5 sisters, 5 brothers and many friends to mourn their loss. One daughter preceded her to the spirit world.

Martin.--Sister Fannie Martin died on Sept. 1, 1910, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Amos Zimmerman, of Akron, Pa., from lung affections; aged 35 y. 6 m. 20 d. She was a daughter of Bro. Henry Martin, deceased, of Weaverland, and was a faithful member of the Weaverland church. Her mother, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters survive. Sister Fannie suffered much pain during her sickness but bore it all patiently. Her quiet unassuming Christian life endeared her to many and her funeral which was held in the Weaverland church on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4, was largely attended. Bro. John Sauder spoke in German and Bish. Weaver and Bro. I. B. Good in English. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
D. S. Wenger.

Johnson.--Jacob Wilmer, son of Bro. and Sister Elizabeth Johnson, died Aug. 13, 1910, of lock jaw caused by a splinter in his foot; aged 12 y. 5 m. 29 d. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, 2 sisters and grandparents, Pre. Jacob Stover and wife. The funeral was held on Thursday, Aug. 18, 1910. Interment took place at the Towamencin Mennonite burial ground near Kulpsville, Pa.

Kulp.--Samuel C., son of Bro. Elias and Sister Elizabeth Kulp of near Mainland, Pa., was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, Aug. 25, 1910. The cause of his death was convulsions. Funeral was held Sunday, Aug. 28, interment in the Towamencin Mennonite burial ground near Kulpsville, Pa. Bish. Warren G. Bean officiated.
Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called him home.
Grieve not, your darling is at rest,
Beyond the vale of gloom.

Lantz.--On Aug. 28, 1910, near Goshen, Ind., Elmer, son of William and Mahala Lantz, aged 1 y. 11 m. 14 d. All his days on earth were spent in more or less of suffering because of weakness of the spine. He is now resting where suffering is not known. He leaves father, mother, 4 brothers and one sister to mourn their loss but rejoice in his eternal gain. Services at the Forest Grove Church by D. J. Johns, assisted by D. D. Troyer and Silas Yoder.

Reed.--Mary Detweiler Blosser was born near North Lima, O., March 27, 1858; died Sept. 7, 1910; aged 52 y. 5 m. 10 d. In 1883 she was married to Elias W. Reed of Nappanee, Ind. To this union were born nine children of whom eight, also one grandchild, survive her. In the same year she and her parents began housekeeping near Nappanee, where they lived for three years. Then they moved to this community and in 1886 bought the farm a short distance west of East Lewistown. Here they lived happily until 1904, when sister Reed had the misfortune of losing her husband. After his death she continued to live on the home farm until 1908 when she bought her present home near North Lima.
Sister Reed, as well as her husband, had an early death, yet she knew the meaning of life. She had experienced the happiness of courtship, the responsibility of marriage, the meaning of motherhood, the hardship of widowhood, the weariness of incessant toil, the grief of burying husband and child, and the moral effort of submitting to death. Her life wa one of meek and humble service for her family and the happiness which she enjoyed was such as came from delight in her children and the consciousness of having performed her duty. She was a faithful wife and a good mother. She lived for her children and if it had not been for her little ones she would rather have been out of this world. The hardest struggle which she had to undergo was to give up her wish to live long enough to see all her children grow to maturity. But when she saw that death was probably certain she humbly submitted and entrusted the care of her small children to her oldest son, Allan, and hoped that he might have all the encouragement and sympathy necessary for successfully carrying out so great a responsibility.
The funeral services were very pathetic. Conducted by Bros. Allen Rickert and David Lehman.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 26 - September 29, 1910, page 415

Harnish.--Ida T., only daughter of Bro. John B. and Sister Annie Harnish, died at the home of her parents near Marticville, Pa., of brain fever; aged 5 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was a bright and loving child, beloved by all who knew her. Besides her parents she is survived by 2 brothers. Bro. and Sister Harnish have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. Funeral services were conducted at the Byerland Church by Abram B. Herr and Aaron B. Harnish, text Matt. 9:14.
However painful it may be
To know that she is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may meet
Her in that heavenly home.

Stauffer.--On Sept. 14, Aaron Stauffer, aged 7 years, died of infantile paralysis. He was a son of Bro. Barton and Sister Lena Stauffer. He was sick but a few days. Funeral on the 17; services by Bish. Benjamin Weaver and Pre. John Sauder, at Weaverland, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Espenshade.--Almeda Espenshade, in her 30th year, died at Murrel, Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid fever. She leaves her husband, Bro. William Espenshade, and 3 children to mourn their loss. Funeral on Sept. 14. Services by Bish. Benjamin Weaver and Pre. Walter Heisler, of the Evangelical Church, of which church she was a member. Interment at Voganville Union cemetery, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Shirk.--Bro. Monroe Shirk of Churchtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., died Sept. 4, of neuralgia of the heart, aged 30 years. He leaves a wife and 4 children. He was sick a few days only and upon his request and confession of faith he was baptized and received into church fellowship the evening before his death. Funeral on the 7, largely attended. Services by Bish. Benj. Weaver and Pre. W. S. Smith of the Lutheran Church. Interment at Center Lutheran Church in Lancaster Co., Pa.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath, Indiana

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