Herald of Truth - Volume XI, Number 10 - October 1874 - Page 175
Died, on the 6th of September, in Holmes county Ohio, of Sciatic
Rheumatism, Sister CATHARINE, wife of George MUMAW,
aged 48 years and 2 days. Her mortal remains were committed to
their final resting place on the 7th, in the presence of a large
concourse of friends and relatives who had assembled to pay her
the last tribute of love. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband,
with whom she lived in peace for a period of thirty-one years,
seven children, four grand children, three sisters and four brothers
to mourn their loss. Services by Henry Beery and Henry Kilmer
in German, and the writer in English, from 2nd Timothy, 4:6-8.
Sister Mumaw was afflicted for about three years, and toward the latter part of this time she was totally deprived of the use of her legs, and had to content herself in reclining on a rocking-chair, or upon her bed. She had continual pains - sometimes hardly to be endured, yet she was always cheerful and pleasant, and bore her afflictions with much patience and Christian resignation. It seemed that no physician could restore her; none but the Great Physician, who we have great reason to believe has restored her to that healthful clime in a state of bliss and eternal joy and happiness, in the heavenly mansion, in the presence of an innumerable company of angels; among those who came out of "great tribulation, and washed their robes in the blood of the lamb, among those who hunger and thirst no more, for the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water, pure as Crystal, and shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
The father and children may well comfort themselves with the hymn:
"Farewell mother, God has called thee
Home to dwell with Christ above;
Where no pain nor sickness enter,
And where all is joy and love.
Here thy form was bent and feeble,
Sore disease had bent thee down;
But through grace and faith in Jesus,
Thou shalt wear the golden crown." which the departed
mother selected during her stay at the Mansfield Water Cure, and
handed it to one of her daughter, exclaiming, "Preserve this
hymn: you may want it as a token of me." She was for many
years a member of the Mennonite Church, and was faithful in the
discharge of Christian duties: was a bright and shining light
in the church, beloved and respected, a kind and affectionate
wife, mother and neighbor; and by her Christian course, walk and
conversation, became endeared to the hearts of a large circle
of acquaintances among whom she lived.
Her greatest solicitude was for her children. A few days before her death she called them all to her bed side, extending her pale and feeble hands, embracing each in her arms and bidding them the last farewell: earnestly exhorting them to consecrate themselves to God and his service, associate with humble and good people, and so live and labor that they could all meet her in heaven where there is no parting. It is hoped that her motherly admonitions will not be forgotten.
The neighborhood and the church deeply deplore their loss. She is greatly missed by all, but especially by the bereaved father and children, and will only be comforted by the thought that their loss is her eternal gain - by the thought that she has fought the good fight, finished her course and kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge will give her, and not only to her, but to all them that obey his gospel, and love his appearing.
July 23rd, near Richfield, Snyder Co., Pa., of the infirmities of age, Bro. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, aged 79 years, 8 months and 28 days. Bro. Zimmerman was a deacon in the church about fifty years. Appropriate remarks were made on the funeral occasion by Bros. Samuel Winey, D. Thomas and Jacob Graybill, from Job 16:22.
Aug. 10th, near Mexico, Juniata Co., Pa., SUSANNA WEAVER, only child of Samuel and Catharine Auker, aged 18 years, 5 months and 17 days. She leaves a husband and one child to mourn their irreparable loss. May the Lord sanctify their afflictions as a means of bringing them nearer to the Savior. Services by Bishop Jacob and William Graybill, from Acts 11:15.
Aug. 14th, in Rapho, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. JOHN NISSLEY, in the 55th year of his age. Sermon by the brethren, Henry and John Landis and Jacob N. Burbaker.
Aug. 16th, in the Richfield congregation, Snyder, co., Pa., Sister MARY LANDIS, aged 79 years, 2 months and 16 days. She retired in the evening in good health, and in the morning she was found dead. Sister Landis has been a worthy member of the church, and we have reason to rejoice in the thought that she has gone to await the crown of glory that is in reserve for the faithful. Discourse by Samuel Winey, D. Thomas and Jacob Graybill.
Aug. 17th, in Snyder Co., Pa., PETER AUKER, aged 76 years, 3 months and 5 days. He leaves a widow and a large family to mourn their loss. He was a faithful brother, and we believe he is now safe within the folds of Jesus. Discourse by Christian Graybill and Bishop Winey, from Isa. 60:20.
Aug. 24th, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., CORA AMANDA,
daughter of Henry and Frances Leaman, aged 6 months
and 19 days. Funeral services by Samuel Wenger and John Landis,
from Job 1:21.
Alas how changed that lovely flower
Which bloomed and cheered my heart!
Fair, fleeting comfort of an hour,
How soon we're called to part.
Aug. 27th, in Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., of congestion
of the brain, ANNA ELIZABETH, daughter of Bro. Henry T.
and Sister Anna S. ANDREWS, aged 2 years, 5 months and
23 days. The little one was sick but two days when Jesus called
her home to adorn his mansions. Many persons attended the burial
to sympathize with the bereaved parents, on which occasion impressive
remarks were made by Benjamin and Amos Herr, from Psalms 4:13,
I take these little lambs, said he,
And hold them in my breast;
Protection they shall find in me,
And be forever blest.
Aug. 29th, in Elkhart, Elkhart co., Ind., of congestion of the lungs, GEORGE DEMMING, aged 56 years. Buried at Plain's Burying Ground. Services by J. F. Funk. He leaves a widow and five children.
Aug. 30th, in Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Ind., of chronic diarrhea, JOHN FRIESEN, aged 24 years, 2 months and 8 days. Buried at Shaum's burying-ground. Funeral services by the brethren C. Christophel, H. Shaum and J. F. Funk, from the words, "We have no continuing city here." He came from Russia recently with Jacob Wiebe's church, and remained in Elkhart when the party left, on account of his sickness which terminated in death. He was a sincere and devoted Christian, and gave evidence of a sure hope in Christ. He leaves a wife and one child and his aged parents to mourn their loss.
Sept. 2nd, in Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Ind., of hooping-cough and spasms, SYLVA LORENE, daughter of Geo. B. and Mary C. HOLDEMAN, aged 2 years, 2 months and 8 days. Buried at Shaum's. Services by H. Shaum and J. F. Funk, from the words, "It is well with the child." The sweet little flower gently drooped its head and passed away, to return no more forever: but we hope to meet her again where no tear shall ever dim the eye nor sorrow cloud the heart.
Sept. 3rd, in Lancaster Co., Pa., after a short illness, with lung fever, CHRISTIAN F. ANDREWS, aged 30 years, 4 months and 24 days. On the 23rd of Aug. he and his family went to visit some friends, but before evening he became very sick and was taken home, and in a few days his spirit fled to its Maker. He leaves a father, mother, wife, sister and brother, to mourn his departure. In the midst of life we are in death. Services by J. Landis and Chr. Herr, from Luke 21:, last clause of 28th verse.
Sept. 13th, in East Donegal, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. MICHAEL HOSTETLER, aged 80 years, 9 mos. and 13 days. Services by P. Nissley, H. Shenk and J. N. Brubaker.
Sept. 27th, in Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Ind., of Typhoid fever, ELIZABETH DEMMING, aged 50 years, 6 months, and 20 days. Buried at the Plain's Burying-ground. Services by J. F. Funk.
Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana