Herald of Truth Obituaries - July, 1875


Herald of Truth - Volume XII, Number 7 - July 1875 Page 111, 126, 127

In east Perkiomen, Montgomery Co., Pa., HENRY C. Son of Henry and Mary WISMER, aged 14 years, 7 months and 3 days. He was buried on the 10th at the new Mennonite meeting-house. He has passed away to return no more, and soon we shall follow our dear friend to a home beyond.

Farewell Father, Mother, dear,
I'm going to my home above;
Farewell brothers, Farewell sisters,
I'm going home, where all is love.

March 6th, in McLean Co., Ill., JOSEPH GINGRICH, aged 70 years and several months. Buried the 8th, in Imhoff's grave-yard, in the presence of many friends.

March 7th, in McLean Co., Ill., VALENTINE NAFFZIGER, aged 23 years, 4 months and 6 days. He leaves many friends to mourn his loss.

In Stephenson County, Ill., suddenly, on the 12th of March, Preacher MARTIN LAPP, aged 74 years, 1 months and 2 days. He was at work on the wood-place, when he fell over; after being discovered the doctor was sent for, but he died before the doctor arrived. He was a minister in the Mennonite church, and had for some years lived in Shelby Co., Mo. Buried may (sic) 14th, at the Mennonite meeting-house, in Stephenson Co.

April 1st, in Litiz, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. DAVID BECKER, aged 58 years, 1 month and 26 days.

"I'm glad that I was born to die,
From grief and woe my soul shall fly:
Bright angels shall convey me home,
Away to new Jerusalem."

April 9th, in McLean Co., Ill., JACOBINA CRISSMAN, aged, 23 years and 9 months. The funeral was attended by very many friends, brethren and sisters.

April 20th, in McLean Co., Ill., DANIEL MILLER, aged 20 years and 7 months. Buried the 22nd, in Miller's burying-ground. Many friends and relatives witnessed the interment of this young man.

May 2nd, near Litiz, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister MAGDALENA, wife of Bro. Abraham HUBER, aged 55 years and 25 days. Services by the brethren Christian Risser, John Landis, and Christian Bomberger, from Numbers 10:29.

May 2nd, near Sellersville, Bucks Co., Pa., ABRAHAM CLEMMER, aged 68 years. On the funeral occasion S. A. Zeigenfusz preached at the house, from Heb. 6:27; and A. Horning and John Allebach, at the meeting-house, from Rom. 8:38, 39.

May 8th, in Schwenksville, Pa., of Typhoid fever, LIZZIE wife of George SHOEMAKER, and daughter of A. P. Bertolett, aged 21 years, 10 months and 7 days. The 12th her remains were interred at Bertolette's burying-ground, on which occasion Moses Gottshall made appropriate remarks at the house, and N.B. Grubb at the church, from John 16:22. She had been a faithful wife and mother and an affectionate sister, but it pleased our kind Heavenly Father to remove her from this vale of tears and sorrow into the better world, leaving behind to mourn her early departure a large circle of friends as well as a year old daughter and a husband. "Gone but not forgotten."

May 9th, in Bucks Co., Pa., Sister MARY LANDIS, wife of Henry Z. Landis, aged 26 years, 4 months and 25 days. Impressive remarks were made on the funeral occasion, at the house, by Bro. Isaac Overholtzer, and at the meeting-house by John Allebach, from Isaiah 3:10,11.

May 9th, at the residence of his son, Jacob Wismer Jr., in Norristown, Montgomery Co., Pa., JACOB WISMER, SR., aged 79 years, 10 months and 30 days.

On the 16th day of May, in Putnam Co., O. Bro. JOHN HUBER, of a lingering disease, aged 53 years and 15 days. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn the loss of a kind father and husband. Three of his children died before him. Funeral services by C. B. Brenneman and C. Culp, from Prov. 14:32. Bro. Huber was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, and died with the full hope of entering into that rest, which is prepared for the people of God, expressing both a desire and a readiness to go home, also wishing to meet all his children there. His oldest son Jacob who resides in Missouri, came when the funeral sermon was about half over, the excitement of the afflicted family on his arrival, may be better imagined than described. He was in good time yet to see his father buried. May God comfort and bless the bereaved family.

"Dearest father thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

May 17th, in Kishacoquillas Valley, Pa., Bro. JOEL ZOOK, (potter) aged 67 years, 5 months and 9 days. He was highly esteemed as a generous friend, a helpful neighbor, and consistent Christian; and he will be very much missed in the family, in the neighborhood, and the church. He retired early on Sunday evening, May 16th, saying that he did not feel very well, and was found the next morning just as his spirit had taken its leave, as we hope, for the better world. There were no signs of suffering, or of a struggle. Disease of the heart is supposed to be the cause of his death.

May 20th, in Mahoning Co., O., of the infirmities of age, Bro. DAVID BLOSSER, aged 86 years, 2 months and 22 days. Services by Jacob Culp, and Joseph Bixler. He was a faithful member of the church, and seemed constantly to rejoice in the glorious cause of his blessed Redeemer.

May 24th, in Mahoning Co., O., of kidney complaint, JOHN B. METZLER, aged 29 years, 7 months and 29 days. Buried at Metzler's, on the 26th where services were held by Joseph Bixler and Jacob Culp. Soon after he was married, and less than two years ago, his consort was called from her earthly toils, leaving him and an infant child to weep for her; but soon, ah! soon his body was laid by her side in the silent tomb; but we may feel assured that his spirit has gone to mingle in endless joy with all the happy ones gone before. Several hours prior to his death he offered up an earnest prayer in behalf of his brothers, sisters, and friends, who were standing around his dying bed; when asked whether he would rather get well than die, or whether he is afraid of death, he always said, no. He patiently bore his many afflictions. He leaves an orphan child. He was an occasional contributor to the Herald. Peace to his ashes.

On the 25th of May, in Dauphin Co., Pa., of Typhoid fever, AMANDA, only daughter of Rev. John, and Maria STAUFFER, aged 21 years, 2 months and 20 days. She suffered considerably, but by the grace of God, during the last stages of her life was led to seek her Redeemer, and left us the evidence of having found Jesus, and was willing and ready to die. Funeral services by preachers Shopp and Nissly, from Job 14:1,2.

May 27th, near Zeiglerville, Pa., HENRY, son of Henry and Caroline KNERR aged 4 months, 23 days. Buried at Keely's church, where N.B. Grubb spoke from the words of Matthew 6:19-21.

Our loved one, sweet and patient child,
In all thy grief and pain,
That little heart so cold and still,
Will never throb again.

We miss thee darling, oh how much,
Our God alone can tell;
He took three from our loving arms,
"He doeth all things well."

May 26th, of consumption, HENRY LEHMAN, aged 31 years, 2 months and 24 days. In the spring he moved from Knox Co., Ill., to Iowa. A bereaved wife and two children are left to mourn their loss.

May 27th, in Dekalb Co., Ind., of congestion of the brain, WILLIE, Son of J. and M. MIERS, aged 9 months and 27 days. Funeral sermon by James Barten, James Coyle and others.

Once we had a fragrant blossom,
Full of sweetness, full of love;
But the angel came and plucked it,
For the glorious realms above.

June 9th, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., of Apoplexy, FANNY SHIRK, wife of Christian Shirk, aged 44 years, 2 months and 3 days. On the 8th, she fell and never received consciousness afterwards, and died the next day. Her remains were deposited in Shaum's Burying-ground the 10th, attended by a large concourse of relatives and acquaintances, on which occasion appropriate remarks were made by Jacob A. Beutler, and John Metzler, from the words, "Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Matt. 24:44.

June 11th, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., my GRANDMOTHER______ aged 68 years, 10 months and 1 day. She was a faithful member of the church for many years. Her faith in Jesus gave her a desire to depart and be with him. Services were held on the funeral occasion by John Landis and Christian Herr, from Rev. 7: 16, 17.

Farewell, Grandmother, god has called thee
Home to dwell with Christ above;
Where no pain nor sickness enter,
And where all is joy and love.
LIZZIE MILLER

On the 16th, of June, in Elkhart, of measles, LIBBIE, daughter of Widow (of?) John DEMING, aged about five years. The little girl had been rather a sickly child, and after her father's death about fifteen months ago, she talked a great deal about dying and with perfect composure she desired that after her death they should get the same hearse that bore her father's body to the last resting place, and lay her beside him in her grave. She has gone to the Savior's bosom, to rest with the lambs of his flock.

May 30th, at Arcadia, Hamilton Co., Ind., MARY KAUFFMAN, wife of Christian Kauffman, aged 82 years, and 6 months. Funeral remarks by Elias Caylor, from John 5:28, 29.

June 5th in Branch Co., Mich., SARAH ANN BEERY, wife of Geo. Beery, aged 27 years, and 19 days. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn their loss. Buried at Pleasant Hill Grave-yard. A few days previous to her death, she felt the need of a Savior, and desired a minister to visit her. She was received as a sister in the visible church, and we hope she is now in the church triumphant, where trials and sorrows are not known. Services on the funeral occasion were held by C. D. Beery, and Peter Long.

June 6th, in Locke, Elkhart Co., Ind., JOHN A., son of John A., and Esther WALTER, aged 1 year, 4 months and 16 days. Services by H. Shaum, J.F. Funk, and J. M. Culbertson, from 1 Chron. 29:25.

June 18th, near Mt. Clinton, Rockingham Co., Va., Bro. GABRIEL HEATWOLE, at the advanced age of 85 years, 7 months and 22 days. Buried in Weaver's burying-ground, where appropriate remarks were made by Jacob Driver, and Abm. Shenk, form the 23rd Psalm. Bro. Heatwole was a faithful member of the church, and a good friend to the poor. He leaves eight children, seventy-four grandchildren, and eight-five great-grandchildren to mourn their loss.

Feb. 16th, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of nerve and Kidney disease after intense suffering for over one year, ______, WIFE OF JOHN BEAR, SR., aged 62 years, 10 months and 2 days. Funeral services were conducted by John McNelly in English from Rom. 3:23, 24, and by Joseph Hege in German, from the words, "I know that my Redeemer liveth."

February 27th, near Montevello, Vernon C o., Mo., of Lung fever, FRANKIE, infant son of C. M. and Rebecca YODER, aged 1 year, 3 months and 10 days. The dear little bad (sic) that was just beginning to burst forth in loveliness, too lovely to bloom on earth, has been transplanted to the paradise above, there to bloom in eternal beauty, no more to droop and die.

June 9th, in East Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., after a short illness, BENJAMIN EBERSOLE, aged 68 years, 1 month and 26 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Rom. 6:23. A large concourse of relatives, friends and neighbors paid him the last tribute of respect.

June 11th, in Spring Garden, Lancaster Co., Pa., SOPHIA SUMPMAN, aged 69 years, 10 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28.

June 12th, near Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., after long suffering of Cancer, Bro. DAVID LANDIS, aged 66 years, 7 months and 13 days. Funeral the 15th. Text, Psalm 34:19.

June 13th near Mount Hope, Lancaster Co., Pa., MOSES OBER, aged 75 years and 8 months. Funeral the 16th. Text, 2 Cor. 5:10.

June 15th, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., HENRY RUHL, aged 45 years 7 months. Funeral the 18th. Text, John 5:25.

June 24th, near Marietta, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister MAGDELENA SHENK, wife of Pre. Henry Shenk aged 58 years and 2 months. Sister Shenk was consumptive. She was able to go from home when fair weather. The last few days she sank rapidly, she died trusting in Jesus. May God comfort Bro. Shenk in his bereavement. Peace to her ashes.

June 25th, in Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., WALTON K. son of E. S. BALMERO, aged 1 year, 6 months and 7 days. Funeral the 27th, Text, Phil. 1:21.

April 14th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., BENJAMIN DELLINGER, aged 46 years, 3 months and 18 days. He leaves a wife and a large circle of friends to mourn his death.

April 17th, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister BARBARA SWARR, widow, aged 84 years, 4 months and 28 days. Sister Swarr led a pious life. She was of a quiet disposition, and humble mind. May others imitate her. Peace to her ashes. Funeral April 20th, Text, Rev. 14: 12,13.

April 18th, near Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. ABRAHAM FUNK, aged 50 years and 22 days. Bro. Funk leaves a wife and one son to mourn his death. Funeral the 21st, Text, Heb. 9:27, 28.

April 24th, near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., CHARLOTTE, daughter of Henry and Catharine SHELLY, aged 4 years, 2 months and 8 days. Funeral the 26th, Text, Acts 10:42, 43. This dear little girl and her little brother set fire to corn stubble, her clothes caught fire burning her so severely that she died after 17 hours suffering. The bereft and deeply afflicted parents have the deepest sympathy of their friends and neighbors. May God comfort them.

May 15th, in Pennville, Lancaster Co., Pa., SAML. L. SHIRK, aged 72 years, 8 months and 26 days. Funeral the 18th. Buried at Landis Valley Meeting House.

May 29th, at Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister widow ANNA HERSHEY, aged 77 years, 3 months and 16 days. Sister Hershey was a consistent member of our church; she was acquainted with affliction. She suffered much the last few months of her life.

March 26th, in Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., IRWIN M. ESHLEMAN, aged 8 months and 26 days.

March 29th, near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., AMOS K. PHILLIPS, infant son of John M. and Maria Phillips, aged 1 year, 1 month and 4 days. Text, Gal. 3:26. The death of little children should cause parents to lead a Godly life.

April 1st, near Mastersonville, Lancaster Co., Pa., ANNA MARY WEVER, aged 5 months and 1 day. Funeral on Sunday, April 4th, Text, Rom 8:12-17. When little children die, we can hope and believe that they are forever happy.

April 7th, near Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister ADALINE K. NEWCOMER, wife of C. H. Newcomer, aged 33 years, 2 months and 9 days. Funeral on Saturday the 10th. Text, Psalm 34:17-19. Sister Newcomer lingered several years with Consumption. She dedicated herself to God a short time before her death, she felt a desire to die; she trusted in God. Peace to her ashes!

April 11th, in Brunersille, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. JOSEPH BRUBACHER, Sen., aged 89 years, 6 months and 18 days. Funeral took place on the 14th. Text, Psalm 39:4-7. Bro. Brubacher was a consistent member of our church. The evening of his life was wholly devoted to the worship of God. He lived to see his descendants to the fourth generation. Peace to his ashes.

April 12th, in Lancaster City, Lancaster Co., Pa., ALBERT BRIDEN, aged 13 years, 1 month and 22 days. This boy was killed by falling off from the cars, the cars passing over him and cut his body in twain. A sad and solemn call.

June 7th, near Centerville, Cumberland Co., Pa., of Dropsy, Bro. SAMUEL COCKLEY, in the 90th year of his life. Buried the 10th, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives.

June 9th, in Juniata Co., Pa., Sister JEMIMA J. GINGERICH, wife of Henry Gingerich, aged 42 years. She was sick only about six hours. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband and seven children to mourn their loss. Discourses by the brethren, Samuel Winey, John Snyder, and Thomas Graybill, from Gen. 35:16-20.

June 16th, in Juniata Co., Pa., of the infirmities of age, CONRAD ZELMER, at the advanced age of 90 years, 2 months and 8 days. Buried the 18th at Pine Grove, on which occasion remarks were made by William Graybill, from Rev. 20:6.

June 26th, in Hatfield Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of age, Bish. JACOB CULP, in the 76th year of his age. He had been married 45 years, and was the father of two daughters and five sons, three of whom were called away before him. He was a preacher in the Mennonite church 37 years; he filled his position faithfully, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to the needy. During the excitement occasioned by the breaking out of the late war, when demands were made which the non-resistant could not comply with, he hastened, with several of his brethren, to Harrisburg, and his earnest pleading and humble deportment added a great deal to the accomplishment of his purpose. On the 29th, his remains were buried in the Plains Mennonite burying-ground, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives, upon which occasion Bro. John Hunsberger preached at the house, and Bros., Isaac Moyer, and Samuel Godshalk at the meeting-house, from Heb. 13:7. "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God; whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation."

Transcribed by Donna Schrock Birkey, Illinois


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