Herald of Truth Obituaries - May, 1882

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Herald of Truth - Volume XIX, Number 9 - May 1, 1882 - page 141, 142


DEATH FROM COAL GAS

On Saturday night, March 25th, in Foutz Valley, Perry Co., Pa., Sister Mary Fauver died, aged 80 years, 1 month and 23 days. She was buried in the family grave-yard. Many friends and relatives met to pay their last respects to their aged deceased friend. Funeral services were held by Jacob Graybill, William, Graybill, and thomas Graybill.

Sister Fauver was the widow of Frederick Fauver, who died suddenly about four years ago, while leaning over a garner in his granery measuring wheat. At the time of her death her daughter, the widow of John E. Graybill, was living with her. Her death was caused by unconsciously inhaling coal gas which escaped from a communicating heater in her sleeping apartment. The mother and daughter slept in the same room, the daughter lying on a lounge taking care of her mother, who has been confined to her bed most of the time from bodily weakness. In the night the daughter awoke in a stupified condition. A lighted keroscne (sic) lamp exploded, and set fire to the table-cloth, the carpet and some clothes hanging over it. The fire went out of its own accord, it is supposed, from the closeness of the room and the presence of the gas. Another family lived in another part of the house, and when they failed to see the other occupants up as usual the next morning they were led to examine into the cause.

On opening the bedroom they found the mother dead and the daughter lying unconscious and almost lifeless. Through the efforts of the family she was brought to consciousness, and is getting well. Sister Fauver was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years, and was loved by all who knew her.

LESHER.- March 23rd, in Guilford township, Franklin county, Pa., Catharine Lesher, aged 78 years and 25 days. The funeral services were held by Bro. Adam Baer in English, and Bro. Peter Wadle in German. She was the widow of the late Michael Lesher. About three months before her death she fell and broke her hip bone. She was constantly confined to her bed till relieved by death. She died unexpectedly, being found dead by the person who went to give her medicine. She was a shining light in the community where she so long dwelt. She gave her heart to God many years ago, and united with the Mennonite church; and through her long life she exhibited those traits of character that are found only in the faithful followers of Jesus.

MUMMA.- March 16th, near Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., Pa., Katie, daughter of Martin and ________ Mumma, aged 19 days. Buried in Eberlys grave yard.

GOOD.- April 5th, near Goods meeting-house, Lancaster Co., Pa., our aged brother Joseph Good.

AUKER.- April 1st, in Foutz Valley, Perry Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Catharine Auker, aged 66 years, 1 month and 25 days. Sister Auker was unwell for many years, and not able to attend church. She was the mother of Preacher William Auker. Appropriate services by Jacob and William Graybill from Rev. 21:6, 7.

WINGARD.- March 29th, in Richland township, Cambria county, Pa., Maria Wingard, aged 82 years and 2 months. For many years she suffered from spells of severe sickness. She had one of these on the morning of her death. As she spoke frequently of her sister, living seven miles distant, she was sent for. She exchanged a few words with her sister and died half an hour after her arrival. She desired to depart, and had made her peace with God. Years ago she had prepared her burial clothers. Her husband died 18 months before her. She leaves a numerous family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services by Moses Miller and John Hershberger, from John 5: 24-30.

ALDINGER.- Near Brillhart, Pa., on the 6th of April, Frederic Aldinger, aged 83 years, 7 months and 23 days.

FREED.- April 5th, in Augusta Co., Va., of dropsy, Barbara Freed, aged about 62 years. She was buried on the 7th (Good Friday). Sister Freed was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years, and leaves a deeply bereaved husband and two children to mourn her departure. She seemed fully resigned to the will of God. Funeral services by Jos. N. Driver, from 2 Timothy 4:5-8.

KURTZ.- April 8th, near Nappanee, Ind., Mary Jane Kurtz, aged 24 years, 5 months and 13 days. She leaves a husband and infant child. She was a faithful member of the Dunkard church, and died in the the hope of eternal life. Funeral services by Daniel Wysong and Jonathan Smucker.

MOLBASH.- On the 13th of April, in Elkhart county, Ind., of a lingering disease, Bro. John Adam Molbash, aged 82 years, 5 months and 13 days. He was the father of 11 children, 29 grand children, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was buried on the 15th. Funeral services by J. F. Funk and Jacob Beutler, from the text selected by himself, 1 Tim. 4:6-8. He was deeply interested in his salvation. Some little time ago he was reinstated into the church and during the last three or four days of his life he was constantly engaged in prayer and in repeating passages of the word of God, and verses of hymns, as they occurred to his mind, until his speech failed him. He also twice called his children to him, and admonished them, and prayed for them very earnestly. Thus he passed away, as we trust to his eternal rest. And may we all remember his earnest devotion and his prayerful spirit, and be encouraged thereby to live near to God and enjoy the blessings of his precious promises. He leaves a deeply sorrowing companion and six children to mourn their loss. May our heavenly Father comfort the sister and children in their deep affliction.

HAMAKER.- March 19rh, near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Daniel L., son of David and ______Hamaker, aged 1 year, 8 months and 28 days. Funeral on the 22nd. Text, Mark 10:15. Buried at Petersburg Meeting-house.

ROHRER.- March 20th, in Mechanicsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Nancy Rohrer, aged 64 years, 3 months and 10 days. Funeral on the 23rd. Text, John 11: 25, 26. Buried at Petersburg Meeting-house.

BRUBAKER.- April 15th, at the house of her son-in-law, John G. Longenacre, Jackson Co., Kansas of consumption, Anna Brubaker, aged 50 years. Deceased was born in Lancaster Co., Pa. The funeral was largely attended. Services by P. Jones. Text, Rev, 14:13.

GNAGY.- April 10th, 1832, on the Haw Patch, Noble county, Ind., Alcesta, daughter of David and Caroline Gnagy, aged 14 years, 5 months and 14 days. She was buried on the 12th, at the Amish Mennonite burying ground. Services were conducted by Isaac Smucker and J. S. Hartzler in German, and Rev. Goodrich in English. Text, Rom. 14:8. She was sick about two weeks of malarial fever and other diseases. It was heart rending for her parents and neighbors and especially her schoolmates, to give up one so much beloved and admired for her more than ordinary talents, and mild, loving disposition; one in whom we hoped to see a useful member of society in the future. She was taken from our midst in the dawn of her usefulness; but thank the Lord we mourn not without a hope for her future salvation. We hope that God has a better home for her than earth, at best, can afford.

CULP.- On the 15th of April, near Nappanee, in Elkhart county, Ind., Dilman. infant son of Eli and ____ Culp, aged 7 days. Buried on the 16th at South Union. Services by H. Shaum and P. Lehman from Matt. 18:1-4.

MILLER.- April 7th, near Wayland, Henry Co., Iowa, of measles and bronchitis, Elmer, son of S. F. and Leah Miller, aged one year, 2 months and 16 days. Funeral services by Sebastian Gerig and G. V. Gunden, from Mark 10:13-17.

WENGER.- April 9th, in Wayland, Henry Co., Iowa, in the house of his son-in-law, of the infirmities of age, Christian Wenger, aged 82 years and 6 months. He was on a visit to his children, and was not able to return to his home. He was buried on the 11th in Joseph Sommers burying ground. Funeral services by S. T. Miller and Sebastian Gerig, from 1 Cor. 5. His wife died 10 years ago. Brother Wenger was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for 68 years. He came from Basle,(sic) Switzerland, to Canada in the year 1835, where he lived 17 years. From there he went to Iowa, and lived 30 years one half mile from where the body now rests. He furnished the evidence to all that he with Paul has fought the good fight and finished his course, and that there is crown of righteousness laid up for him.

KRATZ.- In Franconia township, Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, Jacob C. Kratz, aged 35 years, 4 months and 24 days. On the following Saurday he was buried in the presence of a large congregation, at Franconia meeting-house. At the house Bro. Clemens, and at the burying place Bro. Abraham Moyer held appropriate services. He left four sons and a sorrowing widow to mourn his departure.


Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

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SLONEKER.- April 19th, 1882, Oliver G., son of J. A. Sloneker, of Collinsville, O., aged 3 years, 6 months and 23 days. His affliction first manifested itself in Oct. last with severe pain in his head. After administering medicine the pain was relieved. About December 15th he again complained, and shortly afterwards became blind and his left side paralyzed. About Jan. 10th he went into a semi-comatose sleep and remained so for 12 days without taking any nutrition except water; after which time he was in apparent good health until he died. A few hours before he died his father said to him, "Kiss me, Ollie." After kissing him, he lisped in his childish way, "Goo by" (good-by), after which he was in spasms until he died. The perspiration from his head was astonishing. He bore his affliction with great patience. He often folded his little hands, clasping his left, paralyzed hand with his right, and repeated his prayer taught him by his mother. Funeral services were held at the house in English by Preacher Finley from Matt. 19:14, and at the burying place at Trenton, O., by Preacher P. Schmidt in German from Rev. 7: 9, 13, 14. A very affecting and appropriate hymn was sung, beginning,

"We ist denn hin mein leiden?"

An autopsy was made by the doctors, which revealed a tuberculosis in the right side of the brain.

FREED.- April 25th, in Steuben Co., Ind., of consumption, Brother Anthony Freed, aged 51 years, 11 months and 8 days. He leaves a bereaved widow and eleven children to mourn his departure. Bro. Freed was an affectionate husband, a kind father, a good neighbor, and an earnest Christian. During his last illness he frequently remarked that he was ready to depart. He was buried on the 26th. Funeral services by James Coyle and Eli Stofer.

STAUFFER.- April 15th, in Washington county, Maryland, Abraham Stauffer, aged 69 years, 10 months and 15 days. He was buried on the 17th in the Stauffer burying ground. Services by Jacob Oberholzer and Josiah Brewer. Text Amos 4:12: "Prepare to meet thy God." One week before his death he saw the necessity of making preparation to meet his God; so he sought his Savior and was baptized and received into the Mennonite church.

BROWN.- April 26th, in Elkhart county, Ind., of brain fever, two and a half weeks sickness, Salome Catharine Brown, aged 12 years, 9 months and 17 days. Funeral services by M. Sherk, Amos Bechtel and C. Christophel, from Amos 4:12.

KOHLI.- May 4th, in Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Katy Ann, daughter of Josiah and Margaret Kohli, aged 3 months. Funeral services by Henry Shaum and J. A. Beutler.

NAFZIGER.- March 28th, in Fulton county, Ohio, of sinking fever, John, son of Jacob and Barbara Nafziger, aged 3 years, 11 months and 13 days. Funeral services by Jephtha Weisz, Nicholas Koenig, and Christian Freienburg.

BURKHOLDER.- April 29th, of consumption, near New Erection, Rockingham Co., Va., Sister Susanna Burkholder, wife of Abraham Burkholder, maiden name Simmers, aged 76 years, 10 months and 14 days. She was confined to her bed for three years, during which time she often wished her Savior would take her home to rest. We have a hope that she has now reached that wished for place. Children prepare to meet your mother. Buried May 1st, at Weavers church. Services by D. H. Landes, Daniel Heatwole and G. D. Heatwole from Matt. 24:42-44.

RESSLER.- Febr. 5th, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Rudolph Ressler, aged 56 years, 10 months and 24 days. Service by Amos Herr.

HUBER.- Febr. 26th, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jacob Huber, aged 78 years, 6 months and 26 days. Services by Amos Herr.

HUBER.- April 6th, in Lancaster Co., Pa. Henry S. Huber, aged 66 years, 3 months and 22 days. Services by Amos Herr. So many persons had gathered on this occasion that a large portion of them could not get into the meeting-house at New Providence where the three foregoing funeral services were held.

GABEL.- April 22nd, in Gabelsville, Berks Co., Pa., Sister Emma, wife of Daniel Gabel, and daughter of Jacob B. Bechtel, aged 28 years, 5 months and 20 days. Buried in Boyerstown Menn. burying-ground. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer and Jacob B. Mensch.

KRATZ.- April 4th, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Jacob Kratz, aged 35 years, 4 months and 27 days. He was buried at Franconia. Services by Josiah Clemmer at the house, A. Moyer and H. Nice at the meetinghouse.

FELLMAN.- April 8th, at Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., Preston Fellman, aged 1 year, 1 month and 26 days.

SWARTLANDER.- April 27th, at Rockhill, Montgomery Co., Pa., Sarah Swartzlander, aged 78 years, 8 months and 2 days. Services at the house of John Gross, and at the meeting-house by Josiah Clemmer.

HARSHBERGER.- On the 21st of April in Somerset Co., Pa., of dropsy, Sister Sarah Harshberger, aged 34 years, 7 months and 2 days. Sister Harshberger was troubled with phthisic(sic) from childhood, and was much of the time confined to the house. She seldom had the privilege of attending church on account of her condition and the distance she lived from the church of her faith. Years ago she gave her heart to God and united with the Mennonite Church. Several months ago she desired to remember by the bread and wine the sufferings of our Lord. She was buried in the family graveyard. Services by Samuel Blough from Isaiah 38:1.

LUGIBUHL.- April 21st, near Bluffton, Allen Co., O., very suddenly, Brother John Lugibuhl, aged 74 years, 4 months and 11 days. On Sunday, the 23rd, he was buried in the presence of a large congregation, on which occasion services were held by Jos. Moser and Benjamin Diller from John 11:25, 26.

SHANK.- April 26th, in Allen Co., O., of consumption, Sarah A., widow of Samuel Shank, decd, aged 44 years, 3 months and 5 days. She leaves four children to mourn her departure. She has left to them and all her friends the evidence that she has gone to that better land to be forever with Jesus.

HARSHBERGER.- April 24th, in German Township, Marshall Co., Ind., of cancer of the stomach, Preacher Simon Harshberger, aged 45 years, 2 months and 16 days. He was married 22 years and 8 months, and was the father of seven sons and seven daughters. At his death he left a deeply sorrowing companion and twelve children; yet they sorrow not without hope. Shortly before his death he earnestly instructed his children to be obedient to their mother, and faithfully to serve their God. He expressed a desire if it were Gods will to remain with his family and assist in bringing them up and pointing them to the Lord. He said he had a hope that he was at peace with God. Brother Harshberger labored in the ministry twelve years, and was a willing servant and prepared whenever a request was made for his services. On the 25th he was buried at Burkholders school-house. Funeral services were held by Moses Burkholder and John C. Schlabach from John 5:24-19, and 1 Cor. 4:1,2. We hope our loss is his eternal gain. He suffered much, but bore it all with Christian patience.

EBY.- May 1st, at Berlin, Ontario, of consumption, Lydia, daughter of Henry Eby, aged 29 years, 7 months and 22 days. Buried at Christian Ebys burying-ground.

BRAND.- April 28th, near Annville, Lebanon Co., Pa., Bro. Jacob C. Brand, aged 79 years, 10 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 2nd of May. Text, Matt. 24:44. Buried near Bachmansville, Lebanon Co., Pa.

KRABILL.- April 30th, in Donegal, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Susanna Krabill, aged 64 years, 9 months and 21 days. Funeral on the 3rd of May. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1. Buried at Krabills meeting-house. A bereaved husband and children and many friends followed the remains to her resting place.

MUMMA.- May 2nd, in Donegal, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Jonas Mumma, aged 81 years, 3 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 5th. Text, Phil. 1:21. Buried at Krabills meeting-house.

BURKHOLDER.- March 23rd, near Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill., Bro. Daniel Burkholder, aged 49 years, 5 months and 28 days. He was a beloved brother in the Mennonite church. Funeral services by Henry Nice in German, and E. M. Shellenberger in English.

WEBER.- On the 22nd of February, Waterloo township, Waterloo county, Ontario, of diptheia, Leah, daughter of Preacher C. Kurtz, decd , aged 15 years and 27 days. Buried at Christian Ebys burying ground.

LITTWILLER.- Feb. 25th, in Wilmot township, Waterloo county, Ontario, widow of Bishop Peter Littwiller, decd, aged 73 years and 4 months.

SCHNEIDER.- March 7th, in Waterloo county, Ontario, of sore throat and croup, Susanna, daughter of Joseph and Veronica Schneider, aged 2 years and 6 months. Buried at Martins grave-yard.

BRUBACHER.- March 18th, in Waterloo county, Ontario, of typhoid fever. Isaac Brubacher, aged 22 years and 10 months. Buried at Christian Ebys burying-ground.

SHANTZ.- March 19th, in Waterloo township, Waterloo county, Ontario, of old age, Bro. Joseph Shantz, aged 86 years, 8 months and 25 days. Buried at Martins grave-yard.

GOOD.- April 27th, in Woolrich township, Waterloo county, Ontario, of long continued weakness, and at last, as the physician supposed, paralysis, Sister Anna Good, aged nearly 28 years. Buried at Martins grave-yard.

WENGER.- April 15th, on Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Edith May, only child of Amos and _____ Wenger, aged 1 year, 10 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 17th. Text, Acts 17:30, 31. Buried in Sporting Hill graveyard.

METZLER.- April 21st, on Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., John Metzler (merchant), aged 86 years, 7 months and 24 days. Funeral on the 25th. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28. Buried on Sporting Hill grave-yard.

HERSHEY.- April 25th, in Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., Olivia Kate, only daughter of Chr. and Susan Hershey, aged 18 years, 3 months and 28 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Matt. 25:13. Buried at Erbs Meeting-house. A solemn call to the young people.

STAUFFER.- April 27th, near Schenks mill, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Susan Stauffer, wife of Bro. Henry Stauffer, aged 77 years, 1 month and 23 days. Funeral on the 30th. Text, Psalm 34:18-20. Buried in the family graveyard.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


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