Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1886

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXIII, Number 11, June 1, 1886, page 173

KAUFFMAN ­ On the 3d of May, in Clinton township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of long continued affliction. Esther, wife of Andrew Kauffman (maiden name Funk) aged 70 years, 1 month and 6 days. The burial took place at Clinton, where funeral services were held by Peter Y. Lehman and J. S. Coffman. The deceased was born and brought up in Lancaster county, Pa., and with her husband emigrated to Indiana years ago, where they brought up a large family of children. She was a highly respected and useful member of the society where she lived, and a faithful sister in the Church.

BRUBACHER ­ On the 3d of May, in Woolwich Twp., Waterloo county, Ont., Abm. Brubacher, aged 71 years and 17 days. He was buried on the 6th. He was member of the Mennonite Church.

LANDIS ­ On the 12th of May, near Ephrata, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Magdalene, wife of Bro. Elam Landis, and daughter of Joseph and Magdalene Martin, aged 35 years, 8 months and 25 days. Just in the midst of her usefulness, she left this world, leaving six small children, one an infant five weeks old; but the Lord's ways are not our ways, and we believe the sister has gone to rest. She was buried at the Reading Road Meeting-house, where services were held by Christian Bomberger and Isaac Eby from Luke 12:40.

Farewell, my loving husband dear,
Thou darling of my heart;
I loved thee more than tongue can tell,
And yet I must depart.

My tender parents, kind and dear,
I bid farewell to you,
Though nature feels and I can find
'Tis hard to say, Adieu.

My little children, kind and dear,
To you I say farewell,
I was upon a visit here
And now I must return.

SCHMIDT ­ On the 12th of May, in Putnam county, Ohio, of inflammatory rheumatism, Lydia Ellen, daughter of Bro. George and Nancy Schmidt, aged 13 years, 8 months and 26* days. She was buried on the 14th at the Union Church, in the presence of many who mourn over her early departure. Services were held by H. H. Good from Eccl. 12:1. She had made application to unite with the Church, but before baptism was administered, she told her mother that she had suffered long and she was now going to die. While she was earnestly praying the Lord to ease her from pain, she said: "Now, mother, I am getting rest," and soon the summons came and she calmly fell asleep, and we trust she is now in that perfect rest prepared for all God's people.

Now, father and mother, allow me to speak,
That you no longer so sadly may weep;
While I in the grave am mouldering away,
Remember my soul in that glorious arrray.

For Jesus has come, and he made no delay
In taking me home in his heaven to stay;
Where glorified saints are forever at rest
And sing happy songs in the home of the blest.

Oh pray without ceasing for those tender plants
And bring to the Savior while mercy he grants,
The dear ones entrusted to your tender care,
That they once may gain in his riches a share.

*transcriber's note: number of days is unclear in original.

NOLT ­ On the 1st of Mayt, in Earl Twp., Lancaster, Co., Pa., of consumption, Daniel B. Nolt, aged 29 years, 7 months and 5 days. He left a wife, parents, one brother and many sympathizing friends; he was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for some years. He was buried on Wednesday, May 5th, in Groffs Dale graveyard. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in that section. Funeral services were held by Joseph Wenger and Jonas Martin.

We watched him breathing through the night,
His breathing soft and low,
As in his breast the wave of life
Kept heaving to and fro.

Our very hopes belied our fears,
Our fears our hopes belied;
We thought him dying when he slept,
And sleeping when he died.

For when the morn came, dim and sad,
And chill with early showers,
His quiet eyelids closed; he had
Another morn than ours.

MAST ­ On the 4th of May, near Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind. Daniel Mast, aged 21 years, 2 months and 9 days. He embraced religion, was baptized and died in the full hope of glory. Within 5 months previous, two sisters had been called away from the widow Mast's family. Funeral services were held by J. P. Smucker and David Burkholder.

LANTZ ­ On the 17th of May, near West Unity, Williams Co., O., Jacobina, wife of Daniel Lantz, aged 35 years, 3 months and 21 days. She was at a neighbor's house on a visit, came home well, and ate supper as usual. Shortly afterward she went out, when she became very sick and within a half an hour she was a corpse. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and leaves a sorrowing husband and 2 children. She was buried on the 19th when services were held by J. Wyse and J. S. Stuckey.

MILLER ­ On the 19th of May, near New Carlisle, Holmes Co., Ohio, of Lumbago and old age, Moses D. Miller, aged 78 years, 11 months and 14 days. He was buried in the family graveyard on his own farm, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held by David Beachy, A. Mast and Isaac A. Miller.

HOCHSTETLER ­ On the 17th of May, near Shanesville, Holmes Co., Ohio, of inflammatory rheumatism and dropsy, John J. Hochstetler, aged 39 years, 11 months and 17 days. He was buried in the Walnut Creek Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services were held by David Beachy, A. Mast and Isaac A. Miller.

YUNDT - On the 7th of May, in Naperville, Sister Mary, widow of Jacob Yundt, aged 81 years, 11 months and 6 days. She was born in Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.,, married in 1822 at the same place, and in 1856 she moved with her husband and family to Naperville. She leaves seven children out of a family of nine to mourn her departure. The funeral which took place on the 9th, was largely attended by relatives and neighbors. Services were conducted by Pre. Zeller of Ogle county.

MERLY ­ On the 5th of May, in Evansburgh, Cambria county, Pa., Josiah J. Merly, aged 34 years, 10 months and 7 days. He was buried on the 9th. Services were held by Amos Sell and Emanuel Blough from Exod. 32.29. Deceased was a member of the Lutheran Church and a faithful school teacher. The funeral was largely attended.

YODER ­ On the 13th of May, in Douglass county, Ill., of paralysis, Lydia (Hershberger), wife of Moses Yoder, aged 38 years, 3 months and 2 days. She leaves a sorrowful husband and five children to mourn her sudden death. On the 12th she went with her husband to town, took dinner, and twelve hours afterwards she was no more.

SEESE ­ On the 17th of May, in St. Joseph county, Ind., of paralysis, Sister Anna, widow of Benjamin Seese, aged 73 years, 2 months and 28 days. Her maiden name was Kolb. She was born in Bucks county, Pa., was the mother of five children, four of whom are still living. She was buried at Shaum's Meeting-house, where services were held by Noah Metzler and John F. Funk from Rom. 6:23. May the Lord kindly lead both the children and grandchildren to consecrate themselves earnestly to God and serve him faithfully until they too shall be made heirs of God through faith in Christ.

TROYER ­ On the 18th of May, at Walnut Creek, Holmes county, Ohio, rather suddenly of heart clod. Catharine, wife of David J. Troyer, aged 40 years, 4 months and 18 days. She was buried in the Walnut Creek Mennonite graveyard, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held by A. Mast, David Beachy and Isaac A. Miller.

Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXIII, Number 12, June 15, 1886, pages 190, 191

CORRECTION ­ Sister Magdalena Landis, of whose death a notice appeared in the Herald of June 1st, was buried at Metz's Meeting House, and not at Reading Road as it had been erroneously communicated to us at that time.

YODER ­ On the 1st of May, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Joseph Yoder, aged 84 years, 9 months and 15 days. He leaves a wife, with whom he lived 52 years, and had 7 children. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, and was ready for the Master's call. Services were held by D. Hostetler and J. K. Yoder.

HOOLEY ­ On the 27th of May, in the Haw Patch Amish Mennonite church, in La Grange Co., Ind., of cancer of the liver, Sarah Z., wife of Christopher Hooley, aged 57 years and 7 days. She united herself in marriage with her surviving husband, on the 28th of Feb., 1847, and lived with him in matrimony upwards of 39 years. She united with the church at the age of seventeen, and lived a consistent Christian to the end of her life. During her sickness she said she would not get well, that she had no desire to get well, and that the doctor could not help her. She was fully resigned to the will of God and retained her mind and consciousness unto the last. She prayed much; she prayed for the church, for her family and for the young people. She called the young people whom she knew to be unconverted to her bed-side, extended to them her hand and asked them to come to Jesus. She admonished her own household to be kind to the poor: she remembered also the work of the church, and the preaching of the Gospel among those who do not have the opportunity of hearing it so often, and requested that a small sum of money which she had; should be given to the Evangelizing Fund. During the day preceding the evening in which she died, she said, "Ich kann die hellen Strachlin schen; ich kann ein Licht sehen am Ende vom Weg" (I can see a bright beam of light; I can see a light at the other end of the way). Again later she said, "I can see the heavenly hosts coming to bear my spirit home." And again, I can see Jesus coming." She was buried on the 30th. Her funeral was largely attended. Services were held by J. S. Hertzler and J. F. Funk, from Rev. 14:13. She leaves a sorrowing companion and two daughters, who need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was an active laborer in the Sunday-school and kindly lent an assisting hand wherever needed. Truly blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.

FUNK ­ On the 12th of May, at the residence of J. Smith, near Zurich, Huron Co., Ont., Henry Funk, aged 68 years. Funeral services by H. B. Detweiler.

MILLER ­ On the 29th of May, in La Grange Co., Ind., of paralysis, Veronica, wife of Samuel Miller, aged 72 years, 10 months and 4 days. Sister Miller was taken with a stroke of paralysis in February, from which she had recovered and was able to visit the sick and attend church until the day of her departure. She arose in the morning, took breakfast with the family, and went to the barn and out-buildings and back to the house, got her glasses and thimble to do some sewing. She sat down on her chair, threw up her arms, swooned away and was no more. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, well beloved by all who knew her. She was as a mother to the whole community and will be much missed in the vicinity. Her seat in the church was never vacant if health permitted. She lived in matrimony nearly 47 years. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 8 children and many grand-children, neighbors and friends to mourn their loss. She was buried on the 31st. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one that was near and dear to all. Funeral services by John Hostetler, Joseph Yoder, Jacob Weaver and Henry Miller. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8.
Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

LEHMAN ­ On May 30th, west of Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., Moses Lehman, aged 55 years, years, [sic] 5 months and 22 days. Brother Lehman suffered more or less for the last 8 months with dropsy, which finally caused his death. He leaves a sorrowing widow, three sons and one daughter to mourn his departure. He united with the Amish Mennonite church, of which he was a faithful member up to his death. His remains were interred on the 1st of June. A large number of relatives and friends were assembled. Funeral services were held by Joseph Yoder and Jacob Weaver Text, Rev 14:13.

BRUBACHER ­ May 18th, near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co.,Pa., of consumption, Lizzie S., wife of Bro Benjamin E. Brubacher aged 29 years, 4 months and 3 days. Buried at Kraybill's Meeting-house. A sorrowing family and large circle of friends followed her remains to the grave. Peace to her ashes.

MILLER ­ At Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., David Miller, aged 69 years, 10 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Amos 4:12. Buried in Sporting Hill graveyard.

LEHMAN ­ May 29th, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Annie R. Lehman, wife of Amos Lehman, aged 39 years, 8 months and 20 days. Funeral on June 1st. Text Phil 1:21. Buried at Habecker's Meeting-house. Sister Lehman was a bright shining light. A large congregation assembled to show their respect for the dear sister in faith. Truly the church has lost an ornament. Peach to her ashes.

ZELLER ­ On the 20th of May, near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., Jacob Zeller, aged 73 years, 2 months and 26 days. He had been sickly all winter. Buried on the 22nd, in the Mennonite burying-ground near Breslau. Services were held by Elias Weber, Noah Stauffer and Tobias Bowman. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite church and was respected by all.

MILLER ­ On the 1st of June, near Goshen, Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption of the liver, Orie S., son of David Miller, aged 19 years, 3 months and 26 days. Orie was a good boy, and those who knew him spoke well of him, yet, feeling that something more was necessary, he gave his heart to Jesus and lived a consistent Christian life. A short time previous to his death, he desired the communion of the Lord's Supper. When the minister suggested that it be deferred to the next day, he said: "We should not put off anything." He was resigned to his Father's will and we trust that he is at home with Jesus. May God bless the father and the brothers and sisters (his mother died several years ago). Funeral services by Eli Miller, Benjamin Schrack and John F. Funk, at the Clinton Church.

CHRISTOPHEL ­ On the 31st of May, in Union Two., Elkhart Co., Ind, of Cancer, Pre. John M. Christophel, aged 67 years, 3 months and 29 days. He was born near Regensberg, Germany, emigrated to the United States in 1840, and resided in Mahoning Co., Ohio until 1850, when he removed to Elkhart Co., Ind., and resided there until his death. He served in the Mennonite Church, as minister and bishop for a number of years. Buried at Yellow Creek Church, on the 3d of June, where many friends and relatives assembled, and services were held by Noah Metzler and Henry Shaum. He leaves a deeply sorrowing wife and six children to mourn his death. May God comfort them with the blessed consolations of his word, and may they all be enabled by the grace of God, to say: "Thy will be done."

DEATH OF A CENTENARIAN ­ Mrs. Catharine Gabel of Gabelsville, Berks Co., Pa., died on May 30th. She was only ill a few days suffering from a cold which resulted in death. The deceased was born in North Coventry township, Chester county in 1784 and was 101 years, 5 months and 5 days old. In 1802 she married Jacob Gabel. She was the mother of 11 children, seven of whom survive her, whose respective ages are 82, 80, 78, 74, 70, 66 and 64 years. Four generations of her family will attend the funeral to-morrow (Saturday) which will take place at the Boyertown Mennonite burying grounds. ----Item.

LONGENECKER ­ On the 29th of May, in Wilmot Ohio, A. S. Longenecker, aged 42 years and 10 days. He had been afflicted nearly eight years and during the latter time was entirely disabled from following his advocation. He became a christian in early life, and was consistent in his profession, kind and affectionate as a friend, and tender and loving as a father. Some of his dying remarks were comforting testimonies of peace with God. He said: "Jesus will give me his right hand to help me across the river." "I wish Jesus would take me right now." "Mother you must not cry about this; you must rejoice, you must say: Praise the Lord." "When I get into misery the best thing I can do is, to throw my whole weight on Jesus." Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church in Wilmot, where in accordance with his request an appropriate song entitled: "Bury me near the old home," was sung. He was buried at the Longenecker Church where now eight of the family repose. He leaves a wife and one daughter to mourn his death.

BLEILY ­ On the 31st of May, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Hannah, wife of John Bleily, aged 16 years, 1 month and 9 days. She was buried on the 2d of June. Services were held by David Burkholder and N. J. Meyers. She leaves a bereaved husband and a child about two months old.

BRAND ­ On the 20th of May, in Waterloo, Ind., of Bright's disease and sore throat, Jacob Brand, aged 54 years, 2 months and 29 days. He was buried on the 23rd, in the Waterloo Graveyard. Funeral Services were held by Eli Stofer and ______ Bead. He was patient in suffering and died in peace. Although his loss here is great, we believe that it is his eternal gain.

HOWITT ­ On the 25th of May, in Milford, Seward Co., Neb., Mary, daughter of John and Sara Howitt, aged 10 years, 1 month and 25 days. She was buried in the Amish Mennonite Graveyard. Funeral services were held by Joseph Schlegel and _____ Roth of Milford, from Cor 15:20 and John 11:15.

SCHWARZENDRUBER ­ On the 22nd of May, in Hays Co., Neb., Emma, wife of Peter Schwarzendruber, and daughter of Maria and Moses Kempf of Johnson Co., Iowa, aged 21 years, 10 months and 12 days. She was buried on the 24th in Johnson Co., Iowa, where an immense crowd gathered to pay their last tribute of respect whom they justly loved and esteemed. She leaves a bereaved husband, 1 child, parents and many friends. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by C. J. Miller and J. Schwarzendruber from John 5:21-29. A loud call to the young!

TINTSMAN ­ On the 29th of May, in Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of infirmities of old age, Sister Susanna Tintsman, aged 82 years, 6 months and 2 days. She was buried at South Union on the 31st. She was born in Westmorland Co., Pa. She was resigned to the will of God and desired to depart and be with Christ which is far better. Services were held by Samuel Yoder and John F. Funk from Rev. 14:13. Peace to her ashes.

NAHRGANG ­ On the 22d of May, in Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Nancy, wife of John Nahrgang, aged about 46 years. She leaves a bereaved husband and a large family of children to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Mennonite Church.

STUCKEY ­ On the 4th of June, near Maysville, Allen Co., Ind., Benedict Stuckey, aged 54 years and 6 months. He was killed by being thrown from a wagon, his horses running away. He leaves a bereaved widow and nine children to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held by Elias Yoder and John Lugubiehl from Matt 24:42-51.

CASSEL ­ On the 28th of April, in Lansdale, Montgomery Co., Pa., of general dibility, [sic] Joseph B. Cassel, aged 81 years. He was buried on the 2d of May at the Worcester Mennonite burying-ground. He leaves a wife, eight children and seventeen grandchildren to mourn their loss. He was a man of rare qualities, kind and noble in all his ways and upright in all his dealings, ever ready to lend a helping hand in any way that he might do good. Never a murmur escaped his lips, during his weakness. He was confined to his bed about five weeks and was conscious to the last. He met every one with a smile and wished them happiness in the Lord. He was a member of the Mennonite Church about fifty years. A few days previous to his death he said he wished the Mennonite Church would try to fulfill the great command given by our Savior, "Go ye to al nations and preach the Gospel." He was a subscriber of the Herald of Truth from its beginning.
As bowed by sudden storms, the rose
Sinks on the garden's breast
Down to the grave our father goes,
In silence there to rest.

No more we'll mourn the absent one
But lift our earnest prayer,
And daily every effort lend
To rise and join him there. S.

NAFFZINGER ­ On the 28th of May, in Cass Co., Mo., suddenly, Barbara, daughter of Jacob Naffzinger, aged 12 years, 2 months and 27 days. Services were held in the Maple Grove Church by Moses Yoder assisted by J. S. Coffman.

Transcribed by: David W. Mann, Arizona


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