written by Catharine Loucks on the death of her sister, Mary Wisler, who died in Harper Co., Kansas, April 21, 1893.
To-night we are thinking, dear sister, of the times you left us to go
Into the far of West to dwell, and all we could do was wish you well.
Once more we saw your face again, 'twas when dear mother lay in pain.
Dear mother's gone to her long home with us she will no longer roam.
We laid her form in the cold ground side by side of father's mound,
And brother Joseph fills the spot that fell to many a soldier's lot.
You then went back again to be in Kansas with your family;
You found them well in that far land, together then a happy band.
Five brothers and five sisters then composed our family of ten,
But soon death entered our blest home and called another to the tomb.
His time had come, he had to go, grim death approached and laid him low,
A marble head-stone marks the mound where Andrew sleeps beneath the ground.
Again the message came to say that Mary, too, had passed away;
Beside her grave we could not stand, and mingle tears in that far land.
She's gone beyond this vale of tears, this world of sorrows, sighs and fears;
She can not come to us, but we can meet her in eternity.
Four brothers and four sisters, eight, are left on earth, God's call to wait.
Who'll be the next? God only knows, who next his eyes in death will close.
When comes the call; then must we go, we'll gladly leave this world of woe.
Our earthly bodies we'll lay down, and rise to take th' immortal crown.
PRE. LEWIS YODER
Lewis Yoder died on the morning of June 16th, 1893, aged 47 years, 1 month and 28 days. Buried on the 19th. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn their loss. He was married to Sarah R. Mast, Dec. 19th, 1871, ordained to the ministry Nov. 3, 1880, in which capacity he labored faithfully up to his departure. Just one week before his death he returned from Knox Co., Tennessee with his wife and two youngest children where he had been to visit a sick relative. While there he and Preacher Henry H. Good held a number of meetings. He was a good husband, a kind and affectionate father. The congregation at Gwynn, Md. is left without a minister, which is a sad loss indeed. He cannot be replaced. Though we mourn, it is not as for one of whom we have no hope, because we have reason to believe he had made his peace and election sure with God. Shortly before his demise he had his family brought to his bedside and he addressed each one of them personally commencing with the youngest. He admonished them to become Christians in order to meet him in heaven. He then bade them good-bye. He also spoke feelingly to neighbors and friends present until he was exhausted. He selected three ministers to officiate at the funeral: viz. Samuel Lantz, Gideon Stoltzfus and J.H. Marsh. The second one named for some reason not known to the writer was not present. J.H. Marsh spoke from a pat of the 15th chapt. of 1 Corinthians. Samuel Lantz selected as his text Ezek. 24:15, 18. JOS. HERTZLER
BICKEL - On the 15th of June, 1893, at Osborne City,
Osborne county, Kansas, of whooping-cough, Nelia Elizabeth,
infant daughter of Francis and Polly Bickel, aged 1 month and
8 days. Funeral services on the 16th at the Presbyterian church
by H.O. Lanhama. Text, Luke 18:16.
"Oh parents weep not for your child, although she left you for a while;
In heaven that high and holy place, you may again behold her face."
HEISEY - On the 24th of April, 1893, in Lancaster Co., Pa., widow of Jacob Heisey, aged 87 years, 7 months and 5 days.
COPPES - On the 6th of June, 1893, in Lagrange Co., near Topeka (Hawpatch), Ind., of apoplexy, Richard Coppes, aged 71 years, 3 months and 19 days. He will be greatly missed in the church, in the neighborhood and the home. He was united in marriage with Hannah Brown in Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 18, 1843, that being his native county. They settled in Wayne Co., Ohio, where they lived eleven years, when they moved to Lagrange Co., Ind. His wife died very suddenly Sept. 5, 1882. He leaves one son and six grandchildren to mourn their loss, which we believe is his eternal gain. He was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite denomination. Funeral services at the Maple Grove meeting-house, June 6th by J.S. Hartzler and J.P. Jones from Zech. 1:5.
ROHRER - On the 5th of May, 1893, in East Lampeter,
Lanc. Co., Pa., Sister Anna, wife of Bro. Benjamin Rohrer,
aged 55 years, 7 months and 19 days. A husband, two daughters
and one son, survive to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate
mother; also an aged father and five brothers. She was a consistent
member of the Mennonite denomination for a number of years, and
was truly a model of patience during her illness of the last eight
weeks, ever trusting in the rich promises of God's word and looking
forward to that peaceful rest that remains only for the people
of God. She was kindly cared for by the family, and often requested
them to read to her. A few days before her departure, one daughter
was reading to her and when she came to a verse her mother repeated
it (while they thought that she was in an unconscious state of
"Look up, my soul, to joys on high, for all is vain below the sky,
Oh may I daily watch and pray, and send the joys of earth away."
She was followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Mellinger's meeting-house. Pre. Abm. Brubaker conducted the services at the house and Pre. David Buckwalter in German at the meeting-house. Text, Psalm 116:15. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Shortly before her death she bid her family good-bye, which was indeed sad, but they need not mourn as those that have no hope, believing their loss is her eternal gain. May God comfort the bereaved family and give us all grace to walk faithfully in the way of the Lord that we may meet our loved ones who have crossed death's river before us.
UNZICKER - On the 16th of June, 1893, of the infirmities of old age, Pre. Jacob Unzicker, aged 85 years and 2 months. He came to America in 1832 and for the last 51 years has been a resident of Tazewell Co., Ill. In 1837 he married Mary Kreubill, with whom he had six children, one of whom preceded him. He was a minister for many years and was faithful in his calling. Buried on the 18th in Elam Grove. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey, M. Kinsinger, Peter Ropp and Joseph Buerckey.
GOOD - On May 9th, 1893, in Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Catharine Good (maiden name Zimmerman), widow of Peter Good, aged 83 years, 3 months and 15 days. Her husband died about 30 years ago. Funeral services were held on the 11th. Interment in Zimmerman's grave-yard two miles north of this place. Elias Nolt preached in German and John Landis in English. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1. A large congregation assembled to pay the last respects to the beloved sister. ISAAC SHIRK
SMUCKER - On the 16th of June, 1893, in Knox Co., Tenn.,
of old age, sister Susan Smucker, widow of John Smucker,
aged 86 years and 7 months less one day. Funeral services by H.H.
Good from Rev. 20:6. Sister Smucker was born, reared and married
in Juniatta Co., Pa. and some time later moved to Maryland. About
19 years ago they moved to Knox Co., Tenn. where her husband died
about five years ago. After his death she appeared quite lonely
and it was apparent that her physical and mental powers were gradually
waning. Thus she continued until she was all but a lifeless form.
For more than a year she required more attention than a small
child She never had any children of her own, but lived and died
in the house with her step-son Aaron Smucker.
"So fades the summer cloud away, so dies the wave along the shore." H.H. Good
WELLENREITER - On the 14th of June, 1893, in McLean Co., Ill., Desiderius Wellenreiter, aged 55 years and 22 days. He came to America two years ago, and now leaves his bereaved widow and two children to mourn his death. He lived in matrimony 27 years. Buried on the 16th. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey from Psa. 90.
NAFFZIGER - On the 9th of June, 1893, Eliza Naffziger, aged 77 years, 11 months and 14 days. She was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany. She leaves two brothers and many friends. Appropriate remarks were made at the burial by John Kinsinger, John Gingerich and Chr. Gingerich.
GOOD - In Ephrata, Lancaster Co., Pa., at the residence of her son-in-law, Edward S. Nagle, on June 6, 1893, of the infirmities of old age, Sister Mary Good, (maiden name Zink). Deceased had been confined to her bed with paralysis for a period of seven years but bore it with great patience. She had a stroke of paralysis 7 years ago in the lower limbs, and was unconscious for the last few weeks. Her age was 86 years, 10 months and 23 days. Elias Nolt preached the funeral sermon from 2 Cor. 5:1, 4 on the 8th. On the 9th the remains were taken to Pottstown, Montgomery Co., Pa., for interment. She leaves 3 sons and 2 daughters, all residing in Pennsylvania, to mourn their loss. She was the widow of Jacob Good, who died 18 years ago. ISAAC SHIRK
EBERSOLE - On the 30th of April 1893, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary, wife of Bro. Christian Ebersole, aged 67 years, 5 months and 7 days. Funeral services were conducted from the text Rev. 7:16, 17. She was a faithful member of the church from her youth. She was a daughter of the late Bish. Peter Ebersole. She leaves her husband, 4 sons and 3 daughters, all members of the church. Several children preceded her. In her long illness of dropsy she was patient, and we have reason to believe she is now at rest with God.
WEAVER - On the 1st of June, 1893, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Nancy, wife of Bro. Daniel A. Weaver, aged 74 years and 7 months, She was helpless over two years. She indeed had a very sorrowful and lonely time through those two long years, but she trusted in her Redeemer and died with a bright hope for the future. She was buried on the 3d in the family grave-yard of her former home about 8 miles from where she last lived. Funeral services were delivered at the Lutheran church of which she was a consistent member for many years. Services conducted by Pre. Welch of the Lutheran church and LA. Blough. She left behind a sorrowing husband and many friends to mourn for her. L.A. BLOUGH
WEAVER - On the 30th of May, 1893, in Stanley Twp.,
Huron Co., Ont., aged 67 years, 24 days. Buried in the A.M. grave-yard.
Funeral services by John Gascho and Abraham Martin. Text, John
5:24, 25. H.W.
Transcribers notes: No first name is mentioned.
YODER - On the 25th of April, 1893, near Bloomington, Kans., after an illness of five weeks, David Yoder, aged 69 years, 3 months and 5 days. Buried on the 27th. He leaves a wife and 4 children who deeply mourn their loss.
LOHR - On the 26th of May, 1893, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., sister Catharine, wife of Jacob M. Lohr, aged 40 years, 1 month and 19 days. She became concerned about the salvation of her soul on her sick bed. She sent for Bishop Jonas Blough who, upon satisfactory confession of her faith, received her into the church by baptism the day before she died. Her daughter and son-in-law were baptized at the same time. We are glad to know what she yet on her death bed could find peace with her Savior and could say that she can now meet her little children who went before her in heaven. She left behind a sorrowing husband, seven children and many friends to mourn their loss, but their loss will be her eternal gain. She was buried on the 28th in the family grave-yard of her brother Jacob I. Kauffman. Funeral services in the Amish M.H. near Davidsville by Jonas Blough, Sam Gindlesperger, L.A. Blough and Moses B. Miller. This was the largest funeral in this vicinity for some time. It was said there were over a hundred buggies and other conveyances at the meeting-house. Her death is a loud call to those who put off the salvation of their soul from time to time. You may not all have the privilege on your death-bed to make peace with your God, but in the twinkling of an eye you may be called to your reward.
PEACHEY - On the 24th of April, 1893, near Kishacoquillas,
Mifflin Co., Pa., Jacob, son of Levi and Lydia Peachy,
aged 2 years and 5 months. Buried on the 26th Funeral services
were held by Samuel and C.K. Peachey. He leaves his parents, one
brother and one sister to mourn his early death.
"Jesus loves a little child, smiling in its glee.
Says of such, in accents mild, 'Let them come to me.'
Let them come forbid them not, they will sing around the throne;
Millions now are singing there, millions more may come."
Transcriber's notes: The surname is first written as Peachey, parents' surname as Peachy.
BLOUGH - On the 13th of May, 1893, in Roxbury, Cambria Co., Pa., of whooping-cough and catarrh, Clayton, son of Bro. A. and sister Lydia Blough, aged 11 months and 20 days. He was buried on the 15th, at the Blough meeting-house in Conemaugh Twp., Somers Co., Pa. Funeral services at the house by Bish. Jonas Blough and at the meeting-house by Samuel Gindlesperger and Simon Layman.
STAUFFER - May 23, 1893, in Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mrs. Sallie Stauffer, wife of John H. Stauffer, aged 38 years, 1 month and 23 days. Funeral on the 26th. Text Phil. 1:21. Buried in the Moravain Cemetery, Lititz. A sorrowing husband and three daughters and her parents and one sister mourn her early death. A large congregation assembled to pay their respect for the deceased.
GOOD - May 22st, 1893, near Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Samuel Good, aged 66 years 3 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Isa. 38:1. Buried in the Host family grave-yard. A sorrowing wife and family mourn his death. A large congregation assembled to pay a tribute of respect.
SMITH - On the 12th of June, 1893, in Jackson Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind, of the infirmities of old age, sister Elizabeth Smith, aged 82 years, 6 months and 9 days. She was the widow of R.J. Symensma, the fellow minister of R.J. Smith, who with their little flock emigrated from Holland in 1853 and settled in Elkhart Co. Her first husband died a number of years ago, and since, she married her second husband, _____ Smith, who also preceded her to the eternal world. She was buried on the 14th, at the Whitehead M.H. Services by Noah Metzler from Phil. 1:21. Funeral was largely attended. She was a faithful sister in the church, and was beloved and respected by all who knew her.
PATTERSON - George Patterson, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., August 12th, 1849; and was instantly killed on a sawmill near his residence on June 2nd, 1893, in Newbury Twp., Lagrange Co., Ind., aged 43 years, 9 months and 21 days. The deceased was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. He was a loving husband, a kind father and a good neighbor. He leaves a sorrowing wife and 11 children (4 sons and 7 daughters) of whom 2 sons and 3 daughters have already sealed their vow with God. The remains were buried on the 4th in the Miller grave-yard. Services at the house by Daniel Yoder of Adams Co., Ind., and at the Forks meeting-house by J. Miller of Wayne county, Ohio, and E.A. Mast of Howard Co., Ind., from Matt. 24:44 and by J.S. Hartzler of Hawpatch, Ind., from 1 Sam. 20:3. J.D.M.
YODER - Near Belleville, Mifflin county, Pa., on the
11th of June, 1893. Barbara, wife of Jacob Yoder (maiden
name Zook), aged 49 years, 7 months and 19 days. She was
a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite denomination. She leaves
her husband, six step-children and five step-granchildren to mourn
their loss. A little while before she died a brother asked her
if she was ready to died. She said, "As the Lord will, I
am satisfied." Buried on the 13th. A large number of friends
and relatives assembled to pay their last tribute of respect of
a kind neighbor and a loved one. Funeral services by C.K. Peachey
and John Yoder.
"A precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is still.
A place is vacant in her home, which never can be filled.
But hers is now a happier home, we think of her as there.
To us again she cannot come but her home we hope to share." A FRIEND
PEACHEY - On the 15th of March, 1893, in Menno township,
Mifflin Co., Pa., of consumption, Levi Peachey, aged 27
years, 10 months and 20 days. Buried on the 17th. A large number
of friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect
to a loved one. His desire was to part this life and be with Christ
which is far better. He united with the Amish Mennonite denomination
in his youth and was steadfast to his end. Funeral services by
John and Christian Peachey. He leaves one sister to mourn his
early death. His parents, one sister, and one brother have gone
"Dear sister, do not weep for me, while I am in eternity,
But be content and trust in God, and you'll receive a great reward.
Weep not for me, my friends so dear, nor shed for me the sorrowing tear;
I am not dead, but only sleep, my silent slumber, O how sweet."
WINTERS - On the 25th of May, 1893, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer of the stomach, wife of Abraham Winters, aged 50 years, 4 months and 15 days. She endured her sufferings with Christian fortitude, and died in hope. She was a member of the church. Funeral services were conducted from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. She leaves her husband and several children to mourn her death.
HOFFER - On the 6th of June, 1893, only child and son of John and ____ Hoffer, aged 1 year, 1 month and 15 days. About one year ago they buried a little daughter. May God comfort the bereaved parents in their affliction.
ZOOK - On the 17th of April, 1893, in Allenville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Veronica Zook, aged 65 years, 9 months and 7 days. She had been ailing for several months. On Sunday evening she retired as usual and was found dead in her bed the next morning. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. She leaves one brother and many friends to mourn her death yet they mourn not as those who have no hope.
SCHROCK - On the 1st of June, 1893, near Thurman, Colo., of consumption, Lizzie, wife of Dea. Joseph Schrock, aged 36 years, 4 months and 27 days. Her maiden name was Bachman. She was the mother of one child, which died in infancy. She had been ailing in health for a long time, but was always able to do her work until a week before her death, from which time she had to suffer great pain, but she bore it patiently. Buried on the 3d at the M.H. near Thurman where a very large concourse of people assembled. Services by Bishop Joseph Schlegel in German and also in English. Text, John 5:24, 25. She was much loved by all who knew her. She was a faithful member of the A.M. denomination. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband to mourn her early death.
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia
PRE. LEWIS YODER
A highly esteemed resident of Long Green, Md., departed this life at his home, in that place, June 16th, at the age of 47 years, 1 month and 28 days. His death was caused by peritonitis, after an illness of only a few days. In his death his family loses a devoted husband, an affectionate father, the church of which he was a member a faithful, devoted worker, an upright, earnest Christian and beloved pastor, and the community a model and exemplary citizen. He possessed excellent judgment, and was appealed to frequently by his neighbors and friends for advice, which he freely gave, and by his almost unerring decisions, had gained the confidence of the entire community. The deceased leaves a wife, Sarah R. Yoder, daughter of the late Daniel K. Mast of Long Green, Md., and six children. Bro. Yoder was a preacher in the Amish denomination for a period of about 12 years. His ministrations were exemplified by a consistent Christian life to which all who in any way came in contact with him will abundantly testify.
Bro. Yoder was conscious that he had to die, but before departing this life he gave his family good-bye, exhorting each of them to live consistent Christian lives, and to follow the same God that he did, and then all would be well. A more heart-rendering scene was never witnessed, and the last moments of his life leave lasting impressions on the minds of those present.
Every body loved him truly and sincerely, as was shown by the large concourse of relatives and friends who attended his funeral, which took place on Monday, June 19th. His remains were laid to rest in the Amish grave-yard near by. Among the ministers who officiated at the funeral were preachers Springer and Marsh, of Long Green, Md., and Lantz, of Gap., Pa.
Bro. Yoder was a son of Bishop Solomon Yoder, of the Amish Mennonite church, who died a number of years ago, and who was widely known throughout the church in general.
PRE. J.B. SHOUP
On the 15th of June, 1893, near Winesburg, Holmes Co., Ohio, of bone cancer, and amputation of his leg, Pre. J.B. Shoup, of the Mennonite church, aged 30 years, 1 month and 12 days. He was married to Emma Frances Lowe, Sept. 4, 1884, which union was severed by her early death April 22, 1885. In January 1887 he was married to Barbara Ziegler, and to them were born three children, two sons and one daughter, the oldest son preceded him to the spirit world, August 24, 1889. Bro. Shoup leaves a sorrowing young widow with two small children to mourn the loss of a husband and father. In October 1879, at the age of 16 years he was baptized and received into the Mennonite church. In October, 1886, he was ordained to the ministry continuing a faithful and ardent worker in that field till death called him from the scene of his earthly labors. Although he was deprived of attending services regularly and especially the last few months in which time he was mostly confined to his bed he still felt deeply interested in the welfare of the church and the precious souls out of Christ, often warning and entreating them to come to Christ and be saved. We trust his labors and earnest admonitions are not in vain, though his labors are ended here and all his pain and sufferings are over. His trials, temptation and disappointments are past and we hope our dear brother and co-worker in God's vineyard in now enjoying the fruits of his labors with his blessed Redeemer and loved ones that have gone before. Oh, may we all take heed to the callings and messages that God sends into our midst and see that our houses are set in order, that we can meet our God in peace. He was buried on Sunday, the 18th, in the Mennonite cemetery near Winesburg. The funeral was very largely attended by sympathizing friends and relatives, to pay their last tribute of respect. Services by Fred Mast in German and David Hostetler in English from Rev. 14:13. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
SUDDEN DEATH OF BRO. JOHN L. HERNLEY OF PETOSKEY, MICH.
A chapter of accidents and bodily injuries closed Monday morning, June 26th, in the death of Bro. John L. Hernley. Less than two years ago he broke his hip by accident in a well, and was laid up for a long time in consequence. Last spring, about the first of May, while climbing on a load of lumber, the horses started and threw him to the ground, hurting him badly. On Monday morning brother and sister Hernley started with their son Ezra and the latter's wife and two children who were up from Kalkaska on a visit, to spend the day fishing on Bear Lake. Ezra went ahead to prepare the boats and catch bait, while Bro. Hernley, in company with the women and children came in the rear in a two-seated one-horse buggy. Reaching the lake on Mr. White's place, they came to where a young man of about 20 was cutting hemlock trees and peeling bark. A large tree having fallen across the road which impeded their going any further, the narrow road leading through the thicket made it impossible for them to turn and go back. Brother and sister Hernley, Ezra's wife and baby six weeks old, got out of the buggy heaving the 19 month old daughter in it. At once Bro. Hernely backed the horse so as to get to an opening to turn around, when suddenly a cry came from the young man that was felling trees that a tree was about to fall. In great haste and confusion Bro. Hernley backed the horse, not knowing where the tree was nor in what direction it would fall, to the open space to retreat. The buggy turning on the lock stopped at once. The tree fell and lodged about ten feet in front of Bro. Hernley and his horse. In falling it struck a smaller beech, tore it out of its roots, and without a moment's warning this fell and struck Bro. Hernley and his horse on the head, both falling to the ground, dead. Not one struggle was seen on either. The horse made but one or two groans.
Thus a day of rest and pleasure was suddenly turned into a day of mourning. As soon as the tree had fallen, Ezra, who was on the lake fishing, heard a cry which greatly frightened him, knowing that his wife, children and parents were in that direction. He at once pulled for the shore, hearing the cries of his wife, "Father is killed." In a few moments he was at the scene where the sad accident had occurred, seeing his father and horse, side by side, both dead. During the fatal stroke the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Hernley, Zella May, was on the buggy, crying for her mother. The women had retreated only a few steps when the tree fell, so narrow was the escape of the rest of the family. The writer, with the family, after the funeral, went to the spot where the accident occurred, and found the very spot where Bro. Hernley's head lay. The leaves had matted together from the blood. The sudden death of our dear brother brought a gloom over the whole community. They mourn the loss of an active citizen and good neighbor, and affectionate husband and father. Sad as it seemed to the family, yet they greatly rejoice, for they with one accord expressed the belief that he departed in the exercise of a serene and triumphant Christian faith.
Bro. Hernley was born in Lancaster Co., Pa. He moved to Petoskey in 1880 from Elkhart, Ind., and leaves behind him a wife and five sons, viz. Emanual, Amos, John, Ezra, and Henry. He was for many years a member of the Mennonite church. He had reached the age of 62 years, 3 months and 7 days. The funeral was held at the new residence of the deceased, on an elevated spot overlooking Bear Lake. Funeral services were conducted by J.S. Lehman of Elkhart, Ind. The text taken was: "The hour is come." John 12:23. The body was laid in the silent grave in Greenwood cemetery, in Petoskey, Mich.
JOHNSON - On the 2d of July 1893, in Summit Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of old age, Mary, wife of Daniel Johnson, aged 84 years, 1 month and 24 days.
HARTZLER - On the 25th of May 1893, near Smithville,
Wayne Co., Ohio, Truman C., son of D.D. and Fannie Hartzler,
aged 15 days. Funeral services by D.Z. Yoder and D.J. Johns.
"Sweet little bud for earth too fair
Went home to heaven to blossom there."
SHERK - On the 20th of June, 1893, in Markham Twp.,
York Co., Ont., of paralysis and old age widow of John
Sherk (deceased), aged 87 years, 11 months and 7 days. She was
buried in Heise's grave yard on the 22d, followed by many beloved
friends and relatives. Sister Sherk was an example of humility
and a faithful member of our denomination. Funeral services were
conducted by John Huber from Rev. 14:13.
"How many were the silent prayers my mother offered up for me!
How many were the bitter cares she felt when none but God cou'd see!"
HEINSMAN - Died July 2d, 1893, at Ironville, Lancaster Co., Pa., suddenly, of heart disease, Jacob Heinsman, aged 74 years, 6 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 5th. Text, Ps. 90:12. Buried in the U.B. grave-yard at Ironville.
HOSTETTER - June 19, 1893, in Neffsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Mary Hostetter, widow, aged 81 years, 7 months and 23 days. Funeral on the 22d. Text, Rom. 5:1, 2. Buried at Landis Valley meeting-house. Sister Hostetter was a very modest Christian.
STRICKLER - On the 17th of June, 1893, sister Fannie B., wife of Edward Strickler, near Stony Brook, Pa., died of a complication of diseases, aged 19 years, 3 months and 26 days. She suffered for over a year. She was very patient, submissive and always resigned to the will of God and gave good evidence of her hope and happiness in her suffering. She longed to be with Christ which is far better. She leaves a husband and many warm friends to mourn their loss. Pre. Martin Whisler and Eli Hursh preached the funeral sermon from John 11; and last part of verse 28. "Peace to her ashes."
NOLD - On the 24th of June 1893, at the residence of her brother-in-law, S.C. Kindy, 715 Garfield Ave., Elkhart, Ind., of consumption, sister Susanna K. Nold, aged 27 years, 1 month and 3 days. Short services were held at the Elkhart M.H. by J.S. Lehman on the evening of the 24th, after which the remains were taken to the home of her parents Bro. and sister Jacob and Nancy Nold in Medina Co., Ohio, where funeral services were held by Henry Beery and Isaac Good after which the body was laid to rest in the grave-yard at the Upper M.H. Sister Nold had for a number of years been employed in our Publishing House and was a very faithful and industrious worker. Her failing health obliged her to leave her position at the close of March. She took her bed the 24th of May and from that time on she grew rapidly weaker until death released her soul of this mortal clay. She was received into church membership at Elkhart two years ago, and her Christian life has been an exemplary one. She attended public service for the last time on the 14th of May, on which occasion she participated with us in the communion. In her sickness she was patient and evinced a Christian fortitude and resignation to God's will that manifested her firm faith and trust in her Redeemer. She was conscious to the last and died triumphant in the faith. She is sadly missed in the Sunday-school, the church and her social circle, her quiet pleasant demeanor and her devoted Christian life having won for her many warm friends. We mourn for her, yet we have the sweet assurance that she is forever at rest.
ROTH - On the 22d of June 1893, in Johnson Co., Iowa, Bro. Jacob Roth, aged 51 years, 10 months and 5 days. Bro. Roth was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, moved with his parents to Iowa when he was 10 years old. At the age of 20 he was baptized and received into the Mennonite denomination. In 1869 he married Polly Miller, daughter of Daniel D. Miller of Indiana, and lived in matrimony 23 years and 6 months. Of their 4 children 3 remain to mourn his departure with their widowed mother. His remains were laid to rest on the 24th. Funeral services by Bish. Peter Kinsinger and Jacob Schwartzentruber. Bro. Roth was "faithful unto death."
FREY - On the 1st of July 1893, near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., very suddenly, Abram, second son of Bro. John Frey, aged 16 years, 5 months and 13 days. Abram was bringing a mowing machine from another farm, having fastened the machine to the back of a light wagon. As he was closing a gate through which he had just passed the team started and he, running forward, and trying to get on his hold gave way and he fell back, the wheel of the mower passing over his head killing him instantly. He was buried on the 4th at the Snyder M.H. Many friends and neighbors assembled to sympathize with the deeply bereaved family. Funeral services by Elias Weber at the house and at the M.H. by Moses Bowman from 2 Kings 4:18 and D. Wismer from Ps. 90:12.
KIME - On the 28th of June 1893, in Ionia Co., Mich., of consumption, Hettie, wife of Andrew Kime, aged 30 years, 9 months and 8 days. She leaves a husband, two children, parents, brothers and sisters to mourn her early departure but we need not mourn as those who have no hope. She became willing to confess Christ a few weeks before her death, and seemed to be in real earnest about her soul's salvation. Her remains were buried on the 30th in the Bowne Mennonite grave-yard in the presence of a large number of friends. Funeral services by Isaiah Rairigh and J.P. Speicher.
GARBER - Died May 24, 1893, suddenly, of heart disease, Reuben Garber, aged 66 years, 3 months and 26 days. Funeral on the 27th. Texts, Isaiah 38:1 and Prov. 27:1. Buried in the Silver Spring cemetery Lancaster Co., Pa. A deeply afflicted wife and three sons mourn the sudden death of a husband and father. A large congregation assembled as a token of respect for the deceased.
RYE - May 29, 1893, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Amanda Rye, aged 43 years, 5 months and 2 days. Funeral on June 1. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28. Buried in the Milton Grove cemetery. Sister Rye was a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination.
HERNLY - On the 20th of May 1893, in Petoskey, Emmett Co., Mich., Fanny Colburn, wife of Amos R. Hernly, aged 33 yrs., 4 mos., and 19 ds. She left an infant six days old and a deeply sorrowing husband, parents and four brothers to mourn her early death. Her remains were brought to Elkhart, where her parents reside and laid to rest in Grace Lawn cemetery. Funeral services by Pre. Jackson.
BRANDON - In N. Dunfries Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., on June 15, 1893, William Zeller, infant son of Charles and _____ Brandon. Buried on June 16th at Cressman's M.H. Breslau, Ont. Funeral services conducted by S.B. Gehman from John 14:21. This little one had but "budded on earth to bloom in heaven." May the parents heed this solemn call, and turn to the Lord who alone can fit and prepare them to meet their darling babe in his happy and peaceful home. E.S.G.
SINNING - On the 29th of June 1893, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of dropsy, John Sinning, aged 76 years, 3 months and 29 days. The Sinning family emigrated from the Old Country to America some 40 years ago and settled in East Lewistown, Mahoning Co., Ohio 26 years ago. From there they moved to Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind. At last death comes and calls him away to try the realities of an unknown world. He was received as a member of the Reformed church in his 14th year and remained the same until his death. He leaves evidence that he died in peace. His wife and 5 children mourn his death, three children preceded him. The remains were buried on the 2d of July at the South West Reformed burial place, in the presence of a large congregation of neighbors and friends to mourn their loss. Rest and peace to his ashes. Services by Noah Metzler. Text, Amos 4:12.
HILTY - June 14th, 1893, near Bluffton, Ohio, Lizzie May, daughter of David and Elizabeth Hilty, aged 5 years and 24 days. Little Lizzie was a lovely child, and though so young she had won the love and affections of all who knew her, as was witnessed by the many tears of sympathy shed on the funeral occasion. A short time before she died, while yet in good health, she said to her mother, "If I die and go to the good place will the people all be strange?" The mother answered, "Oh no, you have two little brothers there; you will know them." "Oh yes," she exclaimed, "and Nannie will be there, I will know her," (a little girl, Nannie Shank, who died a short time before her). Buried on the 16th. Funeral services by Isaac Burkhart and J.M. Shenk.
FORDEMWALT - Near Marshalville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Bula Fordemwalt, infant daughter of David and Lydia Fordemwalt, died June 1, 1893, aged 3 months and 19 days. Buried at the Oak Grove meeting-house. Funeral sermon by J.K. Yoder in German and in English by C.Z. Yoder.
LEATHERMAN - On the 18th of June, 1893, in Harrison
Twp., Ellkhart Co., Ind., Mary, maiden name Krider,
wife of Levi Leatherman, aged 35 years, 1 month and 15 days. She
was buried in the Yellow Creek grave-yard on the 20th, where many
brethren and sisters and a large circle of relatives met to mourn
her departure. Her death was a shock to the church and a great
loss to the family. Sister Mary leaves a husband and ten children,
the youngest child about 3 months old. It was a pitiful sight
to see a beloved sister, a faithful companion and a devoted mother
of 12 children, of whom 10 are living, go to the grave while yet
so young. May the dear family look up to a kind heavenly Father
for comfort and consolation and try so to live as to meet their
loved one again on the ever-green shore of eternal deliverance.
She was a sympathizing friend and a devoted sister in the church.
She was gifted with a beautiful voice, but her sweet voice is
hushed on earth to swell the number of the blood-washed in eternity
in singing the song of redemption. Peace to her ashes. Funeral
services by Joseph S. Lehman and Noah Metzler. Text, Mark 14:8.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother, we miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast, we miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand, thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee, we miss thee everywhere."
PAUL - Near Carmichaels, Greene Co., Pa., June 22, 1893, after a lingering illness of three months, sister Leah, wife of Bro. Wilson Paul and sister of Bish. J.N. Durr of Woodside, Pa., aged 35 years, 10 months and 6 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband and four small children, besides three brothers and two sisters to mourn their loss, yet not without hope. Buried June 25, at Masontown, Pa. Funeral services by D.H. Bender of Tub, Pa., from 1 Cor. 15:22.
CONRAD - On the 19th of June, 1893, near Louisville, Stark Co., Ohio, Joseph Conrad, aged 72 years, 1 month and 23 days. The deceased came to this country in 1822, lived on the same place where his parents settled up to his death. He was married to Catharine Kreibill May 18, 1854. Of 15 children born to them one was called to the spirit world in infancy. The mother and 14 children followed him to the grave. All are members of the Amish Mennonite denomination. Buried on the 21st. A very large number of friends and neighbors assembled together to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was dearly loved among them. The dear brother for some time had been declining but without pain, and the day before his death he was walking around as usual, but grew steadily weaker, until the following morning he died apparently without pain. Funeral sermon by J.K. Yoder from Wayne Co., Ohio.
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia