Smith On March 17th, 1894, in Traverse City, Grand
Traverse Co., Mich., of lung trouble and spasms, little Otto
Columbus, son of Ed and Libbie Smith, aged 8 m. and 6 d. He
was sick only a few days. His remains were taken to South Bardman
Another little lamb has gone
To dwell with Him who gave,
Another little darling babe
Is sheltered in the grave.
God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent His loving smile,
And clasped our darling's hand.
Troyer. On the 19th of March 1894, near Woodburn,
Oregon, Mary E., daughter of A.P. and D. Troyer of lagrippe, aged
1 year and 23 days. Funeral services by Jonas Kaufman and D. J.
"Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child;
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled.
Like the dove to the ark
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From the wild sea of strife
To the home of the blest."
Roth. On June 3d, 1894, about two miles north
of Spring Grove, York Co., Pa., at five o'clock in the evening
after a lingering illness of a complication of diseases, Samuel
L. Roth, aged 62 years, 3 months, and 1 day. Buried on the
6th in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives.
Services by Bish. Isaac Eby of Kinser, Lancaster Co., and Martin
Whistler of Hanover. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6, 7, 8 verses. Bro Roth was
for 25 years a faithful minister of the Gospel and an earnest
worker in the temperance cause and his loss will be deeply felt
in his home and congregation.
Jso. F. Hershey.
Zimmerman. - May 30th, 1894, in Hanover, York Co., Pa., after a lingering illness, Bro. Henry L. Zimmerman, aged 51 years. Buried June 1st at Hofstettler's M.H. Services by Martin Whistler and Rev. Kohr, pastor of the U.B. church in Hanover.
Huber. Mary Huber died of dropsy at the home of her brother Jonas Huber of Providence township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 17, 1893, aged 64 years, 11 months and 16 days. She was born Jan. 1st, 1829. Two brothers and two sisters survive her. She was a sister in the Mennonite denomination and devoted much of her time to religious work. Her favorite hymn was "What a friend we have in Jesus," which was also sung at her funeral. Services by Tobias Brubaker, Abraham Brubaker, and John Harnish.
Huber.- The death messenger called again in the same house on the 1st of May 1894, and summoned Susan beloved wife of the son, Jacob Huber. She was born June 24, 1846. Her age was 47 years, 10 months, and 7 days. Her sickness was consumption. She leaves her aged parents, brother, sisters, and five children, two daughters and three sons one of the daughters is married. It was a great comfort to see, before her departure, her daughters seal their vow with God and unit with the Mennonite denomination. She was a bright light in church and family circle and left a good example which will not pass away with her body. Time may pass and bodies decay, but moral conduct and religious life will not lose their virtues. Funeral services by Tobias Brubaker and Elias Groff. Text, "Mourn not with those that have no hope". Jacob K. Andrew
Stolter. On the 5th of June 1894, near Elida,
Allen county, Ohio, of brain trouble, Clara, the only child
of Timothy and ___ Stolter, aged 4 months and 13 days. Buried
at the Salem M. H. on the 6th. Funeral services by D.S. Brunk
and Christian Good from Matt. 18:2, 3.
"Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called her home;
Grieve not, your darling is at rest
Beyond this vale of gloom.
Little Clara sweetly resteth,
In her precious Savior's arms,
Where no evil e'er molesteth,
Free from pain and death's alarms.
D. S. Brunk
Johnson.- On the 15th of May, 1894, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, of cancer, Elisabeth Johnson, daughter of Samuel and Barbara Yoder, aged 37 y., 8 m., and 24 d. She was a member of the Christian denomination. She was prepared for death and seemed so happy to think that God would relieve her from her suffering, but she bore it all patiently till she was called away. She leaves her second husband to mourn his loss. She was buried in the Pleasant Hill graveyard beside her brother Fred. E. Yoder who preceded her 19 months ago. Funeral services by Pre. Johnston.
Shriver.- On the 15th of May, 1894, at Maugansville, Washington Co., Md., of paralysis, Rosanna, maiden name Boby, wife of Herman Shriver. Her sickness lasted only nine days, and she was almost speechless. She was a member of the U. B. denomination. Funeral services by Jacob Evers. Buried at the Salem Reformed church.
Bender.- May 29, 1894, William D. Bender, near Tub, Somerset Co., Pa. He was born in Oberndorf, Germany, March 15, 1814. He came to America in 1829, united with the Amish Mennonite church in 1833, and was married in 1836. Thirteen years afterwards his wife died and he was married again. He had 21 children, 51 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Buried at the Hershberger, Amish M.H. May 31. Services by Joel J. Miller and Elias Yoder.
Christ.- On April the 27th, 1894, in Maugansville, Washington
Co., Md., of pneumonia and brain fever, Mary, only child
of Orwald and Frances Christ, aged 6 months and 1 day. Her death
was hastened by severe hemorrhages from the head. Buried at the
Rieff M. H., on the 30th. Services by Michael Horst and Henry
"A tear within the father's eye,
A mother's breaking heart,
Can only tell the agony
How hard it is to part.
Death has claimed our darling Mary,
Set a seal upon her brow;
In the arms of our dear Savior
She is gently sleeping now.
She was lovely, she was fair
And for a while she was given;
An angel came and claimed his own
And took her home to heaven.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to heaven conveyed,
And made it blossom there.
She was too sweet to live;
The angels thought it best
To take our darling Mary
With Jesus home to rest.
We loved our darling Mary,
The Savior loved her, too;
An angel came and whispered
'Mary, Mama must part from you.'"
By Her Mother
Carper.- On the 8th of June, 1894, at Akron, Lancaster
Co., Pa., of rheumatism and dropsy, Harry, only son of
Bro. Jacob and Maria Carper, aged 8 years, 10 months and 10 days.
Buried on the 11th at the Hess meeting house. Services by Jonas
Hess in German and by Jacob N. Brubacher in English from the second
book of Kings 4th chapter and the latter part of the 26th verse.
"Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it
well with thy child? And she answered it is well."
"Farewell, farewell, O Harry, dear,
Now in your grave you sleep;
Your loving form is resting there,
And o'er your grave we weep.
Dear parents, you are lonely now;
Be sure and make the solemn vow
To live for Christ that you may be
With Harry in eternity.
Then little sisters cease to weep,
Since your brother has gone to sleep;
The time is short till life is o'er
And we may meet to part no more.
By His Parents
Blosser.- On the 24th of March, 1894, near Bronson,
Branch Co., Mich., Matilda, wife of Eli Blosser, aged 37
y., 7 m., 20 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband and four daughter
so mourn her departure. Four children have preceded her to the
spirit world. She was confined to her bed but a few days. Funeral
services by Noah Shut.
"We miss thee from thy place, dear mother,
We miss the 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.
Morrel. On the 15th of May, 1894, near Holden, Johnson Co., Mo., of a complication of diseases, sister Lydia, wife of Pre. David Morrel (maiden name Stutzman) age 66 years, less 3 days. She was born in Holmes Co., Ohio. She leaves a bereaved husband and five children, 2 sons, and 3 daughters, to mourn her departure. It is hard indeed to bury one so dear. She was a good wife and a kind and loving mother, and beloved by all who knew her. Her life was a quiet devoted one. May she now be at home and wear the crown prepared for her and live forever. She had been an invalid for a number of years, and was confined to her bed for about 4 months previous to her death. She was exceedingly patient during her sickness, and bore her suffering with Christian fortitude. Buried May 27, at the Pleasant View M. H. where a large concourse of people congregated to pay their last tribute of respect. Funeral services by Henry Rychener in the German language from 1 Cor. 15:53 and B. G. Maynard in English.
Brenneman.- On the 15th of May, 1894, near Broadway,
Rockingham Co., Va., after a lingering illness of 18 months, Abraham
Brenneman, aged 59 years, 2 months, and 11 days. He followed
his son Abraham H. who died 2 years and 2 days before him in Jasper
Co., Mo. He was a member of the Mennonite denomination for many
years. Bro. Brenneman walked to the lounge on which he died the
same hour. He manifested a Christian character during health and
when sick uttered not a murmuring word. Death came easily and
quietly and apparently welcomed. He leaves his widow and 7 children
to mourn his death; two of the children are in the West. Buried
at the Trissel M. H. Funeral services by A. Shank.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still;
His place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
"But his is now a happy home-
We think of him as there;
To us on earth he cannot come-
That home with him we hope to share."
Shantz.- Mrs. Benjamin D. Shantz departed this
life on June 4th, 1894, at her home at Wadsworth, Huron Co., Mich.,
aged 57 years, 5 months, and 22 days. She was a daughter of Christopher
and Mary Nahrgang, was born in Wilmot, Waterloo Co., Ontario,
married to Benj. D. Shantz, Jan. 30, 1855; lived in Canada 25
years, then moved to Michigan where she resided until her death.
She lived in widowhood 5 yrs. 4 mos., and 17 days. To her were
born 13 children, of which 8 remain to mourn her departure three
of them are married. Twenty-two years ago she was converted to
God, and was a devoted follower of the Lamb. She was a true mother
to her children and a ""other in Israel.""Her
presence will be missed in church and Sunday school as well as
at her home. Let prayers be offered for the bereaved. A large
concourse of mourning friends and acquaintances gathered together
to pay the last tribute of respect. Services conducted by A. S.
Stambaugh from John 14: 1, 2.
Magd. D. Shantz
Sprenkle.- On June 5, 1894, near Bare's Station, York Co., Pa., of dropsy and old age, George Sprenkle, aged 81 years, having died on the anniversary of his birthday. Funeral on the 7th. Buried at Bare's (Codorus) M. H. Services by Samuel Myers and Martin Whistler. The deceased was an old member of the Mennonite church and was followed to the grave by a large circle of sympathizing friends and relatives. Peace to his ashes.
Hostetler.- On the 22nd of May, 1894, near West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio, Jacob, son of David and Elisabeth Hostetler, aged 1 year, 9 months and 10 days. Buried on the 24th at the South Union M.H. Services were conducted by C. K. Yoder and A. Miller.
Yoder.- On the 30th of April, 1894, near Orville, Clackamas Co., Oregon, of consumption, Bro. I. M. Yoder, aged 34 years 11 months, and 20 days. He leaves his wife and 3 children to mourn his early departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services by C. Steiner in German and A.P. Troyer in English.
Heller.- On the 29th of May, 1894, at Eden, Lanc. Co., Pa., Sister Fanny (maiden name Rohrer), wife of Bro. Henry L. Heller, in her 37th year. She was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination. Her seat was seldom vacant at church when health permitted, she being at church the Sunday previous to her death, though in poor health for quite a while. Death came very suddenly. She was resigned to the will of God. Only a few hours before her death she said she felt as though she could sleep all night, thus encouraging those about her to think that she was getting better, when in a few short hours she went to sleep to awake in heaven, expiring while in conversation with her husband. Her husband, one daughter and two sons, also an aged mother, one brother, and three sisters are left to mourn the loss of an affectionate one; they have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for they have the blessed hope that their loss is her eternal gain. Her remains were laid to rest at Landis Valley. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Isaac Eby and A. Brenneman. Text, Psalms 23.
Herr.- On the 16th of April, 1894, near Bird-in-Hand,
Lanc. Co., Pa., of vertigo, Martin R. Herr, aged 57 years,
6 months, and 22 days. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite
church. He leaves a sorrowing widow and six daughters to mourn
his departure. Three sons and three daughters preceded him to
the spirit world. His remains were buried on the 19th at Mellinger's
meeting house, where a large number of friends and neighbors assembled
to sympathize with the bereaved and show their love and respect.
Funeral services were conducted by Joseph Wenger in German and
Isaac Eby in English.
My consort whom I dearly love
Let it not sorely grieve thee,
While from thy side the God of love
To the cold grave doth move me.
I now shall be forever free,
From grief and pain that burdened me,
My Jesus is my comfort.
My dear beloved children all,
May God be your protector;
May you Him truly Father call
While I am from you taken.
Let Jesus and His holy word,
To you a rule through life afford,--
Then will my Jesus bless you.
Transcribed by Ann Miller White, Nebraska
Obituary for Bish. John P. Speicher. Another laborer has been called away from his field, and gone to his final reward. Bro. John P. Speicher of Kent Co., Mich., departed this life on the 26th of June 1894, aged 60 years, 11 months and 16 days. He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., on the 9th of July 1833, united with the Mennonite church in 1853, was married to Magdalena Hershberger May 23d, 1858, was chosen to the ministry on the 25th of May, 1867, and ordained to the office of bishop in the fall of 1869, in which capacity he served the church as long as health and strength permitted. He has been in feeble health for several years and suffered much during the last weeks of his life, but still attended to his ministerial duties until about three months before his decease, but bore it all with Christian meekness. He was a man of much zeal and we may well say, "He did what he could," for the Master's cause. His funeral was largely attended. Services were conducted by J. F. Funk of Elkhart, Ind., assisted by C. C. Beery and Jacob Hahn. He leaves a sorrowing companion, one son, a daughter, four brothers, and four sisters to mourn his death. Text, Jn. 11:25-27. More than a year ago he selected the hymns to be sung, the scriptures to be read and the texts to be spoken from both at the house and the meeting house. May God bless the sorrowing ones who mourn his death.
Shelly.- On the 25th of June 1894, in McAllisterville, Juniata Co., Pa., Bro. John Shelly, aged 73 y., 4 m., 23 d. His remains were buried in the Lost Creek cemetery. Funeral services by William Auker.
Wenger. On May 24th, 1894 in the city of Reading, Berks Co., Pa., of paralysis, Samuel S. Wenger, aged 60 years, 8 months, and 13 days. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite church since his youth, but since the death of his wife, occurring some over eight years ago, he became rather careless in his duties toward his God and did no longer commune with his people. During the ten days of illness he prayed earnestly for forgiveness and those about him during this time have the evidence that his prayers were heard and that he met his God in peace. Buried on the 27th at the Stauffer M. H., Lancaster Co., near Holland, in the presence of an unusually large concourse of friends and relatives, on which occasion discourses were delivered by John Landis from Heb. 9:27,28 in English and Jos Brubaker from Matt. 24:44 in German. May God bless the bereaved family and be their loss the deceased's eternal gain.
Hoffman. June 9th, 1894, near Landisville, Lanc. Co., Pa., Bro. Henry Hoffman, aged 80 y., 11 m., 18 d. Funeral on the 12th. Text: Phil. 1:21. Buried in the family graveyard. Bro. Hoffman was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. May the good Lord comfort his bereft family.
Yoder.- On the 25th of June, 1894, at her parents' home, 317 S. Prairie St., Elkhart, Ind., of a complication of diseases, Sister Della, youngest daughter of our ministering brother Samuel and sister Elizabeth Yoder, aged 17 years, 10 months, 19 days. Her sufferings were at times intense, but she bore them with a fortitude that is but rarely seen. She was fully resigned to God's will, and although her Christian experience was brief, yet her patience, her resignation and her consecration were an admonition to older soldiers of the cross, and she died, as we believe, "safe in the arms of Jesus." On the 27th her mortal remains were laid to rest in the new South Side cemetery, followed by her parents, two brothers, three sisters, her High School and Sunday school classmates and teachers, and a large concourse of sympathizing relatives and friends. The funeral was the largest ever held in the Elkhart M. H. Funeral services were conducted by J. K. Brubaker of Rohrerstown, Pa., and J. S. Lehman, from Psa. 102:23. Sister Della will be sadly missed, by all, but most of all in the family circle, yet God has called her up higher, and though it is hard to say the last good-bye at the brink of the grave, yet for her to die was to enter upon the glories of eternal life. May God comfort her bereaved parents, brothers, sisters, and many friends and may this loud call move us all to set our spiritual house in order for the coming of the messenger that took out beloved sister and friend from our midst.
Smucker. On the 25th of May, 1894, in Champaign
Co., Ohio, after a lingering illness of consumption, brother Gideon
V. Smucker, aged 65 years, and 2 days. He was born in Mifflin,
Pa., May 23, 1829. He united with the Amish Mennonite church in
his youth and was a constant member until his death. He was married
to Maria Yoder, Dec. 14th, 1854. He was resigned to the Lord's
will during his last illness and when the end came he was ready
and willing to go, and calmly fell asleep. Thus we mourn not as
those without hope. He had the pleasure of seeing all his children
gathered into the fold of Christ, and all united with the church
of his choice. He leaves his companion, three sons, five daughters
(one son having preceded him), six grandchildren and one brother
to mourn his death. Funeral was held on the 27th at the Oak Grove
M. H. Remarks by John Warey in German and James Randall in English.
A large concourse of friends and neighbors met to pay the last
tribute of respect.
Our father has gone to his rest,
From a region of sorrow and pain,
To the glorious land of the blest,
Where he never will suffer again.
While in the cold tomb father lies,
His spirit is resting above,
In that happy and sweet Paradise
There nothing can enter but love.
Sleep on the dear Father! Thy soul
Has gone to that better abode.
And while ceaseless ages shall roll
Thou art resting in peace with thy God."
Wenger.- Near Dayton, Rockingham Co., Va., on the 26th of June 1894, sister Barbara Wenger, aged 84 years and 22 days. Buried on the 27th in the Blosser graveyard. Funeral services by Solomon Beery and G. D. Heatwole. Text, John 5:25-29.
Boll.- June 27th, 1894, of typhoid fever, in Manheim, Lanc. Co., Pa., Jonas Adam Boll, aged 27 y., 3 m., 26 d Funeral on the 29th. Text Isa. 38:1. Buried at Hernly's meeting house. A sorrowing widow, parents and a large circle of friends mourn his death.
Harnish.-May 27, 1894, near New Danville, Lancaster
Co., Pa., Lizzie M., daughter of Bro. Joseph and sister
Susan Harnish, aged 12 y., 9 m., 13 d. Services by John Harnish
and Abram Herr from Matt 9:24 and John 5:24, 25. She was a bright
and intelligent pupil at the Stone Mennonite S. S. and was loved
by all who knew her.
"What is life, and what are we?
Only leaves upon the tree,
Green today and tomorrow sear,
Then we are no longer here."
E. H. H.
Yoder.- Near Belleville, Pa., on the 10th of May 1894,
of old age, Elizabeth Yoder, aged 81 yrs., 1 mo., and 28
days. Buried on the 12th. Services were held by Menno Yoder. She
was much respected by all who knew her; she was the mother of
twelve children; six of them with her husband having preceded
her to the spirit land. She leaves two sons, four daughters, twenty-seven
grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren, two brothers and
four sisters to mourn her departure, but they mourn not as those
who have no hope.
"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 the everywhere."
Boshart.- On the 22d of June 1894, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colorado, Samuel, son of Menno and Catharine Boshart, aged 3 m. 14 d. Buried on the 24th. Funeral services by Joseph Gascho of Milford, Neb. And Joseph Schlegel and Jacob Yoder of Arapahoe Co., Col.
Kauffman.-On the 1st of June, 1894, in the Union township, Mifflin county, Pa., Solomon Kauffman, aged 75 y., 2 m., 19 d. His right side was helpless he having had a stroke of paralysis on the 27th of May 1891. Buried on the 2d, when a large circle of friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect to a departed one. He leaves one son, two daughters, fourteen grandchildren, and one great grandchild and two brothers to mourn his death, his wife having preceded him to the better home nearly 21 years ago. Services were held by S. W. and C. K. Peachey.
Schertz.- On the 4th of July, 1894, near Lilly, Tazewell Co., Ill., from the kick of his horse, instantly, Frank Schertz, aged 21 years, 2 months, 11 days. No one knew just how it happened as the deceased was alone in the stable at the time. He was a member of the North Danvers Mennonite Cong. Buried on the 6th in the Stauts Grove graveyard. Funeral services by Joseph King, Joseph Stuckey, and Pre. Birky.
Powell. On the 27th of June 1894, in Knox Co., Tenn., Henry Andrew, son of Henry J. and Lydia Powell, at the early age of 10 months and 24 days. Funeral services by H. H. God from 2 Sam. 12:19.
Kreider. Elgin, Ill., on the 14th of June, 1894, David Kreider, brother of John H. Kreider near Sterling, Ill. David had been a sufferer from epilepsy for 40 years, and his mind becoming affected he was taken to Elgin for treatment, and where he had been about 7 weeks prior to his death. His remains were brought back to the home of his mother near Sterling. Funeral was held at the Mennonite M. H. near the same place. Buried on the 16th of June, 1894. A large number of friends and relatives gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one that had been a sufferer for many years. Services by Philip Nice of Sterling and John Nice of Morrison.
Boyer.- On the 20th of June, 1894, in Ionia Co., Mich., Sister Elizabeth Hickman Eash Boyer, aged 74 years, 10 months and 23 days. She was married to Henry Eash as her first husband, with whom she had two daughters, who survive her. After the death of her first husband she married George Boyer. She was born in Somerset Co., Pa., and came to Elkhart Co., Ind., at an early day, making the journey in a wagon, and from there moved to Kent Co., Mich. She was a member of the church a long time and remained faithful to her death, and we have reason to believe that she has gone to her eternal rest, to be blest with all God's saints forever. Funeral services by Geo. Long, Peter Keim and Isaac Weaver from 1 Cor. 15:26. May God bless the mourning friends.
Halter.- Peter Halter was born on the 6th of October 1817, in Erie county, N. Y. He was married to Elizabeth Metz, Mar. 5th 1840, with whom he lived in wedlock 48 years, until Sept. 24, 1888 at which time God called her home. The fruits of this union were two sons, John S. and Jacob Andrew. He moved from Erie Co., N. Y. in 1852, since which time he lived near Rolling Prairie, LaPorte Co., Ind., where he also died. He united with the Mennonite church, during his residence in Erie Co., N. Y. and was a faithful member of the church to the time of his death. Two weeks before his departure he was taken with paralysis, and died on Saturday evening, June 2d, 1894, aged 76 years, 7 months, and 27 days. He leaves two sons, two brothers, and one sister. God spared him to a good old age, and we have reason to hope that in his departure, he has been called to his eternal rest. Peace to his ashes. Funeral services by J. F. Funk and David Garber of Elkhart Co., Ind.
Fischer.-On the 12th of May 1894 in Elkhart, Co., Ind., of scarlet fever, David son of Henry and Margaret Fischer, aged 9 years, 1 month, 14 days. Buried in the Olive graveyard on the 13th.
Fischer.-On the 30th of May, 1894, in the same family,
Margaret, age 2 y., 5 m., 25 d. Buried on the 31st at Olive. Funeral
services were postponed until July 1 when they were held in the
Holdeman M. H. by David Burkholder and John Hygema from Rev. 14:13.
May this affliction bring us all nearer to God, and cause us to
make preparation for that event which, sooner or later, will come
upon us all.
Farewell, dear parents,
The call has come,
Our Lord has called us
And we've gone home
Transcribed by Ann Miller White, Nebraska