MILLER - Joseph P. Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., in 1824, and died May 9th, 1896, aged 72 years, 1 month and 17 days. He was married to Sally Stutzman of Fairfield Co., Ohio, on the 17th of December, 1843, and moved to Johnson Co., Iowa, in the fall of 1855, where he resided ever since. Buried on the 11th of May. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. He leaves three daughters and one son to mourn their loss. Funeral services by Sebastian Gerig and the writer, from Rom. 8:25. CHRISTIAN WEREY
HERR - On the 11th of May, 1896, in Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Addie, daughter of Benjamin and ____ Herr, aged 10 years, 3 months and 15 days. Funeral services at the Brick church by Jas. H. McGowen, from 2 Kings 4:26.
KAUFFMAN - Feb. 23d, 1896, near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., Sister Fanny Kauffman, aged 55 years, 5 months and 23 days. Funeral on the 25th. Services by Yost C. Miller in English, and Eli S. Miller in German. Text, Matt. 24:44, 45.
MISHLER - April 7th, 1896, near Elkhart Ind., Clyde
Mishler, aged 5 years, 3 months and 7 days. The remains were
taken to LaGrange Co., and buried at the Town Line M.H., where
funeral services were held by J.J. Troyer, from Psalm 102:12,
and by Y.C. Miller, from Psalm 16:5, 6.
"Lovely Clyde, thou wast too fair in this cold world to stay;
So God in mercy called thee home, to dwell with Him in endless day."
TROYER - March 24th, 1896, near Emma, LaGrange
Co., Ind., of erysipeias, Viola, daughter of John and Sophia
Troyer, aged 10 months and 9 days. Thus another soul has forever
escaped the pitfalls of that arch-enemy of everything which is
pure and holy, and is wafted into the glorious presence of Jesus,
to cease from pain and sorrow, and to "rest" until the
resurrection morning of that final and great day, when all must
appear before God with Jesus and His angels to receive their just
and final reward. Funeral services at the Shore M.H. by Y.C. Miller.
It seemed our household joy was gone, as 'neath the little casket lid
Was gently placed our darling one, and in the grave was hid.
Tearfully we lowly laid her, 'neath the grass that grew so green,
And the form we loved so dearly, in our home no more is seen.
Sleep, Viola, sleep, 'tis hard to part, but God has thought it best;
To give you almost broke our hearts, but now you are at rest.
Oh let us fly, to Jesus fly, whose powerful arm can save;
Then can our hopes ascend on high and triumph o'er the grave.
SHANK - On April 29th, 1896, of paralysis, in Finney Co., Kansas, sister Nancy (maiden name Ramer), wife of Pre. Michael W. Shank, aged 57 years, 11 months, 24 days. Deceased was born in Richland Co., Ohio, May 5th 1838 and moved with her parents to Elkhart Co., Indiana in her young days. On June 17th 1854 she was married to Michael Shank. The same fall she united with the Mennonite church, of which she remained a faithful member unto the end. In her last days here on earth she was little concerned about the things of this life, but prepared for the life to come. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband, 5 sons, 5 daughters, 5 grandchildren, an aged mother, 2 sisters and 3 brothers to mourn their loss. One son, two grandchildren, father and one brother preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted on May 1st by George E. Studebaker. Buried in the Pleasant Valley burying-ground.
EBERSOLE - Jan. 13th, 1896, in Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sarah S. Ebersole, widow of John Ebersole, who died 50 years ago. She leaves two sons, Levi, in Indiana, and Aaron, at home - and three daughters - Mrs. Bohn Balmer, of Elizabethtown, Mrs. John Good and Mrs. John Engle, of Cumberland Co.; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. The deceased was a faithful, consistent and exemplary member of the Mennonite church. Being left a widow at an early age, she raised her family of children in the fear of God and lived out her widowhood to the day. Only those who have had like experiences can know what trials, what hopes a mother has who has the care and rearing of a family where there is no husband and father. But this pious mother put her trust in God, and to Him she ascribed all the honor and glory, and appeared to be always thankful for His blessings. Her last sickness, which lasted about three weeks, she bore with Christian fortitude, often expressing a desire to go home. As she neared the end she could hardly wait for the summons. The hymn entitled, "Abide with me," was one of her favorites. She passed away without a struggle, just as when a light burns out. Appropriate funeral services were held in the church in this place by Martin Rutt and Samuel Zook from Phil. 1:21. The age of the deceased was 85 years, 11 months and 16 days. Thus passed away one whom to know was to love. May our last days be like hers.
ROHM - On the 12th of May 1896, at Bealeton, Fauquier
Co., Va., Joseph, son of George and Emma Rohm, aged 2 years
and 6 days. Funeral services by J.J. Barntreger, from Isa. 49:14-16
and Cornelius Beachy from Luke 18:15-17. It was a heavy blow for
the parents, yet they can have the comforting assurance that their
dear little one is at rest.
NEELY - James Burns Neely was born in Ashland
Co., Ohio, on the 11th of September 1836 and died at Wakarusa,
Elkhart Co., Ind., aged 60 years, 6 months and 2 days*. The remains
were buried at Yellow Creek M.H., where funeral services were
conducted by Amos Mumaw and J.S. Coffman. Text, Rom. 6:23.
*Research note from Joe Springer: Year of birth and age at death transcribed as they appear in the obituary. One or both must be incorrect since they calculate to a death date of Mar. 13, 1897. Tombstone (Wisler's row 14) indicates Neely died May 12, 1896 at age 61y 6m 2 d. i.e. born Nov. 10, 1834. The German obituary has the same dates.
CANIS - On the 7th of May 1896, 7 o'clock in the evening, Edward Carl Canis, aged 70 years, 4 months and 3 days. He was born in Saxony, Germany, Jan. 4th, 1826, and came to America in 1848. In 1849 he was married at Philadelphia to Barbara Hartman. In 1872 he moved with his family to Elkhart, Ind., at which place he lived until his death. He had twelve children, six of whom died and six survive him. His remains were laid to rest on the 9th, in Grace Lawn cemetery by the side of his beloved companion, who had preceded him ten months ago. Funeral services were conducted by J.S. Lehman.
SOUDER - On the 20th of April 1896, in Souderton, Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Katie Souder, aged 89 years, 9 months and 15 days. Buried on the 25th in the Franconia Mennonite graveyard.
LEWIS - On the 30th of April 1896, near Marwood, Pa., Sister Emma Lewis, wife of William Lewis, aged 41 years, 2 months and 19 days. Buried on the 4th of May in the Franconia graveyard.
KAUFFMANN - On the 26th of April 1896, near Lombardville,
Stark Co., Ill., of brain fever, Lydia, daughter of Peter
and Maria Kauffmann, aged 2 years, 2 months and 1 day. Buried
on the 28th in the Willow Spring graveyard. Funeral services by
Joseph Buercky and Jacob Ringenberg.
AMON - On May the 8th, 1896, near Caledonia, Kent Co., Mich., of lung trouble, Sister Fanny Amon, wife of John Amon. She had been suffering over a year, but bore her affliction with patience. She was fully reconciled to the will of God. She made the arrangements for her funeral a few days before her death, selecting the text she wished to be used, and the ministers. She was the mother of twelve children; two preceded her to eternity, ten with the husband and father are living to mourn the loss of a loving companion and a kind and dear mother. Her funeral was largely attended. Services at the house by J. Hahn in German, and at the church in English by C.Wenger from Job 19:25, and Peter Keim in German.
LANDIS - On the 28th of April 1896, near Murrell, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Annie, daughter of Bro. Elam Landis, aged 17 years, 10 months and 6 days. Her mother died about ten years ago, and it is now about 8 months since her little sister Ada was buried. It makes us feel sad, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. We have reason to believe they are at rest. Annie had a cough for a little over a year, but she never complained and always thought she was well till about six weeks ago she got so weak the doctor was sent for. When told she could not get well any more she was satisfied and expressed a desire to be baptized. She was instructed and received into the Mennonite church four weeks before she died. She never seemed to enjoy the sinful fashions and pleasures of this world like many young people do. She was willing to leave all and follow Jesus. What a good example for her sisters and associates. My prayer is that we might all profit by these afflictions, and that more would choose that better part which shall not be taken from us. Her remains were laid to rest on the 1st of May at Metzler's meeting house where services were held by Elias Nolt and Isaac Eby, from Lam. 3:31-33. We were kindly admonished by the brethren to press onward, and the young were warned to make the necessary preparation before it is too late. She leaves parents, two brothers and five sisters and many friends to mourn her departure. She had no fear of death but said it could not come too soon.
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BOSHART - On the 27th of May 1896, near Thurman, Colo., after a short period of suffering from the bite of a rattle snake, Joseph, son of Joel and Anna Boshart, aged 2 years, 2 months and 22 days. The remains were laid to rest on the 28th in the A.M. graveyard near Thurman. Funeral services by Joseph Schrock from John 3:14-21, and 2 Sam. 12: 15-23.
RAUM - On the 10th of May, 1896, at Bealeton, Fauquier
Co., Va., of dropsy and pneumonia, Josie, beloved son of
George and Emma Raum, aged 2 years and 6 days. All his sufferings
are at end, and his spirit is at rest. Services by J. Borntreger
from Isaiah 49:15-17, and C. Beachy from Luke 18:15-17. May he
rest in peace.
"Once we had a little blossom, full of sweetness, full of love,
But the angels came and plucked it for the beauteous realms above.
Little Josie was our darling, pride of all our hearts at home;
But the angels, breathing lightly, came and whispered, "Josie, come."
Death has robbed us of our Josie, whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was Josie, yes dear Josie, can we help but shed a tear?
Now the little hands are folded, and the little clothes laid by;
And our darling's gone to rest, to the spirit world on high.
Dearest Josie, how we miss thee, here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
His mother, EMMA RAUM
YODER - Catharine, widow of Jonas M. Yoder, deceased, was born April 17th 1839, died April 9th, 1896. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. She was sick about four months, first with catarrhal lung fever, but toward the last with consumption. Though she suffered greatly at times, yet she took all with Christian patience. She thought at first that she could not part with her children, two being invalids, but she trusted in the Lord, and about her last wish was that her time would be short in this life, for she had a bright hope for the life beyond. She leaves two brothers and four children to mourn to loss of a dear mother. She was laid to rest April 11th in the family cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Moses Mast, John Miller and John Zook in German, from John 14:2, and Josiah Hochstetler in English.
MILLER - On March 8th, 1896, near Hopedale, Tazewell
Co., Ill., after an illness of but a few hours of croup, Leroy,
son of Andrew J. and Lamora Miller, aged 3 years. He died on his
birthday, and was buried March 9th. Services at the Amish M.H.
by Joseph Egli and Daniel Nafziger. The remains were laid to rest
in the Amish graveyard north-west of Hopedale.
"Dearest Leroy, thou has left us, here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'twas Jesus that bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal.
Leroy, thou art sweetly resting, cold may be this earthly tomb;
But the angels whispered sweetly, come and live with us at home."
WAMBOLD - Bro. Abraham Wambold was born
in Pennsylvania, November 5th, 1810, came to Canada in 1830, was
received into church membership in 1839. He was esteemed as a
firm Christian by all that knew him; married to Hannah Wanner
in 1840. He was a reader of the HERALD OF TRUTH from the beginning
of its publication. He was well versed in the Bible. He died of
infirmities of old age May 24th 1896, in Zurich, Ontario, aged
85 years, 6 months and 19 days. He leaves a widow in feeble health,
nine children all of whom followed him to the grave, 28 grandchildren,
5 great-grandchildren and many friends. His concern was the welfare
of souls and the extension of Christ's kingdom. Funeral services
May 26th in the Baptist church, Zurich, by Bro. J. Nahrgang. Text
Phil. 1:21, and John 14:2. On the 27th he was buried at the Christian
Eby M.H. Berlin, when Bro. N. Stauffer spoke from Psa. 94:19,
the text Bro. Wambold had selected some time ago.
Our household is broken, the Lord has struck the blow;
So then we will not murmur, Father's trials and cares are o'er.
God help us to be faithful, that we may meet him there,
With all the heavenly angels, bright glory there to share.
KULP - On the 24th of April, 1896, near Danboro,
Bucks Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Abraham B., son of Bro. I.L.
and Sister Catharine Kulp, aged 14 years, 1 month and 16 days.
He was sick only five days, but suffered very much; but all so
patiently, although he had a longing desired to get well again.
He leaves bereaved parents, one brother and four sisters, besides
many friends and Sunday school mates, who will miss him very much,
as he always greeted us with a smile; two brothers preceded him
to the spirit world. He was buried on the 28th of April in the
Doylestown Mennonite church-yard. Funeral services by Henry Rosenberg
and Samuel Godshalk. Text Gen. 41:14, last part which was selected
by the father.
Fond parents, calm the heaving breast, the Savior called him home;
Grieve not, your darling is at rest, beyond this vale of gloom.
Let hope's bright beams dispel the gloom that fills your throbbing breast;
'Twas Jesus kindly bade him come, and called him to his rest.
DETWEILER - May 21st 1896, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Sister Mary, widow of Bro. Samuel Detweiler, aged 78 years, 8 months and 14 days. She was buried on the 29th of May in the Deep Run Mennonite burying-grounds. Funeral services by John Gross and Henry Rosenberger. Her husband preceded her several months. He was in the 82nd year of his age.
Parents, you have left us lonely, sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow, tears will all be wiped away.
Parents, you are sweetly resting, here your toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, never can distress you more.
KAUFFMAN - On May 29th 1896, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Jacob Kauffman, aged 80 years, 5 months and 9 days. Buried on the 31st in Levi. L. Yoder's burying-ground. Services by Michael Yoder and Moses B. Miller. This was the largest funeral ever witnessed in the neighborhood of Thomas' Mills.
GREIDER - In Osborn, Ohio, Clarence, son of Jacob
E. and Mary L. Greider, died May 16th 1896, aged 6 days. Funeral
services by Pre. Leatherman. Text Matt. 18:23.
"Little Clarence was too fair in this cold world to stay,
So God in mercy called him home to dwell in endless day."
MILLER - On the 16th of May 1896, in Lagrange
Co. Ind., Eddie, son of Josiah and Fannie Miller, aged
10 months and 11 days. Funeral at the Shore M.H. Services by J.J.
Weaver and DD. Miller.
Dear Eddie, since thou art gone, we miss thee from thy place,
The place in vacant in our home - we miss the smiling 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.
GOOD - On the 24th of May, 1896, in Branch Co., Mich., suddenly of heart disease, Sister Diana Good, wife of Bro. Henry Good, aged 54 years, 13 days. She was born in Rockingham Co., Va., May 11th 1842. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband in feeble health and six children to mourn her death. Two children preceded her to the eternal world. Her last hour on earth was spent in devotional exercises. Several of the neighbors had gathered in on Sunday evening, and some time was occupied in reading the Bible, singing and prayer, in which she took an active interest. After prayer she joined heartily in singing the hymn "A charge to keep I have." Suddenly she dropped over and in a very short time the spirit had fled. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
BLOCHER - On the 1st of June, 1896, near Wakarusa, Ind., of heart failure, Christian Blocher, aged 59 years, 5 months and 16 days. He was born in Erie Co., N.Y., Dec. 15th, 1836. He was united in marriage to Susanna Martin, June 18th 1865. In the same year he moved to Elkhart Co., Indiana, where they since lived. He leaves a deeply sorrowing companion, four children, four grandchildren, a brother and sister to mourn his death. He was buried at the Olive M.H., on the 4th, where services were conducted by John F. Funk and Amos Mumaw - from 2 Cor. 5:1. The funeral was largely attended.
GLICK - On May 18th 1896, John K. Glick, near Middlebury, Ind., aged 66 years, 10 months and 4 days. He was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., July 14th 1829, and moved to Indiana in his earlier days. His wife and nine children survive him. His disease was consumption, and for three years he was unable to be out. During that time his voice was almost silent. He accepted Jesus as his Savior in his young days, and we trust he is at rest. Buried on the 20th. Services by Joseph Mast and Abraham Troyer.
SCHROCK - On May 11th 1896, infant child of Daniel J. and Mary Schrock, near Middlebury, Ind., aged 14 days. Buried on the 12th. Services by Peter Lehman.
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