Herald of Truth Obituaries - July, 1897

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIV, No. 13, July 1, 1897 - Page 206, 207

CORRECTION - In the obituary notice of Bro. Amos Honsberger of Jordan, Ont., in the issue of June 1, the name was erroneously given at Amos Hershberger.

SHUPE - Ursula Weitz Shupe was born in Bavaria, Germany, Dec. 26th, 1814; emigrated to Canada in 1853. Afterwards she was married to preacher Geo. Shupe. After his death she, with her daughters, moved to Mich. where she resided with her daughters until her death May 27, 1897, at the home of Amos Hunsberger. She was a member of the River Brethren demonination. Her age was 81 yrs. and 5 m. She leaves two daughters, five grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the house by C.C. Beery. At First Gains U.B. church by D.s. Shantz. Text chosen by deceased, Psa. 13:5.

GRAYBILL - On the 21st of May, 1897, sister Barbara Graybill, at her home near Thompsontown, Pa., aged 30 y, 8 m. and 1 d. Funeral services by William Auker, Samuel Leiter and Pre. Risser of Lebanon Co. Buried in the Lost Creek graveyard. She was taken sick with brain disease on the 12th of December. Since that time she gradually grew weaker until the Lord took her to Himself. When asked by the family if she wished to get well her reply was no, she did not want to get well. She had a strong desire to depart and go home to meet her father who has gone before. When it is ours to depart may we meet those loved ones gone before, to part no more. She leaves a dear mother, two brothers, and three sisters to mourn the loss of a loving sister, yet we need not mourn as though we had no hope, and while we bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well, we are assured that our loss is her eternal gain. Peace to her ashes.
"Sister, thou wast mild and lovely, gently as the summer breeze;
Pleasant as the air of evening when it floats among the trees.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber, peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou no more wilt join our number, thou no more our songs shalt know."

MARKLEY - George Markley was born in Eastern Pennsylvania Feb. 13, 1822, died at his home in Owen Co., Ind., May 30, 1897, aged 75 y., 3 m. and 17 d. He with his parents emigrated to the state of Ohio in his early childhood, when in the year 1846 he was married to Anna Kilmer. To this union were born one son and two daughters. He, with his family, emigrated to the state of Indiana and settled in his present home in 1864, where he has since resided. He leaves an aged widow, one son, two daughters, twenty grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss, which is but his eternal gain. He with his wife professed religion and united with the Mennonite church in 1853, of which church he was a member at the time of his death. During his last affliction he was very patient and resigned to the Lord's will, saying to many who visited him that he had peace with God and men and wanted to meet all in heaven. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, June 1st, at the Bower's Mennonite church, Owen Co., Ind., by D. Kingsport, Jno Mitchell and Wm. Krieble, text, Rev. 14:13, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." A very large congregation assembled as his funeral. We laid his body to rest in the graveyard by the church when for more than thirty-three years he was a constant worshiper. Peace be to his ashes.
"'Tis finished, the conflict is past, the heaven born spirit has fled;
His wish is accomplished at last, and now he's entombed with the dead."

GARDNER - On the 1st of May, 1897, in Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., of inflammation of the bowels, John, son of Frank and Mary Gardner, aged 11 ms. and 6 ds. Buried on the 3d in the Clinton cemetery. Service by D.D, Miller and Y. Miller.
Death has claimed our darling Johnnie, set a seal upon his brow;
In the arms of our dear Savior he is gently sleeping now.
He was lovely, he was fair, and for a while was given,
An angel came and whispered Johnnie come with me to heaven.
Tho' he was beloved on earth, yet the Savior thought it best
To take our little Johnnie into His eternal rest. PARENTS

KOLB - Jonathan Kolb, late of Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., was laid to rest on June 5, 1897, in the Vincent Mennonite cemetery. He was born Nov. 25, 1825, died June 1, 1897, aged 71 ys., 6 ms. and 6 ds. He united with the church at the age of about 16, and retained his membership through the rest of his life. He served as deacon for about 22 years and was loved and esteemed by many. His funeral was largely attended. The church has lost a faithful attendant, one who was helpful in the capacity of his office, and he will be greatly missed. The widowed wife, two sons and ten grandchildren, have lost a kind husband, a kind father, a kind grandfather. They together with the church will mourn their loss, but not as "those who have no hope," for we trust our loss is his gain. He also leaves four sisters to mourn their loss, Mrs. Annie Funk, Mrs. Lydia Kimes, Mrs. Mary Slichter and Mrs. Sarah Crater. Bro. Kolb said he noticed that his health began to fail about New Year, but he said nothing and only between five and six weeks before his decease he consulted his physician. The disease was dropsy of the heart, and his earthly life ended by heart failure. May God extend His grace to all his family, to all relatives and friends, and at the church also.
"Death has robbed us of our grandpa, whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was grandpa, yes, dear grandpa, can we help but shed a tear?
Yes, we miss him, oh, we miss him, when we see his vacant chair;
And how sad the room without him, for there is no grandpa there.
RESPONSE:
Weep not, dear ones, tho I leave you, it is but a few days more,
Till with Jesus I will meet you, one by one on that bright shore."
Sel. by a GRANDDAUGHTER

STAUFFER - On June 1, 1897, of dropsy, sister Lydia, wife of Israel Stauffer, at her residence near Farmersvillle, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 74 ys. She leaves a bereft family of three sons and two daughters and twenty-three grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. We mourn, not as those who have to hope, as she was a friend to all who knew her, and she always met with a kind and pleasant greeting. She lived the life of a Christian mother. It is a consolation to our souls that she is not lost but gone before. With this hope in view we long to meet her on the other shore. She was conveyed to the Groffdale graveyard where her body was laid to rest. Services were conducted by Isaac Taylor, John L. Landis and Elias Nolt. Peace to her ashes.
Mother has crossed the deep, dark river, with her Savior hand in hand;
Her earthly sorrows are all o'er, Mother is not dead, but gone before.
Mother is at rest, her suffering is o'er, no more pain for her to bear;
Why mourn we then who loved her? Mother is in heaven - no sorrows there.
Grandmother now is taken from us, she is gone beyond the sky,
But there's one sweet hope within us, we shall meet her by and by.

HERSHEY - On March 16, 1897, in Paradise Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia and heart trouble, sister Anna Hershey, wife of Bro. John E. Hershey, aged 63 ys, 8 ms. and 16 ds. A sorrowing husband, six children, and thirteen grandchildren mourn her departure. But we feel confident that she died as she lived - a Christian. She was buried March 19th in Hershey's burying ground. Funeral services were held at Paradise meeting-house by Amos Hoover and C.M. Brackbill, the latter speaking from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

HERSHEY - On May 31, 1897, in Paradise Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of old age, Elizabeth Hershey, aged 89 ys., 11 ms. and 19 ds. Deceased was the widow of the late Pre. Jacob Hershey, and the last daughter of Bish. Peter Eby. She was a faithful member of the church for about 74 years. During the last fourteen years she was confined to her bed, but she was cheerful and happy until the last few years of her life when her mind became very weak. Even then she enjoyed a gospel talk, and was often heard singing the old hymns which she had learned and loved. She was mother to a large family of whom there are living, seven children, thirty-three grandchildren, sixty-nine great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was buried June 3d in Hershey's burying ground. Funeral services were conducted at the house of her son Menno, by Amos Hoover, and at Hershey's meeting-house by C.M. Brackbrill from Job. 5:26.

MISHLER - On the 19th of May, 1897, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. Levi Mishler, aged 59 ys., 3 ms. and 14 ds. He was buried on the 21st Funeral services by Jonas Blauch and L.A. Blough. Text, Jno. 5:28, 29. Bro. Mishler left behind a sorrowing widow and family.

BLOUGH - On the 30th of May, 1897, in Roxbury, Cambria Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Bro. A.A. Blough, aged 35 ys., 1 mo. and 15 ds. The death of this brother was quite a shock to his friends as he was sick only about a week and the doctor thought he was on a fair way to recovery. Only an hour before he died he asked the physician whether he thought he could help him. He told him he thought there was no danger. Bro. B. said, "I am not afraid to die, but still I would like to be with my family." This gives us evidence that he was prepared to go in peace. He was a young man of talent and had many warm friends and was strong and vigorous, but such is life; for in the midst of life we are in death. He left behind a sorrowing widow and four children, one of them sick with the same disease. He also left behind 3 brothers and 2 sisters, but we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Buried on June 1st at the Blough Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by S.G. Shetler, Jonas Blauch, Sam'l Gindlesperger, Simon Layman and Alex Weaver. Text, Dan. 12:2.
My dear, kind wife, I say farewell, no doubt your sorrows to many you'll tell;
But bring them all to Jesus, dear, and He will comfort, you need not fear.
My children dear, we too must part, which no doubt makes you sad at heart;
Be kind to mother thro sorrow and toil, and learn of dear Jesus the best friend of all.
BY A FRIEND

YODER - Maria Fordenwald Yoder, died May 18, 1897, at the ripe old age of 86 ys., 1 m. and 22 ds. She came to America with her parents in her 7th year, was married to Joseph Yoder Nov. 5, 1833, was the mother of ten children, 4 preceded her to the spirit world; 2 sons and 4 daughters are yet living, and were present at her funeral which took place on the 21st at the Oak Grove meeting-house in Wayne Co., O., where she was buried beside her husband who had preceded her 11 years. Her prosperity yet living are 6 children, 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. The time of her widowhood she lived with her daughters Maria and Susanna who tenderly waited on her and nursed her until her death. God alone can reward them for what they have done in so tenderly waiting on their mother. Services at the house by David Hostetler and at the church by John K. Yoder and Calvin Weind.

STOLTZFUS - On the 11th of March, 1897, near Bird-In-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., Lizzie, wife of Christian Stoltzfus, aged 43 ys., 4 ms. and 26 ds. She died very suddenly of La Grippe. She leaves a sorrowing husband, four daughters and two sons to mourn the loss of a dear wife and loving mother, but we hope their loss is her eternal gain. She was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years. Her remains were laid to rest on the 15th in the Beiler graveyard near Ronks Station, followed by many sympathizing and bereaved friends to pay the last tribute of respect to the dear departed one. Funeral services were held by Benjamin Stoltzfus and Eli Zook.
Death has reached again our circle, robbed us of our mother dear;
In the depth of our affliction, can we help but shed a tear?
Yes, we miss her, oh, we miss her, when we see her vacant chair;
And how sad the room without her, for there is no mother there.
Had we thought of death so sudden, how much more we'd had to say;
But our voices were not answered, for we spoke to lifeless clay.

LOWE - Near Boiling Springs, Cumberland Co., Pa., May 13, 1897, of scarlet fever, Fannie Clara, only child of Harry and ____ Lowe, aged 6 ys., 4 ms. and 2 ds. Buried on the 14th in Mt. Zion cemetery near Churchtown. She was ill only five days.

ZIMMERMAN - June 2, 1897, near Hickorytown, Cumberland Co., Pa., of consumption and heart trouble, Isaac Zimmerman, aged 66 ys., 8 ms. and 17 ds. Funeral on the 5th. Buried at Slate Hill. Many people gathered to show their sympathy to the bereaved widow and her five children.

BRUNK - On the 9th of April, 1897, at the hospital, Mannheim, Pa., where she had gone to undergo a surgical operation for cancer, Elizabeth, wife of Franklin Brunk, of near Morgansville, Md., aged 39 years. She leaves her husband and four little sons. She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Susan Eshleman of Maryland. Seven brothers and two sisters also survive. She was a faithful member of the church for many years. Interment at the Reiff M.H. Funeral services by Henry Bare and Geo. Kenner.
Dear husband and children and friends, I bid you a loving adieu,
My care, pain and sorrow now ends, my Jesus has carried me through.
My mansion in heaven is fair, my Savior prepared it for me;
Oh meet me at home over there, where His face we shall evermore see.

HORST - On the 19th of May, 1897, at about 6 A.M. at his home near Maugansville, Md., of heart trouble, Bro. John Horst, aged 62 years, 11 months and some days. He was ill only three days. He was a member of our church and is survived by his wife, formerly of Franklin Co., Md., and one son and three daughters. Funeral and interment at the Reiff M.H., on the 21st. Services by Adam Bare and Geo. Keener.

SOMMERS - On the 5th of June, 1897, at Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, Bro. Samuel Sommers. He was born March 14th, 1833 and was aged 64 years, 3 months and 21 days. Deceased was married to Elizabeth Miller, March 10th, 1861. They were blessed with thirteen children. Funeral on the 8th at the Walnut Creek A. Mennonite meeting house, of which congregation he was a faithful member. Funeral services by David Beechy and Moses A. Mast of Walnut Creek. May God bless the bereft widow and children.

BISHOP - On the 22nd of May 1897, near Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., Pa., Sister Lizzie, wife of Joseph D. Bishop, aged 49 years, 2 months and 13 days. Sister Bishop was ailing for some time with complicated diseases; it seemed as though colic set in at last, and she died very suddenly, while sitting in her chair. Just one day previous to her death her husband had taken her out in the carriage as she always enjoyed driving very much. The following day about 1 o'clock she suddenly passed away. She leaves a sorrowing husband to mourn his loss. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church from early life. She lived an exemplary life in modesty, bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude, while looking forward to the eternal rest, where no more pain, sorrow or sickness shall be and where all tears shall be wiped away. Her remains were laid to rest in the Blooming Glen graveyard. Funeral services by David Gehman and John Leatherman at the house; by Abraham F. Moyer and Abrama Hiestand in English at the M.H. Text, Rom. 8:18. The meeting house was filled with sympathizing hearers.
"The golden gates were opened, a gentle voice said, come,
And with farewell unspoken, she calmly entered home." W.D.B.

ZIMMERMAN - On May 14th, 1897, near Churchtown, Cumberland Co., Pa., Edith Rebecca, daughter of John and Alice Zimmerman, aged 17 years, 6 months and 5 days. She had been complaining several days but was apparently getting better, when at midnight she called her parents. When her father entered her room she was up but he saw her sinking, and as he caught her in his arms she expired. Three years ago, while attending a continued meeting conducted by Bro. J.S. Coffman, she confessed Christ and united in church fellowship and has led an exemplary life ever since. She was a bright pupil at the Churchtown Sunday school where she is greatly missed. Edith was the first pupil of that school that died since its organization which was in 1885. While we mourn the loss of a loved one we mourn not without hope, believing that through grace she is now enjoying a rest in the realms of eternal bliss. Funeral on the 16th. Buried at the State Hill Mennonite meeting house where a large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to our departed sister.

RIEHL - On the 29th of May, 1897, near Lewiston, Union Co., Pa., Veronica, wife of Elias Riehl, aged 80 years, 9 months and 24 days. Buried on the 31st, followed to the grave by many friends. Funeral services by Thomas and Solomon Graybill. Deceased was born Aug. 5th, 1816 in Lancaster Co., Pa., and was the daughter of the late Samuel Lantz. In 1837 she moved with her parents to Union Co., where on the 8th of December 1840 she was united in matrimony with the husband who now, with three children and two grandchildren, mourns her departure. R.

STALTER - On the 18th of May 1897, in Livingston Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. John Stalter, aged 84 years, 8 months and 3 days. Like a weary pilgrim, longing for home and rest with Jesus, our dear aged brother passed from us, and we think of him as having gone where his soul so often longed to go. Bro. Stalter was born in Monbijon in Rhenish Bavaria, Germany and was thrice married. Eight children blessed the first union, of whom two sons and two daughters remain. His youngest sister, widow Susanna Petter Schmitt, residing in Alsace, Germany, also survives. His oldest daughter has been a hapless invalid for over twenty years, which weighed heavily on him at times, yet he ever did what could be done for his child. God graciously provided ample means and faithful servants, so that their home was one of peace and plenty. His remains were laid to rest on the 20th in the Waldo graveyard. A large concourse of friends assembled to pay their last respects to the departed. Funeral services by Joseph Kinsinger at the house and by Chr. Zimmerman at the church, from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8 and by J.P. Schmitt from Isa. 38:3, and by D. Orendorff from 2 Cor. 5:10, and from 1 Cor. 15:44 to end. Bro. Stalter was a faithful member in the Old Amish branch of the Mennonite church.

GOOD - On the 3d of June, 1897, at his home, near Clarence Centre, N.Y., Bro. Peter Good passed from this life. His age was 65 ys., 3 ms. and 1 d. He was suddenly taken sick while engaged at his usual employment, and after two weeks of severe suffering from typhoid fever with other complications, he passed away to his eternal rest. His beloved wife, three daughters and two sons survive him. Not only his family will miss him, as his useful and Christian life had won for him the esteem of all. Many were present at the funeral to sympathize with the bereaved relatives. Services conducted by S.F. Coffman, from 1 Cor. 15:54, "Death is swallowed up in victory."

BYLER - On May 31, 1897, Salome, wife of Fred Byler and daughter of Abraham and ___ Gerber. She was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 11, 1864, and died at Harper, Kans., aged 33 ys., 5 ms. and 20 ds. Buried June 1, 1897, being the first one to be laid into the new cemetery at Pleasant Valley. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 2 children, parents, 4 sisters and 1 brother to mourn her early departure, but they need to mourn as those who have no hope. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. Many friends and neighbors followed her to the grave. Services by T.M. Erb in English from Rev. 14:13, and B.F. Hamilton in German from John 11:25, 26. J.G. WENGER

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIV, No. 14, July 15, 1897, Page 221, 222, 223

OBITUARY
Brother Amos Herr of Lime Valley, Lancaster Co., Pa., one of the oldest and most widely known ministers of the Mennonite church in the county, died at his home near Lime Valley, on Saturday at 2 A.M., June 19, at the advanced age of 81 years, 3 mos. and 27 days. Bro. Herr was born on the farm upon which he resided his whole life time, on the 23d of Feb. 1816. He was a son of Bishop Christian Herr, who was a bishop and an efficient laborer in the church, and the author of a number of German Hymns which were published with his biography in 1887.
Bro. Amos was one of eight children of whom only the youngest, a sister, survives. Benjamin, who died about eight years ago, who was also a bishop in the church, was a brother. He (Amos) was ordained to the ministry in 1850, or in 1851, probably by Bishop Henry Shenk, and while, like most of our ministers, he followed the occupation of farming, the preaching of the Gospel, the gathering in of souls into the fold, and the building up of the Church was after all his life-work. He was, in this labor of love, in his time, no doubt the most active man in the Church. His comprehensive understanding of the word of God, his fluency as a speaker, his deep sympathies coupled with his warm social qualities, his devoted friendship, and affectionate love toward all make him a general favorite among all classes of people, and gave him an influence wherever he spoke, or whenever the people became acquainted with him, and the people listened to his earnest and lucid expositions of the scriptures with interest and with pleasure. He was called far and near to officiate at funerals among the different societies. He was ordained to the ministry when our people were accustomed to having all their church services conducted exclusively in the German language. Our brother's quick observation early convinced him that if the church would hold her young people, who were being educated in the English language, in the church, it would be necessary to preach the Gospel to them in English also; and for some time he was the only English Mennonite preacher in the county. His ready use of the English language and his willingness to preach to the people in that language attend much to his popularity among all classes. He was humble and submissive, in all his ways, and much devoted to his church and the principles and doctrines that she represents. He took an active part in securing the historical data and testimonials contained in the little volume, "The Mennonite Church and Her Accusers." In fact he collected a large portion of the facts concerning the stability and character of the Church as represented in that work and he was zealous in refuting bodily the unjust charges so unblushingly brought against her. He always was a warm and devoted friend to the HERALD OF TRUTH and the Mennonite Publishing House. He was deeply interested also in the Sunday school cause, and did all he could in every way to advance the cause of Christ. Indeed he was one of the strongest and ablest defenders of the Mennonite Church, and in his death we lose truly a Pillar of the Church.
From an exchange we copy the following: "He was ordained to the ministry about fifty years ago, and it was in the discharge of his duties, as an expounder of the Gospel, that he became known to the whole community, and commanded the esteem and respect of all its citizens. Until the time of his demise, he had an active charge of the Brick Church, at Willow Street, and also the Strasburg and New Providence charges. His abilities were soon recognized beyond that circumscribed district, and he was frequently called to distant points, to officiate at funerals, and in other functions. In matters where legal or financial points became involved in church affairs, or when questions demanding deliberate considerations arose, his able advice was almost invariably sought and his wisdom followed with beneficent results. As a citizen he was honored no less than as a minister, and his eminent qualifications of mind and heart endeared him to numberless friends, by whom his demise will be deeply and universally mourned." He had several attacks of vertigo the latter part of March, followed about a month before his death by heart failure. He recovered partially from both of these attacks, but later on his entire system seemed to give way to general debility and nervous prostration. His remains were laid to rest on the 22nd at the Brick meeting house where a large concourse of people had gathered to show their love and respect for the faithful minister who had labored so earnestly for almost half a century to build up the cause of Zion.
He leaves a sorrowing companion and four children to mourn his death. But we feel sure that our loss is his eternal gain. Peace to his ashes.

STUTZMAN - Elvina, daughter of J.P. and Mary Stutzman, of Elmira, Oregon, died of brain fever May 28, 1897, aged 8 years, 2 months and 18 days. She was sick only a short time. Funeral services at the Campbellite Church in Elmira on May 30th, but J.D. Mishler and L.J. Yoder to a large audience.
"A precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled the boon His love had given.
And though the body slumbers now, the soul is safe in heaven." HER MOTHER

AUKER - On the 4th of June 1897, near Mexico, Juniata Co., Pa., of liver trouble, of which he suffered patiently about one year, Bro. Isaac Auker, aged 54 years, 6 months, 11 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow with one son to mourn his departure. Buried at Lost Creek M.H. Funeral services by William Graybill and C.G. Winey. Text, Psa. 37:37.

STROUSE - On the 4th of June, 1897, in Plumstead, Pa., of confinement, Sister Sarah Ann, wife of Bro. Eli Strouse, aged 43 years, 9 months, 21 days. Buried at Deep Run, Pa., on the 8th. Services at the house by John Leatherman and Abram Meyers, and at the M.H. by Peter Loux, Henry Rosenberger and Jacob Rush. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 10 children to mourn her departure. The infant preceded the mother to the life beyond. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community. A.M.L.

LAPE - On the 22d of June 1897 in Somerset Co., Pa., of a lingering disease of nearly a year, Bertha Rachel, daughter of William and Ellen Lape, aged 1 year, 10 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 24th at the Maple Spring Dunkard church of which church the parents are members. Funeral services by Em. Blough, Sam. Zimmerman and L.A. Blough. Text, Job. 14:1--2.

SHERMAN - Ralph, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman of near Springs, Okla., died June 18, 1897, aged 2 years, 6 months and 1 day. Funeral and interment at the Sod M.H. near springs, Okla. Services conducted by S. Hetrick from Isaiah 40:6--8.
"A precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled."

CULP - June 4th, 1897, Simeon Culp, invalid son of C. and T. Culp, of Allen Co., Ohio, aged 20 years, 11 months and 11 days. Buried on the 6th at the Salem M.H. Services by C.B. Brenneman and D.S. Brunk. Simeon was helpless from infancy and could not walk or help himself in any way, yet he had a bright mind, and by hard efforts could talk some. He seemed to be reconciled to his condition and was always happy and cheerful and delighted to hear hymns sung and frequently requested to have people come to their house and worship with him. His mind was much engaged in praising God, so that we feel sure that since he has left us he has gone to the better world where he will have a perfect body. Peace to his ashes. C.B BRENNEMAN

SYNDER - On the 29th of June 1897, near Scotland, Franklin Co., Pa., of lung trouble, Bro. Wm. Synder, aged 60 years, 5 months and 21 days. He leaves a wife, one son and two grandchildren, and many friends and relatives to mourn his death. But he has now, we trust, gone home to dwell with the redeemed on Canaan's happy shore. Funeral services were held on the 1st of July at the Chambersburg meeting house, by the brethren P.H. Parret and Peter Wadel. Text, Matt. 24:44. His remains were laid in the graveyard close by, where a large number of friends and neighbors had gathered to pay their last respects to the departed one. May God comfort the bereft ones.

GOOD - Christopher G. Good, was born in Allen Co., O., May 8th, 1857, and died in Jasper Co., Mo., June 3, 1897. Funeral services conducted by Dan'l Kauffman. Text, Matt. 24:44. "Be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the son of man cometh." Bro. Good united with the Mennonite Church in his 18th year, and has since been a faithful member. He was united in marriage with Rachael Lehman, Feb. 23d, 1883, who together with two sons and two daughters survives him. His parents, four sisters, and 21 nieces and nephews were present at the funeral services. The story of his death is a sad one. He had been at work at a neighbor's house, being a plasterer by trade. The weather being threatening, he with his nephew, Thomas Kilmer, started home. When about half way, as they were passing a tree, they were both stricken down by lightening. Thomas recovered, and Bro. Good regained consciousness for a while, but the shock was too great and he succumbed to the inevitable. In his half-delirious condition, he would sing familiar hymns and talk of the goodness of God. His departure is mourned by his family, to whom he had been a devoted husband and father; by his church, in whose counsels his voice was often heard; by his community, before which he stood as a model citizen and a shining Christian example; but the pangs of grief brought to the hearts of all by the departure of one so worthy, disappear as we think of the blessed assurance that he has gone to his reward, and is today reigning with Jesus in paradise. May God be a husband to the widow, father to the orphans, comforter to the grieved and and distressed generally. The sudden departure of our deceased brother reminds us of how vain it is to live for this world alone. When, in the prime of life, and we little realize how near the brink of eternity we stand, we may be called away in the twinkling of an eye to meet the great Judge of the quick and the dead, who is to reward us according to the deeds done in the body. Were our brother permitted to send back a message to the friends left behind, possibly it might be this: "Be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

WOGOMAN - On the 16th of June, 1897, near Elkhart, Ind., of brain fever, Agnes Celestia, daughter of James B. and Eliza Wogoman, aged 2 months and 4 days. Buried on the 17th at the Olive meeting house. Funeral services by Amos Mumaw and Peter Hoffman from Matt. 2:18. May God bless the bereaved parents.

EGLI - On the 8th day of June, 1897, near Dewey, Ill., of blood poisoning, Albert, son of Benjamin and Adela Egli, aged 9 years, 2 months, 17 days. Poor Albert stepped into a rusty nail while he was playing. He suffered very much. Several days before his death he pointed heavenward and said, "There it is beautiful; I wish I were already there." His remains were buried on the 9th. Funeral services by D. Grieser, Dewey, Ill., and Jonathan Kurtz, Ligonier, Ind.

HERR - Mary Herr was born in Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 29th, 1807, died June 25th, 1897, in Elkhart Co., Ind., aged 89 years, 7 months, 29 days. She united in matrimony with Abraham Herr in 1822. To this happy union were born 9 children, of whom three are dead, also 21 grand-children, three dead, and five great-grandchildren, one dead. She was a member of the Mennonite church for 67 years. Buried at Yellow Creek M.H. Funeral services by D. Burkholder, J.S. Lehman and J.S. Coffman.

KREIDER - On the 9th of June, 1897, near Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary, wife of Michael Kreider, aged 70 years, 6 months and 3 days. She had been afflicted for several years, and for over 2 years could not walk and could only be moved about the house in a chair on wheels. She often longed to go home to her Savior. She was a sister in the Mennonite church for over 20 years. Four days before she died Bish. Isaac Eby visited her and gave her the communion. She leaves an aged husband over 4 score years old, two sons and five daughters and 15 grandchildren. She had the pleasure of seeing all her children join the church of her choice. May they all live so they can meet her over in the other world where there will be no more parting, no tears and no sorrows. Funeral services at the Strasburg Mennonite meeting house on the 12th conducted by Abm. Brubaker and Elias Groff.
Mother, thou hast left us lonely, sorrow fills our heart to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow, tears will be all wiped away.
Mother, thou art sweetly resting, on the gentle Savior's breast,
Where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.
BY ONE OF HER CHILDREN

HORNING - On the 2d of May, 1897, near Shambaugh, Iowa, of cholera infantum, Edna May, youngest child of Isaac and Leona Horning, aged 2 months. Funeral services from the home on Sunday evening by Pre. Yoder from 1 Peter 1:24, after which the dear little one was laid to its resting place in the Butler cemetery followed by a large concourse of friends and neighbors. Edna leaves her parents and little brother and sister to mourn her early death. Edna had been here just long enough to entwine herself into the affection of parents, brother and sister, yet God saw fit to transplant her into the heavenly field to bloom in the brighter and eternal world.
"This lovely bud, so young and fair, called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower in Paradise would bloom.
Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade, death came with friendly care,
The opening bud to heaven conveyed, and bade it blossom there."

STAUFFER - Sarah Hiestand, wife of Jacob M. Stauffer of Salunga, Pa., died May 5th, 1897, of asthma caused by taking a severe cold. In five days she passed over to meet her God and those gone before. She was a devoted wife and mother always being busily employed for some one and leaves behind many friends, not only members of the Mennonite church of which she was a member some thirty years, but many others young as well as old. She was the last of nine sisters, but is survived by two brothers, namely Jacob and Harry. The deceased was born on the 12th of March, 1824, in East Hempfield Twp., where she resided for 73 years, 1 month and 23 days. She is also survived by a husband and one son.

SUTTER - On the 17th of June, 1897, near Hartford, Kansas, Josephina, daughter of John and Fannie Sutter, aged 16 months. Thus one little life has gone from our home, one sweet lisping voice is hushed, but we do not wish her back. Truly God has not erred; He doeth all things well. Funeral services by Joseph Schiegel.
Death has robbed us of our baby, whom we loved and cherished dear,
It was baby, yes, dear baby, can we help but shed a tear?
Yes, we miss her, O we miss her, when we see her vacant crib,
And how sad the room without her, for there is no baby there.
Had God asked us, "Shall I take her," we had said, "Oh spare the day!"
Yes, with streaming tears entreat Him, "Lord, we love her, let her stay."

NEWHAUSER - On the 14th of June, 1897, in Knox Co., Tenn., of consumption, Joseph Baxter, son of Bro. C.B. and Sister Catharine Newhauser, aged 24 years, 8 months and 14 days. He was followed to his last resting place by far more friends than could find room in the little meeting house. He leaves his parents, three brothers and four sisters to mourn his early departure. Funeral services by H.H. Good and N.Z. Yoder from Psa. 39:4, 5.

NIGHSWANDER - At Markham at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. Pringle, on the 3rd of June, 1897, Sister Barbara Nighswander. Deceased suffered much of a broken leg, but we trust she has gone where there is no more pain, nor sorrow. She waited patiently for the end. Her age was 79 years, 4 months and 15 days. Service by S.R. Hoover from 2 Tim, 4:7, 8.
She has gone to her Savior to be there at rest, yes gone to receive a bright crown with the blest;
But yet we may meet her in glory so fair and there with the loved ones Christ's glory to share.

SHANK - On the 11th of June, 1897, at the residence of his youngest son, near Green River, Pickering Twp., Ontario, Bro. Jacob Shank passed into the sprint world. He died of dropsy and other infirmities. The deceased brother greatly exceeded the allotted time of three score years and ten, having attained to the ripe age of 91 yrs. and 1 d. Bro. Shank had always enjoyed comparatively good health. A great many of his days were spent in his Master's service. During the evening of his life he patiently waited for and desired the coming of the Lord to take him to his rest. On the 13th the remains were followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and neighbors to the Reesor cemetery where the interment took place. Services at the house and in German at the church were conducted by John G. Hoover. After this, Samuel R. Hoover spoke in English from the words, "Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel." Amos 4:12. Some very precious truths were delivered on this subject and the unconverted were faithfully warned to make their peace with God in early years. We may not all have length of days to serve Christ as did our departed brother. May we not only be hearers of the Word, but faithful doers also. L.J.B.

GOOD - On the 5th of June, 1897, at her home in Clarinda, Iowa, Maude, daughter of John and Louise Good, aged 20 years, 1 month and 1 day. Maude taught school a short time, but being desirous of more education especially in music she left her home last August to study further in her chosen vocation at Chicago. On the 28th of March her parents received a letter stating that she was quite ill and desired her father to come after her which he did. They arrived home on March 30th. Several days prior thereto and ever since up to her death, Maude suffered patiently but hopefully of consumption. She cheered her parents' with her trust, that whatever might come, all was well. Maude was an obedient girl and has been a church member for a number of years and while her parents, brother's, sister's hearts bleed to-day over the vacancy death has left in their home, yet they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral from the home June 6th. Services conducted by Pre. St. Clair. Text, Psalms 90:6. A very large concourse of friends were present to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was loved and esteemed by all who knew her.
"Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding, o'er the spoils that death has won,
We would at this solemn meeting calmly say, Thy will be done.
Though cast down we're not forsaken though afflicted, not alone,
Thou did'st give, and Thou has taken, Blessed Lord, Thy will be done."

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


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