PRE. HENRY WIEBE
On the 30th of January, 1897, in Edenburg, Manitoba, after an illness of three weeks, Bro. Henry Wiebe calmly fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 58 years. He leaves his deeply bereaved widow, four children and many friends to mourn his early departure. The funeral, which occurred on the 2d of February, was probably the largest and most solemn ever held here. The six ministers of our congregation took part in the solemn service; two ministers from our neighbor congregations were also present. Bro. Wiebe lived in matrimony 37 years. Of his five children one preceded him. For 33 years he was a minister of the Bergthal cong. He was one of the men deputized in 1873 by the Bergthal congregation and other Mennonite congregations in Russia to come to America to look for a suitable place for the Mennonites in Europe to form a settlement. While some of those deputized selected localities in Kansas, others Minnesota and Dakota, Bro. Wiebe selected for his congregation the fertile, unexcelled Red River Valley in southern Manitoba, to which place the Bergthal congregation soon after emigrated, and where they are still located and where they have risen from extreme poverty to prosperity and wealth. At the head of this extensive emigration, which took place in 1874, was Bro. Wiebe, and in later years he continued to be the leading spirit in the efforts for securing better schools and a higher plane of intellectual, moral and spiritual life in our Bergthal Cong. He was at all times a fearless exponent and defender of the truth, ever ready to speak openly against any evils that crept into the church, and to testify faithfully against the ungodly ways of some of the members, as well as against all religious errors that were propagated among his people. On this account our departed brother often brought upon himself serious accusations, severe trials and conflicts and the displeasure of many opponents. He loved to converse on experimental religion and the blessed, saving truth and all religious aspects. He was also a close and interested observer of the religious and temporal affairs of his day. In the death of our brother a heavy loss is sustained; the family that of a loving husband, father, protector and guardian; the church, her most influential minister, a faithful servant and a prudent shepherd; the ministry of the church, a highly esteemed counsellor and co-laborer in the vineyard of the Lord, and the whole community a highly respected, honorable, influential personality, yet the Lord's will be done; so that when we humbly bow, to His providence we submit, knowing that He doeth all things well.
ANGLEMOYER - On the 21st of January 1897, near Blooming
Glen, Bucks Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Sister Anna, wife
of John H. Anglemoyer, aged 37 years, 3 months and 21 days. Sister
Anglemoyer was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, a model
Christian in her life; only those that knew her best know how
her life was spent in doing good to those around her. She leaves
a sorrowing husband and family of four small children to mourn
their loss, but not without hope; she died a happy death. A large
concourse of friends followed her to the resting place. Appropriate
services were conducted by Henry B. Rosenberger and Abm. F. Moyer.
"We miss thee, mother dear," a voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled. Wm. D.B.
BECHTEL - On the 1st of Feb., 1897, in Hereford, Berks Co., of grippe and pneumonia, Elizabeth, daughter of the late Bish. John L. Bechtel, aged 80 years, 4 months and 22 days. Buried on the 6th at the Hereford Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by John Esch at the house and by Henry S. Bower and Jacob B. Mensch at the meeting house.
BUCKWALTER - Jan. 27th, 1897, in Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Samuel Buckwalter, aged 80 years, 4 months and 12 days. Funeral on the 30th. Text, Job 5:26. Services by Bish. Eby. A widow and six sons survive to mourn their loss which we hope is his gain, he having been a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years.
BISHOP - On the 5th of Feb., 1897, in Cass Co., Mich., Jonathan S. Bishop, aged 63 years, 5 months and 25 days. He was born in Medina Co., Ohio, August 11, 1834. His parents moved to Cass Co., Mich., in 1837 and located in Mason Twp., where he resided since. He was married to Mary M. Colby in 1858 with whom he had six children. His first wife died in 1873. He was married to Mary Holdeman in 1875. She died November 18th, 1879. In 1883 he married Mary Ellen Mengle, who survives him. He leaves one son and two daughters to mourn his death. He was a kind father and his death caused deep sorrow. He was buried on the 8th inst. Services were conducted by J.F. Funk. Text, Heb. 9:27. May God comfort the sorrowing hearts and lead them all to put all their trust in Him from whom all help cometh.
HARTZLER - On the 2d of February, 1897, just two days later, J.G. Hartzler, father of the afore-named child, died in Garden City, Mo., after an illness of several years' duration, of throat and lung trouble, aged 40 years and 18 days. Buried in the Clearfork cemetery Feb. 3d, after which funeral services were held at Sycamore Grove M.H. by Levi J. Miller in the English language and by J.J. Hartzler in the German language. Brother Hartzler was an active worker in the church as well as in the Sunday school, as long as health permitted his presence. He leaves a deeply bereaved widow with three small children to mourn their loss, which is shared with the deepest sympathy by those, who, from like experience, can alone realize the depth of their sorrow. May our dear sister not allow this double bereavement to absorb her with overmuch sorrow, but may she put her trust in Him who hath said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Z.
HARTZLER - On the 30th of January, 1897, in Garden City, Mo., of diphtheric croup, Marion David, son of J.G. and Susana (Hooly) Hartzler, aged 2 years less 6 days. Buried January 31st, in the Clearfork cemetery, after which funeral services were held in Sycamore Grove M.H. by J.J. Hartzler.
KAUFFMAN - Jan. 29th, 1897, near West Liberty, Ohio, of lung trouble, Mary Kauffman, aged 24 years, 3 mos. and 18 days. She was an exemplary member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services at South Union church on 31st, conducted by D. Plank in German, and M.S. Steiner in English.
MOYER - On the 3d of Feb., 1897, in Salford., Montgomery Co., Pa., of la grippe, and jaundice, Sister Katie Moyer, aged 70 years, 5 months and 27 days. Buried on the 9th in the Salford Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services by Henry Bower at the house and Bish. Josiah Clemmer at the M.H. Text, Psa. 37:37.
ALDERFER - On the 5th of Feb., 1897, in Franconia, Montgomery Co., Pa., of la grippe and lung fever, Bro. John K. Alderfer, aged 69 years, 3 months and 8 days.
ALDERFER - On the 7th of Feb., 1897, of the same disease, Sister Sarah Swartley, wife of Bro. John K. Alderfer, aged 66 years, 2 months and 27 days. They were united in matrimony about 48 years ago. Of their 8 sons and three daughters 6 sons and one daughter survive. On the 11th, their remains were laid to rest. Funeral services by M.R. Moyer and Henry Godshall at the house and by Josiah Clemmer, assisted by Jacob Menach, at the M.H. Text, Isa. 57:1, 2.
DELP - On the 9th of Feb., 1897, at Reliance, Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Peggie Delp, aged about 82 years. Buried in the Souderton Mennonite graveyard on the 13th. Funeral services by Abel Horning at the house, and by Josiah Clemmer at the M.H. Text: Prov. 22:2.
EVEREST - On the 2d of Feb., 1897, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Sister Mary Ann Everest, aged 68 years, 3 months and 5 days. She was born in Franklin Co., Penna., Oct. 28th, 1829. She was united in marriage with James Everest Oct. 7th, 1847. She leaves her husband, eight children, and fifteen grand-children. They first settled in Ashland Co., Ohio, and after about six years, in 1853, they removed to Elkhart Co., Ind., where they have since resided. About eight weeks before her death Sister Everest had a fall by which one of her limbs was broken at the hip joint. She was also afflicted with rheumatic pains from which she suffered intensely, so that sometimes she was compelled to moan and cry aloud, so that it was painful to hear it. During her suffering she was led to look unto the Lord for help. By the grace of God there was finally accomplished what had been in her heart for many years. She consecrated herself to the service of God, and was received into fellowship with God's people by baptism. She died the blessed hope of that life where there shall be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more suffering, and no more death. She was buried on the 5th at the Olive M.H. The funeral services were conducted by J.S. Coffman and J.F. Funk. We trust that this dispensation of God's Providence may have made a lasting impression on the dear ones of her own household and also on others, and that by the grace of God they may be led to give themselves to His service and in their last days be able to rejoice as she rejoiced in the blessed promises of Him who is able and willing to save to the uttermost all who call upon His name.
CASSEL - On Feb. 2d, 1897, in Blooming Glen, Pa., of diabetes, Sister Elizabeth, widow of Samuel K. Cassel, in her 60th year. Her remains were laid to rest in the Blooming Glen graveyard on the 5th. Funeral services were conducted by Henry B. Rosenberger and Abm. F. Moyer. W.D.B.
BIXLER - On Feb. 1st, 1897, in Olver Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. John Bixler, aged 83 years, 3 months and 12 days. He was born in Fayette Co., Penna., Oct. 19th, 1813. He was married to Nancy Silvius in 1834. This union was blessed with nine children, 35 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. His wife died on the 24th of Dec., 1896, at the age of 85 years. Two children also preceded him to the eternal world. He united with the Mennonite church sixty years ago. Two sons and five daughters survive him. He was buried on the 3rd at the Olive Church. Funeral services were conducted by Amos Mumaw and J.F. Funk, from 2 Tim. 4:6--8. Brother Bixler was a faithful, devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and more than ordinary well versed in the teachings of the gospel and the doctrines of the church. Peace to his ashes.
BEIDLER - On Feb. 9th, 1897, in Perkasie, Pa., of cancer of the breast, widow of Nathan Beidler of Bedminster, Pa., in her 79th year. The deceased was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite church. She died with the blessed assurance that her Redeemer lives. Funeral services by Henry B. Rosenberger and Geo. Haugen. W.D.B.
BOWER - On the 5th of Feb., 1897, in Harleysville, Montgomery Co., Pa., Samuel C., infant son of Aaron and Lizzie Bower, aged 5 months and 2 days. Funeral services by Jacob Moyer and Josiah Clemmer. Interment on the 10th in the Salford Mennonite graveyard.
CARPENTER - On the 15th of Jan., 1897, near Meyerhoeffer's
Store, Va., Leannah, wife of Samuel Carpenter, departed
this life at the age of 73 years, 3 months and 15 days. She leaves
a husband and twelve children to mourn their loss, two having
preceded her to the spirit world. She was buried at Freden's church,
Jan. 17th, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and
friends. Services were conducted by Gabriel Heatwole from 2 Cor.
5:1, which was her choice as a text. She was a consistent member
of the Mennonite church for 48 years.
"Farewell, husband, God has called me, weep not for me when I'm gone,
But prepare to meet me yonder, when the Christian course is run.
Farewell, dear loving children, I have gone with Christ above,
Where no pain or sickness enters, and where all is love and joy.
Seven months, dear mother suffered, but she meekly bore it all;
Never in complaints she murmured, but awaited God's last call.
O, dear mother, when we meet you, in the joyous realms above,
Gladly we will haste to greet you all our hearts aflame with love.
Mother, dear, you were our comfort, loved by all the hearts at home;
But the angels coming quickly, gently whispered, mother, come.
We'll not murmur though we miss thee, rest thou now from all thy care,
Soon we hope with wings celestial to be borne thy joys to share"
CLOUSER - John H. Clouser was born in Perry,
Co., Pa., Dec. 23d, 1823, died at his home in Rockton, Clearfield
Co., Pa., Jan. 14th, 1897, aged 73 years, 22 days. He leaves an
afflicted wife, four daughters and one son to mourn his departure.
Interment at the Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by Pre. Hicks
of the M.E. church of which the deceased was a member for about
forty years. The church was filled to overflowing with friends
"We miss thee, father dear, from thy old familiar place;
We do not hear thy footsteps near nor see they cheerful face.
We miss thee at the table, we feel thy absence there;
And oh, what sorrow fills our heart to see they vacant chair.
Father, how hast thou bereft us, in this sad world here below;
Yet a mother still is left us for our God would have it so." M.I.C.
PEACHEY - On January 24th, 1897, in Mifflin Co., Pa., wife of Moses Peachey, aged 25 years, 3 months and 14 days.
FREED - On the 31st of January, 1897, at Wakarusa, Elkhart
Co., Ind., Sevilla, wife of Joseph N. Freed, aged 41 years,
8 months, 28 days. Her remains were laid to rest in the North
Union graveyard. She leaves a husband and three children, a brother
and many warn friends. Her parents and a brother have preceded
her to the spirit world. Funeral services by J.K. Brubaker and
"Death has robbed us of our mother, whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, yes, dear mother, can we help but shed a tear?
Yes, we miss her, O, 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.
Farewell husband, farewell children, tender was my love for you;
Let that love in you continue, live for God, adieu, adieu.
HAUDER - On the 16th of February, 1897, of the infirmities of old age, Andrew Hauder, aged 88 years, 3 months and 8 days. Buried on the 18th. Funeral services by H.J. Krehbiel in presence of a large assemblage, from Psa. 116:5, and Psa. 116:6. His companion preceded him about two years. He was the oldest member of his congregation at Trenton, Ohio, and since his wife's death he greatly longed for the hour of his departure. H.J. KREHBIEL
HORNING - On the 4th of February 1897, near Shambaugh,
Page Co., Iowa, of lung trouble, Charlotte, daughter of
A.A. and Hester Horning, aged 13 years, 4 months and 9 days. She
was sick about four months and bore her sufferings with patience
and Christian fortitude. It seems that Lottie had made her peace
with God and had a bright hope of the future world. At different
times she requested her parents to read to her out of the word
of God. On hearing of the death of her grandmother Horning, who
preceded her to the spirit world only a short time ago, she seemed
to fully realize that she would soon follow. Lottie was the first
one to be called from the family circle. She leaves her parents,
three brothers and four sisters to mourn the loss of a kind and
loving child and sister. May this be an admonition to the family
to prepare to meet Lottie where parting never comes. Funeral services
were held in the Brick church in Shambaugh on Feb. 5th by Elder
Cabbage assisted by Pre. Buckner. Text, Jer. 15:9. Her sun has
gone down while it was yet day.
"Fond parents, calm the heaving breast, the Savior called her 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 her come; and called her to His rest."
LECHLEITNER - On the 10th of Jan., 1897, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Mervin, son of David and Della Lechleitner, aged 21 days. Services were conducted by John Hygema, from Matt. 18:2, 3. May God comfort the hearts of these parents for the loss of their little one whom God has taken to Himself.
SCHWIETZER - Frona, wife of George Schweitzer, was born near Conestoga, M.H., Waterloo Co., Ont.; Feb. 15th 1849, and died Dec. 22d 1896, at her home at Kill Creek, Osborne Co., Kans., aged 47 years, 10 months, 7 days. She was married to George Schweitzer April 12th, 1869. To this union were born eleven children, ten of which -- six girls and four boys -- are living. Her bereaved husband also remains to mourn her death, but what is their loss is her eternal gain. She was an invalid for two years and all of that time she sat in a chair, unable to help herself. At first she had rheumatism, then she was paralyzed and lost the use of her limbs, but she bore it all with Christian patience, always cheerful and rejoicing in a Savior's love. The immediate cause of her death was another paralytic stroke. The funeral services were conducted by D.G. Lapp of Juniata, Neb., from 1 Thess., 4:13, and the last clause of Luke 8:52. Her remains were laid in the Evangelical graveyard, Kill Creek, Kansas.
SCHMUCKER - Near Waupecong, in Howard Co., Ind., on the 2d of Feb., 1897, of typhoid fever, Susan Schmucker, widow of Christian Schmucker, aged 81 years, 8 months and 14 days. She was a consistent member of the old Amish Mennonite church , a pious mother, and one that was ever ready and willing to give good counsel at home and in the church. Her husband and two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves three sons and three daughters and kind friends to mourn their loss, but their loss is her eternal gain. She was buried on the 4th. Funeral services at the house by Pre. Daniel Beachy from Arthur, Ill. Text, 1 Thess. 4:13--18. In all her sufferings she was very patient, and resigned herself to the will of God.
MOYER - Sister Anna Landis Moyer was born on the 18th of April, 1830, was married to Jonas Moyer. Two children -- a son and a daughter -- blessed this union. About five years ago her husband was suddenly called from her to eternity. She passed away on the 21st of January 1897, from the effects of paralysis, of which she suffered about two weeks, aged 66 years, 8 months, 23 days. Buried near Franconia M.H., in Montgomery Co., Pa., on the 25th. Funeral services by M.R. Moyer at the M.H., and by Josiah Clemmer at the house. Text: Luke 12:35--37.
KRATZ - On the 1st of Feb. 1897, in Perkasie, Burks Co., Pa., of pneumonia, sister Catharine Kratz, aged 68 years, 11 months, 19 days. Her remains were laid to rest on the 6th in the Line Lexington graveyard. Funeral services by Abel Horning at the house, and by John Walter at the M.H. Text: Rev: 21:4.
PLETCHER - On Dec. 28th, 1896, at Gilead, Nebr., Lydia, wife of John Pletcher (maiden name Berkey), died of dropsy and heart trouble, aged 26 years, 10 months and 17 days. She leaves a husband and two little girls, a mother, five sisters and six brothers to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, as she left a bright hope that she was one of the redeemed ones. She was buried on the 29th in the Ross Creek cemetery near Reynolds, Neb. Funeral services by Pre. Adkins of Fairbury, Neb., and Pre. Cronck of Gilead.
STEINER - On Jan. 27th, 1897, near Dalton, Ohio, Olive, daughter of Sem. and Lydia J. Steiner, aged 1 month and 2 days. Buried on the 29th at the Sonneberg M.H. Funeral services by Ira J. Buchwalter in English, and Jacob Nussbaum in German.
STAUFFER - On the 31st of January, 1897, at her daughter's
home in York Co., Pa., of dropsy, sister Maria Stauffer,
widow of the late Bish. Frederick Stauffer, who preceded her to
the eternal world thirteen years ago. Her age was 76 years, 6
months, 24 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church
almost her whole life time. For forty long weeks she was ailing
and suffering so that she had a strong desire to depart and be
with Christ. Services by Bish. Martin Rutt, Eli Hursh, and Theodore
B. Forry. Text: Psa. 90:12.
Well she is gone, and now in heaven, she sings His praise who died for her;
And in her band a harp is given, and she's a heavenly worshiper. THEO. B. FORRY
RICKERT - Near Unionville, Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Elizabeth Rickert, formerly of Hilltown or Leidytown, Bucks Co., Pa., and a daughter of the late deacon Abraham Lapp. She had been getting weaker for several years till she fell asleep, we hope in Jesus, on Feb. 9th 1897, aged 86 years, 27 days. One son and two daughters survive to mourn their loss. But we are glad to say they need nor mourn as those who have no hope, as she had long been a faithful child of God in the Mennonite church, and the last days of her life were particularly devoted to the service of her Master. Therefore we hope she has gone to that rest which is prepared for the children of God. Buried on Sunday Feb. 14th from the house of her son-in-law A. Fretz in Line Lexington cemetery. Text at the church, Phil. 1:21--232. Peace to her ashes. JOHN WALTER
STOLTZFUS - Elam J., son of Simon and Katie Stoltzfus, near Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., died of brain fever, on the 6th of Feb. 1897, aged 6 years, 2 months and 22 days. He was sick five weeks and suffered great pain, but death has relieved him. Funeral services were conducted at the house by John Mast and Gideon Stoltzfus, an at Pequa M.H. by Daniel Stoltzfus and John Mast. Text: Luke 18:15--17.
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THOMAS - On the 18th of Feb., 1897, in Somerset Co., Pa., Holbert, infant son of David and Alice Thomas, aged 1 month and 8 days. Funeral on the 19th at the Fry (Dunkard) M.H. of which church the parents are members. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Zimmerman and Emanuel Bough.
REAM - On the 8th of Feb., 1897, at Scalp Level, Cambria Co., Pa., Alonzo Elsworth Ream, aged 25 yrs., 3 mos., 14 days. This young man was in his prime with the prospect of a long life before him. Several weeks ago he took pneumonia, but he appeared to be on a fair way to recovery. As he was seated at the dinner table taking a hearty dinner he began bleeding at the lungs. He became anxious about his soul's salvation, and ministers were sent for, but before they had arrived his soul had fled. A loud call to those to delay to accept Jesus. We hope he may in his last hour made peace with God, but delays are dangerous. May all who read this incident, who are yet out of Christ, accept Christ at once and be ready for death when it comes. Funeral services were conducted at the Dunkard church at Scalp Level, by J.N. Durr, L.A. Bough an Hiram Musselman.
HERSHEY - In Lancaster City, Pa., January 23d, 1897, of a lingering illness of about one year, Sister Susan M. Hershey, daughter of John D. and Anna Hershey, aged 31 years, 8 months and 16 days. She was converted when 14 years old and lived a devoted life to God and found great pleasure in His service. She was deeply concerned about the salvation of others, and when opportunities were presented would invite others to come to the Savior. Her pen was also not silent but frequently wrote instructive articles for the HERALD OF TRUTH. May the good counsel given yet speak and be helpful to many in life's journey. She was resigned to the will of God, yet at times longed to depart and be with Christ. She had chosen her funeral text, Rom. 8:18. "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
STAUFFER - On Feb. 26th, 1897, of pneumonia, Mary, wife of Aaron Stauffer, at her residence near Spring Grove, Lancaster Co., Pa. Mother was born Oct. 25th, 1835, and was therefore aged 61 years, 4 months and 1 day. Her beloved husband preceded her to the spirit world 14 years ago. Mother leaves a bereft family of four sons and two daughters, the writer being the husband of the elder; also two brothers and four grandchildren survive her. We mourn not as those who have no hope, as she was a friend to all who knew her, whom she always met with a kind and pleasant greeting. She lived the life of a devoted 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 Weaverland cemetery where her body was laid to rest. Services were conducted by John L. Landis and Bishop Isaac Eby, from the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
KAUFFMAN - On the 29th of Jan., 1897, in Logan County,
Ohio, Mary, daughter of Jacob and Leah Kauffman, aged 24
years, 3 months and 18 days. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite
church and had so lived that when death came in the early summer
of her life she was prepared. She had been confined to her bed
for nearly two weeks, suffering with lung trouble which caused
her death. Medical skill and careful nursing failed to bring to
her wanted health; she patiently waited and without murmuring,
peacefully passed away. Those standing around her bed saw she
was earnestly engaged in prayer. By her death, father, mother,
4 brothers and 4 sisters mourn the loss of a dutiful daughter,
a kind a loving sister, but we need not mourn as those who have
no hope. We have the blessed hope that she is now enjoying the
glory of the saved. The funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 31st, at
the South Union meeting house. Services were conducted by David
Plank and M.S. Steiner. Text, Psa. 39:4, "Lord make me to
know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I
may know now frail I am."
O, Mary we thought it could not be as round the bed we stood,
And when the clock eleven struck you had passed away and all was good.
O, parents do not weep for me, I'm over the river safe and free;
Just try to live in Christ, I say, and He will help you on the way.
O, brothers and sisters I have gone the way, and all of you had here to stay;
But I hope to meet you in the bright land and then we'll join in a happy band.
MISHLER - On the 24th of February, 1897, near Honeyville, La Grange Co., Ind., Andrew Mishler, aged 46 years, 10 months and 18 days. He leaves a wife, six children, five step-children, and two grandchildren, an aged father and three sisters to mourn his death. Bro. Mishler was sick four weeks, beginning with lagrippe. He bore all his sickness in patience. His desire was to leave this world. Funeral services on the 26th in the Town Line meeting house to a large congregation. Services were conducted by Jonathan J. Troyer, John Hochstetler and Amos Cripe. Text, Psa. 32:30.
KING - Clara B, daughter of Barbara and Simon B. King of Flanagan, Ill., was born Nov. 18th, 1896, died Feb. 24th, 1897; funeral services were conducted by Pre. J.B. Zehr, from 2 Sam. 12:23, assisted by Pre. D. Orendorff, from Psalm 103, also Pre. J.P. Smith, from Mark 12:23. J.W.B.
LEHMAN - On the 9th of February, 1897, near Gainsburg, Dauphin Co., Pa., Fannie Lehman, wife of deacon Peter Lehman, aged 66 years, 1 month and 24 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and will be greatly missed. Her remains were laid to rest in the Stauffer cemetery and services were held in the church near by, conducted by Martin Rutt and John Ebersole, text, Rev. 7:16, 17.
FORRY - On Feb. 11th, 1897, at Roanna, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Mary, wife of Christian Forry, aged 40 years, 9 months
and 17 days. She was a member of the Mennonite church and a bright
shining light to those around her. She was much needed in her
family, but God saw fit to call her hence. She leaves a husband,
6 children, an aged father, brothers and sisters to mourn the
loss of a beloved one. Funeral services were held in Bassler's
M.H. and her remains laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining. Services
conducted by Gabriel Heatwole of Virginia, Abraham Witmer and
Martin Rutt. Text, Matt. 21:42, "This is the Lord's doings
and it is marvelous in our eyes."
"A light is from our household gone, a voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home, that never will be filled." A BRO.
BUCKWALTER - On the 27th of September, 1896, in Lancaster
Co., Pa., of kidney trouble, after an illness of about three weeks,
Milton J., only son of Milton and ___ Buckwalter, in the
seventh year of his age. He leaves besides his parents, a sister,
and many relatives who deeply mourn their sad loss.
Life's brief race already run, eternity so soon begun.
The last victory so early won, rest thou in peace.
BAKER - At his home in Wadsworth, Medina Co., O., Feb.
4, 1897, Bro. Noah Baker passed from this life of pain
and sorrow to a life of everlasting joy and happiness, at the
age of 64 years, 1 month and 9 days. He was a consistent and faithful
member of the Mennonite church for many years; his place at meeting
was seldom vacant if health permitted. He was sick little over
two weeks and though he suffered intense pain at times yet he
bore it with Christian fortitude. with a bright hope of entering
into that life where there is no more pain or death. By his death
the neighborhood feels the loss of a kind friend and neighbor,
ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, always ready
to visit the sick. May we all follow his example, especially in
trying to lead such Christian life, always cheerful and happy,
trying especially to make those happy around us, as was his desire.
He leaves three brothers and three sisters to mourn his departure,
yet they need not mourn as for one there is no hope for. The family
feels the loss of one that was so attached to them as a dear husband,
and kind and loving father. He leaves two sons, one daughter,
and five grandchildren to mourn his death. Yet not our will, but
Thy will O Lord be done. Funeral services were held at the Lower
Mennonite church by Isaac Good in German and Ira Buchwalter of
Dalton in English. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. This was our departed
friend's selection before his death. A very large concourse of
friends and neighbors assembled to pay the last tribute of respect
to one so near and dear. Peace to his ashes.
"Farewell to you, my children dear, since I must go and leave you here;
For me to come to you is vain, in heaven we hope to meet again.
Cheered by faith we follow thee, gazing on thy pallid face;
Thou with Jesus now shalt be, crowned with heavenly love and grace.
Adieu my friends, my life is past, my love you had while life did last.
Mourn not for me, or sorrow take; but live for Christ, while you may.
Yet again we hope to meet you, when this day of life is fled,
When in heaven with joy to greet you, where no farewell tear is shed." A FRIEND
BYLER - On the 20th of January, 1897, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S.M. Cripe, near Plymouth, Marshall Co., Ind., of heart disease, Christian Byler, aged 88 years, 2 months, 12 days. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services on the 24th at the Maple Grove (Haw Patch) church by Jonathan Kurtz.
LOVERIN - On the 21st of Feb., 1897, near Teegarden, Marshall Co., Ind., of consumption, Lemert Loverin, aged 24 years, 3 months and 26 days. He was called to see his lost condition and a few weeks before his death, gave himself up to the service of the Lord, and was baptized and received into church fellowship. He leaves a dear father, four brothers and two sisters. Services by Henry Weldy, from Matt. 24:44. May God comfort the sorrowing family.
BRENNEMAN - On the 19th of Feb., 1897, Florence,
daughter of George and ___ Brenneman, aged 1 month and 23 days.
Services by Henry Weldy, Jonas Loucks and J. Christophel.
"Weep not for me, my parents dear, since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be, O parents do not weep for me.
Weep not for me, since 'tis in vain, in heav'n above we'll meet again.
Where we can then together be, forever in eternity."
KRAMER - On the 12th of Feb., 1897, in Lower Salford Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, Susan, wife of Edwin Kramer. While she had long been ill, she was bedfast but three weeks. Her age was 31 years and 3 days. Husband and four small children -- all daughters -- survive. The eldest is but 8 years old. The funeral was held on the 18th. Interment at the Lower Skippack Mennonite M.H. Jacob B. Mensch, H.H. Johnson, Henry K. Wismer and Amos K. Bean conducted the services.
NYCE - On the 17th of Feb., 1897, near Harleyville, Montgomery Co., Pa., Emma, wife of Frank B. Nyce, aged about 35 years. Husband but no children survive. Deceased was the daughter of the late William Kolb. The funeral was held on the 21st, at 9 o'clock at the house. Interment at the Lower Salford Mennonite M.H.
BRICKER - On the 27th of February, 1897, near Baden, Waterloo Co., Ont., Abraham Bricker, aged 87 years and some months. His remains were laid to rest at the Mannheim Mennonite M.H. The funeral was very largely attended.
TYSON - On the 26th of Feb., 1897, in the Berlin-Waterloo hospital, Berlin, Ont., of paralysis, Isaac W. Tyson, aged 83 years, 7 months. Buried on the 1st of March at the C. Eby Mennonite M.H. Deceased was born in Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., May 26th, 1813. He came to Canada with his parents in 1835, settling at Bridgeport, Waterloo Co. Here he followed the vocation of public school teacher for a number of years. On the 30th of October 1839, he was married to Nancy Clemmer. In 1859 they moved to Kent Co., Mich., where his wife died Sept. 17, 1877. After her death he returned to Waterloo Co., and made his home with his brother-in-law, Bro. Abraham C. Clemmer (now deceased). Since Nov. 1895 he has resided in Berlin. Sunday Feb. 21st, he had a stroke of paralysis from which we gradually sank until death came. He leaves no children.
KING - On the 3d of Jan., 1897, of consumption, Barbara
Shrock, wife of J.M. King of Flanagan, Ill., aged 26 years,
2 days. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church. She solved
the solemn question of the soul's destiny in her early youth and
proved a true laborer for the Savior. She was a faithful member
in the church, a devoted worker in the Sunday school. She also
took a great interest in the support and encouragement of the
measures for the relief of the poor. She leaves a bereaved husband
and three little girls to mourn her early departure. We cannot
account for it, but we believe it was well with her soul. She
was conscious up the the time of her death. Ten minutes before
she passed away she longed to see her mother, and in the presence
of her husband, mother and sister passed away quietly in the triumph
of the Christian faith. The husband and children may now realize
that they have a greater interest in heaven since her early departure.
The community has lost a respected neighbor and the church of
which she was a member for a number of years an honest and consistent
sister. The funeral took place on Jan. 7th, 1897, after which
she was laid to rest in the Waldo cemetery. A large concourse
of sorrowing friends and neighbors gathered to show their sympathy
with the bereaved ones. Funeral services were conducted by Pre.
V. Struber of Washington, Ill. There was nothing in this life
that gave her a desire to longer remain but that of the love for
her dear husband and children. Otherwise the joy of her departure
seemed to be that "all is well." The home may be sad
and gloomy to the husband and children, but may they realize the
very presence of the heavenly Comforter who is ever near those
who look to God for help.
O Barbara dear, you left me here in this land of dark despair.
With little jewels bright and fair, but we hope to meet you there.
O we thought it could not be as around the bed we stood,
And when the clock struck the hour of twelve you passed away and all was good.
Dear husband, do not weep for me, I'm over Jordan safe and free.
Just try and live in Christ, I say, and He will help you on the way.
SCHLEGEL - On the 12th of Nov., 1896, in South East Hope Twp., Oxford Co., Ont., of stomach and heart trouble, Bro. Nicholas Schlegel, aged 63 years, 3 months and 12 days. He was born in Alsace, France (now Germany), on the 30th of July, 1833; he came with his parents to America, in 1839, was married to Barbara Bender with whom he lived in happy matrimony 38 years, 9 months, 10 days. Of their 9 children 7 survive with their mother to mourn his death. Buried on the 14th in the East Zorra graveyard. Funeral services by Chr. Litwiller and Jacob Bender to a large concourse of friends.
HORST - On the 22d of February, 1897, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of cancer, Sister Magdalena Martin, widow of the late David Horst, aged 82 years, 10 months, 8 days. Buried on the 25th, in the Martin graveyard, north of Waterloo, where Paul Martin and Bishop Abraham Martin preached to a large concourse of friends. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church for many years and was highly respected. She was born in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Apr. 14th, 1814. She came to Canada with her parents in 1819. Dec. 4th, 1832, she was united in marriage to David Horst who died May 15th, 1884. Of their fourteen children, nine survive to mourn the loss of an affectionate mother.
KOLB - Nancy, widow of Benjamin Kolb, late of Lucon, Montgomery Co., Pa., died of pneumonia about 1 o'clock Wednesday morning, Feb. 17th, 1897, at the residence of her son-in-law Jacob L. Beck, near Lucon, aged 78 years, 8 months and 25 days. She was bedfast for ten days. Deceased was born in Lower Salford township, near Harleysville, and lived all her life within four miles of her birthplace. Her husband died 13 years ago, leaving the widow and four children who still survive. The funeral was held Monday, February 22, at 9:30 am. at the house. Interment at the Upper Skippack Mennonite meeting-house, of which congregation deceased was a member and where her husband and the youngest daughter are buried. The funeral services were conducted by Jacob B. Mensch, Henry K. Wismer and Henry H. Johnson.
SNYDER - On the 27th of February, 1897, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of diphtheria, Christian B. Snyder, aged 72 years, 4 months, 9 days, He had been in feeble health for several days, when three days before his death, diphtheria in malignant form developed, which baffled the skill of the best medical aid, and he sank rapidly until death released him. His remains were followed to their earthly resting place at the Martin M.H. on the 2d of March, by a large concourse of friends. Funeral services by Paul Martin and Joseph Gingerich. Deceased was born in Waterloo Co., on the 18th of October 1824. He united with the Mennonite church at an early age. On the 31st of October, 1848, he was married to Barbara Bowman who with five children survive to mourn the loss of a devoted companion, affectionate father and devout Christian. Five children preceded him.
UNDERCOFFLER - On the 13th of Feb. 1897, at Creamery, Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, Frank Undercoffler, at the home of his sister, Mrs. William Miller. He was conscious to the last. His age was about 43 years. Deceased had been suffering with consumption for about four years but was bedfast only three weeks. Deceased was the son of James Undercoffler, and was one of a family of fifteen children of whom eight are still living. The funeral of the deceased was held on the 17th. J.L. Becker, of Lansdale, and H.H. Johnson conducted the services. Interment at the Lower Skippack Mennonite burial ground, where the father of the family lies.
RUNEKER - Dec. 1st 1896 near Flanagan, Ill., Adeleth, wife of Fred Runeker passed from this life to the spiritual home, aged 27 years, 5 months and 13 days. She suffered 6 months of consumption. During most of her life she was not concerned about the salvation of her soul, but during the last few weeks of her life, Pre. J.B. Zehr visited her and she said her future was so dark and she was sorry her life had not been better spent. The brother kindly admonished her and prayed earnestly to God to pardon all her sins, and read to her the 23d Psalm and her sad countenance began to brighten, and she said her mother used to read that to her when she was a little child. Bro. Zehr told her to seek Jesus while He was to be found, and then bade her adieu. The next time he went to see her she was greatly changed, and rejoiced that she had found the true light, and she had peace with God and wanted to fully obey the command of the dear Savior. She desired to be baptized and also to partake of the emblems of Christ's body and drink of the cup which He commands us to do in memory of Him. All this was gladly done by Bro. Zehr. and after that she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. May this be the means to bring the unconverted husband to the feet of Jesus who with three children mourn her death. Funeral services at the Mennonite M.H. by Pre. Zehr in English, and Pre. Stahley in German. Her remains were laid to rest in the Waldo cemetery. JW.B.
BENNER - On the 19th of February, 1897, near Evendale, Juniata County, Pa., sister Barbara, wife of Jacob W. Benner, aged 46 years, 8 months and 3 days. Her maiden name was Snyder, she was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. The family feels the loss of one that was closely attached to them as a dear companion and a kind and devoted mother and the church feels the loss of a faithful member. She leaves one brother and one sister, three sons and two daughters and a sorrowing husband to mourn their loss. Buried at Lauver's meeting house and followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Services at the house by William Graybill, and at the church by A.D. Wenger and Samuel Lieter. Text, Eccl. 12:5.
HERSHBERGER - Mahlon E. Hershberger died at the residence of his father, Edward Hershberger, about four miles from Grantsville, Md., on Monday, Feb. 15, of a disease of the kidneys. The obsequies were held at the Mapledale A.M. meeting house near Grantsville, on the 17th ult. The services were conducted by Jacob S. and Joel J. Miller. The deceased was 35 years and 3 months old. He was, for a number of years, a member of the Amish Mennonite congregation of this community. He bore the reputation of an upright, quiet, well-meaning, unpretentious, Christian young man, and we trust he is gone to a Christian's reward. Through his fatal illness he suffered intensely, yet uncomplainingly. This unhappy occurrence forcibly demonstrates that death is no respecter of physique but that the apparently strong, robust and brawny, as well as the feeble, must succumb to its cruel, cold blasts. In human contemplation death presents an awful prospect, yet the conclusion of sound, Christian logic must be that life is more awful than death, for we are responsible for the omissions and commissions of life and not for the natural occurrence of death. Let us ever remember that every act of ours will stand for or against us, before the judgment bar of God.
WEAVER - On March 1st, 1897, in Nappanee, Ind., of neuralgia
of the heart, Barbara Weaver (maiden name Kauffman)
aged 71 years, 2 months and 14 days. She was born in Cambria Co.,
Pa., Dec. 15th, 1826. She had been subject to epileptic attacks
for a number of years and had a spasm at five o'clock in the morning;
afterward she ate a hearty breakfast. In a short time she complained
of a severe pain about the heart. A physician was sent for, they
laid her upon the bed, she breathed twice and her spirit took
its flight to God who gave it. She was an exemplary Christian
in the Amish Mennonite church. Her husband preceded her to the
spirit world nearly six years ago. She leaves one son and five
daughters to mourn their loss. Funeral services by Jonathan P.
Smucker in German from Ps. 16:1, and Jas. M. McGowen in English
from John 19:25--27.
Death has robbed us of a mother whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, yes, dear mother, 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.
Mother's work on earth is ended, faithfully the cross she bore,
Now her living soul is ascended over to fair Canaan's shore.
CARPENTER - Mrs. Leanna Carpenter died on Friday,
Jan. 15th, 1897, aged 73 years, 3 months and 10 days. She had
been a consistent member of the Mennonite church for 48 years.
She was a faithful Christian ever living up to her profession,
and though we miss her from her accustomed place we know that
our loss is her gain, for she has now crossed the chilly waters
and is now sweetly resting. All her troubles are now over, all
her suffering ended. Then, dear friends, weep not for her, but
live that you may meet her one by one as you cross death's stream.
Funeral services at Frieders' church on Sunday. Pre. Gabriel Heatwole
conducted the service.
Death has borne from you your mother, you have taken your last farewell,
From a wife and loving mother, why it was we cannot tell.
God saw fit to call her higher from this world of toil and care
To her home beyond the river, oh prepare to meet her there.
Six long months your mother lingered though she meekly bore it all,
Till the angel coming quickly, gently whispered, sister come.
Pain no more shall heave her bosom, all her trials now are o'er,
She has passed awhile before you, joined the loved ones on heaven's shore.
At your loss, oh! do not murmur, though it fills your heart with pain,
Nature's ties are strong and tender, but your loss is her eternal gain.
Then farewell mother and loved companion, till you meet on heaven's shore;
For when life's' short day is ended, you shall meet to part no more." L.A.L.
FERRY - Feb. 11th, 1897, near Rowenna, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., of pneumonia, Mary F., wife of Christian Ferry, aged
40 years, 9 months and 17 days. Funeral on the 15th at Bossler's
by Abram Witmer and Martin Rutt. A large congregation assembled
to pay the last tribute of respect. Our loved sister left a bright
hope that she was going home to be free from all pain and suffering
and we have reason to believe that she is now sweetly resting
in the arms of a risen Redeemer. It is also a comfort for the
aged father in the evening of his life to have that blessed hope
of soon meeting his beloved daughter never to take the parting
hand. May this solemn call be the means of drawing the husband
nearer to God and may he be deeply impressed of the solemn charge
left in his care, those motherless children, that he may bring
them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, that when they
are once called from time to eternity they may meet their loved
mother, in an unbroken family circle, where the surges cease to
Now husband and children allow me to speak,
That you no longer so sadly may weep.
While I in the grave am mouldering away.
Remember my soul in that glorious array.
Now weep no longer for me, husband dear,
But weep for yourself, and the children yet here,
For me you may hope to meet some day
And also enter in the joys of the Lord.
O dearest companion be constant in prayer
For the dear ones entrusted to your tender care,
And lead them to Jesus in life's early prime
That they in His glory forever may shine.
God help us rejoice in the hope which we have
That we by Thy grace at last may be saved;
That we with our dear mother may share,
The joys Thou hast gone for Thy friends to prepare. A.L.C.
TAYLOR - Feb. 13th, 1897, in Allen Co., Ohio, Levi
Irvin son of Frank and May Taylor, aged 3 months and 10 days.
Buried on the 14th at the Salem Church. Services by D.B. and M.
Levi Irvin, thou hast left us, here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee when the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee where no farewell tear is shed. C.B. BRENNEMAN
JACOBS - Minnie May, daughter of Frances and Albert Jacobs of Graymont, Ill., was born March 19th, 1896, died Feb. 26th, 1897, aged 11 months and seven days. Funeral sermon by Pre. J.B. Zehr of the Mennonite Cong., Flanagan, Ill. Text, Psalm 16:6. J.W.B.
JACOBS - Frances, wife of Albert Jacobs of Graymont, Ill., died Jan. 14th, 1897, aged 22 years, of consumption, from which she suffered very much at times; but she bore it with much patience. She was member of the Mennonite church in Flanagan, Ill. She gave herself up in her early youth, and was a devout sister in the service of the Lord, and was very sincere and held out faithful until she breathed her last. The deceased chose her ministers and the text. The services were conducted by Pre. J.B. Zehr of Flanagan, Ill., in German, and Pre. Sharp of Graymont, in the English. The test chosen was Rom. 8:18; "For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed." During her affliction she would often turn to this verse to soothe her suffering. She leaves a bereaved husband, and one 11 month old daughter (which has since been called to her home to dwell with the loved one) also a host of friends and neighbors to mourn her departure. J.W.B.
BERKEY - On the 13th of Feb., 1897, in Somerset County, Pa., of paralysis of which he suffered several weeks, Samuel Berkey, aged 58 years, 4 months and 18 days. He was buried on the 16th, at the Fry Dunkard church of which denomination he was a member for a number of years. He was a very sociable man and had many friends, which was manifested by the large crowd of people that attended his funeral. The writer visited him frequently during his sickness, and it appeared his greatest desire was, as long as his mind was rational, to have prayers and speak about spiritual things. He left behind a sorrowing wife and 4 children to mourn, but not as those that have no hope. Services were conducted by Daniel Walker, Samuel Zimmerman and Samuel Gindlesperger.
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia