NAFZINGER. - Near McVeytown, Pa., February 8, 1899, Mary Nafzinger, aged 74 years, 11 months and 26 days.
YODER. - In Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa,, Catharine Yoder, widow of Yost Yoder, aged 82 years and 23 days.
YODER. - In Menno township, Mifflin Co., Pa., February 3, 1899, Catharine Yoder, widow of Jonas Yoder, aged 69 years, 10 months and 5 days.
YODER. - In Spruce Hill township, Juniata Co., Pa., Dec. 28, 1898, Joseph Yoder, aged 84 years, 5 months and 14 days.
RHIEL. - At Lewisburg, Union Co., Pa., Jan. 11, 1899, Lovina Rhiel, aged 75 years, 2 months and 6 days.
FREED. - On the 9th of February, 1899, in DeKalb Co., Ind., of inflammation of the brain, Samuel C. Freed, aged 1 year, 3 months and 23 days. Buried on the 11th. Funeral services by Eli Stofer and H. Elson in the Lutheran church at Fairfield Center. Interment in the adjacent graveyard.
The little crib is empty now,
The playthings laid aside,
And loving hearts are weeping
For our little pet that died.
So farewell, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched me well,
But Jesus took your darling,
So mamma, dear, farewell.
And farewell dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your child, your Samuel dear,
Who now has gone to rest.
Farewell my sisters dear,
You loved me well while I was here;
God loved me too, and that is why
He called me to the world on high.
FREED. - On the 14th of February, 1899, in DeKalb Co., Ind., of lung fever, Daniel Lawrence Freed, aged 4 years, 1 month and 7 days. Buried on the 16th, at the same place, the same ministers officiating. Both these little boys were the sons of Bro. John and Sister Emma Freed. The loss falls heavily upon the parents, as it divided the happy flock in half, leaving only two girls, both older. May God's richest blessings rest on the bereaved ones, and may they look forward to the time when there will be a happy reunion in heaven.
Another little lamb is gone
To dwell. with Him who gave.
Another little darling
Is sheltered in the grave.
God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smiles
And clasped our Daniel's hand.
Weep not for me, my parents dear,
Since I must go and leave you here.
With Jesus I shall happy be,
Oh, parents, do not weep for me.
Weep not for me, since 'tis in vain,
In heaven above we'll meet again,
Where we can then together be
Forever in eternity.
SNIDER. - Kate Florence, daughter of Bro. Ozias and
Sister Barbara Snider, was born Nov. 12, 1898, died Jan. 10, 1899,
aged 1 month and 29 days. Funeral services at the house by Jacob
S. Woolner, and at the Cressman meeting house by I. A. Wambold.
19:14, "Of such is the kingdom."
A blossom rich in brightest hue,
By God, the Father, given
To us, so early bade adieu;
To bloom afresh in heaven.
Katie has passed from all below
To join the ranks above;
She's freed from sorrow, pain and woe,
She's gone where all is love.
Sad thoughts are ours when we must see
The stage of death draw nigh,
But quickly do our sorrows flee,
While Jesus stands near by.
He saith, "Suffer the little ones"
In multitudes to come,
"Forbid them not," ye older ones,
Of such is my kingdom.
Weep not, fond parents, weep not for me
No single tear do cast;
Your work shall soon all ended be,
Ere long shall be the last.
Lines by P. D. BURKHOLDER, Box Grove.
GREENENWALD. - On the 27th of Jan. 1899, in Chicago,
Ill., of consumption,
Bertha L., oldest daughter of Christian and Amanda Greenenwald, aged 19 years and 5 months. She leaves her parents, one sister and three brothers to mourn her departure. Bertha and her mother were baptized in the German Lutheran church two days before Bertha's death. Her sister, Sarah, passed away about one year ago, and we hope they are now reunited in the land of rest.
Dear Bertha and Sarah now in Paradise rest,
On earth we shall see them no more,
And tho' now they are gone, we must sadly mourn,
Yet we trust we will meet on the evergreen shore.
Dear father and mother they have left on this side,
Three brothers, one sister alone;
We think of them now with a sorrowing brow,
But the Father's sweet will must be done.
Yet why should you complain, since to you there remain
A dear daughter and three sons beside,
Whom you certainly love as you do those above,
Who already with Jesus abide.
Oh let us live so that we too may go
And meet those awaiting us there;
Oh how blessed 'twill be when with Jesus we'll see
Our loved ones, their joy to share.
HOSTETLER. -On the 13th of February, 1899, in McPherson
Co., Kansas, of consumption, Bro. Amos Hostetler, aged 26 years,
4 months and 12 days. A large congregation followed the remains
to their last earthly resting place in the West Liberty churchyard
on the 16th. Funeral services by Charles Yoder in English from
1 Thess. 4:13, and by Jacob Zimmerman in German from Gal. 6:7,8.
The deceased united with the church in the fall of 1898, and gave
good evidence during his illness of a bright hope of the heavenly
R. J. HEATWOLE.
YODER. - Bro. Joseph Yoder, of Spruce Hill township, Juniata Co., Pa., departed this life at the advanced age of 84 years, 6 months and 4 days. The immediate cause of his death was heart failure. He leaves a widow and four sons. Deceased was a member of the Amish Church. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Peachy and John Yoder, of Mifflin Co., in German, and by Isaac Book in English.
HESS. - David M. Hess was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 22, 1834, moved to Ohio with his parents in April, 1856. Was united in marriage with Mary Buchwalter, Dec. 23d, 1858. Four children were the fruits of this union, three of whom have preceded their father. He died Dec. 14, 1898, aged 64 years, 2 months and 22 days. Funeral services at Martin's meeting house, conducted by David Garber from Rev. 22:12, assisted by Amos Mumaw.
GRAYBILL. - On Feb. 5, 1899, near Richfield, Snyder Co., Pa., Sarah, wife of Joseph Graybill, aged 74 years, 8 months and 24 days. She was born May 11, 1824. The husband, two sons and three grandchildren remain to mourn their loss.
"Dear friend, farewell, I do you tell,
Since you and I must part,
I go away and here you stay,
But still we're joined in heart.
Your love to me has been most sweet,
How can I bear to journey where
With you I cannot meet.
I long to go, then farewell woe,
My soul will be at rest.
No more shall I complain or sigh,
But taste the heavenly feast.
0 may we meet and be complete,
And long together dwell,
And serve the Lord with one accord,
And so, dear friends, farewell."
Funeral service by William Auker in German and by Samuel Leiter in English, Text, John 11:25,26.
GOOD. - On the 2d of February, 1899, three and one-half miles north-west of Peabody, Marion Co., Kansas, of pneumonia, Franklin Roy, son of Frank and Maggie Good, aged 1 year, 4 months and 13 days. Buried on Sunday, the 5th. Services were conducted by Michael Horst and Henry Honsberger. L. L. B.
ZEHR. - On the 3d of February, 1899, in Wellesley township, Waterloo Co., Ont., Michael Zehr, in his 87th year. Deceased was a member of the Amish Church and was highly esteemed. A large concourse of people followed the remains to the grave on the 6th, in the Amish cemetery on the farm of the deceased. He leaves an aged widow and grown up family to mourn their loss.
REITZEL. - On the 10th of Feb., 1899, near Sterling, Ill., of dropsy, Bro. Jacob Reitzel, aged 79 years, 11 months and 28 clays. Bro. Reitzel was born Feb. 12, 1819 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; was united in marriage to Susan Rutt, Dec. 3d, 1840, four sons and six daughters were born unto them, two of them preceded him to the spirit world, eight of the children with the aged wife are still living to mourn the loss of a kind father and husband. But their loss is his eternal gain, for he had waited and longed to depart and be with Christ. Bro. Reitzel's remains were buried in the Mennonite cemetery near Sterling, on the 12th of Feb., it being his 80th birthday. A large concourse of friends and neighbors were present to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom all loved and respected. Funeral services were conducted by John McColloh and J. S. Shoemaker. Text, Job 16:22.
"When a few more years have come,
Then I shall go the way
Whence I shall not return,
With friends again to stay.
Our father, husband and brother,
His journey now has taken.
We'll not meet one another,
Until in heaven we waken."
BOOK. - On the 30th Jan,, 1899, at the old homestead near Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill., Sister Mary Ann Book, widow of David G. Book, aged 63 years, 2 months and 6 days. She was born Nov. 24th, 1835, In Lancaster Co., Pa., her maiden name being Weaver. She came to Ill. in 1855, and was united in marriage to David G. Book, Nov. 2, 1856; was converted and united with the church shortly after her marriage. Six sons and three daughters survive her, to mourn the loss of a loving mother, but they mourn not as those who have no hope, for she trusted In Him who said, "I am the resurrection and the life." Her remains were laid to rest in the Mennonite cemetery near Sterling. Many sympathizing friends were present to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved. Funeral services were conducted by Philip Nice and J. S. Shoemaker. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8.
"I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,"
It has been my delight
To press on with my cross.
I have kept the true faith,
And my crown kept in view;
My Savior now saith,
My home is for you.
EBERSOLE. - On the 14th of Feb., 1899, near Freeport, Ill., David L. Ebersole, aged 54 years and 6 months. Deceased was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 14th of August, 1844. Was united in marriage to Maria S. Brubaker, Dec. 6, 1870. Their union was blessed with four daughters, all of whom are living and left to mourn, with their mother, the loss of one who was very kind and dear to them all. Our brother faithfully filled the office of a deacon for many years in Freeport, Ill., congregation. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Nevertheless, with all his good and noble qualities, we are grieved to state that in a season of mental derangement he died by his own hand. We have never seen the sympathies of everyone in the church and community more deeply stirred than on this occasion. It seemed as if a gloom of sorrow had enshrouded everybody. Funeral services were conducted by Philip Nice. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3, latter clause. May the Lord who is the only source of true comfort, ever sustain, comfort and strengthen the bereaved family.
Our hearts are burdened with sorrow,
Our tears unbidden flow,
Since husband and father has left us
Alone In this dark world below.
Where can we find a Physician,
To heal our sorrow and grief?
'Tis God who knows our condition,
And in mercy will send us relief.
RIFE. - On the 16th of January, 1899, near York Springs,
Adams Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Elizabeth Rife, widow of Isaac Rife,
deceased, aged 80 years, 3 months and 7 days. Deceased was a faithful
member of the Lutheran Church for many years, and was respected
by all who knew her. She leaves three children to mourn their
loss. Buried in the Mennonite graveyard In Mummasburg. Funeral
services were conducted by her pastor, W. H. Sittlemyer, at the
house, and by Martin Wisler at the church. Text, John 5:28,29.
HURSH. - Mora Ellen Hursh, infant daughter of Joseph Hursh and wife of near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., aged 8 months and 8 days. Funeral services by Martin Whisler. Text, Luke 18:16,17. Buried at Stony Brook on January 15th. May God bless the dear parents with His divine Spirit that they may accept Christ and meet their dear one in heaven.
MACKISON. - Near Hellem, York Co., Pa., George Arthur Mackison, aged 22 years, 11 months and 6 days. Buried January 25th, at Stony Brook. Services by Martin Whisler and Eli Hursh. Text, 1 Cor. 15:22. May the good Lord bless the dear brother and sister who have been called upon to lay away their beloved son. MARTIN WHISLER.
MILLER. - On the 5th of February, 1899, near Noble, Washington Co., Iowa, after an illness of several weeks, Peter P. Miller. He had been in poor health for a long time, and when this cold weather came on he was attacked with the lagrippe, to which he succumbed. Bro. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 25th, 1838, and was married to Barbara Summers, Jan. 27th, 1863. To them were born five sons and two daughters, all of whom with his wife survive him to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held on the 6th, at the Eicher meeting-house, conducted by P. E. Stuckey in the English language, and Daniel Graber in German. S. S. WYSE.
BRUBAKER. - On the 7th of Feb. 1899, near Port Trevorton, Snyder Co., Pa., Fannie Brubaker, aged 50 years, 10 months and 15 days. She died in the hands of three doctors who were performing an operation. She and two of her sisters lived together. She leaves three sisters, two nieces and three nephews to mourn her departure. She was buried on the 10th in the Brubaker family graveyard. Funeral services were held in the Susquehanna meeting-house, conducted by Jacob Weaver and Solomon Graybill, from John 11:25, 26. H. B. R.
SMITH. - Raymond Henry, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Smith, died on the 7th of February, 1899, from a complication of diseases of the brain and blood poisoning. He was born Dec. 13, 1896, making his age at the time of death, 2 years, 1 month and 24 days. Raymond was a bright little boy, and his winning ways attached him to every one who knew him. No longer will his childish prattle delight us. No longer will his smiling face bring sunshine into the home of his fond parents; but our loss is his gain. He has only gone to join those who have recently gone before him, and who were waiting to receive him on the other shore. Funeral services at the home and at the Roanoke (Ill.) meeting-house, Feb. 9th, by Peter Sommer from Psalm 103:15.
"The young, the lovely, pass away,
Ne'er to be seen again;
Earth's fairest flowers too soon decay,
Its blasted trees remain.
Full oft we see the brightest thing
That lifts its head on high,
Smile in the light, then droop its wing,
And fade away and die.
And kindly is the lesson given;
Then dry the falling tear;
They came to raise our hearts to heaven,
They go to call us there."
SOUDER. - On the 28th of January, 1899, in Peel Twp., Wellington Co., Ont., Barbara Kauffman, widow of Jacob Souder, aged 76 years, 4 months and 21 days. She was born in Germany, on the 18th of September, 1822, and married in 1844. In 1844 she came with her husband to Canada. She was a member of Mennonite Church. Her remains were laid to rest in the Conestoga graveyard. Services by Bish. Abraham Martin from Matt. 5:8,9, and by Joseph Gingerich from Titus 2:11-13. HIRAM WEBER.
WEAVER. - On Feb. 6, 1899, at her home two miles south-east of Mifflintown, Juniata Co., Pa., of dropsy, Grandmother Margaret Weaver peacefully entered into rest, aged 86 years, 3 months and 24 days. Buried Feb. 9th, in the graveyard on said Weaver's farm. Services at the house were conducted by Saml. Gayman. Text, 2 Kings 20:1. The deceased sister was married to Jacob Weaver Sept. 24, 1835. Her husband died 20 years ago, at the age of 65 years, leaving a family of three sons and one daughter: Martin Weaver, of Greenfield, Ill., Tobias Weaver, of Elkhart, Ind., Joseph Weaver on the old homestead; all married, have their families, except Susan Weaver, who waited upon her mother at home. Grandmother was a member of the Mennonite Church for 65 years; kept her first drawings of grace unto the end. We trust through many sorrows her spirit is now at rest. In her sufferings and sorrows which were grievous to the flesh, she would comfort her spirit by singing hymn 209 in the old German Hymn Book.
"Dearest grandmother, how we miss thee,
Since thy face we see no more,
Yet we hope ere long to greet thee,
On the fair celestial shore."
ESTEP. - On Jan. 24th, 1899, at her home near Dale Enterprise, Va., of consumption, Sister Barbara Estep, aged 50 years, 10 months and 6 days. She left two daughters, one son, two brothers and one sister to mourn the loss of one they dearly loved. She was afflicted for several years, and at times suffered severely. She bore her afflictions with much patience, yet frequently expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ, and in her last moments it appeared as though new scenes broke in upon her vision and she exclaimed, "Dear! Jerusalem! Jerusalem!" Pausing a moment she said, "Weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and your children." Then she calmly and peacefully passed away. She was buried on the 26th in the Weaver burying ground. Funeral services were conducted by the ministering brethren L. J. and J. F. Heatwole. Text, 1 Thess. 4:13,14. The text and ministers had been selected by the deceased sister.
AMSTUTZ. - John Amstutz was born in Milton Twp, Wayne
Co., Ohio, Oct. 17th, 1829, died Feb. 11th, 1899, aged 69 years,
3 months and 24 days. He was united in marriage with Fanny Steiner
Feb. 26th, 1852. To this union were born six sons and one daughter,
of which number only three sons and the daughter survive him.
His wife died Feb 1st, 1865. Bro. Amstutz was united the second
time in matrimony Dec. 19, 1857 with Elizabeth Burkholder; and
to this union were born two sons and one daughter. His second
wife was called to eternity July 14th, 1888. He was overtaken
with an illness in April, 1898 and lingered in his illness (heart
trouble), over nine months with many a longing for the "Heavenly
Mansions." He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church
for over fifty-one years. He was one of those that endeavored
to follow "peace with all men, and holiness, without which
no man shall see the Lord." The deceased father leaves five
sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. Peace to his ashes.
Services at the Chippewa M. H. on the 14th, conducted by Bish.
J. K. Yoder and David Garber. Text, John 5:24,25. D.G.
SHELLENBERGER. - Deacon Abraham R. Shellenberger of West Hemfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa, was born June 10, 1838, died Jan. 10, 1899, aged 60 years and 7 months. He was ordained to the office of deacon in the Mennonite Church Aug. 24, 1882 and served in the Habecker's, Bachman's and Mountville congregations. Funeral and internment at Habecker's M. H., Jan, 14th. Services by Bish. Jacob N. Brubaker, Benj. Hertzler and A. M. Witmer. Text, Rev. 22:12-14 and Heb. 11:4. He leaves a widow, two daughters and one son, also two brothers and two sisters. Bro. Shellenberger was especially well qualified for his office as he was a man of very even temperament. In him the church loses an officer that will be difficult to replace. Shortly before his death he was visited by Bish. Ira Buckwalter of Ohio and A. M. Witmer, when he requested them to sing, "My heavenly home is bright and fair." His death was rendered more sad as all thought he was on a fair way of recovery. Some members of' the family were attending church services at Mountville, and in the temporary absence of his wife from the room to bring him a drink he quietly fell asleep in Jesus.
CULP. - At Nappanee, Ind., on the 15th of February, 1899, of heart disease, Bro. George Culp, aged 89 years, 5 months and 6 days. He was born on the 9th of September, 1809; he was united in marriage with Magdalena Garinger, March 25th, 1830, moved from Mahoning Co., Ohio, to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1850. His companion departed this life July 3d, 1892. They both united with the Mennonite Church in early years and remained faithful until the end. To this union were born ten sons and one daughter, all of whom grew to mature years and live at this time, except the oldest son. There are in all 109 grandchildren, 140 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He suffered twelve weeks but bore his sufferings with patience and was fully resigned to the will of God. He was faithful to the teachings of his church and maintained the doctrines and forms of worship of the church with unchanging fidelity and his life was full of rich experiences, and he entertained a blessed hope of the life beyond. He indeed fought the good fight, kept the faith, and with the Apostle Paul looked for the crown of righteousness promised to all the children of God. He was buried on the 17th at Yellow Creek M. H., where a large concourse of friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect to their departed brother. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Weldy and John F. Funk from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
WEAVER. - ____ ____, son of Jacob and Kate Weaver, born June 29th, 1898, and died Feb. 18th, 1899, aged 7 months and 18 days. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek meeting house on the 20th, by J. F. Funk, from 2 Kings 4:26. The little child died unexpectedly as it was not noticeably sick until just a short time before its death. May God comfort the sorrowing parents, and may these afflictions make them stronger in the faith and give them brighter hopes of the beautiful life beyond.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
HILDEBRAND. - Bish. Jacob Hildebrand departed this life on the 15th of February, 1899, at his home, near Madrid, Augusta Co., Virginia. He had outlived the time allotted unto man, and could say with David he had "strength, labor and sorrow." He had been afflicted with palsy for a number of years and had become almost as helpless as a child, until a few days before his death, he was taken with la grippa, and never recovered. Bro. Hildebrand was born Nov. 17th, 1816, and died on the above named date, thus reaching the age of 82 years, 2 months and 28 days. Funeral services on the 17th by the brethren A. P. Heatwole and E. C. Shank from Rev. 14:13 at the Hildebrand M. H. at which place he labored faithfully for a number of years, he being one of the first English ministers and bishops of the Mennonite society in the Valley of Virginia. He left five children who have all professed the same faith with him except one, the youngest daughter with whom he had his home. May this be a loving call to her and her companion that they too may soon accept Jesus as their Savior, and pattern after their father in meekness and humility, of which be was a model. He also leaves a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who we hope may never forget the good admonitions of a dear old grandfather. His favorite hymn was, "Let me go where saints are going," and we fully believe his desire has been granted. Let us all prepare to meet him, where all saints have gone.
"Far from affliction, toil and care,
The happy soul is fled;
The breathless clay shall slumber here,
Among the silent dead."
PLETCHER. - On the 28th of Feb., 1899, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of heart disease, Christiana, wife of John Pletcher, aged 70 years, 4 months and 11 days. Her maiden name was Baker, She was born in Richland Co., O., Oct. 17th, 1828. She was married to her surviving husband on the 3rd of April, 1851, in Crawford Co., O., and during the same year moved to Elkhart, Co., Ind. To this union were born ten children, one of whom is dead. There are also thirty-one grandchildren, four of whom are dead, and one great-grandchild. Sister Pletcher was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and a devoted Christian. She often spoke of the good things God had done for her. Her kindness and works of love will be long remembered by many who from time to time received kind favors from her hand. She was willing and ready to go and be with Christ, which, the apostle says, is far better. She will be greatly missed in the home and in the family and by those with whom she was acquainted. She was a kind mother and a devoted companion, but it was the Lord's will to take her, and the sorrowing ones in their bereavement need not sorrow as those who have no hope. The funeral services were held on the 3rd of Mar. at the Olive M. H. by Elder Geo. Lambert and John F. Funk.
COFFMAN. - David Coffman, Jr., was born in Greenbrier
Co., then Va., near what is now Ronceverte, W. Va., Dec. 15, 1825,
and died in the same place, Feb. 15, 1899. The deceased was held
in high esteem as a husband, father, neighbor, friend and Christian.
He was greatly beloved by all who knew him. He was a son of Christian
and Anna Coffman and a brother of the late Bishop Sam'l Coffman
of Rockingham Co., Va. He belonged to a family of ten children,
three of whom survive him, - Mrs. David Hedrick of Bunger's, W.Va.,
Mrs. Susan Claypool, and Mrs. Jehu Hedrick of Ft. Spring, W. Va.
Mrs. David Hedrick is in her eightieth year, Mrs. Susan Claypool
in her seventy-first year and Mrs. Jehu Hedrick in her sixty-seventh
year. These three surviving sisters are lingering on the shores
of time waiting for the messenger to take them home also. The
deceased identified himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church
about forty-six years ago. To this church his loyalty never wavered;
he delighted in her communion privileges and blessings and ever
stood firmly at his post of duty and bore willingly the burdens
of his church for nearly half a century, serving her in different
capacities faithfully till called away to the church triumphant.
He married Isabel Hedrick about forty-five years ago. To this
union were born seven sons and four daughters, all of whom survive
him, but one who died in infancy. His wife died in the faith of
the gospel, July, 1885. He had been a sufferer for years, and
yet the disease that took him away was sudden and unexpected,
blood poison originating from a corn on one of his feet hurrying
him from earth in a few days. Death's messenger found him ready
to go, he was calm, yet happy and cheerful to the last moment;
his faith in God unshaken by the
last of foes. He gave to those he left behind him unmistakable evidence of his readiness and willingness to die, and passed away peacefully and triumphantly. He was a man of sterling worth and a Christian gentleman. Pre. J. E. Allender, his pastor, assisted by Pre. D. C. Hedrick, P. E,, officiated at the funeral. Impressive and appropriate remarks were made from the 12th chapter of Romans at the house. The burial took place in the Coffman cemetery, Feb. 17th, in the presence of a large congregation of people notwithstanding the very unfavorable condition of the roads.
"Be Still, my foolish heart, be still!
And trusting, wait God's loving will;
For when life's latest sob is o'er
The loved and lost He will restore;
Love shall resume her broken reign,
And sundered ties be knit again. By request of a Sister.
SWINEHART. - On the 25th of Feb, 1899, in Elkhart, Indiana,
of cancer, and nervous trouble, Mary, wife of Elijah Swinehart,
aged 58 years, 7 months. She leaves a sorrowing husband and one
son and a daughter to mourn her death. She was a faithful and
companion, a kind mother, and as a neighbor and friend she was esteemed and loved by all who knew her. She was a good and noble woman. Her tender sympathies, kind words, her cheerful face and pleasant smiles will be long remembered. Funeral services were conducted by H. B. Townsend. She was buried in Gracelawn cemetery. Peace to her ashes.
SCHWEITZER. - Jacob Schweitzer was born November 19th, 1835, and died February 8th, 1899, aged 63 years, 2 months and 20 days. He was married to Barbara Jantzi, October 2nd, 1860. To this union were born twelve children, of whom six preceded him to eternity; his wife and six children survive him; also thirteen grandchildren. He was buried Feb. 10th in the Fairview cemetery near Milford, Seward Co., Neb. Services by Jos. Schlegel from Rev. 14:7,12,13 and P. P. Hershberger from I Thess. 5.
KAUFFMAN. - Annanias, son of Jacob and Lena Kauffman, was born Sept, 16th, 1880, in Elkhart county, Ind., died Jan. 23d, 1899, in Cass Co., Mo., aged 18 years, 4 months 7 days. His illness (pneumonia) lasted only about four days, in which time he suffered intense pain. He had never been baptized, but before his death be became greatly concerned about his spiritual welfare. Let this be a warning to us all, but especially to the unconverted, that they make their calling and election sure, while it is called to-day. Services at the Clearfork church by L. J. Miller and J. J. Hartzler.
GARBER. - Magdalena Garber, nee Dellenbach, fell asleep in the Lord, at the home of her son-in-law, Peter Steider, near Metamora, Ill., where she had been making her home for some time, on Jan. 19th, 1899, at the ripe old age of 84 years, 4 months and 2 days. Her husband, Christian Garber, preceded her to eternity about five years ago. Eight children were born to them, of whom four survive the mother, to mourn her departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. She was laid to rest Jan. 21st from the Metamora M. H. Services were held by Pre. Peter Zimmerman from Rev. 20:12-15 and Elder Andrew Schrock from 1 Peter 1:1-7 in German, and Elder John Smith from the same texts in English.
DETWEILER. - On the 19th of February, 1899, in Berlin, Ontario, of apoplexy, wife of Deacon John Z. Detweiler, aged 73 years, 4 months and 27 days. The remains were laid to rest on the 22d in the Eby graveyard, Berlin. Funeral services by Solomon Gehman in German and by A. F. Stoltz in English. Our deceased sister had a stroke of apoplexy several days before her death, from which she never recovered consciousness. She leaves her aged husband and a family of grown children, all married but one, to mourn the loss of a beloved wife and affectionate mother.
Transcriber's note: Given name of deceased is not in original.
Coxon. - At New Hamburg, Ont., on the 19th of February, 1899, after a painful illness, Sister Matilda, beloved wife of John F. Coxon, and daughter of Bro. Isaac and Sister Catherine Nahrgang, aged 27 years, 7 months and 5 days. Buried in the Blenheim Mennonite cemetery on Feb. 22d on which occasion Bro. Noah Stauffer spoke words of comfort to a large congregation from Isa. 28:29. She died trusting in her Saviour.
KREIDER. - On February 20th, 1899, at his home near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Abraham D. Kreider, aged 77 years, 6 months and 15 days. He was afflicted with asthma for some time past, but for several weeks he was in remarkably good health for one of his age. On the evening of his death the writer passed by his yard and saw him standing at the gate, when in answer to a question as to his health, he replied that it was good. He had retired to his bed but half an hour when he was seized with a spell of coughing which soon brought his daughter to his side to render what help she could, but in a short time he was beyond all human aid. About fifteen minutes later he died in her arms. His sudden death was a shock to the community in which be lived, and brings to our minds that passage of Scripture which says, "Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me to give unto every man according as his work shall be," and it should certainly impress upon us that which says, "Therefore be ye also ready, for at such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Surely He came quickly in this case, and at an hour when no one thought. He leaves an aged widow, seven children, sixteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and one brother, the last of a family of ten. His remains were buried on the 23rd, in Mellinger's graveyard. Services by Pre. Sanford Landis in English and by Pre. John Landis in German.
Then fare thee well, my bosom friend,
You loved me long unto the end;
But soon you too must meet your God,
Your body lie beneath the sod.
And farewell too, my children dear,
You loved me too while I was here;
But I am only gone before,
To meet Him on the other shore. J. A. M.
ROHRER. - On the 2nd of February, in Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Mary Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mabel Rohrer, aged 3 months and 10 days. The circle of little ones is broken on earth, but the family is begun in heaven. Silently the memory of little Mary beckons to the father and mother to meet her in the blessed home above. Buried at the Brick church. Services by John S. Coffman.
ROTH. - On the 16th of February, 1899, near Archbold,
Ohio, Christian Roth, aged 51 year, and 5 months. He was married
to Barbara Stuckey. To this union were born two sons and two daughters;
one son preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a sorrowing
widow, one son and two daughters to mourn the loss of a dear father
who was called to eternity very suddenly. A very loud call to
be prepared to meet death. Funeral services on the 19th at the
Amish M. H. conducted by C. S. Stuckey in German and E. L. Frey
MAST. - Mary Lantz was born in Ohio, Oct. 9th, 1841. When yet young she came to Howard Co., Ind., with her parents, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, where she retained her membership, and was a true and devoted sister up to her departure. On March 14th, 1865, she was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Jeremiah M. Mast. This union was blessed with four sons and four daughters. Two sons and three daughters preceded her to the spirit world. Sister Mast had been ailing for the last few years, and about a year ago consumption set in. Through all her afflictions she exercised great patience, and was fully resigned to the blessed Master's will. On Saturday, Feb. 18, the pastor of the M. E. Church came there and by her desire held a short service of prayer and sang her favorite hymn, "Nearer My God To Thee," after which she seemed to be revived very much, and she told the pastor that she was awaiting the Master's call and that she was glad that she was very near the time that she could go home to the glory world and be with Jesus where there is no pain, no sickness to endure. At 4 A. M. Monday, Feb. 20th, she departed this life, aged 57 years, 4 months and 11 days. She was buried on the 21st. A short service was hold at the house by Pre. Radcliffe, then the remains were taken to the Dunkard church at Plevna, where services were conducted by Jas. S. Horner from Job 14:14. Her remains were laid to rest in the Mast graveyard. She leaves a husband and two sons and one daughter and many friends to mourn her departure. Peace to her ashes.
Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here our less we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hast bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yonder in the graveyard gently
Rests the form we loved so well;
But we look to heaven and glory,
Where there will be no farewell.
Mother, dearest, thou hast left us,
Lonely in this world to roam;
We may truly ask the question,
What is home since thou art gone?
Farewell mother, till we meet thee,
In thy heavenly home above;
There to sing God's praises with thee
In the land of joy and love. G. W. N.
LONGACRE. - On December 30th, 1898, near Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., at the residence of her son-in-law, Aaron Funk, of dropsy and paralysis, Lydia, wife of John H. Longacre, aged 62 years and 15 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. Her remains were laid to rest on the 4th of January, at the Providence Mennonite church and cemetery. Services were conducted by Jacob Hunsberger at the house and John Latshaw at the church. Text, Phil. 1:23.
STOLTZFUS. - On the 17th day Jan., 1899, near New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of lung fever, Lester Fannie Stoltzfus, wife of Bro. Isaac Stoltzfus, aged 39 years, 6 months and 24 days. She was buried on the 20th of Jan., in the home graveyard in the presence of many dear friends and relatives. She was a constant member of the Amish congregation, and a devoted wife and mother and was esteemed by all who knew her. Her husband, four children, her mother, mother-in law, two sisters and three brothers mourn their loss. Her daughter, Dora, preceded her. The funeral was largely attended by friends, neighbors, relatives and also many kind and loving comrades. The services were hold by Benjamin Stoltzfus of Morgantown and Christian King of Intercourse.
Oh mother, dear, you have gone to rest,
In a dear home above,
Where all is sweet and pure and blest,
Where all is peace and love.
Yes, she is gone to Dora dear,
Which is a welcome there;
She has left this world of pain and fear,
To wear a crown so fair.
Oh husband do not weep for me,
Since I have left the family,
0, 'twould be sad for you to stay
Forever in mortality.
Oh mother dear, we miss you here,
The days are dark, and sad, and drear,
But we will ask for heavenly grace
That we may see you face to face. A. K. S.
BURKHOLDER. - On the farm of Jacob Good in Upper Leacock Twp., near Monterey, Pa., Sanford G., son of William and Barbara Burkholder. He was born October 23d, 1898, and died on the 27th of February, 1899, aged 3 months and 24 days. The funeral services were held by Sanford Landis of near Ronks at the house and by David Buckwalter, of near Heller's church at the Stumptown M. H. The remains were laid to rest near by.
Sanford was not very old,
Still old enough to enter God's great fold.
He died away from a tender mother's care,
In his young days so bright and fair.
Selected by a NEIGHBOR.
MUNSEY. - On the 8th of January, 1899, near Emma, Ind., of diphtheria, Ada, daughter of William and Ada Munsey, aged 13 years and 11 days. Buried on the 10th in the Eldridge cemetery. A short address was given by Y. C. Miller, from Psa. 16, outside of the house. It was a very sad occasion. We hope our loss is her gain.
BONTRAGER. - On the 2nd of January, 1899, in Newbury Twp., Lagrange Co., Ind., Sadie, daughter of Bro. John and Sarah Bontrager, aged 3 months and 19 days. She leaves her father and two brothers. Her mother preceded her a few days. Funeral services on the 4th in the Forks Amish M. H. by Joseph D. Miller and Y. C. Miller from Psa. 39:5.
YODER. - Daniel Y. Yoder, near Middlebury, Ind., was born in Stony Creek township, Somerset Co., Pa., died Jan. 7th, 1899, aged 69 years, 9 months and 4 days. Buried on the 9th. Funeral services at the Shore M. H. by Y. C. Miller in German and by John Garber in English. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8. A large congregation assembled to pay their last respects. Bro. Yoder was a member of the Mennonite congregation. The remains were laid to rest in the Miller cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
MUNSEY. - On the 23d of January, 1899, near Emma, Ind., of enlargement of the lungs, son of William and Ada Munsey, aged 10 years and 22 days. Buried on the 24th in the Eldridge cemetery. Funeral service at the house by Y. C. Miller from 1 Cor. 15:53,54.
ANDREWS. - Mary Esta, daughter of Bro. and Sister L. F. Andrews, died Feb. 28th, aged 7 days. Short service was held Mar. 1st at 2 P. M. at the house. Interment in Clinton graveyard. Funeral services by L. J. Heatwole from Psalm 90.
Her soul has now taken its flight
To mansions of glory above;
To mingle with angels of light,
And dwell in the kingdom of love.
Sweetly sleep our dearest darling,
Since our Saviour thought it best,
Earthly life to change for heavenly,
Cares and toils for sweeter rest.
SCHRAG. - Maria Detweiler was born on the 18th of October 1869, died on the 25th of February 1899, aged 29 years, 4 months and 7 days. She lived in matrimony 3 years and 9 months. She leaves her deeply afflicted husband, one child, parents, three brothers, one sister and many relatives and friends to mourn her early death, yet not as those who have no hope. Funeral services by Nicholas Roth from 2 Cor. 5:12; Joseph Gascho from Isa. 48, and Jacob Stauffer from Isa. 57:2.
EBERSOLE. - John R. Ebersole who was looked upon as
one of the oldest and most respected citizens in this vicinity
passed away at his home in this city on the morning of Feb. 28th,
after an illness of several weeks and much suffering. Bro. Ebersole
was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 26th, 1826, and was married
to Miss Anna Rutt, Feb. 10th, 1848. Sister Ebersole and four children
survive him. They are Jacob R. Ebersole of Roseland, Neb., Lizzie
Ebersole of this city, Dr. J. R. Ebersole of Monmouth, Ill., and
Miss Anna Ebersole of this city. Funeral was held Thursday afternoon
March 2nd, at the Mennonite M. H. of which congregation he was
a faithful member for many years. Interment at the same place
- Philip Nice officiating. "How blessed the righteous when
FORRY. - Bro. Abram Forry died February the 12th,
1899, in the city of York, York Co., Pa., aged 70 years, 2 months
and 28 days. Buried on the 15th in the Green Mount cemetery, York,
Pa. Services by Martin Whisler. Text, Heb. 9:27,28.
MARTIN. - On the 11th of Feb, 1899, in Hanover, Pa., suddenly, Noah Martin. He dropped on the pavement and expired instantly. Buried on the 14th at Bair's meeting house. Services in Hanover meeting house by Martin Whisler. Text, Amos 4:12, latter part.
STOLTZFUS. - Elizabeth Stoltzfus was born August 24th, 1828, in Lancaster Co., Pa., was married to John S. Stoltzfus in November, 1849, and in 1872 they moved to Knox Co., Tenn., where she lived a Christian life and a faithful sister in the church. On the 24th of February 1899, after about two weeks of illness and after giving many loving instructions to her children she said, "I must go, I am but a stranger here, lay me down," and as they laid her down she calmly breathed her last as if going to sleep. Her age was 70 years and 6 months. Her disease was la grippe in connection with other ailments. Funeral on the 27th in the presence of a large congregation. Services by N. Z. Yoder and H. H. Good from John 14:1,2, as selected by the family. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, two sons, three daughters and nine grandchildren to mourn her departure, but they mourn not as those that have no hope. H. H. GOOD.
STAUFFER. - On the 20th of February, 1899, near Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., of lagrippe, Alma L., daughter of Jacob L. and Mary Jane Stauffer, aged 6 months and 1 day. The remains were laid to rest on the 25th of Feb, at the Vincent Mennonite M. H. and cemetery. Services by John Latshaw, assisted by Jacob Hunsberger. "It is well with the child."
BAKER. - Alma, only daughter of John and Ida Baker, was born Feb. 20th, 1897, and departed this life April 25th, 1898, aged 1 year, 2 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 27th at the Galloway Chapel near Emma, Ind. Services conducted by Amos S. Cripe.
So fades the lovely, blooming flow'r,
Frail, smiling solace of an hour;
So soon our transient comforts fly,
And pleasure only blooms to die
Is there no kind, no healing art,
To soothe the anguish of the heart?
Divine Redeemer, be Thou nigh
Thy comforts were not made to die.
MILLER. - At Emma, Ind., James Grover, son of Charles and ___ Miller, died Feb. 19th, 1899, aged 3 years, 9 months and 7 days. Funeral at Shore on the 21st. Services by Y. C. Miller.
Once more death has stalked abroad,
And struck a dismal blow,
He stilled dear little Grover's heart,
And laid his visage low.
So farewell dear, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched me well,
But Jesus took your darling,
So mamma, dear, farewell.
And farewell dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your child, your little Grover,
Who now has gone to rest.
'Tis hard to break that tender cord,
When love has bound the heart,
'Tis hard, so hard, to say the words,
Must we forever part ?
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the days of life are fled,
And in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed.
A precious one from us has gone,
To heaven to blossom there.
SPIDLE. - Near Emma, LaGrange Co., Ind., Haskel Erin, Infant son of Daniel and Nettie Spidle. He was born March 2nd, 1899, died March 4th, 1899, aged 1 day. Funeral on the 5th at the home of the parents. Services by A. S. Cripe. Text, Matt. 24:42.
Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled.
Like a dove to the ark,
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From this wide sea of strife
To the land of the blest.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana