Of our Dear Mother Margaret J. Rhodes, who died Nov. 30th 1899, aged 56 yrs., 1 mo., 16 days.
Death has visited our circle,
Robbed us of our mother dear,
In the depth of our affliction,
Can we help but shed a tear?
For we miss her, O, so sadly,
When we see her vacant chair,
And our home is sad and lonely,
For there is no mother there.
God His message sent to call her
From her labors here below,
To the everlasting mansions,
Where the faithful workers go.
How distressing when our efforts
To restore her seemed so vain,
And those days of anxious waiting
Brought us anguish, grief, and pain.
God whose wisdom never faileth,
Knoweth what for us is best,
He has borne our loving mother
Into everlasting rest.
And although no more we'll see her,
In this vale of grief and gloom,
Yet we know, for Christ has said it,
We may meet in yon bright home.
Not among the dead we seek her,
For she dwells beyond the skies,
And if we but follow Jesus,
We shall surely with her rise.
Then farewell, kind, loving mother,
Till in heaven we meet above,
Then we'll join the heavenly music,
And extol a Savior's love.
Sel. by her Daughters
BISHOP ABRAHAM LEHMAN
was born Jan. 17, 1824, in Franklin Co., Pa., died Jan. 5, 1900, aged 75 years, 11 mos., and 19 days. When five years old he moved with his parents to Waterloo county, Ont., Canada. They lived there ten years and then moved in 1839 to Williams county, Ohio on the farm where he has lived ever since. It was 60 years ago, and this country was then a dense forest, and there were only a few settlers. In 1858 he was united in marriage to Elisabeth Christophel. To this union were born six sons and four daughters. One son preceded him to the spirit world twelve years ago. He, with his wife, united with the Mennonite Church in 1861. He was chosen to the ministry in 1862, and in 1882 he was ordained bishop. He was faithful in his attendance at church as long as health permitted. Sept. 10, 1899, he preached his last sermon, taking for his text, Luke 13:6-15. He was a loving husband and kind father. His aim was to live at peace with the people. The funeral services were held at the Pleasant Grove U. B. church Monday at 10 o'clock, A. M. and the remains were interred in the Mennonite cemetery on Joseph Burkholder's farm. Pre. Sellers of near Bryan and C. Fryenberg of Fulton county, Ohio, officiated.
CHARLES - On the -- of Nov., 1899, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of general debility consequent to old age, Joseph Charles, aged 74 years. He was born in Lancaster Co., and was a member of the Old Mennonite Church. He had been in feeble health for about a year. His wife and eight children survive him. He died on Saturday and was buried on the following Tuesday. His funeral is said to have been the largest ever held in the neighborhood.
MARTIN - On the 10th of Jan., 1900, near Hopedale, Ill., after protracted suffering of consumption, Bro. Joseph Martin, aged 46 years, 9 months, 29 days. He greatly longed for the hour of his departure. He was a faithful Christian from his youth and a member of the Amish Mennonite congregation near Hopedale. He was married in 1882 to Hannah Ransch, who with six children, his aged mother, two brothers and many friends mourn their loss, yet not as those who have no hope. Buried at Hopedale A. M. meeting house on the 11th. Funeral services by John Egli, Joseph Litwiller and J.C. Birky.
HARSHBARGER - In Wayne Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 1st, 1900, Lydia, wife of Daniel Harshbarger.
GLICK - On Nov. 6, 1899, at Menno, Mifflin Co., Pa., Isaac Glick, aged 59 years, 9 months and 22 days.
MARTIN - Dec. 29th, 1899, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer of the stomach, Nancy Martin, aged 55 years, 2 months and 12 days. She was a daughter of the late Jonas Martin, deceased, and died in the same house where she was born, being the old homestead now owned by her brother Abraham. She was for many years a member of the Mennonite Church at Weaverland, and died with the name of Jesus on her lips. She leaves four brothers. Her funeral took place at the new meeting house at Weaverland on Jan. 2, where Joseph Wenger, John Kurtz and Menno Zimmerman preached from Gal. 4:27-29. She was of a kind disposition and leaves many friends; especially will she be missed by her nephews and nieces.
HOLLINGER - Jan. 1, 1900, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of stomach trouble, Sister Amanda Hollinger, daughter of Bro. Samuel and Anna Hollinger, aged 39 years, 1 month and 20 days. She was long a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and a regular attendant at Lichty's Sunday school for the greater part of three years. She leaves, besides her parents, three brothers and one sister. Her funeral was held at Lichty's M. H., where Bros. Benj. W. Weaver and John M. Sauder preached, the former from Rev. 3:11, latter from 2 Tim. 4:18. One chair vacant in the home, one seat less occupied in the meeting house, and one more place to fill in the Sunday school, where our young people and children take the first steps in learning of the wonderful works, laws, and love of God.
GREASER - On the 5th of Jan., 1900, near Weilersville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Bro. Peter Greaser, aged 46 years, 1 month, 11 days. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Buried in the Paradise cemetery. Services by Benj. Gerig in German and J.S. Gerig in English. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1.
KINDY - Sister Susanah Kindy, widow of the late Jacob Kindy, died at the residence of her son, Jacob Kindy, Mongolia, Ont., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1900, aged 86 years and 4 days. She was buried in the Wideman cemetery, Markham. Services were conducted by Bro. John G. Hoover in English. Text, Heb. 9:27. A large concourse of friends and relatives assembled to pay their last respects.
SCHRAG - On the 8th of Dec., 1899, three miles northwest of Shipshewana, Ind., at the home of her son, Cornelius, of the infirmities of old age, Sister Veronica Plank Schrag, aged 94 years, 10 months, 9 days. She was a member of the Old Amish Church. She had been unable to go out for some time and needed much care, which was lovingly bestowed by those with whom she lived. She was conscious to her end, and looked forward joyfully to the time of her departure. She delighted herself in God's word and in Christian fellowship. She leaves six sons and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren "unto the fifth generation". Her remains were laid to rest on the 10th in Elkhart Co., near her former home. Funeral services by J.E. and M.J. Borntreger from John 11:20-45.
SHANTZ - Jan. 12th, 1900, in Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ont., of consumption, John S. Shantz, aged 53 years, 1 month, 8 days. Buried at Cressman's M. H., Breslau, on the 14th. Many friends and acquaintances assembled. Deceased had never taken any interest in religion up to very nearly his end, when his position began to become serious and the light began to shine into his heart, and he saw the folly of his way and began to pray. As the end came he said he was not afraid to die. Services by H. Hallman and Ramer from Phil. 1:21. He leaves a widow, one son and four daughters, the three eldest grown up.
SHANK - Jan. 3d, 1900, at Beatrice, Neb., in the Home for the Feebleminded, Tillman, son of the late B.D. and Anna Shank of Roseland, Neb., aged 18 years and 2 days. Interment at Beatrice, Neb. Services were held in the Roseland Mennonite M. H. on the 21st by A. Shiffler. Text, Rom. 8:18-24. *
BASE - On the 3d of Jan. near Wayland, Iowa, Anna
Base, daughter of John and ----- Base, aged 2 years, 10 months.
Buried at the Sugar Creek cemetery. Funeral services were conducted
by S. Gerig and C.R.
SHANTZ - On the 15th of Jan., 1900, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of liver complaint, Sister Barbara (Rudy) Shantz, beloved wife of Menno E. Shantz, aged 57 years, 6 months and 28 days. She was born June 18th, 1842. She leaves behind a husband, six children and nine grandchildren. She has been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. During her last illness she bore her afflictions with Christian patience and was waiting for the summons: "Come up higher." Although mother will be missed greatly at home, still the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. Funeral services were held in the D. Eby M. H. by E.S. Hallman in English from Rev. 22:14, and Jonas Snyder in German from Rev. 21:7. The meeting house was probably never so crowded as upon this occasion.
KENNEL - Magdalena Kennel was born Oct. 12th, 1805, died Nov. 4, 1899, aged 94 years, 22 days. She came from France at an early age and resided in Woodford Co., Ill., ever since. The last years of her life she lived with her son, Christian Camp, where she died. Three children, twenty-four grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren survive her. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for over eighty years. Funeral services were held at the Metamora M. H., conducted by Peter Sommer, Peter Zimmerman and Andrew Schrock in German, and John Smith in English.
HERSHEY - Elizabeth A. Johnston, wife of David Hershey, was born March 24th, 1849, died Dec. 7th, 1899, aged 50 years, 8 months, 12 days. She was united in matrimony to David Hershey Feb. 15th, 1870. To this union were born six children, of whom two preceded her. She was a faithful member of the River Brethren Church, as earnest Christian, devoted mother and loving companion. She was more or less afflicted for a number of years, but bore her affliction with patience and Christian fortitude. Her last sickness was of short duration, and her end was peace.
NEWSWANGER - Jan. 4th, 1900, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Peter M. Newswanger, aged 33 years, 8 months and 20 days. He was sick and ailing for over a year, and last spring he moved on a farm in hopes of regaining his health; but the Lord called him hence after a great deal of suffering. He leaves a sorrowing widow and five small children, the youngest being only 9 months old. His funeral was held at the new meeting house at Weaverland, where Jonas Martin and Joseph Wenger preached from Phil. 21:22,23. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years.
MOYER - On the 5th of Jan., 1900, at her residence in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of paralysis, Mary Moyer, aged 74 years, 6 months, 10 days. She was a member of the Dunkard denomination. Buried in the Souderton Mennonite cemetery on the 10th. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer and Hillery Crouthamel. Text, Heb. 13:14.
STEINER - Maria Steiner was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 17th, 1840, died near Sterling, Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 6th, 1900, aged 59 years, 3 months and 19 days. She was married April 20th, 1863, to J.C. Steiner, who died March 30th, 1893. There were born to this union seven children, all living, excepting one who died in infancy. Funeral services by Christian Steiner in German from 2 Cor. 5:1, and J.S. Gerig in English from Isa. 35:10.
Our mother has crossed the river,
She is with the angels now,
She has laid aside earth's crosses,
And the crown is on her brow.
She is waiting in the city,
Where the saints and angels wait,
And we'll know thee, dearest mo h r,
When we reach the pearly gate.
(Transcriber's note: Last phrase of poem transcribed as printed.)
PATTERSON - On the 27th of Dec. 1899, near the Forks M. H., Lagrange Co., Ind., Simon G. Patterson, aged 24 years, 5 months and 6 days. He leaves a mother, three brothers and seven sisters to mourn his departure, but they need not mourn as those that have no hope. Services at the Forks M. H. by D.D. Miller in English and J.D. Miller in German from Rev. 14:13.
Death has robbed us of our Simon
Whom we loved and cherish
It was Simon, yes, dear Simon,
Can we help but shed a tear?
Yes, we miss him, oh we miss him
When we see his vacant chair;
And how sad the room without him
For there is no Simon there.
Had God asked us, "Shall I take him,"
We had said, "oh spare the day!"
Yes, with streaming tears entreat Him
"Lord, we love him, let him stay."
SHANK - Annie M., little daughter of Bro. E.C. and Sister Ida Shank, departed this life December 27, 1899, aged 1 year, 9 months and 4 days. She suffered nearly two weeks of meningitis of the brain. It is very sad for the parents to be called upon to give up another one of their jewels; this being the fourth one. But they can truly say with David, "We can not bring them back to us, but we can go where they have gone." For Christ has said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Services at Spring Dale meeting house on the 28th by Bro. A.P. Heatwole. Text, 1 Cor. 15:26.
Four little angels now on high,
They hand in hand together roam,
Four links now bind us to the sky,
Four fingers beck'ning us to come.
Lord, give us strength our loss to bear,
And lead us in the heavenly way,
Oh! may we meet our children there,
In realms of everlasting day.
MUSSER - On the 11th of Jan., 1900, near South West, Elkhart Co., Ind., Leah (Curtis) wife of Joseph Musser, aged 55 years, 7 months and 14 days. She was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., came to Indiana when she was 13 years old. She had been in feeble health for the last six months or more, but not seriously ill. Shortly after going to bed the evening before she died she was stricken with paralysis and was unconscious till death relieved her at 5:30 A.M. How brittle the thread of life is! She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. The funeral and burial took place on the 13th at Yellow Creek, where a large number of relatives and friends met to pay the last tribute of respect to a loved one. She leaves a sorrowing husband, one daughter, six grand-children, one brother and three sisters. One daughter preceded her to the spirit world, about 20 months ago. Funeral services were conducted by Martin Ramer, J.W. Martin and Christian Shaum.
Dearest mother, 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.
Selected by the Daughter.
RHODES - Sister Margaret J. Rhodes departed this life the 30th of November 1899, near Pleasant Valley, Rockingham Co., Va., of pneumonia and heart trouble, aged 56 years, 1 month and 16 days. She was married twice. Her first husband (John A. Driver) died in 1878. Twelve years later, she married David Rhodes who survives her. She was left a widow with four children. The youngest and only son died in 1881. The three daughters who reside in Augusta Co., Va., deeply feel their heavy loss. She also left an aged father, three sisters, two brothers and many other near relatives and friends. She was taken very unexpectedly. She was visiting her daughters, and sister a week before she died; returning to her home on Thursday evening, seemingly in the best of health. On Friday evening she was taken sick; the following Thursday at seven o'clock, that beautiful Thanksgiving morning, she quietly and peacefully passed away to her eternal reward. She will be greatly missed in the neighborhood in which she lived and also by her many relatives whom she always welcomed with a loving smile and cheerful heart. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. Let us follow her as she followed Christ. It is sad to know that she is gone, but comfort comes when we know that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services and interment at the Mt. Clinton meeting house, Bishop A. Shank officiating, text, 1 Peter 1:3,4. A very large number of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to one that was loved by all.
Through all pain at times she'd smile,
A smile of heavenly birth,
And when the angels called her home,
She smiled farewell to earth.
Heaven retaineth now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps;
And the sunbeams love to linger
Where our sainted sister sleeps.
(By her Niece)
YODER - On the 30th of Dec., 1899, in Lagrange Co., Ind., after protracted suffering from an internal tumor, Sister Catharine, wife of Dea. John C. Yoder, aged 80 years, 8 months, 18 days. She leaves her aged companion, four children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. About 50 years ago they moved from Somerset Co., Pa., to the place where they have since lived. She was a faithful sister in the Old Amish Church, a helpful companion to her husband in his office, a loving mother and an esteemed neighbor, a good pattern for others to follow. She died full of faith in her Redeemer. Buried on the 2d of January, 1900. Funeral discourse to a large concourse of relatives and friends by M.J. and E.E. Borntreger from John 5:24-30, and 2 Cor. 5.
LUTHER - On the 7th January, 1900, at Scalp Level, Somerset Co., Pa., of spinal disease, Blanch Amelia, eldest child and only daughter of Hugh and Mary Luther, aged 3 years, 9 months, 9 days. Funeral services on the 9th by S.G. Shetler and Alexander Weaver at the Brethren M. H. in Scalp Level.
SHANTZ - On the 12th of January, 1900, at Williamsburg, Wilmont Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., of blood poisoning, from an injured hand, wife of Bro. David Shantz. Her remains were laid to rest on the 16th in the Latschar cemetery, Mannheim. The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed in the locality, and the services were held in the Latschar M. H. by Daniel Wismer and Tobias Bowman, and in the school house adjoining by M. Cressman and I.A. Wambold.
GARBER - On Dec. 26, 1899, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of pneumonia and the infirmities of old age, Abraham Garber, aged 79 years, 9 months, 17 days. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 9th of March 1820. In 1846 he was married to Fannie Martin. To this union were born thirteen children, ten of whom are now living. In 1855 they moved on the farm where he died. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1863. Funeral services were conducted on the 28th by Jost Miller at the house, and by Andrew Shenk of Oronogo, Mo., and P.Y. Lehman, from Luke 23:28. May God comfort the mourning friends.
BYER - On the 20th of Oct., 1899, in Adams Co., Pa., David R. Byer died of consumption at the age of 60 years, 5 months, 28 days. Funeral services were held at the Mummasburg M. H. by Martin Wisler of Mummasburg, of which church the deceased had been a member for a number of years and up to his death.
ESCHBACH - At Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 21, 1899, Sister Barbara, wife of Bro. Harry Eschbach, departed this life, aged 43 years, 3 months, 28 days. Funeral services were held Dec. 24 by the brethren Lehman and Hertzer, from Rev. 13:12,13, followed by Bish. Isaac Eby, from 1 Thess. 4:13,14. Sister Eschbach was an exemplary Christian woman and led a life worthy of imitation. Her sweet, gentle disposition endeared her to all whom she met, and those who knew her best loved her most. She is gone, and O, how we miss her. At church and Sunday school her seat was never vacant while health permitted; even in death she bore that same sweet placid look, expressive of the life she led and the death she died. Death had lost all terrors to her, it was only like stepping out of pain and suffering into eternal bliss.
"Oh the bliss of loved ones resting
By the crystal river bright,
Neath the shade of trees immortal,
Where no shadows dim the light.
* * * *
For this rest she longe and waited;
Heaven's glory was her song;
Living faith now bids us hear her
Singing with the blood-washed throng.
Oh, the peace and rest in heaven,
Oh the bliss of loved ones there;
Love divine now bears us upward,
All their blessedness to share."
Transcribed by: Jeannine Janzen, Kansas
LEATHERMAN - Christian Leatherman was born in Plumstead township, Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 31st, 1815. On Dec. 4th, 1853, he was married Mary Fretz. She died April 13th, 1866. This union was blest with six children, five of whom preceded their father. He was married the second time, Feb. 9th, 1868 to Sarah High. One son, who survives him, was born to this union. He died Dec. 27th, 1899, aged 84 years, 10 months and 26 days. He was buried at Deep Run on the 31st. Services by Jacob Rush in English and John Gross in German from Psalms 94:19.
JOHNSON - Lydia Johnson, maiden name Swartz, was born May 11, 1822, died Jan. 14, 1900, aged 77 years, 8 months and 3 days. In 1843, she was united in marriage with Jacob B. Johnson. Their union was blest with five sons and four daughters, two of whom preceded their mother to the life beyond.
SCHRAG - Michael Schrag died at his home, near Tavistock, Ont., Can., Dec. 17, 1899, at the age of 58 years, 6 months and 27 days. Funeral was held in the old meeting-house, near the Schrag cemetery, December 20th. Bro. Schrag was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. He lived in matrimony 34 years and 8 months and leaves a sorrowing widow, two sons, one daughter and two grandchildren to await the summons yet to come. The funeral services were conducted by Jacob S. Miller and Joel J. Miller. Text 2 Cor. 5:1-10.
HOSTETLER - Elias Hostetler died at his home, about three miles west of Elk Lick, Pa., Tuesday, January 23, 1900, after a brief illness from lagrippe and rheumatism, at the age of 71 years, 10 months, and 19 days. Funeral services were held in the Amish Mennonite meeting-house, near Niverton, Pa., and interment in the cemetery adjoining, on the 24th inst. A large number of people attended the funeral. Services were conducted by Elias A. Yoder and Daniel S. Beachy, the latter using 1 Cor. 15:36-58. The deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, for many years. The widow, one son, six daughters, three brothers and one sister survive.
MILLER - Harvey, infant son of Pre. Jacob S. and Anna Miller, died October 7th, 1899 at the age of 2 years, 8 months and 29 days. He had been ill a little over three weeks with cholera infantum. The funeral was held at the Mapledale A. M. meeting house, near Grantsville, Md., October 9th. The services were conducted by J.B. and J.J. Miller, the latter using John 16:16-20 as a text. A large number of people were present at the funeral. The bereaved family have the ardent sympathies of the community, in this visitation of sorrow.
SCHERTZ - On the 2d of January, 1900, near Washington, Tazewell Co., Ill., Alvin Lester, son of Andrew and Lena Schertz, aged 4 months and 18 days. Alvin was a bright little twin baby. He seemed to be well until January 1st towards noon we noticed that he wasn't feeling as usual and the next morning while his sister was holding him the little heart stopped beating and his spirit was borne away to the realms above. Funeral services on the 5th at the Union meeting-house by Andrew Schrock in German and Peter Sommer and John Smith in English.
The tender flower God has given,
To bloom with us awhile.
God gave to us this jewel rare,
He gave awhile into our care,
Then took him to himself above,
Where all is joy and peace and love.
His infant voice to us is stilled
The thought our heart with grief has filled.
YUTZY - Mary, wife of the late Jacob Yutzy - maiden name Pfeil - died at the residence of her son Jonas Yutzy, near Sunnyside, Garret Co., Md., August 28th, 1899 at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 25 days. The funeral took place August 30, from the residence where the deceased sister departed this life. In compliance with the request of the deceased sister, J.S. Miller and J.J. Miller conducted the services in German, the latter using Philippians 1:21-23 as a basis for his discourse. J.B. Miller spoke in English from Rev. 14:13. A large number of people were at the funeral. The departed was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for many years. She is reputed as having been highly esteemed by those acquainted with her. She is said to have frequently expressed a desire to be taken hence, from the field of mortality and we trust that she "rests from her labors" in that "blessed" state of the "dead, which die in the Lord."
BEITZEL - Mary, wife of Christian L. Beitzel, died after a brief illness, at the home of her husband, near Bittinger, Md., Thursday, August 9, 1899, at the age of 31 years, 7 months and 8 days. She was a daughter of Elias Orendorf. She was married not quite eleven months prior to her death. She became ill in the afternoon and died the following night. The attending physician pronounced her case as one of apoplexy. Her parents, four brothers and two sisters survive her. Funeral was held on August 10th, at the Cherry Glade A. M. meeting-house. J.S. Miller and J.J. Miller conducted the services in German, the later using Mark 13:35-37 as his text. J.B. Miller added some remarks in English from Ecclesiastes 12:13,14. The attendance at the funeral was large. The deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Verily, when we consider the brevity and uncertainty of life, human tendencies and inclinations and the certainty of death, are we not with foundation and cause moved to exclaim with the author of Ecclesiastes "Vanity of vanities * * * all is vanity."
SHANK - Brother David Shank departed this life the 28th of January 1900, near Leitersburg, Washington Co., Md., of a complication of diseases, aged 45 years and 5 months. He leaves a sorrowing widow, one daughter and four sons besides a host of friends to mourn their loss. He had been ailing for sometime, but was confined to his bed only a few days. He suffered extremely, and was willing to leave this world of sorrow and go to his reward; we believe he is now resting in a loving Saviour's care. He was ordained to the ministry several years ago in the Stouffer congregation. He will be missed as a laborer in God's vineyard, also as a neighbor and friend. Funeral sermon and interment at Miller's M. H. Pre. Henry Baer and Bishop George Keener officiated. Texts, Acts 13:36 and Prov. 14:32. A large number of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to one who will be greatly missed. We sympathize with the family in their heavy loss.
Death has robbed us of our father
Whom we loved and cherished here;
It was father, yes, dear father,
Can we help but shed a tear?
MYERS - Susanna Myers, maiden name Minninger, was born December 25th, 1821. She was married to Jeremiah Kriebel. To this union two sons were born, one of whom survives. She was married the second time to Jacob Leatherman of Plumstead, who also died. On December 20th 1885 she was married to Pre. Isaac Moyer of Bedminster. She died December 29th, 1899, aged 78 years and 4 days.
FRETZ - On January 20th, 1900, Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., of paralysis, Bro. Noah Fretz, aged 79 years, 2 months. Buried on the 25th at Blooming Glen. Services at the house by Peter B. Loux and John Leatherman; at the meeting-house by Abram F. Moyer and Bish. Henry B. Rosenberger. Text, Isa. 38:1.
BEIDLER - On the 25th of January, 1900, at the family residence, 167 South Sangamon street, Chicago, Ill., of the infirmities of old age, Mary Ann Funk, widow of the late Jacob Beidler, aged 78 years, 3 months and 20 days. Mrs. Beidler was born in Bucks Co., Pa., on the 5th of October, 1821. On the 23rd of April 1844 she was united in marriage with Jacob Beidler of the same locality, but who for about two years previous to their marriage had resided in Springfield, Ill. In the fall of 1844, they moved from Springfield to Chicago, making the trip with teams, through an unbroken, and in many places as almost impassable prairie, a distance of about 150 miles. Her experiences in the new city of the lake, with those of her husband, would make a volume of deep and practical interest to the present generation. Through trials and self-denials, patiently and quietly she lived the life God had appointed to her, and God blessed her in it, until surrounded by the abundant comforts of this life, and a family of four sons and one daughter, who did all that love and kindness could suggest to make her last days peaceful and happy, she calmly fell asleep, and went to her rest, as we trust, in the house of many mansions, where all tears are wiped away, where there is no more pain, nor sorrow, nor death, and where every redeemed soul with the poet may sing:
"There I shall bathe my weary soul,
In seas of everlasting rest,
And not a wave of trouble roll
Across my peaceful breast."
She was in the true sense of the word a model wife and mother, a true help-meet to her husband, careful and economical house wife, a keeper at home, and manifested a rare spirit of patience, kindness and forbearance. She was the mother of nine children. Two died in infancy; the dead body of John was found in the lake nineteen years ago, how he came to his death is a mystery which probably eternity alone will reveal. William died of paralysis in September 1897, and the husband and father of the family passed away six months later, to the day. The writer feels especial interest in the death of his oldest sister from the fact that for seven years of his life, as a young man in Chicago, he had his home with her. She was universally beloved and respected and in her death we mourn her as one whom we loved and cherished as a kind mother, a beloved sister and a dear friend. Peace to her ashes.
ZIMMERMAN - On the 3rd of January, 1900, Cumberland Co., Pa., of pleuropneumonia, Jacob M. Zimmerman aged 55 years, 5 months and 25 days. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 8, 1844. He was married three times. He had eleven children, of whom five preceded him to the eternal world; seven grand-children of whom three preceded him. He also leaves his widow, six brothers and three sisters. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for some thirty years. The funeral was held on Sunday January 7, 1900, at the Slate Hill meeting-house where many relatives and friends were present to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved. Services were conducted by Jacob M. Herr at the house and Jacob N. Brubaker at the meeting-house. Text, Isa. 138:1: "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live."
LUTHER - On the 7th of January, 1900, at Scalp Level, Cambia Co., Pa., Blanche Amelia, daughter of Hugh and Mary Luther, aged 3 years, 9 months and 9 days. Buried on the 9th. Funeral services by S.G. Shetler and Alexander Weaver. Text, John 16:22.
ALWINE - On the 30th of January, 1900, near Johnstown, Pa., of dropsy, sister Mattie (widow of Bro. Abram Alwine who died about 9 months ago.) She was aged 68 years, 7 months, 10 days. Buried of the 1st of February at the Stahl meeting-house. Funeral services by S.G. Shetler, Jonas Blauch, Sam Gindlesperger and L.A. Blough. Text, Luke 20:36. Sister Alwine was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years and we have reason to believe she has gone to rest.
DIRSTINE - On January 17th, 1900, Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., of palsy and old age, Bro. Joseph H. Dirstine, aged 79 years, 1 month, 9 days. Buried on the 22nd at Blooming Glen. Services at the house by Peter B. Loux and A.O. Histand, at the meeting-house by Abram F. Moyer and Bish. Henry B. Rosenberger. Text, Isa. 35:10.
HELFRICK - On January 19, 1900, in Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., Lizzie, daughter of John and Rebecca Helfrick, aged 2 years, 4 months, 18 days. Buried on the 23rd at Blooming Glen. Services at the house by Abram F. Moyer, at the meeting-house by Bish. Henry B. Rosenberger and P.B. Loux. Text, John 14:1,2.
MUSSELMAN - On January 17, 1900, Richlandtown, Bucks Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Bessie, daughter of John and Kate Musselman, aged 8 months. Buried on the 21st at Blooming Glen. Services at the house by Peter B. Loux, from Psalm 16:6; at the meeting-house by Bish. Henry B. Rosenberger and Abram F. Moyer. Text, 1 Peter 1:24.
Transcribed by: Jeannine Janzen, Kansas