MOYER - On Sept. 29th, 1901, at Vineland, Ontario, Leroy Carson, son of Solomon Moyer, aged 7 months and 18 days. Though only here a short time, he budded on earth to bloom in heaven. Buried in the Moyer burying ground. Services were conducted by E.S. Hallman. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3.
ZOOK - On the 21st of June, 1901, near Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., David K. Zook, aged 35 years, 7 mos. and 11 days. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. He leaves a sorrowing wife and three small children to mourn his early departure, but we believe our loss is his eternal gain.
KRATZ - On Oct. 15th, 1901, near Vineland, Ontario, Bro. Christian Kratz, aged 66 years, 8 months and 8 days. His trials were many but he patiently endured them all. He was helpless and homeless. He found a home with Jacob High, where he was kindly cared for. He was buried in the Moyer burying ground. Services were held by Pre. Jaegar, of the Evangelical church, and E.S. Hallman.
JUTZI - On the 14th of Aug., 1901, in Gratiot Co., Mich., of lung troubles, of which she suffered two years, Sister Mary Gingerich, wife of Daniel Jutzi, aged 63 yrs., 9 mos. and 22 days. She was born in Ontario, Canada, Nov. 21, 1837; joined in married to her surviving husband, Sept. 3, 1854. They moved to Newark, Mich., Feb. 22, 1883, where she spent the remainder of her life. She leaves a husband, four sons, three daughters, two sisters and eighteen grandchildren. She was converted 34 years ago and remained faithful until death. Services were conducted from 2 Tim. 4:6--8.
JUTZI - On the 4th of September, 1901, in Gratiot Co., Mich., of stomach trouble, Bro. Daniel M. Jutzi, aged 67 yrs., 10 mos. and 2 day. He was born in Ontario, Canada, Nov. 2, 1833; joined in marriage to Mary Gingerich, Sept. 3, 1854, and moved with his wife to Newark, Mich., on the 22nd of Feb., 1883, where they resided till death. He leaves four sons, three daughters, four brothers, one sister and eighteen grand-children. Interred at Wood cemetery. Discourse was preached from Rev. 14:13. He was converted 34 years ago and remained a faithful member of the church until his departure. As shown from the foregoing obituary, this aged couple was called away within the period of twenty-one days.
CLEMMER - On the 16th of April, 1901, near Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., Bro. Jonas K. Clemmer. Our life is dark without him, all we can see is the lonely place where they laid him to rest. But we believe that his spirit has gone to a happy home where he is not lonely. Dear husband, we feel our need of your tender care and willing help in our midst, but God knows best so He has called you to your rest, and I trust Him who is the widow's God. Father, dear, you have left us lonely, but we have not forgotten your voice, your words of love and council; may we meet you with joy at the Judgment Day, when we shall part no more. WIDOW AND CHILDREN
BLAUCH - On the 5th of Oct., 1901, near Krings Station, Somerset Co., Pa., of cancer, of which disease she suffered for over a year, Sister Mary, wife of Bishop Jonas Blauch, aged 72 years, 1 month, and 25 days. She was married to Jonas Blauch, Feb. 13, 1852. To this union were born eight children, of whom four survive her. She also had thirty-one grandchildren, nine dead and twenty-two living. Buried on the 7th at the Stahl Mennonite church, where services were conducted by S.G. Shetler, Isaac Weaver, S. Gindlesperger, Alex Weaver, and L.A. Blough. Text, 1 Cor. 15:51. "Behold, I show you a mystery." Sister Blauch had suffered a great deal of pain within the last year but we trust her sorrow is turned into joy.
REED - On the 2d of October, 1901, in Union township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Mary Reed, widow of Bro. Abraham I. Reed, (deceased), aged 84 years, 7 months. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and in her teens moved with her parents, Samuel and Anna Weaver, to Mahoning Co., Ohio, where she was married on the 20th of March, 1845. They both united with the Mennonite church in their youth. To them were born five sons and four daughters. In March, 1861, they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where they lived the remainder of their days. Father preceded her four years and seven months. Her remains were laid to rest on the 4th, in the Yellow Creek cemetery. Funeral services by Martin Ramer in German, and by David Burkholder in English. Texts, Rev. 14:13 and Luke 23:28.
LIVINGSTON - On the 30th of Sept., 1901, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., of rheumatic fever, of which she was sick only a few days, Sister Cassie, daughter of Bro. Jeremiah and Sister Lizzie Livingston, aged 19 years, 11 months, and 1 day. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for nearly two years. She was of a kind and gentle disposition, was much beloved by the family and all who knew her. She was engaged to be married in the near future; but when death comes man's plans will fail. She was buried on the 2nd of Oct. in the family graveyard. Funeral services by S.G. Shetler, S. Gindlesperger, Isaac Weaver, and L.A. Blough. Text, Isa. 64:6. "We all do fade as the leaf." This sudden and unexpected death was quiet a shock to the family and community, and should be a loud call to all the unconverted, but in the case of the deceased sister, we have the consolation that our loss is her eternal gain.
MAST - On the 23d of August, 1901, at the German Hospital in Philadelphia, of an operation performed about three weeks before her death, Sister Lizzie Mast, of near Atglen, Chester County, Pa., wife of Bro. Isaac Mast, and daughter of Pre. Jonathan Kauffman. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years. She was a devoted Christian and a kind and loving mother, and she will be greatly missed in the family circle. She leaves a sorrowing husband, three sons, one daughter, parents, four brothers, three sisters, and a host of friends to mourn her early departure. One daughter, Katie, preceded her to the spirit world about ten years ago. She was laid to rest in the Millwood graveyard, about 700 people being present to take a last look at their beloved sister. Funeral services were conducted by Pre's John and Gideon Stoltzfus at the house, and at the church by John Mast and Gideon Stoltzfus. A NIECE
MILLER - Mary E. Miller was born July 13th, 1855; died Oct. 11, 1901, aged 46 years, 2 months and 28 days. She was united with Seth J. Miller by the holy bonds of matrimony, 1874, to this union were born seven children, three sons and four daughters; two preceded her to the glory world. Her husband, three sons, two daughters and three grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of their loving sainted mother. All the children were present around her when she died excepting two sons who were in the state of Illinois, but who soon came to take the last view of their well beloved mother. Sister Miller had a cancer on her breast from which she suffered for several years; but bore it all with patience and meekness. She always expressed a willingness and desire to go home. The last Sunday that she lived her youngest daughter, Lydia, asked her mother if she could to go church, but the tender and loving answer was, Stay with me as long as you can, for it will only be a few more days; when she passed away the following Friday morning. The night before she died she had another very bad spell, and they thought she was almost gone, but she recovered again; then she said, O, must I recover again, I wanted to go home. She was ready and watching for Jesus to call her home. In the death of Sister Miller the husband has lost a loving and tender companion; the children, a dear and loving mother; the community, a kind neighbor and friend; and the church, a faithful and helpful sister. We hope our loss is her eternal gain. She was a member of the Missionary Church. Funeral was held at the meeting house by Bro. M.S. Schrock text, Ps. 39:4. Buried in the McEwen cemetery on the 13th. Peace to her ashes; may the Lord bless the bereaved family and help them to live to meet their mother.
GEIL - Sister Annie Elizabeth Geil, wife of Jno. Geil, Jr., died at her home near Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Va., on the 19th of December 1900, in the 44th year of her age. She had been in ill health for about one year, but was only seriously ill for several days, pneumonia being the direct cause of her death. During all her illness she was never heard to murmur nor complain, but bore all her afflictions with true Christian fortitude. She was conscious up to the evening before her death, when she took spasms, from which she never again regained consciousness, but passed quietly to her reward the following morning. Funeral services were held at the Brenneman M.H., where a large concourse of sympathizing friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed, and to show their heart-felt sympathy to the bereft husband and three children, seven of the family having preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted by L.J. Heatwole and Louis Shank, from the words, "Wherefore they are no more twain but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together let no man put asunder." Matt. 19:6. In Sister Geil's death her husband lost a faithful companion; her family, a kind and devoted mother; the church, a faithful and consistent member, and the community, a true and helpful friend. May God in His infinite love and mercy, comfort the bereft husband and children, reward them for their labors of love, and help them all so to live that they may have a blessed reunion on the shores of everlasting bliss.
ERB - On the 14th of October, 1901, at 9:00 P.M., near
Wellman, Iowa, Sister Lizzie Erb, wife of Pre. Samuel Erb.
She was born January 12, 1869, to Joseph and Lydia Swartzendruber,
near Wellman, Iowa, and was therefore, aged 32 years, 9 months
and 2 days. In the fall of 1884 she accepted the Lord Jesus as
her Savior and Redeemer, and united with the Amish church at Upper
Deer Creek. She remained a faithful servant of God until her death.
She was a lover of peace in the church and loved to be in peace
with everybody that peace and joy could be maintained. May we
all be more careful in the future to seek peace as our beloved
sister had done that we may all die in peace. On December 23,
1893, she united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Bro. Samuel
Erb. She was a kind, faithful and loving companion. Her father
preceded her to the spirit world, Dec. 1, 1890. She leaves a deeply
bereaved husband, two children, one an infant and one aged seven;
her mother, seven brothers, six sisters, also many relatives and
friends to mourn her early departure. She will be greatly missed
in the church and family circle. One seat is vacant, one pleasant
face will be seen no more in this world, but may we all meet her
in the world to come. We all deeply feel our loss but hope our
loss is her eternal gain. Her last words were, "It if is
the Lord's will to remove me from this world, I am ready to die;
the Lord's will, not mine." Funeral services at West Union
M.H., by Bro. C. Waray, A.I. Yoder, and S. Lapp of South English.
Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. The remains were laid to rest in the Upper
Deer Creek cemetery. A FRIEND
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ROHR - On September 11, 1901, Sister Anna Rohr, of Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., aged 89 years, 7 months, and 15 days. Interment at Deep Run.
MOYER - On September 24, 1901, Sister Anna Moyer, nee George, of Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., aged 72 years, 6 months, and 25 days. Services by Peter B. Loux and Jacob Rush at the house, and Bishop Henry B. Rosenberger at the meeting house. Text, Isaiah 35:10. Interment at Blooming Glen.
DETWEILER - On August, 12, 1901, Sister Mary Detweiler, nee Leatherman, of Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., aged 80 years and 8 days. She is survived by one daughter. Her husband and two sons preceded her to eternity. Services by Pre. John Leatherman and Jacob Rush at the house, and Bishop Henry B. Rosenberger at the meeting house. Interment at Deep Run.
HESS - On the 19th of October, 1901, at Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Samuel Hess, aged 85 years. He was born at Safe Harbor, Pa., but for forty years lived in and near Landisville. He was an esteemed brother in the church and his death will be felt throughout the community. He leaves three sons and three daughters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral and interment on the 22nd of October, at Landisville.
FIFER - Sister Frances, daughter of Jacob and Magdalena Shank, and wife of Jacob Fifer, was born near Weaver's Church, Rockingham Co., Va., June 22, 1840, and died near Trissle's Church, October 3, 1901, aged 61 years, 3 months, and 11 days. A deeply bereaved and sorrowing husband, two daughters and several grandchildren mourn the loss of a devoted wife, a kind mother and grandmother. Sister Fifer united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and as far as we know she lived faithful and true to her profession to the time of her death. Funeral and burial at Trissle's Church on the 6th, where a large concourse of people assembled. Funeral services by C. Good, from Rev. 14:13.
HENDRICKS - Margaret Young, widow of the late Leonard Hendricks, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 1, 1819; died Oct. 6, 1901, aged 82 years, 9 months and 5 days. She was the mother of eight children, of whom four sons and one daughter are still living. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and seemed to have a bright hope of the future before her. At the time of her death she was in Iowa, where she had gone to visit her two sons. While there she died of neuralgia of the stomach. The remains were brought back to her old home in Ustick, Ill., where services were held at the Mennonite M.H., by J. McDulloh and John Nice, on Oct. 8, 1901. Text, 1 Peter 1:3-4.
PRICE - On the 3rd of October, at his home, two miles south of Hamlin, Ks., Edwin S. Price, aged 50 yrs. and 9 months. He was a son of James Price, formerly of Harleysville, Montgomery Co., Pa. His sickness was kidney trouble and typhoid fever. He was sick only about eight days. He united with the Mennonite church in 1890. He leaves a sorrowing father and mother, four sisters, three brothers, and a daughter about 11 years of age to mourn his death, though they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral was held Oct. 5th. Services by Jacob Winey and M.S. Alderfer. He was married to Elizabeth Nice, daughter of Daniel Nice, of Franconia, Montgomery Co., Pa. She died three years ago. M.S.A.
KURTZ - On the 31st of Oct., 1901, near Ledger, Lancaster Co., Pa., Martha May, infant daughter of Bro. Daniel and Sister Annie Kurtz, aged 5 months and 5 days, passed quietly away out of this world into that beautiful world above. Dear brother and sister, we can deeply sympathize with you for it is surely sad to part with one so young, but the Lord's ways are not our ways, it has pleased Him to take little Martha to those mansions of bliss where sickness and sorrow never comes and all is peace and love. We can all go where she has gone if we only trust and believe, for whosoever believeth in God shall have everlasting life. Funeral services conducted by Bishop Isaac Eby and Pre. Christian Brackbill. Text, Matt. 18; part of the 3rd verse. A.M.
KAUFFMAN - Sister Catharine Kauffman, beloved wife of Bro. Stephen B. Kauffman, of Shore, LaGrange Co., Ind., was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 17, 1840; died Oct. 6th, 1901, aged 61 years and 19 days. She leaves a husband and four sons, besides a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her death, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. In the death of our sister, Bro. Kauffman has lost a loving companion; the children, a very kind, affectionate mother; the community, a truly worthy and helpful neighbor, and the church one of her best and most influential sisters, a perfect type of true Christian piety. We trust our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral on the 8th at the Shore Mennonite M.H. Services by Y.C. Miller, from John 14:1--3, and A.S. Cripe from the 23rd Psalm, to a large and attentive audience. Texts selected by the family. Interment in the Persham burying ground.
KAUFFMAN - On the 31st of August, 1901, near New Wilmington, Lawrence Co. Pa., Mary, wife of Benjamin Kauffman, aged 69 years, 9 months and 16 days. Her maiden name was King. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 15, 1840. Moved with her parents to Lawrence Co., Pa., when nine years old. She was the mother of six sons and five daughters, two sons and two daughters having preceded her to the spirit world. All the children were present around her bedside when she died, excepting one son who was in Idaho, but soon same to take a last view of his dear mother. Funeral services were held at the house, Sept. 3, conducted by J.r. Zook in German, Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8; and Allen Rickert in English, Text, Gen. 7:1. She had diabetes and kidney disease, from which she suffered a number of years, but was only seriously ill two days, when she was unconscious, in which condition she remained until death. She will be greatly missed in the home by her children and grandchildren, but God knows best; we trust her sorrow is turned into joy. May God help us to to live that we can meet her where parting is unknown.
WILKIE - On the 30th of October, 1901, in Grand Rapids, Mich., Abram Wilkie, son of August Wilkie, of Bloomingdale, Waterloo Co., Ont. He had been working in Grand Rapids for about two years. In leaving the street car on his way to dinner, the day being very rainy and cold, he pulled his cap down to protect his face and started around the rear of the car to cross the street. A car coming along from the opposite direction on the other track just then, caught him just as he stepped on the other track and killed him instantly. The remains were brought to the home of his parents and buried at the Cressman M.H., Breslau, on the 3d of November, where services were conducted in the German language by Solomon Gehman, assisted by the U.B. minister. A large concourse of people assemble to sympathize with the bereaved young wife and the parents and friends of the deceased. He had accepted Christ nearly a year before his death and was an earnest worker for the Lord. His sudden death is a loud call to young and old to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man who may come at an hour that we think not.
YODER - On the 21st of September, 1901, in Cass Co., Mo., from the effect of a fall, Sister Mattie Yoder (widow of Reuben Yoder). It is supposed she went to the cellar door to get the dripping pan to set dishes in on the morning of the 15th. No one will ever know what happened as both of her daughters that are living with her were outdoors about their work when they heard a noise. They ran in and found their mother at the bottom of the cellar steps unconscious. They rang the bell and called for the neighbors, who soon came and carried her up. She regained consciousness sufficiently that she would answer all right when spoken to, for a few days, but knew nothing about falling, and grew weaker and passed away in less than a week. She was past 84 years old. Her pleasant face is missed in her home and in the church. She was the mother of three sons and seven daughters; one son died in his youth; her other children were all at her funeral, sixteen grandchildren living, four great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at the Sycamore church on the 22nd. It was estimated that there were one thousand people there, and two hundred teams. Funeral sermon was preached by Levi Miller at the house and by John Hertzler, B.F. Hertzler and Levi Miller at the church, from Psalms 23, and Psalms 90:12; she was the oldest sister in the Sycamore Grove congregation. She lead a quiet peaceable life.
SHERRICK - Margaret, daughter of Bishop Henry and Mary Stemen, was born March 9, 1818, in Fairfield county, Ohio; died November 2, 1901, aged 83 years, 7 months and 23 days. She was united in holy wedlock with Henry Sherrick, June 4, 1835, who died April 12, 1891, after having lived in this union fifty-six years. To them were born six sons and five daughters, only four sons remaining. She with her husband united with the Mennonite church in June, 1838, at the Turkey Run meeting house in Perry Co., Ohio. She with her husband moved to Allen Co., Ohio, November 6, 1841, and on the 4th of March, 1842, moved on the farm where she lived and died. She was the last of eighteen members who organized the Mennonite church in Allen Co., her father, Bishop Henry Stemen, being the preacher. She was faithful and true in every relation of life, tenderly devoted to her family and friends and a faithful Christian, kind and affectionate to all and especially to any in affliction and want. She always received her friends with a smile and made them feel welcome in her home. She leaves one sister; 87 years old; four sons; twenty-nine grandchildren, eight dead and twenty-one living. Ten weeks before her dear she was paralyzed, after which she was helpless. After half an hour before she died she suddenly became very sick and said, "This is death." She bade all present good-bye and calmly fell asleep, as we believe, in Jesus. In her death the church realize that one of her strong pillars is gone. May all prepare to meet her in heaven. Buried on the 4th, at Salem; followed to the grave by a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services by Moses Brenneman, assisted by George Ross, from Rev. 14:13.
CHRISTOPHEL - Near South West, Elkhart Co., Ind., October
24, 1901, John N. Christophel, aged 79 years, 9 months,
17 days. Buried at Yellow Creek, Oct. 27. The funeral was largely
attended, the meeting house, including the aisles, was crowded,
and quite a large crowd of people remained outside, unable to
get in, which showed the respect in which he was held. Funeral
services were conducted at the house by Noah Metzler, at the church
by David Burkholder, assisted by Jonas Loucks. Text 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
The deceased was born in Alleghany Co., Pa., Jan. 7, 1822. At
the aged of 13 he moved with his parents to Columbiana Co., Ohio,
where he lived until August 1830. He moved with his family to
Indiana on the present homestead in 1849, which he occupied at
the time of his death. He was united in matrimony with Elizabeth
J. Reed in 1849, to which union were born ten children and nineteen
grandchildren. Four children and five grandchildren preceded him
to the spirit world. In 1850 he and his wife united with the Mennonite
church in which faith he lived a consistent Christian life and
fell peacefully asleep in Jesus with apoplexy of the heart, almost
without a struggle, his sickness being of less than a hour's duration.
He leaves a sorrowing wife, three sons and three daughters to
mourn their loss, but we have reason to believe that their loss
is his eternal gain. He was a kind father, an affectionate husband,
a good neighbor, zealous in his devotions, loyal to the church
and a regular attendant in the Sunday school, and while his absence
is keenly felt in the church militant we believe that his presence
is appreciated in the church triumphant. The bereaved family has
the sympathies of the friends and neighbors.
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