Pre. Joseph Ziegler
was born March 11, 1815, and died Jan. 19, 1904, at his home in Zellenople, Pa., aged 88 Y., 10 M., 8 D. His health had been failing for some time, but his last sickness was pneumonia, of which he suffered only a few days. He had labored in the ministry for over fifty years when the Master called him to rest. He leaves many friends and neighbors to mourn his departure. But they are comforted with the thought that he has gone to his eternal home in glory where he is forever free from the cares and sorrows of this world. Funeral on Jan. 21 at the Old Harmony M. H., where services were conducted by David S. Lehman of Mahoning Co., Ohio. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1. Burial in the graveyard near by. A large congregation assembled to pay a last tribute of respect to one whom they loved. P.M.
BERKEY.-Jan. 9, 1904, in the State of Washington, from
injuries received while unloading a car, Bro. ---- Berkey,
aged 25 Y., 10 M., 13 D. Bro. Berkey was foreman of a bridge gang
on the railroad. His remains were taken to Wellersville, Wayne
Co., Ohio, in company with his brothers Valentine and Joseph.
He was a consistent member of the Mennonite congregation at Salem
and was highly respected by all with whom he became acquainted,
especially by his employers of the railroad company. The funeral
was held on the 18th at the Oak Grove M. H., where a large concourse
of relatives and friends met to pay a last tribute of respect
to our dear young brother. Services were conducted by David Hostetler
and Benjamin Gerig. Peace to his ashes.
SOMMER.-On the 19th of January 1904, of spinal weakness and spasms, Celesta, eldest daughter of Jacob P. and Anna Sommer, aged 7 Y., 1 M., 6 D. She is survived by her parents and two sisters, her brother having preceded her to the spirit world about five years ago. Buried on the 21st at the old Sonnenberg M. H. Funeral service by Jacob Nussbaum. Although the child could never walk she always seemed happy and was a wonderful little singer and could play many songs on her autoharp. A German song of her own selection was sung at her funeral. The precious one has now joined with the angels in their sweet strains.
YODER.-Jan. 1, 1904, near Telford, Pa., Bro. David Yoder, of asthma, aged 57 Y., 5 M. Bro. Yoder was blind for over fifty years. Funeral on the 5th at the Rockhill M. H., where services were conducted by Pre. M. Moyer and J. Clemmer. Text, John 20:29. Peace to his ashes.
SHELLEY.-Jan. 21, 1904, near Silverdale, Pa. Of weakness
of the brain, Bro. John Shelley, aged 73 Y., 7 M. Of relatives
his sorrowing companion alone is left to mourn his departure,
their only child having preceded the father. Funeral services
at the Rockhill M. H. by Samuel Detweiler and Henry Anglemoyer.
Text, Mark 13:37. Peace to his ashes.
HOCHSTETLER.-On Jan. 21, 1904, in Shanesville, Ohio, Anna Weaver, wife of Albert Hochstetler, aged 42 Y., 10 M., 24 D. She was married on the 26th of April 1883. She was the mother of two sons and two daughters, the eldest having preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, two sons, one daughter, one grandchild, five brothers, four sisters, and many other friends. She was buried on the 25th, a large concourse of friends attending the funeral. Services were conducted by M.A. Mast, from 1 Thess. 4:14, and S.H. Miller from Heb. 9:11-17.
GINGRICH.-On the 11th of January 1904, at Red Deer, Alta., of pneumonia, Samuel S., youngest son of Pre. Jacob and Sister Elizabeth (Sherk) Gingrich, formerly of near Preston, Ont., now of Biglerville, Pa., aged 30 Y., 4 M., 19 D. He was ill only a few days and his brother, Jacob S., was the only relative with him at the time, although the best care and skill were not wanting. He had lived in Red Deer since March 1903 and had won the esteem of a large circle of friends. Several years ago he spent some time in Elkhart, Ind., where he was converted, baptized and received into church fellowship. Another brother, Dilman S., of Freeport, Ill., reached Didsbury, Alta., on the 14th in time to attend the burial there, a number of former Waterloo Co. friends having settled in that locality. Funeral service on the 14th at Red Deer were conducted by J. C. Forster, assisted by Canon Hinchcliffe, Dr. Gaetz and Dr. Herdman of Calgary. The funeral was largely attended. Funeral services on the 14th in the West Zion Mennonite M. H., Carstairs, Alta., by Israel R. Shantz from 1 Sam. 20:3, latter clause, and by N.B. Stauffer from Rev. 22:12. Besides his parents and the brothers named he leaves his brother Norman S., of Mishawaka, Ind., Enoch of Preston, Ont., and his sisters Mary Ann and Barbara of Biglerville, Pa. Lizzie (Jacobs) of Goshen, Ind., and Nancy (Hostetler) of Elkhart, Ind. Our sympathies go out to the bereaved family in the loss of their bright and promising son and brother in the far Northwest. God comfort them in their sorrow.
BIXLER.-Florence, the only daughter of John J. and Sarah Bixler, died Jan. 16, 1904, aged 1 Y., 4 M., 24 D. She was buried on the 19th at the new Sonnenberg M. H., A.A. Sommer officiating. Her stay on earth was brief and mingled with much suffering, but the little jewel has now gone to wear its starry crown above.
MAST.-On the 25th of Jan. 1904, in Elkhart, Ind., of heart failure, Samuel S. Mast, aged 67 Y., 11 M., 16 D. He was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 10, 1836. On Jan. 21, 1858, he united in marriage with Catharine Yoder. He was the father of seven children, one of whom died in infancy: Nicholas Y., Noah P., Sanford D., Samuel E., Jacob C. ,and Lizzie C., with his sorrowing companion Catharine, six half-brothers and three half-sisters, and a number of grandchildren survive him. He was a member of the Mennonite church and zealous for the order of God's house. He was a devoted Christian and loved fellowship with God through his Savior and Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ. Through his quiet, inoffensive demeanor and universal friendliness he had won the favor and friendship of those with whom he in business or otherwise came in contact, and we believe that his devotion to God and his constant trust in Christ as his Savior and Redeemer won for him the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to all that love his appearing. He died unexpectedly. On Saturday he was at work (carpentering) and ran his thumb into the sharp point of a nail. On Sunday it began to pain him very severely, and on Sunday night about two o'clock, just as the doctor, who had been called, came in and was about to administer medicine, he suddenly threw up his arms and passed away. The funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite church on Wednesday following, by John F. Funk, from John 14:1-3. May the Lord comfort all these sorrowing ones and prepare them to meet their father in the better land. Peace to his ashes.
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EIGSTI.-Jan. 26, 1904, in Manson, Calhoun Co., Iowa, Otto Clarence, son of Joseph and Anna Eigsti, aged 5 M., 28 D. He leaves two brothers and two sisters besides his parents and other relatives. Funeral services on the 28th at the Cedar Creek M. H. by Bro. A.I. Yoder. Text, 2 Sam. 12:23. The good Lord has called him home in his youth before the evil days had come, there to await father, mother, sisters, brothers and friends.
BRENEMAN.-Jan. 28, 1904, in Salunga, Pa., of heart trouble and dropsy, Sister Fannie B., wife of Benjamin B. Breneman, in the 69th year of her age. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children: Susan H., Mary and Annie, at home, and Mrs. J.S. Kendig of Salunga. There are also two sisters and one brother , as follows: Mrs. Joseph S. Lehman of Elkhart, Ind.,; Mrs. Andrew Greider of Silver Spring, and Andrew B. Hershey of Salunga. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Services at the Mennonite M.H. at Salunga; interment in the graveyard adjoining.
MARTIN.-Dec. 4, 1903, near Hinton, Va., of endocarditis, Mary Mabel, daughter of Bro. J.S. and Sister Nannie Martin, aged 11 Y., 11 M. Mabel was the fifth one to be taken from this home. Her parents, two sisters and one brother survive. It is indeed hard for the fond parents to give her up, but Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Funeral services on the 6th by the brethren J.A., Jos. F., and L.J. Heatwole, from Luke 8:52. Buried in the Weaver graveyard.
RUMMEL.-On Jan. 27, 1904, in Johnstown, Pa., of consumption, Samuel, son of David and Catharine Rummel, aged 27 Y., 11 M., 27 D. The deceased was a faithful member of the German Baptist church, leaving a bright hope that he had gone to be with his Savior. He leaves a wife, one child, father, mother, five brothers and six sisters to mourn their loss. Services were held in the meeting house near his home by Albert Berkley. Buried in the Sell cemetery. Levi Blauch.
HUMMEL.-On Jan. 20, 1904, at his home near Rockton, Clearfield Co., Pa., Bro. Henry Hummel, aged 69 Y., 17 D. Bro. Hummel came to this country from Germany when he was eleven years old. Soon after arriving in America he came with his father to Clearfield Co., Pa., where he has lived, practically, all his life. Deceased had been a member of the Mennonite church about forty years. During the last thirty years of his life he had been a sufferer of asthma and indigestion, which finally brought on his death. He leaves his wife, three sons, six daughters, forty-one grandchildren and one great-grandchild to mourn his departure. Services were conducted in the Rockton Mennonite M. H., after which interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. The Lord comfort the bereaved family. J.N. Kaufman.
TROYER.-On the 21st of Jan. 1904, near Weilersville, Ohio, of kidney and heart trouble, Lydia Hostetler, wife of Joseph Troyer, aged 77 Y., 7 M., 4 D. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., June 17, 1826, emigrated with her parents to Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1828, was married to Joseph Troyer (who died in 1873) in 1849. To this union were born five children, of whom three survive. She was a devoted sister in the Mennonite church for many years, a kind mother and good neighbor. Beside her three children, she is survived by 17 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four brothers and one sister. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Samuel Longenecker and at the church by Amos Mumaw and David Irvin. Text, Eccl. 8:8. Buried in Paradise graveyard. A.M.
MILLER.-On the 4th of Dec. 1903, in Shipshewana, Ind., of quick consumption, Polly Ellen, wife of Bro. Eli Miller, aged 29 Y., 4 M., 23 D. The brother with the care of two little children feels his loss keenly, but he has the comfort of the full assurance that his beloved companion has gone to eternal rest. Funeral at the Shore M. H. on the 6th. Services by D.J. Johns And Y.C. Miller.
BEIDLER.-Jan. 19, 1904, Henry Beidler, an aged resident of Quakertown, Bucks Co., Pa., was stricken with heart disease, while at dinner in his home on Ambler street and died a few minutes later. Bro. Beidler had been feeling ill for a week and had just consulted a physician before dinner. He was in the 71st year of his age, having been born in Milford in 1833. Funeral services were held on Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Interment at the Old Mennonite meeting house, Steinsburg.
BUCKWALTER.-Catharine, widow of the late Daniel Buckwalter, was born Aug. 30, 1826; died Jan. 15, 1904, aged 77 Y., 4 M., 15 D., of the infirmities of old age. She had in a great measure realized what the Psalmist says in Psa. 90:10. She was a life-long member of the Mennonite church and lived a life consecrated to the Master, and though this life had many dark and dreary days for her, Christ, who was her life, guided her safely through, and when the end drew near she left that blessed consolation that she was going home to rest. Truly can it be said of her , "Asleep in Jesus, peaceful rest, whose waking is supremely blest." She is survived by five sons and four daughters, who deeply mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. Funeral on the 18th of January by Pre. Menno Zimmerman at the house, and by Bish. Benj. Weaver (English) from Heb. 13:14, and by Bish. Jonas Martin (German) from Rev. 14:12 and 13, at the meeting house.
SCHAFER.-Jan. 21, 1904, in Knox Co., Tenn., of consumption of the bowels, Susan (Miller) Schafer, aged 63 Y., 11 M., 9 D. She is survived by her husband, six sons, one daughter and eight grandchildren. She left here a bright evidence that she has gone to a better, eternal world. Services on the 23d at the Mennonite M. H. by J.J. Good and N.Z. Yoder. Text, Gal. 4:26.
FREED.-On Jan. 21st, 1904, in Augusta Co., Va., Bro. Albert G. Freed departed this life at a good old age. Born Oct. 4, 1826. Aged 77 Y., 3 M., 17 D. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for a number of years, and a regular attendant at all church services. Funeral was held and well attended at the Hildabrand M. H., Bro. A.P. Heatwole officiating. Text, Job 14:14.
EASH.-Moses C. Eash was born Sept. 15, 1969*,
and died Dec. 16, 1903, aged 34 Y., 3 M., 1 D. He was married
to Sister Clarrie Nusbaum, Feb. 21, 1889. In the winter of 1890
both husband and wife were happily converted and united with the
Mennonite congregation at Clinton, of which body he has been a
faithful member as well as an earnest and devoted worker. To know
him was to love him. His death was caused by an accident, which
occurred the 14th. He had a limb crushed by a falling tree while
out in the woods, where he and his brother were cutting wood.
His sufferings were intense, but he was conscious to the last.
To his loved, heart-broken companion he left the responsible charge
of living to care for their child, their little daughter Inez.
Unsaved friends he counseled to make no delay in making their
election to the heavenly mansions secure. All present he earnestly
admonished to be active in bringing the unsaved to Christ. May
we all heed the admonitions so lovingly given. He who so suddenly
called our beloved brother, says to all, "Behold, I come
quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man as his work
has been." We miss our brother, but we know our loss is his
gain. The funeral which occurred the 20th at the Fork's M. H.,
was largely attended. Services at the home were conducted by John
Garber; at the M. H. they were opened by Pre. Fike, of the Brethren
church; further conducted by D.D. Miller, from John 16:33 (latter
half), and John Garber, from Mark 14:8 (first clause, substituting
"he" for "she").
*Transcriber's note: Printed 1969, should be 1869.
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In loving remembrance of our aged minister and bishop, Eli Zook, who departed this life on the 2d of February in the year of our Lord 1904, at his old homestead near Ronks, where he had resided since his marriage sixty-one years ago. His wife preceded him in death in 1901, since which time he had his home with his son Jacob, at the same place. He had reached the ripe old age of 82 Y., 1 m., 20 D. His death was due to old age. He had been failing for some time, but was not confined to his bed till a few weeks before his end. Having not been afflicted in his mind he was always patient and never complained, but desired to pass away and be with his Savior, which is also far better. The church feels its loss keenly; although he did not minister to our spiritual wants for several years, he was always at his seat in the meeting house if health permitted, and he was yet the good shepherd of his flock and always had a great desire to keep them on the safe path which leads to salvation. So we may say, Where are the lambs if left to wander alone in this dreary world so full of temptations, until the Lord may choose another to fill his place? But we have the blessed hope that he is now with God's lambs where Jesus Christ himself is Shepherd, where no complaints, no temptations will ever arise against him and where all is peace, joy and love forever more. He is survived by three sons, one daughter, an aged sister, 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. The funeral on the 4th was largely attended by friends, ministers and bishops. Services conducted by Henry Stoltzfus and Christian King. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8. His remains were laid to rest in the Amish cemetery near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa. Peace to his ashes. A Friend.
HESS.-On Feb. 3, 1904, in Little Brittain, Pa., our dear brother, Philip Hess, who has been ailing since May 1903, was called by God our Father to his eternal home in glory, where he is forever free from the care and sorrow of this world. He leaves a dear aged mother, two sisters, two brothers and a host of friends to mourn his departure. He was buried on Feb. 6, a large concourse of friends attending the funeral, which was held at the home of his mother. Interment in the Little Brittain cemetery. Deceased was in his fifty-second year. Services were conducted by Pre. Koontz. Text, 1 Cor. 15:4,5.
CONNER.-Bro. Thomas Conner, of the Spring Dale Cong., Augusta Co., Va., was called away very suddenly Feb. 5, 1904, aged 54 Y., 7 M., 2 D. He was a blacksmith by trade and while shoeing a horse at about eleven o'clock he was stricken with apoplexy. He was assisted to the house and three doctors were called, but all to no avail. He became unconscious several hours after the stroke and remained so until he died at seven o'clock. He leaves a sorrowing wife, with whom he lived over four years. They both united with the Mennonite church soon after their marriage. He was a constant reader of God's word, having read his Bible through tree times and again as far as Job in less than three years. He was always willing to do and give for the cause of Christ and the good of the church. The funeral was held at Spring Dale on Sunday, the 7th. The large audience was well instructed by Bish. A.P. Heatwole. Bro. J. H. Martin also made a few remarks. Text, q Sam. 20:3, "There is but a step between me and death."
SCHERTZ.-On the 5th of Feb. 1904, near Eureka, Ill., of lung fever, Elva Mabel, only daughter of Henry and Lizzie Schertz, aged 2 Y., 7 M., 18 D. She leaves her sorrowing parents, one brother, grandparents and many relatives and fiends to mourn her early departure. Another flower transplanted in the heavenly garden! Funeral Feb. 7, at the Roanoke m. H. Services were held by Peter Zimmerman and Andrew Schrock in German from Job 4:1,2, and John Smith in English from Matt. 18:1-3.
ULRICH.-Feb. 8, 1904, near Eureka, Ill., Bro. Peter Ulrich, aged 92 Y., 6 M., 28 D. He was born in Alsace, Germany, July 18, 1811, came to America in May 1831 and located in Ohio. He was married to Sister Annie Oyer, Sept. 1837. This union was blessed with seven sons and one daughter. He went to Illinois in September 1838. His companion preceded him to the better world Aug. 5, 1855. In 1858 he was married to Sister Barbara Zimmerman, who died April 5, 1865. From that time until he died he lived with his children. The deceased was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. He leaves six sons, one daughter, 51 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren. One son, ten grandchildren an seven great-grandchildren preceded him to the other world. Funeral was held at the Roanoke M. H. Feb. 10. Services by Chris. Reeser and Andrew Schrock in German and John Smith in English from 1 Peter 3:3-5.
FRETZ.-On Jan. 27, 1904, of pneumonia, of which she suffered about ten days, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Fretz, died at the home of her son in Philadelphia, aged 74 Y., 2 M., 1 D. Of her nine children six have preceded her. Two sons, one daughter and a number of grandchildren are left to mourn their loss. Interment at the Rockhill M. H. near Telford, Pa. Funeral services by Sam'l Detweiler and M. Souder. Text, Isa. 3:10,11. Peace to her ashes.
KEHM.-On the 23d of Jan. 1904, in Sellersville, Bucks Co.,Pa., of pneumonia, wife of Jacob Kehm, aged 65 Y., 10 M., 26 D. She is survived by her husband and four children. Services were conduced by Pre. Stein and Pre. Fluck. Text, 1 Kings 6:7. Interment in the Sellersville cemetery.
WITMER.-On Jan. 8, 1904, at Penryn, Penn Twp., Pa., of apoplexy, Henry F. Witmer, aged 84 Y., 3 M., 28 D. Bro. Witmer died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry G. Shiffer, on Saturday morning shortly after twelve o'clock. He had eaten a hearty supper the night before and retired about seven o'clock, apparently in his usual health. He was stricken during the night and died in less than two hours. Bro. Witmer was born in Manor township and followed farming for many years. He retired from active work about thirty-five years ago and had since made his home with his children. His wife died about forth-seven years ago. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church. He is survived by three children: Elizabeth, wife of Harry G. Shiffer; Barbara, wife of Frank Holsington, Wayne Co., Ohio, and Henry S. The body was removed to the latter's home, from which place the funeral was held, with services at Kraybill's M. H., Donegal Twp., conducted by Joseph Boll. Interment in the graveyard adjoining the church.
KENNEY.-On Feb. 7, 1904, in Columbiana Co., Ohio, from
a complication of diseases, David Kenney, aged about 48
years. He had been a sufferer for about three years. He was married
to Allie Metzler, daughter of Martin Metzler, deceased, who, with
one son, one grandson, and many friends, survive to mourn his
death. Funeral on the 10th, when services were conducted by Pre.
Cramer of the Reformed church, he being a member of that church.
Buried in the Columbiana cemetery. P.M.
BLOUGH.-On Feb. 6, 1904, in Scalp Level, Pa., Foster Earl, son of William and Ida Blough, aged 1 Y., 6 M., 3 D. On Thursday at four o'clock, while the mother was out of the house for a few minutes, little Foster played with the fire, and when the mother entered the basement door she heard the screams of her child and ran to the stairway, where she saw him encircled in flames. She caught him up and carried him out doors and rolled him in the snow to put out the flames. Only those of us who have had similar experiences can know the mother's deep anguish. The funeral took place on the 8th in the Evangelical church, where a large concourse of firends and neighbors gathered to sympathize with the heart-broken parents, as this was their only child, and the only grandchild of Henry and Caroline Blough of Walsall, Cambria co., Pa.
HERSHEY.-Jan. 31, 1904, in Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer of the stomach, Barbara, widow of Abraham Hershey, aged 83 Y., 8 M., 7 D. She was the mother of ten children, three of whom preceded her in death. Her husband died seventeen years ago. She is survived by seven children, 47 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren. For about seven years the deceased lived with her eldest daughter, Lydia, who is an invalid. On the 15th of Dec. 1903 she moved to the home of her son, Christian Hershey. She had been in good health till within the last year, but was confined to her bed for only about four weeks. In all her suffering she was patient and anxious to go to the home of the blest. She had been a faithful member of te Mennonite church for about sixty years. Funeral services on Feb. 3, 1t the home of Christian S. Hershey at 12:30 o'clock. Services at Hershey's M. H. at 2:30, conducted by Isaac Eby. Buried in the adjoining graveyard.
OTTO.-On Jan. 19, 1904, Elsie May, daughter of Bro. Jacob and Sister Rachel Otto of Springs, Pa., quietly passed away after suffering a few hours of congestion of the lungs, aged 5 Y., 5 M., 9 D. She was seemingly in good health in the morning and at 2 o'clock in the afternoon she was a corpse. She leaves father, mother and two brothers. This is another witness of the fact that life is uncertain. Funeral services were held Jan. 21. Sermon by Bro. D.H. Bender.
HEADINGS.-Jan. 22, 1904, in Cass Co., Mo., Anna Leona (Hooley) Headings, aged 23 Y., 3 M., 14 D. She was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 8, 1880, united with the A. M. church at Sycamore Grove, Cass Co., Mo., at the age of 13 years, where she remained faithful until death. When asked in her last days of suffering whether she was ready to meet her God, she said she was willing to go, and rejoiced that she had tried to live right. She leaves a sorrowing husband, an infant child, twelve days old, her parents, three brothers, and five sisters to mourn their loss, which we believe is her eternal gain. Funeral services Jan. 24 at Sycamore Grove, bu the home ministers, from Phil. 1:21.
RUTH.-Feb. 1, 1904, near Kulpsville, Montg. Co., Pa., Deacon Benj. Ruth, aged 54 Y., 9 M., 7 D. Bro. Ruth had been afflicted with lagrippe and heart failure fro a little less than two weeks. He leaves a sorrowing wife and four children to mourn his loss. Services at the house by Jacob Moyer; at the Towamencin M. H. by A. Mack and J. Clemmer. Texts, Matt. 25:21 and 1 Thess. 5:12. Buried in the cemetery near by. Peace to his ashes.
BERRY.-On Jan. 27, 1904, near Clarence Center, N.Y., Jacob Berry, aged 76 Y., 1 M., 19 D. Deceased, who was born in Germany, located at this place when quite young. The services, which were largely attended, were conducted by Jacob Krehbiel. Text, 1 John 3:14. The burial took place in the Clarence Center cemetery.
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COFFMAN.-Lydia Hug Coffman was born in Allegheny City, Pa., March 19, 1868; died Feb. 14, 1904, at Elkhart, Ind., aged 35 Y., 10 M., 25 D. Her parents removed from Pittsburg, Pa., to Elkhart, Ind., when she was quite young. At the age of about thirteen years she commenced to work in the Mennonite Publishing House as compositor, and continued in this work until she was married to her surviving husband, William P. Coffman, June 9, 1895, a period of about fifteen years. She united with the Mennonite church in 1892. For about eight years she had been more or less afflicted, and about six months before he death the sickness took a more serious turn and her last days were days of severe suffering from convulsions. She was fully resigned to her heavenly Father's will, and expressed herself ready and willing to exchange this world of sorrow and suffering for the brighter and better home beyond. The tie that seemed hardest to sever was the love for her children. Funeral services were conducted on the 16th at the home by S. Yoder and at the Mennonite church by Geo. Lambert in German and D.H. Bender in English. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband and three little daughters, two of them twins, father, mother, two sisters and four brothers, to mourn her early death. She was a granddaughter of the late Bishop Ulrich Hege of Reihen, near Sinsheim, Baden, Germany. May God comfort the sorrowing family and especially the aged father and mother, and may all of them be finally reunited in the better home above.
GOOD.-Near Spring City, Pa., Feb. 6, 1904, of consumption, Sister Ellen B., wife of Bro. Solomon Good, aged 40 Y., 10 D. She was born in Franklin Co., Pa., and moved with her parents, Emanuel Wisler, to Cumberland Co., Pa., then to York Co., Pa., and was married in November 1897. She leaves to mourn her departure the husband with two little girls (Martha, five years old, and Minnie, 2 _ years old), father, mother, four brothers and three sisters, with many relatives and friends. Buried on the 11th in the Vincent Mennonite graveyard. Services at he house in German by Bish. A.S. Mack and at the meeting house in English by Pre. J.B. Hunsberger. Text, 2 Cor. 4:17.
FORTNEY.-Anna Greenwait was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, and was married to John Fortney, who died several months ago. Their home was for many years in Elkhart Co., Ind. She was almost blind during her last days and in earlier life had also many trials and conflicts. Both her parents reached the extreme age of over ninety years and considerable of the care of them devolved upon Sister Fortney, especially that of her mother. Her husband was also afflicted a number of years with cancer. She died in Elkhart, Ind., Jan. 31, 1904, aged 74 Y., 4 M., 14 D., and leaves six children, two brothers and one sister to mourn her death. The funeral services were conducted at the Brethren church by Joseph Kulp and John F. Funk. God bless the bereaved family. Peace to her ashes.
RICH.-Mary Rich was born near Basle, Switzerland,
March 16, 1827; died Jan. 24, 1894, aged 76 Y., 10 M., 8 D. She
came to Wayland, Iowa, Nov. 20, 1862, and lived with her half-sister,
Anna Conrad. She leaves one half-brother and two half-sisters
to mourn her departure. Two brothers and three half-brothers preceded
her to the great beyond. She was buried in the Sugar Creek cemetery,
Jan. 26. Funeral services were conducted by Sebastian Gerig and
C.R. Gerig from Isa. 35:10.
BEATTY.-On the 29th of January 1904, at her home in Hellam, York Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Sister Elizabeth Beatty, aged 74 Y., 3 M., 17 D. She was never married, and lived with her aunt, Elizabeth Neucomer, up to her aunt's death, about 12 years ago; since then she lived mostly by herself. She was buried in Rudy's graveyard near Hellam. Funeral services by Pre. Theo. B. Forry (text, Matt. 25:34) and by Pre. Abram M. Witmer of Lancaster Co., Pa. (Text, Rev. 20:6, first part). She was a zealous and faithful member of the Mennonite church up to her death.
DRUCK.-On the 7th of Feb. 1904, at her home in Druck Valley, of infirmities of old age, Sister Nancy Druck, aged 85 Y., 7 M., 13 D. She leaves three sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. She was buried at Mt. Zion Union church. Services by Pre. Theo. B. Forry. Text, Psa. 34:19. Peace to her ashes.
PRINE.-On the 5th of Feb. 1904, near Elida, O., Bro. R.C. Prine, aged 83 Y., 4 D. Bro. Prine had a large family and passed through many hardships to provide for his own; and although nearly all his lifetime pressed with poverty, yet he always seemed cheerful and satisfied. He united with the church in his old age and professed Christ about ten years, during which time he was a faithful and devoted follower of Christ. We believe he has gone to the "home of the blest, where the weary are at rest, and where the rich and the poor are both alike." Services on the 7th at the Pike M. H. by Moses Brenneman and M.M. Shenk.
MILLER.-On Feb. 9, 1904, near Shipshewana, Lagrange Co., Ind., of catarrhal fever, Irma Amelia, daughter of Abraham and ---- Miller, aged 8 M., 21 D. May the sorrowing parents and two little brothers, who are left to mourn the departure of their loved little bud, so prepare that they can meet her a flower in full bloom with all the fragrance of heaven. Buried on the 11th. Services at the Shore M. H. by D.J. Johns.
YODER.-On Feb. 9, 1904, in Lagrange Co., Ind., Susan D., daughter of Bro. Daniel Yoder, aged 34 Y., 7 M., 26 D. She had not been well for some time and being anxious to be relieved from her suffering was taken to the Hahnemann Hospital, Chicago, where on the 3d she passed through an operation. She bore the operation well and seemed to be getting along nicely for about four days when she began to fail in strength and realized that her earthly life was fast drawing to a close. She earnestly admonished those about her to so live that they could meet her in heaven, and she prayed especially that her brother and sister might be converted and live consecrated lives that they might all meet mother in heaven. In the last hour of her life she sang a part of the hymn, "Nearer, my God, to thee," and said, "I am glad that I can go home and be relieved of this suffering." Then she sang a verse of "God be with you till we meet again," and fell peacefully asleep in Jesus. She was a faithful member of the A. M. church for seventeen years. Buried on the 12th. Services at the Forks M. H. by D.J. Johns from Rev. 20:12, and A.J. Hostetler from Heb. 4:9. Peaceful be her rest.
RHEINHEIMER.-Feb. 5, 1904, near Middlebury, Ind., John Alvin Rheinheimer, aged 2 Y., 3 M., 19 D. Funeral services held at Forest Grove, conducted by A.J. Hostetler and Y.C. Miller, from Heb. 13:14. A.J. Hostetler
BOOK.-On Feb. 4, 1904, in Strasburg borough, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Mary A., widow of Samuel Book, aged 74 Y., 16 D. She was a faithful, consistent member of the Mennonite church. Her place in the public service was seldom vacant when health permitted her to attend. She is survived by 6 sons, 3 daughters, 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild who deeply mourn their loss. Her husband and five children have preceded her to the eternal home. She was an invalid for the past two years, but she bore all her sufferings with much patience, never having been heard to murmur or complain. Services were held on Sunday, Feb. 7, and were conducted at the home by Elias Groff and at the New Providence M. H. by Abram Brubaker. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah