Sinning.-Martha Elizabeth Sinning (nee Wagner) was born in Germany, Sept. 25, 1817; died near Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 16, 1904; aged 87 Y., 2 M., 21 D. She was married to John Sinning in 1840, and they emigrated to the United States the following year, settling in Mahoning Co., O., and later in Elkhart Co., Ind. The husband and three children preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by two sons, three daughters and fifteen grandchildren, besides many friends, who mourn her departure. Her remains were laid to rest at South West, Ind., where services were conducted by Noah Metzler before a large concourse of peo-ple. Text, Psa. 17:15. "I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness." She was a member of the Reformed church.
Roth.-Sister Elisabeth, wife of Bro. Christian Roth, died at her home in Hickory Co., Mo., Dec. 14, 1904; aged 75 Y., 8 M. She was buried on the 16th in the Gerber cemetery. Funeral services by L. J. Miller of Hickory Co. and Levi J. Miller of Cass Co., Mo. Text, 2 Cor. 5:10. She suffered with rheumatism for a number of years, but died sud-denly of the infirmities of old age. She was born in Alsace, Germany (in der Millhausen Gemeinde), and came to America in 1855. Lived in Iowa eleven years and then moved to the place where she died. She had lived in matrimony for 56 years and was the mother of seven children; three are living, 26 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchil-dren. She united with the church when only 13 years old and remained faithful to the end. She expressed a desire to depart this life. Peace to her ashes. P. H.
Hallman.-On Dec. 21, 1904, near New Dundee, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Abraham Hallman; aged 72 Y., 8 M. During the last eight days of his earthly life he was a sufferer from pneumonia. He bore up under these afflictions with great grace and Christian patience. "Precious in the sight of Lord is the death of his saints," and precious was the sight of the family in the deathbed scenes of their father. The last few days were spent to-gether in prayer and praise around the bedside, receiving wise counsel, admonition and warning from the lips of the dying. A few hymns sung were: "There are angels hovering round"; "My heavenly home is bright and fair"; "Welt, hinweg, ich bin dein muede." He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for years, living an exemplary Christian life and departing this world in a living hope. He leaves a widow, eleven chil-dren (seven sons and four daughters) and twenty-nine grandchildren. One son and four grandchil-dren have preceded him to the spirit world. The funeral services were conducted at the house by Pre. Menno Cressman and at the Blenheim church by Pre. Solomon Gehman (text, Rev. 14:13) and Pre. Noah Stauffer (text, Phil. 1:20, 21).
Feick.-On Dec. 18, 1904, at Berlin, Ont., Vera Alvina, infant daughter of Henry and Lydian Feick; aged 10 M., 1 D. Hardly ever has a child of such tender age passed through afflictions like Vera, but she has now gone to the home above. Funeral services were conducted at the Berlin M. H. by Jonas Snider, E. S. Hallman and Samuel Bowman. Texts, Rom. 8:17 and 2 Kings 4:26.
Barbe.-Mary Catharine Barbe, wife of Bro. Abraham Barbe, died at her home in the Baughman Settlement, Hardy Co., W. Va., July 29, 1904; aged 74 Y., 3 M., 2 D. Sister Barbe was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. In her life she manifested the Savior's teaching, "Let your light so shine," etc. She was the mother of twelve children, six of whom have gone before her. She leaves a husband, two sons, four daughters, a number of grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss, but, as we confidently believe, "not as those who have no hope." Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite M. H. by J. W. Geil. Text, Deut. 8:7. Burial in the Lutheran cemetery near by.
Heishman.-Maggie Catharine, daughter of Bro. and Sister Thomas Heishman, died of measles at the home of her parents near Wardensville, Hardy Co., W. Va., April 12, 1904; aged 18 Y., 9 M., 7 D. Sister Maggie was sick only a few days, but she had done wisely. She remembered her Creator in the days of her youth and when the summons came we believe she was ready to go. In her death we are especially reminded of the saying that death loves a shining mark. The family have the sympathy of their friends in their bereave-ment. Buried in the Lutheran cemetery in the Baughman Settlement. Funeral services by Bish. Lewis Shank on Aug. 14th.
Weaver.-Susanna N. Weaver, widow of Joseph B. Weaver, died at the home of her son-in-law, Samuel B. Ramer, near Shiremanstown, Cumber-land Co., Pa., on Dec. 5, 1904; aged 55 Y., 7 M., 27 D. After a brief service at the house by Ben-jamin Zimmerman and Samuel Hess, the remains were taken to Juniata county, to the Delaware church, where services were conducted by William Auker and Samuel Leiter. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband, who died May 5, 1902; aged 55 Y., 5 M., 7 D. He died at their home in Juniata county and was buried in the Delaware graveyard. Services were conducted by William Auker and Samuel Leiter. They both bore their sufferings with patience and were con-scious to the end. They were members of the Mennonite church for some thirty years and lived till all their children (six) came to years of accountability, except one who preceded them to the spiritual world in his youth. They all belong to the Mennonite church, which was their earnest desire.
Baumgartner.--John Baumgartner was born Jan. 27, 1823, at Canton, Switzerland; he died Dec. 6, 1904, at the home of his son-in-law, Bro. Henry Kaufman of Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., at the age of 81 Y., 10 M., 9 D. He was twice married; first, in 1856, to Fannie Amstutz, who died in 1873; second, in 1874, to Mary Eash, who sixteen years ago preceded him to the eternal home. To the first union was born one daughter, Sister Fannie Kaufman, at whose home he died. To the second union was also born one daughter, Sister Lydia, wife of David Kaufman of Oscoda Co., Mich. Bro. Baumgartner was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. The funeral was held on Dec. 8th at the Clinton (Brick) church. Services were conducted at the house by John Garber, at the church by John Blosser and John Garber. Text, Job 14:14. "If a man die, shall he live again?"
Moyer.-Allen C. Moyer, son of Abraham and Mary Moyer, died of heart failure near Bergey, Pa., on Nov. 14, 1904; aged 30 Y., 17 D. He was a faithful member of the Franconia Mennonite con-gregation. His Christian life was an example worthy of imitation. He was buried on Nov. 19, 1904. Services by Michael Moyer and Josiah Clemmer.
Moyer.-Susanna Moyer (nee Culler) was born in Mahoning Co., O., May 24, 1831; was married to Samuel Moyer, Sept. 10, 1857; died in the same county, Dec. 16, 1904; aged 73 Y., 6 M., 22 D. Two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, twelve grandchildren and many friends to mourn her departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Sister Moyer was suffering with a cancer during the past year; the last two weeks she was confined to her bed and had to endure much pain. She was nearly blind and deaf. The sorrowing ones can comfort themselves with the thought that she is now free from the trials and cares and sufferings of this world and is at rest. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. She was a sister of the late Bro. Isaac B. Culler. The funeral was held at the Midway M. H. on Dec. 19th, when services were held by E. M. Detwiler, assisted by Allen Rickert. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Asper.-Susan Asper died near Kralltown, York Co., Pa., on Dec. -, 1904; aged 59 Y., 9 M., 13 D. Buried on Dec. 22 in the cemetery adjoining the Red Run church. Services by Martin Whisler. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13.
Sutter.-John Sutter died at his home near Hopedale,
Ill., Dec. 11, 1904; aged 79 Y., 8 M., 27 D. He was born in Bavaria,
Germany, March 14, 1825; was united in marriage to Magdalene Goot,
March 27, 1855. To this union seven children were born; one preceded
him to the home beyond. He was one of the first settlers of the
A. M. congrega-tion at this place. He leaves his widow, six chil-dren,
23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren to mourn his departure.
He united with the A. M. church in his youth and remained faithful
to the end. He was buried Dec. 13th in the A. M. graveyard near
Hopedale. Funeral services were conducted at the house by John
C. Birky from Psa. 90 and at the church by Samuel Garber from
1 Thess. 5:9. "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but
to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ."
JOHN C. BIRKY.
Godshalk.-Annie Godshalk, widow of the late Henry Godshalk, died on Wednesday evening, Dec. 7th, at the home of her daughter, Sister A. B. Rosenberger, in Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., aged nearly 80 years. She had been ailing for some time, owing to the infirmities of advancing years, but retained the faculties of her active mind almost to the last. Deceased was a daughter of Pre. John Gross, who a number of years ago was a minister in the Doylestown Mennonite congregation and was born on the old homestead at Fountainville. All her life was spent in this vicinity, in New Britain township, until the time of her husband's death, and since that time she resided with her daughter in Hilltown. Many friends will be grieved to learn of the death of one whose pleasing disposition and lovable qualities en-deared her to all with whom she came in con-tact. As a member of the Doylestown Mennonite congregation she found, for many years, a field for devout and active Christian work. One brother, William Gross, who resides on the old homestead at Fountainville, survives her, the last of a large family of the late Pre. John Gross. Sister Rosen-berger, at whose home the deceased spent the last years of her life, is her only surviving daughter.- "Bucks County Intelligencer."
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Burkholder.-Frances Burkholder was born in Rockingham Co., Va., April 1, 1823, and died in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Dec. 17, 1904; aged 81 Y., 8 M., 17 D. She came to Ohio when twelve years of age, accompanied by her three sisters and one brother, all of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She was never married and had her home with her niece, Sister Eyman and family, for a number of years, where she died. She had been ailing for some time, but was confined to her bed only a little over two weeks. She suffered with a complication of diseases. She was a member of the Mennonite church. The funeral was held Dec. 20th, at the North Lima Mennonite M. H., where services were conducted by David S. Lehman in English and Allen Rickert in German, assisted by E. H. Detwiler. Text, Job 14:14, latter clause. Peace to her ashes. P. M.
Horst.-Maria, beloved wife of Henry L. Horst, died at a private hospital in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., on Nov. 7, 1904; aged 53 Y., 6 M., 3 D. She was afflicted with a tumor and had an opera-tion performed, but failed of a cure. After linger-ing for nine weeks, during which time she suffered intense pain, death came to her relief. She bore her sufferings patiently and was fully resigned to the Father's will. She was a daughter of Michael Hege and was born near Marion, Franklin Co., Pa. She is survived by her husband, two sons, her aged mother and one sister to mourn their loss. She was a kind mother, a good neighbor and was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. Funeral services were held on Nov. 11th, at the Pike M. H. near Chambersburg, Pa., by Christian Strite and P. H. Parret. Text, Psa. 17:15. Interment in the adjoining graveyard. Peaceful be her rest. HER SISTER.
Kauffman-On Jan. 2, 1905, at his home near Roaring Spring, Pa., Bro. Harry Kauffman, son of Daniel Kauffman (deceased), aged 26 Y., 3 M., 24 D. Bro. Kauffman was suffering with consumption for almost a year, but was able to work until several weeks ago, when he took a severe cold which caused intense suffering and hastened death. He was conscious until the last and expressed a de-sire to go home. He leaves a sorrowing wife and two children to mourn his early departure. Funeral was held from his late home on Wednesday, Jan. 4th, with interment in the Cross Roads cemetery near Curryville. Services were conducted by Bro. Abram Metzler. Text, Heb. 13:14. May God bless and comfort the bereaved. L. S.
Huffard.-On Dec. 20, 1904, near Farmersville, Pa., Ida,
daughter of John and Mary Huffard; aged 21 Y., 8 M., 17
D. About two years ago she was baptized and received into the
Mennonite church and proved to be a meek and lowly fol-lower of
Christ, an example to others, and especially for the dear unsaved
parents. On Nov. 24th she took her bed, suffering intense pain
at times. On Dec. 20th she underwent an operation at the hospital
which ended her life. She is survived by her parents, three brothers
and a sister. May they also break loose from Satan's chain. Funeral
services were held on Dec. 24th, conducted by Bishs. Abraham B.
Herr and Benj. Weaver. Text, Psa. 119:143. "Trouble and anguish
have taken hold of me: yet thy commandments are my de-lights."
Marks.-On Dec. 23, 1904, near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., of dropsy. Sister Nancy Marks; aged 70 Y., 8 M., 19 D. Buried in the Marks' family graveyard. Funeral services by Bish. Abram B. Herr and Pre. Theo. B. Forrey. Text, John 14:1-7. Peace to her ashes. T. B. F.
Troyer.-On Dec. 27th, at the home of her son, Pre. D. D. Troyer, near Goshen, Ind., of consump-tion, Mary, wife of Bro. Noah Troyer; aged 67 Y., 3 M., 11 D. She was the mother of six children, all of whom survive her; also 21 grandchildren. She united with the A. M. church in early life and remained faithful to the end. She was sickly for many years, but in all her suffering she was an example of patience. Peace to her ashes. Funeral on the 29th. Services by D. J. Johns, from 2 Pet. 3:8-14.
Kauffman.--On Dec. 28th, near Goshen, Ind., of appendicitis, Monroe H., son of Polly Smucker (widow of Bish. J. P. Smucker); aged 31 Y., 9 M., 3 D. Bro. Monroe seemed to be a strong young man, but on the 23d he took sick and in five days he lay in death's cold embrace. Realizing that he had but a short time to finish his work for the Master he called his associates that were present one by one to his bedside, told them his end was near and that he felt ready to go, and admonished them to live for Christ. Then he fell peacefully asleep in Jesus. Funeral on the 31st. Services by D. J. Johns, from Isa. 38:1, assisted by D. D. Troyer.
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Buchwalter.-Mattie Buchwalter (nee Bixler) was born in Fayette Co., Pa., and died in Mercer Co., Pa., on Dec. 28, 1904; aged 73 Y., 8 M., 25 D. She was the widow of the late Samuel Buchwalter and a sister of Bish. Joseph Bixler (deceased) of Mahoning Co., Ohio. She leaves two sons, Benja-min of Lancaster Co., Pa., and Samuel of Mercer Co., Pa. She is also survived by fifteen grand-children, one sister and many friends who need not mourn as those who have no hope. Sister Buchwalter was the last survivor of a once flour-ishing congregation in Mercer county. The funeral was held on Dec. 31st, at the house, where services were conducted by Allen Rickert of Mahoning Co., Ohio. Text, Matt. 14:12. He was assisted by S. W. Kirkbride of the Presbyterian church, who spoke from Isa. 66:13. She was buried by the side of her husband in the New Wilmington cemetery. Peace to her ashes. P. M.
Eckley.-Mary Eckley died at her home in Swanton,
Ohio, Jan. 7, 1905; aged 43 Y., 7 M. She was born in Wayne Co.,
Ohio, June 7, 1861; was united in marriage to Reuben Eckley,
Feb. 17, 1881. To this union were born six children, two of whom
preceded her to a better home beyond. She leaves a husband, four
children, one grandchild, five brothers and many friends to mourn
her departure. She united with the A. M. church in her youth and
remained a faithful member until death. She was buried Jan. 9th
in the Swanton cemetery. Funeral services by Henry Rychener in
English, assisted by Simon Gerig in German. Text, Rev. 14:13.
May God comfort the bereaved husband and children.
Myers.-Elizabeth, wife of Daniel J. Myers and daughter of John B. Wenger (deceased), died of pneumonia at her home near Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 19, 1904; aged about fifty-six years. Was buried at Weaver's church on the 21st. Funeral services were conducted by Walter Yount and Emanuel Long of the German Baptist church, of which she was a consistent member. Text, Psa. 118:6. She leaves a husband, seven grown children and one brother.
Early.-Fanny Early (nee Rhodes), wife of Samuel Early, near Hinton, Va., Dec. 26, 1904; aged 65 Y., 10 M. She had been afflicted with cancer for some time, but the cause of her death was heart trouble. She was buried at the Mount Horeb church on the 29th, where funeral services were conducted by Emanuel Long (of the German Baptist church, of which she was a consistent member) and J. F. Heatwole, of the Mennonite church. She leaves a husband, five children, one brother and one sister.
Weldy.-Albert Otis Weldy, son of Pre. Henry and
Alma Weldy of Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., died Dec. 5, 1904;
aged 3 Y., 9 M., 1 D. The child died of scarlet fever and his
remains were interred at the North Union cemetery. Because of
the disease the funeral was private. Bish. David Burk-holder conducted
brief exercises appropriate for the occasion. Funeral services
were held at the Holdeman M. H., Jan. 8, 1905, by N. H. Mack.
Father, mother, two brothers and four sisters survive to mourn
the early death of a darling in the family. The Lord comfort them,
especially the mother whose heart is extremely sad.
Lehman.-On Jan. 7th, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Mabel, daughter of Daniel Lehman, in her sixth year. On the same day, about three hours later, Ida, sister of the above, also passed away in her fourth year. These children were afflicted with the dread disease scarlet fever, of which they died. Only the youngest child remains; this one was also afflicted with the same disease, but is recovering. The sisters were buried in the Midway cemetery by the undertaker, no services being held. The sympathies of the entire community go out to the sorrowing parents in their deep affliction, but they can comfort themselves with the thought of having two little lambs in heaven where Jesus himself is the shepherd and where they can again meet their loved ones if they give their hearts to Jesus and live faithful unto death. P. M.
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Bishop Samuel Leatherman of the Line Lexing-ton
Mennonite congregation, in Bucks Co., Pa., was born May 1, 1815,
in Bedminster township about a mile from the Deep Run Mennonite
meet-ing-house. He and his wife were members of the Mennonite
church, with which they both united in early life. He lived and
died in the same county in which he was born. After he was married
and began life for himself he removed to a farm in New Britain
township, about a mile east of the Line Lexington Mennonite meeting-house,
which was his home at the time of his death. He was ordained to
the ministry in October 1843, and in June 1876 he was chosen by
lot to the office of bishop, and continued in the work, as his
health and strength permitted, until within about eigh-teen months
of the time of his death, having been in the ministry sixty-one
years. He was somewhat afflicted with dropsy of the heart for
about a year, so that his heart was very weak, and finally had
an attack of congestion of the liver and lungs, bordering, at
the last, on pneumonia. He was confined to his bed only two days,
and to his room seven days; previous to this time he walked out
every day. His mind was good to the end. He died on Friday night,
Dec. 24, 1904, at the advanced age of 89 Y., 7 M., 22 D. The writer,
though only eight years old when Bro. Leatherman was ordained,
still well remembers him in the early days of his ministry. Old
Bro. Geil, though still strong and vigorous in the work, desired
a helper, and Bro. Leatherman was chosen, and his place in the
meeting-house was seldom vacant. Occasionally also the two ministers
met together and held the meeting at the Sylvandale schoolhouse
near Bro. Geil's residence. We believe, if our memory serves us
right, it was here that, at the urgent request of Bro. Geil, Bro.
Leatherman for the first time took the text and preached the sermon.
Bro. Leatherman was a very quiet and unassuming man, a devoted
Christian, upright and honest in all his ways, and practiced the
strictest simplicity in his demeanor, in his dress and in his
home. Pride, extravagance and ostentation were not tolerated by
him in any way. He was in the true sense of the term, "an
old-fashioned Menno-nite." God grant that there were more
of the same kind to-day. He was not an eloquent speaker, but his
life, walk and conversation preached louder than the grandest
flow of elo-quence that comes up from so many glib, hollow--hearted
tongues that assay to teach the people the way of God at the present
time. He is survived by two sons and one daughter. He was buried
in the graveyard adjoining the Line Lexington meeting-house, where
he had labored as a minister during all these years. The Lord
bless the family
Geil.-Ann Funk, daughter of John and Esther Wismer Funk, was born in Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., on the 26th of July, 1811, and died of old age and heart failure at the old family homestead in New Britain township on Christmas day (Dec. 25) 1904; aged 93 Y., 4 M., 29 D. She was married to Jacob Geil, son of Pre. John Geil, of the Line Lexington Mennonite congregation. To this union were born three sons, two of whom preceded the mother to the world beyond. The husband and father also died some years ago. Sister Geil was a very active and industrious woman, with a most remarkable physical endurance, doing her own housework and during the busy seasons of summer taking a hand also in the field and different kinds of outdoor labor. Her mind was strong and vigorous to the end. She was especially well in-formed in regard to her family connections, and her memory served her so well that it always gave her pleasure to converse with her friends on this line. In regard to her business affairs her mind continued sufficiently strong so that she could keep the run of them and understand and attend to her business accounts up to the time of her death. She leaves one son, residing in North Dakota, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was the last survivor of a family of twelve children. Both she and her husband were members of the Mennonite church. She was buried in the Doylestown Mennonite burying-ground on Dec. 29th.
Krabehl. - Catharine, widow of the late John Krabehl and daughter of Pre. John Geil, was born in New Britain Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Dec. 23, 1813, and died Nov. 2, 1904; aged 90 Y., 10 M., 9 D. From her early days she suffered much from liver and stomach troubles. These sufferings took a severe form and before she was 20 years of age she would frequently drop suddenly into unconsciousness, and for a number of years this trouble affected her to such an extent that the doctors and her friends expected her at some time during one of these attacks to drop down dead. When it was evident that no medical aid would benefit her, she concluded to take no more drug medicines and to endure her sufferings, at least, with less ex-pense. Later, however, she was induced through the insistence of a sister to try a physician who was very unpopular, but who proved that he knew the proper remedies for her case, and in a few weeks she began to improve and soon was re-stored to reasonable health. She was an industrious, hard-working woman throughout her whole lifetime and continued to work as she had the strength until within a few months of her death. She was very abstemious and would not partake of any rich or concentrated foods from the time of her physical improvement to her death. She is survived by two daughters, one son-in-law, five grandchildren, one brother, one sister and one sister-in-law. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and was buried in the Doylestown Mennonite burying-ground, where appropri-ate services were held by David Gehman and Abram O. Hiestand. The one spoke from the words, "In my Father's house are many mansions," and the other from the text, "What I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch" F.
Gingerich.-Susannah Yancy, wife of John Gingerich, died after a short illness, at her home near Colfax, Washington, on the 10th of March, 1904; aged 64 Y., 8 M., 14 D. She was born in France, Europe, in 1839, and came to America in 1848. She was married to John Gingerich in Peoria, Ill., in 1858. They had no children, but one adopted son, who bears their name. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by Paul Aeschleman. She had resided here about twenty years and was con-sidered as a pioneer in the locality. The large attendance of her funeral indicated the great love and respect the people cherished for her, and all deeply sympathize with the bereaved husband and son.
Swartzendruber.-Solomon B. Swartzendruber, son
of J. F. and Elizabeth Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co.,
Iowa, Feb. 23, 1879; died near Kalona, Iowa, Jan. 10, 1905; aged
25 Y., 11 M., 18 D. Funeral was held Jan. 12th at the Lower Deer
Creek M. H. Services were conducted by Peter Brenneman, assisted
by several others. Text, John 5:24, 25. The deceased was sick
only seven weeks with quick consumption. His remains were laid
to rest in the Lower Deer Creek cemetery. Jesus said, "I
am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though
he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die."
Smoker.-Nancy Hartzler was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., April 15, 1827; died in Goshen, Ind., Dec. 26, 1904; aged 77 Y., 8 M., 11 D. She was married to Joseph Smoker April 7, 1853, to which union were born four daughters, two of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, an affectionate mother and a kind neighbor, always looking after the welfare of others. She leaves her husband, two daughters, one sister, one brother, four grand-children and many friends to mourn her departure. While we deeply feel our loss we are con-soled by the thought that our loss is her eternal gain. Services were conducted at the house on South Main street, by J. S. Hartzler, from Rev. 14:13.
Grabill.-Fannie (Troyer) Grabill was born
in Middlebury Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., on May 19, 1882. She lived
at her birthplace till Oct. 29 (not 13, as stated in Herald),
1904, when she was married to Bro. Francis Grabill. For just two
short months they had the pleasure of living together. On Christmas
morning they left their home to attend services at the Clinton
(Brick) church. On the way they had a runaway and the sister at-tempted
to jump from the buggy and was thrown from it with such force
that her skull was frac-tured. They took her to the home of her
father--in-law, Bro. Noah Grabill, near whose home the accident
occurred. She suffered intensely; all was done that medical skill
and loving hands could do, but her condition was beyond earthly
help. She prayed God to help her and he heard her cry. Early on
the morning of Dec. 29, 1904, after some hours of unconsciousness,
she peacefully passed away, having reached the age of 22 Y., 7
M., 10 D. The young brother, who was so soon bereft of his
chosen life companion, the mother, brothers and sisters have the
sympathy of the entire church and community. But we mourn not
as those who have no hope, for the sister gave her heart to God
in her early years, united with the Mennonite church and remained
a faithful, active member until her death. The funeral was held
Jan. 1, 1905, at the Forks church. The services at the house and
the opening service at the church were conducted by John Garber
of her home church. The funeral sermon was preached by Bro. Noah
Mack of the Welsh Mountain Mission. Text, Rom. 8:28. Services
were closed by D. D. Miller of the Forks congregation.
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