ZIMMERMAN. On the 13th of October 1891, near Harper, Harper Co., Kansas, Mary, daughter of Jacob and Susan Zimmerman, aged 2 years, 1 month and 14 days. Funeral services on the 15th by Pre. Andrew Good, from 2 Cor. 5: 5. Buried in the Harper cemetery.
Dearest Mary, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'til God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yes, she now is taken from us,
She has risen up on high;
But there's one sweet hope within us,
We shall meet her by and by.
MAST. Near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., of consumption, David S. Mast. He was born May 8th, 1823, and died Sept. 30th, 1891, aged 68 years, 4 months and 22 days. He was married to Nancy Livengood Oct. 19th, 1851, and lived in matrimony 39 years, 11 months and 11 days. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. He was the father of 16 children of whom 13 survive him. He was very much concerned about his soul's salvation. During his sufferings, he admonished others that were living too cold and unconcerned in the way of serving their Lord and Master. A few days before his departure he called for the ministers and his children to observe the communion with him, which was done at the house of his daughter where he and wife stayed. The day before he died they thought that he was dying, and word was sent to his children to come as soon as possible. Bro. N. Sproal came there at the same time. Bro. Mast however revived again, and he then asked Bro. Sproal whether his life would not soon be ended, "for," he said, "I want to go home to Jesus." O, that every one of us may learn a lesson of his departure. Funeral services were held Oct. 1st, in the Amish Mennonite church by N. Sproal in German from Psalm 77: 1 4, and in English by J. S. Horner. He was buried in the Mast graveyard. He leaves a wife and 13 children to mourn their loss, but not to mourn as those who have no hope. Bro. Mast will be missed by many.
MAYER. Oct. 6th, 1891, near Lancaster City, Pa., of old age, Sister Elizabeth M. Mayer, widow of Pre. Martin Mayer, aged 87 years, 6 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 9th; Text: Phil. 1: 21. Buried in the family graveyard. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect for the beloved sister. Sister Mayer was a faithful Christian and member of the Mennonite church. May the Lord comfort the family and reward them for the kindness to their dear mother. JACOB N. BRUBACHER.
WEAVER. On the 6th of Sept. 1891, near Mechanicsburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., after an illness of about five years, Wenger, son of Martin H. and Hattie Weaver, aged 22 years, 2 months and 3 days. He bore his afflictions very patiently, and seemed to feel the necessity of making peace with God, and preparing for eternity. He became willing to give all to Christ, and was received into the Mennonite church by baptism seven weeks before he died. He was buried at Groffdale meeting-house on Sept. 9th. He had himself selected Rev. 7: 15 17 for his funeral text. Services by David Buchwalter and Isaac Eby.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
God in his wisdom has recalled,
The boon he gave in love;
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe above.
Human hands have tried to save thee,
Tender cares were all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore thee,
From this weary world of pain.
Your suffering now is o'er,
Your warfare now is ended;
We shall see you here no more,
To God your soul ascended.
With saints and angels there,
You can praise the Lord your King;
The great reward you'll share,
And the heav'nly anthems sing.
Your wearied brow is cold in death,
Your gentle eye-lids closed;
Your languid tongue from us is hushed.
We miss you, Oh, how much!
--AUNT L. H. D.
HOSTETLER. On the 8th of October 1891, in Howard county, Ind., Pearlie, daughter of Christian J. and Mattie Hostetler, aged 1 year, 2 months and 8 days. Funeral services on the 9th at the Amish Mennonite church by E. A. Mast from Psalm 16: 6 and N. Sproal from Mark 10: --. After services the remains of little Pearlie were buried in the Mast graveyard. May God bless the dear bereaved parents, as it was their only child.
"Dearest Pearlie, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'twas Jesus that bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Pearlie, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angels whispered sweetly,
'Come and live with us at home.'"
GLIMENHAGE. On the 15th of October 1891, in Elkhart county, Indiana, of heart disease, Adam Glimenhage, aged 59 years, 10 months and 27 days. He leaves a sorrowing companion in feeble health and three daughters, brother and four sisters to mourn his death. He was taken suddenly on Monday morning previous. He went out of the house where he fell and became unconscious, in which condition he remained to the time of his death. He was a kind-hearted quiet man, respected and beloved by all who knew him. He was buried on the 18th. Funeral services were held at the chapel, and the burial took place at Yellow Creek. The funeral procession arrived at the church just as the funeral services of Solomon Culp were concluded and the two caskets were placed together and the immense congregation, formed by the two funerals, passed by the two caskets at the same time, presenting a very impressive scene.
WANNER. On the 22d of September, 1891, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer and asthma, Anna E. F. Wanner, wife of Elias Wanner, and daughter of Bro. and sister Samuel and Elizabeth Ernst, aged 35 years 4 months and 12 days. Sister Wanner left her home in Olathe, Kansas, for the purpose of receiving medical treatment for cancer, but alas! When she arrived at Manheim on the 1st of August, the physician informed her that her case was a hopeless one. Then she sent for her father who came as soon as possible, and cared for her till death ended her sufferings. The remains were taken to Kinzer's, Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 22d, where services were held on the 23d by the writer from Isaiah 55: 8. From there, accompanied with a little grandchild who had come with her mother, Bro. Ernst took the remains to Olathe, Kansas, arriving there on the 25th at 12:30 P.M., and after a brief service at the grave, the remains were consigned to their last resting place in the Olathe cemetery. Sister Wanner left this world with a bright hope, and we have reason to believe it is well with her. We sympathize deeply with the dear brother who is mourning the loss of a beloved companion; also with the bereaved parents and family. ISAAC EBY.
KAMP. On the 23d of September 1891, near Kalona, Iowa, Jonas, son of Samuel and Amanda Kamp, aged 2 years, 11 months and 6 days. Funeral services by P. Kinsinger and C. I. Miller.
GINGRICH. On the 29th of September 1891, near Kalona, Iowa, of the infirmities of old age, Barbara Gingrich, aged 84 years, 5 months and 13 days. Funeral services by J. Schwartzentruber and J. Zimmerman of McPherson Co., Kansas.
HOUGH. On the 11th of October 1891, in Cass Co., Mo., of inflammation of the bowels, superinduced by Hernia, Sister Fannie, wife of Bro. Daniel Hough, aged 50 years, 11 months and 18 days. Her sickness, though brief, was attended with great suffering. Before death she called her family of eleven children to her bedside and bid each one an affectionate farewell, and also admonished them to obedience and to live in the fear of God. Her last words, uttered just before the spirit took its departure from earth, were: "This is a lonely road to travel." The sorrowing husband in giving expression to his devotedness says: "I have followed this dear one to the river and am waiting for me turn to cross." On the afternoon of the 12th her remains were followed to their last resting-place by an unusually large circle of relatives among whom was her aged mother (now in her 85th year), who had several months previous come to this state on a visit from Wayne Co., Ohio. Appropriate remarks were made on the occasion at the Clear Fork church by P. Zimmerman from 1 Pet. 1: 23, 24 and L. J. Heatwole from Prov. 31: 30, 31.
ANGENY. On the 26th of September, 1891, in Perkasie, Pa., Samuel Angeny, aged 86 years, 5 months. Buried on the 30th at Deep Run. Funeral services by S. Godshalk and I. Moyer. Bro. Angeny was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for over half a century.
A brother's eyes are closed in death,
A father speaks no more;
We mourn his loss, but hope we soon
Shall meet on Canaan's shore.
CULP. On the 14th of October 1891, near Wakarusa, Ind., Solomon Culp, aged 60 years, 10 months and 29 days. He leaves a sorrowing companion and two children to mourn his death. He was the father of 15 children, 13 of whom died before him. He had 12 grandchildren two of which are dead. He was the oldest son of George and Magdalena Culp, who had ten sons and one daughter all of whom survive him. He was a member of the Mennonite church and was buried at Yellow Creek on the 17th. Services by A. Mumaw and N. Metzler from Rev. 3: 11. A very large concourse of people met on the occasion, and at the close of the service the funeral procession of Adam Glimanhage drew up and the two caskets were placed together and the immense congregation passed by and took a view of both at the same time, presenting a rare and very impressive scene.
TRAUGER. On the 5th of October 1891, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Edward Trauger, aged 57 years, 5 months and 23 days. Buried on the 8th at the Deep Run brick church. Funeral services by S. Godshalk and A. M. Fretz from 1 Tim. 6: 12.
BLEAM. On the 9th of October 1891, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Barbara, widow of the late John Bleam, aged 83 years, 9 months and 25 days. Buried on the 13th at Deep Run. Funeral text: Isa. 35: 10. She leaves one son to mourn his loss.
"Dearest mother, thou has left me,
Here thy loss I deeply feel;
But 'til God that hath bereft me,
He can all my sorrows heal."
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GREIDER. On the 14th of October, 1891, in Greene Co., Ohio, of Diabetes, Bishop John M. Greider, aged 68 years, 7 months and 14 days. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., February 28th, 1823. He was united in marriage with Anna Erb, in 1847. To this union were born 13 children. In 1856 he moved to Clarke Co., Ohio, where he remained but a short time, and settled in Greene Co., Ohio, where he was dwelling at the time of his death. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years, and was ordained as Deacon Dec. 15th, 1861, to the Ministry Dec. 20th, 1862, and in 1872 to the office of Bishop. He was a faithful worker in the church, having charge of the church where he lived for over 30 years. The members of his church greatly feel the loss of their faithful shepherd. When his health began to fail and he saw that his end was approaching he saw the necessity of ordaining one to fill his place in the church, and on the 23d of August, 1891, the membership met for the purpose of ordaining a brother to the ministry. The lot fell on his oldest son Samuel E. Greider. In the death of Bro. Greider many hearts were made sad. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him and he will be missed in very many places, yet it is a great consolation to the mourning friends that they need not mourn without hope. A few weeks before his death he requested all his children to come to his home as he desired once more to admonish them. As they stood around his bed he admonished them very earnestly; among other things he told them to live in peace, and pointed them to humility, telling them not to indulge in pride and fashion, neither to cultivate it in their children. May his kind words never be forgotten by his dear children. In his sickness his sufferings at times were great, yet he had such sweet foretastes of heaven that he was enabled to bear it patiently. Several times he saw in a vision a beautiful tree loaded with fine fruit. One limb on that tree looked clear as crystal containing the water of life. On one occasion one of the family asked him if he wished to be fanned. "Oh no," he replied, "the angels are with me and with their wings they fan me so that I feel just right." He had a strong desire to "depart and be with Christ." He requested to be buried in a plain, humble manner without any marks of adornment on his person or coffin. His body was laid to rest at Huber's church on the 17th in the presence of a large number of people Services were conducted by Moses Brenneman, of Allen Co., Ohio, from 2 Kings 20: 1 and Jacob Stauffer, of Mahoning Co., Ohio, from Dan. 12: 3. He leaves a bereaved companion, six sons and four daughters, twenty-nine grandchildren, three brothers and five sisters to mourn the loss of one that was dear unto them. Three children and five grandchildren preceded him to the spirit world. He had selected the 40th Psalm to be read at his funeral. On the 6th of September he met with his little flock for the last time and preached his last sermon, having for his text the Parable of the talents. Peace to his ashes.
HORST. September 4, 1891, near Scotland, Lancaster Co., Pa., Solomon Horst, aged 72 years, 4 months and 27 days.
"Weep not for me, my children dear,
While I have gone and leave you here,
With Jesus I shall happy be,
Dear children, do not weep for me."
BOES. On the 25th of October, 1891, near Wayland, Henry Co., Iowa, of croup, Emma, daughter of Jacob and Mary Boes, aged 4 years, 5 months and 2 days. Buried on the 27th in the Sugar Creek graveyard. Fuenral services by S. T. Miller and C. R. Gerig from Job 14: 1, 2.
LICHTY. On the 21st of October, 1891, near Noble, Washington Co., Iowa, Sister Nancy, maiden name Conrad, wife of Christian Lichty, aged 20 years, 6 months and 24 days. Buried on the 23d in the Sugar Creek graveyard, where many relatives and friends assembled. She leaves her sorrowing young companion, parents, brothers and sisters to mourn her early death, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services by S. T. Miller and C. R. Gerig from Acts 20: 37, 38.
BLOUGH. On the 4th of October, 1891, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., John Blough, aged 86 years, 8 months and 26 days. Buried on the 5th at the Weaver Mennonite church. Funeral services by Moses B. Miller and Samuel Gindlesperger. The deceased was the father of 9 children all of whom preceded him to eternity but two.
WEAVER. On the 18th of October, 1891, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., of consumption. Brother David Weaver, aged 62 years, 4 months and 24 days. He was buried on the 20th in the family graveyard. Funeral services in the Weaver church by John N. Durr, of Fayette Co., Pa., and Jonas Blough.
MARTIN. On the 26th of October, 1891, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., of dropsy of the heart, Sister Elizabeth Wenger, wife of Christian Martin, aged 70 years, 10 months and 2 days. Buried in the Olive graveyard, Elkhart Co. Funeral services were conducted by Chr. Shaum, Christian Bear and Martin Hoover.
WISSLER. November 3d, 1891, in Brunnerville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Ezra Wissler, aged 82 years, 4 months and 27 days. Funeral on the 6th. Text, 2 Cor. 5: 1, 2. Buried at the Hammer Creek meeting house. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect for the deceased.
HOOLEY. On Oct. 3d, 1891, in Newbury Twp., La Grange Co., Ind., of consumption, Enos Hooley, aged 35 years, 8 months and 21 days. Although Bro. Hooley had a loving wife and dear children, yet there was a tie that was still stronger and he desired to depart this life and be with Christ. When his hands and feet began to get cold and his friends wanted to rub them to restore heat, he said they should not, for he wanted to go home. Thus he passed away in a full hope of spending a glorious eternity with all the bloodwashed saints. Services by Jonathan Thoyer and D. J. Johns from Rom. 8: 10, 11.
LANTZ. On the 22d of October, 1891, near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., of Cancer, Anna, wife of Christian Lantz, aged 54 years, 10 months and 4 days. She lived in matrimony 24 years, 11 months and 18 days. Sister Lantz is greatly missed both in the church and in her neighborhood. She was an attentive listener in the church and faithful in the discharge of her duties, and in the neighborhood she was ever ready to help where it was needed. Buried on the 23d in the A. M. Church by E. A. Mast in German from 2 Cor. 5: 1 5 and by N. Sproll in English. Her funeral was very largely attended. She suffered very much the last 5 or 6 weeks, but she had given everything into the hands of the Lord and endured patiently to the end.
ZEHR. On the 4th of October, 1891, near Providence, Bureau Co., Ill., Bro. and deacon Christian A. Zehr, aged 60 years, 2 months and 4 days. He lived in matrimony 32 years. His widow, 9 children and 9 grand children mourn his departure. He was prepared for the great change. His affliction was in his stomach (gastritis). Buried in the Indiantown graveyard, on which occasion services were held by Joseph Springer, of Hopedale, Ill., and Joseph Buercky, of Tiskilwa. The deceased brother as well as his wife, whose maiden name was Eyste, were natives of Bavaria, Germany. He lived 10 years in Woodford Co., and 3 in Tazewell Co., before he settled here 24 years ago.
FALB. On the 13th of October, 1891, near Mt. Eaton, Wayne Co., Ohio, Samuel, son of Abram and Maria Falb, aged 13 years, 1 month and 20 days. He leaves his sorrowing parents and six brothers and sisters, beside many friends to mourn his early departure. On the day before his death he chose a passage of Scripture from Stark's Handbook, and requested it to be read to him. They had to read it three times for him that day. He was buried in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Funeral services by Jacob Nusbaum from 2 Cor. 4: 17, 18.
SIEBER. On the 8th of October, 1891, near Mexico, Juniata Co., Pa., very suddenly, David Sieber, aged 67 years, 8 months and 25 days. Bro. Sieber went to bed on the evening of the 7th and on the morning of the 8th when breakfast was ready, father not getting up as usual, the family went to his bed and to their consternation found he had died without a struggle. Bro. Sieber was a consistent member of the church; his seat in God's house was seldom vacant, and the writer never knew him to absent himself from communion. He leaves 3 sons and 3 daughters to mourn their loss. His life was such that he was beloved by all who knew him. Buried at Lostcreek. It was the largest funeral ever witnessed at Lostcreek church. Services by William Graybill from John 14: 4, and Edward Berry from Phil. 1: 21.
BLATTENBERGER. October 22d, 1891, in Marietta, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Joseph Blattenberger, aged 78 years, 4 months and 13 days. Funeral on the 26th; Text, 2 Cor. 5: 1. Buried in the Marietta cemetery. A sorrowing husband and family followed her remains to the grave.
HERR. October 29th, 1891, near Lancaster City, Pa., Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Jeremiah Herr, aged 53 years, 11 months and 24 days. Funeral on Nov. 1st. Text, Job 14: 10. Buried at the Brick Meeting house. A very large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect and to sympathize with the bereft family. Sister Herr was a bright shining light in the world and an ornament to the church.
MUSSELMAN. On the 11th of October, 1891, near Fairfield, Pa., Sister Elizabeth, wife of Peter Musselman, aged 60 years, 3 months and 1 day. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn their loss, but their loss is her gain. Her remains were interred in the cemetery near Fairfield on the 14th. The funeral was preached at the house by Bish. Daniel Shank and Pre. Martin Whisler, of Hanover, Pa. Pre. Whisler spoke from the words, "Who is my mother?" Matt. 12: 48.
Our mother is sleeping so free from all pain.
Oh! Make not her sweet spirit to suffer again;
She slumbers so soundly, Oh! Let her sleep on,
Her sickness is ended and troubles all gone.
Oh! Think how she suffered and moaned with pain
In the long night hours as we soothed her in vain,
'Till God in His mercy sent down from above
An angel that whispered a message of love.
'Tis finished! The conflict is past,
The heaven-born spirit is fled,
Her wish is accomplished at last,
And now she's entombed with the dead.
The months of affliction are o'er,
The days and the nights of distress,
We see her in anguish no more,
She's gained her happy release.
Dearest mother, thou hast left us;
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'til 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.
--J. F. B.
SHANK. On the 31st of October, 1891, at her residence
at Long's Station, Franklin Co., Martha Shank, (maiden
name Strite), relict of the late Jacob Shank deceased,
aged 60 years, 5 months and 28 days. She was confined to her bed
nearly four months, during which time she was a great sufferer.
She was a kind mother, and for many years was a consistent member
of the Mennonite church. All her afflictions she bore with Christian
fortitude and was always resigned to the will of God, looking
forward to a brighter and higher life in the world to come. Four
sons John, Jacob, Samuel and David and six daughters, Mrs. Samuel
Martin, Mrs. Isaac Myers, Mrs. John Grove, Emma and Rebecca Shank,
of Franklin Co., Pa., and Mrs. J. M. Eby of Hagerstown, Md., and
one stepdaughter Mrs. Andrew Wise of Dallas Center, Dallas Co.,
Iowa, survive her. They have the sympathy of their many friends
and the entire community in which they live. They need not mourn
as those who have no hope, for we can believe that their loss
is her eternal gain. She was buried on the 2d of November at Reiff's
church. The attendance was unusually large. Services by the brethren
A. Baer, Phil. Parret, and Michael Horst.
--I. W. EBY.
BOYTS. On the 23d of Sept., 1891, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., very suddenly, Sophronia, wife of Frank Boyts, aged 29 years, 7 months and 1 day. Sister Boyts was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, and an affectionate wife. This sudden or unexpected separation has fallen very heavily upon the husband, but may the Lord bless it to his soul's benefit. She was buried on the 25th at the Union Chapel, where a very large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Services by Levi Weaver in German and D. J. Johns in English from 2 Peter 3: 14.
YODER. On the 30th of Oct. 1891, in Logan Co., Ohio, Florence Belle, daughter of S. P. and Emma Yoder, aged 11 months and 12 days. Funeral services and interment at South Union Church on the 1st of November, by J. D. Yoder and Abednego Miller from Luke 18.
"Fairest flower of our garden,
Florence, dear, oh, how it grieves us
That the early frosts of autumn
Should have called on you to leave us.
In that home of peace and summer,
Where you're now with Christ at rest,
We will strive one day to meet you
There to be forever blest.
And we know the love of Jesus,
Far exceeds all earthly love.
And to Him we'll trust our dear one,
In that happy home above."
--A. I. Y.
ROTH. On the 26th of October, 1891, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colorado, Emma, infant daughter of Jacob and Mary Roth, aged 22 days. Buried on the 27th in the A. M. burial ground near Thurman. Funeral services by J. Schrock.
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