Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1909

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1909 Gospel Herald - Vol. II, No. 23 - September 2, 1909, p. 367

Haraick.--Charles Haraick was admitted into the Mennonite Orphans' Home at West Liberty, O., from Chicago on May 26, 1909. Died of inanition Aug. 24, 1909, aged 4 m. 25 d. Funeral services were held at the Home, Aug. 26, by J. Y. King, assisted by C. K. Yoder. Interment in Fair View cemetery.

Transcriber's note: I was not familiar with the term "inanition". Webster's dictionary gives this definition: a: loss of vitality that results from lack of food or water b: the absence or loss of social, moral, or intellectual vitality or vigor.

Lehman.--Sister Magdalena Lehman died very suddenly and unexpectedly on Aug. 2, of enlargement of the heart and dropsy. She was born March 20, 1857, and her age was 52 y. 4 m. 12 d. She was a faithful and devoted sister in the church for many years. Funeral on the 5th at Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., conducted by Pre. Theo. B. and Joseph S. Forry.

Butler.--Sister Lucy Ann Butler of near Grantsville, Md., died Aug. 14; aged 86 y. 8 m. 1 d. Four children survive her, also a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her surviving posterity numbering 84 persons. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years, sometimes walking five and seven miles to attend communion services when she was already past eighty years of age. Funeral services were held at the Springs, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by G. D. Miller, assisted by Ed. Miller.

Detweiler.--Isaac Detweiler was born in 1828 in Waterloo Co., Ont., and died in Travers (sic) City, Mich., Aug. 13, 1909; aged 81 y. 8 m. 7 d. He leaves a wife and six children, 4 daughters and 2 sons. Interment at the Hooley Corners Cemetery. Funeral services conducted by Aldus Brackbill. Text, Eccl. 12:7. May God, who is rich in mercy, comfort the bereaved family, and may the departure of our beloved brother be the means of drawing others heavenward.
John Overholt

Custer.--Katy Anne Lehman Custer of Kent Co., Mich., while visiting her many relatives and friends in Pennsylvania, became suddenly ill at the home of her mother and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Orris of near Johnstown, Pa. Died of Paralysis on Aug. 25, 1909, after four days of sickness. Her age was 64 y. 3 m. 13 d. An aged mother, five children, three sons and two daughters and three sisters mourn her departure. She was a member of the Mennonite church. May her departure be the means of drawing others heavenward. Short services were conducted at the house by D. S. Yoder before the remains were removed to Johnstown from whence they were taken to Elmdale, Mich., where burial took place.

Wenger.--Lydia, daughter of Timothy and Mary Wenger, was born May 23, 1907; died of spinal meningitis Aug. 13, 1909; aged 2 y. 2 m. 20 d. She was a bright and pleasant child, and is greatly missed in the home. She leaves parents, 7 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn her early departure. Services at the house by Bro. J. D. Wert. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant graveyard.
A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

Miller.--Magdalena Miller, wife of Pre. Josiah J. Miller, of near Shipshewana, Ind., died July 27, 1909; aged 33 y. 4 m. 24 d. She leaves her mother, one sister and a deeply bereaved husband and six children to mourn her loss and the church misses a faithful sister. Her disease was heart trouble. Sister Miller's health had been failing for some time, but that day she seemed to feel better. Just 15 minutes before she passed away the husband and all the children were in the room with her talking, and as they went to work again soon the sad news came to them that mamma is dead. Funeral services were conducted at the Shore Church by Y. C. Miller from Eccl. 8:8 and by Amos Cripe from II Tim. 6:7. A large congregation paid the departed sister the last tribute of respect.
Y. C. M.

Moyer.--At her late residence in Clinton Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., Magdalena, widow of the late Samuel H. Moyer, departed this life on Aug. 2, 1909, aged 79 y. 11 m. 14 d. Sister Moyer, while not strong for a few years, was in her usual health until the day of her death. Her illness lasted only a few hours. The family was suddenly stricken with sadness by this speedy summons of the death messenger. Her life was that of a faithful Christian, loyal to her faith and devoted to the work of the Church. Her disposition was always kind and unselfish to all, and patient in the hour of affliction. Her desire has long been to depart and be at rest with the Lord, and she leaves to her loved ones the evidence that she has entered into her fuller reward in the presence of the Lord. Funeral services on Aug. 4, conducted by Pre. Brown of Beamsville and S. F. Coffman. Services and interment at the Moyer M. H. near Vineland, Ont. Text, II Cor. 3:2.

Smith.-- Elizabeth Smith of Shipshewana, Ind., was born Aug. 26, 1838, and died Aug. 12, 1909; aged 70 y. 11 m. 16 d. She leaves five daughters and one son. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Shore. She was one of the first members when the church was organized. Funeral services were conducted at the Shore Church by Y. C. Miller in German and English. Text, Heb. 4 :9, 10. Also by Amos Cripe. Text Rev. 14:13. Our loss is her gain.
Y. C. M.

'Tis hard to part with you, dear mother,
We can only wonder why;
You have left us grieved and lonely,
May we meet you by and by.
Human hands have tried to save thee
Tender care was 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 heavenly anthems sing.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 24 - September 9, 1909, pp 383, 384

Wenger.-- Helen Olivia, daughter of Serrenus and Livia Wenger, died at Grand Rapids Mich., Aug. 26; aged 9 m. 10 d. Services were held at the house conducted by Pre Roser. Interment took place at the Caledonia cemetery.

Snyder.-- Alice Viola, daughter of Bro. Daniel and Jane Snyder of Roaring Spring, Pa., was born June 13, 1909; died Aug 25, 1909; aged 10 w. 3 d. Funeral conducted by J. N. Durr, J. A. Brilhart and S. A Lefever. Text, John 14:1, 2. She budded on earth to bloom in heaven. May God comfort the bereaved family.

Coss.-- Anna M., infant daughter of Geo. A. and Etta K. Coss was born June 10, 1909; died Aug 5, 1909; aged 1 m. 25 d. She leaves her parents, one sister, one brother to mourn her departure. Burial at Stauffer's Church, Hagerstown, Md. Funeral conducted by Bros. Christian Strite and Denton Martin. Text, Job 1:21.

Martin.-- Maria Emma, daughter of Noah and Fannie Martin, died near Reid, Md, of pneumonia, August 17, 1909; aged 10 m. 18 d. Funeral services were conducted by Daniel Strite and Denton Martin. Text, Psa. 90:5, 6. The child's great-grandmother, widow of Pre. Adam Baer, followed the babe to its grave. She is in her 80th year.

Lohr.-- Sister Barbara Lohr of near Bittinger, Md., died of typhoid fever, Aug. 23, 1909; aged 47 y. 3 m. 7 d. She is survived by her father, 10 children, the youngest being about four years old, and 8 brothers, among whom are the brethren D. H. and G. L. Bender. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world about three years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. The funeral services were held in the Lutheran Church at Bittinger, Md., conducted by Bro. G. D. Miller of Springs, Pa. Text, Psa. 27:10. May the Lord comfort the bereaved orphans.

Long.-- Annie Margaret Long, wife of Wm. Long, died near Horton, W. Va., Aug. 22, 1909, of stomach trouble and consumption; aged 25 y. 9 m. 5 d. She was the daughter of John Teeter of Job, W. Va., and leaves a sorrowing husband and 4 small children, her father, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for ten years, and so far as man could see she was a faithful and devoted sister. Her loss is deeply felt by the family, church and community in which she lives, but since God saw more glory in her death than in her life we want to say, "Thy will be done." The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Christian Good, who used Luke 8:52 as a basis of his remarks.

Horning.-- Edith May, daughter of George and Sallie K. Horning died Aug. 26, 1909; aged 6 m. 9 d. Funeral services were held the following Sunday in the Bowmansville Mennonite Church. The officiating ministers were N. B. Bowman and I. B. Good. As a text, the comforting words of our Savior, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God," were chosen by the bereaved brother and sister.
God had a place for thee in His white-robed throng,
God had a part for thee in the Lamb's great song,
That the echo louder and clearer might ring,
That mortals firmer to His precepts might cling.

Miller.-- Lewis L. Miller, son of Mrs. Aaron D. Yoder was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., May 18, 1882; died of consumption July 10, 1909; aged 27 y. 1 m. 22 d. He was married to Luella Miller. He leaves to mourn his mother, stepfather, wife, one son and one stepdaughter. Two sons preceded him. Services at the Shore Church by Y. C. Miller and D. D. Miller.

Marner.-- Jonathan Marner was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Oct 31, 1825, died in Iowa City, Ia., Aug. 14, 1909; aged 83 y. 9 m. 16 d. He was married to Elizabeth Penrod Jan. 27, 1853. They moved to Johnson Co., Ia., in 1866, where they lived on a farm until his wife died, June 30, 1905, since which time he has lived in Iowa City with his daughter. Eleven children were born to this union, three of whom preceded him to the spirit world. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church since his youth. Funeral services were held at the Albright Church at Sharon conducted by the Albright minister in English and Gideon A. Yoder in German. The surviving children are Gideon P., of Marion Kans., Wm. A., of Miles, Ia., Isaac, of Kalona, Jonathan of Grand Junction, Colo., Lizzie Goodman, of Cheney , Kans., Sarah, Malinda and Susie of Iowa City.

Weaver.-- On Aug. 24, 1909, Sister Emma Weaver ied (sic) at the home of her father, Daniel A. Weaver, in Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of bronchitis and lung trouble; aged 21 y. 8 m. 2 d. She leaves father, mother, three brothers and three sisters and a host of friends who were drawn to her by her smiles and kind words which she always had for those who visited her during the six years of her affliction. Her physical condition puzzled everyone who saw her. Four years ago three doctors were of the opinion that a few months was all she could live. Although she never got any better, her decline was so slow that after being unable to speak above a whisper for over four years and being unable to take much nourishment she by her sunny temper and sweet communion with God, endeared herself to all and under the tender care which was bestowed upon her, she was enabled to be with her loved ones until now, when she fell asleep so quietly and peacefully, while she was sitting upon her bed, that it was hardly noticed. Funeral at Weaverland where the brethren Benjamin Weaver, John M. Sauder and I. B. Good preached to a large congregation.

Rohrer.-- Abraham, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Rohrer, was born in Seneca Co., O., Sept. 24, 1842. He was brought up in a family of eight children, five sons and three daughters, all of whom survive him except one sister, widow of the late Elias Kreider, who preceded him. He remained in Seneca Co., until 1871, at which time he made his home in Medina Co., and later in Mahoning Co. He was united in holy matrimony to Emeline Friedt, March 25, 1897, and settled down on a farm near Acme, where he died Aug. 24, 1909; aged 66 y. 11 m., having spent the last 12 years of his life in the service of the Lord, as a member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves to mourn his departure, wife, four brothers and two sisters. "We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." With the hope and assurence (sic) that he is a blessed possessor of the building of God, we laid his body to rest. Funeral services were held at the lower Mennonite Church, Aug 27, 1909, conducted by Isaac Good and Benjamin Good in English assisted by Henry Horst and Edward Koppes in German.

Johnson.--Francis Johnson was born Feb. 4, 1837; and died Aug. 28, 1909; 72 y. 6 m. 24 d. He had suffered two strokes of paralysis, and had been failing for a little over a year. He was a prominent member of the Johnson family, so numerous about Masontown, Pa., where he was born and lived and died. Although an upright citizen and well respected by those who knew him, he neglected the weighty matter of salvation until he felt the certain grip of his coming end. Then, realizing his utter helplessness and nothingness, he repented of his sins and was received into the Mennonite Church about six months before he died.
Bro. Johnson was twice married. His first wife was Hannah Ache, to whom were born eigh (sic) children, all living. She died in 1887. Two years later he was married to Sarah Galley, who died in 1900.
Funeral services were held Aug. 30, at the Masontown Mennonite Church, where a large concourse of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they knew and loved.

Holcomb.--Elsie Elnora, wife of Albert Holcomb, was born in Reedley, Calif., Sept. 26, 1879; died in Nampa, Idaho, June 21, 1909; aged 29 y. 8 m. 25 d. Sister Holcomb suffered affliction for the last few years, and the last four months of her life was confined to her bed. She was of lovely disposition, and bore her suffering patiently. Often did she request prayer that if it be God's will she might become well for the sake of her two little girls. We have the assurance, however, that she was resigned to the Father's will, and her main desire was that it might be well with her soul. On Sunday evening before her death by her request and upon confession of her faith she was baptized, after which she rested in that "peace that passeth understanding." She would beg her loved ones not to grieve for her, for all was well with her. Among her last words were, "I'm going to leave you. God bear me home." Funeral services were conducted at the Nampa Home Mission by David Hilty. Interment in Kohler Lawn Cemetery.

Charles.--On Aug. 26, 1909, near East Petersburg, Pa., Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. Benj. F. Charles, passed away after an illness of one week, of diabetes; aged 58 y. 6 m. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, 5 sons, 4 daughters and 9 grandchildren, and many relatives and friends, who keenly feel their loss, which is but her eternal gain.
Although her health had been failing for several years, yet the end came unexpectedly; but she has left evidence of a bright hope, for the life beyond. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and it was evident by the noble Christian life which she led that she was happy in the Lord's service. She was also a devoted and loving mother in the home, performing the duties of life faithfully as long as strength lasted.
During her sufferings she realized that her days in this life were numbered , and expressed her willingness to depart, if it be His will, and go home "to be with Christ--which is far better." With this desire she calmly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, in the early hours of the morning in Jesus, in the early hours of the morning to awaken at the dawn of an unclouded day, "where shadows never dim the light."
Funeral services were held, Aug. 29, conducted by Hiram Kauffman at the home, and Bros. Frank Kreider, John Mosemann and Jacob N. Brubacher at the church, who spoke from the text, "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21). May God comfort and bless the bereaved family.

"Our friends on earth we meet with pleasure
While swift the moments fly,
Yet ever comes the thought of sadness
That we must say good-by.

"How joyful is the thought that lingers
When loved ones cross death's sea;
That when our labors here are ended,
With them we'll ever be."

--By A Friend.

Transcribed by: Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 25 - Sept. 16, 1909, pages 399, 400

A Sad Accident

A terrible accident occurred at the Morgan Street crossing of the Indiana Union Traction Line, at Kokomo, Ind., on Monday, afternoon, when an interurban car ran into a farm wagon, killing the occupants, two sons of Bro. and Sister C. G. and Lena Garber.
On Monday, August 30, the two brothers started to town in a two horse wagon, and at the Morgan Street crossing they were run down by a southbound car from Peru approaching the city limits at the usual speed. Jacob Garber, the older of the boys, was hurled nearly two hundred feet and his skull crushed, and died soon afterwards. Alfred Garber was thrown under the wheels and dragged nearly 500 feet.
The sad news were hurriedly broken to Joseph Garber, their elder brother, who lives about three miles from town close by Bro. and Sister Garber's home.
Bro. and Sister Garber had left for Metamora, Ill., on Saturday before to visit their friends and relatives. They were at once sent a message to apprise (sic) them of their double bereavement.
The funeral was held at the Mennonite Church, on Thursday, Sept. 2, which was one of the largest funerals ever held at that place. There were nearly eight hundred people present, 213 single and double rigs at the church. Services were conducted by E. A. Mast from James 4:13, 14, and N. M. Slabaugh from I Sam 20:3. Interment at the Shrock cemetery.
Jacob Garber was born Jan. 30, 1893; died Aug. 30 1909; aged 16 y. 7 m. He united with the Mennonite Church about two years ago. Alfred Garber was born Jan. 1, 1895; died Aug. 30, 1909; aged 14 y. 7 m. 29 d. They leave father, mother, 4 brothers, 7 sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their departure. May God bless and comfort Bro. and Sister Garber and their family in their sad bereavement.

Hunsecker. - Sister Mary Hunsecker, beloved wife of Bro. John Hunsecker, died at her home July 24, 1909; aged 65 y. 9 m. 22 d. She was afflicted by a lingering illness for several years and was confined to her bed for 17 weeks. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two sons and one daughter to mourn her departure. But they need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, although for a number of years she was deprived of the privilege of being present at the services very often on account of enfeebled health. She seemed to enjoy her Christian life and, when asked about her faith during her sickness, she said she was resigned to the will of God. Funeral services on the 22, at the Chambersburg M. H. by the brethren Henry Bricker and J. S. Burkholder. Text. II Cor. 4:17, 18.

Gerber. - William A. Gerber was born Jan 16, 1831, died Aug 31, 1909; aged 78 y. 7 m. 15 d. In the fall of 1857 he united in matrimony with Fanny Hershberger. To this union were born 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters. His wife and two daughters preceded him to the home beyond. Bro. Gerber united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek Church.

Weaver. - Abraham D. Weaver was born Aug. 26, 1837; died Sept 1, 1909; aged 72 y. 5 d. Bro. Weaver was a member of the Mennonite Church for 47 years. The last eleven years of his life were spent in an invalid chair, being stricken with paralysis and unable to walk. He was resigned to the will of God and expressed his readiness to meet Him in the air. Funeral held at the Weaver Mennonite Church, Cambria Co., Pa., on Sept. 4, 1909, S. D. Yoder officiating.

Gehman. - William Henry, infant son of Bro. D. L. Gehman, near Doylestown, Pa., died Aug. 16, 1909; aged about 5 m. 2 w. Willie was a bright little boy who was taken into the home when about two weeks old and was loved by them and tenderly cared for. He took sick just one week before his death, of cholera infantum. Services were conducted at the Doylestown Mennonite Church by Bro. A. O. Heistand and Bro. Enos Wismer. May the Lord comfort the family who loved the little blossom that was plucked from their home.

Sumner. - Hester, daughter of Charley and Annie Sumner, died at Proctor, Mo., Aug. 31, 1909. She was born Nov. 29, 1909 (sic) and lived in this world just long enough to win many friends. She fulfilled her mission of cheer and will be greatly missed, especially by her dear parents. May we be comforted with the thought that she is now happy, free from all earthly pain and sorrow in the home where we all long to go. Let us so live that we may meet her when our time comes to leave this world. Funeral services were conducted by J. R. Shank from II Sam. 12:23.

Wought. - Joseph J. Wought was born in Cass Co., Mo., Dec. 5, 1907; died in Cullom, Ill., Aug 31, 1909, of a complication of diseases; aged 1 y. 8 m. 26 d. The funeral was conducted by Bro Thut of the Chicago Home Mission on Sept 1 at the Mennonite Church at Cullom. Text, Job 1:21. Interment at Sullivan Center. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.
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.

Hooley. - Bro. Christian Hooley was born near Belleville, Pa., on Nov. 9, 1830, and died Aug 20, 1909; aged 78 y. 9 m. 11 d. Bro Hooley was maried (sic) to Nancy Plank who, with four sons and three daughters survives him. In his early life he united with the A. M. Church and always lived in peace and harmony with the church. He was a true, devoted, consistent member and will be greatly missed. He was confined to his bed for about six weeks. The cause of his departure was infirmities of old age with a slight touch of dropsy. He endured his suffering patiently and often expressed a willingness to be submissive to the will of God, and was anxiously awaiting the summons, "Child, come home." Funeral services were held in the Allensville Church on Sunday, Aug. 22 at ten o'clock, conducted in English by Eli H. Kanagy and in German by John L. Mast. May God ever bless and sustain the mourning ones, and may they so live that they may be reunited as an unbroken family in the New Jerusalem where weeping and partings are unknown.

Horst. -On Aug. 14, 1909, at his home in East Earl Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Henry M. Horst died of paralysis; aged 73 y. 3 m. 1 d. Bro. Horst was a life-long member of the Mennonite Church, being a leader in singing at Weaverland and Lichty's for many years. Eight years ago he was suddenly stricken and has since been unable to move about without help. He always greatly enjoyed the visits of the brethren and was occassionally able to attend preaching services. His wife died four years ago, who also spent the last three years of her life in her bed. The sickness of this brother and sister was always borne with great Christian patience. He leaves one son and two daughters, one of whom waited on her father and mother, giving them the kindest attention for many years, without complaining, rather glad that she could be of service to them during their declining years.
Funeral at Lichty's where the brethren Benjamin Weaver, John Sauder and I. B. Good preached to many people.

Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 26 - Sep. 23, 1909, page 415.

Yoder. -Peter Yoder was born in Lehigh Co., Pa., June 23, 1823; died in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Sept. 7, 1909; aged 86, 2 m. 14 d. He came to Mahoning Co. with his parents when four years old. He was married to Lena Stouffer, who, with four children preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by one son and one daughter. He died at the home of his son near East Lewistown after an illness of nearly a year. Funeral was held at the Midway church. Services conducted by E. M. Detwiler, assisted by David Lehman. Text, Eccl. 7:1.

Martin. -Sister Mary E. Martin, wife of Michael H. Martin died at her home in Maugansville, Md., Aug. 29, 1909; aged 72 y. 2 m. 24 d. She was sick but three days with paralysis. She leaves to mourn a sorrowing husband, 9 children, 38 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. The children all followed mother to her last resting place except one who lives in Michigan and did not receive the message in time to attend. Funeral was held at Reiff church by George Keener and Christian Strite. Text, John 14:3.

Troyer. -Mary (Garber) Troyer was born Aug. 8, 1833, at Strasburg, Ohio; died Sept. 7, 1909, at Elkhart, Ind.; aged 76 y. 1 m. She was married to Seth Troyer Mar. 8, 1855. Her husband died Sept. 10, 1895. To this union were born nine children, two sons and seven daughters; one son and four daughters preceded mother to the spirit world. There remain to mourn her departure one son, three daughters, three brothers, 30 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek church, Sugar Creek, Ohio, conducted by the home ministers.

Bowman. -Henry D. Bowman of Elizabethville, Pa., died of dropsy at his home Sept. 1, 1909; aged 75 y. 3 m. 2 d. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. Services were conducted at the house by the Lutheran minister and at the Fetterhoff church by Samuel Hess. Text, Prov. 14:32.

Custer. -Catharine Custer was born May 12, 1845; died Aug. 25, 1909, at Clarksville, Mich.; aged 64 y. 3 m. 13 d. She went to Johnstown on a visit and while there she had a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure three sons, two daughters, also her mother and three sisters. For many years she was a member of the Mennonite Church. She will be missed in the church and in the home. Funeral services were held at the Bowen Church, Kent Co., Mich., by Aldus Brackbill. Text, Rev. 22:12. Many neighbors had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed.

Troyer. -Erwin, son of E. M. and Susan Troyer was born Nov. 18, 1906, died Sept. 11, 1909, aged 2 y. 9 m. 23 d. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek church. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Precious darling, he has left us,
Left us, yes, forever more,
But we hope to meet our loved one,
On that bright and happy shore.

Lonely the house and sad the hours,
Since our dear one has gone,
But, oh! a brighter home than ours,
In heaven is now his own.
A Friend.

Piercefield. -Sister Margaret Piercefield, near Pearidge, (sic) Mo., died on Sept. 9, of a complication of diseases, aged 89 y. 6 m. 13 d. She always told us her age was 92 years, but upon looking it up we found her to be mistaken. She had been sick about a year and a half. She is survived by her son George, and a few brothers and sisters, her husband having preceded her to the spirit world. She was a member of the Mennonite church since July 11, 1909. Although only a member for almost two months we believe they were spent in peace. The aged sister always asked us to sing and read for her, and pray with her. The funeral services were conducted by the brethren J. M. Krieder and Ira Buckwalter. Interment in the Warren burial ground.

Detwiler. -Elizabeth G. Detwiler, widow of Samuel D. Detwiler was born in Skippack, Pa., June 5, 1838; died Sept. 5, 1909, aged 71 y. 3 m. She was married 50 years ago, was a widow for 30 years. She bore all her trials patiently never complained or murmured, ever putting her trust in the One who has promised to care for the widows. She joined the Mennonite church while young and remained faithful to the end. Although she was failing in health for several years the end came unexpected. She was the mother of five children all of whom survive her to mourn their loss, as also her many grandchildren, and her many friends which she gained by her loving disposition. Our loss is her gain. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her daughter in Doylestown, Pa., by Bro. D. L. Gehman and A. O. Hiestand on Sept. 10, and at the Upper Skippack Mennonite church on Sept. 11, by Christian Allebaugh, Henry Wismer and Warren Bean.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona


GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. II, No. 27 - Sept. 30, 1909, page 431.

Thomas. -Daniel Lawrence, son of Geo. And Lydia Thomas, died Sept. 5, 1909; aged 25 d. He leaves his parents, one sister and one brother to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted by L. A. Blough. Text. Isa. 64:6. Services were held at the Stahl Church; interment was made at Livingston cemetery.

Eash. -Samuel Irwin Eash, son of Bro. Samuel and Sister Cedilla Eash, of Holsopple, Pa., was born July 5, 1909; died Sept. 13, 1909; aged 2 m. 8 d. Funeral conducted by S. D. Yoder and James Saylor. Text, Phil 1:21. Interment at the Thomas Church. He budded on earth to bloom in heaven. May God comfort the bereaved family.
Joseph Saylor.

There's another bud removed,
E'er it felt the blight of sin,
Through the door the angels move,
Our darling has passed in.

Weber. -David M. Weber, son of Pre. Abraham Weber, died Aug. 25, 1909; aged 50 years. Bro. Weber had not been well for a number of years. He came to this country about 10 years ago from Ontario. A few weeks before his death he began to get worse and gradually sank until death relieved him. His last days were happy days, praising God and anxiously waiting to depart. He leaves a widow, two sons and six daughters. What is their loss is his gain. Funeral services at Didsbury, Alta., by Pre. Israel R. Schantz and Pre. Finklebein. Interment at Didsbury cemetery.
Israel R. Schantz.

Martin. - Mary Martin was born in Franklin Co., Pa., June 5, 1837; died at her home in Maugansville, Md., Aug. 29, 1909; aged 72 y. 2 m. 24 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband and nine children, 38 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, 1 brother to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Her disposition was always kind and unselfish to all and patient in the hours of affliction. Her desire has long been to depart and be at rest with the Lord and she leaves to her loved ones the evidence that she has entered into rest. The funeral was held Sept. 2, at Reiff's Church. Services were conducted by Bro. George Keener and Bro. Christian Strite. Text, John 14:1-3.

Bowman. - Tobias Bowman was born June 26, 1829; died Sept. 2, 1909; aged 80 y. 2 m. 6 d. On April 24, 1853 he was united in holy matrimony with Anna Snyder. To this union were born 12 children of whom 8 are living, who with the mother mourn the loss of one who has been kind and affectionate as husband and father. Bro. Bowman was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Church of Waterloo Co., Ont., in 1875, in which office he labored faithfully for many years. Though for a number of years he had not done any active ministerial work, yet he kept the faith and was glad to be with the brethren in worship and at communion. The end did not come unexpectedly. Last winter he believed the end of his life was near, and had chosen the text and also who was to officiate at his funeral. But when Spring came he recovered considerably again until about two weeks before his death. Funeral on Sunday, Sept. 5. Services at the house and at the Cressman Mennonite Church near Breslau, Ont. Services were conducted in English by C. B. Snyder from Rev. 14:13, and in German by Jacob Woolner, Sr., from Isa. 3:10.

Kurtz. - Bro. Daniel Kurtz died at his home in Salisbury Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of rheumatism and stomach trouble, Sept. 15, 1909; aged 81 y. 1 m. 19 d. He is survived by his wife and 7 children, 2 children having preceded him to the spirit world in their infancy. Just two years ago one of his grandchildren died and he said on the day of her funeral he didn't know why such young people must be taken away when they might be of some use yet and old people that are worn out must still be here, but just two years from the very day that she passed away grandfather also departed this life to meet his loved ones that have gone before. He had a great desire to leave this world and be at rest. He suffered much pain the last few days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and lived in the vicinity where he died, all his life. He was laid to rest in Hershey's cemetery on the 18. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Isaac Eby and Pre. Christian Brackbill. Text, Rom. 8:1.

Dear father, how we miss thee,
Since we see thy vacant chair;
In heaven above, that happy place,
We can again behold thy face.

Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona

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