Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1910

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Gospel Herald - Vol. 2, No. 5 - February 3, 1910- page 719, 720

Falb.-- Sister Catharine Falb died Jan. 19, 1910, at her brother's home near Mt. Eaton, Ohio, at the age of 77 y. 10 m. 3 d. Burial at the Sonnenberg Church, of which she was a member for 50 years. Funeral services were conducted by J. Nussbaum and I. R. Shantz.

Gehman.-- On Jan.1, 1910, Lena, child of Henry and Anna Gehman, died of diphtheria after a few days, illness; aged 1 y. 11 m. 2 d. Interment took place the following day in the Bowmansville, (Pa.) graveyard, with a brief service at the grave. Funeral services were held Jan. 23, together with church services by Noah Bowman in English from Psa. 16:6, followed by Henry Good in German.

Zuercher.-- Sister Leah Zuercher, wife of John Zuercher of near Dalton, Ohio, died Jan. 12, 1910, at the age of 52 y. 10 m. 17 d. She was married to John Zuercher March 6, 1879, and they shared life's joys and sorrows together for over thirty years. She leaves her devoted husband, 3 daughters, 1 son, 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 5 brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her sudden death. She was a consistent Christian and faithful member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Funeral services conducted by J. S. Moser and C. N. Amstutz.

Snyder.-- Christian G. Snyder was born Sept. 17, 1856; died Jan. 11, 1910; aged 53 y. 3 m. 24 d. Bro. Snyder departed this life after a short sickness of pneumonia. He leaves to mourn their loss 10 children, a companion and a host of relatives and friends. Four children preceded their father in death. Funeral services held at the Roads Church, near Richfield, Pa., by W. W. Graybill. Interment in the cemetery nearby. Text, I Cor. 15:54. The Lord bless the bereft family. May the children all become faithful servants of God and meet father in heaven.

Zinn.-- Frances E., daughter of Samuel Zinn, of Martinsdale, Pa., died of consumption. She took sick in August and relief came to her suffering body Jan. 21, 1910; aged 20 y. 6 m. 4 d. She was a member of the Martinsdale Mennonite Sunday school from the time the school was opened in August, 1907. She united in repeating the Golden Text, "Beware, lest ye forget God." That beautiful voice is hushed in death and we shall hear it on earth no more. Her place in the home is vacant. She is survived by father, mothers and two sisters. A large concourse of people paid the last tribute of respect.

Transcriber's note: Mothers (written as in original obituary).

Burkey.-- Sister Mary, wife of Peter Burkey, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., March 15, 1869; died in Seward Co., Nebr., Jan. 20, 1910; aged 40 y. 10 m. 5 d. She had lived in married life 23 years. To this union were born 10 sons and 3 daughters. She leaves to mourn a sorrowful husband, 9 sons, 2 daughters. The youngest of the sons was only 7 days old when she died. She also leaves 3 brothers, 4 sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. May the Lord comfort the bereaved ones with His holy Word is our prayer. Sister Mary was a faithful member in the A. M. Church from her youth. Interment in the East Fairview Cemetery. Funeral services were held by the brethren, Jacob Stauffer, N. E. Roth, John Steckley and Jos. Schlegel. Texts, John 5:28, 29; Luke 13:23, 26; Psa. 39:6-13.

Reesor.-- Elizabeth, beloved wife of Josephus Reesor, died at her home at Box Grove, Markham, Ont., in the 81st year of her life. The deceased was first married to Daniel Hoover, and after his death was married to J. S. Reesor, with whom she lived nearly fifty years. She is survived by a son, and a husband who is over ninety years old. She was a loving wife and a kind neighbor and had many friends, although she was not identified with any church. Burial took place at Cedar Grove, Ont., Jan. 14, 1910, where the services were conducted by L. J. Burkholder. Text, I Cor. 3:11, 14.

Cender.-- Jos. Cender was born in France, June 13, 1827; died near Fisher, Ill., Jan. 17, 1910; aged 82 y. 7 m. 4 d. He united with the A. M. church in his youth and remained a faithful member to the end. He united in marriage with Mary Rouvenac, Mar. 13, 1870. This union was blessed with seven children. He leaves 3 sons, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, one sister and many friends to mourn his departure. Two children and his companion preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Peter Zehr from Psa. 90:2, and at the church by Bro. Samuel Garber in English from Gal. 2:20, and by Bro. Andrew Schrock in German from II Tim. 4:7.
C. W. S.

Gehman.-- Lena, daughter of Henry L. and Anna M. Gehman, died of diphtheria and was buried Jan. 2; aged 1 y. 11 m. 2 d. Because of the nature of the disease no services were held until Jan. 23, when they were held in the Bowmansville Church, Lancaster Co., Pa. The brethren, N. B. Bowman and H. Good, officiated. The words of the Psalmist, "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage." were selected by the bereaved brother and sister as a text.

Gone before to the untrodden shore,
To be with angels fair;
Much thou wast loved, God loved thee more,
Safe thou art in His care.

Riehl.-- Moses Riehl was born in Juniata Co., Pa., April 20, 1836; died at the home of his son-in-law, Joseph Blank, near Atglen, Pa., Jan. 19, 1910; aged 73 y. 8 m. 29 d. In January, 1862, he was united in marriage with Christianna Petersheim, who preceded him to the spirit world almost nineteen years ago. To this union were born eight children. He is survived by 4 sons, 2 daughters and 16 grandchildren, all residing in this community. He is also survived by three brothers. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him to the world beyond. He united with the Amish Church in his youth, of which he remained a faithful member until the time of his death. Funeral services were held Jan. 22, at the home of Jes. Blank, by Daniel Stoltzfus and Christian Glick. Interment in the Milwood Cemetery.

Landis.-- Amos, eldest son of Bro. and Sister John L. Landis, died Dec. 5, 1909, near Scotland, Pa., at the early age of 38 years. He was in failing health for several years, but was not confined to his bed until a week before his death, caused by heart trouble. He suffered greatly the last days of his life, but he bore it patiently to the last, longing to go to rest. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, and is survived by his wife, 5 children, parents, 4 brothers and 5 sisters. He was always cheerful and won many friends wherever he went. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church north of Chambersburg, Pa., Dec. 8, 1909, by the brethren John Burkholder and S. G. Shetler.

Metzler.-- Susan, widow of Abram Metzler, departed this life on the morning of Jan. 15, 1910, at the home of her son Bish. Abram Metzler, in Blair Co., Pa., where she went on a visit the latter part of July, 1909. Age, 79 y. 10 m. 22 d. A few days after she arrived at the home of her son, she took sick of liver trouble, from which she never recovered. After a short funeral service on the morning of the 17th the remains were brought to her home near Kinzer, Pa., where services were held on the 18th, conducted at the house by Bish. Isaac Eby and at Hershey's Church by Bro. Amos H. Hoover, John B. Senger and C. M. Brackbill, Text, Rev. 3:21. Sister Metzler was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She lived in widowhood 2 y. 6 m., and left this world with a bright hope of the glory world. Sister Metzler leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters and 33 grandchildren to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate mother and grandmother. May her devoted life be an inspiration to her children, grandchildren and all who knew her.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. 2, No. 46 - February 10, 1910 - page 735, 736

Blough. -- Mildred Almetta, daughter of Pre. E. J. and Sister Emma Blough, of Holsopple, Pa., died Jan. 25, 1910; aged 3 m. 13 d. Funeral services Jan 26, at the Blough Church by L. A. Blough and Simon Layman. Text, Luke 23:28.

Doeks. -- Twin sons were born to Bro. Frank and Sister Sophia Doeks of Aurora, Nebr., Dec. 17; one died Dec. 20, and the other one Dec. 21. Burial in the Pleasant View Cemetery. There remain to mourn their early departure one sister, one brother, and the parents. Services by Pre. A. Oesch. May God comfort the bereaved ones. "They budded on earth to blossom in heaven."

Weaver. -- Sister Ida Weaver, daughter of Moses Weaver, died suddenly at the home of her parents, Jan. 4, 1910; aged 32 y. 5 m. 23 d. She had been a sufferer from epilepsy since she was fourteen years of age, and was found dead in bed on the morning of above date by her father. Buried Jan. 6, on the Weaver farm. Funeral conducted by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. The deceased is survived by her father, step-mother, 6 brothers and 2 sisters.

Ebersole. -- Sister Elizabeth Aerhart, wife of Bro. Henry Ebersole, was born Aug. 30, 1847; died near Woodstock, Franklin Co., Pa., near the place where she was born, Jan. 27, 1910; aged 62 y. 4 m. 23 d. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church four weeks before she died. Funeral services were held Jan. 30, conducted by D. E. Kuhns and J. S. Burkholder. Services and interment at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. Husband and one son survive.

Plank. -- Bena (Yoder) Plank, was born near Smithville, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1838; died Jan. 28, 1910; aged 71 y. 11 m. 19 d. She united in marriage with Samuel Plank, to which union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters. At an early age she united with the A. M. Church, lived a consistent Christian life, and bore the great sufferings of her last days with patience and Christian fortitude. Her husband and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. The remaining family wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to the dear friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted them during the illness and death of mother.

White. -- Reuben E. White was born April 20, 1851; died Dec. 28, 1909; aged 58 y. 8 m. 8 d. His death was caused by a complication of diseases, from which he suffered for about half a year. He was an active member of the Mennonite Church for thirty-four years. He was twice married. In 1871 he was married to Anna Graeff, to which union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons preceded him to the spirit world. In 1887 he was again married to Lizzie Minney, and to this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 5 sisters. He bore his afflictions patiently, looking forward to the glory that awaits saints. Thus, in the living hope of gaining the eternal inheritance, he passed peacefully away and was laid to rest in the Brick Cemetery. Services conducted by Abram Brubaker and Frank M. Herr from I Cor. 15:55.

Dear father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be washed away.

Hershey. -- Pre. Jacob Roop Hershey of Kinzer, Pa., departed this life Jan. 27, 1910; aged 92 y. 5 m. 19 d. His companion preceded him to the glory world but a few months, being in her ninetieth year. He was ordained to the ministry in 1858, but retired from active work a number of years ago, because of feeble health and voice. This old grandfather was well-preserved in a number of ways. His hearing was good, and a number of years ago he received a second sight, reading without glasses until a short time ago. Those who knew him well saw many things to pattern after, not counting the weakness flesh is subject to. He leaves a family of 6 children, 47 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, making five generations. The children are, Josiah, of Gap, Pa., Jacob E., of Kinzer (At which home he lived until death), Mrs. John R. Buckwater of Palmyra, Mo., Mrs.Christian Metzler and Mrs. John S. Rocher of Kinzer. The funeral was held at his late home on Jan. 31, 1910, at the house and at Hershey,s Church. Services were conducted by John B. Senger, Jacob N. Brubacher and Christian Brackbill. We who knew his best were permitted to see his remains placed where he often expressed a desire to be.
A grandchild.

Byers. -- Bro. David H. Byers was born Dec. 31, 1838; died Feb. 1, 1910; aged 71 y. 1 m. 1 d. He leaves a sister, 4 sons and 2 daughters to mourn their loss. He united with the Mennonite Church a number of years ago, and died in the faith. Funeral services near Martinsburg, Pa., Feb. 4, conducted by Jacob Snyder. May God comfort the bereaved.

Lehman.--Mattie E. (Cockley) Lehman, widow of the late Abram M. Lehman, died at her home near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., on Jan. 20, 1910; she was born Oct. 22, 1854; aged 55 y. 2 m. 28 d. She was for many years a member of the Mennonite Church, and is greatly missed in the home as a kind mother. She suffered nine months from paralysis, having three strokes in that time. She is survived by her aged father and three daughters, her husband having died about three years ago. Funeral was held at the Strasburg Church on Sunday, Jan. 23. Services were conducted by W. W. Hege and Jos. Martin from the Text, "Behold thy mother" (John 19:27). May our loss be her eternal gain.

Bregey. -- Barbara (Getz) Bergey was born June 7, 1852; died at her home in Kent Co., Ont., after a lingering illness, Jan. 9, 1910; aged 58y. 7m. 2d. She was united in marriage to Christian Bergey, Dec. 1870. To this union were born 6 sons and 6 daughters, three of whom (one son and two daughters) preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, 5 sons and 4 daughters, 13 grandchildren, 4 sisters, 1 brother, and many relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her twentieth year and was a devoted member until death. Her light shone brightly for the Master in the home where she will sadly missed, and in the community where she lived for so many years. She served her Master faithfully in her sphere in the home, a devoted wife and loving mother. The influence of her patient, self-sacrificing life will ever be felt and never forgotten. The Lord has called her to her bright and eternal reward. During her closing days on earth the family gathered about her bedside and she bade them all goodbye and told them to meet her in heaven. She longed for rest and heaven. Funeral services, Jan. 12, were conducted at the Plain,s Baptist Church by E. S. Hallman. Text Rev. 14:13. Interment in the Purcell Cemetery. A large concourse of friends met to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they knew and loved. "Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted."

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. 2, No. 47 - February 17, 1910 - page 750, 751, 752

Coakly. -- Sarah, wife of Austin Coakly, died at their home near Dale Enterprise, Va., of consumption, Jan. 27, 1910; aged 60 y. 9 d. She had neglected the salvation of her soul till she found she was nearing death's door, where she, her husband and son were received into the Mennonite Church by baptism. Funeral services were conducted at the Bank Church by Christian Good, assisted by Hiram Miller. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Buried in the cemetery nearby.

Ebersole. -- Elizabeth, beloved wife of Bro. Henry Ebersole, died near Scotland, Pa., Jan. 27, from cancer; aged 62 y. 4 m. 27 d. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since Dec. 30, when she, with her husband were received into the Church by water baptism. They also desired communion, which was given them at the same time. She leaves a loving husband and a dear son. Funeral Jan. 30, with services at the house by Daniel Kuhns, and the Chambersburg M. H. by John S. Burkholder from Rev. 2:10.

Blough. -- Catharine (Keim) Blough, widow of Pre. Henry Blough of Springs, Pa., died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Jacob W. Kaufman's near Davidsville, Pa., where she had her home since her husband's death. She died Feb. 2, 1910, of pneumonia; aged 83 y. 5 m. 25 d. Funeral services were held at the home on Feb. 3, by L. A. Blough and E. J. Blough after which she was taken to her former home at Springs to be buried beside her husband with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for many years. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church.

Shank. -- Mary Ann (Schrock) Shank was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 19, 1852; died in Howard Co., Ind., Feb. 1, 1910; aged 58 y. 12 d. She was united in marriage to Benj. F. Shank in Holmes Co., O., Oct. 16, 1870. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek, O., at the age of eighteen, and remained faithful till death. She leaves a husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 22 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Funeral was held Feb. 4. Services at the house by E. A. Mast from Rev. 7:9, and at the church by Amos Kendall from II Cor. 3:16,17. About 500 people had gathered to pay their last respect. Buried in the Mast Cemetery.

Martin. -- On Feb. 6, 1910, Margaret Catharine, little daughter of Bro. and Sister D. R. Martin, passed from earth to heaven; aged, 3 y. 2 m. 9 d. Little Margaret took sick Friday evening after supper and died Sunday about noon. How soon we can be cut off. Father, mother, 3 brothers and 4 sisters are left to mourn their loss. Four of the children were not able to attend the funeral which was held Feb. 8, at the Springdale Church. They are afflicted with that dreadful disease, diphtheria. It was at first thought to be tonsilitis, but has since been pronounced diphtheria. The little one will be missed in the home, as she was such a bright, affectionate child. But we can look forward and know there is one more in that home over there. Services were conducted by the brethren E. C. Shank, E. F. Heatwole and A. P. Heatwole. Text, "She is not dead, but sleepeth."

How we miss our darling,
That in Jesus fell asleep;
How it makes our sad hearts sting.
To think of her songs so sweet;
Now for Jesus she will sing,
Trust again we her shall meet
There upon the golden streets.


Vanpelt. -- Henry Vanpelt died of paralysis at his home near the Gospel Hill Church, Dale Enterprise, Va., Jan. 7, 1910; aged 76 y. 10 m. 23 d. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church for a good many years. Funeral services were conducted by Christian Good on Jan. 8, at the Mt. Clinton Church from II Kings 20:1. Interred in cemetery nearby.

Shenk. -- On Jan. 31, 1910, in Milton Grove, Pa., after a time of affliction from consumption, Lizzie R. Shenk died; aged 73 y. 10 m. 26 d. Funeral services were held on Feb. 3, 1910 at Risser's by Bish. John Ebersole and Pre. Samuel Oberholtzer. Text, I Thess. 4:13-18. Interment in the Shank burying ground in Rapho Twp. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. May we all follow her example and lead a plain and simple life.

Schumaker.--Jacob J. Schumaker was born in Stark Co. O., April 14, 1855; died Jan. 22, 1910; aged 54 y. 9 m. 8 d. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth and remained a faithful member to the end. He was united in marriage with Sister Catharine Schloneger in 1881. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 3 daughters. He leaves his deeply grieved companion, 2 children (all members of the same faith), 2 brothers and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Beach A. M. Church by John Sommer and Benj. Gerig in German from Isa. 38:1, and John 17:4, and in English by J. A. Leichty from Amos 6:1
John Sommer

Detweiler. -- Sister Magdalena Detweiler was born at New Briton Bucks Co., Pa., June 6, 1837; died Jan. 28, 1910; aged 72 y. 7 m. 22 d. On Dec. 21, 1861, she was united in marriage to Henry M. Detweiler at Philadelphia, Pa. In the spring of 1862 she with her husband moved to her late home in Whiteside Co., Ill., where they continued to reside until the time of her death. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since 1868, and remained faithful until the time of her death. She suffered a great deal the last few weeks of her life, and often wished to depart and be with Christ. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 1, near Sterling, Ill., by the brethren, A. C. Good, J. S. Shoemaker and E. S. Hallman, where a large concourse of people assembled to pay a last tribute of respect.

Moyer. -- Naomi, daughter of Samuel O. and Eliza B. Moyer, departed this life Feb. 6, 1910, at the home of her parents in Souderton, Pa., at the early age of 25 y. 10 m. 29 d. Death was caused by the dreaded disease, scarlet fever. She was sick a little over two weeks, and suffered intensely almost all that time. She is survived by the parents, one sister and two brothers. Five sisters and one brother preceded her to the spirit world. She united with the Mennonite Church at Souderton, Pa., Jan. 26, 1902, and remained faithful until death. Because of the nature of the disease, no funeral services could be held at present. The day after her death about noon her body was placed at the window where more than 300 neighbors and friends came to view the corpse from the outside. About 3:30 the family accompanied the body to the Mennonite burial grounds at Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa. Our hearts are filled with sorrow because of her absence in the family and in the community, yet when we look heavenward and think of her enjoying the joys of heaven, it after all fills our hearts with joy. May we put our trust in the Lord and live a consecrated life that when death comes to separate the body from the soul we may be ready to meet her, never to part again.

She has reached the end of her journey,
And laid life's burden down;
She has cast aside her heavy cross,
And taken up the crown.

Eicher. -- Barbara Eicher, nee Roth, was born in Wayne Co., O., Jan. 5, 1836; died at the home of her daughter near Noble, Iowa, Feb. 2, 1910; aged 74 y. 28 d. In 1846 she moved to Jefferson Co., Ia., with her parents. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the A. M. Church and continued faithful until death. In 1852 she was united in marriage with Martin Eicher. To this union were born 6 sons and 7 daughters. Her husband and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 6 sons, 6 daughters, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 53 grandchildren, and many friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services held at the Sugar Creek Church by the home ministers.

Horst. -- Elizabeth, widow of Bro. Peter Horst, died Jan. 17, 1910; aged 70 y. 13 d. She died of heart trouble at her home near Pinola, Pa. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years and a member of the Row congregation. She has been in failing health for several years and for the last fifteen weeks was confined to her bed, the greatest part of this time in a sitting position, not being able to lie down, yet she did not murmur nor complain, but manifested a true Christian faith and patience. She is survived by three sisters, one half-sister and two half-brothers. One sister, one brother and one half-brother preceded her to the spirit world. She was laid to rest Jan.19, with services in the Row M. H. by Bro. Jos. H. Martin from John 1:21 and John S. Burkholder from Rev. 14:13. Interment in cemetery nearby, known as the Horst grave-yard. She is resting from her labors and her works will follow her.

Kauffman. -- Mary, oldest daughter of Mrs. Jos. Z. Yoder of near Belleville, Pa., and wife of John G. Kauffman, was born near Vicksburg, Pa., Mar. 12, 1872; died at her home near Haven, Kans., Jan. 19, 1910; aged 28 y. 10 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage with John G. Kauffman of Belleville in 1901. They were residents of this place until 1907 when they moved to Kansas. Mary united with the A. M. Church in her early years, of which she was a faithful member until God called her to eternal rest. She is survived by her husband, 4 small children (Two of them being only infants) mother, 3 sisters, one brother and a host of friends. It is very sad to see the mother taken from the home where she was so greatly needed, but God's ways are not our ways, and we have the blessed assurance from the testimony of her own lips that she is at rest. The day previous to her death she expressed her desire to be taken home to the Father. Her remains were brought home for burial by her bereft husband and children. Funeral services were held at her sister's home, conducted by Christian and Samuel Peachy.
By a Sister.

Stauffer. -- On Jan. 23, 1910, near Lititz, Pa., Sister Anna H. Stauffer, (nee Brubaker), wife of Bro. Benj. Stauffer, passed away after an illness of three weeks of typhoid pneumonia in her forty-fifth year. She leaves a sorrowing husband and six children, also many friends who keenly feel their loss as a mother in the home, a faithful sister in the Church, and a bright example of piety and loving disposition. She manifested a willingness to do as the Lord willed, yet her family was dear to her, and she would have enjoyed staying here with them; but a loving Father saw best to remove another child of His, so when the Master called she responded gladly. As the beautiful rays of the morning sun wended their way across the snow-mantled earth, her spirit took its flight to the land of pure delight, where the Sun of righteousness and purity will ever shine. Funeral services were held Jan. 26, conducted by Bro. Noah Landis and Bro. Jonas Hess at Hammer Creek Church. Text, Heb. 13:14. May God comfort and bless those who mourn her departure, and may it be the means of drawing us nearer to Him.

Collins. -- George Collins was born in Georgetown, Ky., Sept. 15, 1833; died Feb. 4, 1910; aged 76 y. 4 m. 19 d. He moved to Galesburg, Ky., and in the fall of 1866 he moved to Livingstone Co., Ill., where he resided till death. He had two brothers and three sisters, all of whom, with his parents preceded him to the spirit world. He was married to Mary Rouse, May 19, 1888, at Pontiac, Ill. His years were crowned with exceptional good health until within the last three weeks of his life. During this sickness he realized the need of a Savior, and became willing to openly confess Him. He received water baptism, Feb. 1, and with his wife united with the Mennonite Church. Though only a few days of his life remained to experience the blessedness of a Christian life, he gave evidence of being ready to meet his God. He leaves wife, one daughter and two step-sons. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Cullom, Ill., Feb. 6, where a large concourse of friends met to express their sympathy and respect to the bereaved family. Services were conducted by Samuel Honderich from II Kings 20:1. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family

Moyer. -- Christian H. On Jan. 29, our esteemed brother was called suddenly from time to eternity. His age was 78 y. 1 m. 7 d. For many years he had resided on the old homestead, near Campden, Ont., but for the last seven years he had lived in his new home near Vineland. Two years ago his wife, Maria High, was laid to rest. Apr.15, 1909, he took upon himself his second companion, Sister Barbara Rittenhouse, of Campden. Only these few brief months of companionship was granted to them, and then came the sudden and sad bereavement. Bro. Moyer was always an active man and one of the most widely known of this community. Owing to his keen interest in the things of life he was well informed and conversant with its many phases. He had for many years made the wise choice, was faithful in his attendance upon divine services, and interested in the work of the Church. Three sons and one daughter are left of his family, whose hope is that they may meet their parents again by the faith of Christ in whom their parents trusted. The funeral services which were held at the Moyer Meeting House were largely attended. Interment in the burying ground near Campden. Services conducted by S. F. Coffman and Pre. Hehn. Text, Heb. 13:14.

Albrecht. -- Christian Albrecht was born Feb. 10, 1821, near Bamberg, Germany, and emigrated to America with his parents in 1837. They settled near Hennipin, Ill., but soon moved to Bureau Co., a few miles east of where Tiskilwa now is, Sept. 17, 1848, he was married to Catharine Roggy, who was also from Germany. To this union six children were born John Albrecht, Mrs. John Ringerberg, Mrs. Henry Popp, Mrs. Samuel Zimmerman, Mrs. Peter Rinkenberger and Miss Lizzie Albrecht, all of whom are still living.
In 1860 the family moved to Indiantown where they resided until 1902, and then moved to Tiskilwa, where both remained until their death. Mrs. Albrecht was called to "Great Beyond" less than a year ago. Her husband at the time said, "I will soon follow." This came true Jan. 10, 1910, making his age 88y. 11m. and 20d.
He was an honest, energetic and faithful Christian and respected by all who knew him. He never forgot the hospitable way of a pioneer. He passed through many hardships, but was contented. But now he is gone and a family of six children are to attest how sadly he will be missed. It must be so, these tender ties cannot be severed without a pang. Yet in such a death there is really no cause of grief. He has done his life's work, and did it well.
Besides the bereaved children he leaves to mourn 13 grand-children and 7 great grand-children.
The funeral services were held at the Willow Spring Mennonite church on Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. M. Troyer of Normal, Ill., and D. Orndorff of Flanagan, Ill., officiating.
Father and mother safe in the Vale,
Watch for the boat-man wait for the sail.
Bearing the loved ones over the tide,
Into the harbor near to their side.
Free from their sorrow, grief and dispair,
Waiting and watching, patiently there.


Lehman. -- William T., son of Bro. Joseph and Sister Susan Lehman was born Nov. 17, 1905; died Feb. 4, 1910; aged 4y. 2m. 17d. He leaves parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Burial at the Stahl Cemetery, near Johnstown, Pa. Funeral services, Feb. 5, conducted by Bro. James Saylor. "Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted."

A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled"

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. 2, No. 48 - February 24, 1910 - page 767, 768

Koch. -- Anna Matilda, daughter of Fred and Caroline Koch of Washington, Ill., was born Sept. 12, 1909; died Feb. 11, 1910; aged 4 m. 29 d. Funeral services at the home of the bereaved parents conducted by Peter Summer and A. L. Buzzard. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing family.

Krabill. -- Amos Herman Krabill was born July 18, 1893; died Feb. 8, 1910; aged 16 y. 6 m. 20 d. He became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, Stark Co., O., May 12, 1907, and remained a faithful member till his death. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a large circle of friends.

Moyer. -- Bro. Menno D. Moyer, died Jan. 24, 1910, at his home in Hatfield, Pa., after a few weeks, illness of inflammatory rheumatism. Aged 37 years. Deceased is survived by a sorrowing widow and an only daughter, Bertha. The funeral was held Jan. 31. Interment took place at the Towamencin Mennonite burial grounds, near Kulpsville, Pa. Jonas Mininger, Jacob Clemens and Christian Allebach officiated.

Stolzfus. -- John K., son of Amos W. and Emma Stolzfus, was born April 24, 1895; died Feb. 8, 1910; aged 14 y. 9 m. 14 d. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Stolzfus and Jacob Lapp. The remains were laid to rest in Myers Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa. He was sick nine days with pneumonia, during which time he suffered greatly. He is one that is gone but not forgotten. He leaves father, mother, four sisters, one brother and many friends to mourn his early departure.

Delp. -- Bro. Henry C. Delp, died Feb. 5, 1910, at his home in Harleysville, Pa., after a five weeks, illness of pleuro-pneumonia; aged 64 y. 5 d. He is survived by a sorrowing widow and 3 daughters. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 12, 1910. Interment took place at the Salford Mennonite burial grounds near Harleysville, Pa. Jacob Moyer and C. B. Allebach officiated at the house and Henry and Abram Clemmer at the M. H. He will be greatly missed in the community and in the Church, as he was always a cheerful giver to home and foreign mission.

Wenger. -- Sister David M. Wenger of New Holland, Pa., died on Tuesday, Feb. 15; aged 28 y. 11 m. 14 d. Her funeral will take place on Feb. 18. The main services will be held at the Groffdale M. H. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. The departed sister was a faithful and loving wife and mother and was loved by every one who knew her. The bereaved brother with his little flock of three children have the sympathy of the whole Church. Her sickness was consumption. She was prepared for the end, and most calmly approached her departure. Her peace and fortitude were certainly marked evidence of deepest faith and trust in her Savior and Redeemer.

Transcriber's note: Typed as written. The obituary said Sister David M. Wenger, probably should read, wife of David M. Wenger.

Fretz. -- Elizabeth Hoover, widow of the late Bro. Joseph Fretz of Louth Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., passed way at her late home, Feb. 13. Sister Fretz had been a sufferer for many years, having been confined to her home on account of her physical infirmities. Being deprived of the privileges of public worship, she was always glad for visits from her friends and enjoyed seasons of worship. Her desire was to live faithful to the will of the Lord and to go to the home prepared for His people. Her age was 77 y. 3 m. 21 d. To her family and friends she leaves the assurance that she rests in peace with the Lord, and that by the same faith they also may meet her again. Funeral services were held at the home Feb. 15, and the remains were laid to rest in the Campden burying ground. Services conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, Rev. 21:4 -- "There shall be no more pain."

Karr. -- Marie, daughter of Enos and Bessie Karr, died Jan. 22, 1910; aged 2m. 16d.

Sommers. -- Lester, son of Christian and Katie Sommers, was born Feb. 25, 1899; died Feb. 10, 1910; aged 10 y. 11 m. 15 d. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers and 5 sisters to mourn his early departure. Lester was a patient son in sickness until the end. He was laid to rest in the Walnut Creek Cemetery, Holmes Co., O. Funeral services were conducted by the home ministers. Text, I Chron. 29:15.

Miller. -- Anna (Troyer) Miller, wife of Manasses Miller, died at her home near Fairview, Mich., Feb. 11, 1910; aged 30 y. 6 m. 5 d. An infant daughter preceded her to the spirit world five days. She leaves a sorrowing husband. 1 son, father, 4 brothers and 5 sisters to mourn her departure. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted, Feb. 14, at the home of her father by Pre. Yost Yoder.

Kreider. -- Susanna (Lefever) Kreider was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 11, 1819; died Feb. 12, 1910; aged 91y. 1m. 1d. On August 25, 1842, she was married to Henry Kreider, who preceded her to the great beyond fifty-four years. To the union were born nine children, of which three survive. She is also survived by one brother and one sister. Sister Kreider was a member of the Mennonite Church for fifty years. Funeral services were conducted by A. C. Good on Feb. 15, at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church near Sterling, Ill., where a large concourse of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one they knew for so many years.

Miller. -- Magdalena Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 8, 1837; died in Washington Co., Ia., Feb 5, 1910; aged 72 y. 6 m. 27 d. She was married to John Miller, Nov. 11, 1855, who died in 1890. This union was blessed with 19 children, 12 grew to manhood and womanhood. Nine of her children are still living, all in Johnson and Washington counties, except Lizzie, who is in Missouri. All were present at the funeral. Besides her children there are 76 grandchildren, 63 of whom are living, also 2 great-grandchildren. The deceased moved with her husband in 1864 to Iowa, where she has ever since made her home. Funeral was held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. D. Hershberger on Monday, Feb. 7, and she was laid to rest in the Shetler Cemetery.

"The little house, how lone it stands.
Where mother used so oft to sing,
She's gone to clasp with loved ones, hands,
There to sing the praises of her King."

Hartman. -- Elizabeth, wife of Tobias Hartman, died in Nappanee, Ind., Feb. 9, 1910; aged 67 y. 9 m. 29 d. She was born in Vaughn township, Ont., April 10, 1842. Her parents, Bish. Daniel and Mary Brundage, moved to this vicinity in 1858, Sister Hartman coming three years later. In 1864 she was married to Tobias Hartman. To them were born 4 children. Of her 7 brothers and 1 sister, only 2 brothers survive her; Joseph Brundage of Nappanee, and Christ Brundage of Manitoba, Canada. Seventeen grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren are also left to mourn her departure.
She had been suffering with diabetes for nearly six years, but her illness did not become serious until she was taken down with the grippe four weeks ago. On the morning previous to her death she was stricken in the left side with paralysis and her life was despaired of from that time. At about midnight of the same day she lapsed into unconsciousness and remained so until her death.
She was a member of the Mennonite Church for forty-five years, in which faith she lived a consistent member. Her evidence was that Jesus had washed all her sins away. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Mennonite church, on north Main Street. In charge of J. H. McGowan. I Pet. 5:4. Burial was at the Union Center Cemetery in charge of N. A. Lehman.
"Dear mother, thou art gone to rest;
Thy toils and sorrows now are o,er;
Afflictions, trials, pain and care
Can now distress the nevermore".

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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