Gospel Herald Obituaries - March, 1910

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Gospel Herald - Vol. II, No. 49 - March 3, 1910 - page 783, 784

Geil.--Elizabeth Geil was born Feb. 3, 1828; died Feb. 14, 1910; aged 82 y. 11 d. Her husband preceded her nearly one year. She leaves 5 children and quite a number of grandchildren. She was laid to rest in the Lindale (Va.) Cemetery.

Reed.--Lurinda A. Reed was born Jan. 13, 1877; died of consumption Feb. 5, 1910; aged 33 y. 22 d. Some years ago she united with the Methodist Church, yet was never fully satisfied and a short time before her death expressed her desire to unite with the Mennonite Church, but was taken away before her intentions were carried out. She was buried at La Junta, Colo. Funeral services were held at her parents' home, conducted by J. A. Heatwole. Text, II Cor. 5:10.

Donmeyer.--Molton, son of Francis and Sarah Donmeyer was born in New Cambria, Kans., Sept. 4, 1901; died in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 1, 1910; aged 8 y. 4 m. 38 d. He died of cerebral meningitis. He had the best of care, but to no avail. He realized he was going to die and said he was going home to a better world. He leaves to mourn his departure a father, mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers, and grandparents. He was laid to rest in the A. M. Cemetery, Feb. 4. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Bowman and Elder Brackbill.

Cline.--Jos. S. Cline was born Sept. 29, 1866; died Feb. 18, 1910; aged 43 y. 4 m. 19 d. He suffered intensely with the dread disease of cancer, but bore it all patiently, looking to Jesus for help. He leaves a sorrowing companion, one daughter and one son to mourn the loss of a loving companion and father. He was laid to rest in the Zion Cemetery, Rockingham Co., Va.
Weep not, dear ones, though I leave you,
It is but a few days more,
Till with Jesus I will meet you,
One by one on that bright shore.

Schrock.--Michael Schrock was born Dec. 9, 1832, near Smithville, Ohio; died Feb. 20; 1910, at Lemon City, Fla.; aged 77 y. 2 m. 11 d. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth and was a faithful member of the same. He was the youngest of a family of 6 boys and 3 girls. He made his home mostly with his brothers Moses and Stephen. He lived for several years near Sterling, O., then moved to Missouri, thence to Lemon City, Fla., where he has been the last fifteen years where he died. He was brought back to Orrville, O., and was buried in the Oak Grove Church, Feb. 23, 1910.

Myers.--Nina May, daughter of Bro. and Sister William Myers, was born 1897; died Dec. 25, 1909 of scarlet fever; aged 12 y. 9 m. 6 d. Because of the nature of the disease the body was buried without a public funeral. She was sick only two days and though everything that human power could do was done to save her, death claimed her and the spirit took its flight. She leaves a grief-stricken father, mother, 4 sisters, 2 brothers and a large number of friends and relatives to mourn her departure, but we trust their loss is her eternal gain. Her remains were laid to rest in the South Union Cemetery west of Locke, Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 26, 1909. Funeral services were conducted by John Miller and David Burkholder. Text, John 11:28. That Bro. and Sister Myers have the sympathy of neighbors and friends was evident from the large number who attended the funeral. Nina was obedient and kind to her parents and loved by all who learned to know her. We trust the Lord has blessed the solemn occasion to our every good.

Graybill.--James Russel, infant son of S. E. and Anna Graybill of Ridott, Ill., died Feb. 18; aged 5 d. Funeral services at the home, conducted by Bro. E. M. Shellenberger. Text, Matt. 18:3.

Kurtz.--Martha Kurtz (nee Zook) was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 10, 1843; died in Lawrence Co., Pa., Feb. 13, 1910; aged 66 y. 3 m. 3 d. She united in matrimony with Abram Kurtz in 1865. This union was blessed with 6 children, one of whom preceded her to the spirit world. Father and five children are left to mourn the departure of a kind and loving mother. She accepted Christ as her Savior in youth and was a faithful member of the A. M. Church. Mother and grandmother lived together in the same home for many wears, and both passed into the great beyond within a few minutes of the same time. Funeral services were conducted by Jonathan Lantz in German and J. S. Gerig in English. Burial in the Wilmington Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: -- for many wears, -- (years)

Zuercher.--Fanny Zuercher, nee Hostetter, wife of Benj. Zuercher of near Apple Creek, Ohio, died Feb. 17, 1910; aged 46 y. 1 m. 12 d. She died very suddenly of exophthalmic goiter. She retired in the evening in her usual good health and the next morning at 3 o'clock her 10 year old daughter heard her breathing heavy and wakened her father, telling him that mother was dying, and before he reached her bed her soul had taken its flight to the great beyond. She leaves her sorrowing husband, seven children, four brothers, and four sisters to mourn her early death. She was a faithful member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, at which place her remains were laid to rest Feb. 20, where the largest crowd of people had gathered since the dedication of the new church. Funeral services were conducted at the house by C. N. Amstutz and at the church by J. S. Moser, J. Nussbaum and Henry Ummel of Switzerland.

Weaver.--Susanna Shank was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Sept. 26, 1837, and married Joseph Weaver in the same county, Oct. 4, 1857. To this union were born 9 sons and 3 daughters, one son and one daughter having preceded her in death. She was also a loving mother to two stepchildren. She was converted at the age of 20 years and led a noble Christian life. Departed this life February 7, 1910, aged 72 y. 4 m. 12 d. Except one son who is in Idaho, and one daughter unable to attend, all the family were present at the funeral at the family residence, conducted by C. F. Barnes, assisted by -----. Sapp, of Oronogo. Text, Mark 14:8. She found joy in the Master's service and was ever sincere and devout in all she did. In her weary affliction she was patient and resigned. Her last conscious words were: "I shall soon be singing hallelujahs with the angels." A beautiful tribute to the power of the Christian religion in the final test of life. During the evening shades of Feb. 7 she passed to the home prepared for those who love God. A large concourse of people slowly and sadly followed her body to the Weaver cemetery, where we laid her to rest, there to await the dawn of the resurrection morn, when they that are in their graves shall hear His voice and come forth. Thus is another pioneer gone. Brother and Sister Weaver came to Jasper county in 1869 and bought the farm upon which they have lived for forty years. For twenty-five years this famity have been our personal friends and it is with much sadness I announce this death. Those who survive her have the profound respect and deepest sympathy of a host of friends.
"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."
C. F. Barnes.
Transcriber's note: -- famity have -- (family has)

Zook.--Mary Zook (nee King) was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., May 1, 1822; died in Lawrence Co., Pa., Feb. 13, 1910; aged 87 y. 9 m. 12 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in youth and was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for many years.

Weaver.--Annie (Sauder) Weaver, wife of Jonas A. Weaver, died at her home near Terre Hill, Pa., Feb. 4, 1910; aged 52 y. 4 m. 23 d. Her sickness was dropsy. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church at Weaverland, and was a kind and loving wife and friend to everybody. She left a sorrowing husband, 1 brother and 4 sisters to mourn her departure. The funeral was held at Weaverland Feb. 8. Service were conducted by Bro. John Sauder and Bro I. B. Good.

Inks.--Elizabeth (Townsend) Inks was born near Woodside, Pa., March 23, 1883; died at Uniontown, Pa., Feb. 7, 1910; aged 26 y. 10 m. 15 d. She leaves a husband and 5 small children to mourn their loss. She united with the Mennonite Church about thirteen years ago. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church near Masontown, Pa., Feb. 9, conducted by the brethren, J. A. Brilhart, N. H. Mack and Aaron Loucks. The Lord comfort the bereaved family, and may the early departure of the wife and mother be the means of drawing those who remain closer to their God.

Rhodes.--Ann Eliza, widow of John Rhodes, died at her home near Dale Enterprise, Va., Feb. 20; aged nearly 71 years. She was ill only three days. She had a severe hemorrhage of the lungs on Friday morning, which left her in a weakened condition. Another on Sunday afternoon terminated fatally at 7 p. m. She had been a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church for about 55 years. She leaves three daughters and one son. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 22, at the New Erection Church by L. J. Heatwole and H. A. Young from Eccl. 12:6,7. Interred in the cemetery near by.

Ebersole.--Bro. Jacob Ebersole, of Henrietta, Pa., was born Nov. 13, 1830; died Feb. 12, 1910; aged 79 y. 2 m. 29 d. He was married to Elizabeth Byers April 17, 1859, and lived together in this relation over fifty years. To this union were born twelve children, seven of which preceded their father to the eternal world. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 5 children and one brother. Bro. Ebersole united with the Mennonite Church Nov., 1861, and was a faithful member until death. He was afflicted for nearly twelve years, being deprived of the privileges of public service. He enjoyed visits from his friends and seasons of worship, and especially at communion seasons he manifested his love and obedience by partaking of the sacred emblems in his home. He was prepared for the end, and with a smiling countenance peacefully fell asleep.
Funeral Feb. 15, 1910, in the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church; services conducted by Bros. J. N. Durr and Jacob Snyder. Interment in the Nicodemus burying ground.

Hartman.--Samuel Hartman was born in Rockingham Co., Va., July 4, 1826; died at the home of his son, John, Feb. 9, 1910; aged 83 y. 7 m. 5 d. He spent his entire life in Rockingham Co., with the exception of a brief period when he lived in Augusta Co. He was the seventh child in a family of eleven children, all but one of whom lived to an advanced age. He was married three times. His first wife was Elizabeth Ruebush, of which union there were three children, Mrs. Mary Thompson being the only one now living. His second wife was Fannie Burkholder. This union was blessed with two children, John H. and Perry D. who survive him. His third wife was Magdalena Good. One brother, one sister, 26 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren survive him. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until death. He was always plain, firm, unassuming and honest. In his death his community lost a useful citizen. The funeral was held Feb. 11 at the Weaver Church, services being conducted by the brethren S. H. Rhodes and J. S. Martin. Text, Psa. 37:7. His body was laid to rest in the graveyard near by.
His Granddaughter.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. II, No. 50 - March 10, 1910 - page 799, 800

Horsch.--Oscar, infant son of Henry and Katie Horsch of near Garden City, Mo, was born March 16, 1909; died Feb. 25, 1910; aged 11 m. 9 d. Funeral services at the Sycamore Church by B. F. and J. J. Hartzler. Text, Job 1:21.

Lesher.--Susan (Reiff) Lesher, wife of Abram Lesher of Chambersburg, Pa., was born Feb. 17, 1833; died Feb. 23, 1910; aged 77 y. 6 d. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church of Marion. Services by Will Hege and Abram Metzler of Blair Co., Pa. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13.
Dear sister, thou art gone to rest,
Thy toils and sorrows now are o'er;
Afflictions, trials, pain and care,
Can not distress thee evermore.
By her sister.

Graybill.--Annie (Seiber) Graybill, born April 17, 1878, in Juniata Co., Pa.; died near Freeport, Ill., Feb. 26, 1910; aged 31 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was married to Simon E. Graybill Jan. 4, 1900, and moved to Freeport, Ill., where her husband was ordained to the ministry. She leaves a husband and three children, father, 4 brothers and 2 sisters, but thanks be to God we need not mourn as those who have no hope, as she yielded to the call of the Spirit when young in years and lived a consistent Christian life, bringing her children with her into the sanctuary and teaching them the simple truths of the Bible. Her husband said to me that she has always stood by him in his ministerial work and was a great help in giving him the needed encouragement. We shall miss Sister Annie in the home, Church and community. May the dear Father in heaven comfort the dear brother and his children in their bereavement, and may we all look forward to the happy reunion in those mansions above where there will be no parting. Funeral services were held at the Freeport Church (where interment was made) by Bro. John Nice, assisted by Ephraim Shellenberger and Aaron Good. Text, I Thess. 4:13, 14.

Gnagey.--Jacob Gnagey departed this life at his late home near Grantsville, Md., Feb. 22, 1910; aged 85 y. 2 d.
Gnagey.--Sarah (Beachey), wife of Jacob Gnagey, departed from time to eternity Feb. 24, 1910; aged 76 y. 8 m. 15 d.
Bro. Gnagey was a man who enjoyed exceptionally good health, generally. In former years he had an attack of typhoid fever, and in recent years he had a serious attack of lagrippe. With these few exceptions he was uniformly healthy until about five or six days previous to his death when he contracted a severe cold, which was not considered serious until four days before he died, when pneumonia set in. The following day a trained nurse was placed in charge, but like the sturdy oak which withstands the elements for many a year and then falls, so he, after living beyond the maximum number of years spoken of as the allotted age of man, "went the way of all the earth."
Sister Gnagey's health had been failing for some years--she having been a sufferer from dropsy, complicated with heart trouble. She was unfortunate in having fallen and breaking a limb about five years ago, which for several years caused her much suffering. The day after Bro. Gnagey developed pneumonia, Sister Gnagey developed an alarming cold, and the physician told her to remain in bed. Bronchial trouble developed and death resulted, probably due to the causes named, combined with the shock of her husband's death.
Two sons and three daughters survive; one son and one daughter preceded them to the land beyond. They lived in wedlock over 57 years. Both united with the A. M. Church many years ago, and there is good ground for trust that our loss is their gain. In the community they were highly esteemed, and while they were not perfect, they possessed many good qualities to merit our love and respect. Funeral was held Feb. 26, at the A. M. M. H. near Grantsville, Md. Interment was made in one grave in adjacent cemetery. Services were conducted by Joel J. Miller in German and Jonas E. Miller in English. Attendance was probably never exceeded in numbers on any previous occasion at this place of worship.

Sensenich.--John R. Sensenich of Lititz, Pa., was called away very suddenly on Tuesday morning, Feb. 22, at the home of his daughter, where he had been staying for nearly three weeks. His death was a great shock, as on Monday evening he retired in his usual health. He was born Dec. 10, 1834; died Feb. 22, 1910; aged 75 y. 2 m. 12 d. Two children and one sister survive him. His wife died 18 years ago, since which time he made his home with his son, Amos. Funeral services were held at the Lititz Mennonite Church, of which he was a member for a number of years. Services were conducted by the brethren, John Lefevre and Noah Landis. Text, "There is but one step between me and death."
Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whispered,
"Come and live with us at home."
A Granddaughter.

Transcriber's notes: HORSCH--no period after Mo--only a comma -- and evidently B.F. and J. J. are both Hartzlers cause B.F. has no other specified last name. LESHER--last line of poem--Can not is two words GRAYBILL--home, Church and community.--Church is capped GNAGEY--"lagrippe"--fifth line down in third paragraph of original copy -- couldn't find it in my dictionary -- may be good to check the original -- thanx!!

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume II, Number 51 - March 17, 1910- page 815, 816

Burkholder.--Martin Burkholder was born June 9, 1862; died March 2, 1910; aged 47 y. 9 m. 23 d. He was married to Barbara Ellen Brenneman, daughter of Pre. Adam Brenneman, Feb. 11, 1897. To this union were born three children, who, with a kind and loving mother, also 4 brothers and 3 sisters, are left to mourn the loss. He was buried March 5, at the Paradise Cemetery. Services by David Hostetler and A. I. Heistand.

Zimmerman.--Sister Anna Zimmerman, wife of Bro. Jonas B. Zimmerman, died Feb. 26, 1910, at her home at Mechanicsburg, Pa., of neuralgia of the heart; aged 67 y. 9 m. 1 d. The deceased was a daughter of Jacob Hege, deceased, of near Scotland, Pa., and was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for more than forty years. She was patient in her affliction and resigned to the will of the Lord. Her husband, 4 sons and 4 daughters survive. Text, John 14.

Croyle.--Moses Croyle of near Johnstown, Pa., was born May 17, 1823; died Jan. 7, 1910; aged 86 y. 7 m. 21 d. He was married to Elizabeth Speigle, May 8, 1856, who died Nov. 11, 1888. One son preceded them to the spirit world. Twenty-three grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters also survive. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. May God comfort the sorrowing friends. Funeral was held Jan 9, at the Thomas Church. Services were conducted by S. D. Yoder and L. A. Blough. Text, Acts 2:27.

Cullen.--Christena (Harshbarger) Cullen was born near Harrisonburg, Va., and died near Holmesville, Nebr., Feb. 6, 1910. She was the daughter of Joseph and Annie Harshbarger of Mt. Sidney, Va., and was married to James Cullen in 1859. He preceded her to the spirit world nearly three years ago. To this union were born 11 children. She, with her husband, united with the Church of the Brethren about 45 years ago, and both remained faithful until called home. She is survived by 6 sons, 4 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 1 brother. Funeral sermon was preached by A. D. Sollenberger from Heb. 9:27. Interment in the South Beatrice Cemetery.

Hartman.--Peter Elias Hartman was born in Livingston Co., Ill., Oct. 27, 1875; died March 7, 1910; aged 34 y. 4 m. 10 d. He had lived at the same place all his life. At about the age of 15, he gave his life to God, was received into the Mennonite Church and lived a faithful Christian life until death. He bore his afflictions with patience for four years. He leaves father, mother, 7 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn his early departure. One brother and one sister preceded him to the spirit world.
Funeral services were conducted at the Cullom Church by A. H. Leaman and S. Honderich from II Cor. 3:18 in the presence of a large concourse of neighbors and friends.

Fuss.--Emerson K., son of John and Anna Fuss of Norristown, Pa., was born May 3, 1908; departed this life Feb. 24, 1910; aged 1 y. 9 m. 21 d. He leaves sorrowing parents. May God comfort and bless those who mourn his departure, and may it be the means of drawing us nearer to Him. Interment took place at the Plain Mennonite burial grounds, near Lansdale, Pa., by Jacob Clemens, Jonas Mininger and Aaron Freed.
Our darling baby boy has left us here,
Oh, how we miss his tender care,
We loved him, oh, perhaps too well,
For soon he slept and died.
But in heaven we hope to meet him,
Beyond Jordan's rolling tide.

Lehman.--Jacob B. Lehman was born in Washington Co., Md. Died March 3, 1910, at his late residence near Hagerstown, Md.; aged 72 y. 7 m. 14 d. He was a sufferer from rheumatism for years, but was not bedfast until a few days before his death. He leaves to mourn his death a most devoted wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, all married. Nine grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister and many friends and acquaintances also remain. The family has lost a kind father and the community a good citizen, the writer having lived neighbor to him for eleven years and never knew him to be otherwise. Funeral on Sunday, March 6, 1910. Services at the house by Isaiah Sprankle. Text, John 5:24,25. Interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Md.
One year ago Feb. 15, death entered this same home and claimed a young girl as its victim, Nellie Trovinger, 19 years old. This time he claimed the aged grandfather. God only knows who will be called next, but this should be a warning to us all to be sheltered in the blood of Jesus, then the death angel will be no terror to us.

Grove.--On Feb. 25, 1910, Sister Mary Grove was summoned to pass to the beyond. Being desirous of the change, she was anxiously waiting and praying for the last minute to come. She passed peacefully away without a struggle. The deceased united with the Mennonite Church about the year 1868 and was faithful to her vow till the end.
Mary Snyder was born in Manheim, Pa., April 8, 1833. At the age of 35 she moved to Woodford Co., Ill., where she was united in marriage to Samuel Grove, July 8, 1868. To this union were born three children; one son, J. M. Grove of Newton, Kans., and two daughters, Addie S. and Cora C. Garber of Alpha, Minn. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world twenty-three years. She leaves 1 son, 2 daughters, 1 step-son, 1 step-daughter and 17 grandchildren. She was a sufferer from rheumatism for a number of years. In the fall of 1909 she was taken with a complication of diseases from which she suffered severely, but was patient through all her pain. Funeral services were held at the Alpha Mennonite Church, Colyn of the Presbyterian Church conducting the services, Bro. A. H. Leaman being delayed on the way here by a wreck on the railroad. Interment at the Riverside Cemetery in Jackson. We hope to meet again in a fair clime. Text, Rev. 14:13 and Hosea 14:5-8.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume II, Number 52 - March 24, 1910- page 831, 832

Kauffman.--Beulah Lewcal, daughter of Bro. Elmer and Sister Barbara Kauffman, was born June 24, 1909; died March 10, 1910; aged 8 m. 16 d. Funeral on the twelfth, at the A. M. Church. Services conducted by N. W. King and E. A. Mast from II Kings 4:26. Buried in the Mast Cemetery.
A precious one from us is taken,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

Ebersole.--Nancy (Rhodes), wife of Henry H. Ebersole, died Feb. 27, 1910, after an illness of four months. She was born at Clarence Centre, N. Y., Aug. 6, 1840, and spent her girlhood days near the place of her birth. On Feb. 14, 1865, she was united in marriage to Henry Ebersole of Chambersburg, Pa. To this union were born eight children, six of whom are living: John R., of Clarence; Mrs. Orlando Martin of Clarence Centre; Amanda E., at home; Aaron of Clarence Centre; Lyman of Dayton, Ohio; Reuben of Clarence. Three sisters and eight grandchildren also survive her. A devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, her death is mourned by the family circle. Sister Ebersole was a member of the Brethren in Christ Church. D. V. Heise, assisted by Alvin Berry, officiated.

Yoder.--Sarah Yoder was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 28, 1839; died March 6, 1910; aged 70 y. 9 m. 8 d. She came to Indiana in 1861 and was married to Herman Yoder of Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1863. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of seventeen and remained faithful until death. She suffered much from a complication of diseases for several weeks, but bore it all with patience, and had a desire to leave this world for a better one. Her husband died ten years ago. They had no children. She leaves two brothers and five sisters to mourn her departure. Funeral services held March 9, at the Clinton Church, conducted by J. S. Hartzler and Silas Yoder. Text, Mark 14:8.

Howitt.--Sarah (Stutzman) Howitt was born in Holmes Co., O., Dec. 9, 1851; died at Chappell, Nebr., March 8, 1910. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abe Stutzman who were among the early settlers in this country. On Jan. 25, 1874, she was married to John Howitt at Milford, Nebr. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom survive except one daughter who died when she was a child. Besides this she leaves 5 sisters and 3 brothers to mourn her departure.
She united with the Amish Mennonite Church early in life and remained a faithful member to the end.
Funeral services were held at the Amish Mennonite Church, conducted by Joe Zimmerman of Wood River, assisted by John Loeton of the Chappell M. E. church.
S. C. Yoder.

Hartzler.--Sadie Pearl, daughter of D. D. and Faimie Hartzler of Smithville, O., was born May 18, 1894, and died March 6, 1910; aged 15 y. 9 m. 18 d. Sister Sadie was stricken down by the terrible disease, sarcoma, located on her right cheek bone, its first appearance being noticed last September. She bore up with Christian fortitude and courage, enduring the awful suffering and awaiting the end. While yet able to do so, she arranged the various details of her funeral, selecting her coffin, the funeral scripture and text, the hymns and pallbearers. She entered into a covenant with her Lord and Master when but 12 years old and always lived a devoted Christian life in the Amish Mennonite Church. She had three brothers who preceded her to the spirit world while yet in infancy. One brother and her parents, with a large number of friends and associates remain to mourn her early departure from this life.

Jordan.--Noah Leonard, son of Charles and Lizzie Jordan, was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Nov. 6, 1885; died of consumption March 11, 1910; aged 24 y. 4 m. 5 d. He leaves a bereaved father and mother and 2 sisters, one sister having preceded him to the spirit world. He also leaves many other relatives and friends whose hearts are made sad by the death of one just in the prime of life. While on his deathbed he realized that he was a sinner and saw the necessity of seeking salvation, and four days before he passed away, at his request and on confession of his faith in his Redeemer he sealed his covenant by water baptism and was received into church fellowship in the Mennonite Church. We have good evidence that he obtained peace with God and that he calmly fell asleep in Jesus. After his conversion he was deeply concerned about his parents and sisters and others, and said he wanted them all to meet him in heaven. Just a few minutes before he passed away he requested the reading of God's Word and prayer. May the example and admonition of our young brother make lasting impressions on the minds of his many friends, and may all prepare to meet him in that beautiful land on high. His body was laid to rest, March 13, in the Salem Cemetery near Elida, O. Funeral services conducted by Moses Brenneman and J. M. Brunk from Num. 23:10, in the presence of a large assembly.

Hartzler.--Seth Hartzler was born near Smithville, O., Feb. 17, 1833; died near Garden City, Mo., March 13, 1910; aged 77 y. 24 d. He suffered over two years of dropsy, and was a very patient sufferer. He was married to Mary Rutt, Oct. 3, 1860, and moved from Wayne Co., O., to Missouri in Dec., 1880. He leaves a widow, 4 sons, 2 daughters and one brother. Funeral services at the Sycamore Church (of which he was a member) conducted by the home ministers.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana


Gospel Herald - March 31, 1910 - page 844

Eash.--Sister Susannah Eash of near Holsopple, Pa., died March 17, 1910; aged 44 y. 1 d. She had been ailing of consumption for quite awhile, but bore her sickness with Christian patience, calmly waiting for the Lord. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. She was survived by one son, her father, one sister and five brothers. Her husband and one son preceded her to the glory world. Funeral services at the Blough Church by S. D. Yoder, Jas. Sayler, L. A. Blough and Simon Layman.

Brenneman.--Ethel E., daughter of Abram and Elizabeth Brenneman, of Landisville, Pa., was born Sept. 1, 1909; died March 14, 1910; aged 1 y. 6 m. 12 d. She was a sufferer for about two weeks of catarrhal pneumonia. She was the only child, and was not only highly esteemed by her fond parents, but a great favorite among all who knew her. Funeral took place March 17, 1910. Services conducted at the home by Henry Longenecker of Salunga and by Hiram Kauffman and Jacob N. Brubacher at the Landisville Mennonite Church. Text, Isa. 11:6, "And a little child shall lead them." Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
We loved this tender little one,
We wished to have her stay;
Our heavenly Father's will be done,
She shines in endless day.

Schultz.--Henry, youngest child of Bro. and Sister Schultz was born at Langham, Sask., Can.; died in Chicago March 13, 1910; aged 2 y. 1 m. Little Henry was sick but two days when he was called to leave this world for his eternal home. The hearts of Bro. and Sister Schultz have been saddened by the departure of their little one, but they are comforted in the thought that he shall be forever with the Lord. Funeral services were conducted at their home on 35th Place, on Monday afternoon by J. K. Gerig and A. H. Leaman. Father, mother and three little brothers accompanied the remains to Mountain Lake, Minn., where services were held on Wednesday and where burial took place. Thus death for the first time claimed one from the circle of mission workers in Chicago, Bro. Schultz being superintendent of the Happy Hour Mission in this city.

Mast.--Floyd, son of Adam and Ella Mast of Shipshewana, Ind., was born Oct. 30, 1909; died March 18, 1910; aged 4 m. 18 d. He leaves sorrowing parents. May God comfort and bless those who mourn his departure, and may it be the means of drawing us closer to Him. Services at the Shore Church by A. S. Cripe from Matt. 18:3 and Y. C. Miller from John 4:50.
Lord, give us strength our loss to bear,
And lead us on our heavenly way;
Oh, may we meet our darling there,
In realms of everlasting day.

Hochstetler.--Moses I. Hochstetler was born in Sugar Creek Twp., Tuscarawas Co., O., Oct, 5, 1834; died March 17, 1910; aged 75 y. 5 m. 12 d. He united with the Old Amish Church in his youth and remained a consistent member to the end of his life. He was married to Susanna Miller May 28, 1854. She died 20 years ago on March 15. To them were born 5 sons and 6 daughters. One daughter, Sarah Ann, died one year after her mother. All the children who are living but one (Wm. H., who is in Mio, Mich.) followed him to his last resting-place at Union Hill Church. The house was filled and some remained outside. Funeral was preached by M. A. Coblentz of Sugar Creek, O., and S. H. Miller of Walnut Creek, O. A friend visiting the departed in his last days, as he was about to leave bade him farewell. He answered, "As the Lord will, it is well." May we all be able to say, "Thy will be done," when the test comes to us.

Transcribed by Martha E. Heath, Indiana

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Copyright 1999 - All rights reserved - Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, PA
Used with permission by the Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, INDIANA
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