Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1910

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Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 27 - October 6, 1910, page 431

Hetrick.--Lawrence Forest, infant son of Wm. and Nora Hetrick of East Lewistown, O., died Sept. 20, 1910; aged 9 m. 16 d. Funeral services were conducted at the North Lime Mount Olivet Reformed Church by Bro. E. M. Detwiler. Text, Gen. 42:13.

Transcriber's note: probably North Lima Mount Olivet Reformed Church

Hershey.--Lusetta A., daughter of Ephraim L. and Cattie S. Hershey of Gordonville, Pa., died Sept. 20, 1910; aged 4 m. 25 d. Services at the house by Pre. Franklin M. Horst, text, Luke 2:52. She leaves five brothers and four sisters to mourn the loss of a loved baby sister. She is not dead, but sleepeth.
This lovely bud so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom;
Just came to show how fair a flower
In paradise could bloom.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath , Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 28 - October 13, 1910, pages 447, 448

Beugly.--Henry Abner Beugly, oldest son of Jacob and Mary Beugly, was born July 29, 1894; died Sept. 21, 1910; aged 16 y. 1 m. 22 d. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior about one year ago, who was his comfort and helper, and did not forsake him when he was stricken down with eight weeks of suffering, which he bore patiently until death relieved him. He united with the A. M. Church and was faithful and obedient. Father, mother, 1 brother and 2 sisters survive to mourn his early departure; but they mourn not without hope.

Swartz.--At his home near Dalton, O., on Sept. 25, 1910, Bro. Christian Swartz, aged 65 y. 2 m. 9 d. Sister Swartz and family have the sympathy of all in the loss they have sustained. Funeral services on Sept. 27, at the Martin Church by I. J. Buckwalter, Jacob Nussbaum and C. Amstutz.

Boss.--Jacob Boss was born in Switzerland, March 14, 1840; came to America in 1868, and was married to Magdalena Haberly in 1877, living near Applecreek, Ohio, until June 29, 1910. At that date they came to the Old People's Home where he died Sept. 26, aged 70 y. 6 m. 12 d. He leaves his aged companion, 2 sisters in Switzerland, and 1 sister in Stark Co., O., with her family and many friends which he gained by his kind and loving disposition. Funeral at the Home Sept. 28. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the Home. Funeral sermon from John 5:28, 29, in German by Ben Gerig and in English by D. C. Amstutz.

King.--Simon Peter King was born in Johnson Co., Mo., Dec. 18, 1895; died in Williams Co., Ohio, Oct. 2, 1910; aged 14 y. 9 m. 13 d. He was sick only four days, spinal trouble having caused his death. He leaves to mourn his early departure, father, mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters but we do not mourn as those who have no hope. "Man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not" (Job 14:1, 2).
Sleep, Simon dear, and take thy rest;
God called thee home, He thought it best;
And though 'tis hard to part with thee,
Yet God's strong arm supporteth us."

Horner.--Daniel Horner died Sept. 23, 1910, buried on Sunday at the River Brethren Church cemetery, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed. About 5 weeks before his death he fell nearly 20 feet on the barn floor and received inward injuries, but the doctor thought he was doing all right. About fifteen minutes before he died he took a sudden change and soon expired. We called on him two or three times through his affliction but could not get him to the point where we desired to have him, that is to confess Christ as his personal Savior. Oh, that every unconverted person might take warining and turn to the Lord while He may be found and call upon Him while He is near.
Samuel Wideman.

Stevanus.--Alice Fay, infant daughter of G. J. and Rebecca Stevanus of Springs, Pa., died Sept. 16, 1910; aged 2 m. 20 d. Funeral services conducted by G. D. Miller.

Mishler.--Mary Ann Conrad was born Sept. 10, 1855, near Ligonier, Ind.; died at her home near Middlebury, Ind., Sept. 22, 1910; aged 55 y. 12 d. She was first married to Samuel S. Miller, March 15, 1874. To this union were born two children, both dying in infancy. Her husband died March 30, 1879. About three years later she was married to Jerry Mishler. To this union were born four children, Irva E., Elma A., and Ira C., an infant son having preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by a step-father, one sister, two half-brothers, three grandchildren and many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. In 1874 she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death.
Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Sala.--Dorothy Vernon Sala, daughter of Ervin and Clara Sala, was born April 5, 1910 and died September 30, aged 5 m. 25 d. The funeral services were conducted in the Weaver Mennonite Meeting House, Johnstown, Pa., by Bro. S. G. Shetler. Interment in the Weaver Cemetery.

Blough.--Bro. Henry Blough died July 29, 1910, aged 56 y. 7 m. 26 d. Bro. Blough suffered much for the last few months of his life, took his bed some time in May. Although he suffered physically we have all reasons to believe that spiritually he fared better. He often talked of his future and expressed his readiness to go as soon as God called him. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. We miss him at all our services. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Mennonite Church by Bro. S. G. Shetler. Text, Prov. 18:24.

Whisler.--On Sept. 23, 1910, Emanuel Whisler departed this life; aged 70 years. Peace to his ashes. He leaves to mourn his departure three sons and three daughters. One son and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world; also his companion. He was the last of the Whisler family. He was a brother to Pre. Martin Whisler. Funeral on Monday, the 26th, at the Mennonite Church at the York road. Laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining. Services conducted by J. C. Miller and Daniel Stump.

Leaman.--Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Leaman, died Oct. 2, 1910, at the home of her son-in-law, J. Frank Denlinger, near Gap, Pa., at the age of 68 y. 5 m. 18 d. Her death was due to injuries received in a railroad accident on May 30, 1910. Sister Leaman, with her daughter, Annie, wife of Phares B. Buckwalteer and granddaughter, Lila Buckwalter, left their home to visit her only son, Elmer, at Ronks, Pa., and within a short distance of his home while driving across the Pennsylvania Railroad at the Irishtown crossing, were struck by a fast train. Her daughter and granddaughter were instantly killed and Sister Leaman was very badly injured. She was hurried to St. Joseph's Hospital where an operation for a fracture of the skull was performed. After 6 weeks in the hospital she had recovered sufficiently to leave and for some time visited among her children. After she had spent a short time with each one of her children and was with her daughter, Ella, but a few days she became seriously ill. Regardless of all medical aid she grew gradually worse, a clot of blood gathering on the brain, which finally developed into paralysis. She lingered for 3 weeks, suffering intense pain in her head, yet all her suffering she bore very patiently and at times when she was conscious she always had that loving smile to greet her children and friends. It is a great consolation to the children that mother was able to visit them all after the sad accident.
Sister Leaman was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church and her greatest delight seemed to be to attend services. Her quiet, unassuming, Christian life gained for her many friends wherever she went and she was highly respected by all who knew her and will be greatly missed in the community. It seems hard indeed to part with our loved ones but when death comes so unexpected it seems doubly sad. May the Lord help us to pray, "Thy will be done."
Sister Leaman buried her husband Jan. 20, 1904, from the effect of an operation performed for gallstones and an abscess of the pancreas. The following children survive her: Ida, wife of Daniel Eby, Gap; Ella, wife of J. Frank Denlinger, Gap; Minnie, wife of Sem Eby, Leaman Place; and Elmer of Ronks, Pa. Services at the son-in-law, J. Frank Denlinger's home near Gap conducted by C. M. Brackbill; continued services at the Paradise Mennonite Church by C. M. Brackbill and John Senger; interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath , Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 29 - October 20, 1910, pages 463, 464

Heiser.--Mother Catherine Heiser, nee Wagler, was born in Butler Co., O., June 8, 1834; passed to her reward near Morton, Ill., Sept. 2, 1910; aged 76 y. 2 m. 24 d. Her death was caused by the infirmities of old age. Mother Heiser united with the A. M. Church in her younger years and remained a faithful member to her blessed end. She was united in matrimony with Jacob Heiser in 1850. This union was blessed with 13 children. Father Jacob Heiser, her husband, 4 children, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 9 children, 48 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and many friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services were conducted by Christ King at the house in German, text 90th Psalm; and at the church near Morton, Ill., by Andrew Schrock in German and Val. Strubar in English; text, Heb. 9:27, 28. Burial in cemetery nearby.

King.--Simon P., son of Abe and Fannie King was born Dec. 18, 1895 in Johnson Co., Mo.; died of infant paralysis, Oct. 1, 1910; aged 14 y. 9 m. 13 d. In 1901 he moved with his parents near Archbold, O. He leaves to mourn their loss father, mother, four brothers and two sisters; one sister having preceded him. May our loss be his eternal gain. We mourn not with those who have no hope. Interment in the Eckley cemetery. A public funeral was forbidden by the authorities. Goodby, brother. May this draw us closer to God.

Blank.--Sister Barbara Blank was born Aug. 18, 1848 in Pennsylvania; died July 10, 1910; aged 61 y. 10 m. 22 d. She had suffered much, but seemed to bear the cross very patiently to the end and we believe she is now sweetly resting. She leaves four children and a sorrowing husband, but they weep not as those who have no hope. Interment at Millwood Church by Gideon Stoltzfus and John Stoltzfus in the German language.
Friend after friend departs;
Who has not lost a friend?
There is no union here of hearts
That finds not here an end.
Were this frail world our only rest,
Living or dying, none were blest
A Niece.

Tice.--Susana (Smiley) Tice, daughter of Samuel and Mary Smiley was born July 26, 1860, in Elkhart Co., Ind., and departed this life Oct. 6, 1910; aged 50 y. 2 m. 10 d. On Aug. 22, 1880, she was married to John Tice. To this union were born 4 girls and 5 boys. She leaves husband, nine children, 2 grandchildren, 5 sisters, one brother and many friends to mourn her departure. May God bless and comfort them all. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Clinton Twp., in 1878, and remained faithful until death. During her sickness she was fully resigned to God's will. Funeral service was held in Goshen at the Brethren Church, where a large concourse of neighbors and friends met to pay the last tribute of respect. Services were conducted by I. J. Berkey. She was laid to rest in the Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.

Johnson.--Karolina Decker was born Feb. 27, 1822 in Russia; she united with the Mennonite Church in 1838. Married Andrew Johnson in 1840. In 1874 she with her husband and their family emigrated to America in order that the sons need not enter the army. She was blind for 16 years. Died near Wakarusa, Ind., Aug. 25, 1910; aged 88 y. 5 m. 28 d. Funeral services conducted at Yellow Creek Church by the brethren John Martin and D. A. Yoder. Texts, II Tim. 4:7, 8; Rev. 14:13.

Yoder.--Bro. Jacob Yoder died Sept. 25, 1910; aged 78 y. 3 m. 21 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life, of which body he remained a faithful member until death. Services at the Olive Church (near Wakarusa, Ind.) by the brethren J. F. Funk, Geo. Lambert and David Yoder. Text, Eccl. 12:7, 13, 14. He leaves a sorrowing wife, three sons and three daughters to mourn his departure.

Herstein.--Emma Francis Landis was born March 26, 1885, at Roanoke, Woodford Co., Ill., died of typhoid fever Oct. 10, 1910; aged 25 y. 6 m. 14 d. On Nov. 25, 1903 she was married to Aaron Herstein. To them were born three children, who with the sorrowing husband, parents, 8 brothers and 3 sisters mourn for her. She confessed faith in Christ at an early age and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a member until death. She was a beautiful Christian woman, whose life was devoted to her home and family. Funeral services were conducted by A. H. Leaman and S. Honderich. Text at the house was II Cor. 4:8; 5:10ffi I Thess. 4:13-18. At the church, Deut. 29:29.

Transcriber's note: -- II Cor. 4:8; "5:10ffi" -- the ffi should be a semicolon cuz in the days of Linotype we had one key for fi, ffi, ffl and some more such combinations in certain typefaces (and if my memory serves me right it was located near the semicolon)

Honsaker.--Margaret Lucile, only daughter of Edward and Clara Honsaker, Ada, O., was born July 6, 1908, died Sept. 29, 1910; aged 2 y. 2 m. 14 d. Little Lucile was ill for about two weeks, but was thought to be recovering when she suddenly died with heart failure. Father, mother and little brother survive her. May they say, "Thy will be done," and keep bright and constant a "living hope" of meeting her again. Services were held at the home of Bro. and Sister J. H. Hilty, Rawson, O., Sept. 22, 1910; conducted by John Blosser. Interment at the Hassan cemetery.

Transcriber's note: -- I am SURE they did not bury the little one seven days before she died -- "died Sept. 29, 1910;" -- Services . . . . . "Sept. 22, 1910;"

Steiner.--Mary Ellen, daughter of Bro. Menno and Sister Maggie Steiner, was born July 27, 1910 and died Oct. 4, 1910; aged 2 m. 7 d. Funeral was held at Fairview, Mich., on Oct. 6; text, Psa. 16:6, by the home ministers.

This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called home by early doom;
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In paradise would bloom.
E'er sin could harm or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care,
The opening bud to heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there.
Bro. and Sister Steiner have the heartfelt sympathy of this community in their sad experience. On Oct. 2 Bro. and Sister Steiner went to the Cloverdale district where Bro. Steiner preached both morning and evening. On Monday afternoon they started for home, not knowing that the child was not well, but on their way they discovered that the child had wonderful pain and still got worse and finally they saw they were on the wrong road; night overtook them, a heavy thunder storm came up and rained nearly all night. So they stopped out on the plains, nobody to ask for help, no place to shelter, no light, no fire, no matches, nothing but darkness and the child still got worse. About midnight or a little after the death angel came and helped little Mary Ellen across the river of death and now she is gone to enjoy eternity with the angels. May God comfort the bereaved parents.
E. A. Bontrager.

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath , Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 30 - October 27, 1910, pages 479, 480

Stoltzfus.--Katie M., daughter of Aaron K. and Katie Stoltzfus, died at the home of her parents near Morgantown, Pa., of infantile paralysis, Oct. 9, 1910. Only three weeks previous to her death she confessed Christ as her Savior and was received into the Amish Mennonite Church by water baptism. She leaves father, mother, 6 brothers and 1 sister, 2 brothers and 1 sister having preceded her to the spirit world. She was born May 10, 1894; aged 16 y. 4 m. 29 d. Her place in the home is vacant, her smiling face is missing; but we have a great consolation that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted at the Conestoga A. M. Church by Bros. C. U. Stoltzfus and John S. Mast from I Pet. 1:23, 24.
However painful it may be
To know that she is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may meet,
Her in that heavenly home.
A brother.

Miller.--On Oct. 12, 1910, in Lagrange Co., Ind., Mary Taylor, wife of John H. Miller; aged 65 y. 11 m. 24 d. She is survived by her husband, 3 children, 2 sisters, 1 brother and many friends. She was the mother of six children, three of whom preceded her to the eternal world. She united with the Mennonite Church many years ago and was a consecrated child of God. Her earnest, patient, helpful life was truly an inspiration to all who knew her. She ever manifested a truly meek and humble spirit and a sincerity of heart that is worthy of imitation by all who profess to be the followers of Jesus. She grieved over the fact that so many professed followers of the Lord indulge so much in the display of worldliness. Funeral services at the Shore meeting house by John F. Funk of Elkhart, Yost Miller and Amos Cripe from the text, II Cor. 5:1. While this sad affliction is deeply felt by the bereaved husband and children, we trust that all of them may thereby be led nearer to God and seek to meet the dear companion and mother on the bright shores beyond. In the Church, may her bright Christian example not soon be forgotten.
J. F. Funk.

Bontrager.--On the morning of Oct. 10, 1910, near Emma, Lagrange Co., Ind., of consumption, Mary E., daughter of Pre. Amos and Rebecca A. Cripe, and wife of Levi M. Bontrager; aged 32 y. 4 m. 2 d. She was born June 8, 1878, near Goshen, Elkhart Co., Ind. She united in marriage with her surviving husband March 6, 1898. To this union were born four sons, all of whom survive her. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early years and lived an exemplary Christian life to her end. During her sickness she manifested great patience and submission and was fully resigned to the will of God. Though devoted and strongly attached to her family, she had a desire to depart and be with Christ. Several hours before she died, though very weak, she tried to join in singing the hymn, "My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine." Funeral services were held at the Shore meeting house, Oct. 13, by John F. Funk of Elkhart, and John Garber of the Clinton congregation. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. The funeral was very largely attended. She is greatly missed by her own family, as well as in the parental home; but all can realize that their loss is her eternal gain and while they bow in submission to the Father's will, they may well comfort their hearts with the words of Job in his great affliction, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
J. F. Funk.

Springer.--John C. Springer, son of Christian and Fanny Springer, was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Sept. 19, 1871 and died of typhoid fever in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 11, 1910; aged 39 y. 22 d. He united in marriage with Nancy Miller, Sept. 6, 1895. To this union were born four children; Esther, Alma, William and a son who died in infancy. He leaves besides his wife and three children an aged father, seven sisters, one brother and a host of friends who mourn his departure.
He united with the Mennonite Church in early life and was ordained to the ministry by this church at White Cloud, Mich., about six years ago. To this faith and calling he remained faithful to the end. He had been in ill health for some years. At New Year of 1909 they moved to New Mexico and later to Upland, Calif. His health improved somewhat at the latter place, but finding living here very expensive they removed to Indiana in March of this year. However, his constitution seems to have been too weak to withstand the severe attack of typhoid with which he was overtaken. Those who attended him, however, thought he was improving, and his very sudden death came as a shock to all.
His services with the church at this place were much appreciated and his loss is keenly felt. Funeral was held at the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, Oct. 14. Services were conducted by John Garber and D. J. Johns from II Tim. 4:7 and 8. The text was the brother's own selection.

Parsons.--Goldie, daughter of J. M. and Sister Anna Parsons, was born May 11, 1910; died Sept. 29, 1910; aged 4 m. 18 d. Services by M. Cooprider. Text, Job. 14:1.
This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom;
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In paradise could bloom.

Mishler.--Verda, daughter of Enos and Lovina Mishler was born June 3, 1905; died Oct. 14, 1910; aged 5 y. 4 m. 11 d. She leaves father, mother, two brothers and three sisters to mourn her early departure. Funeral services conducted by S. E. Weaver sermon based on Isa. 40:11. May the bereft family be willing to see in this the hand of God still leading on.

Petersheim.--Mary, daughter of Levi M. and Fanny Petersheim, was born Aug. 1, 1901, and died Oct. 10, 1910; aged 9 y. 2 m. 9 d. She died of infantile paralysis. During her few days of sickness she told many of her friends to meet her in heaven. When the doctor had expressed his opinion about her recovery, she exclaimed, "My best days are coming, my grave is not dark! I am joyful midst the sight of white angels and I shall go to meet them and help souls to Jesus!" She demanded the ordinance of I Cor. 11 and then requested every one present in her room to kneel at her bedside and pray. Services were conducted in the Conestoga Amish Mennonite Church. Text, Luke 8:52. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Deffenbaugh.--Catharine, wife of Christian Deffenbaugh, died at her home near Masontown, Pa., Oct. 14, 1910; aged 64 y. 11 m. 22 d. She had been afflicted with heart disease and dropsy for many months, and a few days before she died she took pneumonia, which soon ended her life. She was born Oct. 22, 1845, and was married to Christian Deffenbaugh Oct. 27, 1964. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, 5 daughters, a number of grandchildren and many relatives and friends, who deeply mourn their loss.
Sister Deffenbaugh has for many years been a shining light in her own congregation and neighborhood. Kind to the poor, ready to help all who were in need, devoted to the cause of Christ and the Church, ready in testimony and consistent in life, she won her way to the hearts of the people and will long be remembered by those she left behind. During her last sickness she earnestly admonished her children and others to walk in the ways of righteousness and do all in their power to work for the upbuilding of the kingdom, and when her body became so weak that she was unable longer to be used on earth she peacefully fell asleep and went to her eternal rest.
Funeral at the Masontown Mennonite Church, Oct. 16, conducted by Aaron Loucks, J. A. Brilhart and Daniel Kauffman. Interment in cemetery near by.

Shank.--Clarence Lester, son of B. F. and Alice Shank, was born Aug. 5, 1908 and died Oct. 12, 1910; aged 2 y. 2 m. 7 d. The funeral services were conducted in the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by the brethren, Simon E. Gerber and Simon B. Landis. "Sleep, Clarence dear, and take thy rest; God called thee home, He thought it best; And though 'tis hard to part with thee, Yet God's strong arm supporteth me."

Transcribed by: Martha E Heath , Indiana

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