Lantz.- Joseph Lantz was born Mar. 17, 1910; died Mar. 23, 1911; aged 1 y. 6 d. Buried Mar. 24, services at the house by Joseph Schlegel in German. (Text, Heb. 13:12-14) and J.J. Johns in English. (Text Matt. 25:10).
Rosenberger.- Alice, daughter of Aaron and Lizzie Rosenberger, was born Aug. 31, 1910, died Mar. 19, 1911; aged 6 m. 19 d. While yet so young, she endeared herself to the parents and family. Although it is hard to part, they have the blessed assurance that they may meet her in the glory world. May God comfort the bereaved family. Services were held at the Waterloo S. H. (Sharon congregation) by E. S. Hallman. Text, Matt. 19:14.
Miller.- Phelie, wife of Abner D. Miller, was born in Henry Co., Ind., Feb. 21, 1859; died in Miami Co., Ind., Mar. 27, 1911; aged 52 y. 1 m. 6 d. Sister Miller suffered intensely for the last few months of her life, but bore it al with Christian fortitude. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, 1 son, 2 daughters and a host of relatives and friends. She united in early life with the M. E. Church and later with the Mennonite Church, where she lived a consistent life until about 2 years preceding her death, when by letter she withdrew her membership and again united with the M. E. Church. Funeral Mar. 30, at the Mennonite Church conducted by N. M. Slabaugh and ____ Hall. Text, Isa. 64:6. Burial at Greentown, Ind.
Yoder.- Died at Mattawana, Pa., Mar. 22, 1911 of pneumonia, Harvey Herman, son of Bro. W. G. and Sister Fannie Yoder; aged 9 m. 18 d. Funeral on Mar. 24. Services conducted by the brethren, John E. Kauffman and S. K. Yoder. Text, 11 Kings 4:26, latter clause. Some of the brethren could not attend these services on account of being engaged at another funeral of a lady who was past 83 years old. So we see that death is no respect of age.
Greiser.- Joseph Greiser was born in 1824 in Radolfzell, Baden. In 1852 he was united in holy matrimony with Verona Zimmerman. This union was blessed with 11 children, of whom 2 sons and 6 daughters survive him. His wife died Feb. 14, 1866, at Munzingen in Baden. Bro. Greiser was ordained to the ministry in 1854 and was a faithful worker in the vineyard of the Lord. He died at the home of his son Benjamin, Beemer, Nebr., Mar. 20, 1911; aged 87 y. 2 m. 13 d.
Leichty.- Joseph J. Leichty was born in Washington Co., Iowa, Mar. 3, 1893; died Mar. 20, 1911; aged 18 y. 17 d. His death was due to a lingering disease, which seemed to absorb his vitality and life, of two years duration. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior when 16 years of age and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. He leaves father, foster mother, 4 brothers, and a host of friends to mourn his early death. His mother preceded him to the spirit world Dec. 4, 1908. Services were held at the Eicher Church conducted by S. M. Musselman, S. Gerig, D. Graber, and S. Gingerich. Texts, I Tim. 4:7; Psa. 90:12.
Rock.- Sister Margaret, daughter of Saverious and Margaret Rock, was born Mar. 30, 1893; died Mar. 1, 1911, at her home in Pond Bank, Pa.; aged 17 y. 11 m. 1 d. She is survived by her parents, 1 sister and 4 brothers. She united with the Mennonite Church Oct. 2, 1910. How short her Christian life! Just 5 months of blessed service and her earthly pilgrimage ceased. She died of a lingering illness, but patiently awaited the end and was not afraid to die. We are confident that her sufferings are over, as one of her expressions gives evidence: "I am going home to die no more." Funeral services were conducted at Mount Zion Church by the brethren, Jno. Burkholder and W. W. Hege. Text, Rev. 22:14. She was laid to rest in the adjoining grave yard. Peace to her ashes.
Kennel.- Katie (Lichti) Kennel was born at St. Agatha,
Ont., Oct. 24, 1892. She was the daughter of Christian E. and
Nancy Lichti. She was married to John K. Kennel Nov. 11, 1896,
at Longmont, Colo., and died Mar. 5, 1911 at Shickley, Nebr.;
aged 38 y. 4 m. 11d. She leaves her husband, an adopted daughter,
father, mother, 4 brothers and 4 sisters, 1 sister having preceded
her to the spirit world. She was a faithful member of the A. M.
Church to the time of her death, Mar. 8. She was laid to rest
at the Salem cemetery. Funeral services by Bro. Joseph Slegel
of Milford, Nebr., in German, and Bro. Joseph Whitaker of Beaver
Crossing, in English. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
D. J. T.
Troyer.- Maria Schmucker Troyer was born in Sommerset Co., Pa., May 14, 1837; died at the home of her son Hiram B. Troyer, in Miama Co., Ind., Mar. 21, 1911; aged 73 y. 10 m. 7 d. She united in marriage with Jonathan Troyer Feb. 23, 1858, with whom she lived 48 years. To this union were born 3 sons and 5 daughters; 1 son and 3 daughters her to the spirit world. Her husband departed this life Jan. 28, 1907. She leaves to mourn their loss, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. She was a consistent and faithful member of the Amish Church (old order) in which faith she lived until death. Funeral at the house on Mar. 24, services conducted by J. J. Gingerich of this place and William Yoder of Nappanee, Ind.
Kendig.- Elias B. Kendig died at the Welsh Mountain Mission near New Holland, Pa., Mar. 20, 1911, of pulmonary tuberculosis; aged 51 y. 5 m. 1 d. He is sur - assist* in the work of the Lord at that place, ** He had been in failing health about 4 years. On Feb. 28 they moved to the Mission to assist i nthe* work of the Lord at that place, and improve his health if it is the will of the Lord. His stay with us was very short, but we believe our loss is his eternal gain. He bore his suffering patiently and was resigned to the will of the Lord. Funeral Mar. 24. The remains were laid to rest in the burying grounds at New Providence Mennonite Church. Services conducted by N. H. Mack and Sanford Landis. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Transcriber's note: *What they have. **Their punctuation.
Lichtie.- Katie Ann Lichtie was born April 14, 1884
in Seward co., Nebr. She was vived by his wife*, 1 brother and
3 sisters. She was married to Samuel Lichtie July 3, 1904, at
Longmont, Colo.; died Mar. 5, 1911, near Shickley, Nebr.; aged
26 y. 11 m. 1 d. She leaves to mourn their loss, husband, 4 children,
her father, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, her mother having preceded
her to the spirit world 19 years ago. She was a faithful member
of the A. M. Church. On Mar. 8, 1911, she was laid to rest at
the Salem cemetery. Funeral services by Bro. Joseph Schlegel of
Milford, Nebr., in German and Bro. Joseph Whitaker of Beaver Crossing,
Nebr., in English. May God comfort the bereaved.
Transcriber's note: *this is not a typo.
Note: In these last two obituaries (Kendig/Lichtie) there appears to be a typesetter's error in which some lines of type are interchanged. "He is sur - assist in the work ..." and "She was vived by his wife ...". These two obituaries are presented here as in the original magazine publication. dk
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Gospel Herald - Volume IV, Number 2 - April 13, 1911 - page 30, 31
Leary.--Josephus Leary died of pneumonia at his home near Hinton, Va., Mar. 7; aged about 68 years. He was a consistent member of the U. B. Church and leaves his wife to mourn her loss. Funeral services were conducted at the Mt. Horeb Church Mar. 9, conducted by A. P. Funkhouser and C. Good from I Cor. 7:29-31. He was interred in the cemetery nearby.
Burkholder.--Ella V., widow of the late Martin Burkholder, died of consumption at her home near Mt. Clinton, Va., Mar. 3, aged 50 y. 9 m. 27 d. She had been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years, and died in the hope of a glorious resurrection, leaving 3 sons to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted at Weaver's Church Mar. 1, by C. Good and S. H. Rhodes from II Cor. 5:1-4, after which she was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Wideman.--Bro. Joseph Wideman departed this life at his home near Markham, Ont., April 2, 1911, in the 75th year of his age. After being ill with a complication of diseases for only a few weeks he peacefully fell asleep. He was a member of the Church for a great many years and his hope was in Jesus. A wife, 1 son and 4 daughters survive him. The funeral was conducted at the Wideman Church, April 5, by S. R. Hoover in German (texts Heb. 9:27; Matt. 24:44) and L. J. Burkholder in English (test Jno. 14:1-3). Many neighbors and relatives assembled.
Schlegel.--Nellie, daughter of Daniel and Mary Schlegel, was born May 28, 1909; died Mar. 28, 1911; aged 1 y. 10 m. Little Nellie leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, 1 sister and a host of friends. Her sickness was measles and pneumonia. However painful it may be to know that she is gone, the thought is sweet that we may see her in that heavenly home where parting is unknown. Buried in the East Fairview burial ground near Milford, Nebr., Mar. 30. Funeral services conducted by the brethren, Joseph Rediger and Jacob Stauffer. Texts, 1 Pet. 2:25 and Psa. 90:12.
Wingard.--Louisa Wingard, invalid daughter of Bro. Jacob
J. and Sister Katy Wingard of near Johnstown, Pa., was born Sept.
10, 1865; died Mar. 31, 1911; aged 45 y. 6 m. 21 d. She was a
consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral
was held at the Weaver Church, Apr. 2. The remains were tenderly
laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. Services were conducted by
S. G. Shetler, Alex Weaver and D. S. Yoder. Text, Luke 33:37.
Oscar D. Yoder.
Van Pelt.--Adrian Ertus, son of William and Jane Van Pelt, was born in Allen Co., O., Jan. 19, 1889; died Mar. 18, 1911; aged 22 y. 1 m. 27 d. This is the third time that the angel of death has called to summon one of the dear ones to the other shore in this family; Omar, who was but 1 year old, budded in this life to blossom in the next, died 15 years ago; Harvey, who lived to be 24 years old, was suddenly called to give an account of the deeds done in the body 5 years ago; Ertus leaves to mourn his departure 5 brothers, 2 sisters, father, mother and a host of friends. On Wednesday before he died he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior, was baptized on Friday, and his spirit took its flight on Saturday morning. Funeral services by Bro. John Blosser, assisted by Bro. Ben Stoltzfus, at the Salem Church. Interment in the Salem cemetery.
Eby.--Ervin Eby was born near Manheim, Ont., Apr. 19,
1903; died Mar. 25, 1911; aged 7 y. 11 m. 6 d. Death came very
unexpectedly, to little Ervin. While playing with a rod at a shafting
of a gasoline engine, he was caught by his clothes and whirled
around at a high speed, causing instant death. We do not know
why he was taken away so soon, but God knows best. He leaves to
mourn his departure a sorrowing father, mother, 2 brothers, 1
sister, 2 grandmothers, grandfather, with other friends. Funeral
services conducted at Latchaw's meeting house by Bro. Manasseh
Hallman and Bro. Osiah Cressman. Remains were laid in cemetery
"Gone before to the golden shore,
To be with angels fair,
Much thou wast loved,
God loved thee more
Safe thou art in His care."
Mellinger.--Sister Emma S., wife of Bro. Charles Mellinger, died of typhoid fever, Mar. 22, near New Holland, Pa.; aged 30 y. 1 m. 9 d. She leaves husband and 5 children to mourn their loss. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services and interment at Groffdale Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. N. H. Mack and Benj. Weaver. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Hummel.--Verna Irene Hummel was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., on Sept. 4, 1895, and departed this life in Holmes Co., O., Mar. 29, 1911; aged 15 y. 6 m. 25 d. She was sick only a few days with appendicitis. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek in May 1910. We were made to think again that we have no abiding city here and that we need to look to another, an eternal place. She leaves to mourn her departure father, mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of friends. She was buried near the A. M. Church, Mar. 30. Services by S. H. Miller, Calvin Mast and A. W. Hershberger of Portage Co.
Elzy.--America A. Elzy died at the home of her son, NIcholas Elzy, near Lilly, Va., Mar. 17, aged 71 y. 5 m. 8 d. She had been suffering for some time with neuralgia and rheumatism. A few weeks ago she fell and broke her hip which was the direct cause of her death. She had lived almost all of her life in Randolph Co., Va., till about 6 months ago when she came to make her home with her son. She had been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the Bank Church, Mar. 18, conducted by A. B. Burkholder and Jos. W. Coffman from Isa. 3:10. Buried in the cemetery near the church.
Willingham.--Our aged brother, Thos. Wilingham of Opal,
Va. passed to his reward and was buried at his home Mar. 28. He
was a man of wonderful strength and physical endurance, which
by the neighborhood was considered as very remarkable. He was
converted by reading the Herald of Truth, which was regularly
sent to him by some of the brethren. He was a faithful member
of the Mennonite Church till death called him to his Father's
house. His wife and several children preceded him. He had his
home with one of his daughters. He was 94 y. 3 m. 19 d. old, a
ripe old age, past the time allotted to man. Peace to his ashes.
E. J. Berkey.
Transcriber's note: two spellings of Willingham/Wilingham
Wambold.--Died at Breslau, Ont., of the infirmities of old age, with influenza, Hannah Wambold, relict of the late Abraham Wambold, on Mar. 20, 1911; aged 87 y. 9 m. 20 d. After the death of her husband with whom she lived 56 years, she lived with her daughter Hannah. In her girlhood days she gave herself to God. She was the mother of 13 children, 6 surviving, over whom she always had a watchful concern for their spiritual welfare, as also of her grandchildren, of whom 35 survive and 34 great-grandchildren. She was able to help herself to within four days of her death, her mind was clear until death overtook her, and often expressed a willingness to go with Him for whom she strove. Services at Berlin, Ont., by Jacob Woolner and Jonas Snyder, from Job 14:14.
Lichti.--Bro. Christian Lichti was born Sept. 1, 1844,
at St. Agatha, Can.; died near Shickley, Nebr., Mar. 31, 1911;
aged 66 y. 7 m. He was united in marriage with Nancy Schlegel
Dec. 30, 1866. To this union were born 10 children, two of which
preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a sorrowing wife,
4 sons, 4 daughters, 22 grandchildren and 1 sister in Canada.
He was a faithful member of the A. M. Church from his youth. On
April 3 the remins* were laid to rest at the Salem cemetery. Funeral
services by Bro. Joseph Schlegel of Milford, Nebr., in German
and Bro. Daniel Lapp of Roseland, Nebr., in English. May God comfort
the bereaved ones. "We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss thee from thy place; A shadow o'er our life is cast, We
miss the sunshine of thy face."
D. J. T.
Transcriber's note: *Their spelling.
Zook.--Sadie, daughter of David and Nancy Zook, died
at her home near Volant, Pa., Mar. 25, 1911; aged 23 y. 11 m.
27 d. She had been ailing for a few years, but was only bedfast
for about 5 weeks. Her sickness was tuberculosis. She united with
the Amish Mennonite Church in her young years and remained faithful
until death. Father, mother, 3 brothers and 2 sisters survive
her. They need not mourn as those who have no hope, but may look
forward in the blessed hope of meeting her again where there is
fullness of joy at God's right hand forever more. Funeral services
were held at the house Mar. 28, conducted by J. H. Lantz in German
(text, Rev. 7:14-17) and J. R. Byler in English (text, Rev. 14:133).
"Yet again we hope to meet thee, When the day of life is
fled, Then in heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no farewell
tear is shed."
Florence L. Byler.
Meck.--Sister Maria Houser Meck, widow of Bro. John
Meck (who died Mar. 25, 1901) was born Aug. 6, 1838, in West Lampeter
Twp., and entered into rest Mar. 9, 1911, at her home in Lampeter,
Pa., after an illness of several months from heart trouble and
dropsy; aged 72 y. 7 m. 3 d. Funeral services were held Mar. 12
at her late home by Elias Groff and at the Brick Church by Frank
M. Herr and Abram Brubaker. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28. She leaves the
following children, Geo. H., of W. Lampeter, Jacob A. of E. Lampeter
and Lizzie L at home. Also an aged sister, Mrs. Anna Lefever of
Lancaster, and 1 brother Jacob B. Houser of Lampeter. Through
ill health did not permit her to attend services very often, yet
when the communion season arrived, if not able to go to church,
it was always her desire to commemorate the suffering and death
of her Savior in her own home. Of a kind and loving disposition,
she will be missed by her friends and neighbors, but more by the
only daughter, who so many years ministered to the wants of her
mother. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."
Heatwole.--David A. Heatwole of near Dale Enterprise, Va., died at his home Mar. 26; aged 84 y. 16 d. He had been afflicted with heart trouble and other complications for 15 months or more. Much of the time he was a great sufferer. He spent much of his time sitting up, not being able to lie down, and really scarcely able to sit up. During his long continued illness he bore his affliction with patience and fortitude. On one occasion he said to the writer, after speaking of his age and disease, "I know my days on earth are few, I am resigned to the Master's will. When he calls I am prepared to go." His thoughts seemed to be soaring to the realms of endless glory. His delight seemed to be in the law of the Lord, often requesting those who visited him to engage with him in a season of reading and prayer. He had been a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He leaves to survive him 5 sons and 3 daughters, his wife having preceded him to the spirit world some years ago. Funeral services were held at Weaver's Church Mar. 28 in the presence of a large audience, conducted by Lewis Shank and H. A. Young, from John 14:1-3. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.
Miller.--Anna Margaret, daughter of John G. and Mary A. Brenneman, was born in Allen Co., O., June 10, 1877; departed this life Mar. 11, 1911; aged 33 y. 9 m. 1 d. On April 28, 1901 she was married to Amos Miller, at Delphos, O. Their married life was continued sunshine, happiness and progress until this sickness, when death came to destroy their union. She was a member of the Middle River Christian Church, having joined Feb. 15, 1902. She has lived the life of a consistent Christian. He last audible words were: "We must be good and truthful." She was a devoted wife, an obedient daughter, a loving sister, ready at all times to make sacrifices for the betterment of others. She bore her last sickness with such Christian fortitude that betokens a hope firmly fixed on the Christ who giveth life eternal beyond the veil. She leaves a husband, an aged father and mother, 6 brothers, 2 sisters, and a wide circle of relatives and friends to mourn their great loss but her eternal gain.
Oh, God, Thou knowest our grief,
The weight of sadness now;
Come to our relief,
While we in suppliance bow.
Funeral services were conducted by C. J. Hance at the Middle River Christian Church on Mar. 14, assisted by G. R. Well of Lima. Interment in Walnut Grove cemetery near Delphos, Ohio.
Beery.--Daniel F. Beery was born in Hocking Co., O.,
Apr. 27, 1842; died at his home in Brach Co., Mich. Mar. 19, 1911;
aged 68 y. 10 m. 22 d. When but a boy his parents moved from Hocking
to Franklin Co., and later to Allen Co., O. On Dec. 22, 1864,
he united in marriage with Rebecca Brenneman also of Allen Co.,
O. Shortly after their marriage they removed from Allen Co., O.,
to Branch Co., Mich., where he resided until the time of his death.
This union was blessed with 12 children, 8 of whom survive him;
there were also 16 grandchildren of whom 14 survive. He is further
survived by his wife, 1 brother and 2 sisters. In the winter of
1865 he (with his wife) united in Church fellowship with the Old
Mennonite Church of Pleasant Hill, where he retained his membership,
remaining true to the faith and doctrines of the church until
death. Some years ago he was chosen to the office of deacon, which
office he held until the membership at Pleasant Hill, by death
and removals, became so small that an organization could no longer
be maintained. During the last few years Bro. Beery's health was
poor and he was a constant sufferer. For about 2 months he was
afflicted with dropsy. He retained his consciousness almost to
the end, but in his weakened condition he was not able to speak
so as to be understood. Two hours before his departure he fell
asleep and without any suffering apparently, he passed away. He
was a good and kind neighbor and always ready to lend a helping
hand. He was buried at the Pleasant Hill meeting house close to
his home, where appropriate services were conducted by A. B. Yoder,
George Lambert and John F. Funk, from Jon. 11:25, 26. Peace to
J. F. F.
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Yoder.--Charley, son of Bro. Jerry and Sister Edith
Yoder, was born May 14, 1907; died April 2, 1911; aged 3 y. 10
m. 18 d. God has taken a little bud out of this family. Although
it is hard to part, they have the blessed assurance that they
may meet him in the glory world. May God comfort the bereaved
family. Services were held at the Shore congregation by Y. C.
Miller. Text, Job 1:21, latter clause.
Y. C. M.
Snyder.--Nancy (Lehman) Snyder died at the home of her son at 40 W. King St., Chambersburg, Pa., Feb. 26, 1911. She is survived by one son, Harvey L., with whom she made her home; one sister, and one brother. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, a good mother, and kind neighbor. The funeral was held Feb. 28, conducted by Bish. Geo. Keener of Maugansville, Md., assisted by Bish. John Burkholder. Services and interment at the Mennonite Church north of Chambersburg. May the Lord comfort the bereft ones.
Kaufman.--Sister Nancy Sala Kaufman was born Oct. 26, 1845; died April 5, 1911; aged 65 y. 5 m. 9 d. She was married to Bro. Joseph I. Kaufman June 13, 1875, and is survived by the husband, five sons, one daughter, one step-daughter and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by L. A. Blough. Text, Mark 12:11. The deceased has suffered many years with cancer in the face and for the last few years she suffered severely, but bore it all patiently. May we who are blessed with health appreciate the blessing that we have, and be awake to our duties of life. May the Lord richly bless the mourning family and friends.
Holdred. Susanna Kile was born in Stark Co., O., June 13, 1840; died April 8, 1911; aged 70 y. 9 m. 28 d. She was married to Michael Holdred May 10, 1960. Eight children were born to this union . The husband and father with six children--Frank, Jesse, Charles, Melvin, Ellen, James, Julia, Earl and Delong--and two brothers--Benjamin and Isaac Kile of Goshen--15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren are left to mourn their loss. Sister Holdred has been a member of the Mennonite Church for 31 years. Funeral services were held at Progressive Dunkard Church 8 miles east of Elkhart. Services were conducted by J. E. Hartzler. Sermon from Matt. 24:44.
Egleson.--Adaline (Harger) Egleson, wife of Samuel Egleson, was born in Stark Co., O., Feb. 2, 1840; died of dropsy at Hesston, Kans., April 7, 1911; aged 71 y. 2 m. 2 d. She was married to her now bereaved husband in Holmes Co., O., April 10, 1866. To this union were born two sons. One passed over to the eternal shore twenty-one years ago, and the other was present at his mother's funeral. She is also survived by two sisters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Fortune did not smile kindly on the family and when Sister Egleson was taken down with disease more than two years ago, they were taken into the home of Bro. C. W. Miller, where she fell asleep on the date mentioned above to wake in eternity. Funeral services were conducted at the house by J. B. Smith from II Cor. 5, and at the Pennsylvania Church by J. D. Zook. Text, Gen. 49:18. Internment in the cemetery adjoining.
Hummel.--Verna Irene, daughter of Christian and Amanda Hummel, was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Sept. 4, 1895; died at Charm O., March 29, 1911; aged 15 y. 6 m. 25 d. Besides her parents she leaves 2 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. She united with the A. M. Church at Walnut Creek in May, 1910. She was laid to rest at the Walnut Cemetery on March 30. Funeral services conducted by Calvin Mast and A. W. Hershoerger assisted by S. H. Miller and M. A. Mast. She was a great singer, and always had a pleasant word and smile for everybody, which won for her many friends.
We have lost our darling Verna,
She has bid us all adieu;
She has gone to live in heaven
And her form is hid from view.
Oh, that dear one, how we loved her
Oh, how hard to give her up!
But an angel came down for her,
And removed her from our flock.
Gerig.--Lydia Gerig (nee Schrock) was born Oct. 1, 1841; died April 4, 1911; aged 69 y. 6 m. 3 d. She was born, lived all her life and died at her late residence near Smithville, O. On June 17, 1862 she was united in marriage to Benjamin Gerig. To this union were born five sons and five daughters, all of whom grew up to manhood and womanhood and all of whom survive and are present except the oldest daughter, Caroline, who preceded her to the spirit world. In addition to her own sons and daughters there are also 24 grandchildren. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was a consistent and faithful member of the same during her life, and was always present and took an active part in worshiping with this body of believers when circumstances would allow. By her departure, she leaves a loving husband, children and grandchildren together with a large circle of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. Yet they mourn not without the hope of meeting her again in the eternal realms above.
Peters.--Isaac Peters was born Nov. 18, 1826, in South Russia. He was united in holy matrimony with Anna Steingardt, Nov. 29, 1849. For eighteen years he taught school, first at Fuerstenan and after 1858 at Sparrau, where he usually had 100 to 125 pupils. In 1868 he bought a farm in Marienthal where they lived till 1874, the year of their immigration to America. They settled in York Co., Nebr. In 1868 he was ordained as a minister by the church at Pordean and two years later was chosen elder (bishop). In the latter capacity he served until failing health compelled him to withdraw from active service in the ministry. Bro. Peters was well known throughout the German and Russian churches as a profound student and gifted interpreter of the Scriptures and as a vigorous writer of great ability on questions of doctrine. In this capacity his far-reaching influence was entirely for the maintenance of the teachings of God's Word. He contended earnestly for those Christian principles which in our have become unpopular in certain sections. He continued to write for various German Mennonite periodicals until a few weeks before his death. He died at the home of his only daughter, Anna Frantz, March 10, 1911, his wife having preceded him in 1902. For some time he had often expressed his desire to depart and be with Christ, although he was fully resigned to the Lord's will. The funeral was very largely attended.
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Kaufman.--Lena Byler was born near New Wilmington, Pa., Oct. 26, 1879; died April 13, 1911, of tuberculosis of which she had been suffering for about a year; aged 31y. 5m. 18d. She was married to Jacob Z. Kaufman Dec. 5, 1899. To this union were born 7 children. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters, parents, 1 brother and 1 sister. She confessed Christ as her personal Savior in her youth, and was a faithful member of the A. M. Church until death. Funeral services were held April 16, conducted by J. K. Lantz in German and J. R. Byler in English. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Thus we see we have no abiding city here, but should ever be ready to go when the Lord calls, as was sister Kaufman, saying, "Thy will be done." Peace to her ashes.
Christophel.--Elsie Mabel, daughter of Brother and Sister Jonas Christophel of near Goshen, Ind., died April 16, 1911; aged 17y. 5m. 16d. About six years ago through serious sickness she became afflicted with leakage of the heart from which she never fully recovered and which was the immediate cause of her death. She was a student of Goshen College until ten weeks ago when she was stricken ill and lingered a patient sufferer till Sunday morning, April 16, when she fell asleep in her Christian faith. At the age of twelve she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until her death. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, April 19, by Bro. Paul E. Whitmer. The funeral was very largely attended.
Benner.--Enos D. Benner was born Oct. 5, 1840; died of congestion of the brain at Telford, Pa., April 11, 1911; aged 70y. 6m. 6d. He was married to Maria Wiegner May 2, 1868. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 3 sons, 4 daughters, a brother and 5 sisters with many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He will be missed in the home, in the Church and in the community. While we keenly feel our loss, we believe that for him death was eternal gain. His remains were laid to rest April 17 in Rock Hill cemetery. Services were conducted in the home by Mahlon Souder and at the church by Jacob Clemens in English and Samuel Detweiler in German. Text, Jno. 11:26.
Kieffer.--Sister Amanda, wife of Harry Kieffer and daughter of Christian F. and Mary Zimmerman (deceased) died at her home near Union Grove, Pa., April 7, 1911; aged 32y. 9m. 29d. Her husband, 3 children, 3 brothers and 5 sisters are left to mourn her early departure. She was a Christian and a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral was held at Lichty's Church, April 11, conducted by Benjamin Weaver of Weaverland,_______ Browmiller of Reading and _______ Rosenberger of Bridgeville. Texts, Psa. 35:2 and Jgs. 19:17. The remains were laid to rest in the old family burying ground.
A dear loving wife and mother,
A sister and friend so dear
Has gone to yonder blest harbor
To meet with the loved ones gone before.
Lodwick.--Norman, infant child of Bro. and Sister Nelson Lodwick, died Apr. 16, 1911, at their home near East Lewistown, O., aged 1m. 5d. Funeral services were held at the Midway church, conducted by E. M. Detwiler, assisted by Daved Lehman.
Poindexter.--Sister Florence Poindexter died at her home near Sherando, Va., April 10, 1911; aged 50y. 2m 14d. She had always seemingly been well and strong; but no doubt disease had been at work for sometime previous to her death, which was caused by a complication of diseases. She realized her condition both physically and spiritually, and made the request to unite with the Church, which was granted. She was baptized ten days before her death. The few days she had of being conscious were spent in praise to her Savior. But how sad that so many precious days and years are spent in sin, and so few in praise to Him who died to save. One sister and mother a hundred years old or more are left to mourn their loss. How the dear old mother rejoiced in the hope that Florence was saved. The funeral was held April 11, at the Methodist Church at Sherando by the brethren, E. C. Shank and E. J. Berkey. Text, Psa. 17:15.
Yoder.--On Mar. 10, 1911, of inflammatory rheumatism at her home near Holden, Mo., Sister Susanna (Gerber) Yoder passed to her eternal reward. She was sick 17 days and suffered intensely. Born June 30, 1850 near Canton, O., the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Gerber, and moved with them in early childhood to northern Indiana where she lived until after her marriage to Levi N. Yoder, Dec. 26, 1869. The following year they settled upon a farm near Holden, Mo., where they founded a home and where were born and reared to manhood and womanhood the five sons and three daughters, who with the husband remain to mourn the loss of a beloved wife and mother. Not the home only but the church of which she was a faithful member, as well as relatives, neighbors and friends will miss her as one whose place can never be filled. She was "Ma" to everybody and the many expressions of sorrow from her children and older ones reveal her character and life. Funeral on Apr. 12 conducted by Bro. Chauncey Hartzler and Bro. Raber and Howeth. Burial at the Pleasant View A. M. Cemetery.
Hartzler.--Isaac P. Hartzler was born in Mifflin Co.,
Pa., Dec. 22, 1847. He came with his parents to Logan Co., O.,
at the age of 5 and lived there the remainder of his life. He
died at the Shepard Sanitarium near Columbus, O. (where he had
gone a week before for treatment) on Sunday evening, April 9,
1911; aged 61y. 3 m. 18d. He had been a great sufferer for 3 years
from anaemia. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his
youth. On Jan. 14, 1875 he was married to Emma J. Yoder. This
union was blessed with one son and two daughters. She preceded
him to the spirit world April 6, 1879. He was again married March
11, 1886, to Anna J. Slonecker. This union was blessed with one
son and one daughter. She preceded him to the spirit world after
many months of severe suffering, Jan. 9, 1899. He leaves to mourn
his departure 3 brothers, a sister, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren
and many friends and neighbors. "We loved him, yes we loved
him, But Jesus loved him more; And He has sweetly called him To
yonder shining shore.
"The golden gates were opened,
A gentle voice said, "Come,"
And with farewells unspoken
He calmly entered home."
Funeral services were conducted April 12, at the South Union Church by J. J. Waryer and S. E. Allgyer, after which the remains were laid away in the Ludlow cemetery in Logan Co., O.
Friedt.--Daniel B., son of Joseph and Mary Friedt, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Jan. 30, 1835. Moved to Medina Co., O., with his parents when 18 years of age, where he resided until his death, which occurred April 9, 1911. Aged 76y. 2m. 9d. He was married to Sarah Meyers Jan. 1, 1857. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters, 8 of whom survive him, live in Medina Co., and were present at the funeral. One son died in infancy 31 years ago. Wife preceded him to the eternal home only a little more than 20 months. He lived on his farm, where most of the children were born and reared, until Nov. 1910, since which time he lived with his son David. During his sickness he declared that he would not recover and expressed a deep desire to depart this life, which also the Lord granted him. We believe that he is now enjoying the association of those who were dear to him in that better home above. He was in the service of the Lord nearly fifty years, a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral was held April 12, 1911, at the Guilford Mennonite Church, conducted by Isaac Good in German (from II Cor. 5:4) and Edward Koppes in English Text, Phil. 1:21.
Miller.--Francis Jane Miller, was born August 12, 1859. She was the youngest daughter of David and Mary Gerber. She united in marriage with Wm J. Miller Jan. 15, 1882. To this union were born 8 children. She died Apr. 10, 1911; aged 51y. 7m. 28d. She leaves to mourn her departure husband, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of relatives and friends, her parents, a brother and an infant child having preceded her to the Spirit world. She united with the Walnut Creek A. M. Church in her youth and was a consistent and faithful member until her death. Although she had to contend with much pain and sickness in the latter part of her life she bore it all with Christian fortitude but it seems she knew that she would not get well again in this life. However she tried to keep it from the family until the end was near when she called them to her bedside and told them that she must soon leave them and that all was well with her soul and she was ready to go. She said she knows that it will be hard for them to part with her, but made an express wish that all would live true Christian lives so that all could meet and be united again in heaven. She was buried Apr. 13, at the Walnut Creek Church, Holmes Co., O. Funeral services conducted by S. H. Miller and M. A. Mast. Texts, Col. 3:3,4 and Acts 26:8.
Transcribed by Cheri Salz, Illinois