Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1912

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 18 - August 1, 1912 - page 287,288

Newchwanger. - Gladys Bessie, infant daughter of Fred and Mina Newchwanger, died July 17, 1912, aged 3 m. 29 d. Funeral service and burial at the East Holbrook Church conducted by Bro. John Thut. Text, last clause of II Kings 4:26.

Thomas. - Orpha Grace Thomas was born Feb. 22, 1893; died July 18, 1912; aged 19 y. 4 m. 26 d. Funeral services at the Kauffman Mennonite Church by Jas. Saylor and L. A. Blough. Burial in the Kauffman Cemetery. She was a member of the Mennonite Church a little over 5 years, faithful in church and Sunday school.

Thomas. - John Henry, son of Bro. John and Sister Maria Thomas, was born Jan. 31, 1911; died May 2, 1912; aged 1 y. 3 m. 2 d. The family had made preparation to move to Bucks Co., Pa., when the little one took sick and died at the home of its grandparents, Bro. John Wingard. Funeral services at the home and at the Weaver Church by S. G. Shetler. Remains were laid to rest in the Weaver cemetery. Thus another little darling has gone to its beautiful home above.

Lapp. - Catharine (nee King), wife of John Lapp, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and died May 22, 1912; aged 97 y. 11 m. 8 d. To this union were born 12 children. Her husband died 30 years ago. She leaves 6 children, 48 grandchildren, 107 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren -- 6 children, 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild preceded her to the spirit world. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church (old order). Funeral services May 25 by Gideon Stoltzfus and Henry Stoltzfus. Peace to her ashes.

Swope .- Elizabeth, wife of Bro. John R. Swope, died at their home near Dale Enterprise, Va., June 30, aged 68 y. 3 m. 18 d. She retired early in the evening, seeming to be in her usual health. About midnight her husband heard her making an unusual noise. He spoke to her but received no answer. He lighted a lamp and tried to arouse her but to no avail, and in a few moments she passed into the great beyond. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and lived a consistent life. Her unexpected death was a great shock to her many friends. She was the mother of 6 sons, and 1 daughter. Funeral services were held July 2 at the Weaver Church conducted by S. H. Rhodes and J. S. Martin in the presence of a large audience, after which her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Miller. - Sister Mary C., wife of Bro. B. K. Miller, of near Mountville, Pa., died July 6, 1912; aged 58 y. 11 d. She was a daughter of the late Christian and Catharine Erisman of Sporting Hill, Pa. She leaves a husband, 2 daughters, son-in-law, 3 sons, 2 grandchildren. June 21 she fell from a ladder while picking cherries and sustained injuries from which she suffered for two weeks, when God saw fit to call her home. She was a devoted mother and is greatly missed by the family. Funeral July 9, at Masonville Church. Sermon by Bros. Abram Herr and H. H. Haverstick. Text, II Cor. 5:1-6.
"Our sad hearts ache
Till they nearly break,
But we know that Jesus cares."

Blessing. - Sarah Bleile was born near Locke, Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 20, 1854; died July 23, 1912; aged 57 y. 7 m. 3 d. She was married to John Blessing Nov. 23, 1875. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters. One son preceded her to the spirit world in infancy. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons, 6 daughters, and 1 brother. Her disease was dropsy. She suffered much, but endured it all with Christian resignation. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church and through her death the community lost a respectable, useful neighbor, the husband an affectionate wife, the children a kind and compassionate mother and the Church a faithful member. Funeral was held July 25 in the Nappanee M. H., and was largely attended. Services were conducted by Ezra Mullet and David Burkholder. Texts, Isa. 64:6, and Mark 14:8. Peace to her ashes. D. Burkholder.

Roth. - Katharine Rich Roth was born in Alsace, Germany, Dec. 13, 1851; died July 15, 1912 : aged 60 y. 7 m. 2 d. Death was caused by pneumonia. She was married to Christian Roth. Sept. 9, 1869. To this union were born 13 children, 2 boys and 1 girl preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her departure a companion, 4 sons, 6 daughters, 28 grandchildren, all of Oregon; an aged mother, 3 brothers and 4 sisters residing in the East. About 20 years ago Bro. Roth with his family moved from Arkansas to near Aurora, Oreg., their present location. Sister Katharine lived a consistent Christian life for many years and was a member of the Zion Amish Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held July 16. Bro. Isaac Hartzler of Cass Co., Mo., and Bish. A. P. Troyer preached from the text II Cor. 5:1. The former in English and the latter in German. Buried in the cemetery near by.

Shoup. - Ray Floyd, oldest son of Pre. Van Buren and Sister Della Shoup, was born Nov. 21, 1891; met death by accident near his home July 15, 1912; aged 20 y. 7 m. 24 d. While Bro. Van Buren and a Mr. Shanklin were doing some work at a coal mine the latter was overcome by "black damp" while descending, a ladder in the air shaft and fell to the bottom. Bro. Van Buren made several attempts to save his friend but he also became a victim of the foul air and fell to the bottom. His son Ray went down and fastened a rope on his fathers body whereby he was drawn to the surface in an unconscious condition but has since recovered. Bro. Ray and Mr. Shanklin were drawn to the surface in a similar manner a few minutes later, but were both dead. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church at the age of 15. He leaves a father, mother, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and many relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. Funeral services were conducted July 18 at the Longenecker Church in the presence of a very large concourse of people by I. J. Buckwalter in English from the text, "They went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them and they perished from among the congregation.". And by S. H. Miller in German from the text, "Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friend." Mr. Shanklin's funeral services were held at Dalton, O., July 17, by Pre. Findlay of the Presbyterian Church.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 19 - August 8, 1912 - page 303,304

Ramer. - Katie, wife of Bro. A. B. Ramer of near Port Trevorton, Pa., died July 11, 1912, of a complication of diseases; aged 27 y. 2 m. and a few days. She is survived by husband, 3 children, 3 sisters and a brother. Funeral at the Susquehanna M. H. conducted by ___ Ertz and W. G. Sieber. This was the largest attended funeral yet held at this place, showing that the departed one was beloved and respected by all who knew her. A neighbor.

Davidhizer. - Salome Billman was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug. 3, 1861. In the year 1863 she removed with her parents to St. Joseph Co., Ind. On Dec. 28, 1882, she was united in marriage with Samuel Davidhizar. To this union were born 3 sons, all living. In the year 1897 she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church and lived a consistent Christian life until death. On the evening of July 18 she retired in usual health but soon was overtaken with an attact of heart failure and in 30 minutes was a corpse. Her age was 50 y. 11 m. 15 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 3 sons, a foster daughter, mother, 3 brothers, 5 sisters and many friends and neighbors by whom she will be missed very much as well as by the Church, for she was a very faithful attendant. Buried July 21 in the Yellow Creek Cemetery, Elkhart Co., Ind., in the presence of about 1100 people. Services by Silas Weldy and J. W. Christophel. Text, Matt. 24:44.

Transcriber's note: Two spellings - Davidhizer, Davidhizar, in the text of the obit; 'attact' is misspelled.

Graybill. - Nancy Roth, wife of Martin Graybill, died of dropsical ailments at her home at Kernstown, Frederick Co., Va., July 27, 1912; aged 72 y. 5 m. 22 d. Her sickness which continued through many months of suffering was borne with the greatest of fortitude and patience, and being so long separated from the immediate association of her people and the fellowship of the Church of her choice from early life (Mennonite), yet she remained faithful and loyal to the last. She was born in York Co., Pa., but for 40 years or more has cast her lot with the Kernstown, Va., Mennonite congregation of which she is the third to depart this life within the past six months -- and among the last of the former prosperous congregation located here. Her husband, with 1 son and 4 daughters, survive, with also 1 sister, in Lancaster Co., Pa., who was present at the funeral, which was held in the Methodist Church at Kernstown on the 29th, by the writer, assisted by A. Knox of the Methodist Church and Alfred Jones of the Presbyterian Church.
L. J. Heatwole.

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 20 - August 15, 1912 - page 319

Thomas. - Infant child of Bro. Amos and Sister Fannie Thomas of near Hollsopple, Pa., died July 23, 1912. Funeral services were conducted July 24 at the home by L. A. Blough. Buried at Blough Mennonite Church. May God's richest blessing rest upon the sorrowing parents.

Roth. - Sister Sarah A. Roth died July 1, 1912; aged 68 y. 2 m. 28 d. Funeral July 4 at the home, conducted by D. F. Moser, and at the church, conducted by Jacob F. Bucher and Amos W. Myer. Text, Jas. 4:14, middle clause. Body laid to rest in the cemetery near Mummasburg, Pa. Peace to her ashes.

Miller. - Martha Lydia, daughter of Bro. Samuel and Sister Catharine Miller, was born Nov. 4, 1911; died July 21, 1912: aged 8 m. 7 d. Death was caused by whooping cough and brain fever. She leaves her parents, 2 little sisters , and an aged grandfather in the home. Funeral services by S. E. Weaver (Gen. 37:30, latter clause) and Y. C. Miller (Mark 5:39, latter clause) at the Shore M. H. Remains were laid to rest in the Miller cemetery. Thus another little darling has gone to its beautiful home above. Y. C. M.

Kurtz. - Pauline Caroline Stadelmier was born in Obendorf, Wurtemburg, Germany, Sept. 11, 1857; came to America, Aug. 20, 1882; was united in marriage to Wilhelm Kurtz, Aug. 24. 1882. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters, all living. She died with heart failure while visiting her daughter at New Paris, Ind; aged 55 y 8 m. 19 d. She united with the A. M. Church 24 years ago and lived a Christian life until death. Funeral services were held at the A. M. Church, Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 1, by David Burkholder in German (Text, Rev. 14:13) and J. H. McGowen in English (II Cor. 4: 17, 18).

Hershey. - Edith May, daughter of Bro. Enos J. and Sister Sue Eby Hershey, of Paradise, Pa., peacefully passed away July 20, 1912, after an illness of one year's duration, being bedfast four months; aged 21 y. 11 m. 22 d. She had a complication of diseases and was on a fair way to recovery when peritonitis set in, which resulted in her death. Every thing that medical aid could possibly do was done, but all to no avail. She was a very patient sufferer, never once complaining. She was a member of the Mennonite Church, never missing Sunday school or church until her health failed her. Edith was a faithful and obedient daughter, loved by all who knew her, which makes it very hard indeed to part with her, but He who doeth all things well thought it best to take her where sufferings are unknown. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters who deeply feel their loss, besides a host of friends and relatives. Services at the house by Bro. John B. Senger and at the Paradise Mennonite Church by Bro. C. M. Brackbill. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Kauffman. - Elizabeth Miller was born in Somerset Co., Pa., July 5, I845. She was one of a family of 8 children. Two brothers and 2 sisters have preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Joseph Kaufman in Somerset Co., Pa., May 23, 1862. In the same year they both united with the Amish Mennonite Church and on coming to Michigan they united with the Mennonite Church of Bowne and have both remained faithful until death took them home. The deceased was the mother of 1 son and 7 daughters, the father and 3 daughters having gone on before a few years ago. Sister Kauffman with her husband and family came to Michigan in 1884, living for a few months in Bowne then moving to Campbell Township where they purchased the farm that was her home until shortly after her husband's death. Since then she has lived with her children, who gave her loving care and attention, doing all they could to brighten her declining years. Most of the time she has resided with her daughter, Mrs. Noah Thomas of Bowne, with whom she was living when death came. Though being in very poor health, she seemed to be in her usual health and attended services at the Mennonite Church Sunday morning. In the afternoon, while enjoying the presence of her family and friends and entering heartily into the cheerful conversation, God sent the sudden summons "Come home," and without a struggle she quietly and peacefully passed away. She was aged 67 y. and 29 d. A devoted and faithful mother has gone on before and leaves to mourn her loss her son, Jonas Kaufman: four daughters, Mrs. David Livingston, Mrs. Noah Thomas, Mrs. Lizzie Birman, and Mrs. Nathanael Thomas; three sisters in Pennsylvania, 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, also many other relatives and friends.
"One by one they have crossed the valley
One by one they have reached the shore;
Father, sisters and now mother,
Bids us goodbye and have gone on before."

Funeral Aug. 6 from the Bowne Mennonite Church. Services at the house by Isaac Weaver and at the church by Jacob P. Miller, assisted by Aldus Brackbill.

Transcriber's note: Various spellings of Kauffman are as in the original.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 21 - August 22, 1912 - page 335

Miller. - Wilbur Wikan, son of Isaac and Anna Miller. was born in Lima, O., Feb. 27, 1910; died in Elida, O., Aug. 8. 1912; aged 2 y. 5 m. 12 d. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother. a brother, grandparents, a great-grand-father. and 3 great-grand-mothers and other relatives and friends. Wilbur was a very good hearted little boy and was loved by all who knew him. He bore his afflictions very patiently until the death angel called him home. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 10 at the Old Order Dunkard meeting house near Elida, by Moses Brenneman and Simon Martin. Text. II Sam. 12:23. Buried in cemetery near Ash Grove. May all prepare to meet Wilbur in that better land.

Springer. - On Wednesday, May 8, the sad news came that Bertha is dead. We could hardly believe it. since she was sick but a short time. I was made to think that her bright smiles will be seen no more as she has always had a bright smile for everybody. Why it is we do not understand but know that what God has done is well done. Bertha in her young years had chosen Jesus as her Savior. May this be the means of drawing us closer to Him who has said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." Bertha, daughter of Val. and Kate Springer, was born near Hopedale, Ill.. Sept. 19. 1896; died May 8, 1912: aged 15 y. 7 m. 19 d. She leaves father, mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn their loss. She was a good and obedient girl and will be greatly missed at home and by her neighbors and friends. But we believe she is sweetly resting in that happy home above. Funeral services were held at the Amish Mennonite Church near Hopedale and conducted by John Birkey and Samuel Garber of Tremont and Daniel Nafziger.

Schload. - Daniel L., son of James S. and Mattie Schload died of tuberculosis at noon Aug. 4, 1912; aged 16 y. 1 m. 20 d. He had not been well the greater part of the last two years, but had been real patient and resigned to his lot. He was a member of the graduating class of 1912, of the Akron High School. but through failing health he was compelled to relinquish his studies, much to the regret of his class-mates, principal and community in general. On Saturday evening prior to his death he wished to speak with a minister and Pre. Eli Hershey of the Reformed Mennonite Church of Lancaster was sent for. He gave bright hopes and evidence of being saved and said he was prepared to go. He had learned to pray and trust in the Savior. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, Mary at home, 2 half-brothers and 1 half-sister, James Herneisen and Walter H. and Minnie E. Schload, and a large host of friends. Funeral services on Aug. 8 with interment at the Evangelical cemetery at Akron. Pre. Eli Hershey preached from John 3:5. A large number of relatives and friends were present to pay a last tribute of respect to one who was loved in the community.

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 22 - August 29, 1912 - page 351, 352

Culp. - Solomon Culp was born in Mahoning Co., O., May 3, 1851; died Aug. 10, 1912; aged 61 y. 3 m. 7 d. He was the son of Jacob and Lydia Culp and is survived by his aged mother, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. His wife Susan (Fry) Culp died on last Memorial day. He was received into the Mennonite Church before he died. He had never made a profession, but when he saw that he was nearing the end of life's journey he was anxious to make peace with his God. Funeral services were conducted by E. M. Detwiler and A. J. Steiner at Midway, Aug. 12. Text, John 17:24.

Conrad. - Christian Conrad was born in Stark Co., O., April 24, 1846; died Aug. 10, 1912; aged 66 y. 3 m. 17 d. He confessed Christ and united with the A. M. Church of Louisville, O., and remained a faithful member until death. At the age of 32 years he united in marriage with Anna Krabill and lived in holy matrimony 33 years. Said union was blessed with 3 sons and 7 daughters. The oldest son preceded the father to the spirit world in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing widow, 9 children, a brother and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by J. A. Leichty at the home and at the church by J. S. Gerig and John Sommers. Text, Jer. 31:13.

Miller. - Barbara Miller was born in France, Nov. 30, 1835; died July 24, 1912; aged 76 y. 7 m. 24 d. Sister Miller was the wife of Bro. Michael Miller, who preceded her to the world beyond 14 years ago, at their pleasant home in Washington Twp., Stark Co., 0. She was the mother of 10 sons and 4 daughters. Three sons and 1 daughter have also preceded her to the spirit world, leaving to mourn her departure 7 sons and 3 daughters, all members of the Beach congregation; also 13 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister. Funeral services at the home conducted by John Sommers and at the church by Benj. Gerig in German (text, Isa. 35:19) and J. W. Leichty in English (text, Matt. 25:10, latter clause).

Miller. - Clarence Daniel, son of John D. and Malinda Miller, was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Jan. 20, 1897; died Aug. 9, 1912; aged 15 y. 6 m. 20 d. His death was caused by tuberculosis of the bone from which he has been a sufferer for over four years. During this time he suffered a great deal, but always bore it very patiently. He gave his heart to his Savior two years ago and has been a faithful worker ever since, always in a quiet and loving way. He leaves father, mother, 5 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn his early departure, 1 brother, having preceeded him to the home beyond.
Funeral services at the Forks Church on Sunday, Aug. 11, conducted by Yost Miller and S. E. Weaver. Interment at Forest Grove cemetery.

Transcriber's note: "preceeded" as spelled in original; punctuation in the last sentence of first paragraph is as in original.

Myers. - Henry A. Myers was born Aug. 22, 1872; died Aug. 2, 1912; aged 39 y. 11 m. 10 d. About 14 years ago he attended camp meeting near Halgate, made confession and was baptized by a minister of the Church of God. He has been bodily afflicted for many years on account of which he could not enjoy life as most of us can, with the free use of our physical bodies, yet he seemed contented. patient and resigned to his lot in life. His favorite songs were such as, "Jesus lover of my soul," "In the sweet by and by," etc. His race is run, his days are done, and he will be greatly missed in the home and the community; and it is a great consolation that we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Buried Aug. 4 in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends. Services by Bro. J. M. Shenk at the Blanchard River Church, Putman Co., 0.

Leaman. - Aug. 18, 1912, in Lancaster, Pa., Harry W., son of Bro. Geo. H. and Sister Amelia Walter Leaman, entered into rest at the age of 3 y. 1 m. 26 d. of a complication of diseases after 8 weeks of great suffering. With all his suffering he was very patient for one so young. When he could not talk any more he would follow us with the eyes that we knew he knew who was in his presence. Then he calmly fell asleep in Jesus. Oh, how we miss him. There is left to mourn his departure parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, 2 aged grand-fathers and grand-mothers and many relatives and friends, and especially an invalid aunt who will miss him when the father comes without little Harry. It was hard to say good-bye, yet we know dear Harry's suffering is over and we hope to meet him on the other shore. Funeral Aug. 20, conducted at the house by Bro. Jno. N. Lefever (Text, II Sam. 12:17-23) and at Mellinger's Church by Bro. Jno. N. Lefever (Text, Rom. 8:18) followed by Bro. Jno. L. Landis in German (Text, Matt. 18:1-4). He was buried in the adjoining graveyard.
By his aunt.

Weidner. - Sister Lizzie M. (Fry), wife of Bro. Benjamin Weidner, of Warwick, Lancaster Co., Pa., was born Feb. 21, 1863, and died Aug. 13, 1912, of a complication of diseases from which she suffered for the past year. She bore her affliction patiently until God saw fit to take her to that home to which she had a great desire to go. There there is no more pain, no more sorrow, but all is peace and love. She had in her last hours selected that old familiar hymn, "I'm going home to die no more," to be sung at her funeral. Her age was 49 y. 5 m. 22 d. In the year 1881 she was united in marriage with Bro. Weidner, who, with 5 sons and 3 daughters, mourns the loss of a dear companion and father. Three brothers and 1 sisters also survive.
The funeral was held Aug. 17. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Noah Landis and at the Warwick Mennonite Church by Bro. Noah Landis and Bro. Jacob Hershey, assisted by Edwin Brubaker. Interment at Hess' cemetery.

"One by one they have crossed the valley,
One by one they have reached the shore, -
Bid us good-bye and have gone on before."
A Niece.

Transcriber's note: "1 sisters" is as in original.

Sommer. - Lingering in an unconscious state for five days following a stroke of apoplexy, John Sommer died at the home of his daughter, Lizzie Sommer. in Metamora, Ill., Aug. 2, 1912; aged. 76 y. 11 m. 27 d. He has been in failing health since three years ago, when he suffered a paralytic stroke at the home of his son John, in Oklahoma. He was brought back to Illinois a few months afterwards, and has since then made his home with his daughter Lizzie. He was born in France Aug. 6, 1835, and two years later came with his father's family to Partridge Twp., where he grew to manhood and was married to Anna Smith, June 24, 1863. Thirteen children were born to this union, 9 living, of whom all but one were at the father's bedside during his last days of illness. His wife preceded him in death, July 25, 1900. He united with the Dunkard Church at Stuttgart, Ark., 14 years ago and remained a faithful member to the end. The surviving children are George I., Joseph D., Bena, Lizzie, Lena, wife of John Wagner, John J., Chris W., Anna., wife of Sam Studer, and Peter B. Five brothers and 1 sister also survive; also 23 grandchildren.
Funeral services Aug. 4 at the Union Church, Metamora, Ill., conducted by E. Eschliman and Andrew Schrock. The services were attended by a large throng of relatives and friends of the family. After the services the remains were taken to the Hickory Point Cemetery west of Metamora for burial.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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