Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1912

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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 23 - September 5, 1912 - page 367

Layton. - Susan Pol, was born in Muskingun Co., Ohio, July 4, 1831; was united in marriage to Churchill Layton, Nov. 16, 1849. To this Union was born one son who alone remains to mourn the love of a mother
Deceased calmly fell asleep in Jesus, Aug. 25, 1912, being 81 y. 1 m. 21 d. old
Funeral services at the home of her son near Albany, Oreg., Aug. 26; conducted by Bro. J. P. Bontrager. Burial at the North Palestine cemetery.

Erb. - Bro. Peter Erb was born March 30, 1840, in Alsace, Germany; died Aug. 18, 1912, near Milford, Nebr. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Jansi. To this union were born twelve children. His wife and six children preceded him to the spirit world. He was again married to widow Lena Becker
His death was caused by heart trouble and dropsy, from which he suffered very much for several months; but he bore it all patiently and often expressed a desire to depart from this world, and be with Christ. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Leaves to mourn his departure, wife, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 4 step-children, 91 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services at the East Fairview Church near Milford, Nebr., conducted by the brethren Wm. Schlegel, Jos. Rediger and Jacob Stauffer. Peace to his ashes.

Transcriber's note: Although it seems high, 91 granchildren is what is in the original.

Hostetler. - Barbara (Yoder) Hostetler wife of Pre. David Hostetler of Weilersville, Ohio, peacefully passed away July 18, 1912, after being an invalid for over two years, being bedfast five weeks; agad 70 y. 5 m. 18 d. She was very patient and fully resigned to the Lord's will. She was a kind mother and a devoted sister in the Mennonite Church, and her seat was not empty as long as health permitted. She leaves to mourn her departure a beveaved husband and 2 sons, 2 daughters. Two sons and 2 daughters have preceded her to the spirit world
Funeral was held at Oak Grove Church, Wayne Co., O., on the 21st. Services at the home by S. B. Longenecker, at the church by J. B. Gerig, Aaron Eberly and A. H. Brenneman. Peace to her ashes.

Transcriber's note: "agad" and "beveaved" are as in original.

Slabaugh. - Maria Brenneman was born in Germany, Nov. 19, 1821. At the age of 20 years she came to Maryland. In 1840 she was married to Daniel Slabaugh, who died in July, 1902. In 1865 they came to McLean Co., Ill., where she lived until her death. Seven children were born to them. Her husband and 2 children preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her loss 4 daughters, 1 son, 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early youth and lived and died in that faith. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Gingerich, Aug. 11, 1912. She reached the age of 90 y. 9 m. 21 d. She had a remarkable memory up to the time of her death. She will be missed in our home. Funeral services were held at the South Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. John Stenzinger and Peter Schantz. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8
John Gingerich.

Nolt. - Annie H., wife of Bro. Benj. N. Nolt, of Landisville, Pa., was called from time to eternity on Aug. 16, 1912; aged 59 y. 11 m. 12 d. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure an invalid husband, 4 sons. 5 daughters and 1 brother, Amos Hoffman. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, a kind and loving mother. a true faithful wife, caring for her invalid husband in every way that she could up to her sickness, which was brief and a shock to her family and to the community. But God's ways are not ours. As it pleased the Lord to call her may the death of our sister in faith and this kind and loving mother be the means of drawing many to Christ, especially the children, that they may turn to Him, who can heal all their sorrows and bathe all their wounds, and then they all have that bright hope of meeting the one they loved. Funeral services were held on Monday, August 19, at Salunga Mennonite Church and conducted by Bishops J. N. Brubaker and P. R. Nissley and Bros. Hiram Kauffman and Isaac Brubaker. Test, Phil. 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain," selected by the family.

"Does Jesus care when I've said 'good bye',
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
It this aught to him, does He see
0 yes he cares. I know he cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are dreary and the long night dreary,
I know my Savior cares."

Hochstetler. - Anna (Swartzendruber) Hochstetler was born in Somerset Co., Pa, Mar. 1, 1842, and died in Johnson Co., Iowa, July 27, 1912, at the age of 70 y. 4 m. 26 d. She was united in marriage to Henry Hochstetler in 1863 and lived in matrimony 48 years. To this union were born 4 sons and 7 daughters. One daughter passed away in 1882 at the age of 2. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 10 children, 50 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. One grandchild died in April, 1908. Three daughters are living in Michigan, one brother in Oregon, one in Indiana; and the others are near home. All were present at the funeral except two sons, Menno and Henry. The departed was a devout Christian. She united with the Amish-Mennonite Church while young and remained true to her faith until death. She was ill since last winter. Her disease was dropsy and heart trouble. The funeral was held on Monday at 1 o'clock in the Lower Deer Creek Church in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. The service was conducted by J. F. Schwartzendruber and J. S. Yoder. Text; Rev. 14:13. A favorite hymn of the departed "Traue Kinder, lieb einander,' was sung.

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Thou hast passed from earth away;
Thou are in our Father's bosom
In the realms of endless day.

"All our fondest hopes are shattered,
Of receiving counsel right;
Oh! let us ever strive to keep
Nearer to the Savior's side."

Hartzler. - Katie E. Hartzler was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, Sept. 25, 1849; died at her home in Topeka, Ind., Aug. 25, 1912; aged 62 y. 11 m. When five years old she moved with her parents to LaGrange Co., Ind. She lived here and in Noble county the remainder of her life. When less than two years old through sickness she became a cripple from which she suffered much
When quite young she became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church to which she adhered through life. In 1875 she was united in marriage to Levi S. Hartzler of Mifflin Co., Pa. To this union were born two sons and one daughter. The latter died in infancy. She leaves a husband, two sons, a foster daughter, three grandsons, one brother, one sister and many friends to mourn her departure. She suffered much pan during the last three months but bore it all with patience and resignation to the will of the Lord. Her last words were, "The ways of the Lord are right, He knows what is best." Funeral services at the Maple Grove Church and burial at the Mennonite cemetery, Jonathan Kurtz and J. S. Hartzler officiating.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 24 - September 12, 1912 - page 383

Flohr. - Catharine (Yoder) Flohr, wife of Isaac Flohr, died at her home near Columbiana, Ohio, Aug: 28 at the age of 67 y. 7 m. 14 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1873 and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at Midway Church, Friday, Aug. 30, by Bro. A. J. Steiner assisted by Allen Rickert.

Fisher. - Simon H. Fisher was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Apr. 23, 1861; died Aug. 23, 1912; aged 51 y. 4 m. He leaves to mourn 8 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services were held Aug. 26 at the home by J. H. Bare and at the Whitehead Church near New Paris by J. S. Hartzler. Text, Rev. 2:10 - last part. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Steiner. - Catharine Steiner was born Nov. 25, 1841, in Wayne Co., O.; died Sept. 1, 1912; aged 62 y. 9 m. 7 d. She was received an inmate of the Mennonite Old People's Home in Wayne Co., O., Apr. 4, 1904, where she died after being afflicted with dropsy for the last few years. Funeral services at the Crown Hill Church, where she was buried.

Transcriber's note: Given age is not consistent with birth and death dates.

Witmer. - Bro. William Witmer died at his home four miles north of Columbiana, Ohio, Aug. 29, after an illness of nearly a year. Funeral was held Sunday at Midway Church, services conducted by A. J. Steiner and David Lehman. His age was 67 y. 8 m. 5 d. His wife, one brother, one sister, and one grandchild survive him.

Smucker. - Gideon Smucker was born Nov. 8, 1912; died Aug. 31, 1912, in Wayne Co., O., near the place of his birth; aged 77 y. 9 m. 27 d. Buried at the Oak Grove cemetery. When young in years he gave his heart to the Lord and united with the Amish Mennonite Church and ever remained a faithful member. He united in marriage with Martha Zook, who died Oct. 3, 1876. To this union were born 9 children 3 of whom preceded father to the spirit world. All the children are consistent members of the Church of their father's choice. Text, Rev. 3:8.

Transcriber's note: Birth date is obvious error.

Groff. - Benjamin L., son of Amos H, and Catharine D. Groff, of Lancaster, Pa., was born March 19, 1873: died Aug. 22, l912; aged 39 y. 5 m. 3 d. He was received into the Mennonite Church sixteen years ago. He is survived by his parents, one brother and one sister. His death was due to complication of diseases by which he was afflicted many years. We trust that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral Aug. 25, conducted at the house by Bro. John H. Mosemann and at Mellinger's Church by Bros., John H. Mosemann and Sanford Landis. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
One by one they cross the valley,
One by one they reach the shore,
Depart from us and go before.

Horst. - Martha S., daughter of Elam S. and Alice Horst, was born in Lancaster Co.. Pa., July 29, 1912; died Aug. 19, 1912; aged 21 days. Funeral services were conducted by Benjamin Wenger. Text, Job 1:21, latter clause. Remains were laid to rest in the Groffdale cemetery. Thus another little darling his gone to its beautiful home above. God saw fit to take our darling baby Martha so near and dear to us. He has chosen one so innocent and leaves this consolation with us that she has gone to heaven where we can all meet her again.
God wanted one more angel child,
Among His angel band;
And so he bent with loving smile
And clasped our Martha's hand.

Christopel. - Isaiah Christophel was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 24, 1852; was killed by a stroke of lightning Aug. 28, 1912; aged 60 y. 6 m. 4 d. Bro. Christophel had been in the field plowing and as a storm was approaching he started home, but before reaching the barn he was killed and 15 minutes later was found by his wife. He had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and served the Salem congregation as deacon for the past 10 years. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, 3 daughters and 1 foster granddaughter, (one daughter preceded him) also 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services were held Aug. 31 at the Yellow Creek Church by Bro. J. S. Hartzler, assisted by Bros. J. H. Bare and David Burkholder. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3 - last part. The funeral was largely attended.

Transcriber's note: I think the correct spelling of family name is Christophel.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 25 - September 19, 1912 - page 399,400

Good. - Bro. David Good was buried at the Pine Grove meeting house near Bowmansville, Pa., Aug. 16, aged 31 y. 3 m. 4 d. Services by M. Horning and Jonas Martin. He was a member of the Wisler branch of the Mennonite Church.

Musselman. - Harry Musselman died Aug. 28 at the home of his son-in law, Henry Musser, of Bowmansville, Pa. He was buried at the Lutheran and Reformed Church in said village. His wife preceded him to the spirit world. There was a large assemblage at the funeral which was conducted by S. Roth and A. Shelley of the Oberboltzer Mennonites of which the deceased was a member. Aged 57 y. 7 m. 26 d. Peace to his ashes.

Landis. - Bro. F. M. Landis of Worcester, Pa., died suddenly Aug. 12, 1912. His death was unexpected. He was in his usual health, apparently, in the evening, and in the morning be was in eternity. He leaves a widow and four daughters to mourn their loss. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, his place in church never vacant unless sickness or other unavoidable hindrance intervened. He was buried Aug. 17.

Miller. - Henry, son of John D. and Katie Miller, was born Dec. 4, 1902; died Aug. 17, 1912; aged 9 y. 8 m. 13 d. The cause of his death was diphtheria. It was a sad funeral. He leaves father, 3 brothers, 5 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Walnut Creek Church, Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 8, by S. H. Miller (text, Matt. 18:3), and M. A. Mast (text, Heb. 4:1-11). Buried Aug. 18 in Walnut Creek Cemetery.

Dester. - Anna Dester was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 13, 1841; died near White Cloud, Mich., Sept. 5, 1912; age 71 y. 4 m. 22 d. Funeral Sept. 8 from the Union Church near White Cloud by T. N. Nelson of the home church and Jacob P. Miller of the Brown church. Sister Dester leaves to mourn her husband, one daughter, 5 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, 2 half-sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church in her younger years and remained faithful until death.

Zook. - David Zook died very suddenly of heart failure at his home near Neshannock Falls, Aug. 27. 1912: aged 53 y. 8 m. 12 d. He had seemed in his usual health and after eating his supper he picked up a newspaper to read when he threw up his hands and expired. He is survived by his wife and 5 children, his oldest daughter having preceded him to the spirit world about 17 months ago. Bro. Zook was a member of a A. M. Church and was a very good and kind neighbor, always willing to give a helping hand, and he was noted for visiting the sick and helping the poor. May the Lord abundantly bless and comfort the bereaved ones. It is another reminder that we are on the brink of eternity and may be called at any moment to meet the King. Surely, "there is but a step between me and death." We believe he was prepared for the change. Had this been one of us, would the same be true in our case? "Be ye also ready." Funeral services at the Maple Grove Church on the 29, conducted by J. H. Lantz in German and J. R. Byler in English. Text, Luke 12:40.
We miss you when the morning dawns,
We miss you when the night returns,
We miss you here, we miss you there,
Dear father, we miss you everywhere.

Zook. - Phoebe A. Zook, wife of John G. Zook, died at the family home, about three miles from New Wilmington, Aug. 27, 1912, aged 43 y. 6 d. She had been ailing about eight months with tuberculosis. A sad feature in connection with her death is that the youngest child, 18 months old, is an invalid. Sister Zook is survived by her husband and 8 children who mourn the loss of a true and faithful wife and a kind loving mother. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She was fully resigned to God's will and bore her afflictions patiently until God saw fit to take her to that home to which she had a great desire to go. Many were the counsels and good advice she gave to those that visited her, admonishing them to be faithful and meet her in the home beyond. May God comfort and bless the bereaved ones. He alone can heal all their sorrows and wipe away all tears from their eyes. She will be greatly missed in the home and community. Funeral services at the house on the 30th conducted by E. M. Detweiler of Mahoning Co., Ohio, in English. Text, John 17:24, and J. R. Byler, in German, Rev. 21:4.

One voice had joined the choir,
In the angel song above;
One spirit bright and beautiful
Sings of redeeming love.
Look upward, tearful mourners,
And wipe your tears away,
Though a darling one is missing
From your home today.

(Bleam)* Miller. - Margretha Miller was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., July 11, 1828, died at the home of her son, Dilman in Kent Co., Mich., Aug. 24, 1912; aged 83 y. 1 m. 13 d. She was one of a family of six children. One sister Mrs. Elizabeth Keller, died a few years ago. The others have lived to reach, or nearly so, the three score years and ten. She was united in marriage to Jonathan Bleam in Ontario, July 12. 1853. To them were born three sons and four daughters. The father and three children, Aaron, Ester and Mary Ann, have preceded this aged mother into eternity. Two sons and two daughters remained to comfort and care for her during her reclining years. 36 years ago Mrs. Bleam with her husband and children came to Michigan and settled on the farm that has since been her home. She has been a member of the Mennonite Church from girlhood, but for many years has not been able to enjoy its service on account of failing health. She is survived by her son Dilman with whom she lived, another son Henry and her two daughters, Mrs. Samuel Stahl and Mrs. John Stahl one brother in Michigan, two sisters and 1 brother in Canada, also several grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Besides these she leaves a large circle of nieces, nephews and other relations.
"Sleep, peacefully sleep, dear mother,
Your cares and your sorrows are o'er;
On this side the shore we'll miss you,
On the other you will meet those gone before."

Services were conducted at the house by Benj Bowman and at the Church by J. P. Miller and Aldus Brackbill. Text, II Timothy 4:7.

Transcriber's note: (1)* It seems that this obituary should be headed Bleam, not Miller; (2)the age does not agree with birth and death dates.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 26 - September 26, 1912 - page 415,416

Weirick. - Mabel Weirick, daughter of John and Wilma Weirich, of Shipshewana, Ind., was born Dec, 28, 1910, died Sept. 7, 1912, aged 1 y. 8 m. 6 d. She leaves to mourn a father and mother. She was their only child. She was sick only 17 hours. Funeral services were conducted by Yost C. Miller who used Job 1, 21:14, 1-2; Josiah J. Miller, Mark 10:13-16 at the Shore meeting house. Remains were laid to rest in the Miller cemetery.
A precious one from us has flown,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

Transcriber's note: The Job reference is as in original.

Swartzentruber. - Nancy (Wise) Swartzentruber was born March 4, 1861, died Sept 12, 1912, aged 51 y. 6 m. 8 d. She was married to Jacob Swartzentruber the 9th of June 1888, who died July 1, 1910. To this union were born two children. One died in infancy and one daughter is left to mourn the loss of a kind mother. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral service were held Sept. 14. at the Shore Church by Y. C. Miller and Isa. 35: 8-10 as a text, and J. J. Miller, Rev. 14:13. She was laid to rest in the Hostetler cemetery.
"Mother thou hast left me lonely
And my grief I deeply feel.
But 'tis God, that has bereft me,
He can all my sorrow heal.
Yet again I hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
When in heaven in joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."

Yoder. - Rebecca Smoker Yoder was born Nov. 19, 1851, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; died at her home near Goshen, Ind., Sept. 12, 1912: aged 60 y. 9 m. 25 d. Married to C. P. Yoder Oct. 7, 1870. To this union were born five children: Mrs. Salina Berkey, Mrs. A. V. Blough, Noble and Minnie Yoder and Laura who preceded her to the spiritual world. Survived by her husband, 4 children and ten grandchildren. She united with the Mennonite church at the age of 14 years and has been a consistent and faithful member until her death. She bore her affliction with patience and was fully prepared to meet her Lord. Funeral service Sept 15 at the Berkey church near Goshen, Ind. Service conducted by Bros. Silas Yoder and P. E. Whitmer. May God comfort the bereaved.

Transcriber's note: Given age is not consistent with birth and death dates.

Holsinger. - Lydia Holsinger was born near Broadway, Va., Mar. 6, 1845; died at Broadway, Aug. 3, 1912; aged 67 y. 4 m. 28 d. Sister Holsinger lived on the old homestead of her father, Bish. John Geil, until a few years ago, when she, her husband and daughter, moved to Broadway. She leaves her husband and five children to mourn their loss, which is her gain. The children -- Henry, Gabriel, Priscilla, and Delpha all live in Virginia and are all members of the Mennonite denomination of which the mother was a member. The deceased was faithful and devoted to the church and a kind and compassionate mother, always concerned about her children, even down to death. She was one of a family of 13 children, the parents and nine of these preceded her to the spirit world. Those who survive are Jacob, Katie, Priscilla and Rebecca. The remains were laid to rest in Zion Cemetery to await a glorious resurrection. Funeral conducted by Perry and Lewis Shank.
Lord, help us each thy will to know,
That we may walk with Thee,
When skies are dark, and sight is dimmed,
Thy providence a mystery.

Help us as lovingly to yield
As mother did, who now has gone,
With her to look for heavenly joys,
With her to say, Thy will be done.

Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright
Since the spirit of our dear one
Took its happy homeward flight;
And we long to cross that river,
Long to rest upon that shore,
There to see, and know and love her
With her Savior evermore.

Transcriber's note: Although 5 children survived, only four are named; the number of named surviving sibs is not consistent with the number given in the family(13) and preceding her in death(9).

Niemand. - Lewis Niemand was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Jan. 10, 1830. He died in the city of Elkhart, Sept. 10, 1912, aged 82 y. 8 m. He came to Elkhart fifty years ago and for many years followed the carpenter trade. For a time he also was engaged in manufacturing artificial stone and making cement side-walks. His wife died Jan. 10, 1910. Since his wife's death he has been in failing health and suffered much from Bright's disease. His affliction grew worse and during the last two weeks of his life he was confined to his bed. He passed away calmly, retaining consciousness to the last. He was an active worker during his younger years. He possessed a quiet and amiable disposition, was kind and helpful toward those with whom he was associated, and was strictly honest in his dealings with his fellow men. In his earlier years he was a member of the Lutheran Church. He will be long remembered by all who knew him. He has finished his course and gone to his reward, which we hope may be the reward of the righteous. He is survived by one daughter and one grand-daughter. This is the third time that death has entered this home within a period of a little less than three years. May God comfort the sorrowing hearts.

Eash. - Ammon Sylvester, son of Bro. Samuel and Sister Cedilla Eash was born May 28, 1912; died Sept. 11, 1912; aged 3 m. 13 d. Funeral Sept. 13, conducted by Bro. S. G. Shetler. Buried in the Thomas Mennonite Cemetery.

Markley. - Bro. Benj. W. Markley of Worcester, Pa.. died suddenly Aug. 12, 1912. His death was unexpected. He was in his usual health, apparently, in the evening, and in the morning he was in eternity. He leaves a widow and four daughters to mourn their loss. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, his place in church never vacant unless sickness or other unavoidable hindrance intervened. He was buried Aug. 17.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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