Herald of Truth
April 1865 - Vol. II, No.4
Page 31, 32

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On Tuesday, March 7th, in Cumberland Co., Pa., Preacher David Martin, aged 74 years, 7 months and 10 days. He was buried on the 9th, on which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by Bro. Christian Bomberger in the German language, and Bro. Amos Herr in English. ABRAHAM MARTIN, SR.

Near Hanover, York Co., Pa., on the 17th of March, our brother, Jacob Bear, aged 73 years, 10 months and 14 days. He was buried on the 19th at Bear's Meeting House. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed his remains to the grave.
His funeral sermon was preached by Bro. John Sherk of Adams Co., and the writer, from the words found in Mark 13: 35-37.

"Must friends and kindred droop and die,
And helpers be withdrawn;
While sorrow with a weeping eye,
Counts up the comforts gone."
"And while your mournful thoughts deplore
The parent gone, removed the friend;
With hearts resigned, his grace adore,
On your nobler hopes depend."

On the 15th of March, in Kent Co., Mich., of intermittent bilious fever, Anna, wife of Henry Eyman. Her maiden name was Wenger. She was born, May 30th, 1833, in Lancaster Co., Pa., and died at the age of 31 years, 10 mo. and 16 days. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn their loss. She was buried on the 17th in the S. W. Caladonia burying ground, on which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by Bro. Abm. Detweiler in the German Language and Jacob 0. Bowman in the English, from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8. The deceased was a faithful sister in the Mennonite Church for about 14 years. JOSEPH W. DETWEILER.

On March 2d, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Levi, Son of Bro. and Sister, David and Susanna Lechlitner, aged 1 year, 5 mo. and 12 days. He was buried on the 3d, on which occasion remarks were made in the German language from Ps. 40: 16, by the writer.

On March the 4th, in the same place, Herbert Albertus, only child of Lester and Olive E. Sawyer, aged 4 years, 1 mo. and 25 days. His burial took place on Sunday the 5th, and was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives. It was very hard for the parents to give up their only child; yet while we know how painful it is to part with the children we love, we entreat them to yield in humble resignation to the will of God, who is too wise to err and too good to be unkind.
A funeral discourse was delivered by the writer in the English Language from 2 Kings, 4: 26: "Is it well with the child?.... It is well."

"It is well with the child" which is taken away?
"Is it well." Then, 0 parents, your sorrowing stay.
"Is it well with the child" which no longer we see?
"It is well"----from all sorrow and suff'ring 'tis free.

"Is it well with the child" which no longer we hear!
"It is well," weeping friends, this you never need fear.
"Is it well with the child," since in death 'tis asleep?
"Yes 'tis sleeping in Jesus, then why need you weep?

"Is it well with the child," and from care is it free!
"Suffer little children," said Jesus, "to come unto me."
"Is it well with the child" which to me has been giv'n?
"It is well," for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

On the 7th of March, at her residence in Champaign Co., Ohio, of apoplexy, Catharine Frank, (her maiden name was Brenneman,) aged 63 years, 1 month and 5 days. At her burial on the 8th, a discourse was delivered from Eccl. 4: 2. She was a member of the Baptist Church for 33 years. She was a widow, a number of years, and leaves three brothers, a sister and numerous friends and relatives to mourn their loss.

On March the 27th, in Dekalb Co., Ind., of Typhoid fever, Christina, consort of John Phlomer, aged 19 years, 5 mo. and 22 days. Her remains were brought to Elkhart Co., where her parents reside, where her burial, on the 29th, at the Methodist Chapel, near Osceola was attended by many weeping relatives and sympathising(sic) friends. She manifested a willingness to leave this world. She sent word to her absent sisters, saying, that they should not weep for her, that she was going to a good place. She also sent words of admonition to her father, that he should prepare to meet her there.
A funeral discourse was delivered by the writer from Luke 23: 28, and at the close of the service the following hymn was sung:

Weep not for me, my friends so dear,
Nor shed for me the sorrowing tear;
I am not dead but only sleep,
My lonely slumber, oh, how sweet!

No longer is this mortal frame,
The seat of suffering, grief and pain;
Serene and tranquil is my sleep,
My silent slumber, oh, how sweet!

Ye who around my grave do tread,
Ye too must die and here be laid;
Oh, then prepare your Lord to meet,
Ere summoned to His judgment seat.

On the 13th of March, in Washington Township, Hancock Co., Ohio, ___, wife of Jacob Weinland, aged 74 years, 11 months and 2 days. For several years she has been much afflicted and suffered much pain and sickness. She was willing to die and go to her eternal home. She was buried on the 14th, on which occasion a funeral discourse was delivered in the English language by Andrew Hehr, and in German by the writer, from 2 Cor. 5: 1: "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." After the sermon her body was brought to rest and consigned to dust from whence it was taken, until body and soul shall reunite at the great day of the resurrection. This is worthy of consideration since time bears us swiftly on; therefore may the grace of Jesus Christ, by his good Spirit guide us on till we reach the goal of eternal life

On the 24th of March, near Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill., of Typhoid fever, Henry Kreider, son of J. H. Kreider, aged 22 years, 6 months and 24 days. He suffered only a few days. He was buried on the 26th, on which occasion discourses were delivered to a large audience by the brethren Benj. Hershey and Jos. Allenbach from John 9: 1-6.

On the 19th of March, near the same place, of Lung fever, Henry Heckler, aged 61 years, 3 mo. and 7 days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He was buried on the 21st. His funeral sermon was preached, by the same as above, from Rom. 14: 8, 9.

On the 25th of March, at Sterling, Ill., of Typhoid fever, from which he suffered only a short time, E. Snavely, aged 44 years, 11 months and 25 days. He was a Deacon in the Mennonite Church, and leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss. His remains were consigned to the grave on the 27th, in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives. A funeral discourse was preached by Bro. Benj. Hershey from 2 Cor. 5:1-10.

"Go watch and pray, thou canst not tell
How near the hour of death may be;
Thou canst not- know how soon the bell
May toll its doleful notes for thee;
Death's countless snares beset thy way,
Frail child of dust, go watch and pray."

On Febr. 24th, in Waterloo Co., Canada West, of apoplexy, Bro. Peter Erb, aged 78 years, 1 month and 10 days. He was born in the State of Pennsylvania-was married on the 14th of November 1806, with Susanna Bomberger and emigrated to Canada in 1807, where, as a peaceable citizen, he experienced, with others, the difficulties of a new country. He had, with his wife, who is still living, 11 children, three sons and eight daughters. He enjoyed good health generally until he reached his 75th year, when his strong bodily powers were shattered by a stroke of apoplexy, from which he suffered by repeated attacks until at last, as we hope, he fell asleep in the Lord.

On the 19th of March, 1865, in Mt. Joy Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., _________, wife of Pre. John Risser, aged 70 years, 9 months and 6 days; and was buried on the 21st. An appropriate funeral discourse was delivered by Bros. Peter Ebersole and John Brubaker from 2 Cor. 4: 17, 18: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory: while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." A large concourse of friends and mourners were present, to deliver her lifeless remains to her Mother Earth. This aged sister had, for about eight years previous to her death, endured great suffering and passed many a gloomy hour in great pain. But the Lord did not suffer her to be tempted beyond her strength. About five years ago, she became blind, and, like the aged Tobit, had to wait in darkness, till her gracious God finally released her from this world of sorrow, and took her where there will be no more pain, no more suffering and dying. In the Paradise of love, there will be no more distress. Although the writer could not be present at the funeral, insomuch as he himself was suffering under bodily infirmities, yet he often visited her in her sufferings, and comforted her with the words of the text,


Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas

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