Herald of Truth
September 1866 - Vol. III, No. 9
Page 76

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At Chicago, Illinois, on Friday the 24th of August of chronic diarrhoea(sic), Susan Mary, infant daughter of John F. and Salome Funk, aged 6 months and 26 days.

Sleep, Susan Mary! sleep, thy dust
Alone is in our keeping;
We laid thee down in holy trust,
And yet with bitter weeping;
Tears fell as summer rain-drops fall
For June's half open roses-
Tears fell as only tears may fall
When earth's last hope reposes.

Thus link by link the golden chain
On earth is sadly riven;
Thus link by link it forms again
Upon the plains of Heaven.

On the 16th of July, near Chenoa, McLean Co., Ill., Joseph Miller, aged 38 years. He was buried on the 17th. Funeral sermon was preached by Christian Shlagell from 1 Cor. 15 and 2 Cor. 5: 11. He leaves a wife and six children.
C. S.

On the 1st of August, near Silver Spring, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew and Susanna Greider, aged 4 years, 3 mo., and 5 days. She suffered for nearly a week, and during the latter part of her illness it seemed as though she might die almost any hour, and sometimes she said in a low tone, "0 mercy." God comes very near to us when he calls our dear ones home. Oh, that we could all regard his voice, and take Christ's yoke upon us and learn of him the true way of life, that we may also have the hope of meeting again those we held so dear while on earth. "A little while and ye shall not see me, and a little while and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father." Funeral sermon by Amos Herr and Christian Nissley from Acts 17: 30, 31.

On the 30th of July, at the residence of Bro. Christian Yoder, in Lagrange County, Indiana, Joseph Gascha, aged about 57 years. He came here from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, about three months ago. His wife died in Pennsylvania about seven months ago. He was buried on the 1st of August. Funeral sermon by Christian Miller from Jn. 5: 26-3O and 1 Thess 4: 13-18. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of people. He was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite church.

Near Springfield, Clark Co., Ohio, Christian Mumma, who was born Aug. 30th 1791, and died on the 21st of July 1866, aged 74 years, 10 months, and 22 days. His health had been failing for several years. But he was still able with the assistance of two canes to walk about until a short time before his death. I visited him several times during his last illness. He bore his affliction with Christian fortitude, and his desire was to go home and meet his smiling Jesus. On the morning of the day of his death, he asked his wife, if she thought he would die that day. She answered that he looked as if he might, and at five o'clock he was a corpse. He died without a struggle. His funeral took place on the 23rd. Funeral sermon by the writer from 2 Cor. 5: 1-3. He was formerly from Lancaster Co., Pa.

On the 24th of August, near Bremen, Fairfield County, Ohio, of a protracted illness, Bro. Henry Brenneman, aged 74 years, 9 mo., and 23 days. He was buried on the 26th at Brenneman's Meeting-house, where an appropriate discourse was delivered by Wm. Marlow in the English language, from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8, and by Jacob Good in the German language, from 2 Cor. 5: 1.
The deceased was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, on the 1st of November 1791. His father's name was Abraham Brenneman and his grand-father's, Melchiah Brenneman**. In April, 1816, Henry removed from Virginia to Fairfield County, Ohio, about 12 miles S. E. of New Lancaster, where he resided until his death. He had three wives all of whom he survived. He was the father of ten children, eight of whom-four sons and four daughters-are still living. Of the sons three are ministers of the Gospel and one a deacon.
He has been a brother in the church for upwards of fifty-two years, and led a consistent Christian life. He was a kind father, charitable and kind to the poor, bore his sickness with patience and Christian fortitude, and never murmured but frequently expressed a desire to depart out of this world of trouble and pain. He expressed a sure hope in the merits of his Savior, and a few hours before he expired, was heard praying to him to receive his soul.

Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

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 tears are shed.


Note: see correction November '66 issue. (dk)

Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas

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