Herald of Truth
December 1866 - Vol. III, No. 12
Page 100

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On the 27th day of October, in Perry County, Ohio, of a lingering illness, John Kauffman, aged 82 years, and 2 months. He was buried on the 28th at Brenneman's Meeting-house. A funeral discourse was delivered by Pre. Jacob Good from Matt. 24: 44. He was a faithful member of the mennonite(sic) church for upwards of fifty years. During his illness, he frequently expressed a desire to depart, but waited with patience the time of his deliverance.

On the 25th of November, in Wayne Co., Ohio, near Smithville, of dropsy, Jacobina Nafziger, aged 81 years and 2 days. She was buried on the 7th at Hof's Meeting-house. She was a faithful member of the Omish Church. She leaves seven children and forty-six grand-children. A funeral address was delivered by the writer from Matt. 24: 44, and by John Shumaker from John 11: 25-29.

On the 1st of November, in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, Brother Jacob Bossler, aged 85 years, 9 months, and 27 days.

On the 7th of November, in Tazewell County, Illinois, of consumption, Joseph Schweitzer, aged 20 years. He arrived last spring from Europe, where he left his parents, having here a brother and relatives. He died at the residence of his uncle(sic) Nicholas Risser, where a funeral sermon was delivered by the writer from John 5: 25-29. The deceased was a member of the Omish Mennonite Church.

On the 28th of September, in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Esther, wife of the aged brother and minister Jacob Blough, aged about 70 years. She was buried on the 30th. Affecting funeral addresses were delivered by Christian Lehman and Abraham Stutzman.

On the 6th of November, near Harrisonburgh(sic), in Rockingham County, Virginia, of dropsy, Maria Landes, wife of John Landes, and daughter of Christian Wenger, aged 69 years, 9 months, and 6 days. She endured her affliction with Christian resignation and passed off calmly and quietly, expressing a desire to depart. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed her to her last resting place. A funeral address was delivered at the Pike Church by the brethren D. Heatwole and J. Driver from Eccl. 7: 1-6.

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

"Mother, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees.

"Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so love,
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shalt know.

"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."

On the 1st of November in Markham, Canada West, suddenly, Esther, widow of John Roemer, aged 70 years, 2 months, and 28 days. She was buried on the 3d at Weidman's Burying-ground. A funeral address was delivered from John 5: 25-28, by Bro. and Preacher Henry Bercki followed by Pre. J. H. Steckly in English from the same text. This aged sister had for a number of years become very weak both in body and mind; but as long as she was able, she went to church very diligently to hear the word of God and to take part in the exercises of Christian worship; and when she was no longer able to attend the house of God, the brethren dispensed to her the word at her house. She endured many crosses and suffering, but held steadfastly the faith which she had many years before vowed to God. Thus she lived a faithful sister of the Mennonite Church to her end, and we believe that she has made a happy entrance into the life beyond the grave.

On the 19th of November, in Noble County, Indiana, Esther, wife of Solomon Kaufman, aged 24 years, 4 mo., and 16 days. She was a member of the Omish Mennonite Church. She was buried on the 20th. A funeral sermon was delivered by Bro. Isaac Schmucker from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." She leaves a husband and two little children.

On the 11th of November, in Markham, Waterloo Co., Canada West, Abraham Roemer, aged 81 years and 7 months. He was buried at Weidman's Meeting-house. A funeral sermon was preached by Henry Berky, Jacob Weidman and J. Steckly from Luc. 12: 40. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.

Transcribed by Ronald Garber, Kansas

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