Herald of Truth - Volume IV, Number 1 - January 1867, Pages 14-16
On the 30th of Dec., 1866, in Strasburg township, Lancaster
Co., Pa., AARON A., son of Martin B., and Magdalena RESSLER,
aged 8 years, 7 months, and 14 days. Funeral services preached
by the brethren Amos and Benjamin Herr, from Acts 17: 30, 31.
Twelve hours before his death, the deceased was in the full enjoyment of his health. How forcibly are we again reminded of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, and that we know not at what hour the Son of man cometh, whether "at midnight, at the cockcrowing, or in the morning." Therefore says Christ, "Watch and pray."
On the 21st of Dec., 1866, near Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland Co., Pa., CATHARINE OBERHOLTZER, widow of Martin Oberholtzer, who died in 1835, while on a journey, in Sangamon Co., Illinois. Her age was 85 years, 1 month, and 21 days. She was buried at the Mennonite Meeting-house in East-Huntington, where a funeral sermon was preached by Jonas Blough and John D Oberholtzer from Is. 3: 10, 11. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Deep Run, Bucks Co., Pa. She was born in 1781, married in 1802, and removed the same year from Bucks to Westmoreland County where she resided to the time of her death. She leaves seven children, all of whom were present at her burial. J. O. O.
On the 6th of Oct., 1866, near Marshall, Henry Co., Iowa, CATHARINE, wife of Deacon Peter Tschantz, aged 33 years and 2 months. She was buried on the 8th, on which occasion a funeral sermon was preached by Joseph Goldsmith. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
On the 1st of January, 1867, in Logan Co., Ohio, MARY DELILA, daughter of Jonathan and Anna JODER, aged 9 years and 8 months. She was sick about 20 hours. She was buried at the family burying ground, where a funeral sermon was preached by the writer from Matt. 24:44. We know that the parents, loss is the child,s eternal gain, for Christ says, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven. J. P. King.
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On the 14th of Dec., 1866, in Paint township, Somerset Co., Pa., ISAAC LEHMANN, aged 82 years, 8 months, and 2 days. He was buried on the 16th, followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends. A funeral sermon was preached by Moses B. Miller. He was a member of the Omish [sic] Mennonite Church. Samuel Blough.
On the 20th of Dec., 1866, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Pre. CHRISTIAN BRANT, aged 83 years, 11 months, and 25 days. He was buried on the 22nd at the Omish [sic] Mennonite Meeting-house, where a funeral sermon was preached by Bro. Samuel Yoder of Pennsylvania from 2 Tim. 4: 6-8, and by the writer from 1 Thess. 4: 13, 14. Bro. Brant was born in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland, where he was called to the ministry of the word, more than fifty years ago. He endeavored to perform the duties of his office faithfully. Christian K. Yoder.
On the 21st of October 1866, in Kent Co., Michigan, JEREMIAH, son of William and Susanna EBY, aged 7 years, 7 months, and 28 days. He was killed by the falling of a dead limb, which struck him on the back of his head, and also broke his right arm. He died four hours after the accident. Funeral services were conducted by Abm. Detweiler from Jn. 3:8. He was living with Jonas Detweiler. His parents reside in Waterloo Co., Canada West.
On the 6th of November 1866, in Berrien Co., Mich., ANNA,
infant daughter of Eli and Eliza WEBER, aged one month.
Buried at S. W. Caladonia burying ground. Funeral sermon by Abm.
Detweiler from James 4: 13-17.
Jos. W. Detweiler.
On the 10th of November, 1866, in Mahoning Co., Ohio of palsy, Pre. JOHN BLOSSER, aged 64 years, 6 months and 18 days. He was sick only eight hours. He was buried on the 12th, and was followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends, upon which occasion the brethren, Samuel Good and Jacob Culp preached appropriate and impressive discourses, from 1 Pet. 1:10-16. He was a minister of the Gospel in the Mennonite Church over fifteen years and was a very zealous speaker. John Metzler.
On the 6th of Dec,, [sic] 1866, in Markham, York Co., Canada West, SUSANNAH, wife of John G. REESOR, aged 48 years, 10 months, and 26 days. She was buried on the 8th. Funeral sermon by H. Barkey and S. Holden from Heb. 4:7-11 and Eccl. 12:5. She bore her severe illness with great resignation, longing for the hour of her departure and leaving the comforting assurance that her spirit is now at rest with the blest. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and leaves a husband and four children to mourn their loss.
"Once more death,s angel in his flight
Has paused and snapped a golden tie
And borne a loved one from our midst
To roam in fairer worlds onhigh. [sic]
And many hearts have come to mourn
In standing round that mother,s bier
And every bosom sobbing heave
And shed the sympathizing tear."
On the 6th of Dec., 1866, in Tazewell Co., Ill. of croup ------ son of Joseph and Barbara Schertz, aged one year and one month. The funeral sermon was preached by the writer from Mark 10: 13-15. Joseph Stuckey.
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On the 26th of December, 1866, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, CHRISTIAN M. EBERLY, aged 31 years, 10 months, and 23 days. He was a faithful member of the Men. Church. We hope the Lord hath taken him from this world of sorrow to a better one, where pain and sickness and death cannot come, to enjoy there all the beauties and glories of heaven. Funeral sermon was preached by the brethren John Brubaker and John Landis from Ps. 31:5. "Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth." John D. Hershey.
On the 24th of October, 1866, in Lancaster Co., Pa., after
an illness of ten days of great suffering, which he bore with
Christian fortitude, DAVID HIGH, aged 68 years and 18 days.
He was buried at Grofenthal burying ground on the 26th. Funeral
sermon preached by the brethren Amos Herr and Carl Hostetter from
Rev. 14: 12, 13. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church.
On the 14th of Dec., 1866, is [sic] Upper Leacock township, Lancaster Co., Pa., CATHARINE STOLTZFUSS, widow of John Stoltzfuss, who was a bishop in the Omish [sic] Mennonite Church, aged 82 years, 3 months, and 11 days. The maiden name of the deceased was Gingerich. She came from Germany, and was a faithful member of The Omish [sic] Mennonite Church, as we have every reason to believe, a living member of Christ. Her virtues testified that for her to live was Christ and to die was gain. She was buried on the 16th. Ein Freund.
On the 30th of October,, [sic] in Plumstead township, Bucks
Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, ANNA SARAH, daughter of John
SCHWARTZ, aged 18 years, 6 months, and some days. She was
buried on the 2nd of November at Deep Run Meeting-house, on which
occasion funeral discourses were delivered, by the writer at the
house, and by Isaac Oberholtzer and Isaac Moyer at the Meeting-house.
About a week before she took sick, she with a number of others was baptized and received into the Church, thus manifesting her willingness to take up the cross and follow in the Savior,s footsteps. She had a severe conflict to contend with during her illness, but evinced herself a good soldier of Christ. She repeatedly and earnestly exhorted her friends and companions to prepare for death and for eternity and to abstain from the vanities of the world, the wearing of needless finery, the taking of likenesses ., and when I was present, and Jesus and his glory was spoken of, she smiled and said, "How beautiful! how beautiful!" It was her chief joy. She also said, we ministers should be more earnest and zealous in our exhortations and testimonies against pride; we had not yet done too much, as some seem to think. She died peacefully in the Lord and her body was laid to rest, attended by a large concourse of people. Samuel Gottshalk.
On the ----- of November, 1866, in Lagrange Co., Ind., MARY, wife of Henry YODER, aged 35 years, 7 months, and 18 days. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn their loss. She was buried on the 29th, on which occasion the brethren O. Miller and J. D. Troyer preached from Jn. 5:24-29 and 1 Cor. 15:51-58. She was a member of the Omish [sic] Mennonite Church. J.D.T.
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On the 29th of Dec., 1866, near Long Green, Baltimore Co., Maryland, JACOB HERTZLER, aged 56 years, 2 months, and 10 days. He was buried on the 30th. Funeral sermon preached by the brethren John Mast and Solomon Yoder from John 5:24-29. He was a member of the Omish [sic] Mennonite Church. D.N.
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On the 21st of Dec., 1866, near Derry Church, Dauphin Co., Pa., wife of Dea. John SNYDER, aged 64 years, 6 months, and 20 days. She was buried on the 24th at Stauffer,s Meeting-house. The funeral sermon was preached by John Strickler at the house, and by Nathaniel Shope and John Stauffer at the M.H. Text, Rev. 20:6, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power." She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church until death, and we hope our loss is her eternal gain.
"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." J.S.
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SEVERAL DEATH-NOTICES which should have appeared in this number are left over till next month, for want of room.
Transcribed by: Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania