Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1871

Herald of Truth - Volume VIII, Number 8 - August 1871 - pg 129

On the 24th of June, in Hilltown, Bucks county, Pa., HENRY FRETZ, aged 71 years, 10 months and 26 days. He was buried on the 27th at Perquesee Mennonite Meeting-house. Funeral discourse by Isaac Oberholtzer.

On the 25th of June, in Milford, Bucks county, Pa., of brain fever, JOHN SHANTZ, aged 36 years, 4 months and 29 days. On the 27th he was buried, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives to the grave. Funeral discourses by Abraham Young, Jacob Beidler, and Isaac Oberholtzer, from Isa. 57:2.

On the 4th of July, at the residence of her son-in-law, Pre,* Jacob B. Mensch, near Skippackville Montgomery county, Pa., after a lingering illness of cancer in the stomach, BARBARA, widow of John BAUER deceased, aged 61 years, 5 months and 7 day. She was buried on the 8th, at the new meeting-house of the Old Mennonite church in Shippack. Funeral discourses were delivered by Isaac *clemens, Abm. Wismer, Henry Nice and John Latshaw from Rev. 14:13.
Transcriber's note: Comma after Pre & Clemens not capitalized.

On the 19th of July, in Franconia township, Montgomery Co., Pa., after a brief illness of sore throat, GARRET CLEMENS, aged 24 years, 7 months and 22 days. He leave a wife and child. Buried on the 21st at Franconia meeting-house. Funeral discourses by Isaac Clemens, Henry Nice and J. Allabach.*
*Transcriber's note: Print smeared, but appears to be ALLABACH.

On the 16th of March in Lancaster Co., Pa., widow ANNA MELLINGER, aged 71 year, 10 months and 14 days.

On the 4th of July, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, sister ELIZABETH, wife of Jeremiah OYER, aged 34 years and 21 days. She leaves a husband and 7 children to mourn the loss of an affectionate wife and kind mother. Though strong as were the ties of affectionate love which she ever retained toward those of her own family and kindred friends, she was resigned to the good pleasure of the Lord, and thus calmly fell asleep in Jesus, as we believe. Funeral services by C. Farber and D. Brenneman, from 2 Timothy, 1:10.
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, O how sweet!

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

On the 19th of June, in Ashland County, Ohio, JOHN BALLY departed this life, aged 37 years, 4 months and 24 days. He was assisting his brother Peter Bally in hiving a swarm of bees, when he received a sting just behind the ear. About 15 minutes after, his brother saw him sinking down and said, "What is the matter?" He replied, "This bee-sting makes me awful sick. These were his last words, and in fifteen minutes later he ceased to breathe. Truly in the midst of life we are in death. Bro. Bally was a very consistent and worthy member of the United brethren Church, over seven years. No doubt he has gone to rest. May the Lord support his aged mother and weeping friends, and finally gather them all in the mansions above. A strange fatality seems to mark this family. On the 14th of Jan., 1843 Jacob Bally, father of the above was instantly killed by a falling limb, while chopping in the woods. On the 11th of August, 1864, a married daughter was killed by lightning in her door yard, and now Bro. John by the sting of a bee. Of three deaths not one occurred in the house. Mother Bally, now 71 years old, with a thrice bereaved heart is walking in sorrow to the grave, but with a strong confidence in him who said, "I will be the widows God." He was buried on the 20th, at Inhof's burying-ground. Funeral discourse by Peter Imhoff and C.A. Slater, from 2nd Cor. 5:1.

In St Joseph County, Ind., on the 19th of July, of palsy, WILLIAM KASER, aged 53 year, 1 month and 6 days. He was buried on the 21st in Fare's burying-ground. Funeral services by Abm. Whitmore, in English from Matt. 24:44, and M.W. Shenk, in German from Rom. 4:8. His death was very sudden. After Supper he went out into his orchard to prop some apple trees, and from there he went to the lane where his youngest son was watering the horses. All at once the boy saw his father lying on the ground. He called his mother, but before she came the father was dead. This should indeed be a warning to many. He had 12 children of whom five are still living. He was a brother in the Mennonite church.

On the 15th of July, in Richland, Bucks Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, ABRAHAM GEISINGER, at the advanced age of 82 years, 3 months and 16 days. On the 19th his remains were intered at the Springfield Mennonite Meeting-house. Funeral discourses were delivered by Henry Hess, Samuel Moyer, Jacob Beidler and Isaac Oberholtzer, from Heb. 13:17. The deceased was 33 years a minister of the Gospel in the Mennonite church at Springfield.

On the 7th of July, in Kulpsville, Montgomery Co., Pa., JACOB S. GOTSHALK, aged 73 years.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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