Herald of Truth Obituaries - January, 1871

Herald of Truth - Volume VIII, Number 1 - January, 1871, page 14, 15

Forry. - On the 29th of June, in Manor township, Lancaster Co., Pa., SUSANNA, daughter of L. and Martha FORRY, aged 11 days. (The above was mislaid until now.)

Lantz. - On the 24th of October, in Marshall county, Ind., son of Stephen and Hannah LANTZ, aged 1 year, 3 months and 17 days. Text, "All flesh is as grass."

Berkey. - On the 25th of November, in Stark county, Ind., CHRISTIAN BERKEY, aged 59 years, 7 months and 3 days. The deceased was a member of the Omish Mennonite church. On the 27th his mortal remains were brought to its resting-place at the new Omish Mennonite grave-yard. He leaves a bereaved widow and four children, among whom only two could be present at his burial. Text, Jn. 5: 25-30. G. J.

Yoder. - On the 23rd of December, in Logan county, Ohio, son of Daniel and Martha YODER, aged 5 months and 18 days. His disease was Jaundice and Inflammation of the Lungs. He was buried on the 25th in the family grave-yard, on which occasion funeral remarks were delivered by the writer from Matt. 18: 2 - 5. J. P. King

Good. - On the 27th of November, in Rockingham county, VA., of Scrofula and Consumption, ELIZABETH GOOD, consort of Henry Good, deceased, aged 52 years, 11 months and 9 days. Funeral services were held on the 28th, attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Text, Rev., 14:13. Take thy rest mother, thou hast tugged and toiled many weary days of thy life. Rest then, from the unspeakable sorrows and afflictions which thou hast borne. We will try to finish our work and follow thee, and soon we hope to rest with you.

Wenger. - In Elkhart county, Ind., December 21st, MARY ANNA, wife of Jacob WENGER, and daughter of Valentine and Mary Hartman, aged 28 years, 7 months and 24 days. A husband and three little children, with many relatives are left to mourn her unexpected departure. Funeral services by J. Wisler, C. Bear, J. M. Christophel and D. Brenneman from Is. 38:17. As a devoted sister in the church, a loving wife and an affectionate mother, her loss will be deeply felt. Yet we feel that none need mourn as without hope. "Blessed by God and the Father of our lord Jesus Christ who hath begotten us again unto a lively hope."

Schmeltzer. - In Elkhart county, Ind., November the 12th, of Bilious fever, PHILIP SCHMELTZER, aged 79 years and 6 months. The deceased was the father of six children, four living and two dead - leaves 38 grand children and 5 great grand children. He was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Though destined to be a sufferer in this world to that extent that for years he was in a manner helpless as a child, from which however it pleased the Lord that he could recover again to enjoy a reasonable state of health. He meekly bore the ills of life in humble resignation to the will of Him who he recognized as his friend, and to whom he promised to be faithful. Evidently he felt to say with the Apostle "I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have entrusted unto him."
Father, sweetly rest thee now,
Undisturbed by pain or woe;
In submission thou didst bow
To the ills of life below.

Now from all thy labors rest,
In the bosom of thy Lord;
Now enjoy that state so blest,
God has promised in his word.

Ebersole. - On the 12th of December, in Conoy township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bishop PETER EBERSOLE, aged 80 years and 6 days. Funeral discourses were preached by John Stauffer, Nathaniel Shobe and Peter Nissly, from Rev. 14:13. The deceased brother was well two weeks before and took part in the sermon, in the communion of the Lord's supper, at Bossler's Meeting-house. A week after he was present at his own Meeting-house, admonishing as duty required. He was a sincere follower of Christ; beloved by all who knew him. He was 40 years a preacher in the old Mennonite church and 20 years a bishop. He had a large field of labor to perform, in Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, York and Cumberland counties. On the 9th of December he was driving home from Elizabethtown, when he was prostrated by a stroke of Palsy, and rendered helpless and insensible. There was no person with him but a little girl, but the horses kept the road, and when passing the house of M. Shenk the girl gave the alarm; the horse was stopped by the family, and one of the men drove him home. After he was brought home, and saw his children and grand-children standing around his bed, he wept, but could not utter a word. On the 14th his remains were brought to their final resting place, where a large concourse of friends and relatives were present. The Meeting-house was filled to overflowing numbers. In the midst of life we are in death. P. N.

Hoover. - On the 6th of September, in Middle Woodbury township, Bedford county, Pa., of infirmity of old age, MARIA, widow of Martin Hoover, aged 89 years, 2 months and 1 day. The deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Funeral discourses were delivered by Jacob Snyder and J. Eshleman, from Jn. 5:25 - 29. D. H. BYERS

Mellinger. - On the 9th of December, in Lancaster county, Pa., MARY ELIZABETH, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth MELLINGER, aged 7 months and 29 days. Funeral discourse was delivered by Benjamin Herr in the German, and Amos Herr in the English, from Rev. 14:13. Dear little babe, hast thou only come on a short visit, and wilt thou leave us already? We loved thee so dearly, must we now see thee dying? Oh! Can you no longer stay, must we bid thee a long and sad farewell?

Habecker. - On the 5th of December, in Wheatfield township, Niagara county, N. Y., after a brief illness, BARBARA HABECKER, aged 74 years, 2 months and 9 days. The deceased was born in Manor township, Lancaster county, Pa., from whence the family emigrated about 36 or 27 years ago to New York state. She leaves an aged husband, one daughter, three grand-children and many friends to mourn her loss. She and her husband lived together in the holy bonds of matrimony for 54 years. She has been a faithful member of the Mennonite church ever since the writer became acquainted with her, which is about 38 years. Her life has been an exemplary one. Funeral services by John Lapp, from Heb. 5:9. A. WITMER.

Witmer. - On the 12th of November, in Dover township, York county, Pa., JACOB WITMER, aged 73 years, 11 months and 4 days. He was buried on the 14th. Funeral services were held by Frederick Stauffer and Jacob Hershey from Is. 38:1. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite church and had been blind for about 16 years.

Witmer. - On the 30th of November, in Spring Garden township, York county, Pa., of Consumption, MAGDALENA, daughter of David and Anna WITMER aged 33 years and 7 days. She was buried on the 2nd of December at Witmer's Meeting-house. Funeral services by Abraham Witmer and Frederick Stauffer, from I Pet. 1:24, 25. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite church. DAVID WITMER.

Weber. - On the 30th of November, in Waterloo county, Ontario, of Consumption, BENJAMIN M. WEBER, aged 57 years, 9 months and 2 days. He was buried on the 2nd of December at Eby's Meeting-house. Funeral addresses were delivered by Joseph Hegy and David Sherk from Rev. 14:12, 13. He bore his affliction with Christian fortitude, and had a great desire to depart and be with Christ. During his sickness he frequently asked God's blessing upon his family, and with tears exhorted them to hold out faithful to the end. He leaves a widow and seven children to mourn their loss, but not as those having no hope. Good-by, children and wife, I must part with you for my home is in heaven and I have no rest here below. F. H. M.

Culp. On the 22nd of September, in Mahoning county, Ohio, ELIZABETH CULP, aged 87 years, 8 months and 8 days. She died of the infirmities of old age. She suffered but little pain and calmly fell asleep. She was buried on the 24th, when funeral discourses were delivered by the brethren Jacob Culp and Peter Boesinger. The deceased was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and moved to Mahoning Co., Ohio, 54 years ago, where she resided until her death. She united with the Mennonite church more than sixty years ago, and remained faithful until death. She was the mother of 12 children: had 110 grand-children, 120 great grand-children, and 1 great great grand-child. JOSEPH CULP.

Eyman. - On the 1st of January 1871, in Elkhart, Elkhart county, Ind., of Consumption, MARY ANN, wife of Jacob EYMAN, aged 28 years, 8 month and 2 days. She was Buried at Yellow Creek burying ground on the 2nd. She was a member of the Mennonite church and died in the hope of a blessed acceptance with God. Only an hour or two before her departure, she desired to have the hymn sung, "O when shall I see Jesus?" and a prayer offered, saying, I think I am going home, meaning that her time of departure was at hand. She expressed her willingness to go and just about ten minutes after the old year had passed into the new, her spirit calmly took flight as we have reason to hope and trust, to the world of light and peace and joy. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn their loss.


Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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