Herald of Truth - Volume VIII, Number 6 - June 1871, page 94, 95
Bishop. - On the 1st of April, in Madison Co., Ill., after a lingering illness, Catharine, wife of Henry Bishop, aged 54 years, 11 months and 6 days. She bore her sufferings with great patience, was an affectionate wife and mother, leaving her husband and 8 children. The loss sustained on the part of relatives and friends we believe is gain to her. The deceased was borne in Lancaster Co., Pa. Her maiden name was Shelly, Funeral services by W. F. Wagoner and S. Hull, from Thess. 4:14.
Mother, sweetly rest thee now,
Undisturbed by gain 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.
T. S. S.
Zeigler. - On the 1st of May, in Mahoning County, Ohio, Christopher Zeigler, Deacon of the Mennonite church, aged 97 years, 10 months and 18 days. Old as he was, he still attended meeting every time at the nearest meeting-house, which is a distance of one half mile, where he walked to, for the last time three weeks previous to his death. His remains were brought to their resting place on the 3rd, followed by a large concourse of people.
My dearest friends, why do you weep,
For a departed soul;
I am not dead I only sleep,
Like Lazarus of old.
I sleep to rise in heaven above
Where parting is unknown,
To dwell with Jesus in his love
With joys and bliss o,erflown.
Hertzler. - In Cumberland Co., Pa., suddenly on the 16th of April ____ child of Rudolph Hertzler, aged 2 years, 4 months and 11 days. Funeral discourses by George Rupp from Ps. 16:6, and Nathaniel Shope from Jn. 16:4. The parents of the child, with two other children, came home to the wife's parents, Pre. Samuel Zimmerman,s on Saturday with the intention of going to meeting with them on Sunday. The child was in full health and rose on Sunday morning and eat breakfast as usual. When they got ready to start for meeting, and had taken their seats in the carriage, the mother noticed that it was unwell. After they returned to the house the child took a spasm, and before six in the evening it died. Buried at Slate Hill.
Ingold. - On the 7th of April, in Livingston county, Illinois, Barbara Ingold, wife of Joseph Ingold, aged 27 years, 3 months and 10 days. Funeral discourses were delivered Christian Schlegel and John P. Schmitt, from I Cor. 15th and 1 Thessalonians. She was buried on the 8th. She was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite church. She was a pious and faithful sister. She was always anxious to attend divine services, and when she could not do so she spent her time in reading and prayer. On the day she died, she was washing, and while engaged at her work she sang the hymn: "Was mich auf dieser Welt betruebt, Das waehret kurtze Zeit."
She had determined to commit this hymn to memory and had mastered
several verses of it. She eat dinner with a good relish. At half
past one o,clock, she went out before the house and stooped down
to the earth; her husband saw her from a distance and thought
she was looking for something, but seeing her fall, he hastened
to her, but she said not a single word, and died instantly. Let
us take warning and be also ready when the measenger* comes.
J. P. SCHMITT.
Nusbaum. - On the 7th of May, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., of tyfoid* fever, Abraham Nusbaum, aged 31 years, 9 months and 3 days. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his unexpected departure; just in the strength and vigor, of manhood was he called away. Not only as a kind husband, son and father, was he cherished and held dear, but also as a neighbor was he beloved and respected A very large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends attended his burial. Funeral discourse by the writer from Rev. 14:4.
Farewell my friends and kindred dear,
Since I must go and leave you here,
My days are past, my journey,s o,er,
On earth you,ll, see my face no more.
My loving friends, you who lament
My loss, 'tis God the message sent,
His ways are right, his laws are just,
When he doth call, comply we must.
Weldy. - On the 7th of May, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., of dropsy of the heart, John Weldy, aged 72 years, 3 months and 1 day. He lived in matrimony 45 years, had 12 children of whom 6 are yet living and 26 grand children of whom 19 are living. He has been for many years a member of the Mennonite church. During his protracted illness, he evidently suffered a great deal, which, however, he bore with much patience and christian resignation. He was ever much rejoiced to have his friends and neighbors visit him, of whom he frequently requested singing and prayer, and was much revived thereby. Upon several occasions it was his happy privilege to have his children all with him, to whom he spoke many words of kind admonition, and so affecting were his words that all present were in tears. These occasions would naturally lead the mind of those acquainted with Bible history, to think of the departure of some of the ancient patriarch. It is to be hoped and believed that these fatherly admonitions will not be forgotten by those to whom they were addressed; yea, methinks I can still hear the tremulous voice, and see the marked anxiety of feeling, beaming from the earnest countenance of that father, whilst, as if for the last time, he was addressing his weeping family. Truly that father and brother in Christ, though dead yet speaketh to us. More might be said but he needs not our praises. He was much engaged in prayer, during his illness. He said to the writer in the language of Paul, I have a "desire to depart." A large concourse of relatives and neighboring friends followed his bodily remains to the grave. He was buried at Shaum,s burying ground. Funeral services by Jacob Wisler, J. F. Funk and the writer from Rev. 5:3 - 5.
Haun. - On the 16th day of May, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jacob Homer, son of Jeremiah and Maria Haun, aged 1 year, 10 months and 18 days. Funeral services by J. W. Miller and D. Brenneman from 2 Cor. 5:1.
Dear Homer! O can it be true,
Thou dear one art dead? Passed away?
Yes Jesus who all things best knew
Has called thee thus quickly away.
How gentle thy sleep in the grave,
Earth,s sorrows no more thou shalt know;
Then why should we thy presence crave,
With us, in the valley below?
Gehman. - On the 13th of April, in Franconia township, Bucks county, Pa., of consumption, Catharine Gehman, daughter of Isaac Gehman deceased, aged about 22 years. She was buried at Gehman,s Meeting-house where the Brethren Allebach and Nice preached funeral discourses.
Nace. - On the 23rd of March, in Hilltown Bucks county, Pa., William, son of William and Susunna Nace, aged I year, 1 month and 1 day.
Clouse. - In Elkhart county, Ind., on the 24th of April, Lewis, son of Daniel and Mary Clouse, aged 1 year, 6 months and 8 days. Funeral services by Moses Erb and Daniel Brenneman from Psalm 16:6.
Brenneman. - On the 15th of February, in Wayne County, Ohio, of dropsy, Nancy widow of Adam Brenneman, deceased, aged 79 years, 9 months and 27 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. She had many acquaintances and was beloved by all. She was buried at Martin,s Meeting-House on the 17th, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those having no hope, for "for her to live was Christ, and for her to die was gain." Funeral sermon by C. Steiner and B. Horst, from Hebrews 4:8, 9.
Boesinger. - On the 5th of May, in Allen county, Ohio, Simon Boesinger, aged 57 years, 3 months and 4 days. He leaves a wife and 4 children. Peace to his ashes. We hope at the resurrection he will rise again to enjoy the blessedness of eternal life.
Smith. - On the 14th of April in Washington county, Maryland, of consumption, David Smith, aged 33 years, 6 months and 14 days. He was buried at Smith,s Meeting-house. He was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral discourses by Daniel Roth and Benjamin Lesher, from Jn. 5:24, 25. He leaves a wife and three children.
Wismer. - On the 19th of April, in Philadelphia, Pa., Jacob Wismer, in the 73rd year of his age. Buried at the Plain Meeting-house.
Ruth. - On the 20th of April, in Franconiaville, Montgomery county, Pa., Jacob Ruth, aged about 80 years. Buried on the 22nd at the Plain Meeting-house.
Hess. - On the 20th of April, near Litiz, Lancaster county, Pa., Catharine, daughter of Henry and Catharine Hess, aged 51 years, 3 months and 7 days. Buried on the following Sunday, followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives.
Stauffer. - On the 17th of April, in Brunnersville, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. John L. Stauffer, aged 46 years, 7 months and 17 days. He suffered about 10 years with consumption, which he bore with great patience, and during the last days of his life he desired to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. He leaves a wife and one daughter.
Esch. - On the 28th of April, in East Buffalo township, Union county, Pa., Abraham Esch, aged 48 years, 3 months and 27 days. He was buried on the following Sunday, upon which occasion a large concourse of friends and relatives were assembled. Bro. Esch was a member of the Omish Mennonite church, and leaves a wife and seven children.
Hunsberger. - In Philadelphia, Pa., on the 10th of April, of consumption, John S. Hunsberger, in the 44th year of his age, formerly of Dublin, Bucks county.
Leatherman. - In Plumstead, Bucks county, Pa., on April 18th, 1871, Horace E, son of Abram M. and Emma F. Leatherman, aged 7 years, 2 months and 17 days.
* as printed in the Herald of Truth
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter , Michigan