Herald of Truth - Volume XII, Number 2 - February 1875, Page 30, 31
(Transcriber's note: Usually, but not always, county is not capitalized in the original document, thus you will find those inconsistencies in this transcription.)
Died December 13th, in Marshall Co., Ind., of lung fever Sister
YETSKA HYGEMA, wife of Brother Romka Hygema, aged 44 years,
3 months and 7 days; her remains were buried on the 15th, in the
presence of a large concourse of friends. She leaves a deeply
bereaved husband and 9 children to mourn her departure. Services
by Martin Kreider and James Culbertson, from Matthew 24:14, which
she selected during her sickness.
She was sick only about four days, during which time it was revealed to her that she should not recover from her sickness. She had a desire to see her friends and neighbors. It was the writer's privilege to be present also. I asked her if she felt prepared to die, "Oh, yes, said she, yet it seems very hard to tell my dear friends that I must leave them and my dear husband and children; but the Master has called, and I have a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better, I am willing to go; there is not a doubt overshadows me; the time of my departure is at hand; I have fought the good fight; I have kept the faith; I am going to Jesus." She admonished her neighbors to consecrate themselves more to the Lord. She called the family around her bed and talked to each one of them, bidding them all good-by. Some of them are now followers of Jesus; others that have never professed the name of Christ she admonished to prepare to meet their departing mother in heaven. She also spoke of those that have wandered away from the church and are teaching another doctrine, that they should be warned of their danger. Moreover she repeatedly said, "It is not of myself, but that the Lord has told me what I should speak." She was a faithful sister during her lifetime and after the days labor was over, when the time of evening sacrifice, or time of worship before retiring to rest it was the custom of the family to bow down together and commit themselves to the keeping of their heavenly Father who watches over all.
Sister Hygema has been a faithful member in the church for many years and was beloved by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed in the church where she was accustomed to worship; one seat vacant, one voice silent in singing praises in the church militant; but let this thought comfort her friends and cheer us all that one more voice has joined the church triumphant, with those that have gone up through great tribulation, and have come out conquerors and are now walking the streets of the New Jerusalem, striking glad hands with those that have gone before.
On the 10th of November, 1874, in Elkhard co., Indiana, BARBARA, widow of Preacher Jacob CHRISTOPHEL, deceased, aged 73 years and 4 months, formerly from Rockingham co., Virginia. She was buried at Yellow Creek Meeting-house, where funeral services were held by J. F. Funk, M. E. Kreider and R. J. Schmitt.
Dec. 9th, 1875, in Livingston co., Ill., of Nerve Fever, ELISABETH UNZICKER, daugher of Valentine Unzicker, aged 14 years, 1 month and 12 days. A discourse was delivered by Christian Schlgel, Joseph Gascho and John P. Schmitt.
Ach lieber Eltern sei getroest
Der liebe Gott hat mich erloest;
Befreit bin ich von allen leid,
Und lebe jetst in herrlichkeit.
(Transcriber's note: Death date should read Dec. 9th, 1874.)
Dec. 13th, 1874, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham co., Va., sister SUSANNA SWOPE, widow of Reuben Swope, aged 67 year, 1 month, and 14 days. Sister Swope was a faithful member in the church, and beloved and respected by all who knew her. Services were conducted by Bishop Samuel Koffman, Jos. N. Driver and Solomon Gerber, from Matt. 24:44.
Dec. 14th 1874, in East Union, Wayne co., O., CATHARINE
SMEDLEY, wife of Samuel C. Smedley, aged 58 years, 7 months
and 21 days. Here death has taken one away who filled the position
of a wife of affection and a mother of love-one who was prepared
for the summons. She was born in Fayette co., Pa., and came to
Wayne co., in 1817. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and
lived a life consistent with her profession of faith upon her
Savior. Her death was triumphant and her rest is peace.
Wife of my youth, fare thee well
Thy Savior's call I hear;
In hope, with thee forever to dwell,
And thy haven of love to share.
Mother sweet, loving and true
Rest in thy mansion above;
And when to earth we say adieu,
We'll share forever thy changeless love.
Dec. 24th, near Marshall, Henry co., Iowa, Sister ANNA ROTH, wife of Nicholas Roth, aged 31 years, 10 months and 6 days. She was sick about 5 weeks, and died in the firm hope of being cleansed from sin by her Redeemer. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Church. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn their loss. Impressive remarks were made on the funeral occasion by Sebastian Gerig, from 1 Cor. 15:5; and by Joseph Roth, from 1 Thess. 4:13.
Dec. 25th, 1874, in Tazewell co., Ill., of Lung Fever, WILLIAM HEINS. Buried the 27th, in Lantz's burying-ground, in McLean co. He leaves a greatly bereaved wife and five children to mourn their loss. Services were held at the house by Peter E. Stuckey, and at the Meeting-house, in McLean co., by John Stahley, Jonathan Lantz of Pa., Jacob Unzicker and Joseph Stucky.
Dec. 25th, 1874, in Bedminster, near Pipersville, CHRISTIAN, son of Philip and Elisabeth HIGH, aged 25 years, 3 months and 26 days. Interred at Deep Tun.
Dec. 26th, 1874, in Danvers, McLean co., Ill., a DAUGHTER of DANIEL SWARTZENTRUBER, aged 4 days. Services by Chr. Gingerich and Chr. Imhof.
Jan. 4th, near Richfield, Juniata co., Pa., of Typhoid Fever, Bro. JACOB BRUBACKER, aged 61 years, 9 months and 7 days. He was a deacon in the church for many years, faithful and beloved. He was a bright and shining light in the church, and believe that he is now safe within the fold of Christ, where he will reap the rewards of his labors. He leaves a bereaved wife and 8 children to mourn their loss. Buried the 7th, in Shelly's burying-ground. Discourses by the brethren, Bish. Jacob S., and William and Thomas Graybill, from Matt. 5:9.
On the fourth of January, in Marion county, Kansas, an INFANT SON of BISHOP JACOB WIEBE, of Gnaudenau, aged eleven days. But it is well with the child, and whatsoever God does is well done.
Jan. 9th, in Johnson co., Iowa, JOHN KRTZ, aged 56 years, 5 months and 25 days.
Jan. 12th, in Henry co., Iowa, of long continued illness, Bro. CHRISTIAN P. WYSE, aged 41 years, 10 months and 25 days. He leaves a wife and 5 children to mourn their loss. He was a beloved brother in the Amish Church. Services by P. Hershberger and I. Schlagel.
Near Wakarusa, Elkhart county, Ind., on the 18th of January, EMMA JANE, daughter of Abraham and _____MARTIN, aged four weeks. Buried at Shaum's burying-ground. Services by J. F. Funk. Another little flower transplanted to the perennial clime of endless joy. A beacon light to beckon father and mother to their eternal home.
Jan. 14th, near Weaver's church, in Rockingham county, Va., Sister ELIZABETH WEAVER, widow of Samuel Weaver, deceased, aged 82 years and 28 days. She was interred the 15th, where appropriate remarks were made by Pre. Daniel S. Heatwole and others from 2 Tim. 4:6, 7.
"Transcribed by Donna Schrock Birkey, Illinois"