Herald of Truth - Volume XII, Number 6 - June 1875, Page 94, 95
In Cornwall township (sic), Henry County, Ill., on the 29th
of April 1875, Bro. ABRAHAM FUNK, aged 67 years, 6 months and
29 days. The cause of his death was paralysis. He had been quite
unwell for some days, but feeling much better again on Sunday
morning april (sic) 18th, he took a hearty breakfast and was quite
cheerful over the prospect of a speedy recovery. Shortly after
breakfast, he was observed to make two or three efforts to rise
from the chair, after which he sank to the floor as if fainting.
From this time he was unconscious most of the time and unable
to swallow or speak, yet he recognized the members of his family
as well as the neighbors, who called on him during the day.
After this he lay unconscious for several days, when his consciousness so far returned that he was able to recognize other members of his family who had been summoned to his deathbed from Missouri. His family did all that was possible for them to do for his comfort, and it seemed hard to see him suffer for 12 days and nights in such a condition that we could not even administer a cup of cold water; but such is the will of our heavenly Father and we bow in humble submission to his will. In the death of Bro. Funk the society loses a respected citizen, the wife a loving husband, the children a wise counselor and a devoted father, and the church a faithful member. He was a native of Rockingham County Va., and left there about 11 years ago, to avoid the terrors of war, which during that period so fearfully devastated the beautiful valley in which he had lived. During his residence in Illinois, he did not enjoy the privileges of his own church (Mennonite) relations, yet his walk and conversation showed that his heart was always warm in the cause of Christ. We miss him, but feel assured that he has gone to the rest which remaineth for the people of God. Truly "Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord."
March 24th, in West Perkiomen, Montgomery Co., Pa., at the residence of his daughter, of long suffering with consumption, ABRAHAM ZIEGLER, aged 80 years, 7 months and 16 days. On the 28th his remains were interred in the Mennonite grave-yard at Skippack, in the presence of many, at which time appropriate remarks were made by H. G. Johnson and J.B. Mensch.
March 7th, in Lancaster Co., Pa., CORNELIUS STILLWELL, aged 51 years, 11 months and 18 days. Impressive remarks were made on the funeral occasion by Gideon Stolzfus and Jonathan Kurtz from Philip. 1:22,23.
April 1st, in Haw Patch, Noble Co., Ind., of Lung Fever, Bro. ISAAC LANTZ, aged 48 years, 3 months and 19 days. He was sick three weeks, and bore his afflictions patiently. A few days previous to his death he said he was ready to go at any time. His remains were placed in the burying-ground at Haw Hatch (sic) Amish Church, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services by Isaac Smucker, in German, and by Daniel Shively, in English, from John 5:24-29. For many years he was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite church. A wife and eight children are left to mourn their loss.
April 8th, in Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa., of the infirmities of age, JONAS FREY, aged 81 years, 9 months and 7 days. Buried at Deep Run Meeting-house, where appropriate remarks were made by John Gross, and I. S. Moyer from Rev. 14:13.
April 14th, in Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa., SUSANNA FRETZ, widow of John Fretz, aged 92 years, 2 months and 12 days. The following Sunday her earthly remains were interred in the Deep Run Grave-yard. Words of comfort were spoken on the occasion by Isaac Overholtzer, in German, and Samuel Godshall in English, at the house, and by Isaac Moyer and John Walter at the Meeting-house. Peace to her ashes.
April 6th, in East Perkiomen, Montgomery Co., Pa., HENRY A., son of Abram C. and Mary CASSEL, aged 4 years, 3 months and 25 days.
April 12th, in East Perkiomen, Montgomery Co., Pa., after a short illness, a child of HENRY F. BEAN. Buried on the 15th at the Mennonite burying-ground at Skippack.
March 29th, in Lederachsville, Montgomery Co., Pa., Widow MARY REIFF, aged 80 years, 8 months and 9 days.
March 30th, in Medina Co., Ohio, MARTIN KAPP, son of Michael Kapp, aged 17 years, 10 months and 6 days.
March 26th, in Holmes Co., Ohio, of Lung fever and measles, Bro. MOSES J. MILLER., aged 38 years, 9 months and 9 days. His earthly remains were interred Easter Sunday. Bro. Miller was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church for a number of years. He is gone to his reward. He leaves a bereaved wife and 6 small children to mourn the loss of a husband and father. We hope their loss is his eternal gain. May he rest in peace.
April 9th, in Clay Co., Ind., Bro. JOHN LONGENECKER, at the advanced age of 76 years, and 12 days. The aged brother has outlived his three-score years and ten. Having filled the measure of his days God called him to his everlasting rest prepared for all who love him. For nearly fifty years he has been a soldier of the cross, he will now receive the reward of his labors. Impressive remarks were made on the funeral occasion by Jacob Hoffer, in German, and by Jacob Sheets, in English, from 2 Tim. 4:7,8.
April 10th, in Markham, York Co., Ontario, at the residence of her brother Peter Ramer, Sister ELISABETH REESOR, at the advanced age of 80 years, 10 months and 14 days. She lived the life of a Christian. She has lived more than the time usually allotted to man, and now she has gone to her reward. She emigrated from Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1809, and lived in this vicinity ever since. She raised six children, and survived them all but one, John Koch.
April 13th, near Evandale, Juniata Co., Pa., after a short illness, Sister MARY MOYER, aged 75 years, 5 months and 29 days. Her remains were interred at Shelley's burying-ground the 15th. Remarks appropriate to the occasion were made by the brethren Samuel Winey, Thomas and William Graybill, from John 14: last part of 19th verse.
April 17th in Starke Co, Ind., ANNA C., infant of Samuel and Catharine LUKE, aged 10 months and 20 days. Services by M.A. Eisenhour and Jonathan Smucker.
April 21st, in Elkhart Co., Ind., very suddenly, HELEN, daughter of Peter and ____CULP, aged 3 years, and 2 days. Funeral sermon by J.A. Beutler, and J.M. Christophel.
April 23rd, in Beaver, Mahoning Co., Ohio, very suddenly, Sister ANNA GOOD, wife of Pre. Samuel Good, aged 59 years, 11 months and 14 days. She enjoyed good health up to the day of death. In the morning she complained of dizziness, and till evening she was a corpse. Sermon delivered by M. Rohrer and Jacob Culp.
April 25th, near McAlisterville, Juniata Co., Pa., INFANT of Albert and Fanny WAIDMAN, aged 5 weeks and one day. Services by Wm. Graybill, from Psalm 16:6.
May 1st, near Mexico, Juniata Co., Pa., IRA A., infant son of Christian and Sarah SHELLY, aged 11 months and 10 days. Sermon by Jacob S., and Wm. Graybill, from Phil. 1:21.
Buried April 30th in Washington Co., Iowa, DAVID, Son of Christian
and Anna EICHER, aged 4 years, 1 month and 7 days. Died of Scarlet
fever. Services were held by Joseph Schlegel and Sebastian Gerig,
from Mark 10:15.
March 23rd, in Elkhart Co., Ind., OLIVER, son of Chr. And Lydia HONSOUR, aged 4 years, 7 months and 23 days. Funeral remarks by Martin Kreider, J. M. Christophel, J. Angelmeyer, and J. Burkholder.
Feb 4th, in Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., EMMA L. KIMES, aged 8 years, 9 months and 26 days.
Dear Laura it is hard to part
With one we loved so well,
But still we feel there is a power,
Our aching heart can quell.
And yet why should we mourn thy loss,
When we know 'tis thy gain;
And thou art now at rest with God,
And free from earthly pain?
Jan 27th, in Bureau Co., Ill., Sister MARY ALBRECHT, aged 55 years. Sermon by Joseph Stuckey.
March 25th, in Bureau Co., Ill., of typhoid fever, Bro. JOSEPH YODER, aged 31 years, 7 months and 17 days. He leaves a wife and 4 children, and an aged mother, and many friends to mourn their loss. Sermon by Elder Jones in English, and Joseph Stuckey in German.
April 30th, Sister ANNA STAUFER, wife of John Staufer. She leaves 12 children. Buried in Indian Town, Bureau Co., Ill. Sermon by Joseph Stuckey from Matt. 24:44.
May 10th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of Dropsy, ESTHER, wife of John WENGER, aged 57 years, 6 months and 29 days. Her maiden name wad Neuschwanger, formerly of Lancaster Co., Pa. She leaves a husband and 4 children to mourn their loss. Buried at the Yellow Creek burying-ground in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends, at which place the time was improved by appropriate remarks by Abr. Hoover and Chr. Bear, from Rev. 14:13.
April 28th, at Hudson, McLean Co., Ill., from the kick of a mule the 27th, DAVID UMMEL, aged 28 years, 6 months and 14 days. Buried the 29th. By this sudden death, a young and sorrowing wife with two children are left to mourn their loss. As for man his days are as grass: as a flower of the field. Funeral sermon by John Stahley.
April 21st, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of Consumption, MARIA SWARTZENTRUBER, aged 79 years. She was a sister of the Amish Church. Funeral occasion improved by David Miller and John C. Yoder.
April 27th, near Canton, Ohio, HARRIET, wife of Henry M. ROHRER, and daughter of Jacob ROWLAND, deceased, aged 48 years, 11 months and 11 days.
Transcribed by Donna Schrock Birkey, Illinois.