Herald of Truth Obituaries - March, 1876

Herald of Truth - Volume XIII, Number 3 - March 1876, Pages 46, 47, 60


Feb. 10th, in Whiteside Co., Ill., AARON H., son of Henry and Elisabeth HUBER, aged 2 years, 11 months and 4 days. Buried on the 12th at the Morrison Mennonite Meeting-house. Funeral services by Henry Nice and J. Kornhaus.

Febr. 13th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., IDA FRANCES, daughter of Noah and _____ SHANK, aged 1 year, 5 months, and 2 days. Buried on Sunday Feb. 20. Funeral discourses by J. F. Funk. Little Ida has only gone before.
[Transcriber's note: The obituary had a blank for the mother's first name.]

Jan. 30th, in Markham, York Co., Canada, very suddenly, Pre. HENRY BERKY, aged 71 years, and 6 months. Buried in Wideman's burying-ground, in the presence of many to pay their last tribute of respect. Services by Christian Riser, from Ps. 39:5-8. The deceased brother and servant of God preached the gospel earnestly, rebuked pride with zeal, and regarded it as a destructive pestilence in Christianity. He prepared to go to church, but before he started he sank down and died instantly.
"Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard
The glories he will gain,
When from his Father's throne on high
The Lord shall come to reign."

Nov. 28th, 1875, in Adams Co., Ind., CHRISTINA STEINER, aged about 83 years. She came from Switzerland. Text, 1 Tim. 2: 9-11.

Dec. 18th, near New Carlisle, Ind., after a long spell of sickness and suffering, Sister NANCY HAYS, at an advanced age. She lived and died a true, Christian woman, and endured all her sufferings without a murmur, trusting in Jesus. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
"Her body in the earth we lay,
To heaven her soul is gone,
And though in tears, we humbly say,
Thy will, O God, be done."

Dec. 30th, near Masontown, Fayette Co., Pa., Bro. LEVI CAIN, aged 67 years, and 5 months. Services by the Brethren David Johnson and Chr. Deffenbaugh, from Ps. 88:15.

Jan. 13th, at Blanchard River, Putnam Co., Ohio, of palsy, Bro. SAMUEL SHIRTZ, aged 67 years, 4 months and 26 days. Services by George Brenneman.

Jan. 14th, in Cheltenham Tp., Bucks Co., Pa., JOHN FUNK, aged 82 years.

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Jan. 25th, in New Britain Tp., Bucks Co., Pa., of inflammation of the bowels, PHILIP KREHBIEL, in the 64th year of his age. Buried on the following Friday, at the Perkasie burying-ground. In the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends.

Jan. 27th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of congestion of the lungs, BARBARA WEIDERHOLT, wife of Heinrich Jacob ARNBRECHT, recently from Russia. She leaves an infant about 6 weeks old. She suffered with patience, and was fully resigned to the will of God. Buried the 29th, and on account of the roughness of the roads, the corpse was carried by the bearers to the place of burial, a distance of over two miles.

The child spoken of above, died the 5th of February.

Jan. 26th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., at the residence of the Christian Henning, of consumption, Bro. JOSEPH THOMAS, aged 20 years, 7 months and 23 days. He came from Karlswalde, Polish Russia to America in June 1874. He was a member of Bish. Tobias Unruh's church. A short time before his death he united with the church here, and died in the full assurance of faith. Peace to his ashes.

Jan. 29th, in Clay Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., SAMUEL EBERLY, aged 82 years, 11 months and 21 days.

Jan. 29th in Miami Co., Ind., AMANDA, daughter of Peter and Veronica GERHART, aged 2 years, 1 month and 11 days.

Feb. 1st, in Arcadia, Ind., of typhoid fever, TOILETTIE MAY, daughter of John S. and Leah CORRELL, aged 5 years, 6 months and 23 days. Buried at the Dunker burying ground. Sermon by Elias Caylor, from 1 Cor. 15:1-21. Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Feby. 5th, in Medina Co., Ohio, JOHN LEATHERMAN, aged 75 years, 5 months and 21 days. Services by Isaac Good and Henry Beery.

Jan. 13th, near Richfield, Snyder Co., Pa., Sister REBECCA S. OBERHOLSER. Buried in Shelly's burying-ground, where funeral discourses were delivered suitable to the occasion by Samuel Winey, Thomas and Wm. Graybill, from Jn. 16:22.

In the beginning of September 1875, in Blumstein, Russia, of palsy, JOHN HARDER. He suffered two or three hours, during which time he was speechless. May this be a warning voice to all.

Febr. 10th, near Richfield, Snyder Co., Pa. Preacher CHRISTIAN GRAYBILL, father of Bishop Jacob Graybill, at the advanced age of 86 years, 3 months and 8 days. He was a preacher 49 years. He was sick two weeks. He was taken with a chill, and still grew weaker. His suffering he bore with Christian patience unto the end. He retained his senses fo [sic] the last; his desire, while on his death bed, was that Jesus would come soon. He was buried on the 13th at the family burying-ground, called Graybill's burying-ground, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives, upon which occasion appropriate remarks were make by the brethren John R. Snyder, from John 17: 11; and Samuel Winey, from Eph. 6:17, and Luke 2:23-30.
He was the father of 11 children, 58 grand-children, 7 great grand- children .

"Our gentle brother sleepeth
The slumber of the blest,
Unmindful of our sorrowing,
He peacefully doth rest."

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August 15th, 1875, in Putnam Co., Ohio, MARY E., daughter of Henry N. and _____ SHANK, aged 15 months.

[Transcriber's note: The obituary was printed with a blank line for the mother's given name.]

Dec. 20th, 1875, near Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister CATHARINE STAUFFER, aged 73 years, 1 month and 20 days. Funeral the 23rd. Text, Philip. 1:21. Sister Stauffer was an example of patience.

Jan. 3rd, near Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., after a short illness, MARY S. EBY, wife of Henry N. Eby, aged 35 years, 7 months and 16 days. Text, 103 Ps. 15-18.

Jan. 3rd, in Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., of lung fever, Sister ELISABETH RISSER, aged 67 years, 2 months and 17 days.

Our gentle sister sleepeth
The slumber of the blest.
Unmindful of our sorrowing
She peacefully doth rest.

Jan. 21st, in Baltimore Co., Md., of inflammatory rheumatism, JOHN KENNEL, aged 48 years, 7 months and 14 days. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss. A very affecting sermon suitable to the occasion, was delivered by John P. Mast from 2Cor.5:1. [sic]

Jan. 19th in Bucks Co., Pa., AMOS WISMER, aged 30 years, 6 months and 2 days. Buried the 22nd at Deep Run.

Feb. 10th, buried at Deep Run, HENRY MEYER, of Bedminster, aged 40 years, 11 months and 12 days.

Feb. 19th, in Bucks Co., Pa., ANNA ANGENY, aged 62 years, 9 months and some days. Sermon by S. Godshalk and Isaac Moyer. Buried the 22nd at Deep Run.

In the borough of Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa, of congestion of the Brain, Sister BARBARA BACHMAN, widow, in the 72nd year of her age. The funeral was held at her late residence on Feb.1st. Sermon by the brethren Benjamin and Amos Herr.

Feb. 8th, in Medina Co., Ohio, of lung fever, JOHN LEATHERMAN, aged 75 years, 5 months and 21 days. Funeral sermon by Henry Beery and Isaac Good.

Feb. 14th, at Salem Center, Steuben Co., Ind., ANDREW ROSENBERGER, aged 63 years, and 22 days. Services were held on the funeral occasion by D. C. Beery and Eli Stofer, from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.

Feb. 12th, in Lagrange Co., Ind., _____ wife of E. RITTER, aged 18 years, 10 months and 28 days. She had been sick a few days, and became concerned for her salvation, desiring to make a covenant with God and be baptized, but when the minister came she was no longer able to speak, and he commended her to the mercy of God. Her death is a most solemn warning to all, not to waste the day of grace, and put off the solemn work until too late. She was buried on the 13th, and leaves a deeply afflicted husband to mourn his loss. Her two children preceded her into the eternal world. Funeral services by H. A. Miller and J. J. Weaver. [Transcriber's note: The obituary was printed with a blank line for the given name.]

Feb. 20th, in Fulton Co., Ohio, of long continued illness, Sister REGINA, wife of Jacob FIGY, aged 44 years, 2 months and 8 days. She leaves a husband and 5 children to mourn their loss. She suffered much during her sickness, which she bore with christian fortitude. She was a sister in the Amish Mennonite church. Buried the 22nd. Services by N. King, J.Nafziger, and C. Stuckey, from Eph. 5:14-16.

Feb. 21st, in Rockingham Co., Va. of paralysis, Pre. Peter Shoemaker, aged ___. The labors of our brother here have come to an end, and he has gone to be with his master for whom he labored. Services the 22nd by the brethren J. N. Driver and David Heatwole from Matt. 24:44.
Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare's past;
The battle's fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

[Transcriber's note: The obituary was printed with a blank line for the age.]

Feb. 22nd, near Hanover, York Co., Pa., of affliction of the liver, Sister POLLY BARE, aged 45 years, 3 months and 3 days. Our faithful sister has gone to meet the God whom she loved; on Him her hope was placed. Services by Jacob Hershey from Rev. 14:13, by Daniel Shenk from 1 Cor. 4:14.
The soul of our sister is gone,
To heighten the triumph above;
Exalted to Jesus's throne,
And clasped in the arms of his love.

Feb. 23rd, in Allen Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sis. MARY KOHLI, aged 35 yrs., 10 months, and 12 days. She leaves a husband and 3 children to weep over their loss. Services by Abraham and Christian P. Steiner, from Malachi 3:16-18.

Feb. 19th, in Perkiomen Tp., Montgomery Co., Pa., Bro. JACOB LANDES, aged 71 years, 3 months and 21 days. Buried the 24th in Skippack grave-yard. Services by John B. Hunsberger and Jacob B. Mensch, from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.
Remember, friend, as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.

Mach [sic] 5th, in Montgomery Co., Pa., MARY LEAR, aged 85 years, 10 months and 8 days. Services by Samuel Godshalk and Isaac Moyer, at Plumsteadville.

December 31st, 1875, in Hilltown township, Bucks Co., Pa., of Neuralgia, Bro. HENRY ALLABACH, aged 44 years, 11 months and 15 days. He took sick at half past 3 o'clock in the morning and died in a few hours. Buried on the 3rd of January at Perkesa. Services by A. Moyer, Isaac Overholt, and Abel Horning.

Jan. 22nd, in Lancaster City, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mrs. MARY ANN HASTINGS, aged 47 years, 7 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, 2 Kings 20:1. A large concourse of friends assembled to sympathize with the bereft family.

Jan. 26th, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister CAROLINE MCGIRL, aged 40 years, 9 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Rom. 5: 4, 5. Sister McGirl was sick about nine years of consumption. She was patient. She died in assured hope. Heavenly joys often filled her heart. We hope she has entered the full enjoyment of heaven.

Jan. 29th, on Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister MARGARET MAY, aged 55 years, 6 months and 19 days. Funeral on Feb. 1st. Text, Mark 10:17.

Feb 7th, in Springville, Lancaster Co., Pa., HENRY GARMAN, aged 70 years and 19 days. Funeral on the 9th. Text, Rom. 6:23.

Transcribed by: Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania


[The following is an addition to March 1876, Herald of Truth, Page 46]


On the 21st of January, in McPherson Co., Kansas, Sister MARY BRUNDAGE, aged 62 years and 4 months; buried the 23rd. Services by John Evers in English from Heb. 11:13-16, and by Henry Gartz in German from 2 Cor. 5:11.

Mother Brundage has been a sister of the Mennonite Church for more than 40 years. She lived in the bonds of matrimony 38 years, being a faithful wife, a kind and devoted mother. She leaves a husband and 4 children to mourn their loss; five children having preceded her to the spirit world. On Thursday she was taken with a congestive chill, suffering severe pain, which she bore with Christian fortitude until Friday morning, when she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. She did not expect to get well, having a presentiment of her death in a dream a few nights previous, in which it was told her that she would not live till Sunday. In her death the church has lost a faithful member, a bright and shining light, possessed of a meek and quiet spirit, and loved most by those who knew her best.

An aged consort mourns his loss,
But his loss is her gain;
And he too soon may meet her
On the bright and golden plain.

Her children too will sorely grieve
When of her death they hear;
But if they only faithful prove
They'll meet her over there.

And in the church we miss her,
When we together meet;
We feel we have sustained a loss
As we view her vacant seat.

We need not mourn without a hope,
For here she served the Lord,
And now she's only gone before,
To reap a rich reward.

Oh may the Lord our souls sustain,
While here the race we run,
And always give us grace to say,
Father, they will be done!

Margaret Heatwole.

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