Herald of Truth Obituaries - February, 1879

Herald of Truth - Volume XVI, Number 2 - February 1879 - Page 30, 36, 37

Bro. Jacob Oberholtzer, an aged minister in our church in Canada, was buried on the 16th of January, aged 79 years.

John G. Biddle, minister of the Lutheran Church of Elkhart, with whom many of our readers were personally acquainted, died on the 10th of January, after a severe illness of some ten weeks, in the 56th year of his age. His funeral on Sunday was very largely attended, filling two churches in which services were held. He was much respected and esteemed by the people. He was a native of Fayette Co., Pa.

In Somerset County, Pa., Pre. Jacob Blouch departed this life on the 31st of December, 1878, aged 77 years, 10 months and 29 days. He was buried on the 2nd of January, in Jacob Blouch's burying-ground, upon which occasion, Samuel Blouch preached from Daniel 12:2, 3. His funeral services were held in the Mennonite Meeting-house, in which the deceased preached the gospel so many years, and so often pointed the people to the way of peace and eternal life. He was in the ministry nearly 48 years, and was never absent from his place unless called away to funerals (which was frequently the case) until about three years ago, when he had a stroke of palsy, which affected his body, voice and mind, that he was unable to preach much since, and during the last year he could no longer to go meeting unless he was brought; and continued to grow weaker, body in body and mind, so that during the last period of life, he had to be constantly taken care of, and watched over. His first wife died some 22 years after their marriage. He had with this wife eight children, six of whom are now living and two of the sons are ministers. His second wife died after having been united with him in marriage some 15 years. He leaves also 30 grand and 6 great-grand-children. In the evening before his death he seemed stronger, was put to bed and in the morning the spirit had fled. He was the successor of his father, Bishop Jacob Blouch, who was the first Mennonite preacher, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset County, The two, father and son, preached in the church for a period of nearly 80 years, and never refused to preach at funerals whenever they were called.



- In the death notices of last month the name Peter Buessel should been Peter Bichsel.

Oct., 31, near Mexico, Juniata Co., Pa., Bro. JACOB WEABER, aged 65 years, 7 months and 17 days. Brother Weaver was as well as usual; after breakfast he went to light his pipe, fell back and died in a few minutes. Buried in the family burying-ground. Funeral services conducted by Jacob and William Graybill. Text: Mark 13:35.

Transcriber's Notes: Oct. 31th - The name is written as Weaber and Weaver.

Nov. 17th, in Juniata Co., Pa., of consumption, LIZZIE JAMISON. Her death occurred on her 20th birth-day. Two babes preceded her to the blest world. She leaves a husband to mourn his loss. She was followed to the burying-ground by many sympathizing friends. Services by William Graybill, from 2 Tim. 4:7.

Jan. 8th 1879, in LaGrange Co., Ind., SUSANNA HOCHSTETLER, wife of Pre. John M. Hochstetler, aged 33 years, 10 months and 13 days. She leaves a husband and 6 small children to mourn the loss of a wife and mother, the youngest of which was 6 days old when the mother died. Funeral services by John C. Yoder and Joseph J. Borntreger.

Oct. 8th, near Milltown, Cumberland Co., Pa., JOHN, son of Henry Cockley, in his 21st year. Buried on the 9th, at the Dunker Meeting-house. Services by A. Burghart. A loud call for the young.

Nov. 28th, near Boiling Springs, Cumberland Co., Pa., CATHARINE, wife of Christian HERR, aged 42 years, 1 month and 29 days. Buried on the 30th, in the family burying-ground.

Jan. 6th, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., after a brief illness, MARTHA, wife of Pre. Abraham HOOVER, aged 51 years, 11 months and 16 days. She was buried on the following Wednesday. Services by Henry Martin and David Hochstettler, from Heb. 4:9. She was sick only about one week, having attended public services eight days previously. She leaves a husband, a number of children and a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn their loss.

Nov. 10th, in Marietta Lancaster Co., Pa., of jaundice, HARRIET JANE CLEMSON WEAVER, aged 26 years, 4 months and 14 days. Funeral on the 18th. Text: Heb. 8:27, 28.

Nov. 29th, in Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., JOHN STAUFFER, aged 72 years, 5 months and 12 days. Funeral on the 2nd of December. Text: March 13:33. Buried in Kauffman's family grave-yard, near Landisville. A large congregation met to manifest their high esteem of the deceased. The cause of his death is as follows. He was on his way home from Manheim, when a runaway horse and wagon struck his carriage and upset it with him. He was considerably jarred by the fall, but in a few days the effects apparently vanished; when suddenly the pain drew to the heart and quickly ended his life. Oh! how solemn the call.

Nov. 30th, near Mount Hope, Lancaster Co., Pa., of diphtheria, SAMUEL M., son of Brother and Sister Samuel BARNES, aged 4 years, 6 months and 15 days. Funeral on Dec. 3rd. Text: Psalm 16:6. Buried at Hernley's meeting-house.

Dec. 4th, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., DAVID BECK, aged 57 years, 1 month and 12 days. Funeral on the 7th. Text: Phil. 1:21. Buried at Hernley's meeting-house.

Dec. 18th, in Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. JOHN M. HOOVER, aged 80 years, 3 months and 6 days. Funeral on the 20th. Text: 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. Buried at Krabill's meeting-house. Many friends and neighbors gathered together to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased.

Dec. 19th, on Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister ELISABETH BRUBAKER, aged 42 years, 1 month and 13 days. Funeral on the 23rd. Text: 1 Thess, 4:13, 14. Buried at Arisman's meeting-house.

Dec. 24th, on Chestnut Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., LAURA, wife of Barney SUMPMAN, aged 34 years, 8 months and 26 days. Funeral on the 26th. Text: Rom. 1:16, 17.

Dec. 25th, near Silver Spring, Lancaster Co., Pa., LIZZIE ANN, wife of Phares HALL, aged 20 years, 1 month and 27 days. Funeral on the 28th. Text: Psalm 103: 15-18. Buried at Landisville meeting-house.

Dec. 29th, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., of diphtheria. EUGENE FRANKLIN KENDIG, aged 10 years. Funeral on the 31st. Text: Psalm 16:6. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house.

Dec. 15th, in Allen Co., Ohio, DANIEL, son of Abraham P. and Rebecca GOOD, aged 9 years, 10 months and 14 days. Buried on the 16th. Services by C.B. Brenneman and C. Culp. Text: Heb. 13:14.

Dec. 26th, near Boiling Springs, Cumberland Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister MARTHA KAUFMAN (widow), aged 65 years, 8 months and 28 days. Sister Kaufman was a sufferer for twenty-five years; most of the time confined to her bed. She bore her affliction with christian resignation, and died trusting in her Redeemer, having a bright hope of an immortal crown. Peace to her ashes. Text: Phil. 1:23.

Dec. 12th, in Osborne Co., Kansas, of consumption and dropsy, Sister ANNA KRIECHBAUM, aged 66 years, 9 months and 27 days. Sister Kriechbaum united with the Mennonite Church when young, with which she continued a faithful and consistent member to the close of her life. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her departure. Brother and Sister Kriechbaum moved from Sny? Co., Pa., to Elkhart, Ind., in the year 18?? and moved from Indiana to Cedar Co., M? in 1870 and in October 1878 came to Kansas to visit two of her daughters, with the intention of staying a year. Funeral sermon was held at the house of Bro. Henry Hoot and Harry Neuschwanger. Text: Rev. 14:?. Buried in the Mennonite grave-yard. Dearest mother, thou hast left us. Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'til God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal. Yet again we hope to meet thee, When the day of life is fled; Then in heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no farewell tear is shed.

Dec. 28th, in Osborne Co., Kan., of diphtheria and croup, WILLIAM H., son of David and Anna ZIMMERMAN, aged 1 year, 1 month and 16 days. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Neuschwanger and Ling?. Text: Luke 18:16. Jesus took this little lamb, In his dear arms to sleep; He was too fair and lovely, For this vain world to keep.

Dec. 22nd, in Franklin Co., Ohio, of kidney disease, NICHOLAS STEMAN, deacon in the Mennonite Church, aged 76 years, 11 months and 22 days. Funeral services by J. Bowman and D. Martin.

Dec. 22nd, in Bucks Co., Pa., ANN SHUTT, widow of the late John Shutt, deceased, aged 79 years, 8 months and 5 days. Her maiden name was KEPHART. Interred at Doylestown. Services by S. Godshalk in English and Isaac Rickhart in German.

Dec. 24th, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., BARBARA, wife of Levi MEYER, aged 59 years, 1 month and 28 days. Buried on the 28th in Deep Run. Services by Samuel Godshalk and Isaac Moyer.

Dec. 25th, in Elkhart County, Ind., MAGDALENA, wife of Pre. John KENEGY, aged 6? years, 11 months and 1 day. She was sick four weeks and was buried on the 27th. Funeral services by David S. Kauffman and John. L. Miller.

Dec. 15th, at Allenville, Mifflin Co., Pa., DANIEL KING, aged 51 years, 8 months and 28 days. Nine days previous he fell and broke a leg where there was a fever sore which caused gangrene. Buried the 16th. Impressive remarks were made by Samuel Yoder from Matt. 24: 42-44.

Dec. 13th, in Allen Co., Ind., widow of Christian HOCHSTETLER, deceased at the age of 69 years, 7 months and 3 days. Four children are left to mourn the loss of a mother. Funeral services by John L. and Yost Miller, from 1 Cor. 15.

Jan. 1st, 1879, near Waynesboro, Va., JOHN D. WENGER, aged 9 years, and 7 months. Buried the 3rd. Funeral discourses by Isaac Grove and Jacob Hildebrand, from James 4: 12-17. He had just recovered from a spell of typhoid fever, when bleeding at the nose began and continued six hours, ending in death.

Dec. 24th, 1878, at Henkletown, Bucks, Co., Pa., BARBARA, wife of Levi MEYERS, and the daughter of the late Henry and Susan FRETZ, aged 59 years, 1 month and 23 days. Buried at the old Deep Run church-yard, on the 28th. Services by Samuel Godshalk and Isaac Moyer.

Jan, 10th, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Deacon S.G. KINDIG, aged 76 years and three days. He was buried on the 12th. This faithful old brother, died in the living hope of a blessed immortality through the merits of Jesus Christ.

Oct. 14th, 1878, in Elkhart, Ind., Sister ELISABETH CULP, aged 47 years, 10 months and 24 days. Buried the 16th at the Yellow Creek grave-yard. She was confined to her bed for the last 18 months and suffered much the last few days; but her hope was in Christ. Services by John M. Christophel, Henry Shaum, and Christian Christophel.

Dec. 25th, near Scalp Level, Somerset Co., Pa., ELISABETH, wife of Abraham WEAVER, aged 62 years and some months. Buried in the family grave-yard on the 26th. She was followed to her last resting place by a large concourse of relatives, friends and neighbors, by all of whom she was dearly beloved. She was a faithful member of the German Baptist Church, for many years, was always friendly to every body and her house was always open to friends and strangers day or night. We hope the Lord will reward her for all good she has done. Preaching on the occasion by Joseph Berkey and Jacob Holsapple. Text: 2 Cor. 5:1. "Dearest mother, thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'til God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

Jan. 1st, in Holmes Co., Ohio, of dropsy of the heart, Sister MARY HARRIS, aged 73 years and 25 days. For six weeks she had to sit in her chair in which she died. Buried the 2nd. Sermon by Henry and Jacob Kilmer.

Jan. 10th, in DeKalb Co., Ind., of consumption, HANNAH, wife of John COYLE, aged 30 years, 1 month and 24 days. Buried on the 13th, in the Fairfield Center grave-yard. Funeral discourse by Eli Stofer.

Jan. 18th, in Cistyville, Gage Co., Neb., (Indian Reserve) of croup, CHARLES, son of Oliver and Isabella McGINNIS, aged 3 years, 3 months and 11 days. Text: 1 Peter 1:20.

Jan. 3rd, near Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa., CATHARINE WEAVER, aged 19 years and 3 months. She was buried in the grave-yard near Jacob Wingerd on the 5th, in the presence of a large concourse of friends and neighbors. Appropriate remarks for the occasion were delivered by Samuel Bloch and M.B. Miller. The deceased was left an orphan with two others sisters when young, and was kindly raised by friends. Their father and mother were Levi and Barbara Weaver. Sunday a week before her burial, she went home to Jacob Miller, from her place of working somewhat unwell, but still blooming as a rose, and on Friday she was a corpse. A loud call for the young. In the midst of life we are in death.

Jan. 10th, at Buda, Bureau Co., Ill., Sister MARIA SCHOETTLER, wife of Fred Schoettler, aged 55 years, 11 months and 2 days, after intense suffering of nearly three years, with heart disease and dropsy. She bore her suffering with Christian grace. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for forty years. She leaves a husband and 10 children to mourn their loss, but with the hope of meeting her in heaven, where there will be no parting. Funeral services on the 10th, by Pre. Fitch in English, and Joseph Burkey in German. Text: Rev. 14:18.

Jan. 21st, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of dropsy of the heart, MARY, wife of Pre. John WEAVER, aged 54 years, 3 months and 14 days. Her maiden name was ZIMMERMAN. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 7th, 1824, from which place she removed, some years ago, to Elkhart Co., Ind. She died very suddenly. She had been washing up the room and then seating herself on a chair, she complained to one of her boys (who was with her in the room) of being tired, and almost immediately began to sink away. The boy called his sister, who was somewhere about the house, but she only came in time to see her mother draw the last expiring breath; in a very few minutes all was over; life had fled and only the two children were present to see their mother die. In the morning the father and another of the boys, went to town, leaving the family in usual health. How sad it must have been for them, when the messenger came to tell them., that the mother of the household had been called away so suddenly but the hand of death! She was buried on the 23rd, at Yellow Creek Meeting-house, when an immense concourse of people had assembled to pay their last respects to the memory of the dead. Services were held by Christian Baer and Peter Lehman, from 2 Tim 4:7, 8. She leaves a large family and many friends to mourn their loss. Peace to her ashes. "Dearest mother, thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'til God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

Transcriber's Note: I have used question marks where unable to read the copy.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia

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