Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1880

Herald of Truth - Volume XVII, Number 6 - June, 1880, page 111, 116, 117, 118

During the terrible fire which occurred in Milton, Northumberland County, Pa., on the 14th of May, destroying a large portion of the town, as may be seen by an account given in another part of this paper, there was a sad affliction visited on the family of ABRAHAM ANGENY, an uncle of ours, formerly from Bucks county. On account of his age and feeble health, he was probably not able to get out of the way and perished in the flames. For the benefit of his many friends, who are readers of our paper, we will add an extract from a private letter to us, from William Shields a son-in-law and his wife Kate. "The fire began just at noon, and in less than three hours, the whole of the business portion of the town was in ashes. It began in the Car Shops, and a strong wind from the north swept the fire along with wonderful rapidity. It seemed sometimes to leap over a whole block. Not a single store was left in town. All the churches except two small ones were burned. The burnt district comprises about 120 acres. But the saddest part of all, to us at least, was that father lost his life in the flames. He was so terribly burned as to be almost beyond recognition. Had it not been for his crippled hand, and a single wristband of his shirt, we could not have identified him. Mother and Nerva (the youngest daughter), narrowly escaped without harm, by fleeing across the river. They saved nothing but Nerva's trunk and what clothing Bro. Hill could carry. Everything was a total loss. Bro. Hatfield's were burned out, but saved most of their goods. We think father must have been bewildered, or choked with smoke and heat. We found him only a little distance from his home. We buried him the next day. His age was 77 years, 6 months and 18 days. How strangely and sadly the changes of life and death sometimes come over us. This aged couple had lived together in wedded life 52 years, and as cousin Kate further writes "his age and feebleness made us feel for several years past that he could not be with us long any more, but we little thought that his death would come to us in so sad a way. There is a verse of hymn that often comes to my mind; it is this:
"We know not what's before us,
What trials are to come;
But each day passing o,er us
Brings us still nearer home.,"
This is true, and that same kind Father, who has led us so kindly all through life's changing scenes, has promised to be to his children a very present help in time of need, and not to cast away those who put their trust in him; and he will also sustain these dear friends, in this sad hour of their affliction.

On the 14th of May, in Wayne Co., O., Bishop ULRICH SOMMER, at the advanced age of 89 years, 11 months and 27 days. The subject of this sketch was born in Switzerland in the year 1790. He emigrated to the United States in 1824, and settled in Wayne Co., O., where, previous to this, some Swiss Mennonites had already settled. On the 8th of July, 1827, he was ordained a minister, and was the first one chosen in the Sonnenberg congregation. On the same day Peter Schneck was also chosen to the ministry; and in the spring of 1829 these two were in the lot for bishop, and the lot fell on Peter Schneck, who died on the 16th of April, 1861. On the 23d of August, 1834, he united in marriage with Christena Welty. he was ordained to the office of bishop on the 15th of May, 1842. He was a faithful servant of the Lord, and preached many years, exhorting the people , directing them in the way of peace and everlasting happiness. He leaves a bereaved wife, two children and many friends to mourn the loss of a husband, father and friend. His remains were buried at Sonnenberg church on the 16th inst., in the presence of a large concourse of people, on which occasion words of comfort were spoken by Chr. Schneck at the house, and by C. B. Steiner at the meeting-house, from Rev. 14:13, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." D. A. SCHNECK.

On Monday, May 3d, CHRISTIAN BRUNK, living near Broadway, Rockingham Co., Va., after an illness of about two weeks, ended his earthly pilgrimage of 85 years, 3 months and 24 days. He was buried at Trissel's church, after appropriate remarks, by preachers Daniel Rhodes of Washington Co., Md., and Samuel Coffman of Va., from the words, "Set thy house in order; for thou shallot die, and not live." Isa. 38:1. Bro. Brunk was an earnest, devoted member of the Mennonite church. He manifested his faith by rigidly adhering to precept, and showing forth a bright, Christian example. He was the last surviving member of his father's family; was married to Barbara Funk at the age of twenty-two, with whom he lived forty-two years. She died in 1858 in the 61st year of her age. Both lived to see their family of eleven children full grown, ten of whom are still living. Seven are living in the state of Virginia, and three in the West. His descendants number one hundred and fifty six, one hundred and twenty five living; forty-six grand-children, and sixty-nine great-grand-children. From C. Brunk's father, who removed from Maryland to Virginia in 1796, sprang all the Brunk's in the United States of which we have any knowledge. Whether said Brunk, or some one before him of that name, immigrated to the United States is not known to the writer. Christian Brunk has been a resident of Rockingham county ever since his arrival in the state, which was about one year after his birth.

April 3rd, in Stephenson Co., Ill., of dropsy, HENRY S. PLETCHER, aged 59 years, 5 months and 3 days. He leaves a wife to mourn the loss of a kind husband.

March 10th, in Livingston Co., Ill., of scarlet fever, son of Joseph and Elizabeth King, aged 1 year, 10 months and 7 days. Funeral services by J. P. Schmitt and Daniel Steinman.

March 21st, in Livingston Co., Ill., of scarlet fever, MARIA E., daughter of Christian and Salome YORDY, aged 2 years, 2 months and 14 days. A few weeks before her death, when little Ella was yet in good health, she said she was going home. And then so soon was called to her heavenly home. Services by J. P. Schmitt and D. Steinman.

April 7th, in Livingston Co., Ill., of scarlet fever, DANIEL, the only remaining child of Chr. and Salome YORDY. Services were held by D. Steinman and J. P. Schmitt.
Auch die Kinder sammelst du,
Treuer Hirt, zur ewiger Ruh;
Von dem Iammer dieser Welt,
Der sie schon so frueh befaellt.

April 11th, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., ELISABETH, wife of Lewis SEESE, aged 26 years and 1 month. Services were held on the funeral occasion by John Metzler and J. M.. Culbertson, from Matt. 25:10.

April 17th, in Woodford Co., Ill. of nearly a year's sickness, Bro. HENRY BRUBAKER, at the ripe age of 84 years, 7 months and 1 day. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 16, 1795. Moved to Richland Co., Ohio, in 1824. In 1825 he married Nancy Harnly. In 1851 he moved, with a family of 9 children, to Woodford Co., Ill. He leaves 5 children and 21 grand-children living. Bro. Brubaker has been a faithful member about forty years. Buried on the 19th, on which occasion services were held by Jacob Kindig and Emmanuel Hartman, from I Peter 1:24.

April 8th, in Wayne Co., Ohio, of the infirmities of age, MARIA LEHMAN, at the advanced age of 82 years and 8 days. Buried the 9th in the Sonnenberg burying-ground, on which occasion appropriate remarks were made by Jacob Nusbaum and Christian Schneck, from Heb. 4:1-11.

April 18th, in Wayne Co., Ohio, ANNA MOSER, aged 34 years, 2 months and 9 days. She leaves a bereaved husband and 8 children to mourn their loss. Services by Chr. Sommer, and by Michael Rohrer of Stark Co., Ohio, from I Cor. 15:55-58.

April 18th, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of lung fever and measles, SALLY RHEINHEIMER, aged 16 years, 4 months and 25 days. Services were conducted by C. Plank and E. S. Miller. Text: I Peter 1:22-25.

April 26th, in Marion Co., Kansas, CYNTHIA A., daughter of Em. and Anna SHUPE, aged 2 years and 11 days. Funeral services by Daniel Wismer, Jacob Holdeman, and by Bro. D. D. Kauffman of Missouri.

April 10th, in Elkhart, Ind., of measles, GEORGIANA, daughter of Frank and Hannah BRANDEN, aged 2 years, 7 months and 22 days. Buried on the 12th. Funeral services by J. F. Funk.

May 3rd, in Hickory Co., Mo., MAGDALENA, wife of John B. NAFFZIGER, aged 44 years and 10 months. She leaves a bereaved husband and 9 children, also aged parents in Fulton Co., Ohio, to mourn their loss. Remarks appropriate to the occasion were spoken by C. Kuntze and Peter Lehman.

April 30th, near New Erection, Rockingham Co., Va., of brain fever, IDA BARBARA, daughter of Jacob and Barbara SUTER, aged 3 years, 1 month and 24 days. Buried at Weaver's burying-ground. Appropriate remarks were made on the occasion by Jos. N. Driver and Samuel Coffman from Eph. 1:3.

April 22d, near Hartford, Lyon Co., Kansas, Sister FANNY, wife of Brother Daniel RICH, aged 44 years, 5 months and 25 days. She leaves a husband and 10 children to mourn their loss. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, and the loss to our little flock is great. Buried the 23rd, followed by a large concourse of people to her last resting-place. There being no preacher here M. Bender was requested to read a portion of Scripture, and he read I Cor. 15 and I Thess. 4:13-18. Sister Rich was an exemplary and amiable wife, a very kind and affectionate mother, and a true Christian, embracing all the Christian virtues to such an extent that we fear few of us will excel as she did. She was very kind to the poor. As we have no preaching, our only service is the Sunday school, which she attended as regularly as she could, and gave the closest attention when the Scriptures were read or explained. We will sadly miss her pleasant voice in the songs which we used to hear her sing in praise to her Redeemer. Although our flock has sustained a heavy loss, we are not as those that have no hope. The oldest daughter was taken severely sick from grief and could not attend the funeral, but at last accounts she was a little better.

In Kishacoquillas Valley, Mifflin Co., Pa., on May 2nd, JOSEPH HOCHSTETLER, aged about 85 years.

April 30th, Joseph KING, a member of the old Amish church, in Mifflin Co., Pa., died very suddenly. He had been grafting for a neighbor, and when returning home, while walking up the "Greenwood Hill," he fell over and was dead. He was never married; he was a son of the lately deceased preacher, Samuel B. King. His age was about 52 years.

At Mattawana, Mifflin Co., Pa., on the 17th of April, ELISABETH MAST, wife of Christian Mast, aged 64 years, 2 months, 5 days.

In Elkhart Co., Ind., on the 30th of April, of consumption, EMMARANTHA, wife of WILLIAM MISHLER, aged 23 years, 7 months and 21 days. She was buried on the following Sunday, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Services were conducted by John Metzler and John F. Funk, from Jas. 4:14. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband and one child to mourn their loss. Some days, before her death, she expressed her willingness to take up the cross and be baptized, but on account of her great bodily weakness, this was deferred until she should become stronger. She, however, left the evidence of a firm trust in Jesus, and we hope she has gone to that rest which remaineth for the people of God.

May 1st, in Mottville, Mich., Wm. M. KINKADE. The deceased, while in youth, had the white swelling, which had been healed, but finally turned into other diseases. He was a very delicate youth, aged 21 years, 3 months and 21 days. Funeral services by Rev. Stultz. Text: Psalm 46:1. He leaves father, mother, brothers, sisters and many friends to mourn his loss.

March the 25th, in Snyder Co., Pa., EMIRENA, daughter of Abram and Margaret MOYER, aged 1 year, 1 month and 12 days. Buried the 27th at Arbogast Church. Services by Thomas Graybill. Text: John 16:22.

April the 9th, in Juniata Co., Pa., MARGARET, daughter of Abel and Catherine SHARK, aged 7 months and 5 days. Buried the 11th at Shelley's meeting-house. Services by Thomas Graybill. Text: Psalm 16:6.

April 15th, in Snyder Co., Pa., of diphtheria, ANNA M., daughter of John and Elisabeth HAAS, aged 4 years, 8 months and 10 days. Buried the 17th in Fremont. Services by Thos. Graybill and W. Donet. Text: Luke 2:49.

April the 27th, in Snyder Co., Pa., of diphtheria. DAVID, son of John and Salome STIVER, aged 7 years, 10 months and 29 days. Buried the 29th in Fremont. Services by Thos. Graybill and W. Donet. Text: Rev. 14:13.

May the 2nd, in Snyder Co., Pa., ADAM, aged 7 years. Buried the 4th in Fremont.
May the 7th, ALFRED, aged 9 years, 8 months and 6 days. Buried the 9th in Fremont. Both of these boys died of diphtheria, and were sons of Daniel and Catharine MITTERLING. Services by Thomas Graybill and W. Donet. Text: Psa. 16:6, and John 14:4.

May 6th, in Snyder Co., Pa., of palsy, MARY STIVER, aged 78 years, 8 months and 28 days. Buried the 10th in Fremont. Services by Thos. Graybill and Henry Zimmerman. Text: John 5:24.

May 1st, near Peru, Miama Co., Ind., of scarlet fever, SAMUEL C., son of Christian and Martha RICHER, aged 1 year, 1 month and 8 days. Funeral services by John Wolf from John 14:42. "I,m going to live with the angels so fair; I,ll look for you, parents, and wait for you there; Where tears do not flow, and where death cannot come, Together we,ll dwell in that beautiful home."

May 16th, near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., Sister MAGDALENA, wife of Pre. David D. MILLER, aged 70 years, 3 months and 1 day. She leaves a bereaved husband and six children to mourn their loss. She was a faithful and beloved sister of the Amish church, and her seat was seldom vacant when able to attend. During three or four months her health was gradually failing. She had peace with God, and frequently desired to depart and be with him. She was buried the 18th in the presence of many, on which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by David S. Miller and David Kauffman, from John 5:20-30; Thess. 4:12-13.

April the 1st, in Franklin Co., Pa., Sister MARTHA LUTZ, aged 59 years, 3 months and 7 days. Sister Lutz was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral text, 2 Cor. 5:1.

April the 24th, in Franklin Co., Pa., Sister FANNIE MARTIN, wife of Brother Jacob Martin, aged 29 years, 3 months and 25 days. A Deeply bereaved husband and six children, one an infant one week old, are left to feel the loss of a beloved wife and mother.

On the 22nd of April, in Franconia township, Montgomery Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, ELISABETH CONRAT, aged 39 years. Her maiden name was Moyer. She was buried at Gehman's on the 26th, where many friends were present. She leaves a sorrowing husband and four children to mourn her early departure. Services by Abel Horning, Josiah Clemmer, and Abr. Moyer, from 2 Cor. 5:1.

On the 27th of April, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, ELISABETH BENNER, aged 29 years. Her maiden name was Friedrich. She was buried at Franconia on the 29th. Services by Henry Nice and Josiah Clemmer, from Isaiah 57:2.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter , Michigan

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