Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1882

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Herald of Truth - Volume XIX, Number 15 - August 1, 1882 - p 237, 238


Died in Lancaster county, Pa., on the 20th of June, Christian Neuhauser, aged 86 years, 4 months and 20 days. He was a faithful member of the amish Mennonite Church. His place in the meeting was seldom vacant. Till his old age he seemed as a light of the world and a salt to the earth. He was born in France and left his native land for America in 1819. He brought with him a writing, showing that he was in peace with his church when he left. This writing is dated March 4th, 1819, and is signed by Bishop Johannes Hirsche. Later he went to Canada and had his home with Bishop Benjamin Eby. When he left Canada Bishop Eby of the Mennonite Church gave him a certificate that he had conducted himself faithfully and orderly and was in peace with the church, dated Oct. 24th, 1822.

This brother was poor before he came to America, but with enterprise and industry, followed with God's blessings, he accumulated considerable means, with which he manifested his sympathies for the poor, and made himself many friends among all classes. Probably about thirty-five years ago a poor stranger from Ireland, came in his poverty to Bro. Neuhauser for help, which he cheerfully gave him. When our brother lay upon his deathbed, this man whom he had helped in his poverty and need, now living sixty miles distant, hearing of his sickness, came and staid(sic) with him by his bedside one week till he saw him laid in his grave, O, how powerful are the words of our Savior, when he says, "Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fall, they may receive you into everlasting habitations." Also the words of the spostle when he says, "Labor with your hands that you may have to give to him that needeth." Love is the greatest of Christian graces. "That which a man soweth shall he also reap.: We believe that our aged brother is now resting from his labors and his works have followed him.

He leaves four children, three of which were present at his funeral where a large number of friends and neighbors were present. Funeral services were held by Gideon Stoltzfus and John F. Stoltzfus. GIDEON STOLTZFUS.


WEAVER.- On the 19th of July, near Goshen, Indiana, suddenly (see editorial columns) Dan. H., youngest sons of Joseph and Anna Weaver, aged 3 years and 7 days. Buried at Clinton. Many sympathizing friends were present at the funeral. Services by J.S.Coffman.

ROTH.- On the 6th of July, near Trenton, Henry county, Iowa, of lung fever, Preacher Joseph Roth, aged 54 years. The remains were buried on the 8th in the family grave yard. Bro. Roth was a faithful minister in the Amish Mennonite Church. He leaves a breaved widow and nine children. Funeral services by S. Gerig and J van Gunden from 1 Cor. 15.

MORROWS.- June 7th, in Branch county, Mich., Hiram Burty, infant son of Charles and Elizabeth Morrows, aged 2 months and 4 days. Buried at Pleasant Hill. Funeral text, Matt. 24:44. "Therefore be ye also ready."

"Weep not for me, my parents dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
Prepare for death and follow me."

WENGER.- On the 8th of July, in Clearspring township, LaGrange county, Ind., Christian Wenger, aged 95 years and 6 months. He was a brother of the old Amish Church. The last year of his life he lay upon his bed the most of the time. He leaves two daughters. He had a desire to take his departure, and we hope he is in the beautiful mansions.

OESCH.- On the 23rd of May, in LaGrange county, Ind., of consumption, John Oesch. His wife died several years before him; but he leaves ten sorrowing children. He was beloved of children and neighbors, and was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church.

LEHMAN.- July 16th, in Somerset county, Pa., Lydia, wife of John Lehman., aged 66 years, 7 months and 10 days. She was buried the 18th in the family grave yeard. Sister Lehman was a faithful member of the amish Mennonite Church for many years. She was a kind mother of seven children who are left to mourn for her. Funeral sermon by Jonas Harshberger from John 11, and Moses B. Miller from 1 Cor. 11:1.

BRECHBIEHL.- On the 18th of April, at Libertyville, Jefferson county, Iowa, of old

Nicholas Brechbiehl, aged 80 years and six months.

BUCHWALTER.- On the 7th of July, near Gardner, Grundy County, Ill., Elizabeth Buchwalter, widow of Abraham Buchwalter was daughter of Daniel and Anna Witmer, aged 81 years, 20 months and 11 days. She was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and was married to Abraham Buchwalter April 5th, 1818. They lived together 54 years, when her husband died. She was the mother of 10 chidre, 5 dead, 5 living. She united with the Mennonite Church when 16 years of age, and has been a faithful member ever since. Funeral services by Wm. Hart from first Thess. 5:14.

BLOSSER.- July 6th , at Macon City, Mo., of Typhoid Pneumonia and Asthma, after an illness of three months, Dr. Jacob Blosser aged 66 years, 5 months and 11 days. He was buried on the 8th in Oak Wood cemetery in Macon City. He was born in Rockingham county, Va., was for nearly 40 years, a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and died fully trusting in Christ for salvation. During his protracted sickness he frequently spoke of the joy with which he awaited the call to the Fathers house above The Macon Republican of the 13th inst. says: "For over two years Dr. Blosser had been a resident of Macon. He was a quiet unostentatious citizen, carefully attending to his own affairs, and had won the sincere respect and esteem of all who formed his acquaintance. He was a consistent Chrisitan in word and act, and has entered upon his reward."

"This circumstance again shows us that we should at all times by prepared for death, and the rest, which we hope our brother now enjoys. he was beloved by all who knew him. Many followed him to the grave. Let each one well consider what David says in the 39th Psalm: Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hastmade my days as a handbreath; and mine age is as nothing before thee; verily every man at his best estate is altogether vanity."

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Herald of Truth - Volume XIX, Number 16 - August 15, 1882

WENGERD.- July 8th, in La Grange county, Ind., of old age and general devility, Christian Wengerd, aged 95 years and 6 months. Bro. Wengerd was born in France, and on coming to America made his home in Cambria Co., Pa. From there he went to Ohio, and later to Indiana. He was buried at Millers grave yard. Services by Daniel Hochstetler and John C. Yoder. He was a member of the old Amish Mennonite Church.

MININGER.- July 21st, in Montgomery county, Pa., after a lingering illness of about six months, Anna, wife of Jonas Mininger, and daughter of Deacon Henry Hackman, aged 27 years, 7 months and one day. She was buried at the Plain meeting-house on the 24th, where a large circle of friends and relatives gathered to witness the funeral services.

ZOOK.- July 17th, in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Bro. Jonathan D. Zook, aged 79 years and 7 months. He was buried in Kurtzs grave-yard, where a goodly number of friends were assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of their departed friend. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for about sixty years, and was a Deacon in the church for thirty years. He was beloved by all who knew him. In the last few years he suffered a great deal. He never murmured once in all his suffering but had a great desire to depart from this world of trouble, and enter into that rest which he said was laid up for him. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. C. K. Yoder of Logan Co., in the German language, and Bro. Jacob Good, near Bremen, Ohio, in English.

ZOOK.- In Mennon Township, Mifflin Co., Pa., July 6th, Mary Zook, aged 74 years, 1 month and 24 days.

KREIDER.- June 12th, on Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jacob Kreider, aged 69 years, 2 months 22 days. Funeral on the 15th. Text, 1 Tim. 2:5,6. Buried in Sporting Hill grave yard.

ZOOK.- June 18th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Maria Zook, widow, aged 84 years and 3 months. Funeral on the 21st. Text, Job 16:22; 17:1. Buried at Krabills meeting-house.

HOOLEY.- In Menno township, Mifflin county, Pa., June 22nd, Esther Hooley, aged 71 years, 4 months and 5 days.

HAMMAKER.- June 19th, in Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Elizabeth Hammaker, widow, aged 71 years, 10 months and 27 days. Funeral on the 22nd. Text, 1 Thes. 4:13-18. Buried in "Mount Tunnel" Cemetery. Sister Hammaker was highly respected, and much beloved.

BAER.- June 21st, near Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer, Sister Hettie Baer, widow, aged 70 years, 1 month and 15 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Rev. 14:18. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. Sister Baer was a faithful, modest Christian.

SWEIGART.- June 24th, near Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Catharine Sweigart, widow, aged 81 years, 8 months and 20 days. Funeral on the 27th. Text, Rev. 14:13. Buried in Kauffmans family frave yard. Sister Sweigart longed to depart out of this world.

GROSH.- July 4th, in Newtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Michael Grosh, aged 79 years, 3 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 7th. Text, Heb. 13:14. Buried in Manor Twp.

BRUCKART.- July 10th, near Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa., John Bruckart, aged 68 years, 11 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 12th. Text, Psalms 34:18-20. Buried at Silver Spring. Br. Bruckhart was a peaceable, quiet Christian and faithful member of the Old Mennonite Church.

NISSLEY.- July 15th, in Mount Joy Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of Bronchitis, Sister Sarah Ann Nissley, aged 19 years and 29 days. Buneral on the 17th. Text, Rom. 14:7-9. buried in the family grave-yard. This dear young sister became obedient to the Lord during her sickness. Oh! that many more young people would obey the Lord and lead a Christian life.

BRENNEMAN..- July 25th, near Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa., John, infant son of John and ______Brenneman, aged one month and 11 days. Funeral on the 27th. Text, Mark 10:15. Buried at Landisville meeting-house.

LONG.- July 27th on Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Margaret Long, aged 74 years, 7 months and 17 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Jude 21. Buried at the Lutheran Church at Manheim.

OBER.- July 29th, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Samuel Ober, aged 54 years, 7 months and 13 days. Funeral on the 1st of August. Text, Mark 13:33. Buried at Hernlys meeting-house.

YODER.- July 15th, near Benton, Holmes co., Ohio, of heart disease, Mary, wife of Joseph Yoder, aged 49 years and 12 days. Sister Yoder was a faithful sister in the church, a kind mother and a loving wife. She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn their loss. Funeral services by Levi Miller and J. K. Yoder. On Saturday morning Sister Yoder got up and prepared breakfast for the family as usual, and herself ate a hearty meal. After breakfast she went to the wash-house to build a fire and in a few minutes afterwards was found dead. A post mortem examination revealed the fact that she died of hypertrophy and dilation of the heart--the heart weighing eighteen ounces, while the normal weight of the female heart is from eight to ten ounces. The immediate cause of death was over-distention with blood, which was probably caused by stooping in the act of building the fire.

BONTRAGER.- In Middleberry Township, Elkhart Co., Ind., on the 25th day of July, Susanna, wife of Christian Bontrager sr.,(sic) aged 76 years, 5 months and 17 days. Sister Bontrager had been afflicted with dropsy, was paralized, and was sickly for over a year, and finally her mind gave way. She leaves an aged husband, who lived with her in the holy bonds of matrimony forty-nine years. They raised four sons who all followed her to the tomb. She was buried on the 27th, when a large congregation met to pay the last tribute of respect to her, on which occasion services were rendered by J. T. Miller and David Kauffman.

KNUPP.- On the 24th of July, at the residence of Ephraim Good, in Medina county, Ohio, of cancer in the face, Elizabeth Knupp, aged 82 years, 5 months and 6 days. She endured much suffering and sorrow, but died with the assurance that she was ready to be offfered, and that the time of her departure was at hand. She was a great sufferer the last year of her life. Funeral text, 1 Tim. 4:6-8.

ZOOK.- On June 18th, at the residence of her son-in-law, Jos. W. Nissley, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Maria, widow of David Zook, aged 84 years and 3 months.

LANDIS.- July 15th, at Naked Creek, Augusta county, Va., Brother John Landes, aged 79 years, 3 months and 14 days. He was buried at Salem Church grave-yard on the 16th. Services were held by the brethren Gabriel D. Heatwole, Daniel S. Heatwole, and Jacob Hildebrand, from the text, Luke 13:24-28. - Watchful Pilgrim.

NICE.- July 18th, in Cherokee county, Kansas, after one weeks sickness, Mary, widow of Joseph Nice of Medina Co., Ohio, aged 88 years and 19 days. She was buried the next day in the new Mennonite grave-yard. This is the third body buried here. Services from Rev. 14:13 by S. A. Mishler. Sister Nice leaves three sons to mourn her departure, all of whom live in Cherokee Co., Kansas. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio, from there to Woodford county, Ill., then to Clay county, Ind., and from there to Kansas, where she ended her earthly pilgrimage.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

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