Herald of Truth Obituaries - November, 1882

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Herald of Truth - Volume XIX, Number 21 - Nov 1, 1882 - p 333, 334


Died, on the 19th of September, near Preston, in Waterloo Co., Ontario, of the infirmities of old age, Pre. David Sherk, aged 82 years and 22 days. He was in the ministry nearly 44 years, and had served as deacon several years previously. He is said to have been the first white child born in Waterloo county. He leaves a widow and two sons and three daughters to mourn his departure. Services were held by A. Hunsperger, Elias Weber and Jacob Mensch, the latter from Pennsylvania. Text, Rev. 5:5, 10 and I Tim. 1:15.
He was a faithful laborer in the cause of Christ, using every means at his command to spread the gospel and lead sinners to God. He visited, and preached, and wrote as long as his physical powers permitted him to do so. He was active also in circulating papers, having books and pamphlets printed and circulated which might have a tendency to enlighten the people, encourage the Christian, and awaken in God,s people a more earnest Christian life. His last work in this direct was the compiling and arranging for the publication of the little work recently issued in the German language, "Non-Conformity to the World." The English is now in press and will be out in a couple of weeks. Writing to the Editor he said, he thought this would probably be his last work in this direction, and so it proved as the Lord called him away before the English edition was published.
He was a warm friend of our church paper, the Herald of Truth from its first appearance and labored zealously for its success. Many will long remember the earnest labors of our departed brother, and thank the Lord for his kind admonition and words of cheer on the pilgrimage of life. Peace to his ashes.


Died, on the 14th of September, near Baden, Waterloo Co., Ont., Pre. George R. Schmit, in the 73rd year of his age. He had been to the Post office to get his paper, and as he was ready to return, his horse became frightened by a passing train of cars, threw him out of the buggy against a fence, with such force that three of his ribs were broken, from the effect of which he died in about three hours. He was buried on the 17th, followed to his last resting place by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Services were held by M. Bowman at the house, and by J. Woolner, and Jacob Mensch (The latter from Montgomery Co., Pa.,) at the meeting house, from the text Heb. 13:17. He leaves a sorrowing widow, four sons and five daughters to mourn his sudden departure.
Bro. Smith was a zealous Christian, and an active laborer in the vineyard of the Lord. He was a man of forethought and decision of mind. When he preached, the gospel gave no uncertain sound. He was a bold, fearless speaker and one who carried his audience with him while at the same time his heart was filled with love toward all. He was one of these men who could not be driven about by every wind of doctrine, but amid all the overturnings and religious convulsions which characterized his day. Bro. Smith remained steadfast and faithful in his calling, and immoveable in his faith. In the death of Bro. Smith and Bro. Sherk, the church in Canada has lost two veterans in the cause of Christ, two pillars in the church, whose active and devoted labors will be long remembered. May their successors in their respective places, labor for the cause with the same devotion, the same zeal, and the church continue to prosper and be blessed.

Funk.- On the 23rd of October, in Elkhart Co., Ind., after an illness of about two weeks, Catharine Myers Funk, wife of William Funk, aged 51 years, 5 months and 19 days. She was buried on the 27th at Shaum,s church, followed to her last resting place by a very large concourse of friends and relatives, who came to pay the last tribute of love to the memory of the departed. Funeral services by Rev. _____ Jackson and J. F. Funk from Job 19:26. She had a very wide circle of acquaintances and was beloved and respected by all who knew her. She possessed a cheerful and benevolent spirit; she always had a word of encouragement or comfort for those who needed it and was always ready to administer to the wants of the sick and suffering. Many will miss her, and many will long remember the words of cheer, and works of love she rendered them, but none will miss her more than the dear ones of her own household, the deeply bereaved husband, and the sorrowing children, yet they need not sorrow as those who have no hope. Her desire was while yet in health that she might not be called away suddenly or unexpectedly. She no doubt felt like David of old, that it was good to suffer affliction. During her sickness she took heed of the words of the apostle to examine herself in regard to her faith and hope in Christ, and after having looked the matter all over she was able to say, that she had no fear of death -- she was prepared to die.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But tis God who has 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."

Hunsburger.- On the 23rd of September, in Waterloo County, Ontario, John, son of Abraham and Elizabeth Hunsburger aged 13 years, 4 months and 8 days. He was helping to load saw-logs, when a log caught his leg crushing it. This caused spasms and ended his life in about eight hours after the accident. Funeral services by Tobias Bowman and Noah Stauffer from Eccl. 12:1, and Ps. 103:15, 16.

Kindy.- October 1st, in Plymouth Co., Iowa, Jonas son of Bro., Jacob Kindy, aged 19 years, 10 months and 2 days. Jonas had left Mancelona, Mich, awhile before to visit his sister in Iowa, stopping in Kalamaroo county, Mich., where he had his former home. As his mother has been dead ten years and his father has given up housekeeping he staid (sic) there but a short time and went to Iowa. He was with his sister only a short time till he took sick and died. His sickness lasted only six days, and for four days, he was unconscious. He was a kind-hearted young man. This is a loud call to the the young, to prepare for death. He leaves many sympathizing friends to mourn his early departure.

Berkey.- October 9th in St. Joseph Co., Ind. of bilious(sic) fever and kidney disease, Jacob Berkey, in the 56th year of his age. He was a member of the Brethren Church. Funeral the 11th. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a husband and father.

Tyler.- On the 2nd of October in Spring-Garden, York Co., Pa., Alpheus, son of Daniel Tyler, aged 2 months and 26 days. Services by David Witmer from Matthew 24:42. "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."

Blosser.- On the 9th of October in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of disease of the heart and stomach, Catharine Blosser aged 58 years, 8 months and 21 days. She endured her sufferings with patience. She was buried on the 11th, at Oberholser,s (sic) Meeting-house. Funeral services conducted by J. Burkholder and Joseph Bixler from Hebrews 9:27.

Garber.- On the 28th of September, in Johnson Co., Mo., of inflammation of the bowels, Abraham, son of Joseph and Sarah Garber, aged 35 years 4 months and 21 days. Services by Jacob Gnagy and _____ Witmer.

Yoder.- On the 8th of October, in Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., William Henry, Son of Peter and Mary Yoder, aged 11 days.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Herald of Truth - Volume XIX, Number 22 - Nov 15, 1882 - p 349, 350


Died on the 6th of November at her father's residence, near Wakarusa Ind., Henrietta Longenecker aged 27 years, 4 months and 20 days. Etta lived with her parents until 15 years old, when in 1870 she went to Ohio and lived with her grand-mother Longenecker, until last April, when she returned to her parents home, afflicted with that fatal disease consumption. She suffered nearly three years, clinging to life most tenaciously, resorting to remedies with no avail; during this trying ordeal she felt that she needed the Great Physician; resorting to him she found peace, which was accompanied with the brightest of evidence. She passed away rejoicing, bidding her friends farewell and urging them to meet her in the new Jerusalem. While going she could well say:

The world recedes - it disappears;
Heaven opens in my eyes, my ears
With sounds seraphic ring!
Lend, lend your wings, I mount; I fly!
"O grave, where is thy victory?
O death, where is thy sting?"

The funeral services were conducted by preachers Fowler and Seaman, and were attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.

And as we completed the last sad rites we were impressed with the force of the text. "Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."


Died at the residence of her grand-daughter, Veronica Horst, in Bridgeport, Ont., Sister Catharine Scherk, wife of the late Deacon John Brubacher, who died October 10th, 1875.

Sister Brubacher was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 11th, of February 1798. In 1790 her parents, in company with the Betzner family, moved to Welland county, Ont., and in the spring of 1800, when the deceased was two years old, they moved to the farm known as the "Scherck Farm" in Waterloo Co., where our sister was brought up.

On the 6th, of May 1817, she married brother John Brubacher, who had emigrated from Warwick township, Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1816. They moved on the farm now owned and occupied by their son Henry, at the east end of the town of Berlin. They had a family of 15 children, 8 of whom (3 sons and 5 daughters) are still living in this county. At the time of the deceased sisters death her descendants numbered 156 souls; of which number 8 children, 67 grand-children, and 84 great-grand-children are still living.

She was buried October 11th, at the Mennonite burying ground in Berlin, where a large number of relations and friends assembled at the old Christian Eby church to show their last respects to the deceased. She was an active member of the old Mennonite church since her sixteenth year and was always looked up to as a pattern of all that was good, and has tendered in her time many a good advice to her sisters in the Lord. Advice which I am convinced, they as well as I, shall never forget.

Her funeral services were conducted by Elias Weber, from Rev. 22:12, and by Moses Bowman, from Rev. 14:13 -- A.E.Y.


LEHMAN.- On the 13th of Septmber(sic) near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., of palsy, Bro. Joseph Lehman aged 57 years, 4 months and 10 days. Buried on the 16th, at Hernlys Meeting-house: Text, Phil. 1:21.

HERSHEY.- On the 4th of October near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Benjamin Hershey, aged 77 years, 11 months and 8 days. He was buried on the 7th, in the family grave-yard. The deceased was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13.

WITMER.- On the 15th of October, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of Brights disease, Pre. Abraham R. Witmer, aged 70 years, 8 months and 13 days. Buried on the 18th, at Bachmans Meeting-house. Text, Luke 2:29-32. A large concourse of friends and relatives assembled to manifest their deep respect for the beloved brother. The deceased served faithfully in the ministry 33 years. Long will be remembered the faithful witness as it is in Jesus Christ.

LANE.- On the 24th of October, near Silver Springs, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Sarah Lane, wife of Bro. Ch. Lane, aged 69 years, 5 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 28th. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8, Buried at Landisville Meeting-house. The deceased was truly a light of the world, a faithful follower of the meek and lowly Jesus.

MCGIRL.- On the 4th of November, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid malaria, Martha, wife of Jacob McGirl, aged 28 years, 3 months and 3 days. Buried on the 6th, at Landisville Meeting-house. Text, Isaiah, 40:6-8. Many friends and relatives assembled to sympathize with the bereft husband. A solemn call, O, may many heed it!

CHRISTOPHEL.- On the 15th of October in Elkhart Co., Ind., of Brain fever, Phebe, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Christophel, aged about 8 months. Buried on the 16th at Shaums Meeting-house. Funeral services by Samuel Coffman, of Virginia.

SCHROCK.- On the 22nd of October in Howard Co., Ind., Mary, wife of Noah Shrock, aged 29 years, 4 months and 2 days. She was buried on the 23rd followed to her grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral services by D. C. Miller and Nobertius Sproal.

COLE.- On the 2st of November, in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Elizabeth Cole, daughter of Joseph and Mary Culp, aged 30 years, 8 months and 9 days.

BRENNEMAN.- On the 24th of October near Green Mount, Rockingham Co., Va., of typhoid fever, Sister Mary Brenneman, aged 69 years, 4 months and 14 days. Sister Brenneman appeared convalescent and expected soon to be well again but suddenly became worse and soon died. Funeral services by Daniel Heatwole.

YODER.- On the 25th of October, John, aged 5 years and 9 months. Buried on the 26th. Funeral services by S. Gindlesperger and Tobias Blough, from Matt. 18:3.

On the 27th of October, Anna, aged 1 year, 7 months and 8 days. Buried on the 28th. Services by S. Gindlesperger and C. C. Beery, from Medina Co., Ohio, from Mark 14:6.

And on the 29th of October, Maggie, aged 10 years, 10 months and 16 days, buried on the 30th. Services by S. Gindlesperger, C. C. Beery and S. Hershberger, from Matt. 19:14. The above were the children of Samuel and Catharine Yoder of Somerset, Co., Pa., and were buried in the Dunkard graveyard.

SOUDER.- Nov. 4th, in Rose Hill, Johnson Co., Mo., Jephtha Souder, aged 42 years, 8 months and 23 days. Funeral services preached in the Evangelical church, in Holden, by Preachers Witmer and Morrell. Text. Gen. 4:7. The remains were buried in the presence of many friends. He suffered a great deal during his sickness of six weeks; but he bore it all with patience and died happy. He leaves a wife, 7 children, and a grandchild to mourn their loss. Two of the children are sick with typhoid fever.

"To night we thinking, dear father,
Of the grief that has come to our home,
How you left us in silence one morning;
You left us in silence and gloom.
Around your sick-bed, dear father,
We watched with the tenderest care,
Through the weary weeks that you suffered,
While our hearts were uplifted in prayer."

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

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