Herald of Truth Obituaries - April, 1883

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HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume XX, Number 7 - April 1, 1883 - pp 108,109

MILLER.-Feb. 18th in Somerset county, Pa., of a paralytic stroke, of which he died in twelve hours, Abraham Miller, aged 56 years, 3 months and 1 day. Funeral services by Peter A. Blough, Samuel Gindlesperger, and Cyrus Hershberger. Text, Job 16:22.

SWARTZENTRUBER.-On the 2nd of March, in Salisbury twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Katie, daughter of John and Lizzie Swartzentruber, aged 2 years and 7 days. Buried on the 4th. Services by John P. Mast. About 18 months ago they buried their little son David, aged about 3 years. This is indeed a great bereavement.
"Against the just the Almighty's arrows fly,
For he delights the innocent to try;
To show their constant and their god-like mind,
Not by afflictions broken but refined."

BEUTLER.-March 11th, near Wakarusa, Ind., of consumption, Mary Alice, daughter of Jacob A. and Caroline Beutler, aged 14 years, 4 months and 28 days. In her early youth she felt willing to obey and trust Christ. During her sickness she said, if she should get well she desired to be baptized and become a member of the church; and on the evening previous to her death she said, she was willing to trust her life and, if she should die, her soul to the keeping of Jesus. Will not her brothers and sisters and schoolmates, whom she left so early try to meet her in heaven? Services were held at Holdeman's Church by Peter Lehman and Noah Metzler. Buried at Shaum's.

KUNTZI.-On the 6th of March, near Wheatland, Hickory Co., Missouri, of a lingering disease, Bishop Karl J. Kuntzi, aged 44 years, 3 months and 17 days. Funeral services were held by Peter Lehman and Jacob Yoder. He leaves a deeply bereaved widow and nine children to mourn his departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope, for he died with a firm confidence in God, and expressed good will to all men, and peace with God in his heart. About thirteen years ago he was ordained to the ministry and nine years afterward to the bishop's office. Peace to his ashes.

SCHMIDT.-Feb. 23rd, on Blanchard River, Putnam Co., Ohio, of a lingering disease, Brother John Schmidt, aged 78 years, 3 months and 9 days. Buried the 25th, in the Union Graveyard, by the side of his companion, who departed this life twenty years ago. He leaves four sons and three daughters and many grandchildren to mourn his departure. Services by George Brenneman from Isaiah 38:1.

KENAGY.-On the 6th of March, in Cass Co., Missouri, of pneumonia, Lydia, wife of Emanuel K. Kenagy, aged 31 years and 6 months. Buried in Clearfork cemetery. Funeral discourse by John Hertzler and Moses Yoder, Text 2 Corinthians 5:1. She leaves a husband and 4 children - infant buried 8 days previous.

HERSHEY.-March 1st, in Shelby county, Missouri, of bronchitis, William, son of Michael and Maria Hershey, aged 7 months and 17 days. Funeral services by John Brubaker. Text, Psa. 18:16.

NICE.-Feb. 19th, in Lower Salford, Montgomery county, Pa., Mary, wife of Abraham Nice, maiden name Moyer, aged 68 years, 11 months and 20 days. Interred at Towamencin. Services at the house by Christian Allebach, at the meeting-house by Josiah Clemmer.

HACKMAN.-February 22nd, in Franconia township, Montgomery Co., Pa., Mary, wife of Enos Hackman, maiden name Wagner, aged 65 years, 8 months and 23 days. Interred at Franconia. Services at the house by Joseph Clemmer and Jacob Gehman, at the meeting-house by Henry Nice and Jacob Loux. Text, Amos 4:12.

BAUMAN.-Feb. 27th, in Woolwich township, Waterloo Co., Ontario, of old age, Sister Maria, widow of Jonathan Bauman deceased, aged 87 years, 1 month and 19 days. She was buried on the 2nd of March at Snyder's meeting-house.

SCHANTZ.-On the 28th of March, in Hay township, Huron county, Ontario, Catharine Schantz, maiden name Ingold, wife of Christian Schantz, aged about 80 years, she was much beloved, and did not only love in return, but did that which was pleasing to others. She was buried on the 2nd of March at Schwartzentruber's burying-ground. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by Michael Kennel and John Gascho, of Wilmot township. Text, 12 Cor. 15.

CHRISTNER.-On the 20th of February, in Hubbard, Oregon, a son of Jacob and Veronica Christner, aged 2 months and 18 days. The funeral services were held by John Miller and Jacob Schwartzentruber. Text, Mark 10:13.

BAKER.-On the 9th of March, in Brecknock township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. Samuel Baker, aged 47 years, 1 month and 10 days. On the 12th he was buried at Martin's burying ground. Funeral services were held by Bro. Christian Stauffer and Benjamin Horning. Text, 2 Sam. 14:5. He leaves a widow, four sons, and three daughters to mourn his departure.

AMSTUTZ.-On the 22nd of February, in Richland Co., Ohio, Josephine, daughter of John C. and Anna Amstutz, aged 1 year, 9 months and 9 days.

BITCHEY.-On the 28th of February, near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., of asthma, Fanny, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Bitchey, aged 5 years and 3 months. Buried on the 2nd of March. Funeral services by Joseph Yoder. Text, 1 Peter 1:24.

HOLSINGER.-March 3rd, in Rockingham Co., Va., near Newdale Church, of a lingering illness for two years, Margaret, widow of Jacob Holsinger, aged 77 years. Funeral on the 4th. Services by Abraham Shank. Text, 1 Cor. 15: 45-49.

GRABILL.-March the 3rd, near Liberty Church, Shenandoah county, Virginia, of palsy Sister Mary Grabill, aged 73 years and 5 months. Funeral on the 5th. Services by Abraham Shank. Text, 1 Cor. 15:50. Buried at the Tunker Meeting-house, known as the Cedar Grove Church.

KILMER.-On the 25th of March, in Baugo township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of heart disease, Bro. Isaac Kilmer, aged 67 years, 2 months and 4 days. Bro. Kilmer was born in Juniata Co., Pa. He resided in Ashland Co., Ohio, 14 years, after which he came to Elkhart Co., and settled on the farm where he died. He was a faithful, zealous and devoted member of the Church for many years; his place in the congregation was seldom vacant and he was kind and charitable to the needy. He will be greatly missed in the Church and neighborhood as well as in his own family circle. He suffered much during the last three weeks of his life; not being able to lie down, he sat in his chair with his body thrown forward to keep from smothering; he however bore his sufferings with patience, and trusting in Jesus he passed away, as we hope, to the home of the blest. He was the father of five children, one of whom died in infancy. His grand children number 14, of whom 10 are living. He leaves a sorrowing companion and four children to mourn his departure. He manifested an earnest solicitude for the salvation of his children, desiring that all of them might be gathered into the Church, and become followers of Jesus. He was buried at Shaum's burying-ground on the 27th where appropriate services were held by J. S. Coffman, Henry Shaum and John F. Funk from Matt. 24:44, and Isa. 51:11.

SHOUP.-Feb. 24th, in Holmes county, Ohio Brother Martin Shoup, aged 78 years, 4 months and 9 days. Brother Shoup was born in Somerset county, Pa., was married to Barbara Burkholder, with whom he lived in matrimony fifty-four years, and was the father of six sons and six daughters. At the time of the funeral Sister Shoup was not well enough to attend the services. He was buried in the graveyard by the Mennonite meeting-house, followed by many sympathizing friends. Services were held by Michael Rohrer, in English and Michael Horst, in German. Bro. Shoup was a minister of the gospel for many years, and was a faithful worker. During his last affliction he frequently said, *"If only the time would soon come that he could depart and be with Christ. He wished that his spells might be more severe that his end might be hastened. He was not afraid to die. He showed a manifest evidence that he was reconciled to God.
Transcriber's note: Typed as written.

SHOUP.-On the 5th of March, in Holmes Co., Ohio, Barbara, widow of Martin Shoup, aged 78 years and 20 days. Nine days after the departure of her aged husband, she followed him to the spirit world. She was buried in the same graveyard with her husband. Sister Shoup was a zealous Christian a kind neighbor and a faithful mother. She was well skilled in medicine and was a good family physician, and cared much for the sick. She is much missed in her neighborhood.
It seems the prayer of this aged couple were answered. A little while previous to their death their prayer was that they might die near the same time, that one might not be left long after the other was taken away. They bore their affliction with patience. The services for Sister Shoup were held by the same brethren that preached at Bro. Shoup's funeral.

MYERS, - Selected on the death of Elizabeth Myers, who died January 18th, 1883, aged 84 years, 10 months and 25 days, by a grandchild.
Weep not for me my children dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
O children, do not weep for me.

Our mother now is gone we trust,
T'enjoy a better world than this;
Here toil and suffering was her lot,
But now we hope 'tis highest bliss.

We dearly loved and cherished her,
Yet God her Savior loved her best,
Relieved her of her suffering here,
And took her home to heav'n to rest.
Now, thinking of the weary nights
She spent while here in torturing pain,
We feel 'twould be unkind indeed
To wish her back to earth again.

She never more can come to us;
But we to her and God may go
If we, like her, trust His free grace,
To save us from eternal woe.

And then, dear friends, how sweet the thought
That we in heaven with Christ may dwell,
Where parents, friends, and children dear
Need no more say a sad farewell!

And now we bid a sad farewell;
Dear parent, we shall meet no more
Till we are raised with thee to dwell
On Canaan's brighter happier shore.

KESTNER.-March 12th, near New Paris, Elkhart county, Ind., of consumption, Ernest F. Kestner, aged 21 years, 11 months and 12 days. Buried at Yellow Creek Church where services were held by John S. Coffman. The last months of this young man's life were spent in fervent prayers and earnest devotions to God. He wrestled mightily in prayer until he found peace in his soul, he was willing to go, and died happy. Sometime before his death he remembered the death of Jesus in the bread and wine, and left a bright evidence that he had peace with God. Christliche Botschafter please copy.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume XX, Number 8 - April 15, 1883

BAER.-February 8th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, John M. Baer, aged 67 years, 7 months and 19 days. Funeral on the 12th. Text, Rom. 6:23 and Sam. 14:14. Buried at Krabill's Meeting-house. A deeply afflicted wife and children mourn his death.

HUBLEY.-February 11th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co.,Pa., of apoplexy, brother John Hubley, aged 77 years, 6 months and 30 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Buried at Mount Joy Cemetery. Bro. Hubley was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite Church.

SHENK.-February 20th, in Shama, New Mexico, Henry Franklin Shenk, son of Henry Shenk, of Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa. The remains were brought to his parent's home on Sunday 25th. The funeral was held on the 27th, at Landisville Meeting-house. Text, Rev. 16:17 last clause. A large concourse of friends and neighbors assembled in token of deep sympathy with the parents and his only brother and sister. A loud call to the young.

GOOD.-March 1st, in Mount Joy twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Lizzie Cornelia, daughter of Christian and Anna H. Good, aged 10 years, 5 months and 23 days. Funeral at Stern's Meeting-house on the 5th. Text, Heb. 9:27,28. Buried at Mount Joy Cemetery.

SELL.-On the 4th of March, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Christopher Sell, aged 63 years, 3 months and 12 days. Buried at Franconia Meeting-house.

GODSHALL.-February 26th, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Nelson Godshall, aged 7 years, 2 months and 12 days. Buried at Franconia meeting-house.

BERGEY.-March 10th, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Henry Bergey, aged 70 years, 1 month and 22 days. Buried at Franconia Meeting-house.

DETTERA.-March 13th, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Mary Eliza Dettera, aged 7 years and 23 days. Preaching at the house by Henry Nice, and at the meeting-house by Josiah Clemmer. Buried at Franconia Meeting-house.

OVERHOLT.-March 18th, in Medina Co., Ohio, Margaret, wife of Jos. K. Overholt, aged 74 years, 6 months and 7 days. Her maiden name was Anglemeyer, born in Bucks Co., (New Britain twp) Pa. She was the mother of three sons and seven daughters, all of which survive her. She was a consistent member of the Evangelical Mennonite Church more than 52 years. Her faith was unwavering; her whole trust was in God. C.Bery, Martin Leatherman and Christian Huntsberger held the funeral services from 2 Tim. 4:7,8.

GOOD.-March 22nd, at Mt. Clinton, Rockingham Co., Va., of spasms, Cora Magdalene, daughter of Isaac and Mary Good, aged 5 months and 23 days. Buried at Mount Clinton. Services by John Geil and Sem S. Weaver. Text, 1 Peter 1:24,25.

KULP.-March 28th, in Dutch Creek twp, Washington Co., Iowa, Rebecca, widow of George B. Kulp deceased, aged 60 years, 8 months and 12 days. She was the mother of Joseph, J.S., and A.L. Kulp. We sadly feel our loss, but hope it is her eternal gain.

LANDIS.-March 22nd, near Cullom, Livingston Co., Ill., Harvey, son of William and Elizabeth Landis, aged 3 months and 18 days. Services by B.F. Hamilton.

SHANK.-March 21st, in East Lewistown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, Magdalena Shank, aged 81 years, 7 months and 29 days. Buried at Overholt's graveyard, where appropriate services were held by Peter Basinger, Jacob Stouffer and Joseph Bixler.

GROVES.-On the 19th of March, near Dayton, Rockingham Co., Va., of age, Sophia Groves, aged 73 years, 3 months and 16 days. She leaves an only daughter and nine grand-children to mourn her departure. She has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 35 years, and has well adorned her profession by her pious walk and conduct. She was confined to her bed most of the time for about a year, but bore her affliction with Christian resignation, and said she was only waiting the Lord's appointed time. She was buried on the 21st, on which occasion appropriate remarks were made by Solomon Beery, G.D. Heatwole and John Geil.

STONER.-On the 23rd of March, in Baugo township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of pneumonia, Georgia Frances, daughter of Ezri and Alice Stoner, aged 2 years, 5 months and 24 days. The parents reside in Nappanee, but were on a visit with their uncle L. Dodge, where the child took sick and died. She was buried on Sunday at Shaum's burying-ground, where services were held by J.F. Funk from 1 Cor. 15:21,22. May God comfort the hearts of the sorrowing parents, and give them grace to meet their loved one in the bright home above.

CULP.-March 25th, near Bertrand, Cass Co., Mich., Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Culp, aged 48 years, 3 months and 25 days. Sister Culp became unconscious before she or any one else thought that her affliction might prove fatal. This is a warning to all to be ready to make the change from time to eternity. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves a deeply afflicted companion and several children to mourn her departure. The funeral services were held by J.S. Coffman from 1 Cor. 15:20.

SCHROCK.-On the 12th of March, in Reno Co., Kansas, Anna, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Schrock, (Elizabeth was his first wife), aged 23 years, 5 months and 7 days. She was buried on the 14th, and the funeral services were held by Joseph Egly in German and John Detsch in English. Text, John 5:24. Only a short time ago she found peace with Jesus, shortly after which she went to Livingston and Tazewell counties where she was partly brought up. Three days after her return she peacefully passed from earth.

SHELLEY.-April 5th, near Elkhart, Ind., of consumption, Mary Ann, daughter of Michael and Catharine Shelley, aged 16 years, 2 months and 12 days. The deceased, through sickness in infancy, lost the use of her feet to such an extent that she was never able to walk. She moved from place to place during the last few years of her life on a little wagon, which she could run at will. For a number of years she worked in the book bindery of the Mennonite Publishing Company, folding papers, sewing books, etc., at which she had become expert. She is much missed in the office, in her home, and in school by her great number of friends who always found it a pleasure to assist her in her semi-helpless condition. She had an intelligent mind and quick understanding. In the last few months of her life she became anxious for her spiritual welfare. After an earnest effort to find peace with God, she became willing to consecrate herself wholly to him, and spend the rest of her days in doing his will. She made her covenant in baptism, observed the communion, and received the assurance that she was accepted of God. She was ready to die, and when she felt herself willing to put her whole trust in Jesus, she rejoiced at the prospect that she could soon go out of this world where she had endured a life-long affliction, to the home which Jesus has prepared for those who love and trust him. Her memory will linger long and pleasantly with those who knew her best. She was buried in Shaum's graveyard, on Sunday, the 8th. The funeral services were conducted by J.F. Funk and J.S. Coffman.

WITMER.-On the 1st of March, near Noble Station, Washington Co., Iowa, of pneumonia and bilious fever Widow Barbara Witmer, aged 52 years, 8 months and 25 days. He* leaves 6 children and many relatives to mourn their loss. On the second she was buried at B. Eicher's Meeting-house, in the presence of a large congregation. Services by S. Gerig and S.F. Miller. She was a beloved mother and neighbor, and a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
Her husband Peter Witmer died four years ago in Europe. Two days before the time appointed to start for America he took sick and on the same day appointed for his journey he was buried. After a delay of six weeks Sister Witmer with her children started for America, where they, in due time arrived safely.
*Transcriber's note: 'He' typed as written.

BRENNEMAN.-February 8th, on Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Margaret Brenneman, Wid., aged 67 years, 7 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Phil. 1:21. Buried at Erisman's Meeting-house.

GASCHO.-March 18th, in Livingston Co., Ill., John Gascho, aged 39 years and 21 days. His remains were laid to rest on the 20th, followed by many relatives and friends, assembled from far and near to pay their last respects to their departed friend. Services were held in the house of Christian Schlegel by Peter Schantz, of Lee County, Iowa, who was in that vicinity on a visit. And at the meeting-house by Joseph Grieser and Peter Schantz, from 1 Cor. 15, and some words at the grave by J. Schmidt. Brother Gascho suffered much from phthisic for a number of years. Oftentimes he spent the entire night in his chair.
He suffered more than ordinarily about five days. A few minutes before he died, his wife asked him whether she should send for the doctor: He replied. No one can help me: the Lord has released many, he too can release me, and so he died. He was a member of the Amish Church, and leaves a sorrowing companion and four children, the youngest being only 2 weeks old. He also leaves an aged mother who could not follow him to the grave.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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