Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1883

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Herald of Truth - Volume XX, Number 15 - August 1, 1883, page 237

RUTT. - On the 9th of July, near Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill., of consumption, Bro. Michael Rutt, aged 66 years, 8 months, and 15 days. Buried on the 11th, followed by many friends and relatives. Funeral services by C. Snavely and H. Nice in German and E. Shellenberger in English. We hope that our loss will be his eternal gain.

MILLER. - June 28th, near Goshen, Ind., after long and intense suffering, Anna L., wife of David Miller, aged 41 years, 2 months and 26 days. Sister Miller was for many years a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and died with a fervent trust in Jesus and a glorious hope of everlasting life. In all her long siege of suffering, even when the pains were so severe as to be almost unendurable, she never murmured, but still thanked the Lord and smiled because of his goodness in sending Jesus to redeem the soul. A sorrow-stricken family deeply mourn because of their separation from a loving mother and companion, who they have every reason to believe has gone to be happy with Jesus. Funeral services by Joseph Troyer, Benjamin Shrock and J. S. Coffman

Transcriber's note: his (referring to God) not capitalized and lack of period at the end of the paragraph were left as in the original.

KEAGY. - July 15th, in Goshen, Indiana, of consumption. Marinda F., wife of Rudolph Keagy, aged 42 years and 23 days. Marinda Keagy was born in Harrison county, West Virginia, and lived for some years after her marriage in Augusta county, Va., from where the family moved to Elkhart county, Ind. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband and large family of children. She was an earnest, devoted Christian, and it is believed did her duty in the family and the church as faithfully as she could in the circumstances surrounding her in life. Buried at Shaum's church, where services were held by S. Lambert and J. S. Coffman.

YODER. - July 10th, on Elkhart Prairie, of bronchial consumption, Samuel S. Yoder, aged 26 years, 6 months and 24 days. In his early years the Lord called him to be his child and live for heaven. Ere the flush of youth had left his cheek, disease was permitted to find its fair victim, and soon he crossed the chilly waters. Brother Yoder was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. Beloved by all, with a full consecration, a perfect resignation, and victory through Jesus, he willingly left this world of suffering without a desire to remain any longer. He was a teacher in the public schools, and taught singing schools for a number of years. He will be much missed in the neighborhood and in his church, especially by his numerous young friends. Brother Yoder went to California nearly two years ago with a hope to ward off the disease which he felt stealing upon him, but returned to his friends to linger ten weeks amid their sympathies and expressions of love, and die. He gave instructions with regard to his funeral, stating that he wished to have pious pall bearers, a plain coffin, a plain hearse, and no flowers. Let this be a lasting rebuke to the pomp we are sometimes pained to see at the funerals of even some of our own plain people. May he rest in peace, and long live his pious example and teachings. Funeral services by Eli Miller, Benjamin Shrock and J. S. Coffman.

YODER. - July 2nd, near Benton, Holmes county, Ohio, of disease of the heart, caused by rheumatism, Hannah J. Yoder, daughter of Joseph D. Yoder, aged 28 years, 3 months and 12 days. The deceased suffered about ten years. Buried on the 4th. Funeral services by Levi D. Miller and John K. Yoder.

BLOYER. - On the 14th of July, near Millersville, Lancaster county, Pa, Sister Lizzie Bloyer, aged 79 years and 8 months. Nearly two years ago she had a stroke of palsy while attending a preparatory meeting at Roherstown, since which time she has been unable to do much work, but she has been a faithful, encouraging christian. She selected the hymns to be sung at her funeral. "Christ is my life, and death my gain." Buried at Millersville. Services by Benj. Hartzler, Amos Shenk and John Burbaker. Text, Phil. 1:21. Rest in peace.

HERR. - June 29th, near Lancaster, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Christian Herr, aged 75 years, 7 months and 4 days. Services and burial on July 1st, at Stone House of Pequea, by John Harnish, Abraham Herr and Amos Shank. Text Rev. 14:13; Heb. 4:9
"He has crossed the dark river and left us mourning here."
"We shall go to him, but he shall not return to us."

SEIBER. - On the 9th of July, in Adams township, Cumberland county, Pa., of brain fever, George Seiber, aged 33 years. He leaves a sorrowing widow and two children to mourn his departure.

YOUNG. - On the 8th of July, in Adams township, Cumberland county Pa., of dropsy, Daniel Young, aged 72 years. Services from Job 14:14,15.

MUSSER. - On the 9th of July, in Upper Leacock township, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. John Musser, aged 76 years, 2 months and 9 days. Funeral services were held by Isaac Eby. Text, Rev. 22:14. Interred at Grovesdale.

Brackbill. - On the 9th of July, in Paradise township, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Maria Brackbill, aged 77 years, 7 months and 23 days. Services by Isaac Eby. Text, 2d Peter, 1:11.

HERSHEY. - On the 12th of July, in Paradise township, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Jacob Hershey, aged 80 years, 4 months and 3 days. Services were held at the house by Bishop Benjamin Herr and David Buckwalter in German, Amos Herr and John K. Brubaker in English. Text, 2d Timothy, 4:4-8 Bro. Hershey leaves seven children and an afflicted companion who has been confined to her bed four months. Thirty-four grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was not able to attend to his ministerial duties for the last two years, although when health permitted, he filled his place and bore testimony to what had been said.

BERGE. - On the 28th of June, in Norristown, Montgomery Co., Pa., of old age and weakness, Abraham Berge, aged 76 years, 10 months and 4 days. His burial took place on the 3rd of July at the Mennonite Church in Worchester Township. Services were held at the house by Christian B. Allebach, and at the meeting-house by John B. Hunsberry and J B Mensch.

Transcriber's note: J B typed without periods as in the original.

KOLB - On the 8th of July, near Skippack Montgomery Co., Pa., of old age and weakness, Mollie Kolb, widow of Isaac Kolb deceased, aged 82 years. Buried at the Mennonite church at Skippack.

BITSCHI - On the 22nd of July, in Fulton Co., Ohio, Peter Bitschi aged 61 years. and 19 days. Buried on the 23rd. Bro Bitschi came from Canton Berne Switzerland, to Ohio in 1848, where he lived till the Lord called him to another world. He leaves a widow and seven children. Appropriate funeral remarks were made by J Wyss and C. S. Stuckey from Heb. 4.

Transcriber's note: Lack of and placement of punctuations as in the original.

WANNER. - July 13th in Weaverland, Lan., Co., Pa. Sister Lydia Wanner, daughter of Pre. Tobias Wanner, aged 49 years and 26 days. She had been an invalid for the last 28 years, and often expressed a desire to depart. She died in the hope of the promised rest. Buried on the 16th. Services by Jonas Martin and John Landis from Rev. 21:4, 5, and Isaac Eaby from Phil. 1: 21.

NISSLEY. - On the 23rd of July, in the asylum in Columbus, Ohio, of catarrh in the head and consumption, Catharine, wife of Joseph Nissley, and daughter of Moses Stutzman of Fulton Co., Ohio, aged 33 years, 8 months and 24 days. She was a quiet and faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church, but through misfortune and trouble lost the right use of her mind, and was taken by her father to the asylum over four years ago. The body was sent to Archbold on the 24th, and was buried the same evening. She leaves a husband and four children. The funeral services were held the next day. Text, 2 Peter 3.

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Herald of Truth - Volume XX, Number 16 - August 15, 1883, pages 252, 253

CORRECTION. - In the death notice of Peter Bitsche the name was given incorrectly. It should have been Peter Luethi. He was not a member of the Amish Church as stated, but had been a member of the Reformed Church in Europe. In America he had never identified himself with any church.

Transcriber's note: The about correction is concerning the obituary of Peter Luethi which was in the August 1, 1883 issue.

BAKER. - On the 17th of July, in Wadsworth twp., Medina Co., Ohio, Benjamin Baker, aged 86 years, 5 months and 13 days. The subject of this notice was born in Franconia twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., from whence he removed to Ohio, where he spent in the same township the last forty-four years of his life. He was beloved of all who knew him, and was a consistent member of the Reformed Church. Funeral services by E. O. Otting in German, and Martin Leatherman in English.

BRAND. - On the 1st of July, near Bucyrus, Crawford county, Ohio, of old age, Elizabeth Brand, aged 82 years and 5 months. Buried on the 3rd, near Bloomville, Seneca county, Ohio, in the Mennonite grave yard. Sister Brand was born in Germany, and her maiden name was Musselman. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for sixty-eight years, having united with the church at the age of fourteen years. She with her husband, who died 27 years ago, emigrated to America in 1846. She was the mother of seventeen children, seven of whom are still living. She desired to depart and be with Christ.

BECK. - On the 13th of July, in Steuben Co., Ind., of consumption, Adaline, wife of John Beck, and daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth Freed, aged 26 years, 7 months and 20 days Buried the 15th at Mt. Zion graveyard. Funeral services by Eli Stofer, James Coyle and Henry Huber.

Transcriber's note: The period after 20 days was left out in the original.

KENAGY. - Ella Kenagy, wife of Alolphus M. Kenagy, daughter of John and Catharine Yoder, departed this life at her home in Cass Co., Missouri, July 29th, aged 24 years, 1 month and 15 days. She was a kind and affectionate daughter, loved by all who knew her. In 1880 she became the devoted wife of Adolphus M. Kenagy. Ill health deprived her of many enjoyments, yet she was always pleasant and cheerful. All through her sickness she manifested the sweetest Christian disposition. She longed to be relieved of her suffering and go to her Savior. Services by C. S. Plank in German, S. H. Yoder and - Crook in English. She leaves a husband, one child, father and mother, one sister and one brother to mourn her early departure.
Ella, dear, thy days are ended,
Death hath claimed thee for his own;
Though all earthly ties are sundered,
Angels bid thee welcome home.

Joined that holy band of minstrels,
With that shining host above,
Giving forth celestial music,
In the realms of endless love.

Where the sun is never darkened,
Where no shadows ever come;
There no death can ever enter,
In your bright eternal home.

There is rest for weary pilgrims,
Through a long eternal day;
There no sorrow ever enters,
And the tears are wiped away,

JOHNSON. - On then 20th of April, in Bertis, Ontario, of dropsy, Magdalena Johnson, aged 83 years, 2 months and 5 days. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years, and was a kind mother and a beloved sister. Services by Abm. Hunsberger.

HESS. - On the 31st of July, in East Hempfield, Lancaster county, Pa., at the house of her son-in-law Franklin Shreiner, Sister Catharine Hess, widow of Samuel Hess who died thirteen years ago, aged 56 years, 11 months and 27 days. She suffered three weeks of a sore hand; the pain settled on her heart, and death followed. Funeral services by Charles Hostetter and John K. Brubaker. Interred at Hess, burying ground.

GROFF. - July 4th, near Maytown, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Mary Groff, aged 70 years, 11 months and 24 days. Funeral on the 6th. Text, Psalm 23:1-4. Buried at Bainbridge Cemetery. Sister Groff was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite Church.

ROOT. - July 26th, near Petersburg, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Mary E. Root, daughter of Bro. Abm. F. Root, aged 14 years, 5 months and 15 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Prov. 8:17. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house. This young sister was sick of consumption for some time. She felt constrained to become obedient to the Lord. She was weary of life, and wished to depart and be with Jesus.

SHANK. - On the 17th of July, at Clear Spring, Washington Co., Md., Sister Barbara Shenk, aged 93 years, 2 months and 20 days.

Transcriber's note: Shank is also spelled as Shenk in the original.

MAURER. - On the 27th of July, in Davis county. Iowa, of inflammation of the bowels, John Maurer, aged 66 years and 6 months. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by Ph. Ronlet and S. Gerig of Henry county. Text, 1 Cor. 5:1. Peace to his ashes.

BEECHER. - On the 19th of July, at his home in Ringgold, Washington Co., Maryland, Harvey J. son of J. C. Beecher, aged 20 years, 3 months and 9 days.

KLOPFENSTEIN.-On the 5th of August, in Fulton Co., Ohio, the wife of Joseph Klopfenstein, aged 56 years, 4 months and 9 days. On the 7th the remains were consigned to mother earth, when an unusual number of persons were present. She was a sister in the Amish Mennonite Church. A husband and eleven children are left to wait a little longer on earth.

JUDSON. - On the 6th of August, in Elkhart Co., Ind., suddenly, Fred Judson, aged about 35 years. He was a young man of considerable promise, and had spent some time in the study of medicine, but having early contracted a love for strong drink - his life was a failure. He had been drinking for a couple of weeks until Thursday previous to his death when he quit, wishing to break off from this terrible habit, he desired the prayer and encouragement of Christian friends to aid him in his purpose and made many earnest promises for the future, and expressed himself as having found a hope in Christ, when on Monday morning he arose early to get a drink and in a short time, his mother hearing him fall in his room, found him dead. His remains were taken to Ohio for burial. May his sad life be a warning to all young men to flee the terrible cup of intoxication.

BEERY. - On the 10th of August, in Branch Co., Mich., of a lingering illness, Sarah Ann Keller, wife of Abraham G. Beery. She was born in Juanita county, Pa., on the 14th of April 1823. She removed with her parents from there and lived for a time in Wayne Co., Ohio. From there her parents removed again to Portage county, and from there again to Fairfield county. Here she was married to Abraham Beery, her surviving husband on the 14th of November 1839. After living in Hocking, Fairfield and Allen counties for 26 years they removed to Branch Co., Mich., where they resided to the time of her death. Their union was blessed with 12 children, 6 of whom are still living. There are also 20 grandchildren of which fifteen are still living.
She (with her husband), united with the Mennonite Church about two years after their marriage, and she has been a constant, faithful member, manifesting in her walk and conversation, a warm devotion to her Lord and Master. During the latter years of her life she suffered much affliction, and many times her life was despaired of. Yet a kind heavenly Father still lengthened her days. Through her many trials and afflictions she was led nearer to God, and with patience, submission and a desire to depart - she waited and longed for the hour of her departure. She said she had prayed God to spare her life until her children had grown up, and now that her prayers had been answered, and she had passed through so many fires of affliction, she did not want any to wish her to get well; she wanted to go and be with Jesus. She was buried on the 12th, followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Services were conducted by J. F. Funk, of Elkhart, Ind., assisted by Bro. C. Naffziger, of Pretty Prairie, and Rev. Bonney, of Bronson.

DAUSMAN. - On the 3rd of August, in Union twp., Elkhart county, Ind., Emma Louisa, wife of Noah Dausman, aged 25 years, 7 months and 23 days. She was buried on the 5th. Her funeral was largely attended. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two children. During her sickness she was much interested in regard to her salvation, and prayed earnestly; and said that if she should again recover she would lead a better life. We trust her prayers may have been heard, and that through faith in Jesus Christ, and her willingness to obey him, she may have found acceptance with God. Services were held by J. F. Funk and Rev. - Venner from 1 Peter 1:24, 25, and the words "Weep not."

Transcriber's note: him (referring to God) was not capitalized in the original.

FROEHLY. - On the 4th of August, in Elkhart county, Ind., of heart disease, Christian Froehly, aged 73 years, 10 months and 19 days. He was in Elkhart during the day and in usual health, and in the evening about dusk he went to the stable to put in the cattle, on his way to the house he fell, and was soon found by the family in an unconscious state. His son (with whom he was living) attempted to lift him up and with a few breaths life was extinct. He was born in Lower Alsace, Germany, in 1809. Came to America in 1847, and lived in Elkhart county, about 30 years. Services by J. F. Funk assisted by Rev. Thomas from Matt. 24:44. Peace to his ashes.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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