Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1883

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Herald of Truth - Volume XX, Number 23 - December 1, 1883, page 365

GREENAWALT.- On the 28th of November on the Haw Patch, La Grange, Co., Ind., Catharine, wife of Adam Greenawalt, aged 68 years, 9 months and 26 days. Sister Greenawalt was one of the mothers in Israel that will be much missed in the community, the church and the family. The Lord graciously kept her to a ripe old age, permitted her to see all her family of thirteen children grow up, married and settled down in life, nearly all have confessed Christ. These with 51 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, nearly all living number her posterity. The aged father and husband is feeble and almost blind. And will sadly miss those willing hands, ever so ready to minister to his wants, May we not hope that when he leaves this, to him, dark world, he may behold her in the clear sunshine of heaven? Services in German by Jonathan Kurtz of Ligonier, and in English by J. S. Coffman of Elkhart.

BOWMAN.- At Blair, Waterloo county, Ontario, Samuel Bowman, at the advanced age of 81 years and 9 months. The remains were interred in the Blair Cemetery on the 18th of November. Funeral services by Jacob Detweiler in English from Rev. 4:13, and Noah Stauffer in German from Phil. 1:21.

SHANTZ.- On the 20th of November. In Wilmot twp., Waterloo Ont., Ida, daughter of Jonathan and Caroline Shantz, aged 5 years, 6 months and 4 days. Buried at Blenheim; Funeral services by Joseph Nahrgang in German, and Noah Stauffer in English. Text, 1 Peter 1:24.

CLEMMER.- On the 8th of November, in Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, Sarah, wife of bishop Josiah Clemmer, of the Franconia Church, in the 51st year of her age. She was buried on the 12th, services at the house by Abm. Moyer, and C. Hunsberger and at the meeting-house by Isaac Oberholzer and Jacob Mensch, from Phil 1:21. A large concourse of people followed her to the grave. May God grant comfort and consolation to the bereaved family, especially to the dear brother, from whose side a dear loving companion has been taken away. Peace to her ashes.

MILLER.- On the 23rd of October, at Amish, Johnson county, Iowa, of heart disease, Benedict Miller, aged 68 years, 5 months and 3 days. The deceased was born in Maryland, but removed to Iowa from Fairfield county Ohio, in 1850. He was a member and an earnest worker in the Amish Mennonite church. He will be missed as a leader in the singing in the church services, and a helper to the needy. Services were held with a large congregation of friends and relatives at his late residence, by Daniel Schrock from Douglas county, Ill., and N. D, Yoder of Johnson county, Iowa. He was resigned and patient during his three weeks of suffering, and gloried in the name of Jesus. J. B. M.

Transcriber's note: the coma after (D) is as in the original.

KAUFMAN.- On the 20th of November, in LaGrange county, Ind., of diphtheria, Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Catharine Kaufman, aged 4 years and 14 days. Buried on the 21st in J. E. Borntrager's Burying-ground. Services at the home of the child's grandfather Samuel J. Schragen, by Eli and Christian Troyer, the latter from Tuscarawas county, O., who had held a service for public worship in the forenoon of the same day.
Funeral text, Mark 10:13- 19.

MILLER.- On the 30th of October, in Clinton twp., Elkhart county, Ind., Aaron A. Miller, aged 36 years, 9 months and 7 days. Through his severe suffering he was patient, comforted and full of hope; and on his dying bed beautifully admonished his family. Services by Chr. Troyer and Samuel Miller, the latter of Holmes county Ohio.

Transcriber's note: There was no coma after Holmes county in the original.

VINCENT.- On the 7th of October in Huron county, Ontario, Bro. Abm. Vincent, aged 61 years and 11 months. He was buried on the 8th, when funeral services were held by H. B. Detweiler and C. Weber.

STOLTZFUS.- On the 4th of November, of heart disease, at Kelly Point, Pa., Christian Stoltzfus, at the ripe age of 80 years, 2 months and 1 day. Deceased emigrated from Lancaster county, to Union county, in 1837, two years after which he was ordained a deacon in the Amish Mennonite Church, where he served in that capacity till his death. Ten children, 56 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren number in his posterity. He died happy, trusting in his Redeemer; longing to go, yet he waited patiently the Lord's own time. Funeral services by John P. Mast, and John Yoder of Mifflin county, Pennsylvania.

YODER.- On the 22nd of October, in Juniata county, Pa., Tobias, son of Christian and Sarah Yoder aged 37 years and 9 months. We believe he fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services by Benjamin Hartzler.

YODER.- On the 6th of November, in Brown twp., Mifflin county, Pa., Hannah, relict of Gideon Yoder, aged 84 years, 3 months and 3 days. She was a member of the Old Amish Mennonite Church, and was always true to her profession. She was ready to go, and said, If I cannot die this week, I hope I may next week. Funeral services by Christian Yoder.

WEAVER.- On the 19th of October, at his old home with his son, near Mexico, Juniata county, Pa., brother Joseph Weaver at the advances age of 90 years, 4 months and 19 days. He was the father of 10 children, 44 grand-children, and 42 great grand-children. His remains were consigned to mother earth in the family grave-yard, on the 22nd, on which occasion appropriate remarks were made by Jacob Grabill and William Auker, from John- last part of 33d verse.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth - Volume XX, Number 24 - December 15, 1883, pages 380, 381

TAYLOR.- On Nov. 5th, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham county, Va., of bronchitis, Mary Taylor, consort of Edwin Taylor, aged 40 years, 8 months and 20 days. She was a daughter of Abraham Burkholder, and a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves an aged father, a husband and five children to mourn their loss, but not as without hope. Buried on the 6th at the new burying ground, near Weaver's Church.
"A light from our household is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

REIST.- October 9th, near Manheim, Lancaster county, Pa., John F. infant son of Bro. and Sister John B. Reist, aged 26 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Gal. 3:26. Buried in the family grave-yard.

LEHMAN.- October 21st, near Manheim, Lancaster county, Pa., of consumption, Anna Lehman, aged 63 years, 3 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 23rd. Text, Psalm 90:12. Buried at Hernly's Meeting-house.

HEITLAUF.- November 6th, near Masonville, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Anna Heitlauf, Widow, aged 92 years, 7 months and 1 day. Funeral in the 8th. Text, 2 Cor. 4:16- 18. Buried at "Bachman's Meeting-house. Sister Heitlauf was blind for the last 16 years. She was patient, trusting in the Lord, and longed to go to her long home.

ALWINE.- On the 15th of Nov., in Somerset county, Pa., Sister Christina Alwine, wife of Peter Alwine, and daughter of Moses and Christina Kauffman, aged 24 years, 1 month and 16 days. Funeral services by Peter A. Blough and Jonathan and Cyrus Hershberger.

GSELL.- Near Clear Spring, Washington county, Md., Nov. 23rd, of an affection of the lungs, Joseph Gsell, son of David and Mary Gsell, aged 15 years, 9 months and17 days. The subject of the above notice was a bright and intelligent youth noted for his obedience, amiable disposition, quiet demeanor, and conscientious performance of his duties : "Truly death loves a shining mark. In his death the family loses a dutiful son and our Sabbath School a studious and diligent member. The funeral of Joseph Gsell was one of the largest ever held at the Clear Spring Church. The services were held by Adam Baer, Daniel Roth, and Josiah Brewer, from 2 Cor. 4:6.
Farewell father, farewell mother,
Farewell sister, farewell brother,
From childhood's home and scenes of youth
I,ve gone to dwell in the mansions of truth;
Life's troubles o,er, my work all done,
My soul at rest, the victory's won.

Earth's turmoils and satanic strife,
The sorrows and the griefs of life,
Can reach me here with God no more;
They cannot land on this fair shore;
My griefs are gone, I know no fears,
And God has wiped away all tears.

Farewell , farewell, my teacher dear,
No more your kindly voice to hear
In school on God's dear Sabbath day,
When oft we met to song and pray,
To learn of Jesus and his love,
And seek a home in heaven above.

Farewell, my classmates all so dear,
Twas God's own call, dry every tear,
O murmur not, nor heave a sigh,
I,ve gone to join the school on high:
Be ready then my schoolmates all
To go when Christ the Lord shall call.
John Brewer.

Transcriber's note: The apostrophe was left out in turmoils and griefs.

STUTZMAN.- On the 19th of Nov., in Seward county, Neb., in her chair, of heart dropsy, Sister Elizabeth, wife of C. J. Stutzman, aged 51 years, 6 months and 19 days. Buried on the 21st in the Amish Mennonite Burying-ground. Funeral services were held by Joseph Schlegel. Text, John 5:22- 29.

STRUPHER.- On the 17th of Nov., of old age, John Strupher, aged 74 years, and one month. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn his departure. Buried on the 19th in the presence of many friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were held by Joseph Stuckey and others in the English and German languages.

PLANK.- In Cass county, Mich., on the 23rd of November, after a three months sickness of cancer, John Plank, aged 66 years, 9 months and 24 days. He leaves a widow and 9 children to mourn his departure. Services were held in the Barker Street School house, by Joseph Yoder in German and John Shoemaker in English. The remains were followed to the State Line Cemetery by many neighbors and friends.

BERGY.- On the 17th of May, in Juniata county, Pa., Ella Kate, daughter of Samuel and Cora Bergy, aged 2 months and five days. Buried at Lost Creek. Services by Wm. Graybill.

LITER.- On the 6th of July, in Juniata county, Pa., of consumption, Henry Liter, aged 63 years and 29 days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Buried at Lost Creek grave-yard. Services by Jacob and William Graybill.

AUKER.- July 28th, in Juniata county, Pa., Charles Jacob, son of Simon and Lizzie Auker, aged 1 year and 3 months. Buried at the Delaware Church grave-yard. Appropriate remarks were made at the Church by Wm. Graybill and Wm. Bergy. Text, Mark 10: 13, 14.

KAUFFMAN.- November 6th, near Free Spring, Juniata county, Pa., Harriet Kauffman, aged 49 years, 3 months and 21 days. She was endeared to all who knew her, was a kind mother and a beloved sister in the Mennonite Church. Her place was seldom vacant in the Church. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, sons and daughters to mourn their loss; may there loss be her eternal gain. Buried at Lost Creek grave-yard, followed by many sympathizing friends and relatives, remarks were made on the occasion by Jacob and William Graybill. Text, Revelation 7:16, 17.

Transcriber's note: (there) should be spelled their.

BERGY.- October 8th, in Lost Creek Valley, Juniata county, Pa., of Typhoid fever. David Bergy, aged 20 years and 22 days. Our young friend was much concerned about his salvation, and desired that a minister should be sent for; and while conversing with him he said he wished to be baptized, that he did not expect to get well. On the confession of his faith he was baptized and received into the Church. Buried at Lost Creek, where many friends and relatives met to pay their last respect. Services by Jacob and William Graybill.

RITTENHOUSE.- On the 17th of Nov., of consumption, Sister Mary, daughter of Isaac Rittenhouse, aged 17 years, 2 months and 16 days. A few months before her death she requested to be baptized, and we hope she found peace with God and pardon for her sins. Only a few days before she died, she was asked of she was ready to go. She said she was. Services by Leonard Hoover in German and C. Gehman in English, from Luke 14:17. This affliction by the death of two of his children has come to Bro. Rittenhouse since his ordination to the ministry in July.

HOOVER.- On the 10th of Dec., in Clinton twp., Elkhart county, Ind., of consumption, Dr. Ezra Hoover, aged 30 years, 6 months and 5 days. He was a young man of excellent abilities and had chosen the profession of medicine, which he practiced several years. But that insidious destroyer of human hopes and purposes, consumption, fastened its hold upon him and step by step his strength wasted and death claimed him for his own. He enjoyed a wide circle of acquaintance, and was beloved and respected by all. The sorrowing mother sisters and brothers feel deeply their double bereavement, as just 16 weeks before they were called to follow the remains of the dear husband and father to the grave. May God bless these afflictions to the promotion of a devoted Christian life in the hearts of every one of these afflicted friends, and may they all feel that though a kind heavenly Father has afflicted, he has not forsaken them, "for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and these light afflictions which are but for a moment, work in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. He was buried at the Clinton Mennonite Church, where services were held by J. F. Funk from Heb. 12:5, 6. The funeral was largely attended.

Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding
O,er the spoils that death has won,
And our souls are sad exceeding-
We still would say- thy will be done.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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