Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1883

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HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume XX, Number 11 - June 1, 1883 - pg 173

KUNTZE.-May 17th, Near Wheatland, Hickory Co., Mo., Margaret Alice Kuntze, aged 20 years, 11 months an 17 days. She was a sister in the Mennonite Church and we trust died happy in the Lord, in a home prepared for her by our Savior, where sickness isa stranger, and sorrow and trouble come no more. Oh youth,prepare to meet our God in peace; for he may call for you while you are young.

RUPERT.-On the 13th of May, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of pneumonia,Bro. Elias D. Rupert, aged 65 years, 10 months and 17 days. He had come from his home in Lagrange Co., to attend the Communion Meeting at Yellow Creek, when he took sick and died at the house of his nephew, George Culp, in Harrison township. He was buried at Yellow Creek Meeting-house on the 15th. Services by Peter Lehman, Daniel Brundage, of Kansas, and John F. Funk. Text, John 5:24. Peace to his ashes.

STEINER.-On the 19th of May, in Allen Co., Ohio, Verena Steiner, aged 32 years, 1 month and 29 days. She was sick of consumption,probably half of her life, but she was patient and longed to be released from her life of suffering. Services were held by John Moser.

AMSTUTZ.-On the 1st of May, in Allen Co., Ohio, Abram D. Amstutz, aged 34 years, 2 months and 28 days. He leaves a widow and three small children to mourn his early death. This young and robust man seemed to have anticipated his death, for he said to his companion, "My thread of life is but short." Appropriate remarks were made at the house of the deceased by Chr. Zimmerly, in German and English, by John Moser at the meeting-house and Benj. Diller at the grave.

RIEHL.-April 26th, in Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., of Consumption, Lewis Riehl, aged 48 years, 5 months and 23 days. Buried on the 28th. He leaves a widow and six daughters. On the 15th of May, of about 22 weeks suffering, of Consumption, Anna, daughter of Lewis and Mary Riehl, aged 19 years, 1 month and 6 days. Buried on the 16th beside her father. Both were members of the Amish Mennonite Church. Both funeral services were held by C.K. Peachy. May he, who alone can comfort in the hour of affliction, sanctify this trial to the blessing of the bereaved widow and children.

RIFE.-Jan. 18th, near Mummasburg, Adams Co., Pa., of cancer,Sister Elizabeth Rife, widow of Andrew Rife, aged 77 years, 4 months and 3 days. Buried in the Mummasburg graveyard, where services were conducted by Daniel Shank in German and Martin Whisler in English.

BRENNEMAN.-On the 15th of May, near Orrville, Ohio, of consumption and dropsy, Mary Brenneman, wife of Adam Brenneman,maiden name Wenger, aged 45 years and 6 months. She was the mother of 12 children, three of which preceded her to the grave. We have bright hopes that this loss to the family is her eternal gain. Sister Brenneman was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was buried on the 17th, at the Mennonite burying™ground, where many friends and relatives had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved sister and neighbor. Funeral services by Henry Walter, C.D. Steiner and Michael Rohrer, from 2 Cor. 5:1

HARE.-May 7th, in Akron, Tuscola Co., Mich., Anna Hare, widow of Samuel Hare deceased, of Markham, Ont. , aged 72 years, 4 months and 18 days. She was a member of the Mennonite Church.

WEAVER.-On the 12th of April, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of apoplexy,the wife of Amos Weaver, maiden name Oberholtzer, aged 48 years. Buried at Snyder's, Bloomingdale. Funeral services by J. Bowman and J. Woolner.

EBY.-On the 14th of April, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Nelson, son of David B. Eby, aged 15 years and 3 months. Buried at David Eby'smeeting-house. Services by E. Snyder and Jacob Woolner.

WITMER.-On the 17th of April, in Lancaster Co., Pa., after a short illness, Sister Leah Witmer, aged 66 years. Buried at Masonville, where many relatives and friends were assembled to pay their last respects to the memory of the deceased. The services were held by the Brethren Benj. Lehman, Amos Shank, John Brubaker and John Landis. Only six months ago her husband,Brother Abraham Witmer, minister, died, leaving the widow and three children to mourn his departure. The life and example of these parents were such that we can have an abiding hope that they have gone to rest.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume XX, Number 12 - June 15, 1883 - pg 189

DIERBARGER.-On the 30th of April, in Tazewell Co., Ill., in child-bed, Mary Dierbarger, daughter of Peter and Mary Neuhauser, aged 36 years, 3 months and 21 days. On the 2nd of May she and her infant child were consigned to mother earth, on which occasion services were held by John P. Smith, of Livingston Co., Ill., from 1 Cor. 15, and by Peter Stuckey in English, from 2 Cor. 5:1. She leaves a husband and seven children, four of them step-children, of whom she was much beloved and who sadly mourn their loss. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church. Her aged parents followed her remains to the grave, which makes the fourth time that they follow one of their children to their last resting place. This was a very solemn and affecting occasion. Peace to her ashes.

ZIMMERMAN.-On the 17th of May, in Livingston Co., Ill., Catharine Zimmerman, maiden name Steckley, aged 28 years and 3 months. Buried on the 18th, when many friends and relatives followed her to the grave. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three children and parents, brothers and sisters to mourn her departure. She rejoiced before her death because of her sacred covenant she had made with God and the church, and because of her peace with God. She was a faithful member in the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by John Egley, of Tazewell Co., Ill., John P. Smith and Christian Schlegel, from a part of 1 Cor. 15.

DIRCKS.-On the 19th of May, in McLean Co., Ill., of weakness and old age, Peter Dircks, aged 71 years and 9 months. In the last few weeks of his life Brother Dircks said, Here we can see what man is, but when we are well we often make too much of ourselves.

FOUST.-May 28th, in Medina Co., Ohio, of consumption, Jacob Foust, aged 74 years. Buried the 30th at Guilford Mennonite Church. Bro. Foust leaves a widow and twelve children. He was a resident of Medina county thirty-one years, and for some time a member of the Mennonite church. There were present at the funeral ten children, forty-one grand children, and eight great grand children. Services by E. Huntzberger in German and Martin Leatherman in English.

HOFFMAN.-May 21st, at Junction, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. Samuel Hoffman, aged 43 years, 2 months and 27 days. Funeral on the 23rd. Text, Rom. 6:7. Buried at Kauffman's Meeting-house. A sorrowing wife and children followed him to his grave. Bro. Hoffman was much beloved.

ROADS.-May 12th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Anna Roads, aged 29 years, 9 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 15th. Text, Psalm 90:12. Buried at Henry Eberly's Cemetery. Sister Roads leaves a sorrowing husband and five children. She was a sincere member in the Old Mennonite church.

FREED.-May 11th, in Philadelphia, Henry Freed, aged 24 years, 6 months and 25 days. He was buried at Franconia Meeting-house on the 14th of May. Services by Josiah Clemmer. The deceased came to his death very suddenly and unexpectedly. He was a brakeman on the Bound Brook Railroad, and, while on duty, fell between the cars and was run over. The body was cut in two, and the spirit quickly passed into eternity.

RUTH.-In Montgomery county, Pa., an infant son of John and Mary Ruth, aged 4 months and 9 days. Buried at Franconia Meeting-house. Services at the house by Henry Bower, and at the Meeting-house by Chr. Allabach.

HARNISH.-At Willow Street, Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 23rd of March, Elizabeth Harnish, aged 68 years, 8 months and 15 days. Services at Stone House on the 26th by --- Kohr and --- Kurtz.

ESHLEMAN.-On the 19th of May, in Washington county, Md., Eliza, wife of Jonas Eshleman, aged 42 years, 4 months and 22 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three small children to mourn her departure.

GOSHERT.-April 5th, at Winchester, Va., Samuel Goshert, aged 26 years. He was for a number of years a resident of this place, and was esteemed by all who knew him. Though he was for a long time afflicted with sickness and pain, he bore all with Christian fortitude, and when the death angel folded his wings around him, he was found with his lamp trimmed and burning. He passed to that sleep that knows no waking as sweetly as an infant in its mother's arms. We have the hope that he has received the crown.

The following lines were written to the memory of Mrs. Davids, aged 23 years, daughter of the Rev. D.H. Shelley, a few moments after her death, which occurred on Thursday, April 26th, at Coral, Montcalm county, Mich.
In early years our sister's gone,
Life's fleeting dream is o'er,
She's left the strand and crossed the stream
And reached the farther shore.

Her song of life too soon is sung,
Too soon she's left our shore,
Her harp is on the willow hung,
We'll hear its notes no more.

Her sun is set in dark eclipse,
Ere it had reached its noon,
The plans she formed for future life,
Lie buried in the tomb.

Though dark may seem the way of life,
And dark the path our sister trod,
We'll humbly trust to nature's laws,
Nor murmur at the ways of God.

She's left the thorny path she trod,
She's left a life of pain,
And in the garden of our God,
She'll sing her song again.

With harp attuned to nobler themes,
Touched with celestial fire,
She'll sing the song by angels sung,
In God's immortal choir.

Though we may drop the silent tear,
For her whom now is free from pain,
What seems to us the greatest loss,
To her is only gain.

For yet again our friend we'll meet,
In that bright summer land,
With love and joy each other greet,
When hand again clasps hand.

SWARTZENTRUBER.-On the 2nd of June, in Salisbury twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Aaron, son of John and Lizzie Swartzentruber, aged 3 years, 5 months and 26 days. Buried on the 4th. Funeral services by Samuel Lantz and Gideon Stoltzfus. This is the third child they have buried and the last one.
"He will not take
Another lamb, we thought, for only one
Of the dear fold is spared, to be our sun,
Our guide, our mourner when this life is done.
Our hearts would break.

Is it Thy will?
Oh! Father, say, must this pet lamb be given?
Oh! Thou hast many such in heaven.
And a sweet voice said: Nobly hast thou striven,
But-peace, be still."

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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