Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1884

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HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume XXI, Number 15 - August 1, 1884 - page 237


It is with sincere sorrow that we are called upon to announce the death of Brother John H. Weaver, which occurred at his home a short distance north of Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa., of heart disease, on Wednesday morning, the 23d of July at the age of 62 years, 10 months and 10 days. Bro. Weaver had been in declining health for five months, during which time his familiar face was little seen, as he was for the most part confined to his home and bed. Everything possible was done for him that the best medical skill could suggest, and that a devoted wife and loving family could administer. But Alas! the dread Messenger summoned and he was compelled to obey. But his was a life well spent. He was a life-long and consistent member of the Mennonite Church and always manifested a deep interest in all that pertained to the welfare of the church and the upbuilding of the Redeemer'sKingdom. He gave with a liberal hand to every worthy call for charity, and in him the poor and needy always found one ready and willing to help. He was widely known throughout the county and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, as a Christian, a citizen, and a neighbor. This was evidenced by the large concourse of people in attendance at the funeral from far and near. His funeral took place on Friday morning. After preliminary services at the house, his remains were conveyed to the well known Mennonite Meeting-house almost adjoining, where sermons were preached by John Hunsecker and Peter Wadel, in German, and by Daniel Roth and Philip Parret, in English from Phil. 1 : 21-23, the speakers dwelling more particularly upon the 21st verse, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." ------ JOHN N. LONG.


SPITZER. - On the 13th of July, in Rockingham Co., Va., of consumption, Elizabeth Spitzer, aged 28 years, 10 months and 23 days. Funeral services by John P. Zigler and Abraham Shank.

KNICELY. - On the 16th of July, in Rockingham Co., Va., of cholera infantum, very suddenly, John Beidler, son of David and Martha Knicely, aged 1 year, 11 months and 13 days. Buried at the Bank Church.

GASCHO. - On the 21st of April, in Livingston Co., Ill. Magdalene Gascho, aged 74 years, 3 months and 8 days. On the 23d the body was consigned to the grave, when many friends and relatives from far and near manifested their high respects and followed her to the grave. Services were held by Daniel Steinman, Christian Schlegel, and John P. Schmidt. Sister Gascho was a true and worthy member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and much beloved by all who knew her.

ORENDORFF. - On the 25th of June, in Livingston Co., Ill., of consumption, Joseph Orendorff, aged 32 years, less 10 days. Funeral services were held by Christian Schlegel, Joseph Gascho, and John P. Schmidt. Many friends and acquaintances near by and from a distance attended the funeral to follow him to the grave. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. His seat in the church was seldom vacant so long as he was able to attend the church services.

GROFF. - On the 1st of June, at her home in Farmersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart disease, Sister Barbara Groff, widow of Dr. C. F. Groff, aged 73 years, 4 months and 6 days. Funeral services by the brethren Wenger and Buckwalder. The remains were interred at Groff Dale burial-ground. We have the hope that our loss is her gain.

SHANK. - On the 25th of July, at Kokomo, Indiana, of pulmonary affections, David Shank, aged 41 years, 4 months and 2 days. Bro. Shank was born and brought up in Rockingham county, Va. Here he married and soon afterward moved to Morgan county, Missouri, where he had his home until a few months ago, when he moved to Kokomo, Ind., to take medical treatment at the "Invalid'sHome." The friends with the remains did not arrive in Allen Co., Ohio, in time to hold the funeral services on Saturday the 26th as appointed, so they were postponed till the next day. In Sherrick'sgrave-yard the body was laid to rest, near the spot where over fifteen years ago he confessed Christ and was baptized while he was on a traveling and visiting tour. Bro. Shank was a much beloved member in the Mennonite Church, and was in possession of a living hope, so that he was willing and glad to depart when he found that it was the Lord'swill that he should go. He leaves a bereaved widow (his second wife) and four children to mourn his departure in the prime of his life. We commend our widowed sister to those among whom she will find her home as worthy of their sympathies. May the Lord bless her in her sorrows, and strengthen her for all the duties devolving upon her.

WATERMAN. - On the 6th of May, near Wadsworth, Medina Co., Ohio, of cancer of the stomach, Sarah Waterman. She suffered very much. She died in the faith, and went home to glory.

RHODES. - On the 23d of July, near Rushville, Va., of heart disease, Sister Magdalene Rhodes, wife of deacon Frederick A. Rhodes, aged 64 years, 6 months and 3 days. She was at home alone and had gone out to the stable yard to do the milking. On the return of her husband from the house of a neighbor at about dusk in the evening, she was found lying on the porch, where she evidently lain dead for some time. The funeral took place at the Bank Church on Thursday following, where words of comfort were spoken by John Geil and Samuel Coffman.

Transcribed by Donna Goble, Arizona.


HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume XXI, Number 16 - August 15, 1884 - page 253


BEERY. - July 17th, near Cross Keys, Rockingham Co., Va., Mary Beery, daughter of Bishop John Geil and wife of Pre. Solomon Beery, aged 50 years, 5 months and 22 days. She was a pious and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for 33 years. Our sister was a sufferer of consumption for nearly 3 years, when God saw fit to relieve her of her sufferings. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three children to mourn their loss. Buried at Cross Keys Union Church. A large assembly of relatives and friends met to pay their respects to the deceased. Services by Samuel Coffman, A. B. Burkholder and G. D. Heatwole. Text, 2 Tim. 4 : 6-8.

WELDY. - On the 5th of August, near Nappanee, Ind., David, son of Jacob and Emma Weldy, aged 8 years, 1 month and 27 days. Buried at the Union Church where many friends and relatives met to pay their last tribute of respect to a dearly beloved one. Services by J. A. Beutler and D. Burkholder.

KREBIEL. - On the 11th of July, Alvin, son of Christian and Lydia Krebiel aged 4 years, 1 month and 2 days. The deceased was buried in the South Union burying-ground; the funeral was largely attended. Services by J. P. King and David Beutler.

GERICH. - On the 29th of July, a little son of Peter and Rosa Gerich, aged 1 month and 3 days. The remains were interred in the South Union burying-ground. Services by J. P. King from Psa. 16 : 5, 6.

TROXEL. - On the 4th of August, in Madison township, St. Joseph Co., Ind, Martin, son of John and ------ * Troxel, aged 8 months and 26 days. Buried in Shaum's grave-yard, where words of comfort were spoken by Jacob Wisler and Martin Hoover from Matt. 18 : 2, 3, in German, and by Noah Metzler in English from Luke 7 : 13, latter part. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing hearts.

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WINGER. - On the 10th of July, in Cambria Co., Pa., Susanna, daughter of John Winger, aged 15 years, 3 months and 17 days. She had been sick for a long time, and two months before her death she was baptized. We are not left without a good hope that she had peace with God. She was always a good child. Services by Jonas Blauch.

MILLER. - On the 16th of July, at Shanksville, Somerset Co., Pa., Maggie, wife of A. J. Miller, aged 33 years, 6 months and 1 day. She was buried in the Glessner grave-yard. The friends that mourn her departure have a hope of her happiness in heaven. She was a faithful member of the Dunkard Church. She was beloved by all who knew her.

SMILEY. - Margaret, wife of Nathan Smiley, departed this life on the 3d of August, in Johnson Co., Missouri, aged 76 years, 2 months and 21 days. She formerly lived in Elkhart county, Ind. but moved to Missouri with her daughter three years ago, where she died, leaving two daughters, seventeen grand-children, and fourteen great grand-children. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and a worker in the Lord's vineyard.

Transcribed by Donna Goble, Arizona.

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