Herald of Truth Obituaries - February, 1884

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 Herald of Truth - Volume XXI, Number 3 - February 1, 1884

Yoder - On Dec. 12th near Sharon Center, Johnson Co., Iowa, of cancer. Bishop Abner Yoder, aged 69 years, 8 months, and 14 days. He was sorely afflicted, yet he endured his suffering with Christian resignation. Buried on the 13th, when a large concourse of sympathizing neighbors and friends were present. Funeral services were conducted by C. Miller and F. Swartzendruber.

Stutzman. - On the 18th of January near Milford, Neb., of croup, Malinda, daughter of Chr. J. and Elizabeth Stutzman, aged 7 years, 2 months, and 24 days. Funeral services by Joseph Ratiger and Jos. Schlegel. Text, Mark 10:13.

Burkey - On the 12 of January, near Milford, Neb., two sons of Andrew S. and Sarah Burkey, Rabe , of croup, aged 3 years, 3 mo., and 6 days, William, aged 5 years, 6 months, and 7 days. These little brothers died within five hours of each other. Funeral services by Paul P. Harshbarger, and Joseph Gascho. Text, Ps. 90:2.

Frick.- On the 23rd of December, at Williamsville, Erie Co., N. Y. , Elizabeth Frick, wife of Christian Frick, aged 86 years, 10 months, and 9 days. She was a beloved sister and mother in the old Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by - Osborn and Jacob Hahn. Text, John 10:17, 18.

Wismer.- On the 24th of December, near Campden, Clinton twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., Susanna, wife of Abraham Wismer, aged 74 years, 10 months, and 22 days. She was for fifty years a faithful member of the Mennonite church, and died with a fervent trust in Jesus, and a glorious hope of everlasting life. In her suffering, even when the pains were so sever as to be almost unendurable, she still thanked the Lord and said, " I am willing to bear it all for Jesus." To her husband and children she said, " Give me up for Jesus, Jesus will help you bear it all." A sorrow stricken family deeply mourns because of their separation, though they have every reason to believe she has gone to be happy with Jesus. Funeral services by Abraham Hunsberger,from Luke 8:52 - "She is not dead, but sleepeth."

Stover. - On the 10th of January, in Markham, York Co, Ont., Martha, daughter of John and Barbara Stover, aged 15 years, 2 months, and 5 days. On the 12 th her remains were deposited in the Mennonite church yard, when appropriate remarks were made by Bishop Reesor in German from Ps. 102:11,12, and John Byer in English from Rev. 14:13. A few weeks before her death she requested to be baptized and received as a member of the Mennonite Church. We hope she has found peace with God.

Stauffer.- On the 12th of January, in York county, Pa., Bishop Frederick Stauffer, aged 70 years, 2 months, and 27 days. Buried on the 15th in the grave yard at Witmer's meeting house , where a large concourse of relatives and friends were assembled. Funeral services by Jacob N. Brubaker of Lancaster county, from John 10:11, " I am the good shephard." Appropriate remarks were also made by David Witmer and Samuel Moyer in the German language. He leaves a widow, 8 children, 31 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Bro. Stauffer served 44 years in the ministry, and 14 years as a bishop. The last sermon he preached was an earnest one about two months before his death. He will be greatly missed in the family, the church, and the community. Let the children of his household and the church over which he had the care never forget the good advice, the kind admonitions, and the earnest appeals which he as a father and watchman so faithfully presented.

Becker. - On the 11th of January, near Lititz, Lancaster county, Pa., of diabetes, Jacob B. Becker, aged to years and 24 days. He leaves a bereaved widow and four sons. Buried at Hess' Meeting house. Remarks were made by Christian Bombarger in German and John K. Brubaker in English. Text: Jn. 5:25

Leatherman. - On the 8th of January, in Bedminster, Bucks county, Pa., Catherine, wife of Philip Leatherman, aged 70 years, less 6 days. Her maiden name was Fretz.

Meyers. - On the 8th of January, in Bedminster, Bucks county, Pa. , Barbara Meyers, maiden name Fretz, widow of Joseph Meyers, died, aged 70 years, 9 months, and 15 days. Buried at Deep Run meeting house. Services by Jacob Meyer and Allen M. Fretz. These services were held over the bodies of both the above persons at the same time.

Christophel. - On the 10th of January in Harrison twp., Elkhart, Co., Ind., of spinal lockjaw, caused by a cut in his foot. David R. Christophel, son of John N. and Elizabeth Christophel, aged 20 years, 2 months, and 29 days. He was buried at Yellow Creek on the 13th. His funeral was largely attended. A more extended notice of his conversion and zeal for Christ will appear in our next number.

Clymer.- January 12th, in Bucks county, Pa., Catherine Clymer , aged 72 years, 1 month, and 30 days. Services by S. Godshalk and I. Rickert.

Yoder._- On the 15th of January, in Summit township, Somerset county, Pa., of paralysis, Adam Yoder, aged 71 years, and 5 days. The deceased was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church form the early days of his manhood. All who were acquainted with his life and conduct can have a good hope that he died in peace. Funeral services were held in the Dunkard church at Summit Mills by Manasses Beachy from John 5: 21 -29. Ruse.- On the 3rd of January, near Scalp Level, Cambria Co., Pa., Anna ruse, aged 49 ears, 1 month, and 24 days. The funeral services were held in the Weaver church, by Moses B. Miller in German and Jonas Blough in English. Interred in David Yoder's family graveyard. May God bless the bereaved husband and motherless children.

Stemen - On the 21st of January, near Bremen, Fairfield co., Ohio, Bro. Isaac Stemen, aged 85 years, 5 months, and a few days. He leaves one son and one daughter, and many relatives to mourn their loss. Buried on the 23rd at the Pleasant Hill (Mennonite) Church , on which occasion Bro. C. B. Brenneman, of Allen Co., Ohio, spoke to an overflowing house of hearers. Brother Stemen was much respected and beloved by all who knew him. Peace to his ashes.

Bowers.- On the 10th of January, in Boyertown, Berks Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Elizabeth, wife of Joel Bower, and daughter of Daniel and Esther Latshaw, of Chester Co, aged 39 years, 1 month, and 24 days. Funeral services by John Bechtel and Andrew Mack.


Herald of Truth - Volume XXI, Number 4 - Feb. 15, 1884, page 60- 61

Yoder - On the 22nd of January, in Cedar county, Mo. Of dropsy, Elias Yoder, aged 76 years. He was buried at Virgil City graveyard. Services by David Hart.

Shue - On the 3rd of February, in Concord township, Elkhart county, Ind. Barbara Krause, wife of Jacob L. Shue, aged 72 days (years), 1 month, and 14 days. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 20th of December, 1811. She lived in wedlock 47 years, and was the mother of 8 children, 5 of whom are still living. She suffered bodily affliction for many years, and we trust that these afflictions may have been sanctified to her eternal good. She was a member of the Lutheran Church and sought to fit herself for the final change. May the Lord bless the aged husband and father in his declining years, and the deeply sorrowing children, and give them grace with humble resignation to lean on the arm of the Lord and look to Him alone for comfort and salvation; and by a faithful devotion to God at last meet with the saints in the better home. Funeral services by Rev. Keyser and J. F. Funk.

Housouer. - On the 24th of December, in Nappanee, Ind., Clara Hoursouer, aged 11 months and 17 days. Funeral services by Jonathan Smucker.

Blough. - On the 27th of January, in Elkhart county, Ind., Peter Blough, aged 79 years, 6 months, and 24 days. Funeral services by B. Schrock and C. S. Miller in German and J. Shumaker in English. Text, I Timothy 4:6 - 8.

Detwiler- On the 31st of January, in Logan Co., Ohio after suffering many months of rheumatism and brights disease. Martha, wife of Benjamin Detwiler, aged 45 years, 10 months, and 2 days. She leaves a husband and 5 children. Funeral services by David Lidal and Bendago Miller. Text, Job 14:14.

Stemen - On the 21st of January, near Bremen, Fairfield Co., Ohio, Bro Isaac Stemen , aged 85 years, 1 month, and 23 days. Buried on the 23rd at Pleasant Hill Church. Services by C. B. Brenneman, of Elida, Ohio, assisted by B. Huber. Text, John 11: latter part of the 28th verse. "The Master is come and calleth for thee." He leaves 1 son and 1 daughter, 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren to mourn their loss; but we trusts their loss is his gain; he was one of the pioneers of this country, having been a resident of Rush Creek township for 81 years. May all those who mourn his departure live a life devoted to the service of God, that when the Master calleth they may be ready to go.

Moyer - On the 22nd of January, in Hilltown township, Bucks county, Pa., of typhoid pneumonia after an illness of about one week. Deacon Samuel H. Moyer, aged 65 years, 7 months, and 10 days. He was deacon in the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church for about 30 years. He was married in early life to Mary Ann Fischer, (daughter of Abm. Fischer) who died about 30 years ago, leaving one son and two daughters all of whom are married. His second wife, and now deeply afflicted widow, Anna was a daughter of the late Jacob Nash of Tinicum Twp., with whom he had two sons and two daughters, of whom one son and one daughter are married, all of whom together with the church mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent husband, father, friend, and neighbor, but the consolation is that they need not mourn as those who have no hope.
On Saturday, the 26th, his earthly remains were followed to their last resting place at Blooming Glen Grave Yard, by an immense concourse of relatives and a sympathizing friends. The services were conducted at the house by Samuel Godshalk and John Allebach and at the meeting house by Isaac Meyers and Josiah Clemmer, from I Thess. 6:12 - 14. Never has the writer seen so many ministers assembled on an occasion of this kind as here, there being between fifteen and twenty of different denominations, which is evidence of the high esteem in which the decrease was held by those who knew him. Peace to his ashes.

Auker. - On the 21st of December, near Thompsontown, Juniata Co., Pa., of consumption. Abraham Auker, aged 61 years, 3 months, 19 days. He was a brother in the Mennonite Church for many years. Brother Auker was afflicted for many year, but was fully resigned to God's will. Buried at Delaware Church, where many people met to pay their last respects to the deceased. Services by Jacob Graybill and William Graybill. Text, John 16:33.

Riehl. - On the 19th of January near Lewisburg, Union Co., Pa., after suffering seven months of chronic rheumatism. Sallie Riehl, aged 64 years and 5 months. Sister Riehl had been living in the Buffalo valley for the last seventeen years. She was a member of Amish Mennonite church, and was noted for her spiritual life and for her faithfulness in encouraging others in their duties and attendance at the house of God. She was never married. Funeral services were held by Michael Yoder of Mifflin county.

Rose. - On the 3rd of January, in Adams township, Cambria Co., Pa.., Anna, wife of Samuel Rose, aged 49 years, 1 month, and 24 days. She was the daughter of Daniel Eash. The deceased leaves a husband and nine children. Funeral services by M. B. Miller and Jonas Blough, at the Weaver meeting house.

Zook.- On the 27th of January, near Lewishurg, Union county, Pa., of membranous croop, Abraham, son of Joseph and Sallie Zook, aged 1 year, 6 months and 9 days. The child was to all appearances well until Sunday morning as the parents were getting ready to go to church, they noticed the illness, and in a short time life was extinct.

Graybill. - On the 15th of Feb., in Elkhart county, Indiana, of consumption. Emeline, wife of Noah Graybill, of Livingston Co., Ill., aged 27 years, ten months and 20 days. She was the daughter of Pre. Henry Shaum, had been married to Simon Hernly who died several years ago. A little less than one year ago she married to her surviving husband, and went to live with him in Livingstone Co., Ill. Her declining health induced them to return to the home of her parents in Elkhart co., Ind., where after severe suffering she calmly fell asleep in Jesus as above stated. She earnestly prayed for deliverance from the sufferings of this present time, looking forward to a better home. She was buried on the 7th. Services by N. Metzler, J. A. Beutler and J. F. Funk from Job 14: 1, 2 and 2 Thess. 2:16, 17. She leaves an infant child, a sorrowing husband and parents, and many friends to mourn her departure, but we believe that our loss is her eternal gain.

Schmucker.- On the 5th of Feb.1884, in Wayne Co., Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Frances, wife of Christian Schmucker, aged 89 years, 8 months, and 4 days. She was a daughter of Christian Livengood and was born in Somerset Co., Pa., in May 31st, 1791. In 1816 she married Abraham Pietchy, who died six months after their marriage. She afterwards married Christian Schmucker and moved with him to Mifflin county, Pa., where they lived 11 years. In 1828 they moved to Stark county, Ohio, and afterwards to Wayne Co. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom are still living. She had 49 grand-children and 79 great grandchildren. Her chief concern was to lead a God fearing life. Funeral services were held by David Hostettler, Christian Naffzinger and J. K. Yoder.

Hager. - On the 8th of Feb. in St. Joseph county, Ind., of lung fever and congestion of the brain. Harvey Elmer, youngest child of F. and Sophia Hager, aged 1 year, 8 months, and 16 days. Buried on the 9th services by J. F. Funk form Mark 10: 14 - 16. He was a pleasant child, but the Lord took him himself.

Clay.- On the 10th fo Feb. near Wakarusa, Ind., of whooping cough, Onlanda B. infant child of Henry and - Clay, aged 1 month and 7 days. Buried at Shaum's Church. Services by J. S. Coffman.

Hoover. - On the 9th of Feb. in Harrison, Elkhart county, Indiana of lung fever. Bro. Daniel Hoover, aged 62 years, 4 months and 25 days. He was born in Franklin county, Pa., and in 2826 ** removed to Columbiana county, Ohio, form which place he went to Elkhart, Indiana in 1855 Sept.1851 he was married to Rebecca Shenk, who died on the 28th of July 1857. In June 1874 he was married the second time to Nancy Myers who survives him. He leaves six children from the first wife and four from the second. He united with the Mennonite Church, one year after his first marriage. He was ordained to the office of deacon about the year 1877, in which capacity her served to the time of his death. He was an earnest, member of the church and steadfast in the faith. In his death the church, the family and the neighborhood has lost one who will be greatly missed and we hope he has gone to receive the reward of those who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Funeral services were held in the Yellow Creek Church on the 12th by J. A. Beutler, H. Shaum, and J. F. Funk from Phil. 21:24.

** Note: perhaps this should be 1826!!

Transcribed by: Linda Hartman

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