Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1885

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Herald Of Truth - Volume XXII, Number 23 - Dec. 1, 1885, page 365

SHOAF.--On the 27th of October, near Paintersville, Westmoreland county, Pa., of dysentery, Jacob Shoaf, aged 55 years, 7 months and 29 days. Funeral services were held by J. S. Coffman, of Elkhart, Ind. Bro. Shoaf united with the Mennonite church thirty-five years ago, and claimed his membership till he died, although much of the time he lived so far from the Church that he was no regular attendant. He was highly respected by his neighbors and friends, and will be much missed in his neighborhood.

HORST.--On the 4th of November, near North Lawrence, Stark Co., Ohio, of apoplexy, Maria, wife of Bishop Michael Horst, aged 54 years, 4 months and 16 days. The deceased was afflicted with dropsy for a long time, from which she suffered intensely at times, so much so that her life was often despaired of. She leaves a sorrowing husband and seven children to mourn their loss of a dear loving wife and mother, but not without hope, for we have reason to believe that their loss was her eternal gain, having been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was buried on the 7th, in the Stark County Mennonite burying-ground, where many relatives and friends had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they had learned to love in life. Services by the brethren Joseph Bixler, Michael Rohrer, and Adam Brenneman, from Heb. 4:9 and Rev. 14:13.

OTT.--On the 6th of November, in Montgomery county, Pa., suddenly of apoplexy, Elizabeth Ott, aged 88 years, 8 months and 11 days. Services by Josiah Clemmer and Pre. Dengler.

ZIMMERMAN.--Near Canal Fulton, Stark Co., Ohio, November 8th, Leah, wife of Christian Zimmerman, and daughter of the late Jacob Stauffer, of Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 55 years, 3 months and 13 days. She was buried in the Mennonite grave-yard about three miles south of the above place (Canal Fulton). Text Job 14:14. She expressed bright hopes of a blessed immortality beyond the grave. A short time before her death she called the family to her bedside, and after giving them all some wholesome instructions and imploring them to live a Christian life, she bade them all good-by, with "Meet me all in heaven." Soon after she expired, praising the Lord with outstretched arms. She leaves a kind and affectionate husband and nine children to mourn their loss. She was an exemplary Christian during the last twenty-three years, and was married thirty-five years. Her disease was consumption of which she suffered a long time, but through her afflictions she bore it with Christian patience and resignation.

PROUGH.--On the 19th of October, in LaGrange county Ind., of brain fever, Grover C, son of Harvey C., and Margaret A. Prough, aged 6 months and 5 days. Buried on the 21st in the Lupold Cemetery, at the German Baptist Church. Services by J.J. Weaver.

"Faith cries out, "It is the Lord."
Let him do as seems him good;
Be thy holy name adored,
Take the gift awhile bestowed;
Take the child no longer mine,
Thine he is, forever thine."

BECKER.--On the 25th of September, in Lancaster Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., of hernia, Mary N., widow of the late Christian Becker, (who died about five months ago) aged 65 years, 4 months and 20 days. Funeral services by David Buckwalter, John Brubaker and Amos Shenk. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. For about two and a half years she had lost the use of her mind. She had a desire to die and bore her sufferings patiently unto the end. She leaves a son and daughter to mourn their loss, but we trust their loss is her eternal gain.

METZLER.--On the 14th of November, in Mahoning county, Ohio, of heart disease. Samuel Metzler, aged 67 years, 11 months and 13 days. Buried on the 17th. Services were held by Joseph Bixler in German, and Jacob Stauffer in English. He was called away very suddenly, being engaged, on the day of his death in doing chores about the farm, when, unexpectedly his son-in-law found him lying in the barn-yard and life extinct. He apparently fell dead without a struggle while walking through the yard. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He leaves 8 children and a widow who had been confined to a bed of affliction for over a year, who though bereft, need not sorrow as those who have no hope. A loud call indeed.

GOOD.--On the 15th of November, in Caernarvon township, Lancaster county, Pa., Hetty, wife of Joseph Good, aged 42 years, 9 months and 4 days. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and leaves a family of eight children, and her husband who has the sympathy of the entire neighborhood. Buried at Weaverland, where a large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last respects. Services by Bishop Martin, and Benjamin Horning.

BOYER.--On the 14th of August, in South Cayuga, Ontario, of infirmities of old age and paralysis, Brother Boyer, at the advanced age of 84 years and 8 months. About three days before he died he was paralyzed. He was buried on the 16th. Services were held by Isaac Rittenhouse. He was for 40 years a member of the Mennonite church. He was the father of seven children, five of whom are still living; thirty-four grand-children and nineteen great-grandchildren. He was born in the year 1800 in Wittenburg, Germany, and emigrated to Canada fifty-three years ago.

BRUBACHER.--On the 10th of November, near Rohrerstown, Lancaster county, Pa., Elizabeth Brubacher widow of Dea. John Brubacher, aged 62 years, 8 months and 12 days. She was buried on the 12th at Rohrerstown Meeting-house, where a large number of friends and relatives were present.

BRISKEY.--On the 18th of November, in Elk Lick township, Somerset county, Pa., Susanna Briskey (widow), aged 76 years, 11 months and 5 days. Her life was one of faithfulness, and she passed away in the blessed hope of a better life beyond.

BEILER.--On the --- of November, in Mill Creek, Lancaster county Pa., Jacob Beiler, aged 74 years, 11 months and 9 days. Buried the 17th. Funeral services by J. F. Stoltzfus and Eli Zook.

SOUDER.--On the 1st of November, in Franconia township, Montgomery county, Pa., of consumption, Jacob N. Souder, aged 69 years, 2 months and 8 days. He was buried on the 6th at Franconia Mennonite burying-ground. Services were conducted by Abel Horning and Josiah Clemmer.

KRATZ.--On the 2d of November, in Hilltown township, Bucks county, Pa., of dropsy Elizabeth (Clemmer) Kratz, aged 63 years, 10 months and 23 days. Her funeral was held on the 8th at Franconia meeting-house. Services by Samuel Detwiler and Abel Horning.

SOUDER.--On the 2d of November, near Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of inflammation of the lungs, Allen, son of John and Esther Souder, aged 6 years, 2 months and 23 days. Buried at Franconia.

BERGY.--On the 5th of November, near Blooming Glen, Bucks county, Pa., of scarlet fever, Minerva, daugther of Isaac and Mary Ann Bergey, aged 5 years, 1 months and 17 days. Buried at Blooming Glen. Services by Abel Horning and Abm. Moyer.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois


Herald Of Truth - Volume XXII, Number 24 - Dec. 15, 1885, page 380, 381

A SAD ACCIDENT.--On Monday morning November 9:h,* as Ora Cunningham, a much beloved and highly respected daughter of A. H. Cunningham, of Neshannock Twp., Lawrence county, Pa., got up to light the fire and prepare for breakfast, she lighted a fire in the grate in the sitting-room and then turned to light a lamp that was secured to the wall by a bracket. While thus engaged her dress caught fire from the grate. She tried to tear off her clothes, but could not. She then ran toward the stairs leading to the sleeping apartment of her parents screaming loudly for help. By this time she was entirely enveloped in flames, which were leaping higher than her head; her mother came and threw carpet around her daughter and put out the flames, but not until nearly all her clothes were burned off. Her body was terribly burned, and she suffered very severely until evening when death relieved her. She was 14 years old, and was buried on Wednesday. Her sad death is a severe blow to the family and friends.
*That is what they have.

TROYER.--On the 15th of November, very suddenly, near Sharon Centre, Johnson Co., Iowa, Susanna E., daughter of Levi and Christiana Troyer, aged 13 years and 23 days. She was buried on the 17th. She was at the time apparently enjoying good health. She started with her sister, in the evening to attend meeting, and when within a few rods of the meeting-house, she dropped down and died instantly.

Farewell, father, mother dear,
I've gone to my home above,
Farewell, brothers, farewell, sisters,
I'm at home where all is love.

Sweetly sleep, our dearest darling,
Since our Savior thought it best
Earthly life to change for heav'nly,
Cares and toils for sweeter rest.

NAUGLE.--On the 8th of November, near Johnstown, Cambria, county, Pa., -------, wife of H. D. Naugle, aged 42 years and 30 days. She was buried on the 10th at Thomas' grave-yard in Somerset county. Services by C. Hershberger from Phil. 1:21.

GOTWALS.--On the 25th of November, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks county, Pa., Hester widow of the late Adam Gotwals, aged 89 years, 4 months and 19 days. Buried at Deep Run Meeting-house. Services by S. Godshalk and J. Meyers.

Dear mother, thou hast gone to rest,
To be with Christ serenely blest,
Here without thee we lonely feel,
But God can all our sorrows heal.

We hope to meet in heav'n again,
To be with Jesus who was slain,
And praise him there with all the blest,
Forever be at peace and rest. S. G.

LANDES.--On the 28th of Nov., Mamie K., daughter of Tobias and Hannah Landes aged 4 years, 5 months and 9 days. Services by Samuel Godshalk and Isaac Meyers.

Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep;
Dear parents, do not mourn for me
Into the arms of Jesus I flee.

He will you bless and comfort give,
In holy confidence to live,
Will lead you to bright Canaan's shore
Where parting will be known no more. S. G.

YODER.--On the morning of the 28th of November, Martha, widow of the late Moses Yoder, aged 46 years, 1 month and 13 days. Funeral on the 1st of December, on which occasion appropriate remarks were made by Lewis Yoder, from Phil. 1:21. She died in the assurance of meeting a reconciled god in heaven.

LEHMAN.--On the 23d of November, in Erie county, New York, John Lehman, aged 76 years, 6 months and 28 days. He was buried on the 25th; at Good's Meeting-house, where services were held by Jacob Hahn and Pre. Schmidt. Text, Eccl. 1:1. The deceased brother was born in Lancaster county, Pa., on the 28th of April, 1809.

LAIN.--On the 26th of Nov., at his home near Hopkins Gap, Rockingham county, Va., Adam Lain, aged 69 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was buried on the 28th at White Hall. Services by David H. Landis from Ps. 119:59,60.

HILDA.--On the -----, in Champaign county, Ohio, of croup, Enos, son of John and Maria Hilda, aged 5 years, 7 months and 23 days. He was buried on the 26th of November, at the Union Meeting-house, where services were held by John P., Kinig, and John K. Yoder of Wayne county. May God bless the sorrowing parents, and show them that their loss is his eternal gain.

YODER.--On the 24th of October, near Sharon Centre, Johnson county, Iowa, Anna L., daughter of Levi D. Yoder, aged 16 years and 24 days. She was buried on the 26th. She leaves a deeply afflicted father, step-mother, a sister, two step-sisters and two step-brothers, and many to mourn their loss. Services by Joseph Plank and Noah Yoder.

METZLER.--On the 29th of November, in Mahoning county, Ohio, of consumption Solomon Metzler, aged 38 years, 4 months and 28 days. He was buried on the 1st of December at North Lima Meeting-house, where services were held by Joseph Bixler, Jacob Stauffer and J. S. Coffman. The funeral was largely attended. Bro. Metzler was a zealous and devoted member of the church and will be much missed. He possessed great faith in God, and firmly believed that God had heard and answered his prayers. When he saw that death was near he was willing to go, and felt resigned to God's will.

BLOUGH.--On the 4th of November, near Connersville, Pa., Franey, wife of Peter Blough, at the advanced aged of 83 years, 3 months and 28 days. She was buried on the 6th at the Dunkard Church in Conemaugh. Services were held from the words, "I have fought, a good fight, I have finished my course." &c. 2 Tim 4:6--8.

BRENNEMAN.--On the 5th of December, in Orrville, Wayne county, Ohio, of a lingering illness, Bro., Jacob Brenneman, at an advanced age. He was buried on the 6th at Martin's Mennonite Church burying-ground. A remarkable co-incidence was the fact that his brother John died on the same day of the same month (Dec. 6th)* six years ago.
*This date and the date at the start are different.

BONTREGER.--On the ----- ---- in Logan county, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Martha, wife of John Borntreger, aged ------. Her maiden name was King. Her parents came from Mifflin county to Lawrence county, Pa; from there they removed to Fairfield county, Ohio, where she was married to Bro. Borntreger. After this they removed to Logan county. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and was seldom absent from public worship. She was a good neighbor, a kind and loving mother. She had a large acquaintance and was loved by all. She bore her sickness with patience, in the hope soon to be taken home, where there will be no more pain or death, and where all tears shall be wiped away. She leaves a deeply sorrowing husband and nine children to mourn her departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. She was buried at the Union burying-ground, where many friends had gathered to pay her their last respects. Funeral discourses were preached from Rev. 21:1--6 and Phil. 1:21.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois

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