BLOUGH - On the 2d of May, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., infant son of Isaiah and Rachel Blough, aged eight days. Buried in the family grave-yard. Services by S. Gindelsperger from Psalm 90.
MAUST - On the 28th of April, in Summit Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Abraham Maust, aged 91 years, 11 months and 5 days. Bro. Maust was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church over sixty years, although on account of his infirmities he had not attended public worship for many years. He was entirely blind for fifteen years and for the last year his hearing was very dull, so that he could only understand when spoken to in a very strong voice. The body was consigned to earth in the family grave-yard in Saulsbury, and the services were held in the Dunkard meeting-house by H.H. Blough and ____ Hochstetler from Heb. 4:9, 10.
MYERS - On the 29th of April, near Gap, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Catharine Myers, daughter
of Peter and Sarah Summers, at the advanced age of 80 years,
3 months and 4 days. She was the youngest of the family, and the
last of her generation. A great many nephews and nieces, friends
and neighbors attended the funeral on the 2d of May to manifest
their respects to the aged sister. She was a sister in the German
Baptist Church. Funeral services at the house in German by Gideon
Stoltzfus, and in English by Samuel Lantz, from John 5:24.
"She's gone! the spotless soul is gone, triumphant, to her place above;
The prison walls are broken down; the angels speed her swift remove,
And, resting on their wings, she flies, and gains her rest in Paradise."
ZIEGER - On the 26th of April, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Harriet, wife of Jacob Zieger, aged 21 years, 11 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Eccl. 12:1. Buried at Erisman's meeting-house. A sorrowing husband and friends mourn her early death.
WERTZ - On the 3d of May, near Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa., Anna Maria, wife of David Wertz, aged 76 years, 3 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 6th. Text, Psalm 90:12. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house. A sorrowing family followed her remains to the grave.
BRUBACHER - May 8th, near Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Anna B. Brubacher, wife of Bro. Andrew Brubacher, aged 67 years, 6 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 12th. Text, Rom. 6:7. Buried at Brubacher's Meeting-house. A sorrowing husband and children and many friends followed her remains to the grave.
SHOUP - On the 30th of April, in Holmes Co., Ohio, of malarial fever, Emma Frances Shoup, maiden name Lowe, wife of Joseph Shoup, aged 17 years, 5 months and 25 days. While she was sick she felt the need of a Savior, and that it was not good to leave this world and not have peace with God. She said she had heard many good sermons preached, and knew that she was not doing right, but did not take heed, and she was sorry, but she trusted the Lord would forgive her. She admonished all who were around her to live for Jesus, and not do as she had done, and said, If she only could see all her companions she would like to talk to them and tell them not to follow the foolish and idle things of this world, but to follow Jesus, which is better. She had a desire to be baptized, and the bishop was sent for. When he came she said to him, "You are Preacher Horst, and I want to be baptized." He then asked her some questions which she answered intelligently. He asked her if she believed that Jesus was her Redeemer, and she said she was. She became unconscious, and because of this condition was not baptized. When she came to herself again she said to her mother, "Now the preacher was here and would not baptize me." Should not this lesson teach all those that live out of Jesus how dangerous it is to put off serving Jesus till a more convenient season? We, however, have reason to believe she died in peace and went to Jesus. She was buried the 2d of May at the Mennonite grave-yard in the presence of many friends and relatives. She leaves a husband, brothers and sisters, a father and mother, any many friends to mourn her early departure. Services were held by Michael Rohrer in English and Michael Horts in German.
CHRISTOPHEL - On the 31st of March, near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., of fever, Enos, son of Jacob Christophel, aged 25 years, 1 month and 6 days. This was a loud call to his young associates, and we hope it will not be without good results. Services by Henry Miller and J.J. Weaver.
YODER - On the 16th of May, on the Haw Patch, LaGrange Co., Ind., George A., son of John H. Yoder, aged 13 years, 5 months and 26 days. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey of Danvers, Ill., and J.S. Coffan, of Elkhart, Ind. George was a boy of great vigor of mind, and obsessed more than usual intelligence for one of his years. He was attentive at Sunday School, used no bad language, and took much pleasure in reading and explaining the Scriptures to his younger brothers. His death indeed a sad bereavement to his family and associates, but we hope it will have its good effects.
BLOSSER - Brother Andrew Blosser was born on the 4th of February, 1809, and departed this life May 2d, 1885, aged 76 years, 2 months and 29 days. His disease was heart disease and dropsy.
He was married to Salome Mericle, March 1st, 1832. To them were born ten children, four sons and six daughters, three of whom have died. They lived together in the bonds of matrimony over thirty-two years, when on the 26th of December 1864, the wife and mother was called away by the hand of death. On the 7th of November, 1866, he was married to Lucy Mowery. To them were born twin children, a son and a daughter.
Father Blosser was a resident of Hocking Co., Ohio, for more than fifty years. He was honest and truthful in all his dealings, and by his integrity had won for himself a large circle of warm friends. His hands were ever open to the wants of the poor and needy, and he was a liberal giver to any benevolent cause where help was needed. He united with the Mennonite Church about six years ago, and continued faithful to his profession to the end. As for the last year or more on account of his affliction he was unable to attend church, he frequently desired the neighbors to read the Scriptures and sing and pray with him at his home; and frequently said: "If I cannot go to church, I can serve God at home." He seemed very anxious and earnest in making his calling and election sure. He bore his afflictions with patience and Christian fortitude, yet expressing a desire to be freed from this life of sorrow and disease.
He was a kind husband and father. He leaves a wife, four sons, five daughters, four brothers, four sisters, twenty-nine grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.
He was buried in the graveyard near the Brethren Church on the 4th of May, where it was said the largest assembly of relatives were present that had ever been known to meet at any funeral in the neighborhood. Remarks were made by Benj. Huber, after which an appropriate sermon was preached by Pre. B.W. Mason, of the U.B. Church, from 2 Tim. 4:6.
Dear father, we sorrow because thou art gone,
Yet not without hope do we mourn;
We believe that in death thou wast not left along,
But by angels do rest thou wast borne.
And when our labors on earth are all done,
And the time comes when we too, must die,
Oh, may we all meet there in glory,
Where non shall ever to friends say, Good-by.
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LINDERMAN - On the 19th of March, near Shiremanstown, Cumberland Co., Pa., of neuralgia, Fannie, wife of J.B. Linderman. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband to mourn his sad loss. May God comfort him.
BOMBERGER - On the 14th of May, near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer of the bladder, of which he suffered very severely, Jacob Bomberger, brother to Bishop Chr. Bomberger, aged 60 years, 8 months and 13 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow and three children to mourn their loss. Services were held from Ps. 24:18-20. The Psalmist says: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all." Ps. 34:20. May the Lord comfort the afflicted family and help them to cast all their cares on the Lord who careth for all his children.
HERSHBERGER - On the 18th of April, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of a paralytic stroke, Sister Fannie Hershberger, aged 76 years, 1 month and 8 days. Buried on the 20th of April in the family grave-yard of Benjamin Blough, followed by a large circle of friends. Services by P.A. Blough and S. Gindlesperger.
GILBERT - On the __ of __, in Roxbury, near Johnstown, Pa., Sister Katie Ann Gilbert, aged 32 years. Her remains were taken to the Thomas Church for interment. Services by Jonas and Peter A. Blough. She leaves a husband and five small children to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope.
ALWINE - On the 20th of May, in Somerset Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Polly Alwine, aged 67 years, 9 months and 6 days. She was buried in the family grave-yard on the 22d. Services by Jonas Blough and Cyrus Hershberger.
BURKHOLDER - On the 18th of May, near Green Mount, Rockingham
Co., Va., of erysipelas, Neff Lewis, son of Abraham and
Rebecca Burkholder, aged 5 months and 10 days. Buried at Weaver's
Church on the 19th. Services by P.H. Parret, D.S. Heatwole and
John Geil. Text, Thess. 4:14 to the end of the chapter.
"An early summons Jesus sends, to call a child above;
And whispers o'er the weeping friends, 'tis all the fruit of love."
SHERK - On the 21st of April, in Humberstone, near Sherkston, Ontario, of dropsy, Catharine, wife of Jacob Sherk. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn their loss.
LANTZ - On the 22d of May, at the residence of J.Y. Hartzler, in Logan Co., Ohio, of consumption, Samuel J., son of Isaac Lantz, aged 21 years, 3 months and 6 days. The funeral took place on the 24th, in Champaign Co., Ohio, where a large number had assembled to show their respect for the young brother, and where words suitable for the occasion were spoken by David Plank in German and ____ Shafer in English.
NISSLEY - On the 11th of May, in East Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Fannie, youngest daughter of John K. and Maria Nissley, aged 18 years. This, it is believed, was one of the largest funerals ever held in this vicinity. It is estimated that between twelve and fifteen hundred people were present from all parts of the county. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing parents in their deep affliction.
DANGLER - On the 22d of May, near Blanchard River, Putman Co., Ohio, of bronchial trouble, David, son of William S. and Tena Dangler, aged 1 year, 1 month and 6 days. Buried on the 24th. Services by H.H. Good, from 1 Peter 1:24.
BRADLEY - On the 21st of April, in Miama Co., Ind., of scarlet fever, John, son of Philip and Lydia Bradley, aged 2 years and 17 days; services by Andrew Troyer. Text, 98th Psalm.
HARRES - On the 12th of May, in Howard Co., Ind., after suffering about 2 months of nursing a sore mouth, Amanda, wife of Israel Harres, aged 21 years, 6 months and 18 days. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Many friends assembled to sympathize with the bereaved husband. She was the mother of three children, one of which (John Harres) died on the 28th of January, 1885, of scarlet fever, aged 3 years, 2 months and 8 days. On account of sickness in the family no services were held at the time. The mother was buried on the 14th in Moses Mast's burying-ground, on which occasion services were held, both for mother and child by D.S. Miller from John 5:24-27, Nobertus Sproal from Romans 14:8, and Emanuel Mast.
KAUFFMAN - On the 5th of May, in Davidsville, Somerset county, Pa., of brain fever, John F. Kauffman, son of Jacob and Catharine Kauffman, aged 7 years, 4 months and 24 days. On the 7th he was buried by the side of his little twin brother, who had died the 1st of February. Services by Manasses B. Miller and Jonathan Hershberger.
CURTIS - On the 29th of May, in Branch county, Mich., of dropsy, Elizabeth Curtis, aged 72 years, 11 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held at Pleasant Hill by Preacher Hill, Harvey Friesner, and J.S. Coffman. Sister Curtis was called to pass through some of the sorest trials in life that God permits to come to his children; but through them all He kept her faithful. She lived an exemplary life, and continued to manifest an abiding trust in Him to the last moments of her life.
LANDIS - On the 17th of May, in Lancaster county, Pa., Anna R. Landis, widow of Benjamin L. Landis, aged 84 years, 11 months and 17 days. Funeral services were held on the 20th at 9 o'clock in the morning at the home of her son-in-law, Samuel Hershey near Bird-in-hand, and in the afternoon at the house of her grandson, Benjamin Landis near Oregon. At the latter place she was born and lived all her life till twelve years ago. Her eleven children survive her with the exception of one son. Forty-five grandchildren and sixty-one great-grandchildren are living. The Services in the morning were held by David Buckwalder and John L. Landis and in the afternoon by Charles Hostetler, Christian Bomberger, and John K. Brubaker.
GERBER - On the 31st of May, in Wayne Co., Ohio, of bilious fever, Elizabeth Gerber, aged 75 years and __ months. Her maiden name was Lehman. She was married to Jacob Gerber on the 21st of April, 1842. Her husband died on the 10th of April, 1869. She was the mother of three children. She emigrated from Canton Berne, Switzerland to America with her parents in 1821. She was buried on the 2d of June, in the Sonneberg Mennonite Grave-yard. Services at the house by Christian Sommer and at the meeting-house by Jacob Nusbaum. Text, Heb. 4.
BERKY - On the 30th of May, in Pickering Township, Ont., suddenly, John Berky, aged 72 years, 2 months and 14 days. He was buried at Weideman's graveyard, where services were held by Samuel Huber and ____ Perse. He leaves three children.
LUEGIBHEUHL - On the 7th of June, in Putman Co., Ohio, Bro. John N. Leugibuehl, aged 37 years, 8 months and 2 days. His death was caused by a severe kick on the head from one of his horses. He lived only 14 hours after the accident in an unconscious condition. He leaves a sorrowing wife and five little children to mourn his early death. Funeral services were held by John Moser and Benjamin Diller, from John 16:31-33.
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