Herald of Truth Obituaries - May, 1885

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Herald of Truth - Volume XXII, Number 9 - May 1, 1885, Page 140, 141

NEUENSCHWANDER - On the 7th of April, in Allen Co., Ohio, of bleeding and cold, Gideon, son of Isaac Neuenschwander, aged 20 years, 5 months and 15 days. Funeral services were held by John Moser at the Meeting-house and Christian Steiner at the grave, from Psalms 34:16 and Rev. 2:10. A large number of people followed the remains to the grave.

WOLFORD - On the 8th of April, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of lung fever, John H., son of Robert and Annie Wolford, aged 9 years, 6 months and 13 days. Buried on the 9th. Service by S. Gindlesperger, S. Zimmerman and E.E. Blough, from Matt. 19:13-14.

YODER - On the 17th of April, in Summit Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of paralysis, Elizabeth, wife of Elias A. Yoder, aged 51 years, 11 months and 11 days. Funeral services by Joel Beachy, from John 5:20-25. The deceased was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church until she was called from labor to reward.

SCHLUNAGER - On the 17th of April, in Davis Co., Iowa, of consumption, Veronica, wife of Christian Schlunager, aged 21 years, 11 months and 23 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two children to mourn her early death.

KEAGY - On the 4th of April, near Broadway, Rockingham Co., Va., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Anna Keagy, aged 84 years, 4 months and 13 days. She was buried on the 7th at Wampler's grave-yard. Funeral services by Abraham Shank, from 2 Cor. 4:14-16. She was a member of the Mennonite Church about sixty years. She was born in Shenandoah Co., Va., and moved to Rockingham Co., thirty years ago. She and her sister Magdalena lived together for nearly 33 years but took her daily walk in the yard on the day on which she died, but had to be helped into the house and died a few hours later.
This languishing head is at rest; its thinking and aching are o'er;
This calm, immovable breast, is heaved by affliction no more;
This heart is no longer the seat of trouble and torturing pain;
It ceases to flutter and beat - it never shall flutter again.

LATSCHAW - On the 1st of March, at the residence of his son-in-law, Josiah Bechtel, in Limerich Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of dropsy, John Latschaw, aged 82 years, 6 months and 2 days. His funeral took place at the Providence Mennonite Meeting-house, on which occasion Henry Wismer and Isaac Kulp preached at the house, and J.B. Hunsberger and J.B. Mensch at the meeting-house.

RUTH - On the 18th of March, in Perkiomen Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, _____, wife of Frank Ruth, aged 28 years, 1 month and 15 days. On the 22d the funeral took place at the Providence Meeting-house on which occasion Henry Wismer and J.B. Mensch preached at the house, and J.B. Hunsberger at the meeting-house.

STUCKY - On the 5th of April, in Lyon Co., Kansas, of dropsy, Anna, wife of Joseph F. Stucky, aged 40 years, 5 months and 4 days. She lingered about one year, but bore her afflictions with patience. She leaves a sorrowing husband and seven children. Funeral services by Andreas Miller and Joseph T. Borntreger from Rev. 14:12, 13.

ROOT - On the 8th of March, in Paradise Hill, Ashland Co., Ohio, Mary Root, aged 84 years, 6 months and 26 days. She was born in the year 1800, married to John Root on the 26th of September, 1823. She was the mother of eight children, of whom five survive her; there also were twenty-eight grand and twenty great-grandchildren. She had been a worthy member of the Mennonite Church, from her early youth.

MYERS - On the 3d of April, near the Blanchard River, in Putnam Co., Ohio, Catharine, wife of John Myers, aged 69 years, 9 months and 14 days. She was buried on the 5th in the presence of many friends. She leaves a sorrowing husband in his 93d year. Services by H.H. Good, from Luke 23:28.

EGLI - On the 2d of April, near Minier, Tazewell Co., Ill., Barbara, wife of Joseph Egli, aged 33 years, 7 months and 2 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband and four children.

RIEHL - On the 7th of March, in Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., Esther, widow of Pre. John Riehl, aged 75 years, 10 months and 7 days. Buried at the Byler grave-yard. Services by John P. Mast, Gideon Stoltzfus and W.W. Cookman. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., and was the mother of twelve children. She was a faithful member of the Amish Church since her 17th year. For nine weeks she required constant attendance, but bore her suffering patiently, anxiously waiting the end which came peacefully and calmly. Her last words were, "Hurry; Hurry;" as if she could hardly wait the moment of her release.

KING - On the 9th of April, in Logan Co., Ohio, of lung fever, Asa, son of Christian Z. and Fannie King, aged 10 years and 5 days. Funeral services by C.K. Yoder and John P. King.

GERBER - On the 29th of March in Miami Co., Ind., of lung fever, ____, son of Silas and Lucinda Gerber, aged 1 year, 7 months and 4 days. Buried on the _th. Services by Daniel C. Miller, from Mark 10:13 and 1 Peter 1:24.

MILLER - On the 11th of April, in Miami Co., Ind., Leah, daughter of Moses and Fanny Miller, aged 7 years, 1 month and 24 days. While her father was in the field raking corn stalks he called his children to set them on fire. While thus engaged Leah's clothes caught fire by which she was so injured that death ensued in about 43 hours. Her father in trying to rescue the child had his hands severely burned. The child did not seem to suffer much pain. Funeral services by Daniel Herschberger, from Matt. 19:13.

YODER - On the 7th of April, in Miami Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Fanny Yoder, aged 75 years, 9 months and 8 days. She was born in Pa., in 1809; removed with her parents to Tuscarawas Co., O., when she was six years old; united in marriage with Peter Stineman in 1841, and removed with him to Miami Co., Ind., in 1848. In 1863 her first husband died, and in 1864 she was married to Philip Yoder, who died in 1869. Services by Daniel C. Miller and N. Sproll, from 2 Peter 3, and 2 Cor. 1:2.

RUMBAUGH - On the 19th of April, in Blue Springs, Nebraska, after a protracted spell of rheumatism, Hannah Weaver, wife of Wm. Rumbaugh, aged 59 years, 5 months and 15 days.

WISSLER - On the 31st of March, near Bamfordville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. John S. Wissler, aged 63 years, 11 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 2d of April. Text, Rev. 20:6. Buried at Brubacher's Meeting-house. A sorrowing family and many friends followed the remains of our beloved brother to his grave.

EBY - On the 3d of April, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Susan M. Eby, wife of Samuel Eby, aged 28 years, 1 month and 10 days. Funeral on the 6th. Text, John 8:5. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house.

SMITH - On the 9th of April, near Annville, Lebanon Co., Pa. of apoplexy, Bro. Isaac Smith, aged 70 years, 1 month and 6 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text, Matt. 24:44. Buried at Gingrich's Meeting-house, where a large congregation assembled to show their respect for the deceased.

GROFF - On the 12 of April, near Ressler's Square, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Emma Jane Groff, aged 24 years, 5 months and 27 days. Funeral on the 15th. Text, Deut. 23:29. Buried at Erisman's Meeting-house.

FRETZ - On the 6th of April, at the residence of her Bro. Abraham Fretz, near Doylestown, Bucks Co., Pa., of injuries on the head, caused by falling down stairs, Elizabeth, widow of Christian Fretz, late of Bedminster, in her 73 year. She was buried at Line Lexington Mennonite Burying-ground. Services by W.A. Patton at the residence, and Isaac Richert at the Meeting-house.

STONER - On the 16th of April, in Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind., of teething and malaria, Gale, son of Ezri and Alice Stoner, aged 10 months and 28 days. Buried at Shaum's burying-ground on the 19th, where services were conducted by John F. Funk from Matt. 6:10, "Thy will be done." The father was away in another state on business, and the mother on account of indisposition, was compelled to stop at the house of a friend before reaching the place of burial, but kindly hands performed these last sad duties, in the presence of a goodly number of sympathizing friends who followed the little one to his last resting place. Though the sorrowing parents could not follow their dear boy to the grave we trust they may so consecrate themselves to God that they may follow him into the blessed home, where there is rest forever.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


Herald of Truth - Volume XXII, Number 10 - May 15, 1885, Page 158, 159

YODER - On the 4th of May, in Elkhart County, Indiana, Sister Barbara, wife of Bro. Jacob Yoder, aged 48 years, 7 months and 27 days. Sister Yoder had endured many afflictions during the past years, and eight weeks before her death she was taken with a severe attack of heart disease and dropsy, in consequence of which her breathing became very difficult, and she suffered intensely, but bore all with patience and meekness, and with entire resignation to the will of God. She said during the early part of her sickness that she would not get well, and looked forward to the time of her redemption, desiring to depart and be with Christ. At one time she remarked that she saw a beautiful white coffin at the window of her chamber, and again her enraptured vision revealed to her the beautiful angels appearing as if to bear the weary spirit to the brighter realms above. She desired to go home and wanted all the family to accompany her. Her trust was in Jesus; and she was entirely resigned to the will of God, and in her death she leaves the evidence of the faithfulness of God's promises and the worth of religion. She leaves a sorrowing husband and children to mourn the loss of a faithful companion and a loving mother. She was buried on the 6th at Yellow Creek. Services by Noah Metzler, J.S. Coffman and J. F. Funk, from 2 Cor. 1:3, 4 and Ps. 73:24, 26. The funeral was largely attended.
"Oh dearest partner of my life, Let not my death distress you;
'Tis God that takes me from this strife, And in the grave does hide me;
From every pain and sorrow free, No want my soul shall ever see
While Jesus is my comfort.
My dearest children, whom I lo
ve, the Savior will be with you;
He calls me to my home above, That he may guide and keep you.
O then take Jesus and his word, As rule of life from heaven heard;
And God will ever bless you."

ARTHAND - On the 23d of March, in Taylor County, Iowa, of kidney disease, Samuel Arthand, aged 35 years, 7 months and 13 days. He was sick for several weeks and according to his request was taken to the home of his parents for burial, where his remains were deposited in the burying-ground at Eicher's Meeting-house. Services by Benjamin Eicher, from Heb. 4:9-11.

CONRAD - On the 1st of April, in Wayne Twp., Henry County, Iowa, of diphtheria, Elias, son of Jacob and Maria Conrad, aged 3 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was buried on the 2d, at the Amish Mennonite burying-ground. Services by S. Miller and S. Gerig, from Job 14:10 and Luke 18:16, 17.

SANSMAN - On the 24th of March, in Juniata County, Pa., of consumption, Henry Sansman, aged 74 years, 2 months and 24 days. Buried at Lost Creek Meeting-house, where many friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed brother. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. He was beloved by all. Services by William Graybill. Text, Isaiah 60:20.

YODER - On the 28th of March in McLean Co., Illinois, of consumption, Uree Yoder, (maiden name Lantz), aged 30 years and 6 months. Her husband, Samuel P. Yoder, left on the 28th of February, to go to Nebraska, to which place the wife intended to follow him four weeks later. But the Lord ordered it otherwise. She leaves a deeply sorrowing husband and three small children. She was buried on the 31st, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. She was a faithful member of the church. Services by Jacob Zehr and Joseph Stucky, from Rev. 20:6.

BRUBAKER - On the 8th of April, near Rawlinsville, of dropsy, Esther Brubaker, aged 76 years, 4 months and 6 days. She was buried on the 11th at New Providence Mennonite Church of which she was a member for many years. She bore her afflictions with great patience, and longed to go to rest. Funeral services by Amos Herr. Text, Heb. 4:9.
Grandma, we on earth do miss thee, we thy loss most deeply feel;
It is God who hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal.

OVERHOLT - On the 9th of April, in Kent Co., Mich., of consumption, Leah Overholt, aged 28 years and 5 months. Funeral services were held by C.C. Beery. Text, Hebrews 4:9-11. Sister Leah was afflicted nearly fourteen months, but she bore her sufferings with Christian patience; her trust was in God and she repeatedly expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ.
Her toils are past, her work is done, and she is fully blest;
She has fought the fight, the victory won, and entered into rest.

BALL - On the 21st of April, in New York, Elizabeth Kulp, wife of Charles Ball, aged 37 years and 3 months. She was brought to the house of her father, Isaac Kulp, in Hatfield, Montgomery Co., Pa., and buried on the 24th, at Line Lexington Meeting-house. Services by S. Godshall in the English language.

KRATZ - On the 17th of April, in Bucks Co., Pa., Dorothy Meyers, widow of the late John Kratz, aged 81 years, 4 months and 19 days. Her husband died in 1865. She was the mother of nine children, eight of whom are still living. Peace to her ashes.

MEYERS - On the 22d of April, in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Mary, wife of Joseph F. Meyers, aged 59 years, 6 months and 10 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, and a faithful mother. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn their loss. Many friends attended the funeral.

SHADDINGER - On the 25th of April, in Labaska, Buckingham Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Theodore, son of Jacob Shaddinger, aged 11 years, 5 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 29th at Deep Run Mennonite Meeting-house.

KENT - On the 23d of April, in Shippinsburg, Cumberland Co., Pa., of dropsy, Sister Elizabeth Kent, formerly of Frederic Co., Va., aged 75 years, 1 month and 17 days. She moved to this country four years ago, and lived at the time of her death with her son-in-law, Edward Walden. She was buried at the Row Church, four miles south of Shippinsburg. She leaves two children and grandchildren to mourn her departure. Services by P. Wedel and P.H. Parret from Rev. 14:13.

BUZZARD - On the 25th of April, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of a lingering illness, Elizabeth, daughter of John Buzzard, aged 33 years, 11 months and 22 days. She was buried on the 27th at Yellow Creek Mennonite Meeting-house where appropriate services were held from Job 14:10 and 2 Cor. 5:1. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and a devoted Christian. She bore her sufferings with meekness and resignation to God, having a desire to depart and be with God. She leaves an aged father, a brother and sisters to mourn her departure. May God bless the aged father and all the bereaved friends, and may we all labor for the inheritance of the saints above. The funeral was very largely attended.

MEYERS - On the 26th of April in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Jonas Meyers, aged 83 years, 2 months and 11 days. He had been gradually failing during the winter and several months ago he had a fall, since which time he was confined to his bed. He partook of the sacrament of the Lord's supper several weeks before his death. He seemed to be reconciled to his heavenly Father's will, and we hope he has passed from a world of care and suffering to the rest of the people of God. He was buried at Deep Run. Services by Samuel Gross and Isaac Meyers.

BECHTEL - On the 23d of April, in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., Elizabeth, wife of Eli Bechtel and daughter of Pre. Jacob Landis, aged 43 years, 9 months and 8 days. She was buried at Franconia on the 26th. Services by Josiah Clemmer and M. Moyer.

ALDERFER - On the 18th of April, in Lower Salford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of fever, Lydia, wife of Daniel Alderfer, aged 73 years, 1 month and 27 days. On the 21st of April, at the same place, of the same disease, Daniel Alderfer, aged 83 years, 5 months and 6 days. Both were buried in one grave in the Salford Mennonite grave-yard. - Patriot and Reformer

MACK - On the 22d of April, in Douglass Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of confinement, Elizabeth, wife of Henry Mack, and daughter of Pre. John B. Bechtel, aged 33 years, 2 months and 14 days. She was buried at the Herford Mennonite Meeting-house. Services by Josiah Clemmer, Isaac Richert and J.B. Mensch.

KRATZ - On the 24th of April, in Perkiomen Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., Abraham F., son of Daniel Kratz, aged 20 years and 24 days. He was buried on the 28th at the Upper Skippack Mennonite Meeting-house. The death of this young man was a very sad one. May God comfort the hearts of the deeply afflicted parents and friends.

COOPER - On the 22d of April, near Middletown, Henry Co., Indiana, Luther Augustus, son of John and Rebecca Cooper, aged 10 years, 8 months and 13 days. His sufferings were great. He was willing to die and said he wanted to go and live with his Savior and his little brother Curtis. He bade all good-by two weeks before his death, and from that time was not able to speak a word. "Suffer the little children to come unto me." Services by Preacher Wenger.

FUNK - On the 2d of May, in Seneca Co., Ohio, of endocarditis pericarditus, John Ira, son of C.H. and Belle Funk, aged 6 years, 8 months and 16 days. He possessed his mind to the last and said he was going to Jesus. The evening before he died he said he would be dead before morning. He selected the hymn to be sung at his funeral:
"If I must die, oh, let me die, with hope in Jesus blood."


Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia

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