Herald of Truth Obituaries - March, 1888

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXV, Number 5, March 1, 1888, Pages 76, 77


BALL. - On the 5th of January, in Fayette Co., Pa., Annie, daughter of William and Mary Ball, aged 2 years. Buried in the Masontown burying-ground. Funeral services were held by J. N. Durr and --- White.

YODER. - On the 23d of January, after 8 days' suffering of inflammation of the bowels, Sister Eva, wife of Bro. Daniel S. Yoder, aged 45 years, 2 months and 7 days. She was buried on the 24th. Services by Moses Burkholder and J. C. Schlabach from John 5:20, 21 and I Thess. 4:13-18. The deceased sister leaves her husband and 6 children to mourn her departure, which we feel assured, was for the place of eternal bliss.

MUMMAW. - On the 2d of Feb., in Somerset Co., Pa., Bro. Jacob Mummaw, aged 73 years, 7 months and 4 days. He lived in matrimony 50 years and leaves his widow, 7 children, 26 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was buried on the 4th at the Blaugh Meeting-house.

BOWERS. - On the 18th of January, in Harleysville, Montgomery Co., Pa., of heart disease, Annie (maiden name Reiff), wife of Pre. Henry S. Bowers, aged 55 years, 3 months and 15 days. She was buried on the 24th at Skippack, where there was an unusually large assemblage of people. There were 14 ministers present. Bro. Isaac Richert spoke at the house and Bro. A. Mack at the meeting-house. She bore her afflictions willingly. She admonished her children to be obedient to the Lord, who would do all things well. She had made her a cap and some other garments, some three weeks previous and said: "Now those things are all ready for me when you put me into my coffin." She has gone to her eternal home, and we trust the Lord will comfort the bereaved brother and children.

MARTIN. ­ On the 9th of Feb., in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Catharine Martin, in the 68th year of her age.

YOTHERS. - On the 31st of January, in Indian Creek Valley, Fayette Co., Pa., Jacob Yothers, in his 85th year.

DETWEILER. - On the 12th of January, in Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa.; of spasms, infant son of David and Marietta Detweiler, aged 2 months and 3 days. Buried on the 15th at the Rock Hill Meeting-house. Services by Samuel Detweiler and A. Horning from Ps. 89:48.

KELLER. - On the 14th of January, near Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Levi Keller, aged 78 years, 5 months and 6 days. Buried on the 17th at the Tohicken Meeting-house. Services by A. Horning and Jacob Kehm.

GODSHALL. - On the 19th of January, in Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of palsy, Jacob [Transcriber's note: begin page 77] Godshall, aged 73 years, 11 months and 1 day. Buried on the 23d at the Upper Skippack Church. Services by Abel Horning and Jacob Mensch.

Benner. - On the 5th of February, in Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of lung fever, infant daughter of Enos and Maria Benner, aged 11 months and 10 days. Buried on the 9th in Rock Hill. Services by Samuel Detweiler and Abel Horning from Job 1:21.

Miller. - On the 7th of February, at Shore, La Grange Co., Ind., of diphtheria, Freddie, son of John and Amanda Miller, aged 3 years, 5 months and 12 days. Services were held by Henry A. Miller, Isaac Smucker and John S. Coffman.

Miller. - On the 8th of February, at Shore, La Grange Co., Ind., of cancer, Polly, wife of John Miller, aged 58 years, 3 months and 12 days. Buried in the family grave-yard . Services by Jacob J. Weaver, Isaac Smucker and John S. Coffman.

Rish. - On the 24th of Jan., in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., William Rish, aged 71 years and 3 days. Buried on the 26th by the side of his companion who died suddenly Nov. the 18th, 1887, at the age of 68 years.

Lore. - On the 1st of Feb., near Davidsville, Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Franklin Lore, aged 1 year, 11 months 13 days. Buried on the 2d at the Kauffman Church. Services by Jonathan Harshberger.

Wertz. - On the 6th of Feb., in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Susan, wife of David Wertz, aged 43 years, 9 months and 3 days. Buried on the 7th in the family grave-yard. Services by Hiram Lehman, Cyrus Harshberger and Jacob Holsapple from Rev. 14:13. This is a solemn call to all to prepare to for death, and not to put it off until too late.

Showalter. - On the 5th of February, near Cowan's Station, Rockingham county, of consumption, Sister Fannie P. Showalter, aged 20 years, 8 months and 21 days. Buried on the 7th at Trissel's Church. Funeral services by Bish. Samuel Coffman and Daniel Heatwole, John 5:25-27 and Job 14:14. A large congregation of relatives and friends were together to pay their respects to one so near and so dear. Sister Fannie united with the Church in early life and manifested great zeal for the welfare and prosperity of the Church. She was an ornament of the Church and adorned her profession and magnified Christ by life and by death; a bright example to the young and no less to the old. She leaves a sorrowing mother, four sisters and three brothers, and many relatives to mourn her early departure, although we have reason to believe that our loss is her eternal gain. During her protracted illness she evidently suffered much pain which she bore with much patience and Christian resignation. Not once did she murmur because of her sickness, but expressed a desire to depart. In her parting moments her suffering was intense. She asked those present to pray for her. Her request was granted; and she passed quietly away.

GOLDSCHMIDT. - On the 3d of February, near Pettisville, Fulton county, Ohio, Joseph Goldschmidt, aged 46 years, 2 months and 27 days. He suffered severely for over two months of glandular swellings. He was buried on the 5th. Services by Christian Freyenberger and Chr. S. Stuckey, from John 11:23-26. He leaves his wife and 8 children to mourn his death, having lived in matrimony 19 years and 9 days. He emigrated from Allschwiller, Canton Basle, Switzerland, to Fulton county, Ohio, in 1883. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church.

LEHMAN. - On January 31st, in Mount Joy, Lancaster county, Pa., George Lehman, aged 84 years, 1 month and 25 days. Buried Feb. 3d, at Kraybill's Meeting-house. Text, John 3:16.

HERSHEY. - On the 4th of February, in Salunga, Lancaster county, Pa., of consumption, Bro. Christian B. Hershey, aged 26 years, 4 months and 12 days. Buried on the 7th in the family grave-yard near Marietta. Text, Psalm 23. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Bro. Hershey made his peace with God and gave himself to the Lord a year before his death. He died rejoicing in hope.

BECKER. - February 5th, in Warwick, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Anna Becker, aged 67 years, 6 months and 13 days. Buried on the 8th at Hess' Meeting-house. Text, John 14:6. Sister Becker was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite church.

UMBLE. - On the 23d of Dec., 1887, near Hartford, Lyon county, Kan., of croup, Christie Jacob, son of Frank and Nancy Umble, aged 5 years and 9 days. Services by Preacher Manning and A. Miller. Text, Rev. I, [sic] 2-4.

UMBLE. - On the 3d of January, at the above mentioned place, of croup, Frankie Irman, son of Frank and Nancy Umble, aged 2 years and 10 months. Services by A. Miller and D. Stoltzfus, from Mark 10:14 and Rev. 21:21-23.

"The parents gave, in tears and pain,
The flowers they much did love;
They knew they should find them all again
In the fields of light above.

Happy infants, early blessed!
Rest; in peaceful slumber, rest,
Early rescued from the cares
Which increase with growing years."

BLANK. - On the 17th of Nov., near Gap, Lancaster county, Pa., of pneumonia, Katie, daughter of Enos and Barbara Blank, aged 6 years, 3 months and 23 days. Services by Gideon Stoltzfus and Samuel Lantz.

BUTLER. - On the 7th of Feb., at the residence of the grandparents, John Pletcher's , in Elkhart county, Ind., of whooping cough, John Melvin, only child of Lee and --- Butler, aged 3 years, 2 months and 10 days. Services at the Shaum church by J. F. Funk and Geo. Lambert. Text, Luke 18:15, 16. May God comfort the dear parents in their bereavement and help them to come very near to the dear Savior.

METZLER. - Feb. 12th, in Mahoning county, O., Susanna, widow of Samuel Metzler, aged 74 years, 8 months and 18 days. After suffering for years and being confined to a bed of affliction from which she was not able to rise in the last few years, the Lord has, we have a firm hope, now released her from all pain and suffering. She longed for the water of life which Christ alone can give, and we believe Christ has not denied it to her. Buried at Metzler's church on the 15th, where services were held by Joseph Bixler and Jacob Stauffer.

REITZ. - On the 23d of January, in Cass county, Mo., of consumption, Catharine, wife of Daniel Reitz, aged 45 years, 2 months and 21 days. Sister Reitz was in feeble health for a number of years. She was received into the Church by baptism about a year ago and had wholly resigned herself to the will of God. She was conscious to the last and requested that the children should remain where there was a church and Sunday-school, so they might be brought up under gospel influences. She was a daughter of Moses and Mary Butt, of Wayne county, Ohio. She leaves a husband and 8 children to mourn her loss; but their loss is her gain. Buried on the 25th, in the Clear Fork burying-ground in the presence of a large congregation. Services by Daniel F. Criner and Jacob Knagy, from Rev. 14:13.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXV, Number 6, March 15, 1888, Pages 94, 95


On the death of our dear mother, Elizabeth Metz, wife of John Metz, who died at Norritonville, Montgomery county, Pa., September 22d, 1887, aged 81 years, 8 months and 17 days.

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon His love had given;
And though her body moulders here,
Her spirit rests in heaven.

We miss thee from our home, dear,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss thy loving face.

We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee now,
We miss thee everywhere.

Through all pain at times she'd smile
A smile of heavenly birth;
And when the angels called her home,
She smiled farewell to earth.

Heaven now our treasure doth retain,
The earth her casket keeps;
And sunbeams love to linger there,
Where our dear mother sleeps.

Farewell our mother dear for now,
Thou'rt gone from earth away;
To dwell forever with the blest,
In everlasting day.

Our mother's gone and we are left,
Her loss here to bemoan;
Bur still we hope to meet with her,
With Christ before God's throne.


TROYER. - On the 22d of February, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., of croup, Samuel, son of Emanuel and Sarah Troyer, aged 1 year, and 6 months. Buried on the 24th in Miller's graveyard. Services from Matt. 19:13-15.

SCHROCK. - On the 22d of February, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., of croup, Benjamin, son of Solomon and Gertrude Schrock, aged 1 year, and 12 days. Buried on the 24th in Miller's graveyard. Services by J. L. Miller and D. Hostetler from Matthew 19: 13-15.

LEHMAN. - On the 24th of January, near Clarence Center, Erie county, N.Y., Sister, Maria, widow of John Lehman, aged 81 years. She leaves 5 sorrowing children. Funeral services by T. Weaver from Ps. 90:12 and Jacob Hahn from Heb. 4:9. Peace to her ashes.

MOYER. - On the 1st of February, near Williamsville, Erie county, N.Y., Sister Nancy, widow of J. P. Moyer; aged 76 years, 11 months and 25 days. She leaves 3 daughters Funeral services by Jacob Hahn and T. Weaver from Phil. 1:23 and 1 Pet. 1:24. The Lord comfort the bereft friends and lead them by his Holy Spirit to the better home above.
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HAHN. - On the 21st of February, near Clarence Center N. Y., after suffering for fourteen months of consumption Sister Anna Eyman, wife of Pre. Jacob Hahn, aged 53 years, 6 month [sic] and 9 days. She was buried in Good's Mennonite burying ground followed by many friends. Services by Gilbert Bearss [sic] of Ontario and Allen M Fretz of Bedminster, Pa , from Phil. 1:21. She leaves her husband and 5 children to mourn her early departure. The Lord sustain the dear brother in this severe affliction and give him strength to fulfill his calling faithful to the end.

LEHMAN. - On the 2d of March, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., of croup, Jonas, Son of Pre. Peter Y. and Lydia Lehman, aged 8 years, 8 months and 19 days. Buried at Yellow Creek Meeting-house on Sunday the 4th. Services by Henry Shaum and Noah Metzler. Funeral was largely attended,
"When blooming youth is matched [sic] away,
By death's resistless hand,
Our hearts the mournful tribute pay
Which pity must demand.
Great God! thy sovereign grace impart,
With cleansing healing power;
This only can prepare the heart
For death's surprising hour."

THIESSEN. - On the 23d of January, in Reno county, Kansas, Gerhard Thiessen, aged 78 years, 9 months and 29 days. Buried at the Crimea Russian Mennonite Meeting-house. Services by J. A. Wiebe, Jno. Harder and Abram Kroeker. The earnest desire of his heart was that his children might all be true and obedient children of God.

FLAMING. - On the 17th of February, at Tampo Station, 18 miles north of Hillsboro, Marion county, Kan., John, son of Peter and ___ Flaming. Buried on the 19th. Services by J. A. Wiebe and J. Harder from Heb. 4:7 and James 4:13, 14. This young man was suddenly called from time to eternity by an accident. He was driving a team of horses when the team ran away and he fell in such a way that two wheels passed over him breaking his neck. The grief of the mother at seeing her son thus suddenly snatched from her and without any evidence of preparation for death, was so great that it well nigh killed her. Dear young friends seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near, for we know not when death may claim us.

KRATZ. - On the 16th of February at the residence of her brother-in-law, Jacob K. Freed of Lederachville, Montgomery county, Pa., of pneumonia. Mary F. Kratz, aged about 74 years. Buried on the 21st at the Lower Salford Mennonite Meeting-house.

NEISWANDER. - On the 7th of February in Hancock county, Ohio, of catarrhal fever Willie O., son of J. and S. Neiswander, aged 1 year, 3 months and 3 days. Buried on the 8th. Services by C. B. Brenneman from 2 Samuel, 12:23.
Dear parents, do not weep for me,
For I am gone with Christ to be;
And since I cannot come to you
And if you love your Savior true
He'll bring you here; then weep no more,
We'll rest on Canaan's happy shore.

BLOSSER. - On the 14th of February, near Cloverhill, Rockingham county, Va, Bro. David Blosser, aged 75 years, and 3 days. Buried on the 15th at the Bank church. Services by John Geil and D. S. Heatwole from 1 Cor. 15:56, 57.

STUTZMAN. - Eeb [sic] 22d, in Haw Patch church, LaGrange county, Ind., of a lingering illness Sister Catharine Stutzman, widow of Emanuel Stutzman, aged 72 years, 10 months and 28 days. She was born in France, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church when about 20 years of age. She had put her trust in Jesus, and had an earnest desire to depart and rest with her dear Savior. She was buried on the 24th. Funeral services at the Haw Patch Amish Mennonite church by J. F. Funk, of Elkhart, assisted by J. S. Hartzler, Text Rev. 14:13. May God bless this affliction to the welfare of the bereaved children and friends.

HOCHSTETLER. - On the 6th of February, near New Carlisle, Holmes county, Ohio, of lung fever, William, son of Daniel and Sarah Hochstetler, aged 7 months and 8 days. Buried on the 8th in the Walnut Creek Mennonite graveyard. Services by A. Mast and David Beachy.

DETWILER. - On January 17th 1888, in Montgomery county, Pa., Abraham Detwiler, in the 89th year of his age. He was buried on the 22d at Skippack, where a large concourse of people had assembled. Funeral services by Pre. Christian Hunsberger, Henry Wismer, Jacob B. Mensch, and Jacob Loucks. He was for many years a member of the Mennonite church and had his usual place in the church at Skippack, until quite shortly before his death; and his place is now vacant for some one else.

CASSEL. - On January 28th, 1888, in Montgomery county, Pa., Mary, wife of Pre. Abraham Cassel aged 76 years. She was buried at the Skippack Dunkard burying-ground. She was a member of the Dunker church, and a sufferer for many years, and to her, death was a welcome messenger.

GANDER. - On February 5th, 1888, in Montgomery county, Pa., Catharine, wife of Deacon Joseph Gander, aged 71 years, 1 month and 16 days. She was buried on the 9th, at Providence church. Funeral services by John Latshaw, Christian Hunsberger, Jacob Hunsberger, and Jacob Moyer. Text, Rev. 14:13, "We are passing away."

HERSHBERGER. - On the 18th, of February, in Paris Twp., Kent county, Mich., after four day's illness, of Pneumonia, Esther, wife of Abraham Hershberger, at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 16 days. Funeral services on [Transcriber's note: begin page 95] the 20th in the Mennonite church in Caledonia by Christian Wenger from Isa. 38:1 and Peter Keim from Heb. 9:27. Her maiden name was Blough. She was born in Quemahoning Twp., Somerset county, Pa., Sept. 2d 1806; was married with Abm. Hershberger Jan. 27th 1839, lived in Matrinony [sic] 49 years, and 2 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for over 43 years. She leaves an aged husband, 1 son and 3 daughters to mourn their [sic] departure, yet they have the good hope that their loss is her Eternal gain.

KREIDER. - On the 10th of February, in Guilford Twp., Medina county, Ohio, of lung fever, Martha, wife of Daniel Kreider, aged 76 years, 1 month and 26 days. Buried on the 12th at the Guilford church. followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and relatives. Deceased was confined to her bed but eight days and suffered much until about twenty minutes before she died in which time her prayer could be heard in a feeble voice in behalf of her children and aged husband. With uplifted hands she continued to pray until almost the last breath, when she quietly folded her hands on her breast and passed away. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for forty years, and lived an exemplary christian life, always willing to do an act of kindness towards all. We feel assured that our loss is her eternal gain. Services by Martin Leatherman assisted by Ephraim Hunsberger from 1 Cor. 15:22.

BEACHEY. - On the 29th of February, near Middleburry, Ind; of diptheria and membrensis, Ida E., daughter of Joseph and Lizzie Beachey, aged 4 years, 5 months and 20 days. Buried on the 1st of March, at Forest Grove where words of consolation were spoken by Jonathan Troyer and Joseph Yoder from Mark 10:13-16. Many little ones are called away at present time, by this monster of diseases, diphtheria, but God takes them out of this wicked world in their infancy.
"Dearest Ida, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

BAUMGARTNER. - On the 12th of January, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., of consumption, Mary, wife of John Baumgartner, aged 41 years, 3 months and 21 days. She suffered for several years and at the times severely, but bore it all with christian fortitude, and died in a living hope of a happy home beyond. Buried on the 14th in the Mennonite grave-yard. Services by Henry A. Miller from 2 Tim 4:6-8 and D. J. Johns from Rev. 20:12-15.

SHUPE. - On the 18th of February, at Green Lake, Allegan county, Mich., Mary Springer, widow of Adam Shupe, aged 88 years, 8 months and 2 days. She was buried at Gaines on the 20th. Services by Wm. Bergy. She leaves 5 children, 47 grand-children, 60 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Deceased was formerly a resident of Waterloo county, Ontario.

ZUERCHER. - On the 1st of March, near Apple Creek, Wayne county Ohio, of kidney and bladder troubles, Bro. Abraham Zuercher, aged 41 years, 4 months and 13 days. He leaves his widow with five small children to mourn their loss. He was buried on the 3d in the Sunny Hill graveyard. Services by Chr. Schneck and Jacob Nusbaum from 1 Cor. 15:21-26.

NYCE. - On the 26th of February, in Sterling, Whiteside county, Ill., of dropsy of the heart, Sister Anna, wife of Deacon Philip Nyce and daughter of John and Sarah Kornhaus, aged 35 years, and 22 days. She was buried on the 29th in the Mennonite grave-yard near Sterling. Services by the brethren Ebersole, Snavely and Lehman from Phil 1:23. She leaves her husband, 6 children (one only 3 weeks old) and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She manifested before her death that she was prepared for the solemn change. She had been a faithful member of the church for thirteen years.

MAST. - On the 4th of March, in Holmes county, Ohio, Freddie, son of Fred, and Lydia Mast, aged 5 years, 11 months and 29 days. He was buried on the 6th at the Martin's creek Meeting-house.

KEIM. - On the 3d of March, in Allen county, Ind., of measles, Ada, wife of Jonas Keim aged 22 years, 1 month and 26 days. She leaves her husband, parents, brothers and sisters to mourn her early death. This is again a loud call to all to prepare for death. Had this dear sister not made this preparation before her sickness, she would hardly have had opportunity to do so on her death-bed, for death came quite suddenly. Services were held by John C. Lugibill and Elias Yoder.

KEIL. - February 23d near Old Line, Lancaster county, Pa., Almira Keil aged 37 years, 5 months and 25 days. Buried on the 26th at Hernly's Meeting-house. Text, Matt. 26:13. A husband and eleven children survive the deceased . Truly solemn circumstances.

WEBER. - March 3d near Shepherdstown, Cumberland county, Pa., Sister Mary Weber widow. Aged 83 years, 2 months and 22 days. Buried on the 6th at Slate Hill Meeting-house. Text, 1 Thess. 4:13-18. A mourning family and large circle of friends followed her remains to the grave. Sister Weber was afflicted a long time. She was a kind mother and faithful christian. "Her children will arise and bless her."

KEENER. - February 15th, near Ruhl's Meeting-house, Lancaster county, Pa., of diptheria, Ellie O., youngest child of George and Barbara Keener, aged 2 years, 10 months and 14 days. Buried on the 17th at Hernly's Meeting-house. Text, 1 Pet. 1:24, 25.

SHENK. - Feb. 17th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Jacob Shenk, aged 76 years, 7 months and 10 days. Buried on the 20th at Kreybill's Meeting-house. Text: John 17:1 and Phil. 1:21. Bro. Shenk earnestly admonished his family to lead a christian life. He died rejoicing in hope.

BARNES. - Feb. 19th, in Manheim, Lancaster county, Pa., David Barnes, Jun., aged 54 years, 1 month and 17 days. Buried on the 22d at Hernley's Meeting-house. Text, Phil. 1:21. many friends assembled on the solemn occasion.

NAFFZIGER. - On the 5th of March, in Woodford county, Ill. of the infirmities of old age, Pre. Jacob Naffziger, aged 89 years, 5 months and 2 days before his death he wanted to visit one of his neighbors near by. [sic] In trying to cross a fence he fell on his face, and in this position he was found and carried home, and thus, without apparently suffering much pain he passed peacefully away. At his burial on the 8th a large number of relatives and friends assembled to pay the dear departed brother their last respects. He was a faithful worker in the Amish Mennonite church, and leaves 2 sons and 5 daughters and many grand-children. Funeral services by Christian Ropp, John P. Schmidt and Joseph Rediger, at the school house.

CHARLES. - Feb. 10th, in Donegal, Lancaster county, Pa., Clayton R., youngest child of Bro. and Sister Joseph Charles. Buried on the 13th at Kreybill's Meeting-house. Text, Matt. 18:3.

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