Herald of Truth Obituaries - October, 1888

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXV, Number 19, October 1, 1888 - page 301

POSTERE. - On the 20th of September, in Hayes Twp., McPherson Co., Kan., of diphtheria, Rudolph C., son of John and Mary Postere, aged 8 years, 11 months and 20 days. His last words were, "Open the door, open the door, OPEN THE DOOR." He was buried on the 28th in the Aikin graveyard. The parents belong to the Lutheran church. Funeral services were held by Pre. Allen in English and Jno. C. Hershberger in German from 1 Pet. 1:24.

BYLER. - On the 1st of September, in Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., after a lingering illness of several years, John D. Byler, aged 57 years, 5 months and 11 days.

GINDELSPERGER. - On the 12th of September, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset county, Pa., of diarrhoea, Elizabeth, daughter of Christian and Catharine Gindelsperger, aged 1 year, 11 months and 4 days. She was buried at the Thomas Meeting-house. Services by Cyrus Hershberger and Samuel Gindelsperger from Job 14:1, 2.

YODER. - On the 8th of September, in Mahoning county, Ohio, of neuralgia of the heart, Bro. Abraham Yoder, aged 69 years, 2 months and 5 days. He leaves a bereaved wife and 9 children to mourn the loss of a dear husband and father, all of whom attended the funeral, one son coming from Montana. Buried the 13th at Oberholtzer,s Meeting-house in the presence of an unusually large assemblage of relatives and friends who came to pay the last sad rites to a departed brother. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted by Martin Leatherman, of Medina county, in English, and by Joseph Bixler in German, from Rev. 14:13.

HOSTETTER. - On the 16th of September near Kraybill,s Meeting-house, East Donegal Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., suddenly of hemorrhage brought on by a spell of coughing, Barbara, wife of Christian F. Hostetter, and youngest daughter of Pre. Peter Nissley, aged 45 years. She was buried at the Mennonite Meeting-house on the 18th.

BLOCHER. - On the 2nd of September, near Schwormsville, Erie county, N. Y., of diarrhoea and inflammation of the bowels, Polly Blocher, aged 74 years. She was buried on the third in the Old Mennonite graveyard. Services by Jacob Hahn and Peter Rhodes from Luke 10: 42. She became blind two years ago, but she bore all her infirmities with true Christian patience.

WELTY. - On the 13th of September, near Mount Eaton, Wayne county, Ohio, after eleven days, suffering of inflammation of the bowels, ---- Welty, aged 18 years, 6 months and 28 days. He bore his intense pain with Christian fortitude. He requested to be baptized which was complied with by Jacob Nusbaum. He was of a mild and peaceful disposition and was a regular attendant at the Sunday-school. This is again a loud call to all, especially to the young, not to procrastinate in the matter of salvation of the soul, although this youth still had opportunity to make his peace with God. We should seek God in our health, in our early youth. He was buried on the 15th in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Services by J. Nusbaum from Matt. 25: 1-14. He leaves his parents who with six children mourn his early death, yet not as such who mourn without hope.

Transcribed by: Terri Harper, Utah


Herald of Truth , Vol. XXV, Number 20, October 15, 1888 - page 319

MAST. - On the 14th of September, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of Diphtheria, Mary, daughter of Noah and Sarah Mast, aged 5 years, 10 months and 21 days. Service by Jonas D. Borntreger of Reno Co., Kansas, and M. J. Borntreger from Mark 10: 13-23 and Luke 23: 27-32.

BLOUGH. - On the 21st of September, in Quimahoming Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, and dropsy, Bro. Henry Blough, aged 79 years, 8 months, 5 days. He was a son of the first Mennonite minister in Somerset Co., and was himself a member of the Mennonite church for 58 years, always being a very regular attendant of church services, as long as he was well and had strength enough to attend; but the last three months or more he had to sit in his rocking chair day and night. He bore his sufferings bravely and patiently and died in the hope of a blessed resurrection. He was buried in the Blough graveyard, leaving a wife and 8 children to mourn their loss. Funeral Services by Samuel Gindelsperger and Cyrus Hershberger from John 17: 11-13 and 1 Cor. 15: 21, 22.

STUTZMAN. - On the 8th of September, South of Middleburn, Elkhart Co., Ind., of quick consumption, Abraham Stutzman, aged 14 years, 9 months and 12 days. He had been failing in health for more than a year. Funeral services by Eli Miller, Joseph Yoder and Levi Weaver. This is a loud call to the young to take the warning of the prophet, "Prepare to meet thy God, Oh Israel."

HERSHBERGER. - On the 6th of October in McPherson Co., Kansas, Libbie S., daughter of Jacob and Martha Hershberger, aged 1 year, 11 months and 23 days. Funeral services by S. C. Miller and M. Cooprider from Matt. 19: 14.
Dearest Libbie now has left us
And her smile we see no more.
Yet with angel voice she calls us
From the bright eternal shore.

HIGGINS. - On the - of September, near Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., Pa., of consumption, John Higgins aged 21 years, he was buried on the 24th at the Presbyterian M. H. near Deep Run.

MEYERS. - On the - of September, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., John Henry, son of John and Salome Meyers, aged 5 months and 18 days. He was buried at Deep Run.

Farewell, dear parents, for a while,
We soon shall meet again;
May God's rich blessing on you smile
Till glory you attain.

LOUX -- On the 14th of Sept., in Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa., Anna, widow of Peter Loux, aged 87 years and 4 months. She was buried on the 18th at Deep Run.

Our mother dear has gone to rest
And is forever blest,
In that sweet home of rest above
Where all is bliss and love.

WIGGINS. - On the 12th of Sept. near Dauborough Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Henry Wiggins, at the advanced age of 97 years. He was buried at the Friends, M. H. in Buckingham.

MEYERS. - On the - of September near Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., Isaac, son of William and Catharine Meyers, aged 7 days. He was buried on the 14th at Deep Run.

HARTZLER. - On the first of October, in Mifflin county, Pa., John Hartzler, aged 72 years, 10 months and 29 days. He was a minister in the Amish Mennonite Church for upwards of thirty years, and was always deeply concerned for the welfare of the church. Although endowed with good sense and prudence in the management of his worldly affairs, yet he held the claims of religion as distinctly first and uppermost. For many years he maintained family worship, and after being blessed with a reasonable competence, he laid aside worldly labors and devoted his time largely to reading, meditation, and attention to his ministerial duties.

ZAVITZ. - On the 17th of August, in Humberstone, Ont., Jacob Zavitz, aged 79 years, 11 months and 10 days. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His funeral was very largely attended. Services by Bishop Behman of Cayuga and Gilbert Bearss of Humberstone.

PEACHY. - On the 18th of September, in Menno township, Mifflin county, Pa., Nancy, wife of Jonathan Peachy, aged 59 years, 2 months and 4 days. She was so faithful, so kind-hearted, so motherly that her memory will be long cherished by a large circle of friends and relatives.

SIEGRIST. - On the 23rd of September, near Chambersburg, Franklin county, Pa., Barbara Ellen, only child of John D. and Lizzie M. Siegrist, aged 5 months and 2 days. Services by P.H. Parret in English, and Peter Wadle and Samuel Bowman, of Canada, in German, from Matthew 19: 14. Buried at the Chambersburg Church. Weep not for little Ellen,
Her spirit now has fled;
She sweetly sleeps with Jesus
Among the silent dead.
Her little crib is empty,
Her playthings laid aside,
And loving hearts are weeping
For our little pet that died.

HOSTETTER. - On the 16th of September, in Donegal, Lancaster county, Pa., suddenly, Sister Barbara K., wife of Bro. Christian F. Hostetter, and daughter of Pre. Peter Nissly, aged 48 years, 6 months and 12 days. Buried on the 19th at Kraybill's Meeting-house. Text, Rev. 7: 16, 17. A large congregation assembled in respect for the deceased. Sister Hostetter was a very modest and humble Christian. She was truly a bright, shining light. A sorrowing husband an an only daughter, an aged father among others mourn her departure.

RISSER. - On the 24th of September, near Ream's Station, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Anna, wife of Bro. Joseph Risser, aged 46 years, 3 months and 13 days. Buried on the 7th at Kraybill's Meeting-house. Text, Heb. 3:12-14. A large congregation assembled on the solemn occasion. A sorrowing husband, aged parents, and others mourn her death. Sister Risser was a faithful member of the Old Monnonite Church.

WISMER. - On the 24th of September, in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo county, Ontario, Samuel, son of Isaac and Mary Anne Wismer, aged 4 months and 5 days. Funeral services by Jacob B. Gingrich, from Mark 10: 14, 15.

BORNTREGER. - On the 2d of October, in LaGrange Co., Ind., Barbara, wife of Dea. Joseph Borntreger of the Old Amish Church, aged 77 years, 5 months and 22 days. On the day preceding her death they went about ten miles with their son from Kansas to visit their daughter, where she was shortly after taken with heart disease. Her respiration was heavy and 21 hours after the attack she gently fell asleep in Jesus. The corpse was conveyed home, and on the 4th, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends her remains were consigned to the grave. Appropriate remarks were made by the bishops A. A. Troyer and D. S. Kauffman from Heb. 4 and 1 Cor. 5: 1-10. She was born in Somerset Co., Pa., and accompanied the first party of Amish brethren who emigrated to Indiana in 1841. She was a good mother, and observed the teaching of the blessed Book, holding out faithfully to the end having accepted Christ as her Savior years ago. Her place was seldom vacant in the public worship of God. Her father and grandfather were both bishops as well as two of her sons, while another was a minister and another a deacon. She leaves her bereaved husband, 7 children, 61 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren; who mourn, it is true, yet not as such who have no hope. "Her works do follow her."

Transcribed by: Terri Harper, Utah

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