Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1888

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXV, Number 17, September 1, 1888 - page 269

SMUCKER. - On the 13th of August, near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Pre. Jonathan Smucker, aged 66 years, 7 months and 18 days. He was buried on the 15th at the Oakgrove Meeting-house, followed by many friends and acquaintances. Bro. Smucker was born in Mifflin county, Pa., coming with his parents to Wayne county, Ohio in 1828, since which time he was a resident of said county. He leaves a wife, 6 children and 21 grand children to mourn his death, Bro. S., suffered some 15 months. At first his disease was supposed to be dyspepsia, but he continued to grow worse and suffered intensely. Yet he bore it all in Christian patience. A post mortem examination showed his disease to have been cancer of the stomach, liver and kidneys, which accounted for his great sufferings. Services were conducted by J. Nusbaum and J. K. Yoder in German and D. Hostetler in English.

YODER. - On the _?_ of ----- in Newton county, Ind., of inflammation of the bowels, ----, wife of Noah Yoder, and daughter of Nathan and Magdalena Tschubb, aged 45 years, 7 months and 22 days. She leaves her husband and one child 8 years old, parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters to mourn her death. She was a faithful member of the Amish church. She had gone to visit her sick father and in five days she was carried out of her father's house a corpse. She was buried on the 8th in the Richfield grave yard. Services by V. D. Hochstetler. Peace to her ashes.

Note from a family researcher: If you want to fill in the blanks for the following it would read:
"On the 10th of August in Newton county, Ind., of inflammation of the bowels, Elizabeth ... "
She was born Dec. 18, 1842. Both dates come from the tombstone, which also has 45 years, 7 months and 22 days, although this is figured incorrectly and should be 45-7-23. I have not heard of the Richfield grave yard. This is something new for me to check, however, she is buried in row #3 of the Miller Amish Cemetery, west of Mt. Ayr, in Newton County, Indiana, which is on land which was owned by David B. and Susanna H. (Yoder) Miller.This was probably written by one of the older Amish in the area, due to the use of the Tschubb spelling. Also, note she died on the 10th and was buried on the 8th???

LESHER. - In Williamson, Franklin county, Pa., on the 31st, from bleeding of the nose, Sister Elizabeth Lesher, wife of Pre. Benjamin Lesher, aged 60 years, 11 months and 17 days. Buried Aug. 3d. at the Williamson church (Mennonite) in the presence of a large concourse of relatives, friends and neighbors. Services by Peter Wadle and Josiah Brewer, from James 4: 14. "For what is your life?" Sister Lesher was a consistent member of the church; a faithful wife, an affectionate mother, a kind neighbor. Truly a mother in Israel has gone to her rest. Peace to her ashes. Fraternally. JOSIAH BREWER.

YODER. - On the 2d of June, on the Haw Patch, LaGrange county, Ind., of consumption, Amanda Yoder, aged 27 years, 9 months and 13 days. She leaves her husband and one child. She had given her heart to Jesus in her youth, she bore all her sufferings with Christian patience, and could say, "Lord, thy will be done, I am ready to depart this life and be with Jesus." Peace to her ashes. Funeral services by J. S. Hartzler and J. Kurtz.

BRENNEMAN. - On the 4th of August, in Carrol county, Mo., of cholera infantum, Henry W., son of Henry C., and Elizabeth Brenneman, aged 1 year, 6 months and 22 days. Funeral services by Samuel Shirkey from Micah 2:10

We are lonely here our darling, And we miss thy lovely face; But we know that thou art happy In that bright and blissful place. So we all will strive to meet thee In that land of bliss above There to dwell with thee and Jesus And to sing God's endless love.

SHANTZ. - On the 27th of July, in Gaines township, Kent county, Mich., of dropsy, Menno Shantz, aged 39 years, 5 months and 27 days. He was buried on the 29th at the Gaines U.B. Church, followed by a large circle of friends and relatives. Services by Samuel Sherk, from Rom. 6:23. The deceased passed away with a bright hope of a glorious resurrection.

ROTH. - On the 25th of June, Catharine, daughter of Jacob and Mary E. Roth, aged 2 years and 3 weeks. Funeral services by Joseph Schrock.

WHITE. - On the 6th of August, in Paradise, Wayne county, Ohio, of rheumatism, Bro. Martin S. White, son of Sister ---- White (widow), aged 21 years, 2 months and 19 days. Buried on the 8th in the Mennonite Burying-ground, near Orrville, where many friends and neighbors assembled to sympathize with the bereaved family. Services by A.H. Brenneman in English from John 14:18 and David Hochstetler in German from Rev 4:11. Although our young brother's years were not many in this world, yet his pilgrim journey was a long and weary one because of the intense suffering which he endured from the above named disease for over three years. He was confined to his bed for over two years and for one year was entirely helpless, and could move neither hand nor foot, but he bore it all meekly and patiently and seldom complained, but was always cheerful. He greatly enjoyed religious services which the brotherhood held there every two weeks regularly; but he longed

"On Jordan's stormy bank to stand
And cast a wishful eye,
To Caanan's fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie;"

And when the gentle breeze of God's grace came it calmly bore him across to that blissful shore where we believe he rests on peace. Dear friends, are we following?

LAPP. - On the 7th of August, near Cherry Box, Shelby county, Mo., of consumption, Nancy, wife of Oliver Lapp, aged 21 years, 7 months and 21 days. She leaves a husband and one child beside many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She united with the (Dunkard) Brethren Church when 14 years of age and lived a faithful member up to her death. Buried in the Mennonite Burying-ground. Services by John Hays and John Brubaker, from Rev. 14:13.

"One more dear friend has left us,
To join the angelic band;
O let us try to meet her
In heaven that happy land."

ERNST. - In Franklin county, Pa., Susanna K., daughter of George W. and Magdalena Ernst, aged 3 years, 2 months and 12 days. While the mother was gone with some friends to the house of a neighbor, the child had got a bottle of so-called infant drops, consisting in part of laudanum, and drank it. The bottle had been placed, as was thought, out of her reach. When she became drowsy and pale, suspicions were at once roused and the facts were soon learned. Medical aid was at once summoned and emetics applied, but of no avail, and the little child passed away about four hours after taking the medicine. It is a sad case, yet she has only gone before, and the parents can, by walking in the ways of God, meet her again.

YODER. - On the 15th of August, in Menno township Mifflin county, Pa., Catharine, wife of Jonas W. Yoder, aged 29 years and 4 days.

PRINTZ. - July 23d, in Mahoning county, Ohio, Susanna, widow of Joseph Printz, aged 82 years, 10 months and 5 days. Services held at the North Lima Reformed Church by Gabriel D. Heatwole of Va., Bish. Joseph Bixler and Jacob Kurtz.

FRANK. - August 20th, near Lititz, Lancaster county, Pa., Enos Wittwer, youngest child of C.G. and Ella Mary Frank, aged 5 months and 20 days. Buried on the 22d at Hess, Meeting-house. Text, Rev. 3:20. A solemn call to the parents.

MELLINGER. - August 18th, near Columbia, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Martin K. Mellinger, aged 88 years, 3 months 7 days. Buried on the 22d in "Forry's family graveyard. Text, Job 14:10. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Bro. Mellinger was a zealous member of the Old Mennonite Church. He diligently attended public worship.

LONGENECKER. - On the 16th of August, near Intercourse, Lancaster county, Pa., after a lingering illness of 9 months, Sister Annie E. Longenecker, aged 50 years, and 27 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, and at her death she left a good evidence that she was at peace with God. She leaves one brother and two sisters to mourn their loss. Her funeral was very largely attended. Services by Pre. John Landis and Bish. Isaac Eby, from Rev. 12:13.

Her Savior called and she has gone
To that bright home beyond the skies,
Where round the glorious heavenly throne
Eternal hymns of praise arise.

Weep not for me, my brother dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
Oh brother, do not weep for me.

Dear sister, do not weep for me,
For I am now forever free;
Cast all your care upon the Lord,
And you,ll receive a great reward.

TEUSCHER. - In Seward county, Neb., Magdalena, daughter of Jacob and Phoebe Teuscher, aged 8 months and 17 days. Services by Jos. Gascho, from Mark 10 . 13 and P. P. Hershberger, from 1 Thess. 5: 1-3.

MEYERS. - August 15th, near Newville, Cumberland county, Pa., of Apoplexy, Dr. Samuel Meyers. Aged 79 years, 3 months and 13 days. Buried at Diller's Meeting house on the 18th. Text, Amos 4:12. A large congregation assembled on the solemn occasion. Br. Meyers was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite Church.

BRUBACHER. - August 16th, near Brickerville, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro Abram Brubaker, aged 76 years, 9 months and 14 days. Buried on the 19th in the family graveyard. Text, John 12:26. A large congregation met to pay the last tribute of respect. Bro. Brubacher led a very moral life, but finally felt it his duty to observe "the Ordinances of God's House." He was baptized and received into Church during his last sickness.

Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah


Herald of Truth , Vol. XXV, Number 18, September 15, 1888 - page 287

KILMER. - On the 26th of August, in Bauge township; Elkhart county, Indiana, of congestion of the lungs, Donald Merle, youngest son of David and Mollie Kilmer, aged 9 months and 2 days. Funeral services by J. F. Funk, from Job 1:21. He was a bright, beautiful child and the household pet, and his sudden death cast a deep gloom of sorrow over every one in the family. But little "Donie" has gone to meet the great throng of little ones who sing so happily around the great white throne, and who have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, and there, O may we all, father, mother, sisters and brother meet him when our work on earth is done. Gone, gone, loved one, Gone from our home, But 'Tis not cheerless, Hope dispels the gloom While we are weeping O,er thy lonely rest, Thou art but sleeping With the saved and blest.

SHANK. - On the 16th of Aug., at the Blanchard River, Putnam county, Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Sister Barbara, widow of Pre. Henry Shank, aged 82 years 4 months and 26 days. Sister Shank was born in Washington county, Md., and came to Ohio in the year 1832. She was an example of patience and humility during her many sufferings. She requested the children and the grandchildren to pray that she might continue patient to the end. Funeral services in the presence of a large congregation by J. Shenk from Heb. 13: 14.

LEHMAN. - In Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., of dysentery, David H. Lehman, aged 67 years, 4 months and 12 days. Services in the Mennonite church by Peter Wadel and James Canady to a large congregation.

FADLY. - On the 5th of September, in Summit Twp., Somerset county, Pa., of cancer, Catharine, widow of Peter Fadly, aged 67 years. Services by James Evans from Psalm 90:12.

HERR. - On the 25th of August, near Lampeter, Lancaster county, Pa., of the infirmities of old age, the aged brother Bishop Benjamin Herr, aged 86 years, 10 months and 13 days. Bro. Herr was ordained to the ministry somewhat over 50 years ago, and about 32 years ago he was ordained a bishop. He was a faithful and efficient worker for his Master, a pillar in the congregation. An immense concourse of friends followed the remains to the grave at the "Brick" Meetinghouse, showing the love and respect the deceased brother enjoyed on every hand. Funeral services were held by the bishops, Amos Shenk, J. N. Brubaker and Isaac Eby from Heb. 13: 7, 8. The earnest appeals, admonitions and warnings, also the consolations given by the dear departed brother will not soon be forgotten. He was fully resigned to the will of the Lord, trusting alone in the grace of God for salvation to the lost, feeling a strong love to the brethren and sisters. Peace to his ashes.

SCHNEIDER. - On the 2d of September in Waterloo county, Ontario, of consumption, Elizabeth Detweiler, widow of the late Enos Schneider, aged 33 years and 23 days. She leaves one child to mourn the death of its mother. Funeral services by Abram Martin in German and Daniel Wismer in English.

SMITH. - On the 24th of August in Allen county, Ohio, of brain fever, Emma V., daughter of Amos and Sarah Smith, aged 4 months and 28 days. Services by C. B. Brenneman and J. Shenk.

Little darlin, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'Tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled.
Then in heav,n with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.

HUBER. - On the 17th of August, in Hancock county, Ohio, of consumption, Samuel B. Huber, aged 25 years and 25 days. Buried on the 18th. Services by C. B. Brenneman and H. H. Good. Bro. Huber united with the Mennonite church about two years previous to his death and it is hoped he died in the faith, and has gone to be with Jesus forever.

SHROCK. - On the 27th of August, near New Carisle, Holmes county, Ohio, of cholera infantum, Manelva Shrock, only daughter of Alexander and Malinda Shrock, aged 2 months and 5 days. Buried in the Walnut Creek Mennonite grave-yard followed by many friends and relatives to its last resting-place. Funeral services by __ A. Miller and A. Mast from Mark 10: 15, 16.

ALBRUSE. - On the 13th of August, in Wadsworth Twp., Medina county, Ohio, of inflammation of the bowels, Frankie, oldest son of Melvin and Laura Albruse, aged 7 years, 2 months and 7 days.
"An early summons Jesus sends
To call a child above,
And whispers o,er the weeping friends,
'Tis all the fruit of love.

To save the darling child from woe,
And guard it from all harm,
From all the grief you feel below
I call it to my arms."

BRUBACHER. - August 22d, near Shaefferstown, Lebanon county, Pa., of apoplexy, Sister Barbara, widow of Pre. Abm. Brubacher, aged 81 years, 3 months and 19 days. Buried on the 27th in the family graveyard. Text 1 Thess. 3: 14-18. A large congregation assembled to pay the remains the last tribute of respect. Sister Brubacher was a faithful member of the old Mennonite church.

HERSHBERGER. - Aug. the 27th, near Charm, Holmes county, Ohio, of dysentery, Anna, daughter of Noah W. and Mary Hershberger, aged 1 year, 9 months and 22 days. Buried in the Walnut Creek graveyard. Funeral services by F. Mast, of Martin,s Creek, and I. D. Miller of Walnut Creek from Matt. 9: 24.

YODER. - On the 21st of June, on Pretty Prairie, LaGrange Co., Ind., of diphtheria, Mary Valanna, daughter of Yost and Sofina Yoder, aged 11 years, 3 months and 11 days. She suffered much, and leaves her parents deeply mourning their loss. On account of the dangerous nature of the disease, the funeral services were postponed to the 5th of August at which time C. Nafziger and John Felthouse made appropriate remarks to a large congregation.

"Dear Valanna how we miss thee,
Since thy voice we hear no more
But we hope we soon shall greet thee
Over on the other shore."

WEAVER. - On the 14th of August, in Union Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., Peter Weaver, aged 81 years, 3 months and 1"days. He was born on the 29th of April, 1807, was married to Susan Rohrer on the 4th of April 1833, living together in matrimony 55 years 4 months and 10 days. They had twelve children, eight of whom are still living. They were both members of the Reformed church. Funeral services by John Metzler and Noah Metzler from Heb. 3: 14.

KURTZ. - On the 28th of August, in Salisbury Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Lydia, wife of Bro. Franklin Kurtz, aged 26 years, 10 months and 1 day. Services at the house by Pre. John Ronck in German, and Bish. Isaac Eby in English from Heb. 9:27, 28. Buried in Hershey,s graveyard. The funeral was largely attended. She leaves a husband, an aged father, one brother and two sisters to mourn their loss.

Farewell my husband dear, farewell
Thou darling of my heart,
I love thee more than tongue can tell,
And yet I must depart.

My tender father, sisters dear,
I bid farewell to you
Tho, nature feels, and I can find,
'Tis hard to say, adieu.

WHITNEY. - On the 25th of August, in Cass county, Nebraska, of cancer in the bowels, Emma Jane, wife of E. B. Whitney, and daughter of J. D. and Catharine Troyer, aged 20 years, 6 months and 19 days. She leaves a bereaved husband and two daughters and a number of friends to mourn their loss, but our loss we believe is her gain. She was a devoted wife and mother and beloved by all who knew her. She died in a firm hope of meeting her Lord and Savior in peace. Services from Isaiah 44: 6.

Transcribed by: Terri Harper, Utah

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