Herald of Truth Obituaries - March, 1889

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXVI, Number 5, March 1, 1889- - Page 76, 77

SHAUM - On the 15th of Feb., in Elkhart county, Indiana, of consumption, Mary Alice, daughter of Henry Shaum, aged 16 years, 4 months and 3 days. She was buried on the 17th, at the new Olive church, where a very large number of friends and relatives had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. Funeral services were conducted by N. Metzler and John F. Funk, from 1 Pet. 1:24, 25. In the death of the young sister, we have a pointed illustration of the lines of Mrs. Hemans: "Leave have their time to fall, and flowers to wither in the North wind' breath, and stars to set; but all; Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O, death!" Death came in this instance at a time when life seems most joyous and right; but the grace of God can make even the brightest scenes of earth fade into insignificance before the more glorious and enduring joys which God has prepared, beyond this vale of tears, for those that love him. When she felt the hand of disease resting upon her, and it became evident that her stay in this world would be but short, she desired to be baptized, and received into the church-membership, saying: "I want to prepare in time; I do not want to put it off until it is too late; I want do die happy." This was on Sunday, and when Tuesday was suggested as the time for her baptism, she replied, "Why could it not be to-morrow?" she wished to lose no time. Her request was granted, and she became a member of the church. She showed a very commendable zeal in her desire to conform to the requirements of the gospel and the church, in wearing the customary covering on the head, and having her apparel put in proper order, desiring to show in her outward appearance all her love for Jesus, and letting her light shine as a disciple of the Lord. Among her books was one she had brought and burned, thus seeking to put out of the way, everything that might offend or be an occasion of sin to others. She has left us a bright example for one so young in years, and we hope many of her dear companions, her school-mates, and her brothers and sisters may profit by her pious and devoted life, and imitate her good example. During the Fall she attended school as long as she was able. The last work she did in school was the copying of the following verse, which her teacher handed to the family afterwards: "Oh not in cruelty, not in wrath, The reaper came that day, - 'Twas an angel that visited the green grass, And took the flowers away." The verse seems to have been a fitting sentiment of her own death; a flower plucked by the hand of the great reaper of the souls and borne from the fields of earth, to that perenniel clime, where the grass never withers and the flowers never fade. Truly "all flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof as the flower of grass."

SHANK - On the 8th of January, in Richmond township, Allen county, Ohio, of a lingering disease, Elizabeth, wife of Henry Shank, maiden name Bare, aged 80 years, 1 month and 13 days. Buried at Steiner's graveyard. Funeral services were held by C.P. Steiner, Moses Brenneman and Benjamin Diller. Text: 2 Tim 4:6-9. The deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for about sixty years. She lived in wedlock fifty-two years, and leaves a husband and five children, of their eight, and twenty-four grandchildren of twenty-nine. May the Lord bless and comfort her aged and deeply bereaved companion.

BERKEY - On the 26th of January, in Conemaugh township, Somerset County, Pa., of brain fever, John, son of Levi and Barbara Berkey, aged 7 years, 4 months and 3 days. Funeral services were held on the 28th in the Stahl meeting-house by Samuel Gindelsperger and Cyrus Hershberger, from 1 Peter 1:24-25, after which the remains were interred in Levi Weaver's burying ground. "Little Johnny, thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'twas God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

KAUFFMAN - On the 18th of February, 1889, in Logan county, Ohio, of paralysis, of which he lingered only three days, Bro. El Kuaffman, aged 63 years, 6 months and 10 days. Funeral at the South Union Church on the 20th, where words suitable for the occasion were spoken by C.K. Yoder, in German, and Abednego Miller in English. A large number had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn their loss, but their loss is his eternal gain. Bro. Kauffman was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for forty years, and his seat in church was seldom vacant. Peace to his ashes. Yes he is gone, yet do not thou, The goodness of the Lord distrust. But meekly to his wisdom bow. Who lays thy loved one in the dust? The form is there, but seek not there. The spirit is born for light and love; Look upward free from sin and care, It rests in joy with God above. * * *

DRIVER - On the 29th of January, in Augusta county, Va., of membranous croup, Lewis Dewitt, son of Bishop Jos. N. and Fannie Driver, aged 7 years, 7 months and 18 days. Buried at the Spring Dale (Mennonite) Church, in the presence of many sympathizing friends. Thus the Lord takes from out midst the little ones that brighten our homes, and we are left to wonder why it is so. But he has need of them, and by doing so we are bound with a stronger tie to Him who doeth all things well.

YODER - On the 3d of February, 1889, in Logan county, Ohio, of a short illness of four hours, of apoplexy, Nancy, wife of Jacob K. Yoder, aged 65 years, 11 months and 27 days. Funeral at the North Salem Church, on the 6th, where a large concourse of relatives and friends from far and near met to pay their last respects to a departed mother. She was a faithful member of the Amish church. She leaves a husband, six children, four step children and twenty-four grandchildren to mourn her departure. Funeral services by John Werey, from Champaign county, and Jonas Yoder in German, and Jacob Frantz in English, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

KENAGY - On the 13th of February, 1889, in Logan County, Ohio, Rachel, daughter, of Solomon and Nancy Kenagy, aged 4 years, 8 months and 25 days. Buried the 14th in the South Union graveyard. Services by David Plank and C.K. Yoder. "I take these tender lambs, said He, And lay them in my breast. Protection they shall find in Me, In me be ever blest."

ZEIGLER - On the 27th of January, near Medina village, Medina county, Ohio, of consumption, of which he suffered several years, John W. Zeigler, son of widow Hannah Zeigler, aged 21 years, 11 months and 13 days. Buried in the Guilford Mennonite graveyard. Services by Pre. Plass, assisted by Martin Leatherman, from Luke 14. Within but a few years three sons and three daughters have been taken away, five by the dreadful disease consumption. May the Lord comfort the dear mother and sister in their troubles and trials and help her to look to Zion, for what the Lord doeth is well done.

WEISE - On the 28th of January, Westfield Center, Medina county, Ohio, of consumption, of which he suffered about a year, David Weise, son of David and Deborah Weise, aged 30 years and 21 days. Buried at Westfield Center. Services by his reformed paster, L.P. Gross, from Job 1:21, it being just ten months in which time two sons and one daughter were taken away from their side, by the dreadful disease consumption. May our Lord and Master Jesus Christ help the dear parents to bear the sad bereavements and put their trust in the Lord as Job did.

HARTZLER - On the 14th of January, in Logan county, Ohio, of Lung fever, David Hartzler, aged 72 years, 5 months and 10 days. He was buried on the 16th in the North Salem graveyard, where a large concourse of friends and relatives from near and far assembled to pay their last respects to one that was loved by all. He was a minister of the Amish Mennonite church for about forty years. Funeral services by John Werey, of Champaign county, and David Z. Yoder, of Wayne county, in German, and Daniel J. Johns, of Indiana, in English. He leaves eight children and twenty grandchildren to mourn his loss.

SMUCKER - On the 4th of February, in Wayne county, Ohio, Sarah, daughter of Jonas and Sarah Smucker, aged 10 years, 11 months and 14 days She was buried at the Oak Grove church, where her mother had been laid away, but ten days before. Funeral services by D. Hostetler and J.K. Yoder.

CONRAD - On the 7th of February, in Wayne county, Ohio, Vernon J., son of Peter and Catharine Conrad, aged 17 years, 4 months and 19 days. He was buried on the 9th at the Oak Grove church. Services by D. Hostetler and J.K. Yoder.

EGLY - On the 20th of January, in Henry county, Iowa, of inflammatory rheumatism, John, son of John and Magdalena Egly, aged 6 years, 6 months and 26 days. Buried on the 21st in the Mennonite graveyard. Services by S.T. Miller and Seb. Gerig.

CLY - On the 31st of January, in Howard County, Indiana, of neuralgia, Katie, wife of Christian Cly, aged 26 years, 4 months and 3 days. She was a sister in the Amish church. Funeral services by D.C. Miller and N. Sproll, from 2 Cor. 5:1-4, and John 5:23.

SHROCK - On the 5th of February, in Howard county, Indiana, Laura Effie, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Shrock, aged 10 months and 29 days. Funeral services by A.J. Troyer and E.A. Mast, from Matt. 19:14.

TURNER - On the 14th of January, in Stony Creek township, Cambria County, Pa., of phthisic and consumption, Elias Benton Turner, aged 36 years, 10 months and 15 days. Buried on the 16th. Services by Jonas Blough and Hiram Musselman.

BURKHART - On the 8th of November, in Lancaster county, Pa., Mary B., wife of Eli H. Burkhart, aged 22 years, 4 months and 29 days. She leaves a husband, two children and parents to mourn her departure. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Dearest sister, thou has left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal. Yet again we hope to meet thee, When the day of life is fled, Then in heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no farewell tears are shed.

WEAVER - On February the 8th, near Nappanee, Elkhart county, Indiana, Martin L., son of Levi and _____ Weaver, aged 9 months and 1 day. Buried at the Brick church. Services by J. Bleily and D. Burkholder. It was the only child of the bereaved parents, and they deeply feel their loss, but they have the sympathy of the neighbors and the blessed consolation that it now rests with the "millions of infant souls that compose the family above."

FOGLE - On the 2d of January, near Center, Junaita county, Pa., Sister Catharine Fogle, aged 82 years, 5 months and 3 days. Buried at Lost Creek meeting house. Services by Jacob and William Graybill, from Psalm 132:14. The deceased was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years.

WINGER - On the 27th of January, near Smithville, Wayne county, Ohio, of a complicated disease, Daniel Winger, aged 71 years, 2 months and 13 days. He was buried at the Paradise church, where a large number of relatives and friends were assembled to pay their last respects to a beloved brother and neighbor. Services by Elias Shrock and David Hostetler, from Rev. 14:13 and 6:17. He was a consistent member of the River Brethren church.

NISSLY - On January 30th, near Banfordville, Lancaster county, Pa., of pneumonia, Minnie H., youngest child of Frank and Lillie Nissly, aged 5 months and 27 days. Funeral on February 2d. Text, Isaiah 11:6 Buried at Landisville meeting house.

BRUBACHER - February 5th, in Salungo, Lancaster county, Pa., of typhoid fever, Bro. Samuel S. Brubacher, aged 53 years, 7 months and 11 days. Funeral on the 9th. Text, Rev. 14:13. Buried in the family graveyard. Bro. Brubacher was a bright, shining light. A sorrowing wife follows him to the grave. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft widow.

BRUBACHER - February 8th, in Elizabeth township, Lancaster county, Pa., of scarlet fever, Katie May, daughter of Brother and Sister Menno H. Brubacher, aged 6 years, 8 months and 27 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Rom. 8:17 and Psalms 23:1. Buried at the Hammer Creek meeting house. Many friends assembled to sympathize with the bereft parents.

YODER - On the 13th of February, near Thomas' Mill in Conemaugh township, Somerset county, Pa., of kidney disease and other troubles, Noah Yoder, son of Daniel Yoder, deceased, aged 24 years, 10 months and 25 days. The deceased leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss, but they do not mourn like those who have no hope. He was a member of the Mennonite church and was buried on the 15th, at the Blough church. It was the largest funeral that was yet held at that house. Services by Moses B. Miller, S. Gindlesperger and Jonas Blough, from John 5:24, 25. "One place is vacant, One face is gone. One form has left us, no more to return." But we mourn not as those who have no hope, as the quiet, faithful, exemplary life which he led gives us the blessed assurance that if we are true to our calling, we can meet Noah in that better land, where pain and death cannot enter; where parting words are heard no more, and where God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes. Let us watch and pray.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


Herald of Truth , Vol. XXVI, Number 6, March 15, 1889 - Page 94, 95

On the 23d of February, at 11 o'clock, P.M., Pre. Andrew Zimmerman, of McLean county, Ill., calmly fell asleep in Jesus, aged 81 years and 6 months. On the 26th his mortal remains were consigned to mother earth, on which occasion many relatives and friends assembled to pay our departed brother and fellow-worker their last tribute of respect. Funeral services were conducted by Joseph Yoder, of Indiana, Daniel Steinman and John P. Smith. The deceased brother was born in the district of Freiburg, Baden, Germany in 1807. His companion preceded him several years. He leaves three children, two sons and a daughter and a number of grandchildren to mourn his death. He was a devoted member and faithful minister in the Amish Mennonite church. Peace to his ashes.

RISSER - On the 23d of February, near Harrison township, Elkhart county, Indiana, of cancer, Bro. Henry Risser, aged 84 years, 10 months and 23 days. Buried at the Olive (Shaums) church. Funeral services by Henry Shaum and Noah Metzler. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. May our loss be his eternal gain. "Dearest brother, thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

MEYERS - On the 23d of February, in Cass county, Mo., Ludwig Myers, aged 55 years, 9 months and 21 days. He leaves a wife and four children all grown up. Deceased was born in Wirtemberg, Germany, May 16th, 1833, emigrated to America in 1883. Funeral services by J.C. Kenaga, in German, and Peter Garmen, in English, from Job 14.

Transcriber notes:
Meyers - name is first written as Meyers, then as Myers.


ROTH - On the 21st of February, in Fulton county, Ohio, of lung fever, Jonas Roth, aged 30 years, 5 months and 8 days. His wife, with whom he has lived but four months and fifteen days, was seriously ill at the time and was unable to attend the burial of her beloved companion, which took place on the 23d. Funeral services by Christian Freyenberger and Christian Stuckey, from Matt. 24:44.

SCHWARTZENTRUBER - On the 9th of December, near Churchtown, Lancaster county, Pa., Casper Schwartentruber, aged 79 years, 4 months and 14 days. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and was buried on the 12th in the Hartzler graveyard. Funeral services by Christian Stoltzfus and Gideon Stoltzfus, from Rev. 14:12-13.

MOORE - On the 1st of March, in Elkhart county, Indiana, of diabetes of which he suffered for a number of years, Thomas Moore, aged 57 years, one month and 12 days. He leaves a sorrowing companion, six sons and two daughters to mourn his departure. During the latter part of his illness he was led to think very earnestly on the condition of his soul, and the example he should leave to his children, and by the grace of God and prayer he was led to yield himself to the will of God and sealed his covenant with Him in his baptism. He was buried on the 3d of March. His funeral was very largely attended. Services by Geo. Lampert and John F. Funk, from Amos 4:12. "Prepare to meet thy God." God bless the dear ones in this afflicted household and lead them all to put their trust in God and seek salvation in the accepted time and in the day of grace.

ZIMMER - On the 5th of March, in Shibboleth, Decatur county, Kansas, of consumption, Bro. Levi Zimmer, aged 27 years, 2 months and several days. He was buried on the 7th in Nicholas Martin's burying ground. Services by Joseph Berky, John Berky and Joseph H. Berky, from Thess. 5. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and leaves his wife and three children and many friends to mourn his early death.

HACKMAN - On the 18th of February, near Souderton, Montgomery county, Pa., Susanna Hackman, maiden name Stauffer, aged 82 years, 2 months and 16 days. She was buried at the Franconia meeting-house. Funeral services by Jacob Loux, Michael Moyer and Josiah Clemmer.

FREED - On the 27th of February, near Souderton, Montgomery county, Pa., Sabella Freed, maiden name Bechtel, aged 65 years. She had a stroke of paralysis about four years ago and was almost helpless. She went to bed as usual and the next morning she was found dead in her bed. She was a peaceable and faithful sister, and leaves three sons and three daughters, all married, to mourn her departure.

HARTZLER - On the 25th of February, in the Haw Patch church, LaGrange county, Indiana, of pneumonia, of which he suffered only some five days, Bro. Samuel Hartzler, aged 59 years, 3 months and 17 days. Bro. Hartzler was born in Mifflin county, Pa., in 1829. He was married to Sarah Smucker, of Wayne county, Ohio, on the 23d of October, 1856, who survives him. He was the father of eight children, of whom three sons (one of them is Pre. J.S. Hartzler) and two daughter survive him. He united with the church in 1848 and was a devoted, faithful member to the time of his death, having attended meeting on Wednesday evening only five days before his departure. He was resigned to the will of God. He said, in reference to his death, that he should be glad to stay with his family longer, but if it was the will of God that he should be called hence, he was willing to go. His funeral on the 27th was largely attended. Services were held by Jonathan Kurtz, in the German language, and by J.F. Funk in the English language, from 1 Peter 1:24, 25. May God bless this affliction to the sorrowing household who need not mourn as those who have no hope.

WILSON - February 21st, in Mount Joy, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. William Wilson, aged 79 years, 2 months and 8 days. Buried on the 23d at Mellenger's Meeting-house. Text, Acts 16:30. Bro. Wilson earnestly desired to prepare himself for eternity.

FORRY - February 22d near Newton, Lancaster county, Pa., Clayton N., infant son of Bro. and Sister Daniel N. Forry, aged 2 months. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Jer. 18:12. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house.

METZLER - February 24th, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., Samuel, infant son of Bro. and Sister Daniel S. Metzler, aged 8 months and 24 days. Funeral on the 26th. Text, Acts, 17:30. Buried at Erisman's Meeting-house.

SIERER - February 21st, near Richfield, Snyder county, Pa., of Pneumonia, Bro. Jacob M. Sierer, aged 27 years, 6 months and 17 days. Buried in the Richfield graveyard. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss. Services by John Kurtz and Wm. Graybill from Matt. 5:6.

DETRAY - In Cedar Grove, Juniata county, Pa., Samuel Latimer, son of August and Fannie Detray, aged 5 months and 7 days. Buried in the Delaware graveyard. Services by William Graybill from John 14:4.

KAUFFMAN - On the 25th of February, near West Liberty, Logan county, Ohio, infant son of Abner and Martha E. Kauffman, aged one month. Buried on the 26th at South Union Church. Services by C.K. Yoder in German an Pre. Evans in English.

EBY - On the 23d of February, near Centreville, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo county, Ontario, Sister Elizabeth, widow of the late Benjamin Eby, aged 70 years, 4 months and 19 days. She was buried in Berlin on the 28th, followed to her last resting-place by many relatives and friends. In the last few months Sister Eby had but very little rest, being in great pain, but which she bore with christian fortitude, and with the assurance that after the afflictions of this life were over there would follow a glorious rest. Funeral services by Daniel Wismer, Samuel Bowman and Noah Stauffer from Rev. 21:4.

TINSMAN - On the 11th of February, near Gardner, Grundy county, Ill., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Elizabeth, widow of Adam Tinsman, aged 83 years, 11 months and 11 days. She was a faithful christian Sister for many years and bore her afflictions patiently, and while we mourn her departure, we mourn not as those who have no hope. She was buried in the Wheeler graveyard. Services by Pre. Smith.



Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia

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