Herald of Truth Obituaries - May, 1889

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXVI, Number 9, May 1, 1889 - Page 139, 140 ,141


- On the 5th of October, 1888, in Holmes county, Ohio, of infirmities and old age, John Kendle, aged 85 years, 8 months and 25 days. He was buried on the 7th at Kulp's M.H., where a large number of relatives and friends had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Kilmer and J.B. Shoup from Rev. 20:11, 12. The aged brother was born February 15th, 1803, in Bucks county, Pa. At the age of 12 years he moved with his parents to Ohio. There he married Elizabeth Troyer on the 3d of September, 1833, and settled permanently in what was known as Easly's school district, where they resided at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn their loss. His descendants are fourteen children, nine of whom survive him, seventy-one grandchildren of whom sixty-one survive him and five great-grandchildren. Brother Kendle was connected with the Mennonite church for many years and being among the first settlers in this part of the county passed through many trials, temporally and spiritually. His sickness was brief but he suffered greatly during the last few days; nevertheless bore it all patiently. When he saw that the time of his departure was at hand he desired once more to be served with communion. He also requested friends and neighbors to visit him, and pray with him with him so that he might leave the world in peace, meet a reconciled Savior and receive the crown of life. He passed away peacefully and quietly. Trusting in and resigned to the will of God, we hope our loss is his eternal gain.

Grieve not for me companion dear, nor shed for me the sorrowing tear,
I am not dead but only sleep, so then for me you need not weep.
Farewell, my loving children dear, farewell, though to my heart so near,
Regard your father's loving care, your mother's trials ever share.
Your mother's heart is well nigh broke, as death comes with his heavy stroke;
Now, children, dear be true and kind, and stay the sorrows of her mind.
My household all, to you I say, in Jesus walk and come this way.
That we in heaven all may be together through eternity.
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DAVIS - On the 11th of April, near Lawrence, Stark county, Ohio, Nancy Davis, aged 64 years and 7 days. She was buried at the Oak Grove M.H. in Wayne county, on which occasion services were conducted by J.K. Yoder and others. She was a faithful sister in the church.

MILLER - On the 11th of April, in Clinton township, Elkhart county, Ind., Josiah, son of Jonah and Lydia Miller, aged 6 years.

MILLER - On the 12 of April, near Middlebury, Elkhart county, Ind., of consumption, Magdalena, daughter of John Miller, aged 10 years, 6 months and 18 days. Funeral services were held by John Schlabach and John L. Miller from 1 Cor. 15:52-58.

BRENEISEN - On the 8th of April, in Landisville, Lancaster county, Pa., of dropsy and asthma, Bro. Israel Breneisen, aged 69 years, 2 months and 24 days. He was buried on the 11th at the Landisville M.H., where services appropriate to the occasion were held from 1 Thess. 4:13-18. Bro. Breneisen became a member of the body of Christ in his last sickness. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased.

ESCH - On the 29th of March, near Amish, Johnson county, Iowa, Widow Elizabeth Esch, aged 60 years, 4 months and 1 day. Her husband, Henry Esch, died about 18 years ago, since which time she has had many hard struggles to feed and clothe herself and her family. She leaves three sons to mourn their loss. She was buried on the 31st in the church burial ground. Services by Noah Yoder and Jacob F. Schwartzendruber, from 2 Cor. 6. Many sorrowing friends followed the remains to the grave.

FARMER - On the 13th of March, in Wayne county, Ohio, of old age, William Farmer, aged 90 years, 2 months and 5 days. He was buried on the 16th at Geyer's chapel. Services were held by I.N. Kieffer and George Hoover, from Phil. 3:20, 21.

GINGERICH - On the 18th of March, near Amish, Johnson county, Iowa, of spasmodic croup, Urban, son of Pre. Joseph and Veronica Gingerich, aged 3 years, 10 months and 2 days. He was buried on the 20th in the graveyard by the church. Services by Peter Riesinger and others. A large number of friends attended the funeral.

PARRET - On January 30th, 1889, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham county, Va., of brain fever, Enos Daniel, infant son of J.S. and Nancy Parret, aged 5 months and 4 days. Buried in the graveyard at Weaver's church. Services by Bish. Sam. Coffman and G.D. Heatwole. "I take these little lambs," said he, "And lay them in my breast, Protection they shall find in me, in me be ever blest."

* ZOOK - On March 6th, near Goshen, Elkhart county, Ind., Carson, son of Menno and Mary Zook, aged 7 months and 26 days. She was buried in the Clinton cemetery on the 8th, where services were held by brethren Eli Miller and Levi Weaver. "Sleep Carson, sleep, 'twas hard to part, but God did think it best; To give you almost broke our heart, but now you are at rest."

Transcriber notes: - Carson is listed as a son, then the copy reads "She was buried..."

SHULTZ - On the 26th of March, in Mifflin county, Pa., infant daughter of Bro. Cornelius Shutlz, aged 1 month.

KROPP - On the 30th of March, in Waterloo county, Ontario, of consumption, Solomon Kropp, aged 36 years, 4 months and 2 days. He was buried on the 2d of April at the Pool Mennonite church. Services by Joseph Gerber, Josiah Wagler and John Gascho.

WEAVER - On the 25th of March, in Weaverland, Lancaster county, Pa., of heart disease, Sister Esther, wife of Henry Weaver, aged 55 years, 10 months and 13 days. She had been in feeble health for some time, but her death was quite unexpected. She was sitting in her chair in the morning and ate a hearty meal and said, "I feel better and stronger than yesterday." She then lay down upon her bed to rest awhile and in a few moments was dead. She leaves a sorrowing husband, ten children and twelve grandchildren to mourn their loss. She was buried at Weaverland on the 28th. Funeral services by John Zimmerman in English, and John Hess and Jonas Martin in German. We mourn not as those who have no hope. Her quiet, exemplary life gives us the assurance that if we are faithful we shall meet her where pain and death are no more, and where all tears are wiped away, and where the parting word is never heard.
Dearest mother, thou has left us, here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who have 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 tear is shed.

MARTIN - April 17th, near Goodville, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Sarah, wife of Bish. Jonas H. Martin, aged 43 years, 6 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 22d. Text, Matt. 24:44. Buried at Weaverland meeting-house. Sister Martin left a husband and ten children, the youngest three days old, to mourn her death. An immense congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family, and to show their deep respect for the beloved sister. May the good Lord comfort the afflicted brother and his family.

LATSHAW - On the 28th of March, in East Vincent township, Chester county, Pa., Mary, wife of Jacob Latshaw, and a daughter of Henry and Judith Swartz, of Harmony, Butler county, aged 52 years, 11 months and 9 days. She was buried in the East Vincent Mennonite burying-ground. Services by Pres. Virin Hetrick and John Latshaw. She was a member of the Mennonite church. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn their loss.

LANDIS - On the 13th of April, near Mechanicsville, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Daniel Landis, aged 72 years, 6 months and 17 days. She was buried on the 16th at the Petersburg M.H. Services from Rev. 22:14. A large congregation assembled to show their respect for the beloved sister. May the good Lord comfort the bereaved family.

ZOOK - on the 24th of February, near Goshen, Elkhart county, Ind., Mary Ann (Hershberger) Zook, aged 58 years and 3 days. She joined the Amish Mennonite church at the age of 18, in which church she was a true and faithful sister until death. Her seat was seldom vacant in church when she was well. Our loss is her eternal gain. She was united in marriage with Samuel Zook in the fall of 1849 living a period of over 39 years with her husband. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn their loss. Funeral was largely attended at Forest Grove on the 27th, where her body was laid in the grave to await the resurrection day. Services were conducted by Jonathan Troyer, Eli Miller and Levi Weaver. "Dearest mother, thou hast left us, here thy loss we deeply feel, But 'tis God that has bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

GOOD - March 30th, in East Earl township, Lancaster county, Pa., Jonathan Good, aged 69 years, 2 months and 10 days. He leaves a widow, ten children (all grown) and fifty-nine grandchildren. His funeral took place at Bowmansville, on the 3d of April, where Jonas Martin and Benjamin Horning conducted funeral services.

HERSHBERGER - On the 11th of April, at her residence in Newberry township, LaGrange county, Ind., Fanny, wife of Daniel Hershberger, maiden name Yoder, aged 46 years, 1 month and 17 days. Buried on the 13th in the Town Line cemetery. Many friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was a faithful sister, a kind mother, and a devoted Christian. Her sickness was inflammation of the bowels. She attended services on Sabbath, and on Monday visited her brother, took sick on Tuesday and died on Thursday. Thus we see how frail our lives are. She leaves a husband, three children, three brothers and two sisters to mourn her loss. Services by John Hostetler, Jonathan Troyer and Joseph Yoder, from Matt. 24:44.

GNAGY - March 27th, in Clinton township, Elkhart county, Ind., of cancer, Pre. John Gnagy, aged 71 years and 11 months. Bro. Gnagy suffered for several years, yet he bore it all patiently. He was born in Somerset county, Pa., and was there ordained to the ministry about fifty-two years ago, which office he filled as long as he was able, about a year previous to his death. He resided in Lawrence county, Ohio, a few years, and then moved to Elkhart county, Ind. He leaves a bereaved widow and eight children to mourn their loss. Buried on the 29th. Services at Forest Grove by Peter Lehman, assisted by J.J. Weaver and Levi Weaver. Text, Rev. 14:12.

AMSTUTZ - On the 8th of April, near Apple Creek, Wayne county, Ohio, of dropsy and the infirmities of old age, Bro. Samuel Amstutz, aged 83 years, 4 months and 8 days. He was buried on the 10th in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Services by Jacob Nusbaum, from Ps. 16:8-11.

HUNSBERGER - On the 5th of April, in Leighton township, Allegan county, Michigan, Sister Hunsberger, wife of Cyrus Hunsberger, aged 26 years, 10 months and 17 days. She leaves a husband and two children, the youngest of which was only a few days old at the time of her death. Funeral services at the Gains U.B. church by C.C. Beery and J. Hahn. About a year ago she united with the church and was a faithful member to the time of her death. She let her light shine wherever she went, and was not ashamed to humble herself as a meek and loyal follower of Christ. She will be missed in the family, in the church and Sunday school, and by the whole community. She admonished her husband and her brothers and sisters to give their hearts to God. She had a desire to depart and be with Christ and meet two children already gone before. "Dearest Sister, thou hast left us, here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

HOUTY - On the 2d of April, in Juniata county, Pa., of inflammatory rheumatism and heart disease, after two week's suffering, John S., son of Jackson and Mollie Houty, aged 19 years, 1 month and 20 days. John was an obedient son, kind and affectionate to all that knew him. He had gained many friends by his good conduct. Truly all flesh is grass and all the goodliness thereof as the flower of grass. Buried at the Brick church near Richfield, where many friends had assembled to pay the last respects of adieu. Services by Solomon Kauffman and Wm. Graybill from 2 Kings 20:1.

ALBRECHT - On the 16th of April, in Arapahoe county, Colorado, of lung troubles, Jacob, son of John and Anna Albrecht, aged 20 years, 1 month and 20 days. He was buried on the 18th in the Amish Mennonite graveyard. Bro. Albecht's life was such that we have reason to believe that he is now at rest. Services by Joseph Schrack and Jacob Roth.

BYLER - On the 17th of March, near Shipshewanne, LaGrange county, Ind., of spinal disease, Allen J., only child of Samuel and Elizabeth Byler, aged 1 year and 8 months. This was a sad parting, but may the sorrowing parents comfort themselves by the assurance of meeting again. Buried on the 19th. Services by J.S. Hartzler and D.J. Johns, from Rev. 21:4.

HOSTETLER - On the 17th of March, near Pashan, LaGrange county, Ind., of typhoid pneumonia, William H. Hostetler, aged 18 years, 4 months and 21 days. This is a loud call and warning to the young and unconverted as death will not wait until we want it to come. This indeed falls heavily upon the bereaved mother who has within two years parted with husband and two children. May the good Lord comfort her in her sad bereavement. Buried on the 18th. Services by Henry A. Miller and D.J. Johns.

STAUFFER - On April 13th, in Goodville, Lancaster county, Pa., Levi Stauffer, aged 64 years old. He was an invalid since he was 12 years old. At that time he went into cold spring water while he was over heated, causing a kind of paralysis. He was for fifty-two years entirely helpless, being unable to talk, walk, or even sit up in his bed. His mind had also been similarly affected as his body.

BLOECK - On the 8th of April, in Henry county, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Henry Bloeck, aged 22 years, 6 months and 14 days. He was buried on the 10th. Services by J. Egly and Joseph and Daniel Rupp, from Ma. 4:1-4.

ESHLEMAN - On the 10th of April, in Ransom, Ness county, of apoplexy, Susan, wife of Daniel Eshleman and daughter of Christian Hurst, aged 34 years and 9 days. Sister Eshleman leaves a deeply bereaved husband and five little children to mourn their loss, which, however, we have reason to believe, is her eternal gain. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. She was born and brought up in Washington county, Md., and came to Ness county, Kansas about two years ago.
"Weep not for me, my husband dear, though I depart and leave you here;
I long to go where Jesus is, to join him there in perfect bliss.
Be faithful then, my husband dear, my children, friends and neighbors near
That you may me in glory meet, to dwell in joy forever sweet.
Why should our tears in sorrow flow, when God in love recalls his own,
And bids her leave a world of woe, to wear a bright, immortal crown?
Her toils are past, her work is done, and she is henceforth fully blest;
She fought the fight, the victory won, and entered into rest."

ESHELMAN - On the 10th of April, in Ransom, Ness county, Kansas, of scarlet fever, Benjamin, son of Daniel and Susan Eshleman, aged 5 months and 26 days. The above named sister was the child's mother; both were laid to rest in the same grave. "A bud the gard'ner gave us - A pure and loving child - He gave it to our keeping, to cherish undefiled. But just as it was opening to the glory of the day, down came the heavenly gard'ner and took our bud away."

RUPP - On the 10th of March, near Archbold, Fulton county, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Rosina, daughter of C.L. and Barbara Rupp, aged 17 years, 4 months and 27 days. She was buried on the 13th. Services by Daniel and Joseph Rupp.

YODER - On the 13th of April, in Elkhart county, Ind., very suddenly of heart disease, Sister Mary, wife of Bro. John Yoder, aged 56 years, 10 months and 28 days. She was buried on the 16th at the Olive burying ground in the presence of probably the largest concourse of people that had ever gathered at that place. Funeral services by J.F. Funk and J.S. Coffman. Deceased was a daughter of the last minister Bro. John Shaum of Wayne county, Ohio. She was for many years an earnest sister and faithful worker in the church, and a bright example of faithfulness where duty placed in her hands something to do for the sake of Jesus, or for the welfare and happiness of God's children. She was deeply interested in the salvation of her children, especially in the last months of her life. But, suddenly, without an hour's warning she was called to her reward. May her children and friends imitate her virtues and trust as fervently in Jesus.

FIFER - On the 12th of March, in Steuben Co., Ind., of consumption, Sister Annie, daughter of Anthony Freed (deceased), and wife of William Fifer, aged 30 years, 6 months and 18 days. Buried on the 14th. Funeral services were held by Eli Stofer. She was fully resigned to the will of God, and her friends mourn not as those who have no hope. A few days before her death she told her weeping mother not to weep for her, that she was ready to die.

YODER - On the 6th of December, 1888, in Clinton Twp., Fulton Co., Ohio, of lung fever, widow Barbara Yoder, aged 73 years. Her maiden name was Goldsmith. She was buried on the 8th. Service by Joseph Egly and Daniel Rupp.

RUPP - On the 6th of March, in Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio, of typhoid fever, Andrew, son of David and Lorina Rupp, aged 8 years, 1 month and 16 days. He was buried on the 8th. Funeral services by J.Egly and Joseph Rupp.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


Herald of Truth , Vol. XXVI, Number 10, May 15, 1889 - Page 152, 159

Jacob Wisler, who for many years served as bishop in the Mennonite church, died very suddenly on Wednesday, May 1st. He had been somewhat feeble in health for a time, and rose as usual in the morning, when he suddenly fell to the floor, and in about fifteen minutes was a corpse. His age was 80 years, 6 months and 1 day. He was buried at Yellow Creek meeting-house, where a very large number of people attended his funeral. Services were held by C. Shaum and Martin Hoover. He leaves a sorrowing companion and children to mourn his death.

* HILLER - On March 19th, near Intercourse, Lancaster county, Pa., Maggie Heller, aged 19 years, 11 months and 16 days. She was a respected and consistent member of the Brethren church. She leaves two brothers and three sisters to mourn their loss. Her parents have preceded her. The friends need not mourn as those who have no hope, for we believe that Maggie is at rest.
Dear sister, do not mourn for me while I am in eternity;
But be content and trust in God, and you'll receive a great reward.
Weep not for me, my sister dear, in heaven I hope you all to see,
Where we can there together be, forever in eternity.

Transcriber notes: - name is first written as Hiller, then as Heller.

LAPP - On the 25th of April, in Bucks county, Pa., of palsy, Abraham Lapp, aged nearly 82 years. He leaves a sorrowing widow, one daughter and six grandchildren. His only son died years ago. He resided with Eliza, widow of Tobias Lapp. Buried at Line Lexington on the 30th, in the presence of a very large concourse of friends. J. Walter conducted the services at the house and Josiah Clemmer at the meeting-house. Text, Phil. 1:233.
Our dear father's work here on earth is ended, who faithfully the house of God attended,
Now his loving form here we shall see no more, until we meet on that celestial shore.
His voice is heard no more, although 'tis calling in sweet remembrance inviting us to come,
To Christ the Savior, in faith call and cling, till me can meet in that celestial home.

* OVERHOLT - On April 29th, in Bedminster, Bucks county, ??, Abraham, son of John and Lizzie Overholt, aged 1 year, 10 months and 25 days. Buried on the 3d of May, at Deep Run, where many assembled. J. Myers held services at the house and S. Godshalk, assisted by J. Gross, at the meeting-house. Text, John 16:22.
Abraham, we here do miss thee, hear thy prattling voice no more,
But again we hope to meet thee, on bright Canaan's happy shore.
Blessed meeting, welcome greeting, where farewell is heard no more,
Ever praise and thanks repeating, when our toils on earth are o'er.

Transcriber notes: Overholt - ? is missing from page

FRETZ - On the 3d of May, Susanna Fretz, daughter of William Meyers, of Bedminster, Bucks county, Pa., aged nearly 45 years. She was buried on the 6th at the Deep Run meeting-house.

MYERS - On the 19th of April, in Putnam county, Ohio, Elizabeth, widow of Joseph Myers, aged 72 years, 9 months and 24 days. She was born in Markham, Ontario, and came to Putnam county, Ohio, at an early age. She was a member of the Blanchard church and was a faithful sister. They were building a new house which was very nearly completed. She was staying with one of her daughters, expecting as soon as the new house was completed to occupy it. But death called her to the heavenly manions, to occupy the house not made with hands eternal in heaven. May God bless the sorrowing children and friends, whose loss is her eternal gain.

SYNDER - On the 25th of April, at McKee's Gap, Blair county, Pa., Barbara E., wife of Isaac Synder, aged 18 years, 2 months and 22 days. Before she died she told them all to meet her in heaven. She leaves a sorrowing husband, her mother, three sisters and three brothers to mourn their loss. She was buried on the 27th, followed by a large concourse of friends. Services by Pre. Minnich and W.W. Reese.
In her grave robes calmly sleeping, lies our loved one, still and cold,
But her spirit angels wafted to the tender Shepherd's fold.
When on earth our loved one with us sang the songs of Jesus' love,
Now with saints and angels' voices sings the song of Heaven above.

WEBER - On the 26th of April, in Waterloo county, Ontario, very suddenly, Sister Weber, wife of Moses Weber, aged 34 years, 3 months and 3 days. She was well as usual in the morning, and Brother Weber left home to take some cattle to Waterloo. On his was he was overtaken by a messenger stating that his wife was very sick. Before he could reach home, his wife was a corpse. She leaves a family of 5 small children, the youngest only 4 weeks old. She was buried at Eby's graveyard at Berlin, followed to the grave by a large number of relatives and friends. Services by Moses and Samuel Bowman from John 11:35 and Matt. 24:44.

SCHLATTER - On the 14th of April, near Pulaski, Iowa, of paralysis, Jacob Schlatter, aged 80 years, 9 months and 6 days. He leaves an aged companion, 8 children, 38 grand children and 1 great-grand child to mourn his departure. Yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. Services by R. Poulet, from Ps. 90:12.

CROOK - On the 28th of April, at the residence of his son, Brother Andrew Crook, in Dubois county, Ind., John Crook, aged 88 years, 2 months and 5 days. He was born in Lincoln county, Kentucky, in February, 1801; moved with his parents to Floyd county, Ind., in 1806, where he married, and 1838 moved to Dubois county, living here since that time.

PLETCHER - On the 16th of April, in Elkhart county, Roy, son of Frank and Katy Pletcher, aged 3 months and 24 days. Buried at Olive church, where services were held by John F. Funk and George Lambert, from Ps. 35:5. May God sanctify this affliction and through his loving kindness draw the hearts of the dear parents into the way of everlasting life. "Little children gatherest Thou, faithful Shepherd, to thy rest, Far from sorrow, far from woe, they with Thee are ever blest."

WEXMON - In Dublin, Bucks county, Pa., Flora, daughter of _____ Wexmon, aged nearly 23 years. She was buried at Tinicum.

CAMEL - May 1st, near Quakertown, Bucks county, Pa., William Camel, aged nearly 65 years. Buried at Dublin on the 6th. The deceased resided in Bedminster, Bucks Co.

SCHADT - On the 16th of April, near Orrville, Wayne county, Ohio, Brother John Schadt, in the advanced age of 89 years and 21 days. Brother Schadt enjoyed good health and regularly attended services until last fall, since which time he suffered much pain in his limbs, his strength failing at the same time; yet his mind remained sound until the end. He was very steadfast in the faith and rejoiced in a living hope. Buried on the 18th at Oak Grove, where many assembled. Services by J.K. Yoder, and D. Hostetler.

HERTEL - On the 1st of May, in Centreville, Waterloo county, Ontario, Sister Hertel, widow, aged about 64 years. She was buried at Eby's church in Berlin, on the 3d. Service by Samuel Bowman and Daniel Wismer. The deceased sister leaves a number of children and grand children to mourn their loss.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia

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