Herald of Truth Obituaries - November, 1889

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVI, Number 21, November 1, 1889, page 335

RIEGEL. - In Juniata Co., Pa., Jacob Clayton and Ammon Walter, sons of F. R. and Katie M. Riegel. The former lived but one day, and was buried on the 28th of August. The latter lived 16 days and was buried on the 14th of September. The infant first buried was unearthed and both were placed in the same coffin. Buried at Lauver" Church. Service by William Graybill. Text, Luke 18:15, 16.

BENNER. - On the 6th of October, at Delaware, Juniata Co., Pa., Anna Laura, daughter of Christian and ____Benner, aged 5 months and 18 days. Buried at Lost Creek. Funeral services by William Graybill. Text, Luke, 8:52.

LAUVER. - On the 9th of September, in Juniata Co., Pa., Angeline, daughter of Peter and Emma Lauver, aged 7 years, 11 months and 6 days. Buried at Vemond grave yard. Appropriate remarks were made by William Graybill and John Kurtz. Text, Luke, 8:52.

HENSLER. - On the 21st of September, near Waupecong, Miami county, Ind. Bro. Lewis C. Hensler aged 63 years, 8 months and 16 day. Buried on the 22d, in the Mast grave yard. Services by E. A. Mast and N. Sproll. Bro. Hensler was fully resigned to the will of God, and said, His will be done. He leaves a widow and 6 children to mourn his departure.

WISMER. - On the 10th of September, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Magdalene, wife of Frank Wismer, aged 37 years, 3 months and 6 days. Many present at the funeral. Peace to her ashes.

DEANSTMAN. - In Plumstead Township, Montgomery county, Pa., Elizabeth Deanstman, at the advanced age of 90 years, 6 months and 23 days. Buried at Deep Run.

GARNER. - On the 30th of July, at New Britain, Pa., Margaret Garner, aged 75 years, 11 months and 23 days. Services by S. Godshalk and I. Rickert at the place of interment. Her seat in the church was always occupied when possible. May she ever rest with the redeemed.

FRY. - On the 12th of October, in Howard county, Ind. of typhoid pneumonia fever, Levi L. Fry, aged 24 years, 5 months and 22 days. Funeral services were held by T. M. Guild from Luke 12:40. Buried in the Lindley grave yard. A few weeks before his death he was a healthy, robust young man, and was living out of the ark of safety. In his sickness he said, that he could not die in that condition, that he must repent. So he prayed earnestly that God would have mercy. He was baptized by Bro. Daniel C. Miller, and lived yet six days. He spent his last hours praying for his brothers and sister. Let this be a solemn and powerful lesson to the young people who are living out of Christ.

WEAVER. - On the 4th of October, near Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa. of rheumatism and palsy, Emanuel Weaver, aged 73 years, 7 months and 18 days. He was buried near his home in the grave yard of the church called after his own name - Weaver Church. He was a member of the church for many years. He leaves an aged widow and 6 children, all of which were present except two, one of which lives in Kansas. Josiah and Lovina Yoder of Michigan were present. A very unusually large number of friends and neighbors attended the funeral. Services by Abel Horning of Bucks Co., Jonas Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger.

BENNER. - On the 7th of October, in Juniata Co., Pa., Samuel, son of Thomas and Mary Benner, aged 4 years and 27 days. Buried in the McAllisterville cemetery. Appropriate remarks were made by William Graybill from 2 Samuel 12:23.

HERSHBERGER. - On the 3d of October, near Davidsville, Somerset., county, Pa., Sister Nancy Hershberger, aged 76 years, 6 months and 3 days. This is the second one of three sisters who lived together. The first to be called away died four years ago; one is still left. Services at the house by Samuel Gindlesperger, and at the church by Abel Horning from Bucks Co., and Jonas Blough. Text, Phil. 1:23.

MILLER. - On the 29th of September, near Johnstown, Pa., of consumption, Magdalene, wife of Isaac Miller, aged 57 years, 8 months and 18 days. She was buried on the 1st of October, at the old Mennonite church in Conemaugh (Blough Church). Services were held by Samuel Gindlesperger, Cyrus Hershberger and S. Chinerman. Text, John 11:25, 16.

YODER. - On the 2d of October, in Somerset Co., Pa., of cholera infantum, Simon, son of Noah, (deseased*) and Lydia Yoder, aged ___* year, 8 months and 20 days. Buried at the Blough church. Services by C. Hershberger, Jonathan Hershberger and Samuel Gindelsperger. Text 1 Peter 1:24.

SALSBERGER. - On the 5th of October, in Strasburg, Waterloo Co., Ontario, of the infirmities of old age, Sister Salsberger, widow of Philip Salsberger, aged 88 years. Her father, John Biehn, was the original settler on what is now known as the Doon property, where deseased* was born in 1801. She was a widow for twenty-seven years, and had been in poor health a long time. Her remains were consigned to the grave on the 8th at Weaver" church. Funeral services by Daniel Wismer and Noah Stauffer.

YODER. - On the 10th of October, near Nappanee, Ind., of typhoid fever, Ellen, daughter of Noah and Rachel Yoder, aged 5 years, 7 months and 4 days. Services by Jacob Bleilie in the German language from Ps. 39:5,6; in English by Jas. H. McGowen from Is. 64:6.
"One sweet flower has drooped and faded,
One sweet infant voice has fled."

* Transcriber's note: as printed by the Herald of Truth

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVI, Number 22, November 15, 1889, page 350, 351

LIVENGOOD. - On the 20th of October, in Holmes Co., Ohio, of general infirmities widow Catharine Livengood, aged 90 years, 8 months and 28 days. She was born in Berk Co., Pa., on the 23d of January, 1799, and was buried in Reber's graveyard. Services by Abraham S. Yoder and Christian D. Troyer from John 5:20-30 and I Thess. 4:13. Three weeks before her death she suffered severe pain. She was a faithful member of the Amish church, and looked forward for joy for many years to a blessed end. Her posterity was numerous and extended into the fourth generation. She was married three times had seven children many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

GEIL. - On the 19th of October 1889, near Broadway, Rockingham Co., Va.; of infirmities of old age Bish. John Geil, aged 90 years, 8 months and 27 days. He was born in Bucks Co., Pa., and emigrated to Rockingham Co., Va. at the age of 21, where he resided until his death. He married Mary Driver. She died 38 years, ago, after which he remained unmarried. He brought up thirteen children, ten of whom survive him, nine were present at the funeral. He leaves thirty-one grand-children and forty-six great-grandchildren. He was in the ministry for 50 years and was bishop thirty years. He was remarkably active for one of his age. He attended church regularly until a few weeks before his death. The funeral services were held by Samuel Coffman, Daniel Heatwole and Abram Shank from 2d Sam. 14:14. Father was so kind and gentle in his declining years that he won the respect of all who knew him. His hope was in God and his faith unwavering. He longed to be at rest. Thus he has passed away and his memory will be revered by his children as long as life lasts.

ACKERMAN. - On the 18th of October, in Ohio Township, Bureau Co., Illinois, suddenly, of spinal paralysis, Emma C. Ackerman, aged 16 years, 11 months and 3 days. She was buried on the 20th in the Red Oak cemetery, on which occasion services were held in the meeting house at the place by Jos. Buerky in German and by Pre. Binder in English, although so young in years, she had united with the church and was a faithful follower of Christ. Her parents and friends deeply mourn their loss.

HERSHBARGER. - On the 19th of October, at Mattawana, Mifflin Co., Pa., of membranous croup, Harvey, son of Joshua and Elizabeth Harshbarger, aged 12 years, 3 months and 2 days. Dear Harvey was a good, sensible boy. His kindly face, gentle voice and winning ways won him many friends. His place in the family circle and in the Sunday-school was so well filled, that he will be sadly missed, "He, being dead, yet speaketh."

WISMER. - On the 8th of October, in Kent County, Michigan, of paralysis Sister Mary Wismer, aged 84 years, 9 months and 24 days. Funeral services were held by Jacob Hahn and Christian Wenger. Sister Sarah Hunsberger in sending us this death notice says, "Mother was quite well until the night of the 15th of September, when she said in the morning she could not use her left arm. She had a stroke of paralysis. Though light at first it kept getting worse until it affected her whole side and we thought she was on the river's brink but she began to improve so that she had the use of her whole side again, except her arm from the elbow down, and we did not think of any immediate danger. We thought she would probably linger at least for a number of months. But she desired so greatly to be released that the Lord took her away suddenly as she had so earnestly prayed him to do. She seemed to be as usual on the morning she died, until we got her out on her chair when I saw she was breathing differently. It alarmed me and I said, "Grandma, do you want anything?" She said, "Nothing, only to die happy." We saw she was surely going, and I held her hand. She said "Farewell, Farewell," and tried to talk some more, but we could not understand. Soon she had exchanged this mortal life for immortality, and dear old mother was gone." "One gentle sigh her fetter breaks, We scarce can say, "she's gone, Before the willing spirit takes Its mansion near the throne."

SHETLER. - On the 26th of July, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., of Palsy, Veronica Shetler, aged 79 years 4 months and 17 days. Buried on the 28th. services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Hershberger.

DIBERD. - On the 30th of August, in Johnstown, Pa., of typhoid fever, Daniel Diberd, aged 63 years. A few months before his death he, like many others had to struggle for his life in the flood. Buried on the first of September. Services by Pre. Chapman.

KAUFFMAN. - On the 6th of September, in Grubtown, Cambria Co., Pa., of inflammation of the bowels. Jacob, son of Tobias and Eliza Kauffman, aged two years, and four months. Buried on the 8th Services by Samuel Zimmerman.

KAUFFMAN, - On the 16th of September near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Catharine, wife of Jacob Kauffman, and daughter of Christian and Polly Blough, aged 33 years, one month and one day. Buried on the 18th. Services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Hersberger*. The deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and died as we hope, in peace with God. She had a desire that her baby might be called away with her, but it had to stay with its grandmother till the 28th of September, when little Homer, at the age of two months and eight days passed sweetly over into the presence of Jesus and mother. Buried on the 30th by her side. Services by Jonathan Hershberger.

KAUFFMAN. on the 26th of September near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., of old age, Polly Kauffman, aged 79 years, 7 months, and 1 day. Buried on the 28th. Services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Hershberger.

DENLINGER. - On the 5th of October, in Lancaster County, Pa., of consumption John, son of Isaac Denlinger, aged 21 years, three months and 7 days. Funeral services were held on the 8th at the Strasburg Mennonite church by Bish. Isaac Eby of Buyerstown, Pa. He became a member of the Old Mennonite church during his afflictions, and was loved by all who knew him. "Farewell, dear John, oh how we miss thee. Since thy form we see no more; But we know thou art rejoicing, Over on the golden Shore.

Farewell, dear parents, weep no more.
I am not dead, but gone before;
Brothers and Sisters, fare you well,
Prepare your souls with Christ to dwell.

HARTMAN. - On the 29th of October, near Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Va., of inflammation of the bowels and brain, Fanny Elizabeth, only child of Perry and Rebecca Hartman, aged two months and four days. Buried on the 31st at Weaver's M. H. Services by D. S. Heatwole and C. Good from Job. 1:21. The dear little flower, the joy of the sorrowing parents, was here for a little while to gladden the family circle and then death snatched it away. But it has only gone to blossom in a fairer, brighter and lovelier world, and while the parents, hearts bleed for the loss of their loved one, may her voice calling to them from the bright beyond ever inspire them with an earnest desire to meet their darling child in the realms above.

BRYAN. - On the 10th of October, in Bedminster Tp., Bucks Co., Pa., William Bryan, aged 80 years, 14 days. Buried at Dublin. He was beloved and respected by all who knew him.

LANDES. - On the 14th of October, in Plumstead Tp., Bucks Co., Pa., Elizabeth, wife of Moses Landis* aged 81 years. Buried on the 19th at Deep Run meeting -house. "She rests in Jesus, O how sweet, To be for such a slumber meet."

Transcriber's note: two spellings here; Landis/Landes

RHEIN. - on the 27th of Oct., near Wakarusa, Ind., Mary Rhein, widow, aged 77 years, 3 months and eleven days. Buried the 30th. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Church by Martin Hoover and Chr. Bear, in German, and by Chr. Shaum in English. Text, Rev. 14:13, 20:6. Sister Rhein has been a widow for many years. She had one daughter with her who has been an invalid for a number of years. She had a great desire to go with the funeral, and had to be carried on her chair to and from the carriage. a brother of the deceased from Michigan was present, but a sister living in the same county could not be reached for her to attend. May the Lord bless the dear afflicted one left behind.

BAER. - On the 28th of October, in Harrison township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, John Baer, aged 92 years, 11 months and 13 days. He was the father of nine children, three of whom preceded him to the eternal world. His wife died thirty years ago, since which time he has been a widower. He was buried at the Yellow Creek Mennonite burying-ground on the 31st. He reached a very great age, being probably the oldest man in the county at the time of his death. May his death inspire every one of us to greater earnestness in the Christian life knowing that, however many our years may be, the time will come when we must take our departure and receive our reward. Peace to his ashes.

NUSBAUM. - on the 12th of October, in Elkhart , Indiana, of a lingering disease, Lydia, wife of Benjamin Nusbaum, aged 46 years and 20 days. Her maiden name was Kulp. She was married on the 13th of Sept. 1863 to John J. Long, who died May 20th, 1889, leaving two children who survive their mother. On Nov. 22d 1881 she was married to her surviving husband, who at the time of her funeral was lying very sick with typhoid fever away from home and was not able to attend the funeral. She was buried on the 14th at Olive Mennonite Church. Services by John F. Funk and J. S. Coffman from Rom. 6:23.

NACHTIGAL. - On the 23d of October, near Hampton, Nebraska, Peter, oldest son of David Nachtigal, aged 7 years, 7 months and 9 days. The circumstances connected with this death are very sad. Peter Schroeder, a son of Henry Schroeder, came to Nachtigal's at noon and after dinner he examined Nachtigal's revolver which was empty. Schroeder requested to see the cartridges also. When he had seen them he handed them back to Nachtigal, but had unconsciously slipped one of them into the revolver, and on pulling the trigger, the cartridge exploded, the ball passing through poor little Peter's head. He stood beside his mother and fell against her. When she asked him what had happened he replied, "I am shot," whereupon she said to him "Oh, and now you will have to die!" "Yes," He replied, and in a few hours he was dead. The parents are disconsolate over the loss of their dear child, and the father blames himself for having a weapon in his house whereby his dear child had to die. This should serve as a warning that such an accident may not happen again. No Christian should have such a dangerous thing in his house.

SNYDER. - On the 28th of October, in Waterloo, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Bro. Daniel Snyder, aged 62 years, 6 months and 22 days. He was buried on the 3d of November at David Eby's M. H. Funeral services by D. Wismer at the house and M. Erb, E. Weber and Noah Stauffer at the church. The deceased brother was in a helpless condition for the last eighteen months, but he bore his affliction with Christian fortitude with a firm trust in God, knowing that this light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. The funeral was very largely attended by relatives and friends. He leaves his widow and two children to mourn their loss.

HERTZLER. - On the 9th of October, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sarah R., daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Hertzler, aged 16 years, 5 months and 8 days. On the 15th of September, with six others she was admitted to church membership. She had been unwell for some time before her death, so that at times she could not attend church services; still she was quite cheerful and sang a great deal. When asked by her mother how she could be so cheerful when she was so poorly? she answered, "How can I be otherwise? I know that my sins are forgiven. With that hope she died, and was buried on the 11th at the Oak Grove church, on which occasion services were held by Joseph Shlegel of Nebraska, and D. S. Yoder and J. K. Yoder.

YODER. - On the 2d of November, near Sterling, Wayne Co., Ohio, of throat trouble John M. Yoder, oldest son of John Z. and Mary A. Yoder. Aged 14 years, eleven months and 18 days, His remains were consigned to the grave at Pleasant Grove Church on the 5th in the presence of a very large assemblage of sympathising friends, associates, and schoolmates who met to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was loved and highly esteemed in their circle. He was a bright youth and looked very promising in life; but thus it is. "In the midst of life we are in death," Johnnie was sick about twenty-hours, but suffered intensely and then he gently fell asleep, we hope and trust in the arms of Jesus, who doeth all things well. Services at the house, by Bro. Leatherman at the meeting-house by D. C. Amstutz in German and D. Hostetler in English from 4:47. Rev. 21. We feel to sympathize very much with the bereaved family and with them would comfort our hearts in the language of the poet. "Dearest Johnnie, thou hast left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel; But 'tis God that hath bereft us. He can all our sorrows heal."

BUSHART. - On the 4th of October, near Swedeburg, Henry Co., Iowa, of consumption, Daniel Bushart (age not given). He was buried on the 6th in the Amish graveyard. His remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends and relatives, who mourn the loss of a highly esteemed friend and brother. Bro. Bushart united with the Amish church about 16 years ago. He was married to Catharine Bender on the 21st of September 1879. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss, but not as those who have no hope. He suffered much the last week. Three hours before he died he called the writer (Bro. S. T. Miller), to his side and said, "I have fought a good fight." Funeral services by Stephen T. Miller and S. Gerig from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.

YODER. - On the 6th of October, near Garden City, Cass Co., Mo., of a lingering disease, and lastly paralysis, Barbara, wife of Gideon J. Yoder, aged 39 years, 11 months and 23 days. She was buried on the afternoon of the 7th, leaving a husband and 6 children, an aged father, three sisters, and four brothers, beside many friends to mourn her departure. She was unable to walk for nearly 8 months and confined to her bed nearly all that time, but she was perfectly resigned to the will of God, and greatly enjoyed having prayer and reading the Scriptures in her room. A few days before her death she said she did not think she would be here long any more, and that she was ready to go, so we do not mourn as those who have no hope, but we feel assured that she is peacefully resting with the saints, and in the morning of the resurrection will arise and sing the song of the redeemed. Services by Pre. Peter Zimmerman and Joseph Byler, from Rev. 14:12, 13.

MUMAW. - On the 24th of October, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of dropsy, widow of the late Jacob Mumaw, aged 70 years, 2 months and 7 days. She was buried on the 25th at the Blough church, followed by a large number of friends. Funeral services by Jonas Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger from Rev. 14:13.

"Dearest mother thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us __
He can all our sorrows heal."

WEAVER. - On the 9th of October, near Nappanee, Ind., Cora Etta, infant daughter of David and Nancy Weaver, aged 4 months and 9 days. It was buried on the 11th. Services by Jacob Bleile in German and H. McGowan in English.

ALLAMAN. - On the 10th of August, near Crawfordsville, Washington Co., Iowa, of inflammation of the bowels, Annie Allaman, aged 23 years, 2 months and 22 days. She was buried in Summer's graveyard. where many friends and relatives assembled to pay their last tribute of love to the dear departed sister. Funeral services by G. Gerig and S. T. Miller in German and Benjamin Eicher in English.

GINDLESPERGER. - On the 28th of October, in Jenner Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of palsy, Gabriel Gindlesperger (uncle of Pre. S. Gindlesperger). at the advanced age of 82 years, 9 months and 4 days. He was buried on the 31st in Jennertown. Services by Jonas Blough and Cyrus Hershberger.

RAMSYER. - On the 4th of November, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of catarrhal inflammation, Willie, infant son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ramsyer, aged 3 days. Buried on the 6th at the Oak Grove church. Funeral services were held by J. K. Yoder and D. Hostetler from Isaiah 40:11. Our Willie is gone never to return, yet we can say, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken, away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Transcribed by Mary Teeter, Michigan

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