Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1889

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVI, Number 17, September 1, 1889, page 268, 169

HARTZLER. - On the 4th of May, near Gun City, Mo., Annie S., wife of Noah K. Hartzler, and daughter of I. K. Zook, aged 27 years, 5 months and 24 days. She leaves a husband and one little boy to mourn her early departure. A few days before she died she expressed a willingness to die. She said she was ready to go any time and did not concern herself about this world's affairs. Funeral services by J. C. Kenagy and Joseph Byler. She was buried in the Clearfork cemetery.
"Sister, thou was mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze;
Pleasant as the air of evening
As it floats among the trees."

HOSTETLER. - On the 9th of August, near Emma, LaGrange county, Indiana, of consumption, Elizabeth (Maust) wife of Moses J. Hostetler, aged 67 years, 3 months and 8 days. She was born in Somerset county, Pa., and lived in matrimony over fifty-one years. She was the mother of thirteen children, ten sons and three daughters, nine sons and her husband surviving her; eighty-four grand-children and nine great-grand-children. The deceased had been in poor health for a number of years, but for the last nine weeks was very low and suffered much, yet she bore her affliction with great patience and often desired to depart this life. She was a faithful member of the Amish church for fifty-one years. Was buried on the 11th in the Yoder cemetery. Funeral services were held at home in the orchard on account of the large number that assembled, about one thousand being present. Services by David Kauffman and Eli Borntreger, from John 5:24-30.

LABOARD. - On the 14th of July, at the house of his son Richard, in Rockton, Clearfield county, Pa., Bro. Jacob LaBoard, aged 69 years, 10 months and 6 days. The subject of this sketch came to Clearfield county in 1827, and was a resident of Union township ever since. In 1845 he was united in marriage to Fannie, daughter of John Brubaker. They had seven children, four sons and three daughters, all of which survive him. His wife departed this life twenty-four years ago. His sickness was of long duration and at times very severe, but he endured it with patience, waiting the time of his delivery from suffering. He united with the Mennonite church at this place about two months before his death. His remains were laid to rest at the Mennonite church. Service by Henry Gelnett.

REINBOLD. - August 13th, near Oak Grove, St. Joseph county, Ind., Moses J., son of John and Catharine Reinbold, aged four months and 18 days. He was buried at North Union. Services by David Burkholder, from Rev. 14:13. The bereaved parents have the sympathies of the neighbors and friends.

THOMAS. - On the 14th of August, in Bowne, Kent county, Michigan, of consumption, Emma Thomas, aged 16 years, 2 months and 10 days. Buried on the 16th at the Mennonite church, where a large number of sympathizing friends met to pay their last respects. We hope she has gone to rest. Services by John Speicher and C. Wenger.

RICE. - July 28th, at Center Westfield, Medina county, Ohio, Elizabeth Rice, born at Harmony, Butler Co., Pa., May 9th, 1818, and was aged 71 years, 2 months and 19 days. She died with a living hope of the eternal rest in heaven. She bore all her pain and severe afflictions patiently and often longed to go home to that heavenly rest. Services in the English language by Martin Leatherman, from Rev. 14:13, and in German from Luke 24:29. She was buried in the Guilford Mennonite burying-ground.

ROHRER. - On the 31st of July, in Montville, Medina county, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Jacob, son of Jacob Rohrer, aged 32 years, 4 months and 9 days. Services by Isaac Good in the English and in the German by Henry Horst, from Heb. 4:9-11.

WEAVER. - On the 7th of July, in Juniata county, Pa., Lizzie Pearl, daughter of Samuel and Mary Weaver, aged 10 months and 18 days. Another dear one from our family circle. The sweet prattle of our dear Lizzie is heard no more, and the restless little hands and feet are cold and still. May we all meet her there in God's own appointed time. Buried on the 9th in the Delaware churchyard. Services by William Graybill, from Luke 18:15, 16.

FRETZ. - August 2d, north of River Styx, Medina county, Ohio, Sarah Fretz. She was born in Bucks county, Pa., March 9th, 1808, and was aged 81 years, 4 months and 22 days. Services by Isaac Good in the English language, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8, and in German by Henry Beery, from I Cor. 14:45-58. The aged mother was kindly cared for by her son-in-law, Abraham Richard, with whom she resided for a number of years.

GILMER. - August 2d, in Wadsworth, Medina county, Ohio, of heart disease, Isaac Gilmer. He was born June 16th, 1816, and was aged 73 years, 1 month and 16 days. Services by Pre. Tyson in the English, from Rev. 14:13, and in German by Henry Beery, from John 5:24, 25.

MILLS. - On the 31st of May, in Conemaugh, Cambria county, Pa., of drowning in the great flood of Johnstown, William W. Mills, aged 44 years, 3 months and 16 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow and six children to mourn his loss. He was married to a grand-daughter of the first Mennonite church minister in Somerset county, Pa. The friends never found his body. He is perhaps buried deep in the sand or in some cemetery in a nameless grave. May God bless the bereaved family.

TAYLOR. - August 11th, in his 58th year, Charles Taylor, of Landsdale, Montgomery county, Pa., son-in-law of Bish. Samuel Leatherman. Bro. Taylor was a great sufferer for some months and death was a welcome messenger, and we hope and believe that he made his peace, calling and election sure while it was yet time, and that he has washed his garments and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, and that he is now at rest with the saints in glory. Buried August 15th in the Line Lexington burying ground. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer at the house, and Jacob Loux and John Walter at the church, from 2 Cor. 4;17, 18.

ZIMMERMAN. - On the 6th of August, near New Pittsburg, Wayne county, Ohio, of old age, Martin Zimmerman, aged 80 years, 8 months and 21 days. He was buried at the Eight sided graveyard, where a large number of friends and neighbors met to pay the last tribute of respect to a kind and beloved father and brother in Christ. Bro. Zimmerman was born in Pennsylvania the year 1808, and in 1834 he was married to Anna Hess. In 1866 his wife died at the age of 55 years. Three years after his wife's death he emigrated to Wayne county, Ohio, where he lived a peaceable life until God saw fit to call him home to try, we trust, the realities of a better world, as his life and conversation all bore testimony of a true Christian and a devoted life to God. He leaves eight children to mourn their loss, but we trust their loss is his eternal gain. Services by Michael Horst in German, and A. H. Brenneman in English, assisted by A. Kornhaus, from Ps. 71:3.

LANDIS. - On the 21st of July, in Snyder county, Pa., of Kidney disease, Jacob Landis, aged 62 years, 11 months and 27 days. Buried on the 23d at the Brick church neat Richfield, where many friends and relatives met to pay their last respects. Funeral services by Elias Landis and William Graybill. Text, Matt. 24:

PLANK. - On the 26th of July, near Belleville, Mifflin county, Pa., Barbara Plank, aged 84 years, 9 months and 12 days. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church since her youth. and leaves behind her a family of ten children, forty-seven grand children, and thirty-six great-grandchildren. The funeral services, conducted by Bish. Michael Yoder, assisted by John S. Yoder were impressive and very largely attended.

PLANK. - On the 13th of August, at the same place, Samuel Y. Plank, (son of the above named Barbara Plank,) aged 43 years, 9 months and 27 days. He was an excellent and much respected citizen, a faithful member of the church, and an earnest worker in the Sunday-school. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn his untimely death, which was caused by an accident. He was hanging up a pair of hay ladders in his wagon-shed on the 10th and succeeded in getting one ladder up, but in raising the second one it tilted when almost up and in falling it struck him on the back part of the head knocking him senseless to the ground. He remained unconscious for four or five hours, when he revived, talking rationally and hopes were entertained of his recovery, but on the evening of the second day, he grew worse and suffered the most intense pain until death relieved him on the 13th. We all deeply mourn our loss but not as those without hope. The funeral on the 15th was unusually large and very affecting; services by Michael and John S. Yoder.

SHANK. - On the 14th of August, in Rockingham county, Va., of consumption, Jacob Shank, aged 70 years, 3 months and one day. Funeral services were held at Weaver's church by C. Good, D. S. Heatwole and Samuel Coffman. Bro. Shank was for a long time a consistent member of the Mennonite church. He was ever ready to do an act of charity to those in want, and especially to needy ministers and the church. He will be missed by his many relatives and friends, who need not mourn as those having no hope. Peace to his soul.

GOOD. - On the 2d of July, in Rockingham county, Va., of consumption and heart disease, Anna, wife of Christian Good, aged 48 years. The interment took place on the 4th of July in the Weaver church burying-ground. The services were held by Daniel S. Heatwole, Samuel Coffman and Jos. N. Driver. Text, Deut. 33:27. Sister Good had been ailing for some time, but died very suddenly and unexpectedly while the doctor was in an adjoining room mixing medicine for her to take. She was one of those useful helpers in the neighborhood, exemplary sisters in the church, and devoted mothers and companions in the home which we, as human reasoners, cannot see how to spare. But the Lord knows how, and why it is so; what His will ordains is best, though we may not understand it. A correspondent from the neighborhood writes: "I do not remember that I have ever known the saying Death loves a shining mark, more fully verified than in the death of Sister Good. The light of the home has been suddenly extinguished, and the heart-strings of the husband and children have for the first time (by death in this family) been most severely wrung." May her beautiful Christian life be ever imitated by her children, and her many friends who knew her but to love her.

RONK. - On the 5th of August, in Bratton township, Mifflin county, Pa., Nancy Ronk, aged 72 years. For many years the deceased claimed that faith was sufficient without public profession, covenant and baptism, but as old age came on with unmistakable warnings that her time was short, God in his great mercy and grace convinced her by the strivings of his Spirit and the power of his Word, that she must make an open profession and covenant and seal it with baptism. After an examination and instruction by Bish. Michael Yoder and the ministers of the church, she committed herself, in a covenant to the Lord, and was admitted by baptism into the church a few weeks before her death. Then the troubled spirit received peace and rest and had a great desire to hear the reading and preaching of the word of God.

WAREY. - On the 9th of August, in German township, Fulton Co., Ohio, Veronica Warey, aged 59 years, 3 months and 21 days. She leaves two brothers and one sister to mourn their loss, yet mourn not as those who have no hope, for she died with an abiding trust in her Savior. She was a faithful sister in the Amish church. She was buried on the 11th in the Amish graveyard. Services by Christian Stuckey, Christian Freyenberger and D. Wyse, from John 11:1-45.

AUGSTEIN. - On the 19th of August, in German township, Fulton county, Ohio, infant child of Christian Augstein, aged 9 months and 1 day. Funeral services on the 12th by Christian Freyenberger and Christian Stucky, from Matt. 18:1-5, in Stutzman's school-house, after which the remains were buried in the Amish graveyard.

GEGAX. - On the 10th of August, near Middlebury, LaGrange county, Ind., of cholera infantum, Noble Joshua, son of Pre. Edward and Eliza Gegax, aged 7 months and 16 days. Funeral services by Jacob Bleile in German and Jonas Hartzler in English.

GUENGERICH. - On the 25th of June, in Reno county, Kansas, of heart disease, Susanna Guengerich, daughter of Bish., Benedict Miller, of Maryland, and wife of Daniel P. Guengerich, near Amish, Johnson county, Iowa, aged 76 years, 8 months and 20 days. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, three sons and two daughters to mourn their loss, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. She was a faithful member of the old Amish church. She lived in matrimony over 53 years. She and her husband and another family were the first Amish settlers in Johnson county, Iowa, having moved there in 1846. The first meeting was held in a little hut 12x14 feet at which four members were present. There are now four large congregations in this vicinity. On the 21st of May she and her husband left home to visit their children in Kansas. While they were staying several days with their daughter in order to rest she became unwell. She also fell and sustained some internal injuries. However she seemed to have recovered in about eight or ten days. In the evening she expressed the belief that she could now rest well again and that it would be unnecessary to watch at her bedside. Her son nevertheless remained with her. She fell into a gentle slumber from which she never awoke. On the 27th her remains were conveyed home and buried in the Amish graveyard. Services by Peter Riesinger and J. F. Schwartzendruber. A very large congregation of friends and neighbors assembled to show their respect for the deceased.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVI, Number 18, September 15, 1889, page 287

PETERS. - On the 23d of August, in LaGrange county, Ind., of a fever, Christian Peters, aged 39 years. He was confined to his bed for two weeks. He leaves his wife and three children to mourn the loss of a dear husband and father. Buried on the 25th in Mishler,s graveyard. Services by J. J. Troyer and Christian Miller.

HUNSBERGER. - On the 25th of August, in Cass county, Mich., Vernie, daughter of Michael and Catherine Hunsberger, aged 9 months and 11 days. She was buried at the Olive (Shaum,s) meeting house on the 28th. Services by J. F. Funk, from 2 Cor. 4:15-18. May God comfort the sorrowing parents and sanctify this affliction to their spiritual welfare.
"Little children gatherest thou,
Faithful Shepherd to thy rest;
Far from sorrow, far from woe,
They with thee are ever blest."

"Bless the Lord, O bless his name,
For the treasure which he gave;
Only for his own he came
Her to take and her to save."

GROSH. - August 8th, in Marrietta, Lancaster Co., Pa., of palsy, Gabriel Grosh, aged 77 years, 7 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text, Isa. 38:1. Buried in Marietta cemetery.

HEISEY. - August 8th, near Old Line, Lancaster Co., Pa., Brother Daniel Heisey, aged 76 years, 9 months and 1 day. Funeral on the 11th. Text: 2 Tim. 4:7. Buried at Hernley,s meeting house. Brother Heisey was a member of the "Old Brethren" denomination.

BRENNEMAN. - August 19th, near Carlisle, Cumberland Co., Pa., Mary, wife of Elias B. Brenneman, aged 69 years, 6 months and 24 days. Funeral on the 21st; text: Isaiah 38:1. Buried in the Churchtown cemetery. Many people assembled to sympathize with the bereft family.

HOUSEN. - August 23d, in Donegal tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Samuel Housen, aged 12 years, 6 months and 13 days. Funeral on the 25th; text: Acts 17:30, 31. Buried at Kreybill,s M. house. The Sunday school of which he was a member sang an appropriate hymn at the close of the funeral services.

SMITH. - August 22d, near Cornwall, Lebanon Co., Pa., Bro. Peter Smith, aged 76 years, 6 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 26th, text: Rev. 22:14. Buried in the family grave yard. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect for and sympathize with the bereft family.

WENGER. - August 25th, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Anna, wife of Bro. Henry Wenger, aged 69 years, 3 months and 28 days. Funeral in the family grave yard. A large congregation assembled on the solemn occasion.

HERSHEY. - August 26th, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Christie H., son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos H. Hershey, aged 2 years, 7 months and three days. Funeral on the 29th, text: Col. 3:2. Buried at Kauffman,s meeting house. A solemn call to the parents.

SHOUP. - On the 24th of August, near Winesburg, Holmes Co., Ohio, of cholera infantum, Amos Harrison, son of Pre. Joseph and ____ Shoup, aged 9 mo. and 12 days. It was a sad bereavement for the dear brother and sister, it being their first and only child. It was called away so suddenly, being sick only one day; but the Lord who knoweth all things best has taken it home to rest. Funeral on the 26th. Buried at the Mennonite church. Service by David Hochstetler and Adam Korhaus from Luke 18:16.

FRIEZNER. - On the 26th of August, near Gantisville, Ill., Sherman Ellsworth, Son of Henry and Rachel Friezner, aged 5 mos. 21 days. The Lord has transplanted the little "Olive plant" from this family garden into the paradise above. Safe forever with Jesus.

ZOOK. - On the 17th of August near Garden City, Cass Co., Mo., Salome, wife of Eli K. Zook, aged 40 years, 6 months and 29 days. She leaves her bereaved husband and 8 children, yet their grief is not without joy, for they believe she is at rest. She was a beloved sister in the church, and when sickness came she was resigned to God,s will. On the day preceding her death she requested the friends to pray for her. After prayer she called her children to her side and bade them farewell. A portion of scripture was then read. She became very quiet and seemed to have become unconscious. In this condition she remained for 28 hours, when she fell asleep in Jesus. "Sleep on dear sainted mother until the glorious resurrection morn reunites us. Funeral service by D. Driver of Morgan Co., Mo., in English from Rom. 5, and Peter Zimmerman in German from Ps. 42, assisted by J. C. Kenagy and J. Beiler.

GOOD. - On the 24th of August, in Knox Co., Tenn., of flux and typhoid fever, Frances, wife of A. A. Good, aged 63 years, 10 months and 27 days. Sister Good was a member of the church for many years and a few days before her death, when asked concerning the future she said, All was well. She was fully resigned to the will of God. She leaves a husband, daughter, two granddaughters a mother, four brothers and two sisters to mourn her departure. She was buried the 25th in the Mennonite graveyard near Concord, in the presence of many friends. Service by H. H. Good from Luke 20:35, 36.

HOCHSTETLER. - On the 19th of August, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of heart disease, Alma, daughter of Eli and Lydia Hochstetler, aged 8 years, 4 months and 21 days. On Sunday she did not feel well but on Monday she played and seemed to be well again. Her father went away about 3 o,clock and before he came back she was dead. It was a sad blow for all the rest. Buried on the 21st at the Town Line church. Services were held by Jonathan J. Troyer and Amos Cripe from 2 Tim. 2:19.

CLEMENS. - On the 1st of August, in Berlin, Ontario, very suddenly, Estella Weaver, wife of Menno B. Clemmens, aged 29 years and some months. She was buried on the 3d in the Mount Hope cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. J. E. Howell, assisted by Pres. Hauch and Salton. A vast concourse of people from far and near gathered on the solemn occasion to sympathize with the grief stricken husband and infant daughter who were so suddenly separated from the one nearest and dearest treasure of earth, and whom to know was to love. She was highly esteemed for her amiable disposition and Christian character, and while we mourn for the loss of a beloved companion and friend from earth, we believe that for her it was only a transition to brighter joys in a blessed immortality beyond the grave. May God comfort the deeply bereaved husband in this affliction, and may he ever look to him from whom all comfort and consolation cometh.

BEYER. - On the 39th of July, in Montgomery county, Pa., of blood disease, Elizabeth, wife of Jacob B. Beyer, aged 5 years, 3 months and 26 days. During her 8 months of suffering she was patient and willing to resign herself to the will of God. Buried the 3d of August at the Worcester Mennonite meeting house. A number of friends and relatives gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. Services at the house by John Hunsberger in English, from Ps. 92:14, and at the meeting house by Christian Hunsberger and Jacob Mensch, from Rev. 2:10. She was a member of the church for fifty years.
"Mother dear, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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