Herald of Truth Obituaries - February, 1890

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVII, Number 3, February 1, 1890-page 45

HOUSER.-December 25th, at Stony Brook, York county, Pa., Bro. Henry C. Houser, aged 56 years, 2 months and 24 days. Funeral on the 28th Text, Job 14:10. Buried at Witmer's meeting-house. Many people assembled to sympathize with the bereft family and to prove their esteem for the beloved brother.

Transcriber's note: The period was left out after (28th).

HEGE.-On the 12th of January, Elizabeth, widow of H. L. Hege, late of Lehmaster, Franklin county, Pa., aged 72 years, 11 months and 18 days. Deceased was a member of the church, and we trust she is now at rest. Services by Henry and Abram Baer of Maryland, and Peter Wedel of Chambersburg.

LEAR.-On the 10th of January, 1890, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks county, Pa., aged one day less than 91 years. He was married to Barbara Ruth, March, 30th, 1826, with whom he lived in married life for 65 years. He was buried at Plumstead Mennonite M. H., where services were held by S. Godshalk, assisted by J. Gross.

Our father's eyes are closed in death,
To us he speaks no more;
We mourn the loss, but hope we soon
Shall meet on Canaan's shore.
S. G.

Transcriber's note: The obituary didn't give the first name of the man who died.

KEPPERLING.-January 15th, in Salungo, Lancaster county, Pa., suddenly, Anna wife of Jacob Kepperling, aged 62 years, 5 months and 3 days. Funeral on the 18th; Text, 2 Tim. 4:7. Buried at Rohrestown. Sister Rohrestown was a consistent member of the "Old Brethren" denomination. A Sorrowing family mourn her sudden death.

NISSLY.-January 16th, in Donegal, Lancaster county, Pa., of heart affection, Pre. Peter Nissly, aged 87 years, 5 months and 24 days. Funeral on the 20th; Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. Buried at Kreybill's M. H. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect for the beloved brother. Bro. Nissly was a faithful minister a little over 53 years, having been ordained Oct. 30th, 1836. He had a tender care for his charge. The church reposed in his confidence, he had many friends, he traveled extensively, having made fifty journeys. He spent the last day of his life writing letters and when the last moment came he peacefully "fell asleep." Peace to his ashes.

WISE.-On the 24th of January, 1890, near Wayland, Henry county, Iowa, Lydia, widow of John Wise (who preceded her 7 years ago), aged 43 years, 2 months and 14 days. She leaves a deeply bereaved family of 5 children, the oldest being 18 years and the youngest 9, without father and mother. Her aged father, Christian Schands of Fulton county, Ohio, came to see her a few days before her death, but she was unable to speak with him, but gave evidence that she knew him. She was a sister in the Amish Mennonite church. We feel that we have lost one of our prayerful beloved members, one who was beloved by all who knew her, but resting on the promises of the Lord, we believe that our loss is her eternal gain. She was buried on the 16th in the church grave-yard, near Wayland. Funeral services by S. Gerig and S. T. Miller in German and B. Eicher in English.

LEHMAN.-On the 30th of December, 1889, in Allen county, Ohio, of consumption, Sister Rosanna, daughter of C. and S. Lehman, aged 33 years, 3 months and 20 days. Funeral on the 1st of January, 1890, at Salem. Services by J. Shenk and M. Brenneman in English and D. Plank of Logan county, in German, from Matt. 24:44. She was a sister in the Mennonite church for a number of years. A father, mother, 4 brothers and 6 sisters followed her to the grave, and though many tears were shed by the bereaved family, yet they mourn not without hope. May they all be ready to meet her in that better land where death can never come.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVII, Number 4, February 15, 1890-page 62, 63

On Friday Jan. 24, 1890, in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Henry E. Metzler aged 32 years, 11 months and 13 days. He was buried the 27th at Mellinger's meeting house. Services by David Buckwalter in German from Psalm 97:11, and by Bish. Isaac Eby in English from Psalm 90:12. A very large congregation of friends and relatives assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to their departed friend and brother.
The deceased was born in Paradise Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., and was the son of Abraham and Susan Metzler, In 1877 he married Mary K. daughter of Benjamin and Anna Denlinger. In the year following they confessed their Savior, received baptism and united with the Mennonite church at New Milltown. Four years later they moved to East Lampeter Twp. near Lancaster City where he resided at the time of his death.
About 8 or 9 years ago a strange incurable disease began to make itself manifest in him, baffling all efforts of physicians to remove it. His sufferings at different stages to the disease were very great; far more so, than any one but himself was aware of; but he bore it all with a Christian fortitude and resignation that could only come from on high. The last year or two he steadily became worse, and a severe attack of the influenza so weakened his constitution that he succumbed to its ravages.
Throughout all his Christian life it was plainly evident that he was trying faithfully to serve his Master and though young in years he was strong in the faith and became a shining light in the church, and a faithful and efficient worker in the Sunday-school, and was beloved and respected by all who knew him.
He leaves a sorrowing widow and two children to mourn their loss. He was also the first death in the family of old Bro. Metzler, which consisted of four brothers and two sisters. Bro. Metzler conscious until a short time before his departure, and was fully aware of the approach of the Angel of Death, but for him it had no terrors, as he was fully resigned to the will of his heavenly Father, and gave directions concerning his funeral arrangements. Soon after he became unconscious and in this way fell asleep in Jesus.
He has gone the way of all flesh. The voice of one that was often a source of strength and consolation to a loving and affectionate wife, a faithful guide to his children, a joy to his parents, a strength and support of the church, has been hushed in the icy embrace of death. The bereft widow and family have the warmest sympathies of all, as his death has touched a chord of sympathy throughout the entire church and neighborhood. Peace to his ashes.

Transcriber's note: Punctuated as in the original.

HARTZLER.-On the 22d of January, 1890, in Davis county, Iowa, after a protracted illness of consumption, Annie Laura Hartzler, aged 26 years, 6 months and 20 days. Services by Pre. Wright in English and P. Roulet in German, from 2 Sam. 12:23.

EBERSOLE.-On the 28th of January, near Clearspring, Washington county, Md., Martha, wife of Samuel Ebersole, aged 26 years, 4 months and 20 days. Funeral services by Pre. Benj. Lesher and Adam Baer. Text, Psalm 39:4. She became a member of the Mennonite church several years ago, and was faithful unto the end. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude. She prayed that the hour of her departure might come. She leaves a small babe, her bereaved husband, father, mother, two brothers and one sister to mourn the early departure of their beloved one.

My loving husband, do not grieve for me,
Do not lament nor mourn,
For I shall with my Savior be,
When you are left alone.

Dear parents, oft you've looked for me,
And often seen me come;
But now I'm gone from hence away
To my celestial home.

Brothers and sister, weep no more
I longed to be at rest;
And now I'm on fair Canaan's shore,
Safe, safe upon my Savior's breast.

Although I never can return
Let this not grieve the heart;
For you will shortly come to me,
Then we shall never part. M. R.

RICH.-On the 26th of January, in Arkansas county, Arkansas, of typhoid malaria and heart trouble, Sister Maria Rich, aged 28 years and 15 days. She was buried on the 28th. Services by J. Beck and D. Roth in German from John 5:24-28, and by James R. Gish from 1 Cor. 15:51-58 in English. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church, and leaves 2 little orphan children (her husband died 5 years ago), one sister, one brother and many relatives and friends to mourn her death, yet not as those who have no hope. May God comfort the weeping ones.

MILLER.-On the 25th of January, 1890, near Kalona, Iowa, of a relapse of influenza which settled on his heart and lungs, John J. Miller, aged 56 years, 10 months and 9 days. He was born March 16th. 1833, and was buried on the 27th in the Shettler grave-yard. A large number of relatives and friends followed him to his last resting place. Monday morning was the last time he helped to do his feeding. He continued to grow weaker till Saturday noon he passed away. He bore his sufferings with great patience. He leaves a sorrowing widow, twelve children and sixteen grandchildren to mourn the loss of a dear husband and father, yet they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held by John Gundy and Peter Kinsinger, from 1 Cor. 15:20-26. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and was very much respected by all who knew him. He was always a willing and helpful hand in church duties as well as in temporal matters, and we believe he tried to live at peace with every body as much as possible. As a friend he will be missed by many.

Transcriber's note: After (16th) there is a period instead of a comma in the original.

MOYER.-On the 27th of December 1889, in Bucks county, Pa., Elizabeth Moyer, aged 84 years, 1 months and 2 days. She was never married, and was buried on the 30th at Deep Run meeting house where services were conducted by Samuel Godshalk and J. F. Funk, from Isa. 3:10. Peace to her ashes.

MOYER.-On the 27th of Dec. 1889, in Hilltown township, Bucks county, Pa., of paralysis of which he suffered only four days. Abraham H. Moyer, (son of Christian Moyer) aged 64 years, 6 months and 29 days. He was married to Susanna Bauman the 23d of December 1849. They had 11 children of whom six are still living. He was buried at Blooming Glen, meeting house on the 31st, where a very large concourse of people were assembled. Services at the church were conducted by Abel Horning and Samuel Gross. Text 2 Thess. 5:12. Text at home, Job 16, last verse.

KINSEY.-On the 23d of December, 1889, near Doon, Ontario, Salome Latschaw, widow of the late Abraham Kinsey, aged 80 years. She was buried in the Doon graveyard. Services by J. B. Gingerich at the house, and by Daniel Wismer and John McNally at the church.

WEIRICH.-On Newton county, Ind., Sister Sarah (maiden name Gingerich), wife of Peter Weirich, aged 21 years, 4 months and 5 days. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, one child, parents, 5 brothers and one sister to mourn her early death. She was a beloved member of the Amish church. By her kindness and friendliness toward all, she won the esteem of many friends. On her death-bed she admonished her husband and parents to teach their children to pray and sing and not to use harsh words. She also besought her brother and all who were present to live so that they might all meet in heaven. She said that pride had been cast out of heaven once and could never enter again. After she had thus admonished them, she said she was now ready to die. As death drew near she said that she saw a beautiful house all ready and prepared, and into which it seemed to her she was going. Services by I. Tschopp and Valentine Hochstetler. She was buried on the 2d of February in Miller's graveyard. Peace to her ashes.

YODER.-On the 28th of January, near Mattawana, Mifflin county, Pa., Mary Yoder, commonly known as Polly Yoder, aged 92 years, 3 months and 19 days. Sister Yoder's maiden name was Riehl. Her husband, Christian Yoder, died many years ago. In her last years she was blind and nearly deaf, yet she bore her afflictions patiently, and we have reason to believe that everlasting life will be her portion. Although it seemed that she could do nothing in her later years but sit still and wait on the Lord, yet she did this so quietly and patiently, she will be sadly missed. Funeral services in German by Abram D. Zook, in English by Abram Myers.

SENSENIG.-On the 31st of January, 1890, in Goodville, Lancaster county, Pa., of la grippe and epiletic convulsions, Brother William Sensenig, son of Martin Sensenig, deceased, aged 26 years. Funeral on the 4th of February, at Weaverland. Services by David Buckwalter in German and John Landes in English, from 2 Cor. 4:17, 18. He was afflicted for a number of years and united with the church at Weaverland about three years ago. He leaves a sorrowing mother, 6 brothers and 6 sisters to mourn his loss; but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. May they all be ready to meet him in that better land where death can never come.

Transcriber's note (epileptic) typed as in the original.

RANCK.-On the 29th of January, 1890, near Soudersburg, Lancaster county, Pa., Benjamin F., son of Benjamin and Lydia Ranck, aged 19 years, 8 months and 22 days. Buried February 1st, in the Strasburg burying ground. Services were held by Abraham Brubaker, Amos Herr and Isaac Eby, from 1 Peter 1:24, 25. He was sick less than a week, and told his father he should meet him in heaven. We trust he has now gone home. May this be a warning to young friends and associates who are yet living out of Christ.

FAUS.-January the 26th, near Mastersonville, Lancaster county, Pa., of catarrh and pneumonia, Anna A., daughter of Bro. and sister Elias Faus, aged 2 years, 9 months and 14 days.

FAUS.-On the 26th of January, near Mastersonville, Lancaster county, Pa., of the same disease, Daisy W., daughter of Bro. and Sister Samuel Faus, aged 8 years, 1 month and 12 days. (Bro. Samuel is a son of Bro. Elias.) Funeral on the 29th; Text, Lamentations 3:31-33. Buried at Risser's meeting-house. A large concourse assembled on the solemn occasion to sympathize with the bereft parents.
It was a solemn scene to see those two dear little girls shrouded and coffined for the grave. Many warm tears were shed. May the Good Shepherd comfort the bereaved parents.

GRAYBILL.-On the 15th of November 1889, in Snyder county, Pa., of old age. Maria Graybill, mother of Thomas Graybill, aged 89 years, 11 months and 8 days. Buried on the 18th. Services by Elias Landis and William Bergy, from Rev. 14:13. She was the mother of 7 children, 3 sons and 4 daughters, 69 grandchildren and 117 great-grandchildren.

LAUVER.-On the 21st of January, in Snyder county, Pa., Arthur S. son of Frank and Elizabeth Lauver, aged 2 years and 7 days. Buried on the 24th. Services by Thomas and Solomon Graybill.

KISSINGER.-On the 23d of January, in Snyder county, Pa., Rebecca, wife of Jonas Kissinger, aged 72 years, 1 month and 21 days. Services by Thomas and Solomon Graybill, from John 16:16.

GORDON.-On the 25th of January, in Snyder county, Pa., Mary Gordon, aged 80 years, 5 mos. and 23 days. She was buried in Richfield. Services by Solomon Graybill.

SHELLY.-On the 31st of January, in Snyder county, Pa., Lydia Shelly, aged 70 years, 9 months and 4 days. She was buried on the 3d of February, at the Brick meeting house. Services by Elias Riehl, Thomas and Solomon Graybill, from Rev. 7:9.

MISHLER.-On the 14th of January 1890, near Eugene, Oregon, of an affection of the brain, Mabel daughter of Jacob and Mary Mishler, aged 2 years, 3 months and 2 days. Buried on the 16th in the Mayhorn cemetery. Funeral service at the school-house by P. D. Mishler from 2 Sam. 12:22, 23.

FISHER.-On the 4th of January, in Snyder county, Pa., Martha Jane, wife of Peter Fisher, aged 36 years and 11 days. She was buried on the 7th in Richfield. Services by Solomon Graybill from Psa. 132:14.

KILE.-On the 16th of January 1890, in Bedminster, Bucks county, Pa., Sarah Ann, wife of Isaac Kile, aged 29 years, 9 months and 22 days. Buried at the Deep Run brick meeting house. Services by Samuel Godschalk and Allen M. Fretz.

KELLER.-On the 24th of January 1890, in Bedminster, Bucks county, Pa., very suddenly of heart disease, Abraham Keller, aged 66 years and 4 months. He was buried on the 29th in Bedminster. Many sympathizing friends followed him to his last resting place.

KRATZ.-On the 22d of January 1890, in Lincoln county, Ont., of lung and liver disease, Bro. Jacob Kratz, aged 65 years and 4 months. He had been unwell for some months, until about 3 weeks before his death he began to sink rapidly, and on the morning of the 22d death relieved him of all suffering and pain. He bore his afflictions with Christian fortitude and with a full hope of entering into that rest prepared for the people of God. He was buried on the 24th at the Moyer church, where a large number of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to one who was warmly esteemed. Funeral services by Noah Stauffer and John F. Rittenhouse from Heb. 2:6.

HARTZLER.-On the 2d of January, in Logan county, Ohio, of paralysis Sister Rebecca Hartzler, aged 71 years and 15 days. Funeral services were held in the Walnut Grove church on the 4th, where a large number had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed sister. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and was a faithful worker in the cause of Christ, her place in church and Sunday-school was never vacant if health permitted. Services by Joseph Kauffman, and Abednego Miller from Rev. 10:5, 6, after which her remains were conveyed to the Yoder cemetery on the Ludow road.

MAST.-On the 25th of January 1890, near Plevna, Howard county, Ind., of heart disease and dropsy, Moses Mast, aged 66 years, 10 months and 23 days. He leaves his second wife and 6 children of his first wife who died Feb. 14, 1887. Only 4 children were present at his burial. He was buried on the 26th. A large congregation followed his remains to the grave. Two sons are in Vernon county, Mo. Services were held at the house by C. E. Hostetler from 1 Cor. 15. and by Daniel Hershberger from 1 Thess. 4:13-18. He was a member of the old Amish Mennonite church for many years. Peace to his ashes.

KINSINGER.-Near Elk Lick, Somerset county, Pa., Dec. 26, 1889, Lloyd, youngest son of Bro. and Sister Jacob and -- Kinsinger. His brothers were playing ball, and as the batter was in the act of striking the ball his little brother ran by him and received the force of the blow on the stomach. He died in a few minutes, aged 2 years, 10 mos., and 17 days. He was buried in the Keim churchyard. Services by D. H. Bender, from Luke 12:40.

MAUST.-Neat Tub, Somerset county, Pa., of diphtheria, Jan. 2d 1890, Lawrence Ray, youngest son of Bro. and Sister D. W. and Annie Maust, aged 1 year, 3 months and 19 days. Buried on the 4th in the Falk churchyard. Funeral services on the 19th by H. H. Blauch and D. H. Bender from Matt. 18:10.

LEE.-On the16th of January 1890, in Elk Lick township, Somerset county, Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Lee, aged 73 years and 2 months. Buried on the 18th. Services at the Maple Grove church by Elias Yoder and M. J. Beachy. Sister Elizabeth has long been a faithful member of the Amish church. During her last illness her thoughts were seemingly all heavenward. She often expressed a longing to die and be with her Maker.

FLUCK.-On the 25th of January 1890, in Plumstead, Bucks county, Pa., Sister Hannah, wife of John Fluck, aged 62 years, 6 months and 17 days. Buried on the 29th at Deep Run. Sis. Fluck was fully reconciled to God. Peace to her ashes.

"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose
Unbroken by the last of foes."

MILLER.-On the 15th of January, in Herman Twp., Holmes county, Ohio, Bro. Jeremiah Miller, aged 72 years and 5 months. Bro. Miller was a deacon in the Amish Mennonite church for many years.

CROW.-On the15th of January 1890, in Holmes county, Ohio, Lawrence Crow, aged 88 years, 2 months and 21 days. He was a member of the Dunkard church.

GRODY.-On the 15th of January 1890, in Perth county, Ontario, Amanda, daughter of Jacob and Wilhelmina Grody, aged one month and two days. She leaves her sorrowing parents with their three remaining children to mourn her death. The little body was consigned to the grave on the17th in the Hampstead graveyard. Services by Tobias Bowman.

"Dearest Amanda, 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 Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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