Herald of Truth Obituaries - July, 1892

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Herald Of Truth , Vol. XXIX, No. 13, July 1, 1892, page 206, 207

WITMYER.--June 1, 1892, in Marietta, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mrs. Mary M. Witmyer, widow, aged 42 years, 5 months and 14 days. Funeral on the 3d. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28. Buried at Landisville M. H. A father and three children followed the remains to the grave.

ADAMS.--June 3, 1892; in Marietta, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Sarah Adams, widow, aged 87 years, 7 months. Funeral on the 6th. Text, Phil. 1:21. Buried in the Marietta Cemetery. Sister Adams was a bright, shinning light.

WEAVER.--June 5, 1892, near Shiphewanna, La Grange Co., Earl Harrison, son of John and --- Weaver, aged 7 months and 21 days. Buried on the 7th of June near Shipshewanna. Services in the M.E. church in Shipshewanna by D. D. Miller, from Job 1:21.

WITMER.--On the 11th of May, 1892, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Fanny, widow of Jacob Witmer, aged 77 years, 2 months and 2 days. Funeral on the 14th at Bachman' meeting-house. Services by Benj. Lehman from I Pet. 1:24, and Benj. Hertzler, from John 14:2. Sister Witmer was a pattern of humility.

RAMSEYER.--On the 10th of June, 1892, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of diphtheria, Melvin, son of Daniel and Rebecca Ramseyer, aged 6 years, 5 months and 2 days. Buried on the 12th at the Oak Grove M. H. Funeral services by J. K. Yoder in German and Charles Weiand in English.

STAUFFER.--On the 20th of April, 1892, near Metzler' M. H., West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of brain fever, Mary, daughter of Samuel and Mary Stauffer, aged 9 years, 9 months and 23 days. Buried on the 23d. Funeral services by Elias Molt and Joseph Wenger, from I Sam. 3:18.

BRUBACHER.--May 6, 1892, near Kraybill' meeting-house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Anna, wife of Pre. David Brubacher, aged 77 years, 8 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Rev. 14:12,13. Buried at Kraybill' meeting-house. Sister Brubacher was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite church.

FRANK.--May 11, 1892, near Brunnerville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Lydia, wife of Bro. Henry Frank, aged 81 years, 11 months and 10 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text, Rev. 7:16,17. Buried at Hessí meeting-house. Sister Frank was a faithful Christian. May the good Lord comfort the aged brother in his loneliness.

BECK.--On the 27th of May, 1892, near Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio, of scarlet fever, Barbara Beck, aged 4 years, 1 day. Buried on the 28th in the Amish graveyard. Funeral services by Chr. C. Freyenberger. The child was a daughter of Pre. Jonathan Beck who died in Arkansas. She leaves a sorrowing mother to mourn her death.

SCHADT.--On the 10th of May, 1892, near Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio, of heart disease Peter C. Schadt, aged 47 years, 2 months and 8 days. He leaves his sorrowing wife, five children, brothers and sisters and many friends to mourn their loss. Buried on the 12th in the Lockport graveyard. Funeral services by Chr. Freyenberger and D. Wyse in German and by Chr. C. Stuckey in English. Bro Schadt had to suffer much, but he was patient in affliction, and we believe he has gone to his reward.

BAER.--On the 31st of May, 1892, in Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of the effects of grip, John C. Baer, son of Pre. Christian Baer, aged 50 years, 4 months and 29 days. He was buried at Yellow Creek on the 3rd of June. Services by M. Hoover, M. Ramer and John Weaver from 2 Cor. 5:1. May God comfort the sad hearts of the surviving companion and children. Bro. Baer was an upright, faithful Christian.

MILLER.--May 29th, 1892, of old age, in Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Elizabeth Miller, widow, aged 86 years, 6 months and 13 days. Funeral on the 30th. Text, Psalm 34:20. Buried at the Bethany Lutheran church in Millersviller. Two sons and one daughter mourn her departure. A large congregation assembled as a tribute of respect. Sister Miller was confined to her bed about 13 years.

BERKEY.--On the 2d of June, 1892, near Weilersville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Bro. Samuel Berkey, aged 41 years, 7 months and 4 days. He leaves his wife and seven children, his aged parents, and many friends to mourn his early death. His remains were laid to rest in the presence of many people, at the Oak Grove M. H. on the 5th. Funeral services by J. K. Yoder and Isaac Miller.

GEHMAN.--On June 11, 1892, in East Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Susanna, wife of Isreal Gehman, aged 48 years, 8 months and 15 days. She was a sufferer of consumption for the last ten years. She was a member of the Mennonite church and was willing to leave this world. Husband and 11 children--8 sons and 3 daughters--survive. The remains were buried at Gehman' graveyard near Adamstown. Services by Benjamin Horning and Abraham Gehman.

MUSSELMAN.--May 8th, 1892, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., of"grippe" and consumption, Bro. Jacob Musselman, aged 70 years, 8 months and 23 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text, 2 Cor. 4:16-18. Buried at Erb' meeting-house. A large congregation assembled to pay a tribute of respect for the beloved brother. Bro. Musselman was a quiet, peaceable man. He was truly humble. A wife, one son and two sisters mourn his departure. May the Lord comfort them.

SHENK.--May 10, 1892, near Lancaster City, Pa., Bro. John Shenk, aged 75 years, 8 months and 12 days. Funeral on the 13th. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13, ad 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Buried at Millersville meeting-house. A very large congregation assembled to pay a tribute of respect for the deceased. Bro. Shenk was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. He was indeed a pillar in the church, remaining true in the sore trials through which the church passed.

HARTZLER.--On the 4th of June, 1892, near McVeytown, Pa., Anna, daughter of J. K. and Selina Z. Hartzler, aged 23 years, 3 months and 10 days. She was gentle and faithful. As a daughter, as a member of the church, as a worker in the Sunay-school, as a disciple of the Lord Jesus, she ever strove to fill her place. Her faithfulness in this life had some reward already in this world in the love shown to her by brethren and sister and neighbors during her illness.

ZOOK.--On the 8th of June, 1892, in McLean Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age, Susan Zook, aged 86 years, 6 months. Her maiden name was Hostetler. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa. In 1826 she was united in matrimony with Jost Zook, who died in 1888, since which time she lived with her only daughter. She also leaves three sons, 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. The remains were buried on the 10th in Simon Lantz' graveyard. Funeral services by John Stahley at the house, and in the North Danvers M. H. by Joseph Stuckey from 2 Cor. 5.

LAPP.--Elizabeth, wife of the late Tobias Lapp, and daughter of Henry and Catharine Detwiler, died at Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa., June 6, 1892. She leaves one son and three daughters to mourn their loss. Her age was 46 years, 7 months and 4 days. Buried at the Line Lexington Mennonite meeting-house. Services at the house by John Walter and H. Crouthomel, text, John 16:22: at church by Samuel Gross, S. Godshalk and H. Rosenberger, text Ps. 27:10.

SWARTLEY,--Isaac M., son of Levi and Lydia Swartley, of New Britain, Bucks Co., Pa., died May 21, 1892, aged 27 years, 4 months and 5 days. He leaves a wife and little daughter to mourn their loss. May 8th he was baptized and received into the Mennonite church, being then as well as usual. About one week afterwards he took the mumps, and had almost recovered, when he took a cold and died two days afterwards. He was buried at the Line Lexington burying ground. Services at the house by S. Gross and J. Walter, and by H. Rosenberger and Samuel Leatherman at the church. Text, Luke 21:36, which had been selected by the widow.

ZIERLEIN.--On the 31st of May, 1892 near Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., Ill., of heart trouble, Sister Mary, widow of Frederick Zierlein. Her maiden name was Stauffer. Her age was 44 years, 8 months and 19 days. She was the mother of six children, five of whom survive her. Buried on the 3 d of June at the Indiantown M. H. Funeral services by Jacob Ringenberg and Joseph Buercky in German and ---- Kauffman in English. Her death was sudden. At 10 A. M. she was speaking with her children, and at 11 she was dead. Two of her children were not at home. May God comfort the bereaved children. JOSEPH BUERCKY.

WISMER.--On the 26th of May, 1892, in Lincoln Co., Ont., of dropsy and heart trouble, Magdalena, wife of Isaac Wismer, aged 84 years, 2 days less(?) She was born in Bucks Co., Pa.; her maiden name was High. She leaves an aged husband nearly blind, and feeble, past 86 years old, and seven children, one daughter and six sons, to mourn the loss of a kind, and affectionate mother. The community has lost a near and good friend and neighbor, and the church, of which she was a consistent member for many years, will sadly miss her. She was interred in the South Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. A large number of friends and relatives assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to a near and dear one. Peace to her ashes.

HIPPLE.--On the 1st of June, 1892, in Lincoln Co., Ont., Lawrence Hipple, aged 80 years, 3 months and 11 days. He was troubled for many years with asthma, and about two years before his death he had been confined to the house by being afflicted with palsy, but suffered his afflictions with Christian fortitude. He had a longing to depart and be with Christ, of which he had a full assurance that it would be much better than in this world. The remains were interred at the Moyer church on the 3d. A large number of friends and relatives assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to a near and dear friend. His seat at the meeting in his church was seldom vacant if health permitted. He was a consistent member of the church for many years. Funeral services by Noah Stauffer, of Waterloo Co., Ont. JOHN F. RITTENHOUSE

KAUFFMAN.--William Kauffman was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., and died at his home in Salem Twp., Champaign Co., Ohio, May 31, 1892, aged 45 years, 5 months and 16 days. He was married to Catharine Allgyer, who died in 1874. To them was born one son, who survives. Bro. K. came to Champaign county, Ohio, in 1875, and was married to Mattie Yoder, nee Harshbarger, who preceded him to the spirit world but two months ago. Bro. Kauffman was an upright man and a member of the Amish Mennonite church. In October 1890 he was taken ill and from that time up to his demise he was unable to work, and his sufferings were intense. Everything in the way of medical attention and good nursing was done for him, but it was of no avail, as his affliction was caused by a tumor on the brain. His case was indeed a sad one and the sympathy and prayers of the community were with him. Funeral services were held at the Grove church on Thursday, at 10 oíclock A.M. by John Warye and Abednego Miller. Buried in the Hooley graveyard.

BUAMGARTNER.--On the 20th of May, 1892, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Elizabeth W., wife of Bro. Andrew Baumgartner, aged 33 years, 8 days. She was buried on the 22d at Weaver' Mennonite meeting-house, followed to the grave by many friends. She left behind a sorrowing husband and two little children and many friends, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for she had a desire to depart and be with Christ. She selected hymns No. 72,
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,"
and 124,
"Oh, think of the home over there,"
to be sung at her funeral. Funeral services by Levi A. Blough, Jonathan Hershberger and Simon Laymau. Let us all strive also to be ready that when death will come we may express a willingness to go like the departed sister did.

STAUFFER.--On the 12th of June, 1892, in Murrell, Lancaster Co., Pa., Philip Stauffer, aged 73 years, 10 months and 15 days. On the following Thursday, the 16th, services were held at his late residence in Murrell by Benjamin Horning, Bish. Jonas H. Martin and Bish. Jacob N. Brubaker. In the afternoon the funeral preceeded to the Indiantown meeting-house, where services were held by Christian Risser and Jacob N. Brubaker; text, I Thess. 4:14-18. Text at the forenoon services was Rev. 22:14. Deceased was born in Tunkenhausen, Bavaria, July 27, 1818; came to this country in 1841, was married to Sister Julian Hafala in 1845. They were blessed with three sons and four daughters. One son and one daughter died in their childhood. The sons are John of Fergus Falls, Minn., and Abraham of Lancaster Co., Pa. The daughters are, Anna, wife of Andrew Weidman; Mary, wife of Samuel Stauffer, and Julian, wife of Phares Rutt, all living in this country. Deceased had consumption, and was unable to speak for about seven months. He was confined to bed about six weeks. He bore his afflictions with great patience, and we believe that our dear brother has now entered upon that glorious rest which is prepared for God' people. May God comfort the bereaved family with this blessed thought and help them to be faithful until death.

Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois


 Herald Of Truth, Vol. XXIX, No. 14, July 15, 1892, page 222, 223

Of our dear father, BISHOP JACOB S. GRAYBILL, who died near Thompsontown, Juniata Co., Pa., May 1, 1892. By his daughters Barbara and Ida.

Death has visited our circle,
Robbed us of our father dear.
In the depth of our affliction
Can we help but shed a tear?

For we miss him, O, so sadly
When we see his vacant chair,
And our home is sad and lonely,
For there is no father there.

God his message sent to call him
From his labors here below,
To the everlasting mansions
Where the faithful workers go.

How distressing when our efforts
To restore him seemed so vain,
And those days of anxious waiting
Brought us anguish, grief and pain.

Two long years his strength seemed waning
Slowly waining day by day,
Yet he bore it uncomplaining,
Wishing but God's will and way.

God whose wisdom never faileth
Knoweth what for us is best,
He has borne our loving father
Into everlasting rest.

And although no more we'll see him
In this vale of grief and gloom,
Yet we know, for Christ has said it,
We may meet in yon bright home.

Earth received the form we cherished,
And our home is desolate;
Yet we'll labor and be faithful,
And our parting call await.

Not among the dead we seek him
For he dwel's beyond the skies;
And if we but follow Jesus
We shall surely with him rise.

Then farewell, kind, loving father,
Till in heaven we meet above;
Then we'll join the heavenly music
and extol a Savior's love.

HERSHEY.--June 5th, 1892 of cholera morbus, in Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. John L. Hershey, aged 72 y., 6 m., 17 d. Funeral on the 8th. Text: Amos 4:12. Buried at Petersburg Meeting House. Bro. Hershey was a faithful and consistent Christian. Peace to his ashes.

GINGRICH.--June18th, 1892, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Fannie, wife of Henry Gingrich, aged 61 y., 8 m., 6 d. Funeral the 21st. Text: Rom. 6:23. Buried at Hernly's Meeting House. A sorrowing husband and her two sons mourn her departure. Sister Gingrich was a modest Christian and a bright, shining light.

HERNLEY.--June 7, 1892, of apoplexy, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Peter Hernley, aged 68 y., 10 m., 11 d. Funeral the 10th. Text: Psalm 37: 37. Buried at Hernley's Meeting House. A large congregation assembled as an evidence of the regard for the beloved brother. Bro. Hernley was an exemplary Christian, a very peaceable man. If he had enemies they were very few. May the good Lord comfort his bereft family.

HOOVER.--On the 9th of May, 1892, in Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of stomach and liver trouble, Sister Lydia A. Hoover (maiden name Moyer), aged 32 y., 2 m., 2 d. She was buried on the 11th at the Yellow Creek church, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Services by George Lambert and Amos Mumaw from Matt. 25:21.

STRICKLER.--On the 9th of June, 1892, in York Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Anna Mary, widow of Jacob Strickler, decÌd., aged 79 years, 3 months and 26 days. She lived with her youngest daughter, Lydia Lehr, who cared for her during her sickness. Buried at Stony Brook. Funeral services from the text, Matt. 25:13. Peace to her ashes. T. B. F.

WAGNER.--June 22, 1892, near Grantsville, Md., of spinal and brain affection, Henry S. Wagner, aged 56 years, 1 month and 22 days. Deceased was born near Marburg, Germany, and was for a number of years a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church. He leaves a wife and three children. Funeral services at the Lutheran church in Grantsville by D. H. Bender and Pre. Enlow of the Methodist church.

BROWER.--On the 18th of June, 1892, in Gaines, Kent Co., Mich., of consumption, Bro. Johnnie Brower, aged 26 years. During his sickness he saw the necessity of a Savior, and having found him, he united with the church, and in his last days tried to show others that we need Jesus to live happy and die happy. Almost the last words he said were, "IÌve reached the promised land. Funeral services by C. Wenger from Isa. 38:1, latter part of the first verse.

SIEBER.--On the 15th of May, 1892, in Lost Creek Valley, Juniata Co., Pa., Sister Nancy, (widow of Samuel Sieber, who died 21 years ago), aged 89 y., 9 m., 21 d. She was a kind mother and a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years. She leaves two sons and five daughters to mourn their loss, but not as those who have no hope. Her maiden name was Funk. Buried at Lost Creek Church where many people meet to pay the last respects to the dear Sister. Funeral services by William Graybill. Text, Rev. 2:10.

HYGEMA.--On the 3rd of July, 1892, near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., Samuel, son of John and ------ Hygema, aged 5 years and 1 month. Buried on the 4th at Olive M. H. Serives by Amos Mumaw, Noah, Metzler and J. S. Coffman. Text, Rev.22:17.
"Dearest parents, I must go,
And leave you in this world below.
For me to come to you is vain,
But hope to meet in heaven again.
Many a vacant spot there'll be
When you my face no more can see;
But think that now I have a place
Where I can see my Savior's face.

STUTZMAN.--On the 26th of May, 1892, in Clinton Twp, Elkhart Co., Ind., of heart trouble, Fanny, wife of Bro., Jonathan Stutzman, aged 69 y., 11 m., 23 d. She lived in matrimony over 50 years. From this union there are 7 children, 33 grand children, and 2 great-grandchildren. Sister Stutzman was one of those members who have the welfare of the church at heart; although she was subject to sick spells she was very seldom absent from church services. Of her we may well say she was a light to the world and a salt to the earth. On the 29th a very large concourse of people gathered together to pay the last tribute of respect. Services by D. D. Miller and D. J. Johns from 1 Peter 1:3,4.

SHANK.--On the 24th of May, 1892, at his residence near Smithburg, Washington Co., Md., of pneumonia, Bro., Joseph Shank, aged 67 y., 11 m., 19 d. Bro. Shank was for many years a consistent member of the Mennonite church. A bereaved wife and two daughters (both married) survivie him. Funeral on the 27th; interment in the family graveyard. Services at Welty's (Dunkard) church by Philip Parret and Adam Bear. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. I.W. Eby.

WAMBOLD.--On the 23rd of June, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of cerebro spinal meningitis, Ethel Rosetta, daughter of Menno S. and Carrie L. Wambold, aged 1 year, 1 month and 12 days. Buried at Yellow Creek, where many friends met to sympathize with the bereaved parents. Services were held by Noah Metzler and John S. Coffman. The intense suffering and death of this bright little girl, with all the attending circumstances, has made an impression deeper and more forcible than such an incident usually does. Little angel, wait for us in glory!

FICKEL.--On the 3rd of June, 1892, at her home on South Pitt St., Carlisle, ---, Mary G., wife of Dr. J. G. Fickel, aged 35 years. Buried on the 6th in the Ashland cemetery. She took sick on Wednesday night and died on Friday. Her sudden and unexpected death was a blow on the bereaved family, but she was ready for the solemn change, and admonished the doctor to prepare to meet her. Her chief concern was for her two little darlings she had to leave behind. May God comfort the mourning family and guide them in the way of holiness.

BRENNEMAN.--On the 13th of June 1892, near Danvers, McLean Co., Illinois, Christina Brenneman maiden name Guengrich), formerly of Kurhessen in Germany, aged 83 years, 2 months and 15 days. She was married to Jacob Brenneman in 1840 in Butler Co., Ohio. Of five children, one son and two daughters remain with their aged father to mourn their loss. She also leaves seven grand-children. Funeral services in the Danvers Meeting House by Chr. Gingrich in German from I Cor ?6:27* and by Geo. T. Carr in English from Gen. 23:1-7. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. J. K.
*could not read the first digit.

HOSTETLER.--In Howard Co., Ind., on the 3rd of June, 1892, of inflammation of the bowels, Nellie, daughter of Christian J. and Mattie Hostetler, aged 1 month and 19 days. Funeral on the 5th. Services by D. J. Johns of Elkhart Co., Ind., in English from Psa 16:6, and David C. Yoder from Wayne Co., Ohio, in German from John 11:28. The bereaved brother and sister now have three little ones gone before. May God bless them with grace, and with knowledge and truth, that they can meet their dear ones in heaven.

"This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom.
Just came to show how fair a flower,
In Paradise may bloom.

TICE.--On the 25th of May, 1892, in the same house, Sevilla, aged 22 years and 9 days. In the long sickness of her mother, Sister Sevilla was a faithful child, ever attending to the wants of her mother. She was so anxious to make her mother comfortable that she forgot to take care of her own body and overtaxed it that two days before her mother died she had to take to her bed. She suffered very much for about 5 days, then she passed away quietly in a living hope of eternal rest. Buried on the 27th. Services by D. D. Miller and D. J. Johns from Prov. 27:1, in the presence of a very large concourse of people who had gathered to show their sympathy to the bereaved family.

TICE.--On the 22nd of May, 1892 in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, Sarah Tice, aged 54 y., 8 m., 23 d. Her disease was a lingering one, and at times she suffered very much, but she bore it patiently. At one time she said her only trouble was that her children were not all converted, and desired that they should be brought to Jesus in prayer. Buried on the 24th. Services by David Hostetler in German and D. J. Johns in English from 2 Peter 3:14.

MILLER.--Near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., on May 25th, 1892, of lung troubles, gravel and teething, Nettie Arvillia, daughter of Eli Y. and Lucy Miller, aged 11 months. Funeral on the 27th. Services by N. Sproal in German, and J. S. Horner in English. Text, 2 Kings 4:18-26. May God bless the dear brother and sister in their bereavement.
"Your Nettie dear has gone,
To her eternal rest;
Amid the heavenly throng
She'll be forever blest.

SHANTZ.--On the 28th of January, 1892, near Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ont., of paralytic stroke, Hannah Shantz, widow of Noah C. Shantz, aged 72 years and 11 months. Her remains were laid to rest on the 31st in the Mennonite Cemetery, Berlin. Funeral services were preached by Moses Bowman, Sr., in German, and Bro. David Hostetler, Wayne Co., Ohio, in English. Sister Shantz was a consistent member for over 50 years. She had a desire which the writer feels to add, that is, that her dear children who have not made their peace with God might turn to Jesus who is waiting to give them this new life, and oh, that they may with the rest of the family live christian lives, so that we may all meet as a dear family in the City of God.
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Cor. 5:1. E. H.

HOLTER.--In Liberty, Tap.Centre Co., Pa., May 23, 1892, Magdalena Holter aged 65 years, 9 months and 22 days. She was the widow of Pre. Henry N. Holter, who died about five years ago. Deceased, since the death of Bro. Holter, has made her home in the family of Christian Holter, where they had lived for many years. Of eight children, six remain to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate mother. Two brothers and one sister still survive her; five brothers and two sisters having passed over the river. There were twenty-seven grandchildren, all but three of whom are yet living. Mother Holter (as she was called in the community) was a wonderful sufferer. For about forty years she had been afflicted. The last ten of these so extreme were her sufferings that no pen can picture or tongue can tell what she endured. And only those who were intimately acquainted, and visited her during these years can imagine what she had to endure. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for over forty years, and was truly a model of patience during her afflictions, ever trusting in the rich promises of God's Word, and looking forward to that peaceful rest that remains only for the people of God. She died in the triumphs of a living faith, and was followed to the grave in the Schenck cemetery near Howard, by a very large concourse of people. She had been very kindly cared for by the family with whom she resided, and especially by her daughter Rosa, who was always by her side to render such assistance as was necessary to her wants. Funeral services were held at the house by Pre. N. B. Smith of the M. E. church, assisted by Pre. F. L. Bardens of the Baptist church. Text, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this life are not to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed unto us. May we who survive prepare to meet her in heaven. H. T.

CLEMENS.--On the 8th of June, 1892, at High Banks, near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., of neuralgic rheumatism, followed by general debility, Bro. Geo. H. Clemens, aged 60 years, 10 months and 13 days. His remains were laid to rest in the burying ground at the Cressman Mennonite church near Breslau, on the 11th, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Elias Weber in German from Acts 9:6, and Pre. Noah Stauffer in English from 2 Cor. 5:1. Bro. Clemens was twice married. His first wife, Sister Salome Bowman, with whom he was joined in matrimony on the 4th of February 1851 died about 10 years ago. This union was blessed with nine children, of whom seven are still living. On the 15th of January, 1884, he was married to Sister Catharine Weichel.
Bro. Clemens was confined to his bed the greater part of the spring. At times his bodily sufferings were severe, but he possessed that sweet consolation which a firm trust in his Savior gives to the believer. His mind was fixed upon Jesus, and he was permitted to obtain a glimpse of that beautiful land for which he longed and of which he spoke repeatedly. He rejoiced in a crucified Redeemer, and enjoyed telling others of the grace of God. In practical piety and love for the cause of Christ he leaves a beautiful example for all. He spoke guardedly and encouragingly to those who were willing to accept Christ, and to them as well as to the brethren in the ministry, he was an able support and sympathizing friend, He was a true helping brother of the family of the church, as many both in and out of the ministry, can testify. The church of which he was a dearly beloved member feels deeply the loss it sustains, but none so much as the members of the family to whom he especially attached. They have lost a beloved companion, an affectionate father, the church a pillar, the community a kind neighbor. May the missionary spirit that was in him, burn in us and influence others to accept the Savior in whom he trusted and died. Nearly all of his family have accepted their Savior. May God comfort the bereaved hearts and give us grace to walk faithfully in the way of the Lord that we may meet our loved ones who have crossed death's river before us.

"O what has Jesus bought for me!
Before my raptured eyes,
Rivers of life divine I see,
And trees of Paradise.

I see a world of spirits bright,
Who taste the pleasures there;
They all are robed in spotless white,
And conquering palms they bear.

WISSLER.--Sister Annie M., wife of Bro. Jacob B. Wissler, died on the 22nd of June, 1892, of consumption, aged 36 years, 3 months and 4 days. She was buried at the Dentlinger church near Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa. Sister Wissler united with the church a few years ago and was a faithful member until death. She delighted to go to church and Sunday-school whenever she was able, and took a deep interest in the welfare of others, pointing them to Christ. She was in ill health for some time, and at times was very weak, but would recover again so that she could visit friends and neighbors until January, when she was confined to her bed from which she never arose. Her mother was with her in all this time of affliction, and to her she often spoke of the bright hope she had and longed to depart and be with Christ which is far better. The neighbors often watched by her bedside at night, and to them she kindly spoke of the "beautiful home that is promised to all them that are faithful. She admonished them to be humble, watchful and prayerful and to pray that the Lord would give her sustaining grace to hold out faithful unto the end that we might all meet in heaven where parting is unknown. A sorrowing husband, parents, brothers and sister are left to mourn her early death. The funeral services were conducted by Bros. Jacob N. Brubacher and Benjamin Hertzler in English and John Landis in German. Text, John 19:30. A goodly number assembled to pay the last tribute of respect.

"Servant of God, well done!
Rest from your loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter your Master's joy.

"The voice in the morning came;
You started up to hear;
A mortal arrow pierced your frame,
When friends and God was near.

"Your spirit, with a bound,
Left its encumbering clay;
Your tent, at sunrise to be seen,
A lifeless body lay.

"The pains of death are o'er,
Labor and sorrow cease;
And life's short warefare is no more,
Your soul now rests in peace.


Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois

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