Herald of Truth Obituaries - April, 1893

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXX, No. 7, April 1, 1893 - Page 117, 118, 199

BEIDLER - On the 16th of March, 1893, in Chicago, Ill., Henry Beidler, in his 81st year. He was born in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Nov. 27th, 1812. He was raised by his uncle Henry Leicy and learned in early life the necessity of hard work with few of the comforts and advantages which young people now enjoy. In 1842 he went to Springfield, Ill., where for a time he was engaged in the grocery, grain and produce business. At the end of five years he went to Chicago where he formed a co-partnership with his brother Jacob in the lumber business. The business grew and in 1855 a branch in connection with the mills was opened at Muskegon, Michigan, of which Henry had charge, and where he resided for a number of years. Subsequently he removed to Chicago and became interested in several other business enterprises. In April 1860, he was married to Sarah Simmonds, of Syracuse, N.Y., who died some years ago. He leaves an only son, Herbert A. Beidler., He was buried on Sunday afternoon, March 19th. Peace to his ashes.

SHOVER - On the 8th of March, 1893, in Jackson, Jackson Co., Minn., Mary Jane, daughter of Gabriel A. and Mary A. Shover, aged 2 months and 25 days.
"Go to thy rest fair child! Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled, with blessings on thy head.
Shall love with weak embrace, thy upward wing detain?
No! gentle angel, seek thy place amid the cherub train."

MEYER - On the 5th of Feb., 1893, in Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., Barbara, wife of William Meyer, aged about 79 years. Buried at Blooming Glen.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow, when God recalls his own;
And bids them leave a world of woe, for an immortal crown?"

MOYER - On the 30th of January, 1893, in Bucks Co., Pa., John K. Moyer, aged 75 years, 7 months and 28 days. Buried on the 3d of February at the brick meeting house at Deep Run. Funeral services by A.M. Fretz.

LEAR - On the 20th of February, 1893, in Plumstead, Pa., Barbara, widow of George Lear, aged 87 years and 10 days. Buried on the 25th at the Plumstead meeting house.

GARDNER - On the 16th of March, 1893, at her home at 203 South Prairie Street, Elkhart, Ind., after a lingering illness, Sarah Elizabeth, beloved wife of Fred W. Gardner, aged 48 years, 3 months and 24 days. During her long illness she suffered much, but she rested upon the promises of God and was resigned to His will, and she died with the living hope of a glorious resurrection. She made the arrangements for her funeral, choosing for her funeral text 2 Cor. 4:17, from which the ministers M.L. Scheidler and A.M. Cummins made appropriate remarks on the 19th at the English Evangelical church to a large concourse of sympathizing relatives and friends of the beloved family. The deceased was held in high esteem by her many friends and her loss will be deeply felt by all, but nowhere as much as by her beloved companion and eight motherless children. She was the joy of the home, but the Lord called her to the immortal joys of that higher home, and the bereaved family has the blessed assurance that she has only gone before and it waiting for them at the "beautiful golden gates." Her remains were laid to rest in Grace Lawn Cemetery. Peace to her ashes.

STOVER - On the 2d of March, 1893, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., Anna, widow of Samuel Stover, aged about 85 years. Buried at Deep Run. Funeral services by A.M. Fretz and S. Godshalk. Text, Psa. 92:12.
"Dear is the spot where Christians sleep, and sweet the strains the spirits pour,
Oh, why should we in anguish weep? They are not lost, but gone before."

KROUT - On the 30th of January, 1893, in Bedmister, Bucks Co., Pa., Henry F. Krout, aged 78 years, 7 months and 17 days. Buried on the 4th of February at the Ticinum meeting house.

GRADY - On the 2d of March, 1893, in Knox Co., Tenn., after a short illness, David, infant son of Jackson and _____ Grady, aged 2 months and 27 days. Buried on the 4th in the Baptist graveyard near Richland. Services by H.H. Good from Luke 12:40.
"Do I hear little David say, Oh parents do not weep for me;
I have found a bosom now, where arms are strong and comforts sweet.
No pains are here, nor restless nights, no clouds, no winds, no stormy days;
But here we bright little angels shine while God so calm gives brilliant light.
Oh parents, hear the Savior's word, and be ye also ready now,
So when to you the message comes you may with me in glory roam."

WIDEMAN - On the 11th of February, 1893, in Whitechurch Twp., York Co., Ont., of dropsy and heart disease, Sister Sarah, maiden name Gayman, second wife of Casper Wideman, aged 71 years, 7 months and 13 days. She was the mother of 10 children, of whom 7 survive her. She also leaves 27 grandchildren, one brother and two sisters to mourn her death. Her remains were interred at Heise's burial ground on the 14th. Funeral services by Samuel Baker and John Steckley from 2 Cor. 5:1, to a large concourse of relatives and friends.

SNYDER - Phoebe Synder, wife of the late Pre. John Synder, of the Mennonite church, died at her home near Kill Creek, Osborne Co., Kans., March 1st, 1893, at 5 o'clock A.M. Sister Synder's maiden name was Albaugh. She was born in Huntingdon Co., Pa., May 12, 1810, and was married to Pre. John Snyder May 12, 1831. She was the mother of eight children, four boys and four daughters, all of whom are left to mourn their loss. Only three of them were able to be present at their mother's death. The oldest, Sarah C. Willhight, living in Delano, Cal. The second child, David Synder, resides near Kill Creek, Osborne Co., Kan.; Anne McClelland lives near Kill Creek and with her mother in the sickness and death, as she had been living with her mother previous to her death; J.J. Snyder lives at Silver, Washington; Mary E. Coffeen resides at Hope, Kan.; Wm. H. Synder lives at Seattle, Washington; Belle S. Allen, the youngest daughter, is a faithful worker in the Reapers' Home, at Denaro, Va., and the youngest boy, Jacob, lives near Stockton and is an elder in the Christian church. She was 82 years old. In her last hours, though being severely afflicted with lagrippe and paralysis, she manifested a Christian spirit and was thought to be praising her redeemer though her affliction was such that nothing could be heard distinctly. She was an affectionate wife and a kind a loving mother and will be missed by all that knew her. But well can it be said our loss is her gain. The funeral services were conducted by the writer (a minister of the Free Methodist church). One of her favorite hymns was, "Jesus, Lover of my soul," which was sung at the house. It was supposed by her daughter that she had the hymn marked on purpose for the special occasion. The services were continued at the meeting house. Sermon by the writer from Rev. 14:13, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord," etc., after which the remains were interred in the Old Mennonite graveyard near the meeting house. Her pilgrim path is one long to be remembered by all who knew her. May the children and friends live to meet her in a brighter world. H.O. LANHAMA

MARTIN - On the 3d of March, 1893, in Lancaster Co., Pa., after nine months of suffering with scrofula, sister Anna Weaver, widow of Benj. Martin, aged 59 years, 5 months and 26 days. She was buried at Weaverland, where a large concourse of people were present. In the spring of 1879 the family moved to Elkhart county, Ind., where Bro. Martin died in July, 1885. In 1890 she, with her daughters moved back to Lancaster Co. She united with the Mennonite church when quite young and was a faithful member at the time of her death. She was the mother of 15 children of whom 9 survive her, all of whom with 17 surviving grandchildren were present at her funeral. She bore her sufferings with patience, and earnestly admonished her children of a life of godliness. She rejoiced to see all her children gathered into her own church, admonished them to be steadfast, and that they must not expect to reach heaven without prayer and suffering. She prayed much herself and asked many of her friends who visited her to pray for her. A week before she died she was served with the Lord's supper, after which she said, "Now I am ready to die! Oh how sweet is the water of life." Services were conducted by Bish. Jonas Martin from Rev. 14:12, 13. Assisted by John Zimmerman.

UNZICKER - On the 27th of January, 1893, near Cullom, Livingston Co., Ill., of lung trouble, Gertie Alvina, infant daughter of Christian and Lizzie Unzicker, aged 3 months. Laid to rest on the 28th. Services by David Garber from 2 Kings 4:26. "It is well with the child?"
"We lay thee in the silent tomb, sweet blossom of a day;
We just began to view thy bloom, when thou wast called away.
At length released from all thy pain; our darling sweetly sleeps,
How calm, and peaceful thy repose, while Christ thy soul doth keep?"

BEUTLER - On the 22d of December, 1892, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of lung fever of which she suffered only about ten days, Elizabeth Barbara Beutler, aged 76 years, 9 months and 6 days. She was born in the Sulzbach church, Canton Winnweiler, Keiserlantern, Bavaria, Germany, on the 16th of March, 1816. According to her baptismal certificates she was baptized in the Sunbach church in her 14th year. Two years later in company with three others of her own family she emigrated to America. She was never married, and lived an exemplary, consistent Christian life to the time of her death. She leaves an aged sister with whom she had her home for many years. May God bless and comfort her in her declining years. Sister Beutler was buried at Yellow Creek. Services by John F. Funk and Noah Metzler, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

SHRINER - On the 21st of February, 1893, near Elkhart, Ind., Emery, son of John Shriner, aged 22 years, 4 months and 19 days. Emery was a kind hearted boy, and obedient to his parents, although, like many young people had neglected to confess Christ and to be fully obedient to God. This concerned him greatly when he became sick. He sent for a minister to pray with him; said he desired to give his heart of God, and promised to trust in Christ as his Savior and live obedient to him all his days many or few. He expressed a hope that God had accepted him and forgiven his sins, and expressed himself willing to die. How sad that so many neglect this great work of their life ill they see that they are in danger of death.
A light from our household is gone; a voice that we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled.

YODER - On the 28th of January, 1893, in the hospital at Norristown, Pa., Emma, wife of Samuel Y. Yoder, aged 45 years, 10 months and 20 days. She was buried on the 2d of February at Blooming Glen. Funeral services at the house by A.F. Meyers and at the meeting house by Henry Rosenberger. Text, 2 Cor. 4:17, 18.

WISMER - On the 30th of January, 1893, in Plumstead, Pa., Josiah Wismer, aged 74 years, 7 months and 24 days. Buried at Deep Run on Feb. 4th. Funeral services by S. Godshalk and J. Gross from John 5:24.

HOLWAEGER - March 8, 1893, near Horst's Mill, Lan. Co., Pa., Mrs. Mary, wife of Andrew Holwaeger, aged 64 y., 1 m., and 13 d. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Job 16:22, 17:1. Buried in the Mount Joy cemetery. A sorrowing family followed the remains to the grave. Mrs. Holwaeger was a member of the Lutheran church. She was a devout Christian. Peace to her ashes.

HOCHSTETLER - On the 4th of February, 1893, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Joseph P. Hochstetler, aged 90 years, 3 months and 2 days. The remains were buried in I.L. Miller's graveyard on the 6th. Funeral services by D. Kauffman and E. Borntreger to a large concourse of friends. Two of his aged brothers, four of his daughters and one son were present. Four of his sons were absent, however, Levi, the ninth one visited him during his sickness. He was sick for five weeks, during which time he often expressed a desire that the end might come that he might go to Jesus. He was born in Berks Co., Pa., and was married to Magdalena Oesch in Conemaugh, Someset Co., Pa. His wife preceded him about 8 1/2 years ago, they having lived in matrimony 59 years, 5 months and 7 days.

SCHLOOT - On the 13th of February, 1893, at the home of his son William, in Freeport, Ill., John K. Schloot, aged 67 years, 8 months and 28 days. Deceased was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.

MOSER - On March 2, near Dalton, Wayne Co., O., suddenly, of heart disease, Maria, maiden name Welty, wife of A.P. Moser, aged 59 years and 23 days. After tending to her usual duties about the house she went into the sitting room complaining of tightness on her chest, and in ten minutes she was a corpse. That is again a loud call to all to have our lamps filled with oil, that we may be at all times prepared to meet the bridegroom when he cometh. Sister Moser leaves her husband and seven children to mourn her departure. Her remains were interred on the 5th in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Funeral services by J. Nusbaumn from Matt. 6:19, 20.

SCHOENBECK - On the 22d of February, 1893, near Danvers, McLean Co., Ill., John Schoenbeck, aged 81 years, 8 months and 1 day. He was married to Barbara Schertz in Butler Co., Ohio, in 1841. He leaves his wife, four children, twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Three children preceded him. Funeral services by Chr. Gingerich from Rev. 21:3, 4 and by John Gingrich from 2 Cor. 5:1-6.

GODSHALK - On the 7th of March, 1893, in Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co., Ind., of a fall on the ice, Samuel Godshalk, aged 67 years, 4 months and 8 days. He was born in Bucks Co., Pa., and was married to Rebecca Kohli, who survives him, July 1st, 1858. They had five children four of whom are still living. He went out in the morning to do his chores and fell on the ice hurting his head, so that he was unable to walk. He was found near the barn in this condition by his wife who was out milking, and helped him to the house and died after 3 days of suffering. He was buried on the 9th. Funeral service by Amos Mumaw and John F. Funk from Psa. 39:4, 5.

GROFF - March 7th, in Waterloo, Waterloo Co., Ont., Clarence, infant son of Ephraim Groff aged 12 days. Buried at D. Eby's meeting house. Funeral sermon by Pre. Showers and Noah Stauffer.
"While we weep as Jesus wept, thou shalt sleep as Jesus slept;
With thy Savior thou shalt rest, crowned, and glorified and blest."

WITTMER - Feb. 20th, 1893, near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., of "Grippe" and old age, sister Barbara Wittmer, widow, aged 86 years and 9 months. Funeral on the 23d. Text, Isa., 60:20. Buried at Wittmer's meeting house. Sister Wittmer was a faithful Christian. Peace to her ashes.

BRUBACHER - On the 5th of March, 1893, near Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, of an affection of the lungs, Bro. Henry Brubacher, aged 69 years and 21 days. The deceased was born on the 12th of February, 1824. In January, 1852, he married Mary Mussleman. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 4 sons and 3 daughters remain. Sister Brubacher died on the 20th of November, 1867. Bro. Brubacher had been confined to house nearly all winter and to his bed for about 4 weeks before his death. He was resigned to God's will. The remains were interred at C. Eby's meeting house, Berlin, on the 8th, followed by a large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends. Funeral services at the house by D. Wisner and Moses Bowman in German from John 5:24, 25 and by Noah Stauffer in English from Phillipians 1:21.

LINT - On the 19th of February, 1893, in Somerset Co., Pa., Irvin Josiah, son of Bro. Hiram and sister Eliza Lint, aged 8 years and 24 days. Buried on the 21st.

LINT - On the 24th of February, 1893, of the same family, Harry Alfred, aged 5 years, 6 months and 22 days. Buried on the 26th.

LINT - On the 25th of February, 1893, of the same family, Willie Ambrose, twin brother of Harry Alfred, aged 5 years, 6 months and 23 days. Buried on the 27th. These three children died of that dreadful disease, diphtheria, the mother being sick of the same disease, so that she could not go to the funeral to see her dear children buried. They were laid to rest in the Bough Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services by Levi A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger. This is indeed a sad bereavement to the Bro. and sister to give up their three bright little boys, but they can have the assurance that it is well with them.
"Weep not for us, dear parents, your children are at rest;
We look for you to follow, and join us with the blest;
Where death and sorrow cannot come, and we shall dwell with Christ at home."

SNIDER - Feb. 19th, 1893, in Waterloo, Waterloo Co., Ont., near Canastoga, Bro. John Snider, of infirmities of old age, aged 92 years, 11 months and 18 days. Bro. Snider was born in Franklin Co., Pa., in 1806 he emigrated with his parents to the neighborhood where he died. Entered into matrimony with Judith Bingeman in 1826 who preceded him to the spirit world 13 years. They had a family of 11 children, of whom 9 survive them, also 31 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. Buried on the 22d at Snider's meeting house where a large number of relatives and friends met to pay their last tribute of respect. Appropriate remarks were made by Bish. Elias Weber and Noah Stauffer.

MUMMA - February 24th, 1893, near Landisville, Lancaster Co. Pa., of diphtheria, Edward B., youngest son of John B. and Lizzie Mumma, aged 6 months and 6 days. Funeral on the 26th. Text, Lan. 3:31-33. Buried at Landisville meeting house. A deep sympathy is manifested toward the bereft parents. They themselves and all their children were afflicted with the dread disease. Two of their children died within one week. May the good Lord sanctify their affliction for their good.

EARHART - March 7th, 1893, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Earhart, aged 63 years, 11 months and 14 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text, Rom. 14:8, 9. Buried at Hernly's meeting house. A large congregation assembled as a token of respect for the beloved sister. Sister Earhart was a faithful member of the Mennonite church.

DAMBACH - February 12th, 1893, of membraneous croup, near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., John S., youngest son of John and Fannie Dambach, aged 3 years, 1 month and 9 days. Funeral on the 15th. Text, Isaiah 11:6. Buried at Petersburg meeting house.

LATSCH - March 3d, 1893, near Centerville, Waterloo Co., Ont., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Ferdinand Latsch, aged 82 years, 5 months and 9 days. Buried on the 5th at Eby's meeting house, Berlin. Deceased was born in Germany, came to America in the year 1842, lived in Waterloo township 47 years; lived in matrimony with Maria Schenkel about 49 years. She preceded him about 5 years ago. They had a family of 10 children, of whom 9 survive him, also 45 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Bro. Lastch died with a glorious hope of immortality. Funeral sermon by D. Wismer, S. Bowman and N. Stauffer.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


Herald of Truth , Vol. XXX, No. 8, April 15, 1893 - Page 134, 135

SNYDER - On the __ of March, 1893, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Abraham Synder, formerly of Waterloo Co., Ont., aged 76 years, 11 months and 19 days. He was the father of nine children one of whom died before him. Buried at Yellow Creek meeting-house.

BONTRAGER - In DeGraff, Logan Co., Ohio, after an illness of many months, Carrie Bontrager, died on the 14th of March, 1893. In childhood, during a severe illness, she lost the sense of hearing. Some years after her friends sent her to Columbia, Ohio, where she received a good education at the school for mutes. She professed faith in her Savior while attending school there, and when she returned home she united with the M.E. church. For many months she had been afflicted with consumption which terminated her life. We hope she is now where her ears are unstopped and her tongue is unloosed, to sing everlasting praises to Him who died to redeem her. Her age was 29 years and 25 days. Her funeral services were held in the M.E. church in DeGraff, Ohio, on March 16, conducted by Pre. Hill. Peace to her ashes.

ZIMMERMAN - On the 12th of March, 1893, in Livingston Co., Ill., of inflammation of the brain, Caroline Bertha, daughter of Pre. Christian and Maria Zimmerman, aged 11 years, 1 month and 9 days. She was sick but seventeen hours. Buried on the 14th in the Pike Twp. graveyard. Funeral services in the Pike Center school-house by Joseph Ackerman, John P. Schmitt and Daniel Orendorff. Text, Mark 5:21-24.

THOMAS - On the 10th of January, 1893, near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Lizzie May Thomas, aged 2 years, 2 months and 6 days. Funeral on the 12th. Text, Matt. 18:3.

WITMER - On the 15th of February, 1893, near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Susie Naomi, aged 11 months and 26 days. Funeral on the 18th.

MARKEL - On the 9th of March, 1893, at York, Pa., of scarlet fever, Mabel Irene Markel, aged 2 years, 6 months and 8 days. She was a beautiful, much beloved and only child of Wm. and Clara Markel. Buried at Stony Brook on the 12th. Funeral text, 2 Kings 4:26.

WITMER - On the 20th of February, 1893, near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., of infirmities of old age, sister Barbara Witmer, aged 86 years and 9 months. She was confined to her house for many years, yet she endured her affliction patiently. She had many warm-hearted friends. The last time she took sick, a few weeks before she died, she told her friends she would not get well this time, neither did she wish it. She longed to be at rest. Funeral text, Isa. 60:20.
"Yes, she longed to go to Jesus, to the heavenly home above,
Where there is no toil nor sickness, but where all is joy and love."

CHRISTNER - On the 31st of March, 1893, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, Bro. Jacob Christner, aged 64 years, 11 months and 20 days. He was a faithful brother in the A.M. church. He leaves his wife and seven children to mourn his departure. He greatly desired to depart this life and be at rest with his Savior. He was buried in the Union graveyard. Funeral services by J.E. Bontreger and D.J. Hochstetler.

ROYER - On the 2d of April, 1893, near Clay City, Clay Co., Ind., of paralysis, Bish. Daniel Royer, aged 63 years, 5 months and 10 days. He was in the ministry about twenty years, and was ordained to the office of bishop some ten or twelve years ago. He was buried on the 4th. Services by Daniel Kinsport. He died with a blessed hope of eternal life. He had been failing for some time.

HORST - March 13, 1893, at the home of her brother, near Scotland, Franklin Co., Pa., sister Annie D. Horst, aged 43 years, 1 month and 6 days. She died very suddenly of heart disease. She had not been well for some time, but never thought her end was so near. She had walked in the kitchen where she fell. They put her on a chair and sent for the doctor, but before he arrived she was a corpse. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church from her youth. Buried at the Rowe meeting-house. Services by P.H. Parrett in English and P. Wadle in German. Text, Matt. 24:44.
"Our hearts are sad, in grief we sigh, but in submission look on high,
Safe on that bright celestial shore, may we all meet to part no more."

NAFFZIGER - On the 8th of March, 1893, near Danvers, Ill., Christian Naffziger, aged 90 years, 1 month and 19 days. He was born in Hesse Darmstadt, where he grew up and was married to Barbara Staehly. They settled in America in 1853. He was a minister in the Mennonite church and labored as long as his bodily strength permitted., Of his 12 children seven - and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren - survive him. Appropriate remarks were made at the funeral by John Kinsinger, Chr. Gingerich and John Gingerich from Psa. 90 and 1 Cor. 15:45-56.

LEHMAN - On the 19th of March, 1893, near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, of dropsy, John C. Lehman, aged 81 years, 4 months and 15 days. Buried on the 21st in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Funeral services by Joel Lehman from Psa. 90 and by Jacob Nusbaum from 2 Cor. 5:1-10. He leaves a deeply bereaved wife, one daughter and many friends to mourn their loss, yet they have the assurance that it is well with him. The church loses a faithful brother and the Sunday school a warm friend. He was born in Switzerland from which country he came to America with his parents in 1821, settling in the Sonnenberg settlement.

WAGNER - On the 1st of April, 1893, at the residence of her son-in-law, Herman Borneman, 311 N. Main St., Elkhart, Ind., after long months of suffering from rheumatism, sister Elizabeth Frey, widow of Bro. Jacob Wagner, deceased, aged 74 years, 5 months and 21 days. She was born in Berwangen, in Baden, Europe; was married in 1840 to Jacob Wagner. They lived in matrimony 32 years. Their union was blessed with 13 children, of whom five survive her. Bro. Wagner died 21 years ago. In 1878 sister Wagner came to America with four of her children, and settled in Elkhart, where she spent the last years of her life with her children. She united with the Mennonite church in her youth and was faithful to her vows until death. During her three years of sickness her sufferings were sometimes terrible, and finally she became quite helpless. She often longed for death and had a great desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better. Besides her five children she leaves 20 grandchildren to mourn their loss. Her remains were laid to rest in Grace Lawn cemetery on the 3d. Funeral services by J.F. Funk, from Phil. 1:23.

MEYER - On the 13th of March, 1893, in Markham Twp., York Co., Ont., Anna, beloved wife of Henry Meyer, aged 28 years, 1 month and 13 days. Her remains were buried on the 15th in the Wideman burying ground, where a large number of friends and neighbors assembled to show their love and respect to the departed one. Samuel R. Hoover conducted the funeral service from Rev. 14:13. Our dear young sister suffered for about three weeks, first of quinsy, next of inflammation, and lastly of a severe attack of rheumatism, and with all the careful attendance of her surrounding friends and husband, she failed continually until death came to her relief. The loss is a painful one to our young brother, who is now left alone to care for his five little motherless children, and who are now, with their father, mourning for the dear one passed away. But we do not mourn as those who have no hope. Our sister was fully resigned to the will of her God, and gave good evidence of her hope and happiness in the midst of her manifold sufferings. Shortly before the hour of her departure came, she sang with a clear voice part of that deeply-touching yet triumphant hymn:
"My latest sun is sinking fast, my race is almost run,
My strongest trials now are past, my triumph is begun," etc.
Truly our dear brother can sing in his sorrow the following lines:
"I need Thee, precious Jesus, I need a friend like Thee;
A friend to soothe and pity, a friend to care for me.
I need the heart of Jesus, to feel each anxious care,
To tell my every trial, and all my sorrows share."

BERKEY - On the 9th of March, 1893, in Wayne Co., Ohio, of asthma, Sarah, wife of Christian Berkey, aged 73 years, 11 months and 8 days. She was buried in the Oakgrove Amish burying ground, where a large concourse of friends and relatives assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved sister. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church and leaves an aged husband and two daughters to mourn their loss. She was fully resigned to her heavenly father's will and longed to go to her eternal home. Services by J.K. Yoder at the house and David Hostetler at the meeting house, from Isa. 38:1. "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live."

HARTZLER - On the 17th of February, 1893, near East Lynn, Cass Co., Mo., Mattie M. Blough, wife of Amos J. Hartzler, aged 35 years and 27 days. She leaves a husband and four children, the youngest being only nine days old at her death. When she found her recovery was doubtful she said she was ready to go. She was buried in the 18th in the Clear Fork graveyard. Funeral sermon by J.D. Kenagy and John Hartzler, from Job.
"Dear companion, thou hast left us, here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."

HENSLER - March 8, 1893, of lung fever, Bertha Matilda, daughter of Anthony and Caroline Hensler, aged 11 months and 28 days. She was buried at the Mennonite meeting-house in Ustick, Ill., March 11. Funeral services were conducted by John Nice. Text, 2 Kings 4, latter clause of the 6th verse.

HESS - On the 3d of March, 1893, in Chester Co., Pa., near Atglen, of heart failure, Christian B. Hess, aged 76 years. He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. His wife died 4 months ago, aged 69 years. He leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn his departure. Buried on the 9th at Hershey's meeting-house, Lancaster co. Services by Bish. Isaac Eby.
"Dearest father, we do miss thee, when we see thy vacant chair,
When we look around to see thee, naught but sorrow we see there.
Sweetly sleep, then, dearest father, since our Savior thought it best,
Earthly life to change for glory, cares and trials for sweetest rest.
We'll not murmur tho' we miss thee, rest thee now from all thy care;
To be borne, thy joys to share."

ZOOK - March 19, 1893, in Logan Co., Ohio, after a lingering illness, Bro. Abram Zook, aged 62 years, 8 months and 21 days. He was a quiet and peaceable man, and left many friends to mourn their loss, but not as those without hope, for he gave bright evidence that it "was well with him." He was very patient during his long sickness, and often when alluding to his sufferings would smile and say, "T'will not be long until I can go home, where pain and sufferings are over." Funeral services the 21st at South Union, by C.K. Yoder and S.H. Detweiler. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. Buried in the Yoder graveyard on the Ludlow Road.
"Life's labor done, as sinks the clay, light from its load the spirit flies;
While heaven and earth combine to say, 'How blest the righteous when he dies.'"

KING - Near Tub, Pa., March 1, 1893, of dropsy, Bro. Moses King, aged 65 years, 9 months and 20 days. Funeral services at the Folk meeting house on March 3d, by D.H. Bender and G.D. Miller from Isa. 38:1.

LEHMAN - On the 8th of January, 1893, at the home of his son-in-law Henry Sauder, after an illness of but one day of bronchitis, Christian Lehman, aged 77 years and 3 months. He was buried on the 10th in the Wallace graveyard, Perth Co., Ont. Funeral services by Amos Cressman from Rev. 14:13 and J. Nahrgang from 2 Cor. 5:1. He was a member of the Mennonite church since his youth and remained a faithful member until his death. He was a constant reader of the HERALD OF TRUTH, for many years and a warm supporter of the same.

HARSHBARGER - On the 17th of March, 1893, near Wauperong, Ind., of lung troubles, William, son of A.A. and Susan Harshbarger, aged 8 months and 19 days. Was buried on the 19th in the old home graveyard. Services in the Amish Mennonite meeting house by A. Sproll in English from March 10:14, and E.A. Mast in German from Job 14:1, 2.

GASCHO - On the 20th of March, 1893, near St. Agatha, Waterloo Co., Ont., infant son of David and Barbara Gascho, aged 2 months and 4 days. Buried on the 22d in the Upper Road graveyard. Funeral services by M. Kennel from Mark 10:13-16, and by C. Litwiller from 1 Cor. 14:20.

KIEPFER - On the 12th of March, 1893, near Newton, Perth Co., Ont., Nicholas Kiepfer, aged 57 years, 4 months and 14 days. He leaves a bereaved wife and 8 children to mourn their loss. The remains were laid to rest on the 14th in the Mornington graveyard. Funeral services by A. Kiepfer from 1 Cor. 15, and by C. Kiepfer, from 2 Cor. 5:1-10.

NEBEL - On the 21st of March, 1893, near Noble, Washington Co., Iowa, of consumption, Martin Nebel, aged 51 years, 11 months and 5 days. Buried on the 23d in the Sugar Creek graveyard. Funeral services by C.R. Gerig and S. Gerig from 2 Cor. 5:1-10. He leaves his wife and 10 children to mourn his departure. He was a beloved brother in the A.M. church. S.B.

HEATWOLE - On the 3d of March 1893, in Augusta Co., Va., near Varona, of an illness of several months, Robert Elmer, an affectionate son of D.S. and F.R. Heatwole, aged 17 years, 3 months and 17 days. He was an obedient and truthful boy from a child and in the time of his illness, the New Testament was his constant companion. Buried on the 5th of March at the Bank meeting house, Rockham Co., Va. Funeral services by Bish. S. Coffman and J.F. Heatwole. Text, Job. 14:7.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia

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