ROTH.-On the 2d of January 1894, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colo., infant son of Jacob and Mary E. Roth, aged 4 d. Buried on the 3d in the churchyard near Thurman. Funeral services by Joseph Schlegel and Joseph Schrock.
GRABILL.-On the 29th of Dec. 1893, near Cullom, Ill.
of membranous croup, Susie Matilda, daughter of Noah and
Sarah Grabill, aged 2 yrs., 3 mos., 23 days. Funeral sermon by
Samuel Yoder of Elkhart, Ind. Text "and a young child shall
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
When God recalls His own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?"
MICHENER.-On the 11th of Jan. 1894, in Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa., Edward Michener, aged 76 y. Buried on the 15th at the Friends M.H. Appropriate remarks were made at the house of mourning.
BECHTEL.-On Nov. 15, 1893, in Union township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of cancer, Catharine, wife of David N. Bechtel, aged 53 years, 4 months and 4 days. Sister Bechtel was a consistent member of the Mennonite denomination and was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, July 11, 1840, moved with her parents (Adam and Elisabeth Hartman) to Indiana in 1848; united in matrimony June 2, 1867. She leaves a husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters to mourn her departure. Buried at Yellow Creek M.H. Services by Christian Shaum in German and Jas. H. McGowan in English from 3 Tim. 4:6-8.
"'Tis hard to part with you, dear mother,
We can only wonder why,
Thou hast left us grieved and lonely;
May we meet thee by and by?
Human hands have tried to save thee,
Tender cares were all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore thee,
From this weary world of pain.
Your suffering now is o'er,
Your warfare now is ended;
We shall see you here no more,
To God your soul ascended.
With saints and angels there,
You can praise the Lord our King;
The great reward you'll share,
And the heavenly anthems sing.
Your wearied brow is cold in death,
Your gentle eye-lids closed;
Your languid tongue from us is hushed
We miss you, Oh, how much!" J.H.M.
YUTZI.-On the 8th of January 1894, near Trenton, Butler Co., Ohio, Maria Yutzi, maiden name Kennel, aged 50 y., 4 d. Buried on the 11th. Funeral services by the brethren Imhoff Augsburger and Krebbiel. She is the last of three sisters who have within a short time been suddenly called from this family circle. The first, Sister Augsburger, died Dec. 21, 1893; the second, Sister Kennel, died Dec. 31, and now Sister Yutzi has followed them. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband and her aged and almost helpless parents whose earthly staff and stay she was, having lived at her parent's home with her husband. Her death is a great loss to them, yet they have the promise that God will never leave nor forsake those who put their trust in Him.
BLOCHER.-On the 4th of January 1894, near Pennville, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Mary, wife of Daniel Blocher, aged 74 y., 28 d. Funeral on the 8th. Text, Heb. 9:27. Buried at the Petersburg M.H. Sister Blocher left a husband and family of children to mourn her departure.
GOCHENAUER.-On the 6th of January 1894, in Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Magdalena Gochenauer, widow, aged 78 y., 11 m. 12 d. Funeral on the 8th. Text, Heb. 4:9. Buried at the Petersburg M.H. Sister Gochenauer left a family and large circle of relatives to mourn her departure.
MAST.-On the 3d of January, 1894, near Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., Ida E., daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Mast, aged 1 y., 5 m., 2 d. Funeral services by Daniel and Gideon Stoltzfus.
COURT.-On the 2d of January, 1894, in Champaign Co., Ohio, Samuel B. Court, aged 35 y., 4 m., 4 d. Bro. Court was a faithful member in the A. M. congregation of Champaign Co.; he leaves a widow and three children to mourn his early departure. Funeral services in German by J.S. Hartzler of Indiana from Psa. 35:5,6 and by J. Swank in English from I Cor. 15:55-57.
RICHER.-John, was born in the Canton of Berne,
Switzerland, May 4, 1815; died Nov. 30 1893, aged 78 years, 6
months and 26 days. He emigrated to America in 1840 and settled
in Wayne Co., Ohio, where he united in marriage to Magdalena Nafziger
in 1843, and with his mother, wife and three children he removed
in 1848 to Miami Co., Ind., where his family increased to six
children, 5 sons and one daughter. He settled on a farm near Peru
where he brought up his family. His children were all married.
He lived there in peace with all around him until the Master called
him away. He was the father of 6 children, 30 grandchildren and
4 great grandchildren, 40 in all; 6 grandchildren preceded him.
In early life he gave his heart to God and united with the Mennonite
church, and all through his life he lived an honest, upright and
conscientious Christian life. After moving to Indiana he worshipped
with the churches represented in the community, there being no
church of the Mennonites represented. He was liberal in his views,
but never compromised his nonresistant principles, ever striving
for the principles of the Gospel. He was particularly noted as
a correspondent, as many can testify in different states, and
with some degree of reluctance he laid his pen down, but though
silent, yet it speaks. Many, no doubt, are the letters which he
wrote that will be read, and reread for years to come, and may
be the means, through God, of doing somebody some good, and helping
some poor wanderers to turn their faces Zionward, or strengthening
some feeble Christians and encouraging them to redouble their
diligence, as the case might be, for with such motives his letters
were always written. He came to his end in great peace. He remarked
in the hearing of the writer shortly before his departure, "If
I am to appear before God's righteousness I have nothing at all
to plead but the atoning merits of Jesus." He said to his
aged companion, "I commit you into God's care." Some
of his last words were, "Oh God, into Thy hands I commit
my soul." Shortly before his departure he requested us to
sing some of the beautiful songs of Zion. We sang, "Jesus,
lover of my soul" and "Oh think of the home over there,
etc. He remarked it was so precious, and soon he passed over the
river to join loved ones gone before in the melodies of the redeemed
on that celestial shore. He leaves an aged companion, children
and grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends in different
states to mourn their loss. Funeral occasion was improved from
Psa. 23:1-4, by Pre. James Martin and Pre. Burton, United Brethren
ministers at the home of deceased, to a large number of sympathizing
friends. JOHN C. RICHER.
ROHRER.-January 12th 1894 at the home of Bro. Abm. Miller, near Rohrerstown, Lan. Co., Pa., sister Mary, wife of Bro. Daniel Rohrer, age 86 y., 2 m., 24 d. Funeral on the 15th. Text, Psalm 31:5. Buried at the Petersburg meeting house. A large congregation assembled as a token of respect. An aged husband with whom she lived in matrimony 67 years and a family of children, and a large circle of friends mourn her departure. Sister Rohrer had a desire to depart and be with Christ. She was a kind mother, faithful wife and a meek and quiet and faithful member of the church. May the good Lord comfort the aged brother in his bereavment.
ROSENBERGER.-On the 6th of January, 1894, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of general debility and lagrippe, Jacob Rosenberger, aged 84 y., 1 m. Buried on the 11th at the Souderton M.H. Funeral services by C. B. Allebach and Michael Moyer. Deceased was a beloved brother in the church.
KULP.-On the 16th of January 1894, near Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of dropsy, Elizabeth Kulp, aged 76 y, 4 m, 4 d. She suffered for 16 months. Buried on the 20th at Leidy's M.H. Funeral services by Abel Horning and Pre. Lukenbill.
RIFFLE.-On Jan. 1, 1894, near McCellenandtown, Penna., of scrofula, Arthur Coy, son of A.H. and Lydia Riffle, aged 3 years, 6 months. This little boy was the first to break the family circle. He only budded on earth to bloom in Heaven. He leaves his parents, brothers and sisters. May this sad affliction be the means of bringing them nearer to Christ and prepare them to meet their darling. Interment in the Lutheran cemetery, on the 3d. Funeral services by J.N. Durr, from Psa. 34:8
"'Twas hard to give thee up,
And lay thee in the tomb;
But yet we tried to say,
Thy will, not ours, O Lord, be done."
"Weep not, my parents dear,
Since I must leave you here
With Jesus I shall be
Happy through eternity."
MYER.-On the 20th of December 1893 near Conestoga Center, Pa., of pneumonia, Samuel, son of Rudolph Myer, deceased, aged 48 y., 10 m., and 28 days. He leaves a wife and two small children. Funeral on the 24th at the Stone meeting house. Sermon by Abram Herr, J.K. Brubaker, and Abram M. Witmer. Text, Acts 24:25. "When I have a convenient season, I will call for thee."
BERGEY.-On the 1st of January 1894, in Lansdale, Montgomery Co., Pa., from the effects of a fall, Edwin Bergey, aged 30 y., 5 m., 25d. Buried on the 4th at the Rockhill M.H. Funeral services by J. Loux, H. Godshall, Abel Horning and E.B. Allebach. He was a beloved brother and was highly esteemed by all. He had been engaged in the bakery business in Lansdale for about two years. On the 22d of Dec. he left Lansdale with a load of bread and cakes for his customers in the country. While handing out the bread at North Wales a dog suddenly sprang out, frightening the horse and causing him to run away. The sudden jerk caused Bro. Bergey to fall heavily and he sustained injuries from which he died after nine days of suffering. He was conscious most of the time and was able to arrange all his temporal affairs. He leaves his parents, 11 brothers and sisters, and an affectionate young wife to mourn his early and sad death.
COBAUGH.-On the 1st of January, 1894 in Clark Co., Ohio, Sarah Cobaugh, aged 76 y., 11 m., 16 d. She had been in feeble health for some time, and frequently expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. The evening before her death she conversed with her son about the old year that was just coming to a close and how we should enter upon the new year. She retired as usual, and the following morning at 5 o'clock she calmly fell asleep. Her remains were buried at Huber's M. H. on the 3d. Funeral services by Moses Brenneman from Num. 23:10. She was a member of the Mennonite denomination. May God comfort the mourning friends.
GOON.-On the 7th of January, 1894, in Nappanee, Ind., of cancer in the breast, sister Martha Goon (maiden name Eash), aged 41 y., 8 m., 1 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband and daughter, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Sister Goon was a faithful member in the Amish branch of our denomination. The remains were buried on the 9th in the Union cemetery at the Brick M. H. Funeral services in German by J.P. Smucker and in English by J. H. McGowan.
FRETZ.-On the 16th of December 1893, in Hatfield, Montgomery Co., Pa., of dropsy of which he suffered about two years, Jacob B. Fretz, aged 77 y., 7 m. and 22 d. Buried on the 21st at the Rockhill M.H. Funeral services by John Walter, Abel Horning and John Loux.
BAUM.-On the 21st of Dec. 1893, near Morwood, Montgomery Co., Pa., from the effects of a fall, Henry Baum, aged 35 y., 10 m., 22 d. He went to his barn at noon on the 20th to do some work, and while on the "overhead" a board broke which caused him to fall, from the injuries of which he died 32 hours later. He retained consciousness to the last. He leaves a bereaved widow and an aged father. Buried on the 26th at the Indianfield M.H. Funeral service by Abel Horning from I Sam. 20 and Pre. Fetter from Mark 13:37.
GENSCH.-On the 31st of December 1893, in Souderton, Montgomery county, Pa., Otto Gensch, aged 50 y., 4 m. Buried Jan. 4, 1894, at the Souderton M.H. Funeral services by Abel Horning and Allen M. Fretz to a large congregation.
GROSS.-On the 18th of December 1893, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., Isaac Gross, aged 81 y., 7 m., 10 d. Buried on the 22d at Deep Run. Funeral services to a large assembly by S. Godshalk and I. Rickert, from Psa. 92:12,13.
GROSS.-On the 30th of Dec. 1893, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Hester, wife of Dea. J.L. Gross, (aged?). Buried at Doylestown M.H. She was a dearly beloved and affectionate mother and an esteemed sister.
O mother dear, we miss thee here,
Thy smiling face no more we see;
No helping hand for us to cheer
Thou art from toil and sorrow free.
FRETZ.-On the 8th of Jan. 1894, in Blooming Glen, Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Catharine, widow of Isaac Fretz, dec., aged 82 y., 9 m., 25 d. Buried on the 11th at the Deep Run M.H. Funeral services by A.M. Fretz, from Phil.I:21,22.
SUNDHEIMER.-On the 29th of December, 1893, in Holmes Co., Ohio, of brain fever, Charley Sundheimer, aged 1 y, 8 d. Buried in the Walnut Creek graveyard followed by his parents and many friends. Funeral services by A. Mast and John H. Miller.
MILLER.-On the 3d of January, 1894 in Holmes Co., Ohio,
of lagrippe and heart trouble, Jacob I. Miller, aged 55
y., 2 m., 28 d. Buried in the Walnut Creek graveyard. Funeral
services by A. Mast, Moses A. Mast and John H. Miller. Deceased
leaves his wife, one son and many friends to mourn his death.
MEYER.-Jan. 9th 1894, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., Anna, wife of Levi Meyer, aged 68 y., 1 m., 19 d. Buried on the 14th. Funeral text, Psa. 37:37. A large concourse of friends assembled to sympathize with the bereaved family.
LOUX.-On the 1st of January 1894, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa. John Atherholt Loux, aged 78y, 1m, 12d. Funeral services on the 5th by A.M. Fretz at Deep Run Brick M.H., from the text, Psa. 8:4.
ZOOK.-On the 1st of Jan., 1894, in Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa, after a lingering sickness, Mary A. Zook, aged 57 years, 2 months and 6 days. She was the widow of Jacob J. Zook who died 5 years ago. Funeral services were held in the Allensville meeting house on the 3d by A.D. Zook, and Jos. H. Byler.
GEHMAN.-Jan. 8th 1894 in Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co, Pa, Christian Gehman, aged 71y., 3d. Buried at Deep Run on the 13th. Funeral service by Samuel Gross and Isaac Meyer, from Psa. 90:12.
ZUERCHER.-On the 10th of January 1894, Near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, Ada Florence, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Zuercher, aged 3 y., 1 m., 6 d. Buried on the 12th in the Salem churchyard. Funeral services by Joel Lehman, from Psa. 16:6.
HANSACKER.-On Dec. 3, 1893, near Woodside, Fayette county, Penna., of typhoid fever, Harry Newton Hansaker, aged 16 y., 4 m., 13 d. After three weeks of illness he passed from time to eternity. This young man, like many others, neglected the one thing most needful, although during his illness he was much interested in reading, or having read to him, the word of God. This is another loud call to the young, and to all those who are still out of the blessed fold of Jesus. May all unconverted souls realize their condition and accept Jesus as their Savior, that death may find them ready. He leaves an aged father, two brothers and a circle of friends to mourn his early departure. May this dispensation of God's providence be the means of bringing us all nearer to Him with whom we have to do. His remains were interred in the Masontwon Mennonite burying ground. Funeral services by J.S Coffman, of Elkhart, Ind. and J.N. Durr. Text, Job 14:10. A.F.D.
JOHNSON.-On Dec. 14, 1893, near Smithfield, Fayette county, Penna., Bro. Nicholas D. Johnson, aged 67 y., 1 m., 26 d. Bro. Johnson had been afflicted with throat trouble for some time, and could not speak above a whisper for about three years. Death no doubt came to him as a great deliverer. He united with the Mennonite church Feb. 4, 1872. The day following he was ordained to the office of deacon, in which he remained faithful until death. He leaves a sorrowing wife, four daughters, one son, three grandchildren, and a large circle of friends to mourn his departure. Yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. He was fully resigned to the will of God, patiently waiting for the Lord to call him home. May God comfort and console the bereaved family. His remains were interred on the 16th at the Masontown Mennonite burying ground. Funeral services by J.N. Durr, from the text, John 14:1,2.
"Well, he is gone, and now in heaven
He sings His praise who died for him;
And in his hand a harp is given,
And he is a heavenly worhiper."
DETWEILER.-On the 9th of January 1894, in Bedminster,
Bucks Co., Pa., of cancer, Catharine Detweiler, daughter
of Pre. Samuel Godshalk, aged 49 years, 9 months, 29 days.
Buried on the 12th at Deep Run, where many friends met to sympathize
with the mourners. She leaves her bereaved husband and seven children
to mourn their loss.
Thy helping hand we have no more,
Nor see they pleasant, smiling face,
Thy toil and sufferings now are o'er,-
Thou hast in heaven a dwelling place.
NIGHSWANDER.-On the 6th of Jan., 1894, in Pickering township, Ontario Co., Ontario, Susannah Nighswander, widow of the late Michael Nighswander, aged 75 years, 11 months and 10 days. Buried on the 8th in Wideman's burying-ground. Services by John G. and S.R. Hoover, from 2 Cor. 5 and Rev. 14:13. A large congregation assembled as a token of respect for the beloved sister. She was sick only a few days. Peace to her ashes.
KENNEL.-In Woodford Co., Ill., daughter of Peter and Bena Kennel, aged 3 months. The mother of the child died when the child was only one week old. It was buried at the Roanoke M.H. by the side of its mother. Funeral services by Peter Somer, Christian Reasor and John Smith.
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah
Mary E. Shank.
"Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither at the north wind's breath
And stars to set - but all,
Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O Death!"
Even in this flowery land, with all its brightness and verdure,
and amid the singing of birds Death reaches out his hand, and
one by one our friends are taken from our sight. Sister Mary
E. Shank (nee Wenger) was born in Rockingham Co., Va.,
in 1851, was married to Lewis H. Shank in Morgan Co., Mo., in
1872, and passed into the silent land in Desoto Co., Florida on
Sunday Jan. 29, 1894, aged 43 years, 10 months and 19 days.
She leaves her husband, three sons and five daughters. Two children had preceded her to the spirit world. The survivors were all at her bedside when the death angel visited the household. She was the victim of consumption, and had removed from her home in Missouri with the hope that the bright sunshine, the sea breezes and the breath of the pines in Florida might stay the march of the destroyer. She experienced much relief, and her stay among us was no doubt prolonged a year or two thereby. She was a noble exponent of the powers of unselfish love, seeking happiness only by contributing to the happiness of others. Her life was pre, calm and peaceful; no one ever doubted the sincerity of her Christian profession during the 22 years in which she held membership in the Mennonite denomination. She died as she lived, calm, peaceful, and fearless, giving testimony of her confidence in the saving power of the Redeemer. A few hours before the fatal moment she said to her husband, "Yes, I feel that the end is near, and I hope I soon shall be free from all pain. I would be glad to remain with you and my children if I could do you any good, as I am anxious about you all; but I have commended you all to the Lord. He does all things well. He will take care of you if you trust and serve Him. I am not afraid to die for I have served Him the best I could; and I hope you will all love and serve Him and thus be prepared to meet me in heaven." With loving hands we laid her body to rest in the cemetery at Bowling Green on Tuesday, the 30th day of January, 1894. A large company of friends who had learned to love her were present to do honor to her memory, and to offer sympathy to the bereaved. ---- S.R. WOODS
GANSCHOW.-On the 2d of January, 1894, in Peoria, Ill., of cancer of the stomach, John C. Ganschow, aged 68 y., 10 m., 13 d. He leaves a widow, three sons and one daughter to mourn their sad loss. The remains were brought to Danvers, Ill., on the 3d and laid to rest. Funeral services in German and English from 1 Cor. 15:21,26.
OTTO.-On the 19th of December, 1893, near Bloomington, Ill., after a lingering illness, Mary S. (Basting), wife of --- Otto, aged 26 y., 9 m., 27 d. She leaves her husband and three children. Funeral services near Bloomington by John Kinsinger in German from Thess. 4:13-18 and Peter Schantz in English from Phil. 1:6.
OTTO.-On the 3d of Jan., 1894, in Bloomington, Ill., of kidney trouble, Daniel Otto, aged 77 y., 8 m., 18 d. He leaves his widow, whom he married in 1838, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 37 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. He came to America in his 18th year. Buried Jan. 5th at Danvers. Funeral services by Peter Schantz, Chr. and John Gingerich.
STEINLEIT.-On the 5th of January, 1894, in McLean Co., Ill., infant son of August Steinleit. Buried on the 7th at Danvers. Funeral services by John Kinsinger from Mark 10:13-16.
MAURER.-On the 21st of January, 1894, near Danvers,
McLean Co., Ill., of the after effects of La Grippe, Nicholas
Maurer, aged 72 y., 10 m., 18 d. He leaves a deeply bereaved
widow and 6 children. He was a faithful member in the Mennonite
congrega-* at the above place. Bro. Maurer was twice married.
His first wife was Mary Bechler with whom he had 7 children, of
which but one survives. His second wife's maiden name was Kohler.
Of their 6 children 5 remain. Sister Maurer was too ill to attend
the funeral of her beloved companion on the 22d at the North Danvers
M.H. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey from Rev. 14:13 and Phil.
1:21 and Joseph King from Isa. 38:12. Bro. Maurer was highly esteemed
and his loss will be deeply felt.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.
SHULTZ.-On the 14th of January 1894, of an affection of the brain, only son of Menno and Catharine Shultz of Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Col. Several months ago, Sister Shultz left home with her child to visit her brother at New Hamburg, Waterloo Co., Ont., who had been sick for some time. The child took sick and died after ten days of suffering. Bro. Shultz was telegraphed for, but death came before the father arrived. The remains were buried on the 27th, in Steinman's graveyard. The funeral was largely attended. Funeral services by C. Litwiller from Mark 10:13-16 and J. Bender from Phil. 3:9-11.
BRUBACHER.-January 26th, 1894, near Snavely's Mill, Hammer Creek, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Bright's disease, Bro. Jacob H. Brubacher, aged 47 y., 10 m., 12 d. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Eph. 2:19-22. Buried at the Hammer Creek meeting house. A wife, an only daughter and a large circle of relatives mourn his departure. Bor. Brubacher suffered very much.
KREIDER.-January 21, 1894, near Lebanon, Lebanon Co., Pa., of Lagrippe, Bro. Michael Kreider, aged 87 y., 2 m., 18 d. Funeral on the 25th. Text, Rev. 22:14. Buried at Gingrich's meeting house. Bro. Kreider was a faithful member of the church.
NISSLEY.-January 21, 1894, at the home of her son-in-law, Bro. Elias Eby, Sister Elizabeth Nissley, widow, aged 81 y., 6 m., 3d. Funeral on the 24th; Text, 2 Cor. 5:1. Buried at Kraybill's meeting-house. A sorrowing family mourn her departure. A large congregation assembled as a token of respect for the departed sister in faith. Sister Nissley was a faithful member of the church.
BRETZ.-On Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1894, Mrs. Laura A. Bretz, wife of Jacob C. Bretz, of near West Fairview, Cumberland Co., Penna. She died suddenly after a very brief illness. The suddenness and unexpectedness of her death was a shock to the entire circle of her acquaintances and relatives. Mrs. Bretz was comparatively young, and apparently was the picture of health. Only a few days previous to her death she enjoyed apparently good health, and attended to her household duties. In her death her parents lost a dutiful daughter, the husband an affectionate, loyal companion, and the children a kind and loving mother. When she was yet quite young in years, she united with the M.E. Church, of which she was a faithful member until her marriage. After her marriage her church duties were apparently neglected, possibly by reason of the fact that her husband was an unconverted man. Despite those last named and much to be lamented facts, we believe that she is at rest in the land of the blest. We venture this hope on the grounds that the sacred fire of God's love so early kindled in her heart, though dimmed for a time apparently, was not extinct. And also from the facts that she was of an earnest, thoughtful nature, and had a brief time for reflection before death. She leaves a husband and seven children besides parents, brothers and sisters, and a large circle of friends to mourn her early death. She was 38 y., 11 m., and 6 d. old. Her funeral took place on Friday afternoon, Jan. 19th, at Zion's Lutheran church near West Fairview. The services were conducted by Pre's M.C. Swartz and J.L Nicholas, from Luke 12:40, and Rom. 8:28, and were of a solemn and impressive character. May the Lord comfort those whom He has thus afflicted, and bind up the broken hearts, and teach us all the fact of our mortality, our frailty, and nothingness, that we may be found ready at His call, prepared to depart and enjoy eternal happiness with Him. E.
BEACHY.-Near Grantsville, Garrett Co., Md., Jan. 27th, 1894, of heart disease, Bro. Joel J. Beachy, aged 18 y., 5 m., 11 d. This young man was troubled with this malady before he united with the church several years ago. Since that time he has hardly ever been able to attend services, but was a devoted Christian, giving much time to the study of the Bible. When visited he would be found in a cheerful mood and evidently enjoying sweet communion with his Savior. On the 27th, he passed suddenly away, but we have every reason to hope that though "to live" for him "was Christ," yet "to die was gain." He leaves his father, mother, 4 sisters and 3 brothers to mourn their loss. Funeral services at the Casselman Mennonite M.H. by D. H. Bender, G.D. Miller and H.M. Gelnett, from Jno. 11:25. Buried in the A.M. graveyard, near Grantsville, Md.
SMELTZER.-On the 3d of February, near Wakarusa, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of scarlet fever, Henry Edwin, oldest son of David and Mary Smeltzer, aged 4 y., 1 m., 25 d. Funeral services were held at the Olive meeting house, where the burial took place on the 5th. This is indeed a sad affliction for the sorrowing parents, but they have the blessed comfort their dear one is safe in the arms of Jesus.
HESS.-On the 18th of January, 1894, near Hess Station, Lancaster Co., Pa., of paralysis, from which he suffered since the 8th of January, Bro. Benjamin Hess, in his 80th year. He was a devout member of the Mennonite denomination, charitable and kind in all his dealings, and was highly esteemed by all. He was born October 14, 1814, and lived all his days on the farm upon which he died. He was a son of John Hess, who lived and died on the same farm. In spite of his age, his mental faculties were still keen, and he was physically a well preserved man, save the last couple of years of his life he had heart trouble. He was a man of very even temper, and the family have lost a kind and indulgent father and an affectionate husband. His wife who, before marriage, was Miss Susan Leaman, sister of the late J. Leaman, deceased, of Camargo, with the following children, survives: Susan, only daughter, living at home; Joseph of Lampeter; John of Willow Street; Ben., on the farm of the late John M. Shenk, deceased; and Harry, married, and farming at home. The funeral took place from his late residence on Jan. 21, at the Mennonite M.H. at New Providence. Funeral services by Elias Groff and Amos Herr from Job 14:14.
HERR.-Bro. Peter Herr, one of the oldest residents of Paradise township, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on the 19th of January, 1894, aged 90 years and 15 days. He was a very intelligent and successful farmer, and a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination for many years, and had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. His wife died about fifteen years ago. There are two sons and one daughter living, and a number of grandchildren. Two daughters died before him. The funeral took place the following Monday, where a large concourse of friends and relatives assembled to show their love and respect for the deceased. The remains were consigned to mother Earth at Strasburg. Services were conducted by the brethren Amos Herr and Isaac Eby from Prov. 14:32 JACOB K. ANDREWS
ROPP.-On the 15th of January, 1894, Magdalena, wife of Christian Ropp, aged 75 years. Deceased was born in Dimringen Lothrigen (Lorraine), France in 1819, and was married to Christian Ropp, Apr. 27th, 1841. They moved to America the same year, first settling in Ohio and at the end of a year in Canada, where they lived until 1861 when they moved to Tazewell Co., Ill. On the 4th of Dec., 1889, her husband died, and in Dec. 1891 she moved with her son-in-law, Jacob Oswald, to West Point, Neb. On the 17th of Jan., 1893 she had a stroke of paralysis, from which she suffered much until God called her home. She leaves five children to mourn her departure; three children preceded her. Funeral services by Joseph Gascho from Seward Co., Neb. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8.
SMOKER.-On the 10th of January, 1894, in Mifflin Co., Pa., John M. Smoker, aged 38 y., 4 m., 6 d.
HARTZLER.-On the 16th of January, 1894, at Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Jacob A. Hartzler, aged nearly 70 years.
HERTZLER.-On the 14th of January, 1894, at the residence of his son-in-law Daniel Z. Mast, near Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., from the effects of la grippe, Isaac Hertzler, aged 84 y., 11 m., 26 d. Bro. Hertzler was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and was buried on Jan. 18th, his 85th birthday. Funeral services by Pre. Moses Hartz, from Isa. 3:10,11, assisted by Gideon and Chr. Stoltzfust and Jonathan Yoder.
LEHMAN.-On the 23d of December, 1893, in Franklin Co., Pa., near Rocky Springs, very suddenly of heart disease, sister Barbara, (maiden name Ebersole) beloved wife of Bro. Abraham Lehman, aged 69 y., 9 m., 4 d. The evening previous to her death she was apparently as well as usual. About 4 A.M. their grandchild which they had in their care needed some attention and as she did not get up as usual her husband tried to awaken her, when he found to his consternation that she was a corpse. The remains were interred on the 26th in the Pleasant Hill (River Brethren) churchyard near her home. Funeral services by P. Wadel, and S.D. Lehman in German and P.H. Parret in English. Text, Matt. 24:44. She leaves a bereaved husband, 3 sons and 3 daughters, also 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Mrs. John Fry, Mrs. Samuel Lehman, Bro. Samuel Ebersole of Franklin Co., Pa., and Bro. Chr. Ebersole of Sterling, Ill., all of whom attended the funeral. Sister Lehman's place was seldom vacant at the meetings when health permitted. Her sudden death is truly a solemn call to all to be prepared to meet their God.
WAGNER.-On the 22d of November, 1893, in Perth Co., Ont., Magdalena Wagner, (maiden name Kipfer). She had for many years been estranged from full membership, and died thus. Truly a warning call to all. Buried in the Poole graveyard. Funeral services by Peter Spenler from 1 Cor. 15 and Nicholas Nafziger from Rev. 3:14-22.
WEAVER.-Jan. 18th, 1894, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Anna Weaver, (maiden name Metzler,) wife of Henry Weaver, aged 74 y., 5 m., 20 d. Interment at the Metzler M.H., where services were conducted by Isaac Good of Medina Co., Ohio. The funeral was largely attended.
HERSHBERGER.-On the 19th of January, 1894, in Holmes Co., Ohio, of dypepsia, Paulina, wife of Jacob E. Hershberger, aged 57 y., 4 m., 5 d. Buried on the 22d in the Walnut Creek graveyard. Funeral services by A. Mast and Moses A. Mast. Deceased was a member of the Amish branch of our denomination since her youth and was highly esteemed. She was married Jan. 25, 1857 to her surviving husband. Of their eleven children nine were left to follow the remains of an affectionate mother to their last earthly resting place.
HARTZLER.-On Jan. 15th, 1894, near Garden City, Cass
Co., Mo., Mary Etta, daughter of Seth and Mary Hartzler,
aged 22 y., 3 m., 21 d. Buried on the 17th. Funeral services were
conducted by Daniel Hooley and D.F. Yoder in English and Peter
Zimmerman in German from 1 Chron. 29:15. Mary was an affectionate
daughter, and her aim had been to obtain a good education, and
which she had almost completed. But He who knows best laid His
hand upon her and called her upon the bed of affliction with that
most dreaded disease, cancer.
When the cancer first showed itself she had not yet accepted her Savior, and when spoken to as to her condition, she seemed to believe that she would again get well; but in the last stages of the disease she began to look upon Him that was crucified as her Savior and Redeemer, and thanks be to God, a few days before her end came, she was ready and willing to confess Him, and desired to* baptized. From that time on she seemed to be wholly given up to the will of God. In her last days, although suffering almost unendurable pain, her desire was to have singing, reading and praying at her bedside, so we can rest assured that she had found peace for her soul, and that our loss is her gain.
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ZEHR.-On the 3d of January, 1894, in Perth Co., Ont., son of Jacob and Leah Zehr, aged 2 y., 8 m., 25 d. Funeral services by Peter Spenler from 2 Cor 5, and Nicholas Nafziger from Mark 10:13,16. May God comfort the sorrowing parents. This is the second child they have laid away within six months.
SILVIUS.-On the 14th of January, 1894, in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sister Mary (Burkholder) Silvius, aged 84 years. She was married Nov. 11, 18-- to Joseph Silvius. To this union were born seven children, of whom five survive; also 22 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Deceased was for many years a consistent member of the Mennonite denomination, a kind and affectionate wife and mother and took delight in administering to the wants of the afflicted and needy, and she died, as she had lived, in the hope of a glorious immortality. Buried on the 16th in the Union Hill cemetery in Tuscarawas Co. Funeral services in presence of a large concourse of friends, by Andrew Shenk from Matt. 24:44.
REDIGER.-On the 8th of January, 1894, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., Catherine, wife of David Rediger and daughter of Bish. Joseph Schlegel, aged 23 y., 2 m., 2d. She lived in matrimony with her surviving husband 5 years. Of her two children one preceded her. She also leaves her parents, 8 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn her departure, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. Her remains were laid to rest in the Fair View cemetery. Funeral services by Joseph Gascho from Rev. 3:4 6. Bro. Rediger and wife lived at Thurman, Col., and had come to Nebraska on a visit, but Sister Rediger took sick a few days after their arrival, and after three weeks of suffering she calmly fell asleep.
YODER.-John M. Yoder was born in Somerset Co.,
Pa., Nov. 22d 1847; died in Iowa City, Ia. Jan 12th, 1894. Aged
46 y., 1 m., 21 d. He came from Pa. in June of 1893, and was employed
in carrying the mail from Sharon Center to Iowa City. On the 30th
of December he was struck by a passenger train while crossing
the track of the B.C.R & N. R.R. His injuries at first were
not considered dangerous, but as time passed they became more
serious until death claimed him as his own. He was a faithful
member of the Progressive Brethren denomination and led a devoted
Christian life, having a kind word for everybody, his aim being
to live at peace with all men.
During his sickness he was greatly resigned to the will of God, often expressing a willingness to leave this world, saying he was ready to go. Only a few hours before his death he had a vision, he said everything was so nice and green, he spoke of seeing such a pretty chair, he said it was the grandest and most sublime place he ever beheld. His remains were laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill cemetery on the 14th followed by an exceedingly large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by F.T. Maxwell and L.A. Jones. Text, James 4:14.
The bereaved have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for they have the blessed hope that their loss is his eternal gain.
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah