Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1894

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXI, No. 11, June 1, 1894 - pp 174,175

was born Feb. 9, 1825, and died near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., May 10, 1894, aged 69 years, 3 months and 1 day. He united with the Mennonite denomination in 1852, and was ordained to the ministry January 26, 1857. His funeral was preached at Weaver's M.H. on the 12th in the presence of one of the largest funeral congregations ever assembled at that place. The services were conducted by Henry H. Wenger, Samuel Coffman and W.C. Hagen. This sad event is deplored by all that knew him. He was universally loved and respected, always had a kind word for all those he met, especially for those in distress; he was ever ready to give them all the comfort possible. At his home it was pleasant to be; he was hospitable, kind and entertaining; he had many visitors which was an evidence of this fact. He was a good counselor; many sought his advice, both in spiritual and secular matters; in this he will be greatly missed. In the church he was a strong pillar; as a minister he was able and profound; his sermons were always full of Christ, indeed his whole life seemed to have been sweetened with the love of Jesus; his strongest appeal to the unconverted always was intensified by vividly holding up before them the great love Christ had for the sinner; his heart seemed constantly to overflow with this his favorite theme. How much he will be missed from the pulpit we cannot now realize. The writer heard a young sister say, "It will not be like meeting without him." Not only this young sister, but many more will miss him; his vacant seat will be noticed for some time. It becomes us to be resigned to the will of God, it pleased Him to call our brother up higher, and give him rest from his labors. We do not mourn without hope; for we have the evidence that he is now in the enjoyment of eternal rest. At times he suffered intensely in his last illness, but all is now over. The writer was with him one day, and when asked how he was, he said, language would fail him to express his sufferings, but he said Christ suffered for us and we must patiently bear it. When the end came he calmly and sweetly fell asleep, as we believe, in Jesus. He leaves a deeply afflicted widow and four children to mourn their loss. Also a brother and sister and many relatives.

Soldier of God well done,
Rest by thy loved employ;
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Master's joy. E.S.

SHEETSLEY.-On the 25th of April 1894, in Turkey Creek Twp., Kosciusko Co., Ind., of a cancer, Barbara, widow of the late Lewis Sheetsley (who died some ten years ago), aged 65 y., 18 d. She was born in Markham Twp., York Co., Ont., and married in 1860. She was the mother of one child, and 4 grandchildren. Her maiden name was Climenhage. She was a member of the Evangelical denomination. Her last words were, "all is well with me." Buried April 27 at Byers M.H. Services by Pre. Myers from Rev. 7:14.

KAUFFMAN.-Christian Kauffman died suddenly of heart disease on Friday evening March 30th 1894 at his home near West Liberty, Ohio, at the age of 72 yrs., 4 mo., 3 days. He was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 27th 1821, and at the age of 19 years united with the Amish Mennonite church in which faith he continued through life. He was married to Mary Hooley Jan. 7th 1844 and a few months later they emigrated to Logan Co., Ohio, where they lived 15 years. They then moved to the old homestead of his father in Champaign Co., where they lived for 35 years until death separated them. Funeral service were held on Monday April 2d at the Oak Grove church by John Warye in German and Abednego Miller in English.

"Two more hands are gently folded
On a faithful father's breast;
Two more feet have ceased to wander
Through life's stormy wilderness.

Dearest father, how we miss thee
Since thy face we see no more;
Yet we hope ere long to greet thee
On the fair celestial shore."

FRETZ.-At White Vale on Thursday April 12 1894, sister Mary Reesor, wife of Bro. Mannassah C. Fretz, aged 64 years, 4 months, 28 days. She was buried on the 15th in the Cedar Grove grave-yard, followed by many beloved relatives, friends and neighbors. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel R. Hoover, from Psalms 90 and 2 Cor. 4:17,18. We need not mourn as those who have no hope; we have the assurance that she is at rest, for she had a desire to depart and be with Christ.

GOOD.-On the 6th of May 1894, in Allen Co., Ohio, very suddenly, Bro. John D. Good. He was born in Rockingham Co., Va., March 3d 1863 and was aged 31 y., 2 m., and 3 d. On the day of his death the deceased partook with us of the communion in the Salem Cong. apparently in usual health. Happily, his mother, his companion and all of his brothers and sisters were present and commemorated with him the dying love of Jesus. Little did we think his end was so near. How solemn it seems to us as we think of that communion. He united with the Mennonite church at the age of about 18, and was married to Elizabeth Brenneman in his 24th year. While his sudden death casts a gloom over the neighborhood, the church and relatives, yet he leaves behind a good evidence that he was ready for the message, which summoned him to the eternal world; and we have good reason to believe he has gone to the "Beautiful, beautiful land, the home of the blest." Buried on the 8th in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives, services by Andrew Shenk and C.B. Brenneman. Text, "Be ye therefore ready."

MISHLER.-On the 2d of May 1894, in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, Susie, daughter of Joseph and Lizzie Mishler, aged 7 yrs., 2 mos., 17 days. She was buried on the 3d. Funeral services by Jonas Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger. Text, Luke 8:42.

MCLAUGH.-On the 24th of April in Louisville, Ohio, after three weeks of sickness, John McLaugh, aged 82 y., 7 m., 24 d. He was the oldest man living that was born in Canton, Ohio. His father died while returning from the war of 1812-14. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite denomination for fifty years. Of 8 children 5 remain with their mother to mourn their loss. Buried in the Rowland cemetery, followed by many friends. Funeral services by J.J. Libbermay of Louisville, from, Gen. 25:8.

SWARTZENDRUBER.-On the 25th of April 1894, near Lapps, Lancaster Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Elam, youngest child of Annie Swartzendruber (widow), aged 3 yrs., 8 mos., and a few days. Buried on the 27th in the Millwood graveyard. Funeral services by Gideon and John M. Stoltzfus. Three children preceded the father to eternity. Two years ago the father went, and last year a baby and now the youngest again, leaving the mother and five children here to mourn these losses.

Weep not, mother, since we're gone,
This earthly home lasts but a day;
Soon you'll swell with us at home,
And God shall wipe your tears away.

WELDY.-On the 8th of May 1894, near Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind., sister Emeline Kreider, wife of Bro. Jacob B. Weldy, aged 39 y., 1 m. She was born in Medina Co., Ohio, April 8, 1855 moved with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1866; was united in matrimony to her surviving husband June 18, 1871 and with him united with the Mennonite denomination in the spring of 1872. Of six children three preceded her to the grave. Buried on the 10th.

KENNEL.-On the 16th of May 1894, near Millwood, Lancaster Co., Pa., of quincy and swelling in the throat, Mary Magdalena, infant daughter of John P. and Mattie Kennel, aged 4 mos., and 22 days. Buried on the 18th in the Millwood graveyard. Funeral services by Daniel N. and Gideon Stoltzfus. Text, Psalm 16:5,6. For five weeks it suffered greatly, experiencing much difficulty in breathing, but kind neighbors and friends sympathized with the child and helped the parents to carry and nurse it day and night as they could not lay the little sufferer down.

'Oh dear Lena, how we loved thee,
This short time you stayed with us,
But the angels came and bore thee,
To the loving arms of Jesus.

Thou wert patient, smiling sweetly,
Though in pain and sore distress,
But your sufferings now are ended,
And you are in eternal rest.

We'll not murmur, though we miss thee,
For here is naught but grief and pain,
In heaven we all hope to meet thee,
And never to part again." (by her mother M.L.K.)

BROWN.-On the 14th of April 1894 at Cullom, Livingston Co., Ill., of consumption, Mrs. Sarah E. Brown (daughter of Peter and Mary Haun), aged 26 years, 10 months, 6 days. Buried on the 17th. She united with the Mennonite church at the age of 15 years and was a faithful member till her death. She died strong in the faith and when the death messenger came, she was ready to go and fell asleep in Jesus. Her mind was strong till the last. She leaves a dear husband, parents, brothers and sisters to mourn her early departure. Her remains were followed to the grave by a large number of friends and neighbors. The funeral sermon was preached by Bishop E.M. Hartman from 1 Cor. 15:55-57.

BRETZ.-On May 1st, 1894, at Washington, Oxford Co., Ontario, of the infirmities of age, sister Nancy (Wieler) Bretz, widow of the late Pre. Jacob Bretz, aged 84 yrs., 11 months. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination for many years, and leaves, to mourn her loss, seven sons and one daughter. She survived her husband for 15 years. Buried in the Blenheim Mennonite cemetery on May 4th, where funeral services were conducted in German by Jos. Nahrgang, and in English by Pre. Kennedy, from Phil. 1:21. During her last years she expressed herself as waiting for the summons.

GEHL.-On the 7th of May 1894 in Waterloo Co., Ontario, Abram Gehl, aged 34 y., 7 d. Buried on the 10th at Cressman's M.H. at Breslau. Funeral services to a large concourse of sympathizing relatives and friends by Elias Weber in German and Noah Stauffer in English.

EBY.-On the 19th of February 1894, in Hagerstown, Md., of pneumonia and brain fever, Mark W.S. infant son of Bro. J.M. and sister Ida Eby, aged 10 mos., 21 days. Funeral on the 21st. Buried at Reiff's Mennonite M.H. Services at the house by A. Baer, and by J.C. Miller and Geo. S. Keener, at the M.H.

"Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled,
Like the dove to the ark
Thou hast flown to thy rest -
From the wild sea of strife
To the home of the blest." GRANDFATHER.

BLOUGH.-On the 28th of April 1894, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of catarrh fever and other complicated diseases, Ida, daughter of Bro. Peter and sister Polly Blough, aged 3 yrs., 1 mo., 9 days. She was buried on the 30th at the Blough Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by Jonas Blough, L.A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger.

MILLER.-Noah Aaron, son of Emil and Sarah Miller, died May 13th 1894, aged 7 months, 26 days. Buried on the 15th at the Ustick Ill. Mennonite M.H. Services by John McCulloh and John Nice.

"Noah, thou hast left us lonely,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

SCHROCK.-May 3, 1894, sister Phebe Schrock died at her home near Flanagan, Livingston Co., Ill., aged 28 years, 1 month, and 5 days. The funeral was conducted by J.B. Zehr and Daniel Orendorf, from Rev. 21. Her remains were laid to rest in the Waldo cemetery. She suffered three months of consumption brought on by lagrippe. In all her sufferings she was very patient. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite church October 2, 1886 and was a faithful member in the church, and led a Christian life. She was an earnest teacher in the Sunday school for a number of years, and was always willing to do what she could for her Master. She testified that she had peace with her God, and had nothing in her heart that would keep her from her Master, only she had some brothers and sisters who were as yet out of Christ. She warned them very faithfully to leave their present manner of life and that the parting in this world was nothing compared with the parting in the next world, which will be forever. Sister Phebe leaves an aged father and mother, three brothers and five sisters, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She will be sorely missed in the home and neighborhood, but she will now reap what she had sown. J.W.B

FORNEY.-On the 5th of May 1894, in Livingston Co., Ill., sister Elisabeth Forney, wife of John Forney, aged 62 y., 1 m., 21 d. Sister Forney was born near St. Dietel, Vosges, France. Of her 9 children, 3 have preceded her. She received all the care and attention during her long sickness that a loving husband and affectionate children could bestow. At times her sufferings were so great that she became delirious. She was very patient and awaited the end with Christian fortitude. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite denomination. Besides her husband and six children she leaves a number of grandchildren. Her remains were buried on the 7th in the Pike Twp. graveyard, followed thither by many friends. Funeral services by Chr. Zimmerman, Daniel Orendorf, Joseph Zehr and John P. Schmitt from 2 Cor. 5 and Heb. 4:11.

GOOD.-On the 8th of May 1894 near Washington, Tazewell Co., Ill., sister Maria Ehrisman, wife of Thomas Good. Buried on the 10th in the Washington cemetery. Sister Maria was married on the 5th of March 1861. The union was blessed with 10 children. There are also 14 grandchildren. She was a beloved mother and wife and a faithful follower of Christ in our denomination. Funeral services by the writer and Pre. Roenig of the Deer Creek Cong. and Emanuel Hartman from Isa. 18 and 38:12,13. A large concourse of friends followed her remains to the grave. MICHAEL KINSINGER.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXI, No. 12, June 15, 1894 - pp 191,192

GISH.-Fanny Gish (maiden name Shank) was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 29, 1807, died May 29, 1894, aged 86 y., 7 m. Funeral services by Isaac Good in English and by Henry Beery in German from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. She was kindly cared for at the old homestead by her son J.J. Gish. She was blind for 13 years and very helpless, and often wished that she could go home, but was willing to bear it, as the Lord sent it.

ROH.-On the 28th of May, 1894, in Shipshewana, Lagrange Co., Ind., of heart disease, Otis Early, son of John and Katie Roh, aged 6 y., 9 m., 24 d. Buried on the 30th. Services by Joseph D. Miller and Eli Miller. Text, 2 Cor. 4:15-18.

LOKE.-On May 26th, 1894, in Rockingham Co., Va., Albert W., son of Noah and Mary Loke, departed this life at the early age of 1 y., 3 m., 26 d. Funeral services were held at the Bank M.H. by Jos. F. Heatwole, from John 14:1, assisted by Emanuel and Simeon Heatwole. J.A.

ROHRER.-On March 8, 1894, at his home near Rushville, Va., our Bro. Israel Rohrer at the age of 73 y., 5 m., 24 d., died of heart trouble. He was buried at the Bank M.H. on the 12th. Funeral services were held by Jos. F., Simeon and Emanuel Heatwole. Text, Rom. 9:27. Bro. Rohrer was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss. May God abundantly bless them in their bereavement. J.A.

SWARTLEY.-On the 10th of May, 1894, near Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa., of cancer in the stomach, Philip S. Swartley, aged 68 y., 5 m., 28 d. He was buried in the Line Lexington Mennonite burying grounds. He was fully reconciled to God's will.

BENDER.-May 27th, 1894, near Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. John K. Bender, aged 67 y., 7 m., 9 d. Funeral on the 30th. Text, 1 Thes. 4:13-18. Buried at Millersville M.H. A widow, one son and one daughter, and a large circle of relatives mourn his departure.

MUSSER.-May 4th, 1894, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., very suddenly of apoplexy, Bro. John Musser, aged 67 y., 25 d. Funeral on the 7th. Text, Mark 13:35-37. Buried at the Landisville M. H. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family, and as a token of respect for the beloved brother. Bro. Musser was a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination. May the Lord comfort the bereft family.

KING.-In Logan Co., Ohio, Shem, son of Deacon C. and Fanny King, died May 4, 1894, aged 16 years, 6 months and 2 days. His disease was measles and lung trouble. Buried on the 6th at the South Union M.H. Services were conducted at the house and also at the church by C.K. Yoder and A. Miller.

SHANK.-May 13th, 1894, of lockjaw, in Florin, Lancaster Co., Pa., Lizzie, daughter of Bro. and Sister Samuel and --- Shank, aged 5 y., 3 d. Funeral on the 16th. Text, Rom. 12:15. Buried in the Florin cemetery. May the Lord comfort the bereft parents.

SHENK.-On May 21, 1894, in Rockingham Co., Va., John M., son of A.P. and Fannie Shenk, aged 10 m., 11 d. Funeral services were held at the Bank M.H. by J.F. Heatwole and others, from Luke 8:25. J.A.

WINEY.-On the 9th of May 1894, near Peabody, Marion Co., Kansas, Victor, youngest child of Bro. Caleb and sister --- Winey, aged 11 months and 9 days.

MILLER.-May 10th, 1894, near Cedar Lane, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Margarett Miller, aged 62 y., 9 m., 14 d. Funeral on the 12th. Text, Matt. 24:44. Buried at the Weaverland M.H.

GINGRICH.-On the 14th of Apr., 1894, near Mifflintown, Juniata Co., Pa., Bro. John Gingrich, aged 80 y., 11 m., 9 d. The funeral was largely attended by the friends and neighbors. Interment in the Lost Creek cemetery. Funeral services by William Auker.

HIGH.-On the 4th of May, 1894, in South Cayuga, Haldimand Co., Ont., Sister Barbara, wife of Joseph High, aged 74 y., 1 m., 29 d. Buried on the 6th at Fry's Corners. Funeral services by G. Bears, assisted by Moses Hoover from Phil. 1:21. She was married 50 years ago. They were blessed with 9 children, 6 of whom are still living, also 12 grandchildren.

ROTH.-On the 20th of May, 1894, near Thurman, Col., after a short illness, Bro. William, son of Pre. Jacob Roth, aged 15 y., 11 m., 29 d. This young brother was much interested in the Sunday school and in singing. About two weeks before his death he made his covenant with God and was received as a brother in church membership. On the day of his death he called his parents, brothers and sisters to his bedside, and in turn took affectionate leave of them asking them to forgive him if he had in any way grieved them. He desired to depart and be with Christ. The remains were buried in the church-yard near Thurman on the 21st. Funeral services by J. Shrock and Joseph Schlegel from Matt. 24:42-51 and John 14:1-4.

STOTTS.-Susan Stotts was born Dec. 11th, 1806, in Somerset Co., Pa., was married to Adam Shroyer Sept. 27, 1829. To this union were born 14 children, of whom 6 survive. Mr. and Mrs. Shroyer moved to Coshocton Co., Ohio, immediately after their marriage. In 1861 they moved from thence to Lagrange Co., Ind., where Mr. Shroyer died May 18, 1867. Sister Shroyer united with the Evangelical Lutheran church when quite young, and has since lived an exemplary Christian life. She died May 18, 1894, at the advanced age of 87 y., 5 m., 7 d., both departing on the same day of the same month. Buried on the 20th at the Salem M.H. Funeral services by J.S. Hartzler from Rev. 3:5.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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