OBITUARY. Death has robbed the once happy home
of Joseph and Mary Dils of near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co.,
Ind. of four precious little darlings, all within a short space
of time, and all of the same dread disease, diphtheria. It is
seldom that we are called upon to chronicle the recurrence of
the sad event of death in such rapid succession as they occurred
in this family, and the blow falls with crushing force upon the
bereft parents and relatives. The deaths occurred as follows:
EVA MAY, born Sept. 21, 1884, died Feb. 27, 1895, aged 10 y., 5 m., 6 d.
ALVA ETTA, born Feb. 26, 1889, died Feb. 27, 1895, aged 6 y., 1 d.
EMILY ANNETTA, born Aug. 14 1887, died Feb. 28, 1895, aged 7 y., 6 m., 14 d.
WILLIS CORNELIUS, born July 25, 1893, died March 4, 1895, aged 1 y., 7 m., 9 d.
The deceased were the grandchildren of Jacob and Catharine Loucks. On account of the contagious nature of the disease, funeral services were postponed until Sunday, April 14, on which occasion J. S. Lehman held memorial services in the Olive M. H. to a vast concourse of people from the text, Matt. 2: 18. The services in the M. H. and afterward at the row of little graves were very impressive and many tears of fond affection and sympathy were shed. The bereaved family has the warmest sympathy of a large community in these sad days of trial. May they look upward to Him from whom all help and comfort come and in faith look forward to the time when they can meet their loved ones in the sweet Elysian fields of everlasting joy.
IN MEMORIAM. In memory of the children of Joseph and Mary Dils-May, Nettie, Alva, and Willis, whose little lives within one short week were ended by the dread disease diphtheria.
No outward sign can ever show
How crushed our hearts, how broken;
Deeper than word or moan of woe
Abide the griefs unspoken.
O May, thy sun lit life so fleet
Feared not grim Death's untimely calling;
Ours is the bitter, thine the sweet-
Lord, help us keep these tears from falling.
What fearful portion of this pain
Heaven had alas! For us in keeping
O Nettie, thy bright eyes remain
Though hid in earth's eternal sleeping.
O patient Alva, here no more
Will share thy kiss and childish clinging,
Thy feet have touched the unknown shore
Where faith hears angels' voices singing.
Last torn away, in spite of prayers,
Our Willis O! so lately lent us;
What joy he brought! How light were cares,
When his child laugh rang to content us.
O Father, holy, holy One,
Whose love is past all song and story;
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done-
We yield these jewels to Thy glory.
For the parents, by A. W. Crull.
YODER. Near McVeytown, Pa., March 27, 1895, Bro. David A. Yoder, aged 62 years, 8 months and 4 days. Bro. Yoder was ordained deacon in the fall of 1883. He was interested in the welfare of the church and we look with sadness upon his empty seat.
MARTIN. In New Holland, Earl township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart trouble. Lydia, wife of Eli M. Martin and daughter of Franklin and Matty Weaver, aged 27 years and 10 days. She leaves her husband and 3 small children to mourn their loss. She was a faithful sister in the Mennonite church. The remains were laid to rest on the 12th of April 1895. A large concourse of friends and acquaintances followed the remains to the grave. Funeral services by John Zimmerman in German and John K. Brubaker in English at Weaverland. Text, Matt. 28: 6. While standing and viewing the corpse the words of the poet came to my mind.
"Mother, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening
When it floats among the trees.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low,
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shalt know.
Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel:
But 'til God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Peace to her ashes. M. H. W.
HALDEMAN. On the 8th of April, 1895, in Warrington Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Bro. Charles Haldeman, aged 68 years, 6 months and 18 days. He was buried on the 14th of April at Line Lexington M. H. The services were conducted at the house by S. Gross and Uriah Widener from Rev. 14: 13, and at the church by John Walter, Isaac Rickert and H. Rosenberger. Brother Haldeman was a faithful member of the Mennonite church from his early years and his seat was seldom vacant when health and circumstances would permit, and having been faithful to the end, we hope that he has received the crown of righteousness. He leaves a sorrowing widow, two sons and one daughter to mourn his death; they need not mourn, however, as those who have no hope. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
WOLFORD. On the 13th of April 1895, in Bethel, Somerset Co., Pa., Harvey M., son of Robert and Annie Wolford, aged 5 years, 3 months. Buried on the 14th. Funeral services at the United Brethren church at Bethel by L. A. Blough and Rev. Buffelton. He was buried in the Blough Mennonite graveyard. Death was supposed to have been caused by scalding by hot water. A few days before his death the child accidently got hold of a tea kettle full of boiling water and spilled it on himself. The affliction is indeed hard upon the mother who had been sick herself for several months, but they need not mourn without a hope.
SMITH. On the 4th of April 1895, near Goshen, Ind., of cancer in the face of which he suffered more or less for seven years, Bro. Gib Smith, aged 89 years, 3 months, 25 days. He had lived a moral life, but had made no profession of Christ, though often admonished to give up all for Jesus' sake. As death drew near he realized that morality alone will never save the soul, that he was a sinner in the sight of God. He earnestly sought his Savior, and found peace such as morality alone never gives. He was baptized and received into fellowship with God's people on March 17. The rest of his days were full of peace. He remained conscious to the last. Buried at the Clinton Brick M. H. on the 6th. Funeral services by J. Garber and Pre. Stulze.
HORST. On the 11th of April 1895 in Harvey Co., Kansas, Sister Leah, oldest daughter of Michael and Mary Horst, aged 19 years, 4 months and 26 days. Funeral services by Caleb Winey, Daniel Kauffman and David Zook, from 2 Cor. 5: 1. This young sister was loved by all and we do not doubt but her memory will live long in the hearts of her associates of like precious faith. When the doctor told her that she must die she took it very calmly and was fully resigned to the will of the Lord. During the last days of her life she made special requests for singing and selected for the first song, "My heavenly home is bright and fair," with the chorus, "I'm going home." She died of dropsy of the heart and a complication of other diseases. Many friends followed her remains to the grave, where the last song was one found in her trunk after her death, entitled, "A voice from the dead." God grant that each of us may behold her face in heaven, and sing together nobler songs in nobler strains than earth can give, all to the glory of Him who loves us unto the end. R. J. H.
LANTZ. Near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., on April 4, 1895, Joseph J. Lantz. He was born in Williams Co., Ohio, March the 21st 1843, thus reaching the age of 52 years and 14 days. He joined the Amish Mennonite church in Fulton Co., Ohio, when about 20 years of age. He came to Howard Co., Ind. In 1866, and united with the church here, and was joined in the holy bond of matrimony with Mary Hubler, Dec. 30th, 1866. To this union were born 13 children; 2 of them died in their infancy. He leaves a wife and 11 children and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Four of the children have united with the church of God. They feel assured with the testimony of the departed father which he has left them that he has passed away in peace with his God, and is awaiting their coming to the future happiness. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church and was always ready to give help and good counsel when asked. The loss will be deeply felt, both in the family and in the church, but our loss is his gain. While on his death-bed he stated that as God's will was, so he was satisfied. He admonished all to live submissive to the will of God. Funeral services on the 6th at the A. M. meeting house to a very large concourse of people by N. Sprool from 2 Tim. 4: 6 8 in German and J. S. Horner in English. May God console the bereaved companion and children of the departed father, and help them so to live that when their time will come to leave this world, they may be so happy as to meet him in heaven.
AUKER. On the 8th of April 1895, in Fantic Valley, Perry Co., Pa., of heart trouble and dropsy, sister Elizabeth (Landis), wife of John Auker, aged 73 years, 5 months, 5 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church, and leaves a sorrowing husband, 3 daughters and 2 sons to mourn their loss. Buried in the family graveyard. Funeral services at the house by Wm. Graybill from John 14: 4 and Samuel Gayman from Psa. 39: 4 6.
KOLB. On the 2d of April, 1895, in Holmes Co., Ohio, of lung fever, Susanna Kolb, widow of Henry Kolb deceased, aged 80 years, 1 month and 13 days. Her husband departed this life at the age of 80 years, 5 months, 14 days on the 22d of July 1886. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. She leaves 8 children, 14 grandchildren and one greath-grandchild to mourn their loss. Buried in the Kolb graveyard. Services by David Hostetler from Wayne Co., and VanBuren Shoup, from Matt. 24: 44. Peace to her ashes.
BOORSE. On the 8th of Jan. 1895 at Worcester, Pa., Jacob Boorse, aged 83 years, 9 months, 6 days. Funeral from the residence of his daughter at Landsdale, Pa., on the 12th. Buried at Mathatchen. Preachers Jno. Hunsberger and Jas. L. Becker officiating at the house and Jac. Mensch and William Anders at the place of burial. Texts, Isa. 42:3 and Heb. 4:9.
SIEBER. On the 26th of March 1895, in Lost Creek Valley, Juniata Co., Pa., after 6 months of severe suffering from rheumatism, Mary, wife of Bro. John Sieber, aged 41 years. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude. During her illness she became deeply concerned about the salvation of her soul, and at last became willing to yield to the strivings of the Spirit, and was baptized on confession of her faith and received into the communion of God's people. She leaves her husband, 4 daughters and 1 son to mourn her death. Buried at Lostcreek. Services by S. Gayman and Wm. Graybill. Text Job 16: 22.
NEUSCHWANGER. At Killcreek, Osborne Co., Kansas, on March 29, 1895, Elisabeth, daughter of Samuel and Susie Neuschwanger, aged 7 months, 16 days. Buried on the 31st. Funeral services by James West. Text, 1 Cor. 15: 26. The father died six days before. May the good Lord comfort the bereaved mother and friends.
ROHRER. On the 21st of March 1895, near Wadsworth, Medina Co., Ohio, Minerva E. (Boyer), wife of Michael W. Rohrer, aged 32 years, 1 month, 10 days. She was born Jan. 25th, 1863 at Harmony, Butler Co., Pa. and was the mother of 4 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom survive her. She united with the United Brethren church at Sterline, Ohio in 1890 and in 1893 she reunited with the New Mennonite church at Wadsworth of which she was a faithful member to the end. Services were conducted by Rev. N. C. Hirshey in English and Rev. Hunsburger in German at the Mennonite church in Wadsworth, Ohio.
SHROCK. On the 18th of March 1895 in Waupecong, Miami Co., Ind., of consumption, Jacob Shrock, aged 34 years, 6 months and 9 days. He was confined to his house-and a greater part of the time to his bed-all of last winter. He had not accepted Christ till the 29th of January 1895 when he confessed Christ Jesus as his Lord and was baptized. Funeral services on the 20th at the Zion church, conducted by A. J. Troyer from Rev. 14: 7, 8 in English and E. A. Mast from 2 Kings 20: 1 in German.
GINGRICH. On the 27th of March 1895, near Ayr, Adams Co., Neb., Mary Phianna, wife of Henry Gingrich, aged 48 years, 4 months and 1 day. Buried on the 29th in Roseland Mennonite burying ground. Services by A. L. Stauffer and D. G. Lapp. Text, Rev. 14: 13.
WAGLER. On the 5th of April, 1895, near Bealeton, Fauquier Co., Va., of brain fever, Aaron, son of Mitchell and Mattie Wagler, aged 7 months and 18 days. Funeral services by Jos. Bontrager and Cornelius Beachey.
"Sweet little bud, for earth too fair,
Went home to heaven to blossom there.
A bud the Gardener gave us
A pure and lovely child;
He gave it to our keeping
To cherish, undefiled.
But just as it was opening
To the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly Gardener
And took our bud away.
LOUCKS. On the 13th of April, 1895, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Bro. Peter Loucks, aged 89 years, 6 months and 29 days. He was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., on the 21st of September 1805. He was united in marriage to Anna Berkey on the 1st of Feb., 1827, and with her united with the Mennonite church in their earlier years. Unto them were born twelve children, seven sons and five daughters. One son and three daughters preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves six sons and two daughters to mourn the death of a beloved father. His companion died April 1st, 1890, at the age of 81 years and 6 months. Since Aug. 15, 1890, our aged brother was mostly confined to his bed. Some ten weeks after he took to his bed, he fell, dislocating his hip and fracturing his limb, since which time he has been unable even to lift his head while eating or drinking. He was a remarkable example of patience, enduring all his sufferings without a murmur or complaint. When death came to his relief, he passed away without a struggle, "as one who lieth down to pleasant dreams." Through all his life he manifested a devoted Christian spirit and was a faithful member of the church unto the end. He was buried on the 17th of April at the Yellow Creek M. H., followed to his last resting-place by a very large concourse of relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted by Noah Metzler, J. Christophel, David Burkholder and John F. Funk, from Job. 5: 26.
LAHMAN. On March 17th 1895, in Knox Co., Tenn., of consumption, sister Anna Lahman, maiden name Good, aged 69 years, 3 months and 28 days. Buried on the 19th in the Stotzfus graveyard. Three sons and one daughter survive her. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church from her youth. The preparations she made for the grave were unusual. She had also selected the 14th chapter of John to be read at her funeral and the 27th verse for a text, which was done accordingly by H. H. Good.
Our mother dear has left us all
To try the mansions in the skies;
Our father too this change did make
Full thirty years or more ago.
One sister too, when yet quite small
Forsook us for that world above,
The Lord did call her there to dwell
In that bright world of bliss above.
We cannot help but shed a tear
When mother's vacant chair we see,
Where holy counsel she did give,
And taught us humble purity.
Lord, help us now her counsel keep,
And worship Thee from day to day,
That we at length may meet again
Where tears will all be wiped away.
PETTY. Near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., on March 13, 1895, of cholera infantum, Charles Marquis, son of William and Lavina Petty, aged 10 months, 21 days. It was a loud call for the bereaved parents, while they have yet two little children living, and may they heed it, so that they can meet their precious little jewel in heaven. Services at the M. A. meeting house by E. A. Mast from Acts 17: 31, and J. S. Horner, Mark 10: 13, 14.
STUTZMAN. Near Middlebury, Ind., on the 3d of April, 1895, Benjamin B. Stutzman. Bro. Stutzman had been sick about six months of that dreaded disease, cancer. During all this time he showed such wonderful patience that those who visited him were sure to know that the Spirit of God was there. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Buried at Clinton church April 5. Services by J. P. Smucker and D. D. Miller.
HOFSTETTER. On April 7th, 1895, near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, of blood poisoning, Bro. Joel Hofstetter, aged 32 years, 5 months, 24 days. The deceased was an exemplary young man, beloved by all, and the large concourse of friends who on the 9th followed him to his last resting place at the Sonnenberg M. H. showed in what high esteem he was held by all. During his illness which was brief but severe he was resigned and willing to bear it as the Lord's wish might be. Feb. 3, 1885 he was married to sister Anna I. Gerber who died Dec. 5th, 1887, leaving him with a child 9 months old. Feb. 26th he again united in marriage with Sister Fanny A. Moser who survives him. To this union another child was born. A few hours before his death he had a dream thinking he had died and gone to heaven. He cried with tears of joy in his eyes, "O, how beautiful, O, how beautiful it is in heaven." "Blessed are they that die in the Lord." Funeral services were conducted by Bishops D. C. Amstutz of Milton Twp. And Jacob Nusbaum from Rev. 3: 20.
My consort whom I dearly love,
Let it not sorely grieve thee,
While from thy side the God of love
To the cold grave doth move me.
I now shall be forever free,
From grief and pain that burdened me,
My Jesus is my comfort.
My dear beloved children, all,
May God be your Protector,
May you Him truly Father call
While I am from you taken.
Let Jesus and His holy Word
To you a rule through life afford,--
Then will my Jesus bless you.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah
IN MEMORIAM. Written by Susan Troyer in memory of her sister Emma Troyer who died the 15th of March 1895 in Elkhart Co., Ind. Sister Emma united with the Amish Mennonite church at the age of 14 and remained "faithful until death."
Dear Emma, she was true and kind,
While she on earth did roam;
Such grief and sorrow fills our mind
Since God has called her home.
Dear Emma, she was young and bright,
Just in the age of bloom;
But death soon made her pale and white
And laid her in the tomb.
Three dreary weeks she suffered pain
While on her bed she lay;
She never murmured or complained
Till God called her away.
At night we sat and watched her breath
While she so sore did moan;
And on the morning of her death
She said, "I'm going home."
She's crossed the deep dark stream of death,
Her Saviour held her hand;
No fear disturbed her parting breath,
She's joined the angel band.
She's now at rest, her suffering's o'er.
Why falls then still the tear?
We loved her, and our hearts are sore,
Since she's no longer near.
We miss her, oh so much at home,
Her voice, her words of cheer;
With buoyant step no more she'll roam,
We miss her everywhere.
Dear Emma, you have left us here,
And gone to heaven so bright;
Where angels dwell forever more
In that blest land of light.
Your wearied brow is cold in death,
Your gentle eyelids closed;
Your languid tongue from us is hushed,
In undisturbed repose.
O parents, dear, who gave me life,
Be not by grief distressed;
'Tis God that takes me from this strife,
To everlasting rest.
Farewell, my brothers, sister dear,
I'm sleeping but in death;
Prepare for heaven, then meet me here
When fails your latest breath.
Farewell then, Emma, fare you well,
We'll meet on you bright shore
Where thou hast gone for e'er to dwell;
And then we'll part no more.
EBERSOLE. On the 29th of April, 1895, near Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill., of heart trouble, Sister Elizabeth Ebersole, youngest daughter of Brother and Sister Christian Ebersole, aged 15 years and 10 months. Buried on the 30th in the Mennonite Cemetery near Sterling. Services by Philip Nice and J. S. Shoemaker from Rev. 21: 25. A large concourse of relatives and friends were present to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved. She leaves a father and mother, two brothers and four sisters to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Though young in years she had given her heart to God and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior, and united with God's people in church fellowship six months or more previous to her death. The Lord in His infinite love has simply transplanted our dear young sister, as a tender plant, out of this dark world of sin and sorrow, sickness, pain and death, into that land of eternal day, there to join the throng of the redeemed, and to unite in singing the praises of God and the Lamb with the loved ones gone before.
"There shall be no night there," (Rev. 21: 25.)
In the land where Lizzie has fled,
No night of pain, no night of care,
Where farewell tears are never shed.
No night of sin, year, all forgiven
And cleansed by the blood of the Lamb;
Hiding now in the Rock once riven,
And loving and praising His excellent name.
No night of death, but life eternal
And joy supreme and full of glory;
In the land forever bright and vernal
Lizzie now sings Redemption's story.
--J. S. SHOEMAKER.
SCHNECK. On the 17th of April 1895, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Pre. Christian Schneck, aged 72 years and 25 days. Bro. Schneck was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland. He came with his parents to America in 1824. His father was the first Bishop of the so-called Sonnenberg congregation. Bro. Scneck was chosen by lot to the office of minister July 17, 1853, and was ordained by his father. Bro. Schneck held the minister's office 41 years and 9 months till he calmly fell asleep in Jesus, after an illness of eight days. On the 20th his remains were laid to rest at the Sonnenberg M. H. where a large assemblage paid their last tribute of respect to a faithful officer. Discourses were held by D. C. Amstutz and Jac. Nussbaum, from Luke 12: 35 40.
LUETHE. On the 18th of April, 1895, in McLean Co., Ill., of consumption, Robert Luethe, aged 25 y., 6 m., 24 d. He was confined to his bed 8 weeks. On the 4th of April he was baptized on confession of his faith and on the 10th a communion service was held with him. He leaves a sorrowing mother, 6 brothers and 2 sisters. His father died several years ago. Buried on the 21st at the Danvers M. H., where many friends assembled to sympathize with the bereft family. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey and Joseph King. This is a warning call to all to prepare for death, for we are all ripe for the grave, and we know not when or how the Lord may call us away.
SHELLENBERGER. On the 19th of April 1895, in Lostcreek Valley, near Richfield, Juniata Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Fannie Shellenberger, aged 83 years and 10 days. Her maiden name was Brubaker. She united with the Mennonite church when 17 years old. Her health began to fail soon after her husband died four years ago, but she bore her light afflictions with Christian fortitude, and with patience waited for the hour of her departure. She lived with her daughter. She was the mother of eleven children; four sons and four daughters are yet living. Abraham and John are living in Kansas. The funeral took place the 21st (Sunday). Buried in Lauvers church yard, where an unusually large crowd of people assembled to pay their last respects. Funeral services by William Graybill and William Auker. Text, John 11: 25.
MOTHER. SELECTED BY HER DAUGHTER.
Thy name will be cherished and blest
By all the dear inmates of home,
Thy love that our childhood caressed
We ever with pleasure shall own.
The smiles that consoled us in gloom,
The soft hand that dried up our tears,
The star that illumined our home,
We'll cherish through life's fleeting years.
Her humble devotion to God,
Her smiles, her tears and her prayers,
Her pilgrimage journey now trod,
Won freedom from time and its cares.
Though dead her example still lives,
To woo all her children to rest,
While death's parting power still grieves,
Remember 'tis all for the best.
Oh, think of her patience in pain,
When disease slowly wasted her life,
When sinking 'neath death's dismal reign,
And conquered at last in the strife.
Be ready to meet her again
Beyond the dark turmoils of time,
Where the sanctified children of men,
With Christ in His glory shall shine.
ROTH. Jacob, son of Joseph H. and Catharine Roth, of near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., was born Jan. 23d, 1895, died April 8th, 1895, aged 2 m., 16 d. Buried on the 9th in the Fairview cemetery. Funeral services by Jacob Stauffer from Heb. 9: 28, 29, and Joseph Rediger from Heb. 4.
STEPLER. On the 21st of April, 1895, near North Grove, Miami Co., Ind., of pleurisy and inflammation, Charles Allen, son of Samuel and Lena Stepler, aged 19 y., 9 m., 27 d. Charley was called from hence in the bloom of life. His sufferings lasted only 5 days. He had not given his heart to Jesus until Sunday morning and then he requested to be baptized. The father sent for Bishop Daniel C. Miller, but before Bro. Miller could reach the home, Charley's spirit had fled. May he have truly found peace with God for his soul. It was a loud call for brothers, sisters and friends. Funeral services on the 23d at the Amish Mennonite meeting house by D. C. Miller in German, from Acts 10: 42, 43, and J. S. Horner in English from Isa. 38: 1. They preached to a large concourse of people.
DELLENBACH. On the 21st of April 1895, near Monitor, McPherson Co., Kansas, Fannie Dellenbach aged 4 months and 6 days. Funeral services by John Zimmerman in German and Daniel Kauffman in English, from Mark 10: 13 16.
LAYMAN. On the 24th of March 1895, of inflammation of the bowels, of which she suffered but one day, Alice, beloved wife of Joseph Layman, aged 23 years, 8 months, and 19 days. Deceased was born in Juniata Co., Pa., from whence she moved with her parents to Illinois. She was married five years ago to her surviving companion. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her, her sweet disposition, kind manners and tender heart winning friends everywhere. She will be sadly missed in the home circle and community. Beside her companion she leaves three small children, one being an infant daughter but 3 months old, also her father W. H. Beidler, and six sisters and three brothers. Her mother, two sisters and one brother preceded her. Interment at the Mennonite M. H. at Lancaster, Ill., J. S. Shoemaker and Jacob Groff officiated.
"Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'til God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Human hands have tried to save thee,
Tender care was all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore thee,
From this weary world of pain.
Sister, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees.
FIELDERS. On March 25th 1895, near German Springs, Okla. Ter., Lilly, infant daughter of Friend Charles and Lottie Fielders, aged 5 weeks. Buried in the German Springs Church yard. Funeral services by Simon Hetrick from Luke 18: 15, 16.
GAZELL. On April 3d, 1895, near German Springs, Okla. Ter., Louisa, infant daughter of Friend Michael and Rosa Gazell, aged 5 days. Buried at the German Springs Meeting House. Funeral services by Simon Hetrick from John 5: 28, 29.
SCHRAM. In Grantsville, Garret Co., Md., Barbara (Bender), wife of Casper Schram. She was born in Germany, Apr. 6th 1836 and there united with the Amish Mennonite church. Her remains were buried on the 19th of April in the Amish graveyard near Grantsville, Md. Funeral services by Joel Miller, Jacob Miller and D. H. Bender.
FUNK. On the 18th of April 1895, near Clay City, Ind., of apoplexy, of which she was unconscious from the time of the attack till death, Barbara (Grove), wife of Dea. George Funk, aged 69 y., 6 m., 29 d. She was born in Virginia, Sept. 19, 1825, and was married in 1867. She was faithful in her life and we believe she is at rest. Funeral text, Rev. 14: 13, the writer officiating. D. E. KINPORTS.
BRAND. On the 18th of November 1894, in Bachmansville, Dauphin Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Sister Brand, wife of Jacob S. Brand, aged 75 years, 10 months and 17 days. Her remains were laid to rest at Shenks meeting house. Funeral text Matt. 20: 6. Her husband and 2 sons and 3 daughters mourn her death, but not without hope.
DOUTRICH. On the 27th of February 1895, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Jacob Doutrich, aged 7 years, 3 months and 26 days. Text, Psalm 50: 1. Buried at Brechbils meeting house, Lebanon Co., Pa.
KOENIG. On the 25th of April 1895, in Livingston Co., Ill., at 7 P. M., John Koenig fell peacefully asleep in Jesus, aged 69 y., 7 m., 9 d. Bro. Koenig had been ailing all winter, and finally took cold which developed into la-grippe and lung fever, from which death ensued after 9 days of suffering. Bro. Koenig was a faithful member of the Old Amish Mennonite church and was loved and esteemed by all who knew him. His second marriage in 1863 to Maria Ringenberg was blessed with 10 children of whom 6 sons and 3 daughters survive. The remains were laid to rest on the 28th. Funeral services to a large concourse of friends by Daniel Orendorff and J. P. Schmitt from 2 Cor. 5: 10 and by J. P. Zehr and Peter Tschantz from Rev. 14: 13. J. P. SCHMITT.
SCHANTZ. Catharine Elizabeth, daughter of Menno and Elizabeth Schantz, was born the 22d of March 1881, died the 19th of March 1895, aged 14 years, all but 3 days. She was buried on her 14th birthday. She had always been very weakly, but always seemed very lively and happy. She attended school all week and had passed her examinations and was not feeling worse than usual. On Monday morning she became very sick with inflammation of the bowels and died on Tuesday night at 10 o'clock having been sick only 2 days. She left a father, mother and two sisters to mourn her sudden departure. Oh how she is missed at home and in school, but we do hope to meet her in a better home than this, as she said she was willing to go or to stay whatever was her lot, and wished us to sing and pray with her. She was buried at the Shantz Mennonite church, where many friends assembled to pay the last tribute to the one we loved so well. Services by Noah Stauffer from Rom. 6: 23. Her favorite hymn was sung at the house, "My soul in sad exile was out on life's sea."
Companions dear, I left you here,
In solitude, and gloom, and tears;
But all in mercy, God has come,
To take me to my heavenly home.
Weep not for me, since 'til in vain,
I will no more return again;
My home from earth is far away,
And here is my delight to stay.
The angels me with joy did greet,
Who at the gate with me did meet;
Aloud with joy they all did sing
"Come in, come in, and join the ring.
Here my dear Savior met me too,
To say, "Dear Cassie, is this you!"
How great my joy earth cannot tell,
For Jesus has done all things well.
He gave to me this place of bliss,
Of joy, of peace, and righteousness,
My joy, dear friends, so wondrous great,
Prepare to share before too late."
HALDIMAN. On the 16th of March 1895, of diphtheria, only son of Peter Haldiman. Laid to rest at Rissers meeting house in Lancaster Co., Pa. Text, Mark 10: 14.
SHELLY. On the 16th of April, 1895, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Amanda, wife of Benjamin Shelly, after a short sickness of Bright's disease. Buried at Mastersonville meeting house where a large concourse of friends and neighbors assembled. Text, Jos. 55: 8, 9. Her age was 21 years and 26 days.
EICHELBERGER. On Feb. 18th, 1895, in Livingston Co., Ill., of croup and lung fever, Jacob, infant son of Andrew and Anna Eichelberger, aged 1 y., 11 m. This was the third child called away by death, the second one died at the same age and hour. Buried on the 20th. Funeral services by Daniel Orendorf and J. P. Schmitt from Luke 7: 11 16.
HESS. On the 14th of April 1895 in Elisabethtown, Pa., Bro. Martin Hess, of a long illness of kidney trouble and dropsy. Buried at Green Tree meeting house. Text Heb. 4: 9.
GROFF. April 15th 1895, widow of Benjamin Groff. A stroke of palsy brought sudden death. Funeral text, Psalms 90. The remains were laid to rest in the Elizabethtown Cemetery in Lancaster Co., Pa.
SIEBER. On Easter Sunday, April 14th 1895, the death angel once more entered our home, this time taking for its victim our dear mother Mary E. Haldeman, wife of Wm. Sieber of East Salem, Juniata Co., Pa. In this sad affliction we can but look to God and say, Thy will be done. Mother united with the Mennonite church six years ago and remained a faithful member to her death. She was fully resigned to God's will. During her illness she said to father, if it was God's will she would like to help to rear the children. "But," she said, "the Lord's will, not mine, be done." She said she was ready and willing to go. If all mothers would live as mother lived there would be more happy homes. No matter what happened she would always have a smile upon her face and a song upon her lips. Although she was so situated that she spent much of her time at home, she was always earnestly engaged in God's work, teaching her children, praying for them, and warning them of the terrible doom awaiting all who lead a careless life. If any of the children did anything wrong, she would not continually scold about it, but would gently tell them of their wrong, and ask them not to do it again as it was not pleasing in the sight of God. Through her death eight children have become motherless, the youngest not yet two years of age. But we have the blessed thought that if we live as true Christians we will some day meet her. Many a prayer rose to God from those lips now cold in death, in behalf of her husband, children, brothers, sisters and every one. Many a tear rolled down her cheeks for their sakes and we hope her efforts have not been in vain. Mother's voice is silent now. We shall hear her kind words no more on earth, but we believe that in heaven she is now singing the praises of Him who died for her. She bade her children farewell and told them to be good, which advice with many others that she gave us, we hope will ever be remembered. May we take her life as an example. Beside husband and children, she leaves a mother-in-law seventy nine years of age, two sisters, six brothers and a large circle of friends. While writing this her eldest brother and wife came to see us. We feel thankful to God for the love and kindness which they have shown toward us in our bereavement. Her remains were interred in the Lost Creek Mennonite graveyard. She was aged 39 years, 7 months and 21 days. Funeral services by Samuel Gayman, Wm. Graybill and Solomon Kauffman. Scripture lesson, Prov. 31. Texts 1 Tim. 2: and 2 Cor. 5: 1.
SHELLY. In Cambridge, Furnas Co., Neb. April 15, 1895, of consumption, Andrew Shelly (son of Malachi Shelly who died about 3 years ago), aged 46 years, 11 months and 15 days. He leaves a wife and four children, a mother and 3 brothers and 5 sisters to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, as he expressed himself that he had peace with God. The remains were sent to Morrison, Ill., where funeral services were held April 19th in Ustick at the Mennonite church, conducted by J. McCulloh and J. Nice. Text, Heb. 9: 27. The remains were then taken to Livingston Co, for burial.
Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.