PRE. JOHN K. RANCK
of Kinzer's, Lancaster Co., Pa., departed this life on the 11th of March 1896, aged 55 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was called to the ministry 17 years ago, and in this capacity he labored faithfully, the last ten years of his life having been devoted entirely to the work of the Master in this calling, he having retired from active life on the farm at that time. He was deeply interested in the spiritual welfare of the church and in the salvation of souls, especially in the last years of his life, visiting the sick and speaking comfort to the distressed in body and in soul. His desire to see more activity in the church for the upbuilding of Christ's kingdom was frequently expressed, and in a measure fulfilled. He had been failing in health for about six months, but was confined to his bed only about five weeks. His sickness was nervous prostration, which eventually settled on the brain causing softening of the brain. He suffered much pain in his head, but he recognized his friends up the the last day of his life, though for two weeks prior to his death he was unable to speak. During the first week of his sickness he already felt that his earthly life was fast drawing to a close and informed his companion of the impending change, but assured her that all was well, whatever the Lord's will might be, "for," he said, "there is no fear in love, but perfect love causeth fear." In all his sufferings he was a model of Christian patience, fortitude and resignation, no murmur ever passed his lips, and at last, when the final summons came, our dear brother passed quietly and peacefully away, as we fully believe, to awaken in a brighter world than this. He leaves a beloved companion, one son, and three grandchildren, beside a large circle of warm friends to mourn his death. His loss will be severely felt in the family, the church and the community. Another laborer is gone to his rest, and others have to take up the work. God grant that they may do it as earnestly, nobly and cheerfully as he did. His remains were laid to rest at 2 P.M. on the 14th, at Hershey's meeting house, whither about 1200 loving and sympathizing friends followed him. Funeral services were conducted by Isaac Eby and David Hostetler, assisted by others. God bless and comfort the bereaved family and congregation to which he was so strongly attached.
Far from affliction, toil and care, the happy soul is fled;
The breathless clay shall slumber here, among the silent dead.
The Gospel as his joy and song, E'en to his latest breath;
The truth he had proclaimed so long, was his support in death.
Now he resides where Jesus is, above this earthly sphere;
His soul was ripened for that bliss, while yet he sojourned here.
The home and church their loss deplore, fast falls the bitter tear,
Since we shall see his face no more, till Jesus shall appear.
SMOKER - On the 4th of March, 1896, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., after a long illness and much suffering, Mary Smoker, aged 71 years and 10 months. Funeral services on the 6th by A.D. Zook and Jos. H. Byler.
MOYER - On the 9th of March, 1896, near Morwood, Montgomery Co., Pa. of kidney trouble, Bro. John B. Moyer, aged 72 years, 4 months and 9 days. Buried on the 12th at Franconia meeting house. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer at the house and by M.R. Moyer at the meeting house. Text, Isa. 38:1.
RUTH - On the 21st of Feb. 1896, in Elroy, Montgomery Co., Pa., of convulsions, sister Elizabeth Ruth, aged 80 years, 19 days. Buried on the 24th at the Franconia meeting house. Funeral services at the house by M.R. Moyer and at the meeting house by Josiah Clemmer. Text, Rev. 14:13. Deceased was a beloved sister in the church.
SCHWARTZENDRUBER - On the 29th of Dec., 1895, at the
residence of her son-in-law, John Slabach, near Amish, Johnson
Co., Iowa, our widowed sister, Barbara Schwartzendruber,
after an illness of several weeks of heart and lung trouble and
general infirmities, aged 68 years, 8 months and 24 days. The
remains were buried on the 31st in Deer Creek graveyard, followed
by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Three of her sons,
residing in Wright Co., Iowa, were called by telegram and attended
her funeral. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite
church. Her maiden name was Brenneman, and she was born
in Germany. Her parents came to America about the year 1829, settling
in Somerset Co., Pa. She was married April 11th 1847 to Joseph
J. Schwartzendruber, son of Jacob Schwartzendruber, the first
minister and bishop of the Amish Mennonite church in Johnson Co.,
Iowa. In the year 1850 her husband was ordained deacon and in
1856 they moved to Johnson Co., Iowa, settling upon the homestead
which they have ever since occupied, and which under their fostering
care and frugality became a very pleasant home. In 1860 her husband
was ordained to the ministry and in 1869 to the office of bishop,
in which capacity he served faithfully until his decease in 1877.
EBERLY - In Letterkenny Twp., Franklin Co., Pa., March 17th, 1896, Bro. Edward B. Eberly, aged 71 years, 10 months and 11 days. Buried in the Strawsh burying ground. Funeral services by Pre. Peter Wadle in German and Philip Parret in English from 2 Cor. 5:1-3.
STAUFFER - On the 2d of March, 1896, of typhoid pneumonia, in the city of Dayton, Ohio, Anna, daughter of Samuel H. and Susan Stauffer, aged 16 years, 11 months and 1 day. Anna was a very mild, quiet and kind dispositioned girl. She was seemingly mediative but said little and had no desire to be in gay society, but was never better satisfied when she was at home with her parents in the family circle. After she had graduated in the common schools she assisted her mother in her household duties. It was her custom every evening before retiring to kneel down and offer her prayers to God. She had a desire to get well in order that she might assist her mother, yet she seemed to be resigned to the will of God. She leaves sadly bereaved parents, one brother and five sisters, besides many relatives and friends to mourn the loss of one who was highly esteemed by all who knew her. One brother preceded her to the spirit world. Buried on the 5th at Huber's church where services were conducted by Moses Brenneman from Matt. 9:24. Another flower has faded. No doubt God had a wise design in view in calling Anna away while yet so young. Whatever the design may have been, may it have its desired effect on the bereaved family, and many others whose hearts have been made sad.
SIERER - On the 3rd of March, 1896, near Richfield, Snyder Co., Pa., very suddenly, Lydia Sierer, aged 71 years, 8 months and 17 days. She leaves a husband and 2 children to mourn her death. Buried in Richfield cemetery. Funeral services by Bishop William Auker and William Graybill. Text, Heb. 8:11.
PAGE - On the 5th of March, 1896, in Lostcreek Valley, Juniata Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Sarah Page, aged seventy-four years, six months and sixteen days. Buried in Lostcreek graveyard. Services by Samuel Gayman and William Graybill. Text, Matthew 6:33.
GARMAN - Sister Nancy Garman was born Nov. 11th
1808, and died February 24, 1896, aged 88 years, 3 months and
13 days, near Centerville, Walker Twp., Juniata Co., Pa. She was
a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years. Buried
in Lostcreek graveyard. Funeral services by Wm. Graybill and Samuel
Gayman. Text, Rev. 14:13.
"Gone to her silent, peaceful rest, gone over the river to join the songs.
That are sung by the loved ones and the blest;
We miss her much but this we know, that pain and sickness, grief or woe
Can ne'er disturb that rest, for Jesus called her home."
HARTMAN - On Mar. 11th, 1896, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., of scarlet fever, Nora Elizabeth, fourth child of John and Mary Hartman, aged 2 years, 11 months and 5 days. Funeral services at Weaver's church on the 13th, by L.J. and Jos. F. Heatwole from Luke 18:16.
WENGER - On March 9, 1896, near Rushville, Rockingham Co., Va., of pneumonia, Lewis Edward, infant son of John D. and Fannie Wenger, aged 2 months and several days. Funeral and interment from Weaver's church on the 10th. Services by Jos. F. and G.D. Heatwole.
WEBER - In Woolrich Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont. Barbara Weber, maiden name Ziegler, widow of Jonas Weber, aged 74 years, 5 months and 6 days. She was born in Baden, Germany, came with her parents to this country in 1826. She was buried on the 14th of March, 1896 in Martin's graveyard. Services at the house by Paul Martin and at the meeting house by Joseph Gingerich. Text, Micah 6:8 and Phil 1:21. She was a member of the Lutheran church, and leaves one son, three daughters, and two grandchildren.
HAUDER - On the 6th of January, 1896, at 6312 Champlain Ave., Chicago, Ill., of typhoid fever, Bro. David Hauder, son of Sister Barbara Hauder at the age of 29 years, 11 months, 22 days. David Hauder was born Jan. 15th, 1866, remained with his parents until 21 years of age, after which he went to Chicago, and served as a clerk for about 9 years, being employed in Marshall Field & Co's Retail Stores at the time of his illness and death. On May 4th, 1892, he was married to Clara Millard of Coldwater, Michigan, their short life being a happy one. He took sick with the fever Dec. 14th, 1895. On Monday morning, Jan. 6th, 1896 he expressed a desire to seal his faith in Christ by water baptism, was accordingly received by his brother, Christian Hauder, and 10 minutes to 3 of the same day he passed away. The funeral services were held at the Mennonite church at Cullom, by M.S. Steiner of Ohio. Text, Jer. 12:5, the latter clause. "Then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?" The deceased leaves a wife, mother, four brothers and four sisters to mourn his early departure.
MILLER - On the 27th of Feb., 1896, in LaGrange Co.,
Ind., of brain fever, Henry C., son of John and Malinda
Miller, aged 6 months and 14 days. Services at the Pleasant Valley
church on the 28th by D.D. Troyer and D.J. Johns.
"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 among the cherub train."
PLETCHER - On the 29th of Feb., 1896, in Clinton
Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of lung fever, Clara, daughter
of William and Nancy Pletcher, aged 19 years, 10 months and 24
days. She united with the Amish Mennonite church when 16 years
old and was one of those obedient characters who never cause trouble
in the home or church. About 6 months before her death she was
taken sick with typhoid fever, from which she never fully recovered,
and about 5 days before she died she was taken very suddenly and
severely with lung fever. She suffered much, but never murmured,
always saying, "As God wills." Buried Mar. 2nd. Services
by D.D. Troyer from Psa. 39:4, 5 and D.J. Johns from Psa. 17:15.
"Dearest Clara, thou hast left us, and we deeply mourn for thee;
But not as those who have no hope, for with thy brothers thou shalt be.
Oh, you did suffer much, we know, while here on earth with us you've been,
We heard no murmur from your lips, but said, in heaven, meet me again.
Farewell, farewell, dearest daughter, yes, soon we'll meet you in that land;
Our dearest Savior grave impart, and show us heaven is near at hand."
DETWEILER - Bro. Peter Detweiler was born on the 21st of July 1844. On the 23d of January 1869 he was married to Catharine, daughter of Pre. Samuel Godshall. They lived about twenty-five years in matrimony. Their union was blessed with eight children. One child and his beloved companion preceded him. Bro. Detweiler was in failing health about a year and a half from an internal cancerous growth, and suffered considerably, though with much patience. He died on the 7th of March, 1896, aged 51 years, 7 months and 16 days. Buried on the 11th at Deep Run. Funeral services by A.F. Moyer and Henry Rosenberger, from 2 Cor. 17, 18.
SHENK - Henry N. Shenk was born April 2nd, 1842,
near Glandorf, Putnam Co., O., and was aged, at the time of his
death, 54 years, 8 months, 27 days. His parents were among the
first settlers in Putnam Co. He was married Jan. 1st, 1866 to
Mary Schmidt who with six children survives him. The day before
his death he said he wanted them to read for the funeral the 8th
chapter of Romans which was done. For years he guided his children
and prompted them to deeds of true nobility and love and charged
them to obey their Savior. But he passed far beyond the call of
loving voices, though we may listen to catch the last echo of
his footsteps which will never return.
One by one earth's ties are broken, as we see our love decay;
And the hopes so fondly cherished, brighten but to pass away.
'Twas not in cruelty, not in wrath, the reaper came that day;
'Twas an angel visited the earth, and took your father away."
SAUFLEY - On Feb. 28th, 1896, near Milnesville, Augusta Co., Va., of chronic rheumatism and heart disease, Bro. William H. Saufley, aged 54 years, 5 months and 10 days. The deceased had suffered great bodily affliction for the past three years, and previous to that time is not known to have made any profession of religion. On the 20th day of March 1894 he sent for a Mennonite minister to whom he gave evidence of true, genuine heart repentance, faith and conversation, that was most remarkable, the whole being such as is seldom witnessed in these latter days of Christ's dispensation on earth. When testing his belief as to the sanctifying influence of the "Comforter" he seemed to go into ecstasies and declared that had he not this he would have no hope for pardon, that in his life time he had committed sin enough to send him to perdition a thousand times, but God in great compassion had heard his prayers and given him abundant assurance of pardon through the Comforter. At his request he was baptized while being propped up in a sitting posture on his sick bed, and in this act he declared his heart as sealed to God and his name to the Mennonite church. Since then his life has been a striking example of patience and fortitude in suffering, and a marvel of fidelity and trust in the promises of Christ. His remains were followed by an usually large procession of sorrowing neighbors and friends to the Reformed church at Mt. Crawford, Rockingham Co., where appropriate services were held by Jos. F. Heatwole, and Solomon Beery, from Isaiah 40:6, 7. L.J.H.
KREIDER - Jacob Kreider was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., on the 6th of January 1818, and died on the 12th of March 1896, aged 78 years, 2 months and 6 days. On the 2d of December 1841 he was joined in holy matrimony to Anna Overholt, who survives him. Fifty-four years on this voyage of wedded life has shared its joys and borne its sorrows. Unto this union were born seven sons and four daughters. Two of the sons have been called to their eternal home many years preceding their father. The bereaved widow, her five sons and four daughters are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband, a dear and devoted father and an exemplary Christian. David Hostetler and J.S. Coffman held the funeral services (on the 5th) at Bethel M.H., Medina Co., Ohio. His disposition was modest and retired, but appeared possessed of unbounded faith and the deepest piety.
SWARR - March 6th, 1896, near Witmer, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., Elsie C., only daughter of Milton and Minnie Swarr,
aged 3 years, 11 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 9th at the
Petersburg Mennonite M.H., where services were conducted by J.K.
Brubaker and Amos Hottenstein of the Dunkard church. Elsie was
a bright little jewel and the joy and comfort of home, but the
parents can now think that she has a brighter and happier home
than they could give her. May they be brought nearer to their
Savior and say, "Thy will be done," and may they be
prepared to meet their little darling on the banks of the "evergreen
shore" then to dwell forever more. May the God who wounded
their hearts lead them gently by the still waters of life and
feed them on green pastures, and may their every effort be crowned
with success and finally be brought home, "where the surges
cease to roll."
It seemed our household joy was gone, as 'neath the little casket lid,
Was gently placed our darling one and in the grave was hid.
Tearfully we lowly laid her 'neath the grass that grew so green,
And the form we loved so dearly, in our home no more is seen.
Sleep, Elsie, sleep, 'tis hard to part, but God has thought it best;
To give you almost broke our hearts, but now you are at rest.
O let us fly, to Jesus fly, whose powerful arm can save;
Then can our hopes ascend on high and triumph o'er the grave.
GRUBB - In Newport, Perry Co., Pa., on the 6th of February 1896, Eli Grubb, aged 53 years, 5 months and 26 days. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. He leaves a wife and eleven children to mourn their loss. Two children preceded him. Buried in the Newport cemetery. Funeral services by William Graybill. Text, John 11:25.
BERKEY - On the 8th of March, 1896, in Butler Co., Ohio,
of the infirmities of old age, Anna Berkey, maiden name
Schmied, aged 79 years, 6 months. Buried on the 10th on
which occasion Pre. Imhoff who had enjoyed an acquaintance of
half a century with the deceased, spoke from Heb. 13:143 and H.J.
Krehbiel from Psa. 23:4 and Psa. 73:26. She leaves two sons, one
sister, one brother, twenty-two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren
to mourn her death.
RIFE - On Dec. 29th, 1895, in Letterkenny Twp., Franklin Co., Pa., sister Nancy E., wife of of Bro. Abram R. Rife, aged 31 years, 10 months and 14 days. Funeral services by Pre. Philip Parret in English and Henry Bricker in German, from 1 Tim, 6:19.
DILLER - On Dec. 31st, 1895, in Letterkenny Twp., Franklin Co., Pa., of heart trouble, sister Elizabeth B. Diller, aged 36 years, 10 months and 14 days. Funeral services by Pre. Peter Wadle and Henry Bricker in German and Philip Parret in English. She was buried in the Chambersburg burying ground.
RIFE - Jan. 10th, 1896, in Letterkenny Twp., Franklin Co., Pa., Lehman, son of Abram R. Rife, aged 4 years and 8 days. Funeral services by Philip Parret and Henry Bricker.
RIFE - Feb. 13th, 1896, at the same place, Fannie Elizabeth, daughter of Bro. Abram R. Rife, aged 7 weeks and 2 days. Funeral services by Pre. Henry Bricker.
MAST - On the 13th of March, 1896, at Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, of apoplexy, Dr. Jacob A. Mast. He was born Nov. 27th, 1841, and thus reached the age of 54 years, 3 months and 16 days. He was married to Cassa Rose, July 29th, 1860. He leaves a wife, seven daughters, parents, seven brothers, and eight sisters to mourn his departure. The deceased was a son of Pre. Abraham Mast, of Walnut Creek, Ohio. He and his wife united with the Amish Mennonite church in their youth, and were worthy and faithful members. Funeral services and interment on 16th, at the Walnut Creek A.M. meeting house by John H. Miller of this place, Charles Hartman of Shanesville, Ohio, from Isaiah 38:1 and Fred Mast of Berlin, Ohio, from 2 Cor. 4:17, 18, to a large concourse of friends and relatives. He began to teach in the public schools when about 18 years old, taught six terms, after which he began the study of medicine under Dr. Noah Yoder at Berlin, Holmes Co., Ohio. Graduated as a physician in 1869 at the Western University of Cleveland, Ohio, after which he practiced medicine at Walnut Creek, Ohio, until his death. He was esteemed by all who knew him. He treated the rich and poor alike, showing a good example to all.
KING- At Tub, Pa., on March 7th, 1896, of lung fever,
Emma Viola, youngest child of Bro. and Sister C.H. and
Sarah King, aged 1 year, 3 months and 5 days. Funeral at the Folk
Mennonite church. Services by G.D. Miller and D.H. Bender, from
Another bud has blown, while bursting into bloom,
But Jesus needs these blossoms to decorate His home.
So dry your tears, fond parents, your darling is not dead,
But gone where you can meet her, with Christ our "living Head."
BRUBAKER - Feb. 27th, 1896, near Lititz, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., of old age, Sister Barbara Bamberger, wife of the
late John Brubaker, aged 88 years, 6 months and 17 days. She leaves
two sons and two daughters to mourn her death, not as those who
have no hope however, for she was a kind mother, loving wife and
neighbor, and most of all, a faithful sister in Christ. She was
never heard to complain about anything or speak evil of any one.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 1st at Erb's meeting
house, Penn. Twp., Lancaster Co., at 10 o'clock, where a large
concourse of neighbors and friends assembled to pay the last tribute
of respect to her memory; services by Jacob Snavely and Bish.
Jacob N. Brubacher. Text, Rev. 21:6, 7. We were so ably admonished
from these words that we sometimes wonder why it is that so many
people do not come out of darkness into light.
"It is but short in life to live, a thing which none but God can give,
That when we feel in joy to be, our lot is soon eternity."
NISSLEY - February 29th, 1896, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of jaundice, Sister Fannie Nissley, widow, aged 68 years, 10 months and 5 days. Funeral on March 3rd. Text, Deut. 31:14. Buried at Landisville meeting house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect to her memory. A large circle of relatives and friends mourn her departure.
KILMER - On the 5th of March, 1896, in Elkhart Co.,
Ind., Dora, daughter of John and Alex Kilmer, aged 7 years,
4 months and 1 day. Funeral services by Geo. Lambert. Text, "Suffer
little children to come unto me, and forbid them not."
Our family circle now is broken, since our Dora dear has gone;
In our grief our hearts have spoken, "Lord, Thy will, not ours, be done."
Hard it was indeed to part with one so bright and young in years;
But Jesus soothes our aching hearts, and in His love doth dry our tears.
The Lord in love us Dora gave, the blossom that we loved so well;
And Christ the Lord who came to save but called her home with Him to dwell.
The child no more to us can come, and in the family circle meet;
But in that blest, eternal home, we hope in joy again to meet.
BY A FRIEND
HAVERSTICK - February 2nd, 1896, near Washington, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Kate H. Haverstick, aged 43 years, 3 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 5th. Text, John 16:33. Buried at Habecker's meeting house. Many people assembled in token of respect to her memory. Sister Haverstick was a faithful Christian.
BACHMAN - February 21st, 1896, in Bachmansville, Lebanon Co., Pa., Mrs. Samuel Bachman, aged 38 years, 2 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, 1 Cor. 15:51-58. Buried at the Brethren meeting house near Derry. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family.
RETTEW - February 25th, 1896, near Columbia, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Mary Rettew, wife of Henry Rettew, aged 37 years, 8 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 28th. Text, Heb. 5:9. Buried at "Ironville" church. A husband, five children and a large circle of friends mourn her death.
SALER - March 2d, 1896, in Marietta, Lancaster Co., Pa., of lock jaw, Charles S., son of John and Kate Saler, aged 10 years, 5 months and 17 days. Funeral on the 5th. Text, Rev. 3:19, 20. Buried at Kraybill's meeting house. Many friends assembled and sympathized with the bereft parents in the loss of their dear little boy.
LIECHTY - On March 1st, near Noble, Iowa, of throat trouble, Jacob Liechty. He was born August 30th, 1819, in France. In his youth he emigrated to America, first going to Canada and then to Wayne Co., Ohio, and soon after to Washington Co., Iowa, where he has remained since. He was the first settler of the Mennonite denomination in the above named place His age was 76 years, 6 months and 1 day. He leaves four sons, and ten grandchildren. On the 3rd he was buried in the Sugar Creek graveyard, where many friends assembled to pay their last respects. Funeral services were held by C. Gerig and S. Gerig in German, and Harvey Allebach in English. Text, Job. 14:1-5, 5:26.
EICHER - On February 21st, 1896, near Noble, Washington Co., Iowa, of dropsy, Christian Eicher, aged a few months less than 77 years. Bro. Eicher was born in France and came to Wayne Co., Ohio in 184-, and a little later to Washington Co., Iowa, where he has remained every since. In 1853 he was married to Anna Wenger; she died in 1885. Eleven children were born to them, of whom 7 are still living. On the 22d, he was buried in the Sommer graveyard. Services by Harvey Allebach in English, and S. Gerig in German.
KAUFFMAN - Elizabeth Hartman Kauffman died March 11th, 1896, after much suffering for about six months from heart trouble. She had been afflicted for many years and at times suffered greatly, but without any murmuring on her part. She was always cheerful and pleasant, and was loved by all who knew her. Sister Kauffman was born in Dauphin Co., Pa., July 29th, 1824, died in Sterling, Ill., at the home of Mrs. More, her only daughter. Two sons also mourn for her, but not without hope. She was a consistent and faithful member of the Mennonite church and gave evidence that she was ready to go where the weary are at rest. Funeral at the Christian church, services being conducted by Philip Nice assisted by P.R. Keltner and Silas John. Her age was 72 years, 8 months and 12 days. Peace to her ashes.
(The following notice appeared in HERALD No. 5, but being incomplete we republish it by request. - Ed.)
HELMUTH - On January 21st, 1896, near Garden City, Cass
Co., Mo., Sister Matilda, wife of John Helmuth and daughter
of Michael and Christena Troyer. She was born in Lagrange
Co., Ind., Jan. 31st, 1868 and was aged 27 years, 11 months and
21 days. She leaves a husband and one child, parents, brother
and sisters and many friends to mourn her early departure, though
we need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was a faithful
member of the Amish Mennonite church. She left a bright evidence
that she was going home to be with her Savior in whom she trusted.
Her remains were taken to the Sycamore Grove church on the 23d,
where the funeral services were conducted by Bish. John Hartzler
in German, and Levi Miller in English, from 1 Thess. 4:13. Buried
in the Clearfork cemetery.
Farewell, farewell Matilda dear, now in your grave you sleep;
Your loving form is resting there and o'er your grave we weep.
Dear husband you are lonely now, be sure and keep the solemn vow,
To live for Christ that you may be with sister in eternity.
Then parents cease to mourn and weep, since your beloved has gone to sleep.
The time is short till life is o'er and we may meet to part no more.
Brother and sisters, weep no more, I longed to be at rest;
How happy, happy I shall be, when pillowed on my Savior's breast.
WEAVER - On the 29th of Feb. 1896, in Somerset Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, Nora, daughter of Bro. Moses and Sarah Weaver, aged 3 years, 11 months and 17 days. She was buried on the 2d of March. Funeral services by Bish. Jonas Blauch and L.A. Blough.
KAUFMAN - On the 10th of March 1896, near Davidsville, in Somerset Co., Pa, Sister Mary (widow of Bro. John Kaufman who died about four years ago), aged 77 years, 2 months and 26 days. She was buried on the 12th at the Blough Mennonite church, where services were conducted by Sam. Gindlesperger, Simon Layman and L.A. Blough. Sister Kaufman had been in feeble health for some time, and about 6 days before her death she fell which caused her considerable pain before she died, but she had a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better. She left behind her one son and two daughters to mourn for her, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope.
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SHAUM - On the 19th of March 1896, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of spinal disease, Warren, only child of Amos and Mary C. Shaum, aged 2 years, 3 months and 29 days. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive M.H. by J.F. Funk and J.S. Lehman, from John 14:1-3. This sad affliction falls heavily upon the sorrowing parents, but they may now rejoice in the hopes of meeting their darling boy again in the mansions above where Jesus will keep him safely until they too shall be gathered home.
FUNK - On the 7th of January, 1896, near Rushville, Rockingham Co., Va., suddenly, Christian Funk, aged 83 years, 11 months, 23 days. He had been complaining of pains in his arms and shoulders, and about dark in the evening he said he would go to bed. After lying down he told his wife he would die. He also remarked that he was willing to go and that they get him a plain coffin and bury him at the Bank M.M.H. These were his last words. He turned over and went to sleep to wake no more until the resurrection morn. Services were conducted by L.J. Heatwole.
GARBER - On the 4th of March 1896, at Hamilton, Ill.,
of liver trouble and rheumatism, Bro. Martin M. Garber,
son of Abraham and Fanny Garber, of Goshen, Ind., aged 31 years,
2 months, 15 days. Deceased was born and brought up near Goshen,
Elkhart Co., Ind. He gave his heart to God in early life, and
was for a number of years a successful teacher in the common schools
and was very zealous as a Christian worker and consequently was
engaged for several years in the ministry, earnestly exhorting
people to flee from the "wrath to come" and live the
life of Christ, but his voice on earth is hushed. His health began
to fail for a year or more, and desiring, it the Lord was willing,
to be restored to health, he went to the sanitarium at Hamilton,
Ill. But his days were numbered, and no human skill could lengthen
them. He packed his trunk the day before his death, intending
to go home to his family residing near Pulaski, Davis Co., Iowa
(where he had been preaching for the General Conference Mennonites),
but on the morning following, feeling very weak, he was asked
by the doctor what he wanted and said he wanted relief, and also
further said, "I will get relief tomorrow," but relief
came before the morrow, for when he had uttered those last words
he quietly fell asleep, we trust, in Jesus. He leaves a sorrowing
wife and two children to mourn his early departure. His remains
were interred at the Clinton meeting house on the 6th where services
were conducted by J.C. Mehl and D.J. Johns, from the words, "His
sun is gone down while it was yet day." Jer. 15:9.
"Life's duties 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."
FUNK - On the 31st of March in Owen Co., Ind., George Funk, aged 83 years, 11 months and 16 days. The body was laid to rest in the Mennonite grave-yard in Owen Co., and the funeral services were held by J.S. Coffman of Elkhart, assisted by Daniel Kinports of the home congregation, in the meeting house where the deceased had worshipped for many years. Bro. Funk was the son of Preacher Daniel Funk who was among the first of our members to settle in this part of the state. He was born in Rockingham Co., Va., but moved early in life to Logan Co., Ohio. He married Catharine Bowman of Canal Winchester, O., with whom he settled in Owen Co., Ind., near the spot where he had his home ever since. His wife died over 30 years ago, and later he married Barbara Grove of Augusta Co., Va., who departed this life April 14th, 1895. Bro. Funk was for many years a deacon in his church and was deeply interested in the welfare of his congregation. He was very pious, and was somewhat remarkable for his love of the songs and hymns of the church, and his decided views concerning the doctrines and practices of the church.
BRENNEMAN - On the 20th of March, 1896, at the residence of her son, George Brenneman, Sister Anna Burkholder, widow of the late bishop, George Brenneman, who died in 1889. She reached the advanced age of 77 years, and 6 days. She was born in Rockingham Co., Va., and in early life moved with her parents to Knox Co., Ohio, where later she was married to George Brenneman. She was the mother of 10 children, 5 of whom survive her. She had also 41 grandchildren of whom 37 are still living. She had also 4 great-grandchildren. She with her husband united with the Mennonite church soon after their marriage and both maintained their good standing unto the end. She had been in feeble health for several years, and four days before her departure she was taken with paralysis. She realized that she would no longer remain with her friends in this world, and expressed herself satisfied as the Lord might be pleased to make it with her. During her last conscious hours she repeatedly called on Jesus in prayer. She has gone to her rest, and we hope it is well with her. Her remains were taken to their old home in Allen Co., Ohio, and she was laid beside her husband in the graveyard at the Salem meeting house, where appropriate services were held by J.F. Funk, from Elkhart Co., Ind., assisted by Bro. Ross, from the text, John 5:28, 29.
HORNING - On the 19th of March, 1896, near Telford in
Bucks Co., Pa., Katie J., only daughter of Samuel and Lizzie
Horning, aged 20 years, 8 months and 25 days. She leaves her parents
and two brothers to mourn her early and sudden death. She was
afflicted with convulsions ever since her childhood, and saw but
little pleasures in the follies and vanities of this world, her
chief joy being to study the word of God, and to hear it taught
in church and Sunday school. Her desire that the Lord might call
her in one of these convulsions was fulfilled, and we believe
that she awoke in a happy eternity. On the 19th she was more than
usually cheerful and happy. In the afternoon about two o'clock
she went up stairs but remaining longer than usual, her father
followed her and found her a corpse lying upon the bed. Her remains
were buried on the 24th in Rockhill. M.R. Moyer and Samuel Detweiler
spoke words of comfort to the large assembly of friends that had
gathered at the meeting house, among whom were many of her young
companions. Many tears of sympathy and grief were shed, yet we
believe our dear sister is at rest.
MILLER - On the 21st of March 1896, in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Bro. Henry P. Miller, aged 40 years, 8 months, 21 days. He was buried on the 23d at the Blough Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by Jonas Blauch at the house, and Sam. Gindlesperger and L.A. Blough at the church. He left behind a sorrowing widow, one son and six daughters to mourn for him. May God bless the mourning family.
SCHRACK - On the 21st of March 1896 at the residence
of Maria Koeing in Livingstone Co., Ill., Jacobine Schrack
of lung trouble and the infirmities of old age at the advanced
age of 81 years, 6 months and 12 days. Our deceased sister leaves
no direct descendent. Her husband John Schrack died about 24 years
ago. Her last words were "The Lord's will be done,"
after which she calmly fell asleep, to awake as we believe in
the land of the immortal. She was a faithful member of the old
Amish Mennonite church. Her remains were laid to rest on the 23d
in the Waldo Twp. cemetery. Funeral services at the house by Daniel
Orendorff and at the meeting house by Stephen Stahly from Psalms
90 assisted by the writer from Isa. 38:1-3. A very large concourse
of people followed her remains to their last resting place. Peace
to her ashes.
JOHN P. SCHMITT
SLONECKER - On the 19th of March 1896 in Collinsville, Ohio, our aged sister, Barbara Slonecker, maiden name Schlatter, aged 85 years and 11 months. She was for several years a faithful member of the Mennonite church. About three years ago she suffered an injury to her limb by a fall and was since that time helpless so that he had to be moved about in an invalid chair, but as she lived near the church she was able to attend regularly, kind friends wheeling her chair to the church. She bore her affliction with Christian fortitude until the Lord called her home. Upon the 22d of March a large concourse of people assembled to accompany the remains to their last resting place. Funeral services by J.J. Kraybill from March 14:8 assisted by Pre. Walker of the Presbyterian Church. She leaves her aged companion, who for sixty three years lived with her in happy wedded life. Also six children, twenty one grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
STAUFFER - On the 18th of February 1896, in Marshall Co., Ind., Urban J., infant son of Henry P. and Orpha C. Stauffer, aged 8 months and 17 days. Funeral services on the 15th at the Olive meeting house by Jas. H. McGowen from John 16:16.
FORRER - Arvilla Forrer of near Smithville, Ont., was born May 24th 1864, died February 10th 1896, aged 31 years, 8 months and 16 days. Funeral services at Pleasant Hill meeting house conducted by Fred Wilmer and D.Z. Yoder.
YUTZI - Catharine Yutzi, maiden name Miller, was born on the 13th of Feb. 1813 and died on the 21st of March 1896, aged 83 years, 1 month and 8 days. She lived in matrimony with Geo. Yutzi for 52 years, and was a widow for 13 years. Their union was blessed with 8 children of whom 6 survive. She also leaves 36 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
MOWER - Joseph Mower of near Marshallville, Ohio, was born February 8th 1808, died February 21st 1896, aged 88 years and 13 days. Funeral services at Oak Grove meeting house, conducted by J.K. and D.Z. Yoder.
KROP - Elizabeth Krop of near Canton, Ohio, was born May 9th 1816, died March 3d 1896, aged 79 years, 9 months and 29 days. Funeral services at Eden meeting house, conducted by D.Z. Yoder and G. Shroyer.
YODER - Catharine, daughter of Stephen and Mary Yoder, was born Mar. 10 1894, died March 13th, 1896, aged 12 years and 3 days. Funeral services at Oak Grove meeting house, conducted by J.K. and D.Z. Yoder.
HOOVER - On the 20th of March 1896, near Shellsburg,
Bedford Co., Pa., Sarah Anna Hoover, aged 77 years, 11
months and 20 days. She was troubled for many years with heart
disease and dropsy. She was a member of the River Brethren church
for many years and desired to leave this world and to go home
to her long sought rest. Shortly before her end, when the writer
stood by the bedside, she said that she hoped her suffering would
soon be over and that she was fully ready to die.
Death has born from us our mother, we have bade our last farewell,
To a kind and loving parent, - she has gone where angels dwell.
God saw fit to call her higher, from this world of toil and care,
To her home beyond the river, and we hope to meet here there.
Pain no more shall heave her bosom, all her trials now are o'er;
She has passed a while before us, joined the saints on heaven's shore.
At our loss we will not murmur, tho' it fills our hearts with pain;
Nature's ties are strong and tender, but our loss is mother's gain.
EBY - On the 28th of February 1896, in Elkhart
Co., Ind., Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Eby, aged 39 years
and some months. Her remains were laid to rest in the Olive graveyard.
Funeral services by Joseph Schaum.
Death has robbed us of our mother, whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, yes dear mother, can we help but shed a tear.
Yes, we miss her, O, we miss her, when we see her vacant chair,
And how sad the room without her, for there is no mother there.
Had we thought of death so sudden, how much more we'd had to say;
But our voices were not answered, for we spoke to lifeless clay.
Farewell husband, farewell children, tender was my love for you;
Let that love in you continue, live for God, adieu, adieu.
EBERSOLE - On the 17th of March 1896, near Scotland,
Franklin Co., Pa., of catarrhal fever and enlargement of the kidneys, David L., son of Abram and Anna Ebersole, aged 6 months
and 27 days. Funeral services by P.H. Parret and Peter Wadle.
Text, "Suffer little children to come unto me." Buried
at the Chambersburg meeting house.
He takes them home where pain and woe will ne'er disturb them more;
O let us all prepare to go and with them Christ adore.
NAFFZIGER - Sister Elizabeth Naffziger was born on the 20th of March 1811, at Korschum near Kirchlheim Bolande, in the Rhenish Bavarian Palatinate. She came to America in 1851 and settled in Butler Co., Ohio, but left the same year for Tazewell Co., Ill. Although sister Naffziger was never married, yet she ably filled the place of a mother in her brother's family, whose wife had been called to the world beyond. Sister Naffziger was consecrated to her Master. She died on the 19th of March 1896 of the infirmities of old age, at the advanced age of 85 years and 11 days. She retained consciousness until the end. Her remains were laid to rest on the 31st in the Hirshstein graveyard near Morton, Illinois. Funeral services by Michael Kinsinger and Valentine Strubhar. Sister Naffziger was a member of the Amish Mennonite church for about seventy years and died in the triumphs of a Christian faith.
MOURER - On the 24th of March 1896, near Aurora, Hamilton Co., Neb., of the infirmities of old age and lagrippe, Joseph Mourer, at the advanced age of 83 years. In 1865 he came from France to America with his wife and two sons, settling near Metamora. Twelve years ago he moved with his son to this place, his wife having died many years ago. He leaves two sons. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services by Christian Rediger and L.A. Hooges, from 1 Cor. 15.
TEDRO - Louise, daughter of Jacob and Susan Yoder, and wife of Solomon Tedro, was born in Cedar Co., Mo., Aug. 5th 1872, died in Nappanee, Ind., of consumption, March 25th 1896, aged 23 years, 7 months and 20 days. She was baptized the day before she died by a U.B. minister. Funeral services at the U.B. church by Jas. H. McGowen, from Eph. 5:28. Buried at the Brick church March 27th.
ASH - Near Bittinger, Md., Feb. 23, 1896, Barbara Ash, aged 22 yrs., 3 mos., 21 das. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral at the Amish Mennonite church by G.D. Miller and D.W. Maust. Text, Matt. 25:13.
BUTLER - Near Grantsville, Maryland, March 30th 1896, of consumption, Hannah Butler, aged about 63 years. A short time before her death she became anxious about her soul and was received into the Mennonite church by baptism. She leaves a husband and six children. Funeral at the Folk Mennonite church by D.H. Bender and G.D. Miller. Text, 1 Cor. 15:51.
SWARTZ - On the 24th of Feb. 1896, near Rushville, Rockingham
Co., Va., Bro. John Swartz, aged 84 years, 9 months, 28
days. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for a
number of years and died as he had lived, in Christ. His last
words were, "Father, take me to Thy rest." He bade his
friends good-bye, told them he was going home, and passed peacefully
into the great beyond. His remains were buried on the 26th at
the Bank church in the presence of a large concourse of friends.
Services were conducted by Christian Good and Simon Heatwole.
He leaves a widow, 8 children, 46 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren
besides many friends to mourn his death, yet they mourn not as
those without hope.
Dear one thou hast left us to join that heavenly throng.
Where loved ones passed before thee, bound for that immortal throne.
Where thou shalt live forever more, on that bright celestial shore.
- By one of his grandchildren.
MOYER - On the 9th of March 1896, in Franconia, Montgomery Co., Pa., of la grippe and paralysis, Bro. Jonas L. Moyer. He was born on the 24th of June 1806 and was married to Sarah Ruth, with whom he lived in happy wedded life 50 years, 7 months and 10 days. The union was blessed with one son and two daughters who are still living. His wife died on the 27th of August 1880. He reached the advanced age of 89 years, 8 months and 15 days. He was the father of Pre. M.R. Moyer of Franconia. He was never confined to his bed by sickness, and his place at the time of public worship was seldom vacant. His remains were buried on the 16th in the Franconia Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services at the house by Abel Horning and at the meeting house by Bish. Josiah Clemmer, from the text, John 14:27, which the deceased had selected shortly before his death. Peace to his ashes.
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia