Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1896

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIII, No. 17, September 1, 1896, page 270, 271

Was born in Lehigh Co., Pa., on the 21st of November 1827. He was a son of Samuel Kauffman of the Brethren (Dunkard) denomination. In 1847, at the age of twenty years, he went to Juniata Co. Two years later he was married to Elisabeth Winey. To this union were born five sons and five daughters. In 1866 he moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., and in 1869 he went still farther west, settling in Morgan Co., Mo., where he resided up to the time of his death. Bro. Kauffman was active and enterprising as a business man, and his manly, independent industry was a noble example to his family and all who knew him, and his deep insight into things caused his advice to be much sought for. Nor was he less zealous in spiritual work. He united with the Mennonite denomination and for forty-six years he was an earnest and faithful soldier of the cross. In 1871 he was called to the ministry, and in 1875 he was ordained bishop. His career as a public servant of the church was not without many hardships and vicissitudes, but his sterling qualities as a man of rare moral courage and patience, and his strong faith and trust in God not only carried him through but served as a noble example to his flock and his fellow-laborers. Like Paul he was ready to battle with error, wherever he saw it. He reproved, rebuked, and exhorted, with all long suffering and doctrine (2 Tim. 4:2). His most anxious care of the closing years of his life were for the church, and he was indefatigable in his labors for her welfare, and as his last illness made it manifest that his stay on earth would be short, he seemed, with Paul, to be in a "strait betwixt two; having a desire to depart," yet feeling greatly the need of further work in the church. But God saw fit to call the laborer home to his reward. About eight months before his death he was afflicted with a cold which gradually developed into consumption and which brought his busy life to a close on the 4th of August 1896. He leaves a sorrowing wife, four sons and two daughters. His remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Zion graveyard, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services by M. S. Moyer, W. W. Holtsapple and David Bowman. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.

I will sing you a song
Of that beautiful land,
The far away home of the soul,
Where no storms ever beat
On the glittering strand,
While the years of eternity roll.

Father Christian Ropp was born in Alsace, Germany, April 27th, 1812; passed on to a higher life, August 3d, 1896. Hence, the time of his earthly career was 84 years, 3 months and 7 days. He was the second of seven sons, all of whom preceded him to their final rest.
Seventy years ago he emigrated with his father's family to America; lived seven years in Canada, one year in Ohio, 24 years in Woodford Co., and over 38 years on his homestead in McLean Co., Illinois.
March 19th, 1836, he was united in marriage with Magdalena Schertz, who lived and faithfully labored at his side, for thirty-two years and four days, when she was called to her heavenly home. To this union were born six sons and three daughters. The second, a son, and seventh, a daughter, both died in their infancy. Seven children survive him.
With his second wife he lived happily for nearly twenty-seven years. She also survives him. For fifty-five years he preached the gospel in the Amish Mennonite church, he was a faithful minister, and we feel assured that God will reward him for all that he has done. His funeral service was conducted in English and German at his residence. The remains were laid to rest in the family graveyard. J. S.

On Aug. 9th, 1896, in Doylestown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Bro. Isaac Rickert, aged 68 years, 4 months and 14 days. He was born March 25th, 1828, married on Jan. 1st, 1852, to Salome Gross. This union was blest with three children, one son, and two daughters, of whom one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He served faithfully as a minister in the Mennonite church at Doylestown, Pa., for a period of forty years. He had been suffering for nearly one year, from a complication of diseases. He was buried at Doylestown M. H. on the 12th. Services at the house by Bros. Andrew Mack in the German language and Samuel Goldshalk in English. At the M. H. by John Walters in English, and Abr'm Myers in German. Text, Acts 20:25, 27.

SWARTZ.-Jacob Swartz was born on the 31st of July 1819, died on the 20th of May 1896, aged 76 years, 9 months and 20 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 24th. Peace to his ashes.

GEHMAN.-On the 30th of July 1896, in Bucks Co., Pa., Elizabeth Gehman, aged 83 years, 9 months, 13 days. Buried on the 2d of August at Doylestown.
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep."

KINSINGER.-Near Grantsville, Garret Co., Md., Aug. 19, 1896, Anna, wife of Joel Kinsinger, aged 37 years, 8 months, 25 days. Deceased was sorely afflicted for some years both in body and in mind, but she bore all with Christian fortitude and when her misery was greatest, she said, "Thy will, O God, be done." She united with the German Baptist church while young and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services at the Maple Grove church by D. H. Bender and Eld. S. A. Miller, from Philippians 1:21.

WINGARD.-On the 4th of August 1896, near Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa., Lydia Ruth, youngest daughter of Jacob and Emma Wingard, aged 4 months and 8 days. Funeral services by Jonas Blough and Alexander Weaver.

WEAVER.-On August 7th, 1896, in Chambersburg, Pa., of dysentery, John Howard, infant son of Abram and Mary Weaver, aged 1 year, 8 months, 24 days.. Buried in the afternoon of the 8th in the Mennonite graveyard near Chambersburg. Funeral services by P. H. Parret. J. H. P.

GEHMAN.-On the 7th of Aug. 1896, in Bedminister, Pa., of cholera infantum, Ephraim, infant son of Bro. John and Sister Catharine Gehman, aged 6 months and 27 days. Buried on the 10th at Deep Run, Pa.
"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 him
With Christ our living Head."

BUSSEMAKER.-On Aug. 14th, 1896, in Plumsteadville, Pa., of heart disease, John Bussemaker, aged about 54 years. He came to this country from Holland, some years ago. He was sitting at the breakfast table eating, when his head dropped forward, and he died suddenly. He was buried at Plumsteadville Episcopal church. Services by Jacob Rush and Samuel Godshalk. Text, Heb. 13:14.
A. M. L.

LESHER.-On January 28th, 1896, near Marsh, Franklin Co., Pa., of old age, Sister Magdalena Lesher, widow of the late Andrew Lesher (deceased) aged 86 years, 11 months and 10 days. She was for many years a consistent member of the Mennonite church. Two daughters and one son survive her, all of whom are married. She was buried on the 31st at Miller's M. H. Services by the brethren C. J. Miller and Henry Baer.

"Dear as thou wast, and justly dear,
We will not weep for thee;
One thought shall check the starting tear,
It is that thou art free."
I. W. EBY.

KINDIG.-On the 13th, of August 1896, in Guilford Twp., Medina Co. Ohio, of inflammation of the bowels and brain fever, Beulah D. Fern, daughter of Willis and Lydia Kindig, aged 3 years, 1 month and 29 days. Services by Martin Leatherman from Matt. 19:14.

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

WEAVER.-On the 9th of August, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of paralysis, Francis B. Weaver, aged 70 years, 2 months and 16 days. He was born in Juniata Co., Pa., May 23rd, 1826. He came to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1851. He was united in marriage to Mary Weaver, July 21st, 1853. To this union were born seven children, three sons and four daughters. In 1869 his first wife, Mary, died, and on the 8th of September 1872, he was married to Mary B. Lechlitner, who survives him. To this union also seven children were born. He was buried on the 11th at the Olive M. H., where appropriate services were conducted by John F. Funk and Daniel Brenneman, from Ps. 90:10-12. A sorrowing companion and nine children mourn his death. Peace to his ashes.

SHAUM.-On the 15th of Aug. 1896, of consumption, Bro. Harvey Shaum, son of Bish. Henry Shaum, aged 31 years. He was buried at the Olive M. H. where an immense throng of people were gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to his memory. Services were conducted by J. F. Funk and J. S. Lehman. During his sickness, and only a week before his departure, he was led by the grace of God to give himself up to the service of the Master. He truly longed for the "love of Jesus" in his soul, and God was merciful to him and he was made to rejoice in the goodness and mercy of his heavenly Father. He was also much concerned for the salvation of others. He regretted that he had not sooner given his heart to Jesus. Many hearts rejoiced when he gave himself to the Lord and sealed his solemn covenant in baptism.

SPRINGER.-On the 12th of August 1896, near Hopedale, Ill., infant son of John C. and Nancy Springer, aged 6 days. Buried on the 13th in the Amish graveyard near Hopedale. Funeral services by Joseph Egli, from 1 Pet. and Matt. 24:44.

Another little lamb is gone,
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling babe
Is sheltered in the gaave.
God needed one more angel child,
Amidst His shining band;
And so He bent with loving smile,
And clasped our darling's hand.

Transcriber's note: "gaave" as in the original.

EBY.-In Elkhart Co., Ind., on the 20th of August, of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Jacob Eby, aged 80 years, 10 months and 2 days. He was born in Waterloo Co., Ontario, in 1815. Was married to Mary Bingeman in 1840. Came to Indiana at an early day, and resided here until the time of his death. He was the father of eight children, seven of whom, with the aged mother, survive him. He was buried at the Olive M. H. on Sunday, Aug. 23, where services were conducted by Bish. C. Shaum and -- Shwalm, from Isa. 38:1. The services were largely attended.

SOUDER.-On the 17th of August 1896, near Lichty's Mennonite M. H., Lancaster Co., Pa., Edwin Jacob, only child of Harry and Mary Souder, aged 2 months, and 7 days. Funeral services by Bish. Isaac Eby and John M. Zimmerman, from Matt. 18:3. Interment at Weaverland.

LONG.-On Aug. 2d 1896, at her home near Scotland, Franklin Co., Pa., of heart disease, Sister Maggie Long, beloved wife of Abram Long, aged 52 years, 9 months , 3 days. She leaves a husband and one daughter to mourn the loss of a dear faithful and Christian mother. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite church for many years, and was fully prepared to leave this world of sin and sorrow, and go up to that everlasting home, where no more pain nor death will ever be felt. Sister Long had been suffering for several years of dropsy, but was feeling well and seemed to be enjoying herself as of old, and after eating supper, she as usual walked out into the yard, when all of a sudden she dropped over and before she had been carried into the house her spirit had fled to Him who gave it. She was buried on the 5th in the Mennonite graveyard near Chambersburg, Pa., in the presence of a large congregation of friends and neighbors. Funeral services by P. H. Parret and Peter Wadel, from Matt. 24:44. "Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

Well mother is gone and now in heaven
She sings His praise who died for her;
And in her hand a harp is given,
And she's a heavenly worshipper.

LEATHERMAN.-On the 5th of Aug., 1896, in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., infant child of Samuel and Catharine Leatherman, aged 16 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 7th.

GEHMAN.-Ephraim, son of John and Katie Gehman, died Aug. 7th 1896, aged 6 months and 27 days. Buried on the 10th at Deep Run.

.-Jacob A. Kratz, a highly esteemed young resident of Elroy, died of lockjaw Friday morning at 1 o'clock, aged about 23 years. He was a carpenter by trade and on July 24, while at work in Souderton, trod on a nail. He paid no attention to the injury until August 22, when he went to a doctor, his leg having become badly swollen, Lockjaw set in and he died as stated above. He leaves a young widow (Maggie, daughter of William, Godshall, Lansdale), and a daughter, less than a year old. A mother, and three brothers (Abraham, Wilson, and Jonas, all residing in this township) also survive him. The funeral was held on Tuesday. Interment at the Franconia Mennonite meetinghouse. Michael Moyer and Josiah Clemmer officiated.-Montgomery (Pa.) Transcript.

ANGENY.-On the 3d of August 1896, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., William Angeny, aged 87 years, 11 months, 9 days. Buried on the 6th of August at Deep Run. Funeral services by Jacob Rush in English and Henry Rosenberger from Psa. 27:4.

This text was here appropriate,
They e'er in him did joy create."

MILLER.-On the 14th of July 1896, in Green Twp., Iowa Co., Iowa, Joseph D. son of Daniel D. Miller, aged 13 years, 4 months. Buried on the 16th. Funeral services by N. D. Yoder and C. J. Miller, from 1 Thess. 4:13-18. This boy was strangely afflicted for about a year. Several physicians examined him but were unable to render any help, nor could they say what was the matter, for the disease was unknown to medical science. His father took him to Drake Sanitarium at Des Moines last spring, but in vain. He lost his eyesight and his head grew faster than the rest of his body. During the latter part of his sickness he was almost helpless but sufferer no pain.

FOUST.-On Thursday, Aug. 6, 1896, near Scotland, Pa., George Clarence, only child of Sarah and Abner Foust. Little George had been sick only a short time with that dreaded disease, dysentery. He was aged 2 years, 3 months and 28 days. Buried on the morning of the 8th in the Lutheran cemetery near Shippensburg. Funeral services by Pre. Henry of Shippensburg, and P. H. Parret of Chambersburg. J. H. P.

LEHMAN.-The decease of Daniel Lehman, of near Chambersburg, Pa., cast a gloom of sadness and sorrow not only to the family of the deceased, but over a large circle of his friends and acquaintances, who had learned to know and appreciate his uniform kindness toward all with whom he came in contact. At home he was the center of attraction of his children and kindred, and his love went out to them in kind words and acts that will speak for his unselfish devotion. In the vicinity his loss will be deeply felt. For many years he was a devoted and consistent member of the Mennonite church. Bro. Lehman was sick for the last two years of dropsy, and in all this time bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude, and was ready and willing to leave this world whenever he should receive his final message: "It is enough, come up higher." His remains were laid to rest on Sunday the 2d of August, in the Mennonite graveyard near Chambersburg, Pa., followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services by P. H. Parret and Peter Wadel, from Phil. 1:21. "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." The deceased was aged 45 years, 6 months and 22 days. He is survived by an aged mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, a wife and 8 children.

"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrows fill our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away.

Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er.
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more."
J. H. Parret.

BENDER.-Another old landmark is removed, another of our fellow citizens is fallen, gone to that undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler ever returns. Peter Bender was born in Germany April 15th, 1805; was married to Mary Hinaman in 1832, and lived in Butler Co., Ohio, till 1855, when they moved to Boone Co., Indiana, where they lived until removed by the hand of death. Seven children, four boys and three girls, came to bless their home who lived to manhood and womanhood. Mother Bender died in 1885, at the ripe old age of 85 years. Two sons and one daughter survive. Peter lives on the old homestead, near Salem church, three and one-half miles west of Zionsville, and the other son lives in St. Joseph, Mo. Mary, the surviving daughter, and wife of Wm. Lemon, lives three and one-half miles west of Zionsville, where her father spent his last days. The deceased leaves, besides his three children, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren to mourn his departure. Father Bender united with the Mennonite church in early life and continued a member of the same until death. He expressed himself as ready and willing to die, then closed his eyes and quietly and peacefully passed away, on July 3d, 1896, at the advanced aged of 91 years, 2 months and 18 days. The funeral was preached July 5th, at Salem M. E. church, and his mortal remains were laid to rest in the Salem cemetery, followed by a host of sympathizing friends. The pastor, A. N. Cave, officiated. JACOB S. AUGSPURGER.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIII, No. 18, September 15, 1896, page 286, 287

FREY.-On the 23d of August, 1896, near Scotland, Franklin Co., Pa., of dysentery, Harvey Martin, eldest child of Martin and Ella Frey, aged 2 years, 6 months, 29 days. Buried on the 25th in the Mennonite graveyard near Chambersburg. Funeral services conducted by P. H. Parret and Peter Wadel, from Matt. 19:14. "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid then not to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefil'd,
With blessings on thy head."
J. H. P.

RAIFNIDER.-On the 26th of Aug. 1896, near Greenvillage, Franklin Co., Pa., of spinal meningitis, Ruth Luella, youngest child of William and Minnie Raifsnider, aged 1 year, 2 months, 5 days. Buried on the 28th in the Mennonite graveyard near Chambersburg. Funeral services were conducted by P. H. Parret, and W. S. Washinger of the U. B. Church, from John 13:7. "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter."

"It was a precious little blossom
God had planted in our home;
But the angels came and whispered,
Come and dwell with us at home."
J. H. P.

GOOD.-On the 26th of August, 1896, in Branch Co., Mich., Bro. Henry D. Good. He was born in Rockingham Co., Va., in 1826, and was consequently about 70 years of age. The family records were lost during the war, and consequently no exact dates can be given. He was buried Aug. 28th. Services were held by J. F. Funk of Elkhart. The mother of this household was buried just three months ago. May the Lord keep the sorrowing ones and at last lead them safely to that eternal rest where they may all meet to part no more forever.

LONG.-Aug. 30th 1896, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Ch. K. Long, aged 83 years, 1 month, 4 days. Funeral on Sept. 2. Text, 1 Tim. 2:1-6. Buried at the Landisville meeting house. Bro. Long was a faithful member of the Mennonite church.

SCHRAG.-On the 24th of August 1896, in Newbury Twp., Lagrange Co., Ind., widow Maria Schrag, nee Borntreger, aged 87 years, 9 months, 10 days. She was born in Somerset Co., Pa. Over 50 years ago they came to Indiana, settling on the farm where she died. She was a faithful sister in the Old Amish branch of the Mennonite denomination. Her husband died three years ago. She leaves no children. Three brothers and one sister and a large circle of relatives and friends mourn her departure. Buried on the 26th by the side of her husband and parents. Appropriate services were held by A. A. Troyer and D. S. Kaufman from John 5:20-31 and 1 Cor. 15:33-49, to a large congregation.

AMSTUTZ.-On the 13th of August 1896, in Allen Co., Ind., of cancer of the side of his neck of which he suffered for more than four months, Bro. Jacob Amstutz, aged 49 years, 11 months, 3 days. He leaves his wife, two sons, six daughters, mother, three brothers and two sisters, besides many other warm friends to mourn their loss, though they mourn not as those who have no hope, as Bro. Amstutz left a bright evidence that he was prepared for the great change. He turned to God in his youth and united with the church of his choice and remained faithful to the end. During his sickness he took great comfort in devotions and asked almost every visitor to pray with him, and twelve days before his death he once more commemorated the sufferings of Christ in the communion and observed the ordinance of feet washing. He selected 2 Tim. 4:7, 8 for his funeral text, and also several hymns he requested to be sung, one of them, "Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep." His remains were laid to rest on the 14th in the family graveyard in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral services by J. M. Shenk of Elida, Ohio, Eli Stofer of DeKalb Co., Ind., and others. Bro. Amstutz will be greatly missed in the community in which he lived and in the church, but our loss is his gain.

LANDES.-May 7th 1896, near Mt. Sydney, Va., sister Anna, wife of John W. Landes, aged 66 years, 9 months and 1 day. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. She leaves three daughters and twenty-three grandchildren. Funeral services by Bish. Anthony Heatwole. Buried in the Union Chapel graveyard.

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

EBERLY.-On the 11th of July 1896, in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Moses Eberly, after a short illness, he being confined to the house only about a week. He was buried on the 14th in Eberly's graveyard, many following him to his last resting place. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. His age was 68 years, 10 months, 28 days.

GEIB.-August 6th 1896, near Risser's meeting house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Ella S. Geib, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Geib, aged 13 years, 3 months, 23 days. Funeral on the 9th. Text: Rev. 3:19, 20. Buried at Stern's meeting house.

HERR.-August 22d 1896, near New Danville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Martin Herr, aged 96 years, 1 month, 4 days. Funeral on the 25th. Text: Job 5:26. Buried at the Stone House. A very large congregation assembled in token of respect for the dear brother. He was truly a father in Israel.

SCAMMEHORN.-On the 29th of July 1896, near Emma, Lagrange Co., Ind., Minnie May, wife of James Scammehorn, aged 19 years, 9 months, 4 days. Buried on the 2d of August. Funeral services at the house by D. J. Johns, from Eccl. 3:17.

"We watched her breathing through the night,
Her breathing soft and low,
As on her breast the wave of life
Kept heaving to and fro."

And when the dim and sad hour came her quiet eye-lids closed in death. No more can I hear dear sister's voice, for the Lord has called her home to rest, where sorrow, pain and trouble never come. HER SISTER ANNA.

MILLER.-On the 19th of August 1896, in Lagrange Co., Ind., of cholera, infantum, Ida May, only daughter of Bro. Uriah and sister--Miller, aged 3 months, 12 days. Little Ida was sick only two days and it seemed very hard to give her up, but her little angelic face seemed to say, "Weep not, I am at rest." Services by J. D. Miller and D. J. Johns.

"God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile,
And clasped dear Ida's hand.

YODER.-On the 21st of August 1896, near Clarion, Wright Co., Iowa, Rebecca, wife of Jonas Yoder, aged 37 years, 9 months and 1 day. Buried on the 23d in the Amish cemetery. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two daughters to mourn their loss. Funeral services by Jacob Swartzendruber and S. J. Swartzendruber.

MYERS.-Abm. H. Myers died on the 31st of August 1896, at his home in Sterling, Ill., after an illness of only four days. Bro. Myers had been doing some carpenter work a few miles out of town. He was not quite as well as usual for a few days, yet nothing was thought of it either by him or his family. On Thursday noon he quit work and went home to rest and recruit a little, but on arriving at home his son noticed that he was quite sick and helped his father to bed then sent for the doctor, who, on examining the case, pronounced it typhoid fever. On Sunday paralysis set in, and on Monday, at 4:15 A. M., he passed peacefully away. Bro. Abm. Myers was born in Bucks Co., Pa., June 3d 1829, and therefore aged 67 years, 2 months, 15 days. On June 15th 1850, he married Hannah Alderfer of Montgomery Co., Pa.; 35 years ago they moved to Illinois. About 18 years ago they united with the Mennonite church near Sterling and have lived faithful Christian lives since then. Besides his wife, Bro. Myers left his five sons: James, Nelson, Lincoln, William John, Grant, and one daughter, Emma. Five daughters and two sons preceded their father to the spirit world. Two brothers, John and David, of this neighborhood, and two sisters living in Penna., also survive him. All the children live in and near Sterling and were able to be at their father's funeral, which was held Sept. 2d at the Mennonite M. H., near Sterling, Pre. John McMolloh of Morrison officiating. Peace to his ashes.

SHADDINGER.-On the 17th of August 1896, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of cancer, Susan, daughter of Henry Shaddinger, aged 65 years, 2 months, 16 days. Buried on the 21st at Deep Run. Many friends were present to pay their last tribute of respect. Deceased bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude, and greatly desired to go home and be with Jesus.

"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes."

HIGH.-On the 16th of August 1896, in Philadelphia, Pa., Henry High, aged 44 years, 6 months and 3 days. His remains were brought home to the residence of his father in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., and interred at Deep Run on the 19th.

WEBER.-Catharine S., daughter of Abram and Anna Weber, was born in Franklin Grove, Lee Co., Ill., on the 29th of June, 1864. She grew up in Maryland, where she died, Monday noon, July 20th, 1896, at the home of her father, on the Maugansville road, two miles north of Hagerstown, and one mile from Maugansville, aged 32 years, 21 days. Her father, her sister Susan and her brothers Abraham and Samuel beside many other relatives and friends survive her. She was a sufferer for twenty months of consumption, dropsy, and ulcer gangrene and for fourteen months she could not walk, being confined to her chair day and night for thirteen months and eighteen days. Her sufferings were almost beyond description, and although she often longed for the end, she suffered patiently. Her remains were laid to rest in the graveyard of the Reiff Mennonite congregation, where she was a member for sixteen years. Funeral services by Pre. George Keener and Bish. Michael Horst.

"Now we miss her, oh, we miss her
When we see her vacant chair;
And how sad the room without her,
For there is no sister there.

Sleep sister dear, and take your rest;
God called you home, He thought it best.
"Twas hard indeed to part with thee,
But Christ's strong arm supported thee.

Father, sister, and brothers, don't weep nor lament,
My troubles and sorrows are o'er;
My sufferings now have forever an end,
I know I shall feel them no more."

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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