WITMER - On the 12th of Feb. 1897, in York Co., Pa., Bro. David Witmer, aged 58 years, 3 months and 25 days. Buried at Stoney Brook Mennonite meeting hosue in presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Theodore Forry. Text, Rom. 8:18.
MOYER - On the 25th of Feb., 1897, near Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. John C. Moyer, aged 71 years, 10 months and 2 days. Buried on the 1st of March in the Franconia graveyard. Funeral serivces by Josiah Clemmer at the house and by M.R. Moyer at the meeting house. Text, 2 Tim. 4:18.
GODSHALL On the 8th of March, 1897, in Souderton, Montgomercy Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Katie, wife of Bro. Herman Godshall, and daugfther of Abraham Alderfer. She was the last of a family of ten children, the last four dying within the last fifteen months. She was born Oct. 1, 1821, andn in 1842 she was married. Their daughter died one year ago. She attained the age of 75 years, 5 months and 7 days. Buried on the 13th in the Souderton Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services at the hosue by Abel Horning and Jacob Moyer, and at the meeting house by M.R. Moyer and Josiah Clemmer. Text, Rev. 14:13. Peace to her ashes.
KINSINGER - ON the 4th of March, 1897, of asthma, Catharine Hauter, wife of Joseph Kinsinger Sr., aged 65 years, less 10 days. Funeral on the 7th from her home near Meadows, McLean Co., Ill. Services by Andres Werckler, Simon Bechler and John Kinsinger from 2 Tin 4:7, 8 and 1 Cor. 15. The remains were laid to rest in the Waldo graveyard. She lived in matrimony forty-three years, and leaves her husband and one son; two children preceded her. May God comfort the bereaved hearts, tho' they mourn not as those who have no hope; for we belive our sister fell asleep in Jesus.
HENRY - On the 29th of January, 1897, in York Co., Pa., Sister Susan Henry. Buried at the Stoverstown M.H. in the presence of many relatives and friends. Serivces by Martin Whisler of Hanover, Pa. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1.
BERGEY - On the 4th of March, 1897, near Elry, Montgomery Co., Pa., Sister Mary Bergey, aged 32 years, 2 months and 24 days. Buried on the 9th in the Franconia graveyard.
BRUNNER - On the 9th of March, 1897, in Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of la grippe and pleurisy, Solomon Brunner, aged 75 years, 3 months and 1 day. Buried at the Souderton Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by Abel Horning and Samuel Detweller at the house, and by Chr. Allebach and Pre. Luckenbill at the meeting house. Text, 1 Chron. 29:15.
HILTEBEITEL - On the 11th of March, 1897, in Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., Susan Hiltebeitel, daughter of Solomon Brunner, of pleurisy and puerpural fever, aged 44 years, 1 month and 7 days. She leaves her companion and seven children. Buried on the 16th at the Goshenhoppen church.
BERGEY - On the 13th of March, 1897, at Berlin, Ont., Abraham Bergey, aged 69 years, 1 moth and 3 days. Buried on the 16rh at the C. Eby M.H. The deceased had been feeble for some time and required the same attentioin as that given a child.
GOOD - On the 26th of Feb., 1897, near Acme, Medina Co., Ohio, of pneumonia, Susannah Good, aged 53 years, 3 months, 8 days. The funeral took place on the 28th at the Lower Mennonite meeting house. Services by Isaac Good and Henry Beery. Text, Rev. 16:15.
THOMAS - On the 1st of March, 1897, in Somerset co., Pa., John Thomas, son of Lucy Ann Blough, aged 2 years and 10 months. Bureid on the 3d at the Blough Mennoite meeting house. Funeral serivces by L.A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger.
SHAFFER - On the 3d of March, 1897, in Roxbury, Cambria Co., Pa., of erysipelas, and jaundice, Edith May, daughter of Henry and Lucy Shaffer, aged 6 months. Buried on the 4th at the Thomas Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by L.A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger. How hard it is to give up such a little darling, yet God takes better care of them than we an, so we know they are safe.
SOLLENBERGER - On the 7th of Feb., 1897, near Churchtown, Cumberland Co., Pa., after an illness of only a few days of pneumonia, John M. Sollenberger, aged 36 years, 8 months and 11 days. Buried on the 9th in the Mt. Zion cemetery. Services in the Mennonite church at Churchtown where a large concourse of people assembled to sympathize with the young widow, who was so soon separated from her companion. Text, Matt. 24:44.
FIELDS - On the 10th of March, 1897, near Wakarusa, Ind., Caroline, wife of Simon Fields, aged 57 years, 1 month and 18 days. She was born in Allegheny, Co., New York, Jan. 20th, 1840. She leaves a sorrowing husband, one sone and daughter to mourn her death. Funeral serivces were conducted on the 12th at North Union, by J.F. Funk and J.S. Coffman, from Rev. 21:3, 4. May the afflicted household look for consolation and comfort to Him who has promised to be with His people always, and never to leave or forsake them.
GABLE - Isaac Gable was born in Wayne Co., Ohio,
March 18th 1844, and died at his home nea Fulton, Kalamazoo Co.,
Mich., March 7th, 1897, aged 51 years, 11 months and 19 days.
The funeral services on the 10th were conducted by Pre. Rorhbaugh
of the Reformed church in Fulton; interment in the Fulton cemetery.
He had been a sufferer for a long time fo dropsy of the heart,
and after many months of intense but patient suffering, death
came to his relief. Deceased was an upright honorable man, and
died in the triumphs of the christian faith. He had been a reader
of the HERALD OF TRUTH for many years. He was respected by all
who knew him and had many warm friends. The large concourse of
people who came to pay a tribute of respect to his memory the
day of his funeral attest the esteem in ehich he was held. On
the 10th o May, 1866 he was married to Sarah Leatherman of Medina
Co., Ohio To them were born two sons and four daughters. One son,
Oliver, aged 22 years preded his father to the spirit world at
little over a year ago. In 1897 they moved to Kalamazoo Co., Michigan,
where they have since resided. He leaves a wife, one son, four
daughters, three grandchildren and five sisters, besides many
other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
Sweetly sleeps the beloved husband, all his toils and cares ar o'er;
Freed from pain and all earth's sorrows. now he rests on Canaan's shore.
We miss thee, father dear, from thy old familiar place;
We do no hear thy footsteps near nor see thy cheerful face.
We miss thee at the table, we feel thy absence there;
And oh, what sorrow fills our heart to see thy vacant chair.
Father, how hast thou bereft us, in this sad world here below;
Yet a mother still is left us, for our God would have it so. S. GABLE
GEIGER - On December 22nd, 1896, near Apple Creek, Wayne Co., Ohio, of rupture, Bro. Chr. Geiger, aged 56 years and 7 days. Buried at the Sonnenberg meeting house on the 25th. Funeral services by J. Nussbaum.
TSCHANTZ - on January 8thm 1897, near Mount Eaton, Wayne Co., Ohio, of dropsy, Abraham C. Tschantz, aged 78 years, 7 months and 2 days. Buried on the 10th at the Sonnenberg meeting house. Funeral services by J. Nussbaum from Rom. 8:17.
ROTH - Catharine Roth (maiden name Graber) died at her home near Trenton, Iowa, Feb. 26th, 1897, age 83 years and 2 days. She was buried at the Green Mount cemetery on the 28th. The funeral was conducted by S. Gerig. Text, 2 Tim. 4:8. the deceased was a native of France. in 1833 she was married to John Roth. the lived in Wayne Co., Ohio, and in 1850 they moved to Iowa and located on a farm west of Trenton. In 1889 her husband departed this life at the ae of 85 years. To them were born ten children. Two sons preceded her to the spirit world. She lived to see twenty-nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Sister Roth was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and we have reason to believe in the hope and faith her pure and gentle spirit has gone to a far better home.
STOLTZFUS - On the 14th of September, 1896, nar Bird-in-Hand,
Lancaster Co., Pa. of consumption, Rebecca, daughter of
Chrstian and Lizzie Stoltzfus, aged 15 years, 8 months and 14
days. She had been in feeble health for quite awhile. She leaves
sorrowing parents, 4 sisters and one brother, also 2 aged grandmothers
to mourn the loss of a dear one. Her reamins were alid to rest
in the Amish graveyard, near Ronk's Station on the 16th followed
by many sympathizing friends and relatives. Funeral services were
held by David Beiler and Benjamin Fisher, from Peter 1:1--24.
A blloming youth so young and fair, is taken from this world of care;
Her earthly sorrows are all o'er, she is not dead, but gone before.
I am young but I must die, in my grave I soon shall lie;
I am ready now to go, if the will of God be so.
LAPP - On the 14th of October, 1896, near Bird-in-Hand,
Lancaster Co., Pa., the same place as stated above, Bettie,
grandmother of the young daughter, and widow of the late Jacob
Lapp, aged 79 years, 8 months and 8 days. She died very suddenly
after a short illness of three dyas. She leaves three brothers,
one son and two daughters and a number of grandchildren and also
great-grandchildren to mourn the loss of a dear sister and a devoted
mother. She was highly respected by all who knew her. She was
a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years.
Bueied in the Amish graveyard at Ronk's Station, followed by a
large concourse of friends and relatives to pay the last tribute
of respect to a kind and loving friend. Funeral services were
conducted by Pre. David Kauffman and Manasses Bontrager from John
Farewell children, farewell brothers, tender was my love for you;
Let that love in you continue, live for God, adieu, adieu. M.A.B.
BEILER - On the 3d of February, 1897, near New Holland,
Lancaster Co., Pa., from a sever suffering of a sore arm, John
W. Beiler, aged 71 years, 7 months and 1 day. He leaves a
sorrowing widow, three sons, two daughters and two grandchildren
to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. He was a member
fo teh Amish Mennonite church for many years. Buried on the 6th
in the Gordonville graveyard. The funeral was largely attended
by many friends and relatives to show the last tribute of respect
to the departed one. Funeral services were held by Benjamin Lantz
and Eli Zook.
Afflictions for long time he bore, physicians were in vain;
Till God at last did hear him moan, and eased him of his pain.
SYNDER - On the 7th of March, 1897, near Blooningdale, Waterloo Co., Ont., very suddenly and unexpectedly, of heart trouble, Amos Snyder, aged 47 years and 20 days. Deceased had been in feelbe health for some time, but was able to be about. On the above date a meeting had been held at his home by Pre. Springer of the U.B. church (Old Constitution). After a hearty supper deceased went out, and upon entering the house he complained of weakness to his wife, she being alone. He lay down on the lounge and in half an hour he was dead. He leaves a wife in feeble health, a son of about seventeen, a daughter and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Buried on the 9th at the Snyder M.H. Funeara services by Moses C. Bowman in German and by Pre. Springer and A. Stoltz in English. The deceased was converted last fall.
BEILER - On the 14th of November, 1896, near Ronk's
Station, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a rupture of the heart, Lydia,
daughter of Benjamin S. and Nancy Beiler, aged 13 years, 6 months
and 5 days. This was indeed a very sudden and sad affliction to
these parents. This young daugther and her sister on the evening
of her death had been out to do the milking. After milking one
cow, she hurried to the house and went to an out-building, and
was found, not more than five minutes later, by her younger sister
lying prostrate. The parents were called to the scene and found
their daughter as stated. In her face and mouth were clots of
blood and life was extinct. A physician was called for, but medical
aid was in vain, she had left this home for the home beyond. It
was indeed a shock to all and the family have the sympathy of
many loving friends and relatives. The remains were laid to rest
on the 17th in the Amish graveyard at Ronk's Station, followed
by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral serivces
were conducted by Jonathan Kauffman and David Beiler.
Fair and pleasant yesterday, now a lonesome corpse I lie;
See how beauty fades away, oh, prepare, prepare, to die.
Rosy cheeks so fresh and fair, grew quickly pale and cold;
Those sparkling eyes, that silken hair, death's icy arms enfold.
HERTZLER - On Feb. 2d, 1897, in Baltimore Co., Md., of pneumonia, Mary Hertzler. Funeral on the 6th. Daniel Stoltzfus gave the introdcutory remakrs and John S. Mast preached funeral from Rev. 14:13. She was a member of the Amish church.
GERBER - On March 16th, 1897, at Sonneberg, Wayne Co.,
Ohio, of typhoid fever, Fanny, daughter of Abram and Barbara
L. Gerber, aged 16 years, 5 months and 1 day. She was one of the
number who recently became willing to forsake sin and come to
Christ. She took sick on the 3d of March and on the night of the
8th she took very sick and she fully realized that the time of
her departure was near. She desired to be baptized and to obey
the command of her dear Savior. Bish. J. Nussbaum was sent for
who baptized her that night. She rejoiced that she had peace wiht
God through Jesus Christ. Her last words were, "My dearest
friend, Lord Jesus Christ." Buried on the 19th at the Sonneberg
meeting house. Funeral services by Chr. Amstutz and Jacob Nussbaum
from Eccl. 12:1.
Farewell, dear parents, God has called me, weep not for me when I'm gone,
But prepare to meet me yonder, when the Christian course is run.
Farewell dearest brothers, sisters, I have gone with Christ above,
Where no pain or sickness enters, and where all is joy and love.
HOOVER - On the 23rd of Feb., 1897, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Sister Frances Hoover, aged 70 years and 11 days. She was an invalid for many years, but a faithful devoted Christian, generous, kind and charitable and yet her life was surrounded with many shadows, and she had many conflicts and trials. One of the hard things in her Christian experience was to lay hold of the promises of God. During the last year of her life, hoever, she seemed to be more trustful and have more confidence. She seemed to feel unworthy of the abundant blessings which God stands so willing and ready to bestow upon His chidlren. We have the assurance however that when we have no merit of our own, we can trust so much the more in the merits of Christ; and in Him alone, we have the way of salvation. She was buried at the Yellow Creek Mennonite meeting house, where services were held by J.F. Funk and J. Loucks, from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.
MILLER - On March 5th, 1897, Sarah, wife of John E. Miller. She was born August 28th, 1819, and was aged 77 years, 6 months and 7 days. Bureid on the 7th at the Walnut Creek A.M. meeting house of which congregation she was a member. Funeral services by Abraham Mast and David Beachy. She was married to John E. Miller, Feb. 14, 1837, and leaves her husband, 3 sons and one daughter and many friends.
BURKHOLDER - March 9th, 1897, near Newville, Cumberland
Co., Pa., Sister Mattie Burkholder, aged 39 years, 3 months
and 16 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church
and an active worker in the Sunday school. She leaves two sisters
and four brothers to mourn her departure, but not as those who
have no hope. Services by Pre. A.D. Wenger, Bish. Ben. Zimmerman
from Shiremanstown, Pa., and Pre. Henry Wever. A large concourse
of friends and neighbors assemled to pay the last tribute of respect
to the departed sister. Peace to her ashes.
"We miss thee, Mattie dear, from thy old familiar place;
We do not hear thy footsteps near, nor see thy cheerful face.
We miss thee at the table, we feel thy absence there,
And oh what sorrows piere our hearts to see thy vacant chair."
HARTZLER - On February 25th, 1897, at the residence of his son, J.J. Hartzler, near Garden City, Mo., of la grippe, Abraham Hartzler, aged 90 years and 3 months. Funeral services at Syucamore Grove meeting house on the 26th by B.F. Hartzler in the German language, and by L.J. Miller in the English language, with approrpriat remarks from the 90th Psalm. Abraham Hartzler was born near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., November 25th, 1807; was married to Madgalena Zook, February 19th, 1832, who was born near Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., August 13th, 1805, and momved from Mifflin Co., Pa., to Elkhart Co., Pnd., in March 1855, and in 1866 removed to St. Joseph Co., Mich., where his wife died Oct. 4th, 1868, aged 56 years, 10 months and 9 days. Some years later he made his home is Missouri with his son John. As near as we can learn his offspring numbers six children living and thre dead, thirty-five grandchildren living and eight dead; thirty great-=grandchildren living and eight dead. Total living seewnty-one; dead, nineteen. Grand total ninety, the same as th enumber of his brithdays. Z.
BOYER - Catharine Welsh, wife of Jonas Boyer, of Pickering, York Co., Ont. died at the residence of her son Henry Boyer of Pickering, of internal cancer. She suffered for years from this dreadful disease, but bore it with Christian patience, not murmuring, but fully resigned to her Master's will, until He called her home to her reward on the evening of Feb. 22nd, 1897. She was laid to rest in the Altona graveyard on the 25th. She was a member fo the Brethren in Christ denomination. Pre. P. Baker spoke very appropriately on Rev. 14:13. She reached the ripe age of 75 years, 9 months and 4 days.
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BOYER - Eva Boyer, daughter of Henry and Jane Boyer in Pikering, Ont., died on the morning of Feb. 23d, 1897, of consumption of the brain. She lived to be 1 year, 5 months and 14 days old. Buried on the 25th in Altona graveyard. Funeral services by Lewis Burkholder; text, Matt. 18: 4. A large number of friends and neighbors came together to witness this solemn appointment of God, to call the baby in its blossom and the old grandmother to their eternal destination, to prove again to us that God is no respecter of persons. Let us all take warning to prepare to meet our God.
REED - On the 2nd of March, 1897, in Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., suddenly, of heart failure, Bro. Abraham I. Reed, aged 78 years, 8 months and 1 day. He was born in Rockingham Co., Va., on July 1st, 1818. He removed from there to Mahoning Co, Ohio, when twelve years of age. In 1857, he moved from Ohio to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he resided to the time of his death. He united with the Mennonite church in his earlier years, and was united in marriage in Mahoning Co., Ohio, with Mary Weaver, who survives him. He went out to clear the walks after a snowfall and remaining out longer than usual he was found in an unconscious condition, and taken to the house where he died within three hours. He was buried at the Yellow Creek Mennonite meeting house where appropriate services were conducted by Christian Shaum, Martin Ramer and David Burkholder from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8. He leaves a sorrowing companion, five sons and three daughters to mourn his death.
SOMMERS - On March 5th, 1897, near Walnut Creek, Ohio, of rheumatic fever and heart trouble, John Henry, son of Christian and Catharine Sommers. He was born June 3d, 1880, and was aged 16 years, 9 months and 2 days. Buried at the Walnut Creek A.M. meeting house on the 7th of March. Funeral services by John H. Miller and Samuel H. Miller. The deceased leaves father, mother, two brothers and five sisters, and many friends to mourn his early departure.
GREIDER - Anna Erb, wife of Bishop J. M. Greider (deceased), was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., February the 28th, 1824, died March the 7th, 1897, in Clark Co., Ohio, aged 73 years and 7 days. Soon after her marriage she with her husband unted with the Mennonite church where she remained an earnest faithful sister until God called her home. In 1856 they moved from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Clark Co., Ohio, where later on a church was organized, wherin Sister Greider was a strong pillar. She was the mother of thirteen children, six sons and four daughters still living. She also had forty-six grand-children, thirty-five living; and one great-grand-child; also one brother and two sisters living. Her children were all present at her funeral except one son who lives in Kansas. She was in feeble health for some time, but was still able to go to the house of worship regularly (which was her greatest delight) until the last two or three months, she was confined to her chair where she had to sit night and day. For over a year she had to sleep on her chair and could not lie down on account of difficulty in breathing. Her sufferings at times were extremely great, yet she endured it all patiently without a murmur and told her children they need not think that she endured her sufferings alone, but Jesus was with her. Shortly before her departure she repeated several lines of a German hymn that points to humility and then told her children to condescend to the lowly. In her meek and humble life she set an example worthy of imitation. In the death of our sister the church realizes a heavy loss. She was deeply concerned about the future welfare of the church and especially was she concerned about her own children and grand-children, and many were the admonitions given and the paryers offered up in their behalf. She often expressed an earnest desire to meet them all in heaven. May her prayers and admonitions follow them through life and be the means of bringing them all into sacred nearness with God and may they walk in the humble footsteps of their pious mother. Buried on the 9th, at Huber's M.H. Her funeral was largely attended. Services were conducted by Moses Brenneman from the words, "Behold thy mother." John 19: 17. Thus another pilgrim has gone home and, as we believe, has fallen asleep in Jesus, and though many hearts have been made sad, yet we comfort ourselves with the blessed hop of meeting her again in the home over there, Death was a welcome messenger to her as she frequently expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better. Her last words were, "Oh dear Jesus."
YODER - On the 14th of Jan., 1897, near Shore, LaGrange Co., Ind., Noah Yoder, aged 53 years, 1 month, 12 days. He leaves a wife, three sons and one daughter to mourn his death. Services on the 16th, at the Shore M.H. by Yost Miller in German and D.D. Miller in English.
NUNEMAKER - Angeline Smeltzer was born in Baugo Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Nov. 8th, 1859, died in Locke Twp, Elkhart Co., Ind., Mar, 14, 1897, aged 37 years, 4 mos., 6 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonites in Christ and lived a devoted Christian for over nineteen years. She was united in matrimony with Jacob Nunemaker June 20th, 1896. She leaves a sorrowing husband, four step-children, a father and mother, four brothers and five sisters to mourn their loss, but their loss is her eternal gain. May God comfort the bereaved and draw them nearer to Him. One brother and one sister have preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services March 16th at the Olive church by Jas. H. McGowen and John Felthouse from Dan. 7: 10, "The judgment was set and the books were opened"
My Jesus as Thou wilt,
Oh, may Thy will be mine,
Into Thy hand of love
I would my all resign.
Thro' sorrow or thro' joy
Conduct me as Thine own,
And help me still to say,
My Lord Thy will be done.
GONSER - On December 31st, 1896, near Lakeville, St. Joseph Co., Ind., Willie, son of Jacob and Barbara Gonser, aged 4 years, 6 months and 23 days. Membraneous croup caused little Willie's death. He was buried in the Ray cemetery where he sleeps in Jesus.
GONSER - On March 8th, 1897, near Lakeville, St. Joseph Co., Ind., Blanche, daughter of Jacob and Barbara Gonser, aged 6 months and 24 days. Little Blanche had the lung fever. She was buried on the 10th, in the Ray cemetery. Services by Pre. Johnson.
"Farewell, darling little children
You have only gone before,
Fondly we have ever loved you,
Yet your Saviour loved you more,
Hence He took you to His bosom
Where we soon all hope to be."
SWARTZ - On the 26th of Feb. 1897, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., of chronic diarrhea, Sister Annie, wife of Bro. Anthony Swartz, aged 75 years, 3 months and 2 days. Buried at Deep Run, Pa., on March 3d, 1897.
MYERS - On the 20th of Feb. 1897, in Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa., of dropsy, Bro. Henry S Myers, aged 67 years, 2 months and 18 days. Buried at Deep Run, on the 25th.
RICKERT - On the 20th of Feb., 1897, in Springfield, Bucks Co., Pa., Sister Hettie, widow of the late Tobias Rickert, aged 64 years and 20 days. Buried at Deep Run, on the 25th. The funeral of Sister Rickert and Bro. Myers met at the M. H. at the same time, and services were held together.
WITMER - On the 12th of February, 1897, at Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Bro. David L. Witmer, aged 58 years, 3 months, 25 days. He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters to mourn his departure. He united with the church only about two weeks before he died. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Theo. B. Forry from Rom. 8: 18.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting
On the loving Savior's breast,
Where the wicked cease from troubling,
And the weary art at rest."
HEATWOLE - On Feb. 23d 1897, Alvin Henry, little son of Bish. A. P. and Bettie J. Heatwole of Ladd, August Co., Va., departed this life at the age of 5 years, 2 months and 17 days. Buried on the 25th, at Spring Dale M. H. Services at the house of Jacob R. Hildebrand and at the church by E. C. Shank and Jacob Martin. Text, Rev. 21: 4.
YODER - On December 28th, 1896 of near Farmerstown, Ohio, Fanny Yoder, wife of Michael Yoder. She was born Jauary 30th, 1821, and was aged 75 years, 10 months and 28 days. Buried on the 30th day of December at the Walnut Creek A. M. meeting house of which congregation she was a faithful member. Deceased leaves three sons and four daughters and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Her husband preceded her to his home above.
HARWICK - On the 2nd of Feb., 1897, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co. Pa., of paralysis, Bro. Henry Harwick, aged 79 years, 7 months, 29 days. Buried at Deep Run, on the 6th of February.
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HAGER - On the 16th of March, 1897, in Elkhart County, Ind., Andrew Freddie, son of Frederick and ____ Hager, aged 10 years, 10 months and 13 days. He was buried at the new Mennonite burying-ground at Elkhart on the 17th. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite church by J.F. Funk and J.S. Coffman, from the words (Job 1:21) "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the same of the Lord." May God comfort the sorrowing and bereaved hearts, knowing that what God doeth is well done.
THOMAS - On the 20th of March, 1897, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Amanda, wife of Jacob M. Thomas, aged 43 years, 25 days. She was buried on the 22d at the Thomas Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by Pre. Hutchinson of the Lutheran church (who had taken her into his church during her last sickness) and L.A. Blough. She left behind a sorrowing husband and large family of children and many other friends to mourn for her, but we hope she is at rest.
SWARTZ - On Feb. 28th, 1897, near Clover Hill, Rockingham Co., Va., of jaundice and cancer, Sister Susanna Swartz, formerly Buell, aged 71 yrs., 4 mos., 13 days. Her maiden name was Frank. She was twice married, and her last husband, John Swartz, Sen., preceded her to the spirit world one year and two days previous to her own death. Deceased bore her afflictions with a fortitude that enabled her to look upon approaching death with the greatest complacency. The funeral and interment took place from the Bank church on the 2d of March, before a large concourse of people. Three sisters ad a brother, and three sons and a daughter survive her. L.J.H.
ROTH - On the 26th of Feb., 1897, at her home near Trenton, Henry Co., Iowa, Sister Catharine (Graber) Roth, at the age of 83 years and 2 days. Buried on the 28th in Green Mound cemetery. Services by S. Gerig. Deceased was born in France, then emigrated with her parents to Wayne Co., Ohio. In 1833 she was married to John Roth. In 1850 they removed to this county where she has remained to her death. She leaves eight children, twenty-nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild to mourn their loss.
WENGER - On March 16th, 1897, Glen, the sixth months old son of Henry and Anna Wenger, died of a long spell of sickness, near Wayland, Henry Co., Iowa. On the 17th, he was laid to rest in the Sugar Creek cemetery. Funeral services by S. Gerig in German, and Pre. Slenker in English.
EBY - On the 19th of March, 1897, in the town of Waterloo, Ont., Bro. David Eby, aged 70 years, 4 months, 13 days. Bro. Eby had been failing for a number of years, and had not expected to cross the threshold of 1897, but he was fully resigned to God's will. Buried on the 21st at the E. Eby M.H. Funeral services by Solomon Gehamn. A widow and family of three children mourn his departure.
ANDREWS - On March 1st, 1897, in Blooming Glen, Pa., of typhoid fever, Sister Barbara, wife of Elias Andrews, aged 65 years, 4 months, 14 days. Buried in Blooming Glen graveyard. Text, Jno. 5:24. English service at house by Allen F. Fretz, in German at the church by Pre. Henry B. Rosenberger.
KULP - On Feb. 16, 1897, near Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Isaac Kulp, aged 88 years, 10 months, 6 days. His remains were laid to rest in Blooming Glen graveyard. Bro. Kulp was a zealous and faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. "Peace to his ashes." Text, Rev. 21:7. Services by Henry B. Rosenberger and John Leatherman.
KAUFFMAN - Bro. Saml. Kauffman, resident south-east of McAlisterville, Pa., was born Aug. 6th, 1822, died March 29th, 1897, aged 74 years, 7 months, 23 days. Buried in the graveyard on said Kauffman farm. Funeral services by Samuel Leiter and Samuel Gayman. Text, James 2:5. Funeral was largely attended by the neighbors and friends.
HERTZLER - On the 31st of March, 1897, at the home of Bro. Jonas Yoder, near McVeytown, Pa., Bro. Absalom Hertzler, aged 72 years, 3 months and 19 days. Bro. Hertzler was one of those quiet, peaceable, yet steadfast and old-fashioned saints whose lives are a light to those around them. No doubt our brother often realized that we, his fellow church members, are not all perfect people, but he had the brotherly love and the good sense to practice a scriptural forbearance to his brethren and sisters, and to help to build up by wise counsel, kind words and a godly life rather than stand aloof and do nothing and thus hinder the work of the Lord because things were not going exactly as he thought they should go. When his seat at church was empty we knew it was because of bodily infirmity or some other unavoidable hindrance. He loved children, and enjoyed the presence of young people, and until he was disabled by his three score and ten years, he regularly taught a class of boys in our Sunday school. Being unmarried our brother had his home for seventeen years in the home of a brother where boys and girls were growing up around him to manhood and womanhood. By his Christian love and good will and good sense he so won the love of these boys and girls that when for reasons beyond their control, it became advisable for Bro. Absalom to make his home in another brother's family, these boys and girls, how men and women, showed their love for their old friends by the gift of a rocking chair in which he spent many hours in his old age. As we think over his quiet and honest life we realize once more the truth of Solomon's proverb, Prov. 10:7. The memory of the just is blessed. The funeral services, on Friday April 2, were largely attended and were conducted by Michael Yoder, D.J. Johns and J.C. Yoder.
HERSHEY - At Roseland, Neb., on the 1st of April, 1897, of paralysis and a complication of other diseases, Bro. Joseph Hershey, aged 56 years, 11 months and 14 days. Buried on the 2d, at the Roseland Mennonite M.H. Services by A. Shiffler and J.M. Nunemaker. Bro. Hershey was born in York Co., Pa., from where he with his family moved to Illinois, and from there he moved to Adams Co., Neb., in 1882. He leaves a wife and eleven children to mourn his death.
STOLTZFUS - On the 23d of March, 1897, Pre. J. Stoltzfus, of New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., at the advanced age of 87 years, 2 months, 9 days. The remains were laid to rest on the 26th, in the Amish graveyard on the farm of the deceased. L.S. ZOOK
HARTZLER - On the 12th of March, 1897, near the Amish M.H., Mifflin Co., Pa., after six weeks' illness, Sister Barbara King, wife of Yost Hartzler, aged 66 years, 6 months, 29 days. She leaves a husband, eight children, twenty-one grandchildren, three sisters and three brothers. She was a loving mother, a true Christian, and a staunch member of the Amish congregation in her home community. Buried on the 15th. Funeral services by Bish. A.D. Zook and Joseph H. Byler.
GODSHALL - On Feb. 23d, 1897, at Blooming Glen, Pa.,
of typhoid fever, Harvey, son of Samuel and Maria Godshall,
aged 19 years, 8 months and 20 days. Bro. Harvey was a kind young
man, well educated; his amiable and peaceful nature, and his readiness,
promptness in Sunday school and church won many warm friends.
He was prompted by the Spirit of God, to unite with the church,
for through persuasion by some person for some unknown reason,
he did not obey the prompting until God had laid him on his bed
of affliction, lingering in his sickness about two weeks. He then
realized the importance of being fully resigned to the will of
God, and requested to have the ordinance of baptism performed.
After this had taken place, he was fully satisfied, and then sang
the beautiful hymn, "What a friend we have in Jesus."
He lived but a short time afterward and died with the blessed
assurance that his Redeemer liveth. This should stand as a monument
and as a reminder to all those who are yet outside of the ark
of safety. His remains were laid to rest in the Blooming Glen
graveyard. "Peace to his ashes." Text, James 4:13--17.
Services by Henry B. Rosenberger and Allen M. Fretz, to a large
and sympathizing audience.
Farewell, dear parents, I must die, to live with Christ who reigns on high;
'Tis loss to you, to me 'tis gain, since there I'm free from grief and pain.
Farewell, farewell, dear comrades too, farewell, dear brothers, sisters, true;
Farewell, dear friends, prepare to meet that we each other in heaven may greet. FAMILY
FIELDS - On the 25th of March, 1897, near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., of paralysis, of which he suffered about four days, Simon Fields, aged 65 years, 1 month and 25 days. He was born Jan. 28th, 1832. His wife died on the 10th of the same month, just about two weeks before his demise. He was buried at the North Union M.H., on the 27th. Services by John F. Funk, from Matt. 24:44. He leaves one son and one daughter to mourn his death.
FORREY - Charley Alvin, son of S.J. and Catharine
(Shelly) Forry, died March 24th, 1897. He was born March 4th,
1887, and was aged 10 years and 20 days. Buried in Forest Home
cemetery, near Bellair. Services at the house of mourning on the
25th of March by R.T. Fluellen, paster of the M.H. church.
Death has robbed us of our Charley, whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was Charley, yes, dear Charley, can we help but shed a tear?
Yes, we miss him, oh, we miss him, when we see his vacant chair;
And how sad the room without him for there is no Charley there.
Farewell father, farewell mother; tender was my love for you;
Let that love in you continue, live for God, adieu, adieu.
Transcriber's notes: Surname is first written as Forrey and then as Forry.
KING - On March 16th, 1897, near Orrville, Wayne
Co., Ohio, of scarlet fever, Alvin, only son of Elmer and
Lizzie King, aged 1 year, 9 months, 20 days. Buried at the Oak
Grove church on the 17th. Services by John K. Yoder and Jacob
A tear within the father's eye, a mother's breaking heart.
Can only tell the agony, how hard it is to part.
A precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is still.
A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled.
Ere sin could harm, or sorrow fade, death came with friendly care;
The op'ning bud to heaven conveyed and made it blossom there.
We loved our darling Alvin, the Savior loved him too,
An angel came and whispered, Alvin, mamma must part from you.
Then, little sister, cease to weep since your brother has gone to sleep;
That time is short till life is o're and we may meet to part no more. HIS PARENTS
WOOLNER - On the 18th of March, 1897, near Kossuth, WAterloo Co., Ont., Sister Hannah, wife of Pre. Jacob Woolner, aged 69 years, 2 months, 17 days. She lived in matrimony 48 years; to them were born six sons and four daughters. Buried on the 21st, at Cressman's M.H. Services at the house by J. Gingrich, and at the meeting house by Elias Weber in German and N. Stauffer in English. Sister Woolner was a member of the Mennonite church from her youth. She leaves a sorrowing husband, five sons and two daughters and many friends to mourn her departure.
GROFF - On the 17th of March, 1897, in Lancaster City,
Pa., of La Grippe, Bro. Ezra D., son of J.H. and M.E. Groff,
aged 14 years, 11 months, 1 day. He leaves his parents and four
brothers to mourn his early death. He united with the Mennonite
church on this 14th birthday. He was a bright lad and was apprentice
at the "Examiner" printing office, where he was esteemed
by his employers. It was hard to part with him, but the Lord took
him, why we can not tell. But the Lord gave, and the Lord has
taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
"God saw fit to call him higher, from this world of toil and care,
To him home beyond the river, we'll prepare to meet him there.
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia