PRE. SAMUEL OESCH
passed away on the 10th of January, 1897, near Schrock, Lagrange Co., Ind., aged 67 years, 5 months and 25 days. The burial, on the 12th, was largely attended by friends and acquaintances. Bro. Oesch was born in Somerset Co., Pa., on the 15th of July, 1829, and came to Indiana in 1852. In 1853 he married Sister Sarah Keim. To this union were born five sons and five daughters, of whom one son and two daughters have preceded him. Bro. Oesch was a loving, patient father, a faithful husband and an earnest Christian worker, a respected neighbor and friend, and his surviving wife and family need not mourn as those who have no hope. The funeral services were conducted by Eli E. and M.J. Borntreger from John 5, and Rom. 5.
NISSLEY - January 2nd, 1897, at the house of Ch. S. Nissley, near Newton, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Joseph Nissley, aged 46 years, less one day. Funeral on the 5th. Text 1 John 1:5-9. Buried at Kraybill's meeting house. A wife and four children survive.
WITTMER - December 22d, 1896, near Kraybill's meeting house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Peter Wittmer, aged 87 years, 10 months and 11 days. Funeral on the 27th. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Buried at Kraybill's meeting house. A bereft widow and family and large congregation followed his remains to the grave. Bro. Wittmer was faithful.
METZLER - Dec. 23rd, 1896, of Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., after a lingering sickness, Sister Catharine Ann Metzler, wife of Henry Metzler, aged 45 years, 2 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 25th. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1-6. Buried in the Sporting Hill cemetery. Sister Metzler was a faithful Christian. She bore her sickness patiently.
SUMMY - January 7th, 1897, near Ressler's Square, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Anna Summy, wife of Bro. Joseph Summy, aged 76 years, 2 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 9th. Text, Rev. 22:14. Buried at Hernly's meeting house. A husband and three sons and five daughters mourn her death. Sister Summy was a faithful sister in the Mennonite church.
YODER - On the 5th of January, 1897, in Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., Sister Salome, wife of Bro. Daniel J. Yoder, aged 23 years, 4 months and 27 days.
EBERSOLE - Stella Blanche, only daughter of Daniel B. and Launa F. Ebersole, and only granddaughter of Samuel D. Ebersole deceased September 14th, 1896. Stella was born September 11th, 1888 and died December 30th, 1896, aged 8 years, 3 months and 19 days. Her disease was diphtheria and croup. She followed her grandfather the same year, and interment was made in the Mount Tunnel cemetery on New Year's forenoon.
GEIGER - On the 22d of December, 1896, near Apple Creek, Wayne Co., Ohio, of rupture, Bro. Christian Geiger, aged 56 years and 7 days. Buried on the 25th at the Sonnenberg M.H. Funeral services by Bish. Jacob Nussbaum from John 12:46-48.
TSCHANTZ - On January 8th, 1897, near Mount Eaton, Wayne Co., Ohio, of dropsy, Bro. Abraham C. Tschantz, aged 78 years, 7 months and 2 days. Bro. Tschantz was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland; emigrated to this country at the age of seventeen. On February 23d, 1843 he was married to Catharine Lehman, who died March 25th, 1845, leaving him with a small babe. He was married a second time on September 11th, 1845 to Anna Baumgartner. This union was blessed with eight children all living. Buried on the 10th at the Sonnenberg meeting house. Funeral services by Jacob Nussbaum from Rom. 8:17.
GINGERICH - Jan. 11, 1897, near Grantsville, Garrett Co., Md., of la grippe, Minnie Elizabeth, infant daughter of Bro. Louis and Sister Martha Gingerich, aged 29 days. Little Minnie was the first one taken from this family by the hand of death, and it was hard for the mother to give her up, but He who "doeth all things well," can cause even this bereavement to prove a "blessing in disguise." Funeral at the Amish Mennonite church. Services by G.D. Miller and D.H. Bender, from Luke 8:52. "She is not dead but sleepeth."
ROTH - Noah, son of J. and M.E. Roth, died of bronchitis, Jan. 4, 1897, aged 10 months and 20 days. Funeral services by Aaron Baltimore, from Matt. 19 and Gen. 42:36.
LEHMAN - On Jan. 3d, 1987, in Cumberland Co., Pa., Sister Susannah, wife of Ben. Lehman, aged 59 years, 2 months and 10 days. She had been a great sufferer from that dreadful disease, cancer, for some years. But she looked forward to that heavenly mansion that is prepared for all those that put their trust in the living Son of God. She leaves a bereaved husband, two brothers, and one sister who resides in York Co., near Hanover, viz. Pre. Martin, Emanuel and Maria Whisler. Funeral services conducted by Bish. B.F. Zimmerman of Shiremanstown, and Pre. Abm. C.R. Burkholder. Text, Tim. 4:6-8. Buried in the Diller Mennonite burying-ground, where a large concourse of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Peace to her ashes. A. COR.
Note from family researcher: "Susannah Lehman: nee Susannah M. Whisler"
SHANK - On Jan. 13th, 1897, near East Lewistown, Mahoning
Co., Ohio, Arthur M., son of David and Cora Shank, aged
6 months. Little Arthur had the whooping cough, in connection
with which other ills arose that were the immediate cause of his
death. Buried on the 17th at the Oberholzer meeting house. Services
by C.B. Brenneman, assisted by Allen Rickert.
Farewell, darling little Arthur, thou art only gone before;
Fondly we have ever loved thee, yet thy Savior loved thee more,
Hence He took thee to His bosom, where we soon all hope to be. M.
ENGEL - On the 10th of January, 1897, near Aurora, Neb., Maria Engel, nee Schertz, wife of Christian Engel, aged nearly 49 years. She leaves her husband, one son, three daughters and many friends to mourn her death. Funeral services by Christian Rediger, in German and by Andrew Oesch, in English.
UNZICKER - Bro. John K. Unzicker, departed this life on the 8th of January, 1897, after six days' suffering of lung fever, aged 31 years, 11 months and 5 days. His remains were laid to rest on the 10th in the Hirschstein burying-ground, from Isa. 56:12, 13 in German and by Valentine Strubhar in English, from John 11. Bro. Unzicker was unmarried. He was a faithful member in the church, and ever had a very warm heart toward the poor and needy. He remembered them even in his last moments. Oh that many young men and women would follow his example, especially in the Sunday school, where he was always ready to serve with the talent that had been entrusted unto him. His funeral was the largest that has assembled for a long time in Washington. He died at peace with his God, and leaves an aged mother, a brother and two sisters and many friends.
ZIMMERMAN - Barbara Zimmerman was born on the 18th of March, 1833 in Alsace, Germany, was married to Jacob Zimmerman on the 22d of September, 1853 in Butler Co., Ohio. She lived in matrimony 32 years and died on the 2d of September, 1896, aged 63 years, 5 months and 15 days. She leaves one brother, one sister, five children and twenty-six grandchildren to mourn her death. A son and daughter preceded her. Her remains were laid to rest on the 4th of Sept. in the Fairview cemetery, Seward Co., Neb. Funeral text, 1 Cor. 15:53.
KAUFMAN - On the 7th of January, 1897, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, after an illness of one week, Sister Malinda, wife of Bro. John J. Kaufman, aged 37 years, 10 months and 15 days. She was buried on the 10th. Services at the Amish Mennonite M.H., by Jonas Blough and L.A. Blough. Text, Num. 23:10. Sister Kaufman was a faithful member of the church for a number of years. She left behind a sorrowing husband, five children, parents, and many friends to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. May God bless the family in their bereavement.
THOMAS - On the 28th of Dec., 1896, in Cambria Co., Pa., of a complicated disease, Bro. Benjamin Thomas, aged 69 years, 3 months and 13 days. He was buried on the 30th at Weaver Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by Jonas Blough. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Bro. Thomas has suffered much through his affliction, but he bore it all with Christian patience, looking forward to the eternal rest where there shall be no more pain or sorrow or sickness, and all tears shall be wiped from the saints' eyes.
MINNICH - Bro. Michael Minnich was born in Dauphin Co., Pa., July 4th, 1819. Was married to Elizabeth Earhart, Sept. 25th, 1844. Died at his late residence near Nimisila, Ohio, Dec. 26th, 1896. Aged 77 years, 5 months and 22 days. Services conducted at Clinton, Ohio, by I.J. Buchwalter from Psa. 103:15.
ALDERFER - On the 6th of January, 1897, near Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., Eva, daughter of Samuel and Lovina Alderfer, aged 4 months and 20 days. Buried on the 10th at the Souderton Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by Bish. Samuel Detweller and M.R. Moyer. Text, Luke 18:16, 17.
GINDLESPERGER - On the 15th of January, 1897, in Somerset
Co., Pa., Katie Ellen, daughter of Bro. Jacob and Sister
Sallie Gindlesperger, aged 3 months and 29 days. Buried on the
17th at the Thomas Mennonite M.H. Services by Jonas Blough and
"Sleep on in thy beauty, thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted, by sin undefiled.
We loved her, yes, we loved her, but angels loved her more,
And they have sweetly called her, to yonder shining shore.
Like the dove in the ark, thou hast flown to thy rest,
From the wild sea of strife, to the home of the blest.
The golden gates were opened, a gentle voice said come,
And with farewells unspoken, she calmly entered home."
WOLFORD - On the 15th of January, 1897, at Bethel, Somerset Co., Pa., Annie, wife of Robert Wolford, and daughter of Bro. Emmanual and Sister Fannie Eash, aged 42 years, 4 months and 6 days. She was buried on the 18th. Funeral services at the U.B. church of which church she was a member. Services by Pre. Shearer, paster of that church and L.A. Blough. After services she was taken to the Mennonite graveyard at the Blough church for burial. She left behind a sorrowing husband. She was also the mother of eight children, two dead and six living; besides she has left many friends to mourn for her, but as she had passed through much affliction during the last few years and she appeared to be ready to die and died happy, so we believe the loss here is her eternal gain.
STUTZMAN - On the 23d of December, 1896, in North Danvers, McLean Co., Ill., suddenly of paralysis, Sarah Stutzman, maiden name Yoder, aged 70 years and 16 days. She was for several years partly paralyzed, but still got about, until the afternoon of the 23d when she fell as she was going upstairs, and in a short time she was a corpse. Her remains were laid to rest on the 25th in Simon Lantz's graveyard. She leaves her deeply bereft husband and four children to follow her to the grave. Deceased was born in Pennsylvania and was a daughter of Bro. Jonathan Yoder for many years a bishop in the Amish church. The family came to Illinois Jan. 2d, 1853, where Sister Sarah was married to Bro. Solomon Stutzman. She leaves an aged and invalid brother in Wayne Co., Ohio, one in McLean Co., Ill., and one sister is Missouri. Another brother lives in Oregon. She was a faithful sister in the Amish church, a beloved mother, and we believe she is now at rest. Funeral services in the North Danvers M.H. to a large congregation of friends, by Joseph King and Peter Schantz from Psa. 90.
MUMAW - Rachel Barkey Mumaw was born July 7th, 1810 in Northampton Co., Pa. When she was three months of age her parents moved to Fayette Co., Pa., where she lived with her parents until seventeen years of age when the family emigrated to Ohio and located on a farm in Holmes Co. When about twenty years of age she was united in marriage to John Mumaw, which union remained unbroken for fifty-seven years, and to which were born fourteen children, five sons and six daughters still living. The grandchildren number 46, of which 41 are still living. The great-grandchildren 22 and all living. She united with the Mennonite church at the early age of sixteen and remained a faithful member until death (for 70 years). She died at her home near Mt. Eaton, Ohio, Jan. 13th, 1897, aged 86 years, 6 months and 6 days. Her children can pronounce no greater eulogy than that she was truly a good, kind, faithful, loving Christian mother. Funeral services were held on January 16th at the Longenecker M.H. by V.B. Shoup and Josiah Kaser of Mt. Eaton and I.J. Buchwalter of Dalton. Discourse by the latter from John 14:3--last clause.
SHANTZ - Moses Shantz was born on the 22nd of August 1819, about three miles north of Waterloo, Ont. On the 18th of March, 1819 he was married to the youngest daughter of the late Bro. Jacob C. Snyder, of Waterloo. He was a member of the Mennonite church since his youth. Deceased was afflicted for about 6 years, and suffered much pain, which however was patiently borne through all the weary years, until his final release on the 17th of January 1897, at the ripe old age of 77 years, 4 months and 26 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife, six sons and six daughters, also thirty-six grandchildren to mourn the loss of a kind companion and father. His was the first death out of this large family. The funeral was held on the 20th from his late residence. Interment at Martin's M.H., where many relatives and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of love and respect to one who had been so dearly loved and highly esteemed in life. Funeral services by Amos Cressman and Noah Stauffer.
BRUBACHER - On the 6th of December 1896, near Berlin, Ont., Bro. Jacob Brubacher, aged 78 years, 7 months and 27 days. He was married to Maria Weber in 1846. He leaves behind him, three children, fourteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. He was buried in C. Eby's burying ground where services were conducted by Daniel Wismer and Noah Stauffer.
SNYDER - On Sept. 27th, 1896, near Crossbill, Waterloo Co., Ont., Etna, infant child of Israel and Mary Snyder, aged 5 months and 5 days. Services were conducted by Noah Stauffer.
HORSCH - On Jan. 5th 1897, near Freeport, Ill., of dropsy,
Bro. Jacob Horsch, aged 76 years and 10 days. He leaves
an only daughter to mourn his departure, but, thanks be to God,
she need not mourn as those who have no hope. He was perfectly
resigned to the will of God, having a desire to be absent from
the body and present with the Lord. Bro. Horsch was a faithful
member of the Mennonite church for many years. His remains were
buried in the Mennonite cemetery beside his wife who preceded
him to the spirit world just one year and four days. Services
were conducted by J.S. Shoemaker assisted by A.L. Myers. Text,
1 Cor. 15:26.
Do not weep for me, dear daughter, for I am now with Christ at home;
And am drinking of the living water that flows from beneath God's throne.
NISSLEY - Priscilla, wife of Samuel S. Nissley of Birmingham, Jackson Co., Kansas, died on January 18th 1897, at 9:00 o'clock A.M. at her home. The funeral was held on Tuesday morning Jan. 19th 1897, and 9:00 o'clock at the house and 12:00 o'clock at the New Harmony M.H. E.F. Holland and E.P. Jones officiating. Deceased was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and was in her forty-fourth year. Her husband and five children survive her. On the 16th of December, 18976, sister Nissley was engaged in boiling soap and accidentally set her clothes on fire and was so terribly burned that two of the best doctors in the county could not save her life. Sister Nissley was a most estimable woman possessed of sweet womanly qualities which endeared her to all who enjoyed her acquaintances. Some time ago sister Nissley professed faith in Christ as her Savior and Redeemer, and died with the blessed assurance that she was at peace with God and would enter and enjoy the heavenly home of the happy redeemed.
FARNEY - On the 2d of January 1897, in Putnam Co., Ohio,
of paralysis, sister Nancy Farney, (maiden name Diller),
aged 66 years, 7 months and 3 days. Buried on the 3d at the Salem
M.H., in Allen Co., followed to the grave by many sympathizing
friends and neighbors. Services by C.B. Brenneman assisted by
D.S. Brunk and J.M. Shenk. Sister Farney was the mother of ten
children, five have preceded her to the eternal home. Her companion
also preceded her a number of years. She had also ten grandchildren
living, and one dead; so there are five children and ten grandchildren
to mourn their loss. But while these have sustained a loss in
the death of a loving mother and grandmother, we believe it was
her eternal gain, so that they may cheerfully sing,
How blessed is our mother, bereft of all that can burden her mind,
How easy the should that has left this wearisome body behind. C.B. BRENNEMAN
STAUFFER - December 24th, 1896, suddenly, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Joseph C. Stauffer, aged 69 years, 3 months, 2 days. Funeral on the 28th. Text: Rev. 22:7. Buried at Kauffman's M.H. A widow and family mourn his sudden departure. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family and in token of respect of the departed faithful brother. Bro. Stauffer and his son had been in Manheim on business. They returned home and when he laid his hand on the latch of the door of his house to open it he fell back and expired. A solemn call and warning indeed to be always ready.
WITMER - Jan. 5th, 1897, in Columbiana, Ohio, of catarrhal pneumonia, Mary E., daughter of Bro. Isaac B. and Mamie Witmer, aged 1 year, 4 months, 4 days. She was sick but a few hours. Buried on the 7th at the Oberholzer church where services were conducted by Allen Rickert and David Lehman. The next day, Jan. 8th, her little brother Jacob Walter Witmer, died of the same disease at the age of 6 years, 10 months and 19 days. His funeral, which was largely attended, was held at the same place on Sunday the 10th. Services were conducted by C.B. Brenneman of Elida, Ohio, assisted by David Lehman. The doubly bereaved parents have only one child left which was also taken down by the same disease, but is again improving in health. They have the sympathy, in their sad bereavement, of a large circle of friends and neighbors who would urge upon them this consoling fact that the two precious little jewels which have been plucked out of their arms have only been wafted--safely carried by the angels--through the pearly gates into the golden city, there to join in the song of the glorified ones forever. Who would not have a desire to follow?
BYLER - Near East Lynne, Mo., at 11:00 o'clock A.M., Jan. 4th 1897, of cancer, Eli Byler, aged 71 yrs., 9 mos., and 3 days. Some eight or ten months ago, an ugly-looking sore formed below the brother's left eye, which was pronounced by his physicians as a cancer of that more virulent type which medical science has hitherto failed to control, and which finally penetrated into the roof of his mouth and was the cause of his death. Funeral services were conducted at Sycamore Grove M.H., by Levi J. Miller in the English language from Phil. 3:21, and by J.J. Hartzler in the German language from 2 Cor. 5:1, after which the body was conveyed to the Clearfork cemetery and consigned to the tomb to await the resurrection morning and to receive the reward for what was accomplished in the life of probation. Z.
MOYER - Jan. 16th 1897, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, George Moyer, in the 88th year of his age. The deceased was quite vigorous for one of his age. Two days before his death he walked a distance of about 17 miles and the next afternoon again walked to East Lewiston, a mile distant, and back, ate his supper and went to bed as usual; but towards morning he was heard by the family to become very restless, and upon entering his room found him lying on the floor helpless and unable to speak, and in a few hours he expired. In his early life he united with the Lutheran church, but for many years previous to his death was not identified with any denomination and scarcely ever attended any religious services. Funeral at the North Lima Reformed church where services were held by Pre. H.A. Kilmer.
WEBER - A sad and fatal accident occurred on the 9th of January, resulting in the death of our dear brother, Isaac Weber, of Berlin, Ontario. On the above date, about noon, he started for his home a short distance south-east of Berlin, in company with Bro. Samuel Cressman, and when near the intersection of King and Cedar Strs, the king-bolt of his vehicle dropped out, throwing both men violently to the frozen ground, stunning them. The latter soon recovered, but Bro. Weber was carried to a house near by, he however recovered so far that he could be taken home. Medical aid had been promptly summoned, and his injuries were not considered fatal, but on Sunday following he was taken with an epileptic stroke, rendering him speechless, and from that time he began to sink until Tuesday the 12th when he passed away. He leaves a sorrowing companion, three adopted children (one married), an aged mother, one brother and one sister, besides many near and dear friends who deeply mourn their loss. Bro. Weber was a consistent member of the Mennonite church since his youth, and one of the pioneer Sunday school workers in our church. He always took a lively interest in everything pertaining to the prosperity of the Master's cause. His remains were conveyed to their last earthly resting place at C. Eby's M.H., on the 14th. Funeral services by David Hostetler, of Ohio, in German, and by David Garber, of Ohio, in English, to a house filled to its utmost capacity with sympathizing hearers. Text Isa. 3:10, 11. Bro. Weber had reached the age of 56 years and 8 months. J.Z.K.
REESOR - On the 19th of November, 1896, in York Co.,
Ont., Sister Elizabeth, wife of Jacob G. Reesor, aged 73
years, 7 months and 29 days. She was buried on the 22d in Wideman's
burying-ground, where a very large concourse of friends had assembled
to pay their last tribute of respect for the departed. Services
were conducted by S.R. Hoover and L.J. Burkholder, appropriate
remarks were made from Phil. 1:21. She leaves a sorrowing husband
and seven children to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn
as those who have no hope. She was many years a member of the
Mennonite church, a loving mother and kind grandmother, but their
loss is her eternal gain.
Well, she is gone and how in heaven, she sings His praise who died for her,
And in her hand a harp is given, and he's a heavenly worshiper.
Oft let me think of what she said, and of the kind advice she gave,
O let me do it as she's dead, and sleeping in her lowly grave.
And let me choose the path she chose, and her I soon again may see,
Beyond this world of sin and woes with Jesus in eternity.
MOYER - On the 15th of January, 1897, near Campden, Lincoln Co., Ont., Catharine, wife of Jacob Moyer. She was ailing for some time with dyspepsia and seemed as though consumption set in at last. She was confined to her bed only about two weeks. Her age was almost 62 years. She leaves a sorrowing husband and one son, two brothers and three sisters to mourn their loss. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and lived an exemplary life in modesty and humility for many years. She bore her affliction with Christian fortitude and was willing that the will of the Lord should be done. She was buried at the Mountain church on the 19th where a large number of friends and relatives were assembled. Services by J.F. Rittenhouse and Pre. J.G. Litt from Amos 4:12, latter clause.
BLOUGH - On the 27th of Dec. 1896, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Sister Katie, widow of Bro. Daniel Blough who preceded her to the eternal world nearly 33 years ago. Since then she lived with her son Jacob D. Blough, until God called her to her eternal reward. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church about sixty-five years. She has passed the number of years that the psalmist has allotted to man, her age being 92 years, and 29 days. She was the mother of nine children, three dead, six living; 53 grandchildren, 8 dead, 45 living; 105 great-grandchildren, 14 dead, 91 living; 4 great-great-grandchildren all living. In all, 171 descendants, 25 dead, 146 living. She was buried on the 30th at the Blough Mennonite meeting house. Services by Samuel Gindlesperger, Simon Layman and L.A. Blough.
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BISH. NICHOLAS KOENIG - On the 6th of December, 1896, near Pettisville, Fulton Co., Ohio, Bro. Nicholas Koenig, aged 82 years, 8 months, 28 days. He was born on the 8th of March, 1814 in Switzerland; came to America in 1832, settling in Wayne Co., Ohio. He was married in 1834. Of his 6 children, 5 survive him with their aged mother who for years has been a hapless invalid. There are also 50 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. The burial on the 9th in the Amish cemetery was very largely attended. Funeral services by D. Wyse, Chr. Freyenberger and Chr. Stucky.
After his marriage in Wayne Co., Bro. Koenig moved to Fulton Co., in 1837 when the country was yet a wilderness, and has lived here for about 59 years. In 1844 he was called to the ministry, and in 1871 he was ordained bishop. Up to within the last few years, since which his age told seriously on his strength, he was an earnest, faithful laborer in his responsible calling, and when he was no longer able, on account of his own infirmities and the sickness of his companion, he made timely provision for a successor. Peace to his ashes. CHR. FREYENBERGER
BISH. JOSEPH RUBY
Joseph Ruby was born on the 12th of July, 1813 in Alsace-Lorraine, France (now Germany), came to Canada in 1839, and was married to Magdalena Roth on the 17th of November 1840, and lived in matrimony 46 years, 3 months and 17 days; his wife died 9 years, 11 months and 13 days before him. He died on the 12th of January, 1897, aged 83 years, 6 months and 4 days. Of his 9 children, 8 survive, one living in Colorado; there are also 58 grandchildren living and 3 dead, and 3 great-grandchildren. In 1852 he was ordained to the ministry, and in 1853 to the office of bishop. He served faithfully in his calling for about 43 years in the East Zorra Mennonite Congregation. His funeral, on the 19th, was very largely attended. Funeral services by Chr. Zehr from John 5:25--30 and Chr. Litwiller from 2 Tim. 4:6--9.
WIDEMAN - On the 30th of December 1896 at St. Jacobs, Waterloo Co., Ont., suddenly, Margaret Winkler, beloved wife of John L. Wideman, aged 67 years, 9 months and 1 day. Buried on the 2d of January 1897, in the Evangelical cemetery at St. Jacobs. Funeral services by D. Dipple of Elmira, A.Y. Haist of St. Jacobs, and Jos. Umbach of New Hamburg. Texts, Rom. 14:7, 8 and Prov. 22:28.
BOSHART - On the 24th of January 1897, near Thurman, Colorado, of puerperal fever and la grippe, Catharine, wife of Menno Boshart, aged 41 years, 9 months and 2 days. She leaves her sorrowing husband and 4 children, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. She was a faithful member of the church. Buried on the 27th at the Amish M.H. near Thurman. Funeral services from 2 Cor. 5:1--10. JOSEPH SHROCK
SHROCK - On the 22nd of January 1897, near Shipshewana, La Grange Co., Ind., John, son of Peter S. and Barbara Shrock, aged 12 years, 5 months and 24 days. Buried on the 24th in Joseph Stutzman's family graveyard, near Middlebury. Funeral services by A.A. Troyer and D.S. Kaufman, Texts, Mark 10:13--16 and 1 Cor. 15:21--26.
MULLEN - Jan. 22, 1897, in Lancaster City, Pa., Catharine, wife of Stephen Mullen, aged 68 years, 10 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 28th. Text, Prov. 27:1 and Rom. 6:23. Buried in the Lancaster cemetery. A husband and six children mourn her departure.
ROHRER - On Jan. 24, 1897, at Bro. Abm. Miller's, near Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Daniel Rohrer, aged 93 years, 10 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 28th. Text, Genesis 15:15. Buried at Petersburg meeting-house. Bro. Rohrer was an exemplary Christian. Peace to his ashes.
STUTZMAN - On the 21st of January 1897, near Goshen, Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, and heart trouble, Jonathan B. Stutzman aged 83 years, 8 months and 26 days. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years and although he suffered a great deal for the last month of his life he never murmured or complained, but earnestly prayed to God that He should take him home where suffering is not known. Buried on the 24th. Funeral services at the Clinton church by D.D. Miller in English, and D.J. Johns in German from Psa. 49:15.
KERN - On January 21, 1897, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Daniel Kern, aged 63 years, 5 months and 12 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Isa. 38:1. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the deceased. Two sisters survive.
MECKLEY - January 15, 1897, near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Fannie Meckley, widow, aged 75 years, 4 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 19th. Text, 1 Cor. 15:55--60. Buried at the Horst family graveyard. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the dear sister. A family mourns her departure. She was a faithful Christian.
MEHL - On Jan. 11th, 1897, in La Grange Co., Ind., Mabel
Grace, daughter of Jacob and ____ Mehl, aged 3 years and 4
days. Buried on the 13th, services at Pleasant Valley church by
D.D. Troyer and D.D. Miller.
Our Shepherd hath taken our Mabel away, but we know it is not forever,
"Come follow, come follow," we hear her say, it is beautiful beyond the river."
SMOKER - On Jan. 19th, 1897, near Mascot, Lancaster
County, Pa., of pneumonia, Emanuel, son of David and Lydia
Smoker, aged 3 years and 8 days. For two weeks he was lying sick
but now he is "safe in the arms of Jesus." The friends
and neighbors followed the remains to the grave at the Amish burying-ground.
Serivces were held at the house by Henry Stoltzfus and Benjamin
Fisher, from Luke 18:15--17.
The tender flower God has given to bloom with us a while,
The gentle soul He has taken to live where angels smile.
From earth he went to heaven to live and with the angels be;
I hope the rest can happy live and him in heaven see.
The Lord above a message sent to call His wanderer home;
And at this call to Christ he went, in heaven above to roam. BY A NEIGHBOR
METZLER - On the 23d of Jan. 1897, in Columbiana Co.,
Ohio, Homer Edwin, son of Noah and Susanna Metzler, aged
3 years, 7 months and 29 days. He was buried Jan. 25th in the
Nold graveyard near Leetonia. Services by C.B. Brenneman from
Elida, Ohio. He leaves parents and one brother to mourn the loss
of one who was dearly loved. A few days previous to his death,
little Homer asked for a light. When his mamma told him, "Here
is a light" (there being one near by), he replied, "No,
I want a nicer light." When his mama could no longer refrain
from weeping, knowing the end was near, he told her not to weep.
"How happy are these little ones, which Jesus Christ has blest;
Come, let us praise Him with our songs, for taking them to rest.
However painful it may be, to know that they are gone.
The thought is sweet that we may see them in that heavenly home." E.
CHRISTOPHEL - On the 10th of Jan., 1897, in Elkhart
County, Indiana, Susie Mabel, daughter of Daniel and Sarah
Christophel, aged 2 months and 11 days. Buried at Yellow Creek
meeting house on the 12th, services by J.F. Funk from 2 Cor. 5:1.
Free from sickness, free from pain, free from every sinful snare,
Free from Satan's bonds and chains, keep them Savior, in Thy care.
Thee we loved our little Susie dear, loved thee more than words can tell.
Little thinking death so near, when with the angels she should dwell.
SELECTED BY PARENTS
HETRICK - On the 8th of Jan. 1897, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Bro. William Hetrick, aged 78 years, 9 months and 4 days. He was the father of six children, four daughters and two sons, one daughter died before his departure. He had also seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. His wife died about four years ago. Funeral was held at the Yellow Creek meeting house where services were conducted by Henry McGowen and Jonas Loucks, from Isa. 35:10.
FLATH - Barbara, wife of Adam Flath, was born Dec. 26th, 1827, died in Medway, Clark Co., Ohio, January the 10th, 1897, aged 69 years, and 15 days. Funeral services were conducted in the M.E. church by Moses Brenneman from Job 16:22. After the services her body was consigned to mother earth in the New Mennonite church. She, with her husband, united with the Mennonite church in 1890, when she remained a faithful member until death. In her sickness she was fully resigned to the will of God and died with a living faith in her Redeemer. She has left a bereaved husband, one son, two grandchildren and other relatives to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. May they all prepare to meet her in heaven where death will not come.
SCHERTZ - On the 9th of Sept. 1896, near Morgantown, Berke Co., Pa., of paralysis, Bro. Joseph Schertz, who was married to Magdalena Mast, daughter of David Mast, deceased, of same place, aged 73 years, 5 months and 20 days. Father Schertz was born in France and came to America with his parents at the age of 6 years. He was sick only one night. Buried on the 12th of Sept. Remarks at the house by Gideon Stoltzfus in German, and at Amish meeting house by Bro. John Zimmerman in English, and in German by John S. Mast. He was a member of the Amish church and we believe it is well with his soul.
SCHERTZ - On the morning of the 12th of Sept., 1896, as they were preparing for the funeral, Sister Magdalena Schertz, wife of Joseph Schertz, as she was in the act of putting on her clothes, fell to the floor paralyzed on one side. Medical aid was summoned and she was conscious until Friday, Sept. 18, when she quietly passed away. She could not talk much, but could understand and knew the people by their voice until the end. She was a faithful member of the Amish church all her life, and was good to the poor of her neighborhood, visiting the sick, etc., as a Christian mother. She was the mother of 8 children, only 2 living, one near Morgantown, Bucks Co., Pa., and one in Harvey Co., Kan. Her age was 67 years, 7 months and 10 days. Services by the same ministers that officiated at the funeral of her husband. DAVID M. SCHERTZ
WISLER - On the 27th of January, 1897, in Mummasburg, Adams Co., Pa., sister Elizabeth Wisler, aged 79 years, 10 months, 20 days. She was twice married. Her first husband was Christian Byer, of Adams Co., Pa., a faithful brother in the Mennonite church. Two of the children by this marriage survive her, John Byer, deacon in the German Baptist church at Cando, North Dakota and Sallie Byer, wife of Reuben D. Roth, deacon in the Mennonite church at Mummasburg, Pa. Her second husband was Samuel Wisler of Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pa., who preceded her about 18 years. She was a faithful sister in the church. She took sick at two o'clock in the morning and at 9 o'clock she died in the arms of her daughter. About a half hour before she died one of her grandchildren, a boy eight years old, was at her bedside, and she said, "Now Dennis, go to school, and when grandma goes to sleep she will not awake again." She fully realized that the time of her departure was at hand. Her funeral sermon was preached by Phillip Parrett, of Chambersburg, Pa. Text, Rev. 14:13.
HORNING - Anna Horning, (maiden name Good),
was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Oct. 23d, 1826. Died near Shambaugh,
Page Co., Iowa, Jan. 17th, 1897. aged 70 years, 2 months and 24
days. Her last illness was of a complicated nature and of but
six days' duration, after which she peacefully fell asleep in
Jesus with a bright hope of a blessed immortality. Even in the
embrace of death her countenance seemed to bear a calm and heavenly
expression. She was married to Jacob Horning Oct. 3d, 1850. About
32 years ago they with their family emigrated from Allen Co.,
Ohio to Page Co, Iowa. On Mar. 25th, 1873, Bro. Horning was called
to the spirit world, since which time Sister Horing has remained
with several of her children on their farm near Shambaugh, Ia.
They had lived in holy wedlock over 22 years, and to them were
born 12 children, 7 sons and 5 daughters; (one daughter died in
infancy), the remaining eleven are living to mourn the loss of
a loving mother. Nine of them were present at the funeral and
saw her remains buried beside their father in the Butler cemetery.
She also leaves four brothers to mourn her departure, all residing
in Allen Co., Ohio, but one who is in Jasper Co., Mo. She also
leaves 22 grand-children who mourn the loss of a kind-hearted
grandmother. Sister Horning united with the Mennonite church about
45 years ago. During all this time she was a faithful and consistent
member of said denomination. She loved her church, and was very
devoted in her service to God. Although she did not enjoy full
church privileges for the last 6 years on account of not having
a resident minister, she enjoyed the meetings held occasionally
by our traveling ministers as they passed that way. She was a
constant reader of the HERALD OF TRUTH for many years, the same
was the means of great comfort to her in her declining years.
Seven of her children are members of the Mennonite church. This
fact demonstrates the strong Christian influence of her life upon
her family. Funeral services held at the brick church in Shambaugh.
Sermon by J.S. Shoemaker of Dakota, Ill.; there were seven other
ministers of different denominations present, several of whom
took part in the service. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13, this text being
our sister's own selection before she died. The following hymns
were sung, "Nearer my God to Thee." "Oh how happy
are they," "Asleep in Jesus," "We'll never
say good-bye in heaven," and "When peace like a river
attendeth my way"; shortly before she died she sang: "Oh
how happy are they," the same was one of her favorite hymns.
A very large concourse of friends and neighbors had assembled
to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was loved and esteemed
by all who knew her.
Oh how hard to part with mother, she who loved us all so well;
And there is on earth no other that can sympathize so well.
One there is in heaven that hears, -- the Lord, whom mother loved so well;
He will wipe away our tears, and all our pain and grief dispel.
Mother, dear, is sweetly resting, from her labor, toil and cares;
In the arms of Jesus resting, heaven's blessedness she shares. J.S.S.
WENGER - On the 16th of January, 1897, near Breslau, Weaterloo Co., Ont., of the infirmities of old age, and kidney trouble, Bro. Jonas Wenger, aged 81 years, 8 months and 10 days. Bro. Wenger was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1816, emigrated to Canada with his widowed mother when he was ten years old, and became one of the pioneers of Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Co. He was thrice married. His first wife was Mary Martin, and to them were born eleven children, of whom five are living. After her death he was married to Anna Weber, who bore him two children, and who also survive him. His third marriage was with Elizabeth Ziegler (widow of the late Abraham Kolb), who died Jan. 5th, 1896. His issue numbers thirteen children, seven living; sixty-one grandchildren, forty-three living; and seven great-grandchildren; eighty-one in all, and fifty-seven living. His remains were laid to rest on the 19th in the Conestoga cemetery. Funeral services by Ia. Wambold in English and by Noah Stuaffer in German from 2 Cor. 5:1. Bro. Wenger was fully resigned to God's will and was anxious for the hour of his departure. He is one of the last of the sturdy pioneers of our community and our church in Canada, and was widely known. He was a faithful member of the church for many years.
BARKEY - On the 30th of January, 1897, in St. Joseph
Co., Ind., of whooping cough, Arthur H. Barkey, youngest
son of Levi and ____ Barkey, aged 2 years, 4 months and 11 days.
Buried at the Olive M.H. on the 1st of Feb. Funeral services by
J.F. Funk and J.S. Lehman from 1 Cor. 15:19. May God comfort the
hearts of the sorrowing parents.
"Little children, gatherest Thou, faithful Shepherd to Thy rest,
Far from sorrow, far from woe, they with Thee are every blest.
Cheered by faith we follow thee, gazing on thy pallid face;
Thou with Jesus now shalt be, crowned with heavenly love and grace."
PEACHEY - In East Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., on Sunday evening the 24th of January, 1897, at the home of her husband, the life current of Sister Katie Z., wife of Moses Peachey ebbed away, aged 25 years, 3 months and 7 days. The deceased was the daughter of Abram Z. Peachey and was well known and highly respected in this community. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and had so ordered her life that when death came, while she was yet in the early summer of life, she was prepared. The deceased had been confined to her room for some weeks, suffering of lung and heart trouble, which finally caused her death. Medical skill and careful nursing both failed to bring to her her wanted health. She waited patiently and without murmuring, and peacefully passed away on the evening above stated. By her death a father, mother and two brothers, husband and child have lost a dutiful daughter, a kind sister, a loving wife and mother. The funeral services were held at her former home on the 27th of January at 10 A.M. Her remains were interred in the Mennonite cemetery. Services by Benj. Hartzler, assisted by S.W. Peachey. The Lord comfort the sorrowing ones. She was married three years ago on last Christmas to her sorrowing husband. God's ways are not our ways.
BUCKWALTER - Jan. 30th, 1897, near Intercourse, Lancaster
Co., Pa., Bro. Samuel Buckwalter calmly passed away from
this life to his spiritual home for which he often longed, aged
80 years, 4 months and 12 days. He was a consistent member of
the Mennonite church for upwards of sixty years. The family keenly
feel the loss of one that was closely attached to them as a dear
husband and a kind and devoted father, and the church feels the
loss of a faithful member. He leaves two aged brothers, two sisters,
and a sorrowing companion who on account of bodily weakness was
not able to go along to the place of burial to see her bosom friend
lowered in his cold grave. Truly we would sympathize with the
dear old sister. God grant that she too may hold out these few
days that the Lord is pleased to have her stay, so she can meet
her loved one who has only gone before. He also leaves six sons.
One daughter has preceded him to the spirit world. Services as
the house by Bish. Isaac Eby, and at Hershey's church very earnest
and appropriate remarks were made by C.H. Brackbill and Bish.
Eby from the text, Job 5:26.
Adieu my dear, my life is past, my love you had while life did last.
Mourn not for me, or sorrow take, but love my children for my sake.
Be solemn, friend, on sacred ground, some day your dust will here be found.
When judgment comes these tombs shall burst, the trump shall sound and wake we must. M.H.
STONER - Caroline F. Stoner was born in West
Earl, Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1877 and died Dec. 30, 1897, aged
19 years, 3 months and 14 days. Only a short time ago she was
married to Benjamin W. Stoner of Ephrata, who is now deeply overwhelmed
with grief for the loss of his bosom friend which caused a deep
wound. Beside the husband a baby ten days old remains, also brothers,
sisters, parents and many friends to sympathize with the young
husband. It has pleased God to take this young mother from time
to eternity. Such is life. God only promises to-day, therefore
it is of so much importance to prepare for death. Work while it
is day for the night cometh when no man can work. Such was the
case with this young mother. She lives as many more do unconcerned
about salvation, yet, ere she died she could say, "It is
not that I would not like to get well, but I am satisfied just
as the Lord makes it." But later she said she felt that she
has a covenant to make with her Savior before she could leave
this world, so she gave herself up and Bro. Jno. Bucher was sent
for. When the brethren Bucher and Risser arrived the doctors also
came and did not allow her to be baptized as she was too weak.
Hence we take the will for the deed. She asked, "Is not the
preacher soon coming?" It was then told her they were here,
but the doctors said it would annoy her too much. Then she replied,
"all right, I am satisfied." Those standing around her
bed saw she was earnestly engaged in prayer. She said it seemed
to strange that it does not get dark anymore, she being very patient.
We need not mourn as those having no hope. We have the blessed
hope that she is now enjoying the beauties of heaven. She was
staying with her sister near Millway when she died. The body was
moved to the home of the young husband's parents where the funeral
was held Sunday afternoon, Jan 3. A large concourse of friends
and relatives assembled to pay their last tribute of respect.
Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Jno. Bucher
and at Metzler's meeting house by Bro. Isaac Eby who spoke very
impressively from the words, "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday,
and today, and forever." Pre. Gunther of the U.B. Evangelical
spoke from the text, "Blessed are the dead which died in
the Lord." Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
O Callie dear, you left me here, in this land of dark despair,
With a little jewel bright and fair, but we hope to meet you over there.
O we thought it could not be as around the bed we stood;
And when the clock eleven struck you passed away and all was good.
Dear husband, do not weep for me, I'm over the river safe and free;
Just try and live in Christ, I say, and He will help you on the way.
O parents and friends, I have gone the way, and all of you had here to stay;
But I hope to meet you in this bright land, and then we'll join in a happy band." H.W.S.
GEIL - James D. Geil was born in Rockingham Co.,
Va., Feb. 8th, 1884, died Sept. 1st, 1896, aged 12 years, 6 months
and 23 days.. He was the son of John H. and Annie Geil and grandson
of Pre. John Geil. On Aug. 16, 1896 he was coming from his aunt's
home accompanied by his cousin to his uncle Martin Berry's funeral.
The horse ran away throwing him out of the buggy and dragging
him and kicking him in the head, breaking his skull. He was picked
up for dead, but life was not extinct. Three doctors were with
him all night and on Monday morning he was brought home where
he lived seventeen days. He seemed to suffer intensely, but never
spoke. People came from far and near to see him in sad condition
until death relieved him of his sufferings. Buried Sept. 3rd in
the Brenneman graveyard, followed by a large concourse of people,
relatives and friends. Services by Pre. Joseph Heatwole and Pre.
Amos Wenger. This is a loud call, and may we all be ready to go
when the call comes to us.
Dearest Jamie, thou hast left us, here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee, when the day of life is fled,
When in heaven we hope to greet thee, where no farewell tear is shed.
HOSTETLER - On the 10th of Nov., 1896, in Bunker Hill, Miami Co., Ind., of diphtheria, Sallie, daughter of David and Katie Hotstetler, aged 6 years, 3 months and 6 days.
HOSTETLER - On the 24th of Nov., and in the same family, and of the same disease, Adam, aged 4 years and 16 days. They were buried in the Mast graveyard. Funeral services in the A.M. meeting house on the 10th of January, 1897, by J.S. Horner and N. Sproll. Text, Mark 10:13--15. May God bring the dear parents nearer to Him through this bereavement, that they may meet their dear ones in heaven. G.W. NORTH
CHRISTOPHEL - On the 21st of January, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Sister Mary Christophel, aged 72 years, 1 month and 24 days. She was born in Allegheny Co., Pa., Nov. 27th, 1824. She leaves two brothers, Peter and John N. Christophel, four half brothers, Joel, Henry, Daniel and Joseph Christophel, and two half sisters, Elizabeth Lehman and Susan Eberly. She was fully resigned , and when told that this sickness might be unto death she said, "As the Lord will." She was buried at Yellow Creek, on the 23d. Services by John F. Funk and Jonas Loucks.
LONGENECKER - Dec. the 13th, 1896, in Hanover, York
Co., Pa., Sister Mary Longenecker, aged 73 years, 2 months
and 6 days. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Samuel Myers
from Num. 23:10. "Let me die the death of the righteous,
and let my last end be like his."
"Oh for the death of those who slumber in the Lord;
Oh be like theirs my last repose, like theirs my last reward.
Their bodies in the ground, in silent hope may lie;
Till the last trumpet's joyful sound shall call them to the sky.
KEAGY - The 14th of December, 1896, in Hanover, York
Co., Pa., Sister Isabella Keagy, aged 80 years, 4 months
and 16 days. Services by Martin Whisler and Samuel Myers from
There is an hour of hallowed peace, for those with care oppressed.
When sighs and sorrowing tears shall cease, and all be hushed to rest.
'Tis then the soul is freed from fears, and doubts that here annoy,
Then they that oft had sown in tears, shall reap again in joy.
DIENER - On the 20th of December, 1896, Lizzie F., daughter of widow Barbara Diener, aged 10 years, 11 months and 28 days.
HIGH - In Plumstead, Pa., on Jan. 10th, 1897, of palsy, Bro. John High, aged 79 years, 2 months and 8 days.
WOLFENSBERGER - On the 17th of January, 1897, in Maugansville,
Md., Mary, widow of the late Robert Wolfensberger, died
at her home at 4 o'clock of heart disease. She was ill four weeks,
and bore her afflictions with patience. Her husband died eighteen
years ago, leaving her with four small children whom she reared
with great labor. We have great reason to believe that she was
a "mother in Israel," kind and affectionate to all who
knew her, always willing to submit her wants to the One who is
able to subdue all things to Himself. She was buried on the 20th
at Salem Reformed church of which she was a member. Services by
Our home is left all lonely, Mother's death has cast a gloom;
God placed her, pure and holy, in the world of fadeless bloom.
We often think of her advice, she kindly to us gave;
How we should live and practice, to live beyond the grave.
May we an orphan family, be bound in bonds of love,
Till we in mansions heavenly, our parents meet above." Selected by E.R.K.
LIVINGSTONE - On Jan. 31st, 1897, in Somerset Co., Pa., of old age, Samuel Livingstone, aged 87 years, 10 months and 13 days. Buried Feb. 2d in the family graveyard. Services at his house from 1 Dor. 15:55, by Pre. Salem. The deceased was a member of the Lutheran church for many years.
YODER - On the 5th of January, 1897, at Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., of lung trouble, sister Salome, wife of Daniel J. Yoder, aged 23 years, 4 months and 27 days. She leaves a husband and also a child to mourn their loss. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Buried on Thursday, Jan. 7th in the Amish cemetery near Allensville, Pa. Funeral services were conducted by Benj. Hartzler, assisted by S.W. Peachey. G.F. EASH
STUTZMAN - On the 22d of January, 1897, near Topeka, La Grange Co., Ind., of paralysis, Michael Stutzman, aged 74 years, 3 months and 11 days. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and during his affliction which lasted about eight months he often expressed a desire to depart this life and be with Jesus. He leaves a wife, two sons, six daughters, twenty-seven grandchildren, besides brothers, sisters and a concourse of friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services on the 24th at the Maple Grove (Haw Patch) church by Jonathan Kurtz.
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia