Herald of Truth Obituaries - January, 1899

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The Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVI, No. 1, January 1, 1899 - pages 13,14

SHANK. - In Mummasburg, Pa., Nov. 12th 1898, Sister Mary Shank, wife of Bro. John Shank, departed this life. Buried on the 14th in the Mummasburg burying ground. Funeral text, John 11:25, 26, by the home ministers, Martin Wisler and Jacob F. Bucher.

SHUPP. - Sister Annie Shupp, widow of Abram Shupp, died at her residence, 217 East Antietam street, Hagerstown, Friday morning, of paralysis, aged 67 years and 10 days. The deceased formerly lived near Clearspring and moved here in 1892, after the death of her husband. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 45 years. She has been confined to the house for three years and was bedfast for six months. The survivors are eleven children and four sisters and one brother. Funeral Sunday morning, services were conducted by the brethren Geo. Keener and Christian Strite, at the Mennonite meeting house near Clearspring. May God comfort all the bereaved ones with His love and grace. BY A SISTER.

WELLER. - Sister Mary Weller, wife of John Weller, of Maugansville, died November 16th, 1898, of typhoid pneumonia, aged 48 years. She leaves a husband and two daughters and one son to mourn their loss. Buried at the Clearspring Mennonite meeting house. Services by Geo. Keener, of Cearfoss, Md. May God bless the family with His rich blessing.

SHANK. - Sister Martha R. Shank, wife of Washington Shank, died Wednesday November 30th, 1898, of consumption in Clearspring, Md., aged 58 years. She leaves a husband and three children, Mrs. Abram Ebersole, Hagerstown Md., Denton J. Smith in Wisconsin, Fred at home. She was twice married. Buried at the Mennonite meeting house at Clearspring, on Friday afternoon. Services by Pre. Ruark of Williamsport, Md.

EBERLY. - On the 2nd of December, 1898, near Martindale, Lancaster Co., Pa., Henry Eberly, aged 71 years, 1 month and 6 days. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church. Buried in the Martindale burying ground. Funeral Services by Menno Zimmerman at the house and by Joseph 0. Wenger and John S. Kurtz at the meeting house.

STALTER. - On the 27th of November, 1898, in McLean Co., Ill., Edna Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Stalter, aged three months. The little child had vomited, after which it was laid down to rest, and when it was next looked after, the little spark of life had fled. Funeral services at the house by Daniel Orendorf, from Psa. 16:6, and by the writer.

The little crib is empty,
Your clothes are now laid by,
You've gone to live with Jesus
Within your home on high.

And farewell dear, dear mamma,
You rocked and loved me here,
But Jesus loved your darling,
So farewell mamma dear.

And farewell, dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your darling little Edna,
Who now has gone to rest.

OTTO. - Barbara, wife of D. J. Otto, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 11, 1834, died of cancer, Sept. 18, 1898, aged 63 years, 10 months and 7 days. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Church. Buried on the 20th. Funeral services by Jacob S. and Joel J. Miller in German, and by Jonas J. Miller in English.

SHROCK. - On the 7th of November, 1898, near Goshen, Ind., of lung fever, Elizabeth Schrock, aged 76 years, 8 months and 12 days. She united with the Amish Mennonite church in her young years and remained faithful till God called her home to receive the reward according to the deeds done in the body. Services were conducted by Levi J. Miller, of Cass Co., Mo., in German, and D. J. Johns in English.

BRUBAKER. - On the 23d of November, 1898, near Millerstown, Perry Co., Pa,, Anna Brubaber, widow of Jacob Brubaker, deceased, aged 75 years, 9 months and 22 days. Two sons and two daughters mourn their loss. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and was loved by all who know her. Buried at the Brick churchyard near Rich, Juniata Co. Funeral services conducted by William Auker and William Graybill. Text, Rev. 14:12.

Transcriber's note: "Brubaber" is as in original.

HORN. - At Cherry Box, Mo., the infant son of Senith and Justin Horn died Dec. 3, 1898, aged but a few days. Little Samuel only budded to wither away, but the loving heavenly Father had a purpose in view. May the parents say submissively, "Thy will be done." Services by W. W. Kauffman.
By L. A. D.

YODER. - On the 29th of November, 1898, near Huntsville, Ohio, of paralysis, Fannie, wife of Bish. Jonas Yoder, aged 61 years and 11 months. Deceased was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Dec. 29th, 1836, and was united in marriage to Bro. Yoder in 1858. To this union were born nine children, all of whom have grown to mature years, and all attended the funeral excepting one who is living in Cass Co., Mo. One Sunday, about two months ago, while at church she had a severe attack of heart trouble, and as she was taken out into the open air she looked back and bid farewell to God's sanctuary, seeming to realize that she was "nearing the border land." A short time afterward she was stricken down with paralysis, but under medical attention improved rapidly. It was her heart's desire to have her children gather once more around the family table and so the time was set for a reunion in which all participated, with, perhaps, one exception. She was very cheerful on this occasion and certainly enjoyed the companionship of all assembled to a marked degree. But it is said "Death loves a shining mark," and the end came very suddenly. About 11 o'clock on the 29th her spirit took its flight and she passed away without a word or struggle. She was laid to rest in the North Salem church yard. Funeral services by C. K. Yoder and J. J. Warye. We have the assurance that she was prepared for the final change. Deceased leaves her sorrowing husband, nine children, eighteen grand children and numerous friends to mourn her sudden departure. By the death of our beloved sister the husband has lost a true and amiable companion, the children a kind and loving mother, the church a faithful and consistent member and the community a generous and respected neighbor. May God ever bless the sorrowing ones with the hope of a family reunion in the world where parting scenes are unknown, where joy reigns supreme and where all may join in the glad anthems of the redeemed. The following lines have been written with the thought that perhaps they may find a responsive chord in some other sorrowing heart.

Mother, mother, dearest mother,
Rest thou in thy last repose;
While the waters lowly murmur
While the zephyr gently blows.

Silent is thy voice forever,
Vacant now thy chair alway;
Oh, we miss thee dearest mother,
Miss thee every new born day.

And we long to clasp thy dear hands--
Hands that labored long and true
To protect us from the perils
That along life's pathway grew.

We remember songs which thou hast
Sung for us so long ago,
And remember still thy pity
As we told each childish woe.

And as we grew older, mother,
Thou would share each sorrow too,
That assails the weary pilgrim
In his journey here below.

But thy children all have taken
Up the cares of mature years,
And the trials that assail us,
In this weary vale of tears.

Ah, thy mission now is ended,
Rest thou, mother, evermore;
Where the flowers bloom forever
On that bright, celestial shore.

Oh we hope to meet thee, mother,
And join with the ransomed throng,
Where our voices e'er will mingle
In a glad triumphant song.

We are coming, coming, mother;
We are drawing nearer home;
Where the way-worn pilgrim resteth,
And the weary cease to roam.

MOYER. - On Dec. 3, 1898, Bro. Aaron W. Moyer departed this life at his late residence near Campden, Ont. He was afflicted with Bright's disease. Eleven weeks ago his beloved wife was called away, at which time he was not able to follow her remains to the place of interment, but he expressed the assurance that he would soon be with her. Though they have gone from our midst we believe they are together with the Lord. His age was 58 years, 9 months and 8 days. He was buried in the Mennonite graveyard near Campden; funeral by Gilbert Bearss, John F. Rittenhouse and S. F. Coffman. Text, 2 Tim. 1:12.

Transcriber's note" "Bearss" is as in the original.

MISHLER. - Near Crestline, Kansas, Sister Hannah Mishler, wife of Jacob Mishler, departed this life Nov. 28, 1898, aged 64 years, 5 months and 25 days. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1872, and lived consistent with her profession, until the Lord in His wisdom saw fit to call her home. The last hours of her life were the happiest hours of her Christian experience. According to the evidence that she left she died rejoicing in the Savior's love. She leaves a sorrowing husband and ten children to mourn the loss of a wife and mother, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. What was their loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the Baptist M. H., by A. Kuhns, and Charles Hamilton, from 2 Tim. 4:6,8. She was followed to her last resting place on earth by a large circle of friends and relatives. Peace to her ashes.

"Dear mother's gone to the mansions of rest
Far away from affliction and care,
To the home where the faithful shall reap their reward,
In that home far away over there."

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


The Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVI, No. 2, January 15, 1899 - page 30

OTTO. - Barbara, wife of Daniel Otto, (maiden name Kinsinger) died at her home near Tub, Pa., Sept. 18th, 1898 at the age of 63 years, 10 months and 7 days. She had been afflicted with cancer a number of years and at times she suffered very much especially toward the last. She was a member of our Amish Mennonite congregation. We trust she is at rest. Funeral was held in the A. M. meeting house near Niverton, Pa. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery. Services in German by J. S. Miller and J. J. Miller from 2 Cor. 5:1-11, and in English by J. B. Miller, from 2 Kings 20:1, latter part.

STALTER. - On the 15th of November, 1898, near Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., Ill., Sister Catharine, wife of Jacob Stalter, aged 53 years and 8 days. Buried on the 17th in the Willow Springs graveyard. Funeral services by Joseph Buercky in German and by Pre. McCormick in English . The deceased leaves four sons and two daughters, beside many relatives and friends to mourn her death.

BICKEL. - Sister Mary Bickel, maiden name Troyer, died at the home of Caleb Winey three miles north of Peabody, Marion Co., Kan., on the 25th of Dec. 1898, aged 83 years, 1 month and 25 days. She leaves a husband and 2 sons to mourn their loss. Sister Bickel was patient through all her suffering and longed to depart and be with Jesus. The Lord has called her and we have the assurance that she has only gone before and is waiting for us in the better land. Let us ever be ready for at such an hour as we think not, the Son of man cometh. Buried on the 27th of December, 1898. Services by J. M. R. Weaver from Psa. 34:8,9. L. L. B.

BENNER. - On the 7th of December, 1898, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of pneumonia, George, son of William and Sarah Benner, aged 1 year, 7 months and 6 days. Buried on the 11th in the Souderton Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services at the house by William Fretz and by Christian Allebach at the meeting house. Text, Psa. 16:6.

HARTZEL. - On the 25th of December 1898, in Quakertown, Bucks Co., Pa., Amelia May, daughter of Aaron and Hannah Hartzel, aged 1 year, 6 months and 26 days. Buried on the 27th at the Souderton Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by M. R. Moyer at the meeting house, from 1 Pet. 1:24, 25.

HUNSBERGER. - On the 23d of Dec., 1898, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., William Hunsberger, aged 30 years, 2 months and 26 days. Buried on the 28th at the Soudertown Mennonite M. H., on which occasion Bish. Josiah Clemmer spoke at the house and M. R. Moyer at the M. H. Text, John 9:4.

Transcriber's note: "Soudertown" is as in the original.

MOYER. - On the 13th of December 1898, near Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of a severe cold and the infirmities of old age, Bro. Samuel Moyer, at the advanced age of 87 years, 5 months and 14 days. Funeral on the 20th at the Rockhill Mennonite M. H. Services by Abel Horning and Jacob Moyer at the house, and by Josiah Clemmer and Samuel Detweiler at the M. H. Text, Isa. 3:10,11.

BRAND. - On the 19th of December 1898, near Hudson, DeKalb Co., Ind., while on the way home from helping the mother's parents at butchering, infant daughter of Ezra and Alice Brand, aged ten weeks. The parents were not aware of the child's death until they reached home. Buried on the 21st. Funeral services in the German Reformed church by Eli Stofer. May this be a loud call to the parents to prepare to meet their little one.

MILLER. - On Tuesday, Dec. 20th, 1898, Earl, son of Simon S. and Lydia Miller, of near Tub, Pa., at the age of 4 years, 8 months and 13 days. He was apparently in usual health until less than a week before his death when his face, hands and feet swelled, followed by shortness of breath, which the attending physician diagnosed as dropsical and heart affection. From this attack he seemed to recover when pneumonia set in, after which he survived but a few days.

Earl is gone - "beyond the bourne
From which none ever return."
His place is vacant here below,
His voice on earth no more we'll know.
Parents, fond, will miss him here,
0 'twil cause full manny a tear!
Many a pang and deep heartache
As past memories awake.
Brothers, sisters, loving, true,
0, they'll miss their brother too!
Grandfather's thoughts will often dwell
On the presence, loved so well.
Though he's gone, do not despair,
He's sweetly resting "over there"
Where no sad farewells are said,
And no parting tears are shed:
In that land 'tis truly "well"
Where the blessed of all ages dwell.

The funeral was held on Dec. 21st at the Mapledale meeting house near Grantsville, Md. A large congregation was present. Services by J. B. Miller from 2 Kings 4 :26 last clause, and by J. J. Miller from Mark 10:13-16.

BARNES. - At her home near Trelona, Wyoming, on the 13th day of November, 1898, Mattie Barnes, daughter of Samuel and Barbara Yoder, after a short illness of urinal convulsions. The deceased was born in Elkhart Co., Indiana near the city of Elkhart, May 28, 1862. She was a true member of the Christian Church. Her sufferings were intense at times and she was sick only a few hours, She was laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill cemetery in Banner Co., Nebraska, beside a brother and sister who had gone only a few years before her. On account of the poor health of the aged parents the funeral was not preached till December 4th when the funeral services were conducted at the home of the family by Pre. Hughes of Meriden, Wyoming.

UNSICKER. - Sister Magdalena Unsicker, nee Schertz, was born Sept, 15th. 1826, died Dec. 9th, 1898, aged 72 years, 2 months and 24 days. Her husband and two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves three sons, four daughters, and twenty-seven grandchildren to mourn their loss. Services by Joseph Schlegel from 2 Cor. 5:1 and by Jacob Stauffer from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8 Was buried in the Fairview cemetery, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb.

WALK. - Mrs. Ella Walk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Hartman, died on the 25th of December, 1898. She was a long but patient sufferer and was conscious to the last. She told us she was going to her heavenly home to her boys. Only four months ago she laid her youngest boy to rest, the other boy had gone some 7 years before. She told us not to forget her and talked personally to her husband and asked him to follow the Master and so meet her and their boys in heaven. Her departure was peaceful and calm. She was a member of the Reformed Church. Preachers Metzler and Rothe conducted the funeral services, the interment being made in the Mennonite cemetery at Rohrerstown, Pa.

Farewell, dear, suffering Ella,
All your troubles and pain are o'er;
Dreary days and nights of anguish
Thou shalt know no more.

Gone from the ones that loved thee dearly,
Gone to Him that loved thee more,
Gone to join the Lord's redeemed ones,
On the bright, celestial shore.

DRANGE. - On the 3rd of January, 1889 at 7:30 P.M. of tonsilitis, Martha, beloved daughter of Bro. John and Mary Drange of 735 S. Morgan St., Chicago, aged 2 years and 19 days. As one of the sisters in the family was suffering from diphtheria and still another one of scarlet fever, only brief services were held at the home and at the grave in Waldheim cemetery on the 5th, in German and English from the text 2 Sam. 12:23. May our dear heavenly Father comfort the bereaved family with the assurance that dear little Martha is forever at rest with her Savior, and that they may meet her if they are faithful.

MUMMA. - Martin Mumma of Clinton Station, Pa., was born on the 14th of January, 1841, and died after a lingering illness on the 23rd of December 1898, aged 57 years, 11 months and 9 days. He was married in 1869 to Elizabeth Burger of Juniata Co., who died in 1872 leaving him with two children. In 1878 he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of John D. Ebersole of Lancaster Co. To this union were born one son and two daughters, who are still at home. He also leaves two sisters. Bro. Mumma was a member of the Mennonite Church and was highly esteemed in the community. The remains were laid to rest on the 27th at Shope's meeting house. The funeral was one of the largest held in Lower Swatara Twp., for some time. John Erb, Joseph Nissley, Henry Shope and Jacob Herr officiated. Text, Luke 20:36,37. Peace to his ashes.

In this lone hour of deep distress,
When heavy sorrows round me press,
Encouraged by Thy gracious word
I trust Thee as the widow's God.

Martin lies in death's embrace,
The grave is now his resting place;
0, as I pass beneath Thy rod
Reveal Thyself the widow's God.

Assuage my grief, remove my fears,
Suppress my murm'ring, dry my tears,
Help me to own Thee as my Lord,
And bless Thee as the widow's God.

Be Thou my counsellor and stay,
Protect by night and guide by day;
Then, as I travel life's rough road
I'll praise Thee as the widow's God.

SHERK. - Elizabeth, wife of Andrew Sherk, Jr., died Dec. 15th, 1898, at Rainham, Ont., aged 23 years, 3 months and 10 days. She was buried in the Mennonite graveyard on the 17th. Funeral by Isaac Rittenhouse. Text, Luke 12:40. She was conscious up to the last. During her illness she sang three hymns, the first was "What a Friend we have in Jesus;" the second, "I am going home;" and the third, "I am nearer my home to-day." She said on one occasion that she would like to got well so she could live a Christian life. Her last prayer that could be heard by those at her bedside was, "Oh Lord, receive me in heaven; do not make it so hard for me that I must wear my life away." And she then soon passed
away. May this be a loud call to the young and unconverted.

COPPES. - On the 28th of Dec. 1898, in Nappanee, Ind., of heart failure, and dropsy, Sister Sarah (Fravel) Coppes, aged 77 years, 9 months and 14 days. She had been suffering for some time very severely, but bore all with meekness and patience, and with a full resignation to the will of her heavenly Father. She was a devoted Christian, faithful to her church, faithful in the doctrine, and a warm defender of the faith in every way. She was an active worker both in church and in the Sunday school as long as she was able, and in her death the church loses a very "mother in Israel;" but we are comforted with the thought that our loss is her eternal gain. She was born in Northampton Co., Pa , Mar. 14th, l821; her husband died about 25 years ago. She was the last of her family and leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn her death. She was buried on New Year's day, at the South Union graveyard. Services were conducted in the Mennonite meeting house in Nappanee, by J. P. Funk and D. Burkholder from Rev. 14:13. Peace to her ashes.

SHARP. - On the 24th of December, 1898, in Brady Twp., Huntington Co., Pa., Samuel Sharp, aged about 70 years.

YODER. - On the 17th of December 1898, near Reedsville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Barbara, wife of Simeon Yoder, aged 40 years, 9 months and 29 days.

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