Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1900

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XXXVII, No. 15, August 1, 1900 - Pages 238, 239


HARNISH - On the 3d of May, 1900, Elizabeth, wife of Christian Harnish of near Bloomfield, Perry Co., Ohio, while visiting her son-in-law J.G. Eshleman near Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., Pa., for her health. After having had pneumonia about six weeks ago, she suddenly took heart failure on the 29th of April and died on the 3d of May, aged 75 years, 9 months and 11 days. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., from there with her husband she moved to Perry Co., forty years ago, where they lived together till just two weeks before her death, when she and her husband left their home with their daughter to spend the summer visiting the rest of the children and friends. We do not know just why God took her away so soon as she seemed to be improving and her daughter who cared for her made the necessary arrangements to take her and father to church this last Sunday she lived; but in the morning, after coughing nearly all night she said "I am too weak to go to church." We all saw she was very weak and from that time on, we could see life fast ebbing away, although she was up every day the most of the time, till the last day she lived she remained in bed. Just twenty-four hours before she died she was at the supper table with the family. She did not complain of any pain. She was resigned and patient to the end, and enjoyed it when those who came to see her would talk of spiritual things. She was conscious till the last when she calmly and peacefully fell asleep, for such it truly was. As father and three of her daughters were by her bedside watching each breath as it grew shorter and shorter till at last without the move of a hand it just stopped, and it was all over; truly we can say in the language of Holy Writ, it was just falling asleep. She leaves her husband, seventy-seven years old, to mourn her loss, yet he is resigned knowing it was the hand of God, and he says it may not be long till he will go too. One brother and three sisters survive her. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom are living and all married, two sons and five daughters. She had also twenty-three grandchildren, nineteen are living, and four great grandchildren.
She was a member of the Mennonite Church in which faith she departed and has gone to the home beyond and we believe she is resting with her Savior. She will be missed in her home by her husband and children as a loving companion and mother and in the community in which she lived by all who knew her. We feel sad and yet rejoice to know that she is at rest. Funeral took place on the 7th of May, conducted by bishop Benjamin Zimmerman and Samuel Hess, both of Shiremanstown, Cumberland Co., buried at Snyder's M. H., Perry Co.

LESHER - Mary Irene, daughter of Bro. Jacob H. and Sister Florence Lesher, of Hagerstown, Md., departed this life on Sunday evening, May 20th, 1900 from brain fever. Funeral on Wednesday, at the Reiff Mennonite meeting house. Services were conducted by ______ Miller from Gal. 6 latter clause of the 7th verse. Little Mary was a bright, interesting little girl, aged 9 years, 5 months and 11 days. Two years ago, her little sister, Ada Mary, preceded her to the spirit land. The sorrow stricken parents have only one child of two years left them. They have the sympathy of their friends in their sad affliction.

GERBER - On the 18th day of July, in East Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Benjamin Gerber in the 84th year of his age. He was one of the oldest and most respected men of that vicinity. He is survived by three children. The funeral services were held at the Greybill meeting house on Saturday, July 21st. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.

LANDIS - On the 15th of July, in East Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Samuel K. Landis of catarrh of the stomach, in his 67th year. He was born and raised in East Lampeter Twp. He leaves a wife and two children, also two brothers and two sisters survive him.

LECHLITNER - On the 10th of July 1900, of paralysis, Susanna, widow of David Lechlitner, aged 70 years, 5 months and 18 days. She was united in marriage with Bro. Lechlitner Mar. 6th, 1851. They had fifteen children, six of whom died before the parents. The father died thirty-two days before the mother. She leaves two brothers, four sons, five daughters, thirty-four grandchildren and one great grandchild; also many realtives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob Shenk and Abm. Yoder from Rev. 14:13. Buried at Olive meeting house. Funeral was largely attended.

DAVIDHIZER - Bro. John Davidhizer was born in Butler Co., Pa., on the 14th of Feb. 1820, died July 10th, 1900, aged 80 years, 4 months and 26 days. He was the father of nine children; his wife and two children preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves seven children, fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Weldy at the house, and John Hygema and John F. Funk at the meeting house. Buried at the Olive cemetery. His funeral was largely attended. Peace to his ashes.

KAUFFMAN - Near McVeytown, Pa., July 12, 1900, Eva M., daughter of John E. and Annie M. Kauffman, aged 1 year, 5 months and 19 days.

AKERMAN - On the 12th of Nov. 1899, near Tiskilwa, Ill., of cancer, Sister Maria A., wife of Jacob Akerman, aged 62 years and 23 days. She leaves brothers and sisters, besides a husband, to mourn her departure. She was buried on the 14th, at the Willow Spring cemetery. Funeral services were held by Joseph Buerckey in German, and Valentine Strubhar of Washington, in the English language.

RINGENBERG - Sister Laura, daughter of John and Lena Ringenberg, was born April 20th, 1877, died June 26th, 1899, aged 22 years, 2 months and 6 days. She leaves her father, mother, one sister and many friends and relatives to mourn her departure. She was buried at the Willow Spring cemetery, services by Joseph Buerckey in German, and Valentine Strubhar in English.

ULRICH - On the 17th of January, 1899, near Lombardsville, Ill., Omar N., son of Peter and Lena Ulrich, of rheumatism, aged 4 years, 17 days. He was buried on the 19th at Willow Spring cemetery where services were held by the home ministers. The parents greatly mourn the loss of their first born. Many relatives and friends sympathize with them in their sad affliction.

LIECHTY - Peter Liechty was born near Belfort, France, Dec. 22, 1818 and died near Sterling, Wayne Co., Ohio, June 22nd, 1900, aged 81 years, 6 months; was buried at the Pleasant Hill cemetery. Services conducted by Benj. Gerig in German and J.S. Gerig in English.

STEINER - Margaret Steiner was born Mar. 8th, 1826 in Germany, died near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, July 18th, 1900, aged 74 years, 4 months and 10 days. Buried at the Zion cemetery. Services conducted by Benjamin Gerig in German and J.S. Gerig in English from 2 Kings 20:1.

AMSTUTZ - David Amstutz was born July 6th, 1900; died near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, July 16th, 1900, aged 10 days. Services by J.S. Gerig, assisted by Benjamin Gerig from Psa. 16:6. Interment at the Martin cemetery.

ENGLE - On July 9th, 1900, near Goodland, Ind., Sister Lizzie Engle, nee Lehn, wife of Christian Engle, of heart trouble, aged 54 years. She was born March 10th, 1847. Early in her youth she united with the Mennonite Church. She died in full faith of her salvation. A husband, one son and three daughters are left to mourn the death. Funeral services were held on July 11. Preaching by David D. Augspurger in German and Valentine Strubhar in English.

GEISINGER - Henry Geisinger was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., on the 25th of January 1815; died on the 6th of June 1900, aged 85 years, 4 months and 11 days. At the age of 12 years, he emigrated, with his parents, to Medina Co., Ohio, where he was united in matrimony with Mary Garber of Wayne Co., O. To this union were born eight children, six daughters and two sons. There are also twenty-six grandchildren and thrty six great grandchildren. The children survive him, the mother died 23 years ago. He was a member of the Mennonite Church about 22 years. Buried on the 9th at the Clinton Mennonite meeting house. Services were conducted by Christian Shaum and Jonas Loucks from John 5:25, 28, 29.

Transcribed by: Jeannine Janzen, Kansas


HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XXXVII, No. 16, August 15, 1900 - Pages 254, 255


FELLMAN - On the 17th of July 1900, near Silverdale, Bucks Co., Pa., suddenly, of paralysis, Bro. Henry Fellman, aged 59 years, 1 month and 9 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow, three sons and four daughters. Interment in the Rockhill Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services by C.B. Allebach and A.O. Histand from Psa. 37:37.

GEHMAN - On the 5th of July, 1900, near Hatfield, Montgomery Co., Pa., suddenly, of paralysis, Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. Jacob Gehman, aged 73 years, 8 months and 21 days. Deceased leaves her husband and one son. Interment on the 10th of July, in the Plain Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services by Henry Godshall at the house and by J. Mininger and Josiah Clemmer at the meeting house.

GODSHALL - On the 5th of July, 1900, at Morwood, Montgomery Co., Pa., of paralysis, Bro. Jacob Godshall, aged 62 years, 11 months and 11 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow, four sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. Interment on the 9th at Franconia. Services at the house by Jacob Booz, and by Josiah Clemmer and M.R. Moyer at the meeting house. Text, Isa. 38:1.

HARTZELL - On the 2d of July, 1900, in Franconia Square, Montgomery Co., Pa., Harry Roscoe, son of Harry and Lizzie Hartzell, aged 2 years, 3 months and 24 days. Buried on the 7th at the Franconia Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by Pastor Luckenbill and M.R. Moyer. Text, Job 14:1.

CLYMER - On the 17th of July, 1900, in Chalfont, Bucks Co., Pa., by drowning, Norman, son of Harry and Harriett Clymer, aged 18 years, 6 months and 2 days. Buried on the 21st at the Line Lexington Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by Pastor Pinchbeck. Text, Psa. 27:1. H.C. Krupp

SCHMUCKER - June 26, 1900, near Berlinton, Marshall Co., Ind., Magdalena, widow of Jacob Schmucker, at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 7 days. Of her nine children three are dead. She also left forty-three grandchildren and 72 great grandchildren. Funeral on June 28 at the Welti schoolhouse, Bishop Moses Burkholder and John C. Schlabach officiating.

MYERS - On the 23d of July, 1900, in Gardenville, Bucks Co., Pa., of heart disease, Isaac Myers, aged about 91 years. He lived with his son Harvey, and enjoyed good health until about two weeks before his death. He was born in Bedminster Twp., near Pipersville, Sept. 20th 1809. In 1833 he married Agnes Myers. They had seven children of whom only three are now living. His companion died in 1888. The deceased was the youngest of 11 children and lived to be the oldest. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years.

STAUFFER - On the 5th of May, 1900, at the home of her son-in-law, David L. Kreider, near Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., Susanna, wife of Christian Stauffer, aged 71 years, 5 months and 19 days. She had been in feeble health for a number of years, but was only confined to her bed less than a week, when she calmly fell asleep. She was a member of the Mennonite Church in which faith she departed and has gone to the home beyond and we believe she is now resting with her Savior. We feel sad yet we can rejoice to know that she is at rest. Funeral services on the 8th, conducted by Pre. Sandford Landis at the house, and by Bish. Isaac Eby at the Stumptown meeting house, where interment was made. Text, Rev. 22:14, "Blessed are they that do His commandments."

GOOD - On July 12th, 1900, at the home, seven miles north-west of Peabody, Marion Co., Kan., of heart disease, Sister Susanna Good, wife of Joel Good, aged 57 years, 9 months, 29 days. She leaves a husband, five sons and two daughters, to mourn the loss of a dear faithful Christian mother. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and we hope she was fully prepared to leave this world of sin and sorrow, and go up to that heavenly home, where no more pain nor death will ever be felt. She was buried on the 13th in the Mennonite graveyard near Peabody, Kan. Funeral services were conducted by Michael Horst, Caleb Winey and John Thomas, from Matt. 24:44, "Be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." L.L. Beck.

BEERY - Mary, daughter of Samuel and Mary Beery, was born April 30th 1834; died near Bremen, Fairfield Co., Ohio, on the 22nd of July 1900, aged 66 years, 2 months and 22 days. She was united in marriage with Abram Beery Oct. 4th, 1893. She leaves a sorrowing husband, six sisters and two brothers besides many friends and relatives to mourn her departure. Her father, mother and three sisters preceded her. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services by E.B. Bagwell.

FREDERICK - On the 25th of July 1900, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., Sallie, daughter of Joe and Katy Frederick, aged 1 year and 19 days. She was buried on the 29th at the Souderton Mennonite burying ground. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Jos. Detweiler, and at the meeting house by Bro. Michael R. Moyer from 1 Pet. 1:24, 25.

DILLER - On the 25th of July 1900, in Allen Co., Ohio, of brain fever, Harvey A., son of Andrew and Nancy Diller, aged 10 months and 25 days. Buried on the 27th at Salem church. Services by C.B. Brenneman assisted by J.M. Shenk and Moses Brenneman.

LEHMAN - In Allen Co., Ohio, on the 3rd of March 1900, of consumption, Sister Catherine Lehman, aged 30 yrs. and 2 days. Buried at Salem. Services by C.B. Brenneman.

BRUNK - On the 28th of July, in Allen Co., Ohio, of lock jaw, caused from the effects of stepping into a nail, Anthony, son of Samuel C. and Anna Brunk, buried on the 29th, aged 8 yrs., 9 mos., and 18 days. He was followed to the grave by many sorrowing friends; the large Salem church could not accommodate all the people. Little Anthony was unusually bright for one of his age and winning, so that to meet him one could not help but love him, so that he has taken the affections of many with him. On being asked if he would like to go (to) the Good Man he said, Yes; he would rather go than get well. Services by J.M. Shenk and C.B. and M. Brenneman.

HIPPLE - Catharine, widow of Lawrence Hipple, of Clinton township, Lincoln Co., Ont., died of heart failure, July 15th 1900, leaving one son and six daughters to mourn their loss, but not as such that have no hope. She passed away with a firm hope of a blessed future. Her age was 83 yrs., 10 mos., and 8 das. Deceased was born in Adams Co., Pa., (her maiden name was Bushy). She united with the Mennonite Church in her young days and was a pillar in the church to her end. A large number of friends and relatives followed her to her resting place at the Moyer M. H. where the body was laid in the grave to remain to the final resurrection. Funeral services at the house by John F. Rittenhouse and at M. H. by Noah Stauffer.

GARBER - Sister Mary Garber, of the Borough of Strasburg, died July 16th 1900, aged 73 years, 1 month, 6 days. Her death was due to a complication of diseases. The funeral was held on the 18th at Strasburg Mennonite meeting house. Bro. Abm. Brubaker and Bro. Elias Groff conducted the services. Bro. Groff took text from Paul's letter to the Philippians, 1:21. For me to live is Christ, to die is gain. She was buried in the burying ground adjoining the church.

HAMILTON - On July 23d 1900, at Fairbanks, Texas, of chronic malarial and bronchial catarrh, Cora May, daughter of D.N. and Fanny Hamilton, aged 15 years, 8 months and 11 days. She was resigned to God's will and bore her afflictions with patience and also confessed that she had received a blessing. She was buried July 24th. Services were conducted by Pre. Slabauch. Text John 14:1, 2.

GEIL - On the 28th of July 1900, at his residence, four miles north of Harrisonburg, Va., of typhoid fever, Pre. John Geil, aged 70 years, 5 months, and 1 day. He was married to Catharine Beery on the 8th of April 1852. This union was blest with three children, two of whom were called to the eternal world before him. A deeply bereaved widow, one son, and three grandchildren survive him. Seven grandchildren died before him. Bro. Geil united with the Mennonite Church when a young man, and was ordained to the ministry about 25 years ago, in which calling he served faithfully, frequently crossing the mountains, by private conveyance, to preach the word of life to the people there, until a few years ago when his general health began to fail. He preached his last discourse on the 13th of May 1900, at the Lendale meeting-house. In the death of Bro. Geil the church has lost a faithful servant and the family a loving husband and father. Funeral services were held on Monday the 30th, at the Brenneman meeting-house, conducted by the brethren Chr. Brunk, D.S. Brunk, and Christian Good. Text Rev. 7:14.

LEAMAN - In Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Anna Mary, wife of Christian Leaman, departed this life on July 23d 1900, aged 36 years, 7 months and 23 days. Sister Leaman became afflicted about 10 months ago with tubercular peritonitis, which speedily terminated in pulmonary consumption. The best medical aid available was procured for her without avail. She bore her affliction with a remarkable degree of patience and Christian resignation to her last, while she had a deep interest and the most ardent love towards her kind husband, and her dearly beloved children from whom she knew that she must soon part. Knowing her condition she looked beyond and placed her whole confidence, trust and hope in her dear Saviour, whom she confessed before the world quite a number of years ago, and since then she devotedly served Him till He called her home to inherit the Kingdom prepared for those that love and fear Him. We assuredly believe that she has gone home unto the Celestial City to meet two children who preceded her to the eternal world. She left behind a husband and four children to mourn the loss of a dear mother. Funeral was held on the 25th at 9 o'clock at the house, where services were conducted by Bro. C.M. Brackbill. The remains were then brought to the Strasburg Mennonite meeting house, and services were held by Bro. Elias Groff and Bishop Isaac Eby. Bishop Eby took for a text Rev. 14:12, 13. Here is the patience of the saints. Here are they that keep the commandments of God and faith in Jesus Christ. And I heard a voice saying unto me write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them. The meeting house was filled to its utmost with many sympathizing friends whose wishes and good will towards the husband and children of the departed sister in faith is, that the good Lord will keep them under the shadow of His wing during their career in this life, and when they come to the shore beyond that they will meet mother in the land of glory in the realms above. The remains were buried in the adjoining church burying ground.

Transcribed by: Jeannine Janzen, Kansas

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