Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1900

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVII, No. 23, December 1, 1900, page 366

MILLER. - On the 31st of Oct., 1900, near Shipshewana, Ind., of paralysis, Maria, wife of Pre. Eli S. Miller, aged 77 years, 2 months and 24 days. Sister Miller was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church from her youth, and in the last years when she was almost helpless she bore her trials with Christian fortitude, only desiring to depart and be with Christ. She was the mother of fifteen children, seven preceded her to the eternal world. Buried on Nov. 2. Services at the Lupold M. H. by D. J. Johns assisted by S. Gindlesberger of Penna. and J. D. Miller.

HERSHEY. - Fannie, wife of Benjamin Hershey, of near Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on Nov. 6th of acute kidney trouble, suddenly brought on by a severe cold. So suddenly did death follow the sickness, we scarcely realized that she was seriously ill, she being sick only three days. She was yet young in years, being only a little over 32 years of age. She leaves a husband, four little daughters, and a little son; two little sons have gone before, one only a little over a month before momma. Funeral services were held on Saturday the 10th, conducted at the house by Bish. Isaac Eby and at the Paradise Mennonite church by Bro. John Senger. Her body was laid to rest in the new graveyard at Paradise.

HORNER. - On the 19th of November, 1900, in Stony Creek Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., of cancer of the stomach, Daniel Horner, aged 62 years, 2 months and 15 days. Buried on the 20th. He leaves a wife, six daughters, two sons, two brothers and two sisters to mourn his death.

GRIFFITH. - On the 29th of September, 1900, near Johnstown, Pa., Mollie, wife of Edward Griffith, aged 24 years, 8 months and 11 days. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She always appeared to be strong and vigorous until disease took hold upon her, then she soon had to yield and pass away. Buried on the 1st of October at the Blough Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services were conducted by D. Yoder and Simon Layman. Text Luke 7:24, "Seest thou this woman?" She left behind a sorrowing husband, two small children and many friends to mourn for her.

BLOUGH. - On the 25th of October, 1900, near Johnstown, Pa., of infirmities of old age, Sister Fannie, widow of Henry Blough (deceased) aged 86 years, 1 month and 5 days. Buried on the 27th in the Blough Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services were conducted by S. D. Yoder. Text, Rev. 22:14.

BLOUGH. - On the 1st of November, 1900, in Somerset Co., Pa., Vera Marguerite, only child of Bro. E. J. and Sister Emma Blough, aged 3 months and 21 days. Buried on the 3rd at the Blough Mennonite meeting house. Services by L. A. Blough and S. D. Yoder. Text, Jno. 16:20.

BUCHWALTER. - On November 4th, 1900 death claimed Bro. Henry Buchwalter of Lordstown, Trumbull Co., Ohio, aged 67 years, 9 months and 20 days. He suffered from a severe attack of typhoid fever against which his vigor and vitality could not prevail. After three weeks of sickness, calmly and peacefully he laid by the labors of this life. Deceased was born at Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., and accompanied his parents to Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio in 18(5?)0. From which place he moved in 1885 to his late home in Lordstown. He was married to Barbara Rudy in 1862. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom are living. He united with the Mennonite Church near Orrville twenty-three years ago, during which time he steadfastly cherished the hope made manifest at Bethlehem and Calvary.

SMITH. - Eliza Smith (maiden name Green) was born in Frederick Co., Md., August 31, 1810, died in Clark Co., Ohio, November 12th 1900, aged 90 years, 2 months and 12 days. In the early part of her life she was a member of the Lutheran Church and about five years ago she united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until death. Buried on the 14th at Greider,s meeting house. Funeral services by Moses Brenneman from Psa, 90:10. She leaves two aged sisters, two sons, a number of grandchildren, besides other relatives, to mourn her departure. Very few people live to be as old as Sister Smith was, however I was informed that her mother lived to be 100 years old and as we have the hope that she is gone to reap the reward of the righteous, may we all prepare to meet her on the other shore.

LEHMAN. - On the 5th of Nov. 1900, Bro. John D. Lehman died at his home near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., aged 62 years, 10 months and 20 days. He suffered from a complication of diseases for over a year. Sometimes he had much pain, but was not confined to his home long. He was present at our communion meeting three weeks before his death, thus expressing his faith in the atonement accomplished by the suffering and death of our Lord. He leaves a deeply bereft widow, one son and three daughters to mourn the loss of a dear companion and father. Funeral services were conducted at the Chambersburg meeting house, by the brethren Peter Wadel in German and P. H. Parret and Henry Bricker in English from Rev. 14:12, 13, where a large concourse of friends followed him to his last resting place. May his rest be sweet, and may we all so live that we can meet him over yonder.

ZOOK. - At Allensville, Pa., Nov. 17, 1900, Elsie E., daughter of L. Milton and Susan Zook, aged 6 years, 3 months and 3 days.

WENGER. - Bro. Noah Christian Wenger was born Oct. 5th, 1835, in Rockingham Co., Va, moved to Knox Co., Tenn., 1889, died Nov. 5, 1900, aged 65 years, and 1 month. He was buried the 8th, in the Mennonite burying ground, in the presence of many friends. He leaves a wife, three daughters, and fourteen grandchildren to mourn his departure. These were all present at the services which were conducted by Pre. N., Z. Yoder and others from Rev. 14:13. His death was caused by a cancer in the stomach.

BUCKWALTER. - Near Palmyra, Mo., Nov. 15, 1900, of diphtheritic croup, Jacob Edwin Buckwalter, only remaining child of Ezra L. and Anna M. Buckwalter, aged 6 years, 9 months and 28 days. On account of the virulent character of the disease no public funeral was held, and on the afternoon of the 16th his remains were followed to the grave by his sorrowing parents and a few friends and neighbors, where brief services were held by Pre. John M. Kreider. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

HORNING. - Near Allegheny church, Brecknock Twp., Berks Co., Pa., Sister Lucetta, wife of Pre. Benjamin Horning, departed this life Nov. 16th, 1900, aged 72 years and 8 days. Sister Horning became afflicted with typhoid pneumonia, which lasted but two weeks and three days, She bore her afflictions with a remarkable degree of patience, frequently expressing the words, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus," (Rev. 22:20). She leaves a husband, five sons and four daughters to mourn for one who was near and dear to them. The children are all married. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Jacob M. Brubacher of Mount Joy and Henry Good of Bowmansville. The words of the text were those she expressed on her death bed. Rev. 22:20. Sister Horning joined the Mennonite Church in her young years and lived an exemplary Christian life up to the time of her death.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


December 15, 1900 Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVII, No. 24, page 381, 382

KING. - In Fulton Co., Ohio on the 12th of Nov., 1900, of blood poison, Samuel King, aged 31 years, 8 months and some days. He leaves his wife and four little children. Funeral services by Eli Frey and Daniel Rupp.

HERNLEY. - On the night of Nov. 26th, 1900, in Petoskey, Mich., suddenly, Sister Anna Hernley, widow of the late John Hernley, aged 68 years, 10 months, 20 days. She went to bed in the evening about 9 o,clock as usual, and in usual health (which was good), and was found dead. She passed away peacefully, as the bed-clothes were not in the least disturbed. She was a native of Lancaster Co., Pa., and for a number of years, lived with her family in Elkhart Co., Ind. Her husband was killed by a falling tree some years ago. Sister Hernley was a faithful and devoted member of the church to the time of her death. May God comfort the sorrowing ones, and help us all to live so that we may meet again in the home beyond.

ZOOK. - In Allensville, Pa., Nov. 18, 1900, of tonsillitis, Elsie E., daughter of I. M. and Susie Zook, born Aug. 15th, 1894, died Nov. 18, 1900; aged 6 years, 3 months and 3 days. Elsie was a bright little girl, very attentive in school and Sunday school, always seemed to be in good health until a short time previous to her death, which came very unexpectedly to us all. But the parents need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted by Joseph Zook in English from 2 Cor. 5:8,9 and Jos. H. Byler in German from Mark 10:14-16.

RICHERT. - At River Styx, Ohio, on November 22, 1900, Abraham Richert. He was born in Bucks Co., Pa., June 22, 1823, married Mary Ann Fretz, September 19, 1847, and moved to Medina Co., Ohio in 1849. He leaves a wife, nine out of ten children, eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral and burial at the Lower Mennonite church of which he was long a member. Services by Isaac Good and Jacob Newcomer.

LEINBACH. - On the 22nd of October, 1900, in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Jacob Leinbach, aged 79 years and 4 days. Buried in the Bowmansville graveyard. Funeral services by Henry Good, Benjamin Horning and Benjamin Weaver.

WITMER. - On the 7th of October, 1900, near Masonville church, Lancaster Co., Pa., Elizabeth K., wife of Christian Witmer, aged 82 years and 22 days. She had been sick but one day. She had a stroke of paralysis early in the morning about five o,clock, and in the evening about nine o,clock she passed over to that happy place she desired so long to go. She leaves one sister and one brother, also a husband, one son, and three daughters to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn for her like those who have no hope. She was a kind and loving mother. She lived a faithful life. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Services were conducted at Masonville church November 10th, at nine o,clock at the house and ten o,clock at the M. H. Services were conducted by Benjamin Hertzler and Benjamin Lehman. Text. Rev. 14:12.

GEHMAN. - Samuel Gehman of Blue Ball, Lancaster Co., Pa., died Nov. 15, 1900, aged 73 years and 8 days, and was buried on the 19th at the Weaverland burying ground, where a large host of relatives and friends had assembled to pay their respects to the departed one, and to the surviving ones. Services were conducted by John M. Zimmerman and Benj. Weaver. Bro. Gehman was a consistent member of the Weaverland congregation for a number of years. He leaves a sorrowing widow, one son and one daughter to mourn the loss of a loved one, but we trust their loss was his eternal gain. He had been confined to his bed for several years on account of softening of the brain.

NISSLEY. - On the 20th of November, 1900, in Florin, Lancaster Co., Pa., of asthma, Christian S. Nissley, aged 65 years, 8 months and 1 day. At a quiet hour of the night the messenger of death came and made his claim. Little were the thoughts in the evening that the family circle would be broken before morning. The widow and six children survive; two died before. May the good Lord guide and direct the bereft widow and sister in the faith that she may look through her sorrowing tears and say with the Psalmist, "Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterwards receive me into glory. Services by M. N. Rutt and Abr. Hess. Buried at Kraybill,s meeting-house.

HORNING. - On the 7th of September, 1900, near Shambaugh, Page Co., Iowa, Nellie B. Horning, daughter of Isaac and Leona Horning, aged 6 months and 23 days. Funeral services on the 8th at the Brick M. H. conducted by Rev. Andres of the M. E. Church from 2 Kings 4:26, "It is well with the child. Little Nellie was a great sufferer for over two months. She leaves her parents, one sister and two brothers to mourn her departure, but we trust she is now free from all her suffering and has gone to join her brother and sister who preceded her to the spirit world.

MARTIN. - On Oct. 7, 1900, in Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Barbara, wife of Samuel H. Martin, aged 55 years, 11 months and 15 days. About two years ago she was partially paralyzed, affecting her speech very much and she at last became entirely helpless. She was a member of the Mennonite Church many years and leaves a sorrowing husband, six children, one sister and two brothers and many friends to mourn her departure. Buried in the Weaverland cemetery. Services were conducted by John Senger of Kinzer, John Zimmerman and Benj. Weaver both of Churchtown.

FASSNACHT. - At Cedar Lane, Lancaster Co., Pa., Samuel Fassnacht, aged 73 years, 4 months and 6 days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, and as long as his health permitted he attended church services, but at last he was unable to do so. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Benj. Weaver at the Weaverland M. H.

ZEICETT. - On Dec. 2nd, 1900, at Blue Ball, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Martha, wife of George Zeicett, aged 74 years. She was a daughter of the late Pre. Abraham Martin, and was long a member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves a sorrowing husband, one son, Martin, and two daughters, Lizzie, wife of Peter Shirk, and Annie, at home. The funeral was held from her late home at Blue Ball on Dec. 5, and burial was made at Weaverland, where Jonas Martin and others preached to a large congregation.

GROFF. - On November 23, 1900, in Earl township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Susanna, wife of David Groff, aged 66 years, 2 months and 22 days. She was long a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves her husband, two sons - David and Jonas, and one daughter, Mary, wife of Martin Nolt. Her funeral was held from her late home on Nov. 26, and many friends and relatives gathered to pay their last respects and to hear the brethren preach from God,s word. Services by Bro. John Zimmerman and others. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8.

WEAVER - On July 11th, 1900, at Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Bright,s disease, Amos H. Weaver, (oldest son of Christian G. Weaver, deacon of the Mennonite Church at Weaverland), aged 27 years, 2 months and 15 days. He leaves a wife and three small children, to mourn his early departure. He is also survived by his father and mother, one brother and three sisters. The funeral was held from his home at Paradise, on July 14th, and interment was made and services were held at Weaverland, where a large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last respects. They mourn, but not without hope of a glorious resurrection.

SHICKLER. - On the 13th of Nov., 1900, Kent Co., Mich., Adolf Shickler, aged 75 years, 11 months and 28 days. Buried in the West Caledonia graveyard on the 15th. Services by Christian Wenger in English and Pre. S. G. Shetler in German. Deceased was a kind and loving husband and a devoted Christian.

FRETZ.- On the 12th of Nov., in New Britain Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Harry M. Fretz, (husband of Sallie, daughter of Charles Haldeman, of Warrington Twp., deceased) aged about 50 years. He went up before daylight into the mow to get down hay for the cattle, and in some unknown way fell through the shoot or tunnel into the feed entry below. A boy who was in another part of the barn, heard the noise and went to see what had happened, and found him already dead. He was buried on the following Thursday at the New Britain Baptist cemetery. He leaves a sorrowing companion and a very large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his sad and sudden death. Thus God gives us another earnest warning to be ready, as the Savior teaches us. Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.

GARGES. - On the 7th of Nov., in New Britain Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, William Garges, aged about 74 years. He was buried on the following Saturday at the Doylestown Mennonite M. H. Services were conducted by H. B. Rosenberger, David Gehman and Abm. O. Hiestand. He leaves many friends and relatives to mourn his death. His funeral was largely attended.

YODER. - Lorenzo D. Yoder was born in Somerset Co., Pa, died in Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., June 4, 1900; aged 44 years and 1 month. His remains were laid in the Forest Grove cemetery. He leaves a bereaved wife and one little daughter to mourn his death; also an aged mother, two sisters and three brothers. Funeral services were conducted by Y. C. Miller in English and P. Y. Lehman in German from 2 Tim. 4:6-9 at the Brethren M. H. in Forest Grove. A large congregation assembled. We hope our loss is his eternal gain.

YODER. - Sarah J. Yoder, wife of Jacob Yoder, near Emma, Lagrange Co., Ind., died Oct. 2, 1900; aged 40 years, 1 month and 25 days. She leaves a bereaved husband and seven little children to mourn their loss. Her remains were laid in the Miller cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Y. C. Miller in German from 2 Tim. 4:6-9 and in English by D. D. Miller from Jer. 15:9 at the Shore M. H. to a crowded house. Sister Yoder was a member in the Amish Mennonite Church. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her.

WEIRICH. - John J. Weirich, near Pashan, Newbury Twp., Lagrange Co., Ind., died April 17, 1900, aged 33 years, 5 months and 2 days. His remains were laid in the Hostetler cemetery. Funeral services were held at Joseph Weirich,s by Manases M. Miller from John 5:28, 29 and by Y. C. Miller from Matt. 24:44. Bro. Weirich was a member of the Mennonite Church only little over a year.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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