Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1900

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September 1, 1900 Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVII, No. 17, page 276

MILLER. - On the 16th of Aug., 1900, suddenly, in Chicago, Ill., of heart disease, Martin Miller, aged 69 years, 11 months and 15 days. He rose in the morning and was about to go out to get ice and while exchanging a few words with his wife about the ice he fell and died without a moment's warning that death was so near. Thus it is true that in the midst of life we are in death. His remains were brought to Elkhart and the services were held by John F. Funk at the Olive meeting house where the body was also laid to rest. He was born in eastern Pa. He leaves a sorrowing companion and five children to mourn his death. Be ye also ready for such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

DAVIS. - Sister Mary J. Davis departed this life on Tuesday morning, Aug. 7th, 1900. The cause of her death was bone scrofula. Funeral on Thursday at the Stone Mennonite M. H. Services were conducted by Bro. John Harnish and Bish. Abram B. Herr. Text, Luke 10:42. Little Mary, as we called her, was a bright, interesting girl. She bore her affliction for the Lord without murmuring. She took her bed on her eleventh birthday and remained there until the Lord called home. She suffered for a period of twenty years and never could enjoy going to hear the gospel preached. But always felt glad to commemorate the death and suffering of her Savior. All that visited her could not help but to be benefited by visiting her as well as to cheer and comfort her. She was 31 years, 4 months and 9 days old. She leaves a mother and an only sister to mourn her death. But we hope the good Lord will comfort them and guide them. Mary was a member of the Old Mennonite Church and lived a consistent life until death. J. K. MELLINGER

YODER. - On the 12th of August, 1900, in Logan Co., O., (near West Liberty), Leah Zook, wife of Wes. Yoder, aged 41 years, 1 month and 22 days. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two sons, an infant babe, an aged father, four brothers and a sister to mourn her death, but they hope their loss is her eternal gain. Funeral was held at South Union church on the 14th. Services by C. K. Yoder and A. B. Miff. Buried at Ludlow cemetery.

GLICK. - Near Belleville, Pa., July 28, 1900, Rebecca R. Glick, wife of Amos Glick, aged 26 years, 11 months and 8 days.

GRASSMYER. - Near Belleville, Pa., July 25th, 1900, a child of Howard and Malinda Grassmyer, aged 1 year, 1 month and 1 day.

ZOOK. - In Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., August 2, 1900, Abraham Zook, aged 79 years.

HOOVER. - On the 19th of July, near Schellsburg, Bedford Co., Pa., very suddenly, Philip Hoover, aged 81 years, 3 months and 16 days. He was a member of the River Brethren Church, but was open hearted and friendly to every one. He was buried on the 21st in the Schellsburg cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Miller, J. B. Miller, and S. G. Shetler. May God comfort and richly bless all mourning friends.

FISHER. - On the 29th of July, 1900, near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., Emanuel S. son of Amos and Lydia Fisher, of cholera infantum and brain fever, aged 2 years, 6 months and 6 days. All that human hands could do to save his life was done, but as the good Lord needed another little Lamb in His shepherd's fold, He thought best to cut short his days, where he is also cared for far better than in this dreary world. Mannie was a bright little boy dearly beloved by his parents and friends, and he will be greatly missed in the family circle. He leaves his bereaved parents, grandparents, and three little brothers and one sister to mourn his departure, one sister preceded him and the parents may comfort themselves with the thought of having two little ones in heaven. His remains were laid to rest on the 31st in the Amish cemetery near Ronks. Funeral services were conducted by David Beiler and Eli Zook. Text, Luke 18:15, 16, 17.

BLOCHER. - Harry Edward, son of Martin and ____ Blocher, was born in Olive township, Elkhart Co., Ind., on the 18th of September, 1898; died Aug. 8th, 1900, aged 1 year, 10 months, 21 days. Services were conducted by Jonas Loucks and John Martin from Matt. 18:2, 8.

CHRISTOPHEL. - Aug. 8, 1900 at the home of his son, near Cullom, Ill., of imperfect paralysis and heart disease, Bro. Jacob Christophel passed "over the river." He was sick but a short time suffering very little pain; he remained in a semi-conscious condition until death. However three days before he died, he rallied sufficiently to speak intelligently for several hours. He expressed peace with God, and his fellow-men as far as possible, and was ready to go. He was born in Priflin, Bavaria, Sep. 1st, 1820 and reached the age of 79 years, 11 months, and 7 days. He came to America in 1810. In 1857 he was married to Nancy Lehman. To this union were born five sons and four daughters; eight children with the mother and sixteen grand children survive him. Funeral services were conducted by Peter Unzicker and the writer from Psa. 90:9. "We spend our years as a tale that is told." L. J. L.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVII, No. 18, September 15, 1900, page 287

OBITUARY - Lea* Knepp was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1843; died Aug. 12, 1900, aged 57 years, 7 months and 4 days. The funeral took place on the 14th, from the family residence.
In her early years the family of John Knepp, who was well known in this community, moved to Mercer Co., Pa., and a few years later to Holmes Co., Ohio. In the spring of 1861 they came to Johnson Co., Iowa. Lea united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her 18th year, and lived a consistent Christian life to her earthly end.
On Feb. 9, 1862, she was united in marriage to Jacob J. Marner, in the same residence where she spent her last few years. To this union were born nine sons and five daughters. Two of the sons are twins. One daughter died in infancy.
A loving wife and affectionate mother, by her winning ways she would gain the confidence of nearly every child that had the pleasure of meeting her. Her house was always open to strangers or wandering ones. She was no respector of persons or nationality in administering to the wants of the needy. In the foregoing winter she suffered a long time from heart trouble. When spring came her former health returned, or even better than some time before. In her thankfulness for regaining health, she called it a special kindness of Providence, and vowed that her remaining days should be spent as much as possible visiting the sick, the aged and comfortless. The many rides she enjoyed the last summer of her life were mainly devoted in visiting her children and sick people, and were the happiest days since her childhood.
During the last week of her earthly life it was noticed by her friends that she was unusually well pleased and communicative. In the morning before her departure she enjoyed her ride with more than ordinary pleasure. At the Lower Deer Creek church, where services were to be held, a short time was enjoyed in happy greeting among the sisters. If rightly informed, she expressed a desire for the service to begin. While singing the second stanza on the first hymn announced, the sister beside her noticed a change in her breathing. Upon looking around she found her sinking. She was speedily removed outside to fresh air and two physicians summoned, but before their arrival she had breathed her last. Death was almost instantaneous. The physicians laid the cause of her death to apoplexy.
She leaves one brother, a husband, 13 children and 21 grandchildren, besides hosts of friends, to mourn her early departure, but not as those having no hope.
-Kalona, (Ia.) News

*(Note: knowlegable family researcher says, "HoT - Sept 1900 - Lea Knepp - My records show spelling as Leah, but I notice it is spelled Lea twice so may be correct.")

Note #2: in the book "Cemetery Directory of Amish and Mennonites in Iowa, Johnson, and Washington Counties of Iowa" by Mary A ingerich (1972), the name is given as Lea (Leah). -- Katie Yoder Lind in "From Hazelbrush to Cornfields" uses Leah. --- dk

HIBSCHMAN. - On the 1st of September, 1900, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Sr. Magdalena Hibschman, aged 80 years, 10 months and 6 days. She was married to Andrew J. Hibschman in 1849. To this union were born four children of whom three, together with thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren survive. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from early life and died in the full assurance of the faith. She endured many trials and troubles in this life but she remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the meeting house in Elkhart by John F. Funk, assisted by A. D. Yoder, from 2 Tim. 4:608. The burial took place in Gracelawn cemetery, Elkhart. May the Lord bless and comfort the bereaved friends.

RISSER. - On the 21st of August, 1900, in Lancaster Co., Pa., ____ Risser, aged 74 years, 11 months and 1 day. He was born in 1825, near Milton Grove. He was a deacon in the Mennonite Church for thirty-four years, and faithfully filled the position to which God had called him. All who knew him could realize his devotion and piety. He suffered much during his last years, but bore all patiently and without murmuring. He had a longing desire to depart and be with Christ, looking forward to the same as a rest. Luke 2:29, 32. Bro. Risser was twice married. His first wife was Katy Nissley. She died in 1852. His second wife was Lizzie Oberholtzer, who survives him. He had one son by the first wife, and one son and two daughters by the second. He leaves also many friends to mourn his death, though they need not mourn as those who have no hope. He was a good neighbor and a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Services were conducted at Rissers M. H. by Martin Rutt, John Ebersole and ____ Anderline. May we all so live that when we are called away we may enter into His rest.

HERSHEY. - July 30, 1900, near Palmyra, Mo., of summer complaint, Mary, twin daughter of Bro. Jacob and Sister Mary Hershey, aged 4 months and 20 days.. Funeral at the house on the 1st of Aug., where services were conducted by J. M. Kreider. Preaching from the text, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

MILLER. - On the 25th of July, 1900, our dear brother Jacob E. Miller, of near Nampa, Canyon Co., Idaho, fell asleep, we trust in Jesus. He suffered some years with consumption. He desired to leave "this house of pain, and world so vain," and be with Christ; however he regretted the many golden days and hours that had so swiftly passed away in which he thought he had done little or nothing for the Master. May we all earnestly improve the NOW and so "redeem the time." Deceased was born in Pa. in the year 1852, Aug. 25th, aged 47 years and 11 months. Services at the Mennonite M. H. conducted by David Garber and S. A. Kurtz from Jn. 4:9. A wife and six children mourn his death. Peace to his ashes.

PLETCHER. - On May 27, 1900, in Nampa, Idaho, Fannie E. Pletcher, wife of Joseph Pletcher, passed to her final rest. Aged 47 years, 8 months and 29 days. She leaves a husband and son to mourn her departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Services were conducted by Bro. Craybill of the Dunkard and S. A. Kurtz of the Mennonite Church.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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