Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1901

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 23, December 1, 1901 - Page 366, 367

REAM - On the 14th of October, 1901, in Somerset Co., Pa., Ralph Waldo, son of Elmer and Edith Ream, aged 2 mo., 15 days. Funeral services were conducted at the residence of Noah Ream, by S.G. Shetler. Text, 2 Sam. 14:14.

YODER - On the 2nd of Nov., 1901, in Scalp Level, Walter Clayton, son of Jacob and Annie Yoder, aged 1 year, 6 months and 26 days. Funeral on the 3d, at the Blough Mennonite M.H. Services by S.G. Shetler. Text, Mark 10:14.

RISSER - On the 5th of November, 1901, near Risser's M.H., Mt. Joy Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., from the effects of a paralytic stroke which came upon him on the 27th of October, John H. Risser, aged 67 years. His wife and four children survive. It will be remembered that another one of his daughters was Sister Anna Kreider, who with her husband and several children was brutally murdered in South Dakota about eight years ago.

KULP - On the 12th of November, 1901, near Osceola, Elkhart Co., Ind., of stomach trouble, Levi, son of Jacob W. and Elizabeth Kulp, aged 32 years, 1 month and 8 days. He was not strong in mind, and leaves a father, mother, two brothers and two sisters to mourn his death. He was buried on the 14th at the Olive meeting house, where services were conducted by J.S. Lehman and John F. Funk.

HAWKINS - On the 20th of November, 1901, in the same family, George Hawkins, grandson of the above Jacob W. and Elizabeth Kulp, aged 11 years, 1 month and 7 days. He was affected with a tumor in the head and eye, of which he suffered much for about three months, until death relieved him. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk from 2 Cor. 5:10. May God comfort the afflicted family which now within the period of eight days saw the angel of death visit their home twice. Let them trust the dear Father in heaven still, for He doeth all things well.

HOLDEMAN - Charlotte Holdeman, maiden name Bucher, was born in York Co., Pa., March 22, 1821. She married to Joseph C. Bixler, Mar. 15, 1840, in Columbiana, Columbiana Co., Ohio; moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1853. In 1867 her husband died. She was married again to George Holdeman, Dec. 17, 1868, and in 1878 her second husband died. She was the mother of eleven children, four of whom are living and seven dead. She died Nov. 11th, 1901, aged 80 years, 7 months and 20 days. Funeral services and burial at the Olive M.H., by Jacob Christophel and Jonas Loucks from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the neighbors and friends.

ECKHARD - On November 11, 1901, near Campden, Ont., Bro. Frederick Eckhard, aged 82 years. He performed his work on the day of his death as usual and in the evening went to the shop as he was used to doing and soon after they found him dead. It is supposed he was dead in an instant from a fit of apoplexy. He was born in Alsace, Germany, and came to this country with his parents when a boy. He was a blacksmith and farmer. There are left seven sons to mourn their loss; two sons and two daughters and wife preceded him to the spirit world. Buried on the 14th, at the Mountain Mennonite meeting house, where many relatives, friends and neighbors assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to a neighbor and friend. We see the uncertainty of life. In the midst of life we are in death. Peace to his ashes.

MOYER - On November 6, 1901, near the Moyer meeting house, in Clinton Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., Bro Henry Moyer, aged 49 years, 1 month and 9 days. His trials and sufferings were almost unendurable, but he still bore it all with Christian fortitude and was fully resigned to the will of God. He leaves a sorrowing wife, two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. One brother and six sisters survive him. Buried on the 8th, in the Jordan Station cemetery. Funeral services by Noah Stauffer, John F. Rittenhouse and Pre. Stevenson. A large number of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last respects to a friend, neighbor and brother in the church. Peace to his ashes.

SNAVELY - On Monday, October 14, 1901, at Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Elizabeth Snavely, aged 74 years, 6 months and 22 days. She was in usual good health until only a few weeks before her death when she was overtaken with neuralgia and other complaints, until death came and called her home. Sister Elizabeth was a devoted and consistent member of the Mennonite church from her early years. She was a woman of means and we believe always tried to make good use of it when she was asked to do so, and to give to help build up the cause of Christ and to help the poor. Her chair is now vacant in her home. Her seat is vacant in church which she occupied for the last time when memorial service was held for our beloved President McKinley. She leaves a sister and six brothers, of which three reside in Wayne Co., Ohio. Two brothers preceded her to the other world, and a large circle of relatives, neighbors and friends mourn her departure. She was one whom the writer of this always used to visit. She was ready to entertain her company and to make it comfortable for them and that made it always pleasant to visit her. But now she is gone never to return. Her race is run. Her victory won and we believe she is fully blest. May we so live that some day we can all meet her in heaven. Funeral services were held at the house on the 18th, by Pre. C.M. Breckbill, of Gap, and at Hershey's meeting house, Pre. Amos Hoover, of Gap. and Bish. Isaac Eby, of Kinzers. Text, "She hath done what she could." She was then carried out by four of her cousins to the adjoining cemetery and laid beside her brother who preceded her about sixteen months. The bereaved sister and brother have the warmest sympathies of their many relatives, friends, and neighbors and particularly the one who lived so long with her, as he is now, as it were, left alone, but may he not murmur or complain. May he still put his trust in God and learn to know that Elizabeth has just gone before and soon, soon the time will come that, if he holds out faithful he can meet those gone before and enjoy pleasure forever more at God's right hand.

GOOD - On August 8th, 1901, Sister Laura Esther Brunk Good, wife of Bro. DeWitt R. Good, M.D., closed a beautiful and noble life, at her new home near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., in the 24th year of her age. She was a daughter of Samuel and Susanna Brunk and a great-granddaughter of Bishop Peter Burkholder, who in his lifetime rendered such invaluable service to the church. Born and reared in a pious and cultured family, she received the training that so sweetened her life and endeared her to every one. None knew her but to love her. Not a year had elapsed since she stood in bridal robes, received the hearty congratulations and good wishes of a large number of friends, until she lay wrapped in the robes of death before a large concourse of people who had assembled to pay their last tributes of respect to one they so much loved.
Why one so young and useful, just in the very prime of life, should be called from our midst, is a question that presents itself. God alone knows. Eternity will reveal. Yet vainly do we grieve, "for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is still."
But, if the "Great Gardener" sees a flower here upon earth, pure and lovely enough to transport in the paradise of God, to embellish His own grounds, we can but say through our tears, "His will, not ours, be done."
The funeral services were conducted from Weaver's church by Bish. L.J. Heatwole and Christian Good, from the words, "Her sun is gone down while it was yet day." Jer. 15:9. How true! for in the midst of life we are in death.
All that was mortal of Laura was laid to rest in Weaver's church cemetery, but all that made her kind and sympathetic, yes, all that made her lovely, has taken its flight to God who gave it, and we believe her soul is now basking in the sunshine of God's eternal favor. To the bereft husband, sorrowing parents and only remaining brother and sister, we feel to say, Oh, look up. "A little while," 'twill not be long, and the unquiet dream of life will be over, and the "morning without clouds shall dawn," for "He cometh!" and it is the voice of the "beloved," which will "turn the shadow of death" into the morning. The dead-the ransomed dead-shall "hear His voice and come forth:" those "asleep in Jesus," God is to bring with Him. Oh! what a glorious thought!
May God comfort and console your wounded and bleeding hearts, reward you for all your labors of love to her, and help us all so to live, that we may share a blessed reunion on the shores of everlasting bliss. COUSIN CLEMMIE

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 24, December 15, 1901 - Page 382, 383

SWARTLEY - On the 10th of December at Line Lexington, Pa., of strangulated hernia, for which an operation had been performed several weeks ago, Henry R. Swartley, aged 74 years. He leaves a widow, one grandson and many friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. His only child, a daughter, died some time ago. Funeral and interment at Line Lexington M.H., on the 12th.

ESH - On November 19, 1901, John Esh, of Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Nov. 19, 1844; he was married to Mary Yoder, of Loss Creek, Juniata, then moved to Mifflin Co., where he and family lived and labored since, until three years ago, since which time he was sickly until his death. For six months he suffered with pains, but three weeks he suffered with different kinds of maladies, and how he is at rest in paradise. He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters; three sons preceded him long ago. Funeral sermon by Samuel Yoder and John Zook. Text, John 5:24-29.

EBERSOLE - On the 21st of November, 1901, at Waynesboro, Pa., of dropsy, from which he suffered several months, Franklin S., son of Henry and Mary Ebersole, aged 12 years, 11 months, 27 days. He leaves sorrowing parents, three brothers, two sisters, and friends to mourn their loss, but we have reason to believe that their loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were held on the 24th, at Millers M.H., by Bro. Henry Bear, from James 4:14; Bro. Denton Martin, from Samuel 20:3. COUSIN FANNIE LESHER

MARTIN - On Friday, November 29, 1901, near Reidenbach's store, Lanc, Co., Pa., Bro. Eli W. Martin, aged 55 years, 2 months, and 10 days. He suffered from cancerous affections of the liver for some time, at times his sufferings were great but he bore his afflictions with Christian fortitude and was fully resigned to the will of God. He leaves a sorrowing widow, six sons, two daughters, and many friends to mourn their loss, which was his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted in the Weaverland church by Samuel Witmer and Benjain Weaver. A large number of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to a kind friend, neighbor, and brother in the church. Peace to his ashes.

WEAVER - On the 8th of Dec., 1901, at Locke, Elkhart Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Mary, daughter of Bro. Aaron Weaver, aged 20 years, 1 month and 23 days. She was buried on the 10th, at Yellow Creek, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors had gathered to pay their last tributes of respect to a young lady who was loved and respected by all who learned to know her, but now had neglected the "one thing needful," to confess Christ and unite with the people of God. She leaves a bereaved father, four brothers and two sister to mourn their loss. May this be a loud call unto them to awaken them to a sense of their duty to God, and make their calling and election sure before it is eternally to late. Funeral services by the writer, assisted by Henry Shrock. Text, Heb. 9:27. DAVID BURKHOLDER

MUSSELMAN - On Nov. 5, 1901, near Fairfield, Adams Co., Pa., Peter Musselman, aged 72 years, 5 months and 17 days. He was afflicted about a year with dropsy of the heart, but bore his affliction patiently, being fully resigned to the will of the Lord. He was a member of the Mennonite church. His wife preceded him to the spirit world ten years ago. He was also a reader of the HERALD and had one of the family read it to him shortly before he passed away. He was the youngest of a family of twelve children, now all dead. He lived all his life on the farm where he was born. He leaves one son and five daughters to mourn their loss. Buried on the 8th in the Fairfield cemetery. Funeral services at the house by Martin Whisler. Text, 1 Cor. 15:22. A large number of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last respect to a friend, neighbor, and brother in the church. In the midst of life we are in death. F.E.M.

STUTZMAN - Lovina Miller, of Shipshewana, Ind., daughter of Abraham and Mattie Miller, and wife of Uriah Stutzman, was born June 12, 1864; died Oct. 25, 1901, aged 37 years, 4 months and 13 days. Sister S. united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 15 years. She was a faithful member until death. She was united in marriage with Bro. Stutzman on September 19, 1886. Her husband, two daughters, Fannie and Viola, an aged father and mother, two brothers and two sisters are left to mourn; yet not as those who have no hope. Her illness was a nose cancer from which she suffered untold agonies for over a year. In all her great suffering she was patient and resigned--looking forward eagerly to the time when the Master should say, "It is enough, come home." Funeral on the 28th, from the Forks M.H., in LaGrange Co., Ind. Interment at Forest Grove. Sermon by Yost Miller, from John 16, latter clause of 33rd verse, and Amos Cripe, from 2 Tim, 4:7, 8.

SNOWBERGER - On the 20th of October, 1901, Sister Nancy Snowberger, of Blair Co., Pa., wife of Jacob Snowberger, aged 40 years, 6 months and 25 days. Funeral services at Pleasant Grove Mennonite M.H., Oct. 22d, by Abram Metzler and J.N. Durr, from I Cor. 15:51. The funeral was largely attended. Sister Snowberger was for many years a consistent member of the Mennonite church. She is sadly missed in the community, in the church and Sunday school, and most of all, by her kind husband, who deeply mourns the loss of an affectionate wife; also an aged mother and two brothers are mourning the loss of any only daughter and sister, but they need not mourn as those that have no hope, for her life was one spent in the Master's service, and though she lingered and suffered very much for eight weeks, she was at all times resigned to her Master's will. May those of us that associated with her in the home, community, and the church, be prepared to meet her when the final call shall come. A.M.

BOYER - Susan Lydia Boyer, daughter of Jonas and Susan Roth Boyer, died on Friday morning, Nov. 22, 1901, of paralysis and heart disease, at the home of her parents, in Ipara, Ill., aged 38 years, 10 months and 8 days.
The deceased was born near Spring Forge, York Co., Pa., Jan. 14, 1863, and when but a little over a year old, her parents moved, with her, to Fulton Co., Ill., and settled on a farm two miles south of Ipara, where she lived with them up the year 1885, when the family moved to Ipara, where she has resided with her aged parents up to her death. She united with the Presbyterian church in 1891, and was an earnest, consistent and faithful member up to her death. She leaves her aged father who is in his 79th year, and who has been blind for over five years; her mother who is in her 73rd year, and four brothers and three sisters to mourn her loss, all of whom were present at the funeral services, which were held from the family residence, on Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Burial in Ipara cemetery. The services were conducted by C.E. Freeman. Text, Rom. 8:18. Less than two years ago these bereaved parents and family had been called to mourn the loss of Emanuel R. Royer, the oldest son of these aged and afflicted parents, who died suddenly, at Englewood, Ill., of pneumonia, on Feb. 24, 1900, aged 48 years.

KRAYBILL - Sister Lizzie L. Kraybill, beloved daughter of Levi and Annie Kraybill of near Maytown, Lancaster Co., Pa., was called to her eternal home, on December 4, 1901. She had not been strong for the last year or two, but it was only six or seven weeks since that dread disease, consumption, seemed to hurry her off to an untimely grave. Though young in years she was a faithful member in the Mennonite Church. Just seven weeks on the day before her remains were given over to mother earth, she occupied her place in the church and partook of the communion of the bread and the wine, the emblems of the broken body and spilt blood of our blessed Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. Her aged was 24 years, 8 months, and 1 day. She bore her afflictions during her sickness very patiently, frequently saying that she was satisfied as the Lord makes it; at the same time having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. There will be a vacant chair in the Sunday school, where she had charge of one of the infant classes. One of the little ones from one of her classes since her departure, made the remark that Lizzie Kraybill taught her some thing that she will never forget. We believe that her influence for good will long be felt, and that those who knew her best loved her most. Funeral service at Bossler's M.H., by Bish. Martin Rutt, Pre. Jno. Landis and Ephraim Nissley, on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1901, where many friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they dearly loved.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia

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