Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1902

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 23, December 1, 1902, page 365, 366

Zook.-Bro. Shem D. Zook was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 25, 1844, died of consumption in Logan Co., Ohio, Nov. 12, 1902, aged 57 Y., 11 M., 18 D. He leaves a widow, two sons and three daughters to mourn their loss, yet they need not mourn as those who have no hope. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church and his place was never vacant at services or Sunday school, when health permitted. Funeral services on the 14th at the South Union M. H., conducted by the writer and A. B. Miller.-C. K. Yoder.

Stutzman.-Joel Stutzman was born in Mifflin Co., Pa,. Feb. 3, 1822. He moved with his parents to Fairfield Co., Ohio, in March 1834, and in Sept. 1857 was married to Barbara King, who died Jan. 16, 1888. Bro. Stutzman moved to Champaign Co., Ohio, March 17, 1891, died Nov. 19, 1902, aged 80 Y., 8 M., 20 D. Funeral on the 22d at the Oak Grove M. H. Sermon by C. K. Yoder and Abednego Miller. Buried in the Hooly graveyard on the Ludlow Road. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, where his place was seldom vacant.

Brubaker.-On the 8th of November 1902, of dropsy, Michael Brubaker, aged 45 years. He leaves his wife and five children to mourn their loss. Truly this community suffers a great loss. A large number of friends followed his remains to the cemetery. Funeral services from Matt. 25:23.

Strohm.-On the 30th of October, 1902, near Mt. Pleasant, Pa., Bro. John Strohm passed peacefully to rest after a protracted illness from lung trouble, aged 78 Y., 9 M., 12 D. Bro. Strohm was a member of the Mennonite church for about 55 years. He was married to Christina Leighty Feb. 6, 1855. To this union were born five children, all living, be being the first to break the family circle. May they all prepare for the reunion in heaven where partings are no more. Funeral Nov. 2, 1902, at Alverton. Services conducted by Aaron Loucks and A. D. Martin.

Derringer.-Anna Derringer, nee McElroy, died at her home near New Stark, Ohio, on Nov. 8, 1902, aged 25 Y., 4 M., 12 D. She suffered untold agonies from a complication of diseases which baffled the skill of physicians. About six months before her death she lost entire use of both sight and hearing, after which the only way of communicating with her was by the shaking of her head yes or no. On the 10th of November, the day of her burial, it was eleven months since she took her bed. But we have reason to believe her sufferings are ended and she is now standing at the gateway with beckoning hands awaiting those left behind her. A husband, five little children, brothers, sisters and many friends followed her to the grave. Funeral services conducted by John Blosser, from Isa. 64:6; "And we all do fade as a leaf."

Moyer.-Bro. Amos Moyer, one of the aged residents of the "Twenty" district, passed away at the home of his son Amos, near Vineland, Ont., Nov. 7, 1902. For a number of years his strength had been failing and he at last succumbed to the infirmities of age and a shock of paralysis, at the age of 86 Y., 3 D. He was born Nov. 4, 1816. On Dec. 24, 1843, he was married to Margaret Houser, who a number of years ago preceded him to the spirit world. A large concourse of relatives and friends was present on the day of the funeral. He was buried Nov. 9 in the Moyer burying ground. From this spot of earth we have hope that he shall rise again when the Lord the Redeemer shall come. Funeral services were conducted in German at the house by Joseph M. Wismer and in English at the meeting house by Isaac Rittenhouse of Cayuga.

Miller.-On the 17th of Oct. 1902, near Geistown, Pa., of old age, Bro. Moses B. Miller, aged 83 Y., 1 M., 13 D. Bro. Miller has been a minister in the Amish Mennonite church in the vicinity of Johnstown for over fifty years. By his death the community has lost one of its best citizens, the neighborhood a good neighbor, the children a kind father who has often given them good advice. The church in which he has so long preached, is now left without a minister. His death, coming as it did, so suddenly and unexpectedly, was a shock to all. On Sunday, the 12th, he preached his last sermon in the Kauffman M. H., although at that time he was unable to stand on both limbs while preaching, his one leg being lame. Thus was see his faithfulness to the end. Funeral services on the 19th at the Miller M. N. near his home, where a large number of people assembled. His body was laid to rest in the Weaver graveyard. We see his face no more in this world, but hope to meet him in the great beyond.-Levi Blanch.

Swartzendruber.-On the 20th of August, 1902, near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, Peter Swartzendruber, aged 80 Y., 3 M. Funeral services were conducted at the Upper Deer Creek M. H., by G. A. Yoder and J. F. Swartzendruber. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery, where a large concourse of relatives and friends gathered.
On the 30th of June, 1901, Barbara, wife of Peter Swartzendruber, aged 71 Y., 5 M., 20 D. Funeral services on the 2d of July at the Upper Deer Creek M. H. by J. F. Swartzendruber and G. A. Yoder. Text, John 14:2,6. Interment in the Upper Deer Creek cemetery, followed by many relatives and friends. Bro. and Sister Swartzendruber united with the Amish church in their youth and remained consistent to the time of their death. They lived in matrimony over fifty years and led a quiet and God-fearing life, ever ready to help those who were in need, and we have the hope that they reap the reward, "eternal life", with the King who says: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me."

Transcriber's note: The obituaries for both husband and wife are listed above.

Brubaker.-On Nov. 11, 1902, of inflammation and stomach trouble, Ella, daughter of John H. and Lizzie Brubaker, aged 1 Y., 29 D. She was a star in their home. Funeral services by J. A. Brilhart, assisted by Jacob S. Ramer, from Rev. 4:1. The services were attended by a large number of friends.

Miller.-Sister Martha Miller, wife of Bish. Henry Miller, deceased, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., May 14, 1820, was married to Henry A. Miller in 1840. In 1844 she moved with her beloved companion to Elkhart Co., Ind., driving through in the wagon. About seven years later (in 1852) they came to LaGrange Co., Ind., and settled on the farm on which they both resides until the end of their long and useful life. Sister Miller united with the Mennonite church in 1849 and a remained faithful and consistent member unto death, which took place Sept. 2, 1902, her age being 82 Y., 3 M., 19 D. Her companion preceded her nearly nine years. She was one of those strong monuments in the church, truly a mother in Israel, one not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, and of the principles and doctrines of the church. She was possibly the first and oldest member of the Shore Mennonite congregation in LaGrange Co. Ind. She was loved and respected by all who knew her, and is sadly missed in the home, in the church and in the neighborhood. She leaves two sons, one daughter, ten grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, besides a large circle of relatives and friends, to mourn her departure, but we trust our loss is her eternal gain. The funeral on Sept. 5 at Shore meeting house was largely attended by relatives and friends. Services were conducted in English by A. S. Cripe, from Rev. 14:13, and in German by Y. C. Miller. Interment in the Miller burying ground.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 24, December 15, 1902, page 386, 387

Shrock.-In the 19th of October 1902, at his home, three miles east of Needy, Oregon, Br. J. J. Shrock, aged 71 Y., 7 M., 4 D. Buried on the 29 in the Zion A. M. cemetery. Funeral services by A. P. Troyer in English and by D. J. Kropf in German.

Stutzman.-On Oct. 30, 1902, near Sharon Center, Johnson Co., Iowa, Cora Ellen, daughter of Joseph and Katie Stutzman, of cholera infantum. Aged 2 Y., 3 M. Funeral services on the 31st at E. Union M. H., conducted by C. Warey and A. I. Yoder.

Bair.-Bro. David Bair died Sept 12, 1902. Buried on the 15th at Bair's M. H., where a large concourse of relatives and friends were assembled. Funeral was conducted by Martin Whisler and Daniel Stump from Rom. 8:18. Bro. Bair's residence was New Baltimore, York Co., Pa. MARTIN WHISLER.

Friedt.-Henry B. Friedt was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Mar. 10, 1928, emigrated to Montville Twp., Medina Co., Ohio, in 1850, died Nov. 30, 1902. Bro. Friedt was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. Funeral services at the Guilford M. H. Dec. 2, conducted by J. M. Kreider and Isaac Good, assisted by A. I. Yoder.

Warey.-On Nov. 27, 1902, near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, John Irl, son of John Warey, aged 2 Y., 11 M., 3 D. Johnny was a bright, promising child, but the Lord took him to Himself and he went to join his mother who preceded him to the spirit world but a few months. Funeral services on the 29th at E. Union M. H., conducted by A. I. Yoder.

Means.-On the 19th of Sept., 1902, in Okla., near the Kansas state line, David L. Means, eldest son of Abraham Means, deceased, and Mary Means, of heart disease, aged 48 Y., 4 M., 17 D. Funeral services conducted by Pre. Irvin and Pre. Swartz. Buried at Pleasant View graveyard at Arkansas City, Kansas. The deceased was a member of the M. E. church. We trust our loss is his eternal gain.

Trissel.-On the 18th of September 1902, of consumption, David Trissel, of near Dale Enterprise, Va., aged 30 Y., 5 M., 27 D. He had been complaining for about ten months, but suffered little pain. He walked around till the day before his death, but he seemed to know that the end of his life was near. On the night of the 17th at about 3 o'clock he told his wife that it would be his last morning on earth. He expressed himself ready to go, though he felt sorry to leave his young companion, to whom he had been married in January of this year. His last words to her were: "Meet me in heaven." Funeral services at Weaver's M. H. by Chr. Good and Joseph Heatwole, from Rev. 20:6. A large concourse of friends and neighbors met to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed brother. He leaves a sorrowing wife, four sisters and two brothers to mourn his early departure. He was a member of the Mennonite church and was loved and respected by all who knew him. We believe that God doeth all things well.

Housouer.-Lydia Culp was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Aug. 14, 1842, died in the vicinity of Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 12, 1902, aged 60 Y., 2 M., 29 D. She came with her parents to this state in 1857, was united in marriage to C. M. Housouer Dec. 31, 1867. To this union were born three daughters and five sons. Three sons and one daughter died in infancy. She leaves her husband, two sons, two daughters, five grandchildren, three brothers and four sisters to mourn for a dear one gone. The funeral was preached on the 14th in the Nappanee Mennonite M. H., of which congregation she was a member. A large concourse of people gathered to pay their respects to one that was loved. The remains were laid to rest at the Brick M. H. in Union Twp. Services were conducted by Henry Weldy and Henry McGowen. Texts, John 14:1 and 1 Cor. 15:19.

Frantz.-On Thanksgiving eve, 1902, in Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, sister Barbara Frantz, aged 85 Y., 4 M., 25 D. Funeral services Dec. 1, conducted by Pre. Benjamin Hertzler and Bish. Abraham Herr and Isaac Eby, from Rev. 14:12, 13. She was a faithful member of the church for many years and always took an earnest interest in the welfare of the church, and when a little band of the sisters would meet together to do some sewing for the poor and needy, she would do what she could to help the work along, helping with her own hands in making the garments. Having no family of her own she lived with her married sister from her girlhood, helping to bring up a large family with motherly kindness and care. In the home of the family where she lived, wherever we look we can see some token of her kindness and industry, and we think of a Dorcas of old, around whose body the widows stood weeping and showing the garments she made while with them. Our wish is that the Lord may raise up many more like her, of whom it may be said, "Life's work well done, life's race well run; now comes rest."

Burkholder.-Sister Maria (Rupp) Burkholder, wife of Bro. Isaac Burkholder, deceased, died at her home in Farmersville, Lanc. Co., Pa., aged 72 Y., 2 M., 28 D. She leaves two brothers, 5 sons and 8 daughters, all married except one daughter. Of the 60 grandchildren, 12 have gone before to enjoy the home beyond. Sister Burkholder has been afflicted with enlargement of the liver and was confined to the house for about 8 M., and bore her suffering faithfully, saying she was satisfied just as the Lord willed. The home in which she has been so tenderly cared for by three of her daughters, will be lonely, yet the most loving hearts can but feel rejoiced that the spirit has burst its tenement and gone to the home where parting is unknown. She was a faithful companion, beloved by all. May the good example of a Christian mother be a blessing to her children, grandchildren and to her relatives and friends. Funeral conducted at the house by Noah H. Mack and at the M. H. by the brethren John Landis, German, from Psa. 27:10, and Bish. Weaver, English, from 1 Thess. 2:19. Interment at Metzler's. May God bless and comfort the bereaved ones.

Brunk.-Harry Samuel, son of Bro. J. D. and sister Mary Kate Brunk, of Bridgewater, Va., aged 3 Y., 18 D. It was on Nov. 18th the angel visited the earth and took from this home a dearly beloved one. Harry was the second child born to these parents and the second taken away. Some design of God's plan has again been fulfilled, we believe, yet it is hard to see through the dark cloud which hangs over a home thus bereft, by the removal of a young life so full of prospect and vigor. Little Harry had learned to recognize a number of Bible pictures, and others, and loved to talk about them. While he was yet in health he delighted to see the stars, and on occasions spoke very mysteriously about them. Once he said: "I will pin the curtain back so you can see them (the stars) better." What was in the child's mind we know not, for the sky was cloudless. Another time he said, "I will make myself steps and go up and bring you some stars." Harry has passed away, but has not, it seems, returned with the stars, and yet who can tell his mission or how he will return? He has gone beyond his stair, and sweetly rests in glory there.-F. One cheery little girl remains to comfort the home. May God heal the wound and fill the vacancy with His Holy Spirit!

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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