Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1902

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 17, September 1, 1902, page 272

FREED.-On the 18th of Aug., 1902, in Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of congestion of the brain, John, son of Joseph and Sarah Freed, aged 15 days. The mother died on the 4th of Aug. leaving her infant babe to the care of her sister, Mrs. Jesse Lehman, who was soon relieved of her tender charge, for Jesus took the little one to His care as one of the tender lambs of His flock, where a loving mother awaited his coming. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk from the words, "It is well with the child." 2 Kings 4: 26. God bless the sorrowing household who have been called within fifteen days to give up two of their number to the relentless hand of death.

YODER.-On the 23rd of July, 1902, Magdalena, wife of Levi Yoder, aged 63 Y., 9 M., 17 D. She was born in Wayne Co., Ohio. When a few years old her parents moved to Fulton Co., Ohio, and a few years later to Elkhart Co., Ind. In 1863 she was married to Bro. Levi Yoder. To this union were born eight children, of which three died in infancy. She leaves a husband, three sons, two daughters and four grandchildren to mourn her departure. She had a complication of diseases which seemed to baffle the skill and knowledge of the physicians and caused her much suffering, but she bore it with Christian fortitude; quite frequently saying, "If it were not for Jesus I could not endure it, but He helps me." Her great desire was to depart and be with Christ. Buried on the 25th. Services in German by Jonathan Troyer and in English by D. J. Johns.

WITMER.-At her home near Hayfield, Hancock Co., Iowa, Aug. 15, 1902, from complications of diseases, Elizabeth Witmer, youngest daughter of William and Marie Gsell. Aged 42 Y., 9 M., 12 D. She was born in Franklin Co., P., Nov. 3, 1859.
She came with her parents to the state of Illinois in 1865. She was married to Samuel Witmer in 1879. They moved to Iowa in 1891, first living in Carroll Co., and later in Hancock Co., Iowa.
Four sons and two daughters were born to this union, all living except one daughter. Sister Witmer was a consistent member of the Mennonite church, having united when quite young.
The remains were taken to Morrison, Ill., where services were held Aug. 17 at the Mennonite M. H., conducted by Philip Nice, of Sterling. Text, 1 Thess. 4:13.

HARSHBARGER.-Abraham Harshbarger was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Apr. 23, 1828, died at the house of his sister, Frances Beam, at Cullom, Ill., July 26, 1902, aged 74 years, 3 months and 3 days. When he was twelve years old, his parents moved from the place of his birth to Mt. Sidney, Va., where he lived until after he was married, when with his wife and children moved to Illinois. But the home circle was soon broken and his wife and two of the four children were laid to rest in the silent tomb. Some years later his two remaining children (daughters) also passed over the silent stream, leaving him as it were alone in the world. Several years ago he met with an accident while in Nebraska which eventually resulted in his death. He then became anxious about his salvation and renewed his covenant with God which he had made some years beforein the Mennonite Church. In his last hours of suffering (from chronic sore leg or tuberculosis) he expressed himself as prepared to go and longed that he might be at rest. He leaves five sisters, two brothers, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services on the 29th at the church by the writer. Text, Psa. 39: 6-7. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing. L. J. LEHMAN.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 18, September 15, 1902, page 286, 287

CONNOR.-Pearl Beatrice, daughter of Peter and sister Maggie Connor, of Freidens, Somerset Co., Pa., died August 30, 1902, aged 1 Y., 2 M., 4 D. Funeral services were conducted in the Lutheran church by D. H. Bender, assisted by Pre. Peterson of the M. E. Lutheran church. Text, Matt. 19:14.

SHROCK.-Magdalena Schrock nee Saylor, of near Cassleman, Somerset Co., Pa., was born July 13, 1815, died August 28, 1902. Aged 87 Y., 1 M., 15 D. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, with her husband, David Schrock, who died about eighteen years ago. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, where sister Schrock had lived. She was buried on the old home farm beside her husband. Services conducted by Ed. Miller. Text, 2 Kings 20:1.

Transcriber's note: Shrock was also spelled as "Schrock" in the original.

NEWCOMER.-In Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., September 3rd, 1902, of brain fever, Lizzie, daughter of David and Susannah Newcomer, aged 15 Y., 10 M., 16 D. She was buried on the 5th at Yellow Creek. The funeral services were conducted by David Burkholder, assisted by Jacob Shenk. Text, Phil. 1:24. The deceased had been subject from a child to fits, which so weakened her mind that we have reason to believe that she was one of those at whose ignorance God winked and attributed no sin, and consequently for her to die was gain, exchanging a world of misery for eternal glory.

MARTIN.-Elizabeth, wife of Jonathan Martin, died near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio on the 5th of August, 1902, aged 77 Y., 10 M., 12 D. Grandmother Martin often expressed a desire to leave this world of suffering, and shortly before her departure she said she saw a very beautiful door opened to her. We hope our loss is her eternal gain. She leaves six children, nineteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services by Jacob Newcomer in English and Isaac Good in German.

LANDIS.-Jacob Landis was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 27, 1821, and died at his home near Canton, Kans., Aug. 1st, 1902, aged 81 Y., 5 D. In 1837 he moved with his parents to Wayne Co., Ohio, and from there to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1848. He resided there till 1880 when he moved to McPherson Co., Kans., where he resided until the time of his death. He leaves a wife, four sons, six daughters and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services on the 3rd at the Spring Valley M. H. by G. R. Brunk, assisted by T. M. Erb. Text, Heb. 4:3.

WEAVER.-In the morning of August 27, 1902, the community was shocked to hear of the sad and sudden death of sister Fannie S. Weaver nee Grove, of heart trouble. She had been in ill health for about seven years, although she was taken rather unexpectedly, being sick only a few hours. Her age was 35 Y., 22 D. She lived in matrimony over ten years, united with the Mennonite church eighteen years ago. A little over half of her life was spent in the service of her Master. She was always at church when health permitted, which was seldom in the past few years. A sorrowing husband, one son, five brothers, three sisters, with many other relatives and friends are left to grieve for one that was dear to them, but their loss is her eternal gain. Funeral was held the 29th, at Spring Dale church, where many friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one that had lived in that community all her life. Sermon by Bro. E. C. Shank Text, 1 Peter 1: 3, 4.

KOLB.-On the 29th of Aug., 1902, near Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., of rheumatism and heart trouble, of which he suffered five months, Bro. Jacob F. Kolb, aged 50 Y., 5 M., 17 D. He was confined to his bed for eleven weeks. Deceased was the son of Jonathan (deceased) and Elizabeth (Funk) Kolb, and was born March 12, 1852, was married Oct. 26, 1875, to Emma Buckwalter, who with her two sons and six daughters are left to mourn the loss of a good husband and kind father. Also his aged mother, and an only brother, John F. Kolb, survive, besides a large number of relatives and friends by whom he was held in high esteem. The funeral was held Sept. 2. Services at the house by Pre. John Latshaw and at the M. H. by Pre. J. B. Hunsberger from Rev. 14:13. It was the largest funeral held at this place for a long time. The people could not all get into the meeting house.
Bro. Kolb will be greatly missed everywhere, in his family, in the community, in the church and in the Sunday-school where he held a position as a Bible teacher for many years.

BURKHOLDER.-Bro. Jacob Burkholder of near Mechanicsburg, Lancaster Co., Penn., died on the 3d of September, 1902, at the General Hospital, Lancaster, aged 70 Y., 9 M., 12 D. Death was due to paralysis caused by a fracture of the vertebra sustained by falling from his wagon Aug. 27. While driving home from market he was seized with a fit and fell from his wagon. He was picked up unconscious and removed to the hospital where he regained consciousness and had the privilege of speaking to his family before death overtook him. Funeral on the 6th of Sept., conducted at the house by Bro. David Buckwalter in German and Bish. Benj. Weaver in the English language. Bish. Weaver spoke from the text, Mark 13: 37. "And what I say unto you, I say unto all, watch." Bro. Burkholder leaves a wife, four children, eleven grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and died in peace with God and man.

BEERY.-Jacob Beery was born April 17th, 1832, near Bremen, Perry Co., Ohio, and died near Columbus Grove, O., Sept. 2nd, 1902, aged 70 Y., 4 M., 15 D. He entered the holy bond of matrimony with Catharine Strome of near Bremen, Jan. 12, 1860, to this union were born four sons and three daughters; there are also nine grandchildren. The oldest son, Samuel, who died in 1879, was the first to depart this life. One grandchild has since followed. Bro. Beery moved to this locality in 1885, and has won the respect and best wishes of the community. In 1857 he united with the Mennonite Church-the church of his fathers-and has always taken a deep interest in keeping up his church fellowship. He seemed especially concerned that his children be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and was blessed to see them confess Christ as their Savior and unite with the church of his choice. When the end came, he lingered several hours between life and death, seemingly without pain, and then calmly fell asleep. The widowed mother and children are comforted in the thought that the departed has gone home, and that He that has bereft them "can all our sorrows heal." Funeral services by Jno. Blosser from Matt. 6:19, 20

BLEILE.-Near Nappanee, Ind., Sept. 7, 1902, with a lingering, complicated disease, Jacob Bleile, aged 61 Y., 4 M., 15 D. He was born in Wittemberg, Germany, April 22, 1841. Was married to Rosa Brier of Steinenberg, Germany, May 19, 1868; came to America some 25 years ago. He leaves a deeply bereaved companion, three sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. One daughter preceded him to the spirit world. The funeral services were held on the 9th, in the Mennonite M. H. in Nappanee. Text: Rev. 2:10, from which appropriate remarks were made by J. H. McGowen in English and David Burkholder in German. The funeral was largely attended.
The deceased was brought up and taught the Lutheran faith, but when they came to this country he and his wife embraced the Mennonite faith and united with the Amish Mennonites. He was the afterwards ordained a minister, but afterwards united with Mennonite Church, where he also served a number of years as minister until about three years ago. For the last year of his life he was not able to attend church, but he claimed to be ready to die with a saving faith and living hope in his Redeemer. The sorrow-stricken family has the sympathy of the friends and neighbors.

LANDIS.-Bro. David A. Landis, residing three miles east of Ephrata, Pa., met a sudden and unexpected death near Mt. Airy last Friday morning, Aug. 29. Bro. Landis left home at 7:30 in the morning to take orders for rural mail boxes for which he was agent. He was driving at John Stober's mill, near Gockley's met a friend, George Krick, with a bag of grain. This was loaded and Mr. Krick was driven to his home. Just as they reached Mr. Krick's gate, at 10 o'clock, Bro. Landis was seized with a pulmonary hemorrhage, and after bleeding profusely for about 30 minutes expired on the grass by the roadside in front of Mr. Krick's house.
Bro. Landis was born at Thompsontown, Juniata Co. Pa., and was aged 43 Y., 6 M., 10 D. Deceased was an active worker and in the Mennonite Church. He was assistant superintendent of the newly organized Ephrata Mennonite S. S. He is survived by his widow and two children, a mother, three brothers and one sister. The funeral was held on Monday, Sept. 1, at 1 o'clock, from the Ephrata Mennonite M. H., and was largely attended. Noah H. Mack of Vinola, and John Bucher of Clay, officiated. Interment was made in Metzler's burying grounds. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is death of His saints." W. B. Brenner.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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