Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1904

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XLI, No. 49, December 1, 1904 ­ page 391, 392

Headrick ­ Paul David Headrick, a little son of Mace and Mary Headrick, after a few days of suffering, passed from this life as a jewel to the home above, on Nov. 10, 1904; aged 1 M., 5 D. Services were conducted by John L. Brubaker. Text, Job 14:1, 2

King ­ Near Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., Oct. 21, 1904, Lydia King; aged 90 Y., 8 M., 20 D. After bearing the infirmities of old age for years and in her last months passing through many hours of great suffering, this mother in Israel passed away, conscious to the end and so glad to go that she waited with longing for the call of her heavenly Father. One daughter and two sons remain to mourn the loss of a good mother and a large circle of friends will cherish her memory. She was a daughter of Christian Hooley, who, with his family and his father, Pre. John Hooley, was one of the first Amish families that settled in Kishacoquillas Valley, Mifflin Co., Pa. Her grandfather, John Hooley, was the first Amish minister in the valley with the long, beautiful Indian name-Kishacoquillas.

Hartzler ­ Near Belleville, Pa., Oct. 30, 1904, John Y. Hartzler; aged 68 Y., 4 M., 9 D.

Zook ­ In the Pennsylvania State Lunatic Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 13, 1904, William D. Zook, son of David R. and Malinda Zook of near Belleville, Pa.; aged 21 Y., 5 M., 24 D. The parents have the sympathy of the church and community in their great bereavement.

Miller ­ In Bratton Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 6, 1904, James Miller, aged 43 years. Funeral sermons by Milton C. Swigart and Samuel K. Yoder. This was another case of "putting it off too long." When the deceased felt death approaching, he earnestly admonished his family and others present to turn to the service of God before it should be too late. He had made no profession of faith and joined no church and on his death bed thought it was "too late."

Miller ­ On Oct. 3, 1904, in Eden Twp., Lagrange Co., Inc., Barbara, wife of Jefferson Miller, who died many years ago; aged 75 Y., 6 M., 1D. She is survived by three sons and one daughter. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services were held at the Town Line M. H. by John M. Hostetler and Jonathan Troyer in German and Y. C. Miller in English. Text, John 5:24.

Hostetler ­ On Oct 26, 1904, near Emma, Inc., Leo M., youngest child of Milo and ----- Hostetler; aged 11 M., 26 D. Funeral services were held at the Emma M. H. by Y. C. Miller, assisted by O. S. Hostetler. Text, Luke 12:40. Buried in the Yoder cemetery.

Burk ­ Frank Burk was born in Europe, Aug. 8, 1862; died at his home near Albany, Ore., Oct. 27, 1904; aged 42 Y., 2 M., 19 D. He came to northern Indiana in early childhood and grew to manhood. He was married to Lovina Miller and soon after moved to western Oregon. To this union were born four sons and three daughters, of whom one son preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Burk suffered for over two years with rose cancer, but he bore it all with patience and Christian fortitude. Two months before his death, he was by his request, anointed according to Jas. 5:14, and only one week before his departure he requested that preaching services be held at his house as he was hungering for the word of God. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by the writer in German and Pre. Launer of the Evangelical church in English. Text, 1 Cor. 15:35. L. J. YODER

Miller ­ On Nov. 11, 1904, near Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., O., Elizabeth Miller (nee Troyer), widow of the late Pre. J. H. Miller, died of lung trouble; 44 Y., 10 M., 26 D. She leaves to mourn her death, three sons, two daughters, a mother, three sisters and one brother, but we have reasons to believe that their loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted in the presence of a large concourse of people by S. H. Miller from 2 Cor. 5:1, and M. A. Mast from Phil. 3:20. A. W. Hershberger conducted the opening services.

Driver ­ Anna Beery Driver, widow of Pre. Jacob Driver, who died twenty-five years ago, died at her home near Mt. Clinton, Rockingham Co., Va., on Nov. 8, 1904; aged 70 Y., 10 M., 18 D. The deceased was stricken with typhoid fever several months ago. After the fever left her, other troubles set in, which in her enfeebled condition she was unable to withstand. Sister Driver was the mother of nine children; one preceded her to the spirit world. She was a devoted wife, a kind mother and we believe a faithful Christian woman. She will be missed in the family, especially by an invalid daughter. She was buried in the Mt. Clinton cemetery, where services were conducted by Andrew Shenk of Oronogo, Mo., from 1 Cor. 15:55-57, and E. S. Hallman of Berlin, Ont., from Rev. 14:23.

Burkholder ­ Lydia Burkholder, widow of the late Simon Burkholder, died at her home near Mt. Clinton, Rockingham Co., Va., on Nov. 10, 1904; aged 63 Y., 4 M., 25 D. Sister Burkholder had been in declining health for several years, suffering from catarrah; a short time ago she took quick consumption, which hastened her death. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. She leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted at the Mt. Clinton church on the 11th by J. A. Heatwole, assisted by Samuel Weaver. Text, the 23d Psalm.

Shelly ­ Anna Sarah, daughter of Elmer and Ella Shelly, died at the home of her uncle, Samuel Ramer, near Shiremanstown, Pa., on Nov. 20, 1904; aged 1 Y., 17 D. She suffered for several weeks with spinal meningitis, but bore her suffering patiently. She leaves a sorrowing mother and a sister to mourn her early departure, her father having preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Benjamin Zimmerman from Zech. 8:4, 5. The body was sent to Juniata county and buried in the cemetery at the Delaware M. H., where it rests beside that of her father. Samuel Leiter conducted services at the church. Text, the 23d Psalm. May the Lord comfort the bereaved mother and friends.

Kline ­ On Nov. 16, 1904, Grandfather Kline died at his home near Mottville, Mich., at the advanced age of 73 years. He was sick only a few days and was resigned to the Master's will. He was the first of the family to pass away. He is survived by a sorrowful wife, four sons, three daughters, fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He united with the Dunkard church in youth and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran church in Mottville by Eli Schrock. Text, Job. 14:1. E.M.

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XLI, No. 50, December 8, 1904 ­ page 400

Peter Keim was born in Somerset Co., Pa., June 9, 1836; died in Kent Co., Mich., Nov. 28, 1904; aged 68 Y., 5 M., 19 D. He was married to Sarah Yoder, Feb 17, 1856. To this union were born six children, two sons and four daughters. He, with his family, moved to Michigan on Jan 28, 1866, and was ordained to the ministry the same spring. He labored faithfully in his calling. He prayed earnestly for the unconverted and plead with them to flee from the wrath to come. The church feels deeply the loss she sustains in Bro. Keim's departure. His wife and two children preceded him to the spirit world. He was sick for nearly three weeks of pleuro-pneumonia. His suffering was intense until 3 o'clock Monday afternoon (28th), when his wish to depart and be with Christ was granted. On Wednesday, at 1 o'clock, the funeral services were conducted by Isaac Weaver and J. S. Hartzler from John 5:28, 29.

Livengood ­ Christian P. Livengood was born near Meyersdale, Pa., Feb. 27, 1819; died near the place of his birth, of old age and dropsical affection, Nov. 23, 1904; 85 Y., 8 M., 27 D. He was thrice married. His second wife was Catherine Saylor; to this union were born twelve children; no children were born to either the first or the third marriage. He is survived by a wife, three children 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In early life he united with the Mennonite church and remained faithful to the end. At the time of his death he was the oldest member of the church in the Casselman Valley district, both in age and in length of membership. Funeral services were held at the German Baptist church in Meyersdale on Nov. 25, conducted by D. H. Bender of Elkhart, Ind., assisted by G. D. Miller of Springs, Pa., and C. G. Lint of the German Baptist Church. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1. Interment in the Meyersdale Union cemetery.

Lauver ­ On Oct. 19, 1904, in Franklin Twp., Adams Co., Pa., of cancer, Sister Annie Lauver (nee Stover), beloved wife of George Lauver; aged 71 Y., 4 M., 25 D. Buried on Oct. 21st. Funeral services at Flohr's church by J. B. Gingrich and D. T. Koser. Text, Rev. 14:13. Peace to her ashes.

Flohr ­ On Nov. 25, 1904, in Columbiana, O., Norman, only son of Bro. Isaac and Sister Catherine Flohr; aged 34 Y., 9 M., 13 D. He was employed at the Enterprise works and while working at the lathe his blouse was caught by the revolving machinery and he was violently whirled around the shaft a number of times before the machinery could be stopped. His left arm was badly mangled and torn from the socket. The accident occurred between 1 and 2 p. m. and a few hours later his arm was amputated, but he died the same evening. He is survived by a wife, one child, seven sisters and many friends to mourn his early and sad departure. Funeral services were held at the Reformed church in Columbiana, of which he was a member, by the pastor. The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of their friends in their bereavement. P. M.

Horst ­ Sister Mary, wife of Bro. Abram Horst, died at her home in Marion, Pa., on Oct. 31, 1904; aged 75 Y., 6 M., 2 D. Death was due to dropsy, she having been ill for some time. Our aged sister leaves a sorrowing husband, six children, thirty-nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Interment at the Mennonite burial ground at Marion. Services by the brethren Christian Strite and George Ernst. Text, John 5:25, 29.

Beller ­ Mary Beller (nee Forney) was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Mar. 5, 1861; died at her home near Graymont, Ill., Nov. 17, 1904; aged 43 Y., 8 M., 12 D. She had been ill for some time, suffering from pulmonary trouble, and death resulted very suddenly from a severe hemorrhage of the lungs. She was united in marriage to John Beller, Dec. 30, 1880. This was a happy union and she now leaves the husband, eleven children, her father, three sisters, two brothers and many friends to mourn her early departure. Two children preceded her to the spirit world. When fourteen years she united with the Amish Mennonite church and remained a true and faithful member unto the end. Her constant thought was for the welfare and comfort of those around her, at times quite forgetting her own cares in her interest for others. Sermon by the writer in English from 2 Tim. 4:6. These words were especially precious to her during the last few days she was with us; in German by John Smith from Rev. 21:3-7. The extent to which she had endeared herself to others was shown by the large concourse of people who gathered to sympathize with the family. Peace to her ashes. L. J. L.

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XLI, No. 51, December 15, 1904 ­ page 408

Peter Blosser was born Jan 1, 1832; died at his home near Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 23, 1904; aged 72 Y., 10 M., 22 D. He united with the Mennonite church, Oct. 10, 1855, and continued a faithful member to the end. On Jan 17, 1857, he was ordained to the office of deacon, serving the church in this capacity for nearly fifty years. Bro. and Sister Blosser had born to them nine children, and he lived to see all that lived to the age of accountability unite with the Mennonite church. His wife and three children preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by three sons and three daughters. They were an interesting family to visit, fond of singing gospel songs and of heavenly conversation. He was much interested in the welfare of the church and on Oct. 30th he communed for the last time with God's people on earth, but we have the hope that he has gone where he can commune with the saints in heaven. Funeral services were held at the Weaver M. H., conducted by the brethren, Joseph Gell and J. A. Heatwold, from 1 Pet. 1:24, 25. Interment to the cemetery adjoining. Peace to his ashes.

Hunsicker ­ A child of Bro. And Sister Leidy Hunsicker of near Blooming Glen, Pa., was buried on Nov. 20, 1904, in the burial grounds adjoining the Blooming Glen M. H.; aged three weeks. Services in English by H. G. Anglemoyer and in German by H. B. Rosenberger and Peter Loux.

Detweiler ­ Joseph Weaver, son of D. F. and Mary E. Detweiler, died at their home in Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 28th, of membranous croup, following an attack of measles; aged 2 Y., 11 M., 13 D. Buried at the Weaver church; services by J. A Heatwole and A. B. Burkholder. Text, Rom. 8:28.

Hartzler - Susan L. Hartzler was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 12, 1861; died of heart trouble at her home in Champaign Co., Ohio, Dec. 2, 1904; aged 43 Y., 7 M. She united with the Amish Mennonite church at the age of 17 and remained a faithful member until death. She was married to John H. Smoker, Dec. 25, 1883; they lived happily together for nearly nine years, when Bro. Smoker was called to the spirit world. This union was blessed with two sons and two daughters. On Nov. 17, 1896, she was again married to David K. Hartzler. This union was blessed with five children, three of whom have gone before. She is survived by her husband, three sons, three daughters, father, three brothers and a host of friends to mourn her sudden departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held on Dec. 5th at the Oak Grove church, conducted by C. K. Yoder and J. J. Wayre. Interment in the Hobey graveyard. C. K. Y.

Culler ­ On Dec. 1, 1904, at his home near East Lewistown, Ohio, Isaac B. Culler; aged 68 Y.,
8 M., 6 D. Bro. Culler was afflicted with Bright's disease during the past summer, but was still able to be about his work until about four weeks previous to his death, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which time he was confined to his bed and gradually grew weaker until 9 a. m. on the above date when his spirit took its flight. He was a devoted member of the Mennonite church, and will be missed in the church as well as in the home, where his aged mother-in-law, who has been an invalid for many years, is at present lying quite low. He is survived by his wife, two sons, four grandchildren and many friends to mourn his departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope, as he was fully resigned to the will of God. His son Jonas was called home from Nampa, Idaho, and assisted the remainder of the family in faithfully ministering to father and grandmother in their afflictions. The funeral was held at Midway M. H. on Dec. 3; services were conducted by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by John Burkholder, Allen Rickert and Norman Line. Text, Psa. 90:12. A large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last respects to one they loved and respected. P.M.

Blough ­ On Nov. 28, 1904, near Johnstown, Pa., Anna, widow of the late Samuel W. Blough; aged 72 Y., 2 M., 23 D. She was a member of the German Baptist church and leaves to mourn her departure, two sons, two daughters, ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers and three sisters. Buried at the Maple Spring M. H.

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XLI, No. 52, December 22, 1904 ­ page 415, 416

Burkholder ­ Samuel Burkholder died at his home near Farmersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., and was buried in the Groffdale graveyard on Nov. 6th. He is survived by a widow, three sons, one daughter, one brother and two sisters. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and lived an exemplary life. Funeral services were conducted by Noah Mack in German and Benjamin Weaver in English. Peace to his ashes. W. H. B.

Rupp ­ Stella, little daughter of Henry and Anna Rupp, died at their home near Pettisville, O., on Dec. 10, 1904; aged 6 M., 7 D. She leaves father, mother and three little brothers to mourn her early departure. Funeral services were conducted at the Amish Mennonite M. H. by Christian Freyenberger in German and S. H. Miller of Holmes county in English.
Text, Matt. 19:14. She was but a flower that budded on earth to bloom in heaven. May God comfort the bereaved parents.

Schrock ­ On Nov. 22, 1904, near Goshen, Ind., of paralysis, Susannah, wife of D. D. Schrock; aged 79 Y., 8 M., 13 D. She was a member of the A. M. church for over sixty years. She leaves a husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters and 17 grandchildren to mourn her departure, but not without the hope of this being her eternal gain. Funeral services by D. J. Johns, assisted by S. Honderich. Text, Psa. 88:10.

Yoder ­ On Dec. 4, 1904, near Emma, Lagrange Co., Ind., of bronchial pneumonia, Lela May, youngest child of Bro. Noah and Sister Fanny Yoder; aged 1 Y., 4 M., 13 D. It seemed hard indeed for the parents, brothers and sisters to part with little Lela, but may God's sustaining grace keep them that in the resurrection morn there may be a glorious meeting, never more to part. Services by J. J. Troyer from Job 14:1, 2, and D. J. Johns from Job 1:21.

Weaver ­ On Nov. 28, 1904, near Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa., Sister Mary Jane, daughter of Widow Annie Weaver; aged 25 Y., 4 M., 8 D. Sister Weaver was crippled from childhood, but still she realized that she had need of a Savior. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite church nearly eight years ago and remained faithful unto death. She was buried on the 30th in the cemetery near the Weaver church. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler. May God comfort the mother, brothers and sister, for they need not mourn as those who have no hope.

Overholt ­ On Dec. 6, 1904, near Scottdale, Pa., John S. Overholt; aged 48 Y., 4 M., 29 D. Death came very suddenly and unexpectedly; he was assisting a neighbor to butcher and as he raised the gun to shoot a hog, he dropped over dead. He was the son of Abram O. and Mary Overholt and was unmarried. Interment at Alverton, Pa., where funeral services were conducted by Aaron Loucks and A. D. Martin.

Lehman ­ On Aug. 29, 1904, at his home in Monmouth, Ill., occurred the death of Jacob Lehman; aged 75 Y., 7 M. He was born near Scotland, Franklin Co., Pa., but moved to Illinois more than fifty years ago. Most of his relatives and friends still reside in Franklin county. He is survived by his wife and five children; also two brothers and two sisters mourn his departure. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church in Monmouth.

Hunsberger ­ Catherine, widow of the late Bish. John Hunsberger, died at the home of her
son-in-law, Harry Davis, in Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age on Nov. 6, 1904; aged 80 Y., 2 M. She is survived by one son, three daughters and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her funeral, which was very largely attended, was held at the Providence M. H. on Nov. 9th and was conducted by Jacob Hunsberger and Jesse Mack.

Gotwals ­ Lydia H., beloved wife of John G. Gotwals, died Oct 13th; aged 59 Y., 6 D. She suffered with liver and gall affection for many years and at last submitted to an operation for relief; peritonitis set in and death was the result. She was a beloved wife, mother and sister; she was kind and hospitable and is missed by many. She was a member of the Mennonite church. She is survived by her husband and six children, five children having preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren Mack, Hiestand, Hunsberger and Latshaw. Text, Psa. 116:15. Buried in the Providence graveyard.

Frey ­ Near Sterling, Ill., at the home of his daughter, of infirmities of old age, Henry Frey. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 26, 1807; died Dec. 11, 1904; aged 97 Y., 3 M., 15 D. He moved to Illinois in 1894, where he lived till the time of his death. The wife of the deceased died in 1871; four daughters and two sons preceded him to the spirit world; one son, two daughters, 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren remain to mourn their loss. Bro. Frey was a consistent member of the Mennonite church since 1888. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 14th at the Mennonite M. H. near Sterling, by Christian Good and John Nice. Text, Num. 23:10.

Ruvernacht ­ Christian Ruvernacht was born in Alsace, Germany, Dec. 26, 1834; came to America in 1852; united in marriage with Catherina Risser, Dec.1, 1864. To this union were born three children, who were all at his bedside during his last hours. He is survived by his wife, one son, two daughters, five grandchildren, one sister and many friends to mourn his departure. He united with the Amish Mennonite church in his youth and was true and faithful to the end. He died near Graymont, Ill., Dec. 11, 1904 at the age of 69 Y., 11 M., 15 D. Services in German by John Smith and in English by D. W. Slagel. Text, John 5:28, 29.

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