Spicher - On Tuesday afternoon, June 21, 1904, at 1 o'clock, Bro. Jonas Y. Spicher of Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., passed peacefully and quietly away. For several years Bro. Spicher has been in an almost helpless condition, caused by overwork, but it was not until about eight weeks ago that he took his bed. He was a consistent member of the A. M. church at this place and died in the hope of glorious resurrection. He was born Nov. 21, 1864, and died June 21, 1904, aged 39 Y., 7 M. The services were conducted at the home by J. Z. Kanagy, at the church by Bish. Michael Yoder in German and Jos. H. Byler in English from Rev. 14:12, 13, and at the graveyard by Jos. Zook. Services took place on Thursday at 12 o'clock. That Bro. Spicher was loved by many was made manifest by the large number who gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. My God bless his sorrowing wife and children and give them grace to bear this trial, for we feel sure what is their loss is his eternal gain; he said before he died that he was ready to go. Peace to his ashes.
Shaum - On the 17th of June near Latisburg, Wayne Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Elizabeth Shaum, aged 63 Y., 9 D. She had been a sufferer for more than four years. Funeral services were conducted by Daniel Martin and Peter Imhoff in German and Bish. Henry Hurst in English. Text, Rom. 7:13. A large number of relatives and friends followed her to her last resting place.
Harnish - On the 5th of June, 1904, in Rohrerstown,
Lancaster Co., PA., of an affection* of the lungs, Martha
, wife of David F. Harnish, passed from this life to the eternal,
aged 65 Y., 17 D. Her husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren
and an aged mother survive to mourn the loss of a loving, patient
wife and mother, who took a great interest in the church and the
salvation of souls. Her place in church was very seldom vacant,
even in her failing health. Only the day before she died, she
remarked that she now thought she might not be able to attend
church on the following day. Little had we thouht of her leaving
us so soon, though for a few days she had not been so well as
usual. Sunday forenoon she sat in a chair, her face bright with
a smile. Near noon she expressed a desire to lie down, then there
was a struggle and in half an hour she passed away. We found in
her life many examples worthy of imitation; she was one among
us not to be forgotten. Services were conducted by H. S. Hershey
at the Church of God, D. Gehman and A. D. Wenger. Text, John 14:1,
first clause, and Rev. 22:12. The funeral was largely attended.
Transcriber's note: * affection as printed in obituary
Rieck - On May 27, 1904, in Waterloo co., Ont., of brain
fever, Alberta Selina Reick, aged 12 Y., 9 M. 16 D. She
was a favorite with all in the day school, the Sunday school and
in the neighborhood. The first week of her illness she seemed
to know that she would not recover, but was happy and told her
loved ones not to weep for her, for she was going to heaven. Funeral
services on the 29th, conducted by Solomon Gehman and Noah Stauffer.
Buried in Weber's cemetery, to which place she was folowed by
a large concourse of friends. both young and old. Parents, do
not mourn for your darling, but prepare to meet her where death
*folowed as spelled in original
Musser. - Catherine Musser of Thompsontown, Juniata Co., Pa., was born Nov. 21, 1837, died June 8, 1904, aged 66 Y., 6 M., 17 D. Sister Musser united with the Mennonite church early in life and lead a consistent christian life and was well acquainted with God's Word, of which she was a close student. It was the writier's privilege, with ministering brethren, to visit her, and she was always found ready to talk about the salvation of souls and the advancement of Christ's kingdom on earth. She leaves on son and two daughters to mourn their loss, but we are glad to say, not as those who have no hope. She was a kind Christian mother and good neighbor. Her husband and several children preceded her to the spirit world. Sister Musser has a married daughter living in Lancaster county, where she was visiting at the time when the summons came to her. She was sick but a few days, a paralytic stroke being the cause of her death. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. William Auker and the writer. Text, Matt. 25:13. May our Father in heaven comfort the bereaved ones. Interment in Lost Creek graveyard.
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Weaver - Joseph W. Weaver was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 14, 1829; died in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 30, 19074; aged 74 Y., 7M., 16 D. The cause of his death was stomach and heart trouble. He passed away quite suddenly, having walked out of doors a half hour before his demise. He was married to Anna Hoover at Rainham, Ont., Canada, on Mar. 9, 1858. To this union were born 14 children, two of which preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by his wife, 4 sons, 8 daughters, 37 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also by two brothers and one sister. He united with the mennonite church 43 years ago and retained his membership to the end. he was a quiet, unassuming, hard-working, upright man and held in high esteem in the neighborhood where he lived for nearly fifty years. His funeral was largely attended. Services at the Clinton (Brick) M. H. by D. H. Bender, assisted by Amos Cripe. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.
Miller - On June 25, 1904, at the home of her sister, Mrs. D. D. Yoder, West Liberty, Kansas, of consumption, Sister Carrie Miller, aged 58 Y., 3M. She left her friends in Somerset Co., Pa., in February and visited in Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas for some time. On Friday morning she sat down in the rocking chair and went to sleep and slept twenty-two hours and then passed away. Sister Yoder tried repeatedly to waken her, but could not succeed. Sister Miller had made preparation for her burial, having had her burial robes ready. She also wrote a letter to her friends, admonishing them to live faithfully, to obey the voice of God, that they might be joyful and happy forever. Funeral services by Bro. J. J. Yoder from Rom 8:1-5. Buried in the West Liberty graveyard, McPherson Co., Kan.
Senger - Elizabeth Senger was born near Orrville, Ohio, Nov. 14, 1843, and died at her home near North Lawrence, Ohio, June 27, 1904; aged 60 Y., 7 M., 13 D. She was a daughter of Christian and Fanny Brenneman. She was married to Martin Senger, Dec. 31, 1868. to this union five children were born, namely; Harvey (deceased); Fannie, wife of Amos M. Detrow, Leetonia, Ohio; Rudy, Goshen, Ind.; David L., North Lawrence, Ohio; and Henry M., Elkhart, Ind. She is survived by her husband, four children, five grandchildren, one brother and two sisters. She was a member of the Mennonite church for about 28 years. The funeral was held at the Pleasant View M. H. on the 30th, and was conducted by David Hostetler, assisted by Aaron Eberly, Josiah Kaser, and Wm. J. Myers. Text, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." Psa. 17:15.
Myers - Jacob D. Myers was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, April 12, 1835; died in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 8, 1904; aged 69 Y., 26 D. He was married to Catharine Wisler, Nov. 28, 1858. To this union were born two children, Isaac W. and Mrs. F. E. Berlin, who, with the wife and mother and four grandchildren survive him. during the last few years he and his wife made their home with their daughter and son-in-law. Funeral services were conducted at the North Union church by George Lambert and David Burkholder.
Anglemeyer - Lowell Aden, son of Oliver and Gertrude Anglemeyer, in Elkhart Co., Ind., on May 9, 1904; aged 1 Y., 1 M., 7 D. Funeral services at the Union church by George Lambert.
Schultz - On the 7th of June, 1904, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., very suddenly, Gabriel Schultz, aged 68 Y., 4 M., 13 D. Although Bro. Schultz was for some time not quite as well as usual, he was able to work, and ate his supper as usual on the evening of the 7th. At about 8 o'clock he went to bed and about fifteen minutes later the servant girl, going past his bedroom door, heard that he made an unusual noise; she called him and getting no answer ran for a light and when she came back he had breathed his last. He leaves 5 children and 18 grandchildren to mourn his sudden departure. His wife preceded him 18 months. He united with the Amish Mennonite church in early life and held out faithful to the end. Buried at the Yellow Creek cemetery on the 10th. Services by Jas. H. McGowen and D. J. Johns.
Ramsey - Robert Shields Ramsey was born July 7, 1894; died July 1, 1904, at the home of Bro., and sister Henry Hartman near Washington, Ill; aged 9 Y., 11 M., 24 D. His death was due to muscular convulsions, his sickness lasting less than two hours. During this time he suffered most excruciating pain. three years ago last January he had been adoped into Bro. Hartman's home on contract and during his short stay ties were formed which they keenly feel are broken. The Lord bless and comfort them in their sorrow. The funeral was conducted by the writer from 2 Sam. 12:23, at the Union church, where a large concourse of friends had gathered. "Suffer the children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
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Yoder - Elizabeth Yoder, nee Hershberger, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 12, 1838; died in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 12, 1904, aged 65 Y., 9 M. She was married by Joh P. Yoder, April 4, 1858. The following year they moved to Howard Co., Ind., and in 1864 to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she resided until death. She is survived by the husband, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 15 grand-children and on great-grandchild. She was a faithful membert of the Mennonite church at Barker street and her place was seldom vacant at the services. She will be missed in the home, the community and the church. Funeral services were conducted on June 14th by Harvey Friesner and D. D. Troyer from the text she had selected herself, Mark 14:8.
Hershberger - Near Bristol, Ind., May 18, 1904, Emory Hershberger, aged 18 Y., 5 M., 3 D. Funeral services wereheld at the Barker street M. H. by Harvey Friesner. Interment in the cemetery near by.
Martin - On the 4th of July, 1904, at the home in Augusta Co., Va., after a lingering illness, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Pre. Jacob H. Martin, aged 60 Y., 23 D. She had been afflicted for more than a year, but was able to be about most of the time. On Wednesday she was at the home of her son, and in the evening returned to her home feeling very ill. She became unconscious and lay in that condition until Monday, 3:10 o'clock. Sister Martin was the daughter of Pre. Daniel Roth, deceased, and formerly lived in Washington Co., Md. She united with the Mennonite church in 1865. Our brother feels his great loss very deeply, as they had lived together for forty-two years. A son and a daughter blessed this union. This bereavement was doubly sad owing to the critical illness of the daughter at this time. Beside the father and children, 13 grandchildren, one sister, one brother, with many other relatives and friends, mourn the loss of a dear one. She will be greatly missed in the community in which she was always ready to comfort the distressd, help the afflicted and feed the hungry. Her place at church was never vacant unless sickness prevented her from going. Funeral services were held at Spring Dale on the 7th, where a large congregation gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed one. Services were conducted by the brethren A. P. and G. D. Heatwole from Phil. 1:21---"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
Shrock - On June 20, 1904, seven miles northeast of Goshen, Ind., of a complication of diseases, Anna Mary Yoder, wife of Daniel S. Shrock, aged 43 Y. She had been ill for about two years. Beside her husband she leaves two daughters and one son, aged respectively eleven, six and three years, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services was held at the Lutheran church on the 22d by Pre. Dressel. Interment at Forest Grove.
Foust - On the 13th of May, 1904, at Foustwell, Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Eve Foust, mother of deacon Samuel Foust, aged 95 Y., 8 M., 23 D. The funeral was conducted at her home on the 15th by S. G. Shetler, Jas. Saylor and S. D. Yoder. Text, Acts 13:36. She was buried in the family graveyard.
Weaver - On July 6, 1904, at Scalp Level, Pa., Sister
Susannah Weaver, widow of Christian Weaver, deceased, aged
89 Y., 9 M., 26 D. It is supposed her death was caused by a fall
out of a window in the second story of the house. She had been
staying with her granddaughter, Sister Susan Vale. The aged sister
had her own sleeping room and Sister Vale and the children and
the hired girl were in other rooms in the same house sleeping
soundly. The aged sister had appeared to be in usual or even more
than usual good health and spirits the previous days. Between
3 and 4 o'clock in the morning Mr. Vale, who was doing night work,
came home from work. He heard some one moaning outside of the
house, and found her lying there unconscious. She was taken to
the house, but died shortly afterwards. This sudden and unexpected
death was quite a shock to the family. She was buried on the 8th
at the Weaver Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services by L. A. Blough,
S. G. Shetler and Jonas Blauch. Text, Job 19:25, 26.
*note - "some one" as printed in original
Blosser - On June 12, 1904, in Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of a complication of diseases, Joseph Blosser, aged 78 Y., 7 M., 25 D. Bro., Blosser was born in Rockingham Co., Va., on Oct. 17, 1825, and descended from one of the oldest Mennonite families in Virginia, and was a member of the Mennonite church near Wakarusa, Ind. He was married to Susanna Brunk, who preceded him nearly two years ago; two children also preceded him in death. One daughter, Sister Philip Kilmer with whom Bro. Blosser lived, survives him. May God comfort the sorrowing ones. The funeral took place June 14th at the Yellow Creek M. H. Services were conducted by George Lambert and Henry Weldy
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Yoder - On July 10, 1904, near Harrisburg, Idaho, Lyle, little son of Emma and T. L. Yoder, aged 1 Y., 3 M., 17 D. Three days later the infant child (aged four months) of the same family was also taken out of this world into a heavenly Father's care. May God comfort and bless the bereaved parents.
King - On Friday morning, July 15, 1904, at her home near Allensville, Pa., Sister Lizzie M., daughter of S. S. and Leah King, passed peacefully to her rest after a lingering sickness of eleven weeks. She was born Oct. 21, 1881, and died July 15, 1904, aged 22 Y., 8 M., 24 D. Sister King was a consistant member of the A. M. church at this place, and was always found at her place of duty in the church, Sunday school or Bible class when health permitted. She united with the church at the early age of sixteen and labored here among us continually until a few months ago when she went to work for friends near Johnstown, where she contracted the disease whcih resulted in her death. The services were conducted in the German language by Jos. Z. Kenagy from 2 Cor. 5:1. Her father, mother, one sister and one brother survive her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her on account of her kind, cheerful disposition. My God richly bless and comfort her sorrowing friends. She died happy in the Lord.
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