Herald of Truth Obituaries - July, 1905

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XLII, No. 27, July 6, 1905 - pg 216

HIVELY.-On June 22, 1905, at her home in Mahoning Co., Ohio, after only several hours of suffering, Susanna Hively, wife of Samuel Hively; aged 32 Y., 2 M., 13 D. She was the daughter of the late Bro. Henry Stauffer, who died several years ago. She is survived by a deeply bereaved husband, four little children, a mother, three brothers, five sisters and may friends to mourn her early departure. The funeral was held on Sunday, the 25th, at the North Lima Mennonite M. H., where many people had gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one who was loved and respected. Services were conducted by H. M. Nickelson, pastor of the Lutheran church, of which church she was a member. Text, Rev. 21:4, "And there shall be no more death." E. M. Detwiler also assisted in these services. Interred in the adjoining graveyard. The family have the sympathy of many friends in this sad hour. May they look to God for comfort.

SIMMERS.-June 23 ,1905, at his home in South English, Iowa, W. C. Simmers; aged 57 Y., 5 M., 10 D. Deceased was a member of the Dunkard Brethren church. He was born in Rockingham Co., Va. While an orphan boy, at the age of six years, he was taken into the home of Joseph Wenger at Edom, Va., where he grew to manhood. In 1867 he went to the vicinity of South English, Iowa, were he spent the remainder of his life. He leaves a faithful companion, two sons and many warm friends to mourn his departure. His death was caused by stomach trouble. Funeral services conducted by F. Brower. Text, "Set thine house in order" (Isa. 38:1). S.B.W.

MOYER.-The beloved wife of Pre. Michael Moyer (nee Clemens), died at her home at Franconia Square, Montgomery Co., Pa., on June 8, 1905, after a lingering illness of brain fever, at the age of about 67 years. She bore her severe suffering with Christian fortitude, placing her trust in Him, who doeth all things well. She is survived by her husband, four children and many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Samuel Detweiler and at the Franconia M. H. b y Henry Rosenberger and A.S. Mack. Text, Rev. 14:13. More than eight hundred people attended the funeral. Peace to her ashes. H.C.K.

CLEMMER.-Elizabeth, beloved wife of Dea. Abraham D. Clemmer, died at her home in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., on May 25, 1905; aged 67 Y., 3 M., 7 D. Sister Clemmer had suffered for some time from liver affection. Her death is sadly mourned by her husband, one son, one daughter, two brothers, one sister and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Samuel Detweiler and M. R. Moyer, and at the Franconia M. H. by Henry Rosenberger and A.S. Mack. Text, Phil. 1:23. Peace to her ashes. H.C.K.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLII, No. 28, July 13, 1905 - pp 233, 234

Bish. Josiah Clemmer was born May 1, 1827; died of dropsy and paralysis at his home in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. on June 28, 1905; aged 78 Y., 1 M., 27 D. He was twice married, his first wife being Sarah Kulp. To this union were born eight children, five sons and three daughters, five of whom, with their mother, preceded him to the spirit world. In 1884 he was married to Lydia Derstein, who with three children and a sister survives him. Bro. Clemmer consecrated his life to the service of Christ and the church while a young man. He was ordained to the ministry on Nov. 9, 1860, and seven years later to the office of bishop, having charge of the Franconia, Rockhill, Salford, Souderton, Plain, Line Lexington and Towamencin congregations. He was a conscientious, devout Christian and an able preacher, and was considered an excellent counselor, having been at the head of the conference for twenty years. He was much concerned about the welfare of the church and his heart was saddened by the inroad that pride and fashion were making in the church. He was especially zealous in visiting the sick and suffering. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 3d, at the Franconia M. H.., and were conducted at the house by Bish. Samuel Detweiler and at the meeting house by Bishops A.S. Mack and Henry Rosenberger. Text, Luke 2:29. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. It is estimated that more than a thousand people attended the funeral, among them being forty preachers and deacons. The Lord comfort the bereaved. Rest in peace. H.C.K.

MARTIN.-Little Elmer, only child of Sister Susie and Aaron Martin, died at their home in the Pequa Valley, Pa., June 25, 1905; aged 7 M., 1 D. He was a bright and promising little boy and a joy in the home. We sympathize with the fond parents and while their hearts are bleeding may they be comforted with the thought that they have a loved one in heaven, and may this loud call draw them closer to God and make them realize that he "doeth all things well." The remains were laid to rest in the White Horse cemetery on the 28th. Services were conducted by John Senger and Isaac Eby. HIS AUNT.

SCHROCK.-Wilford Levi, youngest son of Samuel M. and Katie Schrock, was born in Cass Co., Mo., Oct. 9, 1904; died of spinal meningitis, of which he suffered less than three days, May 7, 1905; aged 6 M., 28 D. Funeral services on the 8th at the Sycamore church, conducted by John Hartzler in German and Levi Miller and Ben Hartzler in English. Text, 2 Kings 4:26. "Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well." Buried in the Clear fork cemetery.
(The above notice is published the second time, having been incorrectly published a few weeks ago.)

HEATWOLE.-Laura Heatwole, wife of Hugh Heatwole, died from cramps, at their home near Harrisonburg, Va., June 12, 1905; aged nearly 45 years. She was buried at the Pleasant View church on the 13th, where funeral services were conducted by J. D. Wenger and Emanuel Heatwole of the Old Order Mennonite church, of which she was a member. She was a daughter of Michael Shank, whose death notice appears in this issue of the Herald of Truth. She leaves a husband, three sons, three brothers and three sisters to mourn their loss.

SHANK.-Michael Shank died of consumption at his home near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., June 26, 1905; aged 75 Y., 11 M., 11 D. He leaves a widow, three sons and three daughters, besides 58 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. He had been in failing health for some time and expressed himself as being anxious to depart from this world, having the assurance of entering into the higher life. He was buried at Weaver's church on the 27th. Funeral services were conducted by A.P. Heatwole of the Mennonite church and J.M. Keagy of the German Baptist church, of which he was a member. Text, Gen. 49:1.

KNICELY.- Reuben S. Knicely died of consumption at his home near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., June 6, 1905, aged 28 Y., 2 M., 5 D. He was buried on the 7th at the Pleasant View church, where services were conducted by T. C. Harper of the U. B. church of which he was a member, and J.D Wenger of the Old Order Mennonite church, from Rev. 14:13. He leaves to mourn their loss, a widow and one child; one child preceded him to the spirit world only a few days.

BRUBAKER.-Elizabeth Nusbaum was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, April 7, 1824, grew to womanhood there, and in 1842, while still a resident of that county, she married Joseph Brubaker, with whom she lived as a faithful wife until death separated them, Nov. 8, 1871. Joseph and Elizabeth Brubaker left home and friends in Ashland Co., Ohio, in 1849, and came to Elkhart Co., Ind., which was then a vast forest and wilderness, to take up the battle of pioneer life, fully realizing the many hardships connected therewith. Steadily but with never-failing courage, as long as they were blessed with health and strength, they cheerfully did their part in converting the forest into fruitful fields. Eleven children were born to this marriage, five of whom, together with twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, survive their mother and grandmother. Sister Brubaker was for many years an invalid, during which time she was a great sufferer, all of which she bore in a spirit of Christian grace and fortitude. More than fifty years ago she united with the Mennonite church and for half a century walked in the light revealed to her by that simple and unostentatious form of Christian faith which gave peace and comfort to her soul in her dying hour. She passed away July 1, 1905; aged 81 Y., 2 M., 24 D. For many years she had her home with Dr. A.S. Sensenig and wife (the latter her daughter) in Wakarusa, where she was provided and cared for with all the comforts that loving hands could administer to one in her invalid condition. Through all her trials she never lost sight of Him who ever proves a very present help in time of need, and looked forward with a blessed assurance to the rest of the children of God. She was buried on the 3d of July at the Olive burying-ground. Services were conducted at the M. E. church in Wakarusa by John F. Funk, assisted by B. Earle Parker. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8. The funeral was very largely attended. F.

HOLDEMAN.-Abraham Holdeman, one of the old residents of Baugo Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., died on Sunday evening, June 18, 1905. For 56 years he resided on the same farm where he died. He was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 4, 1834, and was the youngest of twelve children, and the last one to die. All of the twelve lived to raise families and three of them died at the age of 71 years. At the age of fifteen he removed with his mother to the farm on which he died. On May 4, 1856, he was married to Elizabeth Weed of near Goshen, Ind., who died May 11, 1860. To this marriage were born two children, one of whom, Mrs. Emma Girl, survives him. On Sept. 15, 1861, he married Mary Kilmer. To this union were born seven children, five of whom, with their mother, survive him - Abner, Anna (wife of Daniel Wenger), Alice (wife of Abraham Wenger), Priscilla (wife of Irvin Long), Martha (wife of Delbert Cook); also Louisa Basler, an adopted daughter, whom he loved and respected as one of his own children. He leaves also 28 grandchildren and a large circle of relatives and friends. Five years ago Bro. Holdeman was badly injured by his team running away in the city of Elkhart, and for weeks his mind was a blank. Since that time his health was greatly impaired, but he so far recovered from it that he could go about and attend to business to some extent. During this time he was still much interested in the subject of religion and the advancement of the cause of Christ. On Feb. 26, 1905, he had a stroke of paralysis and since that time was confined to his bed. He was very patient and never complained or murmured, and seemed to be unwilling to cause any unnecessary trouble, and often suffered the want of some things rather than ask to have them brought to him. On June 11th he grew worse and continued sinking until June 18th, when he gently fell asleep in Jesus. He was a firm believer in the Mennonite faith, though for many years not a member of the visible church. He was active as a Sunday school teacher and also used his pen to promote the interests of the kingdom, and in his views on the doctrines and practices of the church he was strictly orthodox, and remained faithful to the end. He was a kind husband, a loving father and a good neighbor, and gave many kind and good admonitions to his family during his days of suffering. He was buried at the Olive M. H., where services were conducted on the 21st of June by John Blosser of Ohio and J. S. Shoemaker of Illinois, from 1 Cor. 3:21-23. His departure made a very marked impression on the family and especially on the sorrowing companion. May God comfort and bless both the mother and the children. F.

ROSENBERG.-Salome, fourth daughter and eleventh child of Elias and Maria (Clemens) Bowman, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Jan. 4, 1849. In 1863 her parents moved to Kent Co., Mich., where she was married, May 1, 1866, to Abram C. Clemens, who died March 28, 1884. On the 14th of October, 1886, she was married to J. P. Rosenberg of Caledonia, Mich. She died of internal cancer, June 29, 1905; aged 56 Y., 5 M., 21 D. At the age of twenty she was converted and united with the United Brethren church, and throughout her busy life she proved herself a devoted Christian. Beneath her hospitable roof many shared her helpfulness and good cheer, and she will be sadly missed in the church, the Sunday school and in the community, but most of all in the home which was rendered the abode of happiness by her presence. Out of a family of fourteen children she was the eighth to be called home. She leaves her deeply bereaved husband, one daughter (by her first marriage), two grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters and a host of other relatives and friends. Her parting message was, "Oh, it is all right." The funeral services at Caledonia on the 3d of July were largely attended. Services were conducted by Bish. H. T. Barnaby from mark 14:8. Interment in the Gaines U. B. cemetery.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLII, No. 29, July 20, 1905 - pg 231

Bish. David Beechy, of the Amish Mennonite church, died at his home near Sugar Creek, Ohio, on July 5, 1905, at the advanced age of 82 Y., 4 M. He was married to Judith Yoder on April 18, 1844. To this union were born fourteen children, nine sons and five daughters. Two sons and three daughters preceded him in death. He is survived by his aged companion, seven sons, two daughters, 45 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a twin brothers, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He was first ordained as a deacon fifty-one years ago; five or six years later he entered the ministry and soon after was ordained to the office of bishop, spending more than half a century in the ministerial service of the church. He lived to see the fruits of his labors. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek meeting house on July 7th, conducted by Bish. Fred Mast of the Martin's Creek congregation, from Rev. 14:13, and S.H. Miller of the home congregation, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church. A very large concourse of people attended the funeral. Peace to his ashes.

HERSHEY.-Anne Kreider, wife of Elias Hershey, died at her home near Paradise, Pa., June 27, 1905, aged 64 Y., 8 M., 1 D. She will be sadly missed in the home by the husband and daughter who remain, besides two sons and two daughters married. She was a strong woman for her years, able and willing to lend a helping hand at any work her hands found to do, until disease took hold of her; then all that human hands could do was of no avail and for ten long weeks she suffered till God saw fit to relieve her and take her to himself. We can think of something sadder, and that is for one to die and not be missed. Funeral services held June 29th by D.R. Workman at the house, and Bish. Isaac Eby and John Senger at the Paradise Mennonite church, where the deceased was a member.

STAHLY.-On July 1, 1905, near Nappanee, Ind., of neuralgia of the heart, Ira, son of Daniel and Sarah Stahly; aged 17 Y., 2 M., 9 D. Father, mother, three brothers and four sisters mourn his departure. Funeral services were held July 3d in Nappanee by Jas. H. McGowen, assisted by David Burkholder. Text, Job 14:2, "He cometh forth as a flower and is cut down."

MELLINGER.-On July 1, 1905, at his home in Columbiana, Ohio, Samuel Mellinger; aged 60 Y., 10 M., 22 D. He had been confined to his bed with a complication of diseases during the past spring, but was up and about his work again until a short time before his death, when he grew worse and passed away on Saturday evening. Deceased had been a member of the Brethren church in his younger years, but later united with the Mennonite church, remaining a faithful member to the end. He was first married to Rebecca Harrold, who died a number of years ago, after which he was again married, to Anna Ziegler. He is survived by a wife and her two children, besides two sons and two daughters by his first wife, a number of grandchildren, a brother and a sister and many friends who mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the Zion Hill Brethren M. H., conducted by Allen Rickert and D.S. Lehman. Text, Gen. 7:1. The family have the sympathy of all. P.M.

BRUNK.-Frances Brunk, widow of Daniel Brunk, died at the home of he son near Harrisonburg, Va., from the infirmities of old age, June 13, 1905. She was buried on the 15th at Weaver's church, where funeral services were conducted by A.B. Burkholder and G.D. Heatwole. She had been a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years and died at the age of 77 Y., 4 M., 1 D. She leaves two sons and one daughter, besides grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn their loss.

SHANK.-Sister Mary Elizabeth Shank, wife of Bro. John Shank of Greencastle, Pa., died June 27th of a complication of diseases; aged 47 Y., 4 M., 7 D. Funeral on July 2d at Reif's church by Christian Strite and George Keener, from Phil. 1:23, "Having a desire to depart and be with Christ." A large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved and respected. She will be missed in her home as a companion, mother and friend, and in her congregation, where she attended when her health permitted. She was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years, and remained faithful until death. Peace to her ashes.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLII, No. 30, July 27, 1905 - pg 239

SNAVELY.-David Roy, son of Amos and Sarah Snavely, was born near Shannon, Ill., April 28, 1891, and died July 5, 1905; aged 14 Y., 2 M., 7 D. His young and promising life came to a sudden close at about 3 o'clock on the afternoon of the 5th, while raking hay in the field. For some unknown cause the tongue of the rake broke, thus throwing Roy beneath the rake, the frightened team became unmanageable and in the runaway he received a number of severe wounds about the head which brought unconsciousness and death in a few minutes. His lifeless body was soon found by the parents and conveyed to the home. Father, mother and two brothers, Jacob and Harvey, are left to mourn his early departure. The whole community sympathizes with the grief-stricken family. May the Comforter who alone can console in times of sorrow, abundantly comfort our brother and family in their sad bereavement. The funeral services were held in the United Evangelical church at Shannon, on July 7th. Services were conducted by E.K. Yeakle and J.S. Shoemaker. Text, Psa. 90:5,6.

REED.-Martha, wife of J. P. Reed, died near Mansfield, Ohio, on July 5, 1905; aged 71 Y., 5 M., 24 D. The immediate cause of her death was a stroke of paralysis. She was a sister of the late bishop Jacob A. Beutler of Wakarusa, Ind. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Murphy at the Kreider Memorial U. B. church. Text, Josh. 1:11. "Prepare you victuals, for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan." Interment in the Windsor cemetery near Mansfiled.

Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah

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