Gospel Witness Obituaries - December, 1906

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 36 - December 5, 1906, page 576

TUFFORD.-Abraham Tufford was born in Clinton Twp., Ont., April 6, 1839; died in South Cayuga, Ont., Nov. 13, 1906; aged 67 y. 7 m. 9 d. Funeral services were held on the 16, by Moses Hoover from the text, John 5:28, 29.

DRIVER.-In the solemn hour of death, we look to the Giver of all good for comforting and sustaining grace. For the first time in the history of the family, death has entered the home of our ministering brother D. F. Driver, and taken away the devoted wife and mother. Not only the family, but also church and community, feel and mourn the loss of one whose hands were ever ready to minister to the wants of the needy, and whose life was a living testimony of the reality of the Christian religion.
Sarah Branner was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Apr. 20, 1839; died Nov. 24, 1906; aged 67y. 7mo. 4d. She gave her heart to God during the fall of 1863, and has ever since been a consistent member of the Mennonite church. Feb. 10, 1859, she was united in marriage with D. F. Driver, who survives her, and to whom she has been a great help during his long and faithful service in the ministry. Their union was blessed with eleven children, all of whom survive her, and all of whom have accepted Jesus as their Savior. May the memory of a faithful mother be a constant incentive to them to keep on faithfully and humbly serving their Maker. In 1870, the family moved to Morgan Co., Mo., which has since been their home.
Our sister is gone, her life is ended, but her influence still lives. May we bow to the will of Him who doeth all things well, and so live that when we are called to exchange time for eternity, it may be gathered in into the happy family around the throne.
Funeral services at Mt. Zion church, Nov. 25, conducted by David Bowman and Daniel Kauffman. Text, Phil. 1:21.

FRANTZ.-On Nov. 21, 1906, in Franklin Co., Pa., of congestion of the lungs, super-induced by a fall, Bro. Jacob Frantz, aged 85y. 3m. 6d.
Thirty-seven years ago he moved from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Washington Co., Md., several families coming with him, among them the parents of Pre. Henry Baer, of Hagerstown, Md. He and his wife united with the church some time afterward and he was a consistent member until his death. Several years ago he moved to Franklin Co., Pa., with his daughter's family.
He was of a kind and sociable disposition, one of those who, " to know him was to love him." His amiable disposition won for him a host of friends. Two daughters and five grandchildren survive him. One daughter living in Kansas and on account of sickness in her family was not able to attend the funeral. One sister, the only of a family of ten children, also survive him. On Nov. 25, his body was taken to the Reiff Church where services were conducted by Pre. Henry Baer from I Thes. 2:19, "For what is our hope?" and Pre. Daniel Strite from Zach. 14:7, "At evening time it shall be light." He was buried by the side of his beloved companion who preceded him to the spirit world eight years ago. A great many people had assembled to show their love and esteem to one who had lived in their midst so many years, and also their sympathy to the bereaved ones. As his body now rests in the grave we believe his soul now is sweetly resting on the blissful shores of eternal deliverance. Peace to his ashes.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 37 - December 12, 1906, page 591

SPEICHER.-Mildred Orpha Speicher, daughter of Bro. and sister W. G. Speicher, died at their home in Rockton, Saturday morning, Dec. 1, 1906, of whooping cough; aged 1m. 7d.
Our Heavenly Father needed another flower to decorate the mansions of glory. Christ blessed and redeemed the children. With a host of them will be found in heaven. We must become like them to meet them in heaven. Funeral services were conducted by E. J. Blough. Text, Job 1:21.

OVERHOLT.-Martin O. Overholt died at his home near Scottsdale, Pa., Nov. 29, 1906; aged 82y. 3m. 12d. He was never married. He lived all his days at the old Overholt homestead. His niece Anna Overholt, has charge of the home for a number of years, and took care of her uncle in his last sickness. One sad feature about the departed is that he never made a public confession of his Savior, though he was a Bible reader. Funeral services conducted at the house on Dec. 1, by Pre. Yahn of the Church of God, and at the grave by Aaron Loucks. Buried in the old Mennonite cemetery, at Alverton.

JOHNSON.-Sylvester Ellsworth Johnson died at his home, Masontown, Pa., Nov. 29, 1906, of typhoid fever; aged 44y. 3m. 14d. He leaves a young wife and many friends to mourn his unexpected departure. He was of a quiet disposition, moral and industrious. He realized that his sickness would end in death; he called for the minister, was baptized and received into the Mennonite church the day before his death.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 1, by J. A. Brilhart, assisted by A. Debolt. Texts, Matt. 25:10 and I Cor. 15:49. A large concourse of people met to pay their last tribute of respect. The Lord comfort the bereaved ones.

SNYDER.-Bro. Jacob R. Snyder was born Aug. 15, 1840, and died at Milbank, near Mt. Joy, Penna., Oct. 22, 1906; aged 66y. 2m. 7d. He suffered four years from paralysis and dropsy; but bore with much patience his affliction.
Funeral services on the 24, at the Kreybill M. H., conducted by John G. Ebersole and Peter R. Nissley Text, Phil 1:21.
Buried in the Risser cemetery by the side of a grown daughter, who preceded him some years. He is survived by his wife, who faithfully ministered to him in his illness. Also a son and daughter, the latter the wife of Peter M. Holdeman, with whom he lived during his sickness. Two brothers and two sisters also remain, Abram of Rexmont, Leb. Co., Pa.; Adaline, of Sporting Hill, Lane Co., Pa., and John and Mary, of Alpha, Minn.

KING.-Erie Yoder died in Logan Co., Ohio, Nov. 28, 1906; aged 48y, 1m. 25d. She united with the Amish Mennonite church when about sixteen years old and was a consistent member to the end. She was afflicted for some time but bore it patiently. Her death was very unexpected to the family.
She was married to Levi King, February 12, 1878. To this union were born two sons and six daughters, one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Seven children and the father are left to mourn the loss of a dear mother, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope.
Funeral at the South Union church Dec. 1, by C. K. Yoder and J. J. Warye. A large concourse of friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect.

Mother dear has gone to rest
No trouble disturb her, no fear annoy,
Where never a sin will stain her breast;
No cloud to o,ershadow her innocent joy;
Her head is pillowed on Jesus, breast;
Our dearest mother is sweetly at rest.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 38 - December 19, 1906, page 608

CLENDENNING.-Malinda G., wife of Arthur Clendenning, was born Dec. 7, 1881, died Nov. 14, 1906; aged 24y. 11m. 7d.
She found perfect peace and pardon several days before she passed away. Her last words were, "How long must I stay here yet? Savior take me," and then quietly fell asleep.
Funeral services, Nov. 16, at the home of her parents, Amos Swartz by J. D. Wert from Job 14:14. Interment in Berkly cemetery.
She leaves a husband, one child, father, mother, brothers and sisters to mourn her loss. Surely we have no abiding city here.

KIRKPATRICK.-Near Birch Tree, Mo., Nov. 29, 1906. Adolphus Kirkpatrick; aged 17 y. 10 m. 15 d. While out hunting with his younger brother and about a half a mile from home he shot himself through the brain. Whether he did it accidently or intentionally is not known. His brother was a few steps behind him going up the hill and does not know how it was done. The accident occurred near the home of Bro. John Brubaker and one of the daughters saw him fall. He was carried to the home of Bro J. T. Hamilton and died in about an hour after. He never regained consciousness or spoke of his being ready to meet his God. It is a sad affair and should be a loud call to the unsaved.
Funeral services were conducted by J. P. Berky, J. T. Hamilton and John Brubaker.


Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 39 - December 26, 1906, pages 263, 264

MILLER.-Rachel Miller was born in Holmes County, Ohio, Dec. 3, 1827; died Dec. 10, 1906; aged 79y. 7d.
She was united in marriage to Benedict Miller in Dec., 1845. To this union were born twelve children, eleven of whom are living, and fifty-five grand-children. Her husband preceded her to the grave by 110 days. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gottlieb Gardner, after an illness of about two months.

SCHMITT.-Layton Hallman Schmitt, only son of George and Ida Schmitt, was born June 30, 1906, and died Dec. 3, 1906; aged 5m. 2d. Bro. and Sister Schmitt had their little boy to church twenty-four hours before he died when nothing seemed to be wrong. This again reminds us of the Savior's words, "Be ye therefore ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Funeral services were held at the Shantz Mennonite Church Dec. 6, conducted by the brethren O. H. Wismer and O. M. Cressman.

SHELLENBERGER.-Elizabeth (Brubaker) Shellenberger, after a short illness of ten days, passed from this life. She was born in Oakland, Juniata Co. Pa., Jan. 25, 1843; died Dec. 16, 1906; aged 63y. 10m. 21d.
She was married to Isaac Shellenberger, Feb. 12, 1867. She was the mother of four children, two of whom have passed into the spirit world. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, one son, one daughter, one brother, one sister, seven grandchildren and many other friends and relatives.
Sister Shellenberger was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years and was always very much concerned about the welfare of the church, and on her death-bed prayed for the welfare of the church and her children. Before she closed her eyes in death she said that the gates were opened so her friends need not mourn as those who have no hope.
Funeral services were conducted by Wm. Sieber and Samuel Leiter. Interment in the Lost Creek Cemetery.

KRAYBILL.-Peter N. Kraybill, one of the oldest residents of East Donegal Twp., Lanc. Co., Pa., died at the home of his son, Samuel, Nov. 5, 1906, of a severe cold of only a few weeks, duration; aged 87y., 9m., 2d. He was married to Fannie Snyder in 1847, who survives him as well as their children, eight in number, Henry, Levi, Christian, Peter, Samuel, Tillman, Fannie and Mary. All married and residing in Lanc. Co., Pa., except Christian, who, with his family lives in Abilene, Kansas. He was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite Church and a reader of the Herald of Truth almost from the time of its first publication, until his death, as well of the Gospel Witness during its existence. It was his desire to, as Paul said, depart and be with Christ, which is far better, nevertheless he would say he is willing to wait until the Lord sees fit to call him hence.
Funeral services were held at Kraybill's M. H., near Mt. Joy, Pa., where a large concourse of people assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. Peter R. Nissley, Jacob N. Burbaker and John Wolgenmuth conducted the services.

RAMER.-Elizabeth S. Brubaker was born Jan. 13, 1844, and died Dec. 5, 1906; aged 62y., 10m., 23d.
She was married to Jacob S. Ramer Dec. 5, 1872. She was the mother of 7 children, 3 of which preceded her to the spirit world in infancy. She died about twelve weeks after having undergone an operation for cancer.
The funeral was held on the 9th, at the Susquehanna M. H. by Wm. G. Sieber and Wm. H. Graybill. Interment in the adjoining graveyard. Text, Phil. 1:21, "For to me to live in Christ, and to die is gain."

BIRKEY.-Joseph Birkey was born in Germany, Mar. 19, 1828, and died near Shickley, Neb., Dec 6, 1906; aged 78y. 8m. 17d.
On January 7, 1851, he was married to Mary Birkey. They lived in this relation for over fifty-five years. To this union were born nine children, three of whom have preceded him to the spirit world. Three sons, three daughters, fifty-three grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren are left to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope.
Bro. Brikey was deacon in the Mennonite church for twenty-nine years and was faithful to the trust placed upon him.
He was laid to rest on the 8, of December in the Salem cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Christian Beller of this place and Jacob Stauffer and Joseph Rediger, of Milford, Neb. A great many people assembled to show their love and esteem to one who had lived in their midst and also to show their sympathy to the bereaved ones. As his body now rests in the grave we believe his soul is sweetly resting on the shores of eternal deliverance. Peace to his ashes.

YODER.-Lewis Yoder was born Nov. 9, 1814, in Oversaucon Twp., Lehigh Co., Pa., died Dec. 10, 1906, in Beaver Twp., Mahoning Co., Ohio; aged 92 y. 1m. 1d.
When twelve years of age he moved with his parents to Leetonia, O. When thirteen they moved to Beaver Twp., of which he was a resident until death. Dec. 7, 1837, he was married to Sarah Detweiler by Pre. Sonnedecker, to which union were born three daughters and six sons. After 64 years of married life his wife died. Two daughters and four sons preceded him to the great beyond. Of the three remaining children Henry D. and Hannah Martin reside in Mahoning Co. O., and Joseph in Newton, Kans. Eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive him.
Early in married life he and his wife united with the Mennonite church to which they remained faithful till death, his seat in the church seldom being vacant when he was able to attend.
One of his grandchildren, Minnie Reichard, with her husband, is a missionary to India for the United Brethren Church. He was confined to his bed in a sitting posture since March 6. While his body was gradually growing weaker he never complained but expressed his desire that the Lord should take him home. His memory was remarkably good for one of his age.
Buried at Midway Church Dec. 14, where funeral services were conducted by David S. Lehman and Allen Rickert. Text, Gen. 25:8.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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