Gospel Witness Obituaries - May, 1906

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 5 - May 2, 1906 - pages 79,80

. - Bro. Samuel Hess died near Ephrata, Pa., April __ 1906; aged 75 y., 8 m., 23 d. Funeral services were conducted at the Ephrata M. H. on April 18, by the brethren, John Bucher, N. H. Mack and Benj. Weaver. Bro. Hess will be missed in the church where he always took an active part but we believe he has gone to that city where all care and pain is over. His last words were concerning the salvation of children and grand-children. L. W.

Transcriber's note: "April __ 1906" is as in the original.

Shotsberger. - Minnie Pearl Stimeling was born in Juniata Co., Pa., July 28, 1883, and died April 23, 1906. Aged 22 y., 8 m., and 25 d, She was united in marriage with Walter Shotsberger on March 10, 1906. God permitted them to live together but for a short time. They kept house but three weeks. These visitations of God's all-wise providence are sometimes mysterious to us; we can simply say, "Thy will be done." They say to us in no uncertain sound, "Prepare to meet thy God." May we all set our house in order. We pray God's blessing upon the young husband and all the friends in their sore bereavement. May they find comfort in Jesus, the only source of true comfort. Funeral at the Lauvers church April 25, conducted by Banks Winey and the writer. Text, Jas. 4:14 Wm. W. Graybill.

Hoover. - John W., son of Bro. Eli and Sister Ada Hoover, died near Stouffville, Ont., April 3, 1906; aged 1 y., 9 m. Buried on the 5, at the Wideman church, where many sympathizing friends assembled. Services by L. J. Burkholder. Text, Job 1:21. May these parents, who have now the beginning of a family in heaven, ever set their affections on things above and be permitted to again join their little one who has been transplanted into the garden above. "Safe in the arms of Jesus." L. J. B.

Culp. - Pearl Lucille, only daughter of Isaac and Lizzie Culp, was born Sept. 24, 1905; died near Columbiana, O., April 2, 1906; aged 6 m., 9d. Funeral services were conducted at the home by the brethren, A. Rickert and E. M. Detweiler, from Luke 12:27. Interment in the Midway cemetery.

Huber. - April 20, 1906, near Lititz, Pa., Harold H., son of Abram S. and Bessie H. Huber; aged 1 y., 7 m., 17 d. The little one suffered very much from appendicitis, pneumonia and teething. The parents would so gladly have kept their darling child, but after all it was a relief to them when it fell asleep in Jesus and its 22 days of suffering was at an end. Two children are left to make the home cheerful. With the family now begun in heaven, may the remaining ones strive earnestly to be united again at the throne of God. Funeral services were held April 23, at the home and at the Hess Church by Jonas Hess and A. D. Wenger.

Mellinger. - On April 14, 1906, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Margaret, widow of John H. Mellinger, who preceded her a number years ago; aged 78 y., and 21 d. She leaves 4 children to mourn her departure. Mrs. George Kreider, Soudersburg, Mrs. John H. Eby, Leaman Place, Elias, Soudersburg, Josiah, Strasburg, 22 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. She united with the Old Mennonite church about fifty years ago and remained faithful to the end. The funeral was held on the 17, at the home of her son Josiah, near Strasburg. Services were conducted by Bish. Isaac Eby and Bro. Elias Groff. Text, John 11:28. We feel sad to have her leave us, yet glad that at the last the Master could say to her, It is enough come up higher, for soon we expect to meet her again where parting shall never be known. A Grandchild

Burkhart. - Pre. Isaac G. Burkhart was born in Berks Co.. Pa., March 9, 1840, and died near Pandora, Putnam Co., Ohio, April 9, 1906, after suffering great pain for five days of some bowel ailments the exact nature of which the doctors were unable to decide upon, at the age of 66 y., 1 m. He was united in matrimony with Mary A. Kurtz in 1868 and five years later moved to Ohio. He leaves a wife, five daughters and ten grandchildren. One son and three grandchildren have gone before. He had united with the Lutheran church in early life, but in the spring of 1885 sealed his vow by baptism upon confession of his faith and was received into the Mennonite church. He was called and ordained to the ministry July 22, 1888, in which position he faithfully served the church until his death. He was much beloved for his earnest pleadings for the love, peace and prosperity of the church. He ever guarded against the tide of worldliness so apt to creep into the fold of God's people. His life truly exemplified his profession. Zion mourns the loss of a faithful minister and the family the loss of a kind and loving father. Services were held at the Zion Mennonite church, conducted by M. S. Steiner and N. O. Blosser, from Heb. 13:7 and Phil. 1:23, assisted by C. P. Steiner, J. M. Shenk and John Blosser.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 6 - May 9, 1906 - pages 95,96

. - Florence May Moyer, infant daughter of Nathaniel and Lucinda Moyer, of Jordan, Ont., was born Dec. 2, 1905, and died March 18, 1906, of whooping cough and pneumonia. This little one whom the Father loved was taken to His kingdom above. This is the comfort of the bereaved family. Services were held at the home and interment in the Moyer burying ground, conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, Matt. 18:3.

Aucker. - Sister Fannie Aucker, widow of the late John L. Aucker, departed this life at Goodwell, Juniata Co., Pa., on April 25, 1906; aged 62 y., 23 d. She suffered a long time from a dropsical affection. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years, and faithful to her profession to the end. She was held in esteem by her friends and neighbors. She is survived by a son and a daughter. Funeral services at the Delaware church were conducted by Samuel Leiter and William Aucker. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

Moyer. - At her home in Mosa twp., Middlesex Co., Ont., Sister Barbara Albright Moyer, beloved wife of Abraham Moyer, passed from this life to be with Christ. Her illness was brief, but severe and all that the loving hands of her children could do for her during those days of suffering was done. She was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., April 4, 1825, and died July 29, 1905; aged 80 y., 3 m., 25 d. She was united in marriage to Abraham Moyer, Feb. 4, 1845. Of a family of ten, one son and seven daughters survive. Brother and Sister Moyer were spared to see the third generation of their children, who can ever be comforted with the fact that their grandmother awaits them in the presence of the Lord. Funeral services Aug. 1, by S. F. Coffman. Text, II Cor. 5:1.

Saylor. - Elizabeth Saylor, nee Willick, widow of the late Bro. Isaac Saylor, died at her home, near Bothwell, Middlesex Co., Ont., on March 19, 1906. She was born in Welland Co., Ont., Feb. 20, 1836. Her age was 70 y., 27d. She was afflicted with diabetes and passed away quite suddenly. A family of four sons, five daughters, thirty-four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive her, besides two brothers and three sisters. Her life was devoted to helping those around her and her Christian faith was ever her joy and her blessed hope. Funeral services on the 21st, by S. F. Coffman, assisted by Pre. Pomeroy. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Brillinger. - On April 19, 1906, in Whichurch twp., York Co., Ont., at his home, of pneumonia, being bedfast only three days, Bro. Martin Brillinger died; aged 78 y., 1 m., 19 d. Just three years ago our brother gave his heart to the Lord, which we believe were the most delightful years of his whole life. May the Lord comfort his dear companion and the children. He was buried on the 21st, at the Wideman church. Services conducted by Bro. John G. Hoover and Bish. Samuel Wideman. Text, Psa. 90:12. "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
S. W.

Long. - April 15, 1906, in Lagrange Co., Ind., at the home of her daughter, Alice Shriner, of heart disease, Catharine, widow of Jacob G. Long; aged 67 y., 2 m., 13 d. At the age of seven years she moved with her parents from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Ohio. In 1857 she was married to Jacob G. Long of Medina Co., 0. They moved to Indiana soon after. She was the mother of 8 children; her husband and three sons having preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 4 sons and 1 daughter and many sorrowing friends to mourn their loss. After the death of her husband nearly three years ago, she seemed to fail and had spells of heart failure and often wished she could only leave and be at rest. Her funeral took place on the 18, at the Olive church, where a large concourse of friends met to pay the last tribute of respect to one much beloved. Services were conducted at the house by John Garber and Samuel Honderich, and at the meeting house by Henry Weldy, D. J. Johns and Jonas Loucks from the well-known text., II Tim. 4:6-8.

Ebersole. - Sister Annie E. Ebersole, widow of the late Abraham F. Ebersole, died at the home of Christian Frey, in Green twp., Franklin Co., Pa., on April 23, 1906; aged 38 y., 4 m., 7 d. She leaves five small children, of which several are yet without homes. May the Lord move the hearts of his children that there may be homes provided for these orphans.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 7 - May 16, 1906 - page 111

. - Mary, wife of John Kauffman, died at her home, near Martinsburg, Pa., of a complication of diseases, April 29, 1906; aged 59 y., 6 d. She is survived by her husband and four children. Funeral on May 1. Services were conducted by Abram Metzler, assisted by J. N. Durr and Abram Snyder. Text, John 11:25. "I am the resurrection and the life."

Hershey. - On May 4, 1906, near Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., at the insane asylum, John E. Hershey aged 76 y., 3 m., 18. His wife and two daughters have gone on before. He leaves four sons, two daughters, three brothers, two sisters and many friends to mourn his departure. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church until his mind became affected. He was taken with apoplexy and finally the Master saw fit to take him home. Funeral services were conducted at the Paradise meeting house, interment in Hersheys graveyard. Services were conducted by C. M. Brackbill, J. B. Senger and Amos Hoover. Text, Psa. 103:13-14.

Transcriber's note: "3 m. 18." is as in the original.

Haning. - Louisa Steiver Haning, wife of Adolph Haning, was born in Germany, Aug. 7, 1839, and died near Grantsville, Md., April 27, 1906, aged 66 y., 8 m., 20 d. She suffered for many years from an ulcer. Her mind having failed eight weeks before she died. Death was caused by stagnation. She was a member of the Lutheran church from early life. She was twice married; first to Frederich Eichorn, which union was blest with five children. Four children were the fruits of her second marriage. Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran church at Grantsville, by G. D. Miller in the English language and Joel Miller in the German.

Hiram. - On April 30, 1906, near Freeport, Ill., after a long, continued suffering with gangrene in his feet, William Hiram peacefully fell asleep in Jesus; aged 81 y., 8 m., 11 d. Bro. Hiram was born in Austadt, Bavaria, Germany, Aug. 19, 1824. He emigrated to America at the age of 24, after which he spent 8 years in Lancaster Co., Pa., where, on Feb. 7, 1856, he was married to Susanna Rohrback, and in April of the same year they moved west to Stephenson Co., Ill., and located in Loran township, where they have since resided. Four sons and 2 daughters were born to this union; 2 sons and 1 daughter have preceded the father to the spirit world. He leaves to mourn his departure, an aged wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 7 grandchildren. Bro. Hiram was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. His remains were interred in the Methodist cemetery, near their home. Services were conducted by J. S. Shomaker in the English language and Pre. Shlung in the German language. Many friends and neighbors were present to pay the last tribute of respect.

Fenstermacher. - At the home of his parents, in Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 6, of April 1906, Enos., son of Henry and Hettie Fenstermacher, aged 19 y. He was sick only four days, his death being caused by pleura-pneumonia. He leaves besides his parents, four brothers and two sisters to mourn his departure; but we are glad they need not sorrow as those who have no hope, for he left back the consoling testimony, that he was going home to be with Jesus, saying in the words of the poet, "I'm going Home to die no more". In the evening prior to his death Bro. D. N. Lehman called to see him and upon speaking to him concerning his condition, found him ready and willing to accept his Savior and desirous of being baptized. They did so at once, little thinking, that death was so near. About midnight he passed quietly into the presence of his God. Another loud call to the young. Oh! that many might heed the solemn warning and seek the Lord while they yet have time and opportunity to do so. May the Lord comfort and console the bereaved ones and help them all so to live, that they may some day meet in that beautiful land on high, where partings are never known .

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 8 - May 23, 1906 - page 128

. - John Leonard Evers died at his home, in Walton, Marion Co., Kan., of consumption, on April 28, 1906; aged 41 y., 10 m., 4 d. While he was yet able to speak his last words were, "For to me live is Christ and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21). He was born in Rockingham Co., Va., and came to Kansas many years ago. He was the son of our first minister at this place. He was married to Elizabeth Heatwole, who, with one son, one daughter and one brother, survive him. Funeral services were held at the Catlin church, near Peabody, on May 2. Many friends and neighbors paid their last tribute of respect to one they loved. R. J. H.

Metzler. - Peter Metzler was born Feb. 16, 1837; died near Columbiana, O., on May 12, 1906; aged 69 y., 2 m, 26 d. He was married to Anna Moyer Dec. 29, 1861; was baptized and received into the Mennonite church Oct. 4, 1862. He is survived by 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 1 brother. His companion, 3 sisters and 5 brothers preceded him to the spirit world. In the death of Bro. Metzler the home loses a loving father, the church a devoted brother, the community a kind and obliging neighbor and friend. His seat in the church was very seldom vacant and many good articles written by him found their way into the church papers. Funeral services were conducted by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by Allen Rickert, at Leetonia, where his body was laid to rest. I. B. W.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 9 - May 30, 1906 - page 143

Quarry. - Sister Elizabeth Quarry, nee Kauffman, died on April 17, l906, at the home of her son, Reuben Quarry, near Woodbury, Bedford Co., Pa., aged 70 y., 8 m. She leaves two sons and a number of grandchildren to mourn her departure. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. She will be missed by us all, but our loss is her gain. Funeral on the 19, at the Pleasant Grove Meeting House. Services conducted by Abram Metzler, assisted by Bish. J. N. Durr and Pre. Stayer. Text, Prov. 4:18.

Manville. - George W. Manville was born Feb. 28, 1830, near Bellebrook, Green Co., Ohio. In 1853 he was united in marriage with Mary Ann Rogers, to which union were born eight children, three sons and five daughters. In 1884 he moved to Putnam Co., where he resided until the time of his death. He confessed Christ as his Savior in the prime of his life, and united with the Christian church. Two years ago he united with the Mennonite church at the Blanchard. He was stricken at a time unlooked for and called to his reward, May 10, 1906; aged 76 y., 3 m., 2 d. A wife, one son and four daughters mourn his departure. The Lord sustains and comforts all who trust in Him. Funeral services May 12, by M. S. Steiner and A. J. Steiner.

Weaver. - Sister Martha Weaver, wife of Bro. Abraham Weaver, died on May 15, 1906, at her home near Mason and Dixon, Pa., of the infirmities of old age. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and came to this community about 1866, where she made her home until the time of her death. A husband and the following children survive: Jonas A., Aaron B., Mrs. Susan Brendle and Mrs. Martha Reitz, all of Lancaster Co., Jno. W., near Mason and Dixon; Abraham, Jr., at home; Samuel, Waynesboro; also 21 grandchildren. Funeral Thursday morning at the Reiff church, near Cearfoss, Md., at which place she had been a member for many years. Services by Christian Strite and Geo. Keener. May the Comforter be with the friends and relations to cheer them in their sorrow, that they may say, "Lord, Thy will be done."

Kauffman. - Lizzie B., widow of Abraham M. Kauffman, who died 33 years ago, died at her home in Goshen, Ind., early on the morning of May 16, 1906; aged 57 y., 3 m., 12 d. Death was due to heart failure, from which she had been suffering for about a year, but was able to be about most of the time until the evening of the 15, when she was seized with a violent attack, from which she did not recover; but quietly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus the following morning. One daughter, Anna H., preceptress of Goshen College, and a large circle of relatives and friends mourn her departure, but not as those who have no hope. She was a member of the Mennonite church for about 40 years and lived a devoted Christian life. Services were held on the evening of the 16, at her home, after which her daughter, accompanied by Bro. Abram Hess, started with the body for their former home in Millerville, Pa., where services were held at the Mennonite church on May 18, conducted by A. D. Wenger and D. N. Lehman. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Mumaw. - Pre. Amos Mumaw died at the Stoll & Ryall hospital, Wooster, Ohio, after an operation for gall stone, on May 15, 1906, aged 53 y., 1 m., 18 d. Bro. Mumaw was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 27, 1852. In 1876 he was married to Catherine Shaum, of Wayne Co., Ohio. Seven years after his marriage he moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he resided for sixteen years, when he again took up his residence in Ohio, about four miles east of Wooster, where he resided until the time of his death. He complained for some months and finally got so serious that he was taken to the hospital on Saturday, May 12. An operation was performed on Sunday morning. The surgeons found an abscess with considerable pus on the liver. They were unable to remove the gall stone. Bro. Mumaw rallied from the effects of the operation but on the second day the family were informed that he could not live. His death occurred on Tuesday evening. He is survived by his wife, 9 children, 7 sons and 2 daughters, a son and daughter having died in infancy; one grandson, 2 brothers and three sisters also survive him. Bro. Mumaw was a minister in the Mennonite church for about 20 years, and always held to the plain doctrines of the church. Funeral services were held at the Martin Church, near Orrville, Ohio, on May 17, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, David Hostetler, Adam Brenneman, and other ministers present. The family seem to be undergoing a season of affliction, Sister Mumaw had just returned from Kokomo, Ind., where she underwent treatment for cancer. May God comfort and console the mourning friends.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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