Gospel Witness Obituaries - November, 1906

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 32 - Nov. 7, 1906, page 512

BRENNEMAN.- On Oct. 28, 1906, at her home near Dalton., O., after a short illness, Lydia Myrtle Brenneman, oldest daughter of Christ and Ella Brenneman; aged 13y. 3m. 22d. Lydia was a bright little girl and it was hard for the parents to give her up, yet it is hoped that the outgrowth of this sad event will be the bringing of the parents and others nearer to God. She leaves her parents, three brothers, three sisters, grandparents, and many other relatives to mourn her early departure. Funeral services were conducted on the 30, at the Martin M. H. by I. J. Buchwalter and Henry Hursh.

KINDY.- Rosannah Lucina, daughter of David (deceased) and Elizabeth Garber, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., June 30, 1865; united in marriage with William Kindy, June 21, 1885; died at her home near Mottville, Mich., of cancer of the stomach, Oct. 1, 1906; aged 41y., 3m., 1d. She suffered severely for about 12 weeks, but bore it all with Christian fortitude, resigned to the will of God. Before she passed away she called her family around the bed, earnestly admonished them to live for Christ and not to follow after the fashions and follies of the world. She then kissed them all goodbye. She also bade her friends farewell, and spoke to them of the great enjoyment she had in the Master's service. Often when awaking from sleep she would first of all speak of heaven and heavenly things. At one time she said she had seen her father who had died 16 years ago. She helped sing hymns, the last one being, "Shall we meet beyond the river?, She noticed with sadness of heart the pride and worldliness creeping into the church. She was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite church and lived a consistent life unto the end. She was an example of plainness and humility. She always kept her covering by her bed and whenever prayer was offered she wore the covering as taught in the Bible. We sadly miss her, but are assured that she has gone to live with her Master. The church has lost a consistent member; the home a devoted wife and mother, and the community a kind neighbor.
Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church, near Mottville, on Oct. 3, conducted by J. F. Brunk and Harvey Friesner. Text, II Tim. 4:6, 7, 8. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. She leaves to mourn their loss a sorrowing husband, 8 children, an aged mother, step-father, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, besides many relatives and friends. But they need not mourn as those who nave no hope.

Dearest mother, with sad, aching hearts
Thou hast left us lonely to roam,
But never may thy smiling face depart,
And may we meet in that heavenly home.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 33 - November 14, 1906, pages 527, 528

COOK.- Homer Ernest Cook, son of John and Mary Cook, was born Nov. 19, 1893; died Oct. 4, 1906; aged 12y., 10m., 15d. Text, Isaiah 40:7. Services by E. M. Detwiler.

WENGER.- John Clifford Wenger, son of Menno and Mollie Wenger, was born Sept. 27, 1904; died Sept. 27, 1906; aged 2y. 7d. Buried at North Lima, Ohio. Text, II Kings 4:26. "Is it well with the child? and she answered, It is well." Services by E. W. Detwiler, assisted by David Lehman.

Transcriber's note: Born and died on Sept. 27, the obituary stated that he lived 2y. 7d., it should read 2y.

FARIER.- Mary Jane, wife of Andrew Farier, died at her home near Masontown, Pa., Oct. 29, 1906; aged 54y. 8m. Funeral services at the Masontown Mennonite Church on Oct. 31, conducted by Alpheus Debolt. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

FRONTZ.- Millie Frontz was born May 22, 1843, and died near Richfield, Pa., Oct. 22, 1906; aged 63y. 5m. Five brothers and sisters survive her to mourn their loss. She was a faithful member of the Richfield Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral Oct. 24, at Richfield, Pa., conducted by S. S. and E. W. Graybill. Text, Rev. 7:14.

MORNINGSTAR.- Jesse David Morningstar, infant son of Bro. and Sister L. M. Morningstar, of Kenmare, N. Dak., was born, April 6, 1806; died Oct. 28, 1906; age 6 m. 22 d. Little Jesse suffered many days with measles and lung fever, but we have the assurance that he is sweetly resting in the Savior's arms. Funeral services by Pre. Forney of the Dunkard Church.

Transcriber's note: The original states that the birth year was 1806, it should read 1906.

KEMERER.- Henry Kemerer was born near Shadle, Pa., Jan. 23, 1884, and was run over and killed by a R. R. train near Altonna, Pa., on the night of Oct. 31, 1906; aged 22y. 8m. 8d. His remains were brought to his parental home, near Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa., Nov. 1. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 4 at Arbogast's church, conducted by E. W. Graybill. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. The deceased was a member of the United Evangelical Church.

DENLINGER.- Sister Margaret Denlinger died on Nov. 2, aged 81 y. 9 m. 15 d. She was the widow of the late Daniel Denlinger, who departed this life about twenty years ago. She had lived all her life within about a half a mile of the place where she was born. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 5, at the home by Pre. John L. Landis and at the Hershey church by Pre. Amos Hoover and by Bish. Isaac Eby from Rev. 2:10. "Behold thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." She was surely a faithful mother, grandmother, and a great-grandmother, and last, but not least, a beloved sister in the faith. Peace to her ashes.

EYMAN.- Sister Anna Eyman was born in Springfield township, Mahoning Co., O., June 26, 1841; died Oct. 21, 1906; aged 65y. 3m. 25d. She was a kind and faithful Christian. Her seat in church was seldom vacant when health permitted. She suffered from cancer for over a year but bore it all without a murmur, always had a smile for everyone. She leaves one daughter and two step-daughters to mourn the loss of a kind mother. Her husband preceded her to the eternal world several years ago. Services at the Midway Church, Oct. 23, where a large number had gathered to show their last respect for the departed sister. Text, John 14:2. Services at the house by Allen Rickert, at the church by E. M. Detwiler and David Lehman.

HERTZLER.- Pre. Benjamin Hertzler was born Feb. 6, 1829, died at his home, one mile south of Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 29, 1906; aged 77 y. 8 m. 22 d. His whole life was spent in the same community. He was physically strong until the last few years.
May 12, 1881, he was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Church at Millersville, in which capacity he served for more than 25 years, serving most of the time as a co-laborer with Pre. John K. Burbaker in charge of the Millersville, Rohrerstown and Lancaster congregations. He spoke mostly in the German language. Although not a deep expounder of the scriptures yet his appeals were touching, sometimes moving his hearers to tears. His labors were mostly in Lancaster County but a number of surrounding counties heard his voice in the pulpit and the brethren and sisters in Ontario had at least one visit from him. He had a pleasant manner of address and won to himself many warm friends. He was good in making ministerial visits and much of his time was spent in visiting homes, especially of the sick and aged. The past few years his voice was too weak to do much public speaking.
He was able to go about his daily duties to the last. On Saturday he was in Lancaster. He remarked that he expected to be in church in the morning, but about six o,clock in the morning his spirit took its flight to the unseen world where we hope he is now sweetly resting from his labors. The family who lived with him had arisen and spoken to him but noticed nothing unusual until later they found him calmly expiring. Heart trouble so suddenly ended his life. Without a moment's warning the eternal destiny of many is sealed. May we all be ready for such a call. Nine years ago his wife preceded him to the spirit world. Three children and several grandchildren survive to mourn his departure.
The funeral services took place Oct. 31, at the Millersville Church and the body was interred in the cemetery adjoining. The weather was very inclement but nearly one thousand people attended the service and viewed the remains. Services were conducted by Bish. Isaac Eby and others from the text, II Tim. 4:7, 8.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 34 - November 21, 1906, page 543

EASH.-On Nov. 6, 1906, the infant son of John K. and Lydia Eash passed out of this world aged 1m., 16d., funeral sermon was preached by Bish. S. C. Miller on Nov. 7, from II Kings 4:26, assisted by Simon Hershberger. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

CALVIN.-On Nov. 5, 1906, at the home of her parents, near Greenford, O., after a few days, illness Grace Lutitia, daughter of P. D. and Sarah Calvin, aged 16y., 6m., 13d.
On the afternoon of Nov. 7, a large concourse of friends and relatives assembled at the Locust Grove Baptist church, of which she was a member, to pay the last tribute of respect. She leaves her parents, four brothers, one sister and a large number of friends and other relatives to mourn her early departure. Funeral services conducted by E. M. Detweiler. Text, Psa. 90:9.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt

The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 35 - November 28, 1906, pages 559, 560

BLOUGH.-Emanuel Blough, of near Johnstown, Pa., died of pneumonia, Nov. 5, 1906; aged 77y. 3m. 13d. He was buried at the Stahl Mennonite Church on the 7. Funeral services were conducted by S. D. Yoder, Alex. Weaver and L. A. Blough. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 56 years. He is survived by his wife, eight children, thirty-four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

WENGER.-On Monday, Nov. 12, 1906, of typhoid fever, Myrtle, daughter of J. G. and Sarah Wenger, aged about eight years. Myrtle was a good girl, took a great interest in Sunday school and while learning of Jesus here she has gone to be with Him in eternity. Being among the number of whom our Savior had said, "Of such is the kingdom of heaven, we know that she is better off than any of us. Funeral services in the Sugar Creek M. H., near Wayland, Ia., by S. Gerig and S. M. Musselman. May God comfort the bereaved.

LEHMAN.-John Lehman, of near Davidsville, Pa., died Nov. 9, 1906; aged 88y. 9m. 5d. Funeral services were conducted on the 10, at the Stahl Church by S. D. Yoder, L. A. Blough and S. Gindlesperger. Buried in the family graveyard.
Bro. Lehman was a faithful member of the Amish church for many years. He was the father of eight children, three of whom preceded him to the spirit world, forty-three grandchildren, forty-eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren remain who need not mourn without hope.

BAUMGARTNER.-Jacob Baumgartner was born Jan. 21, 1827, and died Nov. 11, 1906; aged 79y. 9m. 11d. He was always a consistent Christian and always looking after the welfare of his church and community. Truly we can say, "He fought the good fight of faith. But his reward has come.
On May 18, 1854, he was married to Elizabeth Garber, with whom he lived in peace over forty-two years. In his youth he united with the Sonnenberg Mennonite congregation to which he remained faithful until the end. He leaves a wife, one brother and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Sonnenberg M. H., Jacob Nussbaum speaking in German and Ira Buchwalter in English.

MILLS.-Henry Mills died at the St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Ore., Oct. 30, 1906. His body was brought home to Marion Co., Ore., and buried in the Hubbard cemetery. His death was caused by a ruptured blood-vessel. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and parent. He was twice married and to the first union were born two children and to the second eight children, of whom seven are living. He was born in Auburn, New York, in 1832 and came to Oregon twenty-five years ago and settled near Hopewell, Marion Co. He was a member of the United Brethren church. His last days were fully resigned to the will of God and gave evidence that our loss was his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted by A. P. Troyer. He was aged 74y. 8m. 24d.

SHANTZ.-Wayne, son of Menno and Susannah Shantz, was called to his eternal home on Friday Oct. 19, 1906, at the age of 19y. 4m. 25d. Death was due to typhoid fever, the deceased contracting a severe form of it about ten days before his death and in spite of his strong constitution, careful nursing, and the best of medical attention, he lapsed into unconsciousness after four days, illness, in which state he remained until death relieved him of his sufferings.
Though grieving deeply over the death of our dear young brother, we do not mourn as do the hopeless. We feel assured that he is reaping his reward-as he confessed an abiding faith in God and a future hope in heaven when still in a state of consciousness. Bro. Wayne made the good confession two years ago, when Bro. A. D. Wenger labored in our midst, and lived a life consistent with such a confession since that time.
The funeral services were held at the Breslau Mennonite church and were conducted by the brethren J. S. Woolner and Jonas Snider in the English and German respectively. A large concourse of sorrowing friends met to pay a last tribute of respect to one who was loved by all.

BLOSSER.-Gladys Adelia, daughter of Vernon and Ada Blosser, born April 14, 1906, died Oct. 26, 1906; aged 6 months and 12 days. Funeral sermon by David S. Lehman, assisted by E. M. Detweiler. Text, Job 1:21, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord. Buried Oct. 28, at North Lima Mennonite church.

CRESSMAN.-Lovina Cressman, beloved wife of Bro. Moses Cressman, was called from earthly scenes on Oct. 1, 1906; aged 42y. 3m. 22d. Sister Cressman had been ailing for some time but death was not feared, for the present at least, so that when she was called away it came as a severe shock to the whole community. She was resigned to go if it was the Lord,s will, her only care being for her husband and children, of whom she leaves six behind. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and her loss will be felt by all.
Funeral services at the Breslau Mennonite church, conducted by the Brethren Isaac Wambold and Jonas Snider in the English and German languages respectively. A large congregation of sorrowing friends met at the church to pay a last loving tribute to one who will be sincerely missed by all who knew her.

EBERSOLE.-Ephraim Ebersole was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 6, 1862, and died in Sterling, Ill., Nov. 7, 1906, of acute pneumonia. When six years of age he moved with his parents to Sterling where he has since resided. His education consisted of a course in the common schools, a business course in Sterling Business College, and a course in telegraphy in Hillsdale, Mich.
In 1890 he was united in marriage to Hattie Mack, who, with two children, father, mother, one brother and five sisters, survive him. His death was very sudden and came very unexpected as he was confined to his bed but three days previous to his departure. This is another instance showing the wisdom of our Savior,s admonition to be ready, for our call may come at any time.
Funeral services were held in Sterling on Nov. 9, at the Congregation church, of which he was a member. May God comfort the bereaved.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt

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