1907 Herald of Truth Obituaries

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Week 1:
March 7, 1907 page 99, 100
Volume XLIV, Number 10

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Hartzler.-Vernon S. Hartzler, only son and child of Jonas S. and Fannie Hartzler, was born in Noble Co., Ind., Oct. 24, 1881, and died in Goshen, Ind., Feb. 26, 1907; aged 25 Y., 4 M., 2 D. Bro. Vernon had taken a preparatory course in the Elkhart Institute. A few years ago he began a course of engineering at Purdue University, but was obliged to return home over a year ago because of poor health. While he had been getting stronger and we had hoped that he would regain his former health, he was taken down with typhoid fever in August, 1906, which later developed into tuberculosis. In November he, with his father, left for La Junta, Colo., expecting to be benefited by that climate; but after improving for a while he again grew worse. He lived a little over three weeks after returning home. In school we always knew him as a faithful student and as doing very thorough work; in society he was a congenial associate and a staunch friend; in the home he was a loyal and obedient son who enjoyed the confidence and counsel of his parents; and in the church he lived a quiet, unassuming and victorious life. Although his voice was seldom heard in public, he lived true to his deepest convictions, being willing to serve his Lord in whatever he would ask of him, and was even willing to go to the foreign mission field. He was not only resigned to his lot in this long sickness, but was anxious to go to his eternal reward and welcomed death with a smile. The funeral services were held at the home of his parents by Bro. I. W. Royer, using Psa. 16:11 for his text. He was assisted by Bro. D. J. Johns. Since not all could be accommodated at the home, another service was conducted at the College by Bro. J. K. Bixler from Num. 23:10. He was assisted by Bro. Silas Yoder.

Miller.-Ferne Pauline Miller, only daughter of Bro. Anson and Sister Maude Miller, was born in Iowa Co., Iowa, Dec. 12, 1905; died Feb. 21, 1907, of inflammation of the brain and bowel trouble. She was sick only twenty-eight hours. Little Ferne had accompanied her parents to meeting on Sunday and she seemed to be as well as any one could be, but this was the last time papa and mamma could take the sweet little child to the house of God. It was certainly a great shock to all the friends and especially so to the parents. Often we cannot understand why God takes these little ones away from us; but we can only think that it is all for the best, and in humble submission to our heavenly Father we say, "Thy will be done," for we know that God does all things well, and she is now relieved from all the trials and temptations that might meet her here. The parents may truly rejoice that this precious little blossom is safe and wi1l be forever provided for and taken care of in the arms of Jesus, and they can rest assured that among the redeemed in heaven they have one with whom they may meet again when they shall be called to their reward. Let them remember that the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; and let them add, "Blessed be the name of the Lord." The best advice we can give them is, to cling close to Jesus and live in blessed and faithful obedience to the word of the Lord, and the Lord will take them to himself also in his own good time. Funeral services were held on the 23d at W. Union by A. I. Yoder and J. K. Yoder from Jer. 31:15, 16. Interment at Deer Creek. Her age was 1 Y., 2 M., 9 D. God comfort the sorrowing hearts.

Martin.-Sister Anna Hursh Martin died at her home in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., Pa., on Jan. 15, 1907; aged 83 Y., 10 M., 10 D. Funeral services were held at the Slate Hill Mennonite M. H., conducted by Bish. Benj. F. Zimmerman, assisted by Samuel Hess and the Lutheran minister, E. D. Weigle. Interment at the same place. Sister Martin leaves two sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For many years she had been a consistent member of the Mennonite church, and was a descendant of one of the first families to settle in the country immediately west of the Susquehanna.

Streely.-Catharine Streely, wife of Frederick Streely, born 1828, died on Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 1907, in the seventy-ninth year of her age. The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia, though she had been in feeble health for many years and suffered many trials and afflictions, from all of which she is now relieved, and we hope that she has found a blessed resting place in the eternal paradise of God. She is survived by her husband, two sons, one daughter and three brothers. She trusted in God and in the atoning merits of the Lord Jesus Christ and looked forward to the rest prepared for the children of God. May the dear ones who are left behind all seek to meet the dear mother and companion in the rest which remaineth for the children of God.

Cosgrove.-Sister Katie Cosgrove (nee Short) was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, April 2, 1881; died Feb. 17, 1907; aged 25 Y., 10 M., 15 D. She was married to Bro. Charlie Cosgrove, Jan. 9, 1906, and lived in happy wedlock 1 Y., 1 M., 8 D. She leaves to mourn her death a sorrowing husband, a mother, four brothers and a motherless babe. Her father preceded her about fifteen years ago. About five years ago she united with the A. M. church and remained a faithful member until God called her home, where there will be no more pain. Funeral services were conducted by D. J. Wyse in German (text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8), and Eli Frey in English (text, Hos. 13:14). God, thy will be done and not ours.

Mowrer- On Friday, Feb. 22, 1907, in E. Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia and heart trouble, Susan Mowrer, aged 72 years. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Three children survive. Funeral occurred on Feb. 26 at the Mellinger Men. meeting-house.

Blough.-Caroline, wife of Henry Blough, was born Jan. 17, 1849; died Jan. 10, 1907; aged 58 Y., 11 M., 24 D. She was married to Henry Blough, April 30, 1871. To this union were born twelve children, two of whom have preceded her in death. She was buried at the Weaver M. H. Services were conducted by the brethren S. D. Yoder and Alex. Weaver. Peace to her ashes.

Reed.-Elnora Reed was born April 10, 1883, and was married to Samuel B. Metzler Jan. 21, 1905. She died at her home near Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 19, 1907; aged 23 Y., 9 M., 9 D., leaving a husband and daughter (ten months old), one sister, three brothers, a father and step-mother to mourn her loss. She died of that dreaded disease diphtheria and for that reason the funeral services were postponed until Feb. 24, 1907. The, services were held in the Yellow Creek M. H., conducted by Jonas Loucks and Jacob K. Bixler, from the words, "For I know that my Redeemer liveth." We have the consolation that our loss is her gain.

Souder.-On Feb. 14, 1907, in Lancaster, Pa., suddenly, while cutting ice in his yard, Christian Souder, at an advanced age. He had an attack of apoplexy and died shortly after being taken to the house. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Funeral services were held on the 17th at the Old Mennonite church in Lancaster.

Alwine.-Samuel Alwine of Cambria Co., Pa., was born Jan. 27, 1862, and died of pneumonia of the heart, Jan. 25, 1907; aged 45 Y., 11 M., 28 D. He was the youngest of twelve children. One brother and four sisters have preceded him to the spirit world and four sisters and two brothers survive. He also leaves a wife and little daughter to mourn their loss. He was a member of the Evangelical church for about twenty years. He was buried on the 28th of Jan. in Grand View cemetery.Pre. Elrick preached the funeral sermon.

Moldon.-Catharine Graybiel, widow of the late John T. Moldon, passed away at her late residence in Wainfleet Twp., Welland Co., Ont., Jan. 23, 1907, after an illness of about two weeks, old age apparently being the cause of her death. She was born Feb. 5, 1821, her age being 85 Y., 11 M., 18 D. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Mennonite church, and though living a long distance from the meeting-house, she always attended at the communion services, which she seemed to greatly enjoy. In her home she was ever faithful in her devotions and a true light for her Master. She leaves an aged sister and a daughter, Mrs. L. Reeb of Port Colborne, and two grandsons, who were with her at her demise. Funeral services were held at the house, Jan. 27, 1907, conducted by S. F. Coffman. Interment in the family burying plot in Wainfleet.

Ruth.-On Feb. 21, 1907, in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Israel Ruth. He died at the home of his son. He was buried on the 26th at the Towamencin Mennonite M. H. He reached the advanced age of 81 Y., 5 M., 7 D. He was twice married and leaves two sons to mourn his death.

Wile.-Bro. Jacob Wile of Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1907; aged eighty years. He was buried on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Souderton burying-ground.

Hanselman- On Feb. 25, 1907, at the home of her son-in-law, Abm. K. Fisher, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Eliza Hanselman, widow of the late Elias Hanselman, in her sixty-fifth year. She was a member of the Millersville Mennonite congregation. She leaves one daughter to mourn her death. Funeral at the Millersville Mennonite M. H., on Feb. 28.

Keeports.-On Feb. 24, 1907, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, after an illness of five months, Catharine, wife of Isaac Keeports; aged 58 years. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for eighteen years. She is survived by three children, three brothers and one sister. Buried at Masonville M. H. on the 28th.

Wenger- On Feb. 24, 1907, suddenly, of heart disease, Sarah, wife of William Wenger of Amsterdam, Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged about 25 years. The news of her sudden death was a great shock to the community in which she had resided. The funeral was held on the 27th at the Pike Mennonite meeting-house. Her husband and seven children survive.

Bender- On the 24th of Feb., 1907, near Letoit, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Alice, wife of Henry Bender, in the forty-seventh year of her age. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons and a daughter. Buried at the Masonville Mennonite M. H. on the 27th of February.

Stoner.-On Feb. 20, 1907, in E. Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a lingering illness, Mary, wife of Isaac K. Stoner: aged 57 years. She was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary Rohrer of East Hempfield township. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and was beloved by those who knew her. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two sons, four daughters, four brothers and one sister. Funeral was held at the Petersburg Mennonite meeting-house on the 23d.

Wenger- On Feb. 22, 1907, in Lancaster, Pa., of a complication of diseases, Isaac Wenger, in the 78th year of his age. He suffered two weeks. He is survived by his wife and several children. Funeral services were held on Sunday at the New Providence Mennonite meeting-house.

Week 2:
March 14, 1907 page 109, 110
Volume XLIV, Number 11

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Bleam.-Mary Ann, second daughter of Jonathan and Margaret Bleam, was born Jan. 13, 1856, in Bridgeport, Waterloo Co., Canada, and died in Bowne, Kent Co., Mich., Feb. 26, 1907; aged 51 Y., 1 M., 13 D. About thirty years ago she came with her parents to Michigan and moved on the farm on which she has since lived. Some twenty-three years ago she became afflicted with the disease which gradually destroyed her health and deformed her body. For the past five years she has been confined to her bed, a helpless cripple, suffering much at times. About nineteen years ago she gave her life and will to the Lord and united with the Mennonite church and continued a member until death called her home. She suffered much, but was always patient and willing to say, "Thy will be done." She was buried on March 1 at the Bowne M. H., where services were conducted by Isaac Weaver, assisted by Abram Keller.

Steman.-George Steman was born in Perry Co., Ohio, Sept. 9, 1826, and died at his home near Wetsel, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1907; aged 80 Y., 5 M., 17 D. He leaves three brothers, one sister, two sons, five daughters and many relatives and friends to mourn. His wife and one son preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Steman became a member of the Mennonite church early in life, served as a deacon for a number of years and was faithful to his profession until death. He was a good neighbor and highly respected by all who knew him. The funeral services were held from the Grace M. E. church, Feb. 28, conducted by E. G. Stover of Rockford, assisted by Pres. Street and Crist of Middle Point, after which the remains were laid to rest by the side of his companion in the Ridge cemetery. Peace to his remains.

Powel.-On Feb. 9, 1907, in Rockingham Co., Va., at the residence of his son-in-law, Joseph Good; Lewis Powel, aged 79 Y., 18 D. He had suffered a long time with paralysis. His wife died six weeks before. Surviving him are two sons (Henry, of Tennessee, and Lewis, of Virginia), and three daughters (Josephine Good and Mary Wenger of Virginia and Maria Brunk of Ohio). Funeral was held at Cook's Creek Presbyterian church, where services were conducted by John Ruff, assisted by Joseph F. Heatwole. Text, 2 Pet. 3:4.
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Seely.-Harriet Seely was born in Trenton, N. J., July 24, 1817; died near Big Prairie, Mich., March 1, 1907; aged 89 Y., 7 M., 5 D. Funeral was held in the Union M. H. March 3, where services were conducted by Jacob P. Miller. She was a devoted member of the M. E. church for over fifty years and a resident of the state of Michigan for seventy-two years. A large concourse of people assembled at the M. H. to pay the last tribute of respect to one they had learned to love. Three children and one brother survive to mourn her death.

Kraft.-On Jan. 21, 1907, at the home of his parents near Bridgeport, Ont., Ivan, son of William and Annie Kraft; aged a little over ten years. He was taken with a disease when about eight years old which caused him suffering and made him more or less a cripple to the time of his death, so that he could not enjoy life as his more robust companions. He seemed to be content with his lot and never murmured or complained, but was resigned to the Father's will. He departed this life with a glorious hope that in the world beyond he would be able to rejoice with the saints in light. Funeral on the 24th near Breslau; services were conducted by S. M. Hauch in German from Phil. 1:21 (last clause), and J. S. Woolner in English from Rev. 7:13, 14. May God comfort the bereaved friends in the hour of their affliction and may it be a means to lead us all nearer to our heavenly Father on our journey heavenward. Interment at the Cressman meeting-house.

Kratz.-Susan Rouser, widow of the late Bro. Jacob Kratz, died at the home of her son-in-law, Ezra Rittenhouse, Vineland, Ont., Feb. 10, 1907. She was born in Clinton Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., April 5, 1828; aged 78 Y., 10 M., 5 D. Sister Kratz had several weeks suffering with pneumonia, from which she could not recover. Her life was full of earnest labor and activity, and she was faithful to her profession of faith in Christ and earnest in the service of the Master. She has passed to her reward. Funeral services on Feb. 12 were largely attended, and were conducted by Noah Stauffer of Berlin. Text, Psa.. 89:48. Services and interment were at the Moyer meeting-house.

Fretz.-Jacob Fretz of Lincoln Co., Ont., passed away at his home, Feb. 1, 1907. He was stricken with paralysis and lived but a few weeks afterwards. He was born on the homestead near his home Dec. 16, 1838, and died at the age of 68 Y., 1 M., 16 D. His wife and one son preceded him to the land of rest. Five sons and two daughters survive. May God comfort their hearts in the hour of bereavement. Funeral services were held Feb. 4. A large concourse of friends and relatives met to show their sympathy with the sorrowing family. Services at the Moyer M. H., where the interment also took place. Services were conducted by S. F. Coffman from 2 Cor. 5:9.

Sherk.-Eliza Springer, widow of the late ----- Sherk, died at her home near Sherkston, Welland Co., Ont., Feb. 4, 1907, at the advanced age of 88 Y., 9 M., 8 D., after an illness of a little more than a week. She lived with her son-in-law, David Knisely, and the home will sadly miss the loved one whom they so tenderly cared for. She was a member of the Mennonite church and was always faithful in her Christian life, leaving a comforting hope to the bereft family. Services were held at the home by S. F. Coffman, Feb. 7. The remains were laid to rest in the family plot on the farm.

Culp.-Catharine, widow of the late Isaac R. Culp, passed away after an illness of dropsical affliction, Feb. 21, 1907; aged 89 Y., 7 M., 2 D. Sister Culp was a member of the Old Mennonite church and was always devoted in the Master's service and loved Christian fellowship and worship. She had a remarkable memory and was often consulted in the last years concerning events of the years past. She has now gone to her reward, where old things have passed away and all things have become new. A large number of relatives and friends assembled at the funeral which was held at the Moyer M. H. Feb. 25. Services were conducted by Isaac Rittenhouse of S. Cayuga from Heb. 4:9. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Good.-On March 2, 1907, near Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer in the stomach, Sarah K. Good, aged 48 Y., 10 M., 16 D. She was sick a long time and suffered a great deal. She made her peace with God and we believe that through her faith in Jesus Christ she has gone in peace to her eternal home in glory. She is survived by her husband and two brothers. A large concourse of relatives and friends gathered at her funeral to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed sister. She was buried on the 6th; services were held at the Bowmansville M. H. by Bish. Benj. Weaver in German and by N. B. Bowman in English. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Her kind disposition won her many friends and we commit her to the heavenly Father's care.

Culp.-Henry Adam Culp was born near Nappanee, Ind., July 19, 1878, and died after a week's sickness at the home of H. V. Albrecht near Tiskilwa, Ill., where he had been working for the past year, on Feb. 28, 1907; aged 28 Y., 7 M., 9 D. He was a faithful member of the A. M. church and departed this life with a living faith in his Savior. Funeral services were conducted near Tiskilwa, Ill., March 1, by S. Garber and A. Good, after which the remains were taken to the home of his parents near Nappanee, Ind., and funeral services were held in the Mennonite M. H. in Nappanee, March 4, by D. J. Johns and D. D. Miller.

Week 3:
March 21, 1907 page 119, 120
Volume XLIV, Number 12

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Death of Pre. Ephraim N. Nissley.
Bro. Ephraim N. Nissley, a well-known and prominent minister of Lancaster Co., Pa., departed this life on Saturday evening, March 9, 1907, at his home in Mount Joy. He had been a sufferer for several years from dropsy and heart trouble. He was born in E. Donegal township and was a son of the late Joseph W. Nissley. Bro. Nissley was well and favorably known throughout his own and also other counties among our Mennonite people. He was in the sixty-sixth year of his age; was ordained to the ministry in 1879 and served faithfully as a pure-minded servant of God for a period of twenty-eight years. Last fall he sold his farm and only two weeks ago moved into the town of Mount Joy, but was permitted to enjoy his new home only a very short time when he was taken, as we truly believe and hope, to the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. He is survived by his wife, one son, three daughters and one sister. His funeral was held on the 13th at the Graybill meeting-house in East Donegal township. The Lord comfort the sorrowing family.

Miller.-On the 11th of March, 1907, at her home in East Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., ------ wife of David Miller, in the seventy-second year of her age. She died from a complication of diseases. She was a member of the Mennonite church and is survived by her husband, one daughter, two sons, one brother and one sister. She was buried at the Petersburg M. H, on the 14th of March. Peace to her ashes.

Holdeman.-On the 8th of March, 1907, in Elkhart, Ind., of blood poisoning, Rhoda, wife of Michael Holdeman; aged 29 years. She was a daughter of Charles Criger. She leaves her husband, two daughters, her parents, one sister and four brothers to mourn her early death. She was buried, on Sunday, March 10. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite M. H. in Elkhart, L. S. Fisher officiating, assisted by John F. Funk. Interment at the Prairie street cemetery.

Pletcher.-On March 9, 1907, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co.. Ind., Gladys May, youngest daughter of Noah and Emma Pletcher; aged 2 Y., 5 D. Buried at the Olive M. H., March 12, where funeral services were conducted by A. B. Yoder and Jonas Loucks from John 11:25, 26.

Loucks.-Catharine Loucks was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 14, 1837, and came with her parents, Jacob and Margaret Freed, to Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., in October, 1852. She was married to Jacob Loucks Nov. 26, 1854, and moved to Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co., Ind., in 1858, being one of the older settlers of that vicinity. To them were born seven children: Henry, Samantha, Mary, Andrew, Oliver, Anna and Jonas. Andrew died Aug. 27, 1866. Her husband also died, Oct. 23, 1893. The deceased passed away March 7, 1907, aged 69 Y., 5 M., 23 D., leaving to mourn their loss three sons, three daughters, three brothers, three sisters, twenty-six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, but their loss is her gain, for she took Jesus as her Savior many years ago and united with the Old Mennonite church. About ten days before her death she sang, "I'm going home to die no more." Funeral services were held at the Olive M. H. on Sunday, March 10, where a large concourse of people met to pay their last tribute of respect. The services were conducted by Martin Ramer in German from 2 Cor. 5:1. and by Jacob K. Bixler in English from 1 Cor. 13:12, last clause.

Miller.-Tobias L. Miller was born June 27, 1842; died near Louisville, Ohio, March 5, 1907; aged 64 Y., 8 M., 8 D. He was buried near Smithville, Ohio, where the funeral services were conducted on March 8 by D. Hostetler from Rom. 1:17, last clause, and by C. Z. Yoder from the last sentence of Zech. 14:7. He had been in Indiana with friends and came home about twelve days before his death, which was caused by tuberculosis. He passed away quietly, peacefully and fully resigned to the will of the Lord. Peace to his ashes.

Lahman.-Martha Alice Lahman (nee Smith) was born Dec. 13, 1874; died Feb. 11, 1907 in Lima, Ohio; aged 32 Y., 1 M., 28 D. She was married to Joseph Lahman, March 10, 1903, who with two small children is left to mourn her death. She also leaves an aged father, besides brothers and sisters, to mourn the loss of one they loved. She was a member of the M. E. church for about ten years. Funeral services were conducted at the home by the pastor on the 13th, and at the Salem
M. H., where she was buried, by Moses and Andrew Brenneman, from 1 Peter 1:3, 4.

Hildebrand.-Emma L., second wife of Jacob L. Hildebrand, died Feb. 9, 1907, at the John Hopkins Hospital, where she was operated on the day before for gall stones. Immediately after the operation the surgeons gave every assurance of her recovery, but capillary hemorrhage set in and she slowly bled to death, the blood refusing to coagulate. She died at the age of 40 Y., 11 M., 14 D. Besides her husband she leaves four small children, nine step-children, an aged mother, five brothers and four sisters. The remains were brought to her home at Madrid, Augusta Co., Va., where they were laid to rest in the cemetery of the old Hildebrand Mennonite church on Feb. 11. The funeral was conducted by C. M. Sutton of the M. E. church, of which she was a member, assisted by A. P. Heatwole and E. C. Shank of the Mennonite church. She was endowed with a beautiful Christian character, and the large number of friends who gathered to pay their last tribute of respect testified to the esteem in which she was held in her neighborhood.

Nussbaum.--Velma only daughter of Bro. David and Sister Dinah Nussbaum, died Feb. 20, 1907, of bronchitis and lung trouble; aged four months. Funeral services were held on the 22d at the Old Sonnenberg M. H. near Dalton, Ohio.

Schneck.-Abraham Schneck was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 28, 1833, and died of heart failure and dropsy, Feb. 28, 1907; aged 73 Y., 5 M. He was a son of Pre. Peter Schneck. Nov. 1, 1855, he was married to Barbara Zuercher, to which union were born eight children, six of whom are now living. His wife preceded him to the heavenly home one year and ten months ago. They had been married forty-nine years and six months. Funeral services were held March 2 from the Old Sonnenberg Mennonite M. H. by C. U. Amstutz n(sic) German from John 3:24, and by I. J. Buchwalter in English from Matt. 24:31. He was a loving and kindhearted father and was respected and loved by all. He was also a faithful and devoted member of the Mennonite church, which he joined in his youth and was always a regular attendant in all church services. We have the consolation that, our loss is his gain, as he had a desire to leave this world and dwell with Jesus. He leaves to mourn his departure an aged sister, four sons, two daughters and twenty-four grandchildren.

Byler.-Nancy E. Byler was born near Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., June 26, 1860, and died March 8, 1907; aged 46 Y., 8 M., 12 D. She was the seventh child of Bish. David J. Zook. She was married to Joseph H. Byler, Jan. 3, 1878, and was the mother of nine children. With the exception of two years which were spent in Cass Co., Mo., she lived in Mifflin Co., Pa. Early in youth she united with the A. M. church. By a constant prayer of faith she was kept from being an invalid for several years. She lived and taught a life of divine healing. For many years the study of the Bible and singing of gospel hymns gave her the greatest delight. She always was moved for the less fortunate persons, and many times shared her home and living with persons who scarcely knew anywhere to go. She believed in an active Christian life, filled with the Spirit, and found in this life something which in the midst of her great suffering she could raise her voice and exclaim, "Joy! Joy! Joy!" She had a deep interest in foreign mission work, but never had opportunity to do much, but "she hath done what she could" in giving herself and her children to the work. She had made arrangements for her funeral, hymns and speakers, and selected Heb. 4:9 for a text. She suffered much pain for nearly six weeks before her death and was patient until she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. She leaves a husband, two sons, five daughters, one brother and seven sisters, with many friends, to mourn her departure. J. E. Kauffman, J. M. Yoder and S. G. Shetler conducted the services in the presence of a large audience at the Belleville M. H. Interment was made at the Allensville cemetery.

Landis.-On March 6, 1907, in Lower Salford Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Bro. Abraham R. Landis, aged 66 Y., 5 M., 16 D. He was buried at the Salford Mennonite burying-ground. He is survived by his widow and three

Freed.-On March 9, 1907, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa.. of cerebral apoplexy, Sister Susanna, wife of Samuel M. Freed; aged 64 Y., 6 M., 15 D. Buried at the Franconia Mennonite meeting-house, where also the services were conducted. She leaves her husband, two sons and four daughters to mourn her death.

Frederick.-On March 5, 1907, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Mary, youngest daughter of John S. Frederick; aged 32 Y., 8 M, 27 D. She had an operation on Monday previous, for the removal of a tumor, and died on the following day. She was buried on March 10 at the Franconia Mennonite burial-grounds. Her parents, three sisters and two brothers survive her. She was never married, having devoted herself to the care of her invalid mother.

Shook.-On March 12, 1907, in Elkhart, Ind., of asthma and dropsy, of which he was a sufferer for forty years, Simeon Shook, aged 73 Y., 6 M. He was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Sept. 12, 1833. He leaves a sorrowing companion, three daughters, one son and one step-son to mourn his death. Funeral services were conducted at the house on the 14th by John F. Funk. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing hearts who mourn the death of a beloved companion and father. Text, 1 Cor.15:21, 22.

Martin.-On Feb. 27, 1907, at the home of his son, Clement W. Martin, near Ephrata, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Jonathan Martin, aged 72 Y., 4 M., 13 D. He suffered from the disease for three years. He was confined to his bed only for the last three weeks of his life. He was born in E. Earl township near Goodville and was a son of Henry S. Martin. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite congregation at Weaverland since his early youth. He is survived by a sorrowing companion, three sons, two daughters, three brothers and one sister. Two of his brothers are Bish. John W. Martin and Dea. Elias Martin of Elkhart Co, Ind. He was buried at Weaverland M. H. on March 2. Services were conducted by Bish. Jonas Martin and others.

Peachy.-On Thursday, March 7, 1907, at St. Joseph Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., where she had an operation performed, ------- wife of B. Z. Peachy of Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa.; aged 39 Y., 2 M., 8 D. She was a daughter of John Byler of Menno. She united with the A. M. church and was a faithful member and lived a devoted Christian life. She is survived by her husband, four children, father, mother and brother. Funeral services were conducted by Christian and David Peachy from John 5:24, 25.

Yoder.-C. K. Yoder died suddenly on March 4, 1907, while standing at the barn, talking with his son-in-law. He had been attending a public sale during the day and seemed as well as usual. His age was 67 Y., 3 M., 5. D. He leaves four sons, five daughters, four brothers and four sisters to mourn his death. He was buried on the 9th. Funeral services by M. Y. Yoder. His funeral was largely attended.


Note from Betty Hartzler: In the March 1907 issue, it took me awhile to track down the person because of incomplete obit information. Here is the information I found which might help others in the same situation. Peachy is really spelled Peachey and the name of the wife of B.Z. (Benjamin Z) is Salina. Right below that obit is Yoder, C.K. whose full name is Christian K.


Ringenberg. - Veronika Ringenberg was born April 12, 1832; died March 11, 1907; aged 74 Y., 10 M., 28 D. She was joined in matrimony with Christian Ringenberg in 1852. To this union were born one son and one daughter. Both husband and daughter have preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her departure her son, with whom she had her home at the time of her death. She was a faithful member of the A. M. church. The funeral services were held by Joseph Buercky and H. V. Albrecht.

Week 4:
March 28 -- (Image missing)
Volume XLIV, Number 13

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Transcriber's note: This was not in an obit column, per se, but on page 126 of the March 28th issue.

March 28, 1907
Herald of Truth, page 126.

Pre. Ephraim Nissley passed away on March 9, 1907, at his home in Mount Joy, Pa., into which he had moved only two weeks previously. He had not been feeling well for two or three months previous to his departure. He had been troubled with heart failure and other ailments. On the day of his death he had a stroke of paralysis in the morning, and after a few minutes recovered consciousness and remained so to the last. He died at 8 o'clock in the evening, aged 65 Y., 11 M., 16 D. He had a longing for his heavenly home and in his last hours sang to himself the hymn, "I'm going home." Soon after singing this hymn his speech failed him and he was not able to speak distinctly.
He was in the ministry twenty-eight years; he was much esteemed and beloved by all who knew him. He leaves a sorrowing companion and four children. Joseph of Lancaster City; Annie, wife of Pliares Stehman, East Hempfield; and Emma and Mary at home.
A large circle of friends gathered on March 13th on the occasion of his funeral, to pay the last tribute of love and respect to the departed brother minister and friend, and witness the last solemn rites in laying his mortal remains into their last resting place. The funeral services were held at the Grabill M. H. in Donegal township. Bishop Jacob N. Brubacher and Bish. Abraham Herr led the services and spoke from the texts, Heb. 13:7 17, and 2 Tim. 4:5-8. Pro. Henry Longenecker opened the services at the M. H. and Peter Nissley conducted the services at the home. May the Lord bless and comfort the sorrowing family and friends, and let us all remember those who have labored among us and esteem them very highly love for their works' sake.

Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas
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