Gospel Herald Obituaries - December, 1908

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 36 - December 5, 1908 - page 575

Schload. - Maria, widow of the late Levi Schload of Ephrata township, died Sept. 5, 1908, at her late home in Ephrata; aged 75 y. She had been sick for ten days. Grandmother was a member of the Evangelical church for the past nine years. Funeral services Sept. 7, by Pre. Solver of the Evangelical Church of Mohnton. Text, Rev. 14:13. Five sons and one daughter and seven grandchildren survive.

Dennison. - Lincoln Dennison was born Apr. 18, 1865; died in Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 20, 1908; aged 43 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was united in matrimony to Minie Troup, Aug. 23, 1885. To this union were born one son and one daughter. he leaves to mourn his departure a wife, one son and one daughter, one grandchild, father, mother, five brothers and one sister and one half-brother. In 1894 he was converted and united with the Brethren in Christ. Funeral services were held at the Brick M. H. by J. H. McGowan and Everett Pippin. Text, Jno. 16:33. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.

Symensma. - Sibbeltje H. Symensma was born in Holland, Feb. 6, 1829; died Nov. 15, 1908; aged 79 y. 9m. 9 d. In 1854 she with her husband and child came to America. She leaves to mourn her departure four children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her husband and two children preceded her. She was a member of the Mennonite church, remaining faithful until death. Funeral the 19, at the Whitehead church, at the house by J. H. Bare, at the church by J. S. Hartzler, from the text, Jhn. 11:25,26.

Leisey. - Mary, wife of Isaac Leisey, died Oct. 15, at their home near Schoeneck, after an illness of twenty weeks. She bore her sufferings with patience but had a desire to depart. She was about 75 years of age. She leaves her husband, two daughters and one son to mourn for an affectionate wife and mother. Mrs. Jacob Shimp and Mrs. James S. Schload and Isaac are the children. Deceased was a member of the Reformed Mennonite church for a number of years. Funeral on Oct. 19, by Bish. John Kohr of Lancaster. Text, Rev. 20:6,7.

Zimmerman. - Joseph M Zimmerman died Nov. 8, 1908, at his home on the Kinzer farm near Terre Hill, Pa., from a complication of diseases, aged 62 y. 9 m. 2 d. He was a farmer by occupation and was well known and highly respected in his community. For many years he was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. He is survived by a widow, two daughters and five sons, and thirteen grandchildren. The funeral which was largely attended, was held Nov. 12, at the Weaverland M. H. Services were conducted by Ben. Weaver, I. B. Good and John Souder. Text, Rev. 22:14.

Farewell, dear wife, God has called me,
Weep not for me when I am gone,
But prepare to meet me yonder,
When the Christians work is done.
We miss thee, husband dear,
From thy old, familiar place;
We do not hear thy footsteps near,
Nor see thy cheerful face.
We miss thee at the table,
We feel thy absence there;
And oh, what sorrow fills our heart
To see thy vacant chair.
Farewell, dear wife, and children dear,
I loved you all while I was here;
Grieve not for me, nor sorrow make,
But love each other for my sake.

Wisler. - Jacob H. Wisler was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Oct. 17, 1833; died near Nappanee, Ind., Nov. 21, 1908; aged 76 y. 1 m. 4 d. He came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1848, where he resided until his death. He was married to Anna, daughter of Peter Truxel, of Wayne Co., Ohio, May 13, 1858. to this union were born two sons, Wm. Henry and Lewis A. of California. His wife and his son William preceded him to the spirit world. Jan. 26, 1868, he was married to Sarah, daughter of Isaac Kilmer. To this union were born three children, Isaac S., Anna. S., and Harvey F. There were also nine grandchildren. He united with the Mennonite church in 1865, and was ordained a deacon in 1873, in which position he proved himself a faithful laborer, always having the welfare of the church and the cause of Christ at heart, and ever ready to help those in need. Those left to mourn their loss are a faithful wife, three children, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild and four brothers, all of whom were present at the funeral. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him to the spirit world. He had a stroke of paralysis a year ago from which he never fully recovered and for the last few months he suffered great misery from rheumatism, but he endured all his afflictions with great patience, being fully resigned to the will of the Lord. He was buried at the Olive Cemetery, Nov. 23, where a large concourse of friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect and love to the departed brother. Services were conducted by Jacob Bixler, James H. McGowan and David Burkholder from the texts Luke 23:28 and Heb. 11:10. The grief-stricken relatives have the sympathies of the neighbors and friends. May this solemn dispensation of Gods providence have a tendency to create within the hearts of the surviving children a still greater interest in heaven, in order that they may make all the necessary preparations to meet father in that beautiful and far-away home of the soul. May God comfort the sorrowing ones is our prayer.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 37 - December 12, 1908 - page 590, 591

Yoder. - Nancy Yoder died Nov. 22, 1908, and was buried Nov. 24. Funeral services were conducted at the Leetonia Church by Jacob Tyson and Jacob Weaver. She was in her 73rd year and was a member of the (Wisler) Mennonite church for many years.

Eash. - John Calvin Eash died Nov. 3, 1908, near Geistown, Pa., at the home of Bro. D. H. Yoder, at which home he was partly raised. He was a young man, but typhoid fever took hold of him and in a few weeks, though loving hands did all they could, yet human skill could not save his life and he died at the age of 17 y. 10 m. 5 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for nearly five years. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Church by I. A. Blough and Abram Metzler. Interment in the cemetery nearby. May God comfort the sorrowing friends.

Kauffman. - Manasses E Kauffman was born Oct. 14, 1880; died Nov. 20, 1908; aged 28 y. 1 m. 6 d. He united with the A. M. Church April 18, 1901. On Nov. 3, 1902, he was married to Mattie Troyer. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing companion, one daughter, father, mother and two brothers.

We miss thee at the morning dawn,
We miss thee when the night returns;
We miss thee here, we miss thee there,
Oh, brother, we miss thee everywhere.

Zehr.- Alvin Zehr, son of Peter and Katie Zehr, was born near Wood River, Neb., Dec. 9, 1907; died Nov. 29, 1908; aged 11m. 20 d. His sickness was a severe case of erysipelas caused by a small splinter in his leg. He was sick 26 days during which time he seemed to suffer greatly. He leaves father, mother and 1 sister and 2 brothers to mourn his early departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. services were conducted at the house by J. E. Zimmerman from John 14: 1-6, and N. E. roth, from Job 14:1. Interment in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Leiter. - Samuel, son of Bro. and Sister Lewis Leiter of Thompsontown, Pa., died Nov. 26, 1908; aged 21 y. 9 m. 27 d. Samuel was suddenly called from time to eternity by an accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of his brother, while out hunting. He leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother and five brothers. This is a loud call to all and especially to the young, "Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the son of man cometh." Matt. 24:13. Funeral at the Lost Creek M. H. by Wm. G. Seiber and S. E. Graybill. Text, Jas. 16:22.

Birky. - Joseph P Birky was born Nov. 23, 1881; died Oct. 29, 1908; aged 27 y. 11 m. 6 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite church near Hopedale, Tazewell Co., Ill., in his youth and was a faithful member until his death. He was united in marriage to Barbara Bechler about four years ago. To this union were born two daughters. About eight months ago he with his family moved to Fisher, Champaign Co., Ill., where he died of the lingering disease of consumption. Funeral services were held at the church near Fisher, Ill., by Daniel Grieser in German and Peter Zehr in English. The remains were removed to Hopedale, Ill., for burial, where services were conducted by Peter Zehr of Foosland, Ill., in German and Samuel Garber of Tremont Ill., in English. The deceased leaves a sorrowing wife, two daughters, father, mother, five brothers, four sisters and many friends to mourn his early departure. C. W. S.

Kauffman. - Amanda (Schlatter) Kauffman, the wife of C. J. Kauffman of Conway, Kans., departed this life on Oct. 31, 1908, at the age of 29 y. 5 m. 24 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennnonite church since girlhood and was the daughter of Henry and Lena Schlatter of Inman, Kans. The sister had been ailing for over a year, with a complication of diseases, and had been very low at times and then again able to go away from home. Last spring they decided to visit at Bro. Kauffmans former home, Cass Co., Mo., and from there to northern Missouri and Iowa, at which place the sister decided to submit to an operation, in the town of Bloomfield, from which she never recovered consciousness, passing away five days after the operation, spasms being the real cause of her death. She leaves to mourn, her loving companion and little daughter Ida, her parents and five brothers and a host of relatives and friends. The remains were brought from Iowa to Inman, Kans. Funeral services were held at the West Liberty M. H. by Bish. S. C. Miller assisted by Pre. M. Cooprider.

Tis hard to break the tender cords
When love has bound the heart;
Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words
"We must forever part."

Dearest loved one, we must lay thee
In the peaceful graves' embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished
Till we see they heavenly face.

Johnson. - Pre. David Johnson died of general debility at the home of Bro. Justus Bare, Masontown, Pa., Nov. 24, 1908; aged 91 y. 7 m. 12 d. Bro. Johnson was born near the place of his death, April 12, 1817, and was the son of Bish. Nicholas Johnson, and at the time of his death was probably the oldest active minister of the Mennonite Church in America. Bro. Johnson was married to _________Riffle, who preceded him to the spirit world a number of years ago. They had no children, but took into their home Bro. Bare when a boy, who remained with them until both passed away. Bro. Johnson was not what might be called a fluent speaker, but was a faithful minister of the Gospel and much interested in the welfare of the church and the promulgation of her doctrines. He served the church at Masontown in the ministerial capacity for more than sixty years, and his place at the public services was never vacant when it was at all possible for him to be present. He missed but one regular service during his last illness. He was of an amiable disposition and during his long period of public services it could scarely be said that he ever made an enemy. Funeral services were held at the Masontown Church on Nov. 26, conducted by J. N. Durr, assisted by J. A. Brilhart and Aaron Loucks. Text, Rev. 14:13. interment in cemetery adjoining. Peace to his ashes.

Stutzman. - Moses Stutzman was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 27, 1833; died Nov. 24, 1908; aged 76 y. 4 m. 24 d. He was the last of a family of nine children to cross the river. In November, 1859, he was united in holy matrimony with Magdalena Zook in Fairfield Co., Ohio, who preceded him to the spirit world, Jan. 23, 1894. He was afterwards married again to Barbara Hartzler of Belleville, Pa., on Jan. 27, 1898. They lived at West Liberty, O., until the Grim Reaper claimed him as his own. His last sickness was accompanied with much suffering, but was endured with Christian faith and fortitude. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his boyhood, of which body he was a faithful member until the end, always manifesting a deep concern for the welfare of the household of his faith. On Sept. 26, 1869, he was ordained to the ministry in Logan Co., Ohio. In this calling he was faithful and did not shun to declare the truth as it is written. He is survived by a loving companion, two daughters, two step-daughters, 7 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, besides many friends. He was a kind and self-sacrificing disposition and had a heart of love which was continually sharing with a world that is starving for a Saviors love and pity. The community has lost a sympathizing friend and neighbor, the sinner for the welfare of the household of much time in prayer for him. The children have lost a faithful and loving father, and a counsellor in whom they could confide. The wife has lost a faithful helpmeet, and the church a zealous worker. Although he has gone from us, his influence has not. His last testimony was, "It is well with me," and he earnestly admonished others to prepare for heaven. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Church Nov. 27, conducted by C. K. Yoder and S. E. Allgyer.

"Sweetly sleep, then, dearest father,
Since our Saviour thought it best,
Earthly life to change for glory;
Cares and trials for sweetest rest.

Well not murmur, though we miss thee--
Rest thee now from all thy care;
Soon we hope with wings celestial,
To go home, thy joys to share."

Shenk.- Susanna Shenk, widow of Henry Shenk, was born in Fairfield Co., O., Oct. 19, 1818; died Oct. 4, 1908, near Concord, Tenn. at the home of her son-in-law, H. J. Powell, with whom she resided; aged 89 y. 11m. 15 d. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world over 32 years before. She was the oldest sister of bishops J. M. and George, and deacon H. B. Brenneman, deceased, and is survived by one brother and two sisters, Elder Daniel Brenneman of Goshen, Ind., Anna Huber of Elida, O., and Magdalena Funk of _____ Kan. She was the mother of nine children, six of whom survive her, J. M. Shenk, Elida, O., Andrew Shenk, Oronogo, Mo., Daniel and A. P. Shenk, and Catharine, wife of M. B. Shank, Denbigh, Va., and Lydia, wife of H. P. Powell, Concord, Tenn. She had 55 grand-children, of whom 45 are living, and 36 great-grandchildren of whom 33 are living. She was married at about twenty-two years of age and soon afterward accepted Jesus as her savior, uniting with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a consistent member to the end. Funeral services were held at the house on Oct. 5, by N. Z. Yoder, taking for his text, Rev. 14:13. "Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord . . .their works do follow them;" after which the body was taken to Allen Co., O., and buried on the 7, in the Salem burying ground where funeral services were held by John Blosser. Text, Rev. 11:12; "They heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither."

Grandmother Shenk, as she was familiarly known, was loved by all who knew her, and especially had she endeared herself to the little congregation in the south with whom she had cast her lot, and by whom she will be greatly missed. She was always cheerful--old and young alike were drawn to her loving , sympathetic nature. Although she had passed the age usually allotted to mankind she enjoyed remarkably good health and it was only during the past year that a decline was noticeable. She was sick about two weeks, and while at times her suffering was intense, she bore it patiently and uncomplaingly(sic), passing out as she had lived, looking with faith and confidence in her Heavenly Father who had so long been her staff and her stay. Her life has been a blessing and an inspiration. She died in the Lord--she has gone up higher, and her works will follow her.

Lydia Newhauser.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 38 - December 19, 1908 - page 607

Landis. - Jacob M. Landis of Telford, Pa., fell a victim to a deadly grade crossing accident on Wednesday evening, Dec. 2, when the rig in which he was riding was struck by an engine at South Hatfield, Pa. The community was shocked. He was aged 45 y. 2 m. 1 d. He is survived by a grief-sticken mother, a sorrowing widow and three children; also two brothers and two sisters. The funeral was held on Dec. 6, and was very largely attended. Interment at the Franconia Mennonite M. H.

Mellinger. - John Franklin Mellinger died Nov. 5, 1908, near Hellam, Pa., aged 46 y. 10 m. 1 d. For many years he had hemorrhages, then lost his voice so that he could not speak above a whisper. He was very patient amid all his sufferings and at last he longed to go home and be at rest with Christ and all the loved ones gone before. He was buried at Stony Brook. Funeral services by Theo. B. and Joseph S. Forry. Texts, Matt. 24:42 and Isa. 38:1. Peace to his ashes.

Weaver.- Florence Viola, daughter of Menno Weaver, was born July 14, 1907, and died Oct. 26, 1908, in Wakarusa, Ind.; aged 1 y. 3 m. 12 d. Her disease was cholera infantum. She was sick only three days. Father, mother, two sisters, and three brothers survive to mourn their loss, which is her eternal gain. She was buried at the Yellow Creek Church, where funeral services were conducted by Hiram Roose and David Burkholder. May the grief-stricken family make preparations to meet little Florence in heaven.

Moore.- Bro. W. H. Moore died at his home, 134 N. Prince St., Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 4, 1908; he was born in Penn Twp., Lancaster Co., Jan. 19, 1819. His age was 89 y. 9 m. 15 d. He died of heart failure and was sick about six weeks, but without much suffering. About twenty minutes before he stopped breathing he took his daughters hand and said, "Farewell." Then he drew me close to him and took my hand and said, "Farewell." This gives me a bright hope of a glorious meeting in the resurrection morning where we shall never part again. Services were held at the Landisville Church by Bro. John Mosemann, Bish. Isaac Eby and Bish. Jacob N. Brubaker. Text, Heb. 13:14,15. By His Wife.

Swartley.- Sister Mary, wife of Bro. Allen D. Swartley, died on Dec. 4, at her home near Lansdale, Pa., of typhoid fever; aged 48 y. 6 m. 28 d. Deceased is survived by a sorrowing husband, a son and a daughter at home who is lying seriously ill with the same disease. This is a third death in the Swartley family within five weeks, her son, Jacob, and daughter, Eva, preceding her in death of the same disease. She is also survived by one sister and three brothers. The funeral was held on Dec. 10. Interment in the Plain Mennonite burial grounds. The funeral was largely attended. The services were conducted by Jonas Mininger, Christian Allebach and Joseph Ruth.

Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding,
Oer the spoils that death has won,
We would at this solum(sic) meeting.
Calmly say, "Thy will be done."
Tho cast down, were not forsaken;
Though afflicted, not alone:
Thou didst give, and thou hast taken;
Blessed Lord, "Thy will be done."

By a Friend.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 39 - December 26, 1908 - page 623

Shenk. - Tillman Andrew, infant son of Gabriel D. and Luella M. Shenk, was born Nov. 12, 1908; died at Dinuba, Cal., Nov. 30, 1908. Services were conducted at the house on Dec. 2, by Pre. Forney. Text, mark 10: 13-17. Interment at the Reedley Cemetery.

Estep. - The body of John Estep was brought here from Tennessee, Nov. 25, 1908, and was buried in the Weaver graveyard, Harrisonburg, Va. He was a son of Barbara and Perry Estep. He is survived by a wife, three children and one sister. He died of pneumonia.

Messick. - _________Messick, wife of W. H. Messick, died of heart trouble, Dec. 11, 1908; aged 59 y. 11 m. 18 d. She was a daughter of the late David Hartman and was born near Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 23, 1848. She is survived by her husband, two children, three sisters and two brothers. Funeral at Weavers Church Sunday morning by Pre. Christian Good.

Schrock. - Oscar, son of Daniel G. and Catharine Schrock, was born in Clinton township. Elkhart, March 10, 1886; died Dec. 4, 1908; aged 22 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was helping to move two engines on the farm of Christian Troyer about three miles from his fathers home, and was so badly crushed that he lived less than twenty-four hours after the accident, but was conscious to the last. Although he was a member of the Mennonite Church he expressed a deep regret that he had grown indifferent and said that he hoped that his life might be a warning to others. He said that he was ready to go if it was Gods will that he should, and asked the Christian people to pray for him. His mother and brother preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves father, step-mother and half-sister and many friends to mourn his early departure. Funeral services were conducted by I. W. Royer and J. S. Hartzler on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Clinton (Brick) Church. Text, I Sam. 20:3.

Peachy. - Uriel B. Peachy, son of Crist E. and Lizzie Peachy, was born near Bellefontaine, Ohio, Nov. 21, 1883; died Oct. 31, 1908; aged 24 y. 11 m. 10 d. More than two years ago his health began to fail and finally his condition became such that he was advised to go elsewhere for a while. On Oct. 15, 1907, he left home for Roswell, New Mexico, where he began to improve rapidly, but in December he went out about forty miles and took up a land claim, and on the 28 of the same month he met with a serious accident, a gun was discharged, a part of the load striking him above the right ankle. It became necessary to amputate his foot and the confinement following proved fatal to his health. After recovering to some extent he started for home and friends. Arriving at West Liberty, Ohio, June 19, 1908, where he passed from his earthly to his heavenly home.
He leaves a kind father, a sorrowing mother, four brothers and four sisters, besides a host of friends to mourn his early departure. He confessed his Saviour and was taken into church fellowship about four weeks after his arrival. Uriel was a constant sufferer, but bore his afflictions with true Christian fortitude. We shall miss him in the home, but are glad for the blessed assurance that some day we shall meet again where no farewells are known - no good-byes given. He longed for the time when his spirit could take its flight and leave this tenement of clay. May he rest in peace.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the South Union Church, conducted by C. K. Yoder in German and S. E. Allgyer in English, from Jas. 4:14.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

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