Gospel Herald Obituaries - June, 1908

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 10 - June 6, 1908 - page 159

Gordon. - Willis R. Gordon was born March 13, 1837: died March 5, 1908; aged 71 years, less five days. The deceased was a member of the United Brethren Church, Funeral services were held at the U. B. Church at Richfield, Pa. Services were conducted by A. S. Bierly and E. W. Graybill.

Smith. - Marie (Frontz) Smith, wife of Samuel Smith, was born in 1881, near Richfield, Pa., died at the home of her parents, Bro. and sister Hiram Frontz, May 4, 1908; aged 27 years. She embraced the religion of Jesus Christ about eighteen months before her death and united with the Evangelical Church. Funeral held at Neimonds Church. Funeral services conducted by Sol. S. Graybill and E. W. Graybill.

Herschberger. - P. P. Herschberger was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 6, 1840; died May 19, 1908; aged 60 y. 1 m. 13 d. He entered the bonds of matrimony with Magdalena Kuhns, Dec. 2, 1860. To this union were born eight children. four sons and four daughters. Bro. Herschberger was ordained to the ministry in 1862 serving in that capacity for 46 years. He leaves a sorrowing wife, three sons and three daughters, forty-three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held by Jacob Swartzendruber. Text John 5:24-29; N. E. Roth, John 11:26; J. Stouffer, John 11:13, 14.

Moyer. - John H. Moyer was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Feb. 27, 1838; died near Evansville, Pa., May 12, 1908; aged 70y. 2 m. 15d. Bro. Mover was married to ----- Lauver. To this union were born six sons and one daughter, who are all living. Bro. Moyer was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years and lived an exemplary life, dying with a lively hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Funeral at Lauvers Church near Evandale, Pa., May 5, 1908. Services were conducted by Sol. S. Graybill, Wm. Bergey and Banks Winey.

Garman. - Mary Landis was born near Mt Pleasant Mills, Pa., Mar. 9, 1844; died May 3, 1908; aged 64y. 1m. 22d. On March 8, 1870, she was united in marriage to Peter M. Garman. She was the daughter of Jacob and Fanny Landis. She is survived by her husband, three brothers, and two sisters to mourn her loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Sister Garman united with the Richfield Mennonite church about six years ago and remained faithful until her death. Funeral at Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa. Services conducted by E. E. Gilbert and E. W. Graybill.

Miller. - Fannie (Hostetler) Miller was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Aug. 24, 1851; died may 23, 1908; aged 56 y. 9 m. 29 d. She was married to Jacob P Miller of the same county and state Sept. 6, 1868. to this union four children were born all of whom survive their mother. She was converted in 1869 and lived a consistent Christian life to the time of her death. She leaves to mourn a husband, four children, six grandchildren and two brothers. Funeral was held on May 24 at Bigprairie, Mich., by Isaac Weaver. Text, II Tim. 4:6,7,8.

Holdeman. - Andrew Fredric Holdeman was born Jan. 3, 1871 in Elkhart Co., Ind., and died in the Asylum for the Insane at Logansport, Ind., May 21, 1908; aged 37y. 4m. 18d. His life was one of trial and affliction, and his pathway was strewn with sorrow. He leaves a wife and one child; also two brothers and two sisters and many friends to mourn his death. His remains were brought to the family home and were laid to rest at the Osceola Chapel Cemetery, where services were held by John F. Funk, from Rom. 6:23. The Lord comfort the sorrowing friends and lead them all to accept the dear Savior and make their calling and election sure in the accepted time and the day of grace. Peace to his ashes.

Erb. - Daniel Jr., son of Daniel and Carolina Erb, born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec. 23, 23,(sic) 1866; died May 17, 1908, at the home of his parents near Hubbard, Oreg,; aged 41 y. 4 m. 24 d. Death was caused by pleura pneumonia. He leaves father, mother, three brothers and sisters to mourn his departure. Two brothers and one sister preceded him to the spirit world. About 17 years ago Bro. Dan united with the Amish Mennonite Church and at the time of his death was a member of the Zion A. M. Congregation. At no time during his short sickness did he express a desire to recover, but asked his near and dear ones to meet him in glory with rejoicing. Just before passing away his last audible words were repeatedly, "Loving Lord Jesus."

Hartman. - Sister Mary Hartman, wife of Bro. John H Hartman, passed from this life to her reward near Harrisonburg, Va., May 29, 1908; aged 41 y. 10 m. 16 d. Death was due to heart trouble with which she suffered for many years.From her early life she continued a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and in her death a sad vacancy is caused in the home in which she has remained a devoted wife and mother. She leaves to mourn her departure a mother, one brother, two sisters, her husband and seven children. Three children preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Mennonite Church. Services were conducted by Christian Good and L. J. Heatwole from Phil. 1:23.

Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Sorrow fills our hearts today,
But we know twas Gods own gentle hand,
That hath taken her away.

Roth. - Katie (Zook) Roth was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Aug., 21, 1873; died May 18, 1908; aged 32 y. 8 m. 28 d.She united with the A. M. Church early in her youth and was a true and faithful member to her end. She was married to John Roth Nov. 20, 1900, to which union were born two sons and one daughter. She leaves a sorrowing husband, three children, four sisters, one brother to mourn her departure but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services at the South Union Church on May 20 conducted by C. H. Yoder and J. J. Warye. Interment in the adjoining Cemetery.

Our dear sister has gone to rest,
Where never a sin shall stain her breast.
No trouble disturb her, no fear annoy,
No cloud to oershadow her innocent joy,
She has gone home to heaven, that land of love,
Of light and gladness, and blessings above;
Her head is pillowed on Jesus breast,
Our dearest sister is sweetly at rest.

Warye. - Anna Warye was born in Wayne county, Ohio, July 6, 1866, and died May 16, 1908; aged 41 y. 10 m. 10 d. At the age of 8 years she moved with her parents to Logan county and a few years later to Champaign county, in which she spent the remaining years of her life. On Jan. 13, 1891, she was united in marriage with Joseph Warye. At the age of 17 years she accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful and consistent member, always much interested in the welfare of the church. During the few months of sickness she always enjoyed having the ministers and brotherhood visit her, and many were the kind admonitions and words of encouragement which she gave. She was a noble example of Christian piety, ever ready to lend a helping hand by administering to the wants of the needy. During her last sickness, which was accompanied with much suffering, bearing it all patiently, she expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. She leaves to mourn her departure a beloved husband, an aged mother, two brothers and two sisters, besides many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at Oak Grove Church, conducted by S. E. Allgyer. Interment at the Hooley cemetery.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 11 - June 13, 1908 - page 175

Leatherman. - On May 13, 1908, at his home at Cross Keys, Bucks Co., Pa., after an illness of some four weeks, Isaac Leatherman died; aged 86 y. 5 m. 28 d. He was twice married and the father of seven children by his first marriage and two by his second marriage. Four children by his first marriage and one by his second survive him. He was a member of the Mennonite congregation at Doylestown.

Rosenberger. - On Tuesday, May 12, 1908, in Doylestown, Pa., of a lingering disease, Isaac Rosenberger died in the sixty-second year of his age. he was born in Hilltown township, where his father was a prominent merchant for many years. After Isaac reached manhood, he engaged in business at Colmar, where he continued for many years and became one of the prominent business men of the county. He was married to Harriet, daughter of William Brunner, of Chalfont, who died some years ago. They were the parents of three sons and three daughters; two of the latter also preceded the father to the world beyond.

Kauffman. - Jacob Clarence Kauffman was born at Gardner, Kans., Oct 6, 1896, and died of pneumonia at Albany, Oreg., May 11, 1908; aged 11 y. 7 m. 5 d. His life was short but he possessed many qualities of character that will abide. He was agent for several newspapers and faithfully performed his task. He will be greatly missed by his classmates in school. His good example will be well for others to follow. He attended the Bible school at the Christian Church. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church.

Good., - Louisa Margaret Hamilton was born in Cullom, Livingston Co., Ill., Sept. 10, 1875; died May 29, 1908; aged 32 y. 8 m. 19 d. She was the daughter of our old bishop B. F. Hamilton. Sister Margaret was married to Bro. B. F. Good, March 5, 1896. To this union were born 4 children, of which one preceded her to the spirit world. Sister Good died very suddenly of paralysis after an illness of twenty-four hours.

This is another warning to us all, to be ready. The Funeral was held May 31, at the Mennonite Church, Peabody, Kans., and interment was made in the cemetery adjoining. Services were conducted by Bro. M. E. Horst, assisted by Bro. Caleb Winey.

L. L. Beck.

Harnish. - Bro. John B. Harnish of the Byerland congregation, Lancaster Co., Pa., and one of the oldest ministers in the Lancaster Conference, died at his home from the effects of paralysis, on the morning of May 22; aged 79 y. 8 d. He was ordained to the ministry on Dec. 28, 1865, so served the church in that responsible position for nearly 43 years. He was married to Catherine Buchwalter, who with four children survives him, also one sister. He was an exemplary character and preached as much with his life as from the pulpit. Funeral services were conducted at the house by the brethren Jacob Thomas and John L. Landis and at the church by Bishops A. B. Herr, Isaac Eby and Jacob N Brubacher. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8.

Culp. - Israel Culp was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct, 11, 1853; died at Gary, Ind., May 15, 1908; aged 54 y. 7 m. 2 d. He was working at the carpenter trade and the scaffoldings gave way and he was instantly killed. He was brought back to his birthplace and was buried at Yellow Creek, where there was a large concourse of friends and relatives to pay the last tribute of respect to a neighbor and friend. Funeral services were conducted by Hiram Roose and Jonas Loucks, two of his school comrades. Tex, II Kings 20:1. He leaves a wife who resides at Coatesville, Mo., three sons and two daughters. He also leaves six brother and one sister and many other relatives and friends.

Good. - Anna Good (nee Blosser) was born in Hocking Co., O., Jan. 16, 1831, and died in New Stark, Hancock Co., O., May 27, 1908; aged 77 y. 4 m. 11 d. She was united in marriage with Jacob Good of Hocking Co., O., in 1851. to this union were born three sons and three daughters, of whom the eldest son died in infancy. She moved her family to Allen Co., O., in 1853, where she resided until Nov. 3, 1906, when she made her home with her daughter, Anna Feaser, at New Stark, where she peacefully passed to the eternal world. She leaves to mourn her departure five children, eight grandchildren, one brother and three sisters, besides many friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at the Salem M. H., Allen Co., O., May 28, by N. O Blosser, assisted by Gabriel Heatwole of Virginia, and Perry E. Brunk of Elida, O., from Phil. 1:21.

Steiner. - Christian D. Steiner was born in Milton Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 8, 1829; died May 26, 1908; aged 78 y. 6 m. 18 d. He was married to Catharine Welty, May 6, 1852. To them were born 9 chidren, of whom only three are living. Two, a boy and a girl, died in their infancy. They lived together until Dec. 1, 1896, when the wife and mother died. On Nov. 12, 1899, he was married to Catharine Steiner, with whom he lived happily eight and one-half years, when death parted them. Deceased leaves 21 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, two grandchildren having preceded him to the other world. He also leaves two brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church from boyhood until his death. He was chosen to the ministry by the Sonneberg congregation, April 29, 1866, where he served for a number of years but later moved to Chippewa Twp., where he served as minister of the Mennonite Church at Rittman. Funeral services were held on May 29, at the Salem Church, conducted by C. N. Amstutz and I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by A. A. Sommer. May he rest in peace and may his memory rest in the hearts of those who met him and knew him.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No.12 - June 20, 1908 - page 191, 192

Lowry. - In Riverside, Cal., on Monday morning, June 1, 1908, Sarah J. Sweitzer Lowry; aged 50 y. 9 m. 15 d. wife of Albert W. Lowry, formerly of Scottdale, Pa. Funeral services were held at her late residence, 113 Colton avenue.(sic) Robert S. Fisher officiating. Interment in Evergreen cemetery.

Christophel. - Elizabeth J. Reed, daughter of Wm. S. and Christiana Reed, was born March 16, 1829, in Rockingham Co., Va. At the age of two years she came with her parents to Mahoning Co., O. In 1849 she was married to John N. Christophel, who departed this life, Oct. 24, 1901. To this union were born 10 children. Six years after their marriage Bro. and Sister Christophel emigrated to Elkhart Co., Ind., and settled on the present homestead, where they resided until death called them from time to eternity. They were among the first settlers in this locality. Mother Christophel was converted in early life, united with the Mennonite Church, and lived a consistent, devoted Christian life for the nearly sixty Years. (sic) Nine years ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which she never fully recovered, and quietly fell asleep on May 29, 1908, aged 79 y. 2 m. 13 d. She is survived by three sons, three daughters, 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was buried at Yellow Creek, on June 1. Services were conducted by John F. Funk, David Burkholder and Jonas Loucks. Text, Rom. 6:23 (last clause). A large concourse of people attended the funeral. She was the mother of Pre. Jacob Christophel. Peace to her ashes.

Hartzler. - Martha Hartzler was born near Orrville, O., Sept 14, 1907; died in the Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland, O., during an operation June 6, 1908; aged 8 m. 22 d. The parents, Bro. and Sister John Hartzler, returned to their home with the remains the same day. Funeral services were held in the Martin Church June 9, by I. J. Buchwalter from II Kings 4:26.

Christopher. - Dennis Riley Christopher died of Brights disease near Masontown, Pa., June 22, 1908; aged 81 y. 8 m. 25 d. He was baptized and received into the church on Sunday, June 7, by Bish. Aaron Loucks and on the following Sunday he officiated at his funeral. Text, at the house, Rev. 14:13, and at the church, Job 14:14. A large concourse of people besides relatives and friends met to pay the last tribute of respect.

Mumaw. - Elizabeth Mumaw, wife of Bro. Geo. Mumaw, died at the home of her daughter-in-law, ---- Lantz, of New Berlin, O., May 24, 1908; aged 83 y. 5 m. 22 d. Her remains were brought to Wilmot, O., her former home, where services were conducted June 26, by ---- Lane and Ira J. Buchwalter. She was a member of the Methodist Church for a number of years.

Leatherman. - Elizabeth Overholt was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Nov. 11, 1833; died at her home near River Styx, O., June 5, 1908; aged 71 y. 6 m 24 d. She was married to Henry O. Leatherman, Sept. 26, 1858. To this union were born eight children, seven of which survive her. Her husband was a minister in the Holderman Mennonite Church and she as a faithful wife ever stood by the side of her husband in the work placed upon them. Funeral services were held in the Wisler Mennonite Church near Wadsworth, O., June 7, by I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by N. A. Lind, Isaac Good and Edward Koppes. Text, "All flesh is grass" (Isa. 40:6).

Slabaugh. - Harvey Jerome Slabough, son of Abram and Amanda Slabaugh, was born in Miami Co., Ind., Jan 22, 1885; died June 7, 1908; aged 23 y. 4 m. 15 d. Harvey was of a quiet peaceable disposition, although afflicted with epileptic fits. On Saturday night he went to bed as usual and on Sunday morning when one of the family went to wake him, the spirit had left the body, this was a loud call for the family and the neighborhood as he had not yet accepted Jesus as his Savior. He leaves a father, mother, brothers and sisters and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Funeral was held at the A. M. Church. Services were conducted by E. A. Mast from Matt. 24:42-44. Burial took place in the Schrock cemetery.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 13 - June 27, 1908 - page 207

Brenneman. - Vernon, infant son of Bro. Perry and Sister Mollie Brenneman of La Junta, Colo. Funeral at the East Holbrook M. H. Services by Dniel Garber and J. M. Brunk.

Markley. - On June --, in Clay Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Anna, widow of the late George Markely, who died some years ago. She was buried on Sunday, June 12, 1908; aged 73 y. 7 m. 7 d. The funeral sermon was preached from the text, II Tim. 4:6. She leaves several children and grandchildren. The Lord bless the sorrowing ones who mourn the death of a mother, and a kind grandmother and a kind neighbor and friend.

Weber. - Edna Pearl, infant daughter of Henry B. and Rosa V. Weber, passed from this life, near Maugansville, Md., June 8, 1908; aged 2 m. 9 d. Her life was short, but she lived in her earthly home long enough to endear herself to those about her. She leaves a father and mother to mourn her early departure.

Funeral services at Reiffs M. H., conducted by Geo. S. Keener and C. R. Strite, from James 4:14.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

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