Herald of Truth Obituaries - March, 1908

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Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 10 - March 5, 1908, page 81, 82

Wisler. - On Feb. 7, 1908, at the home of his son-in-law, Bro. David Batterman, near Mumasburg, Adams Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Pre. Martin Wisler, aged 74 Y., 4 D. He was in the ministry about thirty-five years and leaves one daughter and one sister to mourn his death. He was buried on the 11th of February in the Mumasburg cemetery. Services were held at the home by Bish. Abraham Herr, Pre. J. F. Bucher and Pre. Aaron Harnish.

Sensenig. - On Feb. 18, 1908, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., John B. Sensenig, aged nearly 83 years. He was a kind husband and father, and was respected by all who knew him. He was a member of the Mennonite church. He was married three times. His first wife was Christiana Burkholder, with whom he had eight children, seven of whom survive. His second wife was Mary Good, with whom he had nine children, of whom eight survive, There are also ninety living grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. His third wife was Fianna Good, who died eleven years ago. He was buried on the 22d. Services by Benj. Weaver, John Souder and Samuel Witmer. Interment in the family cemetery near the home.

Grieder. - Alice Pearl Grieder was born Nov. 5, 1891; died near Osborn, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1908; aged 16 Y., 3 M., 13 D. She leaves to mourn a bereaved father and mother, two brothers and five sisters; but they mourn not as those without hope. She was converted and confessed her Savior one year before her death, to the very day, and a little later sealed her covenant by water baptism. She remained faithful in the service of her Master to the end, when she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. One brother and one sister preceded her to the spirit world. She was bodily afflicted for about two years; the beginning of her sickness was dropsy, after which other diseases set in. Her sufferings were severe at times, but she patiently endured it all without a murmur and we have reason to believe that she is gone to the land of rest where she is free from all her sufferings. Her funeral was largely attended and many tears were shed by her many relatives and friends. May all prepare to meet her in heaven. Funeral services were conducted by Moses Brenneman on the 23d at Grieder,s meeting-house. Text, Psa. 132:14.

Easterday. - George Easterday was born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, Jan. 27, 1820. He came to Marshall Co., Ind., in 1857, where he resided until death. His first marriage was to Rebecca Burnsides. They had twelve children, five of whom survive; 48 grandchildren, 29 living; 21 great-grandchildren, 18 living. His wife, Rebecca died Dec. 23, 1877. He was afterwards married to Amanda Ports in 1880. He died on Feb. 11, 1908, at the ripe age of 88 Y., 14 D. He was a member of the U. B. church for sixty-five years.

Amanda Easterday, second wife of the above, was born near Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1826, came to Marshall Co., Ind., in 1865, and resided there until death. Her first marriage was to D. A. Ports. They had seven children, four of whom survive; 20 grandchildren, of whom 19 survive; four great-grandchildren, of whom three are living. D. A. Ports died Aug. 15, 1879. She married as her second husband (in 1880) George Easterday. She died Feb. 11, 1908, just six hours after her husband, aged 81 Y., 4 M., 7 D. She was a member of the U. B. church over forty years. They lived in Teegarden. He was sick about two weeks. She was sick about one week. The funeral was held at Teegarden church, where a large assembly had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect and love. Services by Pre. Keesy from Psa. 90:10, assisted by Henry Weldy. Interment at the Barber church cemetery.

Moyer. - Katharine Moyer, widow of the late Joseph Moyer, died at her late residence in Clinton Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1908, at the age of 80 Y., 11 M. Sister Moyer had been in somewhat feeble health for some time, yet death came as an unexpected messenger, resulting from the infirmities of old age. She was well known throughout the community and the hospitality of her home has been appreciated by many. She was faithful and consistent in her Christian life and this is the comfort in the hour of death to her dear ones who remain. The funeral services were held on the 19th. A large number of friends and relatives assembled at the home and at the church, a tribute of the esteem in which she was held by a host of friends. Interment in the graveyard near Campden. Funeral services were conducted by Gilbert Bearss and S. F. Coffman., Text, Rev. 14:15.

Musser. - John Musser, near Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on the 16th of February, of infirmities of old age. He was confined to his bed for twenty-four weeks, being in a helpless condition so that he needed assistance at times day and night. Yet those who did it will be rewarded in the world to come. He was sexton of the Bowmansville meeting-house for a long time. The loss of sight was his lot in his last years, but in faith he beheld his Savior. Buried on the 19th. Services by Noah Bowman and Bish. Benj. Weaver in German and John Senger in English. Text, Psa. 126:6. The weather was rather inclement, but a goodly number gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one and to the family. His age was 79 Y., 2 M. Peace to his ashes.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 11 - March 12, 1908, page 89

Maust. - On March 1, 1908, in Longcliff Asylum, Logansport, Ind., Elias B. Maust, aged 44 years. He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., and came to Indiana when quite a young man, learned the printer's trade in the office of the Mennonite Publishing Co. at Elkhart and afterwards embarked in the newspaper publishing business. His mind became unbalanced while conducting a paper in Oklahoma, from whence he was brought to Indiana by his brothers, to be cared for at home, but it was soon found necessary to take him to Longcliff, where he was for about a year. He is survived by his wife and one child, residing with her people at Little Rock, Ark.; his father and mother, three brothers and three sisters also survive. His remains were brought to Nappanee, and the funeral services were held at the home of the parents, who reside with their daughter, Mrs. Chr. Bender. Interment at S. Union.

Good. - On March 2, 1908, in Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., after a brief illness, Judith, widow of the late Jacob Good. She was about seventy years of age and a member of the Mennonite church. One son, M. M. Good of Bowmansville, survives her. Funeral on the 6th at the Pine Grove M. meeting-house.

Whisler. - On Feb. 25, 1908, in Mt. Joy Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy; Christian H., son of Benj. and Susan Whisler; aged 24 years. The deceased united with the Mennonite church when seventeen years old and was a faithful member to the time of his death. He was an invalid since fourteen years of age, but bore all his sufferings with Christian fortitude. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Funeral on Saturday, Feb. 29, in the Mennonite M. H. in Mt. Joy. Interment in Graybill's cemetery.

Risser. - On Feb. 28, 1908, in Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Henry Risser, Sr., aged 80 Y., 10 M., 3 D. He had been ailing for several years and was confined to his bed since October. He was born and spent his whole life on a farm near Brunnerville. He moved to Lititz in January, 1907. Was a member of the Old Mennonite church., He is survived by his wife and seven children; also 39 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pre. Christian Risser of Lititz is his brother. Funeral services on March 2 at the Warwick M. H. and at Hammer Creek, where the interment took place. Services were conducted by Jacob Herschy and Noah Landis at the former and John LeFever at the latter place.

Nissley. - On Feb. 29, 1908, in E. Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., at the home of his surviving daughter, Mrs. Amos M. Mumma, Henry W. Nissley, in his 70th year. He is survived by one brother, John Nissley of Millersburg, and one sister of the same place. Buried on March 3 at Kreybill's M. H.

Stump. - Anna Stump was born Dec. 5, 1855; died Feb. 24, 1908; aged 52 Y., 2 M., 19 D. She was the youngest of seven children, four of whom preceded her to the world beyond. She was never married and lived with her sister, Mrs. Christian Helminger. She never made a public confession of faith. She was buried at the Brick M. H. in Union township, where services were conducted by David Burkholder and Henry Weldy from John 1:11. She leaves to mourn her death two sisters, one the wife of John Welty of Nappanee and Mrs. Helminger, as stated above.

Mikel. - Hannah E., daughter of Moses and Rebecca Drake, was born Jan. 12, 1822, at Whitewater, Ind. She was the fourth child of a family of nine. Her father died when she was eighteen years of age. In 1847 she was united in marriage to Alex Mikel. They had four children, of whom two died young. Her husband died in 1857. In 1861 she married Daniel Mikel. He died in 1881. She was a faithful member of the Baptist church until death. She resided in Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co., Ind., near the Union Chapel. She died Feb. 28, 1908, aged 86 Y., 1 M., 6 D. She leaves two children (Mrs. Martin Mullin of Elkhart and John K. Mikel), six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral at N. Union, March 1. Services by M. Schwalm and H. Weldy, from John 14:1, 2. There was a large attendance.

Landis. - On Feb. __, 1908, near Canton, Kan., of abscess of the stomach, after five weeks, illness, Harvey A. Landis, of the Spring Valley congregation; aged 20 Y., 2 M., 26 D. He was buried on March 2. The services were conducted by Jacob Heatwole of Colorado, from Dan. 12:2,3. Many from far and near were present at the funeral, manifesting their last tribute of respect to one who took his leave from the world without an enemy and who was also in peace with his God. He is survived by his father, Geo. B. Landis, his step-mother, seven brothers and sisters and many friends to mourn his death, which was his eternal gain. He leaves us the testimony that it was his desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far beter*. Peace to his soul. * as printed by the Herald of Truth

Hartman. - Anna Martha, daughter of Bro. Aaron and Sister Fannie Hartman, died near White Cloud, Mich., Feb. 16, 1908 of diphtheria; aged 5 Y., 6 M., 21 D. Funeral services on March 1 at the Union M. H. by J. C. Springer and J. P. Miller, from Isa. 11:6, "A little child shall lead them." Little Anna leaves to mourn her death, father, mother, three little brothers and a host of friends. God comfort the sorrowing parents and relatives.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 12 - March 19, 1908, page 97, 98

Grieder. - Andrew Grieder, of near Silver Springs, Lancaster Co., Pa., died Feb. 25, 1908, in the 76th year of his age. In 1859 he was married to Susan Hershey (a sister to Mrs. Jos. S. Lehman of Lancaster City, formerly of Elkhart, Ind.), who survives him. The following children also survive him: John and Anna (wife of C. C. Shoemaker) of Freeport, Ill.; Susan (wife of Clayton Charles) and Abraham of Silver Springs; Benjamin of Rheems, and one sister, married to Jacob Hostetler of Florin. Funeral was held on Saturday, Feb. 29. Services at the house by Henry E. Longenecker, Jacob N. Brubacher, I. B. Good and H. Kauffman. Buried at Silver Springs. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Peace to his ashes.

Miller. - Jacob J. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sept. 22, 1830. He was united in marriage Sept. 10, 1867, with Sarah Griner of Indiana. He united with the Mennonite church in 1894 and remained faithful to the end. He suffered for nearly a year of heart trouble and on the morning of the 24th of Feb., 1908, he passed peacefully away at the home of his son-in-law, Arch Carper, in Mottville Twp., Cass Co., Mich.; aged 77 Y., 5 M., 3 D. His wife, an aged brother, three sons and four daughters survive him. A neighbor said of him, "Mr. Miller was one of our most respected citizens and will be sadly missed by his many friends. Funeral on the 27th at the Barker St. meeting-house; services by A. S. Cripe in English and German from Matt. 24:44. There where no tears are known, where no pain or sorrow is known, safely beyond Jordan,s roll, he lived forever with his blessed Jesus, the lover of his soul.

Stoltzfus. - Jonathan L. Stoltzfus was born May 21, 1848, in Union Co., Pa.; died Feb. 13, 1908, in Decatur Co., Kan.; aged 59 Y., 8 M., 22 D. He was married to Lydia Esch, June 13, 1867. In the spring of 1833 he with his family moved from Pennsylvania to Brown Co., Kan., where he lived for three years. They then moved to Lyon Co., Kan., where he lived the remainder of his days, being troubled with heart disease for nineteen years. He passed away very suddenly. He was up and around to the day of his death, although sometimes not feeling very well. The day before his departure he was out with his son Ammon, hauling straw, and said he was feeling better than ever, before daylight the death messenger had called him away; but we mourn not as those who have no hope, as we believe he was prepared to go. He leaves a sorrowing wife, four children (four having preceded him to the spirit world), nine grandchildren, one brother in Ohio and one sister in Pennsylvania, to mourn their loss. The funeral services were conducted on the 16th by N. E. Roth of Seward Co., Neb., from John 11:24, 25. May God comfort the bereaved ones. Dearest father, thou hast left us and we feel our affliction deeply, but the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
A. E. S.

Zook. - On Feb. 21, 1908, near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a lingering illness of cancer, Elizabeth, wife of Jacob L. Zook, passed peacefully to her rest, aged 57 Y., 1 M., 12 D. The funeral was held on the 24th. Services were conducted by Pre. Daniel and Henry Stoltzfus. Her remains were laid to rest in Beiler,s cemetery near Ronks. She is survived by her husband, one son and three grandchildren; also by her aged parents, who greatly feel the loss of their loving daughter. She also leaves a host of sorrowing friends. Many were assembled to show their last respect to the departed friend. She was held in high esteem not only in the community, but everywhere. She was a faithful member of the A. M. church for many years. She always had a willing heart and helping hand when able to do so. She was truly a fair example. May the Lord comfort all sorrowing friends. We weep not, for her trials are over and her race is run. God grant that we may rest as calmly when our work like hers is done.

Yoder. - Christian S. Yoder was born April 21, 1845, in Lagrange Co., Ind., where he lived until death. He was united in marriage with Maria Miller of Lagrange Co., Ind., Jan. 28, 1864, and lived in matrimony 44 Y., 27 D. He was a faithful member of the Townline Amish church. Some years ago he was called to the office of deacon and served his church faithfully until death. He was very highly respected by all who knew him. He was afflicted with that dread disease consumption, with which he suffered for some time, and on Feb. 25, 1908, he passed quietly to his eternal reward, aged 62 Y., 10 M., 4 D. Funeral was held on the 28th at the Emma Mennonite M. H., where a very large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect. Services were conducted by John Hostetler and Jonathan Troyer in German and A. S. Cripe in English. Buried in the Christian Miller burying-ground. Peacefully rest.

Kauffman. - David Kauffman was born in Buffalo Valley, Pa., Feb. 3, 1846; died Jan. 28, 1908; aged 61 Y., 11 M., 25 D. In 1849, as near as we can tell, he went with his parents to Lawrence Co., Pa., and resided there until death. He was married to Catharine Zook in December, 1870, who survives. To this union were born eight children (one son died in infancy) and fifteen grandchildren, of whom fourteen survive. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by Jonathan Lantz in the German language and by David Lehman of Columbiana, Ohio, in English. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1.

Harshbarger. - Rudolph A., son of John H. and Elsie Harshbarger, died at Mattawana, Pa., on March 2, 1908, after an illness of three weeks, which ended with an abscess on the brain; aged eleven years, less one day. Rudolph was one of those boys who possess a quiet and manly disposition, and was a very useful boy in the home. He will be missed in the Sunday school, as he was much interested in the study of God,s word. Services conducted by Michael Yoder in German from Job 14:1,2, and John E. Kauffman in English from 2 Kings 4:26, last three words, "It is well. He was much respected and much sympathy was extended to the parents, which the many friends proved by crowding the house. His school teacher with all the pupils followed him to the house of worship. A precious one from us has gone, a voice we loved is stilled; a place is vacant in the home, which never can be filled.
I. H. B.

Shirk. - Henry G. Shirk died Feb. 29, 1908, at his home near Churchtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 63 Y., 4 M., 5 D. He was a member of the Mennonite church for over forty-two years and an earnest worker in the church and Sunday school. He leaves a widow and six sons and a large circle of friends to mourn a beloved one. Funeral on March 2. Services were conducted by Benj. Weaver and I. B. Good. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment at the Weaverland graveyard.

Crumleigh. - John Crumleigh died March 6, 1908, at the Mennonite Home, Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged 79 Y., 4 M., 21 D. Bro. Crumleigh came to the Home from Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., Pa., about four months ago.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 13 - March 26, 1908, page 105, 106

Landis. - Martin K. Landis died at his home in Elizabethtown, on Saturday morning from an abscess of the brain, resulting from a previous injury to his head several years ago. He recently underwent an operation at the hospital, as the last resort, though considered at the time hopeless. The deceased was in his forty-sixth year, and is survived by a wife, (who was before marriage, Miss Lizzie Leicht) and one daughter. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite church and bore his affliction with patience and Christian fortitude. The funeral was held on Tuesday morning at nine o,clock at the house, with services at the Mennonite meeting house at Elizabethtown. The brethren John Moseman of Lancaster, and B. M. Moyer of the Reformed Church at Elizabethtown made very impressive remarks from the text Heb. 9:27, 28. Interment in Mt. Tunnel Cemetery.

Miller. - Maggie Lena Shafer was born March 12, 1878, and departed this life Feb. 29, 1908; aged 29 Y., 11 M., 17 D. On March 14, 1897, she was married to Edward Miller, to which union were born six children, two sons and four daughters, one son preceding the mother to eternity. She was the daughter of William and Mary P. Shafer, residing near Dupont, Ohio. She leaves to mourn her sudden departure a husband and five children, a little baby girl several weeks old, father and mother and two brothers and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the U. B. church near Dupont, March 2, A. J. Steiner officiating. So far as we know, Mrs. Miller never united with any church, and we trust this death may serve as a strong warning to the unsaved.

Hess. - Elizabeth, widow of the late John Hess, died Sunday, March 8, 1908, at Leola, Lancaster Co., Pa., in the eighty-third year of her age. She is survived by two children, Isaac L. Hess, a missionary in China, and Dr. Amelia Hess of Philadelphia. Her husband and nine children preceded her in death. Buried at Landis Valley Mennonite meeting-house.

Martin. - On March 6, 1908, in Akron, Lancaster Co., Pa., of grippe and stomach trouble, David N. Martin, aged about fifty-two years. He had been a sufferer from this disease for thirty years. He was never married and resided with his aged father and five sisters. Buried at Groffdale. Services by Brethren Jonas Martin, Kurtz and Wenger. He was a member of the Old Mennonite Church.

Miller. - Bro. Alton Miller was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Aug. 14, 1873. He united in marriage with Polly Hostetler on the 26th day of May, 1894, and together they shared the joys and sorrows of life until he was called to his eternal reward on March 9, 1908, having lived in matrimony 13 Y., 9 M., 13 D.; aged 34 Y., 6 M., 25 D. He leaves to mourn their loss a sorrowing wife and four children, a loving father and mother, one brother and three sisters; but we trust their loss is his eternal gain. In his sixteenth year he united with the Mennonite church and remained faithful unto the end. Funeral was held on March 11 at the Shore Mennonite meeting-house where a large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed brother. Services by Amos S. Cripe and Josiah Miller. Interment in the Miller burying-ground.

Freed. - On March 4, 1908, in Franconia, Montgomery Co., Pa., of lagrippe and old age, Bro. William G. Freed died aged 77 Y., 4 M., 21 D. He was buried on Sunday, March 8, at the Franconia M. H.

Kriebel. - On Feb. 24, 1908, in Lansdale, Montgomery Co., Pa., Sister Sarah, wife of William S. Kriebel; aged 76 Y., 24 D. She had been ailing for a long time. She was a daughter of Jos. and Rebecca Cassel and was the mother of five children, all of whom preceded her in death, two of them having been the victims of fire. Funeral was held at the Schwenkfelder church in Towamensing.

Hartzler. - Morris Leroy Hartzler, son of D. D. and Fanny Hartzler of Smithville, Ohio, died March 6, 1908, aged 2 Y., 2 M., 16 D. He was born Dec. 20, 1905. Buried in Oak Grove cemetery. Funeral services by C. Z. and D. Z. Yoder.

Vandeveer. - Glenwood Vandeveer, only child of John and Alice Vandeveer, was born Feb. 17; died March 2; aged 14 days. Owing to the serious illness of Sister Vandeveer no funeral services were held, but will be held as soon as her health will permit. Buried in the Whitehead cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved family. They reside near Nappanee, Ind.

Grieder. - Sister Catharine Grieder, widow of the late Jacob Grieder, died Thursday morning at two o,clock, in her ninety-seventh year. She was born June 7, 1811, in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. She was a member of the Chestnut Hill Mennonite church. The following children survive: Mary, Mrs. Solomon Leanur and Mrs. Joseph Miller of Hinderhooh, Mrs. Jacob Habecker and Tobias Grieder of Rapho township, and Jacob of Philadelphia. Also 27 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren survive. Funeral was held at Silver Spring in the U. B. church. Services by Henry E. Longenecker and Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher.

Witmer. - Christian H. Witmer died very suddenly on Monday morning, March 9. He started out to drive to Columbia and when about a mile from home, it is supposed, he died on his wagon and then fell off near a schoolhouse. The children and teacher gave the alarm and neighbors came and carried him to a near-by house. He was in his seventy-fifth and a member of the Mennonite church. He is survived by his widow and three children; Mrs. Henry C. Grieder of West Hempfield township, Mrs. Harry Gardner and Clayton of Silver Springs. Funeral was held at Silver Springs on Thursday afternoon. Services by John Beshore, Henry E. Longenecker and Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher.

Overholt. - Magdalena Overholt was born Feb. 28, 1810, and died in Plumsteadville, Bucks Co., Pa., Dec. 17, 1907; aged 97 Y., 9 M., 21 D. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world at the age of 95 Y., 6 M., 21 D. Grandmother Overholt was totally blind for about forty-five years. She leaves to mourn her death, two sons, three daughters, 56 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. We do not mourn for her as those who have no hope. She pleaded much with her Savior during her illness and often called to him to come and take her home to her rest. Grandmother Overholt lived a faithful, patient, Christian life in the Mennonite church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Deep Run Mennonite meeting-house, where she was also laid to rest. Peace to her ashes.

Gingrich. - Katie A. Gingrich, nee Eigsti, of Buda, Ill., was born ear Morton, Tazewell Co., Ill., Aug. 9, 1864; died in Chicago, Ill., March 8, 1908; aged 43 Y., 6 M., 29 D. She was united in marriage to J. J. Gingrich, Feb. 4, 1884, and lived with him in matrimony a little over 24 years. To this union were born eight children, of whom one, Orville C., preceded her, in 1904, to the spirit world. She accepted the Savior and united with the Mennonite church in her early life and remained a faithful member until her death. She suffered a great deal during the few last days of her life. Her affliction was a complication of diseases, of which tuberculosis of the upper bone of one of her lower limbs was the most serious one. During the last few days of her life she often prayed to the Lord to grant her relief from her sufferings. She died in the glorious hope of being with the Lord. She selected for her funeral services the text, Psa. 25, especially verse 18; also the song, "I surrender all. She also requested that Bro. Leaman should preach the funeral sermon. She left instructions to have her children brought up in the ways of right and truth, that they might again meet in the mansions above. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, seven children, father, two brothers and many friends. Services were conducted at the Home Mission in Chicago by M. S. Steiner, and by A. H. Leaman at her home and church near Buda., Ill.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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