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Baumgardner. - Abram Baumgardner was born Jan. 25, 1868; died Aug. 30, 1912; aged 44 y. 7 m. 5 d. He was a son of the late Christian Baumgardner. He is survived by an aged mother, 1 brother, and 3 sisters. A sad event as the deceased never confessed his Savior. Remains laid away in the Weaver Cemetery near Johnstown, Pa. Funeral services by S. G. Shetler.
Sailor. - Bro. Emanuel Sailor was born July 17, 1835; died Oct. 19, 1912; aged 77 y. 3 m. 2 d. In his young manhood he united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. He had a kind and loving disposition and is greatly mourned by all who knew him, but they weep not as those who have no hope. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn his departure. Services at the Woodbridgetown Union Church by E. D. Hess, assisted by W. W. Ryan of the Baptist Church. Interment at the Smithfield Cemetery.
Blough. - Noah Blough of Johnstown, Pa., was born May 18, 1860; died Aug. 11, 1912; aged 52 y. 2 m. 23 d. He died in the Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He is survived by an aged mother, a sister, a half brother, and a wife. Funeral services at the home of his mother by S. G. Shetler. The body interred in the graveyard on the Speicher farm. It is to be lamented that the deceased never confessed Christ as his Savior.
Weaver. - Bro. Francis C. Weaver was born Sept. 23, 1880; died Oct. 23, 1912; aged 32 y. 1 m. He is the ninth one of the family who have passed into the beyond, and all but two died of consumption. His time was spent in riotous living, but a few weeks before his death he saw the need of a Savior. After making a surrender of all, including a worldly office, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. He is survived by an aged mother, a brother, a sister, a wife and a number of children. Funeral services by S. G. Shetler and Alex. Weaver. The body was laid to rest in the Weaver Cemetery near Johnstown, Pa.
Bender. - David Bender was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 2, 1832; died from the effects of a paralytic stroke near Milford, Nebr., Oct. 10, 1912; aged 80 y. 5 m. 8 d. He was married to Lydia Miller, Jan 29, 1885, to which union were born 8 children, 2 of whom preceded him to the spirit-world. His wife died May 7, 1873. He was married to Lydia Miller, second wife Apr. 1, 1875. He leaves to mourn a wife, 6 children, 34 grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth and was a faithful member to the end. In his last days his desire was to leave this world and be with Christ. Funeral services were conducted by Sanford C. Yoder of Chappell, Nebr. Text, Isa. 38:1: "Set thine house in order for thou shalt die and not live."
Transcriber's note: Both wives have same name in this obituary.
Martin. - Cora (Schweitzer), wife of Aaron Martin, was
born, in Seward Co., Nebr., Nov. 11, 1891; died Oct. 13, 1912;
aged 20 y. 11 m. 2 d. She was married to Aaron Martin Aug. 7,
1912, lived in matrimony 2 months and 6 days. She leaves to mourn
her departure a sorrowing husband, father, mother, 6 sisters 3
brothers. Funeral services were held Oct. 15, in the West Fairview
Church. Bro. J. E. Whitaker spoke in the English language at the
house and at the church by Bro. Jacob Stauffer, Bro. Joseph Schlegel
(Text, II Cor. 5) in German and Bro. C. C. Steckley in English.
Text, Eccl. 8. Laid to rest in the West Fairview Cemetery by a
large circle of friends and neighbors.
One by one have reached the valley.
One by one have reached the shore,
They have bid us good-bye and
Have gone before.
Hensler. - William M. Hensler was born Sept. 5. 1881; died Oct. 9, 1912, after an illness of two weeks of typhoid pneumonia aged 31 y. 1 m. 4 d. He was born in Whiteside Co., Ill., and at the age of two years moved to Ustick, Ill., where he has since resided. On Dec. 3I, 1903, he was married to Maria M. Witmer, to which union were born 2 children, Mildred E., aged 8, and George A., aged 3 months. Besides these he leaves to mourn his loss a widowed mother, 5 sisters, a brother and a host of relatives and friends. His mother has been a member of the Mennonite Church for twenty years, to which church he expressed a desire to unite with during his sickness. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church in Ustick Oct. 11, 1912, by A. C. Good of the Mennonite Church of Sterling, Ill., and C. H. Hiller of the M. E. Church of Altona, Ia., the latter being a cousin of the deceased.
Hoover. - Bro. Isaiah Hoover of near Schellburg, Pa., was born May 22, 1859; died Oct. 12 1912; aged 53 y. 4 m. 20 d. During the last few years the deceased suffered considerable, part of which was the amputation of one leg, just below the knee. Some time ago he had a light stroke, but soon regained consciousness. About a week before his death, he came in from work complaining of pain in his head. He soon became very sick and suffered intensely, until death relieved him. He expressed a willingness and desire to depart, leaving bright hopes. He will be missed in the rural mission station. It was largely through his efforts that a church was built on his farm. He was superintendent of the Sunday school. He is survived by a wife and adopted daughter, brothers and sisters. Funeral services by Abram Metzler and S. G. Shetler. The body was laid away in the cemetery near Schellburg. Peace to his ashes.
Culp. - Sister Susan Elizabeth, widow of the late Bro.
Jacob W. Culp, was born in Ashland Co., O., Dec. 6, 1844, in an
early day, living in Elkhart county for over 40 years. She was
married to Jacob W. Culp. who died just a year before the death
of his companion. She was the mother of 7 children, 3 of whom,
1 daughter and 2 sons, survive her. She also has 4 brothers and
4 sisters still living. Sister Culp has been in ill health for
about 3 years and was finally taken with a stroke of paralysis
from which she died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Daugherty,
in Elkhart, Ind., on Oct. 15; aged 68 y. 10 m. 10 d. Her life
was one of trial and affliction in many ways. She was a faithful
and devoted wife and mother and a woman of incessant toil. A large
share of the work of the support of the family rested on her shoulders,
but she never shrank from her duties, but toiling on, ever faithful
to her charge, until disease overtook her and her strength failed,
and she sank under the burden. We trust she has found her rest
in the mansions of eternal peace where Jesus has prepared a place
for all His faithful followers.
J. F. Funk.
Stemen - Daniel Stemen was born in Perry Co., Ohio, March 27, 1824; died in Putnam Co., Ohio, Oct. 23, 1912; aged 88 y. 6 m. 26 d. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Beery Nov. 26, 1846. To this union were born 14 children. His wife and 9 children preceded him to the spirit-world, leaving 3 sons and 2 daughters, 44 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren, 1 brother about 90 years old, besides many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He with his wife came to Putnam Co., Ohio. Oct. 8. 1852, on the farm where he was still living at the time of his death. Bro. Stemen was a kind father and husband and a good neighbor. He never connected himself with any church until May, 1908, when he publicly confessed Christ and sealed his covenant by water baptism, and was received into the Mennonite Church, where he remained faithful until death. There was great rejoicing by his friends over his conversion. May they all live so as to meet him in that better land. Funeral services in the Methodist M. H. by Moses Brenneman and J. M. Shenk from Isa. 38:1: "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live." Buried at the Salem Cemetery in Allen Co., O., Oct. 25.
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Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 33 - November 14, 1912 - page 527, 528
Nusbaum. - Catharine (Wert) Nusbaum was born April 9, 1842; died at her home in Middlebury, Ind., Oct. 27, 1912; aged 70 y. 6 m. 8 d. She had been feeble and in poor health for several years. She leaves to mourn a husband, Bro. Samuel Nusbaum, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 7 grandchildren, 6 sisters and 6 brothers. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church at Middlebury, Ind., Oct. 29, Bros. John Garber from Job. 14:14 and S. S. Yoder from Rev. 2:10.
Kerlin. - Bro. Orien E. Kerlin of Middlebury, Ind., was born Oct. 8, 1869; died Oct. 24, 1912; aged 43 y. 16 d. He gave his heart to God in early life in Wayne Co., 0., and later became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. Sept. 9, 1894, he was joined in marriage to Fannie M. Yoder. He leaves to mourn his companion and one daughter, Florence, a mother, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church at Middlebury, Ind., Oct. 26, by S. S. Yoder assisted by A. J. Hostetler. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Kauffman. - Daniel Kauffman was born Dec. 29, 1829; died Oct. 15, 1912; aged 82 y. 9 m. 16 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Being of a quiet and peaceful disposition, he won the respect of all who were acquainted with him. He is survived by a wife, 5 sons, and 1 daughter. Funeral services conducted in the U. B. Church at Lorett, Pa., by S. G. Shetler, assisted by the U. B. minister. Body laid to rest in the graveyard on the Moses Eash farm.
Yoder. - Leah Yoder was born in Wayne Co., O., Dec. 6, 1841; died at her home near Middlebury, Ind., Oct. 30, 1912; aged 70 y. 10 m. 24 d. Her parents (Adam Yoder and wife) died 22 years ago. Since then Leah and her sister Lydia have lived together on the old home place. Of a family of seven boys and two girls Sister Lydia alone remains to continue life's struggles. Leah united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 16 and has continued in the same faith until death. Funeral services at Forest Grove, Nov. 1, by Amos Nusbaum and D. D. Miller.
Burkhart. - William Mervin, son of John and Ellen Burkhart
of Newville, Pa., died at the Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia,
Pa., Oct. 22, 1912; aged 21 y. 11 m. 15 d. An operation for appendicitis
had been performed, which seemed successful but a relapse proved
fatal. His life was an inspiration to all around him - a good
friend, an obedient son, a kind brother and a loving husband and
father. Two years ago, he and his bosom friend were the first
of a band of nine to take a step for Christ and the Church, and
he the first for eternity. His dying testimony was that of peace
with God. He leaves a six-months' old daughter, a sorrowing wife,
father, mother and brother to mourn his early departure. Services
Oct. 25 at the Diller Mennonite Church by W. F. Charlton and J.
H. L. B.
Hunsberger - Abraham Hunsberger, died at his home in Waterloo Ont., Oct. 28, 1912; aged 78 y. 7 m. 23 d. He was married to Elizabeth Sherk April 1, 1862. To this union were born 12 children, of whom 5 preceded him to the spirit world, leaves to mourn his departure, a widow, 7 children and 11 grandchildren. In 1892 he was ordained to the office of deacon, in which calling we believe he was faithful with the talent given to him, until four years ago, when he thought he could not perform his duties any more, on account of feebleness, so asked for some one to be ordained in his stead, which was granted unto him. Funeral services were conducted at the Waterloo Church Oct. 30, by Bro. Jonas Snider in German from John 5:24, 25 and in English by Bro. Noah Stauffer from Heb. 4:9-11. He was buried at the David Eby cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
Holsopple. - Verna, daughter of Russell and Sister Savilla Holsopple, was born Mar. 18, 1909; died of diphtheria, Sept. 14, 1912; aged 2 y. 5 m. 27 d. On account of the quarantine, there was only a short service at the grave at the time of burial by E. J. Blough. On Nov. 2, there was a service held in the U. B. Church at Foustwell, Pa., by S. G. Shetler.
Sensenig. - Joseph Sensenig of Lancaster Co., Pa., died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 26, 1912; aged 72 y. 9 m. 9 d. He was operated on for bladder troubles, and then took pneumonia, which ended his suffering. He leaves to mourn a bereaved widow, 3 sons, 2 daughters, a number of grandchildren and friends. We need not mourn as those that have no hope, for he led an honest, quiet and pious life and bore his afflictions patiently. His funeral was held at Weaverland, Oct. 30. Services by Pre. Frank Horst of the Martin Church, in German (Text, Rev. 2:10) and Bish. Benj. Weaver in English from Isa. 64:6. "All we do fade as a leaf."
Trissel. - Sallie Trissel died of cancer at her home near Dale Enterprise, Va., Oct. 25; aged 57 y. 2 m. 25 d. She had been afflicted for several years and for the last few months of her life was a great sufferer. She bore her sufferings patiently, though she expressed some fear that she was not as patient as she could be. Some time before her death she told the writer that she was fully resigned to the will of God and if He saw fit to call her away she felt ready to go with the assurance that it would be well with her soul, notwithstanding the mistakes she had made in life. She united with the Mennonite Church in early youth and remained faithful and consistent to the end. She was never married. She and her sister-in-law had taken a child to raise which she leaves as well as 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Church on Sunday, Oct. 27, by S. H. Rhodes and M. J. Heatwole from II Tim. 4:7, in the presence of a very large congregation, after which her body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Mast - Cornelius Mast was born May 28, 1857; died in Nappanee, Ind., Oct. 29, 1912; aged 55 y. 5 m. 1 d. He had a stroke of paralysis some 2 1/2 years ago which deprived him of the use of his right arm and leg, and from that time on he gradually kept on losing strength and for the last year of his life he was confined to his bed most of his time and towards the last suffered much, but bore his afflictions with Christian resignation. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and he was anxiously awaiting and praying that God should take him out of this world of tribulation into the blessed state above. And during his sickness often requested the Word of God read and prayer. Funeral was held Oct. 31 in the A. M. M. H. just across the street from his home. Services were conducted by J. H. McGowen in English and David Burkholder in German. Text, Rev. 14:13. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 brother. They have the sympathy of the people here.
Hartman. - Emanuel M. Hartman was born near Washington,
Ill.,, June 10, 1849; died Oct. 21, 1912: aged 63 y. 4 m. 11 d.
He accepted his Savior in early life. When he was 21 years of
age he came to Cullom, Ill., and worked for his brother Elias.
Here he was joined in matrimony to Elizabeth Shelly. In 1873 he
was chosen and ordained minister in the Mennonite Church. Later
he moved on a farm near Washington, Ill. Nov. 12, 1876, he was
ordained bishop. He labored faithfully in these capacities until
Dec. 8, 1897, when he and his companion could not see their way
clear and withdrew from the Church. Many prayers ascended to the
throne in their behalf. Two years later they were received in
fellowship in the Apostolic Christian Church. Several years later
he began to preach the Gospel in the Peoria congregation. In 1906
they moved into the town of Washington to do more efficient work
for the Master until he became afflicted with stomach trouble.
On Oct. 17 he underwent an operation. He has borne his sufferings
patiently and expressed a desire to go. The deceased leaves a
companion, 2 brothers, 12 children, numerous grandchildren. Funeral
services were held in Peoria, Oct. 24. Interment in the Union
Cemetery 4 miles northwest of Washington.
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Lehman. - Christian Lehman died at his home one mile north of Washingtonville, O., at the age of 80 y. 4 m. 25 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church (Wisler branch). Services were conducted by Harvey Horst of the home congregation and Henry Horst of Wayne Co., 0. His widow, two daughters and four grandchildren survive him.
Wonsetter. - The funeral of George Wonsetter was held at the Midway Church near Columbiana, O., Oct. 21, 1912. Services in charge of Bros. E. M. Detweiler and David Lehman. Text, Jno. 14:2. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for several years. Died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Aaron Bush of Greenford, 0. His age was 84 y. 8 m. 10 d.
Smith. - Bro. Henry Smith died at his home near Annville, Pa., Oct. 29, 1912; aged 65 y. 6 m. 16 d. He suffered greatly from a growth in the stomach, but bore his affliction with Christian resignation. Being of a quiet and peaceful disposition, he won many friends. He is survived by his companion, 2 sons, and 4 grandchildren. In answer to his prayer he had the pleasure of seeing both sons in the Master's service. He was a faithful pillar in the Mennonite Church. Funeral services and burial at Gingerich's M. H., where he worshiped and was also the sexton. Conducted by Bishops David Westenberger, John Ebersole, and Bro. Martin Reesor. He is sadly missed, yet his bright testimony assures us that he is at rest.
Shank. - Eva Lee, daughter of Bro. E. C. and Sister Ida Shank, fell asleep in Jesus Nov. 2, 1912, at their home near Waynesboro, Va.; aged 11 y. 9 m. 15 d. She was sick about eleven weeks, with a complication of diseases. Eva was bright and cheerful and will be much missed in the home and Sunday school where she had been a regular attendant. Father, mother, 3 sisters and 3 brothers are left to mourn their loss. Funeral services Nov. 4 at the Springdale Church by the home brethren, J. R. Driver, A. P. Heatwole, and E. F. Heatwole. Text, the last part of the fifth chapter of Mark.
"Eva dear, how much we miss thee,
In our earthly home below,
But with joy we hope to greet thee,
When we home to Jesus go." M. M. D.
Miller. - Margaret Miller was born. in Germany, Oct. 12, 1824. She came with her husband, Philip Miller, to America in March, 1852. They united with the Mennonite Church at Doylestown, Pa. She remained a faithful sister until death. Her remains were laid to rest Oct. 31, 1912, in the Doylestown burying ground. Her age was 88 y. 16 d. Funeral service conducted at the home by David G. Gehman in German and A. 0. Histand in English, and at the place of interment by Bros. Gehman, Histand and Mahlon Gross. Text, Psa. 92: 13-16. She leaves four children and three granddaughters to mourn their loss. But they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for could not the mother say as a dying farewell:
Farewell my dearest children,
Farewell, Christian comrades, too;
Farewell brethren, farewell sisters,
Farewell now, I bid adieu.
Farewell friends, seek and endeavor
To walk the narrow road;
Then may we hope to meet forever
In heaven's eternal, blest abode.
Shoup. - William and Ira -- On the evening of Oct. 18,
1912, the most shocking event that has occurred for a long time
in the vicinity of Orrville, O., took place at a R. R. crossing
near the home of the deceased brethren. While these brethren were
driving across the track about 7 P. M. they were struck by the
passenger train and no one knew of the accident until the train
arrived at Orrville, more than a mile distant, and the lifeless
body of a man -- Bro. William Shoup - was found on the
front of the engine. A search along the track revealed the place
where the accident occured and also found the mangled body of
his son, Bro. Ira Shoup, near by. The bodies were prepared
for burial in the undertaking rooms at Orrville and on the next
day came the touching scene of bringing back to the home two lifeless
forms, to be received by grief stricken wives and children. May
the Lord comfort Sisters Agnes and May Shoup and their children
in these their sad hours of bereavement.
Deacon Wm. Shoup was born in Holmes Co., O., Aug. 3, 1849. Was married to Agnes White, Nov. 11, 1880. To this union were born three sons: Frank, Ira and Allen. When but a child they took into their home and reared to womanhood Sister Myrtle Shoup who is recognized as their child. At an early age he united with the Mennonite Church and has served the church as a deacon for a number of years. Met death by accident Oct. 18, 1912; aged 63 y. 2 m. 15 d. He leaves a wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
David Ira Shoup was born Dec. 17, 1883, in Holmes Co., 0. On Dec. 11, 1906, he was married to Laura May Wingerter. To this union were born five children: David, Hilda, Irvin and two children who died in infancy. He united with the Mennonite Church in the spring of 1903, and remained faithful until death. Met death by accident Oct. 18, 1912; aged 28 y. 10 m. 1 d. He leaves an aged mother, a loving wife, 3 children, 2 brothers and many friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the Martin Church Oct. 21, where it was estimated that over 1,500 people had assembled to pay a last tribute of respect. Services were conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, N. A. Lind and J. S. Gerig.
Transcriber's note: The above is actually two obituaries.
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Speicher. - Fannie Ellen, daughter of Stephen and Maggie Speicher, was born Sept. 19, 1912; died Oct. 25, 1912; aged 1 m. 6 d. Funeral service at the Stahl Church by Bro. S. G. Shetler.
Speicher. - Margaret Stella, daughter of Stephen and Maggie Speicher, was born Sept. 19, 1912; died Nov. 6, 1912; aged 1 m. 18 d. Funeral services at the Stahl Church near Johnstown, Pa., by Bro. S. G. Shetler. Fannie Ellen Speicher, who died Oct. 25, was a twin sister to Margaret. May God's comforting grace abide with the bereaved parents.
Lehr. - John Lehr was born April 21, 1841; died at his home near Hollsopple, Pa., Nov. 13, 1912: aged 71 y. 6 m. 22 d. He is survived by a sorrowing wife, a daughter, a grandchild and 3 great-grand-children. Bro. Lehr had been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and in his last sickness was fully resigned to the will of God, desiring the reading of the Word, singing and prayer even unto the end, giving all those that were present goodbye and then fell asleep, we believe in Jesus. Funeral services were conducted on the 15th at Blough Church by L. A. Blough, Jas. Saylor, E. J. Blough, Simon Layman and W. C. Hershberger.
Houser. - Bro. Jacob B. Houser was born July 10, 1848,
near Lampeter, Pa., and entered into rest Oct. 28, 1912, at his
home at Lampeter; aged 64 y. 3 m. 18 d. Funeral was held Oct.
31, with short services at the house by Pre Elias Groff, and at
the Strasburg M. H. by Pre. Abram Brubaker. Text, Rev. 22:14.
Though for many years a great sufferer from stomach and liver
trouble, his last illness continued for about 3 months of which
he was confined to his bed only one week. He is survived by his
wife and these children: Frank R and Mary, wife of Dan Book of
W. Lampeter; Lillian, wife of Emanuel Ranck of Strasburg, and
Ada and Jacob at home. Also an aged sister, Mrs. Anna Lefever
of Lancaster. His death has caused a vacancy that will be hard
to fill. In the home, a kind and loving father; in the Church,
one who upheld the cause of Christ in its purity and simplicity
by his true and consistent living; in the community one who lived
for its betterment, and whose life to those about him was an inspiration
to something higher and nobler. May we who remain, so live that
as the language of the text so well fitted the close of our loved
one's earthly life, so at the close of our lives may we hear that
"Blessed are they" and find a welcome "Through
the gates into the city."
Kilheffer. - The sudden death of Sister Mattie H. Kilheffer
(nee Brubacher) wife of Bro. Willis S. Kilheffer of near East
Petersburg, Pa., occurred on Nov. 11, 1912, due to an illness
of 10 days of a contracted cold. Just as the shades of night were
softly falling a noble, devoted and Christ-like spirit winged
its flight from the ever-changing scenes of earth to the haven
of rest beyond. It is hard to realize that we shall see her face
no more, nor hear her loving voice again here on earth, but, 0
the blessed thought we shall meet her, "some sweet day."
She had a kind heart, a cheerful and forgiving disposition. She was also a kind mother, and a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church, a teacher in the Sunday school for over twenty years and secretary and treasurer of the sewing circle. She was ever ready and willing to labor for her Lord and Master. We miss her everywhere. May the influence of her virtuous life be an inspiration to us, to labor all the more earnestly in His service that when the Lord says, "'It is enough," we may make the happy transition also and meet those gone before.
She leaves a deeply bereaved husband and 2 step-children. Also 1 brother and 1 sister, her parents and 2 sisters having preceded her, thus one more link has been added to the ever growing chain. Funeral services were held Nov. 14, conducted at the home by Bro. Frank Kreider and at the church by Bros. John Mosemann and Jacob N. Brubacher. Texts, Rom. 11:33, Rev. 14:12, 13. May God bless this sad dispensation of His providence to us all.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll reap the meaning of our tears
And there, sometime, we'll understand.
"God knows the way, He holds the key,
He guides us with unerring hand,
Sometime with tearless eyes we'll see,
Yes there, up there, we'll understand."
By her niece.
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