Herald of Truth
Volume I, No. 12, December 1864
Page 84

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On the 4th of March 1964, in Tazewell Co., Ill., Catharine Mishler, aged 28 years, 6 mo. and 4 days. She was buried on the 6th. She leaves a husband and three small children to mourn her departure.

On the 8th of March, in the same place, Barbara Bally, aged 30 years, 3 months and 12 days. She was buried on the 10th of which occasion a funeral sermon was preached by the writer from Revelations 14: 13. Her child died on the 10th of April following, aged 3 months.

On the 20th of July, in the same place, Susanna Schmidt, aged 24 years, 6 months and 11 days. Her disease was consumption, from which, for a considerable time, she suffered with great patience. She was well prepared to die and looked forward to the time of her redemption. She departed from this world without having been married. An aged mother who is a widow and thus for many years lived among her children, a brother and a sister, are her nearest relations, who mourn her death. She was buried on the 21st. A funeral sermon was preached by the writer from Isaiah 35: 10. The three departed ones, whose deaths we have recorded above, were faithful members of our church. ---JOST BALLY

On the 17th of November, in Markham, York Co., C.W., bro. John Rahmer, aged 81 years, 4 mo. and 25 days. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and came to Canada in 1809. Funeral sermon was preached by the brethren Jacob Burkholder and Henry Barkey in German, and by bro. John Stickly in the English language.

On the 27th of November, in the same place, Pre. John Risser, aged 58 years, 5 mo, and 3 days. He was called to the ministry in the year 1836. He performed the duties of his office faithfully and was beloved by almost every one. Although his family and his congregation have sustained a great loss, we hope he has obtained much greater gain, for we hope he may also be able to say with the Apostle Paul: "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished my course" & 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8. The funeral sermon was preached by the brethren Henry Barkey and Isaac Hoffer. --- HENRY BARKEY

On the 19th of Nov., near Manheim, Lancaster Co, Pa., of dropsy, brother Christian Hershey, aged 75 years, 2 mo. and 27 days. Susan, his wife died 22 years ago. His remains were consigned to the tomb in his family grave yard on the 23rd. A large concourse of friends and relativies were assembled to pay the last tribute of love to the memory of the deceased brother, upon which occasion appropriate remarks were made by the brethren Christian Nissley, Christian Bomberger and John Brubaker, from 2 Cor. 4: 16, 17, 18. "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
Bro. Hershey was a faithful member of the church, charitable, benevolent, kind to all and enjoying the good will of all. Peace to his ashes! He was ailing over seven years and a half, and a great part of this time he had to sit in a chair day and night, which he endured with patience, and said the Lord would not lay more upon him than he was able to bear. During the lonely nights he would wait and watch for the clock to strike the hours until at last the daylight would come again: "I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me and heard my cry." Ps. 40: 1. --- Gabriel Bear

Transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana


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