|Herald of Truth
September 1865 - Vol. II, No.9
Page 72, page 80
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Suddenly on the 12th of July, in Warwick Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Elizabeth, wife of John H. Hess aged 34 years, 1 month and 17 days. Her maiden name was Brubaker. She was virtuous sister in the church. Though a premature death ended all her sufferings, she continued apparently steadfast in prayer to the last. She left a husband and four children to mourn her early departure. She was buried on the 15th. Affecting addresses were delivered by the brethren John Risser, Christian Bomberger, and John Landis, from these words: "Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live." 2 Kings 20: 1.
On the 24th of July, in Tazewell Co., Ill., of bilious fever,
Elizabeth, wife of Payton M. Kress, aged 26 years,
6 months and 24 days. She was sick but eight days, and had been
married only since spring. But what God has done is well done,
and righteous is his will. Funeral address was delivered by Pre.
Liesy in English, and by Pro. Jost Bally in German.
On the 1st of August, in Allen Co. 0., Mary, wife of Ulrich
Boesiger, aged 65 years, 2 months and 27 days. She was buried
on the 3d. Funeral address was delivered by the writer from Ps.
107: 15, 16. Her disease was jaundice with which she suffered
about a year.
On the 17th of July, near Lancaster, Pa., Bro. Daniel Brubaker, aged 73 years, 9 months and 29 days. He was buried on the 19th, at Reading Road Meeting House. Funeral sermons were preached by Bros. Jacob N. Brubacher, John Risser, and Christian Herr. Text: Heb. 3: 1,2.
On the 18th of July, near Enterprise, Lancaster Co., Pa., very suddenly, Sister Maria Landis, widow of Jacob Landis (who died thirty years ago), aged 62 years, 11 months, and 3 days. One of her sons who was very sick and wished to see his dear mother, sent for her; and while she was getting ready to go to see her sick son, she was overtaken and died in a few hours. Another loud call unto us all. Here we can see the necessity of observing the words of our Saviour: "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come---Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh---Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing." She was buried at Mellinger's Meeting House on the' 21st, on which occasion a funeral sermon was preached in German by Bro. David Witmer, and in English by Bro. Amos Herr. Text: St. John 14: 19; "Because I live, ye shall live also."
Near Gap Station, Lancaster Co., Pa., Leah Lantz, aged
23 years, 2 months and 7 days. On the day of her death she called
her parents, brothers and sisters around her, and, taking leave
of them, said, "Do not mourn on account of my departure for
I am going to Heaven." She then prayed fervently and sung(sic)
the first three verses of the hymn beginning,
"Wo ist Jesus, mein Verlangen,"
The deceased was unmarried and a member of the Omish Mennonite Church.
On 28th of July, in Adams Co., Pa., Howard, son of Conrad Spaengler, aged 10 years, 9 months and 15 days. Funeral was preached by Bro. Benjamin Hershey.
On the 17th of July, in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., of Consumption, Rachel Kauffmann, Widow, in the 59th year of her age. She bore her sickness patiently to the last. In the last hours of her life, she admonished her children to continue faithful to their Redeemer. Her last words were, "1 am going home. My Jesus has redeemed me." She was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was buried on the 19th at Weber's Church, where a funeral sermon was preached by the writer and Bro. Jacob Blanch from Heb. 4: 8-12.
On the 20th of July, in Paint Township, Somerset Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. John Berkey, aged 76 years. His remains were consigned to rest on the 21st, when a funeral sermon was preached by Bro. Jacob Blauch.
On the 21st of July, in Richland Township, Cambria Co., Pa.,
wife of Solomon Helsel, aged 43 years, 3 mo. and 11 days.
She left 9 children and a husband, who is blind, to mourn their
loss. On the 23d, her body was committed to the earth, and a funeral
discourse delivered by Bro. Jacob Blanch.
Extra to Volume II, No. 9. --- September, 1865, page 80.
On the 22d of June 1865, in York Co., C. W., of Consumption,
after a lingering illness, Daniel Wideman, son of Henry
and Susan Wideman, aged 21 years, 4 months and 14 days. He was
buried on the 24th. Funeral discourses were delivered by Bro.
A. Ramer in German, and by the writer in English, from Rev. 14:13,
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:
Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and
their works do follow them." During his affliction he was
brought to a saving knowledge of the truth to see himself a sinner,
and manifested a heart-felt repentance toward God and faith in
the Lord Jesus Christ. He felt that his soul was blessed and his
heart filled with love. He acknowledged Christ his Redeemer to
all that came to visit him. He desired, a few weeks before his
death, to manifest his love toward his Savior in obedience to
his commands to be baptized and to partake of the emblems of the
broken body of Christ by bread and wine, which ordinances were
also administered according to his wishes. Feeling resigned to
the will of God, he patiently waited till his change came, when
he could bid farewell to a world of sorrow and affliction, with
a bright prospect of entering the rest that remains for the people
J. L. S.
On the 17th of July, near Blue Ball, Lancaster Co., Pa., Barbara, widow of Henry Gehmann aged 74 years, 3 mo., and 20 days. Her maiden name was Legron. She was buried on the 20th. Funeral was preached by the brethren Samuel Wengner(sic?) and Tobias Wanner from Rev. 16: 15.
On the 3rd of July at the same place, Fanny, wife of
Abraham M. Brubaker, and daughter of the above-mentioned,
H. and B. Gehmann, aged 39 years, 7 months, and 21 days.
She was buried on the 6th at the Waewerlaender Churchyard. The
brethren John Risser and George Waewer delivered funeral discourses
from Acts 17:30, 31.
On the 26th of August, in Manor Township, Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Bro. Henry Hershey, aged 72 years, 1 mo., and 6 days. He
was consigned to his last resting place on the 29th, to mingle
with the dust from whence he was taken, as was said to Adam: "Dust
thou art, and unto dust shall thou return." Funeral sermon
was preached by the brethren Abraham Witmer and Burkholder from
the words, "And I heard a voice from Heaven, saying unto
me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:
Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and
their works do follow them." Rev. 14: 13. His death should
make another deep impression on our hearts and minds. Oh how frail
and insecure we poor mortals are! Let us hearken while salvation
is preached unto us, and endeavor to grow in grace more and more
as we are rapidly hastening to our end, that we may be in readiness
to go in with the Bridegroom, when he comes.
JOHN D. HERSHEY
On the 17th of August, in the neighborhood of Strasburg, Susan,
wife of John Kindig, aged 57 years, 7 months, and 4 days.
She was a sister in the faith, having the goodly hope to meet
her beloved Savior in the mansions above, where all tears shall
be wiped from her eyes, and where there shall be no more sorrow,
nor pain, nor death. Funeral sermon was preached by Bro. Jacob
Andrews from Heb. 10: 11, in English, and, after a few remarks
by David Witmer, a discourse was delivered in German by Bro. Benjamin
Herr, from Rev. 7: 16, 17, "They shall hunger no more, neither
thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any
heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed
them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas
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