Herald of Truth - Volume XI, Number 6 - June 1874 - Pages 110-111
Died April 28th, on Pretty Prairie, LaGrange county, Indiana, CHRISTIAN K. MAST, aged 53 years, 1 month, and 12 days. His burial took place on the 30th, at Pretty Prairie Meetinghouse, and was attended by a large concourse of mourning relatives and friends. The subject of this sketch was born in Lancaster co., Pa., in 1821. While young his father moved to Holmes co., Ohio, where he settled with his family, consisting of several sons and daughters. Here Christian married, and lived many years. By his acts of charity, his words of comfort and cheer, he became well known, and whom to know was but to love. In the fall of 1864 he removed to the Prairie where by his Christian course, walk and conversation, by his honesty and uprightness of character, he became endeared to the hearts of a large circle of acquaintances. He early made a profession of the religion of Jesus Christ; he was not only a professor, but as we believe, a sincere devoted, Christian. Many will remember his friendly words of admonition. He was ever cheerful, and had a strong confidence in the promise of his Savior. Our friend and brother is gone, and it is a source of great consolation to believe and hope that his soul is at rest within those heavenly mansions prepared for them that love and obey their Savior. He is gone, his earthly work is done, his lamp of life is gone out, or rather placed upon the heavenly candlestick, where it will shine brighter than ever in the heavenly clime. He leaves a greatly afflicted wife and seven children, besides many friends and neighbors to mourn their loss, yet our loss is his eternal gain. Dear young friends, children of the deceased, often do I think of you - of the many pleasant hours we have spent together in the schoolroom, as teacher and pupils. Remember our feeble counsels. Remember the counsels of your deceased father. He can no more return to you, but thanks be to God, there is a way by which you can go to him. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. Early give your heart to Jesus. Although the Christian's path may be strewn with thorns, yet there is a pleasure in the fellowship of Jesus which the world never knows. The happiness or pleasures of the world are but fanciful - temporary, but the happiness of those who love and obey God is real. God loves you, and invites you to draw near unto him that you may enjoy that reality. May God so direct us, and give us grace to hold out faithful unto the end, that we may all meet on the shores of immortality, and enter into that rest prepared for all them that love the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. JOSEPH SUMMERS
CORRECTION. - In the death notice of VERONICA F. RESSLER, wife of Levi Ressler, it reads "died 15th, of April, and buried the 17th;" it should read, died 13th, and buried 15th.
March 1st, in Livingston co., Ill., ANNA SPRINGER, aged 6 months. Services by J. P. Schmitt.
March 4th, in Livingston co., Ill., ANNA STALTER, wife of Lewis Stalter, aged 34 years. Services by John and Joseph Rediger. She leaves a husband and 6 children to mourn their loss.
March 17th, in Livingston co., Ill., Bro CHRISTIAN STEHLY, aged 39 years, 1 month, and 7 days. His death was caused by his horses becoming frightened at a train while he was unloading grain in a car, and the loaded wagon passed over his body, injuring him so badly that after nine weeks of suffering his spirit fled. He was a faithful Brother in the Amish Mennonite Church. He leaves a bereaved wife and one child to mourn their loss. Words appropriate to the occasion were made by Joseph Gasho, Christian Schlegel, and John P. Schmitt.
April 4th, in Franconia, Montgomery co., Pa., of Dropsy, ISAAC BERGY, aged 72 years, 6 months, and 1 day. He leaves a wife and several grown children. Sermon by the brethren Clemmer and Allabach.
April 3rd, in Hilltown, Bucks co., Pa., ELEAZAR ROSSEL, in the 80th year of his age.
April 8th, at Souder's Station, Montgomery co., Pa., JACOB H. PRICE, aged 29 years, 9 months, and 27 days. He leaves a bereaved wife and one child to mourn their loss. Services by J. Clemmer, and W. Nice.
April 10th, at Souder's Station, Montgomery co., Pa., JACOB MOYER, aged 71 years, 10 months, and 1 day. Sermon by the brethren Landis and Loux.
Feb. 15th, at Lederachsville, Montgomery co., Pa., of Croup, WILLIAM, son of John and Deborah LEDERACH, aged 5 years, and 4 months.
April 10th, in Franklin co., Pa., sister MARTHA R. BURKHOLDER wife of Henry B. Burkholder, aged 20 years, 5 months, and 23 days. She was sick only 6 days, and suffered greatly. She bore her affliction with a strong Christian fortitude, and was perfectly resigned to the will of her heavenly Father. She was a sincere and faithful Christian, and died in the full hope of Heaven. She admonished those around her to hold out faithful; and requested that the minister at her funeral should call earnestly to the young to seek the Lord early. When told that her end was nigh, she joined in prayer and singing; then bidding friends farewell she stretched forth her hands saying "Come, Come Lord Jesus," &c. She leaves a bereaved husband and infant daughter to mourn their loss. Sermon by P. H. Parret in Eng., and Jn. Hunsecker in Ger., from 1 Peter 1:24th and part of 25th verse.
March 12th, in Elgin co., Ontario, ____ wife of George KENIG. Funeral services by Menno Cressman.
April 22nd, in Conemaugh, Somerset co., Pa., ELIZABETH YODER, (widow) aged 84 years, 3 months, and six days. Sermon by Moses B. Miller, and Jonathan Hershberger, from Jn. 4: 24-29.
April 25th, in Livingston co., Ill., CHRISTIAN ERNST, aged 73 years. Five years ago he had a stroke of the palsy, since which time he has not been able to help himself, and most of the time he spent in the chair. Yet with patience the aged brother bore his Cross, until death released him from his trials. Sermon by Noah Augspurger, and Christian Naffziger, from 1 Cor. 15.
April 28th, on Pretty Prairie, Lagrange co., Ind., Bro. CHRISTIAN K. MAST, aged 53 years, 1 month, and 12 days. His remains were consigned to mother earth on the 30th, in the presence of many friends and relatives. He leaves a greatly bereaved wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite Church. Sermon by Christian Werry, in German and Peter Long in English from 2 Tim. 4:5-8.
May 4th, in Fulton co., Ohio, CATHARINE WERRY, aged 78 years, and 26 days. Six years ago her left side became paralized, since which she had to pass the time in a great measure in sitting, suffering much, yet she bore it with patience. Words of comfort were given by J. Weisz, C. Stuckey, and C. Freinberger, from Heb. 12.
On the 6th of May, in Doylestown Township, Bucks co., Pa.,
of Typhoid fever, ENOS SAMPEY, son-in-law of Abraham Bergey,
aged 32 years, 9 months, and 5 days. He was buried on the 10th
at Doylestown Mennonite burying ground, followed to the grave
by a large concourse of friends and relatives. He was a member
of the Mennonite Church over 6 years; he leaves a wife and three
children. He was sick not quite ten days; he bore his severe suffering
with patience, and was earnestly engaged in prayer that all his
sins might be forgiven; he experienced too, however, that the
door was firmly closed, but he said, "I will leave all that
is in the world," and in the last hours of his trial he said
"I am going to Jesus." We can only say with the poet.
O therefore let us weep no more;
But with holy zeal prepare,
Journeying to the land we love, -
Bright and happy home above.
Funeral discourse by Samuel Godshalk, and Isaac Rickert from Rev. 14:13.
May 12th, in Noble co., Ind., of Erysipelas, SARAH LANTZ, daughter of Adam and Nancy Lantz aged 18 years, 6 months, and 1 day. She was a sister in the Amish Mennonite Church. She had a desire to depart and be with Jesus. She exhorted her comrades to be diligent in the work of the Savior. Sermon in German by Isaac Schmucker, and in English by David Truby from Jn. 11:25, 26.
Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana