Herald of Truth - Volume XI, Number 3 - March 1874 - Page 63
Jan. 25th, near Spring City, Chester co., Pa., of Dropsy, Mary Latshaw, widow of Pre. Jacob Latshaw, aged 79 years, 6 months, and 28 days. She desired to depart and be with Christ. The occasion was improved by John Latshaw, David Buckwalter, and Israel Beitler.
Dec. 2nd 1873, in Perry co., Ohio of Gravel, Bro. JOSEPH
BEERY, aged 76 years, 5 months, and 9 days. He was a consistent
member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and will be much
missed in the sanctuary. He leaves a wife and an adopted daughter
to mourn their loss, which is his eternal gain.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Feb. 1st, in Fulton co., Ohio, CHRISTIAN SCHAD, aged
32 years, 6 months, and 4 days. On Saturday he with two of his
neighbors were engaged in drawing timber from the woods, and while
hitching his team in front of another, one of his horses kicked
him on the bowels and threw him ten feet back This occurred between
3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
He lived until after six on Sunday evening. He retained his reason until the last. He was a brother in the Amish Mennonite church. O ye dear young friends; take warning from this. The young brother was fresh and strong, and in 26 hours he lay cold in death. He leaves a sorrowful wife and one child to mourn their loss.
February 9th, in Wayne co. Ohio, _____ Wife of Daniel SHENK, aged 65 years, 2 months, and 27 days. She was a member of the Brethren church. Services by P. Brown, and J. Garver.
Feb. 11th, in Toronto, Ontario, sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, SARAH ANN, beloved wife of Jacob KINSINGER, in the 53rd year of her age. Her last words were, "My Jesus."
Sept. 29th, 1873 in Centre co., Pa., after a long illness, Bro. CHRISTIAN SCHENK, aged 76 years, and 12 days. During health his seat in the sanctuary was seldom vacant. He bore his sickness with very great patience. He was an affectionate husband, and a kind father. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss. Buried October 1st in Schenk's burying ground. Sermon by A. B. Runyan, in English, and Frederic Pletcher, in German from the 90th Psalm.
Dec. 27th, in Tazewell co., Ill., of Cancer in the face, CHRISTIAN ALLABACH, aged 73 years, 5 months, and 14 days. Services by Andrew Ropp.
In Summerfield Ill., of Typhoid fever, MATTHIAS STRUNK, aged 20 years, and 11 months. His remains were taken to Wadsworth, Ohio, where they were buried on the 3rd, of February. Services by Ephraim Hunsberger, from Gen. 24:26. He was a son of William Strunk.
Feb. 8th 1874, in Medina co., Ohio, of Erysipelas, JOHN, son of John and _____ KOPPES, aged 18 years, 3 months, and 12 days. Services by Ephraim Hunsberger, and Henry Beery, from John 11: 25, 26. This young man suffered a great deal during his sickness, and by the grace of God, was led to see his lost condition, and deeply lamenting his sins, was baptized and gave evidence that God had looked upon him in mercy, and before he died earnestly exhorted his companions, and said that he felt ready to die.
_____ in DeKalb co., Ind., of a tumor, MARY JANE, wife of George Brand, aged 29 years, 10 months and 24 days. She suffered very much for more than a year, yet she bore her affliction with patience. When asked concerning her sufferings, she replied: "Jesus also had to suffer very much." She manifested a strong hope of eternal life. Sermon by Eli Stofer, and James Coyle, from Rev. 14:13.
Feb. 3rd, in Whiteside co., Ill., of Dropsy, Sister REBECCA BECHTEL, widow of Benjamin Bechtel, aged 71 years, 4 months and 6 days. She was formerly of Pennsylvania. Services by Henry Nice, and by Joseph Mayer, from John 11: 25, 26.
Died Feb. 22nd 1874, at the residence of her son-in-law, J.
P. Schafer, in Elkhart county, Ind., widow SUSANNAH KOPPES,
aged 83 years, 10 months and 2 days. Mother Koppes, whose maiden
name was Berkey, was born April the 20th 1790 in Montgomery co.,
Pa. In her infancy her parents moved to Northampton co., Pa.,
where she resided nearly fifty years. At sixteen years of age
she was baptized as a member of the Mennonite Church in which
she always proved faithful until death. In the year 1830 she was
married to Pre. Samuel Koppes, (he being a widower with eight
children). They were afterwards blest with two children, a son
who died in his infancy, and a daughter, with whom she resided
at the time of her death. In 1841 the family moved to Medina co.,
Ohio where her husband died in April 1860. A few years afterwards
she moved with her daughter to Elkhart co., Ind. In her family
she was always known as a kind and affectionate mother, and although
she was old and feeble yet they all feel that they have lost a
kind and beloved parent. But they sorrow not as those without
hope. A few days before she died she said that through the grace
of God she had a sure hope that she could die happy, and the hour
of death could not come too soon. Oh, may we try to live so that
when the hour of death cometh that we too may be prepared to go,
that we may meet our parents and friends where parting is no more,
she was buried at the Yellow creek meeting house where services
were preached in German by Christian Christophel, and in English
by J. F. Funk, from Rev. 14:13.
"Farewell Mother, God has called thee
Home to dwell with Christ above,
Where no pain nor sickness enter
And where all is joy and love.
Here thy form was bent and feeble,
Age on age had pressed thee down,
But through grace and faith in Jesus,
Thou shalt wear the Golden crown."
Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana