Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1876

Herald of Truth - Volume XIII, Number 6 - June 1876, Pages 110, 111


On the 19th of April, in Allen Co., O., of Lung fever, Bro. HENRY SHENK, aged 58 years, 10 months, and 5 days. He was buried on the 20th, followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Services by C. Culp and the writer. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn their loss.

Bro. Shenk was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and for the last few years, especially, he was very zealous in trying to make the church as interesting as [Note: begin page 111] possible. Nearly the last time we conversed with him, it seemed as if his greatest concern was about salvation and the welfare of the Church, and during his illness he expressed his love for the Church, in requesting his sons, to do all for the Church that they could. As a father and husband, he was always kind and affectionate; often giving good instruction and admonition, always ready and willing to aid those who were in want. When there was any trouble between friends or neighbors, he was always ready to reconcile them with kind words.

He was often persecuted, and complained not; always ready to return a good deed for an evil one; thus the neighborhood in which he resided, have lost a very kind and useful neighbor, the church of which he was a member, mourns the loss of a bright, shining light, and the bereaved family mourns the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father. But while we are thus bereft of one that was dear to us, oh let us comfort ourselves with the glorious thought, that there is one more added to that happy company in the mansions above; let us not mourn as those which have no hope; but let us mourn as though our loss were his eternal gain. Le [sic] us consider him as one passed from a world of tribulation and sorrow, to a world of joy and happiness, and let us imitate his example in all meekness and kindness. Let us ever be ready to do good to those around us, and especially let us be interested in the church, and in the welfare of souls. Brethren and sisters, let us seek to let our light shine that there may be evidence of a hope within us when we too must die, and to you, the children of the deceased, Oh! be sure to regard his kind instructions. Love Jesus and obey his commandments, and at last you too will be received from this dark and gloomy world, into the heavenly mansions there to meet your father again. Dear sister, keep very close to Jesus, and he will care for your and at last bring to his rest.
C. B. Brenneman.



Feb. 14th, in Allen co., Ohio, of Lung fever, Preacher CHRISTIAN STALTER, aged 67 years, 9 mos., and 8 days. Buried on the 15th, in the Mennonite grave-yard. Services by C., Culp and C. Brenneman. He was a member of the River Brethren Church, many years. A few days previous to his death he expressed a desire to be absent from the body and present with the Lord, by exclaiming, "I am now ready to be offered." He leaves a wife, ten children and 43 grand-children.

Feb. 22nd, in Elkhart co., Ind., of a bad cold and old age, MAGDALENA LEHMAN, aged 84 years, 10 mos., and 17 days. Funeral services by John Borntreger and Levi Miller. She was born in Somerset co., Pa., and moved with one of her sons to Indiana in 1867. Her maiden-name was Yoder. She was married to David Lehman when she was 18 years of age. He died Feb. 28th 1851, aged 68 years, 4 mos., and 3 days. She leaves 11 children 81 grand-children and 95 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite Church over 66 years and could say, "for me to live is Christ; for me to die is gain."

April 16th, in French Township, Adams co., Ind., ELIZABETH AUGSBURGER (maiden-name Jacob), aged 92 years and 8 months. She was born in 1783, in the church in Langnau, District Signau, Canton Berne, Switzerland. She leaves 3 children. Three children died before her. She had been married to John Augsburger with whom she lived over 50 years. She was a widow 20 years, came to America in 1817, lived several years in Pa., 12 years in Ohio and 34 years in Indiana, where she died.

April 20th, in Mahoning co., Ohio, of Lung fever, GRACIE W., daughter of Luther B. and Leah CALVIN, aged 8 months and 10 days. We feel the hand of affliction resting heavy upon us, and our only hope and consolation is, If we continue faithful in the service of God, we will be permitted to meet her where parting never comes. Services by J. B. Roller.

April 20th, in Guilford Township, Medina co., Ohio, of hemorrhage of the Lungs, MARTIN F. KROUT, son of Henry and Rachel Krout, of Bedminster Township, Bucks co., Pa., aged 37 years, 5 mos., and 17 days. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his early departure. He had taken a severe cold which settled on his lungs. He suffered about a week and died in the happy assurance of eternal life. May he rest in peaceful slumbers in the sure hope of the resurrection of the just, when Jesus will appear, and we shall be united with him and those we have loved on earth to part no more forever.

May 2nd, in Augusta co., Va., MAGDALENA RADER, widow of John Rader, and daughter of Henry Hildebrand, formerly of Lancaster co., Pa., aged 83 years, 9 mos., and 16 days. Buried at Hildebrand,s grave-yard. Funeral services by Gabriel D. Heatwole, from Luke 13: 23-16.

May 2nd, near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., of lung fever, CHRISTIAN WITMER, aged 76 years, 10 months and 1 day. He was buried on May 3rd, at Shaum,s burying-ground. Henry Shaum preached a funeral discourse in German, and J. F. Funk in English. He was a member of the Mennonite church; he was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and removed to Ohio in 1834, where he lived 31 years, when he removed to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he ended his days.

May 6th, in Putnam Co., Ohio, of spinal affection, MARY E., daughter of Jacob and Julia Ann DICUS, aged 1 year, 7 months and 1 day. Services by C. B. Brenneman and _____ Martz.

May 7th, in Putnam Co., Ohio, suddenly, ARTEMAS, son of Henry and Elizabeth BRENNEMAN. Buried on the 8th. Services by C. Culp and C. B. Brenneman.

The following deaths are all from Lancaster Co., Pa.

Feb. 27th, in Marietta, Sister CATHARINE BECKER, aged 72 years and 25 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, John 5:24.

Feb. 29th, in Landisville, HIRAM METZGER, aged 18 years, 3 months and 3 days. Funeral on the 2nd of March. Text, Isaiah 55:6.

March 4th, in Brunerville, after an illness of 10 days, MARY CECILIA WISSLER, eldest daughter of John B. and Caroline C. Wissler, aged 17 years, 7 months and 18 days. Funeral on the 7th. Text, Ps. 103: 15, 16. A large concourse of friends and relatives assembled to pay the last and solemn tribute of respect to the deceased.

March 4th, in Ridgeville, CH. STERNEMAN, aged 84 years, 8 months and 19 days. Funeral on the 8th. Text, Rom. 1: 16.

March 9th, at Sporting Hill, CHRISTIAN KAUFFMAN, aged 68 years, 5 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 12th. Text, Jonas 1: 6. He leaves wife and 3 children to mourn his death.

March 16th, near Masonville, LYDIA A. RUTT, wife of Ch. Rutt, aged 28 years, 9 months and 6 days. Funeral on the 19th. Text, Heb. 4:7. The deceased was married about 4 months, was about moving. She was sick 7 days. A loud and solemn call to one and all.

March 18th, in Mount Joy, of scarlet fever, ELIZABETH FRANCES HAWTHORNE, aged 1 year and 11 days. Funeral on the 20th. Text, 2 Cor. 2: 2.

March 25th, in Mount Joy, MARY ANN, infant of Henry and _____ GROSH, aged 6 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 28th. Text, John 11:11.

March 25th, in Mount Joy, ANDREW ARMSTRONG, aged 67 years, 1 month and 16 days. Funeral on the 28th. Text, Heb. 4:9.

March 26th, in Spring Garden, Bro. JACOB FRY, aged 90 years, 6 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Ps. 90:10. Bro. Fry was on a visit to his children in Spring Garden. He lived in Sporting Hill. His life was cumbered with many burdens. Peace to his ashes!

March 27th, in Mount Joy, of scarlet fever, JOHN ALBERT HAWTHORNE, aged 3 years, 2 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, 1 Pet. 1: 24, 25.

March 31st, in Mountville, Sister MARY FRAELICH (wid.), aged 76 years, 8 months and 30 days. Funeral on the 3rd of April. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

April 7th, in Mount Joy, of scarlet fever, HENRY HARRISON HAWTHORNE, aged 4 years, 8 months and 12 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text, Lamentations 3:31-22 [sic]. This was the last of three children, which all died in 3 weeks time. May God sanctify the afflictions of the parents.

April 10th, near Silver Spring, after a lingering sickness of dropsy, Bro. JACOB GREIDER, aged 67 years, 9 months and 10 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text, Heb. 8: 27, 28. A large number of friends and neighbors assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Bro. Greider died in faith, having a glorious hope for eternity. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his departure.

April 15th, at Landis, Valley, HENRY LANDIS, aged 79 years and 2 days. Funeral on the 18th. Text, Heb. 13:14.

April 16th, in Rapho Twp., after much suffering, Sister ELIZABETH, wife of Bro. Peter HAUENSTEIN, aged 54 years, 10 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 19th. Text, Rev. 7: 15-17.

April 20th, in Mount Joy, of palsy, Sister ELIZABETH LANDIS (wid.), aged 77 years, 11 months and 17 days. Funeral on the 23rd. Text, Amos 4:12. Sister Landis was a shining light, She led an exemplary life. Peace to her ashes!

April 23rd, near Maytown, after being feeble a long time, Sister LUCY DIFFENDERFER (wid.), aged 76 years, 11 months and 17 days. Funeral on the 25th. Text, Phil. 1:21, and Ps. 90:12.

April 23rd, in Rapho Twp., Sister ANNA, wife of Bro. Isaac BRUBACHER, aged 57 years, 11 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 26th. Text, Ps. 31:5. A large number of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased. She leaves a husband and children to mourn. Sister Brubacher led an exemplary life. Peace to her ashes!

Transcriber's note: [The spelling, capitalization and punctuation on this page was transcribed as printed in the magazine.]

Transcribed by Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania

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