Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1878

Herald of Truth - Volume XV, Number 8 - August 1878, pages 141, 143 and 144


-A Mennonite family from Leo, Allen Co., Indiana, composed of Joseph Flichinger, his wife, and five children, arrived on the evening of Jun 20th on the Kis-a-wa, a little stream, which empties into the Little Arkansas, some 20 miles north of Halstead, where they intended to camp for the night. The family was traveling with their team from Indiana to Kansas. A son of brother Flichinger, seventeen years of age, went into the stream to bathe. Soon cries for help were heard. The father, with all his clothes on, threw himself in the water to save the drowning boy, but was himself carried away by the current, and both were drowned before the eyes of the mother, who, with an infant of 7 months in her arms, was unable to render any assistance.-The body of the father was recovered the following morning, but that of the son could not be found.

WEAVER.-July 14th, in Wayne Co., O., suddenly, Bro. JOSEPH WEAVER aged 79 years, 5 months and 2 days. He left a widow and 10 children to mourn his departure. He got up in the morning as well as usual, attended to his affairs about the house and barn, and went into the cellar; soon afterwards he was found there dead. It is supposed he dropped down and died instantly. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and zealous in the cause of his Redeemer. In his old age he went a considerable distance to assemble with his brethren in the house of the Lord to worship the true and living God. Funeral services by B. Hurst, -------- Troxel, and others, from Mathew 24:42-44. The deceased was born in Lancaster County, Pa., emigrated to Ohio 46 years ago; lived and died and was buried on the farm he has bought. His children are living in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

The following six deaths are all from Waterloo Co., Ont.

KEPLER.-July 10th, of lung disease, LUDWIG KEPLER, aged 64 years, 10 months and 3 days.

STECKLY.-July 14th, of phthisic, Sister ELISABETH STECKLY, aged 43 years, 10 months and 23 days.

WEBER.-July 16th, of seven days suffering, ANNA WEBER, wife of Frederic Weber, at the age of 24 years, 3 months and 7 days. A short time previous to her death she desired to be united with the children of God, and was received by baptism into the church.

ERB.-June 26th, in Middlesex Co., Ont., SAMUEL ERB, aged 84 years, 5 months and several days.

HENDRICKS.-June 12th, in Montg'y Co., Pa., ELISABETH, wife of Wm. B. HENDRICKS, at the age of 26 years, 6 months and several days. Her remains were laid in the earth on the 16th in the presence of a large concourse of people at the Mennonite church at Kulpsville, at which time edifying remarks were delivered by J. Allebach and J. Loux.

BAUMAN.-June 25th, of long suffering from Palsy, Sister VERONICA BAUMAN, widow, at the age of 71 years and 23 days.

ERB.-July 2nd, of phthisic, JOHN L. ERB, aged 59 years, 9 months and 9 days.

LITZWILER.-July 8th, of long suffering with rheumatism, PETER LITTWILER, bishop of the Amish Mennonite church, at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 27 days. He was beloved by all who knew him.

Transcriber's note:s
1)Right after Mr. Weaver's obituary (which is in very small type), this line
appears, also in very small type:

"The following six deaths are all from Waterloo Co., Ont."

There then follow 8 notices, all in very small type, No. 5 of which is from

Then the type switches back to a more normal size. So I'm not sure which
are from Waterloo Co., Ont., but as usual they are transcribed as printed.


BALMER.-May 6th, near Junction, Lancaster Co., Pa. Bro. DANIEL BALMER, aged 55 years, 9 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 8th. Text: Heb. 5:9. Buried at Kauffman's Meeting-house. Bro. Balmer was baptized on his death-bed. Peace to his ashes.

HERR.-May 18th, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of constipation of the Bowels, Bro. JACOB HERR, aged about 63 years. He bore his severe afflictions with patience, and all through his sickness he manifested a strong and unwavering confidence in his Savior. He earnestly exhorted his family to be faithful in the service of God, and died in the hope of a better home above. Funeral text: 1 Thes 4:14.

HORST.-May 22nd, near Horst's Mills, Lancaster Co., Pa., ANN ELIZABETH, daughter of John and -------- HORST, aged 2 years, 5 months and 7 days. Funeral on the 25th. Text, Psalm 39:5-7.

NESTLEROTH.-May 23rd, near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., BARBARA E. NESTLEROTH, aged 5 years, 7 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 25th. Text: John 9:4.

WELLER.-May 26th, near Ironville, Lancaster Co., Pa., ANNA D. WELLER, aged 19 years and 6 months. Funeral on the 29th. Text: Psalm 103:15-18.

URING.-May 26th, in Haldemand Co., Ont., Sister HANNAH URING, aged about 75 years. She leaves an aged husband and three children to mourn their loss. Services by Leonard Hoover and -------- Philips.

HERTZLER.-May 30th, near Maytown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister ANNA, wife of Bro. Jacob HERTZLER, aged 69 year, 10 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 2nd of June. Text: Phil 1:*1. Buried at Krebill's Meeting house. A large number of friends and relatives gathered to pay their tribute of respect to the deceased.

Transcriber's note: In Mrs. Hertzler's obituary part of the verse number of the text for the funeral sermon is illegible: Text: Phil 1:*1.

FAIST.-June 4th, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Diphtheria, MAGDALENA FAIST, aged 6 years, 9 months and 9 days. Funeral on the 7th. Text: Rom 8:17. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house.

RUTT.-June 5th, near Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. JACOB C. RUTT, aged 72 years, 10 months and 10 days. Funeral on the 8th. Text: John 17:11. Buried at Risser's Meeting-house. Bro. Rutt was at Risser's meeting on Sunday, June 2nd, and partook of the Lord's Supper. He was only sick a few days. Oh! how necessary it is to be always ready.

FRETZ.-July 20th, in Plumstead Tp., Bucks Co., Pa., Franklin, son of AARON FRETZ, aged 10 years, 10 months and 20 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 22nd. Services by S. Godshalk and I. Moyer. His death was caused by a fall from a load of oats, as noted in another column.

Transcriber's note: It's the usual practice in this newspaper to capitalize the first and last names of the obituary's subject. In the obituary of Franklin Fretz, it
is the father's name that is capitalized.

TYSON.-July 21st, in Bucks Co., Pa., HERBERT, son of William and Hannah TYSON, aged 2 months and 18 days. Buried at Doylestown on the 23rd.

COHICK.-June 7th, near Kinderhook, Lancaster Co., Pa., JOHN COHICK, aged 73 years and 4 months. Funeral on the 9th. Text: John 9:4.

FAIST.-June 11th, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Diphtheria, ANNA FAIST, aged 4 years, 2 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 13th. Text: Lamentations 3:31-33. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house.

DIFFENDERFER.-June 14th, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., GRACE DIFFENDERFER, aged 1 year, 10 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 16th. Text: John 3:16. Buried at the Landisville Meeting-house.

HARMONY.-June 30th, in Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., JOHN B. HARMONY, aged 5 months and 11 days. Funeral on the 2nd of July. Text: Mark 10:15.

WALTER.-June 23rd, in New Brittain Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of scarlet fever WILLIAM WILSON WALTER, aged 4 years, 3 months and 8 days. And on July 1st, MARY CATHARINE WALTER, aged 14 years and 14 days,--children of Pre. John and Rachel Walter.

MARTIN.-June 29th, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of softening of the brain, Bro. SOLOMON MARTIN, aged 69 years, 8 months and 4 days. Funeral discourses by George Weaver and Isaac Eby, from Gal. 6:7-10, and Heb. 13:12-14.

LAPP.-June 22nd in Shelby Co., Mo., of consumption, Bro. ELIAS LAPP, aged 26 years, 1 month and 1 day. Buried the 29th, when appropriate remarks were made by Benj. Hershey in German, and -------- Colebanks in English, from 1 Peter: 1:23,24. Death takes the young as well as the aged. He leaves a deeply bereaved widow and three children to mourn the loss of a dear husband and father, who mourn not as those having no hope. He early united with the church of his choice, and has been a faithful brother. He expressed his willingness to die, and go to his home above. He said to his wife not to weep for him. A few days previous to his death he selected the hymn to be sung at his funeral:

"Dear friends farewell, I do you tell."

BLOSSER.-June 24th, in Allen Co., Ohio, of bilious and lung fever, ALDIN, son of Abraham and Frances BLOSSER, aged 2 years, 9 months and 3 days. Buried the 26th, at which time services were held by Abraham Steiner and Chr. B. Brenneman, from Philip. 1:21.

SHANK.-June 16th, in Moniteau Co., Mo., of cancer in the breast, Sister MARY SHANK, wife of Jacob Shank, aged 54 years and 27 days. Buried the 17th at Mt. Zion burying-ground in the presence of many relatives and friends. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband and nine children to mourn her departure. She bore her afflictions with Christian resignation until it pleased her Redeemer to take her home to eternal glory to reap the reward of her labors. Her maiden name was Driver, formerly of Va. Sermon by D. D. Kauffman and David Bowman from Rev. 14:12,13.

EVANS.-July 7th, at Silver Spring, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister ANNA, wife of John EVANS, aged 33 years, 9 months and 3 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text: 2 Cor. 5:1. Sister Evans was a consistent member of our church. She was much afflicted.

KESSLER.-July 9th, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., SARAH KESSLER, aged 29 years less 1 day. Funeral on the 12th. Text: John 3:17. Buried at Erisman's Meeting-house.WOLFE.-July 12th, at Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., NORA A. WOLFE, aged 2 years, 3 months and 11 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text: Acts 17:30,31.

SHENK.-July 14th, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., of diphtheria, ANNA H. SHENK, aged 7 years, 8 months and 21 days. Funeral on the 16th. Text: Mark 10:15. Buried at Hernley's Meeting-house.

MAST.-July 6th, in Holmes Co., Ohio, Sister ELIASBETH MAST, widow of Abram Mast, aged 81 years, 7 months and 19 days. Buried the 7th. Funeral services by David Beachy. Sister Mast was of the Amish church. Her family name was Kurtz. She was born in Chester Co., Pa., and was of a very large family, of whom three brothers only survive her. Her husband preceded her seven months. Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord.

"Friend after friend departs, Who hath not lost a friend?"

Transcriber's note: Sister ELIASBETH MAST, (note spelling of given name is as published)

STULL.-July 2nd, in Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind., of lung fever, GEORGE STULL, aged 26 years, 1 month and 16 days. Funeral services by Jonathan Smucker and John Miller, from 2 Cor. 5:1. The deceased was unmarried. He lived a moral life, but when prostrated by disease, he became concerned about the salvation of his soul, and desired to be united with the people of God, which was done through baptism, and being anointed with oil in the name of the Lord.

BURKHOLDER.-July 3d, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of Scarlet fever, EMMA, daughter of Benjamin and Frances BURKHOLDER, aged 3 years and 23 days. Funeral services by Joseph Bixler and Peter Basinger.

SHOLL.-July 18th, in Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa., of palsy, CATHARINE, wife of Michael SHOLL, aged 56 years, 8 months and 6 days. She was a faithful member of the Reformed church, and was buried on Sunday July 21st, on which occasion W. R. Yerrick preached a funeral discourse to a large and attentive audience from 2 Cor. 4:17, 18. She was a woman of an excellent disposition, and with the kindest feelings and regard for others "she did what she could" for their comfort and enjoyment while she entirely forgot herself. Her place will indeed not easily be filled. May our loss be her eternal gain.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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