Herald of Truth Obituaries - January, 1890

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVII, Number 1, January 1, 1890 - page 13, 14, 15

DIENER.-On the 25th of November, 1889 in Logan Co., Ohio, of kidney trouble, Sister Magdalena F., wife of Jonathan K. Diener, aged 37 years, 11 months and 11 days. Funeral on the 28th at South Union. Services by C. K. Yoder in German, and Jacob Frantz in English from Phil. 1:21; "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. A sorrowing husband and five children, one brother and her sisters followed the beloved mother to the grave. A large congregation assembled to show their respect to the deceased.

"Through many checkered scenes of life,
Ye hand in hand have journey'd on,
For her the labor and the strife
Are o'er; the peaceful goal is won.
The pleasant voice and cheering smile,
Which oft hath soothed the haras'd mind,
Are gone, but for a little while.-
She hath not left thee far behind."

Transcriber's note: journey'd and haras'd as in the original.

NICE.-On the 20th of November, in Franconia, Montgomery Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Mary Nice, maiden name, Gottshall, aged 18 years, 10 months and 14 days. She was buried on the 24th, at Franconia meeting house. Many friends assembled to mourn the loss of the beloved one. Several days before her death, she desired to be baptized, and received into the church. Funeral services were held by Michael Moyer at the house, and by Josiah Clemmer at the church, from Phil. 1:23, 24.

SNAVELY.-On November 30th, 1889, near Columbus Grove, Putnam Co., Ohio, of palsy, Brother Josiah Snavely, aged 68 years and 9 days. Bro. Snavely was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., and united in marriage to his surviving companion Louisa, March 24th 1853. They were together received into the Mennonite church, about 19 years ago, since which time they have been consistent members of the church. He was unable to walk or converse for a number of years previous to his death. His mind however, most of the time, seemed to be pretty good and we trust that during his long period of affliction his affections were set on things above, and his soul prepared for that "Land of sweet rest." He was buried on the 3d of December at the old Mennonite church at Riley Creek where remarks were made by C. P. Steiner, Isaac Burkhart and John Shenk.

BONTRAGER.-On the 7th of October, near Pashan, La Grange Co., Ind., of brain fever, Ora Daniel, son of Eli and Katie Bontrager, aged three months and 20 days. Funeral services on the 9th, by Joseph D. and Henry Miller.

Once we had a fragrant blossom,
Full of sweetness, full of love;
But the angles came and plucked it,
For the beauteous realms above.

Tearfully we lowly laid him,
"Neath the grass that grew so green,
And the form we loved so dearly,
In our home no more is seen.

Oh my darling, when we meet thee
In the joyous realms above;
Gladly will we haste to greet thee,
All our hearts aflame with love.

DETWEILER.-On the 15th of December, in Bloomingdale, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Bro. Rudolph Detweiler, aged 82 years, 4 months and 6 days. He was born on the 9th of August 1807 in Montgomery Co., Pa. His father and grandfather were also called Rudolph. He was married on the 8th of July 1832 to Susan Bingeman who now survives him, but who is much afflicted and entirely helpless. They had 6 sons and 8 daughters, all of whom except one, are living, and there were 63 grandchildren, 47 living, and 14 great-grandchildren-3 living. May God bless the aged widowed sister and her children in their bereavement.

BEERY.-On the 13th of December, in Darke Co., Ohio, Catharine Beery, aged 38 years, 8 months and 11 days. She was born near Lancaster, Fairfield Co., Ohio, on the 2d of April 1857. In 1865 she moved with her parents to Darke Co., where she has since resided. About 14 years ago she sought and found the Savior to the joy and comfort of her soul. In her sickness she often expressed her desire to go home and be with Jesus forever. Her remains were interred in the Beamsville cemetery. Services by G. W. Miranda.

YODER.-On the 2d of September 1889, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa. After a long and lingering illness, Christian G. Yoder, aged 70 years, 10 months and 2 days. He was from youth a consistent member of the Amish-Mennonite church, and was much esteemed for his many good qualities by all classes of citizens. The funeral services on the fifth by Michael Yoder and A. D. Zook, were attended by an unusually large number of people.

KAUFMAN,-On the10th of November, in Hutchinson Co., S. Dakota, John Kaufman, son­in-law of Pre. John Schrag. He was buried on the 11th. Funeral services were held at the house by Pre. Christian Miller, and at the meeting-house by Joseph Kaufman, Christian Kaufman and John Schrag. The deceased leaves four children; the three older ones perished in the great blizzard two years ago; at which time the deceased also suffered injuries which laid the foundation of the disease which caused his death. We trust our loss is his eternal gain.

SWARTZ.-On the 15th of December, near Rushville, Rockingham Co., Va., after a lingering illness ending in dropsy, Josie, daughter of John and Anna Swartz, aged 2 years, 7 months and 14 days. Buried the 17th at the Bank church. Services by Mr. Good, Daniel Heatwole, and Jos. F. Heatwole from John 5:21-25. Josie was an intelligent interesting soul. Two days before her death she sang in a clear distinct tone, uttering the words so plainly as to be understood in the distance.
"Happy days, happy days,
When Jesus washed my sins away."
She sings no more on earth, but has gone to join in sweeter music than earth can yield; where she may know what a happy day it was for the children when Jesus washed their sins away.

RINGLER.-On the 9th of December, in Woolwich, Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., William Ringler, son of Daniel and-Ringler, aged 3 years, 9 months and 24 days. He was buried on the 11th, at the North Woolwich meeting house. Funeral services by Joseph Gingerich from Mark10:15.

BRENNEMAN-In the 20th of Oct., near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Brother Adam Brenneman, aged 52 years, 4 months and 20 days. He was buried at Martin's meeting house. Services by Michael Horst and Michael Rohrer.
Brother Brenneman bore his sufferings almost without a murmur and died in the full assurance of a better world. Ten months ago he was stricken down almost helpless, in which condition he remained up to his death.

LANTZ.-On the 6th of December, 1889, near Stuttgart, Arkansas, of lung fever, Levi Lantz, aged 37 years, 1 month and 13 days. He was a faithful member of the Amish church. He was buried on the 7th. Services by D. Roth and Jacob Yoder from John 5:24-29. He left behind him good evidence that he departed in peace with God. Oh how glorious a thing it is to be prepared for death.

KORNHAUS-(This notice appeared with a number of errors in a previous number). On the 29th of November, 1889, in Sterling, Whiteside Co. Ill., of general debility, Joseph Kornhaus, aged 82 years, 2 months and 7 days. Buried on the 2 d. of December in the old Mennonite grave-yard near Sterling. Funeral services were held by Brother J. S. Resner in English and Brother Henry Nice in German. Text, John 12:25, 26. He died at the house of his son-in-law Philip Nice, where he had his home the last years of his life,

Transcriber's note: In the original, the end of the paragraph was ended with a comma instead of a period.

SAUDERS.-On the 16th of December, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy and peumonia, Christian C. Sauders, aged 60 years and 12 days. Buried on the 19th. He leaves a widow and six children, and numerous relatives to mourn their loss. In his last sickness he looked back on his life and was led to call upon God for forgiveness, which God is willing to grant to all who call upon him in truth.

"Pleased with the news, the saints below,
In songs their tongues employ;
Beyond the skies the tidings go
And heaven is filled with joy."

Transcriber's note: (peumonia) typed as written.

WILLIAMS.-On the 27th of November, in Upper Providence, Montgomery Co., Pa., of heart disease, Samuel H. Williams. He was taken ill suddenly and was found dead in his bed a few hours afterwards. His funeral took place from the residence of his son-in-law and proceeded to the Lutheran church, Trappe. Services at the house by Pre. John Hunsberger and at the church by E. Kretchman.

BECHTEL.-On November 27th, in Upper Providence Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Bechtel, who with one son and daughter survive her and deeply mourn her loss. Two daughters and three sons preceded her to Eternity. Her disease seemed to be an affection of the liver, and lingering without giving much pain or trouble till within a day or two of her death. She was seriously and fatally affected with pneumonia. She was buried on the 3d of December, in the Upper Providence, Mennonite burying ground, followed by a large number of relatives, friends and neighbors who mourn their loss very much. Services at the house by Pre. Christian and John Hunsberger; at the church by Jacob Hunsberger and Jacob Mensch, the former from John 14. She was a kind and devoted member of the Mennonite church, for many years and was always ready to give for any charitable purposes, the needy always finding a friend in her.
"Parting with loved ones is sad,
Yet meeting with those gone before,
May truly bless her and make her glad,
Forever on that peaceful shore."

DETWEILER.-On the 7th of November, 1889, near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, of consumption, Menno M. Detweiler, aged 30 years and 26 days. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. He leaves a deeply bereaved wife and two small children to mourn the loss of a loving father and affectionate husband. But we need not mourn as those who have no hope. The writer frequently visited him during his sickness and we have reason to believe that he patiently looked forward with a living hope of a blessed immortality. He frequently desired to have reading and prayer. His last words were, "O! Jesus, how good you mean it with me." After which he calmly fell asleep The funeral took place at the residence on the 9th, where many sympathizing friends were present from near and far. Services conducted by N. D. Yoder and J. F. Swartzendruber from St. John 5:19, 30, after which his remains were conveyed to his last resting place in the Deer Creek cemetery.

Transcriber's note: The period was left out after (asleep) in the original.

HORST.-On the 8th of November, near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., of cancer in the stomach, Henry Horst, aged 61 years, 5 months and 17 days. He was buried at the Mennonite church, near Chambersburg, on the 11th. Services were held at the house of mourning by Philip H. Parret and at the meeting house by Benjamin Lesher in the English and in German by Peter Wadle, from the 90th Psalm, 3d verse. Brother Horst bore his afflictions with Christian fortitude, He was submissive to the last, as he often repeated, "The will of the Lord be done." He leaves a sorrowing widow, one son and three daughters to mourn their irreparable loss. He was followed to the grave by many sorrowing friends and neighbors; his seat in the church was seldom vacant when health permitted. As a Christian in humility, walk and conduct, he was worthy of our imitation.

Transcriber's note: After (fortitude) there is a comma instead of a period in the original.

KUHNS.-On November 6th, near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., of membranous croup, Jacob Henry Kuhns, aged 5 years, 6 months and 24 days. Buried the 8th at the Mennonite church near Chambersburg, where appropriate remarks were made in English by P. H. Parret, and in German by Peter Wadle, in the presence of many friends and neighbors who met to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was so near and dear to his father and mother. A loud calling to his parents he speaks gently and says, "The Master is come, and calleth for thee."

KENDIG.-December 9th, in Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Barbara C. wife of Dr. B. Kendig, aged 53 years and 5 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Phil. 1:21. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house. A large congregation of friends assembled to show their respect for the beloved sister.

COOPER.-December 1, in Philadelphia, Pa., Henry, son of David F. and Lizzie Cooper, of Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 19 years, 5 months and 19 days. Funeral on the 5th, Text, Prov. 27:1. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house. A large concourse assembled to sympathize with the bereft family. He fell under the cars while acting as brakeman; both legs being crushed. Death relieved him.

Transcriber's note: After (5th) there is a comma instead of a period in the original.

BERNHARD.-On the 7th of December, 1889, in Roxbury, Cambria county, Pa., of old age, Michael Bernhard, aged 80 years, 8 months and 26 days. Buried on the 9th in Grand View cemetery. The deceased was nearly blind for the last 4 or 5 years. Services by R. A. Fink.

RUTT.-Dec. 6th, near Roseland, Adams Co., Neb., Anna M., daughter of Benjamin and Susanna Ebersole, and wife of Henry H. Rutt, aged 37 years, 2 months and 3 days. Funeral services by A. Shiffler in German, from 1 Thess. 4:14, and J. Nice in English from John 10:27-29. A very large number assembled to pay their tribute of respect. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, 4 children (the youngest three weeks old), father, mother, brother and sister, besides a large number of friends to mourn her loss. She gave her heart to Jesus and joined the Mennonite church in her young years, and remained faithful unto the end. Her suffering although very severe, lasted but 41 hours; her prayer and wish was for the time to hasten that she could take leave of this world and be with
"Christ, in the realms of the blest,
That country so bright and so fair."

May the good Lord be with the bereaved family.
*** "Amidst sadness or woe
For Heaven their spirits prepare,
And shortly they also shall know
And feel what it is to be there."

ROHRER.-On the 19th of November, of scarlet fever, Mary Rohrer, daughter of John S. and Susanna Rohrer, aged 9 years and 3 months. A loved one is gone. Services by Bishop I. Eby.

DETWEILER.-October 20th, in Newberry Twp., York county, Pa., of paralysis, Elias Detweiler, aged 70 years, 11 months and 26 days. He was confined to his bed nearly 6 months, during which time he evinced a Christian patience and Godly contentment. A sorrowing widow, twelve children, and a number of grandchildren are left to mourn their loss. They will miss his kind words and cheerful smile. Peace to his ashes.

GOTWALS.-On Nov. 8th, of Paralysis of the brain; in Upper Providence, Montgomery Co., Pa., Joseph S. Gotwals, aged 79 years, 8 months and 27 days. He resided with his son-in-law on his old homestead; and had returned from a visit of a few days, apparently in usual health but soon after retiring (the same evening) he was stricken down; and lost consciousness from which he never fully recovered. He leaves a wife and 7 children (one preceding him to the eternal world) to mourn his loss. Buried on the 12th in the Mennonite burying-ground of the Upper Providence church, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives to mourn his unexpected death. He was still vigourous for one his age, yet, "in the midst of life we are in death." Services were conducted by ministers Christian and John Hunsberger at the house, and John Latshaw and Jacob Mensch at the church, the former from Psa. 90:12, ably discoursing on the merits of his life and the duties of our lives. He was a devoted member of the church for many years and labored and prayed much for its welfare; but his seat is vacant now, he is gone.

"Gone from among us dear father,
We hope to the land of the blest,
Where none shall say, I am weary,
But peacefully and sweetly rest,
In the sunlight of love with Jesus,
In the paradise promised still
On the cross to the penitent convict.
And to all who will pray, "Thy will."

Transcriber's note: (vigourous) typed as written.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVII, Number 2, January 15, 1890-pages 29, 30, 31


On the 12th of December 1889, in Markham Tp., York county, Ontario, died, Bro. Peter Ramer, aged 89 years, 9 months and 4 days. He was buried on the 14th in Wideman's burying ground. The funeral was largely attended by relatives, friends, and neighbors. Funeral services by Jacob Wideman in German, and Samuel Hoover in English, from I Peter 1: 24, 25. "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away; but the word of the Lord endureth forever, and this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." We have the assurance that death was to him eternal gain, for his last words were, that he wanted to go home to rest.
"Weep not for me, my children dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
O children, do not weep for me."
By the demise of Brother Ramer, the last of the immediate family of Abraham, and Magdalena Ramer, was consigned to the tomb. The entire family were remarkable for sterling integrity, Christian graces, industry , and longevity. In 1807, Abraham, and Magdalena Ramer, with their family, consisting of four sons, and four daughters, immigrated from Lancaster, Pa., to join their brethren in the Mennonite church; the Hoovers, Groffs, Neuswanders, Barkeys, Reesors, Widemans, Lehmans, Byers, and others. Arriving in Buffalo, N. Y., they were not allowed to cross the frontier until 1809, owing to some unpleasant restrictions between the two countries. Bro. Abraham Ramer and family finally reached their friends in Markham in 1809, purchased lot 14 in the 8th concession, and settled on it. Their longevity was remarkable. Abraham Ramer, the father, died at the age of 86 years, 4 months and 6 days; Magdalena Ramer, the mother, died aged 82 years; John Ramer, the son, died aged 81 years, 4 months and 25 days; Abraham Ramer, son, died aged 81 years, 7 months; Daniel Ramer, son, aged 68 years, 9 months; Peter Ramer, son, died 89 years, 9 months and 4 days; Barbara Strickler, daughter, died aged 90 years and 6 months; Magdalena Stauffer, daughter, died aged 91 years, 9 months, and 25 days; Susan Lehman, daughter, died, aged 77 years, 5 months and 10 days; Elizabeth (Koch) Reesor, died aged 80 years, 10 months, and 14 days. Thus the ages of this family of ten, aggregated 830 years, 5 months and 24 days, or an average, each of over 83 years. This may appear to be a noted family for longevity, and it is, but most of the old Mennonite settlers attained great ages. The salubrious climate of Markham, their industrious habits and Godly lives produced these results. To the noble efforts and good moral examples of these pioneer Mennonites as a body the present high state of prosperity of the township may be attributed. Peter Ramer on attaining manhood married Elizabeth Byer. In 1823 he purchased and settled on lot 15 in the 8th concession of Markham, and lived there until his death. Elizabeth, his wife, died in the year 1876, at the ripe age of 81 years, 5 months and 20 days. Their children were Abraham B., Martha, Jonas, and John H., all of whom are still living. He has one great-great-grand-son in his 22d year. His memory will long be cherished by many relatives, neighbors and friends.

Transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana


STONER.-December 14th, in Lancaster City, Pa., Sister Anna H., wife of Eli K. Stoner, Aged 57 years, 2 months and 13 days. Funeral on the 17th. Text, Isaiah 35:10. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. A large congregation assembled to show respect for the beloved sister. May the good Lord sanctify His providence for the welfare of the bereft family.

Transcriber's note: After (Stoner) there is a comma instead of a period in the original.

BOYER.-November 29th, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of bronchitis of the lungs, George Boyer, in the 76th year of his age. Buried at Oberholtzer's where services were held by Jacob Stauffer, and Joseph Bixler.

BOYER.-On the 18th of December, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, after a brief illness, Barbara, wife of Henry Boyer, aged 73 years, 5 months and 27 days. Interment at Oberholtzer's where services were conducted by John Burkholder, Jacob Stauffer, Peter Basinger, and Joseph Bixler.

BOTTORF.-On 15th, of December 1889, in Guilford Tp., Medina Co., Ohio, Elizabeth Bottorf, aged 81 years, 3 months and 26 days. She was born in Bucks Co., Pa., August 19th, 1808. She was sick about two years, and most of the time had to sit in a chair, but bore it all patiently. We hope she is now where
"No chilling winds, nor poisonous breath
Can reach that healthful shore;
Sickness and sorrow, pain and death
Are feared and felt no more."
She was buried at the Guilford Mennonite meeting house, where services were held by Eph. Hunsberger, in German from Psa. 73, and in English from 2d Timothy 4:7, 8, by Martin Leatherman.

SHANK.-January 1st, near East Lewistown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, of cancer in the stomach, Jacob Shank, aged 57 years, 8 months and 9 days. Interment at Oberholzer's meeting house, on the 4th, where a large assemblage witnessed the last sad rites. Services by Adam Kornhaus of Wayne Co., Ohio, and Joseph Bixler. He leaves a wife, and two children and an aged mother, now in the nineties, to mourn his departure. His only brother who was summoned by telegram to Davenport, Nebraska, where his son-in-law Henry Horn, formerly of this place, was run over by the cars and fatally injured, and was buried on Christmas say, was again called home by telegram to attend the funeral of his own brother. As soon as brother Shank's grave was covered, the tools were handed over to another set of men who immediately began digging another grace, for the subject of the following notice:

Transcriber' note: Oberholzer's was spelled as Oberholtzer's in the Boyer obituaries above.

BARE.-January 3d. In Mahoning Co., Ohio, of influenza, Charlotte May, daughter of Elias and Anna Bare, aged 3 years, 10 months and 11 days. She was buried at Oberholzer's meeting-house on the 5th, in the presence of a large concourse of friends. Appropriate services were held by Adam Kornhaus of Orrville, Ohio, and Bishop Joseph Bixler.
Darling daughter, thou hast left us,
Here thy face we see no more,
But we hope again to meet you
Over on that blissful shore."

Transcriber' note: Oberholzer's was spelled as Oberholtzer's in the Boyer obituaries and Oberholzer in the Shank obituary.

MARKLEY.-On December 8th, 1889, in Guilford Tp., Medina Co., Ohio, John Markley, aged 72 years, 1 month and 11 days. He was born in Bucks Co., Pa., October 28th 1817; moved with his parents to Ohio in 1833; was married to Elizabeth Rohrer in the year 1843. He was injured by a horse last summer, which it is supposed, ultimately, caused his death. He made a visit to Columbiana Co., Ohio to his friends from whence he returned sick, and in less than two weeks he was a corpse. Funeral services were held in Guilford Mennonite meeting-house, by Ephraim Hunsberger in German, from John 11: 25, 26, and in English by Martin Leatherman, 1 Cor. 15: 34, 45. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the widow and only daughter and son-in-law, in their sad bereavement.

YODER.-On the 27th of December, 1889, near Garden City, Cass Co., Mo., Henry R., son of Isaiah and-Yoder, aged 19 years, 5 months and 2 days. He was buried at the Clear Fork Cemetery, on the 29th. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove Church, by J. C. Kenagy and Joseph Byler, which were attended by a large number of people. Henry was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. He was not afraid to die, and we have reason to believe that he is at rest with the redeemed.

HERSHEY.-On the 22d of October, near Leaman Place, Lancaster Co., Pa., Susan Salome, daughter of John and Annie Hershey, aged 11 years, 11 months and 28 days. Funeral services were held by Amos Herr, John Ronck, and Benjamin Hartzler. Text, Luke 8:52. Susie was sick a long time, but bore her sufferings very patiently. She said she was not afraid to die; that she would like to get well and stay with her mother, but wanted to go and be with Jesus.

YODER.-On the 24th of December, near Wakarusa, Elkhart county, Ind., of consumption, Elizabeth (Bixler), wife of Henry B. Yoder, aged 56 years, 3 months and 24 days. Funeral services were held by Henry Shaum, Noah Metzler, and Amos Mumaw, from Phil. 1:21.

SHANK.-On the 5th of January, at Leeton, Johnson county, Mo., Jacob A., son of Lewis K. and Mary Shank, aged 14 years, 4 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held at Mineral Creek church, by E. John, and Frederick Culp. About three weeks before his death Jacob was going to school, and in playing struck his head against a tree. He did not complain till on Saturday evening, when he suddenly became seriously ill of a pain in his head. He soon went into convulsions and died the next day. Jacob was an intelligent, industrious and obedient boy. Brother and Sister S., have the sympathy of many friends in this their second bereavement within a year. It will not be long till the rest, if faithful, will join the family begun in heaven.

BUCKWALTER.-On the 5th of December, in East Lampeter, Lancaster county, Pa., very suddenly of heart disease, Lydia Buckwalter, aged 62 years, 10 months and 16 days. The funeral was largely attended. The funeral services were held by John K. Brubaker, David Buckwalter, Isaac Eby, and Amos Shenk. Text, Rev. 22:12. Sister Buckwalter united with the church at Mellinger's, in the days of her youth. Her charity, and her christian spirit were apparent in all the walks of her life. Her husband and two sons survive to mourn for a devoted wife and mother. The day before her death she attended the funeral of Henry Landis, and the same day when she died in the night she was in Lancaster and made some purchases. She spent the evening giving some instructions as to the work, and read the Herald of Truth a while, and retired at 10 o'clock. She died about 12 o'clock.
"A precious life from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
God in his wisdom had recalled
The boon his love has given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."

STROHM.-On the 27th of October, near Stonerville, Westmoreland county, Pa., after a long illness, Elisabeth Strohm, aged 89 years, and 17 days. She was from youth a consistent and devoted member of the Mennonite church at Stonerville. She was highly esteemed by her many friends. Funeral services by Pre. Yahn and Jno. N. Durr.

REBER.-On the 19th of December, in Holmes county, Ohio, Abraham, son of widow Daniel Reber, aged 5 years, 11 months and 7 days. He was buried in Kauffman's graveyard. Services by Noah Beachy and Moses Miller, from James 5:24, 30, and 1 Thess. 4: 13.

Transcriber's note: (widow) should be widower.

YODER.-On the 7th of November, 1889, in LaGrange county, Ind., Elizabeth, wife of Valentine C. Yoder, aged 67 years, 1 month and 24 days. She leaves her husband 8 children who followed her remains to the grave, mourning the loss of a dearly loved one, yet, not as those who have no hope. She was the mother of 9 children, 50 grandchildren, and 7 graat-grandchildren. She sealed her vow with God 48 years ago and became a member of the church, remaining faithful unto the end. She was married on the 21st of January, 1844. Earnest admonitions were made at her funeral by David Kauffman and Eli Borntreger.

Transcriber's note: The comma was left out after (husband) and (graat)-grandchildren typed as in the original.

DURR.-November the 18th, near Masontown, Fayette county, Pa., after about 70 hours of severs suffering of gall stone in the liver, Melissa Jane, wife of Bishop John N. Durr Aged 32 years, 8 months and 11 days. She was buried on the 21st in the Masontown Mennonite burying ground, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Services were held by C. B. Brenneman of Elida, Ohio, C. Deffenbaugh, D. Johnson and Pre. Gross, from John 19:27. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, six children and an aged Father, who is in his 105th year. He visited her the afternoon of her death, and also attended the funeral. The sudden unexpected death of our beloved sister came with crushing power upon the family and the entire neighborhood. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude. She was a devoted and affectionate wife whose heart was set upon helping her husband in the discharge of his ministerial duties, always ready to give encouragement and assistance, taking upon herself the care of the family so that her husband could go and labor for the Master. She was especially interested in teaching her children, young as they were in the ways of the God, gathering them around her and reading to and with them from God's word. She taught then by precept and example, humility and nonconformity to the world. As a member of the Masontown Mennonite church, to which she belonged about 15 years, she was a bright and shining light, beloved by all. Her loss is deeply felt. Her example in separation from the world, and in a comformity with the plain, simple truths of God's word, especially the outward adoring of the body as becometh a Christian, is worthy of a pattern and a place in the heart of each member of the church. She died triumphing in her Savior, saying she was not afraid.

Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But t'is God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heav'n with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.

Transcriber's note: The period was left out after (Durr) and (comformity) typed as in the original.

LOUCKS.-On the 21st of August, near Masontown, Fayette county, Pa., Viola Olive, daughter of Bro. David and Sister Nellie Loucks, aged 1 year, 6 months and 4 days. Buried on the 22d t the Masontown Mennonite burying-ground.

HUNT.-At the same place, on the 22d of August, Blanch, little daughter of George and Minerva Hunt, aged 1 year, 2 months and 1 day. Funeral services by John N. Durr.

Thee we loved, our darling dear,
Loved thee more than words can tell;
Little thinking death so near,
When with the angels thou shouldst dwell.

But the Lord has called thee home,
Thou to us will ne'er return;
Therefore we will go to thee,
And on longer weep and mourn.

BURKHART.-December 25th, near Newville, Cumberland county, Pa., Preacher Abraham Burkhart, aged 69 years, 3 months and 24 days. Funeral on the 27th, Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. Buried at Diller's meeting-house. A large concourse assembled to pay the last tribute of respect for the beloved brother. Bro. Burkhart was 39 years in the ministry. Peace to his ashes.

JOHNSON.-On the 3d of November, On the 3d of November, in Nicholson Twp., Fayette county, Pa., at the advances age of 88 years, 2 months and 12 days. Sister Barbara Johnson, widow of Peter Johnson, who died several years ago. Funeral services by J. N. Durr. She leaves nine children, a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, besides a multitude of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She was kind and gentle, benevolent and generous to all. Ever manifesting the fruits of the Spirit, showing a Christian example to all. She was a consistent and faithful member of the Mennonite church for upwards of 60 years.

LANDIS.-On the 19th of December, 1889, in Hilltown Twp., Bucks county, Pa., of apoplexy, Elizabeth M. Landis, wife of the late Abraham Landis, aged 52 years, 19 days. Her maiden name was Moyer. Her husband died Jan. 4th, 1885; a son, Edmund S. died March 5th, 1883. She was in usual health, and having occasion to go to the wood shed, she was suddenly overtaken, fell to the ground, and expired before she could be taken to the house. She was buried at Blooming Glen, services at the house by Samuel Godshalk and J. F. Funk, from 1 Peter 1:24, 25, and at the meeting-house by Abm. Moyer and Henry Rosenberger, from Mark 13:33. She leaves two sons and one daughter. May God comfort and bless the dear orphaned children, and may they ever find kind friends to direct and encourage them. She was a kind mother and a good neighbor, and was buried on the 18th anniversary of her marriage.

SWARTZ.-On the 27th of December, in Bedminster Twp., Bucks county, Pa., Mahlon, son of John and Sarah Swartz, aged 2 months and 26 days. Buried at Deep Run. Services by Samuel Godshalk.

BURKHOLDER.-December 30th, near Bloserville, Cumberland county, Pa., of heart disease, Sister Nancy Burkholder, widow, aged 81 years, 2 months and 21 days. Funeral in January 2d, 1890. Text, Rev. 22:12. Buried at Diller's meeting-house. Sister Burkholder was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite church. Her last words were: "Lord, take me home."

BURKHOLDER.-January 7th, near Lititz, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Magdalena Burkholder, aged 78 years, 11 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text, Isaiah 38:1. Buried at Hess' meeting-house. An aged brother and sister survive her.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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