Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1890

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVII, Number 11, June 1, 1890, page 174


WOLMER.-On the 4th of April, 1890, near Deer Creek, Tazewell Co., Ill., Sister Magdalena Wolmer, a daughter of Jacob Zehr, aged 33 years, 4 months and 9 days, of consumption. She had a desire to depart and be with Christ. She bore her sufferings patiently. We should be at all times prepared for that heavenly home, of which the apostle says that eye hath not seen, neither ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those that love him. But we will not mourn for our departed sister as those who have no hope, for we believe she is at rest. She was a member of the old Amish Mennonite church and was buried on the 6th of April. Funeral services by Christian Ropp and Christian Risser in German, and by Pre. Souder in English. She leaves her sorrowing husband and 4 children to mourn her early departure.

FAHRNEY.-On the 5th of April, 1890, in Hamilton Co., Nebraska, Catharine Gerber, wife of John Fahrney, after a short period of suffering, at the advanced age of 85 years, 3 months and 4 days. She was a faithful sister in the Amish church, and was much loved by all who knew her. She was fully consecrated to God and put all her trust in Jesus, and we believe that her life was an evidence that she died in the Lord. Peace to her ashes.

YODER.-On the 16th of May, near Berlinton, Marshall Co., Ind., infant son of Samuel V. and Mary Yoder, aged 3 months and 13 days. The burial took place on the 17th at Weldy's school-house. Funeral services by J. C. Schlabach from Matt. 19:13-30 and I Thess. 4:13. The Lord comfort the bereaved parents.

YODER.-On the 8th of May, in Newbury Twp., LaGrange Co., Ind., Valentine C. Yoder, after a long period of suffering, aged 68 years, 8 months and 13 days. He leaves 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters, to mourn their loss. His companion and one daughter preceded him. Bro. Yoder endured his afflictions with great patience. He was grandfather of 53 children, of whom 47 are still living. His mortal remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground near his home. Funeral services on the 10th by E. E. Borntreger and D. S. Kauffman. God bless and comfort the bereaved family and friends.

HESS.-On the 7th of May, in Harvey Co., Kansas, Edgar, infant son of Abraham and Anna Hess, aged 1 year, 9 months and 3 days. The little child died after an illness of less than 24 hours, with vomiting and diarrhoea followed by convulsions until death ended his sufferings. Funeral services at the Pennsylvania meeting house by David Weaver in German and J. S. Coffman in English from 2 Kings 4:26.

EICHER.-On the 23d of April, in Gratiot Co., Mich., Gracie, infant daughter of Jacob and Minta Eicher, aged 1 year and 18 days. Buried on the 24th at Newark Center. Services by J. Culp from Isaiah 40:6-8.

PETERS.-On the 6th of May, in Midland Co., Mich., Ida (maiden name Eicher), wife of William Peters, aged 27 years, 6 months and 2 days. Buried on the 8th at Fulton Center, Gratiot Co. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 3 children to mourn her departure. Services by J. Culp in English and German from 2 Cor. 5:1-11. May God comfort and bless the surviving friends, and may this loud call be the means to draw them nearer to God, that He may give them grace to make their calling and election sure, and find a home in the house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.

PETERS.-On the 12th of April, in Midland Co., Mich., infant daughter of William and Ida Peters, aged 2 months, 22 days. Buried on the 15th at Fulton Center, Gratiot Co. Services by J. Culp in English and J. Litwiller in German from Mark 10:14.

HOLDEMAN.-On the 22d of May, 1890, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Indiana, Harvey, youngest son of John and ----- Holdeman, aged 16 years, 4 months and 10 days. He was buried at Olive church, in Olive Twp. on Sunday the 25th where a large concourse of friends and relatives assembled. The young man died very suddenly. He retired in the evening apparently in usual health and in a short time was taken with spasms and in half an hour he was dead. His sudden death is indeed a most solemn warning for all to prepare in the accepted time for the great change which sooner or later comes to us all. Be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Funeral services were held by Samuel Coffman of Va., Peter Lehman and J. F. Funk.

KIPFER.-On the 10th of May, in Arapahoe Co., Colo., Elias, only child of Christian and Magdalena Kipfer, aged 3 years, and 9 months. Buried on the 11th in the Mennonite graveyard near Thurman. Funeral services by J. Schrock, J. Slegel and J. Roth.

BRENNEMAN.-On the 13th of May, in Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Aaron, infant son of Bro. and Sister Daniel and ----- Brenneman, aged 3 months and 3 days. Buried on the 15th in the Amish Mennonite graveyard followed by many friends of the bereaved parents and family. Funeral services by Jacob Wagler and John Gascho from Mark 10:13-16 and I Cor. 15.

BERGEY.-Mrs. John G. Bergey, of Franconia township, died suddenly of paralysis of the heart, on Sunday, while attending communion services at the Mennonite meeting-house in the same township. After the services she walked to the carriage and was about to enter, when she sank down and expired. Husband and several children survive her. The funeral was held on Wednesday. Interment in the Mennonite burial ground in the same township. Montgomery Transcript, Montgomery Co., Pa. of May 23d.

DIRSTINE.-April 18th 1890, Elias Dirstine of Kent county, Mich., aged about 67 years. Funeral at the Caledonia Mennonite church on the 21st. Funeral sermon by S. Sherk and C. Wenger. The deceased was never married.

BUZZARD.-May 14th 1890, in Walnut Twp., Saline Co., of Kansas, of an internal cancer or tumor, after a lingering illness of 3 months, Bro. William H. Buzzard, aged 57 years, 1 month and 8 days. He was born in Northhampton Co., Pa., April 6th 1833, was baptized and received into the membership of the Mennonite church August 2d 1857, and was married to Sarah Hiestand September 20th 1857. They lived in matrimony 32 years and six months. Their union was blessed with six children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. Two daughters have preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 3 sons and 1 daughter to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and a loving father; but we need not mourn as those whose who have no hope. He bore his pains and afflictions with Christian fortitude, and we have reason to believe that he patiently looked forward with a living hope of a blessed immortality. In his sickness he frequently expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. He stretched forth his hand and gave good bye to his wife and to all who were by his bedside and told them to meet him in heaven. He chose his own text for his funeral sermon from Psalm 23: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me."

"Weep not for me, my wife so dear;
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
O children, do not weep for me,
My children do not mourn for me,
In heaven I hope you all to see,
Where parting words are heard no more,
But dwell fore'er on Canaan's shore.

Transcriber's note: The phrase: " but we need not mourn as those whose who have no hope." is typed as it appeared in the original.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVII, Number 12, June 15, 1890, page 191


MOWEN.-On the 28th of May, three and a half miles west of Hagerstown, Md., Laura May, daughter of Lib and Ginna Mowen, aged 12 years, 4 months and 17 days. She was afflicted for ten years with convulsions. A few days before her death she suffered great pain. She was taken with convulsions Sunday night and was unconscious until Wednesday, when the Lord took her where there is no suffering. During her illness she would repeat, "Rock of Ages, cleft for me" and said if her pains did not leave her she would leave them. She is now where there is no pain. She leaves her parents, four sisters and one brother to mourn their loss, but they can have that bright hope that she is now at rest. She was buried on the 30th of May at the Winebrenner Church. Services by Nicholas Martin and Samuel Foltz. Text: Psalm 90:12.

"Weep not for me, my parents dear;
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be
O parents, do not weep for me.

When you unto my grave do go,
The gloomy place to see,
I say to you, who stand and view,
Prepare to follow me."

KELLER.-On the 24th of April, 1890, in Allen Co., Ohio, of old age and dropsy, Bar-bara Keller (maiden name Roush), at the ripe age of 90 years, 2 months and 1 day. She was a very affectionate mother of ten children, of whom five are living. She lived in widowhood 27 years, and lived to see the fourth generation, not counting herself. She was a great lover of good reading. She subscribed for the GERMAN HERALD 10 years ago in winter, and took it eight years when her eyesight failed. She laid them away carefully and would often go and look them over and read them as much as she could. She was also very fond of the German Almanac. She got the first one when she subscribed for the HERALD, and was pre-sented with one every year until death took her away to her long home. She was a mem-ber of the U. B. Church. Buried at Allentown. Text: Psa. 116:15.

GOLDSMITH.-On the 7th of June, in Logan Co., Ohio, of lung fever, Andrew, son of John and Lydia Goldsmith, aged 1 year, 2 months and 4 days. Funeral services at South Union on the 9th by C. K. Yoder in German and A. Miller in English from Mark 10:13-15.

"Yes, happy are these little ones
Of such the kingdom is
The Lord our praise and thanks demands
Who made them heirs of bliss."

BACHMAN.-Near Pulaski, Davis Co., Iowa, of inflammation of the bowels, Mary, daughter of Christian Bachman, aged 27 years, 3 months and 14 days. She was a faithful child, a be-loved sister in the church and a diligent teacher in the Sunday-school. She died with a living hope. Services by Pre. Allender in English, and by P. Roulet in German from Rev. 14:13.

HERSHBERGER.-On the 20th of May, in Walnut Creek Twp., Holmes Co., Ohio, of la grippe, John Hershberger, aged 74 years, 4 months and 28 days. He bore his sufferings patiently. He desired to observe the communion of the Lord's Supper, but death came ere his desire could be fulfilled. He leaves his aged wife and many friends to mourn his departure. He was buried in the family graveyard, where his first wife and eldest child are also buried. Services by Fred Mast and A. Mast from John 5:35, 36 and I Cor. 15:49, 50.

OESCH.-On the 16th of May in Arkansas Co., Arkansas, of cancer, Joseph Oesch, aged 37 years, 11 months and 7 days. He was confined to his bed about 3 months, and suffered much pain, but bore it all patiently until God called him to his rest. He was buried on the 18th. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and leaves his wife and 9 children to mourn his death. Services by J. Beck in German from John 5:24, and by J. R. Gish from Rev. 3:21, 22.

HERSHBERGER.-On the 7th of May, near Sharon Centre, Johnson Co., Iowa, at the home of her parents, of quick consumption, Sister Susannah, daughter of Bro. Henry and Sister Elizabeth Hershberger, aged 19 years, 5 months and 2 days. She took sick about 18 weeks before her death. At first her sickness did not appear dangerous, but the last three weeks she failed rapidly. She bore her sufferings patiently, without any complaint. She said that although it was hard to part with her parents, brothers and sisters, but added that she was not afraid of death. The evening before her departure she desired to see her uncle, Samuel Bender, once more. He was sent for next morning and came at noon. She was very glad to see him and then she bade him and all the family good-bye, saying that she was now going to her eternal rest, soon after which the soul took its flight. She was a faithful member of the old Amish Mennonite church, and was very modest and reserved in her demeanor, taking no delight in wild and boisterous company, parties and such things. She was buried on the 9th in Joseph Shuettler's graveyard, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral services by Peter Kinsinger and Joseph J. Guengerich from John 5:19-47.

RUTH.-On the 27th of April 3 _ miles west of Hagerstown, Maryland, Julia Ann, wife of William Ruth, aged 60 years. She leaves a husband, two sons and eleven grandchildren. The deceased was a member of the Dunkard church for several years. She met with many trials and temptations. She was afflicted for 7 years with epileptic spells but seldom complained. About two days previous to her death she said she was very sick. She was asked by one of her neighbors if she thought she was dying because she was so sick. She said she did not know, but hoped so. Toward the close of her life she grew entirely helpless, but was conscious until a few hours before her death but could not speak. Her suffering is ended here, and we hope she is where there is no sickness and pain. She was buried in the Dunkard graveyard at Broadford. Services by Nicholas Martin and Samuel Foltz, from Isa. 35:9.

"She has gone down the valley,
The deep, dark valley,
We will see her face never more
Till we pass down the valley,
The death dark valley
And meet her on the other shore."

LEIBFRITZ.-On the 30th of May, near Stanford, McLean Co., Ill., Mary Leibfritz, maiden name Springer, aged 51 years, 6 months and 14 days. She suffered a long time and had dwindled down almost to a mere skeleton. She was buried on the 1st of June near Stanford at the Indiana church. Services by Joseph Stucky from I Thess. 4:4, and by Pre. Rogues, who spoke in English. A large number of friends assembled at the funeral. She leaves her husband and three children to mourn her death.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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