OUR MOTHER. Sister Veronica Eby, relict of the late Pre. Benjamin Eby, died January 27th, 1891, at the residence of her son-in-law, Pre. Jacob Risser, near State Line, aged 92 years 5 months and 22 days. She was confined to her bed only about three weeks, and up to the last hour she was conscious, and bright. She possessed remarkable faculties for one of her age, her strength not failing her until she was confined to her bed, and her intellect remaining keen and perceptive almost to the last breath. Her maiden name was Witmer. She was married to the late Pre. Benjamin Eby, February 18th, 1823, in Lancaster Co., Pa., removing thence in 1866 to Washington Co., Md., and residing here continuously since then. She was an affectionate wife, a kind mother and a devout Christian. She manifested a strong faith in her Savior, and a bright hope in the life to come. She often expressed a desire to depart this life and to be with Christ which is far better, yet she never murmured a word, but was in all her afflictions, always resigned to the will of God. For sixty-seven years she was a consistent and beloved member of the Mennonite church. Three sons and one daughter, Jonas W., Christian W., and Isaac W. Eby, and Fannie Risser, with whom she made her home, in addition to a large relationship, survive her, and share the condolence of the community. A sad thing it was to lay away in the dust of the earth one so much beloved. But she tarried so long that the years of separation can be few, at the most, for either, and will doubtless be very brief for some. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on the 30th of January, at Reiff,s Mennonite church. Services by Adam Bear, in English, and Michael Horst, in German. Hagerstown, Md. ISAAC W. EBY
HEATWOLE. - At Leander, Rockingham Co., Va., on Jan. 15th, 1891, of diphtheria, Ava Pearl, eldest child of Daniel F. and Sallie Heatwole, aged 10 years less 3 days. Funeral services were conducted by ____ Barney at Singer's Glen Baptist church where she had attended Sunday school during the summer. She became suddenly ill while at school and was with difficulty led home by her younger sister who allowed her to rest occasionally by the way. She was bright for one of her years and had come to a knowledge of the saving merits of Christ's blood. She lingered for 4 days and died with the Savior's name upon her lips-her last words being, "Lord Jesus remember me."
Peaceful be her silent slumber,
Peaceful-in the grave so low,
She no more will join our number
And no more our songs shall know
BURKEY. - On the 13th of Feb., 1891, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., infant child of Valentine and Lena Burkey. Buried on the 14th in the Amish Mennonite graveyard. Services by Joseph Gascho, from 1 Cor. 15: 1 - 22, and P. P. Hershberger, from 1 Thess. 5: 1 - 6
ESCH. - On the 9th of Feb., 1891, in Newberry Twp., Lagrange Co., Ind., John Escho, aged 88 years, 7 months and 6 days. He was born in Juniata Co., Pa., and moved to Indiana about 30 years ago. He was married twice and was a member of the old Amish church. About 6 weeks ago, while out in the barn doing the chores, he fell and fractured his leg below the hip-joint, and when he had about recovered he was taken ill with another disease which caused his death. A daughter, 13 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, and many friends remain to mourn their loss. Services by D. S. Kauffman and the writer, from 1 Cor. 15: 49 - 58, and Heb. 4
HALLMAN. - On the 26th of Jan., 1891, in Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ont., Amos Hallman, aged 21 years, 2 days. On the 25th, he attended services in the Blenheim church and on the way home, Amos with 4 of his comrades stood in the rear end of the sled. The team, having gone over a piece of bare ground, and being suddenly relieved on the heavy load on striking a piece of good road, caused the sled to lurch forward, and several of the boys fell out. Amos fell on his head, causing concussion of the brain. He was conscious only a few moments and in a short time a corpse. "What is man that thou art mindful of him." What a lesson of warning to his neighbors, comrades, brothers, and sisters. May all take it to heart and prepare to meet their God in peace. Bro. And Sister Hallman have the warm sympathies of the friends and neighbors. This was the largest funeral ever held in the Blenheim church. Services by Joseph Nahrgang and J. S. Coffman, from Matt. 20: 19, and 1 Peter 1: 24
EASH. - On the 10th of Feb., 1891, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of Lung fever, Harvey, son of Benjamin and ____ Eash, aged 10 months and 16 days. Services by John F. Funk from Mk. 10: 13 - 16. Buried at Sugar Grove
"I take these little lambs, said he
"And lay them in my breast;"
In me protection they shall find;
In me be ever blest."
BOWMAN. - In Waterloo township, Waterloo Co., Ont., on the 9th of Jan., 1891, Gordon, infant son of Simon and Alberta Bowman. Buried on Sunday the 11th, at Eby's Church, where many had assembled to sympathize with the bereaved parents. Appropriate remarks where made by Moses Bowman from Ps. 16:6, Pre. Howell and J. S. Coffman from 2 Kings 4: 26
EBY. - In Wellesley township, Waterloo Co., Ont., Sister Sarah G. Honsberger, beloved wife of Bro. Henry B. Eby, died on Jan. 7, 1891, aged 32 years, 7 months and 22 days. Buried at Eby's Church, Berlin, on the 9th, where a large number of relatives and friends had assembled to sympathize with the bereaved brother and his family. She has left a bright hope that death was her eternal gain. May the good Lord comfort the brother. Funeral services by Daniel Wismer, from 2 Corn. 5: 1 and Noah Stauffer, from Luke 20: 36
HARTZLER. - On the 13th of Feb., 1891, in Bratton Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., Sister Caroline, wife of Bro. Levi Hartzler, aged 59 years and 23 days. On the 15th her remains were laid to rest in the Mattawana Cemetery. The funeral services were largely attended, and were conducted by Michael Yoder in the German and J. A. Myers in the English languages. May the God of comfort visit and bless the bereaved husband and children
BRADSHAW. - On the 17th of January, 1891, near Mancelona, Mich., of Consumption, Sarah, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Levi Bradshaw, aged 12 years, 2 months and 11 days. Sarah was an interesting child and was loved by those who knew her. She was a little Christain. She often said, "Oh I wish I could die right away and go to heaven" at another time, "Oh! If I had wings to fly away, and called saying, "Oh! Dear Savior come and help me." She also admonished her parents, brothers and sisters to meet her in heaven. May her death remind many, who are yet living careless in this world, to prepare to meet their God in peace. She was buried on the 19th. A prayer was offered at the house by Abraham Jackson, and on the following Sunday funeral services were held at the same place by Abraham Detweiler, of Brutus, Mich., from Job 14
My parents, brothers, sister all,
Prepare to meet me at God's call.
I now have bade you all good-bye,
Till we shall meet beyond the sky
My little playmates all, adieu,
I never more will come to you;
But if you love and serve the Lord,
As mine, so will be your reward
STECKLE. - On the 12th, of Feb., 1891, in Platsville, Oxford Co., Ont., Anna Viola, youngest daughter of Bro. Jacob and Sister Elizabeth Steckel, aged 1 year, 7 months and 15 days. Services in the Blenheim church on the 14th by Menno Cressman and Noah Stauffer, from John 14: 4 and Matt. 19: 14
HERSHEY. - On the 28th of January, 1891, in Lancaster Pa. Sister Mary M. daughter of John D. and Anna H. Hershey, aged 22 years and 28 days. Three years ago she was taken ill with typhoid malaria, from which she had not fully recovered, when she was again stricken down with a complication of diseases. Although she had quite a lingering illness, death was rather unexpected to her family, who, however find consolation in "Him who doeth all things well." During her illness, she confessed the Savior. She was steadfast in the faith, and rejoiced in a living hope. Her sufferings at times were intense, which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation. Shortly before her death it seemed as if she saw, what appeared to her a vision of the blessedness of that better land, when she could only exult and shout, "Oh Mother! And a smile breaking over her wasting features, and throwing her arms upward and said, "I wish it was real." She expressed a desire to die, and said to those around similar to this. "I hope you will all live so as to meet me in heaven." There are none who knew her who do not mourn her death, but do not mourn as those without hope. She died in full assurance of a blessed immortality. Services in the Landisville church where a number of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. Pre. J. Longenecker opened the services, and Pre. J. K. Brubaker followed with the sermon, "preaching from the 23d Psalm, beginning, "The Lord is my Shepherd," which was a favorite of the deceased. Interment was made in the family lot in the burial ground adjoining
SUNTIMER. - On the 8th of Feb., 1891, near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., of Erysipelas, Susan, wife of Adam Suntimer, aged 40 y., 6 m., 18 d. This early departure is a sad bereavement to the husband and nine children, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church and was fully resigned to the will of God, and expressed a desire to depart this life and be with God which would be far better. All the sorrow she seemed to have was that none of her grown children had given their hearts to Jesus but desired that they should be brought before the Lord in prayer. Buried on the 10th in the Pashan graveyard. Services at the Fork's church by J. D. Miller and D. J. Johns
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But t'was God who has beref us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
MISHLER. - On the 14th of Feb., 1891, in the City of Elkhart, Ind., of consumption, Sister Rebecca Jane, wife of Alexander Misher, and daughter of Bish. Henry Shaum, aged 32 y., 9 m. and 3 d. She leaves a deeply sorrowing husband, a son, father and mother, and brothers and sisters to mourn her early death. Her sufferings for some time were very severe, and when it became evident that the body could not be healed, and that she must soon try the realities of the word to come, she became deeply concerned for her salvation, consecrated herself anew to God, seeking him with all her heart, and found in him that sweet peace and assurance which enabled her to put all her trust in Him, and look forward with desire to the time of her departure, when she should be with Christ, which is far better. She was a faithful wife, and a good mother, and was most beloved by those who knew her best. May her death, and the kind admonitions to so many of her dear ones, leave lasting impressions, and lead all those who have not yet given their hearts to Jesus, to consecrate themselves to God and to His service forever, and become his faithful followers. She was buried at Olive church, where services were held by J. S. Coffman and J. F. Funk, from Ju. 11: 25, 26.
*Transcriber's note: MISHLER, typed according to the transcript, does not match with "wife of Alexander Misher" later on in the paragraph
HENDERSHOT. - On the 24th of January, 1883, at Tyler, Smith Co., Texas, Ada C., aged 11 years and 24 days, and on the 20th of Feb., 1891, in Elkhart, Ind., of Brain fever, Johnnie W., aged 1 year, 3 m. and 30 d, both children of J. T. and ____ Hendershot, of Elkhart, Ind. Funeral services were held on Sunday at the Mennonite church in Elkhart, by J. F. Funk, from Ps. 90: 12. May God comfort the hearts of the sorrowing parents and the children still left them, and so lead them all gently down the pathway of this sorrowful world until they shall meet their loved again on the bright shores of eternal rest. The funeral was largely attended
PEFFLEY. - On the 3d of February, 1891, near Strasburg church, Franklin Co., Pa., of Pneumonia, Samuel Peffley, aged 77 years and 13 days. He was a member of the U. B. church for a number of years. Buried on the 6th, at the Salem church. Services by B. G. Huber and James Bishop. He leaves several children and two sisters to mourn their loss
PEFFLEY. - On the 16th of Feb., 1891, near the Strasburg church, Franklin Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Lydia Peffley, aged 80 years. She leaves a sister and many warm friends to mourn their loss. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years. She was blind twenty years before her death, but her spiritual eyes beheld that beautiful land "where milk and honey flows." She left a hope behind that she has obtained that crown of life and that rest which remaineth for the people of God, Sister Lydia's brother Samuel (see notice above) died but thirteen days before her. Only one sister, widow Veronica Coffman, remains in the family. These three lived together these many years. Her remains were laid to rest on the 19th at the Salem church, where services were held by Peter Wadle in German and P. H. Parret in English, from Philipians 1: 21. Many friends and neighbors assembled to pay their last respects to one whom they loved
HORST. - On the 30th of Oct., 1890, near Marion, Franklin Co., Pa., of membranous croup, Harvey Edward, son of Bro. Abraham and Sister Martha Horst, aged 3 y., 7 m., 12d. The little sufferer was patient, and the devoted father and mother did all they could for their loved one, but his heavenly Father claimed him. It is hard to part with such bright jewels, but little Harvey is only gone before to welcome those that loved him best on earth to the mansions above. Buried on the 1st of Nov. at the Marion church. Services by Benjamin Lesher and Philip H. Parret from Job 14: 1, 2. May God sanctify this affliction to the sorrowing friends
FREY. - On the 21st of Nov., 1890, in Stoufferstown, Franklin Co., Pa., of Chronic Disentery, sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Jacob Frey, aged 62 y., 12 d. She suffered over a year with her affliction, but she was fully resigned to the will of the Lord. On the 23d her remains was taken to Chambersburg church graveyard, followed by many sorrowing friends and neighbors. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two sons to mourn their loss. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite church for many years. Her seat was seldom vacant while she was in health. Services in the church by Peter Wadle and Samuel Lehman in German and by P. H. Parret in English
RIFE. - On the 8th of Jan., 1891, near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., heart trouble, Salome, only child of Bro. And Sister Rush and Nancy Rife, aged 11 weeks. Buried on the 10th at the Pleasant Hill church near Rocky Springs, where services were held by S. D. Lehman in German and P. H. Parret in English, from Job 14: 2
BURKHOLDER. - On the 15th of Jan., 1891, near Newville, Cumberland Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Sister Nancy, wife of Bro. John Burkholder, aged 66y., 5m., 22d. She was a faithful member in the Mennonite church for many years. Her maiden name was Ocker, (Auker?), formerly of Perry Co., Pa. She was fully resigned to the will of the Lord. She left a bereaved companion one son and one daughter, brothers, sisters and friends to mourn their irreparable loss. Buried at the Mennonite church near Newville the 18th. Services by Peter Wadle in German, Philip H. Parrett in English, from 2 Tim. 4: 6 - 8. Many assembled to pay their last respects to one they loved
BARR. - On the 16th of Feb., 1891, at the residence of J. K. Mallott, in the City of Elkhart, Ind., of paralysis and the infirmities of old age, Sister Elizabeth, widow of the late John Barr, aged 78 years, 7 mo., and 22 days. Her maiden name was Kilmer. She was born in Juniata Co., Pa., and was married to Michael Weaver with whom she had eleven children, seven of whom died in infancy, and four are yet living. She married as her second husband John Barr, who died some years ago. She was a resident of Elkhart Co., with the exception of several years that she spent in Kansas, since 1853. She suffered much bodily affliction for a number of years, and during the last several months her afflictions were very severe. Her desire was to depart and be with Christ, and her only confidence and trust was in him. She has gone to her rest and we mourn not as those who have no hope. Peace to her soul. She was buried at the Olive Church, on the 18th. Services were conducted by J. F. Funmk and J. S. Coffman from 2 Cor. 5: 1
BIXLER. - On the 20th of Feb., 1891, at his home in Osceola, Ind., of consumption, William Bixler, aged 30 years, 5 mo. and 5 days. He was engaged in teaching, was a very active worker in the church and Sunday school and was beloved and respected by all who knew him. The warm friendship which the people had toward him was abundantly manifested by the many acts of kindness shown him by his friends and neighbors and by the very large attendance at his funeral. Two hundred conveyances were present and it took about an hour's time for the immense concourse to view the corpse. The services were conducted at the Chapel near the town, from Mark 4: 30 - 41. He leaves an aged mother, a wife, two children, brothers and sisters, and many devoted friends, who deeply lament his early death, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. May God comfort the bereaved and sorrowing friends.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah
SCHLEGEL. - On the 14th of Feb., 1891, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colo., of Diphtheria, Katie aged 4 years, and on the 16th, Eddy, aged 1 year, 5 months and 3 days, both children of John and Anna Schlegel. Katie was buried on the 16th and Eddy on the 17th. Services by Joseph Schlegel, Jacob Roth and Joseph Schrack, from Eccl. 7: 1 - 8, Luke 18: 15 - 17, and Job 1.
MILLER. - On the 9th of Feb., 1891, near Noble, Iowa, infant daughter of Jacob and Maggie Miller, aged 7 months and 7 days. Services in the Eicher M. H. on the 10th by Benj. Eicher.
CLYMER. - On the 17th of Feb. 1891, in Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa., Henry C. Clymer (son of Jonas Clymer deceased) aged 49 years. He leaves a widow to mourn her loss. He was interred in the Line Lexington cemetery.
CLYMER. - On the 30th of Jan., 1891, in New Britain, Bucks Co., Pa., John Clymer, aged 91 years, 4 months and 4 days. He was interred in the Line Lexington Cemetery.
REIST. - On the 18th of Feb., 1891, in Huron Co., Ont., Aaron, son of Bro. Joel W. and sister Magdalena Reist, aged 1 year, 2 months and 23 days. Services by Jacob Gingerich of Waterloo, Co., from Matt. 18: 3.
GASCHO. - On the 21st of Feb., 1891, in Huron Co., Ont., Lena Gascho, aged about 92 years. In the morning she was as well as usual but before night she was a corpse. She was one of the first settlers in this neighborhood and was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Services by J. Bender and J. Gasho, from John 5: 24 - 30, and Mark 13: 33 - 37.
RINGER. - Near Savage, Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 18, 1891, of cancer, Margaret Ringer, aged 73 years, 5 months and 3 days. The deceased was a member of the Ev. Lutheran church for about 52 years. She leaves 11 children, 39 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren to mourn her departure. Funeral services on the 22d, by D. H. Bender from Gen. 49: 18. Buried in the family graveyard, where the services were conducted by I. P. Hawkins.
HOSTETLER. - On the 20th of Feb., 1891, near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., Anna A. wife of Andrew Hostetler, aged 20 years, 10 months and 9 days. She leaves a husband with three small children (one only a week old) to mourn her early departure. She was a member of the Mennonite church for several years, but did not lead a devoted life, so when she was told that she had to die, she began to lament and say, she could not die so, for she was not at peace with Christ. She desired that a minister should be sent for, which was immediately done. But her mind seemed to be so completely overcome by her evil deeds that at first it seemed almost impossible to make her think of the mercy of God, but after the Word was read to her and prayer was offered, she began to pray, and prayed almost continually until her end. She plead earnestly for God's mercy and admonished others not to live as she had lived. We hope that God through His wonderful love has answered her prayer. But let every one that reads this notice, take warning and make their peace with God that their last hours can be spent in praising the Lord instead of regret and remorse. Buried on the 22d when a very large concourse of friends and relatives gathered together to pay the last tribute of respect. Services at the Forks church by J. D. Miller and D. J. Johns in the German and J. J. Weaver in the English language, from Num. 32: 23 and Amos 4: 12.
YODER. - On the 8th of Feb., 1891, near West Liberty, Logan Co., O., Nancy, wife of Enoch Yoder aged 72 years, 17 days. Funeral services on the 9th, by Elder Jacob Frantz in the English, and David Plank in the German language. Very many were present to show their sympathy for the living, and respect for the dead.
GROFF. - On the 21st of Feb. 1891, in Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Heart disease, Sister Catharine Groff, aged 56 years, 9 months and 28 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text: 2 Tim. 4: 6 - 8. Buried in Mount Tunnel Cemetery. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect for the deceased. Sister Groff was a faithful member of the Old Brethren (Dunkard) denomination. A sorrowing family followed her remains to the grave.
JOHNSON. - David J., the only child of Isaac R. and Lizzie Johnson, near Masontown, Fayette Co., Pa., on the 28th of Jan. 1891, aged 4 months and 24 days. Buried on the 29th in the Masontown Mennonite buryingground. Services by J. N. Durr.
"Fond parents calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called him home,
Grieve not, your darling is at rest
Beyond this vale of gloom."
RAMER. - On the 13th of Feb., 1891, at Box Grove, Markham township, York Co., Ont., Pre. Abraham Ramer, aged 76 years, 4 months and 29 days. Buried on the 15th in Byer's graveyard, near Wideman's M. H. The large church was filled to its utmost capacity. Funeral discourses were delivered by Henry Goudie, from 2 Tim 4: 7, 8, J. Hill, from Eccl. 9: 5, and John Steckley, from Isaiah 26: 3. May God comfort the aged sister and surviving family with the assurance, that their loss is our brother's gain.
BRENNEMAN. - On the 13th of August, 1891, in New Danville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Consumption, Sister Susie L., daughter of Bro. John L. and Sister Mary Ann Brenneman, aged 26 years and 22 days. Services at the Stone church, by Bish. Amos Shenk, and A. B. Herr from Ps. 119: 22. Her last words were; "The stage is here and I am ready."
HESS. - On the 19th of Dec., 1890, near Linesville, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Lizzie, wife of Benjamin Hess, aged 41 years, 8 months and 15 days. Services at the Stone church by J. K. Brubaker, A. B. Herr and J. Harnish, from Rev. 22: 5.
EBY. - On the 18th of Feb., 1891, near Kinzer, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Typhoid fever, Saloma, daughter of Benjamin Eby, aged 24 years, 4 months and 23 days. This is the second death in the family within a year, the monther having died last March. This is another loud call to the young. May her sickness and death make a lasting impression upon the family and all her young friends, that they may think more seriously upon their future welfare and prepare to meet their God. She was buried on the 21st in the Strasburg burying-ground. Services by Pre. ---- Workman and Bish. Isaac Eby, from John 13: 7, and 1 Peter 1: 14, 25.
MILLER. - On the 3d of March, 1891, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of Dropsy, Leah, wife of Joseph Miller, aged 68 years, 2 months and 6 days. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church and a bright light to the world. She was the mother of four daughters and one son. Buried in the Livingston graveyard on the 5th. Services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Harshler in the German and Levi A. Blough in the English language.
(On account of request to send sample copies of the HERALD OF TRUTH containing the following obituary to different parties and not having a sufficient number of that edition left to do so, we republish the same in this number. Eds.)
OUR MOTHER. Sister Veronica Eby, relict of the
late Pre. Benjamin Eby, died January 27th, 1891, at the residence
of her son-in-law, Pre. Jacob Risser, near State Line, aged 92
years 5 months and 22 days. She was confined to her bed only about
three weeks, and up to the last hour she was conscious, and bright.
She possessed remarkable faculties for one of her age, her strength
not failing her until she was confined to her bed, and her intellect
remaining keen and perceptive almost to the last breath. Her maiden
name was Witmer. She was married to the late Pre. Benjamin
Eby, February 18th, 1823, in Lancaster Co., Pa., removing thence
in 1866 to Washington Co., Md., and residing here continuously
since then. She was an affectionate wife, a kind mother and a
devout Christian. She manifested a strong faith in her Savior,
and a bright hope in the life to come. She often expressed a desire
to depart this life and to be with Christ which is far better,
yet she never murmured a word, but was in all her afflictions,
always resigned to the will of God. For sixty-seven years she
was a consistent and beloved member of the Mennonite church. Three
sons and one daughter, Jonas W., Christian W., and Isaac W. Eby,
and Fannie Risser, with whom she made her home, in addition to
a large relationship, survive her, and share the condolence of
the community. A sad thing it was to lay away in the dust of the
earth one so much beloved. But she tarried so long that the years
of separation can be few, at the most, for either, and will doubtless
be very brief for some. The funeral, which was largely attended,
took place on the 30th of January, at Reiff's Mennonite church.
Services by Adam Bear, in English, and Michael Horst, in German.
Hagerstown, Md. ISAAC W. EBY
Trascribed by Terri Harper, Utah.