Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1894

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXI, No. 23, December 1, 1894 - p. 367

Emig.-On the 8th of November, 1894, 3 miles east of York, in York Co., Pa., Emanuel Emig, aged 66 y., 3 d. Buried on the 11th. Funeral services by Martin Whisler of Hanover.

Weaver.-On the 27th of October, 1894, in Lanc. Co., Pa., Peter Weaver, after a lingering illness. He was resigned to the Lord's will, and ready and willing to go when the end came. He leaves a wife and 6 children, and 30 grandchildren to mourn their loss. He was born Jan. 1st, 1823, and was therefore 71 years, 9 months and 27 days old. A large concourse of friends and neighbors met to pay the last tribute of respect. Interment at Weaverland.
"Our father has gone to his rest,
From a region of sorrow and pain;
To the glorious land of the blest
Where he never will suffer again.

While in the cold tomb father lies,
His spirit is resting above;
In that happy and sweet Paradise,
There nothing can enter but love.


Sleep on, then, dear father! Thy soul
Has gone to that better abode,
And while ceaseless ages shall roll
Thou art resting in peace with thy God."

Shirk.-On the 10th of October, 1894, near Vanwert, Juniata Co., Pa., Lydia, wife of Pre. Jacob Shirk of the "River Brethren" denomination, aged 77 years, 18 days. Buried at Lost Creek. Funeral services by J. Landis and Wm. Graybill. Text, 1 Thess. 4:14.

Beery.-On the 13th of October, 1894, at her home near Caledonia, Kent Co., Mich., of typhoid fever, Sister Beery, wife of Pre. C. C. Beery. She had gone on a visit to Ohio and on her return home she took sick, and after two weeks' suffering, she fell asleep in Jesus. She was a faithful member in the church and will be greatly missed there and in the home. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 6 children to mourn her death. Funeral services were conducted by Pre's Weaver, Keim and Whitaker from Heb. 11:13 and Rom. 14:8.
H. E.

Holdeman.-Bro. John Holdeman was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, the 12th of September 1827, died Nov. 10th, 1894, aged 67 years, 1 month, 28 days. Funeral services at the Olive M. H. on the 13th by David Garber and J. S. Lehman. Bro. Holdeman was first married to sister Hetty Eicher of Wayne Co., Ohio (who preceded him to the spirit world about nine years) on the 16th of December, 1847. To this union there were born 11 children, 7 sons and 4 daughters. Nine of these survive them. Bro. Holdeman was again married to his surviving widow, sister Susannah Baker (maiden name Boyer) of St. Joseph Co., Ind., on the 7th of March, 1886. Husband, father and brother has gone to his "long Home," Peace to his ashes.

Mosier.-On the 15th of Nov., 1894, near Elida, Ohio, Valentine Mosier, aged 66 y., 9 m., and 6 d. A short time before his death Bro. Mosier began not only to feel his need of a Savior, but also became willing to confess his sins and his great mistake in living so long in the world without Christ, and expressed a willingness and desire to forsake sin and the world and live for God. At his request he was received into church fellowship by water baptism on the morning of the 11th inst. The death bed scene was deeply affecting, as his companion, sons and daughters, grandchildren and others came to his bedside one by one, all of whom he bade an affectionate farewell, admonishing them to "be good" and meet him in heaven. He was buried on the 18th in the presence of an unusually large concourse of friends and relatives. Services by J. M. and Andrew Shenk.

Nafzinger.-On the 1st of Oct. 1894, near Wheatland, Hickory Co., Mo., of blood poison, sister Annie Magdelena, wife of J. B. Nafzinger, and daughter of Daniel and Susanna Raber, aged 40 y., 4 m., and 5 d. She leaves her husband and 5 children of her own, and 8 step-children, besides father, mother, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters to mourn their loss, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. She had been a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for about 23 years, and seemed perfectly resigned to the will of God. Shortly before her death she sang, "Jesus lover of my soul, Let me to thy bosom fly,""etc. Her favorite hymn, which she read repeatedly, was, "Wenn Menschen Hilf scheint aus zu sein, so stellt sich Gottes Hilfe ein," etc. Although it is hard to part with one so dear, yet we feel that our loss is her gain. May she now rest sweetly, "safe in the arms of Jesus." Funeral services by Christian Zehr. Text, 1 Cor. 15.

Culp.-On November 5, near Foraker, Elkhart Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Levi Culp, son of John B. Culp, aged 24 y., 5 m., 17 d. This young man was much loved and respected in the vicinity of his home. He had however neglected the one thing needful until sickness came. He seemed to realize his condition and prayed for forgiveness and acceptance. He was married only about a year ago and now leaves his beloved but deeply sorrowing young companion and young child, parents and five brothers to mourn his early death. He was a lover of music, and had for a long time been a leader in the singing circle, and will be much missed by his associates. The remains were laid to rest in the Yellow Creek graveyard. Funeral services by J. S. Coffman, John Stump and D. B. Brenneman. Text, 1 Pet. 1:24.

Witmer.-On the 31st of October 1894, at Abilene, Kansas, of an acute attack of Bright's disease, Nellie J. Hendricks, beloved wife of Aaron G. Witmer, aged 27 years, 11 months, 30 days. They lived in matrimony nearly 9 years. Her home was formerly at Morrison, Ill. She was a faithful member of the Methodist church of Abilene, Kan. Short funeral services at her home on North Cedar St. Nov. 1st at 10:30 by E. E. Tarbill, after which her husband brought the remains east to the home of his parents, Samuel Witmer, Shippensburg, Pa., for burial. Funeral services were held there on Sunday Nov. 4 at 1:30 P. M. She was sick 2 months and 2 days. May God give grace and strength to enable the bereaved husband to say, "Thy will be done." She left the blessed assurance of a happy hereafter.



HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXI, No. 24, December 15, 1894 - pp. 380, 381

Weaver.-Dec. 4th, 1894, in Columbiana, Ohio, after a lingering illness, Dr. J. D. Weaver, aged 72 y., 2 m., and 1 d. On the 6th interment took place at the Oberholzer church where services were conducted by Allen Rickert, Joseph Bixler and Jno. Burkholder.

Yoder.-On the 12th of Nov. 1894, near Goshen, Ind., Benjamin M. Yoder, aged 68 years and 9 months. Bro. Yoder was ailing for several months, but no one thought of his end being so near as he always went to the table to eat with the family until the morning of the 11th. On the morning of the 12th at about 2 o'clock he said he was feeling better and believed he could sleep, and fell asleep to awake in eternity, which we hope will be a glorious awaking, as we have reason to believe that he had peace with his God.

Betzner.-On the 5th of November 1894, at her home near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., after long suffering of cancerous affections of breast and liver, Sister Lydia, beloved wife of Jacob S. Betzner, aged 52 y., 18 d. She was a patient sufferer, and although everything that human skill could devise or affection could suggest was done, she sank gradually until at last death came and the tired body, so long racked with pain, sank to its long rest, while the soul, freed from its earthly thralldom, soared to the home for which it so much longed. She will be sadly missed in the church in which she was a devoted member, in the neighborhood, in which she was universally esteemed, and in the home, where she was a loving helpmeet, a faithful companion and an affectionate mother. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two grown daughters, beside many relatives and friends to mourn her death. Her remains were laid to rest on the 7th in the Cressman cemetery, followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Funeral services were conducted by Noah Stauffer in German and David Sherk in English. The Lord comfort and sustain our dear brother and family in their deep affliction.

Shank.-On the 13th of Nov. 1894, at the home of her son-in-law Joseph B. Diller, in Adams Co., Pa., sister Nancy Shank, aged 66 years, 1 month and 1 day. She was the widow of Bro. Christian Shank who preceded her to the spirit world 12 years. She was the mother of 6 children; 2 also preceded her to the spirit world. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. She had been in feeble health for many years and at last took pneumonia, of which she suffered a great deal till death came to her relief. She said she was suffering much now, but would soon be going to her rest. This with other evidences she left as a sweet consolation for the bereaved children who mourn their loss. Funeral on the 15th. Services at the house by Martin Wisler. Text, Matt. 24:44, after which the remains were taken to Edgemont, Maryland. Services at church by Adam Bear. Text, Philippians 1:21, thence to the Hoover graveyard where the body was laid to its last resting place.
"Dearest mother, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Roth.-On the 18th of November 1894, near Milford, Seward Co., Nebr., Daniel, only child of Michael and Lena Roth, aged 11 months and 20 days. Buried Nov. 19th in the Fairview cemetery. Services were conducted by Pre. Joseph Rediger from Mark 10:13-16, and by Bish. Joseph Schlegel from Luke 20:36. A large cortege followed the remains to their last resting place. He was a grandchild of our Pre. Joseph Gasho.
The little crib is empty,
The clothes are now laid by,
I am not dead, but sleeping,
Awaiting a crown on high.

So farewell dear, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched me well,
But Jesus took your darling,
So, mother dear, farewell.

And farewell dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your only child, your Daniel,
Who now has gone to rest.

And farewell dear grandparents,
You've watched by my bedside,
But I could not linger longer,
For Jesus called His child.

Kratz.-On the 23d of November 1894, near Jordan, Lincoln Co., Ont., of dropsy and heart failure, Christian Kratz, aged 64 y., 7 m., 19 d. He was blind for nearly 44 years. He leaves a wife and many sorrowing relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He lived a devoted Christian life for many years, and by his kindness, quietness and humility he won the love and esteem of a wide circle of acquaintances and friends. The remains were buried at the Moyer M. H. on the 26th where many friends and neighbors met in respect and love for the deceased. Funeral services by Bish. Daniel Wismer of Berlin, Ont. from Rev. 7:16.

Mishler.-On the 29th of November 1894, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Amanda, wife of Abraham Mishler, aged 23 years, 3 months and 3 days. She leaves a husband and 3 children to mourn her early departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was a member of the Amish church. Buried on December 1st. Services by Y. C. Miller from Psalm 90:1-6, and J. J. Troyer from Matt. 24:42.

Hunsberger.-On the 26th of November 1894, in New Dundee, Waterloo Co., Ont., of an accident, Bro. Moses Hunsberger, aged about 56 years. He was returning home about noon from near Ayr, and in driving through New Dundee the front axle of his buggy broke. The vehicle struck the horse, which at once became unmanageable, dashing down the hill, and in making a sharp turn, hurled Bro. Hunsberger out against the frozen bank, rendering him unconscious. He remained in this condition for about two hours when he expired. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 2 sons and 3 daughters and many friends to mourn his sudden death. He was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by Menno Cressman in German, from Judges 18:24, and Benj. Shupe, in English, from Matt. 24:44.

Hershey.-John, the only son of David B. and Elizabeth Hershey, died of typhoid fever, Nov. 23d, 1894. He was born in Shelby Co., Missouri, June 16th, 1872, moved with his parents to Stevensville, Ont., in 1876, and in 1882 to Greenwood, St. Clair county, Mich. John made a profession of religion last winter during a series of meetings and was since then a steady quiet boy and professed his faith and trust in God up to and during his sickness. He was always kind towards his parents and sisters and diligent in his duties. Funeral services were postponed. However, a Psalm was read and prayer offered at the house. He was buried in the Lett burying-ground, Bro. Geo. Kiteley officiating.
S. Reichard.

Kauffman.-On the 20th of Nov. 1894, in Georgetown, Northumberland Co., Pa., formerly of Juniata Co., Mary M., wife of Samuel Kauffman, and daughter of Joseph and Mary Lauver, aged 28 years, 1 month and 28 days. She died of typhoid and brain fever. She was concerned about her salvation for some time before her sickness, and 5 days before she died was received into the church by water baptism and retained a good mind. She was a good neighbor and a loving wife. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 2 children, father, mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Buried at Lauver's church yard where many friends assembled to mourn with the family. Services by Samuel Gayman and Wm. Graybill, from Rev. 19:8, 9, and 2 Tim. 5:1.

Leitzel.-On the 24th of November 1894, in Delaware township, Juniata Co., Pa., of consumption, sister Sybilla, wife of George Leitzel and daughter of David and Fannie Hummel. She was ailing for about one year, but endured her suffering with Christian fortitude. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and loved by all who knew her. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters to mourn their loss. On the 27th her remains were laid in the Delaware graveyard where many relatives and friends assembled. The funeral was conducted by William Graybill. Text, John 16:33.

Gindlesperger.-On the 13th of November 1894, in Paint Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., sister Rachel, widow of Bro. Peter Gindlesperger who died Dec. 24, 1893. She was buried on the 16th. Funeral services at the German Baptist church by L. A. Blough, Sam. Gindlesperger, Hiram Musselman and Joseph Berkey. Sister Gindlesperger was the mother of 13 children, 11 sons and 2 daughters; 2 sons are dead and 2 are in the far West; the remaining 9 children were present at the funeral to pay the last tribute of respect to a dear mother, but they need not mourn as those that have no hope; for while the writer visited her she expressed herself willing to depart and be with Christ. She said she had no fear of death. May God comfort the sorrowing friends.
"Farewell, dear children, one and all,
A mother from you Christ did call;
Weep not for me, it is in vain
To call me to your sight again,
But live for Jesus, this is gain
To live and die in Jesus' name.
L. A. Blough.

Stuckey.-On the 23d of November 1894, near Danvers, Illinois, Charles son of Peter E. Stuckey of Kearney, Neb., aged 22 y., 10 m. He came to Danvers to work here during the winter, at Christian Kinsinger's. On the 15th of November he ran into a fork while doing chores, from the injuries of which he died on the 23d. His parents were sent for on the 21st and arrived on the 22d, in time to see their son alive. Funeral services were held on the 25th at the Danvers M. H. by Joseph Stuckey, Joseph King and Andrew Oesch. The same evening the parents started homeward with the remains of their son to bury them on the 27th. A few moments before he died he said, "I am going home to heaven," a sweet consolation to the parents and friends.

Buercky.-On the 22d of November 1894, at Tiskilwa, Ill., of the infirmities of old age, sister Barbara, widow of Bro. Andrew Buercky, aged 86 y., 5 m. She leaves 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many friends to mourn her death. Her remains were laid to rest on the 24th in the Willow Spring graveyard Indiantown, Bureau Co., Ill. Funeral services by Jac. Ringenberg and Hy. V. Albrecht in German from Phil. 2:21 and Rev. 14:13, and Val. Strubhar of Washington, Ill., in English from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.
J. Buercky.

Holdeman.-On the 24th of Nov. 1894, near Mishawaka, St. Joseph Co., Ind., Jemima Holdeman, maiden name Hostetler, aged 21 y., 2 m., 1 d. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two little children to mourn their loss which we trust is her eternal gain, as she left bright evidence behind that she was saved after wrestling much in prayer. Her last words were to her husband: "Yes, I am saved." A while before she died she sang the hymn: "Blessed be His name,"
"All praise to Him who reigns above
In majesty supreme;
Who gave His son for man to die,
That He might man redeem," etc.
It is well for us ever to live near to our Savior and be humbly submissive to Him, so that we have no regrets to make at the hour of death. Services by David Garber from Heb. 2:6. Her remains were interred in the Forest Grove on the 27th.

Rudy.-November 27th, 1894, near Milport, Lan. Co., Pa., Isaac W. Rudy, aged 72 y., 3 m., 21 d. Funeral on the 30th. Buried at Landisvalley meeting house.

Shreiner.-November 22d, 1894, of typhoid fever in Manheim, Lan. Co., Pa., Clemont W. Shreiner, aged 19 y., 9 m., 19 d. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Matt. 25:13. Buried at Hernly's meeting house. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft parents and in token of respect for the deceased.

Snavely.-November 19th, 1894, at Junction, Lan. Co., Pa., Barbara R., daughter of brother and sister Henry S. Snavely, aged 27 y., 9 m., 19 d. Funeral on the 22d. Text: Lam. 3:31-33. Buried at "Kauffman's" meeting house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect and sympathy. May the good Lord comfort the bereft and deeply afflicted family.

Habecker.-November 19th, 1894, near Newtown, Lan. Co., Pa., Bro. Franklin Habecker, son of brother and sister Jacob Habecker, aged 27 y., 10 m., 23 d. Funeral on the 21st. Text: 2 Cor. 4:16-18. Buried in the Silver Spring cemetery. This dear brother was a helpless invalid all his life. Though nursing him made much work, yet his departure caused sorrow.
"We miss thee from thy place, dear Frankie,
The sunshine of thy face we miss,
Our home is dark without thee-
We miss thee everywhere."


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