Herald of Truth Obituaries - October, 1894

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXXI, No. 19, October 1, 1894 - pp. 302, 303

Coffman.-Bishop Samuel Coffman of Rockingham, Co., Va., was born in Greenbrier Co., (now West) Virginia, June 2d, 1822, and died August 28th, 1894, aged 72 years, 2 months and 26 days. He came to Rockingham Co., Va., in the spring of 1847. On the 11th of November of the same year he was married to Frances Weaver, daughter of Bro. Samuel Weaver, who as a young man had emigrated from Lancaster Co., Pa., and settled near Harrisonburg, Va. On the 1st of September, 1848, Samuel Coffman was received into membership in the Mennonite congregation near Harrisonburg. In July, 1853, he was ordained to the ministry. In the spring of 1861 he was chosen bishop of the Middle District of Virginia. From this time till his death he had the responsibility of caring for the congregations in this district. The burden of his duties was at times a very heavy one, which is well known to the writer. Frequently did he hear him tell what his predecessor, Martin Burkholder, had said to him on one occasion. Bro. C. had been telling of the serious responsibilities that the work of the ministry placed upon him, when his senior brother said, "My brother, you do not know anything yet of the weight of responsibilities. Should it be your lot ever to bear the burden I have on me, then you might have some reason to complain." It was only a few years until the responsibilities of Bro. Burkholder fell on him. He said, "It was only then that I fully felt the force of the truth uttered by Bro. Burkholder." As time passed and the church grew in numbers the heavier became the burden of responsibility, and the more severe his trials. Often was he seen before his congregation trembling and shedding tears, and was heard to tell of sorrow of heart and sleepless nights occasioned by the heavy duties devolving upon him. The writer heard him say that had it not been for a faithful body of ministers and deacons, his devoted companion who stood by him, and still more, the mighty hand of God that sustained him, he could not possibly have borne the burden. During his last illness, when he saw that the probability was that he would soon be called away from his congregation and his earthly labors, the welfare of the church and the interest he felt for her lay heavily upon his mind. His conversation in his rational moments was mostly concerning matters pertaining to the church. When his ministering brethren visited him this was usually the theme of his conversation. He admonished them to faithfulness in their ministry and especially to stand by the brother who bears the responsibility of caring for his congregation as bishop. Some of the ministers said that they received admonitions of such power and meaning by the bedside of their aged dying brother as they had never received before. In conversations concerning the plan of salvation he emphasized what he had so often taught in the course of his ministry: To Christ all must come; there is salvation alone by faith in Him. Concerning his own hope he said, My only hope is in Christ; all that I have to justify me before God is what Christ has done for me. On the 2d of June he had a severe attack of neuralgia, which was followed by typhoid fever. For nearly three months he lingered, much of the time unconscious, finally passing away apparently without a pain, without a struggle. He was laid to rest in the cemetery at the Bank meeting house, in the presence of one of the largest congregations that ever met at that place. The services were conducted by C. B. Brenneman of Allen county, O., assisted by Christian Good and Jos. F. Heatwole. Text 2 Tim. 4:6-9. The church has sustained a great loss by the death of our brother, yet we mourn not as those who have no hope. We feel assured he is now enjoying his blessed rest in the Church triumphant. We are assured that if the congregation faithfully looks to God for divine assistance He will enable our younger Bishop brother to fill nobly-to the glory of God and the prosperity of the church-the place so long occupied by our beloved departed Brother. E.S.

Honderick.-On the 4th of Sept. 1894, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Johnny, infant son of A. and L. Honderick, aged only 1 day. Services at the Clinton church, by J. and D. Garber. Though it knew not its right hand from the left, yet in the bosom of eternal love it "shall know as it is known."

D. G.

Kauffman.-On the 1st of August 1894, near Dividsburg, York Co., Pa., Mary Kauffman, aged 69 y. 9 m. Services by Martin Whisler and Samuel Myers from 2 Cor. 5:1.

Landis.-On the 11th of August 1894, near Longstown, York Co., Pa., Catherine Landis, aged 85 y., 14 d. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Bro. Forry from Heb. 4:9.

Witmer.-On the 1st of September 1894, John F. Witmer of Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 46 y., 20 d. Buried at Stony Brook M. H., York Co., Pa. Funeral services by Martin Whisler. Text, Gal. 6:7, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

Bachman.-On the 15th of September 1894, near Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., Ill., infant son of Peter and Jacobina Bachman, aged 1 y., 15 d. Funeral services by Jacob Ringenberg from 2 Sam. 12:16.

Niersteiner.-On the 16th of September 1894, near Danvers, Ill., of summer complaint, an infant daughter (one of twins) of Henry and Catherine Niersteiner, aged 7 m. Buried on the 18th at the Danvers M. H. Funeral services by Peter Schantz and Joseph Stuckey.

Lantz.-On the 16th of September 1894, near Danvers, Ill., of summer complaint, infant daughter of Ira and Rachel Lantz, aged 23 d. Buried on the 18th at the Danvers M. H. Funeral services by Peter Schantz and Joseph Stuckey.
J. S.

Hess.-August 31st, 1894, in Harvey Co., Kansas, of cholera infantum, Hattie May, daughter of Daniel and Hettie Hess. Funeral services by J. S. Hartzler of Topeka, Indiana, from John 16:33, "In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Little Hattie was sick but 24 hours, and then passed away.
"An angel took my flower away,
Yet I will not repine,
Since Jesus in His bosom wears
The flower that once was mine."

Stevanus.-At Berlin, Pa., Aug. 10, 1894, of summer complaint, Anna Mary, daughter of Jonas and Susan Stevanus, aged 1 year. Buried in the Folk Mennonite cemetery at Tub, Pa. Services by Jonas Blauch of Johnstown, Pa., and G. D. Miller of Tub, Pa.

Kinsinger.-Near Tub, Pa., Sept. 7, 1894, Clarence, son of Jacob and Lydia Kinsinger, aged 2 yrs., 3 mo., 21 d. Buried in the St. Paul cemetery. Services by G. D. Miller from John 11:28.

Hershey.-On the 27th of Aug. 1894, near Graybill Station, York Co., Pa., Anna Mary Hershey, aged 13 y., 8 m., 12 d. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Samuel Myers from Luke 8:52. "Weep not, she is not dead but sleepeth."
Farewell, papa and mamma,
The angels bid me come;
Farewell, dear brother and sisters,
I now am going home.

Her busy hands are folded,
Her work on earth is done;
Her trials are now all ended,
Her heavenly crown is won.

Sharp.-On the 12th of Sept. 1894, near Congerville, Woodford Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age, sister Leah Sharp, maiden name Yoder, aged 77 y., 5 m. She leaves an aged companion and 6 children. Buried on the 14th at the North Danvers M. H. Funeral services by Peter Schantz and John Stahley. She was steadfast in the faith, a consistent member of the church of her choice.

Kauffman.-On the 27th of August 1894, in Union township, Mifflin Co., Pa., Lizzie, daughter of Christian and Fannie Kauffman, aged 25 years and 10 days. She had been ailing for three or four years from an incurable disease which finally ended her life. She bore her sufferings with remarkable patience and resignation, and we have an assured hope that she has inherited eternal life. The funeral on the 29th was very large; services by A. D. Zook and J. H. Byler

Moyer.-On the 11th of September 1894, in Clinton township, Lincoln Co., Ont., after long suffering of cancer in the stomach, Bro. Samuel H. Moyer, aged 67 years, 2 months, 19 days. He was buried on the 14th at 9:30 a.m. at the Moyer M. H. in the presence of a large number of friends, relatives and acquaintances, who met to pay the last tribute of respect to a kind friend, good neighbor and an earnest Christian. His seat was seldom vacant in the church services as long as health permitted him to attend church. His end was peace. Funeral services by John F. Rittenhouse, assisted by Pre. O. Neil from Luke 24:44. Peace to his ashes. He leaves a sorrowing widow and 2 sons to mourn their loss.

Nolt.-On the 7th of Sept. 1894, Magdalena, wife of Pre. Elias Nolt (maiden name Martin), near Vogensville, Lan. Co., Pa., aged 68 years, 10 months, 29 days. She was confined to her bed for over seven weeks of typhoid fever, which suffering she bore with great fortitude and was fully resigned to the will of her heavenly Father. She was a quiet and peaceable mother and sister in the Old Mennonite church, and always willing to perform all her duties. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband to mourn her departure, but still not as those without hope. One married son with a family, and one single daughter also survive her. One son preceded her several years ago, leaving a bereaved widow with two small children to mourn the departure. Interment on the 10 inst. in the Groffsdale Mennonite cemetery, where a large congregation of friends and acquaintances from near and from far assembled to sympathize with the bereaved and show their love and respect. Services were conducted by Bish. Isaac Eby in English and Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher in German. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13.
John H. Hess.

Lehman.-In Nappanee, Ind., Sept. 12, 1894, Maynard Burton, son of Noah and Anna Lehman, aged 8 months and 20 days. Buried on the 14th at Yellow Creek, where appropriate remarks were made by A. Mumaw and D. Burkholder. Death came to this family very suddenly. The child's sufferings lasted only a few hours; it leaves a deeply bereaved father and mother to mourn their loss. They have the sympathies of the neighbors and friends, and the blessed consolation that the child is safe in the haven of eternal glory.
D. Burkholder.

Long.-On the 22d of Sept., of whooping cough, Florence, daughter of Irvine and Priscilla Long, aged 4 months and 25 days. Buried at the Olive church, where services were held by Amos Mumaw and John Hygema. May God bless this affliction to the sorrowing parents, and may they be led to so live that they in the final day may meet their little ones in the bright home above.

Stoltzfus.-On the 10th of September 1894, near Bird-in-hand, Pa., Mary, oldest daughter of Christian and Lizzie Stoltzfus, aged 19 years, 4 months and 27 days. On the 29th of August the deceased slightly injured her foot. There seemed to be nothing serious at first, but on the 6th of Sept. she took her bed with lockjaw, and the case was a fatal one. Her physicians did all they could, but she was beyond medical aid, and at last heart trouble came on and death ensued. She was a member of the Amish church, and was also greatly beloved, especially in the family. Her mother having been in feeble health for years, Mary in large measure took her mother's place. Her parents, an aged grandmother, 5 sisters, and a brother survive. Funeral services were held by Christian King and David Beiler. Text, Luke 21:36. Her remains were taken to Ronk's (Amish) graveyard for burial, where a host of friends and relatives were assembled to sympathize with the bereft and heartbroken family. "The Lord has given and taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, sufferings ended,
Now dear Mary is at rest.

Her heavenly Father thought it best
To thus cut short her days,
To give her everlasting rest,
Thanks be to all His ways.

Parents, grandmother, sisters dear,
O do not for me weep;
For though you see me lying here
I am not dead, but sleep.

Tho' heaves no more this weary breast,
Tho' hides the earth this clod,
My soul has entered heavenly rest,
My spirit's gone to God.

Companions, will you heed my voice?
For soon your hour may come;
Forsake the world make Christ your choice,
Secure your heavenly home.

Lydia Z. Beiler.



Herald of Truth , Vol. XXXI, No. 20, October 15, 1894 - pp. 318, 319

Kauffman.-August 26, 1894, at the home of Bro. Nathanael Oberholtzer, near Manheim, Lanc. Co., Pa., of consumption, sister Mary G. Kauffman, aged 29 years, 8 months, 14 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, John 16:33. Buried at Kauffman's meeting house. A large congregation assembled as a token of respect for the dear young sister. Peace to her ashes!

Oberholtzer.-Sept. 15, 1894, in Elizabethtown, Lanc. Co., Pa., of cancerous affection, sister Fannie Oberholtzer, aged 61 years, 17 days. Funeral on the 19th. Text, Psa. 39:4, 5. Buried in Mt. Tunnel cemetery.

Shiffer.-September 20th, 1894, at John H. Moore's Mill, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Maria Shiffer, wife of Edwin Shiffer, aged 42 years, 8 months, 5 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Job 16:22. Buried at Hernly's meeting house. A sorrowing family followed her remains to the grave.

Brubacher.-Sept. 19, 1894, near Strickler's meeting house, Lancaster County, Pa., sister Annie Brubacher, wife of Bro. Henry S. Brubacher, aged 55 years, 3 months, 17 days. Funeral on the 22d. Text, Rev. 22:12. Buried at Erisman's meeting house. Sister Brubacher fell down a stairway, hurting herself so badly that death followed in about eleven hours. May the good Lord comfort the bereft family.

Wismer.-On the 22d of September 1894, in Clinton Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont., Jennie, wife of John G. Wismer. She was sick for five weeks, and was ready for the Master's call, having lived a consistent Christian life. Funeral services by Pre. McIntyre from Isa. 53:5. Peace to her ashes.
J. F. R.

Thut.-On the 2d of September 1894, near Bluffton, Ohio, Anna Thut, maiden name Geiger, wife of John Thut, aged 53 y., 6 m., 20 d. Of her three children two survive her, also two grandchildren. Buried on the 5th at the Ebenezer M. H. Funeral services by John Moser from John 5:24.

Geiger.-On the 20th of Sept. 1894, near Beaver Dam, Allen Co., Ohio, Christian S. Geiger, aged 69 y., 2 m., 25 d. Buried on the 25th at the Ebenezer M. H. Funeral services to a large assembly by John Moser from Acts 17:31.

Groff.-On the 16th of September 1894, near Freeport, Stephenson Co., Ill., sister Catharine Groff, aged 81 years, 6 months and 1 day. Her husband, Godfrey Groff, died March 4th, 1872. Their union had been blessed with 11 children. The father and 4 children preceded her to the spirit world. There still remain of her posterity 7 children, 50 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was, since her youth, a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Her zeal for the Master's cause, her patience in times of affliction, and her perfect submission to the will of God, were such as are seldom seen, and were the means of inspiring and encouraging all who knew her. She had for the last few years been anxiously awaiting the time of her departure and to be with Christ, for her death had no pangs. She simply fell sweetly asleep in Jesus. Buried on the 19th in the Mennonite cemetery. Services were conducted by Pre. Weekly, Philip Nice and J. S. Shoemaker, from Phil. 1:23 and 1 Pet. 1:3.

Christophel.-October 3d, 1894, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Emma, daughter of Isaiah and Barbara Christophel, aged 8 years, 1 month and 6 days. She was buried on the 5th at Yellow Creek. Services by H. Weldy, A. Mumaw and D. Burkholder. It was a very solemn occasion. She leaves a deeply bereaved father and mother and three sisters, one of whom is a twin sister to the deceased, they were so near alike in person that they could scarcely be distinguished. May God bless the sorrow stricken family in their affliction so that they may be able to bear it in Christian resignation. D. Burkholder.

Falb.-On the 29th of September 1894, near Mt. Eaton, Wayne Co., Ohio, sister Catharine Falb, aged 61 y., 2 m., 10 d. Buried on the 1st of Oct. in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Funeral services by J. Nusbaum from Isa. 57:2.

Martin.-In Iowa county, Iowa, on the 22d of September 1894, Saloma Martin, aged 31 years, 9 months. She was a faithful member in the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services by the writer, from Rev. 14:12, 13.
Christian Werey.

Bowman.-On the 10th of Sept. 1894, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Carrie Emma, daughter of Hiram and Polly Bowman aged 10 y., 11 m., and 18 d. She was buried on the 12th at the Blough Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by L. A. Blough and Pre. Law of the Lutheran church of which church the parents of the child are members. Carrie was a bright, intelligent girl. She was a regular attendant of the Mennonite Sunday school. Her sudden and unexpected death was a sad stroke upon the family, but they need not weep for her without a hope for we believe she is at rest.
"Dearest Carrie, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Stiffler.-On the 26th of Sept. 1894, in the Asylum in Logansport, Ind., of consumption, Livonia Bullard, wife of George Stiffler, aged 36 yrs., 11 mo. and 11 d. She was born in Lower Canada, and some 11 years ago lost the use of her mind and has since been in the asylum. Her remains were brought to the home of her brother Phillips Bullard and the funeral services were held in the Mennonite church in Elkhart, by S. Yoder and J. F. Funk. She leaves an aged mother and one son to mourn her death.

Kauffman.-Sept. 19, 1894, in McPherson Co., Kansas, Tobias Kauffman, aged 26 years, 4 months. Bro. Kauffman was a member of the Mennonite church for several years, he was with Bro. S. Y. Yoder for nearly 20 years. Funeral services were held at the West Liberty M. H. by J. Zimmerman in German, from Rom. 8:1-9, and by S. C. Miller in English, from Hosea 13:14.

Bachman.-John Bachman died at his home, in Strasburg township, Lancaster Co., Pa., on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 20, 1894, at 4:20 o'clock, after an illness of about two weeks. Mr. Bachman was stricken on September 4th with paralysis. Dr. Day of Strasburg borough was called, and though relief was rendered it proved to be only temporary, and on Saturday he passed away, surrounded by his loved ones. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late residence. Services at the house. Amos Herr and David F. Giles officiated.

Cressman.-On Sept. 14th, 1894, in Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Bro. Levi Cressman. He was born October 1st, 1858, and was aged 35 yrs., 11 mo., 14 d. He died of typhoid fever and pneumonia. A sorrowing widow and five small children are left, who mourn not as those who have no hope. He was buried in the Blenheim Mennonite cemetery on Sunday, September 16th, followed to his last resting place by a large number of people. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. S. Gehman and at the church by Bro. J. Nahrgang in German, from Matt. 24:44, and by Bro. I. A. Wambold in English, from Isa. 38:1.

Sauder.-On Sept. 16th, 1894, near Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. George Sauder, aged 67 years, 4 months and 27 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow, one son, 4 daughters and numerous friends to mourn his departure. He was highly esteemed by all his neighbors and was a consistent member of the Old Mennonite church from his youth. His seat was seldom vacant at meeting. Funeral services on the 19th at his house by John Landes and John Zimmerman. Text, Phil. 1:21.

Keechle.-On the 23d of September, 1894, in Green Co., O., of consumption, Cornelius Keechle, aged 70 years and 10 days. Buried on the 25th at Huber's meeting house. Funeral services by Moses Brenneman from Psalm 8:4. He was a member of the Mennonite church, and leaves a companion, one brother, 4 children and a number of grandchildren to mourn their loss. Bro. Keechle with his companion emigrated from Baden, Germany, to this country 41 years ago.

Lichty.-On Sept. 21, 1894, in Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Martha Lichty, aged 62 years and 8 days. She was in feeble health for several years and had a longing to leave this troublesome world and be with Jesus. She was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Cong. from her youth, and leaves two sisters and a host of friends to mourn her departure. But they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services on the 24th. Buried at Weaverland. Services by John Zimmerman in German, text John 11:20, and John K. Brubaker in English, text John 11:28, "The Master is come and calleth for thee."

Mast.-On the 15th of July, 1894, Catherine Mast, widow of David Mast who died long ago. Her age was 80 y., 22 d. Funeral services were held by Moses Hartz and Gideon Stoltzfus. [Our correspondent states that the reporting of this death was forgotten, hence its late appearance.-Ed.]


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