Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1895

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXII, No. 23, December 1, 1895, p. 366, 367

SWARTZENDRUBER. ­ On Sept. 18th 1895, near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, of cholera infantum, Harry, son of John A. and Katie A. Swartzendruber, aged 1 month, 1 week and 5 days. And on Nov. 4th 1895, at same home, of consumption, Ura, aged 1 year, 11 months and 2 days. Both were buried in the Upper Amish cemetery. Text, Matt. 18: 2 ­ 6. They leave parents and many relatives and friends to mourn their early departure.

"The little beds are empty now,
The clothes laid by,
We are not dead but sleeping,
Awaiting a crown on high.

So farewell, dear, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched us well;
But Jesus took your darlings,
So mamma dear, farewell.

And farewell, dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your angel boys, Harry and Ura,
Who now are gone to rest.

HAUDER. ­ Emma E., daughter of Valentine and Magdalena Unsicker, was born Nov. 30th 1867, near Gridley, McLean Co., Illinois. Her parents moved to Milford, Seward Co., Nebraska in March 1874, where she resided with her parents until she was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Peter W. Hauder on September 24th 1885. To this union were born 4 children, 2 of whom preceded their mother to their eternal rest in their infancy. The deceased was baptized in the Amish Mennonite faith in her youth, and on her arrival in this vicinity from Nebraska she united with the Mennonite church at Cullom, Illinois. The deceased leaves a husband, 2 children, a mother, 4 sisters and 3 brothers, besides a large number of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

ZOOK. ­ On the 11th of October, 1895, near Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., of dropsy, after several months of patient suffering, Lydia, wife of Bish. David J. Zook, aged 71 years, 6 months and 23 days. She was from early life a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church and died with a firm hope in a joyful resurrection. Funeral services on Monday, Oct. 14, by Bishops Michael Yoder and A. D. Zook.

Zook. ­ On the 18th of October, 1895, near Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., after an illness of three weeks, from paralysis of the bowels, Bish. David J. Zook, aged 72 years, 7 months and 26 days. He was lying very sick when his wife died, and hoped and wished to die with her who had been his faithful companion from early life, but his life was spared for nearly a week longer, when he took died with an assured hope of eternal life. He was for many years a minister, and during his later life, a bishop in the Amish Mennonite church. He attended with fidelity to the duties of his calling up to the time of his late sickness. He lived for a number of years in Harvey Co., Kans., and was widely known throughout the brotherhood. He leaves seven daughters, all married, and one son, David D. Zook, a zealous young minister, who resides in Harvey Co., Kansas. The funeral on the 20th was attended by a very large number of people. Services by Michael Yoder, A. D. Zook, and David Z. Yoder, of Wayne Co., Ohio.

HENDRICKS. ­ September 21st, 1895, at Rockton, Lottie Vene, daughter of Daniel and Clara Hendricks, aged 4 years, 10 months, 21 days.

Death has borne from us our Lottie,
We have taken our last farewell,
From our loved and loving darling;
Why it was we cannot tell.

God saw fit to call her higher
From this world of toil and care,
To her home beyond the river,
And we hope to meet her there.

SHERK. ­ On the 7th of November, 1895, in Bridgeport, Waterloo Co., Ont., Magdalena Martin, beloved wife of Peter Sherk, aged 50 years, 8 months, 5 days. Buried on the 10th at Eby's M. H. Funeral services by Joseph Gingrich and Paul Martin. She leaves a sorrowing husband and large family and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

TROYER. ­ Of throat and lung troubles, in Cass Co., Mo., Nov. 17, 1895, at 2 o'clock A. M. and buried at 3 o'clock P. M., Ella E., daughter of Jacob M. and Mattie Troyer, aged 3 years, 8 months and 21 days. Funeral services by John Hartzler in German, and by Levi Miller from 2 Kings 4: 26. "It is well with thee," & c.

KING. ­ In Cass Co., Mo., Oct. 8th, 1895, of throat and lung troubles, Amelia, daughter of Aaron and Elisabeth King, aged 3 years, 7 months and 29 days. The fourth and only remaining one is similarly affected, but hopes are entertained of his recovery. Funeral services by P. Zimmerman.

"How blest are those dear ones, bereft
Of all that can burden their minds,
How easy the souls that have left
Those wearisome bodies behind.

Those languishing heads are at rest,
Their achings and weepings are o'er;
Those quiet, immovable breasts
Are heaved by affliction no more.

Of evil incapable now,
Of sin and all trials set free;
No longer in misery now,
No longer such mortals as we."

MARTIN. ­ On Nov. 8th, 1895, near Terre Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, Benjamin, son of Henry and Elizabeth Martin, aged 7 years, 5 months and 10 days. Funeral services were held at Weaverland on the 11th, conducted by John M. Zimmerman and Benj. Horning, from 1 Samuel 2: 6.

"How happy are these little ones,
Which Jesus Christ has blest,
Come let us praise Him with our songs
For taking them to rest." ­J. W. W.

GEARHART. ­ On the 6th of Oct. 1895, in Kokomo, Ind., of diphtheria, Mary Ann, daughter of Michael J. and Anna Gearhart, aged 12 years, 6 months and 28 days. Buried on the 7th in the Mast graveyard. Funeral services on the 17th of Nov. in the A. M. meeting house by E. A. Mast in German, from John 5: 24 ­ 29, and J. S. Horner in English from 1 Chron. 29: 15. A large number of people, relatives and friends, gathered to sympathize with the dear bereaved parents. May God inspire their hearts with the love of Jesus Christ, so that they may prepare to meet their God in due season. Oh that they may be robed and ready that they can meet their beloved Mary in heaven, singing the songs of glory.

ZOOK. ­ Leah Zook was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., March 19th 1823, and died November 7th 1895, aged 72 years, 7 months and 18 days. She was united in marriage to Jacob Zook in 1843 who died January 9th 1880. She lived in matrimony 40 years and was a widow 15 years, 9 months and 28 days.

OSWALD. ­ On the 14th of Oct. 1895, in Shanesville, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Magdalena Oswald, maiden name Oesch, aged 87 years, 3 months and 2 days. She leaves 8 children; 2 children and her husband preceded her. Buried in Holmes Co., on the 17th. Funeral services by David Beachy and John Miller from Rev. 7: 13 ­ 17.

LONGENECKER. ­ October 19th 1895, near Bassler's meeting house, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Anna N., wife of Bro. Levi Longenecker, aged 44 years, 6 months, 26 days. Funeral on the 22d. Text, John 12: 26. Buried at Bassler's meeting house. A sorrowing husband and three sons and a large circle of relatives and friends mourn her departure. An immense congregation assembled to pay a tribute of respect to her memory.

WHITE. ­ October 28th 1895, in Lancaster City, Pa., Mrs. Ann White, widow, aged 83 years, 21 days. Funeral on the 30th. Text, Heb. 9: 27, 28. Buried in the Lancaster cemetery. An only daughter survives.

RESSLER. ­ In Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Indiana, on the 14th of November, Naomi, infant daughter and only child of David and Lydia Ressler, aged 16 days. Buried at Yellowcreek, where services were conducted by M. Ramer and C. Shaum. Text, Mark 10: 14. "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

"A bud the gardener gave us,
A pure and lovely child;
He gave it to our keeping,
To cherish undefiled.

But just as it was opening
To the glory of the day,
Down came the heavenly gardener
And took our bud away.

NISSLEY. ­ November 4th 1895, near Bender's Mill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary E., daughter of Bro. and sister John S. Nissley, aged 15 years, 2 months, 13 days. Funeral on the 7th. Text, Acts 17: 30, 31. Buried at Landisville meeting house. May the good Lord sanctify the affliction to the bereft family.

STUCKEY. ­ On Pretty Prairie, Lagrange Co., Ind., of hemorrhage of the bowels, Christian Stuckey, aged 69 years, 11 months and 1 day. Bro. Stuckey's parents died when he was quite young, thus as an orphan child he came with his grandmother to Putnam Co., Ohio. When a young man he came to Elkhart Co., Ind. In 1852 he was married to Sarah Schrock. In 1856 they moved to Lagrange Co., where they lived till his death. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church and passed away quietly to awake in a blessed eternity. Funeral services by D. J. Johns and Peter Long.

SMELTZER. ­ On the 2d of November, 1895, near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind. of diabetes, Bro. Henry Smeltzer, aged 69 years, 11 months and 16 days. He was born in Manor township, Lancaster Co., Pa., November 17th, 1825. His parents moved to Richland county, Ohio when he was only 6 months old, and in 1849 they removed from there to Ind. He was married to Elizabeth Yoder in 1851 and settled on the farm where he remained to the time of his death. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 9 children and 32 grandchildren to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father. He lived a devoted Christian life for 43 years, and died in the blessed assurance of the life prepared for the children of God. He suffered much during the last months of his life, and often said his only hope was in Jesus. He was much concerned for the spiritual welfare of his children. Funeral services were held at the Olive church by J. F. Funk and A. Mumaw from Revelations 2: 10. "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXII, No. 24, December 15, 1895, p. p. 380, 381, 382

ROTH. ­ Amanda, only daughter of Joseph W. and Annie Roth, was born on the 27th of June, 1895 and died on the 16th of November, 1895, aged 4 months and 19 days. Buried in the Fairview cemetery on Sunday afternoon Nov. 17th, 1895. Services by Joseph Rediger.

POWELL. ­ On Dec. 4th, 1895, of liver and kidney trouble, John Vernon, infant son of Bro. Henry J. and Lydia Powell, aged 6 months and 19 days. Buried on the 5th in the presence of many sympathizing friends. Services by H. H. Good from Job 1: 21. This was rather a sad occasion, as it was the third son that was taken from the mother's bosom to the grave with the same disease, within 4 years; but the Lord alone knows why and truly all things work together for good to them that love God. ­H. H. GOOD.

WHITMER. ­ Bro. Daniel Whitmer died Nov. 29th, 1895, at his home in Maugansville, Md., aged 63 years, 4 months and 22 days. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. He is survived by a wife, one brother, John Whitmer, and one sister, Lizzie Neiswander. Buried Dec. 2nd at Reiff's church. Services by Bish. Michael Horst, Henry Baer and George Keener. ­I. W. EBY.

SHANK. ­ Harvey Daniel, son of Bro. Amos and Sister Catharine Shank, died Sept. 29th, 1895, at State Line, Washington Co., Md., aged 4 years, 10 months and 12 days. Funeral Oct. 1st, 1895. Services by the brethren Henry Baer and George Keener.

"Sleep on our darling, take thy rest,
God called thee home, He thought it best." ­ I. W. EBY.

ESHLEMAN. ­ On Nov. 16th, 1895, near State Line, Washington Co., Md., Sister Nancy Eshleman, wife of Abraham Eshleman, aged 71 years, 6 months and 28 days. She was an invalid for over 25 years, yet in all these years of severe afflictions she never murmured or complained, but bore it with Christian fortitude. She was buried at Miller's M. H. Services by the brethren Henry Baer and Adam Baer. ­I. W. EBY.

PEACHEY. ­ On Nov. 18th, 1895, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., after an illness of three weeks of the grippe, Christian B. Peachey, aged 71 years, 7 months and 2 days. Funeral services on the 20th by John Yoder and S. W. Peachey.

GARBER. ­ On the 24th of November 1895, near Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sister Martha, daughter of Amos and Sarah Garber, aged 19 years, 10 months and 19 days. Funeral services on the 26th at the Walnut Creek A. M. meetinghouse by David Beachy and Moses A. Mast, from 2 Cor. 5: 1 ­ 8, to a large concourse of people who came to pay the last tribute to a loved sister and friend and to sympathize with the bereft family. The deceased was a faithful and beloved member of the church and bore her suffering with much patience. May we all be ready to meet that death messenger and pass from this world into a world of joy and glory and be with those that have gone before us.

REDIGER. ­ Elizabeth Rediger died in Hartford, Kans., November the 13th, 1895. She and a part of the family came here from Colorado 4 weeks before her death. She was 39 years, 8 months and 6 days old. She was mother of 13 children of which one went before her. She leaves 12 children and husband to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those that have no hope. What was most sad, Bro. Rediger and part of the family did not arrive here until the day after her death. She was buried on the 16th. Funeral services in the Hartford Christian church by John Steckley and D. D. Kauffman in German, and Joseph Schlegel in English. Text, Psalm 90: 12. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. ­JOSEPH SCHLEGEL.

TROYER. ­ Died in Cass Co., Mo., of diphtheria on the morning of Nov. 22, 1895, and buried the same evening, Elsie M., daughter of Jacob M. and Mattie Troyer, aged 8 years, 10 months and 4 days. Funeral services by John Hartzler in German, and by Levi Miller in English, from Luke 23: 24. Dear parents, grieve not overmuch for Elsie, but rather praise the name of the Lord who has taken her from this troublesome, sin-cursed world to meet her little sister, together with her 3 little cousin sisters, who so recently have preceded her into that incomprehensible spirit world to be forever with Jesus.

YODER. ­ Oct. 13th, 1895, near Johnstown, Pa., Lizzie Arminta, daughter of Daniel and Polly Yoder, aged 3 months and 28 days. Buried at the Weaver church. Services by Bish. Jonas Blouch assisted by Alex. Weaver.

WINGARD. ­ On the 23d of Sept. 1895, near Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., Morris, son of Peter and Lizzie Wingard, aged 7 months and 25 days. So soon his mission was accomplished and the lamp of life went out. Father and mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers are left to mourn his death. Buried at the Weaver church. Services by Jonas Blouch assisted by Alex. Weaver.

DILLER. ­ On the 26th of Nov. 1895, in Franklin Co., Pa., suddenly, of heart failure, Sister Mary, widow of Francis Diller (who preceded her some 10 years ago), aged 60 years, 4 months and 1 day. She leaves a bereaved family of 6 children, 2 daughters and 4 sons. One of the daughters has been an invalid for some years, and is almost entirely helpless. The family have the sympathy of the entire community. "What God does is well done." Funeral services by Philip Parret, Philip Wadle and Pre. Bricker. Bro. Parret spoke at the house from 2 Cor. 15. The deceased was buried at the Chambersburg M. H., where further services were held.

Death has borne from us our mother,
We have taken our last farewell
From our loved and loving parent-
Why it was we cannot tell.

God saw fit to call her higher,
From this world of toil and care
To her home beyond the river;
And we hope to meet her there.

KRALL. ­ Mary Krall of Kralltown, York Co., Pa., died on the 18th of November 1895, aged 95 years, 5 months and 29 days. Buried at the Red Mount church on the 20th.

BRANT. ­ On the 29th of October, 1895, near Van Wert, Juniata Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Mollie Brant, aged 91 years. She was a sister in the Mennonite church the last four years of her life. She leaves one sister to mourn her loss. Buried in the Lost Creek graveyard. Funeral services by Samuel Gayman and William Graybill. Text, Psalm 90: 10.

ZANER. ­ On the 30th of October, 1895, near McAllisterville, Juniata Co., Pa., Andrew Zaner, aged 73 years, 9 months and 3 days. His sickness was rheumatism, and for two years he bore his afflictions with patience. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years. His seat was seldom vacant when health permitted him to go to church. He leaves one son to mourn his departure. The remains were buried in the Lost Creek churchyard. Services were conducted by William Graybill and Samuel Gayman. Text, Heb. 6: 4 ­ 6.

EHRISMAN. ­ Veronica Ehrisman was born on the 20th of July, 1824, in Baden, Germany. She came with her father to America in 1837, was married to Christian Ehrisman in 1843. This union was blessed with 9 children. Eight children and 24 grandchildren survive. Sister Ehrisman died of heart disease on the 24th of November, 1895, at her home hear Goodfield, Woodford Co., Ill. Although suffering of heart disease for some time her sudden death was unexpected by the family. Her remains were laid to rest on the 27th in Mt. Zion graveyard. Funeral services by Michael Kinsinger from 2 Cor. 5, Peter Shantz and others from 2 Kings 20: 1 and 1 Cor. 15. Sister Ehrisman was a faithful member in the Amish Mennonite church. ­MICHAEL KINSINGER.

NAFZIGER. ­ Sept. 23d, 1895, at her home near Hopedale, Tazewell Co., Ills., of typhoid fever, Anna, beloved wife of Andrew Nafziger, aged 27 years, 6 months and 1 day. A husband and one son, besides a large circle of relatives and friends are left to mourn her untimely death. She was buried on the 25th inst. The funeral services were held by Daniel Griesser, Joseph Egli and Joseph Litwiller.

NAFZIGER. ­ Sept. 26th, 1895, near Hopedale, Tazewell Co., Ill., of typhoid fever, Joseph Nafziger, aged 35 years, 8 months and 22 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife and three children, beside a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. The funeral services were held by John Egli, Joseph Egli and Daniel Nafziger.

BRUBACHER. ­ November 29th, 1895, near Mechanicsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Benjamin H. Brubacher, aged 44 years, 1 month and 3 days. Funeral on Dec. 2d; texts, Prov. 27: 1; James 2: 14. Buried at Petersburg meetinghouse. A sorrowing family mourn his death. A very large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family, and as a token of respect for the deceased.

WEAVER. ­ In Elkhart Co., Ind., on the 29th of Nov., 1895, of typhoid fever, Jonathan Weaver, aged 67 years and one day. He was buried on Sunday following at the Yellow Creek meeting house, where services were held by John F. Funk from Rom. 6: 23, "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

HESS. ­ Of pneumonia, Lizzie Minerva, daughter of Amos and Elizabeth Hess, of Hesston, Kansas, aged 2 years and 10 months. Buried Nov. 28th. Funeral sermon by D. Zook from Job 5: 6 ­ 8, dwelling especially on the thought that afflictions have the hand of God in them and as a result we should seek God, and unto Him commit our cause.

SHEETS. ­ November 30th 1895, near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Frederick Sheets, aged 80 years, 9 months and 14 days. L Funeral on Dec. 4th; text, Jer. 6: 16. Buried at Petersburg meeting-house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the beloved brother. May the Lord sanctify the bereavement to the family.

KRAEDY. ­ December 3d, 1895, near Erisman's meeting-house, Sister Rebecca Kraedy, wife of Jacob Kraedy, aged 60 years, 4 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 6th; text, Isaiah 38: 1. Buried at Erisman's meeting-house. Sister Kraedy made a profession of religion shortly before her death. She led a virtuous life but was not satisfied until she entered into the covenant of the Lord. May the Lord sanctify the affliction to the bereaved family.

YODER. ­ Sister Polly Yoder, daughter of Sister Catharine Yoder, near Shore, LaGrange Co., Ind., was born Jan. 4th, 1870, died Nov. 4th 1895, aged 25 years and 10 months. She was afflicted with consumption and bore her sufferings with patience. Being conscious that her race would soon be run she accordingly set her house in order, and awaited her Master's call, being fully resigned to His will. Her remains were laid away on the 6th in the Isaiah Hostetler burying ground, near Pashan, Ind. Services at the Shore church by Y. C. Miller in German and A. S. Cripe in English from Matt. 5: 3, 4, selected by the relatives.

"Dear mother, don't think of me as in the tomb,
For I shall not fear its dark shadows and gloom,
You'll follow me home to the land of the blest,
Where sighs are not heard, and the weary ones rest.
I'm going to live with the angels so fair,
I'll look for you, mother, and wait for you there."

GARN. ­ Fanny May Garn was born in Hancock Co., Ohio, Nov. 23d 1894, died near Rittman, Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 25th, 1895, aged 1 year and 2 days. Funeral at the Pleasant Hill church, conducted by J. K. Yoder and Pre. Weimer.

KROPF. ­ Near Oak Grove church, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sister Anna Kropf, aged 28 years, 8 months, 2 days. Sister Anna was the last member of a family of eight persons. Her father died of small pox in France, and after his death her mother, together with six small children, emigrated to this country and located in Wayne county. Some years ago her mother died of consumption and the children all followed with the same disease. Sister Kropf made her home with Fred Wenger, west of Orrville, for thirteen years. The funeral took place from Oak Grove church, the services being conducted by John K. Yoder and David Garber, the text being taken from Heb. 10: 23, the one she had chosen.

GINGRICH. ­ On the 22d of November, 1895, in Walker township, Juniata Co., Pa., Sister Nancy, widow of John Gingrich (dec'd), aged 80 years, 8 months and 9 days. She was a sister in the Mennonite church for many years. She was sick only 5 days with inflammation of the bowels; she was conscious until death. She leaves one son and one daughter, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. We hope through the grace and mercy of God she has found a resting place in the blessed mansions prepared for the children of God. Buried at Lostcreek. Funeral services by Samuel Gayman and Samuel Leiter, text, Matt. 6: 33.

YODER. ­ Our aged mother, Elizabeth Yoder, widow of Jacob N. Yoder of Holmes Co., Ohio, has gone to rest. On the 28th of Oct. she went to Wayne Co. to visit her daughter Sarah Hudson and family, expecting to stay two weeks, and with her daughter to visit other friends. In about ten days she took sick with inflammation of the bowels in a severe form, causing paralysis of the bowels, and after lying in a semi-conscious condition until the 18th of November, she passed quietly away. Her children were all summoned to her bedside and all remained until her death, except the youngest son, who was called home to New Lisbon, Ohio, by the serious illness of his wife who died just one week later of diphtheria, leaving a little son only 9 weeks old. The funeral services of Mother Yoder were held on the 21st at the home of her daughter by D. Garber. The remains were then taken to Millersburg and from there to the Martins Creek meeting-house, where by her request the services were preached from a passage of Scripture selected by her, found in 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8. Her maiden name was Mast. She was born in Berke Co., Pa., July 21st, 1824, daughter of Jacob and Frances Mast. She moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio near the year 1826, was married to Jacob N. Yoder Sept. 16th, 1845, died Nov. 18th, 1895, aged 71 years, 3 months and 27 days. There were born to them nine children, eight of whom are living.

Farewell, dear children, I am now at rest,
My voice no more you will hear;
Live faithful, you shall then be blest,
And eath you need not fear.

Lonely are we and sad are the hours,
Since thy sweet smiles are gone,
But we meekly say, "Thy will be done,"
Since heaven is now thy home. ­ HER CHILDREN.

DINTAMAN. ­ On the 26th of Nov. 1895, at the residence of her son, George, in Jasper Co., Mo., of old age, Louisa Dintaman, (maiden name Coleman,) aged 77 years, 11 months and 11 days. She was the mother of ten children, two of whom, together with her husband, preceded her to the spirit world. She was a member of the "Holdeman" church and her devoted, exemplary Christian life gave abundant evidence that she had "risen with Christ," and that she had "set her affections on things above." We have therefore reason to believe that she has gone to enjoy that for which she lived. Buried on the 28th. Funeral services by the writer and Henry Herr, from John 11: 25, 26. ­ANDREW SHENK.

NAFFZIGER. ­ On the 12thof October 1895, at Columbus, Kansas, Sister Magdalena Imhoff, widow of Valentine Naffziger. She was born on the 18th of September, 1825 in Ermershausen, Bavaria, Germany; was married to Valentine Naffziger the 15th of March 1846. From Hesse Darmstadt they moved to Kleinzimmern and after eleven years' residence there they returned to her parents' home in Ermershausen, where her husband died on the last day of the year, leaving her with 6 children of from 4 to 14 years of age. Four children had already preceded him. In her 33 years of widowed life she endured many hardships and trials. In 1870 her only daughter, Babetta, died, which was a heavy blow to her. As some of her children had moved to America, and her mother had passed away, she decided to accompany her son who with his family had been living with her, to America. They arrived in Aug., 1889, and the joy of a family again reunited was great indeed. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church since her fifteenth year, and in all the various trials of her life she put her trust in God. Her bible and her hymn book were her constant companions and she seemed to live in very close communion with God. Her last sickness was of but 8 days' duration being mostly the infirmities of old age, and at last she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. Her remains were laid to rest on the 13th in the Edgmont graveyard. Samuel Mishler conducted the funeral services. She leaves 4 sons, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren to mourn her death. Many friends followed her remains to the grave.

OBITUARY. MARTIN A. HOOVER was born near Apple Creek, Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 20th, 1834, where he lived until 1854, when, at the age of 20 years, he moved with his parents to Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind.

In 1860 he was married to Margaret Musser and settled in Clinton Twp. To this union were born ten children, three daughters and seven sons, of whom Catharine Witmer, of Mahoning Co., Ohio, William A. Hoover, of Harrison Twp., and Enos Hoover, of Baugo Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., are the only survivors.

In 1870 he removed from Clinton to Harrison Twp., where he resided to the time of his death.

His first wife Margaret Musser died in 1882, and in 1884 he married as his second wife Elizabeth Hartman, whose maiden name was Good. To this union were born three children, two sons and one daughter, all of whom are still living.

He united with the Mennonite church thirty-six years ago, and in 1875 he was chosen and ordained to the ministry. He was a faithful member of the church, and discharged the solemn duties of his office as a minister to the best of his ability until the Lord called him away from the trials and the toils of this earthly life to the realities of the life to come. He died Nov. 26th, 1895, aged 61 years, 2 months and 6 days.

During his last illness he suffered very severely from a complication of diseases for a number of weeks, all of which he bore with patience and resignation to the will of the Lord, and looked forward to the hour of his departure, having a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better. He was buried at the Yellow Creek M. H. on Nov. 29th, where funeral services were conducted by C. Bear, Michael Shirk and Martin Ramer, from the text, Rev. 14: 13.

How blest the righteous when he died!
When sinks a weary soul to rest,
How mildly beam the closing eyes,
How gently heaves th' expiring breast.

Life's labor done, as sinks the clay,
Light from its load the spirit flies;
While heaven and earth combine to say,
How blest the righteous when he dies.

Transcribed by: Terri Harper, Utah.

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