Herald of Truth Obituaries - November, 1898

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXV, No. 21, November 1, 1898, page 333


HOCHSTETLER.-Elizabeth Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 24th, l828, died in Marshall Co., Ind., May 19, 1898, aged 70 years and 24 days. United in matrimony with Samuel Hochstetler, May 1850, and lived a wedded life 25 years; her husband pre-ceded her to the spirit world in the year 1875. Unto this union were born eleven children, seven sons and four daughters. The surviving relatives are nine children (five sons and four daughters) six brothers, one sister and seventeen grandchildren. She lived an exemplary Christian life. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church since her youth.

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Funeral services were held on Sunday, at the residence where severa1 hundred people gathered to pay the last respects to one of the old pioneer settlers in the vicinity. Text by D. J. Johns in Ger-man, Isa. 38: 1. "Set thy house in or-der: for thou shalt die and not live." and by Jas. H. McGowen in English from Rev. 14:13.

HESS.-On the 5th of August, 1898, at Penrose, Whiteside Co., Ill., of heart trouble, Mrs. Michael Hess, aged 77 years, 8 months and 15 days. Mary Magdalena Eshleman was born in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 20, 1820. Here she resided until her marriage to Michael Hess which took place on April 17, 1839. Twelve children resulted from this union, two of whom have preceded the mother to the spirit world, Benjamin dying on his fortieth birthday in Safe Harbor, Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1881, and Michael in Alaska, in 1891. Seven sons and three daughters are left to mourn the mother's departure. In 1868, Mr. and Mrs. Hess removed to the West, locating in Jordan Twp., Whiteside Co., Ill., where they have since resided. Mr. Hess, the husband of the deceased, is now over eighty-three years old and in fair health. Mrs. Hess had been an invalid for nearly eighteen years, during which time she suffered a great deal from a complication of diseases. She was a true Christian woman, always alive to the duties before her and strictly con-scientious in their performance. She lived a noble, unselfish life, and her daily anxiety for the welfare of her children almost amounted to a fault. She was a faithful and consistent mem-ber of the Science Ridge Mennonite Church-a shining example of Christian character for her fellow members and those of younger years. Her sweet disposition won for her the love of all who knew her, and her death is most sin-cerely mourned.

"Dearest mother, how we miss thee,
Since thy face we see no more;
Yet we hope ere long to greet thee
On the fair celestial shore."
H. K. M.

TROYER.-Orpha Troyer, daughter of Bro. John and Sister Sophia Troyer, near Emma, Lagrange Co., Ind., died Sept. 11, 1898. Funeral was held on the 12th at the Shore M. H., where a large congregation of friends and neighbors paid their last respects. Funeral ser-vices were held by Amos Cripe in English from Job 1, latter clause of 21st verse and Y. C. Miller in German, from Jeremiah 31: 15-17.

All night long we watched the ebbing life
As if its flight to stay,
Till as the dawn was drawing near
Our last hope passed away.

She was the music of our home,
A day that knew no night;
The fragrance of our garden bower,
A thing all smiles and light.

Above the couch we bent and prayed,
In the half-lighted room;
As the bright hues of infant life
Sank slowly into gloom.
Y. C. M.

RENNER.-On the 26th of Sept., near Schrock, LaGrange Co., Ind., Catharine, wife of Jacob Renner, aged 40 years, 8 months and 14 days. She was a faithful member of the A. M. Church and had the pleasure of seeing her two old-est daughters coming out on the Lord's side shortly before her death. Funeral at the Pleasant Valley M. H. on the 27th by D. D. Miller in English and D. J. Johns in German from Jno. 11:28.

SHROCK.-On the 8th of October 1898, near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., Pearleyan, daughter of Noah and Rebecca Shrock, of cholera infantum, aged 1 year, 1 month and 2 days. Buried on the 9th. Services at A. M. meeting house by J. S. Horner in Eng-lish and E. A. Mast in German from Psa. 16:6. Funeral was attended by a large concourse of people.

"The child is not lost,
But gone before,
To meet her friends
On Canaan's Shore.

MOYER.-Catherine Honsberger Moyer, wife of Aaron Moyer, was born in South Cayuga, Ont., May 21, 1843. She died at Campden, Ont., Sept. 17, 1898, aged 55 years, 3 months and 24 days. Sister Moyer was afflicted for a number of months but through all her suffering was cheerful, and to the last, was fortified with faith in the Savior, Christ. Bro. Moyer could not attend the funeral services at the meeting house (near Campden) on account of ill health. May God comfort him and the two sons who survive our departed sister. Funeral services by J. F. Rittenhouse and S. F. Coffman. Text, Gal. 6:7. "Be not deceived."

FELLMAN.-Sarah Moyer, wife of Wm. Fellman, passed away suddenly at her home near Vineland, Ont., on Sept. 20, 1898. She was seemingly in good health and her sudden death was a great shock to the community. Let it also be a solemn warning. She leaves a sorrowing companion and daughters to mourn her departure. Her age was 43 years, 7 months and 5 days. Funeral service conducted by J. F. Rittenhouse and S. F. Coffman at the Mennonite meeting house near Campden. The text was Ps. 90:12. May God Comfort the bereaved ones.

HORNER.-In Markham Twp., York Co., Ont., on the 14th of July, Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Horner, in her 71st year; buried on the 16th at Heisey's burying ground. Discourse by Pre. Samuel Wideman and Peter Baker, from John 11 :25. Sister Horner was long a con-sistent member of the Mennonite Church and we have reason to believe that she has gone to receive that crown which is prepared for all those who love the appearing of our Lord.

THOMAS.-On the 23d of Sept., in Cambria Co., Pa., of only a short illness, Bro. Levi Thomas, aged 65 years, 9 months and 23 days. He was buried on the 25th at the Weaver M. H. Funeral services by Jonas Blauch and Sam'l Gindlesperger. Text, 2 Tim. 4 : 7, 8.

SMITH.-On the 1st of October, at Hollsopple, Pa., of only one hour's sickness, Harry, son of James Smith, aged 3 weeks and 6 days. Buried on the 2d in the Custer cemetery. Services by S. G. Shetler. Text, 2 Sam. 12:19, "Is the child dead?"

ROYER.-Sept. 29th, 1898, in Mahoning Co., O., of cancer, Barbara, wife of Melchor Royer, aged 54 years and 11 months. Funeral at the Oberholzer church where services were conducted by Jno. Burkholder and David Lehman.

YODER.-Near McVeytown, Pa., Oct. 4, 1898, Phoebe Yoder, widow of Daniel Yoder, aged 88 years, 9 months and 9 days. In her youth, Sister Yoder turned to the Lord and was received in-to the Amish Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member through life. She knew how to be firm in the faith and loyal to the church of her choice without being intolerant and uncharitable toward those who did not see things as she did. The funeral ser-vices were conducted by John K. Yoder, Joseph H. Byler and John S. Yo-der.

YODER.-On the 6th of October, 1898, near Bertrand, Nebraska, Abner Yoder, aged 56 years, 4 months and 2 days. He was a member of the Old Amish Church from his youth and was much loved and respected. He was diligent in all his religious duties, and in ob-serving the ordinances of the church. He had a stroke of palsy and lay speechless for about forty-eight hours. He was buried on the 9th of October. A large number of people were present at his funeral. Peace to his ashes.

WISSLER.--On the 25th of Aug., 1898, near Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., of lung trouble, Bro. Jacob B. Wissler, aged 46 years, 4 months and 2 days. He leaves a widow, aged mother and three sisters to mourn his departure, not as those who have no hope, but with a consolation that will dry every tear, and a comfort that will dispel every fear and turn the heart to God in praise who in His wondrous love and ways, could in mercy cause such marvelous 1ight to be shed abroad in the heart of one upon the brink of death, looking to him upon whose name he called, in whose favor he found grace that in the throes of death he could say, "I am going before a great Judge who has forgiven me all," and giving good-bye to those around him, pressing his mother's hand the last, as though looking into the glories beyond, he would have her with him enjoying the bliss untold. It seems she must have felt this, for she said to him, "I am soon coming." No doubt by faith she hears her Savior say, "Weep not," as did the widow of Nain, while He proved His power to restore what death had taken away. How much more will be restored when the Savior returns to earth, how much greater joy. Funeral services Aug. 29th, at Rohrerstown by Bish. J. N. Brubacher, Pre. John Landis and Pre. Benj. Hertzler. Scripture text, John 14: 1-3. "Let not your heart be troubled," etc.

"Oh the bliss of loved ones, resting
By the crystal river bright;
'Neath the shade of trees immortal,
Where no shadows dim the light;
Resting, resting, sweetly resting,
Where no shadows dim the light."

BRENNEMAN.-On the 8th of October, 1898, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Magdalena, wife of Christian Brenneman and only daughter of Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher, aged 28 years, 9 months and 28 days. She leaves, besides parents and brother, a sorrowing husband and two children, one an infant, to mourn her early death. She was buried on the 11th at Landisville. May God comfort these sorrowing ones and help them to look up to Him who can comfort the bleeding hearts, and heal all our sorrows.

LONGENECKER.-Sept. 12, 1898, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. John Longenecker died at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 28 days. He was a deacon in the Mennonite Church about 32 years and served faithfully as long as he was able. His eyesight began to fail about eight years ago, but he was still able to go around until sixteen months before he died when he had a stroke of paralysis from which time he was bedfast till death ended his sufferings. Funeral services were held at Bassler's M. H. Buried in the cemetery adjoining. Services were conducted by Bishop Martin Rutt, Peter Ebersole and Ephraim Nissley. Text, 2 Tim. 4 :7, 8.

RAUCH.-Of cholera infantum and other diseases combined, Eva May and Ada Jane, only daughters of Henry and Emma Rauch. Eva died Sept. 8, 1898, aged 3 years, 3 months and 2 weeks. She was sick one week. Ada died Sept. 9, 1898, aged 2 years and 11 days. She was sick four days and a half. They suffered greatly. They were laid to rest in one casket in the
Clinton Mennonite grave yard, Sept. 11. Funeral services by J. S. Lehman, from Matt. 2 :18.

"Ah! those little ice cold fingers,
How they point our memories back
To the hasty words and actions
Strewn along our backward track!
How those little hands remind us,
As in snowy grace they lie,
Not to scatter thorns-but roses-
For our reaping by and by."

JOHNSON.-Near Nappanee, Ind., on Sept. 17, 1898, Sister Catharine Johnson, aged 67 years, 3 months and 10 days. She leaves a husband and four sons to mourn their loss, but their loss is her eternal gain. She lived an exemplary Christian life. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church since her youth. It was a sad occurrence to the family, it being the first experience of this kind that the sons had to pass through. God's ways are not our ways. May they be resigned to His will in this and in all things. May God bless them in their sad bereavement is the prayer of the brethren. Services at M. M. H. in Nappanee by J. P. Smucker in German from Ps. 146: 3, 4, and by Jas. H. McGowen in English from Matt. 24 : 44.

ALVINE. -Fanny Alvine was born July 19, 1854, in Somerset Co., Pa., which was her home until 1880 when on the 28th of October she was married to Peter K. Thomas and during that year moved to Michigan where has been her home since. She was a beloved member of the Mennonite Church of this place for over seventeen years, remaining faithful till the Lord called her to her last home Oct. 6, 1898, aged 47 years, 2 months and 17 days. Funeral sermon by Isaac Weaver in English and Peter Keim in German. Text, John 11:25, 26. The deceased sister had always enjoyed very good health until last April when she contracted a cough which ultimately led to her death. She had hoped and prayed to be spared to live a few years longer, but when she realized that she could not she prayed as earnestly to die a happy death, and her request was granted for she passed away as a child might fall asleep. The last words she muttered aloud on earth were those of a prayer to her God whom she had trusted so faithfully. She leaves a devoted and faithful husband, two daughters and six step-children, besides other relatives and a host of friends who deeply mourn their loss. Our hearts are lonely but we feel that we can say with the poet.

Go to thy rest in peace,
And soft be thy repose;
Thy toils are o'er, thy troubles cease,
From earthly cares in sweet release,
Thine eyelids gently close.

Go to thy rest; and while
Thy absence we deplore,
One thought our sorrow shall beguile;
For soon with a celestial smile
We'll meet to part no more.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXV, No. 22, November 15, 1898 page 349


YODER.-On October 6, 1898, in Bertrand, Neb., of paralysis, Abner Yoder, aged 16 years, 2 months and 4 days. He was born in Juniata Co., Pa. He leaves behind three brothers and one sister to mourn his death. He was a devoted, faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and an interested reader of the HERALD OF TRUTH. Fun-eral was held on the 9th of October. Services were conducted by Bro. Yost D. Yoder.

"Asleep in Jesus! Blessed sleep!
From which none ever wake to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.

Asleep in Jesus! Oh, how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet!
With holy confidence to sing
That death has lost its venomed sting."
G. F. E.

HESS.-On the 13th of October, 1898, in Harison Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., Jacob Hess, aged 75 years, 4 months and 24 days. He suffered very severely for some weeks, but bore it all without murmuring. He leaves a sorrowing companion and ten children. He was buried on the 16th. Services were conducted by John F. Funk from Rom. 6 :23. He was one of the old settlers of the neighborhood, highly respected and widely known. The appreciation in which he was held was manifested by the large number of people who gath-ered to follow his remains to their last resting place. He was a native of Lan-caster Co., Pa. May God comfort the sorrowing ones. Peace to his ashes.

ZIMMERMAN.-Sister Elizabeth Zimmerman, daughter of Martin and Magdalena Marzolf, was born in Weisenburg, France. They moved to New York in 1837, where she was joined in marriage to Geo. Zimmerman Novem-ber 5, 1853. They lived in Kent Co., Mich., where she suffered for months with that painful disease, rheumatism. She died Oct. 7, 1898. Her remains were taken to Perrinton, Mich.; the funeral was conducted in the Beechler school house; text, 1 Cor. 15 : 26, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." She leaves a husband, five children, three brothers and three sisters to mourn their loss. She was a member of the Holdeman branch of Mennonites for over 16 years. She died believing in a rest for her from all her suffering. Some of her last words were "Oh, how pleas-ant it seems,' and "All is well." Let us always be ready. F. C. FRICKE.

TROYER.-Christena Troyer was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, August 8th, 1839; departed this life September 13th, 1898, aged 59 years, 1 month and 5 days. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church. She was buried the 15th; funeral services by the writer in German and in English by a minister in the Christian Church from 2 Tim. 4 : 6-8.
Johnson Co., Iowa.

LANDIS.-Herbert Bruce, infant son of Bro. David A. and Sister Elizabeth M. Landis, died September 12th, 1898, near Thompsontown, Juniata Co., Pa., and was buried at the Delaware M. H. after services conducted at the house and meeting house by Bro. Samuel Leyder. The lesson of comfort was taken from the 23d Psalm. This little one was aged 8 weeks and the loss is deeply felt by his bereaved parents.

"This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In Paradise would bloom.

Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care,
The opening bud to heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there."

KOENIG.-On the 6th of October, 1898, near Pulaski, Davis Co., Iowa, Magdalena Koenig, nee Roess, aged 79 years, 3 months and 14 days. She was born on the 22d of June, 1819, at Ostheim, Alsace. When but a child she emigrated with her parents to Canton, Stark Co., Ohio. In her sixteenth year she accepted Christ as her Redeemer and Savior and was baptized on her confes-sion at the Amish Mennonite church at Canton. In 1835 she was married to Christian Augspurger, of Trenton, Butler Co., Ohio. To this union three children were born: Christian, Anna and Henry. In 1845 her husband died. In 1853 she moved with her three children to Franklin Center, Iowa, where she lived one year. From there she moved to Davis Co., Iowa. In 1856 she was married to Jacob Koenig, and three more children were born to her: Magdalena, Jacob and Elizabeth. Magdalena died in her infancy. On the 27th day of No-vember, 1882, her second husband died, and the mother stayed with her two youngest children until she was allowed to enter her heavenly home, which she longed for very much in her sickness. She herself chose her funeral text: The 16th Psalm, especially the 6th verse. "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage." W. W. Miller preached the funeral sermon in English to a large congregation. She said repeatedly that she did not wish a praise sermon, for if she did all she could she did no more than her duty. She was a good, faithful mother. She leaves three children, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

EICHER.--Sister Catherine Eicher died of typhoid fever in Henry Co., Ohio, October 24th, 1898. Her age was 58 years, 9 months and 13 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband, ten children, four brothers and two sisters to mourn their loss. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 32 years and died trusting in the Lord.

WITMER.-On Oct. 20 the writer's brother, Joseph Witmer, quietly fell asleep, aged 86 years and 29 days. After some weeks' sickness, paralysis set in, and on Thursday, at 6:15 P. M., without manifesting any pain, he passed over, as if gently dropping into a peace-ful, quiet slumber. He lived to see six of his children (five daughters and one son) grow to mature years. One daugh-ter died in infancy. On Sunday the burial ceremonies were observed. A large concourse of relatives, friends and acquaintances were present. [Lancaster Co., Pa., papers, p1ease copy.]

"Such was his end-a calm release;
No clinging to this mortal clod,
As if untrammelled, stood in peace
Before a smiling God.

His work is done-
The column is broken;
Mourn ye and weep,
For ye cherished his worth;
Let every tear-drop be sympathy's token-
Lost to the family-lost to earth!"

KLOPFENSTEIN.-On the 30th of August, 1898, near Holden, Mo., Elmer Klopfenstein, only son of Christian and Emma Klopfenstein, aged 4 1/2 months. Burial on the 31st at the M. H., where funeral services were held, conducted by Bro. Henry Richner from Psalms 26:6. "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage."

BRENNEMAN.-[A partial notice of this death appeared in the last issue. We give here the death of mother and child together.]-October 8th, 1898, near Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., of affection of the lungs and confinement, Sister Magdalena S. Brenneman, wife of Bro. Ch. G. Breneman and daughter of Jacob N. and Barbara H. Brubacher, aged 28 years, 9 months and 27 days. She left two children, the smallest 23 days old; also a husband, parents, one brother and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. Funeral ser-vices were held on Tuesday, October 11th. Text, Psalms 39: 4, 5. Buried at Landisville M. H. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the departed and in sympathy with the bereft. Peace to her ashes!

October 23d, 1898, near Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Barbara Anna Brenneman, infant of Bro. and Sister Ch. G. and Magdalena S. Breneman, aged 1 month and 8 days. Funeral on October 25th. Buried close to the mother's grave. Text, I Pet. 1: 24, 25.

METZLER.-October 20th, 1898, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, after a lingering illness, Samuel Metzler, aged 70 years, 10 months and 14 days. Interment at the Metzler M. H., where services were con-ducted by Allen Rickert and John Burkholder. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early life and remained a consistent member until his death.

SCHROCK.-On the 26th of September, 1898, at the home of her parents, Andrew and Catherine Schrock, seven miles north-west of Roanoke, Ill., Elizabeth Schrock, at the tender age of 13 years, 4 months and 1 day. It seemed hard to give dear Lizzie up, but the Lord knew best. She had made known her desire to unite with God's people some time before and left her place here on earth with the blessed assurance that she was going to meet her Savior. Father and mother, three brothers and three sisters, together with a large number of friends, are left to mourn the loss of a loving and lovable daughter, sister and friend. She was laid to rest in the Roanoke burying ground Sept. 28th; the funeral was conducted by John Smith and Peter Summer.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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