Gospel Witness Obituaries - August, 1906

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Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 18 - August 1, 1906, page 288

WEAVER.-Ethel Irene Weaver, only daughter of Reuben and Ella Weaver, was born Jan. 29, 1902; died July 16, 1906; aged 4y., 5m., 17d. She was sick less than a week with appendicitis. Little Ethel suffered very much until death relieved her. Only a few months ago her older brother, Frank, died, but we know they are both in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held at the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, July 18, by T. M. Erb and D. D. Zook.

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Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 19 - August 8, 1906, page 304

GOOD.-Paul B., son of Solomon and Martha Good, was born July 11, 1906; died July 19, 1906. Aged 8d. He was buried at the Science Ridge cemetery, near Sterling, Ill. Safe in the arms of Jesus.

STAYROOK.-Mary, widow of Nicholas Stayrook, died at her home near Mattawana, Pa., on July 21; aged 63y., 6 d. She leaves 5 sons and 3 daughters and a host of friends to mourn her departure, but we believe she is at rest. She was a faithful member of the A. M. church. Funeral services were held on July 21, at 10 o'clock by Bish. Michael Yoder in German from Rev. 4:12, 13 and John E. Kauffman in English from Isa. 27:12.

SPRINGER.-Albert C., beloved son of Joseph C. and Emma Springer, died July 16, 1906, at the home of A. H. Hochstetler, Aurora, Neb. He suffered for a week with appendicitis and peritonitis. Aged 18y., 10m., 5d. He united with the Mennonite church 2 years ago. We mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Andrew Oesch from I Thes. 4:17, and by Pre. Jacob Doner from John 11:11. May God comfort the bereaved ones. He leaves a sorrowing father, mother, three brothers, four sisters and many relatives and friends.

FRIESNER.-On July 28, in Vistula, Elkhart Co., Ind., Cathrine, wife of Pre. Harvey Friesner; aged 59y., 10m., 13d. She was born in Hocking Co., Ohio, came with her parents to Branch Co., Mich., where on Dec. 26, 1867, she was united in marriage to Bro. Friesner. To this union were born 8 children, two of which preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure, but with the full confidence that their loss is her eternal gain. At the age of 21 she yielded to the Lord's calling, gave her heart to Jesus, united with the Mennonite church and remained faithful to the end. Whenever health permitted, it was her greatest delight to go to the house of God and worship with His children. She also took great pleasure to do good to her children and to all as she could. And while at times in her life she had to suffer very much, she bore it all with Christian fortitude and was fully resigned to the will of God and fell peacefully asleep in Jesus. Services at the Barker Street M. H., by Bish. John Gerber and D. J. Johns.

HEATWOLE.-Catherine Heatwole, nee Driver, wife of David A. Heatwole, died at Sparkling Springs, Va., on July 27; aged 77y., 10m., 3d. Sister Heatwole has not been well for a few months, and thinking the change would do her good, her husband took her to the Springs. Here she took violently ill with cholera morbus, although a physician was soon at her bedside and all was done for her that could be done, the attack was so severe that heart prostration followed and she passed away the next morning. She leaves to mourn her loss eight of her nine children and a deeply sorrowing husband. The children are Bish. L. J. Heatwole, of Dale Enterprise, Va., Daniel F., of Mt. Clinton; Aldine J., at home; Dr. Timothy O., of Baltimore, Md.; Cornelius J., of Morristown, Tenn.; Sarah, wife of Dr. Hildebrand, of Augusta Co., Va.; Mrs. Jacob Deputy, of Augusta Co., and Mary A., at home. She has two brothers at Versailles, Mo., Pre. Daniel Driver and Dea. John Driver. Funeral services were held at the Weaver Mennonite Church on July 22, where she had been a faithful member for many years. The services were conducted by J. S. Martin, assisted by Pre. Ruff, of the Presbyterian church. Text, Gen. 23:1-20; Psa. 39:5; Rev. 14:13.

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 20 - August 15, 1906, page 320

.-The subject of this sketch was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 21, 1824. When yet young in years he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, to which his ancestors belonged, who emigrated from Switzerland before the Revolutionary War. On Jan. 19, 1845, he was married to Lydia Zook, who died Sept. 20, 1887. They were the parents of three children who arrived at mature age. Of these, a daughter, died April 19, 1873. On June 11, 1889, he married his second wife, Jemima Zook, who with 2 sons, 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren live to mourn the loss of a dear husband and father.
On May 5, 1850, Bro. Yoder was ordained to the ministry of the Gospel and five years later moved with his family to Wayne Co., Ohio, where in 1859, he was chosen and ordained bishop, in which capacity he labored faithfully, zealously and conscientiously, upholding the doctrines of his Lord and Master and of the church. In his oversight of this flock he saw it grow from a few in number to one of the largest congregations of our church.
He was a strong man physically and spiritually, able and willing to endure hardship as a good soldier. A good disciplinarian and one whose judgement was respected and his counsel sought throughout the churches of his choice. From Lancaster Co., Pa., to Iowa his help was called for when hard problems were to be solved and difficulties to be adjusted. Thus he manifested an interest in the whole church, but especially was he interested in the welfare of his home congregation, and when in the declining years his strength failed, he longed to meet with his flock and break to them the bread of life. Many and earnest were the prayers of this servant of the Lord in behalf of his people.
On April 11, 1904, his right side was paralyzed and he grew gradually weaker until the last few months he lost all bodily strength, and his speech; but bore it all patiently, longing for the summons to come up higher. At 10:45 p. m., Aug. 1, he fell peacefully asleep in Jesus, at the age of 82y., 6m., 11d. He rests from his labors.
Buried at the Oak Grove Church, on Aug. 4, where a very large concourse of friends paid their last tribute of sympathy and respect. Services by D. J. Johns, of Goshen, Ind., in English, and Benjamin Gerig in German, assisted by others. Text II Tim. 4:6, 7.

HOFFMAN.-Magdalena (Good) Huffman was born in Hocking Co., O., July 28, 1838; died near Shambaugh, Ia., July 23, 1906; aged 67y., 11m., 23d. She was subject to heart trouble for several years and was found dead in bed by her daughter, who had gone to call her for breakfast. Six children, four sons and two daughters and five grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother and grandmother. The surviving children are J. G. and D. B., Clarinda, Ia.; J. M. and Emma, Shambaugh, Ia.; J. H., Bern, Kans., and May, at Roseland, Neb. Four brothers and three sisters also survive her.
She united with the Mennonite church in her thirteenth year and was found faithful and true to the end. Her companion died last December.
Funeral services were held at the home on the 25th, by M. S. Newcomer, from Matt. 25:6. Interment in Butler cemetery.

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 21 - Aug. 22, 1906, page 336

.-Lois, infant daughter of Isaac and Susanna Mellinger was born June 2, 1906, and died July 31, aged 1m., 29d. Funeral services held at the Midway church, Mahoning Co., Ohio, Aug. 2, by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by David Lehman. Text, Matt. 18:2.

SLUTTER.-Elizabeth Slutter, widow of Jonas Slutter, was born May 26, 1834, died Aug. 5, 1906. Aged 72y., 2m., 11d. Her husband and four brothers preceded her to the spirit world. Two sisters survive her. She was baptized and received into the Mennonite church a few weeks before she died. Services at the Midway church, Mahoning Co., O., by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by John Burkholder. Text, Job 38:17.

ROTHGEB.-Floyd Edward, son of Noah and-Rothgeb, was born May 26, 1903; died Aug. 7, 1906; aged 3y., 2m., 11d. Services at the Midway church, Mahoning Co., O., by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by David Lehman. Text, Gen. 42:13, last clause .

ALLIMAN.-Joseph W., son of Joseph and Katie Alliman, was born May 2, 1885, died Aug. 7, 1906; aged 21y., 3m., 5d. He suffered for a week with inflammation of the bowels, terminating in peritonitis. He leaves his parents, two brothers and two sisters and many friends to mourn his departure, but not as those who have no hope. In his young years he confessed faith in Christ as his Savior, and was received into church fellowship in the Sugarcreek congregation, near Wayland, Iowa. He remained a faithful member unto the end. In his death the family loses a loving son and brother, the community a good friend and the church a faithful and earnest worker. Funeral services were held at the Sugarcreek Church by S. Musselman in English from Rom. 14:7, 8, and S. Gerig in German from Luke 12:37.

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The Gospel Witness - Volume 2, Number 22 - August 29, 1906, page 352

- On July 30, Leah Eshleman (nee Weaver) wife of Jacob S. Eshleman, died at her home in Eberly's Mill, Cumb. Co. Pa., of carcinoma of the liver; aged 63y., 8m. She is survived by her husband, one son (Dea. H. W. Eshleman) four daughters, three grandchildren, one grandchild having preceded her. She is also survived by a brother and a sister. She united with the Mennonite church in her young years, and lived a consistent Christian life. We mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held at Slate Hill on Aug. 1, conducted by Pre. Samuel Hess and Bish. B. F. Zimmerman from II Tim. 4:6, 7, 8. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
A Grandchild.

MARTIN.- Barbara Martin (nee Cobaugh) was born near Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., July 26, 1846; died at her home near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 8, 1906, aged 60y., 12d. She came with her parents to Ohio in 1850. Was married to Pre. David Martin, Feb. 18, 1890. At an early age she united with the Mennonite church and remained as a faithful member until death. The funeral services were held at the Pleasant View M. H. on the 10. Services by I. J. Buchwalter, C. B. Brenneman, A. H. Brenneman and Aaron Eberly. May the Lord comfort our aged brother in the loss which he has sustained.

Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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