SYMENSMA.-On the 13th of January, in Jackson township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age. Bro John J. Symensma aged 72 years, 5 months and 16 days. He was a native of Holland, and came to this country many years ago. He was buried on the 15th, at Whiteheads (Brethren) Meeting house. Services by John F. funk and David Burkholder, from 1 Cor. 15 : 26. May God bless this affliction to the bereaved family, and lead us all nearer to our dear Savior.
MOYER.-On the 19th of January, in Olive township, Elkhart county, Indiana, of heart disease, Brother John B. Moyer, aged 60 years, 10 months and 15 days. He moved to Elkhart Co. from Columbiana Co., Ohio, several years ago. He was buried on the 21st at Shaum's Meeting-house, where services were held by Christian Shaum and A. Miller, from 2 Tim. 4 : 6-8. His funeral was largely attended. He seemed fully resigned to the will of God. He leaves a sorrowing companion and children to mourn his departure. Peace to his ashes.
YOWLER.-On the 25th of November, 1884, in Greene county,
Ohio, of typhoid fever, Philip Yowler, aged 43 years, 2
months and 17 days.
"O dear Philip, how we miss thee
Since thy voice we hear no more;
Yet we hope we soon shall meet thee
Over on the other shore."
TROYER. On the 7th of January, in Walnut Creek township, Holmes county, Ohio, Elizabeth Troyer, (maiden name Miller,) aged 72 years, 11 months and 17 days. She leaves 13 children, 62 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. She was twice married; first to Jacob Garber, second to Daniel Troyer, who also passed away before her. Sister Troyer had much to endure. The last two years of her life she was blind, so that she had to be led to her seat in the church, which, however, was seldom vacant till within the last few months of her life.* She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by Isaac Miller, Abraham Mast and David Bitchey from 1 Cor. 15 : 55-56 and Ephesians 5 : 1-3.
TSCHANTZ. On the 2d of September, in Orrville,
Wayne Co. Ohio, James Albert, son of Abraham and Catharine
Tschantz, aged __ months and 19 days. Buried in the Sonnenberg
grave-yard. The funeral service was held by Jacob Nusbaum. Text,
Luke 18 : 16, 17.
Transcriber's Note: The number for age in months was unreadable appeared to have been either "5" or "6."
STEFFAN. On the 23d of September, in Wayne county, Ohio Sarah, daughter of John and Magdalena Steffan aged 3 months and 8 days. Buried in the Sonnenberg grave-yard. The funeral service was held by Jacob Nusbaum. Text, John 14 : 6.
SWARTZ. Michael Swartz was born in Switzerland, on the borders of France and died in Wayne county, Ohio, on the 5th day of January 1885, aged 81 years, 4 months and 24 days. When he was 20 years of age, he emigrated to America, and lived in Lancaster county, Pa., till March 1884, when he came to Wayne county, Ohio, where he lived only a short time till he took sick and died. He was anxious to die, and often called out in his sickness, "O Lord Jesus, my Savior, take me to thee." He leaves one son and 4 grandchildren to mourn his departure. The funeral service was held by D J. Yoder and D. Hostetler from 2 Tim 4 : 7, 8. Bro. Swartz was a deacon in the Amish Mennonite Church.
MARTIN. On the 31st of December, near Clear Spring,
Washington county, Md., of angina pectoris, Sister Susan A.
Martin, aged 71 years, 10 months and 1_ days. She was an affectionate
mother, an humble and sincere Christian. Peace to her ashes.
Transcriber's Note: The age in number of days was difficult to read. It appeared to be either "11" or "14."
Transcriber's Note: The remainder of the surnames in this issue were italicized in the actual newspaper rather than put in all caps as in the previous obituaries.
Hershey. On the 8th of January, in Spring Grove, York county, Pa., Magdalene, wife of Andrew Hershey deceased, aged 66 years, 1 month and 18 days. Funeral services by Pre Hartman and S. L. Roth.
Stoltzfus. On the 31st of December, near Concord, east Tennessee, Catharine (maiden name Hooly), wife of John Stoltzfus (Bishop) formerly of Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 77 years, 10 months and 19 days. Our aged sister enjoyed her usual health up to December 27th, when she took ill of pneumonia and suffered intensely for about seven hours when death relieved her from suffering. We trust through the mercy of the Redeemer, the loss to many dear friends and the church has been her gain. She has had many sorrows and particularly of late years, on account of church troubles pride and self-righteousness, which is so prevalent at present. She was a kind and affectionate grandmother, and was faithful and zealous in her devotions. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 11 children 78 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. May this family circle be comforted together by mutual faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rhodes. January 6th, on Dry River, in Rockingham
Co., Va., of congestion of the liver, Sister Mary, wife
of Henry A. Rhodes, aged 52 years, 9 months and 2_ days. Buried
at the Bank Church on the 8th. Services by John Geil and Daniel
S. Heatwole. Text, "Jesus wept."
Transcriber's Note: The age in number of days was difficult to read. It appeared to be either "23" or "28."
Stauffer. On the 16th of September, in Rapho township, Lancaster county, Pa., of dropsy, Tobias Stauffer Sr., aged 80 years, 3 months and 9 days. Buried in the family burying-ground, where many friends and acquaintances had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they had learned to love. He was a faithful, loving husband, a kind father, and a good, accommodating neighbor; and was a member of the Mennonite Church for may years. We have reason to believe that God loved him and called him home. He leaves a sorrowing wife and 7 children to mourn their loss. Services by Martin Rutt, Isaac Gingrich and ______ Eschleman. Text, John 14 : 1, 2.
"Man dieth and wasteth away,
And where is he? hark ! from the skies
I hear a voice and answer say,
The spirit of man never dies.
His body which came from the earth
Must mingle again with the sod ;
His soul which in heaven had birth
Returns to the bosom of God."
Transcriber's Notes: The _____ in front of Eschleman was as printed in the newspaper. Also, the punctuation in the poem is as printed.
Bishop. On the 3d of August, near Auburn, Sangamon Co. Illinois, of paralysis, Henry Bishop, Sen. Aged 74 years and 6 days. Buried at Bethany burying-ground. He leaves 8 children to mourn their loss. Services by Isaac Gibble and Pre. Caldwell. Text, Job 40 : 10.
"Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep,
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the dread of foes."
Horst. January 6th, near Horst's Mill, Lancaster county, Pa. Anna M., wife of John Horst, aged 36 years, 8 months and 3 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text, Isaiah 38 : 1. Buried at Erisman's Meeting-house.
Hoerner. January 10th, in Churchtown, Cumberland county, Pa., suddenly of apoplexy, Jacob Hoerner, aged 70 years and 21 days. Funeral on the 13th. Text, Amos 4 : 12. Buried at Churchtown cemetery. A sorrowing family and many friends and neighbors followed him to the grave.
Herr. January 14th, near Lime Valley Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Christian Herr, aged 76 years, 3 months and 12 days. Funeral on the 17th. Text, Phil. 1 : 21. Buried at the Brick Meeting-house. A sorrowing family and large circle of friends followed the beloved brother to his grave.
Shires. January 18th, in Florin, Lancaster county, Pa., of palsy, Brother John Shires, aged 82 years, 11 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 21st. Text, Isaiah 38: 1. Buried at Kraybill's Meeting-house. Brother Shires was a quiet and peaceable man.
CORRECTION. In the death notice of Christian Schlegel in the No. of Dec. 15th, the names Andrew Rhodes and Christian Rhodes should be Andreas Ropp and Christian Ropp.
KORNHAUS. On the 14th of Jan., in Cruger, Woodford Co., Ill., of dropsy, Catharine, wife of Joseph Kornhaus, aged 80 years and 17 days. This was for both husband and wife their second marriage, and she leaves a deeply sorrowing companion, four children (eight children have already gone before) and many grand and great-grand children to mourn their loss. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held by Em. Hartman. The youngest daughter of the above died only 35 hours later, of cancer in the breast, aged 38 years, 6 months and 7 days. She leaves a husband and four sons. Both were buried in Brubaker's burying-ground.
WEIRICH. On the 4th of Feb., in Newberry Tp., La Grange Co., Ind., of gravel and internal cancer, of which she suffered 11 months, Widow Sarah Weirich, aged 81 years, 6 months and 3 days. Her sufferings sometimes were very severe, but she bore them all with Christian forbearance and desired to depart and be with Christ. She was a kind helper to those in need in her neighborhood, and a zealous Christian. She read her Bible through four times. She was a faithful member of the Old Amish Mennonite Church, and lived in that county 42 years. She leaves 6 children, 24 grand children and 16 great-grand children. We believe she is at rest. She was buried on the 6th, at F. Sentheimer's burying-ground. Services by Manasses Miller and D. S. Kauffman from Jn. 5 : 2030 and 2 Cor. 5 : 1-10. She was a sister to Bishop Joseph Miller.
FOUST. On the 26th of January, in Wadsworth, Medina Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sister Nancy Foust, aged 75 years and 7 days. She was buried on the 29th, at the Guilford Mennonite burying-ground. Services by E. Hunsberger, M. Leatherman and C. C. Beery, from 2 Tim. 4 : 6-8. The deceased was a sister to Bishop Henry Yother and widow of Jacob Foust.
DE FRIES. On the 2d of Feb., in Elkhart Co., Ind., of heart disease, Bro. Henry De Fries, formerly of Friesland, Holland, aged 60 years and 6 days. Buried at the Dunker Church at Union Tp. Center. He leaves a wife and four children. Services by H. Shaum, J. A. Beutler and D. Burkholder from John 5 : 24 and 2 Cor. 5 : 1.
KAUFFMAN. On the 2d of Feb., in Davidsville, Somerset county, Pa., George, son of Jacob and Catharine Kauffman, aged 2 months and 10 days. Services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Harshberger.
"Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called him home,
Grieve not, your darling is at rest
Beyond this vale of gloom."
STAUFFER. On the 5th of Feb., in Olive Tp., Elkhart county, Ind., Bruce, only son of Allen and Esther Stauffer, aged 5 months and 9 days. Buried at Shaum's Meeting-house. Services by D. Brenneman from Job 14 : 10 and J. F. Funk from Jn. 14 : 1.
He died so soon, our only boy,
Our dearest hope, our brightest joy;
Our hearts are sad and full of grief,
But Jesus gives us sweet relief.
"Thy will be done," we gladly say,
And wait the coming of the day,
When all the saints, redeemed shall rise,
And sing triumphant in the skies.
FRICK. On the night of the 27th, of January, near
Line Lexington, in Bucks county, Pa., suddenly, Nancy,
daughter of Samuel Frick, aged 44 years, 5 months and 4 days.
She was buried at Frick's burying-ground. Services were held by
J. Walters, S. Leatherman and S. Godshalk.
She that lieth quiet here,
With her hands upon her breast,
Is but sleeping shed no tear
For a virgin's taking rest
Thus to be forever blest.
ZIMMERMAN. On the 30th of Jan., in East Earl Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Maria, wife of Jacob Zimmerman, aged 40 years, 7 months and 10 days. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Nine young children mourn her sudden death. Interment at Weaverland; services by Bishop Martin and John Zimmerman.
BOWMAN. On the 23d of January, in Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary, widow of the late Moses Bowman, aged 67 years and 25 days. She belonged to the Mennonite Church for many years. Moses Gotschall officiated. Text, Hebrews 4 : 3.
MARTIN. January 28th, in East Earl Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Allen R., son of Samuel and Anna M. Martin, aged 2 years, 3 months and 24 days. Services by Bishop Harley, of the Dunkard Church, and John Landis, of the Mennonite Church.
BAMBERGER. On the 22d of Jan., in Waterloo county, Ont., William Bamberger, at an advanced age. He was buried on the 26th at Eby's Meeting-house, at Berlin.
OBERHOLTZER. On the 25th of January, at her residence with her only son, Jacob Oberholtzer, deacon of the Deep Run Church, Anna, widow of Martin Oberholtzer, aged 80 years, 7 months and __ days. She was buried at Deep Run burying-ground on the 28th. Many were present.
From a region of sorrow and pain,
She has gone to a mansion of rest
Where she will never suffer again,
In the land of the Deity blest.
Transcriber's Note: The age in days was as printed in the newspaper.
FISCHER. On the 21st of Jan., in Iowa Co., Iowa, Sarah, wife of Samuel Fischer, aged 43 years, 9 months and 6 days. Sister Fischer was, so far as the writer knows, a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by C. G. Miller and G. Guengerich from Heb. 4. She leaves a deeply afflicted companion, with his children to mourn her sudden and unexpected departure. But they mourn not as those who have no hope. Peace to her ashes.
SHELLY. On the 15th of Jan., near Richfield, Snyder county, Pa., Bro. John Shelly, aged 75 years, 10 months and 6 days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and his seat in the house of God was seldom vacant. He was beloved by all who knew him. He leaves a widow, 3 sons and 7 daughters. He was buried at Lost Creek, where services were held by Jacob D. and William Graybill, from 2 Tim. 4 : 6-8.
MARTIN. On the 19th of January, in Millersville, Perry county, Pa., Annie Martin, widow of Jacob Martin, deceased, aged 71 years and 3 months. She leaves three sons and two daughters. She was buried on the 22d, at Millerstown grave-yard. Services by ____ Logan and William Graybill from Heb. 9 : 27.
Transcriber's Note: The first name for Logan was as printed in the newspaper.
NICE. In Lower Salford, Montgomery county, Pa., on January 5th, of consumption, Mary Nice, aged 32 years, 5 months and 8 days. Interment on the 8th at the Lower Salford Mennonite burial ground.
STEMEN. On the 16th of January, in Putnam Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sarah E., wife of David Stemen, aged 32 years, 5 months and 14 days. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband and 4 children to mourn their loss, which we hope is her eternal gain. She was buried on the 17th; services by C. B. Brenneman and J. Carakoff.
"A few more struggles here,
A few more partings o'er,
A few more toils, a few more tears,
And we shall weep no more.
Then O my Lord prepare
My soul for that great day,
Oh, wash me in thy precious blood
And take my sins away."
SHOWALTER. On the 3d of February, near Scott's Ford, Rockingham county, Va., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. William S. Showalter, aged 78 years, 9 months and 19 days. Buried on the 5th at Mill Creek Burying-ground, where services were held by Bish. Samuel Coffman and Pre. Solomon Beery, from Rev. 6 : 17. A large concourse of people were present.
DETWEILER. Departed this life on the 5th of Jan., in Maple River Tp., Emmett county, Mich., of internal disease, Barbara Detweiler, wife of Eli Crump, aged 30 years, 3 months and 18 days. She suffered nearly five months. She united with the Mennonite Church about ten years ago, and married her surviving husband in 1881. She was in feeble health since five years ago, when she had a spell of sickness during which she feared that she would not recover. She was buried on the 8th at the Mennonite burying ground near Brutus. Her funeral was largely attended. Services were held from 1 Thess. 5 : 13-18.
WENGER. On the 17th of January, in Woodford county, Ill., Barbara Dumermuth Wenger, aged 64 years, 3 months and 23 days. She lived in the married state 42 years, and leaves 6 children and 27 grand children. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in 1879. She was well versed in the Scriptures, and she desired to go and be with Christ. Funeral services were held by Joseph Wagner, Peter Zimmerman and Christian Schrock.
WITMER. On the 27th of January, in Huron county, Ont., Bro. Christian Witmer, aged 67 years, 2 months and 25 days. He was buried on the 29th; services by H. B. Detweiler and E. Snyder. He leaves a widow and nine children. We hope their loss is his eternal gain.
BOWMAN. On the 20th of December, 1884, in Huron Co., Ont., Polly Bowman, aged 59 years, 9 months and 23 days. Funeral on the 24th; services by H. B. Detweiler and S. Overholt. She leaves 4 sons and 4 daughters. They would gladly have kept her longer with them in this vale of tears, but we must submit to the will of God.
YODER. On the 20th of Jan., in Conemaugh Tp., Somerset Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Daniel C. Yoder, aged 60 years and 30 days. He was buried on the 21st in the family grave-yard. Bro. Yoder was twice married, first to Catharine Hostettler, with whom he lived over 14 years and had 5 children with her. His second wife was Barbara Kauffman with whom he lived 23 years and had 5 sons. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, a kind husband and father and a good neighbor. Services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Hershberger, from Phil. 1 : 18-24 and Rom. 5 : 8-10.
HUBER. On the 23d of Jan., at Marticville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Henry Huber, aged 69 years, 3 months and 5 days. Funeral services by John B. Harnish in German, and Abram Herr and Amos Herr in English.
HESS. On the 25th of Jan., at River Corner Meeting-house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Mary, wife of Deacon David Hess, aged 80 years, 5 months and 3 days. Funeral services by John B. Harnish. Abram Herr, and Amos Shenk.
HACKMAN. On the 26th of January, at Byerland Meeting-house, Bro. Henry Hackman, aged 88 years, 2 months and 12 days. Funeral services by John B. Harnish in German, and W. H. Smith in English.
ZOOK. On the 8th of December, 1884, in Neshannock Tp., Lawrence Co., Pa., of heart disease, Jacob B. Zook, aged 73 years, 7 months and 3 days. He was buried on the 10th at the Amish burying-ground, where many friends and acquaintances had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they had learned to love and respect. He was a faithful and loving husband, an affectionate and kind father. He leaves a widow, one son and five daughters. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and it was very seldom that his seat in Church was not filled. He had a living hope in Christ, and no fear of death. We trust he has gone to reap the reward of the blessed. Services by Jonathan Lantz and John R. Zook. Text, John 5 : 25-29 and 2 Cor. 5 : 1.