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Christian Christophel

Birth
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 12 Oct 1883 (aged 63)
Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
Burial Southwest, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
Plot 10, row 1, from north end
Memorial ID 27761733 · View Source
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CHRISTOPHEL. - On the 12th of October, in Elkhart county, Ind., of palsy, Pre. Christian Christophel, aged 63 years, 7 months and 26 days.
Bro. Christophel was born on the 16th of Feb. 1820, in Westmoreland county, Pa. He came to Ohio in 1835 and was married to Anna Hoover, in Mahoning county, on the 17th of April 1845. He removed from the last named place to Harrison township, Elkhart county, Ind., in 1848, where he resided to the time of his death. He united with the Mennonite Church in early life and about 11 years ago was ordained to the ministry and was a faithful laborer in the vineyard of the Lord. His earnest admonitions and his devoted zeal in the cause of Christ and his Church, will be longed remembered. He will be greatly missed not only in his home but also in his neighborhood and in the Church.
On Saturday afternoon, the 6th of October, though somewhat indisposed, he attended the examination meeting at his Church, about a mile from his residence. After his return home he sat down with his family to the supper table to take the customary evening meal, lifting his heart in prayer and thanksgiving to God for the tender mercies of His hands, after which when about to partake of the bounties which a heavenly Father had bestowed, his hand suddenly lost its strength, his tongue became speechless, his mind unconscious and his whole right side was palsied, and in this condition, without being able to speak or recognize any one, he lay for six days, when death relieved him of all his sufferings; but we need not mourn as those who have not hope, believing that our loss was his eternal gain.
He was buried on the 15th. An immense concourse of people followed the remains to their last resting place at Yellow Creek Meeting-house, where services were held by Jacob A. Beutler from Luke 2:29, and John F. Funk and Martin Hoover from Numbers 23:10 last clause; a kind husband and father, a good neighbor, a faithful minister and sincere Christian has been called from the toils of this sinful world, and our prayer is that He may comfort the sorrowing household, and raise up another laborer to fill the vacant place in the Church.

Herald Of Truth
Vol. XX No. 21 November 1, 1883 pgs. 332, 333


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  • Created by: Carolyn Y Lowe Shifflett
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27761733
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christian Christophel (15 Feb 1820–12 Oct 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27761733, citing Old Yellow Creek Cemetery, Southwest, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Carolyn Y Lowe Shifflett (contributor 46796232) .