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Onondaga County New York Obituaries Extracted From The Northern Christian Advocate, Syracuse, NY, 1903

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1903 Obituaries from the Northern Christian Advocate in Syracuse, Onondaga County New York.

EBERHARDT, Sophia C. Obituary

Sophia, wife of Peter Eberhardt, Sr., was born in Harnbach, Germany, on the border land of France, October 14, 1834, and died in Owego, NY, Monday evening, January 26th, 1903, after a residence in this, her adopted country, of fifty-one years. Sister Eberhardt was a typical Methodist, a devout Christian, and lover of God's house, where she was a constant worshiper, and faithful attendant of the class meeting. Her testimonies were always an inspiration, and her sweet personalty is sadly missed from the sanctuary and the home life. Her long illness was patiently borne, and loving hands of daughter and friends ministered to all her needs, and her Savior was most precious. From the noisy avenue she was removed to the quieter home of dear friends, and there in peace she entered into that rest that remaineth for the people of God, and her memory here is blessed. She is survived by her husband and four children, Lovina S., George D., and Peter Eberhardt, Jr., of Owego, and Mrs. Carrie B. Vose, of Hackessen, Del., who sincerely mourn the departure of a good wife and loving mother.

The funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 28, 1903, at 2 p.m. in the First Methodist Episcopal church, of which she had so long been a worthy member. Her own favorite hymns were sung with appropriate sermon by her pastor, and burial was made in the beautiful Evergreen cemetery, in the hope of a glorious resurrection. [Northern Christian Advocate, (Syracuse, NY), May 13, 1903]

GRAVES, Chester Wells Obituary

Chester Wells Graves was born in Little Meadows, Pa., February 2, 1833, and died at his home in South Owego, NY, December 2, 1902.

Improving his opportunities for an education, he attended the village school and later at Binghamton, NY He was married to Jane Tallmadge, November 20, 1859. To them were born four children, three of whom survive. About forty years ago, in his own home alone with his companion, he started on the Christian journey. His conversion was very bright and clear and was followed by a revival of religion on the Little Meadows charge, Rev. A. C. Sperry, pastor. Jointing the church and moving to South Owego he has made a record of long and faithful service. Honored much as an official member he was naturally a leader, his opinions carrying great weight. He loved the church and sacrificed liberally for her welfare. A loyal Christian, a good neighbor, a kind friend, a true husband, an affectionate father, he will be greatly missed. During his eleven months of sickness, he often wished to depart and be with Christ, which was far better. Besides a wife and daughter, both of whom lovingly and constantly ministered to him, he leaves two sons to mourn their loss. His last words wore in prayer and song. His funeral took place from his late residence on Saturday, December 6. Truly for him "to live was Christ and to die was gain."

We laid his body to rest in the beautiful cemetery on the hill, near the church he loved, feeling sure of meeting him again in the home not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. [Northern Christian Advocate, (Syracuse, NY), January 21, 1903]