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Mary Jane Ziegler Carvell

Among my great-grandfather's effects was a yellowed newspaper obituary dated Saturday, February 8, 1879, Newport, PA. It reports my great-great-grandmother's funeral.

In Memoriam - In our death column we this week record the demise of a very estimable and pious lady, the wife of Rev. J.M. Carvell, pastor of the Church of God, in Germantown, Philadelphia. The lady was the sister of Mrs. A. Fred. Keim and Daniel Ziegler, of Newport. She died at her husband's residence, on Saturday last, after suffering terribly of dropsy for a considerable length of time, and her death was looked for by her as a haven of rest for a troubled soul. She bore her affliction with Christian fortitude and resignation, and frequently expressed herself as being ready and willing to "pass over," whenever it was the Lord's will to call her hence. Her remains, accompanied by her sorrowing family and a few friends, were brought to Newport on the Mail train west on Wednesday afternoon, and taken to the Presbyterian church (the denomination to which she belonged not having a church edifice in Newport) where services were held, conducted by Rev. G.W. Seilheimer, of All Worker's chapel, Harrisburg, who delivered a very feeling address, frequently alluding to the example set by the deceased as one worthy of imitation. During the discourse, many sympathic tears were shed by a large number of persons in the audience. As the corpse of the lady lay in the beautiful casket in the altar, a handsome floral harp and pillow rested at her head, upon the table. On the pillow was beautifully arranged the word "rest," of blue immortelles, all of which were the work and contribution of Rev. Mr. Carvell's Bible class; a cross, on which rested the deceased's hand, by the congregation to which she belonged; and a very beautiful wreath, resting at the feet of the deceased, was the present of the choir of the church, and the other floral decorations by numerous friends. These floral tributes were the most beautiful that has ever been seen in this place, and were very much admired. She leaves a husband and two daughters to mourn her departure. Her remains were interred in the Newport cemetery. May she rest in peace.

The friends of Mrs. Carvell desire to return their thanks to the trustees of the Presbyterian church, for their kindness in tendering them the use of their church edifice, for the purpose of holding the funeral services, and to the musiccians for their services.

The following little newspaper clipping was with it. I believe it to be from a Philadelphia paper, but I'm not sure.
CARVELL - On the 1st instant, MARY J.Z., wife of Rev. J.M. Carvell, aged 40 years.
The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services, this (Tuesday) evening at 8 o'clock, from her late residence, No. 2035 Warnick street. Interment Wednesday, at New Port, Perry co., Pa. #123

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