Christian Fuller and Philipina Waidner
Yesterday morning Mr. Christian Fuller, an old and highly respected citizen of this place, was found unconscious in his bed having been stricken with paralysis at some time during the night. He lingered until afternoon when he peacefully passed away. Mr. Fuller was seventy six years of age, having been born in 1806. nearly all his life time he was a resident of Chambersburg and for nearly half a century was an employee of the Cumberland Valley Railroad Company as a machinist.
Having Rounded out Four Score years of Useful Christian Life, She Quietly Goes to her Rest and Reward
Mrs. Philopenia Fuller, wife of Christian Fuller, Died at her residence on North Second Street, in her 81st year.
Mother Fuller, as she was known by everyone, has been failing rapidly of late, trouble with the heart being the chief cause of her illness. A couple of weeks ago she received a severe fall, while walking in the yard and this shocked her system greatly. She had been confined to her room most of the time, but was down stairs only two weeks ago to see her son Jacob who had come over from Hagerstown to visit her The immediate cause of her death was heart failure. She retained her consciousness to the last and last night she had a long conversation with her pastor, Rev. D. Speck, in which she Reasserted her faith in her god and her willingness and readiness to enter in the rest prepared for her. Her death, as was her life, was a very triumphant one, and her last word was "Halleluiah," a fitting end to a Christian life which had all through been one worth of example.
Mrs. Fuller's name was Philopenia Waidner. She was born in Nuremberg, Germany, on December 16th, 1808, and emigrated to America in August 1831. The same year she was converted to Christ and joined the old Otterbein United Brethren church in Baltimore. She married Christian Fuller in Baltimore on June 2nd 1833.
Mr. Fuller had come from Hanover, Germany and was a coachmaker by trade. They moved to Chambersburg in the fall of 1833, Mr. Fuller for a time worked at his trade with Philip Peiffer on King Street but soon entered the employ of the Cumberland Valley Railroad Company and remained in their service for many years, dying on June 5th, 1882, in his 76th year. Mr. and Mrs. Fuller lived for forty-four years in their old property on North Second Street. They had twelve children, nine of whom are now living, viz Mrs. Robert Thompson, Mrs. Anthony Hollar and Mrs. George Stork of Chambersburg; Mrs. Jacob Shafer, of Springfield, Ohio; Jacob Fuller, Hagerstown; Christian, John and Mrs. H.C. White of Chambersburg and Charles of Martinsburg, W. Virginia
Mrs. Fuller united with the United Brethren church of Chambersburg when she first came to town. At that time there were only about a dozen members in the class. There was no regular minister, but the pulpit was supplied about once a month and services were held in private house between times. At the time of her death Mrs. Fuller was the oldest member of the congregation, both in years and membership, and was held in love and esteem not only by her family and church, but by the community in general. She was a devoted wife and mother, of a kind and generous heart, always ready to relieve the sick and suffering, and was always a Christian by practice as well as profession, constant in all the work of her church and her master, and faithful in her attendance upon her church duties. The funeral will take place on Monday, at an hour to be announced tomorrow.