Ref: Town and Country Newspaper
Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA
Saturday - June 20, 1903
DEATH OF NOTED DIVINE
Rev. George B. WALBERT (picture) died on Saturday afternoon at 5:15 at the
home of his father-in-law, Wm. H. GEHMAN, of Macungie, after a long and painful
sickness, aged 40 years. He was born at Macungie, November 7, 1862. He
attended the public schools at that place and later the Keystone State Normal
where he prepared himself College, whence he entered Franklin and Marshall
College and was graduated with honors in 1886. After his graduation he entered
the Theological Seminary at Lancaster, from which he was graduated in 1889. The
Reformed church at Orwigsburg and McKeensburg being vacant at the time, he
was elected pastor, where he started out upon active ministry. As a young man he
was exceptionally successful as a preacher. At the end of four years he was
called to the pastorate of the New Goshenhoppen Reformed church, at East
Greenville, succeeding the late Rev. Dr. WEISER. In his new field success also
crowned his efforts. He continued to preach until June, 1902, when he was
to resign as pastor on account of ill health. The congregation was unwilling
to accept his resignation, but realizing that Rev. Mr. WALBERT was physically
unable to continue his labors and that God had willed it otherwise, bowed to
the inevitable. He was also actively identified with education work and was
president of the East Greenville School Board up to the time of his resignation.
About five years ago his health began to fail him from an abdominal tumor
which steadily grew larger and made heavy inroads upon his health. He and his
family then made their home with Mrs. WALBERT's parents. Since September of last
year he was unable to leave his room and since November was confined to bed.
During his long and painful sickness he was visited by a great many brother
ministers. He was conscious and realized his condition up to the end. Deceased
a member of the Masonic fraternity, being a member of Schuylkill Lodge No.
138, Orwigsburg, Pa., which turned out in full force to bury him with Masonic
ceremonies. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters, Ruth and Irene.
His mother preceded him in death 31 years ago and his father 12 years. Short
services were held in Macungie Wednesday evening by T.N. REBER at the GEHMAN
home. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 1.30 o'clock, at the New
Goshenhoppen church, near East Greenville. Rev. Prof. SCHEIDT, of Franklin and
Marshall College, conducted the German services and Rev. T.H. LEINBACH, of Swamp
church, the English. The remains were taken to the church at 11 o'clock, so as
to afford an opportunity for all to take a final view of their beloved pastor.
The funeral was one of the Largest every held in this vicinity. Perkiomen
Lodge F.A.M., accompanied the Orwigsburg Lodge. The floral tributes were many
beautiful. The following ministers were present: John S. STAHR, D.D.; Isaac
STAHR, Thomas H. LEINBACH, J.L. ROUSH, Geo. W. HARTMAN, Jacob J. ROTHROCK, Eli
KELLER, D.D.; R.C. SCHIEDT, Ph. D.; O.R. FRANTZ, Calvin M. DELONG, J.E.
FREEMAN, C.S. WIEAND, Wm. B. WERNER, Chas. E. SCHAEFFER, Geo. W. ROTH, A.L.
D.D.; Thomas DICKERT, N.Z. SNYDER, D.D.; Wilson F. MORE, Robert KERN, Frank
WIEDER, O.S. KRIEBEL, T.O. STEM, Rev. WAGNER, A.S. SHELLY, O.F. WAAGE, D.D.;
Thomas REBER, Geo. J. LISBERGER.