12 August 2013
A Week of Headstones
Philip Orth was born in Kirweiler, Alsace, Europe, on June 12, 1824. Being of Lutheran parentage he was baptized in infancy, and, according to the custom of his church, he was confirmed when he was about 14 years old. In 1857 he was joined in holy wedlock with Miss Eva Gangloff. This union the Lord blessed with five children, three sons and two daughters. One daughter died in infancy, Philip Orth, Jr., of near Medina, William Orth, Liverpool, Mrs. Louise Whitten, Akron, and Albert Orth of Cleveland, together with their widowed mother and 12 grandchildren survive to mourn their loss.
In 1857, shortly after his marriage, Mr. Orth and his young wife left their native country and emigrated to the United States. First they came to Cleveland where they resided for six years. In 1862 or 63 they removed to Liverpool township, Medina County and here the deceased resided until his death, which occurred Monday morning April 15. Thus he reached the good old age of 87 years, 10 months and 3 days. About 50 years of this long life was spent in Medina County. Mr. Orth was a respected citizen and a good Christian. Soon after he came here he connected with Zion's Lutheran congrgation of which church he was an active member up to his death.
When younger he was a member of the vestry, and for six years he was also the congregation's treasurer. He lived thru and was helpful in making up the history of his congregation for upwards of half a century.
The funeral was held from the house and church on Wednesday afternoon, Apr. 17, and burial was made on the congregation's cemetery where Mr. Orth has a plot. The funeral text was II Timothy4:6-9.
**Medina County Gazette, Friday, 19 APR 1912, Pg. 8 (Medina County, Ohio
(Compilers note: A marriage record was found for this couple in Cleveland and the date does not match what the writer of this obituary has shown.)