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Necrology of Rev. Jeremiah Schindel (1807-1870) Schindel, Jeremiah was the oldest son and child of Rev. J. P. Schindel, Sr., and was born in the town of Lebanon, May 15, 1807. When five years old, he moved with his parents to Sunbury, Northumberland County, PA, where his father labored as one of the pioneer Lutheran ministers of Northern Central Pennsylvania. He was baptized in infancy by Rev. George Lochman, D.D., then pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA, and confirmed by his father in Sunbury. He attended the public schools of Sunbury and when seventeen years old went to Harrisburg to engage in the printing and newspaper business. He served, as usual, his apprenticeship and had for his associates the late Hon. Simon Cameron and the Hons. John and William Bigler, respectively the Governors of California and Pennsylvania. During his employment in this capacity, his mind was directed to the ministry. By this time also the Rev. Dr. Lochman, the preceptor of his father and intimate friend of the family was living in Harrisburg and was pastor of the Lutheran Church there. He at once laid the foundation of his course for the ministry. He later abandoned his calling as printer and completed his studies for the ministry under his father, in Sunbury. He was licensed to preach by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, June 10, 1830, at Lancaster, Rev. J. Miller, D.D., being President and Rev. J. P. Hecht, Secretary. The following year, 1831, on June 1, he was ordained by the same Synod, at Harrisburg, Rev. C. R. Demme, D.D., being President, and his father, Rev. J. P. Schindel, Secretary. On May 13, 1828, he was married to Elizabeth A. Masser of Sunbury, who departed this life in Allentown, PA on January 22, 1892, nearly 87 years old. The family born to them consisted of nine children, four sons and five daughters, two sons and three daughters yet living. One of his sons is in the Lutheran ministry now over thirty years, and a grandson bearing his name, Jeremiah, is attending the Lutheran Seminary at Mt. Airy, in Philadelphia, preparing for the same ministry. The first charge which the subject of our sketch served consisted of congregations at Bloomsburg, Mifflinburg, Catawissa, Danville, Mahoning and Chilisquaque. To these were added Roaring Creek, Briar Creek, Berwick, Conyngham and other places. He lived with his family part of the time at Bloomsburg and then at Mifflinburg. Besides the regular congregations, he had numerous stations and school houses where he preached, mostly during the week. His pastoral duties required much exposure and compelled him often to drive in his sulky over mountains, at all hours of the night, with the wolves howling to the right and to the left of him. He life was constantly in danger. He served these congregations about seven years, and in 1837, went to Lehigh County, as the successor of Revs. Doering and Wartman. He lived at first at Siegersville and later on he moved into the parsonage of Jordan Lutheran Church, where the family resided until 1861, and then moved to Allentown where both parents died. The congregations of which he took charge on coming to Lehigh County were Jordan, Union, Heidelberg, Lowhill, Weisenberg, Trexlertown, and Lehigh. The Lehigh Church he served but a few years. He also later served Ziegel, Fogelsville, Macungie, Tripoli, Long Swamp, Frieden's, near Slatington, Mickley's, Catasauqua, Morganland and Cedar Creek. Of the last four congregations he was the first pastor and assisted in organizing them. Some of these congregations he served but a short time and had the assistance of the young men who prepared under him for the ministry. From 1859 to 1861, the charge was cut down to Jordan, Weisenberg, Morganland and Cedar Creek. During this time, he served as State Senator, at Harrisburg, representing Lehigh and Northampton Counties. In 1861, he resigned this charge and moved to Allentown, and in the fall of the same year, he entered the U.S. Army, as Chaplain of the 110th Regiment PA Volunteers, serving under Generals Banks and Shields. He saw a great many hardships during his service in the Army. At the second battle of Bull Run, while caring for the wounded, his own son, Captain Jeremiah P. Schindel, whom he had not seen since leaving for the Army, fell into his hands and required his nursing, having been wounded by a minnie ball. Eighteen miles, through mud and rain, they had to walk until they found a place to dress the wound and refresh their wearied bodies. In the summer of 1864, he returned home from the Army, and in the latter part of the year, accepted a call to congregations in Lykens Valley. He preached his introductory sermon on New Year's Day of 1865. The charge he then served consisted of St. John's, Elizabethville, Huber's, Miller's, Fetterhoff's, Pillow and Stone Valley. On Ascension Day, 1865, he preached for the first time at Gratz, and soon after the congregation united with those already mentioned. He also occasionally preached at a place called Vera Cruz. He lived in the old parsonage not far from St. John's Church. He labored in these congregations until March, 1870. About this time his aged mother died at Sunbury. Whilst attending her funeral, he was taken ill with asthma and made the remark that he would be the next to follow his dear mother. His prophecy came true. After a few weeks of suffering, his oldest daughter, Mrs. Mary Eisenhart, went to Lykens Valley and tenderly brought him to his home in Allentown. He lingered there, suffering from asthma and dropsy, until July 2, 1870, when, on Saturday night, he suddenly and peacefully breathed his last. His last words, to his youngest daughter by his side, were, "It is all right, my child." His age was 63 years, 1 month and 17 days. His remains repose in the family plot in Union Cemetery of Allentown. His life-long friend, the late Dr. C. W. Schaeffer, wrote of him in "The Lutheran", "A man of commanding presence, such as is rarely seen, of singular urbanity, endowed with rich oratorical gifts, of sound faith, of pure heart and of upright life. The record of his life will show, that his talents were faithfully employed in the Master's service, and that, as the diligent pastor, indeed the bishop of extensive charges, he did not live in vain." J. D. Schindel Jubilee Memorial Volume, Danville Conference, Ministerium of PA 1898 pp. 259-262 Notes from the Ministerium of Pennsylvania June, 1860 - whereas we disapprove of the position of Senator Jeremiah Schindel uniting the duties of senator and minister according to the Constitution of the Synod, therefore RESOLVED: That we earnestly beg him to return wholly to the duties of the ministry at the earliest possible opportunity. (See letter to Henry Martens, Christ Luth Ch, Conyngham, PA - August 20, 1965)
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