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John A. and Hannah Mereness obituary

submitted by Harriet Geywits

John A. and Hannah Mereness

On Friday morning, Nov. 6th, 1891, Mr. John A. Mereness died at his home in Sharon at the advanced age of three score years and ten. Mr. Mereness was born on a part of the very same farm on which he spent his entire lifetime. Over fifty-two years ago he was united in marriage to Hannah Relyea, which beloved wife was spared to him during all these happy years, and survived him by only a few days for on Wednesday afternoon, Nov 11th, Mrs. Mereness at the age of three score years, was called away to join her beloved husband in the better homeland. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mereness were members of the Reformed church of Sharon, having united many years ago by a profession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the winter of 1889 a large and happy gathering was held at the homestead, the occasion being the golden wedding of the happy couple. Their nine children who still survive them, together with a large number of other relatives and friends, were present. It is not many homes that witness such a joyful time. not many in which the family is so complete after such a lapse of years, only two children having been taken away.

For a few days before their death, Mr. and Mrs. Mereness were visiting friends in Albany and Guilderland Centre, the childhood home of Mrs. Mereness. While there the contracted colds, which developed into pneumonia; and although the skill and care of their loved ones were exerted on their behalf to detain them in the home in which they had ever proved such loving parents, God in his high love and wisdom called them away to himself.

The funeral service of Mr. Mereness were held in the Reformed Church Monday afternoon and of Mrs. Mereness Friday morning. A large attendance was present at both services, evincing the deep respect and love in which this couple was held by the community. The sincere sympathy of all goes out to the sorrowing children and friends in this their double grief. The father and the mother have been taken away from the home, the home has been broken up, but is this not in order to begin another and a better home life above? Where in the years to come there may be another and a happier reunion of all, and where there shall be no more separation.

"We are but pilgrims here. Heaven is our home"

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