Rieger, Eva Berger (1883-1966)
Although Eva had been baptized as an infant and raised in a Catholic home, she found herself without a church community in Steinbach. This created a personal spiritual struggle for Eva which led her to start visiting local churches. Her struggle came to an end on 5 January 1919 when she visited the Bruderthaler Church (later to become the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren). She loved the beautiful singing and was deeply moved by the sermon. Then on the way home by horse and sleigh "suddenly she felt herself surrounded with a beam of light. She felt lifted up and transferred to the heavenly kingdom." This conversion experience led Eva and her husband to eventually join the Bruderthaler Church where they remained faithful members for the rest of their lives.
Eva wrote poems throughout her life reflecting on her many experiences. In 1939 Eva returned to Hungary to visit her family. After returning from Europe in 1939 she decided to write the story of her life and faith journey including her poems as a legacy for her children. Eva’s inspiring story, “Erinnerungen und Erfahrungen von Frau S. Rieger, Steinbach, Manitoba ("Memories and Experiences"), was published in 1940. Eva Berger Rieger died on 17 October 1966.
Rieger, Henry. "Eva Berger Rieger (1883-1966)." Preservings No. 10 Part I (June 1997): 61-63.
|Author(s)||Sharon H. H Brown|
|Date Published||June 2006|
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