Karen Roemer, LCMS missionary and regional business manager for Eurasia, died Aug. 14 in Germany after a long battle with cancer. She was 55.
A funeral service is planned for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, at the cemetery in Bad Vilbel, near Frankfurt, Germany. Leading the service will be the Rev. Dr. Brent Smith, regional director for Eurasia with the Synod’s Office of International Mission.
Smith said Roemer’s “love for her church, her family, her work and her testimony to faith in Christ impacted many.”
Roemer had served as regional business manager since 2008, supporting LCMS missionaries in Eurasia with administrative, accounting and financial assistance. She also provided accounting support to national accountants in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
Her work “brought her into close contact with people of many different cultures and provided frequent opportunities for her to talk about her faith with others, in both English and German,” according to an Aug. 16 LCMS International Mission News story.
Roemer grew up on a farm near New Rockford, N.D., and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., with a degree in business administration — accounting and international relations. She received her CPA certificate in 1980.
She worked in international accounting at Cargill Inc. and its subsidiaries in Minnetonka, Minn.; Geneva, Switzerland; and Frankfurt.
A member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt since 1986, Roemer served the international congregation as organist, music director, church council officer, Sunday school teacher and music leader, hand-bell choir member and auditor of books.
She is survived by her husband, Albrecht, and three daughters — Annika, Kaia and Kristiana.
Memorials are requested for Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfurt, Germany, and may be sent to LCMS World Mission, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295. Make checks payable to LCMS World Mission and note in the memo line “Karen Roemer Memorial/Project #64601.”
Posted Aug. 17, 2011