IN MEMORIAM (November 2020)
Obituary information is provided by district offices to the Synod’s Office of Rosters and Statistics. Any questions about content should be referred, therefore, to the appropriate district office. — Ed.
ADAMS, RAYMOND HAROLD REV., Aug. 26, 1940, to June 17, 2020, Sioux City, Iowa; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1984. Served 1984-2009. Ministries/Parishes: Centerville, Hurley, Rapid City, S.D. Retired 2009. Survivors: Jacquelyn (Bruner) Adams; son: Eddie; daughter: Mary Blackthorn. Funeral: June 23, 2020, South Sioux City, Neb.; Interment: June 24, 2020, Sturgis, S.D.
BOEHLKE, ALVIN ARNOLD REV., Jan. 10, 1936, Mequon, Wis., to March 25, 2020, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; son of John and Erna (Bartell) Boehlke; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1962. Served 1962-2001. Ministries/Parishes: Wilson, N.C.; North East, Pa.; Nashville, Tenn.; Cuyahoga Falls, Cleveland, Ohio.; Ohio District Circuit Visitor 1972-1994. Retired 2001. Preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Dallman) Boehlke. Survivors: sons: John, Michael, Andrew. Interment: March 30, 2020, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
DIETRICH, HERMAN K. REV., March 29, 1928, Pittsburgh, Pa., to March 11, 2020, Zionville, N.C.; son of Rev. Herman and Helen (Heighton) Dietrich; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1955. Served 1955-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Marion, S.C.; Bridgeville, North East, Pa.; Van Wert, Ohio. Retired 1995. Survivors: Ruth (Mast) Dietrich; sons: John, David; daughters: Jeanne, Marian, Carol, Joy. Funeral and Interment: March 15, 2020, Banner Elk, N.C.
DANIEL, DAVID PAUL REV., Nov. 6, 1940, Bethlehem, Pa., to March 12, 2020, Martin, Slovak Republic; son of Rev. John and Elizabeth Daniel; graduated Springfield Seminary 1966. Served 1966-1975, 1978-1990, 1998-2010. Ministries/Parishes: Hazelton, Pa.; Hannover, BRD; River Forest, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo.; Bratislava, Slovakia. Retired 2011. Survivors: Slavka Daniel; sons: Samuel, Benjamin; daughter: Marina.
HOFENER, ROBERT H. REV., Aug. 23, 1930, Taylorville, Ill., to March 21, 2020, Parma, Ohio; son of Ralph and Alice (Dickinson) Hofener; graduated Springfield Seminary 1960. Served 1960-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Lawton, Iowa; Parma, Ohio. Retired 1995. Survivors: Esther (Manthey) Hofener; sons; Mark, Timothy, Matthew, Paul; daughters: Ellen, Beth, Lisa. Funeral: April 25, 2020, Parma, Ohio: Interment: April 25, 2020, Cleveland, Ohio.
KREPPS, THOMAS JOSEPH REV., April 13, 1955, Queens, N.Y., to July 4, 2020, Crofton, Md.; son of William and Norma (Rourke) Krepps; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1987. Served 1987-2018. Ministries/Parishes: Des Moines, Iowa; Baltimore, Crofton, Md. Survivors: Andrea (Grieco) Krepps; sons: Stephen, Michael.
LEOSCHKE, FLOYD L. REV., May 2, 1927, Lockport, N.Y., to March 20, 2020, Clayton, Ohio; son of William and Hildegarde (Miller) Leoschke: colloquy 1982. Served 1982-1999. Ministries/Parishes: Alsip, Lindenwood, Ill. Retired 1999. Preceded in death by his wives Alice (Detjen) Leoschke, Dorothy (Houtler) Leoschke and stepdaughter Lynn Manley. Survivors: sons: Mark, David, Joel, Tim; stepsons: Wayne, Jeff, David. Funeral: March 28, 2020, Huber Heights, Ohio; Interment: March 28, 2020, Dayton, Ohio.
LUTZ, DONALD A. REV., July 17, 1930, Twin Falls, Idaho, to July 1, 2020, Williamsburg, Iowa; son of Henry and Katrina (Stackam) Lutz; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1955. Served 1955-1999. Ministries/Parishes: Corning, Strand, Casey, Guthrie Center, Homestead, Iowa. Retired 1999. Survivors: Evelyn (Riese) Lutz; sons: Nathan, Paul, Jonathan; daughters: Barbara Haar, Lynette. Funeral: July 6, 2020, Williamsburg, Iowa; Interment: July 6, 2020, Homestead, Iowa.
NEISCH, WALDEMAR OTTO REV., July 18, 1930, Traverse County, Minn., to June 29, 2020, Ypsilanti, Mich.; son of Henry and Louisa (Vogel) Neisch; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1956. Served 1956-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Jacksonville, Fla.; Affton, Harvester, Mo.; Parkersburg, W.V.; Flint, Mich.; Michigan District Circuit Visitor 1982-1988. Retired 1995. Preceded in death by his wife Elaine (Arkenbauer) Neisch. Survivors: son: Jonathan; daughters: Susan, Karen, Kimberly.
POHLOD, GEORGE MARTIN REV., Sept. 14, 1934, Cleveland, Ohio, to April 23, 2020, Rocky River, Ohio; son of George and Suzanna (Ondrejko) Pohlod; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1959. Served 1959-1999. Ministries/Parishes: Timmins, Ontario, Canada; Lakewood, Ohio; Ohio District Circuit Visitor 1974-1989. Retired 1999. Survivors: Margaret (Kociscak) Pohlod; son: Martin; daughters: Susan Miller, Sharon Ratvasky, Margaret.
RIVETT, EDWARD JAMES REV., Aug. 7, 1947, Sandusky, Ohio, to July 8, 2020, Marion, Ill.; son of Edward and Mary (Roddam) Rivett; colloquy 1977. Served 1977-2004, 2006-2012. Ministries/Parishes: Olmsted, Marion, Golconda, Ill.; San Jose, Calif.; Tucson, Benson, Black Canyon, Ariz.; Memphis, Tenn.; Paducah, Ky. Retired 2012. Survivors: Susan (Thoele) Rivett; sons: Jason, Ryan, John. Funeral: July 29, 2020, Carbondale, Ill.; Interment: July 29, 2020, Mound City, Ill.
STEINKE, PETER L. REV., June 18, 1938, Glen Cove, N.Y., to July 13, 2020, Bee Cave, Texas; son of Rev. Arthur and Marguerite (Frankel) Steinke; graduated St, Louis Seminary 1964. Served 1964-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Chester, Va.; Villa Park, Ill.; Friendswood, Austin, Texas. Retired 2013. Survivors: Carolyn (Wagner) Steinke; sons: Tim, Matthew; daughters: Rene, Krista. Interment: July 20, 2020, Georgetown, Texas.
VISOKY, PAUL REV., Jan. 9, 1932, Yonkers, N.Y., to April 24, 2020, Plains Township, Pa.; son of John and Ilona (Kmec) Visoky; graduated Springfield Seminary 1957. Served 1957-1995. Ministries/ Parishes: Barberton, Ohio; New Albany, Ind.; Wilkes Barre, Pa. Retired 1995. Preceded in death by his wife Anna (Lorenz) Visoky. Survivors: son: Paul; daughter: Ruth; Funeral: April 28, 2020, Wilkes Barre, Pa.; Interment: April 28, 2020, Dallas, Pa.
ZEEB, OTTO THEODORE REV., Oct. 15, 1922, Bronx, N.Y., to June 12, 2020, Hackettstown, N.J.; son of Ludwig and Helen (Baasch) Zeeb; graduated Springfield Seminary 1947. Served 1947-1988. Ministries/Parishes: Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Forestville, Wis.; Austin, Texas; Mexico City, Mexico; New Orleans, La.; Randolph, N.J. Retired 1988. Preceded in death by his wife Edith (Matzke) Zeeb and daughter Helen. Survivors: sons: Daniel, Peter; daughters: Barbara, Miriam, Deborah. Interment: June 16, 2020, Hackettstown, N.J.
BEYER, MARILYN A., Sept. 20, 1938, Detroit, Mich., to July 20, 2020, Saginaw, Mich.; daughter of Erwin and Dorothea (Fischer) Beyer; graduated River Forest 1960. Served 1973-1999. Schools/Ministries: Chicago, Ill.; Ann Arbor, Mich. Retired 1999. Interment: Livonia, Mich.
DAHM JOHN WILLIAM, Sept. 27, 1943, Oak Park, Ill., to July 24, 2020, Oconomowoc, Wis.; son of John and Gaynell Dahm; graduated Seward 1967. Served 1967-2006. Schools/Ministries: Staplehurst, Neb.; Hilbert, Oconomowoc, Wis. Retired 2006. Survivors: Janet (Zastrow) Dahm; daughters: Julie Korte, Janel, Joene Payne. Funeral: Aug. 1, 2020, Oconomowoc, Wis.
FABRY, TIMOTHY J., April 28, 1952, Summit, Wis., to Jan. 17, 2020, Independence, Mo.; son of Rev. Joseph and Marie Fabry; graduated River Forest 1974. Served 1974-2000. Schools/Ministries: Baltimore, Md.; Mayer, Minn.; Concordia, Mo. Retired 2008. Survivor: daughter Jessica Miraniti. Funeral: Jan. 23, 2020, Blue Springs, Mo.; cremation.
NEE, KAROLINE LUCILLE DEAC., Dec. 24, 1953, Richland Center, Wis., to July 18, 2020, La Crosse, Wis.; daughter of John and Florence (Brandt) Nee; graduated Ft. Wayne 2006. Served 2006-2020. Schools/Ministries: Milwaukee, Hillpoint, Loganville, Wis. Preceded in death by her son Alan. Survivor: daughter: Katharine. Funeral: July 27, 2020, Reedsburg, Wis.; Interment: July 27, 2020, Hillpoint, Wis.
OSBORN, JAMES MICHAEL, April 24, 1951, Cleveland, Ohio, to Aug. 5, 2020, Cleveland, Ohio; son of Wilber Osborn; graduated Seward 1973. Served 1973-2019. Schools/Ministries: Cleveland, Rocky River, Westlake, Ohio; St. Charles, Mo. Retired 2019. Survivors: Cassandra (Claus) Osborn; son: Jeremy; daughters: Charity Hanchuck, Shannon Morrison.
STEWART, DANNIS L., Oct. 3, 1939, Collinsville, Ill., to Feb. 10, 2020, Belton, Mo.; son of Lester and Virginia (Wessler) Stewart; graduated Seward 1961. Served 1961-2003. Schools/Ministries: Lone Elm, St. Louis, Independence, Lincoln, Raymore, Mo.; Alexandria, Minn. Retired 2003. Survivors: Johynee (Moore) Stewart; daughter: Pamela Hecker. Funeral and Interment: Feb. 15, 2020, Raymore, Mo.
SCHWAB, JEROME T., Aug. 20, 1929, Slater, Mo., to Sept. 14, 2019, Sunrise Beach, Mo.; son of rev. Walter and Hulda (Bender) Schwab; graduated River Forest 1953. Served 1953-1994. Schools/Ministries: Independence, Concordia, Sedalia, Kansas City, Mo. Retired 1994. Survivors: Diane (Holland) Schwab; son: Bradley; daughters: Julie Atwood, Amy Whiting. Interment: Slater, Mo.
WEGNER, JEFFREY S., May 4, 1958, Waukesha, Wis., to June 20, 2020, Asheville, N.C.; son of Armin and Vera (Ropeter) Wegner; graduated St. Paul 1983. Served 1983-2020. Schools/Ministries: Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kaneohe, Hawaii; Orlando, Fla.; Asheville, N.C. Survivors: Donna (McCormac) Wegner; sons: Benjamin, William. Funeral: June 26, 2020, Asheville, N.C.
WEISS, LORI A., March 23, 1957, Frankenmuth, Mich., to April 21, 2020, Frankenmuth, Mich.; daughter of Elmer and Lorna (Maurer) Weiss; graduated River Forest 1979. Served 1979-2010. Schools/Ministries: Ottertail, Baxter, Minn. Retired 2014. Funeral: April 25, 2020, Frankenmuth, Mich.