IN MEMORIAM (February 2022)
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.
BAHR, ALBERT WILLIAM REV., June 2, 1924, Bayshore, Long Island, N.Y., to Nov. 20, 2021; son of Albert and Vera (Smith) Bahr; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1949. Served 1952-1991. Ministries/Parishes: Milwaukee, Wis.; Detroit, Port Hope, Mich.; Buffalo, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Michigan District Circuit Visitor 1988-1991. Retired 1991. Preceded in death by his wife Loide (Cordes) and sons John and Seth. Survivors: sons: Paul, Joel, Mark, David; daughter: Mary Moehring. Funeral: Dec. 1, 2021, Sebewaing, Mich.
BLIESE, WILLIAM MELVIN REV. DR., Jan. 28, 1929, Rockford, Ill., to Sept. 26, 2021, Bozeman, Mont.; son of Karl and Olive (Weir) Bliese; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1955. Served 1955-1986. Ministries/Parishes: Cleveland, Kettering, Ohio; Baltimore, Md.; Norfolk, Va.; Southeastern District Circuit Visitor 1963-1966. Retired 1986. Preceded in death by his son James. Survivors: sons: Karl, Richard, John. Memorial Service and Interment: Nov. 13, 2021, Bozeman, Mont.
BLUMENKAMP, EDWIN W. REV., July 22, 1929, Hoffman, Ill., to Nov. 15, 2021, Quincy, Ill.; son of Edwin and Anna (Eickhoff) Blumenkamp; graduated Springfield Seminary 1955. Served 1955-1978. Ministries/Parishes: Tampa, Kan.; Okawville, Litchfield, Belleville, Glencoe, Ill.; Santa Susana, Calif.; Southern Illinois District Circuit Visitor 1960-1961. Retired 1993. Survivors: Betty (Hugo) Blumenkamp; son: John; daughters: Lisa Hogbin, Lori Nickoloff, Joy Brooker. Funeral and Interment: Nov. 19, 2021, Quincy, Ill.
DAEKE, DUANE OTTO REV., July 7, 1948, Wausau, Wis., to Oct. 27, 2021, Paonia, Colo.; son of La Verne and Elaine Daeke; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1976. Served 1976-1984, 2001-2021. Ministries/Parishes: Phillip, Milesville, Corona, Wilmot, S.D.; Kramer, Gardena, N.D.; Hillpoint, Loganville, Wis.; Paonia, Colo. Preceded in death by his wife Pat Daeke. Survivors: sons: David, Daniel; daughters: Rebecca, Rachael. Memorial Service: Dec. 3, 2021, Paonia, Colo.
RUBEL, WARREN G. REV., Sept. 26, 1927, Milwaukee, Wis., to June 3, 2021, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son of Carl and Agnes (Guenther) Rubel; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1952. Served 1952-1992. Ministries/Parishes: Fulton, Mo.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Ft. Wayne, Valparaiso, Ind. Retired 1992. Survivors: Julia (Kidda) Rubel; son: Micah; daughters: Karen Kruger, Kristine Eichelberger, Victoria. Funeral: June 7, 2021, Valparaiso, Ind.; Interment: June 7, 2021, Hometown, Pa.
STEPHEN, DAVID MARTIN REV., Nov. 17, 1936, Seoul, South Korea, to May 23, 2021, Federal Way, Wash.; colloquy 1979. Served 1980-1983, 1986-2001. Ministries/Parishes: Tacoma, Wash.; Garden Grove, Hollywood, Calif. Retired 2001. Survivors: sons: Sylvester, Scott, Sang. Funeral: June 19, 2021, Lakewood, Wash.
STERNBECK, DAVID REV., Sept. 15, 1956, Port Angeles, Wash., to Oct. 26, 2021, Port Angeles, Wash.; graduated St. Louis Seminary 2009. Served 2009-2021. Ministries/Parishes: Neah Bay, Wash.; Alaska. Survivors: Rosemary Sternbeck; sons: Jon, Adam, Caleb, Allen, Jesse; daughters: Angela Price, Makula. Funeral: Nov. 20, 2021, Sequim, Wash.
VOGT, WILLIAM HENRY REV., May 4, 1951, Joliet, Ill., to Oct. 22, 2021, Alexandria, La.; son of Marvin and Nellie (Nelson) Vogt; graduated St. Louis Seminary 2009. Served 2009-2021. Ministries/Parishes: Pineville, Alexandria, La.; Southern District Circuit Visitor 2018-2021. Survivors: Joni (Turner) Vogt; son: Nathaniel; daughters: Heather Mazander, Sarah Frasher, Kaitlyn. Funeral and Interment: Oct. 29, 2021, Pineville, La.
WEBSTER, JAMES DAVID REV., Aug. 8, 1955, Elmhurst, Ill., to Nov. 13, 2021, Pocatello, Idaho; son of Bob and Ruth Webster; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1987. Served 1987-2007, 2011-2012. Ministries/Parishes: St. Edward, Albion, Sidney, Neb.; U.S. Navy Military Chaplain; Westgate, Iowa; Bazine, Kan.; Soda Springs, Idaho. Survivors: Audrey Webster; daughter: Jennifer Chance. Memorial Service: Nov. 20, 2021, Pocatello, Idaho.
BLOCK, RICHARD A., Feb. 5, 1945, Saginaw, Mich., to Nov. 6, 2021, Sylvania, Ohio; son of Richard and Linda (Rodammer) Block; graduated River Forest 1968. Served 1968-2011. Schools/Ministries: Harper Woods, Mich.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Plainfield, Arlington Heights, LaGrange, Ill. Retired 2011. Survivors: Marajean (Palmreuter) Block; son: Jason; daughter: Audra VanBrandt. Funeral: Nov. 10, 2021, Lambertville, Mich.
CLAWSON, JAMES EVERETT, Aug. 31, 1949, Tulsa, Okla., to Oct. 16, 2021, Oklahoma City, Okla.; son of Thomas and Ruby (Petty) Clawson; graduated Mequon 2006. Served 2006-2021. Schools/Ministries: Edmond, Okla. Preceded in death by his son Eric. Survivors: Linda (Bilderback) Clawson; daughter: Lisa Stevens. Cremation.
DART, ANNE LOUISE (WUNDERLICH), Jan. 18, 1940, Noblesville, Ind., to Feb. 16, 2021, Columbia, Mo.; daughter of Rev. Robert and Mildred (Barth) Wunderlich; graduated Seward 1962. Served 1973-2001. Schools/ Ministries: Jackson, Mich.; Orlando, Fla.; Springfield, Ill. Retired 2001. Survivors: sons: Scott, Aaron, Jason; daughter: Cheryl Hild. Funeral: Feb. 22, 2021, Columbia, Mo.; Interment: Feb. 23, 2021, Broadlands, Ill.
GRIGG, PAULINE ESTELLE (SCHOENFELD), Dec. 29, 1935, Beloit, Wis., to April 22, 2021, Munger, Mich.; daughter of Otto and Ethel (Daggert) Schoenfeld; graduated River Forest 1958. Served 1973-1996. School/Ministry: Munger, Mich. Retired 1996. Preceded in death by her husband Lyle Grigg. Survivors: daughters: Robin Walters, Lori Lalas. Funeral: July 6, 2021, Munger, Mich.; Interment: July 6, 2021, Bay City, Mich.
HOFFMANN, WILLIAM A., May 12, 1932, Antigo, Wis., to Jan. 3, 2021; son of Aaron and Beulah (Nelson) Hoffmann; graduated River Forest 1954. Served 1954-1972, 1976-1996. Schools/Ministries: Hammond, Munster, Ind. Retired 1996. Preceded in death by his wife Margaret Hoffmann; son: Jeffery; daughter: Patti Wente. Survivors: sons: William, David, Robert; daughters: Barbara Cramer, Jeri Bush. Funeral: Jan. 9, 2021, Munster, Ind.; Interment: Jan. 9, 2021, Hammond, Ind.
JANSSEN LELAND LOUIS, Nov. 13, 1930, Hillsboro, Ill., to Sept. 29, 2021, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Louis and Marie (Wattjes) Janssen; graduated River Forest 1957. Served 1957-1991. Schools/Ministries: Hammond, Ind.; Olivette, Mo. Retired 1991. Survivors: Arline (Moritz) Janssen; sons: Steven, Jeffrey; daughter: Linda Hendrickson. Funeral and Interment: October 2, 2021, Olivette, Mo.
JOHNSON, MARGARET ROSE (BUERER-ROBSON), April 5, 1937, Franklin Park, Ill., to April 9, 2021, Canton, Ga.; daughter of Robert and Margaret (Uri) Buerer; graduated River Forest 1981. Served 1981-1999. School/Ministry: Elgin, Il. Retired 1999. Preceded in death by her husband Ed Johnson. Survivors: sons: Matt Robson, Jon Robson, Peter Robson; daughter: Sally Campbell. Memorial Service: June 26, 2021, Delavan, Wis.
KOLZOW KRAFT, JUNE EVELYN (MUELLER), June 13, 1932, Hinsdale, Ill., to May 2, 2021; daughter of Karl and Melba (Perry) Mueller; graduated River Forest 1982. Served 1982-1994. School/Ministry: Lombard, Ill. Retired 1994. Preceded in death by her husbands Elmer Kolzow and William Kraft and son Kenneth Kolzow. Survivors: sons: Daniel Kolzow, Timothy Kolzow; daughters: Janet Nern, Karen Fagan. Funeral: May 12, 2021, Lombard, Ill.; Interment: Darien, Ill.
LACEY, HOWARD WAYNE, Sept. 1, 1936, Houston, Texas, to Sept. 18, 2021, Austin, Texas; son of Milan and Ida (Froehlich) Lacey; colloquy 1992. Served 1992-2005. School/Ministry: Austin, Texas. Retired 2005. Preceded in death by his wife Jeanette (Zilke) Lacey. Survivors: sons: Stephen, Michael, David; daughter: Sharon Mawet. Funeral: Sept. 22, 2021, Austin, Texas; Interment: Sept. 22, 2021, Pflugerville, Texas.
MARXHAUSEN, GARY PAUL, .1949, New Ulm, Minn., to Oct. 18, 2021, Sebewaing, Mich.; son of Paul and Alice Marxhausen; graduated St. Paul 1971. Served 1971-2011. Schools/Ministries: Walled Lake, Millington, Sebewaing, Mich.; Watertown, Racine, Wis. Retired 2011. Survivors: Sandy (Bauer Kuhl) Marxhausen; sons: Jason Kuhl, Matthew Kuhl; daughters: Erin Rathke, Amy Gangler. Funeral and Interment: Oct. 22, 2021, Sebewaing, Mich.
NIGHTLINGER, CATHY JO, May 12, 1941, Benton Harbor, Mich., to . 2021, Frankenmuth, Mich.; daughter of Faye and Lucille (Knuth) Nightlinger; graduated Seward 1963. Served 1973-2003. School/Ministry: Frankenmuth, Mich. Retired 2003. Funeral: Nov. 1, 2021, Frankenmuth, Mich.
PFEFFERLE, KATHIE M., March 13, 1950, Monroe, Mich., to June 19, 2021, Monroe, Mich.; daughter of Harold and Ada Pfefferle; graduated Seward 1972. Served 1973-2011. Schools/Ministries: Dansville, Ill.; Painesville, Ohio. Retired 2011. Funeral and Interment: June 21, 2021, LaSalle, Mich.
SCHOLZ, ARNOLD EDWARD, Aug. 28, 1931, Plymouth, Wis., to Nov. 21, 2021, Norwood Young America, Minn.; son of Erwin and Hildegard Scholz; graduated River Forest 1953. Served 1953-1993. Schools/Ministries: Walburg, Texas; Cologne, Minn. Retired 1993. Survivors: Barbara (Friske)Scholz; sons: Terrence, Kirk; daughters: Denise, Gelaine. Funeral and Interment: Nov.r 30, 2021, Cologne, Minn.
SCHUTTE, SUSAN EDITH (MATHEWS), Feb. 21, 1949, Jackson, Minn., to Nov. 14, 2021; daughter of Lynn and Ardis (Krumwiede) Mathews; graduated St. Paul 1971. Served 1973-2019. Schools/ Ministries: Eagan, Corcoran, Minn. Retired 2019. Survivors: Steven Schutte; sons: Eric, Adam, Jay, Jon. Funeral and Interment: Nov. 20, 2021, Corcoran, Minn.
WUENSCHE, ELMER LEE, Sept. 11, 1935, Wilson, Texas, to March 30, 2021, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; son of Oscar and Hulda (Moerbe) Wuensche; graduated River Forest 1964. Served 1964-1999. Schools/ Ministries: New Orleans, La.; Chicago, Hawthorne Woods, Ill. Retired 1999. Survivors: Iris (Terry) Wuensche; daughters: Pamelia Nordbrock, Linda Saflarski. Celebration of Life: June 5, 2021, Roselle, Ill.