January 2014 Notices

Note: The “official notices” are published for a single purpose only: giving notice of a result, namely, changes in the Synod’s membership rosters by the addition or deletion of the names of individuals and congregations. It is not always appropriate that reasons for the changes be identified in the published notices. Since a change can occur for any of a variety of reasons, no assumptions may be made merely from the fact that a change has occurred. — Ed.

From the Districts
AARON KRIESER has been removed from the Commissioned roster of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and is no longer eligible for a call.–Rev. Dr. Ray G. Mirly, President, Missouri District.

REV. STEVEN W. BOHLER, Crookston, Minn., has been appointed Circuit Counselor for the Crookston Circuit 1, replacing Rev. Timothy Winterstein, who has taken a call to Wenatchee, Wash. This change was effective Nov. 1–Rev. Donald Fondow, President, Minnesota North District.

GREGG WOLGAST, Wichita, Kan., has completed the Teacher Colloquy Program of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and is now eligible for a call.–Brian L. Friedrich, President and CEO, Concordia University, Neb., 800 North Columbia Avenue, Seward, NE 68434.

ROBIN N. SINCOX; DIANE L. BISHOP, Matteson, Ill.; JUSTIN PALM, Red Bud, Ill.; CHELSEA C. RIPKE, Woodburn, Ind.; SARAH J. FLEEK, Woodburn, Ind.; CHARLES M. BREWSTER JR., Weldon Spring, Mo.; and COREY J. ENSRUDE, have completed the Teacher Colloquy Program of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and are eligible for a call.–Mark A. Waldron, Director of Synodical Placement and Colloquy, Concordia University, Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL 60305-1499.

REBEKAH MARTINAL, Adrian, MICH., has completed the Director of Christian Education Colloquy and is now eligible for a call.–Dr. Mark Schuler
Chairperson, Department of Theology and Ministry, Concordia University, St. Paul, 1282 Concordia Avenue, St Paul, MN 55104.

SUSAN MARIE BARNES, Macomb, Mich., DAWN HARRIS, Utica, Mich., and AMANDA SORG, have completed the Teacher Colloquy Program of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and are eligible for a call.–Dr. Harvey Schmit, Campus Dean, School of Education, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, 4090 Geddes Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2797.

JONATHAN HEVITA, Fairfield, Conn.; has submitted his application for the Pastoral Colloquy Program of The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod.

MICAH RAEBEL, Arlington, Texas; has submitted his application for Director of Parish Music Colloquy Program of The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod through Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.

BRENDA S. WILSON, Saginaw, Mich.; MATT T. HUONDER, Burnsville, Minn.; LORI G. ROESEL, Houston, Texas; JULIA A. MAILAND, The Woodlands, Texas; have submitted their applications for the Teacher Colloquy Program of The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod through CUEnet, Bend, Ore.

LEULSEGED PHILEMON TESFAYE, Pasadena, Calif.; NICHOLAS MOSKOVITES, Fort Meyers, Fla.; have completed the Pastoral Colloquy Program of The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod and are therefore, eligible for a call.

Correspondence regarding their applications should be directed within four weeks after publication of this notice to Reverend Dr. Herbert C. Mueller, Jr., Chairman, Colloquy Committee,1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63122-7295.

Requests for Reinstatement
TIMOTHY PAUL WANGERIN, Oklahoma City, Okla., has applied for reinstatement to the Minister of ReligionOrdained roster of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.  RUTH M. BRISBOIS, Beatrice, Neb., and MARTHA A. WENIGER, Goodyear, Ariz. have applied for reinstatement to the Minister of Religion–Commissioned roster of The Lutheran Church–Synod.  Correspondence regarding these applications should be directed to the undersigned for receipt no later than Feb. 5, — Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig, Secretary, The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295.

The Lutheran Witness welcomes notices for positions available at affiliated entities and Recognized Service Organizations of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. The deadline for receipt of such notices is the 20th of the month two months prior to the publication month (e.g., December 15 for the February issue). Send notices to diana.rickles@lcms.org. — Ed.

The following institutions of the Concordia University System (CUS) are seeking candidates for positions described below:

    • Concordia University Texas, Austin: admission lead conversion specialist.
    • Concordia College–New York, Bronxville: staff accountant; new media communications and digital production program (adjunct faculty).
    • Concordia University, Irvine, Calif.: philosophy & ethics; theology.
    • Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon: health and human performance faculty/clinical education/certified athletic trainer; statistics (faculty); psychology (Ann Arbor campus); economics; German (adjunct); Spanish (adjunct); statistics/mathematics; teacher certification program site director (Madison campus); resident director; medical assistant program director.
    • Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.: director of enrollment data systems/data analyst (staff); accounting; chemistry; cell and molecular biology; psychology (social/cognitive); mathematics; biology; psychology (psychological sciences); management (faculty).
    • Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.: psychology; criminal justice; dean of the College of Business and Organizational Leadership; graduate teacher education; chemistry; business (accounting, business analytics, general business).
  • Concordia University Nebraska, Seward: recreation and sport studies; health and physical education; biology; director of alumni and university relations; senior director of advancement.

For more information about these and other CUS positions, including complete job descriptions, qualifications, and application process, visit http://cusapps.cus.edu and click on “Careers.”

Official Notice–Accreditation
Concordia Seminary is seeking comments from the public about the seminary in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its two accrediting agencies.  The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) will conduct a site visit on March 17-19, 2014.  The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) will conduct their site visit on March 24-27, 2014.  These teams will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the respective criteria and standards for accreditation. Concordia Seminary has been accredited by the HLC since 1978 and by the ATS since 1963.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the seminary. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs and must be in writing. All comments must be received by February 14, 2014. For further information contact Andrew Bartelt, assistant to the president for accreditation, at 314/505-7013 or bartelta@csl.edu

Comments may be addressed as follows:

Public Comment on Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL  60604-1411
Or on the Commission’s web site at ncahlc.org

Public Comment on Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
The Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA   15275

The Lutheran Witness welcomes notices 50 words or less from LCMS congregations about their upcoming “milestone” anniversaries. The deadline for receipt of such notices is the 20th of the month two months prior to the publication month (e.g., December 15 for the February issue). Send notices to diana.rickles@lcms.org. — Ed.

In Memoriam
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.


BARTZ, PAUL ALAN REV., May 1, 1948, Shawano, Wis., to August 15, 2013, Richfield, Minn.; son of Kurt and Lucille (Vogel) Bartz; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1977. Served 1977-1981, 1994-1998. Ministries/Parishes: Braham, Rush City, Garrison, Minn. Retired 2004.  Survivors: Bonnie (Bruhn) Bartz; daughter: Rebekah. Memorial Service: September 7, 2013, Richfield, Minn.; cremation.

BONNER, MICHAEL J. REV.,  July 17, 1941, Fresno, Calif., to September 30, 2013 Yuma, Ariz.; son of Victor and Tobah (Schier) Bonner; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 2011. Served 2011-2012. Ministry/Parish: Imperial Beach, Calif. Survivors: Judith Deselm; sons: Charles, Anothy; daughter: Michelle Valadez. Funeral: October 7, 2013, Imperial Beach, Calif.; Interment: October 7, 2013, San Diego, Calif.

BRAUER, NORMAN E. REV., October 1, 1918, Sheboygan, Wis., to October 6, 2013, Woodburn, Ore.; son of Rev. Herman and Lillie (Hartman) Brauer; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1943. Served 1943-1983. Ministries/Parishes: Chicago, Oak Lawn, Ill.; Bottineau, Bismarck, N.D.; Sunnyside, Wash.; Sweet Home, Ore. Retired 1983.  Preceded in death by his wife Virginia (Bartelt) Brauer. Survivors: sons: Norman, Rev. Joel; daughter: Mary Delk.  Memorial Service: October 10, 2013, Woodburn, Ore.

BREMER, RICHARD ALLEN REV., October 24, 1955, Columbia City, Ind., to October 28, 2013, Stewardson, Ill.; son of Paul and Isabelle (Wolfe) Bremer; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1983. Served 1983-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Iuka, New Holland, Beardstown, Stewardson, Ill. Survivors: Sharon (Hennig) Bremer; son: Jason; daughter: Caroline Beck. Funeral and Interment: November 2, 2013, Stewardson, Ill.

CHILDRESS, WILLIAM MARTIN REV., January 25, 1939, St. Charles, Mo., to September 26, 2013, Clarksville,Tenn.; son of William and Alda (Schierding) Childress; graduated Springfield Seminary 1975. Served 1975-2001. Ministries/Parishes: Glenwood, Iowa; Jacksonville, Ark.; Perryville, St. Joseph, Mo.; Augusta, Kan.; Houma, La. Retired 2001. Survivors: Carol (Sprick) Childress; sons: William, Bradley. Funeral: October 1, 2013, Clarksville,Tenn.; cremation.

COLLINS, ROBERT H. REV.,  July 10, 1934, Chicago, Ill., to June 26, 2013, Greenwood, Ill.; son of John and Lillian (Harrell) Collins; graduated Springfield Seminary 1963.  Served 1963-1996.  Ministries/Parishes: Columbus, Ga.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Hillside, Harvey, Calumet Park, Ill.  Retired 1996. Preceded in death by his wife Junelle (Mance) Collins. Survivors: Joyce (Schroeder) Collins; son: Robert; daughter: Pamela.Memorial Service: July 2, 2013, Hammond, Ind.

DITTMANN, ROBERT LOUIS REV., August 16, 1928, New Orleans, La., to September 24, 2013, Mobile, Ala.; son of Louis and Danetta (Schmalz) Dittmann; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1952. Served 1952-1995.  Ministries/Parishes: Ponchatoula, Hammond, Alexandria, La.; Mobile, Ala.  Retired 1995. Survivors: Janice (Quave) Dittmann; sons: Robert, David; daughters: Lizabeth, Kathryn. Memorial Service: September 30, 2013,  Mobile, Ala.; cremation.

GERKEN, OSCAR ARNOLD REV., August 7, 1924. Monroeville, Ind., to October 28, 2013, Oviedo, Fla.; son of Rev. August and Alma (Kramer) Gerken; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1948. Served 1948-1991. Ministries/Parishes: Casey, Ill.; Marshall, Walled Lake, Milford, Hamburg, Warren, Mich.; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Eustis, Fla.  Retired 1991. Survivors: Tracy (Schoene) Gerken; sons: Rev. Mark, Scott; daughters: Sharon Vonada, Krista Koch. Funeral: November 2, 2013, Oviedo, Fla.; Interment: November 3, 2013, Eustis, Fla.

HUSMAN, RICHARD HERBERT REV., January 31, 1934, Kewanee, Ill., to October 17, 2013, Bellingham, Wash.; son of Frederick and Susan (Mulholland) Husman; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1979. Served 1979-2001. Ministry/Parish: Bellingham, Wash. Retired 2001. Survivors: Gloretta (Womack) Husman; son: Todd; daughter: Laurie Jessen. Celebration of Life: October 25, 2013, Bellingham, Wash.; Interment: October 25, 2013, Ferndale, Wash.

JANSSEN, IHNO A. JR. REV., July 2, 1918, Milan, Wis., to October 22, 2013, Sonora, Calif.; son of Ihno Sr. and Wilhelmina (Thormaehlen) Janssen; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1945. Served 1945-1988.  Ministries/Parishes: Philadelphia, Pa.; Detroit, Mich.; St. Paul, Minn.; San Francisco, Danville, Calif.  Retired 1988. Survivors: Shirley (Till) Janssen; son: Jonathan; daughters: Judith Wilson, Jerolyn, Janelle. Memorial Service: November 2, 2013, San Francisco, Calif. Interment: November 2, 2013, Lafayette, Calif.

KETURAKAT CHARLES WILLIAM SR. REV.,  June 1, 1922, Menomonie, Wis., to October 11, 2013, Escondido, Calif.; son of Rev. William and Marie (Mueller) Keturakat; graduated Thiensville Seminary 1947. Served 1947-1989.  Ministries/Parishes: Texhoma, Perry, Okla.; San Antonio, Texas; Santa Rosa, Escondido, Calif. Preceded in death by his wife Ruth (Grady) Keturakat.  Suvivors: son: Charles Jr.; daughters: Karla Honecutt, Kathryn Dunn.  Memorial Service and Interment: October 27, 2013, Escondido, Calif.

NAUSS, MILTON JOHN REV., May 11, 1920, Fargo, N.D., to October 19, 2013, Sarasota, Fla.; son of John and Amanda (Krato) Nauss; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1946. Served 1946-1985. Ministries/Parishes: Buena Park, Calif.; Princeton, Trenton, N.J.; Buffalo, N.Y.; St. Louis, Mo. Retired 1985. Survivors: Eleanor (Marks) Nauss; son: Robert. Memorial Service and Interment: October 25, 2013, Hilton Head, S.C.

RICHERT, PAUL OTTO REV., June 7, 1926, Hemlock, Mich., to October 8, 2013, Ann Arbor, Mich.; son of Rev. Otto and Hulda (Moeller) Richert; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1951. Served 1951-1990. Ministries/Parishes: Belfield, Grassy Butte, N.D.; Detroit, Hemlock, Monroe, Mich. Retired 1990.  Survivors: Gloria  (Anderson) Richert; sons: Peter, John; daughter: Anna.  Funeral: October 15, 2013, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Interment: October 15, 2013, Breckenridge, Mich.

RIDDLE, LEONARD E. REV., November 24, 1936, Monona County, Iowa, to October 18, 2013, Bucyrus, Ohio; son of Brady and Ernestine (Ridley) Riddle; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1982. Served 1983-1990. Ministries/Parishes: Shelbyville, Mo.; Rhea, Friona, Texas; Climbing Hill, Iowa. Preceded in death by his son Scott. Survivors: Frances (Ferguson) Riddle; sons: Rick, Jeffrey; daughter: Melody. Funeral: October 24, 2013, Bucyrus, Ohio; Interment: New Washington, Ohio.

SAUER, ROBERT CHARLES, REV., November 18, 1921, Elgin, Ill., to September 19, 2013, St. Charles, Mo.; son of Oscar and Eleanor (Meinke) Sauer; graduated Springfield Seminary 1948. Served 1948-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Taylorville, Pekin, Palatine, Ill.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.; St. Louis, Mo. Retired 1995. Survivors: Joyce (Johnson) Sauer; daughters: Sharman Klinefelter, Sheryl. Funeral: September 24, 2013, St. Peters, Mo.; Interment: Neenah, Wis.

SCHROEDER, LAMBERT HENRY REV., January 23, 1927, Kingfisher, Okla., to October 20, 2013, Nampa, Idaho; son of Rev. Arthur and Katharina (Pepper) Schroeder; graduated Springfield Seminary 1963.  Served 1963-1989.  Ministries/ Parishes: Corpus Christi, Texas; Winfield, Kan.; Marcus, Iowa; Canogo Park, Calif.  Retired 1989. Preceded in death by his wife Bernice Schroeder. Survivors: son: Philip. Funeral: October 25, 2013, Nampa, Idaho; Interment: October 25, 2013, Caldwell, Idaho.

WETZSTEIN, WERNER F. REV., August 16, 1917, Lakeview, Iowa, to November 6, 2013, Omaha, Neb.; son of Ernest and Clara (Suter) Wetzstein; graduated Springfield Seminary 1962. Served 1968-1982. Ministries/Parishes: Woonsocket, Huron, S.D.; Hutchinson, Minn.; Worland, Wyo.; Audubon, Logan, Magnolia, Iowa. Retired 1982. Survivors: Helen (Velsor) Wetzstein; sons: Douglas, Eric, Kurt, Karl; daughter: Paula Lehr. Funeral and Interment: November 9, 2013, Logan, Iowa.

ZUHN, DONALD WILLIAM REV., August 23, 1940, LaGrange, Texas, to July 23, 2013, Little Canada, Minn.; son of William and Hilma (Koepke) Zuhn; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1966. Served 1966-1997. Ministries/Parishes: Denver, Colo.; Brainerd, Minneapolis, Minn.; St. Louis. Mo.; Houston, Texas; Texas District Circuit Counselor 1996-1998. Retired 1997. Survivors: Kathryn (Beltz) Zuhn; son: David; daughter: Jeanne Dittmann.  Funeral: August 8, 2013, Roseville, Minn.


BECKER, HERBERT HENRY, August 13, 1936, Buckley, Ill., to October 18, 2013, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; son of Henry and Lydia (Wagner) Becker; graduated River Forest 1958. Served 1958-2000. Schools/Ministries: San Antonio, Texas; Altamont, Ill.; Mequon, Wis. Retired 2000.  Survivors: Maxine (Schone) Becker; sons: Greg, Mike, Tim.  Funeral and Interment: October 21, 2013, Mequon, Wis.

BOLDT, JEAN ELLEN (LASCH), January 4, 1947, Brockport, N.Y., to October 16, 2013, Midlothian, Texas; daughter of Frederick and Wilma (Klafehn) Lasch; colloquy 1997. Served 1997-2010. Schools/Ministries: Dallas, DeSoto, Texas.  Retired 2010.  Survivors: Dennis Boldt; son: Timothy; daughters: Valerie Scheffert, Cindy Serrano. Funeral and Interment: October 19, 2013, West Seneca, N.Y.

PIEPER, ROBERT W., August 17, 1926, Big Rapids, Mich., to October 5, 2013, Belvidere, Ill.; son of Martin and Ruth (Sabotta) Pieper. Graduated River Forest 1949. Served 1949-1993. Schools/Ministries: Independence, Mo.; Chicago, River Forest, Ill. Retired 1993. Survivors: Dora (Barthel) Pieper; sons: David, Ron; daughter: Sandra Rodencal. Funeral: October 9, 2013, Belvidere, Ill.; Entombment: October 9, 2013, Forest Park, Ill.

RAUSCH, RICHARD O., May 24, 1941, to September 12, 2013, Hicksville, N.Y.; graduated River Forest 1963. Served 1963-2009. Schools/Ministries: Portland, Ore.; Malverne, Brookville, New York, N.Y. Survivors: Joyce (Steeneck) Rausch; sons: Erik, Doug; daughter: Julie. Funeral: September 17, 2013, Hicksville, N.Y; Interment: September 17, 2013, Plainview, N.Y.

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