In Memoriam (March 2017)

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.


BEKEMEIER, LUTHER W. REV., March 1, 1927, Berkley, Mich., to November 26, 2016, Kirkland, Wash.; son of Rev. R. H. and Renata (Fuelling) Bekemeier; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1952. Served 1952-1992.  Ministries/Parishes: Park Forest, Ill.  Retired 1992.  Preceded in death by his wife Lois (Huber) Bekemeier.  Survivors: sons: Daniel, William, James; daughters: Christine, Elizabeth.  Funeral: December 11, 2016, Lakewood, Wash.

BLECH, RANDOLF DERRICK REV., August 15, 1943, E. Cleveland, Ohio, to December 13, 2016, Plymouth, Wis.; son of Donald and Elzabeth (Miller) Blech; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1981. Served 1981-2003.  Ministries/Parishes: Gilmanton, Modena, Wittenburg, Weyauwega, Wis.  Retired 2004.  Survivors: Betty (Bruss) Blech; daughters: Kristiana, Rebecca NeSmith.  Funeral: December 18, 2016, Plymouth, Wis.; Interment: December 19, 2016, Brillion, Wis.

GERHARDT, ARTHUR H. REV., March 6, 1917, Willimansett, Mass., to November 17, 2016, Guilderland, N.Y.; son of John and Catherine (Young) Gerhardt; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1941. Served 1942-1979.  Ministries/Parishes: Fullerton, Monroe, Neb.; Troy, Albany, N.Y.  Retired 1979.  Preceded in death by his wife Edith (Bender) Gerhardt and daughter Grace.  Survivors: sons: Stephen, David; daughters: Jocelyn Hamblett, Lois Wilke, Dorcas Maione.  Celebration of Life: November 28, 2016, Albany, N.Y.; Interment: November 28, 2016, Holyoke, Mass.

HAVEKOTTE, ALAN W. REV., January 17, 1942, Philadelphia, Pa., to September 2, 2016, Hudson, Fla.; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1982. Served 1982-1986, 2003. Ministries/Parishes: Freedom, Pa.; Ann Arbor, Mich.  Retired 2012.  Survivors: Patricia Havekotte; sons: James, Daniel, Paul.  Funeral: September 10, 2016, Spring Hill, Fla.

HOFFMANN, DONALD H. REV., October 27, 1929, Menomonee, Wis., to December 29, 2016, Menomonee, Wis.; son of Rev. Otto and Ella (Baumann) Hoffmann; graduated Springfield Seminary 1953. Served 1959-2003.  Ministries/Parishes: Elizabeth, Winfield, Walnut, Lena, Ill.  Retired 2003.  Survivors: Marion (Ristow) Hoffmann; son: Rev. Gregory; daughter: Holly Quinn.  Celebration of Life and Interment: January 3, 2017, Lena, Ill.

SCHOENBORN, ERNEST F. REV., December 26, 1928, Rugby, N.D., to November 12, 2016, San Antonio, Texas; son of Emil and Adolfina (Degner) Schoenborn; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1955. Served 1955-1981, 1984-1993.  Ministries/Parishes: Albany, Sagerton, San Antonio, Texas; Durham, N.C.; U.S. Air Force Chaplain.  Retired 1993. Survivors: Virginia (Weiser) Schoenborn; son: Dean.  Funeral and Interment: November 23, 2016, San Antonio, Texas.

STEIN, JONATHAN P. REV., April 25, 1935, Chillicothe, Mo., to December 20, 2016, Cary, N.C.; son of Rev. Frederick and Irene (Kroggel) Stein; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1960. Served 1960-2004.  Ministries/Parishes: Howard City, Amble, Flint, Mich., Seward, Neb.; St. Louis, Mo.  Retired 2004.  Survivors: Sandra (Dillon) Stein; sons: Jeffrey, Mark; daughters: Susan, Sharon.  Funeral and Interment: December 28, 2016, Cary, N.C.


BRUENGER, ARTHUR KENNETH, April 28, 1929, Hutchinson, Kan., to November 25, 2016, Redford, Mich.; graduated Seward 1952. Served 1952-1991.  Schools/ Ministries: Kansas City, Kan.; Detroit, Mich.  Retired 1991.  Survivors: Angeline (Lepyesh) Bruenger; sons: John, James.  Celebration of Life: December 1, 2016, Livonia, Mich.; Interment: Merrillville, Ind.

DOHRMANN, AARON C., July 24, 1929, Latimer, Iowa, to November 24, 2016, Frankenmuth, Mich.; son of August and Emma (Pralle) Dohrmann; graduated River Forest 1953. Served 1953-1991.  Schools/Parishes: Cheney, Kan.; Reese, Mich.  Retired 1991.  Preceded in death by his wife Miranda (Hessler) Dohrmann.  Survivors: sons: John, Jim; daughter: Janice Heindl.  Funeral and Interment: November 28, 2016, Reese, Mich.

NEIDHOLD, FREDERICK WILLIAM, October 18, 1934, Chicago, Ill., to December 8, 2016, Spokane, Wash.; graduated Seward 1961. Served 1961-1981, 1987-1996.  Schools/ Ministries: Battle Creek, Neb.; Lakewood, Colo.; Austin, Minn.; Chula Vista, Calif.; Spokane, Seattle, Wash.  Retired 1996.  Survivors: Eunice (Rolf) Neidhold; sons: Thomas, Matthew; daughter: Elizabeth Warrick.  Memorial service and Interment: December 12, 2016, Spokane, Wash.

ZIMMER, RICHARD ALLAN, March 29, 1930, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, to November 9, 2016, Arlington Heights, Ill.; son of Peter and Phyllis (Meyer) Zimmer; graduated River Forest 1954. Served 1954-1995.  Schools/ Ministries: Lynwood, Calif.; Skokie, River Forest, Ill.  Retired 1995.  Survivors: Carol (Eckert) Zimmer; sons: Mark, Marty, Michael.  Memorial Service: November 19, 2016, Melrose Park, Ill.

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