Called to eternal glory

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" (Matthew 5:4).

A reporting of deaths of called workers as noted in the call report.

PASTORS

ORVILLE F. MAASCH
June 6, 1930–June 12, 2022
A 1957 graduate of Concordia University, Springfield, Ill., he served Grace, Ringle, Wis.; Grace, Kenton, Ohio; St. Luke, Vassar, Mich.; and Martin Luther Memorial Home, Inc., Holt, Mich.

LEONARD W. PANKOW
Sept. 8, 1932–June 9, 2022
A 1954 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1958 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, Wis.; St. John's, Lowell, Wis.; St. Peter, Juneau, Wis.; St. Peter, Weyauwega, Wis.; St. Mark, Wallace, Mich.; and Holy Cross, Daggett, Mich.

JAMES D. LIGGETT
June 4, 1946–June 7, 2022
A 1968 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1972 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served Christ, North St. Paul, Minn.; Redemption, Milwaukee, Wis.; St. Matthew, Stoddard, Wis.; St. John's, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; and St. Paul's, North Mankato, Minn. He also served as a Christian Giving Counselor.

HERBERT H. PRAHL
March 3, 1947–March 30, 2022
A 1969 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1973 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served St. Mark, Eau Claire, Wis., for his entire ministry. He also served as president of the Western Wisconsin District for 23 years.

WILLIAM E. GODFREY
Sept. 14, 1935–March 29, 2022
A 1962 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served First, La Crosse, Wis.; St. John’s, Dakota, Minn.; Christ the King, La Habra, Calif.; St. Paul’s First, North Hollywood, Calif.; Cross of Christ, Kingman, Ariz.; and Zion, Crete, Ill.

DARRICK P. KOLTERJAHN
Feb. 5, 1946–Feb. 10, 2022
A 1971 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1975 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served St. Paul, Naper, Neb.; Zion, Bonesteel, S.D.; Our Savior, Hollidaysburg, Pa.; St. Peter’s, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; and Beautiful Savior, Green Bay, Wis.

KARL J. VERTZ
July 1, 1939–Feb. 6, 2022
A 1961 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1964 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served Peace, Otsego, Mich.; St. John, Allegan, Mich.; and Peace, Livonia, Mich.

MILTON P. SPAUDE
Jan. 21, 1926–Jan. 30, 2022
A 1948 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1952 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich.; Darlington, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Mt. Olive, Bay City, Mich.

ROBERT W. LEHRKAMP
Dec. 2, 1947–Jan. 28, 2022
A 1980 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served St. Paul, Lomira, Wis.; St. Luke, Lomira, Wis.; and Grace, Indianapolis, Ind.

SILAS R. KRUEGER
June 2, 1938–Jan. 11, 2022
A 1960 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1964 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Redeemer, Scottville, Mich.; Redeemer, Tucson, Ariz.; Holy Word, Austin, Texas; and Beautiful Saviour, Carlsbad, Calif.

ROLFE F. WESTENDORF
May 19, 1933–Dec. 28, 2021
A 1955 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1960 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis.; St. Timothy, Maumee, Ohio; Siloah, Milwaukee, Wis.; Grace, Woodlands, Saint George, Grenada; St. John, Montello, Wis.; Emmanuel, Montello, Wis.; and Messiah, Nampa, Idaho.

DONALD L. THOMPSON
Oct. 26, 1951–Dec. 16, 2021
A 1973 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1977 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Our Shepherd, Crown Point, Ind.; Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, Wis.; St. Matthew, Port Washington, Wis.; Risen Savior, Cedar Grove, Wis.; Shepherd of the Palms, Jupiter, Fla.; Christ, Pewaukee, Wis.; The Point of Grace, Milwaukee, Wis.; and St. John, Mukwonago, Wis.

RUSSEL G. KOBS
April 8, 1932–Nov. 11, 2021
A 1955 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1959 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at St. John, Warrens, Wis.; St. Matthew, Warrens, Wis.; St. Luke, Milston, Wis.; St. James, Cambridge, Wis.; St. John, Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Beautiful Savior, Bella Vista, Ark.; and Our Savior, Burlington, Iowa.

RICHARD D. BALGE
Sept. 19, 1932–Oct. 17, 2021

A 1954 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1958 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Divine Peace, Milwaukee, Wis.; Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, Wis.; Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel, Madison, Wis.; and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis.

ANDREW C. MARTENS
June 29, 1945–Oct. 1, 2021
A 1967 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1971 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Emanuel, Forestville, Wis.; St. Peter, Kewaunee, Wis.; Trinity, Kaukauna, Wis.; Faith, Marquette, Mich.; and St. Paul, Marquette, Mich.

TEACHERS AND STAFF MINISTERS

RICHARD E. BAKKEN
May 10, 1953–June 10, 2022
A 1976 graduate of Dr. Martin Lutheran College, New Ulm, Minn., he served Siloah, Milwaukee, Wis., St. John, Mishicot, Wis., Illinois Lutheran Elementary, Crete, Ill., Illinois Lutheran High School, Crete, Ill., St. Paul, Tomah, Wis., and St. Paul, Bangor, Wis.

HELEN M. MEYER (née BEHNKE)
June 30, 1941–May 24, 2022
She taught at Mount Olive, Appleton, Wis.

GLENDA J. ZIMMERMAN (née BERNARDE)
Dec. 23, 1958–Dec. 16, 2021
She taught at Trinity, Minocqua, Wis.

LOREN C. DIETRICH
March 7, 1932–May 5, 2022
A 1953 graduate of Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., he served at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich., for his entire ministry.

MARCUS F. BUCH
Dec. 30, 1938–March 7, 2022

A 1961 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., he served Pilgrim, Minneapolis, Minn.; Immanuel, Gibbon, Minn.; St. Paul, Tomah, Wis.; Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich.; Illinois Lutheran Elementary School, Crete, Ill.; St. John, Waterloo, Wis.; and Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis.

JULIE A. FESTERLING
March 17, 1954–March 7, 2022

A 1977 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., she served Emanuel Redeemer, Yale, Mich.; Zion, South Milwaukee, Wis.; St. Stephen, Adrian, Mich.; and Samuel, Marshall, Minn.

JEFFREY O. DORN
May 7, 1964–Feb. 26, 2022

A 1986 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., and a 2017 graduate of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. (Master’s degree), he served Christ-St. John’s, West Salem, Wis.; Bethany, Kenosha, Wis.; Morning Star, Jackson, Wis.; and Shoreland Lutheran High School, Kenosha, Wis.

LARRY E. NUMERICH
March 29, 1945–Jan. 6, 2022
He served 37 years at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, Wis.

KRISTY M. BANASZAK (née WATCHKE)
May 24, 1962–Dec. 31, 2021
A 1984 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., she served First, Elkhorn, Wis., and Morning Star, Jackson, Wis.

KATHERINE P. ALDERMAN (née EWALD)
Aug. 7, 1984–Dec. 30, 2021
A 2006 graduate of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., she served St. John, Sparta, Wis., and St. Matthew, Stoddard, Wis.

JOHN C. HARDMAN
June 9, 1941–Nov. 27, 2021
A 1965 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., he served at Mt. Olive, Bay City, Mich.; Friedens, Kenosha, Wis.; and St. Peter, Schofield, Wis.

CAROL A. MACK (née SCHLOTTER)
Oct. 26, 1955–Nov. 24, 2021
A 1977 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., she served at Christ, Big Bend, Wis.

ELSA M. RUSSELL (née FRANZMANN)
June 5, 1932–Oct. 28, 2021
She taught at St. Paul, Lake Mills, Wis.; St. John, Jefferson, Wis.; and St. John, Montello, Wis.

MARILYN L. JENSEN (née MAYHEW)
Feb. 8, 1937–Oct. 15, 2021

She taught at Peace, Hartford, Wis.

MONICA RAE MINZLAFF (née GEPNER)
July 31, 1957–Oct. 12, 2021
A 1979 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., she taught at St. Matthew, Niles, Ill.; Our Savior’s, Zion, Ill.; Wisconsin Lutheran School, Racine, Wis.; Princeton, Princeton, Minn.; and Martin Luther, Neenah, Wis.