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

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.

DARVIN H. RADDATZ
Sept. 2, 1934–Sept. 30, 2021
A 1955 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1959 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich.; Emanuel Redeemer, Yale, Mich.; St. Stephen, Beaver Dam, Wis.; and (Dr.) Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn.

DAVID W. WAEGE
Aug. 22, 1942–Sept. 23, 2021
A 1964 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., and a 1973 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he taught at Zion, Crete, Ill., and Zion, Toledo, Ohio. He then served as pastor at Pilgrim, Minneapolis, Minn.; Zion, Valentine, Neb.; St. Peter, Mishicot, Wis.; and Rockwood, Manitowoc, Wis. He also served as a Christian giving counselor with WELS’ Ministry of Christian Giving.

NATHANAEL P. SEELOW
June 29, 1981–Sept. 22, 2021
A 2003 graduate of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., and a 2007 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Great Plains Lutheran High School, Watertown, S.D.; Good Shepherd, Kearney, Neb.; and Mt. Olive, Overland Park, Kan.

DON N. FORSS
May 13, 1937–Sept. 20, 2021
A 1970 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at St. Peter, Savanna, Ill., and Faith, Oshkosh, Wis.

ROBERT C. HARTMAN
Aug. 24, 1935–Sept. 7, 2021
A 1957 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1961 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Mt. Calvary, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Living Faith, Midlothian, Texas; St. Paul, Lake Mills, Wis.; and Good Shepherd, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. He served as a mission counselor for the Michigan and Western Wisconsin Districts as well as administrator of WELS’ Commission on Evangelism. He also served WELS Military Services as a chaplain in Germany.

WARREN L. WIDMANN
May 26, 1937–Aug. 29, 2021
A 1959 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1963 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Grace, Zillah, Wash., and Grace, Portland, Ore., and helped start other congregations in Oregon and Washington. He was president of the Pacific Northwest District from 1986 to 2002. He also served the Synodical Council as the Spiritual Growth project director from 2002 to 2005.

DANIEL M. BUSKE
June 4, 1937–Aug. 13, 2021
A 1958 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1962 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at St. Paul, Hazelton, N.D., and Emanuel First, Lansing, Mich.

MARK W. ANDERSON
March 28, 1950–July 8, 2021
A 1983 graduate of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minn., and a 1988 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Heritage, Lindenhurst, Ill., and First, Lake Geneva, Wis.

JAMES S. BARTZ
June 30, 1962–July 8, 2021
A 1984 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1988 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Zion, Kiel, Wis.; Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wis.; North Trinity, Milwaukee, Wis.; Trinity, Morenci, Mich.; Malawi, Africa; and Grace, Eau Claire, Mich.

TEACHERS AND STAFF MINISTERS

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.

JANET LUND (née ANDERSON)
July 2, 1941–Sept. 26, 2021
She taught at St. John, Redwood Falls, Minn.

THOMAS R. WELCH
Aug. 24, 1962–Sept. 5, 2021
A 1985 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., he taught at St. Paul Lutheran School, Livonia, Mich.; Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, Wis.; Divine Savior Lutheran Academy, Doral, Fla.; and Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, Wis.

MICHAEL P. ALBRECHT
May 25, 1968–Aug. 15, 2021
A 1990 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., he taught at St. John, Montello, Wis.; St. Jacobi, Greenfield, Wis.; and Christ Alone, Thiensville, Wis.

JAMES S. BARTZ
June 30, 1962–July 8, 2021
A 1984 graduate of Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis., and a 1988 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., he served at Zion, Kiel, Wis.; Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wis.; North Trinity, Milwaukee, Wis.; Trinity, Morenci, Mich.; Malawi, Africa; and Grace, Eau Claire, Mich.

ROBERT R. MAKINEN
Aug. 19, 1955–June 13, 2021
A 1983 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., he taught at Bethlehem, Hortonville, Wis.; Zion, Sanborn, Minn.; Thoughts of Faith, Inc., Oregon, Wis.; Living Word Christian Academy, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Gloria Dei-Bethesda, Milwaukee, Wis.; St. Paul, Sodus, Mich.; and Christ-St. John’s, West Salem, Wis.