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Obituary: The Rev. James O. Bruckart

Brother James O. Bruckart died in Riverside, New Jersey, June 19, 2013, at the age of 87.Born April 1, 1926 in Lancaster, Pa. he was the son of Albert and Susan (Huber) Bruckart. Brother Bruckart attended public schools in Lancaster, graduating from J. P. McCaskey High School in 1944. He graduated from Moravian College in 1947 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1949. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry September 11, 1949 and consecrated a Presbyter September 6, 1955.
He was united in marriage to Thelma Landis June 25, 1949 and together they served pastorates in Pennsylvania (Reading, Calvary, College Hill), New Jersey (Riverside) and Ohio (Gnadenhutten). Sister Bruckart died October 13, 1979 while they were serving in Ohio. Brother Bruckart married Colleen Workman Taylor July 11, 1981 in Riverside, New Jersey and together they served the Battle Hill congregation in Union, New Jersey. He entered into retirement June 30, 1988.

His wife, Colleen; daughter, Karen; son, Richard; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild survive Brother Bruckart. A memorial service was held June 23, 2013 at First Moravian Church, Riverside, New Jersey with the Rev. Richard Bruckart officiating. Burial was in the Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, New Jersey.


From the August 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, December 16 — Psalm 144:1–4
Nahum 3; Habakkuk 1; Revelation 14:17–15:8

Woe to those who plan iniquity, because it is in their power to do it. Micah 2:1 (NIV)

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” Mark 10:42–43

God of humanity and humility, teach us the way of gentleness. May we be servant leaders. May we overcome iniquity by the power of your love. Amen.

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