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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, June 23 — Psalm 78:40–55
Deuteronomy 2; Luke 4:22–30

The Lord will not cast away his people, for his great name’s sake. 1 Samuel 12:22

You know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the generous and overflowing workings of your Holy Spirit within us. Today, may those who are poor in heart call on you. May they find their anchor in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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