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Obituaries for September

The Rev. William O. Gilbert III

The Rev. William O. Gilbert III of Fergus Falls, Minn. passed away on April 15, 2012 at the age of 69.

Brother Gilbert was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. He graduated from Moravian College in 1964 and entered Moravian Theological Seminary. While attending seminary, he served Moravian churches in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Friedensfeld & Fredriksted Congregations; Memorial Congregation, St. Thomas and in Bethel, Alaska as a student intern. He graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1969 and was ordained at Advent Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was consecrated a presbyter in 1975 at Hopewell Moravian Church.

Brother Gilbert married Kathryn Skoglund of Kensington, Minn. in 1969 and after graduation accepted his first pastoral call to Willow Hill Moravian Church in Ararat, Va. and Mount Bethel Moravian Church in Cana, Va. They also served the Dillingham Moravian Church in Dillingham, Alaska and Hopewell Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.

In 1977 he was released from the active service of the Moravian Church and began an internship in Clinical Pastoral Education in Rochester, Minn. He later earned a Master of Divinity from Dubuque Seminary and an MA in Psychology from the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He then worked at hospitals in Coon Rapids, Minneapolis, and Fergus Falls, Minn.

For the last 15 years of his life he returned to the pastorate and served in the Presbyterian Church which he loved but never forgot his heritage in the Moravian Church. Some of his favorite memories were staying up all night with the church band playing on street corners to wake people on Easter Morning.

Brother Gilbert is survived by his wife, Kathy, a son and two grandchildren. His memorial service was held at Federated Church in Fergus Falls, Minn.

The Rev. Richard E. Michel

Brother Richard E. Michel died June 16, 2012 in Chaska, Minn. at the age of 92.

Born August 5, 1919 at Bluefields, Nicaragua, Rev. Michel was the son of Eugene L. and Anna (Wiggle) Michel. Brother Michel attended schools in Illinois and Minnesota and attended St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. from 1938-1940. He graduated from Moravian College in 1942 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1945. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry May 27, 1945 and consecrated a Presbyter September 5, 1950.

He was united in marriage to Winifred N. Strahler on February 3, 1945 at First Moravian Church (now Advent), Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Together they served pastorates in Michigan (Daggett and Unionville), Ohio (Sharon and Dover First), Pennsylvania (Palmer Township) and Illinois (West Salem). He entered into retirement July 31, 1984.

His wife, Winifred; son, Richard; daughter, Sharon; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren survive Brother Michel.

A memorial service was held June 29, 2012 at the First Moravian Church, Dover, Ohio with the Rev. John Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery.

The Rev. John F. Morman

Brother John F. Morman died June 26, 2012 in Lancaster, Pa. at the age of 89.

Born September 15, 1922 in Philadelphia, he was the son of John F. and Ethel (Meyer) Morman. Brother Morman attended public schools in Philadelphia, graduated from Moravian College in 1943 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1945. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry October 21, 1945 and consecrated a Presbyter September 5, 1950. He received a Master of Sacred Theology from Lutheran Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) in 1952.

He was united in marriage to Marie Sarah Bittner on August 3, 1946 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Together they served pastorates in Ohio (Uhrichsville and Gnadenhutten), Pennsylvania (First, now Advent, and Coopersburg)and Maryland (Trinity). He also served the Eastern West Indies Province as pastor of the Gracehill and Cana congregations in Antigua, as well as serving as Headmaster of Linden Hall in Lititz, Pennsylvania. He entered into retirement September 15, 1987.

His wife, Marie; daughter, Ruth; and two grandchildren survive Brother Morman.

A memorial service was held June 30, 2012 at the Lititz Moravian Church, Lititz, Pennsylvania with the Rev. Dean Jurgen officiating. Burial was in the Lititz Moravian Church Cemetery.

 

From the September 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

10/23/2017

Monday, October 23 — Psalm 119:57–64
Ezekiel 27:12–28:10; James 5:13–20

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

Paul wrote: God is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Creative God, may we never abandon the process you have started in us but allow you to complete the work until the day of Jesus Christ. In your name we pray. Amen.

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