Brother Joseph A. LaFortune died in Fargo, North Dakota, October 29, 2016, at age 87.
Born April 21, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Amia J. and Mabel (Ledgerwood) LaFortune. Brother LaFortune attended the University of Wisconsin and received a Bachelor of Arts from Moravian College in 1956 and a Bachelor of Divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1959. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry June 7, 1959 and consecrated a Presbyter June 12, 1966.
He was united in marriage to Ann L. Giesler June 7, 1955 at Green Bay, Wisconsin. Together they served pastorates in Alaska, Alberta (Heimtal, New Sarepta, Central), Michigan (Daggett), Minnesota (Northfield), Wisconsin (Sister Bay), and North Dakota (Bethel, Goshen). He entered into retirement June 1, 1995.
Brother LaFortune is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Amy; sons, Richard and Carl; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service was held November 5, 2016 at Shepherd of the Prairie Moravian Church, Fargo, N.D.