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Obituary: The Rev. Joseph A. LaFortune

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.

Moravian Daily Texts

06/24/2017

Saturday, June 24 — Psalm 78:40–55

Isaiah 4:2–5:30; Galatians 4:1–16

O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! Even now your enemies are in tumult; those who hate you have raised their heads. Psalm 83:1–2

Zechariah said, “With a solemn oath the Lord God of Israel promised to rescue us from our enemies and allow us to serve him without fear, all the days of our life.” Luke 1:73–75 (GNT)

Redeemer and Friend, all thanks and praise are due to you for rescuing us from certain death because of our sins. You have visited us and redeemed us and secured a place for us. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

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