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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.

 

From the November 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

08/21/2017

Monday, August 21† — Psalm 102:1–11
Jeremiah 16:14–17:27; 1 Timothy 2:8–3:7

The Lord will not reject forever. Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. Lamentations 3:31–32

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

God of all grace, you do not ask us to go where you are not already going before us. Teach us to trust you. We go out today in your name. Amen.

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