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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

05/25/2017

Wednesday, May 24 — Psalm 68:19–27

Proverbs 16; 2 Corinthians 1:1–11

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Jesus prays: “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3

Sometimes we are homesick for Eden, God, and we fill the empty space inside of us with unhealthy things. Help us to be full of you, our constant love and friend. Amen.

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