Obituary: Rev. Wilfred L. Dreger

Brother Wilfred L. Dreger, Sr. went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. Br. Dreger began life in 1921 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from Moravian College in 1943 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1945.  He was ordained on September 9, 1945, and he and Sr. Lorraine A. Roth were united in marriage  November 11, 1945.  

Br. Dreger served alongside his wife as a missionary and parish pastor in Nicaragua for four years, starting in 1945, and was then named Warden of The Moravian Church in Nicaragua. As Warden,  he functioned as a business manager for the work in Nicaragua, taking care of finances and overseeing building construction and maintenance for the province.  He held this position until 1979.  

He served as pastor of Bethany Moravian Church on St. John’s, US Virgin Islands, from 1979 until 1983.  After 38 years of service, he retired to Winston-Salem, NC, in 1983, and later moved to Nazareth, PA, in 1996.

Throughout his life, Br. Dreger had a kind hello and smile for all he met.

Br. Dreger is survived by sons Wilfred, Jr., and Dennis (Catherine), grandsons Nathan and Seth, and many other family members.  He was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine, in 2016.