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Walter A. Kortrey Obituary
Rev. Walter A. Kortrey WOODSTOCK- The Rev. Walter A. Kortrey died peacefully at home Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 surrounded by family and friends. Walter was born Oct. 25, 1923 in West New York, N.J. son of Henry and Johanna Meier Kortrey. Pastor Kortrey was a graduate of Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. and The Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa. He was ordained to the Lutheran ministry May 25, 1948 and was honored to be Pastor Emeritus of Christ's Lutheran Church, Woodstock, N.Y. During 60 years of active ministry he was called to serve Metropolitan New York Synod parishes including Gloria Dei, New Hyde Park, Christ's Woodstock; Redeemer, Kingston, St. Paul's, New City, Emmanuel, Pleasantville and St. Peter's New York City. He was also called to Trinity, Lansdale, Pa. and the American Protestant Church of Antwerp, Belgium. Walter was privileged to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Editor of Adult Resources for the Division of Parish Services and as Associate Editor of The Lutheran Magazine. Walter was active in community organizations including the Woodstock Community Meals on Wheels, the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Holly's Comets, the Shandaken Theatrical Society, Rhinebeck Center for the Performing Arts, and Performing Arts of Woodstock. In retirement, Walter took delight in appearing on stage in a wide variety of roles. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Barbara Gore Bomar; daughters, Wendy Irene Kortrey, Faith Elaine Kortrey, Maureen Ward Kortrey, and Tami Jean Bomar. He was predeceased by two sons, Stuart Lee Bomar and Neal Henry Kortrey. Funeral arrangements are under the tender care of Lasher Funeral Home, Tinker Street, Woodstock. The Kortrey family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of Christ's Lutheran Church, Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. A Celebration of Faith and Life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts Street, Kingston. Interment of the cremains will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Christ's Lutheran Church or to the Mission Endowment Fund of Christ's Lutheran Church, 26 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, N.Y. 12498 or to a charitable organization dedicated to helping those in need.

Published in The Daily Freeman on Dec. 7, 2011
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