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Arthur Joseph Korte

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Arthur Joseph Korte Obituary
with his family by his side, Art died on March 22, 2013. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Emil and Elizabeth (nee Marstall) Korte. Art was the beloved husband of Meg (nee Wolf) Korte, father of Craig (Amy) Korte, Jen (Matt) Bergheiser, Meghan (Matt) Graves, Sarah Korte (fiancé Jon Tassone) and sons Richard and Brad Korte, who died at birth. He was the proud Papa of Lucy, Teddy, and Andrew Korte; Sam and Charlotte Bergheiser; and Caroline Graves. Art was a cherished son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, neighbor, and friend. Art lived a full life devoted to the service of others. At the age of fifteen, he entered LaSalette Seminary. During his 11 years there, he received Bachelors degrees from LaSalette College and from The Catholic University of America. After leaving the seminary, he earned a Master in Social Work from St. Louis University. Throughout his distinguished 40-year career in social services, he focused on the needs of the aging and disadvantaged. He served at the St. Louis City Juvenile Courts and as Social Services Director at the St. Louis chapter of the American Red Cross. Art led Cardinal Ritter Institute, the largest social service agency of the Catholic Charities St. Louis Federation, as Executive Director from 1998-2002, capping his years of leadership within the organization. Most recently, Art oversaw the personal medical emergency response program at Continuum, a company that provides geriatric care management services to the St. Louis community. With his remarkable ability to engage others and his generous spirit, Art dedicated much of his time to community service. He was active in numerous academic, health, and social service organizations, including Nerinx Hall High School, Incarnate Word High School and Catholic Charities USA. Art was especially devoted to the neighborhood he called home for 40 years, a place he thought of as a "small town movie set." He was a long-time member of the Rock Hill Planning & Zoning Commission, and he treasured his work with young students as a literacy tutor for Hudson Elementary School. A man of great faith, Art was a member of St. Francis Xavier College Church and a former parishioner at St. Mary Magdalen, where he played guitar in the choir for many years. Art was happiest in his roles as husband, father, and Papa. He cherished time with his family and instilled in his children a love of knowledge and the values of tolerance and compassion. He was a skilled craftsman who delighted in making dollhouses for his granddaughters and completing remodeling projects big and small for family and friends. Art loved gardening with his wife and playing his guitar for his grandchildren. Art's legacy is one of extraordinary humility, genuine empathy for others, and a love of life. Those who met him even once recall his kindness and gentle heart. A Mass celebrating Art's life will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 7 pm at St. Francis Xavier College Church, 3628 Lindell Boulevard. Contributions in Art's memory may be made to Saint Francis Xavier College Church, Nerinx Hall High School, and the Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) Foundation of America.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Mar. 28, 2013
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