Adolph H. "Dutch" Wegener, 81, of Newfoundland, formerly of Rockledge, Pa., died Tuesday. His wife of 55½ years is the former Elfriede Wunderlich.
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Adolph attended Emmaus High School and graduated from Ambler High School in 1945. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in German in 1948 from Muhlenberg College and a Ph.D. in 1956 from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty of Muhlenberg College in 1956, where he was professor of German language and literature until 1989. He also taught German part-time at Beaver College, now Arcadia University, and in the adult education program at Abington High School. He was very active professionally and wrote numerous articles and presented papers at foreign language conferences. In 1964, he interviewed well-known German authors Günter Grass and Wolfgang Hildesheimer. He was national president of the American Association of Teachers of German from 1931 to 1983.
In 1995, he and Elfriede moved to their "little house" in Pocono Springs Estates, near Newfoundland. He loved to travel, read and eat at his favorite restaurants. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sharing jokes with friends. He was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church, Gouldsboro. His greatest joy was his wife and family.
Also surviving are a daughter, Karin Knisely and husband, Charles, and their children, Katrina, Carleton and Brian, all of Lewisberg, Pa.; two sons, Al Wegener and wife, Sheila and their children, Adam, Eric, Wesley, Brooke, Rhett and Troy, all of Portola Valley, Calif.; and Curt Wegener and wife, Mindy, and their children, Erika, Michael and Kevin, all of Incline Village, N.Y.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Saturday, 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Arthur J. Frey Funeral Home, Route 191, South Sterling, with a service to follow at 2. Interment will be Monday at 11 a.m. in Forest Hills Cemetery, Philadelphia. Memorial Rememberances may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 105 Gouldsboro, 18424.
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Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 29, 2009