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Rev. Frederick Sheely Weiser

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NEW OXFORD Rev. Frederick Sheely Weiser, 73, died Monday, January 26, 2009, at York Hospital. He was born November 25, 1935, in Hanover, the son of the late Donald Koehler and Elizabeth Katharyn Sheely Weiser. Rev. Weiser was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in York. He was a 1957 graduate of Gettysburg College with a major in history. He earned his Bachelor of Divinity from the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in 1960 and following graduation from the Seminary, he was ordained in the Central Pennsylvania Synod. Rev. Weiser later studied at the Philadelphia Seminary, receiving a S.T.M. During the school year of 1959-60 he was a lecturer at Gettysburg College and for the following four years he was the Assistant Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster. During 1964-65 he served Diakonisches Jahr Evangelical Lutheran Church in Diakonissen Anstalt, Germany. Rev. Weiser returned home to become Chaplain at the Lutheran Home in Germantown. From 1966 to 1971 he served as archivist for the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. In 1971 Rev Weiser was named pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville, a post in which he served 19 years. Rev. Weiser authored several books: ''Serving Love - Chapters in the History of the Diaconate in American Lutheranism'', ''Love's Response - A Story of Lutheran Deaconesses in American'', ''The Weiser Family'', and ''Fraktur'', a book of German Folk Art. After leaving St. Paul in Biglerville, Fred worked in several successful interim arrangements with congregations including Grace Lutheran in Dallastown, Friedensaal and Zeigler's in Southern York County, St. John's in Berrysburg, and St. Christopher in Lykens, Dauphin County. Rev. Weiser was extremely skilled in conducting tours to Germany, which he arranged for participants, especially after the wall came down in October, 1989. He was well known by the shopkeepers in the places he visited with tour groups and all of them expected him to return. Rev. Weiser is survived by a sister, Harriett Russell of South Carolina, and a nephew, Mark. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 3, at 11 a.m. from Christ Lutheran Church, 29 S. George St., York. Interment will be private in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg. The Monahan Funeral Home, Gettysburg, is coordinating arrangements.
Published in Evening Sun from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2009
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