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Rev. Donald W. Wert
The Rev. Donald W. Wert, 77, of Lehighton, died Thursday, October 7, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Janice Ruth (Reichard) Wert. The couple celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last July 31. Born in Catasauqua, May 29, 1933, Donald was the son of the late Raymond E. and Mildred G. (Kidd) Wert. He graduated from Catasauqua High School, Moravian College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1959. He was ordained on May 23, 1959 by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, fulfilling his long-time aspirations of becoming a pastor. He served as pastor of the Line Mountain parish (1959-1962); the Grimsville parish/ Zion, Krumsville (1962 - 1973); St. Pauls, Orwigsburg (1974 - 1979); Huffs / New Jerusalem Fleetwood (1979 - 1986); Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, Neffs (1986-1995) where he is credited with starting the current committee structure and initiated the Union Study process which eventually led to the building of a new church. He was named Pastor Emeritus of the congregation. Pastor Wert has been active in church and community activities throughout his career. He served as mission district dean and as a member of the synod Stewardship Committee, Rural and Appalachian Ministry Committee and Executive Board. Since his retirement in 1995, Pastor Wert has continued to serve as an interim and supply pastor. He currently is a member of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church (Trachsville), Palmerton. Survivors: In addition to his loving wife, Janice; sons, Robert T. Wert and his wife, Angie, of Kutztown, Ronald T. Wert and his wife, Andrea, of Lyons Station, Randall T. Wert and his wife, June, of Lenhartsville; brother, Robert Wert and his wife, Sandra, of Stroudsburg; eight grandchildren; predeceased by a sister, Janice Gallagher, a brother, Raymond Wert and a grandson, Timothy. Service: A memorial service will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville. Family and friends may pay their respects from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the church. The Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., in Schnecksville is in charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Union Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box # 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.
Published in Morning Call on Oct. 10, 2010
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