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Rev. Dr. Frank Flisser, 86, of Bethlehem, died Friday, March 18, in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. Rev. Flisser served as pastor of St. Johns Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem for 35 years from 1954 to 1989. He was married to the late Martha (Eaton) Flisser. Born in Perth Amboy, N.J., he was the son of the late Matjas and Ethel (Kutos) Fliszar. Rev. Flisser attended Wagner University, graduated from Bloomfield (N.J.) College and received his B.A. in Divinity and his Masters of Divinity from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minnesota. He was ordained in the late 1940s in New Jersey. His first parish assignment was at Christ Lutheran Church, Trenton, N.J., and he later came to Bethlehems St. Johns Windish Lutheran Church in 1951, becoming pastor in 1954. He received a honorary doctorate of divinity from Muhlenberg College in May of 1971. Rev. Flisser was an active Bethlehem resident, serving on the Bethlehem Housing Authority Board for 35 years and was commissioner for seven terms. He served on the South Side 76 Committee and was honored by having the community room in the Litzenberger House named for him. He served on the board of directors of the Bethlehem Zoning Board and Luther Manor of Lehigh Valley. He also was the chaplain for Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township. He served on the board of directors of Paradise Falls Lutheran Association, where he had a summer home. Mayor Gordon Mowrer established October 24, 1976, as Rev. Dr. Frank Flisser Day in Bethlehem in honor of his community service. Rev. Flisser was instrumental in the development and building of the original Muhlenberg Hospital in Bethlehem and served on the Muhlenberg Hospital Board for many years. Rev. Flisser was honored by delivering the opening prayer for the U.S. Congress on April 24, 1968, being the only clergy from Congressman Rooneys district with this honor. He loved fishing and was an excellent violinist. After retiring, he became a member of St. Stephens Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. Survivors: Daughter, Dr. Diane Flisser Roeshman, wife of Dr. Robert Roeshman of Bethlehem; son, Frank E. and his wife MaryBeth of Bath; sisters, Mary Ster of New Brunswick, N.J., Helen Simon of Columbus, N.J., Ethel Milazzo of Monroe Twp., N.J.; grandsons, Arthur and Andrew Obenrader, Thomas Flisser. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, St. Johns Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Calling hours, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, and 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday in the church. Contributions: Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, in memory of Rev. Dr. Frank Flisser, 2545 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem 18017 or St. Johns Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.
Published in Morning Call on Mar. 21, 2005
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